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Tuesday, April 29, 2003



Pictures from the Past---1991-Captain Bill Grohe

    Classified Ads---Jobs Wanted---Sales

        Bob Fisher Goes to Douglas-Guardian

            Day Two: "Stayin' Alive Through '05!"

                Fitch Finance & Leasing Annual Year End Report

                    Allegiant Partners New Credit Facility

                        "Good Things Are Happening..." in the marketplace

                    Boyle Named CFO at Banknorth Group

       Reports Automakers' True Cost

            Spam Becomes Public Enemy #1

        News Briefs---


Highlights of This Day in American History

Tomorrow: Day Three of ELA “Large Ticket Conference” report

from Jeffrey Taylor, CPA, CLP


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Pictures from the Past---1991—Captain Bill Grohe


“Why is this man smiling? Here is 1991 Western Association

of Equipment Leasing President Bill Grohe, VP Marketing, Brentwood Funding

Enterprises, telling a group about plans for the 1991 Spring Conference at the Red

Lion Inn at Santa Barbara on April 17-21 and the new WAEL Annual Conference & Exposition which will be held during the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 2-6. This expanded WAEL Conference will feature a major national Funding Source Forum, as well as, a Suppliers Showcase.


“Bill is VP of Brentwood Funding Enterprises, Inc., based in San Francisco. He is

a partner with his daughter Sara ( President of Brentwood). He boasts 27 years

of experience in the leasing industry. The former U.S.M.C. Captain earned

a B.A. from Colgate University.”

January, 1991 WAEL Newsline insert regarding conferences




The information is correct and as you know I am now director of

membership and marketing for the United Association of Equipment

Leasing (UAEL.) I had a total of 40 years in leasing.


My second life is a continuation of my first. In my capacity as

Membership Director for the UAEL ( successor to WAEL,)I have the opportunity to help promote the Association I presided over 13 years ago.


I always felt that Association involvement above simple membership was important to the success of Brentwood Funding. Nothing has changed.


UAEL"s next meeting (UAEL Spring Educational Conference in Rancho

Mirage, California May 1-4 2003)is a great opportunity to network with

folks who do business the same way we all do. Airfares to Palm

Springs are cheap now and I would encourage everyone who has a niche

in the leasing industry to attend. The Desert is a great place to be

this time of year.


Bill Grohe



(Mark McQuitty, Preferred Lease/CapitalWerks, will be covering the event for

Leasing News. )






Classified Ads---Jobs Wanted---Sales



Sales: Atlanta, GA. Consistent top performer, results oriented with outstanding sourcing, structuring and negotiation skills. Direct& vendor development sales. Mid-market and above - Customers throughout Southeast.


Sales: Atlanta, GA. Extensive experience, knowledge and success in the leasing industry covering several markets. Currently have a profitable book of business. Excellent sales skills and 19BII proficiency. email:



Sales:Austin,Texas 24yrs equip leasing sales, vendor/direct, leasing high-tech to rolling stock. HP12C/17B. Small-Mid Ticket. Seeking Texas territory which can be covered from Austin home-base.


Sales: Chicago, IL. 12+ yrs multinational/ national sales & business development. Seeking role with captive lessor or global leasing company. Will relo right opportunity. Experience structuring complex transactions. email:


Sales: Detroit, MI. 16-year lease veteran looking for opportunity in the Detroit area. Ability to bring on new accounts and manage existing base. Up to 60% travel acceptable.


Sales: Dallas, TXDirector, Business Development for international financial institutions. Global vendor programs with minimum sustainable volume of $24M annually. CFO and Treasury contacts with major technology and energy


Sales: Houston, TX. Experienced 20 years vendor development, direct sales and marketing with great presentation and closing skills. email:


Sales: Louisville, KY

I have been in leasing/financing of construction, machine tool, and mfg equipment for 20+ years. Traveled KY, IN, OH and



Sales: Mission Viejo, CA

Account Sales Executive with 10 years of leasing experience looking for company to bring existing customer


Sales: Orange County, CA.

Skilled deal-closer at above-average rates. Entrepreneurial. Accomplished lease-structurer specializing in transportation. Exp. in direct/ captive & syndicator environments servicing vendors, brokers, & end-users.


Sales: Orange County, CA. 20 yrs. in leasing. Skilled,persistant marketing rep. Great closer on deals from $100K to $5MM. Looking for middle market company.



Sales: Philadelphia , PA Seeking an open opportunity to advance in the automotive, commercial leasing & finance industry......... email:


Sales: Prairie Village, KS Have substantial deal flow and database of broker referral sources. Generated and closed over $22M LY. Seeking exclusive relationship w/direct founder.


Sales: St. Louis, MO

Proven equipment finance sales professional looking for a new challenge which rewards success. Equipment type and location open provided you want business.


Sales: St Lucie, FL

Sales, credit, doc. exp.w/top communications skills. Exp. large territory management from home office. Various industries; golf equipment, construction, ff&e, computer related, and others. Sales achiever.


Sales: San Francisco Bay Area, CA

10+ yrs in middle market leasing. Seek direct lessor only. Transaction size from $500M to $10.0MM. Client base: printing, food, retail, hvy manufacturing.


Sales:Scottsdale, AZ.

19+ years in middle-market-leasing. Concentrations in Medical/Manufacturing/IT& General in multiple geographic territories. Well versed in direct calling& closing efforts to C- Level& subordinate management.


Sales: Tampa, FL. 27 years experience. Very adept in bank lease programs and direct sales in MM/LT. Looking to re-enter the industry. Will relocate to Texas. Hungry. email:


63 Ads Posted at ( three found jobs since yesterday’s posting, added one)


( to post a free job wanted as, go to: )


Help Wanted ads:





Bob Fisher Goes to Douglas-Guardian


“Douglas Guardian provides nationwide inspections of equipment confirming that equipment is on-site at the lessees location prior to funding a lease. Customers have the ability to order inspections, status outstanding inspections, view completed inspection reports and generate reports on time service and invoicing over the internet by logging on to our website at www.douglasguardian”



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Houston----Douglas-Guardian Services Corporation announced that it has appointed Robert J. Fisher, CLP as Vice President - Sales and Marketing.


"I am delighted to have Bob join Douglas-Guardian> '> s senior management team. With his broad experience base and his prior achievements in the equipment finance industry, we look for Bob to play an integral role in the continued success of Douglas Guardian,." said Bruce E. Lurie President, Douglas-Guardian Services Corporation.


Mr. Fisher began his career with The CIT Group/Sales Financing Inc. holding various sales, credit and management positions throughout his 20 plus year tenure. Bob has been active in professional organizations, currently serving as the Immediate Past-President of UAEL.


(He was with New Era in Illinois, who became Datronics, and when

they went out of business, started Fisher-Anderson in Des Moines, Iowa.

When Marcap ended funding and then took of the portfolio, he

started Firerock Financial. We hope to have an interview with to

learn what happened to Firerock Financial.”


“ Bob will be instrumental in the implementation of Douglas Guardian ' s strategy is to be the industry leader in providing inventory and equipment verification, valuation and collateral management services through the application of its state-of-the-art technology, " Laurie said.


I am very excited to be part of Douglas-Guardian at a time in our industry and country when integrity and service are once again in high regard! Douglas-Guardian ' s management team and employees are clearly exceptional and I am looking forward to joining this team." said Mr. Fisher.


Douglas-Guardian was incorporated in 1932 and is a leading independent provider of equipment inspection, verification, inventory control and collateral examinations in the United States and Canada (employing over 300, according

to their UAEL profile.) Based in Houston (1880 South Dairy Ashford
Suite 220 Houston, TX 77077 USA)
the Company provides services to banks, manufacturers, leasing companies and finance companies nationwide.


For information, Bob can be contacted at (800) 255-0552 extension 202 OR (515) 490-5824 and


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Day Two: "Stayin' Alive Through '05!"


by Jeffrey Taylor, CPA, CLP


Equipment Leasing Association Large Ticket Conference

April 27-29, 2003

Las Colinas Four Seasons Resort & Club

Irving (Dallas), Texas


“Lessors who provide financing to large, capital-intensive users of

equipment; debt and equity sources; advisors; project finance specialists; attorneys and accountants specializing in large ticket transactions."


Day Two:



Jim Meighen, PNC Leasing, opened the 2003 Large Ticket Conference with a

brief overview of the Large Ticket Market as he sees its. He shared with us

his many concerns of new accounting rules, tax changes and other major

obstacles in this highly competitive marketplace.


Although many large ticket arkets i.e. aircraft, railcars are “depressed,” he gave us five major items to be thankful for:


  1. The economy will recover - no one knows when!!!

  1. Technology has improved our ability to keep our costs under control

—or at least know more quickly how things are getting out of hand.

  1. Even with a tightening regulatory environment, we will adapt and flourish


  1. Long-term prospects look good

(meaning there must! be light at the end of the tunnel)

  1. The U.S. has the strongest and most viable economy in the world

( but it could be better.)


Geoff Colvin, Editor & Columnist, Fortune Magazine and Co-host of Wall Street

Week with Fortune, said that there are two super powerful imperatives

colliding with each other:


(1)   driving to a higher level of ethics while

(2)   increasing shareholder value.


(Other oxymoron’s include:


Act naturally

Government organization

Alone together

Pretty ugly

Good grief

Airline food )



Colvin said that U.S. shareholders have been let down by senior management and

that trust needs to be restored. Competition has become more brutal as

"reverse auctions" continue to commoditize and knock down pricing. He

indicated that this is a strong "customer" market and that it may take years

to recover from the 90s binge.


He quote Warren Buffett many times and said that the most important indicator

of market valuation is the ratio of stocks held to the size of the American

economy. The number should be between 40% and 80%. Prior to the 1929 crash

the number was 109% and prior to the 2000 crash the number was 190%.

Currently it is 100% which is historically high.


Although the U.S. economy is growing at 2.5% we may have to wait a couple of

years to deal with the "hangover" from the 90s capex pig-out.


Note from Jeffrey : During the break I went out to the lobby to talk to

Geoff. He told me that they were laying off Editorial staff at Fortune due to

lower advertising revenues. As a result, they cannot cover a lot of the major

issues facing corporate America. By being more selective, they have had to

choose which issues/companies to cover.


Mindy Berman, 42 North Structured Finance and Gary Fabris, Bank of Nova

Scotia went over the new accounting environment. They said that FIN 46 is

causing lessees to either pay off or restructure their current synthetic

leases due to the upcoming June 30, 2003 mandate in FIN 46.


They reiterated that Synthetic leases are not dead. They do need to be

restructured so that title is held by an appropriate multi-asset company. I

concluded that single purpose SPEs are dead. Although 10% equity should be

sufficient (e.g. the old 97/3 rule won't work), the rule states that the

equity amount needs to exceed expected losses which could be more or less

than 10%. In many cases existing synthetics will need to be consolidated by

the lessee since the lessee carries the majority of the risk.


FIN 46 says that the party with the majority of expected losses or expected

residual returns must consolidate. Everyone is waiting to see how Dell/CIT

will consolidate since it is a fairly visible 50/50 Joint Venture.


James Rollins of Holland & Knight walked through the bankruptcy code and

highlighted steps that lessors can take to minimize risk. He went over why

airlines are filing bankruptcy (i.e. to lower costs in the areas of

personnel, fleet size, and labor). He often cited Section 1110 (Aircraft and

Vessels), Section 1168 (Rolling Stock Equipment) and Section 365 (Lessee

Non-Monetary Obligations). He also cited United Airlines as a key case to



My good friend, David G. Mayer, Patton Boggs, author of Business Leasing For

Dummies, talked about Managing the Risk of Terrorism : A Lessor's Primer on

Insurance, Structuring and Other Solutions. He concluded that lessors can

take steps to protect their investment. He reviewed the impact of 9-11 and

current insurance markets. His biggest concern were provisions covered/not

covered in the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002. He concluded that

domestic terrorism (i.e. Oklahoma City) was not covered while 9-11 was.


He also stated that lessors should carefully review their exposures for

potential negligence on the part of the lessee where courts could hold the

lessor (passive owner) liable. He cited a case where a lessor/landlord knew

that fuel was stored on a lessee premise and was held liable because they the

lessor "failed to prevent harm when the lessor knew or should have known of

conditions leading to tort claims".



Jeffrey Taylor

ExecutiveCaliber - Global Lease Training

2144 South 1150 East

Bountiful, UT 84010 USA


(801) 299-9332

(801) 299-9932 (fax)


Jeffrey Taylor is the best selling author of "Leasing in a Tough Economy"

and well-known lease accountant, educator, "trainer" and writer.





Fitch Finance & Leasing Company Annual Year End 2002 Report


Yesterday we reported that Fitch had completed its annual review of U.S. Finance Company risk-based capitalization. The results of Fitch's analysis have been published in the report titled 'Finance Company Capital Standards - 2003'.

Several readers asked for a copy of the full report. Here is a “pdf” download






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Allegiant Partners Incorporated Announces New Credit Facility


Allegiant Partners Incorporated, a direct funding source specializing in

story credits between $30,000 and $250,000, has signed a new revolving and

term financing agreement with its primary San Francisco-based bank. The new

facility brings its total credit with its primary lender to nearly $10

million. Allegiant Partners and its subsidiary Allegiant Capital have

raised $9 million in incremental recourse bank credit over the past six



“Allegiant Partners has the capital it needs to continue to grow its

portfolio over the next twelve months,” stated Chris Enbom, President. “We

are increasing our marketing presence within the leasing community to

maintain the strong portfolio growth we have enjoyed over the past four

years. Allegiant Partners, like all other direct funding sources in the

leasing market, has continued to lower rates over the last year in response

to market pressures. We have also broadened the industry and equipment

types we are willing to finance in order to diversify our portfolio.”


For further information regarding Allegiant Partners, please contact Chris

Enbom at 415-257-4200 x 201 ( ) or Doug Houlahan at 415-257-4200 x 205 or see




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“Good Things Are Happening...” in the marketplace


In up-dating our general leasing software , we contacted Randy Haug of

Leaseteam, who wrote:


By the way as a follow up to my email to you a couple of weeks ago. We are

finding good opportunities out there in the marketplace for us and our

clients as well. It's really coming in 2 forms. 1.


From our existing customers, they are investing in many new software tools like our web based front-end origination system, getting ready for the upswing in business that most of our clients feel is coming. They are also, spending money

improving how they use the software tools they have acquired over the years

to make sure they are getting the most productivity as they can from there

systems investments.


It's what you see from forward thinking lessors that want to be ready to take full advantage of the next economic up cycle that they feel is coming. 2. Other is a up tick in new systems sales to new lessors...yes Kit.... New lessors are coming back into the market... maybe not new but rather seasoned veterans starting up with new funding partners and others that were brokering are getting lines of credit and are in need of new systems too, as well as savvy veteran lessors that are looking to

reinvest in new systems that can deliver improved functionality,

productivity and proven ROI.


It's still very competitive, but there is business out there for those that want to work hard at it and be a valued business partner to your clients in any business. Good things are happening out there...believe me!!!


Best regards,


Randy Haug

Sr. Vice President

LeaseTeam, Inc.

(800)531-5086 x 1014


(We asked him if we could quote from the e-mail:)


You can certainly use my quote ...with my name

always. I really believe things are going to be getting much better in the



Best regards,


Randy Haug

LeaseTeam, Inc.

(800)531-5086 x 1014



Year Founded: 1989 (January)


Number of Employees: 60


CEO name: No CEO/ Privately held co.


Russ Hallberg, President

Randy Haug, Senior Vice President

Additional Services Offered:



LeaseTeam is a full service provider of software and services to assist small, middle and large ticket equipment lessors. Since our inception, LeaseTeam has been dedicated to the equipment leasing software industry. Our turnkey solutions - Lease Sales Manager and LeasePlus - are the choice of established leasing companies and banks throughout North America, making LeaseTeam a trusted leader in the equipment leasing software industry.


LeasePlusTM, lease accounting and equipment asset management software.

Lease Sales ManagerTM, leasing and financial services front-end system. Our Lease Sales Manager product focuses on automating and managing the front-end operations of a leasing company with functionality including pricing, quote generation, application submittal, pre-credit decisions, electronic credit report pulls, credit scoring or analysis, automated documentation and integration with your back-end system, Info Lease. Your front-end process(s) can be defined in the workflow so that everyone knows what they are responsible at any point in time. Lease Sales Manager workflow also provides metrics for measuring turnaround times for the entire process or for specific steps in the process.

RDSTM, reporting database system.


In conjunction with the aforementioned software solutions, we offer licensing options that include in-house licensing, running from the clients’ hardware- at the clients’ site; and ASP hosting of all LeaseTeam applications.



LeaseTeam has historically identified "best of breed" software solutions that are complimentary with our products and entered into strategic relationships with those companies in order to provide the most cost effective total solution for our customers. We feel that this is particularly important in functional areas that span different industries and are not unique to equipment leasing. LeaseTeam currently has relationships with the following "best of breed" products:


* Microsoft Great Plains (Financial Accounting)

* Crystal Reports (Ad hoc Report Writing)

* Crystal Enterprise (Report Distribution)

* Vertex (Sales Tax)

* TaxWare (Sales Tax)

* PTMS (Property Tax)

* CBIZ (Property Tax)

* UCC Direct (UCC Filing)

* American Lease Insurance (Insurance)

* Premier Lease & Loan Services (Insurance)

* Microbilt (Business and Consumer Credit Bureau Report Retrieval)

* MelissaData (Address Validation)

* PayNet (Credit Reports)



Onsite and Virtual Client Services:

Software installation and implementation services.

Data conversion services.

Project Management services and Leasing System Consulting.

Best Practices Consulting.

Custom Reporting.


Knowledge Transfer:

We offer LeasePlusTM, Microsoft Great PlainsTM and Crystal ReportsTM training monthly at our headquarters and as-needed, onsite at our customer's offices throughout the United States and Canada. In addition to regularly scheduled training workshops, LeaseTeam holds an annual client conference in Omaha, Nebraska. The LeaseTeam client conference brings together a comprehensive grouping of Senior IT, Finance and Corporate Executives from successful leasing companies together with the experts within LeaseTeam and leading vendors to offer hands-on training as well as networking opportunities. LeaseTeam is preparing for it's 14th annual conference, which is attended by more than 100 participants each year.


Application Support:

Telephone support and online "customer only" section of our website provide direction and instruction to new and existing users of our products. Additionally, we provide ongoing product enhancement via software updates.

Technical Support:

We offer technical troubleshooting and start-up assistance to users of varying abilities, from IT Managers to Accountants.


Yearly Volume: $10MM


Major Clients:

LeaseTeam products have installed base of approximately 300 leasing and commercial finance companies throughout the U.S. and Canada. Our organization possesses a wide variety of exposure to leasing operations including pricing, credit operation, documentation, accounting, collections and portfolio and asset management with a wide variety of types of leasing companies using our products from micro-ticket through large-ticket.


Some of our key clients include:


MATSCO Financial Corporation

IFC Credit Corporation / First Corp

Verizon Credit

Popular Leasing

Volvo Commercial Finance, LLC

Information Leasing Corporation


Relational Funding Corporation

Eplus Group, Inc.

ICX Corporation

All Points Capital Corporation

Heartland Business Credit

Raymond Leasing Corporation

Americorp Financial, Inc.

ICX Corporation

Balboa Capital Corporation

Alter Moneta Corporation





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Boyle Named CFO at Banknorth Group



PORTLAND, Maine----Banknorth Group, Inc. (NYSE:BNK) has named Controller Stephen J. Boyle its new Chief Financial Officer. Boyle will continue to report to Chief Operating Officer Peter J. Verrill. Mr. Verrill formerly held both posts.


Mr. Boyle has served as Controller of Banknorth since 1997. He was formerly Director of Financial Reporting at Barnett Banks, Inc. in Florida and Manager of Corporate Accounting of Fleet Financial Group, Inc. in Providence, Rhode Island.


William J. Ryan, Banknorth Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, said that the growth of Banknorth in the last several years to a $26 billion company requires an expanded team at the senior management level. He said that Mr. Boyle's experience at large financial institutions before joining Banknorth will be of great value.


"Having Steve take over the management of the key functions of the finance area allows Peter to focus on "big picture" issues such as the strategic direction of our Company, mergers and acquisitions and technology advancements," said Mr. Ryan. "Peter will continue to provide overall direction to the Company's financial management."


Mr. Verrill's direct reporting areas include Mergers and Acquisitions, Risk Management, Asset/Liability Management, Technology and Strategic Planning, as well as Finance.


"Steve has been indispensable since arriving here," said Mr. Verrill. "His heightened responsibilities as CFO will be of great value as we tackle the challenges of operating in an expanded footprint."


Mr. Boyle holds a BA in Economics from Wake Forest University and an MS in Accounting from New York University Business School. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and serves on numerous civic boards.


He and his wife, Eileen, reside in York Harbor, Maine with their three sons.


Banknorth Group, Inc., headquartered in Portland, Maine, is a $26.3 billion banking and financial services company. The Company's banking subsidiary, Banknorth, N.A. operates banking divisions in Connecticut (Banknorth Connecticut), Maine (Peoples Heritage Bank), Massachusetts (Banknorth Massachusetts), New Hampshire (Bank of New Hampshire), New York (Evergreen Bank) and Vermont (Banknorth Vermont). The company also operates subsidiaries and divisions in insurance, investment planning, trust and investments services, leasing, merchant services, mortgage banking, government banking and other financial services.




Banknorth Group, Inc.

Brian Arsenault, 207/761-8517

SOURCE: Banknorth Group, Inc.



#### Press Release ########################################## Reports Automakers' True Cost of Incentives: Domestic Incentives Surpass $3000 Per Vehicle While Market Share Nears Record Low; SUV Incentives Soar



SANTA MONICA, Calif.,-- ( ), the premier online resource for automotive information, reported today that the average manufacturer incentive per vehicle sold in the United States was $2,235 in March 2003, up $536 or 31.6% from March 2002, and up $100 or 4.7% from February 2003.'s monthly True Cost of Incentives(SM) report takes into account all of the manufacturers' various incentives programs, including subvented interest rates and lease programs as well as cash rebates to consumers and dealers. To assure the greatest possible accuracy, bases its calculations on sales volume, including the mix of vehicle makes and models for each month, as well as on the proportion of vehicles for which each type of incentive was used.


Incentives spending for domestic Chrysler, Ford and General Motors nameplates averaged $3,007 per vehicle, up 4% from February 2003 and up 36% from March 2002. Despite this increase, the total U.S. market share of the domestics was 59.4% in March 2003, one of its lowest recorded levels.


The luxury SUV segment continues to have the lowest incentives per vehicle, but that distinction narrowed in March as this segment experienced the greatest month-to-month increase. Luxury SUV incentives rose 43% from $940 per unit in February 2003 to $1,345 in March 2003. Simultaneously, luxury SUV sales went up 12.6%.


Incentives for the large SUV segment increased 28% from $2,446 per unit in February to $3,131 in March, but the market share of the large SUV segment did not materially increase.


Lexus and Land Rover each more than doubled their incentives spending last month compared to February, spending $1,128 and $964, respectively, per unit in March. In the same period, Lexus experienced a 13.9% market share increase while Land Rover had a 7% decrease.


On average, vehicles sold 64 days after arriving on dealer lots in March 2003 compared to 50 days in March 2002, reflecting a slower sales cycle. The shortest "days to turn" was recorded for GM's Hummer, at 21 days, and BMW's MINI, at 25 days, while Isuzu and Suzuki were at the other end of the spectrum at 117 and 99 days, respectively.


"In March, incentives increased across the board," stated Dr. Jane Liu, Executive Director of Data Analysis for "Most manufacturers were dragged into the game to stay competitive and move their aging inventory, especially less fuel efficient vehicles."


About True Cost of Incentives(SM) (TCI(SM))'s TCI(SM) is a comprehensive monthly report that measures automobile manufacturers' cost of incentives on vehicles sold in the United States. These costs are reported on a per vehicle basis for the industry as a whole, for each manufacturer, for each make sold by each manufacturer and for each model of each make. TCI covers all aspects of manufacturers' various incentives programs (except volume and similar bonus programs), including dealer cash, manufacturer rebates and consumer savings from subvented APR and lease programs (including subvented lease residual values used in manufacturer leasing programs). Data for the industry, the manufacturers and the makes are derived using weighted averages and are based on actual monthly sales and financing activity.


About, Inc. ( ) is the premier online resource for automotive information. Its comprehensive set of data, tools and services, including True Market Value(R) pricing, is generated by Edmunds Data Services and is licensed to third parties. For example, the company supplies over 800,000 pages of content for's auto section and delivers monthly data reports to Morgan Stanley. was named "best car research" site by Forbes ASAP, is viewed by consumers as the "most useful Web site" according to the J.D. Power and Associates New Studies(SM) for both 2001 and 2002, and was ranked first in the Survey of Car- Shopping Web Sites as reported by The Wall Street Journal. The company is headquartered in Santa Monica, California and maintains a satellite office in Troy, Michigan.





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Spam Becomes Public Enemy #1


By Mark Berniker


Although they all have different policies to combat the problem, AOL Time Warner (Quote, Company Info), Microsoft Corp. (Quote, Company Info) and Yahoo (Quote, Company Info) announced on Monday that they plan to "join forces against spam."


In a joint statement, the three companies that are traditionally bitter rivals said they "will initiate an open dialogue that will include organizations across this industry to drive technical standards and industry guidelines that can be adopted regardless of platform."


The effort represents the first time the three online giants have ever joined forces on a single initiative. For consumers with either free or paid e-mail accounts, spam is a massive problem and it also presents myriad challenges for online companies. Often junk message clutter absorbs storage, sometimes preventing wanted e-mails from being received. While all three companies utilize some level of spam protection technology, any user of e-mail services can vouch for the constant inundation of unwanted and sometimes disturbing messages.


On the backdrop of consumer outrage about the growth of spam, the three behemoths which handle billions of e-mail messages daily are at least saying they will work on broad standards.


Yahoo, Microsoft and AOL said they will focus on protecting consumers from receiving spam by stopping companies which "use deceptive techniques in e-mail headers specifying the e-mail sender, by leveraging existing directories of Internet addresses such as the Domain Name System to better identify the location from which e-mail is originating."


The group went further by saying it will try to stop e-mails by combating "concealment techniques" and also block e-mail "from systems determined to be open to unauthorized use (such as open relays, open routers or open proxies)."


The troika added the want to prevent certain companies from creating bulk fraudulent e-mail accounts and to develop a mechanism for feedback between the three companies and their respective customer complaint systems.


The AOL, Microsoft and Yahoo press release comes just before a federal conference is to open up this week. "We are looking forward to the Federal Trade Commission's Spam Forum this week as a valuable opportunity to discuss solutions collaboratively. The event provides a forum for industry, government and technology to come together to address the spam problem and restore the integrity of Internet users' e-mail experience."


And it's precisely that integrity and credibility that is under siege, giving consumer, politicians and now some of the major companies the impetus to begin to tackle the thorny issue of unsolicited blitzing of unwanted messages.


In shades of a Dick Tracy episode, AOL's vice chairman Ted Leonsis said "at AOL, fighting spam is priority number one, because spammers are public enemy number one, both to us and to our members."


The FTC's Spam Forum will be held at the FTC, 601 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC. The event is open to the public, and there is no fee for attendance. Pre-registration is not required, but only 350 seats will be available at the forum.


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News Briefs---


Chip sales moved up in March


Study: Salt Lake City area residents most generous, Utah ranks high in

charity giving


Amtrak president outlines plan to fix railroad, cars






Report: Minorities, women losing ground in sports


Sports Writers Around the Country Rate the Draft Picks





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Highlights of This Day in American History


April 29, 1899 Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington

    1749- Benjamin Franklin on the banks of the Shuylkill River, Philadelphia, PA, became the first person to cook by electricity. In a letter dated this day in 1749,

he wrote: A turkey is to be killed for our dinner by the electrical shock and roasted by the electrical jack, before a fire kindled by the electrified bottle

    1845-Macon B. Allen becomes the first African-American lawyer
admitted to the bar in Massachusetts.

    1854- the first college for African-American students was the Ashmun Institute, Chester County ,PA. It was named after Jeshudi Ashmun, the reorganizer of the colony of Liberia. In 1966, the college name was changed to Lincoln University.

    1873-Eli Hamilton Janney of Alexandria, VA, obtained a patent on an “improvement in car-couplings.” Eventually every railroad coupler with which every railroad car in the United States, Canada, and Mexico was equipment

with his invention.’`for the first and only time, the Kentucky Derby was run in April instead of May. The winning cold was “His Eminence,” ridden by Jimmy Winkfeld. Sannazarro finished second, a length-and-a-half back.

    1913-the zipper was invented about 1906 by Gideon Sundback of Hoboken, NJ, an inventor of Swedish ancestry, who obtained a patent on this day for his “separable fasteners.” His design consisted of two flexible tapes, each of which carried a row of metal teeth with tiny hooks, and a slider that locked the two rows of hooks together. This fastener was improved upon by later patents on March 20 and October 16, 1917, which were assigned to the Hookless Fastener Company of Meadville, PA, under the name “Talon.” The first manufactured garments to incorporate zippers were rubber boots made by the B.F. Goodrich Company in 1923. Prior to this all clothes used buttons exclusively. The term “zipper” was coined by the English novelist Gilbert Frankau, who saw the device at a promotional luncheon and explained “Zip! It’s Open! Zip! It’s closed!” The first fashion designer to use zippers was Elsa Schiaparelli, who added them to garments in her 1930 collection.

    1918-Ace of Aces Captain Edward Vernon Rickenbacker of Columbus, OH first victory took place in the Baussant region, in the Toul sector, France. He was credited with 26 victories, including 22 airplanes and four balloons.

    1927-birthday of tenor saxophone Big Jay McNeely, Watts Ca

    1931- British skiffle musician Lonnie Donegan birthday. His biggest North American hit was 1961's "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor (On the Bedpost Over Night)." Died November 3,2002.

    1933-birthday of guitarist Willie Nelson, Abbott, TX.

    1934-guitarist Otis Rush birthday, born Neshoba, MS

    1941 - The Boston Bees agreed to rename the National League team the Braves, the name they used prior to 1935.

    1945 - The 522nd Field Artillery Battalion, part of the most decorated regiment in the history of the U.S. military (the 442nd regimental combat team), added another first to the history books. They liberated the remaining prisoners of the infamous Nazi death camp, Dachau. The 522nd was made up entirely of second generation Japanese-Americans (Nisei).

    1951-Marguerite Higgins won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting. journalism. Her book, “War in Korea,” became a best-seller Among the many the many newspaper articles she wrote were the first report of the German death camps at the end of World War II, won the Pulitzer Prize for journalism in 1951. She was the first American to enter the Dachau death camp on 04-29-1945, in advance of military troops. From her dispatch filed that day: "Tattered, emaciated men, weeping, yelling and shouting `Long Live America' (in about 16 languages) swept toward the gate in a mob. Those who could not walk limped or crawled... at least a thousand prisoners were killed the night before... the barracks like those at Buchenwald (which she had also entered early) had the stench of death and sickness... the starving and dying lay virtually on top of each other in quarters where 1,200 men occupied a space intended for the crematorium itself were hooks on which the S.S. men hung their victims when they wished to flog them or to use any of the other torture instruments... Many of the living were so frail it seemed impossible they could still be holding on to life." More women were killed by the Germans in the concentration camps than men - and women were subjected to rape and other sexual tortures as well. So many of the Nazi doctors seemed fascinated by women's reproductive abilities and performed unspeakable horrors on pregnant women. She died in Washington, D.C. on January 3, 1966 of a disease which she apparently contracted while in Vietnam.

September 14,2002 a stamp was issued to commemorate her life.


    1951--Top Hits

If - Perry Como

Mockingbird Hill -Patti Page

Would I Love You - Patti Page

The Rhumba Boogie - Hank Snow

1952-birthday of Dale Earnhardt, stock car racer, born Kannapolis, NC, Apr 29, 1952. He was one of NASCAR's most popular personalities, winning the Winston Cup seven times. He was killed while driving in the Daytona 500 at Daytona Beach, FL, Feb 18, 2001

    1953 - "Coke Time with Eddie Fisher" began its TV and radio run on NBC-TV and Mutual radio. Fisher, a popular performer, was seen and heard on more TV and radio stations in 1954 than any other entertainer. Oh, my! (Papa)

    1954 - Ernest Borgnine made his network television debut in "Night Visitor" on "Ford Theatre" on NBC-TV. The versatile film ("Marty") star would later become a sitcom sensation in "McHale’s Navy" with comedian Tim Conway on CBS and, later, as a helicopter owner in "Airwolf".,+Ernest

    1954-Miles Davis Sextet records “Walkin’” (Prestige)

    1958-"The Witch Doctor" goes to No. 1 on Billboard's pop charts. The singer's voice was recorded at various speeds, mainly very Fast. Songwriter and singer Ross Bagdasarian (who recorded under the name David Seville) topped the charts again at the end of the year with "The Chipmunk Song," sung by his dubbed voice at very fast speed, and this time the singers were: the Chipmunks.

    1959--Top Hits

Come Softly to Me - The Fleetwoods

(Now and Then There’s) A Fool Such as I - Elvis Presley

Guitar Boogie Shuffle - The Virtues

White Lightning - George Jones

    1959 - UNIVAC, the electronic computer that was the size of a house, actually picked four out of six winners at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY. The electronic brain set a record for right choices in horse races. Of course, the winners all paid 2-1 or even odds, so it didn’t win much. But, most of us don’t...

    1960 - Dick Clark told a House of Representatives investigating committee looking into the payola scandal that he, the host of "American Bandstand", never took payola for records featured on his daily TV show. Clark would, however, relinquish rights to music publishing that he owned. The value of those rights, Clark indicated 30 years later, amounted to about $80 million.

    1961 - “Spanning the globe ... to bring you the constant variety of sport, the constant variety of human competition, the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. This is ABC’s Wide World of Sports.” A Saturday afternoon sports program began its long run on ABC-TV. The show, featuring Jim McKay as host, along with Howard Cosell, Frank Gifford, Al Michaels, Jack Whitaker, Heywood Hale Brun and others, was not an immediate hit. Although Roone Arledge’s vision of a worldwide window on televised sports got off to a slow start, "ABC’s Wide World of Sports" became one of TV’s most popular and enduring programs.

    1963-Andrew Loog Oldham signed the Rolling Stones to a management contract. He had seen them peform the previous night at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, England.

    1967--Top Hits

Somethin’ Stupid - Nancy Sinatra & Frank Sinatra

A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You - The Monkees

Sweet Soul Music - Arthur Conley

Need You - Sonny James

1967-Muhammad Ai was stripped of his world heavyweight boxing championship when he refused to be inducted into military service. Said Au, “I have searched my conscience, and I find I cannot be true to my belief in my religion by accepting such a call.” He had claimed exemption as a minister of the Black Muslim religion. Convicted of violating the Selective Service Act but the Supreme Court reversed this decision in 1971

    1968 - "Hair" made its way from Greenwich Village to Broadway. The show certainly opened eyes. It was the first time that actors appeared nude in a Broadway musical. "Hair" ran for 1,844 shows on and off Broadway. It was even more successful in its London run later. Big songs from the show: "Hair" (The Cowsills) and "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" (The 5th Dimension).

    1969 - Sir Duke, Duke Ellington, celebrated his 70th birthday. He was honored with the presentation of the Medal of Freedom, the U.S. government’s highest civilian honor.

    1974 - Phil Donahue’s TV show was on the move. "Donahue" was moving to Chicago, IL, where it would remain until 1985. The show was originally based in Dayton, OH. Following more than a decade in the Windy City, the show again moved, this time to New York City. During its stay in Chicago, "Donahue" earned nine Emmy Awards.

    1975--Top Hits

(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song - B.J. Thomas

He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You) - Tony Orlando & Dawn

Supernatural Thing - Ben E. King

Blanket on the Ground - Billie Jo Spears

    1981 - Steve Carlton, the Philadelphia Phillies pitcher, became the first left hander in the major leagues to get 3,000 career strikeouts. He fanned Montreal Expos’s Tim Wallach in the first inning of a game that saw the Phillies beat the Expos 6-2. Carlton was only the sixth major leaguer to strikeout 3,000 batters. He finished with 4,136.

    1983--Top Hits

Come on Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners

Beat It - Michael Jackson

Der Kommissar - After the Fire

American Made - The Oak Ridge Boys

    1985-“Challenger” was launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, piloted by the first African-American to enter outer space, Col. Frederick Gregory, who became a veteran of three space missions, logging in 455 hours. This flight had a crew of seven and a full animal menagerie of monkeys and other animals to learn about the effects of space. After 111 orbits of Earth, Challenger landed on May 6, 1985, at Edwards Air Force Base, Ca.

    1985 - George Steinbrenner, owner of the New York Yankees, fired manager Yogi Berra. Berra was canned after only 16 games into the young baseball season. In his place, Steinbrenner brought Billy Martin back ... for the fourth time.

    1986 - Roger Clemens of the Boston Red Sox set a major-league baseball record by striking out 20 Seattle Mariner batters on the way to a 3-1 win. This record for the Red Sox hurler surpassed the 19 strikeouts for a nine-inning game held by Nolan Ryan when he pitched for the California Angels. Tom Seaver of the New York Mets and Steve Carlton of the St. Louis Cardinals also held a piece of the previous 19-KO record.

    1992- State Farm Insurance was ordered to pay $157 million to hundreds of California women who were not offered or given jobs as State Farm agents because of their sex. It was the largest sex-discrimination settlement in US history to that time. The settlement was shared by more than 814 women. The case that began in June, 1979 when Muriel Kraszewski sued because she was turned down repeatedly for agent jobs at State Farm offices in South California because she was a woman. As a result of the suit, the ratio of women agents with State Farm has increased from less than 1% in 1979 to more than 50% today. Women make up more than 50% of the population.

    1988--Top Hits

Wishing Well- Terence Trent D Arby

Anything For You- Gloria Estefan

Angel- Aerosmith

Where Do Broken Hearts Go- Whitney Houston

Pink Cadillac- Natalie Cole

    1988-the 1988 Baltimore Orioles finally won a game after losing the first 21 games of the season. They beat the Chicago White Sox, 9-0, on a combined four-hitter by pitchers Mark Williamson and Dave Schmidt. The Orioles’ streak, lasting from April 4 to 28, set an American League record but fell two losses short of the National League mark.

    1989- Porter Wagoner joined Dolly Parton on stage for the first time since Parton split with her mentor in 1976. The duet sold out four shows at Parton's Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

    1991--Top Hits

Baby Baby - Amy Grant

Joyride - Roxette

I Like the Way (The Kissing Game) - Hi-Five

Down Home – Alabama

    1992-a jury in Simi Valley, CA, failed to convict four Los Angeles police officers accused in the videotaped beating of Rodney King, providing the spark that set off rioting, looting and burning at South Central Los Angeles, CA, and other areas across the country. The anger unleashed during and after the violence was attributed to widespread racism, lack of job opportunities and the resulting hopelessness of inner-city poverty.

    1997- the US House of Representatives voted to bestow Congress's highest civilian award, the Congressional Gold Medal, on Frank Sinatra. In 1985, President Ronald Reagan had presented the singer with the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the US.

    1997-Craig MacIavish, the last player to go without a helmet, retired from

the National Hockey League,. The NHL mandated helmets at the start of the 1979-80 season but allowed players then active to refrain by signing a waiver absolving the league of responsibility in case of head injury. MacIavish was the last remaining player of those who signed the waiver. He retired from the St. Louis Blues after a 16-year career during which he scored 213 goals. Despite his personal choice, he admitted, “Certainly, it’s very dangerous out there without a helmet. “

    1998--Top Hits

Too Close- Next

You re Still The One- Shania Twain

Let s Rid-, Montell Jordan Feat. Master P

All My Life- K-Ci


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