Eight years ago today I went to work early at the Boston Herald. We decided to publish 16 extra full pages around the originally laid out paper. So, for the first few hours of September 11, I was writing headlines and editing stories about traffic accidents, city hall, and minor robberies. Once we got that part of the paper completed we began to work on the September 11 coverage. Quite surreal.

What I remember most about September 11 is a quote from a woman who made it out of one of the towers. She said that firemen were running into the building as she and others were running out.

Then, she had a moment of realization: “I guess they’re all dead now.”