The shock waves generated in Manhattan, Washington, and Pennsylvania are reverberating today in Silicon Valley.
They touch the halls of Sun Microsystems, which lost Phil Rosenzweig, a 47-year old director in its software organization. "We're all having trouble dealing with this," said a shaken woman in Sun's public relations office.
They echo in the offices of Applied Materials, which learned this week that Alona Avraham, a 30-year old manufacturing engineer associate, was aboard United Airlines Flight 175 to begin a vacation in Los Angeles.
They are felt at Oracle, which lost 32-year old Todd Beamer, a sales account manager who perished in a field in Western Pennsylvania. Another six consultants employed by Oracle in the World Trade Center are still unaccounted for.
And they resound in the hearts of all Cisco Systems employees as well. Suzanne Calley, a 42-year old Cisco employee in strategic marketing, was on American Airlines Flight 77 bound for Los Angeles. It was the day before her 20th wedding anniversary, and less than a week before her birthday. Her husband, Fred Jensen, noted that Suzanne loved scuba diving, and both of them gave lessons on weekends. "I loved her more than life itself," he said. "She was my life."
Silicon Valley, like the rest of the world, remembers today the people who were lost on September 11, 2001.