The Red Bandanna with Emmy-award winning ESPN correspondent Tom Rinaldi
Introduction of the author by David Spampinato, Fordham University Journalism Student and WFUV Contributor
The inspirational story of Welles Crowther, whose decision, determination, and sacrifice on 9/11 offer a lasting lesson on character, calling, and courage.
Tuesday, December 13th AT THE GENERAL SOCIETY LIBRARY.
The Program starts at 6:30 P.M. BOOK-SIGNING AND RECEPTION TO FOLLOW
When President Obama spoke at the dedication ceremony of the National September 11 Memorial Museum at Ground Zero, he decided to tell the story of one young man, whose heroic actions on 9/11 spoke to so many acts of bravery and sacrifice. A man, as survivors recounted, who led a group through the smoke and destruction of the South Tower down the only functional stairway and then, rather than exiting to safety, went back up to search for others he might rescue. “They didn’t know his name,” the president told those assembled, “They didn’t know where he came from. But they knew their lives had been saved by the man in the red bandanna.”
The Red Bandanna by Emmy-award winning ESPN correspondent Tom Rinaldi tells the inspirational and moving story of Welles Remy Crowther—from the upbringing that shaped him to his courageous and selfless actions during the terror of 9/11.
During the program Mr. Rinaldi will tell the story of a family that witnessed history in the most personal and heart wrenching of ways as he tells the astonishing and moving account of what Welles did that day. He will also discuss some of the people whose lives have been touched by Welles and share how Welles’s red bandanna has become a symbol of strength of character and service to others.
Tom Rinaldi has been a national correspondent at ESPN since 2002. Among other honors, he has won fifteen national Sports Emmy awards and six national Edward R. Murrow awards. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.