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LaSalle National Corporation

Brush with disaster close for Chicagoans

It was a meeting members of the National Association of Business Economics would like to forget if only they could. About 250 of the country's prominent economists were gathered Tuesday morning at the New York Marriott World Trade Center hotel, wedged between the two towers of the World Trade Center, when the chandeliers began to sway. Then there was a loud explosion. "The room was just up in arms," said Carl Tannenbaum, who was attending the meeting in his role as chief economist for Chicago's LaSalle National Bank. "Everybody ran out in the hallway, and we were directed out into the street, which was already filled with debris." The economists, who included...