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Equipment Leasing Volume Continues to Surge
--Leasing Industry Expected to Grow to $260 billion in 2000
On Deck reaches $300 Million Delivered to Main Street
with the help of 1500 distribution partners
by Christopher Menkin
NAELB Conference, Irvine, California
by Dwight Galloway, CLP
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Archives: November 16, 2000
Equipment Leasing Volume Continues to Surge
--Leasing Industry Expected to Grow to $260 billion in 2000
ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the 2000 State of the Industry Report (SIR) released today by the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation (ELFF), the equipment leasing industry grew 13 percent in equipment leasing volume from 1998 to 1999. In 1999, the equipment leasing industry surpassed its 1998 industry performance of $207 billion and reported $234 billion in equipment leasing volume. The report predicts that with continued growth, the equipment leasing industry will reach $260 billion for 2000.
The SIR revealed the fastest growing segments of equipment leasing are software and computers respectively. Unaccounted for in the SIR's $234 billion industry total, software leasing generated an additional $54 billion dollars for the equipment leasing industry in 1999. According to the report, computers and software leasing volume increased 23.2 percent between 1998 to 1999.
There are several reasons cited in the SIR for the notable increase in leasing volume. In the past year leasing has become an increasingly popular choice for financing for reasons including: convenience, flexibility, increased cash flow, tax benefits and the opportunity to transfer the cost of upgrading equipment to the lessor.
Michael J. Fleming, President
Equipment Leasing Association
"One of the reasons we see an increase in equipment leasing volume is because strategic financial decision makers are recognizing that the equipment leasing industry is offering more favorable terms. Many companies are greatly increasing their technology investments and are recognizing greater cash flow as a result of leasing. This drives customers to continue leveraging leasing to their financial benefit," Michael Fleming, president of the Equipment Leasing Association said.
Today, the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association states the industry is $628 billion (and growing.)
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On Deck reaches $300 Million Delivered to Main Street
with the help of 1500 partners
by Christopher Menkin
On Deck Capital now boasts 1,500 distribution partners nationwide
Noah Breslow, CEO
"On Deck is growing faster than ever, and has now delivered over $300 Million to Main Street businesses” Noah Breslow, chief executive officer told Leasing News “Our partner network of leasing brokers, funding advisors, banks and small business service providers has been a key piece of this growth”.
To support the partner growth, On Deck has opened regional offices in Atlanta, Sarasota, Chicago, and Los Angeles. The company now counts over 140 employees, which has also resulted in plans for the company’s New York headquarters and Virginia operations center to move to larger spaces in 2013.
It appears banks are still not lending to consumers as Costco, Wal-Mart, and other retailers are now offering mortgages and other personal loans.
"Financing is still a challenge for a significant portion of business owners," Breslow explains "the ways consumers and businesses access financing are evolving faster than ever – 5 years from now the landscape will look very different."
The typical On Deck customer is a “Main Street” business (retailer, restaurant, salon, dentist, florist, etc.) that has been in business more than one year and has revenue between $100,000 and $4,000,000. The loans range from $5,000 - $150,000 with terms from 3-18 months. Loans are repaid with a fixed daily ACH payment taken each business day from the business bank account.
On Deck's success is the approach to lending, using algorithms, as Google has in search engines, to fully understand the cash flow. CEO Breslow explains it: "One of the underlying problems in small business lending is that with traditional underwriting methods it takes the same amount of time to analyze a business for a $30,000 loan as it does for a $3,000,000 loan. And as a result, the businesses that need these smaller loans haven’t received the attention they have deserved. Technology has allowed On Deck to efficiently serve this market and to do in minutes what used to take days.”
On Deck partners can use the On Deck lending platform to earn commissions and serve their customers in two ways: through the On Deck Partner Portal and through the On Deck API. Partners can submit, track and monitor loans and applications in real time. The program also allows partners to seamlessly integrate the credit decision and application process into their own web service or CRM. All partners in the program also receive dedicated sales support, customized training and webinars, online revenue management tools as well as turnkey marketing programs designed to maximize partner success.
"Each week we also hold an advanced sales training which is a longer and more in depth discussion about our products and how to sell them," CEO Breslow said. " Additionally, we hold 1-2 additional monthly webinars on varying topics including marketing, sales techniques, credit policies etc. All of these webinars are available online 24x7 in the On Deck partner portal. And earlier this month we introduced a 20 page On Deck Handbook that covers the On Deck products and application process in detail."
Recently the company secured nearly $100 million in new debt commitments, which includes an $80 million credit facility jointly led by Goldman Sachs and Fortress Credit Corp. and $17 million of venture debt loans from SF Capital and Lighthouse Capital Partners. This capital gives On Deck increased lending capacity to further advance its industry-leading working capital solution and empower Main Street businesses to grow their operations.
“We look forward to continuing to build our partner network to help us meet the financing needs of small businesses nationwide,” CEO Breslow added.
On Deck is an advertiser on Leasing News and the company has received many compliments due to the recommendation. One broker was told after the loan came through that she was an "angel."
To learn more about On Deck, please visit www.ondeckcapital.com. Potential partners interested in joining On Deck’s partner program are encouraged to contact On Deck for additional information. The company can be reached via phone at 888.433.9345 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
NAELB Conference, Irvine, California
by Dwight Galloway, CLP
The National Association of Equipment Leasing Western Regional meeting held in Irvine, California November 9-10 attracted more funders and service firms than broker members. There were 125 attendees; allocated between funder/servicers 71, brokers 54. Of course, those are people, not firms. The price for a broker to attend who was a member was $125, $200 non-member, but a $50 pass available for all.
Last year they had 136 registered attendees with 25 exhibitors and the year before 131 attendees with 22 exhibitors, all according to previous reports.
Non-attending members missed the opportunity to see one new funder (or at least one with whom you do not have a relationship) or say hello to your existing funders (always valuable in this people-to-people business). This would seem to be worth $75.00 but evidently not. Those that attended certainly got their money's worth as well as time spent.
The presence of numerous diversified funders offering a wide range of credit standards and pricing for all but the most difficult deals seems to refute frequent member complaints to the Board lamenting the lack of funding sources. Although the Association continues to seek every means possible to increase the attendance at regional and national meetings by offering access to funders/servicers, education, and the valuable networking with peers, it has not been any more successful than the rest of the industry in bolstering member attendance.
All but a few of the attending brokers were experienced, long time professionals who said they weathered the past few years by downsizing, targeting non-cyclical industries, and taking great care of their existing customers (vendors and end users). The prevailing attitude was optimistic with several citing the recent surge in the home buying/building statistics as an indicator that the economy will pick up in 2013. With few exceptions, they indicated recent growth in applications and funded business.
The NAELB Annual Conference will be in Las Vegas April 18-20 at the Tropicana Hotel. I hope to see your there.
Dwight Galloway, CLP
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Joseph "Joe" Krolak joins People's United Bank's Capital & Leasing Corporation, Waterbury, Connecticut, as Vice President, Sales, Aviation Finance. “He is responsible for expanding the bank’s fixed-wing aircraft loan and lease financing solutions throughout the Southeast, Central and Western United States." Previously he was director of sales, National Aircraft Finance Company (April, 2009-Septement, 2012), director, business development, Center Capital Corporation (January, 2005-February, 2009), vp, Textron (1998-2002). University of Saint Thomas, MBA, Finance (1999 – 2001), St. Cloud State University, Bachelor of Science, Aviation Management and Marketing/General Business (1991 – 1995).
Shad Peterson named President & Chief Operating Officer at Sasser Family Holdings, Inc. He will continue to serve as chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors for the organization. He previously was vice-president and Chief operating officer, joining the company in December, 2011. Prior he was ceo, Chicago Freight Car Leasing, a subsidiary of Sasser Family Holdings, Inc. (April 2011-November, 2001), chief operating officer, Chicago Freight Car Leasing (April, 2009-April, 2011), president, Union Leasing, a subsidiary of Sasser Family Holdings, Inc., (December, 2004-April, 2009), senior vice president, Greenwich Technology Partners (August, 1999-August, 2004), managing consultant, Sarcom (September, 1996-August, 1999). American University B.S., Political Science & Economics (1992 – 1996) Lincoln Park High School (1988 – 1992).
Edward "Ed" J. Siciliano was named executive vice-president, chief sales officer, Marlin Commercial Finance. He joined the company, October, 2007 as sales manager. Previously he was vp sales and marketing, ALK Technology (September, 2002-September, 2007), svp sales and marketing, Applied Theory (January, 1997-September, 2002), sales management, Xerox (December, 1985-December, 1996). Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-Newark BS, Marketing (1981 – 1985).
Brad Strickland joins FGI Finance, New York, New York, as Vice President of Business Development in the Atlanta region. He will be responsible for developing new business throughout Georgia and the Carolinas. Previously he was SVP-Policy Acquisition, Melville Capital Life Settlement (2006-2012), vice president, client manager, Bank of America (2005-2006), loan underwriter & portfolio manager, GE Commercial finance (1999-2005), summer associate, Corporate Banking, The Bank of New York (1998-1998), financial analyst, financial analysis & planning, Credit Lyonnais (1994-1997).New York University - Leonard N. Stern School of Business, MBA, Finance/Management (1997 – 1999), Boston College - Carroll School of Management, BS, Finance (1990 – 1994), The Williams School (1986 – 1990).
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Collection Agency’s Robo-Phone Calls to Customers Cell
Phone Snares Agency in Class Action Suit
By Tom McCurnin
Barton, Klugman & Oetting
Telephone Consumer Protection Act, Which Forbids Automated Calls, is Successfully Used as a Class Action Weapon Against Collection Agency
Meyer v. Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC, 696 F.3d 943 (9th Cir. 2012).
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Jerry Seinfeld: This isn't a good time.
Telemarketer: When would be a good time to call back, sir?
Jerry Seinfeld: I have an idea, why don't you give me your home number and I'll call you back later?
Telemarketer: Umm, we're not allowed to do that.
Jerry Seinfeld: Oh, I guess because you don't want strangers calling you at home.
Telemarketer: Umm, no.
Jerry Seinfeld: Well, now you know how I feel. [hangs up phone]
I hate telemarketers, and in 1991 Congress enacted the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which prohibited institutions from contacting persons by phone, including cell phones, without their consent. Regrettably, the Act has been applied by class action lawyers to sue loan servicers and collection agencies. This case demonstrates that if a servicer or collection agency does not have consent to contact borrowers, its robo-dialing of accounts places the financial institution at risk for huge damages.
Portfolio Recovery Associates is a Virginia collection agency, an assignee of commercial paper, having obtained the same from the original creditor. Portfolio collected the obligations using collectors who called the cell phones of debtors. As alleged in the Complaint, one debtor was telephoned on his cell phone 20 times in a few weeks. The borrower did not provide Portfolio with consent to call his cell phone.
An “automatic telephone dialing system” means “equipment that has the capacity to store or produce telephone numbers to be called, using a random or sequential number generator; and to dial such numbers. The reader should note that a system need not actually store, produce, or call randomly or sequentially generated telephone numbers, it need only have the capacity to do so.
The three elements of a TCPA claim are: (1) the defendant called a cellular telephone number; (2) using an automatic telephone dialing system; (3) without the recipient's prior express consent. Damages are actual damages or $500 per violation, whichever is greater and can be trebled for willful violations. .
The issue before the Court was a preliminary injunction to prohibit Portfolio Recovery from using their machinery to call debtors, essentially putting the company out of business, at least for their established business model. The trial court granted the injunction and Portfolio appealed.
On appeal, there was no question that Portfolio Recovery used an automated dialer to call 614,000 persons. There was no question that the borrowers had not given Portfolio consent, and the borrowers and Portfolio did not have an “established business relationship,” which is an exemption to the Act.
The only substantive issues for the Court was Portfolio’s claim that it was not using an automatic dialer because the equipment didn’t store phone numbers, it only had the capacity to store them. The Court had no problem dispensing with that issue. This seemed like a no-brainer, and the 9th Circuit affirmed the trial court’s granting of an injunction.
The lessons for financial institutions here are mainly in the collection and servicing areas.
First, the reader’s collections department should be familiar with the TCPA. If the borrower has an established business relationship with the creditor, then the collections department has clear sailing to contact the borrower.
Second, TCPA, and these types of class actions, are new, and pre-date most form leases. The equipment lessor should consider having provisions in its lease which provide consent to the lessor and to the lessor’s servicers and agents to contact the borrower.
Third, if the reader is a servicer or third party assignee, then the reader is at risk if it uses automated dialing equipment. Please note that violations are not limited to consumer obligations, so contacting a commercial customer or guarantor with such equipment would entail a risk. The penalties are $500 per call, and could be trebled, and given the volume of many collection shops, this could be millions over a year or two.
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Columbia, Maryland:—The National Association of Credit Management (NACM) expanded its existing services to credit and finance professionals this week by announcing the addition of its new UCC Filing Services, which joins its Mechanic’s Lien and Bond Services (MLBS) under the umbrella of NACM’s Secured Transaction Services (STS) division.
Security interests under Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) are now a part of the coverage offered by the National Association of Credit Management’s (NACM’s) Secured Transaction Services division. The new and existing filing services provide the means to mitigate the risk of debtor nonpayment for businesses that sell or finance various types of personal property under Article 9, as well as those that provide labor, materials and other services under state law.
MLBS was the first such filing service offered to NACM members and the business community. Launched in 2007, it has become a world-class provider of notice, lien and bond claim services to those furnishing labor or materials to construction projects and other applicable business activities as determined by state law.
The UCC Filing Services, which went live online earlier this week, is a comprehensive system that handles every part of the financing statement life cycle under the Uniform Commercial Code. A perfected UCC statement enables a previously unsecured creditor to move up in the line of rights, resulting in a significantly higher likelihood of getting paid upon a debtor’s default. Under bankruptcy law, secured creditors get paid 100% (if money is available) before unsecured creditors get one cent. The new service offers UCC-1 and UCC-3 filings in addition to assistance, archiving and monitoring programs.
"It was always our plan to offer the UCC filing service. We just wanted to ensure that the mechanic's lien and bond services we offered were first-class in every way before expanding into other areas," said NACM President Robin Schauseil, CAE. "Now that we have done that, we feel we are ready to dedicate the proper attention to moving into what was always viewed as an important phase of our offerings."
"With MLBS and UCC Filing Services under the Secured Transaction Services division, credit professionals have access to a one-stop solution to mitigate the risk of debtor nonpayment," she added. "With STS, credit professionals and their companies can secure their investments without having to worry about the time-consuming, labor intensive process of perfecting liens and UCC filings."
Securing the investment and making sure that the company is in the best possible position to get paid remains a necessity in still-volatile industries like construction. "Taking a security interest as a secured creditor has become a necessity in these troubling economic times," said STS Director Gregory Powelson. "Effective credit management has always been about managing priority as it relates to being the creditor in the best possible position to get paid in the event of default or bankruptcy."
The addition of UCC Filing Services does not change MLBS’ already robust Lien Navigator, notice to owner and foreclosure services already in place. It simply reflects NACM's ever-growing service presence in the business credit community.
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NACM, headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, supports more than 15,000 business credit and financial professionals worldwide with premier industry services, tools and information. NACM and its network of affiliated associations are the leading resource for credit and financial management information, education, products and services designed to improve the management of business credit and accounts receivable. NACM’s collective voice has influenced federal legislative policy results concerning commercial business and trade credit to our nation’s policy makers for more than 100 years, and continues to play an active part in legislative issues pertaining to business credit and corporate bankruptcy. Its annual Credit Congress is the largest gathering of credit professionals in the world.
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"Lincoln" and "Skyfall" blend popular and art-house elements at the box-office, while DVD releases offer hard-hitting drama ("Savages"), tongue-in-cheek action ("The Expendables 2") and flavorful period recreation ("Lawless").
Lincoln (Walt Disney Studios): Entering his fourth decade as a director, Steven Spielberg continues making inspired and relevant movies. In his latest, he turns his gaze to the world of politics at a decisive moment in American history... in the 19th century. Set during the height of the Civil War, the film follows Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis), whose role as American President puts him square in the middle of clashing groups, from Union and Confederate forces to slave owners and emancipators. Detailing his relationships to such famous figures like Mary Todd Lincoln (Sally Field) and Thaddeus Stevens (Tommy Lee Jones), the film is simultaneously a vast historical canvas and a small and intimate portrait of a great man who has achieved wisdom the hard way. Anchored by a fantastic performance by Day-Lewis, this is one of the year's most trenchant, emotional, and ultimately hopeful achievements.
Skyfall (Columbia Pictures): Following the lukewarm "Quantum of Solace," the James Bond franchise comes roaring back with this sleek, gorgeous installment, which aims to combine elements from both the thriller genre and the art-house. This time around, legendary secret agent Bond (Daniel Craig) is contemplating retirement after an assignment in Turkey gives the impression that he was killed. He returns to his world-saving ways, however, when former agent Silva (Javier Bardem) threatens to make deadly use of information regarding the secret organization of Bond's superior M (Judi Dench). In this world of multiple betrayals and underground networks, can Bond the villains without sacrificing his own humanity? Directed by Oscar-winner Sam Mendes ("American Beauty"), the picture manages to be at once elegant and thrilling, offering a more than worthy entry in the 007 saga.
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Savages (Universal): Following the relatively sedate releases of "W." and "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," controversial director Oliver Stone brings back his hallucinatory side in this gritty, intense thriller. The tricky plot centers on a romantic triangle anchored by Ophelia (Blake Lively), a young California woman who's in love with both Ben (Aaron Johnson), a peace-loving botanist, and Chon (Taylor Kitsch), a tough former military officer. Their relationship goes hand in hand with the run by the profitable marijuana business ran by two men, but things quickly go from smooth to chaotic when they refuse to be bossed around by a powerful Mexican drug cartel. When Ophelia is kidnapped, Ben and Chon band together to take on a ruthless crime queen (Salma Hayek) and her sadistic enforcer (Benicio Del Toro). A fast-paced, unpredictable rollercoaster ride, this is Stone in full visceral mode.
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This Day in History
1620- Fifteen pilgrims lead by Captain Myles Standish, William Bradford, Stephen Hopkins and Edward Tiley discovered corn on the future site of Provincetown, MA. They named the place "Corn Hill." This vegetable would become a staple for the settlers. The Indians also taught them how to make pop corn, a very popular item even way back then.
1747- Knowles Riot in Boston; hundreds of sailors, laborers & free blacks rise up against British Navy Press Gangs, temporarily forcing an end to impressments in the Royal Navy. Many believe this gave rise to the American Revolution, although there were several such acts of rebellion, none as dramatic as this as it was a "mob act," mostly poor whites and black, and not planned such as the Boston Tea Party.
1766- Indians surrendered to British in Indian War of Chief Pontiac. By 1763, the British had control of much of northeastern North America. Most of the Indians were displeased by their treatment from the British. The main concern of the Indians was the continued settlement of people along the western frontier, which in 1763, included Ohio. Chief Pontiac began organizing many Indian tribes together to rebel against the British. The Indians had success waging war on frontier settlements that were not well protected. The British had many small forts on the frontier that were easily overrun by the Indians. Many British soldiers were killed in the attacks. The Indians attacked Fort Detroit and Fort Pitt but were unsuccessful in capturing the forts. The Indians were counting on French support against the British in order to take these two forts. The French support never came. In 1766, Chief Pontiac signed a peace treaty at Oswego, New York. As one of the conditions of the treaty, Pontiac was considered not guilty of any wrong and was allowed to return home to his family who were living on the Maumee River. There were farther reaching consequences, however. This war worsened Britain’s financial health and resulted in the Proclamation of 1763, preventing colonial settlement farther to the West. This will be a grievance that leads into the American Independence movement.
1776- Fort Washington on Manhattan Island fell to the British, who took about 2,000 prisoners. Colonial troops were on retreat and the war looked bleak as the weather.
1776- The first salute to a U.S. Flag (Grand Union Ensign also known as the Continental Union flag) was a volley of 11 guns fired by Fort Orange on St. Eustatius, Dutch West Indies, Leeward Islands today, in 1776. The salute was in response to a volley fired from the "Andrea Doria" commanded by Isaih Robinson. It was saluted by Johannes de Graeff, governor of the colony. The brig was captained by Nicholas Biddle, who had been sent to St. Eustatius to transport arms and ammunition for the American Leasing Army. This was an important event as St. Eustatius was a very important trading center and a supply base for the colonies.
1777- The second Continental Congress adopted the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union. Submitted to the states for ratification two days later. March 1, 1781 they were adopted. Although ultimately supplanted by the United States Constitution, the Articles of Confederation provided stability during the Revolutionary War years and attempted to define "states rights" and "federal authority."
1821- Missouri Indian trader William Becknell arrives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, sells his goods at an enormous profit, and makes plans to return the next year over the route that will become known as the Santa Fe Trail. Becknell's role in reopening the trail and laying out the shortcut earned him the title of "Father of the Santa Fe Trail." It became one of the most important and lucrative of the Old West trading routes; merchants and other travelers continued to follow the trail blazed by Becknell until the arrival of trains in the late 1870s.
1864- General William T. Sherman march to the sea with 62,000 men began. Leaving Atlanta, GA., in flames, it was thought the fires were started by Sherman's troops, but historians state most of the major fires were started by Confederates fleeing the city, not wanting to supply the Union troops with food and supplies. Sherman was to seep across a 60-mile front with little serious opposition, his army destroying everything useful to the Confederates, who were doing the same to his army. The South was cut in two. General William J. Hardee and his remaining Confederate forces evacuated Savannah, GA. on December 21. Sherman occupied the city that day.
1873- Birthday of William Christopher (W.C.) Handy, American composer, bandleader, "Father of the Blues," W.C. Handy was born at Florence, AL. He died at New York, NY, Mar 28,1958. If you can't have but one jazz CD in your collection, let me recommend Louis Armstrong Plays W.C.Handy.
1889- The Oahu Railway and Land Company (OR&L) began operating on Hawaii's third largest island. The brainchild of Massachusetts native Benjamin Franklin Dillingham, the railroad made it possible to move agricultural products from inland to port, stimulating the local economy and providing a valuable transportation route for decades.
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1892- the University of Chicago won its first football victory. The preceding October 22, they played to a 0-0 tie with Northwestern in its first ever football game and this was their first win for Coach Amos Alonzo Stagg 10-4 against Illinois at Chicago. A founding member of the Big 10, Chicago eliminated its football program for many years, but now competes against the likes of New York University, Emory and Washington University at St. Louis. This Saturday it is the traditional rival game as football fans will switch from channel to channel in perhaps the most heated college game of the year.
1899- Birthday of Mary Margaret McBride, who from 1934 to 1954 conducted a radio show of astonishing and human interest facts and in 1940 was voted the most popular woman in radio. She was one of the first big radio stars who tried to move to the new media of television where she was declared a big flop. It was the same night Milton Berle became the permanent host of "Texaco Star Theatre," and NBC showcased McBride in the timeslot right after Berle. Early TV's biggest success was a performer who'd never done well on radio--Milton Berle, a vaudevillian. His popularity on TV showed the uncertainty of predicting how radio stars would likely fare on television. "We all knew one thing that wouldn't work," recalled George Burns, also a vaudevillian, about moving from radio to TV: "standing in front of a microphone and reading from a script. Unfortunately, that's what we were best at." She died in 1976.
1902- A cartoon appeared in the Washington Star, prompting the Teddy Bear Craze, after President Teddy Roosevelt refused to kill a captive bear tied up for him to shoot during a hunting trip to Mississippi.
1907- Oklahoma became the 46 th state. The word, Oklahoma, is a combination of two Choctaw words meaning red people. Then, why Sooner? Many, many Oklahoma homesteaders thought sooner was better than later, better to stake their homesteads first, before it was legal to do so.
1914- The Federal Reserve banks were formally opened. The Federal Reserve Act, approved on December 23, 19113, was an " act to provide for the establishment of Federal Reserve Banks, to furnish an elastic currency...to establish a more effective supervision of banking in the United States. " The 12 regional district banks were under the supervision of a seven-member Board of Governors.
1918- In NY City, the United Lutheran Church was organized by a merger of three general Lutheran bodies in the U.S. and Canada. (In 1962, the ULC became one of the branches of Lutheranism which formed the Lutheran Church in America.)
1920- The postage meter was officially set at Stamford, CT, by the Pitney-Bowes Postage Meter Company. Although the idea of metered mail originated in 1900, when the American Postage Meter Company was organized in Chicago, it was not until September 1, 1920, that the Post Office Department approved it. About $2 million was spent on research and development of the machine. Today they have a near monopoly on this device. You cannot purchase the meter, you must "rent" it.
1931- Singer Bob Gibson birthday, born New York City died September 27, 1996, Portland, Oregon
1937- Bob Crosby records " South Rampart St. Parade," LA, Decca 15038
1945, Woody Herman waxes "Wildroot," Columbia 36949.
1940, Cornell University played Dartmouth College in football and came away with a victory. But the winning touchdown was cored on a fifth-down play, given to Cornell by referee's error. After the game, Cornell did the honorable thing, surrendering the triumph.
1944- LINDSEY, JAKE W. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Hamich, Germany, 16 November 1944. Entered service at: Lucedale, Miss. Birth: Isney, Ala. G.O. No.: 43, 30 May 1945. Citation: For gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 16 November 1944, in Germany. T/Sgt. Lindsey assumed a position about 10 yards to the front of his platoon during an intense enemy infantry-tank counterattack, and by his unerringly accurate fire destroyed 2 enemy machinegun nests, forced the withdrawal of 2 tanks, and effectively halted enemy flanking patrols. Later, although painfully wounded, he engaged 8 Germans, who were reestablishing machinegun positions, in hand-to-hand combat, killing 3, capturing 3, and causing the other 2 to flee. By his gallantry, T/Sgt. Lindsey secured his unit's position, and reflected great credit upon himself and the U.S. Army.
1944- MILLER, ANDREW Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company G, 377th Infantry, 95th Infantry Division. Place and date: From Woippy, France, through Metz to Kerprich Hemmersdorf, Germany, 1629 November 1944. Entered service at: Two Rivers, Wis. Birth: Manitowoc, Wis. G.O. No.: 74, 1 September 1945. Citation: For performing a series of heroic deeds from 1629 November 1944, during his company's relentless drive from Woippy, France, through Metz to Kerprich Hemmersdorf, Germany. As he led a rifle squad on 16 November at Woippy, crossfire from enemy machineguns pinned down his unit. Ordering his men to remain under cover, he went forward alone, entered a building housing 1 of the guns and forced S Germans to surrender at bayonet point. He then took the second gun single-handedly by hurling grenades into the enemy position, killing 2, wounding 3 more, and taking 2 additional prisoners. At the outskirts of Metz the next day, when his platoon, confused by heavy explosions and the withdrawal of friendly tanks, retired, he fearlessly remained behind armed with an automatic rifle and exchanged bursts with a German machinegun until he silenced the enemy weapon. His quick action in covering his comrades gave the platoon time to regroup and carry on the fight. On 19 November S/Sgt. Miller led an attack on large enemy barracks. Covered by his squad, he crawled to a barracks window, climbed in, and captured 6 riflemen occupying the room. His men, and then the entire company, followed through the window, scoured the building, and took 75 prisoners. S/Sgt. Miller volunteered, with 3 comrades, to capture Gestapo officers who were preventing the surrender of German troops in another building. He ran a gauntlet of machinegun fire and was lifted through a window. Inside, he found himself covered by a machine pistol, but he persuaded the 4 Gestapo agents confronting him to surrender. Early the next morning, when strong hostile forces punished his company with heavy fire, S/Sgt. Miller assumed the task of destroying a well-placed machinegun. He was knocked down by a rifle grenade as he climbed an open stairway in a house, but pressed on with a bazooka to find an advantageous spot from which to launch his rocket. He discovered that he could fire only from the roof, a position where he would draw tremendous enemy fire. Facing the risk, he moved into the open, coolly took aim, and scored a direct hit on the hostile emplacement, wreaking such havoc that the enemy troops became completely demoralized and began surrendering by the score. The following day, in Metz, he captured 12 more prisoners and silenced an enemy machinegun after volunteering for a hazardous mission in advance of his company's position. On 29 November, as Company G climbed a hill overlooking Kerprich Hemmersdorf, enemy fire pinned the unit to the ground. S/Sgt. Miller, on his own initiative, pressed ahead with his squad past the company's leading element to meet the surprise resistance. His men stood up and advanced deliberately, firing as they went. Inspired by S/Sgt. Miller's leadership, the platoon followed, and then another platoon arose and grimly closed with the Germans. The enemy action was smothered, but at the cost of S/Sgt. Miller's life. His tenacious devotion to the attack, his gallant choice to expose himself to enemy action rather than endanger his men, his limitless bravery, assured the success of Company G.
1944--HORNER, FREEMAN V. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company K, 119th Infantry, 30th Infantry Division. Place and date: Wurselen, Germany, 16 November 1944. Entered service at: Shamokin, Pa. Birth: Mount Carmel, Pa. G.O. No.: 95, 30 October 1945. Citation: S/Sgt. Horner and other members of his company were attacking Wurselen, Germany, against stubborn resistance on 16 November 1944, when machinegun fire from houses on the edge of the town pinned the attackers in flat, open terrain 100 yards from their objective. As they lay in the field, enemy artillery observers directed fire upon them, causing serious casualties. Realizing that the machineguns must be eliminated in order to permit the company to advance from its precarious position, S/Sgt. Horner voluntarily stood up with his submachine gun and rushed into the teeth of concentrated fire, burdened by a heavy load of ammunition and hand grenades. Just as he reached a position of seeming safety, he was fired on by a machinegun which had remained silent up until that time. He coolly wheeled in his fully exposed position while bullets barely missed him and killed 2 hostile gunners with a single, devastating burst. He turned to face the fire of the other 2 machineguns, and dodging fire as he ran, charged the 2 positions 50 yards away. Demoralized by their inability to hit the intrepid infantryman, the enemy abandoned their guns and took cover in the cellar of the house they occupied. S/Sgt. Horner burst into the building, hurled 2 grenades down the cellar stairs, and called for the Germans to surrender. Four men gave up to him. By his extraordinary courage, S/Sgt. Horner destroyed 3 enemy machinegun positions, killed or captured 7 enemy, and cleared the path for his company's successful assault on Wurselen.
1945- Eighty-eight German scientists, holding Nazi secrets, arrived in the U.S. In a move that stirs up some controversy, the United States ships 88 German scientists to America to assist the nation in its production of rocket technology. Most of these men had served under the Nazi regime and critics in the United States questioned the morality of placing them in the service of America.
The situation pointed out one of the many ironies connected with the Cold War. The United States and the Soviet Union, once allies against Germany and the Nazi regime during World War II, were now in a fierce contest to acquire the best and brightest scientists who had helped arm the German forces in order to construct weapons systems to threaten each other.
I Wish I Didn't Love You So - Vaughn Monroe
Near You - The Francis Craig Orchestra (vocal: Bob Lamm)
You Do - Dinah Shore
I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms) - Eddy Arnold
1952- "Our Goodly Heritage" debuted over CBS television. This Sunday morning Bible study program, hosted by William Rush Baer of New York University, aired a little over five years.
1952- Birthday of Glenn Burke, baseball player born at Oakland, CA. Burke spent four seasons in the majors (1976-79) with the Los Angeles Dodges and the Oakland Athletics. He was the first former baseball player the cause of whose death was acknowledged as AIDS. Died at San Leandro, CA, May 30, 1995.
1952- John Clellon Holmes article, "This is the Beat Generation", appears in NY Times Magazine. His novel, Go, often call the first published "Beat" novel, which presented characters based on Kerouac, Ginsberg and Neal Cassady in 1952, five years before Kerouac would turn the same cast of characters into legends with ' On The Road.' also appears this fall. Also during this month, Jack Kerouac works as student brakeman for railroad in California & his Book of Dreams project is begun here in Los Gatos, Ca. (He and Cassady would die deaths related to alcoholism.)
Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford
Autumn Leaves - Roger Williams
Only You - The Platters
Love, Love, Love - Webb Pierce
1955- The Four Lads record "No, Not Much"
1955- 'Tennessee' Ernie Ford drove to the top spot on the record charts on this day. Sixteen Tons, where he owed his "soul to the company store..." became the fastest-selling record in history, jumping to #1 in just 3 weeks. The tune, on Capitol Records, stayed at #1 for eight weeks.
1956- Elvis Presley's film debut, "Love Me Tender," opens in New York. Despite critical reaction, it takes in nearly $4 million in just two months.
1958- Golfers enjoying an autumn day got a surprise when over six inches of snow fell on Tucson, Arizona.
1959- The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical ``The Sound of Music'' opened on Broadway, originally staring Theodore Bikel and Mary Martin. The show played 1,443 performances (the second longest running musical at that time.) In 1965, it was released as a movie starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. It is based on an original true story from the book, first made into a German film, very popular in Europe. Maria von Trapp's book, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers was published in 1949 and shortly after Hollywood approached Maria with an offer to buy the book title. They wanted to buy the title but create their own story. Maria refused to sell the title without the whole story and produced the film herself in Germany.
1959- Beat author Jack Kerouac appears on the Steve Allen Show in Hollywood. After the show he has dinner with sex kitten Mamie Van Doren.
1959- The most severe November cold wave in U.S. history was in progress. A weather observing station located 14 miles northeast of Lincoln MT reported a reading of 53 degrees below zero, which established an all-time record low temperature for the nation for the month of November. Their high that day was one degree above zero.
1959- "Mr. Blue" by the Fleetwoods topped the charts and stayed there for a week.
1959- The Patriots become the AFL's eighth and final franchise under the ownership of William H. Sullivan, Jr.
1960-After Brenda Lee had turned it down for being "too Country", Patsy Cline records "I Fall To Pieces" for Decca Records in Nashville. The song will enter the US charts the following summer and rise to #12.
1961- President John F. Kennedy decides to increase military aid to South Vietnam without committing U.S. combat troops. Kennedy was concerned at the advances being made by the communist Viet Cong, but did not want to become involved in a land war in Vietnam. He hoped that the military aid would be sufficient to strengthen the Saigon government and its armed forces against the Viet Cong. Ultimately it was not, and Kennedy ended up sending additional support in the form of U.S. military advisors and American helicopter units. By the time of his assassination in 1963, there were 16,000 U.S. soldiers in South Vietnam.
1962- Wilt Chamberlain of NBA San Francisco Warriors scores 73 points vs. NY
Deep Purple - Nino Tempo & April Stevens
Washington Square - The Village Stompers
I'm Leaving It Up to You - Dale & Grace
Love's Gonna Live Here - Buck Owens
1963- "Deep Purple" by Nino Tempo & April Stevens topped the charts and stayed there for a week.
1964- John Lennon had his only solo, number one hit in the US during his lifetime when "Whatever Gets You Through the Night" hit the top. In his homeland, it could do no better than #36. His girl friend, May Pang, would later recall that John got the inspiration for the song when he saw TV evangelist Reverend Ike utter the phrase "Let me tell you guys, it doesn't matter, it's whatever gets you through the night."
1964-Jay and The Americans record "Let's Lock the Door", which will reach #11 on the Billboard chart early the next year.
1965- First public announcement about Walt Disney World.
1965--- CBS-TV airs the Frank Sinatra documentary Sinatra: An American Original, hosted by Walter Cronkite.
1966- Dr Sam Sheppard freed after 9 years in jail, by a jury. His story is the basis of several television series and movie, "The Fugitive."
1968- B.J. Thomas' "Hooked on a Feeling" is released.
1969- News reports charged a U.S. infantry unit with massacre at My Lai 4, a village in the Song my district in South Vietnam , on March 16, 1968. More than 450 villagers including many women and babies were said to have been slain. Pending an investigation, Lt. William L. Calley, Jr. in charge of the U.S. unit at the time, was kept on active duty beyond his official tour. He later would receive several months in jail in one of the many military cover-ups about the war in Viet Nam.
Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves - Cher
Theme from Shaft - Isaac Hayes
Imagine - John Lennon Plastic Ono Band
Lead Me On - Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn
1972- A coastal storm gave New England a lashing. Heavy, wet snow in parts of New Hampshire and Vermont downing power and utility lines while heavy rains in southern New England producing some flooding
1973- 30th manned US space flight launched with three astronauts, G.P. Carr, W.R. Page and E.G. -*Gibson who spent 84 days on the space station. Space walks totaled 22 hours. Returned to Earth on Feb 8, 1974.
1973- President Nixon authorizes construction of the Alaskan pipeline.
1974- "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night" by John Lennon with the Plastic Ono Nuclear Band topped the charts and stayed there for a week.
1974- NBC-TV began a two-night showing of the award-winning film, "The Godfather", starring Marlon Brando. The film was the highest price paid for a shown on television movie when NBC paid Paramount Pictures $10 million to show it.
1974- John Lennon enjoys his first Number One hit with "Whatever Gets You thru the Night." Helping out on piano and vocals is Elton John.
1974- Stevie Wonder's "Boogie on Reggae Woman" is released.
1975- Chicago Bear Walter Payton rushed for 105 yards in a game against the San Francisco 49ers, for his first game of 100 plus yards. He would reach this feat over 50 times throughout his career, adding two 200-yard games, as well.
1977- The Canadian trio Rush receive three gold records for "2112," "All the World's a Stage" and "A Farewell to Kings." The group, which started out as a Led Zeppelin-inspired power trio, opted for a more experimental progressive direction on those LPs and found itself a sizable audience.
Heartache Tonight - Eagles
Dim All the Lights - Donna Summer
Still - Commodores
You Decorated My Life - Kenny Rogers
1983- Oriole Cal Ripken is named the American League's MVP becoming the first player to win the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player Award in consecutive years.
1984- Dr. Anna L. Fisher was the first astronaut who was a mother. She was a member of the crew of Space Shuttle "Discovery" mission that lifted off Cape Canaveral, FL. She participated in the world's first satellite retrieval and repair operation.
1985- "We Built This City" by Starship topped the charts and stayed there for 2 weeks.
I Think We're Alone Now - Tiffany
Mony Mony "Live" - Billy Idol
(I've Had) The Time of My Life - Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
Maybe Your Baby's Got the Blues - The Judds
1987- High winds and heavy snow created blizzard conditions across parts of eastern Colorado. Wind gusts reached 68 mph at Pueblo, and snowfall totals ranged up to 37 inches at Echo Lake. In Wyoming, the temperature dipped to 14 degrees below zero at Laramie. Strong thunderstorms in Louisiana drenched Alexandria with 16.65 inches of rain in thirty hours, with an unofficial total of 21.21 inches north of Olla. Flash flooding in Louisiana caused five to six million dollars damage.
1989- Severe thunderstorms produced 22 tornadoes from Virginia to New York. Winds gusted to 80 mph caused a wall at the Coldenham School in Newburgh, NY to collapse, killing 9 children Snow and gusty winds invaded the north central U.S. Winds gusting to 40 mph produced wind chill readings as cold as 25 degrees below zero, and blizzard conditions were reported in Nebraska during the late morning hours. High winds around a powerful low pressure system produced squalls in the Great Lakes Region. Winds gusted to 63 mph at Whitefish Point MI, and snowfall totals in Michigan ranged up to 19 inches at Hart, north of Muskegon
1992- For the first time since 1563, the Roman Catholic Church issued a new universal catechism, which addressed modern-day issues.
1994- Bernette Johnson was sworn in as the first black woman ever elected to the Louisiana Supreme Court.
I ll Make Love To You- Boyz II Men
Here Comes The Hotstepper (From "Ready To Wear")- Ini Kamoze
All I Wanna Do- Sheryl Crow
Another Night- Real McCoy
1996- "Head Over Feet" by Alanis Morissette topped the charts and stayed there for 4 weeks.
Smooth- Santana Featuring Rob Thomas
Back At One- Brian McKnight
Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of...)- Lou Bega
I Need To Know- Marc Anthony
2001- Yankee right hander Roger Clemens (20-3, 3.51 ERA) wins the Cy Young Award for an unprecedented sixth time (Red Sox -1986, '87, '91 and Blue Jays -1997, '98). The 'Rocket' becomes the first Pinstripper to win the award since 1978 when Ron Guidry copped the honor.
2001--- The city of Palm Springs, CA unveils a statue in its downtown area honoring the late Sonny Bono, half of Sonny and Cher and mayor of the city for a time in the Eighties.
Baby Boy- Beyonce Featuring Sean Paul
Stand Up- Ludacris Featuring Shawnna
Holidae In- Chingy Featuring Ludacris & Snoop Dogg
Damn!- YoungBloodZ Featuring Lil Jon
2005- Severe thunderstorms produced over 30 tornadoes in 6 states, resulting in one fatality and at least 35 injuries (Associated Press). Some of the worst damage occurred in Henry County, Tennessee, where numerous homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed.
2006-- Queen's Greatest Hits is declared the most popular album of all time in Britain, with more than five-and-a-half million units sold. At Number Two: the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper.
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