Always a Free Spirit
As Liam Colhoun's career took off, reaching a position as a manager of options operations at Bank of America Securities, he had to part with some of the trappings of what his parents called his free spirit. He relegated his leather motorcycle jacket to weekend wear, trimmed his auburn hair, pocketed his earring.
But on the elevator ride down from the 81st floor of the World Trade Center, he would slip the stainless steel hoop back into his ear, and the free spirit would resurface.
At home in Flushing, Queens, Mr. Colhoun, 34, would crank up the Beatles or heavy metal and dance wildly around the house, flailing his arms and cracking up his wife, Helen, and their daughter, Brigid, who turns 6 on Sept. 18. Then it would be bath time for Brigid; Mr. Colhoun would wear an eye patch and play pirate.
On weekends there were water gun battles, pillow fights and photography outings. Mr. Colhoun would take his camera, and Brigid would take hers, a Fisher-Price starter camera her father had given her.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on September 10, 2002.