It was 11 years ago today. Where were you and what were you doing when America was attacked?

I had just dropped off kids, one at our baby sitter’s house, the other at pre-school. I was driving from our church pre-school to the American Family Radio studios, where I would tape sports shows on Tuesday mornings. It was during that short drive that I heard the first reports of the Twin Towers in NYC. I had not yet heard a report on the Pentagon.

I walked into AFR, and things were buzzing. I heard a receptionist answer the phone and say, “Yes mam, the Pentagon and Washington, D.C.” My first thought was anger at passing out wrong information at such a crucial time. Then I thought, “Dear God, Washington too.” I quickly found a television and confirmed my second thought.

I was on the Mississippi State beat then and drove to Starkville later in the day where we went through the motions of a press conference for a game that would be postponed. Rumors spread of $8 a gallon gas, and speculation spread of what might happen next. I learned the word “jihad” that day.

I didn’t like being out of town on a day like that. You wanted to be near family.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • I was working at Expedia.com in Tacoma, WA. The phones were absolutely silent on 911 and on 9 12.

  • Archaeo

    Working the same job now as then. We got a phone call saying to turn on the tv and we did just in time to see the second plane slam into the second tower. Doesn’t seem like its been 11 years.

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