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                In Memory of a good friend who we will greatly miss:

                             Mike Granieri, Top Gun Drill Master

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        Mike Granieri Passed Away

            Alexa Ranks Leasing Association Web Sites

                Cartoon—Looking for Marketing Experience

    Classified—Help Wanted

        EL&FF  Risk Basel II Study Group

            News Briefs---

                “Gimme that Wine”

                    This Day in American History

                        Baseball Poem

                            New Jersey Poem


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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:


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.



Sales: Boston, MA.

Middle market originator, construction/Trucks /

Trailers w/ 8 years in territory, looking for company / bank with competitive products



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:


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:


Sales: Dallas, TX

30 years lease experience. Looking for Lender wanting to get into the Electronic Market can bring 11 years experience with national

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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. 



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: 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.


Sales: Detroit, MI.

7 years experience in IT small/mid ticket leasing with Fortune 100 co. Greenbelt certified in Six Sigma. Excellent communication, presentation & negotiation skills.




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.


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



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.


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.



Sales: Jacksonville, FL.

Seasoned equipment leasing professional, with over 10 years of experience, looking for position in business development in Northern Florida territory. 



Sales: Kansas City, MO.

15+ years in finance/leasing industry, extensive

knowledge in sales and management. Specializing in construction,

transportation and machine tool industries. Will re-locate for right opportunity.



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.



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



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.........



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.



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.



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.



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



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.




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!



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 experience.



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.



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.



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.



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Mike Granieri Passed Away


His Mother Melinda said he had a pancreas attack and they called 911, then he had a seizure and went into cardiac arrest. 

He leaves her along with his brother Bill and sister Laurie


Viewing will be on Monday, May 24th at the:
Bronson Guthlein Funeral Home
152 North Main Street
Milltown, NJ 08850
PH: 732/828-0151


Known very well in the industry as the “son of Bill Granieri,” Mike

was a person in his own right, following in his father’s foot steps,

giving training sessions, speaking at leasing conferences, placing

leases for new brokers, directing them, counseling them, and was

one of the founder Leasing News advisory board directors.


He had slowed down due to illness, not doing much sales training

classes the last few years, actually being too sick to attend some

scheduled ones.  He has become a “Court Officer” for the City

of New Brunswick, New Jersey,  primarily for the medical benefits, his mother Melinda Granieri said.


“He was quite ill and needed the medical benefits more than

the money he earned following in his father’s business, “ she

explained. “ They were very, very close. Michael mourned his father’s

death for quite some time.


“You know he was confirmed as Francis, for St. Francis.  He

loved animals and birds, too.  He feed the birds all the time.

He was the closest person I know to being a saint.


“He did continue to write for the Monitor and was just contacted by

EAEL (Eastern Association of Equipment Lessors) to write a piece.

He had many friends in the industry...the telephone has been ringing

off the hook from all his friends.”


He was a columnist for the Monitor from 1998 to 2003, and continued

to sell “Granieri Associates”  publications, written by his father: “The Anatomy of the Equipment Leasing Sale,” “HP-12C and 17B/19B Calculator Books,”  “The Closer’s Catechism,” along with tapes and other publications,  considered both a classic

and valid in today’s leasing world



     Bill Granieri, Principal

     Granieri Associates

     Milltown, NJ



 ( Master of equipment leasing sales training.

   His books and audio tapes are still valid today.

   He also helped young brokers and friends find

   “funding sources.”  His son Michael Granieri carries

   on in his father’s tradition, not only giving seminars,

   but private lessons for individuals and corporations.

   He also writes for the Monitor on a regular basis: Top

   Gun. Mike is a member of the Leasing News Advisory



In addition to writing for the Monitor, Mike also wrote for Leasing

News under a series called “Lease Closer:”


                 Reaction on Hearing the News of His Passing


“This is a shock. Michael on a couple of occasions been hired by my company to teach the sales group and sharpen the skills of our more experienced people. His dad as you know was an icon in our industry and Michael carried the message in the typical Granieri unorthodox manner after his father passed. I hope somehow we may pay a tribute to their generous contribution to the leasing industry...The young age of Michael truly makes this a horrible tragedy...We have lost a good friend in leasing...”


Warren Hawkins

Banc Partners


“What a tremendous loss.  Life is strange, out of the blue you find out

a "class act" is no longer with us and that is it.  No goodbyes, just a

heavy heart and a lot of memories of Michael Granieri and his Father. 


“At first when Bill passed away, we were concerned his dynamic speaking and incredible insight into "Selling the Equipment Lease" would be lost.  Much to our pleasant surprise, Michael picked up where Bill left off and delivered successful results.  We practice and preach their wisdom everyday in our training program. 


“Our thoughts and prayers are with Michael, his family and all of the

industry ‘Top Guns’ that followed their great wisdom.  They will be sorely missed.    JR ‘Top Gun Apprentice’."



Jim Raeder



“Although I never met either of the Granieri's I do occasionally

 re-listen to my top gun tapes.


“ Death, and particularly unexpected death at any age is a shame but at 40  it's a travesty.


 Mark  Gallagher

 Integrity Leasing and Financing, Inc



“God Bless........”


Jed Miller


“, that is really sad! “


Dennis Mann

US Bank



(Leasing News received many other condolences that we will pass

on to Mrs. Granieri. Whenever Mike was in the San Francisco Bay

Area, American Leasing always sent employees to his training

seminars, even our receptionist at one time, who said she understood more about leasing from attending and grew in her position

to learn other functions. Kit Menkin )

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Alexa Ranks Leasing Association Web Sites

85,031 American Bankers Association
126,273 Equipment Leasing Association
105,910  Kit Menkin's Leasing News
154,521 Monitor Daily
180,252 The Electronic Payments Association
258,732 Leasing Press
531,728 Ind Community Bankers of America
728,183  National Assoc. of Equip Leasing Brokers
527,979 Equip. Leasing & Fin Fndn
640,955  Commercial Finance Association
553,392  United Association of Equipment Leasing
No Data Lease Assistant
877,960 National Vehicle Leasing Association
631,151  U.S.Banker
1,072,935  eLessors Networking Association
1,336,504  Exec Caliber-Jeffrey Taylor
1,196,410  Institute of International Container Lessors
1,383,218   CLP Foundation
2,358,687 Mid-America Association of  Equip Lessors
No Data  Assoc of Government Leasing  Financing
No Data Eastern Association of Equipment Leasing
1,456,752 The National Funding Assoc
No Data
2,552,945 Equipment Financial Journal
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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.

Broker/Lessor looking for CFO/Controller with a solid accounting background. Experience working in the Leasing industry a must.
LeasePlus knowledge is a plus.

About the Company: Nationwide Funding, Irvine, CA.



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 co., w/ $15.5 billion in total assets. Headquartered in Green Bay, WI .  Associated has more than 200 banking locations across WI, IL and MN.



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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". 
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Sales: Long Established West Coast Co., lessor/broker looking to expand. Top commission/salary/bonus. Organized with sales experience in small/mid size leases a necessity. Home office OK. Experienced back office support.

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The Foundation Develops Advisory Group to Access the Impact Basel II Accord Will Have On the Lease Product



The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation developed the Basel II Advisory Group to study the capital adequacy impact Basel II Accord will have on leasing products and the group announces the release of new resources to assist you.


From January 2007 all regulated organizations must hold the appropriate amount of capital to mitigate risk; including, operational, credit and market risk. For all Basel II compliant leasing companies, the primary factors that will determine the level of capital to be maintained on the balance sheet by financial product are –


       Incorporation status of the financial institution

       Advance type – retail or corporate exposure

       Finance product type – fully amortizing credit risk product or residual value based product with credit and RV risk.


The exposure is undoubtedly affected by Pillar One (Minimum Capital Requirements) of Basel II, but to what extent is determined by whether the exposure is considered a credit risk only or a credit and residual value risk product?  For lease products where the residual value is not guaranteed by a third party additional capital will need to be maintained in the Balance Sheet versus fully amortizing loans (all other things being equal). This is due to the risk associated with residual value (under Basel II) including loss events and the probability of loss for certain asset classes.    Should residual value risk be part of the lease product’s makeup, then the Accord will require additional amounts of capital to be maintained against residual risk


The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation Basel II Advisory Group has developed reports and resources highlighting potential impact of capital adequacy on the leasing industry as a result of Basel II.  Through the Advisory Group, the Foundation provides an open forum where industry members can contribute to and find valuable independent resource material for the leasing industry at large.  The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation Advisory Group serves as a distribution hub for Basel II information as it relates to the equipment lease financing industry. For more information on Basel II, its impact on the equipment lease financing industry and for additional resources, visit the Foundation website Basel Resource Center at


If you have any questions or comments please contact:

Lisa Levine, Executive Director of the Equipment Lease and Finance Foundation

at or any of  the committee members.

A list is available at





About The Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides vision for the equipment leasing and finance industry through future-focused information and research. Primarily funded through donations, the Foundation is the only organization dedicated to future-oriented, in-depth, independent research for the leasing industry. Foundation products include the Industry Future Council Report, the State of the Industry Report, and the Journal of Equipment Lease Financing and numerous research reports. Established in 1989, Founders include leasing industry member Paul S. Gass, the Equipment Leasing Association, and others. Visit the Foundation online at


Lisa A. Levine, CAE

Executive Director

Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation - Your Eye On the Future

4301 N.Fairfax Drive, Suite 550, Arlington, VA 22203





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Wines for a Barbecue


Raising a Glass to Affordability—Frank J. Prial



This Day in American History




    1796-birthday of attorney and statesman Reverdy Johnson was born in Annapolis, Maryland. Johnson Although he personally opposed slavery, Johnson represented the slave-owning defendant in the 1857 Dred Scott case in which the U.S. Supreme Court decided that slaves could not be citizens of the United States. The court's decision increased antislavery sentiment in the North and fed the antagonism that sparked the Civil War. He was a key moderate during the days of reconstruction and deserves a strong place in history than he has received.

    1819-Victoria Day, Canada commemorates the birth of Queen Victoria, May 24, 1891

    1819-imported bicycles made their first appearance in New York City. The Common Council met on August 19 and passed a law “ to prevent the use of velocipedes in public places and on the sidewalks of the City of New York.” In their early years, bicycles were called velocipedes, curricles, or swift walkers.

    1832- Baltimore, MD, the Democratic conventional was held under the name Republican Party. Delegates from 21 states and DC nominated Andrew Jackson for president and Martin Van Buren for vice-president.  The party was officially the “Democratic-Republican Party, “ and remained so until 1840.  The Whig and the Whip parties eventually became the Republican Party, but not as we know it today.  The Republican party then was more “liberal” and the “ National Democratic Party” was considered the “conservative wing.”

    1833-Black students enroll in classes at Oberlin College, Ohio

    1881- let’s set the record straight and get away from the public relations story. The first meeting of what was to become the American Red Cross happened at the home of Adolphius Simeon Solomons in Washington, D.C., where he and Clara Barton founded the American Association of the Red Cross, as part of an international humanitarian movement to provide help to victims of war and natural disasters. It was thought the organization would have a better chance of growth with a woman as president, which Mr. Solomons made an official motion.  It was made part of the International Red Cross on March 16, 1882 ( started in Switzerland, 1864).

    1881-the United Sates Lawn Tennis Association was formed at the Fifth Avenue Hotel, New York City, by 34 clubs.  It formulated the rules of play, standardized the height of the net and the size of the ball, and ruled on such matters as the service line and the size of the court.  The first president was Robert Shaw Oliver of the Albany Tennis Club. In 1975, the name was changed to the United States Tennis Association.

    1878-birthday of Glenn Hammond Curtis, American inventor and aviator, born at Hammondsport, NY. The aviation pioneer died at Buffalo, NY, July 23, 1930.

    1901- Connecticut passed the first speeding driver’s law, “ the speed of all motor vehicles should not exceed 12 miles per hour on country highways and eight miles per hour on highways within city limits.”

    1904-birthday of great singer/pianist Thomas ”Fats” Waller, New York City, NY. Perhaps the first jazzman I listened to as a young man as my father collected

his vinyl records, and often played his jazz organ playing. More than 40 years after his death, he remains one of the most popular of all jazz musicians, admired even by those who say they don't like jazz. Many of his tunes, such as "Honeysuckle Rose," "Ain't Misbehavin' " and "Blue Turning Grey Over You," are considered popular music standards. Waller's commercial success and international fame did not begin until 1934, although he began recording 12 years earlier. It was in '34 that he formed the first of the "Fats Waller and His Rhythm" bands. The five-piece group provided the setting for Waller's lighthearted and often humorous vocals, which by then overshadowed his piano playing. 

Fats Waller died of natural causes on December 15th, 1943 while traveling aboard the Sante Fe Express train.,+Fats

    1909- Massachusetts approved the first credit union, sponsored by Pierre Jay, the first bank commissioner of the state.

    1912-Monty Franklin Pierce Stratton, baseball player born at Celeste, TX. Stratton’s five-year career in the major leagues was ended when his leg was amputated after he accidentally shot himself in a hunting accident.  Jimmy Stewart played Stratton in a very successful moving based roughly on his life. Died at Greenville, TX, Sept 29,1982.

    1917-birthday of Raymond Burr, stage, film and TV actor best known for the role of Perry Mason in the series of the same name ( my late father Lawrence Menkin was the story editor, and also wrote many of the episodes.)   Burr was born at New Westminster, British Columbia, and died near Healdsburg, CA, September 12,1993.

    1921-birthday of arranger/songwriter, trumpet play Henry Glover, Hot Springs, AR

jazz1929-birthday of drummer Lawrence Marable, Los Angeles, Ca.

    1927 - Charles A. Lindbergh arrived to a hero’s welcome in Paris, in his spindly monoplane, "The Spirit of St. Louis" (the famous plane is now displayed in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC). Lindbergh’s flight marked the first time that a person had flown across the Atlantic Ocean. The event got more press coverage than any other single even in history to that time. In American newspapers alone, it was estimated that some 27,000 columns of words were used to describe Lindbergh’s epic journey. A depiction of that famous flight was portrayed by one of America’s great motion picture actors, Jimmy Stewart, in the film, "The Spirit of St. Louis". Upon his return to American soil, Lucky Lindy was given another hero’s welcome.

    1927- Arranger Bill  Holman Birthday

    1932-birthday of bandleader Bob Florence, and one of my high school

idols, as saw his band many times locally and patterned my

after his,  Los Angeles, Ca.

    1936- E.I. du Point de Nemours, Wilmington, DE, began production of Lucite, or polymethyl methacrylate, “ a plastic that is low in moisture absorption, highly nonconducting, and crystal clear, and that possesses the interesting property of bending light rays as the pass through.  In 1938, the produced Teflon, but did not start commercial production until 1954.

    1940-Will Bradley (Wilbur Schwichtenberg) cuts “Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar,” (Columbia 35530)

    1941-birtthday of singer Ronald Isley (The Isley Brothers), Cincinnati, OH

The group first hit the charts in 1959 with "Shout," which has since become a rhythm-and-blues standard recorded by such artists as Lulu, Tom Petty and the Blues Brothers. The Isleys were still on the charts in the early 1980's. Their 1981 album "Grand Slam" earned a gold record.

    1941-Claude Thornhill Band records their theme, “Snowfall.”

    1942-Freddie Slack with Ella Mae Morse records “ Cow Cow Boogie,” Los Angeles.

    1945 - Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart were married. Legend has it that the couple fell in love in 1943 during making of the film, "To Have and Have Not". Theirs would become one of Hollywood’s most enduring marriages

    1949---Top Hits

Riders in the Sky - Vaughn Monroe

Again - Gordon Jenkins

Forever and Ever - The Russ Morgan Orchestra (vocal: The Skylarks)

Lovesick Blues - Hank Williams

    1955 - Chuck Berry went into a recording session for Chess, performing a restyled version of "Ida Red". What came out of that hot session was Ida Red's new name and Chuck Berry's first hit, "Maybellene". "Maybellene" topped the R & B charts at #1, and the pop charts at #5. And Beethoven rolled over...

    1957- Reaffirming their decision to bar females from the Fenway Park's male-only press box, Boston baseball writers deny a seat to Doris O'Donnell, a feature writer following the Indians.

    1957---Top Hits

All Shook Up - Elvis Presley

School Day - Chuck Berry

Love Letters in the Sand - Pat Boone

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

    1959 - Ethel Merman played the lead role in the musical, "Gypsy", which opened at the Broadway Theatre in New York City. The popular show ran for 702 performances. It was based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous burlesque queen. 1969-Henry “Hank” Aaron of the Atlanta B raves was lifted for a pinch hitter for the first time in his career. Mike Lum batted for Aaron in the seventh inning of a game against the New York Mets after Aaron had come to the plate, 9,015 times.  Lum doubled, and the Braves won,15-3.

    1961-"Every Beat of My Heart" enters the Hot 100 in two versions. One is on the Fury label by Gladys Knight and the other by the Pips on the Vee Jay label. They are not the same recording but are rendered by the same act, victims of a contract dispute. The Vee Jay single will be more successful, rising to #6 on the pop chart and Number One R&B. Both groups will eventually sign to Motown's soul label.

    1963-Little Stevie Wonder who turned 13, just eight days ago, records his second album. "The Twelve Year- Old genius," live at a Detroit ballroom. One tune off the album, "Fingertips, Part Two," will become Wonder's first hit, topping both the R&B and the pop charts.

    1965---Top Hits

Ticket to Ride - The Beatles

Help Me, Rhonda - The Beach Boys

Back in My Arms Again - The Supremes

Girl on the Billboard - Del Reeves

    1973 - The sensual "Pillow Talk", by Sylvia (Sylvia Vanderpool), earned a gold record. The artist first recorded with Hot Lips Page for Columbia Records back in 1950 and was known as Little Sylvia. She was half of the singing duo Mickey & Sylvia, who recorded "Love is Strange" in 1957. "Pillow Talk" was her only major solo hit and made it to number three on the pop music charts.

    1973---Top Hits

You are the Sunshine of My Life - Stevie Wonder

Little Willy - The Sweet

Frankenstein - The Edgar Winter Group

What’s Your Mama’s Name - Tanya Tucker

    1974- One year after his firing from Columbia Records, Clive Davis is hired by Bell Records as a consultant.

    1976- Aerosmith receives a gold LP for "Rocks." The album will eventually go to #3 on the album chart.

    1981---Top Hits

Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes

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

Being with You - Smokey Robinson

I Loved ’Em Every One - T.G. Sheppard

    1985 - Marvin Gaye’s last album was released. "Dream of a Lifetime" featured songs that critics considered too offensive, such as the controversial, pop version of "The Lord’s Prayer". Three of the songs from the album were completed after Gaye’s death. Marvin Gaye was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

    1985-Septuplets were born in Orange CA, to Patti Frustaci, a 30-year-old schoolteacher. It was the largest multiple birth in the history of the Untied Sates. One child was stillborn and three more died within a month. Two boys and one girl survived. At the age of 2, the surviving infants -- Richard, Patricia and Stephen -- were found to have cerebral palsy. A year later, more bad news. The children also were diagnosed as mentally retarded. Sam and Patti Frustaci -- who already had a healthy son named Joseph but wanted more children -- sued the fertility clinic and the physician that treated the wife with Pergonal, the same drug used by Bobbi McCaughey Frustaci and her husband later filed a malpractice suit against her doctors and the infertility clinic where she had been treated. They won a $2.7 million settlement on behalf of the surviving septuplets, now 12 years old. Little has been heard from the Frustacis since then, but apparently there have been changes.  Late last week, CNN spoke with Sam Frustaci, who said he still lives in Southern California with all the children. All are okay, he said, but Patti Frustaci now lives elsewhere. He did not elaborate.

    1986- with a few gaps, millions of Americans held hands from Battery Park in New York City to Long Beach, CA, a distance of 4,150 as a fund-raising event sponsored by a consortium of charities and corporations.

    1987 - Severe thunderstorms, developing along a sharp cold front crossing the central U.S., produced 60 mph winds and golf ball size hail at Sedalia, MO, and drenched Hagerstown, IN, with six inches of rain in one hour. Temperatures soared into the 90s ahead of the cold front. Paducah, KY, hit 94 degrees for the second day in a row. Light snow blanketed Montana, with three inches reported at Butte

    1989---Top Hits

Forever Your Girl - Paula Abdul

Real Love - Jody Watley

Soldier of Love - Donny Osmond

If I Had You – Alabama

    1990 - Thunderstorms produced severe weather across the southeastern U.S. for the second day in a row. Severe thunderstorms spawned five tornadoes, including one which injured a person at Richmond KY. There were eighty-seven reports of large hail or damaging winds, with hail three inches in diameter reported at Austin TX. Thunderstorms produced up to five inches of rain in Macon County GA, and heavy rains left nearly eight feet of water over roads near Stepstone KY.

    1995- the Recording Industry Association of America reported that Bruce Springsteen's 1984 album "Born in the USA" had sold more than 15- million copies. That tied it with Boston's self-titled album as the number-three all-time best-selling album. Only Michael Jackson's "Thriller" - at 24 million - and Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" - at 17 million - had sold more.

    2000- Major League Baseball has its first six grand-slam day less than one year after establishing the mark with 5. Angel Garret Anderson, Giant J.T. Snow, Phillie Brian Hunter, A's Jason Giambi and Dodgers Adrian Beltre and Shawn Green all contributed to the record. The NL also set a record with four of the six base-loaded homers.



Stanley Cup Champions This Date


1979  Montreal Canadiens

1981  New York Islanders


Baseball Poem




This poem by Robert L. Harrison depicts one of the best teams of all times. The 1927 Yankees or "Murderer's Row" were legendary and this poem pays tribute to those magnificent Yanks.

1927 Yankees

by Robert L. Harrison ©

Published: New York Baseball Poems (1999)

Gather 'round you fans of baseball
you lovers of season past,
let me take you back to the greatest team
that ever played on grass.

Guided by Miller Huggins
known as "murderer's row,"
never was such a string of pearls
so feared this side of Hell.

Greedy was this awesome bunch
with Ruth and Gehrig leading the punch,
and Hoyt and Moore on the mound
shooting all the batters down.

Gasping crowds assemble
like sinners in a tent,
watching all the other teams
trying to repent.

God blessed those boys of summer
those pin-striped renegades,
with a winning passion
while others saw only the haze.

Gathering in the rosebuds
by playing excellent ball,
called the "five o'clock lightning"
taking the pennant in the fall.

Gone were any pretenders to the throne
no on stood wherever these Yankees roamed,
twenty-five men made up this team
and all had a year better than their dreams.

1927 Yankees by Robert L. Harrison ©


Fast Facts

Murderer's Row was anchored by Babe Ruth, who hit sixty home runs and batted .356; and Lou Gehrig, who had forty-seven home runs and batted .373.

The team won one-hundred ten games and the other members included: Earle Combs, who hit .356 and led the league in hits, singles and triples; Tony Lazzeri, who hit eighteen home runs and batted .309; and Bob Meusel who hit .337.

This poem is a Baseball Almanac exclusive and appears here with expression written permission from the author.










New Jersey ashkenazic anti-syzygy

(hackensack meadows mix)


for Valeri Larko


    by  Joel Lewis


Smithson gave me clues

not Ginsberg



Bon Jovi




on how to ingest

this zed landscape

& quarry the crystals

beneath the floorboard.


So what do I owe

to Hendrick's Causeway

for my moral development?

Does it matter?

Should I have gone

to a pick-pocket's school

instead of Naropa, back in '81?


The radio is not a solution.

& the pure spring

along Shaler Boulevard

is stained by the leachings

from the firework factory

on Berry's Creek.

My impulse to both

the quotidian and the abstract

has led to a curious gap

between baked potato realism

and overstuffed Frankfurt School hoagies


& maybe I have romanticized

& idealized my geography

& that the comment : "Reading your

poetry is like a guided tour

of New Jersey in a old jalopy!"

is more cautionary prescriptive

than praise song


My brain functions like an interesting sewer

derived from the complex vision

of both Huntz Hall & Curly Howard

& it is hard to explain yourself

when monickered

"Walking Encyclopedia"

when young;

all memorized rivers contain

the silt of annoyance


Tonnelle Avenue

is a damaged ribbon in

shades of off-Sabrett.

The earnest workers

of the Philippine Desiccated Coconut Company

await the Hackensack bus

clutching Statue of Liberty dolls.

The workers are singing a song

of the parkways and the turnpikes

and of anonymous elevators

that take them to their

heated green apartments

in neighborhoods

whose ballrooms and bijous

are turned into body shops.

I give up on

remembering the complete

and perpetual jar of things

& throw my lot in with

head films that watch the landscape.


The moral trace in an average day

equals a squirt of Yoo-Hoo. Remorse,

at best, is the pathology of an

overeducated syntax. Let's

burn down those echoes

and follow the path

of Paterson Plank Road

to its origins

in the zinc mines of Franklin


What does one do with

this enormous gift of time?

----- To become a dreary consumer sponge

or devote a website to equivalents

of nose hair and naval lint?


Call your words "Dark Scouts".

Put on Albert Ayler to explore

& Tangerine Dream just to syrup about

the premises. The new Hoboken street lamps

put a bright color on people's faces

-- does it make us aware of ourselves

as people with specific histories?

or is part of a circuit touched off

by everything we see, hear,

evaluate or want to do.




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