E-mail Exchange
Brings Friends Together

By Doug Allen

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.


10:39 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 unbelievable sight.

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 and surreal.

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!

2:23 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.


2:37 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.


10:32 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 computer.

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.

Thirty 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.

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