In the 1970s, a stripper performed at the Toronto stock Exchange. Sexist? Or just fun? Try and do it now and see what happens?
No discussion of the vetrans traders could be started without first paying appropriate respects in talking about GOD! On the floor of the TSE there was only one omnipitent [sic] being that was everyone’s god and that was Don Bainbridge. Bainey, as Don was also referred to, was a giant among his peers and was evidenced by everyone that ever traded in the nickle square. Nobody ever gave Bainey anything Bainey didn’t want and Bainey never had to give anybody anything that he didn’t want given.
His dignity and style placed him in a category all his own. There were very few bad words spoken about Don Bainbridge on the floor, his domain. When people called him God, it was well deserved. His brokerage firm R.A. Daly was one of, if not the most respected house on Bay St. and that started and ended with Don Bainbridge. As a President, Govenor, Head Trader and TSE citized Don had carved out a place in the history of the TSE that is universally recognized for his success and the class he brought to the floor every day he stepped onto it. I had the pleasure of having Don as a boss in my travels and he was always fair minded in a very biased business.
All my memories of Bainey on the floor are a pleasure and watching him do a slow dance with a stripper with the same grace he used dealing with the best of the business establishment was part of his charm. He was God!
Ghetto blasters, perms, beards and smoking. One guy’s even wearing sunglasses in the office.
It was Don’s birthday.