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October 21-24, 2004
Hyatt Regency Monterey
Monterey California

If you are a former UAEL member and would like to attend the 30th anniversary party, please call Joe Woodley or email to:

United Association of Equipment Leasing
78120 Calle Estado, 201
La Quinta, CA. 92253
760.567.2227 / 760.564.2206 Fax



Thursday July 15,2004



    Classified Ads---Doc.Mgr/ Finance / Legal

        July 16, 2002 Archives: AGLF loses 32% Membership

            NorVergence to Liquidate, Qwest to Turn Off 5pm

    Fine Resigns as EAEL President

        Classified Ads---Help Wanted

            StorageTek, Key Equipment Finance

    GFC Leasing Selects LeasePak Portfolio Management System

        Fitch: U.S. Corporate Credit Recovery Gains Momentum

    News Briefs---

        "Gimme that Wine"

            This Day in American History

                Baseball Poem



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July 16, 2002 Archives:


Association of Government Leasing and Finance Loses 32% Membership



The association went from 250 members in June of last year to 343 at the end of last year. According to the new Executive Director, Graham Hauck, as of June, 2002 it stands at 232.


AGLF was founded in 1981 to serve municipal leasing industry. Publishes Bi-monthly newsletter; sponsors 2 annual conferences; 50-state leasing survey; federal leasing survey; and conducts numerous industry projects.


Two types of membership: regular member - private sector organizations active in leasing/finance; governmental member - any state, territory, US possession, District of Columbia, or political subdivision of above.



Dues information:


As many people as would like to from any one company may join. One person must be designated the Regular Member and pay $650/year dues. The other members are designated Additional Members and pay $150/year dues.


Non-members are very welcome at our conferences. For registration materials, they can call 202.742.AGLF (2453) or email 202.742.AGLF (2453)

“Jorie Lagerwey ( former executive director ) no longer works here. Please make a note of the new address for AGL&F, since May 2001, located at the bottom of this email. This may be the cause of returned mail.


“232 Members


“Also, I will add you to our email newsletter so that you can be

better informed of our activities.




Graham Hauck

Executive Director

Association for Governmental Leasing and Finance

1255 23rd Street, NW

Washington, DC 20037

202.742.AGLF (2453)

fax: 202.833.3636






NorVergence to Liquidat


    Telecom End User Newsletter

(for more specific information, we recommend you sign up for their free current newsletters and other information at

their web site. editor )


Qwest to Terminate Norvergence Customers at 5PM Eastern Thursday, July 15th  ( at press time )


  Letter from:


Law Offices WEIR & PARTNERS LLP Suite 500, The Widener Building 1339 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19107-3501

 h (215) 665-8181 Fax (215) 665-8464

NEW JERSEY OFFICE 20 Kings Highway West Haddonfield, NJ 08033-2116 (856) 740-1490 Fax (856) 740-1491

 DELAWARE OFFICE 824 Market Street Mall Suite 1001 PO Box 708 Wilmington, DE 19899-4939 (302) 652-8181 Fax (302) 652-8909


July 14, 2004

Via Email

 Daniel Baldwin President Telecom Association, Inc.

31500 Grape Street, No. 3-307

Lake Elsinore, CA 92532


Re: In re Norvergence


Dear Dan:


 Report from Court: The hearing just closed. The court has converted the case to chapter 7 liquidation and is putting in a trustee. Qwest will be permitted to shut down its lines at 5:00 Eastern (Thursday,) assuming the trustee is in place today. We approached T-Mobile and Sprint, and they are going to make a proposal to keep the cell customers. We will follow with additional updates as soon as we can.


 Very truly yours,

Sigmund J. Fleck SJF/mys



The following TAA members are providing express conversion services to Norvergence customers:



877-261-3615 KeaneTel

888-893-8755 TBI

800-233-8258 x116 CMS

888-723-0411 Zirvo

800-225-5862 TMC

888-396-7182 Bandwave

800-747-1702 Reynwood

201-833-4091 TelcoMaven


Full information available at;


Meanwhile Class Action suits have started, including a group to

break thirty party lease contracts:


In addition to New Jersey Channel 12 reader’s hotline, a national

group is communicating:,10701226~mode=



If you have been on vacation and missed the news about

NorVergence, please go here:



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Fine Resigns as EAEL President


The Eastern Association of Equipment Lessors ("EAEL") reports today that its Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of Robert Fine from the position of President for personal reasons. Bob has been President since April, 2003. The Board has elected Arnold J. Hoegler, its past President (April, 2001 through May, 2003) as its President to lead the EAEL until the next President is elected in April, 2005.


(Editors note: Fine was the NorVergence director of bank and leasing

strategic alliances---the liaison for funding sources. He is also listed as president of NorVergence Capital, a wholly-owned financial services subsidiary of Norvergence Inc., a telecom services solution provider with headquarters in Newark, NJ.  It is claimed that NorVergence profits came from selling leases warehoused here on their private

label program and then sold to thirty party funding sources, such

as community banks and leasing companies including US Bancorp,

among others.


Leasing News has been writing about NorVergence and what readers

have been warning for almost  two years.  Here is our October 9, 2003 cartoon, headlined:  Robert J. Fine:




"We wish Bob well and thank him for his time spent leading this Association for the last 15 months and his service on the Board since 1996", stated Alison Pryor, Executive Director. "Arnie's experience and ongoing commitment to the EAEL will maintain the Association's high level of service and dedication to its members," she said.


"I am very proud to serve this fine Association of leasing and finance professionals once again" Arnie said. "I have confidence that the current challenges facing our industry will be overcome by the same hard work, good ideas and great people that have worked for us in the past."


The EAEL Board expects to meet again this week to plan for upcoming events including Expo, which will be held this year on September 27, 2004 in Teaneck, New Jersey. Expo is widely recognized as one of the best and most successful one-day events in the leasing industry. It is open to EAEL members and non-members alike and it is frequently referred to as the only must-attend event of the year for anyone interested in the leasing industry.


About Eastern Association of Equipment Lessors


The EAEL is a non-profit trade association serving its members in the equipment leasing industry. The mission of the EAEL is to serve the interests of its members in the equipment leasing industry and to provide educational, professional and networking opportunities.




Eastern Association of Equipment Lessors

Alison Pryor

Executive Director

phone: 914-381-5830 



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Superior, Colo. ­  ­ Key Equipment Finance, the nation¹s

fourth-largest bank-held equipment leasing company and an affiliate of

KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY), announced that it has renewed a long-standing program agreement with StorageTek (NYSE: STK), a global leader in information lifecycle management solutions. Under the agreement, which has been in place since 1996, Key Equipment Finance will continue to provide StorageTek customers with equipment financing under the name StorageTek Financial Services Corporation.


As StorageTek¹s primary customer finance partner, Key Equipment Finance will provide lease-financing options to StorageTek customers worldwide. By offering an in-house customer finance solution, StorageTek provides business

customers with convenient and customized financing, tax benefits, upgrade flexibility and improved asset management.


"Implementing an end user finance program is one of the factors that has helped StorageTek increase sales, improve cash flow and strengthen the balance sheet.  The program has enabled us to deepen customer relationships as well," said Robert Kocol, chief financial officer, StorageTek. "The experts at Key Equipment Finance are knowledgeable, dedicated and know our business inside and out. The success of our finance program is due in large part to their commitment to our partnership."


Equipment manufacturers that provide their customers with a finance option often realize accelerated sales productivity, improved profitability and enhanced account control. Additionally, manufacturers that offer financing and leasing as part of the complete solution often report increased customer satisfaction and better control of equipment in the aftermarket.


"StorageTek is committed to providing a complete life-cycle storage solution to its customers, and has experienced first-hand the value of a finance offering as part of the total customer solution," said Karen Larson, president and chief operating officer of Key Equipment Finance¹s global vendor services unit. "We are proud to partner with a global leader such as StorageTek, and look forward to continuing this mutually beneficial partnership."


StorageTek is a $2 billion global company that enables businesses, through its information lifecycle management strategy, to align the cost of storage with the value of information. The company's innovative storage solutions manage the complexity and growth of information, lower costs, improve efficiency and protect investments. For more information, see, or call 1.800.786.7835.


TRADEMARKS: StorageTek and the StorageTek logo are registered trademarks of Storage Technology Corporation. Other names mentioned may be trademarks of Storage Technology Corporation or other vendors/manufacturers.


About Key Equipment Finance

Key Equipment Finance is an affiliate of KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY) and provides business-to-business equipment financing solutions to businesses of many types and sizes. They focus on four distinct markets:

·     businesses of all sizes in the U.S. and Canada  (from small business to large corporate);

·     equipment manufacturers, distributors and value-added resellers


·     federal, provincial, state and local governments as well as other

public sector organizations; and

·     lease advisory services for manufacturers' captive leasing and finance companies.


Headquartered outside Boulder, Colorado, Key Equipment Finance manages a $10 billion equipment portfolio with annual originations of approximately $3.9 billion. The company has major management and operations bases in Toronto, Ontario; Albany, New York; London, England; and Sydney, Australia. The company, which operates in 24 countries and employs more than 600 people worldwide, has been in the equipment financing business for more than 30 years. Additional information regarding Key Equipment Finance, its products

and services can be obtained online at


Cleveland-based KeyCorp is one of the nation's largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $84 billion. Key companies provide investment management, retail and commercial banking, consumer finance, and investment banking products and services to individuals and companies throughout the United States and, for certain businesses, internationally. The company's businesses deliver their products and services through KeyCenters and offices; a network of nearly 2,200 ATMs;

telephone banking centers (1.800.KEY2YOU); and a Web site,,® that provides account access and financial products 24 hours a day.



CONTACT:   Kris Kitto, Barnhart

           (303) 626-7216




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GFC Leasing Selects LeasePak Portfolio Management System


BURLINGAME, CA, -- McCue Systems Inc. announces the addition of GFC Leasing of Madison, Wisconsin to its customer roster. GFC Leasing, a division of the Gordon Flesch Company, extends its financing services beyond the parent company's traditional lines of office equipment to include a variety of products, ranging from security systems to landscaping equipment as well. Seeking to grow their business, GFC Leasing needed a system that would provide flexibility to support their business objectives as well as meet their technical requirements.


According to Rollie Schultz, Vice President of GFC Leasing, "We were looking for a technology partner who could offer us the kind of depth in equipment leasing that we bring to our customers. With McCue, we saw that we were getting a lot more than a cost-efficient portfolio management system; they offered us a quality of business partnership that will help us realize the full potential of our LeasePak portfolio management system."


Like McCue Systems, GFC Leasing has 30-plus years of leasing experience. The company's goal is to become a valuable partner in the growth of their customers by offering leasing choices at every step, to accommodate their customers' unique and changing needs, and to provide equipment that is essential to their day-to-day operations in the most cost effective way.


In welcoming GFC Leasing to the LeasePak client community, McCue Systems' CEO John McCue stated, "We are proud that a company with such a depth of experience in the equipment leasing industry would choose McCue Systems as its business solutions provider. With their selection of the LeasePak Bronze Edition, GFC Leasing will be able to achieve new levels of operational efficiencies with a system that offers virtually unlimited scalability."


Implementation of GFC's LeasePak installation is currently under way, under the guidance of McCue Systems' VP of Client Consulting Services Mike Miller, Sr. Project Manager Dave Thommen, and Sr. Business Analyst Rose Taraskavage.


About GFC Leasing


J.K. GFC Leasing is a division of the Gordon Flesch Company, a family-owned and operated business since 1956. Operating in a three-state market within the Midwest, the Gordon Flesch Company has seven branch locations, 15 satellite offices, and over 800 associates to serve a growing customer base. Built on a relationship approach to business rather than a sales focus, the company has become one of the largest independent providers of office equipment in the country.


For further information, please contact: or visit



About McCue Systems

With over 30-plus years of experience in developing business solutions for the leasing industry, McCue Systems Inc. is the leading provider of lease/ loan portfolio management software for banks, leasing companies, and manufacturers. Its flagship product, LeasePak, simplifies lease/loan administration and asset management by accurately tracking leases, loans, and equipment from origination through end-of-term and disposition.


McCue Systems leads the leasing technology industry in the development of Web-enabled and Web-based tools to deliver superior customer service, reduce operating costs, streamline the lease management lifecycle, and support collaboration with origination channel and asset partners. Alone in the industry, McCue Systems offers a Web-based front-end system that integrates fully with the system’s back-office database architecture.


By harnessing the most advanced technologies, McCue Systems can offer the right operating platform for almost any enterprise. LeasePak can be configured to run on HP-UX, SUN/Solaris or Linux as well as for Oracle and Sybase users. And, for unmatched scalability, McCue Systems offers the LeasePak Bronze, Silver, and Gold Editions for systems and portfolios of virtually all sizes and complexities.


The leasing experts at McCue Systems work closely with lessors to put the company’s leasing expertise to work to streamline lease operations and enhance customer retention at every stage of the lease lifecycle.


For further information, please contact:


Andrew Lea, Director, Marketing & Corporate Communications

McCue Systems Inc.


111 Anza Boulevard, Suite 310

Burlingame, CA 94010


650-348-0650  Ext 1171



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Fitch: U.S. Corporate Credit Recovery Gains Momentum


With increasingly more U.S. economic indicators pointing to an expansion, it is no surprise that corporate credit quality is also making visible gains in 2004. Corporate defaults and downgrades have receded and upgrades have become more visible across the rating spectrum. Fitch Ratings has just released a new study designed to gauge how far U.S. companies have come in repairing their credit profiles over the past year relative to financial performance during the boom and bust years of 1999 - 2002.


While volatile energy costs, rising interest rates, and the war in Iraq, among others, continue to pose risks, there is no denying that the U.S. corporate credit recovery is well underway. "Leverage is declining, revenue and cash flow continue to expand, and more companies across more sectors are participating in the stronger results," said Mariarosa Verde, managing director, credit market research, Fitch Ratings.


The study focuses on key credit and financial measures compiled from a rich sample of 402 U.S. industrial companies rated 'A' to 'BB'. The aggregate par value of this group's public bonds totaled close to a trillion dollars at the end of the first quarter of 2004, or approximately 60% of all U.S. non financial outstanding corporate bonds. Among the study's findings:


Revenue and profit growth rather than shrinking debt balances have driven leverage down over the past year; The recovery's breadth is broadening. In the first quarter of 2004, 84% and 73% of companies in the Fitch sample reported increases in revenue and EBITDA, respectively, compared with the first quarter of 2003. This was up from previous quarters and was significantly higher than the year over year lows of 46% and 43% recorded for revenue and EBITDA, respectively, in 2002;


Fewer companies have been adding debt compared with the late 90's boom, but not enough have been cutting back to cause debt overall to significantly contract. However, with revenue and cash flow on the upswing, leverage has declined overall. Debt/EBITDA, for example, was down 6% in the first quarter of 2004 compared with a year earlier. Further, Net Debt/(EBITDA - CAPEX) fell to levels not seen since 1999, driven by continuing CAPEX restraint among corporate borrowers and a huge build-up of cash reserves;

Cost cuts and profitability gains have pushed cash on balance sheet to remarkable levels, especially when viewed relative to operating cash flow and debt. For the Fitch sample, cash on balance sheet grew 84% from early 2001 through early 2004. Also, the ratio of cash to operating cash flow hit 82% in the first quarter of 2004 compared with just 53% in early 1999. Relative to total debt, cash on balance sheet totaled 21% of debt in early 2004 compared with 15% in early 1999. Further, cash on balance sheet exceeded trailing twelve month CAPEX by a margin of 1.6 to 1 at the end of the first quarter. In other words, companies surveyed could potentially fund more than a full year of CAPEX without taking on additional debt;


The least appealing option from the point of view of creditors and the most probable in a strong economy is that some of the cash will be used to reward shareholders - in fact, evidence of this has already emerged over the past year. Cash dividends, for example, have trended consistently higher since mid 2003. Fitch believes that as management attention turns increasingly to growth and shareholder returns, cash balances are sure to dwindle. While cash reserves greatly alleviate liquidity concerns, they generally do not lead to upgrades. Cash is a low yielding asset, and furthermore it is a volatile asset - management has substantial discretion in its use.


Full Report here:


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News Briefs


  Retail Sales Fall 1.1 Percent in June


Technical Analysis: The Freef Continues


U.S. Treasury says likely to hit debt limit in Oct



Fed study: House-price growth to slow



Bank of America 2Q profit rises 41 percent


AMD reports record revenues




Apple Computer Inc. Profits Soar


Harrah's to Buy Caesars for $5.2 Billion





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Day in American History


    1099- The Muslim citizens of Jerusalem surrendered their city to the armies of the First Crusade. The Crusaders then proceeded, through misguided religious zeal, to massacre thousands of unarmed men, women and children.” The western sources are briskly uncontrite in their descriptions of the carnage, indicating that the chroniclers were no more dismayed than were the perpetrators. But the Muslim world would never forget or forgive the Crusaders' behavior. Jerusalem was a holy city to the Muslims as much as it was to the Christians. The looting of sacred shrines and the slaughter of innocents confirmed the general Muslim opinion that the Westerners were savage barbarians with no faith at all save in blood and wealth. “

    1779-birthday of Clement Clarke Moore, American author and teacher, best remembered for his popular verse, “ A Visit from Saint Nicholas,” ( “Twas the Night Before Christmas”), which was first published anonymously and without Moore’s knowledge in a newspaper, December 23,1823.  Moore was born at New York, NY, and died Newport, RI, July 10,1863.

    1779-The first medal awarded by the Continental Congress to a “foreigner” was a silver medal present to Lieutenant Colonel Francois Louis Teisseidre de Fleury, who commanded the first of the storming parties in the assault upon Stony Point, NY, on July 15,1779.  He was the first man to enter the main fort and strike down the British flag with his own hands. Fleury, who had been in the French military service, joined the Continental Army in 1777. Lieutenant Colonel Francois Louis Teisseidre de Fleury

    1779-African-American Pompey Lamb, noted spy, aids the American Revolutionary  War effort.” Blacks were also used effectively as spies by the Continental Army. The most notable was Pompey Lamb, who opened the way for the capture of Stoney Point by General Anthony Wayne, on July 15, 1779.”

    1792-the first major bridge built was the West Boston Bridge, connecting Boston, MA, and Cambridge, MA.  It opened November 23,1793 after costing $76,000.   The toll right was granted to the proprietors for 70 years.

    1822—public schools for Blacks open in Philadelphia.

    1837 -- US: Smallpox epidemic reaches the Mandan in Dakota Territory; out of 1,600 people, only 125 survive:
Russell Freedman describes the epidemic:

"The Mandans were the first to be stricken, followed in swift succession by the Hidatsas, the Assiniboins, the Arikaras, the Sioux, and the Blackfeet."

In the 17th century, there were 30,000 Narragansett in Massachusetts. Their chief Miantonomo, "sensing danger, . . . sought to build on his Mohawk alliance to create a general Amerindian resistance movement." He is reported to have said to the Montauk in 1642: "We [must] be one as they [the English] are, otherwise we shall all be gone shortly, for you know our fathers had plenty of deer and skins, our plains were full of deer, as also our woods, and of [turkeys], and our coves full of fish and fowl. But these English having gotten our land, they with scythes cut down the grass, and with axes fell the trees; their cows and horses eat the grass, and their hogs spoil our clam banks, and we shall all be starved."

    1850—Birthday of Frances Xavier "Mother" Cabrini - Italian-born U.S. nun. FXC, an amazing organizer, Cabrini was canonized by the Roman Catholic Church.

 She founded 67 institutions such as orphanages, hospitals, and girls' schools and did remarkable work with the poor in major American cities. She is now unique in New York  in being the only saint whose entire body is on display for the faithful. Her body was laid to rest forever under the alter in the Chapel at Mother Cabrini High School. (The saint's head is at another location in Italy.)

    1862-Major David Hunter declares Blacks are no longer slaves in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina.  President Lincoln annuls the order saying basically

it wasn’t “official.” The first black troops were organized by Major General David Hunter in the Union’s First Carolina Regiment.  Many of the soldiers were former slaves. In August, General Jim Lane, an abolitionist and who some called and outlaw and renegade, over the opposition of Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, organized a black regiment in Kansas. General Benjamin Butler also reversed his position and decided to recruit free blacks, however, no one asked the recruits whether they had been free men of slaves before the war. Despite War Department specific approval, General Butler quickly mustered into federal service the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Regiments of the Louisiana Native Guards. It was reported that the commanders of the units had offered their services to the Confederacy and was turned down. The leaders, Free Persons of Color, were wealthy, well educated, property owners, and some were slave owners, and at the time while offering their services to the Confederacy were afraid the Union forces would confiscate their property.

    1867---Birthday of Maggie Lena Walker - U.S. banker. She was the daughter of a former slave who devoted her time to black fraternal and cooperative insurance organizations.   Through her very keen business acumen, MLW created one of the greatest black- owned banks in the nation, the Penny Savings Bank in Richmond, Va.

    1904-Birthday of Dorothy Fields - U.S. lyricist and producer who was elected to the Songwriters' Hall of Fame in 1971, the first woman so honored. Some of her songs are "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," "On the Sunny Side of the Street," "I'm in the Mood for Love," "Lovely to Look at," and "The Way You Look Tonight."    The way you look garnered Fields the 1936 Academy Award. She wrote almost 400 songs as well as books for Broadway shows including Annie Get Your Gun.   She won a Tony and Grammy for her work on Redhead (1959). She also produced such Broadway musicals as Sweet Charity and Seesaw.

    1910-birthday of Sam Washboard ( Robert Brown ), famous washboard player, Walnut Ridge, AR

    1913-the first US Senator elected by popular vote was Augustus Octavius Bacon, Democrat of Georgia.  The passage of the 17th amendment to the Constitution called for elections, before that they were appointed by the state legislature.   The first general election by popular vote took place on November 4, 1913.

    1918-General Erich Ludendorff launced Germany’s fifth, and last, offensive to break through the Chateau-Thierry salient. This all-out effort involved three armies branching out from Rheims to cross the Marne River.  The Germans were successful in crossing the Marne near Chateau-Thierry before American, British, and Italian divisions stopped their progress. Only July 18, General Foch, Commander-in Chief of the Allied troops launched a massive counteroffensive that resulted in a German retreat that continued in four months until they sued for peace in November.

    1919- legendary bebop pianist Sadik Hakim was born in Duluth, Minnesota. In the 1940's, Hakim played in New York with Ben Webster and Lester Young, and recorded with Charlie Parker. Hakim moved to Montreal in 1949 and played with Louis Metcalf's International Band. After further stints in the US with such musicians as James Moody and Buddy Tate, Hakim returned to Montreal in 1966. He was a frequent performer in both Montreal and Toronto, and on CBC radio broadcasts. Hakim became a Canadian citizen in 1972 before returning to New York four years later. He died on June 20th, 1983.

    1923-Drummer Philly Joe Jones birthday

    1928-birthday of saxophone player Joe Harriott, Kingston, Jamaica

    1929—birthday of guitarist/author Francis Bebey.

    1939-- National League president Ford Frick orders two-foot screens affixed inside all foul poles after Billy Jurges of the Giants and umpire George Magerkurth spit at each other after a foul ball call down the left field line is disputed at the Polo Grounds. The American League will soon follow the Senior Circuit lead and will also install foul ball screens.

    1941-Glenn Miller, with Modernaires, cuts “Juke Box Saturday Night.”

    1946- singer Linda Ronstadt was born in Tucson, Arizona.  
She first gained attention in 1967 as a member of a trio called the Stone Poneys. That was the year she had a top 20 hit with "Different Drum," a song written by Mike Nesmith of the Monkees. The Stone Poneys soon broke up, and Ronstadt's solo career floundered for nearly five years until Peter Asher, formerly of the British duo of Peter and Gordon, became her manager. Under Asher's direction, she recorded the album "Heart Like a Wheel," a mixture of oldies and contemporary material, in 1974. The LP proved to be her commercial breakthrough, becoming the first of a dozen gold and platinum albums.  
Ronstadt reached the height of her popularity at the end of the 1970's when her LP "Living in the USA" surpassed the million mark in sales. At the time, she was a constant companion of California Governor Jerry Brown.  
Ronstadt continued her success into the '80s with the LP "Mad Love," two popular albums of big band ballads and "Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind," a collaboration with Aaron Neville

    1948—Today in History salutes General John J. Pershing, only the second commander of the armies, World War I hero,  also known as “Black Jack” for having one of the first segregated army units in 1886, especially for his open admiration for the African-Americans under his command.

    1954 - The temperature at Balcony Falls, VA, soared to 110 degrees to establish a state record

    1956---Top Hits

The Wayward Wind - Gogi Grant

My Prayer - The Platters

Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel - Elvis Presley

I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - Elvis Presley officially opened by the Queen. A gala concert by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra was conducted by Sir Ernest MacMillan and Nichol

    1959- the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver was as Goldschmidt, with soloists Betty-Jean Hagen, violin, and soprano Lois Marshall. The theatre was actually first used four days earlier for a concert by the Vancouver Symphony.

1960 Giant Willie McCovey 'invisible triple' causes the umpires to call a twenty-four minute fog delay at Candlestick Park, but the Dodgers go on to win 5-3.1963-Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald record “ Ella and Basie” album for Verve, oneof Barbara Lowe’s favorites.

    1964---Top Hits

I Get Around - The Beach Boys

Memphis - Johnny Rivers

Rag Doll - The 4 Seasons

My Heart Skips a Beat - Buck Owens

    1966 - Singer Percy Sledge earned a gold record for "When a Man Loves a Woman". It was his only song to make it to number one (5/28/66) and the only one of five to break into the top ten.

    1968-A Soviet Aeroflot jet landed at Kennedy  Airport at New York, NY, and the start of direct commercial air flight between the US and the then USSR began.

    1968-“One Life to Live” premiered on TV.  Set in a fictional Pennsylvania town, the show was created by Agnes Nixon to depict the class and ethnic struggles of the down’s denizens. The initial cast featured many Jewish, Polish, and African American characters. The show departed from inter-ethnic storytelling in the 1980’s for far more fantastic adventures set in locals such as heaven, the old west, and a futuristic mountain silo called Eternia. Since then, the show has returned to its strengths of traditional storytelling by featuring Latino  and African American actors as integral characters.  Award-winning actress Erika Slezak heads the cast a the venerable Viki Lord Riley Buchanan Carpenter, the town’s matron with five alternate personalities.  Among those who have appeared on “OLTL” are Tom Berenger, Judity Light,Robert Desiderio, Tommy Lee Jones, Laurence Fishburne, Jameson Parker, Phylis Rashad, Christine Ebersole, Richard Grieco, Blain Underwood, Joe Lando, Audrey Landers, Christian Slater and Yasmine Bleeth.    

    1972---Top Hits

Lean on Me - Bill Withers

Too Late to Turn Back Now - Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose

Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) - Looking Glass

Made in Japan - Buck Owens

    1973-San Francisco Giant’s Willie McCovey becomes 15th to hit 400 HRs.

    1973- Angel Nolan Ryan pitches his second no-hitter of the season defeating the Tigers, 6-0 in front of 41,411 fans in Detroit. Ump Ron Luciano doesn't permit Norm Cash to use a piano leg instead of a bat in the ninth inning.

    1980- pop stars Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith opened at the New York Shakespeare Festival in a production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance." The production moved to Broadway in 1981, and Ronstadt and Smith both starred in a later movie version.  

    1980---Top Hits

Coming Up - Paul McCartney & Wings

It’s Still Rock & Roll to Me - Billy Joel

Little Jeannie - Elton John

You Win Again - Charley Pride

    1986- Columbia Records dropped country star Johnny Cash after 28 years. Cash had not had a solo top-ten hit since "The Baron" in 1981. But he was a member of "The Highwaymen" quartet with Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson that hit the top of the country charts in 1985. Cash signed a new recording contract with Polygram later in '861987 - Unseasonably cool weather spread into the south central and eastern U.S. Fifteen cities reported record low temperatures for the date, including Houghton Lake, MI, with a reading of 37 degrees. The high temperature for the date of 58 degrees at Flint, MI, was their coolest of record for July. Thunderstorms spawned several tornadoes in Illinois and Indiana, injuring a cow near Donovan, IL

    1988-- For the second time this season, Red Sox fireballer Roger Clemens strikes out sixteen Royals. The doubleheader sweep over Kansas City marks Joe Morgan's Boston managerial debut.

    1988---Top Hits

The Flame - Cheap Trick

Mercedes Boy - Pebbles

Pour Some Sugar on Me - Def Lappard

Fallin’ Again – Alabama

    1988 - Twenty-six cities east of the Mississippi River reported record high temperatures for the date. Charleston, WV, established an all- time record high with a reading of 103 degrees, and Chicago, IL, reported a record fifth day of 100 degree heat for the year. A severe thunderstorm moving across Omaha, NE, and the Council Bluffs area of west central Iowa spawned three tornadoes which injured 88 persons, and also produced high winds which injured 18 others. Winds at the Omaha Eppley Airport reached 92 mph. Damage from the storm was estimated at 43 million dollars.

    1989- more than 200,000 people crammed into Venice, a city of 83,000, for a free concert by Pink Floyd. The band performed on a floating stage in the Venice lagoon. Residents complained about violence, drug use and littering, and 80 people were slightly hurt in a scuffle before the show began. Concert-goers complained, too ... about inadequate toilets and emergency facilities.

    1989 - Thunderstorms drenched Kansas City, MO, with 4.16 inches of rain, a record for the date. Two and a half inches of rain deluged the city between Noon and 1 PM. Afternoon thunderstorms in South Carolina deluged Williamstown with six inches of rain in ninety minutes, including four inches in little more than half an hour

    1993-- Breaking Cub Hall of Fame Ernie Banks' previous record of 277, Cal Ripken hits his 278th homer as a shortstop, the most ever hit by a major leaguer playing that position.

1994-the first move to cost more than $100 million to make was “True Lies,” a 20th Century-Fox action-adventure film directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenneger and Jamie Lee Curtis.  It opened nationwide on July 15.  Though exact figures were not released by the studio, the film was estimated to have cost $115 million.

    1996- The sultan of Brunei spent $25 million on his 50th birthday party, including $15 million for three concerts by Michael Jackson

    1997 - Fashion designer Gianni Versace was shot to death on the steps of his mansion in Miami Beach, Florida. Police believe Andrew Phillip Cunanan shot Versace. Cunanan committed suicide a week later on a houseboat about two miles north of the Versace mansion. Cunanan is suspected of killing four other men in a cross-country shooting spree.

    1999--- The Brewers postpone game as a gesture of respect for the three workers who died when a huge crane collapsed lifting a portion of the roof for the team's new stadium, Miller Park. The crane broke in half as it lifted the 400-ton load damaging the partially completed stadium.

    2000 --The American Tobacco Company's near-mint condition 1909 Honus Wagner card goes for $1.1 million in an eBay online auction; the high bidder will pay $1.265 million including a 15 percent buyer's premium for the 91 year-old card of the Hall of Fame Pirate shortstop.




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"Baseball According to Lao-Tzu" by John W. Hart III, illustrations by Adam R. Factor

You can talk baseball, but not the Eternal Baseball.
Hall of Famers can be named, but not the superstar.

As the beginnings of time, it is nameless.
As the creator of all things, it is named.

So, what is hidden, we inspect its inner essence.
And what is real, we look at its appearance.

The real, the eternal and the nameless, all flow
From the same source, but take different paths.

All is Poetry.
Baseball is Poetry.

When the world has the Tao,
Outfielders race across a sea of green.

When the world is without,
Outfielders jake it on unimportant plays.

There is nothing worse than not knowing when to stop.

Only those who know when to retire
Will always have enough.

The Tao of Baseball is like an empty dish
That can never be filled up.
It feeds all and is endless.
It cleans pine tar off suspected bats.
It unifies all clubhouse squabbles.
It unites the fans.
It brings absolute harmony during the Seventh Inning Stretch.

Baseball is hidden and timeless.
Baseball is the Universe.

Baseball is a chocolate smile on a child's face.
Baseball is a businessman scouring the box scores during lunch break.

It is the father and mother of all things.

Pitchers who know batters are clever;
Pitchers who know themselves have insight.
Those who complain show force.
Those who sit are truly strong.

When you know you have enough
You become rich.

It is those who play for the game
And not for the money
Are the ones who are truly rich.

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