It was shortly after 7 a.m. on the west coast when I woke up. I went to turn on the radio to the listen to the Tony Bruno Show, a nationally syndicated sports talk radio show. I was expecting to hear discussion of either the Monday Night football game, Michael Jordan coming back or the baseball playoff races. I heard a caller with a deep voice. He was saying things like “Tradegy” and comparing it to the JFK killing. My first thought was whether I was listening to sports talk. A check of the radio station showed that I should have been, unless there was a sudden format change. The second thought was to think back to what might have happened in the sports world. Ed McCaffrey did break his leg in the football game the previous night. Unfortunate yes, but not tragic, and certainly not comparable to JFK.
Tony Bruno then came on. He said he was talking to Larry King, and they were discussing the events that had taken place in New York and Washington. A quick filp to turn on the TV showed pictures that didn’t make sense. But it sounded serious enough to get ready for work a little earlier.
Just as I went into the shower, CNN, showed a replay of something that happened a few moments earlier. There was a shadow in between the towers. The shadow turned left and headed for the second tower. Then came an explosion. “Did I see what I think I just saw?” I asked myself. I proceeded to take the shower. As I got out, I heard lots of screaming. That’s when the second tower came down.
Before leaving for work, I did one final thing. I muted my television and put on the CD player Judy Collins singing “Amazing Grace.” It just seemed like that was the only song that should have been played.