Years ago I wrote a post on AOL Journals about September 11th, 2001 and the memories of the day. While I can’t link to that post anymore since AOL Journals was retired at the end of 2007, I still have the text from the post.
The day started like any other for me. Â I got to AOL very early, around 8AM, thanks to living 10 minutes away from the office. Â We were preparing for a release, and at that time the AIM build machine was in the QA Lab on the 3rd floor. Â To make sure all the builds were kicking off properly I went up to the lab at 830A. Â The TV in the lab had The Today Show on and in the next 18 minutes my view of the world was about to change. Â The build was long done by the time the second plane hit the World Trade Center, but I was not about to stop watching. Â Already shaken up by watching a plane crash into WTC, at about 940A, the fear hit much closer to home as images appeared of an explosion at the Pentagon. Â Being directly under the flight path for Dulles where planes landing come over the building at about 500 feet, AOL decided to evacuate the buildings. Â Life changed that day for me, as it did for countless others I am sure, but for that hour I was in the QA lab will sit with me forever.
One thing I remember most about that day is how AIM kept everyone connected. Â Phone lines were tied up and email did not always work, but people’s online presence on AIM was reassuring to see and to know they were OK. Â We heard from users for weeks after the attacks that AIM helped them through that day.
On September 11th, 2011 we need to never forget what happen 10 years ago.