A Joke Everywhere
Ever wonder who writes those wacky e-mail jokes that make the rounds on Wall Street? Anthony Fallone, 39 years old, was clearly one of the champs.
He had a no-nonsense style at business. He was a bond trader at Cantor Fitzgerald. But when he was not busy at work, he could be found sitting at his computer screen — roaring with laughter at either what he had just read or written. "He had an irreverent sense of humor," said his wife, Patty. "He could see the humor in anything. As one friend put it: He looked at life and got the joke."
With his deep belly laugh and quick (sometimes twisted) wit, Mr. Fallone — who everyone knew as Tony — had a personality that matched his large frame. He invented nicknames for people, punctuated jokes with ad-libbed songs and never lost the chance to poke fun at himself. But probably no one appreciated his humor more than his wife and their four children, Katie, 11; Alexandra, 10; Anthony, 7; and Patrick, 5.
"He was a larger than life guy," Mrs. Fallone said. "One of the funniest people you ever met. When I filled out the missing person's report, we laughed so hard at how he would want himself described in the report."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 22, 2001.