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Monday, May 10, 2010

The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Adam Clayton and Bono of U2
44th Annual Grammy Awards - Los Angeles, Ca. Feb. 27, 2002

Singer/Songwriter, lead singer of U2, Bono, born Paul David Hewson, KBE. 10 May 1960 Glasnevin, County Dublin, Ireland. He was nicknamed "Bono Vox (good voice)." Bono is almost never seen in public without sunglasses.


Structured Business Capital, Huntington Beach, CA
 Bulletin Board Complaint
  Classified Ads---Sales
 Clarification: Marlin Not Taking on Additional Brokers
  Marlin Profit is from “Evergreen” clause
 Almost One Year Ago—HL Leasing Comes to an End
  Bank Beat--Construction/land development Loans Culprit
   Classified Ads---Help Wanted
  Leasing 102 by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP
 Top Stories May 3-May 5
  Alexa Report: Leasing Web Site Popularity
   Charlie Lester's LPI Healthcare gets Award
    Edmonds, Washington---Adopt-a-Dog
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  Two at Georgia Faith-Based Bank Are Indicted Over Bribes
   AIG posts $1.45 billion quarterly profit
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Structured Business Capital, Huntington Beach, California
Bulletin Board Complaint

This concerns a complaint from Double B Foods, Desoto, Texas for the return of a check for $5966.66. The proposal states that "The deposit would be refunded if Creditor is unable to perform." It turns out Douglas Patterson is a former real estate person, with an expired California Real Estate license, working out of a mail box store called Huntington Beach Mail Box Rental. (714-960-9603). The spokesman for the company would not confirm to Leasing News who rented the post office box or was renting it at the present time.

Structured Business Capital
419 Main St., Suite 477
Huntington Beach, California 92648

The signed agreement and check are made out to Structured Business Capital, although the generator of the transaction was working at another leasing company in Southern California, left because advance rentals were not being returned, and went to work for another leasing company and continued to try and help Double B Foods get their deposit back. This person states that Structured Business Capital is closed and he is trying to locate Douglas Patterson, who he believes was the owner of the company. He states that if he had the money, he will return it, although he does not believe he is responsible as he did not cash the check nor did he make the commitment. When his previous company "didn't care," especially as he says they were keeping advance rentals of leases that did not go through, he left.

Mr. Don Wall, CFO, Double B Foods, states he is in the process of contacting the Huntington Police Department as he believes it is fraud involved and the original intention was to pocket the money and the source had not direct capital abilities as originally explained to him.

Copy of Agreement and Check:



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Clarification: Marlin Not Taking on Additional Brokers

According to Bill Beard at Marlin Business Services, who was approaching several brokers by email to send in business, the company is not opening up its independent broker program at this time, and only has invited a limited number of brokers back:

“We are giving it a try to see how it goes, but we at this point we are not taking on any new brokers.”

Original story: Accepting Broker Business


Marlin Profit is from “Evergreen” clause
by Christopher Menkin

In the report of the first quarter of Marlin Business Services, Mount Laurel, New Jersey declaring a first quarter net profit labeled “Marlin turns it Around,” especially compared with the first quarter 2009 loss of $879,000, I began that the filing of the 8K report was not complete. The 10Q report filed on Friday is complete and shows where the profit actually comes from.

This is not to say that Marlin is not turning around its operation, as the profits have in the past come from here.

In the complaints to Leasing News, they generally concern copier leases going beyond their original term. The 2009 SEC 10K filing year-end, page 9, shows 27.02% of Marlin’s business is from copiers:


The complaints Leasing News receives are from users who complaint about the extra payments, even on $1.00 leases, due to Evergreen and Winter Green payments. Competitors and ex-employees has made similar remarks. One group was reportedly being sued by Marlin (readers know the group) until it was brought up that the taking of information was also done by present management at Advanta, according to a well informed source. Marlin won’t comment to Leasing News, referring everything to their SEC filings for public information.

Before quoting directly from the recent 10Q to demonstrate where the profit is coming from, for readers who do not have the knowledge, an Evergreen lease is legal in majority of states. It requires the lessee to inform the lessor 90 days in advance of the expiration by certified mail or the lease will continue for twelve months. A Winter Green does not signify the term involved and is determined by the notification to exercise the $1.00 purchase option, primarily. The complaints received by Leasing News are on $1.00 purchase option with extra payments being called for because a certified letter was not sent.

Originally these clauses were used when a lessee would not exercise a purchase option and therefore rental payments would be made until the issue is resolved. Today they are “extra profit.”

It is true that “write-offs” not only loss the interest to be earned, but residual value not realized, and in this page 34, First Quarter 10Q, it adds up to $1.2 million profit from renewals:

Our leases offer our end user customers the option to own the purchased equipment at lease expiration. Based on the minimum lease payments receivable as of March 31, 2010, approximately 70% of our leases were one dollar purchase option leases, 27% were fair market value leases and 3% were fixed purchase option leases, the latter of which typically are 10% of the original equipment cost. As of March 31, 2010, there were $42.0 million of residual assets retained on our Consolidated Balance Sheet, of which $33.7 million, or 80.3%, were related to copiers. No other group of equipment represented more than 10% of equipment residuals as of March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009, respectively. Improvements in technology and other market changes, particularly in copiers, could adversely impact our ability to realize the recorded residual values of this equipment.

“Fee income included approximately $1.3 million and $1.4 million of net residual income for the three-month periods ended March 31, 2010 and March 31, 2009, respectively. Net residual income includes income from lease renewals and gains and losses on the realization of residual values of leased equipment disposed at the end of term.

“Our leases generally include automatic renewal provisions and many leases continue beyond their initial contractual term. We consider renewal income a component of residual performance. Renewal income net of depreciation totaled approximately $1.9 million and $1.8 million for the three-month periods ended March 31, 2010 and March 31, 2009. For the three months ended March 31, 2010, net losses on residual values disposed at end of term totaled $596,000 compared to net losses of $333,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2009…” (2)

  1. 10K Year-end 2009

  1. 10Q First-Quarter, 2010

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Almost One Year Ago—HL Leasing Comes to an End

John Otto

It will be one year ago tomorrow that Leasing News wrote the story about Heritage Leasing, Fresno, California. The same afternoon its president, founder, and well-known person in the equipment leasing industry took his life. It appears the estimated loans by investors total $132 million dollars from perhaps up to 1,000 investors.

There are up to 1,000 investors. All loans were unsecured, although the note purported to grant a security interest in a lease identified only by a number. No UCC’s were found regarding HL Leasing leases as presented. They do not appear to have existed and the FBI continues to investigate the case as a Ponzi scheme.

It appears the background of graduating from Harvard University is not true, or other information John Otto pretended to have accomplished. Heritage Pacific Leasing was run out of the Fresno office while HL Leasing was run out of his home by two employees as well as his wife with Dan Ramirez as president, who also was active in Heritage Pacific Leasing.

It appears both HL Leasing and Heritage Pacific Leasing are operating, servicing leases and/or residuals, while the FBI has confiscated the planes from Otto's charter company as well as other assets. There has not been a receiver appointed, a bankruptcy, and the FBI office out of Fresno states they are continuing their investigation, which is difficult because the founder is no longer around to answer questions.

Previous articles: HL Leasing


Bank Beat--Construction and land development Loans the Culprit
by Christopher Menkin

Through April, the rate of failures was more than twice of last year’s – 64 banks compared to 28 in 2009.

Except for one bank this time period, the three other banks that failed this week had the same common cause of the majority of the smaller, middle size, and regional banks: construction and land development losses, coupled with commercial and industrial loans. Of the 68 banks that failed this year, most were due to construction and land development loans.

These loans are very important; most what they call "bridge loans." Remember when you would drive down the street and see the sign, "construction financing by Greater Bay Area Bank?" After the work was complete, a larger bank or financial group such as a mortgage firm would do the "permanent loan." When the mortgage market dried up, it affected the smaller banks, caught up with a lot of "interim loans" where they made points, interest at a variable rate, and without the permanent being available, the lenders lost their investors or capital to continue the projects. A lender with a lot of real estate, high net worth, and perhaps even stock, found themselves without the liquid to keep the "bridge loan" alive.

As reported last week, the survey of banks, by Greenwich Associates and FTRANS, an accounts receivable outsourcing firm, showed that 86% of commercial banks are moving away from commercial real estate lending. After reading the results for the last year and a half at Bank Beat, this product has cost bank investors a lot of money as well as affecting smaller banks profits as the larger banks are buying up these banks from the FDIC at some "bargain" prices.

In reality, the FDIC has done as well as could be expected, perhaps better, and the FDIC fund could have been hit much harder than it has been. That larger fish each smaller fish has been known for a very long time, but at the same time, the bowl was much larger than it is today. It is the small community that is being hit the hardest throughout the entire country, not just the top five or six states seeing the housing industry fail and high unemployment due primarily to the halt of growth.

Arizona has been one of the hardest hit, and this failure shows the cause again happening across the country, but perhaps more in Arizona, Florida, California, and Nevada:

The sole branch of Towne Bank of Arizona, Mesa, Arizona was closed with Commerce Bank of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, to assume all of the deposits.

The bank was down to 25 full time employees. Net equity had dropped from $25 million to $7 million year-end 2009 with a loss of $6.5 million the first quarter of this year, following a loss of $18.2 million in 2009 and loss of $11.1 million in 2008. 2009 year-end charge off were $9.9 million in construction and land development, $1.2 million in multi-family residential, $362,000 in 1-4 multifamily residential property, $1 million in commercial and industrial loans. Non-current loans were $10.6 million. Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio 6.32% As of March 31, 2010, Towne Bank of Arizona had approximately $120.2 million in total assets and $113.2 million in total deposits. Commerce Bank of Arizona will pay the FDIC a premium of 0.3 percent to assume all of the deposits of Towne Bank of Arizona. In addition to assuming all of the deposits of the failed bank, Commerce Bank of Arizona agreed to purchase essentially all of the assets.

The attributes the founding of the bank April 1, 2004 to the East Valley Mesa area as “... the brainchild of S. Rick Meikle, a third-generation community banker who moved to the East Valley from the Seattle area a few years ago. He is the bank’s president and CEO. "I, among others, started a community bank in 1990 in the Seattle area, the same de novo startup from zero, and it was enormously successful," he said.

"Meikle then became president of the regional holding company, but planned to move to the East Valley because his daughter lives here and his family was spending their vacations here.

"'Ever since four to six months after I got here, after examining the economics and demographics, particularly of the East Valley, the competition, my judgment was that the opportunity to do another de novo startup similar to what we had done in the state of Washington made great sense,' he said. "

The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $41.8 million.

The five branches of The Bank of Bonifay, Bonifay, Florida were closed Friday with First Federal Bank of Florida, Lake City, Florida, to assume all of the deposits. Founded February 1, 1906, the bank currently had 66 full-time employees. As of March 31, 2010, The Bank of Bonifay had approximately $242.9 million in total assets and $230.2 million in total deposits.

In 2008, former president Guy Medley came back June 3 as CEO and raised $41 million additional capital. He told that most of the problems stemmed from poor management, and that the collapse of the real estate market on the Emerald Coast also had a great deal to do with the situation.

"Problems came from the depreciation of loans for condos and single-family dwellings," Medley said. "This led to a loss of equity in some cases of 30 to 40 percent."

He listed a number of things that needed to be done.

"We could be through with everything in 12 to 18 months," he said.

The bank had a $3.5 million loss for year-end 2008. The first quarter loss was $4.5 million. which followed a $7.67 million loss year-end 2009 with $28 million in noncurrent loans and leases. Charge off year-end was $2 million ($1.5 million construction and land development, $291,000 in 1-4 multi-family residential property, $156,000 commercial and industrial loans, $244,000 in "other loans." net equity 2008 was $14.2 million and 2009 $6 .Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio 3.72%

The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $78.7 million.

The six branches of 1st Pacific Bank of California, San Diego, California were closed with City National Bank, Los Angeles, California, to assume all of the deposits. A young bank founded November 17, 2000 with all six branches in San Diego County, the bank had gone from 105 full-time employees year-end 2008 to 79 full time employees year-end 2009.

The bank had a $163,000 loss the first quarter of this year, although the bank lost $15.4 million year-end 2009 and $21.6 million year-end 2008. Net equity had dropped from $27.2 million to $12.6 million with $16.8 million in non-current loans after a charge-off of over $8 million ($7.5 million in construction and land development, $282,000 in loans secured by nonfarm nonresidential land, $594,000 in commercial and industrial loans). Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio 3.77%

As of March 31, 2010, 1st Pacific Bank of California had approximately $335.8 million in total assets and $291.2 million in total deposits. City National Bank will pay the FDIC a premium of 1.62 percent to assume all of the deposits of 1st Pacific Bank of California.

The FDIC and City National Bank entered into a loss-share transaction on $275.7 million of 1st Pacific Bank of California's assets.

The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $87.7 million.

Full story of as US Bank & Wells Fargo take over branches, rivals win in San Diego:

Here it was 1-4 multi-family property loans that gave the bank the most trouble. The two branches of Access Bank, Champlin, Minnesota, were closed with PrinsBank, Prinsburg, Minnesota, to assume all of the deposits. Started in September 7, 1946, the bank was down to nine full time employees. The net income loss for the first quarter of this year was $615,000. The bank had loss $2.9 million year-end 2009 and lost $5.8 million 2008. The net equity had dropped from $3.49 million year-end 2008 to $515,000. Non-current loans were $1.69 million after charging of $2 million year-end 2009 ($1.2 million in 1-4 multi-family property, $463,000 construction and land development, $322,000 in nonfarm nonresidential property, $86,000 in industrial and commercial loans. Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio 2.00%

As of March 31, 2010, Access Bank had approximately $32.0 million in total assets and $32.0 million in total deposits.

The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $5.5 million.

Full story of Access Bank Failure:

List of Bank Failures

Bank Beat:


Leasing Industry Help Wanted


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Envision Capital Group is dedicated to providing the best in class products and service to our employers, customers, vendors and partners in the small and middle ticket commercial finance industry. With over 50 years of combined experience we have the knowledge, skills, abilities and relationships to help you reach your goals.

Seeking originators with 5+ years small ticket and/or
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Please send resumes to:
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Please see our Job Wanted section for possible new employees.


Leasing 102
by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP

Self Insurance

On many occasions I have observed failure to obtain proper insurance on leased equipment. The lessee is allowed to provide self insurance or the insurance requirements of the lease are ignored. The reasons are many from the expense to do it and/or the misunderstanding of the risk it represents. If you have indemnification in the lease agreement you may think you are covered because any claim made against you must be covered by the lessee. Once again it depends on the language in your lease and does not allow for short documents.

There are two areas that lend support to your ability to collect from the lessee for a loss without insurance. The Indemnity clause should read:
Lessee assumes liability for, and hereby agrees, at its own cost and expense, to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Lessor, its directors, officers, employees, agents, attorneys, affiliates, successors and assigns from and against any and all liabilities, losses, damages, injuries, claims (including, without limitation, claims based upon strict liability), demands, penalties, actions, costs and expenses, including legal expenses, of any kind or nature arising out of the use, condition (including, without limitation, latent and other defects, whether or not discoverable), operation, ownership, selection, delivery, leasing or return of any items of equipment (including, without limitation, any claim for patent, trademark or copyright infringement), regardless of where, how and by whom operated, or for any interruption of service, loss of business or consequential damages. These provisions shall survive the expiration or termination of this lease.

In addition you should have a Casualty clause that states:
Lessee hereby assumes and shall bear the risk of loss, damage to or theft of the Equipment from any and every cause whatsoever, whether or not insured. No loss or damage to the Equipment or any part thereof shall impair any obligation of Lessee under this Lease, which shall continue in full force and effect.

One of the big dangers of not having this language in your lease agreement is that you may get involved in a lawsuit from the injured party, because of your ownership of the equipment, and would have a large legal bill to defend yourself. If you are engaged in bargain option leases you may think you avoid this problem but you do not. Until termination you are the owner of record and even a purchase option of $1 can be rejected by the lessee. To completely cover yourself you should also have an Insurance clause that requires:

insurance against the loss, theft of or damage to the Equipment, for the amount of the applicable casualty value from time to time, naming Lessor as a loss-payee, and (b) general liability, public liability, workers' compensation liability, environmental hazard liability and property damage insurance, naming Lessor as an additional insured.

Then you must follow up on the requirement to provide insurance by letter, phone and email with a copy of the language with the paragraph reference. Some leasing companies are offering “forced place insurance” if the lessee fails to comply with the insurance paragraph. But it would be wise to insert language in your lease that gives you the right to do this. It also would be wise to tell the lessee in your correspondence what the cost is for this type of insurance due to its high cost.

Some leasing companies find all of this insurance too much work and like concern for credit on small transactions prefer to merely increase the lease loss reserve to cover it. However there is always the danger that a very large injury of many people, or a large property loss would destroy your lessee, leaving no one to collect your legal expenses from and if it can be proved that you had something to do with the selection of the equipment your risk would be your company.

Following up on insurance is the smart thing to do!

Mr. Terry Winders, CLP, has been a teacher, consultant, expert witness for the leasing industry for thirty years and can be reached at or 502-327-8666. He invites your questions and queries.

Previous #102 Columns:

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Top Stories May 3-May 5

Here are the top ten stories opened by readers:

(1) Barklay Capital, Inc., Costa Mesa, CA
Bulletin Board Complaint

(2) Marlin turns it Around!
by Christopher Menkin

(3) Attention: See UCC's Allied Health

(4) Story Credit Lessors

(5) Leasing Industry Recruiters

(6) Resource America "repositioning our leasing company"
by Christopher Menkin

(7) Investors see Leasing Co. Stock Good Investment

(8) Sheldon Player Free for Now

(9) Archive: From a story in 1998--Note a Joke
Charlie Lester Sells LPI--then has a stroke

(10) Leasing Schools/Franchisors List—Only Three Now

((Please Click on Bulletin Board to learn more information))
(Leasing News provides this ad “gratis” as a means
to help support the growth of Lease Police)


Alexa Ranks Leasing Media Web Sites
US rankings

5/9/2010 4/9/2009  
1. 54,795 45,245  Leasing News
174,595 239,478 Ind Community Bankers of America
3. 177,307 207,045 Monitor Daily
203,861* National Assoc. of Equip Leasing Brokers
332,941 141,472
342,838 655,777  Commercial Finance Association
7. 483,019 578,845  eLessors Networking Association
550,215 no data World Leasing News
968,132 no data  Exec Caliber-Jeffrey Taylor
no data 388,335 National Equipment Finance Assoc.
  no data 779,861   CLP Foundation
no data no data Equip. Leasing & Fin Fndn
  no data no data  Institute of International Container Lessors
  no data no data  Assoc of Government Leasing  Financing
no data no data Leasing Press
no data no data Leasing Notes
no data no data Lease Assistant
no data no data Lean -Lease Enforcement Att Net
no data no data
  no data no data Lessee Advocate

Alexa Ranks Leasing Media Web Sites
World rankings

1. 206,294
203,289  Leasing News
638,065 Ind Community Bankers of America
775,088* National Assoc. of Equip Leasing Brokers
4. 913,446
996,068 Monitor Daily
1,711,478  Commercial Finance Association
7. 1,991,172
2,131,643  eLessors Networking Association
2,306,613 National Equipment Finance Assoc.
 2,699,506 Equip. Leasing & Fin Fndn
2,252,510 World Leasing News
10. 3,958,132
2,778,247   CLP Foundation
10,276,129  Exec Caliber-Jeffrey Taylor
5,014,103  Institute of International Container Lessors
13. 7,422,371
4,529,081  Assoc of Government Leasing  Financing
13,987,604 Lean -Lease Enforcement Att Net
20,805,133 Leasing Press
16. 16,485,323
16,384,864 Lessee Advocate
12,899,808 Leasing Notes
18. no data
9,205,280 The Journal for Asset Finance
no data

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From the Archives...LPI Healthcare gets Award

Dwight Galloway, CEO of Net Bank Business Finance (NBF) awards LPI Healthcare its fifth yearly plaque as being one of NBF’s top five volume brokers in 2006.

From left to right: Lee-Anne Norton, Administration; Charlie Lester; Kay Smith, VP; Dwight Galloway and Kurt Hess, President. Net Bank Business Finance has only been awarding this plaque for five years and there are four on the wall and one more to install at LPI Healthcare.

Charlie Lester, original founder of FPI and emeritus Leasing News Advisory director

"I am also happy that my friend Jim Borland at U.S. Energy Capital won his first plaque this year,” Charlie Lester commented.
“Jim is a tremendous success story of a broker acquired by First Sierra and almost driven out of business in the First Sierra fiasco. After going back on his own again, Jim scratched and clawed his way back to being be a top broker at NBF and in the country. Persistence and hard work have paid off big time for Jim and his crew. Congratulations Jim!!!"


Edmonds, Washington---Adopt-a-Dog

Pomeranian [Mix]
Small Adult Male Dog

Griffin would LOVE a new home or foster home. Please consider being a foster mom and dad to a pet in need. It is a very rewarding experience.*

"Hello, I am Griffin. I am a gorgeous and sweet 12 pound male Pomeranian mix. I am approximately 4 yrs old. I am a cuddle bug. I love to curl up with my foster mom and watch TV. I enjoy getting pets and like attention from my foster parents. I am in a foster home with other dogs and I do enjoy the company. I am also fine with cats. I do like to play with the other dogs in my foster home. However, I would do fine as an only dog as well. I am crate trained and house trained. I am a character and full of personality - you can't help but LOVE me! When I see my foster parents, I do an excitement dance. I come when I am called and sit patiently to be picked up. I am just a sweetheart. Please pick me to be a part of your family!"

Adoption Application:

Health & History: Griffin has had a wellness exam by one of our vets and is spayed/neutered, micro chipped, wormed, flea treated, current on DHLPPC, Bordatella, and Rabies. Griffin arrived to NWIPR from Taiwan. He was the Taiwan rescues mascot and was able to be around everyone in their office. Griffin is very much loved by everyone their and they would all love updates on him in his new home.

Adoption Donation: $285.00
Your adoption donation is used to care for the many dogs that enter into rescue. All dogs leave rescue vaccinated, sterilized, micro chipped, wormed, flea treated, and medically checked out. In some cases they receive dentals, ear flush, cherry eye surgery, and so on to ensure that they are healthy and ready to be adopted. Your adoption donation is very much appreciated and needed to help care for the many needy dogs that enter into rescue. New adopters receive a FREE exam coupon at a local veterinary clinic in Lynnwood OR a $30 care voucher to a veterinary chain (so be sure to ask about these coupons if you are interested).

Northwest International Pet Rescue
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Foster Homes
Edmonds, WA 98026

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1968- Peace talks open in Paris with Averell Harriman representing the U.S. and Xan Thuy representing North Vietnam . Talks soon deadlock over the North Vietnamese demand for an end to all U.S. bombing of North Vietnam. More than 2,000 American soldiers die in combat in May, the highest monthly loss of the war.


This Day in American History

    1497 - Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci left for his 1st voyage to New World. This trip produced the map that the name America came about to name this new continent.
    1643-The first attempt for colonial government was the United Colonies of New England, organized in Boston, MA, by the colonies of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Haven, and Plymouth as “ a firm and perpetual league of friendship and amity for offense and defence, mutual advice and succor, upon all occasions, both for preserving and propgating the truth and liberties of the gospel and for their own mutual safety and welfare. “ A board of eight commissioners, two for each colony, formed the “consociation.” Issues could be referred to the general courts for appeal, if not approved by six votes. John Winthrop of Massachusetts was the first president. Massachusetts , the largest colony, gradually withdrew because it did not have proportional representation.
    1748-- [O.S.] Slave-ship Captain John Newton, 22, was converted to a saving Christian faith. Newton later became an Anglican clergyman, and (as the author of "Amazing Grace") a greatly respected hymnwriter as well.
    1775- The first Revolutionary War military action occurred when Ethan Allen and 83 men who called themselves the Green Mountain Boys crossed Lake Champlain from Vermont in scows, entered Fort Ticonderoga, NY, through the south gate, and swarmed into the barracks while the soldiers were asleep. Allen demanded the surrender of the fort “ in the name of the great Jehovah and the Continental Congress. “ the fort, commanded by Capital William Delaplace and Lieutenant Jocelyn Feltham, was captured with 78 guns, 6 mortars, 3 howitzers, thousands of cannot balls, 30,000 flits, and other supplies. Historians consider him one of the most improbable heroes in American History. “ . He secretly negotiated with the British during the Revolution to take Vermont out of the war in exchange for a huge tract of virgin forest. And in the 1770's, with the help of roving bans of mounted Green Mountain Boys, he launched a campaign of terror to prevent New York from taking possession of land he claimed as his own in an area dispute between New York and New Hampshire. Before he was through, he burned down several homes, destroyed a few mills, and set up a kangaroo court in which he condemned colonial officers to punishment by whipping. “ Robert Shalhope, “The Roots of Democracy.” “Allen swindle land out of his neighbors in Vermont, and cavorted with the British during the Revolution; when he was captured he not only refused to try to escape but he prevented others from doing so, at one point stopping the capture of a privateer from taking over a lightly defended British ship.”
    1779-birthday of George Ross, signer of the Declaration of Independence. Born at New Castle , DE , he died July 14, 1779, at Philadelphia .
    1849-the theater was very popular, particularly Shakespeare plays. A riot erupted outside the Astor Place Opera House at New York , NY , where the British actor William Charles Macready was performing. Led by the American actor Edwin Forrest, angry crowds revolted against dress requirements for admission and against Macready's public statements on the vulgarity of American life. The cause of the dispute was basically between two Shakespearean actors, one American, one British, who were then performing in rival productions of “Macbeth..” The city had become caught up in the dispute, dividing along class lines, the rich favoring the British actor's production, the laborers favoring the American's. To followers of the American, it seemed that nothing less than democracy itself was at stake. On May 8, Macready's performance of Macbeth was stopped by Forrest's followers. Two days later, a mob led by Ned Buntline shattered the windows of the theater during a performance. Troops were summoned and they were ordered to fire, killing 22 and wounding 26. ,injuring over 150, plus 86 arrests were made
( Source: Richard Shenkman, author of Legends, Lies & Cherished Myths of American History ).
    1863 -- Confederate General "Stonewall" Jackson dies of wounds inflicted accidentally eight days ago by his own troops.
    1865- Jefferson Davis was captured at Irwinville , Ga. , by a contingent of Gen. James H. Wilson's calvary, led by Lt. Col. Benjamin Pritchard. There was a contingent of soldiers and general who wanted to hang him, including the U.S. Congress, but General U. S. Grant put the care of Jefferson Davis under a personally chosen cadre of troops.
    1869-To meet the contract, a golden spike was driven by Leland Stanford, president of the Central Pacific, to celebrate the linkage of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railways. Long called the final link in the ocean-to-ocean railroad, this event cannot be accurately described as completing the transcontinental railroad, but it did complete continuous rail tracks between Omaha and Sacramento . The actual completion was not until August 15.
    1872- Victoria Claftin Woodhull became the first woman nominated for president by the National Radical Reformers at Apollo Hall , New York . Frederick Douglass was the vice-presidential candidate. One of her campaign themes was “ free sex.” By the way, Douglass was the first African-American vice-presidential candidate. In 1888, he became the first African American candidate for president at the Republican Convention, that eventually choose Benjamin Harrison. Douglass was later appointed U.S. Minister to Haiti . The closest any woman has come to the top seat of the nation since Victoria Woodhull was Geraldine A. Ferraro who was on the Democratic party slate as the Vice-Presidential candidate in 1984.
    1899-birthday of Fred Astaire, actor, dancer and choreographer, born at Omaha , NE. Astaire began dancing with his sister Adele and in the mid-1930s began dancing with Ginger Rogers. His resume said,” Can't act. Slightly bald. Can dance a little. “Despite this, Astaine starred in more than 40 films including Holiday Inn, The Gay Divorcee, Silk Stockings and Easter Parade. Died at Los Angles, June 22, 1987.
    1905 -an f5 tornado 1/2 mile wide ripped through Snyder , Oklahoma . 87 people were killed. Many people thought the approaching tornado was a hailstorm and did not take shelter.
    1907--Bandleader Walter “Pee Wee” Hunt birthday, best known for his big hit “ 12 th Street Rag.”
    1907 - Jack Johnson, the heavy weight colored pugilist, modestly stated that he is to marry Miss Lola Toy, a rich Australian white soman. The rumor of the marriage was called to big Jack's attention and, after much pressing, the husky lad admitted the facts. Johnson arrived in Oakland last night and is in excellent condition.
    1919-Sir Barton, ridden by Johnny Loftus, won the Kentucky Derby by five lengths. Leading wire-to-wire, he went on to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown ( The Derby, The Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.)
    1924--J. Edgar Hoover appointed head of the FBI. His information on the top politicians kept him in power.
    1928-- the legendary country music group, the Carter Family, recorded "Wildwood Flower." This is the song most associated with the Carter Family, largely because of the guitar playing of Mother Maybelle Carter. "Wildwood Flower" is still in the repertoire of practically every country guitarist.
    1932 -- Author William Faulkner makes his first trip to Hollywood to write for MGM.
    1935-- '50s rock 'n' roll singer Larry Williams was born in New Orleans . He had several hits in 1957 and '58 with frantic novelty numbers such as "Short Fat Fannie," "Bony Moronie" and "Dizzy Miss Lizzy." "Miss Lizzy" was later recorded by the Beatles. Larry Williams committed suicide in January 1980.
    1940-Lionel Hampton , with the Nat King Cole Trio, records, “ Central Ave. ,” “Breakdown,” “Jack the Bellboy.”
    1945-Les Brown Band records, “ Leap Frog,” Columbia .
Rank and organization: Pharmacist's Mate Second Class, U.S. Naval Reserve. Born: 2 August 1924, Canton, N.C. Accredited to: North Carolina. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with a Marine Rifle Company in the 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa Shima in the Ryukyu Chain, 10 May 1945. Undaunted by the deadly accuracy of Japanese counter fire as his unit pushed the attack through a strategically important draw, Halyburton unhesitatingly dashed across the draw and up the hill into an open fire-swept field where the company advance squad was suddenly pinned down under a terrific concentration of mortar, machinegun and sniper fire with resultant severe casualties. Moving steadily forward despite the enemy's merciless barrage, he reached the wounded marine who lay farthest away and was rendering first aid when his patient was struck for the second time by a Japanese bullet. Instantly placing himself in the direct line of fire, he shielded the fallen fighter with his own body and staunchly continued his ministrations although constantly menaced by the slashing fury of shrapnel and bullets falling on all sides. Alert, determined and completely unselfish in his concern for the helpless marine, he persevered in his efforts until he himself sustained mortal wounds and collapsed, heroically sacrificing himself that his comrade might live. By his outstanding valor and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of tremendous odds, Halyburton sustained and enhanced the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country.
    1946--Singer Donovan Phillip Leitch, better known as Donovan, is born Glasgow , Scotland .
    1954---Top Hits
Wanted - Perry Como
Young at Heart - Frank Sinatra
Little Things Mean a Lot - Kitty Kallen
Slowly - Webb Pierce
    1960- U2 vocalist Bono, whose real name is Paul Hewson, was born. U2 was formed in Dublin , Ireland in 1976, and by 1987 was acknowledged as the top rock band in the world. Their hit albums include "The Unforgettable Fire," "The Joshua Tree" and "Rattle and Hum." "Rattle and Hum" was also the title of U2's 1988 concert film.
    1962---Top Hits
Soldier Boy - The Shirelles
Mashed Potato Time - Dee Dee Sharp
Stranger on the Shore - Mr. Acker Bilk
Charlie's Shoes - Billy Walker
    1963-- the Rolling Stones began their first recording session in London with producer Andrew Loog Oldham. Their first single, a cover of Chuck Berry's song "Come On," was released a month later.
    1966 - morning lows of 21 degrees at Bloomington-Normal , Illinois and Aurora , Illinois established a state record for the month of May. Snow flurries were reported At Kansas City, Missouri and Chicago , Illinois .
    1967 Braves' outfielder Hank Aaron hits an inside-the-park homer off Phillie hurler Jim Bunning. It will be 'Hammerin' Hank's' only home run which doesn't clear the fence out of his record setting 755 round-trippers.
    1968-Peace talks open in Paris with Averell Harriman representing the U.S. and Xan Thuy representing North Vietnam . Talks soon deadlock over the North Vietnamese demand for an end to all U.S. bombing of North Vietnam . More than 2,000 American soldiers die in combat in May, the highest monthly loss of the war.
    1969-The American Football League and the National Football League announced that plans for their merger and integration into one league with two conferences of 13 teams each were complete. Three NFL teams, the Baltimore Colts, the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers, agreed to join the American Football Conference as part of the deal.
    1986 - Navy Lt. Commander Donnie Cochran became the first black pilot to fly with the celebrated Blue Angels precision aerial demonstration team
    1970---Top Hits
American Woman/No Sugar Tonight - The Guess Who
Vehicle - The Ides of March
Love or Let Me Be Lonely - The Friends of Distinction
The Pool Shark - Dave Dudley
    1970-Hoyt Wilheim of the Atlanta Braves became the first major league pitcher to appear in 1,000 games when he was called in form the bullpen in a game against tithe St. Louis Cardinals. Wilhem gave up three runs, and the Braves lost, 6-5.
    1975-Springfield, Missouri's Ozark Mountain Daredevils topped the Cashbox Best Sellers chart with their biggest hit, "Jackie Blue".
    1977- an unprecedented spring snowstorm hit Southern New England and New York .
    1978---Top Hits
Night Fever - Bee Gees
If I Can't Have You - Yvonne Elliman
The Closer I Get to You - Roberta Flack with Donny Hathaway
It's All Wrong, But It's All Right - Dolly Parton
    1982 - As Northern California slowly recovers from the most destructive winter in recorded history, the awsome dimensions of the damage, death and economic loss are just beginning to emerge. At least 51 people were killed, 481 were injured, more thatn 7,500 were left homeless and 10 counties were declared federal disaster areas. Damage costs are already in the excess $635 million.
    1986---Top Hits
West End Girls - Pet Shop Boys
Greatest Love of All - Whitney Houston
Why Can't This Be Love - Van Halen
Grandpa (Tell Me 'bout the Good Old Days) - The Judds
    1990- a spring snowstorm produced heavy snow in Upper Michigan and Eastern Wisconsin . Marquette , Michigan recorded 22.4 inches of snow to set not only a new single storm snowfall record for may but also a new monthly record for snowfall in may.
    1991 -severe thunderstorms blasted Western Texas and Nebraska . 15 tornadoes were reported in West Texas . 3 miles northwest of Lazbuddie, a complex of 5 tornadoes touched down within 10 minutes of one another. This consisted of the main funnel (rated f2) and 4 'satellite' tornadoes that rotated around the main vortex at a distance of about 1/4 mile. Hail 6 inches in diameter broke many windshields and did extensive damage to roofs in Pyote , Texas . 5 inch hailstones descended from a supercell thunderstorm near Crawford , Nebraska .
    1994- Barbra Streisand opened her first concert tour in 28 years with a show in New York . The tour was inspired by the warm reception she received at two New Year's concerts in Las Vegas .
    1999 - In a 12-4 rout of the Mariners, Boston's shortstop Nomar Garciaparra hits two grand slams as well as a two-run homer becoming the first American League player to drive in 10 runs in a game since 1975.
    2005 - Country superstar Faith Hill's new single "Mississippi Girl," becomes available as a free, timed-out download beginning via radio station Web sites across the country.

Stanley Cup Champions This Date

    1970 Boston Bruins
    1973 Montreal Canadiens


Baseball Poem

First Time At Third

by Jacqueline Sweeney © 
Published: At The Crack Of The Bat (1992)

First time at third
nothing but nerves.
He fist-whomps his glove,
tucks in his shirt,
kicks up the dirt
for the twenty-fifth time.

Gets in position
pumped up to win,
jump sweeps the plate.
Will it ever begin?

A quick-line drive!
He leaps for the sky.
His body's an arrow,
glove aimed high. 

What's this?
He stumbles,
he tumbles to earth.
His glove is still empty,
face red as his shirt.

The game hasn't started?
"Play Ball!" can be heard
and he's tried to snag
a lowflying bird;
fastflying, linedriving
feathers and all.

How could he think
that a bird was a ball!





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