She Was the One: An Animated 9/11 Remembrance

The first day was all smoke, debris, organized mayhem, and pure disbelief. The next day, reality hit home. That’s when you walked out in the streets (in my case, Brooklyn), and saw your first missing person sign, one of hundreds you’d see over the coming months in Manhattan and the outer boroughs. The numbers you heard on TV, the body count, became real faces — real people.

In October 2003, StoryCorps, a nonprofit dedicated to recording oral histories of every kind, got underway with a small StoryBooth in Grand Central Terminal. Eight years later, it has recorded and archived more than 35,000 interviews from 70,000 participants. And, more recently, it has turned its focus to 9/11 and the days that followed. The goal: to memorialize in sound every person lost on that day. You can visit the emerging audio archive here.

The poignant clip above, which tells the personal story of Richie Pecorella and Karen Juday, appears in a larger series of StoryCorps animated videos, all available here. You can support the StoryCorps project by making a donation, large or small today.

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  1. Laura @MotherWouldKnow says . . . | September 7, 2011 / 12:13 pm

    I swore I wasn’t going to listen or watch 9/11 speeches, tributes etc. But I got to this site through a tweet and my heart kept me here. It’s a love story that can’t be read – Richie’s voice says it all. And I’m glad I stayed here. Richie – you have suffered greatly. I am so sorry for your loss and hope that her memory keeps you strong.

  2. Patricia says . . . | September 7, 2011 / 1:08 pm

    I think my heart just broke all over again. Richie, there are no words possible, except I’m so sorry.

  3. Matt says . . . | September 7, 2011 / 3:19 pm

    That is so very sad.

    “StoryCorps aims to record at least one interview for each life lost in the September 11 attacks.” I wonder if that includes the hijackers, as that would be worth seeing too.

  4. louis says . . . | September 8, 2011 / 5:43 am

    Richie, This is a good start to doing some good…Loved the story I’m originaly from Brooklyn,and i have a brother Richard that still screams at car’s,and other driver’s.Karen must have really been a blessing from God to make you want to change, may she rest in God’s loving arms…peace to you this 9/11….

  5. Zada Shindelar says . . . | September 8, 2011 / 8:47 am

    The CORRECT thing to do is STOP wasting money on Memorials and START paying healthcare costs for the RESPONDERS. While Memorials can be personal…healthcare is LIFE OR DEATH! Do the CORRECT thing, eliminate waste & HELP the LIVING!

  6. Deb N says . . . | September 8, 2011 / 11:11 am

    @Zada, as much as I think the dead should be honored, we can do so by helping the living stay that way. I hadn’t thought about it before but you seem to have spent a lot of time thinking about this.

  7. Diane says . . . | November 12, 2011 / 8:24 am

    Great story and my heart goes out to all 911 victims. 911 victims should be remembered in our hearts, but now we must move on and help the living.

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