Helping the Future Arrive
John E. Bulaga Jr. and his wife, Michelle, were three days away from closing on their first house, in Haskell, N.J, when the World Trade Center was attacked. Mrs. Bulaga bought the house a few weeks later.
She will move into it soon with their two daughters, Rhiannon, who is 6, and the baby, Alannah, who is not quite 6 months old.
"It's hard to think of what the future is going to hold," she said. "We had these plans, and now I have to make new plans or a different version of those plans."
But, she said, John, 35, would have wanted her and the girls to go on with their lives, in their new home only minutes from where he and his wife grew up. Looking to the future is what he was all about.
Mr. Bulaga was a network engineer with eSpeed, a subsidiary of Cantor Fitzgerald. Since he was a boy watching the original "Star Trek" series, he has loved technology and all its implications for changing the world, his wife said.
"He always wanted to have a hand in that, in helping the future to arrive," she said. "He was so happy that he could do that."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 1, 2001.