Iorio, who grew up in Queens and now lives in Ozone Park, collected 300 newspaper front pages at the time of the tragic event, but narrowed it down to 95 for the exhibition.
“On 9/11,” Iorio said, “I realized that this was history in the making and it had to be recorded, so I did.”
The covers, all in archival jackets, are also on display at the Queensborough Community College Library and at a veterans’ affairs center in Nassau County.
Iorio said he was headed to New Jersey on the morning of September 11, 2001. He was going to take the PATH train, but before he left home his brother called and told him not to go to the city, that there was something wrong at the World Trade Center.
“If I did go I would’ve been buried under that rubble, it’s as simple as that,” he said. “I think my guardian angel tapped me on the shoulder.”
The Maspeth Lions have personal connections to the tragic event, as several of them offered their volunteer services in the response effort, Iorio said.
For example, he said former Lions President Robert Marchesi administered emergency chiropractic treatment at St. Paul’s Church next to Ground Zero.
“There’s a history behind this,” Iorio said of his exhibition. “It is American history and it’s good to know it.”