Oral History of Flight 93 on 9-11
Woman compiles oral history of Flight 93. Kathie Shaffer is 6 months into a 2-year project, and has interviewed 80 people so far. She expects to interview around 200. She’s interviewed first responders, Somerset County residents, and family members of Flight 93 passengers.
She said she tries to complete one interview every day.
“This is all like some gigantic puzzle,” Shaffer said. “It’s very rewarding.”
[Clergyman] Way, however, worries what emotional effect they could have on Shaffer.
“Somewhat, day to day, Kathie relives Sept. 11, 2001, through the life of somebody else,” Way said.
Kathie Shaffer interviewed me via telephone for the Flight 93 Oral History Project. I am grateful to her for giving me the opportunity to talk about my boyfriend Rich who was a passenger on that flight. I was her first phone interview for the project, and she expressed concern that I was alone for the process. I assured her that I had friends meeting me immediately afterward. She conducted the interview with a perfect blend of professionalism and warm compassion.