An Office With a View
Michael G. Jacobs had been taking his four children to the World Trade Center since 1983, for visits to his office and for special occasions, like seeing the renovated Statue of Liberty or viewing the parade for the Olympics in 1984.
"We have pictures of all of that," said his oldest son, Michael Brady, 27. "It always fascinated me how high up we were."
Their father was an accountant, working as vice president for tax operations at Fiduciary Trust, with an office on the 90th floor of 2 World Trade Center. But Mr. Jacobs, 54, was interested in much more than the arcane laws of withholdings and deductibles. At home in Danbury, Conn., where he was born and raised, he was rebuilding a Volkswagen bug and learning to play the bagpipes. And he had a wry sense of humor, Mr. Brady recalled. "I'd ask him, 'How's the World Trade Center today?' because I used to love going up there, and he'd say: 'It's still here. Still here.' "
"He loved history so much," his son said. "Now he's a part of world history. I think he would like that, that his name is going to be remembered forever because he was a part of this."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 11, 2001.