MICHAEL ANDREWS: Surprise Up His
Andrews, 34, was the "grouchiest nice guy you would ever
want to meet," his fiancée, Liz Smith, said. He
talked tough and acted sweet &emdash; a "walking
He had graduated from Xavier High School and Fairfield
University and worked at Cantor Fitzgerald. He also owned
a Manhattan bar, Coppersmith's, with five friends. He was
such an obsessive Yankees fan that if they hit a home run
while Liz was in the kitchen, she would have to stay
there, for luck.
They grew up together in Rockaway, Queens, and began
dating in the spring of 1999. Soon after, Liz's brother
was murdered. "I feel he was totally supposed to be in my
life," she said. "He was so strong for me, so wonderful.
And I think I was meant to be in his life to make him
He called her Morty, as in "Morty, I love you guy"
&emdash; his farewell the morning of Sept. 11. Mike's
family &emdash; he is one of seven brothers and sisters
&emdash; calls Liz his fiancée, but she says she
wasn't, yet. One of his co-workers told her after the
attack that he was planning to propose this month.