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Ep. 50: Kevin Tuerff’s Real-Life ‘Come From Away Story’

At 9:26 a.m. on September 11th, 2001, the Federal Aviation Administration shut down U.S. airspace forcing 4,000 planes to land immediately. Thirty-eight of those planes containing 7,000 passengers landed in Gander, Newfoundland, a small town with a population (at the time) of about 9,000. The events that happened in Gander in the days following 9/11 inspired the musical COME FROM AWAY. The characters in that show are based on interviews with real people, including the character Kevin T. Kevin Tuerff was on the second plane to land in Gander on 9/11. He was traveling with his partner (also named Kevin) from Paris to the United States when their Air France flight was diverted to Newfoundland. Much of his video footage was used in the documentary “You Are Here.” He wrote “Channel of Peace” in response to audience interest and desire to learn more about the kindness of people in Gander, Newfoundland. 

About the Guest

Kevin Tuerff is a social entrepreneur, author, and speaker with 25 years of experience in marketing communications. He has co-founded a college radio station, America Recycles Day, an international kindness initiative, and a certified B Corporation environmental marketing company. He is passionate about finding solutions for global climate change, immigrants and refugees. After spending most of his life in Austin, Texas, he moved to New York City. He is also an Ambassador for the Charter of Compassion. For more information visit https://www.channelofpeacebook.com/.

The COME FROM AWAY national tour will be playing at the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) in January. For more information visit: https://www.dpacnc.com/events/detail/come-from-away. The tour will also be playing the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte. For more information on that, visit https://www.blumenthalarts.org/events/detail/come-from-away.

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