The Man on the Trapeze
A fantastic athlete he was, but "a gymnast trapeze stuntman he was not," Marc Shapiro recalled about his friend, Scott Weingard. But being the daring sort of person who would squeeze in an adventure whenever he could, Mr. Weingard gladly volunteered to fly with the professional trapeze team while on vacation at a Club Med resort a few years ago.
"There he was, swinging along, doing his thing with his lanky body while we were cheering him on," Mr. Shapiro said, laughing.
Friends began to call Mr. Weingard "First Time Scottie" because he was so often in the position of doing something totally out of the ordinary and new. He was also known for making friends, and keeping them. While still at the resort, Mr. Weingard, a trader at Cantor Fitzgerald who would have been 30 on Sept. 23, disappeared for a while.
Where did he go? "We found him befriending the whole island," recalled Mr. Shapiro, a buddy since their kindergarten days in Dix Hills, on Long Island.
His girlfriend, Julie Kaufmann, called him an angel. His cousin, Jeff Honigstock, interviewed on a recent Thursday, said: "I'm missing him today. It would have been a perfect day for happy hour with Scottie."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 11, 2001.