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Classified Ads---Credit

    KPMG Tax Shelter Probe Widens

        Lessors Network Invites PBS Frontline

            ELA Mike Fleming to Hold News Conference

                Bob Baker not listed this year

                    Friday—Odds and Ends

                Synovus Quarterly Cash Dividend Increase

            Merrill  Business Aviation Finance Team

        News Briefs---

    Sports Briefs---

California Nuts Brief---

    “Gimme that Wine”

This Day in American History



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We pay up to 60% of gross margin +residuals !! Contact Michael Wagner @
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Classified Ads---Credit




Credit: Atlanta, GA. VP Credit/Operations/Sr. Credit Officer. 15yrs exp. in equipment leasing. Strong financial analysis and management skills. Experience developing and maintaining profitable customer/vendor relationships.


Credit: Atlanta, GA.

Senior Credit Officer in middle-market equip. finance, vendor, 3rd party, specialty, flow credit to the fortune 1000. Team builder, originations capable, strong work ethic, ability to multi-task.



Credit: Atlanta, GA.

10 yrs experience in credit/collections/recovery/documentation in the leasing industry. P&L responsibility, team builder & strong portfolio mgnt skills.



Credit: Boston Ma.

Challenging position where my skills, professional experience, organization, leadership, strategic thinking, creativity, energy, passion, competitive nature will enable me to define opportunities and personal development. Email:


Credit: Corona, CA.

VP credit Consumer Credit prime/sub prime Auto lending/leasing/mortgages. 20+yrs exp. If you are looking for someone to affect the bottom line I am that person. Will relocate.


Credit: Danbury, CT.

Skilled in team building, management & training. Seasoned credit, portfolio and risk management professional. Experienced in developing, implementing underwriting, portfolio management policies & procedures. email:


Credit/Documentation: Fort Lee NJ

3 Years Experience. Looking in NJ/NY. Email:


Credit: Long Beach, NY. Credit officer w/more

than 20 years of experience. Seeking position in which I can utilize my credit-collections, communication &management skills.



Credit: Los Angeles, CA

Over 15 years experience in Credit/Operations with Small Ticket and transactions up to $500,000.00. CLP, with excellent relationships with most major lenders.


Credit: Mill Valley, CA

Senior corporate officer with financial services credit background. M and A, fund raising and workout expertise.


Credit: New Jersey, NJ

Credit Analyst with 10+ years experience in small-ticket lending up to $500,000. Experience with both vendor-direct and with brokers. Email:


Credit: New York, NY

3+ years of leasing credit / contracts experience. Currently in the leasing industry and moving to NY! Exp. working at both funding source and broker. Email:



Credit: New York, NY.

V.P. Credit & Collections w/23 years exp.looking for a situation where I can utilize my varied & extensive knowledge of credit/ collections/risk-management & leasing.


Credit: New York, NY Credit officer with banking and leasing background; strong analytical and communication/PC skills with lending and portfolio management experience. Email:



Credit: San Francisco, CA. 10+ years Credit Analyst experience underwriting for a direct lessor, regional bank and vendor leasing company. Have CLP and will make decisions ( won't rely on a FICO score for enlightenment.) Email:


Credit Manager: Westlake, OH

7+ years Credit/Underwriting experience Comp lit. Please email me for copy of job description at



     full listing of all classified ads at:






KPMG Tax Shelter Probe Widens, Another Firm Enters the Picture - Presidio Advisory Services LLC, a

San Francisco-based company founded by two former KPMG partners, has been "informally" contacted by federal prosecutors looking into three of KPMG’s tax shelter strategies.


KPMG, one of the "Big Four" accounting firms, admitted last week that it is the subject of a federal probe "in connection with certain tax strategies," the Wall Street Journal reported.


The complex strategies in question, known by the acronyms FLIP, OPIS and BLIPS, were often sold to wealthy clients looking—in most cases—to offset large capital gains taxes after selling businesses, sources told the Journal.


Multiple firms were involved in the sale of the strategies, including banks Deutsche Bank AG and Wachovia Corp. and the law firm now known as Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP, the Journal reported, adding that none chose to comment as to whether they are targets of the investigation.


An attorney for Presidio, founded in the late 1990s, confirmed that the company has been contacted in relation to the investigation. "Presidio was contacted informally by the government," Steven Bauer, a lawyer representing the firm, told the Journal, adding that his client is cooperating.


KPMG also said it is cooperating and it has stopped selling the three strategies, which brought in $100 million in fees for the firm in the late 1990s, according to a report by a Senate subcommittee investigating tax shelters, the Journal reported. 






Lessors Network Invites PBS Frontline "Tax Me If You Can"

Correspondent, Hedrick Smith To Speak At March Event


ATLANTA, - (Lessors Network) - The Lessors Network has invited PBS Frontline


"Tax Me If You Can" correspondent, Hedrick Smith to join an elite group of equipment leasing professionals scheduled to meet at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Atlanta next month.


"There is no doubt Mr. Smith's position regarding the leasing industry's use of "illegitimate tax shelters" has created a national debate affecting our industry", John Semon, CEO of the Lessors Network commented. "Given we have an elite group of industry representatives meeting in Atlanta in just a few weeks, we felt our event might represent an excellent opportunity for Mr. Smith to share his position with out industry.


We hope Mr. Smith responds favorably to our invitation as we look forward to advancing this discussion."


About The Lessors Network


The Lessors Network is a sales & marketing network facilitating new business development opportunities within the corporate and municipal equipment leasing markets. Additional information can be viewed from their web site at



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800-836-7753 ext. 107

About the Company: A successful, well-respected broker, well-established family owned broker with outstanding funding capabilities. Located in Scottsdale, AZ.






ELA Mike Fleming to Hold News Conference


Responding the “lone voice” position on alleged leasing tax shelter abuses, Equipment Leasing Association President Michael Fleming has scheduled a news conference for March 1, Monday morning.





List of Billionaires—Bob Baker not listed this year




Friday—Odds and Ends


Leasing News has received many recent inquiries on those who want to enter the leasing sales business.  It perhaps is a good sign of the times. Many have done research on the internet, asking which of the “training schools” do we recommend.


Here is an edited response we gave to a gentleman from Minnesota would wanted to become a leasing broker:


Well, there are various schools, such as ......

You can read the books at

You can join a leasing association, get involved, attend conferences and make connections, learn from workshops, find sources to submit financial packages.


You can read information at:


You can visit the other associations:


The best think you can do is become a CLP, as that will then give funders more believability in what you submit to them.


           To understand more what the Certified Leasing Professional program provides, please go here:





 In the beginning, you will need to build up a volume and creditability to go direct, and most likely will have to work through another broker, often called a Super Broker, where you split fees.


I would study and become a CLP first, if you are serious.  It most likely will take you six months to start to understand the business and begin placing deals.  Taking one of the financial training school course will be a short cut and also they will help walk you through the transactions you attract and package.


The average “small, independent” broker makes $60,000 a year. After many years, some will do $80,000. There are those who after five years make over $100,000, but they work very hard.

There are those who make $250,000, plus, but compare them to the top quarterback of a professional football team.  American Leasing Express has one salesman who makes more than $2 million a year, I am told.  He is the Joe Montana of the leasing business.


A good salesman for a corporation will make more with benefits, but you are subject to being fired when you stop making sales or the company goes out of business. They also have many benefits, medical and other “sharing” plans; some even offer retirement, which is not that important when you are young, but as you get older, becomes more valuable, including medical benefits for your family.


One of the major leasing companies is in your area, US Bancorp Manifest, who have both a direct sales group, and a Broker Division, that supports brokers:


Those that own or run a leasing company make more than the salesman or broker.  Some retire very wealthy, and some just get old.


Give Manifest a call.  You may get lucky as they may find the time to talk to you. You will find the Manifest team very honest and sincere.  If you are lucky enough to arrange a personal interview, you have started your career.






   Classified Ads---


The “job wanted,” “outsourcing,” and “attorney” ads are free.  The one

requirement on all three: no more than 25 words.  In the attorney classified ads, the second requirement is membership is an equipment leasing association. This defines their interest and expertise.


Yes, we have turned down other attorneys who want to advertise.

Yes, we are surprised that more are not listed.

No, we do not allow “re-sellers” of equipment in the “outsourcing”

section.  When it got to be over fifty, we decided this group was

over taking all the “outsourcing” ads.


Every 45 days we contact all those who have placed an ad,

asking if they want to change the wording.  We have no time

limit.  Often employers will contact us earlier that an e-mail

is not working, and many contact us that they have found a job.

We have testimonials that we have been of help in all categories,

including an attorney, now several CFO’s, asset and credit managers,

documentation; all categories.


Each day we list a group of classified ads in the “daily” edition.

And at the top. Readers have suggested we put at the bottom, or else where, as they are not interested or find it annoying to have the

classified ads at the top.


It is done on purpose.  It will continue.  We have found people

jobs through our classified on line and on the web site  ( the

web site gets three times the amount of individual “viewers”

than our mailing list, by the way.


Help Wanted ads pay for our expenses, such as cartoons, legal

expenses, and yes, advertising.  We plan to advertise more this

year our selves.


Help Wanted is $400 for four lines, as defined by our lineage

count, plus $75 per line thereafter, for two weeks.  The “help

wanted” ad during the web site ad time at $50 per day.  The logo

is free and the description of the company is free.  Both are not

counted in the lineage fee.


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We are actively seeking experienced Account Executives as part of a significant growth initiative for 2004. Candidates must be self-motivated, hard working, and enjoy making some of the highest commission splits in the industry.

About the Company: Genesis Commercial Capital, LLC; 17910 Skypark Circle, Suite 105; Irvine, CA. 92614


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Synovus Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend Increase



COLUMBUS, Ga.----Synovus (NYSE:SNV)  announced a 5% increase in its quarterly cash dividend, from $0.1650 to $0.1733 per share. The cash dividend is payable on April 1, 2004, to Synovus shareholders of record as of March 19, 2004.


   "We have solid strategies in place for growing in our existing and new high growth markets, for broadening our customer relationships and for providing growth opportunities for our team members," said James H. Blanchard, Synovus CEO. "These strategies will continue to make Synovus a great place to do business and to work, thus creating increased value to our shareholders." 


   About Synovus(R) 


   Synovus (NYSE:SNV) is a diversified financial services holding company with more than $21 billion in assets based in Columbus, Ga. Synovus provides integrated financial services including banking, financial management, insurance, mortgage and leasing services through 41 affiliate banks and other Synovus offices in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee; and electronic payment processing through an 81-percent stake in TSYS (NYSE:TSS), the world's largest third-party processor of international payments. Synovus is No. 20 on FORTUNE magazine's list of "The 100 Best Companies To Work For" in 2004. See Synovus on the Web at


CONTACT:Synovus, Columbus Investor Relations Patrick A. Reynolds, 706-649-4973 or Media Relations Aimee E. Davis, 706-644-0528



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Merrill Lynch Capital Announces Formation of Business Aviation Finance Team


Rick Remiker, Managing Director, Merrill Lynch Capital, Equipment Finance Group, is pleased to announce the hiring of Joseph Dini as Vice President, Group Manager, of its newly formed Business Aviation Finance Team. Joining Joe are Richard Barret and Bradford “Ford” von Weise, as Vice Presidents, Senior Account Executives. The Business Aviation Finance Team serves as a strategic expansion of Merrill Lynch Capital’s Equipment Finance Group offering innovative and flexible business aviation financing and leasing solutions to all levels of corporate users and individuals throughout the U.S. The group focuses on transactions typically in the range of $5 million to $50 million.   With the foundation of this experienced and knowledgeable team, Merrill Lynch Capital is positioned to become a significant player in the business aviation finance industry.


Mr. Dini has over thirty-five years of business aviation experience most recently serving as Senior Vice President-Managing Director of Business Aviation Finance for GMAC. He is a member of the National Business Aviation Association, a past president and current board member of the National Aircraft Finance Association, has authored numerous aviation finance-related articles and has spoken at many aviation finance industry conferences. He is also an active pilot.


Mr. Barret is a twenty-five year veteran of the aviation finance industry having recently held the position of Senior Vice President in the Business Aviation Finance Group at GMAC. Mr. von Weise has approximately five years experience in the aviation finance industry and until recently was Vice President in the Business Aviation Finance group at GMAC. Both are active pilots.


Merrill Lynch Capital is a leading commercial finance business providing a broad range of structured financing solutions to private and public companies nationwide. Based in Chicago and with regional offices nationwide, Merrill Lynch Capital is focused on four major market segments – corporate finance, equipment finance, healthcare finance and real estate finance. Merrill Lynch Capital is affiliated with Merrill Lynch Bank USA.   


The Equipment Finance Group is a value-added equipment leasing organization that provides structured financing solutions to public and private corporations within the middle market. The group works directly with end users in a broad cross section of equipment types and industries. Transactions are generally between $10 million and $75 million with larger transactions accommodated through syndication.



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"Sr.Sales Exec. 5+yrs exp. 10-150K market. Current deal flow and superior closing skills a must. No geo. restrict./satellite office ok. Use our internal line/prefund ability, provides support you need to reach W2 goal. Our 16 years TIB stands alone."

About the Company: Balboa Capital. 2010 Main Street 11th Floor Irvine, CA. 92614


News Briefs---


30-year mortgage rates steady


Tyco Prosecutors Plan Rebuttal as Defense Rests



Grocery deal may be a done deal


Harry Potter author Rowling joins billionaire club


List of Billionaires—Bob Baker doesn’t make list this year-


Congratulations Latoya and Amy

(small world, we sat next to Latoya’s brother at the Left

Bank Restaurant, Santana Row, San Jose, and helped

him hand out flyers to promote his sister on American Idol)




Sports Briefs---


Niners release Hearst, Deese, Moran


Missed deadline nullifies Owens' escape clause


Report: Jets, Testaverde to part ways


NFL wants later times, dates



Woods survives close call to reach second round of Match Play


One of the best sports commentary of college football by Skip Bayless





California Nuts Brief---

Governor calls on Wall Street

Schwarzenegger, Buffett boost state bonds





 “Gimme that Wine”



US: Slight rise in Champagne imports in 2003





Turley v. Bryant Trial Begins With Testimony From Don Bryant,1145,2358,00.html


Domaine Charbay Offers ‘California’ Rum


Kosher Wines


Michelin Man Jolts French Food World





Seeking experienced Vendor Sales Manager to build world class small-ticket vendor sales team in Southern California.


   This Day in American History



===========Colonial Days=============

=========Westward Expansion=========

========Civil War—including pre and post==========

=========Gilded Age=========

=========World War I --pre and post=========


=========Post World War II=========









============Colonial Days==================

    1717 - What was perhaps the greatest snow in New England history commenced on this date. During a ten day period a series of four snowstorms dumped three feet of snow upon Boston, and the city was snowbound for two weeks. Up to six feet of snow was reported farther to the north, and drifts covered many one story homes.

    1728-Importation of rum in the colonies for this year amounted to 2,124,5000 gallons of liquor. Drinking was extremely heavy.  This printed doggerel gave one reason why people did not drink:

              There’s but one Reason I can Think

               Why People ever cease to drink,

                Sobriety the Cause is not,

                 Nor Fear of being deam’d a Sot,

                 But if Liquor can’t be got.

    1773-Christ Church in Alexandria, VA., was completed after six years of construction and a total cost of approximately $4070.  George Washington purchased a pew for himself and his family at a cost of about $100.   He also donated a handsome brass chandelier to the church.

    1792 -a heavy snowfall at Charleston, South Carolina caused the Ashley River Bridge to collapse.

=========Westward Expansion=========

     1807- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet and writer, born at Portland, ME. He is best remembered for his classic narrative poems, such as The Song of Hiawatha, Paul Revere's Ride and The Wreck of the Hesperus. The most popular 19th century American poet and first to earn a living solely from writing verse. His best-known narrative poem, The Song of Hiawatha (1855) adapted its meter from the Finnish national epic Kalevala. Died at Cambridge, MA, Mar 24, 1882.

    1850-Charlotte Ray, first Black female lawyer, born New York City. She become the first woman to be accepted by the District of Columbia Bar Association. Ray opened a law office in Washington, D.C., but racial prejudices proved too strong, and she could not obtain enough legal business to maintain an active practice. In 1879 she returned to New York City unable to establish and maintain a successful law practice on her own. There she became active with the National Association of Colored Women and the National Women's Suffrage Association. She was employed by the Brooklyn School System. Around 1886 she married a man with the last name Fraim and moved to Woodside on Long Island. She died on January 4, 1911 from bronchitis at the age of 60. She was a person that stood up for what she believed in. She did much to help women black and white to gain equal rights to vote and to hold the same occupations at men..

=========Civil War—including pre and post=========

     1864-As chronicled in the book “Andersonville, “ the first Union prisoners begin arriving at the  Andersonville prison, even thought it was still under construction in southern Georgia. Andersonville became synonymous with death as nearly a quarter of its inmates died in captivity. Henry Wirz, commandant at Andersonville, was executed after the war for the brutality and mistreatment committed under his command. Originally designed for 10,000 men, it

soon housed over 33,000 in quite deplorable conditions. The creek banks

eroded, creating a swamp, which became part of the compound.  Food was

scarce, and guards were encouraged to “lessen the population” and were quite

brutal and violent to the prisoners.

List of Union soldiers who died and their cause of death:

    1869-American pathologist Alice Hamilton was born at New York, NY. She contributed to the workmen's compensation laws by reporting on the dangers to workers of industrial toxic substances. She taught at Harvard Medical School from 1919 until 1935. Hamilton died Sept 22, 1970, at Hadlyme, CT.

    1869 --John Willis Menard spoke to Congress in defense of his claim to a contested seat representing Louisiana's Second Congressional District, thus becoming the first black to speak to Congress. Congress decided against his claim, as well as the claim of the other contestant. Congressman James A. Garfield said "it was too early to admit a Negro to the U.S. Congress." So, Menard was actually the first black elected to Congress, in 1868, but he was not permitted to serve his term. He was reportedly paid by Congress a monthly salary for the term

of office he was to fulfill.  He was not only an active civil rights advocate, but a published poet.


    1872- Charlotte Ray, first Black woman lawyer, graduated Harvard University. She was employed by the Brooklyn School System. Around 1886 she married a man with the last name Fraim and moved to Woodside on Long Island. She died on January 4, 1911 from bronchitis at the age of 60. She was a person that stood up for what she believed in. She did much to help women black and white to gain equal rights to vote and to hold the same occupations at men

=========Gilded Age=========

    1879-Sugar substitute Saccharine: Discovered by Constantine Fahlberg, who was working under the direction of Professor Ira Remsen at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, Fhalberg described the discovered in an article entitle “ On the Liquid Touensulphochloride,” which he submitted to the American Chemical Journal on this day.  Saccharine is an edible substance 550 time sweeter than table sugar, but not absorbed by the body.

   1883- Oscar Hammerstein of New York City, grandfather of the famous composer, received a patent for the first practical cigar-rolling machine.

       1890-cornet player Freddie Keppard born New Orleans, LA Died 1933,,452708,00.html?artist=Freddie+Keppard

    1891- David Sarnoff, broadcasting pioneer, is born. Russian-born Sarnoff moved to New York at age nine, and at seventeen, he took a job as a telegraph messenger boy. He used his first paycheck to buy a telegraph and taught himself Morse code. Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company hired him as a telegraph operator. In 1912, Sarnoff was the first telegraph operator to pick up the Titanic's distress call; He remained at his post for seventy-two hours, monitoring the call and passing on information. Sarnoff rose rapidly through the ranks of the company. He proposed that Marconi market a "radio music box" and, in 1921, became general manager of RCA. Sarnoff also set up the NBC radio network and established the first U.S. television service in 1939.

    1897- Marian Anderson born at Philadelphia (some sources say in 1899 or 1902), Anderson's talent was evident at an early age. Her career stonewalled by the prejudice she encountered in the US, she moved to Europe where the magnificence of her voice and her versatility as a performer began to establish her as one of the world's finest contraltos. Preventing Anderson's performance at Washington's Constitution Hall in 1939 on the basis of her color, the Daughters of the American Revolution secured for her the publicity that would lay the foundation for her success in the States. Her performance was rescheduled, and on Apr 9 (Easter Sunday) 75,000 people showed up to hear her sing from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and the performance was simultaneously broadcast by radio. In 1957 Anderson became the first African-American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera. The following year President Eisenhower named her a delegate to the United Nations. She performed at President Kennedy's inauguration and in 1963 received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.. Some historians cite this as the Lincoln Memorial performance the  first strategic victory of the modern civil rights movement. Anderson died April 8,1993, at Portland, Oregon.

   1900 -a massive snowstorm set records from Kansas to New York. 18.7 inches of snow was measured at Topeka, Kansas in 24 hours -- the city's greatest 24 hour snowfall on record. 17.5 fell at Springfield, Illinois, 43 inches at Rochester, New York, 60 inches in the Adirondacks, and 31 inches at Northfield, Vermont.

    1902 - John (Ernst) Steinbeck (one of American’s best writers: The Grapes of Wrath, Cannery Row;

known also for his many short stories and “Travels with Charlie,” which generated several

television programs. died Dec 20, 1968)  He lived a few blocks away from where I live now, and in the 1940’s and 1950’s wrote many of his books here.

    1902- Gene Sarazen, golfer, born Eugenio Saraceni at Harrison, NY. Sarazen was one of the game's greatest players and in his later years one of its greatest goodwill ambassadors. The inventor of the sand wedge, Sarazen was also the first to win the modern grand slam (the Masters, US Open, British Open and PGA), although not in the same year. During the 1935 Masters, he hit one of golf's most famous shots, a four-wood for a double eagle on the par-5 fifteenth hole of the final round. The shot enabled him to tie Craig Wood for the lead and defeat him in a playoff. Sarazen's last shot was the traditional ceremonial tee shot to open the 1999 Masters. Died at Marco Island, FL, May 13, 1999. 

     1904- James Ferrell, American author, novelist and short story writer, best known for his Studs Lonigan trilogy. Born at Chicago, IL, he died at New York, NY, Aug 22, 1979.

     1907- singer Mildred Bailey, Tekoa, WA. Tagged Mr. and Mrs. Swing she led a band with her husband Red Norvo, did solo vocals, and had her own radio show.

   1909-guitarist Harrison Verrett born Napoleonville, LA

   1908-Saxophone player Ben Webster Birthday


=========World War I --pre and post=========

    1912- Hilton Lee Smith, baseball player born at Giddings, TX. Smith was a dominant pitcher in the Negro Leagues.  he possessed a superb curve ball and was often considered the equal or better of Satchel Page. Died at Kansas City, MO, Nov 18, 1983.

    1913 – American playwright, author, screenwriter, Irwin Shaw, born Irwin Gilbert Shamforoff in Bronx in New York  Best known for his book “The Young Lions.” Died, 1984

   1923- guitarist Chuck Wayne born New York City.

   1923- tenor sax player Dexter Gordon, Los Angeles, CA (saw him play many times;

Often at the jazz house in Half Moon Bay --I believe.)

 Died April 26, 1996

  1926- first jazz concert held at Chicago’s Coliseum, sponsored by Okey Records.

   1928-guitarist Roy Montrell born New Orleans, LA.

     1929- the first movie by a major company for an African-American audience was shown this day at the Gaiety Theatre, New York City.  It was the William Fox Movietone feature “Heats in Dixie” a musical comedy drama of the South featuring 200 entertainers. It was a Paul Sloane production, written and directed by Eugene Walter, with story dialogue by Walter Weems, The featured actor was Stephen “Stepin” Fetchit. The entire case, with one exception, was African-American.


    1934- Consumer advocate Ralph Nader born  Winsted, Connecticut. His claim to fame was his 1965 book, “Unsafe at Any Speed: The Designed-In Dangers of the American Automobile.” Today he is an active political candidate for change.

    1935 - The 7th Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel (for the films of 1934). Actor/writer Irvin S. Cobb hosted the big show. "It Happened One Night" swept the awards, capturing Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director (Frank Capra), Best Actor (Clark Gable) and Best Actress (Claudette Colbert). A miniature version of Oscar was presented to child star, Shirley Temple “ grateful recognition of her outstanding contribution to screen entertainment during the year 1934.” 


    1946—Top Hits

Let It Snow - Vaughn Monroe

Symphony - The Freddy Martin Orchestra (vocal: Clyde Rogers)

I Can’t Begin to Tell You - Bing Crosby with the Carmen Cavallaro Orchestra

Guitar Polka - Al Dexter

=========Post World War II=========

    1946 - The fourth of the “Road” films, "Road to Utopia", starring Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour and Robert Benchley, opened in New York City. Bing and Bob wound up in Alaska posing as "It’s Anybody’s Spring”. escaped killers in order to locate a lost gold mine. Tunes from the flick: "Put It There, Pal", "Welcome to My Dreams", "Would You?", "Personality", "Sunday, Monday, or Always", "Goodtime Charlie" and

    1948-The jeep was made by Bantam Motor Company for the US Army. In issued a restraining order, preventing the Willys-Overland Company from representing that it had

order to protect its patent rights, the company appealed to the Federal Trade Commission  who this day developed the Jeep. Willys-Overland did, in fact, end up producing the Army vehicle that would come to be known as the Jeep ( actually Ford built the most as Willy could not keep

up with the demand), but the patent was owned by the Bantam Motor Company.


     1950- the twenty-second amendment to the US Constitution was ratified, limiting the presidential off to two terms.

   1951- singer/politician Lee Atwater born Atlanta, GA

    1954—Top Hits

Oh! My Pa-Pa - Eddie Fisher

Make Love to Me! - Jo Stafford

Cross Over the Bridge - Patti Page

Wake Up, Irene - Hank Thompson

    1955- Neal Schon, vocalist and guitarist with the hard-pop band Journey, was born in San Mateo, California. The group's fourth LP, "Infinity," sold a million copies in 1978. Three years later, "Escape" became Journey's first number-one LP. A single from it, "Open Arms," hit number two on the Billboard chart. Journey is said to be the first rock band to inspire a video game - "Journey - Escape" was in the arcades in late 1982.

    1956- Elvis Presley's releases "Heartbreak Hotel"

    1956- Little Richard's first Number One R&B hit, "Slippin' and Slidin'," backed with "Long Tall Sally," is released on Specialty.


    1962- Gene Chandler's "Duke of Earl" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The record, released only ten days after Chandler signed with Vee-Jay records in Chicago, remained in the top spot for three weeks.

   1962—Top Hits

Duke of Earl - Gene Chandler

The Wanderer - Dion

Norman - Sue Thompson

Walk on By - Leroy Van Dyke

    1963 - The New York Yankees' Mickey Mantle, signed a baseball contract worth $100,000, a far cry from his 1949 contract which Mantle had signed for $1,100. In April of 1953, Mantle was said to have hit the longest home run. Batting left-handed in Griffith Stadium, in Washington, DC, Mantle hit the 460-foot sign, with the ball flying an estimated 565 feet. In 1962, Mantle appeared in the movie "That Touch of Mink". In 1995, Mickey Mantle died in Texas.

   1966 -Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Davos won by Peggy Fleming of US

    1969 - A record snowstorm in Maine came to an end. Two to four feet of snow buried southern and central Maine, with a state record of 57 inches reported at West Forks. Drifts covered many single story homes, and the weight of the snow collapsed many roofs. Two to four feet of snow also buried northeastern Vermont and northeastern Massachusetts. In New Hampshire, Mount Washington NH reported 97.8 inches of snow, a record storm total for New England.


   1970—Top Hits

Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)/Everybody is a Star - Sly & The Family Stone

Hey There Lonely Girl - Eddie Holman

Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel

It’s Just a Matter of Time - Sonny James

   1970 - Simon and Garfunkel received a gold record for the single, "Bridge Over Troubled Water". The duo was so impressed with their deserved achievement that they played the gold disc on their stereo. But they heard Mitch Miller’s "Bridge on the River Kwai" instead, and on the same Columbia label they recorded for! Amazing but weird, huh?

   1972 -unseasonably mild weather prevailed throughout the central US. Temperatures soared to 83 degrees in Kansas City, Missouri, setting an all-time high record for the month of February.

    1973 - Baseball star Dick ‘Don’t Call Me Richie’ Allen signed a three-year pact with the Chicago White Sox for a reported $675,000 after leaving the Philadelphia Phillies.

     1973- 200 members of the American Indian Movement, led by Russell Means and Dennis Banks, occupied Wounded Knee, SD, a town on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Their demands included a review of treaties between the federal government and indigenous peoples, a Senate investigation into the treatment of Native Americans, and fee elections of tribal leaders.  The occupation ended on May 8 when the group surrendered to federal marshals. Gunfights during the siege killed one marshal and two protesters. Wounded Knee was the site of a massacre in December 1890 when Army troops machine-gunned 200 Sioux men, women, and children.

    1977- Center Stan Mikita of the Chicago Blackhawks, scored the 500th goal of his career in Chicago’s 4-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Mikita finished his career with 541 goals and entered the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983.

    1978—Top Hits

Stayin’ Alive - Bee Gees

(Love Is) Thicker Than Water - Andy Gibb

Just the Way You Are - Billy Joel

Don’t Break the Heart that Loves You - Margo Smith.


   1980- The 22nd Annual Grammy Award winners for 1979 are announced. The Doobie Brothers' "What a Fool Believes" wins both Record and Song of the Year. Billy Joel's "52nd Street" wins both Album of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

    1982 -- Earl “ Square Eyes” Anthony becomes first pro bowler to win more than $1 million. Anthony, voted "Bowler of the Millennium" later falls down stairs in his retirement and dies August 14, 2001 as a result.

    1984 -a severe winter storm, which began on the 26th, spread blizzard conditions across Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana. 24 inches of snow fell in the Vichy-Rolla area in Missouri. 22 inches was reported in southern Illinois. Winds frequently gusted to 40 and 50 mph. Interstate 65, which connects Indianapolis with Chicago, was impassable for several days due to extensive drifting of the snow. Thunderstorms were reported which added to the heavy snow amounts.

   1986- Van Halen released "Why Can't This Be Love," their first single since Sammy Hagar replaced David Lee Roth as lead singer. It would rise to number three on the Billboard chart.

   1986—Top Hits

How Will I Know - Whitney Houston

Kyrie - Mr. Mister

Sara - Starship

There’s No Stopping Your Heart - Marie Osmond

   1987-Former White House Chief of Staff Donald Regan resigns after the Tower Commission reports

gives him responsibility for the Iran-Contra affair to trade guns for hostages with money going to

the Nicaraguan Contras.

    1988- Debi Thomas, figure skater, becomes first Black American to win a medal at the Winter Olympics. After her Olympic career, she toured for several years then returned to school. Thomas completed her education to become a physician, and today is a practicing orthopedic surgeon


    1991- Allied troops entered Kuwait City, Kuwait, four days after launching a ground offensive. President George Bush declared Kuwait to be liberated and ceased all offensive military operations in the Gulf War. The end of military operations  came  at 9pm, EST, 100 hours after the beginning of the land attack. At 9 p.m. (EST), U.S. President George Bush said on live television, “Kuwait is liberated. Iraq’s army is defeated. I am pleased to announce that at midnight tonight, exactly 100 hours since ground operations began and six weeks since the start of Operation Desert Storm, all United States and coalition forces will suspend offensive combat operations”.  Feb 26 is commemorated as Liberation Day in Kuwait.

    1991- James Brown was paroled in Columbia, South Carolina after serving 15 months of a six-year-term for leading police on a chase through South Carolina and Georgia. He recently performed at the Oakland Coliseum at age 71 and got rave reviews from all the newspapers. 

    1992 -Tiger Woods, 16, becomes youngest PGA golfer in 35 years.

    1995- Canadian singer Celine Dion made British chart history by becoming the first artist in more than 30 years to have both the number-one album and single for five straight weeks. Dion topped the singles chart with "Think Twice" and the album chart with "The Color of My Love." The last time that happened for five consecutive weeks was in 1964 with "I Feel Fine" and "Beatles for Sale."






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