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Curt Webster Passes Away

Curt Webster, CVLE, active in leasing since 1977, started Vehicle Lenders Group, LLC in 2005, also TrucklendersUSA, passed away from Pancreatic cancer. From April, 1994 to August, 1997, he was board chair of Coast to Coast Automobile Finance. He was a recovering alcholic, very active in Alcohol Anonymous as wells as past board chair and long time board member of the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, a good friend of Kit Menkin and supporter of the Salvation Army Adult Alcohol Rehabiltation Centers.

This announcement from Dawn Leo,GM,Vehicle Lenders Group:

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Curtis Webster, who while surrounded by love, graciously received peace and comfort in the early hours of Tuesday, August 7th 2012.

An extraordinary man, with an extraordinary journey of life, Curtis impacted all of our lives. He was a proud loving husband, father, grandfather, and boss.

We at Vehicle Lenders Group and Trucklenders USA will continue to carry on Curtis's vision, goals, standards, and excellence of service in honor of him.

At the request of Curtis, in lieu of flowers, please send a donations to his favorite charity LICADD

A man who fought ferociously, he crossed the finish line and found peace.

Family will receive friends at the Francis P. DeVine Funeral Home Inc., 293 South Street, Oyster Bay, Saturday 2-4, & 7-9 p.m.

A Service will be held Saturday at 8 p.m.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

  Archive --- August 9, 2001
Lindsey McLorg says, “Goodbye.”
 Classified Ads---Collections/Controller
  Most Recent “Credit Story List”
   KFC versus Chick-fil-A
  New Hires---Promotions
    Classified Ads---Help Wanted
Growth of Healthcare asset finance
  is outpacing market growth
    Written by Brian Rogerson
  States with the Highest Underemployment Rate
    “Divorce” by Barry Marks, Esq.
      from his New Poetry Book
  Black Lab Puppy
   San Francisco, California Adopt-a-Dog
     The Bourne Legacy, Hope Springs
       The Hunger Games/The Raid: Redemption, La Promesse
       Movie/DVD Reviews by Fernando Croce
     Classified Ads---Employment Web Sites
News Briefs---
 ePLUS Net Earnings $8.1 MM compared to $3.7MM
  Fannie Mae posts $2.2 billion net gain for second quarter
   With Rates Low, Banks Increase Mortgage Profit
    In London, Censure of an Elite Bank Draws Harrumphs
     Movie rentals down 10% in first half of year
      McDonald's blames economy as sales stall in July
       Hewlett-Packard’s Deal-Making Missteps

Broker/Funder/Industry Lists | Features (collection)
Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months

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     Baseball Poem
      California Nuts Brief---
       "Gimme that Wine"    
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           Daily Puzzle
               Weather, USA or specific area
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Archive --- August 9, 2001
Lindsey McLorg says, “Goodbye.”

(At the time she was vice president, syndications
at Mellon US Leasing for five years)

Dear Kit:

Today will be my last day at Mellon US Leasing. I would appreciate your redirecting your newsletter to my home e-address (as indicated in the cc above) until I surface elsewhere. The absorption of MUSL into GE Capital process is at the halfway mark, with today being 60 days post closing date of the sale by Mellon. The turn out the lights day for the San Francisco operations is October 5, 2001.

I have been most appreciative of my daily Menkit - dose and hope that you can continue indefinitely what I imagine is a mostly rewarding but perhaps sometimes thankless endeavor. You are performing a real service to the leasing industry for which I thank you.

As I leave US Leasing behind and look forward to a bit of a sabbatical while I figure out what comes next, it is worthwhile to note in passing that if US Leasing had made it to 2002, this Granddaddy of the leasing industry would have hit its Golden anniversary next year. Instead it must remain forever a 49er, which in the final analysis isn't the worst thing that could happen to a venerable San Francisco based institution now laid to rest!

Again, thank you for your continuing service and happy trails to you.

Best regards,
Lindsey McLorg

(Today she is Vice President, Secondary Markets, Equipment Finance Division at Bank of the West, San Francisco, California)





Classified Ads--- Collections/Controller

(These ads are “free” to those seeking employment or looking
to improve their position)

Port St Lucie, FL
20+ yrs exp. commercial collection/late stage specialist. 
Prefer to work from home based office or transfer to Sarasota | Resume

Chicago, IL
experienced in lease accounting, operations, management, and Sarbanes-Oxley. Seeking position with equipment lessor. Would consider contract assignments or relocating. 
Southeastern, MI
Controller & Management experience w/ equip lessors &broker. MBA, CPA w/ extensive accounting, management, securitization experience with public and private companies. Willing to relocate. 

Southern CA
20 years exp. as hands-on leasing CFO, managing accounting, treasury, FP&A, including securitizations, Great Plains/FRx, budgets, risk management.  MBA.  Also available as interim Controller/CFO, consultant. 

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Most Recent “Credit Story List”

Alphabetical list - click on company name to view more details

Advantage Funding
Agility Ventures
Allegiant Partners Incorporated
American Leasefund, Inc. 
Bankers Capital 
Black Rock Capital
BSB Leasing, Inc 

Calfund, LLC
Cobra Capital, LLC
Dakota Financial
Financial Pacific Leasing
Forum Financial Services, Inc.
Gonor Funding
Maxim Commercial Credit 
National Machine Tool Financial 

Northwest Leasing Company, Inc. 
Pawnee Leasing Corporation
P&L Capital Corporation 
Standard Professional Services, LLC
Summit Leasing, Inc.
TEAM Funding Solutions


To qualify for this list, the company must be a funder (as qualified by Leasing News and on the “Funder List, meaning we have verified with their banker, investor, or they are a public company, that 50% of their transactions are "full recourse.") They also have to have a good reputation as evidenced by an acceptable Better Business Bureau Rating and no history of complaints at Leasing News, as well as notifying lessees in advance when the lease will end and what the residual will be, specifically not automating extra lease payments, or insisting their discounter follow the same policy. We reserve the right to not list a company who does not meet these qualifications.

These companies may accept and compete in "A" and "B" marketplaces, but also specialize in "C" and "D" credits, often new businesses, or businesses where the principal(s) have Beacon score around 600 or previous difficulties or the equipment may be considered poor collateral or attracting problems; meaning to become comfortable with the credit and financial situation you need to learn the "story" to make a positive decision, often requiring further security, shorter term, or additional guarantors. Their specialty is not being a “cookie cutter” and often require full financial statements and tax returns as well as a “story about the company, its history, goals, circumstances” to fully understand the full financial picture.

Leasing News encourages companies who are listed to contact us for any change or addition they would like to make. Adding further information as an "attachment" or clarification of what they have to offer would be helpful to readers is very much encouraged.




KFC versus Chick-fil-A

The recent publicity regarding Chick-fil-A gives the impression the fast food restaurant is a relatively small operation. It actually is not true.

With 3,000 units less, Chick-fil-A sales almost equals KFC in sales, as well as have the highest outstanding sales per unit, over three times KFC's number.

Many have rallied around their political stand, while others protest. This article has nothing to do with the politics or taking sides, but for the record, here are the top fast food chicken restaurants, according to QRS Magazine, as of year-end 2011:


New Hires---Promotions

Mary Angert was promoted to assistant vice president, application support, at CSI Leasing, St. Louis, Missouri. "Previously senior vice president and chief credit officer, Pratt oversees CSI’s global credit operations. He has been with CSI for 17 years." Webster University Masters, Information Systems (2003 – 2004), Azusa Pacific University Masters in Education, Educational Technology (1993 – 1994),University of Missouri-Rolla Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering (1976 – 1980).

Ryan Bauer was promoted assistant vice president, finance, at CSI Leasing, St. Louis, Missouri. He joined the firm August, 2008. "Previously credit analyst, Bauer assists with transaction finance and helps develop vendor programs in CSI’s Government and Education Finance Division." University of Missouri-Columbia, College of Business BS BA, Finance and Banking, Real Estate (2004 – 2008), Graduated Cum Laude, Activities and Societies: Phi Delta Theta, Rho Epsilon. DeSmet Jesuit High School (2000 – 2004).

Jeff Brannon, co-founder, managing partner, METRIX Capital Group, LLC, Orange County, California is now a stakeholder in Iviu Technologies. He is also a stakeholder in GreenGlobal, LLC (May, 2012), Little Orbit (May, 2012), and was previously a managing partner, CEO, Strade Capital Corporation (September, 2004-June, 2011), CEO, SlumpBuster Energy (2006-2008), SFG, Balboa Capital (1998-2004). California State University-San Bernardino - College of Business and Public Administration MBA, General (2007 – 2008), California State University-Long Beach - College of Business Administration Bachelor of Science, Finance, Management.

Michael Casey appointed business development at Key Equipment Finance Canada, Ltd., Burlington, Ontario, Canada. Previously he was vice president, FSS Financial Services (June,2009 -July, 2012), director, business aviation, Key Equipment Finance (2004-2008), manager, structured finance, Bombardier (2002-2004), manager, operating lessors, Bombardier Aerospace (1998-2001), director, commercial transportation leasing (GE Capital (1987-1998), The University of Western Ontario, Bachelor of Arts (1981-1984).

Bill Elmore, was promoted assistant vice president, applications development t CSI Leasing, St. Louis, Missouri." Previously senior programmer/analyst responsible for Web development and .NET programming, Elmore is now managing projects to upgrade customer-facing applications and is the systems architect for .NET development. He has been with CSI for 13 years."

Chas McDaniels was promoted to senior vice president and United States chief credit officer at CSI Leasing, St. Louis, Missouri. He joined the firm in 2002. "Previously vice president and United States chief credit officer, McDaniels manages the credit department and portfolio in the United States." University of Colorado at Boulder BA, Business (1995 – 1999), MBA--Finance & Accounting--Regis University--2004.

Don Pratt was promoted to executive vice president and chief credit officer at CSI Leasing, St. Louis, Missouri, as wells as director, CSI Leasing Holdings Australia Party, Ltd." Previously senior vice president and chief credit officer, Pratt oversees CSI’s global credit operations. He has been with CSI for 17 years."

Dan Toscano was promoted to vice president at CSI Leasing, St. Louis, Missouri. He works out of Boca Raton, Florida. He joined the firm in 2009 as an account executive. Prior he was vice president, Fidelity National Capital (November, 2004-October, 2009), regional sales manager, GATX Technology Services (June, 1995-Octoeber, 2004), regional sales manager, Sun Financial Group (April, 1992-June, 1995). University of South Florida B.S., Marketing (1981–1985).

David Tyler was promoted to assistant vice president, credit administration at CSI Leasing, St. Louis, Missouri. He joined the firm in 2007. "Previously credit analyst, Tyler assists in managing the U.S. and Canadian credit portfolios." Prior he was an intern at Russell Capital Management (August, 2006-December, 2006), personal trainer/fitness area supervisor, University of Kentucky, Johnson Center (March, 2005-December, 2006). BA, Finance (2003 – 2007).


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Growth of Healthcare asset finance
is outpacing market growth
Written by Brian Rogerson

(Edited due to length)

Medical equipment leasing and renting is developing its role to free up ‘frozen capital’ in world healthcare systems.

Budget deficit and sovereign debt concerns have prompted many developed countries to rein in healthcare budgets and reform their healthcare systems in recent years.

As a result of some or all of a range of factors - ageing demographics, accumulated budget deficits, rising demand for healthcare services, over-prescription, a bewildering array of new treatments (especially biotech) - healthcare spending has become unsustainable in the long run in many mature economies.

Curbing costs

Health policymakers are now confronted with the double challenges of curbing rising healthcare costs while maintaining the quality of healthcare services.

More efficient financing

According to Melting the Iceberg, a study by Siemens Financial Services (SFS), evidence is emerging that the use of more efficient financing techniques, such as leasing, is on the rise and is gradually helping to address the frozen capital challenge.

In 2011, the European market for medical equipment rental and leasing is estimated at €8.4bn (US$11.2bn) in 2011. In 2017, the market is projected to reach €11.9bn (US$15.9bn), registering a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.8% between 2009 and 2017.3

Due to budgetary constraints leasing is growing as a preferred alternative for financing medical technology in countries such as Germany, France, and the UK.

Higher demand

An increasingly ageing population and a rise in the incidence of chronic diseases in Western Europe have resulted in a higher demand for patient monitoring devices in hospitals and in homecare settings, further encouraging the use of leasing for acquisition of medical equipment.

In Germany, the largest medical equipment market in the European region, leasing of medical technology is a very popular practice. In the US, the market for medical equipment rental and leasing is estimated to be slightly less than that of Europe, at €7.8bn (US$10.4bn) in 2011.

However, the US leasing and rental market is expected to overtake Europe in 2017 with a projection of €12bn (US$16bn).

In China, the projected medical equipment market is expected to reach €10.5bn (US$14.1bn) by 2015.

However, it would appear that the largest nation on earth has taken the issue of sustainable financing seriously and is increasingly implementing such techniques. According to official sources, the penetration of leasing as a proportion of all healthcare equipment spending has risen rapidly, and is predicted to continue doing so throughout this second decade of the twenty-first century.

Perhaps the most important finding of this study is that growth in the medical equipment leasing market is outpacing growth in the market as a whole.

This is highly significant, in that it provides an evidential basis that leasing is being used for an increasing proportion of medical equipment acquisition. As the use of leasing and renting increases, the burden of frozen capital in pressurized healthcare systems around the world is gradually being eroded. This evidence also indicates a spreading realisation amongst healthcare financial managers that necessary, up-to-date technology is either unaffordable or financially unsustainable unless greater use is made of private sector capital through methods such as leasing.

Melting the Iceberg: a study providing evidence that asset finance is reducing the burden of ‘frozen capital’ in global healthcare markets

Full story available at


Mr. Terry Winders available as a consultant regarding assisting attorneys in resolving disputes or explaining procedures or reviewing documents as utilized in the finance and leasing industry.

He is the author of several books, including DVD's, as well as weekly columnist to Leasing News. He also performs audits of leasing companies as an expert on documentation, and has acted as an expert witness on leasing for litigation in legal and tax disputes, including before the IRS. He also has taught the senior bank examiners, how to review a bank leasing department, for the Federal Reserve in Washington D.C. and has trained the examiners for the FDIC on how to prepare a lease portfolio for sale.


(This ad is a “trade” for the writing of this column. Opinions
contained in the column are those of Mr. Terry Winders, CLP)



States with the Highest Underemployment Rate

"While the unemployment rate is the statistic most talked about in the media, it does not give a full picture of the employment situation in this country. In order to be unemployed, one must be out of work and have actively searched for a job within the past four weeks. Some people who have not been able to find jobs have dropped out of the labor force altogether. Others are considered “marginally attached” to the labor force, meaning they have looked for a job within the past year, but not actively in the past four weeks.

“Finally, there are many people who are working part-time but would prefer full-time work. All of the people in these situations are part of a state’s underemployment rate. The underemployment rate in this country from the third quarter of 2011 to the second quarter of 2012 is 15.3%.

“24/7 Wall St. looked at the 10 states with the highest underemployment rate. Not surprisingly, the official unemployment and underemployment rates are highly related. Four of the top five states on the list are in the top five in terms of unemployment.

“The underemployment rate is also generally tied to a state’s housing market. Five of the states on this list made 24/7 Wall St.’s recent report on the 10 states with the most underwater mortgages.

“Finally, income growth per capita has not been as strong in states with the highest underemployment. Three of the 10 states on the list were in the bottom 10 states for income per capita growth, with another three ranking in the bottom 20.”

Underemployment rate: 16.6%
Official unemployment rate: 8.7% (17th highest)
Gross domestic product: $227.1 billion (20th highest)
Income per capita: $35,875 (11th lowest)

Underemployment rate: 17%
Official unemployment rate: 8.7% (16th highest)
Gross domestic product: $310.9 billion (14th highest)
Income per capita: $44,294 (13th highest)

Underemployment rate: 17%
Official unemployment rate: 9.2% (11th highest)
Gross domestic product: $661.1 billion (4th highest)
Income per capita: $39,563 (24th lowest)

South Carolina
Underemployment rate: 17%
Official unemployment rate: 10% (4th highest)
Gross domestic product: $143.3 billion (24th lowest)
Income per capita: $33,673 (5th lowest)

Underemployment rate: 17.4%
Official unemployment rate: 9.1% (12th highest)
Gross domestic product: $186.2 billion (25th highest)
Income per capita: $37,909 (19th lowest)

Underemployment rate: 17.4%
Official unemployment rate: 9.4% (9th highest)
Gross domestic product: $337.4 billion (13th highest)
Income per capita: $36,533 (14th lowest)

North Carolina
Underemployment rate: 17.5%
Official unemployment rate: 9.8% (5th highest)
Gross domestic product: $385.1 billion (9th highest)
Income per capita: $36,164 (13th lowest)

Rhode Island
Underemployment rate: 18.9%
Official unemployment rate: 11.2% (2nd highest)
Gross domestic product: $43.7 billion (6th lowest)
Income per capita: $43,992 (16th highest)

Underemployment rate: 20.3%
Official unemployment rate: 11.2% (3rd highest)
Gross domestic product: $1,735.4 billion (highest)
Income per capita: $44,481 (12th highest)

Underemployment rate: 22.1%
Official unemployment rate: 12.3% (highest)
Gross domestic product: $112.5 billion (19th lowest)
Income per capita: $38,173 (21st lowest)

-Samuel Weigley

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Divorce” by Barry Marks, Esq.
from his New Poetry Book

(Barry is a well-known leasing attorney, active in several
leasing associations, who happens to be an outstanding published
poet, recognized as the “Alabama poet.”)

This poem is from his latest book of poetry: “Sounding”


Now that you’re old enough,
we can hurt you.

We confuse the issue of love
at the time you need to understand it most

We say things like:

“We still love each other,
but we can’t stand to be together.”

“Our forever is over but our love for you
is unaffected.”

“People don’t fall out of love---
the magnet just turns around.”

We look for you to act out
(Boys, drugs, beer)
All because you don’t understand
that it is easier to sever than to retie
the Gordian Knot of marriage.

Now that you’re old enough,
we ask you to understand these things
that we cannot fathom.

Children are like eggs
and marriage like an onion

The one fragile,
full of potential

The other peels away,
peels away
until nothing is left
Except in our eyes.

It’s unfair that I go on without you
I will say I am sorry to you
for the rest of my life.



There is a beautiful photo of his daughter in the front. This book is dedicated to her. It describes a father's journey from loss to grief and to healing. Leah Ellen Marks passed away too young, at the age of 17, as a result of a car accident caused by an impaired driver. It has poems before the terrible event.

I am awed by the emotion, the candor, how revealing and powerful Barry expresses his thoughts, and how they become more than a message but a lesson in life.

Kit Menkin, editor

$15.95 at Amazon

Also available direct from the publisher:

Barry Marks, Esq. Poetry Book of the Year in Alabama

Poems by Barry Marks, Esq.
Possible Crocodiles--collection at

A few of Barry's Poems

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Fernando's View
By Fernando F. Croc

August box-office continues with polished action ("The Bourne Legacy") and gentle comedy ("Hope Springs"), while non-stop thrills ("The Hunger Games," "The Raid: Redemption") and involving drama ("La Promesse") await DVD viewers.

In Theaters:

The Bourne Legacy (Universal Pictures): The "Bourne" franchise gets its fourth chapter in this polished, thrilling action drama, based on Robert Ludlum's acclaimed novel of espionage and double-crosses. Taking center stage from Matt Damon's Jason Bourne, Jeremy Renner ("The Hurt Locker") stars as Aaron Cross, a new government secret agent whose survival skills are put to the test when his own superiors come after him following the events of the previous movie. By his side is Dr. Shearing (Rachel Weisz), a scientist whose entire lab team has been gunned down and who may hold the secret Aaron's pursuers so desperately need. With Oscar-nominated writer-director Tony Gilroy ("Michael Clayton") stepping behind the camera and a cast that includes Edward Norton, Scott Glenn and Albert Finney, this crowd-pleasing mix of stunts and suspense lives up to its predecessors.

Hope Springs (Columbia Pictures): Two of today's greatest actors, Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones take a break from drama in this humorous marital portrait, directed by David Frankel ("The Devil Wears Prada"). They play Kay and Arnold, a Omaha couple whose marriage, after 31 years, is beginning to show signs of stagnation. At Kay's urging, they take off to a special Maine clinic that specializes in romantic counseling and is run by the wise if eccentric Dr. Feld (Steve Carrell). As their therapy sessions proceed, their dormant insecurities and still-burning desires are revealed. Can their flame be still reignited? Though an outline of the plot may suggest a broad comedy, this is a gentle and wistful tale, told with a wry touch and beautifully played by Streep and Jones, who invest their characters with warmth and subtlety.

Netflix Tip: With the new Jason Bourne film hitting theaters, it's a good time to revisit the previous screen incarnations of this popular character. There's the 1988 TV version "The Bourne Identity," where he was played by Richard Chamberlain, and then of course the successful series of "The Bourne Identity" (2002), "The Bourne Supremacy" (2004) and "The Bourne Ultimatum" (2007). Check them all out with Netflix.


The Hunger Games (Lions Gate): The highly anticipated movie version of Suzanne Collins's immensely popular novel finally comes to the screen, with exciting results. Set in a bleak future where America has been transformed into a land called Panem, the movie depicts one girl's struggle to survive the Hunger Games, a televised contest where citizens compete to the death. In order to save her younger sister's life, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to represent her district in the games, and finds herself fighting for her life side by side with fellow competitor Peeta (Josh Hutcherson). With bigger and stronger foes coming their way, can they make it to the end of the show? Directed by Gary Ross and with a cast that includes Woody Harrelson and Elizabeth Banks, this should please fans of the novel as well as any viewers looking for robust cinematic adventure.

The Raid: Redemption (Sony): Made for a fraction of its budget yet giving "The Hunger Games" a run for its money in the pure action department, this Indonesia-set thriller is a must for afficionados of adrenaline cinema. The setting is a 30-story high building in the heart of Jakarta, packed with so many deadly criminals that not even the police dare to get near. Led by Rama (Iko Uwais), a brave elite SWAT team makes its way into the dreaded fortress in hopes of defeating the powerful drug kingpin at the top. When their cover is blown, however, the men find themselves trapped inside the building with dozens of armed opponents on each floor. With an emphasis on pure, resourceful action that brings to mind the first "Die Hard" movie, director Gareth Evans delivers an exhilarating show that showcases martial-arts champion Uwais. With subtitles.

La Promesse (Criterion): Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, two of today's greatest filmmakers, had their first international breakthrough with this involving, at times wrenching drama from 1996. Set in the industrial Belgian town of Liege, the story centers on Igor (Jeremie Renier), a resourceful young boy who helps his father Roger (Olivier Gourmet) with a series of scams which includes smuggling illegal immigrants into the country. When one of their undocumented workers, an African man named Amidou (Rasmane Ouedraogo), dies in an accident, Igor is left to deal with his wife Assita (Rasmane Ouedraogo) and with an increasingly guilty conscience. Will he be able to escape his shady surroundings into a more compassionate state of mind? Both gritty and profoundly moving, this marks the beginning of the Dardennes' extraordinary career. With subtitles.


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News Briefs----

ePLUS Net Earnings $8.1 MM compared to $3.7 MM previous quarter

Fannie Mae posts $2.2 billion net gain for second quarter

With Rates Low, Banks Increase Mortgage Profit

In London, Censure of an Elite Bank Draws Harrumphs

Movie rentals down 10% in first half of year,0,5141631.story?track=rss

McDonald's blames economy as sales stall in July

Hewlett-Packard’s Deal-Making Missteps



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Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor cement their royalty in Olympic beach volleyball

Why Sand Doesn't Stick to Volleyballers




Baseball Poem

Three Strikes, Yer Out

..... written by Greg Salts, Chula Vista, Calif.

The first pitch was heat that looked more like meat.
You swung awful fast but it fouled off my mask.

You looked far too long at the base coach's face.
Your task here is simple, just get to first base.

You step in the box and shuffle your feet.
"O-2 on the batter," I said,
and was glad I glanced at him then and he really looked mad.

The catcher laid down number three as a sign
A change-up it was and it looked mighty fine.

I can't figure out why you stood there and looked.
But now there's a backward K in the book.





California Nuts Briefs---

Marin breast cancer linked to vitamin D receptor?

Refinery damage may take months to repair


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2013 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium Program Taking Shape

Two new companies win Crushpad assets for $654,866

Oregon refines regional distinction

Should a Wine List Educate or Merely Flatter You?

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Wine Prices by vintage

US/International Wine Events

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     1607-History records the first “ Thanksgiving Worship Service” at Phippsburg, Maine, by colonists on “ The Gift of God” and the “Mary and Jahn,” who landed at “ St. Georges Illand” under the leadership of George Popham. Services were held by the Reverend Richard Seymour, “ gyvinge God thanks for our happing metinge & saffe arval into the country.”
    1638 - Jonas Bronck of Holland became the 1st European settler in the Bronx. The name would be pronounced in Dutch and the area became known as The Bronx.
   1645 - Settlers in New Amsterdam gained peace with the Indians after conducting talks with the Mohawks.
    1673- The Surrender of New York was demanded by a Dutch force of 23 ships and 1600 men anchored near Sandy Hook. They held possession of the colony until February 9, 1674, when the English regained control.
    1814-General Andrew Jackson signed the Treaty of Fort Jackson, ending the Creek War. The US received 23 million acres. This vast territory encompassed more than half of present-day Alabama and part of southern Georgia.
    1854 ---Henry David Thoreau publishes "Walden", an American classic and is his most famous work. There is controversy regarding his “lifestyle: about living in “nature, “ but there is no debate he wrote a series of 18 essays, alleged on his two years spent close to nature. The book stresses simplicity and holds that happiness is not be had by pursuit of wealth. Descriptions of plants, bird, and animals are interspersed with reflections on life
    1842-Before the UC declared its independence, the annexation of Canada appeared to be one of the goals of the colonials at the time. The Webster-Ashburton Treaty signed this day was to end this “conflict.” The treaty delimiting the eastern section of the Canadian-American border was negotiated by the US Secretary of State, Daniel Webster, and Alexander Barin, president of the British Board of Trade. The treaty established the boundaries between the St. Croix and Connecticut rivers, between Lake Superior and the Lake of the Woods, and between Lakes Huron and Superior. The treaty was signed at Washington, DC.
    1862- in the Battle of Cedar Mountain, VA., near the Rappahannock R. northwest of Richmond, Confederate troops under Gen. Stonewall Jackson, planning a move northward in advance of Gen. Lee's larger forces, defeated two full brigades of Union forces led by Gen. John Pope and Gen. N.P. Banks. Badly outnumbered, the Union Army suffered 2381 killed or wounded, the Confederates, 1276. Jackson was to continue his victories, seizing the Union arsenal at Harpers Ferry on September 15, and throughout the rest of the year, the Union took many loses, including the Battle of Fredericksburg on December 13 where 12,653 Union soldiers were killed or wounded to the Confederate casualties of 5300.
    1877 - Having refused government demands that they move to a reservation, a small band of Nez Perce Indians clash with the U.S. Army near the Big Hole River in Montana. The conflict between the U.S. government and the Nez Perce was one of the most tragic of the many Indian wars of the 19th century. Beginning with the tribe's first contact with the explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, the peaceful Nez Perce had befriended and cooperated with the Americans. Even when hordes of white settlers began to flood into their homelands along the Snake River (around the present-day intersection of the Oregon, Washington, and Idaho state borders), most of the Nez Perce peacefully moved to a reservation. However, about a quarter of the Nez Perce, most of them stockmen and buffalo hunters, refused to accept internment on a reservation. Government pressure to force these last resisters to comply finally led to the outbreak of the Nez Perce War of 1877. A small band of warriors-never more than 145 men, though burdened with about 500 noncombatants-fought U.S. soldiers at four major battles. The third battle of the Nez Perce War occurred on this day in 1877. Fleeing eastward with hopes of escaping to Canada, the Nez Perce made camp in the Big Hole Basin in present-day western Montana. At 3:30 a.m., Colonel John Gibbon attacked the sleeping Indians with a force of 183 men. Raking the Indian lodges with withering rifle fire, the soldiers initially seemed to be victorious. The Nez Perce, however, soon counterattacked from concealed positions in the surrounding hills. After four days of sporadic fighting, the Nez Perce withdrew. Both sides suffered serious casualties. The soldiers lost 29 men with 40 wounded. The army body count found 89 Nez Perce dead, mostly women and children. The battle dealt the Nez Perce a grave, though not fatal, blow. The remaining Indians were able to escape, and they headed northeast towards Canada. Two months later, on October 5, Colonel Nelson Miles decisively defeated the Nez Perce at the Battle of the Bear Paw Mountains. Those who were not killed surrendered and reluctantly agreed to return to the reservation. The Nez Perce were only 40 miles short of the Canadian border.
    1878 - The second most deadly tornado in New England history struck Wallingford CT killing 34 persons, injuring 100 others, and completely destroying thirty homes. The tornado started as a waterspout over a dam on the Quinnipiac River. It was 400 to 600 feet wide, and had a short path length of two miles.
    1882- The long-simmering tension between the two Appalachian families who lived by Tug Fork on the Kentucky-West Virginia border erupted into full-scale violence on Election Day 1882. Brothers Tolbert, Pharmer and Randolph McCoy knifed and shot Ellison Hatfield. The Hatfield family captured the three McCoys. When Ellison Hatfield died on August 9 th , the Hatfields executed the brothers. The feud continued withmuch loss of life. In 1888, when Kentucky authorities sought to detain feud murder suspects and Ewst Virginia authorities complained, the dispute went all the way to the US Supreme Court, who decided in Kentucky's favor. The feud sputtered out by the end of the century. It was estimated over a 100 family members died.
    1892- Thomas Alva Edison of Newark, NJ, filed a patent on the most practical two-way telegraph. It enabled two telegraph operators to send over one were simultaneously. Edison received many patents for many inventions and his biography is fascinating to read.
    1916-The first Japanese beetle appeared in Riverton, NJ. Its grubs were believed to have arrived in the roots of imported nursery stock.
    1929 - It was hardly a tell-tale sign of trouble, but on August 9, 1929 Wall Street got an inkling of the upcoming crash as the New York Bank raised the rediscount rate on loans to brokers a full point to 6 percent. The hike was precipitated by the unsettling news that brokers had racked up a record $6 million debt, the fourth time during August 1929 that their loans had swelled to record levels. Still, bankers assured the business community that the move, which was the biggest raise to the rate since the close of World War I, wasn't cause for alarm. Soothing words aside, reports from the day note that the new rate did indeed catch Wall Street by surprise. The following day the DOW dropped 14.11 points to close at a month-long low of 337.99. Until that point, investors had been reveling in "Big Bull Market," a record-setting run which was well over a year old. As the DOW hit new highs, the stock market became a national past time; the craze for playing the stocks spread from being the sole province of the big-city elite to a part of the daily life of small-town America. However, as the Reserve Bank's move to advance the interest rate oh-so-subtly suggested, the good times were based on speculation rather than solid financial practices. By November 1929, this quiet hint at a downturn in the market would look more like a prophetic warning call.
    1930 - Betty Boop debuts in Max Fleischer's animated cartoon Dizzy Dishes.
    1936 - Jesse Owens became the first American to win four medals in one Olympics. Owens ran one leg of the winning 400-meter relay team in Berlin. His three other gold medals were won in the 100-meter, 200-meter and the long jump events.
    1938-Benny Goodman Orchestra, on a CBS Camel Caravan show from New York City, plays its first Eddie Sauter arrangement, “Bolero.”
    1941— Baritone sax player/arranger/producer Willie Henderson birthday
    1942-Birthday of drummer Jack DeJohnette, Chicago, IL.
    1944--LINDSEY, DARRELL R. (Air Mission) Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Army Air Corps. Place and date: L'Isle Adam railroad bridge over the Seine in occupied France, 9 August 1944. Entered service at: Storm Lake, lowa. Birth: Jefferson, lowa. G.O. No.: 43, 30 May 1945. Citation: On 9 August 1944, Capt. Lindsey led a formation of 30 B-26 medium bombers in a hazardous mission to destroy the strategic enemy held L'lsle Adam railroad bridge over the Seine in occupied France. With most of the bridges over the Seine destroyed, the heavily fortified L'Isle Adam Bridge was of inestimable value to the enemy in moving troops, supplies, and equipment to Paris. Capt. Lindsey was fully aware of the fierce resistance that would be encountered. Shortly after reaching enemy territory the formation was buffeted with heavy and accurate antiaircraft fire. By skillful evasive action, Capt. Lindsey was able to elude much of the enemy flak, but just before entering the bombing run his B-26 was peppered with holes. During the bombing run the enemy fire was even more intense, and Capt. Lindsey's right engine received a direct hit and burst into flames. Despite the fact that his ship was hurled out of formation by the violence of the concussion, Capt. Lindsey brilliantly maneuvered back into the lead position without disrupting the flight. Fully aware that the gasoline tanks might explode at any moment, Capt. Lindsey gallantly elected to continue the perilous bombing run. With fire streaming from his right engine and his right wing half enveloped in flames, he led his formation over the target upon which the bombs were dropped with telling effect. Immediately after the objective was attacked, Capt. Lindsey gave the order for the crew to parachute from the doomed aircraft. With magnificent coolness and superb pilotage, and without regard for his own life, he held the swiftly descending airplane in a steady glide until the members of the crew could jump to safety. With the right wing completely enveloped in flames and an explosion of the gasoline tank imminent, Capt. Lindsey still remained unperturbed. The last man to leave the stricken plane was the bombardier, who offered to lower the wheels so that Capt. Lindsey might escape from the nose. Realizing that this might throw the aircraft into an uncontrollable spin and jeopardize the bombardier's chances to escape, Capt. Lindsey refused the offer. Immediately after the bombardier had bailed out, and before Capt. Lindsey was able to follow, the right gasoline tank exploded. The aircraft sheathed in fire, went into a steep dive and was seen to explode as it crashed. All who are living today from this plane owe their lives to the fact that Capt. Lindsey remained cool and showed supreme courage in this emergency. 
    1944---Top Hits
I'll Be Seeing You - The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal: Frank Sinatra)
Amor - Bing Crosby
Swinging on a Star - Bing Crosby
Is You is or is You Ain't (Ma' Baby) - Louis Jordan
    1945,-Three days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, an American B-29 bomber named Bock's Car left its base on Tinian Island carrying a plutonium bomb nicknamed “Fat Man' Its target was the Japanese city of Kokura, but because of clouds and poor visibility the bomber headed for a secondary target, Nagasaki, where at 11:02 AM, local time, it dropped the bomb, killing an estimated 70,000 persons and destroying about half the city. Memorial services are held annually at Nagasaki and also at Kokura, where those who were spared because of the bad weather also grieve for those at Nagasaki who suffered in their stead. August 14 President Harry S. Truman announced the “unconditional” surrender of Japan. V-J Day was August 15. August 30 General MacArthur landed in Japan with occupational forces. September 2 the formal document of surrender was signed about the U.S. Miss our in Tokyo Bay.
    1947-Birthday of Barbara Mason, Philadelphia, PA.
    1952---Top Hits
Walkin' My Baby Back Home - Johnnie Ray
Auf Wiedersehn, Sweetheart - Vera Lynn
I'm Yours - Don Cornell
Are You Teasing Me - Carl Smith
    1958-Billboard magazine changed the name of its weekly music chart from the Top 100 to the Hot 100, a name that will stick until 1996. Their first number one was "Poor Little Fool" by Ricky Nelson, his sixth hit record in the US.
    1959- Lloyd Price's "Stagger Lee" hits #1
    1959 - Pioneer of the rap genre, Kurtis Blow, is born Curtis Walker in New York.
    1960-Race riot in Jacksonville Florida
    1960---Top Hits
Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini - Brian Hyland
It's Now or Never - Elvis Presley
Image of a Girl - Safaris
Please Help Me, I'm Falling - Hank Locklin
    1961- James B Parsons is the first black appointed to the Federal District Court.
    1963-Singer Whitney Houston is born in New Jersey, the daughter of singer Cissy Houston and cousin of Dionne Warwick. Her first seven solo singles go top five on Billboard's Hot 100. (She was featured earlier on a Teddy Pendergrass single that failed to reach the top 40.) Her career is interrupted with a very poor marriage and addiction to drugs.
    1963-The BBC's Rock and Roll television show Ready! Steady! Go! makes its debut. The first episode featured The Searchers, Jet Harris, Pat Boone, Billy Fury and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes. The final show aired in December 1966 after 175 episodes.
    1965 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "I Got You Babe," Sonny & Cher. The song, which sells more than 1 million copies, is the duo's only No. 1 hit. A remake of the song by UB40 with Chrissie Hynde hits No. 28 in September 1985.
    1966--LEE, HOWARD V. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Major, U.S. Marine Corps, Company E, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein). place and date: Near Cam Lo, Republic of Vietnam, 8 and 9 August 1966. Entered service at: Dumfries, Va. Born: 1 August 1933, New York, N.Y. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. A platoon of Maj. (then Capt.) Lee's company, while on an operation deep in enemy territory, was attacked and surrounded by a large Vietnamese force. Realizing that the unit had suffered numerous casualties, depriving it of effective leadership, and fully aware that the platoon was even then under heavy attack by the enemy, Major Lee took 7 men and proceeded by helicopter to reinforce the beleaguered platoon. Maj. Lee disembarked from the helicopter with 2 of his men and, braving withering enemy fire, led them into the perimeter, where he fearlessly moved from position to position, directing and encouraging the overtaxed troops. The enemy then launched a massive attack with the full might of their forces. Although painfully wounded by fragments from an enemy grenade in several areas of his body, including his eye, Maj. Lee continued undauntedly throughout the night to direct the valiant defense, coordinate supporting fire, and apprise higher headquarters of the plight of the platoon. The next morning he collapsed from his wounds and was forced to relinquish command. However the small band of marines had held their position and repeatedly fought off many vicious enemy attacks for a grueling 6 hours until their evacuation was effected the following morning. Maj. Lee's actions saved his men from capture, minimized the loss of lives, and dealt the enemy a severe defeat. His indomitable fighting spirit, superb leadership, and great personal valor in the face of tremendous odds, reflect great credit upon himself and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service. 
    1967-Jerry Lee Lewis gets the crowd going into such a frenzy while performing at the Sunberry Jazz and Blues Festival in England, that festival officials halt his show and ask him to leave the stage.
    1968---Top Hits
Hello, I Love You - The Doors
Classical Gas - Mason Williams
Stoned Soul Picnic - The 5th Dimension
Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
    1968-Steppenwolf opened at the San Francisco Avalon Ballroom.
    1969 - A tornado hit Cincinnati OH killing four persons and causing fifteen million dollars property damage. The tornado moved in a southeasterly direction at 40 to 50 mph.
    1969 - "Hot Fun in The Summertime", by Sly and the Family Stone, and "Easy to Be Hard", from the Broadway production "Hair", were released on this day. "Hot Fun" made it to number two on the music charts (10/18/69) and "Easy to Be Hard" climbed to number four (9/27/69).
    1969 - Cult leader Charles Manson and his disciples committed one of Los Angeles' most heinous crimes. They entered the home of movie director Roman Polanski and brutally murdered Polanski's wife (actress Sharon Tate), movie director Voityck Frykowski, famous hair stylist Jay Sebring, student Steven Parent and coffee heiress Abigail Folger.
    1969 - A tornado hit Cincinnati OH killing four persons and causing fifteen million dollars property damage. The tornado moved in a southeasterly direction at 40 to 50 mph.
    1971 - LeRoy Satchel Paige, one of baseball's pitching legends, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
    1971-the first airport baggage scanning system that converted electronic data to a visible X-ray format was the Pep-720 baggage X-ray system manufactured by Princeton Electronic Products, New Brunswick,NJ. The US. army had it installed at the Army's Picatinny Arsenal
    1972-Gilbert O'Sullivan receives a gold record for "Alone Again Naturally." It's Number One for six weeks in the summer.
    1974- Richard Milhous Nixon's resigned from the presidency of the US, which he first announced in a speech to the American people Thursday evening, August 8, and it became effective at noon. Nixon, under the threat of impeachment as a result of the Watergate scandal, became the first person to resign the presidency. He was succeeded by Vice-President Gerald Rudolph Ford, the first person to serve as vice-president and president without having been elected to either office. Ford granted Nixon “full, free and absolute pardon” September 8,.1974. Although Nixon was the first US president to resign, two vice presidents had resigned earlier in history: John C. Calhoun, Dec. 8, 1932, and Spiro T. Agnew, October 10,1973. 1989, President George Herbert Walker Bush appointed Colin Luther Powell chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He became the first African-American appointed to this position. Powell, born in New York City in 1937, served from 1987 to 1989 as national security advisor to President Ronald Wilson Reagan. In 1989, he was promoted to four-star general, thus becoming the highest-ranking African-American officer up to that time. During his service as chairman, he oversaw the 1991 Gulf War military campaign. He resigned in 1993. He was appointed Secretary of State by President George Walker Bush in 2001.
    1975-The Bee Gees' "Jive Talkin'" hits #1, their first of several Disco style hits in the US when "Jive Talkin" topped the Billboard Hot 100. The inspiration for the song came to Barry Gibb as his car passed over a Florida bridge on the way to a recording studio. His wife said "Hey, listen to that noise. It's the same every evening. It's our drive talking."
    1976---Top Hits
Don't Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John & Kiki Dee
Let 'Em In - Wings
You Should Be Dancing - Bee Gees
Golden Ring - George Jones & Tammy Wynette
    1978 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Three Times a Lady," Commodores. Band member Lionel Richie was inspired to write the song at a 37th anniversary party for his parents.
    1981 - Major-league baseball teams resumed play at the conclusion of the first mid-season players' strike. The first game on the schedule following the bitter strike was the All-Star Game. The National League won the game 5-4. 72,086 diehard baseball fans (a record) came out to see the game at Cleveland's cavernous Municipal Stadium -- and welcome the players back.
    1982-Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger," which is the theme song for the hit movie "Rocky III," goes gold.
    1984---Top Hits
When Doves Cry - Prince
Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr.
State of Shock - Jacksons
Mama He's Crazy - The Judds
    1987 - Florida baked in the summer heat. Nine cities reported record high temperatures for the date, including Jacksonville with a reading of 101 degrees. Miami FL reported a record high of 98 degrees.
    1987 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," U2. The album "The Joshua Tree" is U2's first top 10 album in the U.S.
    1988 - President Reagan nominated Lauro F. Cavazos to be secretary of education. Cavazos was the first Hispanic in U.S. history to be named to a cabinet position. On Sep 20, 1988, he was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. President George Bush (I) asked him to continue as Secretary following the Nov 1988 election and he remained in that position until resigning in December 1990.
    1988-After a postponement the night before, the first night game in Wrigley Field saw the Chicago Cubs defeat the New York Mets, 6-4.
    1989---Top Hits
Right Here Waiting- Richard Marx
On Our Own (From "Ghostbusters II")- Bobby Brown
Batdance (From "Batman")- The Artist
So Alive- Love And Rockets
    1989 - Evening thunderstorms in Arizona deluged Yuma with record torrential rains for the second time in two weeks. The rainfall total of 5.25 inches at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot established a state 24 hour record, and was nearly double the normal annual rainfall. Some of the homes were left with four feet of water in them. Seventy-six cities in the south central and eastern U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date. Lake Charles LA equaled their record for August with a low of 61 degrees. Canaan Valley WV was the cold spot in the nation with a low of 32 degrees.
    1990-The US Navy formed a naval blockade and all export of oil from Iraq and Kuwait was cut off. August 10, at a meeting in Cairo, 12 of the 21 member nations of the Arab League voted to support the UN and US Actions. It would not be until November 29, that the UN Security Council voted to authorize the US and allies to use force to expel Iraq from Kuwait, it its troops did not leave by January 15, 1991. by the end of 990, 580,000 Iraqi troops were believed to be in Kuwait or southern Iraq. Facing them were 485,000 troops of 17 allied countries, an armada of ships, carriers, jets based in Italy, Turkey, and many other surrounding countries, and guided missiles with video cameras to not only steer toward the target, but show viewers on home television everything up to impact.
    1994---Top Hits
Stay (I Missed You) (From "Reality Bites")- Lisa Loeb
I Swear- All-4-One
Fantastic Voyage- Coolio
Wild Night,-John Mellencamp With Me Shell Ndegeocello
    1995- Grateful Dead singer, guitarist and spiritual leader Jerry Garcia dies of a heart attack while undergoing drug rehabilitation at Forrest Farm, Marin County. He was 53.
    1999---Top Hits
Genie In A Bottle- Christina Aguilera
Tell Me It s Real- K-Ci
Bills, Bills, Bills- Destiny s Child
All Star- Smash Mouth
    1999 - “On a grand night for hitters, pitchers got slammed,” as AP sports writer Ronald Blum put it, “for the first time in 129 years of major league baseball, five grand slams were hit in one day.” 1) Fernando Tatis (St. Louis Cardinals), 2) Jose Vidro (Montreal Expos), 3) Mike Lowell (Florida Marlins), 4) Bernie Williams (NY Yankees) ... 5) Jay Buhner of the Seattle Mariners, being the last to hit the slam, actually set the record. 
    2002 -- Barry Bonds joins Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and Hank Aaron as the only players ever to hit 600 career home runs. The 38-year-old Giant left fielder hit the milestone homer in the sixth inning by lining a 2-1 pitch thrown by Pirates starter Kip Wells over the center field wall at Pacific Bell Park.
    2003---Top Hits
Crazy In Love- Beyonce Featuring Jay-Z
Right Thurr- Chingy
Never Leave You - Uh Ooh, Uh Oooh!, Lumidee
P.I.M.P.- 50 Cent





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