...three former Haverford College student-athletes and loyal alumni - Douglas B. Gardner (men's basketball), Thomas B. Glasser (men's track & field), and Calvin Gooding (men's basketball) - who died tragically on September 11, 2001 in New York City.
For my book on women and guns, which includes a chapter called In The Line of Fire, I exclusively interviewed Patty Varone, a gorgeous 40-something, and an NYPD veteran who served for nine years, including on 9/11, for former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
She told me she routinely got hit on at events as, doing her job by standing some distance away from the mayor and watching the crowd carefully, guys would see her and assumed the good-looking redhead must be there socially, not professionally.
“Funny the mayor doesn’t have any security,” they’d say. “Funny,” she’d agree.
Yet it was from her mouth to his ear that morning that the World Trade Center had been hit. She’s my hero! [ ]
Viterbi wrote:NEW YORK—Bill Steckman was working on Tuesday morning, Sept. 11, 2001, shortly before 9 o'clock. But unlike thousands of others in the North Tower of the World Trade Center, the WNBC-TV transmitter engineer was not just reporting to work. Instead, he had already finished his regular overnight shift and remained at his post a bit longer to help install some new digital equipment.
Minutes after the tower was hit by a commercial jetliner, Steckman was able to get word out by phone of the encroaching smoke on the 104th floor—half of which WNBC-TV shared with financial bond trader Cantor Fitzgerald.
Nota Bene: There's a charitable fund created to help the families of the "six dead TV engineers" in 9/11, as in the case of many others "victims":
"In the days immediately following the 9/11 attacks, the charitable arm of the Society of Broadcast Engineers created the Broadcast Engineer Relief Fund to help the families of the six men. Don DiFranco of WABC was an active SBE member.
"With donations from many members of SBE, and vendors and industry foundations, we were pleased to send checks of $42,500 each to every family… without any strings attached," said SBE President Vinny Lopez. "Every penny [raised] went directly to the families."
Also, the New York chapter of NABET-CWA, Local 16, had set up a Scholarship Fund in memory of DiFranco, which continues today. Donated funds are used for scholarships for offspring of Local 16 members to pursue technical degrees at Staten Island Community College."
The tale of Bill Steckman's death, the emotional story of a media worker who "sacrificed" his life in 9/11 in order to help the broadcasting of the event being done, was used by Swanson just before telling his catchphrase (3:40):
"The reality is that media did a great job on 9/11"
Also is interesting another great phrase of Swanson (4:40):
"The media cooperated with shared resources and forgot about whether we were competitors and not to get that job done".
Sure they did.
And at the end of the speech, Swanson gave Brewster Kahle two tapes with the infamous Fox 5 "9/11 live coverage", the medley of the pool of images used by others networks with the deletion of WNYW's "Nose-Out" and the infamous "Aziz Ellahan interview" as historical highlights.
He had installed a camera and intercom outside the front door, viewable from his basement work room he could talk to people who visited. Bill had created what nowadays would be considered an early version of Skype.
SmokingGunII wrote:Equinox - LOL at the two tux photos. Same face angle, fetaures - different tux!
What are the chances, Eh?????
Six Tower Broadcasters Missing
By Michael Grotticelli, Broadcasting & Cable 9/17/01
Six broadcast engineers manning broadcast transmitters in Tower 1 have not been heard from since last Tuesday's attack on the World Trade Center.
The NBC engineer is William Steckman. According to an NBC representative, he was last heard from shortly after the first hijacked jetliner hit Tower 1. He said he was "powering down" the transmitter and getting out.
The CBS engineers are Bob Pattison and Isaias Rivera. Robert Seidel, vice president of engineering for the CBS network, said the two engineers, who were on the 103rd floor, called on their cell phone to say they were trapped minutes before the building collapsed.
The missing WABC-TV engineer. 43-year-old Donald DiFranco, was on the 104th floor finishing up work on the DIV digital transmitter that was set to go online soon. said WABC-TV Chief Engineer Kurt Hansen.
WPIX-TV engineering chief Michael Gano said that Steve Jacobson was working on the the 110th floor when the terrorists stuck.
WNET Chief Engineer Ken Devine said his station does not regularly have people at the WTC but one of his engineers, 47-year-old Rod Coppola, happened to be working there Tuesday morning. "It's obviously a very difficult situation."
Tribute by Dennis Swanson
Good morning, I am Dennis Swanson president of NBC. Thank you all for coming to honor Bill Steckman and his family. My thanks to Barbara for allowing us from WNBC to participate and voice tribute to our missing co-worker.
simonshack wrote:Woah, Viterbi!
Where did you find those hilarious "Hall of Fame" induction videos? Absolutely priceless!
Great work, man.
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