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SEAN M. HAFFEY / San Diego Union-Tribune

The U.S. women's 4x400 relay team of (from left) Monique Hennagan, DeeDee Trotter, Sanya Richards and Monique Henderson (Morse High) sport the American flag after winning the gold medal Saturday. Both U.S. 1,600 teams won.




Monday, August 30, 2004




    Classified ads---Sales

        Economic Events This Week

            Leo Portney Passes Away

                NorVergence Bankruptcy Hearing



            Graneri Books on Sale

                EFG Launches New Inside Sales Office

    Jim Raeder to Reveal Culprit

        Classified Ads---Help Wanted

            News Briefs---

                Sports Briefs---

    California Nuts Briefs---

        "Gimme that Wine"

            This Day in American History

                Baseball Poem




########  surrounding the article denotes it is a “press release”


    Any questions regarding advertising during my vacation should be

address to Maria Martinez-Wong

               Kit Menkin


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---Sales



“I have been running my ad for some time in Leasing News and while I have received many brokers looking to add me to their company I really want to return to the financial world of a major (or smaller) leasing company with a back room salary and benefits.  I am attaching my resume for your review.  I would ask that you change my email address to since that is the business email I use.


Jim Denhard


Sales: Louisville, KY

27 years veteran of the construction, machine tool, manufacturing and transportation market. Located in Louisville , KY willing to transfer for the right company.  Looking for full time employment with base and benefits.


Cover Letter:





Atlanta, GA.

15 years BD experience in small/mid ticket leasing. Strong cross section book of business w/extensive customer base of vendors/end-users.

Seeking sales/sales management position.



Bakersfield, CA.

I have an extensive sales and management background in equipment leasing. My work history exhibits my major strength in small ticket equipment leasing. Email: 


Boston, MA.

Middle market originator, construction/Trucks / Trailers w/ 8 years in territory, looking for company / bank with competitive products



Cedar Rapids, IA.

Formally trained in Credit, Collections, & Sales with regional bank. Seeking sales or sales management. Over ten years in SM, vendor and end user.



Central, NC.

7 yrs.equip leasing &finance; specialist in heavy construction equip for 2-top-5-specialty finance/lease companies, NC &VA territories. $10-15MM annual funding. Downsized in 2002, now independent broker with varied customer base.



Chicago, IL.

12+ yrs multinational/ national sales & business development. Seeking role with captive lessor or global leasing company. Will relo right opportunity. Experience structuring complex transactions.




Dallas, TX

30 years lease experience. Looking for Lender wanting to get into the Electronic Market can bring 11 years experience with national

vendors and customers.



Denver CO.

Experienced Equipment Leasing Broker looking for a in house leasing company. Can bring a book of business with me or develop new territory where needed. Email:


Detroit Mi

5 yrs sales experience in IT small ticket leasing/Greenbelt Certified with Fortune 100 company/strong communication and negotiation skills/book of business available.



Greensboro, N.C.

Seeking direct & broker sales w/major finance companies in NC or southeast market. Small to mid-ticket range. Stable &family oriented. Will have series 6,63,65 license shortly.



Kansas City, MO.

15+ years in finance/leasing industry, extensive knowledge in sales and management. Specializing in construction, transportation and machine tool industries. Will re-locate for right opportunity.



Kansas City, MO.

20 years Senior Sales/Management experience in small ticket/government leasing. Program Management experience, managing 12 Reps. Credit Auth to $50K. Success in soliciting and maintaining accounts.



Los Angeles, CA.

12+years Leasing sales, underwriting/contract exper. including hi-tech, govt, direct & vendor leasing. Seeking role w/institution or captive. Exper. w/ complex transactions, including securities. Possible relocation.



Louisville, KY

27 years veteran of the construction, machine tool, manufacturing and transportation market. Located in Louisville , KY willing to transfer for the right company. Looking for full time employment with base and benefits.


Resume | Cover letter


Mission Viejo, CA

Account Sales Executive with 10 years of leasing experience looking for company to bring existing customer base.



Montgomery, AL.

Individual with 10 years advertising sales exp. & 7 years insurance sales exp. Wants independent contractor situation in Alabama. Work with leasing company or broker.334-281- 5200



Nashua, NH.

10+ years sals experience small & mid-ticket hi-tech & telecom in a captive and vendor environment. Seeking new sales opportunity in New England.



Orange County, CA.

Skilled deal-closer at above-average rates. Entrepreneurial. Accomplished lease-structurer specializing in transportation. Exp. in direct/ captive & syndicator environments servicing vendors, brokers, & end-users.



Philadelphia , PA

Seeking an open opportunity to advance in the automotive, commercial

leasing & finance industry.........



Prairie Village, KS

Have substantial deal flow and database of broker referral sources. Generated and closed over $22M LY. Seeking exclusive relationship w/direct founder. Email:


Princeton, NJ:

Regional Sales Manager: Last 15 years with captive. Knowledgeable in all aspects of leasing. Application to funding. Worked with 25 salespeople -

east coast.



San Bernardino, CA.

Account executive w/4 years exp. in small ticket &lower end middle market lease transactions, Outstanding ACT database compiled of over 500 vendors. Seeking a career driven position w/a reputable lessor



San Francisco Bay Area, CA

10+ yrs in middle market leasing. Seek direct lessor only. Transaction size from $500M to $10.0MM. Client base: printing, food, retail, manufacturing.



SF Bay Area, CA.

15+ yrs--mid mkt. $500M to $10.0MM. Seeking role w/ captive or global leasing firm. large book to bring with me! Debt, tax, 1st amendment, etc.



San Francisco, CA.

Business Development "Hunter" with 20 years experience, 5 ½ in development of CONTRACTUALLY BASED VENDOR PROGRAMS primarily in high tech. Can bring rolodex, not programs.



San Francisco, CA.

18 years of sales production, the last 10 in technology leasing to both traditional and emerging growth credits. Seeking direct funder.

I can close for you!




South Central U.S.

TX, OK, KS & AR Territory.

Equipment finance and leasing professional,

20 years experience. Top producer in middle

to upper middle markets. Extensive customer base.



Tampa, FL.

27 years experience. Very adept in bank lease programs and direct sales in MM/LT. Looking to re-enter the industry. Will relocate to Texas. Hungry.



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Economic Events This Week



August 30

Personal Income: July



August 31

Consumer Confidence: August



September 1

Construction Spending: July



September 2

Weekly Jobless Claims



Leo Portney Passes Away


“I am Leo Portney's wife, my husband passed away on
August 6, 2004.”

Rita D. Portney


September, 2002, Leasing News reported:


“Leo Portney is convalescing at his home in Columbia, SC after brain
surgery last Tuesday to remove two large tumors.  There are five smaller
tumors that the doctors will start treating with radiation in about
three weeks. Leo is in good spirits, but said he is bored doing cross
puzzles and reading so he invites his friends to email him ....”


Leasing News remembers he was a top credit person at Republic Leasing

of South Carolina, left due to his illness, and then worked intermediately

for LFI Financial, as Charlie Lester wanted to keep him active and

thinking as long as he could.


  From the Columbia


COLUMBIA - Funeral service for Leo Roberts Portney, 59, (were) held at 10:00 a.m. Monday at St. Michael and All Angels' Episcopal Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The family  (received) friends 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Mr. Portney died Friday, August 6, 2004. Born in Savannah, Ga., he was a son of the late Leon Roberts, Sr. and Agnes Virginia Leaming Portney. A longtime Bulldog fan, he received his B.S. and Master's degrees from the University of Georgia. In the 1970's he helped pioneer the introduction of ATM's in South Carolina.


Mr. Portney was a loving father and good friend to all and will surely be missed.


Surviving are his wife, Rita D. Portney; sons, Charles Portney and Craig Portney, both of Columbia; daughter, Christine Ramos of Columbia; brother, Robert Portney of Huntsville, Ala.; sisters, Ginger Klapp of Lancaster, Va. and Patricia Stern of Potomac, Md; 3 grandchildren; and the mother of his children, Jane Speight of Columbia.




NorVergence Bankruptcy Hearing


by Christopher Menkin




The first meeting of creditors regarding the filing of Chapter 7 bankruptcy was held at 2:00pm, Friday, August 27, at the office of US Trustee, Raymond Blvd, One Newark Center, Suite 1401, Newark, New Jersey.


The  Honorable Rosemary Gambardella is the United States Bankruptcy Judge. As noted the deadline for filing a proof of claim must be received by the bankruptcy  clerk’s office from all creditors (except a governmental unit), November 29,2004.  For a governmental unit, 180 days from the date of relief.


Leasing News was not at the meeting, nor have we been able to obtain

any direct reports at this press time, plus the trustee will file a report

from this meeting, but from the court records as of August 27th, there are 111 individual creditors who have filed to date with 422 motions and 421 docket files.  There are 74 law firms who have filed, naming their representative.


Several of the leasing companies named in the first class action suit by

Kantrowitz Goldhamer & Graifman were not listed.  It may be that they do not believe they have any claims as creditor or it may be they have not filed yet as they have 90 more days to do so.


The great majority of attorneys who have registered are from New Jersey, then New York and Pennsylvania. Virginia attorney James Reynolds represents Data Connection and Metaswitch, Minnesota attorney Joseph H. Anderson represent Lyon Financial,  Colorado attorney James C. Underhill represents New Horizons Eclectic, California attorney Linda Berberian represents PFF Bank & Trust,  and listed also are single attorney representatives from Florida and Texas, for instance, but the main groups are from this region.


The actual dollar amount will not be known until the trustee files a report after all the creditor and governmental units file their claim.  Whether they are justified claims or what the deposition will be is one of the purpose of the hearings to follow.  The guess is a minimum of $30 million.  Anything about it is surely conjecture, but at one time,

it could have been much higher.


NorVergence's health insurance practices are being investigated by the U.S. Labor Department, another probe by the New Jersey Department of Labor centers on allegations of bounced paychecks made by former NorVergence employees, and the Federal Trade Commission has reportedly launched an inquiry into NorVergence’s leasing contract language.


According to ELT News, Equipment Leasing Association President Michael Fleming says the leasing contract language at issue in the FTC probe is valid, as it has been tested and held up by courts for many years


He also told staff writer Martha McKay   of the New Jersey Star Legend , " ‘I think it's no secret to anybody [that the leasing companies] probably didn't know as much as they should have known...A couple of [leasing] companies may even be out of business over this,’ Fleming said, but he declined to name them. But he defended the contract language, and said it has been tested and has stood up in court cases for years.


"’ If I were a small-business person, I would say this was an expensive lesson and I would pay it’."


According to the various list serve and hosted sites Leasing News has observed, readers have contacted various state attorney general offices, district attorney offices, and state public utilities commissions.  It appears most are put off by the fact of the bankruptcy hearings, awaiting results from it.


It also appears from this listserve and hosted sites many lessees are making settlements, working out the most beneficial payoff.  There were reportedly over 11,000 users who were cut off in July at various times of the month and have moved on to other telephone carriers.


The listserve that appears to be the largest is for ex-NorVergence employees. While the class action suits will continue to be filed, it appears the numbers they represent are in the low hundreds, combined.  Most are quite bitter, smaller companies, while the middle size and larger companies have moved on. It also appears there may be as many as fifty leasing entities who were involved in the financing and an act of collusion gets further and further more difficult to substantiate.


It also appears that leasing companies are just starting to call leases in

“default,” as evidenced by reaction on the various list serve communication. Most leases are considered “serious delinquent” after 60 days, but not in default until 90 to 120 days.  This does include what are known as “first payment” defaults or lessees who inform their lessor they will not be making any more payments.


It has not been 60 days since NorVergence closed their doors; however, the change of telephone carrier and use of the Matrix box has occurred. Whether there are more defaults or “settlements” to follow in the next few months, is not known. Certainly there have been no mass numbers of businesses joining the various class action suits under progress.


Perhaps a major factor to what has not been happening is the lack of major news media attention to the troubles caused by the filing of bankruptcy by NorVergence. These are not consumers, but businesses who almost had their telephone cut off from their use, and now pay a penalty for what was once thought “long distance” cost savings. It is not making front page headlines, let alone even being reported by many local metropolitan newspapers.


The first to file a class action suit is:


the law firm of Kantrowitz Goldhamer & Graifman, which can be reached at 210 Summit Avenue, Montvale, New Jersey 07645, 1-800-660-7843, Attention  Gary S. Graifman, or by email: and by the Law Offices of Michael Scott Green, 14 Easton Avenue, No. 340, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901, Telephone 732-390-0480 or email: or 


Mr. Green  is co-counsel and has informed Leasing News informed that an amended class action complaint will name 26 leasing companies and Doe Corps. 1-40.


Mr. Green states, "Former Norvergence customers may obtain more information about the class action by going to and submitting a form.  Letters are then sent by counsel to putative class members
updating them on material developments in the class action."



Law Offices of Michael Scott Green
14 Easton Ave., #340
New Brunswick, New Jersey  08901
Tel:  (732) 390-0480
Fax: (732) 390-0481
Cell: (732) 690-2093
On the web@:


At the last communication from the Telecom Agents Association,

fifty had joined their legal co-op. Their focus appears to be

different from the New Jersey based Weir group action in  that TAA is
referring people to is NOT going to be a class action, but they are looking to file individual cases only but in large numbers.

The minimum cost to the TAA Legal Co-Op is $995 or the cost of the two monthly lease payments to the lease, whichever was higher.



There are still businesses joining these actions, but at this time,

the numbers total around 100 out of 11,000 NorVergence users.













NAELB Irvine, CA Regional Meeting September 10  Irvine, Ca

National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers                


EAEL Expo September 27 (no location stated on web site)

Eastern Association of Equipment Lessors


UAEL Monterey, CA October  21-24

United Association of Equipment Leasing


ELA Palm Desert, CA  October 24-26

The Equipment Leasing Association


AGLF Rancho Mirage, CA November 10-12            

Association for Government Leasing and Finance


MAEL Rosemont, Illinois November 18

Mid-American Association of Equipment Lessors



To learn about these and other leasing associations, please

go to:


If you are interested to learn more about the conference, please

to the web site noted.




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




Equipment Financing Group, Inc. Launches New Inside Sales Office



Ken Wheeler has announced his company Equipment Financing Group, Inc. will move away from its emphasis on leasing broker business, although they continue in it, and will focus on a direct telemarketing approach to potential leasing customer with an office devoted to this purpose.


He says this office will also service over 800 accounts for which EFG currently provides support. The office will be run by former  Vice President of Election Campaign Marketing Morgan Bennett. Mr. Bennett started and operated more than 11 political campaign call centers in the past 12 years in the Washington DC, and Maryland area, Mr. Wheeler explained.


The goal is to have 29 representatives working in the call office.


Mr. Wheeler said he has contracted with Dunn & Bradstreet. The contract will consist of marketing materials and business reports for the next 12 months.


The company operates additional offices in Los Angeles, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Mr. Wheeler said he started EFG in 1992 and it has “...shown tremendous growth in the last 18 months. “


Those seeking employment or have questions regarding the new program,

may  contact the office directly at 800-648-6950.





Jim Raeder to Reveal Culprit


In recent e-mail to various leasing industry leaders, newspapers, and

other media, at first pretending to be an employee, and then an  “ex-employee,”

derogatory and malicious accusations have been made regarding CapitalWerks.


After a thorough investigation, Mr. Raeder is about to announce the name

of the culprit and major leasing company who he believes helped coordinate

this name calling campaign.





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.






News Briefs----


Greenspan cautions on baby boomer benefits



Kerry lead fades in two battleground states



Olympians May Need Gold for Cell phone Bill



NBC Universal's gamble on Olympics pays off big



Tropical storm slams into coastal S. Carolina






Sports Briefs----


For Greece, the Games Leave Pride, Relief and a Huge Bill


Giants name Warner starting QB for season opener


Deion Sanders is making a return home — to the NFL.


Hecker group aims to buy Vikes


San Jose State's no-win situation on Football




California Nuts Briefs---


Dems hold governor in check

Schwarzenegger's next moves will set tone for future relations


Bill flurry to reveal governor's politics





“Gimme that Wine”


Personalize Wine Labels


Hot Summer Prompts Early Harvest in Pacific Northwest,1145,2580,00.html



Fetzer launches new label to revive sagging wine sales



Open House at Willamette Valley Vineyards over Labor Day weekend




Sauvignon blanc producers warned against complacency





Livermore Valley Comes of Age in California







This Day in American History


    1637- the first Synod was held at Mr. Shepard’s church, Cambridge ( then Newtowne), MA to condemn the preaching of Anne Hutchinson, the first female religious leader in the American colonies. Eight-two errors in her teachings were enumerated and condemned. The synod adjourned on September 22, 1637.  Hutchinson was bought to trail on the strength of this condemnation and was exiled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Moving the following year to Rhode Island, then to New York, Anne and her family were killed by Indians in 1643.

    1770- Anglican clergyman and hymn writer John Newton wrote in a letter: 'The exercised and experienced Christian, by the knowledge he has gained of his own heart and the many difficulties he has had to struggle with, acquires a skill and compassion in dealing with others.

    1776- A few days before, in the Battle of Long Island, N.Y., American forces commandeered 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 Aug 30, the Americans evacuated Long Island and crossed to Massachusetts.  General Washington took advantage of a heavy fog to evacuate Long Island after a defeat. Adverse winds kept the British fleet from intervening

    1778- American forces withdrew from Rhode Island after an unsuccessful attempt, led by John Sullivan, to recapture Newport from the British ***

    1800-African-American Gabriel Prosser's major slave revolt is disclosed by Mosby Sheppard two slaves Tom and Pharoah, who told him of the plot. during the afternoon of this day, Saturday, August 30, set for the rebellion and was made by Mr. Mosby Sheppard, whose slaves, Tom and Pharoah, had told him of the plot. Virginia Governor Monroe, who had heard earlier plans of slaves making swords, bullets, and organizing for an attack on Richmond, realizing secrecy was now impossible and worried others would join Prosser, acted quickly and openly. He appointed three aides for himself, asked for and received the use of the federal armory at Manchester, posted cannon at the capitol, called into service well over six hundred and fifty men, and gave notice of the plot to every militia commander in the State” But," as a contemporary declared, upon that every evening just about Sunset, there came on the most terrible thunder accompanied with an enormous rain, that I ever witnessed in this State. Between Prosser's and Richmond, there is a place called Brook Swamp which runs across the high road, and over which there was a [MS torn] bridge. By this, the Africans were of necessity to pass, and the rain had made the passage impracticable. Nevertheless about one thousand slaves, some mounted, armed with clubs, scythes, home-made bayonets, and a few guns, did appear at an agreed-upon rendezvous six miles outside the City, but, as already noted, attack was not possible, and /222/ the slaves disbanded. As a matter of fact even defensive measures, though attempted, could not be executed. The next few days the mobilized might of an aroused slave State went into action and scores of Negroes were arrested. Gabriel had attempted to escape via a schooner, Mary, but when in Norfolk on September 25, he was recognized and betrayed by two Negroes, captured, and brought back, in chains, to Richmond. He was quickly convicted and sentenced to hang, but the execution was postponed until October 7, in the hope that he would talk. James Monroe personally interviewed him, but reported, "From what he said to me, he seemed to have made up his mind to die, and to have resolved to say but little on the subject of the conspiracy." Along with Gabriel fifteen other rebels were hanged on the seventh of October. Twenty-one were reported to have been executed prior to this, and four more were scheduled to die after October 7. A precise number of those executed cannot be given with certainty, but it appears likely that at least thirty-five Negroes were hanged, four condemned slaves escaped from prison (and no reference to their recapture has been seen), while one committed suicide in prison  The chasm between slave owners and their “property” widen with both becoming extremely “fearful” of each other.  As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was to point out in the next century, “violence begets violence.”

    1820- Birthday of George F. Root, American sacred music editor and composer. Root helped edit 75 musical collections, as well as composing several hundred original sacred melodies. One of these, JEWELS, is the tune to which is commonly sung the hymn, "When He Cometh."

    1839 - A hurricane moved from Cape Hatteras NC to offshore New England. An unusual feature of the hurricane was the snow it helped produce, which whitened the Catskill Mountains of New York State. Considerable snow was also reported at Salem NY.

    1856-Wilberforce University was established in Xenia, Ohio under auspices of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1863, the university was transferred to the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.

    1862-The battle actually started yesterday, but today at the second Battle of Bull Run, the maneuvers of Gen. Stonewall Jackson and his teamwork with Gen. Lee were too much for the 45,000 Union troops under Gen. John Pope, who broke and retreated to Washington, D.C. this day.  Union losses were 1724 killed, 8372 wounded, 5958 missing. Confederate losses stood at 1481 killed, 7627 wounded, 89 missing.  It is believed the almost 6,000 soldiers missing deserted and fled from the army. We highlighted it yesterday, and “Today in History” highlights  its end.


    1890- Congress approved the inspection of meat.  It provided for the inspection of salted pork, and bacon intended for export, as well as the inspection of export swine, cattle, sheep, and other ruminants, due primarily to complaints of foreign buyers.  It did not apply to meat in the United States.  Importers of American Leasing meat were objecting to not only the quality, but to the “disease” brought by American meat products.  Upton Sinclair’s book, “The Jungle,” 1905, exposed the horror of meat packing in Chicago, which led the Pure Food and Drug Act and inspection of meat facilities and quality standards.

    1893- Frances Folsom Cleveland ( Mrs. Grover Cleveland) was the first presidential wife to have a baby at the White House when she gave birth to a baby girl ( Esther) The first child ever born in the White House was a granddaughter to Thomas Jefferson in 1806.

    1894 -Independent Christian evangelist and educator Bob Jones, Sr. was converted at age 11 to a vital Christian faith. Licensed to preach by the Methodists at 15, Jones maintained a lifelong fundamentalist view of the Bible. In 1926, at age 32, he founded Bob Jones University.

1901- birthday of Roy Wilkins, grandson of a Mississippi slave, civil rights leader, active in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People ( NAACP), retired as its executive director in 1977.   Born at St. Louis, MO. Died at New York, NY, Sept 8,1981

    1907-birthday of actress Shirley Booth. She won the 1950 Tony award  for her work in Come Back Little Sheba and the 1953 Tony for Time of the Cuckoo. Her later years were spent as Hazel on the TV sitcom of the same name.

    1908-Birthday of singer-leader Willie Bryant, born New Orleans, LA.

Once employed Ben Webster, Benny Carter, Teddy Wilson, and many others.

    1918-Birthday of Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder, Theodore Samuel(Ted) Williams, San Diego, CA.

    1924- Trumpet play Kenny Dorham Birthday

    1935 – Birthday of singer John Phillips (: The Mamas & The Papas: Monday Monday, California Dreamin’, Creeque Alley; songwriter: California Dreamin’, San Francisco [Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair]; actress MacKenzie Phillips’ father; died Mar 18, 2001)

    1949—Top Hits

You’re Breaking My Heart - Vic Damone

Room Full of Roses - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Don Cornell)

Some Enchanted Evening - Perry Como

I’m Throwing Rice (At the Girl that I Love) - Eddy Arnold

    1956- White mob prevents enrollment of blacks at Mansfield High School, Texas, as school busing and desegregation comes to major conflicts across

the nation..

    1957—Top Hits

Love Letters in the Sand - Pat Boone

Tammy - Debbie Reynolds

Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On - Jerry Lee Lewis

(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Elvis Presley

    1959- Bobby Darin's "Mack the Knife" debuts on the pop charts. The song from the "Three Penny Opera" will be Darin's biggest hit.

    1962-A presidential hot line was installed between the White House, Washington, DC, and the Kremlin, Moscow, during the administration of President John F. Kennedy.

    1965—Top Hits

I Got You Babe - Sonny & Cher

Help! - The Beatles

California Girls - The Beach Boys

Yes, Mr. Peters - Roy Drusky & Priscilla Mitchell

    1968- The Beatles' "Hey Jude" is released.

    1968 --The Democratic Convention comes to and end  Reportedly Chicago's finest invade McCarthy's headquarters, dragging staffers from their beds and beating the beejezus out of them. CBS TV-anchor Walter Cronkite tells prime-time television viewers :"I want to pack my bags & get out of this city." On August 29, vice president Hubert H. Humphrey was nominated for president and Senator Edmund S. Muskie of Main was named the vice presidential candidate. The convention, which began August 26, was the most violent in U.S. history.  Antiwar protestors clashed with police and national guardsmen.  Hundreds of people, including bystanders and members of the press, were beaten by police, some in full view of television cameras.  George Wallace and Gen. Curtis E. LeMay would become third party candidates.  On November 5, Richard M. Nixon would be elected president along with Spiro T. Agnew as vice president.  The popular vote was Nixon 31,785,480; Humphrey, 31,275,166; Wallace 8,906,473. The actual decision was by the electoral vote with Nixon 302; Humphrey, 191 and George Wallace, 45.  The Republicans gained four seats in the House, five in the Senate, although Democrats still held majorities of 58-42 in the Senate and 2453-192 in the House.  The Republicans gained five governorships in the election.

    1973—Top Hits

Brother Louie - Stories

Live and Let Die - Wings

Let’s Get It On - Marvin Gaye

Everybody’s Had the Blues - Merle Haggard

    1974-The last episode of the regular TV series “The Brady Bunch.”  The first

show was aired September 26, 1969, starring Robert Treed as widower Mike Brady who has three sons and is married to Carol _(played by Florence Henderson), who has three daughters, Housekeeper Alice was played by Ann B. Davis, Sons Greg ( Barry Williams), Peter ( Christopher Knight) and Bobby ( Mike Lookinland) and daughters Marcia ( Maureen McCormick), Jan ( Eve Plumb) and Cindy ( Susan Olsen) experienced the typical crises of youth. The programs steered clear of social issues and portrayed childhood as a time of innocence. The program continues to be very popular in reruns in after-school time slots. There were also many spin-offs. “ The Brady Kids,” ( 1972-74), a Saturday morning cartoon,” The Brady Bunch Hour)” 1976-88), a variety series, “ The Brady Brides, 1981), a sitcom about the two older daughters adjusting to marriages and the “Bradys’(19090), a short-lived dramatic series. “A Very Brady Christmas(1988) was CBS’s highest rated special for the season.  In 1995, “ The Brady Bunch Movie” appealed to fans who had watched the program 25 years before.

    1975- James Taylor's "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" peaks at #5 on the pop singles chart.

    1980- Pat Benatar's "You Better Run" peaks at #42 on the pop

singles chart.

    1981—Top Hits

Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie

Slow Hand - Pointer Sisters

Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around - Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

(There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me - Ronnie Milsap

    1981-Jockey Bill Shoemaker rode John Henry to a nose victory to win the inaugural running of the Arlington Million, the first $1 million horse race, at Arlington Park in Illinois.

    1982 - A tropical depression brought torrential rains to portions of southern Texas. Up to twelve inches fell south of Houston, and as much as eighteen inches fell southeast of Austin. The tropical depression spawned fourteen tornadoes in three days. (David Ludlum) Record cold gripped the northeastern U.S. Thirty-one cities in New England reported record lows, and areas of Vermont received up to three inches of snow

    1983- Colonel Guion Bluford, mission specialist on the third flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger, became the first African-American astronaut to fly in outer space.  

    1986- Steve Winwood's "Higher Love" hits #1 on the singles chart; Mick Jagger's "Ruthless People" peaks at #51 and David Lee Roth's "Yankee Rose" peaks at #16.

    1987 - Eight cities in California and Oregon reported record high temperatures for the date, including Redding CA and Sacramento CA where the mercury hit 100 degrees.

    1988 - Thunderstorms drenched Georgia and the Carolinas with heavy rain, soaking Columbia, SC, with 4.10 inches in three hours. Fresno CA was the hot spot in the nation with a record high of 109 degrees. Duluth MN tied their record for the month of August with a morning low of 39 degrees

    1989—Top Hits

Right Here Waiting - Richard Marx

Cold Hearted - Paula Abdul

Hangin’ Tough - New Kids on the Block

Are You Ever Gonna Love Me - Holly Dunn

    1990- Seattle Mariners become 1st team to have father-son teammates, signing Ken Griffey to play with son Ken Griffey Jr .
    1993 - "Late Show with David Letterman" debuted on CBS-TV. CBS remodeled the Ed Sullivan Theater (on 54th Street in New York City) for Letterman, who had just spent over a decade on NBC ("Late Night with David Letterman"). The first musical guest to appear on the new show was Billy Joel.  The show first started February 1, 1982 with the top ten lists, mail bag, stupid pet tricks, participation
by the TV crew, neighbors, and on the new show, this was carried forward along with surprise people in the audience such as Paul Newman with his tow gun salute, Martha Stewart.  The show also featured his Canadian side-kick and very popular “hip” musician Paul Shaffer.

    1994-—Top Hits

I ll Make Love To You- Boyz II Men

Stay (I Missed You) (From "Reality Bites")- Lisa Loeb

Wild Night- John Mellencamp With Me Shell Ndegeocello

Fantastic Voyage- Coolio

    1997-The Houston Comets defeated the New York Liberty, 65-51, to win the first WNBA title. Houston was led by the new league’s Most Valuable Player, Cynthia Cooper, who scored 25 points.

    1998 -Toms River becomes the first American team since 1993 to win the Little League World Series as Chris Cardone hits home runs in consecutive at-bats, including a game- deciding two-run shot beating Kashima, Japan,12-9.

    1999-—Top Hits

Bailamos- Enrique Iglesias

Genie In A Bottle- Christina Aguilera

Summer Girls- LFO

Unpretty- TLC

    2000- As Braves come to bat in the bottom of the ninth inning trailing the Reds, 4-2, a power spike causes most of the lights to go out at Turner Field causing a 12-minute delay. As the Atlanta crowd waits for play to resume it is treated to a rendition of the song, "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia"

    2002- After marathon negotiation sessions to avoid a players' strike just hours away, Bud Selig announces the players union and owners have reached a settlement on a new four-year CBA without the need of a work stoppage. The new agreement, called 'historic' by the commissioner, gives the owners the economic restraints they wanted as the players are assured no teams will be contracted until 2007 season with a revenue sharing plan will gradually be implemented during the span of the contract..

    2003-—Top Hits

Shake Ya Tailfeather- Nelly, P. Diddy & Murphy Lee

Crazy In Love- Beyonce Featuring Jay-Z

Right Thurr- Chingy

P.I.M.P.- 50 Cent






****In New Hampshire, a band of four hundred men, suddenly assembling in arms, and conducted by John Sullivan, an eminent lawyer and a man of great ambition and intrepidity, gained possession by surprise of the castle of Portsmouth, and confined the royal garrison till the powder-magazine was ransacked and its contents carried away Extremely controversial in his day, Somersworth’s John Sullivan became the first "president" of New Hampshire. He served three terms in the role we now call governor. Sullivan cut his teeth as a young lawyer in Portsmouth, NH and became the first attorney in Durham. His goal in life was to be wealthy and his litigious pursuit of debtors in his hometown led to angry mobs surrounding his house. He served courageously, some say brazenly, in Revolutionary War battles, though he had been a friend of exiled British NH governor John Wentworth, whom he later replaced. Captured by the British, Sullivan became a courier between the two sides for which he was severely criticized. Sullivan joined the Seacoast NH uprising at Fort William and Mary in 1774, then served in a number of failed battles. George Washington was not fond of Sullivan, but called on him often. Major General Sullivan was among the troops at Quebec, and a leader at Trenton, Brandywine and Germantown. Washington called on him again in 1779 to literally wipe out all Native American settlements that threatened colonists in New York and Pennsylvania. Sullivan’s March, as it was called, devastated Indian populations there as his troops destroyed all native housing and crops. He served in both the first and second Continental Congress. After the war he returned to his law practice and was made a federal judge, though he was often too ill, often from alcohol, to serve. The NH town and county of Sullivan are among the many places dedicated in his name.



Baseball Poem





William (Sugar) Wallace








Catfish, Mudcat, Ducky, Coot.

The Babe, The Barber, The Blade, The Brat.

Windy, Dummy, Gabby, Hoot.

Big Train, Big Six, Big Ed, Fat.



Greasy, Sandy, Muddy, Rocky.

Bunions, Twinkletoes, Footsie, The Hat.

Fuzzy, Dizzy, Buddy, Cocky.

The Bull, The Stork, The Weasle, The Cat.

Schoolboy, Sheriff,

Rajah, Duke,

General, Major,

Spaceman, Spook.


The Georgia Peach, The Fordham Flash,

The Flying Dutchman. Cot.

The People's Cherce, The Blazer. Crash.

The Staten Island Scot.

Skeeter, Scooter,

Pepper, Duster,

Ebba, Bama, Boomer, Buster.



The Little Professor, The Iron Horse. Cap.

Iron Man, Iron Mike, Iron Hands. Hutch.

Jap, The Mad Russian, Irish, Swede. Nap.

Germany, Frenchy, Big Serb, Dutch,

Turk. Tuck, Tug, Twig.

Spider, Birdy, Rabbit, Pig.



Fat Jack, Black Jack, Zeke, Zack. Bloop.

Peanuts, Candy, Chewing Gum, Pop.

Chicken, Cracker, Hot Potato, Soup.

Ding, Bingo.



 Three-Finger, No-Neck, The Knuck, The Lip.

Casey, Gavvy, Pumpsie, Zim.

Flit, Bad Henry. Fat Freddie, Flip.

Jolly Cholly, Sunny Jim.

Shag, Schnozz,

King Kong, Klu.

Boog, Buzz,

Boots, Bump, Boo.



King Carl, The Count. The Rope, The Whip.

Wee Willie, Wild Bill, Gloomy Gus. Cy.

Bobo, Bombo, Bozo. Skip.

Coco, Kiki, Yo-yo. Pie.

Dinty, Dooley,

Tuffy, Snuffy,

Stubby, Dazzy,

Daffy, Duffy.



Baby Doll, Angel Sleeves, Pep, Sliding Billy,

Buttercup, Bollicky, Boileryard, Juice.

Colby Jack, Dauntless Dave, Cheese,

Gentle Willie,

Trolley Line, Wagon Tongue, Rough,

What's the Use.



Poosh 'Em Up,

Skoonj, Slats, Ski.

Ding Dong,


Dim Dom, Dee.


Famous Amos. Rosy, Rusty.

Handsome Ransom. Home Run, Huck.

Rapid Robert. Cactus, Dusty.

Rowdy Richard. Hot Rod, Truck.

Jo-Jo, Jumping Joe,

Little Looie,

Muggsy, Moe.


Old Folks, Old Pard, Oom Paul. Yaz.

Cowboy, Indian Bob, Chief, Ozark Ike.

Rawhide, Reindeer Bill. Motormouth. Maz.

Pistol Pete, Jungle Jim, Wahoo Sam. Spike.

The Mad Hungarian.

Mickey, Minnie.

Kitten, Bunny.

Big Dan, Moose.

Jumbo, Pee Wee; Chubby, Skinny.

Little Poison.

Crow, Hawk, Goose.


Marvelous Marv.

Oisk, Oats, Tookie.

Vinegar Bend.

Suds, Hooks, Hug.

Hammerin' Hank.

Cooch, Cod, Cookie.

Harry the Horse.

Speed, Stretch, Slug.



The Splendid Splinter. Pruschka. Sparky.

Chico, Choo Choo, Cha-Cha, Chub.

Dr. Strangeglove. Deacon. Arky.

Abba Dabba. Supersub.

Bubbles, Dimples, Cuddles, Pinky.

Poison Ivy, Vulture, Stinky.

Jigger, Jabbo

Jolting Joe

Blue Moon

Boom Boom














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