The feud pretty much started the moment Jackson was acquired by the Yankees from the Oakland Athletics in 1977 — over Martin’s objections.
My strong and steady start now was shrinking before my eyes. I was following the market enough to know they were having a rough go of it.
And with that I decided to donate my free coaching there.
I was sitting there on the bench and before long I could tell something was going on. And according to Wikipedia, beginning October 6 and lasting all week long the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed lower for all 5 sessions. The Dow Jones industrial average fell over 1,874 points, or 18%, in its worst weekly decline ever on both a point and percentage basis. The week also set 3 top ten NYSE Group Volume Records with October 8 at #5, October 9 at #10, and October 10 at #1. Had I been down there doing this at any other time – I really don’t think it would have worked. It was as though they had walked out of a car accident or off the front line of a war. And there I was sitting in my white coat with a small humble sign that offered Free Coaching.
People began talking to one another quite animated, and strangers were talking to other strangers. But that week was the perfect storm for it to work. I coached everyone that came by, usually for 20 minutes at a time.
I usually went down there for a couple of hours a week around lunch time. I remember reading that moniker for the first time in one of the articles and running as fast as I could to get on Go to scoop up that domain!
A few days in the media came down to Wall Street and started to cover the collapse. Chris was the first reporter to write about my Wall Street coaching for CNN/Fortune Magazine. After that I was interviewed over and over again by various publications (France’s Time Magazine), TV & radio shows (Russian TV) and even for a full length Hollywood movie! Now we have it trademarked but it all began with an dollar Go Daddy domain. As Joseph Campbell said, “Look, I am a smart woman and I have moxie.
Not long after Van Gundy revealed to the press that he thought Howard wanted him fired, Howard, being the team player that he is, opted to undergo season-ending back surgery that effectively ended the Magic’s hopes of being a contender in the postseason.
Van Gundy (along with the team’s GM), was subsequently fired.
I don’t think I’ve ever been much of a wall flower, but Lord knows I never could have crafted such a brand on my own.