Hiking, In Mourning, At Sea, They Missed Sept. 11


“That’s not why I go out in the woods,” he said.

Fred Goldsmith, 67, was teaching civics and coaching football at Franklin High School, 70 miles southwest of Asheville, N.C., on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. A golfing buddy, Norman Seay, had just died of a heart attack so Goldsmith started the day in class, then hustled to his car for a short drive to the funeral. He left the radio off, choosing to pray for his friend in silence.

“We had to be at the church by late morning,” Goldsmith said. “I just rushed out from teaching and went to the church. We all sat down and the pastor said something like there’s going to be a lot of funerals in the next few days after this morning. I turned to the fellow next to me and I said what’s he talking about? He said, `You haven’t heard?”’

Amy Evans, 31, was on a cruise ship as part of the Semester at Sea program, which offers college students a variety of itineraries worldwide while they study and soak up experiences traveling from port to port. Evans, who now runs a jewelry and accessories business, was a student at Montana State University in Bozeman in 2001.

Her group had left Vancouver, British Columbia, on Aug. 31, 2001, and was due to arrive in Kobe, Japan, on Sept. 13. That put her in the middle of the Pacific when the world changed for the worse. The planes had already struck when she woke up that morning.

“I went to the gym to work out and found it to be closed with an uninformative sign,” Evans said. “Later that morning, they announced the news to us as a group, after they had first informed students and staff who had family members working in the towers and Pentagon. The first newspaper we saw was in Japan a day or two later.”

Anne Maxfield, 56, calls herself a serial entrepreneur. Her latest venture is the Accidental Locavore, a website about cooking and eating local and fresh.

Back in 2001, she was providing freelance talent to the apparel industry in New York and living in the West Village with her husband, just a block from the now-defunct St. Vincent’s Hospital.

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