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9/11: A Year After / WHO WE ARE NOW

Keith Schwer

September 11, 2002

Economist Keith Schwer, 59, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, was at the final day of a conference at the Marriott at the World Trade Center when the facility shuddered.

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"The speaker had just begun when the lights flickered and a chandelier shook. Then I heard an explosion--a rumbling, deep sound. Someone yelled, 'Get out of here!' but we didn't need much encouragement.

When we got across the street, somebody said, 'An airplane hit the World Trade Center, a 757. I saw it go in.'

It was pretty gruesome. A lot of people were jumping. A friend said, 'Don't look.' I said, 'If they're brave enough to jump, I'm brave enough to look.' "

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As told to Tom Gorman

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