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    Dear Marilynn and David, thanks for the start of a great site, we will have great success with this because it is powered by “GOD”, what could anyone want more than “Angels, Aliens and Guitars”

  3. Brenda Bunker says:

    Marilynn, you are just such an awesomely talented lady!!!!!!!! I told dad with the cover that you have designed, if I were somebody who came across this book, I could care less what was even in it, I would just want it to set as a conversation piece on my coffee table!!!!! This is so beautiful and awesome and amazing and all that and more!!! Good work!

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  5. World Trade center experience 9-11-2001

    September 11th, 2001 is a date my family will have embedded in their minds forever. Only an act of “God” kept my Daughter and husband John from being in the twin towers that fateful morning on September 11th, 2001. The story follows. This story is taken from the book “Angels, Aliens and Guitars”

    Flying to New York City, September 11th, 2001
    In 2001, my Touch Guitar was being featured in a book written by Paul J. Smith titled “Objects for Use, Handmade by Design.” To help celebrate the opening of a six-month museum exhibit of the book at the American Crafts Museum in New York City, Paul asked me to entertain in Manhattan on September 11th, 12th and 13th of 2001. The museum is not very far away from the World Trade Center. No one could have known what we would face as we landed in New Jersey the morning of September 11th, 2001.
    Two months earlier, my daughter Teresa had booked tickets for us to fly out of Seattle on Continental Airlines at 9:58 pm on the evening of September 10th and arrive in New York at 6:00 AM on September 11th. When we arrived at the airport in Seattle the lady at the ticket counter looked at the tickets and said we weren’t scheduled to fly until the next day. Teresa explained that she booked the tickets two months ago and that I had to set up my equipment the next morning in Manhattan for the show that was opening that day. We were surprised and relieved when she looked again at the tickets again and said they had been written wrong. Unfortunately, the plane was full. She then found us three seats on a Northwest Airlines flight that would stop over in Detroit and arrive at 8:05 am on September 11 at Newark International Airport.
    This is an occasion when divine intervention really showed its beautiful face. Teresa and her husband, John, had planned to immediately travel to the World Trade Center upon arrival and later meet me at the American Crafts Museum where I would be setting up. If not for the airline’s mistake, Teresa and John would have been in the World Trade Center waiting for a tour of the buildings when the planes crashed into it.
    Our Northwest Airlines flight arrived in Newark at 8:05 AM just minutes after United Flight #93 took off to its tragic end in a Pennsylvania field. The New York skyline was a beautiful picture as our plane circled over the World Trade Center buildings to make our final approach to the Newark airport. After our landing we were held on the runway for several minutes as the captain announced that there was a problem and that it would be a few minutes before we could disembark the plane. At 8:40 AM, while traveling on a tram from the baggage area to the car rental area, we once again admired the beautiful World Trade Center and the skyline of New York. As we drove out of the Avis car rental lot we were told by the attendant that one of the World Trade Center towers had been hit by an airplane. As we left the airport we looked in absolute disbelief at the burning tower. The next time we could see the towers we saw a plume of smoke and fire rise from the second tower as the second plane flew into it. I’m glad we didn’t see that plane hit the building. I think it would have been just too much.
    When we reached our hotel overlooking the Manhattan skyline it was a very tragic and sad view. People we talked to were just numb in disbelief. Many were openly crying. When the first tower crumbled, Manhattan was obscured with dust and smoke and no longer visible across the water. Again we gave thanks to our God for seeing that Teresa and John were not in the World Trade Center that fateful morning.
    The next two days were spent trying to have our car rental contract changed so that we could get out of town. All air traffic had been grounded and estimates were that it would be at least five days before anyone could fly again. Even then, there was no guarantee that we could get on a flight. After Teresa had argued as long as she thought was reasonable with the car people, she told them to go to hell we would take the car across the country to Seattle. She told Teresa, it will be very costly to you, Teresa’s said, I don’t care, we want to get out of here; and we did. We were unable to get out of town on Tuesday or Wednesday because of closed roads but on the morning of the 13th we started our drive back across America with lots of time to contemplate the horrible tragedy that had just hit our wonderful country.
    What an interesting trip that was. Everyplace we stopped, whether for the night at a motel or at a restaurant to eat, everyone was not only talking about the tragedy, they also were making new friends with people they had never known before but had teamed up with to make their journey home.
    Five days later, after a stop in Nevada, we were back home in Seattle. The next day when John and I returned the car to Avis at the airport we were expecting to have a large argument over the car. When we handed the contract to the attendant she said they were not going to charge us for the cross-country difference. We just had to pay what our original contract stated for local use of the car in New York. We were very relieved and grateful. She said that Avis had over 40,000 cars misplaced because of the tragedy and would not be charging anyone extra. Thus concluded a journey that we will remember for the rest of our lives.

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