September 11, from Michael Jackson to Paltrow: stories of those who were saved by chance

The actress unknowingly saved the life of an office worker

On 11 September 2001, the day of the attacks on the Twin Towers in which 2997 people died, many escaped the attacks by chance, saved by delays, non-functioning passes, trains lost by a whisker. Among the many, even some famous people. Michael Jackson he was supposed to attend a meeting that morning at the Twin Towers, but the night before he stayed up late talking to his mother Katherine and sister Rebbie and didn’t wake up in time. Only when his mother called him the next day to find out if she was fine, her son replied that she was fine “thanks to you”: “You kept me talking until so late that I missed my appointment.”

Also Gwyneth Paltrow he experienced a ‘Sliding doors’ moment, decisive for not his life but another person’s, that morning, when he unknowingly saved the life of an employee. Lara Lundstrom Clarke was skating down the Hudson River when she crossed the street past Gwyneth’s silver Mercedes SUV. And she lost a moment staring at her before leaving, accumulating a decisive delay compared to the departure time of the train to the World Trade Center. Instead of already sitting at her desk on the 77th floor of the south tower, she was getting off the train when she saw the plane crash into the north tower.

Ten years later Lara hooked up with Gwyneth, an encounter that made the actress “shiver”: “I just can’t imagine how many other people changed the course of strangers’ lives that day,” she said. .

The Duchess of York’s charitable organization, Chances for Children, was based on the 101st floor of the North Tower and Sarah Fergusan he must have been there that morning. But she had been late with an interview in the NBC studies that she had gone on longer than expected. None of the staff of her organization died that day, but 700 employees of a financial company that had made its space available to her lost their lives.

Rob Lowe he hadn’t noticed anything suspicious aboard the usual flight between Washington DC and Los Angeles, 11 days before the attacks. But he later found out he had flown alongside the terrorists and was called to testify against Zacarias Moussaoui.

“I flew with the 9/11 hijackers without realizing it. I was filming The West Wing in Washington at the time and always took the flight that leaves Dulles for Los Angeles and which they eventually hijacked to the Pentagon,” he said. “I got on the flight and it was full, a small plane. I looked around the cabin, I don’t remember anything in particular, nobody looked scary, nobody looked like a terrorist. It looked like an absolutely normal flight.”