Work on `Amazing Things'
Friends and family knew that Brady Kay Howell was excited to be a presidential management intern, but he was thrilled when he was assigned to a civilian post for the chief of naval intelligence this year.
Mr. Howell, 26, a native of Sugar City, Idaho, went home at night bragging about all the "amazing things" he had worked on, his wife of five years, Elizabeth, said. Then he would tease her, saying he couldn't tell her about any of it because it was classified.
"I don't think anyone enjoyed their work — there were 14 of us — as much as Brady," said Aaron Otto, a friend and fellow intern.
Mr. Howell, an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "was the kind of guy who would go across town to pick up a Star Wars action figure, because he knew that someone in his family collected that sort of thing," Mr. Otto said.
While planning a trip home to Idaho recently, Mr. Howell joked with friends that upon his return he would provide his Beltway buddies with original Idaho potatoes.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 12, 2001.
Like a kid with a new toy, Brady Kay Howell, a 26-year-old Idaho native, had a dream job as a management intern for the chief of naval intelligence. Navy officials earlier this week identified the body of Howell, who was working at the Pentagon at the time of the attack.
"He loved every minute of his work there," said his wife, Liz. "He would come home at night and say, 'I got to work on the most amazing things today.' Then he would tease me by saying, `But I can't tell you about any of it. It's classified.'"
Before working for the Navy, Howell received a master's degree in public administration from Syracuse University. He was a political science major from Utah State University. And he was an active Mormon, having served as a missionary and later as a primary teacher.
Howell was passionate about enjoying life, said Tim Stewart, a family friend. "He loved to work with children. He liked movies like `Star Wars' and he had a Nintendo 64. He was a kid at heart."
Profile courtesy of THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE.