The End of An Era

It’s impossible to find words. I was at the gym for a cycle class when I heard about the World Trade Center at about 6:45a. I came right home. We don’t have TV so we all gathered around the radio listening to the news. I told the kids that they would remember this day always.
I’ve been anchoring all afternoon on TechLive. I’ll be back during regular Screen Savers hours doing news, but I hope to take calls about the day’s events, too. Obviously we won’t do tech. As of right now, we’ll go to regular programming after the newscast at 9p Eastern. We’re planning a regular Screen Savers episode tomorrow.

I expect that my trip to Fairfax and Charleston, WVA will be cancelled. But we’ll reschedule as quickly as possible. I should know for sure by tomorrow.

So far, everyone at TechTV and our friends and family have escaped unscathed. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this unthinkable tragedy. Peace.

89 Replies to “The End of An Era”

  1. That tragic day still wets my eyes
    I cry when i think about it
    I wish I had a time warp machine….

  2. I think all at TechTV did a remarkable job. Especially Stacey Tisdale. Quite a few times her voice cracked and she looked like she was going to break down. But she didn’t. A complete professional.

  3. … hold your loved ones close and pray for this world. My children and I have been huddled up together watching the horror in disbelief. What a world for our kids to grow up in.
    Hugs and prayers for everyone.
    Vicki

  4. I just wanted to say that our thoughts and prayers go out to ALL
    involved in this tradgedy.
    GOD BLESS THEM AND GOD BLESS AMERICA!!

  5. It is a shame what happened on Tuesday, but it is clear that the US needs to seek revenge against these terrorists.

  6. I woke up yesterday to my Mom, telling me that “they” were attacking us . . . I asked “who?!” I turned the TV to MSNBC to see a replay of the plane crashing into World Trade Center Two. . . . I could not believe my eyes, this type of thing just doesn’t happen to America. I was absolutely shocked. I am absolutely shocked.
    – Jordan

  7. Apokalips XIII,
    “despite all your unfounded and biased anti Microsoft dribble”
    Do you have ANY idea who the uncle Paul they always refer to is? If you did maybe you wouldn’t be so quick to call any “dribble” made by his employees at TechTV on the company he founded “unfounded and biased”.

  8. Argh! Sorry about that Carol! I just accidentally stole your identity it appears! I put your name in the “Name” field for some strange reason. I was wondering why it didn’t show up at the beginning of the message so you could see who it was too. Sorry! 🙂

  9. I’m a freshman in highschool. This is just horrible. I have been in shock about this all day, and I expect that it will last a long time. I’ve posted some news links on my website. Dannyweb.com. This is just horrible.

  10. Thomas Jefferson wrote: “Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have nor do they deserve, either one!”

  11. They wont change anything for me.
    I will not allow stupidity to change how i live my life.
    That would be giveing into what the cowards want.
    Not me.

  12. To NOT Wesley,
    Why? Because, if I was handicapped I’d be doing everything in my power to save my own ***? Call me crazy but I don’t have enough faith in people as a whole to help themselves let alone me too. So I would be crawling out of the building. ANYTHING is better then hurling myself out of the building to my DEATH!

  13. Leo,
    As a veteran of Desert Shield/Desert Storm, I say this:
    1) Though this is indeed tragic, these events will only truely become a tragedy if we do not eliminate all terrorists in this world.
    2) Leo, you have no TV at home? That’s strange.

  14. Leo … please, please, please cancel your trip this weekend. I don’t mean to sound melodramatic, but I have a bad feeling about that. I’ve cancelled my weekend trip (to SF, no less).

  15. The bottom line is that the events that we have witnessed over the past few days are going to change our way of life here in the United States.

  16. Actually, I just heard that the reason why the plane crashed in PA is because the crew actually DID try to overcome the hostages. Their bravery is comendable. Even if they, themselves, didn’t survive, they helped prevent thousands of more deaths. Prayers of thanks go to them for their heroic efforts.

  17. Leo,
    The words to express what happened today do not exist… I did want to share with you that while jumping through channels watching things unfold I was struck by the sincerity that you exhibited while on TechLive… So many people come across as nothing but polish, you provided a much more human warmth. Thank you.
    Jory

  18. It was a sad day. I live in Central New Jersey, and I’m still in disbelief.
    I believe this is far from over.
    My heart and prayers go out to everyone.
    – Don

  19. This day has had a very chilling effect I live on Long Island and was awoken to this unbelieveable event. I have seen those buildings in the skyline from my aunts house in Queens since I was a child. It just wont be the same. I pray that all will be found safe and sound and my their families remember their loved ones. They are all heroes and will not be forgotten.
    May God have Mercy on all we need Mercy on this day.

  20. Today’s quote on Leo’s homepage:
    In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.
    (Winston Churchill)

  21. Leo
    Thanks for being on TechLive so much today and doing such a great job. It helped. Please don’t fly this weekend.
    Praying for all touched by this nightmare.

  22. No words…I don’t know what to say…My prayers are with those affected by this…My prayers are with Bush and his advisors for wisdom.

  23. The thoughts and prayers of many Canadians are with the United States on this unfortunate day in history. We wish you Peace.

  24. “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us….If God is for us, who can be against us?” –Romans Chapter 8

  25. I found this Peom on the ICQ Banner Excnahge..The guy usually has journal entires,pictures,poems and stuff, but he turned his site off and put up a single poem…I think its very nice
    Here is the link…I think everyone will like it:
    http://www.sevensgw.com/knight/

  26. The most digusting thing about all of this is the people cheering the deaths in the middle east. What kind of people cheer the loss of innocent life? I don’t want to speculate at this point about who did it, but if it turns out the be the leaders of those people celebrating death and destruction, it will be alot harder for me to feel sympathy for them when our retaliation begins and they begin to feel even a little bit of what we feel, and realize it is cause for mourning, not celebration.

  27. I was at work when we heard the news. Some guy brought in a tiny TV but the picture was so small and hard to see in the sunlight that it looked like smoke stacks more than anything else. At first we didn’t believe the guy who told us because of his rep but then the radio confirmed it. None of us had any family involved but we went home anyway because of school closings etc. I have to think this was too easy knowing four planes were so easily taken over. I think they should all be refitted with the pilot’s compartment completely cut off from the rest of the plane. The plane could still go down, but at least it can’t be used as a weapon of mass destruction like that. some of our freedoms may have to be relinquished. It was just too easy. If we’re to remain we can’t leave ourselves open to things like this. Just looking at the flight deviations should have given a warning though who knows how much. A lot of people died for no reason. I hope something will be learned from their loss. I am so sick of watching the politicians. We should have had a decent man to pay them the respect they deserve.

  28. Even if i am a senior in jhs, i have something to say, the people who planned this do not, i repeat DO NOT DESERVE THE RIGHT TO LIVE!!!!Thousands of lives are not worth your stupid, “new world order” theories! They are ANIMALS.And also, a fact: September 11th, 1978, anniversary of the beginning of peace talks between Egypt and Israel……….

  29. I found this Peom on the ICQ Banner Excnahge..The guy usually has journal entires,pictures,poems and stuff, but he turned his site off and put up a single poem…I think its very nice
    Here is the link…I think everyone will like it:
    http://www.sevensgw.com/knight/

  30. Leo,
    I would like to congradulate you and TechTV on your coverage of the attacks, I enjoyed hearing about the news from the anchors that I know and love. Personaly if I didn’t know that you guys did Tech I would think you were a normol News channel. You guys covered it without a hitch. Also this all happened while I was at school. We were watching Headline News but teachers were trying to access news site on the school T1 and couldn’t get anywhere and then I suggested Techlive.com and you guys were there with the news while other sites were struggling. Again keep up the good work.

  31. …..I commend the brave efforts of the NYC departments that were there from the beginging of the tragidy that befell the WTC 1,2&7. I send out my deepest sympathy to those family, friends and co-workers that are left behind to piece togeather the confusion of the episodes that are to unfold in the upcoming days.
    …..Since 8am CST I along with my associates ~ while watching in absolute horror at the atrocities that took place ~ mourned the loss of life and the repulsive nature of the terrorist attacks that took place. We all give out our prayers for those whom lost.
    I commend you and TechTV for covering with up to date information concerning the events of the day.
    LL+H 🙁

  32. Leo,
    I do think that this is a day to remember. I will be truthful I was a little scared. I heard the news on my way to class at Oakland University in Rochester, Mi at noon. I had not see a TV or a radio when I got. I was halfway to class and a friend stopped me and said that classes are cancelled and they are locking down the university. He them told me that the U.S. was under attack. I almost started to painic. Rochester is not far from Detroit for anyone that doesn’t know Michigan. They closed all of Detroit. When I got back to my dorm I had to show two forms of ID and had to be on the list of students that lived there. I think that is what scared me the most. When I got back to my room I hopped on to the web and to techlive.com to hear what was going on, we do not have techtv so I could not watch. I would like to thank you and the rest of the techlive crew for doing a great job of leting me know what happened. Your voice seemed to calm me down and help to understand the events, by this time I had turned on a TV. My heart and prayers go out to those families with loved ones involed in this.

  33. All of the women that I know cried. All I did was get angry but I guess that’s the difference between men and women. A friend’s daughter asked why the men on the plane didn’t do anything. we are so complacent and used to doing nothing. only a quick thinking hero could have saved them, but they were probably taken unaware. the ones who did fight died short of the intended target though perhaps they all did at some point. beaten with shaving kits. that really makes us look proud. We’ve gotten too fat and lazy when skinny insane sand rats with shaving kits can wipe out whole cities at their leisure. the people who died I cannot identify with other than in anger at their killers. life is what it is. we try to live it as best we can. I don’t see a glimmer of the hope I once had, but I really haven’t had much in some time. I believe in some strange way we might have needed a huge tragedy to bring us back to life. there have been disasters throughout history and it is no reason to doubt in God. This was inevitable. those people wanted our deaths so badly and they had training camps in Afghanistan and all we did was impose sanctions. we will go to war now, and we had better make it count or they will think we are only half serious as with our last bout with Iraq. closing our borders from such people and deporting all of them is high on the list of things to do. we must turn a lot of their sand into glass and let them know they have nowhere to hide. Nothing less will suffice.

  34. If any Leovillians are waiting to hear about loved ones in NY or DC, you may want to try Prodigy’s “I’m OK” Message Center. They set it up yesterday for survivors to post their names and locations so that worried family and friends can check for them. It’s not comprehensive of course, but it’s a start. Pass this on to folks who may need it.
    National “I’m Okay” Bulletin Board
    http://okay.prodigy.net/
    Thanks, and especially thank you Leo. I’m sure that working yesterday was especially grueling and difficult.
    Smooches,
    Jeannette

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  36. There were interviews with some of the people that escaped the building before it collapsed. One guy was saying he’ll be forever haunted by the wailing and the begging for help from those that were in wheelchairs that were at the foot of the stairwell. Begging everyone to carry them down the stairs. From what this guy was saying no one was helping them, including himself. Moments after he escaped the building collapsed. I hope he lives with that for the rest of his life! There were some other interviews with people that said they did manage to rescue a few of the handicapped but they were mostly brushed aside and left to die. Those wails, I hope, will haunt his every nightmare.
    But, on the other hand, if I was handicapped in a wheelchair, I would be dragging my butt down those stairs myself. Screw the chair! My legs don’t have to work to roll down a flight of stairs. If your arms work then you have a chance. This just goes with what Ted was saying above about the laziness of Americans.

  37. I live about 15 mins away from the city, and all this was unbelievable. My client called me up at around 9:20 waking me from my slumber, and she told me of the horrible events. I headed out to go to a local supermarket with rooftop parking where you can see the skyline. As I drove the main blvd toward the supermarket, I can see the smoke coming over from the southwest horizon, and it just hit me, that this was for real. When I arrived at the market, both towers have gone down, and everyone that witnessed all this was just speechless. I myslef cannot beleive that such an atrocious event can happen.

  38. ” – if I was handicapped in a wheelchair, I would be dragging my butt down those stairs myself. Screw the chair! My legs don’t have to work to roll down a flight of stairs. If your arms work then you have a chance. This just goes with what Ted was saying above about the laziness of Americans.”
    what kind of psycho would say such a thing? why don’t you and Ted and the rest of the thugs go start your own war somewhere, keep your psycho thoughts to yourself, no one wants to read them. with americans like you and ted we sure dont need any enemies.

  39. Everyone Here At TV 200, My Family, Friends and Me, John Riopel. Would Like Wish To Acknowledge the Events on 9/11/2001 and Express our deepest heartfelt concern of this national tragedy. Our hearts and Prayers go out to Everyone Who was affected, by this unthinkable tragedy. Anyone or Groups of People Who Were Out in The Streets cheering for the deaths of 1000+ innocent life. In My Personal Opinion ARE THE WEAKEST LINK In The Human Race. And For All Those who Lost Their Lives in the Horrific National Tragedy, OR persons Who Help out in The Rescue Effort. Will be Remember as The Strongest Link In This Darkest Day in American History. ok I admit it. I have a crush on Ann Robertson!
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  40. My only hope is that Bush and his advisors recognize that more mass-murder is simply not the answer to this. More innocent lives need not be wasted. If, sometime in the future, Denver is bombed and I am killed, I want my death to mean something other than more death. It was with a heavy heart that I watched each time as they spontaneously killed the hundreds of people in those airplanes over and over, from different angles. I have been oscillating between apathy and sadness since I first heard of it on my way to work yesterday. We must grieve – we musn’t kill.

  41. to reply to Ted and Wesley:
    Ted said “we are so complacent and used to doing nothing. only a quick thinking hero could have saved them, but they were probably taken unaware.”
    Yes, they probably were taken by surprise… One would think that since these murderers were only armed with knives and boxcutters, that someone would have rushed them and taken their plane back. However, the large majority of airline hijackings that have ever taken place have ended either peacefully or by military force, and most passengers escape alive. Not many people on those planes probably suspected that they were going to be rammed into a building. It had never happened here before, on or above American soil. Now that Tuesday’s events have happened, American’s won’t let such two-bit terrorists take over their planes again. The offenders will have between 50 and 150 angry people to contend with, and they won’t win.
    Wesley said “I hope he lives with that for the rest of his life!” referring to the man who escaped without assisting the people in wheelchairs.
    True, a real hero would have turned back to help at least one of those people. But for the average person, panic can be a very powerful and overwhelming force. It’s also very possible that if he had stopped to help those people, he would have been slowed down to the point that he wouldn’t have made it out alive either… and one more life would have been lost.
    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not justifying his actions… far from it. It *IS* something he’ll have to live with for the rest of his life. We don’t need to wish that upon him. It’s something I wouldn’t wish on anyone, except for maybe the terrorists who did this themselves.
    Now is the time when ALL Americans need to come together and be there for ALL our fellow Americans… and focus ALL this energy and rage on one single thing: wiping out terrorism across the planet, WHEREVER IT MAY BE. Let us show them (and those that harbor them) no mercy, as they have shown their victims. It’s time the rest of the world stood up for itself and said “NO MORE.” This isn’t “eye for an eye/tooth for a tooth” mentality (which would leave everyone blind and toothless). This is the deliberate elimination of an evil from our planet which has no place among the human race.

  42. To the Admiral,
    You’re right. No one would know exactly how they would react in a situation like this. If it was me and I was in the right frame of mind to think straight and not succomb to panic I would take who ever it was that was light enough to carry all the way down by myself to ensure that I would also make it out alive. And I would take them in this order, a child would come first, if there were non then a woman would come second, if there were non then the lightest man would come third. I would also try to have someone else help me out. 2 people could stabalize someone in a wheelchair and CARRY them down. Children and women come first. If it were in my power to save someone else AND myself then I would do it (again, if I were not overwhelmed by panic and not thinking clearly). But I wouldn’t do it if it would also mean my death as well.
    Sorry if my previous statement upset anyone but that really bothered me when I heard that interview. I am sure that person will feel really bad for the rest of his life and that it’s not really his fault.
    But if I was a handicapped person I certainly would’nt rely on others to save me. I would do my best to save myself! With the number of people that park in handicapped spaces and not hold doors for handicapped people and such I certainly wouldn’t depend on them to save my life. I would try to prop myself up and use my arms, if they were still working, and crawl myself to safety. I don’t think anyone should be offended by that statement. Being offeneded by saying that would mean that you should be offeneded by people that use their LEGS to RUN to safety. Whatever limbs you have that are still in working order should be used if possible, to save your own hide; arms, legs, torso, etc…
    That’s jsut what I would do.

  43. I found this Peom on the ICQ Banner Excnahge..The guy usually has journal entires,pictures,poems and stuff, but he turned his site off and put up a single poem…I think its very nice
    Here is the link…I think everyone will like it:
    http://www.sevensgw.com/knight/

  44. I wake up Tuesday morning and think I’m watching a bad Cinemax movie. The effects of a plane crashing into the WTC look like it’s on a homemade video. Then I look up and see that I’m not watching a movie. This was real. I had to drag myself away from the TV to get ready for my ride to school. We listened all the way to CSULB the things radio hosts were saying about this. When we arrived at school I noticed that the police had blocked off one of our buildings. I asked why and was told that my school had recieved a bomb threat and that I was to keep moving onto class. Since my class wouldn’t be for another few hours I went into our student union to find about 100 other students and many more faculty huddled around the big screen TV we have watching the events going on. After only a few minutes on campus we were told the campus was closed and we had to leave. When I got home I watched as many of you did the towers fall over. At this point I decided to stop watching TV and play Madden 2002. I couldn’t watch these things because that’s what THEY want. The people responsible WANT YOU to see this, they WANT YOU affraid. So I treat their cowardly act much like you would a phone call you don’t want to answer, by ignoring it. I’m not saying it’s a great thing to do but I’m just not willing to play into their hands.
    -Marcus

  45. Leo:
    We had access to all of the major networks, and spent the day glued to the tv. I’m still shocked and amazed & depressed, but feeling better to see how people band together in times of tradegy.
    ..and I felt oddly comforted to see you at the anchor desk for TechTv. Sort of like my brother or something was telling me every detail. Thanks!

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