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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

Well-Known, Longtime Canadian Broker Passes Away
  Allen Abbott, Equilease Financial Services, Toronto, Canada
Bud Selig Inducted Baseball Hall of Fame
   Owner Selig Leasing, West Allis, Wisconsin
Leasing News
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Sales Makes it Happen by Robert Teichman, CLFP
   Sales Isn't Just for the Salesperson
CLFP Foundation Adds 17 New CLFPs
   Brings Total to 462 active CLFP Professionals/Associates
Companies with 2 or More CLFP’s/Associates
        August 1, 2017
Academy for Lease & Finance Professionals
    Spaces Left for 2017
Equipment Finance and Leasing Books
Free Webinar: Get the Results of the
    2017 Survey of Equipment Finance Activity
Fairfield Capital Closes First $50 Million
  Tranche of $150 Million Project Financing
NACM’s CMI: What Goes Up Must Come Down
"dropped to 54.6 in July from 56.1 the previous month"
Hound Mix
   Toronto Humane Society – Adopt-a-Dog
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   Banking, Finance, and Leasing
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KeyBank Foundation makes four-year, $24 million grant
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John Deere: 5th Largest Agricultural Bank in the Country
  emphasizing a system of leasing its equipment rather than selling
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   as U.S. auto slump persists
Wells Fargo duped thousands of car owners
   into unneeded insurance: suit

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Well-Known, Longtime Canadian Broker Passes Away
Allen Abbott, Equilease Financial Services, Toronto, Canada

Allen Abbott, the President of Equilease Financial Service, Toronto, Canada, which he founded almost 27 years ago, passed away. He is very well known in Canada, according to Hugh Swandel, The Alta Group, who writes:

"If you felt the lights dim at all of the small ticket equipment finance businesses in Canada, it was likely at the moment Allen Abbott passed away this weekend. If you met Allen or even if you spoke to him on the phone you would not forget your interaction. Al had an energy field powered by confidence and enthusiasm. Al always delivered for his clients. In addition to running one of the largest broker firms in the country, Al produced an inconceivable volume of transactions each month and new the details of each deal in his head. His devotion to clients was second to none and his ability to provide effective service is nothing short of legendary.

"Al had many passions and a close circle of friends inside and outside the industry. His love of horse racing and most major sports lead to an office that displays to the greatest in athletic achievement. His life was lived with energy and vitality and a determination to seize every day and pursue the highest standard of business achievement while also having a life outside the office that is to be envied.

"Love came to Al late in life and he dedicated himself to being a strong husband and father to two children.  Nicole and the children will always know that family was the major motivation in Al’s life.

"Farewell to a true industry legend – rest in peace Al."

Hugh Swandel

Beth Sholom Synagogue Obituary:

ABBOTT, Allen - On Saturday, July 29, 2017 at St. Michael's Hospital. Allen Abbott beloved husband of Nicole Abbott. Cherished and loving father of Adam, and Madison. Devoted son of Rose and the late Milton (Bucky) Abbott. Loving son-in-law of Ron and Elda Sparaga, and Barry and Penny Krowitz. Dear brother and brother- in-law of Pauline Abbott-Till and Steve Till, Natalie Abbott and Marc Gordon, and Michelle Abbott and Adam Perzow. Dear brother-in-law of Michelle and Marvin Hoppe, Raquel and Alan Feldberg, and Alissa and Josh Hernick. Proud uncle to nieces and nephews. Greatly respected as a leader across Canada in the equipment leasing industry as the founder and President of Equilease Corp. At Beth Sholom Synagogue, 1445 Eglinton Avenue West (West of Allen Rd.) for service on Monday, July 31, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. Interment Beth Sholom Synagogue Section at Mt. Sinai Memorial Park. Shiva at 39 Ava Road. Memorial donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation Of Canada, 416-445-0373. He will be missed tremendously by many. Allen always lived life to the fullest and fought right until the very end.

Kidney Foundation of Canada (416) 445-0373
Other Information:
Shiva visits daily from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Evening services at 7:30 p.m. Shiva will conclude after a morning service on Sunday, August 6th at 10:00 a.m.

Cemetery: Mt. Sinai Memorial Park
Cemetery Section: Beth Sholom Synagogue
Shiva Address: 39 Ava Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5P 1Y5
Shiva Direction & Info:
South of Eglinton Avenue, turn east off Bathurst Street onto Ava Road to the corner of Ava and Rosemary Road.




Bud Selig Inducted Baseball Hall of Fame
Owner Selig Leasing, West Allis, Wisconsin

(From left) Bud Selig, Ivan Rodriguez, John Schuerholz, Tim Raines and Jeff Bagwell pose for a photo during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo: Getty Images)

The National Baseball Hall of Fame held its annual Induction Ceremony in Cooperstown, New York last Sunday, July 30th.  Among the inductees was former MLB commissioner Bud Selig.

While most baseball fans appreciate the former commissioner’s wide ranging impact on Major League Baseball, few realize his roots in the leasing business.

Yes – Bud Selig is a leasing guy!

Selig’s father established Selig Executive Lease Company in Milwaukee in 1949 and, at age 83, Bud Selig continues to be active in the business along with his daughter, Sari Selig Kramer, president, and son in law David Kramer.  Sari is the third generation of the Selig family to head the leasing company.

Still family owned and operated, Selig Leasing is one of the largest independent Midwest fleet lessors.

"Selig Leasing has been a family-owned and operated business since 1949. We’ve grown to be one of the largest and most respected independent vehicle leasing and fleet management companies for local small and medium-sized businesses in the Milwaukee area. We specialize our services to make leasing convenient for you by providing you with the service you need and want. We handle everything from the acquisition through the sale of the leased vehicle. This includes management services like fleet fuel management, maintenance, 24-hour roadside assistance and more."

Inscription on Selig’s plaque:
Allan Huber Selig

Commissioner from 1992 to 2015, the first seven years in acting capacity, before being formally named by unanimous vote among all 30 owners in 1998. Presided over an era of vast change to the game, on the field, while extending its breadth and depth off of it. Fostered an unprecedented stretch of labor peace, introduced three-division play and expanded the postseason. Under his leadership, umpiring was centralized and replay review was established. Celebrated the national pastime’s pioneering diversity by universally retiring Jackie Robinson’s No. 42. Bridge builder and devoted fan who returned baseball to Milwaukee as Brewers’ owner before serving as second-longest tenured commissioner.



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Sales Makes it Happen
by Robert Teichman, CLFP

Sales Isn't Just for the Salesperson

Finally, the equipment is verified, the deal is booked, the vendor and the salesperson are paid, and the documentation department closes the file. Now the customer will be the responsibility of the billing department for the rest of the lease. Right?


Success in the equipment leasing business depends on continuing to increase the number of transactions written. You can achieve that by writing many new deals, and constantly trying to find new customers, or you can reach the goal by developing and improving relationships you have already established.

Many salespeople in our business believe that equipment leasing is a "deal" business. It isn't. It is "relationship business." Studies have proved time and time again that it is far easier and less costly to sell to existing customers than to develop new ones.

But how do you maintain relationships when most companies buy equipment only occasionally?

Certainly, you stay in close touch with your customer. You call your contact person often. You know when the company makes decisions on its capital budget and you contact them then. But did you know that your documentation officer can be your best friend? After all, it is usually the documentation person who is the last one to talk to your customer when the lease is booked.

Since some leases take considerable time to close, your customer may have decided to get some more equipment by then. During the last conversation when the lease closes, the documentation officer could ask if the customer is satisfied with the service, and could then ask if the customer has any additional equipment financing needs. You might be surprised to learn that more equipment is on its way.

Sometimes we lose sight of the fact that selling is not limited to the salesperson. Closing a deal requires the cooperation of Sales, Credit and Documentation. And while the salesperson acts as the Relationship Manager, the other members of the Production Team do their part to help retain the customer's good will and promote future business.

In a successful equipment leasing company, everybody sells.

Robert Teichman, CLFP
Teichman Financial Training
3030 Bridgeway, Suite 205 Sausalito, CA 94965
Tel: 415 331-6445
Fax: 415 331-6451




CLFP Foundation Adds 17 New CLFPs
Brings Total to 462 active CLFP Professionals/Associates

The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation announces that 17 individuals who attended the last two Academies for Lease & Finance Professionals (ALFP) have passed the 8-hour exam. 

The first ALFP was in June and was co-hosted by Ivory Consulting Corporation and AP Equipment Financing in Walnut Creek, CA.

The second ALFP was hosted by Orion First Financial LLC in Gig Harbor, WA in July.

 The newest CLFPs are:

Douglas Czajkowski, CLFP
Senior Software Engineer
Ivory Consulting Corporation

Scott Thacker, CLFP
Chief Executive Officer
Ivory Consulting Corporation

Michael Brant, CLFP
Software Engineer
Ivory Consulting Corporation

Craig de Koning, CLFP,
Finance Director
Tristate Machinery Equipment Finance, Inc.

Todd Benson, CLFP,
Vice President
First American Equipment Finance

Eric Wanberg
CLFP Associate
Marketing Associate
AP Equipment Financing

William Mennesson, CLFP
Senior Credit Analyst
AP Equipment Financing

David Jueschke, CLFP
Senior Manager
Portfolio Servicing
AP Equipment Financing

Debra Wu, CLFP Associate
Accounting Operations manager
AP Equipment Financing

Chris Ivory, CLFP
Ivory Consulting Corporation

Raul Harnasch, CLFP
National Account Manager
AP Equipment Financing

Ben Nikbakht, CLFP
Software Engineer
Ivory Consulting Corporation

Stephen Brown, CLFP Associate
Accounting Specialist II
Orion First Financial LLC

Rachel Chesley, CLFP Associate
Business Development Coordinator
Western Equipment Finance

Quentin Cote, CLFP
Product Manager
Orion First Financial LLC

David Gill, CLFP
Chief Executive Officer
Commercial Asset Finance Brokers Association of Australia (CAFBA)

Kris Stellflug, CLFP
Corporate Financial Services, LLC

Ivory Consulting Corporation now employs 12 CLFPs and their Founder, Mr. Ivory stated, “The CLFP over the last few years has become a very well recognized and honorary designation in our industry. As an industry leader, it is only natural that I become a CLFP - one leader supporting another leader. I'm so impressed, and I believe so much in the CLFP that I'm encouraging every employee of Ivory Consulting to become a CLFP.”  

Scott Thacker, CEO at Ivory Consulting Corporation and Vice Chair of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation also added, “As a leader in the equipment finance industry, I believe one of my roles is to demonstrate my knowledge and support of the industry. Encouraging others to showcase their knowledge by studying for and passing the CLFP exam will not only strengthen the caliber of the people working in the industry, but will make it an attractive career option for others.”

The CLFP designation identifies an individual as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customers, and peers in the equipment finance industry.

There are currently 462 active Certified Lease & Finance Professionals and Associates. For more information, call Executive Director Reid Raykovich, CLFP at (206) 535-6281 or visit


Companies with 2 or More CLFP’s/Associates
August 1, 2017

Company #CLFPs
First American Equipment Finance, a City National Bank Company 68
AP Equipment Financing 22
Financial Pacific Leasing, Inc., an Umpqua Bank Company 21
Ascentium Capital 13
ECS Financial Services, Inc. 13
Ivory Consulting Corporation 12
Orion First Financial LLC 12
Arvest 9
Bank of the West 8
Celtic Commercial Finance 8
KLC Financial, Inc. 8
Northland Capital Financial Services 8
Beacon Funding Corporation 7
BMO Harris Equipment Finance Company 7
GreatAmerica Financial Services 7
Stearns Bank NA-Equipment Finance Division 7
BB&T Commercial Equipment Capital Corp. 6
Great American Insurance 6
Hanmi Bank 6
Provident Equipment Leasing 5
BSB Leasing, Inc. 4
Commerce Bank 4
Key Equipment Finance 4
LeaseTeam Inc. 4
Maxim Commercial Capital, LLC 4
Canon Financial Services, Inc 3
Clune & Company LC 3
Diversified Capital Credit Corporation 3
FSG Capital Inc. 3
Innovative Lease Services, Inc. 3
International Decision Systems 3
Marlin Equipment Finance 3
Oakmont Capital Services LLC 3
Quality Leasing Co. Inc. 3
Tamarack Consulting, Inc 3
TEQLease, Inc. 3
Alliance Funding Group 2
Amur Equipment Finance 2
BancorpSouth Equipment Finance 2
Dakota Financial, LLC 2
Finance Capital 2
First Foundation Bank 2
Fleet Advantage, LLC 2
Great Falls Capital Partners dba Pinnacle Capital 2
NCMIC Finance Corporation 2
Pacifica Capital 2
Padco Financial Services, Inc. 2
Patriot Capital Corporation a Division of State Bank & Trust Company 2
Portfolio Financial Servicing Company 2
Providence Capital Funding, Inc. 2


Academy for Lease & Finance Professionals
Spaces Left for 2017

The Certified Lease and Finance Professional Foundation offers a variety of study tools to help candidates prepare for the exam, including the CLFP Handbook, the CLFP Mentor Program and the Academy for Lease & Finance Professionals, a three-day event designed to fully prepare an individual to sit for the CLFP exam. Upon achieving the CLFP designation, recipients must meet ongoing requirements to maintain their elite status as a CLFP in Good Standing and retain the license to use the designation.

Academy Classes

Two Spots Left  -Dover, NH   
Hosted by Ascentium Capital
Thursday, August 17, 2017 8:00 AM (EDT) • Dover, New Hampshire

Six Spots Left – Los Angeles
Registered: Nobody
Hosted by First National Capital
Thursday, October 12, 2017 8:00 AM • First National Capital, 
Foothill Ranch, California
Nine Spots Left - Philadelphia Area
November 16, 2017 8:00am
Residence Inn – Great Valley, Malvern, PA

CLFP also has a mentor program.
For questions or to register, please contact: or (206) 535-6281



Equipment Leasing Books


Scott A. Wheeler, CLFP, a thirty-four year veteran in the commercial equipment leasing and finance industry, has compiled his favorite sales tips into an easy-to-read format for veteran and novice commercial equipment leasing and finance professionals.

"'Call to Action,' 134 pages, is designed to assist individuals to think outside of their current comfort zone, to increase their productivity, and to enhance their personal value proposition," Scott Wheeler explains. "Each chapter in this book touches upon a significant area in the finance and leasing industry. The sales tips are followed by call to action exercises to stimulate group discussions and individual reflection.

"Professionals throughout the equipment finance and leasing industry will benefit greatly from using this book as a reference guide and workbook for self-improvement."

$19.95 at Amazon

A portion of each sale will be donated to the Chris Walker Educational Fund – dedicated to the education of professionals in the commercial equipment leasing and finance industry.

Scott is a well-known author for several leasing publications, including Leasing News, plus issues a weekly newsletter as well as conducts a school for training entrepreneurs to become independent leasing brokers.

Scott A. Wheeler, CLFP
Wheeler Business Consulting
1314 Marquis Ct.
Fallston, Maryland 21047
Phone: 410 877 0428
Fax: 410 877 8161

Unstoppable: The Story of Asset-based Finance
and Leasing in Canada

Hugh Swandel, Senior Managing Director-Canada, The Alta Group, recommends "Unstoppable: The Story of Asset-based Finance and Leasing in Canada."

Published September 9, 2014 it is available in Kindle
at CDN$9.99 or Hardcover CDN$25.99.

"Unstoppable tells the previously untold story of a business that has grown to be the largest source of debt financing to Canadian consumers outside of the traditional bank loan. This book covers the rollercoaster ride of asset-based finance, now a $300 billion business, through interviews with business trailblazers such as Jim Pattison and Steve Hudson, who led the industry for the past half century. It is an entertaining and personal business history that will inspire both students of business history and entrepreneurs alike. Unstoppable shows how this form of finance helped to grow Canada’s former industrial economy."

The Successful Equipment Lease Broker
by Joshua Fant (December, 2010)

He is a real estate broker in the Greater Seattle area.
He was a leasing broker from January, 1999 to August, 2005.
Book may be dated. 14 day return policy (also to their book store).

$39.95 Barnes & Noble


Start Your Own Leasing Company!
By Paul Sutton (2014)  111 pages-Fourth edition.

Company appears to have a collection of “how to”
books. They have return policy for printed books only.
Book: $44.95   Download $19.46


The Certified Lease & Finance Professionals' Handbook
Authored by Certified Lease & Finance Professionals

Raising the standards of the Equipment Leasing and Financing Industry through continued education, testing and conduct.

Edition: 4 (Feb 04, 2015)  $59.96


Equipment Leasing
Publisher: Matthew Bender
Three Volume Set; loose leaf; updated with revisions
Updated Yearly
$1,333 Print
$1,177 eBook
(with yearly up-date savings plan)






Free Webinar: Get the Results of the
2017 Survey of Equipment Finance Activity

WHAT: The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association is hosting a free one-hour webinar to present findings of its 2017 Survey of Equipment Finance Activity, the largest and most important source of statistical information on the $1 trillion equipment finance industry.

WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, at Noon EDT

HIGHLIGHTS:  The webinar is designed to help business leaders use the data in the 2017 Survey of Equipment Finance Activity to benefit their organizations. Topics will include:

  • Introduction to the 2017 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.

WHERE:  For instructions, please see or follow these steps:

  • To participate in the webinar, click here and we will call you to join the meeting:
    Audio & Web Meeting


Add the webinar to your calendar
For technical questions, please contact Customer Care: US/Canada +1 888-447-1119, Europe +44 207-855-0288, Global +1 303-389-4018


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


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Fairfield Capital Closes First $50 Million
Tranche of $150 Million Project Financing

Fairfield Capital announces that it has closed the first $50 million tranche of a contemplated $150 million project financing for one of its manufacturer clients. Approximately $13.4 million was drawn in the first closing in early July. The client is a late-stage venture company involved in the manufacture of clean energy equipment for the logistics industry. The financings take the form of sale-leaseback transactions supported by power purchase agreements with various of the client’s customers. The lease investor was one of the largest U.S. bank-owned leasing companies.

Dana Pasternak, a Managing Director and Founder of Fairfield Capital, commented that “we are extremely proud to have been instrumental in structuring, arranging, placing negotiating and closing this financing for our client. This financing, which was 15 months in the making, will enable our client to truly move to the “next level”. We are extremely appreciative of their cooperation, and the creativity and commitment of our lease investor in making this deal happen.”

Fairfield Capital Group, LLC, which was founded in 2004, provides investment banking services and capital markets solutions for the equipment finance and leasing industry. We maintain relationships with dozens of institutional investors, and use this knowledge and our many years of experience to help investors create liquidity in their portfolios and manufacturers sell their products. Whether you are issuer or an investor, Fairfield Capital makes it happen.
For more information, visit our website at or contact us at

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NACM’s CMI: What Goes Up Must Come Down
"dropped to 54.6 in July from 56.1 the previous month"

The seesaw economy continues unabated. Despite the fourth-best reading in the last 12 months, the Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) from NACM dropped to 54.6 in July from 56.1 the previous month.

Chris Kuehl, Ph.D.
NACM Economist

“It looks like companies are catching up with their creditors one month and falling back the next,” said NACM Economist Chris Kuehl, Ph.D. “This is another month where they are losing ground.”

Distress in the economy was most notable in the CMI’s unfavorable categories, which include rejections of credit applications and accounts placed for collection. The numbers have been in the contraction zone for the better part of two years. New credit is in demand, however, as the reading for credit applications rose among the favorable categories. Sales slipped, consistent with the trend this year.

A minor improvement was seen in filings for bankruptcies, suggesting that the majority of companies are managing to stave off bankruptcy in the face of economic confusion. On the other hand, the score for rejections of credit applications experienced a significant decline, signaling worsening conditions.

Creditors let their stress be known through a fall in the “disputes” reading in manufacturing, though the sector enjoyed an increase in new credit applications. Manufacturing companies are still determined to expand to one degree or another, apparently.

Businesses in the service sector may have less stomach for expansion this holiday season. With credit applications down in that sector, retailers are likely planning for a year of light inventory.
“It has been that kind of year—ups followed by downs and now we have another down, but this time for some different reasons than the last several months,” Kuehl said.

For a complete breakdown of the manufacturing and service sector data and graphics, view the July 2017 report at

CMI archives may also be viewed on NACM’s website at

NACM, headquartered in Columbia, MD, supports more than 14,000 business credit and financial professionals worldwide with premier industry services, tools and information. NACM and its network of affiliated associations are the leading resource for credit and financial management information, education, products and services designed to improve the management of business credit and accounts receivable. NACM’s collective voice has influenced federal legislative policy results concerning commercial business and trade credit to our nation’s policy makers for more than 100 years, and continues to play an active part in legislative issues pertaining to business credit and corporate bankruptcy. NACM's annual Credit Congress & Exposition conference is the largest gathering of credit professionals in the world.

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Hound Mix
Toronto Humane Society – Adopt-a-Dog

ID #35684854
Age: 5 Years, 1 month
Size: Medium
Color: Red/White
Spayed: Yes
Declawed: No
Location: Fosters
Intake Date: 6/23/2017

"Cate is a lovely but nervous dog. She greets visitors at the front of her kennel but may spook with sudden sounds or quick movements. When walking through the shelter Cate tends to keep low and watch alertly. If something startles her she may bolt and should always be leashed for that reason. Cate is steadily gaining confidence and has been sweet and gentle in asking for pets and attention. She is much more confident outdoors and gets very excitable with dogs she meets there. When indoors she may want to retreat if overwhelmed. Cate would do best in a house with a yard where she can acclimatize slowly to being inside. She could do well with a well matched dog personality. Cate would prefer teens or adults at home as she is nervous about being touched. She is a great girl just needing a bit of building up."

My adoption fee is $350

Please note: In order to ensure a smooth and successful adoption, please remember to check all the basic requirements for adopting before coming in to the shelter at adopt-a-pet/adoption-process. Thank you and we hope to see you soon!

Adoption Process:

Shelter Hours
Monday to Friday11am - 6pm (animal viewing until 7pm)
Saturday and Sunday10am - 5pm (animal viewing until 6pm)

The Toronto Humane Society
11 River Street,
Toronto, Ontario, M5A 4C2
Phone: 416.392.2273
Fax: 416.392.9978

Adopt a Pet



Attorneys Who Specialize in
Banking, Finance, and Leasing

Birmingham, Alabama
The lawyers of Marks & Associates, P.C. have over 30 years experience in dealing with virtually every type of equipment financing and are recognized throughout the industry for prompt, practical solutions and exemplary service. They offer cost-conscious, effective lease enforcement and good counsel. 

Kenneth C. Greene

Leasing and Financial consultant, active in several leasing
associations, as well as involved in music and film production in LA.  Mention "Leasing News" for a free consultation.
Skype: 424.235.1658
Connecticut, Southern New England: 
EVANS, FELDMAN & BOYER, LLC Collections, litigation, documentation, portfolio sales and financing, bankruptcy. We represent many of the national and local leasing companies doing business in this state. Past chairman EAEL legal committee. Competitive rates. 
Los Angeles/Santa Monica
Hemar & Associates, Attorneys at Law
Specialists in legal assistance, including debt collection, equipment recovery, litigation for 35 years. Fluent in Spanish. 
Tel: 310-829-1948 

David G. Mayer
Partner, Dallas, Texas
Schackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton 
9201 N. Central Expressway
Fourth Floor
Dallas, Texas 75231
Telephone: (214) 780-1400

Los Angeles, Southern CA 
Seasoned attorney representing secured creditors in auto finance and truck/equipment lease industry.  Bankruptcy and State Court litigation.   Vincent V. Frounjian (818) 990-0605 or email:

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

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

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

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

California & National

Paul Bent – More than 35 years experience in all forms of equipment leasing, secured lending, and asset based transactions. Financial analysis, deal structuring, contract negotiations, documentation, private dispute resolution, expert witness services. 
(562) 426-1000

Kevin E. Trabaris: Concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial finance, corporate and business transactions. Extensive experience representing banks, financial companies, equipment lessors, insurers and other funding and intermediary entities and borrowers in connection with thousands of business financing matters. He has handled everything from small ticket transactions to billion dollar syndicated loans, real estate financing to asset-based facilities.
Telephone:  847-840-4687


Joseph G. Bonanno, Esq., CLFP.  Transactional/Documentation. Past special industry consultant to The World Bank,  industry expert witness in litigation, appointed to Governor’s Counsel to adopt Articles 2A and 9 in Massachusetts, MA continuing legal education co-instructor,  past (5) Term Certified Leasing and Finance Professional Board Member, CLFP review instructor, numerous authored and co-authored published articles and conducting educational seminars. (781) 328-1010;

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

Michael J. Witt, experienced bank, finance, and leasing attorney, also conducts Portfolio Audits. Previously he was Managing Counsel, Wells Fargo & Co. (May, 2003 – September, 2008); Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Advanta Business Services (May, 1988 – June, 1997) Tel: (515) 223-2352 Cell: (515) 868-1067 

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

Frank Peretore
Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi
West Orange, New Jersey
Phone 973-530-2058
 Documentation, portfolio purchase & sale, replevin, workouts, litigation, collection, bankruptcy. Aggressive. Over 30 years experience.

Thousand Oaks, California: 
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Like a 1400 on your SAT won't get you into Harvard
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These days.

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This Day in American History


     1498 - Italian explorer Christopher Columbus sets foot on the South American mainland for the first time, at the Paria Peninsula in present-day Venezuela. Thinking it an island, he christened it Isla Santa and claimed it for Spain. He explored the Orinoco River of Venezuela and, given its scope, soon realized he had stumbled upon another continent. Columbus, a deeply religious man, decided after careful thought that Venezuela was the outer regions of the Garden of Eden. Returning to Hispaniola, he found that conditions on the island had deteriorated under the rule of his brothers, Diego and Bartholomew. Columbus' efforts to restore order were marked by brutality, and his rule came to be deeply resented by both the colonists and the native Taino chiefs. In 1500, Spanish chief justice Francisco de Bobadilla arrived at Hispaniola, sent by Isabella and Ferdinand to investigate complaints, and Columbus and his brothers were sent back to Spain in chains. He was immediately released upon his return, and Ferdinand and Isabella agreed to finance a fourth voyage, in which he was to search for the earthly paradise and the realms of gold said to lie nearby. He was also to continue looking for a passage to India. In May 1502, Columbus left Cýdiz on his fourth and final voyage to the New World. After returning to Hispaniola, against his patrons' wishes, he explored the coast of Central America looking for a strait and for gold. Attempting to return to Hispaniola, his ships, in poor condition, had to be beached on Jamaica. Columbus and his men were marooned, but two of his captains succeed in canoeing the 450 miles to Hispaniola. Columbus was a castaway on Jamaica for a year before a rescue ship arrived. In November 1504, Columbus returned to Spain. Queen Isabella, his chief patron, died less than three weeks later. Although Columbus enjoyed substantial revenue from Hispaniola gold during the last years of his life, he repeatedly attempted (unsuccessfully) to gain an audience with King Ferdinand, whom he felt owed him further redress. Columbus died in Valladolid on May 20, 1506, without realizing the great scope of his achievement: He had discovered for Europe the New World, whose riches over the next century would help make Spain the wealthiest and most powerful nation on earth.
    1610 - During Henry Hudson’s search for the Northwest Passage, he sailed into what is now known as Hudson Bay. On his fourth voyage to North America, Hudson worked his way around Greenland’s west coast and into the bay, mapping much of its eastern coast. His ship, Discovery, became trapped in the ice over the winter, and the crew survived onshore at the southern tip of James Bay. When the ice cleared in the spring, Hudson wanted to explore the rest of the area, but the crew mutinied on June 22, 1611. They left Hudson and others adrift in a small boat. No one knows the fate of Hudson or the crew members stranded with him, but historians see no evidence that they survived for long afterwards. 
    1619 - First blacks (20) land at Jamestown, Virginia.
    1754 - Pierre "Peter" Charles L'Enfant (d. 1825), the designer of the layout of Washington, DC, was born in Paris.  L'Enfant was recruited to join in the Revolutionary War and served as a military engineer in the Continental Army with Lafayette.  Despite his aristocratic origins, L'Enfant closely identified with the United States, changing his first name from Pierre to Peter.  L'Enfant served on General George Washington's staff at Valley Forge.   He was wounded at Savannah, recovered and became a prisoner of war.   Following the American Revolutionary War, L'Enfant established a successful and highly profitable civil engineering firm in New York City. He achieved some fame as an architect by redesigning the City Hall in New York for the First Congress of the US, better known as Federal Hall.  President Washington appointed L'Enfant in 1791 to plan the new "Federal City" under the supervision of three Commissioners, whom Washington had appointed to oversee the planning and development of the federal territory that would later become designated the District of Columbia. Included in the new district were the river port towns of Georgetown and Alexandria. 
    1764 - Birthday of Anne Willing Bingham (d. 1801), Philadelphia.  She conducted social salons for leaders of the newly born United States such as Jefferson, Washington, etc., and had a lot to say to them. She is one of the largely unrecognized cadre of early American women who along with Abigail Adams, Mercy Otis Warren, and others attempted to gain human rights for women from the framers of the U.S. Constitution. 
She reported was used as the model for “liberty” on US coins.
    1776 – This is the day of the signing of the American Declaration of Independence.  The statement adopted by the Second Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia on July 4, 1776 announced that the American colonies, then at war with the Kingdom of Great Britain, regarded themselves as thirteen newly independent sovereign states, and no longer under British rule. Instead they formed the new nation. After ratifying the text on July 4, Congress issued the Declaration of Independence in several forms. It was initially published, widely distributed and read to the public. The source copy used for this printing has been lost, and may have been a copy in Thomas Jefferson's hand.  Jefferson's original draft, complete with changes made by John Adams and Benjamin Franklin, and Jefferson's notes of changes made by Congress, are preserved at the Library of Congress. The best-known version of the Declaration, a signed copy that is popularly regarded as the official document, is displayed at the National Archives in Washington, DC.  This engrossed copy was ordered by Congress on July 19, and signed on August 2. 
    1776 - The first Jew to die in the American Revolution, Francis Salvador, was killed in a skirmish with the British loyalists. He was also the first Jew selected to office in colonial America. He was voted a member of the South Carolina Provincial Congress in January, 1775. He was known as the Southern Paul Revere for having warned of the approach of the British fleet at Charleston, SC. On August 1, 1776, while he was leading the militia under the command of Major Andrew Wilinson, his group was ambushed by Native Americans and loyalists near Esseneka (Seneca). Salvador was shot through the body and the left leg and was scalped by a group of Cherokees who sided with the British.
    1779 - Birthday of Francis Scott Key (and if you don’t know who he was, turn in your citizenship papers) at Frederick County, MD. American attorney, social worker, poet and author of the US national anthem. Key was on shipboard off Baltimore during the British bombardment of Fort McHenry on the nights of September 13-14, 1814. Thrilled to see the American flag still flying over the fort at daybreak, Key wrote the poem “The Star-Spangled Banner.” He died at Baltimore, MD, January 11, 1842.
    1790 - The first census revealed that there were 3,939,326 citizens in the 16 states and the Ohio Territory. Virginia, with 747,610, was the most populous state; Rhode Island, with 68,825, the least. New York City had a population of 33,131, Philadelphia had a population of 28,522, and Boston had a population of 18,320. The US has taken a census every 10 years since 1790. 
    1791 - Virginia planter Robert Carter III confounded his family and friends by filing a deed of emancipation for his 500 slaves. One of the wealthiest men in the state, Carter owned 60,000 acres over his plantations. The deed included the following words: “I have for some time past been convinced that to retain them in Slavery is contrary to the true principles of Religion and Justice and therefore it is my duty to manumit them.” The document established a schedule by which 15 slaves would be freed each Jan 1, over a 21-year period, plus slave children would be freed at age 18 for females and 21 for males. It is believed this was the largest act of emancipation in US history and predated the Emancipation Proclamation by 70 years.
    1794 - Whiskey Rebellion begins.  The so-called "whiskey tax" was the first tax imposed on a domestic product by the newly formed federal government. It became law in 1791, and was intended to generate revenue for the war debt incurred during the Revolutionary War. The tax applied to all distilled spirits, but American whiskey was by far the country's most popular distilled beverage in the 18th century, so the excise became widely known as a "whiskey tax."  Farmers resisted the tax. In these regions, whiskey often served as a medium of exchange. Many of the resisters were war veterans who believed that they were fighting for the principles of the Revolution, against taxation without representation, while the federal government maintained that the taxes were the legal expression of Congressional taxation powers.  Throughout western Pennsylvania, protesters used violence and intimidation to prevent federal officials from collecting the tax. Resistance came to a climax in July, 1794, when a US Marshal arrived in western Pennsylvania to serve writs to distillers who had not paid the excise. The alarm was raised, and more than 500 armed men attacked the fortified home of tax inspector Gen. John Neville. Washington responded by sending peace commissioners to western Pennsylvania to negotiate with the rebels, while at the same time calling on governors to send a militia force to enforce the tax. Washington himself rode at the head of an army to suppress the insurgency, with 13,000 militiamen provided by the governors of surrounding states. The rebels all went home before the arrival of the army, and there was no confrontation.
    1812 - A rare tornado hits Westchester County, NY.
    1818 - Birthday of Maria Mitchell (d. 1889), Nantucket, MA. An interest in her father’s hobby and an ability for mathematics resulted in Maria Mitchell’s becoming the first female professional astronomer. In 1847, while assisting her father in a survey of the sky for the US Coast Guard, Mitchell discovered a new comet and determined its orbit. She received many honors because of this, including being elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, its first woman. Mitchell joined the staff at Vassar Female College in 1865, the first US female profession of astronomy, and in 1873, was a cofounder of the Association for the Advancement of Women.
    1834 - Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi (d. 1904) was born in Colmar, France.  He is best known for designing Liberty Enlightening the World, commonly known as the Statue of Liberty, the gift from the French to the Americans in honor of the centennial of American independence.
    1838 - Abolition of slavery in Jamaica. Spanish settlers introduced the slave trade into Jamaica in 1509 and sugar cane in 1640. Slavery continued until this day when it was abolished by the British.
    1861 - For trivia fans, John Tyler of Virginia, President of the United States from 1841 to 1845, became a delegate to the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States. He was elected a member of the House of Representatives of the permanent Confederate Congress on November 7, 1861, but died on January 18, 1862, before taking his seat. He is the only former president to serve as an official of an “enemy government.”
    1861 - Congress passed the first income tax. The revenues were intended for the war effort against the South. The tax was never enacted.
    1873 - The first cable car ran at 5am on Clay Street Hill, San Francisco, CA, while the City slept. It was ready to run its trails, and pictures were taken on August 2. Revenue service did not take place until September 1. The ride cost five cents. This was the first cable car put into service anywhere in the world. It was invented by Andrew Smith Hallidie, who obtained a patent on January 17, 1871, on an “endless-wire rope way.” Today, only three lines of the original lines operate.
    1876 – President U. S. Grant signed Proclamation 230 admitting Colorado to the Union as the 38th state.  The Territory of Colorado was organized on February 28, 1861 when outgoing President Buchanan signed an Act of Congress.
    1876 - "Wild Bill" Hickok was shot and killed while playing poker at a saloon in Deadwood in present-day South Dakota.  The hand he supposedly held at the time of his death (including the ace of spades, the ace of clubs, the eight of spades and the eight of clubs) has become known as the “Dead Man’s Hand.” 
    1892 - Jack Leonard "J. L." Warner (d. 1978) was born Jacob Warner in London, Ontario.  He was an American film executive who was the president and driving force behind the Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, CA. Warner's career spanned some forty-five years, its duration surpassing that of any other of the seminal Hollywood studio moguls.
    1903 – Birthday of Calamity Jane, born Martha Jane Cannary Burk (d. 1903), Princeton, Missouri. Between legend and the usual misrepresentations, the true life of this frontier woman is shrouded. She usually dressed as a man, yet historians claim she was a prostitute. She claimed to have scouted for the army, including for Gen. George Custer while others say that was impossible. She was part of a geological expedition to the Black Hills and stayed after gold was discovered. History says she also was a "companion" of Wild Bill Hickok who died 27 years and one days before she did, and is buried next to him, not his wife. She lived her last years in poverty. How she earned her living appears to be a mystery as many historians claim that she was not a stage driver, a scout, nor anything else like that. She was in El Paso for a time where she married a Clinton Burke who soon deserted her. She was believed to have been a mail carrier in Deadwood, but her exact ways of earning a living are just not known. In reality, most of what we think we know of Calamity Jane is the product of dime novels of the era that portrayed her as beautiful and daring as well as Hollywood movies.

    1907 – The Major League debut of Walter Johnson saw the Senators’ rookie lose to the Detroit Tigers, 3-2.  The first hit he surrendered was a bunt single to Ty Cobb.
    1916 - Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Established. Area of Hawaii Island, including active volcanoes Kilauea and Manua Loa, were established as Hawaii National Park in 1916.
    1921 - With the jurors lifting them onto their shoulders, the eight White Sox players accused of throwing the 1919 World Series were acquitted by the jury. The next day, Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis said the overwhelming evidence clearly shows the Black Sox fixed the games with gamblers and all involved will be banned from playing professional baseball again.
    1923 – Upon the death of President Warren G. Harding, Vice-President Calvin Coolidge took office as the 30th President.  Doctors found that not only was Harding's heart causing problems, but he also had pneumonia, a serious matter in the days before effective antibiotics. When treated with caffeine and digitalis, Harding seemed to improve. By the afternoon of August 2, 1923, doctors allowed Harding to sit up in bed, at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.  That evening, about 7:30 pm, twisted convulsively and collapsed, and she raced to get the doctors. They attempted stimulants, but were unable to revive him, and President Harding died of a heart attack at the age of 57. 
    1924 – James Baldwin (d. 1987) novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic, was born in NYC.  His essays, as collected in “Notes of a Native Son” (1955), explored palpable yet unspoken intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in Western societies, most notably in mid-20th-century America.  It was on the required summer reading list for incoming freshman in the Cornell Class of 1968.
    1924 – “Ahhchie.”  John Carroll O'Connor (d. 2001) was born in Manhattan.  He found everlasting fame as the bigoted working man Archie Bunker, the main character in the 1970s CBS television sitcom “All in the Family” (1971-79).  The show broke ground in its depiction of issues previously considered unsuitable for a U.S. network television comedy, such as racism, homosexuality, women's liberation, rape, religion, miscarriage, abortion, breast cancer, the Vietnam War, menopause, and impotence. Through depicting these controversial issues, the series became arguably one of television's most influential comedic programs, as it injected the sitcom format with more dramatic moments and realistic, topical conflicts.  The show is often regarded in the United States as one of the greatest television series of all time.   O'Connor later starred in the sequel, “Archie Bunker’s Place” (1979-83), and in the NBC/CBS television crime drama “In the Heat of the Night” from 1988-95, where he played the role of southern Police Chief William (Bill) Gillespie. In 1996, O'Connor was ranked number 38 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time. 
    1932 – Lamar Hunt (d. 2006) was born in El Dorado, AR.  He was the principal founder of the American Football League (AFL) and Major League Soccer (MLS), as well as MLS's predecessor, the North American Soccer League (NASL), and co-founder of World Championship Tennis. He was also the founder and owner of the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL, the Kansas City Wizards of MLS, and at his death, owned two MLS teams. In Kansas City, Hunt also helped establish the two theme parks. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972; into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1982; and into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1993.  He is credited with coining the term “Super Bowl” to describe what was originally known as the AFL-NFL Championship Game.
    1933 - California introduces sales tax due to the devastating depression.
    1937 - The Marihuana Act of 1937 was passed by Congress, rendering marijuana and all its by-products illegal. This act was overturned in 1969 in Leary v. United States and was repealed by Congress the next year.
    1939 - Glenn Miller Band records “In the Mood,” (Bluebird 10415). Non-royalty contract gives him only $175.  It topped the charts for 13 straight weeks in 1940 in the U.S. and, one year later, was featured in the movie “Sun Valley Serenade.”  The first recording of "In the Mood" was released by Edgar Hayes and his Orchestra in 1938.  In 1983, the Glenn Miller recording from 1939 was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.  In 1999, NPR included the 1939 Glenn Miller recording on RCA Bluebird on the NPR 100, the list of "The 100 most important American musical works of the 20th century.  In 2004, the 1939 Glenn Miller recording on RCA Victor was inducted into the Library of Congress National Recording Registry which consists of recordings that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
    1939 – Albert Einstein and Leo Szilard wrote to President Roosevelt, urging him to begin the Manhattan Project to develop a nuclear weapon while warning of the potential development of "extremely powerful bombs of a new type." It urged the United States to take steps to acquire stockpiles of uranium ore and accelerate the research of Enrico Fermi and others into nuclear chain reactions. Roosevelt called on Lyman Briggs of the National Bureau of Standards to head the Advisory Committee on Uranium to investigate the issues raised by the letter. Briggs held a meeting on 21 October 1939, which was attended by Szilárd, Eugene Wigner and Edward Teller. The committee reported back to Roosevelt in November that uranium "would provide a possible source of bombs with a destructiveness vastly greater than anything now known."
    1941 - Willys introduces the “jeep.” General Dwight D. Eisenhower said that America could not have won World War II without it.  In 1908, John Willys bought the Overland Automotive Division of Standard Wheel Company and, in 1912, renamed it Willys-Overland Motor Company. From 1912 to 1918, Willys was the second-largest producer of automobiles in the United States after Ford.  Willys-Overland was one of several bidders when the War Department sought an automaker that could begin rapid production of a lightweight truck based on a design by American Bantam.  Production of the Willys MB, better known as Jeep, began in 1941, shared between Willys, Ford, and American Bantam. 8,598 units were produced that year and 359,851 units before the end of World War II. Willys-Overland ranked 48th among United States corporations in the value of World War II military production contracts.  In total, 653,568 military Jeeps were manufactured.  The origin of the name "Jeep" has been debated for many years. Some people believe "Jeep" is a phonetic pronunciation of the abbreviation GP, from "General Purpose", that was used as part of the official Army nomenclature. The first documented use of the word "Jeep" was the name of a character Eugene the Jeep in the Popeye comic strip, known for his supernatural abilities (e.g. walking through walls). It was also the name of a small tractor supplied to the U.S. Army by Minneapolis-Moline in 1937.  Whatever the source, the name stuck and on February 13, 1943, Willys-Overland filed a trademark application on the use of the term "Jeep" with the U.S Patent Office.  After several denials by the patent office and appeals by Willys-Overland, the trademark "Jeep" was finally awarded to the company on June 13, 1950.
    1941 - Birthday of Ronald H. Brown (d. 1996), born Washington, DC., grew up in Harlem and studied at Middlebury College in Vermont. After graduating from St. John’s University law school, Brown served as chief counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee. He went on to become the first African-American partner at the law firm of Patton Boggs & Blow, the first African-American leader of the Democratic National Committee and later served as the US Secretary of Commerce during the Clinton administration. Brown died in a plane crash at Dubrovnik, Croatia, while on government business. Some say the death was not an accident.
    1941 - Yankee Lefty Gomez breaks the Major League mark for walks in a shutout by issuing 11 walks in a 9-0 victory over the Browns.
    1942 - Birthday of Jerry Garcia (d. 1995), lead guitarist and driving force behind the Grateful Dead, born in San Francisco. The Dead were the only psychedelic band of the 1960's to survive into the '90s. They had been better known for their 4 - 5 hour concerts than for their recordings, until 1987's "In the Dark." It was the Grateful Dead's biggest seller, and a single from it, "Touch of Grey," became their first top-ten hit. Garcia died of a heart attack on August 9th, 1995, at a residential treatment center in Forest Knolls, California. He had reportedly gone there to battle his heroin addiction.
    1942 - The American Federation of Musicians went on strike. Union president James C. Petrillo told musicians that phonograph records were 'a threat to members' jobs.' As a result, musicians refused to perform in recording sessions over the next several months, although live, musical radio broadcasts did continue. 
    1943 - BAKER, ADDISON E., (Air Mission) Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Air Corps, 93d Heavy Bombardment Group. Place and date: Ploesti Raid, Rumania, 1 August 1943. Entered service at: Akron, Ohio. Born: 1 January 1907, Chicago, Ill. G.O. No.: 20, 11 March 1944. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy on 1 August 1943. On this date he led his command, the 93d Heavy Bombardment Group, on a daring low-level attack against enemy oil refineries and installations at Ploesti, Rumania. Approaching the target, his aircraft was hit by a large caliber antiaircraft shell, seriously damaged and set on fire. Ignoring the fact he was flying over terrain suitable for safe landing, he refused to jeopardize the mission by breaking up the lead formation and continued unswervingly to lead his group to the target upon which he dropped his bombs with devastating effect. Only then did he leave formation, but his valiant attempts to gain sufficient altitude for the crew to escape by parachute were unavailing and his aircraft crashed in flames after his successful efforts to avoid other planes in formation. By extraordinary flying skill, gallant leadership and intrepidity, Lt. Col. Baker rendered outstanding, distinguished, and valorous service to our Nation
    1943 - HUGHES, LLOYD H., (Air Mission) Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Corps, 564th Bomber Squadron, 389th Bomber Group, 9th Air Force. Place and date: Ploesti Raid, Rumania, 1 August 1943. Entered service at: San Antonio, Tex. Born: 12 July 1921, Alexandria, La. G.O. No.: 17, 26 February 1944. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry in action and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. On August 1943, 2d Lt. Hughes served in the capacity of pilot of a heavy bombardment aircraft participating in a long and hazardous minimum-altitude attack against the Axis oil refineries of Ploesti, Rumania, launched from the northern shores of Africa. Flying in the last formation to attack the target, he arrived in the target area after previous flights had thoroughly alerted the enemy defenses. Approaching the target through intense and accurate antiaircraft fire and dense balloon barrages at dangerously low altitude, his plane received several direct hits from both large and small caliber antiaircraft guns which seriously damaged his aircraft, causing sheets of escaping gasoline to stream from the bomb bay and from the left wing. This damage was inflicted at a time prior to reaching the target when 2d Lt. Hughes could have made a forced landing in any of the grain fields readily available at that time. The target area was blazing with burning oil tanks and damaged refinery installations from which flames leaped high above the bombing level of the formation. With full knowledge of the consequences of entering this blazing inferno when his airplane was profusely leaking gasoline in two separate locations, 2d Lt. Hughes, motivated only by his high conception of duty which called for the destruction of his assigned target at any cost, did not elect to make a forced landing or turn back from the attack. Instead, rather than jeopardize the formation and the success of the attack, he unhesitatingly entered the blazing area and dropped his bomb load with great precision. After successfully bombing the objective, his aircraft emerged from the conflagration with the left wing aflame. Only then did he attempt a forced landing, but because of the advanced stage of the fire enveloping his aircraft the plane crashed and was consumed. By 2d Lt. Hughes' heroic decision to complete his mission regardless of the consequences in utter disregard of his own life, and by his gallant and valorous execution of this decision, he has rendered a service to our country in the defeat of our enemies which will everlastingly be outstanding in the annals of our Nation's history.
    1943 - JERSTAD, JOHN L, (Air Mission) Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Major, U.S. Army Air Corps, 9th Air Force. Place and date: Ploesti Raid, Rumania, 1 August 1943. Entered service at: Racine, Wis. Born: 12 February 1918, Racine, Wis. G.O. No.: 72, 28 October 1943. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty. On 1 August 1943, he served as pilot of the lead aircraft in his group in a daring low-level attack against enemy oil refineries and installations at Ploesti, Rumania. Although he had completed more than his share of missions and was no longer connected with this group, so high was his conception of duty that he volunteered to lead the formation in the correct belief that his participation would contribute materially to success in this attack. Maj. Jerstad led the formation into attack with full realization of the extreme hazards involved and despite withering fire from heavy and light antiaircraft guns. Three miles from the target his airplane was hit, badly damaged, and set on fire. Ignoring the fact that he was flying over a field suitable for a forced landing, he kept on the course. After the bombs of his aircraft were released on the target, the fire in his ship became so intense as to make further progress impossible and he crashed into the target area. By his voluntary acceptance of a mission he knew was extremely hazardous, and his assumption of an intrepid course of action at the risk of life over and above the call of duty, Maj. Jerstad set an example of heroism which will be an inspiration to the U.S. Armed Forces.
    1943 - JOHNSON, LEON W., (Air Mission) Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Colonel, U.S. Army Air Corps, 44th Bomber Group, 9th Air Force. Place and date: Ploesti Raid, Rumania, 1 August 1943. Entered service at: Moline, Kans. Born: 13 September 1904, Columbia, Mo. G.O. No.: 54, 7 September 1943. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry in action and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 1 August 1943. Col. Johnson, as commanding officer of a heavy bombardment group, let the formation of the aircraft of his organization constituting the fourth element of the mass low-level bombing attack of the 9th U.S. Air Force against the vitally important enemy target of the Ploesti oil refineries. While proceeding to the target on this 2,400-mile flight, his element became separated from the leading elements of the mass formation in maintaining the formation of the unit while avoiding dangerous cumulous cloud conditions encountered over mountainous territory. Though temporarily lost, he reestablished contact with the third element and continued on the mission with this reduced force to the prearranged point of attack, where it was discovered that the target assigned to Col. Johnson's group had been attacked and damaged by a preceding element. Though having lost the element of surprise upon which the safety and success of such a daring form of mission in heavy bombardment aircraft so strongly depended, Col. Johnson elected to carry out his planned low-level attack despite the thoroughly alerted defenses, the destructive antiaircraft fire, enemy fighter airplanes, the imminent danger of exploding delayed action bombs from the previous element, of oil fires and explosions, and of intense smoke obscuring the target. By his gallant courage, brilliant leadership, and superior flying skill, Col. Johnson so led his formation as to destroy totally the important refining plants and installations which were the object of his mission. Col. Johnson's personal contribution to the success of this historic raid, and the conspicuous gallantry in action, and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty demonstrated by him on this occasion constitute such deeds of valor and distinguished service as have during our Nation's history formed the finest traditions of our Armed Forces.
    1943 - KANE, JOHN R., (Air Mission) Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Colonel, U.S. Army Air Corps, 9th Air Force. Place and date: Ploetsi Raid, Rumania, 1 August 1943. Entered service at: Shreveport, La. Birth: McGregor, Tex. G.O. No.: 54, 9 August 1943. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry in action and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 1 August 1943. On this date he led the third element of heavy bombardment aircraft in a mass low-level bombing attack against the vitally important enemy target of the Ploesti oil refineries. En route to the target, which necessitated a round-trip flight of over 2,400 miles, Col. Kane's element became separated from the leading portion of the massed formation in avoiding dense and dangerous cumulous cloud conditions over mountainous terrain. Rather than turn back from such a vital mission he elected to proceed to his target. Upon arrival at the target area it was discovered that another group had apparently missed its target and had previously attacked ??and damaged the target assigned to Col. Kane's element. Despite the thoroughly warned defenses, the intensive antiaircraft fire, enemy fighter airplanes, extreme hazards on a low-level attack of exploding delayed action bombs from the previous element, of oil fires and explosions and dense smoke over the target area, Col. Kane elected to lead his formation into the attack. By his gallant courage, brilliant leadership, and superior flying skill, he and the formation under his command successfully attacked this vast refinery so essential to our enemies' war effort. Through his conspicuous gallantry in this most hazardous action against the enemy, and by his intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, Col. Kane personally contributed vitally to the success of this daring mission and thereby rendered most distinguished service in the furtherance of the defeat of our enemies.
    1943 – PT109 was rammed by a Japanese destroyer and sunk. Lt. John F. Kennedy saved all but two of his crew.
    1944 - Warsaw Uprising. Having received radio reports from Moscow promising aid from the red Army, the Polish Home army rose up against the Nazi oppressors. At 5pm, thousands of windows were thrown open and Polish patriots, 40,000 strong, began shooting at German soldiers in the streets. The Germans responded by throwing eight divisions into the battle. Despite appeals from the London-based Polish government-in exile, no assistance was forthcoming from the Allies, and after two months of horrific fighting, the rebellion was quashed. 
    1944 - Anne Frank makes the last entry into her diary. To escape deportation to concentration camps, the Jewish family of Otto Frank hid for two years in the warehouse of his food products business at Amsterdam. Gentile friends smuggled in food and other supplies during their confinement. Thirteen-year-old Anne Frank, who kept a journal during the time of their hiding, penned her last entry in the diary Aug 1, 1944: ‘[I] keep on trying to find a way of becoming what I would like to be, and what I could be, if . . . there weren’t any other people living in the world.” Three days later (Aug 4, 1944) Grune Polizel raided the ‘Secret Annex” where the Frank family was hidden. Anne and her sister were sent to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp where Anne died at age 15, two months before the liberation of Holland. Young Anne’s diary, later found in the family’s hiding place, has been translated into 30 languages and has become a symbol of the indomitable strength of the human spirit.
    1944 - Top Hits
“Amor” - Bing Crosby
“I’ll Be Seeing You” - Bing Crosby
“Long Ago and Far Away” - Helen Forrest & Dick Haymes
“Is You is or is You Ain’t” (“Ma’ Baby”) - Louis Jordan
    1951 - Neal Hefti Band records his “Coral Reef.” Great trumpet player, greater arranger for Basie, Sinatra, and many others.,+Neal
    1952 - Top Hits
“I’m Yours” - Don Cornell
“Delicado” - Percy Faith
“Auf Wiedersehn, Sweetheart” - Vera Lynn
“Are You Teasing Me” - Carl Smith
    1953 - Birthday of guitarist Robert Cray, Columbus, GA
    1954 - A concert promoted by Alan Freed features Fats Domino, Muddy Waters, The Clovers, The Orioles and others at the Moondog Jubilee of Stars Under the Stars at Ebbetts Field in Brooklyn, New York.
    1956 - RCA released two of Elvis Presley's hit singles: "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Love Me Tender." 
    1957 - Dodger first baseman Gil Hodges hits his 13th career grand slam and the last grand slam in Brooklyn Dodger history. The bases-loaded shot establishes a new National League record.
    1959 - After nine weeks as the best-selling song in America, Johnny Horton's "The Battle of New Orleans" is pushed out of the number one spot by Paul Anka's "Lonely Boy."     1960 - Chubby Checker's recording of "The Twist" was released by Cameo-Parkway Records. Checker wasn't the originator of the song that spawned the '60s greatest dance craze. That honor belonged to Hank Ballard, who wrote and recorded the tune as the "B" side of his 1958 hit "Teardrops on My Letter." But it was Chubby Checker who rode "The Twist" to stardom. His recording went to number one on the Billboard pop chart twice - in 1960 and again in 1962.
    1960 - 18-year-old singer Aretha Franklin made her first secular recordings for producer John Hammond at Columbia Records. She had recorded some gospel songs at her father's church in Detroit four years earlier.
    1960 - Top Hits
“I’m Sorry” - Brenda Lee
“Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini” - Brian Hyland
“It’s Now or Never” - Elvis Presley
“Please Help Me, I’m Falling” - Hank Locklin
    1962 - Robert Zimmerman legally changed his name to Bob Dylan.
    1963 - Arthur Ashe, first Black male to win Wimbledon, becomes first Black person named to the US Davis Cup team.
    1964 - The title track from The Beatles' movie "A Hard Day's Night" topped the record charts on both sides of the Atlantic. The film was originally titled "Beatlemania" until producers heard an offhanded comment by Ringo Starr as he flopped into a canvas chair and said "It's been a hard day's night, that was."
        1964 – North Vietnamese gunboats in the Gulf of Tonkin allegedly fired on the U.S. destroyer USS Maddox.  The outcome of the incident was the passage by Congress of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which granted President Lyndon Johnson the authority to assist any Southeast Asian country whose government was considered to be jeopardized by "communist aggression." The resolution served as Johnson's legal justification for deploying U.S. conventional forces and the commencement of open warfare against North Vietnam. 
    1968 - Top Hits
“Grazing in the Grass” - Hugh Masekela
“Stoned Soul Picnic” - The 5th Dimension
“Hurdy Gurdy Man” - Donovan
“Folsom Prison Blues” – Johnny
    1969 - The U.S. command in Saigon announces that 27 American aircraft were lost in the previous week, bringing the total losses of aircraft in the conflict to date to 5,690.
    1970 - Chicago's "25 or 6 to 4" enters the Billboard Hot 100 where it will climb to #4. Many fans are confused about the song's meaning until it is explained that the tune was being written at 25 or 6 to four in the morning. 
    1971 - Two Concerts for Bangladesh, organized by George Harrison, were held at Madison Square Garden in New York. Among the other performers were Bob Dylan, Ravi Shankar, Leon Russell and Ringo Starr. A three-record set, which won a Grammy Award, and a documentary film were made of the event. The concerts, album and film raised nearly $11 million US for the impoverished people of the newly-independent nation of Bangladesh, formerly East Pakistan. But much of the money was impounded by the US Internal Revenue Service during a nine-year audit of the Beatles' Apple Corps Limited. $2 million was sent to UNICEF before the audit began, but it wasn't until 1981 that a check for the remainder was issued.
    1972 - Chicago's “Chicago V” LP is certified gold
    1973 - The first big oldies revival kicks off in earnest as George Lucas' new film, “American Graffiti,” premieres in Los Angeles. Portraying a night in the life of several California teenagers in 1962, it made stars out of Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Phillips and more, and also inspired the ABC-TV smash “Happy Days.”
    1976 - Top Hits
“Kiss and Say Goodbye” - Manhattans
“Love is Alive” - Gary Wright
“Moonlight Feels Right” - Starbuck
“Teddy Bear” - Red Sovine
    1977 - Willie McCovey of the San Francisco Giants hit the 18th and last grand slam of his career. His total still stands as the National League record. Alex Rodriguez holds the Major League record with 25.
    1977 - "Elvis - What Happened," an expose by two of Presley's former bodyguards, was published. It sat in bookstores almost unnoticed until Presley's death two weeks later. Then it sold more than three-million copies. For several years, it was unavailable at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, nor other online used book stores.
    1979 - Following her graduation from rabbinical college in Philadelphia, Linda Joy Holtzman was appointed spiritual leader of the Conservative Beth Israel congregation in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, making her the first female rabbi to head a Jewish congregation in America.
    1979 – Yankees C Thurman Munson, at the height of his career, crashed at Canton, OH practicing take offs and landings in his private plane, and perished.
    1981 - The all music-video channel, MTV, debuted. VHq, another music channel owned by MTV Networks that is aimed at older pop music fans, premiered in 1985.
    1982 - Greg Louganis, US becomes first diver to score 700 (752.67) in 11 dives.
    1982 - Hank Aaron, the holder of the career home run record (755) and RBI record (2,297); Frank Robinson, the first player to win the MVP in both leagues and the first black manager in the Majors; Travis Jackson, an outstanding offensive and defensive shortstop for the Giants during 1920's, and former commissioner Happy Chandler, who provided leadership in breaking baseball's color line, are inducted in the Hall of Fame.
    1983 - U.S. House of Representatives approved a law that designated the third Monday of January would be a federal holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The law was signed by President Reagan on November 2.
    1984 - Top Hits
“When Doves Cry” - Prince
“Ghostbusters” - Ray Parker Jr.
“State of Shock” - Jacksons
“Angel in Disguise” - Earl Thomas Conley
    1986 - A powerful thunderstorm produced 100 mph winds and large hail in eastern Kansas and southwestern Missouri causing 71 million dollars damage, and injuring nineteen persons. It was one of the worst thunderstorms of record for Kansas. Crops were mowed to the ground in places and roofs blown off buildings along its path, 150 miles long and 30 miles wide, from near Abilene to southeast of Pittsburg.
    1987 - Record heat gripped parts of the Midwest. A dozen cities reported record high temperatures for the date, including Lincoln, NE, with a reading of 105 degrees, Moline, IL, with an afternoon high of 103 degrees, and Burlington, IA, with a reading of 102 degrees. 
    1989 - Hurricane Chantal made landfall along the Upper Texas coast about sunrise. Chantal deluged parts of Galveston Island and southeastern Texas with 8 to 12 inches of rain. Unofficial totals ranged up to twenty inches. Winds gusted to 82 mph at Galveston, and reached 76 mph in the Houston area. Tides were 5 to 7 feet high. The hurricane claimed two lives, and caused 100 million dollars damage.
    1989 - Gwendolyn King, became the first American of African descent to head the Social Security Commission.
    1998 - Using the old Negro League teams represented in their respective cities, the Cardinals-Braves game Saturday featured throwback uniforms of the 1928 St. Louis Stars and the 1940 Atlanta Black Crackers.
    1990 - The creation of what would become the world Wide Web was suggested this month in 1990 by Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Caliiau at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics at Switzerland. By October, they had designed a prototype Web browser. They also introduced HTML (Hypertex Markup Language) and the URL (Universal Resource Locator). Mosaic, the first graphical Web browser, was designed by Marc Andreessen and released in 1993.  Andreessen was one of the founders of Netscape.  
    1990 - IBM sold off its typewriter and keyboard businesses on this day in 1990. The move signaled IBM's increasing focus on the personal computer market. IBM also discontinued production of several of its PS/2 systems due to poor sales.
    1990 - Ashton Tate released a new version of its software package, dBase IV. Ashton Tate had dominated the database market in the 1980s but began to slide in the 1990s. At the height of the company's success in the mid-1980s, founder George Tate died of a heart attack at his desk.
    1993 - African-American Ronald H Brown, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, appointed head of the Department of Commerce by President-elect Bill Clinton.
    1994 - Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley confirmed that they had been married by a judge in the Dominican Republic on May 26th. Publicists for the bride and groom had been denying the marriage took place since word of it leaked out on July 10th. 
    1995 - Selling 331,000 copies, Selena's “Dreaming of You,'' her first English album, debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard chart. The slain Tejano singer becomes the first Latin artist ever to debut at No. 1.
    1995 - Peggy Lee gave her final major public performance, at the Hollywood Bowl.
    1996 - Olympic wrap-up: Michael Johnson left his fellow runners in the dust to win gold in the 200 meters in a record 19.32 seconds. He was the first male Olympian to complete the 200/400-meter Olympic double. And French sprinter Marie-Jose Perec became only the second woman in history to win a gold medal in both the 200-meter and the 400-meter runs at the same Olympics. Perec joined American Valerie Brisco-Hooks, who won both the 200 and 400 races in 1984 in Los Angeles. The U.S. women’s soccer team claimed the gold medal and capped the first women’s soccer competition at the Olympics, beating China 2-1. And last, but certainly not least, Dan O’Brien won the gold in the decathlon, four years after failing to make the U.S. Olympic team. 
    2001 - For the 33rd time in the team's history, the Tigers turn a triple play as Mariner Mark McLemore lines out to second baseman Damion Easley, who throws to shortstop Deivi Cruz to double up Tom Lampkin. Cruz then relays the ball to first baseman Shane Halter catching Ichiro Suzuki off first to complete Detroit's first triple killing since July 3, 1992, when the victim was also Seattle.
    2007 - Mattel recalled nearly a million Chinese-made toys from its Fisher-Price division that were found to have excessive amounts of lead.
    2010 - The U.S. Government estimated the Deepwater Horizon oil spill dumped nearly 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
    2013 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration identified cyclospora in salads made by Taylor Farms; the parasite caused illness in over 223 diners in Nebraska and Iowa.



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