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MrBallen Podcast: Strange, Dark & Mysterious Stories

Episode 61 -- "9/11"


*Thank you Michael, Jenny, Braden, Bennett and Ty for allowing me to share your family's story.*

Today’s podcast is Michael B. Wright's powerful first hand account from inside the Twin Towers during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in NYC. The audio from this story was pulled from our main YouTube channel, which is just called "MrBallen," and was remastered for today's podcast.

Story name, preview & link to original YouTube videos:

  • #1 -- “9/11" -- Michael B. Wright's first hand account from inside the Twin Towers on 9/11/2001. (Original YouTube link -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0azXES3MKew)

For 100s more stories like these, check out our main YouTube channel just called "MrBallen" -- https://www.youtube.com/c/MrBallen

If you want to reach out to me, contact me on Instagram, Twitter or any other major social media platform, my username on all of them is @mrballen

Charities that support 9/11 victims, their families, and first responders (I have donated to all of them):

1. The FDNY Foundation -- Though the FDNY Foundation predated 9/11 — it was established in 1981 — it serves the city's firefighters, who were crucial in responding to the attacks. The FDNY Foundation buys them high-tech equipment, funds training efforts, and helps with fire and life safety education initiatives.

Give here 👉 https://www.fdnyfoundation.org/donate/

2. Tuesday's Children -- Formed as a result of 9/11, Tuesday's Children aims to make sure "families who have suffered losses due to the events of 9/11, post-9/11 military service or other acts of mass violence and terrorism always have a comforting place to turn to," according to its website. Programs include grief and career counseling as well as youth mentorship.

Give here 👉 https://www.tuesdayschildren.org/how-you-can-help/donate-now/

3. Families of Freedom Fund -- Since Scholarship America created it in 2001, this fund has given nearly $180 million to over 3,700 students whose parents and/or spouses died or were permanently injured in 9/11. Beneficiaries of people who were on the airplanes, in the World Trade Center, in the Pentagon and involved in rescue efforts during and after the attacks are all eligible.

Give here 👉 https://www.familiesoffreedom.org/donate/

Main Sources:

1) Michael Wright's 1st hand account as told on  @Esquire  -- https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a2038/esq0102-jan-wtc-rev/

2) Big Questions with Cal Fussman podcast, "Michael Wright: Surviving on 9/11" -- https://www.calfussman.com/podcasts/2018/9/10/vqndv3rxtikmdypfg4oo98z37sigfv)

3)  @msvfreak94  -- Pictures from inside the Twin Towers -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHzFwBqoDQY

4) Diagram of the WTC complex -- https://sites.google.com/site/themattprather/911/five-minute-explanation-of-the-inside-job

5) Smoke in hallways inside North Tower -- https://www.wtcflashback.org/911.html

6) Where remains were found near the towers -- https://www.quora.com/Did-all-the-9-11-jumpers-or-say-9-11-leapers-land-on-the-ground-or-did-some-land-on-the-roof-of-other-buildings

7) Reflection of Millennium Hotel -- https://dailyjournalonline.com/news/national/remembering-9-11-in-53-photos/collection_2a0ebecd-5e3c-556a-a165-bf6cab033127.html#13

8) Images showing the white dust: https://d3at0mnwuyeh75.cloudfront.net/content/dam/jems/PDFs/911-0911.pdf

Recent video of michael wright: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/911-survivors-remember-first-responders-who-changed-their-lives-2019-07-23/

9) 9/11 facts -- https://www.history.com/topics/21st-century/9-11-attacks

10)  @Channel 4 Documentaries  -- Footage of smoke cloud plus inside WTC7 -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnneC0tviTE

11)  @The Atlantic  -- Compilation of 9/11 photos -- https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2011/09/911-the-day-of-the-attacks/100143/

12) Details on who the deceased people were in the plaza: https://www.bendsource.com/bend/escaping-the-north-tower/Content?oid=15345679

13) Info on the dust -- https://theconversation.com/9-11-survivors-exposure-to-toxic-dust-and-the-chronic-health-conditions-that-followed-offer-lessons-that-are-still-too-often-unheeded-166537

14)  @National Geographic  -- When the Towers Fell -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieIFtjnBfJU

15)  @The Telegraph  -- One Day In America | National Geographic -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSiTyeJP9I8

16)  @CBS News  -- 9/11/01: The towers are hit -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eTzV7HvKHU

17)  @CNN  -- Student shoots video of WTC on 9/11 -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qiVBOqNiOs

18)  @TSA  -- 9/11: As Events Unfold -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEogeIIOJzU

19)  @TIME  -- The Falling Man | Behind The Photo -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMDkvJRHaNM&t=3s

20)  @AP Archive  -- Video of WTC 2nd tower collapsing -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2KaGLC6NF4

21)  @VoiceOfTheTurtle  -- CNN 9-11-01 WTC North Tower collapses -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MgRP2T6FJU

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