By Columbian Staff
September 12, 2011 6 a.m.
New York was a dream trip for a teenage country girl, as was a first ride on a commercial airplane.
So in 1982, shortly after high school graduation, I jumped at the opportunity for a trip to New York. It was a chance to see the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, ride the subway, shop on Fifth Avenue, spend an afternoon in the American Museum of Natural History and, of course, take an elevator ride to the top of the World Trade Center.