Part of a personal experience of mine, placed in September 1994 for fictional purposes:
That indoor observation deck was indeed superb. (I’m a bit better with heights now than I was then. 😉 ) The roof walkaround just above it was reached by escalator with no guided escort being necessary, and was a more “open” viewing experience than the Empire State Building. There was no problem seeing from the top of the old World Trade Center:
1991: That seems so long ago now. Yet whenever this day rolls around each year, it feels like only yesterday. It’s rather a cliché to say that sort of thing, I know; but it’s how I do feel about it.
Fifteen years ago this afternoon (UK time), I was sitting in my office at the London university where I then worked. From across the room, my officemate – a deep-voiced, soft-spoken, older Englishman – said to me, “Robert, do you have CNN open [on your PC]?”
I told him I didn’t. After a couple of mouse clicks, I did.