Remembering the Twin Towers

By Tom Quiner


I remember sitting on the top floor of the World Trade Center very well.  The date was July 19th, 1989.

The date stuck with me, because that was the day that United Flight 232 crash landed in Sioux City, Iowa, killing 111 of its 285 passengers. I was doing a lot of traveling in those days.  The thought of getting on a plane the next morning didn’t exactly thrill me.

I quickly forgot about the Sioux City incident when I stepped out of my cab.

I marveled at the sheer splendor of the two gleaming towers.  This Iowa hick was overwhelmed.  What a feat for man to construct such edifices!

The elevator to the top was a quick ride, and my stomach flip-flopped.

Manhattan sparkled below me and around me.  I was truly on top of the world as I sipped on my cocktail and enjoyed the experience with clients.

It’s funny the things you remember.  Looking out the window at the other tower, my mind went back to an incident that took place on August 7th, 1974.  You probably remember it.  A guy named Philippe Petit, using a cross bow, strung a cable from the top of one tower to the other.  He then proceeded to walk across the tight rope 110 stories above the earth!

I do not like heights.  Just the thought of Mr. Petit’s escapade made my stomach flip-flop again.  Nonetheless, his crazy stunt was amazing.  Thanks to another marvel of modern man, YouTube, I share it with you today.


  1. peacethroughtheblood on September 14, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    You will overwhelmed once again, only in New Jersey.

    On August 12, 2013, at 8 PM, the Twin Towers II Development LLC had their seed planting ceremony at Lighthouse Christian Church at 166 Jefferson Street in Perth Amboy New Jersey. Highlights of the event will be available shortly on web site at

    This project of rebuilding two 110′ tall pillars, in a very different way, shall be bringing attention and focus back to the way our great country once believed. It could also help to restore faith back in our leaders when they stand behind it as well.

    Just to let you know too, anyone in the world will have a chance to buy materials for the buildings. A door knob or two, a glass window or windows, a light switch, a steel beam, any and all of the buildings parts, which by the way, will be “bought only” if they are “Made in the USA”, will soon be available to donors to buy for the Twin Towers II buildings on line.

    It will work a lot like a couple getting married or a woman who’s having a baby and puts their wish list together and registers that list at a store; we too will do the same and let the whole world buy every part. Whatsoever is still needed, after concerned people or groups have had a chance to tangibly demonstrate their concern and support by becoming involved, investors will then be allowed help pay for the rest of the project, when we announce our stock option IPO.

    Please help spread the news and help find ways to unite the USA together again, to stand tall, speak loudly and authoritatively for what truths this our great nation was founded upon!

    • quinersdiner on September 15, 2013 at 9:35 am

      Very exciting. Thanks for sharing news of this project.