LEONARD CASTRIANNO: Glass Half Full
Castrianno was not really a huge country music fan. But
given the right circumstances, he would load many
dollars' worth of Dolly Parton songs into the jukebox at
his favorite bar, an East Village watering hole where
rock was favored.
"The place would just clear out, and he knew that
would happen," said Garrett Davis, Mr. Castrianno's
friend who was often an accomplice in the song switching.
"Then we could get to the bar, no problem. He hated a
Despite that, Mr. Castrianno, who was 30, lived in
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and worked for Cantor Fitzgerald,
was gregarious. An enthusiastic socializer, he was funny.
He was also relentlessly positive.
"He would cut me off mid-sentence and say, `Look,
what's your problem?' " Mr. Davis said. " `You always see
the worst in everything.' "
But not this time. Even though they had an argument
shortly before Sept. 11, Mr. Davis feels Mr. Castrianno
has forgiven him, and that their friendship lives on.