September 10, 2009

One of the Things I Am Proud of Doing in My Professional Life

For well over a year after 911 I was able to provide funds and hosting for this site. I'm proud of that and prouder still that it still remains:

America Attacked 9 1 1

Visit this site and you will see why. It was a handmade flash site put together in the days immediately following 911. In a way, it's now somewhat of an anachronism but it remains because it has the terror and the hope of those days woven into its bones.

Yes, it takes awhile. But if I can take it so can you.

Posted by Vanderleun at September 10, 2009 11:59 PM
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That Website is a nice monument to the victims of 9-11.

I didn't know it was you who hosted/financed the webpage. It sure is a small world.

Posted by: cond0010 at September 11, 2009 2:23 AM

I saw that site this morning in my Net travels.

I had no idea that you were responsible.

Thank you for that site and this one as well.

Posted by: Aye Chihuahua at September 11, 2009 5:42 AM

God bless you, Gerard. You always come through with your eloquent prose.

Now, I think I'll go and perform some sort of community service instead of mourning. I must rid my self of these memories....that's just not gonna happen, no matter what our socialist leadership suggests.


Posted by: BobH at September 11, 2009 7:12 AM

And we're worried about a man yelling, "You lie!" in the Hall of the People? Mr. Wilson sheepishly walked back from his passionate outburst after the first bit of criticism.

May we never walk back our passionate and correct assessment of the day's events on 9/11.

Posted by: Joan of Argghh! at September 11, 2009 7:37 AM

Thank you, Gerard. For this, and everything else you've shared about 9/11.

May we never forget.

Posted by: Julie at September 11, 2009 9:19 AM

I need to clear up one thing. I no longer am in a position to do this. I was for a year or so when it was struggling.

It is, or was, a 7 meg flash file and was being called millions of times in those days.

In those days bandwidth was a much more expensive thing than it is now and the man responsible was in a position where he simply couldn't afford it and was going to have to take it down from its initial host.

I was then running and we already paid for plenty of bandwidth. The addition of this site to our servers cost us more but it was something I felt we could do and so I had it done.

Sometime after I left in late 2002 the new people running the site had it move on. When that was I don't know.

Posted by: vanderleun at September 11, 2009 9:27 AM

And no, it wasn't a "part" of or a subdomain. I had a pointer to it on the home page and on the original early version of this page that I also started early in 2002, but that I think was it.

Posted by: vanderleun at September 11, 2009 9:30 AM

Didn't make it.

The heart falters.

Maybe when my husband can sit beside me.

Posted by: Cathy at September 11, 2009 11:40 AM

I watched this flah presentation so many times that I cannot tell you. I watched it again yesterday afternoon thinking about that day. I worked in midtown and walked up Manhattan and the Bronx that day to my home in lower Westchester not knowing what else to do and hoping it would tire me enough to be able to sleep.

This presentation has a sincerity and intensity to it that no slick commercial presentation has ever conveyed. It is the most touching tribute I've seen from that entire horrifying episode. So I cannot thank you enough for being responsible for all of this. Thanks.

Posted by: Lazlo Toth at September 11, 2009 12:00 PM

Thank you, Vanderleun. That was well worth the small wait.

Posted by: Daphne at September 11, 2009 1:48 PM

Very powerful presentation. I remember Friday night of that week watching a high school football game in Alabama and weeping as the Star Spangled Banner played. God bless America!

Posted by: bill at September 11, 2009 5:48 PM

Thank you for keeping up the site. And for your poem.

Posted by: Connecticut Yankee at September 11, 2009 11:53 PM