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Thursday, April 4, 2012

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

Marlin Business Services, Mount Laurel, New Jersey
 Bulletin Board Complaint
  Classified Ads---Sales Manager
(Press Release Arrives!)
  Signature Bank Establishes Signature Financial, LLC Subsidiary
   Marking Its Entry into the Specialty Financing Arena
    New Hires---Promotions
     Classified Ads---Help Wanted
     Easter Business with Bob Teichman, CLP
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 15 Hottest Leasing Equipment Sectors
  Revealed at ELFA Equipment Management Conference
   ICBA: Go Local During Community Banking Month
    April is Community Banking Month
     Fails to Report over $1.1 Million to the IRS
      Lab Mix----Huntington, New York Adopt-a-Dog
        Easter: Fernando's Croce Favorites
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 Tornadoes rake Dallas area, more than a dozen hurt
  S&P raises 5 ratings from 2 Marlin Leasing Receivables
   Restaurant Industry Sales Up/Also buying more equipment
    March auto sales leave Hyundai looking for more cars to sell
     Freddie Mac: Typical 30-year mortgage rate back under 4%
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Marlin Business Services, Mount Laurel, New Jersey
 Bulletin Board Complaint

Leasing News has attempted since March 22, 2012 to contact officers at Marlin Leasing, with over six emails to one officer, including four telephone calls, as well as two emails to four officers followed up with two telephone calls. The emails included the complaint as well as the documents, and the telephone calls were follow-up to the emails.

There has been no response.

Ken J. Krebs
Beneficial Capital
(800) 886 - 8944

“I’ve been in this industry for about twenty years and although the past three have been rough, overall it has been a great experience.  We have worked closely with so many quality people over the years, many who unfortunately are no longer around...I’m looking for some help, and hoping you may be able and willing.  One of our Lessee’s contracts, that had been sold to Marlin, was put into auto renewal because the Lessee neglected (forgot) to exercise their purchase option.  The contract was originally structured with two payments in advance as security deposit, followed by 60 monthly payments, and a 10% purchase option. They’ve recently realized they have now made 65 payments (five extra).  In an effort to settle, they have offered to pay Marlin an additional $1,500 and to forfeit the return of their security deposit.  This is a $25,000 contract with a $2,500 purchase option.  The security deposit amount is $1,196.36.  So, they are offering $1,500 plus $1,196.36 to settle the $2,500 purchase option.  If accepted, this would give Marlin an additional 5 full payments plus $196.36. Marlin has declined the offer and in turn has requested an additional $3,000 payment as well as forfeiture of the security deposit. Can you help with this?"


Patrick and Cynthia Tingling
D'Lor Salon & Spa
Atlanta, Georgia

“This is Patrick & Cynthia Tingling Owners of D’Lor Salon & Spa in Atlanta. We Regret that we have to take this course of action.
We feel that Marlin has received enough funds for the value of the equipment that was leased. We are willing to meet our obligations if they would meet us half way... the experience with marlin have left us a bad taste, hopefully you will be able to make sense to then that sometimes goodwill is far more valuable than driving customers away from the industry.
We must make a decision by tomorrow in order to prevent another monthly deduction from our bank account.
Patrick and Cynthia..."

It appears the lease payments are ACH and the lessee was not aware that the original lease was up until they had made five extra payments on a 10% Purchase Option, which they are will to make:

There is no doubt this is not a "true lease" but a "capital lease" or "loan" in many states. This lease has a Pennsylvania choice of law and a Pennsylvania mandatory forum -- even though the lessee is in Georgia, the vendor is in Missouri, and there is absolutely no connection to Pennsylvania.


Michael J. Witt, Esq.
4342 Oakwood Lane
West Des Moines, IA 50265
Tel: (515) 657-8706
Mobile: (515) 868-1067
Fax: (515) 223-2352

“In my opinion Marlin stands on shaky grounds here.  Most so-called ‘10% purchase option’ transactions in the small-ticket arena are not true leases under UCC 1-302 but are, instead, loans.  It is preposterous to say that a loan can have an ‘automatic renewal’ provision.  (How would anyone feel if, after paying off their mortgage over 30 years, the bank called and said the mortgage had "automatically renewed" for an additional 12-month period based on an auto-renewal clause hidden in the fine print?!) 

“Marlin, we must all admit, was entitled to a particular return at the end of the 5-year term of this lease.  However, it is now trying to illegitimately (in this one attorney's opinion) bloat its originally planned-for return by taking advantage of the fact that when this small-business lessee took out this lease in 2006, it did not purchase a un-purchasable 2011 calendar to mark the date it was required to notify Marlin not to renew the lease. 

“Few people know that if Marlin did not have an auto-renewal program, it would be losing money (which only begs the question, how much longer do Marlin investors think that this flimsy business model can endure?).  If this is not a true crime under our criminal codes, it is a crime against the industry that so many of us try to uphold every day we go to work.”

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Signature Bank Establishes Signature Financial, LLC Subsidiary,
Marking Its Entry into the Specialty Financing Arena

Names Major Middle Market Private Client Banking Team
on Long Island While Appointing Additional Team
and Expanding Another in Manhattan

NEW YORK---- Signature Bank (Nasdaq:SBNY), a New York-based full-service commercial bank, announced today that it has formed a new subsidiary, Signature Financial, LLC, marking the Bank’s entry into the specialty financing arena. Concurrently, the Bank appointed a major middle market team on Long Island while expanding its presence in Manhattan by adding one team and expanding another.

Signature Financial is a specialty finance company, focused on equipment finance and leasing, transportation financing and taxi medallion financing. Combined with the Bank’s current taxi medallion finance business, Signature Bank enhances its market position in this field.

A well-respected, veteran management team was appointed to lead Signature Financial, which will be based in Melville, Long Island. The team, whose management possesses more than 175 years of combined experience within specialty finance and has worked together for 25 years, will be led by Walter Rabin, who will join Signature Financial as President in June 2012, after a 90-day waiting period.

(Mr. Rabin was named one of the most 25 influential in the leasing industry. Editor. )

Additional members who have already joined Signature Financial are Richard J. Antonacci, with 25 years of specialty finance experience, who was named Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President; Anthony Fantauzzi, a seasoned financing executive with more than 30 years of commercial finance and banking experience, named Chief Risk Officer and Executive Vice President; Anthony Perettine, Executive Vice President, with nearly three decades spanning both commercial finance and banking; Joseph Fantauzzi, appointed Executive Vice President and Capital Markets Division Head, bringing 26 years of financing and leasing expertise to his new role; W. Kerry Mach, Senior Vice President and Director of Business Development, another 26-year banking and financing veteran specializing in middle market equipment leasing; and, Daniel Craffey, Senior Vice President and Director of Operations who has spent 15 years in the specialty finance industry.

Also joining Signature Financial are Steve Robbins as Director of Asset Management; Steve Jason as Director of Vehicle Finance; and, John Cetta as Director of Taxi Medallion Finance. Each brings more than 20 years of industry experience to Signature Financial.

All join from Capital One’s All Points Capital subsidiary, a financing and leasing company specializing in funding for independent lessors nationwide, with the exception of Joseph Fantauzzi, who most recently was Senior Vice President and Head of the Capital Markets Division at Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, Inc., where he was employed for the past 17 years in various financing-related roles. In total, the Bank has added in excess of 30 professionals to Signature Financial to support its anticipated growth.

Furthermore, Signature Bank appointed a new middle market team with long-standing commercial banking roots in Long Island. The four-person team will be based in the soon-to-open Hauppauge private client banking office, which will mark the Bank’s 26th office.

The team is led by Gary Sarro and Alan Giaimis, both named Group Directors and Senior Vice Presidents, joined by Robert J. Caruana, Jr., Associate Group Director and Vice President.

  • Sarro brings 35 years of middle market banking experience to Signature Bank, most recently serving as Senior Vice President and Team Leader at HSBC Bank in Melville, where he was employed for 30 years. In this position, he focused on serving middle market commercial and industrial clients.

  • Giaimis has built a 25-year banking career, most recently spending 11 years at HSBC in Melville as Senior Vice President where he served privately held middle market entities. Prior, he was a Vice President and Relationship Manager at European American Bank.

  • Caruana spent the past eight years as Vice President and Relationship Manager at HSBC and previously, was a Portfolio Manager and Assistant Vice President in commercial banking at Bank of America in Melville. The team has worked together for nearly 10 years, garnering a significant presence within the commercial arena throughout Long Island. Jessica Alagna, with two decades of financial services support experience, was named Senior Client Associate for this team.

To further solidify its presence in Manhattan, the Bank named Roseann Manos, Group Director and Senior Vice President and Darshini Mahadeo, Senior Client Associate at its 261 Madison Avenue private client banking office.

  • Manos spent 30 years dedicated to commercial banking in midtown Manhattan, developing a diverse portfolio including real estate and healthcare clients. She spent most of her career at Capital One Bank, formerly North Fork Bank, in midtown Manhattan, in private banking, as Team Leader and Senior Vice President.

  • Mahadeo has worked directly with Manos and her clients for seven years.

Additionally, Carlos Salvador joined the private client banking team headed by Group Director and Senior Vice President John Gonzalez, as Associate Group Director and Vice President, at the 950 Third Avenue location in New York City. Salvador joins from TD Bank (previously Commerce Bank) in midtown, where he spent 12 years as Business Development Officer handling acquisition and retention of new business banking relationships.

President and CEO Joseph DePaolo

“We are excited to attract one of the most talented management teams in the specialty finance and leasing arena today. Their relationship-based approach and decades of experience allows us to broaden our lending activities and to also further enhance the breadth and depth of the capabilities we bring to our clients. Their experience and history, particularly at NorthFork Bank, makes this a great fit for our organization,” explained Joseph J. DePaolo, President and Chief Executive Officer.

“In addition, we are pleased to have one of Long Island’s most respected C&I-focused, middle market teams joining the Bank with the appointment of the Sarro/Giaimis team. All these appointments - for both the specialty financing subsidiary as well as our traditional private client banking teams - reflect our continued ability to draw some of the most highly qualified financial services professionals to our growing banking network,” he said.

Scott A. Shay, Chairman of the Board, noted: “Our strategic decision to enter the specialty finance and leasing business will allow us to further diversify the asset side of our balance sheet while expanding our client offerings. Additionally, the newly added Sarro/Giaimis team will increase our predominantly floating rate commercial and industrial loan portfolio infusing more floating rate components to our revenue streams.”

About Signature Bank
Signature Bank, member FDIC, is a New York-based full-service commercial bank with 25 private client offices throughout the New York metropolitan area. The Bank’s growing network of private client banking teams serves the needs of privately owned businesses, their owners and senior managers.

Signature Bank offers a wide variety of business and personal banking products and services as well as investment, brokerage, asset management and insurance products and services through its subsidiary, Signature Securities Group Corporation, a licensed broker-dealer, investment adviser and member FINRA/SIPC.

Signature Bank's 25 offices are located: In Manhattan (9) - 261 Madison Avenue; 300 Park Avenue; 71 Broadway; 565 Fifth Avenue; 950 Third Avenue; 200 Park Avenue South; 1020 Madison Avenue; 50 West 57th Street and 2 Penn Plaza. Brooklyn (3) - 26 Court Street; 84 Broadway and 6321 New Utrecht Avenue. Westchester (2) - 1C Quaker Ridge Road, New Rochelle and 360 Hamilton Avenue, White Plains. Long Island (6) - 1225 Franklin Avenue, Garden City; 279 Sunrise Highway, Rockville Centre; 68 South Service Road, Melville; 923 Broadway, Woodmere; 40 Cuttermill Road, Great Neck and 100 Jericho Quadrangle, Jericho. Queens (3) - 36-36 33rd Street, Long Island City; 78-27 37th Avenue, Jackson Heights and 8936 Sutphin Blvd., Jamaica. Bronx (1) - 421 Hunts Point Avenue, Bronx. Staten Island (1) - 2066 Hylan Blvd.

Since commencing operations in May 2001, the Bank has grown to $14.7 billion in assets, $11.8 billion in deposits, $1.4 billion in equity capital and $1.7 billion in other assets under management as of December 31, 2011. Signature Bank's Tier 1 and risk-based capital ratios are significantly above the levels required to be considered well capitalized.

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New Hires---Promotions

Danny Lebovics was appointed president of MultiSource Capital, Toronto, Canada. Lebovics said, “The equipment finance needs of Canadian businesses are very well served by the broker channel. We offer brokers a funding alternative to foreign owned finance companies and large Canadian institutions. When I saw the investment in systems, met with the MultiSource team and understood the strength of the company’s capital structure, I knew that I had to be a part of this business.”

“CreditForce was designed as a complete front-to-back equipment leasing system from the perspective of the broker,” said Sinclair. “My job is to make sure that our policies, procedures and processes are executed as well as our software. We are confident that our product and service will provide the broker channel and their vendors and customers a best-in-class experience.”

Previously he was managing director FaciliCap Strategic Advisors (August, 2011-March, 2012), senior vice-president, CIT (October, 2006-July, 2011), svp & general manager, Dell Financial services Canada Limited -subsidiary of CIT, (October, 2006-June, 2011), president, DIBC Equipment Finance Limited (October, 2001-October, 2006), VP Syndications, CIT (February, 2001-June, 2003), VP & Senior Counsel, CIT (February, 1999-September, 2001), director of finance & operations, Retail finance group (Newcourt Credit Group (April, 1997-January, 1999), General counsel & corporate secretary, Microforum (December, 1995-January, 1997), associate (Goodman & Carr, LLP (June, 1992-December, 1995), Audit Supervisor, Richter, Usher & Vineberg (September, 1985-August, 1989), York University - Osgoode Hall Law School LL.B. (1989 – 1992)McGill University - Accounting Program Diploma in Public Accountancy (1985 – 1987)McGill University B.Comm., Accounting; Management Information Systems (1982 – 1985)

Melissa Biebel Carroll was named Midwest regional manager for LEAF Commercial Capital, Orange County, California area. She previously was director of business development, Capital Consulting, LLC (June, 2005-April, 2012), district manager, De Lage Landen Financial services (January, 2002-June, 2005), regional sales representative, General Electric Capital Corporation (October, 1999-December, 2001). University of Nevada-Las Vegas English/Secondary Education, University of South Florida, English

Mike Olson named president of Wells Fargo Equipment Finance division, based in Jordon, Minnesota. Previously he worked for over 21 years at US Bank " various sales and credit positions, including national account sales manager, regional sales manager, operations manager and credit analyst...(he) will provide financing solutions to large office equipment manufacturers." Dakota State University Bachelors, Business and Finance (1985 – 1990) Activities and Societies: Business Club

Aimee J. Ridgway promoted to regional sales manager, Midwest at LEAF Commercial Capital, Columbia, Missouri area. “She joined LEAF in 2007 as an account executive when LEAF acquired Dolphin Capital, where she had worked since 2005. Prior to Dolphin, Ridgway was employed by the Bank of Cairo & Moberly, as well as for Citicapital Business Technology Finance. She is charged with expanding LEAF’s dealer relationships throughout the Midwest in the office equipment segment."

Sherry Sanger was promoted to Senior Vice-President of Marketing for Penske Truck Leasing, Reading, Pennsylvania. She " now responsible for all marketing functions globally, which includes strategic marketing, promotional activities, market research and interactive marketing for Penske Truck Leasing and its subsidiary, Penske Logistics. Those product lines also include Penske Truck Rental and Penske Used Trucks. She joined the company in 1998 as New Products Introduction Manager, and was later promoted to Director of Marketing.

"Sanger began her career at General Electric's Lighting and Capital divisions in their financial management program (1995-1997). She worked in financial, cost and marketing analyst roles across the U.S., and in Germany. Thunderbird School of Global Management MIM, International Management (1995 – 1995) Case Western Reserve University - Weatherhead School of Management MBA, Marketing (1993 – 1995) Kent State University BA, German. "She is currently pursuing a doctorate in management from Case Western Reserve.

Sanger resides in Sinking Spring, Pa., with her husband Tim and two children."




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15 Hottest Leasing Equipment Sectors
Revealed at ELFA Equipment Management Conference

Washington, D.C. — Medical equipment, oil/gas/energy and machine tools are the hottest equipment sectors in 2012, according to a recent survey of asset managers and consultants by the Independent Equipment Company in cooperation with the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association. The results of the 2012 “What's Hot/What's Not” Equipment Leasing Trends Survey, released today at the ELFA Equipment Management Conference in San Antonio, Texas, illustrate that lessors are becoming more responsive to opportunities and market conditions.

Survey respondents ranked 15 equipment types as follows, in order from highest-rated to lowest-rated:

Machine Tools
Furniture, fixtures and equipment

The survey results were positive overall, with 6 of the 15 equipment types earning a “very positive” outlook and only one type (printing) earning a “very negative” outlook. The results are not quite as good as the 2011 survey, which showed a “very positive” outlook for a stunning 11 of the 15 equipment types and a “very negative” outlook for none. However, the results represent a dramatic turnaround from the 2010 survey, which showed a “very negative” outlook for 11 of the 15 equipment types.

The full report and survey methodology are available on the ELFA website at:

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ICBA: Go Local During Community Banking Month
April is Community Banking Month

Washington, D.C.)—April is Community Banking Month, and the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) and its nearly 5,000 community bank members are encouraging consumers and small business owners to Go Local by banking locally with a community bank. Because community banks put local deposits back to work in the community, and are financial first responders both in good times and in bad, consumers will be reinvesting in their neighborhood and making it a better place to live and work for generations to come.

States, local governments, and community banks recognize Community Banking Month. Some community banks partner with local charities to host special events, while others promote economic development initiatives. Many community banks traditionally mark the month by highlighting their community service or financial education programs.

“Community banks proudly embody the American spirit of Main Street by lending to local small business owners, helping area families achieve financial stability and enabling their local economy and community to thrive. And this isn’t a new phenomenon. Many community banks have been around for over a hundred years, and like mine, many are still family owned and operated,” said Jeff Gerhart, ICBA chairman and chairman of Bank of Newman Grove, Neb. “I’m so proud to be a community banker and I’m thrilled to celebrate Community Banking Month by encouraging consumers and small business owners to Go Local so they too can realize the benefits of banking locally, and make a real difference in their community and local economy.”

By driving local economies and creating local jobs, community banks are an integral part of our nation’s financial system. Of the more than 7,000 community banks across the country, nearly 5,000 are ICBA members. Representing more than 24,000 locations nationwide and employing nearly 300,000 Americans, ICBA members hold more than $1.2 trillion in assets, $1 trillion in deposits, and nearly $750 billion in loans to consumers, small businesses and the agricultural community. Located in small towns, suburbia and big-city neighborhoods, community banks improve the nation’s communities by lending to local customers and funding nearly 60 percent of all small businesses under $1 million.

“As small businesses themselves, community banks are relationship lenders that only thrive when their customers and communities do the same, so taking care of their customers and looking out for the best interest of their community is the way they do business,” said Camden R. Fine, ICBA president and CEO.

Fine went on to say that he encourages consumers to make Community Banking Month a reason to find their local community bank. He said consumers can do so by visiting ICBA’s Community Bank Locator at “Simply type in your zip code and the app will show you all the community banks in your area. You can even download free ICBA locator apps for your iPhone, Android or Blackberry,” he said. “We’ve made it simple so all you need to do go down the street, meet with a community banker face-to-face and see if making the switch is right for you.”

To follow the conversation on Community Banking Month, follow the hashtag #golocal on Twitter. To learn more about community banks, please click on the following links or visit

Benefits of Community Banks
Community Bank Facts
Go Local Initiative

About ICBA
The Independent Community Bankers of America, the nation’s voice for community banks, represents nearly 5,000 community banks of all sizes and charter types throughout the United States and is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and the communities and customers we serve. For more information, visit

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Fails to Report over $1.1 Million to the IRS

Los Angeles – A San Fernando Valley woman who owned and operated three mortgage referral businesses was sentenced by United States District Judge Gary A. Feess to 18 months imprisonment after pleading guilty to tax fraud.

Shelly Tammy Kim, 43, of Northridge, was further ordered to pay restitution to the Internal Revenue Service in the amount of $398,164, representing the taxes owed for the years 2003 through 2005. In imposing the sentence, Judge Feess noted that defendant “gamed the system” by writing commission checks from her business accounts to other individuals to hide over one million dollars in income, when in fact, defendant was cashing the checks and using the money to fund her own lavish lifestyle . The Judge noted that defendant had used sophisticated means in committing the offense and stated that a custodial sentence was necessary to protect our voluntary system of reporting income and paying tax.

According to her plea agreement, Kim owned and operated Best Funding Incorporated (BFI), CalState Lending Incorporated (CLI) and Pacifica Mortgage (PMI)--companies that earned income by referring loans to various lenders from whom they received loan referral commissions. Kim was required to report her income from these companies on the individual tax returns she filed for the years 2003 through 2005.

Kim failed to report all of the income she received from BFI, CLI and PMI on her 2003 through 2005 tax returns by issuing checks payable to three individuals and informing her tax return preparer that these payments represented commission payments to loan agents for loan referrals. However, Kim cashed the checks and used the funds for her own benefit.

In filing her income tax returns for the years 2003, 2004 and 2005 Kim failed to report approximately $469,000, $420,000 and $295,554, respectively, in income resulting in a tax due of approximately $398,164.

According to documents filed with the court, Kim’s crimes appear to have been motivated by the desire to live a lifestyle that was not commensurate with her reported income. That lifestyle included the purchase of a multi-million dollar home, luxury car leases and gambling trips to Las Vegas during these years.

The investigation of Kim was conducted by IRS - Criminal Investigation in Los Angeles in conjunction with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.

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Leasing News: Fernando’s View: Special Easter Edition
By Fernando F. Croce

Though Christmas, Halloween and Thanksgiving all boast a long list of holiday-themed movies, Easter-related films are rarer but just as inspiring. With Easter Sunday right around the corner, take some time off from hunting eggs and check Netflix for these classic holiday choices.

It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown (Phil Roman, 1974): Created by legendary cartoonist Charles Schultz, the Peanuts gang became a favorite with young viewers for specials that taught the meaning of such holidays as Christmas, Thanksgiving and Halloween. The same goes for this funny and endearing feature, which finds Charlie Brown and friends getting ready to celebrate Easter. As the great egg hunt draws near, all the characters are pursuing their own way-+s of doing the holiday justice: Charlie Brown is concerned about the commercialization of Easter, Lucy is setting up her own private egg hunt, and Peppermint Patty is teaching Marcie the proper way to paint eggs. Meanwhile, Linus is telling everyone about the Easter Beagle, a role tailor-made for the one and only Snoopy. Amusing and heartwarming fun for the entire family.

The Greatest Story Ever Told (George Stevens, 1965): One of the most respected directors of Hollywood’s classical period, George Stevens progressed from modest projects in the 1930s and 1940s to such super-productions as “Shane” and “Giant.” It was only fitting, then, for him to try his hand at filming the Bible with this lavish, reverent retelling of the life of Jesus Christ (Max von Sydow). Taking a cue from von Sydow’s dignified portrayal, Stevens’ religious epic paints a stately, reverent view of the awe-inspiring events taking place from the Nativity to the Crucifixion, with an all-star ensemble that includes Dorothy McGuire, Charlton Heston, Sidney Poitier, Telly Savalas, Angela Lansbury, Martin Landau, and John Wayne. Along with “King of Kings” and “Ben-Hur,” one of Hollywood’s most famous Biblical epics.

The Gospel According to St. Matthew (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1964): For a much more unconventional yet equally inspiring account of the life and death of Jesus, try this one-of-a-kind classic from Italy. The controversial director, Pier Paolo Pasolini, believed in the neo-realist style of movies, which told stories using real locations and (in stark contrast to most Hollywood epics) non-professional actors for maximum authenticity. As a result, his version of the story of Jesus (played by Enrique Irazoqui) often has the naturalistic freshness of a documentary, with the impression of a camera eavesdropping on the likes of Mary, Peter and John the Baptist. By cutting away at the pomp of the usual Testament spectacle, Pasolini gets to heart of the teachings of Jesus, and makes viewers discover them anew.

Easter Parade (Charles Walters, 1948): For a tuneful holiday, tune in to this MGM classic, a Fred Astaire-Judy Garland musical which bounces along as cheerfully as the Easter Bunny. On the eve of holiday celebrations, song-and-dance man Don (Astaire) is crushed to part ways with his stage partner Nadine (Ann Miller). Determined to prove that he can get somebody else, he picks naïve showgirl Hannah (Garland) and sets out to train her for next year’s Easter parade. As her dance steps grow more assured, so does their love for each other. But can their emotions stay strong in time for Hannah’s debut? Combining toe-tapping numbers with comic elements straight out of “My Fair Lady,” the movie provides a joyous way to spend Easter with loved ones.

Amazing Grace (Michael Apted, 2006): For a movie that illustrates the most stirring principles behind Easter, viewers can’t go wrong with this handsome telling of a deeply poignant chapter of history. Set in the 18th-century, it follows the life of William Wilberforce (Ioan Gruffudd), who as an ambitious, idealist member of the British Parliament took on the controversial issue of the slavery trade. Facing frustrating odds from politicians and merchants alike, he draws inspiration from his wife (Romola Garai), fellow abolitionists, and, above all, from his mentor John Newton (Albert Finney), a former slave ship owner who changed his ways after finding Christianity and writing the verses for the titular hymn. Though it has all the trappings of standard, stuffy period pieces, director Michael Apted’s underrated film remains compelling to the end.

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Three Spring Notations on Bipeds

by Carl Sandburg (1920)


The down drop of the blackbird,
The wing catch of arrested flight,
The stop midway and then off: off for triangles, circles, loops of new hieroglyphs—
This is April’s way: a woman:
“O yes, I’m here again and your heart
knows I was coming.”


White pigeons rush at the sun,
A marathon of wing feats is on:
“Who most loves danger? Who most loves wings? Who somersaults for God’s
sake in the name of wing power in the sun and blue on an April Thursday.”
So ten winged heads, ten winged feet, race their white forms over Elmhurst.
They go fast: once the ten together were a feather of foam bubble,
a chrysanthemum whirl speaking to silver and azure.


The child is on my shoulders.
In the prairie moonlight the child’s legs hang over my shoulders.
She sits on my neck and I hear her calling me a good horse.
She slides down—and into the moon silver of a prairie stream
She throws a stone and laughs at the clug-clug.




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This Day in History

   1800- Congress enacted the Bankruptcy Act. It did not permit voluntary bankruptcy and applied to traders only. It was repealed three years later. 
    1802- Birthday of Dorthea Dix, American social reformer and author, born at Hampden, ME. Left home at age 10, was teaching at age 14 and founded a home for girls at Boston while still in her teens. In spite of frail health, she was a vigorous crusader for humane conditions in insane asylums, jails and almshouses and for the establishment of state-supported institutions to serve those needs. Named superintendent of women nurses during the Civil War. Died at Trenton, NJ, July 17, 1887.
    1804 -a large tornado crossed 6 counties in Georgia and killed 11 people near Augusta.
    1812 - The territory of Orleans became the 18th state and later became known as Louisiana.
    1818—Congress approves the U.S. flag with 13 stripes. On admission of each new state to the Union, another star would be added to the flag, the number and pattern of stripes remaining the same.
    1841-- President William Henry Harrison, aged 68, becomes the first president to die in office, just a month after being sworn in. Reportedly he attended his inauguration without the proper attire and it was very cold weather, where he became ill and later died of pneumonia.
    1859-“ I Wish I Was in Dixie’s Land” (better known as “Dixie” was introduced by Daniel DeCatur Emmett at Mechanics Hall, New York city, and was published by Firth Pond and Company, New York city. It was written and composed by Emmett, a Northerner, expressly for Bryant’s Minstrels, who performed at 472 Broadway, New York City. It was announced as a plantation song an dance.According to some sources, it was based on a song of lament sung by the slaves of a Dutch planter named Dixye, who sold them away to a farmer in Piedmont County, South Carolina, after tryingunsuccessfully to grow tobacco in Harlem, New Amsterdam( the future New York City). African-Americans in Knox County , Ohio, have long claimed that Daniel D. Emmett learned the song "Dixie" from the Snowdens, an African-American family of musicians who performed banjo and fiddle tunes and sang popular songs for black and white audiences throughout rural central Ohio from the 1850s to the early twentieth century.
It was sung at the inauguration of Jefferson Davis as president of the Confederate States on
February 18, 1861.
    1865 - President Abraham Lincoln visits the Confederate capital a day after Union forces capture it. Lincoln had been in the area for nearly two weeks. He left Washington at the invitation of general-in-chief Ulysses S. Grant to visit Grant's headquarters at City Point, near the lines at Petersburg south of Richmond. The trip was exhilarating for the exhausted president. Worn out by four years of war and stifled by the pressures of Washington, Lincoln enjoyed himself immensely. He conferred with Grant and General William T. Sherman, who took a break from his campaign in North Carolina. He visited soldiers, and even picked up an axe to chop logs in front of the troops. He stayed at City Point, sensing that the final push was near. Grant's forces overran the Petersburg line on April 2, and the Confederate government fled the capital later that day. Union forces occupied Richmond on April 3, and Lincoln sailed up the James River to see the spoils of war. His ship could not pass some obstructions that had been placed in the river by the Confederates so 12 soldiers rowed him to shore. He landed without fanfare but was soon recognized by some black workmen who ran to him and bowed. The modest Lincoln told them to "...kneel to God only, and thank him for the liberty you will hereafter enjoy." Lincoln, accompanied by a small group of soldiers and a growing entourage of freed slaves, walked to the Confederate White House and sat in President Jefferson Davis's chair. He walked to the Virginia statehouse and saw the chambers of the Confederate Congress. Lincoln even visited Libby Prison, where thousands of Union officers were held during the war. Lincoln remained a few more days in hopes that Robert E. Lee's army would surrender, but on April 8 he headed back to Washington. Six days later, Lincoln was shot as he watched a play at Ford's Theater.
    1873-Carrie S. Burnham began her argument, made before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. She had been stopped from voting in the October, 1871 and appealed to the Supreme Court, who told her she could not vote because she was a woman and the right to vote only applied to men.
    1887- The first woman elected mayor in the US was Susanna Medora Salter, who was elected mayor of Argonia, Kansas. Her name had been submitted for election without her knowledge by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, and she did not know she was a candidate until she went to the polls to vote. She received a two-thirds majority vote. Argonia is a city located in Sumner County, Kansas. She received a two-thirds majority vote and served for one year for a salary of $1. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 534. Although her term was uneventful, her election generated worldwide interest from the press, sparking a debate regarding the feasibility of other towns following Argonia's lead, which ranged from objections to a "petticoat rule" to a "wait-and-see" attitude. After only a year in office, she declined to seek reelection. In 1893 she moved to Alva, Oklahoma with her husband and family.
She lived until she was 101. The house she lived in during her tenure as mayor was added to the National Register of Historic Places in September, 1971.
    1896 - Birthday of Arthur Murray (Moses Teichman), ballroom dance instructor; "Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing in a Hurry." (Bob Teichman's grandfather, and one of the reasons Bob is such a great dancer! ).
    1896--Birthday of playwright Robert Sherwood. He was also one of the famous Algonquin Round Table participants; he won a Pulitzer for his biography "Roosevelt and Hopkins." He also won an Academy Award for Best Screenplay "The Best Years of Our Lives."
    1898-the first musical comedy written by African-Americans for African-American performers was “ A Trip to Coontown,” a musical comedy in two acts by Bob Cole and Billy Johnson, produced a the Third Avenue Theatre at 31st Street in New York City. Cole played the part of the tramp Willie Waysie, and Johnson played Jim Flimflammer, the bunco steerer. 
    1906--Birthday of trumpet player Frankie Newton, Emory, VA.
    1913-bassist Gene Ramey born, Austin, TX
    1915-Mobile telephone one-way communication was established by Bell System engineers from Montauk Point, NY, to Wilmington, DE, a distance of 250 miles.
    1915-bluesman Muddy Waters, whose real name was McKinley Morganfield, was born in Rolling Fork, Mississippi. He began recording in 1941, and his 1948 hit "I Can't Be Satisfied" helped bring the amplified guitar to the fore in blues music. His Chicago-based band included such notables as James Cotton, Buddy Guy, Willie Dixon and Otis Spann. Muddy Waters played a significant part in developing modern rhythm and blues that came to be known as Chicago or urban blues. It was predominantly from this music that later forms such as rock and roll and soul sprang. Waters' style had a profound effect on pop music in the 1950s and '60s, and he influenced such musicians as Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones. In fact the Stones took their name from a Waters' recording, "Rollin' Stone." And Waters was the one who brought Chuck Berry to the attention of Chess Records in 1955. Muddy Waters died in 1983.
    1917-birthday of singer Big Chief Jolley ( George Landry ) New Orleans, LA
    1917- The U.S. Senate votes 90-6 to enter World War I on Allied side.
    1922—Birthday of motion picture composer Elmer Bernstein, perhaps best known for ‘The Man with the Golden Arm.”
    1923 - an F4 tornado killed 15 people and injured 150 at Alexandria and Pineville, Louisiana. 142 homes and businesses in Pineville were destroyed.
    1924-Gibert Ray “Gil” Hodges, baseball player and manager, born at Princeton, IN. Hodges was the first baseman on the famous Brooklyn Dodgers” Boys of Summer” teams. ( I got his autograph on a baseball when I was a kid.). He managed the New York Mets to the 1969 World Series title. Died at West Palm Beach, FL, April 2, 1972.
    1924--Birthday of Canadian conductor Victor Feldbrill was born in Toronto. Feldbrill conducted the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra from 1958 to '68, the Toronto Symphony from 1971 to '77 and has often conducted for the Canadian Opera Company. A champion of Canadian music, he has included at least one Canadian work in every concert he has conducted.
    1928- -- Birthday of Maya Angelou born Louis, Missouri. African-American poet whose autobiographical work explores economic, racial, & sexual oppression themes. Her first work, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1970), is followed by Gather Together in My Name (1974), The Heart of a Woman (1981), & All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes.
    1932-Vitamin C was first isolated by C.C. King at the University of Pittsburgh.
    1933 - Pigeon River Bridge, MN, reported 28 inches of snow, which established the state 24 hour snowfall record.
    1935- Benny Goodman cuts his first Victor record session.
    1939-Glenn Miller records his theme “ Moonlight Serenade) Bluebird 19214)
    1939-trumpet player Hugh Masakela born Witbank, So. Africa
    1943-the nine-man crew of the World War II American Liberator bomber Lady Be Good bailed out 200 miles off course over the Sahara Desert and disappeared this day. They were returning to their base in Libya after a raid over southern Italy. On Nov 9,1958,15 years after the plane went down and more than 13 years after the war had ended, a pilot flying across the Sahara south of Tobruck sighted wreckage of an aircraft in the sand. Five skeletons and a diary describing the final days of the crew were recovered. The radio, guns and ammunition in the plane were in working order. Life Magazine devoted a full issue to this discovery.
    1946---Birthday of the “coach,” Craig T. Nelson, actor, born Spokane, Washington.
    1950- Birthday of Judith Resnik, astronaut. The 36-year-old electrical engineer mission specialist was the second US woman in space. She perished in the Challenger explosion, Jan. 28, 1986.
    1952- “Police Story” premiers on TV. Produced by Jerome Robinson, directed by David Rich and narrated by Norman Rose, "Police Story" was an early anthology series on CBS depicting incidents from real-life police files.
    1950—Birthday of Jim Lahti’s sister, Christine, acrtress (Emmys for “chicago Hope,” “Swing Shfit, director (Oscar for “LIberman in Love), born Birmingham, MI.
    1951—Birthday of Steve Gatlin of country's Gatlin Brothers Band.
    1953-the first scholastic fraternity chapter established at an African-American university was the Phi Beta Kappa, at Fisk University, Nashville, TN.
1957--Birthday of American composer Jeffery Cotton,San Fernando, CA.
    1960 - Elvis Presley records ``Are You Lonesome Tonight.''
    1960 - Eleven Academy Awards were presented to one movie at the 32nd Annual Academy Awards at the RKO Pantages Theater, Los Angeles. "Ben-Hur", the Best Picture of 1959, was the first motion picture to receive that many Oscars. The other categories for which the MGM film, produced by Sam Zimbalist, was honored were: Best Director (William Wyler); Best Actor (Charlton Heston); Best Supporting Actor (Hugh Griffith); Best Cinematography/Color (Robert L. Surtees); Best Art Direction-Set Direction/Color (Edward Carfagno, William A. Horning, Hugh Hunt); Best Costume Design/Color (Elizabeth Haffenden); Best Sound (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studio Sound Department, Franklin E. Milton, Sound Director); Best Film Editing (John D. Dunning, Ralph E. Winters); Best Effects/Special Effects (visual-A. Arnold Gillespie, Robert MacDonald III; audible-Milo B. Lory); and Best Music/Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (Miklos Rozsa). "Ben-Hur" lost only one nomination: Best Writing/Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium. "Room at the Top" (Neil Paterson) took that Oscar home and the Best Actress award, too (Simone Signoret). The Best Supporting Actress award went to Shelley Winters for her performance in "The Diary of Anne Frank", her second Oscar. The moviemakers of "Anatomy of a Murder" had high hopes with six nominations in the ring; but that’s all they were. However, the Best Music/Song Oscar went to "High Hopes" (James Van Heusen-music, Sammy Cahn-lyrics) from "A Hole in the Head". It would be 38 years and a lot of high hopes before one film won 11 Academy Awards again ("Titanic"). And who knows how long before the host is an Award recipient again! (Bob Hope received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.)
    1961- The Marcels' "Blue Moon" hits #1
    1963 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``He's So Fine,'' The Chiffons. In 1976 the estate of songwriter Ronnie Mack wins a lawsuit against former Beatle George Harrison. A judge rules that Harrison subconsciously copied his No. 1 song ``My Sweet Lord'' from ``He's So Fine.''
    1964 - The Beatles set an all-time record on the Top 100 chart of "Billboard" magazine this day. All five of the top songs were by the British rock group. In addition, The Beatles also had the number one album as "Meet the Beatles" continued to lead all others. The LP was the top album from February 15 through May 2, when it was replaced by "The Beatles Second Album". It was estimated at the time that The Beatles accounted for 60 percent of the entire singles record business during the first three months of 1964. The top five singles by The Beatles this day were:
1) Can’t Buy Me Love
2) Twist and Shout
3) She Loves You
4) I Want to Hold Your Hand
5) Please Please Me
    1965 - Actor Robert Downey Jr. is born in New York, NY. Downey Jr. has penned more than 30 original songs, and his version of Charley Chaplin's theme song, "Smile," is included on the soundtrack to the film "Chaplin."
    1967 - Johnny Carson quit "The Tonight Show". He returned three weeks later with an additional $30,000 a week! Here’s Johnnnnnnny!!!
    1967-speaking before the Overseas Press Club at New York City, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, announced his opposition to the Vietnam War. That same day, at the Riverside Church at Harlem, King suggested that those who saw the war as dishonorable and unjust should avoid military service. He proposed that the US take new initiatives to conclude the war.
    1968-Martin Luther King, Jr., born on 15 January 1929, is shot and killed by a sniper while standing on the balcony outside his second-story room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis TN. On this night,April 4, presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, just two months away from his own assassination, announced King's death at a political rally in Indianapolis. Urging calm, Kennedy fell into quoting the Ancient Greek tragedian Aeschylus in an effort to articulate the inexplicable tragedy of King's murder: "In our sleep, pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God." As word of the assassination spread, riots broke out in several major cities, and in Washington, D.C., fires set by enraged protestors devastated portions of the downtown area. The National Guard was subsequently called in, and for several days the armed troops patrolled the streets of the nation's capital. James Earl Ray was convicted of his assassination, but King’s family to this day believe he was killed by others.
    1968- Bobby Goldsboro was awarded a gold record for "Honey." The record sold one-million copies within three weeks, and eventually sales were over three-million. "Honey" topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for five weeks.
    1969-CBS canceled the “Smothers Brothers” comedy series. The hour-long show strongly influenced television humor during the two years it aired. Tom and Dick, however, frequently found themselves at odds with the censors over material that would be considered tame today. Guests and cast members frequently knocked the Vietnam War and the Nixon Administration. Acts featuring antiwar protestors such as Harry Belafonte were often cut.
    1969-the first heart transplant using an artificial heart took place at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston, Texas ( an exhibit is now at Herman Hospital, University of Texas at Houston ). Dr. Denton A. Cooley ( still in practice), implanted the world’s first entirely artificial heart into Haskell Karpk, age 49, from Skokie, IL. The prosthetic heart was made of Dacron and plastic. Karp lived with the hear for three days, when it was replaced by a transplanted heart. He died on April 8.
    1970-Diana Ross makes her first solo concert appearance, in Framingham, Massachusetts.
    1970- Crosby Stills Nash & Young's LP Deja Vu hits #1
    1971- The Temptations' "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)" hits #1
    1971 - Veterans stadium in Philadelphia, PA was dedicated this day. It was the largest baseball park in the National League. A total of 56,371 fans could come out to see the Phillies play baseball or the Eagles play football. The stadium has been nicknamed the Vet. Seating was later increased to 63,000. 
    1973 - Sandia Crest, NM, reported a snow depth of 95 inches, a record for the state of New Mexico.
    1973 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``The Night the Lights Went out in Georgia,'' Vicki Lawrence. Lawrence is probably best known as the look-alike to the star of ``The Carol Burnett Show.'' The song debuts at No. 100 on the Hot 100.
    1973- A taped Elvis Presley concert entitled Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii is telecast on NBC and proves to be a huge success. The total worldwide audience for the show, the first commercial worldwide satellite broadcast, amounts to over a billion people.
    1974-- Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth's home-run record.
    1976- Johnnie Taylor's "Disco Lady" hits #1
    1978--Birthday of American composer Kevin Ure.
    1981-first mayor of a major city of Mexican descent was Henry Gabriel Cisnernos, San Antonio, Texas.
    1983 -a snowstorm in the midwest left 11 inches of snow on the ground at Liberal, Kansas and 14 inches at Trousdale, Kansas. Further to the west in Colorado, the storm was in its 2nd day and by the time it was all over on the 5th, 21 inches of new snow was recorded at Fort Collins and Buckhorn Mountain, not to far from Fort Collins, was buried under 64.4 inches.
    1984 - Bob Bell retired as Bozo the Clown on WGN-TV in Chicago, IL. Bell was an institution in the Windy City since making his first appearance in 1960. Pinto Colvig was the original Bozo.
    1987-Denis Potvin of the New York Islander, the highest-scoring defenseman in NHL history at the time, scored the 1,000th point of his career. Potvin entered the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991.
    1987-- one of the most famous record companies in the world, RCA Records, officially became the Bertelsmann Music Group - BMG for short - upon its takeover by the giant West German publishing, broadcasting and recording company. The new owners said Nipper, the famous Radio Corporation of America dog, would continue as the new firm's logo, and the names RCA, Arista and Red Seal would still appear on BMG record labels.
    1987 -New England was in the middle of its second heavy rainstorm in 5 days. Ten persons were killed in a bridge collapse over Schoharie Creek. This was the same storm that produced record snows in the Appalachians. This storm dumped 4 to 7 inches of rain over the area and this, combined with snowmelt and rivers already at bankfull, produced record flooding, especially in Maine. 2300 homes were flooded in Maine with 215 totally destroyed. Record water levels were reached at many dams. Damage in the state alone reached 100 million dollars.
    1987-Grace Slick's lead vocals helped Starship reach Billboard's number one spot for the third time with "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now". The song was co-written by Albert Hammond, who had scored a number 5 hit of his own in 1972 with "It Never Rains in Southern California".
    1990 - A deep low pressure system in northern New York State brought heavy snow to parts of western and central New York during the day. The snowfall total of 5.8 inches at Buffalo was a record for the date, and 9.5 inches was reported at Rochester. Snowfall totals ranged up to 11 inches at Warsaw.
    1996- Jerry Garcia's widow, Deborah, and Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir sprinkled a small portion of Garcia's ashes into India's holy Ganges River. Deborah Garcia kept her plans secret because she feared thousands of fans might have travelled to India and disrupted the ceremony. The rest of Garcia's ashes were released off San Francisco later that month. The Grateful Dead leader had died of a heart attack following a drug overdose in a rehabilitation facility, Forrest Farm, in Marin County.
    1996-- The former general manager of Daiwa Bank's New York branch pleaded guilty to aiding a $1.1 billion cover-up.
    1996-- In its IPO, just two days after Lycos and a week before Yahoo!, Search engine Excite's stock opens at $17 and closen at $20.
    2000-Michigan State beats Florida 89-76 to win NCAA Title.

    2003 -- SMITH, PAUL RAY Medal of Honor
Rank and Organization: Sergeant First Class, 2nd Platoon, B Company, 11th Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division. Place and Date: At Baghdad, Iraq, 4 April 2003. Citation: Sergeant First Class Paul R. Smith distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with an armed enemy near Baghdad International Airport, Baghdad, Iraq on 4 April 2003. On that day, Sergeant First Class Smith was engaged in the construction of a prisoner of war holding area when his Task Force was violently attacked by a company-sized enemy force. Realizing the vulnerability of over 100 fellow soldiers, Sergeant First Class Smith quickly organized a hasty defense consisting of two platoons of soldiers, one Bradley Fighting Vehicle and three armored personnel carriers. As the fight developed, Sergeant First Class Smith braved hostile enemy fire to personally engage the enemy with hand grenades and anti-tank weapons, and organized the evacuation of three wounded soldiers from an armored personnel carrier struck by a rocket propelled grenade and a 60mm mortar round. Fearing the enemy would overrun their defenses, Sergeant First Class Smith moved under withering enemy fire to man a .50 caliber machine gun mounted on a damaged armored personnel carrier. In total disregard for his own life, he maintained his exposed position in order to engage the attacking enemy force. During this action, he was mortally wounded. His courageous actions helped defeat the enemy attack, and resulted in as many as 50 enemy soldiers killed, while allowing the safe withdrawal of numerous wounded soldiers. Sergeant First Class Smith’s extraordinary heroism and uncommon valor are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Third Infantry Division “Rock of the Marne,” and the United States Army.
    2010-The Boston Red Sox opened their 2010 campaign in style by having Neil Diamond sing "Sweet Caroline", which plays over the loudspeakers during the 8th inning of every Red Sox home game. Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler took the field during the 7th inning stretch to sing "God Bless America".

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    1983---North Carolina State
    2000---Michigan State




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