Cards Full of Mad Love
When Joseph Gardner took his young son, Douglas B. Gardner, to watch his first Knicks game, Douglas said he wanted to play basketball in Madison Square Garden. His father told him he would have to own the team to do that.
So Douglas Gardner, who grew up to be a good athlete, playing basketball on outdoor courts across the city, became a businessman. He worked for Lehman Brothers, his father's real estate business and finally, joined a college classmate at Cantor Fitzgerald, where he became executive managing director.
Despite his long hours at work, Mr. Gardner, 39, had the time to be the core of many groups of friends. He watched out for his younger sister, Danielle, who he even invited to Haverford College weekends while she was in high school. And he would not miss an important event for his children, Michael, 5, and Julia, 2 1/2. He taught Michael how to ride a two-wheel bike this summer; on Sept. 10, he was at the orientation for his children at nursery school.
For his wife, Jennifer, he marked every important date with cards ‹ often five or six for each occasion. The cards came with long personal notes and always included, "I love you madly!!!"
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 18, 2001.