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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

Archives: August 17, 2001
PinnFund boss faces 20 counts
Kyle Gilliam, CLFP, Appointed President
BancorpSouth Equipment Finance
TFMS, Inc. Joins Leasing News
   Broker List “A”     
Leasing Industry Ads---Help Wanted
Inside Salesman Wants to Control Sell Rate
  Sales Make it Happen by Steve Chriest
Story Credit Lessors - Lenders List
"C" & "D" Lessees, Business Loans, Working Capital
Leasing Portals
(Over 4,000 Finance/Leasing Sites)
Today, Noon EDT -- Free ELFA One Hour Webinar
Results of the 2016 Survey of Equipment Finance Activity
Boxer, Female
San Diego, California
Classified Leasing News
News Briefs---
Lending Club's Q2 Earnings Release:
    Reading Between The Lines
Comcast launches gigabit-speed internet
     throughout the Chicago area
July Delivers More Market Pressure and Weakest
     Restaurant Performance Since 2013
Dollar General Celebrates 13,000th Store Grand Opening
 in Alabama where employees 6,500 in 675 stores
The Real Reason Apple Wants to Kill the Audio Jack
  A Move to Wireless Headphones/better quality music, too
Number of IT Workers Has Increased Tenfold Since 1970,
  Census Bureau Reports--Now 4.6 million  $82,370 Median wage

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Archives: August 17, 2001
PinnFund boss faces 20 counts

"A federal grand jury indicted PinnFund USA founder Michael   J. Fanghella late yesterday, charging him with transferring millions in stolen funds to Barbados and submitting a false financial statement to a U.S. housing   agency.

"The 20-count indictment replaces a two-count criminal complaint filed   against Fanghella, 50, by the U.S. Attorney's Office on Aug. 2 -- one day after Fanghella turned himself in to U.S. marshals after four months as a fugitive.

Carlsbad-based mortgage-lending and equipment leasing firm PinnFund, Fanghella and others are embroiled in massive securities fraud in which the U.S. Securities and Exchange   Commission alleges investors were bilked out of $330 million.

 In February, 2003, he was sentenced to ten years in prison.

April, 2010 out of jail. Posts his resume on line for "CEO consultancy"



Michael Fanghella
Managing Director
Integrated Management Services, LLC

"Advising new businesses on formation of corporations and business structures, drafting privacy policies and structuring commercial transaction"


(Leasing News provides this ad as a trade for appraisals and equipment valuations provided by Ed Castagna)


Kyle Gilliam, CLFP, Appointed President
BancorpSouth Equipment Finance

Kyle W. Gilliam, CLFP, Past President of the National Equipment Finance Association, and Co-Founder/President/CEO Arvest Equipment Finance, was appointed  President of Bancorp Equipment Finance, Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Gilliam has been in banking since 1994 and full-time on the equipment finance side since 1999.

He began his career as Vice-President of Regions Financial Corporation (May, 1994-January, 2003), then Executive Vice President, Bank of the Ozarks (January, 2003-February, 2007).

He also served as Master Sergeant, Air National Guard (September, 1984-March, 2011), 188th Fighter Wing/Joint Forces Headquarters.

During his enlistment with the Arkansas Air National Guard, Master Sergeant Gilliam was deployed to Central America, Europe, and the Middle East, along with many different stateside missions. Master Sergeant Gilliam has been awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and the Arkansas Service Medal. His professional military education includes graduating from the Non-Commission Officers Academy and The Community College of the Air Force.

Kyle told Leasing News, "I would have to say that BancorpSouth along with its current executive management team have shown a strong commitment to this line of business for many years. That commitment impressed me and was easy to see from the first time I met with them.

"It is an honor for me to follow in the footsteps of Elaine Temple. Elaine was the heart and soul of this organization for over 4 decades and will have a lasting impact on its success for many years to come.

"I am very grateful to have been chosen to lead such a fine group of industry veterans.”


Joins Leasing News Broker List “A”

In Business Since 
Leasing Association
Business Reports

TFMS, Inc.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Charles Freeland


A - City Business License | B- State License | C - Certified Leasing Professional | D - State(s) sales/use tax license |
E -
Named as "lessor" on 50% or more of lease contract signed. |

Broker List “A”

 Broker List “B”

1st Independent Leasing, Inc.
Abba Equipment LeasingAbsoluteAuto Solutions, LLC
Access Capital Group
Accord Capital Group, Inc. 
Affliated Investment 
Group, Inc.
Alliance Funding, Inc.
Alliance Funding Group 
Allstate Leasing 
Alpine Leasing
Amano Business Credit
American Bank Leasing Corp. 
American Industrial Leasing Co.
American Lesefund, Inc.
American Leasing, LLP
Anchorage Leasing, Inc.
Apple Capital Group, Inc. 
Ark Financial Company
Ascente Financial, Inc. 
Aspen Coorporate Funding, Inc.
Bach Business Credit, Inc.
Bankers Healthcare Group, Inc.
Baycap, Inc. 
Baystone Financial Group 
Belvedere Equipment Finance 
Bision Commercial Leasing Corp.
Blue Street Capital, LLC
Bob New, Inc.
Burhill Financial Services
Can-World Finance Services
Capital City Leasing, Inc. 
C4 Capital Corporation 
Capital Funding Group
Capital Network Leasing Corp.
Capital Technology 
& Leasing, LLC 

Capstone Equipment Fiannce, LLC 
Charter Capital
ClearView Financial, Inc.
Clune & Company
CMG Managment Services, LLC
CNC Associates
CNG Leasing, LLC 
Commercial Capital 
Company, LLC 

Commercial Leasing, LLC
Culver Capital Group

Cypress Financial Corp.
Dear Finance Group, LLC
Dimension Funding, LLC 
Dooling Lease Management Corp.
DWJ Capital 
Enable Capital Corporation
Ensign Capital

Equipment Leasing Specialists, Inc.
Equipment Leasing 
Services, LLC 

Everlasting Capital Corporation
FBN Leasing & Financial, LLC
Fidelity Leasing
Financial Group, LLC 
First Fleet Corporation
First Opinon Leasing
F.I.T. Leasing
Ford Financial Services, Inc.
Forum Leasing
Forum Leasing
Funding Well Capital, Inc
Foundation Equipment Lease 
Fox Enterprises, LLC
GamePlan Financial, Inc.
Genoa Financial Group, LLC
Generation Leasing
Genesis Commercial Capital
Global Financial Group, LLC
Grandview Financial, Inc.
Hazel Financial 
Independent Equipment Company
Industrial Financial Services, Inc.
Insight Financial Corporation
International Lease Center, Inc.
Kenco Equipment Lease Company
Keystone Equipment Finance 
Knightsbridge Capital
Lease2Loan, Inc. 
Leasewell Capital Solutions, LLC
Leasing Management Associates
Leasing Options, LLC
Leasing Solutions, LLC
Leasource Financial Services, Inc. 
Lion Capital, LLC 
Mantis Financial
Manufacturers' Lease Plans
Marine-Finance.Com, LLC
Marlin Financial & Leasing Corp. 
Maverick Leasing
Maximum Capital Corporation 
McKenzie Leasing & Finance 
Mercer Financial Services
Mesa Financial Services, Inc. 
MidAtlantic Financial, Inc. 
Millennium Leasing & Financial 
Moceri Leasing, Inc.

Momentum Commercial 
Funding, LLC 

Montana Commercial Credit, LLC.
National Equipment Leasing
New Way Leasing Corp.
Nibarger Associates
No. Shore Lsg & Funding Inc.
Northland Capital 
OneWorld Business Finance
Pacifica Capital
Paramount Financial Services, LLC 
Park Western Fin. Corp.
Pinnacle Busienss Finance
Preferred Leasing, Inc 
Premier Funding Group, Inc. 
Priority Leasing, Inc.
Providence Capital Fnd, LLC 
R&K Financial Services, Inc. 
RSA Financial Corp.
Republic Fleet Services
Renaissance Capital Alliance 
RPC Financial Services, Inc. 
Seattle Leasing Company
Sierra Leasing Company
Snider Leasing Corp
Southeast Capital & Finance, LLC 
Southern California Leasing
Specialty Funding Group 
Spring Leasing Corp.
SSA Capital
Strada Capital Corporation
Stoddard & Associates
Sun State Capital Corp.
Taycor Financial 
Technology Capital, Inc.
Tetra Corporate Services, Inc.
The National Companies
TMFS, Inc.
Tommel Financial Services, Inc.
TransUnion Capital Corporation
Triad Leasing & Financial, Inc.
Trident Leasing Corporation
Tucker Capital, Inc.
United Leasing, Inc. 
US Business Capital 
US Capital Corporation 
Varion Capital Corp.
Vehicle Lenders Group, LLC 
VenCore Solutions, LLC 
Vision Capital Corporation
Willamette Financial Funding Services, LLC
Wirt Financial & Leasing Services 
Young Electric Sign Company





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Sales Make it Happen by Steve Chriest

Inside Salesman Wants to Control Sell Rate

Question: “As a salesperson, I get a commission against a monthly draw, but cannot change the rate as brokers do to earn a high commission. I am thinking of becoming a broker to make extra money. Should I talk to my sales manager about this?”

Answer: Talking with your manager when contemplating a move to another company or to become self-employed is always tricky. Not knowing your situation, or anything about your company or manager, I’ll offer some general observations and opinions.

I don’t know whether you work for an institution where financing rates are published and where there is no room for adjustments by the salespeople, or if your manager has any flexibility in modifying rates to increase sales commissions. Here’s what I do know, and what I think is most important, among all the many factors, for you to consider: Not everyone is treated the same as others in an organization.

Here is why I think this is so important for you to consider. It isn’t good or bad, right or wrong – it’s just a fact that superstars are treated differently than everyone else, on a sports team, in business, politics, the arts, everywhere.  Does your manager see you as a superstar in your organization? If so, it’s likely that she will listen carefully to your concerns and your desire to earn more money. She may not be able to accommodate your needs, but she’ll probably do everything possible to keep you on her team.

On the other hand, if you aren’t considered a superstar, your concerns and desires may not be important to your manager. It will be difficult for her to see how your requests will benefit her, the team or the business. She also now knows that one of her team members is looking for an opportunity to leave in search of higher commissions.  

Bottom Line: In most companies, the definition of a superstar involves results.

Do you consistently exceed objectives year after year? If so, how do you rank in the company?

Are you delivering without much maintenance? Are you considered part of the solution or part of the problem?"

If you’re a superstar, voice your concerns and express your desires and see what happens. If you’re not a superstar, and you’re confident that you will be a successful broker, let your manager in on your plans and again, see what happens.



Steve Chriest is the CEO of Open Advance and author of Selling to the E-Suite, The Proven System for Reaching and Selling Senior Executives and Business Acumen 101. He recently re-named his company from Selling-Up.  He produces video and radio blogs, as well as continues as a columnist for Leasing News.
Sales Makes It Happen Articles:





Story Credit Lessors - Lenders List
"C" & "D" Lessees, Business Loans, Working Capital

These companies specialize in "C" and "D" credits, often new businesses, or businesses where the principal(s) have Beacon scores around 600 or have had previous difficulties; meaning to become comfortable with the credit and financial statements. That means you need to learn the "story" to make a positive decision, often requiring further security, shorter term, or additional guarantors. Many of these companies may also have programs for “A” and “B” rated companies, but their specialty is not being a “cookie cutter” and often require full financial statements and tax returns as well as a “story about the company, its history, goals, circumstances” to fully understand the full financial picture.

Many of these companies also offer business loans and working capital loans, as well as doing "subprime leases."

Also listed below the dollar amounts are companies that who are known for accepting "subprime leasing."

All accept qualified third party originations and pay a commission.

To qualify for this list, the company must be a funder (as qualified by Leasing News and on the “Funder List” and not a "Broker/Lessor” along with an acceptable Better Business Bureau Rating and no history of complaints at Leasing News, as well as notifying lessees in advance when the lease will end and what the residual will be, specifically not automating extra lease payments, as we as insisting their discounter follow the same policy. We reserve the right to not list a company who does not meet these qualifications.

Funder List “A”

We encourage companies who are listed to contact us for any change or addition they would like to make. Adding further information as an "attachment" or clarification of what they have to offer would be helpful to readers is also very much encouraged.


Alphabetical list - click on company name to view more details

American Leasefund, Inc. 
Bankers Capital 
Black Rock Capital
BSB Leasing, Inc
Calfund, LLC
Cobra Capital LLC
Dakota Financial
Financial Pacific Leasing

First Midwest Equipment Finance Co. 
Forum Financial Services, Inc.
Gonor Funding
Harris Leasing Company 
Maxim Commercial Capital, LLC 
Mesa Leasing
First Midwest Equipment Finance 

Northwest Leasing Company, Inc. 
Pawnee Leasing Corporation
Park Western Leasing 
P&L Capital Corporation 
Standard Professional Services, LLC
Summit Leasing, Inc.
TEAM Funding Solutions

Alphabetical list - click on company name to view more details


Full List:




Leasing Portals
(Over 4,000 Finance/Leasing Sites)

Perhaps the earliest such portals date to when Netscape came on line. Today Google, Yahoo, Opera, Bing, and others provide these searches for free. Portals led those seeking leasing and loans direct to sources. Only one appears active on the Internet today.

The website states "Search over 4,000 sources of Business Finance and get your free matched list in seconds"

The main page touts small business loans:

Small Business Loans    2,105 sources
Equipment Finance         317 sources
Working Capital             192 sources

Equity Investments      1,121 sources
Commercial Finance         178 sources
Commercial Mortgages     232 sources



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

Today, Noon EDT -- Free ELFA One Hour Webinar
Results of the 2016 Survey of Equipment Finance Activity

WHAT: The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association is hosting a free one-hour webinar to present findings of its 2016 Survey of Equipment Finance Activity, the largest and most important source of statistical information on the $1 trillion equipment finance industry.

WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, at Noon EDT

HIGHLIGHTS:  The webinar is designed to help business leaders use the data in the 2016 Survey of Equipment Finance Activity to benefit their organizations. Topics will include:
• Introduction to the 2016 Survey of Equipment Finance Activity
• Key Findings: New Business Volume; Yield/Cost of Funds; Financial Statements; Portfolio Performance; and Business Processes (credit approval, remarketing/asset management and headcount)
• Tips for Using the Data Effectively
• Q&A

WHO:  The webinar will be presented by Raymond James, Chair of the ELFA Research Committee and Senior Consultant at Ivory Consulting Corporation; Carol Ann Fisher, Consultant at PwC, which produces the report in partnership with ELFA; and Bill Choi, ELFA Vice President for Research and Industry Services.

For instruction, see below or visit

• To participate in the webinar, click here: Audio & Web Meeting
• Dial-In: Call 800-768-2983 or 913-904-9867 and enter Access Code 2383413.
• Web Login:


The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) is the trade association that represents companies in the $1 trillion equipment finance sector, which includes financial services companies and manufacturers engaged in financing capital goods. ELFA members are the driving force behind the growth in the commercial equipment finance market and contribute to capital formation in the U.S. and abroad. Its 580 members include independent and captive leasing and finance companies, banks, financial services corporations, broker/packagers and investment banks, as well as manufacturers and service providers. For more information, please visit

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



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News Briefs---

Lending Club's Q2 Earnings Release:
    Reading Between The Lines

Comcast launches gigabit-speed internet
     throughout the Chicago area

July Delivers More Market Pressure and Weakest
     Restaurant Performance Since 2013

Dollar General Celebrates 13,000th Store Grand Opening
 in Alabama where employees 6,500 in 675 stores 

The Real Reason Apple Wants to Kill the Audio Jack
  A Move to Wireless Headphones/better quality music, too

Number of IT Workers Has Increased Tenfold Since 1970,
  Census Bureau Reports--Now 4.6 million  $82,370 Median wage




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Baseball Poem

by Jim "Mudcat" Grant

Life is like a game of baseball
And you play it every day.
It isn't just the breaks you get,
But the kind of game you play.

Stop and look the whole team over,
You've got dedication there.
You're bound to be a winner,
With men who really care.

Your pitcher's name is courage,
You need him in this game.
For trust and faith your keystone men,
The grounders they will tame.

Your centerfielder is very fast,
Though small and hard to see.
So watch him when he gets the ball,
He's opportunity.

At first base there's religion,
He's stood the test of time.
At third base there is brotherhood,
A stalwart of the nine.

Your leftfielder is ambition,
Don't ever let him shirk.
Rightfielder is a husky man,
You'll find his name is work.

Your catcher's name is humor,
He's important to the scheme.
While honor is pitching from the bull pen,
Your game is always clean.

With love on your bench,
You've perfection, no less.
And a winning team,
With joy and happiness.

The other team is strong,
Greed, envy, hatred, and defeat
Are four strong infielders you'll have to buck,
To make your game complete.

Discouragement and falsehood,
Are the big boys in the pen.
You'll have to swing hard,
When you meet up with them.

Carelessness and a man called waste,
You'll find them playing hard.
And selfishness and jealousy,
None can you disregard.

There's one more man you'll have to watch,
He's always very near.
He's the pitcher for this team,
I'm told his name is fear.

The game will not be easy,
There'll be struggle, there'll be strife.
To make the winning runs,
For it's played on the field of life.

So stand behind your team,
There'll be many who'll applaud.
Just remember you are the player,

And the umpire there is God.



Sports Briefs----

Rio Olympics Today: Simone
  Biles Soars to Fourth Gold Medal

Chip Kelly: “Thad (Lewis) has torn his ACL, so he will be out for the season.”

49ers sign Christian Ponder

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones named finalist
   for Pro Football Hall of Fame 2017 class as contributor

Oakland: E-sports arena planned for Jack London Square


California Nuts Briefs---

Victory For Medical Marijuana Users, Growers In California

California water districts: We can handle more years of drought

State puts Sacramento’s streetcar dreams back on track with $30 million grant 

UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks planning to resign


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to help support the growth of Lease Police)


“Gimme that Wine”

Clayton Fire dashes dream of Tuscany in Lake County

Clayton fire in Lake County destroys Lower Lake winery

OceanFirst Bank seeks to unload Renault Winery

Jaffurs Wine Cellars Sold to Winemaker Daniel Green

The secret nobody wants you to know about boxed wine

Washington’s 2016 wine grape harvest kicks off

Wine bloggers gather in Lodi

Wine scientist reveals how food, music
  and temperature can affect its taste

1671 Reasons Why We Will Never Be Bored By Italian Wine

Free Mobile Wine Program

Wine Prices by vintage

US/International Wine Events

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This Day in American History

       1585 - The Roanoke Island colony, sponsored by Sir Walter Raleigh, was established on Roanoke Island, off the northeast coast of what is now North Carolina, under the leadership of Sir Richard Gren­ville and Sir Ralph Lane. The settlers fared badly and returned to England in June of 1586. In 1587, Raleigh sent out another group, under John White, consisting of 117 men, women, and children. White returned to England for supplies but was unable to get back to Roanoke until Aug. 17, 1590. He found all the colo­nists gone; the only clue to their fate was the word Croatoan carved on a tree. The meaning of this remains unexplained and no trace was ever found of the settlers.
    1635 - English Puritan Richard Mather, 39, first arrived in Boston. A staunch defender of the congregational form of church government, Mather is remembered today for founding the "dynasty" to which was born his son Increase Mather in 1639, and his grandson Cotton Mather in 1663.
    1735 - Evening Post began publishing, Boston, by T. Fleet.
    1786 - American Frontiersman Davy Crockett was born at Hawkins County, TN, then a part of North Carolina. He died during the final heroic defense of the Alamo, March 6, 1836, at San Antonio, TX. In his autobiography, 1834, when he was a congressman, Crockett wrote, “I leave this rule for others when I am dead. Be always sure you’re right—then go ahead.”  Crockett served two separate terms in the House, representing Tennessee.
    1788 - Losantville, OH (now Cincinnati), was founded.
    1790 - First presidential declaration of the free and equal status of Jewish-American citizens.
    1807 - Robert Fulton began the first American steamboat trip between Albany and New York, New York. He revolutionized transportation and the growth of the country, but was laughed at for his invention. The US Minister of France, Robert R. Livingston, raised money to allow Fulton to design and construct his “steamboat” in France. He launched his proto-type on the Seine in 1803. He then secured exclusive rights to operate steamboats on the New York waters. The first Albany-to-New York trip took 32 hours to travel the 150-mile course. Although his efforts were labeled “Fulton’s Folly” by his detractors, his success allowed the partnership to begin commercial services. Fulton became a wealthy man, but when his exclusive contract was up, he lost most of his business to Cornelius Vanderbilt, who parlayed his capital into banks, railroads and real estate. Excellent book at, “The Vanderbilts and the Story of Their Fortune” by W. A. Croffut (Hardcover - June 1975). I also recommend the next time you are either in Chicago or New York to take a “river” trip to not only see
architecture and historical landmarks, but to understand why these cities grew, primarily due to their water access, and by understanding the Ferry between New York and New Jersey and other states, you can understand how Vanderbilt became a multi-millionaire.  He built a monopoly by undercutting his competition, and when they went out of business, he raised his prices and was basically the only game in town.
    1809 - In Pennsylvania, Thomas Campbell, 46, and his son Alexander, 20, formed the American Movement for Christian Unity, which later became the Disciples of Christ Church.
    1846 - U.S. fleet officer Robert F Stockton annexed California after capturing it from Mexico during the Mexican War.
    1858 – The first bank in Hawai’i opened.
    1859 – The first air mail, in a balloon, took off from Lafayette, IN.
    1862 - Minnesota erupts in violence as desperate Dakota Indians attack white settlements along the Minnesota River. The Dakota were eventually overwhelmed by the U.S. military six weeks later. The Dakota Indians were more commonly referred to as the Sioux, a derogatory name derived from part of a French word meaning "little snake." They were composed of four bands, and lived on temporary reservations in southwestern Minnesota. For two decades, the Dakota were poorly treated by the Federal government, local traders, and settlers. They saw their hunting lands whittled down, and provisions promised by the government rarely arrived. Worse yet, a wave of white settlers surrounded them. The summer of 1862 was particularly hard on the Dakota. Cutworms destroyed much of their corn crops, and many families faced starvation. Skirmishes and war then developed. Over 500 white settlers lost their lives along with about 150 Sioux warriors. President Lincoln dispatched General John Pope, fresh from his defeat at the Battle of Second Bull Run, to organize the Military Department of the Northwest. Some Dakota fled to North Dakota, but more than 2,000 were rounded up and over 300 warriors were sentenced to death. President Lincoln commuted most of their sentences, but on December 26, 1862, 38 Dakota men were executed at Mankato, Minnesota. It was the largest mass execution in American history.
    1862 - Major General J.E.B. Stuart was assigned command of all the cavalry of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.
    1885 – Amos, in extreme southeastern California, hit 130 to set the August U.S. record high.
    1887 - Birthday of Marcus (Moziah or Mosiah) A Garvey (1887-1940), St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica, well-known Black leader of the “Back to Africa” movement.
    1893 - Birthday of Mae West (1893-1980) in Brooklyn.  US burlesque, stage, radio, and movie star who specialized in double-entendre and sensuality. She had a regal bearing and her wisecracks were legend. She was sexual and was proud of it. She was once arrested for "corrupting" youth for her stage work. One of the problems was not the throw of the hips or the sexual comments, but her very strong woman roles. She was in charge of her life, her sexuality, and men went to her. Her personal life mirrored her public presentation. During World War II, the inflatable life jacket was named after her because of its large curves. She starred in vaudeville and on Broadway for a number of years. She made 11 motion pictures including “She Done Him Wrong” (1933) and “My Little Chickadee” (1940). She was pure camp. Her autobiography is “Goodness Had Nothing to Do With It” (1959). She invested in real estate, especially in Hollywood and became a very, very wealthy woman. Some of the famed "wise-cracks" of Mae West who never married:
"Give a man a free hand and he'll run it all over you."
"He who hesitates is last."
"I only like two kinds of men: foreign and domestic."
"I feel like a million tonight, but one at a time."
"It's not the men in your life who count. It's the life in your men."
"So many men, so little time."
"I've been in more laps than a napkin."
"Come up and see me sometime....."
"When I'm good, I'm very, very, good, but when I'm bad, I'm better."
"She's the kind of girl who climbed the ladder of success wrong by wrong."
"When a girl goes bad - men go right after her."
"I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it."
"I've been rich and I've been poor. Believe me, rich is better."
"It's better to be looked over than overlooked."
"I wrote this story myself, It's all about a girl who lost her reputation, but never missed it."
    1894 - Skookum Jim and Tagish Charlie, members of the Tagish First Nations people, and George Carmack found gold in the Yukon, Canada, starting what became known as the Klondike Gold Rush. The three men were prospecting in Rabbit Creek (which they renamed Bonanza), a tributary of the Klondike River, when they made their discovery. Over 100,000 people stampeded to the Yukon in search of gold.
    1897 - WB Purvis patented the electric railway switch. Among the black inventor’s patents was the first fountain pen, patented bag machines, a bag fastener, a hand stamp, and the edge cutter for such products as aluminum foil, wax paper, cling wrap.
    1903 - The first Pulitzer Prize was awarded, when Joseph Pulitzer contributed a million-dollar donation to Columbia University providing the funds for the Pulitzer Prize awards made in his name.
    1906 - Birthday of Hazel Gladys Bishop (1906-98) in Hoboken, NJ.  U.S. inventor, chemist, business tycoon. While employed as an organic chemist for Standard Oil she conducted a series of home experiments to develop a lipstick that stayed on the lips and didn't smear to everything else they touched. In 1950, she formed the Hazel Bishop, Inc. Later she formed Hazel Bishop Laboratories which developed a series of home care products. A partner forced her out of the $10 million company she created and then, through court action, forbade her from using her own name in her future careers or in personal appearances. She became financial analyst for Evans & Company and Bache and Company with her opinions actively sought on matters of the burgeoning cosmetics business. In 1978, she became an adjunct professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan specializing in training students for careers in cosmetics.
    1907 – Pike Place Market, a popular tourist destination and registered historic district in Seattle, opened.
    1908 – From the ashes of the great earthquake and fires, the Bank of Italy opened its new HQ at Clay and Montgomery in San Francisco.
    1909 - Bandleader Larry Clinton (1909-85) was born in Brooklyn, NY.
    1915 - Dayton, Ohio resident Charles F. Kettering patented the electric automobile self-starter.
    1915 - Mob lynches Jewish businessman Leo Frank in Cobb County, Ga after death sentence for murder of 13-year-old girl commuted to life.
    1915 - A hurricane hit Galveston, TX, with wind gusts to 120 mph and a twelve foot storm surge. The storm claimed 275 lives, including forty-two on Galveston Island, with most deaths due to drowning. Of 250 homes built outside the seawall (which was constructed after the catastrophic hurricane of 1900), just ten percent were left standing.
    1918 - Tenor sax player Ike Quebec (d. 1963) was born Newark, NU.
    1918 - Samuel Riddle bought Man o'War, one of racing’s great horses, for $5,000.  
    1920 - Cleveland shortstop Ray Chapman (1891-1920) dies as a result of being hit the day before by a pitch thrown by Yankee submariner Carl Mays. The tragedy remains the only on-field fatality in Major League history.  The sound of the ball smashing into Chapman's skull was so loud that Mays thought it had hit the end of Chapman's bat, so he fielded the ball and threw to first base.  His death led to Major League Baseball establishing a rule requiring umpires to replace the ball whenever it became dirty, and it was partially the reason the spitball was banned after the 1920 season. Chapman's death was also one of the examples used to emphasize the need for wearing batting helmets (although the rule was not adopted until over 30 years later).
    1920 - Bassist George Duvivier (1920-85) was born in NYC.
    1933 – Lou Gehrig, on the way to a record of 2,130, played in his 1308th consecutive game to break the Major League record held by Everett Scott.  Gehrig’s consecutive games-played streak was the record until 1995 when Cal Ripken, Jr of the Baltimore Orioles broke it on the way to the current record of 2,632.
    1939 - The magical "Wizard of Oz," the first movie to combine the uses of black and white, and color film, premiered. It starred Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale; Bert Lahr as both the Cowardly Lion and Zeke; Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow and Hunk; and Jack Haley as both the Tin Woodsman and Hickory. Buddy Ebsen originally cast as the Tin Man; but sickness forced him to leave the production before its completion. The movie was based on L. Frank Baum’s 1900 "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," which had previously adapted into a musical play. The Hollywood version, directed by Victor Fleming, won an Oscar for best movie score (Harold Arlen and E.Y. ‘Yip’ Harburg), and for best song, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."
    1939 - The markets came down with a case of the war jitters. World War II was a few weeks from officially starting, but Wall Street could smell trouble brewing. After refusing U.S. requests to enter into peace agreements and breaking a non-aggression pact with Poland, Hitler had readied his troops to seize the Polish port city of Danzig. The markets reacted to these overtures by posting their biggest decline since July. Bond ratings followed suit, prompting fears that the troubles in Europe would torpedo whatever progress the American economy had made since the Depression.
But Wall Street's misgivings were otherwise misplaced: the war helped kick-start the American economy, pushing it from a lingering Depression-era funk into a prolonged state of abundance.
    1943 - On CBS radio, writer Norman Corwin’s first success "Passport for Adams" debuted. It starred Robert Young, who played a small town newspaper editor. Corwin would go on to have many radio successes including radio classics: "This is War," "An American in England" and "We Hold These Truths" all of which he wrote and produced.
    Lieutenant General George S. Patton and his 7th Army arrive in Messina, Sicily before British General Bernard Law Montgomery and his 8th Army, winning the unofficial "race to Messina," and completing the Allied conquest of Sicily.
    1944 - BENDER, STANLEY, Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company E, 7th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division. Place and date: Near La Lande, France, 17 August 1944. Entered service at: Chicago, 111. Born: 31 October 1909, Carlisle, W. Va. G.O. No.: 7, 1 February 1945. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. On 17 August 1944, near La Lande, France, he climbed on top of a knocked-out tank, in the face of withering machinegun fire which had halted the advance of his company, in an effort to locate the source of this fire. Although bullets ricocheted off the turret at his feet, he nevertheless remained standing upright in full view of the enemy for over 2 minutes. Locating the enemy machineguns on a knoll 200 yards away, he ordered 2 squads to cover him and led his men down an irrigation ditch, running a gauntlet of intense machinegun fire, which completely blanketed 50 yards of his advance and wounded 4 of his men. While the Germans hurled hand grenades at the ditch, he stood his ground until his squad caught up with him, then advanced alone, in a wide flanking approach, to the rear of the knoll. He walked deliberately a distance of 40 yards, without cover, in full view of the Germans and under a hail of both enemy and friendly fire, to the first machinegun and knocked it out with a single short burst. Then he made his way through the strong point, despite bursting hand grenades, toward the second machinegun, 25 yards distant, whose 2-man crew swung the machinegun around and fired two bursts at him, but he walked calmly through the fire and, reaching the edge of the emplacement, dispatched the crew. Signaling his men to rush the rifle pits, he then walked 35 yards further to kill an enemy rifleman and returned to lead his squad in the destruction of the 8 remaining Germans in the strong point. His audacity so inspired the remainder of the assault company that the men charged out of their positions, shouting and yelling, to overpower the enemy roadblock and sweep into town, knocking out 2 antitank guns, killing 37 Germans and capturing 26 others. He had sparked and led the assault company in an attack which overwhelmed the enemy, destroying a roadblock, taking a town, seizing intact 3 bridges over the Maravenne River, and capturing commanding terrain which dominated the area.
    1944 - Top Hits
“I’ll Be Seeing You” - Bing Crosby
“Amor” - Bing Crosby
“Milkman, Keep Those Bottles Quiet” - Ella Mae Morse
“Is You is or is You Ain’t (Ma’ Baby)” - Louis Jordan
    1945 – Korea divided at the 38th parallel with the US occupying the south.
    1948 - An estimated crowd of nearly 100,000 fans pass by the body of Babe Ruth which is on display at Yankee Stadium.  His funeral Mass took place at St. Patrick’s Cathedral; a crowd estimated at 75,000 waited outside. Ruth was buried at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY.
    1950 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit:  “Goodnight Irene”, Gordon Jenkins Orchestra & the Weavers.
    1950 – The Hill 303 Massacre:  41 American POWs were shot to death by the N. Korean Army.
    1952 - Top Hits
“Walkin’ My Baby Back Home” - Johnnie Ray
“Auf Wiedersehn, Sweetheart” - Vera Lynn
“Half as Much” - Rosemary Clooney
“A Full Time Job” - Eddy Arnold
    1953 – Narcotics Anonymous co-founded by Jimmy Kinnon, held its first meeting, near LA.
    1954 - In Rhode Island, the Newport Jazz Festival opened at the Newport Casino. The festival featured jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Gerry Mulligan and Ella Fitzgerald.
    1955 - Hurricane Diane, following Hurricane Connie, floods Connecticut River, killing 190 and causing $1.8 billion damage
    1956 - Shelly Manne, with Previn and Vinnegar, cuts jazz version of “My Fair Lady.” I used to see them in person at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, every weekend I could when I went to high school.  They made one of the best jazz albums in history.
    1957 - Richie Ashburn, Phillies Hall of Fame CF, hit fan Alice Roth twice in same at bat with foul balls.  The first one broke her nose, and the second hit her while she is on the stretcher.
    1958 – Pioneer 0, America's first attempt at lunar orbit, was launched using the first Thor-Able rocket and failed. This is also notable as one of the first attempted launches beyond Earth orbit by any country.
    1958 - Belinda Carlisle is born in Hollywood. She becomes the lead singer of the all-female group the Go-Go's and has a solo No. 1 hit in 1987 with “Heaven Is a Place on Earth.”
    1959 – Quake Lake was formed by the magnitude 7.5 Hebgen Lake earthquake in Montana.
    1960 - Top Hits
“It’s Now or Never” - Elvis Presley
“Walk--Don’t Run” - The Ventures
“Walking to New Orleans” - Fats Domino
“Please Help Me, I’m Falling” - Hank Locklin
    1960 - The Beatles begin the first of forty-eight nights playing the Indra Club on Grosse Freiheit in Hamburg, Germany, playing for four-and-a-half hours every day (six on the weekends), an arrangement that leads to twenty-minute versions of songs like Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally." Notable as the first time the group performed under the name "The Beatles" (having dropped the "Silver" from their name en route), the gigs feature John Lennon yelling at the German audiences, calling them Nazis, shouting "Sieg Heil!" at them, and wearing outlandish outfits -- at one point appearing on stage in only his underwear, at another with a toilet seat around his neck.
    1961 - Birthday of American Composer David "Uncle Dave" Lewis in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Radio programmer on WAIF-Radio, Cincinnati and co-founder of the still-active "Art Damage" radio program begun in 1985, devoted to experimental music. He is a music expert and author of hundreds of articles on music and musicians, mostly published by the All Music Guide 2001-present, however also for ARSC Journal, WAIF Alert, WCBN Program Guide, and others
    1961 – The construction of the Berlin Wall began.
    1962 - L.A. County Coroner officially labels Marilyn Monroe's death a "probable suicide." Norman Mailer, author of “The Naked & the Dead” subsequently theorized she was murdered, partly on the grounds that "it is extremely rare for a woman to commit suicide in the nude." Rumors that she was both acquainted with John F. Kennedy, and was in love with Bobby Kennedy, who the night before told her he could not continue to see her, were alleged as the reason she committed suicide.  [This was also the inside story I heard from the press corps particularly from the first cameraman on the scene, who I knew personally as a newsman.] However, this is from the Cal Neva Resort website: During the Sinatra ownership years of 1955 to 1968, along with his associates "Wingy" and "Skinny," Sinatra built the now famous Celebrity Showroom and installed a helicopter pad on the roof in an attempt to make access easier for his colleagues and guests appearing at the Cal Neva during summer months. Hollywood followers were enamored with Sinatra and the "Rat Pack," an unforgettable fraternity that linked itself with the White House through Peter Lawford, brother-in-law of the then-President John F. Kennedy. Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Juliet Prowse and Marilyn Monroe (among others) "sang for their suppers" in the Celebrity Showroom and the Indian Room while politicians and Hollywood stars played at the tables and in the private cottages overlooking Lake Tahoe. Marilyn Monroe was a frequent guest of the Lodge and scandal generally surrounded her because of the "alleged" secret rendezvous with John F. Kennedy. Then, when the presence of one particular guest, mobster Sam Giancana of Chicago, was noticed by authorities, it finally cost Sinatra his gaming license in a losing battle with the Nevada Gaming Control Board.
    1962 - A riot broke out during a Gary U.S. Bonds performance at the Boston Arena.
    1962 – Ringo Starr replaced Pete Best as the drummer of The Beatles.
    1963 – Former football coach and current ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden’s birthday in Sandusky, OH.  After coaching the Oakland Raiders from 1998-2001, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by Raiders owner Al Davis for four first and second round draft picks and $8 million.  The Bucs defeated the Raiders in the next Super Bowl, 48-21, making Gruden the youngest NFL head coach to win the Super Bowl at age 36. He also has one of the large football play film libraries in the business.
    1966 - Psychedelic fashion show and tarot reading at the SF Fillmore. The Jefferson Airplane and Mimi Fariña entertained.
    1967 – Gary Puckett and The Union Gap record "Woman Woman." The song would break first in Cleveland in November and would rise to number four on the US national charts.
    1968 - Deep Purple's "Hush" is released in the US, where it will climb to #4 by mid-September.
    1968 – “People Got to Be Free,” the hit single by The Rascals, rocketed into the top slot on Billboard's record charts and stayed there for 5 weeks.
    1968 - Top Hits
“People Got to Be Free” - The Rascals
“Born to Be Wild” - Steppenwolf
“Light My Fire” - Jose Feliciano
“Heaven Says Hello” - Sonny James
    1969 – Third day of Woodstock: Richie Havens, Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Who, The Band, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix.
    1969 - Donny Wahlberg, one time member of New Kids on the Block and current star of CBS’ “Blue Bloods,” was  born in Dorchester, MA. His younger brother is former rapper/current actor Mark Wahlberg, who had a top 10 hit in 1991-92 with the million-selling single, “Wildside.”
    1969 - Camille, the second worst hurricane in U.S. history, smashed into the Mississippi coast. Winds gusted to 172 mph at Main Pass Block, LA and to 190 mph near Bay Saint Louis, MS. The hurricane claimed 256 lives, and caused $1.3 billion in damage. Several ocean going ships were carried over seven miles inland by the hurricane. The hurricane produced winds to 200 mph, and a storm surge of 24.6 feet. Complete destruction occurred in some coastal areas near the eye of the hurricane.
    1973 - At Shea Stadium, 42-year old New York Mets' outfielder, Willie Mays, hits his 660th and final home run of his career off Reds' lefty Don Gullett.  Mays would retire later that season with the third highest HR total, to Henry Aaron’s 755 and Babe Ruth’s 714.
    1974 - Bad Company's "Can't Get Enough" is released.
    1975 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Fallin' in Love,” Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds.
    1976 - Top Hits
“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” - Elton John and Kiki Dee
“You Should Be Dancing” - Bee Gees
“Let ’Em In” -Wings
“Say It Again” - Don Williams
    1977 - The day after Elvis Presley's death, President Jimmy Carter issues the following statement: "Elvis Presley's death deprives our country of a part of itself. He was unique and irreplaceable. More than twenty years ago, he burst upon the scene with an impact that was unprecedented and will probably never be equaled. His music and his personality, fusing the styles of white country and black rhythm and blues, permanently changed the face of American popular culture. His following was immense and he was a symbol to people the world over, of the vitality, rebelliousness and good humor of his country." Or as James Brown once put it, "he taught white America to get down."
    1977 - Florists Transworld Delivery (FTD) reports that in one day, the number of orders for flowers to be delivered to Graceland has surpassed the number for any other event in the company's history.    
    1982 – The first CDs, compact discs, were released to the public in Germany.
    1984 - Top Hits
“Ghostbusters” - Ray Parker Jr.
“What’s Love Got to Do with It” - Tina Turner
“State of Shock” - Jacksons
“That’s the Thing About Love” - Don Williams
    1987 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Who's That Girl,” Madonna.
It is the title song of Madonna's third film.
    1988 - Fifty-five cities, from the Middle Mississippi Valley to the Middle Atlantic Coast Region, reported record high temperatures for the date. Beckley, WV reported an all-time record high of 96 degrees, and Baltimore, MD hit 104 degrees, marking their thirteenth day of the year with 100 degree heat. Chicago, IL equaled a record with 46 days of 90 degree weather for the year. Thunderstorms produced severe weather from Wisconsin to New Jersey. Thunderstorms in New Jersey produced high winds which gusted to 92 mph at Wrightstown, and blew down a circus tent at Lavallette on the Jersey Shore, injuring fourteen persons.
    1992 - Woody Allen admitted to being romantically involved with Soon-Yi Previn, adopted daughter of Mia Farrow, Allen's longtime companion.
    1993 - Pop star Michael Jackson became the subject of an investigation of child molestation of a 13-year-old boy. Police confiscated video tapes and photographs from Jackson's Neverland ranch home, but found nothing to support the allegation. The charge was that Jackson had fondled and engaged in oral sex with the boy over a period of several months. It was believed that the child-abuse allegation grew out of an "extortion gone awry," after a purported demand for $20 million by the boy's father, a dentist, was denied. Charges were later dropped, and an unidentified source leaked to the press that a hefty settlement, possibly as high as $15 million, was paid to the boy's family. More than a year after the damaging allegations were made, the Santa Barbara County and Los Angeles County district attorneys publicly announced that they didn't have enough evidence to charge the pop singer with a single crime.
    1994 - Boise, ID recorded its 41st day in a row with 90 plus temperatures, a record for that city.
    1994 - Severe thunderstorms belted central Oklahoma. Winds gusted to 113 at Meno, 104 at Mangum and 97 at Hobart. Hail up to 4.5 inches in diameter driven by the winds totaled 30 mobile homes at Okarche
    1996 - Ross Perot announced he was the Reform Party's presidential candidate.
    1998 - United States President Clinton admitted to having an improper relationship with former White House intern, Monica Lewinsky….so that’s what they call it!
    2002 - Homering in the seventh inning of Mariner starter James Baldwin, Yankee All-star Alfonso Soriano becomes the first second baseman to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in the same season. Bobby Bonds is the only other Yankee to post a 30/30 season, accomplishing the feat in 1975.
    2002 - Alex Rodriguez becomes the sixth player and the first infielder to compile five consecutive 40-home run seasons. The Rangers' shortstop joins Ralph Kiner (1947-51), Duke Snider (1953-57), Ken Griffey Jr (1996-2000), Sammy Sosa (1998-2002) and Babe Ruth (1926-32), who established the record with seven straight 40-homer seasons.  He admitted in 2009 that he was taking PEDs during this period.
    2003 - Peanuts character Charlie Brown joins late broadcaster Bob Prince, Negro League star Josh Gibson, former catcher Manny Sanguillen current shortstop Jack Wilson to be honored by the Pirates with a bobble head doll give-away day. Almost ten percent of the nearly 18,000 Peanuts strips created by Charles Schulz focused on baseball.
    2003 - The Rally Monkey, the Angels' unofficial mascot, is honored for its contribution to last season's world championship with its own bobble head doll promotion. The Rally Monkey Bobble Belly joins other dolls given to fans this year paying tribute to Troy Glaus' (2002 World Series MVP), Adam Kennedy' (ALCS MVP), and Mike Scioscia (AL Manager of the Year) and will wear an Anaheim jersey with a name of an honored player on the back.
    2004 - As she enters Raley Field at 6:27 p.m., five year old Olivia Perez is honored by the Sacramento River Cats as she becomes four millionth fan in franchise history. The Triple A affiliate of the Oakland A’s reaches the milestone faster than any club in minor league baseball history.
    2005 - St. Louis announces the franchise has broken its single-season attendance record of 3.43 million set in 1989. The first-place Cardinals have sold 3.45 million tickets for the team’s farewell season at 40-year old Busch Stadium     
    2008 - In a pre-game 55-minute ceremony at Minute Maid Park, Craig Biggio becomes the ninth Astro to have his jersey number retired. The Smithtown, N.Y. native, who wore number 7, is the team's all-time leader in games (2,850) and seasons (20) played.  He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015.
    2008 – Swimmer Michael Phelps became the first person to win eight gold medals in one Olympic Games.
    2012 - The United Kingdom's Treasury Committee of the House of Commons releases the first of two volumes reporting on the LIBOR fixing scandal.
    2013 - A wildfire near Yosemite National Park burned over 25 square miles, forcing residents of the Pine Lake community to evacuate.



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- Leasing Gypsies
- Verifying Tax Returns
- Special Report: Part I
   Could Church Kiosks, Royal Link Carts, NorVergence results been avoided?

   The use of “Equipment Finance Agreements”
- Special Report: Part II
    Bank of the West

   Equipment Lease Agreement (EFA)
- California License Web Addresses
- Settlement Costs vs. Litigation Costs