General

Fifteen Years Ago

Part of a personal experience of mine, placed in September 1994 for fictional purposes:

Excerpt from "Passports." Click to expand.

Excerpt from “Passports.” Click to expand.

That indoor observation deck was indeed superb. (I’m a bit better with heights now than I was then. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) 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:

View toward the Empire State Building and midtown Manhattan from the former World Trade Center's South Tower, 1991. [Photo by me.]

View toward the Empire State Building and midtown Manhattan from the former World Trade Center’s South Tower, 1991. [Photo by me.]

1991: That seems so long ago now. Yet whenever this day rolls around each year, it feels like only yesterday. It’s rather a clichรฉ 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.