Historical Notes Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, native Marianne Simone lived in Great Kills, Staten Island. Her funny stories and stunts reminded relatives of the antics on television’s I Love Lucy. A mother of three, Marianne planned to retire in 2003 and move closer to her grandchildren. On September 11, she was on the North Tower’s 101st floor at Cantor Fitzgerald, where she was a communications specialist. She was 62 years old.
Curator's Comment When a terrorist bomb exploded in the parking garage of the World Trade Center on February 26, 1993, Marianne Liquori Simone evacuated from her Cantor Fitzgerald office high in the North Tower. The bombing killed six people and injured hundreds more. Hours later, she emerged safely onto the wintry streets of lower Manhattan.
Simone decided to purchase this headband for herself shortly after the bombing. If another incident were to threaten the Twin Towers, she reasoned, her head would be warm. Her children have reflected that the stylish headband suited their mother’s gregarious nature and belief in dressing well to go to work. On September 11, 2001, Simone was in her office on the 101st floor of the North Tower. She had only recently returned to work from a disability leave. Having logged 18 years as a communications specialist at Cantor Fitzgerald, she intended to retire in 2003. Simone had planned to sell her home on Staten Island and relocate to Manalapan, New Jersey to be closer to her extended family. The day before the disaster, Simone relayed the good news to one of her daughters that she had been spared from an upcoming round of layoffs. This was the last contact any of Simone’s family had with her. HIDE