I post this picture because it is an iconic picture of the Manhattan skyline fromThe Simpsons episode The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson.
The plotline of the episode involves Homer’s car illegally parked at the World Trade Center and having to get out of the city before sundown or “all the weirdoes turn psycho.”
The World Trade Center was an icon. It was a symbol. When you play the commentary from that episode, the animators wanted to do New York City right. They wanted to present the city in a humorous light and be accurate about it. New York City has been portrayed in several films and television shows. This was not the first time, nor was it going to be the last time that the city was going to be portrayed in a medium.
Listening to the commentary you could feel a sense of loss. All that hard work that the animators, writers, and producers put in to provide 22 minutes of entertainment towards a symbol of New York City was taken away.
So if people that work on a television show feel a loss, imagine how the people who knew someone in New York, DC, and United 93 on that day feel today.
Even though time has passed, it still hurts today.