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Friday, August 28, 2015

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Archives: August 28, 2003 - Obituary
Louis B. Funston (Funkenstein) August 21, 1945---August 25, 2003
Position Wanted –Credit
Work Remotely or Relocate for Right Opportunity
New Hires---Promotions in the Leasing Business
  and Related Industries
Leasing Industry Ads---Help Wanted
  Ascentium Capital
Leasing Company Stock---Thursday, 4pm
  Marlin Business Service Takes Largest Hit
CLFP Foundation Adds Six Members
  Total 277 Certified Lease & Finance Professionals
Leasing Conferences --- Update
Dwight Galloway and Hugh Swandel to Report for Leasing News
Stick Mobility--Yoga to the Next Level
New Exercise for Individuals or Groups
Phoenix/She's Funny that Way/About Elly
Navajo Joe/The Front Page
Film and Digital Reviews by Fernando Croce
Labrador Retriever
 Toronto, Ontario   Adopt-a-Dog
Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers
in Equipment Finance and Leasing
News Briefs---
China to step up financial leasing to bolster economy
  mapped out measures to accelerate financial leasing
Mortgage rates fall amid wild up-and-down market swings
   15 yr: 3.19%   30 yr: 3.97%  Adjustable:  3.24%
U.S. Economy’s Growth Rate in 2nd Quarter
   Revised Up to 3.7%
Toronto-Dominion Bank profit beats
 earnings of 2.27 billion Canadian dollars ($1.7 billion)
New iPhone expected at Apple event on Sept. 9
  and Other Products
Tesla 'breaks' Consumer Reports scoring scale
  Tesla's Model S P85D initially scored a 103 out of 100
Grim forecast for computer, tablet sales
  takes a turn for the worse
Consumer Chose Car Leasing Up 1.2% to 31.4%
  Longer Terms Up 18%
Dole C.E.O. and Aide Found Liable for
   $148 Million in Buyout
Regulations Favor Listing Service Certificate of Deposits
  Deposit Brokers Claim

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Archives: August 28, 2003 - Obituary
Louis B. Funston (Funkenstein) August 21, 1945---August 25, 2003
by Christopher Menkin

The obituary in the South Carolina Anderson Independent-Mail newspaper read, “Mr. Louis B. Funston, age 58, husband of Kathleen Ellis Funston of 36 Bay View, Belvedere, CA, died Monday, August 25, 2003 at his residence.
I had met Louis Funkenstein in the early 1970’s, introduced him to Mac Pollack of Key Lease in Redwood City, California, and to Russ Rickards, then of Cenval Leasing to eventually become Bank of the West Leasing. He and Russ became very good friends. Steve Crane of Bank of the West Leasing said Louis was one of their top producers. He had visited Louis in the hospital two weeks ago where he had gone for one of his series of treatments.
When I had met him, he had just left U.S. Leasing as a salesman. He wanted to become a leasing broker. He chose the name Western Leasing. At first, it was computers, then metal working machinery. Later he was to find a major niche in bakery equipment, food processing and packaging equipment that kept him very busy. He and I along with Mont Gates of Utah started a California broker’s association in the late 1970’s that grew into over 60 members until the then Western Association of Equipment Leasing decided they would allow brokers to join. I think one of the reasons for the disbandment was we had let funders into the group and it changed the meetings and thrust of the organization. Louis was president for several years. Also many of us decided to become lessors, on a limited scale, and some on a major scale, such as A.J. Batt, then of San Mateo, California, and Jim Harris of Oregon.
I spoke to Lou about ten days ago by telephone. His voice was raspy. He did not want anyone to know he was sick. He had pancreatic cancer. He thought he would arrest it. It was under one of his chemotherapy treatments at the hospital that he caught an infection that reportedly cost him his life, only a few days after he had turned 58 years old.

He left a wife Kathleen Ellis, son Robert Louis, daughter Blake Ellis.
(One of the requirements for his marriage was changing his last
name to Funston.)



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New Hires---Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Jim Halliday has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Element Financial Corporation, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. "Mr. Halliday, currently President and CEO of Element’s fleet management business, will oversee Element’s global alliance with Arval as well as the Company’s operations in Australia and New Zealand. He will also focus on pursuing large organic growth opportunities and will lead the firm’s mergers and acquisitions activities in the fleet market." He joined Element Financial, July, 2014.  Previously, he was President & CEO PHH Arval | now part of Element Financial Corporation (December 2013–Present).  He started out June, 2003, as Vice President, Eastern Canada, PHH Arval; promoted August, 2006, President, PHH Canada, PHH Corporation; promoted to Chief Business Development Officer, PHH Corporation (January 2013-December 2013). Prior, he was General Manager, Fundata Canada (1998–2003). Education: University of Virginia Darden School of Business (2008 – 2008). Harvard Business School Business, High Potentials Leadership Program (2005 – 2005); Ivey Business School at Western University, MBA (2000 – 2002); Huron University College, BA (hon) (1990 – 1994).

Jefferey Hogg was promoted to "...Vice President/Business Development Officer for TAB Bank’s trucking business development team. He is based in Ogden, UT and covers a territory that includes the states of Utah, Nevada, California, Arizona, and New Mexico. He joined the bank in 2003. Jeff has been involved in the transportation industry for over 23 years.  He drove a truck as a company driver for eleven years and has been with TAB Bank for the past twelve.  Previous to his current position with TAB, Jeff was an inside sales specialist with the majority of his responsibility being in the owner-operator segment.  Jeff is a member of several state trucking associations." During this time he has served as Sales Professional, IKON Office Solutions (2000–2003); Sales Consultant, RC Willey Home Furnishings (1995–2000). Commissioner, Clearfield City Planning Commission (2009–2010); Commissioner, Clearfield City Parks & Recreation, Social Services. Education: Biosystems Institute, Bachelors, Respiratory Care (1983–1986); Eastern Arizona College, General.

Kathleen McGurk was hired as Assistant Vice President of Alliance Development for Marlin Business Services. "McGurk has had a successful, extensive career in financial services, and brings more than 25 years' experience in strategic planning, sales and new business development. Prior to joining Marlin, she was a Program Manager at De Lage Landen Financial Services, Inc., where she was responsible for developing, implementing and managing equipment finance programs with banks, wealth management firms and equipment vendors. McGurk's previous experience also includes Vice President of Broker Services and Vice President of Direct Lessee Marketing at Advanta Business Services."

Tony Regan was hired as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Eastern Funding, New York. He will be "responsible for company-wide sales and marketing across the grocery, dry cleaning, franchise fast food and coin laundry business lines. He will manage all of Eastern Funding's loan officers and report directly to senior management."  Previously, he was Sr. VP Sales & Marketing, American Dryer Corporation (March 1993–2007); Sales Director, Chicago Dryer Company (August 2007–May 2009); Vice President, General Manager, Datamrs, Inc. (March 2006–April 2007); Vice President, Sales and Marketing, American Dryer Corporation (April 1993–March 2006) International Sales Manager, BMIL International (January 1990–April 1993). Languages: Spanish. Education: State University of New York College at Oswego (1980–1984). State University of New York College at Oswego, BA, Communications (1980–1984).

Kristi Webb has been appointed as the new President and CEO of Element’s fleet Management Business, Toronto, Canada. She originally started out at GE Capital, rising to Chief Marketing Officer, Telecom (February 1998-Septmeber 2001); moving to GE Plastics as Quality Leader in the Netherlands (September 2001-September 2044); moving back to GE Capital, in Danbury, Connecticut as Strategic Marketing Leader (September 2004-August 2008); then to Dallas/Fort Worth area as Chief Marketing Officer, Equipment Finance (August 2008-August 2009); promoted to General Manager, Dealer finance (August 2009-October 2012); in September, 2012 moving to Eden Prairie, Minnesota, as President and CEO, GE Capital Fleet Services. Certifications: Six Sigma, Master Black Belt. Organizations: American Automotive Leasing Association, Director, Starting February 2013, Vice President, State Government Affairs. Education: West Virginia University, MA, Communications (1982 – 1987). Activities and Societies: Delta Gamma. West Virginia University, Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Audiology/Audiologist and Speech, Language, Pathology, Pathologist

Rhonda Zielinski was hired as Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing at Union Leasing, Naperville, Illinois. “Rhonda will be focusing on new customers, geographic expansion, and integration of future acquisitions for Union Leasing and our Express 4x4 Truck Rental division,” Kent Boskovich, president at Union Leasing said. “The creation of this new leadership position supports our aggressive growth plan which will require an expanded vehicle field sales team, truck rental team and client services departments.” Previously, she was Vice President, Sales and Customer Support, Chicago Freight Car Leasing (January, 2013 – August, 2015). Prior she worked for Navistar, starting June, 1986 as Early Career Management; October,1999, Director, Medium Truck Marketing; October, 2002, Director, Channel Marketing; July, 2004, Director, New Truck Sales; August, 2005, District Sales Manager; September, 2008, Director, Sales Operations; September, 2010-December, 2013,Director,On-Highway Vehicle Strategy.  Education: Indiana Wesleyan University Master of Science (MS), Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services (1997 – 1998). Wilmington College
Bachelor of Science (BS), Marketing and Communications
(1982 – 1986)

Allan Zeppenfeld was hired as Managing Director, Zenith Capital Partners, Coral Gables, Florida; he is based in the Greater Atlanta area. Previously, he was Managing Director, AutoZest, LLC (November 1992- August 2015); Director of Project Management, JGD Investors, Inc. (May 2011–June 2015); Director Business Development, Resolvion (2011– May 2011); Director Business Development, Sequent Asset Management (December 2010–May 2011); Director Business Development, JDR Solutions (2010–May, 2011); Vice President, Portfolio Financial Servicing Company (2007–July, 2010); Director Asset Management, Lanier Worldwide (June 1997–June 1999); VP Operations, DVI (1995–1996); Mgr., XAS Xerox (June 1973–June 1995); Manager, Xerox (1973–1995). Education: Gannon University, Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Management. Harvard University, Strategic Marketing Management. Rochester Institute of Technology, Executive Management Program. Strayer University, Finance and Financial Management Services.



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Leasing Company Stock---Thursday, 4pm
Marlin Business Service Takes Largest Hit


Close: 43.79
Previous close: 43.00
Today’s open: 43.51
Day’s range : 43.28 - 44.15
Volume: 1,785,415
Average volume (3 months): 1,558,404

Element Financial (EFN)
(Canadian monetary, TSX)

Last Price: 18.83
Change: 0.18
Day High: 19.20
Bid:   18.75
Ask: 18.84
Volume: 1.65m

Close:  48.88
Previous close: 47.32
Today’s open: 47.97
Day’s range: 47.60 - 49.30
Volume: 291,584
Average volume (3 months): 374,822

Close: 25.01
Previous close: 24.01
Today’s open: 24.43
Day’s range: 24.38 - 25.01
Volume: 64,652,395
Average volume (3 months):  31,770,217

Marlin Business Services (NASDAQ:MRLN)
Close: 12.75
Previous close: 13.03
Today’s open:  13.06
Day’s range: 12.62 - 13.06
Volume: 59,011
Average volume (3 months):  29,612
52 Week High: 21.75  52 Week Low: 12.62

Chesswood Income Fund (Pawnee Corp.) (CHW.UN)
(Canadian monetary,

Last Price: 11.31
Change:  0.50
Open:  11.03
Day High: 11.50
Bid: 11.31
Ask: 11.45
52 Wk High: 15.40
Volume : 9.86k



CLFP Foundation Adds Six Members
Total 277 Certified Lease & Finance Professionals

The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation recently held its third Academy for Lease & Finance Professionals (ALFP). The three-day event was hosted by First American Equipment Finance, Fairpoint, New York, and all of the individuals who sat for the exam at the conclusion of the event passed the eight-hour exam. They are:

Bill Banfield, CLFP

Jake Cutler, CLFP
Senior Account Manager
Healthcare Vendor Channel
Diversified Capital Credit

Joe Leonard, CLFP
Managing Member
Oakmont Capital Services LLC

Jonathan Sandgarten, CLFP
Director of Financial Services,
ComSource, Inc.

Ken Senter, CLFP
Vice President
First American Equipment Finance


Evelyn Allcorn, CLFP
Credit Officer
Financial Pacific Leasing

Ms. Allcorn, CLFP, Passed a private exam held
 in the State of Washington.

The next CLFP Academy will be held November 5,
 GreatAmerica Finance, Cedar Rapids, Illinois.

Companies with two or more foundation members
(# of CLFPs)

First American Equipment Finance 42
Financial Pacific Leasing 22
Ascentium Capital 14
Allegiant Partners 13
Orion First Financial 8
Arvest Equipment Finance 8
ECS Financial Services 7
Banc of California 5
Great American Insurance 5
Bank of the West 4
Maxim Commercial Capital LLC 4
Northland Capital 4
FSG Leasing 3
Huntington Equipment Finance 3
Innovative Lease Services 3
LeaseTeam Inc. 3
Pacifica Capital 3
Alliance Funding Group 2
BSB Leasing 2
Canon Financial Services 2
CBI Equipment Finance 2
Finance Capital 2
GO Capital 2
GreatAmerica Financial Services 2
Padco Financial Services 2
Pinnacle Business Finance 2
Portfolio Financial Servicing Company 2
Providence Capital Funding, Inc. 2
TEQlease 2
Bravo Capital, LLC 2
Diversified Capital Credit Corporation 2

The CLFP designation identifies an individual as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customers, and peers in the equipment finance industry. There are currently 277 Certified Lease & Finance Professionals and Associates throughout the world. For more information, call Executive Director Reid Raykovich, CLFP at (206) 535-6281 or visit



Leasing Conferences --- Update
Dwight Galloway and Hugh Swandel to Report for Leasing News

Leasing Conferences 2015
Save the Date 



2015 Eastern Regional Meeting
September 11-12, 2015
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Atlanta, GA

Dwight Galloway
SVP Broker Funding
RLC Funding
Columbia, South Carolina

Dwight Galloway will be covering the conference for
 Leasing News with a report to follow for readers not attending.

NAELB will apply 50% of the Conference Registration Fee towards the cost of dues to join NAELB for any non-NAELB attendee that comes to the Eastern Regional Meeting and then joins NAELB within 30 days of the Conference. Leverage all the learning and contacts you gain with a full NAELB Membership (and all that comes with it) for a fraction of the cost!

"Registration is now open to join your fellow leasing professionals for the NAELB 2015 Eastern Regional Meeting to be held September 11th and 12th in Atlanta, Georgia. With one and a half days of educational sessions, exhibits and networking, the Eastern Regional Meeting is a wonderful opportunity to connect with your peers and learn new and innovative ways to grow your business."

The 2015 Eastern Regional Meeting will 
include sessions
 on the following topics:
1. Building a Stronger Broker Community
2. Marketing Tactics
3. Alternative Revenue Solutions
4. Packaging Deals
5. Analyzing Financial Statements


Partial Agenda:

Panel will include: Matt Evans, Marks & Associates, P.C., Brian Huey, LeaseSource Financial Services, Inc., Joe Leonard, Oakmont Capital Services, Mike Miller, NCMIC Finance Corporation, Matt Mosley, Financial Pacific Leasing, Inc.

      Sheri Bancroft, Mike Parker and Pete Sawyer, NAELB Board Members

Scott Wheeler, Wheeler Business Consulting
Author of “Call to Action”
His new book will be available to purchase

Jacklynn Manning, Fora Financial

Panel will include: Chuck Brazier, TradeRiver USA (Supply Chain Finance), Beth Malin, Pinnacle Specialty Capital (Factoring and Purchase Order Finance), Jeff Schubert, RapidAdvance (Working Capital Loans) and Chris Mitchell, Hitachi Business Finance (Asset Based Lending) This session will introduce the equipment professional to a myriad of alternative forms of financing and show how these products can benefit both the equipment finance professional and their clients. Each of the lenders on this panel has a different solution for helping a client’s cash flow. They will highlight opportunities for increasing the broker’s revenue and enhancing the overall client relationship by positioning the broker as a single source for all of their client’s financial needs, while simultaneously providing additional options to help close more equipment deals. Presenters will be given 10 minutes each to discuss the products in a purely informational format and ten minutes for questions will be provided.

Chris Knauf, Knauf Consulting & Joe Upson, Heritage Global Capital
This session will provide comprehensive, educational information to assist you in closing more transactions by teaching you to prepare solid packages and submitting them to funders in formats that will better guarantee approvals. Topics will include help in identifying funder specialties, required documents and formats. The second portion of this session will provide
detailed information to help you become more knowledgeable in analyzing financial statements.



Canadian Finance and Leasing Association
 Annual Conference 2015
September 16 - 18, 2015
Gatineau - Ottawa

Hugh Swandel
Senior Managing Director - Canada
The Alta Group

Hugh Swandel, who will be making a presentation at
the conference, will be writing a report for Leasing News readers/



Hilton Hotel Registration





Early Bird Pricing to Expire Monday, August 31st

Dwight Galloway
SVP Broker Funding
RLC Funding
Columbia, South Carolina

Dwight Galloway will be covering the conference for
 Leasing News with a report to follow for readers not attending.

2015 Funding Symposium
10/7/2015 to 10/9/2015
Wed through Friday
J W Marriott Atlanta Buckhead Hotel
3300 Lenox Road Northeast
Atlanta, Georgia  30326
United States
Contact: Kim King
Phone: 847-380-5053

Full Information including pricing, schedule, and reservation:



2015 54th Annual Convention
10/25/2015 - 10/27/2015
JW Marriott Hill Country
San Antonio, TX

Brochure with Schedule of Events

Keynote Speakers


ELFA President and CEO Woody Sutton invites you 
to connect, engage and grow in San Antonio! (1:43)


The 2015 Fall Conference will be held at the Loews Don CeSar Hotel in St. Pete Beach, FL on November 4 through November 6, 2015. 



2015 Western Regional Meeting
November 13-14, 2015
Doubletree by Hilton Anaheim - Orange County
Anaheim, CA



71st Annual Convention
November 11 - 13, 2015
JW Marriott Austin
Austin, TX

More Information



EXPO NJ Super Regional
11/15/2015 to 11/16/2015

Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe
100 Frank Burr Blvd
Teaneck, New Jersey  07666
United States  

 Kim King, NEFA Sr. Association Coordinator 
 Phone: (847) 380-5053


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Stick Mobility--Yoga to the Next Level
New Exercise for Individuals or Groups

Touching floor with stick, sliding hand to top,

Stretching arms, hips, shoulders

A series of exercises can be done in groups, or individually. Here is Lesson #1, more about the stick itself, why it is used. Also learn a couple simple moves to strengthen your core, improve your posture, and get a deep stretch. You can find more on Instagram and Twitter @StickMobility on Facebook and




Fernando's View
By Fernando F. Croce

A haunting drama ("Phoenix") and a screwball comedy ("She's Funny That Way") light up the box-office, while new DVD releases offer an incisive import ("About Elly"), a robust spaghetti Western ("Navajo Joe"), and a classic discovery ("The Front Page").

In Theaters:

Phoenix (Sundance Presents): German director Christian Petzold delivers one of the year's most critically acclaimed releases with this haunting drama, which suggests Alfred Hitchcock's classic "Vertigo" re-imagined in the wake of World War II. Nina Hoss gives a superb performance as Nelly, a Holocaust survivor who returns home to Berlin after having extensive surgery to reconstruct her damaged visage. Now with a new face and a new identity, she runs into her husband Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), who doesn't recognize her. That's when the promise of a family inheritance leads Nelly to basically impersonate her old self, building up to an unforgettable resolution. Made with a sure stylistic hand that superbly mixes personal intrigue and national anxieties, Petzold's film brings together elements of thrillers and melodramas to dizzying, insightful effect. With subtitles.

She's Funny That Way (Clarius Entertainment): In his first theater release in over a decade, director Peter Bogdanovich returns to the screwball vein he mined previously in "What's Up, Doc" with this breezy, enjoyable New York comedy. The story follows Isabella (Imogeen Poots), a young call girl and aspiring Broadway actress who finds herself at the center of a dizzy romantic triangle when her client Arnold (Owen Wilson) and playwright Josh (Will Forte) both fall for her. Add to that a temperamental stage star (Kathryn Hahn), a sly actor (Rhys Ifans), and a testy psychiatrist (Jennifer Aniston), and the comic complications multiply. A dedicated nostalgist with a fondness for classical Hollywood, Bogdanovich keeps this cinematic soufflé bubbling with slapstick, surprise cameos, and a palpable affection for his dreamer characters.

Netflix Tip: Though he's been working for decades, "Phoenix's" Christian Petzold is finally poised for a breakout hit. So check out this talented director's earlier films, which include "The State I Am In" (2000), "Yella" (2007), "Jerichow" (2008), and "Barbara" (2012).


About Elly (Cinema Guild): Before the international, Oscar-winning acclaim of "A Separation" and "The Past," Iranian director Asghar Farhadi made this multilayered ensemble drama, a 2009 release only now getting U.S. distribution. Charting the personal intrigues of three couples (which range from seasoned to newly married, and include colleagues from law school) vacationing on the Caspian shores, the film chronicles a picnic that goes from breezy to urgent over the course of a couple of days. Their activities take a drastic turn when one of the wives, the shy Elly (Taraneh Alidoosti), vanishes into thin air. After the police is called, the friends decide to conduct a search of their own, leading to a series of personal revelations. With an eye for telling human interaction and mounting emotional intensity, Farhadi crafts a dense and incisive character study that's also a gripping tale of suspense. With subtitles.

Navajo Joe (Kino): Though not as celebrated as his more operatic colleague Sergio Leone, Sergio Corbucci was behind some of the most vivid spaghetti Westerns to come out of the 1960s. One of his most robust hits was this gritty release from 1966, which gave Burt Reynolds one of his earliest roles. Reynolds stars as the eponymous protagonist, a native warrior who becomes an unlikely savior. In the frontier village of Esperanza, a gang of marauding outlaws led by the vicious Duncan (Aldo Sambrell) terrorizes the townspeople until they find themselves being tracked down by the mysterious and resourceful Navajo Joe. As some unfinished business leads to a searing showdown, Corbucci's enjoyably brutish cowboy tale makes its way through a slew of exciting set-pieces and stunts, all set to one of Ennio Morricone's most fabulous scores.

The Front Page (Kino): Better known in its beloved 1940 incarnation ("His Girl Friday"), the classic newspaper comedy by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur was first brought to the screen in this inventive 1931 version, which is finally getting a gorgeous DVD restoration. The story is familiar to vintage movie buffs: Ace reporter Hildy Johnson (Pat O'Brien) is ready to get away from the manic world of newspaper wars and get settled with his fiancée, but not if sly editor Walter Burns (Adolphe Menjou) has anything to say about it. Determined to hang on to his best employee, Burns gets Hildy tangled in a news scoop he can't resist, leading to a whirlwind of madcap characters and last-minute turns. Directed with gusto by the usually somber Lewis Milestone ("All Quiet on the Western Front"), the movie is the kind of discovery that warms the hearts of cinephiles.


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Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers
in Equipment Finance and Leasing

Leasing News is looking for nominations for the Top 25 most preeminent lawyers in the finance and leasing business who are still active. This is not a popularity contest or who was the most beneficial, but most influential. We would like a nomination and a minimum of a paragraph of the reasons you consider this person one of the top 25.  

"Influential" as "a person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events." "Preeminent" is "eminent above or before others; superior; surpassing:" {Online Dictionary}

List to Date

Most Influential Lawyers
in Equipment Finance and Leasing
Stewart Abramson
Andrew Alper

Thomas V. Askounis

Julie Babcock
Joe Bonanno, CLFP
Bill Carey
James Coston, CLFP
Jonathan Fleisher
Kenneth Charles Greene, Esq.
Michael A. Leichtling
Malcolm C. Lindquist 
Barry Marks, Esq., CLFP
David G. Mayer
Frank Peretore
John G. Sinodis 
Ellen Michelle Stern
Mark Stout
Kevin Trabaris
Michael J. Witt
Irwin Wittlin

Our Legal Editor, Tom McCurnin, has recused himself
from any nominations.

Please email nominations to



News Briefs----

China to step up financial leasing to bolster economy

Mortgage rates fall amid wild up-and-down market swings
   15 yr: 3.19%   30 yr: 3.97%  Adjustable:  3.24%

U.S. Economy’s Growth Rate in 2nd Quarter Revised Up to 3.7% 

Toronto-Dominion Bank profit beats  earnings of 2.27 billion Canadian dollars ($1.7 billion)

New iPhone expected at Apple event on Sept. 9

Tesla 'breaks' Consumer Reports scoring scale

Grim forecast for computer, tablet sales takes a turn for the worse

Consumers Choosing Car Leasing Up 1.2% to 31.4%

Dole C.E.O. and Aide Found Liable for $148 Million in Buyout

Regulations Favor Listing Service Certificate of Deposits



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Baseball Poem

How It All Started 


It all started
when Pedro threw a no-hitter on Opening Day.
Nomar backed him up
with a triple play deep in the hole
and Manny Ramirez smashed
the first of 90 home runs.

Suddenly things got brighter.
Flowers sprang whole from the earth
and the cod swarmed to George's Bank.
The war ended.  U.S. Marines
danced in the streets with handsome Fedayeen.
(Jerry Falwell married them off
while the Pope and the imams cheered.)

Israel and Palestine agreed
to share everything:  beds, cities, streets,
temples and mosques,
falafel and coffee and tea.
Air pollution stopped
along with global warming and gum disease.

The Sox won it all of course,
beating the Yankees in three
and the Yankees in four
and the Yankees in five
(they lost one just to keep the Series alive).
Mia Hamm hit a grand slam
to put it away in the ninth.

Boston exploded with joy.
Babe Ruth signed the game-winning ball
and nobody sold it on E-bay.

That's how it all started.
At least, that's what I recall



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     1565 – Pedro Menendez de Aviles (1519-74) saw land near St. Augustine, Florida and founded the oldest continuously occupied European-established city in the continental US.  He was a Spanish admiral and explorer who is also remembered for planning the first regular trans-oceanic convoys.  St. Augustine was the first successful Spanish settlement in La Florida and the most significant city in the region for nearly three centuries. Menéndez subsequently became the first governor of colonial Florida.
    1609 - Delaware Bay explored by Henry Hudson (c.1565-1611) for the Netherlands. A chief purpose of voyages to the New World was to find a trade route to the Far East. When it became clear that there was a large land mass between Europe and the East, the search for sea route became a search for the Northwest Passage, a way around the northern part of North America. Sir Martin Frobisher in 1576-1578 was the first European to search for such a route. John Davis made a similar attempt in 1585-1587. When Henry Hudson sailed up the Hudson River in 1609, he hoped he had found the route, and in 1610, when he discovered Hudson Bay, he was on a similar mission. In 1616, William Baffin discovered Baffin Bay, which many years later was to provide a key to the actual route, long after the Northwest Passage had lost any commercial appeal. 
    1676 - Indian chief King Philip, also known as Metacom, was killed by English soldiers, ending the war between Indians and colonists.
    1722 - The town of Port Royal, Jamaica was devastated twice within a 30-year span by two natural disasters—an earth­quake in 1692 and a hurricane in 1722. The hurricane killed 400 townspeople and sunk 26 merchant ships. 
    1774 –Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, S.C. (1774–1821) was born in NYC.  She was the first native-born citizen of the United States to be canonized (declared a saint) by the Roman Catholic Church, on September 14, 1975.  She established the first Catholic girl's school in the nation in Emmitsburg, MD, where she also founded the first American congregation of religious sisters, the Sisters of Charity.
    1776 - In the Battle of Long Island, New York, American forces commanded by General Israel Putnam and General John Sullivan were defeated by the British under General Sir William Howe and General Sir Henry Clinton. Howe took General Sullivan prisoner. On August 30, the Americans evacuated Long Island and crossed to Manhattan. 
    1798 - If you haven't taken the wine test at , I suggest you do, but the only incorrect question is that it was not Ohio, but Kentucky in 1798. The first successful vineyard was established this date by John James Dufour on a tract of land consisting of about 630 acres situated 25 miles from Lexington, KY. He called it “The First Vineyard”. Dufour was one of the pioneer viticulturists in America, producing wine, which Thomas Jefferson said was one of the most “fruity” he had ever tasted. Attempts to establish vineyards had been made as early as 1619 in Virginia, according to American history books. 
    1814 - The War of 1812 was still going strong as the British continued their ransacking of America. By August 28, they had captured a large portion of the East Coast, including Washington, D.C., prompting New York banks to halt payments to the government.
    1830 - The first passenger locomotive built in the United States was the Tom Thumb, designed and built by Peter Cooper in Baltimore, MD. It weighed six tons and had a 30-inch driving wheel. Its gauge was 4 feet, 8.5 inches. On this day it carried 26 passengers a distance of 13 miles over the tracks of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in 1 hour 15 minutes. It returned with 30 passengers in 61 minutes, including a four-minute stop to take on water. 
    1831 - Birthday of Lucy Ware Webb Hayes (1831-89), Chillicothe, OH.  Often recognized as the first American First Lady to hold a college degree, from Wesleyan Women’s College, Cincinnati, she was the wife of President Rutherford B. Hayes.
    1845 - The first issue of Scientific American was published.
    1850 - Mayor Geary welcomed new Chinese residents to San Francisco in a ceremony in Portsmouth Square August 29, 1911. 
    1867 - The first territory annexed beyond the nation's continental limits was Midway Island in the North Pacific Ocean, claimed by Captain William Reynolds of the Navy for the United States. 
    1884 – New York Gothams pitcher Mickey Welch struck out the first nine Cleveland hitters to face him, establishing the Major League record.
    1891 - Trumpet player Thomas “Mutt” Carey’s (1891-1948) birthday, Hahnville, LA. 
    1894 - Manganese steel for railroad tracks was first manufactured by William Wharton, Jr., and Company, in High Bridge, NJ. The first rail frog with cast manganese steel plate was installed at Fulton Street and Boerum Place, Brooklyn, NY. 
    1898 – Caleb Bradham (1867-1934) renamed his drink Pepsi-Cola.  Circa 1890, he dropped out of medical school due to his father's business going bankrupt. After returning to North Carolina, he was a public school teacher for about a year, and soon thereafter opened a drug store in New Bern named the "Bradham Drug Company" that, like many other drug stores of the time, also housed a soda fountain of Middle Street and Pollock Street in downtown New Bern, is where Bradham, in 1893, invented the recipe—a blend of kola nut extract, vanilla, and "rare oils"—for what was initially known as "Brad's Drink".  Bradham named his drink after a combination of the terms “pepsin” and “cola,” as he believed that his drink aided digestion much like the pepsin enzyme does, even though it was not used as an ingredient.  On December 24, 1902, the Pepsi-Cola Company was incorporated in North Carolina, with Bradham as the president, and on June 16, 1903 the first Pepsi-Cola trademark was registered. Also in 1903, he moved his Pepsi-Cola production out of his drug store and into a rented building nearby. In 1905, Bradham began selling Pepsi-Cola in six-ounce bottles (up until this time he sold Pepsi-Cola as a syrup only), and awarded two franchises to North Carolina bottlers.
    1907 - United Parcel Service begins service in Seattle. Nineteen-year-old Jim Casey borrowed $100 from his friend, Claude Ryan, and started a local delivery service. They called it the American Messenger Company. Jim's slogan was, “Best service and lowest rates.” The company did well because Jim and Claude stuck to their principles: round-the-clock customer service, courtesy, reliability and low rates. They took these concepts a few steps further, focusing on package delivery for local retail stores, merging in 1913 with Mac McCabe and forming Merchants Parcel Delivery. The company was the first to provide consolidated delivery, placing packages with similar street destinations on one delivery truck. The company's growing fleet of trucks was then managed by Charlie Soderstrom. Charlie selected the dark brown color because of its professional appearance. By the 1920s, the company had grown large enough to expand to Oakland and Los Angeles, California. It wasn't long before it became known as United Parcel Service; 'united' for the consolidated shipments and 'service' because that's what they offered. Today, United Parcel Service provides delivery service to 185 countries and territories. 
    1908 - Birthday of Roger Tory Peterson (1908-96) at Jamestown, NY.  Naturalist, author of “A Field Guide to Byrds”. 
    1911 - Saint George, GA was deluged with 18.00 inches of rain in 24 hours to establish a state record.
    1913 – Jack Dreyfus (1913-2009) was born in Montgomery, AL.  He is the founder of the Dreyfus Funds and is widely publicized for being the man who "invented" the commonplace mutual fund through direct marketing to the public.
    1917 - Women picket the White House for “equal rights” including the right to vote. 
    1922 - Broadcasters realized radio could earn profits from the sale of advertising time. WEAF in New York ran a commercial “spot,” which was sponsored by the Queensboro Realty Corporation of Jackson Heights to promote Hawthorne Court, a group of apart­ment buildings at Queens. The commercial rate was $100 for 10 minutes. 
    1922 - George Herbert Walker (1875-1953), president of the United States Golf Association, presented the first International Golf Cup from the first International golf match at the National Golf Links of America, Southampton, NY.  Walker is the maternal grandfather of President George H.W. Bush and a great-grandfather of President George W. Bush. 
    1925 – Actor and dancer Donald O’Connor (1925-2003) was born in Chicago.
    1938 - Fats Waller records classic series of jazz pipe organ solos in London.
    1941 - With the nation on the verge of entering World War II and prices threatening to skyrocket, the government chose to take action against inflation. On this day, President Franklin Roosevelt handed down an executive order establishing the Office of Price Administration (OPA). Charged with controlling consumer prices in the face of war, the OPA wheeled into action, imposing rent controls and a rationing program which initially targeted auto tires. Soon, the agency was churning out coupon books for sugar, coffee, meat, fats, oils, and numerous other items. Though goods were in tight supply, Americans were urged to stick to the system of rationing. Some even took the Home Front Pledge, a declaration of their commitment to avoiding the black market in favor of buying the OPA way. The end of the war didn’t prompt an instant shutdown of the OPA. Reasoning that some goods were still quite scarce, President Truman kept the agency running. However, the existence of a government agency for regulated prices and production didn't sit well with some people. Big business bristled at the controls, as did farmers, who suffered under continued meat rationing. Soon after the '46 election, the OPA was relieved of its duties, with only rents, sugar, and rice still subject to controls. The agency's record of service during the war was fairly impressive: by V-J Day, consumer prices had increased by 31 percent, a number which was noticeably better than the 62 percent bloating of prices during World War I.
    1950 – Earle and Roy Mack, Connie’s sons by his first marriage, purchased 54 percent of the Philadelphia Athletics from Connie, Jr., their younger brother from a second marriage. Earle, Roy and Connie Mack now own 1,198 shares out of 1,500. "As long as dad wants to manage," the two announce, "he will continue to manage."
    1955 – Chicago teenager Emmett Louis Till (1941-1955) was murdered in Mississippi at the age of 14, after reportedly flirting with a white woman. Visiting his relatives, he spoke to 21-year-old Carolyn Bryant, the married proprietor of a small grocery store there. Several nights later, Bryant's husband Roy and his half-brother J. W. Milam went to Till's great-uncle's house. They took Till away to a barn, where they beat him and gouged out one of his eyes, before shooting him through the head and disposing of his body in the Tallahatchie River, weighting it with a 70-pound fan tied around his neck with barbed wire. Three days later, Till's body was discovered and retrieved from the river.  Although initially, local newspapers and law enforcement officials decried the violence against Till and called for justice, they soon began responding to national criticism by defending Mississippians, which eventually transformed into support for the killers. In September 1955, Bryant and Milam were acquitted of Till's kidnapping and murder. Protected against double jeopardy, Bryant and Milam publicly admitted in an interview with Look magazine that they killed Till.  The trial of Bryant and Milam attracted a vast amount of press attention. Till's murder is noted as a pivotal event motivating the African-American civil Rights Movement. Events surrounding Emmett Till's life and death, according to historians, continue to resonate.
    1957 - The longest filibuster, to last for more than 24 hours, was conducted by Senator James Strom Thurmond, Democrat of South Carolina, who spoke against civil rights legislation for 24 hours and 18 minutes on August 28 and 29. 
    1960 - A 17-year-old Barry White completes his four-month prison term for stealing 300 tires from a Cadillac dealership. Having heard Elvis sing "It's Now or Never" in prison, he leaves determined to make music his life.
    1961 - Tamla Records releases The Marvelettes' first single, "Please Mr. Postman". The song will sell over a million copies and become the group's biggest hit, reaching the top of both the Billboard Pop and R&B charts.
    1963 - Just before Dr. Martin Luther King gives his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, Peter, Paul and Mary serenade the crowd with their hit version of Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind." More than 250,000 people attended this Civil Rights rally at which Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., made his famous, “I have a dream” speech. This is one of the three Emancipation Days of Respect that highlights the three key prin­ciples of the American Civil Rights Renaissance of the 1960s. Wearing black and white shows respect for Peoplehood in the Spirit of WAO (WeAreOne) on the anniversaries of three historic events: the Aug 28, 1955, kidnapping/lynching of 14-year-old Chicagoan Emmett Till that prompted the first March on Wash­ington after 600,000 viewed his remains and ignited the Civil Rights Renaissance of the 60s; the Aug 28, 1963, March on Wash­ington led by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that prompted the passage of the Civil Rights Bill of 1964. 
    1963 – Emily Hoffert and Janice Wylie were murdered in their Manhattan apartment, prompting the events that would lead to the passing of the Miranda Rights.
    1964 - On the same day that the Beatles make their first appearance on the cover of Life Magazine, and just after finishing their set at New York's Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, the group is taken back to their suite at the city's Hotel Delmonico. Journalist Al Aronowitz arrives from Woodstock, NY with his friend Bob Dylan, and brings him up to the suite. John Lennon asks the folk singer what he'd like to drink, and Dylan replies simply, "cheap wine." The Beatles offer Dylan their drug of choice, speed, but Al and Bob instead suggest marijuana, which the band had never tried. This shocks Dylan, who ventures that he always thought the band sang "I get high" in their song "I Wanna Hold Your Hand." John corrects him, telling him that the phrase is, in fact, "I can't hide." John makes Ringo smoke the joint first, and eventually each member of the band gets his own private marijuana cigarette. Paul, in particular, is quite taken with the thoughts it produces, ordering Mal Evans to follow him around with a notepad and take down all his pronouncements.
    1965 - The Rolling Stones sign with Decca records and ink a management contract with the soon-to-be-notorious Allen Klein.
    1965 - Birthday of country singer Shania Twain, Windsor, ON, Canada (real name Eileen Twain.)
    1967 – Future Hall of Famer Johnny Bench made his ML debut for the Cincinnati Reds.  He went 0 for 3 before Chico Ruiz pinch hit for him in the 9th with a runner on second base. It was to be the only time of Bench's career that he gave way to a pinch-hitter.
    1968 - The Doors' "Hello, I Love You" is certified gold
    1969 - JIMENEZ, JOSE FRANCISCO, Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, Company K, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division. Place and date: Quang Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam, 28 August 1969. Entered service at: Phoenix, Ariz. Born: 20 March 1946, Mexico City, Mex. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a fire team leader with Company K, in operations against the enemy. L/Cpl. Jimenez' unit came under heavy attack by North Vietnamese soldiers concealed in well camouflaged emplacements. L/Cpl. Jimenez reacted by seizing the initiative and plunging forward toward the enemy positions. He personally destroyed several enemy personnel and silenced an antiaircraft weapon. Shouting encouragement to his companions, L/Cpl. Jimenez continued his aggressive forward movement. He slowly maneuvered to within 10 feet of hostile soldiers who were firing automatic weapons from a trench and, in the face of vicious enemy fire, destroyed the position. Although he was by now the target of concentrated fire from hostile gunners intent upon halting his assault, L/Cpl. Jimenez continued to press forward. As he moved to attack another enemy soldier, he was mortally wounded. L/Cpl. Jimenez' indomitable courage, aggressive fighting spirit and unfaltering devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the U.S. Naval Service.
    1971 - Canada's Five Man Electrical Band saw their hit single "Signs" peak at #3 on the US Pop chart. It would go on to sell over a million copies and be awarded a Gold Record by the R.I.A.A. A string of other hits followed: "Absolutely Right", "Money Back Guarantee", "Moonshine", "Werewolf", and "I’m A Stranger Here", but none could match the band's earlier success.
    1971 - Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Doria caused devastating floods in central and northeast New Jersey resulting in 138 million dollars damage. In southeastern Pennsylvania, high winds downed trees and power lines, and in New York City, heavy rains flooded streets and subways.
    1971 – Olympic swimming gold medalist Janet Evans was born in Fullerton, CA.  Evans was a world champion and world record-holder, and won a total of four gold medals at the 1988 and the 1992 Olympics.
    1972 - Mark Spitz captured the first of his seven gold medals at the Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. Spitz completed the 200-meter butterfly in 2 minutes, 7/10ths of a second. His performance set a new world record. 
    1972 - The first Air Force ace in Vietnam was Captain (now Brig. Gen.) Richard Stephen Ritchie of Reidsville, NC, who downed his fifth MIG-21 aircraft in North Vietnam in an air-to-air missile battle southwest of Hanoi. He flew an F-4 Phantom with the 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the 432d Tactical Reconnaissance Wing based in Thailand. His other “kills” occurred May 10, May 31, and two on July 8, 1972.
    1973 - Deep Purple received a Gold record for "Smoke on the Water", which hit #5 in the US on its way to selling over two million copies. It was the band's biggest success since "Hush" which also reached #5 in 1968.
    1984 - The Jacksons ' Victory Tour broke the record for concert ticket sales. The group surpassed the 1.1 million mark in only two months.
    1988 – Phillies Hall of Fame 3B Mike Schmidt passed both Ted Williams and Willie McCovey, hitting his 522d career HR in an 8-1 win over the Padres.
    1988 - Tropical Storm Chris spawned a tornado near Manning, SC, which killed one person, and spawned three tornadoes in North Carolina. Chris produced one to two foot tides, and three to six inch rains, over coastal South Carolina. Severe thunderstorms in New York State and Vermont, developing ahead of a cold front, spawned a tornado which killed one person at Hector NY, produced tennis ball size hail at Brandon, VT, and produced wind gusts to 80 mph at Lyndonville, VT.
    1990 – Iraq declared Kuwait as one of its provinces, precipitating what would eventually become Operation Desert Storm, the US invasion of Iraq and liberation of Kuwait.
    1993 - Billy Joel's album "River of Dreams" hit #1 in the U.S. It was his first album to debut at #1 and stayed at top for three weeks. The album tracks were sequenced in the order they were written: "No Man's Land", "The Great Wall of China", "Blonde Over Blue", "A Minor Variation", "Shades of Grey", "All About Soul", "Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel)", "The River of Dreams", "Two Thousand Years", "Famous Last Words". 
    1994 - Tiger Woods, 18, won the U.S. Amateur Golf Championship, held at the Tournament Players Club-Sawgrass Stadium course in Ponte Vedra, FL. He thus became the first golf champion of African-American and Asian descent. He defeated 22-year-old Trip Kuehne to become the youngest winner in the 99-year history of the event. Woods went on to win two more amateur championships before turning professional in 1996. On April 13, 1997, Woods won the Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, GA, becoming at age 21, the youngest person ever to do so. His final round of 69 gave him a total score of 270, or 18 under par, the lowest in the history of the event.
    1995 - The biggest bank in the U.S. was created when Chase Manhattan and Chemical Bank announced their $10 billion deal.
    2004 - Lou Rawls is awarded an honorary doctorate in from Ohio's Wilberforce University in recognition of his charity work with the United Negro College Fund and his "lifelong service to the education of historically disadvantaged populations."
    2005 – Mayor Ray Nagin ordered everyone in New Orleans to evacuate as Hurricane Katrina was reaching its peak ferocity.  It was the costliest natural disaster, as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes in US history. The storm is currently ranked as the third most intense United States land-falling tropical cyclone.  Overall, at least 1,833 people died in the hurricane and subsequent floods. New Orleans suffered the highest number of deaths when the levee system catastrophically failed, in many cases hours after the storm had moved inland.  Eventually 80% of the city and large tracts of neighboring parishes became flooded, and the floodwaters lingered for weeks.  However, the worst property damage occurred in coastal areas, such as Mississippi’s beaches; over 90 percent of these were flooded. Boats and casino barges rammed buildings, pushing cars and houses inland; water reached 6–12 miles from the beach.
    2014 - Google announced its Project Wing. The project was aimed at delivering products across a city using unmanned flying vehicles (drones).



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