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Friday, July 16, 2004                   



    Apology to Greg Rieke, Genesis Commercial Capital 

        Classified Ads--Sales Manager

            Classified Ads---Help Wanted

    Cartoon---First NorVergence Creditors Meeting

        Quest Cuts NorVergence Users Off

            Next Meeting NorVergence Creditors August 27,2004

    Campaign to Stop Leasing Company Payments: NorVergence

        Telecom Agent Association Advice: NorVergence

            ORIX Appoints Roeder Senior Vice President

    AmSouth Board Announces Quarterly Dividend

        Equipment Finance Attorney Joins Vedder Price

            News Briefs----

    Sports Briefs---

        California Nuts Briefs---

            "Gimme that Wine"

                This Day in American History

                    Baseball Poem




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Apology to Greg Rieke, Genesis Commercial Capital


    by Christopher Menkin


It is our error to have included Genesis Commercial Capital, Irvine, California, in the Leasing News Complaint Bulletin Board, primarily because we were under the impression we were speaking to the spokesman for the company.


The person who signed the e-mails, and who we spoke to on the

telephone, never identified their title.  The fact is the president

Greg Rieke was on vacation.  Upon his return, he discovered

this much to his surprise.


His company has always had an excellent reputation, and

many of his employees are readers and contribute.  The error

was not identifying the spokesman on Leasing News's part.


We apologize to Mr. Rieke and his company for this error.

To compound this further, I also never made the connection

with Eric Sidebotham, perhaps their top salesman,  who

participated in the United Association of Equipment Leasing

“Top Gun” Panel we hosted at their San Diego Conference.


Mr. Rieke to prove his good faith is returning the advance

rental, although he does not believe he legally needs to do

so.  He wants to clear up any question of ethics.  We

asked him for a statement:


"Genesis Commercial Capital is a company built on integrity, and as such, we're very proud of the excellent reputation we maintain within the broker, lender, and business communities.  Rather that spend valuable time debating the inaccuracies of J & E Salvage's dispute, we will overnight a refund in full today.  We believe this is the best course of action for both the reputation of Genesis Commercial Capital and the leasing community." 

"In addition to my statement, I would ask that you convey a few important points to your readers. 

Here they are:

"#1) The original statement published in your newsletter was not issued by the President of Genesis Commercial Capital.  Rather, it was an unofficial statement obtained from an individual within our collections department.

"#2 Genesis Commercial Capital did in fact have a credit approval secured with a legitimate lender on the J & E Salvage transaction.  I will share the name of this lender with you off-line if you like, but it's important to me that their identity is protected in this matter.  Also, Genesis Commercial Capital did originally offer to refund part of the lessee's deposit, but Mr. Darlington wanted a full refund or nothing.

"#3) Mr. Darlington's characterization represents only one viewpoint.  I imagine Harbor Capital, Nationwide Capital, and Genesis Commercial Capital would have entirely different viewpoints that would have merit."



Greg Rieke, CLP
"Equipment Leasing and Financing"
Voice:  (949) 851-3036 x202
Fax:     (949) 419-0116




Classified Ads--------Sales Manager


     Atlanta, GA

30 years in transportation Finance with strong management/ sales background. Represented company on national & region markets. Started two successful operations- produce profits and growth.



    Chicago, Illinois

Twenty plus years. Senior sales and marketing management most recently Building "businesses" from scratch. Leveraging leadership, administrative, operations, financial, auditing background. WANTED: challenging new opportunity.



          Dallas/Fort Worth, TX.

Domestic-int'l exp. Small to middle ticket. 24 yrs with Fortune 500 firms(2). Consistently achieves margin/ volume goals. Email:  Sales Manager: New York, NY

I have over 25 years owning an independent leasing company that specialized in truck leasing. Tow trucks, Limos, ambulances, tractors, etc..



              Pennsauken, NJ.

17 Years Leasing in all capacities from CSR and Collections to National Sales Management and Vice President Vendor Development. Exceptional People Skills. Many industry references.



          Portland, OR.

18+ yrs w/bank leasing company. Supervised 14- 20 sales people. Willing to relocate for the proper position.




           Seattle, WA

Senior level sales professional w/ (20) plus experience in mid market financing & leasing. The last (8) plus years being self employed in middle market brokerage.



                   full list of all jobs wanted at:




Classified Ads---Help Wanted


Account Executive



Account Executive:
Leasing professional in the small to middle market with at least 3 years business development and direct sales experience. Dallas, Denver or Chicago location. Strong commission plan plus benefits. E-Mail

About the Company: Bank of Blue Valley is a locally owned community bank with $600 million in assets. We are one of the leaders in the Kansas City financial community. Our bank offers true community banking with services,
products and convenience for businesses, families and individuals seeking a complete banking relationship. Check out our website @



Business Development Office


Business Development Officer,leasing exp.,min 3 yrs business & direct sales exp. Banking procedure knowledge helpful. Gilroy, CA location, serving four surrounding counties. E-mail or see Career Opportunities

About the Company: Pacific Capital Bancorp is a $5+ billion, multi-bank holding company dedicated to providing an enduring network of community banks on the Central Coast of California. This unique partnership of independent banks provides customers in six California counties with the financial strength and product diversity of a big bank, delivered with the responsiveness and personalized attention of a local community bank.



Marketing Indirect Origination



New York. One of the largest ind. equip.lessors needs  motivated, self-starter to purchase single investor leases from institutional investors; min.transaction  $1 million; portfolio of primarily investment grade lessees/good "story credits". 
Min 3 yrs exp. sourcing/ originating leasing transactions, knowledge of credit and pricing.





Port Leasing Sales Officer - Port of Long Beach: conducts/oversees negotiations for leases, permits, property acquisition; prepares lease proposals; negotiates prop. acquisition; neg. lease agreements with new/existing tenants; develops financial info. to analyze lease proposals.  College degree expected. Contact: Stuart Satow, CPS Executive Search 916-263-1401, Recruitment brochure





Cartoon---First NorVergence Creditors Meeting





Quest Cuts NorVergence Users Off


According to the Telecom Agents Association:


Thursday, 6pm Eastern - Norvergence 800 Numbers Going Down


Norvergence customers are reporting that the new 800 numbers assigned to them by Norvergence have stopped working.



Unofficial Qwest Statement


"Qwest does not have a contractual relationship with Norvergence's end user customers and we are unable to provide service to their customers directly. Norvergence customers should contact another telecommunications provider to discuss options for service. Qwest cannot transfer services provided to Norvergence to other telecommunications providers because the US Bankruptcy Trustee controls Norvergence's assets."


Newspaper reports there are 7,000 Qwest-NorVergence customers

and it will take several days to turn them all off.  NorVergence

in its marketing material claims 10,000 customers, almost all

on an equipment leasing contract sold to a third party.  It is

claimed their profits came from the sales of these contracts.




Next Meeting NorVergence Creditors August 27,2004


Leasing News printed yesterday the letter from NorVergence's attorney, Bruce Buechler advising Telecom Agent that NorVergence could not meet it debts and therefore went into Chapter 7, as Leasing News predicted in its first news story of events.


The filing has left NorVergence's customers -- about 10,000 clients throughout the country, most of which are small businesses -- facing service interruptions unless they change their service provider. It also means it is unlikely any of the money owed to the company's former employees will be paid. As of today, there is no one at NorVergence

to assist in the transition.


The New Jersey Star-Legend reported, "Peter Salzano, NorVergence's chief executive, was present in court yesterday, but had no comment. He showed little reaction throughout the proceedings, even as lawyers and judges effectively closed the company he had run since 2001."


Judge Rosemary Gambardella of U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Newark, New Jersey gave twenty-four hours since no plan was submitted

before allowing creditors to cease their service, meaning the three

top telephone companies would be turning off their connection.


The first meeting of the Chapter 7 creditors will be August 27,2004.


Here is a form, should you be one of them.



Unofficial Sprint Statement 


"Sprint DOES NOT intend to terminate service at 5pm Eastern today."  This came from a Sprint manager who was attempting to send TAA a written statement once it was approved by the bankruptcy trustee. The contact said Sprint would contact the Norvergence/Sprint customers via text message over the next week to arrange to switch the service.


Here is a copy of the actual ruling of the bankruptcy court:


04-32079-RG NorVergence, Inc.

Case type: bk Chapter: 7 Asset: Yes Vol: i Chief Judge: Rosemary Gambardella

Date filed: 06/30/2004 Date of last filing: 07/15/2004




Case Summary


Office:  Newark          Filed:  06/30/2004

County:  Essex          Terminated:  

Fee:  Paid          Discharged:  

Reopen:  0          Reopened:  

Previous Term:           Converted:  07/14/2004

Disposition:           Dismissed:  

Joint: n Confirmation Hearing:  

Pending Status: Awaiting Involuntary Answer ,Awaiting Trustee's Report 


Trustee: Charles Forman    City: Rochelle Park     Phone: (201) 845-1000  Email: 

Party 1: NorVergence, Inc.   (75-3068888)   (Debtor)


Atty: Bruce D. Buechler     Represents party 1: Debtor  Phone: (973) 597-2308





04-32079-RG NorVergence, Inc.

Case type: bk Chapter: 7 Asset: Yes Vol: i Chief Judge: Rosemary Gambardella

Date filed: 06/30/2004 Date of last filing: 07/15/2004




Docket Information and Related Docket Entries

Case 04-32079-RG Document 66

Filed: 07/14/2004

Entered: 07/14/2004

Entered By:   United States Trustee

Event Name(s):   Meeting of Creditors Chapter 7 Asset

Full Docket Text for Document 66:

Appointment of Trustee. Trustee Charles Forman appointed to case. Meeting of Creditors 341(a) meeting to be held on 8/27/2004 at 02:00 PM at Suite 1401, One Newark Center. Proofs of Claim due by 11/29/2004. (United States Trustee, )




Campaign to Stop Leasing Company Payments: NorVergence


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Norvergence Customers Fight Back! 

Contact Your Local TV Stations, Newspapers & Elected Officials About The Pending 5pm Outage

"11,000 Small Businesses Lose Telecom Service - Equipment Companies Still Demand Payment"


If you are a Norvergence customer about to loose all your Norvergence telecom services at 5pm today, contact your local TV stations, newspapers and all elected officials immediately to make sure everyone knows your plight.

If all 11,000 Norvergence customers across the country call today then their plight will become a national news story sure to be covered by the media for tonight's news. But call today - it won't be much of a media story tomorrow.  Forward the links below from other newspapers and TV stations that have covered the event.

If you are concerned about having to continue to pay for the Norvergence rental agreement for 60 months in spite of the Norvergence phone service being shut off, show the media the letters you've received from the equipment companies who state you still have to pay the full amount even after Norvergence stops providing service. 

To view all of TAA's coverage of Norvergence including an equipment company demand letter, visit

If any of the TV stations or newspapers need to contact TAA for a quote about Norvergence, please have them email Dan Baldwin at or call 909-245-6877.

Published TV & Press Stories on Norvergence

Star Ledger Newspaper

» NorVergence service could end today   (Thursday, 7/15/2004, Star-Ledger )
Customers of NorVergence could be without telephone and Internet services as early as 5 p.m. today after the company filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which entails liquidation of the company.

Telecom will voluntarily enter Chapter 11   (Friday, 7/09/2004, Star-Ledger )
NorVergence will voluntarily seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, a lawyer for the troubled Newark telecommunications company said during a hearing yesterday.

Corrections   (Thursday, 7/08/2004, Star-Ledger )
Due to an editing error, a headline in the Business section yesterday incorrectly said Newark telecommunications company NorVergence filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The involuntary bankruptcy petition was actually filed by three creditors.

NorVergence customers wonder what's next   (Thursday, 7/08/2004, Star-Ledger )
A few weeks ago, NorVergence made an enticing offer to Geddy Krul: Telephone, cell phone and Internet services for about $80 less a month than he was paying.

Newark telecom files for Chap. 11   (Wednesday, 7/07/2004, Star-Ledger )
NorVergence, a once-hot telecommunications provider, was forced into bankruptcy court by three creditors who say the Newark company was not paying its bills.

News 12 New Jersey

1. Newark-based company investigated for failing to pay its employees

Newark-based company investigated for failing to pay its employees Newark-based company investigated for failing to pay its employees (06/29/04) NEWARK - The state Labor Department is investigating a Newark-based company after workers complained that their...


2. Troubled Newark-based has assets frozen

... frozen Play the video (07/01/04) NEWARK - Employees at Norvergence Telecommunications say they were told to leave......






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Emergency 800 Transfers 

If Your 800 Number is Through Norvergence, It Will Likely Stop Working At 5pm Eastern Today



Whoever you're switching your long distance service to, they need to do an EMERGENCY RespOrg,  also known as a "NASC". Emergency RespOrg orders can be done in just a couple hours. Many carriers won't do this as they only do normal 800 RespOrg changes which can take many days to complete.


If you can't find a provider to do an emergency RespOrg change of your 800 number, TAA has found a TAA approved provider that will.  The provider is TNCI which is a reseller of Qwest.


If you wish to use this service you need to fill in all the forms below and fax them to 909-494-4257. When the forms are received you will receive a call within 10 minutes to confirm that the information has been received.

All orders will be on a month to month contract, be billed by TNCI, a Qwest reseller in good standing with TAA. The rate for switched 800 numbers is 4.5 cents per minute. If you have T-1 800 service you will get a call.

Please just fill out all forms as best you can and then fax them in to 909-494-4257. If you have questions about the forms send an email to







If another provider is already doing an EMERGENCY RESPORG for you please continue with that provider. Do not send a duplicate order to us.



### Press Release  ############################


ORIX Appoints Roeder Senior Vice President



ORIX Public Finance LLC is pleased to announce the appointment of David G. Roeder to Senior Vice President - Vendor Finance. In his new role, David will be responsible for originating new business through vendor relationships and portfolio acquisitions.


Sites of Reference:



David G. Roeder

ORIX Public Finance LLC

Phone Number: (Mobile) 847-494-2180

Fax Number: 847-705-7452



### Press Release #############################


AmSouth Bancorporation Board Announces Quarterly Dividend;

Dividend Yield at 4 Percent



BIRMINGHAM, Ala.---AmSouth Bancorporation (NYSE:ASO) announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a regular quarterly dividend of $.24 per common share, payable October 1, 2004, to shareholders of record as of September 17, 2004. AmSouth's dividend yield as of July 14, 2004, was 4 percent.


   AmSouth holds Mergent's "Dividend Achiever" designation for its record of increasing dividends for 33 consecutive years. 


   About AmSouth 


   AmSouth is a regional bank holding company with $48 billion in assets, more than 670 branch banking offices and over 1,200 ATMs. AmSouth operates in Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Georgia. AmSouth is a leader among regional banks in the Southeast in several key business segments, including consumer and commercial banking, small business banking, mortgage lending, equipment leasing, annuity and mutual fund sales, and trust and investment management services. AmSouth also offers a complete line of banking products and services at its web site,


CONTACT:AmSouth Bancorporation, Birmingham Investment Community: List Underwood, 205-801-0265 or News Media: Rick Swagler, 205-801-0105


### Press Release ##############################


Equipment Finance Attorney Joins Vedder Price



CHICAGO,  -- The law firm of Vedder Price announced today that Ronald J. Rapp has joined its Equipment Finance Practice in the Chicago office.  Rapp comes to the firm from his position as Associate General Counsel at GE Capital Fleet Services, the largest fleet vehicle lessor in North America.  He will serve as Counsel in the firm's Equipment Finance Group.


Mr. Rapp will concentrate his practice in the area of corporate finance and securitization, including public offerings and private placements of unsecured debt and asset-backed commercial paper conduits, equipment leasing and lease finance and all aspects of corporate aviation.


"We are delighted to have Ron as a member of our world-class equipment finance team," commented Vedder Price President, Robert J. Stucker.  "He brings additional asset securitization expertise as well as 12 plus years of experience as corporate counsel in the equipment finance and leasing industry."


Prior to joining Vedder Price, Mr. Rapp served as Associate General Counsel at GE Capital Fleet Services in Eden Prairie, Minnesota where he was responsible for securitization and capital markets activities, fleet vehicle and equipment leasing transactions and SEC matters.  From 1990 to 2001, Mr. Rapp held a similar position with Comdisco, Inc. in Rosemont, Illinois where he served as Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary.  At Comdisco, Mr. Rapp was responsible for global corporate finance, securitization and capital markets activities.  He served as lead counsel in connection with three public equipment lease securitizations aggregating $1 billion.


Mr. Rapp is a graduate of Valparaiso University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1982) and the University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1985).  He is a member of the National Business Aviation Association, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association.


Vedder Price is a law firm of more than 200 lawyers with offices in Chicago, New York and New Jersey.  The firm's Equipment Finance Practice Group, which is comprised of more than 30 attorneys, has been rated one of top 5 aircraft finance firms in the world by Airfinance Journal.  Our lawyers represent lessees, lessors, and other domestic and international financiers in transactions involving a broad range of equipment.  Our experience includes transactions involving railcars, aircraft, cargo vessels, computers, satellites, cars, trucks and a host of industrial machinery and equipment. Members of the group routinely speak at leading industry conferences.


SOURCE  Vedder Price 


CO:  Vedder Price


ST:  Illinois




Web site:


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“Gimme that Wine”


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Robert Pecota chosen as Napa Valley Classic Foundation's 2004 Honoree




Wines & Vines plucked by Sonoma publisher






This Day in American History

July 16, 1925 Nat Pierce Birthday

    1769-Mission San Diego de Alcala  was dedicated and blessed by Father Junipero Serra.  After high mass, the royal standard of Spain was unfurled over the mission, which was named in honor of San Diego de Alcala.  The mission, located in what is now San Diego, California, was the first of 21 California missions to the Indians

    1779-the first Revolutionary War Bayonet charge was led by General Anthony Wayne, known as “Mad Anthony,” who charged the British garrison at Stony Point, NY, with 1,200 men and forced it to surrender.  He was slightly wounded. The British loss was 63 killed and 553 wounded; the Americans loss, 15 killed and 83 wounded.

    1790- George Washington signed legislation that selected the District of Columbia as the permanent capital of the US. Boundaries of the district were established in 1792-Plans called for the government to remain housed at Philadelphia, PA, until 1800, when the new national capital would be ready for occupancy.

 ( lower half of:  )

    1821-birthday of Mary Baker Eddy, Founder of Christian Science, born near Concord, NH. She died at Chestnut Hill, MA, Dec. 3, 1910. She is one of the very few, if not the only woman to found a major religion.   In 1874 she founded the Christian Science movement after recovering from illnesses with the use of spiritual healing. She studied the process and developed her own system that preached that the mind is the only reality and that illnesses and infirmities of the body are merely illusions and can be cured by mental effort, chiefly the reading of Jesus's words in the New Testament.

    1849- Clara Shortridge Foltz ,born Lafayette, Indiana- U.S. reformer, attorney, editor, and publisher who changed California's sexist laws. She had read law and then found out California did not allow non-male attorneys.  Together with Laura D. Gorden, they got that law changed. When she was denied admission to a San Francisco law school, she brought suit and along with Ms Gorden argued it to victory to the California Supreme Court.

    1862- African American journalist and anti-lynching crusader Ida B. Wells was born the daughter of slaves at Holly Springs, Mississippi and grew up as Jim Crow and lynching were becoming prevalent.  Wells argued that lynchings occurred not to defend white women because of whites’ fear of economic competition from blacks. She traveled extensively, founding anti-lynching societies and black women’s clubs.  Wells’ “Red Record”( 1895) was one of the first accounts of lynchings in the South.

    1863- New York City.  Nearly 1000 the end of three days of ant draft riots in persons were killed or wounded before federal troops restored order.

    1867- Averill Paint Company of New York City produced the first paint ready-mixed. The company went out of business in the early 1900’s, not being able to maintain a consistent standard of color.  The first manufacturer to do so was Henry Alden Sherwin, founder of Sherwin-Williams, Cleveland,OH, which began producing paint in 1890.

    1877-President Rutherford Richard Hayes called out Federal troops to suppress

the strike by railroad employees.  This was in response for aid from eh governors of West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and other states.

    1880-Writer Kathleen Norris born Washington, DC - highly popular U.S. author. KN wrote 81 novels and many short stories that made her one of the most popular writers in the U.S.

    1882-birthday of V.A. Johnson, the first Black female to argue before the US

Supreme Court.

    1889-birthday of Joseph Jefferson (Shoeless Joe) Jackson, baseball player, born at Brandon Mills, SC.  Jackson’s legendary excellence as one of the game’s finest right-hand hitters is besmirched by his alleged involvement in the Black Sox Scandal of 1919.  Jackson stood accused of participating in the conspiracy to throw the World Series, and he, along with seven teammates, was banned for life. Died at Greenville, SC, December 5, 1951.

    1907-Actress Barbara Stanwyck was born Ruby Stevens at the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, NY. At the age of 18 she won a leading role in the Broadway melodrama Noose, appearing for the first time as Barbara Stanwyck. She appeared in 82 films including Stella Dallas, Double Indemnity, Sorry, Wrong Number, The Lady Eve and the television series “The Big Valley.” In 1944, the government listed her as the nation’s highest paid woman, earning $400,000 per year. My late father Lawrence Menkin worked on two of her films as a writer in the late 1940’s, but did not like “life” in Hollywood. He returned in 1954, and did stories for her television show. Stanwyck died at Santa Monica, CA, Jan 21,1990.

    1920-In his first season with the New York Yankees, Babe Ruth hit his 30th home run to break his own record set in 1919 as a member of the Boston Red Sox. Ruth finished the year with 54 home runs.  He hit 59 in 1921 and 60 in 1927.

    1925-birthday of vibe player Cal Tjader, St. Louis, MO  Died May 5, 1982.

    1925-Pianist Nat Pierce Birthday

    1928—birthday of guitarist Bola Sete, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    1928-Cow Cow Davenport records “Cow Cow Blues” (Vo 1198).

    1935- Oklahoma City, OK, installed the first automatic parking meter. 

Twenty-foot spaces were painted on the pavement and a parking meter that accepted nickel

was  installed at the head of each space by the Dual Parking Meter Co. of Oklahoma City.

    1936-photographer Walker Evans starts his assignment of sharecroppers in

Hale County, Alabama

    1938-Larry Clinton, with Bea Wain, records, “ My Reverie.”

    1940-Inkspots record “ We Three, “ “ “Java Jive” Decca.

    1941- Birthday of  singer Desmond Dekker, one of the pioneers of reggae music,  born in Kingston, Jamaica. He was named the island's top singer five times between 1963 and 1969. Dekker's recording of "The Israelites" sold a million copies worldwide in 1969, hitting number one in Britain and making the top ten in North America as well.

    1941 -- US: 100ø F (38ø C) highest temperature ever recorded in Seattle, Washington.

    1945- In the New Mexican desert at Alamogordo Air Base, 125 miles southeast of Albuquerque, the experimental atomic bomb was set off at 5:30 AM. Dubbed “Fat Boy” by its creator, the plutonium bomb vaporized the steel scaffolding holding it as the immense fireball rose 8,000 ft in a fraction of a second—ultimately creating a mushroom cloud to a height of 41,000 ft. At ground zero the bomb emitted heat three times the temperature of the interior of the sun. All plant and animal life for a mile around ceased to exist. When informed by President Truman at Potsdam of the successful experiment, Winston Churchill responded, “It’s the Second Coming in wrath!”

    1946 - The temperature at Medford, OR, soared to an all-time high of 115 degrees to begin a two week heat wave. During that Oregon heat wave the mercury hit 100 degrees at Sexton Summit for the only time in forty years of records.

    1948-After 8 ½ seasons as manager of the Brooklyn Dodges, Leo Dourcher resigned abruptly to accept the manager’s job with the New York Giants. With Dourcher at the helm, the Giants won two pennants.  In 1951 by defeating the Dodgers in a playoff and in 1954 when they swept the Cleveland Indians in the world Series.

    1949---Top Hits

Some Enchanted Evening - Perry Como

Bali Ha’i - Perry Como

Again - Gordon Jenkins

One Kiss Too Many - Eddy Arnold

    1957---Top Hits

Teddy Bear - Elvis Presley

Searchin’/Young Blood - The Coasters

Valley of Tears/It’s You I Love - Fats Domino

Bye Bye Love - The Everly Brothers

    1959-The Coasters record "Poison Ivy" at the Atlantic Recording Studio in New York City. The song was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller

    1959-Adios Butler, driven by Clint Hodgins, won the Cane Pace, the first jewel in pacing’s triple crown, at Younkers Raceway.  Adios Oregon finished second. Adios Butler went on to win the Messenger Stakes and the Little Brown Jug to become the first triple crown winner in pacing history.

    1960- Three musicians in London, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker form the band Cream. The band would go on to become regarded as rock's first supergroup as well as one of the most popular and influential bands of the 60's

    1961- Ralph Boston  sets then long jump record at 27' 2"

    1965---Top Hits

(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones

Wonderful World - Herman’s Hermits

Yes, I’m Ready - Barbara Mason

Before You Go - Buck Owens

    1966- guitarist Eric Clapton, formerly of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and the Yardbirds, joined two ex-members of the Graham Bond Organization, bass guitarist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker, to form Cream. The influential blues-rock trio sold more than 15 million albums in their three years together.

    1967 -- On the last day of the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island, 20 year old Arlo Guthrie performs his new song, a 20 minute ditty called "Alice's Restaurant" .

You can get anything you want... at Alice's Restaurant, exceptin' Alice

You can get anything you want... at Alice's Restaurant

Walk right in it's around the back

Just a half-a-mile from the railroad track

Oh... You can get anything you want

At Alice's restaurant.

    1969-The launch of Apollo II, the first US man sent to the moon. This launch resulted in man’s first moon landing, the first landing on any extraterrestrial body.

(July 20th ).  -- 

    1966- The Lovin' Spoonful's "Summer In The City" is released.

    1969- The Who's "I'm Free" is released.

    1970 - The Pittsburgh Pirates played their first game at Three Rivers Stadium. The Bucs had spent 61 baseball seasons at Forbes Field. Cincinnati’s Reds spoiled the housewarming for the Pirates with a 3-2 win. The game also marked the first time the Pirates wore new double-knit uniforms which became commonplace throughout both the American and National Leagues

    1972- Smokey Robinson performed for the last time with the Miracles at a concert in Washington, DC. They had been together since 1959. Robinson would have a successful solo career, as well as continuing with his songwriting and serving as a vice-president of Motown Records.

    1973- President Richard M. Nixon appointed the first Air Force General who was a woman, Brigadier General Jeanne Marjorie Holm of Portland, OR.

    1973---Top Hits

Will It Go Round in Circles - Billy Preston

Kodachrome - Paul Simon

Bad, Bad Leroy Brown - Jim Croce

Love is the Foundation - Loretta Lynn

    1973-The existence of what were to be called the “Watergate tapes,” recordings of White House conversations, was revealed by former White House aid Alexander P. Butterfield.  Only July 23 special prosecutor Archibald Cox and the Senate committee subpoenaed the tapes.  On July 26, President Nixon refused to release them, appealing the case through the courts until October 19, when he offered a summary of requested tapes in return for no further requests for tapes or papers. This was rejected by Cox.John Elrlichman and G. Gordon Liddy were soon to be indicted along with two White House officials, and in October Vice President Agnew resigned and pleaded nolo contendree ( not contest) to one charge of income tax evasion in return for the dropping of other charges.   Agnew was fined and given three years’ probation.  Representative Gerald R. Ford, Republican of Michigan, was nominated by President Nixon for the vice-presidency, who soon was to become the first president not elected to the office directly or through the vice-presidency.

    1973- Bob Dylan releases the soundtrack to "Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid." Dylan stars in the flick with Kris Kristofferson. One song off the LP, "Knocking On Heaven's Door" reaches #12 while the soundtrack goes to #16

    1981---Top Hits

Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes

All Those Years Ago - George Harrison

The One that You Love - Air Supply

Fire & Smoke - Earl Thomas Conley

    1988- Jackie Joyner-Kersee sets women's hepathlete record of 7,215 pts

    1988 - Thirty-seven cities in the eastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. Highs of 96 degrees at Bluefield, WV, and 104 degrees at Charleston WV were all-time records, and afternoon highs of 98 degrees at Binghamton, NY, 99 degrees at Elkins, WV, and 103 degrees at Pittsburgh PA, tied all- time records. Highs of 104 degrees at Baltimore, MD, and 105 degrees at Parkersburg WV were records for July, and Beckley, WV, equaled their record for July with a high of 94 degrees. Martinsburg, WV, was the hot spot in the nation with a reading of 107 degrees. Afternoon and evening thunderstorms raked the northeastern U.S. with large hail and damaging winds.

    1989---Top Hits

Satisfied - Richard Marx

Buffalo Stance - Neneh Cherry

Baby Don’t Forget My Number - Milli Vanilli

I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party - Roseanne Cash

    1992- Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop" is played (over and over) as Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton accepts the Democratic nomination for President.

    1994- Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras performed together before 56,000 people at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on the eve of the World Cup soccer final. It was a reprise of their performance before the World Cup final in Rome four years earlier. The recording of the first concert sold more than 10 million copies, making it the best-selling classical album of all time. The album made at the Los Angeles concert was also a best-seller. 1993- Lotus began shipping a new version of its popular 1-2-3 spreadsheet for Microsoft Windows. Lotus 1-2-3 quickly took over the spreadsheet market when it was first introduced in 1983. The product almost instantly wiped out the leading spreadsheet program, VisiCalc, which had also been the first spreadsheet. Lotus bought Software Arts, the company that invented VisiCalc, in 1985.

    1994-Bruce Springsteen showed up unannounced at the 20th anniversary celebration at the Stone Pony bar in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Springsteen and his wife, Patty Scialfa, Jon Bon Jovi and former E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg performed several songs with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. In 1974, the Jukes had been the house band and Springsteen a regular performer at the Stone Pony.

    1995- Retired journalist Marj Carpenter, 68, was elected moderator of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the church's highest elected position.

    1966-The Supreme Court hands down its decision in Miranda v. Arizona, establishing the principle that all criminal suspects must be advised of their rights before interrogation. Now considered standard police procedure, "You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can, and will, be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford one, one will be appointed to you," has been heard so many times in television and film dramas that it has become almost cliché.The roots of the Miranda decision go back to March 2, 1963, when an 18-year-old Phoenix woman told police that she had been abducted, driven to the desert, and raped. Detectives investigating her story gave her a polygraph test, but the results were inconclusive. However, tracking the license plate number of a car that resembled that of her attacker's brought police to Ernesto Miranda, who had a prior record as a Peeping Tom. Although the victim did not identify Miranda in a line-up, he was brought into police custody and interrogated. What happened next is disputed, but officers left the interrogation with a confession that Miranda later recanted, unaware that he didn't have to say anything at all. The confession was extremely brief and differed in certain respects from the victim's account of the crime. However, Miranda's appointed defense attorney (who was paid a grand total of $100) didn't call any witnesses, and Miranda was convicted after a short trial. While Miranda was in an Arizona state prison, the American Civil Liberties Union took up his appeal, claiming that the confession was false and coerced. The Supreme Court overturned his conviction, but ironically  Miranda was retried and convicted in October 1966. As a result of the case against Miranda, each and every person must be informed of his or her rights upon arrest. In 1999, the Supreme Court agreed to re-examine the Miranda requirements in the face of persistent complaints that confessions should not be barred from evidence simply because a police officer failed to read the suspect his or her rights.

    1997-The Dow-Jones Index of 30 major industrial stocks topped the 8,000 mark for the first time.

    1999 - John F. Kennedy Jr.’s plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard (Massachusetts), killing him, his wife and his sister-in- law. The three had been en route to a Kennedy family wedding. The National Transportation Safety Board concluded that Kennedy suffered from spatial disorientation, brought on by a loss of balance in the inner ear. Kennedy’s problems were exacerbated by the hazy night sky and his inability to see the horizon, plus his lack of experience as a pilot. The NTSB also said investigators did not find any mechanical problems with Kennedy’s plane, a single-engine Piper Saratoga II. The conclusion it was pilot error.

    2000 --An 1919 Chicago 'Black Sox' autographed baseball is auctioned for $93,666 at eBay. The ball's value, believed to be the most for such an item, was unusually high because the autographs included Shoeless Joe Jackson who was considered illiterate and usually just signed legal documents.




Baseball Poem


“Voices of the Game




by J. Kyle



You see fans holding their radios here and over there,

Intently watching the game, yet listening with care.

Some think us strange that we bring our transistorized friend,

Then they sit too close, and try to listen in.


So many, many voices of baseball present and past,

A very select few can make you feel that home run blast.

The team in the booth at times is the best,

The fans can hope for along with the rest.


Some of these voices have now faded away,

Going, going, gone to their final play.

The restless nights they talked us to sleep,

Just waiting for someone to take one deep.


Harry was the greatest Cub there ever could be,

There will never be another like him at ol’ Wrigley.

Vin Scully still bleeds that Dodger blue,

While Scooter will always be a Yankee too.


Nuxhall and Brennaman are my favorite radio men,

They have been a duo since way back when.

I was a boy when I first heard that familiar winning call,

“This one belongs to the Reds” now has its own place in the Hall.


So the next time you search for the game on TV,

Turn the volume way down, grab a radio, and you will soon see.

The voices of the game do much more than that old screen,

They bring you the nation’s game in a fashion unseen



   (also recommended for Football games, too.)




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