As we enter 2002, those of us who were at the World Trade Center on September 11 still have vivid memories of the events.
All 330 plus members, guests, speakers, exhibitors, and press who were registered for our 2001 NABE annual meeting at the Marriott World Trade Center were able to reach safety. Our hearts go out to NABE member Eugene Steuerle, whose wife was on board the plane that crashed into the Pentagon.
All guests of the Marriott World Trade Center Hotel were able to escape safely, and all but one member of the hotel staff reached safety. [Editor's Note: Since this page was originally written, we have learned this was not true; an undetermined number of guests and staff, possibly as many as eleven, were casualties.]
Since September, we’ve heard many extraordinary stories from members who were in the hotel when the first plane hit and got out safely. We’ve heard stories about the generous assistance they received from friends, associates, and even strangers. NABE members around the country e-mailed their concerns and best wishes.
In the past few months, we have received even more stories and e-mails, which we have collected here. Some were written soon after 9/11, before many facts were known and well before the successful military operations, while some others came after some time of reflection by the authors.
Please share your experience so that we don't forget what happened
that day. While individual experiences may not seem important, they
are critical to establishing a more accurate picture of what happened
on Tuesday, Sept. 11, and subsequently, and to correcting some of the
erroneous reports. Reports can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many stories ended up back in home town newspapers. We are not sure how long these news sites will keep the stories accessible, or on whether they get moved to a different URL.
For the account of NABE member Jim Smith and his wife Linda Topp, see
For an account of NABE member Carl Tannenbaum, see
For an account by NABE exhibitor Ron Schoenberg of Aptech Systems, see
Martin Wolk of MSNBC was covering our session in the Grand Ballroom when
the planes hit. His account is at
This wrap-up of events was written by the Newhouse News Service, and ran in the Cleveland Plain Dealer and other Newhouse newspapers.
From Constance Mitchell-Ford:
Everyone at The Wall Street Journal is safe and accounted
for inquiring. Steve Liesman, Patrick Barta, Jon Hilsenrath and myself were
on our way to the breakfast when disaster hit. As you may know, The Wall
Street Journal offices were directly across the street from the World Trade
Center in the World Financial Center, the same complex that houses American
Express. Although our building is still standing, it's in really bad
shape and we're unlikely to be back there anytime in the near future -- if at
I hope everyone at NABE got home safely. Thanks again, for inquiring.
From Walt Mossberg:
I am very, very relieved that all NABE folks seem to
have escaped the
heinous attack unharmed.
There is nothing I can say about the horrors that has
not already been
addressed by those far more qualified than me to do so. If you or any of
your family or their loved ones were harmed or worse, please know that my
prayers are with you and them.
While it was a great relief to read that all NABE members who were present
at the annual meeting - which I could not attend personally - were
evacuated on time, I was shocked to learn that Morgan Stanley was the greatest
tenant of the World Trade Center and that it housed tens of thousands of people a
day. I convey my heartfelt condolences to you and all Americans who lost
their loved ones, friends and colleagues.
Seoul, South Korea
My sincerest wishes for the safety of all those who
chosen to spend the full period of time at this wonderful
meeting. My prayers are with you and yours.
Every thing is OK with you? I worry about you and your
family. I am shaken
by tragedy happened in New-York and Washington DC. I present my condolence
to you and to american people.
God bless you!
The phone lines from London to the US are cut off, but
hopefully this will get to you. Just to say that we hope
you and all the others who were at the NABE meeting are
all right, and that we are thinking of you.
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