Brokerage Days: From Penny Ante Alley to A “Wirehouse” – Part 4

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On that terrible day of September 11th, 2001, people jumped from the very top of the World Trade Towers which I saw on television as did most everyone. The site of this transfixed me and made me so ill I not only came close to fainting as I watched but later on almost had a nervous breakdown. It haunts me just to think about it. I stopped watching the news on TV after that and have never watched it since.

Even though I was no longer in the brokerage business when the murders on 9/11 happened, I was a consultant to banks and brokerage firms and I was in lower Manhattan all the time. Sometimes even in World Trade. So that area was my stomping ground so to speak and when it was blown to bits something of me was blown to bits as well. One of the things that shocked me the most was the New York Stock Exchange closed for seven or eight days. The stock exchange! I could hardly believe it. That had never happened in my lifetime. In fact, the last time it did happen was for six months at the beginning of World War Two.

Somehow the idea that the attack and murder of over three thousand innocent people by those Al Qaeda scumbags had caused the New York Stock Exchange to close was something I had the most difficult time accepting. My entire professional life to that point had been focused on New York and the stock exchange. And now the buildings where I had worked had been blown to bits and the stock exchange had closed. God bless the US Navy SEALS who killed that pig, Osama.

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website:

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