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MARTIN ZWEIG, RIP Commuting to his Friday night appearances on "Wall Street Week," where he was a regular panelist--indeed, the premier panelist--Marty, a high-living Manhattanite, would take a chauffeured black car to the general aviation field in Teterboro, N.J., thence to board his private aircraft for the short flight to Baltimore. In Baltimore, a ride of a very different kind awaited him. The car he took to the Maryland Public Television studios at Owings Mills was the humblest of yellow cabs. It was always the same cab and always the same driver. Riding with Marty--who, in his fuss-budget way, traveled with his own set of seat cushions--you wondered why this sudden comedown in opulence. (The windows of the cab were never rolled up, because the driver so often smoked and so rarely showered.) Sooner or later, you would ask about the cab and the driver, to which question Marty replied in approximately these words: "He used to drive me when I didn't have any money." It never occurred to Marty to break off the relationship just because the author of the Zweig Forecast got rich. •...

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