by Charlie Lester
---Aventura Funding Corp. Dania, Florida
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Leasing Industry Attorneys
These attorneys specialize in the leasing industry. They are also active
in their leasing association. If you want expertise, need representation,
of review of a situation, these are the people to contact:
California - statewide: CA "ELA"
5-attorney creditors rights law firm, in biz 25 yrs +, specialize all aspects of creditor representation. Primarily represent equipment lessors & funders,plus collection and creditor rep. in bankruptcy. Email:email@example.com
California - statewide: Encino, CA. "ELA"
24 Attorney AV-rated Lawfirm representing the Leasing Industry for over 25 Years. We specialize in Lease-enforcement, collection and representation in Bankruptcy Court. email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Connecticut, Southern New England: EVANS, FELDMAN & BOYER, LLC Collections, litigation, documentation, portfolio sales and financing, bankruptcy. We represent many of the national and local leasing companies doing business in this state. Past chairman EAEL legal committee. Competitive rates. email: email@example.com EAEL
Law Firm - Service, Dallas, TX. ELA
Mayer regularly practices in leasing, secured financing, project development and finance and corporate finance.
Los Angeles, Statewide: CA. "ELA"
Aggressive creditors rights law firm specializing in equipment leasing handling collection matters on a contingency, fixed fee or hourly basis. email:RGarwacki@prodigy.net
Los Angeles -statewide: CA "ELA "
Practice limited to collections, bankruptcy and problem accounts resolution. Decades of experience. 10-lawyer firm dedicated to serving you. Call Ronald Cohn, Esq. (818)591-2121 or email. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Full staff of attorneys and legal assistants work with Group Leader Barry S. Marks to ensure prompt, cost-effective responses to client needs: Email:email@example.com
National: Coston & Lichtman: Business attorneys serving the lease-finance industry since 1980. Transactional, documentation, corporate; workouts, litigation, bankruptcy. Chicago & Florida offices. Jim Coston, CLP (Members: ELA/UAEL/MAEL)
Northern California - Statewide: CA "EAEL" "ELA" San Francisco expertise at Marin County prices; practice limited to equipment leasing and finance with 22 years experience, testimonials. Ken Greene, Esq. 415-721-7900 firstname.lastname@example.org
NY Metro and National: Hackensack, NY
Attorney specializing in equipment lease matters for at least 10 years with a 50-State operating network of attorneys experienced in leasing matters. Email:email@example.com "ELA"
This is for Attorneys to post their legal services. Only members of a non-profit leasing association may list their firm. This insures the firm abides by the standards of conduct and also indicates their specialty is the leasing industry. If there are other offices or specialties, please mention in the 25 words allowed to describe the firm and services available.
Economic Events This Week
Veteran’s Day-National Holiday
(no mail, banks, gov’t closed)
Balance of Trade: September
Weekly Jobless Claims
Producer Prices: October
Retail Sales: October.
Industrial Production: October.
Capacity Utilization: October
NAELB Regional Conference—November 7-8, 2003 Atlanta, GA
by Charlie Lester, Senior Leasing News Advisory Director
Charlie Lester is President of LPI Financial Services located in
Marietta, GA and has been in the leasing industry since leaving IBM in
1984. In 1986, he founded Lease Pro, Inc. specializing in leasing for
the medical profession. In 1997, Lease Pro was acquired by First Sierra
Financial. In 1999, he resigned from First Sierra and started LPI after
sitting out his non-compete period. Since 2000, LPI in conjunction with
one of the most respected funding sources in the industry has offered a
unique one of a kind working capital loan program to medical
professionals through brokers, consultants and direct client marketing.
Charlie can be reached at 1-800-573-7796 or firstname.lastname@example.org
From an older biography, we find Charlie graduated with a Master's Degree in accounting from Virginia Tech in 1965 and became a CPA in 1966 shortly before going to work in sales for IBM. After 18 years in sales and sales management in six different cities, he resigned from IBM in 1984 to
raise his family in Atlanta. In 1985, a friend introduced him to the
world of equipment leasing and the rest is history.
“137 enthusiastic and full of hope attendees”. The luncheon comments of Bob Bell, President of NAELB, pretty well sums up this regional meeting. A very positive meeting with positive attendees looking to a better economy. What more can a meeting hope for?
NAELB President Bob Bell and Gerry Egan, Past President of NAELB and
keynote speaker arrested by Atlanta Police. Bell arrested for impersonating
an actor in the luncheon skit and Egan for being a known associate of Bell.
(Bell on left--Egan on right)
A refreshing combination of old leasing pros that believe the worst is over to the new enthusiastic and technologically astute brokers who can’t understand why anyone should worry with all the business just waiting to be closed. From the one-person shop broker who claims to be breaking the bank every month by funding two million a month to the old guard broker who is thankful just to be in business at the end of each month. What a mixture and what a great future for the industry since most agree that the leasing industry is on the verge of a break through. After all, if their clients and future clients can survive the past two years, they should be able to handle success with fewer competitors in the coming years.
137 attendees, 3 software companies and 4-5 true funding sources along with 12 super brokers or funding source wannabees.
Either way, the sign up sheets for all “funding sources” were filled and some sources like Republic and Manifest had to go to double booking since they had the necessary personnel to handle dual interviews or revert to times off the slated schedule. As usual, Republic and Manifest were the premier funding sources at this meeting.
The old standby--Manifest. Dan Marks and Andrew Suby from Manifest. You
can always depend on Manifest being at every conference and their steady
performance as a funding source. We now have proof that all salesmen for
Manifest must have three years experience as a linebacker for the Green Bay
Packers before being hired. (Suby on left, Marks on right)
The most enthusiastic, attractive and breath of fresh air contingency at
the conference goes to Republic Leasing with two notable exceptions you can
figure out for yourself. Left to right---Regene Kenyon, Amanda Muse, Leah
Roebuck, Claude Elmore, Kari Burkhard and Dwight Galloway.
The biggest single concern I heard from the 10 or so brokers I spoke with was the lack of diversified funding sources, point limitations and buy rates they cannot compete with.
The biggest question they asked of me as the old guy---should I risk betting everything on one or two funding sources or should I have as many as possible so I can shot gun deals as needed?
My answer—decide on one or two high quality funding sources that have survived for years and stay with them to establish true partner relationships. To be honest—most of these them looked at me and wondered what dinosaur species I belonged to. Can’t make everybody happy I guess.
As far as the conference presentations, three things were proven to me and I think to most of the attendees.
1. TValue is a proven tool that everyone in the industry should know how to use for the most simple to the most complex deal structuring.
2. Community banks should be nurtured as an alternate funding source no matter how successful you are with your other funding sources.
3. Be all that you can be. Never accept doing shoddy work or cutting corners since you will not win in this competitive industry if you do. If you can’t help your vendor meet their objective, you will never reach yours.
Acting: Bob Bell as Nitpick, President of Never Approve Leasing, Chris Raley as A.D. Cline, Credit Manager and Barry Reitman as Sally Sincere—the sincere broker, who has just completed her sex-change operation to a man, were amazing. Only in the NAELB can you find three men that can act this badly and insult every attendee in 15 minutes or less and get away with it. The bad news, most of the “ridiculous” lease proposals presented by Sally Sincere to Nitpick and A.D. Cline were taken off the NAELB “funder needed” website. You had to be here to appreciate the humor.
The value of networking is over used at times, but the networking at a conference like this one is probably as important as the session contents. Brokers share what works and what does not work for them unselfishly and most of the brokers seem to taken advantage of this sharing. The use of 4506’s seemed to be hot topic along with Google searches and state websites for UCC lien searches. I thought Google was a character in a cartoon strip years ago so it is back to the drawing board for me.
Two recommendations for future conference topics:
1. Exit strategies for the older broker looking to retire. Tax consequences, personnel considerations, legal considerations, etc. (Jim Borland and a cast of 5-6 others, including yours truly came up with this topic at the Mix and Meet on Friday night—we were having our daily dose of Geritol). This is a topic that all associations should be considering given the number of older brokers in their late 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s that are looking to retire or cut back soon.
2. Why do funding sources limit points? Here is the picture as it was described to me---Brokers may work for months to nurse a vendor or program along then find the funding sources has a limit on points so they cannot recover their investment of time and money. The funding source looks at one deal and limits the points, but does the funding source take into account what it took for the broker to develop that deal? At least four brokers asked me to pose this question so it is being done without my editorial comments.
This meeting was special for me since I had the opportunity to have my son-in-law, Kurt Hess meet so many of my old friends from the past 19 years and for me to renew old friendships and to meet many of the new and very bright young brokers that will take over for us old folks in the near future.
Good meeting, great networking and well worth the price of admission and time.
Thank you and congratulations to the NAELB,
Loan/Lease Broker Statutes
One of the best resources has been “Leasing Logic,” published electronically
now by the National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers. In 1998,
then legal counsel Joseph G. Bonanno wrote about the “newest state registration
requirements.” (note: Barry S. Marks is the legal counsel this year for NAELB..)
These statues not only apply to brokers, but to all discounters and lessors who
are not licensed elsewhere ( many states do not require this for
banks: however, bank subsidiaries may be required to have such
a license.) Anyone in the loop who is not licensed is subject
to the penalties.
These are primarily for those who do “lease financing,” meaning
if it is a true operating lease, meeting FASB and/or IRS guidelines,
and in some instances, state guidelines, you need a license to do
businesss in the state. Whether this pertains to one or two leases,
it certainly applies to doing “regular” business in the state.
It means for funders that leases could be invalid if the submitter
was not licensed, which is the basis of a major suit in a class
action against Commercial Money Center , et. al. It also has
“closed” leasing companies down such as “The Funding Tree.”
It also may be utilized by attorneys where “advance rentals”
have not been returned, as many states state this is illegal
and/or compensation, and therefore the company needs
to be licensed. It can be successfully argued then that
the transaction was illegal and therefore void, plus
penalties and attorney fees may be assessed to the favor
of the “applicant.”
Remember , Mr. Bonnano addresses the members of his
association, but the noun should also include “salesman,” “discounters” and “lessors,” as well as broker:
“IV. Examples of Penalties
“In Illinois, in the event that the Act is violated by the broker, the Secretary
of State is empowered by the statute to make investigations and examinations, suspend or evoke the broker’s approval, subpoena witnesses, compel the production of books and records, order depositions and obtain temporary restraining orders and injunctions against the broker. In the vent that a violate is found, the Secretary of State may impose a fine in the amount of $10,000 for each violation and the broker shall be liable to any person damaged in the amount of tactual damages plus attorneys fees.”
Mr. Bonanno makes some suggestions under “Preventative Medicine”
and other comments in this article. As a side note, only portions of
the article were reproduced, and there most likely are “updates” to
Arizona: All “advance fee loan brokers” must register annually with the state.
Arizona Revised Statutes, sec. 06-1303-1310 (1996)
Arkansas: All brokers of “a loan of money, a credit card or a line of credit” may not assess or collect an advance fee. In addition, all brokers must register with the Securities Commissioner, post a surety bond of $25.000 and have a net worth of $25,000.
Arkansas Code Annotate sec. 23-39-401 (1995)
California: No person shall engage in the business of a finance lender or broker without obtaining a license from the Commissioner. California Financial Code, Division 9, Chapters 1 and 3
Connecticut: Brokers of “unsecured loans” may not assess or collect an advance fee. Connecticut General Statues, sec. 369-616 (1997)
Florida: Brokers of a “loan of money, a credit card, line of credit or related guarantee, enhancement or collateral of any nature” may not assess or collect an advance fee. Florida Statues, Chapter 687.14 (1992)
Georgia: A broker of “loans of money, a credit card, a line of credit or related guarantee, enhancement or collateral of any kind or nature” may not assess or collect an advance fee unless such fee is for “actual services necessary to apply for the loan.”
Official Code of Georgia Annotated, sec. 7- 7-1 (1992)
Idaho: No fee may be collected unless a loan is actually made.
Idaho Code, sec. 26-2501 (1992)
Indiana: Brokers of loans of “money or property” must register with the Securities Commissioner, maintain a $25,000.00 bond and may not assess or collect an advance fee “except a bona fide third party fee.” Indiana Code, sec. 23-2-5-1 (1992)
Iowa: A broker of loans of “money or property” may not assess or collect an advance fee except for a “bona fide third-party fee” and a broker must obtain a bond or establish a trust account and file required documents with the Commissioner or Insurance.
Iowa Code, sec. 535C (19920
Kentucky: Brokers of “a loan of money, a credit card, a line of credit or related guarantee, enhancement or collateral of any kind or nature” may not assess or collect an advance fee. Kentucky Revised Statutes Annotated, sec. 367.380 (1992)
Louisiana: A broker of loans of “money or property…whether such agreement is styled as a loan, a lease or otherwise” must obtain a surety bond or establish a trust account in the amount of $25,000. A broker may not collect an advance fee but may collect an “advance expense deposit for commercial loans” only for actual expenses incurred in obtaining the loan. Louisiana Revised Statutes Annotated, sec. 9:3574 (1993); Louisiana Revised Statutes Annotated, Sec. 51:1910 (1992)
Mississippi: A broker or loans of money may not assess or collect an advance fee and can be fined up to $5,000 for each violation. Mississippi Code Annotated, sec. 81-
Missouri: A broker of loans of “money or property” may not assess or collect an advance fee. Missouri Revised Statues, sec. 367 300 (19920
Nebraska: A broker of loans of money may not assess or collect an advance fee. Nebraska Revised Statutes, sec. 45-189 (1993)
New Jersey: Brokers of “loans of money” may not assess or collect an advance fee.
New Jersey Rev. Statutes, sec. 17:10B (1992)
North Carolina: A broker of “loans of money or property…whether such agreement is styled as a loan, a lease or otherwise” must obtain a surety bond or establish a trust account in the amount of $25,000 and obtain a license. North Carolina General Statutes, sec. 66-106 (1992)
North Dakota: Brokers may not accept an advance fee unless the broker is licensed.
North Dakota Century Code, 13-04. 1-09.1 (1993)
South Carolina: A broker of “a loan of money, a credit card, a line of credit or related guarantee, enhancement or collateral of any kind or nature” may not assess or collect an advance fee. South Carolina Code Annotated, sec. 34-36-10 91992)
In addition to the above states, one of the most detailed statues that has been adopted is in Illinois, the Illinois Loan Broker Act of 1995, effective January 1, 1996, 815 ILCS 175/15-5.03
Under the Act, a ”loan broker” means any person who, in return for a fee from any person, promises to procure a loan for any person or assist any person in procuring a loan from any third party, or who promises to consider whether or not to make a loan to any person. 815ILCS 175/15-5- 15(a)
Specifically excluded from the application of the Act, however, are (1) any bank …regulated by any service loans for the Federal National Mortgage Association… (3) any insurance producer or company authorized to do business in [Illinois], (4) any person arranging financing for the sale of the person’s product, (note that this exception does not apply to any person selling someone else’s product and only applies to “the” person’s product, implying the exception is for the owner of the product arranging for financing), (5) any person authorized to conduct business under the
Residential Mortgage License Act of 1987 and (6) any person authorized to do business in [Illinois] and regulated by the Department of Financial Institutions or the Office of Banks and Real Estate.
If readers have an “up-date” to this list, or more important, an addition,
such as Texas or other states, please forward to email@example.com
or to Mr. Bonnano at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bulletin Board Complaint---Aventura Funding Corp. Dania, Florida
AVENTURA FUNDING CORP.
17027 W DIXIE HWY
AVENTURA FL 33160
Here perhaps is an example involving the statute regarding Advance
“Florida: Brokers of a “loan of money, a credit card, line of credit or related guarantee, enhancement or collateral of any nature” may not assess or collect an advance fee. Florida Statues, Chapter 687.14 (1992):”
Does this apply to “earnest money?”
“ Name = ronald bucci
Address = 3009 smith rd
City = akron
State = oh
Zipcode = 4433
Phone = 3309035224
Fax = 3306705334
Email = email@example.com
Comments or Questions= hello,
“I have a P.E.T medical imaging company in Akron, OH. I was working with Aventura funding out of Dania, FL. They were going to lease my PET scanner for me at a cost of $990,000. I gave them $10,000in Earnest money to be applied to the first lease payment. The money was to be refunded if they could not complete the deal.
“They were unable to complete the deal and they won’t send my deposit back. They won't answer the phone or return my messages. \
“How do I get my money back??”
Mr. Bucci faxed us a front and backside of the check dated 6/25/2003 to “Aventure Funding Corp.” for $10,000..
The commitment letter covered both a “capital lease” and “finance lease, and calls it “Earnest Money:
“Upon acceptance of this proposal, Lessee will return the signed proposal along with $10,000 (Earnest Money) to be applied to the first payment.) In the event Lessor declines the request under the terms and conditions here in the Earnest Money will be refunded in full. Should Lessor approve the request under the terms and conditions herein, and the Lessee fails to complete the transaction, Lessor will consider the Earnest Money earned. Otherwise, the Earnest Money will be applied to the first monthly payment.”
After several telephone calls and faxes, Leasing News reached a “Steve Charles,”
who acknowledged receiving the faxes, and basically said, “This is none of
your business.” As we explained that Leasing News had received the complaint,
often acted as an ombudsman, “Steve Charles” said he would refer the call
to the owner.
Not hearing back, we called and reached Peter Gustafson. He acknowledged
receiving the fax and information, stating he was the “owner.” When asked
for the correct spelling of his name, he stated he had “no comment.” After asking
for the correct spelling of his name a second time, he refused again, saying, ”You can print whatever you like, as I am not saying anything else than ‘no comment’.”
In a search of the Florida Department of Corporations, it appears Aventura
Funding Corp. is “inactive” due to not filing their financial statement.
They did so in 2001 and 2002, but not in 2003. The company was incorporated
*** Announcement ***********************************
Software Crucial To Streamline Implementation
As Streamlined Sales Tax (SST) moves from drawing board to
implementation the Equipment Leasing Association (ELA) is looking at
issues applicable to the software critical to making the system operate.
The importance of this examination was highlighted when a prospective
Certified Service Provider (CSP) reminded me that legislation passed by
most of the 40 states sending Delegates to Implementing States in
Phoenix already empowers the state to certify software. In addition ELA
members are affected by some of the exceptions to streamlined provisions
and in other instances, some provisions do not become effective until
January 1, 2006.
Accounting/Tax Calculation Software Examined
An ELA working group composed of lessors, an accounting software firm
and potential CSP has met several times and determined integration of
accounting and tax software is of critical importance to enable lessors
to comply with SST. Thus, encouraging software providers to develop
their own programs to ease this assimilation of tax calculation and
accounting software became an important goal.
No issues were seen as insurmountable but do need time to resolve.
Knowledge that software will function in all sales tax states regardless
of whether a state has gained compliance with the Agreement and entrance
to SST added some urgency to our deliberations. Only the Agreement
states will probably have formally issued certification but many leasing
companies will want software that works everywhere.
Expanded meetings will be scheduled in early January before states issue
an RFP for companies wishing to be a Certified Service Provider (CSP).
One meeting will concentrate on issues that individual accounting
software companies may need to address while a separate meeting will be
designed for technical personnel tasked with supporting tax processes at
ELA member companies. One of the companies in a position as a likely
CSP will be present at these two meetings but ELA will want to discuss
possibly establishing a similar informational process with other
potential CSP firms desiring them.
Accounting software firms and ELA member lessors wanting to be involved
in these technical discussions need to send complete contact information
including address, job title, telephone, fax and email address for the
technical people you want to be contacted when a meeting date and
location are finalized. Be specific regarding your status as software
accounting firm or if you are an ELA member lessor. Send this
information to firstname.lastname@example.org
Equipment Leasing Association
*** announcement *************************************
MAEL ANNUAL DINNER November 18th
Plan To Be In Chicago November 18th, 2003 To Attend
The 21st Annual Dinner Meeting
MidAmerica Association of
you won't want to miss...
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER:
Anthony Galie, the motivational hypnotist!
The MidAmerica Association of Equipment Lessors ("MAEL"), ELA's largest
regional affiliate, will be hosting its 21st Annual Dinner Meeting at
the Westin Hotel @ O'Hare in Rosemont, Illinois. Pricing for the
meeting is as follows:
Registration by mail, fax or telephone
Table for eight
Full Page Advertisement in Program
or complete & fax the attached registration form to 312-541-1275. If
you need further information or assistance, please e-mail=20
email@example.com or call Amanda @ 312-541-6000,
*** announcement **************************************
### Press Release #################################
NEW GLOBAL ENTERPRISE LEASING SYSTEM LAUNCHED
London, United Kingdom --- UK company 'Blue' has launched an advanced front and back office contract administration system for lessors. Called 'blue ax' the new system has been designed to help auto and equipment lessors and finance companies of all sizes manage their business, wherever in the world they or their customers are based.
Compliance with international requirements, as well as customers' own requirements for back office design and workflow, is handled by blue ax's extended 3-tier architecture, which incorporates a comprehensive configuration system and a business rules engine. These provide flexibility over not just financial product design but also the design of asset, customer, dealer and accounting features.
Mike Baranack, Blue's US marketing manager explained: 'The market has been looking for a system to help originate new business and manage that business once it is won, but without swallowing profits to support complex back office systems and workarounds. For companies working internationally matters are made worse with that complexity often duplicated in each territory. The blue system helps manage complexity using simple rules and its events methodology.'
In order to build products such as operating leases, hire purchase agreements, finance leases etc and deliver them to market quickly, Blue's system uses an 'event' methodology to build financial products (or adapt the pre-configured ones) from the events likely to be encountered during a product's lifecycle. Each event (set up, repudiation, early termination, reverse early termination, admin charge etc) can then have its own set of definable attributes, rules, workflow, impact on income recognition and so on.
The integrated online business warehouse is updated in real time and is supplied by Blue as standard functionality. Pre Chakal, Blue's senior consultant explained 'One of our key challenges was to avoid trading flexibility with performance, especially given the potentially very high contract volumes experienced by some customers in our market. We have used some sophisticated techniques to do this, including supplying as standard a business warehouse updated in real time to take the strain of reporting overhead.'
Blue ax uses object-oriented technologies and a 3-tier architecture extended by the business warehouse layer. The system can be implemented almost anywhere in the world, with a back office distributed across national boundaries if necessary. Company director David Harmer states: 'We wanted to harness modern technologies, including the web, not for their own sake but to deliver something new. With blue ax, finance companies can at last allow collaboration amongst back office users, dealers and customers so that they can all access the full contract lifecycle - looking at balances, arranging early terminations, and so on - wherever in the world they are based.'
Further information and contacts:
David Harmer: +44 (0)1344 890955 (UK) · firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Baranack: +1 480 5189890 (USA) · email@example.com
'Blue' is the trading name of Blue Leasing Technologies Limited, a private company engaged in the design, development, implementation, support and sales of enterprise software exclusively for the asset finance and leasing sector. Blue is based in Bracknell, UK, with associates in the US.
pdf files downloadable from website:
- Overview brochure
- Comprehensive brochure
- AX1.5 Features Summary
Various movies are also downloadable from the website.
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The Japanese are buying less French wine/U.S. too
This Day in American History
Veteran's Day: this was originally "Armistice Day", the date World War I ended in Marshal Foch's railway car in the Forest of Compiegne, France upon signing of the Allied and Central Powers agreement to end the war. From 1919 to 1970, it became known as "Veteran's Day," observed the 11th of November, but in 1971, it was changed, Public Law 90-363 with "The Monday Holiday Law" to be observed on the "fourth Monday of October." This moveable observance date, which separated Veterans Day from the November 11 anniversary of World War I armistice, proved very unpopular. State after state moved it observance back to the traditional November 11th date, and finally, Public Law 94-98 of September 189, 1975, required that effective January 1, 1978, the observance of Veterans Day reverted to November 11, also known as "Armistice Day."
1620-The Mayflower Compact, the first social contract for a New England colony, was drafted and signed by 41 adult males in Provincetown Harbor, Massachusetts. the Pilgrims did not settle there, but went on after a time to Plymouth.
1647-The first Colonial law requiring towns to hire teachers and construct schools was passed by Massachusetts. It “ordered that every township in this jurisdiction, after the Lord hath increased them to the number of fifty householders, shall then forthwith appoint one within their tow to teach all such children as shall resort to him to write and read, whose wages shall be paid either by the parents or masters of such children, or by the inhabitants in general.” Towns of 100 families were required to “set up a grammar school, the master thereof being able to instruct youths so far as they may be fitted for the university.”
1831 - Nat Turner, a minister and slave, was hanged and then skinned in Jerusalem, Virginia, for inciting a slave uprising.
1836-Birthday of writer Thomas Aldrich Bailey: American author and editor. Best known for his book The Story of a Bad Boy (1870), an autobiographical work. Aldrich was born at Portsmouth, NH, and died at Boston, MA, Mar 19, 1907.
1846- Ann Katharine Green birthday, her “The Levenworth Case “(1878) is considered the first detective story written by a woman and is considered the developer of the scientific detective novel. Her Ebenezer Gryce's scientific and deductive reasoning investigator predates Sherlock Holmes. Although her writing was of the age, her plotting and adherence to factual legal maneuvering is admirable today.
1864- Sherman's troops destroy Rome, Georgia. Two days after Lincoln's reelection in 1864, Sherman began his "March to the Sea" by destroying the city of Rome (History of Rome, Georgia) and tearing up track between Dalton (History of Dalton, Georgia) and Allatoona Pass. His theory to
win the war was to cut the Confederate supplies, aiming for major ports on the Mississippi
and the Atlantic Ocean. General William Tecumseh Sherman ordered General Montgomery D. Corse to destroy everything at Rome that could be useful to an enemy, as well as the railroads in and about Atlanta, and northward to the Etowah. All garrisons from Kingston northward were ordered back to Chattanooga. Thus having cut himself off from the rear, he concentrated around Atlanta, on the 14th of November, four corps of infantry, the right wing under Oliver Otis Howard and the left under Slocum, embracing 60,000 infantry, and 5,500 cavalry under. Union Brevet Major General Judson Kilpatrick
1865- 1865- President Andrew Johnson presented Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, a military surgeon, the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor at the personal recommendation of General Sherman for her heroism in treating wounded in hospitals and on the battle fields. She was the only woman ever to receive the Medal of Honor, her country's highest military award. What is known is that she did treat the wounded and that she was taken prisoner for several months by the Confederates. However, she had angered many officers because she insisted on wearing an Army uniform even though she had been refused an Army commission, but was allowed to served as a volunteer doctor along with commissioned officer men. She had been married in trousers and refused to take the vows of honor and obey or her husband's name. After the war she continued her ways by wearing trousers and speaking out about suffrage and dress reform . She practiced medicine in Washington, D.C. Walker was a lifelong advocate of woman suffrage, dress reform, and the abolition of capital punishment. On June 3, 1917 an Army review board revoked the medal along with 909 other medal holders after Congress revised the Medal of Honor standards to include only “actual combat with an enemy” She refused to give it up. She died several years later. (1917 was at the height of agitation by women for the vote.) On June 10, 1977, the medal was formally restored by an act of the U.S. Congress. http://www.undelete.org/military/mil3walker.html
1885-General George S. Patton, Jr. birthday: American military officer, graduate of West Point (1909), George Smith Patton, Jr, was born at San Gabriel, CA. Ambitious and flamboyant, he lived for combat. He served in the punitive expedition into Mexico (1916), in Europe in World War I and in North Africa and Europe in World War II. He received world attention and official censure in 1943 for slapping a hospitalized shell-shocked soldier. While a full general, owing to his critical public statements, he was relieved of his command in 1945. He died at Heidelberg, Germany, Dec 21, 1945, of injuries received in an automobile accident.
1886-Four men accused of participating in the Haymarket Riot that occurred on May 4, 1886 were executed in Chicago, IL. A labor rally had been called in Haymarket Square to protest the shooting of several strikers by Chicago police the previous day. Anarchist and communist speakers were addressing a crowd of several hundred mostly German-born workers when a squad of 180 police officers arrive to break up the rally. A bomb, thrown by a person who was never positively identified, fatally injured 7 officers and wounded 70. Police fired into the crowd, killing one worker and injuring more than a dozen. A grand jury indicted 31 suspected labor radicals in connection with the bombing. Eight men were tried for murder, seven were convicted. This day August Spies, Samuel Fielden, Adloph Fischer, and Albert Parsons---were executed by hanging. The other three were pardoned in 1893 by Illinois govern John Peter Altgeld.
1889-Washington became the U.S. 42nd state, the first to be named for a person born in America. The first governor was Elisha Peyre Ferry, a Republican, who served from 1889 to 1893.
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1898-composer/singer/pianist Hoagy Carmichael born Bloomington, Indiana
1890-African American Daniel M. McCree patented the portable fire escape. McCree created a portable version made of wood that could be attached to the windowsill of a home, enabling people within to escape from second and third story levels during a fire.
1918-Cease Fire, World War I Ends. At 11:01am the Great War ended as Germany, bereft of manpower, supplies & food, signed an armistice agreement. The war's toll were 10 million dead (6 million of them civilians), 21 million wounded & 7 1/2 million taken prisoner or missing in action. Germany, Russia, Austria-Hungary, France & Great Britain each lost a million or more lives, & U.S. forces counted 115,000 dead. Influenza was to sweep the world due to the conditions after
the war, killing millions.
1919- Clark Griffith becomes a club owner, along with William Richardson, and president when he buys a controlling interest in the Washington Senators. Unable to get financial help from the American League, he mortgages his ranch in Montana to secure the needed cash.
1921-The first burial at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider in the National Cemetery at Arlington, VA. President Warren Gamaliel Hardin, accompanied by practically every prominent government office, attended the services, and the unveiling of the national shrine, which was built to honor the large number of American soldiers who lost their lives in World War I but whose bodies were never identified.
1920-David Sinton Ingalls was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. He served as assistant secretary of the Navy for aeronautics from March 1929 to March 1932. While attached to the 213th Squadron of the British Royal Air Force, “alone and in conjunction with other pilots shot down at least four enemy aeroplanes and one or more enemy balloons,” becoming the first Navy Ace in World War I. He was also awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross by the British Government.
1922 - Novelist Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. born Indianapolis, Indiana. His novel “Slaughterhouse Five)”is based on his experiences as a prisoner-of-war at Dresden and its total destruction in 1945. Vonnegut uses fantasy & science fiction to highlight the horrors and absurdities of 20th century "civilization".
1923-birthday of Alto sax player Charlie Mariano born Boston, Mass.
1925-Jonathan Winters birthday, comedian, actor ("The Jonathan Winters Show," "Mork & Mindy"), born Dayton, OH.
1927-Singer Mose Allison birthday, Tippo, MS
(one of my favorites; Warren Luening and I went to the clubs
Mose was playing. Warren later would then sit down at the piano,
both sign and play the songs perfectly—He was a trumpet player,
today the top studio trumpet player in concerts, movies and on
records with the top singers.
1928-singer Lavern Baker birthday, Chicago, IL
“Tweedle Dee” and “Jim Dandy” were among her hits.
1928-birthday singer Ernestine Anderson Houston TX. Her intro to jazz singing is at age 12 at the Eldorado Ballroom in Houston. Performs with Russell Jaquet, Johnny Otis, & Lionel Hampton. Known for her warm, blues-influenced vocals. Helps revitalize Seattle jazz scene at Jazz Alley in the 80 & 90s.
1932 - The National Broadcasting Company opened new studios at Radio City in New York City, celebrating the event with a gala at Radio City Music Hall.
1933--"Great Black Blizzard" — first great dust storm in the Great Plains.
1934-tenor sax player David Lastie Birthday, New Orleans, LA
1936-singer Buddy Ace ( James L. L
1938-“God Bless America” first sung: Irving Berlin wrote this song especially for Kate Smith. She first sang it during her regular radio broadcast. It quickly became a great patriotic favorite of the nation and one of Smith's most requested songs.
1940-Birthday of California US Senator Barbara Boxer, born Brooklyn, NY.
1940-Big Joe Turner and Pete Johnson tell us about KC in Piney Brown Blues, Decca 18121
1946-First Game at Madison Square Gardens. The New York Knickerbockers of the Basketball Association of America ( predecessor of the NBA) played their first home game at Madison Square Garden. Before a crowd of 17,205, the Knicks lost in overtime to the Chicago Stags, 78-68. The halftime entertainment consisted of a fashion show and a brief exhibition basketball game between the New York Giants football team and members of the Original Celtics, basketball’s legendary team form the 1920’s.
1946-Claude Thornhill, with Fran Warren, cuts, “A Sunday Kind of Love.”
1948-trumpet player Marvin “Hannibal” Peterson birthday
All My Love - Patti Page
Goodnight Irene - The Weavers
Thinking of You - Don Cherry
I’m Moving On - Hank Snow
1952-birthday drummer Kahil El'Zabar drums Great Lakes IL
It’s Only Make Believe - Conway Twitty
Tom Dooley - The Kingston Trio
To Know Him, is to Love Him - The Teddy Bears
City Lights - Ray Price
Last Train to Clarksville - The Monkees
Poor Side of Town - Johnny Rivers
Dandy - Herman’s Hermits
Open Up Your Heart - Buck Owens
You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet/Free Wheelin’ - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Jazzman - Carole King
Whatever Gets You Thru the Night - John Lennon with The Plastic Ono Nuclear Band
Love is like a Butterfly - Dolly Parton
1982 -- Vietnam Veterans Memorial dedicated in Washington,
1982-Shuttle Columbia launched from Kennedy Space Center, FL, with four astronauts: Vance Brand, Robert Overmyer, William Lenoir and Joseph Allen. "First operational mission" delivered two satellites into orbit for commercial customers. Columbia landed at Edwards Air Force Base, CA, Nov 16, 1982.
Up Where We Belong - Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes
Heart Attack - Olivia Newton-John
I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near) - Michael McDonald
You’re So Good When You’re Bad - Charley Pride
1987- Braves' Steve Bedrosian narrowly edges Cub Rick Sutcliffe by two points (57-55) to win the Cy Young Award. 'Bedrock' is the third reliever to win the award in the National League.
1988- Dodgers' hurler Orel Hershiser becomes the ninth pitcher in National League history to win the Cy Young award unanimously as the 'Bulldog' receives all twenty-four first place votes from the sportswriters.
1989-Civil Rights Memorial is dedicated in Montgomery, AL
Love Takes Time - Mariah Carey
Pray - M.C. Hammer
Giving You the Benefit - Pebbles
Home - Joe Diffie
1992 - Bobby Fischer won his re-match with Boris Spassky in Sveti Stefan, Yugoslavia. The match was organized by banker Jedzimir Vasiljevic. Fischer had 10 wins, 5 losses, and 15 draws. He got $3.65 million for his winnings and Spassky received $1.5 million.
1995 - Smashing Pumpkins’ album "Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness" hit #1 on the U.S. album chart. The Smashing Pumpkins (Billy Corgan, James Iha, D’arcy and Jimmy Chamberlin) band was formed in 1988.
Doo Wop (That Thing)- Lauryn Hill
The First Night- Monica
One Week- Barenaked Ladies