Monday, September 11, 2006

2996



Four freedoms:
The first is freedom of speech and expression,

everywhere in the world.
The second is freedom of everyone to worship God in his own way,
everywhere in the world.
The third is freedom from want...
everywhere in the world.
The fourth is freedom from fear...

anywhere in the world.
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

Michael Benjamin Packer
World Trade Center

"He shouldn't have been in the building, except he was going to give the speech," recalled his wife,Rekha Packer.

Musical and Mechanical
Michael B. Packer had a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which came in very handy at his children's science fairs and birthday parties."When you walked into the house, you usually walked into a scientific experiment," said Ronald Soiefer, a close friend who had met Mr. Packer when they were Harvard undergraduates. One contraption had a microphone hooked up to a laptop computer, which recorded human voices and showed them as sound waves on a colored screen. Mr. Packer, 45, of Hartsdale, N.Y., had many other sides. He played the piano and, in his spare time, made harpsichords, a trade he had learned as a student at Phillips Exeter Academy and Harvard. He made sure that his children — Sarita, 11, and Jonathan, 7 — were steeped in the classics. In June, he and his wife, Rekha, took the children on a tour of the Aegean Islands, following in the footsteps of Homer's Ulysses.Mr. Packer, who was to be the keynote speaker at a technology conference at Windows on the World on Sept. 11, joined Merrill Lynch in 1999 as a leader of a major e-commerce initiative. "He was very good at managing things," said Mrs. Packer, who remembers most vividly how he coped with the family, the house, his job and her convalescence when she suffered a brain injury in 1990. "Nothing really got him down. We really miss him for that now."



Michael's Guest Book

Several months before the WTC attacks, Michael Packer offered to assist, pro-bono, the Lower Hudson Regional Information Center -- a non-profit, consortium of schools in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties -- in achieving our goal of being an organization synonymous with excellence. He was a world class business executive with a successful track record as a strategist, team builder and manager. When he first met Michael in August, we were impressed by his expertise and humor, as well as his genuine wish to help us. In one meeting, he established a bond of trust. We decided to get together again on September 14th, and we all had the highest hopes. We at the LHRIC were but a small part of Michael Packer's world but his kindness and sincerity were evident in each of our encounters.
~Peter Reilly, acquaintance

Short video, worth the view....One minute 45 seconds. G RatedSeptember 11th Tribute
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I am honored to participate in 2996.
I think it is beautiful that the blogging community has taken on and supported this wonderful way to pay tribute to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who lost their friends and loved ones in this tragedy.

130 Comments:

Blogger Miss Cellania said...

A wonderful tribute, Raggedy, and the video sent chills over me. Such a loss.

September 10, 2006 10:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Raggedy, a lovely tribute, how sad that we had to do it though.

September 10, 2006 11:06 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Great tribute Raggedy. So sad that this horrible event happened. Thanks for the tribute and for sharing the video. I had never seen that before.

September 10, 2006 11:07 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Thanks sooo much R. I won't forget.

September 11, 2006 6:13 AM  
Blogger Tamara said...

That is such a touching post Raggedy.Thank you for bringing a face...a person,instead of just a number.The video is also so touching.
Thanks for this post that honored one of the many people that lost their lives on this day 5 years ago.
{{Great big hugs}}

September 11, 2006 7:35 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

A beautiful tribute. He was giving a speech that day. Your written speech here surely would have made him proud, Raggedy.

September 11, 2006 7:40 AM  
Blogger Carmen said...

I'm honored to participate with you in this.

I honor Lt. Col. Johnson today.

September 11, 2006 8:47 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Thank you for sharing this tribute and also the youtube video. It is so touching to watch the photos.

September 11, 2006 9:02 AM  
Blogger -tnchick- said...

No one should have been there... but, they were. Sadly.

May his family be at peace today while the anniversary of 9/11 passes.

I'm honoring FDNY's Peter Beilfeld.

September 11, 2006 9:48 AM  
Blogger Vickie said...

A beautiful tribute Raggedy, thank you for sharing it. You have given him a face so he is no longer just a number to me. Thank you.

September 11, 2006 9:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Raggedy ~~ Great tribute post. I have one also and Peter put a photo on for me tonight. Pray this never happens again. Take care my friend,
Cheers, Merle.

September 11, 2006 9:53 AM  
Blogger cube said...

That was a lovely tribute. It makes me sad to think of those fine people that we will never know.

September 11, 2006 10:05 AM  
Blogger Wendy aka Cheeky said...

I feel like I got to know him from your tribute. I am trying to read all of these and as I do I realize they are more than a name on a list somewhere....

September 11, 2006 10:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was a beautiful tribute. What a wonderful man. Thank you.

September 11, 2006 10:59 AM  
Blogger Jude said...

That was a beautiful musical tribute.

We are all remembering today....

September 11, 2006 11:34 AM  
Blogger Karmyn R said...

Such a brilliant man - and never a truer saying than "In the wrong place at the wrong time". Thank you for the lovely tribute on this incredible journey!

September 11, 2006 11:59 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

What a beautiful tribute, Raggedy. You brought Michael Packer to life for me, and left me just a little sadder on this sad day. My heart goes out to his wife and children; what a wonderful life they shared.

Dinah Webster: A Tribute

September 11, 2006 12:13 PM  
Blogger brian said...

Thank you for posting this tribute to a wonderful giving family man.

Please stop by my tribute to Gilbert and leave a link and comment so that others can come here to read.

September 11, 2006 12:17 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

What a beautiful tribute. Today will be a day to remember each person. We must remember to think of them individually- not as numbers.

September 11, 2006 12:26 PM  
Blogger Ed Bremson, MFA said...

My, what a nice tribute. Good to have you back in action again.

Sorry for all the lives lost. Never again.

September 11, 2006 12:45 PM  
Blogger Katherine said...

That was a really moving tribute. Thanks for stopping by my tribute to Marjorie C. Salamone.

September 11, 2006 12:45 PM  
Blogger Happy Mama to Three said...

That every name, every face, every soul, every heartbeat should be made one. In the face of the tragedy we all lived through, it is the only prayer I have. Your tribute brings one more name, one more face, one more soul, one more heartbeat into the circle, and we keep living, not inspite of 9/11, but because of those who gave all.

Thank you for your piece of the puzzle.

Cindi
I proudly honored Jay Robert Magazine and Mark Bingham on my blog
http://whisperingsfromthewings.blogspot.com/

September 11, 2006 1:04 PM  
Blogger Kelly Thatcher said...

Thank you so much. I'm very grateful, too, to be a part of this project.

September 11, 2006 1:18 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

A great tribute.

Thanks for including the link list since 2996 has been coming and going from traffic.

September 11, 2006 1:40 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

This is a great tribute, thanks for sharing his story!

Also, thanks for stopping by and helping to remember Anna Williams Allison.

September 11, 2006 1:54 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

That was a fantastic tribute, well said. May he rest in peace and his family be comforted every day with the reminder that he's gone.

*HUUUUGS* to you!

September 11, 2006 2:03 PM  
Blogger Babaloo said...

That was a really nice tribute. It has been fascinating to learn about so many of the people that lost their lives that day. The Roosevelt quote is a really nice touch.

September 11, 2006 2:18 PM  
Blogger Meira{FB} said...

The participate site is down, but you can find a cached copy of it here on google, so people can follow the list.

http://64.233.167.104/search?q=cache:XEm8T1uWE7kJ:www.dcroe.com/2996/%3Fpage_id&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=6

September 11, 2006 2:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A fine tribute for a fine man, and his family. You put a lot of work in this, and I commend you. Thanks for visiting me today; I'm honored also to be a part of this sad, but 2996.

God bless.

September 11, 2006 2:22 PM  
Blogger David Edward said...

bless you
and all the families for whom this is a very hard day

September 11, 2006 2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a beautiful tribute. Thanks for coming by mine.

September 11, 2006 2:33 PM  
Blogger Biker Betty said...

Wonderful tribute. The 2,996 is a wonderful tribute to all that lost their lives in this tragic event. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

September 11, 2006 2:36 PM  
Blogger Mark Base said...

Nice one, Raggedy.
Even though I'm a British-Canadian living in Sweden, like the rest of the civilised world, I felt the panice and ensuing pain of this horrific attack.
Beautifully done.

September 11, 2006 2:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry that I never got to meet this man in person. He sounds like he was a great guy. Your tribute to him is lovely.

September 11, 2006 2:49 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

You did a wonderful job.Thanks for sharing Michael's story!
I remembered Naomi Leah Solomon.

September 11, 2006 2:59 PM  
Blogger Tammy Brierly said...

What a heart-wrenching video. This was a beautiful tribute I was proud to be a part of. Thank you and God bless the families left behind.

September 11, 2006 3:14 PM  
Blogger dyzgoneby said...

Thank you Ragedy for a beautiful tribute.

I will never forget.

September 11, 2006 3:15 PM  
Blogger Stacy said...

Thanks to you too for your post. These people will never be forgotten because of people like us.

September 11, 2006 3:39 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

wonderful tribute, he sounds like a wonderful man. god bless us all.

September 11, 2006 3:45 PM  
Blogger craziequeen said...

Very nice, Raggedy. Touching tribute and poignant video.

Good work! :-)

cq

September 11, 2006 4:07 PM  
Blogger Mrs_Who said...

Such a beautiful tribute. Each of those lives were precious...thank you for helping to preserve their memory.

September 11, 2006 4:11 PM  
Blogger Beaker said...

Doesn't it say a lot about the human spirit, when so many people from all walks of life and whose blogs are so varied can band together for a very simple but touching tribute??

I have read quite a few of these tributes - each so different and each so effective in ensuring these people will be remembered -
I also tried to read a little from the associated blogs. Doing this provided me with an insight into the effect this tragedy had on people - not only the victims families but also the "you & me's" of the world - the bloggers.

I may live half a world away from where it happened, but I can assure you that our nation too remembers the fallen.

Great work Raggedy!

September 11, 2006 4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful tribute, We will never forget!

September 11, 2006 4:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You did a really wonderful tribute...I have been watching shows about 9-11 today and I still weep.

Thank you for visiting my tribute.

September 11, 2006 4:28 PM  
Blogger FreeBohemian said...

Great tribute Raggedy - thanks!

September 11, 2006 4:35 PM  
Blogger Lilize said...

hi!

i had no idea you were also part of this project and i am glad to find that you are.

it's an honor to me too to have participated in this. i think this is what makes a difference and Dale allowed us to do so.

you have a wonderful tribute.
as we "dig" into these people's lives, it seems we get to know them deeply, or at least i wish we had.

thank you for visiting my tribute to Joe Anchundia.

September 11, 2006 4:40 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

This tribute is wonderful. Thank you.

September 11, 2006 4:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

a really beautiful tribute! Tahnk you for doing this. I'm so honored to be among so many wonderful people who chose to do this.

Thank you also for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment.

September 11, 2006 4:56 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Thanks for visiting my blog...even more so for doing your own tribute and especially for setting up the mirror site.

September 11, 2006 5:19 PM  
Blogger a faith bigger than fear said...

Wonderful tribute Raggedy. Thank you for introducing Michael B. Packer to us and giving us a glimpse in to his life.

And thank you for allowing us to link from your post!

September 11, 2006 5:41 PM  
Blogger Steven Givler said...

Well done Raggedy. Thanks for taking the time to recognize another American.

Steven

September 11, 2006 5:41 PM  
Blogger Teresa said...

A very moving tribute and thanks for the new link.

September 11, 2006 5:42 PM  
Blogger HP said...

A beautifully written tribute.

Thank you for the opportunity to link from your post. I have added my two tributes (also TheCleaningWoman).

September 11, 2006 6:05 PM  
Blogger Miss Chris said...

A very moving tribute. Thank you!

September 11, 2006 6:09 PM  
Blogger Peg said...

Great job, beautiful video...thank you for inviting me to see it.
Peggy

September 11, 2006 6:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was a great tribute to this man. Alot of us did not know these men and women who died on this day five years ago, but this has made us take a closer look. I am pleased to have joined this project of D.C. Roe's.

Thank you for stopping by.

September 11, 2006 6:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great tribute. He sounds like a wonderful person.

September 11, 2006 6:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A lovely tribute! Thank you for honouring Michael.

Thank you for stopping by mine.

September 11, 2006 7:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nice tribute.Those lost, will always live within us.

September 11, 2006 7:25 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and tribute. Yours is lovely and very poignant. Thanks also for the info on the updated link.

Cheers and thank you,
Carol

September 11, 2006 7:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

:-} Thank-You for filling in while "2996" is off line. What a beautiful thing you are doing! Lovely tribute, too BTW! The video was awesome... I never had seen it before.

September 11, 2006 7:41 PM  
Blogger Walker said...

Exellent tribute.

It's nice to see the faces and the lives of the victims.
Makes them real and not just names :)

September 11, 2006 7:56 PM  
Blogger Dr. Deb said...

You have done a wonderful job. What a lovely tribute.

Peace to everyone,
everywhere.

Dr. Deb

September 11, 2006 8:05 PM  
Blogger Smooth said...

What a moving tribute. Thank you for sharing his life with us and thank you for visiting my tribute to Welles Remy Crowther, age 24.

September 11, 2006 8:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A great tribute and I'm glad you have the link up feature on your page. Makes it easier since D.C.'s site went down.

For anyone else interested, I have links to a mirror site on my own post.

September 11, 2006 8:40 PM  
Blogger kapgar said...

My bad... forgot to get my info on here.

kapgar.

September 11, 2006 8:42 PM  
Blogger al said...

Very nice Raggedy. Thanks for stopping by my blog and letting me know about the link to all the tributes that you have.

September 11, 2006 8:42 PM  
Blogger amarkonmywall said...

Raggedy- the effort and love and care that you put into this post touches me so deeply I don't really have words. Your tribute, your remembrance, your links- thank you for this incredible entry and for being a part of the 2996 project. It warms my heart to see some of our very best neighbors on that list.

September 11, 2006 9:02 PM  
Blogger Katy Grimes said...

beautiful tribute... another live viciously cut short.

September 11, 2006 9:10 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Wow. How unfortunate that he was even in that building.

September 11, 2006 9:36 PM  
Blogger Megan Gooding said...

What a beautiful memorial. This has been such a long, sad journey for our nation. I feel so blessed to have been involved in the 2996 process. Thank you for your kind comments

September 11, 2006 9:50 PM  
Blogger Esther said...

You did a terrific job with your tribute. What a sweet man he was. You did him proud.

September 11, 2006 10:07 PM  
Blogger eyes_only4him said...

nice job ....lots of tributes today..this time last year I dont really remeber any...maybe cause its 5 years i dont know..but its nice..

September 11, 2006 10:09 PM  
Blogger Queen Bee said...

Awesome! Love the video. Wow!!

September 11, 2006 10:27 PM  
Blogger Queen Bug said...

I love your tribute, thanks for commenting on mine. I was wondering how to get to the list of the other participants.

Take care,
Vicky

September 11, 2006 10:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a wonderful job!

September 11, 2006 10:28 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

What a beautiful tribute. Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us.

September 11, 2006 10:30 PM  
Blogger Amanda Sue said...

really beautiful tribute. your words brought tears to my eyes. how wonderful and sorrowful for all of us to be part of this project. peace for the families.

September 11, 2006 10:30 PM  
Blogger Kache said...

He sounded like such a generous man, thanks for sharing the tribute with us.

Faina's tribute

September 11, 2006 10:31 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Great job, Raggedy

September 11, 2006 10:33 PM  
Blogger PastormacsAnn said...

Wow what a wonderful job you've done.

What an enormous gap this man left when he life was so abruptly tragically ended. Seems like he had so much more to offer and give.

Thank you.

September 11, 2006 10:36 PM  
Blogger KC and the Giggleman Kitties said...

Very nice tribute, beautiful thoughtful presentation. Very sad.

September 11, 2006 11:03 PM  
Blogger Grizzly Mama said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and reading the tribute there. Wonderful tribute you have made here as well. God Bless.

September 11, 2006 11:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for passing by my blog, Raggedy.

Yours is a wonderful tribute as well.

God bless you in every way ;)

Gerardo
(Monterrey, Mexico)

September 11, 2006 11:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post, Raggedy.

Built harpsichords? Travelled the Aegean islands for a holiday? How many people can claim that?

September 11, 2006 11:44 PM  
Blogger WebKittyn said...

Wow..

You really went about and beyond, I've been clicking back and forth reading and it's overwhelming and touching and so very sad.

Your tribute was beautiful, deeply touching.

September 11, 2006 11:45 PM  
Blogger MrsGreenThumb said...

You have written a wonderful tribute to Michael Packer, he has a face, he was someone who loved and was loved. My condolences to his friends and family. He is one more light who no longer shines but will be remembered forever.
Visit my tribute to Catherine A. Nardella if you get a chance. She was a lovely young woman who died at the WTC on 9/11, too young, too soon.

September 12, 2006 12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A very moving tribute. Thanks for sharing his story with us.

September 12, 2006 12:10 AM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

What a nice tribute. I have been reading many of the tributes and it as reminded me that we must never forget what happened on that fateful day. It was kind of like Pearl Harbor and another day we must not forget. We must not become too complacent and keep our guard up. Thanks for the work you put in honor this fine man.

September 12, 2006 12:47 AM  
Blogger Meow (aka Connie) said...

Beautiful tribute, Raggedy.
Take care, Meow

September 12, 2006 1:06 AM  
Blogger web_loafer said...

Don't know you name, but I suspect it is Ann.

That doesn't matter, Raggedy, what needs to be said is...

Great tribute to Michael Benjamin Packer, one of the fallen.

Webloafer is going to use the link page of all the bloggers who took the time to honor in tribute someone they didn't know, but someone we all mourn for. Oh, not like the mothers, brothers, fathers, neices, grandmothers, newphews, or twin brothor or sister mourns the murder of a loved one, but.

the 2,996 blogging project did in a couple of weeks what the media ignored for almost five years.

We are the media, we are bloggers, and we will replace the bad with good.

Have kept the list of blogger links and will be visiting, reading and pondering the goodness of the blogger WORLD.

Will also be tracing back to all the losers who took a name and didn't blog......

Can you say....moveon.org, and airamerica?

If anyone knows of a victim who was not honored because of the slimey left....please a name, I'll work overtime to get a tribute online for that person.

Love all you bloggers who care about the world, and can spare a few tears will they type.

IT was an emotional endeavor, but the few thousand tears I shed for Frank J. Koestner, was nothing compared to the buckets of grief and teardrops the loved one of Frank have shed.

Ann, old (60+) truckdriver webloafer will be back....to read and ponder, at least I still am living and breathing..

Michael Benjamin Packer didn't get to grow as old and cranky as me.

Wish he had had a chance to be old and proud. I'm proud of my oldness, and pray for the young people of this world......

September 12, 2006 2:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A very moving tribute.

September 12, 2006 2:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a beautiful tribute.

My memorial to Joseph Lostrangio is up if you want to drop by.

I think this has been a fantastic project and am proud to be a 2996 blogger.

September 12, 2006 3:30 AM  
Blogger blogger said...

Thanks for stopping by to see my tribute. I'va added some more writing to the pictures now.

Your tribute is excellent. It's such a sad waste of one of our best. Our society goes to great efforts to produce such people. They are our leaders. We set up a system to give them opportunity and freedom to grow and cultivate. The talented and the very bright, they are our treasures. And then many like this one on 9/11 are gone, our leaders, our best, gone for nothing, for senselessness.


Judith Ann Reese

September 12, 2006 4:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gidday Raggedy, My sincere heartfelt
wishes go out to all those who were lost on 9/11 and to all those family and friends who will never see their loved ones again. A beautiful and moving song on the video.

September 12, 2006 5:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You did such a wonderful job!! Amazing!

September 12, 2006 6:37 AM  
Blogger K T Cat said...

He sounds like the kind of guy we'd all like to know. Fun and supportive. Great job!

September 12, 2006 7:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He sounds like a true renaissance man! That is so wonderful how he immersed his family in it. What a great person! You did a great job honoring him and thanks for letting us know about him!

September 12, 2006 7:29 AM  
Blogger FRIDAY'S CHILD said...

Your tribute is beautiful and the video too. Thanks for sharing.
As I continuously keep visiting sites with tribute, it makes my heart bleed for all the victims and brings tears to my eyes as I recall all these young people losing their lives to something beyond their control. These cruel people who caused the tragedy just didn't care about these innocent lives, lives with yet unfulfilled dreams, lives who may have been depended upon by their loved ones. My sympathy goes to all the victims' family of these Sept. 11/2001 tragedy. My heart will always have a special place for all of you.
Thanks for passing by too.

September 12, 2006 8:09 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

Wonderful tribute.

September 12, 2006 8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was a wonderful tribute. It was beautifully written. And thank you for visiting mine to Teresa Martin.

September 12, 2006 9:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heart touching tribute Raggedy. May God Bless and comfort his family and loved ones, today and always.

3T
PS. I am honoring Christina Sunga Ryook.

September 12, 2006 9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't hear about the 2,996 tribute until late yesterday or I certainly would have participated. What a wonderful way to honor all those lives that were lost.

Thank you for being a part of it, Raggedy.

September 12, 2006 10:18 AM  
Blogger molly said...

Lovely. Thankyou, and thanks for establishing your own list. It makes it a little easier and less intimidating to navigate the tributes.

September 12, 2006 11:51 AM  
Blogger Riss said...

That is a wonderful tribute.

September 12, 2006 11:57 AM  
Blogger Elderta said...

Very lovely. Thank you for your tribute!

September 12, 2006 12:27 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

Wow! Nicely done. And you have been busy as well!

I wish I had time to read start to finish all the tributes, but alas, I read a few here and there throughout the day.

You have done an excellent job presenting Michael to us. Thank you.

September 12, 2006 2:45 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

Thank you for such a beutiful tribute. I am grateful to see so many caring tributes. Thank you.

September 12, 2006 3:59 PM  
Blogger Melodee said...

Beautiful. Thanks.

September 12, 2006 4:43 PM  
Blogger Bruce French said...

I just wanted to thank you for posting at my blog

September 12, 2006 4:46 PM  
Blogger a.k.a. Blandly Urbane said...

Nice tribute to a great man. I don't know how everyone dealt with it. I know it was difficult enough for those with no one lost - I cannot fathom what Michael's family went through and still probably do.

Thanks an awful lot for visiting Jill's tribute site (http://jillcampbell2996.blogspot.com/)

September 12, 2006 5:24 PM  
Blogger Elmers Brother said...

fine tribute and thanks for stopping by.

September 12, 2006 7:37 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Beautiful tribute, Raggedy. We lost so many good people on that day! It is very sad that we had to do this, but it was a wonderful thing to do. Michael would be proud of your wonderful tribute to him.

September 12, 2006 7:37 PM  
Blogger Freedomnow said...

What a talented musician and businessman. And he was planning to donate his time for a non-profit educational group!

There is such good that was cut-off on that day.

September 12, 2006 8:57 PM  
Blogger gordaboo said...

Thank you for your touching tribute for Micheal...not just a name but a person to us all who read.

We will never forget.

I remember Lisa Egan

September 13, 2006 12:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great tribute. So sad that he wasn't even supposed to be there!

September 13, 2006 1:17 AM  
Blogger David Edward said...

uh there is a white strie down the middle of thew blog that is causeing the words to not be readable

- yes 2996 was and is So awesome

September 13, 2006 1:21 AM  
Blogger Neomi said...

A very nice tribute :) Thank you for sharing the video with us.

I'm also grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of this project.

September 13, 2006 2:05 AM  
Blogger Rhonda Gales said...

A great tribute. I'm reading as many blogs as I can from fellow 2996 bloggers. Thanks for the links. I'm honoring Nancy Carole Farley and Jeffrey J. Shaw. Please visit.

September 13, 2006 2:09 AM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Thank you for posting that beautiful video! Brought tears to my eyes as all my memories of 9/11 came flooding back.

He played the piano and, in his spare time, made harpsichords, a trade he had learned as a student at Phillips Exeter Academy and Harvard. He made sure that his children — Sarita, 11, and Jonathan, 7 — were steeped in the classics. In June, he and his wife, Rekha, took the children on a tour of the Aegean Islands, following in the footsteps of Homer's Ulysses.

I am both a piano teacher very partial to harpsichord and a homeschool teacher of classic literature. Mike and I share two common bonds beyond our bond as Americans. So sad that he's gone, because of Islamic murderers. Not fair!

September 13, 2006 7:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very, very nice! He sounds like he was a terrific guy and you've done him proud!

September 13, 2006 8:08 AM  
Blogger Lois Lane said...

You did a wonderful job. Thanks for letting us all get to know Michael.

September 13, 2006 8:27 AM  
Blogger Coaster Punchman said...

This is a very nice tribute to Mr. Packer. Thanks for stopping by CPW. Peace.

September 13, 2006 2:40 PM  
Blogger ditzymoi said...

You did a lovely tribute ...

I was proud to do my part for the 2996 project.

Thank you for stopping by my blog and honoring NYFD's Batallion Commander Dennis Devlin.

~Never Forget~

September 13, 2006 9:59 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This is a wonderful tribute, thank you for letting us all know about Michael Packer.

Thank you also for dropping by and reading about Joe Riverso.

September 14, 2006 4:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an excellent tribute

September 14, 2006 4:42 AM  
Blogger Lynn said...

This is an awesome tribute Raggedy. Thanks for letting us know Michael a little bit more. Thanks too for visiting my tribute to Jane. Be Blessed!

September 14, 2006 5:16 AM  
Blogger angela said...

What a fun and cool guy. Thanks for giving us a glimpse into his life and those he interacted with...

I watched that video on another site and cried because I actually knew of someone who died there (because of the 2996 project)as opposed to when it actually happened. I was in shock then, but had no faces to put with the tragedy.

And now we do...I will never see anything 9/11 related without thinking of Tim and you probably won't ever think of it without thinking of Michael.

September 14, 2006 8:38 PM  
Blogger Tracy said...

Excellent tribute. It was an honor to be a part of this massive effort.

September 15, 2006 6:56 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

I worked for Michael at Bankers Trust.. a kind and brilliant man... what a huge loss to the business world, charity, his friends, and family... found this page 9/11/2011... what a nice tribute... thank you

September 11, 2011 9:01 AM  

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