Mordicai Gerstein, award-winning children’s author and illustrator, who wrote “The Man Who Walked Between the Towers” dies at 83

Mordicai Gerstein, who wrote the Caldecott Medal-winning children’s book The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, has died at the age of 83, reports Emily Langer for the Washington Post.

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers tells the story of Philippe Petit’s 1974 tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers.

Mr. Gerstein told Publishers Weekly, “I didn’t want to just tell the story of the walk — I wanted the book to be the walk between cardboard covers,” quoted him as saying. “I wanted this book to cause real vertigo, to put the reader, child or adult — and of course myself — on the wire.”

Though he did not begin his children’s book career until his 40s, Gerstein wrote and illustrated more than 40 books.

Describing The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, Mr. Gerstein once told the Boston Globe, “It’s almost a fairy tale. It’s a way to restore the towers to children whose only image of them is on fire. It shows them in another context — how big they were, and the space between them. I resurrect them in the mind.”

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Gallup – Americans equally worried about mass shooting and terrorism

A recent Gallup poll asked about Americans’ level of worry about becoming victims of a mass shooting or becoming victims of a terrorist attack. Results indicate that Americans are equally worried about both eventualities, though less than 20% said they were “very worried”.

In overall survey results, 46% of adults polled are “very” or “somewhat” worried about being a victim of terrorism, and 45% are similarly apprehensive about a mass shooting, while simultaneously, 55% of adults polled said they were “not too” or “not at all” worried that they or a family member would be a victim of a mass shooting, while 52% feel the same lack of concern about terrorist attacks, reports Gallup’s Megan Brenan.

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NYPD officers killed by 9/11 illnesses honored in Battery Park

On Friday, the names of 47 NYPD officers who have died from World Trade Center-related illnesses were added to the black walls of the NYPD Fallen Heroes Memorial in Lower Manhattan, reported Kevin Fasick and Daniel Cassady for the NY Post.

Patrick Lynch, the president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, told the mourners attending, “Sometimes you look at this wall, you realize there are black slates to the right and to the left, and then you think about why. They’re blank because they’re leaving them open for the names that are going to come in the future.”

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