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    Brad Peterson New US Bancorp Manifest Sr.V-P & Gen. Mgr.

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Credit & Doc. Admin. to assist with credit investigation, doc.prep., coordinate territory mgrs. Wayne, NJ fast growing lessor.
Contact: Duane E. Rouba @ 800-848-7210 X 222

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Senior Credit Officer experienced in middle- market leasing; structured, vendor and 3rd party to the fortune 1000. Proactive team builder, originations capable with strong work ethic. Email:


Senior Management: Baltimore, MD 25 year veteran of commercial and equipment leasing seeking a senior management position with leasing or asset based financing company in the southeast (Florida preferred)




Senior Management: Denver, CO. Fortune 500 GM/SVP wants to team up with aggressive lender looking for Western expansion mid-market equip. finance/leasing. 20+ years experience within Rocky Mountain/ Southwest and Ca markets.



Senior management: Hope, NJ.

25 years in optimizing call center operations, collections, billing, and back end revenue generation. Experienced in $7 + billion dollar portfolios. Verifiable achievements.



Senior Management: Irvine, CA.

Credit executive, portfolio manager and syndication facilitator. Extensive business building experience in small and mid-ticket operations. Highly innovative. Fortune 100 audit and technology skills. Bottom-line manager.



Senior Management: Long Island, NY

Degree Banking/Finance. 13 years leasing exp. Now prez young leasing company where promises were not met. Interested in joining established firm with future.



Senior Management: New York, NY, NJ, Ct Tri-State

Top Exec. middle and big ticket, top skills treasury, funding, ops,transaction detail, syndication, ready to max profit, help build quality operation. right now!



Senior Management: Portfolio Management Consultant; 25+years experience in Collections, Customer Satisfaction, Asset Management, Recoveries, Continuous Process Improvement, Back end Revenue Generation, Cost per Collection Analysis. $5+Billion Portfolio expertise. Email:


Senior Management: San Francisco, CA., 25 years experience w/global leasing company, sales, marketing, business dev., P&L responsibility, asset mgmt, brokering and re- marketing. Interested in joining an est. firm with a future.


Senior Management: Somerville, NJ.

28 year veteran in Construction Equipment/ Transportation.

Full P&L responsibility, profit driven, team builder, sales manager, strong portfolio management skills. Will consider relocation.



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Marshall, MN –


U. S. Bancorp Manifest Funding Services has named Brad Peterson as Senior Vice President and General Manager.  Mike Rizzo, President and CEO of Business Equipment Finance Group (formerly Lyon Financial Services) made the following announcement to employees on Monday, March 22nd. 


I am pleased to announce that Brad Peterson has accepted the position of Senior Vice President and General Manager of Manifest.  Brad joined Manifest in 1996 as a Regional Sales Manager for the South Central Region.  In 1998, he was promoted to his current position as Director of Sales for the West.


Brad graduated from Iowa State University in 1981 with a BS Degrees in Finance and Economics.  He began his business career with Ralston Purina in Nashville, TN.  During his early career with Purina, he held several management positions including Data Manager, Plant Controller, Manager of Dealer Distribution (financial project leader for sales and top dealers) and Manager of Financial Services (credit operations). 


In 1988, Brad was promoted to Area Controller for the Mid-Atlantic Area, the largest of 16 areas in the company.  In that role, he was responsible for the financial management of five manufacturing plants, five distribution warehouses, three sales divisions and two subsidiaries.  In addition to overseeing the accounting and auditing functions, Brad analyzed and approved all sales, distribution and marketing investments in the area. 


In 1991, Brad accepted a District Sales Manager position in Marshall, MN.  He and Mary decided to move their young family from Charlotte, NC back to the Midwest and the comfort of great schools and a safe community.  As a District Sales Manager, Brad won General Sales Advisory Board honors (top 25% out of 400+ sales people) each of the four years he was eligible.


Since joining Manifest in 1996, Brad has provided vision and leadership to the sales effort. 


Please join me in congratulating Brad as he accepts the position of Senior Vice President and General Manager of Manifest.  I am confident that he will make an excellent addition to our senior management team and I look forward to working with him closely. 


Mike Rizzo



About Manifest Funding Services


Established in 1987, U.S. Bancorp Manifest Funding Services specializes in financing equipment through a network of independent finance brokers and lessors. It strives to be the premier funding source in the business equipment finance industry by emphasizing long-term relationships and innovative products that are focused on the success of the independent broker and lessor.



Corporate Contact:        Brad Peterson, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Manifest Funding Services

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Press Contact:            Cindy Fleck, Director of Marketing, Manifest Funding Services

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PricewaterhouseCoopers seeks individuals with experience in commercial equipment leasing to help clients improve their leasing businesses by designing, developing, and implementing solutions to accounting & operational issues. Email:

About the Company: PricewaterhouseCoopers, New York, NY.



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    Bank of the West, San Francisco/Dublin, Ca.(3/04) BancWest to purchase CFBX in a cash transaction valued at $1.2 billion and is expected to close during third-quarter 2004 (3Q'04), at which time the CFBX franchise will be merged with BWE's subsidiary, Bank of the West. Fitch believes that the proposed transaction is a positive for CFBX investors, as CFBX becomes part of a larger franchise that is supported by a highly rated global banking company in BNP. (10/2002) purchases Trinity Capital.Sr.VP Jerry Newell says,” This transaction underscores Bank of the West's commitment to equipment leasing as a core product line. Bank of the West has operated a nationwide funding business for equipment leasing brokers for 30 years and provides direct equipment leases to bank customers. Bank of the West's equipment lease portfolio currently exceeds $400 million. The Bank will continue to strongly support and grow its broker funding business which represents more than three-quarters of its portfolio. In particular, we want our lease brokers to know that Bank of the West values their business and will continue to protect brokers' interests in their transactions. The addition of Trinity Capital will further expand the scope of the bank's equipment leasing product line, but is not intended to compete with the bank's existing leasing businesses. Moreover, the market focus of Trinity Capital is sufficiently different from Bank of the West's broker funding business that we do not anticipate any overlap."


    Manifest Group (3/04) Brian Bjella as Senior Vice President and General Manager, resigns to Form Company with Ken Noyes: Grandview Financial, which consists of Quest Resources, headquartered in New Jersey. Bjella will remain in Marshall, Minnesota, where the company will grow, keeping the current staff and operations in New Jersey. This is a 50-50 partnership, according to Brian Bjella, who said, " It has always been a dream of mine, but I never actively pursued anything because I love working for Manifest. The right opportunity never came around until now, and it is one that I need to follow. “I am excited to have the opportunity to grow my own company, “he added, “ but it is very difficult for me to leave Manifest - it is a great organization with great people.” (4/2002)Troy Molitor resigns as General Manager. He follows Don Polfiet...Chris Canavati. Good men, that Manifest does miss. (3/2001) changes name to U.S. Bancorp - Manifest Funding Services. Manifest Group-  (9/1/2000) purchased by US Bancorp Leasing and Financial, "...a win for all the parties involved," Brian Bjella. (11/2000) Donald Polfiet leaves and no one knows where he went. If you know, please tell us.


    UPS Capital, a subsidiary of the United Parcel Service-UPS (3/04) UPS Capital Closes Direct Leasing Business According to a UPS Capital spokesman, the direct leasing division was closed on February 26 with 30 employees let go.




    Trinity Capital (2/04) Donna Halow named president and CEO. After 23 years as President and CEO of Trinity Capital Corporation, Jim Halow has retired (reported by Leasing News on February 11,2004.) Donna Halow, his wife and partner since 1982 in the San Francisco-based equipment leasing company, succeeds him in the role. Promoted from Executive Vice President and General Manager by the firm's board of directors, Donna Halow had been in charge of the company's operations and major client relationships. (10/2002) Purchased by Bank of the West ( Trinity Capital Stories )


    Sky Financial, Bowling Green, Ohio (2/04) to Sell Dental Financing Affiliate to MBNA.“ Sky Financial Solutions was a strong performer for Sky in 2003 and has continued to show earnings improvement since it began retaining its loan originations in 2000, however, this was a great opportunity for both Sky and MBNA,” stated Marty E. Adams, chairman, president and CEO of Sky Financial Group.


    Balboa Capital, Irvine, Ca.( 2/04) Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! --Shawn Giffin Back at Balboa Capital. Rumors float that company is up for sale that both owners not getting along; they deny it. Byrne had taken a two year sabbatical and came back to the helm in late September of last year. It was then Giffin turn to take some time off, they both said. Since that date, Byrne was back in the swing of things, creasing originations, creating a more sales friendly environment, improving credit and funding processes using Six Sigma, cleaning house, increasing customer service, finding fraud from vendors and salesmen, starting a broker division, the first time in 15 year history, hiring Curt Lynse, formerly with GE-Colonial Pacific, working on a national vendor program division, and getting the company moving in a very competitive manner. “I'm thrilled to be back, “ Shawn Giffin told Leasing News. “My head is clear. I'm invigorated. This is a great company.” Asked about his ability to get along with the other major share holder, he said, ‘ Pat has a unique set of skills, as I do. I think we are very complimentary working together. The point is I am fired up and am really glad to be back at work. I love it! “ Asked about what his title would be, he said, “Titles aren't important to Pat or I. “ (2/04) Curt Lynse, formerly at GE Capital/Colonial Pacific Leasing, joining Balboa Capital to start a broker division, something the company has not done in sixteen years; they founded in 1988. (9/03) Patrick Byrne is back, Shawn Giffin goes on sabbatical. ( 9/2000) Founder Pat Byrne " available any time he wants to use it".



    Orix (1/04) On February 13th, forty people will be let go in Orix's New York Office and twenty-five in Kennesaw with layoffs continuing every two weeks from then on through the end of the fiscal year (3/31). “The layoffs will hit IT and Accounting the hardest but they will be across the board (SFG, EFG, RPG, Operations, HR).“Also, apparently there is an internal memo among the Dallas Executives that has a timeline for vacating Kennesaw entirely (1/04) “We Need Your Help!” Orix Employee Cries Out Loud ( ( 1/04) Orix Capital Markets will announce that they are shutting down the NY office. Major layoffs will hit the Kennesaw, Georgia office either mid or late February. Nothing is certain yet but it is probably safe to say that Orix will be out of the leasing business altogether at this time in 2005. (1/04) “ They have also already told the CIO, Chief Legal Officer, EFG Group President, and some other senior level people when their last day will be (1/04) Gary Gusoff is Gone---Five More to Follow (12/03) Despite the press releases and hoopla, according to a highly reliable source, Gary Gussoff last day will be December 31, with more officers to follow, with rumors Orix may be getting out of the leasing business in the USA (11/03)Fitch Withdraws ORIX Financial's Senior Debt Rating (11/03) " Holmes had four businesses reporting to him, the ones run by Hidder, Crain, Neptune and Fite. Today after the reorganization Corr gets only one of those businesses, the old Credit Alliance portfolio run by Fite. The other three organizations that Holmes recruited and nourished at OFS are all reporting elsewhere. How long will those guys stay around, they jumped ship from elsewhere to follow Holmes? And what is the fate of Fite, is he really necessary if all Corr has is the Equipment business?" (11/03)Fitch Places ORIX Special Servicer Rating Watch Negative| (10/03) (10/03) Beyond comedy. (10/03) Holmes gone! (10/03) Orix floundering, Holmes to going, going... (9/03) US team in trouble, look for shake-up on top. (8/2001) "Orix Corporation was raised to "outperform" from "hold" by analyst Tomotaka Ohio at UFJ Capital Markets Securities".  In a related story, Orix was reiterated "hold" by analyst Edward Gordon at WestLB Panmure. Insider tells us not much action happening at Orix. Shows what a press release about a new president coming on board and new credit manager.  Hype still works on Wall Street.  (7/2001) Hires Donald Cox as Exec.VP/CFO-30 years exp. at BofA. Many predict he will be a "figure head" and the company will not be around in two to three years---history will tell if this is correct or not.  (4/2001) Orix to "consolidate;" close offices, moving to Atlanta, GA.  (2/2001) Closes re-discount center, Steve Geller says "goodbye."  Geller joins Leasing Advisory Board, receives many accolades from readers.  (11/10 First six months profits up 14% at Orix! )  (11/8) New President at Orix appointed.  10/2000  "long-term Outlook has been revised from Stable to Negative". Credit Alliance has changed its name to ORIX Financial Services,  9/2000 Japanese Bank President commits Suicide (Orix is a 14.7% shareholder in bank having problems),  (8/2000) closes small ticket vendor division in Portland Oregon,  "Business as usual in New Jersey and with Brokers" says Steve Geller.


    Matsco Financial (1/04 ) According to three highly reliable source at Cupertino National Bank, Cupertino, California, where Matsco was banking ( a Greater Bay Bank,) Matsco gave the bank its highest loan write-off in 2003, resulting in restructuring both at the bank and Matsco. The matter is now resolved, the sources said, and changes have been made. The account is also no longer domiciled at the bank, they reported. Steven C. Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Greater Bay Bank, said that since Matsco is not a separate segment of the business there will not be a separate financial statements in the bank 4th quarter report. He stated there will be information on segment loan growth and loan charge-offs. adding that he thought it was a very detailed disclosure. He stated the bank always does a full disclosure and it is in compliance with all of the latest SEC required disclosures ,- which he added they have been doing well before all of the focus on accounting issues from the Worldcom and Enron's of the world. He did not want to be quoted directly and did not comment, nor confirm nor deny, any loan write-offs at Cupertino National Bank, referring all information to the SEC filing. (1/04)Matt Shieman, president of Matsco, a Greater Bay Bank company, Emeryville, California, told Leasing News last year "was the best ever. We may have let some people go last year, as many companies were forced to do, but everyone is happy here, business is good... No broker business. We cut down on the commercial sector, but any rumor to the contrary that business is not very good here is definitely not true." (7/03) Greater Bay Bancorp Reports Net Income of $48 Million for the First Six Months of 2003; Credit Quality Stable and now in compliance. Greater Bay Bank telephone conference:" Didn't sell any Matsco loans (securitizations last quarter due to operational problems, these loans are in the 1 ½ million to 2 million dollar range---problem is primarily due to a front system conversion, not complete, that will allow Matsco to save a quarter million a month in operation expenses when it is up and running (said in question and answer session at end of conference). Basically Greater Bay Bank is a "business bank" and should not be compared to peers who are more into consumer finance; they are a relationship bank and want to continue in that manner. Personal guarantees are important in real estate because in many instances the president of the bank can go to the person directly and ask them to stand up; the bank plans to be tight on operations and even more so, the local economy has been one of the toughest, especially the last couple of years, but the bank is in a strong position when the bay area turns around, capital levels very strong, although loans have been sluggish recently, but perhaps will move soon as there are some signs, less commercial real estate loans, no residential mortgages on balance sheet, loans were "flat," didn't sell any Matsco loans this last quarter due to operational problems, but plan to soon in the 1 ½ to 2 million dollar range (7/03) Having problems with vendors (Patterson Dental), real problem with operation system, while parent Great Bay has their own with their last audit. Shieman to make announcement (but does not.) (5/2003) Reliable sources report commercial and broker division shut down, people let go, company to work solely on captive vendor, dentistry, veteran,CPA marketplace. President Matt Shieman was to give a statement on this at the beginning of this week, but has apparently changed his mind. (12/2000 purchased by Greater Bay Bank)


    Greater Community Bancorp, Totowa, N.J (not to be confused with Greater Bay Bank in California) (01/04)In 2003, we charged off $1.3 million in problem leases. Excluding these leases, our 2003 charge-offs were $31,000. "We also implemented our new leasing strategy this past year, and are positioned with a new management team to expand on a solid foundation of vendor relationships. We now retain high-quality leases in portfolio; this will also contribute to a higher and more stable level of income as the portfolio builds over time," said Anthony M. Bruno, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Greater Community Bancorp.


    PureMarkets, San Francisco, Ca. (1/04) Co-founder, president and ceo Jay Fudemberg departs Pure Markets


    LeaseNow, Warrendale, PA (1/04) Acquires Motor Coach Financial, Guilford, Connecticut. Raymond J. Murphy, the president and principal shareholder of Motor Coach will serve as the Executive Vice President of LeaseNOW, Inc. Bob Rodi will continue as President and CEO of the merged companies while Marina Rodi will continue remain as Secretary/Treasurer and CFO.


    HPSC, Boston, MA (1/04) GE Healthcare Financial Services HPSC Conversion takes place.HPSC, Inc., with headquarters in Boston, MA, is a leading non-bank financial services company engaged primarily in financing licensed healthcare providers throughout the United States. HPSC provides financing, in the form of leases and notes due in installments, to the dental, ophthalmic, chiropractic, optometry, veterinary, podiatry and other medical and healthcare professions. HPSC markets its financing services to healthcare providers in a number of ways, including direct marketing through trade shows, conventions, advertising, cooperative arrangements with equipment vendors, and through its sales staff located in 22 offices throughout the United States. GE Healthcare Financial Services, a unit of GE Commercial Finance, is a premier provider of capital, financial solutions and related services for the global healthcare industry. With $12 billion in assets and nearly 700 employees, GE Healthcare Financial Services offers a full range of financing capabilities from equipment leasing and real estate financing to working capital lending and vendor finance programs.(11/03) reports a 14% decrease in net income for the third quarter ended September 30, 2003 of $1.5 million compared to $1.8 million in restated net income in the same quarter last year (11/03)GE Healthcare Financial Services to Acquire HPSC, Inc.; Transaction Strengthens Medical and Dental Practice Offerings. GE will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common stock of HPSC for $14.50 per share or a total consideration of approximately $72.4 million.


    Capital Stream, (1/04) " a leader in front office automation solutions for commercial and equipment finance operations, today announced that it has acquired CapitalThinking Inc., a leading vendor of process automation and risk management software products for the commercial lending and commercial mortgage industry. The combined companies will continue operating under the CapitalStream name,” stated the press release.(8/03) Loses bid to purchase Decision Systems/IDS-USA. (8/03) John Kruse, Jim Brady, Cliff Monlux Open New Company: MAINSTREET FINANCE. Kruse and Monlux were original founders of CapitalStream, originally System 1 and Capital Advantage (6/03) Raises money for acquisitions, first move is to Buy Decision Systems International American operation. (1/2003)John Kruse has left the building. (10/2002) Corporate take-over by Wired Capital, complete new management team and officers, John Kruse now "salesman." For a full story click here (3/2002) Steve Campbell Resigns as CEO,  (8/2001) John Kruse, VP, Account Development, announces another reduction of staff as  "... precautionary measures because we don't see an immediate resolution to the economic  downturn. We still remain financially healthy, and believe that reducing our capacity is a prudent business decision." Hal Hayden, Jim Buckles, Randy Anderson, many sales people  gone.




News Briefs---


Businesses Urged to Plan For Higher Interest Rates


Durable-goods orders, new-home sales rebound in February


Tyco Jury Asks for Material, Forcing a Delay





Sports Briefs---


NFL: Fifteen yards for demonstrations


Packers ask Browns to speak with Couch


Hearst to visit Denver,1413,36%257E86%257E2037320,00.html


 NFL erred, caving in to Owens---Skip Bayless


The NCAA's decision to name men's basketball tournament regional sites by host city


NBA Standings






“Gimme that Wine”



Claus Riedel, Wineglass Innovator, Dies at 79,1145,2391,00.html


Sonoma '03 grapes: Quality up, quantity declines


Washington Wine Festival Raises Money



Crown Valley Winery Celebrates First-Year Anniversary of its Premier Vineyard and Winery Estate


How to spot a good wine guide




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This Day in American History


     1634- Lord Baltimore arrived in Maryland.

     1751-New Year’s Day was celebrated in Great Britain and its North American colonies this was the beginning of the new year up through 1751, when with the adoption of the Gregorian calendar the beginning of the year was changed to Jan 1.

     1775- George Washington planted pecan trees (some of which still survive) at Mount Vernon. The trees were a gift to Washington from Thomas Jefferson, who had planted a few pecan trees from the southern US at Monticello, VA. The pecan, native to southern North America, is sometimes called "America's own nut." First cultivated by American Indians, it has been transplanted to other continents but has failed to achieve wide use or popularity outside the US.

     1832- Mormon Joseph Smith beaten, tarred and feathered in Ohio. Tarring and feathering dates back to the days of the Crusades and King Richard the Lionhearted. Tar was readily available in shipyards and feathers came from any handy pillow. Though the cruelty invariably stopped short of murder, the tar needed to be burning hot for application. In addition, not only was Smith beaten, but his

followers, including his best friend Rev. Sidney Rigdon, who never recovered fully

recovered from his physical injuries, in addition, relatives said his “mind was never

the same.”

    1843-the second great northeast snowstorm of the season spread from the Gulf of Mexico to Maine. 3 inches of snow fell at Natchez, Mississippi and 15 inches fell in eastern Tennessee. The storm contributed to a total 204 inch season total on the Maine coast.

    1872- Dr. Zabdiel Boylston inoculated his six year old son, Thomas, and two African-American

servants with human smallpox pustules.  He then went out to inoculate 247 individuals.  The public acceptance in his area of acceptance of the inoculation was due in large measure to the efforts of Cotton Mather, the Boston minister and scientist, who persistently advocated it.  Small pox as a dreaded

disease around the world. In 1800, Dr. Edward Jenner of England introduced to Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse of Cambridge, MA, professor of theory and practice of medicine at Harvard University,

who inoculated his son, Daniel, three children, and three servants, with smallpox using cowpox.

It was not until this day in 1802, that a smallpox clinic was open and free distribution of the vaccine to the poor. This was started by Dr. James Smith in Baltimore, Maryland  

    1880-Birthday of Aline Bernstein - U.S. stage and costume designer, author and unofficial agent for Thomas Wolfe.   After doing costumes and scenery for the Henry Street Settlement for almost ten years she applied for membership in the brotherhood of Painters, Decorator and Paperhangers of the AFL but was turned down until 1926 when she became the first female member of the union. For the next 20 years she worked as resident designer for Eva Le Gallienne's Civic Repertory Theatre in New York.   At age 71 she won the Tony for her costume designs for the opera Regina (1949).   Following their well-known affair, Thomas Wolfe based the character of Esther Jack in two of his novels on her. She supported Wolfe who was 20 years younger, helped turn him into a novelist, found a publisher - and he left her.

        1906—birthday guitarist Curley Weaver, Covington, GA                           

       1911- At about 4:30 PM, fire broke out at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company at New York, NY, minutes before the seamstresses were to go home. Some workers were fatally burned while others leaped to their deaths from the windows of the 10-story building. The fire lasted only 18 minutes but left 146 workers dead, most of them young immigrant women. It was found that some of the deaths were a direct result of workers being trapped on the ninth floor by a locked door. Labor law forbade locking factory doors while employees were at work, and owners of the company were indicted on charges of first- and second-degree manslaughter. The tragic fire became a turning point in labor history, bringing about reforms in health and safety laws.

     1913 - The Palace Theatre opened its doors in New York City. Ed Wynn was first on the vaudeville bill. Some 20 years later, Wynn would be named as radio’s top entertainer. He later became popular on early television, as did his son, Keenan Wynne.

    1914 - Society Hill, SC, was buried under 18 inches of snow, establishing a state record.

    1917—birthday of drummer Armand “Jump” Jackson, New Orleans, LA

    1918-Howard Cosell, broadcaster, born at New York, NY. After earning a law degree, Cosell began his broadcasting career as the host of "Howard Cosell Speaking of Sports." He achieved national prominence and a great deal of notoriety for his support of Muhammad Ali's stand against the Vietnam War and then as co-host of ABC's Monday Night Football. Died at New York, Apr 23, 1994.

  1931- Scottsboro Boys arrested, Point Rock, Alabama

   1932- Canadian singer and actress Shirley Harmer was born in Oshawa, Ontario. She began performing on Toronto radio stations in the early 1950's, and from 1954 to '57 starred on Canadian General Electric's "CGE Showcase" on CBC television. Harmer was a regular performer in Hollywood on comedian George Gobel's NBC-TV show in the 1957-58 season. In the 1970's, Shirley Harmer was a resident of Florida, where she performed in clubs and in concert.

    1933—birthday of guitarist Clarence “Swamp Blues” Edwards, Lindsay, LA

     1934 - Horton Smith won the first Masters golf tournament under the magnolia trees of Augusta National in Georgia.

     1934-a spring storm produced 21 inches of snow at Amarillo, Texas in 24 hours. However, much of the snow melted as it fell and, as a result, the snow cover was never any deeper than 4.5 inches.

    1934- singer Johnny Burnette was born in Memphis. Burnette's first recordings with his Rock 'n Roll Trio, featuring his brother Dorsey on bass, were made in the late 1950's, and are highly prized by collectors today. But Johnny Burnette didn't become a star until 1960, when he began recording more popish material. His hits included "Dreamin' " and "You're Sixteen." Burnette's tenure as a teen idol was brief, and by 1963 he was off the charts. Johnny Burnette died in a boating accident on August 1st, 1964.

     1938—birthday of guitarist/songwriter/actor Hoyt Axton, Duncan, OK

    1942-  Aretha Franklin, dubbed "Lady Soul" for her million-selling records in the 1960's, was born in Memphis. By the time she was 14, Aretha was a featured performer with her father's gospel caravan. Four years later, she signed with Columbia Records, but her tenure with the label was not a success. Columbia tried to make her into something she wasn't - a jazz singer. In 1966, Franklin moved to Atlantic Records, where she began recording soul music. Her first session yielded "I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You," which topped the rhythm and blues chart and reached number 9 on the pop chart. By the end of 1967, she was the number one r'n'b artist on the strength of such hits as "Respect" and "Baby I Love You." The hits continued throughout the 1970's and into the following decade, when she turned to more pop-oriented material. In 1982, Aretha Franklin was on the charts with "Jump to It."

1945-Tryouts are granted to pitcher Terris McDuffie and first baseman Dave Thomas

 when a group of blacks appear at the Dodger offices in Brooklyn. The two players will work out at Ebbets Field in front of Branch Rickey on April 7.

      1946-the first “Jazz at the Philharmonic”.  One of the most influential solos of jazz alto saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker’s career was his rendition of “Lady Be Good,” performed at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Auditorium.  Every aspect of the performance became part of the language of modern jazz. There are many albums of the various years produced by Norman Granz on Emarcy records.

   1946-Woody Herman band premiers Igor Stravinsky’s Ebony Concerto at Carnegie Hall.

   1947- Singer Elton John, whose real name is Reginald Dwight, was born in Pinner, England. For most of the 1970's, John and lyricist Bernie Taupin turned out hit after hit, including five that reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Among the chart-toppers were "Crocodile Rock," "Bennie and the Jets" and "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds," a cover version of the Beatles' tune. Elton John's public admission in 1976 that he was bisexual caused much adverse reaction, and the following year he announced he was retiring from performing. However, John was back on stage in 1978, becoming the first Western pop star to tour the Soviet Union. Ten years later, his live recording of "Candle In the Wind" was a big hit.

      1948 -for the second time in less than a week, Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City was struck by a tornado rated F3 on the Fujita scale. This time 35 aircraft were destroyed and damage totaled 6 million dollars. The first tornado back on the 20th hit without warning but this second tornado was predicted by Fawbush and Miller of the United States Air Force and their accurate tornado forecast ushered in the modern era of severe weather forecasting.

    1954 –26th  Annual Academy Awards, RKO Pantages Theater in Los Angeles. Actor/singer/dancer Donald O’Connor and actor Fredric March (in New York) kept the audience informed on who won what. "From Here to Eternity" (Buddy Adler, producer) won best picture of the year, also picking up the Oscar for Best Director for Fred Zinnemann, Best Supporting Actor for Frank Sinatra and Best Supporting Actress for Donna Reed, in addition to Best Writing/Screenplay (Daniel Taradash); Best Cinematography/Black-and-White (Burnett Guffey); Best Sound/ Recording (John P. Livadary, Columbia SSD); and Best Film Editing (William A. Lyon). The Best Actor award for the films of 1953 went to William Holden for "Stalag 17" while the Best Actress award went to Audrey Hepburn for "Roman Holiday". "Secret Love" from "Calamity Jane" was the Best Music/Song of the Year (Sammy Fain, music, Paul Francis Webster, lyrics). An interesting note: The Best Writing/ Story and Screenplay went to the 1953 version of "Titanic" (Charles Brackett, Walter Reisch, Richard L. Breen). Other memorable movies that year (some Oscar winners, some not): "The Robe", "Shane", "Mogambo", "The Moon is Blue" and "Hondo".

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   1959-Frank Sinatra records Jenkin’s arrangement of “Here’s That Rainy Day,” Los Angeles, CA.

   1961-Elvis Presley performs his last live show for eight years at Block Arena in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The show is a benefit and $62,000 is raised for the U.S.S. Arizona memorial fund.

    1965 --  Martin Luther King Jr., leads 25,000 into Montgomery, completing civil rights march begun in Selma. After a weeks-long struggle against local police, the civil rights march ends triumphantly with a 50,000 person demonstration in Montgomery. The Selma to Montgomery March, which took in over 25,000 marchers, was held from March 21 to 25, 1965, with the protection of federal troops. A white civil rights worker, Mrs. Viola Liuzzo was killed driving some of the black marchers back to Selma on March 25, 1965.

    1965- Guitarist Jeff Beck replaced Eric Clapton in the Yardbirds, the influential British group that laid the groundwork for the heavy metal groups of the 1970's. Clapton quit the group because he objected to the band's turn toward more commercial material.

    1967-The Who makes its U.S. concert debut in New York as part of a rock & roll extravaganza promoted by legendary DJ Murray the K.

1970-  Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's first and only studio album, "Deja Vu" goes gold. The LP yielded hit singles in "Woodstock" and "Teach Your Children."

    1971 - Tom Jones went gold with his single, "She’s a Lady"

1972 - The group, America, rode to the top of the pop music charts with their LP, "America", and the single (included on the LP), "A Horse with No Name". "A Horse With No Name" would be the group’s only gold record and one of two number one songs (the other was "Sister Golden Hair", 6/14/75). America placed 11 tunes on the pop music charts between 1972 and 1983.

    1975 - The town of Sandberg reported a wind gust to 101 mph, a record for the state of California.

    1977-After a decade of being the "Beautiful Loser," Bob Seger gets his big break. His 7th album, "Night Moves" goes platinum. The 33 year old is aided by three Top Forty hits off the LP: "Night Moves," "Mainstreet" and "Rock & Roll Never Forgets."

     1979- the TV movie "Sooner or Later," starring teen idol Rex Smith, was aired. The soundtrack included Smith singing "You Take My Breath Away." The song soon became a top-10 hit.

    1982-“9 to %” premiered on TV.  This half-hour sitcom was based on the 1980 movie of the same name about three working women in dead-end jobs in a larger corporation. The three women were played by Rita Moreno, Valerie Curtin and Rachel Dennison ( in the role her sister Dolly Parton had played in the movie.”

     1982-"Cagney & Lacey" premiered on TV, breaking new ground as the first TV crime show in which the central characters were both female. The series was based on a made-for-TV movie that aired Oct 8, 1981, starring Loretta Swit and Tyne Daly. Meg Foster played Swit's character, Chris Cagney, but after one season she was replaced by Sharon Gless. Daly and Gless won six Emmys together for their roles. The last telecast aired on Aug 25, 1988.

      1983- Motown's 25th anniversary TV special was taped at the city auditorium in Pasadena, California. Tickets, to benefit the fight against sickle cell anemia, ranged from $25 to $500. The show featured reunions of both the Supremes and the Jackson Five. And it also marked the first time that Michael Jackson performed his famous "moonwalk" - a move that had him walking forward while moving backward. When the Motown tribute aired on NBC, an estimated 47 million people were watching - the largest audience ever to view a music special.

   1985- It's bad news for the Cubs as a judge rules laws banning night games are constitutional. The Cubs brought suit after having to give up a home playoff game last season due to the lack of lights at Wrigley.

   1985 -  57th Academy awards, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, no less. Host for the big show was actor/director Jack Lemmon .. The Best Picture of 1985 was "Amadeus", produced by Saul Zaentz. T It also won Oscars for Best Director for Milos Forman and Best Actor for F. Murray Abraham. The film also won top honors for Best Writing/Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Peter Shaffer); Best Costume Design (Theodor Pistek); Best Sound (Mark Berger, Thomas Scott II, Todd Boekelheide, Christopher Newman); and Best Makeup (Paul LeBlanc, Dick Smith). Sally Field was pronounced Best Actress for "Places in the Heart", Best Supporting Actor was Haing S. Ngor for "The Killing Fields", and the Best Supporting Actress Oscar was given to Peggy Ashcroft for "A Passage to India". Stevie Wonder’s "I Just Called to Say I Love You" from "The Woman in Red" took the honors for Best Movie/Song. And the Academy gave an honorary Oscar to Jimmy Stewart in recognition of more than 70 films in his 50-year career. Stewart earned one Oscar for Best Actor in "Philadelphia Story" (1940), and nominations for Best Actor in "Mr. Smith Goes to ". Washington", "Harvey", "It’s a Wonderful Life" and "Anatomy of a Murder". ".

   1988 - An early season heat wave prevailed in the southwestern U.S. The high of 93 degrees at Tucson AZ was a new record for March. Windy conditions prevailed across the central and eastern U.S. Winds gusted to 60 mph at Minneapolis MN, and reached 120 mph atop Rendezvous Peak WY

   1989- fire destroyed a recording studio on Chuck Berry's farm at Wentzville, Missouri, west of St. Louis. Among the items lost was a tape containing 13 unreleased Berry songs.

   1991- the World League of American Football, part of the marketing attempt by the National Football League to extend the game’s popularity in Europe, made its debut as the London Monarchs defeated the Frankfurt Galaxy, 24-11.

   1991 – 63rd, Academy Awards Celebration, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Host was Billy Crystal, wearing an Armani tuxedo as did actors Jeff Goldblum, Tom Hanks, Dennis Hopper, Steve Martin and Denzel Washington. Also clad in Armani ... gowns ... were Oscar nominees Michelle Pfeiffer, Julia Roberts and Jessica Tandy, prompting "Women’s Wear Daily" to refer to the occasion as the “Armani Awards”. Best Picture of the year (1990) was "Dances with Wolves" (Jim Wilson, Kevin Costner, producers). Costner also won for his Best Direction of "Dances with Wolves". The Best Actor Oscar went to Jeremy Irons for "Reversal of Fortune". Best Actress was Kathy Bates for "Misery". The prize for Best Supporting Actor was claimed by Joe Pesci for "GoodFellas" and Best Supporting Actress was Whoopi Goldberg for "Ghost". The Best Music/Song was presented to Stephen Sondheim for "Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)" from "Dick Tracy". ".

    1992 -severe thunderstorms moving through Lake, Orange, and Seminole counties in Florida dropped hailstones up to 4 inches in diameter and resulted in what is called "the most economically destructive force ever to hit the Orlando area" -- worse even than Hurricane Donna which struck Florida in 1960. Damage totaled $60 million making this the costliest hailstorm ever in Florida, exceeding the damage done by another hailstorm which occurred only 19 days earlier on March 6th. The nursery industry in southern Lake county and western Orange county was virtually shut down by the hailstorm. Literally millions of glass panes were broken.

     1993 -a severe thunderstorm produced hailstones up to 2 inches in diameter across the west, north, and northeast sections of Austin, Texas resulting in the worst and costliest hailstorm in the city's history. An estimated 75 million dollars in damage was done to cars, roofs, skylights, greenhouses, and vegetation. 60 people were injured by the hail as they scrambled to protect the vehicles and other valuables.

     1995 -the first of three big hailstorms of the spring struck the Dallas- Fort Worth, Texas area. A severe thunderstorm moved across Dallas county, dumping hailstones up to 3 inches in diameter. Total damage reached $80 million.

    1966-Poll taxes were declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court on grounds that they represented an economic barrier to voting.

     1998-The National Football League awarded an expansion franchise to the City of Cleveland.  The team, to be called the Browns, as was Cleveland’s former team, now the Baltimore Ravens. Dwight Clark and Carmen Policy left the San Francisco to help manage the new franchise.  Many local fans were glad to see them go.


  NCAA Basketball Champions This Date


1948  Kentucky

 1957 North Carolina

 1963  Loyola (IL)

  1968 UCLA







Baseball Poem



 Bob Wallace of Celtic Leasing suggested this.  He liked the poem of Lawrence

Ferlinghetti yesterday in This Day in American History ( it was Ferlinghetti’s birthday) and he suggested:

“Perhaps you should do a poem a day. Baseball subjects are welcome.”


    I asked him why, and he answered,

       “ It gets the mind out of the numbers game and is a nice break.”

For those not interested, it will be placed at the bottom of This Day in

   American History---and if you have a favorite to share, send it in.



                            Baseball Poem---



When someone asks you your favorite sport
And you answer Baseball in a blink
There are certain qualities you must possess
And you're more attached than you think.
In the frozen grip of winter
I'm sure you'll agree with me
Not a day goes by without someone
Talking baseball to some degree.
The calendar flips on New Year's Day
The Super Bowl comes and it goes
Get the other sports out of the way
The green grass and the fever grows.
It's time to pack a bag and take a trip
To Arizona or the Sunshine State
Perhaps you can't go, but there's the radio
So you listen-you root-you wait.
They start the campaign, pomp and pageantry reign
You claim the pennant on Opening Day

From April till fall
You follow the bouncing white ball
Your team is set to go all the way.
They fall short of the series
You have a case of the "wearies"
And need as break from the game
But when Christmas bells jingle
You feel that old tingle
And you're ready for more of the same.
It will be hot dogs for dinner
Six months of heaven, a winner
Yes, Baseball has always been it.
You would amaze all your friends
If they knew to what ends
You'd go for a little old hit.
The best times you're had
Have been with your Mom and your Dad
And a bat and a ball and a glove.

From the first time you played
Till the last time you prayed
It's been a simple matter of love.





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