ONE OF MY SU FRATERNITY BROTHERS CREATED
an e-mail list so 200 of us could keep in contact with each
other. In my younger years, I lived with these guys and made
friends for life. When the attack started, so did the e-mails.
a.m.—Rob (Brauner ’86). I live right across from the WTC...you
can see everything from my backyard. The $%# building just went
down and we are in shock here! All subway and tunnel service
has been stopped and I don’t have phone or cell service...only
cable TV is on, no network TV. You can hear jets fly across.
Now the second tower just went down.
11:28 a.m.—Ray (Borelli ’86). Does anyone know if Fester
(Peter Nester ’85) is OK?
12:08 p.m.—Craig (Sherman ’86). Just spoke to Pete and
he is fine.
12:13 p.m.—Max (King ’86). Just heard from Roz. Fester
made it out and is on his way home. Roz’s brother was on the
82nd floor of Tower II and they haven’t heard from him. I was
down there at Court and saw the whole thing...total chaos, an
12:30 p.m.—Nick (Blaikie ’87). Guys, Blaikie here. I
came out of the subway this morning at 9 and saw right in front
of me what appeared to be the top 50 floors of one tower completely
engulfed in flames. Walked to my office where it soon became
apparent that this was more than a random accident. My building
was evacuated and we were all told to start walking north. Subways
were closed. About one mile from the towers I turned around
and actually saw the first tower collapse on itself. It is scary
12:43 p.m.—Fred (Feldman ’87). Nick, I’m home if you
or anyone else needs a place to stay.
2:08 p.m.—Bill (Pearce ’84). Guys, I thank God for all
your safety. I will pray for the safety of Roz’s brother.
2:17 p.m.—Mike E (Epstein ’87). Nick, where are you?
I’ve been trying to get ahold of you all morning. Linda is trying
to get ahold of you. She is trying to get on a train, if not,
I will pick her up in Queens or Brooklyn. Get her and get out!
p.m.—Scott (Dann ’86). Has every metro N.Y. brother been
accounted for? Off the top of my head, Ralph (Della Rocca ’85),
Hans (Hornbostel ’83), Evan (Yellin ’84), and Mitch (Hara ’86)
come to mind. I am sure there are more. I spoke to Marcus and
he should be checking in soon.
p.m.—Evan. Evan and Hans are OK, but my apartment is probably
destroyed as I live downtown about 4 blocks from the WTC. Cops
won’t let me near it. Someone should investigate the whereabouts
of Mitch as I think he works at Merrill Lynch at or near the
WTC. I’m trying to get his number at home to check on him. Ralph
works in midtown and should be OK.
3:07 p.m.—Mike E. Evan, if you need anything let me know.
3:26 P.M.—EVAN. Thanks. I’m OK. At Hans’s house with
my girlfriend. We have everything we need and lots of money.
But I left a message at Mitch’s house. Got his voice mail. I
hope he was traveling today for his sake.
4:08 p.m.—Mike E. Seems like we are all accounted for
except Mitch...has anyone heard from him? I just heard that
all the bridges are closed, including the Tap, Throggs, and
Whitestone. Good luck to all.
5:04 p.m.—Mike B (Bartol ’87). I’m glad you got in touch
with Marcus. I feel pretty helpless watching all the news stories
and my first thought was of all my brothers right there in ground
zero having to live through this hell. All I can do is pray
for your safety. I checked in here to hear that Mitch is the
only one not accounted for. I’ll be saying my prayers tonight.
5:58 p.m.—Rob. Right now the hospital across the street
from me has ambulances coming every 5 minutes...there is triage
set up outside the emergency room. It’s bizarre since today
is one of the most beautiful days in NYC...but all you can see
out my back window is a giant cloud of smoke.
10:28 p.m.—Ray. I spoke to Roz about an hour ago. She
has yet to hear from her brother...as you guys already mentioned.
Pete is home and fine. Without a doubt, the most $#%#-up scariest
day of my life.
a.m.—Scott. I just got off the phone with Phil (Nevins ’86).
He will do some Merrill research. He says the company completely
moved out of the towers and doesn’t think Mitch would have been
there. I also left a message on Bubala’s (Al Harris ’86) voice
mail because he grew up with Mitch. Let’s keep trying.
11:04 a.m.—Scott. I just got off the phone with Mrs.
Hara. Mitch is fine. He lives across from the WTC on Read Street.
He was late getting into work because he was setting up a new
2:11 p.m.—Mitch. Scott, thanks I’m OK. I appreciate your
concern. Please extend my prayers and well wishes to those brothers
and their friends or families who might have been impacted by
the disaster. The first plane hit just as I was getting ready
to leave my apartment—just five or six blocks from the trade
center. I then watched the entire tragedy from my windows and
roof deck, which both face the trade center. I hauled butt out
of my apartment after the first tower collapsed and caught everything
else from the street below.
hours later, the Sigma Phi Epsilon brothers of New York Alpha
are finally all accounted for. Unfortunately, thousands more
people are not, including one brother-in-law.
Doug Allen ’85 of Lincoln, Rhode Island, is the owner of Clark
Mini Fastener and writes the weekly column “On Life” for The
Pawtucket Times, where this column originally appeared on September
15. It is reprinted here with permission of The Times,
whose publisher is Paul Palange ’77.