It’s possible there’s an overriding rule about the extent of the reaction New Yorkers had to 9/11. Unless they knew someone killed in the Twin Towers collapse, the depth of their devastation may be in direct proportion to how close they were to ground zero.
Thomas F. Flynn was very close. His devastation was unfathomably profound. An Emmy-winning CBS news producer working then with Dan Rather, he lived so near the World Trade Center that when he saw the first low-flying plane heading that way and then crash into the north building, he grabbed a pen, a notebook, his phone and his bike and immediately headed south. More.