Tuesday, August 18,2004
The Better Business Bureau Reports:
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Long Beach, CA.: Our company ISPWEST, Inc. had a contract with Norvergence for internet, phone, & cell phones in Carson, California. Norvergence farmed out the lease to CIT financial, then went chapter 7. Now we have received one letter from CIT reminding us that we have no option but to pay the lease to them. They want $16000 for a useless router box. Not only have we not had phone/internet or cell phones for over three weeks, we have lost business because of this matter. We need help to get out of the Norvergence contract (which was farmed out to CIT). Is there any attorney out there who can help us? No one is trying to help the people affected by this mess. please contact us at (310)637-2100 or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can offer any advice or help. Thank you for your time.
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New York Times News Editor
The Better Business Bureau Reports:
Alliance Funding Group/CapitalWerks-Preferred Lease
by Christopher Menkin
Both companies who were featured in a New York Times story written by Elizabeth Olsen on August 12, Thursday, told Leasing News they were anticipating a “correction” be made by the New York Times. Jim Raeder said he flew to New York and met the reporter’s editor, Brent Bowers. He expected a retraction or would consider litigation, he said.
Brij Patel delayed his statement to Leasing News a full day as
he had put the entire matter, he said, in the hands of his
attorney. He was planning legal action.
To date, the New York Times has not made any correction in
their newspaper that we have seen, nor confirmed have they
confirmed that plan to do so. Several of the editors contacted were not aware of any “inaccuracies” in the story by reporter Elizabeth
To date, neither Brij Patel, president of Alliance Funding
Group, nor James Raeder, president of CapitalWerks/Preferred
Lease have been able to provide confirmation that a
“correction” or “retraction” will be made by the New York Times.
The Better Business Bureau reports on both companies were
citied in the New York Times about “advance rentals:”
Alliance Funding Group
2099 South State College Blvd, Suite 100
Anaheim, CA 92806:
“Nature of Business:
This company's business is providing office, restaurant, security, industrial, medical/ dental, automotive, laundry, audio/video, scientific/environmental, and other equipment leasing and financing.
“Bureau File Experience:
“This company contacts business owners via fax advertisements or mail, to advise they are pre-approved for an equipment lease loan to expand their business.
We rate this company as having an unsatisfactory business performance record.
“Complainants generally allege accepting lease terms and providing deposits as required but that either no leases are provided or the terms are changed and the customers do not wish to pursue the lease. Most complain that they are unable to obtain a refund of their deposit despite promises to the contrary.
“The company responds to most complaints by issuing refunds, partial refunds or making offers to retain deposits or other fees for future services. One complaint remains unanswered.
“The Better Business Bureau does not endorse, recommend or disapprove of any company, product, or service.”
2151 Michelson Drive Suite 255
Irvine, CA. 92612
(additional addresses in Tahoe City and South
Coast Metro, California, plus affiliation with
Preferred Lease were noted )
“Nature of Business:
“This company's business is equipment leasing.
“Bureau File Experience:
“We rate this company has having an unsatisfactory business record.
Most complainants allege the company failed to fund the leases and then refused to refund deposits. Complainants contend the company solicited them for a lease agreement requiring a deposit of the first and last months rent along with a processing fee. According to most complainants, when the company is unable to fund the leases,
they promise to make refunds but fail to do so. Most people complain that the company does not return telephone calls.
“The company responded to some complaints by issuing refunds for the deposits and, in some cases, the processing fees. In other cases, they refused to make any refunds claiming that the customer provided false information or refused to proceed with the lease, even though the terms were changed. Some complaints remain unanswered.
“The Better Business Bureau does not endorse, recommend or disapprove of any company, product or service.”
An “editor,” who did not want to be named or quoted, and
referred me to the corporate communication office. It
appears the New York Times reporter Elizabeth Olsen spoke with all parties involved in the story, received no documentation that
indicating either Alliance Funding Group or Capitalwerks
were entitled to keep any “advance rental” or other fees
as “earned,” plus substantiated the Better Business
Bureau comments with their own postings on the
two companies (see above.)
Leasing News asked for the ability to confirm or deny
a “correction” would be forthcoming, but at press time,
had not heard back from either Alliance Funding Group
or Capitalwerks/PreferredLease. Both companies
have stated they requested a “correction.”
Previous stories at:
“I read this article a couple of times and do not see anything wrong with it.
“Why blame the NY Times for pointing out something that is really going on? The leasing companies that are mentioned in this article, and others who operate in similar fashion, are the ones that are giving leasing a bad reputation.”
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BankServ First to Handle Domestic/International Transfers
US Banker Weekly
San Francisco-based BankServ announced that it was accepted into Swift, a global financial messaging co-operative, as a certified member services bureau.
The bank says it becomes the first bank in the U.S. capable of handling both domestic U.S. payments and international money transferred from start to finish in a single automated service bureau process. Although a number of the nation’s largest financial institutions are currently equipped to process international wire transfers, most regional and community banks are not.
BankServ’s technology will allow even the smallest banks to move money across borders without the added time and expense of maintaining an account at a larger institution, say BankServ officials.
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PDS Gaming Corporation Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter 2004
LAS VEGAS--( PDS Gaming Corporation (Nasdaq:PDSG), a company that finances, leases and sells gaming equipment for the casino industry, today reported its operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2004.
For the three months ended June 30, 2004, the Company reported net income of $186,000, or $0.05 per diluted share, compared with net income of $182,000 or $0.05 per diluted share, for the three months ended June 30, 2003. Revenues were $20.2 million in the second quarter 2004 and $9.8 million in the second quarter 2003. Revenues from equipment sales and sales-type leases increased to $10.4 million for the second quarter 2004 from $1.6 million for the year-earlier quarter, due primarily to significantly higher sales of equipment coming off lease.
Operating lease rentals increased from $6.1 million in the 2003 quarter to $8.6 million in the 2004 quarter, reflecting a larger lease portfolio. The Company completed $30.4 million in originations during the second quarter 2004, compared with $42.6 million in the second quarter 2003.
Interest expense increased by $1.4 million to $3.8 million for the second quarter 2004, compared to $2.4 million for the year-earlier period, primarily as a result of higher debt levels which financed growth in the portfolio.
For the six month period ended June 30, 2004, the Company reported net income of $344,000, or $0.09 per diluted share, compared with net income of $443,000, or $0.12 per diluted share, for the six months ended June 30, 2003. Revenues were $37.5 million in the first six months of 2004 compared with $19.3 million in the same period last year. As with the current year quarter, the higher level of year-to-date revenues in 2004 is primarily the result of significantly higher sales of equipment coming off lease and significantly higher operating lease rentals. The Company completed $59.4 million in originations in the first six months of 2004, compared with $74.1 million in the same period of 2003.
Interest expense increased by $2.4 million to $7.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2004, compared to $4.6 million for the year-earlier period. As with the current year quarter, this increase was primarily the result of higher debt levels which financed growth in the portfolio.
PDS Gaming Corporation provides customized finance and leasing solutions to the casino industry in the United States. The Company is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, and its common stock trades on The Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol "PDSG".
CONTACT:PDS Gaming Corporation, Las Vegas Peter D. Cleary President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer 702-736-0700
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ePlus Reports First Quarter Financial Results:
Revenues Increase 34% to $107 Million Diluted Earnings Per Share Decreases 4% to $0.23;
Net Earnings Decrease 6% to $2.2 Million
HERNDON, Va--ePlus inc. (Nasdaq NM: PLUS), a leading provider of Enterprise Cost Management (ECM), today announced financial results for its first quarter of fiscal year 2005, which ended June 30, 2004. For the quarter, as compared to the same period the prior fiscal year, total revenues increased 34% to $106.7 million from $79.9 million, net earnings decreased 5.6% to $2.2 million from $2.3 million, and fully diluted earnings per share decreased 4.2% to $0.23 from $0.24.
"This quarter's financial performance included the Manchester Technologies, Inc. acquisition which occurred on May 28, 2004. This transaction was structured as an asset purchase in which we absorbed a full month's worth of expenses in June, but recognized only certain sales due to the timing of transactions which was part of the acquisition agreement" stated Phillip G. Norton chairman, president and CEO of ePlus. "This acquisition gives us a larger presence in the metropolitan New York City area, Baltimore, Maryland and Boca Raton, Florida. We have experienced a significant increase in revenues during this quarter, which reflects purchasing levels we haven't seen for several years."
The increase in total revenues for the quarter was driven by a 40.9% increase in Sales of Equipment. ePlus' cash was reduced to $8.8 million at the quarter ended June 30, 2004, from $25.2 million at fiscal year-end March 31, 2004. The reduction was due, in part, to cash utilization for working capital requirements, an increase in investment grade lease receivables in lieu of non-recourse debt financing to increase net lease portfolio return, and the cash consideration paid in the acquisition of Manchester Technologies, Inc. Accounts receivable increased from $51.2 million on March 31, 2004 to $70.5 million on June 30, 2004 as a result of our higher sales levels. On April 2, 2004, ePlus announced the increase of its floor-planning and A/R financing agreement with GE Capital Distribution finance from a total facility limit of $33 million to $50 million. Total Assets and Shareholders Equity on June 30, 2004 were $299.7 million and $113.4 million, respectively, as compared to $294.2 million and $111.6 million on March 31, 2004.
-- ePlus acquired the IT fulfillment, professional services, and software development and consulting service businesses of Manchester Technologies, Inc. (NASD NM: MANC). The acquisition expands ePlus' customer base and geographic reach with the addition of established regional offices in metropolitan New York, South Florida, and the Baltimore area. The acquisition also expands ePlus' professional services team and will provide additional opportunities to sell ePlus' Enterprise Cost Management solutions to the newly acquired customer base.
-- ePlus received several industry recognition awards, including being named as one of Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine's Top 100 companies in 2004 for Enabling Supply Chain Transformation. In the VARBusiness 500, ePlus Ranks #130 of Nation's Top 500 Resellers and also earned a place in the VARBusiness Fast 50.
-- Georgia-Pacific, one of the world's largest manufacturers of paper and building products, deployed Procure+ to improve its electronic purchasing of technology-related equipment in more than 350 locations across the United States. The ePlus system strengthens Georgia-Pacific's cost control by improving employees' ability to research products and pricing from preferred suppliers and by giving managers advanced insight into spending patterns.
The financial results presented herein are unaudited. Investors are encouraged to review the company's Form 10-Q which will be filed on or around August 16, 2004 and to review other SEC filings including the company's audited financial statements contained in Form 10-K.
Conference Call Scheduled for August 18th at 9:30 A.M.
The Company will host a conference call at 9:30 a.m. on August 18, 2004. To listen, please call (973) 935-2107 or toll-free (800) 370-0923. Ask to be connected to the ePlus conference call. Live and archived webcasts can be accessed from www.eplus.com/investor. A telephone replay of the conference call will be available by calling (877) 519-4471 or (973) 341-3080, and entering the passcode 5071050 beginning at about 2:00 P.M. on August 18, 2004.
About ePlus inc.
A leading provider of Enterprise Cost Management, ePlus provides a comprehensive solution to reduce the costs of purchasing, owning, and financing goods and services. ePlus Enterprise Cost Management (eECM) packages business process outsourcing, eProcurement, asset management, product and catalog content management, supplier enablement, strategic sourcing, financial services and document access and collaboration into a single integrated solution, all based on ePlus' leading business application software. The company is headquartered in Herndon, VA, and has more than 30 locations in the U.S and Canada. For more information, visit www.eplus.com, call 888-482-1122 or email email@example.com.
Kley Parkhurst, 703-709-1924
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Richard Anello Joins GMAC Commercial Financing Equipment Finance Division
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- GMAC Commercial Finance (GMAC CF), part of General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC) since 1999, announces that Richard (Rick) Anello has recently joined the company’s Equipment Finance Division (EFD) as vice president, Asset Management, based in the Atlanta, Ga. office. Anello’s focus will be on collateral valuation for transactions sourced by the Commercial Asset Finance Group’s United States and United Kingdom operations.
Anello comes to GMAC CF from Asset Control Services, a Textron Financial company. His career includes management positions at GE Capital and Bell Atlantic Corporation.
GMAC Commercial Finance, considered a leader in its segment of the financial services market, provides accounts receivable management, asset-based lending, equipment finance/leasing, structured finance and supplier payment solutions to a wide variety of middle-market clients in diverse industries. Loan facilities are in the $1 million to $500 million range. With locations in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Poland and United Kingdom, the Company is positioned to provide lending services worldwide.
GMAC Commercial Finance is a part of GMAC Financial Services. GMACFS has been a wholly owned subsidiary of General Motors Corporation since 1919. Located in Atlanta, Ga., the Equipment Division can be reached at (678) 553-2700.
Sites of Reference:
Phone Number: 248.327.9369
Fax Number: 248.350.2733
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GMAC CF Hires Brian Conn
Southfield, Mich. – GMAC Commercial Finance (GMAC CF), part of General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC) since 1999, announces that Brian Conn has recently joined the company’s Equipment Finance Division as head of the Capital Funding Group in their Atlanta, Ga. office. Conn will support all EFD groups in the sell side syndication efforts, as well as be involved in developing new sources of funding and new product development.
Conn joins GMAC CF from Dexia Global Finance LLC in New York (formerly Pricewaterhouse Coopers Global Structured Finance), where he managed all aspects of organizational debt and equity placement activities. This included the creation of a business model that facilitated the placement of debt and equity for over $22 billion of transaction cost, which generated over $10 million in fees. Conn’s efforts focused on both domestic and foreign transactions.
GMAC Commercial Finance, considered a leader in its segment of the financial services market, provides accounts receivable management, asset-based lending, equipment finance/leasing, structured finance and supplier payment solutions to a wide variety of middle-market clients in diverse industries. Loan facilities are in the $1 million to $500 million range. With locations in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong and United Kingdom, the Company is positioned to provide lending services worldwide.
GMAC Commercial Finance, part of GMAC Financial Services, has been a wholly owned subsidiary of General Motors Corporation since 1919. Located in Atlanta, Ga., the Equipment Finance Division can be reached at 678-553-2700.
Sites of Reference:
GMAC Commercial Financing
Phone Number: 248.358.8322
Fax Number: 248.350.2733
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Day in American History
1585- the Roanoke Island colony, sponsored by Sir Walter Raleigh, was established on Roanoke Island, off the northeast coast of what is now North Carolina, under the leadership of Sir Richard Grenville and Sir Ralph Lane. The settlers fared badly and returned to England in June of 1586. In 1587 Raleigh sent out another group, under John White, consisting of 117 men, women, and children. White returned to England for supplies but was unable to get back to Roanoke until Aug. 17, 1590. He found all the colonists gone; the only clue to their fate was the word Croatoan carved on a tree. The meaning of this remains unexplained and no trace was ever found of the settlers.
1635- English Puritan Richard Mather, 39, first arrived in Boston. A staunch defender of the congregational form of church government, Mather is remembered today for founding the "dynasty" to which was born his son Increase Mather in 1639, and his grandson Cotton Mather in 1663.
1786- American Frontiersman Davy Crockett was born at Hawkins County, TN. He died during the final heroic defense of the Alamo, March 6, 1836, at San Antonio, TX. In his autobiography, 1834, when he was a congressman, Crockett wrote, “ I leave this rule for others when I am dead. Be always sure you’re right—then go ahead.”
1790-First presidential declaration of the free and equal status of Jewish-American citizens.
1807- Robert Fulton began the first American steamboat trip between Albany and New York, New York. He revolutionized transportation and the growth of the country, but was laughed
at for his invention. The US Minister of France Robert R. Livingston raised money to allow
Fulton to design and construct his “steamboat” in France. He launched his “proto-type” on
the Seine in 1803. He then secured exclusive rights to operate steamboats on the New York waters.
The first Albany-to-New York trip took 32 hours to travel the 150-mile course. Although
his efforts were labeled “Fulton’s Folly” by his detractors, his success allowed the partnership to begin commercial services. Fulton became a wealthy man, but when his exclusive contract was up,
he lost most of his business to Cornelius Vanderbilt, who parlayed his capital into banks,
railroads and real estate. Excellent book at www.amazon.com
The Vanderbilts and the Story of Their Fortune by W. A. Croffut (Hardcover - June 1975)
1809- In Pennsylvania, Thomas Campbell, 46, and his son Alexander, 20, formed the American Movement for Christian Unity, which later became the Disciples of Christ Church.
1887-Birthday of Marcus (Moziah or Mosiah) A Garvey, St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica,
well-known Black leader of the “Back to Africa” movement.
1892 (or 93)- Birthday of Mae West - U.S. burlesque, stage, radio, and movie star who specialized in double- entendres and sensuality. She had a regal bearing and her wisecracks were legend. She was sexual and was proud of it. She was once arrested for "corrupting" youth for her stage work. One of the problems was not the throw of the hips or the sexual commons, but her very strong woman roles. She was in charge of her life, her sexuality, and men went to her. Her personal life mirrored her public presentation. During World War II the inflatable life jacket was named after her because of its large curves. She starred in vaudeville and on Broadway for a number of years. She made 11 motion pictures including She Done Him Wrong (1933) and My Little Chickadee (1940). She was pure camp. Her autobiography is Goodness Had Nothing to Do With It (1959.)
She invested in real estate, especially in Hollywood and became a very, very wealthy woman. Some of the famed "wise-cracks" of Mae West who never married:
"Give a man a free hand and he'll run it all over you."
"He who hesitates is last."
"I only like two kinds of men: foreign and domestic."
"I feel like a million tonight, but one at a time."
"It's not the men in your life who count. It's the life in your men."
"So many men, so little time."
"I've been in more laps than a napkin."
"Come up and see me sometime....."
"When I'm good, I'm very, very, good, but when I'm bad, I'm better."
"She's the kind of girl who climbed the ladder of success wrong by wrong."
"When a girl goes bad - men go right after her."
"I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it."
"I've been rich and I've been poor. Believe me, rich is better."
"It's better to be looked over than overlooked."
"I wrote this story myself, It's all about a girl who lost her reputation, but never missed it."
1894 - Skookum Jim and Tagish Charlie, members of the Tagish First Nations people, and George Carmack found gold in the Yukon, Canada, starting what became known as the Klondike Gold Rush. The three men were prospecting in Rabbit Creek (which they renamed Bonanza), a tributary of the Klondike River, when they made their discovery. Over 100,000 people stampeded to the Yukon in search of gold.
1896 - George Carmack discovered gold in a tributary of the Klondike River, Canada, precipitating the famous gold rush.
1897---WB Purvis patented the electric railway switch. Among the black inventor’s patents
was the first fountain pen, patented bag machines, a bag fastener, a hand stamp, and the edge cutter
for such products as aluminum foil, wax paper, cling wrap.
1903 - The first Pulitzer Prize was awarded, when Joseph Pulitzer contributed a million-dollar donation to Columbia University providing the funds for the Pulitzer Prize awards made in his name.
1909-Bandleadere Larry Clinton born Brooklyn, NY.
1915 - Dayton, Ohio resident Charles F. Kettering patented the electric, automobile self-starter.
1915 --Mob lynches Jewish businessman Leo Frank in Cobb County, Ga after death sentence for murder of 13-year-old girl commuted to life.
1915 - A hurricane hit Galveston, TX, with wind gusts to 120 mph and a twelve foot storm surge. The storm claimed 275 lives, including forty-two on Galveston Island, with most deaths due to drowning. Of 250 homes built outside the seawall (which was constructed after the catastrophic hurricane of 1900), just ten percent were left standing.
1918-Tenor sax player Ike Quebec born Newark, NU.
1920 -Cleveland shortstop Ray Chapman dies as a result as a result of being hit by a pitch thrown by Yankee submariner Carl Mays. The tragedy remains the only on- field fatality in major league history.
1920-Bassist George Duvivier born NYC.
1939 - The magical "Wizard of Oz," the first movie to combine the uses of black and white, and color film; premiered. It starred Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale; Bert Lahr as both the Cowardly Lion and Zeke; Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow and Hunk; and Jack Haley as both the Tin Woodsman and Hickory. Buddy Ebsen originally cast as the Tin Man; but sickness forced him to leave the production before its completion. The movie was based on L. Frank Baum’s 1900 "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz", which had previously adapted into a musical play. The Hollywood version, directed by Victor Fleming, won an Oscar for best movie score (Harold Arlen and E.Y. ‘Yip’ Harburg), and for best song, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow".
1943 - On CBS radio, writer Norman Corwin’s first success "Passport for Adams" debuted. It starred Robert Young, who played a small town newspaper editor. Corwin would go on to have many radio successes including radio classics: "This is War", "An American in England" and "We Hold These Truths" all of which he wrote and produced.
1943 - Lieutenant General George S. Patton and his 7th Army arrive in Messina, Sicily before British General Bernard Law Montgomery and his 8th Army, winning the unofficial "race to Messina," and completing the Allied conquest of Sicily.
I’ll Be Seeing You - Bing Crosby
Amor - Bing Crosby
Milkman, Keep Those Bottles Quiet - Ella Mae Morse
Is You is or is You Ain’t (Ma’ Baby) - Louis Jordan
1948- An estimated crowd of 100,000 fans pass by the body of Babe Ruth which is on display at Yankee Stadium.
Walkin’ My Baby Back Home - Johnnie Ray
Auf Wiedersehn, Sweetheart - Vera Lynn
Half as Much - Rosemary Clooney
A Full Time Job - Eddy Arnold
1954 - In Rhode Island, the Newport Jazz Festival opened at the Newport Casino. The festival featured jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Gerry Mulligan and Ella Fitzgerald.
1955- Hurricane Diane, following hurricane Connie floods Connecticut River killing 190 and doing $1.8 billion damage
1956- Shelly Manne, with Previn and Vinnegar, cuts jazz version of “My Fair Lady.” I used to see them in person at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, every weekend I could when I went to high school
They made one of the best jazz albums in history.
It’s Now or Never - Elvis Presley
Walk--Don’t Run - The Ventures
Walking to New Orleans - Fats Domino
Please Help Me, I’m Falling - Hank Locklin
1963—Football coach Jon Gruden birthday.
1968 - People Got to Be Free, the hit single by The Rascals, rocketed into the top slot on Billboard's record charts, and stayed there for 5 weeks.
People Got to Be Free - The Rascals
Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf
Light My Fire - Jose Feliciano
Heaven Says Hello - Sonny James
1969 – Third day Woodstock : Richie Havens, Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Who, The Band, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix.
1969 - Camille, the second worst hurricane in U.S. history, smashed into the Mississippi coast. Winds gusted to 172 mph at Main Pass Block LA, and to 190 mph near Bay Saint Louis MS. The hurricane claimed 256 lives, and caused 1.3 billion dollars damage. Several ocean going ships were carried over seven miles inland by the hurricane. The hurricane produced winds to 200 mph, and a storm surge of 24.6 feet. Complete destruction occurred in some coastal areas near the eye of the hurricane.
1973- At Shea Stadium, 42-year old New York Mets' outfielder, Willie Mays, hits his 660th and final home run of his career off Reds' lefty Don Gullett. Third-string catcher Hal King belts a pinch-hit homer in the top of the 10th inning giving Cincinnati a 2-1 victory.
1974-Bad Company's "Can't Get Enough" is released.
Don’t Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John and Kiki Dee
You Should Be Dancing - Bee Gees
Let ’Em In -Wings
Say It Again - Don Williams
1977-The day after Elvis Presley's death, President Jimmy Carter issues the following statement, "Elvis Presley's death deprives our country of a part of itself. He was unique and irreplaceable. More than twenty years ago, he burst upon the scene with an impact that was unprecedented and will probably never be equaled. His music and his personality, fusing the styles of white country and black rhythm and blues, permanently changed the face of American popular culture. His following was immense and he was a symbol to people the world over, of the vitality, rebelliousness and good humor of his country." Or as James Brown once put it, "he taught white America to get down."
1977-Florists Transworld Delivery (FTD) reports that in one day the number of orders for flowers to be delivered to Graceland has surpassed the number for any other event in the company's history
1978-Deep Purple's "Hush" is released.
Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr.
What’s Love Got to Do with It - Tina Turner
State of Shock - Jacksons
That’s the Thing About Love - Don Williams
1988 - Fifty-five cities, from the Middle Mississippi Valley to the Middle Atlantic Coast Region, reported record high temperatures for the date. Beckley WV reported an all-time record high of 96 degrees, and Baltimore MD hit 104 degrees, marking their thirteenth day of the year with 100 degree heat. Chicago IL equaled a record with 46 days of 90 degree weather for the year. Thunderstorms produced severe weather from Wisconsin to New Jersey. Thunderstorms in New Jersey produced high winds which gusted to 92 mph at Wrightstown, and blew down a circus tent at Lavallette injuring fourteen persons.
1992 - Woody Allen admitted to being romantically involved with Soon-Yi Previn, adopted daughter of Mia Farrow, Allen's longtime companion.
1993 - Pop star Michael Jackson became the subject of an investigation of child molestation of a 13-year-old boy. Police confiscated video tapes and photographs from Jackson's Neverland ranch home, but found nothing to support the allegation. The charge was that Jackson had fondled and engaged in oral sex with the boy over a period of several months. It was believed that the child-abuse allegation grew out of an "extortion gone awry," after a purported demand for $20 million by the boy's father, a dentist, was denied. Charges were later dropped, and an unidentified source leaked to the press that a hefty settlement, possibly as high as $15 million, was paid to the boy's family. More than a year after the damaging allegations were made, the Santa Barbara County and Los Angeles County district attorneys publicly announced that they didn't have enough evidence to charge the pop singer with a single crime.
1996 - Ross Perot announced he was the Reform Party's presidential candidate.
1998 - United States President Clinton admitted to having an improper relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
2002 Homering in the seventh inning of Mariner stater James Baldwin, Yankee All-star Alfonso Soriano becomes the first second baseman to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in the same season. Bobby Bonds is the only other Yankee to post a 30/30 season accomplishing the feat in 1975.
2002- Alex Rodriguez becomes the sixth player and the first infielder to compile five
consecutive 40-home run seasons. The Rangers' shortstop joins Ralph Kiner (1947-51), Duke Snider (1953-57), Ken Griffey Jr (1996-2000), Sammy Sosa (1998-2002) and Babe Ruth ( 1926-32), who established the record with seven straight 40-homer seasons.
2003- Peanuts character Charlie Brown joins late broadcaster Bob Prince, Negro League
star Josh Gibson, former catcher Manny Sanguillen current shortstop Jack Wilson to be honored by the Pirates with a bobblehead doll give-away day. Almost ten percent of the nearly 18,000 Peanuts strips created by Charles Schulz focused on baseball.
2003 -The Rally Monkey, the Angels' unofficial mascot, is honored for its contribution to last
season's world championship with it's own bobble head doll promotion. The Rally Monkey Bobble Belly joins other dolls given to fans this year paying tribute to Troy Glaus' (2002 World Series MVP) , Adam Kennedy' (ALCS MVP), and Mike Scioscia (AL manager of the year) and will wear an Anaheim jersey with a name of a honored player on the back.
WHY BASEBALL WALTZES WITH LETTERS
by Tim Peeler
A Faulkner sentence is an extra inning game,
Simply and finally playing through its Will and exhaustion.
Third Base Coach signals are ee cummings poems-
Gimmicky, sure, but meaningful in their color
When you break the code.
The prisons play contests of Bukowski prose,
Where a stolen base may be a literal image
And everybody gambles nothing.
Weird killers load the bases at a
Stephen King Little League field, the sequel,
A grand slam promise at the bank.
Although Poe would never sit through nine,
His words are a dark season in the cellar,
A team leaving town and the death of a Beautiful groupie.
Finally, Wolfe who wrote slugfest
Double-headers played to million-footed
Throngs, then flickered like so many other
Stars never meant for extra innings.
--- with the permission of the author, from his
book of baseball poetry:
“Waiting for Godot’s First Pitch”
More Poems from Baseball
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