It is 1927 and the stock market is climbing like fury. Everyone who owns stocks seems to be getting rich. So why don't you take your savings and buy as many stocks as you can? You can buy them on marginborrowed money. That means you get lots of shares for little money. Which is exactly what you do. Then you feel very smart as the stock market balloon goes from big to bigger. By 1929 you are rich . As President Calvin Coolidge leaves office, he gives the market his blessing. "The stock market is absolutely sound," he says. Then comes October 24, 1929. Black Thursday. Something is wrong. The stock market balloon suddenly is pierced, and the air is seeping out fast. People are panicking. They are trying to sell their stocks . But no one wants to buy stocks now. They have lost all their value. And remember those stocks you bought on margin with borrowed funds? Well, now you owe the lender money, possibly lots of money. You don't have any? You can sell your car, or house, or both. You lost your job, too? Too bad, but you still owe the money. Elliot V. Bell covered the crash for the New York Times: "It came with a speed and ferocity that left men dazed. The market seemed like an insensate thing that was wreaking a wild and pitiless revenge upon those who had sought to master it ."