Thomas L. Grant
Maintenance Supervisor, KFJ Manor
"Oh yeah, I'm high alert on that. Ever since 9/11. I watch the news and I'm looking out. It's a job too, because you can't really tell a suspicious character from a regular guy. Now, I'm not paranoid, but I am alert. You've got be aware of your surroundings anyway. It don't have to be because of 9/11 -- it could be part of your everyday activity."
Keyboardist-Sequencer, Urban Jazz Naturals
"I would say I'm on major high alert. My band's playing the VP Fair this year and I see they're having security checkpoints to get on the Arch grounds and it's kind of sobering when you realize, 'Hey, I'm playing under a giant monument on the Fourth of July.' Vulnerability is really an issue there."
Waiter, Crazy Fish
"I'd say I'm on medium-high to high alert. The September 11th attacks were scary enough, even though far from here. But since the anthrax scare, which was closer to home, I think St. Louisans now have somewhat of a prickly feeling about the possibility of terrorism at their door. Being from Ireland, I say that feeling is nothing new to Europeans, but it's definitely new and unique for Americans, particularly in the Midwest."
Retired Absbestos Worker, Local Number 1
"Anything I see, I report. We had a strange fellow come through the neighborhood and I called 911. The police came and told him to move on. You see a strange-looking guy, you keep your eye on him see if he's acting right or not. You know, I'm a person who picks up on every little thing. My wife says, 'You're too observant.' But that's OK. I think citizens should be alert to anything -- anything that's not right."
Actor/Coffee Monkey, The Chocolate Bar
"I'm as un-alert as I ever was -- before the September 11th attack and even going way back to the early '80s, when I first heard the word 'terrorism' and I found it hard to believe it existed."
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