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    Classified Ads----Asset Management

        NOTICE: Bulletin Board Complaint Removal

            Balboa Capital Sale Up-Date

                Cartoon---Big Kahuna

        Bulletin Board Complaint:

        -Dimensional Funding, Irvine,California

            Friday---Odds and Ends

                Frost Bank Upgrade to Version 3

    Mfg Customer Financing Conf. to Feature  Michael Fleming

        News Briefs---

            California Nuts Brief---

                “Gimme that Wine”

        This Day in American History

            Baseball Poem



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Classified Ads----Asset Management


“Hi Kit,

 “I was wondering if you could remove my ad from your site.

 “Contract Administrator: San Diego, CA.
 16 years experience with Capital Equipment and Semiconductor Manufacturing  equipment leasing for Asia/Europe/US. Strong communication, documentation, management, negotiation, and training skills. Email:

” I have been working with Encore Leasing Group since Feb but only part time.

” I am now full time and would like my ad to be removed.  Also, I would like  to thank you for providing the Leasing News to everyone.  With your information, I was contacted by Encore and found the perfect job for me (after 16 years with another leasing company).  Thank you again for  preparing the news every day and helping people find good quality jobs.

 “Just one more request - would it be possible to add my work E-mail to your list.  It is

 “Thanks and have a great day.  Keep up the good work.

 “Pam Gaynor”



Asset Management: Austin, TX. 20+ years exper. lease/finance. P & L responsibility, strong credit & collection management, re- marketing& accounting. Computers, construction, auto & transportation. Both commercial/ consumer portfolios. Email:


Asset Management: Bloomfield Township, MI.

15+ yrs experience asset management and credit analyst.

Leadership and training skills. Audited returns, max residual, lease end

and resale negotiator.



Asset Management: Chicago, IL. MBA, 15+ years exp. Long history of success in maximizing residual position through outstanding negotiation skills & lease contract management. Third party re-marketing, forecasting etc...


Asset Management: Oxnard-Hollywood Beach, CA.

19 Years w/Equity Analysis/Placement and Residual Forecasting of Computer Assets. Portfolio Manager for Two Major Lessors and Strong Analyst Background w/Leading Information Services Firm.



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Asset management/credit/collection

20+ years experience in equipment financing. Last five years in Asset Management including remarketing, end of lease negotiations, equipment and market evaluations E-mail:


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NOTICE: Bulletin Board Complaint Removal


As per our new policy, the complaint against National American Capital (NAC) from San Clemente Medical Hospital Center for $50,426.54 has been settled and therefore removed from the Leasing News Complaint Bulletin Board.


For the record, Jeff Beier of NAC, has settled on all complaints and disputes, and this is not a decision of right or wrong, but an agreement reached by both parties.


Credit should also be given to the attorney for San Clemente Medical Hospital Center:


Richard B. Blum

Attorney at Law

2740 Camino Capistrano

San Clemente CA 92672


(949) 492 7699

fax (949) 492 5581





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.



Balboa Capital Sale Up-Date


Yesterday we published a flash about Patrick Byrne buying out his partner Shawn Giffin.



              Here is a memo from Mr. Giffin about the transaction:


From: Shawn Giffin []
Sent: Thursday, May 06, 2004 12:21 PM
To: ''
Subject: thank you




This may be my final companywide e-mail.  Patrick and I completed negotiations on the sale of my shares to him.  I firmly believe the company is better off with a single individual leading the charge.


If it is possible to love a company, I am head-over-heels for Balboa Capital.  You are the most dynamic and talented team I have ever had the good fortune to know.  My 16 years here have included the highest, and lowest, moments in my life.  Through it all, your support and commitment have been a welcome constant.  My affection and respect for you cannot be overstated.


Working together and developing relationships with many of you has been the most rewarding professional experience imaginable.  I am proud of each and every one of you.  Now is the time for you to push even harder and take advantage of the many opportunities available at Balboa Capital.  I have every confidence the company will continue to prosper.


You have my most sincere appreciation and best wishes for a rewarding, prosperous and fun career at Balboa Capital.




 ( He also has an e-mail in the Friday—Odds and Ends regarding the rumor that he will be joining Brad Kissler’s company Strada Capital. editor )




Cartoon---Big Kahuna





Bulletin Board Complaint-Dimensional Funding, Irvine,California


from Yousif Halloum,Flag City ARCO AM/PM:


“I have a dispute with Dimension Funding,LLC., They are refusing to return my deposit of $5,000. I have an agreement with them to perfom withing 20 days to secure funding on a leasing sign.”


The enclosed documents have various parts crossed out and

initialed by Mr. Halloum, but not by Dimensional Funding.  There is also a 20 day provision, not intialed by Dimensional Funding; however, they did in tacit accept the agreement by cashing the check

along with the agreement.  As important, the expenses and costs in the agreement state $250 in the agreement form, not $5,000 that was kept for this $327,000 84 month lease for a colored LED display sign.


See PDF file:


Leasing News attempted to reach both an “understanding” on the “dispute” and a settlement between both parties. This letter from Mr. Halloum sums up his position ( which was also shared with Dimensional Funding:)


“I would like to thank you for trying to resolve the dispute I have with Dimension Funding so we may avoid any litigation. As you know I had entered into agreement with them to secure leasing for my LED sign. Although the agreement called for the funding to be secured within 20 working days, I was assured by Miss Lisa Dietrich that funding would happen within a week from returning the agreement and receiving the deposit for $5,000.00. I called Miss Dietrich at least once or twice a week to follow up on my application. With no indication that the funding would happen, I called Miss Dietrich on March 8, 2004 to request that she return my deposit immediately. Her response was that I had to contact the owner of the company, Mr.Wagner. On March 11, 2004 I wrote Mr. Wagner requesting my deposit to be returned. Mr. Wagner refused to do so.


“Mr. Wagner claimed that the company looked at my credit report on March 8, 2004, and in that report it showed derogatory issues on my credit. Regardless of such a claim, the contract I had signed with Dimension Funding has expired before that date. I have a copy from of my credit report from March 3, 2004 attached that shows no derogatory reporting on my Credit. The derogatory report that he mentioned was a lien from the IRS that I was unaware of. I had earlier arranged to make monthly payments with the IRS, so I was never aware that they would place a lien on my credit. Shortly after finding out that a lien was placed on my credit, I paid off the total amount of the lien.


“I would also like to let you know that 4 days after I signed the contract with Dimension Funding, I had received two phone calls from two different leasing companies following up on previous contact I had with them, prior to my commitment with Dimension Funding. I had told both companies that I had already signed up with Dimension Funding. Ironically, both of these companies advised me that Dimension funding had a reputation not being able to perform, and not returning deposits to their customers.


“Your help would be greatly appreciated.


“Sincerely yours,


“Joe Halloum”


There are several e-mails back and forth, including a copy

sent by fax of Mr. Halloum personal credit to provide

proof of what he stated in his letter. There were several

telephone calls with Michael and Larry Wagner.


This is the statement Dimension Funding would like to give for their side on the “dispute:”


“In an effort to settle this matter Dimension today offered to return
$4,000 to this account.  This offer was made notwithstanding the fact that in Dimension's mind the terms of the commitment agreement were violated with respect to Mr. Halloum not disclosing an IRS tax lien and also that he was seeking other financing at the same time he was applying to Dimension.

“Either of the above issues (let alone both) would entitle Dimension to
contractually keep the entire $5,000 deposit.  The fact of the matter is
that Mr. Halloum found alternative financing through his bank to refinance his entire business and simply wanted to get out of his agreement to go forward with Dimension.  This of course is exactly the reason leasing companies ask customers to commit by signing an agreement and writing a check.  Our debt sources do not appreciate working on transactions that won't fund or as in this case also fail to disclose material facts regarding IRS liens which makes Dimension look like it doesn't know its business. 


“The bottom line is we don't like not being told the truth.  To bring this to a close please be advised that our offer was rejected by Mr. Halloum.”

Michael Wagner
Dimension Funding, LLC
949-250-0585 x222
949-250-8042 (fax)







Friday---Odds and Ends


I noticed the item in today's Leasing News about Dell's "zero percent"
financing program.

This isn't Belvedere's market (we do deals over $100,000) but their deal isn't be as good as it sounds.

It's fair market value after 30 months.  Assuming Dell gets a fifteen
percent residual, that's an all-in rate of 11.8%.  At twenty percent, the
all-in rate is 14.6%.  If it's first and last in advance, the rate is higher
still.  And the program doesn't cover software, taxes or shipping charges.

Dell's program is a partnership with CIT, and CIT has to make its money somehow.  There's no free lunch!


John Haenselman
Belvedere Equipment Finance
1250 Bayhill Road #111
San Bruno, CA  94066
(650) 616-1948 (phone)
(650) 616-1998 (fax)




Re: Rumors Shawn Giffin now at Strada Capital


“Brad Kissler and I worked together for ten years and I enjoyed every bit of it.  He is an extremely rare talent.  His new company - Strada
Capital -  will be tremendously successful.  He does not need me for
that, nor do I have any plans to join him. 

”However, the rumor that we are getting married in August is absolutely



Shawn  (Giffin)




National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers  (NAELB)

Las Vegas Conference  


Mike Meacher ( past NAELB president) sponsored a "shoot" at a rifle range outside of Las Vegas and the targets with your photo apparently were very popular. I felt it was petty and it certainly did not help the healing process to use your photo on the targets for Uzi's and 9MM Glocks with a badge that said "Sheriff, Judge and Jury". 


  (name with held )




Mike Meacher took a bunch out to the range which he is part owner of.  ****** told me that when the target with your face came up people were told to shoot if they wanted to. (My friend) did not shoot and felt it was in extremely poor taste. Some were laughing that they wanted to kill Menkin. He was turned off by the group.


  (name with held )




United Association of Equipment Leasing Conference


Quality UAEL meeting in Phoenix.


The Friday morning speaker, Nido Qubein, was phenomenal. Had to depart Sat., so I didn't catch the speaker that afternoon, but heard rave reviews on Don Hutson.


Attended the CLP meeting, and wow! the program is doing great! You know me, can't say enough good things about CLP, it really does set the standard for professionalism in our industry.  I bet there will be hundreds of new CLPs this year; Kit, you should be one!


Of course the spring meetings are never as well attended as the fall, and the format this time around was a bit different. There were no concurrent sessions, we all attended the same top-notch presentations together as a group, and I thought that was cool.


As always, had good tune ups with my main funding sources, leasing buddies and meet some new folks, too.


It's amazing what you can learn at the pool. ;)


UAEL is doing an event called "Super-Regional" that will coincide with their July Board Meeting, its in Boston. Its neat to see UAEL going so far east. Hope to see you there.


And of course, hope we see one another in Monterey. Everyone is already talking about it.....


Trust you are finding Hawaii, restful yet invigorating.


your leasing buddy,




Theresa M. Kabot, CLP

Kabot Commercial Leasing

Seattle USA

206.301.9960 phone

206.301.9886 fax


(My very good friend Bob Teichman, CLP, spent an entire afternoon

trying to teach me the mathematics section.  When Dr. Ray

Williams was the executive director and the Certified Leasing

Professional program was a United Association of Equipment Leasing program, he spent time after we had meetings in his office, tutoring me on the written parts.  I know I could pass the written, but I would fail the math section, as the truth is I am somewhat dyslectic in math. I still use the Boston Financial Rental Yield Tables to figure out

deals. Otherwise, I would have been CLP a long time ago. Kit )







“I learned the RED SOX fans are insane and the ticket brokers were getting $300-900 for seats.  We did go to Fenway

Park just to see it and thoroughly enjoyed our trip very much.”



Wayne Moseley




I like the result of all the improvements made over the years. I hope the new HTML version will be available soon. I know the deadline problem. It gets down and dirty at times - those are the best ones.  I loved the April fools edition.  I was glued to the feedback. 



Edward Castagna

Equip. Leasing Sales Rep: Strong sales and bus. dev. skills needed. Dev/manage portfolio, initiate bus. in upper Midwest . 3-4 yr  leasing exp.
or e-mail:

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.






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

Frost Bank Upgrade to Version 3


Frost National Bank Upgrades to LeaseComplete Version 3

- Frost National Bank of San Antonio, TX, has successfully completed their upgrade to LeaseComplete Version 3.  The upgrade process itself took less than one hour and was completed without interruption to their leasing operation.  All external system interfaces (GL, ACH, Data Warehouse, etc.) were upgraded without issue.


Frost Bank's previous version of the system (LeaseComplete Version 2.4) was installed over two (2) years ago and has served the bank through a very large growth period in their equipment leasing business.  The move to Version 3 was in part necessitated by that growth, with the newer version of LeaseComplete offering many improvements and new features required by a larger equipment portfolio. For example, performance improvements alone in the new version allowed Frost to reduce their invoicing and interface runtimes by over 80%!  Additionally, enhancements to workflow and reporting will allow sales and support staff to better communicate with the leasing operations team.  This will simultaneously speed the information exchange process, provide an automatic audit trail for research, eliminate redundant tasks, and reduce the workload of the operations staff.


"LeaseComplete has proven to be a solid and reliable product to handle all aspects of managing and servicing our growing equipment lease portfolio. Although relatively new, it has weathered several challenges including a very aggressive conversion schedule. The support and continued additions to the system are provided by a company, Dominion Leasing, who insures quality service by proven professionals in software development and industry knowledge. Based on my experience their support has been second to none in both turn around of issues and attention to our expanding needs. 


LeaseComplete will compare favorably with any product, especially when you consider cost, features, and their superior support."


Harry Kaplun


Frost Leasing Corporation

San Antonio, TX


Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. is a financial holding company with $10 billion in assets offering a full range of banking and financial services to consumer and commercial customers throughout Texas. Founded in 1868, Frost is the largest Texas-based bank and has more than tripled in asset size since 1993, producing a strong and consistent record of earnings.  Visit their website at


Dominion Leasing Software is a leading provider of software and services to the leasing industry.  LeaseComplete, its flagship lease accounting and asset management system, is the premier custom solution for both commercial and retail lease portfolios.  To find out more about Lease Complete Version 3, visit their website at for a self-guided tour or

contact them at 804 403 3710 for a custom demonstration.



Clinton Dunlow

Dominion Leasing Software

804 403 3710



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Manufacturing Customer Financing Conference Features Leasing Industry Leader Michael Fleming



Annual Event of The Alta Group Enlists ELA, NAM as Co-Sponsors


CHICAGO, ---The Alta Group, an international consultancy, will hold its annual customer financing conference for manufacturing executives Sept. 20-21 in Chicago at the downtown Marriott. This year the program more broadly covers international leasing topics, including break-out sessions on Asian, European and Latin American opportunities. The event is co-sponsored by the Equipment Leasing Association (ELA) and National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).


The conference is the only one of its kind focusing specifically on sales financing for manufacturers here and abroad. It attracts executive-level manufacturing and finance professionals as well as global managers, resellers and dealers who are planning to improve or expand business through sales-assisted finance.


Almost half of the $218 billion that the U.S. equipment leasing and financing industry is forecasted to earn this year will originate through captive or vendor finance programs supporting manufacturers. According to ELA’s most recent annual Survey of Industry Activity, some 44 percent of new business originates through sales assisted financing and that percentage is expected to continue growing. Michael Fleming, president of ELA, said this figure will continue growing not only because of the upturn in the economy but because of customer preferences for bundled services and one-stop shopping.


Specific geographic growth areas and current customer perceptions will be explored by Fleming, who is the scheduled keynote luncheon presenter on Sept. 21.


Fleming plans to discuss the importance of a close relationship between a manufacturer and financing partner. “They have to act as one and have great communications systems in place to ensure fast turnaround on orders and quick decisions,” he added.


Manufacturing customers want equipment bundled with maintenance, supplies and other services. Because they are looking for a single solution, Fleming says the relationship between the manufacturers and financing partners must be seamless today. He will also discuss findings from the latest industry surveys and explore new and fast-growing equipment segments.


The conference will cover how to select financial partners, improve program performance, expand globally, evaluate competition, develop channels for vertical business and establish collaborative systems for lease processing. Other featured speakers include James Beard, president of Caterpillar Financial Services, and Dorothy Coleman, vice president, tax policy, at NAM.


Corporate sponsors include Bank of America, CHP Consulting, Cyence International, De Lage Landen, Ecologic Leasing Solutions, EPlus Group, Information Leasing Corporation, Key Equipment Finance and Portfolio Financial Servicing Company. Media partners are The Manufacturer, LeasingLife, Leadership, Pulse and the Monitor.


ELA members can save $255 off of the regular conference rate of $1,450 if they sign up before July 19. Call 1-866-462-2838 or sign up online at


About Alta

The Alta Group is an international consulting firm specializing in equipment leasing and financing with locations in North America, Latin America, Asia and Europe. Background on vendor leasing is available in the newsroom at


Media Contact:

Susan Carol,




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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". 
Min 3 yrs exp. sourcing/ originating leasing transactions, knowledge credit and pricing.



News Briefs---


Greenspan Says High-Debt Economy Won't Last


Deficits threaten economy, Greenspan says


Jobless Claims Hit 2000 Low



Latest Tyco Trial Starts as Lawyers' Showcase


Rates on 30-year mortgages rise for a 7th week






California Nuts Brief---


New jobs for California were brokered without Schwarzenegger





Gimme that Wine”



Robert Balzer: Words can't describe him


Napa's Oak Knoll District becomes latest AVA


Temecula Valley, CA,  Vine 2 Wine Event


Buy!!! ZD Wines to Release Second Bottling of Reserve Pinot Noir in June


Kosher Wine Tasting Result;default 




This Day in American History


    1700-The population of the colonies was sparsely scattered over the large area of the colonies with poor roads and communications. Below the Delaware River, an isolated farm was the usual settlement, save for Charleston, which had about 250 families. Philadelphia had approximately 700 houses, New York about 5,000 inhabitants, Newport less than 2000, and Boston, the largest city, 7000. There were approximately 275,000 inhabitants in the colonies.

    1700—William Penn beings monthly meetings for Blacks advocating emancipation.

    1789-Celebrating the inauguration of George Washington, the first Presidential Inaugural Ball was held at New York, NY., the Assembly Rooms, on the east side of Broadway, a little way north of Wall Street. A medallion portrait of President George Washington in profile on a fan was presented as a souvenir to the ladies.

    1818- Juliet Ann Opie Hopkins birthday - Although she actually did the job of supervising the Chimborazo Hospital during the Civil War, her husband got the title of hospital supervisor (and the money) because the Alabama legislature refused to recognize a women in any professional capacity.   She actually went onto the battlefields to minister to the Confederate wounded and was wounded herself.   She was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

    1840 - The Great Natchez, Mississippi Tornado, the most deadly and destructive in early United States history, left the city in ruins. 317 people were killed, most of them along the water front.

    1864—Until May 20th, General Grant continued to hammer at General Lee’s waning forces; known as the Spotsylvania campaign. After the Wilderness, Grant’s and Meade’s advance on Richmond by the left flank was stalled at Spotsylvania Court House on May 8. This two-week battle was a series of combats along the Spotsylvania front. The Union attack against the Bloody Angle at dawn, May 12-13, captured nearly a division of Lee’s army and came near to cutting the Confederate army in half. Confederate counterattacks plugged the gap, and fighting continued unabated for nearly 20 hours in what may well have been the most ferociously sustained combat of the Civil War. On May 19, a Confederate attempt to turn the Union right flank at Harris Farm was beaten back with severe casualties. Union generals Sedgwick (VI Corps commander) and Rice were killed. Confederate generals Johnson and Steuart were captured, Daniel and Perrin mortally wounded. On May 21, Grant disengaged and continued his advance on Richmond. While considered inconclusive as there were no winners,

Lee did not stop Grant's march toward Richmond and the overall plan to cut off supplies to troops from all ports.  Grants 100,000 troops met Lee's 52,000 and the Northern politicians were not happy there was not a victory. The causality count for the Union Army was 18,000 and the Confederate: 12,000.  With little money,

no support from Europe, ports from Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and going up

the coast being captured by the North, including Mississippi, what little

supplies could not reach the dwindling number of soldiers. Almost 1/2 of Confederate soldiers were wounded, captured, killed, or died from disease.

By war's end, over 2,000,000 volunteers had joined the Union army. Of the 425 Confederate generals, 146 were graduates of West Point. Almost 1/3 of US Army officers resigned to serve the Confederacy. In reality,  the Southern army was ill-equipped, had limited supplies ( even shoes as many found dead at Gettysburg were shoeless), and was greatly outnumbered.  In addition, many were not

in favor of slavery controlled mostly by large plantation owners.  The issue

to secede was controversial in many Southern states.

    1878-African-American Joseph R Winters patents the mobile fire escape to be placed on “fire engine trucks.”

    1892-birthday of Archibald MacLeish, American poet and Librarian of Congress (1939-44), born at Glencoe, IL.  MacLeish, who was also a play writer, Pulitzer Prize winner, editor, lawyer, professor and farmer, died at Boston, MA, April 20, 1982.

    1894- pioneer country musician George Riley Puckett was born in Alpharetta, Georgia. Puckett was one of the most popular hillbilly singer- guitarists of the 1920's and '30s. He was the first hillbilly artist to yodel on record - he did so at his debut session in 1924. Puckett was a member of the Skillet Lickers, the best-known hillbilly band of the period.

    1901-birthday of Gary Cooper, Frank James Cooper, Helena, MT.  He changed his name to Gary at the start of his movie career.  He is best known by baseball fans for his portrayal of Lou Gehrig in The Pride of the Yankees. Other films included Wings, The Virginian, The Plainsman, Beau Geste, Sergeant York ( for which he won this first Academy Award), High Noon ( winning his second Oscar for best actor ), the Court Marital of Billy Mitchell and Friendly Persuasion. He died May 13, 1961, at Hollywood, CA.

    1915-Birtish passenger liner Lusitania on its return from New York to Liverpool, carrying nearly 2,000 passengers, was torpedoed by a German submarine off the coast of Ireland, sinking within minutes.  1,198 lives were lost.  U.S. President Wilson sent note of protest to Berlin on May 13, but Germany, which had issued warnings in advance, pointing to Lusitanai’s cargo of ammunition to Britain.  US maintained “neutrality” for the time being.

    1922- Darrin McGavin Birthday Darrin McGavin is perhaps best known in the movies for his role in “Man with the Golden Arm, “ and for the first television series, “Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer” but is perhaps remembered for his short lived series as a reporter named “Kolchak” on the “Night Stalker.”

    1922-birthday of pianist Roy Hall, Big Stone Gap, VA

    1926-tenor saxophone Herbie Steward born, Los Angeles, CA.

    1926-birthday of drummer Kansas City Red ( Arthur Stevenson), Drew, MS

    1931-1931- 1950's pop vocalist Teresa Brewer was born in Toledo, Ohio. She was a radio star on the "Amateur Hour" at the age of five, and was only 19 when she had her first million-seller, "Music, Music, Music," in 1950. Her other million-selling hits in the pre-rock 'n' roll era included "Till I Waltz Again With You," "Ricochet" and "Let Me Go Lover

    1933-birthday of John Constantine ( Johnny) Unitas, pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, born Pittsburgh, PA.

    1941 - Glenn Miller records, "Chattanooga Choo Choo" ( Bluebird).

    1941-Tenor Sax Player Paul Quinchette birthday

    1943-birthday of Thelma Houston, Leland, MS

    1943-The Liberty Ship George Washington Carver launched.

    1945 - Baseball owner Branch Rickey announced the organization of the United States Negro Baseball League, consisting of six teams.

    1945- Russian, American, British and French ranking officers crossed into a second-floor recreation room of a small red brick schoolhouse ( which served as General Eisenhower's headquarters ) at Reims, Germany.  Representing Germany, Field Marshal Alfred Jodl signed an unconditional surrender of all German fighting forces. After a signing that took almost 40 minutes, Jodl was ushered into Eisenhower’s presence. The American general asked the German if he fully understood what he had signed and informed Jodl that he would be held personally responsible for the any deviation from the terms of surrender, including the requirement that German commanders sign a formal surrender to the USSR at a time and place determined by that government.

    1946-William H. Hastie is inaugurated as the first Black governor of the Virgin Island.

    1947-The first regularly scheduled television drama was “Kraft Television Theater, “ telecast on the National Broadcasting Company’s network form May 7, 1947 to October 1,1958, from 7:30pm to 8:30PM.  The program ran for eleven years, during which time it present 650 plays that required 5,236 sets and the participation of 3,955 actors. The first drama was “ Double Door,” starring John Baragrey. The shows were live.. Among the playwrights getting their big breaks were: Rod Serling, Paddy Chayefsky and Tad Mosel. Some of the show’s most notable plays included: “ the Easy Mark” (1951) with Jack Lemmon,” Double Ivory” (1953) with Lee Remick, “ To Live in Peace(1953) with Anne Bancroft,” “The Missing Years,”(1954) with Anthony Perkins and Mary Astor, “ Alice in Wonderland” (1954) with Robin Morgan, Art Carney, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy,” and “ A Profile in Courage,”(1956) with our neighbor on Latimer Road in the Pacific Palisades James Whitmore.  The last play was based on a book by Senator John F. Kennedy, who also appeared on the program to introduce the drama.

    1951-one of television’s earliest popular game shows “Strike It Rich” premiered. The downtrodden and the poverty-stricken showed up on this game show to tell their sob stories. Whoever received the most votes from the studio audience was declared the winner The losers were able to receive help form sympathetic viewers through a telephone “heart line.” Warren Hull hosted the program.  The show got in trouble with the New York City Welfare Department in 1954 when 55 of the show’s hopeful contestants remained in New York and sent on welfare.

    1950-Tim Russert born Buffalo, New York ( “Go Bills!!!)

    1951- Janis Ian birthday, U.S. singer and songwriter won the 1975 Grammy when she sang so poignantly of her alienation "At Seventeen." Later she came out of the closet as a lesbian and the lyrics of the song were poignantly illuminated. She became a columnist for The Advocate magazine.

    1951 - Russia was admitted to participate in the 1952 Olympic Games by the International Olympic Committee.

    1951-Birthday of, Janis Ian, U.S. singer and songwriter, who won the 1975 Grammy when she sang so poignantly of her alienation "At Seventeen." Later she came out of the closet as a lesbian and the lyrics of the song were poignantly illuminated. She became a columnist for The Advocate magazine.

    1954- Vietnam’s victory  over France at Dien Bien Phu ended the Indochina War. This battle is considered one of the greatest victories won by a former colony over a colonial power.  It is said that General Eisenhower was

the first president to authorize U.S. military action following Dien Bien Phu’s

fall from power.

    1958 - Pianist Van Cliburn signed an artist’s contract with RCA Victor Records.

    1959---Top Hits

Come Softly to Me - The Fleetwoods

The Happy Organ - Dave ‘Baby’ Cortez

Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home) - The Impalas

White Lightning - George Jones

    1959 - 103 fans packed the LA Coliseum for an exhibition game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Yankees. Sandy Koufax pitched for the Dodgers. It was Roy Campanella Night. The star catcher for the Dodgers, paralyzed in an automobile accident, was honored for his contributions to the team for many years.  A three time Most Valuable Player in the National League, Campanella was permanently paralyzed in an automobile accident in December, 1958.  The evening’s ceremonies preceded the game, won by the Yankees, 6-2.

    1966 - The Mamas and The Papas made the climb to the top of the "Billboard" pop music chart with "Monday, Monday". For three weeks "Monday, Monday" stayed at the top of the pop music world. The tune was the second hit by the group -- just two months after their first, "California Dreamin’". These two songs would be the only number one hits for the group, though they made it to number two with "Dedicated to the One I Love".

    1966- Simon and Garfunkel's "I Am a Rock" enters the Hot 100 -- the folk-pop duo's third chart entry. In its eleven weeks on the chart, it will peak at #3

    1967—Top Hits

Somethin’ Stupid - Nancy Sinatra & Frank Sinatra

The Happening - The Supremes

Sweet Soul Music - Arthur Conley

Need You - Sonny James

    1972-After trying and  failing seven time since moving from Minneapolis in 1960, the Los Angeles Lakers won their first NBA championship, defeating the New York Knicks, 114-100., to win the series, four games to one. As the Minneapolis Lakers, the team had won five titles, the last one coming in 1954.

    1975---Top Hits

He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You) - Tony Orlando & Dawn

Before the Next Teardrop Falls - Freddy Fender

Chevy Van - Sammy Johns

Roll on Big Mama - Joe Stampley

    1977- Steven Bishop's "On & On" is released.

    1982-A federal jury decided that the National Football League was in violation of antitrust laws when it attempted to prohibit the Oakland Raiders from moving to Los Angeles. The Raiders, an original team in the American Football League, played in Oakland from 1960 through 1981, and in Los Angeles form 1982 through 1994 after which they returned to Oakland. Owner Al Davis is still suing everyone, this time for broker promises made to get them to return. Rumor is he wants to go back to Los Angeles, and perhaps a Super Bowl win may be the key to see the Raiders stay or they leave.

    1983---Top Hits

Beat It - Michael Jackson

Jeopardy - Greg Kihn Band

Let’s Dance - David Bowie

Jose Cuervo - Shelly West

    1985 - The Edmonton Oilers set a National Hockey League record for playoff wins (12). Edmonton won its second Stanley Cup with a 7-3 win over the Chicago Black Hawks.

    1987 - Shelly Long made her last appearance as a regular on the popular “Cheers” TV show


    1987-Thirty-one cities in the western U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. Highs of 93 degrees at Portland OR and San Jose CA were the warmest of record for so early in the season. The high of 92 degrees at Quillayute WA was a record for the month of May. The temperature at Sacramento CA hit 105 degrees, Fresno hit 103 and Bakersfield had a high reading of 101.

    Top Hits 1987 -

Anything For You-- Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine

Shattered Dreams- Johnny Hates Jazz

Wishing Well- Terence Trent D'Arby

One More Try- George Michael

    1988-Winning Colors, ridden by Gary Stevens, became the third filly and the first roan to win the Kentucky Derby. Forty Niner finished second, and Risen Star was third.

    1989-A record setting May snowfall occurred At Buffalo, New York, Shattering Records Held For Over 80 Years. The 7.9 Inch Amount Was The Greatest For May 7th In Buffalo, the greatest for any day in may, the greatest snowfall in 24 hours, and the greatest amount of snow so late in the season.

    1991---Top Hits

Baby Baby - Amy Grant

Joyride - Roxette

I Like the Way (The Kissing Game) - Hi-Five

Rockin’ Years - Dolly Parton with Ricky Van Shelton

    1991 Darryl Strawberry returns to New York as a Dodger with mixed results. A crowd of 49,118 mostly booing fans watch him hit a two-run home run, and they cheer when he makes the last out of the game with the potential tying and winning runs on base in the 6-5 Met victory

    1992-the 27th amendment to the Constitution was ratified, prohibiting Congress from giving itself midterm pay raises.

    1994- 1,322 guitarists, led by Randy Bachman, gathered in Vancouver to play Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "Takin' Care of Business" for 68 minutes and 40 seconds. The outdoor strumathon set two world records - the greatest number of guitarists and the longest mass guitar jam session.

    1998—Top Hits

Too Close- Next

My All- Mariah Carey

You re Still The One- Shania Twain

Everybody [Backstreet s Back]- Backstreet Boys

    1999 In the biggest comeback in Jacobs Field history, the Indians score 18 runs in the final three innings to overcome a 9-1 deficit to beat the Devil Rays, 20-11. Tampa Bay's first baseman Fred McGriff sets a major league record by homering in his 34th park.

     2002—Top Hits

Foolish- Ashanti

Murder Inc.-Def Jam 13

What's Luv?- Fat Joe Featuring Ashanti

I Need A Girl (Part One)- P. Diddy Featuring Usher & Loon

U Don't Have To Call- Usher


       NBA Finals Champions This Date


            1972--  Los Angeles Lakers




Baseball Poems


This May the Hall of Fame conducted its first baseball haiku contest, and poets from all over the United States and Canada submitted hundreds of entries.

An all-star panel of Hall of Fame staffers judged the poems, and chose the six winners below, which will remain posted on our web site through Hall of Fame Weekend.

Haiku is an ancient Japanese verse form which requires a poem to be three lines long. The first and third lines of the poem should contain five syllables, and the middle line should contain seven syllables. Good haiku poems usually incorporate a reference to nature, particularly to the season of the year. This makes haiku a perfect form of poetry for expressing thoughts of baseball, since baseball is so intimately connected to the seasons.

The six winners will each receive a copy of Line Drives: 100 Contemporary Baseball Poems, a new anthology published by Southern Illinois University press in 2002, and co-edited by the Hall of Fame's own research director, Tim Wiles.

Smallest Red Sox fans
With shirts too wide for shoulders,
named "ARCIAPARR." 
                                    --Kurt Blumenau, Emmaus, PA

The field is empty 
The baseball game has ended 
No more cheering crowds 
                                    --Mary Catherine Harmon, Milford, NY

Ball falls harmlessly 
Dark October night cool, crisp 
Last man coming home 
                                    --Patrick Lethert, Woodbury, MN

Bonds swings the maple, 
Pac bell is aroar, the long 
winter is no more. 
                                    --Perry Dugger, Madisonville, KY

My fifty-third spring; 
Once again I carefully 
Oil up the old mitt. 
                                    --Larry Bole, New York, NY

Pitchers and catchers 
Report in February 
Spring training begins 
                                    --James Bernhardt, (Submitted without place information)






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