A Queen of E-Mail
Tara Y. Hobbs was crowned the "e-mail queen" by her friends. "She kept in touch with everybody -- everybody from middle school, high school, college, work, social life -- through e-mail," said her sister Sherian Hobbs. "She was always planning get-togethers."
And some of her best friends were her brothers and sisters. As the youngest of five children growing up on Long Island, Tara Hobbs was very close to Sherian, the oldest. "When Tara was 8 and I was 16, I took her with me on my dates," Sherian said. "The three of us ate ice creams and walked around in the neighborhood. She smiled a lot, never got into the way, and we didn't mind having her."
When Tara became an adult, she and her sister still belonged to a threesome, but the third person was new: Tara's boyfriend, Paul Lalanne, with whom she lived in Brooklyn. The three planned to open an office for Primerica, an insurance company under Citigroup. The week before the disaster, Tara, 31, who worked in the insurance branch of Aon, received her license to sell health and life insurance. She and Paul were planning to marry next year.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 25, 2001.