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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

"The Memory Shock"--Great Christmas/Holiday Gift
 by Barry Reitman
  Correction: This Day in American History
   Ralph Mango/Kit Menkin
    Classified Ads---Collections
 $2,100 Raised to Date
  Leasing News Salvation Army Kettle
   Story Credit Lessors--Updated
  New Hires—Promotions
   Classified Ads---Help Wanted
    Bank of America Added 3 Million Mobile Customers
     Dropped 300 Branches This Year
      By Philip Ryan,
  ELFA Releases New Resources to Help Businesses
   Take Advantage of the Benefits of Equipment Finance
     -Classified ads—
 Inside Llewyn Davis/Old boy
  The Wolverine/The World's End/ Hannah Arendt
   Film/DVD Reviews by Fernando Croce
    Pit Bull Terrier
     New York, New York Adopt-a-Dog
News Briefs---
Solar Leasing Explosion In California (Chart)
 Vehicle Leasing Levels Believed to Have Hit 2013 High & Could Rise More
  Canada: Commercial and industrial machinery and equipment rental and
   leasing, 2012
   FASB, IASB to Tackle Lease Issues in January
    SunTrust to sell business
     TCF Bank to close 37 Jewel branches
      World Bank chief says Fed can reduce taper risk with communication
       Asiana Crash Pilot Set Throttle He Didn’t Understand to Idle
        New York City Launches Nation's Largest Free Public Wi-Fi Network
         Gender pay gap closing among younger workers
     Will smart devices become "geniuses"?
    VCs — Not “Shark Tank” — Give DoorBot $1M for Caller ID for the Doorbell
   Sixteen strange Christmas traditions from around the world

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Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months (Be Careful of Doing Business)

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"The Memory Shock"--Great Christmas/Holiday Gift
by Barry Reitman

$17.96 at Amazon; Kindle Edition: $4.99

A lecturer on memory with a list of clients including the NYPD Police Academy, Barry Reitman has made his living for over 30 years as an equipment leasing broker, as well as being very active in National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers (NAELB).

In reading his new book on improving your memory, it was both entertaining and informative--- but make no mistake, this is no game or trick. It is divided into several levels, with the reader deciding which to reach for, or to re-read and study. I found it to be learning a new way of "thinking," of opening the existing memory, the attic as Sherlock Holmes called it, and bringing this out of storage.

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Correction: This Day in American History
Ralph Mango/Kit Menkin

The headline was not in the first day issue of Leasing News.
Readers may have missed this article, as well as Bobby Troup. Editor


Bobby Troup, singer and song writer

Ralph Mango and I have been up-dating and "cleaning up" past posting of "Day in American History" for the specific news edition. This feature actually started over 30 years ago, originally using history books, and was sent out with a personally signed individual birthday card to American Leasing clients, friends, and vendors using the day of the person's birthday. It then saluted jazz musicians, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, contemporary singers and events.

It was incorporated into Leasing News, something I would work on Saturdays, listening to the music, and up-dating when the date of the news edition hit the same month and day of the one already created.

Being a history buff, it was fun to do. For several years, a specific item of the day was also chosen, but as other features appeared such as "Snapple Real Fact"
"On Line Newspapers"
"Charlie Chan Sayings"
it was dropped just as the features noted here (and others).

"This Day in American History" continues with another American History buff and now our proof reader; having fun trying to improve it.

The link is noted in the masthead list and the current "day" after the news briefs.

Kit Menkin

This Day in American History


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Story Credit Lessors--Updated

These companies specialize in "C" and "D" credits, often new businesses, or businesses where the principal(s) have Beacon score around 600 or have had previous difficulties. To become comfortable with the credit and financial situation, you need to learn the "story" to make a positive decision, often requiring further security, shorter term, or additional guarantors. Many of these companies may also have programs for “A” and “B” rated companies, but their specialty is not being a “cookie cutter” and often require full financial statements and tax returns as well as a “story about the company, its history, goals, circumstances” to fully understand the full financial picture.

Also listed below the dollar amounts are companies that who are known for accepting "subprime leasing." The difference is not the circumstances that a story tells, but a credit that has just not been running his business efficiently.

To qualify for this list, the company must be a funder (as qualified by Leasing News and on the “Funder List” …and not a "Broker/Lessor" or "Super Broker/Lessor", along with an acceptable Better Business Bureau Rating and no history of complaints at Leasing News, as well as notifying lessees in advance when the lease will end and what the residual will be, specifically not automating extra lease payments, or insisting their discounter follow the same policy. We reserve the right to not list a company who does not meet these qualifications.

Leasing News encourages companies who are listed to contact us for any change or addition they would like to make. Leasing News encourages these firms to add further information as an "attachment" or clarification of what they have to offer.

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Advantage Funding
Agility Ventures
Allegiant Partners Incorporated
American Leasefund, Inc. 
Bankers Capital 
Black Rock Capital
BSB Leasing, Inc 

Calfund, LLC
Cobra Capital LLC
Dakota Financial
Financial Pacific Leasing
Forum Financial Services, Inc.
Gonor Funding
Harris Leasing Company 
Maxim Commercial Capital, LLC 
Mesa Leasing
National Machine Tool Financial 

Northwest Leasing Company, Inc. 
Pawnee Leasing Corporation
P&L Capital Corporation 
Standard Professional Services, LLC
Summit Leasing, Inc.
TEAM Funding Solutions


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New Hires—Promotions

Rachele Barnes hired as Transaction Coordinator at Talmer Bank and Trust Sterling Heights, Michigan. Previously she was a sales representative for Liberty Mutual Insurance (September-December, 2013). She joined Macquarie Equipment Finance May, 2012 as a lender relations specialist, promoted to lease analyst, then July, 2012 promoted to client manager.

Michael Childers promoted to Vice President Equipment Finance at Simmons First National Bank, Little Rock, Arkansas. He joined the firm April, 2013. Previously he was vice president, leasing, Bank of the Ozarks (August, 2004-April, 2013). Education: University of Arkansas at Little Rock: Bachelor's degree, Accounting (1992 – 1999); Lakeside.

George Garrod named Business Development Representative at Utica Leasco, LLC., Bloomingdale, Illinois. Previously he was business development officer, GemCap (November, 2012-December, 2013); independent financial transactions broker (September-October, 2012); senior development manager, Quad-C Funding, LLC (October, 2011-September, 2013); business development officer, Poreter Capital Corporation (May-October, 2011), Midwest marketing manager, Crossroads Financial, LLC (August, 2010-May, 2011); vice president, business development, Textron Financial (January-October, 2008); marketing, Business Alliance Capital (2005-2006).Education: Northern Illinois University, MBA, 1985; North Central College, BA, Business (1966 – 1970).

Dan Greene hired as financial solutions specialist, Presidio, Larchmont, New York. Previously he was national accounts manager, Macquarie Equipment Finance (April, 2010-September, 2011); vice president, account manager, GE Commercial Finance-Healthcare Financial Services (HFS) (August, 2004-April, 2010; regional sales specialist, Fusion Sales Partners (January, 2002-August, 2004); senior manager business development-tax, KPMG (June, 1999-July, 2002); assistant vice president, Citigroup, Citicorp Global Equipment Finance (June, 1997-June, 1999), senior district manager, Citigroup, Citicorp Global Equipment Finance (June, 1995-June, 1997), regional manager, LINC Anthem Corporation (June, 1993-June, 1995); regional account manager, GE Medical Systems (June, 1990-June, 1993). Education: The University of Chicago, Bachelor of Arts, Biological Sciences (1982 – 1986). Also completed degree requirements for Behavioral Sciences.

Steven Katz to lead the new Lender Finance Group of RBS Citizens Business Capital. He will be based in Stamford, Connecticut. He retired as senior field examiner, AVP, for Wells Fargo Capital Finance, joining the firm November, 1998. Previously he was auditor, Congress Financial Corp. (1993-1998); controller, Anorad (1979-1993). Education: New York University - Leonard N. Stern School of Business, BS, Finance (1963 – 1965), New York University - Leonard N. Stern School of Business, BS, Finance (1960 – 1965).

Christopher E. Kerz named Senior Vice President of Sales for GSG End User Finance, GSG Financial LLC., Brooklyn, New York. Primarily responsible for supporting in-footprint equipment leasing in Northern California, NV, NY, Nashville and Atlanta for City National Bank. (May, 2006-April, 2013); vice-president, National City Bank (2005-2006); senior district sales manager, Key Bank Leasing (1996-2004); senior district manager, GE Capital (1993-1997); senior district sales manager, US Leasing (1986-1992). Education: University of Chicago, Finance (1976 – 1977),Illinois Wesleyan University BA, Biology & Chemistry (1968 – 1972).

Angela Lane named vendor funding team supervisor at Direct Capital Corporation, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She joined the firm August, 2004 and previous position was senior funding manager. Prior she was billing and accounting specialist, Coastal Automated Process (2004-2008). Education: Southern New Hampshire University, Bachelor's degree, Accounting and Finance.

Robert Lotstein promoted to director, business development, Baytree National Bank & Trust, CO., based Montville, New Jersey. He joined the firm September, 2013. Previously he was director of business development, Univest Capital (August, 2012-August, 2013); president, Centurion Financial Services, LLC (January, 2010-August, 2012). Volunteer, Professional Services Group of Morris County (2009-May, 2010), director of leasing, OCE Financial Services (January, 2008-November, 2009); managing director, Sterling Bank Leasing (March, 2002-January, 2008); vice president, Federal Leasing Corporation (January, 1991-January, 1997). Education: Temple University, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science.

Ryan Murphy promoted to vice president, Wells Fargo Equipment Finance; Oregon and Northern California. He joined Wells Fargo Equipment Finance in 2007. Previously he was district manager, The CIT Group/Equipment Finance (1984-2008), district manager, Safeco Credit (1996-1997). Education: University of Oregon, BS, Finance (1981 – 1984), Activities and Societies: Football, 1981, Lane Community College, AA, General (1978 – 981).

Jefferson Peters named business banking leasing manager for Key Equipment Finance, Superior, Colorado; based in Portland, Oregon. Previously he was president, JWP Capital, LLC (June, 2009-December, 2013); regional sales manager, FirstCorp (October, 1997-July, 2009) .Education: University of Oregon - Charles H. Lundquist College of Business, BS, Business Administration.

Diana Sadler joined Wells Fargo Equipment Finance October, 2013, as vice president to cover the eastern half of U.S. and Canada; based in Ohio. Previously she was v.p., syndication manager, JP Morgan Chase Ban, N.A., Chase Equipment Finance (November, 1999-October, 2013) Columbus, Ohio area.

Jeff Schubert hired as Business Development Manager at Engs Commercial Finance, Alpharetta, Georgia. Previously he was regional leasing manager, Element Financial Corp. formerly CoActiv Capital Partners (July, 2012-September, 2013); president/owner, American Bank Leasing Corp. (July, 2002-June, 2012); executive vice president/owner, Bulldog Asset Management (November, 2007-June, 2011); vice president, division manager, American Equipment Leasing (January, 2000-July, 2001); vice president, syndications manager, Lease Plan USA (July, 1995-December,2000); He joined Eastman Kodak Company in 1981: Office Imaging Sales Manager: Atlanta, GA; Director, Field Support: Rochester, NY; Sales Development Coordinator: Rochester, NY District Leasing Manager: Tampa, FL; District Credit Supervisor: Atlanta, GA; Marketing Representative: New York, NY, and January, 1992 was named regional leasing manager (January, 1992-July, 1995). Education: Boston University - School of Management, BSBA, Concentration in Marketing (1977 – 1981), Graduated Magna Cum Laude; University of Lancaster (UK), Junior Year Abroad Program, Marketing (1979 –1980).

David Sexton promoted to vendor sales\operations manager at Balboa Capital, Irvine, California. He joined the firm September, 2013. Previously he was operations manager, Freight Capital (June, 2011-September, 2013), district sales manager, Wells Fargo (October, 1988-February, 2011).Education: University of Iowa - Henry B. Tippie College of Business, Bachelors, Finance, (1983 – 1987).

Bob Sommers promoted to vice president sales, Robinson Humphrey Equipment Finance Group - Vice President Sales, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. He joined the equipment finance group March, 2013. Previously he was vice president sales, aviation finance group, People's Capital & Leasing Corp. (January, 2011-March, 2013); regional sales manager, TD Equipment Finance (July, 2008-January, 2011): sales director, Wachovia Equipment Finance (August, 23001-July, 2008), vice president sales, Summit Ban, Equipment Finance (1998-2001), regional manager, CIT Group (November, 1988-2001); vice president, Bank of America (1998-2000).Certifications: FINRA Series (7) General Securities License, License CRD # 5822029 (December 2010 – Present). Education: Ursinus College, Accounting (1985 – 1987), Temple University Bachelor's, Economics - Cum Laude (1978 – 1982). Father Judge (1972 – 1976).

Mike Sweeney promoted to Chief Originations Officer, Technology Group EverBank Commercial Finance, Parsippany, New Jersey. He joined US Express Leasing, March, 2004, which was purchased by Evergreen Bank. Prior he was president and CEO, Coronet Funding (February, 1998-March, 2004); national sales manager healthcare vendor finance, Newcourt Credit Corp (September,1989-Marhc, 1998), v.p. capital markets, Anchor Financial Corp. (July, 1996-September, 1989); district manager, Manufacturers Hanover Leasing corp. (1981-1986). Education: The University of Connecticut MBA, Finance (1976 – 1978); Long Island University, BA, Business (1972 – 1976).


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Bank of America Added 3 Million Mobile Customers
Dropped 300 Branches This Year
By Philip Ryan,

Bank of America is more mobile than ever

BofA CEO Brian Moynihan, speaking at the 2013 Goldman Sachs Financial Services Conference in New York today, laid out some specific numbers that give a window into technology initiatives at the bank, and they are making the bank more mobile.

The bank is seeing strong growth in mobile transactions and a decline in transactions at branches — no surprise. Here are some of the numbers Moynihan laid out:

In the past year banking center transactions have declined 11%; ATM, online and mobile transactions have grown 5% over the same period;

  • More than $750 million invested “over the last few years” to mobile and online platforms;

  • 14 million active mobile customers, up from 11 last year — 7,000 new users a day;

  • $11.5 billion in revenue transactions a month, 60% higher year-over-year; and

  • 8% of all Bank of America checks, or a total of 13 million checks, deposited by remote deposit capture (RDC).

Moynihan described the RDC activity in this way: “It’s a major change in activity. This application has only been around a year so far and the activity rate of change is faster than any technology we’ve brought to the industry. All this gives us a chance to reduce the physical banking center presence and build a concentrated network that can serve the customers better.”

A Bank of America spokesperson said the bank had 5,243 branches in last quarter, down nearly 300 from 5,540 at the end of the same quarter in 2012.





ELFA Releases New Resources to Help Businesses
Take Advantage of the Benefits of Equipment Finance

Sharing Encouraged

ELFA is encouraging users to share the video, toolkit and infographic with business contacts, friends and others, with full permission. Users are encouraged to share the tools on social media channels and via email, and post them on websites and blogs. Instructions and ideas are provided at:

  • Video:

  • Toolkit:

  • Infographic: www.EquipmentFinanceAdvantage

WASHINGTON, D.C– The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) has released three new resources to help businesses take advantage of the benefits of equipment finance. The multimedia resources—a video, a digital toolkit and an infographic—highlight how companies of all types and sizes can use leasing and financing to their strategic advantage to acquire the equipment they need to operate and grow.

The new tools are available on ELFA’s Equipment Finance Advantage website at

  • Video: How Equipment Finance Equips Business for Success - What makes America go? What makes America grow? At businesses nationwide, it’s access to equipment, and businesses are using leasing and financing to acquire the equipment that helps America thrive, according to this new two-minute video, available at

  • Digital Toolkit: Equipment Finance Advantage - How can businesses make the best possible equipment financing decisions? What does a business need to know before entering an equipment financing agreement? This easy-to-read, 12-page digital brochure answers these and many other questions about acquiring equipment, at

  • Infographic: The Road to Equipment Finance - This new infographic offers a quick and engaging snapshot of equipment financing. It gives readers a visual explanation of how equipment finance equips businesses for success, at

William Sutton, CAE, ELFA President/CEO

“There’s a reason 7 out of 10 companies lease or finance their equipment—it makes good business sense,” said ELFA President and CEO William G. Sutton, CAE. “We are pleased to present a new video, toolkit and infographic to answer questions companies may have about acquiring equipment and to help them get started on the road to equipment finance. As all three resources point out, equipment finance is not only a smart and flexible equipment solution for businesses, it’s also an engine for U.S. economic growth, fostering innovation, supporting manufacturing and creating jobs.”

About ELFA
The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) is the trade association that represents companies in the $827 billion equipment finance sector, which includes financial services companies and manufacturers engaged in financing capital goods. ELFA members are the driving force behind the growth in the commercial equipment finance market and contribute to capital formation in the U.S. and abroad. Its 580 members include independent and captive leasing and finance companies, banks, financial services corporations, broker/packagers and investment banks, as well as manufacturers and service providers. For more information, please visit




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Fernando's View
By Fernando F. Croc

A great comedy-drama ("Inside Llewyn Davis") and a fast and furious thriller ("Oldboy") come to theaters, while DVD releases range from superhero blockbusters ("The Wolverine") to wild comedies ("The World's End") to thoughful biopics ("Hannah Arendt").

In Theaters:

Inside Llewyn Davis (CBS Films): Comprising one of the most unique voices now working in American cinema, the fraternal filmmaking team Joel and Ethan Coen have come up with one of their most graceful efforts in this bittersweet comedy-drama, set in the early 1960s. The title protagonist, Llewyn Davis (played, in a revelatory performance, by Oscar Isaac) is a young folk singer struggling for a spot in the hip Greenwich Village scene. As winter approaches, he takes his guitar on the road in search of fame, leading to evocative encounters with a former girlfriend (Carey Mulligan), a famed records manager (F. Murray Abraham), and a bellicose stranger (John Goodman). With plenty of the Coens' trademark brand of eccentric humor, this is a look at life's many cruel detours and one of the year's greatest releases.

Oldboy (Film District): Best known for his urgent social tracts ("Do the Right Thing," "Malcolm X"), director Spike Lee deftly switches to commercial genre cinema with this rousing thriller. A remake of the acclaimed Korean 2003 movie of the same name, the plot is a twisty, nightmarish maze in which Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin) finds himself, kidnapped and kept prisoner for years with no explanation. Released just as suddenly and mysteriously, Joe becomes obsessed with piecing together a revenge plan against those who wronged him. For that, he befriends a young woman named Marie (Elizabeth Olsen) and crosses paths with a shadowy manipulator known as Chaney (a gleefully over-the-top turn by Samuel L. Jackson). To give away more would be spoiling the wicked surprises in Lee's fast-paced, brutally entertaining film.

Netflix Tip: With the sudden death of Paul Walker (1973-2013), American movies have lost a dependable, unpretentiously solid leading man. In honor of this talent gone far too early, check out Netflix for some of his best roles, ranging from the "Fast and the Furious" series and "Joy Ride" (2001) to "Running Scared" (2006) and "Flags of Our Fathers" (2006).


The Wolverine (Fox): A considerable improvement over the turgid "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," this latest chapter in the cinematic saga of the comic-book hero is a satisfying action blockbuster. Hugh Jackman returns as Wolverine, the robust, claw-wielding mutant, this time stranded in Japan as he tries to honor a vow to nonviolence in the face of increasing danger. It isn't long, however, before he's summoned away from his peaceful sanctuary to Tokyo, where he becomes involved in a brutal feud between families that pushes his powers to their limits. Dramatic director James Mangold ("Walk the Line") is an unusual choice for this saga, yet he does an outstanding job at keeping the thrills coming while also burrowing into the protagonist's brutish psyche. In a season full of brainless spectacle, this is a welcome mix of the rousing and the thoughtful.

The World's End (Universal): Nearly a decade after they made a splash with the cult favorite "Shaun of the Dead," director Edgar Wright and actors Simon Pegg and Nick Front are up to more apocalyptic fun with this hugely entertaining horror-comedy. Pegg and Frost star as Gary and Andy, part of a gang of friends determined to recreate an epic drinking marathon from their younger days. Rushing from pub to pub, they relive old memories while raucously aiming for the famed World's End tavern. It's not long, however, before they notice something awfully peculiar about the town dwellers. Can it be that their nostalgic bender will become a fight for humanity itself? Overflowing with jokes and action, this is one of the year’s most surprising and rollicking releases.

Hannah Arendt (Zeitgeist): A distinguished German director who's been crafting incisive portrayals of female characters for nearly forty years, Margarethe von Trotta turns her inquisitive gaze toward another controversial figure in this excellent drama. Best known for coining the phrase "the banality of evil," Hannah Arendt (portrayed by Barbara Sukowa) was a German Jew who fled Nazi Germany and passed through Vichy France before finding becoming in the 1950s a teacher and writer for The New Yorker. When she covers the trial of a Nazi war criminal and publishes an article challenging established notions about the war, however, she's met with a storm of criticism that threatens both her professional and personal life. Don't miss von Trotta's illuminating historical drama, anchored by superb performances by Sukowa and Janet McTeer. With subtitles.

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Solar Leasing Explosion In California (Chart)

Vehicle Leasing Levels Believed to Have Hit 2013 High, Could Rise Even More

Canada: Commercial/industrial machinery and equipment rental and leasing, 2012

FASB, IASB to Tackle Lease Issues in January

SunTrust to sell business

TCF Bank to close 37 Jewel branches,0,4529992.story

World Bank chief says Fed can reduce taper risk with communication,0,17059.story?track=rss#axzz2nDf5gQ1Y

Asiana Crash Pilot Set Throttle He Didn’t Understand to Idle

New York City Launches Nation's Largest Free Public Wi-Fi Networ

Gender pay gap closing among younger workers

Will smart devices become "geniuses"?

VCs — Not “Shark Tank” — Give DoorBot $1M for Caller ID for the Doorbell

16 strange Christmas traditions from around the world


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Football Poem

        American Football Poem(s)

Boomer Sooner, Boomer Sooner,
Boomer Sooner, Boomer Sooner,
Boomer Sooner, Boomer Sooner,
Boomer Sooner, O-K-U.

Oklahoma, Oklahoma,
Oklahoma, Oklahoma,
Oklahoma, Oklahoma,
Oklahoma, O-K-U.

I'm a Sooner born and a Sooner bred
And when I die I'll be a Sooner dead!
Rah Oklahoma, Rah Oklahoma,
Rah Oklahoma, O-K-U!

Arthur M. Alden, a student of history and 
physiology and the son of a Norman
jeweler, wrote the lyrics to the Oklahoma's 
"Boomer Sooner" in 1905. He borrowed the 
tune from Yale University's "Boola Boola,"
but improvised the words. A year later, an 
addition was made to the song that was 
roughly based on North Carolina 's "Tarheels are Great." 
The combination of these two forms Oklahoma's battle 
song as Sooners know it today.

[First Verse]
From the hillsides, from the prairies,
Comes a song that never wearies
Loyalty that never varies.
Oklahoma, hail!

Ivied walls and stately towers,
Campus fair 'neath sun or showers,
All the love we bear thee flowers
And will never fail.

Shout the chorus loudly
Bear the emblem proudly
Army vast, we march at last
And lift our voices stoutly.

On we march for Alma Mater,
On we march nor ever falter
Singing loud, each son and daughter,
Oklahoma, hail!

[Second Verse]
From thy gracious font of learning,
We will quench our thirst so burning
Kindly Mother to thee turning.
Oklahoma, hail!

Wisdom brought from out the ages,
Truth of saints and laws of sages
Ours to take from glitt'ring pages,
Never growing stale.


"Oklahoma Hail!" is the original Oklahoma alma 
mater song. Louise B. Adams wrote the words and 
R. H. Richards arranged the tune, which is a Welsh air
called "Men of Harlech." It was performed as early as 1928.

The most famous---Oklahoma!!!

Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin' down the plain
And the wavin' wheat can sure smell sweet
When the wind comes right behind the rain.
Oklahoma, ev'ry night my honey lamb and I
Sit alone and talk and watch a hawk
Makin' lazy circles in the sky.

We know we belong to the land
And the land we belong to is grand!
And when we say
Yeeow! A-yip-i-o-ee-ay!

We're only sayin'
You're doin' fine, Oklahoma!
Oklahoma O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A

To create the musical Oklahoma!, Rodgers and Hammerstein added lyrics, music and dance to a play written by Lynn Riggs, who was a native of Claremore, Oklahoma and an O.U. graduate. The title song of the  revolutionary musical was adopted by the State of Oklahoma as its official song and anthem on May 6th, 1953.



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1712- The South Carolina colony passed a "Sunday Law" requiring "all...persons whatsoever" to attend church each Sunday, to refrain from skilled labor, and to do no traveling by horse or wagon beyond the necessary. Infractions of this law were met with a 10 shilling fine and/or a two-hour lockup in the village stocks.
     1745- Birthday of John Jay, American statesman, diplomat and first chief justice of the US Supreme Court (1789-95); co-author (with Alexander Hamilton and James Madison) of the influential “Federalist” papers. Born New York, NY. Died at Bedford, NY, May 17, 1829.
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    1753 - George Washington, the adjutant of Virginia, delivered an ultimatum to the French forces at Fort Le Boeuf, south of Lake Erie, reiterating Britain’s claim to the entire Ohio River valley. Washington (22) was sent by Gov. Robert Dinwiddie to warn the French soldiers that they were trespassing on English territory.
    1770 - The British soldiers responsible for the “Boston Massacre” were acquitted on murder charges.
    1787- Pennsylvania became the second state to ratify the US Constitution, by a vote of 46 to 23. One of the original 13 colonies, Pennsylvania is geographically located in the keystone position in relation to the other 12 colonies, earning the nickname, the Keystone State. The state capital is Harrisburg, a city almost midway between Pennsylvania’s two most well-known cites, Pittsburgh in Western Pennsylvania and Philadelphia in the east. Philadelphia is also where the first Continental Congress met and where the Declaration of Independence was signed. Not so famous is the state bird, the ruffed grouse and the state flower, the mountain laurel.
    1790- the first Catholic Bible printed in English was a 900-page quarto printed by Carey, Stewart and Company, Philadelphia. It was issued in 49-page sections every Saturday. It was based on the New Testament published in 1582 in Reims, France, and the Old Testament published in Douai, Flanders, in 1609.
    1799 - Two days before his death, George Washington composed his last letter, to Alexander Hamilton, his aide-de-camp during the Revolution and later his Secretary of the Treasury. In the letter he urged Hamilton to work for the establishment of a national military academy. Washington wrote that letter at the end of a long, cold day of snow, sleet and rain that he had spent out-of-doors. He remained outside for more than five hours, according to his secretary, Tobias Lear, and he did not change out of his wet clothes or dry his hair when he returned home. When he became ill, the doctors bled him five times while his condition became worse, as that was thought to be the best cure at that time.
    1805- birthday of William Lloyd Garrison, American anti-slavery leader, poet, and journalist, born at Newburyport, MA. Garrison died at New York, NY, May 24, 1879.
    1805-Birthday of Henry Wells, one of the fathers of speed-conscious delivery and banking services. Born in Thetford, Vermont, Wells cut his teeth working as an agent for Harden’s Express in upstate New York. Clearly taken with the express transport business, Wells set up his own shop, Livingston Wells and Pomeroy’s Express, which ferried "goods, valuables, and species" between Buffalo and Albany. By 1844, Wells sensed that it was time to push his business west of Buffalo, and he joined forces with William Fargo and Daniel Dunning to start Wells and Company, which would service terrain beyond the upper reaches of New York. While this was all fairly ambitious maneuvering, the 1850s saw Wells make an even stronger move to conquer the express market. First, in 1850, ever ambitious, he merged his two concerns into the American Express Company, which initially covered California and the Eastern seaboard (it later stretched to serve Latin America). Then, in 1852, he linked up with Fargo again to form Wells, Fargo and Company, a joint-stock venture that served as a holding company for the Wells Fargo Bank. Along with bankrolling business ventures, Wells used his ever-swelling fortune to aid the plight of chronic stutterers, as well as to establish Wells Seminary (now Wells College) for women.
    1806- birthday of Stand Watie, born at Rome Georgia, and died there September 9, 1871. Cherokee chief who, by signing the treaty of New Echota, surrendered his people’s land in Georgia, forcing relocation to Oklahoma. Though three other signers were murdered, Watie escaped and went onto initiate the first volunteer Cherokee regiment for the Confederates in the Civil War. Promoted to brigadier general, he was active in destroying property of other Native Americans who supported the Union. He never gave up.
    1835-- Sarah Brown Ingersoll Cooper, director and superintendent of the Gold Gate Kindergarten Association, which incorporated nearly 4,000 pupils in the pioneer learning experience.
   1862- Naval Engagement at Yazoo River, MS (USS CAIRO torpedoed)
   1870- Joseph Hayne Rainey of Georgetown, SC, was sworn in as the first black to serve in the US House of Representatives. Rainey filled the seat of Benjamin Franklin Whittemore, which had been declared vacant by the House. He served until March 3, 1879.
    1870- Rachel Crothers birthday - U.S., playwright, director, and producer. She triumphed on Broadway with 34 of the 38 plays she wrote in her lifetime, usually doing everything from writing to casting to directing to producing on her way to becoming a legend.
    1882 - Portland, OR, was drenched with 7.66 inches of rain, a record 24 hour total for that location. (12th-13th)
    1899- African-American George F. Grant of Boston, Massachusetts obtained a patent for his invention, the golf tee. It was a wooden tee with a tapering base portion and a flexible tubular concave shoulder to hold the golf ball. As a side note, Grant was the first African-American to graduate from Harvard University.
    1901 - Italian physicist and radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi succeeds in sending the first radio transmission across the Atlantic Ocean, disproving detractors who told him that the curvature of the earth would limit transmission to 200 miles or less. The message--simply the Morse-code signal for the letter "s"--traveled more than 2,000 miles from Poldhu in Cornwall, England, to Newfoundland, Canada.
    1906 - Oscar Straus, 1st Jewish cabinet member, was appointed Secretary of Commerce by Theodore Roosevelt. 1850–1926, b. Rhenish Bavaria, graduated Columbia University (B.A., 1871; LL.B., 1873); was a diplomat and author. He practiced law in New York City until 1881 and then went into business with his brothers. He was minister to Turkey (1887–89) under President Grover Cleveland and again (1898–1900) under William McKinley and was ambassador to Turkey (1909–10) under William H. Taft. He was appointed (1902) to the Permanent Court of Arbitration (the Hague Tribunal) and was (1906–9) Secretary of Commerce and Labor under Theodore Roosevelt. He was candidate for Governor of New York on the Progressive party ticket in 1912. He wrote several books, including Roger Williams (1894), The American Spirit (1913), and Under Four Administrations (1922).
    1912- birthday of Henry Armstrong, boxer, born Henry Jackson, Jr., at Columbus, Mississippi. Armstrong was the first boxer to hold three world titles simultaneously. He won the featherweight title on October 29, 1937, the welterweight title on May 31, 1938, and the lightweight title three months later. Died at Los Angeles, CA, Oct. 22, 1988.
    1915- Frank Sinatra born at Hoboken, NJ. While the websites give more history, briefly, Frank Sinatra matured from a teen idol to the premiere singer of American popular music. Known as the “Chairman of the Board” to his fans, he made more than 200 albums. His signature songs included “ All the Way,” “ New York, New York,” and “My Way.” His film career included musicals (“On the Town” and “Pal Joey”) and two gritty films for which won Oscar nominations, “From Here to Eternity” and “The Man with the Golden Arm.” One of his many movies is making a revival with stars of the day instead of his “rat pack,” “Oceans Eleven” and sequels “Oceans Twelve” and “Oceans Thirteen”. He died May 14, 1998, at Los Angeles, CA. “ Put Your Dreams Away for Another Day.”
    1917 - December 12, Father Edward Flanagan opened Boys Town west of Omaha, Nebraska, as a farm village for wayward boys, and since 1979, for girls too. In 1938, Spencer Tracy played Father Flanagan in "Boys Town ", winning an Oscar.
    1918 - Birthday of jazz great Joe Williams, born Cordele, GA. The album that turned me onto jazz in the early 1950’s when it came out, “Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings,” is still wonderful today.
    1925- the first motel opened, called the Motel Inn, San Luis Obispo, California. Arthur S. Heineman was the architect. The building featured a sign with flashing lights that alternated the letters H and M preceding the letters otel to spell “Hotel” and “ Motel” It had accommodations for 160 guests, and individual chalets with garage, bathroom, and telephone. It was designed for motorists to be a “drive-up” hotel.
    1929-Jazz pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi born Darien, Manchuria.
    1938- Connie Francis birthday –Beach blanket favorite. Her first big single in the 50s was "Who's Sorry Now." She had a dozen hit singles and albums including "Where the Boys Are", “Lipstick on Your Collar”, “Stupid Cupid”, “Eddie, My Darling”, and “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool.”
    1941---*ELROD, HENRY TALMAGE Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 27 September 1905, Rebecca, Ga. Entered service at: Ashburn, Ga. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while attached to Marine Fighting Squadron 211, during action against enemy Japanese land, surface and aerial units at Wake Island, 8 to 23 December 1941. Engaging vastly superior forces of enemy bombers and warships on 9 and 12 December, Capt. Elrod shot down 2 of a flight of 22 hostile planes and, executing repeated bombing and strafing runs at extremely low altitude and close range, succeeded in inflicting deadly damage upon a large Japanese vessel, thereby sinking the first major warship to be destroyed by small caliber bombs delivered from a fighter-type aircraft. When his plane was disabled by hostile fire and no other ships were operative, Capt. Elrod assumed command of 1 flank of the line set up in defiance of the enemy landing and, conducting a brilliant defense, enabled his men to hold their positions and repulse intense hostile fusillades to provide covering fire for unarmed ammunition carriers. Capturing an automatic weapon during 1 enemy rush in force, he gave his own firearm to 1 of his men and fought on vigorously against the Japanese. Responsible in a large measure for the strength of his sector's gallant resistance, on 23 December, Capt. Elrod led his men with bold aggressiveness until he fell, mortally wounded. His superb skill as a pilot, daring leadership and unswerving devotion to duty distinguished him among the defenders of Wake Island, and his valiant conduct reflects the highest credit upon himself and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
    1946- UN accepts 6 Manhattan blocks as a gift from John D Rockefeller Jr
    1949---Top Hits
Mule Train - Frankie Laine
I Can Dream, Can’t I? - The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal: Jack Leonard)
Don’t Cry, Joe - The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (vocal: Betty Brewer)
Mule Train - Tennessee Ernie Ford
    1952 -Peter J. McGovern becomes the president of the Little League replacing Charles Durban who resigned due to ill health. The league which started in 1939 with two leagues has now grown to over 2,000 leagues in 50 states and international sites.
    1955 - The largest philanthropic act in the world was announced by the Ford Foundation which gave $500,000,000 to private hospitals, colleges and medical schools.
    1955-- Bill Haley and His Comets record "See You Later Alligator"
    1957---Top Hits
Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
Raunchy - Bill Justis
Peggy Sue - Buddy Holly
My Special Angel - Bobby Helms
    1959 - At 22 years and 104 days of age, Bruce McLaren became the youngest driver to win a Grand Prix race as he earned first place at Sebring, Florida.
   1959--After being overtaken as the best-selling record in the US for a couple of weeks, Bobby Darin's "Mack The Knife" returned to the top spot on the Cashbox chart. It is a feat that has seldom been duplicated.
    1961 - Former big band singer (with Kay Kyser) Mike Douglas began a variety TV show from Cleveland. The show became most successful when KYW-TV moved from Cleveland to Philadelphia. Then, when the Douglas show left Philly for Hollywood, it folded. All things considered, it was a successful syndication effort, nationally, for Westinghouse Productions.
    1962---Birthday of Tracey Ann Austin, tennis player, who, at 16, became the youngest person to win the U.S. Open. Won her second open in 1981 just before an injury cut short her career.
    1963 - "John Fitzgerald Kennedy - A Memorial Album" became the fastest-selling record of all time when 4 million copies of the disk, each selling for 99 cents, were sold in six days -- between December 7-12. The memorial tribute was recorded November 22, the day President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.
    1963- Frank Sinatra Jr., 19, returned after being kidnapped. He was taken blindfolded from his hotel room, driven through a blizzard in the Sierra
Nevadas to a hideout in Canoga Park, Southern California. The kidnappers demanded communication via payphone. During one conversation, Frank Sr. ran out of money and was disconnected. Fearing never seeing his son again, Frank Sr. decided to carry a roll of dimes with him at all times (payphones at this time cost 10 cents). This tradition lasted the rest of his life. Sinatra was released two days later after his father paid the $240,000 (about $1,832,000 in 2013 dollars)[5][6] ransom demanded by the kidnappers. Barry Keenan, Johnny Irwin, and Joe Amsler were soon captured, prosecuted, convicted, and sentenced to long prison terms for kidnapping, of which they served only small portions (mastermind Keenan was later adjudged to have been legally insane at the time of the crime and hence not legally responsible for his actions). Ironically the kidnapping while Sinatra was filming “Robin and the 7 Hoods.” His son was with him. Frank Jr. hardly saw his father, who was constantly on the road either performing or working in films.
    1964--Bobby Vinton scores his fourth Billboard chart topper with "Mr. Lonely". It was a song that Bobby co-wrote and had added to his Greatest Hits album as a filler, but the track was quickly released as a single when it started to get airplay.
    1964--The Righteous Brothers song "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" is released.
    1965---Top Hits
Turn! Turn! Turn! - The Byrds
Let’s Hang On! - The 4 Seasons
I Got You (I Feel Good) - James Brown
Make the World Go Away - Eddy Arnold
    1965- Gale Sayers of the Chicago Bears tied an NFL record by scoring six touchdowns in the Bears’ 61-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers. Sayers rushed for four scores, caught an 80-yard touchdown pass, and returned a punt 85 yards.
    1965-US Supreme Court votes 4-3, allowing Braves to move to Atlanta. Earlier, the Braves' move to Atlanta was halted by a court order, forcing a lame duck season in Milwaukee. The Braves led the league with 196 homers. In 1966, The Braves and Pirates debuted Major League Baseball's first season in Atlanta on April 12, with Pittsburgh winning, 3-2, in 13 innings. Atlanta was fifth in its initial season, but Hank Aaron hit 44 homers and had 127 RBI to lead the league.
    1969 - The worst tornado of record for western Washington State tracked south of Seattle, traveling five miles, from Des Moines to Kent. The tornado, 50 to 200 yards in width, began as a waterspout over Puget Sound. One person was injured and the tornado caused half a million dollars damage.
    1970-- Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' "Tears of a Clown" hits #1
    1970--Stephen Stills releases "Love The One You're With"
    1971- left wing Bobby Hull of the Chicago Blackhawks got the 1,000th point of his NHL career, an assist in the first period of a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota North Stars. Hull finished his career with 1,170 points and entered the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983.
    1973---Top Hits
Top of the World - Carpenters
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
The Love I Lost - Harol Melvin & The Bluenotes
The Most Beautiful Girl - Charlie Rich
    1980 - Oil tycoon Armand Hammer bought a notebook of writings by Leonardo da Vinci for $5.28 million at auction in London. It was the highest price ever paid for a manuscript. It was 36 pages long and dated back to 1508.
    1980 - The U.S. Congress amended the Copyright Act in 1980 to explicitly recognize that computer programs were protected as literary works.
    1980-- Marie Osmond's solo variety series, Marie, premieres on NBC.
    1981---Top Hits
Physical - Olivia Newton-John
Waiting for a Girl like You - Foreigner
Every Little Thing She Does is Magic - The Police
Still Doin’ Time - George Jones
    1982- “The Great Snowplow Play.” The New England Patriots defeated the Miami Dolphins, 3-0, in a driving snowstorm at Foxboro Stadium. The winning points came on a late field goal by John Smith, kicked after a snowplow came onto the field and cleared a spot for Smith and his holder. According to Kimberlee R. Coleman’s husband, the person who cleared the field was a state prisoner out on a work furlough. The Miami Dolphins believe they are robbed in the snowplow game by a 24-year-old man who is serving a 15-year sentence for robbing a house and is now on a work release program from the prison. Late in the fourth quarter, the New England Patriots are preparing to break a scoreless tie with a field goal when coach Ron Meyer waves Mark Henderson onto the field at Foxboro Stadium. Henderson fires up his yellow John Deere (Model 314) and heads for the Miami 23-yard line. Despite screams of protest from the Dolphins, Henderson runs a terrific sweep with his tractor-driven snowplow and clears the area for kicker John Smith. Smith kicks a 33-yard field goal with 4:40 left. After the Patriots' 3-0 victory, livid Dolphins coach Don Shula says, "The officials shouldn't have let it happen." Henderson says, "I figured, 'What's the most they could do? Put me in jail?' "
    1983 – NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown, considered by many to be the greatest of all NFL running backs, showed up in "Sports Illustrated" again. This time, he was not on the cover as in September, 1960, but inside the magazine -- a record span of more than 23 years between spreads, as they say in the publishing biz.
    1984 - The group known as Band Aid -- 38 of Britain’s top rock musicians -- recorded "Do They Know This is Christmas?" for Ethiopian famine victims. Despite the best of intentions, much of the food raised never got to the starving Ethiopians. In fact, much of it was found rotting on docks, not fit for human consumption. More than a Band-Aid was needed to fix that political mess.
    1985--- On her 45th birthday, Dionne Warwick is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
    1986 - James ‘Bonecrusher’ Smith became the first college graduate to win the world heavyweight boxing crown. “If I only had a bwain...,” he said, as he beat the brains out of Tim Witherspoon so badly, poor Tim couldn’t count to ten. “One, duh. Eight. Six. Duh. I’m out.”
    1986 - The LA Lakers beat the Boston Celtics, 117-110, to become the first visiting team to win at the old Boston Garden since December, 1985 -- a streak of 48 straight wins for the Celtics.
    1988 - Cold arctic air spread from the Great Lakes Region to the Appalachian Region. Twenty-five cities, mostly in the northeastern U.S., reported record low temperatures for the date. The low of 12 degrees below zero at Albany NY was their coldest reading of record for so early in the season. Saranac Lake NY was the cold spot in the nation with a low of 28 degrees below zero.
   1989---Top Hits
We Didn’t Start the Fire - Billy Joel
Another Day in Paradise - Phil Collins
Don’t Know Much - Linda Ronstadt (featuring Aaron Neville)
If Tomorrow Never Comes - Garth Brooks
    1989 - A winter storm produced snow from northern Mississippi to the Middle Atlantic Coast, with 10.5 inches reported at Powhatan VA. Heavy snow whitened the Black Hills of South Dakota, with 36 inches reported at Deer Mountain. Thirteen cities in the north central U.S., from Minnesota to Texas, reported record low temperatures for the date, including Duluth MN and Yankton SD with morning lows of 22 degrees below zero.
    1992 - The soundtrack from the movie "The Bodyguard" was the #1 album in the U.S. A smash, as they say, it was number one for twenty weeks. The track listing: "I Will Always Love You", "I Have Nothing", "I’m Every Woman", "Run to You", "Queen of the Night", "Jesus Loves Me", all by Whitney Houston; "Even If My Heart Would Break", by Kenny G & Aaron Neville; "Someday (I’m Coming Back)", by Lisa Stansfield; "It’s Gonna Be a Lovely Day", by The S.O.U.L S.Y.S.T.E.M.; "Peace, Love And Understanding (What's So Funny ’Bout)", by Curtis Stigers; "Theme from The Bodyguard", by Alan Silvestri; and "Trust in Me", by Joe Cocker featuring Sass Jordan.
    1994- IBM said it would halt shipments of Pentium computers because of a flaw in the Pentium chip. The November 7 issue of Electrical Engineering Times announced the "floating point" bug in the Pentium chip, which could produce mathematical errors. Intel officials admitted they had known about the flaw for some time but thought it so unlikely to cause problems that they did not disclose the problem, thereby creating an uproar among computer users. Intel said it would replace flawed chips only if users showed they engaged in computer work that might be affected by the error. Consumers attacked Intel for its position, and later, the company agreed to replace any chips that were returned. Ironically, six months later, only about three percent of customers had requested a replacement chip.
    1995 - The International Olympic Committee announced that NBC had successfully bid a record $2.3 billion for the exclusive U.S. TV (broadcast and cable) rights to the 2004 and 2008 Summer Games and the 2006 Winter Games. $894 million is for the 2008 games alone. And the deal calls for a 50-50 revenue sharing program with the IOC.
    1995 - A severe coastal storm is blamed for five deaths and loss of power to over one million people in Oregon and Washington. Winds at Sea Lion Caves near Florence topped out at 119 mph before problems developed with the anemometer. In Newport, a gust of 107 mph occurred downtown, while Astoria and Cape Blanco also had gusts of over 100 mph. Astoria's air pressure dropped as low as 28.53 inches, an all-time record (and comparable to the central pressure of a Category 2 hurricane!). Gusts in the Willamette Valley exceeded 60 mph.
    2001: The state of Nevada declares today “Frank Sinatra Day.”
    2003---Mick Jagger was knighted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. Jagger's 92 year-old father was in attendance to see his son receive the award.
    2008 - A significant ice storm wreaked havoc across New York and New England on December 12, disrupting electricity and leaving over 1 million homes and businesses without power. New Hampshire alone had as many as 320,000 residents without power, which according to reports it was described as the worst outages in 30 years (Reuters). Four fatalities were reported and parts of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Maine declared a state of emergency
    2011--Barry Manilow entered a Los Angeles hospital to have ripped abductor muscles repaired on both hips. He was quoted as saying, "That's what you get when you jump around to ‘Copacabana’" for 30 years!"



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