9/11 20 years later: Thomas J. Farnan, Johnstown – Chasing innocence | Readers remember

90-year-old Tom Farnan sits at a desk in his home office in Johnstown
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90-year-old Tom Farnan sits at a desk in his home office in Johnstown

Initially, when the first plane hit, I thought of the military plane that hit the Empire State Building during the World War II era. I was about 12 years old at the time.

Soon it became apparent that our country was being attacked by an almost expected enemy. When I saw a huge cloud of smoke, debris and other matters chasing innocent people down the streets of New York City, I knew that one of the towers had bit the dust.

After that I stayed glued to the TV for days, as I was retired by then.

One thing that bothered me as time went on was that those involved in taking over the four airliners took flying lessons somewhere in Florida and were interested in only “flying” but not “taking off” or “landing.” Seems as if someone should have sniffed out a big faux pas here.

-Thomas J. Farnan, Johnstown

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