The storm that has shaken Lehman Brothers in recent weeks

As Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. stock teetered in recent weeks, Chairman and Chief Executive Richard Fuld Jr. called Wall Street executives to make sure they were still trading with his embattled firm and offering it credit. Rumors about the firm's health kept popping up, he groused to other executives.

"I feel like I'm playing whack-a-mole every day," Mr. Fuld said, according to people familiar with the calls.

It's hard to read the article and not picture Mr. Fuld at home, hiding behind the bannister while his 8-year old talks to a debt collecter and whispering:  "Tell them I'm not home".

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