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Monday, August 20, 2018

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

Positions Wanted – Credit/Sales
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Top Stories
  August 13 - August 17
Ascentium – MHT Class Action Settlement Approved
    By Texas Court
  By Tom McCurnin, Leasing News Legal Editor
Leasing Industry Ads---Help Wanted
   Positions Available
Developing Strong Leaders for the
Commercial Equipment Leasing/Financing Industry
   Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP
August 20, 2008
  Paul Menzel, CLP, says “Goodbye”
Commercial Alternative Finance Company List
  OnDeck, Rapid Advance, Channel Partners Capital
California Interest Rate Disclosure Law
  By Barry S. Marks, Esq., CLFP
London Is the World's Airbnb Capital
  Chart and Article by Felix Richter,
Siberian Husky
  Federal Way, Washington  Adopt-a- Dog
Twelve Attorneys Against Evergreen Abuse
  Specialists in Equipment Finance/Leasing
News Briefs---
Tariffs Will Hurt U.S. More Than Rest of World,
     Maersk Says
Senators introduce bill that would allow young truckers
    to drive interstate

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Work Remotely from Portland, Oregon

Experienced commercial banker and former commercial equipment leasing industry professional seeking full-time or part-time work out of my home in Portland, Oregon. Over twenty years’ experience in credit analysis, underwriting, sales and collections. Known for creative problem solving and strong quantitative & qualitative analytical skills.  Demonstrated ability to gather information, evaluate and make informed strategic business decisions to maximize profit and mitigate risk. Well known for ability to develop strong business relationships with Clients and large list of national equipment leasing Brokers. Please see attached resume and contact me below if interested. 

Orlando, Florida - Will work remotely
As a Commercial Credit Analyst/Underwriter, I have evaluated transactions from sole proprietorships to listed companies, across a broad spectrum of industries, embracing a multitude of asset types. Sound understanding of balance sheet, income statement and cash flow dynamics which impact credit decisions. Strong appreciation for credit/asset risk.
407 430-3917

Seattle, WA – Will Work Remotely

A highly skilled credit expert.  Extensive underwriting background in small ticket leasing and commercial banking.  Managing equipment finance credit operations, performing daily credit tasks, spreading/analyzing financial statements, preparing monthly reports.  Exceptional organizational, analytical, communication skills.  I excel at making sound credit decisions in a fast paced environment.


Position Wanted – Sales

Silverton, Oregon  “Will work remotely:”
30 years’ experience, 20 for others and 10 as a broker. Intelligent, innovative and usually exceeded quotas. Have worked most asset and credit types, indirect (vendor and syndications) as well as direct, mainly mid to large ticket. Cross-border and international experience.  Most recently focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency, which remain underserviced as to financing options. I live in Oregon, not interested in relocation (unless it is international), but any level of travel is fine. Dual USA/Canada citizenship. Looking for base salary plus upside, open to any reasonable options.
Rob Aldridge. 





Top Stories
August 13 - August 17


(1) Jury Disbelieves Testimony of Balboa’s Employees
   Slams Lessor on Million Dollar Action
By Tom McCurnin, Leasing News Legal Editor

(2) Balboa Capital, Costa Mesa California
   Inside Patrick "Evergreen" Byrne's Brain

(3) Pictures from the Past - 1991
   Balboa Capital Holiday Party

(4) Ascentium Capital Crew in Place
      in Scottsdale, Arizona

(5) Brokers Can Breathe Easier CA 3207 Appears Diluted
    Now in "Suspense"

(6) Companies who utilize Evergreen Clauses
     for Extra Lease Payments

(7) New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries

(8) Stearns Bank Expanding Equipment Finance Division
  in Albany, New York

(9) Sales Makes it Happen by Steve Chriest
   Financial Statements

(10) California Senate Bill SB 1235
   Active, Looks Like May Pass




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Ascentium – MHT Class Action Settlement
By Texas Court

By Tom McCurnin
Leasing News Legal Editor

Except for Perhaps 80 Stray Lessees, the Doctors Are Bound by the Settlement

Melby v America’s MHT, 3:17-cv-155 (Northern District Texas 2018). 

Based on the fervor with which the Doctors complained, I really thought that this class action settlement would not get approved. My assumption was that most of the Doctors would opt out. At the end of the day, as bad as the settlement was for the Doctors (most will have to pay Ascentium something), the Doctors will apparently take their own medicine. 

As a brief recap, America’s MHT devised a program which would provide nurse care for patients in homecare and a whizzbang tablet which could manage this program. Many signed up multiple times and many incurred obligations of over $450,000. What everyone failed to realize is that the there was no value in the obligation unless and until a nurse shows up and the program is properly managed. In this event, the Doctors just bought a nice tablet for about $100,000. 

MHT then sought captive financing for this ridiculous program with Ascentium. The problem was exacerbated by an employee of Ascentium by the name of Cliff McKenzie, whom it is alleged, knew about the program’s weaknesses early on, but continued to finance these deals. The Doctors filed a class action suit in Texas. There were 206 Doctors as part of the class. 

Ascentium wisely bargained with class counsel to structure a settlement. While Ascentium wrote down the balance, the settlement called for the Doctors to pay Ascentium a reduced payment. 

On June 22, 2018, the Court approved the settlement. Seventy of the Doctors opted out, leaving 136 Doctors bound by the settlement. Many of the Doctors opposed the settlement based on tax reasons.  Class counsel wisely engaged an accounting firm, which opined that the class members should not have a tax consequence as a result of the discharge of the debt and could deduct interest paid. While some of the Doctors still opposed the settlement, one Doctor’s testimony was noteworthy. Dr. Obiesesan testified that she was opposed to the settlement, but would go along with it, because it would be more expensive to litigate the matter on her own. 

As a nice bonus for Class Counsel, their attorney fees were approved in the amount of $2,101,330.43, plus some other awards for other lawyers involved in the case. 

What are the takeaways here?

• First, The MHT litigation is likely at a dud. While many Doctors have opted out, my feeling is that very few will actually litigate this matter with Ascentium.

• Second, a bad settlement is better than a good lawsuit. I’d rather have a settlement which everyone, on both sides, hates. That probably means it was a good deal. While certainly the numbers for the Doctors were not great, it was cheaper to take the settlement than litigate the matter. 

• Third, class actions can be expensive. Ascentium will have to fund the attorney fee award of over $2 million, and write down the loans significantly. This is really a loan program which someone should have stood up in the conference room and stated that it sounded like NorVergence or Royal Links. People who don’t remember history are doomed to repeat it. 

The bottom line to these pair of court orders is that the MHT litigation has come to an end. The next time a salesman offers a leasing company a financing opportunity for a deal which has no inherent value, like a tablet costing $100,000, will someone please stand up and say that this is ridiculous? 

Order Approving Settlement  (24 pages)

Order Approving Attorney Fees  (14 pages)

Tom McCurnin is a partner at Barton, Klugman & Oetting in Los Angeles, California.

Tom McCurnin
Barton, Klugman & Oetting
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 Developing Strong Leaders for the
Commercial Equipment Leasing/Financing Industry
Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP

There are so many opportunities in the commercial equipment leasing and finance industry to improve your skills, to become more engaged, to be an advocate for superior services and products, and to be a better a professional. Here are just a few:

  • Become active in an association. It is great to be a member of one of the associations that serves the commercial equipment leasing and finance industry. But, membership is not enough - you need to join a committee, volunteer to be on the board, be a presenter, and/or sponsor an event.
  • Get Certified. The CLFP has made tremendous strides under the leadership of its board and executive director, Reid Raykovich. The number of CLFP's in the industry is continuously rising with nearly 600 certified professionals. If you are not a CLFP or are working on becoming one - now is the time! For more information or to order its new handbook click here.

  • Advocate for the industry. Being successful in the industry requires you to advocate beyond your own company. Participate in community events, or visit colleges and educate the next generation. If you are a member of ELFA, participate in Capitol Connections.

  • Mentor younger professionals. Those who have knowledge are able to teach others. The best means of improving your own skills is to share your knowledge with others.

Being part of the commercial equipment leasing and finance industry is more than a job, it is a career. It is part of who we are. We are financial professionals who help businesses grow and flourish. 

Top producers are thinking and acting bolder than in the past. They are leading the industry by looking forward, rather than backward. 

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

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August 20, 2008
Paul Menzel, CLP, says “Goodbye”

(Abridged due to length)

Paul has been in the commercial equipment leasing industry, managing the same portfolio, for over 30 years and arranged the acquisition of the Leasing Division by Santa Barbara Bank & Trust in 1996 and then the sale to LEAF Corporation. He was named Leasing Person of the Year for 2005 by Leasing News.

He is a former board member of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association as well as the United Association of Equipment Leasing, also very active in his community. He is a Certified Lease Professional, a graduate of UC Berkeley and holds an MBA in Management.

LEAF Corporation announced on Tuesday that they were closing LEAF Third Party Funding in Southern California (formerly Pacific Capital Bank Leasing, Santa Barbara Leasing) for an expansion in Columbia, South Carolina to a 20,000 square foot facility to house 150 employees “in a consolidation for all third party originations.” 25 employees were given immediate notice. Menzel, as president, also received a “pink slip.”

In his goodbye, Paul told Leasing News, “The consolidation was an understandable business decision, and perhaps a sign of times in our industry and I understand and accept this business decision. I very much appreciate the opportunity that LEAF provided me…I am most sad about the challenges for the employees that have been together for so many years. It is a great opportunity for the industry to grab some talent and experience."

Dwight Galloway, former president of NetBank Business Finance and now LEAF Specialty Finance “was promoted and will run the operation,” the press release said.

At present, there are not 150 employees to be located here as it appears to be a growth plan by LEAF Corporation (spokesman Bob Hunter was not available for a comment as Leasing News was told both he and Dwight Galloway, CLP, were in the Santa Barbara area in meetings. ) Hunter left, and others are no longer there. Resource America, parent, reports losses.

After the changes of the original 80 employees at Galloway’s operation when LEAF took over, billing was taken over by OCR, and funding, accounting, HR, IT, similar functions, were moved to the main New Jersey headquarters, where checks were cut with a 3pm East Coast cut off time. It appears the 150 employee office is a goal as NetBank had several mortgage operations in the Columbia, South Carolina area where the overhead is much lower than either New Jersey or California.(Galloway eventually joined Navitas, and is today retired.)

When Paul was sent by LEAF to close the former Alco Leasing taken over by LEAF in Portland, Oregon, it may have been foreshadowing that his operation would be next. The economy was changing, credit was tightening, large corporation were looking at ways to improve the bottom line by eliminating employees, overhead, and “consolidating.”

Prime rate was 5% at the time.  Management changes at LEAF as many were asked to leave or left, as well as the major investor was about to leave for a new group. Paul did not have a non-compete clause and joined Financial Pacific as President and Chief Executive Officer.  He was instrumental. In June, 2013, he was instrumental in promoting Umpqua Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: UMPQ), parent company of Umpqua Bank and Umpqua Investments, Inc., to signing a definitive agreement to acquire Financial Pacific Holding Corp. (FinPac) for $158 million in cash.

Today he has 43 years in the industry



California Interest Rate Disclosure Law
By Barry S. Marks, Esq., CLFP

As of this writing it looks as though California is going to adopt an interest rate disclosure law applicable to all small ticket and most middle market financings, be they structured as leases or loans. The only exemption for lessors who are not vendors would be leases with fair market value (not fixed price, regardless of the price) purchase options.
There is a lot more to talk about; we have been waiting to hear if the law is going to pass and to study its final form. It looks like something will be passed, but the Bill has been amended several times so far. ELFA and a group of member lawyers are trying to get some limitations on the law that will permit at least Article 2A leases, if not EFAs and $1-outs.
We will keep you posted.

Barry S. Marks, CLFP
Direct:  205.251.8303 │




Commercial Alternative Finance Company List

There is no advertising fee or charge for a listing. They are “free.” Leasing News makes no endorsement of any of the companies listed, except they have qualified to be on this specific list.

This list will appear on the website as well as in the News Edition, from time to time, particularly when updated, as well as utilized when Leasing News is asked for a referral or has a good reputation.

To qualify for this list, the company must be a "funder" and not a "Broker."  The company may sell off its portfolio from time to time, but the definition is for a company or financial institution where 50% or more of its business is from actually "funding" transactions themselves, where they are on "recourse." Every non-public company' banker and/or investor(s) are contacted to verify this.

Leasing News reserves the right to not list a company who does not meet these qualifications.

This is for commercial business only, no consumer transactions, and products offered to list include, Bridge Loans, Business Loans Factoring, Capital Leasing, Lines of Credit, Merchant Advance, Trade/PO Financing, Working Capital.

In Business Since 
Leasing Association
Products Offered

Chris Sandoval

US, Canada and Australia
$5,000 to $500,000
Term Loans, Buiness Lines of Credit

Rapid Advance
Jeff Schubert

$5,000 to $1,000,000
Bridge Loans, Factor, Leasing, Lines of Credit, Merchant Advance, Trade/PO Financing/Working Capital

Channel Partners Capital
Adam Peterson

$10,000 to $250,000
Working Capital Loans

A -Accepts Broker Business | B -Requires Broker be Licensed 
| C -Sub-Broker Program| D - Also "in house" salesmen

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10 years ago, August, 2008, the website went online, marking the birth of Airbnb. Back then the three founders, Brian Cheky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Blecharczyk wanted to help short-term travelers find affordable accommodation and provide renters with an opportunity to make an extra buck by renting out spare rooms or even just the namesake airbed on the floor. Little did they know that 10 years later their little venture would be one of the hottest private companies in the world, valued at nearly $30 billion. Over the years, Airbnb has developed into much more than what it was originally meant to be. These days you can rent millions of houses, apartments and rooms on the platform. For many young travelers is has become the favorite if not the only way to find accommodation when travelling.

Luckily for Airbnb, its rise coincided with a steep increase in city tourism. In cities such as London, Paris or New York, where hotel rooms are often hard to find and/or expensive, Airbnb has become an affordable and popular way to experience cities in a less touristy way. While the platform has been opposed by the hotel industry pretty much from the start, it has also drawn a fair amount of criticism from residents of popular city trip destinations for exacerbating the shortage of affordable housing in many areas. A criticism that doesn’t seem entirely unfair, considering the number of objects listed in some cities. The following chart, based on data from AirDNA, shows which cities are particularly popular on Airbnb.

   Chart and Article by Felix Richter,


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Federal Way, Washington  Adopt-a- Dog

1 Year Old
Weight 46 lbs.
House Trained
Good with Dogs
Shots Up to Date
Good with Kids

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"Her adoption fee is $350.

"Reva is spayed, microchipped, up to date with her vaccines and heartworm tested.

She will be ready for a home to go to when she arrives on August 24th or shortly after.

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Twelve Attorneys Against Evergreen Abuse
Specialists in Equipment Finance/Leasing

The original intention of the Evergreen clause in an equipment leasing contract was to have an alternative to when the lessee did not exercise the residual at the end of the contract. Often the clause calls for an automatic additional twelve months when the residual is not resolved.

In most cases, the lessor notifies the lessee that the residual will be due, often ninety days in advance. However, often there is nothing in the contract that requires the lessor to notify the lessee regarding the expiration of the contract.

Contrarily, many small ticket lessors do not notify the lessee, and automatically continue the lease, often via an ACH or continued billing, which often goes unnoticed until many payments have already been made.

Leasing News would like to see an industry standard that lessees are notified in advance of the expiration of their contract regarding its termination. We support the clause, and the notification requirement is wide open, meaning 90, 60, even 30 days and by telephone or mail.

This list of attorneys agrees with this and will be available to lessees, sometimes able to help them without a fee, or at a reduced rate, in an effort to end the abuse of Evergreen clause leases.

Joseph G. Bonanno, Esq., CLFP
Attorney at Law, Massachusetts
Andover Landing at Brickstone
300 Brickstone Square, Ste. 201
Andover, MA 01810
Tel: (781)328-1010
Fax: (781) 827-0866
"Industry expert witness in litigation, numerous authored and
co-authored published articles and conducting educational
seminars. Very well-known in the industry."

Jim Coston
Coston & Coston LLC
105 W. Adams Street
Suite 1400
Chicago, Illinois 60603
(312) 205-1010
(In 1998, he was elected to the United Association of Equipment
Leasing Board of Directors, and in 2003-04 was the first
attorney to become UAEL President, very active in his political party.)

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Schultz & Associates LLP
640 Cepi Drive, Suite A
Chesterfield, MO 63005
(636) 537-4645 x108
(636) 537-2599 (fax)
(Proven Leasing Litigator, well respected by all sides)

Ronald P. Gossett
Gossett & Gossett, P.A.
400 Seridan Street, Building I
Hollywood, Florida
Fax: 954-983-2850
(Many cases including NorVergence, Brican, among others, a winner)

Ken Greene
Law Offices of Kenneth Charles Greene
5743 Corsa Avenue Suite 208
Westlake Village, California 91362
Tel: 818.575.9095
Fax: 805.435.7464
Skype: 424.235.1658
(Ken was involved in the formation of Leasing News and
represented it (pro bono) in the early days.)

Peter S. Hemar, Esq.
Hemar & Associates, Attorneys at Law
2001 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 510
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Telephone: (310) 829-1948
Fax: (310) 829-1352
(My firm supports the clause giving lessees advance 
notice of the expiration of their contract.)

Brandon J. Mark
Attorney at Law, Admitted in Utah and Oregon
Parsons Behle & Latimer
201 South Main Street, Suite 1800
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Direct Dial 801.536.6958
Facsimile 801.536.6111
(His firm represents banks who buy leases, and his
clients refuse to buy these types of leases.)

Barry S. Marks
Financial Center - Suite 1615
505 North 20th Street
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
P. O. Box 11386
Birmingham, Alabama 35202
fax 278.8905 (Direct) 251.8305 (Main)
(Well-known to the leasing industry, also Alabama Poet)

Tom McCurnin
Barton, Klugman & Oetting
350 South Grand Ste. 2200
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Voice: (213) 617-6129
Fax: (213) 625-1832
Cell: (213) 268-8291
(Leasing News Advisor/Leasing News Legal Editor,
Well-Known top Leasing Litigator)

Frank Peretore
Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi
West Orange, New Jersey 
Phone 973-530-2058
(Experienced leasing attorney, aggressive, author, active
National Equipment Finance Association, ELFA, too)

Kevin E. Trabaris, Partner
Culhane Meadows PLLC
30 S. Wacker Drive, 22nd floor
Chicago, IL  60606
Telephone:  847-840-4687
"In my career, I’ve repeatedly seen this provision misused
by unscrupulous lessors and think it’s a bad idea for both
the lessee and the lessor."

Michael J. Witt, Esq.
4342 Oakwood Lane
West Des Moines, IA 50265
Tel: (515) 657-8706
Mobile: (515) 868-1067
Fax: (515) 223-2352
(Former Advanta Leasing
and Wells Fargo Equipment Finance attorney)



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   By Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

Kipling is said to have written the poem 'If' with Dr. Leander Starr Jameson in mind, who led about five-hundred of his countrymen in a failed raid against the Boers, in southern Africa. The 'Jameson Raid' was later considered a major factor in starting the Boer War (1899-1902).


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This Day in History

August 20

This Day in American History


        1494 - Columbus returned to Hispaniola. He had confirmed that Jamaica was an island and failed to find a mainland.
    1619- The first Black slaves brought by the Dutch to the colony of Jamestown. The colonists desperately needed workers for the tobacco crop. Europe was becoming “addicted “ to snuff and smoking tobacco in a pipe, inhaling. The Indians had introduced the colonies to tobacco, who were learning to grow and dry it. Europe was “mad” for the smoke and snuff for gentlemen. John Rolfe writes in his diary, “About the last of August came in a dutch man of warre that sold us twenty negars”
By the time of the American Revolution, the English importers alone had brought some 3'000'000 captive Africans to the Americas. After the war, as slave labor was not a crucial element of the Northern economy, most Northern states passed legislation to abolish slavery. However, in the South, the invention of the cotton gin in 1793 sharply increased the need for slave labor, and tension arose between the North and the South as the slave or free status of new states was debated. In 1807, with a self-sustaining population of over four million slaves in the South, some Southern congressmen joined with the North in voting to abolish the African slave trade effective 01 January 1808. Nevertheless, the widespread trade of slaves within the South was not prohibited, and illegal trade of African slaves to Brazil and Cuba continued until the 1860s. By 1865, over twelve million Africans had been shipped across the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas, and some one million of these individuals had died from mistreatment during the voyage. In addition, an estimated three million died in Africa in slave wars and forced marches directly resulting from the Western Hemisphere's demand for African slaves.
    1704- The first underground sewer in Boston was constructed by Francis Thrasher, at his own expense. The move led to municipal regulations governing disposal of refuse and garbage. By 1710, the selectmen of Boston were giving licenses to private citizens for digging up streets for sewer construction. Now you may not think this is a big deal, but think how waste was removed in this time, most often just thrown raw into the streets.
    1741 -- Danish navigator Vitus Jonas Bering, commisioned by Peter the Great of Russia to find land connecting Asia and North America, discovers Alaska as well as the Pacific Coast of America.
    1785- Oliver Hazard Perry, American naval hero, born at South Kingston, RI. Best remembered is his announcement of victory at the Battle of Lake Erie, September 10, 1824: “We have met the enemy, and they are ours.”

    1788 - A small but powerful hurricane inflicted great havoc upon forests along a narrow track from New Jersey to Maine. A similar storm track today would cause extreme disaster in the now populated area.
1794 Major General “Mad” Anthony Wayne routs Indians at Fallen Timbers, Ohio
    1813-African-American Richard Allen chairs the first National Negro Convention in Philadelphia.
    1833- Benjamin Harrison, the 23rd president of the US, born at North Bend, Ohio. He was the grandson of William Henry Harrison, 9th president of the US. His term of office 1889-1893, was preceded and followed by the presidential terms of Grover Cleveland ( who became the 22nd and 24th president ).
    1845-Wilberforce University established in Ohio, 1856
    1866- the newly organized National Labor Union called on Congress to mandate an eight-hour workday.
    1867-Anson Mills, brevet lieutenant colonel in the Army, Fort Bridger, UT, was granted a patent for a new cartridge belt. Moisture had previously affected cartridge belts. Mills invented a woven cartridge belt, and the machinery for making it, which was adopted by both the army and Navy.
    1886 - The town of Indianola, TX, was completely destroyed by a hurricane, and never rebuilt.
    1905 –Jazz trombonist/singer/composer/bandleader Jack Teagarden Birthday
    1910 - The big blow up of forest fires finally came to an end in Idaho. A record dry August fueled 1736 fires which burned three million acres destroying six billion board feet of timber. The fires claimed the lives of 85 persons, 78 of which were fire fighters, and consumed the entire town of Wallace. The smoke spread a third of the way around the world producing some dark days in the U.S. and Canada. The forest fires prompted federal fire protection laws.
    1911- “This message sent around the world,” sent at 7pm from the New York Times and received back at 7:16:30pm, traveling over 28,613 miles via 16 relay stations to become the first telegraph message sent around the world. It was the front page headline and quite an event for its era.
    1912-After the Japanese beetle invaded the East Coast and other diseases were affecting agriculture, Congress passed a quarantine law for plants, directed against dangerous plant diseases and injurious insect pests “ new to or not theretofore widely prevalent or distributed within and through the United States.” Plants that could transmit white-pin, blister rust or potato wart, and plants that might harbor the Mediterranean fruit fly, were immediately affected. Other species before the turn of the century had been affected, such as the “mighty American chestnut oak” that dominated the Northeast was basically extinct by this date.
    1920- The first radio station to be licensed was 8MK, owned by the Detroit News, which began later instituted daily service with the program, “ Tonight’s Dinner.” The call letters were changed later to WWJ.
    1921--Birthday of Jacqueline Susann - U.S. novelist. Her novel Valley of the Dolls (1966, and the movie in 1967) became the world's most popular, best-selling novel to that time - and remains the top selling novel even today. It sold more than 17 million copies. Her other novels were also made into movies and were best sellers. She died at the peak of her success at 53.
    1924-Birthday of Jim Reeves, country music start, born at Galloway, Panola County, TX, and died at Nashville,TN, July 31,1964, when the single-engine plane in which he was traveling crashed in a dense fog. Reeve’s biggest hit was “He’ll Have to Go.” (1959) and he was inducted into he Country Music Hall of Fame in 1967.
    1926-Birthday of trombonist Frank Rosolino, Detroit, MI.
    1927-Birthday of guitarist Jimmy Raney, Louisville, KY.
    1931-Birthday of drummer Frankie Capp,Worcester, MA.
    1940 -- Radar is used for the first time, by the British during the Battle of Britain. Also on this day, in a radio broadcast, Winston Churchill makes his famous homage to the Royal Air Force: "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."
    1942-University of Chicago scientist Glen Seaborg and his colleagues first weighed plutonium, the first man made element.
    1942-Birthday of pianist/composer Isaac Hayes, Covington, TN
    1944-Birthday of drummer Terry Clarke, Vancouver, British Columbia.
    1944--HAWK, JOHN D. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company E, 359th Infantry, 90th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Chambois, France, 20 August 1944. Entered service at: Bremerton, Wash. Birth: San Francisco, Calif. G.O. No.: 55, 13 July 1945. Citation: He manned a light machinegun on 20 August 1944, near Chambois, France, a key point in the encirclement which created the False Pocket. During an enemy counterattack, his position was menaced by a strong force of tanks and infantry. His fire forced the infantry to withdraw, but an artillery shell knocked out his gun and wounded him in the right thigh. Securing a bazooka, he and another man stalked the tanks and forced them to retire to a wooded section. In the lull which followed, Sgt. Hawk reorganized 2 machinegun squads and, in the face of intense enemy fire, directed the assembly of 1 workable weapon from 2 damaged guns. When another enemy assault developed, he was forced to pull back from the pressure of spearheading armor. Two of our tank destroyers were brought up. Their shots were ineffective because of the terrain until Sgt. Hawk, despite his wound, boldly climbed to an exposed position on a knoll where, unmoved by fusillades from the enemy, he became a human aiming stake for the destroyers. Realizing that his shouted fire directions could not be heard above the noise of battle, he ran back to the destroyers through a concentration of bullets and shrapnel to correct the range. He returned to his exposed position, repeating this performance until 2 of the tanks were knocked out and a third driven off. Still at great risk, he continued to direct the destroyers' fire into the Germans' wooded position until the enemy came out and surrendered. Sgt. Hawk's fearless initiative and heroic conduct, even while suffering from a painful wound, was in large measure responsible for crushing 2 desperate attempts of the enemy to escape from the False Picket and for taking more than 500 prisoners. 
    1945- Tommy Brown of the Brooklyn Dodgers became the youngest player in major league history to hit a home run when he connected against pitcher Preacher Roe of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Brown was 17 years, eight months and 14 days old.
    1945-Woody Herman Band records “Bijou.”
    1945- Dodger Tommy Brown becomes the youngest player (17 years, 8 months and 14 days) in major league history to hit a home run. 'Buckshot', who started his career as a 16 year-old high school student, connects off 30-year old Pirates' southpaw Preacher Roe.The Phillies are rained out for an unprecedented tenth consecutive time.
    1946- Prior to the start of the game against the Senators in Washington, using the U.S. Army's Sky Screen Chronograph, Bob Feller's fastball is clocked at 98.6 miles-per-hour breaking Yankees' hurler Donald's 1939 speed record of 94.7 mph.Grover Alexander is reached for nine straight hits and six runs as the Cubs defeat Phillies,10-4.
    1948 - Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin is born in West Bromwich, England. Five of the group's albums reach No. 1 on Billboard's pop album chart. In the mid-80s Plant organizes the Honeydrippers, featuring rock legends Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Nile Rodgers. The ensemble has a No. 3 hit in 1985 with ``Sea of Love.''
    1948- The largest crowd (78,382) ever to attend a night game sees Satchel Paige become the fourth consecutive Indian to throw a shutout. The ageless wonder joins Gene Bearden, Sam Zoldak and Bob Lemon in blanking the opposition.
    1949--Birthday of American composer Leonard Lehrman, born Ft. Riley,KS.
160 works, including 10 operas, among them completions of 20 works by Marc Blitzstein, most notably his operas "Idiots First" and "Sacco and Vanzetti". Works published by Theodore Presser, Carl Fischer, and (Blitzstein completions) Boosey & Hawkes, recorded by Opus One, Premier, Capstone, and Original Cast Recordings. 
    1954-Meteorologist/chef/author bon vivant Al Roker born Brooklyn, NY.
    1955---Top Hits
Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & His Comets
Hard to Get - Gisele MacKenzie
The Yellow Rose of Texas - Mitch Miller
I Don’t Care - Webb Pierce
    1960-Birthday of American Composer Thomas Dempster, born Sandusky, MI.
    1960- Connie Francis began work on her first movie, "Where the Boys Are." She also starred in the sequel, "When the Boys Meet the Girls." 
    1960- Connie Francis began work on her first movie, "Where the Boys Are." She also starred in the sequel, "When the Boys Meet the Girls." Her first movie her first movie, "Where The Boys Are," in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida is considered the first college teen comedy to really explore the sex lives of its characters, it served as the inspiration for countless "spring break" movies, as well as the homage/parody Grease. 
    1963---Top Hits
Fingertips - Pt 2 - Little Stevie Wonder
Blowin’ in the Wind - Peter, Paul & Mary
Judy’s Turn to Cry - Lesley Gore
Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
    1964-- US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the anti-poverty Economic Opportunity Act (totaling nearly $1 billion)
    1966-The thoroughbred Buckpasser, owned by Ogden Phipps, won the Travers Stakes at Saratoga to become the first 3-year-0ld to pass the $1 million mark in career earnings.
    1966--The Temptations' "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep" is released.
    1967-Birthday of American Composer Amos Elkana, born Boston, MA.
    1967-the New York Times reported on a new noise-reduction system for album and tape recording developed by R. and D.W. Dolby. First used by a subsidiary of Elektra Records, the Dolby noise reduction system became the industry standard.
Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company A, 2d Battalion, 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. place and date: Tay Ninh province, Republic of Vietnam, 20 August 1968. Entered service at: Holland, Mich. Born: 25 June 1942, Holland, Mich. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. S/Sgt. (then Sgt.) Lambers distinguished himself in action while serving with the 3d platoon, Company A. The unit had established a night defensive position astride a suspected enemy infiltration route, when it was attacked by an estimated Viet Cong battalion. During the initial enemy onslaught, the platoon leader fell seriously wounded and S/Sgt. Lambers assumed command of the platoon. Disregarding the intense enemy fire, S/Sgt. Lambers left his covered position, secured the platoon radio and moved to the command post to direct the defense. When his radio became inoperative due to enemy action, S/Sgt. Lambers crossed the fire swept position to secure the 90mm recoilless rifle crew's radio in order to re-establish communications. Upon discovering that the 90mm recoilless rifle was not functioning, S/Sgt. Lambers assisted in the repair of the weapon and directed canister fire at point-blank range against the attacking enemy who had breached the defensive wire of the position. When the weapon was knocked out by enemy fire, he single-handedly repulsed a penetration of the position by detonating claymore mines and throwing grenades into the midst of the attackers, killing 4 more of the Viet Cong with well aimed hand grenades. S/Sgt. Lambers maintained command of the platoon elements by moving from position to position under the hail of enemy fire, providing assistance where the assault was the heaviest and by his outstanding example inspiring his men to the utmost efforts of courage. He displayed great skill and valor throughout the 5-hour battle by personally directing artillery and helicopter fire, placing them at times within 5 meters of the defensive position. He repeatedly exposed himself to hostile fire at great risk to his own life in order to redistribute ammunition and to care for seriously wounded comrades and to move them to sheltered positions. S/Sgt. Lambers' superb leadership, professional skill and magnificent courage saved the lives of his comrades, resulted in the virtual annihilation of a vastly superior enemy force and were largely instrumental in thwarting an enemy offensive against Tay Ninh City. His gallantry at the risk of his life is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
    1968- Bobby Darin, still traumatized by the recent assassination of his good friend, Senator Robert Kennedy, sells off his music publishing and production company, TM Music, for one million dollars.
    1969- The four members of the Beatles gather in the Abbey Road studios in London for the last time as they complete work on "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" and ostensibly finalize the track order and mastering of their last recorded album, Abbey Road. (Three of the Beatles would later be present in the studio to overdub salvaged tracks from the Let It Be sessions.) 
    1969 - 'Never say die' Camille let loose a cloudburst in Virginia resulting in flash floods and landslides which killed 151 persons and cause 140 million dollars damage. Massies Hill VA received 27 inches of rain.
    1969 - Andy Williams received a gold record for the album "Happy Heart" on Columbia Records. 
    1970-- Creedence Clearwater Revival's LP Cosmo's Factory hits #1 
    1971---Top Hits
How Can You Mend a Broken Heart - The Bee Gees
Mr. Big Stuff - Jean Knight
Take Me Home, Country Roads - John Denver
I’m Just Me - Charley Pride
    1971- Texas Instruments, Dallas, Texas introduced the first electronic pocket calculator. It weighed about 2.5 pounds and cost $149. It could add, subtract, multiply, and divide, displaying the results in an LED ( light-emitting diode) window.
    1973-The Rolling Stones release "Angie."
    1974 -- House of Representatives votes 412-3 to recommend three articles of impeachment against President Richard M. Nixon. The first charges him with taking part in a criminal conspiracy to obstruct justice in the Watergate cover-up; the second charges he "repeatedly" failed to carry out his constitutional oath in a series of alleged abuses of power; & the third accuses him of unconstiutional defiance of committee subpoenas.
    1974 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``(You're) Having My Baby,'' Paul Anka with Odia Coates. Anka last hit No. 1 with ``Lonely Boy'' in 1959, marking the longest gap between top singles
    1976-Gordon Lightfoot's "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," about an ore carrier which sank on Lake Superior, was released as a single. The song, from the album "Summertime Dream," made it to number two on the Billboard Hot 100
    1977 - The song "Best of My Love", by the Emotions, topped the pop charts. It had a number one run of four weeks.
    1978-After 37 consecutive years, the Stan Kenton Band folds. “Peanut Vendor.”
    1979---Top Hits
Good Times - Chic
My Sharona - The Knack
The Main Event/Fight - Barbra Streisand
Coca Cola Cowboy - Mel Tillis
    1985 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Power of Love,'' Huey Lewis & the News. The million-selling single, which is featured in the hit film ``Back to the Future,'' is the band's first No. 1 song.
    1986 - U.S. Census Bureau officials reported that the U.S. population stood at 240,468,000 and the median age reached an all-time high of 31-1/2 years. 
    1986 - The temperature at San Antonio, TX, soared to an all-time record high of 108 degrees.
    1987---Top Hits
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For - U2
Who’s That Girl - Madonna
Luka - Suzanne Vega
A Long Line of Love - Michael Martin Murphey.
    1987 - Half a dozen cities in the Central Plains Region reported record high temperatures for the date, including Pueblo CO with a reading of 102 degrees, and Goodland KS with a high of 104 degrees. Hill City KS reached 106 degrees.
    1987-- Lindsey Buckingham, who had helped turn Fleetwood Mac into one of the biggest-selling groups of the Seventies, leaves the group after refusing to tour behind its latest album, Tango in the Night.
    1987-- Alabama dedicates a section of its Interstate 65 highway as the Hank Williams Memorial Lost Highway, a reference to one of his best-known songs. The fifty-mile stretch begins near his hometown of Georgiana and runs north to Montgomery, where he is buried.
    1988 - Raleigh, NC, reported a record hot temperature reading of 103 degrees. Afternoon thunderstorms in Oklahoma produced wind gusts to 75 mph in southern Pittsburgh County. Thunderstorms in Indiana produced 4.50 inches of rain at Morgantown.
    1989 - Early morning thunderstorms deluged southeastern Delaware with six to ten inches of rain in four to six hours, with local reports of 13 to 20 inches of rain. Twenty-six major roads were closed or damaged, and fourteen bridges were washed out. Flooding caused nearly four million dollars damage to local businesses.
    1989- About 20,000 people ended a week-long 20th anniversary celebration of the Woodstock Festival at the festival's original site near Bethel, New York. They left behind a mountain of mud and empty beer cans. The unsanctioned gathering had only one serious incident - a stabbing. Folksinger Melanie was the only Woodstock veteran to show up. She performed from a makeshift stage. 
    1993---Top Hits
Can t Help Falling In Love (From "Sliver")- UB40 
Whoomp! (There It Is)- Tag Team
I m Gonna Be (500 Miles)- The Proclaimers 
    1996- Just ten days after Microsoft shipped its first Web browser, Netscape released a letter they had sent to the Justice Department earlier in the month alleging that Microsoft had sought to gain an unfair advantage by offering computer makers and Internet service providers improper payments and other incentives to use Internet Explorer instead of Netscape Navigator. Microsoft denied the allegations, but the question of Microsoft's tactics in promoting Internet Explorer came under heavy scrutiny in the Justice Department's 1998 antitrust suit against Microsoft. 
    1996--Carlos Santana receives a star on Hollywood's Walk Of Fame.
    1998- At Shea Stadium, Cardinal first baseman Mark McGwire becomes the first player in major league history to hit 50 home runs in three consecutive seasons. Mac's seventh inning solo shot helps to defeat the Mets, 2-0.
    2000 - Tiger Woods won the 82nd PGA Championship in Louisville, Kentucky. Woods birdied the last two holes in regulation and won the championship in a playoff over Bob May, becoming the first player since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win three majors (Masters, U.S. Open, British Open) in one year. He was the first player to win back-to-back PGA championships since Denny Shute in 1936 and 1937. 
    2000 -The winningest pitcher in franchise history is honored by the Yankees during Whitey Ford Day ceremonies at Yankee Stadium. The crafty lefty holds the team record for victories (236) , innings pitched (3,170 1/3), strikeouts (1,956) and shutouts (45).
    2002 -A judge issues a temporary restraining order preventing the sale of Barry Bonds' 600th career home run ball hit into the Pacific Bell Park stands on August 9. Jay Arsenault, who allegedly promised friends after being given a game ticket to split any monetary gains if he caught the historic baseball, has been ordered to appear in court for hearing on September 5 along with the prized souvenir.
    2002---Top Hits
Dilemma- Nelly Featuring Kelly Rowland
Hot In Herre- Nelly
Complicated- Avril Lavigne
Just A Friend 2002- Mario
    2005- Using the equivalent of a 98-miles-per-hour major league fastball, 12-year old Kalen Pimentel ties a Little League World Series record for strikeouts in a six-inning game. The 12-year old from Rancho Buena Vista strikes out 18 Owensboro batters (all of the recorded outs) as his team coasts to 7-2 victory in the pool play of the tournament.
    2008 -- Umpires sign an agreement which will allow major league baseball to start using instant replay to help determine boundary calls, such as determining fair or foul fly balls and difficult home run rulings. No exact date has been set for the start of using replays, but installation of the necessary equipment has been taking place in ballparks, with the hope of starting later this month.




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