In Memoriam: Mark Haines

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    CNBC's Mark Haines, live on September 11, 2001.

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    Veteran journalist Mark Haines, a fixture on CNBC for 22 years, died unexpectedly Tuesday evening. He was 65 years old. CNBC President Mark Hoffman called Haines a "building block" of the financial networks' programming.

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    We invite readers to share their memories and thoughts about CNBC Anchor Mark Haines.

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    Veteran journalist Mark Haines, a fixture on CNBC for 22 years, died unexpectedly Tuesday evening. Brian Shactman remembers.

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    My favorite memories of Mark will be talking about kids, lacrosse - my sons had played - and music and dance.

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    I had conducted press briefings from the White House, from US Treasury, I had done countless network and cable interviews, but I was never more worried about saying something stupid than when I did my first interview with Mark Haines!

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    When I got to CNBC in July 2006, I knew I'd have to get to know Mark Haines. And boy did I.

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    The passing of Mark Haines reverberated beyond CNBC .....

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    "Mark loved CNBC and we loved him back. He will be deeply missed," said CNBC President Mark Hoffman.

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    Mark was not the sort of guy who would come running over to say hello when I dropped in for a visit to CNBC headquarters. If I saw him in a hallway, he'd shout "Janie!" on his way to one of his infamous smoking breaks and keep on walking.  I loved it.

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    The NYSE may have been the Mark's home for the many years that he anchored "Squawk on the Street" from that floor, but he also found his way into the hearts of many of the traders here at the Nymex.

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    More than once Mark and I sparred on air about what was happening with the Big Three as they were losing billions of dollars.  I loved those exchanges.

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    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.)

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    This is a guy who didn't put on airs. He came to work in ratty sweatpants and god-awful bright-colored Crocs. He didn't suffer fools, but at the end of the day he really was always fair.

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    He was an original. In every sense. As a producer, what I loved about Mark was that he was truly authentic, and never pretended to be anything but who he was.

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    Corporate executives, on-air guests, commentators and contributors on CNBC had a special appreciation for Mark Haines.

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    Mark Haines had such an engaging television presence that it is difficult to envision whom CNBC will find to fill his shoes.

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    We have enjoyed his company on and off air for many, many years. He is a legend in the business of financial news and it was an honor knowing him.

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    "He was the standard. He was our Huntley, Brinkley, Cronkite and Mike Wallace all in one."

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    I negotiated Mark's first deal and we had a long talk about the fact that he had gone to law school and never loved the law and that broadcasting was his passion... and it must have been, because when we hired Mark, he worked for very little money, but he was always happy.