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Putnam: PBS 9/11 story reunites East Lansing economist with New Yorker who comforted him

[Lansing State Journal, Judy Putnam, February 8, 2018]

Patrick Anderson, an economist from Bath Township, will relive his narrow escape from his ground zero hotel on 9/11 for a national PBS story airing at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The memories are painful and not something he usually brings up in everyday conversation, Anderson said. He agreed to the PBS interview, filmed last summer and fall, to help remember acts of kindness that day.

It was compassion from a stranger — a small story inside the enormous story — that will be featured in Ann Curry’s PBS series “We’ll Meet Again.” A young New Yorker, Emily Maroney, helped Anderson in the aftermath of the terrorist attack when two jets struck the twin towers. He hoped to find her again and thank her.

Anderson, who founded the East Lansing-based Anderson Economic Group, was 42 years old and attending a business conference at the World Trade Center. His wife and three children were back in Michigan.

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