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History of the World Trade Center 1. The WTC opened in 1970 after 8 years of
construction. 2. The WTC was the dream of David Rockefeller, chairman of the
Chase Manhattan Bank, and Nelson Rockefeller, former Governor of New
York. 3. The Rockefellers wanted to name the towers after themselves,
but the mayor of NY, John Lindsay, insisted on the World Trade
Center. 4. The City chose to build the WTC instead of building a new tunnel
and large bridge over the Hudson River. 5. The World Trade Center was
designed by architect Minoura Yamasaki. 6. According to Yamasaki, downtown
Manhattan was the perfect place to erect the towers because there wasn't
"a single building worth saving in the neighborhood." 7. Owners of
nearby buildings disagreed, and delayed demolition by three weeks with
their protests. 8. Sixteen blocks were cleared to house the completed
WTC. 9. More than 10,000 workers involved in building the complex. 10.
More than 60 of them died during construction. 11. The excavation work
displaced enough soil to create Liberty Park, were four 60-floor towers
and four apartment buildings were constructed. 12. The WTC's
foundations were laid at 60 feet below ground level. 13. The complex covered
16 acres when finished. 14. In addition to the towers, five other office
buildings made up the WTC complex. 15. The WTC had 12 million square
feet of space. 16. Each floor was 50,000 square feet. 17. The buildings
had their own ZIP codes - 10047 and 10048. 18. The towers were designed to
look like a futuristic sculpture. 19. The structure was revolutionary. Its
main supports were external, lining the four corners of each
tower. 20. Critics condemned the completed buildings as "boring." 21
Completed, the buildings were 100 feet taller then the Empire State
building. 22. Until the construction of Chicago's Sears Tower and the
Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the twin towers were the
world's tallest buildings. 23. The North Tower's 347 foot radio tower
technically allowed the WTC to still call itself the world's tallest
building. 24. The towers were different heights. The South tower was 1,362
feet tall, and big brother North tower was 1,368. 25. Sixty-eight
miles of steel were used in the construction of the buildings. 26. The
concrete poured was enough to build a road from New York to Washington, D
.C. 27. The steel inside the WTC could have made three more Brooklyn
Bridges. 28. The Twin Towers had more than 16 miles of staircases. 29.
There were 43,600 windows. 30. The windows were small to reduce the of heat
or cold entering the building. Regular size windows would have made the
heat unbearable in the summertime. 31. The WTC's 600,000 square feet
of glass was cleaned by an automatic machine. 32. The building had
20,000 elevator doors. 33. Of the WTC's 239 banks of elevators, one was known
as the fastest in the U.S. 34. The main elevators at 27 feet a second
reached the top in less than a minute. 35. There were 828 emergency
exit doors. 36. 23,000 fluorescent light bulbs lit the interior. 37.
Originally, there were no light switches in the towers, because energy
prices were one-third less than they are today. In 1982, switches were
installed. 38. 12,000 miles of electrical cable snaked through the
building, supplying power to 15 trading floors for stockbrokers. 39.
The 75,000 telephones were maintained by 19,600 miles of cable. 40. There
were more than 300 computer mainframes on site. 41. The WTC used more power
in one day than most small American cities. 42. Steam supplied by a plant on
New York's East River was used to heat the buildings. 43. The
buildings housed 49,000 tons of air-conditioning equipment. 44. More than
250,000 cans of paint were needed every year for upkeep of the
Towers. 45. The surrounding shopping center complex included 3250,000 square
feet of restaurants and stores. 46. Six banks, five investment firms
and three insurance companies called their headquarters there, in the
building. 47. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersy had its
headquarters in the building. 48. American Express had three floors
in the WTC. 49. The WTC was home base for Bank of America. 50. The trade
center housed two top restaurants - the Windows on the World and Wild
Blue. 51. Windows on the World had one of the best vintage wine collections
in the United States. 52. More than 50,000 people worked in the twin
towers. 53. By 9 a.m. each weekday morning, the buildings had an average of
35,000 employees at their desks. 54. More than 200,000 people - half
of them tourists - moved through the buildings each day. 55. The
South Tower had an observation deck that was visited by more than 26,000
people a day. 56. An information sign at the top assured visitors that the
buildings had been designed to withstand airplane crashes. 57. The
towers could be seen from at least 20 miles away. 58. On a clear day, it was
possible to see for 45 miles in every direction from the observation
deck. 59. The express elevator to the observation deck was the largest in
the U.S. with a 55-person capacity. 60. Every president since 1973
paid a visit to the landmark. 61. President Ronald Reagan watched July 4th
fireworks celebrations from the WTC on two occasions. 62. Superstars
Frank Sinatra, John Lennon, Mick Jagger and Liza Minelli all sang in WTC
restaurants. 63. Two New York TV stations incorporated the twin tower image
into their logos. 64. The towers served 10 New York TV stations with
10 antennas on the top. 65. More postcards of the WTC were sent each
year than any other building in the world. 66. In 1974, a Frenchman,
Phillipe Petit, strung a tightrope between the two towers and walked
across. 67. Three men successfully parachuted from the top of the
towers. 68. More than a dozen mountain climbers have scaled the
building. 69. In 1975 a jobless construction worker parachuted from the South
Tower to publicize the plight of the unemployed. 70. The most famous
man to climb the building was George Willig - who was arrested at the
top. 71. Willig was fined one penny for each of the 110 floors he
scaled. 72. Last year, a man in a micro-light aircraft crashed into the North
Tower. 73. In the concourse beneath the towers, there were more than
75 stores. 74. Each day, over 150,000 commuters passed through the
three subwaystations there. 75. Eighty seven tons of food was
delivered to the building each day. 76. Over 30,000 cups of coffee were
poured daily in the basement cafes. 77. Twenty-two doctors had practices
there. 78. Seventeen babies were born on the site. 79. Irv Silverstein
recently bought the WTC for almost $3.2 billion. 80. The WTC generated $110
million a year in profit. 81. More than three dozen movies have been filmed
there. 82. The best known film to use the WTC as a location was the 1976
remake of King Kong. 83. The 1993 bombing of the WTC killed six
people and injured 1,000 more. 84. 1,300 pounds of explosives ripped
through the garage in the 1993 attack. 85. That bomb created a crater
16 feet deep and badly damaged inner support beams. 86. Before the
1993 attack, there were three closed circuit television networks for
security. 87. After the bombing, the cameras were increased to 300 monitored
by computers. 88. More than 300 security guards worked there. 89.
The WTC featured security centers on 14 different floors and its own
police station. 90. The entrance lobbies had 16 concierge desks and 12 X-ray
machines. 91. After the first bombing, no one could get inside the buildings
without an ID check. 92. It took an average of five minutes for a
visitor to pass through security checks. 93. Before the 1993 bombing,
there were more than 1,000 parking spaces beneath the buildings; 600
remained afterward. 94. All vehicles using the parking lot had to show FBI
security passes. 95. On Sept. 11, the building was 95 percent full, with over
400 tenants. 96. New York Gov. George Pataki had an office in the
WTC, but wasn't there when the disaster struck. 97. Both the Secret
Service and the FBI rented office space there. 98. $110.3 million in gold and
120.7 million in silver is buried in the rubble. 99. The combined
weight of the towers was more than 1.5 million tons. 100. Each tower was
built to safely sway about three feet during strong wind storms. 101.
Blue Cross-Blue Shield, New York's largest health insurance company,
moved into the building 3 years ago. 102. Nine chapels serving six different
faiths called the WTC home. 103. Twenty-nine countries had trade mission
offices in the buildings. 104. Every major U.S. airline had ticket offices
inside the WTC. 105. It is the first skyscraper in the world destroyed by
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"Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of
eighty and gradually approach eighteen."
-- Mark Twain --
AMEN, David 1
Chicken SoupGold, Common Sense and Fur
By Linda C. Stafford
My husband and I had been happily (most of the time) married for
five years but hadn't been blessed with a baby. I decided to do some serious
praying and promised God that if he would give us a child, I would be a perfect
mother, love it with all my heart and raise it with his word as my guide.
God answered my prayers and blessed us with a son. The next year
God blessed us with another son. The following year, he blessed us with yet
another son. The year after that we were blessed with a daughter.
My husband thought we'd been blessed right into poverty. We now
had four children, and the oldest was only four years old.
I learned never to ask God for anything unless I meant it. As a
minister once told me, "If you pray for rain, make sure you carry an umbrella."
I began reading a few verses of the Bible to the children each
day as they lay in their cribs. I was off to a good start. God had entrusted me
with four children and I didn't want to disappoint him.
I tried to be patient the day the children smashed two dozen eggs
on the kitchen floor searching for baby chicks. I tried to be understanding when
they started a hotel for homeless frogs in the spare bedroom, although it took
me nearly two hours to catch all twenty-three frogs.
When my daughter poured ketchup all over herself and rolled up in
a blanket to see how it felt to be a hot dog, I tried to see the humor rather
than the mess.
In spite of changing over twenty-five thousand diapers, never
eating a hot meal and never sleeping for more than thirty minutes at a time, I
still thank God daily for my children.
While I couldn't keep my promise to be a perfect mother - I
didn't even come close - I did keep my promise to raise them in the Word of God.
I knew I was missing the mark just a little when I told my
daughter we were going to church to worship God, and she wanted to bring a bar
of soap along to "wash up" Jesus, too.
Something was lost in the translation when I explained that God
gave us everlasting life, and my son thought it was generous of God to give us
his "last wife."
My proudest moment came during the children's Christmas pageant.
My daughter was playing Mary, two of my sons were shepherds and my youngest son
was a wise man. This was their moment to shine.
My five-year-old shepherd had practiced his line, "We found the
babe wrapped in swaddling clothes." But he was nervous and said, "The baby was
wrapped in wrinkled clothes."
My four-year-old "Mary" said, "That's not 'wrinkled clothes,'
silly. That's dirty, rotten clothes."
A wrestling match broke out between Mary and the shepherd and was
stopped by an angel, who bent her halo and lost her left wing.
I slouched a little lower in my seat when Mary dropped the doll
representing Baby Jesus, and it bounced down the aisle crying, "Mama-mama." Mary
grabbed the doll, wrapped it back up and held it tightly as the wise men
My other son stepped forward wearing a bathrobe and a paper
crown, knelt at the manger and announced, "We are the three wise men, and we are
bringing gifts of gold, common sense and fur."
The congregation dissolved into laughter, and the pageant got a
"I've never enjoyed a Christmas program as much as this one,"
Father Brian laughed, wiping tears from his eyes. "For the rest of my life, I'll
never hear the Christmas story without thinking of gold, common sense and fur."
"My children are my pride and my joy and my greatest blessing," I
said as I dug through my purse for an aspirin.
Transplant Chips ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
A doctor tells a rich
old man that he's going to die if he doesn't get a new heart soon.
old man tells the doctor to search the world for the best heart available,
money is no object.
A few days later the doctor calls the old man and
says he has found three hearts but they are all expensive. The old man
reminds the doctor that he is filthy rich and implores him to tell him about
the donors they came from.
'Well, the first one belonged to 22 year
old marathon runner, never smoked, ate only the most healthy foods, was in
peak condition when he was hit by a bus. No damage to the heart, of course.
But it costs $100,000!'
The old man, waving off the last part about the
cost, asks the doctor to tell him about the second donor.
belonged to a 16 year old long-distance swimmer, high school kid. Lean and
mean. Drowned when he hit his head on the side of the pool. That heart'll set
you back $150,000!'
'Okay,' said the old man, 'what about the third
'Well this one belonged to a 58 year-old man, smoked three packs
of cigarettes a day, weighed over 300 pounds, never exercised, drank like
a fish... this heart is going for $500,000!!!'
grand?!?!', the old man exclaimed, 'why so expensive?'
'Well', said the
doctor, 'this heart belonged to a lawyer... so it was never used!'
Sitting in the bar George asked Johnny, 40, "How come you are not
Johnny: "I haven't found the right woman yet"
"So what are you looking for?"
Johnny: "Oh she's got to be real pretty, -
a good cook 'n house keeper, - well and she's got to know how to handle
money, - a really nice and pleasant personality is a must, - and money, she's
got to have money, - and a home, a nice big house, is what she has to
George: "A woman like that would be crazy to marry
Johnny: "Oh it's okay, if she is crazy"
MY BUSINESS HOURS
Open most days about 9:00 or 10:00,
as early as 7:00,
But some days as late as 12:00 or 1:00.
about 5:30 or 6:00,
Occasionally about 4:00 or 5:00.
as late as 11:00 or 12:00.
Some days or afternoons, we aren't here at
And lately I've been here about all the time,
Except when I'm
But I should be here then too.
There is supposedly at least one tattoo studio in the continental US which
has, in amongst all the stock designs on the walls, the Chinese for "I'm so
stupid that I don't know what this means." The person who mentioned this was
American-Chinese, and asked the tattooist why this was up on the wall. The
tattooist replied that it was there to catch idiots who just picked designs
which they thought looked cool - and that if someone was stupid enough to
get a phrase which they didn't understand tattooed on their body, he'd do it.
Apparently he'd already put the design on several people, too - if they'd
have asked him what it meant, he'd have told them.
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