Linguist, lexicographer, radio host, public speaker

If I were on the roof and saw flames on all sides of the building, I would jump

“Above and beyond everything, the one thing I will never forget to my dying day, is the view of the people on the roof and higher floors of the World Trade Center lined up in the windows and on railings. You cannot see their expressions, but it is amazing what a 40 power telescrope reveals. They often huddled, probably talked about their chances, and sometimes went back into the building, or maybe, just laid on the floor. But then, some went to the edge, and jumped. Some jumped in pairs, holding hands. I doubt if they were married or lovers. I think it was just two people, alone, desparate, black, white, oriental,who cares

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Grant Barrett