I thought of going back in time today to share two vintage photos that would be absolutely impossible to take today. The first one show my parents with a parishioner from a parish in New York as they stand in front to the World Trade Center. This was in 1982, and one can see the ball-sculpture that was partially destroyed, as well as the base of the first few floors of one of the towers. After taking this photo, we went up on top of the towers to take a good look at Manhattan, New Jersey and Long Island.
The second photo shows the cockpit of 747 plane on route from London Heathrow Airport to JFK International Airport. This was in the days before the security measures were imposed after September 11, 2001. One could ask if they could visit the pilot in the cockpit and I was given permission to go in and talk to the crew and even take a photo. This must have been in 1981 or 1982, when everyone was trusted, including a young looking priest starting his mission in the USA. Nowadays Jumbo Jets are less common and one hardly sees them at any airport, giving way to Airbus and other 767 and 777 Boeings.