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Vehicle Lenders Group, LLC is looking for dynamic sales associate. Either work out of one of our offices in Calif. , Dayton, or Oyster Bay, NY or your own office.
Draw w/benefits after three month probation period.
Must have excellent references, honest, self motivated, able to generate $500,000 a month by the end
of 12 months of employment.
Curt Webster, CVLE 516-922-7447 ext 104

Friday, December 10, 2010

Bode Ace Menkin born December 10, 1995 Merced, California

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

 43% of our goal!
  Classified Ads---Job Wanted---Sales Manager
   Looking for Donna Mount’s Son Quinten
    Placard---Serenity Prayer
     How EFI Bilked Sterling/Braas Pleads Guilty
      Great Honor for Leasing News ITC Editorial
       Classified Ads—Help Wanted
        Menkin can’t believe Leasing News Still Number #1
         Help Wanted Ad Special Offer
          CLP December Newsletter---Year-end Wrap Up
  Black Swan/127 Hours
Fernando Croce Movie/DVD Reviews
  Despicable Me/Micmacs/Nanny McPhee Returns
   Site Inspection Services List
    Carillon Capital Partners/Blue Bridge Financial
     Classified ads— Signing Service / Site Inspection
       Salem, Oregon (Willamette Valley) ---Adopt-a-Dog
        Dash Thanksgiving and Christmas obituary of James G. Harris
          Founder Allco Leasing
News Briefs---
 Municipal Lease Fitness Equipment by Paul Bosley
  Merger creates largest Korean-American bank in U.S.
   First Republic Bank prices its IPO
    Ron Paul Lead Panel Overseeing Central Panel
     Kaua‘i Fire Department to lease new chopper
      Mortgage rates reach 6-month peak
       Zell's paper caper-Knew Trib was toast
        FTC Shuts down Robocallers; $9.1M Settlement
         Unlicensed Drivers Who Risk More Than a Fine
          YMCA chief was paid nearly $1 million
           James Moody, Jazz Saxophonist, Dies at 85

Broker/Funder/Industry Lists | Features (collection)
Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months

  50 Hottest WAGs of the NFL
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         Sports Briefs---
          "Gimme that Wine"
    This Day in American History
     Football Poem
       Daily Puzzle
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Classified Ads---Job Wanted---Sales Manager

(These ads are “free” to those seeking employment
or looking to improve their position)

Bayville, NJ
Dedicated individual seeking a account management position, 3 years leasing experience and 15+ years sales experience. Resume furnished upon request,
email Frank at .

Fort Myers, Florida
Very experienced and strong skills with both Captive and Specialty Sales Management. Over 25 years , will relocate and travel---successful and team player.

Free Posting for those seeking employment in Leasing:

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Looking for Donna Mount’s Son Quinten

Long time leasing person Donna Mount is asking for help for her son who ran away from residential treatment facility.

"Please forward this to anyone who would be inclined to put this up in their business or send on to people /law enforcement they know in other states. Quinten may have headed out of Colorado to the south or west. The last contact said he may be headed to Long Beach or San Diego via Las Vegas. It will be 3 weeks on Friday. We need as much help as possible to locate him.

"Thank you for your assistance and please pray."


Donna J. Mount
Regional Manager
Leasing Specialists
1-800-840-6082 toll free
719-475-0784 office
719-271-5002 cell



How EFI Bilked Sterling/Braas Pleads Guilty

Joseph M. Braas, 45, of Lititz, Pennsylvania, is the first of eight to plead guilty in Philadelphia federal court to one count of conspiracy and two counts of mail fraud in the Sterling-EFI Leasing scandal. He faces a 65 year sentence in prison and $2.25 million fine, not counting what the IRS may have in store for him.

Mary C. Stankiewicz, formerly EFI's secretary/treasurer and accounting supervisor, yesterday pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy. She admitted giving auditors "false and misleading" EFI records that had been back-dated, “whited out” or otherwise altered.

The deception began January, 2001, according to court records, and lasted until April, 2007 when it all came to a head as finally discovered by an auditor. From March, 2002, when Sterling Bank purchased the company, the loan portfolio grew on paper from approximately $80 million to approximately $330 million. During the 2006 to 2007 time period, EFI's purported net income accounted for approximately 30% of Sterling's purported net income.

For the first time, this court document describes how the group did it in detail and got away with it for so long (10 pages):

Gary DiLillo, President 216-658-5618 or

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Great Honor for Leasing News ITC Editorial

It is a great honor for Leasing News to have its Editorial on bringing back the Investment Tax Credit appear in The National Association of Credit Manager's November/December Issue of Business Credit Magazine:

About the National Association of Credit Management
The National Association of Credit Management (NACM), headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, supports approximately 17,000 business credit and financial professionals worldwide with premier industry services, tools and information. NACM and its network of Affiliated Associations are the leading resource for credit and financial management information and education, delivering products and services, which improve the management of business credit and accounts receivable. NACM’s collective voice has influenced legislative results concerning commercial business and trade credit to our nation’s policy makers for more than 100 years, and continues to play an active part in legislative issues pertaining to business credit and corporate bankruptcy.


Leasing Industry Help Wanted


Vehicle Lenders Group, LLC is looking for dynamic sales associate. Either work out of one of our offices in Calif. , Dayton, or Oyster Bay, NY or your own office.
Draw w/benefits after three month probation period.
Must have excellent references, honest, self motivated, able to generate $500,000 a month by the end
of 12 months of employment.
Curt Webster, CVLE 516-922-7447 ext 104

Account Executives - Inside Sales
Calabasas, CA
Base salary plus commission. Minimum 1 yr experience.
Please send resumes to:
Attn: Mike Lockwood or Russ Runnalls CLP

Please see our Job Wanted section for possible new employees.


Menkin can’t believe Leasing News Still Number #1

“It is surprising to see Leasing News continue its trend up in the December Alexa report, particularly when November saw only ten news editions, compared to others who had eighteen editions. The holidays and our web master taking a vacation cut into the editions. The Alexa report demonstrates it is not how often you publish, but what you have that attract readers.

“The Alexa report states, ‘The time spent in a typical visit to this site is about 21 minutes, with 36 seconds spent on each pageview. is ranked #150,578 in the world according to the three-month Alexa traffic rankings. The site is relatively popular among users in the city of San Francisco (where it is ranked #4,898).”

“It also says we have 67 sites linking in and in US Traffic, rank 28,144.”

“Perhaps the number one thing that keeps us number #1 is not those who read us, but contribute, sending leads, information, off the record, tips, and the many who send us customers who have had “Evergreen clauses” or a leasing company that has kept an advance rental when they were not entitled to. Leasing News has been successful with its readers help, and it is deeply appreciated.”

Alexa Ranks Leasing Media Web Sites
US rankings

12/9/2010 11/9/2010  
1. 28,144 32,761  Leasing News
2. 69,967 107,960  eLessors Networking Association
3. 124,158 126,795 Monitor Daily
157,916 159,465 Ind Community Bankers of America
206,586 232,432
263,154 292,704 World Leasing News
131,568* National Assoc. of Equip Leasing Brokers
504,585 567,461 National Equipment Finance Assoc.
no data
344,357  Commercial Finance Association
  no data no data   CLP Foundation
no data no data  Exec Caliber-Jeffrey Taylor
no data no data Equip. Leasing & Fin Fndn
  no data no data  Institute of International Container Lessors
  no data no data  Assoc of Government Leasing  Financing
no data no data Leasing Press
no data no data Leasing Notes
no data no data Lease Assistant
no data no data Lean -Lease Enforcement Att Net
no data no data
  no data no data Lessee Advocate
  no data no data Avenues

Alexa Ranks Leasing Media Web Sites
World rankings

151,309  Leasing News
402,787  eLessors Networking Association
487,045 Monitor Daily
875,222 Ind Community Bankers of America
989,888* National Assoc. of Equip Leasing Brokers
863,172 World Leasing News
1,299,782  Commercial Finance Association
3,504,183 National Equipment Finance Assoc.
3,064,876 Equip. Leasing & Fin Fndn
3,133,451   CLP Foundation
4,861,746  Assoc of Government Leasing  Financing
6,638,972  Exec Caliber-Jeffrey Taylor
15. 11,198,252 11,141,858 Avenues
5,350,401  Institute of International Container Lessors
13,045,056 Lessee Advocate
8,511,117 Leasing Notes
22,589,090 Leasing Press
13,030,228 Lean -Lease Enforcement Att Net
no data 21,857,151 Lease Assistant has a new url address and is "too young" an address to rate. is a section of and the rating is not accurate as it gives the rating not of the leasing site specifically, but the entire financial site, and therefore is not in the count.

David G. Mayer's Business Leasing and Finance News is not included in the Alexa report list as it does not have its own individual site and Alexa finds Patton Boggs, LLP Attorneys at Law.  The rating is not valid as it includes all those who visit and communicate with the law firm.  When Business Leasing and Finance News has its own individual web site, it will be included in the Alexa survey.

*It should be noted that NAELB web site "list serve" requires logging onto their site, meaing their e-mails are counted as a visit to the site, whereas they are "list serve" communication.  These are technically visits to the web site, but primarily to use "list serve."

The Alexa tool bar works on most browsers. They are partnered with Google.

You may download their free tool bar A graph and analysis of the last three months are available.



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CLP December Newsletter---Year-end Wrap Up

“The Certified Leasing Professional Foundation is thankful to offer our hallmark certification program in a vital and expanding industry. During this holiday season we turn gratefully and respectfully to those who have made progress possible.

“It is in this spirit we say ‘Thank You and Best Wishes for the Holidays and a Happy New Year.

“We hope that the coming year -will bring you peace, good health, good cheer and much prosperity."

Cindy Spurdle,
Executive Director

December CLP Newsletter:


Fernando's View
By Fernando F. Croce

"Black Swan" and "127 Hours" make for a harrowing, exhilarating double-bill in theaters, while bright animated features("Despicable Me"), eye-filling fantasies ("Micmacs") and family hits ("Nanny McPhee Returns") make it a choice week for DVD watchers.

In theaters:

Black Swan (Fox Searchlight Pictures): After exploring the wrestling ring in "The Wrestler," Darren Aronofsky takes his wild camera to another arena, a New York City ballet. Natalie Portman gives an arresting performance as Nina, a fragile, hard-working young ballerina who yearns to play the main role in Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake." As Nina catches the eye of the company's imperious boss (Vincent Cassel) and the production's former diva (Winona Ryder) bows out, it looks as though her dreams of fame seem within reach. However, increasingly disturbing visions and a new rival (Mila Kunis) unsettle the heroine to the point where reality and fantasy become dangerously blurred. Bold and inspired in its excesses, the film is as much of a visual and emotional thrill ride as Aronofsky's earlier movies.

127 Hours (Fox Searchlight Pictures): After winning a basketful of Oscars for "Slumdog Millionaire," director Danny Boyle tackles the challenging task of filming the true-life ordeal of Aaron Ralston, a carefree rock-climber who finds himself stuck for days at the bottom of a canyon with his arm pinned underneath a boulder. As played by James Franco, Ralston is as a nonstop whirl of activity who is forced to slow down and take stock not only of his situation, but of his whole life so far. A restless stylist, Boyle uses the scenario to unleash a storm of flashbacks and hallucinations to depict the desperation, horror, and growing self-awareness racing through the protagonist's mind. It’s surprisingly exhilarating stuff considering the claustrophobic material, anchored by a superb performance by the underrated Franco.


Netflix tip: "Black Swan" depicts a ballet school through a glass darkly, but there are other, radically different portrayals of dance in film available at Netflix. At the top of the list is Michael Powell's "The Red Shoes" (1948), the beautiful and tragic story of a driven ballerina, followed by Shirley MacLaine, Anne Bancroft and Mikhail Baryshnikov in the tasteful drama "The Turning Point" (1977), and Neve Campbell in "The Company" (2003), Robert Altman's masterful slice-of-life set in a dance school.

New on DVD:

Despicable Me (Universal Pictures): Though Pixar may hold the year’s supreme animation slot with “Toy Story 3,” Universal isn’t lagging too far behind with this splashy kids’ entertainment. The despicable one of the title is a criminal mastermind named Gru (voiced by Steve Carell), a cheerful villain who takes great pleasure in all things wicked. His latest plan for world-domination is under way, but there’s just one little problem: The three little orphans he was using as pawns have gradually grown on him, and Gru finds himself turning into a frazzled dad. Filled with delightful vocal performances (the cast also includes Julie Andrews and Russell Brand) and energetic, Looney Tunes-level jokes, the movie should be a treat for young viewers and parents alike.]

Micmacs (Sony Pictures Classics): Following a six-year hiatus from the screen, director Jean-Pierre Jeunet is back to his colorful old tricks with this madcap, crowd-pleasing fantasy. The story follows Fazin (Dany Boon), a dreamy man who, orphaned and homeless, lives with a motley crew of eccentrics in a junkyard. With names like Buster, Calculator and Elastic Girl, his faithful friends’ unique talents come in handy when Fazin hatches a plan to take revenge on the men responsible for his father’s death: A pair of weapon-manufacturers (Andre Dussollier, Nicolas Marie) whose rivalry will be used against them in a complex series of inspired ruses. Fast-paced and filled with striking characters, the film is sure to satisfy fans looking for the humor and inventiveness that made Jeunet’s “Amelie” a hit.

Nanny McPhee Returns (Universal Pictures): Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson), the British governor endowed with awe-inspiring magical powers and less-than-inspiring looks, returns in this enjoyable sequel. This time around, her mission is to come to the aid of the Green family. Struggling to keep her bustling household together while her husband is off fighting during World War II, Mom (Maggie Gyllenhaal) has the extra load of snobbish visiting relatives, including a scoundrel of an uncle (Rhys Ifans). Thompson, who also wrote the screenplay, is marvelous in a role that slyly combines fantasy and sentiment. Building on the tradition of the remarkable British nanny while spoofing it (its potshots at Mary Poppins are delicious), this is family-entertainment of the first order.


Site Inspection Services

Asset Appraisals Services Nassau Asset Management
Bee-Line Corporation QuikTrak, Inc.
C&C Asset management, Inc. RTR Services, Inc.
Douglas Guardian Services Corp. Railroad Technology Corporation
Dover Management Group, Inc. SecureTrac, Inc.
Morgen Industries, Inc. Your Key 2 Business Solutions

( To apply to be listed, please fill in this form and fax to 408-317-2066 or you
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Site Inspection Form

Company Name
Year Founded
Employees or Ind. Contractors
Douglas Guardian Services Corp.
Bruce Lurie, President
Pre-Funding Inspections, Post-Funding Inspections, Vendor Verifications, Collection Inspections, Collateral Management and Floor Plan Inspection Services
801.523.8449 - Phone
801.820.8223 - Fax
Associations: NAELB
Pre-Funding and Post-Funding Equipment Inspections, Business Verifications, Door Knocks, Condition Reports, and Vendor Inspections.
Bee-Line Corporation
Jay Caron, President & CEO
413-737-3114 - Phone
413-733-6666 - Fax
Specializing in truck & trailer inspections, appraisals, investigations and remarketing.
(23) banks & leasing companies with s footprint in Canada to Chile & Argentina
Your Key 2 Business Solutions
714-996-6767 - Phone
714 996-6738 - Fax
On site verification, document signing or collections. Quick, accurate and professional.
Asset Appraisals Services
Mathew Cox - Inspection and Appraisals Manager
402-390-0505 - Phone
402-390-0489 - Fax
Remarketing Systems, Appraisal & Legal
C&C Asset Management, Inc.
904-821-9186 - Phone
904-821-9187 - Fax
Appraisals, Repossession and remarketing services.
Dover Management Group, Inc.
Christopher J. Condon
508-785-1277 - Phone
508-785-3008 - Fax
North America coverage for all services, inspections, appraisals and consulting. Accredited senior appraiser - American Society of Appraisers, providing USPAP Appraisals, desktop appraisals, general equipment consulting, equipment portfolio management.
Banks, insurance companies, financial product placement entities, equipment finance and leasing companies, public companies.

Morgen Industries, Inc
201-223-0071 - Phone
201-223-0071 - Fax

Remarketing & resale, Data center relocation, Valuation & Appraisals, Disk Sanitizing and hard drive destruction
Nassau Asset Management
Edward Castagna, President
1-800-462-7728 - Phone
516.625.1981 - Fax

QuikTrak, Inc.
Matt McCoy
Director of Business Development
(503)214-3073 - Phone
(503)214-3973 - Fax
+1 503-968-9800 - Phone
+1 503-968-9801 - Fax

Vendor Verification, Mystery Shopper Inspection, Collection/Quikcheck inspection, pre-fund or post-fund equipment inspections, refinancing/end of lease condition reports.
RTR Services, Inc
Mike Smith, President
Lynne Wicker,
National Remarketing Manager
Becky Braun,
Remarketing Manager
Central & Eastern Division
800-467-0690 - Central & Eastern Division
803-399-9655 - Corporate Offices

Site Visits, collections, recovery, remarketing, recovery, remarketing and appraisal - FMV

Railroad Technology Corporation
Robert M. Ness - Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Technical evaluations, logistics, documentation and funding.
SecureTrac, Inc.
Shannon Waters
866-283-6771 ex 3
Blaine Conti
866-283-6771 ex 2
Michael Vogt - Sales Manager
866-283-6771 ex 4
Jennifer Miller - Inspection Relations
866-283-6771 ex 5
SecureTrac proudly services banks, leasing companies,
brokers, auctioneers and equipment dealers.

(A) "Douglas Guardian has probably been doing site inspections longer than any other company in the market today. This is our 75th year in business. We even do inspections for some of the people on your editorial board. Please include Douglas Guardian in your survey. We do not subcontract our inspections to independent contractors like many of our competitors. We utilize a network of over 300 company trained and certified employees. We operate throughout the US and Canada performing pre-funding inspections, post-funding inspections, collection inspections and vendor verifications."

Bruce Lurie, President

(B) SecureTrac, Inc. - Additional Services

- SecureTrac, Inc is a nationwide provider of collateral inspections for banks, leasing companies, equipment brokers and equipment vendors.
- A picture is worth a thousand words but an on-site inspection is worth 10 times more.
- We give you a snapshot of your customers business in real time, not just on paper.
- Our field consultants are experts and are nationally recognized by leading Professional Associations as ethically and technically qualified to perform equipment consulting services for third parties.

Services Include:

Pre/Post Fund Collateral Inspections
Business and Merchant Site Inspections
Vendor Inspections
Vehicle Condition Reports
Check/Title Exchanges
Lease Signings
Inventory & Audits
Collection Inspections
Delinquency Interviews
Drive by Inspections

Benefits of choosing SecureTrac:

Real Time Status Updates
Online Reporting
Online Report Archive
Free Digital Photographs
Volume Discounts
Multi- Lease Discounts
Online Monthly Invoices/Early Pay Invoice Discounts

SecureTrac is proud to offer Same Day Service Requests.


Associations are abbreviated. See our Associations page full name and information.



### Press Release ############################

Carillon Capital Partners and Blue Bridge Financial, LLC Announce Partnership
to serve Financial Institution Industry

Tysons Corner, Virginia and Buffalo, New York: - Carillon Capital Partners and Blue Bridge Financial today announced their partnership to serve financial institutions through the leverage of their combined industry expertise. Carillon Capital will utilize the distribution network and expertise of Blue Bridge Financial, within the banking and asset based lending industry, in conducting a broad range of capital markets activities on behalf of financial institutions.

Carillon focuses on the acquisition and disposition, on behalf of banks and lenders, of a variety of consumer lending products including loans and receivables backed by recreational vehicles, automobiles, boats, student loans, home equity lines of credit, credit cards, and residential mortgages. Mortgage related activities will focus on Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) qualifying assets required by banks.

Blue Bridge Financial will provide the necessary product expertise in the small business equipment lending and leasing arena while also providing the marketing, sales and distribution platform for the asset types noted above.

In the 3rd quarter of 2010, Carillon completed nearly $1 billion of consumer asset transactions on behalf of clients. Another $1 billion in transactions is anticipated for the 4th quarter of 2010.

Rob Snow, Managing Partner, Carillon Capital Partners commented, "Carillon continues to see significant growth in demand for a variety of consumer assets from our depository institution clients of all sizes. The partnership with Blue Bridge provides Carillon a unique expertise in small business lending and increased distribution capabilities."

This partnership coincides with the opportunity provided by the recently enacted Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (H.R. 5297) allowing financial institutions to immediately deploy funds into qualified loans facilitated by this alliance.

Mark DeBacker, Blue Bridge Financial CEO added, "Recent legislative and regulatory initiatives have placed an emphasis on small business lending within the financial institution industry. Carillon and Blue Bridge, with this partnership, are well positioned to provide consultative services as well as a mature distribution network to financial institutions to take advantage of these significant near-term opportunities."

A summary of the recently passed small business legislation can be found at or at

About Carillon Capital Partners, LLC:
Carillon Capital Partners is a boutique investment bank, strategic advisor, and merchant bank specializing in small to middle market companies in the financial services, technology and federal contracting industries.

About Blue Bridge Financial, LLC:
Blue Bridge Financial is a leading provider of equipment finance solutions to financial institutions on a national basis. Blue Bridge's unique turnkey equipment finance solution provides for full-scale outsourcing of the origination, underwriting, servicing and management of equipment finance loan portfolios for financial institutions.

Carillon Capital Partners, LLC
Rob Snow
Managing Partner

Blue Bridge Financial, LLC
Mark DeBacker

#### Press Release #############################

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


Classified ads— Signing Service / Site Inspection

Signing Service: New Jersey
Mobile NJ Lease Signing Service
We are New Jersey mobile lease signers and Notaries.We bring lease to clients, expedite signing and return docs. Same day.
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Site Inspection: Placentia, CA
On site verifications, document signing or collections. Quick, accurate and professional. Reports with photographs e-mailed direct. Agents throughout US. Contact for coverage and rates.

Site Inspection: 
US & Canada
Quiktrak performs equipment inspections within 24 hours of your job placement anywhere in the US. Order, check status & receive reports & photos online.

Site Inspection: National Property Tax Compliance Services to the leasing industry. Over 60-years experience and fifty Lessors as clients. References and free quotes available, (216) 658-5618,

Inspection: Tampa /St. Pete, FL
Contact Dick Mitchell @ Randolph Lynn Associates for prompt professional pre-funding equipment inspections, collateral "visits", and related lessee/vendor contacts. (Florida locations) 727-302-9144
Site Inspection plus: Greater Baltimore area
C. and A. Courier Services™, TA / Andreas Klepp-Egge Jr., Baltimore MD  21229.Field Appraisal  Inspection Service, 410-746-6355,

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Salem, Oregon (Willamette Valley)---Adopt-a-Dog

Animal ID: 11993466
Breed : American Eskimo/Shih Tzu
Age: 1 year 8 months
Sex : Male
Size: Small
Color: White
Declawed: No
Housetrained: Yes
Location: Adoption Dogs
Intake Date: 12/5/2010
Adoption Price: $275.00

"Vivacious, tenacious, and courageous, I'm a lively and independent dog. I prefer to make my own decisions, but I will listen to you if you make a good case. What I really want is a partner to share in my adventures. I have been told that I'm seemingly tireless and inquisitive, and that I thrive on action and adventure. This is true. I'm an energetic dog who will need daily mental as well as physical stimulation to be on my best behavior. I'm not the kind of dog who will be satisfied just sitting around the house all day. For me, boredom can lead to frustration, and frustration can lead to destructive behaviors. I'm not proud of it, but it's true. I'm usually good with kids, but my friendly overtures might overwhelm the little ones.

"I think I would be an ideal companion for an active family with a good sense of humor who wants entertainment-and possibly some mischief-all in one dog. If you love me, but can't take me home, please ask about sponsoring me while I wait for my perfect match."

This pet also is eligible for 30 days of pre-paid pet health insurance. For more information please visit or call 1-866-375-PETS.

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Dash Thanksgiving and Christmas

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Dash at the Helm

Readers ask me how my son is doing. He is back from a tour, signed up for another one, but has time coming as on duty he doesn’t take vacations. He is stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, where he has a 30 foot Columbia sail boat he and Kimberly enjoy:

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Dash with the lady in his life: Kimberly

He seems pretty serious about this lady, as they have the same interests. For Thanksgiving, they both rode their Harley’s down to Florida for a “Pirate’s Convention.”

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Kimberly (photo taken by Dash riding next to her).

He was planning on sailing down to the Caribbean for Christmas, but tells me the weather is too rough, so they will fly. He invited us to come, but my Sue has all her three girls and grandkids here for the holidays.

-------------------------------------------------------------- obituary of James G. Harris, Founder Allco Leasing

Harris, James G. 79 05/17/1931 12/04/2010

James George Harris was born in London. Separated from his family at age 6, he was sent to the Fairbridge School on Vancouver Island, B.C. At 16, he entered a trade school while working at BC Hydro Utility, followed by working in construction, servicing heavy equipment. He found that this was not his calling.

At 29, seeking other career options, he moved to Hawaii with his wife Lillian, where he found employment selling heavy equipment. Working for various equipment manufacturing companies, he moved from the islands to San Francisco, Chicago, and finally Portland.

In 1978 he became an equipment leasing broker after purchasing a small leasing company in Lake Oswego. It was the beginning of Allco Enterprises, Inc. Jim believed in total independence and a hard work ethic to accomplish his goals. Entrepreneurship agreed with him as he was able to put all of his energy into helping businesses become successful through leasing.

Being a self-educated man, he read financial papers avidly. He often said, "To get a real business degree, read The Wall Street Journal." Allco Enterprises became a very successful company, which he sold in 2005 to pursue other interests.

Jim thoroughly enjoyed life and among his many activities he found that boating was a good diversion for him. He tried to spend as much time as he could on his boat on the Columbia River as well as the San Juan Islands. His ultimate trip was piloting to Alaska and back for the summer.

Another adventure he loved was the thrill of white water rafting. Trips to the middle fork of the Salmon River in Idaho, the Deschutes River in Oregon, and annual trips for over 25 years on the Rogue River were special events for him. He also loved swimming and got up early every morning for many years to swim laps before going to the office. Deep sea fishing expeditions in Mexico added to his enjoyment.

He remodeled his home to be the ultimate entertainment place and then took full advantage of it-entertaining and teaching others his culinary expertise while drinking a martini. Jim was married twice, but left no direct descendants. Ann Lewis and John Mazanek, Lillian's youngest siblings, lived with them when they were teenagers and remained close to the end. Jim often said they were like a daughter and son to him.

In later years, his concern for how he could leave the world a better place became important to him. His focus turned to those willing to work to help themselves, but because of lesser backgrounds or challenges, needed additional help. To this end, he established the Fairbridge Foundation to fund and develop a program to identify those who would benefit. The program's eventual goal is to have those who have been helped, participate by helping others in return.

Jim died peacefully in his own home with his close friends and his companion, Jean Nations, by his side. He has left behind many, many friends who will miss him immensely.

What he liked to say was, "It's been a helluva ride." Jim's legacy will be that he left the world a better place.

His life will be celebrated at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010, in the Columbia Edgewater Country Club, 2220 N.E. Marine Drive, Portland, OR 97211; 503-285-8354. He requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Fairbridge Foundation c/o Hodges and Hart, 6915 S.W. Macadam Ave., Suite 145, Portland, OR 97219.


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This Day in American History


    1672- the first postal route between cities was the route between New York City and Boston, MA. Governor Francisco Lovelace of New York announced that monthly service would be inaugurated on January 1, 1673. The first post rider left New York City on January 22,1673, and arrived in Boston three weeks later.
    1776- the Continental Congress authorized a loan of $181,5000 from France, to be used for the purchasing of supplies and construction of cruisers. The length of the loan was indefinite. Bonds were sold at par. The rate of interest was 5 percent, payable annually. The loan was received on June 4, 1777. The final redemption was made on December 31, 1793, when the balance due was merged into the general account of the French debt. Alexander Hamilton was between September 13,1789 and February 17, 1790 obtained loans from the Bank of New York and Bank of North America. The interest rate was six percent.
    1787- birthday of Thomas Alluded, a hearing educator who, with Laurent Clerc, founded the first public school for deaf people, Connecticut Asylum for the Education and Instruction of Deaf and Dumb Persons (now the American School for the Deaf), at Hartford, CT, Apr 15, 1817. Gallaudet was born at Philadelphia, PA, and died Sept 9,1851, at Hartford, CT.
    1819- African American Tom Molineux had a wide following by the time he left for England in 1810 to fight the English champion Tom Cribb on this day. Molineux, grew up in slavery, history records on a plantation in Virginia, and was said to have won his freedom by winning boxing bouts arranged by slave owners. He was very popular and the favored to win in the English champion fight this date. Although he knocked Cribb out in the 23rd round, he was falsely accused of using lead weights in his gloves, and the fight continued, ending in a victory for Cribb in the 40th round.
    1817- Mississippi became the 20th state.
    1830- birthday of one of America's greatest poets, Emily Dickinson, born at Amherst, MA She was reclusive. mysterious, and frail in health. Seven of her poems were published during her life, but after her death her sister Lavinia, discovered almost 2,000 more poems written on the backs of envelopes and other scraps of pa locked in her bureau. They were published gradually, over 50 years, beginning in 1890. She died May 1 1886, at Amherst, MA. The little-known Emily Dickinson who was born, lived and died at Amherst now is recognized as one of the most original poets of the English-speaking world.
    1845-- President James Polk makes a bold move to radically expand the burgeoning United States. Polk gave Congressman John Slidell the go-ahead to settle a border dispute concerning Texas, as well as to purchase New Mexico and California, from Mexico. As per Polk's demand, Slidell anted up $5 million for New Mexico and $25 million for California; however, Mexico refused the offer, emboldening the president to marshal a war effort in the name of "reannexing" the territory. We then annexed California and other land from Mexico with troops in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
    1850- Birthday of Jennie Augusta Brownscombe,- U.S. painter, specialist in scenes of early U.S. history. She was sought out by magazine and calendar publishers because of her meticulous perspective and realism. Huge numbers of reproductions of her paintings were also sold. Most buyers never knew her name. In all, she copyrighted more than 100 paintings. She lived simply with one companion/servant and died at 85.
    1851- birthday of American librarian and inventor of the Dewey decimal book classification system was born at Adams Center, NY. Born Melville Louis Kossuth Dewey, he was an advocate of spelling reform, urged use of the metric system and was interested in many other education reforms. Dewey died at Highlands County, FL, Dec 26,19Th
    1852--10,000 people turned out to watch the first legal hanging in San Francisco . Jose Forniz was hanged from gallows built on the slope of Russian Hill for the murder of Jose Attari The crime which inaugurated public executions was of a very commonplace character. A Spaniard named Jose Forin struck down Attari, an unknown Mexican in Pleasant Valley, stabbing him with a dagger, for as he claimed, attempting to rob him. The case was tried before Judge Lake, with H. H. Byrne, District Attorney, as prosecuting counsel, and Judge H. S. Brown and Colonel James for the defense; and after a very prompt trial, Forin was sentenced to be hanged two months later. The execution took place on Russian Hill, much to the indignation of the cemetery wherein, among others, rested the bones of Don Vicente Nunez. It was the oldest burying-place for the city. That did not deter some three thousand people from attending, parents taking children to see the unusual sight, and women on foot and in carriages forcing their way to the front. Between 12 and 1 o’clock the condemned man was taken to the scaffold in a wagon drawn by four black horses, escorted by the California Guard. The Marion Rifles under Captain Schaeffer kept the crowd back from the scaffold. The man died game, after a farewell speech, in which he said:
“The Americans are good people; they have ever treated me well and kindly; I thank them for it. I have nothing but love and kindly feelings for all. Farewell, people of San Francisco. World, farewell!”
    1864-Union General William T. Sherman completes his "March to the Sea" when he arrives in front of Savannah, Georgia. Since mid-November, Sherman's army had been sweeping from Atlanta across the state to the south and east towards Savannah, one of the last Confederate seaports still unoccupied by Union forces. Along the way, Sherman destroyed farms and railroads, burned storehouses, and fed his army off the land. In his own words, Sherman intended to "make Georgia howl," a plan that was approved by President Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant, general-in-chief of the Union armies. The city of Savannah was fortified and defended by 10,000 Confederates under the command of General William Hardee. The Rebels flooded the rice fields around Savannah, so only a few narrow causeways provided access to the city. Sherman's army was running low on supplies and he had not made contact with supply ships off the coast. Sherman's army had been completely cut off from the North, and only the reports of destruction provided any evidence of its whereabouts. Sherman directed General Oliver O. Howard to the coast to locate friendly ships. Howard dispatched Captain William Duncan and two comrades to contact the Union fleet, but nothing was heard of the trio for several days. Duncan located a Union gunboat that carried him to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Supply ships were sent to Savannah, and Duncan continued on to Washington to deliver news of the successful "March to the Sea" to Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. For ten day, Hardee held out as Sherman prepared for an attack. Realizing the futility of losing in force entirely, Hardee fled the city on December 20 and slipped northward to fight another day.
    1869---Women in Wyoming received the right to vote. Originally expressed as a means of attracting women to this state where men overwhelming outnumbered the opposite sex, equality was a theme to be repeated over and over again as Wyoming became the first to grant women many equal rights.
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    1873- Birthday of Janet Scudder , an American sculptor, born in Terre Haute, Ind., studied with Frederick MacMonnies in Paris. She is known for her medallions and relief portraits and especially for her fountains, usually with childish figures conceived in a playful manner. Notable examples of her art are the "Frog Fountain" in the Metropolitan Museum, New York; the "Fighting Boy Fountain" in the Chicago Art Institute; and "The Sun Goddess" on the facade of the Brooklyn Institute Museum. Miss Scudder received medals at Chicago in 1893, St. Louis in 1904, and San Francisco in 1915.
    1898- the “Treaty of Paris” was signed, which officially ended the Spanish-American War. American and Spanish ambassadors met at Paris, France, to negotiate a treaty. Under the terms of this treaty, Spain granted the US the Philippine Islands and the islands of Guam and Puerto Rico, and agreed to withdraw from Cuba Senatorial debate over the treaty centered on the US's move toward imperialism by acquiring the Philippines~ A vote was taken Feb 6,1899, and the treaty passed by a one-vote margin~ President William Mckinley signed the treaty Feb 10, 1899.
    1904- the New York Police Department, New York City, appointed the first two motorcycle police officers, assigned to the police headquarters in the Bronx and Manhattan. Respectively there were Anthony L. Howe and Eugene Case.
    1905-- "The Gift of the Magi," a short story by William Sydney Porter, 43, was first published. Known by his pen name, O. Henry, Porter's writings were characterized by trick endings, making him a master of short story telling.
    1906 -First American awarded Nobel Peace Prize - President Theodore Roosevelt
    1914-Birthday of Dorothy Lamour (Mary Leta Dorothy Slaton ) born New Orleans,LA.- U.S. singer-actor and wearer of a sarong in many of her movies. Sheis most renowned for her "road" films with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby and Hurricane (1937). One of the big questions was what held up the sarongs - she said muscle control had a lot to do with it. During the Second World War she auctioned two of her sarongs as part of fund-raising efforts that collected more than $2 million for the war effort. She was a native of New Orleans and never saw the South Pacific until she was 70 when she said it looked as pretty as the back lot of Paramount. Died Los Angeles, Ca. 22 September 1996
    1930-- Duke Ellington and His Orchestra record "Mood Indigo
    1931- the first Nobel Peace Prize awarded to an American woman was awarded to Jane Addams, the pioneering social worker who founded Hull House, In Chicago, ILL, to serve the city's poor residents. She received the award jointly with Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler, president of Columbia University, for her leading role in the women's peace movement. She chaired the Woman's Peace Party in 1915, presided over the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom from 1919 to 1929 and helped to found the American Civil Liberties Union in 1920.
    1932-Birthday of bass player Bob Cranshaw, Evanston, Il

    1938-Filming finally begins on Gone with the Wind after years of delay. Producer David O. Selznick had not yet cast an actress to play the leading role of Scarlett O'Hara, so the first day's shooting was of the burning of Atlanta, which didn't require close footage of Scarlett.
    1938- Pearl S.Buck becomes the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.
    1941 -Jimmy Dorsey Bank records “Tangerine.” Decca 4123
    1941-4,000 Japanese troops land on the Philippine Islands, while Japanese aircraft sink the British warships Prince of Wales and Repulse. Guam, an American-controlled territory, was also seized. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill finally exclaims, "We have lost control of the sea." The attack on Pearl Harbor was only one step in a larger plan to dominate the Pacific, which entailed knocking out first American, then British, naval opposition. Japanese bombing raids on Guam, Midway Island, and Wake Island followed the attack on the American fleet anchored at Pearl Harbor. American airfields there were destroyed, as were Clark and Iba airfields in the Philippines, wiping out more than half of the United States' aircraft dedicated to the Far East. These bombing raids were followed up, on December 10, by 2,000 Japanese troops that landed on the Philippine island of Luzon in the north, and another 2,000 that landed at Vigan on the western coast. And in Guam, 700 Japanese Special Naval Landing Forces invaded and occupied the American-controlled military outpost of Guam after only a 25-minute military engagement, resulting in the capture of 500 Americans soldiers. The United States was not alone in its struggle for the Pacific. Great Britain had also declared war on the Empire of Japan on December 8. The next day, Japan occupied the capital of Thailand and then landed in the Malay Peninsula, which could not be repulsed by the outmatched Australian and Indian troops. Britain responded by dispatching Force Z, their Royal Navy unit dedicated to supporting Singapore, when Japanese bombers spotted Z's battleship, the Prince of Wales, and its sister ship, the Repulse, sailing for Kuantan on the eastern coast of the Malay Peninsula, on the erroneous belief that the Japanese had just put troops ashore there. The bombers rained down torpedo bombs on the British warships, sinking them and killing 840 men. "In all the war, I have never received a more direct shock," Churchill lamented. And the Japanese were far from finished: The humiliation of the United States in the Philippines and a more extensive occupation of Indochina and the South Pacific were still to come.
    1948 -- United Nations passes Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
    1949--Fats Domino recorded his first tracks for Imperial Records. One of those songs was called "The Fat Man", which later became his nickname.
    1950- Dr. Ralph Johnson Bunche became the first African-American awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Bunche was awarded the prize for his efforts in mediation between Israel and neighboring Arab states in 1949.
    1950---PAGE, JOHN U. D. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, X Corps Artillery, while attached to the 52d Transportation Truck Battalion. Place and date: Near Chosin Reservoir, Korea, 29 November to 10 December 1950. Entered service at: St. Paul, Minn. Born: 8 February 1904, Malahi Island, Luzon, Philippine Islands. G.O. No.: 21, 25 April 1957. Citation: Lt. Col. Page, a member of X Corps Artillery, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action above and beyond the call of duty in a series of exploits. On 29 November, Lt. Col. Page left X Corps Headquarters at Hamhung with the mission of establishing traffic control on the main supply route to 1st Marine Division positions and those of some Army elements on the Chosin Reservoir plateau. Having completed his mission Lt. Col. Page was free to return to the safety of Hamhung but chose to remain on the plateau to aid an isolated signal station, thus being cut off with elements of the marine division. After rescuing his jeep driver by breaking up an ambush near a destroyed bridge Lt. Col. Page reached the lines of a surrounded marine garrison at Koto-ri. He then voluntarily developed and trained a reserve force of assorted army troops trapped with the marines. By exemplary leadership and tireless devotion he made an effective tactical unit available. In order that casualties might be evacuated, an airstrip was improvised on frozen ground partly outside of the Koto-ri defense perimeter which was continually under enemy attack. During 2 such attacks, Lt. Col. Page exposed himself on the airstrip to direct fire on the enemy, and twice mounted the rear deck of a tank, manning the machine gun on the turret to drive the enemy back into a no man's land. On 3 December while being flown low over enemy lines in a light observation plane, Lt. Col. Page dropped hand grenades on Chinese positions and sprayed foxholes with automatic fire from his carbine. After 10 days of constant fighting the marine and army units in the vicinity of the Chosin Reservoir had succeeded in gathering at the edge of the plateau and Lt. Col. Page was flown to Hamhung to arrange for artillery support of the beleaguered troops attempting to break out. Again Lt. Col. Page refused an opportunity to remain in safety and returned to give every assistance to his comrades. As the column slowly moved south Lt. Col. Page joined the rear guard. When it neared the entrance to a narrow pass it came under frequent attacks on both flanks. Mounting an abandoned tank Lt. Col. Page manned the machine gun, braved heavy return fire, and covered the passing vehicles until the danger diminished. Later when another attack threatened his section of the convoy, then in the middle of the pass, Lt. Col. Page took a machine gun to the hillside and delivered effective counter fire, remaining exposed while men and vehicles passed through the ambuscade. On the night of 10 December the convoy reached the bottom of the pass but was halted by a strong enemy force at the front and on both flanks. Deadly small-arms fire poured into the column. Realizing the danger to the column as it lay motionless; Lt. Col. Page fought his way to the head of the column and plunged forward into the heart of the hostile position. His intrepid action so surprised the enemy that their ranks became disordered and suffered heavy casualties. Heedless of his safety, as he had been throughout the preceding 10 days, Lt. Col. Page remained forward, fiercely engaging the enemy single-handed until mortally wounded. By his valiant and aggressive spirit Lt. Col. Page enabled friendly forces to stand off the enemy. His outstanding courage, unswerving devotion to duty, and supreme self-sacrifice reflect great credit upon Lt. Col. Page and are in the highest tradition of the military service.
    1953 - With an investment of $7,600, Hugh Hefner published the first "Playboy" magazine. There is no date printed on the first issue -- now a collector's item. The reason, according to Hef, is that he doubted anyone would expect a second issue to be printed. Included in this first issue: A classic, nude, calendar photo of actress Marilyn Monroe.
    1953 - Harry Belafonte debuted on Broadway in "Almanac" at the Imperial Theatre. Critics hailed Belafonte's performance as “electrifyingly sincere.” Also starring in the show: Hermione Gingold, Billy DeWolfe, Polly Bergen and Orson Bean.
    1955—Top Hits
Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford
Memories are Made of This - Dean Martin
Nuttin' for Christmas - Barry Gordon
Love, Love, Love - Webb Pierce
    1955 - "The Big Surprise" on NBC-TV awarded the largest amount of money given away on television. Mrs. Ethel Park Richardson of Los Angeles, CA may have needed an armored truck to carry away her $100,000 in cash.
    1963—Top Hits
Dominique - The Singing Nun
Everybody - Tommy Roe
Louie Louie - The Kingsmen
Love's Gonna Live Here - Buck Owens
    1963-- Donny Osmond makes his debut with the Osmonds on NBC's The Andy Williams Show.
    1964 - Rev. Martin Luther King became a recipient of the Nobel Prize for Peace. He was the youngest person to have earned the award.
    1965 -- Bill Graham holds second benefit for SF Mime Troupe, at Fillmore (first time there) Fillmore and Geary — 3,500 turn out. Warlocks become “The Grateful Dead,” and debut with the new name at the Fillmore Auditorium for the second San Francisco Mime Troupe Appeal Party. The Jefferson Airplane, The Great Society, the John Handy Quintet, the Mystery Trend, and Sam Thomas also appeared.
    1966 - The Beach Boys made a one-week stop at the top of the "Billboard" Hot 100 as "Good Vibrations" made it to #1. It was the third #1 hit the group scored. The others were "I Get Around" and "Help Me, Rhonda".
    1966-Brian Wilson's masterpiece, "Good Vibrations" becomes The Beach Boys' third Billboard number one hit. At a cost of $16,000, it was the most expensive single ever produced in music history up to that time.
    1967-A previously unrecorded group called The Steve Miller Blues Band signs with Capitol Records for an unheard of $750,000. Capitol persuades the group to drop the "Blues" from its name.
    1967 - Otis Redding and four members of the Bar-Kays (Otis' backup group) were killed in the crash of a private plane near Madison, Wisconsin. Redding was 26 years old. His signature song, "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" was recorded three days before his death. It was #1 for four weeks beginning February 10, 1968. Redding was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. The Bar-Kays biggest hit was in July, 1967: "Soul Finger". James Alexander, bass player for the group, was not on the plane. Ben Cauley, trumpet player, survived the crash. The group played for a time with various new members.
    1969-"Suspicious Minds" becomes Elvis Presley's 48th Gold Record. At last count, he had 53.
    1970-The defense opens its case in the murder trial of Lt. William Calley. Charged with six specifications of premeditated murder, Calley was a platoon leader in Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry, 11th Infantry Brigade (Light) of the 23rd (America) Division. He was tried because of his leadership role in the My Lai massacres. On March 16, 1968, Calley led his troops to murder innocent Vietnamese civilians living in a cluster of hamlets located in Son Tinh District in Quang Ngai Province in the northern coastal lowlands. Citing "superior's orders," Defense Attorney George Lattimer contended that Capt. Ernest Medina, Calley's company commander, told his men that they were finally going to fight the enemy. He reportedly ordered "every living thing" killed. Lattimer also cited poor training of the platoon, the rage of the men who had seen their buddies killed, and the expectation of fierce resistance as additional factors contributing to the incident. The lawyer also charged that higher commanders on the ground and in the air observed the episode but did nothing. Despite Lattimer's argument, Calley was found guilty of murdering 22 civilians and sentenced to life imprisonment. His sentence was reduced to 20 years by the Court of Military Appeals and further reduced to 10 years by the Secretary of the Army. Proclaimed a "scapegoat" by much of the public, Calley was paroled by President Richard Nixon in 1974, after serving about a third of his 10-year sentence.
    1971—Top Hits
Family Affair - Sly & The Family Stone
Have You Seen Her - Chi-Lites
Got to Be There - Michael Jackson
Kiss an Angel Good Mornin' - Charley Pride
    1971 - William H. Rehnquist was confirmed by the Senate, 68-26, as U.S. Supreme Court Justice. He replaced Justice John Harlan who resigned in September 1971. Rehnquist joined the Court on January 7, 1972, the same day as Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr.
    1971- In one of the worst deals ever made, the Mets trade Nolan Ryan and three prospects to the Angels for six time all-star third baseman Jim Fergosi. The fireballer from Texas will set the all-time strike out record (5,714) and will become a member of the Hall of Fame while Fergosi will provide little help for New York.
    1972 - The longest non-scoring pass in NFL history was made as Jim Hart of the St. Louis Cardinals passed from his own one-yard-line to Bobby Moore, known now as Ahmad Rashad, who was tackled on the Los Angeles Rams' one-yard-line. The pass officially went for 98 yards.
    1974 -- Representative Wilbur D. Mills, Democrat from Arkansas, resigns as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee in the aftermath of the first truly public sex scandal in American politics.
    1975-"The Who by Numbers", which contains the hit single "Squeeze Box", earns the Who another Gold record.
    1977 - In only his second year of riding, Steve Cauthen became the first jockey to win $6-million in a single season. Cauthen was dubbed ‘The Six Million Dollar Man', and ‘Stevie Wonder' by his admirers and was named 1977 Sportsman of the Year by "Sports Illustrated", the Associated Press, "ABC's Wide World of Sports" and "The Sporting News".
    1979-- Kool and the Gang's "Ladies Night" is certified gold
    1979—Top Hits
Babe - Styx
Still - Commodores
Please Don't Go - K.C. & The Sunshine Band
I Cheated Me Right Out of You - Moe Bandy
    1980-John Lennon's body is cremated at the Fercliff Mortuary in Hatsdale, New York. Yoko took possession of the ashes and reportedly brought them back to her Dakota apartment.
    1982 - Heavyweight Michael Dokes knocked out Mike Weaver at 1:03 of the first round to win the WBA heavyweight title in Las Vegas.
    1983--Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson started a six week run at #1 on the Billboard singles chart with "Say Say Say". It was Jackson's 10th chart topper, including solo and with The Jacksons, and was McCartney's 29th, including solo and with The Beatles.
    1985 - The R.H. Donnelley Corporation announced plans to bring full color to its phone books, with red, blue and green ... along with the traditional Yellow Pages; and it wasn't long before ads printed in the Yellow Pages began sprouting up with red, blue and green accents (which cost more than the traditional, black-only print).
    1987—Top Hits
Heaven is a Place on Earth - Belinda Carlisle
Faith - George Michael
Should've Known Better - Richard Marx
Somebody Lied - Ricky Van Shelton
    1988 - Chicago's "Look Away" was the #1 single in the U.S. It was one of three top-ten hits from the "Chicago 19" album (the others were "I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love" and "You're Not Alone").
    1988--Bill Champlin's vocals helped Chicago attain their third and final number one single when "Look Away" hit the top of the Billboard chart. It was one of three Top Ten hits from the "Chicago 19" album, along with "I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love" and "You're Not Alone".
    1989 — Seattle wide receiver Steve Largent makes his NFL record 100th touchdown catch in the Seahawks' 24-17 win at Cincinnati.
    1989 - Heavy snow fell across the northern and central mountains of Colorado, with 24 inches reported at Steamboat Springs. Six to twelve inches of snow fell in the Denver and Boulder area delaying plane flights and snarling traffic. Heavy snow also spread across the Central Plains into the Mississippi Valley. Winner SD received 11 inches of snow, and more than ten inches of snow was reported north of Sioux City IA.
    1991 - The U.S. Supreme Court struck down New York's "Son of Sam Law" that forced criminals' profits for selling their stories to be seized and given to their victims. The High Court held that the New York law was inconsistent with the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
    1991 - Alan Freed, the disc jockey credited with giving ‘Rock and Roll' its name, was posthumously awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Freed died Jan 20, 1965.)
    1992 - A slow-moving Nor'easter storm batters the northeast U.S. coast killing 19 people.
    1993—Top Hits
Again- Janet Jackson
I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)- Meat Loaf
All That She Wants- Ace Of Base
Hero- Mariah Carey
Shoop- Salt-N-Pepa
    1994 - Kenny G's "Miracles: The Holiday Album" was number one in the U.S. It became the best selling Christmas album in history, selling over 8 million albums as of 2000. The tracks: "Winter Wonderland", "White Christmas", "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", "Silent Night", "Greensleeves", "Miracles", "Little Drummer Boy", "The Chanukah Song", "Silver Bells", "Away in a Manger" and "Brahms Lullaby".
    1995-- Worst snowstorm in Buffalo history, 37.9" in 24 hours (Starting Dec 9 at 7 PM, breaks previous record of 25.3" in 1982). December 26-29, 2001,they get 80 inches of snow.
    1998- After 24 years and 1,071 appearances, Dennis Eckersley, 44, who has pitched in more major league games than any other player retires as an active player.
    1998-Top Hits
I m Your Angel- R. Kelly
>Nobody s Supposed To Be Here- Deborah Cox
Lately- Divine
Doo Wop (That Thing)- Lauryn Hill
    2008-The Associated Press reported that the US military used loud music to "create fear, disorient...and prolong capture shock" for prisoners at military detention centers at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Among the songs blasted 24 hours a day were "Born In The USA" by Bruce Springsteen, "Hell's Bells" by AC/DC, "White America" by Eminem, "The Theme From Sesame Street" and "I Love You" from the Barney and Friends children's TV show.

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By Ralph Waldo Emerson

The mountain and the squirrel
Had a quarrel,
And the former called the latter “Little Prig”;
Bun replied,
“You are doubtless very big;
But all sorts of things and weather
Must be taken in together,
To make up a year
And a sphere.
And I think it is no disgrace
To occupy my place.
If I'm not so large as you,
You are not so small as I,
And not half so spry.
I'll not deny you make
A very pretty squirrel track;
Talents differ; all is well and wisely put;
If I cannot carry forests on my back,
Neither can you crack a nut.”




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