Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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...those unknown numbers who were buried alive...

If they weren't able to recover any bodies, then it seems unlikely that anyone was buried alive. From across the years, I'm remembering that they recovered 3 or 4 or 5 bodies only, of the thousands who were killed. I'm not remembering seeing anything about what happened to those who jumped but my overall memory of those days is that everyone and everything was pulverized into atoms. No desks, no phones, no computers were recovered. No one buried alive.

Alfred E. Neuman

I was on the Upper East Side that day, in my apartment on 84th St. Our lives were affected too; I'm surprised that you would stoop to such a petty, "Upper East Side versus the Village" type of attitude. In fact, if I recall correctly, I went out to dinner that night. Not because I wasn't affected--but because I was so affected--and my wife and I wanted to be around other people, to share it with them. There are plenty of assholes on the Upper East Side, without question. But don't pull this kind of crap about such a serious event.

Mark H.

This is a powerful post. I was a bit jarred when I came to the two previous comments, which both left me saying, huh?

As for whether there were people buried alive, I suggest reading this article:

It begins: "NEW YORK (Reuters) - "I'm trapped. I can't breathe much longer. Save me. I don't have much air. Please help me. I can barely breathe."

Those panicked words of a civilian on a New York Fire Department radio dispatch tape from the September 11, 2001, attacks were part of dramatic unreleased details of the attacks on New York made public on Friday."

As for the second comment, it seems to be reacting to a slight that was not in the post. Reread the supposedly offending passage and there is no offense offered or implied, merely an observation that Manhattanites farther from the collapse were less viscerally affected. Life *does* go on. The commenter seems to think imagined slights between uptown and downtown people is more important than the strong and poignant emotional thrust of the post. That is the only thing that seems petty to me.



no slur intended Alfred. It was just concentric circles. It's just a fact/ We
were not driven out of our apartments or chased by roiling debris in the Village.
But our streets were closed and we had to wear kerchiefs over our noses like Western
bandits because of the burning smoke. Uptown was less disrupted. Less directly
olfactorily impacted. People in Denver and L.A. were upset too. I mentioned the
Upper East Side not out of prejudice but because that's where I had to go that night
to get to the vet clinic.

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