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Archives---April 15, 2002
 Commercial Money Center--It Gets Worse
   Coda: Tom McCurnin, Leasing News Legal News Editor
    Classified Ads---Operations
 Loan/Lease Regulations --- Update
  Placard---If You Can’t Be Early
   “What is a Pre-Interview?”
      Career Crossroad---By Emily Fitzpatrick/RII
    Classified Ads---Help Wanted
Leasing 102 by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP
 Pricing & Structuring in the Sales Effort
   Another Creditor Gets Snagged by Failing to Return
    Repossessed Collateral after the filing of Bankruptcy
     Chart---Has the PC Industry Bottomed Out?
  Leasing Conferences—Updates/Latest Exhibitors
    San Diego, California Adopt-a-Dog
     Classified ads—Marketing
  Easter DVD’s: Recommended by Fernando Croce
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     Easter Parade /It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown
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  Fraud Admitted by Freehold Office Equipment Leasing Firm
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Archives---April 15, 2002
Commercial Money Center--It Gets Worse

$19.2 Million Fraudulent Leases? out of $250 Million Portfolio
or is it higher, as others are now coming forth?

Here are reader’s comments to Leasing News:

Please do not use my name. Other employees may guess who I might be as I was involved in (upper management). I do know that the fraudulent leases were bonded by ACE (under Illinois Union Insurance Co.), RLI and American Motorists as these were the last 3 companies who wrote bonds for CMC.

I am concerned in looking for employment that the onus of working for CMC will be working against me. How do I tell a prospective employer that I was not guilty of any wrong doing?

I fully expect that all of the sureties will file suits if they have not yet done so. Knowing what I do about D&B's public records database, I'm not surprised that they are not all showing up as yet (D&B Public Records can be slow).

If you have access to Lexis/Nexis, you might get a better list of complaints. Accusearch through Data Filing Service/UCC Direct might give you more information but can be costly. I'm sure you know all of that, but I thought I'd throw it in. Because special purpose companies were often formed for bulk sales, a UCC search might not return accurate data. Any San Clemente addresses showing would most likely be the offices of Anthony and Morgan Surety and Insurance Services, the broker who sold the bonds to CMC.

The actual bonding process was a simple one: the bonds themselves are something of a web. In certain cases, bonds were 'wrapped' when one company purchased the bond from the original seller. Any changes to the bonds were at the request of either the issuer of the bond or the bank to whom the leases were sold. The causes for any changes were due to various reasons including simple mergers and, in certain cases, declining ratings on existing bonds. To my knowledge the list of bonding companies includes:

Royal Indemnity
Amwest Surety
Frontier Insurance Co.
RLI Insurance Co.
ACE America Insurance (ACE wrapped the Frontier, Royal and other bonds)
American Motorists Insurance
Illinois Union Insurance Co. (A wholly owned subsidiary of ACE)
Kemper (these bonds were purchased in the mid-summer of last year but were returned as Kemper's bond rating dropped after 9/11/01 due to the fact that they had insured parts of the World Trade Center.

This is noteworthy as this event is THE ONLY impact that 9/11 had on CMC although they continued to publicize that event as having caused severe damage to CMC. That has always made me a little sick, quite frankly, but I had no control over this. It did bother me ******** tried to use such a tragedy to their advantage. Kemper is not responsible for any CMC leases)

Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, in the final days, was negotiating with CMC to wrap the entire portfolio with new bonds and relieve the obligation of the original sureties. Once this was done, the entire portfolio was to be refinanced by Citibank and Chase Manhattan as a joint venture apart from any routine purchases. Once the lawsuits started coming down, however, all parties pulled out.

There may have been a few other smaller bonding companies, but the names escape me. Most of those bonds were later wrapped though. The list above is an accurate list of the big players though.

I am sure Safeco and their subsidiaries are especially aggravated as they were promised but never received relief on the bonds written on leases for Shandoro Ventures, a gigantic CMC disaster along with Kapco and Med-Quik.

ACE, of course, will be the biggest suit as they hold the most bonds. ACE is not without blame, however, they did not investigate what they were bonding and were unfortunately duped as a result.

I would like to help out, but it is not the legality that I am fearful of, but the fact that I worked for such a company. Please withhold my name.


I noticed that you mentioned "no major banks seem to be involved" in the CMC story. This is not correct: Citibank is in for $50 Million and NetBank is in for more than that amount.

By the way, the Citibank deals were sold under a special purpose company formed solely to sell leases to Citibank. This was agreed upon by both entities as a matter of risk management. The name of that company was CMC Lease Funding 2000-220 L.P.

You may quote me. I have been sitting on some information since the middle of last summer involving what I believed to be wrongdoing by the executive management of CMC. I was not, however, 100% certain that wrong had been committed until you reported today (Friday) that one of the signers on the bogus deals had come forward. I was the Processing Manager for CMC.

Dean Ambrosini

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Dean Ambrosini is in the financial business, located in San Diego, California. He stayed in touch with Leasing News from the very beginning and has been very helpful.



Coda: Tom McCurnin, Leasing News Legal News Editor

(I first got to know Tom from these days as he was the lead attorney in the CMC lawsuit against the insurance companies and based his case on the fact CMC was not a licensed finance lender in California (remember all the stories about being licensed to do business). He won his case.

Kit Menkin, editor).

In 2008, he wrote about an appeal on the matter:

CMC paper and Officers Back to Litigation


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Loan/Lease Regulations --- Update

While there is a conception that equipment leasing is not licensed, it is not quite true. Most states have license requirements, and all have issues on usury, requiring a sales/use tax permit, corporation filing to do business in a state, as well as many states have personal property license requirements from the owner of the equipment.

It is true that there are no state or national associations that regulate the industry as banks and other financial institutions or accountants, attorneys, realtors, to name a few. The closest may be the Certified Leasing Professional Foundation where they are 200 individuals that have passed a test, an annual test, and abide by a set of rules and regulations.

In most states, banks are not required to have a leasing license as well as manufacturers. Banks are generally exempt because they are regulated by the FDIC.

The common thread among licensing statutes is that if the entity which should otherwise have a license, is licensed by another government agency (real estate brokers is one example), then no license is required.

An expert on this who has won cases against company’s not licensed in California, notably CMC Commercial Credit, Tom McCurnin, Barton, Klugman & Oetting, Los Angeles, California told Leasing News: “A property owner can sell his property on credit without a license or without usury issues.  Its called the Time Price Doctrine or Time Price Differential.

“CIT on the other hand doesn't own the stuff and is therefore making a loan and is required to have a license. 

“A gray area might be for the leasing company to buy the stuff and have it shipped to them, and they, in turn re-ships to the customer.  May not be required to have a license.  Simple invoices and drop shipping probably would not pass muster.”

Captive Lessors are required to have a license, and all those that I checked do, such as Dell, who also sells other products than the ones they manufacture. 

And while there are financial institutions that also have a bank, such as CIT, they hold a license.

In California, those engaged in true leases, such as Mar Vista, address, do not need to be licensed, but everyone who is involved in “capital leases” with a bargain purchase option, particularly a dollar, are required to be licensed. Without it, they may not accept a commission, engage with a licensed financial institution, and may find their leases in court dismissed for lack of a license. While the fines are not very much, the clout comes in immediate suspension from doing business in California, and while a hearing may be required or filed by an attorney, they may not engage in business during this time.

“NO BROKERAGE COMMISSIONS TO UNLICENSED BROKERS. California Administrative Code Title 10 §1451.”

Commissions may not be paid to unlicensed brokers. There are companies who use other companies’ documents and therefore believe they do not need to be licensed. This may be accurate in dealing with a bank, but not with another licensed financial institution or financial institution out of state that is not licensed in California.

If you are registered by license as a broker, lender, lessor in states that require it, you do not need a city business license (in most states). Cities that require a business license, also require a business license if you work out of your residence. Many cities now are using Schedule C from tax returns, such as in San Jose, California, to catch those without a city license, and they will go back several years as well as a fine, so best to get a license now in case they check your city.

While not all states require a lender's license, many require a license to accept a deposit or advance rental. And remember, a capital lease may be considered a loan as it is with the IRS in many states. If the state requires a license, and your company is not licensed, the transaction may be subject to usury laws.

46 states do not require the lessor to notify the lessee regarding the end of the original term of the lease and can invoke an Evergreen clause, except in these states that do require notification and if not, can void the residual as well as bring on a fine or worse, depending on the number of such transactions and complaints received.

States who require notification: 
New York 
Rhode Island 
(In Illinois, Consumer law, but may affect commercial, especially a proprietorship, partnership or personal guarantee)

--Christopher Menkin

---Current Regulations
(Any up-dates or additions, please send

Arizona: All "advance fee loan brokers" must register annually with the state. Includes "commitment fees." Stiff penalty and on line form for a complaint for the state to investigate. Arizona Revised Statutes, sec. 06-1303-1310 (1996)
Registration process:

Arkansas: All brokers of "a loan of money, a credit card or a line of credit" may not assess or collect an advance fee. In addition, all brokers must register with the Securities Commissioner, post a surety bond of $25.000 and have a net worth of $25,000.
Arkansas Code Annotate sec. 23-39-401 (1995)

California: "In addition to the lending authority provided by the law, the California Finance Lenders Law provides limited brokering authority. A "broker" is defined in the law as "any person engaged in the business of negotiating or performing any act as broker in connection with loans*made by a finance lender." Brokers licensed under this law may only broker loans to lenders that hold a California Finance Lenders license." 
(*any transaction that is not a true rent or meets the accounting and tax rules or is re-sold as a loan or discount or has a nominal purchase option is considered under this nomenclature. ) (2)

Florida: Brokers of a "loan of money, a credit card, line of credit or related guarantee, enhancement or collateral of any nature" may not assess or collect an advance fee. 
Florida Statues, Chapter 687.14 (1992)

Georgia: A broker of "loans of money, a credit card, a line of credit or related guarantee, enhancement or collateral of any kind or nature" may not assess or collect an advance fee unless such fee is for "actual services necessary to apply for the loan." Official Code of Georgia Annotated, sec. 7- 7-1 (1992)

Idaho: No fee may be collected unless a loan is actually made. 
Idaho Code, sec. 26-2501 (1992) Illinois: Code, 815 ILCS 175/15-5.03 Under the Act, a" loan broker" means any person who, in return for a fee from any person, promises to procure a loan for any person or assist any person in procuring a loan from any third party, or who promises to consider whether or not to make a loan to any person. 815ILCS 175/15-5- 15(a) 
Specifically excluded from the application of the Act, however, are (1) any bank …regulated by any service loans for the Federal National Mortgage Association… (3) any insurance producer or company authorized to do business in [Illinois], (4) any person arranging financing for the sale of the person's product, (note that this exception does not apply to any person selling someone else's product and only applies to "the" person's product, implying the exception is for the owner of the product arranging for financing), (5) any person authorized to conduct business under the Residential Mortgage License Act of 1987 and (6) any person authorized to do business in [Illinois] and regulated by the Department of Financial Institutions or the Office of Banks and Real Estate. "In the event that the Act is violated by the broker, the Secretary of State is empowered by the statute to make investigations and examinations, suspend or evoke the broker's approval, subpoena witnesses, compel the production of books and records, order depositions and obtain temporary restraining orders and injunctions against the broker. In the vent that a violate is found, the Secretary of State may impose a fine in the amount of $10,000 for each violation and the broker shall be liable to any person damaged in the amount of tactual damages plus attorney’s fees." This appears as standard language on most states.

Idaho: No fee may be collected unless a loan is actually made. 
Idaho Code, sec. 26-2501 (1992)

Illinois: Code, 815 ILCS 175/15-5.03 Under the Act, a" loan broker" means any person who, in return for a fee from any person, promises to procure a loan for any person or assist any person in procuring a loan from any third party, or who promises to consider whether or not to make a loan to any person. 815ILCS 175/15-5- 15(a) specifically excluded from the application of the Act, however, are (1) any bank …regulated by any service loans for the Federal National Mortgage Association… (3) any insurance producer or company authorized to do business in [Illinois], (4) any person arranging financing for the sale of the person's product, (note that this exception does not apply to any person selling someone else's product and only applies to "the" person's product, implying the exception is for the owner of the product arranging for financing), (5) any person authorized to conduct business under the Residential Mortgage License Act of 1987 and (6) any person authorized to do business in [Illinois] and regulated by the Department of Financial Institutions or the Office of Banks and Real Estate. "In the event that the Act is violated by the broker, the Secretary of State is empowered by the statute to make investigations and examinations, suspend or revoke the broker's approval, subpoena witnesses, compel the production of books and records, order depositions and obtain temporary restraining orders and injunctions against the broker. In the vent that a violate is found, the Secretary of State may impose a fine in the amount of $10,000 for each violation and the broker shall be liable to any person damaged in the amount of tactual damages plus attorneys’ fees." This appears as standard language on most states.

Iowa: A broker of loans of "money or property" may not assess or collect an advance fee except for a "bona fide third-party fee" and a broker must obtain a bond or establish a trust account and file required documents with the Commissioner or Insurance.
Iowa Code, sec. 535C (19920)

Kansas : Broker is not exempt. Discounter or Lessor is exempt: " 'Creditor' means any person to whom a loan is initially payable on the face of the note or contract evidencing the loan" is exempt. Anyone who earns a fee or accept a deposit, except a bank, financial institution, discounter or lessor, must be registered.

Kentucky: Brokers of "a loan of money, a credit card, a line of credit or related guarantee, enhancement or collateral of any kind or nature" may not assess or collect an advance fee. 
Kentucky Revised Statutes Annotated, sec. 367.380 (1992)

Louisiana: A broker of loans of "money or property…whether such agreement is styled as a loan, a lease or otherwise" must obtain a surety bond or establish a trust account in the amount of $25,000. A broker may not collect an advance fee but may collect an "advance expense deposit for commercial loans" only for actual expenses incurred in obtaining the loan. Louisiana Revised Statutes Annotated, sec. 9:3574 (1993); Louisiana Revised Statutes Annotated, Sec. 51:1910 (1992)

Maine: No license required: "the regulation of commercial loan brokers does not fall under the jurisdiction of the Maine Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection. Transactions involving two businesses are legal/contractual in nature. Therefore, disputes involving a commercial loan between a business and commercial loan provider or broker must be settled in the court system."

Mississippi: A broker or loans of money may not assess or collect an advance fee and can be fined up to $5,000 for each violation. Mississippi Code Annotated, sec. 81-19-17 (1997)

Missouri: A broker of loans of "money or property" may not assess or collect an advance fee. Missouri Revised Statues, sec. 367 300 (19920

Nebraska: A broker of loans of money may not assess or collect an advance fee. Nebraska Revised Statutes, sec. 45-189 (1993)

New Jersey: Brokers of "loans of money" may not assess or collect an advance fee. 
New Jersey Rev. Statutes, sec. 17:10B (1992)

New Mexico: New Mexico currently requires Brokers/Lessors to register for Licensing under the NM Mortgage loan Company or Loan Broker Act with the Financial Institutions Division of the State of New Mexico. Banks with Brick and Mortar within the State of New Mexico are exempt. Prior to licensing applicants must submit the Following: 
Articles of Incorporation 
Listing of all principals (including management) 
A full financial Package (to meet their minimum requirements of liquidity) 
Personal financial statements on all principals 
Disclosure of all current or past suits (civil or criminal) 
Attach a corporate surety bond 
Include a $400.00 registration fee renewable yearly

North Carolina: A broker of "loans of money or property…whether such agreement is styled as a loan, a lease or otherwise" must obtain a surety bond or establish a trust account in the amount of $25,000 and obtain a license. North Carolina General Statutes, sec. 66-106 (1992)

North Dakota: Brokers may not accept an advance fee unless the broker is licensed. North Dakota Century Code, 13-04. 1-09.1 (1993) Ohio: Department of Commerce, Division of Financial Institutions

(Certificate to engage in the business of a credit services organization in accordance with the provisions of Sections 4712.01 to 4712.14 of the revised code of Ohio, subject to all the provisions thereof and to the regulations of the division.) Ohio Department of Taxation requires a "Vendor's License" under provision 5739.17 of the Revised Code ( hereby authorized to sell tangible personal property and selected services at the retail location specified below.) This also makes the lessor responsible for all taxes with penalties for not doing so.

South Carolina: A broker of "a loan of money, a credit card, a line of credit or related guarantee, enhancement or collateral of any kind or nature" may not assess or collect an advance fee. South Carolina Code Annotated, sec. 34-36-10 91992)

South Dakota: Money Lending License
Required for individuals or corporations to engage in the business of lending money, including creating and holding or purchasing and acquiring any installment loan ("Capital Lease" or EFA), single pay loan, or open-end loan which may be unsecured or secured by personal property. Requires filing a surety bond application. State and national banks, bank holding companies, other federally insured financial institutions, and the subsidiaries of those institutions are exempt from licensure. In addition, SD chartered trust companies are exempt from licensure. Any individual or corporation holding this license is required to pay the bank franchise tax. 
Duration: 1 year 
Cost: Application $600

Vermont: Commercial Loans
Commercial loan license would apply to EFA and "Capital Leases." Exemptions include transactions over $1 million, and brokers who do not engage in transactions more than $50,000 in one year at rates not exceeding 12 percent per annum.

Working Capital Loans $10,000-$250,000





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What is a Pre-Interview?”
Career Crossroad---By Emily Fitzpatrick/RII

Question: I have been asked to have a “pre-interview.” What is that?

Answer: Many hiring companies have “pre-interview” procedures. You may look at them as an “informational interview.” This is not uncommon in the agency intake as well as with larger corporations.

It also is not uncommon in smaller company processes. This is when the interview is basically with the person who is not going to do the actual hiring, meaning doesn’t have the final authority to make the decision to hire (e.g. headhunter) – however, they can offer valuable information about the company, position and hiring manager in order to land the job.

In this type of interview, your goal is to learn as much as possible about the company and job that has been targeted. Some goals to be fulfilled in this process include:

  1. Unearthing current information about the company and pertinent job functions.

  2. Investigating hiring policies.

  3. Developing a list of follow-up activities to increase visibility.

You can either gather this information from:

(1) Headhunter, e.g. what is the best way to get started with this company?

(2) HR Representative, e.g. what kind of person do you think is right for this company?

(3) Individual you have networked with at the company in the same type of role you are targeting, e.g. how do you spend your day?

During this process, working with headhunter / recruiter will allow you to ask them the questions that would otherwise be uncomfortable to ask an employer/hiring manager.

Do not look at it as a waste of time, but an opportunity to learn more about the position as well as the company itself.

Emily Fitzpatrick
Sr. Recruiter
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Career Crossroads Previous Columns


Leasing 102
by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP

Pricing & Structuring in the Sales Effort

I read a lot about the reasons to lease equipment ---and some reasons the customer should not lease. The truth is a lease will always be acceptable, if it matches the needs of the customer. Even a dollar option lease that essentially offers the same structure as a loan has some distinct advantages. Therefore, a lease always works, if the rate is the same as the loan.

The lessor needs to discover the structure that meets the need of the lessee. Too many lease salespersons fail to question the customer to determine the actual needs ---and they just offer prepared finance terms.

The “structure” is what we call the program that fits the lessee’s needs, and pricing is the lessor’s needs placed into the structure. To determine structure, term is the first question for the lessee, and it should be determined by the equipment’s use and useful life, followed by financial or cash flow requirements. Next, ask when they want to take the lease expense, because the payments be can be placed when they have the money available, instead of level payments in loans.

The lessee may have some ideas of its own, so you need to listen and see how these ideas affect the structure.

Once you have the structure, you place the best pricing you have into the structure and create a proposal. Then you deliver the proposal in person and present it to the lessee. Observe how they react to each section. If something does not get accepted right away, then take it back and change it into what they will accept. Don’t ever send it to the lessee or drop it off. You need to observe their reaction, so you can adjust it and return with a better proposal.

If you cannot reach the lessee and your leads comes from vendors you need to ask them the same questions. We need to determine the use of the equipment to qualify the term. The vendor in the sales effort usually discusses the use so they can advise you on the term.

If you get your leads from equipment vendors and you are not allowed to call on the customer, you will need a few programs that have different terms and unusual rental streams. The goal is to accommodate the different type of uses the customer may have for the equipment. Occasionally, a rate chart from 34 months to 64 months is helpful--- so when the customers have a preferred payment, the chart will determine the term.

Creating programs and structure tied to the use of the equipment will help the vendor in the sales effort---and get you more business!

“Structure” drives our leasing business, and the more creative we can be to meet the lessee’s requirements, the better chance we have of putting a good return in the pricing.

Mr. Terry Winders, CLP, has been a teacher, consultant, expert witness for the leasing industry for thirty-five years and can be reached at or 502-649-0448

He invites your questions and queries.

Previous #102 Columns:

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Another Credit Gets Snagged by Failing to Return
Repossessed Collateral after the filing of Bankruptcy

By Tom McCurnin
Leasing News Legal News Editor

Secured Creditors Must Return Repossessed Equipment If the Borrower Files a Bankruptcy. Here the Creditor Failed to Do So, and Was Tagged for Damages

Weber v. SEFCU, 719 F.3d 72 (2nd Cir. 2013).

Secured creditors do not “own” the collateral for which they have taken as security for a loan or lease, a point which is often missed by some secured creditors. This applies to all “capital leases,” which are basically “loans.” If the depreciation is not taken by the creditor, or the structure does not meet the definition of a “true lease,” also known as an “operating lease,” it is a “loan.” Under the UCC, that issue is determined by the end of lease options. There is a distinct difference in that a lease could be a true lease under the UCC, but not under IRS.

Here the idea that the creditor “owned” the collateral blurred its judgment, and the creditor refused to turn over a pickup truck it financed and repossessed, after the debtor filed a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. The creditor was tagged with damages. The facts follow:

SEFCU, a credit union, financed a pickup truck for Christopher Weber, one of its members. The loan went into default, and SEFCU repossessed the truck. Four days later, Weber filed a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, and Weber demanded return of the truck. SEFCU refused to turn over the truck, and Weber filed an adversary action seeking damages, including attorney fees, for SEFCU’s retention of the truck. The Court issued an order about two months later requiring SEFCU to return the vehicle, which SEFCU did the next day. The Debtor was without the truck for about two months.

In defending the adversary action, SEFCU claimed that a New York bankruptcy decision gave it a “reasonable time period” after an order was issued to return the vehicle. Weber countered with the argument that a United States Supreme Court decision trumped that New York bankruptcy decision, because the repossessed property was property of the debtor and had to be returned immediately upon the filing of the bankruptcy proceeding and no order was necessary.

The bankruptcy court held that the New York decision governed, and Weber appealed to the Federal District Court. The Federal District Court reversed, holding that the truck was property of the Debtor’s estate and should have been returned promptly. SEFCU then appealed to the 2nd Circuit.

On appeal, the Court of Appeals found that the truck was property of the estate and that SEFCU only held a security interest. The Court found that the refusal to return the truck, for two months, was “willful” and entitled the Debtor to damages, including attorney fees. The 2nd Circuit remanded the matter to the Bankruptcy Court to issue a damage award. Thus, the Court of Appeals held that a secured creditor may not retain possession of repossessed equipment after the filing of a bankruptcy, and that Weber was entitled to damages for the two months loss of use, and attorney fees.

What are the lessons here for equipment lessors?

  • First, in the context of a lease intended as security (not a true lease), the lessor only has a lien and the collateral is really owned by the debtor.

  • Second, upon the filing of a bankruptcy proceeding, the secured creditor must immediately return the equipment. While I don’t think it has to be accomplished on the same day, certainly two months is way too long. No specific order is necessary—the filing of the bankruptcy petition imposes this duty. SEFCU’s insistence upon obtaining an order was “unreasonable.”

  • Third, I don’t entirely understand why SEFCU would drag this matter out for a trial and two appeals. The legal expense must have been 10 times the value of the vehicle. Cooler heads should have prevailed, and the truck given back before the legal expense dwarfed the damages. I just don’t get it!

The bottom line to this case is that if the secured creditor has a lien on collateral, has repossessed (but not yet sold the collateral), the filing of a bankruptcy requires the secured creditor to return the collateral. It’s really that simple.

Webber Repo Case

Tom McCurnin is a partner at Barton, Klugman & Oetting in Los Angeles, California.

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2014 Leasing Association Conferences

April 23 - 25
2014 National Funding Conference
Chicago, IL

Over 500 Registered

Lite Attendee List
(Full listings available only to those register)

As of April 14, the following companies
will be exhibiting as funding sources this year: 

Alliance Partners, LLC
ATEL Capital Group
Banc of America Leasing
Banc of California
Bank of the West
Barnett Capital Ltd.
BB&T Equipment Finance
Boston Financial & Equity Corporation
BMO Harris Equipment Finance Company
Bridge Capital Leasing, Inc.
Capital One Equipment Leasing & Finance
CapitalSource, Inc.
Cole Taylor Equipment Finance
EverBank Commercial Finance, Inc.
Financial Pacific Leasing, Inc.
First American Equipment Finance, a City National Bank Company
First Bank of Highland Park
First Eagle Bank
Fifth Third Equipment Finance Company
Fuyo General Lease (USA) Inc.
GE Capital Markets Group
Huntington Equipment Finance
HVB Equipment Capital LLC
Key Equipment Finance
Lease Corporation of America
MB Financial Bank
Nations Equipment Finance
NXT Capital
People’s Capital and Leasing Corp.
PNC Equipment Finance LLC
RBS Citizens Asset Finance
SCG Capital Corporation
Securcor Financial Group
Signature Financial
Societe General Equipment Finance
Stearns Bank NA-Equip. Finance Division
Sterling National Bank Equipment Finance Division
SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Equipment Finance Group
TCF Equipment Finance
Varilease Finance, Inc.
Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, Inc.
Wintrust Equipment Finance, a division of Beverly Bank




May 1 - 3
National Association of Equipment
Leasing Brokers 
2014 Annual Meeting
Caribe Royale Hotel
Orlando, FL

"Access to suitable funding is a critical need for every broker. The association makes it easier for members to locate reputable and reliable sources. Meet face to face with an assortment of lenders at our Annual Conference in Orlando May 1-3. 

A searchable directory of Funder members is also available to registered NAELB members through our website. If you are not already a member, you can find info about joining the NAELB and about our annual conference at"

Joan Modes, BPB
President, NAELB

Annual Conference Exhibitors

360 Equipment Finance


Amerisource Funding

Axis Capital

Banc of California, N.A.

Bankers Capital

Blue Bridge Financial LLC

Bryn Mawr Funding

BSB Leasing

Business Credit Reports

Channel Partners LLC

CLP Foundation

Dakota Financial, LLC

Facteon, Inc.

The Finance Marketing Group

Financial Pacific Leasing, LLC         

First Federal Leasing

Fora Financial

Funding Circle USA

Gateway Commercial Finance


IOU Central Business Lending

KS State Bank, Baystone Government Finance


Marlin Equipment Finance

Maxim Commercial Capital LLC

Merchant Cash and Capital, LLC

Microbilt Corporation

NCMIC Finance Corporation

NFS Leasing

North Mill Equipment Financing LLC


Orange Commercial Credit

Pacific Western Equipment Finance

Paradigm Equipment Finance

Pawnee Leasing Corporation

Pinnacle Specialty Capital

Preferred Business Solutions

Quiktrak, Inc.

RLC Funding

TEAM Funding Solutions

Tetra Financial Group

Varilease Finance, Inc.

  Member Rate    Non-Member Rate
Broker Additional
Funder/Associate Additional

NAELB has negotiated a special group rate of $139/night for single/double or $159/night for king deluxe, from Wednesday, April 30 - Saturday, May 3.


May 7 - 9
Association of Government Leasing and Finance 
AGL&F/ELFA Public Sector Finance Forum
Washington, DC


Hotel Reservation:


September 4-6
2014 Eastern Regional Meeting
Lord Baltimore Hotel
Baltimore, MD

September 10-12
Canadian Finance and Leasing Association
The Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Whistler, British Columbia

September 18-20
San Antonio Texas
To Be Announced

October 19-21
2014 53rd Annual Convention
Manchester Grand Hyatt
San Diego, CA

November 5-7
34th Annual AGLF Fall Conference
Loews Ventana Canyon
Tucson, Arizona

November 6 - 8
2014 Western Regional Meeting
Hyatt Regency Irvine
Irvine, CA

November 12 - 14
Commercial Finance Association
70th Annual Convention
Washington Marriott Wardman Park
Washington, D.C.


November 16 -17
NJ Expo Regional
Teaneck, New Jersey
(Sunday evening- All Day Monday)

CFA Related Conferences

CFA Network Calendar

ELFA ---2014 Schedule of Conferences, Workshops
and e-Learning Opportunities



San Diego, California Adopt a Dog


Pet ID #: 6489
Color: White
Size: Medium

Additional Info:
Good with Dogs
Up-to-date with vaccines

"Lexis is a 1 year old male Corgi Mix who weighs 29lbs. DOB is approximately 2-1-13. He spent most of his puppy hood in a rescue in Ensenada and was acquired by the rescue to treat him for a terrible case of mange. Now that his mange is cleared up he is looking for kind and patient pet parents to help him adjust to life in the city. Lexis is curious about people but cautious about letting strangers pet him. It may take him a week or two to bond with all of the members of the household, but once he trusts you he a loyal and loving companion who won't leave your side. Lexis is affectionate, gives kisses and hugs, loves being petted and brushed, and loves to have his belly rubbed. He is 95% housebroken, walks with a loose leash, has excellent recall and gets along with other dogs as well as birds. He has a calm demeanor and lays quietly at dog-friendly restaurants, won't chew up the house when left alone, and loves riding (and sleeping) in the car.

Lexis' adoption fee is $200.00 - He is neutered, microchipped and up to date on his vaccinations.

Organization Contact Info:
Second Chance Dog Rescue
2435 C Street #5
San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 721-3647

Office Hours: Monday & Tuesday 10am-5:30pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday & Friday 10am-5:30pm
Saturday & Sunday Closed

Adopt a Pet



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Leasing News: Fernando’s View: Easter Edition
By Fernando 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 chocolate bunnies and check Netflix for these classic holiday choices.

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.

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.

King of Kings (Nicholas Ray, 1961): “Ben-Hur” and “The Greatest Story Ever Told” may be better-known Hollywood Biblical epics, but this retelling of the New Testament may be the most passionate version. From the birth in Bethlehem to the Crucifixion, the film follows Jesus (played by the underrated Jeffrey Hunter) in a large-scale yet intimate portrait of his telling encounters with John the Baptist (Robert Ryan), Barabbas (Harry Guardino), and Judas (Rip Torn). Known for “Rebel Without a Cause,” Nicholas Ray might seem like an usual choice to direct the movie, and yet his affinity for troubled outsiders works inventive and poignant wonders here, keeping a humane rather than grandiose eye on epic sequences like the Sermon on the Mount.

The Gospel According to St. Matthew (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1964): For an unconventional yet inspiring account of the life and death of Jesus, try this one-of-a-kind classic from Italy. The director, Pier Paolo Pasolini, believed in the neo-realist style of movies, which told stories using real locations and (in 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 typical Testament spectacles, Pasolini gets to heart of the teachings of Jesus, and makes viewers discover them anew.

The Last Temptation of Christ (Martin Scorsese, 1988): Martin Scorsese’s characters often deal with turbulent spiritual struggles, so it was only a matter of time before he directed a film dealing directly with Christ. When it was first released, this portrayal of the life of Jesus (played by Willem Dafoe) stirred tremendous controversy, condemned by religious figures before it even opened. Seen today, however, the most startling thing about it is how tender and lyrical it is in its view of a man torn between his holy and human impulses. Following Jesus and his relationships with Judas (Harvey Keitel) and Mary Magdalene (Barbara Hershey), Scorsese’s film is at once remarkably visceral and achingly spiritual, and a far preferable modern take than Mel Gibson’s blood-soaked 2004 epic.



News Briefs----

Four indicted in Sonoma Valley Bank collapse

Fraud Admitted by Freehold Office Equipment Leasing Firm

Hottest New-Car Lease Deals -- Under $200/Month

NBN Co may have to pay Telstra $98b

Insider Sells at 52-Week Highs


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The Internet of Everything: 2014 (slide deck)


SparkPeople--Live Healthier and Longer

8 Things Your Dermatologist Won't Tell You


The Tax Poem

Tax his land, tax his wage,
Tax his bed in which he lays.
Tax his tractor, tax his mule,
Teach him taxes is the rule.

Tax his cow, tax his goat,
Tax his pants, tax his coat.
Tax his ties, tax his shirts,
Tax his work, tax his dirt.

Tax his chew, tax his smoke,
Teach him taxes are no joke.
Tax his car, tax his grass,
Tax the roads he must pass.

Tax his food, tax his drink,
Tax him if he tries to think.
Tax his sodas, tax his beers,
If he cries, tax his tears.

Tax his bills, tax his gas,
Tax his notes, tax his cash.
Tax him good and let him know ,
That after taxes, he has no dough.

If he hollers, tax him more,
Tax him until he's good and sore.
Tax his coffin, tax his grave,
Tax the sod in which he lays.

Put these words upon his tomb,
"Taxes drove me to my doom!"
And when he's gone, we won't relax,

We'll still be after the inheritance tax.

- -Author unknown



Sports Briefs----

Michael Phelps ending retirement

How MLB hurts its fanbase

The draft games begin


California Nuts Briefs---

Google buys drone company Facebook eyed

California scenic coastal expanse preserved near Santa Cruz


“Gimme that Wine”

Lessons From 40 Years of Winemaking

Sit and stay at these dog-friendly wineries

1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay Crafted by Miljenko "Mike" Grgich Named to Smithsonian's "101 Objects That Made America"

Number of Texas wineries skyrockets

Free Mobile Wine Program

Wine Prices by vintage

US/International Wine Events

Winery Atlas\

Leasing News Wine & Spirits Page


This Day in History

   1741 - Birthday of Charles Willson Peale, American portrait painter (best known for his many portraits of colonial and American Revolutionary War figures) was born at Queen Anne County, MD. His children, Raphael, Rembrandt, Titian and Sarah were also artists. Died at Philadelphia, PA, Feb 22, 1827. ttp://
    1741 - Birthday of Charles Willson Peale, American portrait painter (best known for his many portraits of colonial and American Revolutionary War figures) was born at Queen Anne County, MD. His children Raphael, Rembrandt, Titian, and Sarah were also artists. Died at Philadelphia, PA., Feb 22, 1827.        
    1783-Peace with Britain until 1812. The US Congress ratified the peace agreement with Great Britain to end the Revolutionary War. Through seven long years of war, the longest war the United States ever fought until Vietnam---the army under Washington remained true to the cause. But the spirit of sacrifice even among army men wasn’t universal. Desertions became so common that some scheduled attacks had to be canceled for lack of men to fight them; Gelb tells of a general in the South who discovered in the midst of a major assault that the seven thousand troops under his command had dwindled to only three thousand, resulting in a disastrous rout. It’s estimated that up to a third of the soldiers in the Revolutionary army deserted. Some left to return home to their families or to join their state militias, but probably most got tired of the war or were scared of dying.
    1817-The Erie Canal was authorized. When completed and open for traffic on October 26, 1825, this 360 mile wide canal connecting the waters of Lake Erie at Buffalo with the waters of the Hudson River at Albany, New York became a major transportation hub for the growth of the area.
    1817-Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc founded the first US public school for the deaf, Connecticut Asylum for the Education and Instruction of Deaf and Dumb Persons (now the American School for the Deaf), at Hartford, CT.
    1829-Birthday of Dr. Mary Harris Thompson - U.S. physician. She founded Chicago Hospital for Women and Children and was the first female surgeon in the U.S. She studied a year with Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell, the first woman doctors. When in training in a regular hospital, she received a great deal of the same kind of sexually harassing ridicule that the Blackwells had received while studying to be doctors. 
     1843-Birthday of Henry James, novelist and critic, born at New York, NY. Among his best-known works are “The Portrait of a Lady”, “Washington Square”, and “The Ambassadors”. James died Feb 28, 1916, at London, England. 
     1850-Birthday of John Longyear, American capitalist, landowner, philanthropist, one-time mayor of Marquette, MI. Disapproving of a railway route through Marquette, he caused his home, a stone castle-like showplace, to be torn down in 1903 and moved, stone by stone and stick by stick, in more than 190 freight cars and re-erected at Brookline, MA. Born at Lansing, MI, he died May 28, 1922. 
     1850-First City Charter went into effect as San Francisco was incorporated as a city. During the year ended today, 60,244 men and 1979 women arrived in San Francisco. 
     1862 -- Thomas Wentworth Higginson receives a letter from Emily Dickinson containing four poems, which launches her "career." Only a few are published in her lifetime. 
     1865 - Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States of America, died at 7:22 a.m. Lincoln had been shot in the back of the head the previous evening while attending a performance of "Our American Cousin" at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. The assassin, John Wilkes Booth, escaped, only to be hunted down and shot to death. Lincoln was carried to a boarding house across the street from the theatre. He never regained consciousness. This was Booth’s second attempt, but a change in Theater plans a month earlier thwarted it. When this became known, it was thought the April 14th assassination was planned by a group. In the afternoon of the 15th, Vice-president Andrew Johnson was sworn in as 17th president of the United States. He completed Lincoln’s term and changed the course of reconstruction. Five days earlier, General Lee had surrendered at the Appomattox Court House in Virginia, virtually ending the war. Lincoln had just served the most difficult presidency in history, successfully leading the country through civil war. His job was exhausting and overwhelming at times. He had to manage a tremendous military effort, deal with diverse opinions in his own Republican party, counter his Democratic critics, maintain morale on the northern home front, and keep foreign countries such as France and Great Britain from recognizing the Confederacy. He did all of this, and changed American history when he issued the Emancipation Proclamation, converting the war goal from reunion of the nation to a crusade to end slavery. Now, the great man was dead. Secretary of War Edwin Stanton said, “Now, he belongs to the ages.” Word spread quickly across the nation, stunning a people who were still celebrating the Union victory. Troops in the field wept, as did General Ulysses S. Grant, the overall Union commander. Perhaps no group was more grief stricken than the freed slaves. Although abolitionists considered Lincoln slow in moving against slavery, many freedmen saw “Father Abraham” as their savior. They faced an uncertain world, and now had lost their most powerful proponent. Lincoln’s funeral was held on April 19, before a funeral train carried his body back to his hometown of Springfield, Illinois. During the two-week journey, hundreds of thousands gathered along the railroad tracks to pay their respects, and the casket was unloaded for public viewing at several stops. He and his son, Willie, who died in the White House of typhoid fever in 1862, were interred on May 4.
    1865-Birthday of Emily Smith Putnam, first dean of Barnard College and the writer of a major historical study of women: “The Lady: Studies of Certain Significant Phases of Her History” (1910). Both as a dean, a trustee, and a teacher, she was one of the great women who developed Barnard into a major educational opportunity for women. She resigned as dean in 1899 to marry and then became a trustee of the college to continue her drive to equalize Barnard's academic relationship with Columbia University. She returned to teaching at Barnard in 1914, permanently retiring in 1930. She authored a number of important historical studies and biographies. 
     1869-Birthday of Thomas Hart Benton, an artist whose work was indicative of the American style of painting known as Regionalism. His works of life in the Midwest and South were not always flattering to their subjects, but his style became known as a truly American style of painting. He was born at Neosho, MO, and died at Kansas City, MO, Jan 19, 1971.
    1898-birthday of trumpet player Theodore Wingie Carpenter, St. Louis, MO 
    1873 - A famous Easter blizzard raged across Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Gale force winds blew the wet snow into massive drifts; however there were few deaths due to the sparse population and due to the gradual increase of the storm.
    1886 - A devastating tornado, 800 yards in width at times, cut a twenty mile path through Saint Cloud, MN killing 74 persons. The bottom of the Mississippi River was said to have been seen during the tornado's crossing. Eleven persons were killed at a wedding party near the town of Rice.
    1896--Birthday of May Edward Chinn. Although considered one of the first Black women physicians in New York City, she was half Amerind. Her mother was a full-blood from the Chickahominy tribe. It was her mother whose respect for education drove her. Her research work led to the development of the Pap smear to detect cervical cancer. She was the first non-white woman to graduate from Bellevue Hospital. For years she was only allowed to practice medicine at Harlem Hospital which necessitated her starting her own private practice. During her training, she rode ambulances as a paramedic, one of the first women to do so in the U.S. Chinn's father escaped slavery from a Virginia plantation at the age of 11. MC continued in private practice until she was 81. 
    1898 - Birthday of jazz/blues singer legend Bessie Smith. She was known as the Empress of the Blues. Her voice and songs tore the heart out of her listeners as she demanded they weep, laugh, and then face life as it was dealt. Her first recording, "Downhearted Blues," sold two million copies. She was queen of all she surveyed during the 20s and early 30s but a disastrous marriage and unwise financial decisions left her impoverished. Her more than 150 records are greatness preserved and her one movie, “St. Louis Blues” that was banned for being too realistic, is part of the Museum of Modern Art movies section. Her vocal greatness was recognized early by the great Ma Rainey who hired the 12-year-old to sing in her minstrel review. Like so many of her sister blues singers, the bottle became her refuge in a life that just didn't seem to hang together. Unlike Billie Holiday, who went the same disastrous booze and drugs route, her voice continued strong. She died in 1937 after an automobile accident in Mississippi. A white hospital refused her admittance and she died on the operating table of the black hospital some miles away.
    1898--Birthday of Molly McGreethe - U.S. comedic radio actor. During the golden era of radio, she was the Molly of one of its most popular shows, Fibber McGee and Molly. She portrayed the much suffering wife married to a dreaming impractical husband. Well, it was funny on radio. 
     1912- The unsinkable luxury liner Titanic, on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York, NY, struck an iceberg just before midnight Apr 14, and sank at 2:27 AM, Apr 15. The Titanic had 2,224 persons aboard. Of these, more than 1,500 were lost. About 700 people were rescued from the icy waters off Newfoundland by the liner Carpathia, which reached the scene about two hours after the Titanic went down. It is reported a ship closer did not come to the rescue due to illegalities aboard. Many movies and documentaries about the monumental disaster have been filmed over the years. However, none had the exacting data gleaned by scientists from the 1986 expedition aboard "Atlantis II". Dr. Robert Ballard headed a crew and a robot named Jason in a descent to the deck of the "Titanic" aboard "Alvin", a submersible craft. They returned with information and photos that challenged and verified stories from the past. After years of studying the facts, the 1997 Academy Award-winning film, "Titanic", recreated the ship to the tiniest detail including the design on the elegant china. Although the film’s love story is fictitious, the true tragedy of the Titanic can now be seen by the world some eight decades later. 
     1917 – Birthday of Hans Conried, actor: “My Friend Irma”, “Bus Stop”, “Oh! God: Book 2”, “Tut & Tuttle”, “The Monster that Challenged the World”; host: “Fractured Flickers” TV Series and other great cartoons. Also played Uncle Tonoose in “The Danny Thomas Show”. He was a frequent guest on the Jack Paar Tonight Show. A great influence on the humor of This Day in History written by the editor of Leasing News; died Jan 5, 1982.,7621,BIO-P+14584,00.html
    1920-Birthday of Hilda Simms, American stage and film actress, born Hilda Moses at Minneapolis, MN. She joined the American Negro Theater at Harlem, NY, in 1943 and was given the title role in “Anna Lucasta”. When the production moved to Broadway in 1944, it became the first all-black production to be performed on Broadway without a racial theme. Simms was the creative arts director of New York State's human rights division, through which she was instrumental in bringing discrimination against black actors to public attention during the 1960s. She died at Buffalo, NY, Feb 6, 1994. 
     1920 - Two security guards are killed during a mid-afternoon armed robbery of a shoe company in South Braintree, Massachusetts. Out of this rather unremarkable crime grew one of the most famous trials in American history and a landmark case in forensic crime detection. Police were able to arrest Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, who were each carrying loaded weapons at the time of their arrest. Sacco had a .32 caliber handgun-the same type as was used to kill the security guards-and bullets from the same manufacturer as those recovered from the shooting. Vanzetti was identified as a participant in a previous robbery attempt of a different shoe company. Sacco and Vanzetti were anarchists, believing that social justice would come only through the destruction of governments. Sacco and Vanzetti were found guilty and sentenced to die. However, the ballistics issue refused to go away as Sacco and Vanzetti waited on death row. In addition, a jailhouse confession by another criminal fueled the controversy. In 1927, Massachusetts Governor A. T. Fuller ordered another inquiry to advise him on the clemency request of the two anarchists. In the meantime, there had been many scientific advances in the field of forensics. The comparison microscope was now available for new ballistics tests and proved beyond a doubt that Sacco's gun was indeed the murder weapon. A defense expert was even reported to have remarked upon seeing the new results, "Well, what do you know about that?" Sacco and Vanzetti were executed in August 1927, but even the new evidence didn't completely quell the controversy. In October 1961, and again in March 1983, new investigations were conducted into the matter, but both revealed that Sacco's revolver was indeed the one that fired the bullet and killed the security guards. 
     1922-Birthday of Harold Washington, Illinois legislator and Mayor of Chicago (1983-87). Born at Chicago, IL, and died there Nov 25, 1987. Harold Washington was one of the first African Americans to head a major US city. He was instrumental in tearing down Chicago's famed Democratic machine, a holdover from the many decades of domination by the Richard J. Daley administration. 
     1921 - Two mile high Silver Lake, CO, received 76 inches of snow in 24 hours, the heaviest 24 hour total of record for North America. The storm left a total of 87 inches in twenty-seven and a half hours. 
     1923 - Insulin became available for general use on this day. It was first discovered in 1922. Today, insulin is used daily in the treatment of diabetes. It is extracted from the pancreas of sheep, oxen and by other means, including systemization in the laboratory. Insulin, a natural and vital hormone for carbohydrate metabolism in the body, is manufactured by the pancreas. An overabundance of insulin causes insulin shock and leads to a variety of symptoms, including coma. 
     1923 - Dr. Lee DeForest's Phonofilm, the first sound-on-sound film, motion picture, was demonstrated for an invitation-only audience at the Rivoli Theatre in New York City. The guests saw "The Gavotte", a man and woman dancing to old-time music and "The Serenade", four musicians who played on wind, percussion and string instruments. 
     1927 - Serge Koussevitsky directed the Boston Symphony in the first performance of Frederick Converses symphony, "Flivver Ten Million", a salute to the Tin Lizzie automobile. 
     1927 - New Orleans, LA was drenched with 14.01 inches of rain, which established a 24 hour rainfall record for the state. 
     1933--Birthday of Elizabeth Montgomery - U.S. actor. Although she starred in a number of TV films, she will always be remembered for her portrayal of Samantha in the long running TV series “Bewitched” (1954-72) (and outliving two husbands on the show). 

1933--Country singer Roy Clark was born in Meaherrin, Virginia. Clark, who has recorded more than 40 albums, had his first top-10 hit in 1963 with "Tips of My Fingers." His other successes include "Yesterday When I Was Young," "If I Had to Do It All Over Again" and "Come Live with Me," his only country chart-topper, from 1973. Clark is also a versatile musician, playing guitar, banjo and violin, among other instruments. He's is familiar to millions of TV viewers as co-host of "Hee Haw."
     1940 - Birthday of William Henry “Willie” Davis, baseball player: LA Dodgers [World Series: 1963, 1965, 1966/all-star: 1971, 1973], Montreal Expos, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres, California Angels. 
     1940--Birthday of Ohil Lesh, born in Berkeley, California. Lesh is a bassist and a founding member of the Grateful Dead. After the band's disbanding in 1995, Lesh continued on the tradition of Grateful Dead family music with side project , “Phil Lesh and Friends”, which pays homage to the Dead's music by playing their originals, common covers, and the songs of the members of his band, which changed consistently. Phil and Friends are viewed by many fans as the premier post-Dead band. 
      1942 - Birthday of Walt Hazzard, basketball player: 1964 Olympic Gold Medalist: U.S. team; LA Lakers, Seattle Supersonics, Atlanta Hawks, Buffalo Braves, Golden State Warriors; UCLA coach.  Hazzard was also a member of John Wooden’s multiple-championship UCLA teams.
      1943 - Birthday of singer Sam Mighty McClain, Monroe, LA
     1945—Top Hits
My Dreams are Getting Better All the Time - The Les Brown Orchestra (vocal: Doris Day)
I’m Beginning to See the Light - The Harry James Orchestra (vocal: Kitty Kallen)
Candy - Johnny Mercer & Jo Stafford
Smoke on the Water - Bob Will
    1945-GONSALVES, HAROLD---Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Born: 28 January 1926, Alameda, Calif. Accredited to: California. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as Acting Scout Sergeant with the 4th Battalion, 15th Marines, 6th Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa Shima in the Ryukyu Chain, 15 April 1945. Undaunted by the powerfully organized opposition encountered on Motobu Peninsula during the fierce assault waged by his battalion against the Japanese stronghold at Mount Yaetake, Pfc. Gonsalves repeatedly braved the terrific enemy bombardment to aid his forward observation team in directing well-placed artillery fire. When his commanding officer determined to move into the front lines in order to register a more effective bombardment in the enemy's defensive position, he unhesitatingly advanced uphill with the officer and another Marine despite a slashing barrage of enemy mortar and rifle fire. As they reached the front and a Japanese grenade fell close within the group, instantly Pfc. Gonsalves dived on the deadly missile, absorbing the exploding charge in his own body and thereby protecting the others from serious and perhaps fatal wounds. Stouthearted and indomitable, Pfc. Gonsalves readily yielded his own chances of survival that his fellow marines might carry on the relentless battle against a fanatic enemy and his cool decision, prompt action and valiant spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of certain death reflect the highest credit upon himself and upon the U.S. Naval Service.
     1947-Jackie Robinson became the first black American to play in the major leagues in the 20th century when he made his debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers against the Boston Braves. Robinson went 0-for 3 but scored the deciding run as the Dodgers prevailed 5-3. 

     1950-Buck Rogers appears on TV. At first a radio show, "Buck Rogers" premiered on ABC with Ken Dibbs as the lead. Buck was an average American who woke up from a cave behind Niagara Falls to find himself in the year 2430. The show featured Lou Prentis as Lieutenant Wilma Deering; Harry Sothern as Dr. Huer, and Harry Kingston as Black Barney Wade. Buck was later played by Robert Pastene. 
      1952-Franklin National Bank, Franklin Square, NY issued the first bank credit card. Purchases were charged to the bank, which made the payments and then billed the card holders. The service was extended to its branches. The first bank credit card to gain national acceptance was the BankAmericard (later called Visa) issued by the Bank of America, San Francisco, in 1959. There was no membership fee or service charge. Full-scale services were offered to cardholders and merchants. MasterCard, originally called Master Charge, was founded by a consortium of 77 western banks led by the Wells Fargo bank. 
     1953---Top Hit
I Believe - Frankie Laine
Doggie in the Window - Patti Page
Till I Waltz Again with You - Teresa Brewer
      1955- The first franchised McDonalds was opened at Des Plaines, IL., by Ray Kroc, who had gotten the idea from a hamburger joint at San Bernardino, CA, run by the McDonald brothers. On opening day, a hamburger was 15 cents. The Big Mac was introduced in 1968 for 49 cents; the Quarter Pounder in 1971 for 53 cents. 2014, McDonald's restaurants are found in 118 countries and territories around the world and serve 68 million customers each day. McDonald's operates over 34,000 restaurants worldwide, employing more than 1.7 million people. The company also operates other restaurant brands, such as Piles Café.
     1956 - General Motors announced that the first, free piston automobile had been developed. 
     1956-Mitch Miller, music director of Columbia Records, engages in a spirited debate with Allan Freed over the "potentially negative effects of Rock 'n' Roll on teenagers" on Eric Sevareid's news program on CBS-TV. Two psychiatrists also joined the discussion. 
     1958-Major League Baseball came to California as the San Francisco Giants, transplanted from New York, The Polo Grounds, in Manhattan. [The Polo Grounds were in Manhattan across the river from Yankee Stadium in The Bronx]. The Giants opened the season against the Los Angeles Dodgers, formerly of Brooklyn, who also relocated that season, at San Francisco’s Seals Stadium. The Giants shut out their rivals, 8-0. 
     1961---Top Hits
Blue Moon - The Marcels
Apache - Jorgen Ingmann
Dedicated to the One I Love - The Shirelles
Don’t Worry - Marty Robbins
      1966-Fifth-Annual San Francisco State College Folk Festival with Malvina Reynolds, Mark Spoelstra, & Richard ("Been down so long it looks like up to me") & Mimi Fariña, The Blues Project, Doc Watson & others. ~Poster artist: Michael Ferguson, From The Art of Rock. 
     1966-The Rolling Stones release "Aftermath", their first LP to feature all original material. 
     1967-The first mass burning of draft cards occurred as 400,000 marched in New York City opposing the Vietnam War. It was the culmination of the April 10-15 Vietnam Week featuring draft card burnings and turn-ins and anti-draft recruiter demonstrations all over the country. In NY speakers included Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Floyd McKissick, Stokely Carmichael and Dr. Benjamin Spock In San Francisco, 100,000 people marched from Second and Market to Kezar Stadium at Golden Gate Park. Vietnam veteran David Duncan gave the keynote speech. 
     1967-Nancy and Frank Sinatra had the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100, "Something Stupid", To this day, they are the only father and daughter team to have a US chart topping single. "Unforgettable" by Natalie Cole and Nat "King" Cole reached #14 in 1991, recorded posthumously with her father. 
     1967-Birthday of Dara Torres - U.S. swimmer. Dara Torres is the only American woman to win a swimming medal at three consecutive Olympics - and then added a fourth in the 2000 Olympics at age 33.
    1967-The Who's second album, "Happy Jack," was released in the US. The LP contained a ten-minute mini-opera, "A Quick One," which was also the album's title in Britain. 
     1969---Top Hits
Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In - The 5th Dimension
You’ve Made Me So Very Happy - Blood, Sweat & Tears
Galveston - Glen Campbell
Woman of the World (Leave My World Alone) - Loretta Lynn
     1970 – Anti-VietNam war protests are held in New York and San Francisco. Massive parades to protest Vietnam policy are held in New York and San Francisco. In New York, police estimated that 100,000 to 125,000 people listened to speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr., Floyd McKissick, Stokely Carmichael and Dr. Benjamin Spock. Prior to the march, nearly 200 draft cards were burned by youths in Central Park. In San Francisco, black nationalists led a march, but most of the 20,000 marchers were white.
    1971 - George C. Scott refused the Oscar for his Best Actor performance in "Patton" at the 43rd Annual Academy Awards ceremony at LA’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. He had previously told reporters that he did not want the honor, saying (after the votes had been cast and tallied),"It is degrading to have actors in competition with each other. Scott called the Oscar ceremony, a two-hour meat parade, a public display with contrived suspense for economic reasons. Others who did accept the golden statuette as recognition for their works that evening include: Glenda Jackson, Best Actress ("Women in Love"); Helen Hayes, Best Supporting Actress ("Airport"); John Mills, Best Supporting Actor ("Ryan’s Daughter"); Fred Karlin (music), Robb Royer and James Griffin (lyrics), Best Music/Song, "For All We Know" from "Lovers and Other Strangers"; and Franklin J. Schaffner, Best Director ("Patton") ... "Patton" (Frank McCarthy, producer) also received the Best Picture honors. Other notable flicks from 1970 (some Oscar winners, some not): "Five Easy Pieces", "Love Story", "MASH", "Tora! Tora! Tora!", "Diary of a Mad Housewife". 
    1972--Roberta Flack's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" became an unlikely number one hit after it was featured in the Clint Eastwood film, “Play Misty For Me”. It had been originally released as an album cut three years earlier. After Eastwood included it in his film, Atlantic Records rush released it as a single. 
     1973 - The richest woman’s golf tournament held (to that day) was won by Mickey Wright. She won the $25,000 first prize in the Colgate-Dinah Shore Golf Classic in Palm Springs, CA. 
     1974-Kidnapped heiress Patricia Hearst is filmed participating in a bank robbery, along with 8 other members of the SLA (Symbionese Liberation Army), in Sacramento, California. 
    1977---Top Hits
Dancing Queen - Abba
Don’t Give Up on Us - David Soul
Don’t Leave Me This Way - Thelma Houston
Lucille - Kenny Rogers
    1980 - Country star Willie Nelson held two fundraising concerts in Atlanta, Georgia, for Jimmy Carter's US presidential campaign. 
    1985 - Marvelous Marvin Hagler helped Thomas the Hit Man Hearn go nighty-night a littler earlier than expected, with a third round knockout to retain the world middleweight boxing title. Some have called the fight, the greatest three rounds in boxing history. 
    1985---We are the World - USA for Africa
Crazy for You - Madonna
Nightshift - Commodores
Honor Bound - Earl Thomas Conley
    1988 - A weather disturbance off the southern coast of California brought parts of southern California their first rain in six weeks. Rain-slickened roads resulted in numerous accidents in southern California, including a ten car pile-up at Riverside. 
    1989-Roy Orbison had his final Top 10 single on the US chart with "You Got It", four months after he passed away. The song was written by Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty and appeared on Orbison's "Mystery Girl" album that was released posthumously. 
    1990- “In Living Color” premiered on TV. Fox's sketch comedy series was modeled after "Saturday Night Live." The show was created by Keenen Ivory Wayans. Between skits, the Fly Girls would entertain the studio audience with hip dances (actress Rosie Perez choreographed the dances before breaking into movies). The show featured Wayans, his brothers Damon, Marlon and Shawn, his sister Kim, Tommy Davidson, David Alan Grier, T'Keyah "Crystal" Keymáh, Kelly Coffield, Kim Coles and Jim Carrey before he was Ace Ventura. Some of the most popular recurring characters were Homey, the embittered clown, the flammable Fire Marshall Bill and the effeminate movie critics of "Men on Film." 
     1996 -- The rest of Jerry Garcia's ashes are scattered near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. A small portion had been scattered in the Ganges River in India 11 days ago. 
      1997-In ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the debut of Jackie Robinson in the major leagues, Bud Selig, chairman of baseball’s Executive Committee, announced that Robinson’s uniform number 42 would be retired by all major league teams. Players then wearing 42 were allowed to continue to do so, but no team would ever assign 42 again. The last remaining player wearing 42 was the Yankees’ great closer, Mariano Rivera, who retired after the 2013 season.
     1998-The New York Yankees and the New York Mets each played a home game at Shea Stadium, with the Yankees defeating the Anaheim Angeles, 3-2, in the afternoon, and the Mets beating the Chicago Cubs, 2-1, at night. This unique doubleheader was occasioned by a structural accident at Yankee Stadium. A 500- pound steel beam fell from the upper deck on April 14, forcing New York City to close the park temporarily for inspection and repairs. The Yankees returned to their own home on April 25 beating the Detroit Tigers, 8-4. 
     1999- Astronomers from San Francisco State University, working at an observatory in Arizona, announced the discovery of the first multi-planet system ever found orbiting around a star other than our own. Three planets orbit the star Upsilon Andromedae, which can be seen with the naked eye. This suggests that the Milky Way probably teems with similar planetary systems.
2013 – At the finish line of the Boston Marathon, two pressure cooker bombs exploded during the Boston Marathon, killing 3 people and injuring an estimated 264 others. Surveillance video of two suspects, identified later that day, Chechen brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Shortly after the FBI released the images, the suspects allegedly killed an MIT police officer, carjacked an SUV, and initiated an exchange of gunfire with the police in Watertown, Massachusetts. During the firefight, an MBTA police officer was injured but survived with severe blood loss. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was shot several times in the firefight and subsequently run over by the car then driven by his brother. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
An unprecedented manhunt ensued on April 19, with thousands of law enforcement officers searching a 20-block area of Watertown. During the manhunt, authorities asked residents of Watertown and surrounding areas, including Boston, to stay indoors. The public transportation system and most businesses and public institutions were shut down. Around 7 pm, shortly after the "shelter-in-place" advisory was rescinded, a Watertown resident discovered Dzhokhar hiding in a boat in his back yard. Tsarnaev was arrested and taken to a hospital shortly thereafter.

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