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Friday, October 14, 2005


Welcome New Readers
    Classified Ads --- Job Wanted
        Leasing Portals
Leasing Association Meetings Open to Non-Members
    Pictures from the Past-WAEL 1991 Board of Directors
        E-Leasing Aggregate Funding Services
            Classified Ads --- Help Wanted
Fitch Issues Presale on GreatAmerica Leasing Receivables Funding
    Optimus Financial Services Changes Name
        Today's Top Event in History
            This Day in American History
Baseball Poem

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Classified Ads --- Asset Management, Collector & Controller

Asset Management

Austin, TX.
20+ years exper. lease/finance. P & L responsibility, strong credit & collection management, re-marketing& accounting. Computers, construction, auto & transportation. Both commercial/ consumer portfolios.

Bloomfield Township, MI.
15+ yrs experience asset management and credit analyst. Leadership and training skills. Audited returns, max residual, lease end and resale negotiator.

Chicago, IL. MBA,
15+ years exp. Long history of success in maximizing residual position through outstanding negotiation skills & lease contract management. Third party re-marketing, forecasting etc...

Hartford, CT.
7yrs exp structuring US Leveraged & Single Investor leases w/ pre-paid deferred rents, 467 loans & early buyouts. Engineer rv guarantees, synthetic leases, economic capital models & securitizations.

Princeton, NJ.
Asset management/credit/collection
20+ years experience in equipment financing.Last five years in Asset Management including remarketing, end of lease negotiations, equipment and market evaluations

Wilton, CT.
18 years exp. in IT and High Tech leasing industry. Residual forecasting, workouts, off-lease sales, mid-term restructures, auctions, all aspects of remarketing and equipment management.


Boston, MA.
Challenging position where my skills, professional experience, organization, leadership, strategic thinking, creativity, energy, passion, competitive nature will enable me to define opportunities and personal development.

Beaverton, Oregon
20 year experience in equipment leasing in the Portland, OR metro area as an Asset & Collection Manager.

Jacksonville, East Brunswick, FL.
13 years experience with collection, recovery,re-marketing and legal on commercial loans and leases. Expertise with distressed portfolios, Six Sigma trained. Willing to relocate.


Seattle , WA
CPA w/ Sarbanes Oxley/ 15 years management exp. as CFO/ Controller/5 yrs w/ PWC Extensive exp providing accounting/ tax guidance for the equipment lease industry. Willing to relocate.

Southeastern, MI.
Controller & Management experience w/ equip lessors &broker. MBA, CPA w/ extensive accounting, management, securitization experience with public and private companies. Willing to relocate.

Uniondale, NY
I have a strong multifaceted background in all areas of lease accounting combining my years as a Controller of leasing companies and as Vice-President of Leasing for a NY Bank.

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Leasing Portals #4 #3

#3 is a website of the Equipment Leasing Association, with information on leasing. It is also available to members for $500 a year in a customized version with the name, logo, and link to the members site.

#4 There are two tiers to the site, one is free, and the other is a subscription for "leads" or "sources". The success of Internet portals such as My Yahoo! have inspired companies to develop Enterprise Information Portals (EIPs) as a way to allow business users to access corporate information.



Leasing Association Meetings Open to Non-Members

Oct. 21-22, 2005
Western Regional Meeting

National Association of Equipment Brokers
Hilton Irvine, Irvine

Hilton Irvine
18800 MacArthur Boulevard
Irvine, CA 92612

Join us in sunny Irvine for networking, education, and to
meet new funding sources.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: We have sold out of our block of Standard rooms at the Hilton Irvine Hotel at the $94.00 rate but we have arranged for more rooms to be available to attendees at the Executive Level for a discounted rate of $124.00 per night. These newly Upgraded Executive Rooms have Contemporary Decor, access to the Executive Lounge, High Speed Internet by Wayport, 2 phone lines, Wolfgang Puck Coffee, Hairdryer, Bathrobe, Iron/Board and Turndown Service. The Executive Lounge serves complimentary Continental Breakfast Daily; evening Hors D'Oeuvres and Beverages Monday-Thursday and Non Holidays. USA Today and French Balconies are available. All rooms are equipped with Hilton Serenity Bedding Package. We apologize for any inconvenience for this popular event. You can make your reservations by calling the Hilton at (800) 445-8667.

If you are attending the Western Regional, the Introduction to the CLP Program is very important. Friday, October 21, 2005 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Anyone who is serious about their career in leasing must reserve a seat for this workshop. Find out the answers to:
Why you should become a CLP? What will a CLP designation do for you? You will gain valuable insight into the steps necessary to become a CLP and learn what valuable materials and special programs are available to assist you with your studies. Also, to give you a feel for the exam, we have prepared a short ten minute sample exam for you to test your knowledge.

"Lease Pricing & Math" taught by Bob Teichman, CLP of Teichman Financial Training and one of the authors of The Certified Lease Professionals' Handbook.

Pre-register with the CLP Foundation by emailing Cindy Spurdle, Executive Director at or calling (610) 687-0213.

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November 4-5
Eastern Regional Meeting
National Association of Equipment Brokers Atlanta, Georgia

Sheraton Gateway
1900 Sullivan Road
College Park, GA 30274

Join us in Atlanta for networking, education, and fun.

Jim Buckles of Preferred Business Solutions will offer training on their alaQuote (on-line lease calculator, quote letter and application submittal tool) and Advantage 2.0 (upgrade from System 1 (2.5) Software that includes contact management, deal tracking, document processing and electronic file storage).

Please RSVP by emailing or calling (866) 352-8665.

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Pictures from the Past-WAEL 1991 Board of Directors

Pictures from the Past
Featured on Leasing News: 6/03/2003


WAEL Board of directors

The 1991 Western Association of Equipment Lessors Board of directors posed for this picture with the Pacific Ocean in the background as the evening Gala at The Lodge at Pebble Beach was about to commence. The 1991 Executive Committee (seated l to r) are President Bill Grohe, VP Marketing, Brentwood Funding Enterprises; Vice President Hal Horowitz, CLP, EVP, Interbank Leasing Company; Immediate Past President Ron Wagner, CLP, President Heritage Leasing Capital; Executive Vice President Jon Bednerik, CAE (not pictured is Secretary/Treasurer Gordon Roberts, VP First Concord Acceptance Corporation). Standing (l to r) are Board of Directors Members Bob Grenzer, President, Kropschot & Associates; Chuck Griffin, CLP President, Griffin & Associates; Jim Merrilees, President, Colonial Pacific Leasing Corporation; Peter Eaton, CLP, Regional Vice President, First National Leasing Corporation; Robert Jacobson III, CLP, Consultant; Francie Wilbourne, West Coast Manager, ORIX Credit Alliance Corporation; Oren M. Hall, Partner, Heritage Financial Services. (Not pictured are Barry Ferns, Esq., Ferns & Ferns, and Ginny Young, EVP, Nova Leasing Corporation.)



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Fitch Issues Presale on GreatAmerica Leasing Receivables Funding L.L.C.

Fitch Ratings-Chicago- Fitch Ratings has issued a presale report on GreatAmerica Leasing Receivables Funding L.L.C., series 2005-1. The trust will issue notes that are backed by small-ticket equipment lease contracts.

The presale report is available to all investors on Fitch's corporate site, ''. For more information about Fitch's comprehensive subscription service FitchResearch, which includes all presale reports, surveillance, and credit reports on asset-backed securities (ABS) asset classes including collateralized debt obligations (CDOs), contact product sales at +1-212-908-0800 or at ''.

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Optimus Financial Services Changes Name to Reflect Focus
on Information Technology Market

Comprehensive Services Include Rental, Leasing, Migration, and
Disaster Recovery Solutions

NORCROSS, GEORGIA- Optimus Financial Services, LLC, a
subsidiary of OHC LLC, the parent company of Optimus Solutions and
Canvas Systems, announces changing the company name to IT Financial Solutions, LLC (ITFS) to better reflect the firm's expertise in
providing financial solutions to the Information Technology (IT)
marketplace. IT Financial Solutions offers a breadth of financial
solutions for IT acquisition, such as leasing and rentals, that allow
companies to avoid technology obsolescence, eliminate risk of
ownership, and create tax benefits while preserving working capital.

"IT Financial Solutions, LLC, has a long history of delivering
strategic financial services within the IT industry," said Jack
Camarda, newly appointed Vice President of Leasing. "We provide
companies with a cost-effective means of keeping up with rapidly
changing technology needs. Our new name reflects our commitment to and understanding of the IT financial market."

Jack Camarda has over 18 years of experience in the equipment leasing business. Formerly, Mr. Camarda was a vice-president at CIT Group, Inc. (NYSE: CIT), a Fortune 500 global commercial and consumer finance company. There he was responsible for sales and marketing of a range of financing and leasing products to small, medium and larger companies across a variety of industries.

James Chinn joins as Manager of Enterprise Rentals and Disaster
Recovery. He has been with Canvas Systems for six years managing
solutions and services for major accounts.

"IT rentals solve short-term business needs by providing high-end
solutions at a fraction of the acquisition cost," said James Chinn of
IT Financial Solutions. "Along with rentals, our RES-Q Disaster
Recovery service, which provides quick-ship IT equipment when disaster strikes, is key to the continued success of ITFS."

IT Financial Solutions offers fully configured system and component
rentals that cover the entire technology implementation. Companies who are consolidating data centers, moving equipment, migrating software applications, testing performance, proving a concept, or conducting a needs analysis benefit from short and long-term IT equipment rentals. Following any system disaster, ITFS will configure and rent the equipment necessary to get businesses back running as quickly as possible. Aggressive trade-in values on existing IT assets, migration and benchmarking facilities, disposal of excess technology inventory, and flexible leasing options that include shipping, installation, training, warranties, and software distinguish ITFS from the competition.


IT Financial Solutions provides comprehensive financing solutions,
including rental and leasing, for all Information Technology. The
company offers both short and long-term financing solutions to help you better manage your IT dollars and assets. Rentals are a cost effective solution when tackling interim projects, such as application testing, software development, data center moves, performance testing, proof of concepts, and disaster recovery. Leasing solutions include Fair Market Value (FMV) purchase options, dollar buyout, deferred payments, step up/down payment schedules, consolidation of multiple payment schedules, and sale-lease back. IT Financial Solutions, LLC is a division of the $190 million OHC LLC. For additional information, contact IT Financial Solutions at 678-250-7049.


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Today's Top Event in History

    1890-Birthday of Dwight David Eisenhower, the 34 th president of the US, born at Denison, Texas. Serving two terms as president, Jan 20,1953-January 20,1961, Eisenhower was the first president to be baptized after taking office )Sunday, February 1, 1953). Nicknamed "Ike," he held the rank of five-star general of the army ( resigned in 1952 and restored by act of Congress in 1951). He served as supreme commander of the Allied forces in western Europe during WWII. In his Farewell Address (January 17,1961), speaking about the "conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry," he warned: " In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sough or unsought by the military-industrial complex. The potential of disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist." An American hero, Eisenhower died at Washington, DC., March 28, 1969.



This Day in American History

    1644-Birthday of William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania, born at London, England. Penn died July 30, 1718, at Buckinghamshire, England. President Proclamation 5284, of November 28, 1984, conferred honorary citizenship of the USA upon William Penn and his second wife, Hannah Callowhill Penn. They were the third and fourth persons to received honorary Citizenship, including Winston Churchill and Raoul Wallengber"
( lower half of: )
    1656- The first punitive legislation in Massachusetts against Quakers was enacted. (The marriage of church-and-state in Puritanism made them regard the ritual-free Quakers as spiritually apostate and politically subversive). The law provided for a fine of 100 pounds for any ship captain who delivered Quakers " or any other blasphemous heretics" the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Possessing Quaker books and coming to the defense of Quakers was also outlawed and punished with fines, whipping and jailing. Subsequent anti-Quaker laws included the penalties of having their ears cut off and the tongue bored through with a hot iron.
    1734-Birthday of Francis Lightfoot Lee, signer of the Declaration of Independence. Born at Westmoreland County, VA, he died January 11, 1797 at Richmond County, VA.
His plantation was called "Menokin."
    1735 -Methodist pioneer John Wesley first set sail to America, to minister to the Indians under Georgia Gov. Oglethorpe. On this same date, Wesley began keeping his famous, 55-year-long journal, whose last entry was dated Oct 24, 1790.
    1774-The Declaration of rights was passed by the First Continental Congress in Philadelphia, PA. It was known as the "Declaration and Resolves of the First Continental Congress.": It stated the colonist "are entitled to life, liberty and property; and they have never ceded to any foreign power whosoever a right to dispose of either without their consent."
    1834-African-American Henry Blair patents his corn-planting machine. Two years later, on August 31, 1936, he obtained a patent on a cotton seed planter.
    1863 -Battle of Bristol Station - Confederate General Robert E. Lee attempts to drive the Union army out of Virginia but fails when an outnumbered Union force repels the attacking Rebels The aggressive Lee realized that he had a chance to cut the Union army up piecemeal during the withdrawal. Confederate General Ambrose P. Hill spotted Yankees from General George Sykes's Fifth Corps near Bristoe Station on the afternoon of October 14. Thinking this was the rear of the Union army, Hill attacked and began driving the Federals away in disarray. The Confederates were surprised by the sudden appearance of Union General Governor K. Warren's Second Corps. Warren's men were returning from a small battle at Auburn, Virginia, earlier that morning. Hill decided to attack this new force as well, but the Yankees were well protected by a railroad cut. In a very short engagement, the Confederates suffered 1,400 men killed, wounded, and captured, while the Union lost only 546. "Bury these poor men," Lee somberly told Hill, "and let us say no more about it." The Union army was driven back 40 miles from its original positions, and the Confederates destroyed a large section of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, a key Union supply line. Nonetheless, the gains were temporary. The next month, Meade drove Lee back behind the Rapidan River.
    1863-Birthday of journalist Winifred Sweet Black. She wrote under the name of Annie Laurie was able to infiltrate Mormon life and expose polygamy in an 1898 series of articles in the Hearst newspapers. But her greatest accomplishment was disguising herself as a boy and becoming the only woman reporter on Galveston Island after the terrible hurricane in 1900. She, unlike others, didn't only report. Using funds donated by Heart's readers, she opened and administered a hospital on the island to aid the displaced and injured. Another time she faked a collapse to expose graft and mismanagement in San Francisco's receiving hospital. She got an exclusive interview with President Benjamin Harrison, and even get into a leper colony in Hawaii. She also reported on World War I and the Versailles treaty negotiations. She continued reporting on world events well into her 60s. She died in 1936.
    1890-Birthday of Dwight David Eisenhower, the 34 th president of the US, born at Denison, Texas. Serving two terms as president, Jan 20,1953-January 20,1961, Eisenhower was the first president to be baptized after taking office )Sunday, February 1, 1953). Nicknamed "Ike," he held the rank of five-star general of the army ( resigned in 1952 and restored by act of Congress in 1951). He served as supreme commander of the Allied forces in western Europe during WWII. In his Farewell Address (January 17,1961), speaking about the "conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry," he warned: " In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sough or unsought by the military-industrial complex. The potential of disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist." An American hero, Eisenhower died at Washington, DC., March 28, 1969.
    1891---Birthday of Sarah Winnemucca
    1894 - Birthday of e e cummings (Edward Estlin Cummings) (poet, playwright: Him, Santa Claus; writer: The Enormous Room; died Sep 3, 1962)
    1899-Birthday of pianist/song writer Spencer Williams, New Orleans, LA
    1899 -Bandleader/jazz promoter William "Red" McKenzie Birthday,+Red
    1906 -The White Sox, known as baseball's 'hitless wonders' complete their unbelievable World Series upset of the their powerful crosstown rivals by beating the Cubs, 8-3 at South Side Park. The Cubs had won a record 116 regular season games.
    1938-Bob Haggart-Ray Bauduc record "Big Noise from Winnetka ( Decca 2208) 1939-Birthday of Ralph Lauren, the designer and purveyor of a line of popular clothes that sought to capture the "spirit of the West," born New York City. His claim to fame is the "Polo" brand.
    1940-Charlie Barnet Band records "Redskin Rumba" (Bluebird 10944).
    1946-Top Hits
To Each His Own - Eddy Howard
Five Minutes More - Frank Sinatra
South America, Take It Away - Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters
Divorce Me C.O.D. - Merle Travis
    1947-Flying a Bell X-I at Muroc Dry Lake Bed, California, Air Force pilot Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier, ushering in the era of supersonic flight. Yeager, born in Myra, West Virginia, in 1923, was a combat fighter during World War II and flew 64 missions over Europe. He shot down 13 German planes and was himself shot down over France, but he escaped capture with the assistance of the French Underground. After the war, he was among several volunteers chosen to test-fly the experimental X-1 rocket plane, built by the Bell Aircraft Company to explore the possibility of supersonic flight.
    1950-"The Adventures of Ellery Queen" premiere on television. The first of many series to portray fictional detective Ellery Queen. It began on the Dumont network, where my father Lawrence Menkin wrote many of the episodes, and later moved to ABC. Queen was played by Richard Hart. In the next four series, he would also be played by Lee Bowman, Hugh Marlowe, George Nada, Lee Phillips, Peter Lawford and Jim Hutton. In each series Queen talked to the home audience at the show's climax to see if they were able to identify the killer. Future series were titled, " Ellery Queen" and the "Further Adventures of Ellery Queen." The last telecast aired on September 5, 1976.
    1952-"The Red Button Shows" premiered on TV. The comedy-variety show starred the well-known burlesque comedian Red Buttons. Regulars included Dorothy Jolliffe, Joe Silver, Jeane Carson, Sara Seegar, Jimkmly Little, Ralph Stanley, Sammyu Birch, and the Elliot Lawrence orchestra. It later switched networks under a new format in 1953, as a sitcom with Phylis Kirk and Paul Lynde.
    1954-Top Hits
Hey There - Rosemary Clooney
I Need You Now - Eddie Fisher
Papa Loves Mambo - Perry Como
I Don't Hurt Anymore - Hank Snow
    1955-Nineteen-year old Buddy Holly and his sidemen, Larry Welborn and Bob Montgomery, open a concert in Lubbock, Texas for Bill Haley and the Comets. Nashville talent agent Eddie Crandell is in the audience and in the next few weeks arranges for Holly to record his first demo.
    1957- Elvis' "Jailhouse Rock" is released.
    1960-At the improbable hour of 1am, then presidential candidate John F. Kennedy spoke impromptu to several thousand students from the steps of the University of Michigan Union building. He ask," How many of you are going to be doctors are willing to spend your days in Ghana? how many of you( technicians and engineers) are willing to work in the Foreign Service? The response was favorable, and 19 days later in San Francisco, Kennedy formally proposed the Peace Corps, which was created by Executive Order, March 1, 1962.
    1961 - The Broadway production "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying" opened on Broadway.
    1962-The Cuban Missile Crisis begins , 1962, bringing the United States and the Soviet Union to the brink of nuclear conflict. Photographs taken by a high-altitude U-2 spy plane offered incontrovertible evidence that Soviet-made medium-range missiles in Cuba--capable of carrying nuclear warheads--were now stationed 90 miles off the American coastline. Tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union over Cuba had been steadily increasing since the failed April 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion, in which Cuban refugees, armed and trained by the United States, landed in Cuba and attempted to overthrow the government of Fidel Castro. Though the invasion did not succeed, Castro was convinced that the United States would try again, and set out to get more military assistance from the Soviet Union. During the next year, the number of Soviet advisors in Cuba rose to more than 20,000. Rumors began that Russia was also moving missiles and strategic bombers onto the island. Russian leader Nikita Khrushchev may have decided to so dramatically up the stakes in the Cold War for several reasons. He may have believed that the United States was indeed going to invade Cuba and provided the weapons as a deterrent. Facing criticism at home from more hard-line members of the Soviet communist hierarchy, he may have thought a tough stand might win him support. Khrushchev also had always resented that U.S. nuclear missiles were stationed near the Soviet Union (in Turkey, for example), and putting missiles in Cuba might have been his way of redressing the imbalance. Two days after the pictures were taken, after being developed and analyzed by intelligence officers, they were presented to President Kennedy. During the next two weeks, the United States and the Soviet Union would come as close to nuclear war as they ever had, and a fearful world awaited the outcome.
    1962-Top Hits
Sherry - The 4 Seasons
Monster Mash - Bobby "Boris" Picket
I Remember You - Frank Ifield
Devil Woman - Marty Robbins
    1964-Martin Luther King, Jr. became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize when awarded the honor. Dr. King donated the entire $54,000 prize money to furthering the causes of the civil rights movement.
    1965 - Dodger ace Sandy Koufax, working on just two days rest, pitched a three-hit shutout of the Minnesota Twins. Koufax struck out ten Twins on his way to the 2-0 win. And the Dodgers were World Series champs for the second time in three years.
    1967 -- Folk singer Joan Baez arrested in blockade of military induction center, Oakland, California.
    1970-Top Hits
Cracklin' Rosie - Neil Diamond
I'll Be There - The Jackson 5
All Right Now - Free
Sunday Morning Coming Down - Johnny Cash
    1972- Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes enter the soul chart with "If You Don't Know Me by Now," which, in 16 weeks on the chart, will peak at Number One for two weeks. The song makes it to #3 on the pop chart.
    1972-The Temptations' "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" is released.
    1975-Kiss' "Rock and Roll All Nite" is released.
    1976- The Yankees win their 30th pennant dramatically on Chris Chambliss' bottom of ninth-inning solo homer defeating the Royals, 7-6 in Game Five and deciding contest of the ALCS.
    1977- At the request of the Dodgers, Linda Ronstadt sings the National Anthem at Dodger Stadium to open the third game of the World Series against the Yankees. (1977)
    1984 - Dense fog contributed to a 118 vehicle accident on I-94, just south of Milwaukee WI. It was the seventh day of an eight day stretch of dense fog. At the time of the accident the visibility was reportedly close to zero
    1987 - A media frenzy occurred when hundreds of rescuers came to the aid of little 18-month-old Jessica McClure. At 9:30 a.m. on this day, Jessica fell 22 feet into an abandoned well in her backyard in Midland, Texas. She was brought out of the well 58 hours later and was rushed to the hospital, where she underwent minor surgery. Gifts, especially stuffed animals, pouring into the hospital from well-wishers, most of whom had never met Jessica or her family.
    1988 - Forty cities in the eastern U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date. Elkins WV was the cold spot in the nation with a record low of 18 degrees above zero. Thunderstorms in Arizona drenched Phoenix with nine inches of rain in nine hours, the fifth highest total for any given day in ninety-two years of records. Carefree AZ was soaked with two inches of rain.
    1990- San Francisco 49er Joe Montana passes for six 6 touchdowns vs. Atlanta (45-35).

    1992- Canada gets its first pennant as the Blue Jays clinch the AL crown with a 9-2 victory over the A's in the Game 6 of the ALCS.
    1996-Archer Daniels Midland Company, Decatur, IL, a maker of agricultural commodities received a fine from the Justice Department for $100 million. It was a penalty for conspiring with other companies to fix the prices of two food additives, lysine and citric acid. The company admitted the charges. It was by far the largest such fine up to that time.
    2002- Light hitting second baseman Adam Kennedy becomes the fifth player to hit three homers in a postseason game helping the Angels to secure their first World Series berth in the team's 42-year history. Using a ten-run seventh inning, Anaheim beats the Twins 13-5 to win the ALCS in five games.
    2003 Holding a 3-0 lead and needing only five more outs to go the World Series for the first time since 1945, the Cubs give up eight runs, on five hits, three walks and an error to the Marlins. The team appears to come apart after a Cub fan, sitting along the left-field line at Wrigley Field, tries to catch a foul ball that was about to be caught by Cubs' outfielder Moises Alou for the second out of the inning.

World Series Champions This Date

    1905 New York Giants
    1908 Chicago Cubs
    1929 Philadelphia Athletics
    1965 Los Angles Dodgers
    1984-Detroit Tigers



Red Sox Prayer, 2004

By Joan Morgan, Oklahoma

O' Lord,
If it would not be too much of an imposition,
I have a special request of you.

Please shine down your heavenly rays upon the boys of summer in Beantown.
Make their already potent bats and lively arms instruments of Holy decimation,
In order to strike down the Evil Empire.

Deliver us to victory,
Assuage our many years of anguish,
And lift us to heights we have not seen since 1918.

Oh, Lord one more thing:
Watch over the Cubs too

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