Friday, August 19, 2022
Today's Leasing News Headlines
ELFF Reports August Confidence Up
On the Scale, 50, an Increase from July 46.1
Gulf Coast Bank Acquires Another Commercial Independent
This Time it is KLC Financial
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries
Leasing and Finance Industry Help Wanted
Excellent Compensation/Marketing Support/Work from Home
Sales Make it Happen by Steve Chriest
Male Brain – Female Brain in Sales
No Relief on Vehicle Inventories
By Ken Sopp, President, National Vehicle Leasing Assoc.
Paul Vecker, Tony Regan and Ron Ciliberti
Promoted at Eastern Funding, New York, New York
Newly Released: Devil in a Blue Dress, Double Indemnity
Drive My Car, The Funeral. The Virgin Suicides
With Reviews from Leasing News' Fernando Croce
Greenville, South Carolina
ELFA Annual Convention Oct. 9-11, 2022
JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, Florida
870 Attendees Registered to Date
U.S. Plans to Shift Bill for Covid Shots and Treatments
to Insurers, Patients
Why Buying an Electric Car Just Became
Topping $1 Billion a Year, Big Ten Signs Record
TV Deal for College Conference
You May have Missed---
Gmail is getting (another) redesign
Here’s how to find what you need
Broker/Funder/Industry Lists | Features (wrilter's columns)
Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months
Sales Make It Happen
California Nuts Brief---
"Gimme that wine"
This Day in History
Weather, USA or specific area
######## surrounding the article denotes it is a “press release,” it was not written by Leasing News nor has the information been verified. The source noted. When an article is signed by the writer, it is considered a “byline.” It reflects the opinion and research of the writer.
ELFF Reports August Confidence Up
On the Scale, 50, an Increase from July 46.1
The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation (the Foundation) releases the August 2022 Monthly Confidence was positive, showing the trend in the chart above.
Dave Fate, Chief Executive Officer, Stonebriar Commercial Finance, said, "The resilience of the equipment leasing and finance industry continues to demonstrate itself during 2022. Over the decades the industry has overcome and prospered through recessions, a financial crisis, and a global health pandemic.”
David Normandin, CLFP, President and CEO, Wintrust Specialty, said, “The finance commercial equipment finance business economy remains strong and nimble. As we see elevated rates of inflation continue and the Fed continuing to raise rates, we will adapt and find solutions to meet our customers’ needs. Through this period, I am thoughtful about portfolio performance and potential challenges that many of our customers will face. Staying focused on supporting our customers through changes is valuable for us to continue to grow.”
Michael Romanowski, President, Farm Credit Leasing, said,
“We have a number of large projects that will be closing by the end of the year resulting in solid year-over-year growth. Many of these projects have been delayed due to supply chain issues from last year. The future is a bit cloudy with talks of recession and inflation still running hot. That said, customers are still looking to lock in historically low rates to finance major capital investments.”
Alan Sikora, CEO, First American Equipment Finance, an RBC/City National Company, said, “Growth opportunities remain significant for companies that understand their clients. As clients deal with uncertainty, equipment leasing and finance companies that are both sophisticated and creative will add value and thrive.”
Full Press Release:
Gulf Coast Bank Acquires Another Commercial Independent
This Time it is KLC Financial
Gulf Coast Bank & Trust, New Orleans, Louisiana acquired KLC Financial, Minnetonka, Minnesota, a 34 year old company well-known in the industry.
Gulf Coast acquired Capital Spring BLLC in 2017, as well as American Business Lending in 2017, and Phoenix Capital in 2019.
The press release stated, “There will be no layoffs as a result of this transaction, instead KLC will be looking for additional employees to help with their expansion. The integrity and work ethic of the KLC team make them a perfect fit for us at Gulf Coast Bank.”
Marc Keepman, Chairman and Founder of KLC, who announced his retirement March, 2022 (1), said, “We are pleased to have forged this partnership with Gulf Coast and view it as a natural progression for our team, customers, vendors, and our strategies. This new alliance will allow us to preserve the strong culture we have built with our team.”
Spencer Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of KLC, who became CEO March, 2022 (1), said, “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to join forces with one the most entrepreneurial community banks in America. We have an aggressive growth plan and being part of Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company will provide us with the opportunity to grow our business to new levels.”
“Our management team has been instrumental in developing our staff and technology stack for serious scale. The partnership with Gulf Coast completes the final piece to capitalize on all the hard work. We are all extremely excited to travel the next leg of this journey together!”
The acquisition was effective as of August 10, 2022 with KLC’s business operations remaining intact and poised for great growth.
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries
Barry Abelsohn was hired as National Sales Manager, Envision Capital Groups, LLC., Laguna Hills, California. Previously he was back at Alliance Funding Group (November, 2013 - August, 2002); Vice President, Equipment Leasing, Bank of Cardiff (February, 2011 - October, 2013); National Sales Manager, Alliance Funding Group (May, 2007 - January, 2011). Full bio at:
Mike Bransdorf was hired as Floorplan Operations Manager, AP Equipment, Bend, Oregon. He is located in Statham, Georgia. In a press release he was quoted, “With 20 years’ experience in the inventory finance industry, I am fully prepared and ready to leverage my background in this new exciting opportunity.” AP President Chris Lerma, CLFP, added, "Our goal is to help our vendor partners sell more equipment by offering them competitive and convenient financing solutions.” He added, “In addition to our loan and lease programs, we will further assist our partners with competitive floor financing with the same level of AP personalized service levels. Mike brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team which will allow us to launch this product offering quickly.” Previously, Bransdorf was at Northpoint Commercial Finance, starting September, 2017, Account Manager, promoted October, 2019, Account Executive, promoted April, 2022, Portfolio Manager. Full bio is available at:
Jonathan Carrizzo was hired as Vendor Finance Consultant, Blue Mesa Consulting, Orlando, Florida. He is located in Winter Park, Florida. Previously, he was Vice President, Director of Equipment Financing, Cogent Bank (January, 2021 - September, 2021); SE Regional Manager, Patriot Capital (May, 2016 - November, 2020); S.E. Territory Sales Manager, Derive Systems (March, 2014 - May, 2015. Full Bio available at:
Andrew Hall was hired as Business Development Officer, National 3rd Party, Intermediaries, Signature Financial, a subsidiary of Signature Bank, Melville, New York. He is located in Greater St. Louis, Missouri. Previously, he was at Midland States Bank, starting January, 2018, Syndication and Bank Channel Manager to develop and provide direction oversight of Bank Leasing, 2018, promoted January, 2020, Assistant Full Time President. Prior he was at Scottrade, starting November, 2014, Senior Inside Sales Specialist, promoted November, 2015, Capital Markets Account Manager; Loan Officer, Citi (February, 2009 - November, 2009 - November, 2014). He joined Popular Equipment Finance, joining 2007, Business Relationship Specialist, promoted 2008, Business Development Officer.
Melanie Phillips was promoted to Vice President, Sales, Logistics, Distribution Division, First American Equipment Finance, Rochester, New York. She joined the company October, 2017, Manufacturing Sales Support Intern, promoted January, 2018, Manufacturing Financial Specialist, promoted August, 2018,Assistant Vice President Logistic and Distribution Division. https://www.linkedin.com/in/melanieaphillips/details/experience/
Debbie (Newman) Waldron was hired as Collection Specialist, Oakmont Capital Services, West Chester, Pennsylvania, in the Albany, Minnesota office. She is located in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Previously, she was Account Specialist, KLC Financial, Inc. (September, 2018 - August, 2022); Accounts Receivable, Stearns Bank, NA (June, 1994 - April, 2018).
Cody Struckhoff was hired as Financial Manager, Direct Funding Now, Irvine, California. He began his career at US Business Funding, starting February, 2013, Financial Consultant, promoted 2017, Senior Finance Manager. https://www.linkedin.com/in/cody-struckhoff-52b35a103/
Calum Williamson was promoted to Managing Director/North American Sales Manager, Sallyport Commercial Finance, LLC, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. He joined the company 2019 as Managing Director. Previously, he was at Bibby Financial Services, starting October, 199 as Managing Director, July, 2013, Head of Operations, January, 2017. Co-Coordinator, Lloyds Commercial Finance (March, 1997 - September, 1999).
Help Wanted Ads
Sales Make it Happen by Steve Chriest
Male Brain – Female Brain in Sales
(Recently Steve agreed to write some more current
sales articles, but here is one he wrote March 2016, which
I think is basically current today. Editor.)
There is very strong evidence that despite language and cultural differences, people all over the world see, talk, and think about objects and people in the same basic way. Now there also is strong evidence that gender plays a large role in the way male and female brains perceive the world and how they process information. Surprised?
Despite what someone once published in a book, women aren't really from Venus and men aren't really from Mars – it just might sometimes appear that way! What is true about men and women, according to the latest research by cognitive scientists, is the fact that the minds of men and women are not identical in every respect. Being aware of some of the important differences can help in selling situations.
Men, for example, are better at mentally rotating objects and maps, while women are better at remembering landmarks and the position of objects. Men are better throwers, but women, on average, are more dexterous than men. Men are better at solving mathematical word problems, but women are better than men at mathematical calculation.
Some other differences in the sexes may have a wider impact in selling situations. Women generally experience basic emotions more intensely, except perhaps anger, than men. I was surprised to learn that women maintain more eye contact and smile and laugh far more often than men.
Women are better at reading facial expressions and body language, are better spellers, and have a better memory for verbal materials. The opposite of all this, of course, is true of the typical male.
When meeting with, or delivering presentations to groups consisting primarily of men or women, it makes sense to tailor your approach to your audience. If you will be meeting with a women's group, for example, it may make sense to deliver an animated presentation, delivering most of your content verbally.
If the cognitive scientists are correct, it would make sense to provide a male audience with lots of photos, graphs and statistics presented in a visual format. If, on the other hand, you face a mixed audience, you'll want to make sure you include verbal and visual elements that complement each other and appeal to female and male members of your audience.
We certainly don't need cognitive researchers to point out the obvious to us – women and men often think differently, and even see the world differently, in some important ways. Verifying and acknowledging these differences, however, gives you the advantage of awareness in certain selling situations.
Steve Chriest is the CEO of Open Advance and author of “Selling to the E-Suite, The Proven System for Reaching and Selling Senior Executives and Business Acumen 101.” He produces video and radio blogs, as well.
No Relief on Vehicle Inventories
By Ken Sopp, President, National Vehicle Leasing Assoc.
Really? It’s been 2.5 years since the COVID lockdowns started and shockingly we are still in a new (and used) inventory crunch. It is amazing that with all of the money and resources of the manufacturers and suppliers we are still unable to build enough cars!
We keep expecting new car production to increase but the industry is actually producing even fewer cars than in 2021, according to Cox Automotive. Supply constraints (not just chips) are not improving enough and the new increased industry focus on EVs is not going to help either. It is going to take a long time for production to exceed current demand and allow dealers to build inventories. Incentives (both fleet and retail) will stay low for a long time and dealers are going to continue charging MSRP or higher.
This continues to prop up already inflated used car prices which are good for lessor profitability as fleet owners. However, the lack of affordability (the average new car transaction price is now up to $48,000 and increasing!) is a growing issue. Nick Markosian in his LeaseWire article this month lists this as a major problem for the LHPH industry. To keep LHPH used car leases affordable, the car is now older, has higher miles, and is less reliable than before.
Some results of all of this?
According to Automotive News, dealership and brand loyalty is declining as frustrated consumers search for new options. Many consumers and businesses are avoiding shopping altogether and keeping their old vehicles or buying out their leases. It remains to be seen when they will return to the market. These clients would benefit from independent lessors as we can provide assistance and help them find the best available lease option going forward.
I think this crazy market is an opportunity for independent lessors to grow!
Source: NVLA Newswire
##### Press Release ############################
Paul Vecker, Tony Regan and Ron Ciliberti
Promoted at Eastern Funding, New York, New York
Eastern Funding, a leading financial lender to laundromats, car washes, tow and recovery companies and other businesses, announced recent appointments within its executive leadership team.
Paul Vecker assumes the role of Chief Revenue Officer of Eastern Funding LLC. He also serves as President of Macrolease. Vecker brings over 40 years of industry experience that includes founding an equipment finance company, and later as a senior leader at one of the nation’s leading equipment finance companies.
Tony Regan has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Regan has played an integral role in leading the company’s tremendous sales growth since he joined in 2015. He also leads Eastern Funding’s Customer Service and Collection groups.
Ron Ciliberti has been promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Ciliberti has led the company’s finance department since 2009 and has streamlined reporting and financial aspects of major projects, including the recent on-boarding of Macrolease.
Nancy Robles, the company’s Chief Operating Officer, remarked,
“Eastern Funding’s employees are our greatest resource and the leadership team sets the tone for rest of our organization. These appointments will strengthen our company and set us up to attain even higher goals in the future.”
#### Press Release #############################
Watch at Home:
by Fernando Croce
Newly available from the Criterion collection, this week’s titles include atmospheric suspense (“Devil in a Blue Dress”), evocative drama (“The Virgin Suicides”), a ruthless classic (“Double Indemnity”), and a pair of Japanese gems (“Drive My Car,” “The Funeral”).
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995): Denzel Washington gives one of his most underrated performances in this flavorful, atmospheric neo-noirdrama from talented director Carl Franklin (“One False Move”). He stars as Easy Rawlins, an unemployed World War II veteran struggling to make ends meet in 1948 Los Angeles. He’s hired to track down a woman, Daphne Monet (Jennifer Beals), whose disappearance has implications for the upcoming mayoral race. What at first seems like a straightforward job grows more complicated (and dangerous) as Easy learns more about Daphne. Using the genre’s labyrinthine conventions to address matters of corruption and racial prejudice in postwar America, Franklin’s handsome, intelligent film benefits from Washington’s sexy assurance in the main role, as well as a scene-stealing turn by Don Cheadle as Easy’s hair-trigger friend.
Double Indemnity (1944): One of director Billy Wilder’s first masterpieces, this ruthless screen version of James M. Cain’s pulpy novel remains one of the high points in the film noircanon. In the famous opening sequence, insurance salesman Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) staggers into work with a bloody wound and proceeds to dictate a confession. What follows is a maelstrom of betrayal and lust, in which he became involved with the seductivePhyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck, magnificently cast against type) in a scheme to murder her rich husband. With insurance investigator Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson) on the case, the net around the illicit couple quickly tightens. Brimming with shrewd style and acidic wit, Wilder’s dark gem of a filmcontinues to grip viewers with its lurid desire and suspense.
Drive My Car (2021): After years as an intriguing art-house staple, Japanese director Ryusuke Hamaguchi (“Happy Hour”) scored a well-deserved breakthrough hit with Western audiences with this adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s short story, which scored an Academy Award for Best International Film. Chronicling the relationship that develops between Yusuke (Hidetoshi Nishijima), a recently widowed theater actor and director, and his young chauffeur, Misaki (Toko Miura), it keeps the audience as surprised as the characters about where their journey ultimately leads to. Throughout this, Hamaguchi’s touch remains delicate and exacting, tackling shades of sorrow and grace until we’re faced with a quietly overwhelming humanistic epic, fashioning a breathtaking portrait of mysterious connections. At three hours, it’s a long ride, and worth every minute. With subtitles.
The Funeral (1984): Best known to international audiences for his delightful “Tampopo,” Japanese filmmaker Juzo Itami had a distinctively offbeat sense of humor. In this, his first film as a director, he chronicles the bittersweet clash of tradition and modernity that unfolds at a family funeral. When her womanizing father (Hideji Otaki) passes away, Tokyo actress Shizuko (Nobuko Miyamoto) and her husband Wabisuke (Tsutomo Yamazaki) leave for a three-day trip to organize the old man’s burial. Along with the (often complicated) customs and expenses, they also must deal with the private foibles of other family members, ranging from emotional anguish to shameless philandering. Nimbly following several characters, Itami gracefully mixes satire with poignancy as it contemplates a culture’s relationship to life and death. With subtitles.
The Virgin Suicides (1999): Oscar-winner Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation”) kicked off her directorial career with this evocative adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides’ acclaimed novel. Set in the sleepy suburbs of 1970s Michigan, it focuses on the Lisbon sisters, whose tragic ends are viewed with a mix of wonder and helplessness by the neighborhood boys who love them. Chief among the girls is the rebellious Lux (Kirsten Dunst), who, as a way to escape from her strict parents (James Woods, Kathleen Turner), forges a clandestine romance with her high-school friend, Trip (Josh Hartnett). Told as a traumatic yet dreamy memory, the film amply showcases Coppola’s themes (the feminine inner conflicts of her characters) as well as her delicate approach. As a portrait of the mysteries of adolescence, it’s a luminous debut.
Greenville, South Carolina
"Presh" or Pressure
1 Year, 8 months
Location: Foster Home
This sweet lab mix would love to call you his Furrever family! Pressure, or "Presh due to his precious cuteness, love snuggles, snoozin, and belly scratches! He is the friendliest pup you'll ever meet. Presh loves dogs, kiddos, and even cats! He is extremely food motivated, house trained, and crate trained for the most part. He does very well in the crate once he's in there but we do have to put him into the crate ourselves because he doesn't like to walk in himself lol! This sweet pup sleeps through the night, listens to "no, and is always looking for his next snack. Our favorite trait about Presh is what we call his "tippy tappies. He gets so excited, but knows jumping isn't good, so he taps his front paws against the ground like he's getting ready to jump. He's too cute! His favorite activity is to play fetch. Scoop this sweetie up today!
Pressure is in a foster home so if you're interested in adopting, please copy and paste this link and fill out the application! LINK: https://forms.gle/BvBaAfC8GAGfnUM16
Greenville County Animal Care
328 Furman Hall Road
Greenville, SC 29609
ELFA Board Chair Mike DiCecco in a video posted on the Convention website said, "With two months to go before the 2022 ELFA Annual Convention, interest is running high in the event. More than 870 attendees are registered to date.
"I'm really excited about the convention theme 'Welcoming Change as Opportunity,'" said "Change is all around us, and we're going to talk about how to leverage new developments in the marketplace."
ELFA President and CEO Ralph Petta added: "There's nowhere else you can connect with so many members of the ELFA community in one place." See a list of participants, register and book your hotel today!
870 Registered Participants to Date:
Download to Brochure:
This Day in History
1692 - In Salem in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, five people, one woman and four men, including a clergyman, were executed after being convicted of witchcraft.
1779 - Americans under Major Henry Lee took the British garrison at Paulus Hook, New Jersey.
1782 - The last major engagement of the Revolutionary War, the Battle of Blue Licks, occurred almost ten months after the surrender of the British Cmdr. Cornwallis following the Siege of Yorktown. On a hill next to the Licking River in what is now Kentucky (but was then in Kentucky County, VA), a force of about 50 American and Canadian Loyalists along with 300 Indians ambushed and routed 182 Rebel Kentucky militiamen. It was the last victory for the Loyalists and Natives during the frontier war.
1792 - Benjamin Banneker (1731-1806) published his first Almanac. In February 1791, Major Andrew Ellicott hired Banneker to assist in the initial survey of the boundaries of the new federal district, which the 1790 federal Residence Act and later legislation authorized. Formed from land along the Potomac River that the states of Maryland and Virginia ceded in accordance with the Residence Act, the territory that became the original District of Columbia was a square measuring 10 miles on each side, totaling 100 square miles. Ellicott's team placed boundary stones at every mile point along the borders of the new capital territory. During this effort, Banneker also kept a series of journals that contained his notebooks for astronomical observations, his diary and accounts of his dreams. The title page of an edition of Banneker's 1792 “Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia Almanack and Ephemeris” stated that the publication contained: “the Motions of the Sun and Moon, the True Places and Aspects of the Planets, the Rising and Setting of the Sun, Place and Age of the Moon, &c.—The Lunations, Conjunctions, Eclipses, Judgment of the Weather, Festivals, and other remarkable Days; Days for holding the Supreme and Circuit Courts of the United States, as also the useful Courts in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. In addition to the information that its title page described, the almanac contained a tides table for the Chesapeake Bay region listing times for high water or high tide at Cape Charles and Point Lookout, Virginia and Annapolis and Baltimore, Maryland. These locations remain today as those for which National Weather Service tidal information is regularly quoted.
1812 - Lucy Brewer, alias George Baker and Louisa Baker, concealed her gender and served on board the USS Constitution as a US Marine in its battle with HMS Guerriere. Brewer is the pen name of a writer who purported to be the first woman in the US Marine, serving aboard the Constitution. Brewer's adventures were probably written by Nathaniel Hill Wright (1787–1824) or Wright's publisher, Nathaniel Coverly. ‘She’ thus became the first woman to serve as a US Marine. This also was considered by historians to be the most important naval action of the war that took place in the Atlantic Ocean about 750 miles east of Boston. The American loss was 14 killed or wounded; the British, 79 killed or wounded and Congress awarded $50,000 to Captain Isaac Hull and his crew for the victory over Guerriere. According to the book, “The Female Marine,” original title: “The Adventures of Lucy Brewer,” Brewer supposedly grew up on a farm near Plymouth, MA and, at age 16, fell in love with a boy named Henry. When she became pregnant, Henry refused to marry her and she set out for Boston. In Boston, Lucy was tricked into prostitution after her baby died in childbirth. This series of seduction and betrayal precisely follows the strict line of the romance genre, until, that is, motivated by a patriotic desire to fight in the War of 1812, Lucy tricked her way onto the Constitution, pretending to be a man named George Baker. She served valiantly for three years and in many naval battles against the British before being honorably discharged, all the while keeping her true gender a secret.
1814 - The British land in Maryland to invade Washington, DC.
1814 - Mary Ellen "Mammy" Pleasant (1814-1904) birthday, whereabouts uncertain. She was an early African-American activist who used her fortune to further the abolitionist movement. She worked on the Underground Railroad across many states and then helped bring it to California during the Gold Rush Era. She was a friend and financial supporter of John Brown, and was well known in abolitionist circles. After the Civil War, she took her battles to the courts in the 1860s and won several civil rights victories, one of which was cited and upheld in the 1980s and resulted in her being called “The Mother of Human Rights in California.” She is often called the mother of black civil rights in California. Much of her life is clouded in legend which says that she freed slaves who were being held illegally in free California. She worked to win the rights at African-Americans to have their testimony accepted in court (1863) and helped to end discrimination on California streetcars in Pleasant v. North Beach and Mission Railroad Company (January 1868).
1818 – Capt. James Biddle takes possession of Oregon Territory for U.S.
1846 – Gen. Stephen W Kearney's US forces captures Santa Fe, NM
1848 - "New York Herald" printed an item about the discovery of gold in California.
1854 - The First Sioux War began when seven US Army soldiers killed Lakota chief Conquering Bear and, in return, were massacred near Fort Laramie, WY.
1870 – Bernard Baruch (1870-1965) was born in Camden, SC. He was an American financier, investor, statesman, and political consultant. After his success in business, he devoted his time toward advising Presidents Wilson and Roosevelt on economic matters and became a philanthropist
1871 - Birthday of Orville Wright (1871-1948), aviation pioneer, at Dayton, OH. There has been controversy as to who launched the first air plane flight in the United States, but he certainly is the one he made flying famous, with his brother Wilbur, at Kitty Hawk, NC.
1873 – Mt. Whitney, the second highest peak in the US, was conquered for the first time by a trio of American climbers, Charles D. Begole, A.H. Johnson and John Lucas.
1883 - Birthday of Coco Gabrielle Chanel (1883-1971) in Samur, France. French dress designer. The Museum of Modern Art in New York has a full showing of her “work” which is fascinating to view, including jewelry and perfume bottles. Coco Chanel was the preeminent Parisian haute couture and premier arbitrator of western women's fashions for almost six decades. Coco Chanel almost single-handed changed women's wardrobes from works of architectural wonders to clothes that allow a woman to move. Her clothes were first designed for working girls, but soon wealthy women flocked to her small shop to find the clothes that freed them from the abusive corsets. Chanel, for the first time in history, presented women with clothing that fit a woman's body and did not force a woman to fit her designs. She was also one of the first women to make it big in the women's fashion industry. She presented bobbed hair, trench coats, jersey dresses, sweaters, bell-bottom slacks/trousers as well as the classic straight-line skirt as knee length with a boxy jacket that allowed freedom of motion. She retired in 1939 but came back in 1954 when Dior and others started a "romantic" fashion that threatened to return women's clothing to the turn of the century. She raised hems, introduced the chemise dress, the classic Chanel suit look we know today as a simple boxed jacket with a straight skirt with enough room to walk and climb, and, of course, the staple in every wardrobe, "the little black dress." In 1922 she developed a fragrance that is still one of the most highly sold fragrances in the world: Chanel #5. She was orphaned at age six. Her early years are obscure but there were no wealthy men behind her when she opened a small millinery shop in Paris in 1913 and within a very short time, her comfortable clothing had made her the rage of post-World War I Paris. At her height, she employed 3,500! She was described by Vogue as "a revolutionist, a non-conformist, a lone rebel who let women out of the prison of tight corsets. She led women to cut their hair in the 1920's, raise hemlines, stripped away trimmings and feathers, and produced a simplicity that freed women. Coco Chanel said in a 1954 interview, "There are too many men in this business and they don't know how to make clothes for women. All this fantastic pinching and puffing. How can a woman wear a dress that's cut so she can't lift up her arm to pick up a telephone?" One of the most influential of women's clothing in America.
1886 - The Christian Union was founded by Baptist clergyman Richard G. Spurling (1858-1935) at the Barney Creek Meeting House in Monroe County, Tennessee. In 1923, this Pentecostal denomination changed its name to the Church of God. Headquartered today in Cleveland, Tennessee, its current membership is nearly 500,000 in 14 congregations.
1893 - Frank J. Wisner, owner of Cripple Creek Brewing, served the first “Black Cow” root beer float in Cripple Creek, CO. Inspired by the moon-lit view of the snow-capped Cow Mountain which reminded him of vanilla ice cream floating on top of the pitch-black mountain, he added a scoop of ice cream to his Myers Avenue Red root beer and began serving it as the “Black Cow Mountain Ice Cream Root Beer Float.” Kids loved it and shortened the name to “Black Cow.” Cripple Creek Brewing, now located in Warrenville, IL, celebrating its 107th anniversary, sells beverages based on the original formulas, including Myers Avenue Red root beer. lbartl64lS@aol.com.
1895 – Outlaw John Wesley Hardin was killed by an off-duty policeman in a saloon in El Paso, TX.
1900 – Rube Waddell threw two complete games as Milwaukee swept a doubleheader from the Chicago White Stockings, 2-1 and 1-0. After throwing 17 innings in the first game, the colorful southpaw was coaxed by skipper Connie Mack, who promised him a few days off to go fishing, to pitch the nightcap. He hurled a five-inning one-hitter.
1902 - Birthday of Ogden Nash (1902-71), American writer, best remembered for his humorous verse, at Rye, NY. “Undeniably brash/Was young Ogden Nash/ Whose notable verse/Was admirably terse/ And written with panache.”
1905 - Birthday of drummer Tommy Benford (1905-94), Charleston, WV.
1906 - Birthday of trombone player/guitarist/arranger Eddie Durham (1906-67), San Marcos, TX.
1906 – Philo Farnsworth (1906-71) was born near Beaver, UT. He was an inventor whose early work involved the first fully functional all-electronic image pickup device (video camera tube), the "image dissector," as well as the first fully functional and complete all-electronic television system. He was also the first person to demonstrate such a system to the public. Farnsworth developed a television system complete with receiver and camera, which he produced commercially in the firm of the Farnsworth Television and Radio Corporation, from 1938 to 1951, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He asked his high school science teacher, Justin Tolman, for advice about an electronic television system he was contemplating. He provided the teacher with sketches and diagrams covering several blackboards to show how it might be accomplished electronically. He asked his teacher if he should go ahead with his ideas, and he was encouraged to do so. Later in 1924, Farnsworth applied to the US Naval Academy, where he was recruited after he earned the nation's second highest score on academy tests. However, he was already thinking ahead to his television projects and, upon learning the government would own his patents if he stayed in the military, he sought and received an honorable discharge within months, under a provision in which the eldest child in a fatherless family could be excused from military service in order to provide for his family.
On September 7, 1927, Farnsworth's image dissector camera tube transmitted its first image, a simple straight line, to a receiver in another room of his laboratory at 202 Green Street in San Francisco. Pem Farnsworth recalled in 1985 that her husband broke the stunned silence of his lab assistants by saying, "There you are — electronic television!" In 1999, Time magazine included Farnsworth in the "Time 100: The most Important People of the Century.”
1907 - Birthday of sax player Joe Rushton (1907-64), Evanston, IL.
1909 - First edition of “The Little Red Songbook” published in Spokane, WA. Also known as “I.W.W. Songs” or “Songs of the Industrial Workers of the World,” it is a compilation of tunes, hymns, and songs used by the Workers (I.W.W.) to help build morale, promote solidarity and lift the bleak spirits of the working-class during the Labor Movement.
1909 - The first car race to be run on brick occurred at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
1912 - Jimmie Shields (d. 1982), one of the most popular Irish tenors in Canada during the 1930's, was born in St. Catharine’s, Ontario. Shields rose to further fame in the US from 1937 to 1941 when he appeared with the orchestras of Eddie Duchin and Morton Gould. He also appeared on several leading radio shows, and, in 1939, had his own weekly program on NBC, "Enna-Jettick Melodies." Shields was a regular performer on the CBC from 1948 until his retirement in 1964.
1913 - Birthday of Harry Mills (1913-82), leader singer of the famed Mills Brothers, Piqua, OH
1915 - The Boston Braves opened their new ballpark, Braves Field, with a 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. The Braves called this park home through the 1952 season when they moved to Milwaukee. It is now the home field of Boston University.
1915 - Birthday of famed writer Ring Lardner, Jr., (1915-2000), son of fabled baseball writer and humorist Ring Lardner. Lardner, Jr., was an Academy Award winning screenwriter (Oscar for “Woman of the Year” and “M*A*S*H”) and he also wrote for television. He was a member of the Hollywood Ten, a group of film industry executives sent to federal prison in 1950 for their refusal to tell the House Un-American Activities Committee if they were members of the Communist Party. He served nine months, and was blacklisted for many years.
1917 - Team managers John McGraw and Christy Mathewson were arrested for breaking New York City's blue laws. The crime was their teams were playing baseball on Sunday.
1918 - Pianist Jimmy Rowles (1918-96) birthday in Spokane, WA.
1918 – Walter Johnson beat St. Louis, 4-3, in 14 innings. The Big Train worked in 15 extra-inning games, including two of 18 innings, one of 16 innings, and another of 15 innings.
1921 - Birthday of Gene Roddenberry (1921-91), the creator of the popular TV series “Star Trek,” at El Paso, TX. Turning from his first career as an airline pilot to writing, he created one of the most successful TV science fiction series ever. The original series, which ended its run in 1969, lives on in reruns, and the “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek: Voyager” series have continuing popularity. Eight films also have been spawned from the original concept.
1921 - At the age of 34, Ty Cobb becomes the youngest player to reach 3000 hits when he singles of off Red Sox hurler Elmer Myers.
1927 - Henry and Edsel Ford drove the fifteen millionth Model T off the assembly line at the Highland Park plant in Michigan, officially ending Model T production. Production in England ended on August 19; in Ireland on December 31. After revolutionizing the automobile market, sales of the Model T had started to falter due to its failure to keep up with the competition. Total world Model T production: 15,458,781.
1928 - Canadian pop singer Norman Brooks (1928-2006) was born in Montreal. He is best known for singing in the style of Al Jolson. Brooks played Jolson in the 1956 film "The Best Things in Life Are Free," and also starred in "The Magic of Jolson" on Broadway in 1975. His 1953 recording of "Hello Sunshine" was a substantial hit.
1929 - "Amos and Andy," the radio comedy program, made its debut on NBC starring Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll. This popular TV show ran on CBS (1951–53) and continued in syndicated reruns (1954–66). CBS finally gave in to pressure from the NAACP and the growing civil rights movement and withdrew the program. It would not be shown to a nationwide audience again until 2012.
1931 – Jockey Bill Shoemaker (1931-2003) was born in Fabens, TX. For 29 years he held the world record for total professional jockey victories with 8833. In retirement, and after being paralyzed in a Ford Bronco rollover, Shoemaker authored three murder mysteries: “Stalking Horse” (1994), “Fire Horse” (1995), and “Dark Horse” (1996)
1934 - Roberto Walker Clemente (1934-72), Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder, was born at Carolina, Puerto Rico. Clemente, one of the game's best and most exciting outfielders, played his entire career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, leading them to a World Series in 1971 and collected 3,000 hits. While on a mission of mercy to deliver supplies to victims of a Nicaraguan earthquake on New Year’s Eve, 1972, he perished in a plane crash off the Nicaraguan coast. He was immediately inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1973 after the mandatory 5-year waiting period was waived.
1934 – The first soap box derby was held in Dayton, OH.
1939 – NJ record was set when 14.8” of rain fell at Tuckerton.
1940 - The new Civil Aeronautics Administration awarded honorary license #1 to Orville Wright.
1940 – The B-25 Mitchell bomber, the workhorse of the Doolittle Raid two years later, was launched. Nearly 10,000 Mitchells rolled from the lines of North American Aviation and served in every theater of World War II. My father, Army Air Force SSgt Vincent Mango, was a tail gunner on one that flew over 65 missions including cover for the raids on Monte Cassino and the diversion at Calais on D-Day. The B-25 was also the star of the film version of Joseph Heller’s “Catch-22.”
1942 - First offensive action in the Guadalcanal where J.F. Junkin, Army air pilot, shoots down a German flown aircraft (allies of the Japanese) in the Solomon Islands, after Carlson's Raiders, a special guerrilla unit led by Lt. Col. Evans Fordyce Carlson, landed on Makin Island, at the northern end of the Gilbert Islands, with orders to destroy the radio station on the island. In 40 hours, every Japanese member of a force of 350 was killed, 1000 gallons of gasoline were set aflame, and the island was rendered militarily useless.
1943 - Singer Billy J. Kramer was born William Ashton, in Bootle, England. It was Beatles' manager Brian Epstein who brought Kramer together with a Manchester band, the Dakotas, and introduced them to the songs of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas had their first hit in 1963 with Lennon and McCartney's "Do You Want to Know a Secret." Kramer's other chart records included "Little Children" and "Trains and Boats and Planes." Kramer and the Dakotas parted company in 1966, with Kramer turning to performing in small English clubs.
1944 - NAKAE, MASATO, Medal of Honor.
Private Masato Nakae distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 19 August 1944, near Pisa, Italy. When his submachine gun was damaged by a shell fragment during a fierce attack by a superior enemy force, Private Nakae quickly picked up his wounded comrade's M-1 rifle and fired rifle grenades at the steadily advancing enemy. As the hostile force continued to close in on his position, Private Nakae threw six grenades and forced them to withdraw. During a concentrated enemy mortar barrage that preceded the next assault by the enemy force, a mortar shell fragment seriously wounded Private Nakae. Despite his injury, he refused to surrender his position and continued firing at the advancing enemy. By inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy force, he finally succeeded in breaking up the attack and caused the enemy to withdraw. Private Nakae's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army.
1946 - William Jefferson Clinton, 42nd US President (1993—2001), wasborn at Hope, AR. Left in disgrace due to lying and having an affair with one of his young interns; however, remained popular with those who forgave him. His autobiography was read by over a million people. Accordingly, he appointed more women to important government posts than all the presidents in history combined. There is no controversy that he liked women.
1946 - Woody Herman Band, directed by Igor Stravinsky, records his ”Ebony Concerto” in Los Angeles.
1946 - Nat King Cole records “For Sentimental Reasons”, Capital 304.
1950 - Gillette paid $800,000 for TV rights to the World Series. Radio rights will add another $175,000 more.
1950 - ABC-TV airs the first children's shows.
(bottom of: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/aug19.html )
1953 – Maybe this is the reason…The CIA and MI6 helped overthrow the government of Mohammad Mosaddegh in Iran and reinstated the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
1954 - Top Hits
“Sh-Boom” - The Crewcuts
“The Little Shoemaker” - The Gaylords
“Hey There” - Rosemary Clooney
“I Don't Hurt Anymore” - Hank Snow
1954 - Ralph J. Bunche (1903-71), diplomat and first Black winner of Nobel Peace Prize, was named undersecretary of the United Nations.
1955 – WINS 1010 radio in NYC announced it will no longer play "copy" white cover versions of R&B songs by black artists. DJs must play Fats Domino's "Ain't It a Shame," not Pat Boone's. Early rock ‘n’ roll was littered with this practice of black artists releasing hits and white singers immediately ‘covering’ and having, in many cases, bigger hits.
1955 – Hurricane Diane was the first hurricane to cause at least $1 billion in damage.
1957 - New York Giants vote to move their franchise to San Francisco in 1958. The move was coordinated with the move of hated rivals, the Brooklyn Dodgers, to LA that same year. The vitriol of the New York rivalry has intensified since as the Dodgers have won five World Series and 9 NL pennants while the Giants have won 3 and 6, respectively.
1958 - The production of the elegant Packard line came to a halt on this day. Studebaker-Packard attributed the decision to lagging luxury car sales, but many Packard fans were disgruntled by the decision, which came shortly after Packard's acquisition of Studebaker. Many wondered why Packard, with its reputation for high-quality cars and knowledgeable management, would buy the debt-ridden Studebaker Company. Studebaker management assumed the company reins after the merger, not Packard. It was common to call the new car a “stupid-baker.”
1960 – US U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers was convicted of espionage in Moscow.
1962 - Top Hits
“Breaking Up is Hard to Do” - Neil Sedaka
“The Loco-Motion” - Little Eva
“You Don't Know Me” - Ray Charles
“Wolverton Mountain” - Claude King
1962 - Homero Blancos plays the finest round in US competitive golf history, shooting a 55 at the Premier Invitational Golf Tournament held in Longview, TX.
1962 - Peter, Paul and Mary released their first US Top 10 hit, "If I Had a Hammer."
1963 - National Association of the Advancement of Colored People Youth Council begins sit-ins at lunch counters in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
1964 - The Beatles opened their first US tour at the Cow Palace in San Francisco. Others to cross the stage include Jackie DeShannon and the Righteous Brothers.
1967 - The Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" hits #1 the pop charts. On the same day, Ringo Starr and his wife Maureen have a baby boy named Jason.
1967 - PLESS, STEPHEN W., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Major (then Capt.), U.S. Marine Corps, VMD-6, Mag-36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. Place and date: Near Quang Nai, Republic of Vietnam, 19 August 1967. Entered service at: Atlanta, Ga. Born: 6 September 1939, Newman, Ga. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a helicopter gunship pilot attached to Marine Observation Squadron 6 in action against enemy forces. During an escort mission Maj. Pless monitored an emergency call that 4 American soldiers stranded on a nearby beach were being overwhelmed by a large Viet Cong force. Maj. Pless flew to the scene and found 30 to 50 enemy soldiers in the open. Some of the enemy were bayoneting and beating the downed Americans. Maj. Pless displayed exceptional airmanship as he launched a devastating attack against the enemy force, killing or wounding many of the enemy and driving the remainder back into a Treeline. His rocket and machinegun attacks were made at such low levels that the aircraft flew through debris created by explosions from its rockets. Seeing one of the wounded soldiers gesture for assistance, he maneuvered his helicopter into a position between the wounded men and the enemy, providing a shield which permitted his crew to retrieve the wounded. During the rescue the enemy directed intense fire at the helicopter and rushed the aircraft again and again, closing to within a few feet before being beaten back. When the wounded men were aboard, Maj. Pless maneuvered the helicopter out to sea. Before it became safely airborne, the overloaded aircraft settled 4 times into the water. Displaying superb airmanship, he finally got the helicopter aloft. Major Pless' extraordinary heroism coupled with his outstanding flying skill prevented the annihilation of the tiny force. His courageous actions reflect great credit upon himself and uphold the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service.
1968 - After 58 episodes, the final “Monkees” TV show airs on NBC. Since the its initial run, almost every major cable network has aired re-runs of the show, including a popular stint on CBS from 1969-1972
1969 - Trumpeter Miles Davis began recording sessions in New York for what would eventually become the ground-breaking jazz-rock fusion album "Br*tches Brew." Among the musicians taking part were Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul. There were no rehearsals and Davis gave the musicians only minimal directions.
1969 - 'Never say die' Hurricane Camille let loose a cloudburst in Virginia resulting in flash floods and landslides which killed 151 persons and caused $140 million in damage. Massies Hill, VA received 27 inches of rain.
1970 - Top Hits
“(They Long to Be) Close to You” - Carpenters
“Make It with You” - Bread
“Spill the Wine” - Eric Burdon & War
“Don't Keep Me Hangin' On” - Sonny James
1972 - NBC-TV presented "The Midnight Special" for the first time. John Denver was the host for the first show. Wolfman Jack was the show's announcer. "The Midnight Special" proved to be a ratings success.
1974 - During an anti-American protest in Nicosia, Cyprus, US Ambassador Rodger P. Davies was fatally wounded by a bullet while in the American embassy.
1976 - The Republican National Convention nominates President Gerald Ford for reelection in a narrow victory over former governor Ronald Reagan of California. Senator Robert J. Dole of Kansas was nominated for the vice-presidency.
1977 - Fleetwood Mac's reunion album "The Dance" is released. The disc was taken from two shows that were recorded live at a Warner Brothers soundstage a few months earlier.
1978 - Top Hits
“Three Times a Lady” - Commodores
“Grease” - Frankie Valli
“Miss You” - The Rolling Stones
“Talking in Your Sleep” - Crystal Gayle
1978 - Alicia Bridges enters the soul chart with "I Love the Nightlife." Though the single will only reach as high as #31 in its seventeen weeks on the chart, the song's title will become a disco-era catch-phrase.
1980 - Christopher Cross comes from nowhere and has one of the biggest hits of the year off his debut album which goes platinum on this date. He has three top fifteen hits, including the Number One, "Sailing." He will take home five Grammies in February
1984 - Lee Trevino wins the PGA
1986 - Top Hits
“Papa Don't Preach” - Madonna
“Higher Love” - Steve Winwood
“Venus” - Bananarama
“You’re the Last Thing I Needed Tonight” - John Schneider
1986 - The temperature at San Antonio, TX, soared to an all-time record high of 108 degrees
1987 - It was on this day that consumer reporter David Horowitz was held at gunpoint on camera. During a KNBC-TV newscast in Burbank, CA, Horowitz was forced to read the assailant's rambling note. The news director took the program off the air until police could get the gunman off the set. Horowitz was unharmed.
1988 - Raleigh, NC reported a record hot temperature reading of 103 degrees. Afternoon thunderstorms in Oklahoma produced wind gusts to 75 mph in southern Pittsburg County. Thunderstorms in Indiana produced 4.50 inches of rain at Morgantown
1990 - White Sox Bobby Thigpen records his 40th save as the Chicago White Sox beat the Rangers, 4-2. He becomes the only eighth reliever to reach this milestone in Major League history.
1991 - Hurricane Bob was located 30-35 miles east of Cape Hatteras NC, and was at its peak intensity of 115 mph. Damage from Bob was estimated at $1.5 billion, making it the 15th costliest hurricane in U.S. History. A total of 18 people died in the storm.
1991 – In the Crown Heights Riot in Queens, NYC, Black groups targeted Hasidic Jews for three days after two black children were hit by a car driven by a Hasidic man.
1992 - When Mariner second baseman Bret Boone, the grandson of Ray Boone (1948-60) and son of Bob Boone (1972-90) makes a start against the Orioles, he becomes part of the first three-generation family to play in the Major Leagues. Brett’s brother, Aaron, also played 12 seasons with a number of clubs and is now manager of the New York Yankees.
1992 - IBM and Sears, Roebuck & Co. announce they are working together to create a voice-and-data network service called "Advantis." The two companies had already been working together since the mid-1980s to create the online service Prodigy. With their entry into Internet provider services, the companies expected to generate at least $1 billion a year in revenue.
1999 – “Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2004 - Google Inc. stock began selling on the Nasdaq Stock Market. The initial price was set at $85 and ended the day at $100.34 with more than 22 million shares traded.
2009 - U.S. Army officer William Calley publicly apologized for the My Lai massacre during the Viet Nam War.
2014 - Community Health Systems Inc., a private hospital company, revealed that Social Security numbers and other personal data were stolen for 4.5 million patients in April and June; the company believes the attack is the work of Chinese hackers.
2014 - Google will be launching a paid subscription-based music service featuring YouTube music video content; the service will be separate from the company's existing subscription music service on Google Play.
The object is to insert the numbers in the boxes to satisfy only one condition: each row, column and 3x3 box must contain the digits 1 through 9 exactly once. What could be simpler?
How to play:
Refresh for current date:
See USA map, click to specific area, no commercials
Real Time Traffic Information
You can save up to 20 different routes and check them out with one click,
or type in a new route to learn the traffic live
How to Play