Michigan Remembers 9‑11

Steven Goldstein, 35; graduated from the University of Michigan, and worked as a computer analyst for Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center. He had begun his job two weeks before the attacks. Prior to taking the job, he worked in the basement of his family’s home developing his Internet company, which traded weather derivatives online and was bought by Cantor Fitzgerald.

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 15, 2001

The portrait that emerged of Steven Goldstein at his memorial service two weeks ago was that of the kind of guy who would give “horsy rides” to any neighborhood kid who showed up on his lawn, the kind of man who would even listen to long- winded telemarketers’ speeches as not to be rude.

He had season tickets to the Knicks, but would rarely go to the games. “He’d say, ‘I just want to be with you guys,”‘ said his wife, Jill. The couple had a baby boy and a daughter, 3. “People would think we were crazy because we never had a baby sitter. He would say, ‘Why do we need to go out?”‘

Mr. Goldstein, 35, had been working at Cantor Fitzgerald for only two weeks. Prior to that, he spent his working days in his basement office at home in Princeton, where he had developed an Internet company that Cantor recently purchased.