Friday, September 12, 2008

Never Forget

I thought it might be too flippant to mention these facts in my post yesterday:

On September 11, 2001 my husband and many other New Yorkers took stocking up on supplies to mean clean the shelves of the nearest liquor store. That day he brought home hundreds of dollars worth of wine.

Many babies were conceived in the weeks right after the attack. Lula however, was already a cluster of cells patiently waiting for her mom to wise up and pee on a stick.

I bought FDNY & NYPD shirts and hats for for my family that Christmas. 

I was kind of unaware that other parts of the country were so affected by the attacks. I was always surprised to hear people talking about the ramifications it had on them in places like Dallas.

Erik's company was throwing him a "welcome back" party on 9/13. Invites were out. Space rented. Babysitter was hired. The party however, was cancelled. 

Soon after advertising creatives were tasked with coming up with a campaign/message to improve morale and reassure tourists. I (heart) NY More Than Ever was born. My friend Gail (Hi Gail!) wrote the same line but her agency did not win the account and thus she didn't get the credit. Gail did write the line: Eat More Chicken for Chick-fil-A. She's a rock-star.

Yesterday someone IM'd me this joke

Knock. Knock.

Who's there?


9/11 who?

You said you'd never forget.

We both agreed that the best part of the joke was the relief that the punch-line wasn't more offensive.


mrs. blogoway said...

Awesome post. I love hearing about your life in NY and I love hearing advertising stories. I used to work in advertising and it makes me remember those times of coming up with slogans, etc. Have you read Augusten Burroughs books where he tells of working in the field and working on the junior mints account. Hilarious!

My sister's anniversary has been 9/11 since 1983. I feel bad for her that the date has such sadness attached to it now.

zellmer said...

Right, and is it wrong that to prepare for Hurricane Ike, Chris and I stocked up on not only candles and water, but also wine, vodka and cigarettes?

Daisy said...

It's a generational memory, too. My students (ages 9 & 10) were too young to consciously remember. My daughter (age 21!) remembers it vividly, and watched History Channel with her friends at college all day. My husband remembers the gas lines and the sudden change in workload; he works in TV news.