Michael M. Taylor

New York, New York


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A Passion for Perfection

One way to know Michael M. Taylor is to consider the eight-inch stack of index cards he dutifully prepared after deciding to get serious about wine. On the cards he recorded his impression of every bottle he tasted. As his pursuit of fine wines advanced, Mr. Taylor started his own collection. It now numbers more than 600 bottles. "Michael had a passion for perfecting anything he set out to do," said his sister Mary Kaye Crenshaw.

Mr. Taylor, 42, was a high-yield bond broker with Cantor Fitzgerald. In a highly competitive business, he helped others get established. "People in the business tend to chase after people who are already good," said Jerry Bias, a friend. "I was just getting started and he encouraged me."

From his Manhattan apartment to the Porsche 911 he drove, Mr. Taylor enjoyed the benefits of a successful Wall Street career. But recently he had started thinking about a more tranquil life, especially after he became engaged to Natalia Telyupa.

To that end, Mr. Taylor and Mr. Bias were starting a vineyard and winery in Virginia. They planned to create a cult wine — hand- picked grapes, low yields — just the kind of wine Mr. Taylor savored. The first bottles will be shipped in about 18 months. They will be labeled Taylor-made vintage.

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It is truly strange how often I think of you. All these years later....

I miss you nearly every day.

I still remember you! God Bless RIP

You had big dreams for your future; glad we were able to discuss them before you were taken. Always remembered!

I had never met you until tonight. Sorry to all who love and miss Michael. As strange as this story sounds it's becoming more clear to me.
I have been effected by 9/11. Since then or shortly after I have been haunted/gifted be the number 9 11. I can not count the number of times I've looked at the clock and seen this number and never really knew why. Until now! I was watching a show on tv about ghost/visitors from 911 tragedy, so I searched to see if there was someone with my name...

I have been thinking about you a lot lately. Your entertained smile, your silly ways, your fun loving nature. I think of us as kids, you with your head out the back seat window pretending to be a dog with your tongue wagging -- what a unique and uninhibited individual you were. I loved that about you.

I loved that as adults you came to me for comfort when things got hard and you needed someone to talk to. What an honor it was to have my big brother talking to me on that...

God Bless, and never forget.

A friend and co worker of your Sister Mary Kaye, just wanting to pay my respects and honor your memory.

As I cross-stitched your name on the memorial that I am doing for all of the victims, I prayed for you and your family. Please know that your death was not in vain. We will always remember. God Bless.

In remembrance....