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Between the Lines
News gathering organizations ordinarily welcome calls
from citizens caught up in dramatic moments. Often the man or woman
on the street can tell the story in a way that no official source
can ever match.
But we would have traded all the sources in Information Age not to
have received the call we got last Tuesday morning, September 11,
at around 9 a.m. from Bill Fallon, the husband of U.S. 1 staffer
Fallon. Something was wrong at the World Trade Center, where he was
calling from, and Bill wanted to let Brenda know he was okay.
Brenda Fallon, U.S. 1’s accounts manager and supervisor of our
system and overseer of many other parts of our operation, was in fact
already worrying about her husband. She was at home in Rocky Hill,
glued to the television set. Bill called Brenda at home twice in the
next half hour, and then was not heard from again.
Some tragedies have to hit home before you appreciate their full
That wasn’t the case in the September 11 attacks. And now the Fallon
family and thousands of families in the same position feel both the
personal pain as well as the national loss.
As the minutes turned into hours and the hours turned into days, we
at U.S. 1 talked about "losing hope" that Bill Fallon might
still be found alive. But over the weekend, when Bill was officially
listed as a victim, we realized that hope should never be lost, but
instead should be strengthened and transferred to some other worthy
One such hope would be that these acts of terror not be allowed to
ruin the American dream for any of the families affected on September
11. It will take the best efforts of all us to get to the brighter
days that surely lie ahead.
And we can hope that people appreciate and draw strength from the
lives of people like Bill Fallon. An active member of the Princeton
United Methodist Church and a former representative on the Rocky Hill
Borough Council, he was known in the community and church as always
ready to help someone in need.
William F. Fallon Jr., 53, graduated from Villanova and served in
the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant JG. As an owner’s representative for
an international steamship company, he lived with Brenda in Monrovia,
Liberia; Lagos, Nigeria; and Melbourne and Sydney, Australia. After
joining the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in 1986, he
became general manager of strategic analysis and industry relations
in the Port Commerce Department, and managed the agency’s
offices in London, Hong Kong, and Seoul. He and Brenda are the parents
of Chris Fallon, 18, who helped us at U.S. 1 this past summer before
heading off to his freshman year at Emory University.
Even if he had died of old age, one of Bill Fallon’s legacies would
have been from the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. At that time
— always a dedicated marathon runner in superb physical condition
— risked his own life to help a disabled woman down dozens of
flights of stairs.
Visiting hours are Thursday, September 20, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the
Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. The
will be Friday, September 21, at 11 a.m. at the Princeton United
Church on Nassau Street.
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