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Sales: Atlanta, GA. Equipment Finance/Tax Leasing professional, with 20+ years experience originating, structuring, and closing. Direct & vendor development sales. Mid-market and Fortune 1000 - customers throughout Southeast. Email: email@example.com
Sales: Atlanta, GA. Consistent top performer, results oriented with outstanding sourcing, structuring and negotiation skills. Direct& vendor development sales. Mid-market and above - Customers throughout Southeast. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Sales: Atlanta, GA.
Accomplished leasing pro sales & sales management w/extensive exper., people skills; Multi-industry, small-mid ticket, vendor & direct. Skilled producer w/good book profitable business. Email: email@example.com
Sales: Bakersfield, CA.
I have an extensive sales and management background in equipment leasing. My work history exhibits my major strength in small ticket equipment leasing. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sales: Central, NC.
7 yrs.equip leasing &finance; specialist in heavy construction equip for 2-top-5-specialty finance/lease companies, NC &VA territories. $10-15MM annual funding. Downsized in 2002, now independent broker with varied customer base. Email: email@example.com
Sales: Chicago, IL. 12+ yrs multinational/national sales & business development. Seeking role with captive lessor or global leasing company. Will relo right opportunity. Experience structuring complex transactions. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sales: Denver CO.
Experienced Equipment Leasing Broker looking for a in house leasing company. Can bring a book of business with me or develop new territory where needed. Email: Steven@eagle2.net
Sales: Denver, CO.
17 yr sales exp.. in leasing sales (territory, National Accts, Sales mgt.) looking to bring experience to s sales/sales mgt role. Successful, accountable, ethical, aggressive, results. Email:email@example.com
Sales: Denver, OR.
Broker representative: Seek employment or partnership w/estab. finance group. Prior engineer making career change. Have pursued extensive self-education/ formal training.
Sales: Detroit, MI. 16-year lease veteran looking for opportunity in the Detroit area. Ability to bring on new accounts and manage existing base. Up to 60% travel acceptable. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Sales: Detroit Mi
5 yrs sales experience in IT small ticket leasing/Greenbelt Certified with Fortune 100 company/strong communication and negotiation skills/book of business email@example.com
Sales: Greensboro, N.C. Seeking direct & broker sales w/major finance companies in NC or southeast market. Small to mid-ticket range. Stable &family oriented. Will have series 6,63,65 license shortly. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Sales: Hartford, CT. 10+ yrs leasing sales exp.; multi-industry, small-large ticket, Direct, Vendor, and Captive exp. Seeking sales position with captive or independent company with equity investment capability. Email: email@example.com
Sales: Jacksonville, FL.
Seasoned equipment leasing professional, with over 10 years of experience, looking for position in business development in Northern Florida territory.
Sales: Los Angeles, CA.
12+years Leasing sales, underwriting/contract exper. including hi-tech, govt, direct & vendor leasing. Seeking role w/institution or captive. Exper. w/ complex transactions, including securities. Possible relocation.
Sales: Louisville, KY
I have been in leasing/financing of construction, machine tool, and mfg equipment for 20+ years. Traveled KY, IN, OH and TN.
Sales: Minneapolis, MN. 10+ yrs Equipment Leasing in Upper Midwest. Investment Grade Database. Previous vendor/small/middle market exp. Super Trump, 17B & account database exp. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sales: Mission Viejo, CA
Account Sales Executive with 10 years of leasing experience looking for company to bring existing customer base.
Sales: Montgomery, AL.
Individual with 10 years advertising sales exp. & 7 years insurance sales exp. Wants independent contractor situation in Alabama. Work with leasing company or broker.334-281-5200 E-mail: email@example.com
Sales: Orange County, CA.
Skilled deal-closer at above-average rates. Entrepreneurial. Accomplished lease-structurer specializing in transportation. Exp. in direct/captive & syndicator environments servicing vendors, brokers, & end-users.
Sales: Philadelphia , PA Seeking an open opportunity to advance in the automotive, commercial leasing & finance industry......... Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sales: Prairie Village, KS Have substantial deal flow and database of broker referral sources. Generated and closed over $22M LY. Seeking exclusive relationship w/direct founder. Email:email@example.com
Sales: Princeton, NJ: Regional Sales Manager: Last 15 years with captive. Knowledgeable in all aspects of leasing. Application to funding. Worked with 25 salespeople - east coast. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sales: St. Louis, MO
Proven equipment finance sales professional looking for a new challenge which rewards success. Equipment type and location open provided you want business. Email:email@example.com
Sales: San Bernardino, CA.
Account executive w/4 years exp. in small ticket &lower end middle market lease transactions, Outstanding ACT database compiled of over 500 vendors. Seeking a career driven position w/a reputable lessor Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sales: San Francisco Bay Area, CA
10+ yrs in middle market leasing. Seek direct lessor only. Transaction size from $500M to $10.0MM. Client base: printing, food, retail, manufacturing. Email:email@example.com
Sales: San Francisco, CA.
18 years of sales production, the last 10 in technology leasing to both traditional and emerging growth credits. Seeking direct funder. I can close for you! email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sales: San Francisco, CA.
Middle market originator. Transaction size $500M to $15.0MM. Industries: food processing; distributors; plastics; retail; heavy manufacturer. Seek direct lessor employment only. 10 yrs B/D expereince. Email: email@example.com
Sales: South Central U.S.
TX, OK, KS & AR Territory.
Equipment finance and leasing professional,
20 years experience. Top producer in middle
to upper middle markets. Extensive customer base. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sales: Stuart, Fl. 17 years exp. leasing in small ticket and large ticket, portfolio management exp. along with sales management and administrative background, strong sales and marketing skills. Email: email@example.com
Sales: Tampa, FL. 27 years experience. Very adept in bank lease programs and direct sales in MM/LT. Looking to re-enter the industry. Will relocate to Texas. Hungry. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Sunday Sermon---On, No! Mr. Bill!!!
Somehow I deleted the mailing list to those who had requested to receive the Sunday Sermon again. This time, it will not be sent out to all Leasing News readers, but must be “subscribed to.”
If you are interested, just hit reply, and I will know that you would like to be a part of this private mailing group.
“Amex Business Finance just announced in a telephone conference call their intention to close down the office imaging-copier processing center in Santa Ana, CA.---- where the old Rockford use to be in the Xerox building on Third Street. Much of the health operation went back to Parsippany (NJ), and some moved to the old Sierra Cities location in Houston, Texas. The main reason for the closing of the operation here--the building lease was originally to Rockford and it expired. Some HR and marketing will remain in Santa Ana., about ten. All employees were offered jobs in other American Express locations.”
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“Wondered if you had heard that Amex Business Finance just announced today their intention to close down the healthcare processing center in Santa Ana, CA.---- where the old Rockford use to be. They will begin to service the healthcare piece from NJ. This is not good news for the healthcare team over there. It's only a matter of time before the exit the space all together. Who's next?”
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(The following memo refers to the IT going to Texas; and healthcare going to New Jersey. There have been estimates that it is from 30 to 40 employees; however, it is not known how many have elected to move out of state to a new location. editor )
Date: March 25, 2004
To: All AEBF Employees
From: Rich Tambor
Subject: Organizational Announcement
For much of the past year, we have been going through a process of extensive analysis, and careful consideration regarding our operating structure.
I am writing today to share a number of decisions regarding changes in the way American Express Business Finance will service our vendor customers, beginning in June 2004.
• All credit and vendor servicing functions for the IT and Office Products segments of the Commercial Equipment Group will be consolidated into our Houston, Texas office.
• All credit and vendor servicing functions for the Healthcare Group will be transitioned from Santa Ana, California to our Parsippany, New Jersey location.
• Franchise credit and vendor servicing will also be transitioned to Parsippany.
As a result of these changes, we will be discontinuing all operations functions in our Santa Ana, California facility. We will maintain our current sales, marketing, and HR functions in Santa Ana.
Because these changes touch much of our business, I wanted to provide some perspective on how they will impact the specific segments:
• Healthcare and Franchise segments – I have decided to move the Franchise Group out of CEG and have asked Phil Silva to take on the added General Management responsibility of leading our efforts in the Franchise segment. Phil will now have GM responsibilities for Healthcare, Loan and Franchise. The move of Healthcare and Franchise to our New Jersey headquarters office will insure that these important segments receive a high level of onsite senior management attention as they develop. Last, these moves will further improve our operating cost structure, enabling AEBF to compete more effectively in the market.
• Commercial Equipment Group (CEG) – Moving Franchise out of Houston, while consolidating IT and Office Imaging credit and vendor services, allows Houston to become our “Technology” center supporting all IT, Communications and Office Imaging vendors. These are enormous markets, with tremendous growth potential. This new alignment and specialized focus will help us become a knowledgeable partner to our vendors and focus on delivering service and process excellence in these closely related industry segments.
There will be no changes to the structure of the Commercial Vehicles group.
The entire senior leadership team is committed to ensuring a successful transition for our employees and our customers. We, along with the Company’s Employee Relations Group, will be working closely with impacted employees to ensure that their needs are met in a manner consistent with our Blue Box Values during the transition.
This was a very difficult decision, involving a great deal of careful consideration. Over the last several years, AEBF has endured a great deal of change. Transition in any business is difficult, and your ability to adapt has enabled the business to make tremendous progress toward achieving our collective aspirations. I believe that these changes will position AEBF to make an even greater contribution to the Company and provide us with an operating platform for building a truly great business.
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Letters—We Get eMail
“I was reading your today in history and you incorrectly stated that Billy Mosienko scored 3 goals in 21 minutes, it is actually 21 seconds.
Here's an article on the event. Billy is from Winnipeg and is a local hockey legend. You must know that most Canadians live and breath hockey. I am disappointed in the sad state of the current NHL and believe that there will be no NHL hockey due to a labour strike with the NHLPA.
My friend Bruce Kropshot being a long time Philadelphia Flyers fan
(Thank you. We have corrected the web site archives. editor )
“Open Letter to:
J. Scott Walstrom-Vangor
Vice President, Capital Markets
People's Capital and Leasing Corporation
I MUST SAY I WISH YOU WERE MY BANKER.........
IN RESPONSE TO YOUR COMMENTS, YOU ARE EXACTLY RIGHT AND EXACTLY WHERE I WAS IN THE LATE 1970'S .
WHERE, I AND SEVERAL OTHER LEASING/ FINANCING GUYS, WERE JUST SICK AND TIRED OF THE BANKS BEING OBJECTS AND VICTIMS OF SOME "BAD GUYS" IN THE EAST AND FOR THIS, WE SUFFERED AT THE HANDS OF THE BANKS BECAUSE OF "GENERAL" NEW POLICIES THAT THE BANKS WOULD INSTITUTED. THEY APPLIED TO ALL THE GOOD GUYS WHO REPORTED IN ALL THE FACTS AND ISSUED AND INVESTIGATED ALL LOOSE ENDS ON ANY OFFERING, AS WELL AS THE GUYS WHO DID NOT DO THIS, TOTALLY FRUSTRATING.
SO WE FORMED THE EAEL.
IN THE BEGINNING NO BANKS WERE TO BE ADMITTED AS MEMBERS FOR ONE REASON, "WE WERE BUSINESS MEN," (THEY WERE BANKERS) AND WE WANTED TO KNOW FIRST HAND WHO THESE PEOPLE WERE..WE ONLY WOULD HAVE BANKERS ATTEND BY INVITATION. THIS WAS SO ARRANGED FORUMS COULD BE PLANNED TO PUT OUT INFORMATION THAT WAS TESTED TO BE FACTUAL.
WE WANTED TO PROTECT OUR INDUSTRY AND OUR BANKS AGAINST SUB-STANDARD BUSINESS FROM OPERATORS WHO REPORTED WITHOUT FULL KNOWLEDGE OF ALL FACTS, OR HOW TO GET THEM, ON THE OFFERINGS. (INTENTIONALLY, IGNORANTLY OR OTHER WISE.) WE IN THE INDUSTRY KNEW WHO THESE DEFICIENT PEOPLE WERE.....THE BANKS NEVER KNEW AND NEVER ASKED.
I HAVE LEARNED OVER THE YEARS THAT YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO DEFEND ANY LENDER OR BANK BECAUSE THEY DO NOT HONOR YOU (THE BROKER) WITH THEIR TRUST, EVEN THOUGH YOU PERFORMED PERFECTLY ON THE 100 MILLION YOU GAVE THEM LAST YEAR, AND ALL THE YEARS BEFORE THAT . THIS IS BECAUSE NOW YOU TOO WILL BE SUBJECT TO THE RESTRICTIVE "NEW POLICY" ALONG WITH THE PERPETRATOR OF THE BANKS LOSS. (HE BY THE WAY, IS THE GUY WHO PROBABLY ONLY GAVE THE BANK 500K LAST YEAR AND WAS A NEW CONTACT FOR THE BANK.)
THERE IS NO QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS THAT BANKS DO OF "YOUR"(MY) BUSINESS.........WHY, BECAUSE THERE IN NO DISTINCTION THAT THE BANKS (ALL BANKS) MAKE BETWEEN THESE TWO PEOPLE. A BROKER IS "AUTOMATICLY" CLASSIFIED BY THE BANK (ALWAYS).
IN ANY SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONALS, A NEW MEMBER OF A CLUB IS SPONSORED USUALLY BY THEIR MEMBERS AFTER A TRIAL PERIOD EVALUATES THE CHARACTER AND PERFORMANCE OF THE POTENTIALLY NEW MEMBER.
THESE OPINIONS OF HIS PIERS AND THAT COMMUNICATION IS OF GREAT VALUE TO ANY GROUP, BANK OR BANKER. THERE IS NOT A BANK IN THE COUNTRY THAT WOULD SEEK THIS INFORMATION. (IS THERE?)
THE REASON FOR THIS IS SIMPLE, AS A BUSINESS MAN AND PROFFESSIONAL YOU KNOW YOUR PERSONAL INTEGRITY IS ON THE LINE ON EVERY DEAL.(THE TRUTH OF IT IS NOT ALL PEOPLE THINK LIKE THIS) AND WE WANTED TO KNOW WHO THESE PEOPLE WERE.
AFTER ALL, THE BANK IS NOT A BUSINESS ....IT'S A BANK, AND THERE FOR WILL MAKE BANKING DECISIONS (THAT ARE MUCH LIKE CORPORATE DECISIONS**)THAT HAVE NO RELEVANCE IN A BUSINESS MANS WORLD. ( AS A BUSINESS MAN OWNING A BUSINESS FOR 30 YEARS) ASK YOUR SELF ONE QUESTION .... WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU KNEW A BANKER THAT EVER SIGNED A PAYROLL CHECK? IF YOU KNOW THAT ANSWER, YOU NOW KNOW WHY THEY MAKE BANKING DECISIONS THE WAY THEY DO.......SIMPLE RIGHT(?)
MR. SCOTT ..........ITS THE WAY IT IS............. BEEN THERE DONE THAT.
IF THERE WERE MORE BANKERS LIKE YOU AROUND, I TRUST WE WOULD NOT BE HAVING THIS DISCUSSION.
** A CORPORATE DECISIONS ARE MADE BY CORPORATIONS AND EXECUTED BY PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE OF THE BUSINESS OR HOW DECISION AFFECTS THE PROBLEMS BEING SOLVED.
A BUSINESS DECISION IS MADE BY THE BUSINESS MAN DEALING WITH THE "ENTIRE" PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED DAILY AND IS FULLY KOWLEDGABLE OF THE SOLUTION AND ITS OUT COME.
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I just want to thank you for being a friend and also want to thank you for all your help and the tremendous effort you always put forward whenever I called on you for a UAEL project.
I'll be coming back to CA often as I service the many broker clients in Northern & Southern CA. Keep a fine wine ready for me.
Dear Mr. Menkin,
I understand you are an expert in the leasing industry. I would appreciate your advise and recommendations that you could share with me.
At 49 years of age, and after 24 years in the Information Technology industry, and I'm contemplating a change in careers. I 'm looking into a possible career as a leasing broker. I've read some comments about the concerns of this industry on your web site www.leasingnews.org, and I am beginning to have some doubts about this career selection. But, I still believe there are opportunities in the leasing industry.
Can you share your wisdom with me in regards to my career change. Does this career change seem sound in your opinion? Can someone as myself start out from scratch as a leasing broker at this time in my life, and make a living at it? What suggestions do you have that could help me insure I make a successful career in leasing?
Thank you for your time in responding!
(If readers would like to send Mr. Ready an e-mail, please reply to me and I will forward to him. If you would like to share the response with readers, please indicate that, too. email@example.com )
I have some friends considering raising some investment money for a small lease portfolio. Do you know where I might find a sample of a private placement memorandum that has been used for this purpose?
(Name With Held –please send to firstname.lastname@example.org
and I will forward to the person who prefers his name not
be published. I have known the gentleman for many years,
and consider him well-known in the industry, but he requests
his anonymity. editor )
“Just received this
piece of email. Interested in knowing what other brokers
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(Actually, Silver Mark sent out a press release on this subject that Leasing News
(Fred Van Etten was the genius behind the private label program at Sierra
Cities with an excellent reputation in the Leasing Industry. He is one
of the good guys. If readers do have a response about the e-mail, please
contact the sender Hernan Traversone, and if you have an opinion for
Leasing News, please send it. editor. )
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First Business Financial Services, Inc. Reports Year End Earnings
MADISON, Wis., -- First Business Financial Services, Inc. reported earnings of $1.97 per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2003 as compared to $0.50 per diluted share in 2002, an increase of 294 percent. Net Income for 2003 was $4.1 million compared to $1.1 million for 2002. Total assets for the company on December 31, 2003 were $518.8 million, an increase of 8.1 percent or $38.7 million.
Return on average assets (ROA) and return on average equity (ROE) for the year ended December 31, 2003 were 0.83 percent and 17.07 percent, respectively. This compares to an ROA of 0.24 percent and an ROE of 4.34 percent in 2002.
About First Business Financial Services, Inc.
First Business Financial Services, Inc., a $500 million company headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, specializes in commercial banking, asset- based lending, commercial finance, leasing, retirement plans, investment management services, and trustee services.
First Business Financial Services together with its subsidiaries and affiliates serves businesses and business owners with all of their financial needs. These subsidiaries and affiliates include: First Business Bank, First Business Bank - Milwaukee, First Business Capital Corp., First Business Trust & Investment Services, and m2 Lease Funds, LLC.
For additional information, visit www.fbfinancial.net or call 608-238-8008.
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GATX Technology Appoints Scott Aberle as Regional Sales Manager in Southeastern Region
TAMPA, Fla.----GATX Technology recently announced the appointment of Scott M. Aberle as Regional Sales Manager for the Southeast Region. GATX Technology is expanding sales coverage in this region in order to meet the increasing demand for technology leasing services. Mr. Aberle will be working closely with corporations in Kentucky and Ohio to develop cost effective solutions for managing their IT assets.
Keith Olenek, GATX Technology's regional sales vice president for Southeast Region, said, "We're very pleased to welcome Scott to our sales team. He brings over a decade of IT leasing experience and an excellent record of delivering outstanding service to his customers. His talents will only complement our growing sales organization."
Before coming to GATX Technology, Mr. Aberle held several positions at Comdisco, Inc., most recently as Vice President of North American Sales in the Telecom Group. He was also an Account Sales Manager at Comdisco and was a Top Performer for two years. Previous to that, Mr. Aberle was a District Sales Manager with Judge & Dolph Distribution.
GATX Technology is a unit of GATX Financial Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of GATX Corporation (NYSE:GMT). GATX is a specialized finance and leasing company combining asset knowledge and services, structuring expertise, partnering and risk capital to serve customers and partners worldwide. In addition to information technology leasing, GATX specializes in railcar and locomotive leasing, and aircraft operating leasing.
Investor, corporate, financial, historical financial, photographic and news release information may be found at www.gatx.com.
CONTACT:GATX Corporation Robert C. Lyons (Analysts/Investors), 312-621-6633
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Tokyo Stocks Higher, Dollar Up
Economy grows at solid 4.1 percent pace in final quarter of 2003
Fed Continues on 'Patient' Path
Mortgages rates mostly higher, but ARMs hit record low
Jobs, Deficit Top Business Concerns
Jury Gives Signs of Tension in Tyco Trial
Resale home prices up 24.5 percent in year in San Diego, CA
The percentage of Americans falling behind on their credit card payments is soaring, and so is the cost of falling behind.
Which types of jobs will be in demand?
Researcher studies traits of professions that tend to stick around
Broncos Sign Garrison Hearst
Nelson Leads, and St. Joseph's Follows
-ST. JOSEPH'S 84, WAKE FOREST 80
L.P.G.A. Comes Around to Benefits of Diversity
National Hockey League Scores
Basketball Has Few Shades of Gray
Stanford men's environment lacks passion of St. Joe's
“Gimme that Wine”
Although California-made Sangiovese hasn't held a candle to Chianti, sales of domestic Pinot Grigio are on fire
Gallo Buys Winery in California's Central Coast
Retired police officer follows his dream to his own vineyard
This Day in American Leasing
March 26, 1921 Jimmy Blanton Birthday
1760-Birthday of famous African-American Richard Allen, AME Church Bishop http://www.triadntr.net/~rdavis/allen.htm
1858-Jane Arminda Delano, dedicated American nurse and teacher, superintendent of the US Army Nurse Corps, chairman of the American Red Cross Nursing Service and recipient (posthumously) of the Distinguished Service Medal of the US, was born near Townsend, NY. While on an official visit to review Red Cross activities, she died Apr 15, 1919, in an army hospital at Savenay, France. Her last words: "What about my work? I must get back to my work." Buried at Loire, France, her remains were reinterred at Arlington Cemetery in 1920.
1872- African-American Thomas J Martin awarded patent for the “modern” fire extinguisher.. The fire extinguisher was patented by Alanson Crane in 1863. In the 1850’s, baking soda and chemicals were used. It was not uncommon in textile mills to have pipes with many holes in the ceiling to spurt
water in case of a fire. Dr. Percy Julian, another prominent African-American, invented the aero-foam extinguisher (for use against gas and oil fires) during World War II.
1874-birthday of Robert Frost, American poet who tried his hand at farming, teaching, shoemaking and editing before winning acclaim as a poet. Pulitzer Prize winner. Born at San Francisco, CA, he died at Boston, MA, Jan 29, 1963
Some say the world
will end in fire,
1874- Publisher Conde Nast born New York City, died 1942, setting the world of fashion alive
and building a publishing empire.
1885- Eastman Dry Plate and Film Company of Rochester, NY, began manufacturing of movie film. The company was also the first to produce, manufacture, and market films in continuous strips on reels, thus making motion picture films possible.
1892-Walt Whitman passes on in Camden,NJ
Here is Allen Ginsberg’s “A Supermarket in California” tribute to Walt Whitman:
1911- Tennessee Williams was born at Columbus, MS. He was one of America's most prolific playwrights, producing such works as The Glass Menagerie; A Streetcar Named Desire, which won a Pulitzer Prize; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which won a second Pulitzer; Night of the Iguana, Summer and Smoke, The Rose Tattoo and Sweet Bird of Youth, among others. Williams died at New York, NY, Feb 25, 1983.
1913 -the Miami river in Ohio reached a record flood crest after 10 inches of rain deluged a wide area of the Ohio River Basin. Severe flooding killed 467 people drown and total damage was 147 million dollars. This flood was the second most deadly of record for the nation.
1916 -- Birdman of Alcatraz receives solitary, for giving a guard the bird.
1920 -- F. Scott Fitzgerald's first book, This Side of Paradise published; it sells 20,000 copies in a week. At 23 he is the youngest novelist ever published by Scribner's.
1920 -- American poet & leading member of the Beats, Gregory
Corso, lives New York. Convicted of theft at 17, he discovers literature
in prison & later meets Allen Ginsberg & publish his first book,
The Vestal Lady on Brattle in 1955.
conditions in Russia.
1921-Jazz bassist Jimmy Blanton Birthday
1923 -- Bob Elliot (of Bob & Ray) born, one of the great radio personalities, especially
in broadcast journalism.
1930--- Sandra Day O'Connor birthday, the first woman to be appointed an associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court was an Arizona lawyer and judge. She served in the state Senate from 1969 until 1974, becoming majority leader - the first woman to hold such a position. She was elected an Arizona Superior Court judge 1974, and appointed to the Arizona Court of Appeals 1979.
President Ronald Reagan, under great pressure from women's groups as well as his own party, appointed O'Connor and she was sworn in 09-25-81. Expected to be a strict Republican right-winger and seen as the deciding anti-choice vote, she amazed everyone by being the deciding vote to uphold a woman's right to choose and confirm that an embryo or fetus is not a child.
1930 -19.2 inches of snow fell at Chicago, Illinois in 2 days. This is greatest modern snowfall on the record books at Chicago.
1931- Dr. Spock of “Star Trek” and noted actor/writer Leonard Nimoy born Boston, MA.
1931-guitarist Jerry Silverman born, New York City, NYhttp://music.netstoreusa.com/003/HL00312144.shtml
1937-the first monument to a comic-strip character was the Popeye statue in Popeye Park, Crystal, Texas, unveiled during the Second Annual Spinach Festival. It was six feet tall, made of concrete, and colored to represent Elzie Crisler Segar's cartoon character, "Popeye." If anyone knows that the statue still exists, please let me know.
1937- William Hastie, first Black federal judge, appointed http://www.tnstate.edu/library/digital/hastie.htm
1937 - Joe DiMaggio said he’d take Ty Cobb’s advice and use a 36 or 37-ounce baseball bat instead of a 40-ounce stick during that season. The result? ‘Joltin’ Joe’ hit .346 during the season with 46 home runs -- the most he ever hit in a single year. In the words of Yankee broadcaster Mel Allen, “How about that!” During his 13-year career with the Yankees, DiMaggio connected for 2,214 hits, 361 homers, batted a .325 average, played in 1,736 total games and came to the plate to bat 6,821 times.
1941 - Jimmie Lunceford and his orchestra recorded the tune, "Battle Axe", for Decca Records. Lunceford began with the Chickasaw Syncopaters, a 10-piece band, in the late 1920s
1944-birthday of singer Diana Ross, Detroit, MI She came to prominence in the 1960's as lead singer of the Supremes, Motown Records' most popular act. Ross left the group in 1969, and the following year had a hit with her first solo single, "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)." Her next release, a remake of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's hit, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," shot to the top of both the pop and rhythm and blues charts. Ross's other number-one hits during the 1970's included "Last Time I Saw Him," "Do You Know Where You're Going To?" and "Love Hangover." In 1981, Diana Ross duet with Lionel Richie on the number-one theme from the film "Endless Love." It was the year's most popular song, selling more than two-million copies. She is fighting drug rehabilitation
after being picked up for drunk driving. She stayed only five days in a rehabilitation home,
and also has been violating her parole requirements.
Cruising Down the River - The Blue Barron Orchestra (vocal: ensemble)
Far Away Places - Margaret Whiting
Powder Your Face with Sunshine - Evelyn Knight
Tennessee Saturday Night - Red Foley
1951 - The U.S. Air Force flag was approved on this day. The flag included the coat of arms, 13 white stars and the Air Force seal on a blue background.
1951-During a spring exhibition game against the University outfielder Southern California at Bovard Field, Mickey Mantle hits a home run which is estimated to travel 650 feet. The rookie's performance, which includes a single, triple and another homer, is one of the highlights of the Yankees' first ever west coast trip.
1953 - Dr. Jonas Salk announced a new vaccine -- to prevent poliomyelitis.
1954 - The temperature at Allaket AK plunged to 69 degrees below zero.
1956 - Red Buttons made his debut as a television actor in a presentation of "Studio One" on CBS television.
Young Love - Tab Hunter
Little Darlin’ - The Diamonds
Party Doll - Buddy Knox
There You Go - Johnny Cash
1957- Yankee manager Casey Stengel is arrested and is released on $50 bail after he allegedly curses at and kicks a newspaper photographer during an exhibition game in St. Petersburg.
1958 - The RKO Pantages Theater, Los Angeles, was the scene of 30th Annual Academy Awards celebration. The show was hosted by Rosalind Russell, James Stewart, David Niven, Jack Lemmon, Bob Hope and Donald Duck (on film). There were several memorable films produced in 1957, but two blockbusters shot it out this night, "The Bridge on the River Kwai" and "Sayonara". "The Bridge on the River Kwai" (Sam Spiegel, producer) took Oscars for Best Picture; Best Actor (Alec Guinness); Cinematography (Jack Hildyard); Director (David Lean); Film Editing (Peter Taylor); Scoring (Malcolm Arnold); and writing (Pierre Boulle, Carl Foreman, Michael Wilson). Meanwhile, "Sayonara" (William Goetz, producer) won for Best Supporting Actor (Red Buttons); Supporting Actress (Miyoshi Umeki); Art Direction (Ted Haworth); Set Decoration (Robert Priestley); and Sound Recording (George Groves). And, lest we forget, Joanne Woodward won the Best Actress Oscar for "The Three Faces of Eve". The prize for Best Music/Song went to James Van Heusen (music), Sammy Cahn (lyrics) for "All the Way" (the classic Sinatra song)from "The Joker Is Wild". http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0148736.html
1960 - The University of Southern California (USC) captured the NCAA swimming title, becoming the first Pacific Coast school to do so.
1960-birthday of former football player and now TV commentator Marcus Allen, San Diego, CA. Kansas City Chiefs running back; LA Raiders: Super Bowl XVIII; Heisman Trophy Winner : holds record for number of games rushed 200 yards+  for USC])  for USC])
1961-Gene McDaniels' "One Hundred Pounds of Clay," his first and biggest hit, enters the pop chart. It peaks at #3.
1961-Elvis Presley sets a British chart first: Number One with three straight releases: "It's now or never," "Are You Lonesome Tonight" and "Wooden Heart."
1964 - Edward Clark set the fastest speed record by an American swimmer. He was timed at 4.89 miles-per-hour at the Yale University pool.
Eight Days a Week - The Beatles
Stop! In the Name of Love - The Supremes
The Birds and the Bees - Jewel Akens
I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail - Buck Owens
1969 - "Marcus Welby", a TV movie, was seen on AB. Ratings showed the program to be so popular that it was turned into a long-running series starring Robert Young.
1971 - William Conrad starred as "Cannon" on CBS-TV. This also was a one-time TV event that became a popular series that year.
1972 - The Los Angeles Lakers broke a National Basketball Association record by winning 69 of 82 games
1973-"The Young and the Restless" premiered on television . Tom Selleck, David Hasselhorf, were among the actors who started here. The show expanded to one hour in 1980. Its theme music is now well known as "Nadia's Theme," as it was played during Nadia Comaneci's routine at the 1976 Olympics.
Love Train - O’Jays
Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001) - Deodato
Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye) - Gladys Knight & The Pips
Teddy Bear Song - Barbara Fairchild
1974 The Red Sox release veterans Orlando Cepeda and Luis Aparicio as well as pitcher Bobby Bolin.
1975 - "Tommy", the film based on the rock opera by the group, The Who, premiered in London.
1977 After thirteen years in Boston, infielder Rico Petrocelli is released by the Red Sox.
1979-Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat signed the Camp David peace treaty, ending 30 years of war between their two countries. The agreement was fostered by President Jimmy Carter.
1979 - Michigan State and Indiana State met in the all-time highest rated basketball telecast. The NBC coverage earned a 24.1 rating. Indiana State’s unprecedented 33 consecutive-win streak came to an end as the Spartans of Michigan State won 76-34. A pair of future NBA Hall of Famers played against each other that night: Larry Bird, later of the Boston Celtics, scored 19 points while Magic Johnson, even later, of the Los Angeles Lakers, scored 24 points.
Keep on Loving You - REO Speedwagon
Woman - John Lennon
The Best of Times - Styx
Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground - Willie Nelson
1983 -a heavy snowstorm struck from eastern Nebraska to southwestern Minnesota. A general 10 to 20 inches of snow fell. Lyons, Nebraska recorded 24 inches. The 13.3 inches that fell at Omaha, Nebraska set a new record for the heaviest spring snowfall on record.
1988 -20 cities in the southwest reported record high temperatures for the date. Afternoon highs of 73 degrees at Flagstaff, Arizona, 90 degrees at Sacramento, California, 95 at Santa Maria, California, 95 degrees at Los Angeles, California, 99 at Tucson, Arizona, and 100 at Phoenix, Arizona were records for March.
1989 - The "Easter Bunny" brought record warm temperatures to the central U.S. while such records were still welcome. A dozen cities reported record warm readings, including Dodge City KS with an afternoon high of 88 degrees. Strong southerly winds gusted to 51 mph at Dodge City, and reached 55 mph at Salina KS.
The Living Years - Mike & The Mechanics
Eternal Flame - Bangles
Girl You Know It’s True - Milli Vanilli
New Fool at an Old Game - Reba McEntire
1990 - Host Billy Crystal kept us smiling for the 62nd Annual Academy Awards, staged at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles. 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".
1996 - The 68th Annual Academy Awards show was held at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles. Actress/comedienne Whoopi Goldberg was the hostess. The Best Picture (of 1995) was "Braveheart" (Mel Gibson, Alan Ladd Jr., Bruce Davey, producers). Mel Gibson also won the Oscar for Best Director ("Braveheart"). The Best Actor was Nicolas Cage for "Leaving Las Vegas". The Best Actress award went to Susan Sarandon for "Dead Man Walking". Best Supporting Actor was Kevin Spacey for "The Usual Suspects" and Best Supporting Actress was Mira Sorvino for "Mighty Aphrodite". The cartoon "Pocahontas" was a winner in the tunes categories: Best Music/ Original Musical or Comedy Score to Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz and Best Music/Song: Alan Menken (music), Stephen Schwartz (lyrics) for "Colors of the Wind" from the animated film. http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0195023.html
1996 - The International Monetary Fund approved a $10.2 billion loan for Russia to help the country further transform its economy.
1997 - The bodies of 39 members of the Heaven's Gate cult were found in Rancho Santa Fe, California, after killing themselves in a mass suicide; they said they hoped they would join aliens following the Hale Bopp comet.
2000 – 72nd Annual Academy Awards, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. "American Beauty", captured Best Picture (producers: Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks) at the 72nd Annual Academy Awards presentation, hosted by comedian Billy Crystal. The picture, nominated in eight categories, received four more Oscars: Best Director (Sam Mendes), Best Actor (Kevin Spacey), Best Original Screen Play (Alan Ball), Best Cinematography (Conrad L. Hall). Although Hilary Swank received the award for Best Actress in "Boys Don’t Cry", Annette Bening, nominated for her performance in "American Beauty", gave birth to her fourth child, a girl, sixteen days after this Oscar ceremony, congratulated her husband, Warren Beatty, who was presented with the Irving Thalberg Award for his career as a movie-maker. Angelina Jolie, received the Best Supporting Actress award for her role in "Girl, Interrupted". Michael Caine gave the most beautiful acceptance speech of the night (Best Supporting Actor: "The Cider House Rules"). The film, a seven-time nominee, also won for Best Screenplay Adaptation (John Irving). "The Matrix" was also a big winner (Best Film Editing: Zach Staenberg, Best Sound: David E. Campbell, David Lee III, John T. Reitz, Gregg Rudloff; Best Sound Effects Editing: Dane A. Davis; Best Visual Effects: Steve Courtley, John Gaeta, Janek Sirrs, Jon Thum). Costumes (Lindy Hemming) and makeup (Christine Blundell) in "Topsy-Turvy" earned the film two Oscars, while the statuette for Best Art Direction was presented to Rick Heinrichs and Peter Young for "Sleepy Hollow".Phil Collins captured the Oscar for Best Original Song: "You’ll Be in My Heart" ("Tarzan") http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0801237.html
2000-- In 17.6 seconds the Kingdome is demolished into a mound of rubble over 65 feet high thanks to 21.6 miles of detonation cord and 5,800 holes filled with gelatin dynamite.
NCAA Basketball Championshis This Date
1946 Oklahoma A&M
1979 Michigan State
“Brother Noah Gave Out Checks For Rain”
by Arthur Longbrake
Published: The Sporting News (1981), Unknown (1906)
My sermon today, said Reverend Jones,
is baseball and whence it came.
Now, if you take the Good Book and you take a good look,
you will find the first Baseball Game.
It says Eve stole first, Adam second;
Solomon umpired the game.
Rebecca went to the well with a pitcher,
And Ruth in the field made a name.
Goliath was struck out by David —
A base hit was made on Abel by Cain,
And the Prodigal Son made a great home-run.
Brother Noah gave checks out for rain.
Jonah wailed — went down swinging.
Later he popped up again.
A lion-drive by ole Nebuchadnezzar
Made Daniel warm-up in the pen.
Delilah was pitching to Samson,
When he brought down the house with a clout,
And the Angels that day made a double-play
That's when Adam and Eve were thrown out.
Ole St. Pete was checking errors,
Also had charge of the gate.
Salome sacrificed Big John the Baptist
Who wound up ahead on the plate.
Satan was pitching that apple
And looked as though he might fan 'em all,
But then Joshua let go a mighty blow
And blasted one right at the wall.
And then the Lord wound up and took good aim,
And started the very First Baseball Game.
And, now we all know the way that the game was begun,
And to this very day — It's still Number One!