My heart goes out to the the family of Mark Haines. I was saddened and shocked when I first heard of Mark's passing. To me, Mark was always larger than life, both in stature and on air.
I never aspired to be in the news business. For me, every aspect of what I have grown to love....reporting on the financial markets...all happened in a random way, in large part by being at the right place at the right time.
I started as a guest on CNBC in the fall of 1994, as a member of the Chicago Board of Trade. Even though CNBC officially began its life in 1989, business cable news was still in its infancy when I started doing interviews. The formats and the structure were still evolving.
Mark Haines, in retrospect, was a huge force in shaping the look, feel, and texture of what has become a staple of broadcast media-cable business news.
By the mid-1990s, he was already a TV veteran and he welcomed me graciously to the CNBC family. And that really sums up how I feel as I type this—as part of a tight—knit family that has lost a patriarch.