The Ice Palace

We are so vain that we even care for the opinion of those we don't care for...

Monday, September 11, 2006

For Susan...

Where were you....When we lost so many?

I had just sent my son off to school, just like many did that morning. It seemed like any othe day, the sky was blue, and there was a slight chill in the air. I had just sat down to watch the weather, and have some coffee, when I saw the horror. I never met Susan, and never ever spoke with her, and until this project I knew nothing about her. However, there isn't a day that goes by since I signed up that I don't think about her, and the terrible loss her family suffered on that day. People that knew her, were blessed with the time they did have with her. This is my tribute to Susan...

Mrs. Susan Clancy Conlon was at her desk on the 81st floor in tower 1 when the first plane hit on Sept. 11. The 41-year-old supervisor in the Bank of America's fail-safe control division immediately called her mother, Vera Clancy, who was at work at the PS 36 annex in Annadale.

"She said a plane had hit the building and there was a lot of debris," Mrs. Clancy said. "She said her boss could see the plane and the elevators were not running. She was told to call us to let us know she was safe. Then she said she had to leave because they were calling her to evacuate."

At around 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 12, Mrs. Conlon's godmother listened to the piercing screams of a female voice on her answering machine. She was certain it was her goddaughter and the family clung to that one last glimmer of hope. But the hope soon dimmed.

Mrs. Conlon was happiest when picking peaches with her 6 year old daughter Kimberly. She loved rock 'n' roll music, counting the Beatles, the Grateful Dead, the Rolling Stones and Neil Young among her favorites. She was an expert in the kitchen, often making her daughter's favorite meals. "My next-door neighbor loved her eggplant so much, we made it for her one day," said Kimberly, who was always at her mother's side in the kitchen.When not in the kitchen or listening to music, Mrs. Conlon was in front of the television watching her beloved New York Giants and New York Yankees.

In addition to her daughter, Kimberly, her mother, Vera, and her brother, Neil, Mrs. Conlon is survived by her husband of seven years, John, and another brother, Kevin Clancy.

We Shall Never Forget...


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