Robert Jones, Armistead’s editor for The Night Listener at HarperCollins, died of cancer in 2001, so Armistead flew to New York for the memorial service. He was offered two possible return flights to San Francisco the following day – September 11 — and chose the later one, since he didn’t want to get up early. The flight he declined was United 93, the one that crashed in Pennsylvania. Armistead, rising late at the Soho Grand Hotel, had an unobstructed view of the other two planes as they hit the twin towers.
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