It’s a story that’s now all too familiar. A young Wall Street hopeful begins a promising career only to find that its been cut short by a sinking economy and Wall Street losses. Here’s how Jeffrey Martz begins telling his story to the readers of the New York Times business section.
On Monday, Nov. 5, the New York press reported that a prestigious Wall Street house -- that happened to be my employer -- intended to lay off two-thirds of its investment banking staff of about 120. Since I was one of the last people to arrive and because big corporations tend to handle their personnel by the last-in-first-out method, it occurred to me that I would be smart to stand near the elevator. This prediction turned out to be accurate and on Wednesday, Nov. 7, my successful, but truncated Wall Street career of 61 days -- including three working Sundays -- came to an end.
Martz explains how he was fired by the head of the financial strategies group, who refused to look him in the eye until they shook hands for the final farewell. And from that moment on he saw not one of his supervisors nor any the folks who had recruited him to the firm, except for one accidental encounter as he packed up his belongings.
Martz, however, was fired not on Wednesday, November 7, 2007. He was fired on Wednesday, November 7, 1990. We found the story deep in the archives of the New York Times business section. It's somewhat heartening to remember that we've been through all this before. What would be even more encouraging would be if we could find out what ever happened to the then-young Martz. But after extensive investigation, we haven't found the guy. Anyone know where Martz is?*
*We're hoping he Googles himself frequently enough to find out that his story is once again being told. Hey, Martz, get in touch. firstname.lastname@example.org.
My 61-Day Career on Wall Street [New York Times]