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Friday, March 28, 2014

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

Pictures from the Past---1997---Victor Harris
 Classified Ads---Operations
  Leasing Sales Person Kevin M. Collins Passes Away
New Hires---Promotions
 Classified Ads---Help Wanted
  Selling the Local Bank Angle Will Get Tougher
   as Online Banking Grows
    Fed Capital Requirement Results 'Huge' Surprises
     “Newspapers” Online
Leasing Conference Late Registration News
       Order Roses Now
  Element Completes Additional US $118 million
   Funding of Trinity Railcar Leases- $2 Billion Goal
    Labrador Retriever Mix
     Chicago, Illinois Adopt-a-Dog
   Bad Words/Jodorowsky's Dune
    12 Years a Slave/The Grandmaster/Oldboy
     Film/DVD Reviews by Fernando Croce
       Classified Ads
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 Huntington Bank Named One of Nation's Best Business & Commercial Banks
  Signature Bank Appoints Three Private Client Banking Teams
   Businesses Deposit $1 Billion through Wells Fargo Mobile App
    Mortgage rates rise in overreaction to Fed
     Cole Taylor Bank Accused Aiding $50 million Ponzi Scheme
      Amazon Plans Free Streaming Media Service
       Facebook drones announced
        Russo’s and Whole Foods delivery debuts in Metrowest, via Instacart

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Pictures from the Past---1997---Victor Harris

Victor Harris has practiced law since 1972. He has a litigation and transactional practice located at the Law Offices of Victor Harris in San Rafael, California.

Mr. Harris has focused on commercial finance for the last 19 years, including equipment leasing, asset-based lending, and secured transactions. His clients include financial institutions and equipment leasing companies (funders, lessors and brokers), and his representation extends to collection and defense litigation, workouts, transactional and other documentation matters, lender liability, and mixed collateral problems.


He is at the same office as noted in this posting:
1050 Northgate Drive, Suite 360
San Rafael, CA 94903-2541
Phone: 415-479-8000

University of California, Berkeley, B.S., summa cum laude, 1968
Law School, Harvard University, J.D., cum laude, 1972

Admitted: 1972, California; 1977, U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. District Court, Northern, Central, Eastern, and Southern Districts of California

Memberships: State Bar of California (Member, Business Law Section, Financial Institutions Committee); United Association of Equipment Leasing (Member, Board of Directors, 1996-1997, 2002-2007; Chairperson, Standards Committee, 1998-2001; Secretary-Treasurer, 2004; Vice President, 2005, President, 2006); National Equipment Finance Association (Member, Legal Committee, 2009-).

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Classified Ads---Operations

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Active CLP/BPB Leasing Superstar! Unmatched work ethic and positive energy - strong attention to detail - have taken transactions from application through funding.  Have worked as both broker & funder.  Problem solver - strong sales and customer service personality.  I keep the deals moving and alive!  Will relocate for the right opportunity.

Want To Work From Home
Have 10+ years in readying Lease Origination Documentation, Litigation case mgmt., Collection, Repossession, Remarketing, complete Discovery and Interrogatories, attend Trials and Mediation, prepare and submit SAR’s, translate for Spanish speaking customers, clients and employees, monitor high risk accounts for monetary penalties, bankruptcy management. Email: BRFR@ATT.NET

Willing to relocate
Having successfully held senior level operations and sales & marketing positions in the receivable management industry, I'm a hybrid who understands business from both perspectives. I have almost twenty-five (25) years’ experience selling services to Fortune 500 companies and operating large, nationally licensed call centers / collection agencies. - Resume

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Kevin M. Collins, CLP, Passes away

Long time reader Tom Nars reports his friend of many years has passed away. He was Senior Business Development Manager, Marlin Business Services Corp. , joining the firm July, 2012. Prior he was Business Development Officer (Healthcare), TCF Equipment Finance (July, 2011–July, 2012); Founder & Networking Leader - Helping others succeed!, Professional Leadership Group (August, 2007–October, 2011); Trusted Advisor/Vendor Financing Sales - Medical Devices, Software, & IT, Wynn Consulting (September, 2009–July, 2011); National Account Manager - Enterprise Sales/Strategic Accounts (Vendor), FirstCorp (IFC Credit purchased the company) (October,2003–July 2009); President/Owner, Wynn Consulting (December, 2001–October, 2003); Dir/Enterprise Channel Sales & Strategic Accounts, Bombardier Capital (August, 1998–August, 2001); National Sales Manager - Vendor Financing, GE Capital (August 1997–July 1998); Organization: Certified Leasing Professional Foundation (2004-present). Education: Education: Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, Executive MBA (honors), Business (1991–1993); Bowling Green State University,

BSBA, Marketing. Honors & Awards

- "Top Gun Award" (8 times) for annual top volume/profit performance. 
- "Presidents Club" (11 times) for annual sales or sales management volume performance
- "Salesperson of the quarter" (6 times),
- Completed S.P.I.N. (SPIN) Sales Training Course
- Completed GE executive courses: Six Sigma Quality Training, Credit Underwriting and Analysis, and Accelerating Leadership Performance.
- Active volunteer participant: Barrington Youth Programs, CareerPlace (Sales and Motivation Training), Uncork Barrington.

“I am active within my community as a volunteer, I split my available time between CareerPlace (a non-profit job search organization), Uncork Barrington (a non-profit organization that provides support to local charities), PADS for the homeless and my church. As a consultant within the industry I have been published in the CLP Foundation Periodicals and DotMed News. I founded two of my own organizations - KMR Investment Group Ltd & Professional Leadership Group (Executive Networking)”



Kevin M. Collins, CLP, born June 14, 1957, in Chicago, Illinois, passed away peacefully March 22, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Kevin is survived by his fiancé, Celeste Minella; children, Nicole and Ryan Collins; father, Robert Collins; siblings, Robert (Mary) Collins, Daniel (late Tamera) Collins, Therese (Kevin) Kramer, Mary (Robert) Coleman and Brian (Heather) Collins. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Collins. In Memory and in Celebration of Kevin Collins, who made this world a brighter and better place, visitation will be held from 6pm until the time of the memorial mass at 8pm Tuesday, March 25 at St. Anne Catholic Church, 120 N. Ela Street (corner of Franklin and Ela Streets), Barrington. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Kevin's name may be made to JourneyCare Foundation, 405 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, IL 60010. Condolences may be sent to the family at Call 847-381-3411 for information. - See more at:




New Hires---Promotions

Tara Aasand hired as Account Manager at LeaseTeam, Inc., Omaha, Nebraska. Previously, she was in Business Development, Great American Insurance Group (March 2002–March 2014); Banking, Wells Fargo Bank (January 1999–March 2002). Licensed P&C Agent. Organizations: Executive Committee/ Board Member, National Equipment Finance Association (January 2011–Present).

(Note: See her at the NEFA Summit Conference, Scottsdale, Arizona, April 2-4

William Douglas named Head and Managing Director of CIT Corporate Finance, Healthcare. He previously served as Underwriting Manager for the Group where he was responsible for overseeing the transaction underwriting function, joining CIT January, 2009. Previously he was Director - Citigroup Special Situations, Citi (2005–2008), where “ (He) focused on middle market leverage lending and junior debt, covering multiple industries with responsibilities including origination, underwriting, and portfolio management. From 2000-2005, he worked in the Business Finance Group, providing senior debt financing to companies located throughout the U.S. (leverage finance, asset based and investment grade). In 2006, he joined Citi Special Situations, a multi-strategy principal investment group, to help launch the fund’s middle market junior debt strategy providing capital solutions including unitranche, second lien, mezzanine and equity co-investments. Douglass began his career with SouthTrust Bank. He received a BA in Managerial Economics from Hampden-Sydney College.”

Zack Miller promoted to Associate Operations Coordinator, First American Equipment Finance, Rochester, New York. He joined the firm December, 2012 as a sales support intern. Previously, he was Cashier TBB Stores Inc. (February 2011–August 2012). He continues as a Finance Teacher Assistant, St. John Fisher College (September 2012–Present). Education: attended Saint John Fisher College and Jamestown Community College. Saint John Fisher College Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Corporate Finance, 3.9 (2012–2014 (expected))

Chris Mitchell named Regional Vice President at Hitachi Business Finance; based in Atlanta, Georgia. “(He) will concentrate his efforts on attracting new clients in the Southeast region, including Georgia, North and South Carolina, Florida, and Alabama.” Previously he was Senior Vice President. Gibraltar Business Capital, LLC (March 2012–December 2013); Regional Sales Manager, Greenfield Commercial Credit (August 2010–March 2012); Region Director, Dominion Business Finance (2006–2008); Region Manager-VP, First Capital Corp. (1996–2005). Education: Auburn University, BS Finance, Finance (1983–1988), Activities and Societies: Financial Management Association Sigma Nu Fraternity. Organizations: Commercial Finance Association, National Funding Association, Turnaround Management Association,ACG

Jenna Rogers named marketing manager, Channel Partners Business Development Team, Maple Grove, Minnesota. Previously she was Gallery Director, The Event Gallery (January, 2013). Founder/President, Noah's Memorial SIDS Foundation (January 2011–Present); Product Manager, MOSQUITO Inc. (August 2009–March 2011); National Account Executive, JLA Home (2008–August 2009); Strategic Sales Specialist, Henkel Corporation (December 2005–March 2008); Senior Product Coordinator, Target Corporation (October 2003–November 2005). Education: University of Minnesota-Duluth BA, Communications and Professional Writing (1999–2003).

Guy Schaefer named Vice President, Regional Sales Manager, equipment finance division of Triumph Commercial Finance, a member of the Triumph Bancorp, Inc. group, “As Vice President, Regional Sales Manager, Guy Schaefer will be responsible for equipment finance origination in the Upper Midwest. Prior to joining Triumph, he served as District Manager at Equify Financial where he was responsible for new business development in the construction, energy and transportation segment covering several Midwestern states. Previously, he served as Managing Member for Northpoint Partners and as Senior Sales Manager, Senior Vice President at GE Capital Solution. Mr. Schaefer also spent 7 years at CitiCapital Corporation and 16 years at Associates Commercial Corporation. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from University of Wisconsin.”

Michael (Micky) Urquhart will be promoted to President and CEO of People's Capital and Leasing Corp. (PCLC) , a subsidiary of People's United Bank, Bridgeport, Connecticut, on March 31, 2014, following the retirement of Vincent Cianciolo, who led the company since 1997. He presently is senior vice-president; joining the bank October, 1997. Previously he was President, Maine Line Capital LLC (January 1995–September 1997); Vice President, Phoenixcor (June 1992–December 1994); CPA, audit manager, Phoenixcor, Inc., Coopers & Lybrand Consulting (January 1981–September 1987). Education: Penn State University, Bachelor of Science, Accounting (1977–1981).


Leasing Industry Help Wanted


Credit Manager
Fort Collins, Colorado

Responsible for the daily management of the underwriting efforts in the credit department on transactions up to $75,000 Click here for more informationn
-Est. 1982, specializing in the under $75,000
marketplace to smaller, closely-held businesses--



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Selling the Local Angle Will Get Tougher
as Online Banking Grows
By Divya Lulla and Ken McCarthy

A SNL Financial Exclusive

Community banks, in many cases, are serving markets that are not yet totally comfortable operating in the online space, but during the next 10 years that is likely to change in a big way.

There will be dramatic changes to the way people buy financial products in the next decade, Jim Adkins, founder and managing member of bank consultancy Artisan Advisors, told SNL. And it will pose a huge competitive issue for community banks that have yet to fully embrace technology. "Right now, they are going to get a pass," he said. "Right now, you can skate, you can look the other way and it won't affect you in a big way." But Adkins said the pace of change is ever-increasing, and banks need to get their cost structures in line to be able to compete with online retailers.

Today, the choice for customers concerned only with rate on many retail products is a no-brainer. For example, the national average that U.S. savings and commercial banks pay for a $1,000 regular savings product is 0.13% interest, while Ally Bank is offering 0.87% and Capital One Bank (USA) NA is offering 0.75%, according to SNL data. In terms of a one-year, $10,000 CD, Ally is offering 0.99% interest and Nationwide Bank is paying 0.91%. By comparison, the average commercial and savings bank is paying 0.37%.

There is a certain portion of the market that will gravitate to online, and it will be very difficult for a traditional community bank to capture those customers, Michael Jamesson, head of bank consulting firm Jamesson Associates, told SNL. He said community banks need to understand that retail has become difficult to serve in a cost-effective manner. For online banks, the costs are marginal compared to community banks with brick-and-mortar buildings staffed by employees. But Jamesson said community banks can effectively compete by leveraging up the fact that they are local, and by zeroing in on the businesses and commercial customers that do want relationships. "Typically, a small business borrower is going to look for a banker that is going to be there when things get tough," he said. "They've all gone through the cycle, and anybody can get a loan when everything is great."

Jamesson said business owners want a bank that knows their business and understands that they will come out of downturns. He said if banks can leverage that factor and gain commercial and small business loans, they might be able to turn those customers and their employees into retail customers too. "I think that's the approach community banks have to use," he said. "The 'build it and they will come' branch approach … I don't see how that can work in the digital age."

Scotia, N.Y.-based First National Bank of Scotia President John Buhrmaster told SNL he agrees that being local gives community banks an advantage versus online banks. No matter how customers access their accounts, problems invariably arise, he said. And being able to call a bank down the street instead of a 1-800 number gives community banks a big advantage over their online counterparts. "Community banks are going to compete as long as they have the products and services the customers want," he said. "The real competitive edge comes from the service that we provide."

Adkins, for one, is not so sure. He said that playing up the local angle will not cut it with the younger generations and called it a "long-term, losing strategy." Adkins said he has a son in college that has probably never been in a bank branch. He said that is not unusual among the younger generation. Even the ability to have someone close by when problems arise is not a big deal to those customers, he said. "They don't care. They're so comfortable dealing with issues online," he said.

Jamesson, from the bank consulting firm, said technology is undoubtedly changing the battlefield, but it is important for people to be able to talk to other people when problems arise and when they want their needs met. So bank branches, in some form, will continue to dot the landscape for at least the next 10 years to 15 years. "I think there's still going to be a need for that interaction, not on the routine stuff, but when something pops out of the box," Jamesson said. But he said the days of 5,000-square-foot branches housing seven tellers "have got to go." Community banks must evolve sort of like the airlines have in terms of pushing customers into self-service with basic transactions while trying to leverage relationships and problem solving with qualified customer service representatives, he said.

Big banks are always going to have the advantage of multiple delivery channels and geographic reach, and, on top of that, community banks have to compete with a variety of competitors including online banks and new options such as PayPal. "There's a whole mess of competitors out there that community banks are going to have to, in some fashion, come up with a counter to," he said. Jamesson said online is no more of a threat than credit unions or a financial service provider like Wal-Mart. "It's not really a bilateral battle, it's a multilateral battle against many competitors in the marketplace," he said.

First National Bank of Scotia's Buhrmaster said community banks are onboard with online products and most now offer it in some form. And he said those offerings are not only targeted for the younger generation. First National Bank of Scotia has "snowbird" clients — New Yorkers who spend the winters in warmer places such as Florida or Arizona — who are heavy users of the bank's online services.

Adkins, from Artisan Advisors, agreed that almost all banks have a website and some online presence, but many have yet to invest in things like mobile payments and are "far from prepared" for the possibility that customers could leave for nontraditional platforms. "A lot of them aren't even recognizing it, but the smart ones are," he said.

Adkins said that as the younger generation becomes more prominent, the community banking model will have to change. "It will have to define personal customer service as something other than coming in and sitting down," he said.


Fed Capital Requirement Results Provide 'Huge' Surprises

SNL Financial Exclusive

By Ken McCarthy and Salman Aleem Khan

Results of the latest Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review took some industry observers by surprise, as the Federal Reserve objected to five of the 30 participants' plans, and approved another two banks only after they resubmitted.

The Fed objected to Zions Bancorp's capital plan on quantitative grounds, noting that the company would not meet the minimum, post-stress Tier 1 common ratio of 5%. Other than Citigroup Inc., all of the banks that were rejected because of qualitative concerns were going through the CCAR exam for the first time, and all were subsidiaries of foreign companies. Those banks were HSBC North America Holdings Inc., RBS Citizens Financial Group Inc. and Santander Holdings USA Inc.

Erik Oja, a bank equity analyst with S&P Capital IQ, told SNL Financial that Citi facing an objection and Bank of America Corp. receiving a nonobjection were "huge" surprises.

Oja said that Citi, which also faced rejection during a previous CCAR exam, was clearly hurt by the $400 million loss it recently uncovered at a subsidiary in Mexico. "That was a matter of concern, but I didn't think that Citigroup had enough other concerns that it would lead to a rejection," he said.

The Fed attributed its objection to Citi's capital plan to "significantly heightened supervisory expectations" for the largest and most complex bank holding companies. "While Citigroup has made considerable progress in improving its general risk-management and control practices over the past several years, its 2014 capital plan reflected a number of deficiencies in its capital planning practices, including in some areas that had been previously identified by supervisors as requiring attention, but for which there was not sufficient improvement," the regulator stated.

Bank of America and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. met minimum capital requirements after submitting adjusted capital actions, the Fed said. Before adjusting its capital plans, BofA fell below the minimum on two fronts — Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio and Tier 1 leverage ratio — according to the Fed's report, while Goldman's Tier 1 leverage ratio fell short before the company adjusted its submission. 

Oja was not surprised that four of the 12 banks going through the exam for the first time were rejected. He said the fact that only one of the 18 banks that had gone through the test previously was turned down was in line with expectations.

Federal Reserve Governor Daniel Tarullo said the banking sector each year has shown "broad improvement" in assessing its capital needs under stress. "However, both the firms and supervisors have more work to do as we continue to raise expectations for the quality of risk management in the nation's largest banks," he said in a press release announcing the results.

Analysts thought qualitative assessments could bring the biggest surprises in the 2014 test after BB&T Corp.'s rejection in 2013 on qualitative issues. In a March 26 research report, Sandler O'Neill & Partners LP analysts Jeffery Harte and Brad Milsaps said they had few concerns from a quantitative standpoint, but noted that every CCAR exam seems to bring a few instances where it appears certain banks will pass "with flying colors" and then fail to have their capital plans approved. "From the outside, it is difficult to understand why these flukes occur, but there seem to be one or two every year," the analysts wrote.

Thomas Rudkin, an investment banker and principal at FIG Partners LLC, noted that all the CCAR newcomers are sophisticated banks, and said it was safe to assume they would be well-prepared for the test. "Everybody had another year to figure out how to do this correctly and be prepared for it," he told SNL ahead of the results March 26. As banks pass the exam year after year, investor confidence in those banks builds. "The investment community is already used to the idea that most of the banks are going to pass," he said.

FBR Capital Markets analyst Bob Ramsey told SNL that for Huntington Bancshares Inc. and KeyCorp, results were mostly as expected with a modest increase in dividend as well as share repurchase authorization, but nothing that moves the needle on his estimates or outlook for the stocks. The Fed also approved M&T Bank Corp.'s plan, and as the company is still in "capital build mode" it likely requested little if anything more than maintaining the current dividend, Ramsey said. 

In the bigger picture, Ramsey said it is no surprise that most companies passed, while a few companies were made an example of. "For those that passed, this is really a no-news-is-good-news story," he said. "Given the DFAST results, it made sense for Zions' plan not to be approved, but the qualitative concerns at four large banks were more newsworthy."

The results released March 26 came less than one week after the March 20 release of the Dodd-Frank Act stress test results. The so-called DFAST results showed the majority of the industry's biggest banks could withstand another steep recession, showing that all of the participants except Zions would have ample capital to survive exceptionally poor economic conditions.




“Newspapers” Online

At one time there was a surge of local newspapers going on line.

To learn about them, Leasing News started a list and posted them for readers. It was an early feature, before Patch and Topix got started. Many of them disappeared or were taken over by a larger newspaper as community printed newspapers started to disappear.

The key was not just local news, which in some spots was enough to attract readers, but the lack of local community ads. It appears the national companies were not interested or set-up to deal with the local on line media---especially when it was difficult to prove actual readership or response enough to attract national advertisers, especially their advertising agencies.

Recently Leasing News up-dated the list. If you have a favorite on line newspaper not on the list, please send url address to

Online Newspapers

Houston, Texas Community Newspapers 
extended community map of newspapers on line 
Houston, Texas

Nashville, Tennessee

Overland Park, Kansas

Poughkeepsie, New York

San Jose, California
San Jose, California 

Santa Barbara, CA 
Santa Barbara Independent 

Waterbury, Connecticut



Leasing Conference Late Registration News


March 31-April 2
National Vehicle Leasing Association
Annual Conference
Westin La Paloma Resort
Tucson, Arizona

Event Schedule


Register on line preferred, or at the Conference, if last minute

"This year's program has a day and a half packed with sessions for Consumer and Fleet Lessors to grow their business and includes a full day of sessions for Lease Here Pay Here (LHPH). The LHPH track presents the critical information a dealer needs to evaluate and enter the LHPH business. 

"I have found events such as these to be invaluable. My company has reaped the benefits of the networking and relationships made at the 2013 NVLA conference. The McMahon Automotive Group, smartly re-branded, committed to social media as an active, integral part of our marketing efforts, and re-vamped how we qualify personnel for our frontline positions. The results of the conversations and relationships developed from the 2013 conference resulted in adding to our business in many ways as well as the bottom line. 

"I strongly urge those in the vehicle leasing industry to attend
the 2014 NVLA Conference."
P.J. McMahon, CVLE
National Vehicle Leasing Association, President

April 2-4
National Equipment Finance Association
2014 National Equipment Finance Summit
Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center
Scottsdale, Arizona

NEFA registration “on line” until March 31
Registration available at conference

AXIS Capital
Banc Of California
Blue Chip Leasing Corporation
Boston Financial & Equity Services
Bryn Mawr Funding
Business Credit Reports
Channel Partners, LLC
CLP Foundation
Collateral Specialists, Inc.
Dakota Financial, LLC
ECS Financial Services, Inc
Financial Pacific Leasing, LLC
Fora Financial
Great American Insurance
LeaseTeam, Inc.
Nassau Asset Management
Orange Commercial Credit
Pawnee Leasing Corporation
River Capital Finance
RLC Funding
RTR Services, Inc.
Quiktrak, Inc

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- April 13, 2014: Networking Reception from 5:00 – 6:00 PM
- April 14, 2014: Sessions from 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Robert Hollenshead, Founder and President, R. Hollenshead Auto Sales, 
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April 14: ARN Automotive Annual Conference
April 15: Auto Forum
April 16: New York Auto Show Preview Day
April 17: New York Auto Show Preview Day

April 23 - 25
2014 National Funding Conference
Chicago, IL




May 1 - 3
National Association of Equipment
Leasing Brokers 
2014 Annual Meeting
Caribe Royale Hotel
Orlando, FL

Annual Conference Exhibitors

360 Equipment Finance
Allegiant Partners, Inc.
Amerisource Funding
Axis Capital
Banc of California, N.A.
Bankers Capital
Channel Partners LLC
Financial Pacific Leasing LLC
First Federal Leasing
Leasing Solutions LLC
Maxim Commercial Capital LLC
NCMIC Finance Corporation
NFS Leasing
On Deck
Orange Commercial Credit
Paradigm Equipment Finance
Pawnee Leasing Coporation
Preferred Business Solutions
RLC Funding
Team Funding Solutions

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NAELB has negotiated a special group rate of $139/night for single/double or $159/night for king deluxe, from Wednesday, April 30 - Saturday, May 3.


May 7 - 9
Association of Government Leasing and Finance 
AGL&F/ELFA Public Sector Finance Forum
Washington, DC


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September 4-6
2014 Eastern Regional Meeting
Lord Baltimore Hotel
Baltimore, MD

September 10-12
Canadian Finance and Leasing Association
The Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Whistler, British Columbia

September 18-20
San Antonio Texas
To Be Announced

October 19-21
2014 53rd Annual Convention
Manchester Grand Hyatt
San Diego, CA

November 5-7
34th Annual AGLF Fall Conference
Loews Ventana Canyon
Tucson, Arizona

November 6 - 8
2014 Western Regional Meeting
Hyatt Regency Irvine
Irvine, CA

November 12 - 14
Commercial Finance Association
70th Annual Convention
Washington Marriott Wardman Park
Washington, D.C.


November 16 -17
NJ Expo Regional
Teaneck, New Jersey
(Sunday evening- All Day Monday)

CFA Related Conferences

CFA Network Calendar

ELFA ---2014 Schedule of Conferences, Workshops
and e-Learning Opportunities



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

Element Completes Additional US $118 million
Funding of Trinity Railcar Leases--$2 Billion is Goal

Element expects to provide lease financing for up to US $2 billion
worth of railcars over a two year period

Toronto, Canada – Element Financial Corporation (TSX:EFN) (“Element” or the “Company”), one of North America’s leading equipment finance companies, announced that it has closed its third railcar lease portfolio with the purchase of a further US $118 million worth of leased railcars from Dallas-based Trinity Industries, the leading railcar manufacturer in North America.

Since December of last year, Element has funded a total of US$619 million of leased railcars as part of a vendor finance program with Trinity Industries under which Element expects to provide lease financing for up to US$2 billion worth of railcars over a two year period.

Including the current transaction, Element’s current US$619 million leased railcar portfolio is consistent with the diversification criteria established by Element further to the vendor finance agreement it entered into with Trinity last December and aligns the portfolio with similar investment-grade rated railcar lease portfolios funded last year in the asset-backed security market.

About Element Financial Corporation

With total assets in excess of $4 billion, Element Financial Corporation is one of North America’s leading equipment finance companies. Element operates across North America in five verticals of the equipment finance market – Commercial Finance, Vendor Finance, Aviation Finance, Railcar Finance and Fleet Management.

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A ribald comedy ("Bad Words") and an enjoyable documentary ("Jodorowsky's Dune") come to theaters, while DVD releases offer an Oscar winner ("12 Years a Slave"), sumptuous action ("The Grandmaster"), and a ripping remake ("Oldboy").

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Bad Words (Focus Features): After years of deft comic support in TV and movies, Jason Bateman tries his hand at directing with promising results in this ribald comedy. Bateman also stars as Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old man who, after discovering a loophole in the national spelling bee's rule book, starts crashing every single competition. As he wrecks havoc and takes home prizes, he becomes the archenemy of angry parents, irritated organizers, and eager kids. What lies behind Guy's obsession with winning awards at a children's contest? With his 10-year-old friend and competitor Chaitanya (Rohan Chand) by his side, he takes his ruthless approach all the way to the top. Serving up a banquet of sarcastic humor seasoned with bits of sly sweetness, Bateman's film is an entertainingly tart break from cinematic politeness.

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




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This Day in History

       1776 - Juan Bautista de Anza, one of the great western pathfinders of the 18th century, arrives at the future site of San Francisco with 247 colonists. Anza established a presidio, or military fort, on the tip of the San Francisco peninsula. Six months later, a Spanish Franciscan priest founded a mission near the presidio that he named in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, which, in Spanish, is San Francisco de Asiacutes. The most northerly outpost of the Spanish Empire in America, San Francisco remained an isolated and quiet settlement for more than half a century after Anza founded the first settlement. It was not until the 1830s that an expansionist United States began to realize the commercial potential of the magnificent natural harbor. In the wake of the Mexican War, the U.S. took possession of California in 1848, though San Francisco was still only a small town of 900 at that time. With the discovery of gold that year at Sutter's Fort, however, San Francisco boomed. By 1852, San Francisco was home to more than 36,000 people. The founder of San Francisco did not live to see it flourish. After establishing the San Francisco presidio, Anza returned to Mexico. In 1777, he was appointed governor of New Mexico 
    1788-- Maryland becomes the seventh state in what will become the United States of America. It is named in honor of Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of King Charles I of England.
    1799-New York State abolished slavery 
    1811-Saint John Nepomucene Neuman, first male saint of the US. Born at Prachatice, Bohemia, came to the US in 1836. As Bishop of Philadelphia, he was affectionately known as the "Little Bishop." Died at Philadelphia, PA, Jan 5, 1860. Beatified Oct 13, 1963. Canonized June 19, 1977 
    1834- The Senate passed a resolution sponsored by Senator Henry Clay of Kentucky to censure President Andrew Jackson for his handling of the Bank of the United States, "...assumed upon himself authority and power not conferred by the constitution and laws..." President Jackson on April 1 signed a presidential resolution against the Senate for censuring him. He succeeded in having them removed from the Senate journal in the following year.
    1839 - On this day in 1839, the initials "O.K." are first published in The Boston Morning Post. Meant as an abbreviation for "oll correct," a popular slang misspelling of "all correct" at the time, OK steadily made its way into the everyday speech of Americans.

1848- Ohio became the first state to regulate working hours, fixing the maximum of ten hours per day for women and children under 18 years of age. New Hampshire had set a similar provision in 1847, but had a provision that both parties had to agree. As a result the law was ineffective.
    1862- at Pigeon's Ranch, a stagecoach stop on the Santa Fe Trail (about 19 miles southeast of Santa Fe, NM), Confederate forces briefly prevailed over Union troops in what some have called the most important battle of the Civil War in the Southwest. It was feared that if Union troops failed to hold here, the Confederate forces would proceed to Fort Union and on to control of the rich gold fields of Colorado and California.
    1881-P .T. Barnum and James A. Bailey merged their circuses to form the "Greatest Show on Earth."
    1882--Birthday of Frances Elliott Davis - U.S. nurse and community leader; broke the color line of the American National Red Cross nursing staff and administration.
    1884 -- Cincinnati townspeople, unhappy authorities had not handed out a severe enough punishment to confessed murderer William Berner, show their displeasure by burning down the local courthouse. The State Militia is called out to restore order. In the ensuing battle, 42 were killed & 128 injured.
    1885 -- The Salvation Army is officially organized in the United States. 
    1890-bandleader Paul Whiteman born Denver, Colorado
    1899-August Adolphus “ Gussie” Busch, Jr., beer baron and baseball owner/executive born at St. Louis, MO. Busch bought the St. Louis Cardinals in 1953 and became one of the most influential team owners. He tied the success of the sport to the growth of his brewery’s sales and took great pleasure in both. Died at St. Louis, September 29, 1989.
    1908 -- Automobile owners lobby Congress in support of a bill that calls for vehicle licensing and federal registration. 
    1909 -- Novelist Nelson Algren (1909-1981) born, Detroit, Michigan. Grew up in Chicago in a poor Polish neighborhood, served a four-month jail term for stealing a typewriter. Algren joined John Reed Club and was editor of the New Anvil, an experimental magazine. Heavy drinker and gambler, involved with Simone de Beauvoir. “Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Moms. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own.” Wrote “A Walk on the Wild Side”.
    1912 - Japanese cherry trees planted along the Potomac

1917 - Thane Creek, AK, reported a snow cover of 190 inches.
    1920 - The worst tornado disaster of record occurred in Chicago IL, killing 28 persons and causing three million dollars damage.
    1921- President Warren Harding names former US President William Howard Taft as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
    1922-the microfilm reading device was invented by Bradley Allen Fiske of Washington, DC, who received a patent on a “reading machine.” It was known as a Fiskeoscope and could be carried in the pocket. A 2.5-inch newspaper column was reduced to .025 inches and 100,000 words were contained on a 40-inche tape.
    1923—Trumpet player Thad Jones Birthday
    1926---Birthday of Blossom Dearie, famous jazz supper club style singer, pianist, and recording artist. Her mother, a Norwegian immigrant, also played the piano. 
    1926--Birthday of Harper Lee, perhaps best known recently as a close friend of Truman Capote. She wrote only one novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird Bird”, which won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and a cash prize of $500.
It was made into a successful Hollywood movie which won Gregory Peck an Oscar and Best Picture of the Year.
    1934--Birthday of Lopis Duncan, U.S. author, primarily of children's books.
    1941--Birthday of Ann-Margaret (Olsson), Swedish-born American actor and singer. She received a 1971 Academy Award nomination for her work in the cult film “Carnal Knowledge”. Perhaps best known for accompanying Bob Hope and his troupe to military bases during Viet Nam, very popular with the soldiers not just for her looks, but for her attention and recognition to them after the war. The story circulating the Internet that at a book signing, actress Ann-Margaret autographed a tattered photo presented to her by an ex-G.I. and thanked him for serving his country is true.
    1944-“Rick” Barry III, broadcaster and Basketball Hall of Fame forward, born Elizabeth, NJ.
    1945- A record heat wave hit the northeast, bringing temperatures of 90 degrees in Rhode Island and 91 degrees in New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland.
    1945--HEDRICK, CLINTON M. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company I, 194th Glider Infantry, 17th Airborne Division. Place and date: Near Lembeck, Germany, 27-28 March 1945. Entered service at: Riverton, W. Va. Birth: Cherrygrove, W. Va. G.O. No.: 89, 19 October 1945. Citation: He displayed extraordinary heroism and gallantry in action on 2728 March 1945, in Germany. Following an airborne landing near Wesel, his unit was assigned as the assault platoon for the assault on Lembeck. Three times the landing elements were pinned down by intense automatic weapons fire from strongly defended positions. Each time, T/Sgt. Hedrick fearlessly charged through heavy fire, shooting his automatic rifle from his hip. His courageous action so inspired his men that they reduced the enemy positions in rapid succession. When 6 of the enemy attempted a surprise, flanking movement, he quickly turned and killed the entire party with a burst of fire. Later, the enemy withdrew across a moat into Lembeck Castle. T/Sgt. Hedrick, with utter disregard for his own safety, plunged across the drawbridge alone in pursuit. When a German soldier, with hands upraised, declared the garrison wished to surrender, he entered the castle yard with 4 of his men to accept the capitulation. The group moved through a sally port, and was met by fire from a German self-propelled gun. Although mortally wounded, T/Sgt. Hedrick fired at the enemy gun and covered the withdrawal of his comrades. He died while being evacuated after the castle was taken. His great personal courage and heroic leadership contributed in large measure to the speedy capture of Lembeck and provided an inspiring example to his comrades. 
    1950-The City College of New York (CCNY) defeated Bradley, 71-68, in the title game of the NCAA basketball tournament, thereby becoming the only team to win both that championship and the NIT title in the same year. Ten days before, CCNY had beaten Bradley, 69-61 to win the NIT. 
    1951 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “If”, Perry Como.
    1951---Top Hits
If - Perry Como
Be My Love - Mario Lanza
Mockingbird Hill -Patti Page
The Rhumba Boogie - Hank Snow
1957 - The first National curling championship competition was held on March 28-30 at the Stadium Club in Chicago, IL, with 10 teams competing. The winner was the Hibbin Curling Club from Hibbing, MN, which won eight games and lost one.
    1953--MATTHEWS, DANIEL P. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, Company F, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.). Place and date: Vegas Hill, Korea, 28 March 1953. Entered service at. Van Nuys, Calif. Born: 31 December 1931, Van Nuys, Calif. Award presented: 29 March 19S4. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a squad leader of Company F, in action against enemy aggressor forces. Participating in a counterattack against a firmly entrenched and well-concealed hostile force which had repelled 6 previous assaults on a vital enemy-held outpost far forward of the main line of resistance, Sgt. Matthews fearlessly advanced in the attack until his squad was pinned down by a murderous sweep of fire from an enemy machine gun located on the peak of the outpost. Observing that the deadly fire prevented a corpsman from removing a wounded man lying in an open area fully exposed to the brunt of the devastating gunfire, he worked his way to the base of the hostile machine gun emplacement, leaped onto the rock fortification surrounding the gun and, taking the enemy by complete surprise, single-handedly charged the hostile emplacement with his rifle. Although severely wounded when the enemy brought a withering hail of fire to bear upon him, he gallantly continued his valiant one-man assault and, firing his rifle with deadly effectiveness, succeeded in killing 2 of the enemy, routing a third, and completely silencing the enemy weapon, thereby enabling his comrades to evacuate the stricken marine to a safe position. Succumbing to his wounds before aid could reach him, Sgt. Matthews, by his indomitable fighting spirit, courageous initiative, and resolute determination in the face of almost certain death, served to inspire all who observed him and was directly instrumental in saving the life of his wounded comrade. His great personal valor reflects the highest credit upon himself and enhances the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
    1958 - W.C. Handy—the "Father of the Blues"—dies. "With all their differences, my forebears had one thing in common: if they had any musical talent, it remained buried." So wrote William Christopher Handy in his autobiography in discussing the absence of music in his home life as a child. Born in northern Alabama in 1873, Handy was raised in a middle-class African-American family that intended for him a career in the church. To them and to his teachers, W.C. Handy wrote, "Becoming a musician would be like selling my soul to the devil." It was a risk that the young Handy decided to take. He was internationally famous by the time he wrote his 1941 memoir, Father of the Blues, although "Stepfather" might have been a more accurate label for the role he played in bringing Blues into the musical mainstream. The significance of his role is not to be underestimated, however. W.C. Handy, one of the most important figures in 20th-century American popular music history, died in New York City on March 28, 1958.

1958- Eddie Cochran records "Summertime Blues."
    1958- Alan Freed's Big Beat Show tour kicks off the first of its 43 shows at the Brooklyn Paramount Theater with Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Danny and the Juniors, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, The Chantels, The Diamonds, Screaming Jay Hawkins, and more. 
    1959---Top Hits
Venus - Frankie Avalon
Tragedy - Thomas Wayne
Come Softly to Me - The Fleetwoods
Don’t Take Your Guns to Town - Johnny Cash
    1964-Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in London announces the Beatles will be cast in wax, the first pop album stars to be honored.
    1964 -- The Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love" enters the charts
    1964 -- Jan and Dean's "Dead Man's Curve" enters the charts 
    1965 -- Martin Luther King, Jr., on TV, calls for boycott buses and trains (I believe) in Alabama. On March 21, he and John Lewis of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC-we pronounced “snick”), started a five-day civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, with 3,200 marchers. I covered part of this by radio from San Francisco, actually speaking with small town police dispatchers who were surprised that a radio station in San Francisco was interested in the "demonstration," one of the words used to describe the protest. At the end, 25,000 gathered in demonstrations at the front of the state capitol in Montgomery. The police and sheriff, and apparently the majority of the citizens, were against Dr. King, Jr. and his followers. There was a San Francisco group from SNCC who also would call from telephone booths at the end of the day. The day before Dr. King, Jr’s. appeal on television (not the media it is today primarily due to the technocracy of the day), Viola Greeg Liuzzo, a civil rights worker from Detroit, Michigan was shot and killed in Selma, Alabama.
    1965- President Lyndon Johnson appeared on television, flanked by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach, and announced the arrests of four Klansmen in connection with the Liuzzo murder. President Johnson stated: “Due to the very fast and the always efficient work of the special agents of the FBI who worked all night long, immediately after the tragic death of Mrs. Viola Liuzzo on a lonely road between Selma and Montgomery, Alabama, arrests were made a few minutes ago of four Ku Klux Klan members . . . charging them with conspiring to violate the civil rights of the murdered woman”. After naming the arrested Klansmen, the President continued: “I cannot express myself too strongly in praising Mr. Hoover and the men of the FBI for their prompt and expeditious and very excellent performance in handling this investigation. It is in keeping with the dedicated approach that this organization has shown throughout the turbulent era of civil rights controversies.”
New York Times, March 27, 1965.
One of the arrested Klansmen, Gary Rowe, later surfaced as an undercover FBI informant. Rumors that one of the Klansmen was an informant began to circulate when a federal grand jury indicted only three of the Klansmen, and were confirmed when the informant testified, under heavy guard, before the Alabama grand jury. On Rowe's testimony, the state grand jury returned murder indictments against the three other men who were in the car.
Three criminal trials resulted from the Liuzzo murder: two murder trials in the state courts and one federal conspiracy trial. Only one of the three indicted Klansmen was tried on the murder charge, Collie LeRoy Wilkins. His first trial resulted in a hung jury, and the second in an acquittal. All three Klansmen were successfully prosecuted on the federal charge of conspiring to violate Mrs. Liuzzo's civil rights, and, on verdicts of guilty, each received the maximum sentence.
Gary Rowe testified at all three trials, and related both the background of his involvement with the Ku Klux Klan and the FBI, and his version of the events which took place on March 25. Rowe testified that he was approached by an FBI agent in 1960 or 1961 and was asked to infiltrate the Klan. His duties, he stated, were to "keep up with" any violent actions, and to report to the FBI on the men whom he met in his undercover work.
Note: A book is available on this: “The Informant: The FBI, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Murder of Viola Liuzzo.”

    1966--INGRAM, ROBERT R., Medal of Honor.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as Corpsman with Company C, First Battalion, Seventh Marines against elements of a North Vietnam Aggressor (NVA) battalion in Quang Ngai Province Republic of Vietnam on 28 March 1966. Petty Officer Ingram accompanied the point platoon as it aggressively dispatched an outpost of an NVA battalion. The momentum of the attack rolled off a ridge line down a tree covered slope to a small paddy and a village beyond. Suddenly, the village tree line exploded with an intense hail of automatic rifle fire from approximately 100 North Vietnamese regulars. In mere moments, the platoon ranks were decimated. Oblivious to the danger, Petty Officer Ingram crawled across the bullet spattered terrain to reach a downed Marine. As he administered aid, a bullet went through the palm of his hand. Calls for "CORPSMAN" echoed across the ridge. Bleeding, he edged across the fire swept landscape, collecting ammunition from the dead and administering aid to the wounded. Receiving two more wounds before realizing the third wound was life-threatening, he looked for a way off the face of the ridge, but again he heard the call for corpsman and again, he resolutely answered. Though severely wounded three times, he rendered aid to those incapable until he finally reached the right flank of the platoon. While dressing the head wound of another corpsman, he sustained his fourth bullet wound. From sixteen hundred hours until just prior to sunset, Petty Officer Ingram pushed, pulled, cajoled, and doctored his Marines. Enduring the pain from his many wounds and disregarding the probability of his demise, Petty Officer Ingram's intrepid actions saved many lives that day. By his indomitable fighting spirit, daring initiative, and unfaltering dedications to duty, Petty Officer Ingram reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. 
    1967 – Raymond Burr starred in a TV movie titled "Ironside". The show, about a wheelchair-bound detective, became very popular as a weekly series in the spring of 1967. Burr, known to millions as determined lawyer, "Perry Mason" (a past TV hit), played the part of Robert Ironside in the new show. He was joined by characters, Detective Sgt. Ed Brown (Don Galloway), Eve Whitfield (Barbara Anderson), Mark Sanger (Don Mitchell) and Commissioner Dennis Randall (Gene Lyons).
    1967---Top Hits
Happy Together - The Turtles
Dedicated to the One I Love - The Mamas & The Papas
There’s a Kind of Hush - Herman’s Hermits
I Won’t Come in While He’s There - Jim Reeves
    1967-Van Morrison records "Brown Eyed Girl", which will enter the Billboard chart next August and rise to #10. The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007. 
    1968-the controversial rock musical “Hair”, produced by Michael Butler, opened at the Biltmore Theatre at New York City, after playing off-Broadway. For those who opposed the Vietnam War and the "Establishment," this was a defining piece of work as evidenced by some of its songs, such as "Aquarius," "Flair" and "Let the Sunshine In."
    1968 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "(Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay,'' Otis Redding. The song reaches No. 1 three months after Redding is killed in a plane crash near Madison, Wis.
    1969 - Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th president of the United States and one of the most highly regarded American generals of World War II, dies in Washington, D.C., at the age of 78.

Born in Denison, Texas, in 1890, Eisenhower graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1915, and after World War I he steadily rose in the peacetime ranks of the U.S. Army. After the U.S. entrance into World War II, he was appointed commanding general of the European theater of operations and oversaw U.S. troops massing in Great Britain. In 1942, Eisenhower, who had never commanded troops in the field, was put in charge of Operation Torch, the Anglo-American landings in Morocco and Algeria. As supreme commander of a mixed force of Allied nationalities, services, and equipment, Eisenhower designed a system of unified command and rapidly won the respect of his British and Canadian subordinates. From North Africa, he successfully directed the invasions of Tunisia, Sicily, and Italy, and in January 1944 was appointed supreme Allied commander of Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of northwestern Europe. Although Eisenhower left much of the specific planning for the actual Allied landing in the hands of his capable staff, such as British Field Marshall Montgomery, he served as a brilliant organizer and administrator both before and after the successful invasion. After the war, he briefly served as president of Columbia University before returning to military service in 1951 as supreme commander of the combined land and air forces of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Pressure on Eisenhower to run for U.S. president was great, however, and in the spring of 1952 he relinquished his NATO command to run for president on the Republican ticket. In November 1952, "Ike" won a resounding victory in the presidential elections and in 1956 was reelected in a landslide. A popular president, he oversaw a period of great economic growth in the United States and deftly navigated the country through increasing Cold War tension on the world stage. In 1961, he retired with his wife, Mamie Doud Eisenhower, to his farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He died in 1969 and was buried on a family plot in Abilene, Kansas.

1969 - Joe Cocker played his first American concert. He entertained fans at Bill Graham’s Fillmore East in New York City
    1970-Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's "Woodstock" is released.
    1970-Vietname Moratorium Concert: a seven-hour concert at Madison Square Garden at New York City featured many stars who donated their services for the antiwar cause. Among them were Jimi Hendrix; Dave Brubeck; Harry Belafonte; Peter, Paul and Mary; Judy Collins; the Rascals; Blood, Sweat and Tears and the Broadway cast of “Hair”.
    1971 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me),'' The Temptations.
    1973-Wilt Chamberlain retired from the NBA after playing in 1,045 games. During his entire 14-season career, Chamberlain never fouled out.
    1973- Pink Floyd's LP “Dark Side of the Moon” hits #1
    1974 - A streaker (i.e.: someone running around naked), ran onto the set of "The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson". The clever NBC censors decided to blackout the lower half of the TV screen on the videotape to prevent an ‘X’ rating. The streaker was arrested, but released, for "lack of evidence," said Johnny. 
    1974- "Hooked on a Feeling" by Blue Swede turns gold. The band's novel version of the BJ Thomas' 1968 song hits Number One next month. 
    1974 - The Raspberries split up. The group's biggest hit is ``Go All the Way,'' which went all the way to No. 5 on Billboard's Hot 100 in 1972.
    1975-- Barbra Streisand attends tonight's Elvis Presley show in Vegas and meets the King backstage to discuss offering him the lead role in her latest film project: a remake of the classic “A Star Is Born”. Despite the fact that Streisand's boyfriend, stylist Jon Peters, is slated to produce and direct, Presley is said to be ecstatic about the project. 
    1975---Top Hits
My Eyes Adored You - Frankie Valli
Lady Marmalade - LaBelle
Lovin’ You - Minnie Riperton
Before the Next Teardrop Falls - Freddy Fender
    1977 – 49th Annual Academy Awards presentation at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, hosted by a cast of four (Warren Beatty, Ellen Burstyn, Jane Fonda, and Richard Pryor), "Rocky" collected Oscars for Best Picture (Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff, producers); Best Director (John G. Avildsen); and Film Editing (Scott Conrad, Richard Halsey). "Network" hauled in the gold for Best Actor (Peter Finch); Actress (Faye Dunaway); Supporting Actress (Beatrice Straight); and Writing (Paddy Chayefsky). "All the President’s Men" was given awards for Best Supporting Actor (Jason Robards); Art Direction (George Jenkins); Set Direction (George Gaines); Sound (Dick Alexander, Les Fresholtz, Arthur Piantadosi, Jim Webb); and Writing (William Goldman). The Best Music/Song Oscar-winner titles are memorable too: Barbra Streisand (music) and Paul Williams (lyrics) for "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" from
"A Star is Born".
    1979-Three Mile Island nuclear reactor complex near Middletown, PA sustained a major accident, the first of its kind. Homes in nearby neighborhoods were evacuated after the reactor suffered a loss of coolant and a partial core meltdown caused by a series of equipment failures and human errors.
    1980-although springtime was starting in the Rocky Mountains, the snow just kept on coming! One foot or more of snow fell over portions of eastern Colorado, southwest Nebraska, northwest Kansas and southeastern Wyoming. Winds reached 40 mph and Valentine, Nebraska received 13 inches of snow. North Platte, Nebraska checked in with 15 inches.
    1983---Top Hits
Billy Jean - Michael Jackson
Do You Really Want to Hurt Me - Culture Club
Hungry like the Wolf - Duran Duran
Swingin’ - John Anderson
    1984-With little or no warning, the Baltimore Colts loaded moving vans in the dead of night and left for Indianapolis. Baltimore was left without an NFL team until 1996 when the Cleveland Browns moved there and were renamed the Ravens.
    1984-- Mick Fleetwood, whose band, Fleetwood Mac, had the biggest-selling album of all time just seven years earlier, files for bankruptcy.
    1985-- At 10:15 am EST, 6,000 North American radio stations begin playing the all-star benefit single, "We Are The World," written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and performed by a cast of 45 of music's biggest stars, including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Diana Ross, Billy Joel, Tina Turner, Dionne Warwick, Willie Nelson, and Daryl Hall. Proceeds from the sale of the single and related items -- some $38 million -- go to benefit victims of the recent Ethiopian famine. 
    1985 - Bill Cosby broke more records with "The Cosby Show" on NBC-TV. The program was the highest-rated program of any network series since 1983. "The Cosby Show" became the highest-rated series since 1978 when "Mork and Mindy", starring Robin Williams and Pam Dawber, premiered on ABC.
    1984 -severe thunderstorms in the southeastern US spawned 36 tornadoes which tore paths of devastation across the Carolinas during the afternoon and evening hours killing 59 people and injuring 1248 others. One tornado near Tatum, South Carolina, an F4 on the Fujita scale, was 2.5 miles wide at one point. This outbreak was the worst in the area in 60 years.
    1986 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Rock Me Amadeus.'' Falco, the Austrian singer, says he was inspired to write the song about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart after seeing the movie, “Amadeus”.
    1987 - The second blizzard in less than a week was in progress across the central plains. 16 inches of snow was recorded at Blue Hill, Nebraska and 14 inches piled up at Omaha, Nebraska. 12 to 18 inches of snow was common across northwestern Kansas. Winds gusting up to 70 mph whipped drifts 20 to 30 feet high in some places. The storm took a great toll on cattle as well.
    1989-softball pitchers Cathy McAllister and Stefni Whitton of Southwestern Louisiana performed a feat unprecedented in NCAA history by throwing back-to-back perfect games against Southeastern Louisiana. McAllister won, 5-0, and Whitten struck out 14 to winning 7-0.
    1990 –62nd Annual Academy Awards, staged at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, with Billy Crystal as host. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) members voted "Driving Miss Daisy" the Best Picture of 1989 (Richard D. Zanuck, Lili Fini Zanuck, producers). The Best Director Oscar was won by Oliver Stone for "Born on the Fourth of July". Best Actor was Daniel Day-Lewis for "My Left Foot" and Best Actress was Jessica Tandy in "Driving Miss Daisy" (the 80-year-old actress was a favorite to win). Oscars for Actor and Actress in a Supporting Role went to Denzel Washington ("Glory") and Brenda Fricker ("My Left Foot"), respectively. Best Music/Song winners were Alan Menken (music), Howard Ashman (lyrics) for "Under the Sea" from "The Little Mermaid". You’re probably still humming this tune from that full-length animated film from Walt Disney Studios. Other popular 1989 films that were honored as nominees or winners include: "Field of Dreams"; "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"; "Back to the Future Part II"; "Lethal Weapon II"; "Batman"; "Dead Poets Society"; "When Harry Met Sally"; and "Sex, Lies, and Videotape". 
    1990 – Olympian Jesse Owens receives the Congressional Gold Medal from President George Bush.
    1991---Top Hits
One More Try - Timmy -T-
Coming Out of the Dark - Gloria Estafan
This House - Tracie Spencer
Loving Blind - Clint Black
    1992- 1.6 inches of snow fell on this date at Syracuse, New York. This brought the seasonal snowfall total to 162.8 inches which set a new all-time seasonal snowfall record for the location. The old seasonal record was 162.0 inches set back in the winter of 1989-90.
    1996- Williamsport, Pennsylvania recorded .8 inches of snow on this day to bring its seasonal snowfall total to 83.9 inches -- the city's snowiest winter ever. 
    1996-- Twenty years to the day after first appearing with them on stage as their new lead singer, Genesis front man Phil Collins announces he is leaving the group.

1998 - On this day in 1998, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves use of the drug Viagra, an oral medication that treats impotence.


NCAA Basketball Champions This Date

    1942 Stanford
    1944 Utah
    1950 CCNY
    1977 Marquette



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