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Classified Ads---Jobs Wanted

    Peter Eaton and Wife Move Back to Madison, Wisconsin

        Cartoon---Two Old Leasing Guys on Horseback

            Follow-Up to the Perfect Storm

                Leasing Fraud in New York—Up-Date

AOL Launches 'Bill Pay' Service

    NAELB---The Jury is Stacked

        Classified Ads-Help Wanted

            TCF Leasing Acquires VGM Leasing

                GE Commercial Finance Names Robert Stefanowski Used Car Lease Customers Ins.

    News Briefs---

        "Gimme that Wine"

            This Day in American History



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Classified Ads---Jobs Wanted


Documentation/Funding/Collection Manager: Phoenix, AZ. Five years in Equipment Leasing Industry. Looking for a Leasing home in Phoenix. Prefer documentation/funding, but interested/open to managing account portfolios. Email:


Finance: Chicago, IL

Experienced in big ticket origination, syndication, valuation and workout. Twenty five years, MBA, CPA, JD, LLM (Tax), structuring specialist. Inbound and outbound transactions.



Finance: Austin, TX.

20+ years all facets of lease/finance. Collection and credit management. Equipment & rolling stock structuring. $150k credit authority, $100 million portfolio management.



Finance: Lyndhurst, NJ

CFO w/20+ years leasing/financing. Respected by lenders/rating agencies full & fair financial reporting. Outstanding record restructuring debt. Adept at investor relations and mentoring people.



Legal: Los Angeles, CA

Experienced in-house corporate and financial services attorney seeks position as managing or transactional counsel. Willing to relocate.


Legal: Chicago, IL.

Illinois Attorney, 18 years in IT equipment leasing, IT services contract assurance and contract litigation, seeks in-house position, metro Chicago or California (pay own relocation).




Marketing: Orange County, CA. Seeking management opportunity to create/improve outbound call center new business marketing in leasing industry. Very experienced in all aspects of telemarketing, management, prospecting and closing.



Operations: Experienced Credit, Collections,

lease and Finance operations. Manager w/ expertise in improving bottom line performance, excellent trainer, manager, motivator. Get result/keep the customer coming back.


Operations: Wayne, NJ

20+ heavily experienced collection/recovery VP looking to improve someone's bottom line. Proven, verifiable track record. Knowledge of all types of portfolio. Will relocate


Syndicator: Overland Park, KS.

Top Syndicator from single deal to portfolios. 20+ yrs exp. Available for contract work or full time position. Nationwide contacts.



    Full listing at:







Peter Eaton and Wife Move Back to Madison, Wisconsin


   by Kit Menkin





Keeping his job at Pentech Financial as Vice-President of  Pentech’s Intermediary Market Group, the popular Peter Eaton, and his wife Patricia, are moving closer to be with their children and grand-children.


“Conference Chairman Peter Eaton, CLP,(l) and his wife Patricia visit with First National easing Corporation executive Vice-President Casey Kolp and his wife Linda during the Sports Reception.” October, 1990, Western Association of Equipment Lessors Conference, Monterey, California



“We’ve been here twenty years, “ he said. “ I travel a lot now, plus 80% of what I do now comes in over the internet, plus things now are also sent so easily in ‘pdf,” that it doesn’t matter where you are.  You couldn’t say that ten years ago.”


Here is our earliest “Pictures from the Past” on Mr. Eaton, CLP.


Pictures from the Past
Featured on Leasing News: 3/26/2003




Seven Receive CLP Designation




The third set of Certified Lease Professionals was granted final approval and received plaques commemorating the designation at the Fall Conference in Hawaii.


New CLPs recognized by Western Association of Equipment Leasing President Joe Woodley(left) were from left: Michael Walsh, Atlantic Financial Savings

Bank; Ron Wagner, Heritage Leasing Capital; Brian Pindell, Commercial Equipment Lease Corp.; Ben Millerbis, Pentech Financial Services; Peter Eaton,

First National Leasing Corp.; Duane Russell, Atlantic Financial Savings Bank.

November, 1987 WAEL NewsLine


It also pictures Ben Millerbis, now president/ceo of Pentech Financial.

The company specializes in $150,000 and above transactions;  providing lease lines of credit to venture capital backed emerging growth companies as well as “story” credits with a thorough old style bank “investigation,” often including meeting with the applicant and their financial team. Eaton works with brokers throughout the United



“While we will most certainly benefit from Peter being closer to the Mid-west and Eastern broker community, we will dearly miss both Peter and Patricia here in San Jose, “Millerbus said.”  Peter is not only a wonderful business associate but a great friend as well.  I guarantee they will miss our California wines in cheese country."


He came to Palo Alto, California, in 1991, where he headed the First National Leasing Corp West Coast Office.  He then went on his own with Sevilla Leasing and Associates in Palo Alto, 1993;  joined Leasing Associates in Mountain View, California, then joining Pentech Financial

as Executive Vice President.  His hobbies include golfing and riding

his Harley Davidson motorcycle, plus he is known for being quite a horseman.


He and his wife are packed up, and ready to go, the truck leaves

Friday.  Look for a motorcycle escort.







Cartoon---Two Old Leasing Guys on Horseback







Follow-Up to the Perfect Storm


Forecasting Quality Study


The Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation is the only non-profit organization that provides vision for the equipment leasing and finance industry through future-focused information and research.

The Foundation, provides its publications and resources free to those studying and researching in the equipment lease financing industry and to industry professionals.



U.S. Postal Alert re: Leasing Fraud in New York—Up-Date


The sentencing of Victor Einhorn's s has been postponed to June 7th at 2:30pm. The sentencing will be held at Federal District Court for the Southern District of New York before the Honorable Judge Barbara Jones. Victim claims are being reviewed by the defense attorneys. He is still incarcerated at MCC in lower Manhattan awaiting his sentencing.


“Due to a parallel investigation, the sentencing hearing for Victor Einhorn has been adjourned again from next Monday to June 7th at 2:30 p.m., before the Honorable Judge Barbara Jones, old Federal Courthouse, S.D.N.Y.  Please mark your calendars as I expect this to be a firm date.  Lets keep our fingers crossed!”


J.R. Goodman, Criminal Investigator, (formerly Postal Inspector Goodman in this case)

United States Attorney's Office






AOL Launches 'Bill Pay' Service, AOL Personal Users Take Note

 -  - America Online, Inc., (AOL) announced this week the launch of AOL(R) Bill Pay, a new service that helps AOL's community of users save time and money with a streamlined way to track and pay bills online as well as manage their personal finances.


AOL Bill Pay is more than just a bill payment service; it is a life management tool, according to AOL releases, that interacts with AOL emails, alerts and calendar. For example, alerts can be set up to notify members of large transactions on their credit cards, which may be an early indicator of identity theft or fraud.


Or members can use AOL Alerts to set up an alert to be notified when they are about to exceed their cell phone minutes. These alerts join the more than 32 million alerts set up by AOL members as of October 2002. Furthermore, an easy to read expense history area enables members to analyze and review expenses across their registered accounts, helping them keep a close eye on finances, budget better and catch inaccuracies.


Key benefits of AOL Bill Pay include:


Bill Presentment Capability: The streamlined process lets members receive bill summaries through email and connects them directly to their biller website where they can post payment, saving them time and adding convenience to their daily lives. AOL's authentication process helps ensure that bills delivered via Bill Pay are genuine and not forgeries. Furthermore, the bills are delivered to members via a visually distinctive email, adding an extra layer of security and giving members extra assurance that the bill is authentic.


Speed and Savings: AOL Bill Pay features one of the largest networks of billers, which accept online payment, allowing members to directly connect to more than 2500 biller websites, most of who accept same day payment. This capability allows members to pay bills later and still avoid late fees.


Streamlined Sign-in Process: A single word authentication process means members are no longer required to remember multiple biller site IDs and passwords for different biller websites. A simplified process combines all of them under one AOL Bill Pay account security question, which is separate and distinct from their AOL service password.


Enhanced Alerting Capability: Payment schedules for registered accounts can be integrated into AOL's Alerts & Reminders and AOL Calendar, making it easier to remember due dates and pay bills on time. Additionally, members can keep track of spending and purchases on other accounts between statements. For example, members can set up an alert for large transactions on their credit cards, which may be an early indicator of identity theft or fraud.


Bill Histories: AOL automatically archives bill statements for up to 12 months and sets up an expense history for all of members' registered accounts, helping them track how much they are spending and on what. The billing history is presented in a simplified pie chart by category (cell phone, credit card, utility) or by biller.


AOL members will be able to sign up for the AOL Bill Pay for no extra charge at AOL Keyword: Bill Pay. They can access their Bill Pay account on the AOL Service or on the web at


(Note: You also have the secure AOL network, which is 99.99% virus and

hacker free. editor )




NAELB---The Jury is Stacked


         National Association of Leasing Brokers


“In response to your story "Dispute with NAELB" running over the last week
or so.  I have to say that as a funder of business for third party
originators both brokers and financial institutions I wish up front you
would publish those names.  The independent brokers and smaller leasing
associations need to realize on thing.  Creditability is all they have with
the funding sources.  People want to know why so many people have fled
funding broker business - fraud and lack of credibility on the part of
brokers many of which are members of those leasing organizations.

”Those organizations need to draw the line with their membership and weed
out the "troubled kids".  The best support they can provide their brokers
is providing the help in lining up funding sources for their deals.  The
CIT's, Fleets, Wells Fargo's and others left the broker business or tighted
up who they buy from in most part due to losses killing their returns on
the business they get from brokers.

”Please guys wake-up and smell the coffee without your reputation you have
nothing in this industry.  Those people who act the way you are noting
should not be in this industry to begin with.

”Just one man's position, but one who deals with enough brokers to have an
opinion on this topic.”


J. Scott Walstrom-Vangor
Vice President, Capital Markets
People's Capital and Leasing Corporation






“I just wanted to send you a note of support regarding the situation with the NAELB. We are a small broker outfit and you have been a big help to us. We have been burned by both “funding sources” and brokers (remember Martin Barteske of LeaseCapital, Huntington Beach?) and appreciate everything you and your newsletter did for us (although that ****** never did pay us).


“We had a situation recently where we had taken a commitment fee on a deal with super bad credit, got it approved, and the guy backed out (after signing the fee agreement). We wanted to keep the money, but ended up sending back most of it, keeping $750.00 for out time and trouble, which they agreed to. I don’t care if you print this or not, but I do want you to know that you are appreciated.”




Advantage Equipment Leasing, LLC.

Portland, OR 97220




“I disagree with the recent statements that leasing companies must return the advance payments of lessees who want to cancel before lease commencement.  Our document states that monies paid are non-refundable.  If they cancel after we have done so much work, why should they get a refund? If you book a caterer and provide them with a deposit, you would not get the deposit back after canceling.  Why is a lease company less entitled to it's money?”


(anonymous-sent by contact form)


( As in Ross Reida’s e-mail, you have the right under the circumstance

with a signed agreement that if the lessee backs out, you can keep

the money.  Many do what Ross did, and others keep it all, especially

when they have a signed agreement with both parties signatures.



(The analogy with the caterer can be utilized if you understand what

happens to your deposit if the caterer doesn’t show up: does not perform.


(The issue Leasing News has been writing about is when the lease is not approved, and/or not approved per the terms and conditions of the proposal, or other requirements are made not on the agreement, or the leasing company can’t find a funder.


(If you sign an agreement with the caterer regarding terms and conditions,

including cancellation, then that should prevail.  If you have no bilateral

agreement, any expenses you incur are the standard cost of doing business.


Let me be more blunt: Most real estate agents, insurance agents, are not reimbursed for their time if the sale does not occur. The issue centers around the leasing company or broker canceling the event.


(More importantly, the advance rental is not the leasing company’s money, unless they have a bilateral agreement recognizing the disposition of the money. The fact is the money is the applicant’s, not the leasing company’s, unless agreed to in advance

by both parties. editor)





Classified Ads-Help Wanted




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



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TCF Leasing, Inc. Acquires VGM Leasing, Inc.



MINNETONKA, Minn--TCF Leasing, Inc. announced that it has acquired VGM Leasing, Inc. of Waterloo, Iowa. VGM Leasing, Inc., manages an approximate $120 million lease portfolio, and operates under the trade name VGM Financial Services. VGM Leasing, Inc. was founded in 1991 and is a highly respected provider of equipment finance, primarily in the home health care industry. It was one of 18 companies affiliated with the VGM Group of companies serving primarily the home health care industry. The ownership of the other companies of the VGM Group was not affected by the transaction.


   In conjunction with the acquisition, TCF Leasing entered into a long-term agreement to be the exclusive provider of financing for the VGM Group. VGM Financial Services will continue to market under the same trade names currently used and all employees will be retained in the Waterloo offices. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.


   "We are very excited about this acquisition," said Craig Dahl, President of TCF Leasing and Executive Vice President of TCF Financial Corporation. " VGM Financial Services brings solid niche marketing expertise, a respected name in a new industry for us and a team of talented equipment finance experts. This will be a growing segment for us and complements our existing market strategy and business process."


   Van G. Miller, founder and CEO of the VGM Group says, "As the VGM Group moves forward we do so with a newly energized, highly capitalized partner to serve the financing needs of our members and participating manufacturers. I strongly believe this relationship will have positive effects on our people, our business and the business of our members and the entire home health care industry for many years to come."


   Jim Phillips of VGM Financial Services stated, "TCF Leasing provides VGM Financial Services with the ability to maintain our strong customer relationships while providing enhanced access to capital which will allow us to continue to grow the business."


   TCF Leasing is a general equipment finance company and a wholly owned subsidiary of TCF Financial Corporation, a Wayzata, Minnesota-based national financial holding company with $11.3 billion in assets. TCF has more than 400 banking offices in Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Colorado and Indiana.


CONTACT:TCF Financial Corporation, Wayzata Jason Korstange, 952-745-2755


SOURCE: TCF Financial Corporation



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


GE Commercial Finance Names Robert Stefanowski to Lead Global Media & Communications Business



NORWALK, Conn.----GE Commercial Finance announced today that it has named Robert Stefanowski, Managing Director, to lead its Global Media & Communications business.


   With over $5.2 billion in assets and offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Delhi, London, New York, Norwalk, and San Francisco, the business represents a "one-stop" source for the comprehensive range of GE lending and other structured finance services offered to the media, communications, and technology industries. Key segments include radio and television broadcasting, cable, entertainment, movie theatres, outdoor advertising, publishing, technology, towers, wireless, and wireline.


   "Our team comprises finance professionals completely dedicated to the media, communications and technology industries, with in-depth industry knowledge and experience allowing us to offer the most responsive and flexible financing solutions to companies throughout this sector," said Mr. Stefanowski.


   "Our unit's focus, dedication and resources help give our customers a high degree of confidence in our commitment to serving their financing needs," he said.


   Previously, Mr. Stefanowski was managing director in charge of GE Commercial and Industrial Finance, which provided senior debt, project finance, leasing, and other structured financing solutions to companies throughout the world. He also spent six years with Price Waterhouse and has held positions of increasing responsibility at GE Capital including roles in M&A, finance, and sales.


   Mr. Stefanowski holds a B.S. from Fairfield University and an MBA from Cornell University, and is a CPA. He also is an adjunct professor at New York University's Stern School of Business specializing in M&A. 


   About GE Commercial Finance 


   GE Commercial Finance, which offers businesses around the globe an array of financial products and services, has assets of over $217 billion and is headquartered in Stamford, Conn. General Electric (NYSE:GE) is a diversified technology and services company dedicated to creating products that make life better.


CONTACT:GE Commercial Finance Ned Reynolds, 203-229-5717  or TorranceCo Jim Marren, 212-521-5210



### Press Release ############################ Used Car Lease Customers Protected with $50,000 Insurance Against Hidden DMV Title Defects



CINCINNATI----Automobile Consumer Services, Inc. (ACS), the leader in online, direct-to-consumer auto leasing, has chosen to insure all of its customers against hidden DMV title defects for up to $50,000 per vehicle with TitleGuard Vehicle Title Insurance. ACS is the first leasing company to offer its customers this level of protection.


   TitleGuard Vehicle Title Insurance protects used car buyers against the financial losses that can result from hidden DMV title defects such as salvage vehicles, lemon vehicles, stolen vehicles, flood and hail damaged vehicles, title fraud and forgery, and odometer rollback. If a TitleGuard policyholder discovers a hidden or unreported DMV title defect, TitleGuard will pay their actual losses up to 100 percent of the vehicle's fair market retail value, to $50,000.


   "TitleGuard allows us to replace a customer's fear and uncertainty about a used car lease with confidence and peace of mind," said Tarry Shebesta, president of ACS. "Our customers can now examine a vehicle's DMV title history before they lease it and then rely on its accuracy since it's insured for as long as they lease the car. TitleGuard helps us take the risk out of leasing a used car."


   Tom Rubadue, president of Vehicle Title LLC, the exclusive provider of TitleGuard Vehicle Title Insurance noted, "Unlike other 'guaranteed' vehicle history reports that are often filled with loopholes and offer consumers very little real protection, TitleGuard offers complete security. If our title report misses a DMV brand or title defect, we will pay 100 percent of the policyholder's actual monetary loss, to $50,000. It's that simple. TitleGuard is backed by the financial strength of The First American Corporation family of companies, which includes one of the nations' leading title insurance underwriters. In addition to insuring customers against hidden title defects, TitleGuard also provides policyholders with a free legal defense against any future title challenges. No other vehicle history product offers this level of protection."


   With its extensive experience as an auto lease provider, ACS has worked hard to remove any impediments to leasing used cars online. The addition of title insurance can only bring more credibility and customers to a growing area of the used car marketplace. 


   About Automobile Consumer Services, Inc. ( 


   Based in Cincinnati, Automobile Consumer Services, Inc. (ACS) is a leading provider of consumer automotive services, including car buying and leasing, fleet resources, vehicle remarketing, and used vehicle sales.


   Founded in 1989, ACS's mission is to provide services that enhance the experience of buying or leasing a car. ACS achieves this by leading the industry with innovative proprietary technology, superior customer service, and years of industry experience. 


   About Vehicle Title LLC 


   Vehicle Title LLC is a joint venture between The First American Corporation, a Fortune 500 company and innovative leader in the tile insurance industry that traces its history to 1889; and Experian Automotive, the automotive industry's premier information and vehicle history data supplier. By combining the strengths and expertise of these two companies, Vehicle Title LLC maximizes its efficiencies to deliver TitleGuard Vehicle Title Insurance to the used car buying and selling public. TitleGuard is the first and only product that insures used car buyers, sellers and lenders against the actual losses that can result from unreported DMV title defects for up to 100 percent of the vehicle's fair market retail value, to $50,000. For more information on The First American Corporation, Experian Automotive, or TitleGuard, please visit,, or respectively.


CONTACT:Automobile Consumer Services, Inc. Tarry Shebesta, 513-527-7700 ext. 11


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




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“Gimme that Wine”


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This Day in American History


    1664 - Roger Williams was granted a charter to colonize Rhode Island.

    1765 - Britain passed the Quartering Act, fording American colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers.

    1776- one week after the British troops under General William Howe evacuated Boston, General George Washington wrote a letter to the Continental Congress. General Washington expressed his "surprize and disappointment" that the British fleet had not departed the harbor and described its various exploits while still in the region.

   1788-In a popular referendum, Rhode Island rejected the new Constitution by a vote of 2,708 to 237. The state later (May 29, 1790) ratified the Constitution and ratified the Bill of Rights June 7, 1790.

    1825- American colonization of  a new state was authorized by a law passed by the new Mexican state of Texas-Coahuila. In 1823, Stephen Austin had been given authorization by law and decree to bring settles into the region, but in 1924 ,a new republic was established in Mexico and a new constitution enacted. The new law gave the states conditions for colonization.  This was the start of “Texas.”

   1837-Canada legally recognizes Black suffrage, thus begins one of the

Underground Railroads final destination toward freedom.

    1852 -the Susquehanna River ice bridge at Havre de Grace, Maryland began to break up after 40 days of use. A total of 1738 loaded freight cars were hauled along the rails laid on the ice.

     1855-Andrew W. Mellon, American financier, industrialist, government official (Secretary of the Treasury), art and book collector born at Pittsburgh, PA. Died Aug 27, 1937, at Southhampton, NY.

     1874-Harry Houdini, Magician and escape artist. Born at Budapest, Hungary, died at Detroit, MI, Oct 31, 1926. Lecturer, athlete, author, expert on history of magic, exposer of fraudulent mediums and motion picture actor. Was best known for his ability to escape from locked restraints (handcuffs, straitjackets, coffins, boxes and milk cans). Anniversary of his death (Halloween) has been the occasion for meetings of magicians and attempts at communication by mediums.

     1883 - Long distance telephone service began between Chicago and New York.

   1898 - The first United States automobile was sold. Mining engineer Robert Allison paid $1,000 for a Winton.

 1898-Dorothy Constance Straton, Dorothy Constance Stratton, born at Brookfield, MO, was instrumental during WWII in organizing the SPARS, the women's branch of the US Coast Guard (authorized Nov 23, 1942). Under Lieutenant Commander Stratton's command some 10,000 women were trained for supportive noncombatant roles in the Coast Guard. SPARS was dissolved in 1946 after the war had ended. Stratton worked with many women's organizations, including the Girl Scouts as national executive director in the '50s.

    1900-Birthday of trumpet player June Clark, Long Ranch, NJ.

    1904-Pianist  Pete “Boogie-Woogie” Johnson Birthday

    1912 - Residents of Kansas City began to dig out from a storm produced 25 inches of snow in 24 hours. The snowfall total was nearly twice that of any other storm of modern record in Kansas City before or since that time. A record 40 inches of snow fell during the month of March that year, and the total for the winter season of 67 inches was also a record. By late February of that year Kansas City had received just six inches of snow. Olathe KS received 37 inches of snow in the snowstorm, establishing a single storm record for the state of Kansas.

    1919-Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet, author (Coney Island of the Mind), founder of City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, born Yonkers, NY. Perhaps best known for opening a bookshop called the City Lights Pocket Book Shop. He described City Lights "as a place you could go in, sit down, & read books without being pestered to buy something." The store became a home for the Beat Generation of poets & writers, & Ferlinghetti also turned it into a publishing house -- the first to publish Allen Ginsberg's poem Howl. City Lights published it in 1957 and Ferlinghetti was immediately arrested on obscenity charges. He won the trial and went on to publish William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac & Paul Bowles. He wrote a pair of novels, two volumes of plays and over 10 books of poetry. Some

say it was the birth of “Beatniks,” a term coin by the late columnist Herb Caen.  Today

it is a popular tourist attraction in North Beach.  *      Baseball Canto  ( at end)

    1902-John Wesley Powel, American financier, industrialist, government official (Secretary of the Treasury), art and book collector born at Pittsburgh, PA. Died Aug 27, 1937, at Southhampton, NY.

  1905 -the temperature at Valley Head, Alabama fell to 18 degrees below zero. This was the coldest temperature ever recorded in Alabama until January 1966.

  1922-Singer King Pleasure born Oakdale, Tenn.  Best known for his 1953 hit, “Moody’s Mood for Love.”  Died 1992.

   1928-Birthday of tenor sax player Evelyn Young, Memphis, TN

   1929-Dr. Roger Bannister born, distance runner, broke the 4-minute-mile record in 1954, born Harrow, Middlesex, England, Mar 24, 1929.

   1930 - The recently discovered ninth planet was given the name Pluto.

    1932-Birthday of piano player Dave Mackay, Syracuse, NY

    1936-The Longest NHL Game.  Mud Bruneleau of the Detroit  Wings scored at 16:30 of the sixth overtime period to end the longest game in National Hockey League history. The goal gave the Red Wings a 1-0 victory over the Montereal Maroons in a Stanley Cup semifinal game. Detroit won the series, three games to none, and went on to defeat the Toronto Maple Leaves in the finals.

      1941 - Glenn Miller started work on his first film for 20th Century Fox, "Sun Valley Serenade".

       1942-Birthday of Jesus Maria (Jay” Alou, former baseball player, born Haina, Dominican Republic.     

      1944 - The great1942 -- US: The first Civilian Exclusion Order issued by the Army is issued for the Bainbridge Island area near Seattle. The forty-five families there are given one week to prepare.
The island's oldest, continuously operating farm -- established in 1928 -- is owned by 75-year-old Akio Suyematsu, who grows strawberries, pumpkins and Christmas trees. World War II brought one of the saddest chapters of island history -- the nation's first forced evacuation of residents of Japanese ancestry, most of them American citizens. On President Roosevelt's authority the army forced some 240 people, including Suyematsu's family, to leave -- mainly for California internment camps. They received a week's notice in March 1942 to dispose of their property.By the end of October, 108 exclusion orders would be issued, and all Japanese Americans in Military Area No. 1 & the California portion of No. 2 incarcerated. mass escape of WWII occurs at Stalag Luft III when 76 allied airmen tunneled out. Only 3 made it home.

      1945-Billboard magazine, the music trade publication, began the pop music record chart this day in

No. 1 hit in the pop chart was Nat King Cole’s “King Cole Trio.”

      1949- the Academy of  Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences gave Oscars to who were father and son,

the only time this has happened: Walter Houston, who won the best supporting actor award, and his son, John Huston, who won the award for the best director, both for “The Treasure of Sierra Madre.  The film also received the award for the best screenplay.  Ironically, the first time a husband and wife

win Oscars, this has happened, the same year, Oscar winners who were husband and wife:  Sir Laurence Oliver for his performance in “Hamlet”, beating out Humphrey Bogart, and his wife, Vivien Leigh, who received hers on February 29, 1940, for her performance in “Gone with the Wind.”  On March 20, 1952, she received a second Oscar for her part as Blance du Bois in “A Streetcar Named


    1949- Steve Lang, bass guitarist with the Canadian rock group April Wine, was born. Lang joined the band in 1975, replacing Jim Clench. Lang was with April Wine when they shared the stage with the Rolling Stones at the El Mocambo nightclub in Toronto in 1977. April Wine was Canada's leading touring band of the 1970's, but the band failed to have much of an impact in the U.S.

     1951-Brithday of 49er Coach Dennis Erickson, born Everett, WA.

    1954-Birthday of cello player Hank Roberts, Terre Haute, IN.

   1955---Top Hits

The Ballad of Davy Crockett - Bill Hayes

Sincerely - McGuire Sisters

Darling Je Vous Aime Beaucoup - Nat ‘King’ Cole

In the Jailhouse Now - Webb Pierce

   1955 - On Broadway, Tennessee Williams's Southern drama, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, staged by Elia Kazan, debuted to mixed reviews; 694 performances.

    1958 - In Memphis, Tennessee, Elvis Presley reported to local draft board 86, where he became US 53310761. Since Elvis was now ‘government property’ as he served his time in the Army, Uncle Sam stood to lose approximately $500,000 in taxes each year Private Presley was in the Army. After receiving the standard GI haircut, he was quoted as saying "Hair today, gone tomorrow." Presley had actually received his draft notice the previous December, but was granted a 60- day deferment to complete the movie "King Creole." Some say rock 'n' roll died when Presley entered the service. Certainly, after he was discharged in March 1960, Presley himself was no longer a rock 'n' roll performer. He became primarily a movie star and middle-of-the-road singer, not touring, but performing mostly in Las Vegas, Nevada.

   1959- The re-formed Drifters' "There Goes My Baby" is released on Atlantic Records. Not only is it the group's first disc with new lead singer Ben E. King replacing the departed Clyde McPhatter, but joining the production team are Herry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

     1960 - A United States appeals court ruled the novel, "Lady Chatterly’s Lover", was not obscene and as such, could be sent via the mail.

     1962-Birthday of pianist Renee Rosnes  Saskatchewan Canada

      1963---Top Hits

Our Day Will Come - Ruby & The Romantics

The End of the World - Skeeter Davis

He’s So Fine - The Chiffons

Still - Bill Anderson

     1971---Top Hits

Me and Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin

She’s a Lady - Tom Jones

Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me) - The Temptations

I’d Rather Love You - Charley Pride

        1972- Twelve years after it was first a #2 hit for Paul Anka, "Puppy Love" by Donny Osmond climbs to #3 and goes gold. The tune also inspires lots of wisecracks about Osmond.

   1973 - Professional track debuted as Kip Keino beat Jim Ryun in the mile run at the International Track Association meet in Los Angeles, California.

   1974 - North Carolina State beat Marquette to win the NCAA basketball championship.

    1979---Top Hits

Tragedy - Bee Gees

What a Fool Believes - The Doobie Brothers

Heaven Knows - Donna Summer with Brooklyn Dreams

I Just Fall in Love Again - Anne Murray

    1982 Five congregations in the eastern San Francisco Bay area became the first to declare themselves publicly as sanctuary churches, in an effort to help refugees from Central America establish themselves in the U.S. during political and military unrest in their native countries.

    1985 - The Golden Raspberry Awards, a parody of the Oscar Awards were presented. The movie, "Bolero" took home the top honors, for John and Bo Derek; who won for worst director and worst actress, respectively.

    1986- The 58th Academy Awards show was held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles. It took three hosts (Alan Alda, Jane Fonda and Robin Williams) to handle the MC duties this time. The Best Picture was "Out of Africa" (Sydney Pollack, producer). It also won Best Director (Sydney Pollack); Best Writing/Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Kurt Luedtke); Best Cinematography (David Watkin); Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Stephen B. Grimes, Josie MacAvin); Best Sound (Chris Jenkins, Gary Alexander, Larry Stensvold, Peter Handford); and Best Music/Original Score (John Barry). But "Out of Africa" didn’t win everything. Other Oscars went to "Kiss of the Spider Woman" (Best Actor: William Hurt); "The Trip to Bountiful" (Best Actress: Geraldine Page); "Cocoon" (Best Supporting Actor: Don Ameche - his first Oscar) and "Prizzi’s Honor" (Best Supporting Actress: Anjelica Huston). The award for Best Music/Song was given to Lionel Richie for "Say You, Say Me" from "White Nights". Other memorable movies in 1985 (some Oscar winners, some not): "The Color Purple" (11 nominations - no Oscars), "Back to the Future", "Ladyhawke", "Rambo: First Blood Part II", "Agnes of God", "Silverado" and "Witness

    1987 - A winter-like storm in the central U.S. produced blizzard conditions from South Dakota to western Kansas. Snowfall totals ranged up to 24 inches at Neligh NE, with 19 inches at Winner SD. Winds gusting to 60 mph created twelve foot snow drifts in Nebraska stranding thousands on the highways

     1987---Top Hits

Lean on Me - Club Nouveau

Let’s Wait Awhile - Janet Jackson

Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now - Starship

I’d Still Be Loving You - Restless Heart

    1988 - Thunderstorms developing along a cold front produced severe weather from Minnesota to northeastern Texas. The thunderstorms spawned ten tornadoes, including one which injured five persons near Raymondville MO

    1989-The tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground at Prince William Sound, leaking 11 million gallons of oil into one of nature's richest habitats.

   1989 - Low pressure off the coast of Virginia brought heavy rain to the Middle Atlantic Coast States, and heavy snow to the Northern Appalachians. Cape Hatteras NC was soaked with 5.20 inches of rain in 24 hours, and snowfall totals in Vermont ranged up to 12 inches. Winds gusted to 52 mph at New York City.

   1990 - The storm system which produced heavy snow in the Lower Missouri Valley the previous day, spread heavy snow across parts of the Upper Ohio Valley and the Middle Atlantic Coast Region. Snowfall totals of 2.2 inches at Philadelphia PA and 2.4 inches at Atlantic City NJ were records for the date. Up to six inches of snow blanketed southern Ohio. In the Middle Atlantic Coast Region, snow coated the blossoms of cherry trees which had bloomed in 80 degree weather the previous week.

   1992 - Democrat Jerry Brown upset front-runner Bill Clinton in the Connecticut presidential primary.

   1992 -as of 2:45 am CST, International Falls, Minnesota had recorded 29.5 inches of snow for the month with snow still falling. This set a new monthly snowfall record for February. The old record was 29.0 inches set back in 1911. A new record was also set for winter season snowfall (Dec-Feb) with 68.5 inches. The old record was 67.9 inches set in 1990-91.

    1992 - On this date, a Chicago county circuit judge approved a settlement that meant refunds for thousands of fans of Milli Vanilli. Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan, the dred-locked German pop duo, had admitted earlier that they had not sung on their Grammy Award-winning album, My Girl. They also confessed to lip-synching during their concerts. The two "singers" moved their lips and bodies in music videos and live concerts, while the recorded voices of unknown singers did the actual vocals. Under the settlement, buyers of Milli Vanilli compact discs would be entitled to $3 refunds, and cassette buyers could collect $2 refunds. It was estimated that the settlement could affect as many as 10 million people.

   1994--the Crystal Mountain ski resort in Washington State recorded 65 inches of snow in a 24 hour period, the state record for 24 hour snowfall.

  1996-The first astronaut who was a woman to live in a space station was biochemist Dr. Shannon W. Lucid, 53, of Bethany, OK.  This day she transferred from Space Shuttle Atlantis to the Russian space station Mir for a planned five-month stay.  It was the first time the shuttle returned to earth with lone less person aboard than had been present at the launch.  Lucid remained on the station for 188 days, the longest space sojourn by any American and any woman until that time.  Her return was delayed more than six weeks by emergency repairs to the booster rockets of the Atlantis and by hurricane.  She came home in the Atlantis, which touched down at Edwards Air Force Base, Uroc, CA, on September 26, 1996.

      1997 – At the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) awarded prizes for the best of the movie biz in 1996. Comedian/actor Billy Crystal hosted this 69th awards show. Let’s rip into the envelopes and get on with it. Best Picture: "The English Patient" (Saul Zaentz, producer); Best Director: Anthony Minghella for "The English Patient"; Best Actor: Geoffrey Rush for "Shine"; Best Actress: Frances McDormand for "Fargo"; Best Supporting Actor: Cuba Gooding, Jr. for "Jerry Maguire"; Best Supporting Actress: Juliette Binoche for "The English Patient"; Best Music, Song: Andrew Lloyd Webber (music), Tim Rice (lyrics) for "You Must Love Me" from "Evita". And the Oscar goes to ... "The English Patient", "The English Patient", "The English Patient" ... for a total of 9 Oscars.

     2001- During an exhibition game against the Giants, Diamondback hurler Randy Johnson's fastball hits and instantly kills a dove flying in front of home plate. The bird appears to explode as the National League Cy Young winner's pitch sends it over catcher Rod Barajas' head.



  NCAA Basketball Champions This Date


   1956   San Francisco

   1962   Cincinnati

   1980   Louisville



      *         Baseball Canto


Lawrence Ferlinghetti


Watching baseball, sitting in the sun, eating popcorn,
reading Ezra Pound,
and wishing that Juan Marichal would hit a hole right through the
Anglo-Saxon tradition in the first Canto
and demolish the barbarian invaders.
When the San Francisco Giants take the field
and everybody stands up for the National Anthem,
with some Irish tenor's voice piped over the loudspeakers,
with all the players struck dead in their places
and the white umpires like Irish cops in their black suits and little
black caps pressed over their hearts,
Standing straight and still like at some funeral of a blarney bartender,
and all facing east,
as if expecting some Great White Hope or the Founding Fathers to
appear on the horizon like 1066 or 1776.


But Willie Mays appears instead,
in the bottom of the first,
and a roar goes up as he clouts the first one into the sun and takes
off, like a foot runner from Thebes.
The ball is lost in the sun and maidens wail after him
as he keeps running through the Anglo-Saxon epic.
And Tito Fuentes comes up looking like a bullfighter
in his tight pants and small pointy shoes.
And the right field bleachers go mad with Chicanos and blacks
and Brooklyn beer-drinkers,
"Tito! Sock it to him, sweet Tito!"
And sweet Tito puts his foot in the bucket
and smacks one that don't come back at all,
and flees around the bases
like he's escaping from the United Fruit Company.
As the gringo dollar beats out the pound.
And sweet Tito beats it out like he's beating out usury,
not to mention fascism and anti-Semitism.
And Juan Marichal comes up,
and the Chicano bleachers go loco again,
as Juan belts the first ball out of sight,
and rounds first and keeps going
and rounds second and rounds third,
and keeps going and hits pay dirt
to the roars of the grungy populace.
As some nut presses the backstage panic button
for the tape-recorded National Anthem again,
to save the situation.


But it don't stop nobody this time,
in their revolution round the loaded white bases,
in this last of the great Anglo-Saxon epics,
in the territorial libre of Baseball.






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