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Louis B. Funston (Funkenstein) Aug 21,1945-Aug 25,2003

    DVI Starts Cutting Employees--Actual Filings

        Congratulations Kevin Guetig & Don Hazen-New CLP's

            Arizona Leasing Association in Formation

                Lessors.Com August 25-26 Conference Report

                    Subject: OTTLE!!!!!

                Sept. 19th-Irvine,CA Leasing Meeting

            26 Paid Subscribers-Thank you, Kit

        Increase Your Security---For Free Reports Auto Incentives Up; Sales Slower

News Briefs---

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        California Nuts Briefs---

This Day in American History


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Louis B. Funston (Funkenstein) August 21,1945---August 25,2003


by Christopher Menkin


The obituary in the South Carolina Anderson Independent-Mail newspaper read, “ Mr. Louis B. Funston, age 58, husband of Kathleen Ellis Funston of 36 Bay View, Belvedere, CA, died Monday, August 25,2003 at his residence.


I had met Louis Funkenstein in the early 1970’s, introduced him to Mac Pollack

of Key Lease in Redwood City, California, and to Russ Rickards, then of Cenval

Leasing to eventually become Bank of the West Leasing. He and Russ became very good friends. Steve Crane of Bank of the West Leasing said Louis was one of their top producers. He had visited Louis in the hospital two weeks ago where

he had gone for one of his series of treatments.


When I had met him, he had just left U.S. Leasing as a salesman. He wanted to become a leasing broker. He chose the name Western Leasing. At first, it was computers, then metal working machinery. Later he was to find a major niche in bakery equipment, food processing and packaging equipment that kept him very busy. He and I along with Mont Gates of Utah started a California broker’s association in the late 1970’s that grew into over 60 members until the then Western Association of Equipment Leasing decided they would allow brokers to join. I think one of the reasons for the disbandment was we had let funders into the group and it changed the meetings and thrust of the organization. Louis was president for several years. Also many of us decided to become lessors, on a limited scale, and some on a major scale, such as A.J. Batt, then of San Mateo, California, and Jim Harris of Oregon.


I spoke to Lou about ten days ago by telephone. His voice was raspy. He

did not want anyone to know he was sick. He had pancreatic cancer. He

thought he would arrest it. It was under one of his chemotherapy treatments

at the hospital that he caught an infection, that reportedly cost him his

life, only a few days after he had turned 58 years old.


I ran into him at 49er games. One of his vendors had seats about six rows from

ours. He often would take his son, Robert Louis, now in junior high school. His girl, Blake Ellis, is in the eighth grade, I believe. Louis was very athletic. In the seventies, ran, rode a bicycle, was in great physical shape, played all types of sports very competitively.


I had introduced him to my late wife’s sister. They were going to get married.

Let’s just say he was serious, and she was not. He wanted a prenuptial agreement.

She did not. He met his present wife, Kathleen Ellis, and as I understand it, the only condition she had was that he change his name from Funkenstein to Funston.


Lou was born in Anderson, South Carolina, and still had his thick Southern Jewish

accent. He was a graduate of Baylor School for Boys in Chattanooga, Tennessee and the Georgia Institute of Technology. He was a manager of the Georgia Tech Basketball Team. The obituary said when he died he was coach for the Catholic Youth Organization Basketball League of Marin County, California, and an active member of the Temple of Israel.


He had a great sense of humor. He had a soft voice, and with his Southern Jewish

accent, he could make any joke sound funny. He could also talk you into most

anything. You knew he was getting ready to close you when he lowered his voice,

so you had to lean closer to hear what he had to say. Sometimes to make his

point, it would become a whisper, like he was telling you a secret, taking

you into his confidence. Telling a joke, his voice would get louder and louder

until the punch line. He could orchestrate the volume, and I think sometimes

he made his accent stronger on purpose, as if add another nuance to the

point he wanted to make. There is no doubt he had Southern charm. You looked

forward to seeing him, visiting with him, enjoying his company.


He cared about his customers. Funding sources loved him as he not only had

very high approval rates, but got the leases signed. He was a person both

his customers and funding sources trusted. He had integrity. He made money.

He enjoyed spending time with his family. His office was not far from

his beautiful house, and when the economy turned around, he moved the

office into his home. He died at his residence on Monday.


The funeral was yesterday at the Old Silverbrook Cemetery, Anderson, South Carolina officiated by rabbi James Cohn.


The family suggested that flowers be omitted and memorials be made to the American Leasing Cancer Society, 154 Milestone way, Greenville, SC 29615, the Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621 or Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Avenue, Core Madera, California 94925




DVI Starts Cutting Employees---Actual Filings


“DVI reportedly let go 40% of the workforce across the board on Wednesday,

and 15% on Thursday. The word is that there may be another list in the morning (Friday).


“You probably already have this... but I wanted to let you know as soon as I heard...”


( name with held )


While the Chapter 11 plans calls for “working capital” and management

of the portfolio, insider sources report that once the irregularities are documented,

the company may not survive and be forced into Chapter 7. It appears the

knee jerk reaction to let go employees will not only affect sales but portfolio



Please see the List to learn how many have made it in leasing after filing Chapter 11:


Here are the actual filings of DVI from the courts:


Bankruptcy Filing District of Delaware


Order for wages, commissions, benefits, etc.


List of top 20 Creditors (US Bank, St.Paul,Mn $155M; Canadian Imperial

Bank , Bahamas, $12.7M: Toshiba America Medical Systems, Chicago, $7.9M


Motion of Joint Administration


Motion to Extend to Nov 28th.


OnCure Motion for Loan Proceeds





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Congratulations Kevin Guetig and Don Hazen, New CLP’s


The Certified Leasing Professional Foundation is very pleased to extend congratulations to Kevin Guetig, CLP with Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, Inc. and Don Hazen, CLP who is with Financial Pacific Leasing LLC. Both individuals have recently passed the CLP Exam and received their Certified Lease Professional designation.


The total number of Certified Lease Professionals is now 248.


For those who are actively studying for the CLP Exam, we would like to remind you that there will be a CLP Review Class held on Thursday, October 9th at the UAEL Conference in Portland, OR. Then on Sunday, October 12th we will be administering the exam. Please contact Cindy Spurdle at 610/687-0213 or cindy@clpfoundation for further details.



The CLP Foundation is the official governing body for the Certified Lease Professional ("CLP") Program. The CLP designation sets the standard for professionalism in the leasing industry. This designation identifies and recognizes individuals within the leasing industry who have demonstrated their competency through continued education, testing and conduct. The letters "CLP" behind their name represent a visible recognition of this professional achievement and status.



We invite you to visit our website -- for detailed information about the CLP Foundation and the CLP Program. For further information about our Mentor Program and Anonymous Test Taker Program please contact:


Cynthia Spurdle

Executive Director

CLP Foundation

PH: 610/687-0213

FAX: 610/687-4111








Arizona Leasing Association in Formation



About half of those in attendance were new faces with no

previous national affiliation, who were interested in the local flavor of

the group, according to Pat McCann. “ 26 people attended. There was very good enthusiasm. It seems like the people really wanted a place where the Arizona people can get together and talk about common problems and what is going on in the industry.


“ People enjoy networking with each other and funders in a informal, “ McCann



The next meeting is scheduled for Nov. 13th.


Please contact Pat McCann at or Bernice Truszkowski







Lessors.Com August 25-26 Conference Report


“Semon Creates Dynasty”



Alan J. Zeppenfeld



It’s official, The Lessors Network has become a Dynasty. I had a feeling all day that it had, and sure enough when I checked with Merriam-Webster online there it was. Dynasty, “a powerful group that maintains its position for a considerable time”.


This 5th annual conference held August 25-26 at the Ritz Carlton in Atlanta, Georgia was better than ever, with timely information on major topics including outsourcing services, technology, municipal funding, mergers and acquisitions, whose buying and selling, and the overall state of the leasing industry.


Every minute was taken up by key information for improving or expanding business activities, or networking with important business contacts. In fact, John Semon actually expanded the presentations in the middle of the conference.


Three service providers expressed an interest in presenting during the Service Providers Showcase even though they weren’t originally scheduled. Semon announced to the twelve scheduled presenters that if they could get their messages across in a very focused manner and create some open time before the allotted hour ended, the other three could have a chance to present.


Twelve hard hitting presentations later, the three additional presenters got their chance.


Lunchtime for me was extremely informative. I sat next to Brent Abrahm from Accruit and was fascinated to learn about like-kind exchanges. Time was short, so we are going to continue our conversation at a later date. On the other side of me was Asad Haroon from Liquidity Services. Since I consider myself a pretty fair remarketer, I challenged him on what was the oddest thing he had ever disposed of through the website. He told me 2000 bobbleheads, 3000 tongue rings and two blind cavalry horses.

Oops, time for me to talk to Brent again.


Beth Stern Fleming from Stevens & Lee gave the lunchtime speech on The Female Executive. Fleming presented objective data that companies that were inclusionary of females all the way up through the Board of Directors level were more profitable and operated based on better decision making.


Steve Sherman from Fairview Advisors made a special presentation on mergers and acquisitions. He did an in depth review of the current economic environment, and then presented details on how leasing companies can create value. Sherman stated that there were some outstanding potential merger and acquisition candidates lurking below the Monitor 100 list.


Special Congratulations go to Maria Gum on her appointment as president of Allied Resource Group. Maria is well regarded in the industry and has over 22 years as an asset manager with Copelco, AT&T Capital, CIT and now Allied. She has an in depth understanding of what lessors need and want and plans to make the global logistics capabilities of the company best in class including “articulate reporting”.


I cornered Dave Lakes from Dave Lakes and Associates and asked him about how his contacts and activities in the banking area could benefit the leasing industry. Lakes said he saw three ways to create additional funding sources for the leasing industry:


expanding the funding side of leasing by placing lease assets with small community banks – these banks are experiencing large deposit growth, but slow asset growth


putting emphasis on lease assets with internet banks – these banks can raise funds by adjusting the interest rates on their websites, but they don’t have the capability to originate leases and loans due to staffing limitations. Some are buying mortgage portfolios but the refi frenzy is running them down faster that they can replace them


place assets with de-novo banks. These banks start with $5 - $10 million in capital, but need to acquire earning assets until their loan portfolios build up.


Dave went to the top of my list of people to follow-up with.


Laird Boulden, President of Lombard US Equipment Finance, gave me some great insight on the view from the top. According to Boulden, he has seen a recent uptake in business, and most of the top executives are feeling bullish on the state of the industry.


John Semon got a lot of kudos during the meeting. Bob Fisher from Douglas-Guardian Services was greatly impressed by the fast paced, no frills, informational approach of the conference as is looking to emulate it in conferences that he is involved in.


Jim Musselwhite from Tax Partners felt that the quality over quantity approach really added value to the conference, and while there are other forums for accessing prospects, everyone in attendance was a qualified prospect for Tax Partners services and the was a good mix of Monitor 100 representatives.


Jeff Sharp from ORIX Public Finance summed it up as “ a great way to see a lot of qualified people in one place”.


I personally enjoyed this conference immensely. I got to renew my acquaintance with Jerry Hudspeth from Portfolio Financial Servicing Company and Richard Lewis from IntegraLease, both friendly competitors in the portfolio servicing arena.


And best of all, our resident gray-beard Larry Smircich finally told me what a Malvern Hill is!!!!!


Alan J. Zeppenfeld

Vice President

GlobalTech Portfolio Services

2839 Paces Ferry Road

Atlanta, GA 30339


404-808-8220 Cell

800-508-GTPS Fax



1. Steve Dinkelaker - American Lease Insurance

Maria Gum - Allied Resource Corp


2. Beth Stern Fleming - Stevens & Lee PC

Richard Lewis - IntegraLease



3. Jim Musselwhite - TaxPartners

Jeff Sharp - Orix Public Finance




4. Warren Axelrod - Bank of America Leasing and Capital

Kim Alder - DeLage Landen Financial Services

Vincente D'Ingianni III - CIT Technology Finance

Rafe Rosato - DeLage Landen Financial Services



5. John Semon - Lessors Network

Barbara Savage - Lessors Network

Steve Lundergan - Vision Commerce, Inc.



6. Steve Dinkelaker - American Lease Insurance

M. Kirk Hall - Vision Commerce, Inc.

Dave Chiurazzi - Balboa Capital

Peter Treible - CreditHawk

Jim Jennings - Collateral Specialists


More pictures are available at:






Subject: OTTLE!!!!!


Cc: Kit Menkin

Terry Waggoner



( original story )


Jeff.................. Waggz here!!!



Just spotted you at Kit's place and it is so good to know where you are and what you've been up to.


Kit, I hired Jeff years ago to run Bell Atlantic TriCon's Phoenix operation. He went on to become my peer and partner as Regional V.P. for the

Mid-West. Last I knew, he was in San Diego with an S&L, I think.


Jeff, I'm starting my 2nd year of Law School and we'll get current later. Best news in my life is that my Son, Jeremiah, returned from 7 months of

combat on the Afg/Paki border 2 weeks ago. He turned 21 over there in June and is a senior machine gunner in my old outfit, the 82nd Airborne.



Let's get current! Meanwhile, here's my photo site and you can kind of get an idea of where I am........ still lovin' being one of the 'Cal Nuts'.


After all, I live in Camarillo, former home of a state 'nut house' that has been converted to Cal State University - Channel Islands. Pretty much the

same thing. ;~}>


Kit, thank you so much for your wonderful site. It's a big piece of my daily bread.

Terry Waggoner

Camarillo, CA



(And I hope you will find the web site opening faster than before. editor)







September 19th-Irvine, California Leasing Meeting


Please join us for a MAJOR NAELB NETWORKING/EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY to be held the evening of Friday, September 19th and all day Saturday, September

20th at the Irvine Hilton in Irvine, California.


There will be a Meet and Mingle Reception on Friday with fellow brokers,

funders and service providers with additional opportunities for you to meet

at the Networking Lounge on Saturday. Also, check out the Exhibitor Room

for new and old funding sources and some great service providers.


Saturday has two dynamite workshops: Winning Leases with TValue 5 and the

California Finance Lender License - Do you need it or not? Why?. The

General Session focuses on the theme of Be All That You Can Be - An

invaluable look at the value you could and should provide ... to your

lessees, to your vendors, and to your funders.


I encourage you to register toady. Click on this link for complete

information about the Workshop:


Be All That You Can Be.


See you in Irvine!



D. Paul Nibarger, CLP





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Inside the Internet


Increase Your Security---For Free suggests Microsoft Windows users utilize

all the security features in Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.


Microsoft considers these “advanced features” that may

also have convenience to users, so gives you the choice

of saying “yes” or “no.”


In Explorer click on “Tools,” then scroll to “Internet Options,” got

to “Advanced.” Open this, and then in “Advanced,” scroll to



Not numbered, but the third, fourth, and fifth commands should

be activated. See this illustration:

Check the box for:


Check for signatures on downloaded programs

Do Not save encrypted papers to disk

Empty Temporary Internet Files folder when browser is closed.


Then hit apply.




The third will help restrict viruses from downloading into your computer

from the browser by not letting any “unsigned” document enter

your computer. Most worms and viruses are not “signed” by

the sender as it can be traced back to them.


The fourth one may affect your ability in a secure site for it to

recognize your credit card number. However, a hacker can

obtain this information from your computer and/or worm

may utilize it. Perhaps more important, if your computer is left on, others with knowledge can go to this file and copy your credit card and password and

other information easily from your computer. The inconvenience

of re-inputting your credit card number and password might

be worth the effort especially if others have access to your computer.


Cache may be necessary if you have slow access to the website.

Often when you visit a site, sometimes you are not seeing the

latest “edition.” More importantly, from a security standpoint,

you entire history can be visible to those who have access

to your computer, tracing information, and may be hacked

for people to steal identity and other information about you.

This also cleans out your cache when your turn off your

browser ( if you go to a site often, the cache may speed

up the process, but in this day and age of faster speeds,

this is not a very important feature today.(





#### Press Release ############################################# Reports Automakers' True Cost of Incentives Up; Sales Slower



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 $2,668 in July 2003, up $519 or 24.2% from July 2002 and up 1.7% from June 2003. Industry average days-to-turn, which measures how many days on average it takes to sell a vehicle after it hits the dealer's lot, reached a record level in July at 73 days, up significantly from last July's average of 60 days.'s monthly True Cost of Incentives(SM) (TCI(SM)) report takes into account all of the manufacturers' various United States incentives programs, including subvented interest rates and lease programs as well as cash rebates to consumers and dealers. To ensure 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 hit a record high of $3,631 per unit in incentives in July, compared to $1,873 for European automakers, $1,447 for Korean automakers, and $1,075 for Japanese automakers.


Of the domestics, only Chrysler reduced incentives spending in July, down 9.2% from June to $3,172 per unit, while its market share decreased to its lowest level since August 2001, 11.8%, which was down by 1.7% from the prior month. Ford's incentives spending went up by 3.8% to $3,377 per unit in July while its market share decreased to 18.1%, one of its lowest levels in the last several years. In July, General Motors raised its incentives spending by 7% to $3,969 per unit, while increasing its market share by 1.2% to 29.7%.


"Almost the entire market share lost by the domestic manufacturers within the last year was captured by the Japanese automakers, while incentives on domestic vehicles have consistently been three times those offered on Japanese nameplates," stated Dr. Jane Liu, Executive Director of Data Analysis for


Among vehicle segment, large SUVs had the highest average incentives this month at $4,045, followed by large cars at $3,595 and large trucks at $3,459. Sports cars had the lowest average incentives at $1,263, followed by luxury SUVs at $1,525 and luxury sports cars at $1,797. Large trucks have gained the most market share since July 2002, up 3.2% to 14.5%, while midsize cars have lost the most market share during that period, down 3.3% to 15.7%.


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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News Briefs---


Economy Grew At 3.1% Rate In 2nd Quarter

War Spending Gave Recovery a Boost


Silicon Graphics cuts 600 more jobs in latest restructuring


Deadline for first do-not-call list is Sunday



Sad to See Summer End? Travel Industry Is, Too


One in Five Drinks Wine in Box





Sports Briefs---


Breakdowns lead to blowout/ Raiders torched by Dallas

Lions RB Stewart Separates Shoulder






California Nuts Briefs----

Actor takes positions on medical pot, gun control

Schwarzenegger sticks close to political center


Bustamante wants regulation of gas market


Conservative optimistic despite polls

McClintock isn't enamored with idea he ought to withdraw



    1786- Daniel Shays, veteran of the battles of Lexington, Bunker Hill, Ticonderoga and Saratoga, was one of the leaders of more than 1,000 rebels who sought redress of grievances during the depres­sion days of 1786—87. He began organizing his followers with speeches this day. They prevented general court sessions and on Sept 26 they prevented Supreme Court sessions at Spring­field, MA. On Jan 25, 1787, with 1100 men, they attacked the federal arsenal at Springfield; Feb 2, Shays’s troops were routed and fled. Shays was sentenced to death but pardoned June 13, 1788.The uprising had been caused by the harsh economic conditions faced by Massachusetts farmers, who sought reforms and the issuance of paper money. Shay later he received a small pension for services in the American Revolution.

    1809-Birthday of Oliver Wendell Holmes, physician and author, father of Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, born at Cambridge, MA. Died at Boston, MA, Oct. 8,1894. “ A moment’s insight, “

he wrote, “ is sometimes worth a life’s experience.”.

    1815- Anna Ella Carroll birthday, writer and publicist for Union cause during the Civil War. She is best known for her pamphlet which outlined the proposition that the Southern states would resume their original places in the United States once the rebellion of the Civil War was over, precisely the course adopted by Abraham Lincoln in superseding Congress in the conduct of the war. She is credited with the plan to invade the South along the Tennessee river. Her tombstone reads "Maryland's Most Distinguished Lady." However, she died financially poor and anonymous in     1893.

    1817-The first “abolition” newspaper was the Philanthropist, published and edited by Charles Osborn, which appeared in Mount Pleasant, OH. It published “ An Appeal to Philanthropists” by Benjamin Lundy, which is said by some to be the most powerful abolition appeal ever made.

1839-In Jan­uary , 53 Africans were seized near modern-day Sierra Leone, taken to Cuba and sold as slaves. While being transferred to another part of the island on the ship Amistad, led by the African, Cinque, they seized control of the ship, telling the crew to take them back to Africa. However, the crew secretly changed course and the ship landed at Long Island, NY, where it and its ‘cargo” were seized as salvage this day. The Amistad was towed to New Haven, CT where the Africans were imprisoned and a lengthy legal battle began to determine if they were property to be returned to Cuba or free men. John Quincy Adams took their case all the way to the Supreme Court, where on Mar 9, 1841, it was determined that they were free and could return to Africa.

    1852- The Latter Day Saints first published their doctrine of "celestial marriage," popularly known as polygamy. The Mormon Church maintained this teaching until the Manifest of 1890 (and later Congressional legislation) outlawed the practice.

    1861- the first Confederate forts to surrender in the Civil War were Fork Clark and Fort Hatteras on Hatteras Island, NC, guarding Pamlico Sound. They surrendered to Flag Officer Silas H. Stringham and General Benjamin Franklin Butler, who had captured the garrison with 715 men, 31 heavy guns, and 1,000 stands of arms.

    1862-(29th-30th) At the second Battle of Bull Run, the maneuvers of General Stonewall Jackson and his teamwork with General Robert E. Lee were too much for the 45,000 Union troops under General John Pope, who broke and retreated to Washington, DC. Union losses were 1724 killed, 8372 wounded, 5958 missing. Confederate losses stood at 1481 killed, 7627 wounded, 89 missing. Second Battle of Bull Run (Manassas) begins.

    1894-Birthday of African-American sociologist E. Franklin Fraiser..

    1896-History records chop suey was concocted in New York City by the chef of Chinese Ambassador Li Hung-chang, who devised the dish to appeal to both American and Asian tastes. Chop suey was unknown in China at the time.

    1904-Third modern Olympic Games opens in St Louis .These Games were originally scheduled for Chicago. However, President Theodore Roosevelt intervened on behalf of St. Louis so that the Games would be in conjunction with the Louisiana Purchase Exhibition. Again the Games were upstages, this time by the St. Louis World's Fair, and critics believed this would kill the fourth Olympics

from taking place. The marathon included the first two black Africans to compete in the Olympics - two Zulu tribesman named Lentauw (real name: Len Taunyane)and Yamasani (real name: Jan Mashiani). They wore bibs 35 and 36, respectively. 

The only problem was that these two tribesmen were not in town to compete in the Olympics - they were actually the sideshow! Yes, they were imported by the exposition as part of the Boer War exhibit (both were really students at Orange Free State in South Africa, but no one wanted to believe that these tribesmen could actually be educated - it would have ruined the whole image). 

Lentauw finished ninth and Yamasani came in twelfth. This was a disappointment, as many observers were sure Lentauw could have done better - that is if he had not been chased nearly a mile off course by a large, aggressive canine! 

The marathon was over, but there is still one more little story to go along with this: 

It seems that two of the patrolling officials driving in a brand-new automobile were forced to swerve to avoid hitting one of the runners - they ended up going down an embankment and were severely injured. 

In the end, the St. Louis Olympics (along with the previous Paris games) proved to be such a disaster that the Olympic Committee was forced to hold interim Olympic games in 1906 at Athens, in an attempt to revive the flagging Olympic movement. These games were not numbered, but were attended by twenty countries and put the Olympics back on a steady course to success. 

An interesting useless side note: Iced tea made its debut at the 1904 Exposition. It seems that it was so hot during the Expo that the staff at the Far East Tea House couldn't even give away their product.

    1920-Birthday of Charlie Parker. Clint Eastwood made a movie about his life. Known as "The Bird," he and Dizzy Gillespie, trumpet player extraordinaire and great showman, are credited with "inventing" the style "Be-Bop." Definitely way ahead of his time, and quite melodic ( his record albums with strings from 1947 to 1952 produced by Norman Granz are jazz classics ). There is controversy on how he got his name. Some say it was from sitting in the backyard of "speakeasies" in Kansas City, Kansas, where he was raised, fingering his alto sax. Others say it was his love of chicken. He was addicted to Heroin, as many of the "Be-Bop" players were. The movie "The Man with the Golden Arm" was a take off of his life, not Chet Baker, according to the writer of the movie. He was taken to Camarillo for the Insane, where he kicked the habit, for a short time. The club Birdland in Manhattan was named after him. It is told one of his ideas to make the club more profitable was to have a Country and Western band come and play during the breaks. Parker was a profound influence upon Miles Davis, who started playing with his band at the age of 17.

    1921 – Birthday of Wendell Scott (auto racer: first black stock-car driver; NASCAR champion [12-1-63]: won race but because of racial tensions did not receive honor until Jan. 1964 when NASCAR officials admitted the flagman’s intentional error; died Dec 22, 1990)

    1922—New Orleans Rhythm Kings cut first records for Gennett.

    1924 – Birthday of singer Dinah Washington (Ruth Lee Jones) born Detroit, Michigan ( What A Diff’rence a Day Makes, It Could Happen to You, Our Love is Here to Stay, For All We Know, Baby [You’ve Got What It Takes], A Rockin’ Good Way [To Mess Around and Fall in Love], Baby Get Lost, This Bitter Earth; w/Lionel Hampton band [1943-46]; died Dec 14, 1963)

    1939-A typical day at the Graham dairy farm in Georgetown, North Carolina.

    1944- For the sake of diplomacy, Paris was liberated on August 25, when the German commander General Dietrich von Choltiz surrendered to French General Jacques-Phillipe Leclerc. On this day, the 15,000 American troops taking part in the liberation marched down Champs Elysees.

    1945- Wyomia Tyus birthday, Afro-American U.S. sprinter who was the first person to win Olympic gold medals in back-to-back competitions: the 100m dash in 1964 and in 1968, setting a new world's record the second time.

    1948- In St. Louis, Jackie Robinson hits for the cycle, drives in two runs, scores three times and steals a base helping the Dodgers to beat the Cardinals, 12-7.

    1948- Carol Bartz birthday, American CEO and chair of Autodesk, one of the world's largest manufacturers of computer-design software. Only 2 percent of technology company chief executives are women. As CEO of Autodesk, Carol Bartz runs the fourth largest PC software company in the world, with 3 million customers in nearly 140 countries. She is also a strong role model for other aspiring women in the software Industry. Bartz led the effort to re-architect Autodesk's flagship product AutoCAD, and continues to lead the corporation towards further innovation and diversification of its product line.

    1954-Birthday of Flora “Flo” Hyman, volleyball player born at Inglewood, CA. Hyman stood 6’5” and was regarded as the best player in the US, starring on the 1984 Olympic team that won the silver medal. She suffered from Morfan’s syndrome, a hidden congenital aorta disorder. Died at Matsue, Japan, Jan 24, 1985.

    1954-San Francisco International Airport (SFO) opens. It has been

continually “under construction” since this date. San Francisco has had at least three airports within the city limits during the twentieth century. Crissy Field at the Presidio dates from World War I, the Marina Flying Field from 1915, and the late 1930s saw development of the Seaplane Harbor at Treasure Island. Ingleside racetrack was also used for aviation purposes in the early part of the twentieth century. Commercial and general aviation ultimately moved to Mills Field in San Mateo County in the 1930s, which originally was temporary as the originally international airport was to be built on Treasure Island..Crissy Field at the Presidio was the last airport within the city, and ended limited operations in the 1980s.

    1956---Top Hits

My Prayer - The Platters

Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel - Elvis Presley

Allegheny Moon - Patti Page

I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash

    1958- Air Force Academy moved from Denver to its present site in Colorado Springs, Colorado.     1958 – Birthday of singer/dancer Michael (Joe) Jackson (‘King of Pop’), Gary, Indiana: group: The Jackson Five: I Want You Back, ABC, The Love You Save, I’ll Be There, solo: Ben; Grammy Award: Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough [1979]; 5 Grammy Awards in 1983: Thriller, Billie Jean, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial; 2 in 1984: Beat It; another in 1985 [w/Lionel Richie]: We are the World); 1989 Best Music Video/Short Form Grammy: Leave Me Alone; The Legend Award Grammy; The Girl is Mine, Stay, Stay, Stay [w/Paul McCartney], I Just Can’t Stop Loving You [w/Siedah Garrett], Rock with You, Bad, Smooth Criminal, Ease on Down the Road [w/Diana Ross - from Broadway’s The Wiz]; Captain Eo in Epcot Center’s multimedia show; married and divorced Lisa Marie Presley; inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Mar 19, 2001)

    1959-Horace Silver Quintet records “ Blowin’ the Blues Away.”

    1962- Malvin Russell “Mel” Goode of Pittsburgh, PA, became the first African-American to be a television news commentator when he was assigned by WABC-TV to the United Nations staff, New York City.

    1964---Top Hits

Where Did Our Love Go - The Supremes

The House of the Rising Sun - The Animals

C’mon and Swim - Bobby Freeman

I Guess I’m Crazy - Jim Reeves

    1964- Walt Disney's supercalifragilisticexpialidocious "Mary Poppins" released.

    1964 - Roy Orbison’s "Oh, Pretty Woman" was released. It hit number one (for 3 weeks) on September 26th and became the biggest of his career. "Oh, Pretty Woman" was Orbison’s second #1 hit. The other was "Running Scared" (6/05/61).

    1965- Giant Willie Mays breaks former Pirate Ralph Kiner record for home runs in the month of August when the 'Say Hey Kid' connects for his 17th round tripper in an 8-3 victory over the Mets.

    1966 - The Beatles performed at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, CA. It was the group’s last live appearance before they disbanded in 1970. 1966- Beatles last public concert, (Candlestick Park, San Francisco)

    1967- Final TV episode of "The Fugitive". The series originally started on September, 1963. Dr. Richard Kimble ( David Janssen) was wrongly convicted and sentenced to death for his wife’s murder, but escaped from his captors in a train wreck. This popular program aired for four years detailing Kimble’s search for the one-armed man(BillRaisch) who had killed his wife, Helen ( Diane Brewster). in the meantime, Kimble himself, was being pursued by Lieutenant Phillip Gerard ( Barry Morse). The final episode aired this day in 1967 featured Kimble extracting a confession from the one-armed man as they struggled form the heights of a water tower in a desert amusement park. That single episode was the highest-rated show ever broadcast until 1975. The TV series generated a hit movie in 1993 with Harrison Ford as Kimble and Oscar-winner Tommy Lee Jones as Gerard. (Feb. 28,1983, M*A*S*H, concluding a run of 255 episodes, this 2 ˝ hour finale became the most-watched television show at that time---77 percent of the viewing public was tuned in. Cheers last episode on August 19,1993 did not beat this rating nor did Seinfield last on May 14, 1998 nor did my most favorite show, “Mad About You.” on May 24, 1999.

(Helen Hunt and co-star, Paul Reiser, were both given $1,000,000 per episode salaries for the 1999 TV season of "Mad About You".

    1969 - To compete with Johnny Carson (NBC) and Joey Bishop (ABC), CBS-TV presented Merv Griffin on late-night TV. Johnny ruled -- staying on top for almost 23 years to come.

    1971 - Hank Aaron became the first baseball player in the National League to drive in 100 or more runs in each of 11 seasons.

    1972---Top Hits

Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) - Looking Glass

Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilbert O’Sullivan

Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress) - The Hollies

If You Leave Me Tonight I’ll Cry - Jerry Wallace

    1972-Preisdent Richard Nixon announced that a White House investigation of the Watergate break-in, conducted by White House counsel John Dean, revealed that administration officials were not involved in the burglary.

    1974- 600 Catholic nuns adopt a resolution calling for the ordination of women priests in the Roman Catholic Church.

    1974-Moses Malone became the first basketball player to jump from high school to professional basketball, skipping college to sign a contract with the Utah stars of the ABA.

    1977- Lou Brock stole the 893rd base of his career, surpassing Ty Cobb’s modern record for career stolen bases. Ricky Henderson in 1982 breaks Brock’s for stealing the most bases in

one season with 122.

    1979-Sheridan Broadcasting Corp purchases Mutual Black Network, making it the first completely Black owned radio network in the world.

    1980---Top Hits

Magic - Olivia Newton-John

Sailing - Christopher Cross

Take Your Time (Do It Right) - The S.O.S. Band

Drivin’ My Life Away - Eddie Rabbitt

    1984 - Edwin Moses won the 400-meter hurdles in track competition in Europe. It was the track star’s 108th consecutive victory.

    1986 - The former "American Bandstand" studio, at the original home of WFIL-TV in Philadelphia, PA, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The studio is located at 4548 Market Street.

    1988---Top Hits

Monkey - George Michael

I Don’t Wanna to Go on with You like That - Elton John

I Don’t Wanna Live Without Your Love - Chicago

The Wanderer - Eddie Rabbitt

    1990 -Saddam Hussein declares America can't beat Iraq. By the end of 1990, 580,000 Iraqi troops were believed to be in Kuwait or southern Iraq. Facing them were 485,000 troops of 17 allied countries. Earlier, on August 10 at a meeting in Cairo, only 12 of the 21 member nations of the Arab League voted to support American troops.

    1991- the Soviet Communist Party suspended parliament, thus ending a 75-year control of the USSR. Democratic change was sought and the struggle still continues today. Perhaps ending the hunt in

the United States to “halt” communism. Capitalism won out.

    1998---Top Hits

I Don t Want To Miss A Thing- Aerosmith

The First Night- Monica

Crush- Jennifer Paige

My Way- Usher

    2002- To show their displeasure about tomorrow's impending strike, fans at Devil Ray-Angel game begin throwing foul balls back onto the field at Edison Field and over a100 people are ejected for throwing trash. New words are added to the traditional seventh-inning rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" as many of the fans in attendance begin to chant, "Don't strike! Don't strike! Don't strike!".



*** When Charlie Parker died, this was found written on my sidewalk streets

in New York City: “The Bird Lives! “



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