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Friday, December 8, 2006


Shawn Halladay, International
    Classified Ads---Sales
        Cartoon---Salesman not making Quota
Archives--December 8, 2000
Steve Dallas/United Capital
    EAEL HOLIDAY Dinner Monday
        Le-Nature: Worse to “Worser?”
Davis no longer at IFC Credit
    Mortgage Rates Drop
        Classified Ads—Help Wanted
Cartoon---Human Resources
    Holiday Ad Special expires Dec. 31
        Eric Vaughn—New CLP
Shaun Danton VP, Key-Canada
    Financial Federal 1st Quarter
        Forsyth to Join Willis Lease CFO
News Briefs---
    You May have Missed---
        Sports Briefs---
"Gimme that Wine"
    Calendar Events
        Snapple Real Facts
Today's Top Event in History
    This Day in American History
        American Football Poem

######## surrounding the article denotes it is a “press release”


Shawn Halladay, International

Shawn Halladay joined the Leasing News Advisory Board on April 17, 2006. He travels the world for the Alta Group, a global “think tank,” providing many services. He appears to enjoy the position as it gives him the opportunity to attend soccer matches, his favorite sport. The highlight of his year is the FIFA World Cup.

His specialties are operations, accounting, and tax issues. He recently took his hand at a “blog,” He is also a “popular” legal leasing expert, called for his opinion or testimony
as an “expert witness.” He performs the same service for Leasing News.

Shawn D. Halladay
124 South 400 East, Suite 310
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
801/322-5454 fax

Shawn Halladay brings more than 20 years experience as a lessor, trainer, consultant and auditor to The Alta Group. Shawn's professional expertise stretches across all leasing sectors and around the globe. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, he has served lessors throughout North America, South America, Asia and Europe, providing training in all aspects of equipment leasing and consulting services supporting vendor finance, benchmarking studies, competitive analysis, strategic planning, litigation support, mergers and acquisitions and accounting and quantitative analysis.

Shawn is managing principal of The Alta Group's Professional Development Division and has authored or co-authored eight books on equipment leasing, including A Guide to Equipment Leasing, An Introduction to Leasing and The Handbook of Equipment Leasing.

"All our content development and delivery efforts in the Professional Development Division are focused on enhancing outcomes for both the company and its employees. If we don't improve our learners' job effectiveness and career opportunities, then we haven't done our job."

Shawn's strengths in accounting, tax law and analysis help Alta clients quantify the success of their business and evaluate emerging opportunities. His custom training courses, offered in several languages and tailored to meet the needs of varying geographic and industry markets and cultures, help lessors maximize the value of their human resources and deliver outstanding lease products and customer service.

A member of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (formerly the Equipment Leasing Association), Shawn serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Equipment Lease Financing.



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Sales: East Central FL
20+ years experience in all areas of leasing; sales, credit, operations, syndication. Currently independent seeking position with direct middle market lender in regional capacity
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Seeking direct & broker sales w/major finance companies in NC or southeast market. Small to mid-ticket range. Stable &family oriented. Will have series 6,63,65 license shortly.
Sales: Henderson, NV
Formally trained in Credit, Collections, & Sales with regional bank. Seeking sales or sales management.
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Sales: Kansas City, MO
20 years Senior Sales/Management experience in small ticket/government leasing. Program Management experience, managing 12
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Sales: Los Angeles CA
5 years experience structuring off-balance sheet finance solutions on computer and medical equipment. Perform detailed competitive analysis and market research. I uncover leads and sell.
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Lease Veteran-25+ years, heavy Vendor experience looking for new opportunity in MidSouth/SE. Experience in leasing to major accounts in high-tech/computers/Golf/transportation.
Sales: Mission Viejo, CA
Account Sales Executive with 10 years of leasing experience looking for company to bring existing customer base.
Sales: Montgomery, AL
Individual with 10 years advertising sales exp. & 7 years insurance sales exp. Wants independent contractor situation in Alabama.
Work with leasing company or broker.
Sales: Nashua, NH
10+ years sales experience small & mid-ticket hi-tech & telecom in a captive and vendor environment. Seeking new sales opportunity in New England.
Sales: Newport Beach, CA
Direct sales rep. in the middle market w/22 years experience  various types of equipment. Leasing/ financing from medical equip. to mfg. equip.. Strong closer.
Sales: North Carolina, Central
7 yrs.equip leasing &finance; specialist in heavy construction equip for 2-top-5-specialty finance/lease companies, NC &VA territories. $10-15MM annual funding. Downsized in 2002, now independent broker with varied customer base. Email:
Sales: Philadelphia , PA Seeking an open opportunity to advance in the automotive, commercial leasing & finance industry......... Email: Sales: Philadelphia, PA
25 years in Healthcare and seeking an opportunity to represent a lender for dental/medical funding in the Northeast to Mid-Atlantic states.
Sales: Portland, OR.
"Exp. In direct sales and sales mgmt.
I love Portland, but decent here jobs are few. Willing to be re-located, would like to work for you.
Sales: Prairie Village, KS Have substantial deal flow and database of broker referral sources. Generated and closed over $22M LY. Seeking exclusive relationship w/direct founder.

Sales: San Francisco Bay Area, CA
10+ yrs in middle market leasing. Seek direct lessor only. Transaction size from $500M to $10.0MM. Client base: printing, food, retail, manufacturing.

Sales: Currently employed Vendor Program "Hunter", with complex program development experience. Also skilled at program management. Technology to yellow iron assets. Extensive national rolodex.
Sales: San Francisco Bay Area, CA
15+ yrs--mid mkt. $500M to $10.0MM. Seeking role w/ captive or global leasing firm. large book to bring with me! Debt, tax, 1st amendment, etc. Email:
Sales: San Francisco Bay Area, CA
20 plus years experience in small ticket and middle market, mostly vendor driven business; specialist in manufacturing, hi-tech & medical. Excellent analytical and marketing skills.
South Central US
TX, OK, KS & AR Territory.
Equipment finance and leasing professional, 20 years experience. Top producer in middle to upper middle markets. Extensive customer base.


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* Panorama Mountain Village

“Close to Calgary, Alberta and the famous mountain town of Banff, Panorama is located on the Powder Highway, at the heart of some of North America's best skiing.

Calgary International Airport is the place where travelers from around Canada and the world get their first glimpse of the Rocky Mountains. From there, drive through Banff and Kootenay National Parks. Roads are well maintained and plowed regularly - you won't need a 4WD.”`





Archives--December 8, 2000

Steve Dallas/United Capital Speaks Out in an Exclusive Interview

Dallas says United Capital "Kickin' and Scratchin "... "We will survive!"

"We are only taking 'cream puff’ deals now," Steve Dallas, President of United Capital says. " We are not downsizing. We are trying to take care of the 15 select advisors, our customers, who have been good to us and to lobby for their deals."

The main funding "partner" changed their leasing credit guidelines with less than a one day notice, throwing the operating into a turmoil "...with no time to plan or adapt to the rules that changed. "

During this time, only eight employees have been let go, according to Dallas, out of up to a 50 full time staff. "

We are going to survive, but we have issues that are very pressing to us now, “he says.” We are spending 100% of our time until the end of the year working on our portfolio, concentrating on the performance. This is our number one goal today."

Dallas says they are trying to comply with the current guidelines, understand them, see what transactions they have in the pipeline and work them into the system. He will be meeting with his underwriters in New York next week.

“Our customers have been very concerned and working with us, trying to help us get things done," he says. " We are going to survive, kicking and scratching... and the first of the year, 2001, we will be back stronger than ever... as we re-group, re-plan, get smarter, and ask our customers to hang in their with us."



Eastern Association of Equipment Lessors
Holiday Party, Monday, December 11, 2006

6:00 to 9:00 PM
Dinner and Open Bar
Warwick Hotel, 65 West 54 Street, New York, NY

For Information Contact the EAEL office at 212 809 1602





Le-Nature: Worse to “Worser?”

Court records indicate the water and tea beverage company LeNature is not going to recover as the situation appears to be going from worse to “worser” ( if there is such a legitimate word.) Creditors
made many financial claims at the December 5th hearing before Western District of Pennsylvania United States Bankruptcy Court Judge M. Bruce McCullough, according to information just posted of documents filed. A transcript of the hearing will be available December 12th, it is noted in one of the documents.

LeNature's was thought to be only $728 million in debt, according to bankruptcy records, that involves $278 million owed to banks, $150 million in junk bonds and $300 million in lease payments for equipment and other liabilities. The number appears higher as creditors are now filing their official forms, such as form CIT who stated," Currently, the Debtor owes approximately $130 million in connection with its obligations under the Lease Documents."

Representing the debtor, Kroll Zolfo Cooper has already closed a Le-Nature's manufacturing and bottling facility in Arizona, laying off 85 workers, and idled the company's flagship plant in Latrobe, furloughing 238 employees.

Salvator LoBiondo of Kroll Zolfo Cooper told U.S. Bankruptcy Judge M. Bruce McCullough that nearly all of the Phoenix plant's inventory had been sold and that his firm planned to vacate the facility by Thursday. The Latrobe plant was being staffed by a skeleton crew of about 15 administrative workers, he said.

"In our opinion, it appears the best course of action is to sell that plant," he told U.S. Bankruptcy Judge M. Bruce McCullough "There's no value to keeping that plant open."

With little money coming in, and cash on the financial statement difficult to find, court records show the banks who are owed money by Le-Nature's have not agreed to increase funding to pay for the turnaround firm to continue guiding the company while it is under Chapter 11 protection.

LoBiondo said there is only about $150,000 of an initial $1.56 million in funding, an amount that "will not take us through to a week from today." The judge said Kroll Zolfo Cooper employees were free to stop working when the funding runs out.

The consulting firm has said witnesses told them a large number of documents had been destroyed and financial statements had been falsified. An official with the firm told the news media an investigation had been opened by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Pittsburgh, which declined comment.

Bankruptcy court documents from the creditors indicate this is going to expensive, including possible fraud involved with previous company officers.

Copy of CIT document:

Copy of list of new creditor claims on Pacer (



Davis no longer at IFC Credit

Marcus Davin, past owner of Bluedot Funding and manager of the Irvine office of IFC Credit, is no longer with the company. According to insiders, it was not a "friendly exit." Leasing News was not able to confirm the information it received.

Word on the street is Davin is working with an investor from Balboa Capital to get his new company up and running.

In a June 8, 2005 press release announcing the purchase of Bluedot Funding by IFC Credit, Davin said:

“Joining IFC represented an opportunity to expand and profit from increased capabilities,” stated Marcus Davin, President and founder of Blue Dot. “In order to continue our aggressive growth, we needed to join an organization that had a strong marketing and operations platform, and had significant excess funding capacity. IFC Credit provides us with what we need to expand beyond our current level of business.”

The June 8, 2005 IFC Credit press release stated:

“Blue Dot Funding Corporation is the fourth company acquired by IFC Credit Corporation in as many years. Earlier, the company acquired Pioneer Capital Corporation, Addison, Texas, First Portland Corporation dba FirstCorp, Portland, Oregon and Spectrum Medical Leasing, Inc., Downers Grove, Illinois.

“Rudolph D. Trebels, President and CEO of IFC Credit Corporation, commented: ‘The acquisition of Blue Dot Funding will help us to accelerate our market growth, and contribute toward achieving our corporate goal of producing $500 million in annual lease originations by 2009.’

Rudy Trebels, CEO

“ ‘IFC now has representatives located in or near key U.S. cities including Dallas, Boston, Portland, New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Minneapolis and Tampa.
“Trebels adds, ‘The addition of Blue Dot is an important strategic step for us because it provides us with a stronger presence in the Southern California market, adds small-ticket market share and leverages our vendor service capabilities’. ”



Mortgage Rates Drop

Those in the money business shouldn't state any "slowdown" is due to increasing rates, particularly in the mortgage business, as rates continue to fall, primarily due to less demand.

Fannie Mae and other real estate lenders reported yesterday that rates
have fallen to their second lowest level of the year: 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages averaged 6.11%, down from 6.14% last week. It was close to the lowest rate of the year, which occurred the week of Jan. 19 when the 30-year mortgage dipped to 6.10%.

Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac's chief economist, attributed the four week decline to "...continued signs of slowing in the housing market and weakness in the manufacturing sector helped keep mortgage rates down this week."

The peak was in July at 6.80%, and rates have basically fallen since.
All categories of mortgage rates surveyed by Freddie Mac declined this week.
Rates on 15-year, fixed-rate mortgages, averaged 5.84%, down from 5.87% last week.
For one-year adjustable rate mortgages, rates fell to 5.43% down from 5.46% for the previous week.
Five-year adjustable rate mortgages dropped to 5.92%, compared to 5.95 percent last week.



Classified Ads---Help Wanted


Controller, Irvine, CA

- BA/BS in Finance or Accounting
- CPA Required
- Current working knowledge of Tax Laws
- Prior leasing experience preferred
- Proficient with Great Plains and Excel
- Strength in LeasePlus and Access are preferred.

About us: Nationwide Funding, LLC is a leading provider of equipment financing and leasing solutions for businesses nationwide, and the vendors who serve them. With its prime location in Southern California and offices in Chicago's downtown financial district, Nationwide Funding, LLC has been able to secure specialized credit facilities and create funding partnerships with a wide variety of financial institutions.

Funding Specialist

Funding Specialist, Irvine, Ca

Small ticket exp., min 2+ years with plenty of energy. Bachelor's Degree preferably in Finance or other Business discipline.

About Us: Nationwide Funding, L.L.C. is a financial services company offering equipment financing and business capital to small business owners and municipalities in all 50 states.


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Eric Vaughn—New CLP

“The CLP Foundation is very pleased to announce the addition of another new Certified Lease Professional. We extend our congratulations to Eric Vaughn for completing the CLP Program and successfully passing the CLP Exam. Eric is the fifth leasing professional to receive his CLP designation from Premier Lease and Loan Services. The CLP Foundation would also like to thank Premier for their continuing support of the CLP Program.”

Eric Vaughn, CLP
Premier Lease and Loan Services
Bellevue, WA

“The CLP Foundation is the official governing body for the Certified Lease Professional ("CLP") Program. The CLP designation sets the standard for professionalism in the leasing industry. This designation identifies and recognizes individuals within the leasing industry who have demonstrated their competency through continued education, testing and conduct.

“We invite you to visit our web site -- for detailed information about the CLP Foundation and the CLP Program. For further information about our Mentor Program and Anonymous Test Taking Program, please contact Cindy Spurdle at 610/687-0213 or”

Cynthia W. Spurdle
Executive Director
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Wayne, PA 19087
PH: 610/687-0213
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“Why I became a CLP” feature stories:



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Key Equipment Finance Names Shaun Danton VP,
Syndications, Canada

Key Equipment Finance announces Shaun Danton as Vice President, Syndications. Shaun brings 17 years' banking experience, including development of commercial lending and equipment finance opportunities.

He is responsible for developing syndication buy and sell opportunities for Key Equipment Finance's Canadian operations. He is located at Key's Canadian headquarters in Burlington, Ontario. Key Equipment Finance provides direct financing solutions to corporate and commercial clients for equipment acquisitions.

Key also partners with leading vendors of technology and capital asset equipment providing lease financing to their business customers.

Key Equipment Finance is an affiliate of KeyCorp ($96B U.S. assets) and manages a $12.6B U.S. equipment portfolio, operates in 26 countries, and has been in the equipment financing industry for more than 30 years.


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

Financial Federal Corporation Reports Record First Quarter Results

Finance Receivables Top $2 Billion

NEW YORK----Financial Federal Corporation (NYSE: FIF - News):

Record Net Income - $12.2 million (19% increase)
Record Diluted EPS - $0.46 (18% increase)
Record Finance Receivables Outstanding - $2.05 billion
Loss Ratio - 0.01% (annualized)

Financial Federal Corporation (NYSE: FIF - News) today announced results for its first quarter ended October 31, 2006. Net income for the quarter was $12.2 million, 19% higher than the $10.2 million earned in the first quarter of fiscal 2006. Diluted earnings per share increased by 18% to $0.46 from $0.39. Finance receivables originated during the quarter were $320 million compared to $323 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2006. Finance receivables grew at an annualized rate of 11% to $2.05 billion at October 31, 2006 from $1.99 billion at July 31, 2006.

Paul R. Sinsheimer, CEO, commented: "Finance receivables surpassed $2 billion in the first quarter of fiscal 2007. We achieved this milestone with a focus on growing organically and profitably, with disciplined underwriting and the best asset quality in our history. Finance receivables growth slowed to an 11% annualized rate during the quarter as the pace of economic activity weakened. The yield curve has become increasingly inverted which contributes to our interest margin compression. We are optimistic about our prospects, yet concerned about the slowing economy and the inverted yield curve."

Steven F. Groth, CFO, remarked: "The Company's modest leverage of 3.9x and strong liquidity position provide flexibility and opportunity for the future. We broadened our funding sources during the quarter by adding a commercial paper dealer."

full financial statements at:


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Brad Forsyth to Join Willis Lease Finance as Chief Financial Officer

Willis Lease Finance Corporation (NASDAQ: WLFC ), a leading lessor of commercial jet engines, today announced Brad Forsyth will be named its Chief Financial Officer, following the resignation of Robert M. Warwick, which will be effective January 31, 2007. Mr. Forsyth will join the company on January 1, 2007.

"Brad Forsyth brings a strong finance background and solid experience in the aerospace, and more specifically the aircraft engine industry to our growing company. Having worked with him for many years at Standard Aero, I am delighted to welcome him to our management team," said Lee Beaumont, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

"Bob has decided to leave the Company for personal reasons. We appreciate his hard work and dedication over the past eighteen months, which have been exceptionally demanding on our finance group. We wish him well in the future," said Charles F. Willis, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Since 1994, Forsyth has been employed in positions of increasing responsibility with Standard Aero and currently serves as Vice President of Finance, providing financial management support to nine business units with $800 million in annual sales. Formerly, he was with Price Waterhouse (now PriceWaterhouse Coopers) practicing in their audit and tax departments. He is a Chartered Accountant and graduated with honors from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelors of Commerce degree.


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Calendar Events This Day

Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Roman Catholic Holy Day of Obligation. A public holiday in Nicaragua.

Guam: Lady of Camarin Day
Declared a legal holiday by Guam legislature Marcy 2, 1971

Uzebekistan: Constitution Day
A National holiday. Commemorates the constitution of 1991.

Winter Flowers Day



Dallas, Texas was named after George M. Dallas of Pennsylvania, President Polk's vice-president, when it was incorporated February 8, 1854.

However, history also notes: “Dallas County was established in 1846 and was named after George Mifflin Dallas, who was the eleventh United States Vice President at the time. However, the origin of the city's name is debatable; Bryan stated only that it was named "after my friend Dallas".” There is not record that he knew or was a friend of George Mifflin Dallas.
The city of Dallas was founded by John Neely Bryan in 1841 after first surveying the area in 1839. In 1843, the first doctor arrived, and in 1845, the first lawyer arrived. In 1845, the first election was held on the issue of Texas' annexation to the United States. Thirty-two citizens were able to vote, 29 voted for annexation and 3 were opposed. Dallas was now a part of the state of Texas. It is known that George Mifflin Dallas was in favor of Westward expansion and popular in the South at the time.



Today's Top Event in History

1863- President Abraham Lincoln issued a" proclamation of amnesty and reconstruction," offering full pardon to all southerners who voluntarily took a "prescribed oath." When the Civil War was over, there was great political strife toward forgiving the South and various plans that Abraham Lincoln had in place were ignored, except for this proclamation, which also halted the hanging of Jefferson Davis as hatred was more popular at the time than coming together as one nation. Historian believe that if Abraham Lincoln were not assassinated, he would have changed the history of Southern reconstruction and would have united the nation with this action. President Lincoln issued another proclamation on March 26,1864. President Andrew Johnson issued supplemental proclamations on May 29,1865: September 7,1867; July 4,1868: and December 25,1868.


This Day in American History

    1850-The first college graduate who was African-American woman was Lucy Ann Stanton of Cleveland, OH, who graduated this day from Oberlin College, Oberlin OH, receiving the Bachelor of Literature degree.
    1863- President Abraham Lincoln issued a" proclamation of amnesty and reconstruction," offering full pardon to all southerners who voluntarily took a "prescribed oath." When the Civil War was over, there was great political strife toward forgiving the South and various plans that Abraham Lincoln had in place were ignored, except for this proclamation, which also halted the hanging of Jefferson Davis as hatred was more popular at the time than coming together as one nation. Historian believe that if Abraham Lincoln were not assassinated, he would have changed the history of Southern reconstruction and would have united the nation with this action. President Lincoln issued another proclamation on March 26,1864. President Andrew Johnson issued supplemental proclamations on May 29,1865: September 7,1867; July 4,1868: and December 25,1868.
    1861-William “Billy “Durant birthday, almost forgotten by US history. He was a leading producer of carriages at Flint, Michigan; promoter of the Buick car; co founder of Chevrolet and founder, in 1908, of General Motors. He lost, regained and again lost control of GM, after which he founded Durant Motors, went bankrupt in the Great Depression, and operated a Flint bowling alley in his last working years. He died in New York, New York, 1947, basically a penniless man.
    1879-Louisiana ratifies a new state constitution, also moving the state capital from
New Orleans to Baton Rouge
    1886-Birthday of Diego Rivera, Mexican painter whose murals became center of political controversy, born at Guanajuato, Mexico. Died in his studio at San Angel, near Mexico City, Nov 25, 1957.
    1894-James Grover Thurber, American humorist and artist, long-time contributor to the New Yorker, born at Columbus, OH. Died at New York, NY, Nov 2, 1961.
    1894-Popeye creator Elzie Crisler Segar was born at Chester, IL. Originally called Thimble Theater, the comic strip that came to be known as Popeye had the unusual format of a one-act play in cartoon form. Centered on the Oyl family, especially daughter Olive, the strip introduced a new central character in 1929. A one-eyed sailor with bulging muscles, Popeye became the strip's star attraction almost immediately. Popeye made it to the silver screen in animated form and in 1980 became a movie with Robin Williams playing the lead. Segar died Oct 13, 1938, at Santa Monica, CA.
    1912-Clarinetist Irving Fazola (Irving H. Prestopnik ) born, New Orleans, La.
Died 29 March 1949.

    1913-Trumpeter-violinist Ray Nance born Chicago, Ill ( with Duke Ellington from 1940 to 1963).,,472065,00.html?artist=Ray+Nance
    1917 -a severe winter storm struck the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes. Buffalo, NY was buried under 25 inches of snow with wind gusts to 78 mph. 26 inches fell at Vevay, IN with drifts to 14 feet
    1923-Norman Rockwell’s “Christmas,” one of his earliest covers for the Post when they were still in black and red, Norman Rockwell's 1923 Christmas cover for the magazine depicted a trio performing Christmas carols. In Rockwell's biography he reveals that not one of his three models had an iota of musical talent.
    1925-Birthday of Sammy Davis, Jr., born at New York, NY, Sammy Davis, Jr, was the son of vaudevillians and first appeared on the stage at the age of four. He made his first film appearance in Rufus Jones for President in 1931. He then joined the Will Mastin Trio. The popular song-and-dance team was popular on the night club circuit; as Davis matured, his singing, dancing and impersonations became the center of the act. Davis began performing on his own in the 1950s, headlining club engagements, appearing on television variety shows and making numerous records. His Broadway debut came in 1956 in the hit musical Mr. Wonderful, and in the late '50s and early '60s he starred in a number of films, including a series with Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack. Davis died at Los Angeles, CA, May 16, 1990. Sammy Davis, Jr
    1926-Guitarist Slim ( Eddie Lee Jones) born Greenwood, MS
    1927-bassist George Tucker born Palatka ,FL
    1932-bassist Bob Cranshaw born Evanston IL,,418363,00.html?artist=Bob+Cranshaw
    1937-composer Don Sebesky born Amboy, NJ
    1937-Birthday of James MacArthur ( “Book ‘em Danno.”) Los Angeles, California.
    1938 - The temperature at La Mesa, CA, soared to 108 degrees to set a U.S. record for the month of December.
    1940—Birthday of David Carradine, “grasshopper,” born Hollywood, California.
    1940-The most lopsided victory: The Chicago Bears won the NFL championship by defeating the Washington Redskins, 73-0, the most one-sided victory in the league’s title game. Played at Griffith Stadium, Washington, DC, the Bears won the Ed Thorp Memorial Trophy. This game was also the first professional football championship game broadcast on radio. The Mutual Broadcasting System paid $25,000 for the rights to the game, which was broadcast by Walter Lanier “Red” Barber.
    1941-Jimmy Dorsey band records, “Tangerine,” Decca 4123
    1941-trumpet/flugelhorn player Franco Ambrosetti born Lugano Switzerland
    1943-Birthday of James Morrison, Singer, songwriter, known as "The Lizard King," lead singer of The Doors, Jim Morrison is considered to be one of the fathers of contemporary rock. Born at Melbourne, FL, and died at Paris, France, July 3, 1971.
    1945---Top Hits
It’s Been a Long, Long Time - The Harry James Orchestra (vocal: Kitty Kallen)
That’s for Me - Dick Haymes
It Might as Well Be Spring - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Billy Williams)
It’s Been So Long Darling - Ernest Tubb
    1946-The first snow-melting apparatus using pipes embedded in the sidewalk was test by Best and Company, a department store in New York City, which installed a system of 15 coils comprising 4,530 feet of pipe. A solution of about 67 percent water and 33 percent antifreeze by volume was circulated as protection against freezing temperatures as low as five degrees below zero. The system was put into full operation during a blizzard on December 26.
    1950-Ralph J Bunche becomes the first Black person awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.
    1953---Top Hits
Rags to Riches - Tony Bennett
Many Times - Eddie Fisher
Vaya Con Dios - Les Paul & Mary Ford
There Stands the Glass - Webb Pierce
    1953 - Los Angeles, California became the third largest city in the United States, edging out Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the distinction in a special census. Today Los Angeles is the second largest United States' city, and the 16th most populated city in the world.
    1953-Singer Diane Schuur born Seattle, WA

    1959-The first movie with scent was “Behind the Great Wall, “ a travelogue of modern China, presented at the De Mille Theatre, New York City. The film depicted a tiger hunt, fishing with cormorants, a May Day parade in Beijing and other scenes. The scent was forced through ceiling vents by the Aromarama process.
    1959 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Heartaches by the Number," Guy Mitchell.
    1961---Top Hits
Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes
Goodbye Cruel World - James Darren
The Twist - Chubby Checker
Big Bad John - Jimmy Dean
    1961 - "Surfin’", the Beach Boys' first record, was released on Candix Records, becoming a local hit in Los Angeles, California, but only making it to #75 nationally in the Untied States. The surfing music craze wouldn't sweep across America for another year. By the time "Surfin’ Safari" hit Top 40, in September 1962, the Beach Boys were riding a wave of popularity.
    1962 - International Typographical Union's striking workers closed nine New York City newspapers. The strike lasted 114 days, before it ended on April 1, 1963, affecting a total of 5,700,000 readers. The loss of coverage made people turn on radio and television. The San Francisco Chronicle basically just closed this department as they announced all typeset is now digital, not with film or negatives that made print. Hot lead typesetting, linotype, went out in the early 1960’s.
    1963 - Frank Sinatra, Jr., 19-year-old son of singer Frank Sinatra, was kidnapped on from a hotel in Lake Tahoe, California. Three days later he was released, unharmed, after his father paid a $240,000 ransom. Most of the money was later recovered and the three kidnappers were arrested and given long prison terms.
    1963 - Lightning caused the crash of a jet airliner killing 81 persons at Elkton, MD
    1964-Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Dr Martin Luther King Jr,
    1965 - On Broadway, Humphrey Bogart’s wife, Lauren Bacall, opened in "Cactus Flower", also starring Barry Nelson. The production ran for 1,234 performances, and was awarded Best Play honors.
    1967-Traffic's "Mr. Fantasty" LP is released.
    1969---Top Hits
Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye - Steam
Leaving on a Jet Plane - Peter, Paul & Mary
Down on the Corner/Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Okie from Muskogee - Merle Haggard
    1977---Top Hits
You Light Up My Life - Debby Boone
Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue - Crystal Gayle
How Deep is Your Love - Bee Gees
Here You Come Again - Dolly Parton
    1980 - Former Beatle John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, arrived at New York's Dakota, the apartment house in which they lived, after an early-evening recording session. As they walked through the apartment gates, a lone gunman stopped and fired five bullets into Lennon, killing him almost instantly. The gunman, a crazed fan named Mark David Chapman, did not attempt to escape and was immediately apprehended. Lennon's untimely death set off a week of worldwide mourning, and the murder was considered to be the most shocking in the history of rock music.
    1980-Pat Benatar receives a platinum record for her debut album, "In the Heat of the Night." The former waitress and bank teller was discovered late one night at the Catch a Rising Star club in New York. Her album made it to the Top Ten and the follow up, "Crimes of Passion," will go to #2.
    1985---Top Hits
Broken Wings - Mr. Mister
Never - Heart
Say You, Say Me - Lionel Richie
I Don’t Mind the Thorns (If You’re the Rose) - Lee Greenwood
    1987-Ron Hextall of the Philadelphia Flyers became the first goalie in NHL history to shoot the puck into the opposing team’s net in a 5-2 victory over the Boston Bruins.
    1987 - A cold front crossing the northwestern U.S. continued to produce high winds along the coast, and heavy snow blanketed parts of the western U.S. Snowfall totals in the mountains of western Nevada ranged up to 18 inches at Heavenly Valley, and near the Boreal Ski Resort, and winds at Reno NV gusted to 56 mph. Thunderstorms over southern Florida deluged the Florida Keys with up to five inches of rain. Strong winds, gusting to 48 mph at Gage OK, ushered wintry weather into the Central High Plains. Goodland KS, which one day earlier was 63 degrees, was blanketed with two inches of snow.
    1988 - Santa Ana winds buffeted southern California, with gusts to 92 mph reported at Laguna Peak. The high winds unroofed buildings, and downed trees and power lines, igniting five major fires, and numerous smaller ones. Damage was estimated at 15 to 20 million dollars
    1990 - Stevie B's "Because I Love You (The Postman Song)" reaches No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100, a position it holds for four weeks. Billboard ranks it the top song of 1990.
    1991-The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics ceased to exist, as the republics of Russia, Byelorussia and Ukraine signed an agreement at Minsk, Byelorussia, creating the Commonwealth of Independent States. The remaining republics, with the exception of Georgia, joined in the new Commonwealth as it began the slow and arduous process of removing the yoke of Communism and dealing with strong separatist and nationalistic movements within the various republics. Khrushchev was long buried as were many communist leaders who had threatened to “bury the U.S.”
    1991-Kimberly Bergalis, the first patient believed to have contracted the AIDS virus from a health care professional, died at Fort Pierce, FL. It is theorized she was infected from her dentist while receiving dental care Her case sparked controversy over how the disease is transmitted and incited calls to ban infected health care professionals form the workplace.
    1992-- Barry Bonds signs the richest contract in major league history. Bobby's son will make $43-million over the next six years with the Giants.
    1993-President Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement which cut tariffs and eliminated other trade barriers between the US, Canada and Mexico. The Agreement went into effect Jan 1, 1994.
    1994---Top Hits
On Bended Knee- Boyz II Men
Here Comes The Hotstepper (From "Ready To Wear")- Ini Kamoze
Another Night- Real McCoy
Always- Bon Jovi
    1999---Top Hits
Smooth- Santana Featuring Rob Thomas
Back At One- Brian McKnight
I Wanna Love You Forever- Jessica Simpson
My Love Is Your Love- Whitney Houston



American Football Poem

Bob Whitsitt
President & General Manager, Portland Trailblazers
President, Seattle Seahawks

( abbreviated speech)

May 14, 2000

Thank you, Chancellor George, for inviting me to speak today!

This is the first time I’ve been invited back into the state since I hired Mike Holmgren away from the Packers.

We led the NBA. We had the best record in the league (63-19). We won the Pacific Division Championship for the first time ever. The year before we had won 55 games, but we lost in the conference finals in game seven to Charles Barkley and the Phoenix Suns. And, we were the favorite to win the NBA championship. My two young superstars that I drafted back then were the keys to our team, but they were still pretty young guys named Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp. Well, Gary had a distant cousin, a fellow named Walter Peyton. As you know “Sweetness” played for the Chicago Bears and has recently past away, (he played on a Super Bowl championship team). So we called Walter up and had him come out and spend some time with our team before the playoffs started in ‘94. It was kind of ironic for me because Walter got our team together and he spent the whole time together talking about “this group of people."

“You need to trust each other as players. You are playing for yourselves. A lot of people will follow you when you are having success, but you need to be together. There will be a lot of adversity. It’s difficult to win a championship. There’s a lot of pressure. There’s a lot of media scrutiny. There’s a lot of fragile psyches. Your confidence comes and goes.” Walter did this beautiful speech. It took away a lot of those memories because that’s really what it’s all about. It’s about working together and trying to accomplish something together. The interesting thing is that we won the first two games in the first round quite easily. We went on to lose the next three games and we lost in the first round of the playoffs.

The next day the owner called me into the office. He wanted me to fire the coach. I told him that I didn’t agree with that – it wouldn’t be a good idea. We talked again the next day. He wanted the same thing done. I got him to agree to talk again in about a week when the emotions calmed down.

Monday, I went into my office and it was cleaned out. I had the best year of my life – the best record ever; we had made the most money ever; we sold out the building every day. I was the Executive of the Year and I didn’t have a job!

So, that was kind of humbling for me to learn that even when you think you’re on top, or it’s going good, don’t get too high when things are going good for you. And try not to get too low when you think the world’s going to end tomorrow because it’s not going to end. You are going to be just fine. I did land on my feet. Obviously I have a job now where I work for a wonderful guy named Paul Allen where we are involved in a lot of wonderful things. I keep doing this job because I have the passion for it. The day I don’t have that excitement or the energy, “I’ll hang it up.”

I’d like to just close here and read half a poem to you. The poem is called, “Kindly Unhitch that Star, Buddy.” It’s by Ogden Nash. I’m going to pick it up, about half way through.

Indeed, everybody wants to be a wow,
But not everybody knows exactly how.
Some people think they will eventually wear diamonds instead of rhinestones.
Only by everlastingly keeping their noses to their grindstones
And other people think they will be able to put in more time at Palm Beach and the Ritz.
By not paying too much attention to attendance at the office,
But rather in being brilliant by starts and fits.
Some people after a full day’s work sit up all night getting a college education by correspondence,
While others seem to think they’ll get just as far by devoting their evenings to the study of the difference in temperament between brunettance and blondance.
Some stake their all on luck,
And others put their faith in their ability to pass the buck.
In short, the world is filled with people trying to achieve success,
And half of them think they’ll get it by saying no and half of them by saying yes.
And if all the ones who say no said yes, and vice versa,
Such is the fate of humanity that 99% of them still wouldn’t be any better off than they were before,
Which perhaps is just as well because if everybody was a
success nobody could be contemptuous of anybody else and everybody would start in all over again trying to be a bigger success than everybody else so they would have Somebody to be contemptuous of and so on forevermore,
Because when people start hitching their wagons to a star,
That’s the way they are.

I want to congratulate all the graduates, and please kiss somebody tonight.

Thank you.




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