Sunday, November 16, 2008

1929 . . . and today

Back in the 1929 Financial Crash it was said that some Wall Street Stockbrokers and Bankers JUMPED from their office windows and committed suicide when confronted with the news of their firms and clients financial ruin . . . Many people were said to almost feel a little sorry for them . . . . . .

In 2008 the attitude has changed somewhat.

(I altered the sign for you more sensitive readers.)


  1. Funny - you're not the first to say that to me.

  2. No offense here! I wish some of the top fat execs got the message.

  3. Y'know I think they got the message, they just don't care. Particularly those scum running AIG.

  4. Apparently, that was all a bit of a myth. Only two people apparently connected with the crash committed suicide, and overall the suicide rate that year in NY was below average.

    There was a really interesting interview on the radio with the grandson of one of the men who had killed himself - he was actually a very humble insurance salesman who struggled to make a living anyway and felt himself a failure. The grandson, now a successful film maker but I forget his name, said it had cast a shadow over his whole family, and his father, who had had to step into his own father's shoes after his suicide, had become a hard and emotionless man with a contempt for weakness and failure.

    Anyway, sorry for injecting such a factual and humourless note into proceedings, because that banner really made me laugh!


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