I have always known the World Trade Centers, mostly through monster movies. The first was King Kong, from 1976. Was the movie good? It was good for a five year-old kid, sitting in the front row of the only Winchester movie theatre at the time. I had read about it's production in Famous Monsters magazine (yes, I was reading at five years old), and waited in extreme anticipation for the giant robot Kong deLaurentis built for the scene where they unveil Kong to the public. Admittedly at the time, you didn't have C-3PO or other robots that seemed alive, but KK was so fake I actually remember saying "God that's stupid" when I saw the giant KK robot.
But I was still amped for the movie... because I wanted to see Kong astride the Two Towers... like in the poster!
This scene did not happen.
In fact, KK was DWARFED by the WTC. He was fucking tiny. What a ripoff. How could he fight Godzilla again if he was so small?
Of course, Toho Studios wasted no time in ripping off KK's campaign for their release of the worst Godilla movie, and the first I ever saw, Godzilla vs. Megalon.
I've narrated my feelings on that day, 09-11-2001, before, but I thought I'd just say how much it just was... weird... to know these giant Saltine boxes that were a symbol of American ingenuity, engineering, and icons of our largest city were gone.
Also I'm 44 now.