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Monday, September 20,2004



    Economic Events this Week

        Classified Ads- Marketing/Ops./Info. System

            Pictures from the Past---2002----Charlie Lester and LPI

    Alexa Ranks Leasing Association Web Sites

        Classified Ads---Help Wanted

            Greg Reeve Joins Media Capital as Gen. Manager

    Nigerian Scam—We Get Several New Ones Daily

        News Briefs---

            Gimme that Wine

                This Day in American History

                    Baseball Poem



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Economic Events this Week


September 21


Housing Construction: August


September 23


Leading Indicators: August

Weekly Jobless Claims


September 24


Durable Goods Order: August




Classified Ads- Marketing / Operations / Information System


Information System: Portland, OR.

Automate, expand resources! Front-end to back-office hands-on product/project manager. Quickly define requirements/ work w developers to create most resourceful, user- friendly processes.

Email: or

telephone 503.760.6115.


Operations: Experienced Credit, Collections, lease and Finance operations. Manager w/ expertise in improving bottom line performance, excellent trainer, manager, motivator.

Get result/keep the customer coming back.



Operations: New York, NY.

10+ years in equipment leasing/secured lending. Skilled in management & training, documentation, policy and procedure development & implementation, portfolio reporting. Strong work ethic.



Operations: New York/New Jersey

5+ years experience in leasing. Knowledge of positions: SMB Credit and Contract Administrator. Relocating to the NY/NJ area.



Operations: Wayne, NJ

20+ heavily experienced collection/recovery VP looking to improve someone's bottom line. Proven, verifiable track record. Knowledge of all types of portfolio. Will relocate



Operations: West Palm Beach, FL.

Sales, credit, presentation and placement. Seasoned lease professional, currently independent, looking for a manufacturer, distributor or captive requiring expertise in sales assistance in product financing.




   Full List of all 94 Classified Job Wanted ads at:





Pictures from the Past---2002----Charlie Lester and LPI



LPI Office: 3535 Roswell Road Suite 53   Marietta, Georgia


“LPI Financial Services, Inc. has been serving the financing needs of medical professionals since 1986. We changed our name from Lease Pro, Inc. to LPI Financial Services in 1999 so that our name would better describe changes that include our exclusive working capital loan program.”


LPI Staff (left to right: Barbara Willingham, Kurt Hess, Don Dennigmann, Audrey Jinks, Ali Porterfield, Krisen Meers, Kay Smith, Jon Hall, Charlie Lester


“Over $40,000,000 funded thus far.

In 2003 we are expanding this program to include not only medical professionals but licensed CPA’s, Attorneys and Architects.


“We do start-up medical practices.


“We do in-home businesses.


“We will consider applicants that have been bankrupt (discharged over 5 years ago).



“*One of our recent Tier I approvals was for $600,000 as a combo working capital loan and equipment lease for 3 orthopedic surgeons opening a second location. How about a $150,000 debt consolidation loan for a dentist with 11 high interest credit cards?


“Tier II Update:


“Doing deals that can’t be done anywhere else.


“Working capital, debt consolidation, practice acquisition loans and leases for medical professionals only.


“Higher rates than Tier I but more flexibility for the “storied” deal.

Beacon score of 600 or better required with tax returns and PFS.

84 month terms only.


“Structured transactions will allow you to close more deals without having to originate more deals!


“*Tier II fundings include a loan for a doctor to pay off 4 credit cards totaling $93,979 plus the cash to update his practice. Another recent funding included $264,000 in loans and leases for two start-up M.D.’s moving to another state.”




Alexa Ranks Leasing Association Web Sites


81,087 American Bankers Association
104,531  Kit Menkin's Leasing News
236,189 The Electronic Payments Association
303,038 Monitor Daily
401,014 Ind Community Bankers of America
270,393 Equipment Leasing Association
433,773 Leasing Press
644,250  Commercial Finance Association
832,273  Institute of International Container Lessors
1,227,842  U.S.Banker
777,440  United Association of Equipment Leasing
1,225,213  Exec Caliber-Jeffrey Taylor
1,613,666 National Vehicle Leasing Association
2,310,907 Equip. Leasing & Fin Fndn
3,927,665  eLessors Networking Association
2,541,521 The National Funding Assoc
No Data   CLP Foundation
1,368,860 Lease Assistant
2,576,306  National Assoc. of Equip Leasing Brokers
4,372,272 Equipment Financial Journal
No Data
5,031,802  Assoc of Government Leasing  Financing
No Data
5,300,624 Mid-America Association of  Equip Lessors
No Data
3,295,544 Eastern Association of Equipment Leasing
No Data
No Data Lean -Lease Enforcement Att Net


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Classified Ads---Help Wanted


CFO / Leasing Sales Leader

Leasing Sales Leader: Atlanta GA.
Outstanding opportunity for highly motivated, exp. leasing rep. for fast growing tech solutions provider. Unlimited earnings potential, fast paced enviroment. Exper. end-user sales/ tech leasing required.
Full description here

CFO: Atlanta, GA.
CPA/10yrs exp. required. Direct/oversee all financial activities and manage leasing operations. Full description here.

About the Company: Located in Atlanta GA. Optimus Solutions is a leading provider of enterprise Information Technology solutions including systems, storage, and software enhanced by a complete range of integration and consulting services.


Dealer Credit Finance Analyst / Dealer Credit Finance Services Supervisor

Dealer Credit Fin. Analyst, Torrance, CA Click here for full descrip. & to apply.   

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Controller / Vendor Sales Specialist/ Entry Level Accountant

Broker/Lessor looking for CFO/Controller w/ a solid accounting background. Exp. working in Leasing industry a must. LeasePlus knowledge a plus.

Vendor Sales Specialist: Experienced in developing relationships & vendor programs. Will need to establish/head our new vendor division. Must be knowledgeable in all aspects of leasing from the broker lessor perspective.

Entry Level Accountant: Entry level position, accounting background req., leasing exp. a plus, must be organized individual w/ strong work ethic.

Please E-mail resume to:

About the Company: Nationwide Funding, Irvine, CA. With its prime location in Southern California and offices in Chicago's downtown financial district, Nationwide Funding, LLC has been able to secure specialized credit facilities and create funding partnerships with a wide variety of financial institutions. This diversity allows Nationwide Funding, LLC to be a complete funding partner for your business.



Tustin CA. Must have 4 years of leasing experience w/ strong client base.  70% Comission, 70% Residual, Desk Rental option. Please call Barbara Griffith for more information on this very unique program

About the company: SCL has been in business for 12 years. We are contracted with multiple funding sources which enables us to provide more competitive rates and flexible terms and conditions.




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SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- -- Media Capital Associates, LLC announces the hiring of Greg Reeve as General Manager to continue the company’s expansion and growth.


Greg Reeve is a 19-year veteran of the equipment leasing and information technology industries.  His experience includes national sales management and major account development with Charter Equipment Leasing, First Portland Technology Corp., Computer Associates International and Avnet, Inc.


Greg will initially focus on increasing and improving sales origination in addition to the implementation of advanced business technology applications to continue to increase productivity and enhance the customer experience.


Greg is an Arizona native and graduated from NAU in 1985 with a major in Finance and a minor in Business Management.  He is a very active in a number of local charities including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix and Child Abuse Prevention Arizona.


“Greg is extremely well schooled in all aspects of professional management and I expect that experience will have a significant positive impact on Media Capital” said Rick Wilbur, Managing Partner.



About Media Capital:

Media Capital Associates, LLC ( is a privately held financial intermediary headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona.  The company’s roots in the commercial finance industry date to 1977 and the focus remains providing our customers with competitive financing solutions for equipment acquisitions ranging from $10,000 to $500,000.



Carey Wilbur, Media Capital




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Nigerian Scam—We Get Several New Ones Daily


Leasing News has been collecting what is now considered the "Nigerian Scam" for over 16 years. They first started by mail from Africa, then

they discovered the internet.  Several of our readers have told

us confidentially they fell for it; one  well-known equipment leasing individual, who also runs a school for training brokers, lost $25,000.

If you think that is preposterous, a Berkeley, California  law firm lost $2.1 million.


Leasing News has been collecting these letters and e-mails, sharing them with readers, including the "spin-offs."  Today we still get five to ten daily direct, plus readers send some of the newer "take-offs."

Somehow we have become the place that collects these e-mails.


This is how it works.  It generally is some "inside" problem, a husband has died or someone has money from a corrupt government. Often

they are “very Christian” and “honest,” others appeal to your sympathy to their plight or problem: death in family, money

about to be claimed by the government as there are no

relatives.  They need your help.  They can wire the money, but they need a bank, most often a certain bank.


The most common thread is offering a "finder's fee."  Often it is a percentage, sometimes it is a specific dollar amount.


 Now here is the how the scam works. Since you are opening this account, they tell you need to start with a specific dollar amount, often it is $10,000, and depends on what they think you can afford, as they explain the account needs to look legitimate.  They will tell you why you should not put in a few hundred dollars, saying when they transfer this amount of money, it will raise attention.  You need to let it

sit in the bank for a specific time so it registers as a balance.

The bank account has both your signatures, for them to deposit

and you to receive, but guess what, they can also withdraw.


Those who have fallen victim to the fraud are encouraged to contact the Specialist Crime OCU Fraud Squad by e-mail at


Readers have been sending in the new variations, which began to

occur from other African countries, not just Nigeria, then to Saudi

Arabi, Iraq, and even the Philippines.  We have over several thousand different letters in our collection:


Dear Sir,


I am the confidant of the ex-president of the Philippines (Mr. Estrada) who was removed from power as you may know. He has secretly informed me to contact you and to liase with you to invest the sum of $21M (Twenty one million dollars) which he deposited in a bank during his tenure.


Now the procedures are that you will be given the contact of the bank so that you will contact them to open an account online account where the money will be transferred into from his account since he can not come out in the open to use this money. After you open this account, I will order the bank in a written form to transfer the money into your own Bank account after which you can then transfer


it to some other account in your place for sharing.


Upon request by you I can send to you the certificate of deposit of this

amount for your assurance. We are willing to concede up to 25% of the total sum to you for all the anticipated help from you hoping that it will cover all your expenditures before and after the transaction.


However, we will desire that you will help us invest our share till we will be free to meet you up in your country for further talks, Please if this proposal is Ok by you, please write me back via this address so that I can give you all informations.


Best Regards.


Malupa fredrick




Dear Friend,

I am Benson Bristol a solicitor at law. I am the personal Attorney to Mr
 Emmanuel Amstrong, a foreign nationale that lived and worked in Nigeria.However
my client Mr Emmanuel Amstrong on the 30st of june 2002,was involved in a
car accident along Sagama Express road. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately
lost there lives. I contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and
property left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared
serviceable by the bank where this huge deposits was lodged. Particularly,

DIAMOND BANK of Nigeria (PLC ) where the deceased had an account valued at about
USD$25 million dollars.

After notification of the death of the deceased has issued me a notice to
provide the next of kin or have the account confiscated within the next
45 days .Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives since
all this while tll now, that’s why I seek your consent to purport you as
the next of kin of the deceased so that the proceeds of this account valued
at USD$25 million dollars can be paid to you. If you agree we can discuss
the percentage you will have as compensation on your involvement. I have
all necessary legal papers that can be used to back up the facts and claim
of the Fund .

All I require from your is totally honest, co-operation and Sincerity to
enable us see this deal to the successfully end. I guarantee that this will
be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any
breach of the law.

We await your response.
Best regards,
Benson Bristol esq.

















CAPT.MAC NUEL ( leader).






>From Mrs Elizabeth tolbert
Abidjan, Ivory-Coast

My dear Partner,

I am Mrs Elizabeth Tolbert, the wife of Late Dr. Kone Tolbert, a former
Director General in the Ministry Of Health in Liberia (West-frica).  Without
taking much of your time, I would wish to inform you that my Late  husband
was a top government official within the ranks of President Charles Taylor?s
government in Liberia.He was brutally murdered by President Charles  Taylor?s
killer squad team on a frame-up charge that he joined hand in
attempting to overthrow the government of President Taylor when the President
was attending a peace talk mission in.Accra Ghana).

While in detention in the military camp in the capital city(Monrovia), before
he was ubsequently killed, he disclosed to me that he has deposited the
sum of $13,700. 000 USD(Thirteen million seven hundred United States Dollars)
in a disclosed security and finance deposit firm in Abidjan, Ivory-Coast,
a neighubouring country to Liberia. That in the wake of his death, I should
proceed to the finance deposit  firm to identify myself as the beneficiary
of the money, with certificate of proof as the beneficiary of the money. With
the assistance of our family Attorney,

I have been able to trace the security firm, and the officials confirmed
that my late husband(Dr. Kone Tolbert) deposited a consignment in the security
firm which he disclosed to them that the contents are mere FAMILY  TREASURES.
I am by virtue of this sudden development seeking your assistance to help
me in moving this money to your country for our future investment. I hold
you on the highest esteem that I will not be disappointed when this  money
eventually gets to your custody. I have the confidence of investing the
whole money into any lucrative business in your country based on her economic
and political stability. Without mincing words, you stand to play the role of
a  principal partner in any investment to be carried out with the money,
together with some amount of percentage to be agreed upon as soon as I receive a positive reply from you. The percentage will be your reward for all your
moral  and financial assistance during the period of moving the money to
your  country. You are therefore requested to furnish me through my e-mail
address declaring your willingness to assist me in this venture. Waiting
for a very quick response from you. Have a nice time and God bless you.

Best Regards,

Mrs Elizabeth Tolbert.




Dear Friend,
I got your contact in searching for a reliable and trust worthy person to
handle risk free transaction.
I am Mr. David Larson account Manager of United Bank International (UBI)Switzerland.
I have urgent and very confidential business proposition for you. On December
29th 2002, an American contractor with the Government of Switzerland,
Mr. Michael Creek made a numbered time (Fixed) deposited for twelve calendar months, valued at Thirty-five Million dollars ($35million) in my branch.
Upon maturity, I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but
got no reply.
After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract
employers, that Mr. Michael Creek died from an automobile accident. On further
investigation, I found out that he did not leave a WILL and all attempts
to trace his next of kin were fruitless. I therefore made further investigation
and discovered that Mr. Michael Creek did not declare any next of kin in
all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork.
This sum of 35million is still sitting in United Bank International and
the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each
year. No one will come forward to claim it.
According to the laws of the country, at the expiration of 5 (five) years,the
money will revert to the ownership of the Government if nobody applies to
claim the funds. Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you to assist
me fully as foreigner to stand in as the next of kin to Mr.Michael creek
so that the fruits of this old man's labour will not get into
the hands of some corrupt officials. This is simple, I will like you to
provide me immediately with your full names and address so that the attorney
will prepare the necessary documents
and affidavits, which will put you in place as the next of kin.
We shall employ the services of two attorneys for drafting and
notarization of the WILL and obtain the necessary documents and letter of
probate/administration in your favor for the transfer. A bank account in
any part of the world, which you will provide, will then facilitate the
transfer of this money to you as the beneficiary/next of kin. The money
will be paid into
your account for us to share in the ratio of 60% for me and 30% for you
while 10% will be set aside for miscellaneous expenses.
There is no risk involved in this transaction, as every necessary paperwork
for this fund, will be done by the attorney and my position as the Branch
Manager guarantees the successful
execution of this transaction.
Hope this mail will meet your perfect understanding.
Best Regards
Mr. David Larson (GP)





I am Mr.WANG QIN,Bank Manager, Bank of China(Hong Kong) , Qinhuangdao branch,R.O.C.I have urgent and very confidential business proposition for you.

On June 6, 1998, a British Oil consultant/contractor with the Chinese Solid
Minerals Corporation, Mr. Smith Lawrence made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit
for twelve calendar months, valued at US$30,000,000.00 (Thirty Million Dollars)in my branch. Upon maturity, I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract employers, the Chinese Solid Minerals Corporation that Mr. Smith Lawrence died from an automobile accident. On further investigation, I found out that he died without making a WILL, and all attempts to trace his next of kin was! fruitless.

I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr. Smith Lawrence
did not declare any kin or relations in all his official documents, including
his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank. This sum of US$30,000,000.00 is still
sitting in my Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal
sum at the end of each year. No one will ever come forward to claim it.
According to Laws of Republic of China, at the expiration of 6(six) years,
the money will revert to the ownership of the Chinese Government if nobody
applies to claim the fund.

Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand
in as the next of kin to Mr. Smith Lawrence so that the fruits of this old
man's labor will not get into the hands of some corrupt government officials.
This is simple, I will like you to provide immediately your full names and
address so that the attorney will prepare the neces! sary documents  and
affidavits that will put you in place as the next of kin. We shall employ
the services of an attorney for drafting and notarization of the WILL and
to obtain the necessary documents and letter of probate/administration in
your favor for the transfer. A bank account in any part of the world that
you will provide will then facilitate the transfer of this money to you
as the beneficiary/next of kin. The money will be paid into your account
for us to share in the ratio of 90% for me and 10% for you.

There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this transaction will be
done by the attorney and my position as the Branch Manager guarantees the
successful execution of this transaction. If you are interested, please
reply immediately via the private email address above. Upon your response,
I shall then provide you with more details and relevant documents that will
help you understand the transaction. Please send me your confidential
telephone and fax numbers for easy communication.

Please observe utmost confidentiality, and rest assured that this transaction
would be most profitable for both of us because I shall require your assistance
to invest my share in your country.

Awaiting your urgent reply
Thanks and regards,

Mr.Wang Qin



Private email ID:
Good day to you,
I am Deide B., a citizen of the United State of
America and a staff of the United Nations (UN), I know
that this mail will be of great surprise to you. I got
your e-mail address from the Internet as I was
soliciting for a partner who will work with us.
Please, do not see this mail as one of those stories
from some Africans of which I have received such too.
In recent times, there have been conflicts all over
the world especially in the Middle East, which has
been of top concern to the UN. I happen to be one of
the officials assigned to Iraq. I also played a great
part in seeing that Afghanistan is been rebuilt and
that casualties, especially children are well taken
care of. During this period, my partners and I were
able to secure some amount of money amounting to
Thirty Million Five Hundred Thousand United State
Dollars ($30.5M), which was moved to Europe. Moving
this fund was easy because of the connections my
partners had. Now that things have settled, we want to
move the money out of the deposit company where it is
We are contacting you to work with us because we are
civil servants and cannot do it alone. The presence
and participation of a neutral person is needed to
achieve this transaction hence my contacting you. Note
that all the relevant documents will be in place for
this transaction to be hitch free. For your
participation, you will be getting 20% of the total
This transaction will take not more than fourteen (14)
banking/working days to be finalized from the day of
commencement. Treat with to secrecy, as we will not
want a blackmail or media scandal. You are the only
person I contacted for this transaction and will hope
to get your reply ASAP for further correspondence via
my Private email ID:
Yours faithfully,
Deide B. (MRS).



Dear, Friend.

My proposal to you will be very surprising, as we have not had any Personal contact before. However, I sincerely seek your confidence in this transaction,which I propose to you as a person of transparency, honesty and high caliber.

Let me first start by introducing myself properly to you. My name is Ron Sinclear, I was the Personal Assistance to the    (Haitian) President . I apologize if I have infringed on your privacy. It may interest you to know that the former president of (Haiti) has been fighting serious  war for United  Democracy  for quite some years now, which has been backed (all along) by some foreign powerful countries.

Not quite long ago, the American government ordered  (President, Jean Bertrand Aristed) to leave  (Haiti) or be forced out of power by a Rabel force. Knowing fully well the capabilities of America and other powerful members of the United Nations, (President Aristed) decided,a nd left the seat of power  into exile in South Africa country to seek asylum. now a new government is in place .
In the light of all these sad happenings, there was this deposit he made with a Security Company in Europe in year May 2001 ,this took place while he was still in power as the president of Haiti, through my aid, his Personal Assistant, (Ron Sinclear) and some loyalist, he succeeded to secretly move the sum of ($9.5M USD) (NINE MILLION,FIVE HUNDERED THOUSAND, UNITED STATES DOLLARS] to a private security company vault in Europe. Now, we need your services as  a highly reliable foreigner to receive the funds into your bank account for the future survival of my family because he (Aristed)  cannot presently operate any foreign bank account in his name. These funds (US$9.5m USD.) arose from various money i received from the sales of diamonds deals, i had with ( President Charles Taylor) of Liberia, which are abound in great quantity around the coastal areas of  liberia. 

I have decided that if you are able assist us,you shall be compensated with 25% commission of the funds, 5% of this money shall be set aside to take care of any local or foreign expenses that might be incurred along the line. My family will have the remaining 75% of the funds. It might also interest you to note that all security arrangements regarding this  transaction has been put in place, therefore,you have nothing whatsoever to fear or worry about, as every arrangement will be co-handled by you and my former Personal Assistant (Ron Sinclear) who is now presentely in Europe The Netherlands for possible conclusion of this arrangement.

Most part of this share (70%) for my family will also be invested in a lucrative business courtesy of your full advice, assistance and connections because that is the most importat part of this transaction. As you indicate interest to assist my family,please kindly send to us your telephone/fax numbers for further discussion and clarification.I will be expecting to receive your urgent response for us to proceed to more details on .this pending transaction. 

God bless you as you respond promptly via Email:
Best regards,

Ron Sinclear.




Dear Sir,

With a very desperate need for assistance, I have summed up courage to
contact you.

I am an army Sgt. from Fort Hood Tx. now serving with the third infantry
contingent mission stationed in Iraq,  I actually found your contact
particulars in a business journal.

I am seeking your experience and assistance to evacuate the sum of £13.5
million pounds sterlings  to the USA or any safe country.
This is no stolen funds, and there are no risks involved.
During the second  month of the raid here in Iraq, Myself and a few other
soldiers while conducting a routine search in a location near one of
Saddam,s old palaces, uncovered large sums of money buried in barrels with piles
of weapons and ammunitions, we  agreed not to turn over the cash,  and so
shared it amongst ourselves, although this was kind of illegal, but there
is no kind of compensation that can make up for the risks we have taken
with our lives in this hell hole.

I was given the sum of £13.5 million pounds sterlings as my own share, and
had nowhere to conceal such bulk monies here, so  had to employ the services
of a broker, a British national, introduced to me by a German contact,
the said  broker facilitated the movement of the funds to a safer location
entirely out of Iraq, and would assist you to get the funds to safety.

What he knows is that the funds belongs to an Asian American who died in
the war, and trusted me to turn in the money to his family, thats all.

One passionate appeal I will make to you is not to discuss this matter with
any third party, should you have reasons to reject this offer, please
destroy this mail, as any spillage of this information will be too bad for us.
I do not know for how long we will remain here, and I have survived 2
suicide bomb attacks by the whiskers, hence my resolve to contact somebody to help

It maybe difficult for us to communicate frequently for security reasons,
hence as soon as I am sure you are willing to help, I will link you up with
the broker, who will work with you to get the money into your care.
We will also discuss your price when it is convenient to do so.

In the meantime, please contact me  through  my  email  so we can discuss.








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This Day in American History


    1519 -  Magellan started the first successful circumnavigation of the world.

    1565 -Spaniards capture Fort Caroline, Florida and massacre the French.

    1777- Paoli massacre; American troops surprised in midnight raid

while they slept by overwhelming British troops.

    1797- US frigate Constitution (Old Ironsides) launched in Boston
    1830 -First National Black convention meets .Philadelphia, Pa.

    1845-the Adirondack Tornado traveled on a 275 mile long track starting as a waterspout over Lake Ontario and then traveling as a tornado through New York State to exit as a waterspout again on Lake Champlain. The tree fall in the forest is still discernible

    1850-Washington, DC—One of the provisions of the Compromise Act of 1850 abolished

the slave trade in the country’s capital.

    1854-Otis opens his factory to produce freight elevators.

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    1863-After disastrous moves by Union General William Starke Rosecrans, a career officer, Confederate forces appeared to be carrying the third day at the Battle of Chickamauga in Tennessee. With Rosecrans in flight to Chattanooga, Union General Henry Thomas and his men held their

position and repeatedly turned back a series of Southern attacks until being reinforced.  Thomas’s

actions saved the Union forces from a complete rout and earned him the nickname, “ Rock of Chickamauga.”  Rosecrans was relieved of his command.

    1873-To avoid Financial Panic, it was announced the Stock Market would close for ten days. For the first time in its history, the New York Stock Exchange was forced to close because of a banking crisis. Although the worst of the panic and crisis was over within a week, the psychological effect on businessmen, investors and the nation at large was more lasting during.

    1878- Birthday of Upton Sinclair, American novelist and politician born at Baltimore, MD. He worked for political and social reforms, and his best-known novel, The Jungle, prompted one of the nation’s first pure food laws. Died at Bound Brook, NJ, Nov 25, 1968.

    1884- the Equal Rights Party was formed at San Francisco, CA. Its candidate for president, nominated in convention, was Mrs. Belva Lockwood. The vice presidential candidate was Marietta Stow.

    1885-Birthday of composer/singer/piano player Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton. He claimed

to have “invented” jazz music.  Many historians say he was not bragging when he

made the claim.

   “If you want my fricassee, you’re going to have to chase me


    If you want my jelly roll, you’re going to have to treat me better

    Here’s a nickel,  send the boy down for another bucket of beer.”

    1879- US President US Grant comes to SF for elaborate extended visit

    1916- Anniversary of first meeting of National Research Council, at New York, NY. Formed at request of President Woodrow Wilson for”.., encouraging the investigation of natural phenomena. .. “for American business and national security.

    1920- trumpeter Joe Guy born.

    1934-Birthday of  Sophia Loren, Italian-American actor of great earthy beauty and outstanding acting ability. She won Academy Award for her work in Women (1961) and was nominated for her work in Marriage Italian Style (1964). She got her start in Italian movies as a sex-kitten, developed into a strong actor, and aged into a role model.  In 1991, she was awarded an honorary Oscar for her outstanding career. Her Italian comedies, especially Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (1963) show her great versatility.

    1940- Claude Thornhill Band cuts first records in Hollywood, 1940.  Gil Evans joins

him next year, and some plays in his band included Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Lee Konitz, Gerry Mulligan, and many other post bop modernists.

    1945 --  Rocket scientist Von Braun arrives in the U.S.A. under the auspices of "Operation Paperclip" — a program that was supposed to exclude Nazis, but in fact became a cover for "rehabilitating" them. His dossier was rewritten so he didn't appear to have been an ardent Nazi. See the NASA site for the sanitized Werner.
Operation Paperclip case file

    1946---Top Hits

To Each His Own - Eddy Howard

Five Minutes More - Frank Sinatra

Surrender - Perry Como

Wine, Women and Song - Al Dexter

    1948 - The Four Freshmen, one of the most popular singing groups of the 1950s, got their first gig in Fort Wayne, Indiana. They went on to major success with Capitol Records. Hits included "It’s a Blue World", "Charmaine" and "Love is Just Around the Corner".

    1953- “The Loretta Young Show, “NBC half-hour dramatic anthology series (initially titled “Letter to Loretta”) hosted by and frequently starring Oscar-winning actress Loretta Young. At the beginning of each episode Young would swirl through a door in a spectacular gown. Young garnered two Emmys during the show’s eight-year run. In 1972 it was reported that Young had been awarded $559,000 in a suit against NBC for syndicating reruns of the show without her permission. Young did not want them shown because her clothes and hairstyles in the shows were long out of date by the 70s.

    1954---Top Hits

Sh-Boom - The Crew Cuts

Skokiaan - The Four Lads

The High and the Mighty - Les Baxter

I Don’t Hurt Anymore - Hank Snow

    1954- First FORTRAN computer program run.

    1955- “The Phil Silvers Show” premiered. This popular half-hour sitcom starred Phil Silvers as Sergeant Ernie Bilko, a scheming but good-natured con man whose schemes rarely worked out. Guest stars included Fred Gwynne, Margaret Hamilton, Dick Van Dyke and Alan Alda in his first major TV role. The character of Sergeant Bilko was featured in a movie of the same title in the mid-90s.

    1957- “The Thin Man, “ the famous crime-solving duo of Nick and Nora was brought to TV after appearing in a novel by Dashiell Hammett ( whom my son was named after ) and a film series. This half-hour crime series featured Peter Lawford as Nick Charles, a former private eye who still engaged in it for fun, and Phyllis Kirk as his wife and partner Nora. Jack Albertson played Lieutenant Harry Evans, and their pet dog Asta was played by Asta.

    1957-“ M Squad” premiere on television.  My father Lawrence Menkin wrote

many episodes. This half-hour crime series had a catchy theme song composed by Count Basie and Lee Marvin ( who lived down the street from us ) as Lieutenant Frank Ballinger, a Chicago cop assigned to a unit that investigates murders (the M Squad). Paul Newlan played his supervisor Captain Grey. In one episode, “The Teacher” (1959), Burt Reynolds played one of his first major roles.


    1961- Roger Maris hits home run # 59 & barely misses # 60 in game 154 of the season. Yanks clinch pennant #26.

    1962---Top Hits

Sheila - Tommy Roe

Ramblin’ Rose - Nat King Cole

Green Onions - Booker T. & The MG’s

Devil Woman - Marty Robbins

    1967-Hurricane Beulah struck south Texas with gusts to 136 mph near Brownsville. The storm was a slow mover and Pettus, TX had 27.38 inches. The hurricane also spawned 115 tornadoes in south Texas, the greatest ever for a hurricane. 13 people perished and damage was set at $200 million

    1968-Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees hit the final home run of his career against Jim Longborg of the Boston Red Sox. Mantle finished with 536 homes.


    1969 - "Sugar, Sugar", by the Archies, hit number one in "Billboard". The Archies sat at the top of the hit heap for four weeks.. The pop group never actually existed, as it was based on the popular comic strip. Two studio singers did all the vocals. Sugar, Sugar sold over 3 million copies, and according to Billboard, was the top-selling single for the year.

    1970---Top Hits

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough - Diana Ross

Lookin’ Out My Back Door/Long as I Can See the Light - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Patches - Clarence Carter

For the Good Times - Ray Price

    1973- Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in the nationally televised “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match in three straight sets.

    1976 -Playboy releases Jimmy Carter's interview that he lusts for women.

    1977- “Lou Grant” premiered . This hour-long dramatic series was a spin-off of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” Ed Asner reprised his role as newspaper editor Lou Grant, now a city editor for the Los Angeles Tribune. The show tackled many serious issues, including child abuse, gun control and the plight of Vietnamese refugees. The cast included Mason Adams, Nancy Marchand, Jack Bannon, Robert Walden, Daryl Anderson, Rebecca Balding, Linda Kelsey, Allen Williams and EmHio Delgado. This series was an unusual spin-off because it was the first time a character left a sitcom to headline a drama.

    1978---Top Hits

Boogie Oogie Oogie - A Taste of Honey

Three Times a Lady - Commodores

Hot Blooded - Foreigner

I’ve Always Been Crazy - Waylon Jennings

    1980-Billy Joel's "Don't Ask Me Why" peaks at #19 on the singles chart while Peter Gabriel's "Games Without Frontiers" peaks at #48, The Kinks' "Lola" re-enters the chart and peaks at #81; Bob Seger's "You'll Accomp'ny Me" peaks at #14 and Pete Townshend's "Let My Love Open The Door" peaks at #9

    1982-Joan Jett and the Blackhearts' "I Love Rock and Roll" is certified platinum. The hit is the title track from Jett's second album with the Blackhearts.

    1983 - The temperature at West Yellowstone MT plunged to six degrees below zero, while the temperature at San Francisco CA soared to 94 degrees.

    1984-“The Cosby Show” Premiers on Television.  The Emmy Award-winning comedy set in New York City revolved around the members of the Huxtable family. Father Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable was played by Bill Cosby, his wife Clair, an attorney, was played by Phylicia Rashan. Their four daughters were played by Sabrina Le Beauf(Sondra), Lisa Bonet ( Denise) Tempest Bledsoe( Vanessa) and Keshia Knight Pulliam (Rudy)(.  Malcolm-Jamar Warner played son Teheo. By the end of the series in 1992.The two oldest daughters had finished college and were married. “A Different World” was a spin-o0ff set at historical-black Hillman College where Denise was a student.

    1982-Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker's "Southern Accents" LP is certified platinum.

    1986 - The number one pop hit in the U.S. was "Stuck With You", by Huey Lewis & The News. The song, from the multi-platinum album "Fore!", was stuck at #1 for three weeks.

    1986---Top Hits

Stuck with You - Huey Lewis & The News

Dancing on the Ceiling - Lionel Richie

Friends and Lovers - Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson

Got My Heart Set on You - John Conlee

    1988 -Red Sox Wade Boggs becomes first player in this century to get 200 hits in six consecutive years.

    1994---Top Hits

I ll Make Love To You- Boyz II Men

Stay (I Missed You) (From "Reality Bites")- Lisa Loeb

Endless Love- Luther Vandross

When Can I See You-Babyface

    1995 - AT&T announced that it would be splitting into three companies: today’s AT&T (communication services); Lucent Technologies (systems and technology communications products); and NCR Corp. (computer business).

    1996 - The hit comedy film, The First Wives Club, starring Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, Diane Keaton, Dame Maggie Smith, and Sarah Jessica Parker, opened in United States theaters.

    1998- Cal Ripken's streak ends at 2,632 consecutive games as he does not appear in the lineup for the first time since May 29,1982.

    1999---Top Hits

Unpretty- TLC

She s All I Ever Had- Ricky Martin

Bailamos- Enrique Iglesias

Genie In A Bottle- Christina Aguilera

    2003- When Marcus Giles sends Brad Penny's 3-2 pitch into the stands, the Braves tie the National League record by having six players to hit at least 20 home runs in season. Along with the Atlana's second baseman , Javy Lopez, Gary Sheffield, Andruw Jones, Chipper Jones and Vinny Castilla equals the mark established by Eddie Mathews (32), Hank Aaron (32), Joe Torre (27), Felipe Alou (23) Mack Jones (31) and Gene Oliver (21) of the 1965 Milwaukee Braves.

    2003---Top Hits

Shake Ya Tailfeather- Nelly, P. Diddy & Murphy Lee

Baby Boy- Beyonce Featuring Sean Paul

Right Thurr- Chingy

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Get Low- Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz Featuring Ying Yang Twins







Baseball Poem


Barry Bonds Hits his 700th Home Run


   by Kit Menkin



He swaggered to the plate,

 like Elvis Presley going on stage

Joe Louis entering the ring,

  Taking care of business


The fans knew he would hit 700---

 They stood as the Giants were leading

in the first inning

  But the Pitcher hit Bonds in the chest


He shrugged it off,

 like Elvis Presley going on stage,

Walking to first base,

  Knowing he would score a run.


The field was more lit up than Las Vegas,

  Bright, surreal, as if this was a movie set,

The players moving in slow motion

  as the pitcher tried to take control.


The third inning the fans stood up again,

  This time the ball came in for a strike,

as the pitcher had the guts with a fast ball,

  It happened so fast.


Bonds swung in stride,

  Moving in this baseball ballet,

Knowing the ball was his,

  Taking care of business.


He ran the bases,

 Went back to the dug out,

as the crowd went wild,

699 was changed to 700,

 a new “legend” sign was revealed.


He did not come out again,

  until the new inning

Walking to the right field,

  next to the new “legend” banner.


He threw the ball several times

  to the coach on the side line,

As the crowd continued to roar,

  camera flash lights from the stadium.


  He popped out the next time,

almost as if he swung too soon.

  His run to first was fast than slow

as he watched the ball tell him no.


He came up to bat one more time,

  Determined, seemingly angry,

Ready to make up for the last time,

  It wasn’t a swagger.


Don’t treat me this way,

 I’m going to hit it far,

Two strikes and he swung so hard,

  if he had connected,

It would have gone to Treasure Island,

  The swing had so much power,

You could feel it in the stands.


  Afterwards he was happy,

His team won Four to One;

  on Saturday he hit 701

Taking care of business.



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