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Sales Manager
Costa Mesa, CA

Responsibilities include managing and directing marketing staff from solicitations through credit submission and doc signing.
subsidiary Citizens Business Bank

Friday, July 7, 2006

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(Good Luck to Portugal, too.)


Correction: Most Strike-Outs
    Classified Ads-Sales
        "Call to Settle ASAP"
    Tax Compliance: "Software" list
        Advanced Property Tax Compliance
            Leasing Assoc. Events-Meetings
                Classified Ads---Help Wanted
Selling Up-by Steve Chriest
  "The Extraordinary Coach"
Fundamentals: Effective Sales Mgmt
    Dakota New $15MM Credit Facility
        First Cont. Leasing Name Change
   Commercial Money Market Stories
Bill Roden US Bank Vendor Fin
    Flacco Joins Vanguard
        Raiffeisen: Ukraine leasing biz
News Briefs---
    You May Have Missed
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California Nuts Brief--
    "Gimme that Wine"
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Today's Top Event in History
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Correction: Most Strike-Outs

"Greg Maddux has 325 wins; your list has him at 303."

Stephen Gramaglia
Eastern Funding LLC
213 W. 35th Street
New York, NY 10001
Tel. 212-819-0468
Fax 212-819-9764

Mr. Gramaglia is correct. He is responding to the statistics

from "This Day in American History: 1998-Roger Clemens of the Toronto Blue Jays became the 11th pitcher in major league baseball history to reach the 3,000 mark in career strikeouts when he fanned Randy Winn of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 3rd inning. The Blue Jays won, 2-1."

The list under 1,000 was not current. If anyone can find a more current list, will up-date the other players, too. Please send to

3,000 Strikeouts Club

In Order By Most Strikeouts




Strikeout #3,000 Details





Nolan Ryan





Cesar Geronimo


Roger Clemens



Blue Jays


Randy Winn

Devil Rays

Randy Johnson





Mike Lowell


Steve Carlton





Tim Wallach


Bert Blyleven





Mike Davis


Tom Seaver





Keith Hernandez


Don Sutton





Alan Bannister


Gaylord Perry





Joe Simpson


Walter Johnson





Stan Coveleski


Phil Niekro





Larry Parrish


Fergie Jenkins





Garry Templeton


Bob Gibson





Cesar Geronimo


Greg Maddux





Omar Vizquel









Strikeout #3,000 Details

3,000 Strikeouts Club


Top 100:

Other facts:

Walter Johnson was the first member of the "3,000 Strikeouts Club" and the only member who is now deceased - imagine having all the remaining members on a signed ball!

Did you know that Steve Carlton and Randy Johnson are the only left-handed pitchers in Major League history with over three-thousand (3,000) strikeouts? The other eleven (11) strikeout kings are all right-handed hurlers.

Gaylord Perry and Don Sutton both belong to this elite group of three-thousand whiff pitchers, yet neither pitcher ever led their league in strikeouts even once during their entire Major League career.

---"Four Strike Outs in One Inning" statistics:



Classified Ads-Sales

Amalthea Cellars, Road Atco, New Jersey *

Sales: Bakersfield, CA
I have an extensive sales and management background in equipment leasing. My work history exhibits my major strength in small ticket equipment leasing.
Sales: Boston, MA
Middle market originator, construction/Trucks /
Trailers w/ 8 years in territory, looking for company / bank with competitive products
Sales: Cedar Rapids, IA
Formally trained in Credit, Collections, & Sales with regional bank. Seeking sales or sales management.
Over ten years
in SM, vendor and end user.
Sales: Dallas, TX
17 years of experience in vendor sales. Solid book of business. Can hit the sales ground running in Dallas/Ft. Worth. Can Start ASAP
Sales: Denver CO
Experienced Equipment Leasing Broker looking for a in house leasing company. Can bring a book of business with me or develop new territory where needed.
Sales: Detroit MI
Motivated self-starter w/5 yrs sales exp. IT leasing. Excellent communicator w/strong negotiation/biz dev. skills. Six-sigma certified w/ Fortune 50 company/book of business.
Sales: East Central F L
20+ years experience in all areas of leasing; sales, credit, operations, syndication. Currently independent seeking position with direct middle market lender in regional capacity
Sales: Fresno CA
Account Exec/Manager. 7+ years Leasing Sales: underwriting/contract, complex transactions, hi-tech, government, direct & vendor leasing. Captive & syndicator environments. Expert deal closer. Will send resume.
Sales: Greensboro, NC
Seeking direct & broker sales w/major finance companies in NC or southeast market. Small to mid-ticket range. Stable &family oriented. Will have series 6,63,65 license shortly.
Sales: Kansas City, MO
20 years Senior Sales/Management experience in small ticket/government leasing. Program Management experience, managing 12
Reps. Credit Auth to $50K. Success in soliciting and maintaining accounts.
Sales: Los Angeles CA
5 years experience structuring off-balance sheet finance solutions on computer and medical equipment. Perform detailed competitive analysis and market research. I uncover leads and sell.
Sales: Midsouth, TX
Lease Veteran-25+ years, heavy Vendor experience looking for new
opportunity in MidSouth/SE. Experience in leasing to major accounts in
high- tech/computers/Golf/transportation.
Sales: Mission Viejo, CA
Account Sales Executive with 10 years of leasing experience looking for company to bring existing customer base.
Sales: Montgomery, AL
Individual with 10 years advertising sales exp. & 7 years insurance sales exp. Wants independent contractor situation in Alabama.
Work with leasing company or broker.
Sales: Nashua, NH
10+ years sales experience small & mid-ticket hi-tech & telecom in a captive and vendor environment. Seeking new sales opportunity in New England.
Sales: Newport Beach, CA
Direct sales rep. in the middle market w/22 years experience  various types of equipment. Leasing/ financing from medical equip. to
mfg. equip.. Strong closer.
Sales: North Carolina, Central
7 yrs.equip leasing &finance; specialist in heavy construction equip for 2-top-5-specialty finance/lease companies, NC &VA territories. $10-15MM annual funding. Downsized in 2002, now independent broker with varied customer base.
Sales: Philadelphia, PA
Seeking an open opportunity to advance in the automotive, commercial leasing & finance industry.........
Sales : Prairie Village, KS
Have substantial deal flow and database of broker referral sources. Generated and closed over $22M LY. Seeking exclusive relationship w/direct founder.
Sales: Saint Louis, MO
25+ years in sales + sale management.  Top producer.  Will relocate for right opportunity.
Sales: San Francisco Bay Area, CA
10+ yrs in middle market leasing. Seek direct lessor only. Transaction size from $500M to $10.0MM. Client base: printing, food, retail, manufacturing.
Sales: San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Currently employed Vendor Program "Hunter", with complex program development experience. Also skilled at program management. Technology to yellow iron assets.
Extensive national rolodex.
Sales: San Francisco Bay Area, CA
15+ yrs--mid mkt. $500M to $10.0MM. Seeking role w/ captive or global leasing firm. large book to bring with me! Debt, tax, 1st amendment, etc.
Sales: San Francisco Bay Area, CA
20 plus years experience in small ticket and middle market, mostly vendor driven business; specialist in manufacturing, hi-tech & medical. Excellent analytical and marketing skills.
Sales: Southern California
Equipment Financing Professional with strong background in Sales, Management, Marketing & Operations. Will consider relocation for Senior Sales or Management position offering dynamic growth opportunity.
Sales: South Central US
TX, OK, KS & AR Territory.
Equipment finance and leasing professional, 20 years experience. Top producer in middle to upper middle markets. Extensive customer base.

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"Call to Settle ASAP"

If you didn't read the Thursday edition, here it is:





Tax Compliance added to "Software" list

Leasing Software Companies

Top eLeasing software companies, as ranked by employees.


Company Name
Year Founded

Additional Services
Major Clients

Tax Compliance, Inc.
10200-A Willow Creek Road
San Diego, CA 92131
P: 858.547.5100 x316
F: 858.547.410

Scott Strauss
Exec. VP
Personal and Real Property Tax software, compatible with most accounting softwares.


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Advanced Property Tax Compliance up-date

Back Office Companies


Company Name
Year Founded

Web site



Additional Services Offered

Yearly Volume


Major Clients

Advanced Property Tax Compliance
2004 (G)
Gary A. DiLillo
Property Tax Complience
See footnote (G)

(g) Advanced Property Tax Compliance provides "best in class" personal property tax compliance services at cost effective fees. Our staff has over 60 years of experiance working with leased assets. We do complete compliance process and can tailor our service to each Lessor's unique needs, including invicing. The billing files we create interface with all lease management and accounting software. We offer our clients full disclosure, more accessibility to information, and greater on-line functionality than any other service firm in the industry. Each client has a secure FTP site where they have access to everything we do for them in the compliance of personal property taxes. Our Web Portal allows our client’s customer service departments to get up-to-the-minute tax data for buyouts, terminations, or tax bill copies and detail tax reports to support collections.

Major Clients include; LaSalle System Leasing, Evans Leasing, Summit Funding Group, Merrimak Capital, IFC Credit Corp., Greater Bay Capital, Highland Capital, Telerent Leasing, Main Street National Bank, Blackstone Capital, SolarCom World Holdings, Matsco Financial Services, Bayer Healthcare, Altec Capital, Alabama Banker's Bank, Outsource Lease, Vision Financial, VenCore Solutions, Aztec Financial, Evans National Bank

For more information about Advanced Property Tax Compliance, visit or call:

Gary DiLillo
(216) 658-5618

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Leasing Association Events-Meetings Open to All

July 11, 2006

Meet and Greet Lunch hosted by Doug Welch
11:45AM Buffet Lunch with Roundtable discussion
$15 price, member or nonmember
Ansley Golg Club, Atlanta, GA

Please contact the EAEL office at 212.809.1602 or for pricing and a registration form.



August 3, 2006

EAEL's Day at the Races
Arlington Park Racetrack,
Arlington Heights, IL
12:00 to 5:00pm hosted by Shari Lipski.

Great Networking in an Executive Suite with luncheon buffet, open bar and fabulous Thoroughbred ricing.

For registration information, please contact the EAEL office at 212.809.1602 or


August 8, 2006 Phoenix Arizona

Networking and…

The Arizona Equipment Leasing Association invites you to join us for a networking session with selected funders and your peers followed by an evening of Baseball with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Meeting and Networking:
Tuesday August 8th 5:00

Sam’s Café Southwestern Grill

· Arizona Center
· 455 N 3rd St.
· Phoenix AZ 85004

Followed by:

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. the San Francisco Giants
Chase Field 6:40 P.M.

We need your early reservation and payment to get the correct ticket count for the game!!!.

Fee: $20 payable by July 11, 2006. Price includes, networking with funders, heavy hors deurves, drink ticket and game ticket.

RSVP/Registration form to Steve



August 14, 2006

EAEL Golf outing
Rock Spring Country Club
Orange, NJ

Hosted by Jim Jenco and Robert Ingram.

For registration information, please contact the EAEL office at 212.809.1602 or


August 17th
Golf Outing

Rock Spring Country Club
West Orange, NJ

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Classified Ads---Help Wanted

Account Executive

Exp. Account Executive
Salt Lake City, Utah

Intermediaries--Background in sales/leasing and/or finance required/credit experience preferred. Salary plus commission. Fax resume: 801-733-2363 or

Account Managers

"Specializing in Equipment Financing"
Charlotte * Los Angeles * New York * Phoenix

National Account Managers

60% com./30% res. APP only to $150,000. No industry/geo restrictions. Tremendous flexibility/freedom: your home office or our regional offices. 

Sales Manager

Inside Sales Manager
Troy, MI

Proven in sales, prospecting and closing
skills. Must know how to lead and
grow our sales team. Send resumes to   

Sales Manager

Sales Manager
Costa Mesa, CA

Responsibilities include managing and directing marketing staff from solicitations through credit submission and doc signing.
subsidiary Citizens Business Bank




"The Extraordinary Coach"

by Steve Chriest

This is the third and last in a series on "good coach, great coach, and extraordinary coach."

Extraordinary coaches, like great coaches and good coaches, are always effective teachers. When I think of extraordinary coaches in sports, I immediately think of John Wooden, UCLA's legendary basketball coach. If a sales manager could learn to coach his or her sales team like John Wooden coached his basketball teams, the sales manager could become an extraordinary coach.

In his book, "Be Quick - But Don't Hurry," Andrew Hill, a former UCLA basketball player, said ".everyone calls Wooden 'Coach,' but he was first and foremost a teacher." Like all extraordinary coaches, Wooden had the ability to teach effectively while continually adjusting his teaching style as his mix of team members changed from year to year. Sales managers who want to become extraordinary coaches must learn to change their teaching styles as the composition and personalities change on their teams.

Like all great managers and extraordinary coaches, John Wooden insisted on preparation and perfect practice from all team members. Wooden understood, as Andrew Hill writes, that "creating time for preparation and organization is the key to organizational efficiency." Just as Wooden's basketball teams were supremely prepared and well-practiced every time they stepped onto the basketball court, the sales manager who wants to become an extraordinary coach insists on preparation work, and knows that his team will sell like they prepare and practice.

John Wooden, like all extraordinary coaches, had the unusual ability to identify talent, and to recruit talent that fit his team and his organizational structure. He knew that no matter how talented a player, a bad fit spelled disaster for the team. Wooden recognized that a great team must have great talent; but he also knew that even extraordinary coaches make selection mistakes, and that those mistakes must be corrected. Sales managers who aspire to become extraordinary coaches must be willing to correct hiring mistakes.

Once he had recruited talented players that fit into his system, Coach Wooden understood that managing creativity requires flexibility and special insights that allow players to find balance between creativity and organization. Ultimately, his goal was to unlock the collective creativity of the team. Sales managers who want to become extraordinary coaches will work hard to unlock the creativity of each team member and to blend that creativity into overall team performance.

What I think truly sets extraordinary coaches apart from all other coaches is their ability and willingness to impart life lessons to their teams. In John Wooden's case, players that were on his teams in the 1960's still talk today about the lessons they learned from Wooden's 'Pyramid of Success,' a plan for achieving great athletic performance and for living a productive, rewarding life. As a coach, Wooden gave his team the fundamental tools, the strategy and the tactics they would need to perform to the best of their potential. Bill Walton, the hall of fame basketball Center who played for several UCLA national championship teams, said, "While what Coach Wooden was teaching us had something to do with the game of basketball, it also had everything to do with life itself."

The sales manager who is an extraordinary coach, like UCLA's John Wooden, will be seen by her team as an effective teacher of selling fundamentals, a recruiter and manager of great talent, and someone who inspires great performance. But, like John Wooden's basketball players, the sales team members who are led by a sales manager who is also an extraordinary coach will see that what the sales manager teaches them has something to do with sales, and it also has everything to do with life itself.

About the author: Steve Chriest is the founder of Selling Up TM ( ), a sales consulting firm specializing in sales improvement for organizations of all types and sizes in a variety of industries. He is also the author of Selling Up, The Proven System for Reaching and Selling Senior Executives. You can reach Steve at .

To view the first in the series, "The Good Coach:"

To view the second in the series, "The Great Coach:"




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Dakota Financial Announces New $15 Million Credit Facility

Los Angeles, CA, -- Dakota Financial, LLC announces the closing of a three-year $15,000,000 revolving credit facility with The CIT Group/Business Credit Inc.

"As we continue to satisfy the growing appetite for our programs originating from our broker network, it is imperative to have the right financial partner in the credit markets to meet our dynamic needs. We are very fortunate to have found that partner in CIT," explained Michael Green, Dakota Financial's Managing Partner.

About Dakota Financial, LLC

Dakota Financial is an asset-based direct funding source. Our nationwide programs are specifically designed to provide funding for customers that have prior bankruptcies, tax liens, judgments, repossessions, or slow pays. We fund traditional deals as well as sale-leasebacks, private party sales, start-ups, and owner/operators. For more information, please visit


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First Continental Leasing Changes its Name to BancorpSouth Equipment Finance

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - - First Continental Leasing announced it has changed its name to BancorpSouth Equipment Finance.

For over 30 years, First Continental Leasing, a division of BancorpSouth Bank, has been one of the strongest equipment finance companies in the Mid-South, working with companies and municipalities throughout the area. The purpose of the name change is to better communicate BancorpSouth Equipment Finance's full range of services and products to the equipment finance market.

An additional reason is to reflect that the company is a subsidiary of BancorpSouth (BXS), an $11 billion financial service provider with a footprint stretching across the Mid-South.

"We are proud that our new name states the fact that we are a subsidiary of BancorpSouth," said Elaine Temple, President of BancorpSouth Equipment Finance. "BancorpSouth Equipment Finance is privileged to be part of a company with such a strong name and moral character. We have always strived to achieve the same progressiveness and traits in our company. Now our name reflects that." BancorpSouth Equipment Finance leases and finances many types of equipment for a wide variety of industries, including transportation, construction, petroleum, marine, manufacturing and municipal - all ranging in size from small businesses to large corporations. BancorpSouth Equipment Finance's municipal customers include city and county governments, schools, colleges and publicly owned hospitals.

In the transportation industry, BancorpSouth Equipment Finance leases and finances over the road trucks, trailers, dump trucks, concrete mixer trucks and delivery trucks, to name a few. They finance dozers, graders, backhoes, excavators, off-road trucks, cranes, field service trucks and asphalt pavers and paving equipment in the construction industry. Additionally, the company finances almost all types of new and used petroleum equipment, including aircraft and marine.

To better serve the equipment needs of the Mid-South, BancorpSouth Equipment Finance has commercial offices operating in 12 states, including offices in Dallas; New Orleans; Jackson, Mississippi; Hattiesburg, Mississippi; Birmingham; Atlanta; Memphis; Nashville; Charlotte; and St. Louis. The Corporate Office is located in Hattiesburg, along with its Municipal Office. An additional office in Northwest Florida will open in August of 2006.

The name change itself will be the only change that affects current customers. The Territory Manager that served the customers before the name change will continue to serve the same customers and their businesses in the future. "Our customers will still receive the same unmatched experience and know-how from our company," said Chris Davis, First Vice President. "Our objective with this name change is to better position our full range of services and products in the equipment finance market."

For further information on the services and products offered by BancorpSouth Equipment Finance, contact BancorpSouth Equipment Finance's office in Hattiesburg at 1-800-222-1610.

BancorpSouth (BXS) can trace its beginnings back to the 1870s and the formation of many smaller banks across the South. Through a series of strategic mergers and acquisitions, BancorpSouth continued to build a financial institution that could provide their customers with myriad resources.

One of the largest mergers to take place in BancorpSouth's history was in September of 2000 with the merger of First United and BancorpSouth, creating a $9.3 billion regional bank with 240 locations in six states. Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama all have branches and ATMs under the BancorpSouth gumtree logo, offering a vast array of financial services from checking and savings to insurance, investments and wealth management.


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U.S. Bank Equipment Finance Names Bill Roden to Vendor Finance Group

WICHITA, Kan. - U.S. Bank Equipment Finance has named Bill Roden as vice president of sales and business development for its vendor finance group. In this new position, Roden has responsibility for originating, closing and managing vendor programs with major manufacturers, dealers and distributors with a primary focus on the transportation and construction industries. He is based in Wichita, Kan.

Roden developed his equipment finance and leasing expertise while working at a variety of financial services companies, including, most recently, ORIX Financial Services, Inc. as vice president sales, dealer finance segment. Prior to that he was employed with CIT Group/Equipment Finance, Associates Commercial/CitiCapital, and GE Capital, where he held various sales, marketing and management positions.

"With more than 25 years of success working with leading transportation and construction companies, Bill is well positioned to be a valuable contributor to our group's continued growth," said Kyin Lok, senior vice president and national sales manager in the vendor finance group.

U.S. Bank Equipment Finance, one of the largest bank-affiliated equipment finance companies in the nation, has been providing quality equipment finance solutions for 35 years. It's a major funding source for companies in virtually every industry sector nationwide. Visit U.S. Bank Equipment Finance on the web at

U.S. Bank Equipment Finance is part of U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB). With assets of $210 billion, is the 6th largest financial holding company in the United States. The company operates 2,430 banking offices and 4,941 ATMs, and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. U.S. Bancorp is the parent company of U.S. Bank. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at

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Flacco Joins Vanguard as Director of Healthcare Finance

Bensalem, Pa, Vanguard Leasing, Inc. announces the appointment of Joseph Flacco as its Director of Healthcare Finance.

Flacco has spent his leasing career in the healthcare market. He has served in various leadership positions at major leasing companies including Americorp, CitiCapital and Copelco. Flacco will report to William J. Clark, SVP and National Sales Director.

Clark commented, "We are thrilled to have attracted someone of Joe Flacco's caliber to join our organization. Our unique lease processing software and common sense underwriting enable us to differentiate ourselves in this very competitive space. With the addition of Joe's expertise, Vanguard becomes an immediate contender for healthcare vendors seeking value from their financial partner."

Commenting on his appointment, Flacco remarked, "This is a great opportunity for me to be an integral part of the formation of Vanguard Leasing. I am excited by the challenge to help build Vanguard Leasing into a world class lessor."

Vanguard Leasing, Inc. is a nationwide small ticket lessor specializing in purchasing portfolios from leasing companies and the direct origination of leases through vendors and brokers. Additional information can be found on the Company's website at


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Raiffeisen starts leasing business in Ukraine

Raiffeisen International Bank-Holding AG will start leasing business in Ukraine with immediate effect. The newly established Raiffeisen Leasing Aval is jointly owned by Raiffeisen Bank Aval, the group's local banking subsidiary, and Raiffeisen-Leasing International GmbH (RLI), the Vienna-based sub-holding company for the leasing activities in Central and Eastern Europe. In line with its mission to take a leading position on the local leasing market, Raiffeisen International invested a charter capital of more than USD 2 million into the new operation.

Herbert Stepic, CEO of Raiffeisen International, underlined the importance of this particular business area, "Leasing has always been an integral part of our group's comprehensive range of banking products that we offer to our clients across the region. Since the acquisition of Bank Aval last year, we are the number two in the Ukrainian banking market distributing our services through more than 1,350 branches. It is our aim to grow our leasing business rapidly and to become one of the leading providers in the country within two years."

From the outset, Raiffeisen Leasing Aval will be acting as a universal leasing company, offering both equipment and vehicle leasing and adding real estate activities later this year. Products will be sold through Raiffeisen Bank Aval's branch network, but also through RLI's numerous vendor partners. "This unique combination of local market presence and international leasing know-how will allow us to gain a strong position on the booming Ukrainian market", said Volodymyr Lavrenchuk, CEO of Raiffeisen Bank Aval, and added, "Our local clients welcomed our move and started to ask for lease financing immediately. They trust our know-how and experience in handling this financing instrument which is not yet very familiar to many companies."

With a new business volume in 2005 of less than USD 200 million or 0.33 per cent of GDP (compared with 2 to 5 per cent in Western economies), leasing continues to be extremely underdeveloped in Ukraine.

Re-disseminated by The Asian Banker


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News Briefs----

Jobless Claims Fall by 2,000 Last Week

Retailers Report Muted Gains in June

Factory orders rebound after a harsh April

Abu Dhabi Investment House announces 20 percent first-half returns for Al Arabi Private Equity Fund

Fifth Third names COO

Intel puts money on wireless networks

Wireless chip firm raises $25.5 million in 2nd round

San Francisco may get universal health care

Atlanta still ahead of O'Hare in passengers

'Google,' 'unibrow' added to dictionary

Superman Returns smashes IMAX box office records



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Sports Briefs----

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California Nuts Briefs---

Poll shows re-election chances strong for Schwarzenegger



"Gimme that Wine"

Georges Duboeuf convicted of defrauding wine drinkers by mixing low-grade wine with fine vintages.

Rapper's Tiff Over Cristal Puts the Wrong Label on Image

New Wine Law Hurting Small Virginia Wineries

Demand for grapes prompts Missouri farmers to plant vineyards

Wine exporters eye Chinese markets

TASTE³ brings together more than forty of the most compelling writers, thinkers, chefs, winemakers, journalists, artisans, and executives as speakers and hosts, joining 300 attendees who are every bit as tapped-in as the speakers presenting. TASTE³ will thrill, tantalize, engage, intrigue, provoke, and inspire both its audience and its speakers. The single-track program is broken into themed sessions that will be filled with hard-hitting, engaging short-format presentations. Sessions will be interwoven with breaks with networking opportunities and interactive exploration.

Wine Prices by vintage

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Calendar Events This Day

Bonza Bottler Day
To celebrate when the number of the day is the same as the number of the month. Bonza Bottler Day is an excuse to have a party at least once a month.

Chocolate Day

Father-Daughter Take a Walk Together Day
A special time in the summer for fathers and daughters of all ages to spend more time together.

Nepal: Birthday of His majesty the King
National holiday of Nepal commemorating the birth of King Gyanendra in 1946.

Solomon Islands: Independence Day: Anniversary
National holiday. Commemorates independence from Britain in 1978.

Tanzania: Saba Saba Day.
Tanzania's mainland ruling party, TANU, was formed on this day in 1954. Saba Saba means "Seven-Seven."

Wayne Chicken Day
To allow humankind to pay tribute to chickenkind (without laying the proverbial egg.) Parade, National Cluck-Off, Hard-Boiled Egg Eating Contest, craft vendors and musical entertainment, Wayne, Indiana.



Today's Top Event in History

    1906-Birthday of legendry pitcher Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige.

"Sometimes I feel like I will never stop
Just go forever
Till one fine morning
I'll reach up and grab me a handful of stars
and swing out my long lean leg
and whip three hot strikes burning down the heavens
and look over at God and say
How about that!"
- Samuel Allen, "To Satch"



This Day in American History

    1586- Birthday of Thomas Hooker, colonial American pastor and an originator of the earliest system of federal government in America.
    1754 - In New York City, Kings College opened. For its first year of operation, the institution admitted eight students and one faculty member, Dr. Samuel Johnson, who would also serve as the school president. In 1784, Kings College was renamed Columbia College, and later would became Columbia University. Many prestigious awards hail from the university today, including the Columbia Award for Journalism and the Pulitzer Prize for Journalism that was named after former Columbia professor, Joseph Pulitzer.
    1802 - Created by Robert Rusticoat in Hudson, New York, the first comic book to ever be published was "The Wasp."
    1807- First account of the Lewis & Clark expedition is published, Pittsburgh, PA.
    1846 - Commander J.D. Sloat of the United State Navy raised the American flag in Monterey, proclaiming United States citizenship for California. Sloat decided to take possession of California because he feared the British might occupy Monterey, and he was concerned about the reported revolution in Sonoma. The Commodore told the people of Monterey that he came to bring greater political freedom and stability, and henceforth California would be a part of the United States. Population the pueblo of Yerba Buena estimated at about 1000 non-natives. There were about 50 buildings in the pueblo.
    1851-San Francisco's population estimated at 30,000; the Gold Rush was on.
    1851-birthday of Lillian Jane Martin, founder of Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco, the first mental hygienic clinic for normal pre-school children, famed psychologist who started the field of gerontology by opening a clinic for the aged in 1929, when she was 78. She lived to an advanced age, doing such things as traveling through the jungles of South America at 87. In her "before" career, she worked through the ranks at Stanford to become a full professor of psychology in 1911. She was the first woman to head any department there. After mandatory retirement at 65, she got bored and began feeling old so she taught herself to type and then did strenuous exercises to strengthen her body. In 1920 (at 69) she founded Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco, the first mental hygienic clinic for normal pre-school children. In 1929 at 78, she started the work which has resulted in reinventing old age.
    1851- Birthday of Charles A. Tindley, African-American Methodist preacher and songwriter. His most enduring gospel hymns include 'Stand By Me,' 'Nothing Between,' 'Leave It There'and 'By and By.' Died July 26, 1933, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    1861-Birthday of Dr. Nettie Maria Stevens - U.S. biologist who in 1905 announced that chromosomes X and Y were responsible for the sex of the individual. She was never rightfully given full credit for her discovery.
    1863-Lt. Colonel Christopher "Kit" Carson ( whom I was named after as my father was writing the radio series in 1942) leaves Santa Fe with his troops, beginning his campaign against the Indians of New Mexico and Arizona. A famed mountain man before the Civil War, Carson was responsible for waging a destructive war against the Navajo that resulted in their removal from the Four Corners area to southeastern New Mexico. Carson was perhaps the most famous trapper and guide in the West. He traveled with the expeditions of John C. Fremont in the 1840s, leading Fremont through the Great Basin. Fremont's flattering portrayal of Carson made the mountain man a hero when the reports were published and widely read in the east. Later, Carson guided Stephen Watts Kearney to New Mexico during the Mexican-American War. In the 1850s he became the Indian agent in Taos for New Mexico, a position he left in 1861 to accept a commission as lieutenant colonel in the 1st New Mexico Volunteers.
Although Carson's unit saw action in the New Mexico battles of 1862, he was most famous for his campaign against the Indians. Despite his reputation for being sympathetic and accommodating to tribes such as the Mescaleros, Kiowas, and Navajo, under orders of the US Military, Carson waged a brutal campaign against the Navajo in 1863. When bands of Navajo refused to accept confinement on reservations, Carson terrorized the Navajo lands--burning crops, destroying villages, and slaughtering livestock. Carson rounded up some 8,000 Navajo and marched them across New Mexico for imprisonment on the Bosque Redondo, over 300 miles from their homes, where they remained for the duration of the war. Kit Carson guided Stephen W. Kearny's party from New Mexico to California during the Mexican War and his bravery saved the company. Kit Carson was appointed in 1853 as Indian agent for Taos, New Mexico. Kit Carson was extremely qualified and helped calm the Apaches on several different occasions that appeared nearly hopeless short the entrance of his masterful skills During the Civil War Kit Carson joined the Union's Army 1st New Mexican Volunteers he was promoted to brigadier general for his outstanding campaign record After the Civil War Kit Carson commanded Fort Garland garrison in Colorado. When he retired, he moved his family back to Taos, New Mexico, where he died May 23, 1868.
    1865 - Mary E. Surratt became the first woman to be executed by the US government after being found guilty of conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate Abraham Lincoln. Her conviction was a subject of controversy as the only crime she appeared to have committed was to own the boarding house where Booth planned Lincoln's assassination. The president and those living in the area condemning her for allowing the plot to be hatched in her house. Whether she was part of the plot or knew of it was never proven. Three others, also convicted in the conspiracy, were hanged along with Mary E. Surratt: Lewis Payne, David E. Harold and George A. Atzerodt. This took place at Buzzard Point, site of the first U.S. Penitentiary. She was the first woman hanged in the United States.
Her son, one of the original conspirators whose plan it was to kidnap Lincoln, broke with Booth at the suggestion of assassination. Mary Surratt and the three men who were actually part of the conspiracy were hung after a trial replete with suppression of evidence, legal errors, etc. According to President Andrew Johnson, she "kept the nest that hatched the egg," and that was enough to kill her by an official act of the United States Army. Her son who had escaped to Canada was later was tried by a civilian court. He went free when the majority of the hung jury voted for his acquittal. The complicity of Mary Surratt in the plot was never completely proven. Sightings of the ghost of Mary Surratt have been made here, at her boarding house on K Street, and at the site of the Old Brick Capitol (now the site of the Supreme Court). The ghost of Anna Surratt, is said to be heard occasionally banging at the White House door to plead for the life of her mother as she did in fact on the eve of the execution.
    1876 - The most notorious train robber of the American West, Jesse James, held up the Missouri-Pacific train and robbed about $15,000. Accompanied by his gang, Jesse James came to typify the hazards of the 19th-century frontier as it has been portrayed in motion-picture Westerns.
    1887- Beatrice Fox Auerbach birthday - Hartford, Connecticut, business executive and philanthropist who established a foundation to train women's groups in the techniques of community organization. She succeeded her father as president of Hartford's G. Fox and Company and developed it into the largest privately- owned retail store in the nation. Died 1968.
    1896-The Presidential campaign was, in many ways, a battle over money. As was expected, the Republican campaign, led by the party's presidential nominee, Ohio governor William McKinley, centered on maintaining the gold standard. On the other side of the fence, the Democrats took a cue from the Populist party and latched on to the free coinage of silver as one of their guiding issues. While the Democrat's decision to support silver shocked a number of political observers, their nominee for the Oval Office proved to be even more surprising. The Democrats had already settled on their issue, but the summer of 1896 found them without a clear candidate for the Oval Office. That all changed at the party's national convention in Chicago on July 7 when William Jennings Bryan, then just a young scribe from Nebraska, stepped to speak before the Democrat's 20,000 delegates. An ardent supporter of the silver movement, Bryan seized the reins of the party by railing against the Republican's and their "demand for a gold standard." During his speech, Bryan laid down his now famous vow against gold and the Republicans: "You shall not press down upon the brow of labor this crown of thorns, you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold." These indelible words sent the delegates into frenzy and effectively sealed Bryan's unlikely nomination as the Democrat's candidate for President. Alas, Bryan's fiery oratory proved to be no match for McKinley's fat coffers: backed by the money and influence of the nation's business leaders, the Republicans were able to lavish roughly $7 million on their campaign. Bryan, on the other hand, spent a scant $300,000 and ultimately lost his bid for the White House. The electoral vote was McKinley, 271; William Jennings Bryan, 176. The popular vote was McKinley 7,103,779, Bryan 5,402,925. The Republicans not only gained the White House but four seats in the Senate to lead 47-34, seven seats going to minor parties. In the House, the Republicans lost 40 seats but still held a 204-113 majority, 40 seats going to minor parties. The Republican party was free to have its way and on January 12 the new National Monetary Conference met at Indianapolis, Ind, and endorsed the existing gold standard.
    1898-Hawaii was annexed by the US. President William McKinley signed a resolution annexing Hawaii. No change in government took place until 1900, when Congress passed an act making Hawaii an "incorporated" territory of the US. This act remained in effect until Hawaii became a state in 1959.
    1905--- 127ø F (53ø C), Parker Arizona (state record)
    1906-Birthday of legendry pitcher Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige.
"Sometimes I feel like I will never stop
Just go forever
Till one fine morning
I'll reach up and grab me a handful of stars
and swing out my long lean leg
and whip three hot strikes burning down the heavens
and look over at God and say
How about that!"
- Samuel Allen, "To Satch"
    1907 -- Robert A. Heinlein birthday (1907-1988). Prolific American writer, grand master of science fiction. His first stories appeared in action-adventure pulp magazine "Astounding Science Fiction" in 1939. His first novel, Rocket Ship Galileo appeared in 1947 and paved way to children's science fiction. Wrote The Green Hills of Earth , the militarist Starship Troopers , and the 60s hippie oriented Stranger in a Strange Land (a favorite of mass murderer Charles Manson).
In 1975 Heinlein was awarded the first Grand Master Nebula.

    1908- Harriette Louisa Simpson Arnow birthday - U.S. author who described the Souther Appalachian life and people with honesty and authenticity. She earned a college degree, which shocked her family who were descendants of original Kentucky settlers that didn't believe in women's education. She had to move to Cincinnati to live. Her most critically acclaimed best seller was Hunter's Horn (1949)
    1913-Birthday of sax player Hank Mobley, Eastman GA Died May 30, 1986
    1915-birthday of black author Margaret Walker, writer, born Birmingham, Alabama, died November 30, 1998
    1917-Birthday of jazz guitarist Lloyd "Tiny" Grimes guitar Newport News VA. Played with Charlie Parker and later became a rock'n'roll guitarist.
    1917- John (Lonzo) Sullivan of the country comedy duo of Lonzo and Oscar was born in Edmonton, Kentucky. John's Brother, Rollin, was Oscar. The brothers' original songs included such ditties as "I'm My Own Grandpa" - a hit before the Second World War - "You Blacked My Blue Eyes Too Often" and "Take Them Cold Feet Out of My Back." In 1947, Lonzo and Oscar began a 20 year association with the Grand Ole Opry which ended in June 1967 with John Sullivan's death. Died June 5, 1967.
    1923-Famed San Franciscan Lefty O'Doul, who will become an outstanding major league hitter later in his career, gives up 13 runs in the sixth inning as the Indians rout the Red Sox, 27-3. He will finish his 11-year stint in the majors with a lifetime batting average of .349.
    1927- trumpeter and conductor Doc Severinsen born Arlington, Oregon, perhaps best known as the band leader for the "Johnny Carson Show."
    1928- Singer Mary Ford, who had a series of pop hits with her husband, guitarist Les Paul, in the 1950's, was born in Pasadena, California. Their successes included "Mockin' Bird Hill," "How High the Moon" and "Waiting For the Sunrise." Their recordings were among the earliest to use the technique of multitracking, and featured Ford's voice answering Paul's talking guitar. The hits stopped in 1961, and Les Paul and Mary Ford were divorced two years later. Ford died on September 30th, 1977.,+Mary+(I )'n'MaryCol.html
    1934 -- F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, & Maxwell Perkins, lunch together. Fitzgerald advises Wolfe, struggling with Perkins over revisions to Of Time & the River: "You never cut anything out of a book you regret later."
    1940-Birthday of drummer,singer, musician Ringo Starr (The Beatles) born Liverpool, England. He replaces Pete Best as the Beatles drummer in August 1962. He has two million-selling No. 1 solo singles: "Photograph" and "You're Sixteen." He marries actress Barbara Bach in 1981 and appears in several films, including "That'll Be the Day," "Cave Man" and Paul McCartney's "Give My Regards to Broad Street."
    1937- With President Franklin D. Roosevelt in attendance at Griffith Stadium in Washington, Yankees' first baseman Lou Gehrig drives in four runs with a home run and a double to lead the AL to an 8-3 victory over the National League in All-Star action.
    1948 - Satchel Paige was signed to pitch for the Cleveland Indians. Paige, who became a baseball legend playing in the Negro leagues, put on a major league uniform for the first time in his 23-year career. While he claimed to be 39, many speculated that he was actually in his 50's.
    1946-Pope Pius XII presided over the canonization ceremonies for Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini, as she became the first American to be canonized. She was the founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and her principal shrine is at mother Cabrini High School, New York, NY. Carbrini was born at Lombardy Italy., July 15, 1859 and died at Chicago, IL, December 22,1917. Her feast day is celebrated on December 22.
    1948---Top Hits
You Can't Be True, Dear - The Ken Griffin Orchestra (vocal: Jerry Wayne)
Nature Boy - Nat King
Woody Woodpecker Song - The Kay Kaiser Orchestra (vocal: Gloria Wood and The Campus Kids)
Bouquet of Roses - Eddy Arnold
    1949 - Jack Webb's "Dragnet" makes its radio debut on NBC radio. This was the first program to dramatize actual cases from police files. Each episode, on both radio and television, began with the announcement: "The story you are about to hear [see] is true; the names have been changed to protect the innocent;" and ended with the sentence the criminal was given. After a successful television preview on "Chesterfield Sound-Off Time," "Dragnet" made the permanent leap to television in January 1952. From 1952 to 1956, the show enjoyed simultaneous runs on radio and television, continuing on television until 1959. After a seven year hiatus, the show resurfaced as "Dragnet '67" to distinguish itself from its own reruns. This first real-life police drama series was such a success that it remains in syndication today.
    1953- R'n'B singer Peter Brown, who had a Top Ten hit in 1978 with "Dance With Me."
    1954--Two versions of "Sh-Boom" hit the top-10. The original version by the Chords was at #9 and the cover version by The Crew Cuts was at #5
    1954- Memphis disc jockey Dewey Phillips became the first DJ to play an Elvis Presley record when he premiered "That's All Right" on his "Red, Hot and Blue" show on station WHBQ. Phillips also interviewed Presley on the program. "That's All Right" and its flip side, an updating of the country tune "Blue Moon of Kentucky," were hits in the Memphis area.
    1956-- The Platters' "My Prayer" is released.
    1956---Top Hits
The Wayward Wind - Gogi Grant
Be-Bop-A-Lula - Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps
Born to Be with You - The Chordettes
Crazy Arms - Ray Price
    1956 - Johnny Cash makes his first appearance on "Grand Ole Opry." He later becomes a regular member of the cast.
    1962 - With "The Stripper," orchestra leader David Rose reached the number 1 spot on the popular music charts. The song stayed at the top spot for one week. Rose's previous success on the music charts was with "Holiday for Strings" in 1944.
    1962 - Riding Big Steve at Chicago, Illinois's Arlington Park, jockey Bill Hartack won his 3,000th race.
    1964---Top Hits
I Get Around - The Beach Boys
My Boy Lollipop - Millie Small
Memphis - Johnny Rivers
Together Again - Buck Owens
    1967 - The Monkees open a national tour with little-known Jimi Hendrix as the opening act.
    1968 -- Three years after Eric Clapton departed the Yardbirds & eight months after Jeff Beck left the group, the Yardbirds disband. Guitarist Jimmy Page had to fulfill the concert obligations & called his group The New Yardbirds. Keith Moon said "'ll probably go over like a lead zeppelin." So Page changed the name of his group to Led Zeppelin.
    1971-- Commissioner Kuhn and Hall of Fame president Paul Kirk announce former Negro League players will have full membership in the Cooperstown shrine, not a separate wing as previously planned.
    1972---Top Hits
Song Sung Blue - Neil Diamond
Outa-Space - Billy Preston
Lean on Me - Bill Withers
Eleven Roses - Hank Williams, Jr.
    1975-"Ryan's Hope" premiered on TV. This ABC soap ran until 1989 and was set mostly at the fictional Ryan's Tavern on Riverside Hospital at New York City.
    1980---Top Hits
Coming Up - Paul McCartney and Wings
The Rose - Bette Midler
It's Still Rock and Roll to Me - Billy Joel
He Stopped Loving Her Today - George Jones
    1981 - President Reagan nominated Sandra Day O'Connor to become a Supreme Court justice; she became the first woman member of the Supreme Court in September. She retired in 2006.
    1981-- Parts of Montana in a rare snow storm that dumped 10 inches at Glacier National Park with winds to 90 mph. Not far to the south, Denver was setting a record high with 101!
    1984 - "When Doves Cry," the first single to be released from Prince's 1984 album Purple Rain, hits the top of the charts. The song stayed on top for five weeks and became the best-selling single of 1984. Meanwhile, the album topped the charts for 24 weeks and sold more than 10 million copies.
    1984 -- Mr. Ed fan club holds first national convention labelled "Edstock". Billed as "a few hours of Ed, love & music." Tiny Tim won the "Ed Award" for the greatest live performance of the Mr. Ed theme.
    1986 - Jackie Joyner-Kersee was the United State's biggest success at the Goodwill Games. At the event held in Moscow, Russia, she broke the heptathlon world record with 7,148 points. The same year, Jackie broke her own record when she scored 7,158 points in the United States Olympic Sports Festival where she won all the heptathlon's seven events.
    1987--Temperatures fluctuate at Greensburg, KS from 75 at 7 am to 95 in a few minutes then drop back to 86 by 8 am. This was accompanied by dust devils and strange clouds.
    1988 - Thirty-eight cities in the north central and northeastern U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date. Youngstown, OH, hit 100 degrees, and for the second day in a row, Flint, MI, reached 101 degrees, equaling all-time records for those two cities.
    1988---Top Hits
Dirty Diana - Michael Jackson
The Flame - Cheap Trick
Mercedes Boy - Pebbles
If It Don't Come Easy - Tanya Tucker
    1989 - Thunderstorms produced severe weather during the day, with more than 100 reports of large hail and damaging winds from Ohio to Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Thunderstorm winds reached 90 mph in Sullivan County, NH, and golf ball size hail was reported in Pennsylvania. Twenty-four cities, mostly in the southwestern U.S., reported record high temperatures for the date. Afternoon highs of 105 degrees at Cedar City, UT, and 114 degrees at Moab, UT, were all-time records for those locations
    1990- The world's three most famous tenors - Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras - performed their first concert together. The performance, in Rome on the eve of the World Cup soccer final, earned millions of dollars for charity. An album of the event, "Carerras-Domingo-Pavorotti in Concert," was a surprise hit on the pop charts, and eventually became the best-selling classical album of all-time.
    1998 -In the highest-scoring game in All-Star history, the American League beats the senior circuit, 13-8 in the thin air at Coors Field in Denver. The 21-run total surpasses the previous record set in     1954 when the American League beat the Nationals,11-9 in Cleveland's Municipal Stadium.
    1999 - The soundtrack album from Disney's film "Tarzan" was certified platinum on this date.
    1999-- The Rockies tie a 1903 major league record scoring in 15 consecutive innings. Phillies' ace Curt Schilling ends the streak.
    1999-The San Francisco Landmark Preservation Board voted to bestow landmark status to the Doggie Diner restaurant across from the city zoo. Sloat Garden Center, the owner of the property, order the diner operator to close shop in 60 days.
    2005 --The American sports of baseball and softball are dropped from the 2012 Olympic Games scheduled to played in London. It is the first time in 69 years events have been cut from the world games.



Baseball Poem

        Baseball: a Poem by Nancy Pham

Baseball is a simple game,
It's hard to find someone who does not know the name,
of Ruth or Gehrig or Mays
baseball can go back to the days
of horse drawn, up to horsepower
an amusement used to pass the hours
and minutes, and days, through a lifetime
like mine
the wonderful joy of horsehide on cowhide
the bat on the ball
spikes on the bag
dirt in your palms
grass under your feet
the white of the lines
the black on the plate
the mound, that's just there
the cap on your head
the wood in your hands
the perfect throw from center to home
from third to first
or that little flip from short to second
to complete
the most beautiful thing in the game
the double play
one.then two
like 90 feet in a faultless diamond
or 60 feet 6 in between
it's exciting,
the rundown
the homer
the triple
or triple play
the double down the left field line
the stolen base
or pickoff
it's boring,
the walk
the force play
the infield fly rule,
the ground-rule double
it's the stuff dreams are made of
Game 7
Bottom of the 9th
2 outs
bases loaded
and you hit the game winning homer
is better than that
nothing is better than baseball
a pure pastime
a childhood memory
a grown passion




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