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Get Your “Blog” Here
Leasing News introduced photographs, links to resumes, personal
web sites, and “blogs” for the free “job wanted” classified ads.
Several readers have asked, “What is a blog?” More important
than its definition, you can build one for free, and it is not
difficult to do.
Matt Gebhardt explains its best in an article he wrote for “The Inside
“The term blog is really the favored shortened version of the term weblog, which, as you might really assume, is basically a personal log posted on the web. These no-frills Web pagesare self-published personal musings, observations, essays, notes, and favorite links of the author, also known as the blogger. Because of the lack of influence from advertisers, potential advertisers, editors, and publishers (at least back in the infant stage of blog evolution), these pages often convey much more of the author's personality than people are used to seeing in the public sector.
“Blogs differ from simple personal Web pages in several ways. First, the tools used to create blogs, such as Blogger (www.blogger.com), enable the author to create a page and update it with incredible ease and rapidity, since blogs traditionally lack more than very basic design elements. Secondly, blogs are generally updated on a near daily basis.
“Professional bloggers are often people with an inside track to breaking news and trends, and some experts are even predicting that the collective blogs on the Internet (also known by some as the blogosphere) may transform and democratize the dissemination of news. The main idea behind this line of thought is that the blogosphere can provide the common consumer with breaking news and insights, unedited and free from political and economic pressures.
“Blog, bloggers, and the blogosphere all sound innocent. But blogs, such as the Drudge Report
(www. drudgereport.com) and Ethel the Blog
are continually gaining in both popularity and respect-ability. Their uses are just beginning to be tapped-experts in the fields of marketing, journal-ism, and academics are all showing interest.
“To take a look at some interesting blogs, be sure to check out the Blogdex at
http://blogdex.med .mit.edu, an online index of blogs created by the MIT Media Library. If you're interested in creating your own blog, there's even a free hosting service for Blogger-powered Web logs called Blog*Spot, located online at www.blogspot.com. And of course, you can follow the growth of the blog phenomenon in future articles of Inside the Internet.”
Why Qwest Pulled the Plug on NorVergence
by Christopher Menkin
Qwest Communication, one of the major suppliers to NorVergence,
perhaps the number one service provider, was the main factor to three companies first trying to stall off liquidation with a Chapter 11 bankruptcy. It did not work. Once the Qwest $15 million was
realized, it quickly brought other telephone companies to the
hearing to realize that over $30 million was owed to them alone.
One of the reasons the plug was pulled is the financial trouble of Qwest itself, who yesterday posted a second quarter net loss of$776 million, compared to a loss of $64 million for the same quarter in 2003. Revenues were also down from $3.6 billion to $3.4 billion in the same time period. This does not include figures for companies such as NorVergence, who will appear in the next quarter.
The results included special items totaling $487 million, or 27 cents per share, much of that from the placement of $300 million in a reserve for ongoing litigation in shareholder lawsuits and securities investigations. Qwest officials said that puts the total in the reserve at $500 million.
There also was a $127 million charge associated with some 1,600 job cuts, primarily in the information technology division. Qwest, which operates in 14 West and Midwestern states including Minnesota, has said they expect an additional 1,800 layoffs by the end of the year.
Red ink will continue.
While the revenue was down, profits, too, Qwest reported a 6 percent increase in revenue for long distance service and a 3 percent increase in data and Internet revenue. Access line losses declined 1.3 percent from the first quarter but were unchanged in a year-over-year comparison.
Qwest chief financial officer Oren Shaffer said the growth in key areas was offset by competitive pricing pressure, the access line losses,
and changes in the industry. He did not mention “bad accounts.”
"I would like to characterize our growth as slightly below our expectations primarily due to unexpected competitive price pressure especially in our enterprise market," he said. He did not mention
In the second quarter, Qwest said it added 109,000 DSL subscribers to put its total at 853,000 and said it hopes to have 1 million DSL subscribers by the end of the year. Qwest said it added 733,000 in-region long-distance lines in the second quarter, giving it 4.1 million total lines.
It is obvious that Qwest could not carry NorVergence customers,
and its debt owed by the company itself. Whether it will survive
in this changing wireless internet world is yet to be seen.
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GE Kicks Off ELFF Campaign $37,500 a Year for 3 Years
General Electric Company’s Commercial Finance business announced its continued support of the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation by pledging $37,500 per year for the next three years. GE’s total pledge of $112,500 is the single largest corporate pledge the Foundation has received to –date during its 2004 year-long campaign.
In announcing GE’s 2004 pledge, Rick Wolfert, President & CEO, GE Healthcare Financial Services and a member of the Foundation’s National Development Committee stated, “GE has a longtime commitment to excellence in the equipment leasing industry. We believe that our corporate support and participation in the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation research focused foundation is a wise and prudent investment in the continuing and future health and stability of our industry. GE is pleased to have the opportunity to invest in our industry’s future through the Foundation.”
In accepting GE’s 2004 support pledge, James Renner, Chairman, Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation and Chairman of the National Development Committee said, “We are honored and pleased with GE’s generous and outstanding support. Their continuing demonstration of corporate citizenship is an example and encouragement to all of us in the industry — and we are most grateful to GE for their support.”
Now is the time for every company in our industry to join together and share in helping to assure the continued and future health, success and stability of our industry through our Foundation. Please join other industry leaders - make your pledge or contribution today and help assure a better tomorrow for all of us!
The success of this year's campaign will enable your Foundation to continue to expand focused research advances in our industry among which are:
1.Operation excellence and discipline studies
2.Diversity in the workplace initiatives
3.Research on the effects lower tax rates would have on the industry
4.Forecasting research and analysis
5.Off shore issues and trends
6.Publishing Journal of Equipment Lease Financing
7.Publishing Annual State of the Industry Report
8.Publishing Industry Future Council Report
9.Capital Adequacy studies
The Foundation will continue funding research grants for academics and industry experts, in addition to also funding authorship honorariums and developing a comprehensive statistical database for research. The Board of Trustees launches the Foundation's 2004 Annual Campaign with the announcement of the formation of the National Resource Development Committee, Chaired by James Renner, President, Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, Inc. This committee will coordinate all the Foundation's development initiatives - including the all-important Annual Campaign - the primary source for funding the Foundation's vital industry programs and projects.
Joining Chairman Renner on the Committee are 21 leading industry 21 executives. Full committee list is available at, http://www.leasefoundation.org/about/committees/Natldev.htm
The Development Committee is already hard at work and is pleased to announce the 2004 Annual Campaign Goal is $300,000 - an increase of $100,000 over last year's achieved goal! The success of this year’s campaign will enable your Foundation to continue to expand its focus on industry research.
Initial Donors have already stepped forward to lead the way. For a complete list of companies and individuals who have already donated to the 2004 campaign visit,
To donate: http://www.leasefoundation.org/donors/
About The Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation
The Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides vision for the equipment leasing and finance industry through future-focused information and research. Primarily funded through donations, the Foundation is the only organization dedicated to future-oriented, in-depth, independent research for the leasing industry. Foundation products include the Industry Future Council Report, the State of the Industry Report, and the Journal of Equipment Lease Financing and numerous research reports. Established in 1989, Founders include leasing industry member Paul S. Gass, the Equipment Leasing Association, and others. Visit the Foundation online at http://www.LeaseFoundation.org
About GE Healthcare Financial Services
GE Healthcare Financial Services, a unit of GE Commercial Finance, is a provider of capital, financial solutions, and related services for the global healthcare market. With over $13 billion of capital committed to the healthcare industry, GE Healthcare Financial Services offers a full range of capabilities from equipment financing and real estate financing to working capital lending, vendor programs, and practice acquisition financing. With its knowledge of all aspects of healthcare from hospitals and long-term care facilities to physicians’ practices and life sciences, GE Healthcare Financial Services works with customers to create tailored financial solutions that help them improve their productivity and profitability. For more information, visit www.GEHealthcareFinance.com.
Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation – Your Eye On the Future!
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Letters---We Get eMail
Thanks for running the story Kit. I have received many emails commenting on it. Some of the "old pros" are intrigued by the simplicity and creativity of what we are doing. Just goes to show that many in our industry work with blinders on.
I would like to add that we have also received calls from people wanting to know which territories are still available. I have noticed recently that people who want to get into the leasing business have somehow found Leasing News.
d/b/a Corporate Capital Leasing Group
24 Offices Nationwide
Thank you very much
for the update on PinnLeasing.
( name with held )
This morning I completely read for the first time, your new format. Thank you very much for the vast improvement!
Stanley A. Evans, Jr.
Executive Solutions for Leasing and Finance, Inc.
In the article about
Nationwide, I'm refreshed to read the following quote from Evan Lang
of Nationwide Funding.
You were of some
help (with the “job wanted” ad, but I did accept a sales position with a company not associated with the lease
financing world. It's a new experience
for me and I really am enjoying my job. If it doesn't work out
I know I can always go back into the lease financing business.
(We keep track of people who find or leave the free “job wanted”
list. Many leave the industry, such as Ms. Chupa, although there
appears a trend in the other direction, particularly since many
lessors are now expanding and hiring. editor )
Regarding NorVergence...Peter Salzano was not the real CEO, it was his brother tom Salzano!!!!!!!! I know, I worked with him there and it was just Pete’s name on the paperwork..... Please spread the word, TOM SALZANO WAS THE CEO & OWNER OF NORVERGENCE
collateral. If leasing companies had actually looked at the collateral
perhaps this would not have gone as far as it did.
From the Yahoo—Listserve:
.....all the employees were not crooks. All of the employees I personally knew were honest hard-working people (like you I presume) who needed to feed their families and unaware of the scam. After all, it was a job; we had no knowledge of the sham. Furthermore, we the employees are still owed at least three weeks wages some even five weeks. I also had my medical insurance deducted from my last paycheck only to realize that my daughter's emergency room claim was rejected due to the premium NOT being paid by the NorV unprincipled management...I just received the bill yesterday. And I have heard of much worse cases such as one employee responsible for $80k to $90k due to premiums not being paid. Believe me, we the honest hard-working employees, also, together with you and all the good customers, anticipate seeing those responsible in hand-cuffs.
( name with held )
I understand that all of the Norvergence employees
were hurt right along with the customers, but I have a
hard time believing that if Norvergence was still in
existence that you'd be speaking to me in such civil
tones. I think it would be more likely you'd be lying
to me and hiding behind Norvergence policies. If
anyone from customer service reading this recognizes
my name I think you know what I'm talking about. I
have a laundry list of names catalogued along with
false promises made over the last year of trying to
deal with 4 Norvergence contracts spread across 3
companies. I was lied to by salespeople, customer
service reps, customer service managers, escalations,
the escalations manager, the regional VP, and the VP
of customer service (actually she didn't lie to me,
she just refused to acknowledge that I existed). My
Norvergence problem is severely compounded by the
individual failures that I have been met with over the
last year. These failures are the results of
Norvergence employees who took advantage of a system
that allowed them to shirk responsibility whenever
As these employees make their way into other
telecommunications companies, I am confident that they
will continue their legacy of incompetence, failure
and lies. Furthermore, I'm sure that their efforts
will be encouraged and rewarded by dishonest telecom
giants like Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and MCI, just to
name a few. The same companies that made the
Norvergence promises so attractive to companies like
ours. The same companies that have slowly been
destroying this country, one phone line at a time
while employing thousands and thousands of so-called
hard working individuals just trying to feed their
You can bluster and yell and overreact all you want,
but the fact remains that what each individual did at
Norvergence contributed to the situatioun that has
hurt 11,000 small to mid-size businesses. In many
cases, these are small, family owned businesses, now
faced with thousands in losses from downtime, the
leases, legal fees, the overall stress of dealing with
this situation, and the prospect of crawling back to
the companies we ran from at your urging. So no, we
are not the same, we have not been equally burdened.
As Norvergence employees you fed the flames of your
evil machine with the souls of companies like mine,
and you did it happily until the walls came down
around you. Now you conspire with each other to fool
your next employer and join the ranks of another
deception based product, again in the attempts to feed
your family or some other nonsensical justification
for the careers you've chosen.
I have no pity, no understanding and no tolerance for
anyone that ever counted themselves among the
employees at Norvergence.
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Oak Brook Bank Announces an Additional Commercial Real Estate Department
and a Leasing Unit in Its Commercial Lending Department
OAK BROOK, Ill.--- The Hiring of 5 Seasoned Lenders; the Hiring of a New Chief Legal Officer; and 10 Officer Promotions
First Oak Brook Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:FOBB) announced the formation of a new commercial real estate area and a leasing unit, the addition of five experienced lending officers, and the promotion of ten bank officers.
Also, First Oak Brook Bancshares announced the appointment of its new Chief Legal Officer, and the $2.1 billion Oak Brook Bank, the Company's primary operating subsidiary, announced the permanent appointment of its General Counsel.
Oak Brook Bank forms the Corporate and National Real Estate Department and appoints two seasoned real estate experts to be its nucleus:
The Corporate & National Real Estate Department ("CANRED") was established in the second quarter of 2004 to complement and extend the reach of Oak Brook Bank's current middle-market real estate lending activities housed in its Commercial Real Estate Loan Department. CANRED is primarily focused on seeking out and underwriting larger-sized real estate loans. CANRED will also be the focal point for the Bank's branch expansion efforts ; overseeing the activities of the Bank's two real estate development subsidiaries, Oak Real Estate Development Corp. and West Erie LLC; and promoting real estate-related Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) initiatives.
To head the new function, the Bank has appointed Lawrence D. Silberman as its Executive Vice President and Leonard Carnevale as Vice President. Their backgrounds are described below.
In announcing the formation of CANRED, Richard M. Rieser, Jr., Company President and Bank CEO, said,
"In terms of loan generation, we expect to attract new borrowers to the Bank through the extensive network of local, national, institutional and correspondent contacts these seasoned lenders bring with them. While performing an initial pass-through of Larry and Len's contacts cross-matched against our existing Commercial Real Estate Department's client and prospect lists, we confirmed very little overlap exists. Therefore, we are confident we can achieve a lift in production from a broader base of real estate loan proposals.
Also, a prudent and measured complementary focus on larger loan size should produce operating efficiencies. Our intent is not to build a portfolio of box-car sized loans, but to utilize this platform to access more loan opportunities and then mitigate risk, while enhancing returns, with an outward-bound syndication/participation capability."
Lawrence D. Silberman, 48, joins Oak Brook Bank as Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate and National Real Estate. He has also been named CEO of Oak Real Estate Development Corporation, the Bank's wholly-owned residential real estate development and investment subsidiary. Mr. Silberman began his banking career at the Northern Trust Company in 1982. Most recently, Mr. Silberman served as Senior Vice President in the Income Property Group at Key Bank Real Estate Capital in Chicago. Mr. Silberman, a lifelong resident of Highland Park, Illinois, where he currently serves as a City Councilman, holds a BA from the University of Chicago and received his MBA from Northwestern University's JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Leonard Carnevale, 50, joins Oak Brook Bank as Vice President in its new Corporate and National Real Estate Department. He works with commercial real estate developers and also focuses on the Bank's branch expansion program. Mr. Carnevale has 27 years of real estate experience, most recently with Lend Lease Real Estate Investments. Previously, he served in the real estate investment departments of two large insurance companies, Pacific Life and Prudential Insurance. He began his career at Real Estate Research Corporation in Chicago. Mr. Carnevale, a resident of Indian Head Park, earned his Bachelors degree from the University of Notre Dame and his Masters in Urban Studies and Law degrees from Loyola University.
Oak Brook Bank forms new leasing unit in its Commercial Loan Department:
During the 2nd Quarter, Oak Brook Bank added a very experienced lender, John Castellano, with a strong background in leasing to its Commercial Loan Department. Mr. Castellano's experience is summarized below. Mr. Castellano is expecting to utilize his extensive referral network among large financial institutions to purchase for the Bank discounted leases, principally the "debt strip" or loan piece. Underlying credits will typically be near-investment or investment grade, with primary reliance on the credit-worthiness of the leasees, rather than the collateral.
John A. Castellano, 45, joins Oak Brook Bank as Vice President of the Leasing Unit--a new part of Oak Brook Bank's Commercial and Industrial Lending Department. Mr. Castellano brings 22 years of banking and leasing experience with him. Prior to joining Oak Brook Bank, Mr. Castellano was Vice President of Citicapital Bankers Leasing and previously worked for National City Bank Leasing, Bank of America, and Societe Generale. John lives in Palatine and received his B.A. in Finance from Northern Illinois University in 1981.
Oak Brook Bank hires two additional experienced lenders for its Commercial Loan Department, Brian S. Boilek and Philip L. Olivero:
Brian S. Boilek, 36, joins Oak Brook Bank as Vice President and Senior Commercial Lender in the Bank's Commercial and Industrial Lending Department. Mr. Boilek is focusing his loan generation efforts on the South Suburban markets of Chicago. He has 18 years banking experience, beginning his career at First National Bank of Illinois in Lansing. Most recently, Mr. Boilek was at Fifth Third Bank and National City Bank of Indiana. Mr. Boilek is a resident of Munster, Indiana and received both his Bachelor's and MBA from Indiana University.
Philip L. Olivero, 43, joins Oak Brook Bank as Vice President in its Commercial and Industrial Lending Department. Mr. Olivero will focus his business development activities on the Far Western suburbs of Chicago. Upon the opening of Oak Brook's recently-announced branch in Yorkville, Illinois, scheduled for mid-2005, Mr. Olivero will be based in that office. Most recently, Mr. Olivero was a Vice President at First National Bank of Ottawa and Unionbancorp in Ottawa. From 1986 until 1997, Mr. Olivero was a bank examiner with the Office of Banks and Real Estate of the State of Illinois. Mr. Olivero currently resides in Peru, Illinois. He received his B.S. in Finance in 1983 from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.
First Oak Brook Bancshares, Inc. and Oak Brook Bank announce appointment of key legal officers, Mitchell L. Hollins and Lorenzo Pate:
Mitchell L. Hollins, 57, joins First Oak Brook Bancshares, Inc. as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary and Oak Brook Bank as its Chief Legal Officer and Secretary. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Hollins practiced law in Chicago for 31 years - most recently as a senior partner in the securities and corporate practice groups at Piper, Rudnick and previously at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal. Additionally, Mr. Hollins has been a frequent lecturer at national seminars and at the graduate schools of business at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, focusing on the legal aspects of entrepreneurship. A resident of Glencoe, Mr. Hollins earned his JD at New York University, where he was Note and Comment Editor of The Journal of International Law & Politics.
Lorenzo Pate, 34, was promoted to General Counsel of the Bank. Previously, he served as Acting General Counsel of the Bank. Mr. Pate has been a practicing attorney for eight years. He has been with Oak Brook Bank's Law Department for the past 5 years and also serves as its Ethics Officer, Assistant Secretary, and President of Oak Real Estate Development Corporation. Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Pate was an associate at the law firm of Gardner, Carton & Douglas in Chicago. Mr. Pate is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law and earned his B.S. in Finance also from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mr. Pate resides on the Near West side of Chicago where he has been active in community redevelopment efforts.
Oak Brook Bank announces nine additional promotions:
Scott A. Bachmann, 24, promoted to Vice President in the Commercial and Industrial Lending Department. Mr. Bachmann began his banking career at Oak Brook Bank in 2001 as a trainee in the Management Training Program. He earned his undergraduate degree in Management and International Business from Indiana University at Bloomington and currently resides in Chicago, Illinois.
Philip D. Bueche III, 36, promoted to Vice President in Oak Brook Bank's Investment Sales Center, specializing in fixed income sales. Previously, Mr. Bueche worked for over 10 years in Bond Operations at American National Bank in Chicago. He is a 1990 graduate of Loyola University with a BBA degree and holds Series 52 and 63 securities licenses.
Christopher G. Hutter, 24, promoted to Vice President in Commercial Real Estate Lending. Mr. Hutter began his career at Oak Brook Bank in 2001 as a trainee in the Management Training Program, following his graduation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he earned his B.S. in Finance. Currently, Mr. Hutter is pursuing his M.B.A. in Finance at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois, and lives in Lockport, Illinois.
J.W. Cole Parsons, 42, promoted to Vice President in the Commercial Banking Department. Based in the Bank's Countryside office, Mr. Parsons joined Oak Brook Bank in 2003. Previously, he was an Assistant Vice President at Hinsbrook Bank and Trust in its Commercial Banking Department and at Bank One in the Treasury Management Group of its Commercial Banking Division. Mr. Parsons holds a B.S. in Business from Arizona State University and resides in Plainfield, Illinois.
Wendy S. Dorn, 51, promoted to Assistant Vice President and Retail Lockbox Manager in the Treasury Management Department. Ms. Dorn has been with Oak Brook Bank since 1989. She is a resident of Villa Park.
Kathryn Hamilton, 25, promoted to Assistant Vice President in the Human Resources Department. Ms. Hamilton began her career with Oak Brook Bank in 2001 as a trainee in the Management Training Program. Ms. Hamilton is a graduate of Georgetown University with a B.S. in International Business and Spanish. She is a resident of Western Springs.
Justin L. Ragner, 24, promoted to Assistant Vice President in the Commercial Banking Department. Mr. Ragner began his career at Oak Brook Bank in 2001 as a trainee in the Management Training Program. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis and lives in Chicago.
Thomas A. Sternberg, 24, promoted to Assistant Vice President in the Investment Management and Trust Department where he specializes in equity research. Mr. Sternberg joined Oak Brook Bank as a trainee in the Management Training Program in 2002. Mr. Sternberg is a graduate of Duke University with a B.S. in Economics, and he is currently pursuing his Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He lives in Chicago.
Jennifer L. Szatkowski, 24, promoted to Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of the Graue Mill office of Oak Brook Bank. Ms. Szatkowski began her career with Oak Brook Bank in 1998 in Retail Banking and is a resident of LaGrange Park.
Oak Brook Bank currently operates 17 offices in Addison, Aurora, Bensenville, Bolingbrook, Broadview, Burr Ridge, Countryside, Glen Ellyn, Graue Mill (Oak Brook), LaGrange, Lisle, Oak Brook, Naperville, St. Charles, Warrenville, Glenview and Chicago. Fifteen of these offices are in the western suburbs of Chicago, one on the North Shore and one in downtown Chicago. Oak Brook Bank has announced 3 more branches to open in 2005 - in Darien, Yorkville and Wheaton, Illinois.
First Oak Brook Bancshares, Inc. is the 10th largest independent, publicly-held bank holding company headquartered in Illinois. The $2.1 billion Oak Brook Bank is the 12th largest bank in Illinois. First Oak Brook Bancshares, Inc. is traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbol FOBB.
CONTACT:First Oak Brook Bancshares, Inc. Richard M. Rieser, Jr. 630-571-1050 ext. 213 firstname.lastname@example.org
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MICROFINANCIAL Continues To Reduce Debt Obligation
WOBURN, Mass--MicroFinancial Incorporated (NYSE-MFI) announced today that the company continues to reduce its outstanding debt obligations in excess of the amounts required by the Company's long-term bank agreement.
As of August 2, 2004, the senior credit facility has been reduced to $16.6 million, as compared to an expected $19.5 million for the same period, as stated in the bank agreement. In addition, all of the company's securitized debt obligations have been paid in full.
Richard Latour, President and Chief Executive Officer stated, "I am pleased that we continue to surpass our required repayments and other financial expectations of our bank agreement. Year to date through August 2, 2004, we have reduced our total interest bearing debt by approximately $42.0 million."
The Company continues to seek various financing, restructuring and strategic alternatives that will enable it to strengthen its position in the leasing market.
MicroFinancial Inc. (NYSE: MFI), headquartered in Woburn, MA, is a financial intermediary specializing in leasing and financing for products in the $500 to $10,000 range. The company has been in operation since 1986.
CONTACT: MicroFinancial Incorporated
Richard F. Latour, 781-994-4800
President and CEO
SOURCE: MicroFinancial Incorporated
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Willis Lease Renews Revolving Credit Facility
SAUSALITO, Calif.----Willis Lease Finance Corporation (Nasdaq:WLFC) announced today that it has renewed one of its primary revolving credit facilities with a syndicate of banks led by Fortis Bank (Nederland) N.V. as structuring and security agent and National City Bank as administrative agent. California Bank & Trust, City National Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, HSH Nordbank, and State Bank of India are also participants in the credit.
The credit facility makes immediately available to Willis Lease up to $126.0 million on a revolving basis through May 31, 2006, with final maturity on May 31, 2007. This and other credit facilities support the company and its subsidiaries in financing the $498.1 million equipment lease portfolio as of June 30, 2004.
"We are very pleased we have been able to renew this facility," said Charles F. Willis, President and CEO. "Access to capital is fundamental to our success, and we see the continued support of both domestic and international banks as a vote of confidence for our business model."
About Willis Lease
Willis Lease Finance Corporation leases spare commercial aircraft engines, rotable parts and aircraft to commercial airlines, aircraft engine manufacturers and overhaul/repair facilities worldwide. These leasing activities are integrated with the purchase and resale of used and refurbished commercial aircraft engines.
CONTACT:Willis Lease Finance Corporation Monica J. Burke, 415-331-5281
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SalesChain Announces the Release of mySalesChain.com v2.0
Connecticut - - SalesChain LLC, the technology leader in on demand sales force automation and customer base management ("SFA") solutions for office equipment dealers, today announced the immediate availability and deployment of mySalesChain.com version 2.0, the industry's most content rich and customizable SFA solution for office equipment dealers. The latest release of the mySalesChain.com service includes advanced word processing and shared scheduling with monthly, weekly and daily views.
The mySalesChain.com solution provides world-class visibility and control over prospect and customer data while delivering real-time functionality and control for sales representatives and owners a-like including:
· Shared Contact Management
· Prospect and Opportunity Management
· Pipeline Reporting
· Workflow Automation
· Integrated Document Imaging
· Word Processing
· Total Customer View
(A complete book of account including Assets, Contracts, Service History,
Usage History and Lease Contracts)
· Shared Calendar and Scheduling
· Marketing Campaign
· Lease Portfolio Management
· OMD Integration
· Automated Sales Representative Assignment
"mySalesChain.com v2.0 represents a quantum leap forward for SFA, benefiting office equipment dealers beyond imagination" said Tim Szczygiel, President and Founder of SalesChain. "SalesChain continues to build enterprise level sales automation solutions. Our focus on customer service, functionality, education, scalability and affordability make us the partner of choice."
SalesChain is a leading provider of on demand sales force automation and customer base management software. SalesChain provides unprecedented access and control over customer and prospecting data, with emphasis placed on workflow automation and lease portfolio management. For more information please visit
www.SalesChain.com or call 203-262-1611.
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DealerTrack Acquires LeaseLink Family of Desking Tools
Broadens Capabilities of Leading Online Auto Finance Platform
MELVILLE, N.Y., -- DealerTrack, Inc., which operates North America's leading online auto finance platform, today announced that its webalg, inc. affiliate has acquired substantially all of the assets of LML Technologies. The assets include the LeaseLink(R) family of desking solutions, which enable automotive dealers to identify the best leasing, retail or balloon financing options to meet their customers' needs. LML's GuestTrack(TM) business development tool and its FinanceWizard(TM) product were also included in the asset transaction.
LML invented LeaseLink, one of the industry's first desking tools, 14 years ago. With features such as A-B-C pencil, advanced worksheets and guaranteed data, LeaseLink has built a customer base of approximately 3,000 automotive dealers.
Mark O'Neil, DealerTrack's president and chief executive officer, commented, "We are very pleased to announce this key expansion of the DealerTrack(TM) platform. With its speed, power and data guarantee, LeaseLink is the best-in-class desking tool for dealers who want to evaluate financing options for their customers. We are particularly excited about LML's recent rollout of the industry's first 'live' retail loan comparison capability, which enables LeaseLink to analyze a much broader range of financing alternatives than any other tool in the marketplace."
Mark Simmons, president and chief executive officer of LML Technologies, said, "We would like to thank our loyal customers in dealerships across America for their support over the years. Together with the DealerTrack team, we have carefully developed an action plan to ensure that our customers' ongoing needs are met -- and that most, in fact, realize incremental benefits -- as LeaseLink integrates with the DealerTrack product suite."
Mr. O'Neil concluded, "This transaction provides us with a significant enhancement to the capability of the integrated DealerTrack platform. We believe that offering dealers a more comprehensive auto finance solution with products such as the F&I Tool Suite, eContracting, DMS Integration, Activity Reports, WebsitePlus and now LeaseLink, will make the financing process more seamless and more profitable."
About DealerTrack, Inc.:
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Capgemini Promotes Alvi Abuaf to Lead the Financial Services
Practice for the Americas
NEW YORK-- --Capgemini U.S. LLC, a part of the Capgemini Group, one of the world's largest providers of Consulting, Technology and Outsourcing services, announced today that Alvi Abuaf has been promoted to Vice President, Leader of the firm's Financial Services Practice for the Americas. Mr. Abuaf has been serving as the leader of the Securities Industry and Wealth Management Practice for the Americas. His new position will encompass all of the financial services industry including Insurance, Retail and Commercial Banking, Capital Markets, Real Estate and Wealth Management. Mr. Bertrand Lavayssiere, who served as the leader of both Americas and Global practice will continue his role as the Global Leader.
"I have worked closely with Alvi over the last few years and am delighted to announce his promotion to lead the Americas Financial Services Practice," said Mr. Lavayssiere. "Over the past several years, Alvi has been influential in driving and building Capgemini's client relationships and industry focused solutions. His deep financial services expertise and market focus will help drive our vision of growth for the practice in the Americas."
"Alvi's depth of experience and proven leadership in financial services positions Capgemini very well to execute on our business plan of providing clients with unparalleled collaborative industry expertise," stated Chell Smith, Americas Chief Executive Officer for Capgemini. "Alvi has demonstrated his talents in many ways, most notably by earning a stellar reputation for leading our Securities Industry and Wealth Management practice. Through his efforts, the practice doubled its revenues last year. I am confident that Alvi will grow our overall Financial Services Practice as we look toward 2005."
"This is an exciting time for the Financial Services Practice at Capgemini," remarked Alvi Abuaf. "We will be very focused on growth. I plan to enhance our practice's overall expertise by developing deeper capabilities in areas such as wealth management, claim processing, insurance agent portals, regulatory and compliance, retail financial services and equity research. We will grow our client portfolio, deepen our relationships with financial services focused vendors, leverage our current assets and extend our team to provide a deeper set of capabilities to our clients. We will become the shining star of the industry"
Mr. Abuaf joined Ernst & Young Consulting Services, later acquired by Capgemini, in 1989. He was elected to the partnership in 1991. Prior to joining Ernst & Young Consulting Services, Mr. Abuaf was a Principal at The McLean Group, a boutique Management Consultancy in New York and London, which was acquired by Ernst & Young Consulting Services. He earned a bachelor's degree with honors from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a master's degree from Columbia University. Mr. Abuaf lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
Capgemini, one of the world's foremost providers of Consulting, Technology and Outsourcing services, has a unique way of working with its clients, which it calls the Collaborative Business Experience. Through commitment to mutual success and the achievement of tangible value, the company helps businesses implement growth strategies, leverage technology, and thrive through the power of collaboration. Capgemini employs approximately 55,000 people worldwide and reported 2003 global revenues of 5.754 billion euros. Capgemini's Financial Services practice is well recognized for offering creative solutions, thought leadership and technology to the banking, insurance, wealth management, asset management, investment banking, real estate, leasing and securities processing sectors. More information about individual service lines, offices and research is available at www.capgemini.com.
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This Day in American History
1570- Spanish Jesuits led by Fray Batista Segura arrived in the Chesapeake Bay area of Virginia, for the purpose of converting the American Indians to Christianity. (Unfortunately, six months later, the entire group was massacred by the very Indians they had come to evangelize.)
Spain then ordered all Jesuits to leave Florida.
1583-Sir Humphrey Gilbert, English navigator and explorer, aboard his sailing ship, The Squirrel, sighted the Newfoundland coast and took possession of the area around St. John’s harbor in the name of the Queen, thus establishing the first English colony in Northern America. Gilbert was lost at sea, in a storm off the Azores, on his return trip to England.
1604-Birthday of John Eliot, American “Apostle to the Indians,” translator of the Bible into an Indian tongue ( the first bible to be printed in America), was born at Hertfordshire, England. He died at Roxbury, MA, May 12, 1690. http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bio/164.html
1656 -Eight Quakers from England arrived in Boston and were immediately
imprisoned by the local Puritan authorities. (The church-and-state amalgam
of Puritanism looked upon non-ritual Quakerism with suspicion, regarding
it as theologically apostate and politically subversive).
what they were escaping from: religious prosecution.
1749-Birthday of Thomas Lynch, signer, Declaration of Independence, born Prince George’s Parish, SC. Died 1779 ( lost at sea, exact date of death unknown.).
1775- the Spanish ship San Carlos, commanded by Juan Manuel de Ayala, entered San Francisco Bay.
( lower half of: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/aug05.html ).
1830-Birthday of James A Healy, first Black bishop in America.
1844 - The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty was laid at Bedloe’s Island (now called Liberty Island), New York. The actual statue was accepted as a gift to the United States from the people of France by U.S. President Grover Cleveland on October 28, 1886. The statue became a symbol of freedom to the European immigrants who passed it on their way to Ellis Island and their admittance to the United States. It remains today as a symbol of liberty for all
1858- Julia Archibald Holmes became the first woman on record to reach the summit of Pike's Peak.
1858-Through the efforts of Cyrus West Field, after two unsuccessful attempts, the Transatlantic cable was completed. The cable was 1,950 statute miles long and more than two-thirds of it was laid more than 2 miles deep. Introductory and complimentary messages were exchanged by President James Buchanan and Queen Victoria on August 16, 1858. The cable was weak and the current insufficient, and service was suspended on September 1, 1858.
1861-Income tax was levied by Congress during the Civil War by an act this day which imposed a 3 percent tax on incomes exceeding $800 and 1.5% tax on income derived from government securities. The income tax lists were open to public inspection by “ all persons who may apply to inspect the same.” This was interpreted in such a way as to eliminate idle curiosity seekers. The law was not enforced and was replaced the following year by another. It was rescinded in 1972 along with other Civil War taxes. An income tax law was passed by Congress on August 27,1894, as part of the tariff act, but it was declared unconstitutional. The 16th Amendment to the Constitution, which was declared ratified on February 25, 1913, gave Congress the power to lay and collect income taxes.
1864-the Great Battle of Mobile Bay: a Union fleet under Admiral David Farragut attempted to run past three Confederate forts into Mobile Bay, Alabama. After coming under fire, the Union fleet headed into a maze of underwater mines, known at the time as torpedoes. The ironclad Tecumseh was sunk by a torpedo, after which Farragut is said to have exclaimed, “ Damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead!” The Union fleet was successful and Mobile Bay was secured. ( Torpedoes in these days were “mines” that floated or were submerged in the water, exploding on contact. It was very dangerous to go through water minefields). The lead Rebel ironclad, the USS Tecumseh, unable to avoid the danger, struck a mine and sank into the oceans depths. Yet, against all odds, the seasoned admiral ordered his flagship, the Hartford, and his fleet to press forward through the underwater minefield and into Mobile Bay. Some historians view this as the turning point of the campaign,
especially after General Jubal A. Early had entered the District of Columbia in July, and continued
to battle Union forces from the Shenandoah Valley. Farragut’s victory under overwhelming
obstacles spurred General Grant, the rest of the troops, and brightened up President Lincoln’s
outlook as he thought the war was going poorly, there were many who thought Congress should
find “peace” with the Confederates, and former General McClennan was favored to beat
Lincoln in the November election, until possible Farragut’s amazing victory. He was 63 years
old, not in very good health, and to command his ship, had his sailors strap him to the riggers
so he could view what was happening and give orders. It is not often that one man can lead
a Navy into victory with the Army to follow.
1867-Birthday of Jacob Ruppert, Jr., baseball executive born at New York, NY. Ruppert was the son of a brewery owner who purchased the New York Yankees in 1914 with Tillinghast Huston for $450,000. Ruppert bought Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox, built Yankee Stadium and made his team the best in baseball. Died New York, January 13, 1939.
1869- Birthday of Grant C. Tullar, American Methodist evangelist and music publisher. He is remembered today for composing the tune to the hymn, "Face to Face with Christ My Savior."
Died May 20, 1950, Ocean Grove, NJ.
1899-Birthday of Conrad Aiken, American poet, short-story writer, critic and Pulitzer Prize winner ( poetry, 1930). He was born at Savannah, GA, and died there August 17, 1973. http://www.poets.org/poets/poets.cfm?prmID=770&CFID=8427572&CFTOKEN=3561476
1902- Band Leader/Coronet Player Luis Russell Birthday
1908-Birthday of trumpet player Don Albert, New Orleans, LA.
1909-Congress passed a law to tax corporations. The act taxed all corporations with an income over $5,000. The law was passed prior to the adoption of the U.S. income tax amendment.
1912-Birthday of Raol Wallenberg, Swedish architect born at Stockholm, Sweden. He was the second person in history ( Winston Churchill was the first ) to be voted honorary American citizenship ( US House of Representatives 396-2, September 22,1981). He is credited with saving 100,000 Jews from almost certain death at the hands of the Nazis during WW11. Wallenberg was arrested by Soviet troops at Budapest, Hungry, January 17, 1945, and, according to the official Soviet press agency Tass, died in prison, at Moscow, July 17, 1947.
1914 - Euclid Avenue and East 105th Street in Cleveland, Ohio became the first intersection in the U.S. to be equipped with an electric traffic light. Cross arms were installed 154 feet above the ground and equipped with red and green lights and buzzers, as we may commonly see today at
railroad intersections. Two buzzes signaled Euclid Avenue traffic to proceed and one buzz signaled the traffic on 105th Street. It was not until 1923 that African-American Garrett A. Morgan invented
and developed the traffic light that is presently in use today. He sold the patent rights to General Electric Corporation for $40,000. Morgan was a prolific inventor, among his other inventions were the gas mask used by American troops in World War I and a smoke inhalator that saved the lives of workers trapped in a tunnel under Lake Erie in 1916.1921 - KDKA radio in Pittsburgh, PA did the first play-by-play broadcast of a baseball game. Harold Arlin described the action as the Pirates beat Philadelphia 8-5.
1921 - The "New York World" published the first cartoon to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize. "On the Road to Moscow", by Rollin Kirby, received the prestigious journalism honor.
1923 - Henry Sullivan became the first American to swim across the English Channel and he did it on this day.
1924 - The comic strip "Little Orphan Annie" debuted in the New York "Daily News". Annie and her little dog, Sandy, were creations of cartoonist Harold Gray. His work would come to life in the Broadway and film adaptations of Annie a half-century later -- to great success.
1926-Magician Harry Houdini stays chained in a coffin under water for several
hours and escapes.
1926-Birthday of singer Jeri Southern, Royal,NE.
1936 - Jesse Owens won his third gold medal by running a 200-meter race in 20.7 seconds at the Olympic Games held in Berlin, Germany.
1939-Birthday of Tommie Lee Aaron, baseball player born at Mobile, AL. The brother of home run king Henry Aaron hit 13 homes in a seven-year major league career. Died at Atlanta, GA.
1941-Birthday of percussionist Airto Moriera, Brazil.
1943-Birthday of singer Sammi Smith, Orange, CA.
of Robbie Robertson, guitarist with the Band,
born in Toronto. First known as The Hawks, The Band evolved from
a group taken to Ontario from the US by Ronnie Hawkins. The original
members were gradually replaced by Canadian musicians, with the exception
of drummer Levon Helm. The Band moved to the US in 1965, where they
became Bob Dylan's backup group.
1945- Atom Bomb dropped on Hiroshima (Aug 6th in Japan), the first atomic
bomb dropped. Death by radiation was not contemplated as the blast was
to scare Japan into surrendering has man controlled air bombs and torpedoes
were becoming more numerous and it was alleged they would rather
die fighting, then surrender.
1948 – Top Hits
You Can’t Be True, Dear - The Ken Griffin Orchestra (vocal: Jerry Wayne)
Woody Woodpecker Song - The Kay Kyser Orchestra
(vocal: Gloria Wood & The Campus Kids)
It’s Magic - Doris Day
Bouquet of Roses - Eddy Arnold
1949 -- Mann Gulch Fire. A crew of 15 Smokejumpers, the U.S. Forest Service's elite airborne firefighters, jump into a remote forest fire in the Montana wilderness. Less than two hours later only
1950-Birthday of one of my favorite singers, Huey Lewis, whose real name is Hugh Cregg the Third, was born in New York City. He formed his six-man rock band, the News, in San Francisco in 1980. Huey Lewis and the News first reached the charts in 1982 with "Do You Believe in Love." The band reached its peak in 1985 and '86 with the charttoppers "The Power Of Love" and "Stuck With You." He lives in nearby Marin County, appears often locally, along with his friend Robin Willia. Often sings the National Anthem for the S.F. 49er football games. He is reportedly a big 49er fan.
1952-"American Bandstand" goes national on ABC-TV. It started in 1952 as a local hit parade show in Philadelphia. Dick Clark became the host in 1956 and his first guests are the Chordettes.
1954- Elvis Presley, backed by guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, recorded three songs at the Sun Records studio in Memphis. Two of the tunes, "That's All Right" and "Blue Moon of Kentucky," were released as Presley's first record. Both sides were local hits in the Memphis area.
1956 – – Top Hits
My Prayer - The Platters
Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera) - Doris Day
I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash
1957-“ Dick Clark’s "American Bandstand" caught the attention of network executives at ABC-TV in New York, who decided to put the show on its afternoon schedule. However, the one thing they couldn't do was disrupt an airing of the hugely popular "Mickey Mouse Club" at 5 p.m. What to do? Halfway through the "American Bandstand" show, Clark would tell listeners to come back for more of the show ... but “right now ... here comes the Mouse!” At that time, the network would cut away from Philadelphia and show Walt Disney's Mouseketeers. Following the show ... "American Bandstand" would return for another 30 minutes. American Bandstand” and Dick Clark are synonymous; he hosted the show for more than 30 years. “ AB” started out as a local show at Philadelphia in 1952. Clark, then a disk jockey, took over as host at the age of 26. The format was simply: teens dancing, performers doing their latest hits, Clark introducing song and listing the top 10 songs each week. This hour-long show was not only TV’s longest-running musical series, but also the first one devoted exclusively to rock and roll. The show was cancelled six months after Clark turned over the hosting duties to David Hirsch in 1989.
1960 - In an unprecedented move, two major-league baseball clubs traded managers. Jimmy Dykes of the Detroit Tigers moved to manage the Cleveland Indians while Joe Gordon left the Indians to take over the managerial reins of the Tigers.
1961 - The temperature at Ice Harbor Dam, WA, soared to 118 degrees to equal the state record established at Wahluke on the 24th of July in 1928. The afternoon high of 111 degrees at Havre, MT, was an all-time record for that location.
1962-Jamaica Independence Day, a national holiday observing the independence from Britain
August 6, but celebrated the first Monday in August.
1962-We generally celebrate only birthdays, but the world fell in love with Marilyn Monrow’s unique combination of sensuality and approachability. She was the epitome of Hollywood glamour, making 29 files in her career. Her tragic death at age 36, at Los Angeles, from an overdose of sleeping pills, is shrouded in controversy. I knew the first film cameramen on the scene, before the police
arrived, and he told me there was a note she had written.
It was also known she had called Bob Kennedy three times that night, one of them threatening to commit suicide, which reportedly she had done before. She had had an affair with his brother, had been his paramour, and Bobby wanted to run for president and no longer “could see her. “ She was born June 1, 1926, at Los Angeles.
1964-The first Navy pilot shot down and captured in North Vietnam was Lieutenant (j.g.) Everett Alvarez, Jr., 26, of Santa Clara, CA, aviator on the U.S.S. Constellation. He parachuted into the ocean. He was rescued by the crew of a small Vietnamese boat, to whom he surrendered. He was confined in the Hon Gay naval base and later in the Hoa Lon prison. He was returned to the United States almost ten years later, on February 13, 1973.
1964- The US begins bombing North Vietnam and racial turmoil brings America to face
more racial turmoil as the world rebounds with the news the day before when three young civil rights workers were found murdered and buried in an earthen dam on a farm outside Philadelphia, Miss. The three, James Chaney,21, of Meridian, Miss., and Andrew Goodman,20, and Michael Schwerner, 24, both of New York City, had disappeared on June 21 after being held for six hours by Neshoba County police on charges of speeding. Their burned station wagon was found June 23, prompting President Johnson to order an FBI search for the three men.
1964 – – Top Hits
A Hard Day’s Night - The Beatles
The Little Old Lady (From Pasadena) - Jan & Dean
Everybody Loves Somebody - Dean Martin
Dang Me - Roger Miller
1967- Bobby Gentry releases her only hit "Ode to Billy Joe". wrote and recorded in 1967. (Billie Joe McAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge because of a homosexual relationship in the movie, but Bobby Gentry said she's not telling what really happened: "what was dropped off the Tallahachee bridge?") won 3 grammy awards and was made into a movie in 1976
1969-Willie Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates hit the only home run ever out of Dodger Stadium. His blast off pitcher Alan Foster cleared the right-field pavilion and traveled an estimated 506 feet from home plate.
1969- the Rolling Stones gave a free concert in London's Hyde Park. In memory of Brian Jones, the group's former lead guitarist, Mick Jagger read an excerpt from the poems of Shelley and released thousands of butterflies over the park. Jones had been found dead in the swimming pool of his home two days earlier.
1972 – – Top Hits
Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilbert O’Sullivan
(If Loving You is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right - Luther Ingram
Daddy Don’t You Walk So Fast - Wayne Newton
It’s Gonna Take a Little Bit Longer - Charley Pride
1974 - The comic strip "Tank McNamara" premiered in 75 newspapers. Jeff Millar and Bill Hinds created the 6-foot, 4-inch, 225-pound former defensive tackle of the State University Sand Crabs; and who became a jock/sportscaster.
1974-President Nixon released tape transcripts revealing he had impeded the Watergate investigation. One example of the evidence was an order to H.R. Halderman on June 23, 1972, to tell the FBI: “ Don’t go any further in this case, period!” In three more days he would resign as president.
1975 - Singer Stevie Wonder signed the recording industry’s largest contract: $13 million over a seven-year period. Wonder stayed with his original label, Tamla/Motown, while other major Motown artists, including Diana Ross, Gladys Knight and The Four Tops had left the label over creative differences and financial accounting disputes.
1979--- In an 8-1 win over the Giants, Dodger right-hander Don Sutton becomes the team's all- time strikeout leader with his 2,487th career strikeout.
1980 – – Top Hits
Magic - Olivia Newton-John
Little Jeannie - Elton John
Take Your Time (Do It Right) - The S.O.S. Band
Dancin’ Cowboys - The Bellamy Brothers
1981- President Reagan fires 11,500 air traffic controllers who struck two days ago.
1983 - Vida Blue was released by the Kansas City Royals. Blue had spent 13 years in the big leagues. At his release by the Royals, the former Cy Young Award winner had gone 0-19 in pitching appearances.
1986: Artist Andrew Wyeth revealed that he had, over a 15-year period, secretly created 240 drawings and paintings of a woman named Helga Testorf, a neighbor in Chadds Ford, Penn. The critical furor, other than that caused by the adultery, was fueled by the (indignation) fact that Helga was not young and not beautiful—Neither was he.
1987 - Severe thunderstorms raked eastern South Dakota. The thunderstorms spawned half a dozen tornadoes, produced softball size hail at Bowdle, and produced wind gusts to 90 mph south of Watertown. Hot weather continued in eastern Texas. Afternoon highs of 100 degrees at Houston and 106 degrees at Waco equaled records for the date
1989-For the first time, the race off in the Hambletonian, harness racing’s most prestigious race, ended in a dead heat with Park Avenue Joe being declared the winner over Probe. Park Avenue Joe finished second in the first head and won the second heat. Probe won the first heat but broke stride and finished ninth in the second heat.
1984 - Toronto’s Cliff Johnson set a major-league baseball record by hitting the 19th pinch-hit home run in his career as he led the Blue Jays to a 4-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles. Johnson hit an additional pinch-homer in 1986 to extend his record to 20.
1984 - Joan Benoit won the first women’s Olympic marathon at the Summer Games in Los Angeles, California.
1984-Edwin Moses wins Gold Medal in Olympics track and field in Los Angeles, California.
1984-Evelyn Ashford wins Gold Medal in Olympics track and field in Los Angeles, California.
1986- It's revealed Andrew Wyeth had, secretly created 240 drawings & paintings of his neighbor Helga Testorf, in Chadds Ford, Pa .
Clinton to give him a pardon, but was not one of the 1500 granted.. Mario served his time, is 83, sick, and living alone. When he was in Congress, he helped the mentally retarded, the police, and the people of Northern Ireland. He just didn't have anyone to buy him a pardon.
1988 – – Top Hits
Roll with It - Steve Winwood
Hands to Heaven - Breathe
Make Me Lose Control - Eric Carmen
Don’t We All Have the Right - Ricky Van Shelton
1989 - Thunderstorms produced severe weather in Oklahoma, and from Iowa to the Upper Ohio Valley, with 216 reports of large hail or damaging winds between early Saturday morning and early Sunday morning. Thunderstorms moving across Iowa around sunrise produced extremely high winds which caused ten million dollars damage to crops in Carroll and Greene Counties. Thunderstorm winds at Jefferson IA reached 102 mph. Afternoon thunderstorms produced tennis ball size hail at Bay Mills, WI.
1990-The first Round-the-World solo sailing trip by an African-American was achieved by marketing executive and Coast Guard captain William Pinkney, in the cutter Commitment. The 22-month voyage, across a distance of 342,000 nautical miles, began in Boston, MA. Pinkney sailed south past the coast of South America, across the Atlantic Ocean to Capetown, South Africa, and on to the Australian island of Tasmania. After a nine-month break, he sailed around Cape Horn and back up the coast of Africa. The Commitment was equipped with a satellite computer system and a short-wave radio that allowed 20,000 schoolchildren in Boston and Chicago to follow Pinkney’s progress.
1993: The first piece of legislation Bill Clinton signed as president was the Family Leave Act which went into effect on this date. It provides up to 12 weeks of emergency unpaid family leave to care for newly born infants or sick relatives with a guarantees that the person's old job (or equivalent) is there. Many to most European countries provide up to 36-week guarantees.
1994 - Michael Jackson and bride, Lisa Marie Presley, visited Budapest, Hungary. While there, they filmed an advertisement for his upcoming album, "HIStory - Past, Present and Future - Book 1". The couple also visited children’s hospitals where they comforted young patients and distributed toys.
1994- Hootie and the Blowfish released their major-label debut, "Cracked Rear View." The album took almost a year to make it to number one on the Billboard chart, and when it did, it knocked Michael Jackson's "HIStory" from the top spot. By mid-1996, "Cracked Rear View" had sold more than 13 million copies in the US, becoming one of the most successful debut albums ever.
more than 100 Grateful Dead fans were hurt when a wooden deck collapsed
at a campground lodge in Wentzville, Missouri. Hundreds of people were
on or under the deck sheltering from heavy rain. More than 4,000 Deadheads
were staying at the campground while attending Grateful Dead concerts
in the St. Louis suburb.
1997- the remaining members of John Lennon's original group, The Quarrymen, reunited to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the historic meeting between Lennon and Paul McCartney. They performed the Del Vikings hit "Come Go With Me" from the back of a truck that toured the streets around Liverpool's St. Peter's Church where Lennon and McCartney first met on July 6th, 1957.
1999 - St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire belted home runs #500 and 501 to reach the 500-homer mark faster than anyone had before. He did it in his 5,487th at-bat. Babe Ruth had held the previous record, having reached #500 in 5,801 at-bats. In case you are wondering, the others in the top five were Jimmie Foxx (7,074), Mickey Mantle (7,300) and Mike Schmidt (7,331). McGwire connected for his historic homer(s) in St. Louis’ Busch Stadium, the same ballpark where he had broken Roger Maris’ 37-year-old single-season home-run record Sept. 8, 1998, when he hit homer #62. McGwire went on to hit 70 home runs that season, finishing just ahead of Chicago Cubs’ Sammy Sosa, who hit 66.
2000- Sammy Sosa becomes the first Cubs' player to reach 100 RBIs six consecutive times. Hack Wilson did it for five straight seasons from 1926-30.
2001-- Trailing the Mariners 14-2, the Indians, beginning in the seventh inning, score 12 times to tie score. Cleveland will win the game in the 11th inning, 15-14 making it the third time (1911 Tigers, 1925 A's) a team has won after being behind by 12 runs.
(This is an acrostic poem, in which the first letter of each line spells out a clue into the poem's meaning.)
by Nancy Weaver
In his room, with
Old World strains
Long studied ...
In his hands,
Are better busied
Slinging bats and stealing bases;
Even measuring odds,
Angles and trajectory and ...
Losers, unknown to composers of
A Ballad of Baseball Burdens
by Franklin P. Adams
The burden of hard hitting. Slug away
Like Honus Wagner or like Tyrus Cobb.
Else fandom shouteth: "Who said you could play?
Back to the jasper league, you minor slob!"
Swat, hit, connect, line out, goet on the job.
Else you shall feel the brunt of fandom's ire
Biff, bang it, clout it, hit it on the knob –
This is the end of every fan's desire.
The burden of good pitching. Curved or straight.
Or in or out, or haply up or down,
To puzzle him that standeth by the plate,
To lessen, so to speak, his bat-renown:
Like Christy Mathewson or Miner Brown,
So pitch that every man can but admire
And offer you the freedom of the town –
This is the end of every fan's desire.
The burden of loud cheering. O the sounds!
The tumult and the shouting from the throats
Of forty thousand at the Polo Grounds
Sitting, ay, standing sans their hats and coats.
A mighty cheer that possibly denotes
That Cub or Pirate fat is in the fire;
Or, as H. James would say, We've got their goats –
This is the end of every fan's desire.
The burden of a pennant. O the hope,
The tenuous hope, the hope that's half a fear,
The lengthy season and the boundless dope,
And the bromidic, "Wait until next year."
O dread disgrace of trailing in the rear,
O Piece of Bunting, flying high and higher
That next October it shall flutter here:
This is the end of every fan's desire.
Ah, Fans, let not the Quarry but the Chase
Be that to which most fondly we aspire!
For us not Stake, but Game; not Goal, but Race –
THIS is the end of every fan's desire.