We all know it happened, Navy SEAL Team 6, killing Osama bin Laden a year ago, but in a new book, A former member of SEAL Team 6, known by the pseudonym Mark Owen, recounts the raid that killed the world’s most wanted man! The book is “No Easy Day”, and as the “60 Minutes” interview of the author revealed Sunday night, this was minute by minute drama with our elite SEAL team 6, improvising around glitches on a mission they had rehearsed over a hundred times with a full scale model replica built here in the U.S. Watch the whole account, and your respect for what these Navy SEAL teams do will multiply itself by a hundredfold. It is a compelling interview!! Scott Pelley reports.
It was 5:56 A.M. and I was doing my regular 5 to 10 a.m. morning radio show here in L.A. and just coming out of Kim Carnes “Bette Davis Eyes” and had my two regular TV monitors of Channel 5 & Channel 11 in front of me watching reporters trying to make some sense out of what they were seeing & reporting in New York City of a plane crashing into one of the World Trade Center towers. At first glance, I thought it was like I had read about a plane hitting the Empire State building in New York in the 40′s, but that was in a thick fog, and this day in New York that I was looking at on TV was a bright blue sky.
My news reporter Barbara Brooks said on the air to me that initial reports were that an airliner or even possibly a missile had hit the tower because there were two gaping holes and flames of fire leaping from the top floors. My comment was that having flown in & out of New York many times, I couldn’t ever recall a flight path that took us over the city itself. Then at 6:12 on the next scheduled break in the music, Barbara Brooks came back with an update that indicated now 2 planes had crashed into the 2 towers of the World Trade Center. I mentioned on the air with the flames and smoke we were seeing, it reminded me of the Irwin Allen terror movie “The Towering Inferno”, and by then all of us in the studio realized that what we had seen glancing at the TV monitors while going about the business of doing our radio show, that we had at first thought was just the replay of one plane hitting a tower, was in fact 2 different planes and both towers had been hit. And I surmised on the air at this point that this might be the work of terrorists who had vowed revenge in retaliation for those World Trade center bombers from 1993 who were captured & convicted for a truck bomb in the WTC tower basement, meant to crash one tower into the other and bring them both down.
There was also a chilling feeling I expressed on the air of disbelief that this was real or was actually happening…maybe it was just a bad dream or nightmare that was playing out and my alarm would wake me up to go to work shortly, but reality had set in and by my next break 10 minutes later, my producer Dianna Olea remarked she had just talked to her boyfriend who dealt with the New York Stock Exchange everyday and his conversation with his friends in New York indicated it was utter chaos there, with everyone wondering what was going to happen next. One of his friends he was on the phone with was on the 80th floor in one of the Twin Towers and looked up just as a huge explosion flashed in front of him! The tragedy began to unfold with a local angle as we learned one of the hijacked planes that crashed into the towers was bound from Boston to L.A. originally, and traffic reporter Lori Ryan broke into the discussion with news reporter Barbara Brooks and myself, that she just got a report another plane had hit the Pentagon! It was at that point at 6:44 a.m. that I described the morning as an American Nightmare and our country was under a very well designed and coordinated attack from terrorists, and we dropped playing any music to focus on all the information we could find and relay to our listeners.
Having found out moments later, less than an hour after the first plane hit the WTC, that the White House, Capitol building and all government buildings were being evacuated and the FAA was now grounding all aircraft across the United States till further notice, forcing all planes to land at the nearest airport, I asked all our listeners to take a moment and offer a prayer for all the victims in this attack and their families, and for everyone listening, to stay where you were with your loved ones, and don’t go anywhere in Southern California today if you absolutely didn’t have to, until we could find out what exactly the extent of this attack was going to be. I said anyone’s boss would understand you not showing up for your job or work you had to do today, and more than likely most businesses would be telling employees to take the day off. LAPD went on tactical alert, the Sears Tower in Chicago was evacuated, and L.A. was being recognized as another potential target, all this happening as the sun was just beginning to light the skies of Southern California! I talked to some of our listeners on the air, including one who worked in a L.A. high rise downtown and was in tears over all the news, and was being told that most of L.A.’s big office buildings downtown were being shut down, and employees evacuated from them as a precaution. And by this time, all flights that were going to land at LAX under the FAA order were being diverted to Ontario airport.
My radio career has had some monumental events happen while I was on the air, that started in 1963 when I was playing a Little Peggy March song called “The Impossible Happened” when the bulletin came across my hometown station’s newswire in 1963 that President Kennedy had been shot in Dallas and I interrupted that song echoing the lyric that the “the impossible has just happened in Dallas”, I watched the chaos at the Ambassador Hotel on TV the night Robert Kennedy was shot in 1968, and searched for words for my show the morning after to describe how we Angelenos must be feeling, having just gone through a period of mourning the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. gunned down just 2 months earlier in Memphis, then playing Dion’s “Abraham, Martin & John” 4 months later on the air at KHJ remembering Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., President Kennedy and that haunting lyric also in the song, “Anyone here seen my old friend Bobby” referring to Robert Kennedy. I’ve seen our torrential rainstorms, flooding, and mudslides, plus the terrifying fires that raged out of control over the last 45 years working here, and I have been through the two major L.A. earthquakes on the air, Sylmar in 1971 and Northridge in 1994, but nothing even comes close in comparing the apprehension, horror, and nightmarish feeling that morning of 9-11 from ten years ago left me with. To this day, those images we watched on TV over & over again still seem surreal, and it’s impossible to imagine what the victims final moments were like. God bless them all, and hopefully they’re all in a place to see that they’ll never be forgotten by those of us who carry the memory of that tragic day in America’s history.
This video was originally created for the 5th anniversary of 9-11, but is as horrifying to watch even 6 years later, for what that day must have been like for those in and around the WTC towers! It’s a very close up view from just blocks away with over 22 million views!
On the eve of the 11th anniversary of 9-11, If you never heard of Rick Rescorla, you are missing out on one of the best stories of an “American” hero. Rescorla was a very bright, and a critical thinker. In 1992 he warned the World Trade Center’s Port Authority that the massive structures were vulnerable to bomb attacks in their basement parking garage, but his warning was not heeded. In 1993 the first terrorist attack on the WTC happened. Rick helped evacuate the building, and was the last man out. Rescorla became director of security for Morgan Stanley headquartered in the World Trade Center in 1997. Feeling the WTC was too vulnerable a target for terrorists, Rick recommended Morgan Stanley leave the structure and find new office spaces. But they were locked into a lease. So, Rescorla then made certain all employees of Morgan Stanley train and practice in emergency evacuations from the WTC building, drilling them every three months. On September 11, 2001 Rick Rescorla was supposed to be on vacation. Instead, he was filling in so one of his deputies could go on vacation. When all the Morgan Stanley employees were safely out, Rick went back inside to help more people escape the inevitable doom he had feared and predicted years before. He did not make it back out this time, as the buildings collapsed. Rick Rescorla’s birth certificate may have said England but he was an American hero through and through!
You’ll never forget where you were or what you were doing on 9-11 eleven years ago when terrorist attacks using our own passenger airliners hit New York, Washington, D.C. and a plane of air passenger heroes who crashed their plane in a Pennsylvania field to thwart the terrorist mission of another target. The images and audio are chilling in this video with 9 million views, and is a reminder of how we have to constantly maintain our vigil so this never happens again in America!
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Weekend’s here…Do you enjoy hitting the road, or better yet, how about hopping a plane instead & flying over America with a trip that will take you to all the sights from Lower Manhattan, New York City, Statue of Liberty, NYC Central Park, Niagara Falls, Lincoln & Washington Monuments, Washington DC, trout stream, Cape May, NJ, Mount Rushmore, Mississippi River, Florida Everglades, Bryce Canyon Natl Park, UT, Lake Powell, AZ Arizona/Utah desert Grand Teton Natl Park, California coast Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, Las Vegas Strip, Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA! Just click on your mouse for take-off!
Biggest problem at McDonald’s Drive-Through:)
Joe Bush made this video for his final video productions cut-aways class, and he better have received an A. In just two minutes, he tells ‘Our Story‘ of the world starting from the Big Bang with just a super fast picture collage. It’s an intense ride. Obviously the music is Mind Heist famous from the Inception film.
Some guys mature faster than others! LOL
Can’t believe your eyes that this isn’t yellow….not when your brain’s involved! Popular science nerd Vsauce has garnered over 3.6 million views for his latest, week old educational video. Michael covers the amazing topic of color and how our eyes and brain perceive it. After being enlightened, you’ll have a new affinity for the phrase, ”I can’t believe my eyes.”
The Evolution of Man:)
State & County Fair time in America, & here’s the man who’s a carnival booth barker’s worst nightmare. Peter is arguably the greatest carnival game player in the world. Since he was a kid, he’s been playing, and mastering all the cliche carnival games that makes their rounds every summer. Because of him, countless fairs and vendors have put a limit on the number of stuffed animals one can win in a day. So what does he do with all those toys? He gives them away. All of them. Now, at the tender age of 64, Peter conservatively estimates he’s given away over a quarter million giant stuffed animals!
Most popular facebook post on my personal and fan facebook pages…Caption was “Please be dolphins, please be dolphins”!
Springsteen fans Jimmy Fallon & New Jersey Governor Chris Christie sing ‘Thunder Road’!
As many have asked over the past decade, How does a network that shows no music videos get to have an awards show about music videos? Maybe they should call it the MTV Video Jackass Mashup because it seems bent on spectacle or social networking than actual viewing. The VMAs notched 19,175,032 mentions across Twitter, Facebook, GetGlue and Viggle, besting the second-biggest event ever, this year’s Super Bowl, by almost 2 million mentions. The 2012 Grammys rank third. The VMAs registered 12.8 million social media comments, while the Grammys notched 13 million. But MTV lost half of the viewers they had from the previous year’s Video Music Awards. The 2012 MTV VMAs were still the top show on cable with 6.1 million viewers and a 2.8 Nielsen rating. However, 2011’s award show set records with a ridiculous 12.4 million viewers and a 6.2 rating. You can see the highlights or spectacle of your choice on my website link CLICK HERE!
NFL Game 1 this past Wednesday night saw Dallas upsetting the New York Giants, and still no regular NFL referees as the billionaire league won’t throw the officials and their union a bone! According to Ron Borges of the Boston Herald, if the referees’ union were to capitulate to every demand that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell now has on the table, it would save every NFL team the sum of — wait for it — $62,500 per year.That’s from a league that makes something north of 9 billion dollars a season! So what the refs are asking for in salary & pension benefits amounts to about a quarter of 1 per cent of league revenue. That’s not only one of the real-life pros & cons as pro football starts a new season, but Jimmy Fallon has another whole list! Take a look!
Music! What would our world be without it? And the changes in the way it’s been recorded and delivered are light years away from Thomas Edison’s original recordings. These days, what we listen to on our mp3 players, iPods, iPads, radio, TV, computers, YouTube, etc. has been manipulated with computers and sound technology that’s been in the making over 100 years. The musical connoisseurs of CDZA traverse through the history of recorded sound starting with Edison’s legendary phonograph. We can only dream what the future has in store for us!
This is the latest ‘people are awesome‘ compilation video to hit the web to go viral. Compilariz grabbed and put together a slew of amazing athletic feats by humans just like us and packed them all together into this viral video, People Are Awesome 2012!
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored Ellen DeGeneres with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 6270 Hollywood Blvd., the famous corner of Hollywood and Vine. Many fans congregated in front of the W Hotel Hollywood where the star was unveiled. Guest speakers Jimmy Kimmel and Ryan Seacrest helped Ellen unveil 2,477th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Category of Television at 6270 Hollywood Boulevard in front of W Hollywood Hotel.