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A history I didn't know I had

Earlier this week, when I linked to a great package on the New York Times website about the Empire State Building (my favorite of all on the New York skyline), I had no idea there was family history that I could trace to it. My brother read my blog post that day and wrote from Texas: "Our grandfather was a mechanical engineer back in the days when the designs were done in blank ink on cloth blueprint sheets -- and the project he worked on was the reconstruction of the Empire State Building when it was hit by a plane. It was managed as a highly urgent project and he was proud to have been involved."

And there, ladies and gentlemen, is proof of that expression, "You learn something new every day." Not all of it this close to home.

We hope you can join us tonight.