Skip to comments.Remembering 9/11 one victim at a time (Freeper-written tribute to BCM & BKO)
Posted on 09/06/2006 8:52:24 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback
In the next few days youll hear a lot about the nearly 3,000 people killed on September 11, 2001. Id like to tell you about just two of them, two people whose names I look for every time I see a list of the casualties. Let me tell you about Teds wife and Ryan and Dylans dad.
Barbara Olson started out as a ballerina and ended up as a famous lawyer. She danced with the San Francisco Ballet and the Harkness Ballet in New York City, then moved on to Hollywood because working as an assistant producer would allow her to save up for law school. She worked for Stacy Keachs production company and HBO before going to Yeshiva University. She eventually served as an Assistant U.S. attorney and as chief investigative counsel for the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, where she looked into Travelgate and Filegate. After the publication of her bestseller Hell to Pay she became a frequent guest on TV political shows to represent the conservative point of view.
Her husband Ted said she was a popular guest because she was very direct but at the same time very pleasant. She could disagree without a trace of rancor, a sunny smile on her beautiful face. But she wasnt just a talking head. She was always full of energy, sparkling all the time, her husband told Newsday, adding that his three small granddaughters would follow her around like little ducks and thought she was the best thing in the world.
Barbara was on Flight 77 because she had shifted her schedule to spend more time with Ted for his birthday. He talked to her just before she died. Ted Olson was the Solicitor General at the time, and she called to tell him theyd been hijacked, asking him what she should tell the pilot. They had time to discuss personal matters and reassure each other, and then, he said, the connection was broken. Not long after that, Flight 77 struck the Pentagon.
John Moran also had an ambition to be a lawyer and held a law degree from Fordham University. But firefighting was the family business and more suited to his personality, so he joined the FDNY. In an irony that must be especially painful for her, John met his wife Kim on September 11, 1990. His fire station was across the street from her apartment. I just fell in love with him instantly, she said a few days after his death, while she and their sons, 7 year old Ryan and 4 year old Dylan, were still hoping hed come home.
John didnt have to be in the World Trade Center that day. A Battalion Chief with 22 years of service, he was part of the departments Special Operations Command, which oversees special rescue companies, fireboats, hazmat units and major incidents. He had just finished a shift, but when the call came in, he jumped in the truck and away they went, Kim said.
Johns funeral was conducted by his uncle, Father Paul Moran. John was lost he said, on a mission of love. Mayor Giuliani asked for the mourners to give John a standing ovation and said he wanted the Moran boys to understand for their entire life that their father is a great man. His brother Michael, a firefighter who survived serving at the Trade Centerand later became famous for defiantly telling Osama bin-Laden to come to Rockaway and kiss his royal Irish asssaid I didn't see him there that day, but now I see him all the time.
But the best eulogy a man could ask for was what his relatives told Newsday just a few days after his death. Kim Moran said, He's the love of my life a wonderful father, a great husband. There's nobody more generous than John. His cousin, Democrat Congressman Joe Crowley described him as a Viking Irishman who has calves thicker than my thighs, the heart of lion and touch of a teddy bear.
I picked John and Barbara because they were both members of Free Republic, an internet forum Ive posted to for years, but I didnt know either of them. I didnt even cross paths with them and know them in the online sense, as far as I remember. But thats irrelevant. I could have picked any of those we lost that day and found something glorious or generous or beautiful about them that would have amazed you the way Johns bravery and Barbaras joy and determination amaze me.
We didnt lose almost 3,000 people that day. We lost one wonderful person at a time, almost 3,000 times.
In a sense, Giuliani was right on that bright September afternoon when he said that we had lost more than we can bear.
Very nice tribute..
Quite a touch tribute. Thanks for taking the time.
Here's the first thread:
As The G Man said in the second post,
Somehow, a terrible tragedy grows even more terrible.
Your column is wonderful.
I think the next few days I better keep the kleenex box handy. My screen is "fogging" up already.
Upon her sudden 9/11 demise, Freeper BKO was America's No. 1 HILLARY-fighter. A real patriot.
A fellow Battle of IA DRANG-1965 veteran of mine, RICK RESCORLA, came back after the Vietnam War to head up security for the World Trade Center's largest tenant ..Tower II's Morgan Stanley Brokerage's 30 middle floors.
RICK RESCORLA quickly predicted the coming 1993 World Trade Center Bombing and afterwards the coming 2001 Airstrikes. When New York Authorities disgarded his dire warnings he prepared the 3,000 employees under his charge for these coming attacks. Which led to the saving of their lives as he willingly gave up his own life for them as Tower II came crashing down on him on 9/11.
It really hits home when expressed like that. Thanks for the very eloquent post.
neet and sweet bump and ping!
That was really nice and very well said. Thanks.
another tribute to admire:
2,996 is a tribute to the victims of 9/11.
On September 11, 2006, 2,996 volunteer bloggers
will join together for a tribute to the victims of 9/11.
Each person will pay tribute to a single victim.
We will honor them by remembering their lives,
and not by remembering their murderers.
That's a zinger straight to the heart. Sometimes we forget that they were all individual people, with lives and families. Thank you for the reminder.
May I steal that for a tag line?
I was fortunate to meet Barbara in Houston at a Republican party. She was so tiny, so friendly, she just bubbled over with life. There were two other Barbaras there besides me and BKO. She was just the nicest, smartest, prettiest, most outgoing person you would ever want to meet. Everyone who met her loved her. She put everyone at ease, even total strangers. She lit up the room whenever she entered it. What a lovely smile she had. So full of life. She was as smart as she was pretty, and as pretty as she was nice! The world lost a beautiful person on 9/11. A truly beautiful beautiful person! God bless her memory and may she rest in peace. Amen.
Forgot to mention...I called in to Vickie McKenna's show today while she was discussing 9/11 conspiracy idiots, and since my point was about the FDNY (I ask, if it's so obvious to a million Birkenstock wearing idiots that the towers couldn't have fallen from fire, who is shutting up the hundreds of thousands of firement and structural engineers who "know" the same thing?) as soon as I got on the air I dedicated my phone call to John's memory.
Amen. 2001 was a sad year.
May I humbly request pingage?
Yep, she was really something. I read "The Final Days" the winter after her death, and I was so impressed.