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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

 Archives---August 2, 2001
  COO Jeff Allard says “Goodbye”
   Classified Ads---Credit
US Hiring Demand Remains Strong But Flat
   String of Five Consecutive Growth Quarters Ends
     Leasing Industry Ads---Help Wanted
         Letters?!---We get eMail!!!
Update on Vietnam Veteran Richard Wilson
   from his wife Rosanne Wilson, CLP, BPB
CLP Foundation Adds Four CLPs
  Become a Certified Leasing Professional
   Not too late to Register for Seattle-Area Institute
Channel Partners Approves 74%, Funds 61% of Approvals
 Joint-Employer Ruling for McDonald's
  Could Change Franchise Business
    By Tamara Omazic,
Android Is Beating iOS in Mobile Web Usage
August is the Best Month to Buy a New Car,
  According to TrueCar
Clumber Spaniel/Cavalier King Charles mix
  Los Angeles, California  Adopt-a-Dog
   Classified ads—Lease Portfolio/Legal
News Briefs--- 
Bank Lending Still Tight, S.F. Fed Study Finds
 Earnings scorecard for top 25 US banks and thrifts, Q2'14
  Aircraft Leasing: Investing Essentials
   Bank of New York-Managed Fund Loses 51% on Argentina Default
    Top 50 Brands Quick Service Industry by QRS Magazine
     U.S. home prices rise at slowest rate in 20 months
      Scientific Game to Acquire Bally Technology, Leasing Elec. Games
        CVS Suffers After Quitting Cigarettes, But Pharmacy Saves the Day

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Archives---August 2, 2001
COO Jeff Allard says, “Goodbye.”

“I wanted to give you my updated contact information:

email:  jeff_allard @

“Today is my last day as COO at Bay View Commercial Leasing. It is possible that I might work with them in the near future on an independent contractor basis - I'll know after returning from my trip to Oahu.

“FYI, I will likely continue in the leasing business as a broker/consultant - I have a few offers and prospects.  However, my primary focus will be in the
movie business.  My business partner (a Warner Bros. TV producer) and I have purchased the rights to remake the classic horror film - the Texas Chain Saw Massacre.  This project will keep me quite busy for the next 6-8 months (we are planning for a Summer 2002 release).

“I'll keep you apprised of my status. I hope all is well with you.


jeff_allard @



Jeff Allard
Film Producer, Financier and Founder
Indie Entertainment

His most recent film:

“Ping Pong”
Starring Susan Sarandon



Classified Ads---Credit

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Exceptional work ethic, common sense coupled with practical experience in equipment finance, consumer, commercial. Can interact with all levels of borrowers and intermediaries. Not an originator – but can help sales team close – great up sell ability. Will relocate for the right opportunity AND can work

Orlando, Florida
As a Commercial Credit Analyst/Underwriter, I have evaluated transactions from sole proprietorships to listed companies, across a broad spectrum of industries, embracing a multitude of asset types. Sound understanding of balance sheet, income statement and cash flow dynamics which impact credit decisions. Strong appreciation for credit/asset risk.
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US Hiring Demand Remains Strong But Flat
String of Five Consecutive Growth Quarters Ends

Larry Hartmann
Managing Partner
ZRG Partners

"The second quarter looked a lot like the first quarter in 2014, with steady demand for hiring in the United States leasing and asset finance markets," Larry Hartmann, Managing Partner of ZRG Partners reports." However, for the first time in almost 18 months, things might be cooling off for organizations. The index level ended where it started for the second quarter."

"It also appears many currently open positions are staying unfilled longer as the market is shifting to a candidate driven market, where incentives to move need enhancing to get candidates attention,” Hartmann said. “Additionally, passive sourcing for open roles is showing diminishing results, leading to more search firm work in the pace to actively pitch candidates on new opportunities. Independents seem to be more active in general seeking talent growth."

"GE Commercial Finance, an index company, was the biggest gainer in the quarter with over 200 new roles being sought nationwide across several business units. CIT stayed steady and active with De Lage Landen taking a pause and decreasing in reported open roles."

ZRG Partners Q2 Global Leasing and Asset Finance Hiring Reports: “Industry sources report slower originations growth while existing portfolios are maintaining low delinquencies and losses. However, looking ahead, with a prolonged period of low losses, will the next 18-24 months begin to increase the hiring demand for collections, recovery and workout talent again?

“Certainly the headcount metrics in the back office will require additions if portfolio metrics return to normalized numbers for many organizations, where specialized skill sets in these collections related areas may have atrophied in the current boom day of portfolio performance.”


Leasing Industry Help Wanted


Collector, Atlanta, GA

Experienced, calling 11-90 day delinquent customers, assisting Asset Re-marketer with delinquency reporting, weekly reporting to home office.

Sales, Chicago, Atlanta

Work out of main office and satellite. Heavy phone sales calling on both independent dealers and end users (cold/warm calling), marketing, weekly reporting to management. Outside territorial salespeople will also be considered.

Contact: Michael Testa 312-881-3133
Financing for Commercial Truck & Trailer, Exotic, High Line, Vintage & Classic Automobiles, Taxi, Livery & Paratransit


Leasing Operations Manager
San Antonio, Texas

Leadership role in building a team focused on credit, documentation and funding functions for a dynamic high growth business operating in both captive and non- captive lift truck markets.
Click here for full description.

Contact: Monet Pitts, HR Manager
Quality Controlled Material Handling Equipment Rent, Finance, or Lease up to 84 months, Maintenace, too.

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Letters?!---We get eMail!!!


Do New iPhone Models Make People Think Their Old Ones Are Slow

"Just a quick note to explain that old iPhones really are slower. There's a good reason for that. Apple designs each new iOS release to have more features but simultaneously run poorer on older devices. To get the best performance you have to get the newest phone. It's part of their strategy and nothing new in the world of tech, but it does cause people to see a noticeable difference in their phones and spur a stronger desire for the latest model."

Nick Marce


Brooms Give Bonuses to Direct Capital Employees

"The word on Direct Capital bonuses is the philanthropic Broom Brothers raided their 'unapplied advance rental fund'. Employees were paid different amounts based on tenure and strangely many operation staff were given outsized bonuses when compared to the sales force.  One credit rep was rumored to receive 70K bonus while similarly tenured sales rep received 15K. Employees were given cards of thanks for their service to the company and written inside of card was bonus amount. Checks have not been dispersed however DCC taxes bonuses at 45% so actual amount received is considerably less."

Name withheld

(Nevertheless, a great gesture; something you rarely see in the Leasing Industry to recognize all the employees, and not just with words---with money. Editor)


"It was really nice to read about what Direct Capital did for their employees.

 “Thanks for posting that."

TAMARA MCCOURT, CCE, CLP | Director of Credit | Innovative Lease Services, Inc.


674 Dentists Win Judgment/Brican America
(Includes Special Report from Attorney Ron Gossett)

"It's been a few years since we last communicated.

"It appears that the Florida judge has finally made a ruling on the side of many docs and not the leasing company.

"Are you still writing about these ongoing proceedings?

"Thanks.... and especially for putting us in contact with the Gossetts!"

Jeff Palmer
Middletown, CT 


Lessor Busted for Use of Floating Forum
Selection Clause
 By Tom McCurnin, Leasing News Legal News Editor  

"As usual, Tom's article is valuable and thought-provoking. A couple of thoughts:

"1. Yes, the lessor intends to assign. These clauses are common where a lease is discounted by the lessor to a lender or lessor assignee in a collateral or full assignment.

"2. It's curious that the clause didn't include a forum nonconveniens/ inconvenient forum waiver.

"3. I don't like floating clauses and I try to avoid them but the trend is to enforce them. There are several recent cases where courts have found that the clause gives the lessee fair warning. It's more problematic to have choice of law float, but that has been upheld, too.

"I wonder if it would be better to state that the lease may be assigned anywhere but if it is assigned to an assignee located in State X, then State X's law and jurisdiction/ venue apply. Many lessors know who their funding partner will be.

"This is the tip of a titanic (pun intended) iceberg. There is something about forum selection at every ELFA Legal Forum. We have, or will have stuff on it on The bottom line is, as Tom is saying, just because you can write it in and get some dope to sign it doesn't mean it will be enforced by a lessee/ debtor/friendly judge."

Barry Marks. Esq.


"This is an awesome website. I am so glad I found it! I will serve as an anchor for my reentry back into the world of leasing. Keep up the great work!"

Michael H. Plunkett, CPA (Ret)

(Thank you...Welcome back to leasing. Editor)



Update on Viet Nam Veteran Richard Wilson
from his wife Rosanne Wilson, CLP, BPB

After much pressure, rallying Leasing News readers and other media, Rosanne Wilson’s, CLP, BPB, husband, Vietnam Veteran, Richard Wilson, waiting since October, 2013, is on the road to recovering via the Portland Veterans Administration Hospital.

Report from Rosanne:

His stint was repaired and his balloon opened up 2 weeks ago at the VA.  His heart pain has gone away as a result which is good news. He has to meet with the cardiologist for a follow up on August 15th. If the cardiologist thinks he's doing well, he will then alert the Vascular surgeon to go ahead and do Richard's surgery on his legs to strip out the collapsed veins and replace them. 

“The cardiologist did not want Richard to have the surgery on his legs until his heart situation had healed up first. They wanted the heart healthy enough for him to undergo that extensive surgery.

“Richard wishes his legs could get fixed sooner, but he also understands that it is a serious surgery and too risky to do until his heart is well enough again from all the rooting around the Cardiologist did in that area by his heart.

“It needs time to heal there first.”



CLP Foundation Adds Four CLPs

The Board of Directors of the Certified Lease Professional (CLP) Foundation announced that all four attendees, who sat for the exam held July 23-24 Chicago-area ECS Financial Services Institute for Leasing Professionals, attained the CLP designation.

 The four are:

Anne Dalgaard, CPA, CLP
ECS Financial Services

Dave Isenberg, CLP
Vendor Relationship Manager
GreatAmerica Financial Services

Sinéad Murphy, CLP,
Administrative Supervisor
ECS Financial Services

Tobey Wilson, CPA, CLP
ECS Financial Services

When asked why she pursued the CLP designation, Ms. Dalgaard stated, “Studying and taking the exam has expanded my knowledge of equipment leasing, allowing me to further relate to my peers, clients and related businesses within the industry.  This honor is highly recognized, and I am grateful to be a part of such a prestigious group.”

The CLP designation identifies an individual as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customers, and peers in the equipment finance industry. There are currently 206 Certified Lease Professionals throughout the world. For more information, call Reid Raykovich, CLP at (206) 535-6281 or visit

Companies with More than One CLP

1. Financial Pacific Leasing – 23
2. First American Equipment Finance – 21
3. Orion First Financial – 9
4. Allegiant Partners- 8 (includes Clearview and First Star)
5. ECS Financial Services – 7
6. Arvest Equipment Finance – 6
7. GreatAmerica Financial Services – 6
8. Ascentium Capital LLC – 5
9. Innovative Lease Services, Inc. – 4
10. Maxim Commercial Capital – 4
11. Bank of the West – 3
12. Canon Financial Services-3
13. FSG Leasing - 3
14. LeaseTeam-3
15. Pacifica Capital - 3
16. Banc of California - 3
17. GO Capital- 2
18. Padco Financial Services- 2
19. Pinnacle Business Finance- 2
20. Portfolio Financial Servicing- 2
21. TEQ Lease – 2 




Become a Certified Leasing Professional
Not too late to Register for Seattle-Area Institute 

The Institute for Leasing Professionals 2 day program is a comprehensive education program designed by equipment leasing and financing professionals. It is a 16-module course that covers the most important subjects in the equipment leasing and financing profession.

Washington ILP: August 12-13th
Location: Financial Pacific Leasing
CLP Exam: August 14th

Maryland ILP: October 10-11th
Location: FSG Capital
CLP Exam: October 12th

For additional Information:
Reid Raykovich, CLP - Executive Director
(206) 535-6281 - direct

Why I Became a CLP


Channel Partners Approves 74%, Funds 61% of Approvals



Joint-Employer Ruling for McDonald's
Could Change Franchise Business
By Tamara Omazic,

The oldest operating McDonald's restaurant was the third one built, opening in 1953. It is located at 10207 Lakewood Blvd.
at Florence Ave. in Downey, California.

The franchise business model could be in for a shake up if last week's joint-labor ruling regarding McDonald's holds up through the appeal process. Last Tuesday, the general counsel of the National Labor Regulations Board (NLRB) found the fast-food giant potentially liable for labor violations brought against its franchisees. Industry experts say it's a dangerous precedent for the quick-serve industry—and one that goes against at least 30 years of established case law.

"For the last 30 years, if not longer, when you had complaints of unfair labor practices, and also wages or anything like that, you would file a complaint and maybe try to bring corporate into that," says Angelo Amador, vice president of labor and workforce policy for the National Restaurant Association (NRA). "But the standard has always been that if the other employer does not have decision-making authority over the hiring, the firing, the compensation, the hours, and all of those things, then that other employer is not liable."

As a joint employer, McDonald's could be liable for the 181 claims against its franchisees currently under review by the NLRB. Amador says the ruling goes against the historic definition of a joint employer. Under the analysis of the general counsel, control over aspects of the franchised business included factors such as uniforms regulations, the menu, the price, and the location, he says. "They’re looking at a lot of things that are unrelated to employment. It’s a big stretch in our opinion and is not current law."

In a statement released last week after the decision, McDonald's asserted it would appeal. If the ruling stands, it could pave the way for unionization in the quick-service industry, experts say.

"There are two ways workers can benefit from this decision," says Catherine Ruckelshaus, general counsel and program director for the National Employment Law Project (NELP). "Often times franchisees are small and undercapitalized ... so they might not be able to fix all the problems. It's good to have more than one entity responsible."

The second benefit is that employers like McDonald's are more likely to employ more oversight at franchised units to reduce complaints, she says. Ruckelshaus adds that the factors of the decision were not unprecedented, and the NLRB "looks for whether or not the entity shares or codetermines the working conditions, and a lot of things can factor into that."

NRA's Amador says the ruling could limit the freedom franchisees have if McDonald's does employ more oversight. "If we’re going to have a change of this magnitude, it should be done through the regulatory process," he says. "Then employers can adapt as well instead of acting retroactively." 






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

August is the Best Month to Buy a New Car,
According to TrueCar

Lamborghini Veneno Roadster

Country of Origin: Italy
Engine: 750-hp, 6.5-liter, 12-cylinder
0-62 mph: 2.9 seconds
Starting price: $4.5 million
Only Nine Built in 2014

August new car prices are on average $1,850 lower than December, which is often perceived to be the optimal time to purchase or lease vehicle

SANTA MONICA, Calif.  – Consumers looking to save on a new car or truck should do their shopping in August, according to the analysts at TrueCar, Inc. the negotiation-free car buying and selling platform.  New car and truck prices during the past five years in August have averaged $29,296 – $169 lower than any other month. A good time
to finance or lease, also.

Scott Painter
TrueCar Founder/CEO

“This is a great example of the power of data, which shows dealers are clearing out older inventory in August,” says TrueCar founder and CEO Scott Painter.

Conventional wisdom used to be that December was prime time for new car and truck buyers. However, TrueCar data reveals that prices in December average $31,146 – the most expensive month for new cars and $1,850 higher than August.

“Consumer buying trends have been turned upside down during the past decade due to the emergence of big data,” says Painter. “New car buyers are better educated because transparent pricing information is readily available at sites like And price-confident consumers create a better buying experience for themselves and car dealers.”

As the month-by-month chart attached shows, the average new vehicle transaction price in August is $169 less than any other month.  The next lowest average is July.  The average August savings are $716 less than the median price for the rest of the year.

(click for larger view)


TrueCar, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRUE) is the negotiation-free car buying and selling platform. TrueCar enables a negotiation-free car buying experience by giving buyers transparent insight into what others actually paid (price confidence), upfront pricing information (price discovery), and access to a network of trusted TrueCar Certified Dealers who provide guaranteed savings certificates and seamlessly complete the car purchase. The reality is that buying a car is painful and buyers fear they are going to overpay or be surprised with hidden fees. TrueCar's transparent upfront pricing information makes the car buying process simple so there are no surprises and buyers never overpay. TrueCar's mission is to make car buying simple, fair and fun. Its national network of more than 8,000 TrueCar Certified Dealers, including both new car franchise dealers and non-franchise dealers, is committed to providing negotiation-free savings off MSRP and upfront pricing information for all car-buyers, including members of some of the country's largest membership and service organizations such as AARP, American Express, AAA, and USAA. Note: Not all program features are available in all states. Go to for program details. TrueCar is headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., with offices in Santa Barbara, Calif., San Francisco, Calif., and Austin, Texas

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




Clumber Spaniel/Cavalier King Charles mix
Los Angeles, California  Adopt-a-Dog

Clementine is a sweet and loving 12 pound Clumber Spaniel/Cavalier King Charles mix. About 1.5 years old, this affectionate girl is great with other kids and dogs. This cream and tan doll recently had a litter of puppies, but is now ready to find a forever home of her own! Up to date on shots, microchipped and will be spayed by the rescue.

Fill out an application here or for specific questions on fostering please email


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News Briefs----

Bank Lending Still Tight, S.F. Fed Study Finds

Earnings scorecard for top 25 US banks and thrifts, Q2'14 

Aircraft Leasing: Investing Essentials

Bank of New York-Managed Fund Loses 51% on Argentina Default

Top 50 Brands Quick Service Industry by QRS Magazine

U.S. home prices rise at slowest rate in 20 months

Scientific Game to Acquire Bally Technology, Leasing Elec. Games

CVS Suffers After Quitting Cigarettes, But Pharmacy Saves the Day

Leasing Operations Manager
San Antonio, Texas

Leadership role in building a team focused on credit, documentation and funding functions for a dynamic high growth business operating in both captive and non- captive lift truck markets.
Click here for full description.

Contact: Monet Pitts, HR Manager
Quality Controlled Material Handling Equipment Rent, Finance, or Lease up to 84 months, Maintenace, too.




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The Top 25 Business Schools In the World


SparkPeople--Live Healthier and Longer

Super Healthy Soups
How to Make a Healthy Selection
-- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian


Baseball Poem

Polo Grounds
Rolfe Humphries

Time is of the essence.  This is a highly skilled 
And beautiful mystery.  Three or four seconds only  
From the time that Riggs connects till he reaches first,  
And in those seconds Jurges goes to his right,  
Comes up with the ball, tosses to Witek at second,  
For the force on Reese, Witek to Mize at first,  
In time for the out—a double play.
(Red Barber crescendo.  Crowd noises, obbligato;  
Scattered staccatos from the peanut boys,  
Loud in the lull, as the teams are changing sides) . . .

Hubbell takes the sign, nods, pumps, delivers—  
A foul into the stands.  Dunn takes a new ball out,  
Hands it to Danning, who throws it down to Werber;  
Werber takes off his glove, rubs the ball briefly,  
Tosses it over to Hub, who goes to the rosin bag,  
Takes the sign from Danning, pumps, delivers—  
Low, outside, ball three.  Danning goes to the mound,  
Says something to Hub, Dunn brushes off the plate,  
Adams starts throwing in the Giant bullpen,  
Hub takes the sign from Danning, pumps, delivers,  
Camilli gets hold of it, a long fly to the outfield,  
Ott goes back, back, back, against the wall, gets under it,  
Pounds his glove, and takes it for the out.

That's all for the Dodgers. . . .

Time is of the essence. The rhythms break,
More varied and subtle than any kind of dance;
Movement speeds up or lags.  The ball goes out
In sharp and angular drives, or long slow arcs,
Comes in again controlled and under aim;
The players wheel or spurt, race, stoop, slide, halt,
Shift imperceptibly to new positions,
Watching the signs according to the batter,
The score, the inning. Time is of the essence.

Time is of the essence.  Remember Terry?

Remember Stonewall Jackson, Lindstrom, Frisch,

When they were good?  Remember Long George Kelly?  

Remember John McGraw and Benny Kauff?  
Remember Bridwell, Tenney, Merkle, Youngs,
Chief Meyers, Big Jeff Tesreau, Shufflin' Phil?
Remember Mathewson, Ames, and Donlin,
Buck Ewing, Rusie, Smiling Mickey Welch?
Remember a left-handed catcher named Jack Humphries,
Who sometimes played the outfield, in '83?

Time is of the essence. The shadow moves
From the plate to the box, from the box to second base,
From second to the outfield, to the bleachers.

Time is of the essence. The crowd and players
Are the same age always, but the man in the crowd
Is older every season.  Come on, play ball!



Sports Briefs----

How Becky Hammon, The First Female Assistant Coach In NBA History, Landed The Spurs Job

Greg Popovich Explains Why Becky Hammon Has What It Takes To Be an NBA Coach

One Arena, Two Directions for Teams in Los Angeles

Tom Brady is clicking with his receivers in camp

Kaepernick: Simpler offense will lead to quicker play calls

Fans share gripes about 1st Levi's Stadium experience

Son of 49ers' Jim Harbaugh forging own coaching path

Museum at 49ers' new stadium brings great moments to life


California Nuts Briefs---

Jerry Brown presses case on $6 billion water bond

Anglers catch extremely rare fish in Southern California

$1,000 a month for tiny room, bedbugs, seedy surroundings in the Mission


“Gimme that Wine”

Columbia Crest Becomes the First Winery to Crowdsource a Wine from Vineyard to Table

Early 2014 Grape Harvest Begins

Helen Keplinger Appointed New Grace Family Vineyards Winemaker

Free Mobile Wine Program

Wine Prices by vintage

US/International Wine Events

Winery Atlas\

Leasing News Wine & Spirits Page


This Day in History

     1727 - The first Roman Catholic convent in America is occupied by the Ursaline nuns in New Orleans. The convent/school is still occupied today although rebuilt several times and much enlarged.
   1736 - Birthday of Mary Brant, a Mohawk, had nine children with the British superintendent of Indian Affairs. She managed his household and was his hostess for almost 25 years until his death in 1774. She then retired to upper New York State and was a loyalist during the American Revolution. She supplied intelligence and ammunition for the British in the battle of Oriskany, August 6, 1777. Brant and her brother who was a warrior leader of the Iroquois were instrumental in aligning the entire Iroquois nation on the side of the British in the American Revolution. Following the defeat of the British, she joined other refugees in Kingston, Ontario. Several hundred thousand loyalists left, many going back to Great Britain, others to Canada.
    1774 - English religious leader Ann Lee (1736-1784) and a small band of followers first arrived in America. Her sect called itself the United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Coming, but to the rest of the world, her followers came to be known as the "Shakers."
       1787 - The Constitutional Convention engaged in the “Great Debate” over the draft constitution, during which it determined that Congress should have the right to regulate foreign trade and interstate commerce, established a four-year term of office for the president and appointed a five-man committee to prepare a final draft of the Constitution. 
    1801 - The Great Religious Revival of the American West began at a Presbyterian camp meeting in Cane Ridge, Kentucky.
    1815 - With the end of the Napoleonic wars in Europe, and laws about bringing “slaves” into the United States as “free labor,” immigration to the U.S. increased to new levels as work was to be had. Between 1815 and 1860, 5,000,000 persons came to the U.S. Over half of the immigrants came from the British Isles, mostly from Ireland. The next largest contingent arrived from Germany, 1,500,000, not counting German-speaking French citizens from Alsace and Lorraine. More than half the German immigrants settled in the upper Mississippi and Ohio River valleys. They brought new techniques and craftsmanship. For instance, Ohio glassware was a superior type of glassware manufactured from 1815 to 1850. The designation “Ohio” was generally applied both to the blown and molded glass produced in the Ohio River Valley region. Three of the leading manufacturers of this glassware were located in Mantua, Kent, and Zanesville, all cities of Ohio. The designation “Ohio” was also used to identify glass factories in the neighboring regions of West Virginia and western Pennsylvania.
    1819 – Norwich University is founded in Vermont as the first private military school in the US.
      1821 - Birthday of Edward H. Plumptre, Anglican theologian. He served on the Old Testament committee for the 1881 English Revised Version of the Bible. Today, he is better remembered as author of the hymn, "Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart."
    1829 - Birthday of Marie Elizabeth Zakrzewski - pioneer U.S. doctor. She graduated from a school for midwives without incident but when she was appointed chief midwife and professor, male opposition forced her resignation. On arriving in the U.S., she met Elizabeth Blackwell who helped her enter Western Reserve medical school for regular medical training. She assisted the Blackwell sisters in the New York Infirmary and ran the institution while Elizabeth was in England. She served as physician and professor at the New England Female Medical College in Boston but left because the founder saw women's position in medicine limited to midwifery. She founded the New England Hospital for Women and Children in 1862 and served in various capacities there until 1899.
In addition to her pioneering medical work, she developed lunchrooms for the working poor women and aid for poor Jews. Her New England Hospital was the first one to trained nurses and offer social services.
    1861 – First Lady Edith Roosevelt, second wife of President Theodore Roosevelt, is born in Norwich, CT.  They were children together and were married in 1885 after the passing of the first Mrs. Roosevelt.
    1862 - CSA ironclad "Arkansas" is badly damaged in Union battle.
(Actual accounts:
    1864 - The Rebels evacuate Fort Powell, Mobile Bay, under attack during the Battle of Mobile Bay, Alabama. It actually lasted until August 23. David G. Farragut commanded a fleet of fourteen wooden ships and four ironclads. Running through a minefield and past Confederate Forts Gains, Morgan, and Powell, Farragut’s fleet defeated a Confederate flotilla, including the Confederate ironclad Tennessee, and took one of the South’s last major ports. The city of Mobile was taken in 1865.
    1870 - White conservatives suppressed black vote and captured the Tennessee legislature. A reform movement was afoot and states started outright restricting blacks from voting, others made poll tax and literacy tests a requirement. These practices were among those outlawed by the 1965 Voting Rights Act, detailed herein later.  The Southern states voting as a block made deals for a new president in an electoral contest, by tenure gained control of committees as senator were voted by the state legislators in this century, and while the North beat the South in the Civil War, the South now controlled bills, committees, and legislation and would dominate for almost a century to follow. 
    1881 – Birthday of Louella Parsons, America’s first movie columnist, in Freeport, IL.  She was retained by William Randolph Hearst, possibly because she had praised Hearst's mistress Marion Davies, and her columns were read by 20 million people in 400 newspapers worldwide.  She remained Queen of Hollywood until the arrival of flamboyant Hedda Hopper, who displayed similar talents, and with whom she feuded viciously for years.
    1890 - Denton True ‘Cy’ Young pitched his first major-league baseball game, leading the Cleveland Spiders past the Chicago White Sox. Young went on to enjoy a great baseball career, winning a total of 511 games (95 more than second place Walter Johnson)...averaging more than 23 victories over 22 seasons, playing for Cleveland, St. Louis, and Boston (where he played in the first World Series, and won). Young’s career win total is the most in Major League history and is considered by many as the one sports record that will never be broken.  The Cy Young Award was established in 1956, when the Baseball Writers' Association of America chose to create an award honoring each year’s best pitcher.  Since 1967, the Cy Young awards have been presented annually to the best pitcher in each major league.
    1890 - At Auburn Prison, NY, murderer William Kemmler becomes the first person to be executed by the electric chair.
    1892 – Birthday of actor Hoot Gibson, American rodeo champion and a pioneer cowboy film actor, director, and producer.  Born Edmund Richard Gibson in Tekamah, NE, he learned to ride a horse while still a very young boy. His family moved to California when he was seven years old.  In 1910, the nascent film industry was looking for experienced cowboys to appear in films. Gibson and another future star, Tom Mix, were hired. Acting for Gibson was then a minor sideline, and he continued competing in rodeos to make a living. Gibson's career was temporarily interrupted with service in the US Army in World War I. When the war ended, he returned to the rodeo business and became good friends with Art Acord, a fellow cowboy and movie actor. The two participated in summer rodeo then went back to Hollywood for the winter to do stunt work. From the 1920s through the 1940s, Hoot Gibson was a major film attraction as a western film box office draw. He successfully made the transition to talkies and as a result became a highly paid performer.  Gibson died August 23, 1962 in Woodland Hills, CA.         
    1902 – Dutch Schultz was born Arthur Flegenheimer in Newark, NJ.  Mobster of the 1920s and 1930s who made his fortune in activities including alcohol and numbers…or numbiz as they say in the old neighborhood. Weakened by two tax evasion trials led by prosecutor Thomas Dewey, Schultz's rackets were also threatened by fellow mobster Lucky Luciano. In an attempt to avert his conviction, Schultz asked the Commission for permission to kill Dewey, which they refused. When Schultz disobeyed them and attempted to kill him anyway, the Commission ordered his murder.  After Schultz left in a rage, the Commission decided finally to kill him in order to prevent the Dewey hit. Albert Anastasia, who would be whacked in 1958, and Louis Buchalter took care of it on October 23, 1935; Schultz was shot at the Palace Chophouse at 12 East Park Street in Newark.
    1905 - Birthday of Clara Bow – U.S. film actor. CB was called the “’It’ girl” as she portrayed the carefree flapper in early Hollywood films. She is generally recognized by most Hollywood historians as the industry’s first megastar.  She starred in more than 30 films including the classic “Wings” but her strong Brooklyn accent prevented her from making it in talking pictures. Her various sex scandals also lost fan support but it was her voice that ended her movie career. She won a beauty contest while still in high school in Brooklyn that sent her to Hollywood. A good biography is J. Morella’s “The ‘It’ Girl: the Incredible Story of Clara Bow” (1976).
    1906 - Birthday of trombone player Vic Dickenson, Xenia, OH, Died November 16, 1984.
    1911 – Legendary film and television pioneer and comedian Lucille Ball was born at Butte, MT. In addition to her many other film and television credits, Lucille Ball always will be remembered for her role in the 1950s CBS sitcom “I Love Lucy”. As Lucy Riccardo, the wife of band leader Ricky Riccardo (her real-life husband, Desi Arnaz), her comedic style became a trademark of early television comedy. She was also instrumental in many pioneering innovations in TV production. Desilu Productions, the company founded by Ball and Arnaz, insisted on filming in Hollywood instead of New York. This move is largely credited with creating a shift in TV production to the west coast. In addition, theirs was the first TV show to use 35mm film to increase the clarity of the final image, the first to use three cameras instead of one, and the first to be filmed in front of a live audience. On Apr 1, 1958, the final episode was broadcast, but “I Love Lucy” now is seen worldwide in syndication. Ball continued her involvement both before and behind the camera, appearing in three additional sitcoms. She became the first woman to head a major motion picture and TV studio when she purchased Arnaz’ share of Desilu Productions. Ball and Arnaz were divorced in 1960; she later married Gary Morton. She died Apr 26, 1989, at Los Angeles, CA.
    1917 – Birthday of actor Robert Mitchum in Bridgeport, CT.  He may be best-remembered for his roles in “The Story of GI Joe” (1945), “Crossfire” (1947), “Out of the Past” (1947), “The Night of the Hunter” (1955), and “Cape Fear” (1962).  Mitchum died on July 1, 1997 in Santa Barbara.
    1918 - Birthday of jazz promoter/sponsor Norman Granz , Los Angeles, CA.,,407567,00.html
    1918 - Unusually hot weather began to overspread the Atlantic Coast States, from the Carolinas to southern New England. The temperature soared to an all-time record high of 106 degrees at Washington, D.C., and Cumberland and Keedysville hit 109 degrees to establish a state record for Maryland. Temperatures were above normal east of the Rockies that month, with readings much above normal in the Lower Missouri Valley. Omaha, NE reached 110 degrees.
    1921 - Jazz flutist Buddy Collette birthday.
(“Swinging Shepard’s” is a great album).
    1924 – Birthday of Samuel Bowers, co-founder of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan(d. 2006).
1925 - Birthday of Bill Haley, rock 'n' roll's first teen idol, born in Highland Park, Michigan. Haley, with his group, the Saddlemen, at first played country-and-western, but in 1952, he dropped the cowboy image and changed the band's name to the Comets. Haley began recording cover versions of R'n'B hits, and in 1953, his "Crazy Man Crazy" became the first rock 'n' roll record to make the Billboard pop chart. Bill Haley and the Comets' biggest success came in 1955 when "Rock Around the Clock" rose to number one. Haley was the most popular rock 'n' roll idol until Elvis Presley came along, but by 1958, his career was basically over. He continued to work as a nostalgia act, mainly in Britain and Europe. Haley died on February 9th, 1981 in his hometown of Harlingen, Texas.
    1926 – In New York, the Warner Bros’ Vitaphone system premieres with the movie “Don Juan”, starring John Barrymore. 
    1926 - Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim the English Channel.
    1927 - Birthday of Canadian composer Dolores Claman, born in Vancouver. She and her husband, Richard Morris, became one of the country's most successful jingle-writing teams in the mid-1960's. Claman and Morris have also written several stage musicals and film scores, the theme for CBC's "Hockey Night in Canada", and the score for the film "A Place to Stand," made for the Ontario pavilion at Expo 67. The film won an Oscar.
    1928 – Andy Warhol’s birthday, in Pittsburgh.  Warhol was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became a renowned and sometimes controversial artist. The Andy Warhol Museum in his native city holds an extensive permanent collection of art and archives. It is the largest museum in the US dedicated to a single artist.
    1929 - Birthday of Janice Lee York Romary - U.S. Olympic fencer (1952-1968) who, in 1968, became the first woman to be the U.S. flag bearer in the opening ceremonies of the Olympics (Mexico City).
    1930 - Birthday of singer Abbey Lincoln, Chicago, IL.

    1930 - Mysterious disappearance at age 41 of Joseph Force Crater, justice of the New York State Supreme Court.  Never seen or heard from again. Declared legally dead in 1939. “Where is Judge Crater” signs appeared everywhere in the thirties.
    1932 - Birthday of singer and actress Della Reese.
    1937 - Maxine Sullivan records “Loch Lomond,” NYC (Voc 3169).
    1945 - Memorial observances in many places for victims of the first atomic bombing of a populated place, which occurred at Hiroshima, Japan in 1945, (it was August 5 in the United States ) when an American B-29 bomber, “Enola Gay,” dropped an atomic bomb over the center of the city. The pilot was Colonel Paul Warfield Tibbets, Jr. of Miami, FL., and the bombardier was Major Thomas W. Ferebee of Mocksville, NC. More than 205,000 civilians died either immediately in the explosion or subsequently of radiation. If you had been reading history in America in the preceding months, it would have given you a sense of the time and in order to save lives, the atomic bomb was dropped.  On July 28, 2014, the last living crew member of Enola Gay, navigator, Theodore Van Kirk, died.
    1945 – Birthday of Andy Messersmith in Toms River, NJ.  During a 12-year Major League career with several teams, Messersmith compiled a 130-99 record with a 2.86 ERA.  However, he, with former pitcher Dave McNally, is most famous for his role in the historic 1975 Seitz decision that led to the downfall of Major League Baseball's reserve clause and ushered the current era of free agency.  Messersmith's ERA of 2.861 is the fifth lowest among starting pitchers whose careers began after 1920, the so-called ‘live ball era’, behind only Hoyt Wilhelm (2.52), Whitey Ford (2.75), Sandy Koufax (2.76), and Jim Palmer (2.856), all Hall of Famers.
    1946 - Birthday of American composer Brian Holmes, Washington, DC.  Brian Holmes usually composes for voice or chorus.
    1948 - Seventeen-year-old Bob Mathias won the decathlon competition at the Olympic Games being held in London, England. 
    1949 - Top Hits
“Some Enchanted Evening” - Perry Como
“Again” - Gordon Jenkins
“Riders in the Sky” - Vaughn Monroe
“I’m Throwing Rice (At the Girl that I Love)” - Eddy Arnold
    1950 - THOMPSON, WILLIAM. Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, 24th Company M, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Haman, Korea, 6 August 1950. Entered service at: Bronx, N.Y. Birth: New York, N.Y. G.O. No.: 63, 2 August 1951. Citation: Pfc. Thompson distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. While his platoon was reorganizing under cover of darkness, fanatical enemy forces in overwhelming strength launched a surprise attack on the unit. Pfc. Thompson set up his machine gun in the path of the onslaught and swept the enemy with withering fire, pinning them down momentarily thus permitting the remainder of his platoon to withdraw to a more tenable position. Although hit repeatedly by grenade fragments and small-arms fire, he resisted all efforts of his comrades to induce him to withdraw, steadfastly remained at his machine gun and continued to deliver deadly, accurate fire until mortally wounded by an enemy grenade. Pfc. Thompson's dauntless courage and gallant self-sacrifice reflect the highest credit on himself and uphold the esteemed traditions of military service.
    1952 - At the age of 46, Satchel Paige becomes the oldest pitcher major league history to hurl a complete-game shutout as he beats the Tigers in 12 innings, 1-0. This record will last until Phil Niekro blanks the Blue Jays, 8-0 to win his 300th career victory in 1985, at 46 years, 188 days.
    1955 - "Baby, Let's Play House" became Elvis Presley's first national chart single, reaching number 10 on Billboard's country chart.
    1956 - Birthday of soprano sax player Kenny G, whose full name is Kenny Gorelick.
    1956 - After going bankrupt, the DuMont Television Network makes its final broadcast, a boxing match from St. Nicholas Arena in New York.
      1956 - The Alan Freed movie, “Rock! Rock! Rock!” goes into production, featuring Tuesday Weld (her singing vocals dubbed by Connie Francis), Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, The Moonglows, The Flamingos, and LaVern Baker.
    1957 - Top Hits
“Love Letters in the Sand” - Pat Boone
“Tammy” - Debbie Reynolds
“Diana” - Paul Anka
“(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear” - Elvis Presley
    1957 - 16 year-old John Lennon and his group the Quarrymen recorded "Baby Let's Play House" and "Puttin' on the Style" at a church social in Liverpool. The recording, made on the day Lennon met 14 year-old Paul McCartney, sold at a London auction in September 1994 for the equivalent of $156,000 Canadian.  
    1959 - A bucket survey showed that thunderstorms dropped 16.70 inches of rain on parts of Decatur County, IA. The total was accepted as Iowa's 24 hour rainfall record.
    1960 – Cuba nationalizes American and foreign-owned property.
    1960 - Chubby Checker performs "The Twist" on American TV for the first time on "American Bandstand”.
    1962 - Frank Ifield topped the UK charts for the first of seven straight weeks with "I Remember You". The record would become the second highest-selling single of the year in Britain and a #5 hit in the US.
    1963 - The New York Mets hired several rock 'n' roll acts, including Chubby Checker and Dee Dee Sharp, to perform before a game with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
    1965 – The Admiral, David Robinson, All-American basketball player for the US Naval Academy who followed with an All-Pro and multiple NBA championship career with the San Antonio Spurs, born in Key West.
    1965 - The Voting Rights Act of 1965 signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson, designed to thwart attempts to discriminate against minorities at the polls. The act suspended literacy and other disqualifying tests, authorized appointment of federal voting examiners and provided for judicial relief on the federal level to bar discriminatory poll taxes. Congress voted to extend the Act in 1975, 1984, and 1991.
    1965- Marty Balin and Paul Kantner formed a folk-rock group that evolved into the Jefferson Airplane, the premier San Francisco psychedelic band of the late '60s. The Airplane made its debut the following month at a Haight-Ashbury club, and was signed to RCA later in the year. "The Jefferson Airplane Takes Off," their first album, was awarded a gold record in 1966.
    1965---Top Hits
“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” - The Rolling Stones
“I’m Henry VIII, I Am” - Herman’s Hermits
“What’s New Pussycat?” - Tom Jones
“The First Thing Ev’ry Morning (And the Last Thing Ev’ry Night)” - Jimmy Dean
    1967 - Dean Chance of the Minnesota Twins pitched five innings of perfect baseball, leading his team to victory over the Boston Red Sox. Chance was only the third player to pitch a shortened, perfect game.
    1970 –Birthday of M. Night Shyamalan, Indian-American director, producer, and screenwriter.
     1971 - The last remaining troops of the Fourth Battalion, 503rd Infantry of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, (the first U.S. Army ground combat unit to arrive in Vietnam in May 1965), cease combat operations and begin preparations to leave Vietnam. The first U.S. ground combat unit of any branch to reach Vietnam was the Third Marine Regiment, Third Marine Division, which began arriving on March 8, 1965. The initial U.S. combat forces were followed by a vast array of combat, combat support, and logistics units that together with U.S. Navy and Air Force personnel in-country reached a peak of 543,400 in April 1969. In June 1969, President Richard Nixon gave the order, as part of his "Vietnamization" policy, which began the process of reducing American troop strength; the troop withdrawals began the following fall and continued until the Paris Peace Accords were signed in January 1973.
    1972 - Hitting his 660th and 661st career homers, Hank Aaron breaks Yankee legend Babe Ruth's record for most home runs with one team. Hammerin' Hank's' second homer of the day is a 10th inning blast which enables the Braves to beat the Reds, 4-3
    1973 - Roberto Clemente becomes the first Latin-born player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.  The customary five-year waiting period was waived by the electors in recognition of Clemente’s death the prior New Years’ Eve, in the crash of a plane he chartered to ferry much-needed medical supplies to victims of a Nicaraguan earthquake.
    1973 - Top Hits 
“The Morning After” - Maureen McGovern
“Live and Let Die” - Wings
“Diamond Girl” - Seals & Crofts
“Lord, Mr. Ford” - Jerry Reed
    1973 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “The Morning After,'' Maureen McGovern. The song is the theme to the film, “The Poseidon Adventure.''
    1979 - The Cars don't pay attention to the sophomore jinx predictions and go two-for-two: "Candy-O" is their second straight album to go platinum. 
    1980 - Birthday of American composer Matthew Logan, born Jacksonville,
    1981 - Golfing legend Lee Trevino was disqualified from the PGA Championship in Duluth, GA when the ‘Super Mex’ had his scorecard signed by Tom Weiskopf instead of himself.
    1981 - After a seven-week strike that cut the heart out of the regular baseball season, major league players approved a plan for a split season with the post-strike games to constitute the second half. The New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers were declared first-half champions, automatically qualify for special divisional playoffs.
    1981 - Stevie Nicks' "Bella Donna" LP is released
    1981 - Top Hits
“Jessie’s Girl” - Rick Springfield
“Theme from "Greatest American Hero" (Believe It or Not)” - Joey Scarbury
“I Don’t Need You” - Kenny Rogers
“Dixie on My Mind” - Hank Williams, Jr.
    1984 - The Jacksons' "Victory" tour opened in Kansas City. The eight-story stage, designed by brother Michael, obscured the view from one-fourth of Arrowhead Stadium's 60,000 seats. Despite complaints about the $30 ticket prices, "Victory" proved to be the then-largest concert tour ever. The Jacksons played 55 dates in 23 cities, selling about 2.3 million tickets. Each brother raked in about $5 million. The promoter, Chuck Sullivan, lost $20 million because he agreed to pay all costs of the lavish production.
    1984 - The Cars release their video for "Drive." Actor Timothy Hutton directed it.
    1984 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Ghostbusters,'' Ray Parker Jr.  Huey Lewis sues Parker, saying the Academy Award-nominated song sounds too much like his “I Want a New Drug.'' 
    1986 - Timothy Dalton became the fourth actor to be named “Bond ... James Bond.” Dalton, 38, and his studio, United Artists, ended months of speculation as to who would star as Agent 007 in the 15th James Bond film. The character of Bond was created by writer Ian Fleming. Other stars to play the role of the suave, debonair and deadly double agent include: Roger Moore, Sean Connery and George Lazenby, with Pierce Brosnan as the James Bond for the 1990s. 
    1988 - Cub reliever Goose Gossage becomes the second player in major league history to record 300 career saves as he retires one batter in a 7-4 victory over the Phillies.
    1988 - Jose Canseco became the 11th player in major league history to hit 30 homers and steal 30 bases in a season. The A's outfielder, with 31 homers, joins the 30-30 club stealing second base with one out in the ninth inning for his 30th as Oakland beat the Mariners, 5-4.
    1988 - Severe thunderstorms produced large hail and damaging winds in Pennsylvania and New York State. A cold front crossing the northwestern U.S. produced wind gusts to 66 mph at Livingston, MT.
    1989 - Boston Red Sox retire Carl Yastrezemski's #8.
    1989 - Top Hits
“Batdance” - Prince
“On Our Own” - Bobby Brown
“So Alive” - Love & Rockets
“Why’d You Come in Here Lookin’ like That” - Dolly Parton
    1990 – Gulf War:  UN Security Council orders a global trade embargo against Iraq in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.
      1991 – Tim Berners-Lee releases files describing his idea for the World Wide Web. WWW debuts as a publicly available service on the Internet.
    1994 - Laura Geller, the fourth woman rabbi in the United States, became the first woman SENIOR rabbi at a major metropolitan Jewish congregation, Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills, California that has more than 1,000 members. She estimated that about 300 women serve as assistant or associate rabbis, even senior rabbis in smaller congregations in the U.S. There have been "issues of gender at every step of my career," Rabbi Geller," and some people, even within this congregation, still find it an issue." But, she adds, I'm grateful that I came to this position as a middle-aged woman...I'm fully clear that it’s their problem, not mine. When they say, 'I like you very much, but I'm just not comfortable with a woman rabbi,' they're telling me something about themselves, not about me." Sally J. Pries and, ordained in 1972, was the first woman rabbi in the United States, at the Monmouth County Reform Temple in New Jersey. Regina Jonas was the first woman rabbi in the world, ordained in 1935.
    1996 - Daniel Goldin, administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced scientific evidence that there was life on Mars. The discovery was made by Dr. Roberta Score and a team of American scientists. Using electron microscopes, they examined a 4.5 billion year old Martian meteorite that struck Antarctica 13,000 years ago and found fossils of what appeared to be a “primitive form of microscopic life.” 
    1996 - The soundtrack to the film "She's The One," starring Edward Burns and Jennifer Aniston, is released. The album is record by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and features the single, "Walls.”
    1999 - "The Sixth Sense" opened with Bruce Willis starring as a child psychologist and Haley Joel Osment, who plays an 8-year-old who is visited by ghosts. As of July 24, 2001, it had rung up $293,501,675 at the box office.  I didn’t realize Willis was a ghost. When you see it a second time, it gives a different perspective to the movie.
    2001 - The Hall of Fame Veterans Committee comprised of five former players, five media members and five former executives, which was established in 1953, is to be replaced by a 90-member group made up of the members of the Hall of Fame (61), the recipients of the J.G. Taylor Spink award for writers (13), the Ford C. Frick award for broadcasters (13) and current Veterans Committee members (3). The new committee will be able elect players only once every two years and executives, umpires and managers only once every four years.
    2002 - Protecting the Giants' 11-10 lead over the Cubs, 32-year old reliever Robb Nen becomes the 16th and youngest closer to record the 300th save of his career.
    2010 - In a 15-minute pre-game ceremony delayed by rain at Turner Field, the Braves retire Tom Glavine's uniform number 47. The southpaw, who won 244 of his 305 career victories with the organization, including five seasons with 20 or more wins, was inducted into the team's Hall of Fame earlier in the day at a luncheon.  Glavine, along with teammate Greg Maddox and manager Bobby Cox were inducted together into the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 27, 2014.
    2012 – NASA’s Curiosity land rover lands on Mars.



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