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Economic Events This Week
Consumer Borrowing: August
California Recall Election
Weekly Jobless Claims
Sales of Leading Retailers: September
ACC Workshop, Portland, Oregon
Balance of Trade: August
Producer Prices: September
Salesman Pay Survey
Still working on the latest equipment leasing salesman remuneration. It has
been two years since we printed the last results. Then we received many responses,
but this year has been different.
Sales managers and presidents of companies we have contacted are “too busy.”
This may be a good sign, meaning business has picked up for them.
Many are also preparing for the two major leasing association conferences starting
the end of this week, several leaving early for golf or to cross the country.
Orix Intl. to keep expanding financial services
Orix USA Floundering—Holmes Going, Going....
by Christopher Menkin
Last June Tom Hidder, president of the Business Credit Group (BCG) at ORIX Financial Services (OFS), announced the promotion of Mark E. Tauber to National Sales Manager of BCG. His job to build “ a national sales organization to deliver BCG’s products to middle-market companies throughout the U.S.”
ORIX Financial Services is an indirect wholly owned operating subsidiary of ORIX Corporation, a leading diversified financial services organization with assets in excess of $49 billion. ORIX Corporation is based in Tokyo, Japan with operations in 23 global markets. ORIX is a publicly traded company listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York Stock Exchanges (Ticker: IX).
Leasing News has received several reports from insiders that Jay Holmes, Chairman and CEO of OFS, is on his way out. No one at Orix is willing to talk on the record. They
like to send press releases, hand outs as we call them, almost like an advertisement.
Most have been announcements of changes such as the recent appointment of Bill G. Fite to senior vice-president/group credit manager within the Equipment Finance Group. In 2001, he was the director of marketing and sales for the Equipment Finance Group.
The CIO and CAO were let go at the first of the year at about the same time they laid off 10% of their staff. The word is they were given a nice going away party and enough money to keep their mouths shut. It was also reported Holmes also lost half of his responsibilities to Gary Gussoff who was promoted to COO after failing to turn around the Equipment group. Word from insiders is that Gusoff is like a “teflon don.” Everything he touches seems to fail but for some reason he never gets blamed. He just gets
Leasing News was told the move from New Jersey to Atlanta, Georgia cost the company a lot of money and much of it was not spent wisely. The CIO and CAO were
heading it up and spending the money, thus making them the fall guys.
The current failing at ORIX reportedly are not Holmes’s fault. The Credit Alliance
portfolio is losing big money, the original Palitz brothers had a way of
moving money around to make the company look good on paper and after they
sold and left the problems didn't surface until the economy took a dive.
What the problem may be appears complicated with several stratums of organization,
and the market place. Is the finance business like football, when the team isn’t winning,
you get rid of the coach? Leasing is quite different, you say, perhaps, because the marketplace is what you “conquer,” not the other team. Or is it? To win more deals?
To win more games.
Holmes will be at the Equipment Leasing Association Conference in San Diego, California. Ask him yourself, if you are there. Insiders tell Leasing News
he has been having trouble with some of his top staff. In fact some were allegedly flat or insubordinate. Maybe they are to blame. Perhaps blame the Credit Alliance history or blame the economy it doesn't matter.
One insider said New York is driving the show and Holmes has been a figure head for some time. The Japanese, this insider says, have planted a person from California to run the operations and "report" to Gary K. Gusoff, group president, serving on the OFS board of directors.
Gusoff is certainly concerned. Holmes will deny he is on his way out. Leasing
News would like to ask him if it is true or not true. How much money did the US group lose last year and are they going to repeat it again this year?
Those on the inside, and also competitors, such as CIT, tell Leasing News that it will
be Orix’s loss without him. This article is not about whether he is doing a good
job or not. The people who Leasing News spoke to on the agreement
their names would not be revealed say Gusoff has to dig a bit deeper and root out the real problems.
In football, they let go the coach, and often his staff follows him. Maybe Holmes
should be looking at his staff first. If they don’t see the big picture, and carry out the game plan agreed to, you are bound to fail.
It is said Holmes has surrounded himself with people he knew, not people committed to the success of the team.
Jeff Taylor Says “Final Goodbye”
by Kit Menkin
1987 Picture Jeffrey Taylor, WAEL Newsletter
Jeffrey Taylor is the best selling author of "Leasing in a Tough Economy"
and well-known lease accountant, educator, "trainer" and writer.
“It's Been A Great 2 1/2 Years “
he said at the beginning of his eMail announcement.
“Now It's Time To Say Goodbye.
“I sent you this final e-mail because you have not
joined my new ALERTS e-news program for $15/year.
As you know, I have tried very hard to keep my e-
newsletters free to equipment leasing professionals.
Unfortunately, expenses kept rising and I could no
longer afford to subsidize this effort.
“It was a difficult and painful decision and many readers
wrote me to share their feelings. It is through their
guidance that I continue my efforts to educate the
equipment leasing industry.
“I hope that someday you will return to my list. When
you do, the door will always be open.
“May God Bless You!”
Actually, it is “good bye” only to the “free readers.” He has 800 paid subscribers who
have sent in checks or paid by credit $15 a year. They have paid through 2004.
Jeff was disappointed that many did not pay to subscribe. He received
telephone calls and e-mails from CFO, chief legal officer, presidents,
and others saying they will miss his daily bon motts, a mixture of information,
news, humor, and love ( no kidding,” but they didn’t want to pay the
He was feeling down because he only had 800 paid subscribers. At Leasing News, we only have 36 paid subscribers, and many of them are our advisory board.. Once
people start receiving something for free, they don’t want to pay for it. All
the dot.comers learned that the hard way.
Jeff had a mailing list of 17,000. He spent quite some time obtaining the
names and addresses from all over the world, and uses it to promote his
book(s), training classes, and activities. He started a “free” newsletter
two and a half years ago after reading Leasing News. I encouraged
him, gave him advice when he asked, and have become his good friend
Jeff did all the art, technical work, and writing. Constant Contact http://www.constantcontact.com/home.jsp
charged him $150 a month to maintain the list, up-date, delete ( he actually did this, but the form gave him the ability to do so) and sent it out. His out of pocket cost was $150 a month. The rest was his time. He followed the format.
He said he knew 3,000 opened the subject matter in his e-mail daily. What readers may not know are these programs that require you to “go to” or “open” actually record the day, time, the e-mail address, and some how long you had the section open. The
sender gets a daily report and some also put the name of the person. You
can also sort it, when available, by time, city, state, etc. So Jeff knew people
were opening it. Whether they were reading it all, he assumed they did (some
programs report the various pages you visit as you “open” them and
send the signal that you have opened it. (Leasing News is sent out in
text, you don’t open anything, and the html is really a duplication of our website. We don’t have such features, except what a “Web Trend” report can tell you. It would
be helpful to get feedback on what is read or not read, such as the News Briefs. )
Jeff decided to weed out the malling list, taking out info@ or “webmaster”@
or “president”@ as he found out in creating a new list that the people did
not respond to receiving his e-mail ( Leasing News you have to ask to
subscribe, Jeff built up his own mailing list of those in the leasing industry
from many sources.) He worked it down to 12,000.
He could cut his costs at Constant Contact by going below 10,000, and the out of
pocket cost would be $75 a month ( remember, not counting his time
for mechanics and writing them, nor working on the list.). So he experimented
and took out foreign country addresses in a systematic way, cleaning it
up, but giving readers the opportunity to continue. He sent out in English
and realized someone in Italy or France might not be able to read it. Though
a systematic process he culled the list further for his daily alert. When he got it down to 10,500, all he needed to do was get below 10,000---so he decided he would find out how many would be willing to be $15 a year to continue to receive his daily bon mots.
Now he has his loyal following, and people who are willing to spend
money to continue to hear from him. It isn’t the number who receive
the newsletter, but those who take the time to read it, and care about it.
He has 800 real readers.
Here is his main site:
He continues his Leasing Academy:
It’s not good-bye for us, as Kit Menkin is a subscriber. Jeff brightens
my day with his observations, plus he often has information you don’t
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NACM Credit Manager's Index (CMI) for September 2003: Results Indicate A Strong Gain In The Economy.
COLUMBIA, MD: --The National Association of Credit Management (NACM) has released its Credit Manager's Index (CMI) for September 2003. The CMI, a monthly survey of the business economy from the standpoint of credit and collections, was launched in January 2003 to provide financial analysts with another strong economic indicator.
The NACM Credit Manager's Index total shows a strong gain of 2.2% (120 basis points) for September and is at its highest level since April of this year. The improvement is driven by the manufacturing sector, which
jumped 5.2% (290 basis points) over its August level. The manufacturing reading of 58.4 is the highest it has been since May 2002. Last month's improvement in this index was its first up-tick since April 2003. It appears
the manufacturing sector is well into recovery and renewed strength. The service sector, however, is showing signs of slowing growth. Although its growth remains strong, the service sector is slowing on a
month-over-month basis. Last month, after showing seven consecutive months of improvement, the service sector index lost 90 basis points. This month, it lost another 40 basis points.
The CMI survey asks credit managers to rate favorable and unfavorable factors in their monthly business cycle. Favorable factors include sales, new credit applications, dollar collections and amount of credit extended.
Unfavorable factors include rejections of credit applications, accounts placed for collections, dollar amounts of receivables beyond terms and filings for bankruptcies.
A complete index including results from the manufacturing and service sectors, along with the methodology, is attached.
To view the complete index online, go to
The National Association of Credit Management (NACM), headquartered in Columbia, Maryland supports more than 25,000 business credit and financial professionals worldwide with premier industry services, tools
and information. NACM and its network of Affiliated Associations are the leading resource for credit and financial management information and education, delivering products and services which improve the
management of business credit and accounts receivable. NACM's collective voice has influenced legislative results concerning commercial business and trade credit to our nation's policy makers for more than 100
years, and continues to play an active part in legislative issues pertaining to business credit and corporate bankruptcy.
Contact: Norma Heim, NACM
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Financial Federal Earnings Down 19%
Financial Federal Corporation announced net earnings of $30.1 million for the year ended July 31, 2003, a decrease of 19% from the $37.1 million earned for the year ended July 31, 2002. Diluted earnings per share decreased by 17% to $1.65 from $1.99. Finance receivables originated during the year totaled $696 million. Finance receivables outstanding decreased by 1% to $1.42 billion at July 31, 2003 from $1.44 billion at July 31, 2002.
Net earnings for fiscal 2003 includes a $1.1 million non- recurring, after-tax loss from the redemption of convertible debt. This loss reduced diluted earnings per share by $0.06. Without this loss, net earnings was $31.2 million and diluted earnings per share was $1.71, decreases of 16% and 14%, respectively from fiscal 2002. These amounts are non-GAAP financial measures that management believes to be useful to investors in comparing the Company's current operating performance to past and future fiscal periods.
Net charge-offs in fiscal 2003 were $12.4 million or 0.87% of average finance receivables compared to $3.4 million and 0.25% in fiscal 2002. Non-performing assets were 4.4% of total finance receivables at July 31, 2003 compared to 3.7% at July 31, 2002. Delinquent receivables (60 days or more past due) were 1.6% of total finance receivables at July 31, 2003 compared to 2.3% at July 31, 2002.
Paul R. Sinsheimer, CEO, commented "I am pleased to report improvement in the following credit quality statistics during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2003; repossessions were down by 32%, past dues by 25%, non-accruals by 4% and net charge-offs by 5%. New business opportunities were soft due to the weak economy.
"During fiscal 2003 we took several steps to strengthen our balance sheet. We raised $35 million in equity through the call of our convertible subordinated debt lowering our leverage to 3.3x compared to our historical level of 5.0x. Additionally, we accessed the debt markets through on balance sheet securitizations and term debt. This further diversified our liquidity and lengthened maturities.
"Fitch Ratings has recognized these initiatives by reaffirming our investment grade ratings and raising their Ratings Outlook from stable to positive. While fiscal 2003 marked our first year of lower earnings and finance receivables outstanding, our focus on credit quality and liquidity has positioned the Company for growth and profitability in an improving economic environment."
Financial Federal Corporation specializes in financing industrial and commercial equipment through installment sales and leasing programs for manufacturers, dealers and end users nationwide. For additional information, please visit the Company's website at www.financialfederal.com.
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UAEL Conference—October 9th- Over 300 Attending
Only a Week Away... And Everything Really is Coming Up Roses!
We're down to the wire - the United Association of Equipment Leasing Annual Conference & Exposition begins next week on October 9th in Portland, Oregon. We've already topped 300 attendees, and we have 50 Exhibitors. It will undoubtedly be the
Industry's best Conference of the year!
Don't miss it... if you haven't signed up yet - there's still room at the
Inn (Downtown Portland Marriott) and we'd love to have you join us. There
will be networking, education, fantastic speakers - and ample time to meet
with funding sources, brokers/lessors and service providers. We've got
wonderful entertainment and food on Thursday and Friday - and Saturday night
at the Pittock Mansion will be unforgettable.
You can register online at www.uael.org - or give Jessica a call @ (760)
564-2227 or Bill @ (415) 681-2234.
For those of you who are already
registered, Exhibitor appointments are filling up fast - so sign up online,
don't wait until you get to the conference or you may miss a date with an
existing or future business "partner"...
GO HERE FOR THE LATEST SIGN-UP SHEET
(also see who is popular and who is not:
Portland is beautiful in the Fall... and remember - You Can't Afford To Miss
See you there...
Bette Kerhoulas, UAEL President
( Loni Lowder is not only giving a free one day seminar ( see below,) but
covering the conference for Leasing News. Readers should realize
his one day conference is open to all, whether a UAEL member or attending
the UAEL Conference does not matter.)
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Free Workshop October 9, Portland, Oregon—Open to Everyone
(If you are nearby, this is one session you will not only want your
sales staff to attend, but operations, customer service, plus it is
open to new brokers---You do not need to be an association member
or attending the UAEL conference. It is open to all. )
THE CLASS IS THURSDAY OCTOBER 9, 2003,
October 9th, October 9th, October 9th!!!
at the United Association of Equipment Leasing's Annual Conference & Exposition.
"Technical Leasing for Sales Success"
* No Cost, Full Day
Advanced Leasing Workshop
* Among the subjects covered
1. Industry Overview
2. Industry Terminology Refresher
3. Understanding Lessee Needs
4. Understanding and Selling the
Tax Benefits of Leasing
5. Understanding and Selling the
Accounting Benefits of Leasing
6. Lease vs. Purchase Analysis
7. Developing Vendor Relationships and Loyalty
8. Packaging for Maximum Approvals
Loni L. Lowder, President and CEO of ACC Capital Corporation has over 25 years of experience in the technical and sales aspects of leasing, including having served as a partner and board member
of Amembal & Dean.
* CLP- CPE Accredited
Marriott Portland Downtown
* Schedule: 9 AM to 5 PM
To Register or for more information call Tori Hernandez at
(800) 409-5008 ext. 238 or e-mail email@example.com
(You don't need to register for the conference to attend this free one
day work shop. This is a wonderful opportunity for your staff to
learn more about leasing, and ideal for all those involved in
sales....also note, Loni Lowder will be covering the UAEL
Conference for Leasing News---He is our "official" correspondent.
***** announcement ************************************************
ELA Conference --October 12-14 Over 1,000 Attending
Hear it at The Convention, or Hear About it Later
Each year, the Annual Convention is the industry’s BIG STORY. It’s where
the new research is unveiled, cutting edge products debut and the most
important information is passed along. At the Convention, industry leaders
meet to do business and share perspectives, leasing experts give the most
in-depth and timely presentations. People take note of who’s there, and who
At the 42nd Annual ELA Convention, October 12 – 14 in San Diego, you can be
part of the story—or you can hear about it later.
To register, go to
(Leasing News will have a report from Paul Menzel, our correspondent,
most likely by the end of the week, but no matter how well he writes,
it won’t be the same as attending the event this Annual Convention )
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October 22---“Two Panels” Regional Meeting, San Jose, California
Silicon Valley UAEL Regional Meeting, Wednesday, October 22,
3:30pm to 7:30pm at Napredak Hall, 770 Montague Expressway, San Jose
( 1 1/2 blocks off Highway 880.)
4:30pm to 5:30pm
Peter Eaton, Pentech Financial
John Pritchard, Vencore Solutions
Russ Wilder, Atel Leasing
"Decision Not Based on Credit Scoring"
(also known as "Story Credits" or "Cash Flow Analysis."
6:00pm to 7:00pm
Peter Eaton ( does story credits $250,000 minimum)
Doug Houlihan, Allegiant-Partners ($30,000 +)
Archie Julian, Dumac Leasing (Exchange Bank)
Host: Kit Menkin, American Leasing $15.00 per person ( non-members
encouraged to attend )
direct registration: http://www.uael.org/indexlow.asp
NAELB Atlanta Conference November 7-8
National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers
Sheraton Gateway Hotel — Atlanta Airport
1900 Sullivan Rd.
College Park, GA 30274
Topics to Include:
California Licensing Law T Value 5
Community Bank Leasing Programs
Impact of the new tax laws on leasing
Increasing Broker Stability & Profitability with Relationships.
More details coming soon!
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AGLF November 12 Tucson, Arizona Conference
Association for Government Leasing and Finance
23rd FALL ANNUAL CONFERENCE
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Wednesday, November 12
Noon Annual Golf Tournament
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Basics Session
Thursday, November 13
8:00 AM – 1:30PM Keynote Speaker, General Sessions and Luncheon
Evening – Annual Conference Dinner Event
Friday, November 14
8:00 AM – Noon General Sessions, Ending with the Lawyers’ Panel
AELA Newsletter---New Arizona Leasing Association Nov. 13 Meeting
Arizona Equipment Leasing Association proudly announces our 1st issue of the newsletter attached here for your review. Our last meeting was a success and our next meeting is November 13th. Thanks to all the members who have joined and we look forward to seeing you at the next meeting.
MAEL Dinner---November 18th
Don't Miss Out, Register Now ! ! !
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:
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
firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> or call Amanda @ 312-541-6000,
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Leasing Industry Help Wanted
Three in a Row, Reuters is on a Roll
Bank Technology News.
Reuters and Microsoft Corp. announced a plan to connect their instant-messaging systems, allowing users of one service to trade messages with users of the other.
The 50,000 financial professionals that use Reuters' service will be able to interact with MSN's 100 million users while using one corporate controlled identity to log on seamlessly to both networks. Microsoft's MSN system allows companies to add logging, auditing and identity management features to instant messaging sessions on its network.
This is the third instant messaging agreement from Reuters in less
than a month as it signed similar deals with IBM and AOL Time Warner.
MBNA and eBay Introduce New Credit Card that Awards 'eBay Anything Points'
Credit Card Allows Site's Users To Accrue Points They Can Spend on eBay
September 2003 (Newstream) -- eBay, the world's online marketplace, and MBNA, the world's largest independent credit card issuer, today introduced a new credit card that allows eBay users to earn eBay Anything Points with every purchase. In time for the holiday shopping season, the credit card is available in the U.S. starting today, and can be used to pay for purchases everywhere that MasterCard® is accepted.
For purchases charged on the eBay credit card, cardholders will earn eBay Anything Points, a special eBay currency worth $.01 for each point, which can be spent on virtually anything for sale on the eBay site.
Sporting the colored eBay logo, the eBay Anything Points credit card offers no annual fee and an introductory 0% Annual Percentage Rate (APR) for balance transfers during the first six months.
The new credit card is the latest expansion of the eBay Anything Points program, launched in May 2003. Participating companies of the eBay Anything Points program can give points as rewards for purchases, incentives for new customer sign-ups, or in exchange for points accrued in their own loyalty programs.
"This new credit card is a unique offer for eBay users, especially during the holiday shopping season, giving them extra purchasing power on eBay and a flexible way to reward themselves with an amazing selection of items to choose from on eBay," said Gary Dillabough, vice president of strategic partnerships for eBay. "MBNA has an outstanding banking reputation, so card members can be assured they're getting a recognized card from a reputable leader."
"MBNA is extremely proud to be associated with eBay," said John R. Cochran, president and COO of MBNA America Bank, N.A. "The people of MBNA look forward to offering eBay's tens of millions of registered users with this superior financial product and customer service."
Cardholders must be enrolled in the eBay Anything Points program to begin spending points earned from using this credit card. Once enrolled in the program, members' points are accumulated in their PayPal accounts. PayPal, an eBay company, is a global online payments service that enables individuals and businesses to send and receive payments using their email addresses. The points can be used to purchase items from any eBay seller accepting PayPal for payment. In addition, for eBay sellers, eBay Anything Points can be applied towards paying eBay fees for selling items on the site. Also, eBay sellers will be able to award points to their buyers on eBay, which gives users one more reason to start accruing eBay Anything Points.
Providian National Bank, in cooperation with MBNA, will also issue the new eBay credit card. "Providian's ability to issue credit cards to people across a broad credit spectrum will complement MBNA, allowing more eBay users to carry the eBay credit card and earn eBay Anything Points," said Joseph Saunders, chairman and CEO of Providian.
Individuals can apply for the MBNA eBay Anything Points credit card online at: www.ebay.com.
Jobless-benefits claims rise, factory orders fall
New Book Paints Portrait of Larry Ellison as Genius in Disarray
Oracle's Ellison Buys $65 Million Malibu Beach Front Properties
Amtrak to overhaul Acela Express
California Nuts Briefs---
Davis launches last-ditch effort to save job
DAVIS STILL LAGS/ARNOLD NEXT CALIF. GOV.
Arnold fires back as Democrats blast away
L.A. Times Faces Anger for Schwarzenegger Coverage
Schwarzenegger Prompts Role Reversal Among Media
Three Candidate Debate in San Diego
Women's club not swayed by groping charges
Yom Kippur or Day of Atonement. Holiest Jewish observance. A day for fasting, repentance, and seeking forgiveness. Hebrew
This Day in American History
1683-The first Mennonites debarked for America on the Concord: 13 German and Dutch families from Krefeld Germany, led by Francis Daniel Pastorius. They were induced to come to American through the generosity of William Penn, who offered them 5,000 acres of land in Pennsylvania and freedom from religious persecution. Their settlement, called Germantown, is now a neighborhood in Philadelphia.
1780-Henry Laurens of Charlestown, SC, president of the Continental Congress from 1777 to 1778, was imprisoned as an enemy agent in the Tower of London. On August 13, 1780, Laurens sailed from Philadelphia, PA, on the brigantine Mercury en route to Holland, where he was to negotiate a loan and treaty. Three weeks later, he was captured by the British off Newfoundland. He threw his papers overboard, but they were recovered and led to the British declaration of ware against Holland. From October 6, 1780 to December 31, 1791, he was imprisoned in the Tower on suspicion of high treason, and was forced to pay for his room, board, and guard. he was released in exchange for the British army leader Lord Cornwallis, who had surrendered to General George Washington at Yorktown, VA. Laurens, with Benjamin Franklin and John Jay, drew up the preliminary treaty of peace with Great Britain on November 30, 1782, to terminate the Revolutionary War.
1825—The first giant exhibited as a theatrical attraction was Patrick Magee, “ Just arrived from Ireland,” who went on exhibition on October 26, 1825 at 13 Park Park Exchange, New York City, from 7am until 10 pm. A charge of 25 cents was made to see the giant, “ conspicuous for the masculine beauty of his form and his surprising strength.”
1846-George Westinghouse birthday—Engineer and inventor of the air brake for trains, born at Central Bridge, NY. He was the first employer to give his employees paid vacations. Westinghouse died at New York, NY, March 12, 1914.
1848-The S.S. California, 10,1050 tons, left New York City to establish steamboat service to California around Cape Horn. It stopped at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Valparaiso, Chile: and Callao and Paita, Peru. On February 28,1949, the ship reached San Francisco, where most of the crew deserted to work the gold fields.
1857-The first chess tournament of importance was held this day to November 10, by the American Chess Congress in New York City under the sponsorship of the New York Chess Club. The victor of the grand Tournament was Paul Charles Morphy, who received the first prize, a silver service consisting of a pitcher, four goblets, and a salver. Murphy was 20 years old and from New Orleans, LA. IN the years 1957-59, he played 95 games, including 68 victories, 14 draws, and 13 losses. He won the Grand Tournament of the First National Chess Association in England and France, held from July 19 to August 22, 1858.
1867-Frank Sparks, John Reno, and Simeon Reno boarded an Ohio and Mississippi Railroad baggage and express car while it was getting into motion and threw off two safes, one containing $15,000 and the other $30,000, considered
the first train robbery. The second safe was recovered. The bandits were arrested, freed on bail, and never tried, although they were later convicted of other crimes. Robbing trains became common.
1905-Helen Wills Moody (Roark) birthday, tennis player born at Centerville, CA. Perhaps the greatest American tennis player, Wills Moody won 31 major titles, including Wimbledon eight times and the US championship seven times. From August, 1926, through 1935, she did not lose a Roark match nor even a single set. She led a reclusive life after retiring, but she painted and wrote mystery novels and her autobiography, Died at Carmel, CA, 1998.
1917- Fannie Lou Hamer birthday- Afro-American civil rights activist. She led the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and risked her life to register voters in Mississippi. She'd became active with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) although she only had a sixth-grade education. The group successfully challenged the various laws that excluded most blacks from voting. It was dangerous as bigoted whites sometimes resorted to violence to keep blacks from exercising their constitutional rights. Fannie Lou Hamer was the youngest of 20 children of a sharecropper family and worked the fields at a very young age. She spent most of her adult life working to improve the economic conditions of blacks in the south. As a newsman, I interviewed her in person, and many
times by telephone during the Democratic Convention. Died March 14, 1977.
1926-Babe Ruth hit three homes runs in the fourth game of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Yankees won the game, 10-5, but the Cardinals won the Series in seven games.
1927 - The film "The Jazz Singer" starring Al Jolson opened in New York City. It was the first full-length feature film to include spoken dialogue and is regarded as the first "talkie." The film was based on the short story "The Day of Atonement" by Sampson Raphaelson. In reality, The Jazz Singer was not a true talkie. There were only 291 spoken words in the landmark film; however, it was the first to integrate sound and this small amount of dialogue into a story through the Vitaphone disk process; and the first to entertain a large audience. The talking part was mostly singing, and it was Al Jolson who made the flick a success, proving to the critics that an all-talking film could work. (Because he didn’t think the pioneer of talkies would be all the rage, George Jessel actually turned down the starring role; as did Eddie Cantor.) A silent version of the film was released to movie theaters who had not yet popped for the $20,000 or so it cost to rewire their venue. The audience was thrilled with Jolson’s sound performance as a cantor’s son, Jake Rabinowitz, rejecting the world he came from to become a singer of popular music, changing his name to Jack Robin in the process. Although not jazz as we know it, the songs Jolson sang became part of American music culture: Toot Toot Tootsie (Goodbye), Blue Skies, Waiting for the Robert E. Lee and, of course, My Mammy. For those truly with a need to know, Neil Diamond did not audition for Jolson’s part when finding out that Jessel had turned it down. Diamond performed in a remake of The Jazz Singer in 1980. As Jolson said, "Wait a minute, wait a minute, you ain’t heard nothin’ yet!" Maybe, through the wonders of modern technology, we could hear Jolson Diamond together, in concert. That would be the Mammy of all jazz singin’.
"Mammy, how I love you, how I love you, my dear old mammy!"
1941 - On Columbia Records, Claude Thornhill and his orchestra recorded "Autumn Serenade".
1948 -In Game 1 of the Fall Classic at Braves Field, Boston manages only two hits, but Johnny Sain beats Bob Feller and the Cleveland Indians, 1-0 . 'Rapid Robert' appears to have pickoff Phil Masi at second but umpire Bill Stewart says safe, and Tommy Holmes follows with a single which scores the game’s only run.
Hey There - Rosemary Clooney
I Need You Now - Eddie Fisher
If I Give My Heart to You - Doris Day
I Don’t Hurt Anymore - Hank Snow
1959 -The largest crowd ever to attend a major league game, 92,706 fans, watch a nail biter as White Sox hurler Bob Shaw beats Sandy Koufax and the Dodgers, 1-0 in Game 5 of the Fall Classic.
1962- Robert Goulet stepped out of the role of Sir Lancelot after singing/acting the part since 1960. The fabulously successful Broadway musical, Camelot, also starred Richard Burton as King Arthur and Julie Andrews as Queen Guinevere.
Sherry - The 4 Seasons
Monster Mash - Bobby “Boris” Picket
Let’s Dance - Chris Montez
Devil Woman - Marty Robbins
1963- The Dodgers complete a four-game World Series sweep of the Yankees as Sandy Koufax wins his second game, 2-1. Frank Howard leads the offense with a home run and a single and New York's first baseman Joe Pepitone's error (loses a thrown ball in white-shirted crowd) leads to the decisive run in the seventh inning.
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough - Diana Ross
Lookin’ Out My Back Door/Long as I Can See the Light - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Candida - Dawn
There Must Be More to Love Than This - Jerry Lee Lewis
1973- Rebecca Lobo birthday- U.S. basketball player. RL led her Connecticut University team to a perfect 35-0 record and the NCAA title. While she was winning a Phi Beta Kappa key for herself with a 3.6 grade average She is an outstanding center-forward player for the New York pro women's basketball team. Unfortunately she had to sit out the 1999 season because of an injury. She stand 6'4" and usually weighs about 180.
Kiss You All Over - Exile
Hopelessly Devoted to You - Olivia Newton-John
Summer Nights - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John & Cast
Heartbreaker - Dolly Parton
1980- In the 163rd game of the season, the Astros beat the Dodgers, 7-1, to capture the National League West division as Houston wins its first title in the franchise's 19-year history. The Dodgers had swept a season-ending three game series with the 'Stros (3-2, 2-1, and 4- 3) making the one-game play-off necessary.
1985—Pitcher Phil Niekro of the New York Yankees won the 300th game of his career, shutting out the Toronto Blue Jays, 8-0, on the last day of the regular season. Niekro finished his career in 1987 with 318 wins.
Stuck with You - Huey Lewis & The News
Friends and Lovers - Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson
When I Think of You - Janet Jackson
Always Have Always Will - Janie Frickie
1991 - Elizabeth Taylor married for the 8th time to a construction worker named Larry Fortensky. The wedding was held at Michael Jackson’s estate in California.
1991 - University of Oklahoma professor Anita F. Hill, former aide to U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, testified before a Senate committee that Thomas sexually harassed her, and the allegations nearly undid Thomas’ nomination to the High Court.
2001- With the club's 116th win, the Mariners tie 1906 Cubs as the winningest team in major league history. Bret Boone's 37th home run of the season and the shut out pitching of five Seattle pitchers proves to be the difference in the 1-0 historic wins over the Rangers.
2001- At Camden Yards in front of a full house including Orioles notables Frank Robinson, Jim Palmer and Earl Weaver as well as Commissioner Bud Selig and former President Bill Clinton, Cal Ripken plays his 3,001st and final game. After a hitless night for 41-year-old, the final out of the 5-1 loss to Red Sox is made as Cal watches from the on deck circle.
World Series Champions This Date
1936 New York Yankees
1941 New York Yankees
1947 New York Yankees
1963 Los Angeles Dodgers