Several mutual fund managers and industry professionals found themselves in exactly the right place at exactly the wrong time last week.

Seven fund managers from around the nation had agreed to come to New York City's financial district to speak at a duo of press conferences co-sponsored by Quasar Distributors of Milwaukee. But as the managers traveled in taxicabs expecting to arrive early in the morning at the Hudson River Club conference site on Vesey Street on Sept. 11, they found themselves right in the middle of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center towers.

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