I got the call from Mark Haines when Squawk Box was in its first year. I was a columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle and he invited me on air.
I said something like, “I’m not sure I look TV.” He responded, “You obviously have never seen me.”
That was my introduction to Mark Haines. And when I saw him in one of his rare visits to CNBC HQ in Englewood Cliffs – shortly after I arrived back a year ago – I thanked him for being the first one to get me on air here.
In his gruff voice, he responded matter-of-factly while sitting in a makeup chair, “You know how many people tell me that?”
To Mark, on air, I was ‘Erb (he dropped the “H”) and since my return he always introduced me saying something like, “Now let’s pay a visit to ‘Erb’s Garden.” I loved it! (Any nickname from Mark was coveted.)
Usually I would just do my hit and he wouldn’t interact, but two weeks ago he did. I forget the subject, but he emphatically disagreed with what I was saying, so I shot back on air, “We’ll agree to disagree” and enjoyed what I thought was a respectful on air tangle.