Wednesday, September 21, 2011
10-year-old film gives glimpse into the week after 9/11


About a week after the September 11, 2001, attacks, Thomas Grasso from Merrick, New York, grabbed his Pentax 35 millimeter camera and a 24-shot roll of black-and-white film and headed to Manhattan. As a photographer, he said he had a drive to go see the devastation and document it for himself.


"I did not want to shoot it in color for some reason," Grasso said.


Grasso lost a friend, Mary Yoland Dowling, on Sept. 11. It was her last day working in the second tower. She had just gotten a new job and went in that morning to clean out her desk when the planes hit. Her body was never found.


"I felt that I was subconsciously looking for her in some way," Grasso said as he described why he decided to go to ground zero. He always hoped that she would show up in a hospital or come knocking at his door one day, he said, but that never happened.


"When I first took the pictures, I really thought I was in a war zone," he said. When he got home, he took the roll of film and threw it in his "junk drawer." He was upset because of what he saw, and he did not want to deal with the photos. For 10 years, the roll of film sat in this drawer.


As the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 neared, Grasso started to see 9/11 tributes on television. He decided that it was time to develop the photos he had stored away for so many years. Since he could not remember exactly what he shot that day in 2001, he was concerned about turning it over to a film developing lab. Even though he no longer had a darkroom, he decided to develop the photos himself.


He had several people tell him that after 10 years, the film would not develop, but Grasso decided to try it anyway. After encountering an issue with threading the reel, only several of the photos came out.


"A lot of them were ruined," Grasso said. "It was kind of heartbreaking."


Grasso wishes he could have saved the other photos but felt it was important to share the one he did save with others. He hopes that Dowling’s family will see the photos and tributes he has posted online.


“It does not make much sense to keep these things for yourself," he said. "You do them because you want to share them. You want to show them to other people.”

September 21, 2011
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Why did you delete my post? It wasn't offensive. Just stating my opinion that this is a non-story.

September 21, 2011
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Really!!!! These are the photos and this is a story, a missing cat pic....WOW!!!


September 21, 2011
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reaper.... or unless you lost someone that day and happened to live more than a mile away. feel free not to forget all of us who had parents and siblings who never came home.

September 21, 2011
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"Glimpse into the week after 9/11"... I was expecting something a bit more gripping than a lost cat, a child's drawing, and a flag.  Nothing in those pictures is even suggestive of 9/11, they could have been taken last week in any city in America and noone would know the difference.  This article/those pics are a glimpse into nothing. 

September 21, 2011
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Wow I fell victim to a bait and switch.  I actually thought there be some decent photos with this article and sadly I was wrong.  Man I can't believe this is even worthy of being on the front page at all.  Oh wait, its 9/11 related, thus must be on the front page, or the backlash would mount.

September 21, 2011
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i never felt emotions like that in my life, dont ever want too either,but what gets me is that every anniversary of 9/11 cnn comes up with a terror threat,why? if they were going to do this dont you think they would pick another day just to mess with our mind?

September 21, 2011
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I liked it better when there was no internet and everyone could keep their the foolish opinions to themsevles

September 21, 2011
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I am waiting for the day CNN does a story of the hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis killed by the US military. I think I am in for a long long wait!

September 21, 2011
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Well weren't 3000 were killed by the US Military/Intelligence? The last time I saw a building come down demolition style when it was not even hit by plane (bldg 7) was like ..never

September 22, 2011
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fredk - It's scary as hell to think that a few determined people with little more than bad intentions could cause so much harm. It's a lot easier to believe that it takes a conspiracy to accomplish something so terrible, isn't it?


7 wasn't hit by a plane, but it was hit by a building. It had a 17-story gash in its south face and it burned for more than 7 hours. But here I am talking science. I didn't mean to interrupt your fantasies. Whatever it takes to let you sleep at night, I guess.

September 22, 2011
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Several of the individuals that provided logistical support for the 9/11 Al Quida attack on the World Trade Center are currently residing in Milpitas California.


They may include several former and current employees from the C.I.A., D.O.J., D.O.D, pre- Home Land Security agencies and non-governmental agencies.


Most Americans realize that not one person involved with helping the 9/11 attacks occur have ever been brought to justice.


Yet how is it that majority of the terrorists could not speak English, 12 of the 9/11 terrorists could live for 2 weeks just 2 miles from NSA head quarters in Maryland, take flight simulator lessons on Jumbo jet trainers, they needed lodging, several of them where on State department terror watch lists, etc...


It just makes sense that a logistic support network existed before and after the attacks. After the attacks they helped mislead the 9/11 investigation by capturing patsy's designed to take the fall.

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