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Odyssey-click to go to website
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.

About the Company:




    Classified Ads---Sales Manager

        Economic Events This Week

            Graneri Books, Tapes, Funeral Today

                From Our Archives—May 24,2000---“damnbroker”

    Fitch: DVI Equipment Securitizations Rating Watch Negative

        European High-Tech Venture Capital Remains Robust in Q1

            Classified Ads---Help Wanted

                News Briefs---

                    Sports Briefs---

                        "Gimme that Wine"

                            This Day in American History

                                Baseball Poem




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Classified Ads---Sales Manager


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I have over 25 years owning an independent leasing company that specialized in truck leasing. Tow trucks, Limos, ambulances, tractors, etc.. Email:


Sales Manager: Pennsauken, NJ.

17 Years Leasing in all capacities from CSR and Collections to National Sales Management and Vice President Vendor Development. Exceptional People Skills. Many industry references.



Sales Manager: Portland, OR. 18+ yrs w/bank leasing company. Supervised 14- 20 sales people. Willing to relocate for the proper position.


Sales Manager: Seattle, WA

Senior level sales professional w/ (20) plus experience in mid market financing & leasing. The last (8) plus years being self employed in middle market brokerage.





Economic Events This Week


 May 25


  Consumer Confidence: May

  Existing-Home Sales: April


  May 26


Durable Goods Orders, April

 New Home Sales: April

 Prices of New Homes: April


  May 27


  Gross Domestic Product,

  1st quarter revised

  Weekly Jobless Claims


  May 28


  Personal Income, April



 May 31

  Memorial Day Holiday



Graneri Books, Tapes, Funeral Today



“There will be an obituary published on Sunday, May 23 in The Home News Tribune ( a Gannett paper out of the New Brunswick area.  My daughter Laurie is a features writer for The Home News and will be writing it.


“ Condolences can be sent to at 


“The funeral home may have something set up, too. Bronson and Guthlein, N. Main St., Milltown, NJ 08850 732-828-0151.  Ask for Gerry or Kathie Guthlein.


“Thank you for your many kindnesses towards Mike.  Bill spoke of you often and you have been a good friend to the Granieri family.  Please keep in touch. “


Melinda Granieri



                  Home News Tribune Obituary



Michael Anthony Granieri, 40, died Wednesday, May 19, 2004, at Raritan Bay Medical Center, Old Bridge Division.


Born in Philadelphia, Pa., he was a lifelong Milltown resident prior to moving to Old Bridge several years ago. He was a graduate of St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, where he lettered in shot put and discus. He was also a graduate of Middlesex County College and The College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College), where he won a gold medal for shot put at the New Jersey Athletic Conference, and bronze medals in shot put and discus at the Eastern College Athletic Conference. He was a golfer, competed on local softball teams and was an avid fan of Philadelphia sports teams.


Mr. Granieri worked in the family business with his father as Vice President of Lease Marketing for Granieri Associates for 15 years, and authored several articles for major leasing publications. He later taught at the Piscataway campus of Middlesex County Vocational and Technical High School, and recently was employed as a court officer for New Brunswick Municipal Court.


Michael always will be remembered as a person with a boyish face and infectious laugh who enjoyed birds, children and gardening. One of his friends said, "When he walks in a room, everyone is happy he entered."


He is predeceased by his father, William, and is survived by his mother, Melinda A. Granieri, and sister, Laurie Anne Granieri, both of Milltown, and brother, William J. of Bedminster.


Calling hours will be 2 p.m.-4 p.m. and 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Monday at Bronson & Guthlein Funeral Home of Milltown, 152 North Main St. A funeral Mass will be 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in St. Bartholomew's R.C. Church in East Brunswick. He will be buried alongside his father at Holy Cross Burial Park in South Brunswick. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to St. Joseph High School may be made in his name.




“I just wanted to express my condolences to the Granieri family on the tragic passing of young Michael. I knew Mike and his Dad very intimately over the past 20 years.


“ I had the good fortune of meeting Bill Granieri while working for Integrity Credit Corporation (later to be Bell Atlantic-Tricon Leasing) in the early 80’s. I was one of the lucky ones who got to be taught by Bill over the years while at Integrity and later with Copelco Capital.


“ We remained good friends over the years. Bill was one of the finest gentlemen you’d ever want to meet. He loved life, the leasing industry and his family above all else. I came to know his son Michael over the years as well. Young Mike was an apprentice in the beginning, learning his father’s trade in the late 80’s.


“I’ll never forget driving his father Bill to a seminar while trying to stuff young Mike (who was a good sized middle-linebacker) into the back seat of my 944 Porsche for a 2 hour ride. Yet, he never complained once about the “sardine routine” for the 4 hour roundtrip.


“Upon Bill’s passing, Mike told me his was going to try and continue his fathers legacy by continuing “top gun” sales training, writing newsletters and selling some of his dad’s books that he had written over the years.


“Mike was very close to his father and took Bill’s passing very hard. Mike would be the first to tell you that he could never replace his father’s charm or his passionate speaking skills. I had the good fortune of staying in touch with Mike over the years, as well as his mother Melinda (who Bill fondly would refer to as “the best closer of the family”).


“Melinda is one of the strongest individuals you’ll ever meet and I know she will continue to be strong in this time of grieving. Although Mike was a “Big Man”, he was a gentle soul. He was a religious person, who was loved by all of those he came to meet.


“You could call Mike even at 10PM at night and ask him to help you structure a transaction. He’d never hesitate to take out his HP and go over the keystrokes of the transaction with you over the phone. He had a big heart and was loved by many.


“ Michael and his father will be sorely missed in the coming years. I know that the books, tapes, and articles will forever remain a piece of leasing industry history. I also know that Bill and Michael are together again, looking down upon those of us who were lucky enough to have known them. I know they are both sharing in (as Bill would often refer to) “a beverage of their choice”. 


 Shawn McGill-

 Highland Capital




Lisa (Rafter, editor,  Monitor Daily) & Kit,

”Like many in our industry, I am saddened by the passing of Mike

”I understand the Granieri "Top Gun" books and audio tapes might still be available and given the family might benefit, I was thinking the three of us should create a link from our web sites to their web site
(assuming they have one), advertising these publications on their

”I would be honored to include such a link (image) from the Lessors

”What are your thoughts and would it be appropriate for one of you to run this by the family?”

John Semon
The Lessors Network


“Thank you all for your kind thoughts regarding Mike.  The books and tapes and everything relating to Granieri Associates are in my possession so there is no will no probate for anything regarding them.  Mike continued to market the tapes and the books we have available.  There are also many additional monographs written by Bill and Mike in my possession.


“You are kind to want to be of assistance.  Although Mike held a new position outside the industry for almost a year, we discovered that he is not entitled to insurance benefits because his anniversary date is July 1, 2004.  He would be so sad to know that this is the case but we will soldier on.


“Thank you for your concern and please keep in touch. “


Melinda Granieri


From Our Archives—May 24,2000---“damnbroker”


Read Rob's overview! ( Rob Yohe on the EAEL-ELA Miami Beach, Florida Conference ) It was very, very good! However, having been in the industry for many years I am afraid I am beginning to hear the "damnbroker" analysis popping up again. If the brokers disappeared this afternoon a number of large companies would go away in a few days. If the funding sources had to go out and hire sales reps to do what the brokers do I think their margins might be even thinner! With the rates we see from the large leasing companies we are forced to compete against we are not getting the cheapest rates in town.


Seems to me the problems currently in our market were mostly driven by some funding sources who got loads of money from securitization and had to put it somewhere. The brokers, who plan to stay in business, adhere to the credit criteria dictated by their funding sources. If the funding sources have competition and decide to lower their credit criteria or their rates to attract more business then they should be big boys and girls and realize what historically happens when you lower credit standards.


Ten years ago when seven of us sat in a hotel restaurant and birthed NAELB it was our desire to prevent fraud and level the playing field between the broker and funding source. I think there has been some success in that area through communication both ways. However, when hard times come why are we brokers always the ones getting beat up?


One thing about our industry, it ain't never dull!


- Adrian


  May 24,2000 Rob Yohe Report EAEL/ELA



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Fitch Places DVI Equipment Securitizations on Rating Watch Negative



Fitch Ratings-Chicago: Fitch Ratings places certain classes of DVI, Inc. equipment transactions on Rating Watch Negative. These rating actions affect classes of notes in eight transactions totaling $964 million in securities. These actions are based on Fitch's review of servicer reports for the period ending April 30, 2004. On March 5, 2004, Fitch took rating actions on various DVI, Inc. equipment transactions. The March 5, 2004 rating actions reflected substantial reductions in expected credit enhancement that would be available to support each class of outstanding securities. Fitch's conservative performance expectations incorporated several stress scenarios, including applying escalating default rates to delinquency buckets and applying stressed recovery rates to both defaulted leases and expected defaults on delinquent lease balances. A review of recent servicer reports indicates that in spite of the conservative expectations applied by Fitch at the time of the March rating actions, actual recovery rates are below expectations. Additionally, actual delinquency rates, particularly later stage delinquencies, are higher than expected and may result in higher than expected default rates.


On Feb. 4, 2004, DVI was terminated as servicer and replaced by US Bank Portfolio Services (USBPS) as successor servicer for each of the securitizations under the terms of each transaction's Contribution and Servicing Agreements. Since the appointment of USBPS, defaults have continued, but the rate of defaults has generally decreased. However certain transactions continue to experience high monthly defaults. Additionally, total delinquencies remain at or near levels prior to the servicing transition and delinquencies over 90 days remain a very high component of total delinquencies. Furthermore, recoveries to date on previously defaulted contracts have been minimal.


Fitch expects to discuss performance trends, recovery expectations and additional information requests with USBPS in the near future. Based on those discussions and review of additional information, Fitch may affirm or downgrade or in the absence of receipt of adequate information withdraw its ratings.


The following eight DVI medical equipment transactions (24 classes; $964 million) of are placed on Rating Watch Negative by Fitch as follows:


DVI Receivables VIII, L.L.C., series 1999-1

--Class A-5 'BBB';

--Class B 'BB';

--Class C 'B';

--Class D 'B-'.


DVI Receivables X, L.L.C., series 1999-2

--Class A-4 'B';

--Class B 'B-'.


DVI Receivables XI, L.L.C., series 2000-1

--Class A-4 'B';

--Class B 'B-'.


DVI Receivables XII, L.L.C., series 2000-2

--Class A-4 'B-'.


DVI Receivables XIV, L.L.C., series 2001-1

--Class A-3 'BB';

--Class A-4 'BB-';

--Class B 'B'.


DVI Receivables XVI, L.L.C., series 2001-2

--Class A-3 and A-4 'BB+';

--Class B 'BB-';

--Class C 'B'.


DVI Receivables XVIII, L.L.C., series 2002-2

--Class A-3A and A-3B 'BB-';

--Class B 'B-'.


DVI Receivables XIX, L.L.C., series 2003-1

--Class A-2A, A-2B, A-3A and A-3B 'B';

--Class B 'B-'.


Contact: Joseph S. Tuczak +1-312-368-2083 or Du Trieu +1-312-368-2091, Chicago.


Media Relations: Sandro Scenga +1-212-908-0278, New York.



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European High-Tech Venture Capital Remains Robust in Q1 2004


Amsterdam, The Netherlands (PRWEB–- Venture capital figures for the first quarter of 2004 revealed that investments in European technology companies are still on the rise. According to Tornado Insider Research’s deals database, 193 fundings were secured in Europe, amounting to a total of €837 million in venture capital investment in Q1 2004. This figure represented an 8% incline compared to the €774 million raised in the strong last quarter of 2003, continuing the upward trend that began in early 2003. In Q1 2004, companies in the Biotechnology & Healthcare space again attracted the most funding, while Communications investments rebounded to rank second. The average deal size, meanwhile, climbed almost 6% to €4.3 million. 307 investors were active in the European technology arena, 27 more than in Q4 2003.


The robust figures for Q1 2004 were largely the result of an impressive start in January, with 70 technology companies pulling in €311 million. In February, both the number of deals (54) and the amount invested (€280 million) plunged significantly. March showed a surge in investment activity (69 deals), although the amount of funding again decreased to €246 million.


“Our recently launched report on European venture capital trends of the past four years revealed strong stabilization of the market in 2003” said Niels Valkering, Head of Research at Tornado Insider. “We expected the revival of the industry to hold strong in 2004. That Q1 2004 outperformed the previous quarter by this extent is surprising, since first quarter figures on venture capital investment are notoriously low. This is yet another sign of the health of the current market.”


Sector breakdown: Biotechnology & Healthcare leads… but is losing ground


The boom in Biotechnology & Healthcare funding cooled considerably in Q1 2004. Although the reported €263 million was the largest sum raised by any industry in Tornado Insider’s database, it represented a 23% drop compared to the previous quarter and its contribution to total funding decreased to 31% – versus 44% in Q4 2003. Noteworthy was that the number of Biotechnology & Healthcare investments in Q1 2004 (57) ranked highest of all industries. This breaks a series of 13 successive quarters where Software scored the highest number of deals (Q3 2000 reported more Internet investments than Software investments). Moreover, Software dropped to the third rank for amount raised (€163 million), surpassed by Communications (€185 million, a 109% increase compared to Q4 2003). After plummeting to a mere 11% in Q4 2003, Communications investment rebounded to 22% of total funding in Q1 2004. Additionally, investors are finally warming up to Energy & Agriculture investments (4 deals totaling €33 million; 4% of total funding in Q1 2004), an industry seeing a slow but steady increase in funding over the past years.


Country breakdown: Strong performance in France, Ireland and Spain


The United Kingdom once again attracted the most venture capital in Europe in Q1, although a moderate decline of 3% was recorded compared to Q4 2003. The €263 million raised by 58 technology companies in the UK accounted for 32% of all technology deals in Europe (35% in Q4 2003). France more than doubled its investment to €152 million in Q1 2004 (31 deals), representing 18% of total funding and placing it second. Germany came third, dropping one rank, but still showing an increase of 10% with €125 million. Best of the rest was Switzerland (20% drop to €54 million), while Ireland climbed up to fifth place with a 172% increase compared to Q4 2003 (€48 million raised by 13 companies). Tripling its investment in Q1 2004, Austria cracked the top 10, ranking sixth with 8 deals totaling €42 million. Spain (twelfth on the list) secured €13.6 million (11 deals), up from €2.9 million (5 deals). Scandinavian technology investments, meanwhile, faced a strong decrease compared to Q4 2003. Denmark dropped 6 places and 71% to ninth spot, while Sweden came in eighth with €29 million, representing a 42% decline.


Stage breakdown: Recovery in early-stage investments


The upturn in seed and first round investment that started halfway 2003 persisted during the first quarter of this year. Q1 2004 saw 39 seed and first round deals – an increase of 1% compared to the previous quarter. This number represented 20.2% of the total number of investments for the quarter, up from 19.8% in Q4 2003 and 19.1% in Q3 2003. Total funding for these rounds amounted to €135 million, an increase of 9% compared to Q4 2003. This level of funding represented 16.2% of overall Q1 2004 investment – up from 14.8% in Q4 2003 and 12.8% in Q3 2003.


Markets drivers: Exit climate continues surge

Q1 2004 saw an encouraging exit climate, with high-profile listings such as Cambridge Silicon Radio* and Opera Software*, and numerous announcements of IPO plans. The IPO window quickly clouded as stock market weakness cooled investor appetite for new paper. Expectations for IPOs in 2004 have since dimmed, with any recovery now unlikely before the second half of 2004, or even 2005. The M&A market, meanwhile, has proved a more reliable exit for investors, with venture-backed startups such as Kelkoo, Magic4*, Webwasher*, and SuSE Linux* all being acquired for notable sums by NASDAQ-listed companies. This supports the increase in early-stage investing, as investors are enabled to free up time and resources to source new quality deals. "The lack of a vibrant IPO market still dogs investors," says Timothy Weeks, senior editor of Tornado Insider, "but the recent burst of M&A activity in Europe's tech sector can't help but boost VC morale."

* Tornado100 companies




About Tornado Insider


Founded in 1999, Tornado Insider is the only true pan-European technology media company serving the technology industry, providing entrepreneurs, investors, service providers and other participants with a single-source view of high-tech Europe featuring primary research, editorial coverage, startup awards and events. Core to all of Tornado Insider’s activities is the most extensive database available – focused on European private technology companies, their funding deals and key decision makers. Through its products and services Tornado Insider offers valuable insight into the technology trends in Europe, its investment climate, as well as qualified sales leads, competitive intelligence, and support for due diligence activities.


More information on venture capital deals in Europe can be requested for via the contact below, or on


For additional information, please contact:


Tornado Insider:


Ruud Kaitjily

Tel:    +31 20 462 1942

Fax:    +31 20 462 1961



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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.
or e-mail:

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





Odyssey-click to go to website
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.

About the Company:



Sales: Established 20-year full service lessor seeks sales professional in small or mid ticket markets. Earn high commissions, with benefits.

About the Company:


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“Gimme that Wine”


   Grand Award-Winner in Houston to Close After 25 Years-Selling Off His Wine—Some bargains, they say.,1145,2482,00.html

(This was a great restaurant.  The chef/owner was a member of the

Chaine des Rotisseurs.  When I visited, he not only welcomed us,

but made some special entrees ( at no charge.)  He had a very good

wine list as I remember.  An “old style” type restaurant.


The Annual Wine Country Issue of the “Wine Spectator” is out.  It

has a great issue on Napa Valley, and some of the secrets are now

out, such as Bistro Jeanty and Martini House.  I had recommended

Bistro Jeanty to Bruce Laurie of Nassau for his wife’s birthday ( he

took her to Napa Valley.)  The foot was very good and not exensive,

but what he liked best was they were seated next to Robert Redford

and his party.  This is a great issue, and if you don’t subscribe, you

should look for it in magazine racks to save should you visit the



Taylor Fladgate to Release Old-Vine Ports from Vargellas,1145,2480,00.html



New Meritage Wine/International wine merger announced



This Day in American History


May 24, 1933 Michael White Birthday  (Jazz violinist, often plays

  with John Handy, my late father’s favorite modern jazz group,

  who he met when they were both teaching at San Francisco State


    1816-birthday of Emanuel Leutze, obscure itinerant painter, born at Wurttemberg, Germany, came to the US when he was nine years old, began painting by age 15.  Painted some of the most famous of American scenes, such as “Washington Crossing the Delaware, “ Washington Rallying the Troops at Monmouth” and Columbus Before the Queen.” Died July 18,1868, at Washington, DC. Painting all by his imagination.  “Washington did indeed cross the Delaware, but not in the dramatic and elegant style depicted in Emanuel Leutze’s famous painting, “as stated in Richard Shenkman’s “Legends, Lies & Cherished Myths of American History.” “Washington probably wasn’t standing, or course; that would have been, as one writer plainly put it, “stupid.” And Washington probably wasn’t quite as impassive as Leutze portrays him(One is reminded of all those pictures which show Washington quietly atop his horse with bullets whirring speedily round him. As one critic commented, at times, his horse seems more active than the general himself.) Furthermore, the American flag probably wasn’t flying; while the flay was in existence at this time, it hadn’t been yet adopted by Congress ( and there were many versions ),. Finally, Washington’s boat probably wasn’t filled to capacity; there wouldn’t have been any need for crowding. Boats there were aplenty; it was men who were in short supply.”  Historian Ann Hawks Hutton contends that Leutze, a German, painted the picture primarily to stir up Germans.  Leutze, she says, hoped that bye celebrating the American Revolution, he could help bring about revolution in Germany, where he painted the picture.  He had returned to Germany where he painted many of these pictures where the conservative governments had recently crushed the Revolution of 1848.

    1749--birthday of James Peale, American portrait and miniature painter( painted portraits of George and Martha Washington and General Sir Thomas Shirley)

Died May 24,1831, Philadelphia, PA.

    1844-The first US Telegraph line was formally opened between Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, D.C.  Samuel F.B. Morse sent the first officially telegraphed words "What hath God wrought?" from the Capitol Building to Baltimore.  Earlier messages had been sent along the historic line during testing, and one sent May 1, contained the news that Henry Clay had been nominated as president by the Whig party, from a meeting in Baltimore.  The message reached Washington one hour prior to a train carrying the same news.

    1862-the Union Army made use of the new communication device call

the telegraphy.  The first use was in the Peninsula campaign, when a wire several miles long extended from the headquarters of General George Brinton McClellan near Williamsport, VA, to an advance guard at Mechancsville, VA, commanded by General George Stoneman, chief of cavalry in the Army of the Potomac. McClellan was an idiot and had no idea what he was doing and the telegraph seemed to confuse the cavalry even more, who were used to moving quickly,

responding to events, but laying down wire and waiting for instructions due

to the reliance on this telegraph invention, cost many Union lives.  The cavalry

once mobile, waited to hear orders from McClellan, who was out to lunch.

    1869-the first exploration of the Grand Canyon of the Colorado by a white man was made by Major John Wesley Power, above the head of the Colorado River, emerging on August 29 with five of the nine men who had started with him.  The Grand Canyon had been observed by Spanish explorers in 1540 and described by the Sitgreaves expedition in 1851.

    1883- nearly 14 years in construction, the $16 million Brooklyn Bridge over the East River opened. Designed by John A. Roebling, the steel suspension bridge has a span of 1,595 feet.

    1889—the Johnstown Flood, actually occurring on May 31st, but this week the Johnstown Flood Museum, Johnston,PA recreates the catastrophe in which 2,209 people died, tens of thousands were left homeless and a prospering city was left a wasteland.  The Johnstown Flood” documentary, winner of Best Documentary Short Subject in 1898, will be shown hourly.

    1893-The anti-Saloon League was founded by Howard H. Russell at Oberlin, OH. Efforts in that state were so successful that the Anti-Saloon League of America was organized in 1895. The League’s permanent home become Otterbein College at Westerville,OH, in 1909.  The ban on alcohol products, called the Prohibition Era, actually worked.

There were less deaths by alcohol recorded

at hospitals, less drunk drivers, and statistic record a major decline in drinking.

The crime empires of Al Capone and others in this era were established before

prohibition.  Incidentally, there were many country clubs and night clubs who

had a large legal supply, as the law was against production and did not apply

to what was already purchased and stored.

    1918-The Croix de Guerre was award to African-American in the American Army, Private Henry Johnson, 369th Infantry, 93rd Division, with the following citation: “Being on double sentry duty at night, was attacked by twelve Germans.  He shot one and seriously wounded two others with his bayonet. Even though he had been three times sounded at the beginning of the action by revolver bullets and grenades, he went to the assistance of his wounded comrade, who was about to be carried off by the enemy, and continued the combat until the put the Germans to flight.  It was a splendid example of courage and energy.”

    1928-In a game between the Philadelphia Athletics and the New York Yankees, 13 future members of the Baseball Hall of Fame took the field. Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, Mickey Cochrane, Al Simmons, Eddie Collins Lefty Grove and Jimmie Foxx played for the Athletics.  Earle Combs, Leo Durocher, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Tony Lazzeri and Waite Hoyt played for the Yankees. In addition, the two managers: Connie Mack and Miller Huggins, are also Hall of Famers.

    1933 -- Jimmie Rodgers, knowing he only has a few days left to live, records 12 of the 24 songs for his last album. "Tea for Texass, Tea for Thelma, Tea for Ice-Tea, gonna be the death of me..."— Jimmie Rodgers (1897 - 1933)

    1933 Michael White Birthday  (Jazz violinist, often plays

  with John Handy, my late father’s favorite modern jazz group,

  who he met when they were both teaching at San Francisco State


    1935- the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Philadelphia Phillies by a score of 2—1, as more than 20,000 fans enjoyed the first night baseball game in the major leagues. The game was played at Crosley Field, Cincinnati, OH.  By the way,

the game was to have been previously held the night before, but rain cancelled

the event.

    1938—birthday of singer Prince Buster, Kinston, Jamaica

    1941 – birthday of Bob Dylan (Robert Allen Zimmerman) , born Duluth, MN. (Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter: Gotta Serve Somebody [1980]; Like a Rolling Stone, Lay Lady Lay, Positively 4th Street, Rainy Day Women #12 & 35, Hurricane [Part 1]; actor: Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid, Renaldo and Clara [w/Joan Baez]; inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame [1988]; received Grammy's Lifetime Achievement Award [1991]; 1991 Golden Globe and Academy Award for song "Things Have Changed" from 2000 film "Wonder Boys")

    1944-Birthday of singer Patti LaBell, Philadelphia, PA.    

    1944---Top Hits

Long Ago and Far Away - Helen Forrest & Dick Haymes

San Fernando Valley - Bing Crosby

I’ll Get By - The Harry James Orchestra (vocal: Dick Haymes)

Straighten Up and Fly Right - King Cole Trio

    1945- Food-O-Mat was installed in the Grand Union Company store in Carlstadt, NF.  It was invented by Lansing Peter Shield. The patented merchandise display fixture operated on a gravity-fee, rear-load principle. Stockmen working behind the unit placed cans, jars, and packages on inclined runways with the labels upright The items reached the shopper with the brand name uppermost. As the customer picked out an item, another slid in place by gravity. 

    1950 - ‘Sweetwater’ (Nat) Clifton’s contract was purchased by the New York Knicks. Sweetwater played for the Harlem Globetrotters. He was the first African-American player in the NBA.

    1952---Top Hits

Kiss of Fire - Georgia Gibbs

Blue Tango - The Leroy Anderson Orchestra

Be Anything - Eddy Howard

The Wild Side of Life - Hank Thompson

    1953 - A previously unknown actor, Rod Steiger, starred in "Marty" on the "Goodyear Playhouse". Paddy Chayefsky wrote the original TV play and then adapted it for the Oscar-winning film,+Rod

    1960---Top Hits

Cathy’s Clown - The Everly Brothers

Good Timin’ - Jimmy Jones

Cradle of Love - Johnny Preston

Please Help Me, I’m Falling - Hank Locklin

    1962- Aurora 7 Mercury Space Capsule.  With this launch Scott Carpenter became  the second American to orbit Earth, circling it three times.

    1964-The Beatles' 3rd appearance on Ed Sullivan

    1966- Leontyne Price, world renowned opera singer, opens Metropolitan

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    1968---Top Hits

Tighten Up - Archie Bell & The Drells

Mrs. Robinson - Simon & Garfunkel

A Beautiful Morning - The Rascals

I Wanna Live - Glen Campbell

    1969 - The Beatles hit number one with "Get Back". The song was at the top for over five weeks.

    1970-New Musical Express reports the Beatles' "Let it Be" has set a new record for intial U.S. sales, with 3.7 million advance orders. The album goes gold within days of its release.

    1972-the method of determining won-lost percentage changed in the NFL.  Tie games, previously not counted in the standings, were made equal to a half-game won and a half-game lost.

    1974 – The last “Dean Martin “ TV show as broadcast.  It  lasted nine years with little or no rehearsal time with its star, who ironically said he was looking forward to not working so hard and going back to Las Vegas, the town that he loved. He returned to television, hosting Celebrity Roasts.

    1975-For the second show in a row, the Beach Boys, on tour with Chicago, literally have the place jumping. The second level at the Oakland Coliseum is noticeable shaking in footage taken by a local news crew; the concert the day before at Anaheim Stadium caused the mezzanine to vibrate as much as eighteen inches.

    1976---Top Hits

Silly Love Songs - Wings

Love Hangover - Diana Ross

Fooled Around and Fell in Love - Elvin Bishop

After All the Good is Gone - Conway Twitty

    1981-Bobby Unser finished first in the Indianapolis 500, but after the race was over, the stewards penalized him one lap for passing cars illegally under the yellow caution flag. The penalty vaulted Mario Andretti into first place, but Unser, and Roger Penske, owner of Unser’s car, appealed the stewards’ decision to the United States auto Club.  Four months later, USAC ruled that Unser was guilty but that the punishment was too severe. The lap penalty was replaced by a $40,000 fine, and Unser recovered the championship.

    1982-A benefit concert for the Vietnam Veterans Project is held in San Francisco's Moscone Center, where the Jefferson Starship, Grateful Dead, Boz Scaggs and Country Joe McDonald appear. They raise about $175,000.

    1984---Top Hits

Hello - Lionel Richie

Let’s Hear It for the Boy - Deniece Williams

Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper

To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before - Julio Iglesias & Willie Nelson

    1986 – The Montreal Canadiens defeated the Calgary Flames, 4-3, to win the Stanley Cup, four games to one. For the Canadiens, it was their 23rd title, putting them one major-league championship ahead of the New York Yankees and their 22 world Series titles.  Montreal won another Stanley Cup in 1993.

    1986 - Whitney Houston’s "Greatest Love of All” climbed to the top and stayed there for three weeks.

    1988 - Thunderstorms produced severe weather in the southeastern U.S. Thunderstorm winds gusted to 88 mph at Columbia, NC. Baseball size hail was reported near Tifton GA.

    1990 - Severe thunderstorms spawned two dozen tornadoes from Montana to Oklahoma. Four tornadoes carved a 109-mile path across central Kansas. The third of the four tornadoes blew 88 cars of an 125-car train off the track, stacking them three to four cars high in some cases, and the fourth tornado caused 3.9 million dollars damage. The third tornado injured six persons who were trying to escape in vehicles. A woman was "sucked out" of a truck and said that at one time she was "airborne, trying to run but my feet wouldn't touch the ground". She also saw a live deer "flying through the air"

    1994---Top Hits

I Swear- All-4-One

I’ll Remember (From "With Honors")- Madonna

The Sign- Ace Of Base

The Most Beautiful Girl In The World-The Artist

    1994- In a game against Milwaukee, Cal Ripken hits his 300th career home run.

    1999---Top Hits

Livin La Vida Loca- Ricky Martin

No Scrubs- TLC

Kiss Me- Sixpence None The Richer

Fortunate- Maxwell

    2000 Shawn Estes pitches a seven-hitter and becomes the first Giants pitcher in 51 years (Monte Kennedy-1949) to hit a grand slam en route to handing the Expos their worst defeat in franchise history, 18-0. The San Bernardino native just misses joining Tony Cloninger as the only major league pitcher to hit two slams in a game.

    2000- Mark McGwire becomes the fastest player to hit 20 home runs in one season reaching the mark in 35 games, six less than Mickey Mantle (1956) and his own record (1998).

    2000- Sixteen Dodgers' players and three coaches are suspended by the commissioner's

office for going into the stands during the Wrigley Field scuffle with fans on May 16. The suspensions totaling 60 games for players and 24 games for coaches is the harshest penalty ever handed down by major league baseball.

    2001 -Cincinnati is shut out as Cubs' starter Jon Lieber one-hits the Reds, 3-0. The span of 208 of games without being blanked establishes a new National League record with the 1931-33 Yankees (308) and the 1978-79 Milwaukee Brewers (212) being the only teams with longer streaks.



Stanley Cup Champions This Date


1980  New York Islanders

1986 Montreal Canadiens

1990 Edmonton Oilers




Baseball Poems


#  1


by  Brendan Awerbach


Baseball is a game,  It has a Hall of Fame.

In Cooperstown, it's there, Getting in is so rare.


Baseball! Doubleday is the father of the game we know,

Or is it really so.

Playing in the late 1800's, 

In front of crowds that were smaller then a hundred.

Baseball started in a very small way,

People needed to know how to play.


By the 1920's after the Black Sox scandal,

Baseball was changing and people started to get the handle.


The Yankees of the 30's and 40's started to create quite a sensation,

as baseball fever gripped the eastern part of the nation.


Ruth, Gehrig, Cobb, Johnson and Young all became the names of the day,

They would be the first to be in the Hall of Fame in a great way.


Baseball from the late 30's to the mid 40's took a back seat to the war,

but in the late 40's and 50's came back with roar.


A new generation of players were around,

Led by Feller, DiMaggio, Williams and Snyder, the stars seemed to abound.


The 60's and 70's gave us more greats,

Koufax, Yastremski, Mays, Aaron, Mantle and Maris,

Baseball was known and played from the US to Paris.


As we entered the 80' and 90's, more stars came around,

Griffey, Ripken, Mcquire, Jackson, Ryan and Smoltz , all are the players that will astound.


The Hall of Fame is where all the greats are enshrined,

To hear their stories and tales can take a lotta time.

To understand baseball is not very tough,

And if you love the game, you can never get enough.







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