The September 11 tragedy still lingers in our minds, just like the pungent smoke rising from the ruins in Lower Manhattan. As a nation, we are trying to move forward, to heal the deep wounds to our psyche that were inflicted by the terrorist attacks. But a day does not go by without some reminder of how Sept. 11 has affected our lives.In the aftermath of the attack, we learned that the husband of the person who is responsible for putting these words on this page-a New York firefighter-was missing. For two days, she did not hear from her husband and feared that he had been killed. Miraculously, he did turn up- exhausted but safe. Still recovering from the shock, she found the energy and determination to return to work and finish production on our October issue.

But our joy was short-lived. Gary E. Lasko, who was a member of Insurance Networking's board of advisors, was killed in the terrorist attack. Gary had been on our board since September 1998, and was managing director of technology and information services for Marsh Inc., which had offices on floors 93 to 100 at One World Trade Center. We offer our condolences to Gary's family, friends and co-workers.

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