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    Lessors-- The Truck and Trailer Marketplace

        "Losing the Write-off, Not the Lease?"

            Placard---Grow Where You are Planted

                Classified ads---Help Wanted

Heritage Affiliated Corporate Services Relocates

    LPC Adds Another Territory Manager To It's Team

        Patriot Commercial   Leasing Partnership AUSA, Barcelona, Spain

            Dell Offers Zero-Percent Thirty-Month Lease

                Republic Acquires Controlling Interest in generalRoofing Services

SunTrust Expands Commercial Leasing Business in Five U.S. Cities

    News Briefs---

        Sports Brief----

            California Nuts Brief---

                “Gimme that Wine”

This Day in American History

    Baseball Poem



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"What Lessors Are Saying About…The Truck and Trailer Marketplace"


   ELT News  (Equipment Leasing Association )


The truck and trailer marketplace definitely was hit by the economic down turn in the last few years, say lessors in this market. But, a pick-up in certain segments is occurring with great optimism for the 2005-2006 time frame.


Mike Diromondo of Trans Advantage, Inc., which finances primarily household goods trailers, said they saw the slowdown begin in summer 2001.


“The van line business is seasonal, however,” he noted. “Once through the busy season, we saw a slowdown in our activity as early as1Q 2001. It was just magnified by the recession. Then, 9-11 put a halt to everything.


Jim Feenstrom at Penske Truck Leasing said the market experienced a “perfect storm with a recession that started pre-9/11 coupled with the actual 9/11 events, less freight, new EPA regulations, and used truck prices going down at the same time.”


“But, in 2003, it picked up a little bit,” Diromondo said. “At first blush in 2004, it’s going to be a pretty good year. We are seeing the turnaround.”


The real challenge, said Diromondo, is that manufacturers in response to the down market cut back their manufacturing. “So in 2004, we’re running out of inventory,” he said. “But, we will increase the level of operations in order to accommodate what we’re hoping is going to be a good 2005.”


As for the future, the largest forces impacting the truck and trailer marketplace over the next few years include the longer-lasting effects of the recession. One such effect — people and companies not relocating at the level they once did — has affected TransAdvantage. Diromondo said: “They are either cutting back people who will not be replaced or technology has allowed people to telecommute therefore not relocate.”


Feenstrom says there also is less freight from a percentage growth standpoint. “Freight usually grows on average of about 4-5 percent per year,” he said. “It wasn’t growing the last few years.”


Another factor is changes to emission standards, which could prove to be positive for the truck and trailer leasing marketplace. “That will create a flurry of activity,” said Diromondo. “Companies will want equipment before a ‘drop dead {environmental standard) date’ so they will be grandfathered [in to current environmental standards.]”

Feenstrom said there was a bubble effect due to EP regs in early 2002, where companies wanted to grandfather trucks in. “What is projected right now,” he said. “Is that there will be even a stronger – through 2006 – demand for new vehicles. Upcoming 2007 regulations will be part of that.


Fleets have been aging, too, which causes optimism for the market.

Lessors in this market noted that overall demand is accelerating rapidly. Feenstrom believes Class Eight vehicles, in particular, will experience a big year in 2006.


Patrick Brennan, spokesperson for GE TIP says they are experiencing a pick-up in the 53 foot length rentals trucks, which he said is “due the increasing cost for that equipment straight from the manufacturer.” But, he says anything construction-related has yet to pick-up, noting the modular trailers are a flat market currently.


But, Feenstrom summed it up, saying, “Five years ago we had a market with a thyroid condition, based on different factors. The country didn’t really understand the recession was starting. 1997 through 1999 was a well-oiled machine, and the economy was ‘over-churning.’ But, today, we are in a different world, with a different economy, with different factors, but it will still be good.”




"Losing the Write-off, Not the Lease?"


American Banker On Line

    Michelle Heller


The European Union (EU) is objecting to a provision in a proposed U.S. bill that would grandfather existing lease deals between American financial institutions and foreign airlines leasing U.S.-built planes.


Arancha Gonzalez, the spokeswoman for European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy, says the EU believes that the provision would violate World Trade Organization (WTO) stipulations.


 The lease deals in question, which were ruled illegal by the WTO in 2000, involve the purchase of aircraft and other types of equipment by U.S. financial services companies, which then lease the equipment overseas in order to receive an average 30 percent tax break through the foreign sales corporation/extraterritorial income tax program (FSC/ETI).


Proposed bills in both the House and the Senate would repeal the FSC/ETI tax benefits but would protect existing long-term aircraft lease deals that were established while the breaks were available.


The Senate bill would protect leases signed by Sept. 17, 2003, while the House bill would protect those signed by Jan. 14, 2002. In addition, the Senate bill includes a provision that allows U.S. companies to make future lease deals through an offshore entity.


In light of the EU's latest objections to the legislation, the Treasury is taking a cautious stance and deferring to Congress. Equipment Leasing Association President Michael Fleming says that to make a legitimate complaint, the EU "would have to show reason there is economic harm, and quite frankly they couldn't do that."





Placard---Grow Where You are Planted






   Classified ads---Help Wanted



Accounting: PricewaterhouseCoopers seeks executives with experience in equipment leasing to help clients improve their leasing businesses by assessing "as is" conditions and designing and implementing solutions to operational issues.  PwC also seeks CPA's with a broad based knowledge of FAS13 and familiarity with accounting for leases with simple and complex transaction structures.

About the Company: PricewaterhouseCoopers, New York, NY.

Equipment Sales Representative

Equip. Leasing Sales Rep: Strong sales and bus. dev. skills needed. Dev/manage portfolio, initiate bus. in upper Midwest . 3-4 yr  leasing exp.
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About the Company: Associated Banc-Corp is a diversified multibank holding company with $15.5 billion in total assets. Headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin .  Associated has more than 200 banking locations across Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota.

Marketing Indirect Originator

New York. One of the largest ind. equip.lessors needs  motivated, self-starter to purchase single investor leases from institutional investors; min.transaction  $1 million; portfolio of primarily investment grade lessees/good "story credits". 
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Heritage Affiliated Corporate Services Relocates


Heritage Affiliated Corporate Services, LLC

401 East Corporate Drive, Suite 250

Lewisville, TX 75057

972-221-7335 Fax 972-221-7336


RE: Office Relocation


Heritage Affiliated Corporate Services, LLC (HACS) announced today that it has relocated its corporate offices to 401 East Corporate Drive, Suite 250, Lewisville, TX 75057. 


The phone and fax numbers remain the same. Richard Galtelli, CEO, stated that “although it was sad to leave our own building after 8 years, we had outgrown that space and needed larger quarters to better accommodate our growth”.


For additional information on HACS leasing services, call Jim Lahti at 800-467-5327.


James R. Lahti, CLP

Heritage Affiliated Corporate Services

401 East Corporate Drive, Suite 250, Lewisville,  TX 75057

972-221-7335, Fax: 972-221-7336



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LPC Adds Another Territory Manager To It's Team


Wayne, NJ-


Leasing Partners Capital, Inc., the fastest growing leasing company in the

U.S., has added another Territory Manager to its Team.


LPC is pleased to announce the addition of James DePaola as Territory

Manager located in Litchfield, NH.


Jim holds Associate degrees in Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology, as

well as, in Computer Electronics.  He also holds a Bachelor of Science

degree from River College in Nashua, NH.


Jim began his career spending several years in the laser technology

industry, then began the equipment leasing industry in 2002 after completing

the Willow Financial training program.



"About the Company"


Leasing Partners Capital, Inc. (LPC) is a small to lower-middle-market

equipment leasing company working with vendors and end users, headquartered

in Wayne, NJ.  LPC currently has offices in Naples, FL, Louisville, KY,

Atlanta, GA, Pittsburgh, PA, Buffalo, NY, Minneapolis, MN, Houston, TX, San

Francisco, CA, St. Louis, MO, Boston, MA, Detroit, MI , Seattle, WA and

Litchfield, NH.


For additional information or questions about LPC, contact Bruce Larsen,

National Sales Manager, 877-333-5864 or email him at, or check out their web site @




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Patriot Commercial Leasing Company, Inc. Announces Leasing Partnership

With AUSA Corporation, Barcelona, Spain


POTTSTOWN, Pa.  — Patriot Commercial Leasing Company, Inc., a subsidiary company of Patriot Bank Corp. (Nasdaq: PBIX), announced a strategic partnership with AUSA Corporation, Barcelona, Spain, to provide leasing solutions for AUSA’s U.S. network of authorized dealers. AUSA Corporation’s products include forklifts, dumpers, and utility vehicles.

AUSA Corporation is an international manufacturer and markets its products in over 60 countries. Through this new relationship, Patriot Commercial Leasing Company, Inc. will provide AUSA’s U.S. dealers with a variety of leasing options for their customers as well as financing for their rental fleets.

“We are very excited by the opportunity to enter into this partnership with AUSA Corporation and look forward to working closely with AUSA management,” commented Ken Collins, president, Patriot Commercial Leasing. “This relationship is consistent with our strategic plan and allows us to continue our focus on hard assets that maintain value,” added Collins. 

Hard asset equipment is equipment that holds its value and is considered essential to the operation of businesses.

Alberto Diez, General Manager, AUSA Corporation, said, “We are pleased to join a partnership that allows us to provide leasing products to meet the needs of our dealers and adds value to the already established commitment of AUSA lines in the U.S.”

“Working with AUSA Corporation helps Patriot Commercial Leasing demonstrate our eagerness to diversify our client base and enter new markets,” added Collins.

Patriot Commercial Leasing Company, Inc., is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Patriot Bank. It was formed in 1997 to enhance Patriot’s product lines, differentiate revenue streams and lessen rate sensitivity.


Patriot Bank Corp. is a $1 billion full-service financial institution with 17 branches in Montgomery, Berks, Lehigh, Northampton, and Chester counties. Offering a complete line of checking, savings, loan, and investment products, Patriot Bank specializes in providing personalized service to consumers as well as small and medium-sized businesses.



Ken Collins, President

                        Patriot Commercial Leasing Company, Inc.




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Dell Offers Zero-Percent Thirty-Month Lease; Low, Fixed Monthly Payments and Improved Cash Flow Make Investing in Technology Easy



ROUND ROCK, Texas---Dell, through Dell Financial Services (DFS), is offering small and medium businesses the opportunity to obtain the technology they need today with a zero-percent 30-month lease through July 31, 2004.


   This special lease offer is part of Dell's commitment to support small and medium businesses with products and services that make technology investment easy. By choosing to lease, customers can improve their bottom line with a disciplined technology rotation.


   "This promotion reflects our strategy to provide aggressive offers that best fit the needs of our customers," said Suneet Paul, vice president and general manager of DFS Transaction Group. "Our goal is to provide flexible financing options and serve as a total financial solution provider."


   Orders of more than $500 placed between now and July 31 may be eligible for this special promotional offer of a zero-percent 30-month Fair Market Value lease. Complete offer details can be found at 


   About Dell 


   Dell Inc. (Nasdaq:DELL) is a premier provider of products and services required for customers worldwide to build their information-technology and Internet infrastructures. Company revenue for the past year totaled $41.4 billion. Dell, through its direct business model, designs, manufactures and customizes products and services to customer requirements, and offers an extensive selection of software and peripherals. Information on Dell and its products can be obtained at 


   About Dell Financial Services 


   Dell Financial Services L.P. (DFS) is a joint venture between Dell and CIT Group Inc. (NYSE:CIT), a leading commercial and consumer finance company. DFS provides an array of services ranging from consumer credit accounts to complex business technology finance agreements. Additional information on DFS is available at 


   Dell is a trademark of Dell Inc. 


   Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others.


CONTACT:Dell Financial Services, Round Rock Media Contacts: Laura Thomas, 512-725-3334 or Investor Contacts: Lynn A. Tyson, 512-723-1130 or Robert Williams, 512-728-7570



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Republic Financial Acquires Controlling Interest in generalRoofing Services



Transaction Will Result in Recapitalization of gR Through Chapter 11


DENVER, -- Republic Financial Corporation, a privately held investment company with ownership interests in assets of more than $1 billion, said today that its partially owned subsidiary GR Investment Holdings L.L.C. has completed the purchase of a controlling interest in generalRoofing Services, Inc. (gR), the nation's leading contractor and provider of commercial and industrial roofing solutions.


At the same time Republic said that, as a result of the transaction, gR has filed to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in order to obtain better access to working capital and to restructure its balance sheet to more realistically reflect current market conditions and provide the appropriate financial foundation for sustainable growth in the future.  The filing took place in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas in Dallas.


GR Investment Holdings has purchased the approximately $46 million senior debt facility and committed $25 million in debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing.  It believes this is sufficient to fund post-petition operating expenses and supplier and employee obligations.


"This transaction provides gR with an opportunity to restructure and become more efficient," said Bart Roggensack, a former director of gR who has been named chief executive officer of the company.  "With Republic as an active participant in our business, we have acquired both the financial and management resources we need to realize the promise of a truly national roofing company that meets the roofing needs both of large national accounts and local builders and developers.  The filing will enable us to continue to operate the business while we develop a realistic capital structure and business organization under which gR can become a profitable business in the future."


"gR has a terrific future.  That's why we invested in it," said James H. Possehl, chairman and chief executive officer of Republic, "and that's why we intend to work with gR for the best possible long-term outcome for its stakeholders.


"Despite recent liquidity problems resulting from an unprecedented downturn in commercial and industrial construction over the past three years, we have every confidence in the fundamental strength of gR's unique business model and are convinced that the national platform gR has created is ultimately workable and is fast becoming the preferred approach of customers and suppliers alike.


"There is no doubt in my mind that with intensive, long-term management focus and dedicated operational expertise, we can successfully revitalize the business and enhance the enterprise value for all stakeholders," Mr. Possehl said.


The company said that during the reorganization, daily operations would continue as usual.  It also said it planned to accelerate efforts to consolidate and become a leaner, more efficient and cost-effective organization.


According to Mr. Roggensack, "Rapid expansion has left gR with duplicative functions in virtually all areas of operation.  It's been confusing for customers and costly for the company.  The job is just starting, but I can assure everyone that we can and will emerge as one company with effective economies of scale and clear points of differentiation from competitors."


During the reorganization, he said, "Employees will continue to be paid as usual.  We have already asked the Court for permission to continue medical and other company benefits, and as this permission is routine, employees will be on the job and at the jobsite helping us complete our commitments to customers and win new business, as well.


"We will be hard at work re-establishing terms with suppliers.  With the DIP financing in place and the protections afforded under the Bankruptcy Code for post-petition purchases, we expect the process to move along more quickly for our mutual benefit.


"gR is perhaps one of the largest purchasers of roofing materials and processes in the country, and the success of our suppliers is closely tied to that of gR."


In an October 1, 2003 article, RSI magazine awarded gR the top spot in its annual survey of "Top 100" contractors.  "Safety, reliability and technical superiority are what makes gR the leader in its industry.  The recapitalization enables us to redouble our efforts, assure continued leadership and meet rapidly changing customer demands.


"Customer needs have become national and global; they require rigorous maintenance of their real estate assets and prefer to work with national services to accomplish this.  They want a value-added partner and no one is in a better position to provide those resources than gR."


gR was founded in 1998.  It provides new roof construction, restoration of existing roofs, replacement of significantly damaged roofs and emergency and maintenance services to commercial multi-property owners and managers in a variety of industries both nationally and regionally.  gR employs approximately 2400 in 36 operating locations and six service centers in 23 states.


About Republic Financial Corporation 


Republic Financial Corporation, located in Aurora, Colorado, is a privately held investment company specializing in private equity, equipment leasing portfolios, aviation, structured finance transactions, distressed commercial debt and turnaround management expertise.  Founded in 1971, Republic has ownership interests in assets of more than $1 billion and has achieved commercial success by structuring creative financial solutions and employing intensive due diligence and asset management to generate profitable returns.


For further information, please contact: Sara Meaney of Republic Financial Corporation, +1-303-923-2516; or Sandra Sternberg, +1-310-788-2850, for Republic Financial Corporation.


SOURCE  Republic Financial Corporation 


CO:  Republic Financial Corporation; GR Investment Holdings L.L.C.; gR;      generalRoofing Services, Inc.




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SunTrust Expands Commercial Leasing Business in Five U.S. Cities


SunTrust Banks, Inc., (NYSE: STI) announced  that its commercial leasing subsidiary, SunTrust Leasing Corporation, has opened five new offices in key U.S. markets. The new offices are located in Boston, Chicago, Long Island, Minneapolis and Columbus, Ohio.


"Continued expansion into high-potential markets is a strategic priority for us," said Dan McKew, President and CEO of SunTrust Leasing Corporation. "Our presence in these cities allows us to better serve our existing clients and attract new ones. We are excited about this opportunity and look forward to providing our financing expertise, specialized industry knowledge, and high-quality service to clients in these cities and surrounding markets."


With $3.6 billion in assets, Baltimore-based SunTrust Leasing Corporation has become the nation's ninth-largest bank leasing company by providing strategic financing solutions to a broad range of municipalities and organizations. With specific expertise in a variety of industries including construction, energy, manufacturing, food and beverage, healthcare and transportation, SunTrust Leasing offers an alternative, and often tax- advantaged, financing vehicle for a variety of commercial equipment including construction, printing, medical and computer equipment as well as corporate aircraft. SunTrust Leasing Corporation serves clients nationwide and in select markets overseas through its offices in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Ft. Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Long Island, Minneapolis, Nashville, Orlando, Raleigh-Durham, Richmond, Sarasota and Washington, D.C.


SunTrust Banks, Inc., headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of the nation's largest commercial banking organizations. As of March 31, 2004, SunTrust had total assets of $125.2 billion and total deposits of $80.9 billion.


The company operates through an extensive distribution network primarily in Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Tennessee, Virginia and the District of Columbia and also serves customers in selected markets nationally. Its primary businesses include deposit, credit, trust and investment services. Through various subsidiaries the company provides credit cards, mortgage banking, insurance, brokerage and capital markets services.


SunTrust's Internet address is




Hugh Suhr

SunTrust Banks, Inc.

Phone Number: (404) 827-6813



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News Briefs---



Fed Stays Put on Rates


Fires Erupt in Southern Calif.



Auto Sales Lower Than Expected in April


Truckers again protest at Port in Oakland, California


No end in sight for high oil and gasoline prices, analysts say


Factory orders jump by 4.3 percent in March, good sign for economy


Citizens Financial to Buy Charter One


Jurors, experts talk about Tyco, Stewart cases' hits and misses





Sports Brief


Sharks oust Avs






California Nuts Brief---


Austrians' zeal for native son Schwarzenegger fades






“Gimme that Wine”



A Rustic Retreat Became a Vineyard---Frank J. Prial



Altered crop bans growing in popularity





This Day in American History



    1494-- Columbus discovered Jamaica in 1494, meeting the Arawak Indians, who reportedly celebrated the event with a rum drink.  He would eventually enslave or

kill all on the many islands by disease or violence.

    1847-The American Medical Association was organized at a meeting at Philadelphia attended by 250 delegates. This was the first national medical convention in the US.

    1864- The forces of Union General Ulysses S. Grant and Confederate General Robert E. Lee clash in the Wilderness, beginning an epic campaign for the capture of the Confederacy capital. Lee had hoped to meet the Federals, who plunged into the tangled Wilderness west of Chancellorsville, Virginia, the day before, in the dense woods in order to mitigate the nearly two-to-one advantage Grant possessed as the campaign opened. For the next six weeks the battle continued off and on.

    1867- Nelly Bly (Elizabeth Cochran Seaman) - U.S. journalist.    The first woman superstar of journalism, NB was a fighter for women's rights and the underdog.   She once feigned insanity to get inside asylum to expose the dismal conditions for the emotionally ill.   Her fame, however, rests on a publicity race around the world to beat the 80-day around the world fictional trip authored by Jules Verne.   Her career that started at $5 a week and reached a high point of $25,000 a year.   Her first articles were about the slum life of her home area of Pittsburgh and the dismal conditions forced on the working girls of the city because of low wages and social stigmas.   She then went to Mexico where she wrote of the poor there and the overt official corruption that kept so much of the culture in poverty while making others super rich.. She was expelled from Mexico when the articles appeared. The articles were later collected in Six Months in Mexico (1888).   She moved to New York to work for Joseph Pulitzer's New York World at a much higher salary.   Her first assignment was feigning insanity and being committed to an asylum. Her exposes resulted in a grand jury hearing and some changes in care of the insane. The articles were collected in Ten Days in a Mad House (1887)   Her career included exposes of sweatshops, the jail system (she was arrested after pretending to shoplift), and even the briberies inherent in the lobbying system that influences legislatures.  Then came her high publicized trip around the world to break the Jules Verne fictional record of "Around the World in 80 Days." Traveling alone on whatever transportation was available, she sent back dispatches that were eagerly read by the public so that when she returned to New York in 72 days, 6 hours and 11 minutes, she was the most famous woman in America - perhaps in the world.  She published her exploits in a successful Nellie Bly's Book: Around the World in Seventy-two Days 1890). She was 23 years old.   She also described using a diving bell to descend into the ocean and then floating above the earth in a balloon.   Her real name was Elizabeth Cochran Seaman. The pen name "Nellie Bly" came from a Stephen Foster song.

1891- the world-famous Carnegie Hall opened in New York. Among the opening night attractions ... Tchaikovsky conducting his "Marche Solennelle." On this date in 1991, a 100th birthday celebration for the hall included two concerts, featuring the likes of violinist Isaac Stern, tenor Placido Domingo, soprano Jessye Norman, cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and conductor Zubin Mehta.

    1893-Stock Market Crash: Wall Street stock prices took a sudden drop. By the end of the year 600 banks had closed. The Philadelphia and Reading, the Erie, the Northern Pacific, the Union Pacific and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroads had gone into receivership; 15,000 other businesses went into bankruptcy. Other than the "Great Depression" of the 1930s, this was the worst economic crisis in US history; 15-20 percent of the workforce was unemployed.

    1895- Peggy Margaret Francis Bacon - U.S. artist. Her main media were painting, dry point etching, and lithography.   PFB once gave up painting because her husband derided her and made her think her efforts were inadequate. She was able to fashion a great career in caricatures and book illustrations. Her work was often featured in the New Yorker magazine.   She resumed serious painting after her divorce at age 45. At age 80, in 1975, she became the first living woman to be given a retrospective at the National Museum of American Art. Her witty, much praised caricatures of the famous of her era were collected in the best-seller Off With Their Heads (1934).

    1903-James Beard birthday, the Father of American Cooking was born at Portland, OR. In a long and busy culinary career, he penned more than 20 classic cookbooks, appeared on television’s first cooking show in 1946 and was an enthusiastic ambassador for the American style of cooking.  He died Jan. 21, 1985.  His Greenwich Village brownstone is America’s only culinary historic landmark and serves as the headquarters of the James Beard Foundation.

    1904-Baseball’s Perfect Game: Denton T. "Cy" Young pitched baseball's first perfect game, not allowing a single opposing player to reach first base. Young's outstanding performance led the Boston Americans in a 3-0 victory over Philadelphia in the American League. The Cy Young Award for pitching was named in his honor.

    1925- High school science teacher John Scopes was arrested for teaching evolution in one of Tennessee's public schools

    1936-The first bottle with a screw cap and a pour lip was patented by Edward A. Ravenscroft, Glencoe, Il.  The bottles were manufactured by the Abbott Laboratories, North Chicago, Il.

    1942- country superstar Tammy Wynette, whose real name is Virginia Wynette Pugh, was born in rural Mississippi, near Tupelo. "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" and "Stand By Your Man," which is also the title of her autobiography, are typical of her country ballads, backed by the lush orchestral arrangements of Billy Sherrill. "Stand By Your Man," which topped the country charts in 1968, was the biggest-selling single by a woman in the history of country music. Her other number-one hits include "The Ways to Love a Man" from 1969, "He Loves Me All the Way" from 1970 and "We're Gonna Hold On," a 1973 duet with George Jones. Wynette and Jones were married from 1968 to 1975. In 1992, she teamed up with pop-pranksters The KLF. Together they scored a modest hit with a reworking of "Stand by your Man", called "Justified and Ancient (Stand by the Jams)."

Tammy Wynette died last month of natural causes.

1946—Birthday trumpet player, composer Jack Walrath

    1949---Top Hits

Cruising Down the River - The Blue Barron Orchestra (vocal: ensemble)

Forever and Ever - Perry Como

Again - Doris Day

Lovesick Blues - Hank Williams

    1949-“Stop the Music” Premiers. ABC's prime-time musical-game show hosted by Bert Parks. Featured the singing talents of Kay Armen, Jimmy Blaine, Betty Ann Grove, Estelle Loring, Jaye P. Morgan and June Valli, and the dancing numbers of Sonja and Courtney Van Horne. Harry Salter conducted the band.

    1955- - The musical, "Damn Yankees" opened in New York City for a successful run of 1,019 performances. The show, at the 42nd Street Theatre mixed both baseball and ballet. It is an adaptation of the book, "The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant". Gwen Verdon starred in the role of Lola. Whatever Lola wants Lola gets including the Tony for Best Actress in a musical for her performance.  My mother took me to the matinee and Ray Walton as the devil was my favorite.

    1955 -Dodger rookie hurler Tommy Lasorda, making his major league debut, ties a record by throwing three wild pitches in the first inning of a 4-3 victory over the Cardinals. The future Dodger Hall of Fame skipper doesn't get the decision and will end his playing days after the 1956 season with a lifetime record of 0-4.

    1957---Top Hits

All Shook Up - Elvis Presley

School Day - Chuck Berry

A White Sport Coat (And a Pink Carnation) - Marty Robbins

Gone - Ferlin Husky

    1961- Astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr. became America's first space traveler as he made a 15-minute suborbital flight in a capsule launched from Cape Canaveral

    1962 -"West Side Story" soundtrack album goes to #1 & stays #1 for 54 weeks which is more than 20 weeks longer than any other album

    1965---Top Hits

Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter - Herman’s Hermits

I Know a Place - Petula Clark

I’ll Never Find Another You - The Seekers

This is It - Jim Reeves

    1967-"San Francisco" by Scott McKenzie enters the charts and will eventually hit #4. The song became kind of an anthem during the hippie movement.

    1973-Secretariat, ridden by Ron Turcotte, won the Kentucky Derby in record time of 1:59.2 “Big Red,” as he was known, beat Sham by 2 ½ lengths and went on to win the Triple Crown.

    1973---Top Hits

Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree - Dawn featuring Tony Orlando

The Cisco Kid - War

Little Willy - The Sweet

Behind Closed Doors - Charlie Rich

    1978-Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds got the 3,000th hit of his career, a single off Steve Rogers of the Montréal Expos.  Rose played in the majors form 1963 through 1986 and wound up with 4,256 hits, more than any other player.

    1981---Top Hits

Morning Train (Nine to Five) - Sheena Easton

Just the Two of Us - Grover Washington, Jr./Bill Withers

Being with You - Smokey Robinson

Rest Your Love on Me - Conway Twitty

    1987 - Unseasonably hot weather prevailed in the western U.S. A dozen cities in California reported record high temperatures for the date. Afternoon highs of 93 degrees at San Francisco, 98 degrees at San Jose, 100 degrees at Sacramento, and 101 degrees at Redding, were the warmest of record for so early in the season. The high of 94 degrees at Medford OR was also the warmest of record for so early in the season.

    1989---Top Hits  

Like a Prayer - Madonna

I’ll Be There for You - Bon Jovi

She Drives Me Crazy - Fine Young Cannibals

Young Love - The Judds

    1989 - Thunderstorms swept across Georgia and the Carolinas during the late afternoon and evening hours spawning seventeen tornadoes. A tornado at Toccoa GA injured 15 persons, and a tornado at Chesnee SC killed two persons and injured 35 others. Five tornadoes in North Carolina accounted for five deaths, 88 injuries, and sixty million dollars damage. Thunderstorms also produced baseball size hail at Lake Murray SC, and wind gusts to 78 mph at Brooklyn MD.

    1990 - A strong Pacific cold front moving rapidly inland caused weather conditions at the east end of the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Washington State to quickly change from sunny and calm to westerly winds of 60 mph and ten-foot waves. Three recreational fishing boats capsized in heavy seas off Port Angeles resulting in five deaths. In California, temperatures soared above 90 degrees across much of the state. The high of 101 degrees in downtown Los Angeles was eight degrees hotter than their previous record for the date

    1993- Microsoft announced it would bundle its popular database software, Microsoft Access, with its Microsoft Office package, which already included MS Word and Excel. Microsoft's competitors, including Lotus and WordPerfect, also added database software to their office software suites.

    1995 -a supercell thunderstorm rapidly developed just ahead of a fast moving bow echo squall line and blasted Tarrant County, Texas. Large hail up to 5 inches in diameter, driven by 80 mph winds, caused a tremendous amount of damage. 10,000 people were caught out in the open at Mayfest in Downtown Forth Worth, resulting in 109 injuries from the large hail. Torrential rains of up to 3 inches in 30 minutes and 5 inches in one hour across Dallas caused unprecedented flash flooding, resulting in 16 deaths. Total damage in Forth Worth alone was estimated at 2 billion dollars, making this the costliest thunderstorm event in U.S. history. This was the third severe hailstorm to Strike the area in only a little over a month.

    2000 -Cardinal first baseman Mark McGwire hits the longest home run in the 30- year history of Riverfront/Cinergy Field, but the 473-foot shot isn't enough as Ken Griffey Jr.'s homer leads the Reds past St. Louis, 3-2.



NBA Finals Champions This Date


1969   Boston Celtics


Stanley Cup Champions This Date


  1966    Montréal Canadiens



Baseball Is

by Greg Hall ©

Published: ESPN Radio (2000)

Baseball is grass, chalk, and dirt displayed the same yet differently
In every park that has ever heard the words play ball.
Baseball is a passion that bonds and divides all those who know it.
Baseball is a pair of hands stained with newsprint,
A set of eyes squinting to read a boxscore,
A brow creased in an attempt to recreate a three-hour game
From an inch square block of type.
Baseball is the hat I wear to mow the lawn.
Baseball is a simple game of catch
and the never-ending search for the perfect knuckleball.
Baseball is
Willie vs Mickey, Gibson vs Koufax, and Buddy Biancalana vs the odds.
Baseball links Kansan and Missourian, American and Japanese,
But most of all father and son.
Baseball is the scent of spring,
The unmistakable sound of a double down the line,
And the face of a 10-year-old emerging from a pile of bodies
With a worthless yet priceless foul ball.
Baseball is a language of very simple words that tell unbelievably magic tales.
Baseball is three brothers in the same uniform on the same team for one brief summer
Captured forever in a black and white photo on a table by the couch.
Baseball is a glove on a shelf, oiled and tightly wrapped,
Slumbering through the stark winter months.
Baseball is a breast pocket bulging with a transistor radio.
Baseball is the reason there are transistor radios.
Baseball is a voice in a box describing men you've never met,
In a place you've never been,
Doing things you'll never have the chance to do.
Baseball is a dream that you never really give up on.
Baseball is precious.
Baseball is timeless.
Baseball is forever.




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