Fred was initially a friend of a friend who later became my friend and he was also a fellow equity trader. We both lived in NYC, got married at almost the same time and had similar career paths. My wife was pregnant as well and due right around the same time as Mindy. He was such a good guy and I miss him. I know he would be so proud of his family and all they have done to honor him and the life he lived. Miss ya buddy.
Windy and I were childhood friends from camp so this site has special meaning to me. I met Freddy while I stayed with them (for a week) during their freshman year at cornell while I was a senior in HS visiting potential schools. It was an obvious memorable week for me being introduced to the Cornell/Baco clan, many of whom I came to know better during my years at Michigan and beyond. It still freaks me out to think about the events of 9/11, and I often think of Freddy as he was so full of life - his entire being was a complete contradiction to this tragedy. My thoughts go out to FTB's family and friends as his memory will always be with us. Mike, I agree with Freddy - it's about time you got this site up!! Well Done! Best, Doug
I just wanted to post a quick note to say happy birthday to FRB and to let him know that we are all still thinking about him daily. Love and miss you buddy.
The last time I saw Fredric was when he was a baby. While I have lost touch with Howard and Leslie throughout the years, when I heard Fredric's name read during the 9/11 Memorial three years ago my heart stopped. I waited to hear the reading of the names the following year and contacted one of Howard's relatives to confirm. Eversince that time, Fredric has been on my mind but I haven't had the courage to contact Howard and Leslie. This is my way of letting them know that I have said many prayers and shed many tears for Fredric.
The website is fantastic. I love viewing the photos. Looking at them makes me laugh. When I think of Fred, pictures of Mindy, Alexis, Jolie, Leslie, Howard and his friends quickly follow, and those images leave that hollow sadness for their loss. This website reminded me just how funny Fred was. Thank you. My love to you all, Dawn
Unfortunately, I never had the chance to meet Freddy. But this site is overflowing with his memory, and radiates life and love in such a way that I am left with the feeling that I know his beautiful spirit. He is obviously much loved, and has planted his own seeds of love that continue to blossom and send light in the direction of many people. Howard -- I hold him and your family in my heart. Margaret
What a great idea! We had a wonderful time browsing through the website. Everyone who knew Fred has great memories. Loving thoughts and prayers to all of Fred's family. Love, Lois and Mike
This is a wonderful website, a nice tribute to a great guy. I knew Fred and Jolie growing up in Dellwood Park. They were both great kids. Their parents really did an outstanding job!! To Fred's family: my heart goes out to you, and I too lost my sister Laurie in 1987. It's so hard to lose someone, but we will be reunited on the other side. What a special moment that will be! Take care, Jim Gifford
Dear Howard and Leslie What a wonderful tribute you have put together for your "baby" (as we each used to refer to our sons, even when they were grown up !). My thoughts are with you both as you think about your beloved Fred, especially on this very sad anniversary day Love Fiona
Freddy kept two cases of very fine juice under his bed at Baco, and even in 110 degree heat i still would be scared to take one. Respect the BUG. Miss him dearly.
Sending lots of love to Mindy, Alexis, Leslie, Howard and Jolie -- on this day and always. Looking at all of the photos this morning - with Fred in my heart - really made me smile. Great job, Michael and everyone involved! Love and miss you, Fred - especially that laugh! LG
outstanding site. great job. the pictures are very hard to look at today but a perfect reminder of how much freddy loved life and how much fun we had with him...
Unbelievable job on the site. The photos are incredible and shows the love that Da Bug had for his family and friends. Im glad im one of them. We all love and miss you Freddie!
This site is incredible.. nice job windy and all those involved. Why is Nagel in all of the Cornell pictures.. probably b/c kappa sig much cooler than phi sig delt sig..(x manoff). Yes, JP'ers that was a nice shot of Freddie's super thin glasses and my svelt content..clearly a top
What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful guy.Our love to all the Gablers.
What a wonderful remembrance. I teach 2nd grade. Every year, 9/11 gets harder because my students are too young to remember the day. Today, after our usual 9/11 activities (coloring flags, singing patriot songs, observing a moment of silence), I opened up this website on our classroom computer. I shared Fred's story with my students and then we all looked at his pictures. For a group of 6, 7, and 8 year old children in Poughkeepsie, Fred was their "face of 9/11". Thank you for making it available.
What a marvelous web-site that all of you created about Fred. He touched everyone that he knew and met. Thanks so much to Leslie, Howard, Jolie, Mindy and Alexis for keeping Fred's memory alive. Nice seeing all of the New City gang and the gang from Cornell. Love Nancy
It's been a long day with many emotions, but I'm comforted by the time spent with so many of the people that loved this kid today and hope that this website, this Fund, and all of our collective love will be a lasting legacy for Alexis to enjoy as she grows even more beautiful and curious about her old man. I hope that sometime soon, I can get her to laugh at the photo in the Misc. FRB gallery with him pointing to the plumbers crack on the little kid on his dad's shoulders, as to me, that's Freddy. I hope the site can continue to flourish, like the fund has and will last for many many years with all of our support.