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Friday, October 10, 2014

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

Archives---October 10, 2007
Marlin Business Services Corp. Hires Chief Sales Officer
   Classified Ads---Sales
NexTier Leasing joins Funder List “A”
  &  Funders Looking for New Broker Business List
      New Hires---Promotions in the Leasing Industry
            Leasing Industry Ads---Help Wanted
Top Commercial Mortgage Lenders
   among banks and thrifts, Q2'14
Leasing Conferences---Exhibitors Update
  Now On-Site Reservations Only for ELFA Conference
Invigors EMEA agreement with Diplomat Consult in Romania
   Labrador Retriever Mix
     Renfrew, Pennsylvania  Adopt-a-Dog
Gone Girl/The Equalizer
Edge of Tomorrow/Level Five/Sundays and Cybele
   At the Theater/Amazon-Netflix by Fernando Croce
 Arizona Equipment Leasing Assoc. Newsletter 
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Ebola to Affect West Africa Economy by $33 billion
 Boeing leads YTD commercial aircraft orders; Airbus orders surge in 3Q
Watch 2,000-hp Nissan GT-R thrash Lamborghinis to win "King of the Streets"
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Archives---October 10, 2007
Marlin Business Services Corp. Hires Chief Sales Officer

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. -- Marlin Business Services Corp. (NASDAQ: MRLN) is pleased to announce the hiring of Edward Siciliano as Senior Vice President and Chief Sales Officer. Ed joins Marlin from ALK Technologies, where he held the position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing. His previous experience includes serving as Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Applied Theory Corporation and National Account Sales Director for Xerox Corporation.


Edward J. Siciliano
EVP, Chief Sales Officer
Marlin Commercial Finance



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joins Funder List “A”
&  Funders Looking for New Broker Business List

NexTier Leasing
a Division of NexTier Bank
Wexford, Pennyslvania
Paul Poljak
Vice President/Commercial
Leasing Manager
(220 bank)
West PA/West V
 East Ohio
$10,000 -
$10 million

A -Accepts Broker Business | B -Requires Broker be Licensed
 | C -Sub-Broker Program | D -"Private label Program" | E - Also "in house" salesmen


Full List Funder “A”

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Funders Looking for New Broker Business


New Hires---Promotions in the Leasing Industry

Lori Cooper was promoted to Credit Analyst I at United Capital Business Lending, Inc., Hunt Valley, Maryland. She joined the firm October, 2011 as Account Manager, and previously worked at Bridge Capital Leasing, Inc., "managing the funding process for direct commercial loan and lease products."  She joined SunTrust Equipment Finance & Leasing Corp. January, 2009, as Leasing Analyst, and was promoted June, 2010, to Portfolio Manager, Middle Market. Transaction Coordinator, GE Intermediary Funding (June 2005–January 2009); Director of Funding, Daimler Chrysler Financial Services (July 2003–June 2005); Lead ISO Auditor, Daimler Chrysler Financial Services of America (January 1996–June 2005); Career Foundation, Chrysler Financial (December 1989–July 2003). Organizations: AAAI/ISMA,
Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Trainer (July 2012–Present); Team Beachbody, Coach (July 2013–Present), Promoting health and wellness products, via my
Additional Organizations: Volunteer: Humane Society of Maryland. Active Contributor and/or participant: American Heart Society, American Red Cross, United Way. Certifications: Certified Personal Trainer, AAAI/ISMA, License (July 2012–Present). Insanity Certified Instructor, Team Beachbody (August 2014–Present). Honors & Awards: Presidential Award: UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX – Graduated with honors.  CF Impact! Award: GE CAPITAL CORPORATION: for Teamwork on compliance review of several portfolios. CF Impact! Award: GE CAPITAL CORPORATION: for Outstanding Teamwork on Quarter closings Education: Loyola University Maryland, MBA, Accounting (2006–2010). University of Phoenix, BS/BM, Business Management (2000–2003). Columbia Campus on-site. Received:  Presidential Award. Graduated with Honors.

Steve Fields joins First Financial Bank, Cincinnati, Ohio. Previously, he was a Partner, Excel Capital Partners (no dates given). Sr. Vice President, US Bank (1991–2006).

Grant Finch to head New Direct Equipment Leasing and Finance Program, Tab Bank, Ogden, Utah. "He will be responsible for identifying cross sell opportunities within TAB’s existing A/R financing and asset-based lending portfolios as well as offering the product to small- and medium-sized businesses from across the country. Grant brings over thirty years of equipment finance and leasing experience to TAB Bank. Prior to joining the TAB team, Grant owned an equipment finance company, NBF Capital LLC. Grant also worked previously for Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, First Security Leasing and Valley Bank Leasing."  Education: University of Idaho.

"John Flannery is the President and CEO at GE Healthcare, a $17 billion segment of General Electric Company and the first GE business headquartered outside of the United States. GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies...Since April 2013, John served as Senior Vice President for GE’s Corporate Business Development. Prior to this, Mr. Flannery was President and CEO for GE India where he was directly responsible for all of GE’s operations in the country. Mr. Flannery has been with GE for over 25 years and has held several senior leadership positions in the company. Mr. Flannery was also President & CEO, GE Capital, Asia Pacific. Before that, Mr. Flannery was President and CEO of GE Commercial Finance, Asia. Prior to joining GE Commercial Finance, Asia, John was Managing Director and Business Leader of the Bank Loan Group (BLG) for GE Corporate Financial Services where he managed one of the largest global institutional loan portfolios valued at nearly $10 Billion, with a specific emphasis on distressed debt investments.

"Prior to joining BLG, Mr. Flannery was President and CEO of GE Equity, the $6 Billion private equity arm of GE Capital and before that held a number of leadership positions in the leveraged finance and private equity sectors, including two years as President and CEO, GE Capital Argentina and Chile. Mr. Flannery is a 1983 graduate of Fairfield University and holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania."

Jule Kreyling was hired as Director of Equipment Finance at East West Bank, Greater Atlanta area, Georgia. Previously, he was Senior Regional Director, TD Equipment Finance, a subsidiary of TD Bank (May 2011–September 2014); President, Watchung Portfolio Management (June 2009-May 2011); Executive Vice-President, Omni National Bank (December, 2002-May, 2009); Vice President & Division Manager, CitiCapital (a Division of Citigroup), (September 1999-May 2002); Vice-President, Textron Financial (1992-1999); Associate, Troutman Sanders, LLP (June, 1989-June, 1992). He has a JD, Harvard Law School (1986-1989); a BA, American Studies, Williams College (1984-1986).

Dominic Lount was hired as Area Finance Manager, EMC; working out of Rochester, Michigan. Previously, he was Enterprise Financing Executive, Microsoft (April 2014–September 2014); Area Sales Finance Manager, EMC (November 2010–April 2014); Account Executive, Great Lakes Region (MI-OH-IN), Dell Financial Services (June 2007–November 2010); Regional Sales Manager, GE Capital (June 2006–June 2007); Program Manager - Technology Division, CIT (August 2002–June 2006); Business Development Officer.
He joined Fleet Capital Leasing f/k/a Sanwa Leasing as Vendor Services Manager, August, 1997; promoted to Credit Manager, January, 1999; promoted to Business Development Officer (April 2000-April 2002); Corporate Credit Manager, O/E Systems dba M/C Leasing (September 1994–August 1997). Education: Central Michigan University, BSBA, Finance. Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration, Masters, Finance.

Terri Morse hired as Regional Sales Manager, Creekridge Capital, Edina, Minnesota. "She will be responsible for identifying, implementing and managing healthcare vendors within Creekridge’s Northeastern Region, including: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland; working out of Creekridge's New Jersey Office."  Previously, she was Major Account Sales Manager, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (September, 2011 – 2014); Major Account Sales Manager/ Strategic Account Executive, IKON Office Solutions, A Ricoh Company (January, 2009 – September, 2011); National Account Manager, Macquarie Group (2006 – 2009); Major Account Executive, Canon Business Solutions (1998 – 2005); Account Executive, Canon Financial Services (1996 – 1998). Education: Felician College, Bachelor's Degree, Management, Summa Cum Laude (2006 – 2008). Activities and Societies: Sigma Beta Delta, International Honor Society in Business, Management and Administration

Don Myerson was named CEO at Pacific Island Financial, LLC., Kauai, Hawaii. He continues as Chief Credit Officer, Mintaka Financial, LLC (January, 2007-Present) and President, BSB Leasing (October, 1982 - Present).  He is an Advisory Board Member, Leasing News (2008-Present) and Orion First Financial (2001-Present). Education: Colorado State University, Business (1974 – 1977). Activities and Societies: Phi Kappa Tau

Tammy Negelein was hired as Credit Manager at Matrix Business Capital, Long Beach, California. Prior, she was at Capital Equipment Leasing (no dates given). Previously, Broker Account Manager, Puget Sound Leasing (2005 – 2009); Transaction Manager, Lease Smart (November, 1998 – December, 2005). Education: Pima Community College, Associate's degree, Business Administration and Management, General. University of Maryland, Bachelor, Finance. 

Stephen Wood will serve as Senior Vice President and Director of First Financial Equipment Finance, a division of First Financial Bank, Cincinnati, Ohio.  He joined the bank April, 2010, most recently serving as the Commercial Real Estate Credit Officer. Previously he was Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Administration Officer, Integra Bank (March, 2009 – May, 2010); Group Manager, Special Assets, Senior Vice President, Regions Bank (November, 2008 – March, 2009); Chief Credit & Lending Officer, Peoples Community Bank (January, 2005 – November, 2008); Principal, SPW Consulting, LLC (June, 2004 – January, 2005); Director of Special Assets, Senior Vice President, Provident Bank (March, 2001 – June, 2004); Senior Vice President, Credit Administration, Special Assets Division, US Bank
(March 1993–March 2001); Portfolio Manager, Commercial Lending and Leasing, Tyco International (formerly Figgie International, Inc)
(May 1986–March 1993); Credit Manager, Construction Products Division, Alcoa (formerly Reynolds Metals Company) (May 1979–May 1986). Education: Virginia Commonwealth University Bachelor of Science, Business Administration & Management (1975–1979).


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Top Commercial Mortgage Lenders
among banks and thrifts, Q2'14

By Divya Lulla and Hina Nawaz
SNL Financial Feature

Only half of the top 20 nonresidential property lenders saw growth in the loan type compared to a year ago, and only six saw linked-quarter growth.

Aggregate nonresidential property loans, also known as commercial mortgages, grew by 3.90% during the 12 months ended June 30, totaling $1.126 trillion at the end of the period, based on call report filings. In comparison, total loans and leases in the U.S. grew by 4.87% in the same period.

Nonresidential property loans declined slightly as a percent of total loans during the second quarter. Nonresidential loans comprised approximately 13.88% of total loans held by the country's banks at June 30 — a decline of 21 basis points from the previous quarter, 13 basis points from a year ago and 81 basis points down from the second quarter of 2009.

The noncurrent rate on nonresidential property loans was still far below that of one- to four-family mortgages as credit quality continues to improve. As of June 30, 1.59% of commercial mortgages held by banks were past due by more than 90 days, or nonaccruing. (Note: Prior to 2012, data for nonresidential property loans does not include companies that filed the thrift financial report, classified by SNL as "savings institutions," since they did not report nonresidential property loans separately from farm loans.)

The ranking of leading bank holders of nonresidential property loans remained largely unchanged from the first quarter of 2014 with Wells Fargo & Co. leading, followed by Bank of America Corp., JPMorgan Chase & Co. and U.S. Bancorp.

Wells Fargo held the largest amount of commercial mortgages with $94.12 billion in nonresidential balances, according to the company's regulatory call report, double the second-largest lender. However, this was down from $94.26 in the previous quarter for a total decrease of 0.14%. Still, the bank's loan balance was up 2.84% on a year-over-year basis. The bank's delinquency rate fell from 2.34% the previous quarter to 2.12% as of June 30, a difference of 22 basis points.

Among the top 20 lenders, Synovus Financial Corp. had the largest composition of commercial mortgages as a percentage of total loans and leases per second-quarter regulatory filings with 38.39% of its $20.53 billion loan portfolio. The holding company saw a 0.49% decline on a linked-quarter basis, but commercial mortgages increased by 5.04% year over year.

Kessel Stelling Jr., chairman, president and CEO of Synovus Financial, in an April 24 annual shareholder meeting said, "We're continuing great efforts around senior housing, around equipment leasing, commercial real estate and others as we gain even greater traction in that larger commercial customer base."

SunTrust Banks Inc. saw the largest growth percentage among the top 20 lenders, with 15.12% year-over-year growth in nonresidential property loans ending the second quarter with a balance of $12.88 billion in commercial mortgages.

Per CEO William Rogers Jr. during a Sept. 9 conference call, "Our CRE business has undergone a significant transformation since 2007. Prior to 2007, our CRE business was very market-driven, and thus primarily oriented towards residential construction and development with small builders in the Southeast. That product and geographic concentration created significant losses in this business during the financial crisis." he said, "Since then, we focus almost exclusively on traditional commercial real estate with exposures and expertise in office, multifamily, industrial, hospitality and retail, with a presence in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic markets alongside certain national markets." (Note: In this article, SNL ranked companies only by nonresidential property loans. Residential construction and multifamily loans are considered separate loan types.)

SunTrust's delinquency rate, at 0.87%, was the third lowest on the list, down from 0.97% in the first quarter of 2014 and 1.32% a year ago.

The percentage of commercial mortgages more than 30 days past due, or nonaccruing, remained below 5% for most of the 20 companies that composed the top nonresidential property lenders list, with the exception of General Electric Capital Corp. The delinquency rate for General Electric was at 5.19%, down from 11.63% in the second quarter of 2013, a decline of 629 basis points, the largest in the group.



Leasing Conferences--- Exhibitors Updates
Now On-Site Reservations Only for ELFA Conference

Capital Conferences---2014

October 19-21
2014 53rd Annual Convention
Manchester Grand Hyatt
San Diego, CA

Video Preview of ELFA Annual Convention
ELFA President and CEO Woody Sutton

Registration can be made on-site
(Mail and online registration no longer available) 





Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, Nevada

 It will bring together critical decision makers concerning credit and collections 
from all facets of financial services.




November 5, 2014
Latin American Leasing &
Operation Forum
The Alta Group
Intercontinental Hotel Doral
Miami, Florida

Wednesday November 5th the Latin American Legal and Operations Forum will give participants access to the latest advances in the legal and operational practices in the industry. It will be an excellent opportunity to learn about the laws and regulations of leasing in different countries of the Americas.

The event will be simultaneously translated in English and Spanish.


Preliminary Schedule of Events


Hotel Information

Travel Information

November 7-8
2014 Western Regional Meeting
Hyatt Regency Irvine
Irvine, CA

Registration Now Open

Exhibitors To Date (10/09)

360 Equipment Finance
Amerisource Funding, Inc.
Banc of California, N.A.
Blue Bridge Financial LLC
Bryn Mawr Funding
BSB Leasing
Channel Partners LLC
CLP Foundation
Dakota Financial, LLC
Financial Pacific Leasing, Inc.
First Federal Leasing
Fora Financial, LLC
IOU Central Business Lending
Maxim Commercial Capital LLC
Merchant Cash and Capital, LLC
NCMIC Finance Corporation
North Mill Equipment Financing LLC
Orange Commercial Credit
Pacific Western Equipment Finance
Paradigm Equipment Finance
Pawnee Leasing Corporation
Preferred Business Solutions
Quiktrak, Inc.
RLC Funding
TEAM Funding Solutions
Tetra Financial Group
TimePayment Corporation
Varilease Finance, Inc.


November 7, 2014
XII Latin American Leasing Conference
The Alta Group
Intercontinental Hotel Doral
Miami, Florida

Thursday 6th to Friday 7th the XII Latin American Leasing Conference will be held.  This will provide participants insights regarding developments in the professional practice of the leading rental companies in the Americas.  The conference will also showcase best practices leasing companies and finance teams are now utilizing in strategic planning and implementation of funding strategies as well as risk and asset management.

The event will be simultaneously translated in English and Spanish.



November 11-13

The 2014 Middle East Leasing Summit to be held November 11-13 at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai is reported to be strongly supported by leading leasing companies and international leasing association. 

This summit will gather regional government officials, vendor representatives, national organizations and industry leaders to interpret the air finance from the aspect of market situation, regulatory, growth point and second hand aircraft to better understand Middle East air finance market.

The conference promises "Deep insight into Middle East leasing market climate with introduction of Islamic Finance’s application and banks’ involvement. There is no doubt that this summit will provide a premier platform for its delegates to establish strategic cooperative partnerships, expand business. We firmly believe that your outstanding industrial background and broad knowledge would contribute significantly to the quality and scope of this

For more information, please visit the official website at

November 12 - 14
Commercial Finance Association
70th Annual Convention
Washington Marriott Wardman Park
Washington, D.C.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Ben S. Bernanke
Former Chairman of the Board of
Governors of the Federal Reserve




Hotel & Travel


November 16 -17
NJ Expo Regional
Teaneck, New Jersey
(Sunday evening- All Day Monday)

Exhibitors to Date:
Bank of the West
Business Credit Reports
Bryn Mawr Funding
Channel Partners, LLC
Collateral Specialists, Inc.
ECS Financial Services, Inc.
Financial Pacific Leasing, Inc.
FORA Financial
LeaseTeam, Inc.
Pawnee Leasing Corporation
RLC Funding

Pricing (Early Bird to 10/31/2014)




November 18 - 21, 2014
Istanbul, Turkey
The Third Annual Operating Lease Conference

"Three prominent and qualified speakers have been added to the agenda.
They are: Stephan van Beek, Senior Director Sales & Marketing Development - EMEA, Oracle Financing, an expert on software leasing; Arnaldo Rodriguez, President – International Division, CSI Leasing, who is the epitome of having successfully globalized the product; and, Esteban Gaviria, CEO, Leasing Bancolombia, who leads the most successful bank-held operating leasing company in Latin America. I will chair the conference and also teach a two-day seminar preceding the conference."
          Sudhir Amembal

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Invigors EMEA agreement with Diplomat Consult in Romania

The Alta Group announcing the expansion of its operations through an agreement with Bucharest-based Diplomat Consult to represent Invigors in Romania.

Asset Finance consulting and services partnership Invigors EMEA LLP, part of The Alta Group, today announced the expansion of its operations through an agreement with Bucharest-based Diplomat Consult to represent Invigors in Romania.

Adriana Ahciarliu
Diplomat Consult
Secretary-General, he Romanian Non-Banking
Financial Institutions’ Association

Established in 2004, Diplomat Consult is headed by Adriana Ahciarliu. An acknowledged authority on asset finance in her country, Ahciarliu is also the Secretary-General of the Romanian Non-Banking Financial Institutions’ Association and brings over 15 years of experience of that region to Invigors. Ahciarliu has worked for international bank subsidiaries, as an advisor to the National Bank of Romania and departments of Central Government and was a board member of Eurofinas for three years.

Prior to Diplomat Consult, Ahciarliu was engaged in senior Marketing & Communications roles for BRD Sogelease (Romanian leasing subsidiary of Société Générale) and the Turkish Romanian Bank for three years. She has also acted as Senior Policy Advisor and spokesperson for the National Bank of Romania as well as advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The agreement with Diplomat Consult marks a significant strengthening of Invigors’ capability and reach in Eastern Europe. Ahciarliu commented: “I'm delighted that Diplomat Consult is joining the Invigors team and am looking forward to taking the Invigors brand to new markets. Eastern European countries such as Romania have undergone significant changes and are now poised for further growth.”

Commenting on the announcement, Chris Boobyer, Senior Partner at Invigors, said: “Adriana has deep knowledge of the Eastern European markets and is the acknowledged expert on local regulatory affairs. We believe that through this agreement the capability and reach of Invigors is further strengthened not just within Europe but also for the global Alta Group.

INVIGORS EMEA LLP, part of The Alta Group, is a consulting and technical services firm providing growth solutions for asset and vehicle finance companies, industry suppliers, manufacturers and captive finance organizations. For more information please contact Richard Ryan, Partner, Invigors EMEA LLP, +44 (0)845 0031000, 

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Fernando's View
By Fernando F. Croce

A couple of superstars (Ben Affleck in "Gone Girl," Denzel Washington in "The Equalizer") square off at the box-office, while DVD releases offer sci-fi excitement ("Edge of Tomorrow"), vintage documentary outrage ("Roger & Me"), and an affecting classic ("Sundays and Cybele").

In Theaters:

Gone Girl (Twentieth-Century Fox): Modern cinema's supreme specialist in stylistically precise, profoundly dark melodrama, David Fincher ("The Social Network") serves up another banquet of glittery twists with this black-comic take on married relationships. Based on the best-seller by Gilliam Flynn, the story centers on Nick (Ben Affleck) and Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike), an affluent young couple whose seemingly perfect life is suddenly torn asunder. Following his wife's disappearance and apparent murder, Nick finds himself thrown into a nightmarish media whirlpool. But was this really an open-and-shut case, or something more insidious? Featuring Fincher's trademark immaculate technique and a supporting cast that includes Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry, this is a superbly crafted blend of suspense and sardonic humor perfect for unsettling and delighting the director's fans.

The Equalizer (Columbia Pictures): The 1980s TV series "The Equalizer" gets a robust big-screen update in this exciting remake, which reunites Denzel Washington with his "Training Day" director, Antoine Fuqua. Washington stars as McCall, a Massachusetts man who's determined to leave his violent past behind him. His attempts at leading a new and peaceful life are shaken, however, when he meets a young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) who's being pursued by a gang of brutal Russian gangsters. Faced with the idea of innocent people in danger, McCall must reluctantly dust off his old ways. But can he do it without falling back into the abyss of his past? Shading regret and melancholia into his charismatic persona, Washington delivers a compelling performance that's complimented by Fuqua's dynamic handling of action. From their collaboration emerges a tight and tough thriller.

Netflix Tip: With "Gone Girl," Rosamund Pike seems finally poised to break into Hollywood's A-list ranks. So check out this promising British actress' earlier roles, which include the James Bond thriller "Die Another Day," the working-class drama "Made in Dagenham," and the apocalyptic comedy "The World's End."


Edge of Tomorrow (Warner Bros.): Tom Cruise continues his sci-fi comeback streak with this clever, suspenseful thriller, which mixes interplanetary action with the time-tripping structure of "Groundhog Day." Cruise stars as Cage, a military officer who, in the midst of Earth's futuristic war with aliens, is sent to the battlefront. He's readily killed in action, yet finds himself stuck in a time loop that keeps bringing him back to life a day earlier. Though he cannot escape what's coming, Cage soon learns that he may be able to alter the future by increasing his skills, especially as he teams up with a fellow warrior named Rita (Emily Blunt). Will he able to defeat the enemies, or will he be caught forever in this endless spiral? Directed by Doug Liman ("The Bourne Identity"), the movie offers a smart, exciting, and often witty alternative to the season's noisy extravaganzas

Level Five (Icarus): For an entirely different (but equally stimulating) brand of science-fiction, check out this brilliant cine-essay from 1997, directed by the late, great Chris Marker. Taking place mostly inside an office stacked with discs and computer paraphernalia, the plot centers on a programmer named Laura (Catherine Belkhodja), who becomes obsessed with finishing the electronic game started by her boyfriend. While working on the project's many puzzles, Laura is increasingly drawn to one of history's tragic chapters, involving the Battle of Okinawa in Japan during World War II. At once mesmerized and shattered, she digs deeper and deeper into both the past as well as the future. Though perhaps too difficult for mainstream audiences, Marker's final feature film showcases the director's technological and human curiosity, weaving a melancholia that lingers long after the finale. With subtitles.

Sundays and Cybele (Criterion): Mostly forgotten since its critically acclaimed 1962 release, this sensitive French drama is now available for rediscovery. Hardy Kruger stars as Pierre, a young pilot who's left severely traumatized after a routine raid results in tragedy. Back home in France, he retreats into his psychological shell until he meets Cybele (Patricia Gozzi), a little girl at a boarding school. Pretending to be her father, he meets with her every Sunday and gradually starts to recover his memory. Understanding is a frail quality in a harsh world, however, and it's not long, however, before their innocent friendship is misread by those around them. Directed by Serge Bourguignon, this tale of wounded characters helping each other radiates humanistic warmth and poignancy. With subtitles.



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     680 - Imam Hussein, grandson of Prophet Mohammed, was beheaded. He was killed by rival Muslim forces on the Karbala plain in modern day Iraq. He then became a saint to Shiite Muslims. Traditionalists and radical guerrillas alike commemorate his martyrdom as the ceremony of Ashura. The 10-day mourning period during the holy month of Muharram commemorates the deaths of Caliph Ali’s male relatives by Sunnis from Iraq.
    732 - At Tours, France, Charles Martel killed Abd el-Rahman and halted the Muslim invasion of Europe. Islam's westward spread was stopped by the Franks at Poitiers.
    1798 - Secretary Benjamin Stoddert, first Secretary of the Navy, sent the first instructions to cutters acting in cooperation with the Navy in support of the Quasi-War with France, via the various collectors of customs.
    1802 – The first non-Indian settlement is established in Oklahoma.
    1804 - A famous snow hurricane occurred. The unusual coastal storm caused northerly gales from Maine to New Jersey. Heavy snow fell across New England, with three feet reported at the crest of the Green Mountains. A foot of snow was reported in the Berkshires of southern New England, at Goshen
    1812 - Birthday of Elizabeth Fries Lummis Ellet, U.S. author who was one of the first to record the lives of women. Her three volumes “Women of the American Revolution” (vols. 1 & 2 in 1848 and vol. 3 in 1850) are masterpieces of research into primary sources. In all, 160 women are examined and saved for posterity. She wrote other books such as “Domestic History of the American Revolution” (which shows that real women were actually alive during those times ;-o) and “Pioneer Women of the West”. In all, she wrote more than a dozen books that preserved a great deal of women's past
    1845 - The Naval Academy was established as The Naval School at Windmill Point, Fort Severn, Annapolis, MD, on a nine-acre site. It officially opened with 56 students. On July 1, 1850, the name was changed to the U.S. Naval Academy. The following year, the academy instituted a standard four-year program. From May 9, 1861 to September 9, 1865, while Maryland was part of the Confederacy, the academy was transferred to Newport, RI .
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    1846 – Triton, the largest moon of Neptune is discovered by English astronomer William Lassell.
     1850 - The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal was completed and opened for business along its entire 184.5 mile length from Washington, DC to Cumberland, Maryland. Sections of the canal opened for navigation as they were completed; from
Georgetown in Washington, DC to
Seneca , Maryland in 1831; then to
Harpers Ferry , WV in 1833; to
Hancock , MD in 1839; and finally to
Cumberland , MD in 1850.   Commerce traveled primarily on the water, not roads which were subject to weather and “poor” even in the best of times as they were nothing more than unpaved, old footpaths that had been repeatedly driven over by horses and by wagon train. 
    1855 - A mob in Columbia hanged John S. Barclay. The sheriff there tried to save the unfortunate man from the noose, but was repulsed.
    1865 - The billiard ball was patented by John Wesley Hyatt.
      1874 - Beatrice Moses Hinkle birthday.  As San Francisco's city physician, she was the first U.S. woman to hold a public health post. She was one of the two physicians who established the nation's first psychotherapeutic clinic. She was among the earliest Jungian analysts in America, having rejected Freud with whom she'd personally studied. She contributed to the conceptual framework of the theory. Her “Recreating of the Individual” (1923) took a strong stand regarding women’s individuality. It was noted particularly for its chapters on women and artists. 
    1881 - U.S. fashion designer Ethel Traphagen’s birthday, influential founder of Traphagen School of Fashion design. 
    1886 - Gris­wold Lorillard of Tuxedo Park, NY, fashioned the first tuxedo for men. Pierre Lorillard IV, heir to a tobacco fortune and the biggest landowner in town, asked his tailor to create four new formal black jackets modeled after the tailless red wool coats worn by English for hunters. Lorillard declined to wear the result, but his son Griswold Lorillard and three of his friends did along with waistcoats of scarlet satin, and the look caught on. Some say this is more fiction than fact, but history records the Tuxedo Club and Lorillard responding on wearing it that it was a Tuxedo. 
    1887 - Thomas Edison organized the Edison Phonograph Company.
      1900 – America’s First Lady of the Theater, Helen Hayes birthday.  The winner of every award possible for an actor on the stage, in the movies, and TV. She began her acting career at age 5 and continued it for more than 85 years winning Academy Awards, Tonys, and Emmys. She received The Medal of Freedom (1986), the Kennedy Center Honors (1981), and even had a Broadway Theater was named after her. Finally, she was the subject of the song, “Betty Davis Eyes”, written by Donna Weiss and Jackie DeShannon, and made popular by Kim Carnes.  An award in her name established for achievement in professional theater. Died March 17, 1993 
   1901 – Birthday of Frederic Douglass Patterson in Washington, DC.  Orphaned at the age of two, by the age of 31, Patterson had attained three educational degrees: a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Science from Iowa State, and a Doctorate of Philosophy from Cornell University.  He would later become President, at age 33, of what is now Tuskegee University (1935–1953) and Founder of the United Negro College Fund (1944). In 1987, President Ronald Reagan awarded Dr. Patterson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.   He passed in 1988.
   1902 - Kalamazoo, MI, mandolin maker Orville Gibson founds the Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Mfg. Co, Ltd. In 1936, it would create the first commercially successful electric guitar.
   1902 – The bicycle frame is patented by I.R. Johnson.
   1904 – The New York Yankees, two games out of first, played the first-place Red Sox on a final day doubleheader.  The Yanks’ 41-game winner, Jack Chesbro, loses the 1st game and the chance at the pennant.  Chesbro’s win total remains the modern era single season record in the Majors.
    1904 – The Liberty Theater opens at 234 W 42nd St. New York City.
    1905 - Birthday of Willie “The Devil” Wells, Baseball Hall of Fame short-stop born at Austin, TX. Wells is generally considered the greatest shortstop to play in the Negro Leagues. As manager of the Newark Eagles, he developed several players who became major leaguers, and taught Jackie Robinson how to turn the double play. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997.  Died at Austin, Jan 21, 1989.
    1910 – Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity is founded at Columbia University in NYC.
      1913 – President Woodrow Wilson triggered the explosion of the Gamboa Dike that ended the construction of the Panama Canal.
    1914 – Ivory Joe Hunter’s birthday in Kirbyville, TX.  After moving to LA, Hunter founded Pacific Records.  After signing with MGM Records, he recorded "I Almost Lost My Mind", which topped the 1950 R&B charts and would later (in the wake of Hunter's success with "Since I Met You Baby") be recorded by Pat Boone whose version became a number one pop hit. By 1954, he had recorded more than 100 songs and moved to Atlantic Records. His first song to cross over to the pop charts was "Since I Met You Baby" (1956). It was to be his only Top 40 pop song, climbing to # 12.  But since his death and the rise of Oldies nostalgia for 50s music, both songs are among the most-requested.  Hunter died in 1974.
      1915 - Famous Count Basie trumpeter and soloist Harry “Sweets” Edison born, Columbus, Ohio
    1917 - Pianist/composer Thelonious Monk Birthday “Little Rootie Tootie,”
“’Round Midnight” are among his most famous compositions 
    1920- Indians' Bill Wambsganss becomes the only player in World Series history to complete an unassisted triple play as he makes a leaping catch, steps on second base and then tags the runner from first base.  Also in this Series, the Indians’ Bill Smith hit the first grand slam HR in Series history.
    1921 - Birthday of bass player Monk Montgomery, Indianapolis, IN.
    1923- In the first World Series game ever played at Yankee Stadium, veteran Giant outfielder and future Yankees’ manager Casey Stengel breaks a 4-4 deadlock in the top of the ninth inning with an inside-the-park HR off Joe Bush. This is the first World Series HR in Yankee Stadium history.  It is the first World Series game to be broadcast nationally
    1924 – Birthday of writer James Clavell (“Shogun”).
    1928 - The temperature at Minneapolis, MN, reached 90 degrees, their latest such reading of record. 
    1928 - Birthday of piano player Junior Mance, Chicago, IL
    1933 - Procter and Gamble, Cincinnati, OH developed the first synthetic laundry detergent, whose formula included a surfactant to emulsify dirt, and called it Dreft. The first effective powdered detergent made for use in washing machines, and the first to contain a phosphate compound as a water softener, was Tide, developed by Procter and Gamble in 1946.
    1933 - A United Airlines Boeing 247 is destroyed by sabotage, the first such proven case in the history of commercial aviation.
    1935 - Premiere of jazz opera “Porgy and Bess”by George Gershwin. One of Gershwin's greatest works, the opera blended African American folk music, jazz, Tin Pan Alley, and classical styles. The show included the classic song "Summertime," among other classics, brought modern by Gil Evans and Miles Davis.
    1939 - The real Eleanor Rigby died in her sleep of unknown causes at the age of 44. The 1966 Beatles' song that featured her name wasn't really written about her, as Paul McCartney's first draft of the song named the character Miss Daisy Hawkins. Eleanor Rigby's tombstone was noticed in the 1980s in the graveyard of St. Peter's Parish Church in Woolton, Liverpool, a few feet from where McCartney and Lennon had met for the first time in 1957. 
    1941 - The destroyer USS Kearney is attacked by a German submarine. In the attack, ten sailors are killed and scores injured. America suffers its first war casualties in World War II. Pearl Harbor is still seven weeks away. 
    1941 – Actor Peter Coyote, the narrative voice in many of Ken Burns’ television productions and 60s counter-culturist, was born Rachmil Pinchus Ben Mosha Cohon in NYC.  You’ll love this:  While at Grinnell College, Peter ingested peyote and had an hallucination in which he saw his footprints as coyote paw-prints. A few years later, he came across “Coyote's Journal”, a poetry magazine and recognized its logo as the same paw-prints he has seen during his drug-induced experience. It was this that caused him to change his name to Coyote, after meeting Rolling Thunder John Pope, a self-styled shaman, who felt that the experience was spiritually significant.
    1943 - Birthday of guitarist Steve Miller, Dallas, TX
    1944 - BONG, RICHARD I., (Air Mission).
Rank and organization: Major, U.S. Army Air Corps. Place and date: Over Borneo and Leyte, 10 October to 15 November 1944. Entered service at: Poplar, Wis. Birth: Poplar, Wis. G.O. No.: 90, 8 December 1944. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action above and beyond the call of duty in the Southwest Pacific area from 10 October to 15 November 1944. Though assigned to duty as gunnery instructor and neither required nor expected to perform combat duty, Maj. Bong voluntarily and at his own urgent request engaged in repeated combat missions, including unusually hazardous sorties over Balikpapan, Borneo, and in the Leyte area of the Philippines. His aggressiveness and daring resulted in his shooting down 8 enemy airplanes during this period.
    1944 - Nearly two hundred of Admiral Halsey's planes struck Naha, Okinawa's capital and principal city, in five separate waves. The city was almost totally devastated. The American war against Japan was coming inexorably closer to the Japanese homeland. 
    1948 - The largest crowd to this date to attend an Major League game, 86,288 fans, jams Cleveland's Municipal Stadium to witness Boston Braves hurler Warren Spahn beat Bob Feller and the Indians, 11-5 in Game 5 of the Fall Classic.  This was the only World Series between 1947 and 1958 that did not include a New York team.  Also, in this game, Indians’ pitcher Satchel Paige became the first African-American to play in a World Series, relieving in the 7th and getting the two batters he faced.
    1950 - Top Hits
“Goodnight Irene” - The Weavers
“La Vie En Rose” - Tony Martin
“Bonaparte's Retreat” - Kay Starr
“I'm Moving On” - Hank Snow
    1953 - Stan Freberg's "St. George and the Dragonet" hits #1
    1953 – The US and The Republic of Korea agree to a Mutual Defense Treaty in Washington, DC.
    1954 – Ho Chi Minh enters Hanoi after the French troops leave.
    1956 - Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender" entered the Billboard chart for a 19 week stay. It was #1 for 5 of those weeks. The song, from Presley's first film of the same name, was adapted from the tune "Aura Lee", written in 1861. 
    1957 - “Zorro” premiered on TV. Originally, he appeared in a McCulley novel and several films. Don Diego de la Vega (Guy Williams), a Spanish nobleman, is summoned to California by his father, Don Alejandro (George J. Lewis), to fight for the people. Diego's alter ego is Zorro, a dashing and assertive defender of the people. My father, Lawrence Menkin, wrote several of these episodes. He was well known as a TV Western writer, serving as story editor for “Wagon Train”, writing for “Bonanza”, “Death Valley Days”, “Cisco Kid”, among many others. Although the last telecast of “Zorro” was Sept 24, 1959, the series reappeared in later years, first as a remake and then as a sequel, and once again was made as a movie, titled “The Mask of Zorro”, in 1998.
    1957 – President Eisenhower apologized to Komla Agbeli Gbdemah, the finance minister of Ghana, after the official had been refused service in a Dover, DE, restaurant.
     1957 -  Starting Game 7 on just two days rest, Lew Burdette pitches the Braves to a World Championship as he blanks the Bronx Bombers at Yankee Stadium, 5-0. The 30-year old right-hander, named the Series MVP, tosses 24 consecutive scoreless innings and posts a 0.64 ERA in his three Fall classic victories.
      1958 - Top Hits 
“It's All in the Game” - Tommy Edwards 
“Rock-in Robin” - Bobby Day 
“Tea for Two Cha-Cha” - The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra 
“Bird Dog” - The Everly Brothers
    1959 - Paul McCartney helps to force the last non-Beatle member of the Quarrymen, Ken Brown, from the skiffle group after Brown gets paid for an engagement at Liverpool's Casbah Club for which he was too sick to perform. This leaves the Quarrymen as John, Paul, and George; by May of the following year, the group, now featuring Stu Sutcliffe and Pete Best, would be known as the "Beatals."
    1959 - Stan Kenton, June Christy, Four Freshman record “Road Show” album at Purdue University . 
    1959 - Pan American World Airways announced the beginning of the first global airline service.    
      1960 - A silly novelty song called "Mr. Custer" by Larry Verne was the number one single in America. The record told a story about a US cavalry trooper who tries to talk his way out of fighting the Sioux Indians at Little Big Horn in 1876. 
    1962 – “The Bob Newhart Show” premiered on TV. This half-hour variety series was hosted by Bob Newhart, a successful stand-up comedian famous for his trademark “telephone conversation” monologues. Regu­lars included Jackie Joseph, Kay Westfall, Jack Grinnage, Mickey Manners, Pearl Shear, June Ericson, Andy Albin and announcer Dan Sorkin. The show was critically acclaimed, winning both an Emmy and a Peabody in its short time on the air. Newhart later starred in situation comedies. In “The Bob Newhart Show,” which aired 1972—78, he played a psychologist.
    1962 -  In Game 5 of the World Series, Tom Tresh belts an eighth-inning homer off Jack Sanford to give the Bronx Bombers a 5-3 comeback win over the Giants at Yankee Stadium. The rookie shortstop's dad, Mike Tresh, who hit only two home runs in his dozen big league seasons, prior to the at bat left his seat behind home plate and moved to the standing-room section in Candlestick Park hoping to bring his son good luck.
    1962 -  In Game 5 of the World Series, Tom Tresh belts an eighth-inning homer off Jack Sanford to give the Bronx Bombers a 5-3 comeback win over the Giants at Yankee Stadium. The rookie shortstop's dad, Mike Tresh, who hit only two home runs in his dozen big league seasons, prior to the at bat left his seat behind home plate and moved to the standing-room section in Candlestick Park hoping to bring his son good luck.
    1963 – Birthday of journalist Daniel Pearl at Princeton, NJ.  Pearl had dual US and Israeli citizenship. While working for “The Wall Street Journal”, he was kidnapped by Pakistani militants and later murdered in 2002 by Al-Qaeda member Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in Pakistan.
    1964  - At Yankee Stadium, Mickey Mantle, facing Barney Schultz, slams the first pitch of the bottom of the ninth inning out of the Bronx ballpark, giving New York a dramatic 2-1 walk-off victory and two games to one advantage over St. Louis in the Fall Classic. 'The Mick's' game-winning round-tripper, his 16th Fall Classic round-tripper, breaking the previous mark set by Babe Ruth, makes him the fifth major leaguer to end a World Series game with a home run.
    1965 - Ronald Reagan spoke at Coalinga Junior College and called for an official declaration of war in Vietnam.
    1965 - The Supremes make the first of many appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show”. 
    1965 – The Red Baron debuted in ”Peanuts”.
    1966 - Top Hits 
“Cherish” - The Association 
“Reach Out I'll Be There” - Four Tops 
“96 Tears - ?(Question Mark)” & The Mysterians 
“Almost Persuaded” - David Houston 
    1966 – The Beach Boys released “Good Vibrations.”
    1967 - The Outer Space Treaty, signed on January 27 by more than sixty nations, takes effect.
   1968   Cardinal fireballer Bob Gibson sets the mark for total strikeouts (35) in a World Series, but loses the seventh and deciding game to Tigers, 4-1.
      1969 – Much-traveled, oft-retired former Green Bay Packers’ QB Brett Favre’s birthday in Gulfport, MS.
    1970 - Neil Diamond reached the #1 spot on the pop music charts for the first time with "Cracklin' Rosie". In 1972, Diamond would reach a similar pinnacle with "Song Sung Blue".
    1971 - “Up-Stairs, Downstairs” premiered on TV. The 52 episodes of this “Mas­terpiece Theatre” series covered the years 1903 to 1930 in the life of a wealthy London family (“Upstairs') and their many ser­vants (“Downstairs”). Produced by London Weekend Television, cast members included Angela Baddeley, Pauline Collins, Gordon Jackson and Jean Marsh. Won a Golden Globe for Best Drama TV Show in 1975 and an Emmy for Outstanding Limited Series in 1976.  The last episode aired May 1, 1977, though the series has been rerun several times on PBS. 
    1971 – Sold, dismantled, and shipped, London Bridge re-opens at lake Havasu City, AZ.
    1973 –  Spiro Theodore Agnew became the second person to resign the office of Vice President of the United States. Agnew entered pleas of no contest to charges of income tax evasion for contract kickbacks received while he was Governor of Maryland and after he became Vice President. He was sentenced to pay a $10,000 fine and serve three years’ probation Agnew was elected vice president twice, serving under President Richard M. Nixon.
       1973 - Top Hits 
“I Honestly Love You” - Olivia Newton-John 
“Nothing from Nothing” - Billy Preston 
“Then Came You” - Dionne Warwicke & Spinners 
“I Love My Friend” - Charlie Rich.
    1973 – “Dancing With The Stars” champ and TV host Mario Lopez was born in San Diego.
    1974—Birthday of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., race car driver, born Concord, NC.
    1979 - Fleetwood Mac receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
    1979 - A motion picture called “The Rose”, starring Bette Midler as a rock singer, (transparently based on Janis Joplin) premieres in Los Angeles. 
    1979 – “Broadway Joe” Namath played his final NFL game, with the LA Rams.  Namath, a Hall of Fame QB largely on the strength of his career as NY Jets’ QB, engineered and predicted one of sports’ biggest upsets in 1969 in Super Bowl III.  The NFL Baltimore Colts were 18 ½ point favorites.  In the week leading to the game, Namath in front of an audience, stated clearly, “…let me tell you something.  We’re gonna beat ‘em, I guaranty it!”  Then he went out and did it, 16-7, in a game that was not nearly as close as the score would indicate, and one in which this famous passer did not throw a pass in the fourth quarter.  Many believe it was this game that provided the impetus for the AFL and NFL to merge.
    1979 – The Republic of Panama assumes control over the Panama Canal from the US.
    1979 – Hall of Famer Wayne Gretsky made his NHL debut with the Edmonton Oilers.
    1982 - Top Hits 
“Jack & Diane” - John Cougar 
“Eye in the Sky” - The Alan Parsons Project 
“I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)” - Michael McDonald 
“Yesterday's Wine” - Merle Haggard/George Jones
    1984 – Birthday of Colorado Rockies’ SS Troy Tulowitski.
    1985 – US Navy jets intercept an Egyptian plane carrying the hijackers of the “Achille Lauro” cruise ship, and force it to land at a NATO base in Sicily where they are arrested.
      1986 – Birthday of reigning NL MVP, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutcheon.
      1987 – “The Boss’, Bruce Springsteen, released his ninth album, “Tunnel of Love”.
    1987 – The SF Giants’ LF, Jeffrey Leonard, hits a HR in his fourth consecutive playoff game, a record.
    1989 - Thunderstorms produced torrential rains along the northeast coast of Florida. Augustine was deluged with 16.08 inches of rain. The heavy rain caused extensive flooding of homes and businesses, and left some roads under three feet of water. Ten cities from South Carolina to New England reported record low temperatures for the date, including Concord, NH with a reading of 23 degrees. Temperatures dipped into the 30s in the Carolinas. 
    1990 - Top Hits 
“Close to You” - Maxi Priest 
“Praying for Time” - George Michael 
“Something Happened on the Way to Heaven” - Phil Collins 
“Friends in Low Places” - Garth Brooks 
    1994 – The New York Football Giants retire LT’s #56 to honor Lawrence Taylor’s brilliant career as a linebacker.
    1996 – The cornerstone was laid for the US Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC.
    1999 - A charity auction selling Elvis Presley's belongings was held at The Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. His wristwatch sold for $32,500, a cigar box $25,000, an autographed baseball sold for $19,000 and his 1956 Lincoln Continental went for $250,000. 
    1999 - Scoring more than 19 NFL teams, the Red Sox establish a major league record for most runs and biggest margin of victory in a post-season game as they rout the Indians, 23-7 to tie the 5-game AL Division Series at two games apiece.
    2003 – Conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh announced that he was addicted to painkillers and that he was going to check into a rehab center.
    2006 - Google buys YouTube for $1.6B!


World Series Champions This Date
    1924 Washington Senators 
    1926 St. Louis Cardinals 
    1931 St. Louis Cardinals 
    1937 New York Yankees 
    1945 Detroit Tigers 
    1951 New York Yankees 
    1956 New York Yankees 
    1957 Milwaukee Braves 
    1968 Detroit Tigers




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