StoryCorps

'They Thought I Was Dead': A 9/11 Survivor Recalls His Escape

Sep 11, 2018
Jud Esty-Kendall/StoryCorps

Joe Dittmar was on the 105th floor of the World Trade Center's South Tower on Sept. 11, 2001. He recounts what happened that morning in a StoryCorps interview last year in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Lynne and Greg Houston met 25 years ago, when Greg placed an order over the phone for some lunch. Lynne was working at a restaurant in Buffalo, N.Y. Greg was working across the street — as a mortician at a funeral home.

"The door was unlocked, so I came in with meatballs marinara, and you were doing some kind of autopsy or something. And I remember I just stood there staring at you in your white gown with blood all over it," says Lynne, 55.

Greg didn't think anything of it. But Lynne sure did.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

As StoryCorps continues its visit to Buffalo, some area college students are using it as a learning tool. WBFO's senior reporter talked to Villa Maria College students studying digital media to learn how the StoryCorps programming is influencing their studies.  


Habiba Mohamed was born in a refugee camp in Kenya to parents from Somalia. She nows lives in Buffalo and is excited to record her family's story at the StoryCorps Buffalo mobile tour stop. Mohamed was among a studio full of people who attended a special StoryCorps listening event Thursday night at WNED|WBFO.

Eileen Elibol / WNED|WBFO

A traveling project that has collected tens of thousands of stories by everyday people has rolled into Buffalo. StoryCorps's mobile studio is now parked at Canalside and, for the next month, will be welcoming local people from all walks of life to share their stories.


Chris Caya / WBFO News

America’s largest oral history project has set up at Canalside and will transform the downtown waterfront into the region's storytelling capital over the next month.