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Twin-Tower Survivor and Author Bert Upson (DC '55) Speaks Out

Come hear a firsthand account of the World Trade Center attacks and the heroic events that followed.


Date: Thursday, September 12, 2013

Time: 5:30pm doors open, 6:15pm program begins

Where: University Club, 800 Powell Street, San Francisco

Cost: $20 YCSF members, $30 non-members (includes hors d'oeuvres and your first beverage)

Online sales have ended. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

Could the 9/11 attacks been thwarted by proper military action? Could the attacking planes have been shot down by military air defense fighters or missiles? Author Bert Upson (DC '55), a close survivor of the World Trade Center disaster and a witness to its rescue efforts, will describe the horrible event, analyzing what did and might have happened.

Upson's gripping description and analysis is found in his newly published book On a Clear Day. On September 11, 2001, Bert had traveled from Palm Desert, California, to New York City and was preparing to lead a management seminar on the 78th floor of the South Tower of the Trade Center when the first plane hit the North Tower. Just minutes before the second plane hit the South Tower at the location of the meeting, he miraculously escaped, only to witness the horrible destruction and heroic evacuation.

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Upson became a field artillery lieutenant through the ROTC at Yale University, where he completed a B.A. in World History and sang in the Whiffenpoofs. Upon graduation from Yale, he served as a battery officer in the 19th Field Artillery Battalion of the 6th Army and then as Secretary of the General Staff, Headquarters Fort Ord, California. After his Army service, Upson became a top East Coast advertising executive and received several National awards. He moved to Palm Desert in 1998 with his wife Joan. In Palm Desert he remained an advertising consultant with frequent travels to New York.

Although On a Clear Day is Upson’s first published work, the book is human, gripping, and professional. In addition to describing the events of the tragedy, the book contains the first analysis of the attempts by the US military to counter the attacks and of the rescue operations that followed. Upson's presentation includes a 10-minute, Tom Hanks-narrated documentary of the largest maritime evacuation since Dunkirk. Bert will be available to sign books, which will be available for purchase at the event.

Online sales have ended. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

Questions? Contact Ken Yamaguchi (ken [at] knowledgesynthesis.com).

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