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Funding Coordinator

Generate documents & addendum's, approve all signed documents, process, working closely with sales team; responsible for developing positive and strong working relationships both internally and externally.
This is a key position, important for
the growth of Quick Bridge funding

For more description of duties and requirements,
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Quick Bridge Funding provides working capital loans
to small and mid-sized companies throughout
the United States. With an innovative program
we provide capital to an to an under-served market.


Wednesday, April 10, 2013


Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

    Classified Ads---Asset Management
More on Popular Equipment Finance
 Solar Leasing/Financing Grows 1st Quarter
  The List—March, 2013
   Classified Ads---Help Wanted
    Cartoon—Jim Merrilees at IRS
 Letters?! We get eMail
  Do you know what the average CLP earns?
   May 8--May 10 Public Sector Finance Forum
    DoubleTree Chicago, Illinois Magnificent Mile
     Why Networking Doesn't Work
      by Eric V. Holtzclaw,
First National Capital Corporation Posts Record
Funded Volume in First Quarter
  Veritas Financial Partners To Move to New Hq.
   Payments to 4.2 Million Borrowers Covered
by Foreclosure Agreement to Begin April 12
     Leasing Attorneys
      Retriever Mix
       Austin, Texas Adopt-a-Dog
News Briefs---
 Bailed-out banks haven’t met goals of small-business lending program
  Boeing plans $1 billion expansion in S.C
   Introducing the 97-month car loan
    Facebook closes in on Google for mobile-ad supremacy in U.S.
     San Jose solar startup to be acquired by largest U.S. solar manufacturer

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More on Popular Equipment Finance

In the announcement of Dale Kluga as president of Popular Equipment Finance, here is more information:

Dale Kluga President
Popular Equipment Finance Unit of BPNA
9600 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue Suite 500
Rosemont, Illinois 60018
Cell: 630-675-0828
Office: 847-994-6902

"We are accepting new brokers. PEF will underwrite full financial statement applications. Minimum of 3 years in business for PEF standard terms. Less than 3 years in business requires special terms and conditions."

    • Minimum Lease Size: $50,0000
    • Lease Size Range: $50,000 to $500,000
    • Credit Profile: A Quality, B Quality, Start-ups
    • Term: 1 to 5 Years
    • Lease Types: Operating Lease, Direct/Finance Lease, Single Investor Lease
    • Prohibitions: No trains, planes, boats or restaurants


Popular Equipment Finance Back in the Game
Dale Kluga Named President




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Solar Leasing/Financing Grows 1st Quarter

"Third party finance/solar lease firms raised about half a billion dollars in residential and commercial project funds in the first quarter with three of the transactions of $100 million each," according to a report by Mercom Capital Group, Austin, Texas.

Mercom has tracked approximately $5 billion in disclosed solar lease funds to date.

"SunPower announced a $100 million financing program with US Bancorp for home installations utilizing SunPower’s solar power system. Bosch Solar Energy also established a $100 million fund with its subsidiary aleo solar, which will be made available for commercial and residential solar projects in the United States," reported. "OneRoof Energy announced that it will invest $100 million in residential solar projects with MS Solar Holdings, a subsidiary of Morgan Stanley and Main Street Power, with debt financing provided by National Bank of Arizona."

"Active acquirers in Q1 included investment funds, project developers and utilities," reported. "This quarter was dominated by the massive acquisition of SunPower’s 579 MW Antelope Valley Solar Projects by Warren Buffett’s MidAmerican Solar. This is MidAmerican Solar’s second largest solar project acquisition following its $2 billion acquisition of First Solar’s 550 MW Topaz Solar Project in Q4 2011.

"Other active project acquirers this quarter included: GE Energy Financial Services, MetLife, Union Bank and Citi, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Mitsubishi Corporation, Innovation Network Corporation of Japan and Solar Ventures."



The List—March, 2013

--- Mergers, Acquisitions & Changes
"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"-

Pacific Western, Midvale, Utah, formerly Marquette Finance, Utah (3/13)
Responds to non-notification of residual in Evergreen clause.

MAC Financial Services, Scottsdale, Arizona (3/13) Doesn't return deposit or do lease, not licensed in California, also no Arizona Advance Deposit license. Applicant to hire attorney.

Balboa Capital, Irvine, Ca. Irvine, California (3/13) Eighth complaint, Evergreen again!

Northern Leasing Systems, New York City (3/13) Northern Leasing Systems Says "It isn't so!"

Alphabetical Order

Chronological Order




Leasing Industry Help Wanted

Orange, California

Funding Coordinator

Generate documents & addendum's, approve all signed documents, process, working closely with sales team; responsible for developing positive and strong working relationships both internally and externally.
This is a key position, important for
the growth of Quick Bridge funding

For more description of duties and requirements,
please click on position
Quick Bridge Funding provides working capital loans
to small and mid-sized companies throughout
the United States. With an innovative program
we provide capital to an to an under-served market.



Business Development Officer
Baltimore-Washington DC Area

Existing client base a plus, work from
corporate office as needed.
Salary plus commission structure,
benefits, expense plan.
Allan Levine 443 796 7337
Nancy Pistorio 443 796 7325
A great place to work
35 years equipment & vehicle financing full service direct funder
for small to mid-ticket transactions,
with syndication abilities for large ticket.



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Letters?! We get eMail

(Mostly in Chronological Order)

"I am thinking that you might have an answer to this. Lately we have been competing with 2 other leasing companies ( not naming them) but it is hard to compete when you are up against the following You know they are not telling the truth one but the client cannot see it.

"For example

"36 month lease customer pays two payments in advance- other company does not apply the 2 payment meaning this is a 38 month lease of it could be even longer. They only way the lease will know is when he make his last payment.

"What with the termination fee this should be disclosed!?”

"Interim rent goes on and on without this being applied to the lessee payments.”

Lease extends for another 12 months and lessee doesn’t catch it, especially if ACH.”

"When all these tactics are used of course we will never be able to compete. SCL provides ethical standards and discloses everything to the lease.. At the end of the day our repeat customer base is at 90%. But we have been losing deals because of unethical standards of some companies."

Barbara Griffith
Southern California Leasing, Inc.

(First check out the Leasing News Evergreen Clause list, then next the Bulletin Board Complaint.

(If they are on them, send them a copy because what happened to these lessees, could happen to them. It is easy to have a lower rate counting on an extra 12 payments or playing games in proposing a $1.00 out, but the documents are "fair market value" hidden in the small language.

(If any readers have any suggestions, please send them direct to: or share with us in the next We get eMail. Editor)


Balboa Capital, Irvine, California
Bulletin Board Complaint

" With regards to your complaint bulletin Kit I am sick and tired of people in our profession taking advantage of small business, offering unrealistic rates and then keeping the proposal fee. I have a few more years in the business and would like to leave it in a better state ethically I would like to hear what suggestions you have for me to do just that."

Tim Cetto
Full Circle Finance Inc.

(I gave this some thought. What we need to do is spread the word. This means not only having victims told about Leasing News as a place to mediate a complaint, but also to inform others about who is on the list.

(I have two projects in mind. I hope to have an announcement early next week.

(Thank you for your challenging question. It made me think. Editor)


Court Invalidates $21,000 Copier CoActiv Lease to Put Out to Bid
by Sergio I. Scuteri

"Laughed out loud upon reading of the NJ case involving Co-Activ.

"It has been many years now that states have injected themselves with protections regarding bidding and contracts for municipalities, universities, schools, hospitals, etc. The process of qualifying for bidding/doing business with the state/county/municipality, the form of contract that must be approved, etc., gave rise to procedures…at least where I was employed…that included documentation from the government body involved that the bidding process requirements has been understood and followed, that the entity involved has the authority to enter into such a contract, and the usual incumbency/resolutions attesting thereto.

"To be sure, this elongates an already cumbersome process and exacerbates the usual sales-credit-legal tug-of-war. That Co-Activ chose to litigate, given the facts and circumstances identified in the article, is surprising, even with the fact that there were payments made under the lease. Usually this is sufficient to obligate the lessee.

"The laws are clear and unambiguous, and now are on the websites. It is usually a case of ‘do we want to endure the process’ and if so, the requirements and process must be adhered to or the consequences are what occurred in this case.

"Always interesting to read the Leasing News!"

Kind regards,

Ralph Mango Project Management Coordinator
comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCOR)


(Actually the photo caption is incorrect, as third standing from left is Chuck Griffin; standing to the right of Bruce Kropschot and to the left of Jim Merrilees .Editor)

Archives---March 28, 2001
FlexLeasing (Griffin & Associates) Closes Their Doors

"I have to tell you today’s archive about Chuck brought back lots of memories. It was a sad day when he closed down Flex, but proud to the end after almost 10 years as competitors he still called me the new guy


Bob Underwood
Specialty Funding
Business Equipment Finance & Leasing


"Thanks for the connection...I really enjoy your newsletter!!! Very informative and fun to read..."

David Singer


Top Five Leasing Web Sites—

"Upon reviewing your story “Top Five Leasing Web Sites - Why These Companies Are Growing in Sales” I was curious as to how Tiger Leasing compared to the brands you listed as the top in the industry."

(Leasing News up-dated the web sites March 8, 2013)

The survey is based on which leasing companies had the most active, pro-active, interactive, innovative, and best use of web sites for generating business and communication. Another criterion was having a Alexa US rating under 300,000 in the list of most visited (the lower the number, the more visits in the list with Google is #1).

US Alexa Traffic Rating: 73,462
Down from March 8, 2013: 65,449
WWW: 273,126
Sites Linking in: 559
Down from March 8,2013: 563

US Alexa Traffic Rating: 106,746
Down from March 8, 2013: 66,479
WWW: 354,951
Sites linking in: 363
Down from March 8, 2013: 365
US Alexa Traffic Rating: 119,840
Down from March 8,2013: 103,319
WWW: 513,530
Sites Linking in: 468
Down from March 8,2013: 494

US Alexa Traffic Rating: 144,582
WWW: 1,241,359
Sites Linking in: 59
US Alexa Traffic Rating: 216,233
Up from March 8,2013: 224,598
WWW: 1,258,415
Sites Linking in: 125
Up from March 8,2013): 24

Alexa Traffic Rating: 336,433
Up from March 8, 2013:350,575
WWW: 1,968,229
Sites Linking in: 105
Same, March 8,2013: 105

Pushes GreatAmerica Finance out of the top five

"At Tiger Leasing, we have been committed to an “active, pro-active, interactive and innovative” web presence and we’ve invested in our website for both business generation and communication. We just wanted to share our findings with you and thank you for your consideration in future surveys on top leasing websites!"

Steve Robins



Do you know what the average CLP earns?

Did you know that CLPs on average earn 6 figures a year?

Do you want to earn more in the leasing profession? Become a CLP and your earning potential will soar.

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Business Development Officer
Baltimore-Washington DC Area

Existing client base a plus, work from
corporate office as needed.
Salary plus commission structure,
benefits, expense plan.
Allan Levine 443 796 7337
Nancy Pistorio 443 796 7325
A great place to work
35 years equipment & vehicle financing full service direct funder
for small to mid-ticket transactions,
with syndication abilities for large ticket.





May 8--May 10 Public Sector Finance Forum
DoubleTree Chicago, Illinois Magnificent Mile

The Association for Government Leasing and Finance along with the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association Public Sector Finance Forum is open to both members and non-members. First time attendees also receive 10% off.

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ELFA Member Registration

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* Available to employees of state and local governments only


From experienced equipment leasing & finance professionals seeking to keep up with the latest product, administrative and legislative trends in the tax exempt and federal finance market, to those seeking insight into the Public Finance Sector as a new business opportunity. Business executives, attorneys, bankers, brokers, CPA’s, financial advisors, investment bankers, document specialists, syndicators, credit and sales personnel will all benefit from attending.

The Association for Governmental Leasing & Finance (AGLF) is a full service organization active in all phases of the municipal leasing industry. The membership encompasses all facets of municipal leasing and includes third party lessors, placement agents, investment bankers, government officials, vendors, manufacturers, captives, and commercial bankers.

To register for the conference ­

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The Association holds two annual conferences each year, the first in May and the other in November. AGLF conferences are structured as an educational forum designed to aid attendees in increasing their market share in the tax-exempt leasing industry. Because the planners and leaders who run the conferences are active in the industry, AGLF conferences provide informative and useful sessions, based on real-world situations. Click on Events/Meetings to see our calendar of programs.

Available only to members, our quarterly Tax Exempt Leasing Letter (TELL) contains timely, informative, up-to-the-minute news about the association and the leasing industry. A subscription to TELL and discounts on publications are two additional benefits of membership.

All members receive a copy of the Fifty State Survey, a compilation of federal tax law, federal securities law, and of legislation and case law specifically affecting governmental leasing in the Fifty States.




Why Networking Doesn't Work
by Eric V. Holtzclaw,

Working a room and shaking dozens of hands? Forget it.
Re-think your networking to make lasting connections.

I used to dread attending networking events and crowded conferences. I'm a bit of an introvert and it always felt awkward walking up to a stranger and trying make small talk.

It wasn't until I realized that some of my greatest opportunities have come because of a chance connection made at a conference or networking event that I started appreciating that dreaded networking. I realized I needed to think of networking differently to make it work for me.

With the Spring networking season entering full swing, it's a good time to think about how you approach networking, so you can get the most out of your time spent.

The World is Flat

Some networkers I know move through a networking event to collect as many business cards as possible. They tend to put people they meet into two broad categories: prospects or non-prospects. They quickly discard the non-prospects as a waste of time.

That's a mistake. A non-prospect may be just as important to your future needs as a prospect because they may connect you with someone or something you need.

Remember six degrees of separation? With the introduction and widespread use of social media and other technologies, a study from 2012 shows that these days, it's more like four degrees. The more people you know--really know--the more likely you are to make that important connection you need to take your career, company, or venture to the next level.

Stop Working the Room

The number one rule is to stop thinking about networking as "networking." Networking should not be about meeting as many people as possible in as short amount of time. There is no glory in returning to your office with a handful of business cards if nothing comes from your efforts, and there is no need to continually add to your LinkedIn connections unless you can establish a meaningful relationship with these new connections.

I work hard to figure out what I can do for someone else when I meet them. Who can I connect them to? What can I do for them (outside of selling them my stuff)? What resource or information can I share that will help them out? True connection is a two-way street.

Be Selective

I attend one event a week. If I pick a new event, and it's not right for me, I don't go back. If it ends up being a good use of my time, where I meet quality people who are interesting and interested, then it makes it onto my list of events to attend in the future.

One such event in Atlanta, started by Darrah Brustein, is the Atlanta Under 40 event. Darrah's event attracts almost 200 people a month. There is an unspoken rule that people don't sell to each other at Atlanta Under 40--it's about getting to know someone new. Her event has been so successful that she recently unveiled an Atlanta Over 40 to give everyone a place to make new connections.

Focus on Only a Few

One of my colleagues makes it a point to only meet one person at any given event and spends his time really getting to know that one person. He relies on that deep connection to potentially connect him with the rest of their network.

I am not as hyper-focused, but try to have a meaningful conversation with only about five people at every event I attend or for each day of a conference. This results in enough contacts to plan one day of meetings and get to know each of them more deeply within a couple of weeks of the initial introduction. I have found that seeking to establish a quality relationship with a few people provides the greatest payoff for my efforts.

It's About the Follow Up

Quinetha Frasier of First Born Group follows a philosophy that I have always found to be true, but didn't put it into words as precisely as she has. She believes that if you don't follow-up with someone within 10 days after meeting them it was never meant to happen.

She goes so far as to say that if you don't MEET in 10 days, then it wasn't meant to be. This is her way of determining those that are really serious about establishing a relationship and those just connecting for the sake of connecting.

Eric V. Holtzclaw is CEO and founder of Laddering Works, a marketing and product strategy firm. Holtzclaw’s weekly radio show, The "Better You" Project, shines a spotlight on entrepreneurs’ business journeys.

You may reach him at:


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First National Capital Corporation Posts Record
Funded Volume in First Quarter


Foothill Ranch, California…First National Capital Corporation (FNCC), a full-service commercial equipment and aviation finance provider, has announced today that the company posted a record $45.8 million in funded volume for the first quarter of 2013.

Keith Duggan President and CEO stated “As many in the industry know, with the major push in the 4th Quarter of each year, the first quarter can often be a bit anemic, so we’re very excited being able to fund our largest 1st quarter ever. We are very confident FNCC will achieve significant growth in 2013 as we continue to serve our customers.”

Duggan went on to say “I am especially pleased with the performance and contributions of our excellent team of professionals and am always thankful to those clients that have trusted us to provide capital to their businesses.

With offices in Foothill Ranch, California; Houston, Texas; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Nashville, Tennessee, First National Capital Corporation provides cost-effective equipment finance and leasing solutions to a wide range of capital-intensive industries including aviation, construction, manufacturing, transportation, oil and gas exploration and private equity sponsored companies in the United States and Canada. The Company’s unique capital structure allows us to provide an aggressive cost of funds to a more diversified range of credit profiles.

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Veritas Financial Partners To Move to New Hq.

Veritas Increases Capacity To Serve

Crystal Corporate Center, 2500 N. Military Trail Suite 465
Boca Raton, FL 33431

The office has doubled in size in the last two years. The relocation provides 5,874 sq. ft. for recent growth. Veritas continues to expand its product offerings to include financing across a variety of industries and forms of collateral, including accounts receivable, inventory and equipment, as well as owner occupied commercial real estate Commitments range from $1 – $25 million. This is in addition to being a world class loan servicer and asset manager for institutional investors such as community and regional banks, insurance companies, family offices, private equity funds and hedge funds interested in participating in Veritas’s secured lending investments.

Growing Partnerships and Continued Portfolio Expansion

"With the growth Veritas has accomplished in the last two years, it was clear the time had come for us to find larger office accommodations," said Mark Sunshine, CEO of Veritas Financial Partners. "We're excited about our new location, and our strengthened ability to bring customized financial solutions to the core industries we serve. Our new headquarters will house a support team for our growing partnerships and portfolio expansion."

Veritas Financial Partners

Veritas Financial Partners is a leading national financial services firm that provides senior secured credit facilities to small and medium sized businesses. We provide financing across a variety of industries and forms of collateral, including accounts receivable, inventory, equipment, and other fixed assets as well as owner occupied commercial real estate. Commitments range from $1 – $25 million, and often involve facilities that blend various forms of collateral, providing the client with a single financing solution.

Learn more about us »
Visit us online at


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(This ad is a “trade” for the writing of this column. Opinions
contained in the column are those of Mr. Terry Winders, CLP)

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Payments to 4.2 Million Borrowers Covered
by Foreclosure Agreement to Begin April 12

WASHINGTON--Payments to 4.2 million borrowers are scheduled to begin on April 12 following an agreement reached by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Reserve Board with 13 mortgage servicers.

The agreement, which was reached earlier this year, provides $3.6 billion in cash payments to borrowers whose homes were in any stage of the foreclosure process in 2009 or 2010 and whose mortgages were serviced by one of the following companies, their affiliates, or subsidiaries: Aurora, Bank of America, Citibank, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, JPMorgan Chase, MetLife Bank, Morgan Stanley, PNC, Sovereign, SunTrust, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo.

The payments will range from $300 to $125,000. For borrowers whose mortgages were serviced by 11 of the 13 servicers--all servicers but Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley--checks will be sent in several waves beginning with 1.4 million checks on April 12. The final wave is expected in mid-July 2013. More than 90 percent of the total payments to borrowers at those 11 servicers are expected to have been sent by the end of April. Information about payments to borrowers whose mortgages were serviced by Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley will be announced in the near future.

In most cases, borrowers will receive a letter with an enclosed check sent by the Paying Agent--Rust Consulting, Inc. Some borrowers may receive letters from Rust requesting additional information needed to process their payments. Previously, Rust sent postcards to the 4.2 million borrowers notifying them of their eligibility to receive payment under the agreement.

Rust is sending all payments and correspondence regarding the foreclosure agreement at the direction of the OCC and the Federal Reserve.

Borrowers can call Rust at 1-888-952-9105 to update their contact information or to verify that they are covered by the agreement. Information provided to Rust will only be used for purposes related to the agreement. Borrowers should beware of scams and anyone asking them to call a different number or to pay a fee to receive payment under the agreement.

Accepting a payment will not prevent borrowers from taking any action they may wish to pursue related to their foreclosure. Servicers are not permitted to ask borrowers to sign a waiver of any legal claims they may have against their servicer in connection with accepting payment.

In determining the payment amounts, borrowers were categorized according to the stage of their foreclosure process and the type of possible servicer error. Regulators then determined amounts for each category using the financial remediation matrix published in June 2012 as a guide, incorporating input from various consumer groups. Regulators have published the payment amounts and number of people in each category on their web sites at and

While the agreement ended the Independent Foreclosure Review for the 13 companies identified above, the review continues for OneWest, Everbank, and GMAC Mortgage.

Regulators continue to monitor the servicers' actions to correct the unsafe and unsound mortgage servicing and foreclosure practices required by other parts of regulators' enforcement actions, which remain in effect.

Regulators have issued guidance to the servicers under foreclosure-related enforcement actions directing a review before foreclosure sales for all pending foreclosures. These reviews help prevent avoidable foreclosures by ensuring foreclosure-prevention alternatives are considered and foreclosure standards are met. Regulators encourage borrowers needing foreclosure prevention assistance to work directly with their servicer or to contact the Homeowner's HOPE Hotline at 888-995-HOPE (4673) (or at to be put in touch with a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-approved nonprofit organization that can provide free assistance.

Agreement Details:

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Birmingham, Alabama
The lawyers of Marks & Weinberg, P.C. have over 30 years experience in dealing with virtually every type of equipment financing and are recognized throughout the industry for prompt, practical solutions and exemplary service. They offer cost-conscious, effective lease enforcement and good counsel. 
California, National: city: Riverside 
Ellen Stern - get results, reasonable pricing; numerous industry contacts, nearly 30 yrs SoCal, 20 yrs equip.: CFL license specialist, documentation, work-outs, litigated collections, recoveries; deal-maker. 

Kenneth C. Greene
California & Nevada 
Hamrick & Evans, LLP, Universal City , LA; San Francisco Bay 
Area, No.Calif. & Nevada. Call for free consultation (828)763-5292 or (415) 806-2254,
Connecticut, Southern New England: 
EVANS, FELDMAN & BOYER, LLC Collections, litigation, documentation, portfolio sales and financing, bankruptcy. We represent many of the national and local leasing companies doing business in this state. Past chairman EAEL legal committee. Competitive rates. 
Los Angeles, Southern CA 
Seasoned attorney representing secured creditors in auto finance and truck/equipment lease industry.  Bankruptcy and State Court litigation.   Vincent V. Frounjian (818) 990-0605 or email:

Encino, California: Statewide “ELFA” 
Hemar, Rousso & Heald, LLP 30 yr excellent reputation Lessor representation commercial litigationdebt collection, and bankruptcy.
Call Stephen E. Jenkins Esq (818) 501-3800

Los Angeles, Statewide: CA.     "ELFA" Aggressive creditors rights law firm specializing in equipment leasing handling collection matters on a contingency, fixed fee or hourly cbasis. 

Los Angeles -statewide: CA      "ELFA"
Practice limited to collections, bankruptcy and problem accounts resolution. Decades of experience. 10-lawyer firm dedicated to serving you. Call Ronald Cohn, Esq. (818)591-2121 or email. Email:   

Los Angeles- Statewide, CA
Lawyer specializing in banking and leasing issues statewide. Documents and litigation. 
Tom McCurnin, Barton, Klugman & Oetting. Voice: (213) 617-6129 
Cell:(213) 268-8291

Long Beach, CA 
Wagner & Zielinski,  successfully representing lessees/ lessors.  Not a member of any leasing organization, therefore not beholden to special interests.  Richard Wagner 
(562) 216-2952

Long Beach CA.
Paul Bent -- 30 years experience in all forms of equipment leasing, secured lending, and asset based transactions, from analysis and deal structuring to contract negotiations to closing to private dispute resolution. (562) 426-1000

Trabaris, P.C.: Finance attorney with 24 years’ experience with transactional, documentation, secured financing and workouts/restructurings.  Kevin Trabaris.  Phone:  847-205-4377.

Law Firm - Service, Dallas, TX. "ELFA"
Mayer regularly practices in leasing, secured financing, project development and finance and corporate finance. 
National:  The OMEGA Network Group-nationwide legal representation of small and mid ticket equipment lessors-flat fee bankruptcy & replevin, contingent collection, 
billable litigation (704-969-3280)

National: Coston & Rademacher: Business attorneys serving the lease-finance industry since 1980. Transactional, documentation, corporate/finance, workouts, litigation, bankruptcy, portfolio management. Chicago-based national practice. Jim Coston, CLP (Members: ELFA, NEFA). 

St. Louis County , MO. - statewide: 
Schultz & Associates LLP., collections, negotiation, and litigation. Also register and pursue recovery on foreign judgments. Contingency and reasonable hourly rates. 
Ronald J. Eisenberg, Esq. (636) 537-4645 x108
NJ,De,Pa: Specializing in leased equipment/secured transactions. Collections, replevins/workouts reasonable rates. Sergio Scuteri/Capehart & Scratchard, /
New York and New Jersey
Peretore & Peretore, P.C. documentation, portfolio purchase & sale, replevin, workouts, litigation, collection, bankruptcy.  Aggressive. Over 25 years

Thousand Oaks, California: 
Statewide coverage Spiwak & Iezza, LLP 20+ years experience,Representing Lessors banks in both State/ Federal Courts/ all aspects of commercial leasing litigation.
Nick Iezza 805-777-1175


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That about describes Hipster. He has a beautiful, soulful expression, gorgeous caramel-colored eyes, and engaging grin, and soft, pettable fur. Best of all, he does not wear ironic T-shirts or drink Pabst beer! He's much more inclined to enjoy peanut-butter flavored dog biscuits, because that's how he rolls!

Can you imagine waking up to this sweet face every day? Hipster is a playful dude who just enjoys hanging around people as much as he can--there's no stand-offish angst about this boy! He's completely at ease with the other dogs in his foster home, especially if they will wrestle and play with him. Hipster was such a favorite at the shelter that they were able to raise enough money in donations to pay for his FHO surgery and neutering. That's saying a lot considering their tight budget!

Hipster had a huge fan club at the shelter but they thought he'd have more chance of finding the right home in the Big City. Hipster would really enjoy a home with another playful dog, and with people who can spend time loving on him. He probably would not like being an only dog unless someone is home most of the day or he can spend a couple of days a week at doggie daycare--he's got a lot of love and play to share!

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        William Wordsworth (1798)

I heard a thousand blended notes,
While in a grove I sate reclined,
In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts
Bring sad thoughts to the mind.

To her fair works did Nature link
The human soul that through me ran;
And much it grieved my heart to think
What man has made of man.

Through primrose tufts, in that green bower,
The periwinkle trailed its wreaths;
And ’tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes.

The birds around me hopped and played,
Their thoughts I cannot measure:--
But the least motion which they made
It seemed a thrill of pleasure.

The budding twigs spread out their fan,
To catch the breezy air;
And I must think, do all I can,
That there was pleasure there.

If this belief from heaven be sent,
If such be Nature’s holy plan,
Have I not reason to lament
What man has made of man?




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This Day in History


   1777-the Continental Congress held a lottery for the purpose of raising funds. The lottery was approved on November 1, 1776, and seven managers were appointed to conduct it. Treasury bank notes were awarded as prizes, payable at the end of five years. Funds were obtained by lottery by individual colonies at various times prior to this national lottery.
    1790-when Robert Gray docked the Columbia at Boston Harbor this day in 1790, he became the first American to circumnavigate the earth. It took him three years. His 42,000-mile journey opened trade between New England and the Pacific Northwest and helped the US establish claims to the Oregon Territory.
    1794- birthday of, Matthew Calbraith Perry commodore in the US Navy, negotiator of first treaty between US and Japan (Mar 31, 1854). Born at South Kingston, RI. Died Mar 4, 1858, at New York, NY.
    1816-- In Philadelphia, church reformer Richard Allen, 56, was elected the first bishop of the newly-created African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. (Previously, in 1799, Allen had been the first black ordained to preach in the Methodist Episcopal Church.)
    1829- The birthday of General William Booth, founder of the movement that became known, in 1878, as the Salvation Army, was born at Nottingham, England. Apprenticed to a pawnbroker at the age of 13, Booth experienced firsthand the misery of poverty. He broke with conventional church religion and established a quasi-military religious organization with military uniforms and ranks. Recruiting from the poor, from converted criminals and from many other social outcasts, his organization grew rapidly and its influence spread from England to the US and to other countries. At revivals in slum areas the itinerant evangelist offered help for the poor, homes for the homeless, sobriety for alcoholics, rescue homes for women and girls, training centers and legal aid. Booth died at London, England, Aug 20, 1912.
    1845-Erastus Brigham Bigelow received a patent for his invention of gingham manufacturing machinery. Previously, all gingham had been made by hand at home. He capitalized Lancaster Mills at $500,000 and opened it in 1846 in Clinton, MA.
    1847 -- Joseph Pulitzer born, Budapest (or Makó), Hungary. Bought the New York World in 1883. In 1885 he was elected to Congress from New York, but resigned. In the 1890s Pulitzer had a circulation war with William Randolp Hearst, & his newspapers were accused of "yellow journal" practices. Through his will, he established the Columbia University School of Journalism and annual prizes for literature, drama, music, & journalism. Leasing News "Mission" is based on his retirement speech:
    1849- Walter Hunt of New York patented the first safety pin. Within the space of three hours, he conceived the idea, made a model, and then sold his patent rights for $100.
    1854--Two earthquake shocks San Francisco, one at 10:30 a.m. and another 15 minutes later, were felt. The second was the most severe, and more violent at Pt. Lobos
    1866-Henry Bergh organized the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals, patterning it after the Royal S.P.C.A. of London. He returned to New York City after a trip to St. Petersburg, Russia, where he was appalled by the beatings which droshky drivers in Russia administered to their horses.
    1877-Nathanael Greene Herreshoff of Providence, RI, received a patent for a boat on two parallel hulls. He called it a “catamaran”. This jointed boat is still used today, principally by lifeguards at public beaches.
    1878 -- In San Francisco, the California Street Cable Car Railroad Company starts service.
    1880-birthday of Frances Perkins, first woman member of a US presidential cabinet. Born at Boston, MA, she was married in 1915 to Paul Caldwell Wilson, but used her maiden name in public life. She was appointed secretary of labor by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933, a post in which she served until 1945. Died at New York, NY, May 14, 1965.
    1894 - A heavy late season snow blanketed parts of the northeastern U.S. Heavier snowfall totals included 31.5 inches at Salem Corners PA, 30 inches at LeRoy NY, 26 inches at York PA, 14 inches at Waterbury CT, and 9 inches at Providence RI.
    1872—The First Arbor Day.
    1913-- In a game which features President Woodrow Wilson throwing out the first pitch, Washington's Walter Johnson gives up an unearned run in the first inning of the home opener but will not yield another for 56 innings. The Senators beat the Yankees, 2-1.
    1915-birthday of Harry Morgan, a New York actor, close friend of Clifford Odets, and many of the fine actors, who moved to Hollywood and became a hit on "December Bride", then "Pete and Gladys, then went to M*A*S*H and to Dragnet, among others.
    1916- A number of golf professionals are invited to lunch at the Taplow Club on January 17, by Rodman Wanamaker to discuss the feasibility of forming a national association of golf professionals. PGA of America founded April 10 in New York City with 35 charter members, says the official site, but history books state the number at 83 “ Following the organizational luncheon meeting called by Rodman Wanamaker in January, 82 charter members approved a constitution to create the Professional Golfers' Association of America. The members agreed to promote interest in the game of golf, elevate the standards of the golf professional's vocation, protect their mutual interests and establish a national professional championship. 
    1917- birthday of the “Beautiful Mind,” Robert Woodward, Nobel Prize--winning (1965) Harvard University science professor whose special field of study was molecular structure of complex organic compounds. Called "one of the most outstanding scientific minds of the century." Born at Boston, MA, he died at Cambridge, MA, July 8, 1979.
    1921-birthday of Chuck Connors ( Kevin Joseph)."The Rifleman" of television fame, Chuck Connors played that role from 1958 to 1963. His portrayal of a slave owner in the miniseriesRoots won him an Emmy nomination. Connors acted in more than 45 films and appeared on many TV series and specials. He played professional basketball , recorded in history as the first player to break the basketball player to break the basketball backboard in a game in Boston. He also played baseball before becoming an actor. Born at Brooklyn, NY; died Nov 10, 1992, at Los Angeles, CA. ( My father Lawrence Menkin wrote many of “The Rifleman” scripts.)
    1921 – birthday of Sheb Wooley (CMA comic of the Year [1968]; singer, songwriter: The Purple People Eater, Are You Satisfied, Hee Haw theme; actor: Rawhide, High Noon, Rocky Mountain, Giant, Hoosiers)
    1925 -- F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is published. Eventually his best-known work of the Jazz Age, sales are disappointing. A dispassionate examination of blandness and emptiness in the lives of tycoons and flappers was acclaimed by critics, but was not a popular success. In the 1950's, the book was re-published with great popular acclaim among colleges and universities.
    1928-- saxophonist Fraser MacPherson, one of the most respected jazz musicians in Western Canada, was born in Winnipeg. A resident of Vancouver from 1948 on, MacPherson received international attention in 1975 with his LP, "Fraser: Live at the Planetarium." It was recorded with his trio, featuring guitarist Oliver Gannon and bassist Wyatt Ruther. MacPherson died of cancer on September 27th, 1993. 
    1930—Birthday of rhythm and blues singer Ray Agee
    1933 - The Civilian Conservation Corps, a tool for employing young men and improving the government's vast holdings of western land, is created in Washington, D.C. One of the dozens of New Deal programs created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to fight the Great Depression, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was primarily designed to put thousands of unemployed young men to work on useful public projects. By the time Congress abolished the agency in 1942, more than two million men had served, making the CCC one of the most successful government training and employment projects in history. 
    1935 - Severe dust storms across Iowa and Kansas closed schools and highways. Dodge City KS experienced its worst dust storm of record, with dense dust reported from the morning of the 9th until after sunset on the 11th. The sky was almost as dark as night at times during the daylight hours. The thick dust suspended traffic on highways and railroads, and also suspended most business in town.
    1939-Glenn Miller records “Little Brown Jug,” “Sunrise Serenade” (Bluebird 10286, 10214)
    1941-Jimmy Rushing records “Goin' to Chicago” with County Basie (Okeh 6244)
    1942- On this morning American and Filipino prisoners were herded together by Japanese soldiers on Mariveles Airfield on Bataan (in the Philippine islands) and began the Death March to Camp O'Donnell, near Cabanatuan. During the six-day march they were given only one bowl of rice. More than 5,200 Americans and many more Filipinos lost their lives in the course of the march.
    1942--BULKELEY, JOHN DUNCAN Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Lieutenant Commander, Commander of Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 3, U.S. Navy. Place and date: Philippine waters, 7 December 1941 to 10 April 1942. Entered service at: Texas. Born: 19 August 1911, New York, N.Y. Other awards: Navy Cross, Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Legion of Merit. Citation: For extraordinary heroism, distinguished service, and conspicuous gallantry above and beyond the call of duty as commander of Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 3, in Philippine waters during the period 7 December 1941 to 10 April 1942. The remarkable achievement of Lt. Comdr. Bulkeley's command in damaging or destroying a notable number of Japanese enemy planes, surface combatant and merchant ships, and in dispersing landing parties and land-based enemy forces during the 4 months and 8 days of operation without benefit of repairs, overhaul, or maintenance facilities for his squadron, is believed to be without precedent in this type of warfare. His dynamic forcefulness and daring in offensive action, his brilliantly planned and skillfully executed attacks, supplemented by a unique resourcefulness and ingenuity, characterize him as an outstanding leader of men and a gallant and intrepid seaman. These qualities coupled with a complete disregard for his own personal safety reflect great credit upon him and the Naval Service. 
    1945-- U.S. Armed forces liberated the prison camp at Buchenwald, Germany. It was estimated that nearly 57,000 prisoners (mostly Jews) perished in the gas chambers of Buchenwald during its eight-year existence as a Nazi concentration camp.
    1947 ----During the sixth inning of an exhibition game against their minor league team at Ebbets Field, the Montreal Royals, Dodgers' president Branch Rickey issues a two sentence statement to the press which will forever change the game. It reads "The Brooklyn Dodgers today purchased the contract of Jackie Roosevelt Robinson from the Montreal Royals. He will report immediately."
    1953 - Eddie Fisher discharged from the Army, arrived home to a nice paycheck of $330,000 in record royalties. Fisher sold 7 million records for RCA Victor while on furloughs. "Anytime" was just one of several hits recorded during his stint in the Army. He was the most popular male singer in his day, until he abandoned Debbie Reynolds for Elizabeth Taylor. His fans disappeared overnight.
    1953 -- House of Wax, the first 3-D movie, released in New York.
We were living in Larchmont, New York, and I remember going to the movies on a Saturday afternoon for 15 cents each, wearing the glasses, and I think at the time my brother and I thought the movie was stupid; it didn't scare us at all. (We were eleven and ten years old.)
    1954---Perry Como's "Wanted" hits #1
    1955 --Dr Jonas Salk successfully tests Polio vaccine.
    1956--Top Hits
Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley
The Poor People of Paris - Les Baxter
(You've Got) The Magic Touch - The Platters
Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins
    1956--Nat "King" Cole is attacked and severely beaten by a group of racial segregationists while singing onstage at the Municipal Hall in Birmingham, Alabama.
    1956-- Leo Fender patents the successor to his popular "Telecaster" model of electric guitar, this time called the "Stratocaster."
    1957-- Ricky Nelson, then all of sixteen, performs his recently-recorded version of Fats Domino's "I'm Walkin'" -- done to impress a date -- on his family's TV sitcom, ABC the Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. The record sells half a million copies in the next week alone.
    1958 - Dick Clark devoted an hour of his "American Bandstand" afternoon TV show to the memory of Chuck Willis who had died earlier in the day from peritonitis. Willis was from Atlanta, GA and recorded hits that included: "C.C. Rider", "Betty and Dupree", "What Am I Living For" (his biggest hit) and "Hang Up My Rock and Roll Shoes". Willis was a noted rhythm and blues singer and songwriter of the early rock era.
    1960--- 24th Golf Masters Championship Arnold Palmer wins, shooting a 282.
    1961-South African Gary Player shot an 8-under par 280 to become the first foreign player to win the Masters. Player, defeated Arnold Palmer and Charley Coe by one stroke. He won the tournament again in 1974 and 1978.
    1961--- In the last opener ever to be played at Griffith Stadium, rookie president JFK throws out the longest and hardest thrown ceremonial first pitch in history as the ball sails over the heads of the players lined up in front of the presidential box. The newly elected commander in chief, an avid Red Sox fan, stays for the entire game and sees the 'new' Washington Senators, the former team moved to Minnesota, play their first game losing to the White Sox, 4-3.
    1963- the Houston Colt .45s, a National League expansion team, hosted the first major league game ever played in Texas, beating the Chicago Cubs, 11-2, before 25,000. The Colt .45s finished the year in eight place with a record of 64-96. Renamed the Astros in 1965, they won their first division title in 1980.
    1964---Top Hits
Can't Buy Me Love - The Beatles
Twist and Shout - The Beatles
Suspicion - Terry Stafford
Understand Your Man - Johnny Cash
    1965-Freddie and The Dreamers hit #1 in the US with "I'm Telling You Now." 
    1967 – 39 th Annual Academy Awards held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Bob Hope was the host. ""Virginia Woolf" won Best Costume Design/Black-and-White (Irene Sharaff) and "Seasons" won the award in the Color category (Joan Bridge and Elizabeth Haffenden); "Seasons" also won Best Cinematography/Color (Ted Moore) and "Virginia Woolf" the Black-and-White division (Haskell Wexler). Then "Virgina Woolf" won for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration, Black-and-White (George James Hopkins, Richard Sylbert) while "Seasons" took the Oscar for Best Writing/Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Robert Bolt). They were tied. Best Supporting Actress: "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" (Sandy Dennis), but Best Supporting Actor went to Walter Matthau in "The Fortune Cookie". "Virginia Woolf", ahead by one. The Best Music/Song Oscar went to "Born Free" (John Barry-music, Don Black-lyrics) from the movie of the same title. The fight was still on since neither "Seasons" nor "Virginia Woolf" was nominated in that category. The Academy Award for Best Actress went to Elizabeth Taylor for "Who's Afraid of Virginnia Woolf. The Best Picture of 1966 winner as "A Man for All Seasons", Fred Zinnemann, producer.
    1967-British Invasion band Freddie and the Dreamers hit Number One in the U.S. with "I'm Telling You Now." Their only other hit, the dance the song "Do the Freddie" would hit #18 on the pop chart within several weeks.
1968-Rolling Stone reports Mickey Hart has joined the Grateful Dead at the invitation of drummer Bill Kreutzmann.
    1968 –The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences postponed the 40th Annual Academy Awards ceremonies two days because of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. It was held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Bob Hope was the host. The Best Picture of
    1967--- "In the Heat of the Night" (Walter Mirisch, producer), and "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" (Best Actress: Katharine Hepburn—She is the only actress to win the award two consecutive years in a row Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) and The Lion in Winter , plus the most Best Actress Awards *(1968and Best Writing/Story and Screenplay/Written Directly for the Screen (William Rose), . "Heat" won four more Oscars that evening: Best Actor (Rod Steiger); Best Writing/Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Stirling Silliphant); Best Sound (Samuel Goldwyn SSD); Best Film Editing (Hal Ashby). Best Supporting Actor George Kennedy ("Cool Hand Luke"), Best Supporting Actress Estelle Parsons ("Bonnie and Clyde"); Best Music/Song, "Talk to the Animals" from "Doctor Dolittle" (Leslie Bricusse). Mike Nichols who lost to "The Man for All Seasons" the previous year, won this time, as Best Director for "The Graduate". Other serious contenders for the golden statuette were: "Casino Royale", "Thoroughly Modern Millie", "The Dirty Dozen", "Divorce American Style", "Camelot", "The Jungle Book", "Far from the Madding Crowd", "Valley of the Dolls", "In Cold Blood", "Barefoot in the Park".

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    1969 ---Met center fielder Tommy Agee hits a monster shot into the upper deck in left field making it the longest home run to reach the seats in Shea Stadium history; Disc commemorating Agee's historic homer at Shea Stadium.
    1970-- The Russian Orthodox Church in America was granted autocephalic independence by its Mother organization, the Russian Orthodox Church. Headquartered today in Syosset, New York, membership in this religious body currently numbers approximately one million.
    1970 - Officially resigning from The Beatles, Paul McCartney disbanded perhaps the most influential rock group in history at a public news conference. The Beatles hit, "Let It Be", was riding high on the pop charts. The last recording for the group, "The Long and Winding Road" (also from the documentary film "Let It Be"), would be number one for two weeks beginning on June 13, bringing to a close a chapter in rock and roll music.
    1971-- John Denver's "(Take Me Home) Country Roads" enters the charts
    1971--- Despite temperatures in the low 40s, a crowd of 55,352, the largest in the history of Pennsylvania ever to watch a baseball game, witness the Phillies first game at Veterans Stadium. Jim Bunning throws the first pitch and Larry Bowa singles, for the park's first hit, as Philadelphia defeats the Expos, 4-1.
    1972---Top Hits
A Horse with No Name - America
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack
I Gotcha - Joe Tex
My Hang-Up is You - Freddie Hart
    1972 - The 44th Annual Academy Awards celebration was held at Los Angeles' Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The hosts of the evening's festivities: Helen Hayes, Alan King, Sammy Davis Jr., and Jack Lemmon. The nominees were: "A Clockwork Orange", "Fiddler on the Roof", "The Last Picture Show", "Nicholas and Alexandra" and "The French Connection". And the Oscar goes to ... "The French Connection", Philip D'Antoni, producer. The Oscar also went to "The French Connection" for Best Director (William Friedkin); Best Actor (Gene Hackman); Best Writing/Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Ernest Tidyman); and Best Film Editing (Gerald B. Greenberg). All of the other Best Picture nominees (except "A Clockwork Orange") also received Oscars: "The Last Picture Show" won for both supporting actor and actress (Ben Johnson and Cloris Leachman respectively); "Fiddler on the Roof" won for Best Cinematography (Oswald Morris), Best Sound (Gordon K. McCallum, David Hildyard) and Best Music/Scoring Adaptation/Original Song Score (John Williams); "Nicholas and Alexandra" won the awards for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration (John Box, Ernest Archer, Jack Maxsted, Gil Parrondo, Vernon Dixon) and Best Costume Design (Yvonne Blake, Antonio Castillo). "Klute" won one out of its two nominations: Best Actress (Jane Fonda) and "Shaft" won its only nomination: Best Music/Song (Isaac Hayes, "Theme from Shaft". Other films from 1971 that received accolades: "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory"; "Sunday Bloody Sunday"; "Carnal Knowledge"; "Summer of '42", "Bedknobs and Broomsticks"; "Mary, Queen of Scots"; and "McCabe & Mrs. Miller".
    1976-Peter Frampton went to #1 on the Billboard album chart with "Frampton Comes Alive". The LP would stay on the chart for 97 weeks and sell over 6 million copies. It is still the fourth largest selling 'live' album of all time, behind Garth Brooks' "Double Live", "Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Live 1975 - '85" and "The Eagles Live". 
    1979 - A massive tornado smashed into Wichita Falls, TX, killing 43 persons and causing 300 million dollars damage. Another tornado struck Vernon TX killing eleven persons.
    1982-"Ebony and Ivory" a duet by Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney, debuts on the U.S. charts at #29. It will go on top be Number One in both the U.S. and U.K., becoming Wonder's first British Number One
    1985 - Relief pitcher Dan Quisenberry was signed by the Kansas City Royals to a contract that promised he would “...never wear another uniform.” The lifetime pact was worth $43 million, after taxes, over a 40-year period. Quisenberry became known as the ‘Fireman', for putting out late-inning fires and saving games for the Royals. The contract made him the game's highest-paid reliever.
    1985 - Eddie Murphy's "Beverly Hills Cop" made it to the top ten on the list of top-grossing motion pictures. The film, at number nine on the list, was the only R-rated and non-summer movie to make the list.
    1988 - It was a big day on Wall Street as 48 million shares of Navistar International stock changed hands in a single-block trade. It was the largest transaction executed (to that time) on the New York Stock Exchange.
    1988---Top Hits
Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car - Billy Ocean
Out of the Blue - Debbie Gibson
Devil Inside - INXS
Famous Last Words of a Fool - George Strait
    1989 - Strong northerly winds, gusting to 53 mph at Albuquerque, NM, ushered cold arctic air into the south central U.S. The temperature at Albuquerque plunged from 82 degrees to 29 degrees overnight. Thirty-three cities in the central U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date, including Goodland KS with a reading of 4 degrees above zero.
    1989-- Alabama was named artist of the decade by the Academy of Country Music. The country-rock band had had 21 consecutive number-one hits, including "Feels So Good," "The Closer You Get" and "Roll On." Marty Robbins had won the honor in the 1960's, and Loretta Lynn in the '70s. 
    1990 - Thunderstorms produced severe weather from the Central Gulf Coast Region to western sections of the Carolinas during the afternoon and evening. Evening thunderstorms over western South Carolina produced wind gusts to 98 mph which injured four persons at Holly Springs, and wind gusts to 100 mph which injured one person and caused half a million dollars damage north of Dacusville.
    1995-- NYC bans smoking in all restaurants that seat 35 or more.
    1999- "Here, There and Everywhere: A Concert For Linda," a charity tribute concert for the late Linda McCartney is held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Among the performers are Paul McCartney, Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, Elvis Costello, Sinead O'Connor, and George Michael. Proceeds raised funds for animal rights causes.
    2000-- On his father's 50th birthday, Ken Griffey Jr. becomes the youngest player (30 years, 141 days) to hit 400 career homers beating Jimmie Foxx's previous mark
(30 years, 248 days old).
    2003 --By hitting his 31st career leadoff homer, Astros' outfielder Craig Biggio breaks Bobby Bonds' National League record. The major league mark of 80 belongs to Rickey Henderson.
    2003-- In a 7-6 victory over the Cardinals at Coors Field, the Rockies turned the first triple play in club history. With Scott Rolen on second base and Tino Martinez on first, Colorado's first baseman Todd Helton catches Orlando Palmeiro's soft liner for the first out and throws to shortstop Jose Hernandez who steps on second for the second out and then tags Martinez to complete the triple killing.
    2005 - Heavy snow affected the Colorado Rockies during April 10-11, as up to 30 inches of snow affected the mountains around Denver. In the Denver metro area, 10-15 inches of snow accumulated.


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    1956 Montreal Canadiens



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