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Operations Manager

Coordinates lease process from inception through pay off. 3+ years proven leasing account management exper.
For more info, click here

Equipment financing for small business.

Friday, September 22, 2006


Correction: “Who's Pays What?”
    Classified Ads---Credit
        Sterling to Divest Financial Services
Dell Up For Delisting NASDAQ
    Outside Sales “Broker-Vendor” List
        Teichman to Cover ELA Conference
Classified Ads---Help Wanted
    Super "Broker/Lessor" List
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Feds Fund Rate Unchanged
    Placard---If today were
    Shame on the S.F. Bay Area Council
Kingsbridge Turning Heads?
    Decision Systems LeaseEnterprise
        Alta:Fabio Cosimetti in Italy
Harold Marshall MeriCap Credit Brd
    Dan Feder Top 40 San Diego Biz
        Mitsui to Acquire Locomotive Leasing
Butler launches Web site 4 brokers
    National Foundation Credit Counseling
        News Briefs---
"Gimme that Wine"
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Today's Top Event in History
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Correction: “Who's Pays What?”

For technical reasons, the questionnaire following Linda Kester's

“Who Pays What?” column for Sales makes it Happen did not open in the last edition. We were able to correct it on line, but many may have missed it if they read the edition early in the morning.

It is repeated here for those who may have missed it.



Classified Ads---Credit

Isenhower Cellars, Walla Walla, Washington

Atlanta, GA
10 yrs experience in credit/collections/recovery/documentation in the leasing industry. P&L responsibility, team builder & strong portfolio mgnt skills.

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.

Corona, CA
VP credit Consumer Credit prime/sub prime Auto lending/leasing/mortgages. 20+yrs exp. If you are looking for someone to affect the bottom line I am that person. Will relocate.

Fort Lee NJ
3 Years Experience credit/documentation. Looking in NJ/NY.

Irvine, CA
I have over 16 years of Credit/Collection experience in the finance industry. Prompt results, extremely effective and knowledgeable, professional, excellent manager and team player.

Los Angeles, CA
Over 15 years experience in Credit/Operations with Small Ticket and transactions up to $500,000.00. CLP, with excellent relationships with most major lenders.

New Jersey, NJ
Credit Analyst with 10+ years experience in small-ticket lending up to $500,000. Experience with both vendor-direct and with brokers.

New York, NY
V.P. Credit & Collections w/23 years exp.looking for a situation where I can utilize my varied & extensive knowledge of credit/collections/risk-management & leasing .

Sausalito, CA
Sr. Corp. officer, presently serving as consultant, fin. service background, M&A, fund raising, great workout expertise, references

Orange, CA
Credit/Operations-15 years exper., looking for a new home. Have handled both middle/ large ticket transaction, plus muni & international finance.

Senior Credit Officer
experienced in middle-market leasing ; structured, vendor and 3rd party to the fortune 1000. Proactive team builder, originations capable with strong work ethic.

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Sterling Bancorp to Divest Sterling Financial Services

Asset Sale of Unit Allows Company to Redeploy Resources into Higher Performing Opportunities and Build on Core Businesses

NEW YORK, -- Sterling Bancorp (NYSE: STL - News), a financial holding company and the parent of Sterling National Bank, announced that it has entered into agreements to sell for cash the business conducted by Sterling Financial Services Company, Inc., which includes a loan portfolio of approximately $132 million. The divestiture, which is subject to the satisfaction of closing conditions, is anticipated to be completed by year-end. The Company expects to record a one-time charge relating to the transaction against income in the third quarter of 2006. The Company estimates that the net after-tax effect of the one-time charge relating to the sale will amount to approximately $8.5 million and will be partially offset by the after-tax income from continuing operations, thereby resulting in a net loss for the third quarter of 2006.

"Over the past several years, we have pursued a number of strategic initiatives to build on our core banking franchise and to simplify and align our business model within an evolving business environment," said Louis J. Cappelli, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sterling Bancorp.

"We believe this transaction will allow us to increase liquidity and redeploy resources into businesses with greater opportunities for growth, lower the cost of funds, continue share repurchases and reduce operating expenses. A changing, increasingly competitive marketplace and increased compliance and regulatory requirements make this the right decision for the Company and our shareholders. We believe this divesture will have a positive impact on future earnings, profitability, asset quality and capital ratios. Moreover, we expect that the benefits of this transaction will fully offset the charge to be recognized in the current quarter within a reasonable timeframe."

About Sterling Bancorp

Sterling Bancorp (NYSE: STL - News) is a financial holding company with assets of $2.0 billion, offering a broad array of banking and financial services products. Its principal banking subsidiary is Sterling National Bank, founded in 1929. Sterling provides a wide range of products and services, including business and consumer loans, commercial and residential mortgage lending and brokerage, asset-based financing, factoring and accounts receivable management, trade financing, equipment leasing, corporate and consumer deposit services, trust and estate administration, and investment management services. The Company has operations in New York, New Jersey, Virginia and North Carolina and conducts business throughout the U.S.


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Dell Up For Delisting

By Clint Boulton

UPDATED: Exploding laptops, delayed financials, and delayed desktops: Dell has seen better days.

The computer maker said on Thursday it received a delisting warning from the Nasdaq stock market because it missed its second quarter earnings filing.

Dell, whose founder and chairman Michael Dell said at a technology launch last Tuesday that he expected such a letter from the stock market, said it will request a meeting with the Nasdaq listing qualifications panel to work out the issue.

Dell said its shares will remain listed on the Nasdaq pending a decision by the panel.

Publicly traded companies need to hold regular quarterly financial earnings disclosures to comply with marketplace rules; failure to do so can result in a delisting.

Dell was originally supposed to file a Form 10-Q to the Nasdaq for Aug. 4 and announce second-quarter earnings on Aug. 17.

But the company has delayed them due to an ongoing investigation into its accounting practices by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Dell, whose board triggered an independent investigation by its audit committee, said the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York made a similar request for information as the SEC, subpoenaing documents related to the company's financial reporting from 2002 to now.

The company said it will file a report on its findings as soon as possible.

Michael Dell reaffirmed that fact at the Sept. 12 technology event, where the company unveiled power-saving and AMD Opteron PCs.

Dell is also busy on the enterprise front; yesterday the vendor teamed with Symantec on Secure Exchange, a package of Dell servers running Symantec's security software designed for medium-sized businesses with 500 to 2000 seats of Microsoft's Exchange Server.

But for every positive announcement, Dell seems to have a negative one, of late.

Just days before missing its Q2 financial report in August, the company recalled 4.1 million notebook batteries manufactured between 2004 and 2006 after some of the laptops the batteries were in caught fire.

Today, the Wall Street Journal profiled consumer outrage over delivery delays and missing features in the company's XPS 700 desktop.


Please send to a colleague as we are trying to build our readership.



Outside Sales “Broker-Vendor” List up-dated

These companies completed the questionnaire and were added to the list:

BSB Leasing, Inc . pays brokers up to 15% commission on app only business from $5,000 $100,000.

BSB Leasing, Inc . pays up to 8% on its"Thin to Win" rates that provide brokers with a lower cost of funds when they need a lower rate to be competitive.


$10,000 - $25,000 - UP TO 8 POINTS
$25,001 - $50,000 - UP TO 7 POINTS
$50,001 - $75,000 - UP TO 6 POINTS
$75,001 - $100,000 - UP TO 5 POINTS
$100,001 - $250,000 - UP TO 4 POINTS



Outside Sales Commissions--Broker + Vendor

Leasing Companies
Balboa Capital (d)
- Commercial Deals $100,000+
Bank of the West (a)
- $50,000                        
- $100,00                                  
- $250,00          
- Over $250,00    
BSB Leassing
- up to $100,000                                  
- "thin to win"                                  
Cannon Financial
Citi Capital
Dolsen Leasing Company (e)
- $10,000 - $25,000                                  
- $25,001 - $50,000                                  
- $50,001 - $75,000                                  
- $75,001 - $100,000                                  
- $100,001 - $250,000                                  
Financial Pacific
- Under 2 years in business                                  
- Over 2 years in business                                  
GE Capital
Great America
Main Street
- $5K-100K                                  
- over $100K                                  
Marlin Leasing
- Vendor Side                                  
- Broker Side (b)                                  
Pawnee Leasing (c)
Vanguard Leasing, Inc.
- 10K-50K                                  
- 50K-100K                                  
- Municipal Deals in General                                  
Leasing Companies
(a) Bank of the West - (Discounters: Max incl. first + last)
(b) Marlin Leasing - May split any overage
(c) Pawnee Leasing - (Sales Tax not included)
(d) Balboa: Over $100,000 is considered Commercial. We do not pay a vendor any fees. We no longer have a Muni sales channel. Our outside commissions are limited to brokers. If a referral source, CPA or attorney, refers a transaction to a sales rep they have some flexibility to comp them but based on the reports I see that is rare.
(e) Vendor direct same as broker
Please use this form to submit any other companies and/or points to our list.



Teichman to Cover ELA Conference

Equipment Leasing Association Annual Conference

45th Annual Convention
October 22-24
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
Palm Desert, CA

It is the first convention that former president Mike Fleming, CAE, will not be attending (according to a source at the Alta Group.) It is the first conference for the new president Kenneth Bentsen, Jr. It is a major "changing of the guard" in a time of great FASB turmoil, corporate board room ethics, and both the growth of captive lessors, community banks and industrial banks entering the equipment leasing fray.

This certainly will be a major convention, and for the first time, Leasing News has assigned a reporter to cover it, arranging for his registration, lodging and expenses: Bob Teichman, CLP, chairman of the Leasing News Advisory Board.

Both JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa and the Rancho Las Palmas Resort are now SOLD OUT.

Two nearby hotels do have availability. Attendees still needing a hotel room should call one of the following two locations:

Courtyard by Marriott
74895 Frank Sinatra Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92211

Residence Inn
38305 Cook Street
Palm Desert, CA 92211

The two additional hotels may be sold out soon as this is a very important convention.

Flights to the Palm Springs Airport are most likely booked, so you may have to fly into Orange County ( John Wayne Airport) or Ontario (one hour drive )or Los Angeles International Airport and drive (one and half to two hours.)

You will love the weather the end of October. Bring your golf clubs. Great restaurants in the entire area, too.

Registration and all information about the Annual Convention are now available on-line at

October 12:

Last day for receipt of mail-in registrations. After this date, individuals should register or make substitutions on site.

Last day to cancel and receive a partial refund.

At this time, individuals registering before October 12 will be included on the final list of attendees handed out on site.

Attendance List Today:



Classified Ads---Help Wanted

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Operations Manager

Operations Manager

Coordinates lease process from inception through pay off. 3+ years proven leasing account management exper.
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Super "Broker/Lessor" List

( for funders specializing in “Story Credits, “ please click here
for Broker/Lessors List "A," please click here, for list "B," pleae click here,
for Captive Lessor list, click here.

for Funder List "A," please click here, for Funder List "B," please click here )

There is no advertising fee or charge for a listing. They are “free.” Leasing News makes no endorsement of any of the companies listed, except they have qualified to be on this specific list.

For those who want to be listed on this form, please fill out Super "Broker/Lessors" Form
and fax to 408-374-3843
or you may e-mail to:

Leasing Associations: All non-profit leasing associations are abbreviated. To see the full name and learn more about the association, please click here.

Business Reports: Companies listed may make any netiquette comment about their company or reports or other information in the footnote section of their listing. Leasing News recommends readers also view the footnote as well as the section itself or searching reports on the business.

It also should be noted that if a BBB report listing is found by a reader, as there may not have been one when this was last up-dated, please send the link to so Leasing News may up-date this section.

BBB - Better Business Report | CBB - Leasing News Complaint Bulletin Board
| CNI - Current News Information

A -Requires Broker be Licensed | B -Sub-Broker Program | C -Warehouse Line | D -Also a Funder

N/R (not reported)
* (no response---these listing do not come from the company directly, but from our research from many sources. It is our policy not to put anything in this section without confirmation.)

In Business Since
Leasing Association
Business Reports
BSB Leasing, Inc.
Bruce Zwillinger, Vice President
800.945.3372 ext. 306
Application only up to $150,000
Quail Capital Corp
Mohammed Ahsan
888-44Quail X23

$10,000 to $10 million, App only $100K

LPI Healthcare Financial Services, Inc.
(primarily loans, not leases)
Kurt Hess
770-579-2900 ext. 11
$15,000.00 up to $800,000.00
Affiliated Investment Group, Inc.
("Although the company was established in 1991, it has been inactive until recently and is the proud continutation of the 20 year history of Affliated Corporate Services, Inc. Known as “The Flexible Funding Source,”actually since 1991 worked under trade style of Affiliated Corporate Services.")
Jim Lahti , CLP
PH: 512-336-7335
FAX: 512-336-7336

$25,000 min., with no max.

"Ap only" program $25,000 - $75,000

Leasing Solutions, LLC
Steve Geller, CLP
$20,000 to $2MM
  * * * *

N/R (not reported)
* (no response---these listing do not come from the company directly, but from our research from many sources. It is our policy not to put anything in this section without confirmation.)

(A) BSB Leasing, Inc has been providing syndication services for brokers nationwide since 1982 and have been funding business directly since 2002 through BSB Direct Finance, LLC. We offer Brokers a complete internet solution for credit submission and tracking and document preparation.

BSB will fund up to $75,000 App Only on our direct line under BSB Direct Finance, LLC and we now offer App Only up to $150,000 through BSB Syndication (our house syndication group

Broker Qualify - Please Call or see application on-line at

(B) Affiliated Investment Group, Inc. is the proud continuation of over 20 years of serving the broker community. We are a balance sheet, cash flow, credit lender. The primary question on every transaction is "what is the likelihood of being paid back". Our motto is "any equipment, for any Lessee, anywhere in the country". Also known as "The Flexible Funding Source" as we look at a deal with the philosophy of "what's right" about it "how can we make it work". We have significant sources of funds from A to C+ credits.
Broker Qualify - Yes

(C) Quail Capital specializes in large structured and complex transactions. Mohammed Ahsan began his days at Westinghouse Credit (then Atlantic Federal, Mitsubishi Bank, Bank of CA, First Sierra) funding transactions. He has been in the leasing industry for 25 + years. His partner Jeff Rudin has over 27 years. In addition to equipment leasing, Quail Capital is also involved in Asset Based Lending, Franchise Funding, International Finance, Acquisition Finance and Real Estate Secured transactions.
Broker Qualify - Please Call

(D) LPI-HC specializes in Working Capital Loans for new and established medical professionals with our target market being dentists, medical doctors, veterinarians and physical therapists. We also offer Dental Practice Refinancing for established dentists that want to consolidate all their practice debts and improve their cash flow position. "We have the financial solutions to help start and grow a practice with repayment programs designed for medical professionals to manage their money."
Broker Qualify - Please Call


These companies basically function as a "broker," meaning most of their transactions are sent to other leasing companies or funders. The great majority of their transactions are on a “non-recourse” basis. They may have a “warehouse” line for “housing” a lease transaction or making payments in advance, or building a portfolio to sell, and they also may “keep” leases for their own “in house” portfolio. They are classified as a “Super Broker” because the great majority do not directly “service” accounts, but “sell” the transaction to another. Their intention it not to act as a “funder,” although they may present themselves as one, but to “sell” to another.

An additional description: the majority of their business comes from others, who are acting as a “broker.” These “deals” may come from an independent, a “company,” or even a “lessor” or “funder.”

Most are very experienced in the leasing industry and well-known.

In relation to the rest of the industry categories, this is the smallest. You will only find the “elite” listed here. To date, Leasing News has turned down eight who have requested to be listed due to not having a “satisfactory” Better Business Bureau report (this does not include those listed on the Leasing News Bulletin Board Complaint who have not applied to date.)

It is Leasing News experience that most “advance rentals” or “deposits” have been kept primarily by those acting as “super brokers,” particularly with “tougher” credits or equipment situations.

Their source of business is varied, meaning both new and experienced brokers will come to them because they may not have the "volume" for the source the "super broker" may have; they may be have sufficent years in the leasing business to qualify for many sources: they may be looking for a better rate than their regular sources, or the transaction was originated by another broker and they need to acknowledge that the transaction comes from another broker, called "sub broker," in the trade (most funders will not accept business from that has been “re-brokered.” .” As important, the sender may not have a regular source for the specific transaction they want to place, such as a young privately held company wanted the lease as “corporate only.”  Both parties also realize the sender may “go direct” or grow to that point or utilize the “Super Broker” as a consultant for new sources.

Most important, the transactions may come from a lessor that wants to satisfy their client, and they have a "minimum" that the transaction does not meet; or perhaps their client is to the maximum amount of exposure for them.

For whatever reason, they come to a "super broker" to place the deal on their behalf.

In the question of sub-broker business, we take for granted that the “super broker” not only has a written agreement with the sub-broker but informs the lessor when submitting an application it has come from a sub-broker. A violation of this will have the company removed from the list.

In addition to the above qualifications, the "Super Broker" must have a "clean" Better Business Bureau rating, no Leasing News Bulletin Board complaints or a poor record, and must belong to a national leasing association, as we view this that they are professional and abide by their association standards and code of ethics.

We also will be verifying warehouse lines or "lessor" lines with their bankers (as done with those on the Story Credit List.)

Leasing News reserves the right not to list any company it believes does not meet the qualifications as stated above.



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Incorporated May 21,2000





Lawrence C. Menkin, Publisher
Christopher Menkin, Executive Editor

Chairman, Advisory Board
Bob Teichman, CLP Teichman Financial Training, Sausalito, CA.
Advisory Board
Bob Baker, CLP. Wildwood Financial Group, Wildwood, MO.
Edward Castagna Nassau Asset Management, Westbury, NY.
Steve Crane, CLP Bank of the West, Walnut Creek, CA.
Phil Dushay Global Financial Services, Manhattan, NY.
Steve Gabriel Porter Novelli-Adv Tech Div, Campbell, CA
Ken Greene, Esq. Larkspur, California
Shawn D. Halladay The Alta Group, Salt Lake City, UT
Theresa M. Kabot, CLP Kabot Commercial Leasing, Seattle, WA.
Robert S. Kieve Empire Bradcasting, San Jose, CA.
Bruce Kropschot Kropschot Financial Services, Vero Beach, FL.
Fred St. Laurent SFBI Recruiters, Atlanta, GA.
Andrew Lea, M.A. McCue Systems, Inc. Burlingame, CA.
Armon L. Mills, CPA San Diego Business Journal, San Diego, CA.
Dan Pulcrano

Metro Newspapers, San Jose, California

Steve Reid, CLP Pacific Capital Bank, Santa Barbara, CA.
Ginny Young Brava Capital, Orange, CA.


Editorial---Shame on the San Francisco Bay Area Council

Shame on the president of the Bay Area Council for applauding HP Chairwoman Dunn's comments about spying on board members and the press after presenting her with a business award. Where are the Bay Area Council's ethics?

This is not a terrorist issue. The idea to plant spies in newspaper press rooms, to obtain telephone records of board members and reporters, to invade their privacy, and more importantly, the Bay Area Council president's endorsement of these business terrorist acts as justified reminds me of the ethics of the Enron board of directors.

Dunn's speech as aired on the local 24 hour KCBS radio news such as she hoped “The Pope would continue” his comments about the Muslim faith, to obviously take the news of HP off the headlines was out of line, as was much of the alleged “humor.”

The attitude that it was correct, whether legal or not, to spy on board members and the press further demonstrates the insensitivity to the issue, despite the applause from the business audience present.

It is not humorous. It is not ethical to spy on board members or the press because you don't like their viewpoint or what they are saying.

The continue lies is not worthy of the founders of Hewett-Packard. And worse of all, for the Bay Area Council to condone, to actually applaud Patricia Dunn's comments at the dinner presentation, is poor business leadership.

Shame on Ms. Dunn and those who applauded her comments at the award dinner.

Christopher Menkin, editor/publisher


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Kingsbridge Holdings Uses Vast Experience to Achieve Early Success

(Chicago, IL) Kingsbridge Holdings LLC, a Chicago-based equipment-leasing group, has recently opened its doors, but is already turning heads.

With over 50 years of experience between them, Co-CEOs John Morand and Dan Flagstad launched the company in April of 2006 and have already acquired $10 million in leases, exceeding expected earnings for the first quarter of the firm's fiscal year. Kingsbridge's immediate success has shown the two that their entrée into the market was well-timed, and not only are Flagstad and Morand not surprised about the early growth of the company, they fully expect to continue growing rapidly.

Dan Flagstad

“We have a great thing going . At this stage to have a backlog of transactions awaiting funding in excess of $20 million speaks volumes ” said Flagstad. Elaborating on the firm's early success, Flagstad explains, “We have tremendous experience on our executive team.

The goal of Kingsbridge is to provide not just financing, but knowledge. That's why we're able to offer better turnaround on quotes, orders and approvals, and, quite simply, better service.”

Morand and Flagstad grew their previous firm from start-up to over $300 Million in revenues and $500 Million in assets in just 14 years. In that time, they also developed a unique style of management, working together as Co-CEOs. Capitalizing on their individual strengths, Morand and Flagstad formed a team of independent, yet equal decision makers. With Kingsbridge, this management structure remains effective.

John Morand

In addition to providing portfolio management and leasing services, Kingsbridge has also established working relationships with several value-added resellers in the technology space, enabling customers to work with Kingsbridge for both acquisition and financing of their equipment.   

Kingsbridge Holdings LLC is a market-leading independent technology and general equipment lessor developing customized lease solutions for large and mid-sized companies in the U.S.   For more information contact Kingsbridge Holdings LLC at: 150 N. Field Drive, Suite 193, Lake Forest, IL 60045, 847-457-4741,


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Newest Version of LeaseEnterprise® From International
Decision Systems, Inc. Now Available for Immediate Download

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – International Decision Systems, Inc. announces Version 5.6 of their LeaseEnterprise® software has been released and is now available for download by current users . It will also serve as the base system for new LeaseEnterprise clients. This release contains a number of updates aimed at advancing the product to better meet customer and market needs.

“We are very excited by the market acceptance of LeaseEnterprise” said Katie Emmel Director of Product Management at International Decision Systems®, “Small and mid-size lessors find the ease of setup, use and maintenance of LeaseEnterprise to be a big advantage, as they don't need to add a technical support staff to manage the product.”

This release brings many anticipated enhancements to the product that add to its value in a finance organization. Functional highlights of the release include:

· Integration with our Rapportâ origination software, allowing automated contract booking directly to LeaseEnterprise from this powerful front-end system.
· Refund security deposits in full or in a stepped manner prior to the end of the lease through the new security deposit restructure capability.
· Coupon Book generation allows you to produce coupon books yourself rather than relying upon costly third-party vendors
· Enhanced discounting (module) options allow you to retain a residual position in a deal in which you sell the stream of payments. This residual position gives you new end-of-lease control with these leases, including the ability to put the lease into renewal.
· A continually updated Data Dictionary explains LeaseEnterprise's data structures in plain English, serving as an invaluable reference when writing reports using third-party tools.

“Many of our current LeaseEnterprise customers are considering adding Rapport to their operations to streamline their origination process” advised Dave Antila, Product Manager for LeaseEnterprise. “This release tightens the integration making it easier to exchange data between the two systems.”

Customers who are currently on Version 5.4 or lower of LeaseEnterprise are encouraged to upgrade by December 1, 2006. They can download this upgrade through a secure login from the International Decision Systems® support website at or they can request to receive the update via CD.

About LeaseEnterprise

LeaseEnterprise is designed to handle lease accounting for companies with smaller portfolios and limited staff, is quickly being adopted by organizations big and small as it is easy to set up and simple to use. LeaseEnterprise is the industry's most intuitive and robust tool for automating lease management without intensive training or technical support. When combined with Rapport software it creates a seamless end-to-end solution enabling you to maximize your operational ROA via streamlined business processes, improved productivity, and better information access. See for yourself how easy LeaseEnterprise is to use by downloading a full-featured 15 day demonstration copy from our website at

About Rapport Software from International Decision Systems

Since its 2002 introduction, Rapport has been selected by more than 35 prominent equipment finance companies driving toward maximum efficiency in lease and loan origination. The built-in Rapport Rules™ engine makes this software solution powerfully adaptable for companies focused on business transformation through streamlined operations. Easily linked to any portfolio management system, including LeaseEnterprise, InfoLease®, or ProFinia™, Rapport enables extensive real-time information access across the organization, including controlled visibility for dealers, vendors, and other partners.

International Decision Systems delivers Rapport with the essential screens, workflow, business rules, and web service connections for credit evaluation. These pre-configured tools promote rapid adoption and beneficial use of the system, and serve as an excellent base for further developing a fully configured, company-specific solution meeting a wide range of business objectives.

About International Decision Systems, Inc.

International Decision Systems is the global leader in developing equipment finance portfolio management software and services. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, International Decision Systems also has offices in London, Sydney, Singapore and Bangalore. International Decision Systems offers the largest and most experienced global consulting, implementation, and technical support teams in the equipment financing industry. For additional information about International Decision Systems, visit or call 1-866-465-9393 or 1-612-851-3200 for the global headquarters.


### Press Release ###########################

Alta strengthens its European presence with
the appointment of Fabio Cosimetti in Italy

London – – The Alta Group announces the appointment of Fabio Cosimetti, as an Associate focussing on the Italian equipment leasing market.

Fabio Cosimetti

Fabio is a specialist in small ticket vendor leasing, and has senior management and consultancy experience with major international firms. He has been closely involved in strategic decisions relating to the acquisition, expansion, restructuring and disposal of businesses and, in addition, he has developed an expert knowledge of regulatory matters, systems, processes and reporting procedures.

He brings over 25 years experience of the Italian leasing market to The Alta Group, as well as broad managerial and consultancy skills. Fabio is a tax expert and chartered accountant who started his career with accountancy firms Price Waterhouse and Deloitte, before joining SIB Spa in 1980.

His first role in SIB was to supervise financial activity, especially in respect of tax, legal compliance and regulatory matters. In 1983 he was made Managing Director of their newly created leasing arm which initially focussed primarily in the automotive sector.

In the following years he expanded the leasing activity across a range of small ticket assets, the success of which led to an approach and eventual takeover by ABB Financial Services in 1998. With a portfolio of small ticket vendor clients including Xerox, the business continued to flourish. In late 2002 the Swedish parent company sold its finance businesses worldwide and the Italian company was acquired by GE. Since 2003 Fabio has been operating as an independent financial consultant to clients, in particular Siemens Financial Services.

He is excited by the opportunities offered by The Alta Group and commented: “The Banks Act of the early 1990's which introduced regulation to the Italian leasing market has limited the number of players in Italy but at the same time has given new opportunities to qualified investors. My wish is to assist such investors to develop their business in Italy”.

Alan Leesmith, Chairman of Alta's Management Committee, said: “We are delighted that Fabio has agreed to join us and add Italy to the growing list of European countries where we have an ‘on the ground' presence. Fabio's hands on experience of building vendor leasing, particularly in small ticket, coupled with his knowledge and expertise in the international M&A arena, very much fit with the two areas where we are seeing current demands in the European market. As a Chartered Accountant and tax expert he brings a sound background on which to advise clients on national and international strategies.”


The Alta Group, established in 1992, provides a broad array of strategic consulting and advisory services, education and training programmes, merger and acquisition and dispute resolution services for companies in the global equipment leasing and asset finance industries. Its clients include manufacturers, banks, independent lessors of various sizes and others in the industry. The Alta team is made up of more than 35 international professionals committed to the asset finance business, including former CEOs, company founders and industry thought leaders who are active in their areas of expertise. They collaborate and share their in-depth knowledge and insights with today's business leaders who face a range of challenges, both old and new. The firm has built a reputation on creative thinking, trust and professionalism. The Alta Group supports clients in North America, Latin America, Western, Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Australia. For more information, visit


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MeriCap Credit Elects Former Associates President,
Harold D. Marshall To Its Board of Directors.

Oak Brook, IL. MeriCap Credit Corp. (“MeriCap Credit” or the “Company”) announced today that Harold D. Marshall, former President of Associates First Capital Corporation (“The Associates”) has joined the Company's Board of Directors.

Mr. Marshall served as President of The Associates from May 1996 until January 1999, as well as a Director of The Associates during the same period. Mr. Marshall joined The Associates in 1961 and organized their Transportation Division in 1974. Since 1999, Mr. Marshall has served as a Director for Rush Enterprises, Inc., which owns the largest network of truck dealerships in America (NASDAQ ® : RUSHA & RUSHB). Mr. Marshall has also served as Vice Chairman of the American Trucking Association Foundation Board of Directors, as a Member of the American Trucking Association Foundation Executive Committee, as Trustee Emeritus of the Hudson Institute and on the Board of Trustees of the Dallas Museum of Art.

“Having built and led one of the largest and most successful commercial finance companies over the past 40 years, Mr. Marshall brings valuable insight, knowledge and relationships to the Company. We are confident that he will provide considerable contributions to the board as we develop MeriCap Credit into a significant provider of financing to the transportation and construction industries” said Craig Weinewuth, President and CEO of MeriCap Credit Corporation.

“The transportation and construction finance industry have witnessed an unprecedented number of acquisitions over the past several years, which have led to dislocation in the market,” said Mr. Marshall. He continued, “I believe it is a great time for a company like MeriCap Credit who is committed to these markets and understands the importance of being a specialized lender with best–in-class service to be pursuing growth within these markets. I am excited to be associated with this outstanding company and look forward to offering my experiences and insight to help the company achieve its goals.

MeriCap Credit is a vendor-based, specialized commercial finance company focused on the Commercial Vehicle and Construction & Industrial Equipment segments. For more information on MeriCap Credit as well as for information on career opportunities,
please visit .


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Five Point Capital President, Dan Feder,
Named One of San Diego's Top 40 Executives Under 40

SAN DIEGO San Diego-based equipment leasing firm, Five Point Capital announced today that President, Dan Feder, was recognized as one of San Diego's “40 Under 40” highest achieving business and civic leaders. Alex Shekhter, President of Foundation Capital Group, Inc., nominated Feder for his entrepreneurial vision and community service. Feder, along with 39 other young executives, was recognized by the San Diego Metropolitan magazine at the Seventh Annual 40 Under 40 awards banquet on September 19th, 2006. Over 500 attended the luncheon at the San Diego Convention Center.

“It was our independent judges who made the hard cuts to get down to 40. Our region's fate lies in these leaders' hands. We were amazed with the variety and the talents of the class of 2006,” states Editor, Tim McClain. Five Point Capital honored their president and business community by serving as a bronze sponsor for the prestigious event. A portion of the proceeds benefited the YWCA and its important programs, including Becky's House for battered women and their children.

Dan Feder

Dan Feder reflected, “I share this honor with my co-founder, Dave Gilbert, and all of the Five Point Capital team. Without their passion and drive to create amazing results, I may not have met the criteria of this impressive award. Thank you all.”

Five Point Capital (FPC) was founded by Dan Feder and David Gilbert in 1999 under the principle that “leasing can help any company grow.” Five Point Capital ranked #82 on the just released 2006 Inc. 500. Dan Feder, was raised in Tustin, California, graduated from Foothill High School in 1992 and went on to receive his B.S. degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Entrepreneurship from University of Southern California in 1997. He resides in La Jolla, California.

Five Point Capital is a member of the Equipment Leasing Association and the United Association of Equipment Leasing. For more information, call (888) 576-4685.


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Mitsui to Acquire Locomotive Leasing Company and
Purchase 50 Locomotives from Siemens AG, Germany

LONDON--Mitsui & Co., Ltd. ("Mitsui") announced that it had reached a basic agreement with Siemens AG ("Siemens") of Germany on the acquisition of a locomotive leasing company, Siemens Dispolok GmbH ("Dispolok", currently a 100% subsidiary of Siemens). In addition to this acquisition, Mitsui ordered 50 electric locomotives manufactured by Siemens for approximately 25 billion yen, which will be delivered within next 3 years. The transactions are scheduled to take place in October 2006, subject to regulatory approvals by the German authorities.

Mitsui has been expanding its locomotive leasing business mainly in West European countries such as Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and France, with 50 locomotives owned and operated through its wholly owned subsidiary Mitsui Rail Capital Europe B.V. ("MRCE"), which was established in October 2004. Dispolok, meanwhile, currently leases out approximately 100 locomotives in Germany, Austria, Italy and Central and East European countries. Following the acquisition of Dispolok, the combined locomotive fleet leased by Mitsui through MRCE and Dispolok will increase to 150 units, creating an operating base which covers the whole European continent. The 50 locomotives to be purchased are multi-system units, equipped with various power and safety systems that will allow Mitsui to efficiently handle the increasing demand of cross-border operations along with enlargement of the European Union and liberalization of the railroad industry.

Mitsui entered the advanced locomotive leasing market in 1996, building on the operational and managerial expertise gained from more than a decade of freight car leasing and maintenance operations to establish a successful locomotive leasing business in the United States. Leveraging this experience, in 2004 Mitsui entered the European locomotive leasing market. Through further expansion of its asset base both at MRCE and Dispolok and through ongoing measures to reinforce its maintenance and train operation management services, Mitsui aims to lead the market. The importance of rail transportation is increasing over the world due to its energy efficiency and less environmental load as well as its mass transportation capacity of goods. The EU, in particular, has been taking strong initiatives to enhance freight transportation capacity by rail through liberalization of the railroad industry. On top of the rolling stock leasing business, Mitsui intends to diversify its activities into logistics and freight transportation services using the railway network within Europe.


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Butler Capital launches user-friendly Web site
exclusively for U.S. lessors and brokers

Lessors and brokers anywhere in the U.S. now have access to a new dedicated, user-friendly Web site sponsored by the Lessor & Broker Finance Division of Butler Capital Corporation, a national business lender.

Located at, the refurbished site carries basic information on Butler's loan/lease programs along with downloadable, printer-friendly publications and customer testimonials. A series of downloadable applications is also available.

Butler Capital's Lessor & Broker Finance Division has been serving the lessor/broker communities for nearly three decades, buying loans and leases individually or as a portfolio.

Butler Capital is a member of the National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers (NAELB), the Eastern Association of Equipment Lessors (EAEL), the Equipment Leasing Association (ELA), the United Association of Equipment Leasing (UAEL), and the Lessors NetworK.

Contact: Fran Minakowski


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National Foundation for Credit Counseling Honors

Credit Counselor For Dedication to Helping Others

Silver Spring, MD - In recognition of her hard work, determination and dedication, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) honored Stephanie Bittner of Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Delaware Valley with its Outstanding Individual Counselor Award this past week at its 41st Annual Leaders Conference held in Orlando, FL.

The Outstanding Individual Counselor Award is a part of the NFCC's Professional Achievement and Counseling Excellence (PACE) Awards program. The award is typically given to one credit counselor who demonstrates significant leadership among his/her peers, within the credit counseling sector and in helping clients get back on track financially, regardless of the solution. Candidates are nominated by an NFCC member agency.

Patricia Hasson, president of CCCS of Delaware Valley nominated Stephanie for the passion she brings to her duties as a counselor and for her inspirational role as an example to other counselors.

"It is a true honor to be able to recognize the hard work and dedication of a counselor like Stephanie Bittner," said NFCC President and CEO Susan C. Keating. "Her story serves as an inspiration for other counselors as well as others who are thinking about entering the counseling field. Stephanie was determined to become a counselor and the sector is all the better that she was successful in achieving her goal."

Bittner joined CCCS of Delaware Valley after initially seeking an informational interview with the agency and was told that there were no available positions. When one opened up, Bittner wasted no time in accepting and dedicating herself to serving her clients with all of her energy, passions and enthusiasm.

"Stephanie Bittner is not only a counselor, she is in the hope business," said Patricia Hasson, president of CCCS of Delaware Valley. "Her approach is to make sure every client knows that they can achieve their financial goals. She is truly making a difference in her community, one client at a time."

The NFCC, founded in 1951, is the nation's largest and longest serving national nonprofit credit counseling organization. The NFCC's mission is to set the national standard for quality credit counseling, debt reduction services and education for financial wellness, through its member agencies. With nearly 1,000 community-based offices nationwide, NFCC members help two million households annually. For free and affordable confidential advice through an NFCC member, call 1-800-388-2227, (en Español 1-800-682-9832) or visit .


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Today's Top Event in History

1776 – Captain Nathan Hale of Connecticut was executed by the British in New York City for spying. Before he was hanged he said, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”



This Day in American History

    1734-The Moravian settlement in America began with the arrival of George Boehnischt in Pennsylvania. The following year, a group of Moravians led by Augustus Gottlieb Spangenberg came to Georgia for the purpose of converting Native Americans. Their first church was built in 1735 in Savannah, GA, where General James Edward Oglethorpe had given 600 acres of land for a colony. Bishop David Nitschmann arrived from Germany in 1736 and ordained Anton Sieffert, as pastor, the first ordination by a Protestant bishop in America. The group soon relocated to Pennsylvania and built a settlement in Bethlehem, PA, in 1741. Spangenberg became the Oravians' first American bishop in 1744. Moravians are followers of Jan Hus, the 15 th -century Bohemian religious reformer, and call themselves, the Church of the Bretheren, Or Unitas Fratrum.
    1777-Tacy's Richardson's Ride: Courageous 23-year-old Tacy Richardson (Jan 1, 1754-June 18, 1807) rode her favorite horse, "Fearnaught," several perilous miles from the family farm at Montgomery County, PA to the James Vaux mansion to warn General George Washington of the approach of British troops led by General William Howe. As it turned out, the British crossing of the Schuylkill at Gordon's Ford was a feint to deceive Washington who indeed hastily withdrew to Pottstown, clearing the way for General Howe to spend that night in the quarters Washington had occupied only a few hours earlier.
    1776 – Captain Nathan Hale of Connecticut was executed by the British in New York City for spying. Before he was hanged he said,
“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”
    1789-The U.S. Created the Office of Postmaster General, following the Departments of State, War and Treasury.
    1862-Emancipation Proclamation---One of the most important presidential proclamations of American history is that of Sept 22, 1862, in which Abraham Lincoln, by executive proclamation, freed the slaves in the rebelling states. "That on . . . [Jan 1, 1863] . . . all persons held as slaves within any state or designated part of a state, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever, free. . . ." The "13th Amendment officially declared the abolition of slavery in all states.
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    1903- Italy Marchiony applied for his patent for his new mold which was filled with Ice Cream and is credited with inventing the Ice Cream Cone. He immigrated from Italy in the late 1800's and went into business in New York City with a pushcart dispensing lemon ice. Success soon led to a small fleet of pushcarts, and the inventive Marchiony was inspired to develop a cone, first made of paper, later of pastry, to hold the ices and then vanilla and chocolate ice cream.
    1922- with the passage of the Cable Act, women who married foreign citizens kept their US citizenship. Up to that point, American-born women automatically lost their US citizenship if they married a foreign man. At no time in the history of the United State could men have lost their citizenship.
    1927-Still talked about today as the “long count”, the world championship boxing match between Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney at Soldier Field, Chicago, IL. It was the largest fight purse in the history of boxing at the time, nearly $1 million dollars. Nearly half the population of the US is believed to have listened to the radio broadcast of this fight. In the seventh round of the 10-round fifth, Tunney was knocked down. Following the rules, Referee Dave Barry interrupted the count when Dempsey failed to go to the farthest corner. The count was resumed and Tunney got to his feet at the count of nine. Stopwatch records of those present claimed the total elapsed time from the beginning of the count until Tunney got to his feet at 12-15 seconds. Tunney, awarded seven of the 10 rounds, won the fifth and claimed the world championship. Dempsey's appeal was denied and he never fought again. Tunney retired the following year after one more (successful) fight.
    1937 - On the Brunswick label, Red Norvo and his orchestra recorded the "Russian Lullaby". Later Norvo would do a more famous work with a recording including singer Dinah Shore.
    1938 - A great hurricane smashed into Long Island and bisected New England causing a massive forest blowdown and widespread flooding. Winds gusted to 186 mph at Blue Hill MA, and a storm surge of nearly thirty feet caused extensive flooding along the coast of Rhode Island. The hurricane killed 600 persons and caused 500 million dollars damage. The hurricane, which lasted twelve days, destroyed 275 million trees. Hardest hit were Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Long Island NY. The "Long Island Express" produced gargantuan waves with its 150 mph winds, waves which smashed against the New England shore with such force that earthquake-recording machines on the Pacific coast clearly showed the shock of each wave.
    1954 - The temperature at Deeth, NV, soared from a morning low of 12 degrees to a high of 87 degrees, a record daily warm-up for the state.
    1955 - The film, “To Hell and Back,” starring World War II hero Audie Murphy, premiered in New York on this date.
    1956---Top Hits
Canadian Sunset - Hugo Winterhalter & Eddie Heywood
Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera) - Doris Day
Be-Bop-a-Lula - Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps
Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
    1957- Duke Snider hits his 40th home run tying him with Ralph Kiner for having five consecutive 40+ homer seasons in the National League.
    1957-“Maverick” premiered on television. ( yes, my father Lawrence Menkin wrote several of these episodes as well as other Western television shows ).
This popular western, which has since been remade into a popular movie, starred James Garner as Bret Maverick, a clever man who preferred card playing to fighting. A second Maverick was introduced when production was behind schedule--Jack Kelly played his brother Bart. Garner and Kelly played most episodes separately, and when Garner left in 1961, Kelly was in almost all the episodes. Other performers included Roger Moore, Robert Colbert and Diane Brewster. This western distinguished itself by its light touch and parody of other westerns.
    1960 - Joan Jett is born in Philadelphia. Her first solo hit, "I Love Rock 'N Roll" sells more than one million records and stays at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart for seven weeks.
    1961-The first judge of a federal district court who was African-American was Judge James Benton Parsons, who was sworn in at Chicago, Il, as U. S. district judge for the Northern District of Illinois.
    1961-Hurricane Esther performed a 350 mile complete circle south of Cape Cod, MA from the 21st to the 25th, then passed over Cape Cod and Maine. Its energy was spent mainly over the cool Atlantic but heavy rains resulted in widespread local flooding in Maine
    1964 - Robert Vaughn starred as Napoleon Solo when "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." debuted on NBC-TV this night. Solo's trusty side-kick in this James Bond spoof was Illya Kuryakin, played by David McCallum. The show was a hit for 3½ seasons.

    1964---Top Hits
The House of the Rising Sun - The Animals
Bread and Butter - The Newbeats
Oh, Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
I Guess I'm Crazy - Jim Reeves
    1964 - The lights lowered, the curtain rose and Zero Mostel stepped into the spotlight as the fiddler played. “Tra-a--a-dition,” he sang, as he began the first of 3,242 performances and "Fiddler on the Roof" opened on Broadway at the Imperial Theater.. It became the first musical to run for more than 3,000 performances, based on stories by the Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem ( pen name of Sholem Yakov Rabinowitz). Zero Mostel took the part of Tevye. It was presented by Harold Prince, with choreography of Jerome Robbins, music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Hamick and book by Joseph Stein.
    1965- San Francisco rock group, the Great Society with singer Grace Slick, makes its stage debut at the Coffee Gallery in North Beach, California.
    1965 - The Supremes make studio recording of "I Hear a Symphony." The song tops Billboard's Hot 100 for two weeks in November.
    1967- The Beatles appear on the cover of Time Magazine.
    1967 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "The Letter," The Box Tops. The Arbors took the song to No. 20 in 1969 and Joe Cocker hit No. 7 with it in 1970.
    1968- The Twins' Cesar Tovar is the second major leaguer to play one inning at each position. In 1965, A's Bert Campaneris became the first.
    1972---Top Hits
Black & White - Three Dog Night
Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me - Mac Davis
Saturday in the Park - Chicago
When the Snow is on the Roses - Sonny James
    1973 - Henry Kissinger took the oath as U.S. Secretary of State. This was the first time a naturalized citizen had held this office. Only in America...
    1975 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "I'm Sorry," John Denver.
    1976—“Charlie's Angels” Premiere. This extremely popular show of the '70s featured three attractive women, usually scantily-dressed, solving crimes. Sabrina Duncan (Kate Jackson), Jill Munroe (Farrah Fawcett-Majors) and Kelly Garrett (Jaclyn Smith) signed on with detective agency Charles Townsend Associates. Their boss was never seen, only heard (the voice of John Forsythe); messages were communicated to the women by his associate John Bosley (David Doyle). During the course of the series, Cheryl Ladd replaced Fawcett, Shelley Hack and Tanya Roberts succeeded Kate Jackson.
    1980---Top Hits
Upside Down - Diana Ross
All Out of Love - Air Supply
Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
Lookin' for Love - Johnny Lee
    1982—“Family Ties” premiers on TV. This popular 80s sitcom was set at Columbus, OH and focused on the Keaton family: Ex-hippies Elyse (Meredith Baxter-Birney), an architect, and Steven (Michael Gross), a station manager of the local public TV station; Alex (Michael J. Fox), their smart, conservative and financially-driven son; Mallory (Justine Bateman), their materialistic, ditzy daughter and Jennifer (Tina Yothers), their tomboy youngest daughter. Later in the series Elyse gave birth to Andrew. Marc Price played Irwin "Skippy" Handleman, the nerdy next-door neighbor who adored the Keatons, and Mallory in particular.
    1983 - Forty-one cities reported record cold temperatures during the morning. Houston, TX, hit 50 degrees, and Williston ND plunged to 19 degrees.
    1985 - The poor of America's Heartland ... the financially troubled farmers of Middle America ... got help from their friends in the music biz. Singing stars Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Cougar Mellencamp held a benefit concert to raise funds. The stars came out and so did the money. The "Farm Aid" concert raised ten million dollars.
    1987 - Tropical Storm Emily, which formed in the Carribean the previous afternoon, caused considerable damage to the banana industry of Saint Vincent in the Windward Islands. Unseasonably hot weather continued in Florida and the western U.S. Redding CA and Red Bluff CA, with record highs of 108 degrees, tied for honors as the hot spot in the nation.
    1988---Top Hits
Sweet Child o' Mine - Guns N' Roses
Simply Irresistible - Robert Palmer
Don't Worry Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin
Joe Knows How to Live - Eddy Raven
    1989 - Called by some critics "Body Watch", the California-beach-based lifeguard show “Baywatch” debuted on NBC. It first appeared on April 23 as a two hour movie. Although the series had a healthy viewership, the network canceled the show after one season. Baywatch star, David Hasselhoff, took an unusual step, and investing a great deal of his own money, revived the show and offered it for syndication. He had researched the audience, and believed there was a loyal enough following to make his investment pay off. Hasselhoff proved to be right, and within a few years, Baywatch became the most-watched television show in the world, with huge audiences in England and China. It was estimated to have a collective viewership of 1 billion.
    1989 - Hurricane Hugo quickly lost strength over South Carolina, but still was a tropical storm as it crossed into North Carolina, just west of Charlotte, at about 7 AM. Winds around Charlotte reached 69 mph, with gusts to 99 mph. Eighty percent of the power was knocked out to Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Property damage in North Carolina was 210 million dollars, and damage to crops was 97 million dollars. The strongest storm surge occurred along the southern coast shortly after midnight, reaching nine feet above sea level at ocean Isle and Sunset Beach. Hugo killed one person and injured fifteen others in North Carolina. Strong northwesterly winds ushered unseasonably cold air into the north central U.S., in time for the official start of autumn, at 8:20 PM (CDT). Squalls produced light snow in northern Wisconsin. Winds in Wisconsin gusted to 52 mph at Rhinelander.
    1992- Bruce Springsteen breaks the rules and plays an electric set for MTV's "Unplugged" show. The episode is renamed, "MTV Plugged."
    1993- The Rockies complete their inaugural season with a major league home attendance record of 4,483,350 fans.
    1994-“Friends” premiered. This NBC comedy brought together six single friends and the issues in their personal lives, ranging from their jobs to their love lives. Cast included Courteney Cox Arquette, Lisa Kudrok Jnneifer Aniston, Mathew Perry, David Schwimmer and Matt Le Blanc.
    1995 - Time Warner and Turner Broadcasting System agree to a $7.5 million merger.
    1997 - The Atlanta Braves won an unprecedented sixth straight division title. The record eclipsed the old mark of five straight set by the New York Yankees (1949-1953) and the Oakland A's (1971-1975). The Braves failed to reach the World Series, however, for the first time since 1993.
    1998 -The Blue Jays' Jose Canseco hits his 45th and 46th home runs setting a new career high.
    1998- With AL-leading HR #s 54 and 55, Mariner Ken Griffey Jr. joins Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig as the only players to drive in 140 or more runs in three consecutive seasons.
    2002 -In last game ever played at Cinergy Field, the Phillies complete a three-game sweep defeating the Reds ,4-3, in front of many of the team's former superstars except for the banished Pete Rose. The all-time hit leader, however, is not forgotten as Tom Browning, paints Rose's uniform number 14 on the pitcher's mound after the game with red spray paint and, as home plate is dug up and to be delivered next door to Great American Ball Park, the crowd begins to chant, "Pete, Pete".
    2002 - Sting receives an Emmy for the A&E documentary, "Sting in Tuscany: All This Time." He dedicates his award to his "dear late friend Timothy White."
    2003-- For only the third time in major league history, a Korean pitcher and a Japanese pitcher oppose one another as Expos' hurler Tomo Ohka faces Jae Weong Seo as starters at Shea Stadium. Both Pacific Rim right-handers throw well but neither gets the decision as Montreal beats the Mets on misplayed fly balls in the ninth, 4-2.
    2003--- With Atlanta beating the Marlins, 8-0, Greg Maddux becomes the first pitcher ever to have won at least 15 games in 16 consecutive seasons. The Braves' righty had shared the accomplishment with Cy Young.
    2005-- An American Society of Microbiology's study of the number people of who wash their hands after using a public rest room reports 83 percent of patrons take advantage of the available soap and water. Of the 6,300 bathroom users monitored, the worst hygiene was found at Turner Field where only37 percent of men left the bathroom without washing, and 16 percent of the woman did during an Atlanta Braves game.



Baseball Poem

The Catchers Learns the Motion

by Tim Peeler

and is often the hub of the movements,
he reads the morse code of the pitcher
and returns the speech of the dumb,

he loves the sphere and its ridges,
rips it from the tight mitt
with or against the seams
whistles it from a frog squat.

the catcher learns
he is the hat of the hat dance,
the pitcher may think himself
the center of gravity,
but the catcher
waits at the apex of the great angles,

slaps the leather trap
on the errant razor
as it spits up from the dust.

the catcher imprints the motions of the hitters,
checks the rhythm of their passages,
knows he must slip an extra measure
at the end of their cha-cha-cha,

the catcher is the great disturber,
can cock twice on his return throw,
spit on the plate, call for the "buzzer"
block the ump's clear visage,

bilingual kamikaze
chattering like a wired chimp,
muttering with silent busted digits,
sacrificing legs
to the varicose crouch and
the ruinous crunch
of the few that get through
to thin armor .

Touching All Bases
Poems from Baseball
Tim Peeler




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