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  1. Aren’t they? This is what Tara said: The residents were really impressed with how far it traveled and thought it was very kind of Bruce to make the monetary donation for the nanny. They looked at the photo album and banner for 45 minutes straight!
  2. Pictures of the banner and the photo album at the nursing home. Tara, the employee, did a PowerPoint presentation and told the story of the banner and then left it hanging up so that they could all look at it. She said that the residents were very interested and thought it was neat.
  3. The banner was presented at the nursing home last week. I’m waiting for permission from them before I share the photos but I thought I’d share this picture. If you remember the story, Bruce helped Michelle in the summer of 2000 when her police officer husband was killed in the line of duty and she had a young son and was pregnant with twins. Then Michelle remarried and was expecting a baby boy when we met with her and Steve’s mom in 2005 to give Steve’s mom the banner. Michelle told us that her son would have our friend Steve’s name as his middle name. That boy, Kyle Stephen, is on the left in this picture. Sgt. Dan (who is really lieutenant Dan) visited Michelle and her family last month. Michelle told Dan that Steve’s mom, Suzanne, fell and broke her hip around Christmas last year. She spent some time in the hospital, then a rehab center, and then went into the nursing home. She passed away in April. And as we all know, she treasured the banner enough to take it with her there. This picture is Michelle and her children with Dan and his daughters. (Michelle’s husband took the picture.) Dan says they are all doing well. From left to right, it’s Kyle Stephen, Will (Michelle’s older son), John (one of the twins), Michelle, Sgt. Dan, Dan’s daughter Brigid, Holly (the other twin) and Dan’s daughter Faith. This picture makes me feel so good, knowing that they are doing well and that Bruce’s kindness was just one of many in this story. I think of the many people who helped the banner travel from city to city, and of Steve, who was such a nice guy and a good friend back in the early days of the internet, and of Suzanne being reunited with her son, and of the nursing home employee finding the banner and taking the time to track down its origins. It’s nice to know that there are so many good people in this world.
  4. Thanks for starting this thread, Mikey. I remember watching the TV that day but also being on GL all afternoon, reading the “Unfuckingbelievable” thread and hoping for updates from our friends in the area. Like you said, without Facebook or Twitter or even text messaging, this place was our main way to find out about our friends. We all used the chat room in the evenings back then too. It was comforting that night to all be together, chatting and checking up on each other. I remember that Rich finally popped in briefly. He said he hadn’t been working that morning but had gone down right after it happened and he’d spend the day down there, looking for survivors. At one point, he was briefly trapped under some some debris but he was okay. He then told us not to tell the frying pan (his wife) that he’d been in any danger. I also remember when MiamiMark checked in. He ended up staying in the city for several days, helping people. He’d had a tentative meeting with someone at the WTC that morning but when he tried to get ahold of that person that morning, they didn’t answer their phone, so he didn’t go down there. It’s sad to think that both he and Rich survived that day but are gone now. @judyg Judy, weren’t you also living in Manhattan then? And I know that Ronday (Cindy) was too.
  5. I’ve been in touch with Tara, the nursing home employee who has the banner. She sent me a power point presentation that she plans to show the residents. She will have the banner hanging up all day one day next month and do the presentation for about 30 minutes. Because of Covid, Sgt. Dan and I will not be able to be there for it so I’ve asked her to have someone record it or at least take pictures. And Dan and I will meet with her outside the nursing home when her schedule frees up a bit. I’m not sure if that will be before the presentation or after. We want to take her out to thank her for getting in touch with us, plus we can tell her our Bruce and banner stories in person.
  6. Nice to see you! I don’t think we ever met in person back in the banner days. I’m holding a creation from BalloonMan in the picture above. I keep in touch with him and some of the others from the old days on Facebook.
  7. Thanks for the bump, Mikey! It was a great show. I listened to part of it today on ESR. Can’t believe it’s been 13 years.
  8. You were everywhere! I have a lot of pictures of you over the years but none with the banner. I’ll post them if you want... And the middle picture above was St. Louis 2002, not ‘03…can’t edit it.
  9. Looks like the presentation about the banner will probably take place in September instead of August. The nursing home employee is worried about the Covid numbers in St. Louis and the possibility of planning something only to have to cancel it for safety reasons. I’ll keep you all posted when it happens. I can’t find the pictures from when we gave Steve’s mom the banner in 2005 but I found a few from the early days of the Rising Tour. The first is in Detroit (Auburn Hills) on 8/15/02 and it includes GWN, me, and Jaycee (Joann) who sadly passed away in 2010. The second is it being folded up after the pre-party in St. Louis at The Hard Rock Cafe on 8/30/03, and the last one is in Milwaukee on 9/27/03. I also have some from Giant’s Stadium in 7/2003 but those have already been posted.
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