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Jan Jan wrote on December 4, 2001 at 12:00 am
Hey there my little Laurence! I can't tell you how many times I have thought about you these past few months. My commuter ferry from N.J. (can you believe I live in N.J. now - ugh!) comes in at Wall Street every morning and every evening and I can't help but look up to where the twin towers stood and think of you each time! After attending your beautiful and extremely moving memorial, I found this poem and thought it would be perfect for you, your friends and family -hope you like it, here goes: Death Is Nothing At All/Henry Scott Holland/ (1847-1918) Death is nothing at all, I have only slipped away into the next room. I am I and you are you: Whatever we were to each other that we are still. Call me by my own familiar name, Speak to me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference into your tone; Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed At all the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word it always was. Let it be spoken without effect, Without the ghost of a shadow on it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was; There is absolutely unbroken continuity. What is death but a negligable accident; Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am waiting for you, for an interval, Somewhere very near, just around the corner. All is well...xoxo, Janny
Saul Rosenthal Saul Rosenthal from New York wrote on December 4, 2001 at 12:00 am
LP, In case you didn't see it, here is the piece that the NY Times printed on you on Dec. 2: Laurence Michael Polatsch: No Date, but a Good Story Laurence Michael Polatsch, an equities trader at Cantor Fitzgerald, hardly lacked for chutzpah, and may just have raised the meaning of the word to a new level. He was a free spirit who was able to talk his way into companies' holiday parties at Manhattan hotels year after year. Forget the pride he felt at having successfully crashed the Plaza Hotel wedding of Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. He truly met his Everest on the day he was browsing at a magazine store in downtown Manhattan and the actress Julia Roberts stopped by. Mr. Polatsch said hi, then asked her out 'for dinner or a cup of coffee,' recalled his mother, Linda. The actress paused, then declined รข?? but made a point of thanking him. A few months later, in an 'Entertainment Tonight' interview, Ms. Roberts wondered over the airwaves why she did not go out with that guy who tried to pick her up by the magazines. Mr. Polatsch called the show, which then broadcast him re-enacting his proposition at the same store. Remembering the incident in the current issue of Esquire magazine, Ms. Roberts recalled that 'there was a certain charm to his chutzpah.' Many of those who attended Mr. Polatsch's memorial celebration in Woodbury, on Long Island, where he grew up, told the story about the big date with the movie star that was not to be, and many others. 'He was charismatic and fun-loving,' his mother said, 'and made everyone feel terrific.' All the best, Saul
MOM MOM wrote on December 3, 2001 at 12:00 am
My precious Laurence,I miss you so much. I feel like a piece of my heart is missing. I kiss your picture good morning and good night every day. I miss your calls, the comforting sound of your voice. I miss laughing with you, our long talks, and our private dinners. I want you to know that you are with me every moment of every day. I read your funny roast from my birthday party very often. On Thanksgiving I tied your pocket handkerchief that you wore to my party (with your new outfit) to my chair so that you would be with us at the table. I know I shouldn't say it but I need to know that your'e ok. I love you so much -INFINITY. Thank you for the beautiful roses that you and Danny sent to me on my birthday. It made me so happy and yet so sad at the same time. I'm giving you a big tight hug and kiss. It's hard for me to write but I want to do it. I love you forever and ever. MOM
pete kaufman pete kaufman from boca raton, fl wrote on December 3, 2001 at 12:00 am
LP- I just got back from Sarasota for Fry's wedding. Can you believe he's married? Remember all those times me and Fry would meet you at Luna Park on Thursday's for drinks? I miss those times so much. I spent the weekend with Danny and all the Syosset boys and I just wanted you to know how much we all miss you and think about you every day. Kauf
steven berman steven berman from steven wrote on December 3, 2001 at 12:00 am
LP: Everyone has there own special nickname for you and an assortment of loving and special memories that we shared with you. I called you 'the professor' because in many ways sharing time with you was a lesson in how to live life. Your balance and strength were calming, your original sense of humor and wit was second to none and like everyone else here, i really enjoyed our time together and know that having that pleasure made me a better person. You imparted on me a gift that seems to be a common theme from all who miss you and grieve your loss. Thank you so much for that and for having made this world a much better place for so many while you were part of it. I miss you LP. Steven
Rebecca Satten Rebecca Satten from Rebecca wrote on December 3, 2001 at 12:00 am
Larry, I have come to this site numerous times just to see your smiling face. Although we only met this summer in the Hamptons house, I think of how much fun I had with you. Larry, remember how excited we were on the porch that day when you found out that Betsy and I grew up together and how I knew what Millie's Place was. Remember the first night in the house when you and Adam showed up and everyone was watching American Pie and I was in the kitchen baking the apple pie and I made you and Adam see if it was done. Larry, remember the Sprite situation at the Deli (we couldn't stop laughing at that one). I remember Saturday mornings over the summer looking outside to see if your car was in its special spot, that was how I knew that you and Adam were there. Your aviator Peoples glasses or the haircut, both in which you knew I was such a fan of. I have bumped into Adam a few times recently and he has made me smile. LP, please know that you are greatly missed and when I think of you a huge smile comes to my face.
Keith Duffy Keith Duffy from Keith & Maria @ AIG, Clare Duffy wrote on December 3, 2001 at 12:00 am
LP - Words cannot express how much we miss you here at AIG. I think the only person who I spoke to more in the last 3 years is Maria and Clare. From your morning call with every detail in the world to the 25-30 times a day you would call with news, order flow or just to chat- We just miss that line ringing. I really miss when you would call us on our direct line with soemthing to tell us, and then 2 minutes later the #'s 212 938-5090 show up as an incoming call and it would be you trying to tell another account something but you hit us by mistake. I will never forget the 1st time we met - the Reade St. Pub, which is about 2 blocks north of Chambers. We just sat there and drank and drank and drank, and I wound up being about an hour late for dinner I had scheduled. We had the best time and I felt as if we'd been old friends who hadn't seen in a long time. I will never forget the Springsteen concert at MSG - we had the best time, and you were drinking absolut and diet coke's. To Maria and I, you were more than our sales trader - you were a great friend who we cherished every time that Cantor line rang. We cannot describe how much we miss you. We are probably having dinner with Danny and Bill Rice on Thurs night - We'll miss you but we know you are with us, as you always have been. I miss you Hawk.
Ellen Nolan Conway Ellen Nolan Conway from Ellen (& Kokie, too!) wrote on December 3, 2001 at 12:00 am
I was shocked and saddened to hear that LP was taken from us on September 11th. Although I saw him too infrequently after we graduated from SU Law his name often came up when Frances Regan or Flora Torquato and I were rehashing stories of a wild night at Faegan's or laughing over 'Sharks and Jets' exploits. I will always remember Larry as a genuinely kind and funny person, someone who was truly interested in others and was ALWAYS up for a party- a quality I hold in VERY high regard! My thoughts ands prayers go out to his friends and family (especially you, Semon- I know you've lost your best pal). I'm sure you all know how many lives LP has touched and brightened. He will be missed by all.
peter rosenberg peter rosenberg from Peter wrote on December 2, 2001 at 12:00 am
LP my friend... we knew each other only a few years but it seems more like a lifetime. Not a business day passes where I don't miss our dialogue, nor a weekend that I don't miss the opportunity to share in your adventures. Most of the time when we got together, your escapades resulted in a story to tell. One of my favorites took place on a Thursday night October 2000. At the last minute we decided to meet for dinner after work. We met at Tao at 6:30 **despite my objections** without a reservation. You were able to turn what was sure to be a 2 hour wait into 5 minutes AND also get the best seat in the house, with the help of your magical Zagat card. I still don't know what you said to Mike Ditka that night, as I advised you against approaching him, but he laughed and appeared genuinely happy to shake your hand. He like everyone else knew right away that you were an amazing person. LP I miss you! Peter
Gary Bell Gary Bell from NYC wrote on December 2, 2001 at 12:00 am
LP Its Sunday night and I was thinking about the time you took me out to eat at the most expensive restaurant I had ever been to in my entire life. I forgot the name of it but I remember they provided me with a sports jacket when we arrived. After briefing the menu I almost fainted at the prices. You told me that you would charge it to the Cantor account and we have nothing to worry about. I reponded in the affirmative. Needless to say after eating the most expensive appetizers, soups, salads, entree, and deserts your supervisor surprisingly walked in with a bunch of his clients. After introducing him to me, he made a point to you that you were not charging our meal on the Cantor account. You said 'Of course not'. LP Thanks for that meal. Love Ya Kid and Miss You
Michele Hallivis Michele Hallivis from michele wrote on December 1, 2001 at 12:00 am
Larry, There is not a day that goes by that I do not want to call you and hear your laugh one more time. I think ninadi-k49, how could I ever forget that number. There is a big empty whole in the world now that you are gone. You are missed so much by so many. Thank you for touching all of our lives. Miss you, Michele
Corey Bell Corey Bell from corey bell wrote on December 1, 2001 at 12:00 am
laurence , i can not tell you that a day does not go by with out me thinking of you.I think about how my brother lost one of his best friends. Two years ago at my brothers wedding, my children met you as buddy's son, but when they left that day they knew you as laurence. You were so warm to them that even the one day they met you , you made an impact. In my mimd i will never forget you sitting and playing the piano with my 3 year old son Benjamin. It seems from reading Jamie's messages that you had a knack for making lasting impressions on children. I look back at the time we spent together at camp and me as your hockey coach i have the vision of you sitting on the bench in a red mesh hockey jersey. I also clearly remember when you were an upper senior being called out for the GAME.You were on the red team. There is not a day when i don't think of Linda Buddy and Danny. there is not a day when i think of you and that there is not a tear in my eye or a lump in my throat. We miss and love you the Bells Heidi Corey Aaron Benjamin
Jamie Eckstein Jamie Eckstein from Livingston, NJ wrote on December 1, 2001 at 12:00 am
I come to this website everyday. I love to read what people have written to you. Today I just wanted to say hello. We all miss you VERY much!!! Hugs and Kisses... Jamie, Steven, Max, Ian and Sydney
Phil & Melissa Azarian Phil & Melissa Azarian from SU Law/NYC/NJ wrote on November 30, 2001 at 12:00 am
LP, The last time I saw you was last summer. I was walking home up Third Ave after working late and ran into you and Jon Semon returning from Sushi. We talked briefly about what we were doing, who we had seen from Syracuse, who we had not seen, and even reprised our respective imitations of Seth Katz attempting to order a sandwich at Chick's Lunch counter circa 1991. We got alot of mileage out that at SU LAW and here it goes again for old times sake: 'I said Sliced Chicken! Lettuce, Tomato, No Mayo!...I Said No Mayo!...No Mayo!' --Phil
Lori and Zach Rosenbaum Lori and Zach Rosenbaum wrote on November 29, 2001 at 12:00 am
LP: Lori and I still talk about one memory that stands out in our minds. We had just (and I mean just) entered the sleeping over phase of the relationship, and one Sunday morning we grabbed a bagel and went to meet you, Jeffrey, Jon Semon and I'm sure Adam and a bunch of others in Central Park. I had eaten an 'everything' bagel with cream cheese, and ended up with about 50 poppy seeds throughout my teeth. Lori said nothing -- I guess she wasn't comfortable enough in the relationship yet. So there I am with a huge smile on my face greeting the boys in Central Park, when, without hesitation, you say 'Zach, you sav'n those poppy seeds for dinner.' Clearly, loud enough for everyone in the vicinity to hear. I've tried to use the line since then, but it doesn't seem to work as well. We miss you.
David Karpe David Karpe from Woodbury, NY wrote on November 28, 2001 at 12:00 am
Hey Larry, Sorry I haven't said Hi sooner ........ I know you love the press, so let me pass along a little blurb I found about you in Esquire magazine. ...............................The two numbskulls George Clooney and Julia Roberts are talking about their past misadventures while plugging Oceans 11 in the December issue -------------------------------'Does anybody ever try a pickup line on you?' George asks. 'Like, they come up and go, 'So, what's a nice movie star like you doing in a place like this?' Julia answers,'Strangely, I haven't heard that one. I did have a guy come up to me once a few years ago in a magazine store. He just walked up and says, 'Do you wanna have dinner with me?' I was sort of speechless. And then I was like, 'No. No. No!' And he was like, 'Why not?' And I was like, 'Well, first of all, this is New York City, and I'm a girl by myself, talking to a man I've never seen before.' There was a certain charm to his chutzpah.' 'You got to give him that,' George says, tilting his head in a show of admiration. 'But then he ended up on Entertainment Tonight a few years later, telling the story of trying to pick me up.' ------------------------------------------Way to go LP!!!! Miss you, KARPE
Alexis Daniel Alexis Daniel from Houston, TX wrote on November 28, 2001 at 12:00 am
I never actually knew or even met LP. It just so happened that the day after the terrorist attack I was looking at a yahoo website and I came across a paragraph about LP. It had his website there, so I went to it and that's how I found danny's e-mail. I just wanted to give all his family and friends my sympathies. When I was reading over some of the comments in his guestbook, I could tell that he was a really outgoing, and fun person. It's so sad that he died. There's no too many people that have enough guts to crash Catherine Zeta Jones' and Michael Douglas' wedding, or ask Julia Roberts out on a date. LP sounded like a really good guy and I know he will be greatly missed, but to everybody that knew him, just remember that he is in a better place and one day all of you will get to be with him.
MARTIN BODIAN MARTIN BODIAN from Brookville,N.Y. wrote on November 27, 2001 at 12:00 am
Although I had the pleasure and privilege of knowing you for only three short years, it seems as if you were a part of my family forever. None of us can ever forget your smile, warmth,and the sheer enjoyment of being together with you. The love and happiness that you have showered upon your mother, myself,my children and grandchildren will never be forgotten, and in that way you will live on forever. Love, Marty
Michelle Machutes Michelle Machutes from Michelle (Machutes) Hernandez wrote on November 27, 2001 at 12:00 am
Wow...your eyes are as breath taking and smile as beautiful as they were when me you & Danny played in your back yard in 4th grade. The stories in the newspaper about you were absolutely great! Its sounds as though you brought much joy into the people's lives that surrounded you...what a natural gift you have to make people laugh. As a result of the disaster, I for one can say that I live each day to the fullest. I love, I forgive, I live unlike I ever dreamed I could. Its just so unfortunate that it took this to open my eyes to the real priorities in my life. My 3 beautiful children can vouch that they seem to have a different mommy. I pray for you and your family to some how find peace within one day. God bless. Peace be with you.
Brad Helm Brad Helm from Brad Helm wrote on November 27, 2001 at 12:00 am
LP, Sorry I spelled 'sorely' wrong. Please come back and do something about it.