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Boca Raton, FL

CPA, 5 yrs leasing exp. min. 15 yrs in accounting. For more info, please
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Océ Financial Services, Inc. is a dedicated captive leasing company, consolidating all lease-related activity for Océ North America and Océ Imagistics.

Monday, August 13, 2007


Apology: Five Point Capital Press Release
    Classified Ads---Operations
        Banks/Leasing Stocks Friday Flat, Marlin Not
Today: John Blazek, CLP: Evergreen Leasing
    Meetings open to members/non-Members
        Yahoo! News Still tops online News
Classified Ads---Help Wanted
    Flash stick devices a growing threat
        Top Stories--August 6-August 10
Leasing 102 by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP
    Final Call---Site Inspection Questionnaires
        Most requested auto's to lease
Alleged $32MM Leasing Scam Artist Romney fund raiser
    2 years later, Dell stays mum on accounting probe
        Mortgage lender HomeBanc files for Chapter 11
BNP, Deutsche Bank, among creditors to HomeBanc
    News Briefs---
        You May have Missed---
        A survival guide for sub-prime bystanders
Sports Briefs---
    "Gimme that Wine"
        Calendar Events
Snapple Real Facts
    Today's Top Event in History
        This Day in American History
Baseball Poem
        Daily Puzzle

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Apology: Five Point Capital Press Release

Leasing News apologizes for printing a press release from Five Point Capital, San Diego, California, guaranteeing a lower payment or $500 cash.

“The Lowest Payment Guarantee program offers a $500 cash guarantee that Five Point Capital can provide the lowest payment on any qualifying equipment lease. The guarantee offer is valid for new or used equipment, and is available to both new and established qualifying customers.”

Leasing News was unaware of Five Point Capital’s “unsatisfactory”
Better Business Bureau rating:

Christopher Menkin, editor



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Banks/Leasing Stocks Friday Flat, Marlin Not

Last Trade for Marlin was all time low: Friday close $16.51.

The other key leasing stocks seems to hold their own, closing not far from where they opened, such as Key open: 33.35 and close: 33.29; CIT 34.00, close 34.29; US Bancorp, 29.74, close 29.96.



Today: John Blazek, CLP: Evergreen Leasing

Evergreen Leasing Inc. owner John Blazek and Operations Manager Pam Gall are shown in front of Blazek's South Elgin business.

Former Vice-President of MetroLease, closed in 2000; former president
of Stratford Leasing, closed down (file photograph.)

Equipment firm fills a void


SOUTH ELGIN -- John Blazek's stock in trade is industrial equipment.

But you'd never guess it by his inventory -- or lack of it -- at 340 Sundown Road, where Evergreen Leasing Inc. is headquartered.

In short, no machines or machinery are stockpiled there.

But then Blazek, president of Evergreen, has no need to house equipment at his office. His clients already know in advance the sort of equipment they need.

They usually telephone him to arrange financing for equipment ranging from automotive tools, backhoes and business vehicles to car wash equipment, compressors, computer equipment and heavy construction vehicles such as cranes and shovels.

With 25 years' experience, Blazek has learned to grease the skids for his clients, who generate Evergreen's $3 million to $3.5 million in annual revenues.

He was chief financial officer for one leasing company and senior vice president for another before striking out on his own.

With a staff of just three employees, Blazek became his own boss about seven years ago. He sought to fill what he perceived as a void in the Fox Valley region. "We are really the only equipment leasing company, that we know of, in the Fox Valley area," he said.

According to Blazek, equipment leasing companies don't extend much beyond Schaumburg, Chicago's North Shore and near west suburbs, which prompted him to stake a claim to the territory.

"Out here, in Elgin, South Elgin and in Geneva and St. Charles, there really aren't any leasing companies," he said.

His clients include Rookie's All-American Pub & Grill in St. Charles, Dairy Queen in Elgin, Canyon Creek Barbecue in South Elgin and others, as Blazek put it, "all over metropolitan Chicago."

He has earned a reputation for drafting customer-friendly leasing deals that have prompted repeat clients.

"We basically provide the money for businesses -- we buy the equipment that the end user picks out from a supplier and we lease it to them," Blazek said.

He said businesses opt to lease equipment through Evergreen because banks typically require a 20 percent to 30 percent down payment as a condition for a loan. "We don't require that," he said.

Evergreen makes things easy for clients, Blazek said, by providing 100 percent financing, in addition to shipping, training and installation.

Leasing, he pointed out, not only is generally more cost-effective than purchasing, it is another source of capital for a business. "In other words, it keeps their working capital lines with their banks in place," he said.

Blazek has earned the industry's highest designation: certified lease professional.

He seems content with the niche he has carved for himself and has ruled out the possibility of expansion. "We're very happy where we're at right now," Blazek said.



Meetings open to members/non-Members

Calendar Dates
EAEL Northeast Golf Outing, Bethpage Red Course, Farmingdale, NY
UAEL 5th Annual Southern California Anaheim Angels Night!
NAELB 2007 Western Regional Meeting - Costa Mesa, CA
EXPO Marriott Teaneck, NJ
NAELB 2007 Eastern Regional Meeting - Atlanta, GA
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Yahoo! News Still tops online News

The Leading Edge, PR Technology Trends, by Sally Falkow
Bulldog Reporter's Daily Dog

The latest Nielsen/NetRatings show that Yahoo! News is still the number one online news site.

In the last report MSNBC and Yahoo were neck and neck for first place. Yahoo has pulled away again and CNN beat MSNBC this time.

Demographics show that males are at 49 percent and females at 51 percent. One quarter of the online news readers are in the $50 - 75,000 income bracket.

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Leasing Industry Help Wanted

Accounts Manager

Phoenix, AZ or virtual office

Responsible for developing and managing Vendor Programs with equipment manufacturers and vendors
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Manufacturers' Lease Plans Inc. (MLPi) is the pioneer of short-term rental and operating lease financing, funding high technology equipment manufacturers since the 1960s. 


Collections Opportunity

Seeking an experienced collector to join its growing staff. Candidates should have a minimum 2 years of high volume collections experience, preferably in commercial vehicle lending or leasing. Competitive salary plus comprehensive package available. For consideration please fax resume in confidence to R.Z. 718-392-3933 or e-mail to


Boca Raton, FL

CPA, 5 yrs leasing exp. min. 15 yrs in accounting. For more info, please
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Océ Financial Services, Inc. is a dedicated captive leasing company, consolidating all lease-related activity for Océ North America and Océ Imagistics.

EFD Credit Officer

EFD Credit Officer
Walnut Creek, CA

You will underwrite equipment financing and leases of generally high complexity. Requires a BA & 5+ years of relevant experience. CLICK HERE for a detailed description and resume submission info.

Visit, for more information. Bank of the West and its subsidiaries are equal opportunity/affirmative action employers.

Managed Services Division

Managed Services Division
Portland, OR.

Seeking experienced professionals in our Managed Services Division.

    * Contract Accounting Specialist
    * Collections Specialist
    * Customer Service Representative

Visit, for more information. Bank of the West and its subsidiaries are equal opportunity/affirmative action employers.

Operations / Doc / Funding



Full Time Documentation / Funding Clerk

Position Available Immediately

Ground floor opportunity to join fast growing Independent Lessor. Experience required. Word and Excel skills a must.
Benefits provided. Bonus plan participation.
Salary commensurate with experience.
Please fax resume to 714-556-3765. Outline salary expectations.

Sales Representatives

Sales Reps

Due to expansion, we have openings in Richmond VA, Raleigh NC and Washington DC. To see job information, click here. Submit resume to

Since 1986, CSC Leasing has worked with well-managed companies who appreciate the value of leasing.



Flash stick devices a growing threat

By Liam Lahey

Start-up information security vendor RedCannon Security says it is high time organizations get serious about tracking, encrypting, securing, remotely managing and auditing USB-device use.

20 million Flash drive units being introduced annually into American corporate environments. With an estimated 60 million USB sticks sold stateside last year, Jefferies reasoned that at least 20 percent of those were earmarked for corporate usage.

Citing a recent incident in which a disgruntled Boeing employee was charged with 16 counts of computer trespass for allegedly stealing more than 320,000 company files over a two year period and leaking them to the media, John Jefferies, senior vice president of marketing for Fremont, Calif.-based RedCannon, said it is critical that companies implement and enforce strict mobile security policies to avoid this kind of data leakage.

The former Boeing employee allegedly downloaded large amounts of data from the company's information repositories, transferred it to a USB thumb drive and simply walked out with the files. Jefferies said Boeing's ill-luck is yet another huge wake-up call, a clear example that even the most seemingly secure organizations may be overlooking serious data leakage potential via USB devices.

(8gig flash stick on sale at Fry’s Electronics: $64.95)



Top Stories--August 6-August 10

Here are the top ten stories most “opened” by readers last week:

(1) Kit Menkin Heard it on the Grapevine

(2) Marlin “What me! Worry?” kid 2nd Quarter

(3) GE Capital accuses Mass. firm of lease fraud: $41 Million

(4) Cause of Beau Clarke’s death---“adult” rated

(5) Wells Fargo, other lenders curb mortgage loans

(6) More competition for Marlin Leasing

(7) Baltimore: Alan B. Fabian indicted $4.5MM Lease Scam/$32MM Fraud

(8) Marlin 2nd Quarter, Stock Down too

(9) CIT “off lease” computer thief gets three years

(10) Menzel calls “assessment...very insightful”
Not counted due to technical reasons (sent as an “Extra”)

Dwight Galloway Recovering Very Well





Leasing 102

by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP


Each year we seem to have another large fraud and questions fly around the leasing industry about what can we do to prevent fraud? However, if you look at what happened in most of the frauds you will find that the due diligence was lacking. Frauds are usually discovered by someone that follows proper procedures and does not short change the time to completely check out a deal or does not allow marketing pressure to cloud his judgment. There is no substitute for proper documentation and adherence to proper procedures with a small amount of common sense and a critic’s mentality.

“If” you are in the equipment leasing business then to prevent the most common type of fraud, check out the equipment. To start with, if the deal is over $100,000 get a complete description and then check with the manufacturer, not just the vendor, to confirm the description and the age. Check out the vendor to make sure they have a business license and are registered to do business in your State. If it is out of state then question why the lessee had to look so far away. A lot of frauds have come from non licensed or nonexistent vendors. If it is used equipment or a sale-lease-back make sure you see the equipment and check out the ownership by seeing invoices or bills of sale showing ownership transfer and check UCC filings.

A major sign of a fraud is a customer in a hurry or gets disturbed when you ask for answers to questions that are normal concerns. Good customers accept professionalism and rarely get disturbed when asked proper questions.

The one document or lack thereof that causes a lot of problems, and many frauds, is the authority to sign. Always, and I mean always check out the signors right to sign. A major red flag is when someone authorizes themselves to sign. If a company is so small that the signor can authorize his own signature then the authority is not necessary. I always called the lessee’s bank to see who signed the loan papers and who had authorization to sign checks when a resolution did not carry the corporate seal. Look at partnership agreements or charter papers to see who is authorized or verify with other creditors who signed their papers. Do some due diligence to prove authority.

Never accept or use creditors phone numbers placed on an application. Always check phone numbers and especially out of state financial institutions. It is easy to list a bank name regardless if it is recognizable and provide a phone number only to get a phone in the customers back office answered by his accomplice. Question creditors not local to the business or for non-related activities. Verify how long the business has been in operation and check the age of the business with the age of the owner. How can the business be twenty years old when the owner is 32?

You should have a company representative always visit a new customer’s location and take note of the type of assets and off set these with the UCC filings. On sale-lease-backs always count the number of assets, do not just look at serial numbers, because they can be altered or changed. Then check UCC filings and look close at what really exist.

Nothing is better than questioning anything that does not look good. Sometimes we are afraid to upset a possible lessee with to may questions when actually a bad deal takes ten times as many good deals to recover the loss. One loss customer is just a little drop in revenues. Fraud is preventable, if you want it to be, just due your homework and question everything.

Mr. Terry Winders, CLP, has been a teacher, consultant, expert witness for the leasing industry for thirty years and can be reached at or 502-327-8666.
He invites your questions and queries.

Previous #102 Columns:



Final Call---Site Inspection Questionnaires


---------------------------------------------------------------- Names Most Requested Vehicles to Lease;
Honda Gains Ground, Corvette Still #1

CINCINNATI----Automobile Consumer Services, Inc. (ACS), the leader in online direct-to-consumer auto leasing, released a list of the top 10 most requested vehicles from its popular auto leasing website Information was collected during the first half of 2007 from more than two million lease quote requests.

The Top 10 Most Requested Models:

"The BMW 328 and 335 debuted on the 'New' list thanks to the introduction of their convertible models in time for spring and the Nissan Altima appears on the list for the first time due to its re-design,” says Tarry Shebesta, President of ACS and a certified lease consultant. “The Honda Accord and Civic show up on both lists primarily due to the continued high price of gasoline.”

A complete list of how every vehicle ranks can be found at

-Tarry E. Shebesta, OCLC (Ohio Certified Lease Consultant)
President, Automobile Consumer Services, Inc. (
President, National Vehicle Leasing Association (NVLA) / 800.223.4882

ACS Services:
blog: Auto Lease Insider


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News Briefs----

Alleged $32MM Leasing Scam Artist fund raiser for Romney

2 years later, Dell stays mum on accounting probe

Mortgage lender HomeBanc files for Chapter 11

BNP, Deutsche Bank, among creditors to HomeBanc



You May have Missed---

A survival guide for sub-prime bystanders,1,2593875.column?



Sports Briefs----

Woods Claims P.G.A. for His 13th Career Major

Sources: Vick suspension near;_ylt=AnNRL_mo._zsjWEiRZ_GMfRDubYF?slug=jc-vick

Young sits in loss
Quarterback punished after breaking curfew



“Gimme that Wine”

Raise a Glass for the Taste, Not the Toast

Emporium a bold bid for wine fans,0,1446468.story

The Big Freeze: Money and Politics
Stop AVA Petitions in Their Tracks

New York State wine pioneer sells estate

Napa winemaker reports on India’s growing industry

Fleming's Prime Directive: Wine and Dine
video interviews and visits to the all the wineries that Fleming's uses for its signature 100 wines by the glass feature.
Smith-Madrone, Napa

Wine Prices by vintage
US/International Wine Events
Winery Atlas
Leasing News Wine & Spirits Page
The London International Vintners Exchange (Liv-ex) is an electronic exchange for fine wine.



Calendar Events This Day

Left-Handers Day

Tunsia: Women’s Day
General Holiday. Celebration of independence of women.

Victory Day. Rhode Island.
State holiday commemorating President Truman’s announcement of the surrender of the Japanese to the Allies on August 14, 1945. Annually, the second Monday in August.

Saint feast Days



Ohio is the only U.S. state that does not have a rectangular flag.



Today's Top Event in History

1942—Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin wrote both to England’s Prime Minister Winston Churchill and American President F.D.Roosevelt, appealing for them to help in the war in Europe against Germany. Not trusting the dictator, and wanting to protect the oil in Northern Africa, they invaded there first, and whatever relationship they had began to unravel even before it started.


This Day in American History

    1521 - After a three-month siege, the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan (today Mexico City) was conquered by Hernando Cortes and Spanish troops. With a population between 150,000 and 300,000, Tenochtitlan was set up so it would sustain its inhabitants while still protecting the local ecosystem. The Spanish conquest caused a human and ecological disaster of epic proportions. They would travel into what is today New Mexico and Arizona.
    1587- Manteo, chief of the Hatteras, was baptized into the Christian faith as a member of the Church of England, becoming the first Native American to become a Protestant. He was invested by Sir Walter Raleigh with the power of Lord of Roanoke and of Dasamonguepeuk. There were earlier baptisms of Native Americans by Roman Catholic priests in Florida.
    1650-Of all the Indians the English colonists encountered in the colonies, none were more powerful or better organized than the Iroquois. The five tribes—Mohawk, Oneida, Onodaga, Cayuga, and Seneca---were concentrated in New York in that order between the Hudson River and the Genesse River to the west. Their league, possibly organized as early as 1570, numbered no more than 25,000 persons by about 1650, but it dominated others in all directions. Their particular enemies were the Hurons to the north, who with their French allies dominated the fur trade. In 1649 the Iroquois won a resounding victory over the Hurons; in 1651 they nearly wiped out the Neutral National along the northern shore of Lake Erie; and in 1656 they defeated and dispersed the Eries. They continued to increase their power and became allies of the English after the Dutch lost New Netherland. As a result, the Iroquois were a serious problem for the patriot forces during the American Revolution. The estimated colonial population was 51,700.
    1680 - War started when the Spanish were expelled from Santa Fe, New Mexico, by Indians under Chief Pope.
    1689-The legend of the naming of Nix Mate’s Island in Massachusetts Bay originated. Captain Nix anchored his boat off the nameless island one night. Screams were heard by the inhabitants of Boston, and investigators found the captain murdered. His mate was accused, tried, and sentenced to hang. As a final statement the mate said that the island would wash away as proof of his innocence. by the beginning of the nineteenth century, a good portion of Nix Mate’s Island had disappeared.
    1722-Governor Alexander Spotswood of Virginia signs a treaty with the League of Six Nations, an Iroquois confederation that included the Tuscarora tribe. The Indians agreed not to cross the Potomic River or Blue Ridge Mountains.
    1744—A new Indian treaty signed with the Iroquois League of Lancaster PA, ceded to England the territory of the Ohio River Valley north of the Ohio River
    1784 - The United States Legislature met for the final time in Annapolis, Maryland. It moved a few more times, from Philadelphia, PA to New York City and, finally, to its permanent seat of government in Washington, DC.
    1818-Birthday of Lucy Stone, American women’s rights pioneer, born near West Brookfield, MA. Lucy Stone dedicated her life to the abolition of slavery and the emancipation of women. Although she graduated from Oberlin College, she had to finance her education by teaching for nine years because her father did not favor college education for women. An eloquent speaker for her cause, she headed the list of 89 men and women who signed the call to the first national Women’s Rights Convention, held at Worcester, MA. October, 1850. On May 1, 1855, she married Henry Blackwell. She and her husband aided in the founding of the American Suffrage Association, taking part in numerous referendum campaigns to win suffrage amendments to state constitutions. She died Oct 18, 1893 at Dorchester, MA..
    1831 - A blue sun was widely observed in the southern states. The phenomena was believed to have pre-staged Nat Turner's slave uprising.
    1844--Birthday of 1844, Ann Eliza Webb Young. Forced to marry 68-year-old Brigham Young when she was 24, she sued for divorced in 1873 after four years of marriage. She went public in the divorce and tore the mask of silence from the inner workings of the plurality marriages of Mormon men. She thought she was wife 19 but research shows that she was wife 27. Her book Wife No. 19 or The Story of a Life in Bondage (1876) was a bestseller. Her divorce was granted in 1875 although Brigham claimed that their relationship was only "spiritual." The divorce was overturned later because no legal marriage could occur when a man was still married to another woman.
    1856--Birthday of Maria Louise Baldwin, educator who as the "master" of the Agassiz Grammar School became the first Afro- American head of a school in New England. The Agassiz school located near Harvard University had a mainly white enrollment and an all-white faculty. Harvard president Charles Eliot said MLB was the best teacher in New England. She had started as a primary teacher with the Agassiz school in 1881following pressure from the community to appoint a black and she was elevated to principal in 1889 on her own considerable merits.
    1860- Annie Oakley was born at Darke County, OH. She developed an eye as a markswoman early as a child, becoming so proficient that she was able to pay off the mortgage on her family farm by selling the game she killed. A few years after defeating vaudeville marksman Frank Butler in a shooting match, she married him and they toured as a team until joining Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in 1885. She was one of the star attractions for 17 years She died Nov 3, 1926, at Greenville, OH.
    1865-Birthday of Maud Belington Booth, British-born American social worker. She organized the Volunteers of America (VOA), and was one of the founders of the Parent-Teacher Association.
    1881 -- The first African-American nursing school opens at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.
    1889- William Gray of Hartford, CT, received a patent on a “coin-controlled apparatus for telephones” The first pay telephone was installed in the lobby of the Hartford Bank in 1889 under the supervision of Ellis Benjamin Baker, superintendent of the Southern New England Telephone Company. In 1891, Gray, with Amos Whitney and Francis Pratt, incorporated the Gray Telephone Pay Station Company and installed the telephone in stores on a leasing basis. The company rented out the pay phones for 25 percent of the take. Ten percent of the take went to the place of business, and 65 percent went to the telephone company.
    1892- First issue of the Baltimore Afro-American Newspaper.
    1899- Alfred Hitchcock birthday, English film director and master of suspense born at London. Hitchcock’s career as a filmmaker dates back to the silent film era when he made The Lodger in 1926, based on the tale of Jack the Ripper. American audiences were introduced to the Hitchcock style in 1935 with The Thirty-Nine Steps and The Lady Vanishes in 1938, after which he went to Hol­lywood. There he produced a string of classics including Rebecca, Suspicion, Notorious, Rear Window, To Catch a Thief, The Birds, Psycho and Frenzy, in addition to his TV series “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.” He died Apr 29, 1980, at Beverly Hills, CA.
    1905-Birthday of 1905, Claudette Colbert, American actor who won the academy award for her work in It Happened One Night (1934) and was nominated twice more. The hitchhiking episode with Clark Gable remains one of the most famous of all movie scenes. Her career spanned 40 years and more than 60 films.
    1906 - At Fort Brown, Texas, some 10-20 armed men engaged an all-Black Army unit in a shooting rampage that left one townsperson dead and a police officer wounded. A 1910 inquiry placed guilt on the soldiers and Pres. Roosevelt ordered all 167 discharged without honor. In 1970 John Weaver (d.2002) authored "The Brownsville Raid," an account of the incident that led the Army to exonerate all 167 men.
    1912-Birthday of Golfer Ben Hogan, born at Dublin, TX. Hogan was one of only four players to win all four major professional championships, and his 63-career victories rank him third after Sam Snead and Jack Nicklaus. Died at Ft. Worth, TX, July 25, 1997.
    1919—Jazz pianist George Shearing birthday.
    1919- Birthday of Rex Humbard, pioneer radio and television evangelist. In 1958 Humbard established the Cathedral of Tomorrow in Akron, Ohio, from which he afterward based his television ministry.
    1919 - At Saratoga, New York, the previously undefeated racehorse, Man o’ War, was defeated by Upset. Legend had it this turn of events so upset Man o’ War, he never lost a race again. After wining 1,300 races he went on to sire 379 foals, for a $5,000 stud fee.
1921-Birthday of pianist/songwriter Jimmy McCracklin, Helena,AR
    1912-Birthday of trombonist Big Chief Moore, Komatke, AZ
    1913-Birthday of singer Don Ho, Kakaako,HI.
    1922—African-American Frederick Douglass' home in Washington DC is declared a national shrine.
    1924 - "The Prisoner’s Song" by Vernon Dalhart became the first country record to sell one million copies. The album included the songs "The Prisoner’s Song", "Molly Darling", "Death of Floyd Collins" and "New River Train" which helped Dalhart outsell all others of his era by about 75 million records. In 1981, He became a Country Music Hall of Famer.
    1925-Birthday of trumpet player Benny Baily, born Cleveland, Ohio.
    1927-Birthday of guitarist Joe Puma, New York City, died June 4, 2000.
    1934 - Cartoonist Al Capp began his famous comic strip, "Li’l Abner". In those early days, the cartoon strip was carried in eight newspapers. Eventually, it would be in more than 500, and would be the basis for a Broadway play and a Hollywood movie, too
    1935- The first roller derby competition took place in Chicago, staged by promoter Leo Seltzer.
    1942—Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin wrote both to England’s Prime Minister Winston Churchill and American President F.D.Roosevelt, appealing for them to help in the war in Europe against Germany. Not trusting the dictator, and wanting to protect the oil in Northern Africa, they invaded there first, and whatever relationship they had began to unravel even before it started.
    1948 - Rookie pitcher Satchel Paige of the Cleveland Indians tossed his first full game in the major leagues. During the game he allowed the Chicago White Sox only five hits, winning the game 5-0. The rookie pitcher was 42 years old.
    1948-- Republican Margaret Chase Smith of Maine was elected to the U.S. Senate to become the first woman to serve in both houses of Congress.
    1951- Every one who shows up with a musical instrument is admitted free to Ebbets Field. Two thousand fans take advantage of the Musical Depreciation Night promotion including a man who brings a piano.
    1951 - Dan Fogelberg is born in Peoria, Ill. His biggest hit is ``Longer,'' a No. 2 song in 1980. His first eight albums are certified gold (500,000 copies sold) or platinum (1 million copies sold).
    1952 - The original version of "Hound Dog" was recorded by Willie Mae (Big Mama) Thornton. It was the first hit for the song-writing team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Musician-composer Johnny Otis ("Willie and the Hand Jive") said he helped Leiber and Stoller with the writing of "Hound Dog". All was fine as long as Big Mama Thornton was doin’ the singing (Otis was her producer); but as soon as the Elvis version started bringing in the bucks, Otis was cut out of the picture. Otis went to court but lost the suit. He was a popular Los Angeles disc jockey as well as band leader, playing at the San Jose Fairmont, while painting, which got to be so popular, he moved to Santa Rose where he devotes his full energy toward painting.
    1953--*KILMER, JOHN E. Congressional Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Hospital Corpsman, U.S. Navy, attached to duty as a medical corpsman with a Marine rifle company in the 1st Marine Division. Place and date: Korea, 13 August 1952. Entered service at: Houston, Tex. Born: 15 August 1930, Highland Park, Ill. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action against enemy aggressor forces. With his company engaged in defending a vitally important hill position well forward of the main line of resistance during an assault by large concentrations of hostile troops, HC Kilmer repeatedly braved intense enemy mortar, artillery, and sniper fire to move from 1 position to another, administering aid to the wounded and expediting their evacuation. Painfully wounded himself when struck by mortar fragments while moving to the aid of a casualty, he persisted in his efforts and inched his way to the side of the stricken marine through a hail of enemy shells falling around him. Undaunted by the devastating hostile fire, he skillfully administered first aid to his comrade and, as another mounting barrage of enemy fire shattered the immediate area, unhesitatingly shielded the wounded man with his body. Mortally wounded by flying shrapnel while carrying out this heroic action, HC Kilmer, by his great personal valor and gallant spirit of self-sacrifice in saving the life of a comrade, served to inspire all who observed him. His unyielding devotion to duty in the face of heavy odds reflects the highest credit upon himself and enhances the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for another.
    1956---Top Hits
My Prayer - The Platters ( one of my old time favorites )
Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera) - Doris Day
I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash
    1960 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``It's Now or Never,'' Elvis Presley. The song sells more than 20 million copes worldwide, making it Presley's biggest-selling single.
    1964---Top Hits
A Hard Day’s Night - The Beatles
Everybody Loves Somebody - Dean Martin
Where Did Our Love Go - The Supremes
Dang Me - Roger Miller
    1965- The Matrix, San Francisco's first folk night club was opened by singer Marty Balin, who put together the band Jefferson Airplane as the "house band" for the club. Later that year, a band known as The Warlocks became the Grateful Dead, performing at The Fillmore. Before the year's out, the Jefferson Airplane will become the first San Francisco rock group to sign a major recording contract.
    1965- The Beatles "Help!" single is released. They arrive in New York to start their third US tour.
    1966- The Supremes' "You Can't Hurry Love" is released.
    1968-A wild week of four consecutive San Francisco Fillmore West concerts featuring The Who, James Cotton, Magic Sam, Credence Clearwater Revival, Albert Collins, Grateful Dead, Kaleidoscope, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Spooky Tooth, Cold Blood, and Holy See. Bill Graham posters are a collector’s item today.
    1969- In a 6-4 defeat to the Reds, Bobby Bonds becomes the fourth player in major league history steal at least 30 bases and hit at least thirty home runs in the same season. The other members of the 30/30 club include Ken Williams (1922-Browns), Willie Mays (1956 & 1957-Giants) and Hank Aaron (1963-Braves).
    1972---Top Hits
Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilbert O’Sullivan
Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) - Looking Glass
(If Loving you is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right - Luther Ingram
Bless Your Heart - Freddie Hart & The Heartbeats
    1979- Outfielder Lou Brock of the St. Louis Cardinals got the 3,000th hit of his career, an infield single against Dennis Lamp and the Chicago Cubs. Brock finished his career that season with 3,023 hits.
    1979- Cheap Trick has the biggest hit of their career, "I Want You to Want Me." The tune was originally on their second L.P., "In Color," which came out in 1977. However the song took off when it was included on the "Live at Budokan" album. The record goes gold on this date.
    1979 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Good Times,'' Chic. The song was written by band members Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, who between them have write No. 1 songs for Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, David Bowie, Duran Duran and Madonna.
    1980 - The afternoon high at New York City was just 89 degrees. But there were fifteen days of 90 degree heat during the month, their hottest August of record
    1980---Top Hits
Magic - Olivia Newton-John
Take Your Time (Do It Right) - The S.O.S. Band
Sailing - Christopher Cross
Stand by Me - Mickey Gilley
    1986 - United States Football League standout Herschel Walker signed to play with the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. Walker’s contract paid an estimated $5 million over five years. He had been playing for the New Jersey Generals before the USFL went out of business.
    1987 The Cubs retire Hall of Famer Billy Williams' uniform number (26)—if you didn’t know it, I am a big fan of the Chicago Cubs—the Dodgers number one when they were in Brooklyn, but today, it is only the Cubs!!!
    1988- Boston Red Sox win AL record 24 straight home games.
    1988---Top Hits
Roll with It - Steve Winwood
Hands to Heaven - Breathe
Make Me Lose Control - Eric Carmen
Don’t Close Your Eyes - Keith Whitley
    1988 - A dozen cities in the northeastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. Lansing MI reported a record 35 days of 90 degree weather for the year, Detroit MI reported a record 37 days of 90 degree heat for the year, and Williamsport PA reported a record 38 days of 90 degree weather for the year.
    1995 - Four days after Jerry Garcia's death, the largest of many memorials draws 20,000 fans to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.
    2003- After missing nearly three months with a groin injury, Mike Piazza makes a dramatic return to the New York lineup as he homers and drives in five runs on Italian Night at Shea Stadium. The backstop's 3-for-5 performance, including a home run in the third inning, RBI single in the fourth and a two-run single in the seventh, contributes to the Mets 9-2 victory over the Giants.



Baseball Poem

The Cubs will soar in '04
The ‘stros hit the floor in '04
The pirates still poor in '04
The redbirds will bore in '04
The Brew crew will snore in '04
The Reds won't score in ‘04

Can this finally be next year
The rest of the Central fear
For with Prior, Carlos and Wood
We have the best not just good
Add in the goatee and Cruz
No way in ‘04 can we lose

The Cards got Suppan, King, Kline, Morris and izzy
But if the Cards Fans think that's enough they're dizzy
And when the balls fly out in Minute Maid Park
Andy and Roger will wish they could pitch in the dark
The Pirates seem to be a little bit improved in '04
But not enough for them to increase wins any more
The Reds have Griffey - but their pitching blows
Their season will be overshadowed by a selfish Rose
The only real news in Milwaukee is the team is for sale
But who in their right mind wants to spend money and fail

So as the Cubbies continue to build and grow
And the fans have lived long enough to know
That every season brings us something new
This is the year to celebrate Cubby Blue

Sammy, Patterson, Aramis, and Gonzales too
Add Lee, Grudz, Barrett and Moises Alou
Bako, Walker, Goodwin, T.H. and Martinez on the bench
With our bullpen so deep we are sure to clinch

The best Cub team we have seen in our time
But something we have like a poet and his rhyme
We have the secret weapon - the smartest playmaker
We have the best manager in baseball Dusty Baker




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