Sunset Hog in the Rain
Eddie Vanacore had a smile that made everyone around him happy. He was also the youngest of six, and he learned early to be persistent in getting what he wanted. "He was a pain in the neck," said his brother John, the next oldest in the family.
There was the time when Eddie Vanacore was 5 or 6, and the family went to Amish country in Pennsylvania. They happened to drive past a place that sold minibikes, and for the rest of the trip Eddie repeated, "I want a minibike," over and over again.
"He was a great kid," said John Vanacore.
His persistence helped him go far, and won him a job as a stock analyst for Fiduciary Trust International on the 94th floor of 2 World Trade Center.
And eventually, Eddie Vanacore, 29, got the bike of his dreams, a sunset orange Harley-Davidson. He would ride it through rain and snow from Jersey City, where he lived, to see his girlfriend in Albany. Sometimes, "he would just get on it for a couple of hours and head out into the sunset," his brother remembered. Their parents worried about it. "They figured if he was going to get killed, that was how," his brother said.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 18, 2001.