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As you know, today is September 11. No doubt you know where you were and what you were doing when five years ago our country was attacked. (I was on my way to NYC to talk to FOX News about leaving CNN and working for FOX. CNN knew about my plans. Our US Airways shuttle flight was at the end of the runway ready to fly to NYC when it was cancelled.)
Today is a day or remembrance. A day to think of all the kids who lost parents or who never even got to know their parents. To think of the men and women who lost spouses and the parents who lost children. To think of the injured or the survivors with memories that can't be erased. The sad thoughts are endless. And, of course, to think of Usama bin Laden — we need to get him.
Tonight, to honor those who died and those who have suffered, we will air our show from Ground Zero. We have several special guests booked for you and some special segments. Many of the segments we are doing tonight are segments suggested by e-mailers/viewers of the show. And yes, we know that many lives were lost at two other locations: the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania.
I have been down to Ground Zero many times. It never stops feeling very important.
On Thursday, we went to the Pentagon to talk to two men who were at the Pentagon when the plane hit on September 11. One man, a civilian, was burned on 38 percent of his body. The other, a major, was burned on 22 percent of his body.
Both men were almost killed at the Pentagon and both men were surrounded by people (within feet) who WERE killed. We taped interviews with both men which we will air tonight. Their stories are riveting — the horror of that day unforgettable.
I have also posted a few still pics from the interviews at the Pentagon. Check the pics out — they are posted today.
Incidentally, we ran into NASCAR racer Carl Edwards at the Pentagon. He was getting a tour of the Pentagon's 9/11 Memorial. It is impossible to see that memorial and walk away the same person. The memorial has a picture book of the almost 200 who died that day at the Pentagon with descriptions of each.
The following day (Friday) we ran into Carl Edwards again at the Richmond, Virginia, racetrack as he prepared for Saturday's big race.
After spending the day at the NASCAR event on Friday in Richmond, I came away with a few thoughts: what a great sport! It is a sport that is very sophisticated. It is NOT just about driving around a track. I confess, I had no idea how sophisticated the sport is — from the skill of the driver to the technology of the car to the constant communication from the crew chief during the race to the rules that must be remembered to the condition and particulars of the track, etc. Of course there are lots of "head games" teams play on the other which makes it all the more intriguing. There are so many variables.
I know many of you have been fans of NASCAR for years and already know much about the sport than I do so I won't go on and on about it, but it is hard not to want to talk about our day and access — it was really fun. (Yes, I have a great job!)
But here is one thing I can't help but do: post on this blog VIDEO from our day at NASCAR that we did not get to show you on Friday night. We shot lots and lots and lots of video on Friday in Richmond, a long interview with Jimmie Johnson, interviews with Clint Boyer, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards and of course we are limited on our show how much time we have to show the video. The beauty of the Internet and the show page is that we don't have those time limitations — so we are putting lots of our NASCAR video here for you to see. Check back later in the day to watch the video.
I want to give a "shout out" to a US Airways pilot. I lost my cell phone in the Washington, D.C., airport yesterday and he found it. He called a few of the numbers from the cell phone call log list trying to figure out whose phone he had found so that he could get it to its owner. He left a message on my niece's voicemail (she is in college and I had called to say hello to her while I was waiting in the airport for my flight and hence her number was the last one in the call log before I lost the phone.)
I called my cell phone when I realized it was missing — the US Airways pilot answered and met me at my gate with it. I wish I had caught his name. I was VERY appreciative. (A bit later my niece called me to tell me about a message she had on her voicemail... she could not figure out why someone had my phone.)
Now for some e-mails:
E-mail No. 1
I find it interesting that when an Arab does something very wrong, like attacking a newsman, you call him only by his last name, so that he is not identified as an Arab. I expect more from FOX.
ANSWER: I don't get this... or your point.
E-mail No. 2
Please do not give this USAF officer ONE bit of space on your show or blog! When the OSI gets through with her, she will be just like the "missing Marine" in Boulder, Co., 100 miles south of where we live. She is the daughter of a retired USAF Colonel, wants publicity and is getting it. "Someone stuffed a hard object in my pocket, tells me it's a bomb (stop the first law enforcement person you see?) and then I get several miles to the location, dye my hair, they shaved my head, then I escaped and went to a farm house and that's the story"? PLEASE… give me a break! I want my money back that was spent on this "ordeal" by the USAF and local authorities to "find" her…. In fact, I think Jill should pay every cent back for her story. Time will tell and the USAF has ways to get to the truth.
William T. Wilbourne Jr.
MSgt, USAF, Retired
E-mail No. 3
Please help, we have a missing 14-year-old girl, named Elizabeth Shoaf, who was last seen getting off her school bus (a 1/4 mile from her home) on Sept. 6, 2006. Sheriff Steve McCaskill says he doesn't expect foul play nor that the child ran away but here it is Sunday and they are still searching the area on horseback. The sheriff's department also advises that the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) says it doesn't come under the criteria for an Amber Alert. The whole community is scared to death not knowing if we have a sexual predator on the loose or not. If she was abducted and taken out of state we need this out on the national media. This is in Lugoff, SC about 22 miles from Columbia, SC. This is the phone number for the family listed on the flier being passed out to everyone. 1-803-408-9688. I spoke with the girls mother this morning and she's positive Elizabeth did not run away and states that Elizabeth got off the bus with a male friend and the male friend states he caught a ride with someone but Elizabeth did not want to ride and within 5 minutes she vanished. It is a rural area with miles of wooded area including Fort Jackson which is about 1 1/2 miles away. Thanks for your time and I hope you will pick up on this tragedy.
E-mail No. 4
Brett Favre seems like a truly amazing person off of the field also. I live in Alabama, so we hear a lot about his tremendous love and support for his hometown in Mississippi. I would like to know if his parents are like this also and raised him to be such a caring person or did it come over time with the realization of what his income could do to help others. Thanks.
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