I intend to post it every September 11 as long as this blog is online.
Those who have read my blog already know about my love for guitars and my complete inability to find the patience or will to master them. Today I'm going to tell you about a guitarist I never met. His name was Joseph Lostrangio.
Joe never met a six string he didn't like and he was an avid player. Friends remember him playing Billy Joel tunes with zeal.
Joe also had a love of saltwater fish. He had four tanks including a 90-gallon showpiece. Have you ever tended a saltwater fish tank? It's not a walk in the park. His enthusiasm was infectious and many coworkers learned how to care for their own fish through Joe's guidance.
Joe had a lot of enthusiasm and many diverse interests. His wife of 26 years, Theresann, called him "a life explorer."
Joe and Theresann lived in
Speaking of devouring, Joe had another passion: food. Some friends called him a gourmet chef but others suggested it went way beyond that. He was fearless with food and tried as many exotic ingredients as he could find, often querying staff members of
Which was probably yet another reason Joe was excited about his new job in
His son, Joe Jr., was attending
His first day of work was September 10, 2001. His office was on the 77th floor of 1 World Trade Center (the
I hope they told each other they loved each other. I suspect they did.
The next morning at 08:26 am, hijacked American Airlines flight 11 struck the
Joseph Lostrangio was 48 years old.
I never knew you, Joe, but researching your story has made me sad that I did not have the opportunity to make your acquaintance and call you a friend. Perhaps you could have taught me to master that silly F chord.
You have inspired me and challenged me to devour life. Yours was cut way too short but you made the most of it.
"… I'm not sure about a life after this
God knows I've never been a spiritual man
Baptized by the fire, I wade into the river
That is running to the promised land
In the middle of the night
I go walking in my sleep
Through the desert of truth
To the river so deep
We all end in the ocean
We all start in the streams
We're all carried along
By the river of dreams
In the middle of the night…"
Billy Joel –
This memorial is part of The 2996 Project administered by D.Challener Roe.
You have done an amazing thing Mr. Roe.
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