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In a 9/11 Survival Tale, the Pieces Just Donít Fit
NY Times ^ | September 27, 2007 | DAVID W. DUNLAP and SERGE F. KOVALESKI

Posted on 09/26/2007 9:41:29 PM PDT by neverdem

Tania Head’s story, as shared over the years with reporters, students, friends and hundreds of visitors to ground zero, was a remarkable account of both life and death.

She had, she said, survived the terror attack on the World Trade Center despite having been badly burned when the plane crashed into the upper floors of the south tower.

Crawling through the chaos and carnage on the 78th floor that morning, she said, she encountered a dying man who handed her his inscribed wedding ring, which she later returned to his widow.

Her own life was saved, she said, by a selfless volunteer who stanched the flames on her burning clothes before she was helped down the stairs. It was a journey she said she had the strength to make because she kept thinking of a beautiful white dress she was to wear at her coming marriage ceremony to a man named Dave.

But later she would discover, she said, that Dave, her fiancé, and in some versions her husband, had perished in the north tower.

As a matter of history, Ms. Head’s account made her one of only 19 survivors who had been at or above the point of impact when the planes hit. As a matter of emotion, her story deeply moved audiences like college students to whom she spoke and visitors at ground zero, where she has long led tours for the Tribute W.T.C. Visitor Center for visitors including Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and former Gov. George E. Pataki.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: 911; 911survivors; taniahead; worldtradecenter
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1 posted on 09/26/2007 9:41:31 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Sounds like someone was looking for significance in her life and latched onto 9-11. I credit her for apparently avoiding financial fraud in the situation where so many others jumped in only for the money.


2 posted on 09/26/2007 9:55:34 PM PDT by caseinpoint (Don't get thickly involved in thin things.)
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To: neverdem

Reminds me of phony war “heros”. Some people just want to be famous so bad they’ll crawl through the mud to get it, and hope nobody will question why they are so dirty because of the supposed protections a hero deserves.

This is America, and this woman can pretty much say or do anything she wants, but I hope this really affects her ability to find love or happiness, because her actions have tainted something that was already incredibly painful to many Americans.


3 posted on 09/26/2007 9:55:57 PM PDT by SoldierMedic (Rowan Walter, 23 Feb 2007 Ramadi)
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To: cyborg; Clemenza; Cacique; NYCVirago; The Mayor; Darksheare; hellinahandcart; Chode; ...
County clerks oppose change in licensing [for illegals in NY] County clerks have more common sense than Spitzer.

FReepmail me if you want on or off my New York ping list.

4 posted on 09/26/2007 9:56:55 PM PDT by neverdem (Call talk radio. We need a Constitutional Amendment for Congressional term limits. Let's Roll!)
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To: neverdem

Another manifestation of “Stolen Valor”
——every incident like this seems to bring out these people: remember the young kid who dressed up in fatigues and kept taking the stage at all the ceremonies after the first Gulf War?


5 posted on 09/26/2007 10:07:02 PM PDT by supremedoctrine
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To: neverdem
Internets
6 posted on 09/26/2007 10:08:00 PM PDT by happinesswithoutpeace (You are receiving this broadcast as a dream)
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To: neverdem

This woman needs professional help.

I grieve for the families that she has mislead. This must be very painful for them.


7 posted on 09/26/2007 10:10:00 PM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife
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To: neverdem

Yep...another out-of-left-field wackjob.
Pure fiction: “It was a lot of death and destruction, but I also saw hope.”
Yeah right.

Put her on melaril and lock her away.
“She never shared those details [about who gave her the ring, bla bla bla], and it was nothing we wanted to probe,”
Gee, thanks.


8 posted on 09/26/2007 10:18:53 PM PDT by kbingham
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To: neverdem
County clerks oppose change in licensing [for illegals in NY] County clerks have more common sense than Spitzer.

Wrong thread?

9 posted on 09/26/2007 10:22:30 PM PDT by xjcsa (Hillary Clinton is nothing more than Karl Marx with huge calves.)
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To: xjcsa
Wrong thread?

No, it was next to a NY link on my thread.

10 posted on 09/26/2007 10:26:01 PM PDT by neverdem (Call talk radio. We need a Constitutional Amendment for Congressional term limits. Let's Roll!)
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To: kbingham
“She never shared those details [about who gave her the ring, bla bla bla], and it was nothing we wanted to probe,”

I have it on good authority that it was THIS guy who gave her the ring:
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11 posted on 09/26/2007 10:55:41 PM PDT by mkjessup (Jan 20, 2009 - "We Don't Know. Where Rudy Went. Just Glad He's Not. The President. Burma Shave.")
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To: neverdem
What does it matter what really happened? You can tell she really feels it.
12 posted on 09/26/2007 11:18:30 PM PDT by Luke Skyfreeper
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To: Luke Skyfreeper

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13 posted on 09/26/2007 11:18:45 PM PDT by Luke Skyfreeper
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To: caseinpoint
I credit her for apparently avoiding financial fraud in the situation where so many others jumped in only for the money.

I wonder if she really did avoid financial fraud. It says that she spoke to audiences. Colleges pay guest speakers. She might not have cashed in on the federal victim's money because she couldn't give real employment verification, but she might have cashed in on other opportunities.

14 posted on 09/26/2007 11:47:53 PM PDT by Elyse (I refuse to feed the crocodile.)
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To: caseinpoint

You have to wonder where her money does come from, though. Living in Manhattan is expensive.


15 posted on 09/27/2007 3:26:27 AM PDT by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: neverdem

odd that NYT would run this...


16 posted on 09/27/2007 3:35:48 AM PDT by jedward (I'm not sure you meant, what I understand...or maybe you did.)
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To: Luke Skyfreeper

Indeed. “Fake but accurate!”


17 posted on 09/27/2007 3:46:26 AM PDT by Malacoda (A day without a pi$$ed-off muslim is like a day without sunshine.)
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To: Malacoda

Lol. “Fake but accurate.” That’s such a great phrase.


18 posted on 09/27/2007 5:54:51 AM PDT by Luke Skyfreeper
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To: neverdem

Very weird. I knew her (not very well) when I was a member of the WTC Survivor’s Network and always thought very highly of her.

She was always very quiet, spoke softly and never seemed to want to draw attention to herself. In fact, “quiet dignity” is the phrase that was often used to describe her.

(I left the WTCSN because it had turned into a left-wing circle jerk and was becoming a group of apologists for radical Islamists.)

It’s very sad that she apparently has some serious personal issues.


19 posted on 09/27/2007 6:46:15 AM PDT by NYC GOP Chick
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To: visualops

Judging by where she lives, I don’t think she needs money. Probably just attention. :(


20 posted on 09/27/2007 6:47:20 AM PDT by NYC GOP Chick
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