Harvey Joseph Gardner III: Built
his career, Harvey Gardner chose the computer lab over
the kitchen, but both places fostered his creativity. He
was a tinkerer, someone who built computers from stray
parts and, evidently, built dinners the same way. Mr.
Gardner, 35, did all the cooking for himself and his
younger brother Mark, with whom he lived in Spring Lake,
N.J. But the recipes were gleaned from the air.
"They were all his own concoctions," said another
brother, Anthony, who is the founder of the WTC United
Family Group (www.wtcunitedfamilygroup.org), an
information network for families of the victims of Sept.
11. "It was crazy stuff. But it was good."
A practitioner of martial arts and a devotee of the
History Channel, Mr. Gardner was a computer consultant
for General Telecom on the 83rd floor of 1 World Trade
"Mark managed to get through to him at the trade
center that morning," Anthony Gardner said. "And Mark
heard him comforting others, telling them it was O.K. He
was being his normal, level-headed self."