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Never Forget

Sixteen years have passed and yet that day will never fade from memory. And that goes for everyone who lived through the day that felt like the end of the world. While part of me wants to write endlessly about 9/11 recalling every detail and memory, the greater urge today has been to look back into the sky.

On September 11, 2001, I looked up into the clear blue September sky thinking how everything I knew had changed. A paralyzingly eerie feeling overwhelmed my entire body in this surreal gaze. And as a sophomore in high school, I was old enough to process what had happened. The tragedy of the day, with its heart-wrenching imagery, the heroism of the first responders and passengers on United 93 and the ever-lasting, sinking feeling that the world would never be the same will last forever.

The fact that my dad was almost in New York City, specifically the World Trade Center, on the morning of 9/11…Luckily, he got the last flight out of New York City back to Columbus on September 10th, completely unaware of what would happen just hours later.

RIP to all the victims and their families from the plane crashes in New York City, Washington, D.C. and the United 93 flight that heroically crashed in Pennsylvania.

Never forget and “let’s roll.”

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The Sexiest Cameo Alive

Did “The Jenkintown Posse” (JTP) ever include a certain gentleman who became a Hollywood superstar?

The Goldbergs is one of the best (if not the best) sitcoms on television and it’s based on the real-life experiences and hilariously dysfunctional family of creator, writer and executive producer Adam F. Goldberg. Set in suburban Philadelphia, PA throughout the 1980s, the Goldberg family is outrageously funny, yet completely relatable. The chemistry on-screen is pitch perfect, the writing is cleverly engaging and the life lessons are timeless and amazing. Plus, the ’80s clothes, toys/gadgets and cultural references are all kinds of awesome. Above all, this show is superbly refreshing and original in an era in which the family sitcom with delicious edge (as Beverly would put it) has taken a nose dive since the mid-part of the last decade. And one aspect of this greatness is Barry, who has a group of friends called the JTP (see above).

It should be noted again that Jenkintown is the suburb of Philadelphia where the show takes place. It’s the town where show creator Adam F. Goldberg grew up in the 1980s. Now, Adam is 38 years old. Do you know what Hollywood star is 39 years old who also spent the 1980s running around Jenkintown, PA, possibly knowing and/or getting into trouble with the real Barry and Adam Goldberg in neon orange jackets with a Walkman strapped to their belt loops?

A picture says a thousand words…

(Zimbio)

(Zimbio)

I have a feeling the women discovering this may want to be his snuggle monster (again, in Beverly’s words).

Key Question: When will Bradley Cooper return to his roots (of sorts) and make an appearance on The Goldbergs?

I wonder if he can cobra strike?

12 Thoughts on 9/11

Twelve years ago, two hijacked airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center Towers, a third hijacked airplane crashed into the Pentagon and a fourth hijacked airplane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania on a clear, unassuming September morning. The world was changed forever.

I was walking through the second floor of my high school’s library when I heard a fellow classmate of mine since elementary school say, “a plane just hit the World Trade Center” to someone near him as I strolled by towards the doors to the hallway. I could tell that while he said it as if it was probably an accident, he also knew it was something more…Confused, I initially hypothesized a small plane had accidentally flown too low and hit one of the skyscrapers. Once I walked into my math class and saw the images on the television screen hanging in the front left corner of the room that every single person was fixated on, we all knew something truly terrible had happened. It was no accident. Then, soon thereafter, the second plane hit. The United States was under attack and nobody could believe what their eyes were seeing.    

Reflecting on what occurred on that morning, I have prepared 12 thoughts regarding what happened and what transpired on September 11, 2001:

Nobody saw it coming and our heart’s sank as the smoke billowed out from the towers
Everyone rushed to a television in shock, watching a nightmare unfold without our eye lids closed so tight
Vast panic flooded the streets of New York, Washington, D.C. and those aboard the planes as a numbness started to paralyze those running and sitting in confusion, panic and fear
Each fireman, police officer and good citizen offered a helping hand as hell surrounded them all, giving a glimmer of hope to those experiencing the unimaginable
Real heroes emerged that day, sacrificing everything for their fellow man, woman and child
Forever etched in our memories, that morning changed the world
Our accidental glances up into a clear blue September sky will never again look completely peaceful or tranquil
Rebuilding our hearts takes time, but we make sure to always take pause on this day
Good people never returned home and that’s a vacancy and pain the entire country felt then and feels today
Even as we mourn, we must also know that in the darkest of places can rise a sign of optimism, like a cross standing strong amongst the rubble or the brave words, “let’s roll”
True heroism and courage is quietly honored today, combined with the overwhelmingly emotional reflection of the entirety of what transpired on September 11, 2001
9/11 will always be remembered…always