To Our Readers: Sep. 14, 2001

I got up a little earlier than usual last Tuesday. My day, perhaps like yours, was shaping up to be pretty busy, so I wanted to get a head start. A little before 8 a.m., I kissed my wife and son goodbye and headed to TIME's offices in midtown Manhattan. By 8:30, I was at my desk, answering e-mails. Shortly before 9 a.m., Steve Koepp, the deputy managing editor, called on his cell phone from downtown. Walking his son to school, he could see that a plane had crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center.

Thus began for...

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