The 2996 Project – Larry I. Beck

As part of the 2996 Project, we take the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in our nation’s history to remember Larry I. Beck, mailroom clerk at Cantor Fitzgerald, killed on 9/11 at the World Trade Center. Larry was from Baldwin, New York, and was 38 years old when his life was cut short by Saudi missionaries from the Religion of Peace™.

Since I didn’t know Larry (obviously), the closest I’ve been able to find is a comment from an acquaintance of his at another September 11 tribute site.

I knew Larry. I didn’t know him very well, but he was still a part of my life. I grew up in Merrick, Long Island, New York. Larry grew up in the adjacent town of Bellmore. As a child, my parents sent me to day camp at Merrick Woods Day School for many years. Larry was always in my group. The counselors paired us off alphabetically, and since his name was next to mine on the roster, he was my swim buddy. His locker was next to mine in the boy’s locker room. In later years, we were both counselors at the same camp. We went the same High School. (John F. Kennedy High School, Bellmore, New York – the same high school that Amy Fisher went to incidentally) We really didn’t have much in common but still knew each other on a first-name basis, and saw each other occasionally at singles events. I know he was a nice guy, but now maybe I wish I had known him better. When I am an old man and look back on my life, I will remember Larry Beck.

There was also a tribute here which includes a profile from the N.Y. Times (2002):

Larry Beck liked his job in the mailroom at Cantor Fitzgerald, because his appointed rounds let him talk to his co-workers, philosophize about the Mets’ performance the night before and, with special joy, show off pictures of his nieces, Isabel and Michaela.

Mr. Beck, 38, who grew up in Bellmore, N.Y., and lived in Manhattan, always sent the most beautiful and touching birthday, anniversary and Mother’s and Father’s Day cards, his aunt and uncle recalled. He was particularly thoughtful when his cousin Ilene Fallas gave birth to her son, Evan.

“Larry had bought him a blanket, and my son loved that blanket so much,” Ms. Fallas, who lives in Panama, wrote in a tribute to Mr. Beck on the Internet. “That made me happy, because one of the things that was so cherished by my son was given to him by Larry, who stood for all of those things that that blanket was to my little boy: warm, lovable, comforting and dependable.

“Knowing that I won’t hear Larry’s voice on the phone on the day my family and I arrive home to New York to visit is just too much to bear.”

Having no real insight into Mr. Beck beyond the little things I’ve been able to find, I will note that the above photo of Larry suggests that he was probably a good guy to go have a beer with. I’d like to think that he was as warm and full with the enjoyment of life as the photo and stories suggest.

If anyone who knew Mr. Beck has comments, we’ll certainly include them as well.

It helps to remember that all thse folks were just the kids you went to school with, swim buddies, friends from camp. Regular folks. Going about their daily routines, minding their own business. Say a prayer for them and their families today.

Places to leave tributes for Larry I. Beck (in addition to the comments section of this post):

Legacy.Com
Sept 11 Victims.Com
TerroristAttack.Com
CNN

Here is the full list of 2996 tributes. If you have any tributes that you want posted, email them or leave them in the comments.

Related 9/11 sites:

The Black Day
The 9/11 Digital Archive
Fox News
CNN
Zombietime
Forever Changed – (This is a particularly good site that puts faces with the names of the victims – helps put things in perspective.)
NY Metro

UPDATE:

Some other good tributes:

Must visit Wuzzadem today
Beth’s place
Vinnie
The Lovely Blonde Sagacity
Point Five
Woman Honor Thyself
Daily Inklings
StikNStein
Planck’s Constant

More to come as I find them (and have time to post them).

UPDATE 2:

In case you haven’t noticed, the 2996 site is down. However, it’s mirrored here and here.

h/t CalTechGirl

14 comments

  1. He looks like a fun-loving guy in the picture; like he would appreciate being remembered on this particular blog. And God bless him just for being “Uncle Larry” to some lucky kids.

  2. Great tribute, Preston. Thanks for stepping up big time to help put a face on this tragedy. For someone who didn’t “know” Larry, you did an awesome job of helping us feel like we did…

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