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“The Man Who Knew”

Before getting down to “blog business”, I start with something that was forwarded to me. Yes, it’s probably improper to post… but it made me laugh!

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Sunday is September 11. It’s the start of the NFL football season. I suspect that there will be at least one player who decides to use the pledge of allegiance to the flag for his opportunity of demonstration.

The meaning of the flag is also part of a remembrance of the murders of September 11, 2001. On that day, all of the United States felt attacked and betrayed. No one was demonstrating during the pledge of allegiance on September 12, 2001.

In light of the importance of that day, I thought that it was worthwhile to look back at the PBS Frontline documentary titled The Man Who Knew (Online here)  which first aired on PBS on October 3, 2002.

It’s the story of the FBI agent who was obsessed with Bin Laden and was warning other officials of an impending attack. So obsessed that he had previously gathered all film and video of Bin Laden that the FBI had acquired, and watched it over and over in his New York apartment. He was trying to look for clues. He is also chronicled in the book titled The Man Who Warned America.

I wanted to blog on this amazing story, but it would just take too long. In short, the amazing part of the story is that he was ultimately forced out of his job at the FBI. So, he entered the private sector as head of security for the World Trade Center. He started his new job on August 23, 2001.

He was killed on the day of the attacks of September 11,2001.  He was last seen at the 49th floor shortly before the tower collapsed. When he started his new job, he had remarked to a friend that  because of the result of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, that “They’ll probably try to finish the job”.

It’s a good reminder of what our flag stands for, and how others keep trying to take stands against us and what that flag stands for.

 

I hope you have a great weekend!

And for our pic o’ day

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The Universal Emergency Number

I have to admit that I really have not thought much about how 911 became the emergency number. Yet, I know how important it is. As a side note, I  have had parents tell me that they tried to teach their young child about the number by asking them who to call in an emergency. Many smile and say that their child has replied, “Call Joel Bieber”.

That’s a good answer too! Still, we all learn at a young age when and why to call 911. Now I know the story of 911. Rather than trying to act creative in writing about it, let me post a portion of an article from Howstuffworks.com. It’s how the number began:

Prior to 1968, there was no standard emergency number. So how did 911 become one of the most recognizable numbers in the United States? Choosing 911 as the universal emergency number was not an arbitrary selection, but it wasn’t a difficult one either. In 1967, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) met with AT&T to establish such an emergency number. They wanted a number that was short and easy to remember. More importantly, they needed a unique number, and since 911 had never been designated for an office code, area code or service code, that was the number they chose.

Soon after, the U.S. Congress agreed to support 911 as the emergency number standard for the nation and passed legislation making 911 the exclusive number for any emergency calling service. A central office was set up by the Bell System to develop the infrastructure for the system.

On February 16, 1968, Alabama Senator Rankin Fite made the first 911 call in the United States in Haleyville, Alabama. The Alabama Telephone Company carried the call. A week later, Nome, Alaska, implemented a 911 system. In 1973, the White House’s Office of Telecommunication issued a national statement supporting the use of 911 and pushed for the establishment of a Federal Information Center to assist government agencies in implementing the system.

After its initial acceptance in the late 1960s, 911 systems quickly spread across the country. By 1979, about 26 percent of the United States population had 911 service, and nine states had passed legislation for a statewide 911 system. Through the latter part of the 1970s, 911 service grew at a rate of 70 new local systems per year, according to the NENA. Approximately 50 percent of the U.S. population had 911 service by 1987. In 1999, about 93 percent of the U.S. population was covered by 911 service.

I guess if Paul Harvey was still alive and reading this story, he would finish the blog in voice with… And now you know the rest of the story.

And for pic o’ day I am attaching two in the “education genre”;

 

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