JAMES J. CARSON JR.: Workstation to
Carson spent much of the day, and often much of the
evening, working with computers on the 103rd floor of the
World Trade Center. When he finally did get home, he
immediately headed for a different kind of computer: his
"That was how he would wind down," said his wife,
Debbie Carson. She recalled that Mr. Carson, 32, would
come home to Massapequa, N.Y., and relax by playing
football video games in the basement. He took the games
so seriously that he kept statistics on the virtual
players, she said Ð just like the stats he kept on
favorite real-life players.
"I'm not even allowed in the basement," said Mrs.
Carson, who is six months pregnant with their first
child. "That was his playroom."
His office was something of a playroom, too. Mr.
Carson, who had worked as a computer network
administrator at Cantor Fitzgerald for just over six
weeks on Sept. 11, was thrilled to be so close to the
heart of the world of finance. "He always ranted and
raved about his view and the work he was doing," Mrs.