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Leasing Association Conferences—Fall, 2005
Equipment Leasing Association
44th Annual Convention
Boca Raton Resort & Club
Boca Raton, Florida
A non-member who has not attended the conference before is invited
Registration and all information about the Annual Convention are now available on-line at http://www.elaonline.com/events/2005/annconv/
ELA’s 44th Annual Convention focuses on creating and managing value and performance.
By Lesley Sterling
Value is a subjective word. But it is a critical component of a company’s performance and health. The 2005 Special Edition of The McKinsey Quarterly on Value and Performance suggests that companies with a clear sense of value “...have a robust strategy, well-maintained assets, innovative products and services, a good reputation with customers, regulators, governments and other stakeholders and the ability to attract, retain and develop high-performing employees.” Sound like any of your companies out there? Equipment lessors who are most successful at creating value for customers, investors, parent company and employees strengthen their market presence and increase their opportunities for growth.
Sessions planned for the 44th Annual ELA Convention, scheduled October 23-25, 2005 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, Florida, address a wide variety of the dimensions critical to creating and managing value and performance. “Creating Value,” this year’s convention theme, implies that your company is successful because of greater knowledge, convenience or speed.
For the 44th time, everyone who is anyone in equipment leasing and finance will gather at the ELA Annual Convention. What brings them back? As the largest annual gathering of equipment leasing leaders, the ELA Annual Convention is a tremendous opportunity to meet with colleagues, conduct business and update your learning on the latest issues impacting your business. And perhaps most important of all…the ELA Annual Convention is one of the best ways to test your assumptions about your market segment, the economy, and opportunities for business development.
We invite you to review what’s in store for you in Boca Raton this year:
--The United States’ Place in the World Today--
A first-rate group of policy analysts have been invited to discuss America’s role in the world today. This formidable panel is comprised of the following individuals:
Richard Haass--Mr. Haass is president of the Council on Foreign Relations. Until recently, Richard Haass was director of policy planning for the Department of State, where he was a principal advisor to Secretary of State Colin Powell on a broad range of foreign policy concerns. Haass also served as U.S. Coordinator for policy toward the future of Afghanistan and was the lead U.S. Government official in support of the Northern Ireland peace process. For his efforts, he received the State Department’s Distinguished Honor Award. Previously, Ambassador Haass was vice president and director of foreign policy studies at The Brookings Institution.
Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski--Dr. Brzezinski is a counselor with the Center for Strategic & International Studies, and the Robert E. Osgood Professor of American Foreign Policy at the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC. From 1977 to 1981, Brzezinski was National Security Advisor to President Carter. In 1981 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his role in the normalization of U.S.-Chinese relations and for his contributions to the human rights and national security policies of the United States.
General Brent Scowcroft (Ret.)--As president and founder of The Scowcroft Group, and one of the country's leading experts on international policy, Brent Scowcroft provides strategic advice and assistance in dealing in the international arena. Gen. Scowcroft has served as the National Security Advisor to both Presidents Ford and G.H.W. Bush. During his twenty-nine-year military career, West Point-graduate Scowcroft attained the rank of Lieutenant General and served as the Deputy National Security Advisor, Professor of Russian History at West Point; Assistant Air Attaché in Belgrade, Yugoslavia; Head of the Political Science Department at the Air Force Academy; Air Force Long Range Plans; Office of the Secretary of Defense International Security Assistance; Special Assistant to the Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Military Assistant to President Nixon.
Creating Pockets of Greatness
Jim Collins--Jim Collins is a student of enduring great companies—how they grow, how they attain superior performance, and how good companies can become great companies. Having invested more than a decade of research into the topic, Jim has authored or co-authored four books—including “Built to Last,” a fixture on the Business Week bestseller list for more than six years, and the New York Times bestseller, “GOOD TO GREAT: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t.” His work has been featured in Fortune, The Economist, Fast Company, USA Today, Industry Week, Business Week, Newsweek, Inc., and Harvard Business Review.
Economic Realities: The World View
David D. Hale--David Hale is the Global Chief Economist for the Zurich Financial Services Group and its investment affiliates, advising the group’s fund management operations on the economic outlook and a wide range of public policy issues. Mr. Hale is a member of the National Association of Business Economists, the New York Society of Security Analysts, the Financial Instruments Steering Committee of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Academic Advisory Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. He writes on a broad range of economic subjects for such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The Far Eastern Economic Review, The Financial Times of London, The New York Times, The Nihon Kezai Shimbun, The Financial Analyst Journal, The Harvard Business Review, and Foreign Policy. Since 1990, he also has been a consultant to the United States Department of Defense on how changes in the global economy are affecting United States security relationships.
Breakout Session Sampler
Thirty concurrent breakout sessions have been planned, including the annual meetings of the six ELA Business Councils. Sessions selected for the 44th Annual ELA Convention describe one or more value propositions that are reflected in any of the following:
• Greater value for customers
• New ways of looking at customers
• How products are positioned or priced
• Differentiating your company from competitors
• Higher returns
• Greater market share
• Effective use of resources
• Personnel programs that add value
• Effective management of assets
• Risk management
• Optimizing changes in a new regulatory environment.
For a complete listing of the sessions planned, go to the ELA website: http://www.elaonline.com/events/2005/annconv/
"Business Growth through Customer Satisfaction—How to Make it Happen"
Attendees to this session will get a greater understanding of the role customer satisfaction plays in driving business growth, and will learn specific approaches to pursue better customer satisfaction in a variety of areas. In his more than 20 years working in financial services, Keith Kendall, VP & Managing Director, HP Financial Services, has developed a sense of what works. He maintains that there are three keys to successfully creating and maintaining value for the customer and therefore driving satisfaction: effective partnering, efficient processes, and customer dialogue. Kendall will outline the strategy of HP Financial Services in its pursuit of total customer experience (TCE) and how that has brought the organization squarely into a redesign of customer processes that is spawning new ways of working and driving positive results.
"Developing & Motivating a Sales Force that Creates Value"
This session highlights the value created by a well-trained, highly motivated sales force. Three organizations—a bank, an independent and a captive—will share how they organize, develop, motivate, evaluate and compensate their sales force. Issues discussed include: critical competencies; turning work activities into planned and tracked learning events; using collaborative simulation to improve performance; expanding the role of the sales force into strategic planning and portfolio performance; alignment strategies; processes; performance measurement initiatives; compensation methodologies; sales force structure; activity segmentation; assessment; training methods and performance measurement; importance of aligning captive and vendor sales force training programs with end user go-to-market strategies and financing offerings. Panelists include Paul Frisch, EVP, US Bancorp Equipment Finance, Inc.; Lynda Jackson, Principal, The Alta Group; Todd Karas, Managing Director, Bank of America; Gary Kempinski, VP, Business Development, GE Commercial Finance; and Chuck Thomas, IBM Global Financing.
"Best Practices: How Front-End Systems Can Improve Origination Capacity"
To remain competitive, innovative finance organizations are returning to the point of origination to tap under-leveraged resources and open new portals for business growth. Panelists will share real-world challenges they faced during front-end to back-end processing system integration, the solutions they came up with for implementing a standard process, and the results in improved efficiency, profitability and long term business. Case studies presented by small, mid and large ticket equipment financing companies. Speakers include: Virginia Garcia, (moderator), TowerGroup; Mike Romanowski, CoBank; Elaine Temple, First Continental; and Jim Zook, International Decision Systems.
"Know Your Competition: How to Compete Against Alternative Capital Market Products"
Recent innovations in public debt securities and institutional finance have generated a host of new products that are an alternative to leasing in funding capital equipment acquisitions, especially for below investment grade companies. Mindy Berman, 42 North Structured Finance, Inc., will help attendees identify the capital markets products that compete against leasing products. These products are not always a direct replacement for leasing but provide an alternative source of funds that frequently pre-empts a company’s need to finance capital equipment spending on a dedicated basis. She will also identify the size and characteristics of each product market and the target borrowers for each. Berman will discuss how these capital market alternatives compare to equipment financing and the pros and cons of each, including terms, pricing and corporate restrictions. How to sell against these products will also be reviewed.
"Getting the Leads-Managing the Relationship-Closing the Loop"
This panel of experts from leasing, business process and technology service providers will review the latest tools, techniques and methodologies in sales and marketing automation. Presenters will address key topics such as list/campaign management techniques, leading sales automation technologies, tying together marketing, sales, pricing, credit and operations, application to small versus mid ticket businesses, marketing vendor programs, accelerating source/program approval. Panelists, which include: Michael Pennell, CapitalStream; John Hurt, LaSalle National Leasing Corp.; and Steve LeBarron, Blackwell Consulting Services, will provide real world examples of techniques and technologies that have, and have not, worked.
"Data Security: The Rules Have Changed and the Risks are Higher"
The flood of news items disclosing one data security breach after another continues to rise. These data security breaches are embarrassing and costly: the average reported loss of a data theft incident is $2.7 million (Wall Street Journal). Jeffrey Zeigler, Newmarket Trading Group Ltd, will help attendees understand how the changing regulatory environment is effecting data security requirements for owners and lessees of information technology equipment. Areas covered include Sarbanes-Oxley, Health Insurance Portability and Assurance Act (HIPAA) and Graham Leach Bliley ( GLB). Attendees will also learn how the rise of identity theft and the technology used to combat its spread is impacting the equipment leasing industry. The security and documentation procedures needed to demonstrate compliance is also discussed. The session will address the key issues related to ELA members for data security requirements in 2005 and beyond.
"Building Small Ticket Business by Creating Value for Manufacturers and Distributors: Take the Mystery out of Leasing with Technology"
Manufacturers and distributors of equipment need robust funding sources and programs that will enable them to differentiate their products from the competition by way of financing they provide their customers. Financing must be price competitive, easy to access and able to support multiple levels of credit-worthiness. Dwight Jackson and Stuart Koplowitz of Terra Vista Software, Inc., will discuss: how automating the process of online rate sheet pricing and applications reduces response time back to customers resulting in increases in the sales hit rate for manufacturers and distributors; how automating rate sheet pricing substantially reduces the risk to the funder by improving the accuracy by which the process is applied, improving efficiencies and reducing costly mistakes. This translates into higher profit and overall customer satisfaction and better customer retention.
We hope to see in you Boca Raton, Florida. For a complete review of the activities and sessions planned for the 44th Annual Convention, please visit the ELA website here:
Lesley Sterling is ELA vice president, professional development.
Association of Government Leasing & Finance
November 9, 2005
Dana Point, California
Conference Brochure and Registration:
AGL&F FALL CONFERENCE SPONSORS
AIG Commercial Equipment Finance
Banc of America Leasing and Capital Group
DeLage Landen Public Finance, LLC
Standard & Poor's Corp.
Fifth Third Leasing Company
LaSalle National Leasing Corporation
Moody's Investors Service
National City Commercial Capital
Oppenheimer & Co., Inc.
SunTrust Leasing Corporation
Silver Anniversary Club
All Points Capital Corp.
Ambac Assurance Corp.
Becker Stowe & Bieber, LLC
Chapman & Cutler, LLP
Doyle & Bachman
Financial Security Assurance
GE Capital Public Finance
Gilmore & Bell, P.C.
Government Leasing Company
Peck Shaffer & Willams, LLP
Tatonka Capital Corp.
Wachovia Bank, N.A.
Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP
Sales Make it Happen
Salespeople Aren't Marketers!
When sales leaders and senior managers push their sales teams to “market” on behalf of the organization, something is wrong. Salespeople aren't marketers, and successful marketing doesn't require salespeople to step into the role of marketing.
Professor Peter Drucker, widely regarded as the founding father of the study of management, thinks marketing and sales are antithetical. In fact, he believes they aren't synonymous or even complimentary, as most people think.
According to Drucker, the aim of marketing is to know and understand the company's customers so deeply that when they see the company's product or service offering, it so clearly fits what they want that they are ready to buy. There is no selling in this scenario – there is only a customer ready to buy and a company that either stands in the way or facilitates the purchase. In an ideal world, selling becomes superfluous.
In the business-to-business environment, the job of the marketing group is to fill the top of a company's sales funnel with high quality, bona fide prospects who are ready to become customers! Assuming your products and services meet the actual needs of your customers, failure to fill the top of the sales funnel points directly at a problem in the marketing department. The marketing folks may not truly understand what their customers want and need, or the marketing messages may not directly impact what the customers want to accomplish, fix or avoid.
When the marketing department does its job successfully, selling, in the traditional sense, becomes superfluous, as Professor Drucker states. So, are we one day to look forward to the demise of the professional salesperson? Hardly. The good news is that successful marketing changes the role of the salesperson in the organization. Next week we'll explore how this change can elevate sales as a corporate function.
--- from the desk of a retired, successful leasing company president.
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Fiserv Says Sterling Financial Corp. Chooses Enterprise Relationship
Management Platform to Support Relationship Management Strategy
and Organic Growth Initiatives
PITTSBURGH---Fiserv Customer Centered Solutions (Fiserv CCS), the customer relationship management (CRM) unit of Fiserv, Inc. (Nasdaq:FISV), has expanded its relationship with Sterling Financial Corp., Lancaster, Pa.
Sterling Financial is implementing the browser-based Enterprise Relationship Management Software Suite (ERM Suite) and the InformEnt 360-degree customer view engine. By implementing these solutions, Sterling will maximize relationship building, elevate teamwork and craft a uniquely "Sterling experience" with each customer of its 17 affiliate companies that include community banking; specialty commercial financing; fleet and equipment leasing; investment, trust and brokerage services; insurance services; and human resources consulting services.
As Sterling Financial embarked on its search for an enterprise relationship platform, the organization followed a set of five parameters designed to guide the selection process and support key strategic goals to enhance the Sterling brand, position the organization for organic growth and increase the contribution of business lines and their distribution units.
"With the number of relationships that Fiserv has with Sterling, Fiserv was in a unique position to help us support our relationship management strategy," said Kathleen Phillips, chief information officer of Sterling Financial. "Sterling chose the Fiserv CCS solution because Fiserv has the technology to support information consolidation from various sources into a single view of the customer; effective sales, service and referral management capabilities; proven integration experience with account opening and teller platforms; and scalable applications that will manage business processes for a growing organization."
"Of great importance to Sterling Financial was the ability to share information, referrals and relationships between the corporate affiliates to achieve higher cross-sell penetration and maximize relationships among these affiliates," said Regis Rapp, president of Fiserv CCS. "We bring the technology expertise so that Sterling Financial can focus on their strategies to enhance their brand and organically grow their organization. The integration among various Fiserv systems will go a long way toward helping Sterling Financial reach their goals."
With assets of more than $2.8 billion and investment assets under administration of approximately $2.1 billion, Sterling Financial Corporation (Nasdaq:SLFI) is a diversified financial services company based in Lancaster, Pa. Sterling Banking Services Group affiliates offer a full range of banking services in south-central Pennsylvania, northern Maryland and northern Delaware. The group also offers correspondent banking services in the mid-Atlantic region to other companies within the financial services industry. Sterling Financial Services Group affiliates provide specialty commercial financing; fleet and equipment leasing; investment, trust and brokerage services; insurance services; and human resources consulting services. Visit www.sterlingfi.com for more information.
Fiserv CCS, a unit of Fiserv, Inc., provides software solutions that enable financial institutions and service providers to drive profit by effectively leveraging information technology. Fiserv CCS provides a complete suite of contact, relationship and information management, sales force automation, analytics, business process management and business intelligence tools for the financial industry. More information can be found at www.ccs.fiserv.com.
Fiserv, Inc. (Nasdaq:FISV) provides information management systems and services to the financial and health benefits industries, including transaction processing, outsourcing, business process outsourcing and software and systems solutions. The company serves more than 16,000 clients worldwide, including banks, credit unions, financial planners/investment advisers, insurance companies and agents, self-insured employers, lenders and savings institutions. Headquartered in Brookfield, Wis., Fiserv reported $3.4 billion in processing and services revenues for 2004. Fiserv was ranked the largest provider of information technology services to the U.S. financial services industry in the 2004 FinTech 100 survey by the American Banker newspaper and the Financial Insights research firm. Fiserv can be found on the Internet at www.fiserv.com.
Fiserv CCS Beth Sandvig, 412-577-3285 or Fiserv, Inc. Chuck Doherty, 262-879-5966
Park Place Auto Leasing and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
Houston Affiliate Partner to Aid Cancer Research And Awareness
HOUSTON-- Houston-Area Auto Leasing Company to Donate $250 to Foundation for every Automobile Leased Through Pink Ribbon Lease Program
Park Place Auto Leasing, Houston's premier automotive leasing company, has partnered with the Houston affiliate of The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the nation's leader in breast cancer research support and community outreach programs, to support breast cancer research and awareness. Under the newly created Pink Ribbon Lease Program, Park Place Auto Leasing will donate $250 for every new or pre-owned automobile leased under program to the Komen Houston affiliate.
"Breast cancer is a deadly disease that has touched all of us either directly or indirectly," said Jim Reiss, managing partner for Park Place Auto Leasing. "We are honored to partner with this amazing organization and hope that with our financial support, we can help make a difference in the lives of women across the country."
"The Susan G. Komen Foundation Houston Affiliate depends primarily on the support of companies like Park Place Auto Leasing to continually provide funding for breast cancer research, screening and awareness programs," said Michele Ostrander, executive director of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Houston affiliate. "Nearly 80 cents of every dollar spent by the Komen Foundation supports its mission programs and services."
According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 211,240 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed among women in the United States during 2005. Additionally, an estimated 40,410 women are projected to die from breast cancer in 2005. Breast cancer is the leading cancer diagnosed among American women and is second only to lung cancer in cancer deaths.
To learn more about the Pink Ribbon Lease Program, contact Park Place Auto Leasing at 832.249.3400 or visit the website at www.pinkribbonlease.org.
About the Susan G. Komen Foundation:
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. The Komen Foundation is the nation's leader in breast cancer research support and community outreach programs. As of 2005, The Susan G. Komen Foundation has raised $750 million for the fight against this life-threatening disease. The Komen Houston Affiliate was established in 1990 and serves Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris and Montgomery Counties.
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Today's Top Event in History
1881 –Gun Fight at OK Coral. Newspapers, the media, the enactment at fairs and circuses that traveled the country have made this 30 second event the defining moment of the wild west. In the small town of Tombstone, Arizona Territory, the famous gun fight occurred when a group of drunken ranch hands threatened to kill the popular town gamblers and players Wyatt Earp, Morgan Earp, Virgil Earp, and Doc if they didn't get out of Tombstone, the whole town watched to see the outcome. In the 1880's, Tombstone was largest city between St. Louis and San Francisco and had become the most cultivated city in the West. ( Underground water found in the mines and falling silver prices ended Tombstone's mining and population boom in 1886. )
On October 26, 1881, Virgil received word that the Cowboys were gathering at the O.K. Corral, and that they were armed, which was against city law. Doc met the Earps on Fourth Street on their way to the O.K. Corral and demanded that he be allowed to join them in their little walk. Five men, potential killers, lay in wait. When Wyatt Earp and Billy Clanton opened the battle, Doc shot Billy in the chest, then cut Tom McLaury down with a double charge of buckshot. The life was blasted from McLaury before he struck the ground. Although, Wyatt allowed Ike Clanton to run from the fight scene, Holliday was not so generous. He was a lady's man, a dentist who made his living gambling, a known drug addict and alcoholic, who was the most angry. He threw two shots at Ike as he fled, missing him narrowly. A bullet from Frank McLaury cut into Doc's pistol holster and burned a painful crease across his hip. Doc's return shot smashed into McLaury's brain. Less than thirty seconds after the opening shot, three men lay dead and three were wounded. Doc had shot each of the dead cowboys at least once. Virgil had been shot in the leg and Morgan through both shoulders. Only Wyatt Earp has survived the fight untouched. He later traveled the West, promoting the famous gun fight, and was known as a man who also made his living by gambling and the support of women who were attracted to this handsome, traveling man. Tom and Frank McLowery and also Billy Clanton are among those buried in Tombstone's infamous Boot Hill Cemetery, visited by many tourist yearly. Tombstone had survived the Great Depression and removal of the County Seat to Bisbee, located 25 miles south of Tombstone. Tombstone's survival in the 1930's earned it the title of the "Town Too Tough To Die", as reported by the St. Louis Post Dispatch in 1932. In 1962, the Department of the Interior named Tombstone a Registered Historic Landmark. The late 1950's television show “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp” starring handsome Hugh O'Brien with his famous flat hat and long nose pistol was one of the highest rated shows of its time. It was considered the first “adult” TV western. My late father Lawrence Menkin wrote many of the episodes. Following the cowboy movie re-runs in the early 1950's as television was primarily local, when it became a network media, westerns became the rage among viewers.
This Day in American History
1774 - The First Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia.
1785-The first mule born in the United States was bred from a jackass sent to President George Washington, which arrived this day in Boston, MA.. The exportation of full-blooded jacks from Spain was prohibited, but King Charles III of Spain, learning of Washington's interest, sent him two jacks and two jennets. Mules became the staple of farmer's in the US for many years to come. Washington was also the first to start producing whiskey in the United States in wooden barrels. His farm manager was from Scotland, had a plan for the surplus corn and other plantings they could not sell to turn into whiskey to trade and store. Washington looked into it and made the investment. While others were making this product in American, Washington decided to expand the product and use wooden barrels as they did in Scotland to store the whiskey, and also age it. Most domestic whiskey was distilled, bottled, and sold or stored. Washington's one and five year old whiskey was sought after and if you tour his house and property, there are still examples of this product for view, some in special wooden boxes, another idea he had to make it different than the rest. Like Jefferson, Washington was a “farmer” but a businessman looking for new ideas and products.
1825-The Erie Canal, the first US major man-made waterway, was opened this day in 1825,providing a water route from Lake Erie to the Hudson River. Construction started July 4, 1817, and the canal cost $7,602,000. Cannons fired and celebrations were held all along the route for the opening. It enhanced commerce and the expansion of the country Westward.
1858- Hamilton Smith of Philadelphia, PA, obtained a patent for a washing machine with rotary motion. It was equipped with a crank that was turned by hand, caused a perforated cylinder with a wooden shell to revolve. Smith continued to improve his machine and in 1863 secured patent protection on a self-reversing-motion attachment to the machine.
1859 - New York City had their earliest substantial snow of record as four inches blanketed the city.
1881 –Gun Fight at OK Coral. Newspapers, the media, the enactment at fairs and circuses that traveled the country have made this 30 second event the defining moment of the wild west. In the small town of Tombstone, Arizona Territory, the famous gun fight occurred when a group of drunken ranch hands threatened to kill the popular town gamblers and players Wyatt Earp, Morgan Earp, Virgil Earp, and Doc if they didn't get out of Tombstone, the whole town watched to see the outcome. In the 1880's, Tombstone was largest city between St. Louis and San Francisco and had become the most cultivated city in the West. ( Underground water found in the mines and falling silver prices ended Tombstone's mining and population boom in 1886. ) On October 26, 1881, Virgil received word that the Cowboys were gathering at the O.K. Corral, and that they were armed, which was against city law. Doc met the Earps on Fourth Street on their way to the O.K. Corral and demanded that he be allowed to join them in their little walk. Five men, potential killers, lay in wait. When Wyatt Earp and Billy Clanton opened the battle, Doc shot Billy in the chest, then cut Tom McLaury down with a double charge of buckshot. The life was blasted from McLaury before he struck the ground. Although, Wyatt allowed Ike Clanton to run from the fight scene, Holliday was not so generous. He was a lady's man, a dentist who made his living gambling, a known drug addict and alcoholic, who was the most angry. He threw two shots at Ike as he fled, missing him narrowly. A bullet from Frank McLaury cut into Doc's pistol holster and burned a painful crease across his hip. Doc's return shot smashed into McLaury's brain. Less than thirty seconds after the opening shot, three men lay dead and three were wounded. Doc had shot each of the dead cowboys at least once. Virgil had been shot in the leg and Morgan through both shoulders. Only Wyatt Earp has survived the fight untouched. He later traveled the West, promoting the famous gun fight, and was known as a man who also made his living by gambling and the support of women who were attracted to this handsome, traveling man. Tom and Frank McLowery and also Billy Clanton are among those buried in Tombstone's infamous Boot Hill Cemetery, visited by many tourist yearly. Tombstone had survived the Great Depression and removal of the County Seat to Bisbee, located 25 miles south of Tombstone. Tombstone's survival in the 1930's earned it the title of the "Town Too Tough To Die", as reported by the St. Louis Post Dispatch in 1932. In 1962, the Department of the Interior named Tombstone a Registered Historic Landmark. The late 1950's television show “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp” starring handsome Hugh O'Brien with his famous flat hat and long nose pistol was one of the highest rated shows of its time. It was considered the first “adult” TV western. My late father Lawrence Menkin wrote many of the episodes. Following the cowboy movie re-runs in the early 1950's as television was primarily local, when it became a network media, westerns became the rage among viewers.
1911- Singer Mahalia Jackson Birthday
1913 -bandleader Charlie Barnet born, New York City.
1916-- Margaret Sanger arrested for obscenity (advocating birth control)
1919 - The temperature at Bismarck, ND, plunged to ten degrees below zero, the earliest subzero reading of record for the city, and a record for the month of October.
1927- tenor sax player Wayne Marsh born.
1927- Adelaide Hall records “Creole Love Call” with Duke Ellington.
1944 - The United States navy beat the Japanese at Leyte Gulf in the Philippines after three days of what is seen as one of history's great sea battles. More than 30 ships were sunk, most of them Japanese including their last four aircraft carriers.
1949— President Truman signed a bill raising the minimum wage in certain industries engaged in interstate commerce from 40 cents to 75 cents an hour.
1949 -The San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League complete an Asian tour which includes five Japanese games. One of the Japanese games draws over 100,00 fans to watch Lefty O'Doul's team.
Goodnight Irene - The Weavers
All My Love - Patti Page
Harbor Lights - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Tony Alamo)
I'm Moving On - Hank Snow
1951-- Rocky Marciano defeats Joe Louis at Madison Square Garden
1952- "Victory at Sea" premiered on TV. The video series does not give it justice, as many of the clips were repeated in the series, in the early days of television. The score, orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett was written by Richard Rodgers. In 1953, "No Other Love", adapted from one of the score's songs, became a hit for Perry Como.
1955 - Rebel Without a Cause, starring James Dean, Natalie Wood, and Sal Mineo, premiered in New York.
It's All in the Game - Tommy Edwards
Rock-in Robin - Bobby Day
Topsy II - Cozy Cole
City Lights - Ray Price
1960- In a move designed to get a jump on the National League in the expansion race, the American League grants franchises to Washington and Los Angeles and okays the Senators move to Minnesota.
1962-an early season snowstorm brought 4.7 inches of snow to Worcester, MA and 3.6 inches to Portland, ME. Greenville, ME had 13.9 inches. All were new records for the heaviest snow early in the season
Reach Out I'll Be There - Four Tops
96 Tears - ?(Question Mark) & The Mysterians
Walk Away Renee - The Left Banke
Open Up Your Heart - Buck Owens
1970 - Garry Trudeau, only 22 years old, started his comic strip, "Doonesbury", out in 28 United States newspapers. The occasionally controversial strip is now in hundreds of papers and has a publishing empire of books and related merchandise. His wife of many years is TV news personality Jane Pauley.
1971 - Memphis, Tennessee minister Al Green was awarded a gold record for his single, "Tired of Being Alone".
Then Came You - Dionne Warwicke & Spinners
You Haven't Done Nothin - Stevie Wonder
You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet/Free Wheelin' - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
I See the Want to in Your Eyes - Conway Twitty
1982 - “St. Elsewhere” premiers. This very popular one-hour medical drama set in St. Eligius Hospital at Boston. Among its large and changing cast were Ed Flanders, William Daniels, Ed Begley, Jr, David Morse, Howie Mandel, Christina Pickles, Denzel Washington, Norman Lloyd, David Birney, G.W. Bailey, Kavi Raz, Stephen Furst, Mark Harmon and Alfre Woodard. The last episode of the series, aired on Aug 10, 1988, was presented in order to cast doubt on the reality of the whole series, suggesting that a child's imagination had dreamed it up.
Jack & Diane - John Cougar
Who Can It Be Now? - Men at Work
Eye in the Sky - The Alan Parsons Project
He Got You - Ronnie Milsap
1983 - A heat wave was in progress over the Northern Rockies, with record highs of 81 degrees at Sheridan WY and Billings MT.(Sandra and TI Richard Sanders.
1984 - Barbra Streisand got multiplatinum certification when her three albums reached the four-million-dollar sales mark. "Greatest Hits, Vol. II", "Guilty", and "A Star is Born" with Kris Kristofferson were all honored.
1985- the Kansas City royals tired the World Series, three games to three, against the St. Louis Cardinals by winning Game 6,2-1. On a poor call in 6th game, umpire Don Deckinger starts a string of events costing Cardinals the 82nd World Series. Then considered controversial call at first base by umpire Don Denkinger. Television replays indicated he had blown the call, but Orta remained perched on first base and a two run single by Dane Jorg brought the Royals the win. Kansas City won the seventh game the next day, 11-0.
After two one-sided losses at home, the Yankees win the next four games and take their first World Series since 1978 with a 3-2 victory over the defending World champs Braves in Game 6.
1989 - Unseasonably warm weather continued in the north central U.S. Afternoon highs of 78 degrees at Alpena MI, 75 degrees at Duluth MN, 79 degrees at Fargo ND, 77 degrees at International Falls MN, 76 degrees at Marquette MI, 75 degrees at Sault Ste Marie MI, and 80 degrees at Saint Cloud MN, were all the warmest of record for so late in the season. Morning lows of 63 degrees at Concordia KS and Omaha NE were the warmest of record for the date.
I Don't Have the Heart - James Ingram
Black Cat - Janet Jackson
Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice
Friends in Low Places - Garth Brooks
1990- a rapidly deepening coastal storm just east of Cape Hatteras produced wind gusts in excess of 90 mph along coastal sections. A dredge barge broke loose from its moorings in the Oregon Inlet and struck the Bonner Bridge, the sole link highway between Hatteras Island and the mainland. A 369 foot section of the bridge collapsed leaving thousands stranded on the island.
1993 -the temperature at Eureka, CA soared to 87 to set an all-time record for the city
I ll Make Love To You- Boyz II Men
All I Wanna Do- Sheryl Crow
Endless Love- Luther Vandross
1997- With two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning of Game 7, Edgar Renteria singles home Mark Counsell giving the Florida Marlins their first World Series title with a 3-2 win over the Indians. The five-year old Marlins become the youngest expansion team to win the Fall classic.
Smooth- Santana Featuring Rob Thomas
Satisfy You- Puff Daddy Featuring R. Kelly
Heartbreaker- Mariah Carey Featuring Jay-Z
Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of...)- Lou Bega
2000-- In Game 5 at Shea Stadium, the Yankees win their third consecutive World Series, the fourth title in five years and record 26th championship by defeating the Mets, 4-2. Luis Sojo's ninth inning two-out, tie-breaking single off starter Al Leiter is the decisive hit.
2002 --When Russ Ortiz, tossing 5-0 shut-out strikes out Garret Anderson to begin the seventh, the Giants appeared destined to win their first World Series since 1954. Scoring six times in the 7th and 8th innings of Game 6, the Angels' rally from five runs down to stage the biggest comeback in Series history for a team facing elimination and beat the Giants, 6-5, forcing a Game 7.
Baby Boy- Beyonce Featuring Sean Paul
Stand Up- Ludacris Featuring Shawnna
Get Low- Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz Featuring Ying Yang Twins
Damn!- YoungBloodZ Featuring Lil Jon
World Series Champions This Date
1911 Philadelphia Athletics
1996 New York Yankees
1997 Florida Marlins
2000 New York Yankees
That Home Run Feeling
by Tim Peeler
tired and poisoned by yellow jacket stings,
go for a hard run through the ripe dark July night,
strides shortened, quickened,
lap by ill-lit lap
in rain-plowed sand
that tightens a muscle against the pull of a worn shoe,
circling the pale glow of Little League baseball field,
enamored by the plink of metal bats,
the hearty high-pitched cheers,
circling as they circle a tauter diamond
in a high geometry of runs;
eighteen-fifteen the park announcer drawls
and I am drawn to the memory of my own Little League experience
playing that 60's cinema
as I suck humidity by the round ball court
where rapper wannabes
work their slant rhymes and turnover dribbles,
and a tired backboard shivers.
Leaving now, I considerthe perfect orange moon
hanging for a moment on the light pole
above silent horseshoe pits,
and just for one splendid moment
I have that home run feeling again.
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Poems from Baseball