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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 terrorists.











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A KITCHEN TIP OR TWO.....

If you use 100% corn oil margarine in your cookies your
dough will be softer than dough made with regular margarine
or butter.

To moisten a cake that is slightly dry, pierce it all over and
slowly pour fruit juice or brandy into it.
(Be careful if you use brandy...remember the little ones!!)

Don't add sugar to stewed fruits until they have boiled for
10 minutes. They need less sugar then.

Carefully wipe your knife blade with vegetable oil before
chopping raisins, dates, or other sticky dried fruit to prevent
sticking.


The Doggie Pledge

I will not eat the cats' food, before or after they eat it.

I will not eat the disposable diapers, especially the dirty ones.

I will not play tug-o'-war with Dad's underwear when he's
on the toilet

I will not eat any more socks and then re-deposit them in
the backyard after processing.

I will not chew my human's toothbrush and not tell them.

I will not chew crayons or pens, 'specially not the red ones
so my people will think I am dying.

I will not roll on dead seagulls, fish, crabs, etc.

I will not throw up in the car.

I will not bite the officer's hand when he reaches in for
Mom's driver's license and car registration.

I will not steal my Mom's underwear and dance all over
the back yard with it.











DUMP CAKE

1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
1 box yellow cake mix (dry)
1 cup butter, cut up

Combine pineapple and cherry pie filling in an ungreased
13x9-inch baking dish. Top with dry cake mix and butter.

Bake, uncovered, at 350º for 1 hour. Yield: 10-12 servings.


"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 arrived.

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 standing ovation.

"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.

The 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.

'This one 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 heart?'

'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!!!'

'Five-hundred 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 married?"

Johnny: "I haven't found the right woman yet"

George: "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 have."

George: "A woman like that would be crazy to marry YOU"

Johnny: "Oh it's okay, if she is crazy"


MY BUSINESS HOURS

Open most days about 9:00 or 10:00,

Occasionally as early as 7:00,

But some days as late as 12:00 or 1:00.

We close about 5:30 or 6:00,

Occasionally about 4:00 or 5:00.

But sometimes as late as 11:00 or 12:00.

Some days or afternoons, we aren't here at all.

And lately I've been here about all the time,

Except when I'm somewhere else.

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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thanks, David 1