Certainly, it's one of those events that you'll never forget where you were when it happened.
I was 39 years old at the time, and working a six month stint as a collision appraiser at a local Maaco autobody franchise in Ottawa. Worst job I ever had in my life. But that's a story for another day. I was having my coffee and sitting reading the morning paper and listening to news talk radio CFRA 580 in Ottawa. The Lowell Green show was on, and they were talking about a breaking news story that an airplane had crashed into a building in New York City.
It was one of these stories where they couldn't get all the facts at the beginning, and then as things started to play out you realized what an event it was. It didn't take them long, and they had CNN playing in the background and they were updating you moment by moment.
We didn't have access to television, so we were all glued to the radio for most of the day. It was only when I got home from work at about 5:30pm that afternoon that I was able to watch television and actually see what they had been talking about all day.
We had been at the top of the World Trade Center only eleven months before.
View of New York from the Windows on the World restaurant.
So...where were you when the towers came down?