Milestones Apr. 2, 2007


The 10 million tourists who visit New York City's Rockefeller Center Christmas tree each year see a piece of arboreal splendor. What they do not see is the arduous, meticulous process of getting it there, a job largely left to New Jersey landscaper Marc Torsilieri. For 25 years Torsilieri and his team felled the Norway spruce--usually 80 ft.--plus--and prepared it for moving by hinging lower limbs and scurrying to its upper extremities to tie up delicate branches. After hauling the evergreen in a giant tractor-trailer, with a police escort, he helped decorate it with 30,000 lights. He was 48 and...

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