Friendships shouldn’t begin and end in tragedy, but for Michael Ricardi and college buddy James Gahan IV, indeed, there was precious time to bond between the fiery bookends of their relationship.
A recently minted freshman at Nichols College in Dudley, Ricardi had walked into the dining hall on a clear, warm Tuesday morning when he was stopped by another student who recognized the T-shirt Ricardi was wearing.
It was Poison’s “Power to the People” tour T-shirt from 2000 that grabbed Gahan, stopped Ricardi in his tracks and led to an amicable breakfast between the freshmen who discussed their love of hair metal bands from the 1980s.
About 20 minutes later, on Sept. 11, 2001, the first plane struck the World Trade Center.
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