I was driving my children to children to school when the first word came on CBS News on 580 Radio. They said a plane had flown right into one of the towers of the World Trade Center! How does that happen? I thought. Believing it might be a little Beechcraft private plane, I also hoped it had done as little damage to the building as possible, and that the death toll would be low.
Then we all heard how the second big jet filled with people slammed into the other tower of the WTC. It was September 11, 2001. About 8:00 in the morning. Then America starting watching those horrific images. And that's when everything changed.
The 13 News crews worked all weekend, reporting on every way Topekans had found to help victims in New York. We were sending blood, we were sending food, and WIBW was covering all of it. We still couldn't comprehend how.. or why?.. nearly 3,000 of our fellow Americans who never did anything to terrorists halfway around the world would be slaughtered on the site we know as Ground Zero. And the Pentagon and Pennsylvania, too.
Well, it's now been eight years since all that happened, and I'd sure like to read your stories of where you were when you first heard about 9/11. Ralph