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

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    Classified Ads---Back Office / Bookkeeper

        Richest Man in Equipment Leasing

            World Leasing Yearbook 2004

                Manifest Newsletter—Spectrum Messenger

                    Cartoon---Equipment Leasing Guy Gets Married

    Classified Ads---Help Wanted

        Stalled Conduits Yearning for Borrowers

            Stano New VP Lease Advisory Services  Key Equipment Fin.

                Charter One Vendor Fin. Franchise Restaurant Lending Unit

    Stonehenge Capital $6.5M  for Rotorcraft Leasing

        Duffy Gets Award From National Vehicle Leasing Assoc.

            News Briefs---

                Sports Briefs---

                    "Gimme that Wine"

                        This Day in American History

                            Baseball Poem




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Classified Ads---Back Office / Bookkeeper


Back office: Atlanta , GA. GlobalTech Portfolio Services provides world class lease, loan administration and asset management for equipment and vehicles. Current portfolios $1 billion. Contact Alan Zeppenfeld 678-816-2216



Back Office: Atlanta, GA. Let Tax Partners handle your sales and use tax compliance duties w/less risk and cost than in-house. Largest tax compliance firm in US

E- mail:


Back office: Dallas, TX.

Property Tax and sales and use tax administration services performance is guaranteed and we will save you time and money or our service is free.



Back office: Indianapolis, IN

JDR Solutions, LLC specializes in delivering customized back-office lease portfolio admin./ ASP services for lessors, banks, manufacturer captives: other financial institutions.

Paul Henkel (317) 251-5352 ex. 7201




Back office: Jacksonville, FL.

CIT's Portfolio Service Group: providing cost- effective lease/portfolio services: Accounting, Tax Reporting, Collection svc, End of Lease Solutions, Front End Documentation, Invoicing, and on-line reporting



Back Office: Laughlin, NV. 20 years experience on funder/broker sides. Looking for a relationship where I act as credit shop for smaller brokers when financial statements are involved.



Back office: New Rochelle, NY

Proactive management/administration of commercial/consumer vehicle lease/finance portfolios covering insurance, titles,

registrations, sales/property taxes, tickets, collections, accounting, vehicle disposition. Since 1975



Back Office: Northbrook, IL

Our staff of CPA's and lease professionals can handle any or all portfolio responsibilities incl. portfolio mgmt, invoicing, sales/property/ income tax, accounting, etc.

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Back Office: San Rafael, CA

We can run your back office from origination to final payoff. 30 years experience in commercial equipment lease and loan portfolio management.



Bookkeeper: Birmingham, AL. 5+ year experience in Architectural Firm in Accounting. Provided the following services: Accounts Payable; Receivables; Payroll; Invoicing and Collections. Strong Computer and Verbal Skills.




      All Outsourcing Classified Ads at:


     to post a “free” classified outsourcing ad, please go to:




Richest Man in Equipment Leasing


Dave Harmon was the single largest owner of a leasing company until he sold off the majority of his portfolio of El Camino Leasing in Woodland Hills, California,  in 2001.  The mantle then went to San Francisco’s ATEL Capital Group President A.J. Batt, who then shortly retired to give the title of  world's richest leasing owner to Dean Cash, his "partner for twenty years," who now owns almost 75%.. Perhaps this has now passed to Patrick Byrne, president of Balboa Capital, Irvine, California who recently bought out his partner Shawn Giffin. 


Nevertheless, officially, the title of richest single person in leasing should go to 56 year old Steven Ferencz Udvar-Hazy who is listed  in Forbes magazine with a net worth of $2.6 billion. He currently resides in Beverly Hills, California.  He started the company with his father.

 Udavar-Hazy founded International Lease Finance Corporation which was sold to the  insurance company AIG, American International Group.

 ILFC was the nation's largest lessor and financier of jet aircraft.


Their website:






World Leasing Yearbook 2004


This the most definite publication of leasing in the world, naming companies with

names, addresses, telephone numbers, fax numbers, email addresses and at least  once contact name and title along with a summary of their activities.




This is their 25th edition, 488 pages long  The Yearbook features profiles on leasing in over 50 countries, including a directory of 4,400 companies





106 pounds in England, $250 in the U.S. with discounts when ordered 2-4, 128 bpounds or $200 US,

and five or more at 112 pounds and $175 US.


phone: +44(o) 20 7779 8999 or toll free in the US  + 1-800-437-9997

It can also be ordered securely online at


While the Yearbook is new, it is printed and distributed and therefore all the companies listed, particularly in the United States, may have some inaccuricies, such as Robert J. Fisher at Fisher-Anderson in Des Moines, Iowa.  Bob is now at Nassau Assets and Fisher-Anderson became Firerock Capital.  There are some minor spelling errors such as El Camino Resources president is not  David E. Harman but Harmon.  Perhaps not that important, unless you are Mr. Harmon.   In addition,listing Peter S. Hemar of Hemar & Associates, Attorneys at Law ( an excellent attorney with an excellent reputation, and other law firms also listed,) but including them in “Leasing Services” is a stretch.



The section is 33 pages in various sizes of type, with much other information, and appears to be quite thorough for a publication in print.


Those seeking to do business in another country will find very good information on the countries covered, plus a list of leasing companies to contact.  There is no other publication that offers as much information. Leasing companies are not listed by paying for their advertisement or placement.  The lists appear quite complete.  Perhaps with this information, the current information may be found on the internet as most of these companies also have web sites. Many of the web sites do not list contacts, by the way,surprisingly many of the ones I found not only did not have their physical address, or

telephone number.  Many had applications on line or a form for a customer or log in for a present customer, but not for another leasing company, particularly one overseas.


Overall, Leasing News recommends this book as a “bargain” for the information it conveys.


It will join our on line our Leasing Books section:


  Which is divided not by title, but by source:



            Books --General

              Direct Purchase

              Certified Leasing Professional (CLP) Foundation

              Equipment Leasing Association

              Equipment  Leasing and Finance Foundation Reports

              United Association of Equipment Leasing



Library Research from Home





Manifest Newsletter—Spectrum Messenger


From our archives on May 20th, we reprinted the Manifest Insurance policy:


                Manifest Issues "Insurance Policy" to all its brokers.


Here is the essence of The Manifest Insurance Policy:


" Your lessee and vendor lists will remain confidential to The Manifest Group. At no time will this information be shared with anyone outside The Manifest Group. This policy holds true even if your company is no longer doing business with the Manifest Group"


Manifest was perhaps the first to declare its policy in writing

and guaranteed. In their change to be part of US Bancorp

that policy is still in effect.  If you read the Leasing News list,

others may come and go, sell their portfolio’s, but Manifest

guarantees protection to its brokers.



The new general manager and senior vice president, Brad Peterson

continues to policy, and in his first newsletter, dated April 2004,

he says, “To everyone I say...’I accept.’


I accept the responsibility of insuring Manifest “stays the course” in terms of being Focused on Your Success.  Our bhusiness model and success are directly tired to our relationship with our customers.  we will strive every day to reinforce and enhance those relationships.”


To read his entire statement, please learn about their Commercial

credit Division, plus changes in their company, and about

their employees, please view this excellent magainze, which

also has a farewell from Brian Bjella, perhaps another first

to show the passing of the baton.





Cartoon---Equipment Leasing Guy Gets Married


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.


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.



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:

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.



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.

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

About the Company:

 --- to post a "Help Wanted" ad, please go to:




Stalled Conduits Yearning for Borrowers




The commercial-paper conduit market remains mired in its two-year slump, defying predictions that the booming economy would cause outstandings to start growing again.


As a whole, conduits based in the U.S. aren't experiencing even the modest growth that their operators forecast at the beginning of this year. Such vehicles had $715 billion of their paper in the hands of investors on May 12, which is roughly the same as their Jan. 1 outstandings, according to the Federal Reserve Board.


In January, industry players predicted that the conduit market would finish 2004 with $725 billion to $750 billion of outstandings. That looks unlikely now, and only the most-conservative estimates may prove accurate. During one week in mid-March, outstandings even dipped below $700 billion for the first time in a year.


Oddly enough, the standstill is occurring at a time when demand for conduit paper is as strong as ever. Part of the problem is that companies are holding back on the sums they borrow from conduits, choosing instead to tap other funding sources. "We're seeing a reasonably normal volume in terms of transactions and conduit work. It's just that people aren't drawing on the facilities," said Everett Rutan, a senior vice president at Moody's.


That could change if inflationary pressure leads the Federal Reserve to boost short-term interest rates. Such a move would cause other sources of cheap funding to dry up, prompting companies to return to the conduit market.


Bankers say that new accounting rules and pending regulatory requirements have presented the greatest barriers to growth for their conduits, according to S&P.


The lack of growth is particularly pronounced at the market's largest shops. The top 15 conduit operators had $423 billion of outstanding paper at yearend 2003, down $2.2 billion from a year earlier, according to Moody's.


GE Capital's conduits shrank the most, as the Stamford, Conn., lending giant continued to diversify its funding sources. Its conduits had $24 billion of outstandings at yearend, down $10.2 billion from a year earlier. That caused GE to slip four notches, to eighth place among conduit administrators.


Citibank remained at the top of the heap, even though its yearend conduit outstandings fell by $2.1 billion, to $55.2 billion. The perennial market leader lost ground to its closest rival, ABN Amro, which boosted outstandings by $1.2 billion, to $50.9 billion.


Citibank also faces a substantial challenge this year from J.P. Morgan Chase, which is scheduled to take over Bank One at the end of June. Bank One is currently the market's number-three administrator. J.P. Morgan slid to 10th place, from 13th. The combined banks would control more than $52 billion of conduit issues - putting J.P. Morgan roughly on par with Citi and ABN.


It's not clear yet whether J.P. Morgan plans to maintain such a large presence following the merger. Both banks supply substantial liquidity support to their conduits, which likely purchase assets from many of the same clients - and J.P. Morgan may take steps to avoid too much exposure to certain assets.


Despite GE's pullback, its mammoth Edison Asset Securitization was still the market's largest conduit. The multiseller vehicle's outstandings totaled $22 billion at yearend, down almost $9 billion from a year earlier. ABN's Amstel Funding conduit followed with $21 billion of outstandings.




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SUPERIOR, CO. –  – Key Equipment Finance, one of the nation’s largest bank-affiliated equipment financing companies and an affiliate of KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY), has announced the addition of James E. Stano as vice president and senior transactor in the newly established Chicago office of its Lease Advisory Services group. The Lease Advisory Services team has extensive background in leasing and related capital markets transactions. The group focuses on meeting clients’ financing needs through underwriting and arranging structured lease and debt products for equipment and real estate; securitizing lease and loan receivables; and providing advisory services to both lessees and lessors regarding transaction structuring, asset acquisitions, divestitures, syndication and capital formation.


“We are very fortunate to be able to expand our team with someone of Jim’s caliber,” said Steven T. Dixon, managing director, Lease Advisory Services. “His leadership skills and financing experience will round out our team so that we may better serve our growing client base.”


James Stano has more than 20 years of experience in corporate finance and leasing. Prior to joining Key, he spent cumulatively over15 years at Bank of America. Most recently he was managing director, Structured Tax Products and Energy Finance for BA Leasing & Capital LLC. Stano also held the position of vice president for Kleinwort Benson Limited, an international merchant banking firm, and corporate banker for Comerica, Inc. He earned his bachelor of science degree in accounting from Wayne State University in Detroit and his masters in business administration in finance from Michigan State University in East Lansing.


Key Equipment Finance is an affiliate of KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY) and provides business-to-business equipment financing solutions to businesses of many types and sizes. They focus on four distinct markets:


· businesses of all sizes in the U.S. and Canada (from small business to large corporate);


· equipment manufacturers, distributors and value-added resellers worldwide;


· federal, provincial, state and local governments as well as other public sector organizations; and


· lease advisory services for manufacturers’ captive leasing and finance companies.


Headquartered outside Boulder, Colorado, Key Equipment Finance oversees an $9 billion equipment portfolio with annual originations of approximately $3.9 billion. The company has major management and operations bases in Toronto, Ontario; Albany, New York; London, England; and Sydney, Australia. The company, which operates in 24 countries and employs more than 600 people worldwide, has been in the equipment financing business for 30 years. Additional information regarding Key Equipment Finance, its products and services can be obtained online at


Cleveland-based KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY) is one of the nation's largest bank- based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $85 billion. Key companies provide investment management, retail and commercial banking, consumer finance, and investment banking products and services to individuals and companies throughout the United States and, for certain businesses, internationally. The company's businesses deliver their products and services through KeyCenters and offices; a network of nearly 2,200 ATMs; telephone banking centers (1.800.KEY2YOU); and a Web site,, that provides account access and financial products 24 hours a day.




Lisa A. Miller, Corporate Development

Key Equipment Finance


P.O. Box 1865

Albany NY 12201-1865

Phone: (518) 257-8235

Fax: (518) 257-8821



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Charter One Vendor Finance Hires Team to Establish Franchise Restaurant Lending Unit


LISLE, Illinois - Charter One Vendor Finance LLC_ a wholly owned subsidiary of Charter One Financial (NYSE: CF), today announced the establishment of a new unit to lend to franchised restaurant owners. The unit will be led by Chris Young, who fomH:_r1y was the National Sales Manager of Fleet Franchise Fina.11ce_ and Mark Flamm, formerly the Senior Credit Officer of Fleet Franchise Finance. While at Fleet, Young and Flamm grew Fleet's restaurant portfolio to $900 million.


Charter One Vendor Finance's restaurant finance unit will focus on financing the larger operators in major restaurant brands. "The franchised restaurant industry is experiencing a serious capital shortage," said Charles Schultz, President of Charter One Vendor Finance. "The appointment of this experienced team will allow Charter One Vendor Finance and Charter One Financial to apply their tremendous resources to this capital intensive business."


Charter One Vendor Finance, based in Lisle, IL, operates as a subsidiary of Charter One Bank and is fully staffed with an experienced team of sales, underwriting, documentation and operations personnel.


Charter One has $41 billion in total assets, making it one of the 25 largest bank holding companies in the country. The Bank has more than 616 banking center locations in Ohio, Michigan, New York, Illinois, Massachusetts, Vermont, Indiana, Connectic1.Jt and Pennsylvania. The Company's diverse product set includes: consumer banking, indirect auto finance, commercial leasing, business lending, commercial real estate lending, mortgage banking, and retail investment products. For additional information, including press releases, investor presentations, committee charters, and reports filed with the SEC, investors are directed to Charter One's web site:




Cindy Schulze

Charter One

Phone Number: (216) 298-7155




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Stonehenge Capital Company Completes $6.5 Million Financing for Rotorcraft Leasing Company, a Major Offshore Helicopter Operator



BATON ROUGE, La.--(-Stonehenge Capital Company announced today it has completed a $6.5 million financing for Rotorcraft Leasing Company, LLC. Rotorcraft Leasing, headquartered in Broussard, Louisiana, focuses on providing air transportation services to offshore production and exploration facilities in the Gulf of Mexico.


   Rotorcraft Leasing will use the proceeds of this financing to expand its fleet of helicopters. The firm will now operate 38 aircraft, the third largest helicopter fleet operating in the Gulf of Mexico.


   Nemesio Viso, Stonehenge Director, commented, "Stonehenge is extremely pleased to support the growth strategy of Rotorcraft Leasing. Our investment in Rotorcraft Leasing has allowed the company to expand its fleet and serve its market with the flexibility necessary to provide unmatched service and safety to their customers."


   Lloyd Marks, Rotorcraft Leasing President, stated, "We have worked very closely with Stonehenge to provide our company with the necessary capital to position our company for growth. This investment will allow our company to provide more time efficient transportation for our customers and increase our market share in the Gulf of Mexico." 




   Stonehenge Capital Company, based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is a nationwide specialty finance firm with expertise in risk capital management, tax credit finance and structured finance transactions. Stonehenge manages approximately $500 million in capital with offices in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Ohio, and Wisconsin.


CONTACT:Stonehenge Capital Company Nemesio J. Viso, 225-408-3000



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The Bancorp Bank's Vice-President of Leasing Receives Award From National Vehicle Leasing Association



WILMINGTON, Del.----The Bancorp Bank ("Bancorp") (NASDAQ NM:TBBK), an FDIC-insured financial services provider that specializes in delivering private label Internet-enabled banking services to affinity partners nationwide, is proud to announce that on May 12, 2004, Jerry Duffy, Vice President of Jefferson Leasing, a financial service of The Bancorp Bank, received the Clemens-Pender Lessor of the Year Award from the National Vehicle Leasing Association, ("NVLA"). The Clemens-Pender Lessor of the Year is the highest honor to be awarded by the NVLA and is given to the lessor who best exemplifies the highest standards of professional conduct including dedication, hard work and ethics. Mr. Duffy received the Award at the NVLA's National Conference held in Vancouver, Canada. NVLA, established in 1968, is a trade association representing independent leasing companies across the United States.


   Mr. Duffy was been Vice President of Jefferson Leasing since its inception in 2000 and has 30 years experience in the leasing industry. Jefferson Leasing specializes in servicing small to mid-size businesses primarily in the Mid-Atlantic region. Please contact Jerry Duffy at 410-721-2555 or email to learn more about Jefferson Leasing. 


   About The Bancorp Bank 


   The Bancorp Bank is an FDIC insured commercial bank that delivers a full array of financial services and products through private-label affinity partner programs nationwide. Bancorp, through Philadelphia Private Bank (, its regional affinity bank, serves the needs of small and mid-size businesses and their principals in the Philadelphia-Wilmington region.


CONTACT:The Bancorp Bank Andres Viroslav, 215-861-7990



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CBS to End Season As Most Popular Network




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Sports Briefs---



Finals edge to Calgary

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New books offer something for all levels of wine lovers




This Day in American History


    1649-A ban on Jesuits was enacted by the Puritan Massachusetts colony. Contrary

to what is taught in elementary and middle schools, the puritans were quite

prejudiced to other religions and did not escape England for persecution, but

wanted for the opposite reason, to ensure their own religion above any others.

The ban provided that “No Jesuit or ecclesiastical person obayned by the authoritie of the pope shall henceforth come within our jurisdiction” except ting survivors of shipwrecks and trades who “ behave themselves inoffensively during their abode here.”  A second offense was punishable by death.

    1771 - A famous Virginia flood occurred as heavy rains in the mountains brought all rivers in the state to record high levels.

    1836-The power of the Southern pro-slavery Congress voted the first gag rule when they

voted 117 to 68 to ban any consideration of the contentious subject of slavery. The resolution red: “Whereas it is extremely important and desirable that the agitation of this subject should be finally arrest, for the purpose of restoring tranquility to the public mind, your committee respectfully recommend the adoption of the following additional resolution;  Resolved that all petitions, memorials, resolutions, propositions, or papers relating in any way, or to any extent whatever, to the subject of slavery, or the abolition of slavery, shall without being either printed or referred, be laid upon the table and that n further action whatever shall be had thereon.”

    1864-The Territory of Montana was formed by Congress from the Territory of Idaho.

    1868- President Andrew Johnson avoids impeachment by 1 vote. When Johnson removed his Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton over plans for Reconstruction, the opposing party, Republicans, voted to impeach him on February 24 at the House of Representatives.  A trial

then was brought against him by the US Senate.  Both times the vote was 35 for conviction and 19 for acquittal.  Because a two-thirds vote was needed to convict, Johnson was judged not guilty.  As a side note, on May 21, the Republican National Convention nominated Gen. Ulysses S. Grant for the presidency, and at the same meeting, the convention adopted the name National Republican Party.

    1883-Jazz singer Mamie Smith born Cincinnati, OH. Died October 30, 1946

    1886-Al Jolson birthday, Actor, singer, born Asa Yoelson at St. Petersburg, Russia. Died at San Francisco, CA, Oct 23, 1950.

    1896 -An F5 tornado hit Oakwood, Ortonville, and Thomas, Michigan. 47 people were killed and 100 were injured. Trees were debarked "even to the twigs, as though done by the careful hand of an experienced artisan". Parts of houses were found up to 12 miles away.

    1907-Birthday of John Wany, American motion picture actor, born Marion Michael Morrison at Winterset, IA.  He died at Los Angeles, CA., June 11,1979.  The Orange

County airport where he lived in Los Angeles is named after him.  “ Talk low, talk slow and don’t say too much,” was his advice on acting.

    1914—Trumpet player Ziggy Elman born. Died June 26, 1980,Los Angeles.

    1916—Composer/author Louis Thomas Hardin, better known as “Moondog,”

born Marysville, KS

    1917 - A tornado touched down near Louisiana MO about noon and remained on the ground for a distance of 293 miles, finally lifting seven hours and twenty minutes later in eastern Jennings County, IN. The twister cut a swath of destruction two and a half miles wide through Mattoon, IL. There were 101 persons killed in the tornado, including 53 at Mattoon, and 38 at Charleston IL. Damage from the storm totaled 2.5 million dollars.

    1920-Peggy Lee birthday, singer, songwriter and actress Peggy Lee was born Norm Deloris Egstrom at Jamestown, ND.  She got her start singing on a Fargo, ND, radio station, and was soon hired by Benny Goodman to sing with his band. Known for her simple, jazzy style as well as her sex appeal, her biggest hits were 1958”s “Fever” and 1969’s “Is That All There Is?_---both of which are now considered standards. She is perhaps best remembered for the songs that she co-wrote and performed in Disney’s Land and the Tramp.” She continued to perform until the 1990’s, when poor health forced her to retire.  She died January 21, 2002 at Los Angeles, Ca.

    1923---James Arness birthday, born Minneapolis, MN. He  was our neighbor and was starring in "Gunsmoke".  My father wrote a few of the episodes.  Mr. Arness also took my brother and Michael to University High School for almost two years ( until I learned to drive ).  He would pick us up at the bus stop in his Oldsmobile station wagon.  He would do 100 miles an hour down Sunset Blvd. He would zoom in and out of traffic, laughing, and give us advise on life. My brother told my mother the speed and she told us not to ride with him anymore (we did, as we always beat the bus to school ).  He was a very nice man.

    1937 - Lionel Hampton and his band recorded the classic, "Flying Home", for Decca Records. .

    1940- The evacuation of 200,000 British and 40,000 French and Belgian soldiers began.  The British Force had become trapped by advancing German armies at Dunkirk, the port on the northern coast of France. Sailing on every kind of transport available, including fishing boats and recreational craft, these men were safely across the English Channel by June 2.

    1942—Lionel Hampton’s big ban, with Illinois Jacquet, records “Flyin’ Home,” (Decca 18394)

    1946---Top Hits

The Gypsy - The Ink Spots

All Through the Day - Perry Como

Laughing on the Outside - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Billy Williams)

New Spanish Two Step - Bob Wills

    1949-Singer  Hank Williams ,Jr. ("All for the Love of Sunshine," "I Fought the Law"), born Shreveport, LA, May 26, 1949.

    1951-Birthday of Sally Kristen Ride. Dr. Ride, one of the first women in the US astronaut corps and the first American woman in space, was born at Encino, CA.  Her flight aboard the space shuttle Challenger was launched from Cape Canaveral, FL., June 18, and landed at Edwards Air Force Base, Ca., June 24, 1983.  The six-day flight was termed “nearly a perfect mission.”

    1954---Top Hits

Wanted - Perry Como

Little Things Mean a Lot - Kitty Kallen

Man Upstairs - Kay Starr

I Really Don’t Want to Know - Eddy Arnold

    1956-Althea Gibson, tennis champion, wins the French Open, becoming the first Black tennis player to win a major tennis title, 1956. Died September 28, 2003

    1959- In another of Bill Veeck's stunts, 3-feet 7 inch Eddie Gaedel returns to a major league field along with three other midgets. Arriving by helicopter and dressed as Martians, the quartet shake hands with Nellie Fox and Luis Aparicio near second base on Comiskey Park's infield and give them toy ray guns as the PA announcer informs fans the crowd the ETs have arrived to help the somewhat short keystone combo in their struggle with giant earthlings.

    1961 - Dave Garroway told the NBC-TV brass that he was ready to retire. “I want to give up the Today show,” he said, “to stop talking awhile and start looking, thinking and listening to people.” Garroway voiced his trademark, “Peace,” with palm facing the camera, for the last time, after 10 years of early morning informing and entertaining.

    1962---Top Hits

Stranger on the Shore - Mr. Acker Bilk

I Can’t Stop Loving You - Ray Charles

Old Rivers - Walter Brennan

She Thinks I Still Care - George Jones

    1964-Lenny Kravitz birthday, Actor, singer, born Asa Yoelson at St. Petersburg, Russia. 

    1965-The Rolling Stones appear on "Shindig!" along with Jackie De Shannon, Sonny  and Cher and Jimmy Rodgers.

    1967 -a slow moving nor'easter battered New England with high winds, heavy rain, and record late season snow on this day and into the 26th. Winds 70 to 90 mph in gusts occurred along the coast. Over 7 inches of rain fell at Nantucket, Massachusetts with 6.57 inches falling in 24 hours to set a new 24 hour rainfall record. Severe damage occurred along the coast from very high tides. 24.9 inches of snow fell at Mount Washington, New Hampshire to set a new may snowfall record. 10 inches of snow fell near Keene, New Hampshire and 6 inches was recorded at Dublin, New Hampshire.

    1970---Top Hits

American Woman/No Sugar Tonight - The Guess Who

Turn Back the Hands of Time - Tyrone Davis

Everything is Beautiful - Ray Stevens

My Love - Sonny James

    1978 - The first legal casino in the eastern United States opened in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

    1978---Top Hits

With a Little Luck - Wings

Too Much, Too Little, Too Late - Johnny Mathis/Deniece Williams

You’re the One that I Want - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John

She Can Put Her Shoes Under My Bed (Anytime) - Johnny Duncan

    1984 - Thunderstorms during the late evening and early morning hours produced 6 to 13 inches of rain at Tulsa OK in six hours (8.63 inches at the airport). Flooding claimed fourteen lives and caused 90 million dollars property damage. 4600 cars, 743 houses, and 387 apartments were destroyed or severely damage in the flood.

    1986---Top Hits

Greatest Love of All - Whitney Houston

Live to Tell - Madonna

On My Own - Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald

Tomb of the Unknown Love -Kenny Rogers

    1987 -Severe thunderstorms spawned 15 tornadoes in west Texas. In Louisiana, a man in a boat on Lake Bistineau was struck and killed by lightning, while the other 3 people aboard were unharmed. The man reportedly stood up in the boat and asked to be struck by lightning.

    1988 - There was "frost on the roses" in the Upper Ohio Valley and the Central Appalachian Mountain Region. Thirteen cities reported record low temperatures for the date, including Youngstown OH with a reading of 30 degrees. Evening thunderstorms in North Dakota produced wind gusts to 75 mph at Jamestown.

    1994-Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie marries the self- proclaimed "King Of Pop" Michael Jackson in the Dominican Republic. Presley files for divorce in January of 1996


   Stanley Cup Champions This Date



1988   Edmonton Oilers





Baseball Poem


"MIRACLE MAN": An Original Poem

    by  Holly Russcher


I started thinking up this poem the day after Robin's first game back after his injury. By styling it after "Casey at the Bat" I acknowledged not only one of baseball's best literary works but also the high expectations that Sox-fans had for Robin that night, much like those the Mudville crowd had for their great slugger, Casey.


Casey failed to come through for his team. What you are about to read is a different story....



The night of July 24, at Comiskey Park, some said

A flame would be rekindled that had long lain cold and dead.

Fans hoped to shout when all was done "The White Sox are on track!"--

But so far, they simply whispered "Robin Ventura's coming back."


That left-handed home run hitter with warm smile and matchless heart

Four Gold Gloves he'd won at third base with defense that looked like art

Nearly crippled in a freak mishap on March the twenty-first,

Now back eight days before schedule, flouting all talk of the Worst.


The Texas Rangers would oppose the Sox as Chitown twilight fell;

When the home team's lineup was announced there came a joyous yell.

Behind the plate the ump cried "Play ball!"; the game duly began

With disconcerting fashion: a hit for Texas' leadoff man.


Doug Drabek was a-pitching, gold of hair and steel of eye,

A no-hitter was beyond his scope, but for shutout he would try.

He'd also pitched the night when Robin had been stricken down--

Did that memory now haunt him as he stood upon the mound?


Nothing-nothing was the score when Robin first came to the plate

And received a standing ovation which for a full minute did not abate.

He acknowledged it with a smile and wave, which made the fans go wild;

So glad was he to play again that his face shone like a child's.


"We love you, Robin Ventura! We know you'll make us proud!"

Cried the matriarchs and lasses present in that evening's crowd.

Men, rarely so demonstrative, rose on their feet to say

"Come on, Robin!" But he grounded out, and walked--not limped--away.


In the still-scoreless seventh inning, Rangers hurler Ken Hill tired.

With Frank Thomas on, he walked Albert Belle, and then his luck expired

For Harold Baines, the quiet DH, drove Frank home without a word.

The Sox led, but Robin had grounded out a second time...and third.


Matt Karchner came in next to pitch and gave up a home run.

A worried hush fell on the fans who knew the score'd been tied at one.

Already the eighth inning: did the Sox not have a chance?

Would this night of joy instead be one where Texas got to dance?


Dave Martinez ignored Hill's pitches, and at last he drew a walk.

Ozzie Guillen bunted him to second; announcer Ed Farmer began to talk.

"Durham next, then Ventura, who so far is oh-for-three."

Ray Durham hit into a groundout. What now would the Sox-fans see?


Robin sauntered to his rightful place; this was his last at-bat.

Facing a dreadful situation, in his comeback game at that!

With one swing he could put the Sox ahead if things went well,

But if he was the last out? Such a disgraceful tale to tell!


Hill stood on the mound in silence, wound up and pitched the ball.

What occurred in the next instant was a shock to one and all.

Ed Farmer's voice broke in wonder as these words his lips did yield:

"Hill with the pitch...Ventura lines it, deep left center-field!"


"It's gonna get down, and go to the warning track! Picked on a hop by Rusty Greer--

VENTURA DOUBLES IN MARTINEZ!!!!" And the crowd took up the cheer;

Praise for a valiant hero who'd won hearts across the land.

As Robin left the field in the ninth, he tossed his cap into the stands.


That night in other ballparks spoiled superstars had played,

Ignoring fans and only caring for how much they're paid.

And on the cheeks of their heartbroken fans, tears of loathing burned...

But happy tears flow at Comiskey, for Robin Ventura has returned.




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