Michael R. Wittenstein

Michael  R. Wittenstein
World Trade Center

Every Day a Casual Day

Michael R. Wittenstein loved game shows, the Jets and Mets, and good (or, truth to tell, bad) jokes. When he graduated from the State University of New York at Albany 13 years ago, he told friends he planned to be a proctologist or a game show host. Don't ask.

Instead, he became a bond trader for Cantor Fitzgerald, working in London and California, as well as New York. He was delighted when the firm did away with its dress code; ever after, he was sighted only in khakis and polo shirt.

He was on the phone with a client in California when an explosion rocked the skyscraper. He called back to apologize that the phone had been disconnected.

In April, he moved out of his parents' home in Seaford, on Long Island, to live with his fiancée, Carrie Bernstein, in Hoboken, N.J. They were supposed to be married this Saturday. Ms. Bernstein went to a Devils- Rangers hockey game the other night with his brother Jeffrey. "She seems all right," he said.

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 21, 2001.

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