For Artie Van Why, 9/11 is not just a chapter in our country’s history books. For him, 9/11 is when his life, as he knew it, was indelibly changed forever. Artie wasn’t watching the events unfold on TV; as most of America, and the world, were that morning. He was in New York; standing on Church Street before the World Trade Center.
As a 9/11 eyewitness, Artie has pledged to share his story of that fateful morning as a Playwright, an Author and a Speaker. As Artie’s speaking engagements increase, he is becoming known for his captivating narrative; which moves his audiences into grasping the events of that morning as if they were right there beside him.
And as a 9/11 survivor, Artie shares the struggles one faces after experiencing a tragedy or trauma; which, unfortunately, no one is immune from. There are no easy answers but the one thing Artie passes on is that grieving takes as long as it takes. There is no timetable.
Since 2003 Artie has shared his story with a variety of schools, groups and organizations.
Artie first began telling his story in a one man play he wrote and performed; That Day In September
After leaving New York, Artie adapted his play into a memoir in 2006.