New Yorkers with Brainerd area connections have been in the minds of many area residents since the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center towers.
Tom Schmid, a Broadway singer and dancer, reported via e-mail that he is safe in his upper Manhattan apartment, located about six miles north of the attack site.
"I have received a fair amount of e-mail from friends and relatives concerning my safety," he wrote, "so, I thought I would send out a group e-mail to let folks know how I am."
The actor is a Brainerd native and graduate of Brainerd High School.
"It's a bit surreal, because in my neighborhood many stores are still open and there is no smoke or dust in the air," he wrote. "I went to the Red Cross to give blood, but they were too busy! Even New Yorkers can be great people.
"The numbing part of this whole event is the fact that I was going to go down to the World Trade Center at 11 a.m. today (Tuesday) to buy a ticket to a Broadway show," he added. "Around 10:30 I went to a restaurant and had breakfast. It was almost like any other morning!
"Afterwards, I went to the bank to get some extra cash, and then I bought some groceries and water. Now I am staying home," he said.
Denise Flemming, a New York actress who appeared on a Central Lakes College stage in early May, has not responded to urgent calls and e-mail messages.
She lives in the neighborhood near the World Trade Center and works during the day at the Millennium Hilton, which sits close to the towers. Media reports indicate the hotel was damaged when the towers collapsed.
Flemming came to Brainerd in early May to deliver her one-woman show "Winterkill" to audiences assembled for the Crossing Arts Alliance's daylong celebration at the college.
A Dispatch reporter received a frantic call late Tuesday night from a Flemming friend who lives in Brooklyn. His efforts to reach the actress throughout the day had not been rewarded with a response.
The friend called for the telephone number of Flemming's parents, who live in Chicago. The reporter had interviewed Flemming by telephone during her post-performance visit to her parents' home.
The friend hoped that Flemming had touched base with her family in the aftermath of the attack.
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