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berkleybabe Sep 12, 2001 06:37 PM

How are the 'hounds in the DC/VA area doing? We've spent time on NYC, but you guys are dealing with the same tragedy. Will you post? Prayers for your safety.

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    Jim Leff RE: berkleybabe Sep 12, 2001 06:44 PM

    Wow, yes. How callous of me and the other new yorkers here. On the other hand, I'm not sure we had any pentagon people on site. But...who knows? Any DC regulars know any regulars who might conceivably be in the Pentagon? CapHill, etc?

    Also, it's almost been lost in the shuffle, but we also had four major major plane crashes yesterday. That alone would have been the news story of the decade, but the enormity of the tragedy has many of us paying very little attention to those victims.

    ciao

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      Melanie Wong RE: Jim Leff Sep 12, 2001 06:52 PM

      I'm praying that we'll hear from Pam who is a Pentagon correspondent.

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        Jim Leff RE: Melanie Wong Sep 12, 2001 09:01 PM

        do we have an email address for her?

        the only Pam I can find posting on this board lately is pamrhess@aol.com, but that poster has stated that she works in Virginia.

        but, still, if that's her, let me know and I'll definitely shoot her an email

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          Melanie Wong RE: Jim Leff Sep 12, 2001 09:09 PM

          Yep, that's her. I found her email attached to another post and sent her a note. Will let you know if I hear anything.

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            Lori RE: Melanie Wong Sep 13, 2001 12:57 PM

            For those of you outside of the DC area; the Pentagon is actually in Virginia (across the bridge from DC).

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        Geoff Laredo RE: Jim Leff Sep 13, 2001 02:45 PM

        CapHill works in Van Ness; I've tried to reach him haven't heard yet. I do know he was planning on some travel this month. Have asked him to post to say hello.

        Best wishes and thoughts to all.......

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          Jim Leff RE: Geoff Laredo Sep 13, 2001 03:06 PM

          Caphill's ok. Anybody heard from Pam yet?

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            Melanie Wong RE: Jim Leff Sep 13, 2001 03:47 PM

            Thu, 13 Sep 2001 15:33:25 EDT
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            PamRHess@aol.com

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            Re: ok?
            sweet mother of god you chowhounds are the best. I work in the Pentagon
            but was not here at the time...to my GREAT disappointment (am a reporter).
            My desk is a safe distance away from the blast...the magnitude of this
            hasn't sunk in becuase I have been so busy.

            thanks again.
            Pam
            (ps: Red's Eats, Wiscasset Maine: Best Lobster ROll in the world.)

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              NancyS RE: Melanie Wong Sep 14, 2001 12:07 AM

              I, too, work at the Pentagon but wasn't there at the time. Miraculously, everyone from my office (100+ people)--only a few hallways away from where the plane hit--got out safely. There was one casualty on my staff--a gentleman who had left that morning for a business trip and was on the plane that crashed into the Pentagon. This is all so horrific--almost impossible to process. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been affected by this enormous tragedy.

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        Jim Dorsch RE: berkleybabe Sep 12, 2001 10:06 PM

        OK here

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          zora RE: berkleybabe Sep 12, 2001 10:37 PM

          I work at Georgetown University Hospital, and we were put on disaster alert yesterday for an onslaught of patients that fortunately never arrived. (I wouldn't be able to say that, if the plane that crashed in PA had successfuly reached its intended target in DC.) A nurse and a patient on my ward (psychiatry) both have relatives missing, who worked in the World Trade Center. A recent patient, a truly wonderful person, who works in the Pentagon, is apparently missing. It seems that just about everyone has lost someone, or knows someone who has experienced the loss of someone they loved or knew.

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            berkleybabe RE: zora Sep 12, 2001 10:57 PM

            We're keeping this up to find out about our fellow 'hounds. Keep posting --thanks for the update and some good news.

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              berkleybabe RE: zora Sep 12, 2001 10:59 PM

              Sorry, Zora this should have been for Jim. Keep up updated. Our hearts and prayers go out for you all in the area and those who are on the front lines and those you know and love.

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              Bob RE: berkleybabe Sep 13, 2001 03:37 PM

              I'm still here. Vacated my particular Dept. of Justice building. Don't know anyone who works at the Pentagon or the WTC. I'm supposed to travel to New Orleans next month and I can't bring myself to make the reservation.

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                Cap Hill RE: berkleybabe Sep 13, 2001 07:38 PM

                Wow. This site is amazing. I'm really sorry, I should have posted here and let you know that I was ok. Jim Leff - you are really something else :) - contacted me and I sent him a note and then Geoff e-mailed me to tell me to get the hey online and post here, so I'm really sorry for not doing this sooner.

                Had a brief moment of chaos and confusion when we were evacuated from the Senate and then have spent much of my time locating friends and contemplating what has happened to us. I have a friend still missing from WTC - someone I've known since college, husband and father. We are fearful for him. So have been thinking hard about life lately.

                I hope that all of our posters are well and safe and their loved ones too. I wish you all safety and peace.

                Bill McColl (CapHill)

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                  Pam RE: berkleybabe Sep 13, 2001 07:46 PM

                  Thank you so much for being worried about me. I must tell you that nothing has affected me in this horrible trio of days like these chowhound e-mails wondering as to my whereabouts.

                  I am United Press International's Pentagon correspondent. We reporters have a sick gene -- tragedy energizes us. We have a job to do, under a tight deadline, and we do it pretty unemotionally. We can't write or report when crying or screaming so we just don't do either. We take notes, we share information with colleagues, we check to make sure everyone's name is spelled correctly and then you move on to the next story. There is gallows humor, but everyone here cops the same plea: it doesn't feel real to us (and it was our office that was attacked!). Not even this afternoon when I stood 100 feet from the wreckage, interviewing people about the scene inside as they hauled out bodies, did it seem real.

                  So thank you for worrying. It brings it home to me in a way I have been hoping for. All of us here feel we are on the outside looking in at a nation mourning, and I have regretted not being able to share in the grief. But I gotta do my job...

                  Thanks again. And I mean it about Red's Eats in Wiscasset. Get it with browned butter...more than a whole cold lobster in a proper white bread roll, grilled...$12.95. I had 2.

                  Light a candle outside tomorrow at 7 pm.

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                    StephenB RE: Pam Sep 14, 2001 03:06 PM

                    Pam,

                    I know exactly what you mean about being energized. On Nov.22, 1963, I was covering the State Dept, along with Marvin Kalb, for CBS News. Marvin and I were about to go out for lunch when word came in that President Kennedy had been shot. We dashed to the wires, where 5 bells from UPI (Merriman Smith) confirmed the story. Marvin said, "OK, let's eat." I said, "How can we eat at a time like this?" He said, "Look, this is still a Dallas story. An hour from now, it will be a Washington story -- and then we won't eat again for two days." We dashed over to Virginia Avenue, where we had roast beef platters with all trimmings, stoking up. Then we called our desk, Marvin went back to State and I was sent to Andrews. And he was right. We didn't pause for at least 48 hours. Looking at myself, I saw that I was "energized," as you said, hyper-functional. Although I personally was a JFK partisan, I felt no need to grieve or to wring my hands, only to work and to keep myself ready for more work. But I must caution you that if you are like me, there is a serious price to pay. Three weeks later, when we had some respite, I suffered an emotional collapse. All the grief came out, and I sat alone in my apartment for days. I think I would have better off if I had been able to integrate my life at that point, rather than segregate my feelings. But sometimes reporters don't have that privilege.

                    Stephen

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                    Jim Zurer RE: berkleybabe Sep 15, 2001 08:29 AM

                    I am here...just haven't had time to check in during the past week.

                    The combination of following the tragic events and the uproar in my work (I work as a travel consultant at a travel agency specializing in Italian travel) has kept me busy.

                    Thanks for asking.

                    Jim Zurer
                    Washington DC

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