Eleven years ago this morning I was in the Dunham Road newsroom of The Salem News watching smoke and flames spew from one of the World Trade Center towers in Manhattan.
Colleague Jimmy Carlson, the paper’s IT guru, was the only other person in the vicinity, and as we watched he observed, “I wonder if it was a terrorist attack?”
“No way,” I responded, just as the other plane came into view on our screen and plowed into the second tower.
A couple of months ago as I prepared to take my leave of the paper for the move to Arizona, I stopped in Jim’s office. “I’ll think of you every Sept. 11,” he said recalling the shared experience.
Tragically, a few weeks after arriving in the Phoenix area I learned Jim had been diagnosed with cancer. He died shortly afterwards, not living to see another 9/11 anniversary.
He’s missed by many including his family, the current newsroom staff, and this reporter who will think of Jim every year on this date.