Field Trip to the World Trade Center
I was hanging out at WCPR, then on the 5th floor of the Stevens Center. I was a freshman, only a few weeks into the first semester. In walks Dean Eversen (then Dean of Students), with an invitation.
"Would anybody here like to get a personal tour of that new giant skyscraper under construction in Manhattan?"
It was the World Trade Center.
Dean E gathered a small group, maybe a dozen or so, and took us to NYC, I think by bus. We met with the construction supervisor, who gave an engineering student oriented tour. He described many of the challenges unique to building one of the worlds tallest structures. I remember absolutely enormous turnbuckles in the sub basement...holding the walls of the structure apart. An elevator ride to the top, the 110th floor... The building was topped out but no exterior glass or walls in place yet on the top floors...what a view! And that high up with no walls around us! Adrenaline rush and thrilling just doesn't describe it. Then the heart stopping ride down the construction elevator....described as essentially in controlled free fall, to make the trip as quick as physics would allow.
It was an amazing field trip and experience! And what an extraordinary way to get introduced to Tech! I can't imagine any other engineering school that could provide that kind of entre into the reality of what it means to be an engineer!
- Jack Wimmer '73