April 3, 2011

Steve Solloway: Giving thanks so many years after the loss

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Lizotte's outrage came through in his story.

"The next day we read your article covering the game I remember taking a special note of your name and burned it into my brain. You validated our thoughts, our effort and in a lot of ways, our sense of who we were in spite of what the scoreboard read at the end of the game For that, I wanted to thank you.

Lowe graduated from Union College and works in advertising in New York City. Now 43, he has a wife and two young children and lives in a New Jersey suburb. On Sept. 11, 2001, he was in his office in Manhattan when the planes flew into the World Trade Center. One childhood friend escaped from the 83rd floor just before that tower crumbled. Another was outside, across from the towers at One Liberty Plaza when the second plane hit. He turned and ran.

The three got together to write about their lives before and after that day. It's a screenplay. During the writing, Lowe remembered the basketball game and Tom Lizotte, and began his search to deliver his thank you.

Oak Grove-Coburn closed in the late 1980s and is now the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. Lowe plans to return to Maine for the first time since his graduation for an all-class reunion in the summer of 2012.

He'll come back with a lighter heart.

Staff Writer Steve Solloway can be contacted at 791-6412 or at:

ssolloway@pressherald.com

 

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