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David Kern Reflects on his Pre- 9/11 Experiences

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Personal Reflection

What were you doing on 9/11? (Or, What was your interviewee doing on 9/11?)

In a motel at Highland, IL doing bookwork early in the morning.

How did 9/11 affect you personally and or professionally?

I think it was sick. It made me recall things that happened while at Daytona. Like meeting a man named Ben, rather Bin, I think, after he saw me pull in to park in my military-looking jeep. He wanted to sell me military parts to something, out of the trunk of a car. I wasn't interested, but that's when I asked what his name was. He said you can call me Bin. That was 1981 or 1982. Another time in religions class, an Afghani sitting behind me prompted me to turn around and asked, don't you believe in God? He was pretty irritated. Pairing up into teams for our design project while the Iranian hostage crisis was happening, there were two of us left; me and an Iranian. He was a pretty nice kid.

What do you want future generations of professionals, particularly those going into your field, to know about 9/11?

They should watch the first live footage that media news had on TV that morning. It was sick to watch. It made me think of War of the Worlds but this was really happening. They took something of beauty and turned it into something gross -sick.

ERAU Active and Alumni Graduating Class of

1982

On 9/11, what sector were you (OR your interviewee) in?

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David Kern Reflects on his Pre- 9/11 Experiences

I think it was sick. It made me recall things that happened while at Daytona. Like meeting a man named Ben, rather Bin, I think, after he saw me pull in to park in my military-looking jeep. He wanted to sell me military parts to something, out of the trunk of a car. I wasn't interested, but that's when I asked what his name was. He said you can call me Bin. That was 1981 or 1982. Another time in religions class, an Afghani sitting behind me prompted me to turn around and asked, don't you believe in God? He was pretty irritated. Pairing up into teams for our design project while the Iranian hostage crisis was happening, there were two of us left; me and an Iranian. He was a pretty nice kid.