Harry Goody III

Harry Goody III
World Trade Center

Mountain Bikes and Sci-Fi

Rain or shine, Saturdays were always the same for Harry Goody III. He would wake up early, break out a can of wax for his silver and chrome mountain bike, then take his favorite ride, through the streets of Coney Island all the way to Prospect Park.

For Mr. Goody, 50, few things were sweeter, except perhaps sitting in front of the television watching the Sci-Fi Channel for hours at a time, his way of shedding the stress that came with working in the state's tax and finance office on the 86th floor of 2 World Trade Center. The addiction was one so intense that Mr. Goody's three children nicknamed him "Sci-Fi Man" and told jokes about his penchant for buying science fiction-themed gadgets — the pen he loved because he could use it standing upside down just like the astronauts, or the Superman ring he wore nearly every day.

"If love could bring him back," said Mr. Goody's daughter, Alexis, 24, "then just from the way we felt and from what his friends, neighbors, work mates, have told us, then my daddy would be right here watching `Star Trek' and shining his bike."

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on September 27, 2001.

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