Tombers is the President of Intermat,
Inc., a consulting practice that specializes in the intersection
of media, technology and marketing. For two years, he produced
the Emmys on the Web and supervised web related activities for
the Academy, including for the 50th Anniversary year of the
Emmy Awards. In addition to its consulting engagements, Intermat
recently sold METEORS TALE, an unpublished novel by Michael
ORourke, to Animal Planet for development as a television
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Reflections On A Week
By Mat Tombers
It was, I think, on Monday that the end came, officially,
search for body parts at Staten Island, where all the remains
World Trade Center were sent for sifting, to seek out, to
anything that could be identified. Families have received
keys, driver licenses, small things that you wouldn't think
survived. But they did. Nothing big did. Only the small things
But that news, as serious and as central to the last year
as it was, did
not claim the top slot in the news. That went to the gyrations
market. Down 400 points; a last minute rally, unprecedented
dollar trading at par with the Euro for the first time in
The news this week hasn't been able to decide what is more
the current gyrations of our economic life or the ongoing
fall out from
It's not just that they're quitting looking for remains. It
is this is
also the week they have unveiled the first plans for what
will be built
on the site of the Towers.
That filled the papers today but hardly page one, anywhere
but New York.
I say it's only the first plans because nothing that was put
pleased anyone, including Mike Bloomberg, the rather enigmatic
billionaire who is Mayor of New York -- after having spent
considerable amount of money to be elected by a thin majority.
Surprisingly, he gets pretty good reviews and seems to be
egoless man to be Mayor of New York in generations but, despite
is going not be a pushover on what gets built. He has his
own ideas; we
don't know what they are yet but I'm sure we will. It is in
of New York Mayors to put their mark on events and doings
And while we are working on figuring out what happens to the
once held the Twin Towers the country is sitting on a huge
fear about retirement, 401k's and the slowly dawning realization
are facing the worst bear market since the market of the '70's.
Seeing some friends last week, the conversations lead directly
losses in the market. And then to what it was like for me
to be a New
Yorker. We are moving on but we are not forgetting.
Today the papers pointed out that we don't trust our CEO's,
trust our priests, we don't trust HMO's but we do trust each
that we did before. We don't trust much right now institutionally
we seem to trust each other more. It certainly seems to be
true in New
York where race relations are better than they've been, maybe
the news is telling us that this is a national phenomenon.
I said that
to my friend Medora and she was absolutely in agreement -
that this is
It's an agonizing time in our lives. Certain fundamentals
away - our sense of national security, our sense of national
security, our sense of trust in certain institutions. I grew
Catholic and I'm surprised, not shocked, but surprised by
noise. Was it that bad? Perhaps and even probably - but I
it growing up but looking back I'm a little suspicious.
Cooked books! God knows I'm in that line of people who have
on those now unglamorous stocks. Ouch! Worldcom! Why did I
until it was two?
But perhaps in all of this we will look at ourselves and we
just what is important to us and we will realize that what
to us at the end is that we seem to trust each other - more
have. This is America creating itself, anew, always anew.