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Fox Run Resident George Moy Who Designed the World Trade Centers Floors Recalls Horror of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

August 24, 2015

NOVI, MI (August 24, 2015) – Fox Run retirement community resident George Moy cannot get the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centers in New York out of his mind. And for good reason: he helped to design the interior floors of Tower 'A.'

Moy worked for seven years for Ford & Earl , an interior and space planning firm in Warren, MI, where helped to design 22 floors of Tower 'A.' He designed work stations, reception areas, kitchens, and conference rooms on floors occupied by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, where 2,200 people worked on the day of the attacks.

"I was numb as I watched the planes fly into the buildings," said Moy, an Army veteran who taught International Morse Code during WWII. "I had no idea our country was that vulnerable to attack."

He said architect Minuru Yamasaki's innovative structural design of the Twin Towers is, ironically, what doomed them.

Yamasaki designed the World Trade Centers so that each of the floors in them were completely open.  A truss that held up each floor was suspended from the core to the outside wall. The blazing inferno of jet fuel that quickly seeped down the 110-story buildings caused each truss to melt and collapse.

"The buildings came down like pancakes because they had no interior columns," Moy said. "I am still very sad for the people who lost their lives that day because they had no chance to live."

Moy, who is Chinese, was born in Fall River, Massachusetts, in 1927 -- "The same year Charles Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic Ocean," he said. 

Moy graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, on the G.I. Bill. He moved to Fox Run 12 years ago from his home in Novi, MI. 

He spends much of his time today developing slideshows that incorporate photographs, color and design for Fox Run's closed circuit TV station.

Memories of 9/11, however, always haunt him. "All those poor souls died instantly," he said.