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How it all Started

By Richard Russell


It's 1945 and I'm just getting out of the Air Force. Millions of men are being released from the armed services and they are all looking for jobs. Jobs are almost impossible to find at that time, but happily my parents know the head of a textile company. He was nice enough to give me a job and my designing abilities soon became apparent.


I designed cotton fabrics and often went out with my designs to see customers. In the 1940's Merrill Lynch had an office on 46th street. I would drop in occasionally and over time I became fascinated with the stock market. A lot of old timers would hang around the board room and talk stocks. I became increasingly fascinated with the stock market but being Richard Russell, I wanted to see how it worked.


So I visited the huge New York city public library. The library had an enormous ... Log in or subscribe to continue reading.

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