Unlike other History series, "History's Business" episodes are not available to the public for purchase, nor can a complete listing of its past episodes be found on the Internet. In the interview we're searching for, Silverstein, whose Silverstein Properties owns WTC 7, was asked by the show's guest host, "What happened to 7?"
Silverstein's unforgettable reply: "Building 7 was a controlled demolition for safety reasons," according to an engineer who was watching the program that morning. Until that point, the engineer had been "perplexed as to why Building 7 had completely collapsed so quickly and so symmetrically." For that reason, Silverstein's answer is still emblazoned in his memory.
"I distinctly remember two things about the TV program," the engineer notes. "One was that it showed the new Freedom Tower design. It was the first time I'd seen it. There had been a design competition, and the winner's design was unveiled in December 2003. That's how I know the date of the show was either late 2003 or early 2004. The other part that sticks in my mind is Larry Silverstein's response to the host's question, 'What happened to 7?'"