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The U.S. women's soccer team defeated Brazil, 2-1, in overtime in the tournament final.


U.S. players from left: Shannon Boxx, goalkeeper Kristin Luckenbill, Cindy Parlow, Kate Markgraf and Kristine Lilly celebrate their victory against Brazil at the end of the Olympic gold medal women's soccer game between the U.S. and Brazil at the Karaiskaki stadium in Athens, on Thursday Aug. 26, 2004. The U.S. won 2-1.


Friday, August 27,2004




    Classified Ads--Sr. Credit Officer/St. Management

        NorVergence Chapter 7 Up-Date

            Kendra Bernal—Funding Tree

                Graneri Books on Sale

    Classified Ads---Help Wanted

        Dash in waters of ABOT Refineries, Kuwait

            New Yorker Cartoon Bank

                ORIX Hires McBeth as SVP,Sales Manager

    Lending Survey: American Bankers/CapStream

        NAELB Explores Use of Educational Training Programs

            De Lage Landen  appoints Toon Sanders as Senior VP

    Brian Conn Joins GMAC Commercial Finance

        Jeffrey Kocim joins GMAC Commercial Finance

            News Briefs---

                Sports Briefs---

                    California Nuts Briefs---

                        "Gimme that Wine"

                            This Day in American History

                                Baseball Poem


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Leasing Sales Leader: Atlanta GA.
Outstanding opportunity for highly motivated, exp. leasing rep. for fast growing tech solutions provider. Unlimited earnings potential, fast paced enviroment. Exper. end-user sales/ tech leasing required.
Full description here

CFO: Atlanta, GA.
CPA/10yrs exp. required. Direct/oversee all financial activities and manage leasing operations. Full description here.

About the Company: Located in Atlanta GA. Optimus Solutions is a leading provider of enterprise Information Technology solutions including systems, storage, and software enhanced by a complete range of integration and consulting services.




Classified Ads--Senior Credit Officer/Senior Management


Senior Credit Officer experienced in middle- market leasing; structured, vendor and 3rd party to the fortune 1000. Proactive team builder, originations capable with strong work ethic.



Baltimore, MD

25 year veteran of commercial and equipment leasing seeking a senior management position with leasing or asset based financing company in the southeast (Florida preferred)




Denver, CO.

Fortune 500 GM/SVP wants to team up with aggressive lender looking for Western expansion mid-market equip. finance/leasing. 20+ years experience within Rocky Mountain/ Southwest and Ca markets.




Hope, NJ.

25 years in optimizing call center operations, collections, billing, and back end revenue generation. Experienced in $7 + billion dollar portfolios. Verifiable achievements.



Irvine, CA.

Credit executive, portfolio manager and syndication facilitator. Extensive business building experience in small and mid-ticket operations. Highly innovative. Fortune 100 audit and technology skills. Bottom-line manager.




Long Island, NY

Degree Banking/Finance. 13 years leasing exp. Now prez young leasing company where promises were not met. Interested in joining established firm with future.




New York, NY, NJ, Ct Tri-State

Top Exec. middle and big ticket, top skills treasury, funding, ops,transaction detail, syndication, ready to max profit, help build quality operation. right now!



Portfolio Management Consultant;

25+years experience in Collections, Customer Satisfaction, Asset Management, Recoveries, Continuous Process Improvement, Back end Revenue Generation, Cost per Collection Analysis. $5+Billion Portfolio expertise.



San Francisco, CA.,

25 years experience w/global leasing company, sales,marketing,business dev., P&L responsibility, asset mgmt, brokering and re- marketing. Interested in joining an est. firm with a future.




  full listing of all classified ads at:





NorVergence Chapter 7 Up-Date




The first meeting of the Chapter 7 creditors is this morning in Newark, New Jersey. The deadline for all creditors to make claims is November 29,2004.  It is most likely that the total of all claims will not be made public until the first of next year.


Leasing News hopes to obtain a copy of any legal action or news, particularly a copy of the bankruptcy court meeting when published in Pacer.


The Federal Trade Commission, among other governmental agencies are reportedly looking into the many complaints they have received. Much of this will wait pending bankruptcy proceedings and the nature of assets to be determined.  Charges have been made against specific leasing companies being in “collusion” with NorVergence to deceive interstate customers.


In the meantime one class action suit has been filed in State of New Jersey, naming 15 leasing companies.



















Kantrowitz Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C.

747 Chestnut Ridge Road

Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977



   Copy of Complaint:



Leasing News has received a dozen inquiries, with three stating they are going to join the New Jersey class action suit as they are located in this state.


      Here is further legal information:


In the meantime, the Telecom Agent Association “Legal Co-Op” continues to grow, plus collect information. Leasing News has asked them for an up-date. At last count, they had forty who had joined the class action suit.  They have over 1,000 who are on their legal “list serve.”  For more information, please go to:


Leasing News has bowed off the four list serves regarding NorVergence

as they have been very “bitter,” with accusations that Leasing News

is “representing leasing companies.”  We will rejoin them after the

first bankruptcy hearing to learn “feedback.”





Kendra Bernal—Funding Tree



Sentencing date for the founder of Funding Tree,  Kendra Bernal, is now October 13,2004 at 8:30am, Department 64, Riverside, California. Contrary to rumors, she will not be serving a cell with Martha Stewart.


To learn more about this “story,” please go to:





Graneri Books on Sale




 “The calculator books are in continuous use and I sold a multiple order last week to a company that uses it as part of their training program. The HP books are priced to include shipping and handling.”

                Meliinda Graneri


HP-12C and 17B/19B Calculator Books, By Bill Granieri

Either one of these books is a must for the firing line salesperson. These books will take you from how to turn on the calculators to the most complex and advanced structuring techniques that will enable you to beat competitive proposals and bank and cash financing.




 Basic calculator functions, solving for N, i, PV, PMT, and FV

 Understanding Net Present Value and Internal Rate of Return

 Building profit into transactions  Step and skip payment programs  Much more





HP-12C book  $55

  HP-18B/19B book $55

          Both Books for $95




“Mike continued to sell the tapes until his death and I believe the last set sold for $190 which includes the postage and the workbook that goes with it.   The information on the tapes is timeless.”


   Melinda Graneri



The Lease Master and Skills Advancement,

     by Bill Graneri

         $190 includes work book, tapes, postage and handling



   Here is the old web site, back up during

    this period for readers to learn more



  Make checks payable to

Melinda Graneri


You make contact her at:


Telephone # 732-828-5844


Address:  315 Brook Drive

                  Milltown, NJ 08850






Classified Ads---Help Wanted



Credit Analyst: Seeking an energetic and organized Credit Analyst. At least one to two years of experience as a Credit Analyst in financial services (banking, insurance, leasing, or mortgage) is required.

Funding Manager: Seeking a very organized, detail oriented Funding Manager. Minimum two years experience in brokering and discounting commercial equipment transactions is required.

Operations Manager: Seeking an experienced Operations Manager with knowledge of all sides of operations. Must have a minimum of five years related experience.

Send email or fax to Ryan Johnson, Corporate Recruiter.
Fax: (888) 462-4305

We are ready to hear from you and field any leasing questions that you may have.
Five Point Capital
10525 Vista Sorrento Pkwy
San Diego, CA 92121


Credit: Seeking an energetic, enthusiastic sales oriented credit analyst & packaging specialist at our Irvine CA., headquarters. This key position is responsible for credit analysis, transaction packaging and placement of equipment leases on a discounted, brokered or assigned basis to Pacifica's established lender alliances.


CFO / Leasing Sales Leader

Leasing Sales Leader: Atlanta GA.
Outstanding opportunity for highly motivated, exp. leasing rep. for fast growing tech solutions provider. Unlimited earnings potential, fast paced enviroment. Exper. end-user sales/ tech leasing required.
Full description here

CFO: Atlanta, GA.
CPA/10yrs exp. required. Direct/oversee all financial activities and manage leasing operations. Full description here.

About the Company: Located in Atlanta GA. Optimus Solutions is a leading provider of enterprise Information Technology solutions including systems, storage, and software enhanced by a complete range of integration and consulting services.


Controller / Vendor Sales Specialist/ Entry Level Accountant

Broker/Lessor looking for CFO/Controller w/ a solid accounting background. Exp. working in Leasing industry a must. LeasePlus knowledge a plus.

Vendor Sales Specialist: Experienced in developing relationships & vendor programs. Will need to establish/head our new vendor division. Must be knowledgable in all aspects of leasing from the broker lessor perspective.

Entry Level Accountant: Entry level position, accounting background req., leasing exp. a plus, must be organized individual w/ strong work ethic.

Please E-mail resume to:

About the Company: Nationwide Funding, Irvine, CA. With its prime location in Southern California and offices in Chicago's downtown financial district, Nationwide Funding, LLC has been able to secure specialized credit facilities and create funding partnerships with a wide variety of financial institutions. This diversity allows Nationwide Funding, LLC to be a complete funding partner for your business.


Equipment Finance Sales Executive

Equip. Finance Sales Exec. Grand Rapids, MI. Generate lease originations, call on individual lessees, branch associates, business bankers and commercial bankers, plus create third party vendor programs. Click here for a full job description and/or
to apply for the position.

About the Company: Huntington Bancshares Incorporated is a $31 billion regional bank holding company headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.





Dash in waters of ABOT Refineries, Kuwait



My son Dash is in the first line, second from left, the one with mustache and tattoos (he is an ex-rock-n’roll drummer, but that is another story.)  Picture taken Tuesday, he writes, as in addition to his duties as an electrician this “team” boards vessels in the waters and inspects them for security purposes.






New Yorker Cartoon Bank


For readers who have enjoyed our cartoons from the New Yorker

(this is a service we have subscribed to, meaning, we paid

for it,) here is an opportunity to get a copy of all the

New Yorker cartoons:





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ORIX USA Structured Finance Hires McBeth as SVP, Sales Manager


R. Blair McBeth has been hired as senior vice president and sales manager for ORIX USA Corporation's Structured Finance division based in Kennesaw, GA. McBeth will lead and manage the direct sales origination team to facilitate the group's growth goals.


Steve Crain, president of structured finance said, "With 25 years of experience in direct sales and sales management, Blair brings strong leadership and a proven track record to this position."


Structured Finance specializes in providing equipment financing and leasing to middle market and larger business enterprises. Additionally, Structured Finance provides "turnkey" financing (land, building and equipment) of facilities (refineries, manufacturing plants, grocery stores, processing plants and other facility-related business locations) with core competencies in manufacturing, grocery, energy, mining, business aircraft, rail, marine and other capital intensive industries.


Structured Finance is part of the Corporate Finance Group of ORIX USA Corporation. The Corporate Finance Group provides senior secured, unsecured, mezzanine and structured finance credit products to companies throughout the U.S. and Canada. ORIX USA Corporation, together with its wholly owned subsidiaries, is a division of ORIX Corporation, Japan's leading diversified financial services provider. Based in Tokyo with operations in 23 global markets, ORIX Corporation is a publicly traded company listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York Stock Exchanges.


Steve Crain
ORIX USA Corporation - Structured Finance Division
Phone Number: 770-970-6400
Fax Number: 770-970-6900



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American Bankers Association and CapitalStream(R) Announce Results of Mid-Market Commercial Lending Survey


SEATTLE, WA --) -- -- Eighty per cent of banks surveyed expect to increase lending to mid-market businesses by at least 10 percent over the next 12 months according to the Mid-Market Lending Survey Report, a new banker survey co-sponsored by the American Bankers Association and CapitalStream® of Seattle, Wash.


"The economic environment is prime for increased commercial lending activity, and the mid-market is one of the fastest growing segments of the revived commercial lending market," said James Chessen, ABA's chief economist. "Banks are looking for efficient ways to serve customers."


Survey respondents are expecting moderate to strong growth in lending originations over the next year. The majority of growth is expected from commercial real estate, lines and term loans, which compose 90 percent of current origination volume. Ninety-four percent of respondents expect growth through direct lending. Sixty percent also expect growth in loan participations and loan syndications.


The survey addresses the top challenges facing banks in managing their mid-market business relationships and improving effectiveness to expand their credit portfolios. The new report reveals the best practices and systems used across the industry to originate, underwrite and manage commercial lines, loans and mortgages. Studies show that front-end technology helps lenders achieve the business objectives of cost reduction, risk management and customer knowledge.


According to the survey, using integrated front-office systems to prepare loan documents decreases data entry by 32 percent. Additionally, the turn-around time for approving credit and issue final documentation improves by as much as 72 percent with automated processing.


"With over 80 percent of survey respondents demanding greater automation in their front office operations and planning integration initiatives over the next 2 years, the study validates what we have been seeing at our commercial lending clients," said Mike Pennell, vice president, product and marketing at CapitalStream. "Leading banks are making investments in technology and process improvement to drive business growth and profitability through more efficient, consistent and integrated front office operations."


Research for the report was conducted from March through May 2004. More than 100 bank executives were interviewed to identify the business opportunities and challenges associated with mid-market businesses lending. Mid-market businesses generate sales between $5 million and $75 million, or have credit limits between $500,000 and $15 million.


The full report is available free to ABA member banks, or for $75 to non-member banks on the ABA Web site at, and the CapitalStream Web site at


About the American Bankers Association


The American Bankers Association (ABA) brings together all categories of banking institutions to best represent the interests of this rapidly changing industry. Its membership -- which includes community, regional and money center banks and holding companies, as well as savings associations, trust companies and savings banks -- makes ABA the largest banking trade association in the country.


About CapitalStream


CapitalStream provides software and consulting services that enable commercial banks and finance companies to collaborate, integrate and operate more effectively across their front office operations. CapitalStream solutions streamline data gathering, deal structuring, credit analysis, document generation, booking, account monitoring and ongoing risk management to more effectively originate transactions and manage commercial relationships. CapitalStream transforms the paper-based operations of mid market, small business, equipment leasing and commercial real estate groups by reducing costs, risk and processing times to grow their portfolios without increasing headcount. The Mid-Market Lending Survey is the latest in a series of industry research reports from CapitalStream designed to provide insight into the overall commercial finance industry including specific reports on small business lending, equipment finance and commercial real estate lending. For more information, visit CapitalStream's Web site at or contact a CapitalStream Representative toll-free at 1-866-779-4733.


Tracey Mills

American Bankers Association

(202) 663-5471


Sandra Sick


(206) 548-1703



SOURCE:  CapitalStream; American Bankers Association



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Your One stop solution for training and reference material for the Leasing Professional



NAELB Explores Use of Educational Training Programs


The National Association of Equipment Lease Brokers (NAELB), a national trade association, has formed a taskforce to explore the production of a series of high quality programs to be available on the NAELB's website. The series will include educational topics as well as topics that may be of interest to the leasing industry in general.


The taskforce has decided to outsource the production of the first three programs and are inviting proposals from all interested parties. Respondents should have a deep and broad knowledge of equipment leasing, technical production proficiency and a strong knowledge of current web based production technologies.


All responses should be forwarded to Dee DiBenedictis on or before September 3, 2004.


Voice - (386) 668-5533

Fax - (386) 845-0235

Email -



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De Lage Landen International appoints Toon Sanders as Senior Vice President

Strategic Business Development


Eindhoven,. De Lage Landen International, a leading international provider of high quality asset-based finance products to manufacturers and distributors of capital goods, announced today that Toon Sanders has been appointed Senior Vice President Strategic Business Development. He will report directly to Karel Schellens, CEO of De Lage Landen International.


In his new capacity, Toon Sanders will be responsible for the management and execution of international strategic business development projects of De Lage Landen.


Toon Sanders joined De Lage Landen in 1989 as Managing Director Leasing and held various management positions in Equipment Lease, Real Estate Lease and Vendor Lease. In the past five years he served as Marketing Director Europe Division.


As a consequence of this appointment, Egbert de Jong will succeed Toon as Marketing Director of the Europe Division. Egbert de Jong started working for De Lage Landen three and a half years ago as Marketing Manager within the European Marketing Department.


De Lage Landen is a Netherlands based international provider of high-quality asset financing products. With a presence in more than 20 countries across the globe, the company focuses on the following industries: Food & Agriculture, Healthcare, Office Equipment, Telecommunications, Information Technology, Materials Handling & Construction Equipment and Financial Institutions. In its domestic market the company offers Equipment Leasing, Car & Commercial Vehicle Leasing, ICT Leasing, Trade Finance and Consumer Finance through local Rabobanks but also direct to market.


De Lage Landen is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dutch Rabobank Group that is AAA-rated by Moody’s and Standard & Poors. The company employs 2,600 people.


For further information, please visit our website:



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Brian Conn Joins GMAC Commercial Finance’s Equipment Finance Division



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 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.


Conn’s as head of the Capital Funding Group, will provide strategic direction to the buy/sell syndication effort, as well as, support the growth of the division’s Project Finance Group. Conn’s other major effort will be toward leading the way in developing new sources of funding and new product development.


“I chose Brian from a significant pool of candidates because Brian has shown clear evidence of his success in our industry,” said GMAC CF Equipment Finances Division President Lee Palm. “Brian also was quick to pick up on the vision of the company. His background plus vision will help take us to new levels of success.”


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.




Ken Chmelko

GMAC Commercial Finance

Phone Number: 248.327.9369

Fax Number: 248.350.2733




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Jeffrey Kocim joins GMAC Commercial Finance’s

Equipment Finance Division



Southfield, Mich. – GMAC Commercial Finance (GMAC CF), part of General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC), announces that Jeffrey Kocim has joined the company’s Equipment Finance Division (EFD) Transportation Finance Group. Kocim will be responsible for new business development specializing in Commercial Aircraft.


Kocim comes to GMAC CF following 14 years of specialized Commercial Aircraft and Rail experience at Residco, a Chicago-based leasing company. He will be based in Chicago, Ill., to serve the airline market as a vice president for the Transportation Group.


GMAC CF, 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, 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.






Ken Chmelko

GMAC Commercial Finance

Phone Number: 248.327.9369

Fax Number: 248.350.2733





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News Briefs----


Census: Poverty rose by million


Jobless claims up, reflecting in part impact of hurricane


Trustee Joins Company in Hawaiian Airline Bankruptcy Plan


No Bumper Sticker Defines Oregonian Voters






Sports Briefs---


The '91ers Leave the Stage as Destiny's Darlings


USC's Mike Williams denied reinstatement



49ers: Please call 1- 800-NeedQB



Republicans Might Be Yankees of Politics






California Nuts Briefs---


Schwarzenegger ready for his close-up at GOP convention



Governor abandons San Pablo casino - for now


Schwarzenegger, Shriver to launch service corps






“Gimme that Wine”


Wine war A's vs. Giants

Take me out to the ballgame, take me out with the crowd; Buy me some peanuts and Chardonnay, I don't care if it's oak- barrel aged


Wineries to be Honored Labor Day Weekend at 12th Annual Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction


Chateau Montelena Battles "Cellar Funk",1145,2576,00.html


An Inside Look at the 2004 Mendocino Wine Competition



Heavenly harvest – Nevada County vineyards expect banner year


N.J. nixes direct shipping to avoid lawsuit



North Carolina Industry bearing fruit


New Zealand The Wine Year: Records Abound, More Growth Ahead







This Day in American History



    1633- Irish Catholic Cecil Calvert, 27, sent two ships (the Ark and the Dove) from Ireland to establish a colony in America as a refuge for fellow Catholics. His work later earned Lord Calvert the nickname, "Colonizer of Maryland."

    1650-History records the first expedition, lead by Englishman, who cross ed the Allegheny Mountains at Fork Henry, at the falls of the Appomattox River, VA, and returned on September 4.  The party consisted of Captain Abraham Wood and his servant, Henry Newcombe; Edward Bland, merchant, and his servant, Robert Farmer, Elias Pennant and Sackford Brewster, and two guides, Oyeocker, a Nottaway chief, and Pyancha, an Appamattuck war captain.

    1655- Acomac, VA, was the site of the first play presented in the North American col­onies. The play was Ye Bare and Ye Cubb, by Phillip Alexander Bruce. Three local residents were arrested and fined for acting in the play. At the time, most colonies had laws prohibiting public performances; Virginia, however, had no such ordinance.  The actors, Cornelius Watkinson, Philip Howard, and William Darby, were accused of sedition and were summoned to appear in court on November 16, 1665, “ in those habiliments that they then acted in and give a draught of such verses or other speeches and passages which were then acted by them. “ They were found not guilty, and Edward Martin, who had informed on them, was ordered, “ to pay all the expenses of the presentment.”

    1655- New Amsterdam and Peter Stuyvesant bars Jews from military service.

The first Jew to settle in North America, Jacob Barsimson, arrived on Manhattan Island, first of 24 Jewish immigrants in 1654.  In September three Jews fleeing the Spanish Inquisition in Brazil arrived in New Amsterdam, and more followed. Their right to stay was upheld by the Dutch West India Company, against t the wishes of Governor Peter Stuyvesant. They founded Congregation Shearith Israel, with Saul Brown as first rabbi.

    1776-In the Battle of Long Island, NY, American forces commanded by Gen. Israel Putnam and Gen. John Sullivan were defeated by the British under Gen. Sir William Howe and Gen. Sir Henry Clinton.  Howe took Gen. Sullivan prisoner.  On August 30 the Americans evacuated Long Island and crossed to Manhattan. The British recognized the strategic importance of New York as the focal point for communications between the northern and southern colonies. Washington also recognized this, and in April of 1776 he marched his troops from Boston to New York. He positioned his troops on the western end of Long Island in anticipation of the British arrival. When the British fleet arrived they had 45,000 troops against Washington’s 20,000. The British attacked, forcing Washington to cross the East River into Manhattan. Washington left 3,000 men to defend Fort Washington, then headed north.

    1805- Sallie Chapman Gordon Law birthday; organized a 12-bed hospital in Memphis for Confederate soldiers and somehow managed to care for the wounded of the great battle of Shiloh in 1862. When Memphis was taken by the Union forces, Law converted her assets into medicinal drugs which she smuggled into the South.

    1849-Austin College was chartered in Texas at Huntsville under Presbyterian sponsorship. In 1876 the school campus was moved to Sherman, TX.

    1859- W.A. “Uncle Billy” Smith discovered oil in a shaft being sunk by Colonel EL. Drake at Titusville, in western Pennsylva­nia. Drilling had reached 69 It, 6 inches when Smith saw a dark film floating on the water below the derrick floor. Soon 20 bar­rels of crude were being pumped each day. The first oil was refined to make kerosene for lighting, replacing whale oil. Later it was refined to make gasoline for cars. The first gas station opened in 1907.

    1862-Confederate female spy Belle Boyd released from Old Capital Prison in Washington, DC

    1871-Birthday of Theodore Dreiser, American novelist, born at Terre Haute, IN. As part of the Chicago group, he was an exponent of American naturalism in literature. His first novel, “ Sister Carrie,” (1900), was suppressed by his publisher on moral grounds. Driser’s finest achievements in widely considered to be his novel, “ An American Tragedy, “ (1925), a college requirement.  He died December 28, 1945, at Hollywood, CA.

    1872- Mary Anderson birthday: Swedish-born Director of the Woman's Bureau of the U.S. Dept. of Labor for more than 20 years. Arrived in the U.S. at 16 not knowing a word of English, worked as a cook, stitched shoes in a factory for 18 years of ten-hour days, and with a fierce determination educated herself in the evenings. She became active in her local of the International Boot and Shoe Union

    1873- American lawyer Horatio G. Spafford's four daughters drowned when their passenger ship, while crossing the Atlantic, collided with another and sank. The following month, as his own ship passed over the spot of the earlier tragedy, Spafford penned the words to the enduring hymn, "It is Well With My Soul."

    1877- Birth of Lloyd C. Douglas, American Lutheran clergyman and religious novelist. Douglas published his first best-seller, "Magnificent Obsession," in 1929, followed later by "The Robe" (1942) and "The Big Fisherman" (1948).

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    1879-Birthday of African-American Publisher Robert Lee Van.

    1900- U.S. Army physician James Carroll allowed an infected mosquito to feed on him in an attempt to isolate the means of transmission of yellow fever. Carroll developed a severe case of yellow fever, helping his colleague, Army pathologist Walter Reed, prove that mosquitoes transmit this often-deadly disease.

    1905- Mary Jane Ward birthday” author of the chilling Snake Pit (1946) about life in an insane asylum. She commented: "There was no attempt to write any sort of fact. Juniper Hills, from tubs to tunnel, was built and peopled by a mind that was on vacation."

    1908-birthday of Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th president of the US succeeded to the presidency following the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Johnson’s term of office: Nov 22, 1963—Jan 20, 1969. In 1964, he said: “The challenge of the next half-century is whether we have the wisdom to use [our] wealth to enrich and elevate our national life—and to advance the quality of American civilization.” He perhaps would have been remembered as one of the greatest presidents of his time for all the domestic acts, laws, events, but all of this was overshadowed by his posture to show he was not weak on communism and the poor military advise he took.  He died a few years after leaving office, a broken and very unhappy man. Johnson was born near Stonewall, TX, and died at San Antonio, TX, Jan 22, 1973. His birthday is observed as a holiday in Texas.

    1909—Tenor sax player  Lester Young birthday

    1921 - J.E. Clair, who owned the Acme Packing Company, bought a pro football franchise for Green Bay, WI.  He wanted to pay tribute to those who packed the meat at his processing plant, thus: the Green Bay Packers.  (note, they are usually not referred to as “Green Bay Packers, “ but THE Green Bay Packers, as is the Bronx, the Fed, and other such Americanism.

    1923-Birthday of trumpet player Idress Sulieman,

born St. Petersburg, FL.

    1939 - Singer Allan Jones recorded "I’m Falling in Love with Someone" on Victor Records.

    1946---Top Hits

To Each His Own - Eddy Howard

Surrender - Perry Como

They Say It’s Wonderful - Frank Sinatra

New Spanish Two Step - Bob Wills

    1947- Dan Bankhead becomes the major league's first black pitcher. He doesn't do well in a relief stint giving up ten hits and six runs in three and third innings in a 16-3 loss to the Pirates, but the Dodger rookie hits a home run in his first major league at-bat .

    1952- Birthday of comedian Pee-Wee Herman , very popular for

his 1950 “look,” until he went to the movies by himself.

    1954---Top Hits

Sh-Boom - The Crew Cuts

The Little Shoemaker - The Gaylords

Hey There - Rosemary Clooney

I Don’t Hurt Anymore - Hank Snow

    1961- Hitting his 51st home run against the Kansas City A's, Roger Maris has the most homers in major league history at this point in the season.

    1962---Top Hits

The Loco-Motion - Little Eva

Things - Bobby Darin

You Don’t Know Me - Ray Charles

Wolverton Mountain - Claude King

    1965- Elvis Presley plays host to the Beatles at his home in Bel-Air. The get-together last four hours.

    1965- Columbia Records releases Bob Dylan's second electric album, "Highway 61 Revisited." Hits include "Like a Rolling Stone" and "Ballad of a Thin Man."

    1966- The Association's "Cherish" is released.

    1968- Police and anti-war demonstrators clash at Chicago's Democratic National Convention, polarizing all sides to the issue of the war in Viet Nam, as Hubert

Humphrey, President Lyndon Johnson’s vice-president, is elected the presidential

nominee. Protesting the police riot, members of the convention's Wisconsin delegation attempt to march to the convention, but police turn them back. Julian Bond, denied his seat in the Georgia state legislature, seconds the nomination of Eugene McCarthy, adding that he has seen such police behavior only in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.  Some say the fight about Viet Nam

is still going on today with bitterness remaining in many veterans hearts

of those who did not support the war or their country: right or wrong.

    1970---Top Hits

Make It with You - Bread

Spill the Wine - Eric Burdon & War

War - Edwin Starr

Don’t Keep Me Hangin’ On - Sonny James

    1970 - The Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA was the venue of singer Elton John’s first concert appearance in America and a record company executive for UNI records (a division of MCA) signed Elton to a recording contract. There were many singers who got their start here, including Neil Diamond.

    1971-Birthday of  Janet Evans US swimmer (Olympics-1992) 1978---Top Hits

Grease - Frankie Valli

Miss You - The Rolling Stones

Boogie Oogie Oogie - A Taste of Honey

Talking in Your Sleep - Crystal Gayle

    1977- Supertramp's "Give A Little Bit" peaks at #15 on the pop singles chart while Crosby, Stills and Nash's "Just A Song Before I Go" peaks at #7.

    1981 - Divers probing the wreckage of the luxury cruise ship "Andrea Doria" recovered two safes from the purser’s office. The "Andrea Doria" sank in a collision with the Swedish liner "Stockholm" (July 25, 1956). What was in the safes? Oh, only about a million dollars in cash and jewelry.

    1981- National Centers for Disease Control announces high incidence of Pneumocystis & Kaposi's sarcoma in gay men

    1982-Oakland Athletics outfielder Rickey Henderson stole his 119th base of the season in a game against the Milwaukee Brewers, thereby breaking Lou Brock’s major league record for most stolen bases in one season set in 1974.  Henderson added three more steals in the game, which Oakland lost, 5-4.

    1982- Crosby, Stills & Nash's "Daylight Again," the group's first album since the 1977 "CSN," is certified gold. On the album is the current Top 20 tune "Wasted on the Way."

    1984 - The Menetta Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village opened. It was the first new off-Broadway theatre to be built in 50 years in New York City. The ribbon cutting was done by "America’s First Lady of the Stage", Helen Hayes.

    1984 - A new face joined the group of journalists on CBS-TV’s "60 Minutes". Diane Sawyer became the fifth reporter on the top-rated TV newsmagazine. Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, Harry Reasoner and Ed Bradley welcomed Sawyer to the show.

    1986---Top Hits

Papa Don’t Preach - Madonna

Higher Love - Steve Winwood

Venus - Bananarama

Strong Heart - T.G. Sheppard

    1986 - Nolan Ryan of the Houston Astros notched career win #250, by leading the Astros to a 7-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

    1987 -Paul Molitor's 39-game hit streak comes to an end as he waits in the on-deck circle watching pinch hitter Rick Manning single home the winning run in a 1-0, 10-inning victory over the Indians.

    1988- Elton John's "I Don't Want To Go On With You Like That" peaks at #2 on the pop singles chart while Pat Benatar's "All Fired Up" peaks at #19.

    1989-Chuck Berry performs Johnny B Goode for NASA engineers and scientists in celebration of Voyager II's encounter with the planet Neptune.

    1997 -In honor of first baseman Jim Thome's birthday, the Indians begin pulling up their socks to just below the knees. The Tribe will win 17 of 27 games en route to clinching American League East flag while sporting this new look.

    1998-Top Hits

The Boy Is Mine- Brandy

The First Night- Monica

Crush-Jennifer Paige

    2001- Joining Babe Ruth (1920 -21 and 1927-28) and Mark McGwire (1996-99), Sammy Sosa (1997-2001) becomes the third player in baseball history to hit 50 homers in a season four times.

    2002- The first video streaming coverage of a major league baseball game takes place on the internet. Approximately 30,000 fans visit to see the Yankees defeat the Rangers, 10-3.




Baseball Poem


Double Play

From the book

That Sweet Diamond

by Paul B. Janeczko, Carole Katchen (Illustrator)



The runner is

a non-swimmer in deep water,

inching from the bag


returning in alarm.


The shortstop and second baseman

are schoolboys

passing secrets

behind the pitcher's back.


Moving before the pitch,

the shortstop dashes to the bag

glove up in anticipation

as runner and

peg from his partner at second


He drags the toe of his right shoe

across the bag

as the ball slaps home

and he leaps

to avoid the spikes.


Resting in air

safely above the slide

long enough to throw to first

before he tumbles to the dirt,

his eyes on the ball

the mitt


the umpire's confirmation of perfection.






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