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Friday, November 9, 2012

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Archives---November 9, 2007
 Mea Culpa: Jim Raeder—Mark McQuitty Busted
  Classified Ads---Senior Management
   Colford Capital Acquires Equilease Financial Services
    to Create North Mill Equipment Finance
East Coast Leasing Company Update
 SuperStorm Sandy/Nor’easter
  Restaurants/Retailers Slowly Recovering After Sandy,
   But Long-Term Concerns Remain
    Placard---What to Do with Wine Left Over
     New Hires---Promotions
  Court Stings Financial Pacific Leasing on Failure to
   Properly Obtain “Acceptance” of the Leased Equipment
    By Frank Peretore, Tom McCurnin, and Scott D. Chait
     Please Donate to Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts
      Veteran’s Day, Sunday, November 11th
       (Federal Legal Holiday, November 12th, Monday)
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      Federal Way, Washington Adopt-a-Dog
    Brave/Dark Horse/Your Sister's Sister
     Film/DVD Reviews by Fernando Croce
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  Element Financial Books $219.7 MM New Originations 3rd Q
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Archives---November 9, 2007
Mea Culpa: Jim Raeder—Mark McQuitty Busted
by Christopher Menkin

Jim Raeder aka “The bad boy of leasing.”

Mark McQuitty aka “The Blacks Leader (New Zealand soccer team)”

Leasing News named the names yesterday in the Raeder-McQuitty bust. Several of the people listed have reportedly pled to an "information" and will not be formally indicted or go to trial.

There are more to be “indicted' that are a part of this overall take down and who were not listed. At this time, we are unable to divulge information and await information/permission to explain the full circumstances to readers. There is a lot more to this story.

Leasing News can tell you what is now public knowledge:

Those named to date:

James T. Raeder II, 42, of Mission Viejo, CapitalWerks/Preferred Lease
Mark McQuitty, 46, of Trabuco Canyon, CapitalWerks/Preferred Lease
Richard Norris, 60, of Los Angeles, t CapitalWerks/Preferred Lease
Anthony E. Watson, 61, of San Clemente, CapitalWerks/Preferred Lease
Douglas Cox, 37, of Rancho Santa Margarita, CapitalWerks/Preferred Lease
Adam Zuckerman, 37, of Laguna Beach, Brickbanc
Kirk McMahan, 31, of Newport Beach, Brickbanc
Paul Arnold, 56, of Laguna Hills, Brickbanc
Geoff Silver, 35, of Calabasas, who worked at Silver Industries
Brian Sime, 29, of Irvine, Brickbanc
John J. Callaghan, 38, of Warminster, Pennsylvania, who worked at Citicapital
Leo Najera, 28, of Mission Viejo, who worked at ECCI
John Budge, 38, of Sartell, Minnesota, who worked at Bach Business Credit
Leigh Dorand, 42, of Phoenix, who worked at Tech Capital
James Breedlove, 51, of Newport Beach, who worked at Santa Fe Equipment
Mark Castleman, 47, of Chino Hills, who worked at Industrial Information Systems
Les Spitzer, 60, of Grenada Hills, who worked at Pyramid Infinite
George Simon, 38, of Redondo Beach, who worked at Advantage IT Solutions
Jeff Greenough, 48, of Laguna Beach, who worked at Peniche
Troy Worrell, 47, of Newport Beach, who worked at Peniche;
Lourey McComber, 53, of Prescott Valley, Arizona, who worked at Peniche
Harold Gold, 75, of Falmouth, Massachusetts, who worked at Leasing Services
Nohad Mousa, 40, of Anaheim, who worked at Saut Wa Soora, Inc.

On Wednesday, the FBI investigation dubbed Operation Lease Fleece charged 23 in their roles in a fraud scheme that allegedly caused more than $20 million in losses to several lending institutions that believed they were financing equipment leases. Perhaps the ring leaders were officers of CapitalWerks, Santa Ana, California. The company reportedly has been in a “wind down” mode for the last year.

Attempts were made to reach both the co-founders of CapitalWerks Jim Raeder and Mark McQuitty by e-mail and telephone. No response. Any statement they would like to make, Leasing News would like to print un-edited.

A call to Assistant United States Deputy Attorney Jennifer Waier was not returned.

Hundreds of bogus equipment-lease packages with fake invoices were presented to financial institutions, the G men state. There were several insiders, and informants turning evidence, including assistance by CitiCapital, the leasing division of Citibank, which suffered an estimated $9.5 million in losses. CitiCapital in their “due diligence” had discovered that one of their employees had perpetuated the fraud. There is more to this story, which may come out when collaborated. Others unknowingly to the fake invoices include Wells Fargo Bank, GE Capital, American Enterprise Leasing, Key Bank, Bank of America and U.S. Bank.

Surprisingly on the list is 75 year old Harold Gold, who had pleaded guilty to a similar charge in 1998. At sentencing, he begged the judge for a lenient sentence due to his age, saying he would never do it again. In his pleas for leniency, Gold did admit to the judge that there was "no excuse" for his criminal conduct. By the way, at the time, he was a very well-known lessor on the East Coast, reportedly active in the Eastern Association of Equipment Lessors as Graphics Leasing Corp.

May 4, 2000 Harold Gold was released from prison for good behavior. He had been sentenced to 21 months, coupled with a $5,000 fine. In 1998, GOLD had pled guilty earlier to evading a substantial portion of his personal income taxes for the years 1988 and 1989 and to three counts charging him with defrauding his funding source, CFX Funding, LLC, in New Hampshire.

According to the First Assistant United States Attorney Mark W. Pearlstein, Gold was particularly deserving of a jail sentence because he has apparently been engaged in the same or similar criminal conduct throughout the nation even since pleading guilty.

Now that he is 75, he will again ask for leniency, due to his age, no doubt, and promise never to do this again.

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Colford Capital Acquires Equilease Financial Services
to Create North Mill Equipment Finance

Colford Capital (“Colford”), a holding company building a diversified and industry leading specialty finance business, announced today that it has acquired substantially all the assets of Equilease Financial Services, Inc. (“Equilease”). Based in Norwalk, Connecticut, Equilease has extensive experience originating equipment leases and loans, as well as purchasing and servicing equipment lease and loan portfolios from banks and other specialty finance companies.

Colford has created a new subsidiary, North Mill Equipment Finance LLC (“North Mill EF”), expressly for the purpose of acquiring Equilease, and has made a substantial equity investment into North Mill EF, which it will use to originate new small-ticket leases through vendors, dealers and brokers and to purchase additional lease portfolios under the new North Mill EF brand name.

Gary Silverhardt, President, CEO and owner of Equilease, will become President and CEO of North Mill Equipment Finance and also a minority shareholder. Importantly, the Equilease team will join North Mill Equipment Finance and continue, at its current location, to provide its customers and stakeholders with the superior service for which Equilease has become known during its 55 year operating history.

Gary Silverhardt

Mr. Silverhardt stated, “We are enthusiastic about the Colford investment, which enables us to expand our equipment leasing origination activities and to continue acquiring equipment lease portfolios in the secondary market, leveraging our industry leading servicing and collection operating platform. We’re looking forward to becoming an integral piece of a growth-oriented organization with a strategic commitment to the specialty finance industry.”

David C. Lee
President/CEO, Colford

“The acquisition of Equilease supports Colford’s strategy to build a leading, diversified specialty finance and asset management business. We are excited to inject growth capital into North Mill Equipment Finance to enhance and leverage the strong origination and servicing platform Gary and his team have built,” added David C. Lee, President and CEO of Colford.

About Colford
Colford is a New York City based holding company seeking to build a diversified and industry leading specialty finance and asset management business through acquisitions, strategic partnerships and new business development. In addition to North Mill Equipment Finance, Colford owns North Mill Capital, a national asset based lending and receivables factoring company based in Princeton, NJ. North Mill Capital recently acquired PrinSource Capital, a receivables factoring company based in Minneapolis, MN. North Mill Capital is a sister subsidiary of North Mill Equipment Finance and will continue to be managed by its founding CEO, Jeffrey Goldrich. Colford is majority owned by Monitor Clipper Partners, a private equity firm that targets growth-oriented businesses with strong management teams and currently manages over $2 billion in capital, with minority investments by ALDA Capital, a private financial holding company managed by Al Gordon and Dan Zwirn, and management. For more information, visit

About Equilease
Equilease has over 55 years of extensive experience originating equipment leases and loans, as well as purchasing and servicing equipment lease and loan portfolios from banks and other specialty finance companies. As a third-party servicer, the company has the capacity to handle thousands of accounts for multiple parties. Since 2002, Equilease has purchased over 30 lease and loan portfolios representing over $1 billion of asset value. For more information, visit

North Mill Capital

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East Coast Leasing Company Update
SuperStorm Sandy/Nor’easter

Gas Line, Jericho, Long Island

“Here's a picture of one Long Island gas line. (I've been on it for almost an hour and the Hess station just came into view. GasBuddy/sandy has been a great resource. Let everyone know they can use it to find stations with gas.”

Generator Gas Line

“I'm also happy to say my office in Melville is 100% back on line after 4 days without power and Internet. Thankfully we didn't lose any data or ability to work thanks to cloud based system.

“This has only been inconvenient for me and the family in Westbury, Long Island.

“We lost power and some trees. Had a few cold nights for sure but our power is back now. We have heat. No TV or Internet at home because cable is out. I feel fortunate compared to some of the very sad stories. Some people have lost it all.”

Edward Castagna
Westbury, Long Island

Phil Dushey Not Back in Business Yet.

“Still not open. Lower Manhattan is still closed. Problem is not with
electric. All our elevator are not working. Salt water destroys all the motors .

“I would say 100 buildings are out. Kit this is a nightmare of a lifetime.. I have a nice business but have not taken a dollar in two weeks and I have fell the toll. Hopefully Monday we can get in. In my home power is in and out and That’s no fun.

"Also last night we got eight inches of snow. Beside all of that we’re healthy and that's a blessing."

Phil Dushey

Open But Not Fully Functionally

“I am open for business a good part of the usual business day, but do not have full use of all my office equipment. Please email me or leave me a message on business line, if I do not pick up and I will get back to you as soon as possible. I am doing as much as I can with a lap top and generator. Thank you.”

Rich Cassiano
North American Resource Capital
Smithtown, NY
(Long Island, close to North Shore)

Going to Irvine, California Nov. 9-10 NAELB Conference

“I was notified yesterday (Wednesday) that my later flight had been cancelled by the airline and I will have to leave after the morning session. I will miss the two main sessions that afternoon.”

Dwight Galloway
Columbia, South Carolina

(Dwight will be filing a report on the NAELB Conference for Leasing News. Registration for the event is closed on line, but you can register at the site using this form:



Restaurants/Retailers Slowly Recovering After Sandy,
But Long-Term Concerns Remain

Shaken News Daily

(Photo taken before the storms)

More than a week after the super-storm Sandy wreaked destruction in parts of New York and New Jersey, bar owners, restaurateurs and retailers are rebuilding. Some were destroyed, and others are making a slow return to normalcy.

Last Sunday, Pasanella and Son, named “Best Wine Shop” by New York Magazine, on South Street in lower Manhattan, held a cash-only sale to move inventory damaged in storm. "I haven't even finished counting the money, and I stopped at $25,000," owner Marco Pasanella said on Monday of the one-day event.

Pasanella and his staff had moved about 20,000 bottles into storage prior to the storm, but the remaining inventory in the store itself was badly damaged. Reconstruction is underway.

Silver Lining, a lounge in New York's Tribeca neighborhood, was opening today after being shuttered for over a week. After pumping out about three feet of water on Halloween, staff and volunteers--including those from the New York chapter of the U.S. Bartender's Guild--pitched in to clean Silver Lining.

"A group of us went with mops, power washers and bleach," says Nicola Riske, membership chair of the guild and secretary for the national organization. "We mopped and scrubbed whatever we could. It's scary to think that we don't yet know the full impact, and that some might not be able to reopen."

The Bartenders Guild has mobilized volunteers to help other impacted bars and restaurants, as well as the community at large. "We're here and ready to help get bars open," says the group's president Jason Littrell.

Some venues had little or no damage, but the impact of fewer customers--exacerbated by the power outages lasting for days--was significant. Michael Neff, co-owner of Ward III in Tribeca, says his bar was unscathed by the storm. He kept the business going despite the power outage.

"We didn't have power from Tuesday to Friday of last week, but we opened last Tuesday afternoon and we've been open since," says Neff. The venue was lit by candles, and ice was shipped in from a group of Brooklyn bars. "We had limited offerings, but people really needed a place to go," Neff says. While business wasn't booming during those dark nights, "our customers were very appreciative," he adds.

Longer term, there are concerns in some neighborhoods that business will be slow to come back. Pasanella, for example, is committed to rebuilding, but he worries about the future.

"We'll be hobbling for quite a while," Pasanella says. "There are the core residents who buy the nightly bottle and there are the big fish--businesses that buy large quantities of wine for gift giving and events. Both are gone. We've got a short-term problem that we're solving, but a long term one that's kind of scary. How do you run a business when there's nobody around?"




New Hires---Promotions

Steven G. Clyne was named Northeast regional sales manager, Key Equipment Finance, Superior, Colorado. "Clyne will be responsible for generating small-to mid-ticket IT equipment leasing and finance sales volume in the Northeast region through national channel programs and regional business development efforts.

'“Steve brings 16 years of multifaceted experience in business development, portfolio and relationship management, and structured finance,' said Brent Broussard, vice president of sales, information technology, at Key Equipment Finance. 'I look forward to working with Steve to provide superior IT equipment leasing and financing solutions to this important Northeast regional market.'

"Prior to joining Key, Clyne was Northeast regional sales manager for Leaf Commercial Capital. Previously, he was a director at Patriot Funding Corp., national sales manager at CIT Group Inc., and held a variety of sales and management positions at Citicorp Vendor Finance."

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Court Stings Financial Pacific Leasing, LLC, on Failure to
Properly Obtain “Acceptance” of the Leased Equipment

By Frank Peretore, Tom McCurnin, and Scott D. Chait

Washington Case Demonstrates the Vulnerability of Telephone Verifications For Delivery of Leased Equipment

A recent decision out of Washington State is a good reminder for lessors to review their verification procedures for confirming “acceptance” of leased equipment with their lessees.

The case is Financial Pacific Leasing, LLC v. Law Offices of David A. Sharp, 2012 Wash. App. LEXIS 2423 (Wash. Ct. App. Oct. 15, 2012) and involves what appears to have been a “run of the mill” equipment finance lease in which a lawyer’s firm leased a copier for his office, and which was guaranteed by the lawyer and his wife. The manufacturer never delivered the equipment and the lessee defaulted after making only the initial payment.

Financial Pacific Leasing (“Fin Pac”) sued and obtained summary judgment, however the appeals court reversed the decision and remanded the case for trial based mainly on the telephone verification of receipt of the equipment.

Direct Credit Funding, Inc., leased a Ricoh copier to David Sharp and the Law Offices of David A. Sharp, PA, a Florida, corporation. They brokered the lease, which was to be funded by Financial Pacific.

When “Fin Pac” called the attorney to verify delivery and acceptance, the call came in just as a delivery truck was pulling up to the lessee’s office. Looking out the window and having been previously assured by the manufacturer that the equipment was being delivered that day, the lessee confirmed that in fact the equipment was just being delivered. “Fin Pac” noted the file and ended the phone call. Of course, as it turns out, the delivery truck did not contain the copier and it was never subsequently delivered.

The matter came to a head a month after the telephone call when the law firm sent a letter cancelling the lease, demanding its advance money back, primarily “for lack of performance by the vendor.” The copier was never delivered.

The wife subsequently claimed that she did not sign the guaranty.

Financial Pacific Leasing prevailed on its summary judgment, based on the “hell or high water” provisions of Article 2A, claiming that the lack of delivery was irrelevant. The lessor employee “specifically confirmed that the copier has been received, installed and is operating satisfactorily.”

On appeal, the lessee argued that what in fact he said to the lessor on the telephone call was that the equipment was “just being delivered,” arguing that the statement failed to establish uncontroverted evidence of acceptance, so the failure to accept did not trigger the “hell or high water” provisions of Article 2A. In fact, although the lease provided that the lessor could telephonically verify that the equipment had been accepted; delivered, inspected, installed, and was in good operating order, the lessor only verified that it was delivered.

The Court of Appeals reversed the Financial Pacific Leasing’s summary judgment, and held that there was a genuine issue of material fact as to whether or not there ever was an “acceptance.” of the lease. The court further reversed the case based on the wife’s alleged failure to sign the guaranty.

There are several lessons to be learned from this case:

First, the lessor should not merely verify delivery and proper installation and operation. The lessor should also ask additional questions in an effort to confirm proper installation of the leased equipment. Normally Financial Pacific has this in their procedures and why it did not occur in this case is not known. The caller said she asked the standard questions; unfortunately there was no recorded conversation so it was her word against an attorney’s word.

Second, if the decision to accept the verbal without further questions was based on the lessee being an attorney, knowing the law, and therefore being more knowledgeable, that is a major mistake. In an “he said, she said,” both parties should be equal in stature.

Third, often small ticket leases do not use a third party to visually inspect receipt, tag and photograph the equipment. The salesman or broker involved should have physically visited the premise as well as taking a digital photo with his hand held device (almost everyone in the trade has one.)

Fourth, many lessors attempt to rely upon the lease language that a lease is a finance lease governed by Article 2A. However if in fact the lease is really a lease intended as a security, a court could decline to apply Article 2A. Therefore, the lessor should include contractual provisions which will protect the lessor independent of Article 2A. We were surprised that the lease in this case did not contain a “hell or high water “ provision, but since the legal effect of such clauses is already embedded in Article 2A, that didn’t bother the Court.

Fifth, when a guarantor denies a signature, it’s possible that a lessor will not be able to obtain a summary judgment. It was unclear from this case if the lessor had a copy of the wife’s driver’s license in the file or the method it had been obtained (hopefully not by fax or internet). If this had been a large size lease, the signatures would have been notarized. Perhaps the guarantee was not as important a decision to prove or disapprove, as the ruling most likely was based solely on the interpretation that “it is being delivered” does not mean it was “delivered and accept in good working condition.

Sixth, The dilemma of small ticket leases: Here you get a summary judgment, but it is overturned in appeal---not worth the cost and time in taking any further. You win some and you lose some in court in trying to recover your money. This case should have settled.

Seventh, if the equipment was not in fact delivered, the lessor should have a signed purchase order with the vendor, which represents and warrants delivery. That way, even if the lessee prevailed, the lessor would have a good action against the vendor.

Or Most important: Since Financial Pacific works with brokers, it was Direct Credit Funding, who submitted the lease, who most likely called to say the copier was delivered and the lessor called to verify this because of the information supplied by the broker. Reps and warrants by the broker should then take care of “Fin Pac’s” loss.

Certainly there is more to the story not covered in the court documents, such as the 30 day delay in letting Financial Pacific Leasing know regarding non-delivery---and actually why it wasn’t delivered.

Frank Peretore is a founding partner of Peretore & Peretore, P.C. and Scott Chait is an associate with the firm. They can be reached at and

Tom McCurnin is a partner at Barton, Klugman & Oetting in Los Angeles, California and can be reached at

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Veteran’s Day, Sunday, November 11th
(Federal Legal Holiday, November 12th, Monday)

To all veterans, here’s to you on this special day of remembrance. To my late father, US Army staff sergeant (WWII), late Uncle Irving, Staff sergeant (Korean War, also a professional soldier), Sue's late father, Don Pooley, Capt. US Navy (World War II), her brother Don, Jr., Captain US Navy (Vietnam), my brother Michael, US. Coast Guard Lt. ( pilot, fixed wing and helicopter) now photographer, brother Peter, US Air Force (NORAD,) also professional military (now retired), writer/poet, Son Dashiell, US Navy, Chief Petty Officer (light weapons specialist, diver, electrician, Riverene unit second in command, “dirt” soldier—five tours of duty in Iraq and Mediterranean waters), Cousin Alinda Flutie, Captain, US Air Force (now retired), and on my mother’s side, several on both sides of the Civil War, and on my mother’s side, American Revolutionary War, Bressler, Corporal, Pennsylvania Rifle Brigade,.)

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A weekend of dramatic thrills ("Flight") and neck-biting laughs ("Vamps") waits at the box-office, while DVD viewers can choose between Pixar animation ("Brave") and a pair of familial comedy-dramas ("Dark Horse," "Your Sister's Sister").

In Theaters:

Flight (Paramount Pictures): Denzel Washington soars in another sure-to-be-Oscar-nominated performance in this harrowing drama directed by Robert Zemeckis ("Forrest Gump"). Washington stars as Whip Whitaker, an airline pilot whose steely professional exterior hides a dark side involving alcohol and drugs. When his airplane comes apart during one flight and starts to nose-dive towards the ground, he marshals all his daredevil cool in an emergency landing that miraculously saves most of the passengers. He's promptly hailed as a hero, but then a federal investigation threatens to expose his problems with alcoholism. While under scrutiny and developing a tentative romance with a recovering drug addict (Kelly Reilly), Whitaker slowly comes to the realization that his vices are destroying his life. Will he make the right decision when the time comes? An involving, rock-solid tale about the nature of heroism and redemption.

Vamps (Anchor Bay Films): Alicia Silverstone teams up with Amy Heckerling, the filmmaker who made her a star in "Clueless," for this fluffy comedy about a pair of cheery modern-day bloodsuckers. Goody (Silverstone) and Stacy (Krysten Ritter) are best friends who love to go shopping and looking for love in New York City. They all happen to be vampires, centuries-old creatures who share an apartment with coffins decorated like girly high-school lockers. Their happy-go-lucky if unusual lifestyle is shaken by the prospect of romance when they meet a hunky college student (Dan Stevens) who just happens to be the son of renowned ghoul-hunter Dr. Van Helsing (Wallace Shawn). With a goofy supernatural specialist (Malcolm McDowell) and a bossy vampiress (Sigorney Weaver) after them, what's a girl to do? A lightweight charmer full of endearing performances and pop-saturated laughs.

Netflix Tip: With "Flight," director Robert Zemeckis returns to live-action after a decade of such motion-capture experiments as "The Polar Express" and "Beowulf." So checkout his earlier hits with Netflix, from "Romancing the Stone" (1984) and "Back to the Future" (1985) to "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" (1988) and "Castaway" (2000).


Brave (Walt Disney): After the disappointment of last year's "Cars 2," Pixar returns to form as today's greatest animation studio with this rousing adventure. Set on the vibrantly green Scottish Highlands during medieval times, the story focuses on Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald), the fiery-haired daughter of King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). The young lass' skills with bows and arrows are only matched by her headstrong refusal to follow family traditions, a rebellious streak which upsets the lords of the kingdom. With the threat of devastation now hovering over the land, Merida must put her bravery to practice on a perilous journey to undo a curse. Recalling Disney's tradition of feisty heroines, this fast-paced, gorgeously crafted fable is a treat to moms and daughters in particular, and a feast to audiences everywhere.

Dark Horse (Virgil Films): With films like "Welcome to the Dollhouse," "Happiness" and "Life During Wartime," writer-director Todd Solondz has crafted a name for himself as a master of feel-bad portraits of human nature. It's doubly surprising, then, that his latest offering, in its own acidic way, comes close to being... endearing. The seemingly simple but increasingly twisty story centers on Abe (Jordan Gelber), a portly momma's boy who, despite being in his thirties, still lives with his parents (Mia Farrow, Christopher Walken) and often acts like a self-deluded big baby. He seems to be reaching out of his secluded cocoon when he begins to date Miranda (Selma Blair), a depressive who readily accepts his marriage proposal. That's just the tip of the iceberg, however, of Solondz's bracingly squeamish (and ultimately hopeful) comedy-drama.

Your Sister's Sister (MPI): Writer-director Lynn Shelton follows up on her acclaimed debut "Humpday" with this warm and engaging comedy-drama. Focusing mainly on the shifting emotions between a trio of characters, the movie begins with its blend of the awkward and the heartfelt as thirtysomething schlub Jack (Mark Duplass) runs into his best friend Iris (Emily Blunt) at his brother's funeral. Hoping to ward off his depression, Iris sends Jack off to stay at her family's summer home, where he meets her half-sister Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt). When romance starts to brew between the two, Jack and Hannah decide to keep things secret from Iris. But can a budding relationship compete with family bonds? Deftly steering the plot back and forth between light farcical complications and intense emotional moments, Shelton and her talented cast come up with a totally disarming charmer.



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(1913-1970) US football coach

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The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength,
not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.

Gentleman, this is a football.

We didn't lose the game; we just ran out of time.

Fatigue makes cowards of us all.

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.

If you can't accept losing, you can't win.

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their
commitment excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor. 
All right Mister, let me tell you what winning means you're willing to
go longer, work harder, give more than anyone else.

The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure.
These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.

Individual commitment to a group effort -- that is what makes a
team work a company work, a society work, a civilization work.

Winning isn't everything it's the only thing. 
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     1731-Birthday of Benjamin Banneker: American astronomer, mathematician clockmaker, surveyor and almanac author, called “first black man of science.” He was instrumental in the original survey of city of Washington. Banneker's Almanac was published 1792—97. Born at Elliott's Mills, MD, he died at Baltimore, MD, Oct 9, 1806. A fire that started during his funeral destroyed his home, library, notebooks, almanac calculations, clocks and virtually all belongings and documents related to his life.
    1756-Travel was generally by horse or walking before this date when the first intercity stagecoach service was inaugurated between Philadelphia, PA, and New York City by John Butler, Francis Holman, John Thompson, and William Walter.
    1800--- Birth of Asa Mahan, American educator and Congregational clergyman. President of Oberlin College in Ohio from 1835_1850, Mahan was instrumental in establishing interracial college enrollment and in the granting of college degrees to women.
    1802-Birthday of Elijah P. Lovejoy, American newspaper publisher and abolitionist, born at Albion, ME. Died Nov. 7, 1837 in a fire started by a mob angry about his anti-slavery views.
    1815- Reverend Leonard Grimes was born at Leesburg, VA, to parents who were free. A free black man living at Washington, DC, he despised slavery and became active in assisting fugitive slaves to escape. He was caught and imprisoned at Richmond, VA. After his release he founded and became the first minister of the Twelfth Street Baptist Church at Boston, MA, where he served until his death Mar 14, 1874.
    1831-Birthday of Cornelia Adele Strong Fassatt, painter of The Florida Case before the Electoral Commission hanging in the U.S. Capitol building that contains the faithful likenesses of 260 prominent figures of the day. 
    1833-Brithday of Sally Louisa Tompkins, made a captain in the Confederacy so she could continue operating a private hospital which had less than a 7% fatality rate, an unbelievably low rate for the times. She was buried with full military honors when she died in 1916.
    1836-The first state police were formed when G.W. Davis was commissioned to raise 20 Texas Ranger. Texas was a province of Mexico at the time. The General Council of the Provisional Government of Texas authorized the organization of three Ranger companies. Texas was admitted to the Union in 1845. The first African-American officer to serve as a Texas Ranger was Lee Roy Young, who joined the force in 1988.
    1836--- Birth of Christian business traveler Samuel Hill. In 1899 Hill, John Nicholson and W.J. Knights co founded the Gideons, a Christian organization that ministers through distribution of the Scriptures. To date, the Gideons have placed over 12 million Bibles and 100 million New Testaments.
    1857 - The new magazine, the "Atlantic Monthly", featured the first installment "The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
    1861- Tennessee votes against secession
    1868- Medical School at Howard University opened with eight students
    1872-The Boston Fire: though Boston had experienced several damaging fires, the worst one started on this Saturday evening in a dry-goods warehouse. Spreading rapidly in windy weather, it devastated several blocks of the business district, destroying nearing 800 buildings. Damage was estimated at more than $75 million. It was said that the fire caused a bright red glare in the sky that could be seen from nearly 100 miles away. The Boston fire came one year, one month, and one day after the Great Chicago Fire of October 8, 1871.
    1876-Birthday of Archibald Wright (Moonlight” Graham, baseball player born at Fayetteville, NC. Graham's brief major league career (one game and no at-bats) was fictionalized in “Field of Dreams.” Died at Chisholm, MN, August 25, 1965.
    1899-Clarinetist Mezz Mezzrow born Chicago, ILL. His autiobiography about Chicago jazz days is still considered a classic, written in 1946, “Really the Blues.” Ben Pollock, the drummer says Mezz was “not too smart, and he ran errands for us mostly.” Ben at the time owned a Pizza joint on Sunset Blvd that we often went to listen to the Dixieland music.
    1906 - United States President Theodore Roosevelt left for Panama on the first overseas trip by a United States president.
    1906—Trumpet player Muggsy Spanier birthday
    1906 -Alto sax player Peter Brown born, Baltimore, MD.
    1912- West Point cadet Dwight D. Eisenhower broke his kneecap in a football game against Tufts University and gave up the sport forever.
    1913 -the 'Freshwater Fury', one of the greatest windstorms ever in the Great Lakes produced sustained winds of 62 mph at Port Huron, MI, gusts to 80 mph at Buffalo, NY and 79 mph at Cleveland, OH. 17 ships were sunk and 270 sailors lost. 22.2 inches of snow fell at Cleveland. Pickens, WV had 36 inches
    1918-Birthday of Spiro Theodore Agnew, 39 th vice president of the US, born at Baltimore, MD. Twice elected vice president (1968 and1972), Agnew became the second person to resign that office October 10, 1973. Agnew entered a plea of no contest to a charge of income tax evasion ( on contract kickbacks received while he was governor of Maryland , and after he became vice president) He died Sept. 17, 1996, at Berlin, MD. John Calhoun was the first to resign, 1832, over many issues with President John Quincy Adams, the last of states rights, where Adams continued to believe states had the right to over rule federal authority and decided he had had it.
    1918-Birthday of swimmer Florence May Chadwick, San Diego, CA. Chadwick never won a national title and failed to qualify for the US Olympic team in 1936, but she won enduring fame by becoming the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions. She swam from France to England on August 8, 1950, and from England to France a year later. She made other long-distance swims as well, including the Bristol Channel, the Catalina Island-to California swim and the Strait of Gibraltar. Died at San Diego, March 15, 1995.
    1923- Birthday of Actress and singer Dorothy Dandridge. She was a child star, born at Cleveland, OH, who toured with her sisters, Vivian and Etta Jones, as The Dandridge Sisters. They played at the Cotton Club, sharing the stage with artists such as Cab Calloway and W.C. Handy. Dandridge went solo in 1941 to perform in Hollywood movies and on stage with the Desi Arnaz Band. Her big break came with the lead role in Otto Preminger's musical, Carmen Jones. Dandridge received an Oscar nomination for her performance. Unfortunately, Dandridge could not overcome Hollywood's racism and tendency to typecast and her career foundered. She died at West Hollywood, CA, Sept 8,1965.
    1926 - A F3 tornado struck a small school near La Plata, MD killing 14 students. The school was lifted, thrown into a grove of trees and blown apart. The body of one child was found in a tree 300 feet away
    1934-Birthday of Carl Sagan, astronomer, biologist, author, born at New York, NY. Died at Seattle, WA. Dec. 20, 1996.
    1938- 24-year-old Mary Martin made her Broadway stage debut in the musical comedy "Leave It to Me". She brought down the house as she sang My Heart Belongs to Daddy. And the critics raved about New York's bright new star. The following year brought Martin a top-ten hit with the same song. Martin suddenly found herself singing duets with Bing Crosby; starring on "Broadway in One Touch of Venus" in 1943; "Lute Song" in 1946; touring in "Annie Get Your Gun"; and then taking on what would become her immortal role, that of Nellie in "South Pacific". South Pacific was one of Broadway's biggest hits and the cast album was one of the first of its kind, also a big seller. Then came Mary's stage and TV performances as Peter Pan. This would become her signature role, a memorable moment as the petite actress flew through the air with Tinkerbell and fought the dangerous Captain Hook. Broadway called to Mary Martin again in 1959 for "The Sound of Music" and once more in 1966 for "I Do, I Do". Back in 1951, Mary Martin recorded a duet with a young man who was also destined for instant and long-term stardom. The song they sang together was Get out Those Old Records. The twenty-year-old was her son, Larry Hagman, who later played J.R. Ewing.
    1938-- Crystal Night in Germany when Hitler's men raided Jewish homes and synagogues. The name is derived from the broken glass that covered the streets. Lest we forget... More than four million women and children were killed by Hitler. He abolished abortion and birth control and held contests and awarded medals for women bearing the most children, had camps and homes where women were used for men's pleasure and breeding - and were no women were among the leaders of the Nazi party. In addition to sharing ALL the horrors that the men in concentration camps suffered at the hands of the Nazis, the women also were raped and sexually tortured - by both inmates and Nazis.
    1944--GOTT, DONALD J. (Air Mission) Medal of Honor Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Corps, 729th Bomber Squadron, 452d Bombardment Group. Place and date: Saarbrucken, Germany, 9 November 1944. Entered service at: Arnett, Okla. Born: 3 June 1923, Arnett, Okla. G.O. No.: 38, 16 May 1945. Citation: On a bombing run upon the marshaling yards at Saarbrucken a B-17 aircraft piloted by 1st. Lt. Gott was seriously damaged by antiaircraft fire. Three of the aircraft's engines were damaged beyond control and on fire; dangerous flames from the No. 4 engine were leaping back as far as the tail assembly. Flares in the cockpit were ignited and a fire raged therein, which was further increased by free-flowing fluid from damaged hydraulic lines. The interphone system was rendered useless. In addition to these serious mechanical difficulties the engineer was wounded in the leg and the radio operator's arm was severed below the elbow. Suffering from intense pain, despite the application of a tourniquet, the radio operator fell unconscious. Faced with the imminent explosion of his aircraft, and death to his entire crew, mere seconds before bombs away on the target, 1st. Lt. Gott and his copilot conferred. Something had to be done immediately to save the life of the wounded radio operator. The lack of a static line and the thought that his unconscious body striking the ground in unknown territory would not bring immediate medical attention forced a quick decision. 1st. Lt. Gott and his copilot decided to fly the flaming aircraft to friendly territory and then attempt to crash land. Bombs were released on the target and the crippled aircraft proceeded alone to Allied-controlled territory. When that had been reached, 1st. Lt. Gott had the copilot personally inform all crewmembers to bail out. The copilot chose to remain with 1st. Lt. Gott in order to assist in landing the bomber. With only one normally functioning engine, and with the danger of explosion much greater, the aircraft banked into an open field, and when it was at an altitude of 100 feet it exploded, crashed, exploded again and then disintegrated. All 3 crewmembers were instantly killed. 1st. Lt. Gott's loyalty to his crew, his determination to accomplish the task set forth to him, and his deed of knowingly performing what may have been his last service to his country was an example of valor at its highest. 
    1946- Thousands of African-Americans fought in WWII, but after the war the same old injustices and hatred prevailed. In Philadelphia Margaret Roselle Hawkins and Sarah Strickland Scott founded a nonpartisan, volunteer organization called The Links, “linking” their friendship and resources in an effort to better the lives of disadvantaged African-Americans. From the first group of nine, The Links has grown to an incorporated organization of 8,000 women in 240 local chapters in 40 states plus the District of Columbia and two foreign countries. The Links promotes educational, cultural and community activities through a variety of projects here and in Africa. In May of 1985 The Links became an official
    1948-Top Hits
Buttons and Bows - Dinah Shore
Hair of Gold, Eyes of Blue - Gordon MacRae
On a Slow Boat to China - The Kay Kaiser Orchestra (vocal: Harry Babbitt & Gloria Wood
One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart) - Jimmy Wakely
    1948 - On NBC radio, "This is Your Life" debuted. the host for that first episode was Ralph Edwards who hosted the radio show for two years before giving the show nine more years from 1952 to 1961 on television.
    1952- “Omnibus” premiered on television. This eclectic series deserved its name, offering a variety of presentations, including dramas, documentaries and musicals. Alistair Cooke hosted the program, which was the first major TV project to be underwritten by the Ford Foundation. Notable presentations included: James Agee's “Mr. Lincoln”; “Die Fledermaus,” with Eugene Ormandy conducting the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Agnes DeMille's ballet “Three Virgins and the Devil” (presented as “Three Maidens and the Devil”); and documentaries from underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau.
    1955 - For RCA Victor, Harry Belafonte recorded "Jamaica Farewell" and "Come Back Liza", completing the "Calypso" album that led to Belafonte's nickname, "Calypso King".
    1955--The Everly Brothers made their first studio recordings, cutting four tracks in 22 minutes at Nashville's Old Tulane Hotel Studios. 
    1956-Top Hits
Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley
The Green Door - Jim Lowe
True Love - Bing Crosby & Grace Kelly
Hound Dog/Don't Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
    1958-Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog" became only the third record in history to sell over three million copies, joining "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby and Gene Autry's "Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer". 
    1960- the New York Yankees fired their manager, Casey Stengel, despite his having won 10 pennants and seven World Series in 12 years. Stengel returned to baseball in 1962 as first manager of the New York Mets.
    1961-Brian Epstein went to Liverpool's Cavern Club to see The Beatles perform for the first time. He had been getting requests at his NEMS music store for a record called "My Bonnie". After several more visits, Epstein would offer to manage the group, which he did until his death in 1967. 
    1961 --PGA eliminates Caucasians only rule.
    1963-The Kingsmen's classic, "Louie, Louie" is released in the US. It will enter the Hot 100 near the end of November and peak at #2 in early January. 
    1964-Top Hits
Baby Love - The Supremes
Last Kiss - J. Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers
Leader of the Pack - The Shangri-Las
I Don't Care (Just as Long as You Love Me) - Buck Owens
    1965- Massive electric power failure starting in western New York State at 5:16 PM, cut electric power to much of northeastern US and Ontario and Quebec in Canada. More than 30 million persons in an area of 80,000 square miles were affected. The experience provoked studies of the vulnerability of 20 th century technology.
    1967 - With John Lennon on the cover, the first issue of "Rolling Stone" was published. The magazine said it was not just a music magazine but was also about “...the things and attitudes that music embraces.”
    1967-SIJAN, LANCE P. Medal of Honor Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Air Force, 4th Allied POW Wing, Pilot of an F-4C aircraft. Place and date: North Vietnam, 9 November 1967. Entered service at: Milwaukee, Wis. Born: 13 April 1942, Milwaukee, Wis. Citation: While on a flight over North Vietnam, Capt. Sijan ejected from his disabled aircraft and successfully evaded capture for more than 6 weeks. During this time, he was seriously injured and suffered from shock and extreme weight loss due to lack of food. After being captured by North Vietnamese soldiers, Capt. Sijan was taken to a holding point for subsequent transfer to a prisoner of war camp. In his emaciated and crippled condition, he overpowered 1 of his guards and crawled into the jungle, only to be recaptured after several hours. He was then transferred to another prison camp where he was kept in solitary confinement and interrogated at length. During interrogation, he was severely tortured; however, he did not divulge any information to his captors. Capt. Sijan lapsed into delirium and was placed in the care of another prisoner. During his intermittent periods of consciousness until his death, he never complained of his physical condition and, on several occasions, spoke of future escape attempts. Capt. Sijan's extraordinary heroism and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty at the cost of his life are in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Air Force and reflect great credit upon himself and the U.S. Armed Forces. 
    1967--YOUNG, GERALD O. Medal of Honor Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Air Force, 37th ARS Da Nang AFB, Republic of Vietnam. Place and date: Khesanh, 9 November 1967. Entered service at: Colorado Springs, Colo. Born: 9 May 1930, Chicago, Ill. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Capt. Young distinguished himself while serving as a helicopter rescue crew commander. Capt. Young was flying escort for another helicopter attempting the night rescue of an Army ground reconnaissance team in imminent danger of death or capture. Previous attempts had resulted in the loss of 2 helicopters to hostile ground fire. The endangered team was positioned on the side of a steep slope which required unusual airmanship on the part of Capt. Young to effect pickup. Heavy automatic weapons fire from the surrounding enemy severely damaged 1 rescue helicopter, but it was able to extract 3 of the team. The commander of this aircraft recommended to Capt. Young that further rescue attempts be abandoned because it was not possible to suppress the concentrated fire from enemy automatic weapons. With full knowledge of the danger involved, and the fact that supporting helicopter gunships were low on fuel and ordnance, Capt. Young hovered under intense fire until the remaining survivors were aboard. As he maneuvered the aircraft for takeoff, the enemy appeared at point-blank range and raked the aircraft with automatic weapons fire. The aircraft crashed, inverted, and burst into flames. Capt. Young escaped through a window of the burning aircraft. Disregarding serious burns, Capt. Young aided one of the wounded men and attempted to lead the hostile forces away from his position. Later, despite intense pain from his burns, he declined to accept rescue because he had observed hostile forces setting up automatic weapons positions to entrap any rescue aircraft. For more than 17 hours he evaded the enemy until rescue aircraft could be brought into the area. Through his extraordinary heroism, aggressiveness, and concern for his fellow man, Capt. Young reflected the highest credit upon himself, the U.S. Air Force, and the Armed Forces of his country. 
    1969-Simon and Garfunkel record what would become their signature tune, "Bridge Over Troubled Water", with future member of Bread, Larry Knechtel on piano. Art wanted Paul to sing the song, but Paul insisted that Art's voice was better suited for it. It was a decision that Paul would later say he regretted. 
    1969--The occupation of Alcatrazwas planned by Richard Oakes, a group of Indian students, and a group of urban Indians from the Bay Area. Since many different tribes were represented, the name "Indians of All Tribes" was adopted for the group. They claimed the island in the name of Indians of all tribes and left the island to return later that same evening. In meetings following the November 9th occupation, Oakes and his fellow American Indian students realized that a prolonged occupation was possible. --Alcatraz Indian Occupation
    1972-Top Hits
I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash
Nights in White Satin - The Moody Blues
Freddie's Dead (Theme from “Superfly”) - Curtis Mayfield
It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad) - Merle Haggard
    1973-After years of struggling as a member of two New York area bands, The Hassels and Attila, and as a bar room piano player, Billy Joel releases what will ultimately be his breakthrough album, "Piano Man". The title song will be released as a single and become a Top Twenty-five hit early next year. 
    1974-"You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" by Bachman-Turner Overdrive topped the charts and stayed there for a week.
    1976-In the wake of the reformed Fleetwood Mac's success with their latest, self-titled album, one of the band's earlier LPs, "Mystery to Me" goes Gold. 
    1977-Donna Summer is awarded a Gold record for her Billboard #6 hit, "I Feel Love". It was the second of her twenty, US Top 40 chart makers. 
    1980-Top Hits
Woman in Love - Barbra Streisand
Lady - Kenny Rogers
The Wanderer - Donna Summer
On the Road Again - Willie Nelson
    1982 - An unusual California outbreak of tornadoes with 7 tornadoes setting down in the Los Angeles area. 2 of the storms reached F2 striking Long Beach and Van Nuys
    1984- The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was completed by the addition of a statue, “Three Servicemen” (sculpted by Frederick Hart), which was unveiled on this date. The statue faces the black granite wall on which are inscribed the names of more than 58,000 Americans who were killed or missing in action in the Vietnam War.
    1985-"Miami Vice Theme" by Jan Hammer topped the charts and stayed there for a week.
    1988-Top Hits
Kokomo - The Beach Boys
Wild, Wild West - The Escape Club
The Loco-Motion - Kylie Minogue
Darlene - T. Graham Brown
    1989 - East German officials today opened the Berlin Wall, allowing travel from East to West Berlin. The following day, celebrating Germans began to tear the wall down. One of the ugliest and most infamous symbols of the Cold War was soon reduced to rubble that was quickly snatched up by souvenir hunters.
    1991 - Champaign, IL shivered at 9 degrees, Calico Rock, AR dropped to 13 degrees, just two of 70 record lows for the date
    1991- "Cream" by Prince & the N.P.G. topped the charts and stayed there for 2 weeks
    1996-"No Diggity" by Blackstreet topped the charts and stayed there for 4 weeks.
    1997 - -- Denver cornerback Darrien Gordon ties an NFL record by returning two punts for touchdowns in the same quarter, a feat previously accomplished just twice in NFL history. His scoring returns of 82 and 75 yards in the first quarter gave Denver a 14-0 lead en route to a 34-0 defeat of Carolina. 
    1999-The Recording Industry Association of America announces their Artists of the Century. The Beatles top the list for US sales of over 106 million albums. Garth Brooks was named most successful male artist (89 million albums sold) and Barbra Streisand the most successful female artist. (62 million albums sold). Elvis Presley had the most Gold and Platinum singles with 77, to go along with his 80 Gold and Platinum albums. Elton John's "Candle in the Wind" (Princess Diana version) is the best selling single of all time and the Eagles "Greatest Hits 1971 - 1975" is the record holder for best selling album. 
    2000--- After posting the best record in baseball this season, Giant manager Dusty Baker is named by the BBWAA as the National League Manager of the Year. He joins Tony LaRussa (White Sox '83 and A's '88 and 92) as the only three-time winner of the award.
    2000-The Beatles launched their official internet web site, 
    2002 - After a decade as the skipper in San Francisco, Dusty Baker signs a four years deal to pilot the Cubs. The three-time NL Manager of the Year compiled an 840-715 record during his ten-year tenure with the Giants 
    2004 ---After coming out of retirement to pitch for his home town team, Roger Clemens (18-4, 218, and 2.98) becomes the oldest hurler to win the Cy Young Award. The 42-year old ‘Rocket' has received the honor a record seven times and becomes the first to win the award with four different teams; Red Sox (1986-87, 1991), Blue Jays (1997-98), Yankees (2001) and the Astros (2004). 
    2005-- Ozzie Guillen, who led the Chicago White Sox to the World Championship, joins his former field boss as recipients of the managers of the year honors. After leading a very young Braves team to the East division title, Bobby Cox, the NL winner, becomes the first skipper in either league ever win the award in consecutive years. 
    2008 - Participants in team-sponsored high school program aimed at helping Bronx youths pursue careers in architecture, engineering and construction, along with a few players remove rain-soaked dirt from the former Yankee Stadium and bring it across the street to the team's new $1.3 billion field. The soil is then mixed with the new stadium's dirt around home plate and pitcher's rubber which were also removed from the former site during the ceremony.




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