Ground Zero (September 11, 2001)

Alice Faber faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Wed Dec 8 15:20:20 UTC 2004

It's an obvious metaphor to use. I'm pretty sure I used it in email to a
private mailing list within the first 24 hours after the attack, perhaps
even that afternoon, and I'm sure many others did as well.

--On Tuesday, December 7, 2004 10:52 PM -0500 Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:

> I just got this and don't know what to make of it. Maybe Grant knows?
> Barry Popik
>   Subj:    Message from Big Apple web site visitor
>   Date:    12/6/2004 6:25:17 PM Eastern Standard Time
>   From:    cindi <ccericola at>
> Dear Barry
> I believe I am the originator of calling the World Trade Center Site
> "Ground Zero"  and that I can document it.  I just retrieved the archived
> e-mails of my internet doll club. I wrote an e-mail at 2:33pm on
> WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2001. I distinctly recall feeling like I was
> perhaps being overly dramatic referring to the attacks as such (I was
> referencing the movie The Day After I think)--but I used the phrase
> anyway.
> Do you remember we were unsure of how to process the attack-hysterical
> sadness or matter-of factness?  I LIVE RIGHT BELOW HOUSTON.
> I recall hearing the public/media use of the phrase by Friday September
> 14th at the national memorial coverage on TV.
> My club is a national club, and they may have even forwarded my report as
> everyone was so hungry for tales that we NY'ers were thriving.
> If you are interested in my documentation, please e-mail me at
> Cindilouc at AOL.COM

Alice Faber
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