This is the video of my 20th anniversary speech about losing Susanne onboard TWA Flight 800 – the Boeing 747 that exploded offshore Long Island on it’s way from JFK to Paris, France.
It’s a remembrance for her, a tribute to the crew, an appeal for the truth, and my experience with survivor’s guilt and grief that pushed me to first write a novel, and then to stop hiding behind fiction and write a memoir.
Included in these 55 minutes are Susanne’s last recorded words, snippets of TWA 800’s final communication with Air Traffic Control, and some of my earliest original companion-song lyrics performed by special guest musicians.
I prepped for a year for this speech, and completed the Toastmasters C.C. Manual while leading up to this emotional explanation of the deepest part of me.