The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


September 6, 2013

Shawn Wood's column on motorsports: Never forget the day

For those of us who grew up in the 1970s, we had some great television shows.

From hour-long sitcoms to dramas, they don't make TV shows like they used to.

Thankfully, since we didn't have DVRs or VCRs or even the Internet back then, we are able to watch these shows again today through Memorable Entertainment Television.

One of the shows that was on recently was the crime-drama police show Kojak.

Starring Telly Savalas as Lt. Theo Kojack of the 11th Precinct of Manhattan South, the show often features picturesque scenes of the World Trade Centers.

Next Wednesday, at 8:46 a.m. on Sept. 11, we'll pause for a moment of silence to remember when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower, the start of the terrorist attacks 12 years ago that turned a bright, sunny day, to a dark one.

During a recent airing of Kojak, which featured former NFL player and Penn State alum Rosey Grier as private investigator on a case from San Francisco, the camera panned from the top of the World Trade Centers down to street level where the bad guy was making a phone call a few blocks away.

It was surreal to see the towers majestically soaring 110 stories high again. From the scenes in Kojak to the opening scene of Barney Miller, there will be constant reminders of the Twin Towers.

This year, for the first time since the attacks, the new Freedom Tower is standing at 1,776 feet tall.

It does seem strange to be in lower Manhattan and not see the Towers as one of my best friends, Firefighter Patrick O'Donnell, works for the Fire Department of New York at the famed 10 House (Engine 10/Ladder 10) which is still standing across the street from the sight of the attack.

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