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Accounting: 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.





    Classified Ads---Sr. Credit Officer/Sr. Management

        From Our Archives---May 25,2001    Total Funding Grows----

            Cartoon---Calvin and Hobbs on Equipment Leasing

                Fitch: Equipment Leasing Again ABS Upgrade Brigade

  Report Shows New Business Volume Up—with Graphs

      GE Commercial Fin. $2 Billion in Assets from Boeing Capital

          CIT Small Business Lending Receives Award During SBA Expo '04

    Swanton New managing director of Sovereign Bank Equipment Leasing

        News Briefs---

            Sports Brief----

                “Gimme that Wine”

                    This Day in American History

                        Baseball Poem




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Classified Ads---Senior Credit Officer/Senior Management


Senior Credit Officer: experienced in middle- market leasing; structured, vendor and 3rd party to the fortune 1000. Proactive team builder, originations capable with strong work ethic.



Senior Management: Baltimore, MD

25 year veteran of commercial and equipment leasing seeking a senior management position with leasing or asset based financing company in the southeast (Florida preferred)




Senior Management: Denver, CO. Fortune 500 GM/SVP wants to team up with aggressive lender looking for Western expansion mid-market equip. finance/leasing. 20+ years experience within Rocky Mountain/ Southwest and Ca markets.



Senior management: Hope, NJ.

25 years in optimizing call center operations, collections, billing, and back end revenue generation. Experienced in $7 + billion dollar portfolios. Verifiable achievements.



Senior Management: Irvine, CA.

Credit executive, portfolio manager and syndication facilitator. Extensive business building experience in small and mid-ticket operations. Highly innovative. Fortune 100 audit and technology skills. Bottom-line manager.



Senior Management: Long Island, NY

Degree Banking/Finance. 13 years leasing exp. Now prez young leasing company where promises were not met. Interested in joining established firm with future. Email:



Senior Management: New York, NY, NJ, Ct Tri-State

Top Exec. middle and big ticket, top skills treasury,funding, ops,transaction detail, syndication, ready to max profit, help build quality operation. right now!



Senior Management: Portfolio Management Consultant; 25+years experience in Collections, Customer Satisfaction, Asset Management, Recoveries, Continuous Process Improvement, Back end Revenue Generation, Cost per Collection Analysis. $5+Billion Portfolio expertise.



Senior Management: San Francisco, CA., 25 years experience w/global leasing company, sales,marketing,business dev., P&L responsibility, asset mgmt, brokering and re- marketing. Interested in joining an est. firm with a future.


Senior Management: Somerville, NJ.

28 year veteran in Construction Equipment/ Transportation.

Full P&L responsibility, profit driven, team builder, sales manager, strong portfolio management skills. Will consider relocation.



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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.


From Our Archives---May 25,2001    Total Funding Grows----


 “Corona America Financial a small leasing company in Southern California, reportedly purchased by Alan Collier is the president. Corona America Financial president, Jack Winsten did work at SDI  Capital, before opening this company about a year ago. It was at this time that SDI Capital announced that it was no longer accepting broker business. Alan Collier was a lease broker before he founded Total Funding in 1999.


“Winsten is bringing his group of nine to Total Funding's reported group of  13.


“It is unconfirmed at this time, but Leasing News is told Bob Quigley will become the new president of the merged company and the name Total Funding is to be the ‘survivor.’


 “Stanley Daniels and Scott Daniels have not returned multiple telephone calls to confirm

or deny the sale of their company. It is reported by an "ex-employee" that Alan Collier

has been actively looking at SDI Capital's ‘assets.’"


(Note: All are back in the equipment leasing business, except Alan Collier

whereabouts are unknown.  If you know where he is located, please have

him contact Leasing News. editor )





Cartoon---Calvin and Hobbs on Equipment Leasing




The link  below will allow you to print the cartoon on legal paper, producing

a larger cartoon which is easier to read.  You can also put it on a bulletin board.


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 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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Fitch: Equipment Leasing Again Leads U.S. Term ABS Upgrade Brigade



NEW YORK----The trend of increasing upgrades in the U.S. term asset-backed securities sector continued as expected in April. According to Fitch Ratings in its latest term ABS Credit Action Report (CAR). Fitch reported eight ABS upgrades for the month of April, all of which came from the equipment leasing sector.


   'With seventeen of the 22 total ABS upgrades in the last two months, collateral performance and credit enhancement levels in equipment leasing have rebounded as business spending patterns and economic conditions have improved,' said Kevin D'Albert, Director, Fitch Ratings. 'The positive developments in equipment leasing are emblematic of both consumers and businesses benefiting from stronger, more robust economic conditions overall.'


   Meanwhile, aircraft ABS, despite showing slightly improved fundamentals, remains under pressure and weak by historical standards as it accounted for twelve of the thirteen total ABS downgrades for April. With impaired lease rates and cash flows the primary impetus for the rating downgrades, Fitch expects that these conditions will continue for the foreseeable future.


   Despite aircraft ABS' poor showing, the number of downgrades in April decelerated to thirteen from 59 in March. 'Fitch sees the overall pace of negative rating actions continuing to moderate into the second half of 2004,' said D'Albert.


   The term ABS CARs also list current presale reports and gives details about other ABS credit research, encompassing consumer ABS subsectors such as the auto loans and leases, credit card, student loans, recreational vehicle loans and time share receivables, along with commercial-related assets including aircraft, equipment, franchise loan, dealer floor plan, rental car, health care, small business loan and tobacco settlements.


   'Term ABS Credit Action Report: April 2004' is available on the Fitch Ratings web site at ''.


CONTACT:Fitch Ratings Kevin D'Albert, 212-908-0823 Chris Mrazek, 212-908-0667 (New York) Media Relations: Sandro Scenga, 212-908-0278 (New York)



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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.


Equipment Leasing Industry Quarterly Report Shows New Business Volume Up in 1st Quarter 2004


  (Note: These are from 18 ELA members as noted at the end of the press release who

participated in the survey. editor)





Arlington, Virginia – – The Equipment Leasing Association’s (ELA) 1Q 2004 Performance Indicators Report (PIR) shows new business volume grew by 0.2 percent when compared to the 1Q 2003. Total net portfolio increased by 3.2 percent.

Other 1Q 2004 PIR Findings:



*Total number of employees declined 6.08 percent as companies continue to increase productivity per employee.




*Credit approval ratios are up significantly compared to the same quarter last year.



*Average losses increased by 10 basis points when compared to the previous year.



*Lease payments on-time (under 30 days) decreased slightly when compared to 1Q 2003 by 10 basis points.



“All the key metrics are showing positive signs,” said Ralph Petta, Vice President of Industry Services for ELA. “The results show that flat new business volume, higher net portfolios, stable charge-offs, and higher credit approval ratios summarize the first quarter 2004 Performance Indicator Report.”



The PIR study is conducted quarterly by ELA, which provides a variety of data, including customized market analyses, to ELA members and organizations involved in the $218 billion equipment leasing industry. The survey is conducted among approximately 20 major leasing companies on a quarterly basis, affording trend analysis across all major performance areas. Because the same companies were tracked and used in the analysis, the PIR provides fairly reliable trend analysis. Each illustration reflects the data provided by those companies responding to that particular question. Typically, not every company polled responds to every question.


About ELA

Organized in 1961, the Equipment Leasing Association (ELA) is the premier non-profit association representing companies involved in the dynamic equipment leasing and finance industry to the business community, government and media. As the voice of the leasing industry, ELA promotes the estimated $218 billion industry as a major source of funds for capital investment in the United States and abroad. Headquartered in Arlington, Va., ELA has more than 800 member companies and a staff of 25 professionals. For more information on ELA, please visit


Participants in the 1st quarter 2004 Performance Indicators Report


ADP Credit Corporation

Amsouth Leasing Corporation

Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation

Computer Sales International, Inc.

De Lage Landen Financial Services

Farm Credit Leasing Services Corporation

First Americam Equipment Finance

Fleet Capital Leasing

GreatAmerica Leasing

Hitachi Credit America Corporation

John Deere Credit Corporation

JP Morgan Leasing Inc.

Key Equipment Finance

LaSalle National Leasing Corporation

Siemens Financial

U.S. Bancorp Leasing & Financial

Verizon Credit, Inc

Wells Fargo Equipment Finance




Amy J. Holmes, CAE


Phone Number: 703-516-8267




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GE Commercial Finance to Acquire $2 Billion in Assets from Boeing Capital



STAMFORD, Conn. & SEATTLE----GE Commercial Finance, the business-to-business financial services unit of General Electric (NYSE:GE), today agreed to purchase approximately $2 billion in assets from Boeing Capital Corporation.


   The agreement is subject to normal regulatory review and expected to close in the second quarter of 2004.


   The acquisition by GE Commercial Finance includes secured loans as well as financing and operating leases on various kinds of equipment, such as trucks, manufacturing equipment, corporate aircraft and marine vessels. The assets, most of which are in the United States, will be folded into units of GE Commercial Finance that handle equipment, transportation and energy financing and leasing.


   "This agreement brings us over 170 customers, and we look forward to doing a terrific job for them," said Mike Neal, president and CEO, GE Commercial Finance. "The acquisition of a seasoned, balanced equipment portfolio is very much in line with our growth plans for 2004."


   Boeing Capital President Walt Skowronski said: "We are extremely pleased with the outcome of the transaction with GE Commercial Finance. This further advances our strategic priority to support the sale of Boeing products and services by arranging, structuring or providing financing. While the commercial finance business has been a solid contributor to our success, we believe it will be better positioned for growth within the GE Commercial Finance portfolio."


   GE Commercial Finance is one of General Electric's largest "growth engines." With lending products, growth capital, revolving lines of credit, equipment leasing of every kind, cash flow programs, asset financing, expertise in the middle market segment and more, GE Commercial Finance plays a key role for client businesses in 35 countries. This includes healthcare, manufacturing, communications, construction, energy, aviation, motor vehicle fleets, infrastructure and equipment, as well as many other industries. GE Commercial Finance has assets of over US$220 billion and is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, USA. General Electric (NYSE:GE) is a diversified technology, media and financial services company dedicated to creating products that make life better.


   Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Boeing Capital Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company. Boeing is the world's leading aerospace company, with 2003 revenues of $52 billion and more than 155,000 employees worldwide.


CONTACT:GE Commercial Finance John Oliver, 203-357-4346 Mobile: 203-984-7757 or Boeing Capital Corp. Russ Young, 425-393-1534



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CIT Small Business Lending Receives Small Business Export Lender of the Year Award

During SBA Expo '04


    LIVINGSTON, N.J., / -- CIT Small Business

Lending Corporation, the nation's No. 1 SBA lender for the past four years and

a subsidiary of CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT), was honored as "Small Business

Export Lender of the Year" during the Small Business Administration Expo '04:

Celebrating National Small Business Week, May 19-21, 2004 in Orlando, Florida.

    The Export Lender Award is given annually to SBA lenders who have provided

a significant number of loans over the course of the five preceding years

using the SBA's Export Working Capital and Export Express programs.  In

addition to number of loans, loan performance is considered as part of the

selection process.

    Chris Kwiatkowski, regional sales vice president for CIT Small Business

Lending, accepted the award on CIT's behalf.

    "CIT recognizes that small business exporters contribute to the nation's

economic success, and is dedicated to providing the financing that these

businesses need to grow and succeed," said John Canning, president of CIT

Small Business Lending.  "The Export Lender Award recognizes our commitment to

small exporting firms and their role in the global marketplace."


    About CIT Small Business Lending Corporation

    CIT Small Business Lending Corporation offers Small Business

Administration (SBA) loans to finance business acquisitions, owner-occupied

real estate purchases and franchise start-ups through a network of field

representatives. The nation's No.1 SBA lender, CIT Small Business Lending has

been designated a "Preferred Lender" by the SBA and can provide quick credit

decisions and loan closings. The company's website and online SBA loan

application are located at


    About CIT

    CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT), a leading commercial and consumer finance

company, provides clients with financing and leasing products and advisory

services.  Founded in 1908, CIT has nearly $50 billion in assets under

management and possesses the financial resources, industry expertise and

product knowledge to serve the needs of clients across approximately 30

industries.  CIT, a Fortune 500 company, holds leading positions in vendor

financing, U.S. factoring, equipment and transportation financing, Small

Business Administration loans, and asset-based and credit-secured lending.

CIT, with its principal offices in Livingston, New Jersey and New York City,

has approximately 6,000 employees in locations throughout North America,

Europe, Latin and South America, and the Pacific Rim.  For more information,



SOURCE  CIT Small Business Lending Corporation



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Sovereign Bank Expands Services for Commercial Clients


Boston, Mass.  – Sovereign Bank today announced that J. Christopher Swanton has been appointed managing director of Equipment Leasing. Based in Boston, Swanton is responsible for the development of a new business line serving middle market and large corporate clients throughout Sovereign’s footprint. The business line will provide products and services that can be utilized by companies to finance a wide variety of transportation assets, manufacturing equipment, production lines and facilities.


“The addition of a mid- and large-equipment leasing capability will enhance our product offerings to commercial clients and further strengthen our position in the marketplace,” said Joseph P. Campanelli, vice chairman of Sovereign Bank. “Chris’ experience from more than 25 years in the equipment leasing and structured finance industry will enable us to provide clients with a sophisticated leasing product that can meet their individual capital equipment needs, tax position and operational requirements.” He added, “this will complement the existing small ticket leasing programs which are offered by our Network Leasing division.”


Swanton previously served as managing director of leasing and structured finance at 42 North Structured Finance and Key Global Finance. Prior to that he spent fifteen years in the equipment leasing business for Bank of New England and BTM Capital.


Swanton holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Babson College. He resides in Winchester, Mass., with his wife and three children.


Sovereign Bancorp, Inc., ("Sovereign") (NYSE: SOV), headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the parent company of Sovereign Bank, a $47 billion financial institution with 535 community banking offices, nearly 1,000 ATMs and about 8,300 team members in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. In addition to full-service retail banking, Sovereign offers a broad array of financial services and products including business and corporate banking, cash management, capital markets, trust and wealth management, and insurance. Pro forma for our pending acquisitions, Sovereign is one of the top 20 largest banking institutions in the United States. For more information on Sovereign Bank, visit or call 1-877-SOV-BANK.



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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:


News Briefs---


Saudi oil minister says $30-$34 per barrel is 'fair' price for oil


N.Y. Attorney General Sues Ex-NYSE Head


Economists expect slight rise in rates


Boeing's big dream/7E7



Best news in the war on spam: phishing


Hanging Up on Do-Not-Call Violators


Most-Stolen Vehicles of 2003


Cisco Unveils Long-Awaited `core' Route


After 'Idol,' Straining for a High Note


Who will win American Idol Next Tuesday?



Sports Brief---


You heard it hear first last week,  Oakland Raiders to sign Quitter Quarterback Kerry Collins. It was a three year contract. Inside sources say  38 year old Rich Gannon, the league's MVP in 2002, was limited to seven games last season due to injury is out.  Gannon has said early in the season he would not accept a pay cut.


``I've been one that's more than happy to restructure and to do whatever I can to help the team in terms of the cap,'' Gannon said two days after last season ended. ``But if they ask me to take a penny less, I'd say no. I think I earn everything I make.''

Gannon, whose NFL career began in 1987, is due to make $7 million next season.

Although Gannon's shoulder seems to have healed, according to several

newspaper reports, it is predicted the Raiders will cut him June 1, when it would soften their salary-cap hit for next season. If he leaves voluntarily before that date,

he will take a pay cut. It’s too late for a number one job, and watch Gannon as

to wait as Steve Young did to the S.F. 49ers.  Manager Partner Al Davis let coach Jon Gruden go over money ( he was paying him less than a million.)  Talk about a dysfunctional team!!!!





“Gimme that Wine”


U.S. Supreme Court to Address Wine-Shipping Controversy,1145,2483,00.html


Market forces, finances press smaller operations into mergers


Texas' Newest Winery Makes You the Winemaker


The Napa Valley Vintners square off with the Central Valley's Bronco Wines over what defines a 'Napa' wine



Wine & vindaloo (Indian Food)


Wines of Long Island



Beringer has been marketing wine with labels now in Spanish, plus
promoting it's new lo carb wine, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Grigio. They are also
marketing a product for senior citizens from a new hybrid grape that  acts as a diuretic and will reduce the number of trips an older man has  to make to the bathroom
during the night. They will be marketing the new wine as....Pinot More."





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

About the Company:



This Day in American History



     Shavuout Begins at Sundown, Jewish Pentecost.

    1607- the first battle between English colonist and Native Americans took place

this day in Jamestown, VAA.  105  colonist were able to repulse an attack by 200 Native American Warriors.

    1647- Achsah Young of Massachusetts was hanged as a witch.  According to

historians, Margaret Jones of Charlestown, MA was the first accused of being

a witch, but was not executed until 1648 by drowning.

    1721-The first fire insurance agent is said to have been John Copson of High Street, Philadelphia ,PA, who inserted an advertisement this day in the American Weekly Mercury announcing that he would open an office for insurance on “vessels, goods and merchandise.”

    1787- At Philadelphia, PA, delegates from seven states, forming a quorum, opened the Constitutional Convention, which had been proposed by the Annapolis Convention Sept 11—14,1786. Among those who were in attendance: George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton.

    1790-The first copyright law was enacted by Congress “ for the encouragement of learning by securing the copies of maps, charts and books to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned.”  Protection was extended over a 14-year period, renewal rights being granted only if the author was still alive.

    1793-The first Catholic priest ordained in the United States as father Stephen Theodore Badin, by Bishop John Carroll in Baltimore, MD>  He was appointed to the mission of Kentucky and held his first mass there on the first Sunday of Advent,1793, in the house of Ennis McCarthy in Lexington, KY.

    1803-Rlaph Waldo Emerson birthday, American author and philosopher born at Boston, MA, and died there Apr 27, 1882. It was Emerson who wrote (in his essay "Self-Reliance," 1841), "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do."

    1825- American Unitarian Association founded

    1829—The first letter written on  a “typographer,” the first typewriter, was sent by John P. Sheldon, editor  of the Michigan Gazette, Detroit, MI, to Martin Van Buren, secretary of state.  The first practical typewriter was invented in 1867 by Christopher Latham Sholes, who coined the word “type-writer.”  It was first manufactured in 1873.  The typewriter ribbon was patented on September 14,1886 by George K. Anderson of Memphis, TN.

    1844-The gas engine was invented by Stuart Perry of Jew York City, who received a patent for it.  He invented both air-and-water-cooled types and used turpentine gases as fuel.

    1844-The first news dispatch by telegram was sent from Washington, DC, to the offices of the Baltimore Patriot.  The message read: “One o’clock. There has just been made a motion in the House to go into committee on the whole on the Oregon question.  Rejected. Ayes 79-Nays 86.” The Democratic platform was nationalistic, calling for the annexation of Texas and control of the entire Oregon Territory, then shared with England.

    1847-John Alexander Dowie birthday, Evangelist and claimant of the title "Elijah the Restorer" was born at Edinburgh, Scotland. He established the Christian Catholic Church at Zion, IL, where some 5,000 followers created a unique community without pharmacies, physicians, theaters or dance halls and where smoking, drinking and the eating of pork were prohibited. Dowie's ostentatiously expensive personal lifestyle and his unsuccessful attempt to convert New York City were partially responsible for the falling away of his followers. He was expelled from the church in 1906 and died at Chicago, IL, Mar 9, 1907.

    1849-Birthday of pianist Thomas Green Bethune, known as  "Blind Tom," the first black artist known to have performed at the White House. He played the piano for President James Buchanan in 1859. Accounts from the period made it clear he was a phenomenal prodigy, an idiot savant, who was said to have played like Mozart, Beethoven or Gottschalk.

    1862- First  Battle of Winchester VA (there were three)

    1864 Battle of New Hope Church GA

    1878- Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, born , Richmond, VA, the grandson of a slave, Robinson is considered one of the greatest tap dancers. He is best known for a routine in which he tap-danced up and down a staircase. He appeared in several films with Shirley Temple and taught Gene Kelly, Sammy Davis, Jr., Gregory Hines, and others. Died at New York City, Nov 25, 1949.

( lower half of: )

    1895-The first golf book was “Golf in America, “ a practical manual by James Parish Lee, published by Dodd, Mead and Company, New York City. In consisted of 194 pages and a fronts piece.

    1898-James Joseph “Gene” Tunney birthday, heavyweight boxing champion, business executive. The famous "long count" occurred in the seventh round of the Jack Dempsey-Gene Tunney world championship fight, Sept 22, 1927, at Soldier Field, Chicago, IL. Tunney was born at New York, NY, and died at Greenwich, CT, Nov 7, 1978.

    1898-The First military expeditionary force to be sent beyond the Western Hemisphere sailed from San Francisco, California, on the Australia, City of Pekin, and City of Sydney, bound for Manila, Philippines, a distance of 6,220 miles. The expeditionary force consisted of 115 officers and 2,386 enlisted men commanded by General Wesley Merritt. They arrived off Manila on June 3 and landed on July 1. Admiral George Dewey and General Merritt demanded the surrender of Manila on August 7. The city complied on August 13.

    1908 -- American poet Theodore Roethke born, Saginaw, Michigan.

    1917-Clarinestist/tenor sax player Jimmy Hamilton born Dillon, SC, perhaps best known for playing with Duke Ellington Hamilton, who played with Duke Ellington from 1943-68, had a gorgeous, pure clarinet tone, while his tenor sax sound was rougher and funkier. He also was an arranger, and one of his was “In a Mellow Tone.”  Early in his career, Hamilton performed in bands led by Lucky Millinder, Jimmy Mundy, Teddy Wilson, and Eddie Haywood. Died Sept 20, 1994 at age 77

    1926- Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis was born at Alton, IL. He was influenced by the be-bop music style of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie and ended up leaving the Julliard School of Music to join Parker’s quintet in 1945 at the age of 19. He experimented with different styles throughout his career, exploring new voicings in jazz with arranger Gil Evans.  I met him several times, one of them in the Men’s room at a night club( Mocombo on Sunset Strip? 1960? ) in Hollywood. He was followed shortly thereafter by two white men in business suits, who asked me if I had seen him come in.  I told them I had not.  After they left, I opened the door, seeing them gone, informed Mr. Davis, who’s bathroom door opened and he was rolling down his sleeve.  He thanked me and left as quickly as he had entered.  I saw a performance of his again, and I swear he gave me a “high five” in the crowd. His “Kinda Blue” Album is one of his classics, but I think the albums with Gil Evans as arranger and conductor are perhaps his best, although early recordings with Charlie Parker perhaps remain one of my favorites.

You can hear in his albums his growth in style.

    1926-Tombonist Milt Bernhart born Valparaiso, Ind.

    1929- Beverly Sills birthday, premier coloratura soprano with the New York City Opera for 25 years. She became its director 1979-89, and in 1994 was named director of Lincoln Center.   Sills sang in more than 50 different operas and was a highly respected musician.   Although always seen as a very upbeat woman - her nickname is Bubbles - her life was filled with tragedy. Meredith (Muffy), her first born child was almost deaf and never heart her sing and her second child was born retarded.

    1935-George Herman Ruth could barely run and could no longer hit like he used to , but occasionally the Babe could still put on a show with his bat.  On May 25th, Ruth, playing for the Boston Braves, hit three home runs before a crowd of only 10,000 at Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field.  His last home run of the day—his 714th in regular season play—proved to be Babe’s last major league home run as well as his last big-league hit.

    1937-  Future Hall of Famer Mickey Cochrane's career ends after being beaned with an 3-1 inside fastball thrown by Yankee hurler Bump Hadley. Near death at first, the Tiger catcher/ manager will spend six weeks in the hospital and will return to the team only as its skipper.

    1953---Top Hits

Song from Moulin Rouge - The Percy Faith Orchestra

I Believe - Frankie Laine

April in Portugal - The Les Baxter Orchestra

Mexican Joe - Jim Reeves

    1955 - Two tornadoes struck the town of Blackwell, OK, within a few minutes time during the late evening. The tornadoes killed 18 persons and injured more than 500 others. Early the next morning a tornado virtually obliterated the small community of Udall KS killing 80 persons and injuring 270 persons. More than half the persons in the community were killed or injured by the tornado.

    1961---Top Hits

Mother-In-Law - Ernie K-Doe

Daddy’s Home - Shep & The Limelites

Travelin’ Man - Ricky Nelson

Hello Walls - Faron Young

    1965-Muhammad Ali knocked out Sonny Liston just one minute into the first round of a controversial rematch for the heavyweight championship in Lewiston, ME. Liston went down from a short right-hand punch that some swore never hit him.

    1968-The Rolling Stones return to straight rock & roll releasing "Jumpin' Jack Flash," a single later included on several greatest hits collections, but not on a regular release album.   

    1968- The 1968 Monterey Pop Festival is canceled because of pressure from the local government and citizenry. In the wake of the cancellation, $52,000 is discovered missing from the previous festival's profits and the festival's bookkeeper, Mrs. Sandra Beebe, can't be located.

    1969---Top Hits

Get Back - The Beatles

Love (Can Make You Happy) - Mercy

Oh Happy Day - The Edwin Hawkins’ Singers

My Life (Throw It Away if I Want To) - Bill Anderson

    1973—The first space station launched by the United Sates was Skylab 2, which lifted off from Cape Canaveral, FL.  Three astronauts Charles Conrad, J., Joseph Peter Kerwin, and Paul J. Weitz, spent nearly a month in the station conducting long-duration flight tests and other scientific experiments. The mission ended successfully on June 22, when the astronauts returned to earth, leaving Skylab in orbit. It later disintegrated in the earth’s upper atmosphere.

    1977-“Star Wars” released.   “May the Force be with you,” entered the modern lexicon as a new kind of science fiction film opened at 32 theaters. George Lucas’ space epic, starring Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Harrison Ford as Han Solo and Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, featured stunning special effects and was a smash hit worldwide.  It went on to win six Academy Awards out of ten nominations—plus an additional special Academy award for sound effects. The film was part of a larger sage, and in later years was re-titled Star Wars—Episode IV: A New Hope as sequels were released.   

    1977---Top Hits

Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder

Couldn’t Get It Right - Climax Blues Band

I’m Your Boogie Man - KC & The Sunshine Band

Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) - Waylon Jennings

    1979-An American Airlines DC-10 lost an engine upon takeoff and crashed seconds later, killing all 272 aboard and three people on the ground. This is the worst US air disaster in history.

    1982-Pitcher Ferguson Jenkins of the Chicago Cubs recorded the 3,000th strikeout in his major league career in a 2-1 loss to the San Diego Padres. Jenkins, the seventh pitcher to reach 3,000 strikeouts, wound up his career with 3,192 Ks. night on the all-time list.

    1985---Top Hits

Everything She Wants - Wham!

Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears for Fears

Axel F - Harold Faltermeyer

Radio Heart - Charly McClain

    1987-Herve Fillon drove Commander Bond to victory in the third race at Yonkers Raceway in New York to become the first harness racing driver to record 10,000 wins.

    1998- Cardinal Mark McGwire becomes the first player in major league history to hit 25 home runs before June 1. Ken Griffey Jr. is the only other player to hit 24 home runs before the start of the sixth month.

    2002 -With four homers on Thursday (5/23), one on Friday (5/24) and two more on Saturday (5/25), Shawn Green becomes the first major leaguer to hit seven homers in three games. The Dodger outfielder's nine home runs in a week also breaks a National League record, established by Ralph Kiner with eight and tied by Ted Kluszewski and Nate Colbert.

    2002- Getting his 3,509th K, Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson passes Walter Johnson to become seventh on the all-time career strikeout list. After fanning Shawn Green in the first to catch the 'Big Train', Dodger outfielder Brian Jordan swings and misses a 2-2 pitch in the second inning to become the 'Big Unit's' historic victim.


   NBA Finals Champions This Date


                1975---Golden State Warriors


   Stanley Cup Champions This Date


             1978   Montreal Canadiens

             1989   Calgary Flames

             1991   Pittsburgh Penguins



How It All Started




It all started

when Pedro threw a no-hitter on Opening Day.

Nomar backed him up

with a triple play deep in the hole

and Manny Ramirez smashed

the first of 90 home runs.


Suddenly things got brighter.

Flowers sprang whole from the earth

and the cod swarmed to George's Bank.

The war ended.  U.S. Marines

danced in the streets with handsome Fedayeen.

(Jerry Falwell married them off

while the Pope and the imams cheered.)


Israel and Palestine agreed

to share everything:  beds, cities, streets,

temples and mosques,

falafel and coffee and tea.

Air pollution stopped

along with global warming and gum disease.


The Sox won it all of course,

beating the Yankees in three

and the Yankees in four

and the Yankees in five

(they lost one just to keep the Series alive).

Mia Hamm hit a grand slam

to put it away in the ninth.


Boston exploded with joy.

Babe Ruth signed the game-winning ball

and nobody sold it on E-bay.


That's how it all started.

At least, that's what I recall






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