September 10, 2001
Over on Facebook, I ran across this Washington Post story from 2004 describing the events of the day on the day before a day that has defined our politics and foreign policy:
Sept. 10, 2001. Cloudless skies welcome the sun to the East Coast at 6:32 a.m. This Monday looks to be a beautiful late summer day. Tuesday, however, might see some storms and clouds, as a hurricane is approaching. The worst of Hurricane Erin is out at sea and will remain there, but rough weather is still expected along the New Jersey coast later today or early tomorrow.
Not that people are all that focused on the weather.
The gossip around the water coolers this morning revolves around the latest about California congressman Gary Condit and missing intern Chandra Levy, the U.S. Open final match on Saturday between sisters Venus and Serena Williams, Michael Jordan’s possible return — again — to the NBA, tomorrow’s release of Bob Dylan’s 43rd album, “Love and Theft,” and the summertime paranoia about shark attacks, “killer mold” and dangerous roller coaster rides.
There’s some buzz around today’s television premiere of “The Other Half,” a talk show hosted by former Partridge family son Danny Bonaduce, never-aging TV host Dick Clark and two other minor male celebrities that seeks to be the male counterpart to the popular, all-female “The View.” Kelly Ripa is appearing on “The Late Show With David Letterman” tonight, and Jay Leno has Keanu Reeves on “The Tonight Show.”
Singer Mandy Moore’s video “Crushed” remains atop MTV’s TRL Top 10 Countdown. Regis Philbin and “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” top the Nielsen ratings, and “The Musketeer,” yet another Hollywood take on the Alexandre Dumas novel, leads the box office.
The morning’s headlines cover a variety of topics. The Washington Post and the New York Times both lead with congressional wrangling over a tight federal budget. The Wall Street Journal fronts comments by Vice President Cheney suggesting that the administration is seriously considering a capital gains tax cut and an increase in the minimum wage.
More at the link. It’s funny how quaint it all seems now.