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I was scheduled to speak at a conference in San Francisco two weeks after September 11, 2001. I half expected it to be cancelled, but it wasn’t. It was an interesting flight across the country with about a dozen people in a 757.

I got in the evening before the conference was to begin and I was supposed to present mid-morning. So I walked over to the Moscone Center a little early to register, pick up my speaker swag, and maybe find some free food for breakfast. I stepped outside for a moment and as I did I heard the familiar wump, wump, wump of an approaching helicopter. At the same time I noticed a large number of people lined up outside one of the entrances to the auditorium.

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