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Quail Equipment Leasing

5 years experience with established vendor relationships. We offer great funding capacity for transactions $10k to $10MM. Quail Company's established for over 30 years. Submit resume to:

About the company: Quail Equipment Leasing 17 years in
business with the ability to develop specialized programs for
vendors and unique industries: $10K to $10MM.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Football player Richard Marvin "Dick" Butkus born December 9, 1942, Chicago, Illinois; considered the greatest linebacker of his generation and one of the best football players of all time (1965-1973 Chicago Bears).


Alert: Déjà Vu---Jean-Francois Vincens
  Classified Ads---Sales
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  ELFA Lays Off five Executives
    by Christopher Menkin
Old National Bank exiting Municipal Broker Biz
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Sales Make it Happen by Scott Wheeler
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Alert: Déjà Vu---Jean-Francois Vincens

Leasing News posted an alert regarding Brican America, Miami, Florida on October 5, being sued over its leasing portfolio sold to a bank regarding "marketing agreement" not disclosed as part of lease documents.

This alert was brought to Leasing News attention by Bernie Boettigheimer, CLP, President of Lease Police. It appears Brican America was in the process of trying to sell parts of its lease portfolio. In doing an investigation, Bernie found NCMIC Finance Corporation dba Professional Solutions Financial Services (PSFS), Clive, Iowa having a claim against Brican for $38 million involving 1672 leases. He wanted Leasing News to alert readers about this company.

Sales of the systems to dentists and optometrists are based on advertising revenues reimbursing the purchaser for the system cost, according to an ex-salesman of Brican America, as well as the suit brought by NCMIC Finance Corporation dba Professional Solutions Financial Services (PSFS), Clive, Iowa.

Several reliable sources told Leasing News Chuck Brazier, formerly of Pinnacle Business Finance, and in the past, Colonial Pacific Leasing, was trying to sell another one of Brican's portfolio. His email address:

It appears one of the two men behind Brican America is Jean-Francois Vincens. The operation is very much like the recent Royal Links Golf Carts leased to country clubs based on advertising to pay for the carts and perhaps even make a profit. Jean-Francois Vincens was one of the principals in Recomm, who had over $125 million in losses involving over 30 leasing companies, including Colonial Pacific Leasing, Lease Partners, Bell Atlantic TriCon, Finova, GreatAmerica Leasing, Textron, among others.

In writing about the similarities of the NorVergence scheme and Royal Links, Leasing News Emeritus Advisor Charlie Lester equated it to the notorious Recomm operation:

“This case involves a scheme to use electronic billboards and kiosk (collectively “kiosks”) for advertising. The promoters of the scheme executed it in the following way. First, they organized Optical Technologies, Inc., and a group of affiliated companies, Recomm.

International Display Corp. Recomm Operations, Inc, and Recomm Enterprises, Inc (hereafter referred to collectively with Optical Technologies, Inc., as “Recomm”). Recomm, in turn, convinced several advertising agencies of the merits of advertising via kiosks, and convinced pharmacists, veterinarians, optometrists, and others of the profits they would earn by locating the kiosks at their places of business. Having accomplished this, Recomm acquired the necessary kiosks, leased them to the pharmacists and others (the “Lessees”), assigned the leases to finance companies (the “Lessors”), and (4) entered into advertising contracts with the Lessees. These contracts provided that the Lessees would receive a stated percentage of fees Recomm received form the advertising agencies. Recomm, the Lessees, and the Lessors contemplated that the Lessees share of the advertising fees would more than cover the Lessees' lease payments.

“The scheme worked for the benefit of all parties for a few years, until mid-1995, when Recomm began to experience cash-flow problems and ceased remitting to the Lessees their portions of the advertising fees. The lessees responded in two ways. First, they quit paying the Lessors the rent due on the kiosk leases; then they sued Recomm. As the law suits multiplied, Recomm turned to the bankruptcy court for relief. In January, 1996, Recomm filed a Chapter 11 petition in the Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida.”

Brican America Corporation Officers:

Alert--Brican America

Charlie Lester: Recomm similar to Royal Links or NorVergence?

Recomm Court Document

Appeal of Case naming Jean-Francois Vincens - "Your One Stop Vendor Check"
(Leasing News provides this ad “gratis” as a means
to help support the growth of Lease Police)



Classified Ads---Sales

Boston, MA
Senior leader in companies of varying size and scope, including start-ups. My current focus is sales, as a leader or as an individual contributor.
Carlisle, PA
17+ years Sales Professional with extensive experience in all phases of selling and marketing of capital equipment financing (leasing) to vendors and direct business partners.
Cherry Hill, NJ
College grad seeking entry level sales position for equipment leasing and financing in small to mid-size ticket markets. Have 6 months experience in the industry and self-motivated. Contact Matt at 609-280-2178 or
email at
Voorhees, New Jersey
Alpha sales leader capable of exceeding set quotas & keeping pipeline fresh & full with good business. 7 + years of accomplished finance background.

Fresno, CA
Aggressive, competitive self-starter w/successful vendor/direct equipment
leasing and asset-based lending experience seeks return to leasing industry
after successful stint in business banking sales.

Minneapolis, MN
16 years leasing experience from micro to large ticket market, variety of equipment. Most recently calling on vendor telecom dealers in Upper Midwest.

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.334-590-5133

Orange County, CA
In excess of 20+ years sales experience in the lease finance industry. Looking to work with a direct lender to help increase their profitability!

Orange County, CA
19+ years of successful marketing to the broker/lessor community representing one funding source owned by several parent companies.

Philadelphia Metro Area - 30 Years experience Healthcare sales/ management- 3 years experience newly create "small-ticket" healthcare division. Good success - Mitch Utz 215-460-4483
Pittsburgh , PA
Aggressive self starter looking for leasing position w/10 plus yrs sales exp., plus banking experience 814-227-4592

Pittsburgh, PA
Over 25 years of leasing experience including Captive, Dealer, Broker, and Third Party. Multiple equipment types. Seeking a Territory or National Sales position.

San Francisco Bay Area:
Business Development “Hunter” with transferable book of business in multiple segments: commercial construction, technology, fitness, etc. Years of managerial experience: can also be a “player/coach”.

Award winning commercial leasing salesman, middle market Georgia , Alabama , Tennessee , and Florida in addition to originating leases nationally. 26 years experience.
15 year lease vet looking for plact to take business.great references. all major equipment types. open to compensation. please contact if interested.

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ELFA Lays Off five Executives
by Christopher Menkin

June 30, 2009

Feeling the pinch as the leasing companies find business slow, as reported by the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) Monthly MFLI-25 report, gone are Don Ethier, long time Vice-President of Membership & Marketing, Sally Maloney, long time Vice-President of Meetings and Conventions, Diane Helyne Zyats, Vice-President of Communications, who was responsible for the past president Ken Bentsen and the association getting radio, television, and major media coverage, and two other employees, not identified.

Ralph Petta, Interim President, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association told Leasing News, “Unfortunately, in response to the challenging economic environment, in late October, the ELFA implemented necessary staff reductions designed to right-size the organization so that it is in a strong position to execute on its 2010 strategic plan and budget.”

Spencer Richman, CLP, President, National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers, (American Financial Network, Cleveland, Ohio) told Leasing News, "Our membership has certainly declined from its peak, but we are fortunate to still have nearly 850 member companies. I hope that this is an indication that many companies recognize the incredible value and low cost that NAELB provides. We do not yet know how we will fare with membership renewals. However, NAELB has the resources and leadership drive to continue providing high quality conferences with great networking opportunities - and at the lowest cost possible!"

All the leasing association report a drop in membership, slow renewals, as the year-ends and there are less banks and leasing companies, it appears the lifestyle of the industry is changing, not only in loss of sponsorships, convention attendance, but a reaction that support of the industry association is one of the cuts that is easier to make than others.

This comes at a time when networking, education, keeping informed, as well as protecting the interest of the industry in Washington and the 50 states have never been so critical.

It has come to a time that if you are not at the table, you may be one of those on the menu to be eaten.

Despite the hoopla, and "chamber of commerce" talk the merger of the Eastern Association of Equipment Lessors with the United Association of Equipment Leasing to form the National Equipment Financial Association did not produce the anticipated membership results. The National Vehicle Leasing Association cancelled their conference this year. Other conference attendances were at all time lows.

Randy Haug, Senior Vice-President/Partner of LeaseTeam is the incoming president of the National Equipment Finance Association (NEFA) and had this to comment:

“I have somewhat of a unique perspective on the value of Association membership. As you might know our company is members of many of the associations you have described below as this is the industry that we making our living in. I am a big believer, and value the membership in the associations we belong too, such as NEFA and the ELFA among others. We look at our membership to these associations as a Pay-forward value. We not only belong, but we are active participants in these associations because we find that when we are, it creates great value for our company many times over. Much of our business is based on the relationships of those we meet and associate with from many of these associations over the 20 Plus years we have been in business. I cannot even imagine the impact on our business, plus the value of all of my friendships I have developed over all of these years. In short I consider the membership in the associations we belong to be an integral part of our actual business.

“Now, related to NEFA. I think you realize I have a great love for the people and associations we belong to and especially to the NEFA, which I was recently honored to be selected as President for 2010.

“Today we have 273 active members of the NEFA. While that may be off from initial plans somewhat, we are proud that our membership has continued to steadily increase throughout 2009. We have also recently completed our review of our 2009 budget and created and accepted our 2010 budget, and completed our planning session as a board for 2010, and we are in good financial position and are looking to continue to do well so we can continue to serve our members and provide the valuable education, networking and association activities that they require to be and stay successful.

“Regarding conference attendance at NEFA events in 2009. We made positive revenue at each national conference and event in 2009, and while attendance numbers are a bit off from years past, we are finding those that do attend are getting great value and our format and educational topics at our meetings are really delivering for our members. We have been listening to our members and our making other changes that benefit our members as well. From negotiating great hotel rates at great venues to utilizing our time in the most cost efficient way possible at our meetings. This probably doesn’t sound like the old association meetings of the past, because it’s not. It’s the new meeting, networking and educational meetings that are required to engage our NEFA members today and into the future. The economy is tough on all of us in the industry but we have some of the industry’s best minds on the board at helping us manage our NEFA association through this current situation and I’m very confident we will be successful for our NEFA members into the future as we continue to add value and increase our membership.

“You may find this a bit Chamber of Commerce hoopla, but many folks do not fully understand who NEFA members are, and I want to clarify that.

“The NEFA is a National association serving small to mid-sized independent equipment finance companies, lessors and sophisticated brokers. Membership in NEFA is open to leasing and equipment finance companies, lease brokers and other companies that provide funding and services to this targeted group. Nearly 60% of our membership is comprised of lessors and brokers, with an even distribution of members across the country.”


Old National Bank exiting Municipal Broker Business
by Christopher Menkin

According to reliable sources, Old National Bank, Evansville, Illinois is exiting the municipal broker business. A spokesman at the bank would not deny nor confirm the action. Established in 1907 the bank has grown from 1,860 employees in September 30, 2008 to 2,199 with 181 offices.

Tier 1 September, 2009 9.96% (10% is the standard.) Operating income has decreased from $55.3 million to $23.6 million in the same period above; Net charges offs $27 million to $39 million. Loans and leases held for sale are at September, 2009 were $69.7 million from a $11.1 a year ago with Net income attributable at the bank going from last year in this time period from $61.3 million to $29.3 million September 30, 2009. It appears their appetite for municipals is not there as they move more in better margins in commercial lending and other opportunities.

Particularly for its area, looks like the bank is in good shape, just changing direction and may in the near future come back to this niche in the marketplace.



Classified Ads---Help Wanted

Quail Equipment Leasing

5 years experience with established vendor relationships. We offer great funding capacity for transactions $10k to $10MM. Quail Company's established for over 30 years. Submit resume to:

About the company: Quail Equipment Leasing 17 years in
business with the ability to develop specialized programs for
vendors and unique industries: $10K to $10MM.

Sales Make it Happen
by Scott Wheeler

With over twenty-six years of leasing experience and an Executive Masters in Business Administration, Scott is an accomplished senior leasing executive with leadership qualities in marketing and operations. He now runs a leasing school as well as holding three Webair classes each month.

Financing/leasing originators are constantly faced with the choice of where to focus their efforts. Should we call upon existing clients? Branch out into a new direction? Try another source? Focus on larger/or smaller transactions? Increase vendor business? Or, go direct with more end-user business? The most frequently asked questions that I field on a daily basis are: Where should I focus my attention? Where can I find more business? What are others doing that is working?

The answer is quite simple. What are producing the real results in today's environment are sales efforts which are well defined, organized, and very focused upon the capabilities of the originator.

Individuals who are still wildly soliciting any transaction hoping to find any transaction that may get approved are falling behind quickly. However, originators who know what their real funding capabilities are and approach the market proactively seeking specific types of clients with specific types of needs are beginning to see real results. In a variety of different niches, a variety of different capabilities, a variety of different territories I am seeing real success. The overriding factor is successful originators are not trying to be all things to all potential clients.

Originators are spending their time and efforts on transactions which they can fund and quickly dismissing potential opportunities which do not align with their capabilities. As a strong originator one of your greatest responsibilities is to define quickly which opportunities deserve your utmost attention and which opportunities need to be passed over.

Focused marketing efforts include purging your old databases; and qualifying those leads which align with your current capabilities. Strong database management is a continuous process and your database should be a fluid pool of potential clients which is constantly being updated and revised.

Originators should be proactively categorizing their opportunities within their databases and focusing their efforts on those potential clients which offer the most return. Strong database management is not about having the largest possible pool of unqualified leads, but rather having a strong pool of well qualified potential clients and opportunities which are properly aligned with your capabilities and strategy.

Scott Wheeler

Please let me know your thoughts, suggestions or ideas. or 410-877-0428.

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New Hires---Promotions

Deborah Brown promoted to regional sales director for Key Equipment Finance Great Lakes region. She will oversee the company’s nine salespeople in this territory. She has held positions of increasing responsibility at Key Equipment Finance since joining the company in 1997, most recently serving as district manager. Prior to joining Key Equipment Finance, she held various sales and marketing positions in the financial services sector, including serving as vice president at both Phoenixcor, Inc., and First National Bank of Ohio.

Charles Byrd was hired by Marlin Business Services, Mount Laurel, New Jersey, at its Atlanta office. His sales background is with managing large accounts in the industrial and machine tools sector. His previous experience includes several key positions at Key Equipment Finance.

Christopher Ciarrocchi was hired by Marlin Business Services, Mount Laurel, New Jersey, to promote sales. He previously was at De Lage Landen, Cannon Financial Services, and was a popular broker representative at Advanta Leasing. He will be located at the main office.

Jennifer Grisolia joins Marlin Business Services, Mount Laurel, New Jersey, as senior account executive. Her prior leasing experience includes roles at Popular Equipment Finance and CitiCapital. She will be located at the main office.

Lance Holden appointed senior vice president and team leader for Wells Fargo food and agribusiness industry specialty group. He has an extensive background in agribusiness and C&I lending, having worked as a group division manager at Commerce Bank prior to joining Wells Fargo Commercial Banking. Based in Kansas City, Holden will be responsible for developing and managing agribusiness relationships for the Central and Midwest divisions of Wells Fargo's Commercial Banking Group. He will report to John Weubbe, senior vice president and industry manager for Wells Fargo food and agribusiness industry specialty group.

Thomas Scott has joined Marlin Business Services, Mount Laurel, New Jersey, as regional sales manager. He has over fifteen years of experience in sales in the leasing industry, most recently at Susquehanna Commercial Finance. He will be located at the main office.




Classified ads—Accounting / Aircraft / Appraisals

Leasing Industry Outsourcing
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Appraisals: Boston, MA
Nationwide appraisals, remarketing, audits, inspections and more! Over 15-years industry experience and dedicated to deliver personal, prompt, professional services.
Call Chris @ 508-785-1277.


Appraisals: National Equipment Appraisal prepares Certified Machinery and Equipment Appraisals. IRS qualified, USPAP Compliant. Nationwide - fast turnaround.
Visit or
call 714-282-1525.”
Accounting: Dallas, TX
Provide cost effective Sales and Use Tax and Property Tax consulting and administration Services to the leasing industry. Many leasing industry referrals available.
Accounting: 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,
Aircraft Delivery: Seattle, WA
Global Aircraft Delivery ferries all types of aircraft all over the world. We are a unique ferry company moving your aircraft with our expert turnkey operation.
Asset Management: Canada
Cease Bailiff Services Incorporated:
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Sequent provides collateral recovery, remarketing, and storage services to lenders with assets located in the greater Pacific Northwest. Professional services at reasonable pricing. Contact
Asset Marketing/Recovery: Remarking solutions for big rigs assets and trucking related companies including collections, recovery, repair and re-sales. North South Leasing cell # 586-909-8797

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

CIT Prepacked Plan of Reorganization Confirmed by Court

Emergence from Bankruptcy Anticipated for December 10, 2009

Commits Financing to Support Small Business and Middle Market Lending

NEW YORK – CIT Group Inc. (OTC: CITGQ.PK), a leading provider of financing to small businesses and middle market companies for over 100 years, today announced that its prepackaged plan of reorganization (“the Plan”) was confirmed by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (“the Court”). CIT also indicated that it anticipates emerging from bankruptcy on December 10, 2009.

“CIT’s successful emergence establishes a strong foundation for the future of the Company,” said Jeffrey M. Peek, Chairman and CEO. “As a result of the overwhelming support for our Plan, CIT now has a stronger capital structure and improved liquidity profile. Our Board of Directors and management team now have the time and flexibility to execute the balance of CIT’s restructuring strategy, including maximizing the value of its existing assets and optimizing the business model.

“CIT’s market-leading positions are derived from our strong relationships with one million small business and middle market customers,” Mr. Peek added. “We are committed to continue lending to these vital sectors, which will help support much needed job creation and contribute to the recovery of the U.S. economy. I am extremely grateful to our employees for their continued commitment to preserving the value of our franchise. Additionally, I would like to thank our customers for their unwavering support and our regulators for their guidance throughout this process.”

Implementation of the Plan reduces CIT’s total debt by approximately $10.5 billion while deferring debt maturities for three years and also enhances capital ratios to levels that exceed regulatory requirements. With its strengthened financial position, CIT will now focus on its business restructuring and the execution of a smooth leadership transition.

CIT contiues to make progress on the reconstitution of its Board of Directors. Ultimately, CIT’s new Board will consist of 13 Directors, including seven new independent Directors identified by CIT’s debt holders, five continuing directors and the new Chief Executive Officer of CIT.

As previously reported, CIT has engaged Spencer Stuart, an internationally recognized search firm, to assist in identifying, interviewing and selecting the Lender Steering Committee director nominees. The search for a new CEO continues.

A Leading Lender to the Small Business and Middle Market Sectors

Upon mergence, CIT is committing $500 million to support its Small Business Lending group to fund government guaranteed loans in the Small Business Administration (SBA) 7a and 504 lending programs, as well as $1 billion in funding for its Vendor Financing operating segment. These commitments are in addition to the previously announced $1 billion in funding for its Trade Finance operating segment, which provides factoring services for mid-sized businesses. CIT also expects to generate new loans across its other lending and leasing platforms in 2010.

For more than 100 years, CIT has provided capital to small business and middle market customers. These sectors continue to play a vital role in the US economy and in overall employment, representing more than 90 million jobs. CIT is the number one provider of factoring services for companies that sell into retail channels of distribution, a top tier lender to women-, minority- and veteran-owned small businesses, the third largest US railcar lessor, the third largest global aircraft lessor and one of the top independent global leasing companies.

New York Stock Exchange Listing

Under the terms of the Plan, the Company’s existing common and preferred stock, along with all non-reinstated debt, will be cancelled effective upon consummation of the Plan, and distributions of new debt and equity securities will occur as soon as practicable thereafter.

CIT’s new Common Stock will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “CIT” and the Company expects the stock will begin trading on the exchange upon the Plan’s consummation. In aggregate, CIT will issue 200 million shares of new Common Stock to eligible debt holders in exchange for their claims against the debtors.

Payments on reinstated debt and other unimpaired claims that were stayed during the Chapter 11 cases, will be made as soon as practicable after emergence. The new debt securities issued under the Plan will begin to accrue interest on the emergence date.

Evercore Partners and FTI Consulting are the Company’s financial advisors and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is serving as legal counsel in connection with the restructuring plan and Chapter 11 cases. Sullivan & Cromwell advised CIT’s Board of Directors on the restructuring plan and will act as special counsel to CIT going forward on certain corporate matters. Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin Capital, Inc. serves as financial advisor, and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP serves as legal counsel to the Lender Steering Committee.

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


Irvine, California---Adopt-a-Pet

COAL - ID#A063442

Shelter staff named me COAL.
I am a neutered male, black Chihuahua - Smooth Coated mix.
The shelter staff thinks I am about 1 year old.
I have been at the shelter since Dec 01, 2009.
This information is less than 1 hour old.”

For more information about this animal, call:
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Ask for information about animal ID number A063442

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Today's Two Top Events in History

1906- Birthday of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, born New York, NY, retired from the Navy at eighty years old, developer of the computer, mother of COBOL, and quite an amazing woman, rising to the highest ranks for a woman at that time, 1983. When she retired from the navy in 1986, she went to work full time for the Digital Computer Company as a “consultant.” Reportedly, she functioned in much the same capacity she did when she was in the Navy, traveling on lecture tours around the country, speaking at engineering forums, colleges, universities and computer seminars passing on the message that managers shouldn't be afraid of change. In her opinion, "the most damaging phrase in the language is `We've always done it this way.'". While the question on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire for the top prize was what insect was the “computer bug,” which was the moth, this word was coined by Admiral Hopper and the Navy has a picture of what she discovered. She also is attributed with the phrase, “Computer debugging.” She is said to also have had quite a sense of humor. She was a constant smoker of filter-less Lucky Strike cigarettes. The USS Hopper (DDG 70) is named after her honor. Died January 1, 1992, Arlington, WV.


This Day in American History



  1561-Birthday of Sir Edwin Sandys, English statesman and one of the founders of the Virginia Colony (treasurer, the Virginia Company, 1619-20), born at Worcestershire, England. He later became a member of the Bermuda Company. Sandys Parish in Bermuda named for him. Encouraged many to go to America. He was also in favor of having the colonies become a self-sufficient republic. Died at Kent, England, in October 1629 (exact date not known).
    1783- Slavery was made illegal this day in Massachusetts by a judicial interpretation of the state constitution of 1780, " in which the text stating that all men were 'born free and equal' was construed as legal nullification of slavery. This year also saw the slave trade outlawed in Maryland. The following year slavery was abolished in Connecticut and Rhode Island.
1786 - A second great snowstorm in just five days brought another 15 inches of snow to Morristown NJ, on top of the eight inches which fell on the 7th and 8th, and the 18 inches which fell on the 4th and 5th. The total snowfall for the week was thus 41 inches. New Haven CT received 17 inches of new snow in the storm. Up to four feet of snow covered the ground in eastern Massachusetts following the storms.
    1788 - George Washington sold his race horse, Magnolia, to Colonel Henry Lee. Washington reportedly got 5,000 acres of Kentucky farmland. Lee was in Washington's command and also was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. He was known as “Light Horse Harry.” He wanted the horse to race as this was the great sport of the time. Upon the death of President George Washington, Harry was asked by Congress to deliver a tribute to his beloved general, describing him for posterity:
“First in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen...second to none in the humble and endearing scenes of private life.”
After the death of his idol, Harry's fortunes began to decline rapidly. the support of a family of six, coupled with disastrous land speculation, reduced him to financial poverty. Then, on January 19, 1807, in the large upstairs room at Stratford where so many Lees had come into the world, Ann gave birth to their fifth son, Robert Edward, named after two of his mother's favorite brothers. As Robert was learning to walk, his father was carried off to debtor's prison in Montross. With characteristic courage, in a 12-by-15 foot prison cell, Harry wrote his Memoirs of the War in the Southern Department of the United States , still the standard text on that portion of the Revolutionary War. When the book was finished in 1810, the family moved to Alexandria, where a new life on a modest scale was made possible by a legacy from Ann's father. Harry's eldest son, Henry IV, became master of Stratford. "Light Horse Harry's" last years were marred by sorrow and pain. Internal injuries, received when he was beaten by a mob as he defended a friend and freedom of the press in Baltimore, kept him in constant physical pain. He sought relief in the warm climate of the West Indies. When his health continued to decline, Harry attempted to return home, but died on Cumberland Island, Georgia, in the home of the daughter of his former commander, Nathaniel Greene.
    1793 - The first daily newspaper in New York City was founded by Noah Webster. "The America Minerva" was published for the first time this day. How long Webster stayed awake at night to come up with "Minerva" is anyone's guess. 1
    1835-Inspired by the spirited leadership of Benjamin Rush Milam, the newly created Texan Army takes possession of the city of San Antonio, an important victory for the Republic of Texas in its war for independence from Mexico. After helping the Texas Army capture the city of Goliad, he made an impassioned call for volunteers, asking: "Who will go with old Ben Milam into San Antonio?" Three hundred men did volunteer, and the Texas Army began its attack on San Antonio at dawn on December 5. By December 9, the defending forces of the Mexican army were badly beaten, and the commanding general surrendered the city. Milam, however, was not there to witness the results of his leadership--he was killed instantly by a sniper bullet on December 7. If Milam had survived, he might well have been among the doomed defenders of the Alamo that were wiped out by Santa Ana's troops the following March.
    1848-Birthday of Joe Chandler Harris, American author, creator of the “Uncle Remus” stories, born at Eatonton, GA. Died July 3, 1908, at Atlanta, GA.
    1849 --San Francisco's first fire engine arrived from the East. It was known as the Martin Van Buren engine because it has been used to water the lawn of the President's estate in New York. It was not intended for fire use, but had been purchased to pump water from mines.
    1861- Battle of Bird Creek, Indian Territory (High Shoal, Chusto-Talasah), Oklahoma. Indian Union troops hold off Confederate advance, but retreat due to lack of ammunition. Confederates call it a “victory,” and at Chustenahlah they again pushed back the ill-trained Union Indian troops.
    1872-African-American PBS Pinchback was the Acting Lt. Governor and succeeded after the impeachment of Warmoth. and on this date , started the first of 35 days as the Governor of Louisiana.
    1886- Birthday of Clarence Birdseye, the American industrialist who developed a way of deep-freezing foods. He was marketing frozen fish in 1925 and was one of the founders of General Food Corporation. Born at Brooklyn, NY. He died at New York City, Oct. 7, 1956.
    1888-Twenty-eight-year-old Herman Hollerith installed his punch calculator machine at the War Department in Washington, D.C. Hollerith had developed his tabulating machine, which read and sorted punched cards, in the hopes that it would be used in the 1890 census. Census officials thought Hollerith's machine seemed promising but needed practical experience, so Hollerith volunteered to use the machine to organize health statistics from city health departments in New York and Baltimore. It was so successful that news of the machine soon spread, and the War Department invited Hollerith to install a tabulating machine there to track statistics. Ultimately, the Census Department did use Hollerith's machine in the 1890 census.
    1898-Birthday of Emmett Kelly, American circus clown and entertainer, born at Sedan KS. Kelly was best known for “Weary Willie,” a clown dressed in tattered clothes, with a beard and large nose. Died at Sarasota, FL. March 28,1979.
1906- Birthday of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper, born New York, NY, retired from the Navy at eighty years old, developer of the computer, mother of COBOL, and quite an amazing woman, rising to the highest ranks for a woman at that time, 1983. When she retired from the navy in 1986, she went to work full time for the Digital Computer Company as a “consultant.” Reportedly, she functioned in much the same capacity she did when she was in the Navy, traveling on lecture tours around the country, speaking at engineering forums, colleges, universities and computer seminars passing on the message that managers shouldn't be afraid of change. In her opinion, "the most damaging phrase in the language is `We've always done it this way.'". While the question on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire for the top prize was what insect was the “computer bug,” which was the moth, this word was coined by Admiral Hopper and the Navy has a picture of what she discovered. She also is attributed with the phrase, “Computer debugging.” She is said to also have had quite a sense of humor. She was a constant smoker of filter-less Lucky Strike cigarettes. The USS Hopper (DDG 70) is named after her honor. Died January 1, 1992, Arlington, WV.
    1916- Trumpet player Bob Scobey birthday,,490603,00.html?artist=Bob+Scobey

    1917 - A severe winter storm struck the Ohio Valley and the Great Lakes Region. It produced 25 inches of snow and wind gusts to 78 mph at Buffalo NY. The storm produced 26 inches of snow at Vevay, IND, with drifts fourteen feet high. By the 16th of the month people could walk across the frozen Ohio River from Vavey into Kentucky.
    1918-Birthday of violinist Joe Thompson, Mebane, NC
    1919- Birthday of Roy deCarava, first Black American photographer to be awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.
    1922-Birthday of Redd Foxx, born John Elroy Sanford at St. Louis, MO. Redd Foxx plied his comedic trade on vaudeville stages, in nightclubs, on television, in films and on record albums. His talents reached a national audience with the TV sitcom “Sanford and Son.” He died after collapsing during a rehearsal for a new TV sitcom, “The Royal Family, “at Los Angels, CA. Oct. 11, 1991.
    1926 – 17 year old Benny Goodman's first recording session, Chicago, playing clarinet with Ben Pollack and His Californians .Victor Records. He had a 16 bars solo of a song called "He's the Last Word." Goodman worked hard to raise his family out of abject poverty in Chicago. Sadly, his father was hit by a car and killed on the same day Goodman recorded the solo. His father never came to one of Goodman's shows because he didn't own a suit.
    1927-Birthday of sax player Bennie Green, Leeds, England, Died March 22, 1977
1927-Red McKenzie-Eddie Condon stage first Chicago-style session, Chicago, Okeh records.
    1932-Birthday of trumpet player Donald Byrd, Detroit, MI
    1932-Birthday of song writer/singer Jesse Hill, New Orleans, LA, Died Sept. 16, 1966.
    1934-Birthday of harmonica player Junior Wells, West Memphis, AR Died Jan. 15, 1998,+Junior
    1938 – Birthday of David Houston (Grammy Award-winning singer: Almost Persuaded [1966]; Mountain of Love, Livin' in a House Full of Love, With One Exception, You Mean the World to Me, Have a Little Faith, Already It's Heaven, Baby Baby [I Know You're a Lady], So Many Ways; actor: Carnival Rock, Cottonpickin' Chickenpickers; died Nov 30, 1993)
1938 – Birthday of Deacon (David) Jones (Pro Football Hall of Famer: LA Rams: coined the term ‘sack' of which he was premier at the time; NFL defensive player of the year [1967, 1968]; San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins)
    1940-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.
    1941-The first American bombing mission took place two days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, when B-17 airplanes of the 19 th Bombardment Group attacked Japanese ships off the east coast of Vigan, Luzon, Philippine Island.

1941-Fighter plane from the United States to destroy a Japanese airplane in World War II was a Grumman F-50 Wildcat fighter of the Marines, which downed a twin-engine bomber off Wake Island.
    1941- Although having a 3-C draft deferment due to being the sole support of his family, Bob Feller, last year's AL leading pitcher with 27 victories for the Indians, becomes the first major leaguer to enlist after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The 23-year old navy recruit has already won 107 major league games.
    1942 – Birthday of Dick Butkus (College and Pro Football Hall of Famer: Chicago Bears: middle linebacker: NFL Defensive P1943 – Birthday of Jim Merritt (baseball: pitcher: Minnesota Twins [World Series: 1965], Cincinnati Reds [World Series: 1970/all-star: 1970], Texas Rangers) player of the Year [1969, 1970]; actor: Rich Man, Poor Man, Half Nelson)
Rank and organization: Major General, U.S. Marine Corps, commanding officer of the 1st Marine Division. Place and date: Solomon Islands, 7 August to 9 December 1942. Entered service at: Virginia. Born: 13 March 1887, Charlottesville, Va. Citation: For outstanding and heroic accomplishment above and beyond the call of duty as commanding officer of the 1st Marine Division in operations against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands during the period 7 August to 9 December 1942. With the adverse factors of weather, terrain, and disease making his task a difficult and hazardous undertaking, and with his command eventually including sea, land, and air forces of Army, Navy, and Marine Corps, Maj. Gen. Vandegrift achieved marked success in commanding the initial landings of the U.S. forces in the Solomon Islands and in their subsequent occupation. His tenacity, courage, and resourcefulness prevailed against a strong, determined, and experienced enemy, and the gallant fighting spirit of the men under his inspiring leadership enabled them to withstand aerial, land, and sea bombardment, to surmount all obstacles, and leave a disorganized and ravaged enemy. This dangerous but vital mission, accomplished at the constant risk of his life, resulted in securing a valuable base for further operations of our forces against the enemy, and its successful completion reflects great credit upon Maj. Gen. Vandegrift, his command, and the U.S. Naval Service.
    1943 – Birthday of Jim Merritt (baseball: pitcher: Minnesota Twins [World Series: 1965], Cincinnati Reds [World Series: 1970/all-star: 1970], Texas Rangers)
1943-Birthday of trumpet player Jimmy Owens, New York City
    1946—Top Hits 
Ole Buttermilk Sky - The Kay Kyser Orchestra (vocal: Mike Douglas & The Campus Kids) 
Rumors are Flying - The Frankie Carle Orchestra (vocal: Marjorie Hughes) 
The Old Lamplighter - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Billy Williams) 
Divorce Me C.O.D. - Merle Travis
    1953 - Frank Sinatra recorded "Young At Heart". The song was turned down by Nat ‘King' Cole and other artists, believe it or not. It became a top hit in the U.S. in March of 1954.
    1954—Top Hits 
Mr. Sandman - The Chordettes 
Count Your Blessings - Eddie Fisher 
Dim Dim the Lights (I Want Some Atmosphere) - Bill Haley & His Comets 
More and More - Webb Pierce
    1956 - The Million Dollar Session was held at Sun Records in Memphis, TN. Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis gathered for an impromptu jam session. Six songs by the artists were recorded at this session. None of the songs was released for nearly three decades.
    1958-In Indianapolis, retired Boston candy manufacturer Robert H.W. Welch, Jr., establishes the John Birch Society, a right-wing organization dedicated to fighting what it perceives to be the extensive infiltration of communism into American society. Welch named the society in honor of John Birch, considered by many to be the first American casualty in the struggle against communism. In 1945, Birch, a Baptist missionary and U.S. Army intelligence specialist, was killed by Chinese communists in the northern province of Anhwei. The John Birch Society, initially founded with only 11 members, had by the early 1960s grown to a membership of nearly 100,000 Americans and received annual private contributions of several million dollars. In the early days of formation, Ronald Reagan came to several meetings in the Pacific Palisades (he was never listed as a member); as a teenager, I parked the cars for one of my neighbors who held the meetings. The John Birch Society remains active today, and its members seek "to expose a semi-secret international cabal whose members sit in the highest places of influence and power worldwide."
    1960 - Sperry Rand Corporation of St. Paul, MN unveiled a new computer, known as Univac 1107. The electronic wizard employed what was known as thin-film memory.
    1961-The Tokens' "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" tops the Cashbox Magazine Best Sellers Chart for the first of a four week run.
    1962—Top Hits 
Big Girls Don't Cry - The 4 Seasons 
Return to Sender - Elvis Presley 
Bobby's Girl - Marcie Blane 
Don't Let Me Cross Over - Carl Butler & Pearl (Dee Jones)
    1962-Arizona's Petrified Forest National Monument was established as a national park.
    1963-The first Supremes album, "Meet The Supremes", is released by Motown Records. The LP contained their first US Top 40 hit, "When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes".    
    1965- "A Charlie Brown Christmas" premieres
    1965-An article in the New York Times asserts that the U.S. bombing campaign has neither destabilized North Vietnam's economy nor appreciably reduced the flow of its forces into South Vietnam. These observations were strikingly similar to an earlier Defense Intelligence Agency analysis, which concluded that "the idea that destroying, or threatening to destroy, North Vietnam's industry would pressure Hanoi into calling it quits seems, in retrospect, a colossal misjudgment." President Johnson called for more ground troops to be deployed to South Viet Nam. 
    1970—Top Hits 
I Think I Love You - The Partridge Family 
The Tears of a Clown - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 
Gypsy Woman - Brian Hyland 
Endlessly - Sonny James
    1972-The Moody Blues hit number one on the US album charts for the first time with "Seventh Sojourn". It will be their last album of new material for more than five years as the group's members split to record and to tour as solo artists.
     1972-Elton John's "Crocodile Rock" is released. It would become his fourth US Top Ten hit and first number one single.
    1975- President Gerald Ford signs $2.3 B loan-authorization for New York City. He had originally opposed the aid to the city, but due to the political pressure, agreed for a federal loan to some $2,300,000,000 annually, to help the city avoid bankruptcy. the fiscal crisis had begun when securities markets declined to buy New York City notes.
    1978—Top Hits 
Le Freak - Chic 
I Just Wanna Stop - Gino Vanelli 
I Love the Nightlife (Disco 'Round) - Alicia Bridges 
On My Knees - Charlie Rich with Janie Fricke
1978-John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd's version of Sam & Dave's "Soul Man" is released under the name, "The Blues Brothers."
1978- "Le Freak" by Chic topped the charts and stayed there for 6 weeks. 
    1980- 61ºF in Boston at 1 AM
    1984 - Walter Payton of the Chicago Bears got another first as he ran six plays as quarterback. He was intercepted twice, but ran the ball himself on four carries. It didn't help. The Green Bay packers still won, 20-14. Payton said after the game, “It was okay, but I wouldn't want to do it for a living.”
   1984 — Los Angeles Rams running back Eric Dickerson rushes for 215 yards in a 27-16 victory over Houston to top O.J. Simpson's single-season mark of 2,003 yards rushing. Dickerson finishes the year with 2,105 yards.
   1984-Michael Jackson announces that at the end of the current Jackson's tour, he will launch a solo career and no longer perform with his brothers.
    1986—Top Hits 
The Next Time I Fall - Peter Cetera with Amy Grant 
Hip to Be Square - Huey Lewis & The News 
The Way It Is - Bruce Hornsby & The Range 
It Ain't Cool to Be Crazy About You - George Strait
    1987 - The fifth storm in nine days kept the northwestern U.S. wet and windy. Winds along the coast of Washington gusted to 75 mph at Oceans Shores and at Hoquiam, and the northern and central coastal mountains of Oregon were drenched with three inches of rain in ten hours, flooding some rivers. Snowfall totals in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State ranged up to 36 inches in the Methow Valley. High winds in Oregon blew a tree onto a moving automobile killing three persons and injuring two others at Mill City
    1987-Ron Hextall of the Philadelphia Flyers became the first goalie in NHL history to shoot the puck into the opposition team's net in a 5-2 victory over the Boston Bruins.
    1988 - A winter storm blanketed the Southern and Central Appalachians with up to ten inches of snow. Arctic air invaded the north central U.S. bringing subzero cold to Minnesota and North Dakota.
    1989-"We Didn't Start the Fire" by Billy Joel topped the charts and stayed there for 4 weeks.
    1995 - The Beatles' "Anthology 1" was #1 in the U.S. The double CD contained 60 Beatles songs and was their sixteenth number-one album. It also set a record for the longest time span for a run of number-one albums: 31 years and 10 months between "Meet the Beatles" and "Anthology 1.”
    2002-Pat Boone returned to Billboard's Hot 100 after a 40 year absence. His new song, "Under God", was written in response to a lawsuit filed in San Francisco by an agnostic who claimed his daughter's constitutional rights were violated by having to say the words "under God" when her school recites the Pledge of Allegiance. The record briefly rose to number 25, ahead of songs by the likes of Jennifer Lopez and Jay-Z. Boone's last Top 40 hit was "Speedy Gonzalez", which made it to number 6 in 1962.



Football Poem

A champion is one who gets up when he can't.

Jack Dempsey


Take pride in how far you have come; have faith in how far you can go.



Tough times don't last, tough people do.



If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you think you'd like to win, but you think you can't,
it's almost certain you won't.

If you think you'll lose, you've lost.
For out in the world you'll find,
success begins with a fellow's will.
It's all in the state of mind.

If you think you're outclassed, you are
You've got to think high to rise.
You've got to be sure of yourself,
before you can ever win a prize.

Life's battles don't always go,
to the stronger or faster man.
But sooner or later the man who wins,
is the man who thinks he can.






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