September 11 witness to give public reading at Gettysburg College

Thomas Flynn will read his historic poem "Bikeman" at Gettysburg College on Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Breidenbaugh Hall's Joseph Theater, located at the intersection of West Lincoln Avenue and North Washington Street.

Flynn rode his bike to the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 to cover the first tower's attack and transitioned from reporter to witness as the south tower began to fall. The poem, modeled after Dante's Inferno, describes his personal experiences throughout the tragedy. The reading is free and open to the public.

Flynn is a retired television producer and writer who has received six Emmy Awards and the Peabody Award. He is a founding member of "48 Hours" and has produced "60 Minutes" and the "CBS Evening News."

This event is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Eisenhower Institute, and the Johnson Center for Creative Teaching and Learning.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Tracey Dukert, assistant director of news content, 717.337.6521

Posted: Wed, 19 Oct 2011

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