Every picture told a story.

About 99.9% of my blog posts tell a story and they all revolve around me. But today, to honor the events of September 11, 2001, I am going to let someone else tell the story, but in images set to music. I recently read about a University of Michigan professor who was releasing his private archive of 20 rolls of film shot in New York City on that fateful morning. This Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, David Turnley, paired his images with Bruce Springsteen’s song “Lift Me Up” to create this amazing video. The reason was simple and straightforward. He said “I am posting this work to honor—20 years later—all those who lost their lives and those who risked their lives to help.”

You can click here to see the YouTube video.

If you are on Instagram, Professor Turnley has included more photos in a six-day Instagram series available at @davidturnley.

If you are old enough to remember 9-11, (and that is 80% of us), the images we saw on the TV news and in newspapers the next day are something we will never forget.

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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20 Responses to Every picture told a story.

  1. ruthsoaper says:

    Thanks for sharing that Linda. As horrific as this was, it was an event that united us a country – as people. It’s heartbreaking to see how divided we have become as a nation over the past twenty years.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      You’re welcome Ruth – the pictures, music … the entire video was haunting and so sad and I wanted to share. I agree with you – what happened to people who rallied together – we are at opposite ends of the spectrum these days in everything that matters.

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  2. The whole event still gives me a lump in my throat and a flood in my eyeballs. That won’t ever go away.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes, I agree with you Kate. I’ve just been watching some recaps of the events surrounding September 11th and the ceremonies today. Because we are the 80% of people who lived through 9/11, we cannot ever forget how we felt as the day went on and things were progressively worse.

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  3. Eilene Lyon says:

    The photos really bring back the horror of the destruction and lost lives of that day. Too bad we can’t seem to get our act together as a country these days.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes, the looks on their faces of the horror unfolding before their very eyes. After listening today to many recaps of September 11th and the days that followed, as well as some speeches given to mark the 20th anniversary, I do agree with you Eileen – it is too bad that we cannot come together once again and not like we are now … pitted against one another.

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  4. Joni says:

    It’s hard to believe it’s been twenty years – not something any of us will ever forget. But what a different world we live in now – so many bad things happen now every day that it seems looking back, like the age of innocence.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I was listening to a lot of retrospectives yesterday Joni and one thing that kept coming up was that there are 20 percent of the population that did not live through 9-11 and many young people who never traveled before 9-11 have no conception of how easy travel was then, just to hop on a plane and off you go. I’ve not traveled by air since the early 80s so I don’t know how it even was in 2001. But yes it was an age of innocence. The terrible things happening in the news, locally, nationally – even internationally are so terrible, even the natural disasters. It’s like a whole new world and one I don’t like at all.

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  5. The photos do the talking, that’s for sure. The photographer sure captured the destruction that happened and how the united people came together to help one another. I was a huge fan of Bruce back in the Born in the USA days. His music sure changed, I don’t think I remember him ever singing in that high of a pitch…?

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I really liked the photos and the video. I signed up for Instagram and have to go over there. I usually just leave it so I can log on automatically, but I’ve not been there in a while so have to look up my password. The looks on the people’s faces just told you the horror they were seeing. It was nice how people united back then – times sure have changed. I liked Bruce back in that era as well – the song he sang was haunting as it was so high pitched as you saw the pictures. Perhaps he sang like that to make it seem a little eerie?

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      • I sprinkle my time across a few social medias – just spend a little time at each so I don’t get sucked into the negativity.
        I don’t know why he sang like that, but if it was to be eerie, it worked. 😉

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I listen to the radio news throughout the day as I don’t have TV, but watch news stories I heard on Twitter or Facebook to keep current with goin’s on. And the weather – always the weather for walking and because I’m a weather worrier. I usually don’t read the comments on either of those platforms because of how quickly the commentary turns ugly most of the time.

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      • I haven’t listened to the radio news in a long time. We listen to an oldies station and they tend to just play music, which is more fun than Fake News.
        The weather is important though – I haven’t found a reliable source other than my own go out and see what it’s really like outside technique. LOL!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        My mother used to say the same thing with the weather – go outside and see if it’s windy or just look out the window. Well that works if you’re staying close … our weather is so changeable these days.

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      • Yes, the weather is weird. Yesterday it felt like mid-July heat. Today it’ll rain. It is hard to plan to go far if you’re counting on nice weather.

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Well, we are getting 2-4 inches of rain Tuesday evening through Thursday so that’ll make everything soggy once again. I put all my yard stuff and hose away yesterday. This up-and-down and erratic weather took all the joy out of Summer this year, for me anyway.

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  6. Thank you for sharing this, Linda. 🙏

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  7. Thank you for sharing Linda. I don’t think the day will come any of us will ever forget that day.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Glad you liked the video Diane. I thought it was moving. I don’t think we will forget that day either Diane. They say most people can remember exactly what they were doing that fateful morning.

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