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Paul W. Smith: How could we ever forget what happened on 9/11?


“Outta’ My Mind on a Monday Moanin’” 

Tough weekend. (You too?) 

For those of us who lived through 9/11, 20 years and two days ago, it all came rushing back, almost as if it just happened.

Every network did a fine job of taking us back to Ground Zero. We all remembered exactly where we were and what we were doing as we first heard a plane had just crashed into one of the towers of the World Trade Center: “Was it bad weather?” “Bad visibility?” “I heard it was a small plane!” “No, a large plane, maybe a full size passenger jet!” “Better turn on the television and see what the heck is happening…” “What the…! Oh my God! Another plane just crashed into the other tower!” 

Then we took a collective deep gasp. We went from wondering what the heck was going on to knowing we were under attack. Unthinkable. 

This was all a little before and after 9 a.m. 

There was much more to come. 

I don’t think there was any new news footage being shown this past weekend that I had not seen before (many times) over the last 20 years, yet I couldn’t take my eyes off it. 

Twenty years and two days ago, I was just wrapping up my WJR Morning Show, live, from The Frankfurt Auto Show. 

I always looked forward to the overseas shows that let me sleep in and start my “morning” show in the afternoon. The next several days were spent reassuring my audience (and me) that we were going to be all right.  

(And trying to get back home.) 

A big theme has been, “We should never forget.” 

Seriously? How could we?

Paul W. Smith is host of “The Paul W. Smith Show” on WJR-AM (760) from 5:30-9 a.m. Monday-Friday.