- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 14, 2002

Nobles: The outstanding individuals who put the Pentagon back together by the one-year anniversary of September 11, led by Pentagon Renovation Program Manager W. Lee Evey and Chief Structural Engineer Allyn Kilsheimer.
As you read this, Mr. Evey is probably reintroducing himself to his immediate family. Mr. Kilsheimer is probably still at the Pentagon trying desperately to remember where his house is. That would be understandable, because over the past year, this unlikely duo spent practically every waking moment at the Pentagon, driving one of the most remarkable rebuilds in bureaucratic history.
They were two characters straight out of an Ayn Rand novel: Mr. Evey is a soft-spoken, conservative-looking bureaucrat, an expert middleman able to mate government mandates with contractor demands. Mr. Kilsheimer is a cowboy a vociferous, impatient, long-haired engineer, an expert at building-blast recovery.
A few days after the attacks, the two agreed on a simple contract: Mr. Kilsheimer would design the rebuild and make sure it was done right. Mr. Evey would keep the bureaucrats out of his way.
Then they got to work. Demolition and debris removal began on Oct. 18 and continued around the clock. It was finished a month later, four weeks ahead of the most optimistic schedule typically, such a project would take six months. Practically every part of the project finished in times previously thought impossible. Patriotism provided the motivation. No one took time off practically no one slept.
Mr. Kilsheimer typically showed up at the site at 4:30 a.m. an hour ahead of Mr. Evey, who had to be on hand by 5:30 just to shake hands with incoming workers. The only occasion when Mr. Evey had labor-relations trouble was when he tried to stop work for Christmas. Perhaps the only thing that made the workers pause (for at least a wolf-whistle) was a promotional appearance by actress Bo Derek.
Yet despite their blurred motions and bloodshot eyes, people on the project still discovered unorthodox, time-saving shortcuts. Someone realized that working on stilts would save time (and backs). Another discovered that a mixture of vinegar and water would dry newly-laid concrete floors in 24-hours taking almost a month off the curing process.
In the end, the 3,000 people involved demolished and rebuilt 400,000 square feet of fully functional, blast-resistant office space in less than half the time it took al Qaeda to plan its attacks. It was an astonishing, quintessentially American effort, a testament to patriotism built from the most knavish of acts.
Knave:
Bart Simpson, er Bart Sibrel, a loud-mouthed, cartoon caricature of a conspiracy theorist whose loutish ambush of former astronaut Buzz Aldrin this week was met with a well-deserved punch.
It could have been taken from an episode of celebrity boxing, and perhaps Fox should look into it, since the very few people who would recognize Mr. Sibrel would almost certainly be rooting for him to lose. The ring announcer's script could read something like, "On my left, in the black-helicopter patterned shorts, standing at six-foot-two and weighing in at 250 pounds, 37-year-old Bart Sibrel, who claims that the Apollo Moon missions were simply a hoax. On my right, wearing a Distinguished Flying Cross, standing five-foot-ten and weighing in at 160 pounds, 72-year-old Buzz Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the Moon."
As it actually happened, Mr. Sibrel aggressively confronted Mr. Aldrin outside of the Luxe Hotel in Beverly Hills, attempting to make the septuagenarian swear on a Bible that he had gone to the Moon. Mr. Aldrin simply attempted to brush by, itself a gracious act considering that this was the second time he had been so antagonized. However, instead of "buzzing" off (it had to be in there), Mr. Sibrel persisted in poking the Bible in Mr. Aldrin's face, provoking the punch.
Police are still investigating whether Mr. Aldrin acted in self-defense, but his only regret should be that he failed to knock any sense into the knavish Mr. Sibrel.


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