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Calabasas, CA
Base salary plus commission. Minimum 1 yr experience.
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Friday, December 3, 2010


Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines


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BBB: Rating Leasing Companies
 Top Leasing Web Sites
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BBB: Rating Leasing Companies


These are leasing companies who have appeared recently in Leasing News. The list is up-dated quarterly. There have been many who are now in the “A+” group since the third quarter of 2010.

A+

21st Century Leasing, San Diego, California
http://www.bbb.org/san-diego/business-reviews/leasing-service/21st-century-leasing-in-san-diego-ca-10011418/

Advantage Leasing Corporation, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
http://www.bbb.org/wisconsin/business-reviews/leasing-service/advantage-leasing-corporation-in-milwaukee-wi-1004216/

Allegiant Partners, San Rafael, California
http://www.bbb.org/greater-san-francisco/business-reviews/leasing-service/allegiant-partners-incorporated-in-san-rafael-ca-46794

Arvest Bank Leasing, Fayetteville, Arkansas
http://www.bbb.org/arkansas/business-reviews/banks/arvest-bank-in-sherwood-ar-5001142

Axis Capital, Grand Island, Nebraska
http://www.bbb.org/nebraska/business-reviews/office-furniture-and-equipment-rental-and-leasing/axis-capital-in-grand-island-ne-10400857

Bankers Capital, Northborough, Massachusetts
http://www.bbb.org/central-western-massachusetts/business-reviews/financing/bankers-capital-in-northborough-ma-262264

BSB Leasing, Englewood, Colorado
http://www.bbb.org/denver/business-reviews/financial-services/b-s-b-leasinginc-in-englewood-co-26029

Charter Capital, Scottsdale, Arizona
http://www.bbb.org/central-northern-western-arizona/business-reviews/leasing-service/charter-capital-in-scottsdale-az-89000861/

CSI Leasing, St. Louis, Missouri
http://www.bbb.org/stlouis/business-reviews/computers-dealers/cs-i-leasing-in-saint-louis-mo-110207320

De Lage Landen Financial Services, Incorporated, Wayne, Pennsylvania
http://dc-easternpa.bbb.org/codbrep.html?wlcl=y&id=80012304

Financial Pacific, Federal Way, Washington
http://www.bbb.org/western-washington/business-reviews/consumer-finance-and-loan/financial-pacific-leasing-in-federal-way-wa-22025327

Five Point Capital, San Diego, California
http://www.bbb.org/san-diego/business-reviews/financing/five-point-capital-inc-in-san-diego-ca-20001011/

Great America Leasing, Cedar Rapid, Iowa
http://www.bbb.org/iowa/business-reviews/financing/great-america-leasing-in-cedar-rapids-ia-20000104

Innovative Leasing Services, Inc. Carlsbad, California
http://www.bbb.org/san-diego/business-reviews/leasing-service/innovative-lease-services-inc-in-carlsbad-ca-10008827/

Jules & Associates, Los Angeles, California
http://www.la.bbb.org/Business-Report/Jules-and-Associates-Inc-92003291

Key Equipment Finance aka KeyBank Headquarters Location
http://www.bbb.org/cleveland/business-reviews/banks/keybank-in-cleveland-oh-6747/

Lease Corporation of America, Troy, Michigan
http://www.bbb.org/eastern-michigan/business-reviews/computers-software-and-services/lease-corporation-of-america-in-troy-mi-45000151/

Mar Vista, Villa Park, California
http://www.la.bbb.org/Business-Report/Mar-Vista-Financial-13158488

Orion First Financial, Gig Harbor, Washington
http://www.bbb.org/western-washington/business-reviews/consumer-finance-and-loan-companies/orion-first-financial-in-gig-harbor-wa-37003864

Steelcase Financial Services, Grand Rapids, Michigan
http://www.bbb.org/western-michigan/business-reviews/office-furniture-and-equipment-wholesale-and-mfg/steelcase-in-grand-rapids-mi-14000824

Southern California Leasing Inc., Tustin, California
http://www.la.bbb.org/Business-Report/Southern-California-Leasing-Incorporated-13135867

Summit Funding Group, Cincinnati, Ohio
http://www.bbb.org/cincinnati/business-reviews/financing/summit-funding-group-inc-in-cincinnati-oh-1206757/

TCF Equipment Finance, Minnetonka, Minnesota
http://www.bbb.org/minnesota/business-reviews/consumer-finance-and-loan-companies/tcf-equipment-finance-in-minnetonka-mn-96072521

TimePayment Corporation
http://www.bbb.org/boston/business-reviews/not-elsewhere-classified/timepayment-corporation-in-woburn-ma-117288/

Tristar Capital, Santa Ana, California
http://www.la.bbb.org/Business-Report/Tri-Star-Capital-LLC-13137212

United Leasing, Evansville, Indiana
http://www.bbb.org/evansville/business-reviews/auto-leasing-and-rental-companies/united-leasing-in-evansville-in-99475

US Bancorp Manifest Funding Services aka Lyon Financial Services, Inc.
http://www.bbb.org/minnesota/business-reviews/banks/us-bank-in-minneapolis-mn-407

A

American Capital Group, Inc., Irvine, California
http://www.la.bbb.org/Business-Report/American-Capital-Group-13035961

Celtic Leasing, Irvine, California
http://www.la.bbb.org/Business-Report/Celtic-Leasing-Corp-78000620

Leasing Corporation of America
http://www.bbb.org/eastern-michigan/business-reviews/computers-software-and-services/lease-corporation-of-america-in-troy-mi-45000151/

Matsco Financial, Emeryville, California (Now Wells Fargo Practice Finance) http://www.bbb.org/greater-san-francisco/business-reviews/financing/matsco-financial-in-emeryville-ca-15573

Pawnee Leasing, Fort Collins, Colorado
http://www.bbb.org/wyoming-and-northern-colorado/business-reviews/leasing-companies/pawnee-leasing-corporation-in-fort-collins-co-46006417


A-

Ability Capital Solutions, Long Beach, California
http://www.la.bbb.org/Business-Report/Ability-Capital-Solutions-100046803

Alliance Funding Group, Orange, California
http://www.la.bbb.org/Business-Report/Alliance-Funding-Group-Inc-13096486

Enterprise Capital Partners dba Enterprise Leasing, Spokane, Washington
http://www.bbb.org/eastern-washington/business-reviews/investment-advisory-service/enterprising-capital-partners-in-spokane-wa-64002656/

Marlin Leasing, Mount Laurel, New Jersey
http://www.bbb.org/new-jersey/business-reviews/business-consultants/marlin-leasing-in-mt-laurel-nj-80012102

Somerset Capital Group, Milford, Connecticut
http://www.bbb.org/connecticut/business-reviews/leasing-service/somerset-capital-group-in-bridgeport-ct-1001573

Strada Capital Corporation Laguna Hills, California
http://www.la.bbb.org/Business-Report/Strada-Capital-Corporation-100005606


B+

Providence Capital Funding, Brea, California
http://www.la.bbb.org/Business-Report/Providence-Capital-Funding-Inc-100085193


B-

Direct Capital, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
http://www.bbb.org/concord/business-reviews/financial-services/direct-capital-corporation-in-portsmouth-nh-3004519#

LEAF Financial Corporation, Philadelphia, PA
http://dc-easternpa.bbb.org/codbrep.html?wlcl=y&id=055049028

Main Street Bank
http://www.bbb.org/houston/business-reviews/banks/main-street-bank-in-kingwood-tx-22011705/

C-

Balboa Capital, Irvine, California
http://www.la.bbb.org/Business-Report/Balboa-Capital-Corporation-13126386


F

Barklay Capital, Inc., Costa Mesa, CA
http://www.la.bbb.org/Business-Report/Barklay-Capital-Inc-100016455

Benchmark Financial Group, Aliso Viejo, California
http://www.la.bbb.org/Business-Report/Benchmark-Financial-Groups-LLC-100045720

Find your company's BBB listing by going to www.bbb.org and using your zip code first for the right division.


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Top Leasing Web Sites



The lower the rating, the more people come to the site. Here are two companies Taycor and Strada smaller than Five Point, but attracting more visitors.

Bankers Capital features Larry LaChance and is quite innovative.

Strada Capital appears to have the most features and ability to service customers, with many recommendations, and looks like Brad Kissler is still the “Top Gun.”

(Alphabetical)

Bankers Capital
http://www.bankers-capital.com/
Alexa Traffic Rank: No Data

Five Point Capital
http://www.fivepointcapital.com/
Alexa Traffic Rank: 3,265,491 world wide
Sites Linking in: 26


Mt. Pleasant Capital Group
http://www.mountpleasantcapital.com
Alexa Traffic Rank: No Data


Strada Capital
http://www.stradacapital.com
Alexa Traffic Rank: 3,065,157 world wide


Taycor Financial
http://www.taycor.com/
Alexa Traffic Rank: 1,299,015
Traffic Rank in US: 392,127
Sites Linking In: 54


If you have a nomination for "Top Leasing Web Site," please send to kitmenkin@leasingnews.org

John Kenny Receivables Management

End of Lease Negotiations & Enforcement

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john@jkrmdirect.com | ph 315-866-1167| www.jkrmdirect.com



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Leasing Industry Help Wanted

Sales

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Arvest Equipment Finance is looking to fill the position of Equipment Finance Specialist. Qualified applicants should have (5) plus years of bank leasing experience, a college degree, as well as a proven track record of success in sales. If interested, please go to www.arvest.com and click on careers for a complete and detailed job description. We offer an excellent pay and benefits package along with a company vehicle. EOE/AA

Arverst Equipment Finance



Vehicle Lenders Group, LLC is looking for dynamic sales associate. Either work out of one of our offices in Calif. , Dayton, or Oyster Bay, NY or your own office.
Draw w/benefits after three month probation period.
Must have excellent references, honest, self motivated, able to generate $500,000 a month by the end
of 12 months of employment.
Curt Webster, CVLE 516-922-7447 ext 104

http://www.trucklendersusa.com/



Account Executive – Inside Sales
San Francisco, CA

Base salary, a lucrative uncapped commission plan and an environment conducive to your success.
Click here to learn more.

www.atel.com



Account Executives - Inside Sales
Calabasas, CA
Base salary plus commission. Minimum 1 yr experience.
Please send resumes to: jobs@teqlease.com
Attn: Mike Lockwood or Russ Runnalls CLP

www.TEQlease.com

Please see our Job Wanted section for possible new employees.


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Funders Looking for New Broker Business

Send company name, contact/email or telephone number as well as a URL to attach or description to
kitmenkin@leasingnews.org

There is no advertising fee or charge for a listing. They are “free.”Leasing News makes no endorsement of any of the companies listed, except they have qualified to be on this specific list.

Leasing News reserves the right to not list a company who does not meet these qualifications.

We encourage companies who are listed to contact us for any change or addition they would like to make. Adding further information as an "attachment" or clarification of what they have to offer would be helpful to readers are very much encouraged.

Alphabetical list - click on company name to view more details
ABCO Leasing, Inc.
Advantage Funding
Agility Solutions
Allegiant Partners Incorporated
American Leasefund, Inc.
Bank of the West
Bankers Capital
Barrett Capital Corporation
Black Rock Capital
Blackstone Capital Partners, L.P.
Boston Financial & Equity Corp.

BSB Leasing, Inc.
Calfund, LLC
Chesapeake Industrial Leasing Co., Inc.
Cobra Capital LLC
Dakota Financial
Dumac Leasing
First Federal Leasing
Financial Pacific Leasing
Forum Financial Services, Inc.
Gonor Funding
Lease Corporation of America
Manufacturer's Lease Plans, Inc

Mar Vista Financial
National Machine Tool Financial Corporation
NFS Leasing, Inc
P&L Capital Corporation
Pawnee Leasing Corporation
Standard Professional Services, LLC
Summit Leasing, Inc.
TEAM Funding Solutions
Vision Financial Group, Inc.



Leasing Associations: All non-profit leasing associations are abbreviated. To see the full name and learn more about the association, please click here.

BBB - Better Business Report | CBB - Leasing News Complaint Bulletin Board
| CNI - Current News Information

A -Accepts Broker Business | B -Requires Broker be Licensed | C -Sub-Broker Program
| D -"Private label Program" | E - Also "in house" salesmen


N/R (not reported)
* (no response---these listing do not come from the company directly, but from our research from many sources. It is our policy not to put anything in this section without confirmation.)


Name
In Business Since
Contact
Website
Leasing Association
Employees
Geo
Area
Dollar
Amount
Business Reports
A
B
C
D
E

Bank of the West, Indirect Leasing Group
1972
Steve Crane, CLP, Vice President & Marketing Manager
scrane@bankofthewest.com
888.244.0551 ext. 3899
800.473.9878 - Fax
www.bankofthewest.com
ELFA, NAELB, NEFA
(P)

180
National
$20,000 to $2 million
Y
Y
N
Y
Y

Financial Pacific Leasing
1975
Terey Jennings CLP,
800-447-7107, tjennings@finpac.com
www.finpac.com
ELFA, NAELB, NEFA
(click here for further description)

130
Nationwide
$5,000-$50,000
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Lease Corporation of America (LCA)
1984
Troy, Michigan
John Martella, President
LCA Financial, LLC
SVP, Lease Corporation of America
248 743 5209
jmartella@leasecorp.com
www.leasecorp.com
ELFA, NAELB
(click here for further description)
55
Nationwide
$10,000
 
Y
Y
N
N
Y
Pawnee Leasing Corporation
1982
Dana Freeman dana@pawneeleasing.com
800.864.4266
www.pawneeleasing.com
NAELB & NEFA
(Click here for further description)
45
Nationwide
$1,000 - $30,000
Y
Y
N*
Y
N
Manufacturer's Lease Plans, Inc.
Phoenix, Arizona
Nicholas Marce, AVP
602-944-4411, ext. 25
nmarce@leaseplans.com
www.leaseplans.com
AZELA, ELFA, NAELB
click here for more info
30
Contential US
$25,00-$300,000
Y
Y
N
N
Y
P&L Capital Corporation
1996
Phil Lieber
800.698.1686
phil@plcapital.com
Tim Mathison
800.698.1686
tim@plcapital.com
www.plcapital.com
NAELB, NEFA (WW)
(click here for further description)
28
National
$10,000
(most clients are doing monthly or quarterly schedules)
Y
Y
N
N
Y
Advantage Funding
1997
Edward P. Kaye
718.392.1300
www.advantagefund.com
NVLA, ELFA, NLA & TLPA
20
Nationwide

Vehicles Only

$10,000 - $1,000,000

Vision Financial Group, Inc.
1991
William "Bill" Summers
888-834-3278, ext.281
bill@vfgusa.com
www.vfgusa.com
ELFA
20
National

$5,000 & up

Y
*
*
*
*

National Machine Tool
Financial Corporation

1986
Chris Chiappetta, Robert Lang, Susan Adamatis
800-669-7527
www.netlease.com


(click here for further description)
20
Nationwide
$15,000
Chesapeake Industrial Leasing Co.,Inc.
9512 Harford Road
Baltimore, MD 21234
Contact: Taylor Brazzon
taylor@clic.com
410-661-5000x125
www.clic.com
NEFA
(click here for further description)
18
East Coast
$10,000- $1 million
Y
N
Y
N
Y
First Federal Leasing
1989
Paul Witte, CEO
Vice President
Paul@firstbankrichmond.com
800.848.8958
www.firstfederalleasing.com
NAELB (Q)
18
Nationwide
$5,000 min.
Y
N
N
N
N
NFS Leasing, Inc.
Beverly, Massachusetts
2001
Dean Oliver
deano@nfsleasing.com
987-767-2353
www.nfsleasing.com
NEFA (Footnote)
15
US and Canada
$50,000 to $3MM
 
Y
Y
N
N
Y
Boston Financial & Equity Corporation
1968
Debbie Monosson
debbie@bfec.com
www.bfec.com
EAEL, NEFA
12
National

$100,000 to $1,500,000

Does Subprime Leases


(click here for further description)
BSB Leasing, Inc.
1992 Colorado,Hawaii
Don Meyerson, Pres. DMyerson@bsbleasing.com
Bruce Zwillinger, Vice President 800.945.3372 ext. 306 bzwillinger@bsbleasing.com
Randy Propect, East Coast rpropect@bsbleasing.com
Vicki Shimkus,CLP
West Coast Brokers vshimkus@bsbleasing.com
www.bsbleasing.com
NAELB
(click here for further description)
12
National
$5,000+
Y
N
N
Y
Y
Summit Leasing, Inc.
1986
James, Klemens, Kevin, Mike, Mark
(800) 736-1530
www.summitleasing.com
NEFA
(click here for further description)
12
CA, ID, MT, OR, WA
$20,000 - $400,000
   
TEAM Funding Solutions
1992
Ted Reynolds, President
$10,000-$100,000
888-457-6700 ext. 101 /
512-258-6700 ext 101
512.258.2322 fax
ted@teamfundingsolutions.com
www.teamfundingsolutions.com
NAELB & NEFA
(click here for further description)
12
All 50 States

$10,000-$100,000

DoesC Credit/Subprime Leases

Y

Mar Vista Financial
2006
Jamie Chisick-President
714-922-0576
Gina Allen-V.P
714-408-1914
Denise-Funding Coordinator
714-408-1938
Cyndi-Underwriter
714-408-1931
Aaron Brown Sr.
Account Manager
Mar Vista Financial Aaron@marvistafinancial.com
714-631-3133 (Direct)
www.marvistafinancial.com/home
NAELB
(note)

11
Does not service:Alaska, Arkansas, Hawaii or Louisiana

No FMV's allowed in: Connecticut, Montana,New Hampshire,Rhode Island

No TRL's allowed in: Georgia

$10,000-$100,000

Y
N
Y
N
N
10
Western States

$15K
Minimum

Does Subprime Leases


Allegiant Partners Incorporated
1998
Scott Enbom
senbom@allegiant-partners.com
(415) 257-4200, x207
www.allegiant-partners.com
ELFA, NAELB & NEFA
(click here for further description)
9
Nationwide, including Alaska & Hawaii
$20,000---$150,000
$20,000---$150,000
Dakota Financial
2001
Contact: www.dakotafinancial.com/contact www.dakotafin.com
NAELB
9
Nationwide & Canada (except Quebec)
$10,000---$250,000
Y
N
Y
N
N
Blackstone Capital
Partners, L.P.

2002
Frank Freer
Phone: 949.250.8789
Fax: 949.250.8798
FrankF@Blackstonecp.com
www.blackstonecp.com
ELFA, NAELB, NEFA
8
Nationwide
(except LA, AR and AK)

$50,000 to $2,000,000

Does Subprime Leases

Black Rock Capital
1994
George Booth
gkbooth@blackrockcapital.com
203.336-9200
www.blackrockcapital.com
EAEL, ELFA
(click here for further description)
7
US Canada (F)

$50,000 to $3MM

$250,000 average transaction

Forum Financial
Services, Inc.
1996
Tim O'Connor
972-690-9444 ext. 225
tim@forumleasing..com
275 West Campbell Road
Suite 320
Richardson, Texas 75080
Fax: 972-690-9464
www.forumleasing.com
NAELB & NEFA
7
Nationwide

$50,000 to $1.0 million. Our average size transaction is $250,000.
Preferred Range
$100,000 to $500,000

Does Subprime Leases

   

American Leasefund, Inc.
1999
Tom Davis
tom@alclease.com
800.644.1182 - PH
503.244.0845 - FX
www.alclease.com
NEFA
6
Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington

$3,500 - $50,000

Does Subprime Leases

Bankers Capital
1990
Larry LaChance - President
508-351-6000
llachance@bankers-capital.com
www.bankers-capital.com
NAELB, NEFA (footnote)
6
50 states
$25,000 +
Y
Y
N
N
N
Cobra Capital LLC
2000
Dale Kluga, President
dale@cobrallc.com
630-985-3500
www.cobrallc.com
ELFA
(click here for further description)
6
Nationwide

$50,000 to $1MM

$250,000 average transaction

ABCO Leasing, Inc.
1974
Brad Christensen
bradc@abcoleasing.net
877-634-4045
www.abcoleasing.net
NAELB, NEFA
|(click here for further description)
5
26 states

$50,000 - $450,000

Y
N
Y
N
N
Agility Solutions
2003
Hal Hayden
(928) 541-0771
halh@agilitysolutions.com
www.agilitysolutions.net
NEFA
(click here for further description)
5
U.S.

$50,000 - $1,000,000
(Master Lease)

Does Subprime Leases

Barrett Capital Corporation
1975
Barry Korn
914-632-4200
Cell: 914.954.1900
Barrett@BarrettCapital.com
www.BarrettCapital.com
NVLA
(click here for further description)

4
United States

Vehicles Only

$10,000 minimum

Standard Professional
Services, LLC
1976
Mr. Raphael Lavin, CLP
JWhalen@spsllc.net
847-291-7858
www.spsllc.net
EAEL, NAELB, NEFA
(click here for further description)
4
Nationwide & some offshore

$10,000 - 250,000

($25,000 - $150,000 desired)

Gonor Funding
2001
Norman J. Gonor
ngonor@gonorfunding.com
818.784.5444
Jason Gonor
818.402.6999
www.gonorfunding.com
(click here for further description)
3
USA

$10,000 to $100,000 with an average of $25,000 - $35,000

Does Subprime Leases

   

Dumac Leasing
(a division of Exchange Bank)
N/R
Archie Julian
JulianA@ExchangeBank.com
(800) 546-7822
(707) 521-5027
www.exchangebank.com
NAELB
(click here for further description)

N/R
West Coast
N/R
N/R
N/R
N/R
N/R
N/R





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"Broker/Lessor" looking for broker business

There is no advertising fee or charge for a listing. They are “free.” Leasing News makes no endorsement of any of the companies listed, except they have qualified to be on this specific list.

The requirements for "Broker/Lessors" seeking broker business are to be listed on the Leasing News "Broker/Lessor A" list:
http://www.leasingnews.org/Brokers/broker_Lessor.htm

with a complete listing (answer to questions) as well as answering these questions with a "Yes" or "No":

Alphabetical list - click on company name to view more details

Affliated Investment Group, Inc.
Taycor Financial
   

Leasing Associations: All non-profit leasing associations are abbreviated. To see the full name and learn more about the association, please click here.

A - City Business License | B- State License | C - Certified Leasing Professional |
D - State(s) sales/use tax license |E - Named as "lessor" on 50% or more of lease contract signed. | F - Accepts sub-broker business l G -Back Room - has a dedicated back room operation


Name
City, State
Contact
Website
Leasing Association
YCS
YELB
(see above for meaning)
# of Empl.
Geographic Area
Minimum
Dollar
Amount
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
Taycor Financial
Los Angeles, California
Bob Skibisnski
bob@taycor.com
800.322.9738
310.568.9900
www.taycor.com
1997
18
Nationwide
$5,000 to $5MM
Y
Y
N
Y
Y
Y
Y

Affliated Investment
Group, Inc.

Cedar Park, Texas
Jim Lahti, CLP jrl@affliatedinvestment.com
512-336-7335 www.affliatedinvestment.com
NAELB (footnotes)

1991
4
National
$15,000 to
$1 MM
N
N
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y

Footnotes:
Affiliated Investment Group, Inc. is the proud continuation of more than 25 years of serving the broker community. We are a balance sheet, cash flow, credit lender. The primary question on every transaction is ‘what is the likelihood of being paid back?’. Affiliated is also known as "The Flexible Funding Source" as we look at a deal with the philosophy of ‘what's right’ about it ‘how can we make it work’. We have significant sources of funds from A to B credits.

We recently agreed to be the exclusive broker services group for Alliance Commercial Capital. In addition to our normal programs, we are excited about marketing their vast array of product lines that will greatly increase our funding capability. Broker Qualify - Yes

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Broker Referral Exchange



The Broker Referral Exchange is carried on the National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers (NAELB) web page as a courtesy to its members, and is not sponsored by them. To utilize the Exchange you need to be a member, as well as abide by the code of ethics of the association.

On this page you will find a geographical listing of NAELB brokers who have indicated that they have discovered special funding sources, perhaps not known to others or available to others. These brokers may be able to help other NAELB brokers secure funding. They may charge a fee for their services. The advantage, and purpose, is to help both new and experienced brokers with transactions as they have specific sources they believe would have a better chance of approval as they are not “cookie cutters.” Also what in reality comes with experience is knowing who takes what and why and placing them in these sources that they have cultivated.

It is only available to NAELB members and they do not plan to open to non-members.

There is a disclaimer on the website:
This webpage is here for the use of NAELB members to help each other fund transactions. The NAELB does not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided to us about the funding sources. We are merely providing an organized, easy way to use the resources of our members. It is up to you to choose who you do business with as the NAELB makes no representations about the business practices of the member listings.

Member Benefits:
http://www.naelb.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=125

Website: NAELB.org

 

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Sudhir's Global Leasing Resource to Launch January 4th


(Photo: WLN)

World Leasing Expert and co-publisher of World Leasing News, Sudhir Amembal, MBA, CPA, announces Global Leasing Resource (GLR) will be launched January 4, 2011.

Listing is online, easy and free! Paid subscriptions will be soon available to what Sudhir calls “unparalleled content (database and market intelligence) to non-listed lessors and service providers.”

Lessors who submit a completed listing are allowed to subscribe for free through the end of December 31, 2011.

http://www.globalleasingresource.com/

"One key component of GLR is its comprehensive and meaningful database of leasing companies from throughout the world, which is current and will be kept current” Sudhir Amembal said. "Another key component is market intelligence from approximately 50 country reports from emerging and mature leasing economies throughout the world."

He said funding sources/lessors are continuing to list with GLR before the premier launch either to enhance their networking and business to business opportunities or to simply let the world know of their existence.

The nearest competition is World Leasing Book costing $495 and may be six to twelve months behind in posting of changes of contacts, addresses, and other entries as it is a print edition.

World Leasing Yearbook 2010:
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Nov2010/11_29.htm#yearbook

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Back Office Companies

Advance Property Tax Compliance Group 88 Systems, Inc. OutSourcing Solutions Group, LLC
Barrett Management Corp. Haws Consulting Group Phoenix Leasing Portfolio Srvcs., Inc.
Bank of the West JDR Solutions Portfolio Financial Servicing Co.
ECS Financial Services LeaseDimensions, Inc.  
  Madison Capital, LLC
  Orion First Financial, LLC

Rank

Company Name
Year Founded

Web site

Employees

CEO

Additional Services Offered

Yearly Volume

Region

Major Clients

1
Portfolio Financial Servicing Company (f)
1992
www.pfsc.com
150
John Enyart, President
App Entry, credit scoring, Documentation, remittance processing, sales and property tax services, UCC, Titling, Collections, Cust Servic lease and loan accounting
N/A
United States
Contact us for client list
2
Phoenix Leasing Portfolio Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Phoenix American Inc. (d)
1972
plpsi.com
105
Gus Constantin
Documentation, remittance processing, sales and property tax services, lease and loan accounting, default management
N/A
United States
Contact us for client list
3
Bank of the West Equipment Finance - Managed Services Group
1989 founded as Trinity
(2002 purchased by Bank of the West)
Eric Gross
Director -
Managed Services Group
Eric.Gross@bank
ofthewest.com

Bank of the West
401 Southwest Fifth Ave
Portland, OR 97204
Office (503) 225-1607
Fax (503) 225-1751
Mobile (503) 840-5165
bankofthewest.com
80 -In Servicing
Eric Gross

Complete Primary & Backup Servicing solutions for independent Lessors and captive finance companies.

N/A

United States

Providing 3rd party servicing since 1989

4
LeaseDimensions, Inc.
1995
www.leasedimensions.com
35
Bill Allen
Third Party Back-Office Servicing
Origination Servicing
Data Conversions & Systems Consulting
ASP Lease Administration & Origination
Back-up Servicing
N/A
US / Australia
Third Party Servicing and ASP Clients include 6 Fortune 500 Companies. Other clients are bank lessors, captive finance companies and independent lessors 
5
Orion First Financial, LLC
2001
David Schaefer
dtschaefer@orionfirst.com
253-857-9610
www.orionfirst.com


25
David T. Schaefer, President
Lease & Loan invoicing, payment processing, sales & property tax reporting, collections, workouts, repossessions & remarketing as well as credit underwriting, portfolio valuation, credit/loss analysis and due diligence procedures
N/A
United States
Contact us for client list
6

Madison Capital, LLC
(k) 1997 (predecessor company: 1974 - same principals)
www.madisoncapital.com

19
 Mark Caplan, Chairman
Property tax administration; vehicle titling; vehicle acquisition; vehicle disposition; billing & collections, UCC filings; insurance tracking
N/A
National
Contact Us
7
JDR Solutions (c)
2001
jdrsol.com
12-15

(ASP) lease management software hosting, portfolio servicing, project management, consulting
N/A
International
Major manufacturing captive finance organizations, regional bank leasing company, specialty finance organization. 3,500-5,00 contracts managed.
8
Group 88 Systems Inc. (b)
1982
group88.com
10
Malcolm Tennant
IT Consulting,
Implementations, Migrations,
Data Conversions,
Custom Reporting,
Oursourced System Support
N/A
National
Confidentiality Agreements
9
Advanced Property Tax Compliance
Gary A. DiLillo,President
gary@avptc.com
Phone: (216) 658-5618
Cell: (440) 724-0701
www.avptc.com (g)
10
Gary A. DiLillo
Property Tax Complience
N/A
National
See footnote (G)
10
Haws Consulting Group
1982
1901 So. Bascom Ave.
Suite 1050
Campbell, CA 95008
Office: 408.369.7272
Cell: 408.375.1223
Fax: 408.369.7270
www.ptax.com (i)
10
Raymond V Haws, CEO
Lance A. Hulsey, VP
Property Tax Services
N/A
N/A
11
Barrett Management Corporation (a)
1975
barrettcapital.com
8
Barry Corn
N/A
10-20M
National
Financial Institutions; not permitted to disclose names
12
Lease Broker
Assistant, LLC

2009
dee@leasebrokerassistant.com
voice 407.964.1232
fax 386.845.0235         
Skype ID    LeaseBrokerAssistant
Yahoo ID   Lease BrokerAssistant
Twitter -
twitter.com/leaseassistant

  www.leasebrokerassistant.com
3

CEO Dee DiBenedictis

Support for independent Lease Brokers, Lessors and Captive Leasing Companies; Credit and Documentation processing, Marketing Assistance; Out of Office phone and fax support

N/A
National
call us for client references
13
ECS Financial Services (e)
(formerly Edwin C. Sigel , Ltd.)
1962
ecsfinancial.com
N/A
Nancy A. Geary,
CPA, CLP 
Certified Public Accountants and Portfolio Management Services
N/A
N/A
N/A
14
OutSourcing Solutions
Group, LLC.

2000
osgsolutions.com
N/A
Matt Mcfarland
Property Tax Administration, Sales and Use Tax Administration, and Property Tax Consulting
N/A
N/A
N/A


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Fed Reserve Beige Report Optimistic



Reports from the twelve Federal Reserve Districts indicate that the economy continued to improve, on balance, during the reporting period from early/mid-October to mid-November. Economic activity in the Boston, Cleveland, Atlanta, Dallas, and San Francisco Districts increased at a slight to modest pace, while a somewhat stronger pace of economic activity was seen in New York, Richmond, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Kansas City. Philadelphia and St. Louis reported business conditions as mixed.

Banking and Finance

Banking conditions remained stable across most Districts. Lending activity was reported as steady or unchanged in New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Kansas City, Dallas, and San Francisco, while a slight improvement was noted in Cleveland, Richmond and Chicago. The Atlanta District reported constrained credit conditions and weak loan demand. Contacts in Chicago and Dallas said that increased competition for high-quality borrowers resulted in more aggressive loan pricing. Demand for commercial and industrial loans was generally stable, though several Districts noted improvements in specific loan categories. The Cleveland and Chicago Districts reported increased lending for mergers and acquisitions, and access to credit by small businesses in Atlanta improved slightly. Consumer lending has remained stable at weak levels in most Districts. The San Francisco District reported that loan demand declined slightly as a result of households' desire to deleverage, while Chicago saw a small pickup in consumer lending. Several Districts reported increases in lending related to residential real estate, and, in particular, to refinancing activity. Reports on changes in credit standards were mixed. Bankers in New York reported a tightening in credit standards across all loan categories, Kansas City contacts indicated no change in lending standards, and Atlanta reported an easing in standards for small firms. Contacts in the Cleveland, Richmond, and Chicago Districts reported improved credit quality, but San Francisco bankers noted ongoing struggles with credit quality. The Cleveland and Richmond Districts both reported declines in delinquencies.

Real Estate and Construction

Residential real estate and construction activity remained at a low level in all Districts. The Philadelphia, Atlanta, St. Louis, and Minneapolis Districts reported some further weakening in home sales. Boston, New York, and Richmond characterized the market as soft; while Cleveland, Kansas City, Dallas, and San Francisco described the market as sluggish. The Chicago District reported that high inventories of unsold homes continued to be a drag on new residential construction and home prices.

Reports from the Twelve Federal Reserve Districts

Boston
www.federalreserve.gov/fomc/beigebook/2010/20101201/1.htm

New York
www.federalreserve.gov/fomc/beigebook/2010/20101201/2.htm

Philadelphia
www.federalreserve.gov/fomc/beigebook/2010/20101201/3.htm

Cleveland
www.federalreserve.gov/fomc/beigebook/2010/20101201/4.htm

Richmond
www.federalreserve.gov/fomc/beigebook/2010/20101201/6.htm

Atlanta
www.federalreserve.gov/fomc/beigebook/2010/20101201/6.htm

Chicago
www.federalreserve.gov/fomc/beigebook/2010/20101201/7.htm

St. Louis
www.federalreserve.gov/fomc/beigebook/2010/20101201/8.htm

Minneapolis
www.federalreserve.gov/fomc/beigebook/2010/20101201/9.htm

Kansas City
www.federalreserve.gov/fomc/beigebook/2010/20101201/10.htm

Dallas
www.federalreserve.gov/fomc/beigebook/2010/20101201/11.htm

San Francisco
www.federalreserve.gov/fomc/beigebook/2010/20101201/12.htm

Full report
http://www.federalreserve.gov/fomc/beigebook/2010/20101201/FullReport.htm

Gary DiLillo, President 216-658-5618 or gary@avptc.com

Comprehensive personal property tax outsourcing services.
Click here to see what our clients say about us.


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Fernando's View
By Fernando F. Croce

The Harry Potter saga draws closer to its conclusion with "Deathly Halllows: Part One" while "Unstoppable" offers audiences a straight shot of adrenaline. Elsewhere, DVD watchers can savor the latest "Shrek" installment, Sly Stallone's tribute to he-man action in "The Expendables," and the delicate romance of "Cairo Time."

In theaters:


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One (Warner Bros. Pictures): J.K. Rowling's enormously popular Harry Potter saga reaches its final, two-part chapter with this visually imaginative, surprisingly dark installment. Picking up where we last seen the characters, the film follows the adventures of Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) as they embark on a dangerous journey to vanquish the dreaded Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). As shadows begin to loom over Hogwarts and the villain's sinister hordes threaten wizards and humans alike, will Harry be able to live up to his elders' expectations and make the transition from boy to man? Full of endearing as well as creepy moments, this fantasy extravaganza should keep fans of the series thrilled until the second half comes next year.

Unstoppable (20th-Century Fox): For pure thrills, action fans can't go wrong with this exhilarating tale directed by old-hand specialist Tony Scott ("Top Gun," "True Romance"). Based on a true story, the movie charts the trajectory of a freight train full of explosives that, left accidentally unmanned, hurls furiously toward a residential area. The city's only hope rests in the hands of an unlikely pair of heroes, aging engineer Frank (Denzel Washington) and young conductor Will (Chris Pine), who find themselves riding the same railway as the dangerous runaway locomotive. Mixing breathtaking stunts with a solid homage to the working-class men who get things done in the world, Scott's latest cinematic rollercoaster is a cut above the standard Hollywood thrill-machine.




Netflix tip: Nearing his third decade of breathlessly paced blockbusters with "Unstoppable," director Tony Scott is due for a retrospective of his work. Hit Netflix for the veteran hit maker's most popular genre exercises, from the stylish vampire romance "The Hunger" and the wickedly offbeat crime drama "True Romance" to the submarine thriller "Crimson Tide" and the time-jiggling actioner "Deja Vu."

New on DVD:

Shrek Forever After (DreamWorks Animation): The fourth installment in the popular animated series shows that you can’t keep a good ogre down. This time around, Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) is happily married to Fiona (Cameron Diaz), with a nice house and a brood of little ogres. But something is missing. Has he been housebroken? Hoping to regain the fire in his belly, he makes a pact with Rumpelstiltskin to imagine a different life. Unfortunately, the plan backfires and Shrek finds himself fighting for his beloved wife and kingdom, with the help of faithful pals Donkey (Eddie Murphy) and Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas). Fans of the original will delight to find the series’ usual mix of irreverent humor and pop-culture references here.


The Expendables (Columbia Pictures): Viewers who bemoan the lack of real action movie stars these days will want to check out this testosterone-filled thriller, which manages to cast just about every single macho megastar of the last twenty years. The ringmaster is Sylvester Stallone, who does double-duty directing the movie and starring as Barney Ross, the tough-as-nails leader of a group of brawny mercenaries hired for the deadly task of overthrowing a foreign dictator. Said mercenaries include such shoot ‘em up veterans as Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, and Jason Statham, with wry cameos by Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, and even Stallone’s ‘80s rival, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Moving nimbly from explosion to explosion, this modern-day "Dirty Dozen" fits in perfectly with Stallone’s recent odes to cinematic brawn ("Rocky Balboa," "Rambo").


Cairo Time (MPI): For years a welcome supporting presence in features ranging from "The Untouchables" to "Shutter Island," the marvelous Patricia Clarkson takes over the main stage in this bittersweet romance, which is reminiscent of David Lean's classic "Brief Encounter." Clarkson plays Juliette, a woman who travels to Egypt to meet with her husband, a U.N. official working in the Middle East. Diplomatic trouble keeps him from making it to Cairo for their planned vacation, so he asks his former security officer, Tareq (Alexander Siddig), to keep her company until he returns. As Juliette grows lonesome in the large city, however, a bond grows between her and Tareq, one that seems to tentatively straddle the line between intercultural curiosity and something a bit more romantic. Director Ruba Nadda creates a palpable sense of longing, helped immensely by the actors' delicate performances.

Classified ads—Asset Management

Asset Management: Atlanta, GA
premier provide accounts receivable management functions from 3rd Party contingency collections to Portfolio Purchasing. Contact George Elliott, National Account Manager. 678-694-9063,
www.westassetmanagement.com

Asset Management: Boston, MA
Nationwide appraisals, remarketing, audits, inspections and more! Over 15-years industry experience and dedicated to deliver personal, prompt, professional services.
Call Chris @ 508-785-1277. Email:chris@dovermanagementgroup.com

Asset Management: Minneapolis, MN
NetSentric provides services to leasing companies: Inspection, Appraisals, Auditing, Warehousing, Repossession, Asset Management, Repairs, Remarketing and Field Service for Electronics and Computing Technology.
Email: jcahill@netsentricinc.com

Asset Management: Monroe, NC
Recover a greater return on your investment.  We specialize in the woodworking, pallet, sawmill and forestry industries.  Carolinamachinerysales.com/ Melinda Meier (704)288-1904 x103
Asset Management: Nationwide
BUYER/LENDER BEWARE. Don't sign anything until Collateral Verifications Inc. goes onsite, knocks on the door and gets the facts.
http://www.i-collateral.com
Email: mark@i-collateral.com

Nationwide
Seasoned and fair priced workforce is at your service for all lease collections, repossessions, and asset liquidations, appraisals.  Call Nassau Asset Management 800-462-7728   dcastagna@nasset.com  

Asset Management: NorthWest Sequent provides collateral recovery, remarketing, and storage services to lenders with assets located in the greater Pacific Northwest. Professional services at reasonable pricing. Contact rossr@sequentam.com

  Asset Management: Orange City, FL
We help Lessors Liquidate un-wanted Assets valued at $750,000+. It's an effective method of Liquidating Assets such as Jets, Planes, Helicopters, Freighters, etc.
Eric R. Sanders
Tel  386-789-9441
www.ValuedAssetSales.com
www.The-RandolphCapital.com
EQPMNTLEASING@aol.com
Asset Storage/Re-Marketing: Ohio & surrounding states. Providing no cost warehousing, condition reports, digital photos and remarketing of off-lease forklifts & industrial equipment. NAFTA wide dealer network. Email to GCochran@OhioLift.com Asset Management: Oxnard-Hollywood Beach, CA
20 Years Exp. w/Equity Analysis/Placement- Residual Forecasting Methodologies Computer Equipment Assets. Portfolio Mgr. Two Major Leasing Companies/Strong Analyst Background w/Leading Info Services Firm.
E-mail: GregoryMLorenz@aol.com 
Asset Management:
South East US- AllState Asset Management
Recovery, remarketing, inspections. 25 years experience, dedicated to deliver, prompt, professional services.
Call Brian @ 704-671-2376. brian.buchanan@allstateassetmgmt.com
Asset Management: Global
Specializing in Semiconductor and Electronic Test Equipment collateral. Lender services include Consignment Sales, Remarketing, Portfolio Purchases, Inspections, De-installation, Repairs and Warehousing.
www.testequipmentconnection.com
mnovello@testequipmentconnection.com
Bulldog Asset Management provides recovery and remarketing services with a difference. Contingent repos, free storage and industry experts to remarket. Email: jeff@buybulldog.com
www.buybulldog.com
 

Leasing Industry Outsourcing (Providing Services and Products)

All "Outsourcing" Classified ads (advertisers are both requested and responsible to keep their free ads up to date:
http://www.leasingnews.org/Classified/Outsourcing/Outsourcing.htm

How to Post a free "Outsourcing" classified ad:
http://www.leasingnews.org/Classified/Outsourcing/Outsourcing-post.htm

(This ad is a “trade” for the writing of this column. Opinions
contained in the column are those of Mr. Terry Winders, CLP)

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin---Adopt-a-Dog

Breed: Australian Cattle Dog/Terrier Bull mix
Color: Brindle/White
Age: 7 months
Sex: Male/Neutered
Guest number: 10718884
Personality: Go Getter
Matchmaker: Green People
Family recommendation:
No children under age 5
Adoption price: $200.00

" I’m Kim’s staff pick, Eddie. I am a fun loving pup that is eager to please. I enjoy long walks, playing chase and of course treats! Just look at my ears...could I look any sweeter? Stop by WHS and ask to visit me!"

This pet comes with an implanted 24PetWatch microchip and free registration into the 24PetWatch pet recovery service. For more information call 1-866-597-2424.

This pet also is eligible for 30 days of pre-paid pet health insurance. For more information please visit www.sheltercare.com or call 1-866-375-PETS.

Wisconsin Humane Society
4500 West Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53208
Phone: 414-264-6257
Email: info@wihumane.org
Website: www.wihumane.org/

Adopt-a-Pet by Leasing Co. State/City
http://www.leasingnews.org/Conscious-Top%20Stories/Adopt_Pet.htm

Adopt a Pet
http://www.adoptapet.com/\

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News Briefs----

Credit Gap Facing Small Business Owners, Consumers: FICO Survey
http://www.collectionscreditrisk.com/news/credit-gap-facing-consumers-small-business-owners-3004166-1.html

Retail sales jump 6% in November
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-retail-sales-20101203,0,29816.story\

Two-year low for layoffs hints at hiring pickup
http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2010/12/02/two_year_low_for_layoffs_hints_at_hiring_pickup/

Mortgage Rates Hit Four Month High
http://www.bankrate.com/finance/mortgages/mortgages-climb-to-high-last-seen-in-july.aspx?ic_id=tsThumb1

Pending home sales up 10.4 percent
http://www.upi.com/Business_News/2010/12/02/Pending-home-sales-up-104-percent/UPI-22441291320943/

Gov. Rick Perry gives former TV lawman Chuck Norris honorary Texas Ranger title in Garlan
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/120410dnmetrangers.400fd85.html


 

 




You May have Missed---

Mike Fleming/Shawn Halladay "Ease out of Lease" FASB
http://www.cfo.com/article.cfm/14540137?f=search

 

 


Sports Briefs----

Miami Heat's LeBron James scores 38 in homecoming win against Cleveland
http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/12/03/1954971/lebron-james-put-aside-the-distraction.html

Wrigley Field financing plan given heave-ho in Springfield
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-1203-wrigley-financing-20101203,0,7517080.story

The Huddle
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/thehuddle/index



 


California Nuts Briefs---

State high-speed rail officials approve $4.3 billion stretch of track derided as "train to nowhere."
http://www.contracostatimes.com/california/ci_16764968?nclick_check=1

 

 

 


“Gimme that Wine”

Food and wine apps for iPhone and Android
http://www.latimes.com/features/food/la-fo-kitchen-apps-20101202,0,1832742.story

JamesSuckling.com Launches
http://www.winebusiness.com/news/?go=getArticle&dataid=81462

Fun by the Barrel (Wine, Too)
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/03/dining/03diywine.html?ref=dining

Beckstoffer buys ‘legendary’ St. Helena vineyard
http://napavalleyregister.com/star/business/article_4531fc4a-fde0-11df-9e61-001cc4c03286.html

Michael Mondavi Launches Luxury Wine Club
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/michael-mondavi-launches-luxury-wine-club-111114814.html

T.J. Rodgers gets approval for winery expansion
http://www.mercurynews.com/san-mateo-county/ci_16755874?nclick_check=1

Free Mobile Wine Program
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Feb2010/2_26.htm#mobile

Wine Prices by vintage
http://www.winezap.com

http://www.wine-searcher.com/

US/International Wine Events
http://www.localwineevents.com/

Winery Atlas
http://www.carterhouse.com/atlas/\

Leasing News Wine & Spirits Page
http://two.leasingnews.org/Recommendations/wnensprts.htm

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This Day in American History

     1755-Birthday of Gilbert Charles Stuart, American portrait painter whose most famous painting is that of George Washington. He also painted portraits of Madison, Monroe, Jefferson and other important Americans. Stuart was born near Narragansett, RI, and died July 9, 1828 at Boston, MA.
    1762 - France ceded to Spain all lands west of the Mississippi- the territory known as Upper Louisiana.
    1775 - Lt. John Paul Jones raises the Grand Union flag on Alfred. First American flag raised over American naval vessel.
    1799-Margaret O'Neale Eaton birthday. Her marriage to the man who would become a cabinet officer resulted in a scandal that caused Andrew Jackson to dismiss his entire cabinet. It led to a permanent breach between Jackson and John C. Calhoun which resulted in Martin Van Buren becoming president rather than Calhoun and Calhoun backing the South Carolina resolution on tariffs, which many believe hastened the civil war between the states. Living well is said to be the best revenge and the Eatons lived well, in fact said to have had a brilliant social life when he served as governor of Florida and U.S. minister to Spain. She lived until she was eighty years old; marrying her grandchildren’s dance teacher after her husband died.
http://www.floridamemory.com/OnlineClassroom/Governors/Eaton.cfm
http://www.benet.org/teachers/lbrown/WebSites/TheEatons
/Newsletter_2/newsletter_2.html

http://www.booknotes.org/Program/?ProgramID=1403
http://www.army.mil/cmh-pg/books/sw-sa/Eaton.htm
    1800 - US state electors met and cast their ballots for the presidency. A tie resulted between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr.
    1818-Illinois became the 21st state. The strange but beautiful prairie lands east of the Mississippi and north of Lake Michigan presented a difficult challenge to the tide of westward-moving immigrants. Accustomed to the heavily forested lands of states like Kentucky and Tennessee, the early immigrants to Illinois did not know what to make of the vast treeless stretches of the prairie. Most pioneers believed that the fertility of soil revealed itself by the abundance of vegetation it supported, so they assumed that the lack of trees on the prairie signaled inferior farmland. Those brave souls who did try to farm the prairie found that their flimsy plows were inadequate to cut through prairie sod thickly knotted with deep roots. In an "age of wood," farmers also felt helpless without ready access to the trees they needed for their tools, homes, furniture, fences, and fuel. For all these reasons, most of the early Illinois settlers remained in the southern part of the state, where they built homes and farms near the trees that grew along the many creek and river bottoms. The development of heavy prairie plows and improved access to wood and other supplies through new shipping routes encouraged even more farmers to head out into the vast northern prairie lands of Illinois. By 1840, the center of population in Illinois had shifted decisively to the north, and the once insignificant hamlet of Chicago rapidly became a bustling city. The four giant prairie counties of northern Illinois, which were the last to be settled, boasted population densities of 18 people per square mile. Increasingly recognized as one of the nation's most fertile agricultural areas, the vast emptiness of the Illinois prairie was eagerly conquered by both pioneers and plows. The Railroad and Great Lakes made Chicago a significant center of transportation.
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/dec03.html
    1826-Birthday of Union General George McClellan, born in Philadelphia. Although McClellan emerged early in the war as a Union hero, he failed to effectively prosecute the war in the East. McClellan graduated from West Point in 1846, second in his class. He served with distinction in the Mexican War under General Winfield Scott, and continued in the military until 1857. After retiring from the service, McClellan served as president of the Illinois Central Railroad, where he became acquainted with Abraham Lincoln, who was then an attorney for the company. When the war began, McClellan was appointed major general in charge of the Ohio volunteers. In 1861, he command Union forces in western Virginia, where his reputation grew as the Yankees won many small battles and secured control of the region. Although many historians have argued that it was McClellan's subordinates who deserved most of the credit, McClellan was elevated to commander of the main Union army in the east, the Army of the Potomac, following that army's humiliating defeat at the First Battle of Bull Run. 1979-. McClellan was beloved by his soldiers but was arrogant and contemptuous of Lincoln and the Republican leaders in Congress. A staunch Democrat, he was opposed to attacking the institution of slavery as a war measure. While his work as an administrator earned high marks, his weakness was revealed when he took the field with his army in the spring of 1862. He lost to Robert E. Lee during the Seven Days' battles, and as a field commander he was sluggish, hesitant, and timid. President Lincoln then moved most of McClellan's command to John Pope, but Pope was beaten badly by Lee at the Second Battle of Bull Run. When Lee invaded Maryland in September 1862, Lincoln restored McClellan's command. McClellan pursued Lee into western Maryland, and on September 17 the two armies fought to a standstill along Antietam Creek. Heavy loses forced Lee to return to Virginia, providing McClellan with a nominal victory. Shortly after the battle, Lincoln declared the Emancipation Proclamation, which converted the war into a crusade against slavery, a measure bitterly criticized by McClellan. The general's failure to pursue Lee into Virginia led Lincoln to order McClellan's permanent removal in November. The Democrats nominated McClellan for president in 1864. He ran against his old boss, but managed to garner only 21 of 233 electoral votes. After the war, he served as governor of New Jersey. He died on October 29, 1885, in Orange, New Jersey.
    1828-Andrew Jackson was elected seventh president of the United States. Jackson, a senator from Tennessee until his nomination, received 647,231 popular votes and 178 electoral votes against 509,097 popular votes and 83 electoral votes for John Quincy Adams, candidate of the National Republican Party. John C. Calhoun was reelected vice president, receiving 171 electoral votes. Martin Van Buren of New York swung the election on the understanding that he would continue to exercise power in the state through the spoils system. Jackson was reelected in 1832. by 687,502 popular votes and 219 electoral votes, against 530,189 popular votes and 49 electoral votes for Henry Clay. Martin Van Buren was elected vice-president.
    1833- the first college to enroll women and men on equal terms was Oberlin Collegiate Institute, Oberlin, OH, with 44 students, 29 men and 15 women. March 21, 1930, the name of the school was changed to Oberlin College. It was the first school to advocate the abolition of slavery and to accept African-American men and women on equal terms with white students.
    1842- Phoebe Apperson Hearst birthday - renowned philanthropist whose contributions - based on her husband's gold and silver mining fortune - put a lot of the gold in the reputation of California. Her donations to the University of California that she served as a regent from 1897 to her death in 1919 helped make it a major institution. She endowed nurseries and kindergartens, helped rebuild many institutions after the San Francisco earthquake/fire, and later her financial aid to numerous archaeological expeditions carried the stipulation that the finds go to the UC and thus came about the University Museum. Later she endowed UC's department of anthropology. She also set up the first refuge for redwood trees. When her husband George was appointed to the U.S. senate, she turned her philanthropy to that area's institutions and was, among other things, a major contributor to the National Cathedral and the restoration of Mount Vernon. Her son was William Randolph Hearst, the newspaper publisher. She died April 13,1919, a victim of the worldwide influenza epidemic of 1918-1919.
http://www.hearstcastle.org/history/phoebe_hearst.asp
http://www.pleasantonweekly.com/morgue/2001/2001_04_13.phoebe13.html
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=2345
    1847-Frederick Douglass, along with Martin R Delaney, start The North Start, an anti-slavery paper.
http://www.famousamericans.net/frederickdouglass/
http://www.us-civilwar.com/douglass.htm
http://www.lib.rochester.edu/rbk/douglass/thompson.stm
http://itech.fgcu.edu/faculty/wohlpart/alra/douglass.htm
http://www.jameslandrith.com/freebies/fdouglass.html
        1864- Salmon P. Chase was appointed chief justice of the Supreme Court. His most significant achievements came when he held the office of secretary of the treasury under Lincoln. He was partly responsible for saving the country from financial ruin with the Legal Tender Act, which he sponsored in 1862. The act allowed 150,000,000 greenbacks to be issued. The phrase “In God We Trust” was put on national coins by order of Chase.     1868- Trial of Jefferson Davis starts; first blacks on US trial jury. He refused to honor the trial and sat in jail for two years. Horace Greely, democratic candidate for President of the United States, 1872. Founder and editor of the New York Tribune, became advocateof universal amnesty for Confederates, and in May 1867 offered bail for Jefferson Davis. He was pardoned by President Johnson under the influence of Southern Democrats who had swung the electoral vote in an alleged backroom deal. Some other “trivia,” Davis was the son-in-law of former president Zachary Taylor (who was prepared to hold the Union together by armed force rather than by compromise) and US Secretary of War (53-57).
(see Horace Greely:http://politicalgraveyard.com/bio/graybill-greely.html)
http://www.ngeorgia.com/people/davisj.html
http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/presidents/zt12.html
    1878- Settlers arrive at Petach Tikvah Israel from various parts of the world, including America.
    1879-Thomas Edison said he could invent a safe electric light bulb. Although electric arc lights had existed for more than ten years, their high intensity made them a fire hazard Financiers, including J.P. Morgan and the Vanderbilt family, took Edison at his word and established the Edison Electric Light Company later that year. After more than a year of experiments, Edison and his young assistant, Francis Upton, finally developed a carbon filament that would burn in a vacuum in a glass bulb for forty hours. They demonstrated the light bulb to their backers on Dec. 3, 1879, and by the end of the month, were exhibiting the invention to the public. On December 31, 1879, the Pennsylvania Railroad ran special trains to Edison's Menlo Park laboratory to let the public witness a demonstration of the invention.
    1892- Harriet Stratemeyer Adams birthday, claimed to be the author of all 55 of the Nancy Drew mysteries and most of the Hardy Boys and Toms Swift Jr., series as well as numerous books in the Bobbsey Twins and other books in the Stratemeyer publishing empire. Took over the organization in 1930 when her father died. Most of the books were ghosted by writers she hired, but the fable that she both created the series and write the stories still lives on.
http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/authors/Harriet_Stratemeyer_Adams.htm
http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/yw/2002/03/30/stories/2002033000130300.htm
    1896-Hermann Hollerith incorporated the Tabulating Machine Company. At age twenty-nine, Hollerith, who had worked at the Census Bureau in 1880, won a competition to develop the most efficient counting system for the 1890 census. His tabulating machine counted punched cards, inspired by a card system developed by Joseph Jacquard of France to program patterns into textile looms. Through a series of mergers and reorganizations, the Tabulating Machine Company eventually became IBM.
    1897-Birthday of social artist William Gropper. Died 1977.
http://www.gropper.com/
http://www.artcyclopedia.com/artists/gropper_william.html
    1902- Birthday of Mitsuo Fuchida, the pilot who flew the lead plane in Japan's air attack on Pearl Harbor (12/7/1941). Following WWII, through representatives of the Pocket Testament League, Fuchida was converted to Christianity in 1950.
    1902-Birthday of clarinet player Joe “Brother Cornbread” Thomas, New Orleans, LA
http://jazz-band.net/band.php?id=8d057992joethom4fe214b32a67f640d
    1903-Birthday of trombone player Brad Gowans , Billerica, MA,
    1907-singer Connie Boswell birthday, perhaps best known as part of the Boswell Sisters singing group. After her sisters married, she continued as a solo performing mostly from a wheelchair. She'd been a victim of polio as a child and then had a fall that aggravated the situation. She played a number of instruments and was a gifted arranger.
http://www.otrcat.com/connieboswell.htm
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/guides/guide-display/-/
2GC0M8R0CLCO5/104-3191958-8595946

    1919-Birthday of piano player/composer Herbie Nichols, New York City, NY,died 1963.
http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/damonshort/nichols.htm
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/193008000X/inktomi-
bkasin-20/002-5410374-3716044

    1922-The first movie in Technicolor that was considered released for commercial purpose plus was “really successful” was “ The Toll of the Sea,” released this day at the Rialto Theater, New York City. The process was developed by Dr. Herbert Thomas Kalmus, president and general manager of the Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation form its inception until 1959.
    1922-Birthday of Joseph Edward “Joe” Collins, baseball player born at Stanton, PA. As a first baseman for the New York Yankees, Collins played in seven World Series. He hit tow home runs off Don Newcome in Game 1of the 1955 series (I was there and remember it, too). August 30, 1989.
    1925 - The first jazz concerto for piano and orchestra was presented at Carnegie Hall in NYC. Commissioned by Walter Damrosch, American composer George Gershwin presented "Concerto In F", and was also the featured soloist playing a flugelhorn in a slow, bluesy style as one of his numbers.
    1929-Birthday of sax/clarinet player Clarence Ford, New Orleans, LA
http://www.artistdirect.com/music/artist/card/0,,431599,00.html
http://www.rasputinmusic.com/albumpage.cfm?sku_num=7464663392
    1929-Birthday of trombone player Fred Assunto , New Orleans, played with the Dukes of Dixieland
http://www.jazzbymail.com/artists/dod.html
    1929- Showing extreme optimism, if not foresight, President Herbert Hoover declared to Congress that the nation had shaken off the impact of the recent stock market crash and regained its faith in the economy. “Happy Days Were Here Again,” he tried to make his theme song( Ironically, it became FDR’s theme song, along with “Brother Can You Spare a Dim.” ). The Teapot Dome scandal and trial under undermined his leadership, but it was his lack of understanding the economy that did him in. In the 1930, he called a special session of Congress to take up tariff revisions, which he had promised in his presidential campaign the previous fall. Hoover primarily wanted to have tariff rates raised on agricultural products. By the time it was over, the Smooth-Hawley Act also included some of the highest rates in history on manufactured products. Hoover signed the act into law on June 17 despite the fact that on May 4 a petition singed by 1028 economists had been sent to Washington urging defeat of the proposed legislation. Within two years, 25 nations retaliated by raising duties on US Goods. The economic nationalism triggered by this legislation had been blamed for deepening the worldwide depression. A report in 1931 recommended repealing the anti-probation law, however, Hoover opposed it. In the 1932 election, Hoover received a popular vote of 15,761,841 with 59 electoral votes to Roosevelt’s 22,821,857 and 472 electoral vote. The democrats also gained 13 senate seats and 90 house seats.
http://www.utu.fi/hum/historia/yh/scarry/USDocuments/HappyDays.htm
    1930-Birthday of singer Andy Williams, born Walt Lake, IA. Platinum album: Love Story, 13 gold albums.
http://www.andywilliams.com/
    1931 -- Unemployment in American reaches 13.5 million — almost 1/3 of the American work force. In Los Angeles alone, shelters give asylum to over 200,000 persons. Many choose instead to hit the road — another 200,000 become freight car migrants on the Missouri Pacific Line. Severe drought hits the midwestern and southern plains. As the crops die, the 'black blizzards" begin. Dust from the over-plowed and over-grazed land begins to blow.
    1932-Birthday of singer/actress Jaye P. Morgan, ( Mary Morgan )New York, NY, 1932.
http://us.imdb.com/Name?Morgan,+Jaye+P.
http://www.darkpeak.freeserve.co.uk/forfemmes/page43.html
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0000036LU/
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    1932-Birthday of trumpet player Webster Young, Columbia, SC
http://www.fantasyjazz.com/catalog/young_w_cat.html
    1942- Frank Sinatra’s first solo engagement, Paramount Theater, New York City.
    1945--*HENRY, ROBERT T. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Army, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. Place and date: Luchem, Germany, 3 December 1944. Entered service at: Greenville, Miss. Birth: Greenville, Miss. G.O. No.: 45, 12 June 1945. Citation: Near Luchem, Germany, he volunteered to attempt the destruction of a nest of 5 enemy machineguns located in a bunker 150 yards to the flank which had stopped the advance of his platoon. Stripping off his pack, overshoes, helmet, and overcoat, he sprinted alone with his rifle and hand grenades across the open terrain toward the enemy emplacement. Before he had gone half the distance he was hit by a burst of machinegun fire. Dropping his rifle, he continued to stagger forward until he fell mortally wounded only 10 yards from the enemy emplacement. His single-handed attack forced the enemy to leave the machineguns. During this break in hostile fire the platoon moved forward and overran the position. Pvt. Henry, by his gallantry and intrepidity and utter disregard for his own life, enabled his company to reach its objective, capturing this key defense and 70 German prisoners.
    1946 -- General Strike in Oakland, California. 100,000 workers from 142 AFL unions — including workers from factories, industries, services, retail stores, transportation systems and more — declare a "work holiday" and walked off their jobs. The three-day General Strike of more than 130,000 workers in Alameda County (Oakland) CA, opposed police brutality and supported striking Oakland department store workers. It lasted until city and labor leaders settled on a compromise agreement, returning workers to their jobs on Dec. 5. In following months, the populist Oakland Voters League brought together progressive factions in the city to elect four out of five labor candidates to the city council.
    1947 -- Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, opens today at New York's Ethel Barrymore Theater and runs for 855 performances. Jessica Tandy, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, & Karl Malden star.
    1948—Top Hits
Buttons and Bows - Dinah Shore
On a Slow Boat to China - The Kay Kaiser Orchestra (vocal: Harry Babbitt & Gloria Wood
You Were Only Fooling - Kay Starr
One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart) - Jimmy Wakely
    1950 — Los Angeles wide receiver Tom Fears celebrates his 27th birthday by making an NFL record 18 receptions for 189 yards and two touchdowns in the Rams' 51-14 victory over Green Bay.
    1950--PAGE, JOHN U. D. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, X Corps Artillery, while attached to the 52d Transportation Truck Battalion. Place and date: Near Chosin Reservoir, Korea, 29 November to 10 December 1950. Entered service at: St. Paul, Minn. Born: 8 February 1904, Malahi Island, Luzon, Philippine Islands. G.O. No.: 21, 25 April 1957. Citation: Lt. Col. Page, a member of X Corps Artillery, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action above and beyond the call of duty in a series of exploits. On 29 November, Lt. Col. Page left X Corps Headquarters at Hamhung with the mission of establishing traffic control on the main supply route to 1st Marine Division positions and those of some Army elements on the Chosin Reservoir plateau. Having completed his mission Lt. Col. Page was free to return to the safety of Hamhung but chose to remain on the plateau to aid an isolated signal station, thus being cut off with elements of the marine division. After rescuing his jeep driver by breaking up an ambush near a destroyed bridge Lt. Col. Page reached the lines of a surrounded marine garrison at Koto-ri. He then voluntarily developed and trained a reserve force of assorted army troops trapped with the marines. By exemplary leadership and tireless devotion he made an effective tactical unit available. In order that casualties might be evacuated, an airstrip was improvised on frozen ground partly outside of the Koto-ri defense perimeter which was continually under enemy attack. During 2 such attacks, Lt. Col. Page exposed himself on the airstrip to direct fire on the enemy, and twice mounted the rear deck of a tank, manning the machine gun on the turret to drive the enemy back into a no man's land. On 3 December while being flown low over enemy lines in a light observation plane, Lt. Col. Page dropped hand grenades on Chinese positions and sprayed foxholes with automatic fire from his carbine. After 10 days of constant fighting the marine and army units in the vicinity of the Chosin Reservoir had succeeded in gathering at the edge of the plateau and Lt. Col. Page was flown to Hamhung to arrange for artillery support of the beleaguered troops attempting to break out. Again Lt. Col. Page refused an opportunity to remain in safety and returned to give every assistance to his comrades. As the column slowly moved south Lt. Col. Page joined the rear guard. When it neared the entrance to a narrow pass it came under frequent attacks on both flanks. Mounting an abandoned tank Lt. Col. Page manned the machine gun, braved heavy return fire, and covered the passing vehicles until the danger diminished. Later when another attack threatened his section of the convoy, then in the middle of the pass, Lt. Col. Page took a machine gun to the hillside and delivered effective counterfire, remaining exposed while men and vehicles passed through the ambuscade. On the night of 10 December the convoy reached the bottom of the pass but was halted by a strong enemy force at the front and on both flanks. Deadly small-arms fire poured into the column. Realizing the danger to the column as it lay motionless, Lt. Col. Page fought his way to the head of the column and plunged forward into the heart of the hostile position. His intrepid action so surprised the enemy that their ranks became disordered and suffered heavy casualties. Heedless of his safety, as he had been throughout the preceding 10 days, Lt. Col. Page remained forward, fiercely engaging the enemy single-handed until mortally wounded. By his valiant and aggressive spirit Lt. Col. Page enabled friendly forces to stand off the enemy. His outstanding courage, unswerving devotion to duty, and supreme self-sacrifice reflect great credit upon Lt. Col. Page and are in the highest tradition of the military service.
    1951- Paul Harvey begins his national radio broadcast.
http://www.paulharvey.com/
http://www.610wtvn.com/staff/paulharvey/
http://www.klmj.com/harvey.htm
    1953-President Eisenhower criticizes McCarthy for saying communists are in Republican party.
    1953 - "Kismet" opened on Broadway in New York. The show ran for 583 performances.
    1955 - Elvis Presley’s first release on RCA Victor Records was announced. No, it wasn’t "Hound Dog" or "Heartbreak Hotel". The first two sides were actually purchased from Sam Phillips of Sun Records: "Mystery Train" and "I Forgot to Remember to Forget". Elvis was described by his new record company as “The most talked about personality in recorded music in the last 10 years.”
    1956- Wilt Chamberlain's 1st collegiate basketball game (scores 52).
http://www.nba.com/history/chamberlain_bio.html
    1956—Top Hits
Singing the Blues - Guy Mitchell
Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino
True Love - Bing Crosby & Grace Kelly
Singing the Blues - Marty Robbins
    1960 - "Camelot" opened at the Majestic Theatre in New York City. Richard Burton and Julie Andrews played the leading roles in the musical written by Lerner and Loewe. Robert Goulet also got rave reviews. "Camelot" had a run of 873 performances. Broadway went Hollywood in the 1967 film version of "Camelot". Its run was not quite as successful.
    1962- Roger Hilsman, director of the State Department Bureau of Intelligence and Research, sends a memorandum to Secretary of State Dean Rusk pointing out that the communist Viet Cong fighters are obviously prepared for a long struggle. Hilsman felt that a noncommunist coup against Diem "could occur at any time," and would seriously disrupt or reverse counterinsurgency momentum. As it turned out, Hilsman was eventually proven correct. On November 1, 1963, dissident South Vietnamese generals led a coup resulting in the murder of Diem. His death marked the end of civilian authority and political stability in South Vietnam. The succession of military juntas, coups, and attempted coups in 1964 and early 1965 weakened the government severely and disrupted the momentum of the counterinsurgency effort against the Viet Cong. While the administration had accurate intelligence reports, they ignored them as Lyndon B. Johnson feared being perceived as weak against communist expansion in the far east.
    1964- Police arrests 733 sit-in students at University of California at Berkeley ( I helped cover this for KFRC radio, San Francisco, stringing also for UPI audio/AP.
http://www.fsmitha.com/h2/ch28.htm
    1964—Top Hits
Leader of the Pack - The Shangri-Las
She’s Not There - The Zombies
Mr. Lonely - Bobby Vinton
Once a Day - Connie Smith
    1965-Birthday of Olympic gold medal figure skater Katrina Witt, born Karl-Marx-Stadt, East Germany.
    1966--At a time when the airwaves and record charts where dominated by Rock and Roll, a most unusual song called "Winchester Cathedral" by The New Vaudeville Band became the number one tune in the US.
    1967- Dr. Christian Bernard, a South African surgeon, performed the world's first successful heart transplantation at Cape Town, South Africa.
    1968--HOLCOMB, JOHN NOBLE Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company D, 2d Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. Place and date: Near Quan Loi, Republic of Vietnam, 3 December 1968. Entered service at: Corvallis, Oregon. Born: 11 June 1946, Baker, Oregon. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Holcomb distinguished himself while serving as a squad leader in Company D during a combat assault mission. Sgt. Holcomb's company assault had landed by helicopter and deployed into a hasty defensive position to organize for a reconnaissance-in-force mission when it was attacked from 3 sides by an estimated battalion-size enemy force. Sgt. Holcomb's squad was directly in the path of the main enemy attack. With complete disregard for the heavy fire, Sgt. Holcomb moved among his men giving encouragement and directing fire on the assaulting enemy. When his machine gunner was knocked out, Sgt. Holcomb seized the weapon, ran to a forward edge of the position, and placed withering fire on the enemy. His gallant actions caused the enemy to withdraw. Sgt. Holcomb treated and carried his wounded to a position of safety and reorganized his defensive sector despite a raging grass fire ignited by the incoming enemy mortar and rocket rounds. When the enemy assaulted the position a second time, Sgt. Holcomb again manned the forward machine gun, devastating the enemy attack and forcing the enemy to again break contact and withdraw. During the enemy withdrawal an enemy rocket hit Sgt. Holcomb's position, destroying his machine gun and severely wounding him. Despite his painful wounds, Sgt. Holcomb crawled through the grass fire and exploding mortar and rocket rounds to move the members of his squad, everyone of whom had been wounded, to more secure positions. Although grievously wounded and sustained solely by his indomitable will and courage, Sgt. Holcomb as the last surviving leader of his platoon organized his men to repel the enemy, crawled to the platoon radio and reported the third enemy assault on his position. His report brought friendly supporting fires on the charging enemy and broke the enemy attack. Sgt. Holcomb's inspiring leadership, fighting spirit, in action at the cost of his life were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
    1969 -- John Lennon is offered role of Jesus Christ in "Jesus Christ Superstar."
    1971-The Montreaux Casino caught fire and burned during a show by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. The incident was later immortalized by Deep Purple's 1973 hit, "Smoke on the Water". (some stupid with a flare gun, burned the place to the ground...")
    1972—Top Hits
Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone - The Temptations
I Am Woman - Helen Reddy
If You Don’t Know Me by Now - Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes
She’s Too Good to Be True - Charley Pride
    1977--After eight straight weeks at the top of the Cashbox Magazine Best Sellers chart, Debby Boone's "You Light Up My Life" finally gives way to "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" by Crystal Gayle.
    1977 - After 29 weeks in the #1 position on the album charts (a record, literally...), "Rumours", by Fleetwood Mac, was replaced at the top spot by the album "Simple Dreams", sung by Linda Ronstadt.
    1979- Nearly a dozen young people are killed at concert of the rock band The Who in Cincinnati, Ohio. Eleven victims were trampled to death during a stampede for seats at the Riverfront Coliseum. The band was not informed of the deaths until after the show.
    1980—Top Hits
Woman in Love - Barbra Streisand
Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
He’s So Shy - Pointer Sisters
If You Ever Change Your Mind - Crystal Gayle
    1984 - Miss America 1971, Phyllis George, wife of the Governor of Kentucky and an heiress to the Kentucky Fried Chicken fortune, signed a multiyear contract with CBS-TV. Her work as co-anchor of the "CBS Morning News" began in January 1985.
    1986 - Bobby Knight led the Indiana Hoosiers past Notre Dame 67-62. For only the second time in his 22-year basketball-coaching career, Knight relied on a zone defense. He also threatened to throw 20 chairs onto the floor to trip Fighting Irish players, so maybe that had something to do with it, too.
    1988—Top Hits
Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird Medley (Free Baby) - Will To Power
Look Away - Chicago
How Can I Fail? - Breathe
I Know How He Feels - Reba McEntire
    1989 - Heavy snow and high winds created blizzard conditions in northern New England. Snowfall totals in Maine ranged up to 31 inches, at Limestone. Presque Isle ME reported a record 30 inches of snow in 24 hours, along with wind gusts to 46 mph.
    1994 - "On Bended Knee", by Boyz II Men, hit number one on the "Billboard" "Hot 100". The smash was #1, off and on, thru January 1995.
    2001- Although Enron has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the corporation is current on its payments and plans to keep the company's name on Astros' new ballpark, according to Astro officials.. The downtown stadium will stay Enron Field as long as Enron continues to exist and makes regular payments on its 30-year, $100 million commitment they stated.

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When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.

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When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don't give up though the pace seems slow-
You might succeed with one last blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to be to a faltering man.
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor's cup.
And he learned too late, when night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out.
The silver lining to the clouds of doubt-
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It may appear when it seems afar;
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