Christoffer Carstanjen

Turners Falls, Massachusetts


Turners Falls, Massachusetts


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Christoffer Carstanjen, 33, a victim on Flight 175, was a computer research specialist for the University of Massachusetts, a trained chef, a fan of English country dancing, and a motorcycle enthusiast who built his own house with friends.

One of his nicknames was "Mr. Wonderful."

His uncle, Jan Carstanjen, said his nephew moved through life with a certain joy, relishing the chance to try new things. Christoffer Carstanjen, who lived in Turner Falls, Mass., was headed to California on vacation when his plane hit the World Trade Center.

"He was kind-hearted," his uncle said. "We're going to miss him very much."
Profile courtesy of THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE.

'Mr. Wonderful'
Humorist. Gardener. Motorcycle enthusiast. Philosopher. That is how Christoffer M. Carstanjen liked to be known. His nickname for himself was "Mr. Wonderful" and the line he most identified with was from the filmmaker Federico Fellini: "There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life."

These and other statements he posted on his personal Web site (www-unix.oit.

"Listen and surround yourself with positive people," advised Mr. Carstanjen, who worked in the technology office at the University of Massachusetts. The proud owner of a 1998 Honda PC800, Mr. Carstanjen, 34, was aboard United Airlines Flight 175 en route to join other bikers for a ride up the California coast.

His to-do list for the future: "Build another home. More schooling in the evenings. (Never stop learning!) Start a college or a learning/living center for elders. Build that boat, then another one! Learn to sail."

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Snowball, St. Pete, 1999

Snowball, St. Pete, 1999

I met Chris dancing at the Guiding Star Grange in Greenfield, Massachusetts. His exuberance was infectious. I moved to North Carolina in 1995 to help lead a learning/living center for elders, something he would have loved. In January, 1999 I was at Snowball, a dance weekend in St. Petersburg, Florida, and there he was! He rode his PC800 from New England to Florida in the middle of winter. In these photos, he's the cool guy in the cap, holding a beer and his hand of cards, living life to...

Thinking of you on the 20th anniversary of your passing. It still doesn´t seem possible that this happened to you. I will always remember your humor and the talks we had while working in the IT Dept. at NMH. Peace, friend.

Remembering Christoffer on the 20th anniversary of 9/11....

Rest in peace, Mr. Wonderful.

I was walking at the WTC Memorial today and saw a beautiful white flower over Christoffer's name. I never knew him, but took a pic of the flower and made it my profile pic. Later, I googled him and found he was a cool guy and motorcyclist, as am I (motorcyclist, not exactly cool!). They say 'never forget' so Happy Birthday Mr. Wonderful!

We remember him. Christoffer is not forgotten.

Never forget!

Miss you!