One Day in September

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The Six Fingered Buckeye's picture

Who put all this dust in my office? Plays hell with my eyes.


Riveting and tear inducing Ramzy.

Please, be honest. This is for science.

SilverHaven's picture

The clouds of dust from the falling Trade Centers are still rolling in.

Ua Mau ke Ea o ka 'Aina I ka Pono. The life of the land is preserved in righteousness. (Hawai'i state motto) Aloha nui kakou.

BucksfanXC's picture

Ah, damnit. I'm crying at work again. At least this time it's for a good reason


Thanks Ramzy

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Kyle's picture

You are a gifted writer Ramzy and I'm glad you choose to share it with us as Buckeye fans.

toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

Ramzy's writing talent should make so-called journalists ashamed of themselves.

The Six Fingered Buckeye's picture

Remind me again. Why aren't you writing for a national magazine at this point? Is it the discounted tats? The nearly free cars? Jason has blackmail material?

Please, be honest. This is for science.

Matt's picture

I got to, "That Saturday also served as Jim Tressel’s head coaching debut.  His Buckeyes were facing Akron.  Matt was in the stadium.  Kris was in New York." before I realized where it was heading.  Outstanding work, Ramzy. I'm sure Kris would be proud.

NCBuck1's picture

I had to sign up to 11W just to thank you for such a great story.  Makes me realize how lucky I am to be here and cheer on our Buckeyes.


Thank you Ramzy

ArTbkward's picture

Beautiful article.  If my coworkers ask, tell them I have allergies.


Worth all of those ten years in the making.

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...

(Also, I'm not a dude)

Tim's picture

Great piece, Ramzy, and I agree with everyone else, it's impossible to read that without shedding a few tears.

Colin's picture

At first I thought this was a going to be a good time to make a joke about the moral being to never date a girl going to Michigan State, but after reading further I realized that wasn't the case at all.

This is an excellent piece, and I'm sorry it had to happen to this man and so many others.

/I haz a sad.

doodah_man's picture

Great story about a great Buckeye.

It is journalism like this that allows 11W to transcend the blog label. If you are a true Buckeye fan, THIS is where you come for news, opinion, and discussion. You all leave the other sites in the dust, which I might mention is getting in my eyes right now....

For me 11W first, then the Dispatch.

Jim "DooDah" Day

"If I were giving a young man advice as to how he might succeed in life, I would say to him, pick out a good father and mother, and begin life in Ohio.” --Wilbur Wright, 1910

cinserious's picture

After 11W, there is no dispatch or Bucknuts for that matter.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

Nerkbuckeye's picture

Excuse me while I shut my office door--what amazing piece of writing--It's like Kris was a childhood friend of all of us Buckeye fans

Jeremy Birmingham's picture

Just an incredibly moving story.  Thanks for writing it.


Thank you for sharing his story.


O  -  H...

Dr. IlliBuckeye's picture

I - O!


How Firm Thy Friendship! O-HI-O!!

Buckeye in the desert of Washington state.

The_Lurker's picture

My God, Ramzy...there are no words.

So I'll just clap my hands with tears in my eyes.

Todd-Not Boeckmann's picture

+ 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

jebes Michigana

jebi rak

Ako ne možete postavljati bez gluposti ... nemojte

Ako vièeš na suce, ti si šupak

LizinNY's picture

A work colleague walked up to speak to me the second I finished reading this. “Are you ok?!” “Ummm, yeah; I was just reading a really moving article about ... err, college football ... kind of, but not just that, and ..." He thinks I’m nuts, but c’est la vie. Absolutely brilliant, Ramzy. Thank you for sharing this story.

Pam's picture

Between this story and the video of the 2011 Buckeyes, I have no mascara left. Both were worth having to touch the eyelashes up.

Riggins's picture

Damnit. Where did I leave the tissues?

Incredible story. 

AltaBuck's picture

I hope Kris is enjoying the fishing on the Silver Creek. There are few places I'd rather be. I'll be definitely thinking about him next time I'm casting a fly or when the phone rings during every commercial.

Thanks Ramzy.

“A mind needs books like a sword needs a whetstone.” - Tyrion Lannister

Nappy's picture

I was wondering where this was going.  I wish it hadn't gone where it did.  It puts things in perspective and helps you realize what truly is important.  Now if you'll excuse me there is some strange water coming from my eyes. 

Good stuff as usual, Ramzy

btalbert25's picture

Wow!  I must say this was a great read.  I didn't think you could top the article about the players and the Children's hospital, but this is darn close.  Reading stuff like this makes you care a whole lot less about Tatoos, NCAA investigations, Supplemental drafts, and hell even football. 

BrewstersMillions's picture

I think my lunch had too many jalepenos in it. I can't seem to shake this misty eye thing I have going on. Weird...Just a great piece. An article like this seems a bit out of place amidst all the othe stuff on this site but it really shows how deep football goes in the hearts of fans everywhere. Not just the lucky few that are OSU fans. I couldn't be prouder of my loyalty than I am right now. Hats off, Cheers, Hip Hip Hooray, and any other cliche I can give offer right now. This is the best article this site has ever produced.

Proudly dispensing unbridled arrogance since 1983.

blazers34's picture

awfully dusty here right now.


great job, great story.

Sgt. Elias's picture

Appreciate all that you have fellow Buckeyes.  It's so beautiful outside, football starts this week, read this at work, suppressed the waterworks in mine eyeballs and am thankful for everything...again.  


Though age may dim our mem'ry's store
We'll think of happy days of yore
True to friend and frank to foe
As sturdy sons of Ohio
If on seas of care we roll
Neath blackened sky or barren shoal
Thoughts of thee bid darkness go
Dear Alma Mater...OHIO!

"Okay -- I've got an El Camino full of rampage here." 

C-Deck's picture

This 3rd verse of Carmen Ohio is very apropos. 

"Hit them hard and see how they fall"

BuckeyeChief's picture

10/12/00 + 9/11/01


Never Forget.

Baroclinicity's picture

Amazing piece.  Thank you for sharing.  You have an amazing talent for writing... I will speak for everyone here and say we're all glad we get to experience it.

Priority #1:  Beat Michigan

Jdadams01's picture

Thank you, Ramzy. I'll never grow tired of reading things like this that remind to be thankful for all of the things that go into my silly little life.

Darth Brutus's picture

Just recently discovered 11W, and I gotta say that it's this kind of incredible writing that has made me fall in love with this site. Wonderful piece Ramzy. Thank you.

"Have you ever been to Michigan? The whole state smells like hot-dog water!"

E2Brutus's picture

I was not prepared for this... great piece. It sounds like Kris lived a full and rewarding life even though it was abruptly taken from him. Its nice to hear about the good ones.

BeerNBuckeyes's picture

Great piece. I will look for that brick the next time I am there. I think most of us have a friend we HAVE TO talk to during games. I will remember to treasure that bond even more this year. Thanks so much for sharing. Go Bucks

bstadnik's picture

Wonderful piece've outdone yourself!


Go Bucks!

Brady's picture

Just an unbelievable story and a damn good tribute to a great Buckeye fan.  I have something and someone to think about during every commercial break from now on.


DSko's picture

Ramzy - thank you for a wonderful story told in a moving, sensitive way.

Abe Froman's picture

That's good stuff there.  Better than some chicken fried bacon.


Never forget.

Nothing says "You're a Loser" more than owning a motivational poster about being a Winner.

Shaun's picture

Absolutely fantastic work. Ramzy you are a brilliant writer.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Amazing. I have no clever or special comment to leave, but you deserve every "amazing" you recieve, Ramzy.

Ian_InsideTheShoe's picture

It is journalism like this that allows 11W to transcend the blog label.


Couldn't have put it any better. 


Great stuff Ramzy.

TLB's picture

Well done Ramzy and 11W

Lucys Daddy is a Buckeye's picture

Just when I think that this site can get no better, you go and totally blow me away. 

Ramzy, you have just made 9/11 an even more personal experience for a lot of us here and I thank you for doing that.

No words can express my profound sadness at the pain that Kris' family felt that terrible, terrible day.


Commence slow clap.

...And when we win the game, We'll buy a keg of booze....And we'll drink to old Ohio til we wobble in our shoes...

elloyd1681's picture

Just another fawning note of gratitude to you, Ramzy.  

And thanks for making us all aware of Kris' story.  Obviously, there are many other stories like his from that day.  And, I have always felt an odd sense of duty to find out a little bit about the lives of at least some of those lost on 9/11.  Clearly, Kris is a particularly poignant figure to all of us on this board.  I appreciate you making his story known to me. 

Boy would he have loved the last ten years.

Go Bucks.



OhioKris's picture

that's my name.... creepy... my full name...

SouthPacificBuck's picture

If I just read an article about someone with the exact name as me dying in 9/11, I'd be a bit shook. Just a nudge reminder to keep your relationships clean, right?

"Day is like a kid who woke up on his 16th birthday to find a Bugatti in the driveway." ~ Tom Fornelli

klfeck's picture

I love 11W, even more now. Thank you.




OldTimeJournalist's picture

This is the way journalism used to be -- all the time.

Thanks for bringing it back...if only for a short time. Just a terrific and moving piece of writing.

What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger

schneidzzz's picture

Great stuff.  Tough day for many. 


Run_Fido_Run's picture

Ramzy, thanks for re-posting this vivid, inspiring piece. Sometimes, our memories can drag us down. This piece exemplifies how the best memories lift us up.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Will always remember that day in September.  I don't remember reading this last year, but this is an amazing article.  Powerful.  Puts everything in perspective.  Written as only Ramzy can write it.

Class of 2010.

Poison nuts's picture

Absolutely beautiful story & writing. Nothing wrong with a grown man having a bit of cry with the morning coffee...amazing.

Get busy living.

JollyFatMan's picture

Read it before and read it again. Great stuff again Ramzy. 

How firm thy friendship..

DefendOhio's picture

Read it last year and teared up, did the same again this year. Well done Ramzy. Maybe the best story you've wrote, and that's saying something. 

jedkat's picture

it's still strange looking out of my apt window tonight and seeing the searchlights shooting up into the sky from the WTC site. It's weird knowing I was 600 miles away too on that day.

"just a guy, nothing more, nothing less" ~ Some troll then *poof* he was gone

Stinson's picture

This wins the internet.

"The height of human desire is what wins, whether it's on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium." -Wayne Woodrow Hayes

BuckeyePride's picture

What an incredible story. This puts everything in perspective and will try to not take things for granted. Beautifully written and I appreciate you sharing this Ramzy. 

How Firm Thy Friendship....

ScarletGray43157's picture

I need to post something because this piece demands a response.  I can't put it into words; that's the only problem.  

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

dubjayfootball90's picture

I joined after this was written. Someone just made a forum topic about this, and I never read it before. I decided to read it before I have to leave my apartment for classes. Speechless would be the best word to describe this... Anything I say just seems like it could not and would not do it justice, so I will just leave it as speechless.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

ChicagoBuckMD's picture

Totally agree - read it for the 3rd time this morning and it only gets more powerful with time.

"Why be around average?" - UFM

Crimson's picture

Today was a good day to pay my respects, so I went over to find his brick.

It's hard to find, but this is where to look if you want to find it.

Baroclinicity's picture

Thanks for posting this... wondered where the brick was.

Priority #1:  Beat Michigan

NavyBuckeye91's picture

Ramzy, you may never see this comment but that's OK.  Thank you for writing such wonderful pieces that speak of football, yet tell a much greater story.  I joined 11W well after this was written, but someone linked it today and I'm really glad they did.  September 11, 2001 changed everyone.  Some more than others.  If Kris was a friend of yours, I am extremely sorry for your loss.  He sounds like an incredible person.

"You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, & in the manner in which you live.
So, live. Live. Fight like hell. And when you get too tired to fight then lay down and rest and let somebody else fight for you. "
- Stuart Scott

0H-10's picture

Ramzy- It is my firm belief that THIS is the very reason Thomas Paine invented the American language and Ben Franklin first put an eagle feather in ink, and Thomas Jefferson called such things "truths"...thanks for contriving and compiling thoughts that we can read, that touch us where we live. Really. Thanks!


BUCKEYE3M's picture

Only surprised it took this long. 

Nice bumpage good sir. 

BUCKEYE3M's picture

Annual bump.

Respect, Ramzy.

This perspective is sorely needed today for many. 

ChicagoBuckMD's picture

Came for the yearly read, left with tears in my eyes.

Thanks Ramzy

"Why be around average?" - UFM

Jack Burton's picture


It's all in the reflexes - Me

RodVedder4's picture

One of a couple of essential reads on this day every year. Thank you, Ramzy. How firm thy friendship.

Excellence and greatness will be remembered...there is no room for average. None. - Urban Meyer

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ - Joey Bosa

sceep's picture

Ramzy - love the writing as always (longtime reader and a 12W member from the start, though not a poster)

FYI - there's another proud Buckeye ('95 grad) that perished that day....Peter Mardikian.  He's from near where you live (believe his folks are still in Princeton).  If you are ever inclined to write another piece (perhaps for 20 year) let me know...he was an amazing guy.

brutus0717's picture

I read this every year, and I thank Kevin for prompting me to this year. This article is another fantastic way to never forget those that were lost on 9/11/2001. Thank you, Ramzy.

"We gotta go win this next game and make the State of Ohio proud!"-UFM

Major H's picture

Amazing story, by an amazing writer! Well done, Ramzy!

I'd rather be an hour early than a minute late.

SpielzWheelz's picture

The only thing more amazing than this piece, was Kris's life.  I visit this read every 9/11 and leave with a bigger pit in my stomach and more tears than the year before, good food for the soul as my Mother always said.  Thx Ramzy.


Jdadams01's picture

The yearly trek back to this article. Thank you, Ramzy.

Keyser Soze's picture

What a great article. Ramzy you have made a difference in this world if people only read this story you wrote.

That's how winners play. We convince the other guy he's making all the right moves.

ATLBuckeye92's picture

As a 92 Ohio State graduate with a finance degree, I too make my living in the capital markets, although not actually on Wall Street.  We do business with KBH and did in 2001 as well.  My path never crossed with Kris, but it is another brick in what is a large wall of the human losses in my industry.  I’ve heard many a story from people who lost colleagues.  I’m glad his family and friends are able to celebrate what they had while still mourning what they lost.  

To use a verse from Alan Jackson’s Remember When:

 Remember when we said when we turned gray
When the children grow up and move away
We won't be sad, we'll be glad
For all the life we've had
And we'll remember when