Chum to the Underdog
In Glendale, N.Y, where Michael A. Marti lived, neighbors might not have known the bond trader from Cantor Fitzgerald. But they probably knew his car.
Mr. Marti, 26, wouldn't have minded. He cherished his red 1985 Camero IROC, and was known to wash and wax it whenever he got a free moment, even if the free time was at 6 a.m., or midnight. "The first word he ever said was 'daddy,' " said Rosalie A. Marti, his mother. "His second word was 'car.' "
He liked to lift weights. He loved to play and watch basketball. He was a popular, gregarious guy, who did well with the girls. But he was also quick to count loners among his circle of friends, to see interesting people and cohorts where others saw nerds and geeks.
"He would see someone who was unpopular and stick by their side and make sure they were taken care of," said Cris C. Italia, 23, a friend. "He would always favor the underdog."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 10, 2001.