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Paul, It's me Mom .This Friday your baby sister will turn Swet 16. You won't be ther to dance with her like you guys practiced in thee living romm on the night of 9/10 when we talked about DJ's and the appropriate dress for a 16 year old to wear. You'll be happy to know Kristen went shopping with Aline (just as you wanted) and the dress is a beautiful midnight blue with silver and gold sparkles. It is called a princess dress and is not too revealing. It would definitely meet with your approval.I hope you will be there in spirit along with Grandma, Jeannie and of course Harry. Joseph would never miss a party. Pau; I still can't adjust to the reality of your death. I miss your phone calls and your hugs. I talk to you every day. I just hope you can hear me and know that I love you with all my heart .PS Thanks for sending Denise Atwood to be Eric's guardian angel at school. He needs one now that you are not here MOM
Elaine Leinung <>
Bklyn, NY USA - Monday, January 21, 2002 at 20:05:47 (PST)
I came across this website thru a weblog link. I never knew Paul but being a fellow American and witnessing the cowardly actions of sept 11 live on TV I just want to send my deepest sympathy to the Battaglia family for their loss. I can tell by Paul's website that he must have been a very talented, intelligent, and fun-loving person. I cannot even begin to imagine what you are all going thru at this time. My prayers are with you all. God bless America.
Patty <>
Bloomfield, NJ USA - Sunday, January 20, 2002 at 21:02:48 (PST)
Still thinking of you Paul. God bless your family! I was watching a DVD I bought a few nights ago called "AT FIRST SIGHT." In the opening scenes of the New York city skyline, there they were, those magnificent twin towers! I had to pause the disc while my wife and I stared at the screen. The towers overwhelmed everything near them and to think they are no more and that over 3,000 lost their lives, including you Paul. This had to be the most cowardly act in history. I pray all the perps are found and JUSTLY punished. God bless America!
Tom Battaglia <>
Burlington, ON Canada - Thursday, January 17, 2002 at 14:00:08 (PST)
Hey Paul, I tried the 1-800 number you mentioned in your journal. They've removed the seventh option, probably due to excessive use (and a manager with no sense of humour) if it's what I'm thinking it was. One of my friends at work told me about a similar number a year and a bit ago, and one of the options was to "hear a duck quack". Does anyone know if that was the number? By the way, I'm assuming you are able to read this guest book. Given your people skills, maybe you'll be able to give your family and many friends an extended tour of Heaven when they get there and introduce them to countless thousands of your new friends. See you later.
Calgary, AB Canada - Wednesday, January 16, 2002 at 18:32:54 (PST)
Anna Moreno
London, England - Wednesday, January 16, 2002 at 02:48:05 (PST)

I'm not sure that it is very sensitive to use this guest book to advertise to tourists.
Canada - Tuesday, January 15, 2002 at 17:22:40 (PST)

The site seems to be quieting down a bit. I still come here once in a while to read the new posts to the Guestbook., your family and your friends are and always will be in my Prayers and Thoughts! Take care and God Bless!
Sonia Gutierrez <>
San Antonio, TX USA - Tuesday, January 15, 2002 at 09:24:17 (PST)

Dear Paul, It's been a long 4 months for all of us. Dad is having an especially hard time accepting that you're gone. I can't even say the words. Even after visiting the cemetery on Christmas Eve, it still seems surreal, like a dream. We tried to put on a brave and happy face for the sake of your little cousins, but it will never be the same. Today your little brother turns 13--he misses you so much. Mike misses your online chats with him, and me, I miss your breezy, cheery chats from work. Grandma and Grandpa B. are so sad. Grandma had a dream about you the other night. She hugged you tight and wouldn't let go in her dream. If only we could send our hugs to you in heaven... Love Dad and Cathy
Cathy and Paul Battaglia <
Merrick, NY USA - Friday, January 11, 2002 at 12:33:02 (PST)

Ourloved ones don't leave us....they are with us always. Some we feel near us, some pop in occasional through a memory, some through our children and relatives and some to keep reality in check like Pauls website. May God Bless him!
Sobh Family <>
Dearborn, MI USA - Friday, January 11, 2002 at 12:21:50 (PST)

USA - Friday, January 11, 2002 at 11:39:16 (PST)

Paul, We have that undertsanding about birthdays, so it's OK if I'm running a little late, like usual. Not like I wasn't thinking about on your birthday, but couldn't make a call to your mother because I'm somewhat shy and possibly a little awkward, as well. So, I have this new and great idea for a story, of course, inspired by you. I once wrote this short story about what happened between us that one night in Hemlock when my parents had gone and you and I had just started to drive and how we took my mom's mini van and went to play miniature golf and then couldn't figure out how to get back home and I let you drive the mini van because i was scared to drive on the high way. But now, now that I have more skills/time/ideas/peace/a laptop, I'm thinking something else. I would say that you'll be the first to read it, but I'm sure you'll be with me as I write, somewhere, in my head, the deep recesses of my strange little mind, reading as I go along. And just so you know, I do have regrets. You were right all along. If I could do it over, I would have just gone with it (which is what I've decided to write about---this time). You were always trying to teach me that lesson and I never learned. Even now, I find myself making mistakes and postponing things and being scared or too nervous or too shy to do something and then a minute later wishing I had done it. Like slow dancing when no one else is on the dance floor. It's like, people can see me. There might be some criticism. I loved that about you. You cared what people thought, but at the same time you ended up saying, "Fuck them," in the way that you always whispered curse words, and did what you wanted to anyway. I called you a dork, but I didn't really mean it. It was admiration...because I adore you. With much love, Erica
Erica <>
new york, ny USA - Friday, January 11, 2002 at 07:48:04 (PST)

The words, "he's a nice guy," are often and easily thrown around. In the case of Paul Battaglia, they could not be more well-deserved. I had the pleasure of knowing Paul when I was a DJ at WHRW Binghamton. I can't recall the first time I saw him, but I do remember thinking that he was one of the least likely-looking people to be involved in college radio, with his preppy style and almost constant smile. Soon, any doubts I had about him were gone. He was incredibly friendly; no ulterior motives behind that smile, just genuine sweetness and humor. What impressed me most about him was his commitment to radio. He knew fully well the responsibilities and headaches that plague general managers everywhere, but that in no way deterred him from announcing his candidacy and winning the job, as much for his capability as for his character. Working for the station with him behind the wheel was a wild, safe, and fun ride. Paul was enthusiastic, wacky, industrious and extremely tolerant. I never heard a bad word from him about anybody even if he disagreed with that person. His friends were black, white, Asian, Jewish, Muslim, gay and straight. I remember the thrill it gave him to be involved in broadcasting women's basketball live from the west gym or collecting refundable bottles and cans to bolster the station's budget. He loved the freedom that college radio afforded him, the chance to talk about world affairs, send greetings to his friends, chat with his grandfather or play any kind of music he wanted to. I lost contact with Paul when I graduated and went off to the Czech Republic, where I've been teaching English for the last few years. To be honest, I hadn't really thought about him much until a few days ago, when I heard the awful news. Since then, I've been trying to make sense of the tragedy, trying to understand like all those who knew Paul or anyone who perished on September 11th, why we have been robbed of so many wonderful, exceptional and truly loved people. There's no easy explanation, but I know one thing that comforts me when I watch the news about the events that have come to pass in Afghanistan over the last few months. After years of devastating oppression and fanatacism, movie theaters and zoos are re-opening, women are going to school, men can shave or wear their beards long, execution grounds are being transformed back into soccer fields and TV and radio are broadcasting freely again. Paul would've loved that, and he might have even understood. He was that kind of guy.
Jason Kucker <>
Prague, Czech Republic - Friday, January 11, 2002 at 04:53:55 (PST)

A friend of mine sent me Paul's website. I've returned to this site so many times over the past month, never quite knowing what to say. I hope that it's a small comfort to Paul's family to know that so many people have been touched by paul's life, even people like me who never met him. I can only hope that, when I pass on, I can leave behind the kind of legacy that paul has. While I'm sure he wasn't perfect, he seems to have touched so many people, and brought such joy to his family. I miss the fact that I'll never get to meet him. To his family I extend my deepest regrets that you lost such a wonderful person.
Bill Alderson <>
Mulberry, AR USA - Wednesday, January 09, 2002 at 10:39:32 (PST)

like others whom have posted in this guestbook, i never knew paul. i started reading the bio's on the portraites of greif website when i first heard about them. i started with A and have been reading alphabetically a little bit each day about all of those who lost thier lives that day. i've read every word in the bio's... i have cried... i have been angry... and sometimes all i can do is just shake my head in disbelief... when i read paul's bio i felt a connection to him... so far, he has been the closest to me in age... and the thing's his mother said about him led me to this website and as i looked around.. i found paul to be a man that i know i would have been friends with had our path's ever crossed... paul was 22 years old on that day america came to a screeching halt... today is my 22nd birthday. and i pray for you, paul. i pray for your family and friends. i pray for all those who lost their lives that day. i pray for their families and friends. i pray for all those who have been touched by this tragedy. i pray because i don't know what else to do. i pray because we all need healing. i wish i could have known you, paul. you have obviously made a huge impact on everyone you encountered in life. i'm saddened that your life was cut short when you had so much to give.
karol gailunas <>
blacksburg, va USA - Monday, January 07, 2002 at 23:09:40 (PST)

I happened to stumble across Paul's homepage while reading some of the memorials on My sincere condolences go to Paul's entire family. I was on my honeymoon when all this happened and was truly devastated even though I never had been to New York City. A few weeks ago, my husband and I decided to go down to New York to get a feel for what it must have been like being there when all of it happened. After being down there, it made it feel so real. Up until then it was just like a nightmare or a story on tv but everything changed since being there are staring at all the destruction. I personally did not know anyone who was there or who perished but now that I have read almost everything on Paul's website, I feel like I did know someone. I had to fight back the tears after reading of his expeditions and then all the wonderful things about him in this guestbook knowing that he is gone. It is a tragedy that someone so loved and cherished would have to die like that. He seemed to have the whole world ahead of him. I truly feel for him and hope that wherever he is that he knows how much he is loved. Although I did not know him, it still feels like I knew him all my life. Now I feel a sadness that I did not feel before. A sadness resulting from losing a great friend. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who knew him and misses him. Lucy
Lucy Parsons <>
Cambridge, Ontario, Canada - Monday, January 07, 2002 at 18:40:33 (PST)

I don't even know you or your family but somehow i feel your pain. Because we don't know someone doesn't mean we can't miss them, I miss you.
mike <>
jonesboro, ar USA - Sunday, January 06, 2002 at 18:54:24 (PST)

Happy Belated Birthday Paul.Our thoughts and prays are always with you. We miss you and think about you often.
Karen and Cliff Blasberg <>
Valley Stream, N.Y. USA - Thursday, January 03, 2002 at 18:15:17 (PST)

I have been visiting your web site Paul for a couple months now, not quite knowing what pulled me to know you better. I just found out. You share the same birthdate as my daughter Laura, who just turned 23 on January 2nd. You'll always be in my thoughts, Happy Birthday Paul.
Leslie <>
Troy, NY USA - Thursday, January 03, 2002 at 13:59:26 (PST)

Happy birthday, Paul. I had to be late, as usual, or you wouldn't have believed it was from me. We all miss you, and will always love you. Aunt Joyce Uncle Ted, Chris, Jus and Jes
Joyce Coletti <>
SI, USA - Thursday, January 03, 2002 at 12:20:57 (PST)

Friends and Loved Ones of Paul: Thank you for inspiring me with your words of love for a man I never met. God comfort you all, especially Paul's exceptional family. Here is a short meditation, in case you have not read it. God Bless, Br. Lucas --------- You say you will never forget where you were when you heard the news, September 11, 2001. Neither will I. I was on the 110th floor in a smoke filled room with a man who called his wife to say "Good-Bye". I held his fingers steady as he dialed. I gave him the peace to say, "Honey, I am not going to make it, but it is OK... I am ready to go". I was with his wife when he called as she fed breakfast to their children. I held her up as she tried to understand his words and as she realized that he wasn't coming home that night. I was in the stairwell on the 23rd floor when a women cried out to me for help. "I have been knocking on the door of your heart for 50 years!" I said. "Of course I will show you the way home - only believe in Me now." I was at the base of the building with the Priest ministering to the injured and devastated souls. I took him home to tend to his Flock in Heaven. He heard my voice and answered. I was on all four of those planes, in every seat, with every prayer. I was with the crew as they were overtaken. I was in the very hearts of the believers there. Comforting and assuring them that their Faith has saved them. I was in Texas, Kansas, Mississippi, London, Quebec, Seattle. I was standing next to you when you heard the terrible news. Did you sense Me? I want you to know that I saw every face. I knew every name - though they did NOT all know Me. Some met me for the first time on the 100th floor. Some sought me out in their last breath. Some couldn't hear me calling to them through the smoke and flames. "Come to Me... This way.... Take my hand." Some chose, for the final time, to ignore me. But I WAS THERE. Most of you were not in the Towers that day. However, if you were there in that explosive moment in time, would you have reached for Me? Would you have heard My call to follow me? September 11, 2001 was not the end of the journey for you. But someday your journey will end. And I will be there for you as well. Seek Me now while I may be found. Then, at any moment, you know you are "ready to go". I will be in the stairwell of your final moments. Meet me there. -- +∫+
Br. Lucas Rocha, O.Cist. <>
Irving, TX USA - Thursday, January 03, 2002 at 07:24:07 (PST)

Happy 23rd Birthday in heaven Paul. I miss you more than you'll ever know. You always had the answers and I spoke with you almost everyday since we were younger...I miss that smile, your laughter, your hugs. Rest in peace and have a happy birthday. Love Always, "DiPaola"
Dana DiPaola <>
NY, NY USA - Wednesday, January 02, 2002 at 17:53:36 (PST)

Dear Paul, Today would have been your 23rd birthday. My water broke @11:55PM on New Year's eve 1978. You took over 36 hours to put in your appearance, granted you were 6 weeks early. Every year on New Year Eve I would embarrass you by telling the story and adding how if you were going to come early anyway couldn.t you at least have been the first baby of 1979? Well, Paul for the rest of your life you were truly always first. My first born, the first grandchild on both sides of the family First to do so many things and in so many accomplishments. Today Dad, Eric and Aline visted your monument at the cemetery. Aline left you a beautiful red rose. We left you a birthday cake made out of flowers. At least it wasn't a cheescake! IMy son I love you with all of my heart not a day goes by that I don't think of all the funny things you did. Grandpa is so heartbroken. He was so proud of you . Kristen loves you, she still doesn't want to accept that you are gone from this life. I hape you are with Grandma, Jeanie& Harry and Joseph. I hope they have birthday cakes in Heaven. Love you for always, like you forever as long as I'm living my baby you'll be. MOM
elaine leinung <>
Brooklyn, NY USA - Wednesday, January 02, 2002 at 16:10:51 (PST)

Happy Birthday to one of the biggest impacts on my life. Miss you.
Jeremy Klaff
Plainview, NY USA - Wednesday, January 02, 2002 at 14:03:23 (PST)

BROOKLYN, NY USA - Wednesday, January 02, 2002 at 11:11:16 (PST)

Paul - For over 3 months I have been trying to gain the courage to put something on your website. Now that I have the courage I just wanted to say that I was looking forward to the new year and saying "Good riddance" to 2001. Then I realized something... that 2001 was a better year than any yeear to come because it was blessed with your presence. After reading all the entries in your guestbook, I can see all the lives you touched. You will be missed greatly by myself and all the other members of the SOM honors program at Binghamton that were lucky enough to spend time with you.
Jeffrey Kravetz <>
Brooklyn, NY USA - Wednesday, January 02, 2002 at 10:29:14 (PST)

Paulie, Words cannot express how I feel and all the things I want to say to you. I have tried to write you this letter many times and every time I have started it hurt to bad to finish. I never thought while spending New Year's last year with you at Chooch's house that it would be like this in a year. I thought life would be a lot different. I expected that as we looked at houses and apartments in the paper on September 9th that we would shortly move in together. As I spoke to you on the 10th, you were so happy. Everything seemed to be right. You just came home from Mary's and were anxious to plan our cruise. I can remember you handing the phone to your mother and her telling me about how you were helping her. I remember thinking how much I wanted to see you, but being exhausted from work, we agreed that tomorrow we would finish planning the cruise. I woke up the next morning at 7:30 and wanted to call you. I decided that instead I would take Sadie for a walk and try to surprise you for lunch. I thought I was going to make you so happy. Sadie and I heard the news from one of the regular joggers and blew it off as a tourist plane. I did not feel right, I asked another jogger what was going on and she said the second tower was hit. Paul, I was so scared for you. I tried to run home as fast as I could but I was so far away. I came home and tried to call you. All of the phone lines were busy; my phone kept ringing one ring with no answer. I was so afraid of what you were going through. I did not know what would be better, to go and find you or to wait for your call. Everyone came over and waited...I heard nothing. Justin came over and we both decided that we would do more good trying to help than waiting for your call. We stopped at your house but there was still no word from you or Harry. You would have laughed at how conniving Justin was and how he flashed our IDs to get pass pass every barricade. I thought that if I was helping someone else, someone would be helping you. Justin and I went to an area and help set up for people they were finding in the rubble. Unfortunately, they were finding no one, the only ones being treated were the rescue workers. It was amazing to see how everyone came together. I finally went outside to see the rubble, it was unbelievable...lines of firefighters and workers climbing up and down what was once the towers. After hearing one of the firefighters tell his wife that there was no way that her brother could have made it out I began to worry. Justin and I reasoned that if anyone could get out it would be you. We finally received a call from Kristen saying that they found you. But it was the other Paul Battaglia from Marsh (I can remember how funny you thought it was when you first started and found out that someone had the same name.) We went back to your house to wait. Everyone was so worried, your family went to all the hospitals looking for you. That night Kristen slept on the couches with me as we waited for you to come home. No one slept that night and the hospital calls began as soon as the numbers were posted and the phones were no longer busy. The rest has been very difficult. Paul, I want you to know how much everyone misses you, we would do anything to have you back. I miss all the calls during the day,the IMs even though I did not have a screen name, the British accent, picking you up at work or the train, planning our vacations, hearing you call me to say that you love me, you commenting on how late Armand was, hearing about your pingpong games at work, telling me what you were selling on eBay, the lastest electronic you bought, your newest and most ridiculous ideas, our suprise dates, going to the gym and then getting ice cream, going to the beach, hiking, making you get free movie tickets when the sound went out (the rest of us were to scared to), the CDs you made me, suprising you with candy and cookies,your many different voices when you read me fairy tales at night,your newest obligations, watching blind date, sleeping on you when I came home from work, the lives of your friends, what grandpa was cooking,the list goes on and on....and each one is so significant. I hope you know how truly amazing you are.You made me become a better person.I cannot believe that all of these memories began because I was so impressed that you would always go out of your way to say hello. I think of how much we have been through since that
aline <>
Little Neck, NY USA - Wednesday, January 02, 2002 at 07:34:17 (PST)

Happy birthday, Paul. We miss you, we love you, and we'll never forget you. -- Seth
Seth Mates <>
Greenwich, CT USA - Wednesday, January 02, 2002 at 06:04:54 (PST)

God Bless PAul Battaglia and the people of New York. You are always in my thoughts and prayers.
Melissa Coulter <>
Carrollton, Tx USA - Tuesday, January 01, 2002 at 14:19:32 (PST)

CT USA - Monday, December 31, 2001 at 09:44:57 (PST)

Rest in peace.
Fritz Meier <>
Frankfurt, USA - Sunday, December 30, 2001 at 10:29:06 (PST)

Respect, Paul you were a great person. We keep on fighting for you!
Micha Schellingerhout
USA - Saturday, December 29, 2001 at 18:06:04 (PST)

Being physically so far from the tragedy, I didn't know I too had lost someone until I came across this site. There is a proverb that says "Good men must die, but death can not kill their names." Rest well, Paul Battaglia... your name lives on in thousands of breaths, hearts, and minds.
Chris <>
Fairbanks, AK USA - Saturday, December 29, 2001 at 00:21:35 (PST)

All gave some. Some gave all. God bless you, Paul.
Brooklyn, NY USA - Friday, December 28, 2001 at 08:59:30 (PST)

With tears in my eyes and a heavy heart, I began to go through this site. As I ventured further, the tears and heavy heart were replaced with a sweet, warm feeling of love. This young man loved and was loved my many. Now, the whole world is stopping by. I wish Paul to Rest in Peace and to his family--march on and remember, memories become treasures. Paul, I believe, was already a treasure! I'm not very good at this sort of thing, but I couldn't leave this site without saying what was on my mind.
Shell <>
Hickory, NC USA - Friday, December 28, 2001 at 06:04:20 (PST)

It's quite obvious you are a lovely person and you are greatly missed. I'm sure you live on through your loved ones. I hope you are at peace. I hope this holiday season is the worst that your loved ones will ever have to endure. At the risk of sounding selfish, I am deeply sorry I never had the chance to meet you. I am deeply sorry about everything.
San Francisco, CA USA - Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 15:23:27 (PST)

I don't even know where someone can begin. I never knew Paul and have never even been to New York, but reading these pages has given me an affinity I can't put into words. At first immbolized by the sadness, this page has since renewed in me a sense of importance. From everything I've read and seen, Paul was a truly incredible person - full of the sort of vision and character that I aspire to but so often come up short on. I hope (and it certainly seems to be the case) that all of his friends and family find some solace in just having known such a person. In trying time like there, this web site restored large amounts of my faith in the internet and what it can do from a human perspective, a faith that had long been lagging. More than that, though, the website disappeared and I went inside, and saw a lot of human beings to have faith in. At this moment, that is the most important gift any of us could ask for, and it seems to me that Paul had it all along. Good luck and sympathies to everyone involved.
Doug Spice <>
Los Angeles, CA USA - Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 13:41:08 (PST)

This site really brings home the human angle of the tragedy on the 11th of September - that the victims were just ordinary (but at the same time EXTRAordinary) men and women. Reading the site just brings home what a tragic waste it all was, someone like Paul with his whole life ahead, cut down in such a barbaric fashion. My condolences to his family and friends, Rest In Peace Paul.
Jason Witcher <>
London, UK - Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 10:45:13 (PST)

It was and still is hard for the enormity of what happened on September 11 to sink in for me. Firefighters erecting an American flag, volunteers clearing out debris, these sometimes seem like meaningless footage in a media montage. But this website has reminded me of the immeasurable human loss that we suffered. Thank you, Paul's family. And Paul, wherever you are, I hope you're happy and at peace.
Yao Wu <>
Las Vegas, NV USA - Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 10:09:43 (PST)

I am one of those who stumbled upon this site and guestbook through random links. I can't help but be saddenned by all I could on this site, particularly the guestbook entries. This shows that Paul was somone who loved and lived life to its full. I don't have much else to say apart from the fact that I am glad that this site is still up and running to present Paul's life, and I hope it will still be for the times to come. Paul, may your memory lives on.
Xavier Borderie <>
Paris, France - Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 08:00:15 (PST)

My heart goes out to you and your family. God bless you all. You will NOT be forgotten.
Scott Holmes <>
Dallas, Tx USA - Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 02:30:22 (PST)

Boy, just when you think you can't be affected by something anymore you get a sucker-punch. My heart aches for all those who were touched by Paul in some way or another. May the Light illumine you, and you find shade in the Creator's palm.
Jon Hadorn <>
Dubuque, IA USA - Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 02:23:18 (PST)

It's through the randomness of the internet that I find myself here and in this sort of tears for the first time in months. There is nothing like the stories of someone's friends and family to put an individual face on such a massive tragedy and as a stranger who just happened by all I can do is thank you all for telling your tales; I think that anyone who inspired such an outpouring must have been a remarkable fellow indeed. May only the best come to you from here on...
Molly <>
New York, NY USA - Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 00:34:16 (PST)

After receiving this site from a friend, I spent much time perusing the many messages, as have so many others before me. What I say may be repetition; it may go unnoticed in such an overwhelming group of positive testimonies regarding Paul's life. But what I say is heartfelt. What compliment could be higher than wishing that we could all aspire to have a character and life like Paul's? A human life is a horrible thing to waste. Paul certainly did nothing of the sort. May God's peace and saving grace be with you through the coming year.
Jason B <>
London, ON Canada - Wednesday, December 26, 2001 at 23:31:58 (PST)

My condolences to Paul's friends and family. It must give you some comfort to be able to come and talk to him here. peace.
Lane <>
Vancouver, BC Canada - Wednesday, December 26, 2001 at 22:24:04 (PST)

My condolences and best wishes to Paul's family and friends. I only know of him through what has been written in this guestbook and on his site but he sounds like he enriched everyone's life who knew him. Rest well.
D_I <>
Dover, NH USA - Wednesday, December 26, 2001 at 21:25:03 (PST)

This site just hits me like a ton of bricks, understanding the kind of person he was(as best the internet can give)and seeing some of his life in front of me. Much love and peace to his family and friends. Most of all, Rest In Peace, Paul.
karenX <>
Newport News, VA USA - Wednesday, December 26, 2001 at 21:09:23 (PST)

my heart feels for you... there is nothing i can say to make anything better. ; {
RiZZ <>
Newport News, VA USA - Wednesday, December 26, 2001 at 18:15:44 (PST)

I found a link to here from MeFi, and had to look at the site. My condolences to Paul's family and friends, and may he rest in peace. I hope this site along with the other victims of 9/11 who had sites on the web are gathered together somehow and kept as an eternal memorial for all internet travellers to visit and leave their thoughts on.
Bill Berry <>
Bremerton, WA USA - Wednesday, December 26, 2001 at 16:54:15 (PST)

I just came across this site. It is a very touching and important legacy to a life cut so tragically short. "There was never enough darkness in the world to hide the light of this one small flame" God Bless.
Mark Lee <>
Seattle, WA USA - Wednesday, December 26, 2001 at 15:29:31 (PST)

To Paul, his family, and friends: I did not know you, Paul, but as I sit here typing this I am crying. You seem like such a vibrant life force in those pictures on your site. So much twinkle in those eyes. This country misses you; we are truly sorry that you are gone. You have clearly left behind many people whose lives you have improved immeasurably. I hope to shake your hand in heaven. Craig
Craig Liebendorfer <>
Seattle, WA USA - Wednesday, December 26, 2001 at 15:00:13 (PST)

I didn't know Paul. I was just flipping around on the net and wound up here. I have a knot in my throat now. Peace, Paul. May all of you who knew him and loved him get through ok.
Chris Arnold <>
Seattle, WA USA - Wednesday, December 26, 2001 at 14:22:53 (PST)

To Paul's family: I never knew Paul but by reading the things posted here, I know he was special. I just wanted to send good wishes for what must be a very difficult holiday season. May 2002 bring healing for all of you.
Washington, DC USA - Wednesday, December 26, 2001 at 13:33:14 (PST)

Sad. My prayers are with you Paul. R.I.P. Courage to those you touched & left behind.
Tom <>
Sydney, N.S. Canada - Wednesday, December 26, 2001 at 12:56:12 (PST)

Dear Paul -- Words can't describe how much we miss you. Every day is spent wanting you to come home, wishing we could see you one more time. We stare at people on the street or subway because there is some element of them that reminds us of you -- a haircut, glasses, a gesture, or a tuneless wistle. The other day we played an old home movie for Aline -- from the first Christmas we had the video camera. The one where you were singing "Jingle Bells" in front of the Christmas tree while your sister, still new to walking, staggered around in front of you, and your singing became more and more enthusiastic until that big, theatrical finish, arms spread wide and all smiles. You will always be with us, both the enthusiastic little kid, and the enthusiastic, loving, thoughtful young man you became. God bless you Paul. We love you.
Mom & Dad
USA - Tuesday, December 25, 2001 at 06:24:41 (PST)

Paul, I just wanted you to know that it's christmas now, and I miss you man, and I wish I could have told you I loved you and gave you a hug while you were alive, just so you could know how funny I thought you were and how proud I would be if I could be even half the man you were one day. I think it would put a really big smile on your face to see all these people on this page. I remember how much your brother loved you, how he wouldn't want to do anything at all in camp but see his brother, and be with you. Most of my thoughts and prayers are with your family today. God Bless
Brendan <>
New York, NY USA - Monday, December 24, 2001 at 23:04:53 (PST)

This is for all of us who have to face Christmas without Paul. I am going through all the motions. I know Paul would have wanted that. Still it is very painful. He would have eaten at my house this Christmas Eve. How do we face the day without him? Let us take in comfort in the real meaning of the season. God came to the earth as a lead us to Him. His love for us is passionate, and because he overcame death, so will we. We can be sure that we will see Paul again, and that our pain will one day subside. Joyce (his aunt)
Joyce Coletti <>
SI, NY USA - Sunday, December 23, 2001 at 12:27:39 (PST)

My deepest sympathies are extended to the Battaglia family and all those who were so fortunate to have called Paul "friend". I read the Portraits of Grief on the New York Times website each and every day and was moved by Paul's portrait. He was so obviously a very dear and special person to so many. Now, three months later, the sorrow and pain I feel for those who lost loved ones is still very strong and very real. My sincere hope for the Battaglia family and their wide circle of friends is continued love, strength and support for each other and brighter days ahead for all. I am so deeply and profoundly sorry for your loss but I hope you can take some solace in knowing that you will all be reunited with Paul at the hands of our Eternal Father. God Bless You All.
Tracey James <>
Calgary, AB Canada - Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at 08:53:01 (PST)

I'm Paul's Mom From time to time I come to guestbook & read notes from all who have left messages. Today it is exactly three months since the attack. We are still in a stae of shock & grief. His entire family is feeling he pain of this loss from our lives. His siblings are facing a bleak Holiday this Christmas. Paul was always so happy & joyous and he shared that with al of his large extened family & friends. Today Iread the note from Italy how wonderful that this website can be viewed around the world and that we can feel the support from all around the globe this Christmas season it is especialy needed. Just a reminder we have established aan ongoing scholarship @ Regis Hs in Manhattan it is called the Paul J Battaglia Scholarship Fund @ Regis. Each year $1,000 will be given to a graduating Senior that exhibits those special Paul like qualities of fun, compasion and zest for life that characterized Paul. In this way he will go on living . We hope that his friends and family who would have gotten Paul a gift for the Holidays will continue to give to this fund each year. Paul loved Regis and what better way of keeping his name alive thatn by donating to his fund. Love to all those who visit this site and to his friends who loved him . Warmest wishes Elaine
Elaine Leinung <
Brooklyn, NYNY USA - Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 17:37:29 (PST)

It was midnight here in Italy, and I was browsing the New York Times website exactly 3 months after the WTC attack. Reading some of the "Portraits of Grief", I found this Italian last name, Battaglia. It was all too inspiring that I decided to read Paul's story, which in turn sent me to his website. What an experience it was to me! I am 43, and for the first time in my life I have "met" someone I had never met before - and, sadly, someone I will never meet in my life (at least in this earthly, mortal life). Yet this has been an incredibly intense and real encounter, more real and rewarding than an "ordinary" encounter. Indeed it was extraordinary, because visiting Paul's website in every detail, reading practically all of the guestbook, was like putting together a myriad of pieces which formed the magnificent mosaic of Paul's life - just like the St. Mark's mosaics he saw in Venice last year. This website should (and will!) live forever, it is a treasure of love for all humankind, it is Paul's ultimate gift to all people and to this world, a sweet consolation for those who loved him and who knew him - and a compelling inspiration for those who only meet him on the Web, today and in the future. Live on Paul, you have taught us a great lesson - which is only proper for a bright kid and a generous young man. Love.
Fulvio Bossino <>
Gattinara, VC ITALY - Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 16:22:22 (PST)

It is amazing how oneyoung man can touch the lives of so many people who he didn't know or didn't know him. I am Paul's grandparents cousin andknew him as a child and met him last year as an adult. My generation of cousins feel so badly for Paul and Cathy and for his grandparents Annette and Paul. I look into their eyes and I see the sorrow that they are feeling and wonder if they will ever be the happy people they were before 9/11. My 95 year old mother mourns his passing and says a rosary for him everyday. I pray that this web site will always be continued, as I will read it every week and never loose sight of the tragedy that has hit our country.
Marie Cardiello <>
Brooklyn, ny USA - Saturday, December 08, 2001 at 18:47:17 (PST)

I never had the blessing of meeting Paul. I found his name while browsing on the internet and looked up his site. I am truely sorry for the Battaglia family and all of those who knew and loved Paul. Reading all the comments posted by those who cared for him, paint what a truely beautiful person he was. I am sorry I never met him. I find solace in the quote, "Never fear the unknown future to a known God". I believe God has a reason for everything. He must have had an extremely important job for Paul to do to call him home. We need more people like Paul. May his short life be an inspiration for those around, not to take a single moment for granted. Smell the roses, stand in the rain, read a book, go to the movies, tell those around you how much you love them, because you never know if today might be your last. God Bless America and all of God's children. Take care of each other.. Jocelyn
Jocelyn <>
Dallas, TX USA - Wednesday, December 05, 2001 at 15:33:34 (PST)

God bless you Paul and thanks for making my experience at the H a wonderful one.
thomas cingel <>
buffalo, ny USA - Wednesday, December 05, 2001 at 14:47:42 (PST)

I read the NYT Portraits of Grief everyday, I don't feel right if I don't. Paul's site was one of the only "blog" sites I saw listed, I visited right away. I used to work in the WTC, and had many "life events" there - birthdays, excursions, etc. Paul's goodness and enthusiasm for life comes through on his site, and his excitement for his job through his photos. I downloaded the page to save them forever. Reading the entries from the initial days was haunting, as hope gave way to despair, then as despair gave way to resolve that Paul would always be remembered. I hope that whoever is running this site keeps it forever...or that the company that owns the space keeps it going forever so that people can remember Paul, and maintain their connection.
David Stein <>
New York, NY USA - Tuesday, December 04, 2001 at 06:36:34 (PST)

Dear Paul, this is a last greeting from your "cousins" in Germany. We met when we visited your family in summer '95. At that time you were looking forward to enter high school. We still can't believe what has happened on September 11th. This extend of terrorisms and violence is beyond the scope of what we can imagine. Our deepest sympathy is with your family and your friends. We hope and pray that your live and those of the other victims are not just thrown away but will help the world to redress the real reasons for the terror. We know this is still a vision but ... we shall overcome some day ... Love Bettina, Dieter, Jan, Leon
Oelde, Germany - Tuesday, December 04, 2001 at 02:32:31 (PST)

I am another person who feels compelled to read every eulogy written about the victims of this horrible tragedy. Paul's story was in The Oregonian last week, so I visited his website. What an amazing person. My heart is broken for your loss, as well as the other victims and their families and friends. Please know that we will never forget Paul and every other person lost on September 11.
Sue W <>
West Linn, OR USA - Monday, December 03, 2001 at 21:13:02 (PST)

Someone has already written in this guestbook, "My heart breaks yet again as I visit Paul's site." When will my heart ever stop breaking? I keep coming back to Paul's site, and it's never any better. And all I am is Paul's friend's brother. I think that shows how amazing Paul was. Paul was a brother and a boyfriend and an incredible man. I'll never forget the candles around his picture in Union Square a couple days after his death. I was so moved I could not stay. Paul, even I will forever miss you.
Bill Manning <>
New York, NY USA - Sunday, December 02, 2001 at 23:46:04 (PST)

Please accept my deepest sympathies on this terribly tragic loss. I did not have the honor of personally knowing Paul; rather, I knew him as the friend of a friend while I attended school at SUNY Binghamton in 1996. I remember the sparkle in his eyes, the charming ruddiness in his face, small kindnesses like holding doors open for others. Looking over this site it's obvious that Paul is beloved to so many, and that his wit, creativity and kindness have touched people from all over the world. God bless.
NY USA - Sunday, December 02, 2001 at 19:34:05 (PST)

Paul, You were a senior at Regis while I was a freshman. We didn't know each other well at all, but I still remember how friendly you were in the hallway, and the "Battaglian Commentary" that made me laugh whenever The Owl came out. You have obviously touched many people's lives, and the world is much worse off for your having been taken from us. God bless you. My heart goes out to your family and loved ones. -mb
Martin Bell <>
USA - Sunday, December 02, 2001 at 10:28:50 (PST)

Every day I read the personal stories, and every day I cry. The enormity of this tragedy is so overwhelming, God Bless each and every victim and their loved ones. Thank you for keeping this site active.
Sue H. <>
Tillamook, OR USA - Saturday, December 01, 2001 at 23:20:23 (PST)

May you rest in peace! God Bless
Steve Jones <>
Tigard, OR USA - Friday, November 30, 2001 at 17:57:20 (PST)

John and Elaine, I am so sorry to hear about what happened to your son, Paul. Sue Daubman made me aware as she was contacting people for a reunion of ITL/CME. While it seems like yesterday to me (when I was working for John at ITL/CME), I remember Paul when we produced one of those medical videos so many years ago that John had Paul appear in. Your son stayed in my mind all these years later since I was so impressed at how mature and smart he was for a 9 year old. After looking at your site, it's amazing to me how much time has truly passed, and it appears quite certain that he grew up to be a wonderful young man. It's nice to find that he had so many great experiences and dedicated friends in this short time - and really left a lasting impression on everyone he met. It's a tribute to his family that he turned out to be such a caring and successful person, but not surprise to me - his dad was the nicest and, to this day, best boss I've had. God bless all of you. My wife and I give you our deepest sympathies.
Bill and Aya Blaney <>
New York, NY USA - Friday, November 30, 2001 at 15:02:07 (PST)

The image of Paul's warm smile every morning on the 100th foor resurfaces and remembering his "terrrr-ific!" will always bring tears to my eyes, no matter how much time has passed. I still remember those 2-hour long 'luncheons' the few of us cherished when we sat on the steps right outside the mall @ South Street Seaport. I miss you, Paul.
Ivy <>
South Amboy, NJ USA - Friday, November 30, 2001 at 09:38:09 (PST)

When John F. Kennedy died, the whole world remembers where they were and what they were doing. Paul, when you died the same thing happened. You must have been something really special. I want to thank your family and friends for sharing you with us. And, in return, we can all promise never to forget you.
Christine Spirawk <>
Albany, NY USA - Thursday, November 29, 2001 at 14:57:08 (PST)

Paul and I were close friends from 6th-8th grade. I haven't seen Paul for 9 years but reading the Times article and these messages from family, friends and strangers from around the world has brought me to tears. Paul and I lost touch shortly after I moved to Connecticut to attend HS, but I will never forget the fun we had the short time we were close; prank calls to classmates from his summer house, trading baseball cards, laughing at our own jokes, fighting epic battles on Sega Genesis and teaming up to work on school projects are just a few of the fond memories. I still have the going away present he had made for me. It was a framed news headline that was altered to read, "Breaking News: Mary Kate O'Rourke Asks Want Gum?" For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, it was one of those inside jokes only a few knew about and cherished. You know, the ones we put in our yearbook quote. I'm glad I had the opportunity to share those jokes with Paul. Whether it was making a solar powered cell for the 8th grade science fair with our friends John, Mike and Matt or a mock news broadcast we co-anchored from the basement of his house, Paul always knew how to have fun and he always knew how to go about making everything perfect. I recently found the tape of our broadcast debut and it is no surprise to me that Paul made such an impact at WHRW. He was a natural. Paul was always positive. His persistence and confidence was inspiring. He was always looking for a solution and was always willing to help. He may not have always been treated as well as he treated others, but he never lost confidence in himself. He always held his head high and for that alone I admired him. Paul, I hope you're still making those around you smile. I just wish I could have spent more time with you and made more of an effort to keep in touch. God Bless Paul's family. May Paul always be with everyone he touched so dearly.
Joe Marcello <>
Trumbull, CT USA - Monday, November 26, 2001 at 21:05:57 (PST)

My deepest sympathies to Paul's family and friends. While at Regis we only knew each other in passing, he ALWAYS was making me laugh, especially during his conversations with Mr. K. He coined the the nickname "Baby Steph." I think he'd still remember that.
Paul Montesano <>
Teaneck, NJ USA - Monday, November 26, 2001 at 11:56:49 (PST)

God Bless you, Paul.
Alex Meyer <>
Montclair, NJ USA - Monday, November 26, 2001 at 11:33:36 (PST)

I'm a Regis grad ('01) and an writing to express my sorrow for Paul's death. He was one of thousands who died, and visiting this webpage gave me a glimpse into a life that was cut short ... the Regis community mourns the passing of a wonderful member of its community as America mourns the loss of thousands. To Paul's family, I am very sorry for your loss. To Paul ... God Bless. Owl Droppings wasn't the same after you graduated. To everyone else: in the same way that we lost people we love in the WTC attacks, people in Afghanistan are dying because of our bombs. Never let yourself slide into thinking of such deaths as "collateral damage."
Matthew Montesano <>
Teaneck, NJ USA - Sunday, November 25, 2001 at 15:40:29 (PST)

I am writing here for the second time; I visit this page every day and am moved more and more each time. I knew Paul for several years through school and although I was not close enough with him to be considered part of his inner circle of friends, I admired him greatly as a common acquaintance and was not shy about telling him so. I just found two books from my sophomore year at Regis that I bought from him, each with his name and comments written all over them. They are worth more to me now than ever - small personal reminders of an enormous individual. Again I say to the Battaglia family, my thoughts and prayers are very much with you; I think about Paul always and try my best to emulate the goodness that he radiated in everyday life. This world badly needs more Paul and less hatred.
Dominic F. Coluccio <>
Staten Island, NY USA - Sunday, November 25, 2001 at 14:40:08 (PST)

I cannot begin to imagine the pain and suffering you and your family has endured in your loss of Paul. Words cannot fill the emptiness in your heart. Though reading the portraits in grief daily brings me to tears, I appreciate you and all of the other families sharing the life of your loved one with us. Reading about their lives has helped me deal with my memories of the first few nights at ground zero. I will never forget the devastation, sadness or helplessness I felt. Paul's website is a wonderful tribute to his life and has brought a face to this horrific tragedy. Your bravery in sharing Paul's life with the world is inspiring. My prayers are with Paul, your family as well as all of the victims of 9-11-01.
Lucille Corva <>
Yonkers, NY USA - Saturday, November 24, 2001 at 18:09:52 (PST)

I live in California and yet was with New York as the tragic events of Sept. 11 unfolded. I've been reading the NYTimes every day and, like others here, read all of the portraits of grief. I lost a brother in an accident a couple of years ago and I know that the lives of Paul's family and friends will never be the same. But I hope, for all the victims' families and friends, that the love they share with each other will help them find peace with the passing of time.
Fremont, CA USA - Saturday, November 24, 2001 at 17:59:33 (PST)

I just had my last radio show ever with whrw, and as i reflected upon everything that's happened, I couldn't help it but to think of all the people you come across in such a close, tight-knit environment like our little corner of the world located in the mezzanine level of the university union. one of the last things i saw as i left the h for the last time was a poster of paul that was put up by our general manager mike styne following the news of the sept. 11th attacks...I looked at the picture for a long time, and seeing paul smile made me realize that with that smile he had touched so many people while he was alive, and he continues to do so today. Reading all of the latest posts on this guestbook talking about how these people who never even knew paul were touched by by his life and by that smile, it just makes me proud that i was able to know him, and even though we weren't the greatest friends, I'd give anything to see that funky GM smiling in the radio station lobby once more, or to have him make me laugh hysterically as I listened to his show as he called up various friends and random campus people, all in the name of friendship, fun, and entertainment...Paul will always be missed, but I will also cherish those moments I have to remember him by for the rest of my life.
Christopher Biscuiti <>
North Massapequa, NY USA - Saturday, November 24, 2001 at 14:22:33 (PST)

I, too, am a Times reader, and saw the story about Paul.... To his family and friends, God Bless.
Melissa <>
Springfield, IL USA - Saturday, November 24, 2001 at 11:22:56 (PST)

Paul .... what more can be thou at peace.
Chris <>
USA - Saturday, November 24, 2001 at 01:01:47 (PST)

You have given us the loveliest gift of all in this unsettled holiday season--the chance to meet Paul. I remember my college radio days with pride--now I'm a Music Director in upstate NY--& seeing the photos of Paul & the crew at his station reminded me how young Paul was, and how full of drive, and spirit, and conviction we all were at 22. Our world is now smaller without Paul, but we are all better for meeting him here. May you have peaceful holidays. Bless you.
Julia Figueras <>
Rochester, NY USA - Friday, November 23, 2001 at 17:42:14 (PST)

I am so sorry about Paul. He seemed like such a wonderful person. I know the world will not be the same without him.
rose giambrone <>
oakton, va USA - Friday, November 23, 2001 at 16:10:44 (PST)

I share a common privilege with Paul having graduated from Regis High School in 1986. I was drawn to St. Ignatius for a memorial for Paul and other alumni and relatives of alumni who fell in the tragic events of September 11. It was beautiful to hear the words spoken for Paul. I felt a true connection to Paul and all that were there to honor his memory. I was born in Brooklyn, raised on Staten Island and educated where I now make my home in Manhattan. I still haven't fully accepted the events of that day in September, I can't begin to understand the pain Paul's family must be enduring. I was at work this past Wednesday when I realized Paul's picture was in the New York Times. I sat on my trading desk moved to tears, overwhelmed by the enormity of what had happened. Here was a brother, here was a friend, a son, just simply trying his best, trying to do the right thing, in his hometown, just miles from where we both attended high school, taught by the same teachers, laughing and playing within the same walls. How proud I am to be able to call him a Regis brother. When I think of Paul and others I knew who perished at the World Trade Center I have an extraordinary feeling of peace. That peace warms my sorrow like a warm blanket, for I know they are with God. I continue to look at the skyline that for so many years was my friend. I keep searching for my friend. Where has my friend gone? My mind remembers days traveling across New York harbor on the Staten Island ferry on very foggy days. We would be passing the Statue of Liberty and look to the city for the beacons of our modern metropolis. Yet, the buildings were shrouded in fog, making it impossible to see the upper floors of the Twin Towers. We knew they were there, we just couldn't see them. That's they way I remember all those who we lost on that day. We know they are still with us but we just cant see them. I think of them all gathered on the top of the towers on a foggy day with the top of the towers poking through the band of clouds and fog that keep them shrouded from our view. Beautiful sunshine is in abundance above the clouds at the top of the towers and peace is at hand. Just because we can't see them doesn't mean they're not there. Rest easy Paul, we'll all be with you some day, at the top of the towers above the clouds. May God bless your family and take special take of them during this holiday season. We will always remember your light. Deo et patriae.
Sean Duffy <>
New York, NY USA - Friday, November 23, 2001 at 11:40:20 (PST)

I am another NY Times reader. I am so moved by Paul's website. What an extaordinary man - full of love and life. I worked in the WTC - 92nd floor - when I was his age (almost 2 decades ago). I remember how proud I was of my cubicle - my view. My condolences to all of Paul's friend's and family - you have suffered a terrible tragic loss. I wish you peace in your memories, you have so many wonderful ones of Paul.
Randi Cunningham <>
Bermuda - Friday, November 23, 2001 at 09:34:44 (PST)

I thought that i was one of the "few" who read portraits in grief daily....i can see that is not true.and i am sure that i am not one of the few MOVED daily by the sweet humanity so senselessly lost on 911.Pauls guestbook is a very touching tribute to his life and will stand as a comfort to his family...he was obviously an example for all of us to follow.thankyou for keeping the web page was difficult to read the frantic messages on 911 and to follow....but it puts a real FACE among the thousands of real faces to this my sincere comfort in your loss
Tom/Spokane/Washington <
USA - Friday, November 23, 2001 at 09:31:31 (PST)

My heart breaks yet again as I visit Paul's website. Although we never met, I know that God's light is shining on Paul. I will keep his family and friends in my thoughts at this impossibly difficult time.
Barbara Younger <>
Woodside, NY USA - Friday, November 23, 2001 at 08:33:11 (PST)

Similar to many of you, I, unfortunately never knew Paul either. However, now that Thanksgiving has passed, I find that I am so incredibly thankful for the past 2 hours I have spent on this site "with Paul", and everyone who knew and loved him so deeply. I too, searched every corner of his web site longing to know more- to know him. He seemed to be such an amazing young man, full of life and with the ability to grasp people with his charm - although this is a horrible tragedy, through his story and the life he led, he is reaching thousands of people worldwide. He lives on- his story lives on, and his life will continue to impact the hearts of Americans forever. He shows us to live life to the fullest, to take advantage of everyday- the large things and even more, the small things- His life was short, but with everyone supporting his memory together, we can help him to live on. My heart goes out to all of you who were fortunate to know such a man...and to those of you who are moving on holding his memory high.
Ashlea Dews <>
Grand Forks, ND USA - Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 22:50:19 (PST)

I knew Paul in Binghamton. We were't very close or anything but I knew what type of person he was. The main thing that I remember about Paul is that he was always so upbeat, positive and funny. He was always making jokes and laughing. That is the way that I would like to remember Paul. So I will remember Paul in Binghamton, in the honors meetings, joking around with Goldberger, with a smile on his face, and thank him. I thank him for the opportunity to reflect upon my own life. I guess I say goodbye to you now. May your friends and family have peace and may your memory and spirit never be forgotten.
Adam K <>
New York, NY USA - Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 22:42:43 (PST)

I, too, am a Times reader. Each day I read the stories of those missing and have come to realize that I will never forget them, for each has held an important place in the lives of many, as Paul did. I can add little to this guestbook but my sorrow at such a loss. My thoughts and prayers tonight are with the Battaglia family. Peace be with you all.
Steve <>
Grand Rapids, MI USA - Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 22:01:32 (PST)

I didn't know Paul. I happened to be browsing the WEB a little tonight and stumbled onto this site. I feel so bad about what has happened and want everyone that reads this to know that we are all friends and almost brothers because of what happened. My heart goes out to the freinds and to the family members that are left. I'm sorry, I don't know what else I can say. God Bless
Bill Bromlie <>
Lincoln, NE USA - Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 20:53:01 (PST)

Paul, Thanks would never fully express my debt to you for what you have given to me and will continue to contribute to my life. This Thanksgiving is all the more bittersweet. I miss you, pal. Love always, Brian
Brian Napolitano <>
Endicott, NY USA - Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 20:43:30 (PST)

Regards, all the way from Bangkok, Thailand.
Ratchanee <>
Bangkok, Thailand - Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 20:38:57 (PST)

I like alot others read the " Portraits of Grief " To the family of Paul and all others lost in the WTC Please know all my prayers are with you and your loved ones ... I think its a beautful tribute to Paul to be able to read and see his pictures on his site ... God Bless Paul
Chris <>
Palm Beach, Fl. USA - Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 19:37:21 (PST)

I feel it is my duty to read the " Portraits of Grief" each day in the New York Times as a rememberance of each individual who perished on September 11th. I think it is wonderful to have Paul's web site available to us. I hope someone close to him maintains it so he will live on with us forever. God bless you, his family and friends. You are in my thoughts and prayers this Thanks Giving night and always.
Peggy Stair <>
Waukesha, WI USA - Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 18:15:50 (PST)

To: The Family of Paul Battaglia From Josep Battaglia Each day I read the NYTimes Bio section of those lost in the WTC tragety. I do each day hoping that I will not see the name of a friend or relative. Luck was with me up until yesterday when the name Paul Battaglia jumped out and I was sadden to see his name. Not ever knowing him or his family, the thought came to me that maybe he....and his family are somehow related. The are some 3800 Battaglia's in the US and it is most unlikely. My family emigrated in the 1880's settling in Pittsburgh, have come from Sicily. Connection or no connection, Losing Paul Battaglia is a great loss. My condolences to his family and those who had the joy of knowing him.
Joseph Battaglia <>
New York, NY USA - Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 17:02:21 (PST)

May you rest in peace.............. God Bless You and your family.........
Miriam Taylor <>
Scott Depot, WV USA - Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 14:11:04 (PST)

to paul and the battaglia family, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
carine thompson <>
mt. vernon, ny USA - Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 13:24:15 (PST)

To have the privilege of reading these messages, of learning about Paul from the words of those who knew him and loved him - it has been an honour. From the NY Times tribute to this website, such a beautiful eulogy for one lost too soon, in such a terrible tragedy.
C. Riley <>
Ottawa, ON Canada - Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 12:39:57 (PST)

I have been touched by the poignant images of Pauls' cubicle on his web page. We need to be reminded of the individual human loss of September 11. I hope that this web page will be maintained as a tribute to Paul.
Tom <>
Toronto, ON Canada - Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 10:28:26 (PST)

Hello Paul! Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures with the world. May you rest in peace. We will never forget.
Canada - Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 09:47:25 (PST)

Hey Paul -- God Bless. Take care.
theresa <>
Los Angeles, CA USA - Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 09:36:09 (PST)

I read the stories of the missing in the New York Times every day, so I was able to read Paul's story and visit his website. Thank you for keeping his site going. I will not forget.
Leslie Ewing <>
Madison, IN USA - Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 08:17:41 (PST)

I know you will never read this but somehow I think you know that many people mourn the passing of you and your colleagues and WTC neighbors. May you rest in peace along with all the others who perished on 9/11.
Warren <>
Forest Hills, NY USA - Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 07:09:07 (PST)

I write this not only to you, but to all the others who can no longer see or hear or feel, and who are missed by all who knew them. Perhaps a record will be made of this guestbook, and presented to the families of the Missing. May your memory give comfort to all of them, everywhere.
Avie L. Hern <>
Los Angeles, CA USA - Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 06:15:44 (PST)

Hi Paul. I was reading the memorials in the NYTimes and went to your website. What a great view of NY. I am glad the site is still up and wish your family the best. It seems they lost a lot when they lost you. I hope your memory brings them some solace.
Phyllis <>
Medfield, MA USA - Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 05:16:16 (PST)

thank you for these lovely shots of NYC from WTC...I can't express how I feel...but I'm so grateful
susan <>
Tulsa, OK USA - Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 05:11:11 (PST)

Hi Paul, i came to this site becuase i saw the NEw YOrk TImes, although this whole incident has passed it is still in our mind and hearts, i feel deeply in pain each time i think of someone who could not have made it out alive, hope that you Rest in Peace and hope your family would feel better soon. i do not know how to express my sorrow and pain... but i hope everything would be okay soon. RIP
Karen <>
New York, NY USA - Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 04:34:16 (PST)

You led a good life Paul and achieved so much. I read this site with much interest - your work, your trip, your family and the graduation. Deepest sympathy to the Battaglia family in this time of sorrow.
Marco Canale <>
Adelaide, SA Australia - Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 03:31:39 (PST)

Happy Thanksgiving, Paul. This is a wonderful website ... wish I had gotten to know you before this ... I hope you are at peace ... Words can not describe the sorrow that we all feel ... There are definitely a LOT of questions I am going to ask when I see God in person ... All of your family are in my prayers ... Peace be unto you ... Peace be unto us that are left behind.
Woodbridge , VA USA - Thursday, November 22, 2001 at 01:33:37 (PST)

Like everyone else today, I read the portraits of grief in the NY Times and noticed the website address for Paul. I saw his college pictures, his office, his trip to Europe, his friends, and his humor. It is so poignant to see the request to add to his guestbook.I am sitting at my computer with tears and can't think what to do. I can only offer my deepest sympathy to his family. A young man just beginning his journey through life. What a good and enjoyable friend he would be. Tonight I will say a prayer for Paul. Aloha.
Carol <>
Kamuela, HI USA - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 23:22:44 (PST)

I am deeply moved. My heart and thoughts are with Paul's family and friends.
Katrina <>
Seattle, WA USA - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 21:01:47 (PST)

Out of 50,000 people in the WTC, about 47,000 made it out. I feel that those who did not get out stayed behind to make sure that others did first. From what I've seen in this guest book, I wouldn't be surprised if Paul spent his last minutes in this life doing just that. I'll bet Paul will be watching over you this Thanksgiving.
Calgary, Alberta Canada - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 19:11:41 (PST)

Paul, I read about you in the NY Times today, and wanted to find your spirit on the web. May you live forever in the hearts of all who loved you. God's peace to you. --Geoffrey
Geoffrey S. Knauth <>
Williamsport, PA USA - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 18:54:14 (PST)

Reading about Paul in the NY Times today and his wonderful energy moved me to look up his web site. Since September 11, I have made the daily portraits of grief a ritual for me ,to honor and remember those lost. The portraits and snapshots bring to life, one more time, the faces and stories and lives behind the horrific numbers. I was heartbroken to see those pictures of Paul's workplace and his good times with friends. I adored his journal writings. We have lost yet another great person in this tragedy. I could feel his joy of being alive and grateful even though I did not Paul. On this Thanksgiving Eve, I send out love and healing to his family and friends from out here on the West Coast, just a bit after sunset. God Bless--Love, Rebecca
Rebecca Reinhardt <>
Los Angeles, CA USA - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 18:19:28 (PST)

I too came to this site after reading the memorial in the New York Times today. Tho I did not know Paul, I can tell that he was a wonderful person with a warm, loving family. You need to know that you are in the prayers of thousands of Americans across the country.
Bill <>
Brooklyn, NY USA - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 17:22:10 (PST)

Like the many others who have posted on this guestbook, may I offer to you my sincerest sympathy for your loss. Paul, looks like he was a lot of fun, God must have needed someone who had a good head on his shoulders. God bless you.
Chick Horrocks <>
Columbia, SC USA - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 17:01:22 (PST)

i am quite possibly the closest thing to a regis girl: a sister w/both brothers currently at regis, a girlfriend w/her boyfriend and both his brothers all regis grads (1 w/paul's graduating class), and a privileged witness to the enduring, amazing spirit that is "a regis boy." paul's profile in the nation challenged, combined w/the heartfelt messages his family and friends have left, have shared w/the world glimpses into his life. the battaglia family and the regis family should be proud... yet again, another regis boy turned into a "man for others."
Tracy Torre <>
New York City, NY USA - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 16:55:56 (PST)

To the family of Paul Battaglia, Thank you so much for putting Paul's website address on the touching NY Times tribute. I make it my daily ritual to read those tributes and on so many occassions am deeply moved. No more so than after reading todays tributes,and coming here to this website. I'm so sorry for your family's loss.
Victoria <>
Nanaimo, BC Canada - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 16:49:25 (PST)

After reading Paul's story in the New York Times, I felt I needed to go to his website. I looked through his pictures regarding his trips... I have to say how sorry I am. I didn't lose anyone I personally knew in these terrible attacks, but I feel as though I did. I've always been very good at handling emotions but now it's like a gate that's been broken and the flood won't stop. To Paul's family... I'm sincerely sorry. It was comforting reading about him and his trips and looking at all his pictures with him laughing in them... To Elaine... as a mother, my heart aches for you. I read your post... to hear you describe what you miss about him, emotionally and physically, makes me a better mother. I sat and cried as I read what you wrote, because even though my son wasn't taken from me that day, I know the love and the bond that a mother and her son have. Today, you made me a better mother. You made me realize the little things I take for granted, like the kisses, will someday be gone. Thank you.
Wendy Priest <>
Exeter, CA USA - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 16:10:23 (PST)

To Paul's family: I want to express my deepest sympathies to you at this most difficult time. Paul sounded like a wonderful man. May he rest in peace. God Bless Us All!
Margie <>
Milwaukee, WI USA - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 15:46:06 (PST)

Paul, your spirit and story has drawn so many of us to visit your site today. Certainly, those of us who didn't know you, feel your presence and need to hold out our hands and hearts to you and your family. May you continue to be an inspiration to your loved ones and to the rest of us who have been touched by your life and story. Rest in Peace!!
tom molloy <>
saratoga springs, ny USA - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 14:36:51 (PST)

i have read the profiles in the NYTimes every day they have been available and i am thankful that i can express my condolences for the people listed there including Mr. Battaglia. it's theraputic to read all of the wonderful stories and remembrances and to put a face to all those that we were present at the horror we witnessed. best wishes to everyone who knew Mr. Battaglia more personally. you are not alone with your grief.
mike <>
new rochelle, ny USA - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 14:10:23 (PST)

I read about Paul in the NY Times. I offer my most sincere condolences. I am sorry for your loss. May the good Lord bless and keep you.
M. <>
Richmond, VA USA - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 13:26:22 (PST)

I also read the NY Times article, and am very sorry for your loss. Please try to have a nice Thanksgiving, and even though we don't know you, you are in our thoughts and prayers this Holiday season. God Bless You..
PeterWolz <>
Sunrise, Fl USA - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 13:00:19 (PST)

Like many others who have posted their comments today, I found out about Paul through the NY Times profile. It pains me to look at the pictures of his cubicle now. Though I never met him, I feel lucky to know a little bit about him now. We will never forget what happened.
Ludi Lelis <>
Ormond Beach, FL USA - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 12:36:57 (PST)

I also read about Paul on the NYTimes online today, and had to visit his site. More than one message brought tears to my eyes as well. I'm praying for your family, and God bless you.
John Flemming <>
Frankfurt, Germany - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 12:24:16 (PST)

Like many others today I was moved to go to Paul's website after reading the portrait in the NY Times. I first didn't want to go to the website because I felt like I was invading his and his family's privacy. But then I read the messages other total strangers sent in. I read previous messages and looked at some pictures and it became obvious to me that Paul touched a lot of lives. I'm sure the holidays will be difficult for everyone who knew him but I am also sure that those that knew him are thankful every day that he was a part of their lives and always will be. Paul's family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy, Susan Terry
Susan Terry <>
New Haven, CT USA - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 12:23:49 (PST)

I know I can't add anything meaningful to what's been said already about Paul, but I will never forget reading the Times tribute to him and I am deeply saddened that such a man is lost to the world. I wish his family the best for the future.
John Baxter <>
New York, NY USA - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 12:10:00 (PST)

After reading Paul's profile in the NY Times I felt I just had to visit this site. Based on the comments left by other visitors, he was a young man who was loved & cherished by those who knew him. I, like many others never had the privilege, but now he along with his family will always be in my prayers. God bless you all.....
Timothe <>
Brooklyn, NY USA - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 12:09:06 (PST)

It has been a short while since the WTC disaster and many have gone back to their way of living. I have tried to distance myself from much of the event - my mind could not possible absorb that much pain. Looking through Paul's life brings healing - He seemed to be such a happy, wonderful person. Thank God for Paul..God bless his family - he continues to live on in the hearts of complete strangers. Sept 11 may bring back painful memories but we remember those like Paul and suddenly it is no longer a cloudy day out there. God bless you all
Rita <>
USA - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 11:36:39 (PST)

I read about Paul in the New York Times today. I just want everybody in New York, especially Paul's family, to know that people of the West Coast are thinking and praying for you.
Joseph Menezes <>
Fresno, CA USA - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 11:34:52 (PST)

I like most saw Paul's profile in the Times, which is what brought me to his website. I did not have the privaledge of knowing Pual, but from reading all of the comments people have left and looking at how Paul worked on his website, and what a spectacular job he did, I can tell along with most what a truly wonderful person--one whom I wish I had known. Like somebody else had said perfectly, I feel honored to have had this glimpse into his life. GOD BLESS all of his family and friends.
DF <>
Bergen County, NJ USA - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 11:16:01 (PST)

I feel strange writing in this guestbook since I didnot know Paul and only read his story in the NYTimes today. After reading the story I wanted to go to his web page immediately and see the "cloudy day" picture. And then I found the I read all of the thoughts about Paul...I cried for only the third time since September 11. The tradgedy of September 11 seems so unreal to me, like a movie, and after reading about Paul that day becomes painfully real. I am so sorry that Paulwas in the WTC. He seemed like a fantastic and funny guy. And he will obviously remian alive in everyones thoughts.
cyn nemo <>
new york, ny USA - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 11:01:14 (PST)

Like many others here, I saw Paul's tribute in The New York Times and I felt compelled to visit the site. To Paul's family and friends, I extend my deepest sympathy. We will be thinking of you in our Thanksgiving prayers.
Victoria <>
Hoboken, USA - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 10:59:29 (PST)

I also read your story in the NY Times, and after reading this moving guestbook, feel like I knew you. I, too, will always remember you, Mr. Battaglia. Be strong.
NYer <>
Sparkill, NY USA - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 10:32:00 (PST)

I read Pauls NY Time Profile and wanted to see his website. I also want to send my condolences to his family and friends. May God bless his family.
Whit <>
Bronxville, NY USA - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 10:29:59 (PST)

I, too, read Paul's New York Times profile and wanted to see his site. Seeing the pictures of Paul with his friends and family has given me an even greater sense of what's been lost.
Jay <>
New York, NY USA - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 09:27:50 (PST)

I just wanted to add my condolences to Paul's family. I did not know Paul, but I am a Binghamton alum, and remember seeing his name. He obviously was an incredible person. I am so greatful that I found his web site (through the NY Times story), and got to feel just a small part of who he was.
Dana <
Manhasset, NY USA - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 07:26:12 (PST)

After reading about Paul in today's NY Times, I too, found myself heading directly to his web site. I sit at my desk now, stirred by all this, and feeling like I've lost a good friend. Paul, you will not be forgotten...
J. Cawley <>
Manchester, NH USA - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 06:58:15 (PST)

I also saw Paul's profile in the Times, which is what brought me to this site. From reading the comments people have left and looking at the work that Paul himself did here, I can tell he was a truly wonderful person--one whom I wish I had known. I feel honored to have had this glimpse into his life. Strength and love to his family and friends--we are all grieving with you.
Meredith <>
New York, NY USA - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 06:57:27 (PST)

I never knew Paul but decided to visit this site after reading about him in the NY Times. It is impressive how many lives he has touched. My heart and prayers go out to all of his family and friends. You will be in my prayers.
Regine <
Brooklyn, NY USA - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 06:51:38 (PST)

May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warmly on your face, and the rain fall softly on your fields, and until we meet, may God hold you in the palm of His hands. God bless you and your family.
USA - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 06:45:15 (PST)

Though I didn't know Paul directly, after reading his story in the NY Times, I had to visit. Seeing the photos of him on his site made me realize how many lives he touched and how many wonderful memories everyone has of him. Though he is no longer with you on this earth, he still watches over his family. God Bless you and may Paul rest in peace.
Adrienne Reidy <>
Bloomingdale, NJ USA - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 06:05:02 (PST)

Dear Paul, Tho' I never knew you personally, I sought comfort in your web site. Watch over your family as they try to understand. To Pauls Family: I shall keep you in my prayers and never-ending thoughts. In God's Arms, Robin NYC, NY November 21,2001
Robin Lea Perrin-Hudler <>
Jersey City, NJ USA - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 05:58:45 (PST)

I also came to this site after reading Paul's memorial in the NY Times. I extend my deepest sympathy to Paul's family. Please know that even though we are strangers, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Elizabeth <>
New York, NY USA - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 05:30:42 (PST)

Also just read the memorial in the NYTimes. Although I didnt know Paul , as another former Binghamton graduate, and one who worked in 7WTC, I feel a little connection. I express my deepest sympathies to Paul's families/friends and others for their loss.
Larry <>
New York, NY USA - Wednesday, November 21, 2001 at 05:14:36 (PST)

I just saw your memorial in the New York Times. I went to this web site (like probably thousands of others soon will) and thought about you for a moment, Paul. I didn't know you or your family, but you're all still in my prayers.
Robert Quigley <>
Austin, TX USA - Tuesday, November 20, 2001 at 22:28:01 (PST)

I got to Paul's site via the Binghamton University homepage. I would just like to send my condolences to Paul's family and friends. God Bless you all.
Rahel <>
Rochester, NY USA - Tuesday, November 20, 2001 at 11:55:36 (PST)

I don't know if writing in here again is too much ... I just needed to. Last night I had a very special dream involving Paul. I don't remember as much as I did while I was in dreamy-land, but I "do" know that when I woke up, I felt a sheer sense of comfort -- Paul and I were talking, we were smiling, just spending some quality time together --- letting each other know that we were both okay. I miss you Paul. But I will continue to think of you often :-) Love, Greg
Greg <>
Binghamton, NY - Friday, November 16, 2001 at 07:37:46 (PST)

herbi <>
Salzburg, a Austria - Monday, November 12, 2001 at 02:27:20 (PST)

You have our deepest sympathy. We must go on...
Steven Harkenson <>
USA - Thursday, November 08, 2001 at 11:04:15 (PST)

Great job Paul.
Troy Basarab <>
USA - Thursday, November 08, 2001 at 11:03:08 (PST)

I did not know Paul personally, but he was in my graduating class of 2000 at Binghamton. We were both in the School of Management and certainly has a few classes together. I have visited this site numerous times over the past month and a half. I want to send my deepest condolences to Paul's family and friends. Like Paul, I am originally from Brooklyn, and then attended Binghamton. It hit me hard that someone with a path so similar to mine is no longer with us because of such unspeakable evil. I will never forget that I lost a classmate in this tragedy, and someone I wish I had known. I pray that justice prevails over those who committed these horrifying acts. Words just cannot express how terrible I feel about a great person losing his life for no reason. To Paul's family and friends, I am overcome with sadness for your loss. Please know that Paul will be remembered, even by those who knew him for just a short time.
Aaron Cohen <>
Queens, NY USA - Tuesday, November 06, 2001 at 15:00:58 (PST)

As a fellow Binghamton alumni - '98, I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to Paul's family.
Joe <>
phoenix, az - Saturday, November 03, 2001 at 16:26:46 (PST)

Paul's grandmother and grandfather Annette & Paul are my first cousins.. I remember when Paul was born, how proud they were.. and how proud Aunt Liz was of her great grandson Everytime his dad fixed my car I would see Paul and play with him. After his parents separated, the extended family did not get to see too much of him.. but we certainly knew all about his deeds and acomplishments from Grandma Annette. It was just about a year ago that a lot of us got to see and meet Paul as an adult.. What a lovely young man..All of us were so impressed by his caring for his two brothers, grandparents and the rest of the family. What young man today makes a fuss over a 95 year old lady Well Paul did over my mother who is his great great aunt Tannie (Annie). He genuinely seemed happy to meet her and when we were leaving he came over and kissed her and told her how happy he was to have met her again. I also remember the toast he gave.. saying that he thought his grandparents looked like they should have been celebrating their 25th anniversary.. not their 50th. Elaine & John, Paul and Cathy I commend you for upbringing you gave your son...none of you could have done it alone... each of you contributed something to make Paul the man he was... may God Bless all of you and yur children. All of you are in my prayers. Love Little Marie
Marie Cardiello <>
Brooklyn, NY USA - Wednesday, October 31, 2001 at 10:13:14 (PST)

I was emailed this site and I'd encourage all to view this beautiful tribute to the victims of the WTC. I hope you have also seen this site, which shows the world standing in solidarity with us during this time of tragedy.
Nancy T. Condon <>
Harrisonburg, VA USA - Monday, October 29, 2001 at 06:06:59 (PST)

i will always remember you, mr. battaglia.
arthur purvis <>
jersey, ny USA - Monday, October 29, 2001 at 00:39:57 (PST)

I am a binghamton graduate. I didn't know Paul, but some of my friends were close friends of his. I always saw him around campus and I can honestly say that he always had a smile on his face. My prayers are with his family. I hope God guides you through this difficult time.
Gretchen <>
San Juan, Puerto Rico - Sunday, October 28, 2001 at 16:35:10 (PST)

I am a Binghamton U. 2000 grad who only met Paul once. Nevertheless I have visited this web site countless times since the tragedy and am constantly affected by what people write, and by the fact that this innocent life is no longer. My boyfriend was friendly with Paul and I was introduced to Paul this past summer when in Union Square park. We bumped into him and I immediately recognized him from school. Since I first heard that he was missing, and of this web site, I have visited the site frequently, and to this day I still get chills thinking about the fact that he's not here. From now on I will not be able to think about or go to Union Square park without thinking of Paul. Though I didn't really know him, I too have been affected by his death. I am praying for his family and friends, and everyone who was lucky enough to have met Paul.
Nina Burstein
Bedford Hills, NY USA - Saturday, October 27, 2001 at 17:27:34 (PDT)

I have never met paul, in person. Not on the phone either. I was only honored to hear his name after these tragic events unfolded. But I've known who Paul is for years. He is in all of us. He is the way we feel when when we see our loved ones. He is the hope we feel when all we see is despair. My heart is with paul & his family and friends. And all though i never spoke to him or saw him smile, I hear his words and his laughter everyday.
Gil Ozeri <>
Queens, NY USA - Saturday, October 27, 2001 at 00:43:35 (PDT)

I didn't know Paul, although I am also a graduate of Binghamton University so in a way I feel as though Paul is family. I got together with one of my best friends from college this past weekend and as we sat outside in the warm sunlight she told me about paul's website. she expressed how painful it was to read the hope, worry and ultimately sorrow regarding paul's death. my friend and i spoke of how much our world has changed in one month. we shared our hopes of living closer together (she's in d.c. and i'm in n.y.) and being able to simply "hang out" more, little things that friends love like "doing lunch", and larger things like someday raising our children in the same area. i have reached out to many friends and family members over the past month, so, although i cannot fathom the pain that paul's family and friends must be experiencing right now, you must know that paul has brought us all closer-the binghamton university york city...the country. in two weeks i will be running in the new york city marathon, through the streets of the city where so many suffered. somehow i am hoping that it will be the beginning of the healing process for me. please know that paul will be in my heart that day. like so many of you that knew paul have written-paul seemed destined for greatness. perhaps this, paul's story, is in a certain way his "destiny". the reflections on paul and his life have truly touched me and also given me hope...please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you
Binghamton University '97
NY USA - Tuesday, October 23, 2001 at 20:38:59 (PDT)

Dear Elaine, I just read through Paul's guestbook and I just wanted to add a few words. When I see you I never know what to say. I'm always afraid I will say the wrong thing and make you feel worse instead of better. I know right now that there really isn't any way to ease your pain, only time can do that. They say that time heals all wounds, but we know that isn't the case - it just makes it easier to bear. What happened to Paul was a horrible senseless tragedy and I admire you for the way you are handling yourself through all of this. I am praying for you and John and Kristen and Eric and Jerry. I know that Paul is in heaven and is happy and that he wants you all to be happy too. Even though his life was taken so young from all the emails I read and all the people who attended his memorial it is plain to see that in his very short life he touched more lives than most people do living 80 years. That is an accomplishment and you should be proud of him and yourself for raising such a wonderful human being. Remember, I here for you whenever you need me. Love, Ann
ann fama <>
bklyn., ny USA - Tuesday, October 23, 2001 at 18:21:29 (PDT)

Although this is not my first visit to this guestbook, it is the first time I'm leaving a message. My name is Cathy Battaglia and I am Paul's stepmother. His father Paul and I have been married 18 years and we have two boys, Michael, 16, and Matthew, 12. At first I was too grief stricken to even read the wonderful messages left here in Paul's guestbook, let alone write something. But now that I have read them I knew that I had to leave a message also. The outpouring of love and support found in these messages is almost beyond belief, but knowing Paul has touched so many lives is really very easy to believe. I first met Paul when he was 3 1/2. He was the most adorable child and very precocious. After his dad and I married, he was a part of a large and loving extended family. He was an only child for 6 1/2 years until his brother Michael was born, then quickly followed by Kristen, Matthew, and Eric. Although he was not a part of our daily lives, we have many fond memories of times spent together: Chrismtmas Eves, Father's Days, birthdays, Baptisms, Communions, as well as time spent at our country home in the Poconos. His brother Michael adored him and asked him to be his sponsor for Confirmation. Paul's dad and I are extremely proud of all his accomplishments. He grew up to be a generous, loving and caring person. His computer expertise has helped many a Battaglia relative over the years. When his brother Matthew was diagnosed with a blood disorder in the spring of 2000, Paul was at the hospital frequently, cheering him up. When Paul saw how distraught I was, he asked his mom Elaine, who is a nurse, to call ma and give some advice. As you all know , he had a huge heart. When Matthew was released from the hospital we made plans to go on a Disney Cruise, courtesy of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. At first, they said Paul was too old to come along as a sibling. Matthew put his foot down and said he wasn't going anywhere without his big brother. That vacation, in April of this year, was Paul's first cruise and we all had the best time. At the time we never realized it would be our last trip together, but now we will always have those wonderful memories to look back on. Paul's death has left a tremendous hole in our hearts. We are consoled by the fact that we are not alone in our grief, as he was loved by so many and touched so many people in his ultimately short life. Paul, we miss you and will always love you. Love, Dad, Cathy, Michael and Matthew
Cathy and Paul J. Battaglia <>
Merrick, NY USA - Tuesday, October 23, 2001 at 17:55:25 (PDT)

Words can't describe the grief and sorrow that all of us have been living through. My co-worker and I are both Binghamton Alumni, as well as Marsh employees, and words cannot describe how difficult it has been to pull through all that has happened. I send my heartfelt condolences to the Battaglia family. Although I have never met Paul, the fact that 1) he was a fellow Binghamton alumnus and 2) an MMC employee provides a connection that requires no explanation. I've lost quite a few acquaintences and several good friends in this tragedy. It will be difficult as we try to move on, but I know that this is what those that have left us would desire. There is not a day that goes by when I look through the midtown Marsh office and I think of everyone taken, so quickly. This is true for not only myself, but every colleague, every friend, every New Yorker. My prayers are with all of you. Rei
Rei <>
NY, NY USA - Tuesday, October 23, 2001 at 15:13:27 (PDT)

Dear Paul, I never met you, but looked up your picture in the yearbook and recognized you. I just want to tell you and your family that I am deeply saddened by your passing. I was a few blocks away from the trade center on 9/11, and saw all of the unspeakable. Instantly, as I saw what was going on, and was running for my life, I thought of the people in the trade center, the people just like you and me. The ones who worked hard in school to make something of ourselves, and were excited to begin exciting careers in the real world. We were the ones who dressed in BR clothes, ate at the newly opened xando at the bottom of the trade center, and drank at windows on the world to celebrate special occassions. I looked at the photos of your office on your website. Your view was spectacular. I can see from the photos that you were very proud to work at your office, and loved it. You had every right to be proud. You had a wonderful job, and worked in one of the best buildings in the world. It was a truly beautiful building. May the ones who did this to us-PAY. From reading the entries on this site, I can see what a wonderful person you were. I wish we had an opportunity to chat. God Bless you, your family, friends and America.
Fellow Bing Alum '00
USA - Tuesday, October 23, 2001 at 08:22:12 (PDT)

This is not my first visit to Paul's guestbook. I've left some messages before, and I visit often, just marvelling at the number of lives Paul has touched. I'm Paul's Aunt Carol on his father, Paul Battaglia's side of the family. There are so many wonderful notes about Paul, and so many kind words sent to his mother Elaine, his step-father John, sister Kristen and his brother Eric and his grandfather Jerry. I know they miss him terribly, and will always feel the void in their lives. I have to add, however, that Paul's father, who is also Paul Battaglia; his stepmother Cathy, his brothers Michael and Matthew, his grandmother Annette Battaglia and his grandfather Paul Battaglia will also feel this void forever in their hearts. He had the advantage of belonging to two families that loved him very much, and we will all cherish the memories of good times with him, forever. His cousins will miss him at all the family functions, especially his cousin John, who spent time with him every Christmas Eve. His aunts and uncles and all his young cousins will miss his humor, his friendship and his help in "fixing" their computers and sharing experiences with him. His brothers, Michael and Matthew will miss his friendship and advice. They always looked forward to visits from Paul and enjoyed spending time with him whenever they could; he was their mentor. He truly had a full life, and a large and loving family. Our family used to meet every year in the Poconos, PA, for a family reunion "campout". Everyone always had a great time! We had not done that for awhile, but we did have one planned for this October. After Paul's tragedy, some of us did not want to continue with our plans. But, knowing Paul the way we did, and knowing that he would not have wanted us to cancel the trip, we decided to go ahead with our plans. It was a wonderful time, as we reminisced about all the times we got together where Paul was included. We missed him there, but we felt his spirit with us as we sat around the campfire. We will always have wonderful memories to think about, and we will always carry his spirit within our hearts. We miss you Paul.
Carol Cook <>
Ramsey, NJ USA - Monday, October 22, 2001 at 07:49:58 (PDT)

I, too, have been one of the lurkers, coming back repeatedly to read the guestbook, but not knowing what to say. I did not remember that Paul worked in the WTC until the 12th, and I called my parents back in Queens to ask them to find his business card that he had given me at our Regis 5 year reunion. My father called me back, and told me that Paul's card did in fact read "1 World Trade Center." I visited his web site, as the trickle of posts in the guestbook asking for Paul turned into a flood. I still find it difficult to accept that one of our Regis brethren was taken from us so soon; I know his Binghamton friends feel the same way. Still, the words of Father Van Dyke in his post below, referring to the powerful Regis retreats that changed our lives, and that I feel so priviliged to have taken part in, ring true: Paul was taken from us, but we will all be reunited in heaven, and it will be joyful reunion beyond our wildest dreams. Till that day comes, let us work to make this world, the here and now, a better place, cleansing it of evil, and responding to the suffering of all peoples with love and generosity.
Carlos Capellan <>
Falls Church, VA USA - Sunday, October 21, 2001 at 21:48:36 (PDT)

I never knew Paul, but I am connected to him by 2nd degree, that is, he's a friend of one of my very good friends who told me about him and shared this website as well. I read as much of the postings I can and just felt so moved, and really reflected on what I was doing with my life right now and how I interacted with others. I am definitely going to get in touch with as many of my old high schools and relatives that are overseas as I possibly can again and do more to reach out. Ever since I was told about Paul, about a week or so after the attack, I've kept him in my prayers specifically along with all the other WTC victims and will continue to and for their families. All my condolences.. I wish I could do something, but I feel absolutely helpless. I will keep on praying and acting towards a better world hopefully....
Amy Chuo <>
Flushing, NY USA - Saturday, October 20, 2001 at 21:40:31 (PDT)

Paul, I knew you more in passing than as a friend, but it's amazing how every person who enters our lives touches us in some way. Until September 11th we all went about our business; focused on the details, stayed in touch with only our closest friends, rarely if ever expressed the amount of love and joy we felt for those who surrounded us. And then the world slid off track, tilted in the most sickening of lurches. We've been trying to piece things back together. And while your death is pointless Paul, YOU have brought people together from all over the country. YOU have made people say "I love you," "I miss you," "You are a blessing in my life." You have given us such a wonderful gift. My heart goes out to your family, friends, and girlfriend. Our world has stopped in it's grief and when it's ready to go on, we will be stronger, better people because of you. Thank you also to the Binghamton alum who prove compassion and heart are something learned outside of class. God bless, Rachel Goodman
Rachel Goodman <>
New Hartford, NY USA - Saturday, October 20, 2001 at 21:22:15 (PDT)

Paul and I took a few classes together at BU. Although Paul and I did not know one another outside of the classroom, I never needed to make that trip to see what a genuine and thoughtful person he was. I remember those large lecture hall classes where you would walk in the first week of school and wonder staring at 300 people who you would spend the hour next to. Paul was the kind of person who would initiate a conversation with one of those people. He and I had a few commom friends and talked quite a few times. Paul had a certain energy about him that was comfortable, you felt at ease around him. I just recently found out that Paul was among the missing and it sent a feeling through me. Even thought we took separate paths and never established a lasting friendship aside from those few classes years ago, Paul was one person I can honestly look back upon my days at BU and smile about. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of Paul's family, friends and anyone else who's lives he touched.
Joe Baldoni <>
Westport, CT USA - Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at 12:44:51 (PDT)

Several times a week since September 11, I have looked at this guestbook, wanting to write something, but not really sure of what to say. I barely knew Paul, and now seeing everything people have to say about him, I wish I had known him better. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.
Julianne <>
Brooklyn, NY USA - Wednesday, October 17, 2001 at 07:22:15 (PDT)

Dear Elaine, John, Kristen, & Eric....Our Prayers are with you....Love Kathleen, Michael, & Michael Ryan
Kathleen & Michael Maher <>
Brooklyn, NY USA - Tuesday, October 16, 2001 at 19:44:51 (PDT)

I fondly remember Paul's great sense of humor and his quick wit. Few people could brighten my day the way he did, and he will undoubtedly be missed dearly by everyone who knew him. I knew Paul from both Genesis and Regis, having graduated the year following him; and little did I realize that we would end up working merely two blocks away from each other years later. I wish that I could have been there for Paul, for his family, for the mourning community of Regis alumni who remember him the same way I do. As it goes, I have been abroad in London on a business-related trip since before the attacks were perpetrated. However, God hears my prayers for the Battaglias no matter where I am. I was very privileged to have known Paul. May God bless him and the entire Battaglia family.
Dominic F. Coluccio <>
Staten Island, NY USA - Tuesday, October 16, 2001 at 00:09:07 (PDT)

As a former classmate of Paul's and a graduate of Genesis in '92 I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. May you find some comfort in your memories, one another, and in God.
Liz Olivieri <>
Syracuse, NY USA - Monday, October 15, 2001 at 11:41:40 (PDT)

Dear Elaine, John, Kristen, Eric and Grandpa Jerry, No words are appropriate at this very sad time. My heart is broken for all of you, and I wish I could do something to ease your pain. I only met Paul on a few occasions, but his energy and enthusiasm for life was so apparent. His precious young life was cut short but your memories will last forever. I will keep calling until you are sick of getting my calls. You have my number so please let me know if there is anything I can do. Love and Prayers, Audrey and Jerry Mc Kinney
Audrey Mc Kinney <>
Brooklyn, NY USA - Sunday, October 14, 2001 at 17:46:27 (PDT)

Here's a press and sun piece from today's edition, Friday, October 12th, 2001, regarding WHRW, Midnight Madness and of course, the Paul t-shirt, and of course, Paul...
Christopher Biscuiti <>
Binghamton, NY USA - Friday, October 12, 2001 at 05:56:02 (PDT)

Dear Paul, Its been a while since I've seen you my friend. The last I heard was your voice in my voice mail "Azmee .. when are we gonna hang out?" And I would always say "Soon". On Sept. 11, I was scheduled for an interview on 32 Broadway and I was going to stop by to say hi and play a game of Ping Pong with Paul and other collegues at Marsh. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. Each time I think of Paul, I smile. I know he wants me to smile. Whenever I'm stressed at work or with life issues, he knows. He would throw candies, Hersey's kisses that Aline had given him over his cube. And never fails to cheer me up. I ask God "Why did you have to take away such a wonderful person?" A person that means the world to others. I guess, the good always die young. Wherever you are Paul, keep smiling and keep your head up high. And each time I think of you, I will always smile and think of all the good memories we've shared. I miss you. And I know your grandpa misses you. Not only that, the whole WORLD misses you. So long my dear friend, we shall meet again. Love - AMA
Azleen Azmee <>
NY, NY USA - Thursday, October 11, 2001 at 18:33:57 (PDT)

Dear Elaine and John. I work with John at Metro-North and know how proud he was of Paul. We all share your sorrow and are at a loss for words to express our feelings. Please know that you are not alone. You will never be alone. We are with you and will support both of you in any way we can. A simple search on the internet shows that there were many people who were touched by Paul. I know he will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Pierce Haviland <>
Old Tappan, NJ USA - Thursday, October 11, 2001 at 16:25:32 (PDT)

BKLYN, NY USA - Thursday, October 11, 2001 at 03:07:46 (PDT)

I am Paul J Battaglia's Mom. Paul was my first born, At 2months old was diagnosed with bilateral hydronephrosis,A condition in which the ureters (tubes) comming from the kidneys and carhing urine into the bladder were blocked, i noticed that his diapers were not as heavy with urine as they were just a day or two before,(Remember diaper service, not Pampers!) Any way the surgeon was impressed that i picked up on this fact so quickly because he was going into kidney failure and would have died in 24 hours! We were able to save one Kidney and part of another. I always felt that God or an angel guided me that day and saved Paul's life. From that time on I guess I always thought he was destined for something really special. And he was a truly remarkable boy. I mean how many boys will do Christmas shopping for their mothers. Take their sister and brother school shopping. Call thier Grandfather just to say Hello! Always call home if he was going to be late? Kiss his Grandpa Jerry and his Mom good-night every night. Hug all of us every day? He was my son so of course i think he was special but, reading all these tributes I know alot of people felt that way about him too. His friends have been wonderful they have helped me thru this nightmare. The Memorial service, the CD all about his life, the eulogies and more have been impressive beyond any expectations, His girl friend Aline is a very special woman and I was hoping to be able to call her my "daughter". I had 22 very happy but ultimately very short years with my son Paul. I pray that he and all the others including my Cousin Harry Taback (Paul's mentor)who were killed in the teroist attack at the WTC on 9/11/01 have not died in vain. As I type this I am crying. I would give anything just to hold my son and feel his" fuzzy"cheeked kiss at night again. His sister Kristen is devasted he wil not be dancing with her at her swet 16, His brother Eric has big shoes to fill and misses Paul with all his heart. His "Dad" John raised him from 4 yrs old and always felt like a real father to him. We are all grateful for all the out pouring of love and Paul stories. Words cannot express how grateful I am to all who took time to send a mesage. I love all his friends who were there for us at tihs time of grief. I don't want to leave any one out so let me say thank you one and all, I love you all please don't forget to call and let us know how you are.
Elaine Leinung <>
Brooklyn, NN. USA - Wednesday, October 10, 2001 at 18:55:39 (PDT)

I don't know what to say...i remember paul made a joke about me being gm once when i got to be pr director, and i felt that maybe i could actually do it...i remember paul as being larger than life, i remember when he and aline started dating, and i was her apprentice, and she would give me updates about her situation with him before they started dating...i remember driving to kinkos with paul and karen, and having both me and karen afraid to sit in the front with him, so we sat in the back and he made a comment about how he knew how cab drivers felt...i remember him teasing me about not being in my room cause i was sleeping at my still hasn't hit me that he's gone, he was such an amazing person, and i know that everyone always says that, but this time its true...
Genan <>
New York, NY USA - Wednesday, October 10, 2001 at 17:40:59 (PDT)

I can find no words to describe the terrible events of September 11, 2001. I know that no words can comfort your family. It is all so very sad. It is a great loss for your family and for all of America. Believe that Paul is sitting at God's table and watching over you, and remember, that he will be in the wind softly whispering, in the gentle rain that falls, in the rays of sunlight, and in the gentle waves of the ocean. Don't let his memory die, for his soul lives on and one day you will see him heaven.
Stella Olveda <>
San Antonio, Tx USA - Wednesday, October 10, 2001 at 06:53:28 (PDT)

I was introduced to Paul, but I don't believe we had even a shortest conversation, however I knew him pretty well. His parents brought us to Hemlock Farms, where we bought a house. Then we had a small party on our porch and his mother Elaine, who is a brilliant story teller and a natural genuios actress was bringing us from laugh to cry for hours. Not surprisingly, the main hero of all her stories was Paul. It was four years ago, but some of stories were so vivid, that we were quoting them for all that time, and referring to Paul as if we knew him personally. After reading what has been written here, I feel that people are getting close to Paul and feel really touched by his wonderful, warm and witty personality the same way as we did before. He is with us. Our deepest sympathy for Elaine and Jonh, Sasha & Jenya
Sasha Zhitneva <>
Hemlock Farms, PA USA - Tuesday, October 09, 2001 at 11:37:35 (PDT)

With my regrets for not being able to attend this weekend's memorial ... I just needed to chime in (again) after reading the San Antonio article. I never thought of Paul as an "old soul," but now that I read Elaine saying that -- I can wholeheartedly agree and appreciate that. My life partner is a truly "old soul" and I can appreciate so much about what Paul had to say and from where his everlasting brightness came. He had done his work before and he will continue to do his work. To Aline and all of Paul's family: Even though I couldn't be with you this past weekend to share in these times physically, my heartfelt wishes and sorrow are with you. It has been cathartic for me to be interviewed by the Press & Sun, to be able to be a part of Brian Napolitano's radio tribute, to gather copies of different newspapers for Seth Mates so he could send them to all of you ... I feel as though whatever I could do is the best I could do. With love, The Gregger
Greg Levine <>
Binghamton, NY USA - Tuesday, October 09, 2001 at 11:16:28 (PDT)

I never met Paul but I knew him through my roomate who worked with him at Marsh. I was there at his service on Saturday and realized how many people Paul has touched and what a charming and wonderul person he was. I feel I knew him too. Nothing on earth can replace this loss but we all know that he will live in our memories forever. GOD bless the Battaglia family with love and strength.
Kamlesh Ranka <>
Teaneck, NJ USA - Tuesday, October 09, 2001 at 07:08:31 (PDT)

I too read the article in the San Antonio, TX newspaper and wish to send my condolences to the family. I have been trying to keep up with all of the news. I rarely have time to read all of the stories. So when I read Pauls story I broke into tears. Often times my strenght slips and I sit and cry. The events indeed have changed the lives of every American.
Jina Tapia <>
San Antonio, TX USA - Monday, October 08, 2001 at 23:39:57 (PDT)

I didnt know Paul but I read the article about him in the San Antonio newspaper. Im only 15 yrs old but I know what loss is and I feel for his family as well as his friends. I am amazed at how many people he touched. Its wonderful that he brought joy to so many people. I only wish I could have known him too. God bless his family and his friends.
Courtney Lowden <>
San Antonio, TX USA - Monday, October 08, 2001 at 18:38:29 (PDT)

Dear Paul, For three years you lit up my office at Regis every time you walked in the door. Part of me still laughs when I think of you because as painful as losing you has been you brought such joy to me and to so many others. We shall all miss that. But thank God we had it. Your love for us--shown in warmth and humor and generosity-- helped me through many days, and still helps me. That is the grace God gave us through you. We shall see you again, Paul, where the QUEST and Emmaus and No Name candles still burn brightly-- in the love of God that no one can extinguish or destroy. Until then, rest assured that you will never be forgotten.
Jim Van Dyke, S.J. <>
Buffalo, NY USA - Monday, October 08, 2001 at 08:35:01 (PDT)

After reading the article in the San Antonio Express News, I found this website and realized how many people Paul has touched. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for introducing me to someone I wish I could have called a friend.
Becky Willmon <>
Round Rock, TX USA - Sunday, October 07, 2001 at 22:53:51 (PDT)

I just wanted to say a couple or so things...First and foremost, I wanted to say thank you to Aline and her family for all of their hospitality for the reception that was held earlier today, and to add on to what my brother Matt just said, it was really good to see so many faces come together, and I think it just goes to show how Paul is still bringing us all together, even today...The second thing I wanted to say was to commend and thank Brian Napolitano and Brian Manning for really showing amazing poise, resolve, and courage in representing Paul at the Memorial Service, and I truly think they did the best job that any of us could have possibly done at such a trying time...and one last thing I want to add is that I feel the San Antonio newspaper piece just goes to show the power that Paul had to reach people and I just hope we all remember the next time we see a shy person who is looking to fit in or a struggling freshman who is trying to find their niche to do what Paul would have done, which is say hello with a smile and make that person feel not like he or she is alone, but that they are truly welcome...peace. love. moe. and paul.
Christopher Biscuiti <>
Binghamton, NY USA - Sunday, October 07, 2001 at 22:31:15 (PDT)

Those who loved Paul, those who didn't love him so much, or those who never even met him before... I hope we're all taking a moment to stop and read below. All of the many thoughts many of us are sharing - from specific to general - are so very touching. As someone not very close with Paul, I'm finding it amazing how much you can miss someone you hardly saw the past 3+ years anyway.... How certain people are simply unforgettable.... and how much I smile just reading all of your thoughts.... Having tremendous faith that he's reading them, with a big smile on his face too.... As we approach a month since this tragedy, our Country takes what it feels are the appropriate steps to find some bit of justice alongside the sadness, and we make feeble attempts to live on and start caring about things like going to work, watching a baseball game, doing a radio show again, knowing we'll never, ever forget this horrible time and how it's made both small (getting back in touch with a friend from years ago) to large (bringing out emotions you never even knew you had, and making you see so many things from an entirely different perspective), I hope none of us forget what it's like to smile.... Peace, love, moe.... Paul. Hoping to see many of your smiles soon.... Matt
Matt Biscuiti <>
Massapequa, NY USA - Sunday, October 07, 2001 at 22:02:28 (PDT)

I read an article in the San Antonio Express Newspaper about Paul and I was compelled to come to Paul's website. I never knew Paul but by reading his guestbook, he touched so many lives and so was loved by many. My prayers go out to all his friends and family in their time of need.
Claudine Beerhalter <>
San Antonio, TX USA - Sunday, October 07, 2001 at 19:16:29 (PDT)

To Elaine: My heart breaks for you, for your loss. Paul was certainly a positive force in this world. He cannot be replaced. My daughter works in a Federal building. She is kind, sweet and funny. I can't fathom what you are experiencing. My prayers are with you.
Jeanette <>
New Braunfels, TX USA - Sunday, October 07, 2001 at 16:38:07 (PDT)

I didn't know who Paul Battaglia was until this morning while reading the Express News Paper here in San Antonio. There was an article written on Paul Battaglia. After reading the article I was determined to find this site and I did. It brought tears to my eyes to read his story...tears for a man I never knew. I cried for his family and for the friends that loved him most. You will all definetly be added to my prayers tonight. Take care and God Bless.
Sonia Gutierrez <>
San Antonio, TX USA - Sunday, October 07, 2001 at 14:54:00 (PDT)

I didn't had the joy of knowing Paul that most of you seemed to, but I have been touched by his loss all the same. You all, as his friends, find your way into my prayers daily. You all have my deepest condolenses.
NY USA - Sunday, October 07, 2001 at 11:28:29 (PDT)

As I enter this message today, we have begun our attack on Afghanistan. Nothing we will ever do will bring back the many people such as Paul who brought love and happiness to our once peaceful nation. I did not know Paul but feel through his web site a kinship. I only hope that as days go by, his family's pain and suffering decreases and the memory of Paul and those who gave their life for our freedom will remain strong. We have all suffered but none so much as the families who met this tragedy in a personal way. I wish the Battaglia family peace and love.
Marilyn Pozero <>
San Antonio, Tx USA - Sunday, October 07, 2001 at 11:06:57 (PDT)

Paul, I recognized the fervor of your vitality since the first day that I met you during my senior year at SOM. I was overjoyed to have discussed the details of my travels with you...even more pleased that you pursued your own in Europe. I will always remember how you blatantly stated to me during lecture that I was passionate in my beliefs...perhaps stemming from the fact that you identified this profound quality within yourself. Our trips to Tony's in Endicott will be eternally remembered...your critique of my first resume, cherished...and your instructions on how to use EBAY, duly noted. I will live to remember you...always. Jonathan
Jonathan Socha <>
Brooklyn, NY USA - Saturday, October 06, 2001 at 19:06:02 (PDT)

Up until recently I've been trying not to think about the tragedies that took place on September 11 and the fact that my friend Paul is missing. Like many of you I've been hoping to receive news that he is alive and well. As Paul's memorial service draws closer it has become increasingly difficult for me to try and block out what happened. I didn't know Paul that well in college, but could tell right away that he was a great guy. He was always friendly and enthusiastic. It's too bad I didn't get to spend more time with him before this terrible tragedy. We will miss you, Paul.
Jordan Fox <>
Cortlandt Manor, NY USA - Friday, October 05, 2001 at 22:27:07 (PDT)

Paul, God bless you and your family.
a BU student
Binghamton , NY USA - Friday, October 05, 2001 at 22:19:43 (PDT)

I didn't know you; nor I have I ever been to NYC. But I found this site amazing and the outpouring of love and praise for Paul absolutely breathtaking. My heart goes out to you all who loved this obviously beautiful man.
mandy <>
san antonio, tx USA - Friday, October 05, 2001 at 17:11:06 (PDT)

Paul, I look back now to the Regis years and truly cherish the memories I have of you. Though I was never part of the "Battaglia" bunch, I still remember countless interactions with you, and I'm so happy I got to see you in June at the reunion. I always appreciated your wit, charm, and sense of humor. I am appalled that you are no longer here, and that your life has been cut short so senselessly, but at the same time I know you are in a better place. You are in my deepest thoughts and prayers.
Peter Tabisz <>
East Rutherford, NJ USA - Thursday, October 04, 2001 at 21:46:08 (PDT)

I wanted to write to express my sincere condolences to Paul's family and close friends. May God be with you all.
Bryan and Karen Spano <>
Center Moriches, NY USA - Thursday, October 04, 2001 at 21:20:51 (PDT)

I accidentally submitted before I could write that my life is richer today because I "met" your dear Paul. I am praying for all of you to find true comfort in the arms of Jesus. Sandra
KERNERSVILLE, NC USA - Thursday, October 04, 2001 at 13:31:25 (PDT)

Dear Battaglia Family, I learned about this site from a cousin, Matt D'Antoni, who knew Paul. His time to work with him was brief, but as after looking at his website and then reading the comments from so many who came to love him, I feel like I know him too.
Kernersville, NC USA - Thursday, October 04, 2001 at 13:27:42 (PDT)

Ever since I heard the news on Sunday, my mind has been reeling. I never actually hanged with him during my DJ stint, but he's always been inspiring and bubbling with enthusiasm. From what I've seen, Paul lives every day to the fullest. Each day is now someone else's memory, including my own. Paul - thanks for such a great gift.
Grace <>
NY USA - Thursday, October 04, 2001 at 11:20:50 (PDT)

Paul - I refuse to accept you are gone. I keep feeling you are standing behind me with that smile and I keep turning around trying to find you. You are in our memories and you have made each of us a better person. I love you Paul, God bless you.
Samir Shah <>
New York, NY USA - Wednesday, October 03, 2001 at 10:56:40 (PDT)

Paul - I refuse to accept you are gone. I keep feeling you are standing behind me with that smile and I keep turning around trying to find you. You are in our memories and you have made each of us a better person. I love you Paul, God bless you.
Samir Shah <>
New York, NY USA - Wednesday, October 03, 2001 at 10:56:26 (PDT)

I did not know Paul very well. I was a DJ there and I talked to him about becoming a DJ and appretince at WHRW. He was very helpful when the brief times I talk to him. He was very friendly and very helpful anytime I saw him around the station. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
Sandro <>
Bronx, NY USA - Tuesday, October 02, 2001 at 19:31:51 (PDT)

I also knew Paul from Binghamton. As Treasurer, I remember how Paul loved WHRW and lobbied for the money it was budgeted and even made sure it received additional funds for replacing its broken equipment. I always felt slow around Paul, he had that uncanny ability to make a witty reply at lighting speed. I guess it was just a manifestation for his love of improvisational jazz in the way he talked. A couple of months ago I saw Paul at a club in the village and I was reminded of his infectious smile and matching khakis. Later he was kind enough to make sure I could ride with him and his friends back into Brooklyn, and even though there were other people in the car who he was close friends with, he was always considerate enough to bring me into the conversation. Paul's wit and kindness were always a hallmark of his personality and his great soul. My prayers and thoughts are with Paul and his family.
Eyal Eisig <>
Brooklyn, NY USA - Tuesday, October 02, 2001 at 07:24:41 (PDT)

I cannot say that I really knew Paul all that well. We were run in acquaintances first in high school then in college. Even though we were just acquaintances he made an impact on me. There was something about him, he allowed me to smile. I first met Paul at an after school driver's education class at Regis, I went to DA. Paul was my friend Vinnie's buddy. He always offered to escort the ladies to the restroom was at Regis if any of us had to go. At the Regis DA walkathon senior year he was the MC, he had a presence and sense of humor that could not be ignored. My sophomore year at Binghamton I decided to join the Jazz Department at WHRW, our paths crossed again Paul was a member of the tiny Jazz Department, he was as funny and as charismatic as ever. I think in some small way his energy and enthusiasm for the Jazz Dept allowed me to find some sort of comfort at WHRW. A comfort zone at Bing at that time was a first for me, it was what I needed. Thank You Paul. Paul, you will be greatly missed. My prayers and heart go out to you, your family and friends always. -Rizalene
Rizalene <>
New York City, NY USA - Sunday, September 30, 2001 at 20:56:56 (PDT)

I am Paul's Aunt Carol. I grew up with his father in Brooklyn, NY. I have written a poem for him, and I will have it available at his memorial Mass on October 6th. Here it is: For Paul There are people sent from heaven ∑Of this you can be sure Their purpose is to share their love Their example and much more Their lives touch everyone they meet Their smiles, a delight A lasting friend to everyone Regardless of the plight Paul was one such person We all know this is true The lives he touched∑the love he shared Were more than just a few He was a loving son and brother Grandson, nephew, cousin too Part of a large and loving family And extended family too He has friends in countless numbers And one that stood apart His loving girlfriend Aline, who was closest to his heart Just looking through his website We all can see the way Paul touched so many people‚s lives Brightened up so many days The countless friends and followers Who pray and weep and mourn So many who will miss him So many who are torn We think about the reason why God brought our Paul here Suddenly the purpose becomes very clear Think of the lives this young man touched The kind works he has done He opened up his heart to all Included everyone! God told Paul when he came here „your stay won‚t be too long, I need your strength to open hearts! I need you to be strong! Your presence will make a difference to all the lives you touch∑ And when you leave, your spirit will Leave a lasting touch‰ Paul, we will miss you∑ Love, Aunt Carol
Carol Cook <>
Ramsey, NJ USA - Sunday, September 30, 2001 at 11:32:29 (PDT)

During the two years in which the both of us called Binghamton home, I wasn't lucky enough to really have the chance to know Paul as well as others. Still, it was just impossible not to notice his drive, charisma, friendliness and just the sheer happiness which, without having to say a word, he conveyed and often spread to others. If there's anything that can console in the wake of these events, it's that Paul's type of benevolence will live on, multiplied, as we respond to this tragedy and those behind it by returning to our lives with a newfound challenge: to strive, in tribute, for the type of greatness he achieved.
Mike Boxer <>
Binghamton, NY USA - Friday, September 28, 2001 at 02:12:12 (PDT)

although only a college acquiantance, i knew paul was a special person from the second i met him. he had a certain air of confidence you look for in somebody you'll be working with, a certain firmness of fairness of the handshake, a certain mesmerization to the melodic raspladennasal brooklynese and a certain goldeness to man's everboyish grin. paul did some work for me once and it was fine work. with pride like i've seen rarely before, he set up a network for me and it ran lightning fast. i never saw him again although we have mutual friends, a common network. from what i remember, he had a strong network built with love. i always expected to see him again because he was a good guy with such a big heart whose beat attracted the best of people. he was an inspiration to those who aspire. though he is the only one i know who died, i know the others who died with him are there in my art and the millions of arts of other. no one else should die; war is not the answer; artEvolution is.
a dude
new york city, ny USA - Thursday, September 27, 2001 at 22:51:30 (PDT)

To Paul's family and friends: I hesitated to say the following in my previous posts because this is about Paul not me. But I have been involved in radio and TV for 23 years. I am now working for CTS-TV in Burlington as an announcer and commercial producer. Although Paul is a lot younger than me I will never forget him - even though I didn't meet him. Paul, I hope to see you in 'Broadcast Heaven' some day and exchange stories only broadcasters would understand. Until then.....
Thomas Battaglia <>
Burlington, ON Canada - Thursday, September 27, 2001 at 11:27:42 (PDT)

This is my second posting here and since the first one I have been to every site that has Paul's name and have listened to to the brodcasts concerning Paul's life. I almost feel that I have know him for a long time. I wish I had - he seems to have been a great guy. However, I am wondering if we might be related - he sure does have a resemblance to myself and members of my family. My grand parents are from Termini, just outside Palermo, Sicily and arrived in Toronto, Canada around 1910. My grandparents names were Thomas Battaglia and Josephine Fusco. If any relatives of Paul would get back to me it would be appreciated. Blessings to all that knew him.
Thomas battaglia <>
Burlington, ON Canada - Thursday, September 27, 2001 at 08:12:38 (PDT)

My reasons for writing are for purely theraputic reasons. Paul was always trying to get me to sign his guest book, but since I am practically computer illiterate and anti everything computer, I felt silly doing it, so I never did. Last night was the first time I checked his website in a long time. After calling Elaine three times, I had to stop for obvious reasons. Figures the computer would be the last place I would look and the frist place all of Paul's friends would go to post all the information that I needed. My friendship with Paul lasted for 8 years. Through my boyfriends, and his girlfriends, we always had each for advice, and Paul was always this solid place and had a way of cheering me up because I knew he'd always be there. Since I never knew any of his friends from college and we never had any mutual friends, I was the place he went when he needed to bitch wihtout anyone finding out, or when he needed his confidence boosted after a bad breakup. After college, when I finally moved to New York, he came to my apartment and we held hands in the rain; sat on my patio; saw only one movie; ate Chinese food; had Starbucks; cuddled on the couch while his family was in Hemlock; and had the most awkward, borderline unsexual night in bed when we realized that we were too old to cuddle the way we used to when we were 15. I kept all of the letters he sent me in a box called "Paul" and I hope he never saved or showed anyone the short stories that he begged me to write for him. I'll never remember the drunken college conversations (although he insisted I called him all the time), but saved the watermelon drawing he made to cheer me up when I had mono. I can't remember the restaurant we went to when he came to visit me in Pittsburgh, but know that he told me I was cute on the tram ride up the mountain, and that I made him sleep on the floor the whole time he was there even though he hinted that he'd be more comfortable in bed. While at work used to have ongoing email conversations all day long, and when he asked me when we were going to get together, I'd say, "I'll be free whenever you are, but you're paying." I was always so jealous that his industry paid more than mine. Afterall, what good is a writer? He was always asking about my novel, and I lied to him and told him I was on page 300 and something even though I hadn't written anything at all. He was loving and caring and the most loyal friend I've ever had and probably will ever have in my whole life. Losing Paul has shown me how ungrateful I have been and how unworthy of his loyalty I was. It has also shown me how much I really loved and cared for him, something I never would have realized before. It's an unexplored type of feeling. Not really a pain, but more of a discomfort in the realization that life is so tangible and how do I stop crying as I sit here at my desk knowing that the date for the memorial service has been set and that I wont go to it and that my boss and The Assistant have not noticed I am crying as I look out my window and see the place where the WTC used to be and how I saw the whole thing happen from my window and how selfish and naive I was to think that fate wouldn't take my friend who I just spoke to on Friday.
Erica Grabelsky <>
New York, NY USA - Wednesday, September 26, 2001 at 07:34:44 (PDT)

Since I found out about this site, I've checked back daily to read the comments by Paul's friends and family, and by those people whose paths I also crossed while at Binghamton. It's taken me time to join you in finding the courage to write something here... It was only about a month ago when I was hanging out with Paul in Binghamton. I remember asking him if it were possible for him to stop smiling, merely to challenge that ever-present and charming grin. And for a second, he did. And the next second, that smile was right back where it had been. During the past couple weeks, I've consoled myself with the thought and the faith to believe that Paul is still smiling at all of us, and will continue to for as long as we walk upon the earth. I was blessed to know Paul and am so thankful that he shared moments of his life's energy and enthusiasm with me. I pray for his family and friends during this difficult time.
Charlotte Viscio <>
Buffalo, NY USA - Wednesday, September 26, 2001 at 05:46:35 (PDT)

I worked with Paul at Marsh for about 6 months. I still remember him throwing Candies from across the Desk during work hours, challenging me for a game of PING PONG and throwing jokes and mimicking others. He's the kind of guy you need around for fun. He had this tremendous ability to make people laugh. My heart goes out to Paul's family and friends. Its hard to believe that He is not there. You will always be remembered PAUL.
Teaneck, NJ USA - Tuesday, September 25, 2001 at 14:21:44 (PDT)

My heart goes out to all of Paul's friends and family...In the years that I knew him at Binghamton, he stands out as one of the most wonderful people I met there...Whenever he was around, I couldn't help but be happy. His presence, at WHRW, gigs, around campus, was always a blessing.
Lisa Schonberg <>
Olympia, WA USA - Tuesday, September 25, 2001 at 11:54:22 (PDT)

I knew Paul from my work in Student Government while at Binghamton. I saw his face on a poster in Union Square last week and my heart went out to his friends and family. Paul was always one of the "good guys" and I am honored to have had the opportunity to know him and share a portion of my life with him. God bless old friend.
Benjamin Greenzweig <>
New York, NY USA - Monday, September 24, 2001 at 13:03:41 (PDT)

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this terribly sad time in our nation and in the world. You have been a very close friend of our son, Justin, and were an ideal roommate and traveling companion. Justin always told us how he enjoyed living with you at Binghamton and travelling with you in Britain. He oftentimes told us how much energy and intelligence you had, and how you got more out of a day than anyone else he ever met. Our family will always hold you closely in our hearts and in our minds. May god bless you.
Cliff and Karen Blasberg <>
Valley Stream, NY USA - Monday, September 24, 2001 at 09:02:34 (PDT)

I knew Paul for less than five minutes. He was considerate enough to let me chat with an old friend and sharp enough to recognize me from Regis and Binghamton despite me being two years older. He made a strong impression of friendliness without intrusiveness. My condolences go out to his family and friends.
Vinod <>
New York, NY USA - Monday, September 24, 2001 at 07:41:25 (PDT)

Paul and those who love him: I am not sure if our paths ever crossed but I do know that your grandparents were very proud of you. We will remember you in prayer at our wedding. I first thought we should call off the reception but my family convinced me that we had to celebrate love...your love will continue, your cousin, Gerardine Luongo
Gerardine <>
USA - Sunday, September 23, 2001 at 17:06:47 (PDT)

My thoughts are with Paul and all those who know and love him.
liz ranzoni <>
USA - Sunday, September 23, 2001 at 16:49:41 (PDT)

Paul, Cousin Paul, Uncle Paul, Aunt Annette and all of the Battaglia family - I just found out about this web site today and want to convey my deepest sympathies with deep sorrow and grieving. Though I never met you I am your father's cousin, Paul Mark, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and I am sure you were a person of the highest caliber, knowing the rest of your family. My thoughts are with you all. Paul Mark Battaglia
Paul Mark Battaglia <>
Grand Rapids, MI USA - Sunday, September 23, 2001 at 15:01:55 (PDT)

I met Paul during my freshman year at NYU. My roommate, Brian Manning, was a good friend of his at Regis High School, and Paul would come visit Brian every now and then. Paul was a very funny and outgoing guy. He once sent me a hilarious prank email. I will keep Paul, his family, and his friends in my thoughts and prayers.
Bob Piatt <>
San Antonio, TX USA - Sunday, September 23, 2001 at 11:54:29 (PDT)

I don't know Paul, at least I don't think I do. Anyone as great as the person described by all of you, I'm sure I would remember. Jed Downey is one of my dearest friends, and, like Brendan Curtin, Jed has shared with me how wonderful Paul is. I have no comforting words, and no wisdom, either, but know that I'm praying for your friend Paul as if he were my friend, too. He sounds like a wonderful person.
Meg <>
Patchogue, NY USA - Sunday, September 23, 2001 at 11:27:34 (PDT)

After reading all of the messages in this guestbook, we feel like we know Paul better than we did. We remember watching him on BTV as the chaperone for the "win a date" contest. His warm humor really showed during the time he was on the air. His positivity is outstanding and and his character remarkable. We are so sad to here that this unexpected tradgedy has affected him. Our deepest thoughts and hopes are with Paul and his family. Love, Loren and Claudio
Loren C. Buonocore <>
Philadelphia, PA United States - Friday, September 21, 2001 at 20:10:56 (PDT)

pat aand frank catapano <>
brooklyn, ny USA - Friday, September 21, 2001 at 18:30:51 (PDT)

Paul, they tell us that you'll probably never get to read this; but your folks will. We are your Grandmother Annettes cousins and she and Paul will know that we are praying that wherever you are, you did your suffering on 9/11 and the merciful Lord will now hold you in loving peace. And for them, we pray and we believe that the compassionate Christ will bless and comfort them as he promised on the Mount. May God be with you.
Frank & Connie Femminella <>
Selkirk, NY USA - Friday, September 21, 2001 at 14:21:43 (PDT)

I know this might sound silly, I just wish that all of these well wishes could bring Paul back RIGHT NOW ... I am feel removed here in Binghamton, where I knew Paul and gre to love Paul --- but I'm still here and he's not. Please ...
Greg Levine <>
Binghamton, NY USA - Friday, September 21, 2001 at 11:35:38 (PDT)

As a former WHRW DJ who knew Paul when he was first an apprentice on the radio, then later as a full-fledged DJ in the Jazz department, I was deeply saddened to hear that he is still missing. My thoughts are with all of his family, friends, co-workers, and radio compatriots. He brought warmth and brightness to Binghamton, and we all will miss him dearly.
Seth Marcus <>
Washington, DC USA - Friday, September 21, 2001 at 10:30:42 (PDT)

To Paul's family may I offer my condolences. I looked at CNN's missing site and I found a namesake. I looked at the picture and that reminded me of a domain site. I brought that site up and it was Paul's, with pix from the Trade Centre. I didn't know Paul and we probably are not related but from reading the previous postings Paul must have been one of the 'good guys.' My prayers are with the Battaglia family and all that knew him.
Thomas Battaglia <>
Burlington, Ontario Canada - Friday, September 21, 2001 at 07:14:58 (PDT)

Dear Paul: We have the same surname. Today I saw the list of those still missing and I recognized your name instantly although we never met. Last year around this time I was trying to get a domain on the www using the Battaglia name and in so doing I was introduced to you. I am reading all the wonderful things that people have written about you in your guest. May you rest in peace. I pray for your family and for the all mourners of all lost in this senseless tragedy.
Donna Battaglia <>
Toronto, Ontario Canada - Friday, September 21, 2001 at 07:08:26 (PDT)

My son Andrew, went to Regis with you Paul. Where ever you are I hope you are at peace. My prayers are with you and your family.
Mary <>
USA - Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 23:28:49 (PDT)

I just got J.Browne's email...this has hit me a bit hard. After I read that message, I closed my eyes and remembered Paul coming to visit me at work (the infamous "Candy Store") and gloating to Seth & Jeremy as he clutched under his arm a free Daily News, NY Times, or Post that I gave him. We'd chat for awhile, eat some tootsie rolls and laugh a bit. He would then tease me and ask if I would date him, or Seth, or Jeremy, and asked why they had no girlfriends. Then I told Paul it was because he wasn't Jewish. He laughed at that one. Jesus, I wish I knew what to say...I'll miss you Paul. To the Battaglia family: Please know that I am thinking of you during this time. With so much love, Lori
Lori Matthews <>
St. Louis, MO USA - Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 15:06:38 (PDT)

My thoughts are with Paul's family and the entire Binghamton community.
Kate Mogulescu <>
USA - Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 13:00:15 (PDT)

I am a Marsh employee who just got to know Paul several months ago while working on a project together. My co-workers and I loved working with Paul. He is just amazing! I can‚t count the number of times we all commented on how great Paul is. Intelligent, professional, funny and genuine are only a handful of words that come to mind when I think of Paul. My life has truly been blessed by knowing Paul and I‚m willing to bet that the same is true for anyone who was lucky enough to cross paths with him. Paul, you are amazing!
Daniella Nabors <>
Brooklyn, NY USA - Thursday, September 20, 2001 at 10:13:37 (PDT)

I was just talking with one of my Binghamton alumni friends about last week's events and I was expressing how sad I was even though everybody in the building I knew got out. Then she told me that someone she knew from CIW Cayuga was still missing - I asked who, not thinking I would know the person. Then she told me about Paul. I met Paul in the SOM Honors Program in the Fall of 1996. I can still recall the energy and enthusiasm he displayed at the honors program meetings and at Toastmasters, our weekly public speaking club. We never hung out after class but we were very friendly at our weekly meetings. I remember us cracking jokes on each other, I remember him asking "What's up Leichman" EVERY time we passed each other during our 3 years of college together. I remember his great speeches at Toastmasters, his smile, and I remember admiring his brilliance. The last time I saw Paul was in March or April 2000. I was about to enter the subway station at Times Square when I heard "Hey Leichman!" I turned and there was Paul. We talked for a few minutes and said we should keep in touch before we departed and now that it what I am trying to do. Paul was and always will be a great person. He made the people around him feel better about themselves. Thank you Paul for being you - and most importantly, thank you for being my friend.
Brian D. Leichman <>
Brooklyn, NY USA - Wednesday, September 19, 2001 at 23:14:03 (PDT)

Just as I was being seduced into thinking that I had not lost anyone dear to me on Sept. 11, I received this terrible news. Paul was a rare breed of ambition, intelligence, humor, and selflessness. He was a joy to work with at WHRW, and a joy to spend time with as a friend. What a devastating loss this is for Paul's family and those who had the good fortune of getting to know and love him.
Brian J. Fischer <>
Cambridge, MA USA - Wednesday, September 19, 2001 at 21:54:28 (PDT)

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I miss you much. All of your old housemates from Orton are thinking and missing you!!
Brigid Davis <>
Northport, NY USA - Wednesday, September 19, 2001 at 21:41:53 (PDT)

Paul and I worked together during the summers he interned at Marsh. We continued to work on the same floor after he became a Marsh employee. Paul was one of the most amazing people I have ever met. He taught me so much about everything and I think he learned from me as well. Although, on the surface it may have appeared that we did not have alot in common as I am a single parent to two young children, we had so much fun together. Paul made me laugh all the time. He had the greatest sense of humor. We got so bored during one summer we searched Yahoo all day and sent out crazy responses to personal ads. He taught me how to use the Internet believe it or not. We ate lunch together, we laughed together all the time. Paul helped me pass my college finance mgmt class, he tutored me during lunch. I got an A and I was so thankful to him. Paul was genuine, real, beautiful, amazing, intelligent and caring. I especially admired how much he loved his family and how close he was to them. I love you Paul and will miss you always. Tonya.
LaTonya Drayton <>
Bronx, NY USA - Wednesday, September 19, 2001 at 18:42:42 (PDT)

We're thinking of you. Our prayers are with you.
West Hempstead, NY USA - Wednesday, September 19, 2001 at 11:47:07 (PDT)

I once asked Paul why it was that he never wore jeans. He told me it just wasn't his style. It was his style to have the utmost respect for everyone he came in contact with. Paul was made of a cut better than the rest of us. Wherever you are, our thoughts are with you and your family
Andrea Wolinetz <>
Boston, MA USA - Wednesday, September 19, 2001 at 10:40:22 (PDT)

I love you Paul....
Al <>
Washington, DC USA - Wednesday, September 19, 2001 at 08:06:38 (PDT)

I met Paul freshman year at Binghamton, and like everyone in SOM always liked and admired him. He was always fun to be around, and always genuinely nice to everyone. Walking through the halls Paul knew everyone and always made a point to say hi, how are you. He was a true leader of our class.....extremely intelligent, respected by professors and students. My thought and prayers continue to be with Paul's family and friends.
Dorit Zivyon <>
Hoboken, NJ USA - Tuesday, September 18, 2001 at 20:49:14 (PDT)

While I can't say that I knew Paul very well, I can say that he was truly a man for others. His dedication to Regis and his fellow Regians was inspiring. He left an unforgettable mark on all those he came into contact with, myself included. All of my prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time and I pray with all my heart for his safe return.
Christopher Camacho <>
Boston, MA USA - Tuesday, September 18, 2001 at 20:45:47 (PDT)

Paul, You will always be in my thoughts and in my prayers. You have touched and inspired so many people during your life. At Regis, you made me smile at times when I never thought it was possible. You gave so much of yourself. Thank you, always. with much love, forever...your friend, Michael
Michael Izquierdo <>
new York, ny USA - Tuesday, September 18, 2001 at 19:52:30 (PDT)

Like many of those writing in, I did not know Paul beyond a handful of encounters, but each time I was drawn to his smile, and each time I remarked to myself on his terrific energy. I can only imagine how lucky you all are to have known him well, and how fortunate he is, even now, to have your friendship. Perhaps only in his image and in memory, Paul has made me see the absolute importance of living a genuine life. Because anything else just wouldn't be solid enough to endure the agonies and the ecstasies that make our feet stumble and our hearts ache, in ways both good and bad, along the way. I send my prayers to all who knew Paul Battaglia.
Megan Casey <>
New York, NY USA - Tuesday, September 18, 2001 at 15:54:08 (PDT)

As pauls RA during his first year at binghamton university, i can honestly that his tremendous personality and sense of humor have made him one of my residents that i will never forget. Even though his first year at binghamton was my last, paul has made a lasting impression in my life. He and his family are in my prayers and thoughts during this tragic time.
jill frevola <>
nepean , ont canada - Tuesday, September 18, 2001 at 14:55:54 (PDT)

In what were some of my most special hours in the studios of WHRW, I would just like to reiterate what so many have already said in response to last night's show. Paul: You may never have known quite how much Brian loves you and how much you have impacted ALL of our lives. From The Gregger to you Paul - thanks for your support, your humor, your leadership, your reason to commit so much towards a goal ... you MADE WHRW an amazing place to be, and it is now :-) My most sincere thoughts and prayers go to you, the family of Paul J and here's to hoping that he is as safe as can be in these terrible times. Peace be with us all... Love, Greg Levine
Greg Levine <>
Binghamton, NY USA - Tuesday, September 18, 2001 at 06:26:11 (PDT)

Paul...your warm and super-friendly persona and awesome sense of humor made being in group projects with you fun and you being there is class with me was something to look forward to at Binghamton. I have always considered you one of the brightest people I have ever heart and thoughts go out to you and your family.
Roslyn Schoenbrun <>
New York, NY USA - Monday, September 17, 2001 at 21:07:21 (PDT)

My day totally changed today after one of my housemates in the Binghamton's Honors Program said, "Remember Paul Bat..." I said, "You mean Paul Battaglia, of course I remember him. He was a great guy." My housemate then told me of the article in todays newpaper regarding Paul. I do not know Paul very well, for I only had contact with him through the Honors Program my freshman and sophmore year. The first thing I noticed about Paul was I thought he had a distinct and funny voice. Thinking about it now makes me smile now. Paul helped the ENTIRE Honors Program and is one of the nicest, generous, helpful, and caring person I have ever met. I consider myself lucky for having known him and I know I am a better person because of it. On behalf of the Honors Program, all our prayers are with Paul's family and friends and we are hoping for the best.
Howie Daub <>
Lake Grove, NY USA - Monday, September 17, 2001 at 20:39:03 (PDT)

Paul, whenever I think of you I stop and smile sadly and think what a genius you were. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Michael Toth <>
Washington, DC USA - Monday, September 17, 2001 at 16:36:21 (PDT)

I was Paul's boss when he starting interning at Marsh, although I no longer work there. Paul was wise beyond his years. He was respected and sought out by everyone including those much his senior. When he was still in high school, people at treated him as a full-fledged adult member of the staff. He was fun to be with and helped me get through the period of mourning the loss of my mother. (We played Jazz ball alot and he taught me the tricks and technique. ) His family is doubly bereft since his mother's late cousin's husband, Harry Taback is also missing. Harry brought Paul to Marsh. I don't have children, but if I had a son, I would have wanted one just like Paul. I am missing him too much already. Paul's office (cube) would have been right in the area where the first plane crashed. I can only hope that he did not survive to suffer.
Jessica Schein <>
NY, NY USA - Monday, September 17, 2001 at 15:59:47 (PDT)

I can't even begin to express the pain that I feel having heard that Paul was a member of the WTC's working community. One of the first people that I met in orientation, a class-mate, group-member, and friend for my 4 years at binghamton. My prayers go out to you and all of your loved ones...The world is a different place now.
Evan Meyers <>
White Plains, NY USA - Monday, September 17, 2001 at 14:17:19 (PDT)

Paul, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Danny Habib <>
New York, NY USA - Monday, September 17, 2001 at 13:57:15 (PDT)

Paul worked for Marsh during his summer/winter breaks as an intern, and joined us full time about a year ago - I worked with him over much of that time, and he was a tremendous resource as a coworker. He was also and most importantly, as shown throughout this guestbook, a wonderful person and friend and relative. I planned that one day I could use him as a role model for my 2 sons(13&7), as a shining example of the best that GenX has to offer. Until final proof otherwise, I still pray that I will be able to do that. My prayers to his family and friends - we have all been privileged to know him. Glenn Trutner
Glenn Trutner <>
St. James, NY USA - Monday, September 17, 2001 at 13:16:18 (PDT)

Paul, I'm praying for you constantly; all of Regis is. No one brings out a smile like you do. You're an inspiration. I'll continue to pray for you and your family and hope to see you soon. -Shane
Shane Conway <>
NY, NY USA - Monday, September 17, 2001 at 11:18:27 (PDT)

I haven't been able to bring myself to sign this because I would much rather just close my eyes and pretend I don't have to. But Paul deserves better than that. He's gotta be the guy on the Palm Pilot in there, that's just who he is. I haven't given up hope yet, and signing this doesn't mean I am either. It means I just want to say, Paul, even though you won't let me play the Bumble Bee tuna song anymore, you were an amazing GM, and you are an amazing person. Come back home safely, so you can read all this and we can all have a group hug, ok? I've got a whole lot of people praying for you, and they don't normally pray, so don't let us down.
Priti Kataria <>
Valley Stream, NY USA - Monday, September 17, 2001 at 08:47:57 (PDT)

I did not know Paul say that I really only met him once or twice. But I know Jed Downey and for him to tell me what a tremendous person Paul was is enough to make me wish I did know him better. You all have a bond that is unbreakable. This tribute shows this strength. Know that even people who are not going through what you are pray for you daily so that you can keep that strength and continual support for each other. I can only guess that Paul loved you all more than you could ever imagine..which makes him so special to you. God Bless you all and know that an outsider prays for you and your families. Help each other out and remember everything about him whenever you get the chance. Celebrate the wonderful person he is! God Bless, Brendan Curtin
Brendan Curitn <>
Endwell, NY USA - Monday, September 17, 2001 at 08:06:19 (PDT)

Paul, I only found out that you were still missing yesterday morning and I pray that you are okay. I haven't stopped thinking about you and how you are one of the nicest people I ever met. You always seemed to have a smile on your face. My thoughts and prayers are with your and your family.
Paul Clark <>
Buffalo, NY USA - Monday, September 17, 2001 at 07:57:32 (PDT)

Words still can't describe how I've felt this past week. I have nothing but the greatest memories of the guy who led our family at WHRW for two great years, which contributed to what was my best experience at Binghamton. Paul was always supportive of me (even when i let the occassional expletive leak out)... and he and I were both freaked out by our first frat party experience (APD). All great memories. You will always be missed. Take care.
Dave Waxman <>
Plainview, NY USA - Monday, September 17, 2001 at 07:49:22 (PDT)

Paul, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless You All
Joe,Kathy,Kristie,Lauren & Jennifer Tavormina <>
Lindenhurst, NY USA - Monday, September 17, 2001 at 07:47:03 (PDT)

I miss your smile Paul, please let me see it again.
Kristin Fallon <>
Brooklyn, NY USA - Monday, September 17, 2001 at 06:52:05 (PDT)

Today's Press & Sun-Bulletin features a story on Paul -- it's online at ... Also, please join us tonight beginning at 7 p.m. on WHRW as Brian Napolitano and a host of others pay tribute to our dear friend Paul Battaglia.
Seth Mates <>
USA - Monday, September 17, 2001 at 05:16:42 (PDT)

Paul - I'd be lying if I said that you weren't one of my idols at WHRW. Your infectous smile, your easy going personality, your charismatic leadership; these qualities made for a GM all others can look up to. It seemed as if you cared for each one of us at the H, from the icons of the station right down to the greenest apprentice. You held all of us in your heart, and now we hold you just as close in ours. I must admit, I came in during your last year with us as GM, but as I printed up and hung a poster of you on our station door, I found my mind thinking of how you comandeered [sic] our station-wide meetings, of how much energy you seemed to possess, and even how you and Brian caught me in the hall to inform me I had made the e-board. Paul, none of us have a crystal ball to see the future, but you should know that as we station members (past and present) sit among the blinking red and yellow lights of CR-1, or on the "famous" couches in the lobby, we are clinging to a hope that you'll soon be in touch. All of my love, thoughts, and hope are with you. May Moe soon deliver you back to ALL of the people who love you. - Scott "C"
Scott "C" Fynboe <>
Binghamton, NY USA - Sunday, September 16, 2001 at 20:43:42 (PDT)

I remember when I first met you paul. It was through the radio. Yours was the first show I ever listened to on WHRW. And you and Adam Schechter pulled all the strings to make me, then a 15 year old high school student, a station member. When you were on the air on that snowy January or February night, you told a story about your red BMW. You said it was stuck in a ditch. So you went to get your friends white toyota to pull your car out of the ditch. I later asked you about that maybe 4 months later. You said, "Oh yeah! That was great. I made it all up!". You always had a story Paul. Thanks for keeping me company on that snowy, winter, night.
Nicholas Venti <>
Binghamton, NY USA - Sunday, September 16, 2001 at 20:19:40 (PDT)

My sincerest thanks to those of you who have expressed so much love for Paul. You should all know how much comfort you have provided to many people in the wake of this occasion. I realize how truly blessed I was to have him in my life. Paul has been like a second brother to me over the course of these last couple of years. I want to let you all know that I will be doing a tribute show on WHRW Binghamton to Paul tomorrow night (Monday, 9/17/01) scheduled from 7 until 10 pm, although I expect to be there much longer. I hope that all of you would feel free to call in with any story, anecdote, or anything that you would like to say about this most wonderful man. The website is located at and is equipped with a real audio feed. The phone number at the station is 607-777-2137. Thank you for all of your support. Brian Napolitano
Brian Napolitano <>
Endicott, NY USA - Sunday, September 16, 2001 at 20:08:18 (PDT)

Paul, you were among my first thoughts when I learned what happened. Traveling the world only maximizes the impact of hometown tragedy becuse from afar limited information is available. You have a world of loving family and friends that I never knew about. Thank you, my man, for keeping me in your circle. Thanks for sharing yourself and being my pal. Much love, Jeff.
Jeff "Fraggle" Friedman <>
Auckland, New Zealand - Sunday, September 16, 2001 at 19:08:59 (PDT)

Paul, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Hoping for a safe return. Marc
Marc Shapiro <>
New York, NY USA - Sunday, September 16, 2001 at 18:12:03 (PDT)

Paul, you and your family are in our thoughts and our prayers. Love, Cousins Barb, Stuart, Michaela and Patrick
barbara shaw <>
pottstown, pa USA - Sunday, September 16, 2001 at 16:33:38 (PDT)

Paul -- I know in my heart and in my soul that all of the information that I told the Press reporter about you is as true as can be. I just hope that you can hear what I told him -- how impressive a leader you were as GM; How understanding you were when I came out to you and you learned what it was like to have a gay friend; How you brought WHRW together like had never seemed to happen before; you led us into the new technology at the station, and you sure soured into that night, early in February 1999 when your body clock said that 24-hours in a row of being around THESE CRAZY PEOPLE was too much, and you should have seen the look on your face ... I really hope to be able to reminisce these memories with you again, Paul J .. Love, Greg
Greg Levine <>
Binghamton, NY USA - Sunday, September 16, 2001 at 16:16:53 (PDT)

Dear, dear, Paul: To all those whose lives you have reached, may God be ever so close and may your guardian angel show you the way home. love your cousins, Mary, Tom, Rosemary and Paul
Mary Tavormina Cook c/o Suzanne <>
Martinez, CA USA - Sunday, September 16, 2001 at 15:52:51 (PDT)

My thoughts and prayers to the Battaglia family. I know Paul from Binghamton. He is one of the good guys, one of the world's special people. I pray for his safe return.
Corey Fehnel <>
Boston, MA USA - Sunday, September 16, 2001 at 14:30:24 (PDT)

Paul - You are an inspiration. Your smile always makes me smile. Your humor always makes me laugh. Your enthusiasm for life is contagious. That's why I know that you are okay wherever you might be. Know that I am praying for you and your family. Your friend, Brian Lennon
Brian Lennon <>
Yonkers, NY USA - Sunday, September 16, 2001 at 14:23:06 (PDT)

Paul, my thoughts and prayers, and the thoughts and prayers of everyone who you touched at Regis are with you.
David Palladino <>
Bronx, NY USA - Sunday, September 16, 2001 at 12:15:21 (PDT)

MY thoughts and prayers are with the Battaglia family...god bless.
SI, NY USA - Sunday, September 16, 2001 at 12:11:51 (PDT)

Paul I am your father's cousin and I remember you as a young boy. You are just slightly older than my son John. Our prayers are with all of you and your Grandma and Grandpa and all of your family. My heart is aching for all of you and the tears keep coming. Candlelight prayer vigils are being held all around Canada for you and everyone who was with you Tuesday. God bless you forever, Cousin Jane Rose, Brad, John, Kevin & Nicholas
Cousins Jane & Brad Austin, John, Kevin & Nicholas <>
Ontario, Canada - Sunday, September 16, 2001 at 11:59:21 (PDT)

God bless you and your family during these very trying times. Our thoughs and prayers are with you and everyone who has been touched by you.
Aunt Rose, Uncle Santo & Cousin Paula & Terry <>
Massapequa, Long Island, NY USA - Sunday, September 16, 2001 at 11:05:22 (PDT)

Mark Scudder announced on what should have been just another Mad Trivia Party last Tuesday evening that you were still unaccounted for. My guts are still in a knot, not knowing whether or not you're all right. Wasn't it only yesterday that you authorized getting a CD burner for our new digital studio in CR2, that you handed me a 20-pack of blank CDs so that I could get started re- mastering our reel-to-reel tape archives? I'll always remember you as the friendliest and most pro-active general manager in the 20-odd years that I've been at WHRW. I'm praying for you right along with everyone else who ever knew or loved you.
Doctor Bartlemania <>
Binghamton, NY USA - Sunday, September 16, 2001 at 10:04:36 (PDT)

Paul, we don't really know eachother, yet we are related. I am your second cousin. Your dad is my first cousin. We are praying for you, your dad, your mom and for the family. May God bless you and your family and hold you close. Love, cousin Frannie and Jim
Cousin Fran and Jim <>
Lindenhurst, NY USA - Sunday, September 16, 2001 at 09:46:43 (PDT)

Paul, Not a second goes by that you are not on our minds,we are all praying for your safe return... Love,Uncle Kenneth, Aunt Liz, Kenneth II & Melissa
Uncle Kenneth, Aunt Liz, Kenneth II, & Melissa <>
staten island, ny USA - Sunday, September 16, 2001 at 08:43:39 (PDT)

Paul, You are in the thoughts and prayers of every former Regis and Genesis alum, especially those of us who got the whole seven year experience. I'm not quite sure what else to say here... We are all hoping for the best.
Charlie O'Donnell <>
New York, NY USA - Saturday, September 15, 2001 at 21:18:01 (PDT)

to Paul: it's your smile that I remember best about you; a certain glow that gave, my soul, a great deal of comfort. I know you're alive and kicking because that's the only Paul I know and the one so many people love.... much luv to you kid.... NAF
NAF <>
brooklyn, NY USA - Saturday, September 15, 2001 at 20:24:56 (PDT)

Dear Paul. I am your father's Aunt Jan's sister. Your father and I shared an unforgettable ride on the Cyclone together. I have a son who also graduated college in 2000. You may have graduated with his friend, Michael Eisenstein. I know that you will be back so that we can all meet.
Caryn Schlesinger <>
Syosset, ny USA - Saturday, September 15, 2001 at 19:20:15 (PDT)

To all of Paul's family and especially my dear cousin Annette. My heart is aching so much and my days are filled with prayers. I can't find the words to tell you how much I care for all of you. I keep asking God to give us all the strength and courage to face this horrific time in our lives. Much love and many prayers.....Lucille
Lucille Luongo <
USA - Saturday, September 15, 2001 at 18:05:39 (PDT)

Dear Paul, Thank you for being my friend. For enriching my life like no other. For always having a smile and a joke. I love your enthusiasm for life. I love your quick wit and sparkling personality. You always have words that comfort and a sleeve to wipe my tears on. You have arms that encircle me in a hug, just when I need it most, and even when I don‚t. I love that you are thoughtful and generous. You accept me for who I am. You make me feel good about myself. I love that you make me laugh. I love that you laugh with me. I love that you can walk into a room full of strangers and walk out with 50 new friends. I love that you always have an entertaining story or a humorous quip. I love the way you cherish your family and way you embrace your friends. Thank you for all you have done. Thank you for affecting my life in such a remarkable way. When I look back, I see that I am the lucky one. You have made me a better person. Thank you for being my friend.
Pamela R Weiner <>
Kingston, NY USA - Saturday, September 15, 2001 at 17:44:17 (PDT)

Paul, we were devastated at the news of this tragedy. We want you to know that we are praying for you and that we are so proud of you and all you have accomplished. We will always love you, Grandma and Grandpa Battaglia
Grandma and Grandpa Battaglia <>
Brooklyn, NY USA - Saturday, September 15, 2001 at 16:46:04 (PDT)

Paul - You knew me before I even met you. I have never forgotten how friendly you are. My thoughts and prayers bring you back to your family.
Janan Abed <>
Baldwin, NY USA - Saturday, September 15, 2001 at 16:10:49 (PDT)

Paul, it was an honor to get to know you at Binghamton. I'm hoping for your safe return and my prayers go out to you and your family...
Seth Eichenholtz <>
Syracuse, NY USA - Saturday, September 15, 2001 at 16:08:44 (PDT)

Paul, we had our differences, but I truly hope you are allright. When you get out, I'd like to buy you a beer sometime. My thoughts are with you.
Kevin Dedes <>
Rochester, NY USA - Saturday, September 15, 2001 at 14:21:52 (PDT)

To the Battaglia Family: The Midyette Family would like you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this tragic and terrible time. We hope and pray for a SAFE return for Paul! God Bless!!!!!!
Wil Midyette (Bigdaddy Wil) <>
Binghamton, NY USA - Saturday, September 15, 2001 at 14:09:17 (PDT)

To Paul's parents Elaine & Paul Aunt Tannie and I send you our love and prayers. Paul was a beautiful young man. when I met him at Annette & Pauls anniversary, I was so impressed with the gentleness, his sense of humor, his affection for his two younger brothrs and for his Grandmothr & Grandfather. I have notifed the Femminella family (Grandma Elizabeth's) and all send their prayers and concern for all of you. May the good Lord keep all of you in the palm of his hand. Our concern and prayers are for all of you. God Bless Marie
Marie & AuntTannie Cardiello <>
bklyn, ny USA - Saturday, September 15, 2001 at 14:07:20 (PDT)

Paul and Battaglia family: I just wanted to let you know that you are in all of our thoughts and prayers.
Justin Skaferowsky <>
Glendale, NY USA - Saturday, September 15, 2001 at 13:49:17 (PDT)

Our hearts go out to your family,so glad that we meet him last summer even though we known him for a short time. Be strong. He will be in our prayers. Our Love, Jo, Kenny, Robyn, Cori, and Tracee.
Ng Family
USA - Saturday, September 15, 2001 at 10:58:35 (PDT)

I went to Binghamton with Paul. He was a good man and was always a person you would want to be around. I ran the tv station when he ran the radio station and he was always there to help BTV out. I know that he will be found alive and well.
Eugene Lehnert <>
Brooklyn, NY USA - Saturday, September 15, 2001 at 10:16:50 (PDT)

Paul, you are in our prayers. Still hoping for some good news - Uncle Bernie, Aunt Jan, Steven & Andrea
Bernard laBarbara <>
Babylon, NY USA - Saturday, September 15, 2001 at 10:05:24 (PDT)

Paul- I love you. I miss you. I will never forget you. -BJ
BJ Manning <>
New York, NY USA - Saturday, September 15, 2001 at 09:34:46 (PDT)

Dear Paul and the Battaglia family, I just want to express to everyone to not give up hope. I knew Paul, I worked with him at Marsh over the summer of 1999, and I also was a fellow student at Binghamton U. I got to know Paul pretty well that summer, and I hope and pray that he will be alright. God Bless.
William Wang <>
Elmhurst, NY USA - Saturday, September 15, 2001 at 09:32:15 (PDT)

Thinking and praying for you and your family...
Sarah Hasenbein <>
Albany, NY USA - Saturday, September 15, 2001 at 09:21:08 (PDT)

I don't think words can express what any of us are feeling right now. Paul, we know you're out there somewhere. Don't give up hope. I refuse to believe that anything so unimaginable could happen to someone like Paul.
Nicole Blonder <>
Brooklyn, NY USA - Saturday, September 15, 2001 at 05:35:00 (PDT)

We love you Paul. We're praying for you continually. Aunt Joyce Uncle Ted, Chris Jus and Jes
Joyce Coletti <>
SI, NY USA - Friday, September 14, 2001 at 19:46:36 (PDT)

Paul, Just wanted to let you and your family know that you are in my thoughts and prayers every day. I hope to see you soon. Love, your cousin, Lisa
Lisa Cadigan <>
Odenton, MD USA - Friday, September 14, 2001 at 19:07:15 (PDT)

I'm only sorry it took me this long to write my message of love and everlonging conversations again with Paul J ... To you and your extended family & friends -- Let us continue to pray and wish for only the very best -- FOR one of only the best, Paul.
Greg Levine <>
Binghamton, NY USA - Friday, September 14, 2001 at 18:53:49 (PDT)

Paul, Our thoughts and prayers are with you constantly. We love you and pray for your safe return.
Uncle Peter & Aunt Iris <>
Merrick, NY USA - Friday, September 14, 2001 at 18:14:39 (PDT)

Paul, We are all praying for you and are hopeful that you will be home soon. All our love, your cousins Claire, Leandra, and Skylar
Claire Cordiano <>
NJ USA - Friday, September 14, 2001 at 17:43:03 (PDT)

Paul, I haven't seen you in years but Doug recently told me the news. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.May God bless you and bring you home!
Allison Beesley <>
Wilmington, NC USA - Friday, September 14, 2001 at 17:29:31 (PDT)

Paul, even tho you don't know me (I'm your grandmother's cousin), I just want you to know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray to God that they find you alive and well. God bless you and watch over you.
Roe Marchese <>
Madison, NJ USA - Friday, September 14, 2001 at 17:28:20 (PDT)

Paul, There are so many people that love you and pray that you are safe. Your cousin, Karen
Karen <>
NJ USA - Friday, September 14, 2001 at 17:27:49 (PDT)

Paul, even tho you don't know me (I'm your grandmother's cousin), I just want you to know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray to God that they find you alive and well. God bless you and watch over you.
Roe Marchese <>
Madison, NJ USA - Friday, September 14, 2001 at 17:27:17 (PDT)

Paul, All of us from Binghamton University are thinking of you. Our hearts are with you and your family.
Jenni Katz <>
New York, NY USA - Friday, September 14, 2001 at 16:54:43 (PDT)

Paul, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May ours be the noble heart strong to endure daring though skies be dark and roadways unsure May ours be the heroes' part ready to do We are your sons fair Regis our spirit is from you
John Sullivan <>
Richmond, VA USA - Friday, September 14, 2001 at 16:02:50 (PDT)

Paul, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May ours be the noble heart strong to endure daring though skies be dark and roadways unsure May ours be the heroes' part ready to do We are your sons fair Regis our spirit is from you
John Sullivan <>
Richmond, VA USA - Friday, September 14, 2001 at 16:02:00 (PDT)

Paul, you are a beautiful person, and have been in in my thoughts and prayers, as well as those of many others. I hope that you are safe, and will be home soon - so many people are waiting for you. Love, Randi
Randi Rosenstein <>
Atlanta, GA USA - Friday, September 14, 2001 at 13:41:14 (PDT)

Paul, I'm thinking of you often and praying for you. God bless you man, you're beautiful. With love and respect, -Jason
Jason Isaac <>
New Orleans, LA USA - Friday, September 14, 2001 at 13:29:09 (PDT)

Paul - thinking of you and praying for you and your family. Fran Hornick, College-in-the-Woods Office, Bing. University
Fran Hornick, CIW Office, BU <>
Binghamton, Ny USA - Friday, September 14, 2001 at 12:26:34 (PDT)

Paul, my prayers are with you and your family, if anyone has any information please contact me.
Michael Bondar <>
Brooklyn/ Binghamton, NY USA - Friday, September 14, 2001 at 11:57:25 (PDT)

Paul, I'm trying to stay positive, and think only about what a wonderful person you are and all the things I've always loved and admired about you. You and your family are in my heart and in my thoughts.
Yifat Kafkafi <>
NY, NY USA - Friday, September 14, 2001 at 11:41:46 (PDT)

Paul, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Karen DiPaola <>
New York, NY USA - Friday, September 14, 2001 at 10:50:36 (PDT)

Paul, Our prayers are with you. We are thinking of you often and hoping that you are doing well. Cousins Rich and Patty Capaldo (Pennsylvania)
Richard Capaldo <>
Royersford, PA USA - Friday, September 14, 2001 at 10:24:39 (PDT)

dear paul, I hope and pray that you are okay, and I will continue to stay are in my prayers, my thoughts, and my heart. Sincerely, Chris Biscuiti
chris biscuiti <>
Binghamton, NY USA - Friday, September 14, 2001 at 10:15:26 (PDT)

Paul, You are constantly on my mind. Thinking of you often and hoping that where-ever you are you are doing well!
Cousin John <>
Harrisonburg, VA USA - Friday, September 14, 2001 at 09:34:41 (PDT)

I went to Genesis jr. high with Paul and just found out from a friend that went to Regis about this situation. We are praying for you, Paul. Battaglia family, stay strong.
Nancy Condon <>
Harrisonburg, VA USA - Friday, September 14, 2001 at 07:33:51 (PDT)

My prayers are with you Paul. I hope that you are safe and just can not get to a phone. Myheart goes out to your family in this time of waiting
Mara <>
Syracuse, NY USA - Friday, September 14, 2001 at 04:40:51 (PDT)

I practice your name so that one day I can shake your hand and say welcome back. I hold onto memories. My prayers go out to you and your family. God Bless You.
Felix Russo <>
Long Beach, NY USA - Thursday, September 13, 2001 at 21:54:17 (PDT)

Dear Paul, You and your family are in all of my thoughts and prayers. We are all going to make it through this together.
Kerry Kantin <>
Washington, DC USA - Thursday, September 13, 2001 at 21:51:55 (PDT)

There's a posting on at 10:30 tonight of a Paul Battaglia in critical condition at NYU Medical Center. I placed a phone call to NYU Medical Center at around 11 tonight, and they had no such listing. At this time, I do NOT believe the listing to be accurate, although we pray that we are wrong. Please keep in mind that has been cited as being VERY unreliable -- in fact, the woman at NYU Medical Center said that they have been trying to shut it down. However, we are following through on this in every which way, and we hope to know whether the listing has any validity in the near future. We have already contacted Paul's family to let them know; again, please do NOT contact them. We will pass along any information as we get it. If you'd like to contact NYU Medical Center yourself, the number is 212-263-7300. Please keep Paul in your thoughts and prayers.
Seth Mates <>
USA - Thursday, September 13, 2001 at 20:28:27 (PDT)

Paul, Paul we wait and pray for you and mom, dad, and the rest of our familia. This a wonderful website and a tribute to you and your talents. We wait and pray. GOD BLESS. Elaine, Joe, Gab, Lu and Frank
Your cousins from Mahopac, NY <>
Mahopac, NY USA - Thursday, September 13, 2001 at 19:07:18 (PDT)

To Paul and Paul's Family: Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. May God see you through this and may He bless you.
Scotty K. - WHRW Binghamton D.J.
Endicott, NY USA - Thursday, September 13, 2001 at 18:48:09 (PDT)

even though i dont know you paul,i hope that you return home safe and unharmed. and that you can go on and live great life. good luck
melissa <>
vestal, ny USA - Thursday, September 13, 2001 at 18:00:01 (PDT)

Paul, I hope to g-d everday that you are alive and well. You have many people that care so much about you and no matter where you are, you are in all of our thoughts. I love you my 2nd "brother"
michelle finiasz <>
woodmere, ny USA - Thursday, September 13, 2001 at 17:15:24 (PDT)

For the first time in my life I am speechless. Paul, its an understatement to say that my thoughts are with you with every passing moment.
Jeremy Klaff <>
Plainview, NY USA - Thursday, September 13, 2001 at 16:44:03 (PDT)

Paul, aka the original Student Leader of the Year, we're just counting down until the moment when you broadcast to the world that you're alright, and it's going to be the best damn broadcast this world has ever heard. My ears are wide open.
David Berkowitz <>
New York, NY USA - Thursday, September 13, 2001 at 16:20:51 (PDT)

We have set up an information site at with the latest on the situation. Also on the site, we have a contact list for many of Paul's family and friends, so we can keep in touch with each other during this horrifying time. The site will be moving to later this week, once we get the paperwork done with the registration service. I hope everyone is staying positive, and keeping Paul in their prayers.
Seth Mates <>
USA - Thursday, September 13, 2001 at 15:54:03 (PDT)

To the best (and only) station manager I knew at WHRW, me and Emily hope you and your family are safe and well. You are, and always will remain in our thoughts.
Jeffrey Balcom <>
Troy, Ny USA - Thursday, September 13, 2001 at 15:49:21 (PDT)

My heart's with you man..
Josh Dick <>
Queens, NY USA - Thursday, September 13, 2001 at 14:17:28 (PDT)

Our Prayers are with you buddy!
Todd Cellini <>
Binghamton, NY USA - Thursday, September 13, 2001 at 13:52:03 (PDT)

Paul, Everyone is praying for you. I hope you are alright, and can get home quick. We are all worried about you. This is a horrendous ordeal, but we are keeping positive thoughts in our mind that you will come through with few scars. All your cousins are praying for you and wish you the best. With Much Love, Aunt Betty
Aunt Betty <>
Hicksville, NY USA - Thursday, September 13, 2001 at 13:28:55 (PDT)

Paul, You are in my thoughts and we are all pulling for you. I don't know what I would do at Christmas and other gatherings without you there to talk with. Where-ever you are my heart and thoughts are with you.
John <>
Harrisonburg, VA USA - Thursday, September 13, 2001 at 10:59:55 (PDT)

Buddy, you're gonna make it. All my best wishes to your family.
Niraj Patel <>
Roslyn Heights, NY USA - Thursday, September 13, 2001 at 10:47:40 (PDT)

Hi everyone, I established an open Yahoo Groups for the friends and family of Paul to share information and thoughts. To subscribe, please send an email to: or email me and I will add you. We will establish a contact person with Paul's family to update the Yahoo groups about any learned information. Please keep Paul in your thoughts and prayers.
Erin Browne <>
Washington, DC USA - Thursday, September 13, 2001 at 10:18:07 (PDT)

Paul, you are in our thoughts and prayers here in Binghamton and at WHRW.
Mike Styne <>
Binghamton, NY USA - Thursday, September 13, 2001 at 09:28:47 (PDT)

Paul, Adam and I love you and our thoughts and prayers are with you day and night. Come home safe.
Kristi Russo <>
NY USA - Thursday, September 13, 2001 at 09:05:42 (PDT)

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Paul. God bless. -Seth
Seth Siditsky <>
Canandaigua, NY USA - Thursday, September 13, 2001 at 08:15:43 (PDT)

We have just heard from the NY Times and Police Department sources that there are people possibly alive at the bottom of the WTC....I hope that you are one of them. We are praying for you and for your safe rescue. Love, Aunt Carol
Aunt Carol <>
Ramsey, NJ USA - Thursday, September 13, 2001 at 07:45:39 (PDT)

Paul - God bless you, wherever you are.... thinking of you. - Matt
Matt Biscuiti <>
Massapequa, NY USA - Thursday, September 13, 2001 at 07:38:43 (PDT)

Paul...I am still praying for you and your family. I can't believe that we spoke the night before and now all of this...Please, if anyone hears any more news, post it b/c I do not want to keep calling his family...I love you Paul
Dana DiPaola <>
Ny, Ny USA - Thursday, September 13, 2001 at 05:22:49 (PDT)

G'day Paul! We're really worried about you down here in Australia. We hope you are ok and our thoughts are with you and your family.
Damian Wines <>
Melbourne, Victoria AUSTRALIA - Thursday, September 13, 2001 at 02:02:48 (PDT)

Paul, last I heard from you was just last hoping you're okay... Warwick, Greg, Damien are all thinking about you... hoping you're okay... your mate, Oliviax
Olivia Susai <>
Perth, WA Australia - Thursday, September 13, 2001 at 01:11:21 (PDT)

Paul, we are praying for you and hoping deeply for your safe return.
Fr. Jim Kuntz, S.J. <>
Sacramento, CA USA - Wednesday, September 12, 2001 at 22:35:59 (PDT)

Paul, I am praying for you. Please if anyone knows anything, please let us all know. We are all so worried.
Adam Weinstein <>
USA - Wednesday, September 12, 2001 at 22:26:41 (PDT)

Paul, our prayers are with you and your family, and we all hope you are ok!!!! Tina Prout, Binghamton Class of 1998
Tina Prout <>
Memphis , TN USA - Wednesday, September 12, 2001 at 22:06:50 (PDT)

Just to let everyone know, I spoke to Paul's family today and they still have not heard any news. Please keep praying for Paul. Also, if you are a colleague of Paul's and had any contact with him on Tuesday, please call the Red Cross ASAP and provide them with any and all information. If anyone has any information, please let us all know. We love you Paul.
Erin Browne <>
Washington, DC USA - Wednesday, September 12, 2001 at 19:55:22 (PDT)

Just to let everyone know, there was a "Paul Battaglia" admitted to Beth Israel Hospital (not Bellevue) yesterday, but they said he checked out in the early afternoon. Further investigating by myself and many others lead us to believe that this is not our Paul Battaglia, but another. I also just spoke to someone at Bellevue Hospital, and there was no Paul Battaglia on their list. Please keep praying for our dear friend.
Seth Mates <>
USA - Wednesday, September 12, 2001 at 19:32:34 (PDT)

Paul - my thoughts are with you and i hope to hear soon that you are safe.
suz <>
albany, ny USA - Wednesday, September 12, 2001 at 19:25:09 (PDT)

Paul -- We hope and pray that you are okay. Know that our thoughts are with you in this terrible time. -- Jared & Laura
Jared & Laura Mroz <>
Rockville Centre, NY USA - Wednesday, September 12, 2001 at 17:37:35 (PDT)

Paul... I hope that you are ok. dava said that your name is on a list at Bellvue Hospital and I found your name on a website of people were checking in and their condition... yours said ok (it was posted about 45 minutes ago) the site is
Meaghan L <>
Kingston, NH USA - Wednesday, September 12, 2001 at 15:41:50 (PDT)

Paul, I hope to god that you are ok. You are my brother and always will be. Andy
Andrew Finiasz <>
binghamton, ny USA - Wednesday, September 12, 2001 at 10:14:29 (PDT)

Paul, we're really worried about you down here at the good old H. Please let us know you're alright.
Nicholas E. Venti <>
Binghamton, NY USA - Tuesday, September 11, 2001 at 20:35:33 (PDT)

Paul, where are you? Are you okay? I have been trying to get in touch with you. If anyone reads this message and has any information or contact/phone information on Paul, please email me ASAP.
Erin <>
Washington, DC USA - Tuesday, September 11, 2001 at 10:47:56 (PDT)

Hey Paul are you alright? You weren't in there were you?
Fluffhead <>
Binghamton, NY USA - Tuesday, September 11, 2001 at 10:14:16 (PDT)

Paul, update your site. I'm bored.
The Waza <>
Binghamton, NY USA - Saturday, June 30, 2001 at 05:25:52 (PDT)

I love this site. It's my home page. Although, there are no pictures of an express bed on the page, which is what I typed into the search engine to get here. I had fun anyway, guess I'll have to look elsewhere to get a camping mattress.
Greg Maddalena <>
Coram, NY USA - Tuesday, February 13, 2001 at 17:33:32 (PST)

Really creepy. I look so damn red in all those photos. I never knew you had been back to Europe since the war. Let the ladies know I'm o'so cute and soon to be employed. We'll swap war stories the next time I'm in town. Peace and warm biscuits. Jon
Jon <>
Binghamton, USA - Thursday, February 08, 2001 at 12:27:16 (PST)

It's kind of creepy; same name, and from your pictures we could be brothers.
Paul Battaglia <>
Denver, Co USA - Thursday, February 08, 2001 at 11:24:36 (PST)

Well Paul that was one hell of an impressive web page, I only wish I had a camera when you were on that jet ski. The only thing we missed were the group shots there sure were some classics, feel free to e-mail when you update the file or have any more of that american pie porn. Gary
Gary Wright <>
gold coast, Qld Aussie aussie aussie - Saturday, January 20, 2001 at 05:25:59 (PST)

G,day mate how they hang'in. loose and full of juice, just a quick note to say hi, Hope to catch up on the net some time, my bro's e-mail address if you want to send me any real good stuff you get off the net as he loves junk mail. Cheers .Greg take care ...bye Aussie boys..
Greg,Bruce Harwood <>
Melbourne, Australia - Saturday, January 13, 2001 at 16:24:51 (PST)

Paul- Just wanted to say that the "Brown Sugar" girls miss you, dogs. You know you need some Flan-Boyant and DJ Jules in your life
Flannery aka flan-boyant <>
USA - Friday, December 08, 2000 at 16:02:36 (PST)

Paul, you put my website to shame. damn you! let me know when you're coming back to binghamton and we'll toss back some suds like the old days. peace out, homeslice styne
Styne <>
Binghamton, NY USA - Friday, November 10, 2000 at 00:04:59 (PST)

amezing site, make sure you email me when you going public
Andrzej Wegrzyn <>
brooklyn, NY USA - Tuesday, November 07, 2000 at 08:33:30 (PST)

USA - Sunday, November 05, 2000 at 13:15:15 (PST)

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dd, USA - Sunday, November 05, 2000 at 13:14:54 (PST)