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DocuSign is now the electronic signature of choice
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New Hires---Promotions in the Leasing Business
  and Related Industries
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Don’t Make These 5 Mistakes B2B Website Content
   FinTech #102 by Alex Vasilakos
Confidence Higher in August for Leasing and Finance
   Reports Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation
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In the Shadow of Women/The Breaking Point
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DocuSign is now the electronic signature of choice
for the federal government
By Becky Peterson, Business Insider

The U.S. government may finally embrace digital signatures, now that DocuSign is officially listed as a certified federal technology provider.

The electronic contract company announced Tuesday that it is officially certified by the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) — making it the first and only digital signature company approved for use across the country.

The first federal agency to hop on the DocuSign bandwagon is the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which will use it internally for procurement and human resources.

Barton Phillips
VP, Public Sector

“For months now the FCC has shown a keen interest in bringing the benefits of eSignatures to bear on its procurement and HR processes — so that’s where we’re starting to help the agency’s digital transformation,” Barton Phillips, the VP of public sector at DocuSign, said in a statement. “Once we’ve shown the value there, we hope to help the FCC across a multitude of other use cases, and to expand and meet the needs of many other Federal agencies.”

DocuSign already works with local government agencies — California alone uses it on a state level and in almost 400 cities — but FedRAMP authorization means it will be a lot easier for federal agencies to embrace electronic contracts for doing official business.

It could even change the Department of Motor Vehicles as we know it. While the DMV hasn't signed on to DocuSign yet, a representative for DocuSign said that he foresees it being used for titling and registration, as well as the general streamlining of interactions between the department and citizens.

FedRAMP is a government-wide service which vets technology providers for security and risk. It makes it so individual agencies don't have to do their own security checks on a case-by-case basis.

Many of the most ubiquitous enterprise technology companies have at least some of their products FedRAMP certified, including cloud services from Amazon Web Services and Microsoft's Office 365.




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


Ryan Berlage was hired as SVP/Credit Manager, Wintrust Commercial Finance, Rosemont, Illinois. He is located in Frisco, Texas.  Previously, he was Vice President/Senior Credit Analyst, Nations Equipment Finance, LLC (November, 2010 - June, 2015); Senior Risk Analyst, GE Capital (March, 1999 - November, 2010).  Education: University of Nebraska at Kearney. Bachelors, Business Administration-Finance Emphasis (2004 - 2008).

Bruce Grybas was promoted to WNB Specialty Finance, Southeast Michigan, a division of Woodforest National Bank, Woodlands, Texas. He is based in the Greater Chicago Area.  He joined the firm December, 2016, previously serving as Vice President, New Business Development. Previously, he was Vice President, First Merit Bank (August, 2011 - September, 2016); Region Sales Manager, MTC, Inc. (October, 2010 - September, 2011); Sr. regional Vice President, Sales, Somerset Capital Group, Ltd. (September, 2009 - October, 2010); Vice President, New business Development, AIG Commercial Equipment Finance (January, 2007 - October, 2009); Regional Vice President, TIP Electronics (2004 -2007); VP, Sales Manager, Comdisco (1994 - 2003); Regional Vice President, GE Capital Associates International, Inc. (1992 - 1994); Regional Sales Manager, GE Capital (1990 - 1992); AVP, Sales Manager, Equitable Life Leasing Corporation (Acquired by GECC in 1990) (1981 - 1990). Volunteer, Willowcreek Community Church (January, 2008). Education: Northeaster Illinois University, Marketing/Marketing Management, General, 4.7 GPA.  Activities and Societies: Tennis Club, Tutored Calculus & Algebra. University of Illinois at Chicago, Accounting and Finance, 4.4 GPA. Activities and Societies: Dean's List. Chess Club.

Michael Marrache was promoted to Chief Executive Officer, BFS Capital, joining the Board of Directors. He joined the firm October, 2013, as Chief Operation Officer; promoted, October, 2016, as President; promoted August, 2017, CEO.  Previously, he was President, Riverdrive Consulting, LLC (2012 - Present); Senior Vice President, CGS (August, 2010 - 2012); Vice President/General Manager, SUSA (2002 - July, 2010); Vice President/General Manager, Kenco Systems (1995 - 2001). He began his career as Director, US National Accounts, Dell, 1989; promoted 1994 as President, Dell France.

Mike Niermann was hired as Vice President, Regional Account Manager, at WNB Specialty Finance, Southeast Michigan, a division of Woodforest National Bank, Woodlands, Texas.  He previously was Vice President, Equipment Finance, Bancorp South (January, 2015 - July, 2017); Vice President, Commercial Bank, Regions Bank (March, 2008 - October, 2012); Branch Manager, Wells Fargo Financial (2003 - 2008).  Education: McKendree College, Economics & Finance (2000 - 2004). Chest High School.

Julie Ruehl was hired as Chief Financial Officer, FLY Leasing, Dún Laoghaire. Republic of Ireland.  She is located in San Francisco, California.  Previously, she was Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer, Big Heart Pet Brands (formally Del Monte Foods) (November, 2011 - December, 2015); Vice President, External Reporting, Del Monte Foods (June, 2006 - October, 2011); Director of External Reporting, Sanimina, SCI (September, 2002 - May, 2005); Audit Partner, Arthur Andersen (September, 2000 - September, 2002). Education: Louisiana State University, Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Accounting, Cum Laude. Activities and Societies: Delta Gamma.



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Don’t Make These 5 Mistakes B2B Website Content
FinTech #102 by Alex Vasilakos


Content drives most websites today. It’s important to have relevant information about your product or service on your website, because it provides value to your customer. Although B2B marketing is a little different than B2C, content is still king on B2B websites. Your customers are checking out your competitor’s websites. Your business has to stand out. It not only needs a good design, it also needs to engage the client to get them to complete the sale.

Many businesses don’t think their website through. Content is just pushed without a thought for prospective customers. This happens for many reasons, but most likely, it’s due to businesses who know their product inside and out don’t know how to present their service through their website. Here are some of the mistakes we see businesses make when presenting their product or service via their website.

1- Not being clear in what you do

Sometimes, websites have the coolest graphics and visuals, without ever explaining what the business is selling. Chances are your business doesn’t have the branding that Amazon does. You cannot afford to be vague about your products, services and solutions. When your customers cannot see what you have to offer within the first minute of visiting your website, you’ve lost that customer to your competition. It’s important to be unique, but make sure you are being clear in what you have to offer and what makes you different.

When you’re being clear with your message, you are finding a solution for your customers. Don’t think about your product, but about what you can do to solve your client’s needs. People do not care about your product or service unless it solves their problem. Make your headlines about the customer, not your product.

2- Too much business-speak

If a business person has to re-read your content to make sense of it, your website is not readable. Corporate jargon may sound fancy and sophisticated, but simplified concise, content always trumps complex and overused verbiage. You have about 10 seconds to grab the attention of a website visitor. Put your most important information front and center and make it completely comprehensible.

3- You offer too much information

When you know your product with authority, the temptation is to overshare. No customer wants to wade through every detail about your product or service just to make a purchase or learn what you have to offer. Instead of creating short-story length posts, break up the information. Allow your visitor the opportunity to click on what’s interesting to them. You want users to contact your sales team or to click through the sales page. Write for your audience, who don’t need to be inundated with TMI.

When it comes to websites, sometimes less is more. You don’t want distractions that take your customers away from their task. Remember, the goal is to convert sales, not to lose the customer in the lists of information. You can include those interesting videos and infographics, just make sure you aren’t overwhelming the customer.

4- Not having a plan

You would never build a house without laying the foundation and then building the walls. And yet, many businesses just decide to throw up a website without ever considering the specifics of what needs to be included. By starting with a high level, you will save time and energy in the long run. Your website should make sense to visitors and be laid out in a way that presents your business professionally. Your customers need to be able to find the information they need quickly. When you don’t have a plan for your website, it will appear muddled and confusing.

5- Too many people having a say

You know the old saying, “too many cooks spoil the broth,” and just like having a plan is bad for your site, when you get too many people have power over the content, it can also end up making thing muddled. One person should take the lead and have final say. You can certainly ask stakeholders for input throughout the process, but you should have one main person managing the ideas, branding and messaging.

When you’re setting up your website, there are a lot of elements to consider. You do have to make sure that your site is accessible across many platforms. It should look great. The text should be legible against the background. But the most important thing is to make sure that customers can find what they need and that they can find it quickly. Because if your site doesn’t do that, you’ve lost that sale. Most likely, you’ve lost that customer.

One final thought, always include a call to action. What do you want the customer to do? If you’re interested in building a top-notch B2B website that gets the sales, contact us today. We have years of experience in design and marketing. Give us a chance to update your site to make it a valuable asset for your business.

Alex Vasilakos
Director of Marketing
The Finance Marketing Group
Office: 518-591-4645x102 / Fax: 518-677-1071
90 State Street, Suite 1500, Albany, NY 12207

Currently, Alex works exclusively with financial services companies but his depth of knowledge and experience can help design and implement long-reaching strategies for businesses across all industries.

Alex entered advertising and marketing in 2003 as the industry landscape shifted from traditional print to digital media. In that time, he has worked with numerous large accounts .in both healthcare and financial services, and has helped small and medium-sized businesses grow and flourish in their respective digital markets. He has won countless awards for creative direction and strategy, and is certified by Google Partners in both AdWords and Analytics.

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Confidence Higher in August for Leasing and Finance
Reports Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation

Washington, DC–- The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation (the Foundation) releases the August 2017 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI) today. Designed to collect leadership data, the index reports a qualitative assessment of both the prevailing business conditions and expectations for the future as reported by key executives from the $1 trillion equipment finance sector. Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market is 64.4 in August, up from 63.5 the previous two months.

Thomas Jaschik, President
BB&T Equipment Finance

When asked about the outlook for the future, MCI-EFI survey respondent Thomas Jaschik, President, BB&T Equipment Finance, said, “The political dysfunction in Washington continues to stifle the U.S. economy. Despite this lack of leadership the equipment finance industry has experienced solid growth in 2017. However, with some action on tax and regulatory reform the economy and equipment finance industry could greatly accelerate.

August 2017 MCI-EFI Survey Comments from

Industry Executive Leadership:

Independent, Small Ticket

Valerie Hayes Jester
Brandywine Capital Associates

“We are seeing continued steady demand with our customers mostly seeking to finance replacement equipment rather than for expansion plans. The ‘chaos’ in Washington gives no confidence to the small business owner who needs to gain a better sense of the future in order to invest in hiring and equipment.” 

Bank, Middle Ticket

Harry Kaplun
Specialty Finance, Frost Bank

“The economic and business positives far outweigh any negatives about the near-term future of the equipment finance industry.”

Bank, Large Ticket

Thomas Partridge
Fifth Third Equipment Finance

“The pricing environment remains very favorable for lessees. There are concerns about lack of progress in Washington surrounding tax policies.”

August 2017 Survey Results:

The overall MCI-EFI is 64.4, up from 63.5 the previous two months.
•   When asked to assess their business conditions over the next four months, 38.2% of executives responding said they believe business conditions will improve over the next four months, an increase from 30.3% in July. 61.8% of respondents believe business conditions will remain the same over the next four months, a decrease from 69.7% in July. None believe business conditions will worsen, unchanged from the previous month.
•   38.2% of survey respondents believe demand for leases and loans to fund capital expenditures (capex) will increase over the next four months, a decrease from 39.4% in July.  58.8% believe demand will “remain the same” during the same four-month time period, up from 57.6% the previous month. 2.9% believe demand will decline, relatively unchanged from 3% who believed so in July.
•   17.7% of the respondents expect more access to capital to fund equipment acquisitions over the next four months, up from 15.2% in July. 82.4% of executives indicate they expect the “same” access to capital to fund business, down from 84.9% last month. None expect “less” access to capital, unchanged from last month.
•   When asked, 41.2% of the executives report they expect to hire more employees over the next four months, an increase from 33.3% in July. 55.9% expect no change in headcount over the next four months, a decrease from 66.7% last month. 2.9% expect to hire fewer employees, an increase from none in July.
•   None of the leadership evaluate the current U.S. economy as “excellent,” unchanged from last month. 100% of the leadership evaluate the current U.S. economy as “fair,” and none evaluate it as “poor,” both also unchanged from July.
•   23.5% of the survey respondents believe that U.S. economic conditions will get “better” over the next six months, a decrease from 24.2% in July. 76.5% of survey respondents indicate they believe the U.S. economy will “stay the same” over the next six months, an increase from 75.8% the previous month.  None believe economic conditions in the U.S. will worsen over the next six months, unchanged from last month.
•   In August, 38.2% of respondents indicate they believe their company will increase spending on business development activities during the next six months, an increase from 36.6% in July. 58.8% believe there will be “no change” in business development spending, down from 63.6% the previous month. 2.9% believe there will be a decrease in spending, an increase from none last month.

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Fernando's View
By Fernando F. Croce

A rollicking indie (“Good Time”) and stark period drama (“Lady Macbeth”) arrive at the box-office, while new DVDs offer sci-fi horror (“Alien: Covenant”), insightful romance (“In the Shadow of Women”), and a robust classic adventure (“The Breaking Point”).

In theaters:

Good Time (A24): Continuing to shed the pretty-boy image from his “Twilight” movies, Robert Pattinson goes grunge in this rollicking indie drama from the acclaimed fraternal-directorial team of Ben and Josh Safdie (“Heaven Knows What”). Pattinson plays Constantine Nikas, a troubled young New Yorker who faces a most eventful night in a desperate race to get his brother Nick (Benny Safdie) out of jail. Contantly on the run from the law or fellow underworld dwellers, he scrambles through hospitals and tenements, having memorable brushes with a zonked-out girlfriend (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and a curious teenager (Talilah Webster). Purposefully magnifying the grit and grain of the story’s milieu, the Safdies’ vivid and speedy walk on the wild side gives Pattinson plenty of chance to showcase a different side of his charisma.

Lady Macbeth (Roadside Attractions): The title suggests Shakespeare, though the brutality of this stark drama is closer to a Strindberg power game set in 19th-century England. Florence Pugh gives an impressive performance as Katherine, a young rural woman stuck in a loveless marriage to Alexander (Paul Hilton), the son of the wealthy local coal miner. Trapped in tight surroundings and even tighter corsets, she finds an escape hatch in her outings with virile servant Sebastian (Cosmo Jarvis). What follows is a woman’s liberation not only carnally, but also murderously. Ruthlessly charting the gradual darkening of its main character’s soul, this stripped-down and forceful study of the vicious effects of oppression is whipped by first-time director William Oldroyd with an atmospheric mood of twisted dread and energy.

Netflix Tip: A striking screen presence as well as an original theatrical voice, Sam Shepard (1943-2017) was a key player in modern American drama. So check out Netflix for his greatest works both in front of and behind the camera, which include “Days of Heaven” (1978), “The Right Stuff” (1983), “Paris, Texas” (1984), “Fool for Love” (1985), “Hamlet” (2000) and “Cold in July” (2014).


Alien: Covenant (20th-Century Fox): After going back to the origins of the “Alien” franchise in “Prometheus,” Oscar-winning director (and series creator) Ridley Scott continues to take the sci-fi saga into new directors with this grandiose, fascinating chapter. Set in the early 22nd-century, the film begins with the spaceship Covenant, piloted by colonizing experts (Billy Crudup, Katherine Waterston) in search of an inhabitable planet. They come across android David (Michael Fassbender), a survivor from the last mission, and reach a world that seems to be a galactic paradise. It’s not long before idyllic appearances are torn asunder by bloodthirsty creatures. With Gothic visuals and visceral force, Scott paints the battle of survival between humans and aliens, as thrills blend into perverse psychological ruminations. The mix of horror and visionary splendor is as dizzy as it is exhilarating.

In the Shadow of Women (Icarus): A perpetually underappreciated analyst of thorny relationships and the fickle male ego, veteran French writer-director Philippe Garrel serves up another sharp drama with this look at a triangular romance. The focus is on Manon (Clotilde Courau, in a superb performance) and Pierre (Stanislas Merhar), married Parisian documentary filmmakers whose domestic stability is disrupted by Elisabeth (Lena Paugam), a young intern. For a while Pierre manages to juggle wife and mistress, but things take an unexpected turn when Manon considers taking a lover of her own. A synopsis may sound melodramatic, but Garrel has a masterfully offhand touch that keeps things brisk and intense. Shot in lustrous black-and-white, the film builds to an ironic twist that packs quite a punch. With subtitles.

The Breaking Point (Criterion): Though forever known as the director of “Casablanca,” Hungarian director Michael Curtiz was also behind a slew of lesser known but no less interesting titles. Among them is this taut 1950 drama, adapted from the same Ernest Hemingway story which had been the basis for the 1944 classic “To Have and Have Not.” While the earlier movie opted for romance, Curtiz’s version has more of a film noir edge to it, following the troubles of fishing boat captain Harry Morgan (John Garfield) as he becomes involved with a group of shady characters with the police on their trail. Among them is Leona (Patricia Neal), a tough lady with plans of her own. Gripping from start to finish, this is a robust adventure that’s ripe for movie-buff discovery.


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Leasing/Finance/Loan Conferences
Updated Information/Exhibitors

Canadian Finance & Leasing Association
September 12 -14
The Delta Okanagan, Kelowna, BC (Wine Country)




Free Shuttle Service

Organized Activities

Women in Leasing Luncheon
September 14, 2017
12:00PM 1:00PM
“NAELB is hosting the luncheon at the regionals this year 
so anyone who wants to attend can register on the regular form for the event.”

Exhibitors as of August 17, 2107 
4 Hour Funding
Advantage Funding
American Lease Insurance
Bankers Capital
BlackRiver Business Capital
Bryn Mawr Funding
C.H. Brown Co., LLC
Channel Partners Capital
CLFP Foundation
Cobra Capital
Eagle Business Credit
Financial Pacific Leasing
JB&B Capital
Navitas Credit Corp.
NCMIC Professional Solutions
NFS Leasing
North Mill Equipment Finance LLC
Pawnee Leasing Corporation
Quality Leasing Co., Inc.
TEAM Funding Solutions
TimePayment Corporation
TradeRiver USA
United Financial Corporation
VFI Corporate Finance

Register/Agenda/Exhibitors/Hotel Information

October 4, 2017 - October, 6
2017 Funding Symposium
JW Marriott Buckhead
Atlanta, Georgia


4 Hour Funding
Advantage Funding
American Lease Insurance
AMUR Equipment Finance
Baystone Government Finance
Beneficial Equipment Finance
Bluechip Asset Management
Boston Financial & Equity Corp
Bryn Mawr Funding
Channel Partners Capital
CLFP Foundation
Commercial Funding Partners
Dakota Financial, LLC
Dedicated Commercial Recovery
Dedicated Funding
ECS Financial Services, Inc.
Financial Pacific Leasing, Inc.
Funding Circle
Great American Insurance
JB&B Capital
LeaseTeam, Inc.
Marlin Business Bank
Monitor Daily
Navitas Credit Corp
Newsline / Equip Finance Advisor
NetSol Technologies Americas
North Mill Equipment Finance
Orange Commercial Credit
Pawnee Leasing Corporation
Quality Leasing Co., Inc.

Register and conference details

October 11, 2017 - October 13, 2017
Fairmount Dallas, Texas

LEND360 brings together the entire ecosystem of online lending, including consumer, small business and marketplace lenders, tech platforms, legal counsel, investors, marketing and advertising professionals and more.

It will be three days packed with content following four tracks:
Policy and regulation
Business Lending
Consumer Lending
Advertising, Marketing, Data & Analytics

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October 17, 2017 - October 19, 2017
2017 56th Annual Convention
Gaylord Resort & Convention Center
Orlando, Florida

Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, a Marriott Hotel

What makes this conference difference are funders and brokers who normally do not attend conferences, but come from all parts of the United States. This is not just for members of one group, but open to all, many who do not belong to finance and leasing associations, including specialists with specific followings in business loans, equipment finance and leasing, merchant advance, working capital and other commercial financial transactions.

"Whether you're a bank or private commercial lender, or a commercial loan broker, the NACLB conference is designed specifically for brokers and lenders to help each other get business done.

"Based on a recent poll of last year's conference in Las Vegas, our lenders proposed on over $50,000,000 worth of deals with in two months after the conference; all from new broker relationships they gained. That means that the brokers who attended had over $50,000,000 worth of deals that were not being funded previous to attending our conference. No other conference can deliver those numbers!
"Top things you will gain as a broker:

  • Meet close to 100 banks and lenders that are eager to take on broker business across multiple funding categories in business lending and commercial real estate lending.
  • Get educated on different products to cross sell your clients or gain access to funding products to concentrate on and increase your revenue.
  • Learn and hear from the industry's most successful brokers and how they grew their businesses.
  • Learn how to effectively make the leap from broker to lender.
  • Discover the changes that might be impacting your industry with regard to regulations.
  • Play a friendly game of poker and get a chance to win a 5-day vacation (for 2) to the Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.



"Our registration is now open and we anticipate over 600 brokers 
to attend based on the success of last year and growth we experienced."

Kris D. Roglieri

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October 22, 2017 - October 24, 2017
2017 56th Annual Convention
Orlando, Florida

Brochure/Schedule of Events/Speakers/Registration

October 22, 2017 -  October, 26, 2017
The Palazzo and Sands Convention Center
Venetian Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada

Speakers and More Information

“Positioning Today’s Lessors for Tomorrow” in Dubai,
United Arab Emirates / October 30 – 31, 2017

Amembal & Halladay is pleased to announce that our Management Symposium, “Positioning Today’s Lessors for Tomorrow”, will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from October 30th – 31st of 2017.

Critical operational factors such as funding, improving profitability, identifying vulnerabilities and assessing the company’s financial health are explored in depth.  The speakers, including leasing company executives, will provide insights into successfully shepherding the leasing company into the future.

All members of management will greatly benefit from attending this symposium, including CEOs, CFOs, COOs, middle managers, and those being groomed for management positions.

Registration is now open with an early bird discount in effect until August 15, 2017.

Contact Kelly Farnham for more information and to register:

8:00AM - 6:00PM EST

$499 ( + $28.44 fee) Early Bird

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November 7, 2017
The Regency Ballroom
1300 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94109

$100 Early Bird

Western Regional Meeting
November 17 - 18, 2017
Doubletree by Hilton - Anaheim
Anaheim, California

Presentation Proposal for November 17 - 18, Orange, California




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Baseball Poem

What makes hot dogs
Taste better 
At the ball park
Than anywhere else?
Can't be the brand Or the roll Or the mustard
I think it's The
process Of
spotting The
vendor Ordering
over The noise of
The fans
Passing your bucks
To the right And
watching The dog
Move from hand to hand
To the left
Then looking up
And rejoining the
Miracle play
In progress
Becoming again an active
Part of the hopefuls
Eating quickly
So you can keep score
again And clap along
With the kids over there

Written by Gene Carney, “Romancing the Horsehide,” Baseball Poems on Players and the Game, published by McFarland and Company



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This Day in American History


    1587 - The first child in America born of European parents was Virginia Dare, at Roanoke Island, in the future state of North Carolina. She was the daughter of Ananias Dare and Eleanor (White) Dare. Only the first nine days of her life are known to history. Her parents were part of a group of 150 settlers, including 25 women and children, who left England on May 8, 1587 in three vessels. They landed at Cape Hatteras on July 22 and cruised up what is now Pamilco Sound to the “iland called Roanoac.” Two vessels returned to England immediately. The third, with John White aboard, sailed off to England on August 27, nine days after Virginia Dare's birth, to acquire more supplies. Another source states: The first European child born in North America is probably Snorri who was born in Vinland (the wooded land in North America that was visited and named by Leif Eriksson about the year AD 1000. Its exact location is not known, but it was probably somewhere along the Atlantic coastline of what is now eastern or northeastern Canada) around the year 1000.
    1590 - John White, the governor of the Roanoke Island colony in present-day North Carolina, returns from a supply-trip to England to find the settlement deserted. White and his men found no trace of the 100 or so colonists he left behind, and there was no sign of violence. Among the missing were Eleanor Dare, White's daughter, and Virginia Dare, White's granddaughter and the first English child born in America.  August 18 was to have been Virginia's third birthday. The only clue to their mysterious disappearance was the word "CROATOAN" carved into the palisade that had been built around the settlement. White took the letters to mean that the colonists had moved to Croatoan Island, some 50 miles away, but a later search of the island found none of the settlers. The Roanoke Island colony, the first English settlement in the New World, was founded by English explorer Sir Walter Raleigh in August, 1585. In 1998, archaeologists studying tree-ring data from Virginia found that extreme drought conditions persisted between 1587 and 1589. These conditions undoubtedly contributed to the demise of the so-called Lost Colony, but where the settlers went after they left Roanoke remains a mystery. One theory has them being absorbed into an Indian tribe known as the Croatans.
    1688 - Puritan clergyman John Bunyan, 69, preached his last sermon, before dying 13 days later. In 1678, he had authored “Pilgrim's Progress,” an allegory describing the difficulties encountered in the Christian life, while journeying through this world.
    1735 – Successor to the “Weekly Rehearsal,” the Boston Evening-Post began publishing.
    1774 - Birthday of Explorer Meriwether Lewis (d. 1809) in Albemarle County, VA.  In 1793, Lewis graduated from Liberty Hall (now Washington and Lee University).  That year he joined the Virginia militia, and in 1794, he was sent as part of a detachment to put down the Whiskey Rebellion. In 1795, Lewis joined the US Army and was commissioned. By 1800, he rose to Captain and ended his service there in 1801. Among his commanding officers was William Clark.  On April 1, 1801, Lewis was appointed as an aide by President Thomas Jefferson whom he knew through Virginia society in Albemarle County. Lewis resided in the presidential mansion and frequently conversed with various prominent figures in politics, the arts and other circles.   He compiled information on the personnel and politics of the United States Army, which had seen an influx of Federalist officers as a result of John Adams’ midnight appointments.   When Jefferson began to plan for an expedition across the continent, he chose Lewis to lead the expedition. Meriwether Lewis recruited Clark, then age 33, to share command of the expedition.
     1812 – Returning from a cruise into Canadian waters, Captain Isaac Hull’s USS Constitution of the fledgling U.S. Navy encountered British Captain Richard Dacre’s HMS Guerriere about 750 miles out of Boston. After a frenzied 55-minute battle that left 101 dead, Guerriere rolled helplessly in the water, smashed beyond salvage. Dacre struck his colors and surrendered to Hull’s boarding party. In contrast, Constitution suffered little damage and only 14 casualties. The fight’s outcome shocked the British Admiralty while it heartened America through the dark days of the War of 1812.
    1834 – Birthday of department store magnate Marshall Field (d. 1906) in Conway, MA.  Field is also known for his philanthropy, providing funding for the Field Museum of Natural History and donating land for the campus of the University of Chicago.
    1838 - The Wilkes Expedition, which would explore the Puget Sound and Antarctica, weighs anchor at Hampton Roads, VA.  The voyage was authorized by Congress in 1836. It is named in honor of its commanding officer, US Navy Lieutenant Charles Wilkes. The expedition was of major importance to the growth of the then-young field of oceanography. During the event, armed conflict between Pacific islanders and the expedition was not uncommon and dozens of natives were killed in action, as well as a few Americans.
    1852 - The roots of the Baptist General Conference were planted when Swedish immigrant pastor Gustaf Palmquist baptized his first three converts in the Mississippi River at Rock Island, Illinois. Today, the denomination numbers about 140,000.
    1856 - In San Francisco, the Committee of Vigilance voluntarily disbanded after a parade of 6000 armed men. The committee's headquarters became a temporary museum.
    1862 - The Sioux Indians began an uprising, eventually crushed, in Minnesota.
    1872 - The first mail-order catalogue was published by Montgomery Ward, founded by Aaron Montgomery Ward earlier this year in Chicago. It was only a single sheet of paper. By 1904, the Montgomery Ward catalog weighed four pounds. Households throughout the US did not have to live or visit a major city to obtain any product.
    1896 – The first Klondike Gold Strike occurred in Alaska, found at Bonanza Creek by George Carmack.
    1898 - Edwin Prescott patented the roller coaster.  He called it the centrifugal railway because the car depended on centrifugal force to stay on the tracks.  The Loop-the-Loop was first built at Coney Island in 1901, relying on basic physics. Prescott even charged for people to view others on the ride. The only flaw was that it could only be hold 4 riders every 5 minutes. 
    1902 – The first unassisted triple play in organized baseball was executed by 1B Hal O’Hagan of the Rochester Bronchos against Jersey City.
    1904 – Birthday of Max Factor, Jr, born Francis Factor (d. 1996) in St. Louis, the son of Max Factor, a cosmetics pioneer. Known as Frank, his family moved to Los Angeles in 1908 where he began working in the family business.  Frank Factor took the lead upon his father’s death over the two years that it took to develop a suitable make-up for use with the newly developed Technicolor film. This make-up was released to the film industry under the name “Pan-Cake.”
    1914 – President Woodrow Wilson issued the Proclamation of Neutrality, aimed at keeping the United States out of World War I.
    1915 - The Boston Braves opened Braves Field defeating the Cardinals, 3-1.  Since their beginning as Boston’s National League team in 1871, they played at the South End Grounds.  The success of the “Miracle Braves” in 1914, winning the World Series after a 26-40 start, revenue allowed the construction of the new park.  This stadium is now known as Nickerson Field, home of the Boston University baseball team.  The Braves, now in Atlanta, are the oldest continuing operating franchise in Major League Baseball.
    1917 – Caspar Weinberger’s (d. 2006) birthday in San Francisco.  Weinberger served in World War II. His entry into politics was as a California State Assemblyman from 1953 to 1959 and he would go on to serve as Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission and Director of the Office of Management and Budget under Presidents Nixon and Ford. An accomplished private sector businessman, he later became vice president and general counsel of Bechtel Corporation, and still later, Chairman of Forbes.  He was appointed Secretary of Defense under President Reagan from 1981 to 1987, the third longest tenure in that position in U.S. history, and spanned the final years of the Cold War. He is also known for his key role in the administration's Strategic Defense Initiative and later indictments in the Iran-Contra Affair. 
    1918 - Sax player Eddie Shu, born Edward Shulman (d. 1986) birthday, Brooklyn, NY.
    1920 - Drummer Don Lamond (d. 2003) was born Oklahoma City, Okla.
    1920 - The Nineteenth Amendment was added to the US Constitution extending the right to vote to women. The historians say it was handsome Warren G. Harding who wanted women to vote for him (he also had quite a taste for the ladies, and died here in San Francisco). There was over 100 years of women's suffrage. The ratification of the 19th Amendment by Tennessee that would total ratification by two-thirds of all states, guaranteed suffrage for ALL women in the U.S. had come down to one state.   24-year-old Harry Burns had been considered a safe vote before his mother intervened. She wrote him a letter. He stood up at his seat in the Tennessee legislature when it came to a motion to table the vote, and voted against it. Later he voted yes and the measure became law in the United States. He won re-election.
    1922 - Birthday of actress Shelley Winters, born Shirley Schrift (d. 2006), St. Louis, MO. She was nominated four times for Academy Awards, winning two, “The Diary of Anne Frank” (1959) and “A Patch of Blue” (1965). Her autobiography, “Shelley, also known as Shirley” (1980) was a runaway best seller, one of the first woman's kiss and tell insider revelations of Hollywood. A noted actor, she conducted acting classes for some of the screen’s best actors.
    1925 - During the late morning hours, a severe hailstorm struck southeastern Iowa, completely destroying crops along a path six to ten miles wide and 75 miles long. The hail also injured and killed poultry and livestock, and caused a total of $2.5 million damage. The hailstorm flattened fields of corn to such an extent that many had to leave their farms in search of other work. It was one of the worst hailstorms of record for the nation.
    1927 – Birthday of early rock ‘n’ roller Sonny Til, born Earlington Carl Tilghman (d. 1981), Baltimore, MD.  Lead singer of the Orioles (“Cryin in the Chapel”), a group from Baltimore.  By 1960, Til was the only original member left. He led the Orioles from its establishment until his death of heart failure, complicated by diabetes.  The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.
    1927 – Rosalynn Carter, First Lady, born Eleanor Rosalynn Smith, Plains, GA.
    1928 – Birthday of Marge Schott, born Margaret Carolyn Unnewehr (d. 2004), Cincinnati, OH.  She was the third woman to own a North American major-league team (Cincinnati Reds (1984-99) without inheriting it and the second woman to buy an existing team rather than inheriting it.  Her indiscriminate comments regarding ethnic groups and her favorable comments toward Hitler have outlived her.
    1932 - Mildred Bailey first records “Rockin' Chair,” NYC (VI 24117
    1934 – Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente born in Puerto Rico as Roberto Clemente Walker.  Signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954, he was claimed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the rookie draft and played his entire career there.  Clemente was involved in charity work in Puerto Rico and Latin American countries during the off seasons, often delivering baseball equipment and food to those in need. He died in a plane crash on December 31, 1972, while in route to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.  Clemente was inducted posthumously to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973, becoming the first Latin American to be enshrined. His death established the precedent that as an alternate to the five-year retirement period, a player deceased for at least 6 months is eligible for entry into the Hall of Fame.  Clemente is the first Latino player to win a World Series as a starter (1960), to receive a National League MVP Award (1966), and to receive a World Series MVP (1971).
    1935 – Rafer Johnson’s birthday in Hillsboro, TX.  Johnson qualified for both the decathlon and the long jump events for the 1956 Olympics.  He broke the world record in 1958 and 1960. The crown to his career came at the 1960 Olympics in Rome.  The NFL LA Rams drafted him but he never played in the NFL.  He did have a number of small parts in movies such as “Spartacus” and “License to Kill,” and joined the Peace Corps immediately after its creation.  In 1968, he joined the campaign of Robert F. Kennedy, and with the help of Rosey Grier, apprehended Sirhan Sirhan after his assassination of Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in 1968.
    1935 – Gail Fisher (d. 2000), one of the first black women in television, was born in Orange, NJ.  During the early 1960s, she appeared in a television commercial for All laundry detergent, which made her the first black person to make a national TV commercial, on camera, with lines.  She was best known for playing the role of secretary Peggy Fair on the television detective series “Mannix” from 1968 through 1975, a role for which she won two Golden Globe Awards and an Emmy; she was the first black woman to win either award.
    1937 - Actor director, producer, businessman, environmentalist, philanthropist Robert Redford, born in Santa Monica, California.  Redford's career began in New York. Starting in 1959, he appeared as a guest star on numerous TV programs.  Moving to Broadway, his biggest Broadway success was as the stuffy newlywed husband in “Barefoot in the Park” (1963).  His film debut was in 1962 and started a string of successes.  Among them: “Inside Daisy Clover” (1965), “Barefoot in the Park” (1969), “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (1969), “Jeremiah Johnson” (1972), “The Candidate” (1972), “The Way We Were” (1973), and the biggest hit of his career: the blockbuster crime caper “The Sting” (1973), for which he was also nominated for an Oscar.  Between 1974 and 1976, exhibitors voted Redford Hollywood's top box-office name.  His hits included “The Great Gatsby” (1974), “Three Days of The Condor” (1975), “All The President’s Men” (1976)…the list goes on and includes his directorial accomplishments as well.
    1937 - The first FM (frequency modulation) radio station in the US, Boston's WGTR (now WAAF), is granted its construction permit by the FCC.
    1938 – Thousand Islands Bridge, connecting New York with Ontario, Canada over the St. Lawrence River, is dedicated by President Franklin Roosevelt.
    1939 - Johnny Preston was born John Preston Courville (d. 2011) at Port Arthur, TX, birthplace of Janis Joplin.  Preston had two rock ‘n’ roll hits in 1959 and 1960, respectively: “Running Bear” reached # 1 and “Cradle of Love” reached #2.
    1940 – Jimmy Powers, sport editor of the Sunday New York Daily News, causes a flap when he suggests the Yankees’ poor play this season can be attributed to "a mass polio epidemic" contracted from Lou Gehrig who had already retired. The former Yankee first baseman and his roommate, Bill Dickey, file suit and the newspaper retracts the story on September 26 and apologizes.
    1942 – On Guadalcanal, Japanese reinforcements are landed at Taivu and a detachment of 1,000 troops under the leadership of Colonel Ichiki starts towards the American position. The Japanese believe there are only 3,000 Americans on the Island. There are actually 10,000 and the airstrip is now ready to receive aircraft.
    1942 - THOMASON, CLYDE, Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Born: 23 May 1914, Atlanta, Ga. Accredited to: Georgia. Citation: For conspicuous heroism and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty during the Marine Raider Expedition against the Japanese-held island of Makin on 17-18 August 1942. Leading the advance element of the assault echelon, Sgt. Thomason disposed his men with keen judgment and discrimination and, by his exemplary leadership and great personal valor, exhorted them to like fearless efforts. On 1 occasion, he dauntlessly walked up to a house which concealed an enemy Japanese sniper, forced in the door and shot the man before he could resist. Later in the action, while leading an assault on an enemy position, he gallantly gave his life in the service of his country. His courage and loyal devotion to duty in the face of grave peril were in keeping with the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.
    1943 - Betty Smith's novel, ”A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” concerning life in the Brooklyn slums, was published and became a best-seller. It was made into a film a few years later, starring juvenile actress Peggy Ann Garner, and earned an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for James Dunn.
    1943 - CHELI, RALPH (Air Mission), Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Major, U.S. Army Air Corps. Place and date: Near Wewak, New Guinea, 18 August 1943. Entered service at: Brooklyn, N.Y. Birth: San Francisco, Calif. G.O. No.: 72, 28 October 1943. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy. While Maj. Cheli was leading his squadron in a dive to attack the heavily defended Dagua Airdrome, intercepting enemy aircraft centered their fire on his plane, causing it to burst into flames while still 2 miles from the objective. His speed would have enabled him to gain necessary altitude to parachute to safety, but this action would have resulted in his formation becoming disorganized and exposed to the enemy. Although a crash was inevitable, he courageously elected to continue leading the attack in his blazing plane. From a minimum altitude, the squadron made a devastating bombing and strafing attack on the target. The mission completed, Maj. Cheli instructed his wingman to lead the formation and crashed into the sea.
    1945 - Top Hits
“If I Loved You” - Perry Como
“I Wish I Knew” - Dick Haymes
“Till the End of Time” - Perry Como
“Oklahoma Hills” - Jack Guthrie
    1949 - Ralph Flanagan and his orchestra recorded their first tune on wax, "You're Breaking My Heart."
    1953 - Top Hits
“No Other Love” - Perry Como
“I'm Walking Behind You” - Eddie Fisher
“Vaya Con Dios” - Les Paul & Mary Ford
“Rub-A-Dub-Dub” - Hank Thompson
    1954 - James E. Wilkins became the first Africa-American to attend a United States Cabinet meeting. He was Assistant Secretary of Labor and attended because the Secretary and Under-Secretary were away.
    1956 - Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog" enters the R&B chart at #11. Peacock records releases Big Mama Thornton's original version the same day. It was a R&B Number One for Thornton in 1953
    1956 - Little Willie John's original version of "Fever" enters the pop charts at #24. The song will later become a big hit for both the McCoys and Peggy Lee.
    1958 - The "Mambo King," 41-year-old Perez Prado, received one of the first gold records to be awarded by the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) when his single, "Patricia," was certified as having sold more than one million copies.  Three years earlier, the Cuban born band leader had his first US chart topper with "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White".
    1958 - Italy's leading male vocalist, Domenico Modugno hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with "Volare" (Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu). The song would become the year's best selling record and win three Grammy Awards. He later served in Italian government 1987-92 in the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate.  He died August 6, 1994.
    1958 – Vladimir Nabokov’s controversial novel “Lolita” is published in the United States.
    1960 - The first commercially-produced oral contraceptive, Enovid 10, was introduced in Skokie, Illinois.
    1960 - Bobby Darin recorded “Artificial Flowers” and “Lazy River.”
    1961 – Former NY Federal Reserve District Governor and 75th Secretary of the Treasury, under President Obama, Timothy Geithner birthday in New York City.  His mother is a Mayflower descendant and his maternal grandfather served under President Eisenhower.
    1961 - Top Hits
“Tossin' and Turnin'” - Bobby Lewis
“I Like It Like That” - Chris Kenner
“Last Night” - Mar-Keys
“I Fall to Pieces” - Patsy Cline
    1962 - Peter, Paul & Mary's "If I Had A Hammer" is released.
    1963 - James Meredith, the first Black person admitted to the University of Mississippi, graduates from University of Mississippi.
    1964 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Where Did Our Love Go," The Supremes. It is the group's first hit.
    1964 - The Beatles arrive in San Francisco for the start of their first full US tour and were met at the airport by nine thousand screaming fans (but not the ticker tape parade that had been rumored). A fenced-off press area is destroyed by the sheer size of the crowd, forcing a frightened group to retreat to their hotel. There, a woman is beaten and robbed on another floor, ignored by authorities who assume the screaming is part of the Beatles' fan base. On August 29, 1966, the Beatles played at Candlestick Park, their last concert as a group.  The last event at Candlestick, August 15, 2014, was a farewell concert by Paul McCartney, who sang over 40 Beatle’s songs.  The famed arena is scheduled for housing and a retail center.
    1965 - Tom Moffat, disc jockey for KPOI in Hawaii, arranges for Herman's Hermits lead singer Peter Noone to interview Elvis Presley live from his bungalow in Honolulu, where he is relaxing while filming his latest movie, “Paradise, Hawaiian Style.” "Who's your favorite group?" Noone asks. "The Boston Pops," Elvis replies, laughing.
    1965 - O'MALLEY, ROBERT E., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Sergeant (then Cpl.), U.S. Marine Corps, Company 1, 3d Battalion, 3d Marine Regiment, 3d Marine Division (Rein). Place and date: Near An Cu'ong 2, South Vietnam, 18 August 1965. Entered service at: New York, N.Y. Born: 3 June 1943, New York, N.Y. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the communist (Viet Cong) forces at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. While leading his squad in the assault against a strongly entrenched enemy force, his unit came under intense small-arms fire. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Sgt. O'Malley raced across an open rice paddy to a trench line where the enemy forces were located. Jumping into the trench, he attacked the Viet Cong with his rifle and grenades, and singly killed 8 of the enemy. He then led his squad to the assistance of an adjacent marine unit which was suffering heavy casualties. Continuing to press forward, he reloaded his weapon and fired with telling effect into the enemy emplacement. He personally assisted in the evacuation of several wounded marines, and again regrouping the remnants of his squad, he returned to the point of the heaviest fighting. Ordered to an evacuation point by an officer, Sgt. O'Malley gathered his besieged and badly wounded squad, and boldly led them under fire to a helicopter for withdrawal. Although 3 times wounded in this encounter, and facing imminent death from a fanatic and determined enemy, he steadfastly refused evacuation and continued to cover his squad's boarding of the helicopters while, from an exposed position, he delivered fire against the enemy until his wounded men were evacuated. Only then, with his last mission accomplished, did he permit himself to be removed from the battlefield. By his valor, leadership, and courageous efforts in behalf of his comrades, he served as an inspiration to all who observed him, and reflected the highest credit upon the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service.
    1965 - PAUL, JOE C., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, Company H, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines (Rein), 3d Marine Division (Rein). Place and date: near Chu Lai, Republic of Vietnam, 18 August 1965. Entered service at: Dayton, Ohio. Born: 23 April 1946, Williamsburg, Ky. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. In violent battle, L/Cpl. Paul's platoon sustained 5 casualties as it was temporarily pinned down, by devastating mortar, recoilless rifle, automatic weapons, and rifle fire delivered by insurgent communist (Viet Cong) forces in well entrenched positions. The wounded marines were unable to move from their perilously exposed positions forward of the remainder of their platoon, and were suddenly subjected to a barrage of white phosphorous rifle grenades. L/Cpl. Paul, fully aware that his tactics would almost certainly result in serious injury or death to himself, chose to disregard his safety and boldly dashed across the fire-swept rice paddies, placed himself between his wounded comrades and the enemy, and delivered effective suppressive fire with his automatic weapon in order to divert the attack long enough to allow the casualties to be evacuated. Although critically wounded during the course of the battle, he resolutely remained in his exposed position and continued to fire his rifle until he collapsed and was evacuated. By his fortitude and gallant spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of almost certain death, he saved the lives of several of his fellow marines. His heroic action served to inspire all who observed him and reflect the highest credit upon himself, the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the cause of freedom.
    1966 - The House Un-American Activities Commission began investigations of Americans who have aided the Viet Cong. The committee intended to introduce legislation making these activities illegal. Anti-war demonstrators disrupted the meeting and 50 people were arrested.
    1967 – The Red Sox’s Tony Conigliaro was beaned by the Angels’ Jack Hamilton. Hit on the left cheekbone, just below the eye socket, Conigliaro missed the rest of this year and all of 1968. He was hitting .267 with 20 home runs and 67 RBI in 95 games.
    1969 – Actor Edward Norton birthday, Boston.
    1969 - Woodstock ends at approximately 9 am EST when Jimi Hendrix performs "Hey Joe," after his now-legendary rendition of the US National Anthem a few songs earlier.
    1969 - Top Hits
“In the Year 2525” - Zager & Evans
“Honky Tonk Women” - The Rolling Stones
“Sweet Caroline” - Neil Diamond
“Workin' Man Blues” - Merle Haggard
    1970 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Make It with You," Bread.
    1971 - Australia and New Zealand decide to withdraw their troops from Vietnam.
    1973 - According to Cashbox Magazine, Wings (with Paul McCartney) had the best-selling single in the US with "Live and Let Die." He ended the farewell concert at Candlestick Park with this song amid fireworks on August 15, 2014.
    1973 - Diana Ross' "Touch Me In The Morning" hits #1   
    1973 - Jazz drumming legend Gene Krupa plays what is to be his last live show, a gig with the Benny Goodman Quartet in New York City.
    1977 – Elvis Presley's funeral is held in at his Memphis estate, Graceland, where 150 mourners attend, including such luminaries as Ann-Margret, James Brown, and actor George Hamilton. (Everyone from Sammy Davis Jr. to Farrah Fawcett to Burt Reynolds to John Wayne were rumored to attend, but did not.) Held in Graceland's living room, it lasted from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, and was led by Woodale Church of Christ pastor C.W. Bradley. Televangelist Rex Humbard gave a short sermon, followed by a testimonial from comedian Jackie Kahane, who often opened Elvis' shows. Other Elvis tour vets -- J.D. Sumner and the Stamps, the Statesmen, and Kathy Westmoreland -- performed some of Elvis' favorite hymns including "Heavenly Father." Outside, 75,000 fans mourn, so many that President Jimmy Carter has ordered the National Guard in to maintain order. Elvis' burial begins with a long procession down the street that bears his name, a white hearse and seventeen white limousines behind, ending at Forest Hill Cemetery. The 900-pound copper coffin is carried by pallbearers Jerry Schilling, Joe Esposito, George Klein, Lamar Fike, Billy Smith, Charlie Hodges, Gene Smith, and Dr. George Nichopoulous. A small service is then held in the mausoleum, followed by the paying of respects from family and friends. Elvis' father, Vernon, is the last to pay respects, kissing the coffin and repeating "Daddy will be with you soon." Elvis is interred at 4:30 pm CST.
    1977 - The Police play their first gig without original guitarist Henri Padovani at Rebecca's Club in Birmingham, England. The Police were originally formed by Sting (Gordon Sumner), Stewart Copeland, and Henri Padovani. A fourth member, Andy Summers, joined later as a second guitarist. Padovani left the band soon thereafter, leaving the Police, once again, a trio. It is this trio which delivered such pop hits as "Every Breath You Take," "Can't Stand Losing You," and "Roxanne."
    1977 - Top Hits
“I Just Want to Be Your Everything” - Andy Gibb
“I'm in You” - Peter Frampton
“Best of My Love” - Emotions
“Rollin' with the Flow” - Charlie Rich
    1982 - At Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, the longest baseball game, to that date, was played. It lasted 22 innings before the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Cubs 2-1. Having started the previous day, the game had been postponed, after 17 innings, because of darkness.
    1982 - Liverpool names four of its streets for its hometown heroes the Beatles: John Lennon Drive, Paul McCartney Way, George Harrison Close and Ringo Starr Drive.
    1983 – Hurricane Alicia hits the Texas coast, killing 22 people and causing over $1 billion in damage.
    1985 - Top Hits
“Shout” - Tears For Fears
“The Power of Love” - Huey Lewis & The News
“Freeway of Love” - Aretha Franklin
“Highwayman” - Waylon Jennings/Willie Nelson/Johnny Cash/Kris Kristofferson
    1986 - Jim Kelly signed with the National Football League's Buffalo Bills for an estimated $7.5 million, over five years. Formerly of the Houston Gamblers of the USFL, the contract made Kelly the highest paid in the NFL.
    1986 - Bon Jovi releases its "Slippery When Wet" album.
    1987 - Thirteen cities in the eastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date, including Orlando, FL with a reading of 98 degrees, and Portland, ME with a high of 94 degrees. Newark, NJ reached 90 degrees for the thirty-sixth time of the year, their second highest total of record
    1987 - NFL Hall of Fame running back Earl Campbell, the "Tyler Rose," announced his retirement. The 1977 Heisman Trophy winner for the University of Texas, Campbell, played eight seasons with the National Football League.  Campbell was the first overall draft pick in the 1978 NFL Draft, selected by the Houston Oilers. The Oilers obtained the pick from Tampa Bay by trading their starting tight end, their first and second round picks in the 1978 Draft, and their third and fifth round picks in the 1979 Draft.  Campbell is widely acknowledged as one of the best power running backs in NFL history with Jim Brown and John Riggins, and was highly regarded by his peers. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1990, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991.
    1988 - Twenty-two cities, from the Carolinas to the Upper Ohio Valley, reported record high temperatures for the date, pushing the total number of daily record highs since the first of June above the 1100 mark. Afternoon highs of 102 degrees at Greensboro, NC and 105 degrees at Raleigh, NC equaled all-time records. Evening thunderstorms in Montana produced wind gusts to 75 mph at Scobey.
    1988 - Republican Convention in New Orleans select Bush-Quayle ticket
    1992 - Basketball star Larry Bird, after 13 years with the Boston Celtics, announced his retirement.
    1994 - Top Hits
“Stay (I Missed You)” (From "Reality Bites") - Lisa Loeb
“I'll Make Love To You” - Boyz II Men
“Fantastic Voyage” - Coolio
Wild Night - John Mellencamp With Me Shell Ndegeocello
    1995 – Yankees announcer, and former SS, Phil Rizzuto, retired as team broadcaster after 39 years at the mike, reportedly because WPIX-TV refused to allow him to miss a game to attend teammate Mickey Mantle’s funeral. Rizzuto eventually will return for the 1996 season.
    1997 - The Rolling Stones announce the plans for their upcoming "Bridges To Babylon" tour in grand style. The band rolls up to the Brooklyn Bridge in New York in a red '55 Cadillac with Mick at the wheel.
    1997 – Virginia Military Institute admitted a female for the first time in its 158-year history.  VMI was the last U.S. military college to admit women.  In 1990, the Department of Justice filed a discrimination lawsuit against VMI for its all-male admissions policy. While the court challenge was pending, a state-sponsored Virginian Women’s Institute for Leadership (VWIL) was opened at Mary Baldwin College as a parallel program for women. The VWIL continued, even after VMI's admission of women.  After VMI won its case in US District Court, the case went through several appeals until 26 June 1996, when the Supreme Court, in a 7–1 decision, found that it was unconstitutional for a school supported by public funds to exclude women.
    1999 - Top Hits
“Genie in a Bottle” - Christina Aguilera
Bills, Bills, Bills” – Destiny’s Child
“Tell Me It’s Real” - K-Ci
“Summer Girls” - LFO
    1999 - DMX and Lauryn Hill are the big winners at the 1999 Source Hip-Hop Awards at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood. DMX goes home with artist and live performer of the year, while Hill takes album of the year and new artist, solo.
    2006 - At Fenway Park, the Yankees beat the Red Sox in the night cap to complete a day-night doubleheader sweep. The 14-11 slugfest, in which the AL East Division rivals bang out a total 34 hits, takes 4 hours and 45 minutes to play, making it the longest nine-inning game in big league history. A team scored in nine of the 18 half-innings.
    2008 - The Trump International Hotel and tower in Chicago topped off at 1,389 feet, at the time becoming the world's highest residence above ground-level.
    2012 - Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, was is granted political asylum by Ecuador.  Assange founded WikiLeaks in 2006, but came to global prominence in 2010, when WikiLeaks published a series of leaks provided by Chelsea Manning. Following the 2010 leaks, the US government launched a criminal investigation into WikiLeaks and asked allied nations for assistance.  Assange surrendered himself to UK police on 7 December 2010, and was held for ten days in solitary confinement before being released on bail. Having been unsuccessful in his challenge to the extradition proceedings, he breached his bail and absconded. He was granted asylum by Ecuador in August 2012. He has since remained in the Embassy of Ecuador in London, and is in principle free to leave, although it is likely that he will then be arrested for the criminal offence of breaching his bail conditions
    2015 - Australian golfer Jason Day won the PGA Championship with a score of 20 under par; American Jordan Spieth finished in second place, resulting in a rank of #1 in the world, replacing Northern Irish golf champ Rory McIlroy.



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- LEAF "All-Cash Acquisition"
- Violating California Lender’s License Law?
   This May Prevent You from Being Licensed in the Future
- New Jersey Appeals Court Vacates $1.5 Million
  Attorneys’ Fees Award in Equipment Leasing Dispute
- National Do Not Call Registry
- California Senate Bill 297 is Dead
- Top Nine Leasing Company Websites
- Solar Financing Firms
   Working with Third Party Originators
- Referral, Recommendations, Questions, Complaints
- Filing a Complaint Against a Finance or Leasing Company
   in the State of California
- Credit Bureaus Erasing Negative Info
- ELFA Credit & Collections Management Conference
- Commercial Loan Broker Conference & Expo
  600 Brokers Expected to Attend
- "They're Back!"
   Yells John Kenny, Lease Police
- Ed Kaye Sells Access Commercial Capital
- Is There a Further Divide in Leasing and Financing
- Is This a Forecast of Things to Come?
- DocuSign Breached, Malware To Blame
- ELFA Legal Forum Recap--Tips and News
- “On Deck Goes from Hot Tech Startup
   to Dull Lender,” reports Wall Street Journal
- Lending Club May Have Hit a Dead End
- NAELB Annual Conference – Memphis, Tennessee  
- Vermont Strengthens Lending Laws
- Community Banks, Credit Unions, Shine –
    Not Online Lenders in Small Biz Loan Customer Satisfaction
- Hawkins Bankruptcy Complete
- CLFP Foundation Grows to 410 Active Professionals/Associates
- Time Payment Committed to 70% Headquarters Increase
- ELFA 29th Annual National Funding Conference
- Updates on Equipment Finance Agreements
- What They Didn't Divulge in their Press Release
    "Letter from Insider Tells Layoffs and Deals in Pipeline”
- Report on the ELFA
   29th Annual National Funding Conference
- Updates on Equipment Finance Agreements
- 2017 Auto Leasing Conference report
   “On the Road Ahead”
- Univest piles it on Ascentium
- Shopko vs. Balboa Quarterly Interim Case Continues
   One Side Never Caught the Mistake or Was it?
- Financial Pacific Passes $1 Billion Milestone
- AP Hires Senior Vice President of Vendor Finance
    Nick Gibbens, CLFP, from Bank of the West
- LendIt 2017 Conference Report – 5,800 in Attendance
- Major Change in Consumer Credit Reporting
- Oracle Loans, Fort Lee, New Jersey
- Equipment Purchases: Cash or Financing?
- What can you learn from GreatAmerica Financial Services?
- Balboa Capital Forced to Disclose List
   of Disgruntled Customers
- Broker/Lessor Receives Early Payoff from Lessee
   But Doesn't Pay Funder for Three Months
- Five Biggest Small Business Loan Mistakes
- DealSafe---Control of Contractual Rights
- Balboa Capital Tagged for Quarterly Payment Scam
- It's Not the United States with Highest Income Tax
- California Department of Business Oversight Confirms
that Brokers Need Licenses and Lessors Can’t Pay Unlicensed Brokers
- Signs of a Chill in Fintech Funding?
- FinTech #102  by Christopher Menkin
   Menkin has an Epiphany
- Alternate Finance Companies - Subprime
- FICO Score: Excellent to Bad
- Charlie Chan on Balboa Capital
- Reader Complaint About LEAF Financial Investment (Collection)
- How to be a “Leasing Expert Witness”
    and Make Extra Income
- 2014 Survey Reports Expert Witness Hourly Fees
    Record All-Time Highs
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- Banks Turn Toward Leasing for More Profit
- Why Leasing News is Different
- Take Your Banker to Lunch
- Lease Police Tips on Judging Vendors
- Alert: Rudy Trebels Back Soliciting Broker Business
- HL Leasing/John Otto--Update
- "The real U.S. Bank Equipment Finance story"
- The Day that Albert Einstein Feared May Have Finally Arrived
- Equipment Finance Agreements Explained/Barry S. Marks
- California License Web Addresses
- Settlement Costs vs. Litigation Costs