Now I Know Why Jim Fetzer Is Not a Business Professor
This is rather boring by Uncle Fetzer standards, but I was still struck by the stupidity of it. This is from a radio interview of Steven Jones by Fetzer, although in this case he is answering a question from a caller.
Fetzer: This is wonderful Tom, I am very glad you called. Let me ask you a question or two.OK, let’s not forget that Silverstein only started leasing the towers a mere 6 weeks before 9/11. Given the tremendous amount of work it would have required to prepare this plot and wire the buildings for explosives, that would mean that he would have had to decide that his investment was unprofitable, and that a better solution would be to blow up the buildings and kill thousands of people, oh, about 15 minutes after he signed the contract!
Fetzer: My impression has been that there were a couple of problems with the towers and it may have been that they were chronic problems. One of course was that it was laden with asbestos and that any proposal to remove that asbestos which was used as a coating on the steel as I understand it would have been a gargantuan task at incredible expense. Can anyone imagine for example of constructing scaffolding around a 110 story building? And second of all that there were difficulties with occupancy that Larry Silverstein wasn’t getting a full return on his investment from the ordinary use of the buildings, because a tremendous large numbers of offices were unoccupied. Whole floors and sections of the buildings.