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Eyewitness History

with Joshua Cohen

“It Felt Like The Building Lunged Forward 20 Feet”; A 9/11 Survivor Tells His Story

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This episode we hear from David Paventi.

David Paventi was in a conference room on the 82nd floor of the World Trade Center’s North Tower when the first plane struck the 93rd floor. “After that kind of thing happens to you, you focus on some things differently,” he told the Weekly in 2005.

By then, he had opened Paventi's Pizza and was about to start a wealth management company with his former boss, who also survived the 9-11 tragedy.

He reveals how the plane sounded when it hit, the conditions inside the stairwell as he was making his way to the lobby, and much more.

If you have a story from history that you would like to share, I would love to hear it!
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May 03, 2022
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Josh Cohen is a journalist and commentator living out of the Midwest.

He has written for a number of reputable publications.

His fascination with history is in the story of our existence and how it is told. Keeping the tradition of storytelling alive in Eyewitness History is what drives him.
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