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Friday, August 21, 2009

Singer-Songwriter Jackie DeShannon (born Sharon Lee Myers) August 21, 1944 in Hazel, Kentucky. Her first hit "What the World Needs Now Is Love," and then she wrote and had a hit with "Put a Little Love in Your Heart" and "Love Will Find A Way. "In 1964 she toured with the Beatles for 26 concert dates. She was in demand as a songwriter. The Searchers had a hit with what some regard as one of the best songs Jackie ever wrote, "When You Walk In The Room," as did the Byrds with her "Don't Doubt Yourself Babe."


Classified Ads---Senior Management
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More on MericapCredit closing down
    Churchill Group/Churchill Leasing Closed
Most Influential Women in Leasing- Valerie Jester
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    The Crisis in Sales Management Is an Old Problem
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Philadelphia, PA
Executive that led vendor technology leasing start-ups for US Bancorp and Wells Fargo.
Hired and managed vendor teams in technology, office equipment, telecom and transportation.

25+ yrs exper. management roles Chase, AT&T Capital, Heller Financial, SFS. Develop biz from “scratch to success”. Looking for challenging & pioneering job.

Philadelphia, PA
27 yrs. exp. sales, ops., credit, strategy, P&L mngmet. Most recently created & executed the biz plans for 2 highly successful Bank-owned small ticket leasing subsidiaries.
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John Boettigheimer Back in Business

John Boettigheimer, former president of Pioneer Capital Corporation, Addison, Texas is back in the leasing and finance business, announcing the formation of Centra Leasing, Inc., Plano, Texas.

"I decided to start a new leasing company called Centra Leasing, Inc.," he told Leasing News. "Our target markets are franchise finance, manufacturing equipment, and production equipment.

"We currently have five employees, and we will be looking to add more salespeople here over the next few months.*

"Our organizational concept is to offer very high commission payouts to our sale representatives compared to other firms. We currently are offering a 70% of gross commission payout. We hope to attract only highly experienced personnel who are looking for increased pay."

After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA, Economics, he went to work as a "co-founder" with his father as the main "co-founder" of Pioneer Capital Corporation, where they worked with direct salesmen and brokers, "inventing" ZAPlease," becoming a leader in contact leasing software which not only sped up the process for submitting applications, but automating from quoting, printing contracts, to funding. The company was sold in September, 2004 to IFC Credit Corporation, Morton Grove, Illinois.

According to a press release of the announcement of the sale, "Pioneer has funded over $85 million in small-ticket equipment leases over the last 3 years. Pioneer, through its proprietary web-based leasing system ( processes over 5000 lease applications and funds over 1000 leases annually."

Bernie Boettigheimer retired April 28, 2006, with his son throwing a surprise party at his house for him. John moved up from general manager-vice-president to President. In late 2008, Pioneer was experiencing slow fundings and financial difficulties from its parent in Morton Grove, Illinois, with John Boettigheimer sending out announcements about funding hold-ups, telling brokers to send transactions elsewhere, and then from time to time, sending back signed lease contracts with the advance rentals saying he did not see them funding. During the next six months, Leasing News can testify he was the only one admitting the cash flow problems at his parent IFC Credit, trying to control his own company's funding abilities and trying to hold onto employees from leaving what they knew was happening. In July, IFC Credit went bankrupt, and he eventually turned over the keys to the trustees.

"I know that many brokers will be interested if we will be offering a broker program, and we are working on it," he told Leasing News. "Our goal right now is focusing on our target equipment markets for the immediate future.

"I also want to thank the many people who called to give their support over the last few months. Many of these people were instrumental in getting Centra off and running by offering their services.

"At times, we view our industry as being cutthroat, but after the last few months I can tell you that this is not true. After twenty five years in the industry, my fellow colleagues were instrumental in my decision to open a new company in very tough economic times."

John Boettigheimer
Centra Leasing, Inc.
1400 Preston Road, Suite 400
Plano, Texas 75093
Toll Free (888) 779-4629
Fax (888) 715-6703

*Centra Leasing, Inc. is currently hiring sales representatives who have:

(a) Equipment leasing experience and an existing book of business


(b) Individuals who have a valuable contact(s) that sells equipment to commercial entities (businesses). These suppliers include - automotive repair, construction, furniture, computers, software, manufacturing, industrial, medical, printing or any other kind of commercial equipment supplier.

IFC Credit Corporation Announces Acquisition of Pioneer Capital Corporation

Bernie Boettigheimer retires



More on MericapCredit closing down

In the Wednesday, August 19, 2009 issue Leasing News reported MericapCredit, Lisle, Illinois, led by Craig Weinewuth and Jim Freund reportedly had reached an agreement to sell its remaining portfolio to Main Street Bank, Kingwood, Texas, including the sales personnel let go and some Mericapcredit employees to be transitioning out over the next couple of months.

The story showed the key officers and the connection with American Express Business Finance and similar background with officers at Main Street Bank. There is more to the story. Left out was where the executive officers came from after American Express Business Finance and how they started. Another point, Leasing News has not been able to confirm, the alleged problems with the Mericapcredit portfolio, including slowness and "due diligence" issues, for want of a better description. Calls to Craig Weinewuth at MericapCredit were not returned.

First, the company started out as AmeriCap Credit in late May, 2005, out of Oak Grove, Illinois and New York, New York, announcing on April 21, 2006 "with investment funds managed by Metalmark Capital LLC will provide up to $80.0 million in equity capital to support AmeriCap Credit's continued growth...Concurrently, AmeriCap Credit will change its name to MeriCap Credit Corporation."

In 2004, Key Equipment Finance, a leasing company based in Cleveland, Ohio, part of Key Corp., acquired American Express Business Finance Corp., formerly a business unit of the American Express financial company. In March 2005, unhappy with their new owners, a group of executives from that unit left Key to create AmeriCap Credit, a commercial finance company for construction and commercial vehicles.

When the key executives left, there were accusations that they had taken proprietary information with them. They proclaimed: "We deny it, but also prove it."

Attorneys may argue that an employee or partner who takes proprietary information, such as customer lists, or how credit is conducted, or the operation or manual of operations, is difficult to prove, but in this case, Key Equipment Finance, then under the direction of Paul A. Larkins, 2006 Leasing News Person of the Year, prevailed because computer forensic examiner, Craig Ball found a trail of deleted electronic evidence, and that led to the case's quick conclusion.

"Hughes says one reason he hired a forensic expert was that he could see an ugly fight breaking out, and he could see costs getting out of control. Even so, the discovery issues wound up costing well over $100,000. And that's for a case that never got past the early phases of discovery. In the final accounting, AmeriCap paid the cost of discovery.

According to the American Bar Association (ABA) Journal, March, 2008:

"On June 2, all of Ball's work came to fruition at a contempt hearing with the defendants, their lawyers and the federal marshals listening in. Ball testified at length about his efforts but had to leave early for a speaking engagement. But observers say the defendants looked decidedly uncomfortable and, after a lunch recess, they decided to settle the case. Key Equipment Finance v. AmeriCap Credit, No. H-05-0585. AmeriCap and the attorneys who represented the company for most of the trial didn't respond to repeated requests for comment. But it should be noted that this case is simply a business case that became hung up on some specific problems with spoliation, and Vetrics and AmeriCap never got a trial on the business dispute the case was really about. Instead, the actions of a few employees angered the judge and put the company in a difficult position. So they accepted arbitration.

"In the end, Key won an order prohibiting AmeriCap from using specific business or pricing information or from soliciting business from customers on Key lists. As for the role of digital data in the case, Ball had this to say: 'Think of it this way-all the garbage you threw away in the last year was taken to the garage and stored. Some deteriorated, but all the wrappers, correspondence and bills were there. We keep such a wealth of information now, the variety of which is greater than ever before.' "

Here is the full ABA article sent to Leasing News by an attorney who wanted readers to be aware of the use of technology in the court room:

Former AmEx Business Finance Execs Launch Americap Credit, LLC

AmeriCap Credit, LLC Announces $80.0 Million Equity
Capital Commitment from Metalmark Capital LLC

MericapCredit closing down



Churchill Group/Churchill Leasing Closed

Confirmed: Churchill Group/Churchill Leasing, Jericho, New York, is closed. Their office is locked up, "tighter than a nun's habit," a reader emailed to Leasing News. Both web sites are gone and all phone lines ring busy. Michael Berg and Peter Grace were presidents at one time.

June 10, 2009 Leasing News published a Bulletin Board Complaint from Car Care of Manhasset on the company for not returning an advance rental payment. Andrew Corsi, Senior Vice-President, Sterling National Bank told Leasing News that an application for Car Care of Manhasset was sent in, but not funded. He also said that becoming aware of some customers having difficulty with funds due to them from Churchill and other experiences, the bank's relationship with the Lessor has been terminated."

Bulletin Board Complaint

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to help support the growth of Lease Police)



Most Influential Women in Leasing- Valerie Jester

Valerie Jester-- President of Brandywine Capital Associates. She served as Senior Vice President of First Sierra Financial. She was President and owner of Corporate Capital Leasing Group, which she sold to First Sierra Financial. Prior to founding Corporate Capital's predecessor company in 1988, Ms. Jester was a Regional Manager for General Electric Credit Corporation - in the company's Commercial Asset Finance Department. It is her volunteerism that nominates her as being one of the most influential women in leasing. For 17 years she has been active in the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, very active on many committees, and also it was for her work that she was elected as the first woman chairman of the association. Ms. Jester has not limited herself and activities to one association. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Eastern Association of Equipment Lessors and as a member of the Ethics committee of the United Association of Equipment Leasing (now National Equipment Finance Association.) She also has been a speaker and chair of many industry conventions and workshops. Ms. Jester has also served on the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Chester County, Red Cross of Chester County, the American Lung Association of Chester and Delaware Counties, the Salvation Army, and the Chester County Art Association, and has served as Chair for many local fundraising events.

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Regional Sales Managers:
Southern California, Texas, Illinois, Florida, Georgia.
2+ years outside leasing/finance sales exp. closing deals. Estab. customer base/ or vendors a plus. Top commission.

Relationship Manager/Sales Associate:
Lake Success, New York
Process daily sales activities. Excellent written/verbal skills required. Previous industry experience not required although a plus

Please submit your resume for confidential review to: or fax to 718 392 5427.

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The Crisis in Sales Management Is an Old Problem

Summary: The current economy has caused slowed sales, not simply because fewer people are buying, but because salespeople don't know how to sell effectively.

When I first became a sales consultant, and began working with clients, I was surprised at the lack of basic sales skills and business knowledge of most of the sales groups I encountered.

Whether we consulted with multi-billion dollar corporations or middle market companies, the story was always the same - the salespeople lacked basic selling skills and knowledge, and the overall skill level and knowledge of sales managers was worse.

As I thought about why this appeared to be the case, I encountered a woman who recruited senior sales managers during the last twenty-five years. I told her what I had observed, and asked her two questions: First, were my observations valid? And second, if they were valid, how did this happen?

Without hesitation she told me that during most of the 1990's business was generally good and getting better each month. Salespeople in a great many industries had only to make sure they answered the telephone to take orders from customers who were anxious to buy. Selling skills and business knowledge weren't needed to meet and exceed sales quotas. Sales managers, again in many industries, had little managing to do as their teams met their numbers.

That all changed, of course, as the economy began to slow in 2000. All of a sudden things changed for salespeople and for sales managers. The phone stopped ringing off the hook, and salespeople and managers found themselves competing in a cruel world against increasingly more desperate competitors.

According to the sales recruiter, many experienced salespeople lost their selling skills, and those new to selling never acquired even basic sales skills. The same things happened to experienced sales managers and those new to management during this good economy.

Now, of course, in the midst of the worst recession anyone can recall, senior sales leaders and senior managers are facing the reality of a crisis in sales management.

When times get tough, and companies begin to lose customers and market share, senior managers want quick fixes. They often ask, "How can we gain more of our customer's mindshare, now? How can we differentiate ourselves from our competitors? How can we sell value and avoid caving into customer demands for more service and lower prices? How can we upgrade our selling skills? How can we motivate our sales teams?"

As they turn to sales managers for answers, many senior executives discover that the sales managers cannot deliver comprehensive solutions, let alone quick fixes. The executives come face to face with the crisis in sales management. It is an old problem that won't go away without a new focus on front-line sales leadership.

Steve Chriest, CEO

Steve Chriest is the former president of a successful national leasing company.

He is the founder of Selling-UpTM, a San Francisco-based sales improvement consulting firm. He developed Selling-Up's exclusive Sales Management Operating SystemTM and is publisher of Sales Journal, a monthly sales strategy publication for an E-suite audience. Steve created Selling-Up's most popular educational offerings, including Strategic Sales RoadmapTM and online courses such as Profits and Cash - The Game of Business and Assertive Negotiating.

Steve is a regular contributor to executive-level publications such as Customer Think and Customer Management IQ. Steve recently completed his first book, Selling The E-Suite, The Proven System For Reaching and Selling Senior Executives, in which he translates his experiences as a CEO into a practical guide for selling to senior executives. Steve can be reached at:



Fernando's View
By Fernando F. Croce

Sci-fi fans will savor "District 9," while "Ponyo" is for the young and young at heart. On DVD, "Adventureland" and "Rudo y Cursi" offer romance and laughs, "Goodbye, Solo" may wring some tears.

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District 9 (TriStar Pictures): What happens when aliens come to Earth but, instead of trying to take over the planet, they settle among humans and become unwanted refugees? That's the intriguing question at the center of this original, resourceful sci-fi thriller produced by Peter Jackson ("Lord of the Rings"). Set in an alien slum compound in South Africa, the fast-paced plot follows a combat specialist named Wikus (Sharlto Copley) who's hired to destroy the creatures but, once sprayed with a fluid that makes him slowly turn into one of the interplanetary visitors, comes to realize the complexities of the situation. Director Neill Blomkamp introduces a variety of sharp satirical concepts about survival, corruption, and prejudice between species without ever letting the action wane.

Ponyo (Walt Disney Pictures): Hayao Miyazaki ("Spirited Away") shows once more why he's one of the most revered directors of animated features with this enchanting children's story. Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid," it tells an unusual fairy tale about a young goldfish named Ponyo who's determined to leave the deep sea and start life on land as a human. Transformed into a red-haired little girl, Ponyo befriends a 5-year-old boy named Sosuke, but can she hide from her past long enough to find a new home? Putting even Pixar's movies to shame, Miyazaki's colorful and heartfelt fairy tale is for the young and the young at heart. With a voice cast that includes Liam Neeson, Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon and Cloris Leachman.

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Adventureland (Miramax): Greg Mottola ("Superbad") delivers another fond, funny look at the loves and foibles of young people. Set in the summer of 1987, it stars Jesse Eisenberg as James, a student who, having recently finished college, is planning to take off on an European trip. However, when trouble at home scotch his travel plans and jeopardize his plans for grad school, he takes up a less than ideal job working at the local amusement park. Full of bratty children and brassy parents, it seems like a nightmare job until he meets co-worker Em (Kristen Stewart). Closer to Richard Linklater's thoughtful portraits of youth ("Dazed and Confused") than to Judd Apatow's raunchy comedies, this heartfelt film shows how relationships can be their own kind of rollercoaster.

Goodbye Solo (Roadside Attractions): Solo ( Souléymane Sy Savané) is a cheerful family man from Senegal trying to make it in North Carolina by driving a taxi cab. William (Red West) is a life-hardened, aged local who has little hope in dreams and even less patience with the enthusiasm of someone like Solo. It's difficult to imagine a more unlikely pair of protagonists, yet once brought together over the course of a long drive to the mountains, the two men gradually develop an understanding of each other's sets of values, and true friendship blossoms. Warmly acted and directed with a keen eye for surprising humanity by Ramin Bahrani, this is a deeply moving, at times unexpectedly funny, and ultimately hopeful look at human connection in difficult times.

Rudo y Cursi (Sony Pictures Classics): Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna ("Y Tu Mama Tambien") team up once more for this screwball comedy, which hits theaters after a crowd-pleasing run in film festivals. The stars play Mexican brothers who work in a banana plantation and spend their free time playing soccer and dreaming of moving to Mexico City. Cursi (Garcia Bernal) wants to become a singer, while Rudo (Luna) is a family man obsessed with gambling and sports. When a talent scout comes to the field and picks Cursi for the major leagues, Rudo goes after them with comic consequences. A mix of social commentary and raucous jock humor, it may be the rare film to please fans of "Amores Perrors" as well as "Wedding Crashers." With subtitles.



New Hires---Promotions

Shawn Arnone was named vice president of business development for Direct Capital, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He was formerly an executive at US Express Leasing and CIT. Previously Mr. Arnone was a vice president for Key Equipment Finance, and in sales and management positions at CitiCapital, Copelco Capital, and Canon Financial Services. Before his career in financial services, he co-founded and managed two successful businesses.

Mr. Arnone attended St. Peter's College in Jersey City, NJ, and earned an MBA from Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business in New York, NY. He is an active member of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, serving on its Captive and Vendor Council.

Richard Beynon was hired as chief financial officer, Mazuma Capital, Draper, Utah. He was chief financial officer for hedge fund complex Outrigger Funds. Mr. Beynon received a bachelor's of science degree from the University of Utah and a master's of business administration degree at Westminster College's Gore School of Business where he was published in the school's business journal.

Randall D. Hunt has been hired as Equipment Finance Specialist for Arvest Equipment Finance, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, a division of Arvest Bank, who operates more than 200 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a network of 16 locally managed banks, each with its own board of directors and management team. Mr. Hunt will be responsible for new business development and account management of commercial equipment finance and lease transactions in the states of Oklahoma and Kansas. Hunt is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance.

Michael Mandy was named Major Account Manager for Graphic Savings Group LLC, Brooklyn, New York. Before joining Graphic Savings Group, he served as a Portfolio Administration Associate at AllianceBernstein. Prior to joining AllianceBernstein, he was a Sales Assistant at Merrill Lynch. He received a BS in Finance from Ithaca College and is currently working towards achieving the CFP designation.



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Client Looking For A Leasing Attorney

Birmingham, Alabama
The lawyers of Marks & Weinberg, P.C. have over 30 years experience in dealing with virtually every type of equipment financing and are recognized throughout the industry for prompt, practical solutions and exemplary service. They offer cost-conscious, effective lease enforcement and good counsel.
California, National: city: Riverside
Ellen Stern - get results, reasonable pricing; numerous industry contacts, nearly 30 yrs SoCal, 20 yrs equip.: CFL license specialist, documentation, work-outs, litigated collections, recoveries; deal-maker.

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Hamrick & Evans, LLP, Universal City , LA; San Francisco Bay
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EVANS, FELDMAN & BOYER, LLC Collections, litigation, documentation, portfolio sales and financing, bankruptcy. We represent many of the national and local leasing companies doing business in this state. Past chairman EAEL legal committee. Competitive rates.
Los Angeles, Southern CA
Seasoned attorney representing secured creditors in auto finance and truck/equipment lease industry.  Bankruptcy and State Court litigation.   Vincent V. Frounjian (818) 990-0605 or email:

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

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

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

Long Beach, CA
Wagner & Zielinski,  successfully representing lessees/ lessors.  Not a member of any leasing organization, therefore not beholden to special interests.  Richard Wagner
(562) 216-2952

Long Beach CA.
Paul Bent -- 30 years experience in all forms of equipment leasing, secured lending, and asset based transactions, from analysis and deal structuring to contract negotiations to closing to private dispute resolution. (562) 426-1000

Law Firm - Service, Dallas, TX. "ELFA"
Mayer regularly practices in leasing, secured financing, project development and finance and corporate finance.

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

St. Louis County , MO. - statewide:
Schultz & Associates LLP., collections, negotiation, and litigation. Also register and pursue recovery on foreign judgments. Contingency and reasonable hourly rates.
Ronald J. Eisenberg, Esq. (636) 537-4645 x108
NJ,De,Pa: Specializing in leased equipment/secured transactions. Collections, replevins/workouts reasonable rates. Sergio Scuteri/Capehart & Scratchard, PA /
Thousand Oaks, California: Statewide coverage
Spiwak and Iezza 20+ years experience, representing Lessors in both State/ Federal Courts/all aspects of commercial leasing litigation.
Nick Iezza 805-777-1175
Westport, CT: We represent finance companies, banks, lessors, etc., in replevins/seizures, collections and bankruptcy matters in Connecticut and New York. Flat fee, contingency and hourly rates.


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"The 'Great Recession' is no more," Oregon Bank says

Eugene, Ore. - The Liberty Bank Small Business Index (SBI) for Oregon rose slightly this month, climbing to 80.1 from a revised 79.5 in June 2009. The increase reflected the likely conclusion to the longest, deepest and most painful U.S. recession since the Great Depression, which would be of great benefit to Oregon's small business sector.

Despite the good news, the country's problems with housing, foreclosures, bankruptcies, and other issues are not over, says Jeff Thredgold, economic consultant to Liberty Bank.

"The 'Great Recession' is no more," Thredgold said. "Problems remain, of course, but a very likely return to positive U.S. economic growth this quarter and next quarter and throughout 2010 is a precondition to dealing with all of the very serious issues the country and the state of Oregon are facing."

Total employment in Oregon fell by 98,600 jobs during the past 12 months. The state's unemployment rate declined slightly to 11.9 percent in July from a revised 12 percent in June, significantly higher than the 6.3 percent rate of a year ago. A higher Oregon jobless rate is a positive contributor to the index as it suggests greater access to labor for small businesses.

The U.S. Department of Labor reported a net loss of 247,000 jobs in July 2009, the 19th monthly decline in a row, but less than the estimated loss of 325,000 jobs. Previously reported job losses during May and June were revised to show the net loss of 43,000 fewer jobs. The U.S. economy has now lost 6.7 million jobs since the "Great Recession" began in December 2007, with more than half of the losses during 2009's first seven months.

"Such job losses are likely to lessen in coming months," Thredgold said. "Most forecasters see the recession now concluding, with a consensus view that slightly positive GDP will be achieved in the current quarter."

Thredgold said second quarter 2009 economic data released on July 31 by the U.S. Commerce Department contained many favorable tidbits. Although the American economy did contract again during 2009's second quarter, the modest 1 percent real (after inflation) annual rate of decline was much better than the revised 6.4 percent real annual rate of decline during 2009's first quarter, the worst quarter in 27 years. See chart in attached report.

The SBI measures business conditions from the viewpoint of the Oregon small business owner or manager. A higher number is associated with more favorable business conditions for Oregon's small businesses. The index uses 100.0 for calendar year 1997 as its base year. The index also includes revisions to various historical and new forecast components as they become available.

Liberty Bank provides financial services to clients throughout Oregon with 16 offices in Eugene, Springfield, Bend, Grants Pass, Medford, Redmond and Portland.

Liberty Bank specializes in loan, lease, free checking and deposit services for businesses; commercial mortgage, construction and consumer loans; and a broad range of consumer deposit products.

Non-FDIC insured investments are available through Liberty Investment and Insurance. Securities and related services are offered by PrimeVest Financial Services, Inc., an independent, registered broker/dealer and registered investment adviser. Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment products are: o Not FDIC insured o May lose value o Not bank guaranteed o Not a deposit o Not insured by any federal government agency.

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Penske Truck Leasing to Sell Used Trucks on eBay Motors

READING, Pa., -- Penske Truck Leasing announced the availability of direct-to-consumer used commercial truck sales through eBay Motors.

Through eBay Motors, Penske will offer visitors the opportunity to bid on a full-range of vehicles, including light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks, utility trucks, buses and sedans. Each vehicle meets Penske's superior standards for interior, exterior and component quality. It also comes with a complete history of the vehicle's preventive maintenance schedule so that prospective buyers can make well-informed purchase decisions.

Visit Penske's eBay store:

"Innovation and entrepreneurship are part of our DNA at Penske Truck Leasing," said Jack Mitchell, Vice President - Remarketing, Penske Truck Leasing. "Leveraging this new sales channel and being among the first major truck leasing companies in our industry to bring used truck sales direct to the retail market via eBay Motors exemplifies this."

Through the eBay Motors store, Penske also offers customers comprehensive financing options within a few business days through a partnership with netLoan and the option to add an extended warranty from National Truck Protection, the largest independent used truck warranty company in North America.

For a complete listing of used trucks for wholesale and retail purchase, visit Penske is a top commercial vehicle reseller. In 2008, it sold more than 23,000 used trucks, tractors and trailers, primarily to wholesalers, original equipment manufacturers and corporate fleets.

Penske Truck Leasing Co., L.P., headquartered in Reading, Pa., is a joint venture among Penske Corporation, Penske Automotive Group and General Electric. A leading global transportation services provider, Penske operates more than 200,000 vehicles and serves customers from more than 1,000 locations in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Product lines include full-service truck leasing, contract maintenance, commercial and consumer truck rentals, transportation and warehousing management, and supply chain management solutions. Visit to learn more about the company and its products and services.



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West Coast Franchise Expo Oct. 2-4

Public Invited to Visit with More Than 150 Franchise Companies

WASHINGTON, D.C. Aug. 21, 2009 - As the U.S. economy begins to recover from the worst recession since World War II, many are looking for new career options that put them more in control of their livelihoods. Franchising could be the answer.

For investors on the West Coast, the opportunity to investigate more than 150 franchise companies offering a wide range of concepts and investment levels will be available during the West Coast Franchise Expo Oct. 2-4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Studies show that more than 900,000 franchised establishments operating in the United States provide over 21 million jobs and contribute $2.3 trillion to the economy. In California alone, there are over 97,000 establishments that provide nearly 2.3 million jobs and generate $285.8 billion in economic output.

The three-day event, sponsored by the International Franchise Association (IFA) and produced by MFV Expositions, will showcase familiar brands of mature systems ranging from H & R Block, Baja Fresh Mexican Grill to ValPack to The UPS Store.

"Franchise ownership helps people get into business for themselves but not by themselves," said IFA President & CEO Matthew Shay. "The West Coast Franchise Expo is a great opportunity to learn more about franchising and the varied opportunities that are available."

The diversity of the companies slated to exhibit their brands suit a wide range of small-business candidates. The unique business categories include hotels, spa services, children's learning, tax services and a variety of food concepts. The trade show also features face-time with company representatives who can discuss any aspect of their concepts with potential investors.

The expo also includes an array of free and fee-based seminars for prospective investors, as well as educational programs for current franchise professionals seeking to sharpen their industry skills and pursue accreditation through the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives. Small-business entrepreneurs who are considering franchising their enterprises can take advantage of the paid symposium "Franchising Your Business," taught by industry experts who have helped numbers of owners adapt the franchising concept to their companies.

Veterans are offered free entry into the show, as well as a free seminar specifically designed to address their questions about franchise ownership. IFA's "VetFran" program aids veterans in acquiring franchises through the voluntary efforts of nearly 400 companies that are members of the association. More than 1,400 franchises have been sold to veterans through the program since 2002. Many VetFran participating companies will be on exhibit during the show.

About The International Franchise Association
The International Franchise Association, the world's oldest and largest organization representing franchising, is the preeminent voice and acknowledged leader for the industry worldwide. Approaching a half-century of service with a growing membership of more than 1,200 franchise systems, 10,000-plus franchisees and more than 500 firms that supply goods and services to the industry, IFA protects, enhances and promotes franchising by advancing the values of integrity, respect, trust, commitment to excellence, honesty and diversity. For more information, visit the IFA Web site at

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(This ad is a "trade" for the writing of this column. Opinions
contained in the column are those of Mr. Terry Winders, CLP)


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Today's Top Event in History

1959-President Dwight Eisenhower signed a proclamation admitting Hawaii to the United. States. The statehood bill had passed the previous March with a stipulation that statehood should be approved by a vote of Hawaiian residents. The referendum passed by a huge margin in June and Eisenhower proclaimed Hawaii the 50 state today in 1959. The president also issued the order for a new flag of 50 stars arranged in staggered rows: five 6-star rows and four 5-star rows, the flag to become as it is today. In March of 1959, the statehood bill had been passed; but it contained a stipulation that the residents of the Hawaiian Islands would have to give their vote of approval. Three months later, they did so -- and by a huge margin. Hawaii, the Aloha State, finally became the 50th state of the United States of America. Although the Aloha State is made up of a chain of 122 volcanic islands spread out over 1,600 miles, only seven, at the southeastern end of the chain, are inhabited: Hawaii (the Big Island), Maui (the Valley Isle), Lanai (the Pineapple Isle), Molokai (the Friendly Isle), Kauai (the Garden Isle), Niihau (the Forbidden Island), and Oahu (the Gathering Place). Oahu is the home of the state capital, Honolulu, and about 75% of the state's population ... a population that is truly a melting pot of all races and religions. The yellow hibiscus is the Hawaii state flower. The nene or Hawaiian goose is the state bird and the humuhumunukunukuapua'a is the state fish. The state motto of Hawaii is: Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono. = The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.


This Day in American History

    1680 - Pueblo Indians took possession of Santa Fe, N.M., after driving out the Spanish. They destroyed almost all of the Spanish churches in Taos and Santa Fe.
    1781-The jury in Great Barrington, MA granted Elizabeth Freeman, known as Mum (or Marm” ) Bett, her freedom, thus becoming the first slave to be emancipated in the so called free world. The wife of her owner, Colonel John Ashely of Sheffield, MA, tried to hit her own sister with a hot iron and Elizabeth Freeman interfered and received the blow on her arm, where she was scared for life. She ran away to the home of lawyer Theodore Sedwick, whom she had seen at the Ashley house discussing the rights of man with a group of Sheffiled notables, and obtained his help in suing for her freedom. She died December 28,1829, and was buried in the Sedgwick family plot
    1831- You probably read about this in history as there were many such rebellions but one of the first on this large scale took place in Southampton County, VA. It was led by Nat Turner, an African-American slave and religious visionary who believed that he was divinely chose to lead his fellow slaves to freedom. With seven accomplices, Turner killed his owner Joseph Travis, and the Travis family in their sleep, then led more than 70 followers in a two-day revolt in which 55 to 60 whites were killed. State militiamen and armed whites confronted the rebels near Jerusalem, VA, and killed as many as 100 slaves, a number of whom had not taken part in the rebellion. Turner escaped, but was caught six weeks later and hanged on November 11.
    1863-Confederate raider William Clarke Quantrill launched a predawn terrorist raid on Lawrence, Kansas, leaving 150 civilians dead and much of the town ruined. Quantrill had been denied a commission in the Southern army for his barbaric approach to war. Many say he was a “bandit,” and was in the war for what he and his men could steal and pilferage.
    1863-Paper money fractional currency was issued from this date to May 27, 1863, in denominations of 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents, and 50 cents. They are collection items today. The bills were originally issued with perforated edges, but later were cut plan. They were also known as “postage currency,” as they depicted postage stamps. They were receivable in payment for all dues to the United States less than $5 and were exchangeable for United States notes by any assistant treasurer or designed U.S. Depository in sums not less than $5.
    1866-Birth of Civilla D. Martin, teacher and songwriter, in Nova Scotia. A pastor's wife, she penned in     1904 the hymn, "Be Not Dismayed, Whate'er Betide" (a.k.a. "God Will Take Care of You").
    1874- Popular 19th century preacher Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) was accused by Theodore Tilton of committing adultery with his wife. The resulting trial ended in a 9-3 hung jury decision, in Beecher's favor.
    1878- The American Bar Association was founded in Saratoga, New York to store all the attorney jokes. They ran out of room a few years later, giving birth to other state and local bar associations to store their records; now available on CD Rom. Also available at
(These are mostly from attorneys, including the great, late stand-up comic, leasing law expert Jeff Wong, Esq.)
    1879- The first telephone exchange opened for business, Galveston, Texas.
    1883-Rochester, MN was hit with an F5 tornado killing 31, injuring 200, and wrecking 1351 dwellings.
    1896 -- Author Roark Bradford born Lauderdale County, Tennessee. He wrote fiction & folklore based on childhood contacts with African-American preachers, musicians, & storytellers on the plantations.
    1904- William (Count) Basie, who led one of the top big bands in the world for more than 45 years, was born in Red Bank, New Jersey. Basie became stranded in Kansas City while touring with a vaudeville show in 1927. He was originally a drummer. When the pianist was sick, he sat in. He was known for playing short riffs, called in the trade, “composer piano,” and brought his drum, rhythm skills to the piano. He the joined the Blue Devils led by bassist Walter Page. (Page became part of the Basie famed rhythm section: Freddie Green on guitar and Jo Jones on drums. While the drummer changed during the years, Green and Page were with the band until they died. ) Kansas City was where jazz was “hot”. He then joined the best band at the time led by the famed Bennie Moten, a “riff band” of renown. When Moten died in 1935, Basie took over. By 1937, when the Count Basie Orchestra made its New York debut, its personnel included such jazz stars as tenor saxophonists Lester Young and Herschel Evans, trumpeter Buck Clayton, Basie's former employer Walter Page on bass, drummer Joe Jones and singer Jimmy Rushing. Originally there was no music written and the “riffs” were improvised per sections, very similar to Dixieland music, but in saxophone, trombone, trumpet sections. Most of it was “ad lib.” In the late 1940's, when big band jazz was over, Basie scaled down to seven men. In the early 1950's, with the help of new composers such as Quincy Jones, Frank Wes, and singer Joe Williams, the big band started up again. He was perhaps Frank Sinatra's favorite band and the new generation of musicians was the finest in the land. Lambert-Hendricks-Ross had many hit records with Basie tunes put to words. The Count from Red Bank, New Jersey led his band almost continuously until a few months before his death of cancer on April 26th, 1984. Please see: “postscript..” )
    1912- Arthur Rose Eldred of the Oceanside, NY, troop became the first American Eagle Scout.
    1918 - A tornado struck Tyler, MN, killing 36 persons and destroying most of the business section of the town resulting in a million dollars damage.
    1928 – Birthday of Art Farmer (musician: trumpet, flugelhorn: worked w/Horace Henderson, Johnny Otis, Lionel Hampton Band; recorded be-bop classic Farmer's Market; developed musical instrument called ‘flumpet'; died Oct 4, 1999)
    1928-Birthday of bassist Addison Farmer, Council Bluffs, IA.
    1931- Babe Ruth hits his 600th HR (Yanks beat Browns 11-7)
    1935- Benny Goodman opens at Palomar Ballroom, Los Angeles: regarded as the birth of the Swing Era!!! The Goodman Orchestra played an ecstatically received concert at the Palomar Ballroom in Los Angeles. Until then, the band had been playing the commercial sweet music of the day. But for the Palomar date, Goodman decided to go for broke, playing hot numbers like "Just You, Just Me" and "Air Mail Special." The concert is generally regarded as being the start of the Swing Era, and by the end of the 1930's, Goodman was known as the "King of Swing."
    1936-Birthday of Wilt Chamberlain, Basketball Hall of Fame center, born at Philadelphia, PA. NBA MVP Award: Philadelphia Warriors [1960], Philadelphia 76ers [1966, 1967, 1968 Died October 12, 1999 at Los Angeles, CA.
    1938-Birthday of singer Kenny Rogers, Houston, TX, considered one of the highest-paid entertainers in the world in his “hey day.” A 1980's tour with Dolly Parton netted him more than $200,000 a night and two of his palatial homes were once valued at nearly $15 million. After singing folk with the New Christy Minstrels and rock with the First Edition, Rogers began his solo career in 1975. His breakthrough came two years later with "Lucille," which sold millions to both pop and country music fans. Rogers has continued to score million-sellers with his middle-of-the-road country style. Grammy and CMA Award-winning singer: She Believes in Me, Lady, Lucille, Islands in the Stream [w/Dolly Parton], What are We Doin' in Love [w/Dottie West], Through the Years, We've Got Tonight [w/Sheena Easton], You Decorated My Life, Coward of the County, The Gambler; groups: The Kirby Stone Four, The New Christy Minstrels, The First Edition; actor: The Gambler series).
    1942--SMITH, JOHN LUCIAN Medal of Honor Rank and organization: Major, U.S. Marine Corps, Marine Fighter Squadron 223, Place and date: In the Solomon Islands area, August-September 1942. Entered service at: Oklahoma. Born: 26 December 1914, Lexington, Okla. Other Navy award: Legion of Merit. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and heroic achievement in aerial combat above and beyond the call of duty as commanding officer of Marine Fighting Squadron 223 during operations against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands area, August-September 1942. Repeatedly risking his life in aggressive and daring attacks, Maj. Smith led his squadron against a determined force, greatly superior in numbers, personally shooting down 16 Japanese planes between 21 August and 15 September 1942. In spite of the limited combat experience of many of the pilots of this squadron, they achieved the notable record of a total of 83 enemy aircraft destroyed in this period, mainly attributable to the thorough training under Maj. Smith and to his intrepid and inspiring leadership. His bold tactics and indomitable fighting spirit, and the valiant and zealous fortitude of the men of his command not only rendered the enemy's attacks ineffective and costly to Japan, but contributed to the security of our advance base. His loyal and courageous devotion to duty sustains and enhances the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.
    1944—Birthday of Jackie DeShannon, singer, songwriter, born Hazel, KY. Her 1965 recording of Burt Bacharach's "What the World Needs Now Is Love" earned four Grammy nominations. And in 1969, "Put a Little Love in Your Heart," a song which DeShannon co-wrote, sold two-million copies. “What the World Needs Now is Love” was another of her big hits. Although her recording career was not successful after the early '70s, DeShannon continued to score as a songwriter. She is co-author of Kim Carnes's 1981 hit, "Bette Davis Eyes."
    1947-- The first Little League World Series tourney is held at Williamsport, Pennsylvania. With a .625 team batting average, the hometown Maynard Midgets easily win the tournament, 16-7.
    1956---Top Hits
My Prayer - The Platters
Hound Dog/Don't Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
Canadian Sunset - Hugo Winterhalter & Eddie Haywood
I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash
    1956--Comics Bill Buchanan and Dickie Goodman have the number three song in America with a novelty tune called "Flying Saucer". The premise of the record was two radio news reporters who ask questions which are then humorously answered with snippets from mid-'50s hits. Buchanan and Goodman were sued by 17 different record companies for copyright infringement, but all were dismissed by a ruling that said the parodies did not infringe on the sales of the original hits.
    1956-Barry McGuire's "Eve of Destruction" and The Lovin' Spoonful's "Do You Believe in Magic" are released.
    1957-In 1953 Congress adopted a proposal to terminate assistance to non-recognized Indian tribes. Seminole leaders and tribal members began to fight the proposal by drafting a constitution and charter for the Seminole Tribe. These were later approved by the Secretary of the Interior. On this date, a majority of tribal members voted to establish the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Today, 2,200 Seminoles live on five reservations in Florida.
    1959-President Dwight Eisenhower signed a proclamation admitting Hawaii to the United. States. The statehood bill had passed the previous March with a stipulation that statehood should be approved by a vote of Hawaiian residents. The referendum passed by a huge margin in June and Eisenhower proclaimed Hawaii the 50 state today in 1959. The president also issued the order for a new flag of 50 stars arranged in staggered rows: five 6-star rows and four 5-star rows, the flag to become as it is today. In March of 1959, the statehood bill had been passed; but it contained a stipulation that the residents of the Hawaiian Islands would have to give their vote of approval. Three months later, they did so -- and by a huge margin. Hawaii, the Aloha State, finally became the 50th state of the United States of America. Although the Aloha State is made up of a chain of 122 volcanic islands spread out over 1,600 miles, only seven, at the southeastern end of the chain, are inhabited: Hawaii (the Big Island), Maui (the Valley Isle), Lanai (the Pineapple Isle), Molokai (the Friendly Isle), Kauai (the Garden Isle), Niihau (the Forbidden Island), and Oahu (the Gathering Place). Oahu is the home of the state capital, Honolulu, and about 75% of the state's population ... a population that is truly a melting pot of all races and religions. The yellow hibiscus is the Hawaii state flower. The nene or Hawaiian goose is the state bird and the humuhumunukunukuapua'a is the state fish. The state motto of Hawaii is: Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono. = The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.
    1964---Top Hits
Everybody Loves Somebody - Dean Martin
Where Did Our Love Go - The Supremes
Rag Doll - The 4 Seasons
Dang Me - Roger Miller
    1965-The Rolling Stones album, "Out of Our Heads," is number one on the U.S. album chart. Songs off the LP include, "Satisfaction," "Play With Fire" and "The Last Time."
    1965- A “trick answer:” Lieutenant Colonel Leroy Gordon Cooper, who's first trip was on Faith 7, made his second flight on August 21-29, when he and Lt. Commander Charles Conrad, Jr. made the two man space flight of 120 orbits in 190 hours 55 minutes 14 seconds in Gemini 5. The first to do this. It was not John Glenn. Cooper was the first astronaut to make two trips into outer space.
    1968--YOUNG, MARVIN R. Medal of Honor Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company C, 1st Battalion, (Mechanized), 5th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Ben Cui, Republic of Vietnam, 21 August 1968. Entered service at: Odessa, Tex. Born: 11 May 1947, Alpine, Tex. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. S/Sgt. Young distinguished himself at the cost of his life while serving as a squad leader with Company C. While conducting a reconnaissance mission in the vicinity of Ben Cui, Company C was suddenly engaged by an estimated regimental-size force of the North Vietnamese Army. During the initial volley of fire the point element of the 1st Platoon was pinned down, sustaining several casualties, and the acting platoon leader was killed. S/Sgt. Young unhesitatingly assumed command of the platoon and immediately began to organize and deploy his men into a defensive position in order to repel the attacking force. As a human wave attack advanced on S/Sgt. Young's platoon, he moved from position to position, encouraging and directing fire on the hostile insurgents while exposing himself to the hail of enemy bullets. After receiving orders to withdraw to a better defensive position, he remained behind to provide covering fire for the withdrawal. Observing that a small element of the point squad was unable to extract itself from its position, and completely disregarding his personal safety, S/Sgt. Young began moving toward their position, firing as he maneuvered. When halfway to their position he sustained a critical head injury, yet he continued his mission and ordered the element to withdraw. Remaining with the squad as it fought its way to the rear, he was twice seriously wounded in the arm and leg. Although his leg was badly shattered, S/Sgt. Young refused assistance that would have slowed the retreat of his comrades, and he ordered them to continue their withdrawal while he provided protective covering fire. With indomitable courage and heroic self-sacrifice, he continued his self-assigned mission until the enemy force engulfed his position. By his gallantry at the cost of his life are in the highest traditions of the military service, S/Sgt. Young has reflected great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
    1969 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Honky Tonk Women," The Rolling Stones.
    1972---Top Hits
Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilbert O'Sullivan
Brandy (You're a Fine Girl) - Looking Glass
Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress) - The Hollies
Bless Your Heart - Freddie Hart & The Heartbeats
    1973-Although it attracted 41% of the time share, the re-run of the episode which had 47-year-old Maude (in the TV sit-com *Maud*) opting for an abortion did not have one single commercial sponsor. Several organized religious groups protested the episode and convinced almost 40 TV stations not to carry the show.
    1979 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "My Sharona," The Knack. Billboard ranks the song the No. 1 single of the year.
    1980---Top Hits
Magic - Olivia Newton-John
Sailing - Christopher Cross
Take Your Time (Do It Right) - The S.O.S. Band
Tennessee River – Alabama
    1980-Linda Ronstadt debuted on Broadway in the production of Gilbert and Sullivan's, The Pirates of Penzance.
    1980-"The Pirates of Penzance" co-starring Linda Ronstadt, moves to Broadway.
    1982- Relief pitcher Rollie Fingers of the Milwaukee Brewers became the first pitcher to record 200 saves in his career as the Brewers beat the Seattle Mariners, 3-2.
    1982-Relief pitcher Rollie Fingers of the Milwaukee Brewers became the first pitcher to record 300 saves in his career as the Brewers beat the Seattle Mariners, 3-2.
    1983-record high for the state of North Carolina was set when temperatures reached 110 at Fayetteville.
    1984 - Clint Eastwood contributed a hand print and the words, “You made my day,” to the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of Mann's Chinese Theatre.
    1986 - The Boston Red Sox made history against the Cleveland Indians. The Red Sox whipped the Indians 24-5 in the worst loss in the Tribe's 85-year history. Greg Swindell made his major-league debut on the mound for the Indians. Dennis ‘Oil Can' Boyd got a 17-run lead for Boston and, luckily, held on for the win.
    1987 - Early morning thunderstorms produced severe weather in eastern Iowa and west central Illinois. Thunderstorms produced wind gusts to 82 mph at Moline IL, and tennis ball size hail at Independence IA. Rock Island IL was drenched with 3.70 inches of rain. Total damage for the seven county areas of west central Illinois was estimated at twelve million dollars.
    1988---Top Hits
Roll with It - Steve Winwood
Monkey - George Michael
1-2-3 - Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
Bluest Eyes in Texas - Restless Heart
    1989 - Afternoon and evening thunderstorms produced severe weather from Kansas to Minnesota and North Dakota. Thunderstorms in Minnesota produced baseball size hail from Correll to north of Appleton. Thunderstorms in north central Kansas produced wind gusts higher than 100 mph at Wilson Dam. Thunderstorms around Lincoln NE produced baseball size hail and up to five inches of rain, and Boone NE was deluged with five inches of rain in an hour and a half.
    1992-Sacramento, CA hits 90 for the 40th straight days, a record for that city.
    1993 - The soundtrack from "Sleepless in Seattle" hit number one on the "Billboard" LP chart. Other hit albums: #2 "Black Sunday" (Cypress Hill), #3 "Janet." (Janet Jackson), #4 "Zooropa" (U2), #5 "Core" (Stone Temple Pilots).
    1994- Bruce Springsteen was a surprise participant in a jam session at a 400 seat club in Long Branch, New Jersey. Dion showed up later in the evening to sing his hit "The Wanderer." Springsteen got his start in the early '70s by playing in bars along the Jersey shore. Thus began a new tradition of Springsteen appearing at his old haunts, and today with much citizenship, trying to revive commerce in Ashbury Park, New Jersey.
    1995 - Seal's single "Kiss From A Rose" tops the Billboards Hot 100. The "Batman Forever" tune is the second Batman movie single to top the charts. Prince went all the way with "Batdance" from the film "Batman" in 1989.
    1999 - Hua Mei, the giant panda cub, was born at the San Diego Zoo weighing a not-so-giant 4-5 ounces. Her parents are Bai Yun and Shi Shi (they arrived at the zoo on Sep 10, 1996 on a 12-year conservation study). Hua Mei was the first panda born in the U.S. in ten years.
    2002-- In longest game ever played in Little League World Series history, Louisville, Kentucky beats Fort Worth, Texas in the US semifinal in 11 innings, 2-1. A record-setting with 49 strikeouts is recorded as Fort Worth's Walker Kelly strikes out 21 in nine two-hit innings and Louisville's Aaron Alvey fans 19 batter over nine no-hit inning.

* Post Script : the Count Basie Band was my favorite since discovering jazz in 1955 with "Joe Williams Sings, Count Basie Swings." I took my kids to all his concerts, and when younger, waited outside restaurant kitchens to hear him play. Often they would like us "white boys" in and we got to know some of the players. My kids and I shook his hand at his last performance here at the Circle Star, San Carlos, California. I will never forget it. My son, who was the oldest, talks about it to this day. He became a rock ‘n' roll drummer, had great hands and rhythm, although he has all Buddy Rich's CD's and also listened to big band music, such as Basie. My oldest daughter is a big jazz fan with pictures of Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, and others in her living room. My youngest daughter, who was too young to go to the concerts, lives in Nevada and is a big country and western fan. Sue's oldest and middle daughter likes Billy Joel, Paul Simon, and others we played the most, and the youngest “rap,” although she likes “Barry Malinow” and “Harry Connick,” that we play all the time. I think kids later enjoy the music they heard when young, one of the reasons to expose them early to classical music ( in fact, they have records to play for babies they say the harmonies not only relax them, but later in life, they appreciate Bach and Brahms ). Kit Menkin



Baseball Poem

by Tim Peeler

The husky blue sky
Is a blank face of canvas---
Not even a jet trail
To trace a whisper
Against the silence
The strain of anthem
Segued to cheer
And throaty organ notes,
That jungle hush
As the fat blackbird of ump
Notes the glove fit
Of his plump form
Against the stocky catcher's squat---
As the world waits
On the long ice of the moment,
In the lanky pitcher's
Nervous hand,
The first pitch imagines
A blinding path toward the plate.

From Tim Peeler's book, "Waiting for Godot's
First Pitch." Printed with permission of the author
and publisher, McFarland and Company




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