20 years later now, hes written a book its about his family and their memories of the one they lost, but its also about the hatred that has roots in religious extremism, something that this man is passionate about fighting bill to maizes job the morning of september. The 11th was to put into words the feelings we were all experiencing with our eyes glued to the television. The editors decided to publish the very first extra edition of the star that had been published. Since i arrived there in 1970., temes was told to write the lead commentary for the star, a literal hold on my calls assignment. The only call he did take that morning was from his wife. I got on the phone and marcia said: have you read your sisters? Email, i said: no, she should do it and she was gone, took me a long time to get to the damn email and when i got there, the subject line said very bad news and it says it looks like our son. Carlton is on one of the planes carlton fife 31 years old bill to mae is his nephew. First of all, it shattered my heart. He and i were very close and as soon as i learned that i said, oh my god, you know, can i even finish the damn piece as a columnist, you have to open your heart up and open and bleed for people and make yourself vulnerable and tell The truth, and so i did tame is typed as i was hurriedly writing this piece.
I learned from one of my sisters that her only son may have been on the hijacked flight. I said whether it was my nephew or someone elses nephew. We have to remember who we are as americans and we have to respond in a compassionate and knowledgeable way to bring justice to whoever did this murder, but also to react in a way that brings honor to us and not, you know not violence and more shame. Carlton his family later confirmed, was on american flight 11, the first plane to hit the world trade center. He left behind his wife haven, their toddler jackson and a son. He would never meet haven, told carlton on sunday before he left on tuesday that she was pregnant again. I knew i was obligated to save everything i could about carlton, but exactly why i wasnt sure bill temes has written several books, but his latest turned out to be the reason he was saving all those emails and thoughts, its called love, loss and endurance. A 9 11 story of resilience and hope in an age of anxiety. The 20th anniversary seemed to be a time when it was right to look back and say what did this do to our family and what did it do to the country and not only that? But how do people get drawn into extremism, and is there anything that you and i can do about that – to unplug that the extremism that brought so much pain on 911 and many other less infamous days can start small timmaeuss goal in the book is to identify Those roots and help people avoid them.
We are split from one another and i find it terribly sad. There is no faith tradition. That is not. That is not guilty of extremism at some point and some time this week, bill and his family mark the 20th anniversary differently than maybe you or i will theyre looking forward, not back and theyre, hoping that you will too had carlton died in a car crash on September, 8th, you know it would have been very hard, but every year he would not be on tv with showing his car crashing into whatever the hell it was and thats what they deal with every year. Dont make 911 special do something redemptive on it and continue doing it on the 12th and the 13th. So we have a link in the story right now on kshb.com to go to the blog that timmyus writes about faith and religion. He maintains that on a weekly basis and theres also a link to find his new book as well.