Primed for Halloween
Robert Eaton could wear a funny hat ‹ or a Halloween costume ‹ with style.
A vice president for sales and for eSpeed at Cantor Fitzgerald, he always went along with a joke, especially on Oct. 31.
A big event for the English-born Mr. Eaton and his American wife, Jacqui, was their annual Halloween party at their home in Manhasset, on Long Island.
The party was such a staple, that even when Jacqui spent most of one Halloween in the hospital following a car accident, she came home at 10 p.m. only to be greeted by Robert and their friends waiting to begin the festivities.
Mr. Eaton's costume that night? Marv Albert, the sportscaster, behind the mike and knee deep in legal trouble.
Mr. Eaton, 37, had other interests: he loved his two German short-haired pointers, Frankie and Wetherby, and was pretty good at soccer.
He and his wife did not hold a Halloween party in 2000 because they were renovating their house.
This past Halloween was difficult for Jacqui, who had met Robert on a blind date in 1991 and married him a couple of years later.
Just before Sept. 11, Mr. Eaton was already talking to his wife about possible costumes, pumpkins and party decorations.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 17, 2001.