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Thursday, December 31, 2009

"The Queen of Disco" Donna Summer (born LaDonna Adrian Gaines, December 31, 1948, Boston, Massachusetts. "Last Dance," "Bad Boys,""Hot Stuff," “She Works Hard for her Money,” "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)", the Platinum-selling number-one duet with Barbra Streisand, the Grammy-nominated Top-5 U.S. Gold hit "On the Radio," and many more.


  Classified Ads---Operations
  by Barry S. Marks, Alabama Poet
ELFA Monthly Report---Graphs Tell the Story
  Classified Ads---Help Wanted
Enterprise Funding ceases funding brokers
 Leasing Companies Out of Broker Business
  Operation Lease Fleece—Vartanian Brothers
   Sheldon Player E.A.R. —Comerica the latest
    Letters?---We get email!
 Cartoon---Dog on the internet
10 Best Movies of 2009 on DVD Now
   by Fernando Croce
 Thank You for your Salvation Army Donation
  Salt Lake City, Utah---Adopt a Pet
CTI Structures Leasing Platform
News Briefs ---
  New NEFA 2010 Board of Directors
   FDIC auctions off some doozies
    BDO Leasing to buy San Miguel shares
  Brown's Chicken files for Chapter 11
    NYC's Tavern on the Green last meal
     Tiger Woods latest news
  Rush Limbaugh admitted to Honolulu hospital
   You May have Missed---
    Sports Briefs
      "Gimme that Wine"
 Today's Top Event in History
    This Day in American History
     Football Poem
       Daily Puzzle
  Weather, USA or specific area
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by Barry S. Marks, Alabama Poet

Let’s raise up a glass of Holiday Cheer
And toast to the passing of one awful year!

We remember loose credit, free money flow, why?
Did it all have to end--- did it all have to die?
App-Only to 50, 250, a mill!
You knew it would rise like a bubble until
Like a bubble it popped, oh really much worse
Like a dam it drowned all when it suddenly burst!

The bankers lamented, “The rules are all changed!
We succeed by not lending!” Now isn’t that strange?
Our funders rewrote the alphabet, too
An “A” is a “B”, a “C” is now…poo.

And customers who we once thought of as friends
Turned out to think fraud just a means to an end.

Of course we’ll survive, in leasing we do,
Each turn of the wheel always brings something new
Us old guys remember, Kit Menkin and me
TBT’s and wrap leasing, good ol’ ITC.

So the bright day is coming, the red sky’s at night
Though today we’re all yelling, “It just isn’t right…

The Visa card’s calling about a remittance,
My 401k has shrunk to a pittance,
Retirement waves to me from a distance,
Disposable cash? Now barely subsistence,
Recovery’s a myth I doubt its existence,
Please help me, Obama or someone who listens,
My funders once were lions, now they cry like kittens”

Goodbye to ’09, goodbye and GOOD RIDDANCE!

Financial Center - Suite 1615
505 North 20th Street
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
P. O. Box 11386
Birmingham, Alabama 35202
fax 278.8905 (Direct) 251.8305 (Main)

(Thank you, Barry. The poem was written by Barry at the editor’s request. Hopefully we will have more from the Alabama poet in 2010. Kit)



ELFA Monthly Report---Graphs Tell the Story


“Whether or not the worst of this recession is really behind us remains to be seen,” was the reaction from Frederick S. Summers, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Vision Financial Group, Inc., Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

“When the economy does make the turn for the better and the credit markets really start to open and fire on all eight cylinders, whoever can increase accessibility to capital will reap big rewards. Independents need to continue to weather the storm and stay true to the business principles that got them where they are. Their time is coming.”

“While by no means robust, demand for capital equipment seems to picking up," Ralph Petta, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association Interim President said.

"We are hopeful that this trend continues as the overall economy rebounds.”

“Many customers indicate there is pent-up demand for asset replacement and additions for the coming year," Russell Nelson, President, Farm Credit Leasing Services Corporation, a subsidiary of CoBank, located in Minneapolis, Minneapolis, said.

" I believe the industry will benefit and enjoy a much stronger year of financing opportunities in 2010, provided key economic measurements reflect progress, which will stimulate new business growth and spending.”

December is generally the best month for leasing, according to the history of the MFLI-25 report. If this remains true, look for the 4th quarter to continue it move upward, even if at a slow pace.

As to current indicators, perhaps the graphs from ELFA MFLI-25 report tell the story best.

New Business Volume:

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Credit Approvals:

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Number of Employees:

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Charge Offs:

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Enterprise Funding ceases funding brokers

Lee Martin, Vice-President of Enterprise Funding, Commercial Equipment Finance, Grand Rapids, Michigan announces the closing down of its well-known "broker-line." The company has ceased funding, but hopes to remain viable if it can obtain capital and new funding lines.


Leasing Companies Out of Broker Business

These are companies who are either out of business who worked with independent equipment leasing brokers or no longer are doing business with independent equipment brokers within the last year. This is not a list of companies who do not do business with independent equipment brokers.

ACC Capital Corporation, Salt Lake City, Utah
(no longer "application only"-new $100,000 mininum)
Advantage Business Capital, Lake Oswego, Oregon
AEL Financial, Buffalo Grove, Illinois
*(No longer taking new broker business)
Balboa Capital, Irvine, Ca
Bankers Healthcare Group, Weston, FL.
C and J Leasing Corp, Des Moines, Iowa
Chesterfield Financial, Chesterfield, Missouri
Churchill Group/Churchill Leasing, Jericho, NY
CIT Group (limited)
Columbia Bank Leasing, Tacoma, WA
Concord Financial Services, Long Beach, California
Court Square, Malvern, Pennsylvania
Creative Capital Leasing Group, LLC, San Diego, CA
Direct Capital, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Diversified Financial Service, Omaha, NE
Dolsen Leasing, Bellevue/Yakima, Washington
Equipment Finance Partners, a division of Altec, Birmingham, Alabama
Evans National Leasing, Inc., Hamburg, NY
Enterprise Funding, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Excel Financial Leasing, Lubbock Texas
First Corp.(IFC subsidiary), Morton Grove, Illinois
First Republic Bank, San Francisco, Ca
GE Capital, Conn (limited)
Global Funding LLC., Clearwater, FL
Greystone, Burlington, MA
Heritage Pacific Leasing, Fresno, CA
Hillcrest Bank Leasing, Overland Park, KS
Huntington Equipment Finance, Vendor Finance Group,
IFC Credit Corp., Morton Grove, Illinois
Bellevue, Washington
Irwin Financial (Irwin Union Bank), Columbus, Indiana
Irwin Union Bank, F.S.B. (Louisville, Kentucky)
Lakeland Bank, Montville, NJ
LaSalle Systems Leasing
LEAF Third Party Funding, Santa Barbara, Ca.
Lombard, part of Royal Bank of Scotland, worldwide
Marlin Leasing, Mount Laurel, NJ
Marquette Business Credit Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota
M&T Credit (Bank)
MericapCredit, Lisle, Illinois
Merrill Lynch Financial
Mesa Leasing, San Diego, California
Midwest Leasing Group,Livonia, MI
National City, Cleveland, Ohio
Navigator (Pentech subsidiary) San Diego, California
OFC Capital, Roswell, Georgia
Old National Bank, Evansville, Illinois
Pentech Financial, Campbell, CA
PFF Bancorp, Inc, Pomona, CA
Pinnacle Business Finance, Fife, Washington
Pioneer Capital Corporation, Addison, Texas
PredictiFund, a subsidiary of Capital Access Network, Inc
Popular Finance, St. Louis, Missouri
Radiance-Capital, Tacoma, WA
Rational Technology Solutions, Rolling Meadows, IL
Sandy Springs, Olney, MD
Sovereign Bank, Melville, New York
Specialty Funding, Albuquerque, NM
SunBridge Capital, Mission, Kansas
Suncoast Equipment Funding Corp., Tampa, Florida
TechLease, Morgan Hill, California
Textron Financial
Triad Leasing & Financial, Inc., Boise, Idaho
Union Capital Partners, Midvale, Utah
Velocity Financial Group, Rosemont, Illinois
VenCore, Portland, Oregon
Vision Capital,San Diego, California
Wachovia Bank Leasing
Washington Mutual Financial
Western Bank, Devils Lake, ND
Westover Financial, Inc., Santa Ana, California


Operation Lease Fleece—Vartanian Brothers

Here are copies of the indictments regarding Chant Vartanian, president of ISystems Technology and Solutions, 3650 East Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, and his brother, Sarkus Vartanian, Vice-President, Marketing, as individuals.

It is reported they have also been doing business with several other leasing companies in Southern California, one particularly, who’s principal was employed at CapitalWerks for reportedly over eight years.

(Southern Division - Santa Ana)
CRIMINAL DOCKET FOR CASE #: 8:09-cr-00246-UA-1

Case title: USA v. Vartanian et al

Copy of Indictment:

Case has been moved to criminal case related "United States v. Mark McQuitty" SA CR 07-236-CJC; to Honorable Cormac J. Carney, former UCLA football star, and UCLA Football wide receiver Rose Bowl MVP.

Copy of order:

Previous story:

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to help support the growth of Lease Police)


Sheldon Player E.A.R. —Comerica the latest

The latest to join the separate court cases is Comerica regarding numerous leases assigned to them by U.S. Financial, with a total perhaps over $10 million dollars. The documents and exhibits are over 165 pages or 10mb. A copy of the complaint follows. It names both Donna Malone and Sheldon Player as guarantors.

This may bring the court cases with attorney costs up over $50 million.

Not including costs or attorney fees, the other are Fifth Third Bank, $10 million, Home Federal Savings Bank, Rochester, Minnesota $3.2 million, Farmers Bank & Capital Trust, $2 million, Red Oak Acquisition, $2 million, and Bank of Dixon County, Ponca, Nebraska. $321,596. They do not include attorney fees or court costs.

Meanwhile, the latest "Statement of Financial Affairs" from the Bankruptcy trustee shows income from operations 2007 audited statement of $53,277,428 and 2008 $87,796,797. It appears the officers took out of $20 million themselves as well as other expenditures, and if creditors are wondering where the money went, it seems to have gone to Mark Anstett, Donna Malone, and Sheldon Player (no surprise.) While the dollar amount may not be accurate, due to all the accounts and how viewed, readers can see who received the checks.

Comerica Filing:

"Statement of Affairs" filing:

Previous stories:



LEAF Specialty Finance for Sale/Or Else!
  by Christopher Menkin

(Sorry to report, most of Tuesday's email was lost in opening an attachment, which froze the system after all the email was download to read. Here is one that made it through:)

"Kit, really good article on LEAF, keep them coming. From day one their model was driven by portfolio purchases, not organic growth. If LEAF dumps the broker channel there’s nothing coming in to offset the run off from all those short term portfolio amortizations. Their delinquencies are high, default losses are high, portfolio run off is high, revenues are down, and it’s going to be interesting to read your next follow up, thanks."

(name with held at editor’s choice)

(I read the 181 page SEC filing three times, went over certain sections several times, and due to space, did not go into several other issues, including Resource America itself. Perhaps in January will write more. Thank you for your compliment. Kit Menkin)

From Cambodia:

“To all my friends around the world,

“I wish one and all a happy holiday season. We see from afar the snow, cold, flight delays, ice and snow fights in the areas where we grew up. One of our friends from Cambodia is visiting Miami. They were so fascinated with seeing snow, they drove from Miami up to the Carolinas for a play day!

“2009 was a tough year for many people I know. It is almost over and 2010 starts new and fresh. I wish you all success and good fortune. Thank you for being in my life, and maybe I/we can communicate better in 2010. (For those who have not tried “Skype”, check it out. A great way to communicate with people around the world.)

“2009 was a good year for me with some consulting and teaching projects. I’m headed to Beijing in January. I will take a few extra days to be a tourist, and be sure to carry my camera. My golf game is suffering, but playing is still better than not. I have also served on the board of governors of the Amcham in Phnom Penh. It has been fun to see the membership grow, host fun events, and meet great people.

“My friends in the cold weather probably wonder what it is like in Cambodia. First, this country is over 95% Buddhist, so Christmas day is a work day for most, except the ex-pats. I’m working at my computer in my apartment, wearing shorts and a tee shirt. Temperature is 28 C - 82 F. It would be hard to live in the snow again. Friends say – “If palm trees do not grow there, why should I live there!” (Thought the picture above will give you an idea of our weather.)

“Happy holiday to you, your family, associates, and friends. Much success and happiness in 2010!”

Jim Swander
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
+855 15 772 750
Skype - jimswander
Alternative email:

“Barbara and I want to give you and your family our best wishes for a happy holiday season. You continue to provide a great service to the equipment leasing and financing industry. Leasing News is the early morning "go to" for thousands of us who appreciate your news and editorial commentary.

“Hope that 2010 is a great year for you and the leasing industry.”

Bruce Kropschot
Kropschot Financial Services
2352 Clearwater Run
The Villages, FL 32162
(352) 750-3588

“Kit - I am puzzled by all the predictions by your readers of the demise of small ticket leasing. I would argue the exact opposite. We are suffering from a lack of capital and lending to the small business segment in general. It is exacerbated by weak current demand due to the recession.

“Does anyone really believe that small business capital equipment needs will not recover? Does anyone believe that the banking industry will do a credible job in meeting small business needs? Not for awhile, despite the President's pleas. This all forecasts an increasing market for small ticket leasing companies at attractive yields.


“Happy Holidays.”

Paul J. Menzel, CLP
President & CEO
3455 South 344th Way
Suite 300
PO Box 4568
Federal Way, WA 98063-4568
Phone: 253-568-6121 or 877-222-8558 x121

----Go Ducks!!!!-----

Sue Robert



Fernando's View
By Fernando F. Croce

Special Year’s Best Edition
As 2009 comes to an end and we look forward to a new year, it’s time to look back at the best cinematic offerings. Here is a list, in alphabetical order, of some of the greatest movies released in 2009. Hurry and catch them in theaters, or, if they’ve already been released on DVD, give your Netflix queue to workout.

35 Shots of Rum: Claire Denis proved once again that she’s one of today’s subtlest yet most affecting filmmakers with this deceptively modest, Paris-set drama about the relationship between an aging widower and his daughter. Without resorting to contrivance or histrionics, Denis crafts a graceful and deeply moving portrayal of family love that more than holds its own to the classics of Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu on which it is based.

Bad Lieutnant

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans: Nicolas Cage gives one of his greatest performances in years in German director Werner Herzog’s tale of a corrupt law officer in post-Katrina New Orleans. Though often dark, the material is surprisingly (and exhilaratingly) played for eccentric laughs and unexpected lyricism, a risky decision pulled off brilliantly by the cast. Not for the squeamish, but certainly worth a look for audiences willing to be challenged.


Coraline: What's a little girl to do when she finds herself in a boring new house with inattentive parents? Coraline finds a solution by walking through a mysterious door and stepping into an alternate world where everything that was dreary in the real world, including Mom and Dad, becomes wondrous. This marvelously imaginative fable from director Henry Selick uses stop-motion animation to recreate a fantasy land that's half dream and half nightmare.

The Headless Woman

The Headless Woman: The title suggests a horror movie, but this is actually a stylish, tantalizingly enigmatic drama from Argentine director Lucrecia Martel. This story about a wealthy dentist’s increasing confusion after running over something (or somebody) is a remarkably ambiguous cinematic riddle. Martel's unique visuals and refusal to provide easy answers may make her something of an acquired taste, but this film is a disquieting treat adventurous that audiences should check out.

The hurt locker

The Hurt Locker: Renowned action director Kathryn Bigelow is back in top form with this intense and beautifully crafted chronicle of a group of bomb-defusing specialists in war-torn Baghdad. Creating an intimate and suspenseful atmosphere, it follows a group of military personnel as they make their way through a hostile terrain filled with bombs, snipers, and mercenaries. Focusing more on character and action than on political ideology, Bigelow offers a taut portrait of men at war and grace under pressure.

Inglorious Basterds

Inglourious Basterds: Quentin Tarantino astonishes once more with his smashingly satisfying World War II epic. Set in France during the Nazi occupation, the plot follows several characters as they come together in a plan to overthrow Hitler, raging from a group of guerilla soldiers to a young Jewish girl who's planning revenge for the murder of her family. Beautifully combining dialogue and action, humor and suspense, this is the kind of genre-mixing opus that only a passionate movie lover like Tarantino could deliver.

Lorna's Silence

Lorna’s Silence: Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne deliver a gritty and involving tale about finding hope in a harsh world in this drama about a young Albanian immigrant in Belgium, trying to obtain citizenship papers so she can settle down with her boyfriend. Her plans go awry when she starts to develop feelings for her recovering-junkie husband, and her newfound determination go against the orders of local gangsters. A vivid, moving, and surprising story of unlikely redemption.

Public Enemies

Public Enemies: Mixing visceral thrills and stylistic experimentation, Michael Mann crafts a sleek, rousing portrait of the legendary Depression-era outlaw John Dillinger (excellently played by Johnny Depp) and his relationship with fellow gangsters, mistresses and G-men during Depression-era America. Using digital video cameras to give a startling, present-tense feel to the 1930s setting, Mann whips up a visually arresting tale that's unlike any other crime drama in recent years.

Serios man

A Serious Man: After doing heavy drama (“No Country for Old Men”) and screwball comedy (“Burn After Reading”), the Coen brothers finally find a way to combine both genres in this hilarious yet harrowing portrait of grace and despair. Following the many indignities piled up on top of a suburban Jewish everyman in the late 1960s, the Coens provide an inventive, intensely personal seriocomic gem where the laughs keep coming even as they’re caught in the viewer’s throat.


Tetro: Francis Ford Coppola’s comeback trail, which began a few years ago with "Youth Without Youth," shows no sign of stopping with this heartfelt and inspired tale about family responsibility and artistic impulses. Set in Argentina, it deals with the emotional reunion between a young wanderer and and his older brother, a talented but erratic writer. But will the visit help Tetro complete the play he's been working on, or will old wounds be reopened? A visually gorgeous and emotional film.


Thank You for your Salvation Army Donation

Several readers sent in a check, not wanting to use a credit card on line. Many said they donated locally.

(Click on kettle to donate or view those who have donated)


Salt Lake City, Utah---Adopt a Pet

KATIE - ID#A300203
My name is KATIE.
I am a spayed female, gold Golden Retriever.
The shelter staff thinks I am about 3 years old.
I have been at the shelter since Dec 08, 2009.”

For more information about this animal, call:
Salt Lake County Animal Services at (801) 559-1100
Ask for information about animal ID number A300203

Salt Lake County Animal Services
511 West 3900 South, SLC, Utah 84123 ~ 801 559-1100

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CTI Structuring A Leasing Platform For Its Customers


Cavitation Technologies, Inc. (CTI) (OTCBB: CVAT & Berlin: WTC) is pleased to announce it is in discussions with Trinity Vendor Finance, a division of the Bank of the West and BNP Paribas Group to provide CTI customers with Operating leases. We hope Trinity will recognize the potential for the product and work with us to provide leasing methods to potentially thousands of clients with the desire and demand for our technology.

According to Kirk Wiggins, CTI’s Director of Sales and Business Development, “Trinity, Bank of the West and BNP Paribas Group have in-depth understanding of a broad range of industries and are able to create solutions to cater to the distinct needs of CTI’s business. With extensive product knowledge and market expertise they serve as more than just equipment financing specialists – they will serve as an extension of our business”

Mr. Wiggins further indicated “We are very pleased to be working with Trinity, Bank of the West and BNP Paribas Group. These are some of the most respected companies in the world and they, like us are concerned for the environment and want to help industries lower costs and improve profitability. All of our applications are in industries where there are significant environmental problems and/or a need to reduce costs and improve profitability. We are working on projects and technologies for renewable fuels, petroleum, water desalination, wastewater treatment, food and beverage, chemical industries.”

CTI’s reactor has no moving parts; the fluids passing through the reactor under high pressure are changed structurally at the nano molecular level and can eliminate the use of chemicals in some cases. The industries that can greatly benefit from our applications are vegetable oil, wastewater, and chemical processes to name a few. The market for the product is worldwide in countless sectors and will save billions of dollars in process costs while improving profitability and helping save the environment.

Roman Gordon, CTI CEO, stated, “We are very pleased to be working with Trinity, Bank of the West and BNP Paribas Group and expect to have a long and fruitful relationship.”

About Cavitation Technologies

Cavitation Technologies, Inc. (CTI); (OTC Bulletin Board: CVAT); is a "Green-Tech" company, established in 2006 to become a world leader in the development of new cutting edge technologies for the vegetable oil refining, renewable fuel, petroleum, water treatment, wastewater sanitation, food and beverage, and chemical industries. For additional information please visit:

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Today's Top Event in History

1968--The bloodiest year of the war comes to an end. At year's end, 536,040 American servicemen were stationed in Vietnam, an increase of over 50,000 from 1967. Estimates from Headquarters U.S. Military Assistance Command Vietnam indicated that 181,150 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese were killed during the year. However, Allied losses were also up: 27,915 South Vietnamese, 14,584 Americans (a 56 percent increase over 1967), and 979 South Koreans, Australians, New Zealanders, and Thais were reported killed during 1968. Since January 1961, more than 31,000 U.S. servicemen had been killed in Vietnam and over 200,000 U.S. personnel had been wounded.


This Day in American History

    1775 - George Washington ordered recruiting officers to accept free blacks into the army.      
    1781-The first modern bank in the US, the Bank of North America, was organized by Robert Morris and received its charter from the Confederation Congress. It began operations January 7,1982, at Philadelphia.
    1783 - Import of African slaves was banned by all of the Northern American states.
    1823- Birthday of William O. Cushing, American clergyman. He penned over 300 hymns, among them "When He Cometh," "Under His Wings" and "Hiding in Thee."
    1834-Pioneer medical doctor Mary Jane Safford birthday. She assisted "Mother" Mary Ann Bickerdyke nursing Union soldiers in the Civil
War. She (as did the other women) actually went into battles waving a white Handkerchief on a stick to nurse the wounded while the fighting
was still going on. The experience of saving lives set her on the way to a
medical career. She attended the New York Medical College for Women in 1869 and then went to Germany for advance training. She became professor of women's diseases at the Boston University School of Medicine, a staff physician at a Boston hospital, and had an extensive private practice. She was the first woman to perform an ovariotomy, a very common operation in those days.
    1837 -Birthday of John R. Sweney, American sacred chorister. He composed over 1,000 gospel tunes, including SUNSHINE ("There is Sunshine in My Soul Today") and SWENEY ("More About Jesus Would I Know").
    1849-Population of San Francisco was estimated at 100,000 including 35,000 people who came by sea, 3000 sailors who deserted ships and 42,000 who came overland.
    1862-The Battle of Stones River (Murfeesboro) begins in central Tennessee. The armies struggled in the bitter cold for three days before the Union army, commanded by General William Rosecrans, defeated the Confederates under Braxton Bragg.
    1878- Elizabeth Arden (Florence Nightingale Graham) birthday - Canadian-born U.S. cosmetic entrepreneur. Raised in poverty after her mother died when she was a child, EA held menial jobs until she emigrated to New York City where she learned basic beauty techniques at the opportune time: the new moving pictures which featured women wearing elaborate makeup that glamorized them would give impetuous to the female beauty business.  In 1908 with the loan of about $1,000 from her brother she opened a luxurious women's salon on Fifth Avenue in New York City that was an immediate success. She quickly branched into creating cosmetics and by 1915 she was selling her products internationally and was a millionaire.  In addition to her products, she operated more than 100 salons, health spas, etc., and became a noted racehorse owner who won the 1947 Kentucky Derby with Jet Pilot.  She was a leader in improving the safety of cosmetics. At her death at 88, she still owned every bit of stock in her enterprises which had seen annual sales of $60 million. Her companies were sold to Eli Lilly Company for lack of leadership after her death.
    1879- In the first public demonstration of his incandescent light bulb, American inventor Thomas Alva Edison lights up a street in Menlo Park, New Jersey. The Pennsylvania Railroad Company ran special trains to Menlo Park on the day of the demonstration in response to public enthusiasm over the event.
Although the first incandescent lamp had been produced 40 years earlier, no inventor had been able to come up with a practical design until Edison embraced the challenge in the late 1870s. After countless tests, he developed a high-resistance carbon-thread filament that burned steadily for hours and an electric generator sophisticated enough to power a large lighting system. in 1877 he stumbled on one of his great inventions--the phonograph--while working on a way to record telephone communication. Public demonstrations of the phonograph made the Yankee inventor world famous, and he was dubbed the "Wizard of Menlo Park." Although the discovery of a way to record and play back sound ensured him a place in the annals of history, the phonograph was only the first of several Edison creations that would transform late 19th-century life. Among other notable inventions, Edison and his assistants developed the first practical incandescent light bulb in 1879 and a forerunner of the movie camera and projector in the late 1880s. In 1887, he opened the world's first industrial research laboratory at West Orange, where he employed dozens of workers to investigate systematically a given subject. Perhaps his greatest contribution to the modern industrial world came from his work in electricity. He developed a complete electrical distribution system for light and power, set up the world's first power plant in New York City, and invented the alkaline battery, the first electric railroad, and a host of other inventions that laid the basis for the modern electrical world. One of the most prolific inventors in history, he continued to work into his 80s and acquired 1,093 patents in his lifetime. He died in 1931 at the age of 84.
    1880- Chairman of the newly formed Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee throughout the US’s involvement in WWII, General George Marshall was born at
Uniontown, PA. He accompanied Roosevelt or represented the US at most Allied war conferences. He served as secretary of state and was designer
1887 (Ida) Frances Steloff birthday - U.S. founder of the legendary Gotham
Book Mart. FS Helped launch the works of Henry Miller, James Joyce, Gertrude
Stein, Anais Nin, Ezra Pound and e.e.cummings. “Died April 18,1969
   1905-Birthday of composer Jule Styne, London, England
   1908-Birthday of bass player John Kirby, Baltimore, MD

   8 trumpet player Jonah Jones born Louisville, Kentucky
   1917 - The temperature at Lewisburg, WV, plunged to 37 degrees below zero to set a state record.    
   1922- Vigilantes begin a weeklong attack on the black residents of Rosewood, Florida, burning down the town and effectively wiping it off the maps. The racially motivated destruction of Rosewood was so thorough and complete that knowledge of the episode nearly disappeared along with the town. However, families of the survivors managed to keep the memory alive and eventually won some small compensation from the state of Florida in 1994. In 1922, there were 30 households and about 200 residents in Rosewood-virtually all of whom were black. The fact that the town was slightly more prosperous then some of the neighboring white communities may have contributed to the tension and jealousy between white and black area residents. The Rosewood incident started as a hunt for escaped convict Jesse Hunter, who was believed to be responsible for the rape of an area white woman. Although there was no evidence that Hunter had any connection to the town of Rosewood, an angry mob of white men began a house-by-house search in that community. Residents first tried to defend themselves, but the threatening mob, with as many as 600 armed participants, far outnumbered them. The hunt for the rapist quickly escalated into violent attacks on the people of Rosewood, in which men were killed and women were raped. Although there is not an exact tally of the deaths resulting from the Rosewood riots, reports range from 6 to 120. Many community residents survived by hiding in the surrounding swamps until the attacks ended. The incident was reported and condemned by progressive newspapers at the time, but it was largely forgotten, because the destroyed town of Rosewood was never rebuilt and in essence disappeared from the maps. Yet the persistence of the survivors-some of whom were small children at the time of the attack-finally brought the matter to the attention of the Florida legislature in 1994. The state agreed to compensate 172 survivors and their families a total of $1.85 million because law enforcement officials had done nothing to stop the riots. .
    1929- Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians made their first annual New Year's Eve broadcast over the C-B-S network from the Roosevelt Grill in New York City. The New Year's Eve radio, and later television, programs by Lombardo became a holiday tradition. The band's rendition of "Auld Lang Syne" became familiar to millions.
    1929 - Greenland Ranch, in Death Valley, California, went the entire year without measurable precipitation.
    1930-Birthday of singer/guitarist Odetta, Birmingham,AL
    1931-Birthday of sax player Gil Melle, Riverside, CA.,,467115,00.html?
    1933 - A 24 hour rainfall of 7.36 inches set the stage for the worst flood in Los Angeles history. Flooding claimed 44 lives.     
    1938- Drummer Buddy Rich joins the Artie Shaw Band.
    1943- Dinah Washington, 19, first records with the Lionel Hampton Band, Keynote label.
    1943- John Denver, born Henry John Deutschendorf at Roswell, NM, this singer-songwriter (“Rocky Mountain High,” “Sunshine on My Shoulder”) died in a plane crash off the coast of Big Sur, California, Oct 12, 1997.
    1944---Top Hits
Don’t Fence Me In - Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
There Goes that Song Again - Russ Morgan
I’m Making Believe - Ella Fitzgerald & The Ink Spots
I’m Waistin’ My Tears on You - Tex Ritter
    1946-The state of hostilities was officially ended by President Truman, who reminded the nation that a state of war still existed and that the state of emergency proclaimed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt was not yet rescinded. May 8, 1945 was V-E Day, victory in Europe, and August 15,1945 was V-J Day, Victory over Japan. However, the allies did not officially end the war until September, 1990, when all disputes over land, rights, and other agreements were finalized.
    1947-Canadian rock star Burton Cummings, was born in Winnipeg. Cummings was the lead singer of the Guess Who during the 1960s and early '70s, when they had such million-selling hits as "These Eyes," "Laughing" and "Undun." He had joined the group in 1965, shortly after they had had their first hit, "Shakin' All Over." When the Guess Who disbanded in 1975, Cummings began a successful solo career. His singles "Stand Tall" and "I'm Scared" were hits in both Canada and the U-S, and in both 1977 and '79 he received the Juno Award for top male vocalist.
    1947 - A late afternoon tornado touched down 10 miles north of Shreveport LA, and dissipated south of El Dorado AR. The tornado, as much as 400 yards in width, killed 18 persons. It damaged or destroyed two thirds of the structures at Cotton Valley LA
    1948- Russell Long of Louisiana was elected Senator on November 2, 1948, and sworn in on this date in 1948 to fill a seat that had been occupied by his father and his mother, for the term expiring January 2, 1951. He was to become a powerhouse of the senate. His father, Huey Pierce Long, the boss of the Democratic party machine in Louisiana, was elected on November 4, 1930, and took the oath of office of January 25, 1932. He was assassinated in 1935 in a hail of gunfire, some believe killed by the ricochet of one of his own body guards. Rose McConnel Long, wife of Huey Long and mother of Russell Long, was appointed on January 31, 1936, to fill the seat left vacant by assassination. She served until January 2, 1937.
   1948-Birthday of Donna Summer ( LaDonna Andrea Gains), singer (“Bad Girls”), born Boston, MA. In her day, she was the hottest popular female vocalist setting the disco beat. 1952---Top Hits
Why Don’t You Believe Me - Joni James
Because You’re Mine - Mario Lanza
Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes - Perry Como
Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes - Skeets McDonal
   1955 - General Motors became the first U.S. corporation to earn more than one billion dollars in a single year. The company’s annual report to stockholders listed a net income of $1,189,477,082 in revenues.
    1960---Top Hits
Are You Lonesome To-night? - Elvis Presley
Wonderland by Night - Bert Kaempfert
Exodus - Ferrante & Teicher
Wings of a Dove - Ferlin Husky
1960 - After playing California nightclubs as The Pendletones, Kenny and the Cadets, and Carl and the Passions, among other names, a new group emerged: The Beach Boys played their first concert under that name at the Richie Valens Memorial Centre in Long Beach, California. . The group’s first national hit, "Surfin’ Safari", was soon to be. They recorded for local (Los Angeles) Colpix Records and at the height of their popularity, Capitol Records. The Beach Boys also recorded awhile under the Reprise Records banner. My friend Bruce Johnson, who played for my “big band,” also played piano for this group. I played substitute a few times for high school graduations in the desert community, where I drove once or twice, too. The Beach Boys were inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.
    1961- the first football game to gross $1 million was played on December 31,
    1961- The Green Bay Packers defeated the New York Giants 37-0 for the National Football League Championship at City Stadium, Green Bay, Wi. There were 39l,029 spectators, and the paid attendance amounted to $1,013.792. Each of the Packers received $5,195 and each of the Giants, $3,340. The Packers scored two touchdowns, three field goals, and four conversions.
    1961-the Beach Boys played their first concert under that name at the Richie Valens Memorial Centre in Long Beach, California.  The group was previously known under several names -- the Pendletones, Kenny and the Cadets or Carl and the Passions. They really were surfers, too, as I played "pick up" string bass.
    1962 - Governor Edmund G. Brown, of California, announced that his state was now the most populous of the 50 United States. New York’s governor, Nelson Rockefeller, disagreed and refused to concede.
    1962 - Perhaps the worst blizzard in the history of the state of Maine finally came to an end. The storm produced 40 inches in 24 hours at Orono, and a total of 46 inches at Ripogenus Dam. Gale force winds produced snow drifts twenty feet high around Bangor. A disastrous ice storm was over Georgia and South Carolina. It ravaged the two states for days causing more than seven million dollars damage.
    1964-COOK, DONALD GILBERT  Medal of Honor
Colonel, United States Marine Corps, Prisoner of War by the Viet Cong in the Republic of Vietnam. Place and date: Vietnam, 31 December 1964 to 8 December, 1967. Entered Service at: Brooklyn, New York. Date and place of birth: 9 August 1934, Brooklyn New York. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while interned as a Prisoner of War by the Viet Cong in the Republic of Vietnam during the period 31 December 1964 to 8 December 1967. Despite the fact that by so doing he would bring about harsher treatment for himself, Colonel (then Captain) Cook established himself as the senior prisoner, even though in actuality he was not. Repeatedly assuming more than his share of their health, Colonel Cook willingly and unselfishly put the interests of his comrades before that of his own well-being and, eventually, his life. Giving needier men his medicine and drug allowance while constantly nursing them, he risked infection from contagious diseases while in a rapidly deteriorating state of health. This unselfish and exemplary conduct, coupled with his refusal to stray even the slightest from the Code of Conduct, earned him the deepest respect from not only his fellow prisoners, but his captors as well. Rather than negotiate for his own release or better treatment, he steadfastly frustrated attempts by the Viet Cong to break his indomitable spirit. and passed this same resolve on to the men whose well-being he so closely associated himself. Knowing his refusals would prevent his release prior to the end of the war, and also knowing his chances for prolonged survival would be small in the event of continued refusal, he chose nevertheless to adhere to a Code of Conduct far above that which could be expected. His personal valor and exceptional spirit of loyalty in the face of almost certain death reflected the highest credit upon Colonel Cook, the Marine Corps, and the United States Naval Service.
    1967- Playing in a wind chill of 40 degrees below zero, the Green Bay Packers won the National Football League championship game by defeating Tom Landry’s Dallas Cowboys, 21-17. The game, played at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin was called the Ice Bowl. During the game, the whistles of the referees actually froze to their lips. It turned out to be the coldest championship game ever. Packers quarterback Bart Starr scored the winning touchdown on a quarterback sneak with 13 seconds left to play.
    1967-Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Paul Krassner, Dick Gregory, and friends pronounce themselves "Yippies."
    1968--The bloodiest year of the war comes to an end. At year's end, 536,040 American servicemen were stationed in Vietnam, an increase of over 50,000 from 1967. Estimates from Headquarters U.S. Military Assistance Command Vietnam indicated that 181,150 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese were killed during the year. However, Allied losses were also up: 27,915 South Vietnamese, 14,584 Americans (a 56 percent increase over 1967), and 979 South Koreans, Australians, New Zealanders, and Thais were reported killed during 1968. Since January 1961, more than 31,000 U.S. servicemen had been killed in Vietnam and over 200,000 U.S. personnel had been wounded.
    1968-Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, It’s a Beautiful Day, Santana, Vanilla Fudge, Richie Havens, The Youngbloods, Cold Blood play at Winterland, San Francisco.
    1968---Top Hits
I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
For Once in My Life - Stevie Wonder
Stormy - Classics IV featuring Dennis Yost
Wichita Lineman - Glen Campbell
   1969- Jimi Hendrix's new band debuts
Jimi Hendrix's new group, the Band of Gypsies, debuts with its first album,Band of Gypsies. Hendrix's former band, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, had dissolved after several productive years together.Hendrix was born in Seattle in 1942. He grew up playing guitar, imitating blues greats like Muddy Waters as well as early rockers. He joined the army in 1959 and became a paratrooper but was honorably discharged in 1961 after an injury, which exempted him from duty in Vietnam. In the early 1960s, Hendrix worked as a pickup guitarist, backing up musicians including Little Richard, B.B. King, Ike and Tina Turner, and Sam Cooke. He moved to New York in 1964 and played in coffeehouses, where bassist Bryan Chandler of the British group the Animals heard him. Chandler arranged to manage Hendrix and in 1966 brought him to London, where they created the Jimi Hendrix Experience with bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell. The band's first single, "Hey Joe," hit No. 6 on the British pop charts, and the band became an instant sensation. In 1967, the Jimi Hendrix Experience made its first U.S. appearance, at the Monterey Pop Festival. Hendrix made a splash by burning his guitar and was quickly established as a rock superstar. In the next two years, before the band broke up in 1969, it had released such classic songs as "Purple Haze," "Foxy Lady," and "The Wind Cries Mary." The band's albums included Are You Experienced? (1967), Bold as Love (1969), andElectric Ladyland (1969).
After the band dissolved over creative tensions, Hendrix made his famous appearance at Woodstock, playing a masterful, intricate version of "The Star Spangled Banner." Later that year, he put together a new group called the Band of Gypsies, which debuted on New Year's Eve in 1969. The band put out only one album, Band of Gypsies (1969). (A second album, Band of Gypsies II, was released in 1986.) Hendrix then recorded another album, without the band, called The Cry of Love, released in 1971. Hendrix played his last concert in August 1970, at the Isle of Wight Festival in Britain. He died in London in September 1970, having choked on his own vomit following a drug overdose. He was 28 years old when he died.
   1973- Kiss, whose flash-and-thrash stage shows would influence two decades of heavy metal bands, made their debut at the Academy of Music in New York. They shared the bill with Blue Oyster Cult, Iggy Pop and Teenage Lust. Kiss members Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons and Peter Criss were as famous for their painted faces and spandex costumes as they were for their music, at least in the beginning.
   1974- Mick Fleetwood telephoned Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham and invited them to join Fleetwood Mac. Fleetwood became interested in the duo after producer Keith Olsen played him an album that Nicks and Buckingham had recorded at Olsen's studio. Nicks and Buckingham completed the lineup that would record the four-million-selling "Fleetwood Mac" album in 1975 and the 15-million-selling "Rumours" two years later. 
   1976-the Cars played their first show, in New Hampshire. The new wave group would not release its first album until 1978. It would sell a million copies. 
   1976---Top Hits
Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright) - Rod Stewart
You Don’t Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show) - Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr.
You Make Me Feel Like Dancing - Leo Sayer
Sweet Dreams - Emmylou Harris
   1978-Bill Graham’s Winterland closes with the Grateful Dead
   1979- The gradual U.S. withdrawal from the conflict in Southeast Asia is reflected in reduced annual casualty figures. The number of Americans killed in action dropped to 1,386 from the previous year total of 4,204. South Vietnam losses for the year totaled 21,500 men, while the combined Viet Cong and North Vietnamese total was estimated at 97,000 killed in action.After 10 years of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, a total of 45,627 American soldiers had been killed. The U.S. troop levels, which started the year at 280,000, were down to 159,000. This troop reduction was a direct result of the shifting American goal for the Vietnam War-no longer attempting a military victory, the U.S. was trying to gracefully extricate itself from the situation by transferring responsibility for the war to the South Vietnamese.
   1982- Little Steven Van Zandt of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band married Maureen Santora in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Springsteen was best man, and Little Richard performed the ceremony. Richard and Percy Sledge performed Sledge's hit "When a Man Loves a Woman" at the reception.
    1984---Top Hits
Like a Virgin - Madonna
The Wild Boys - Duran Duran
Sea of Love - The Honeydrippers
Why Not Me - The Judds
    1985-Rock and Roll legend Rick Nelson was killed while en route to a New Year's Eve show in Dallas, Texas. His private DC-3 (which was previously owned by Jerry Lee Lewis) crashed in a field near DeKalb, Texas. Early press reports erroneously suggested that drug use, namely freebasing, might have played a role in the crash that killed Rick, his band, and his fiancée Helen Blair (the pilot and co-pilot survived). In fact, the National Transportation Safety Board's 1987 report determined that the fire began in a malfunctioning gas heater.
    1985 - Over 54,500 people played kazoos in downtown Rochester, New York. It got the crowd listed in the Guiness Book of World Records for ‘Most Kazoo-ers’.
   1986 - The State of Florida passed Illinois to become the fifth most populous state in the country. In the lead: California, New York, Texas, and Pennsylvania.
   1986- Model Donna Rice met Senator Gary Hart for the first time at a party given by singer Don Henley, formerly of the Eagles. Henley says he didn't actually introduce the two because he was busy cooking. The scandal of the married Hart's relationship with Rice would cause the senator to withdraw from the race to be the Democratic presidential candidate in 1988.
    1987 - Torrential rains caused extensive flash flooding over eastern sections of the island of Ohau in Hawaii, resulting in many rock and mud slides. Rainfall totals ranged up to 22.89 inches in a 24 hour period, and property damage was estimated at 35 million dollars. Strong winds continued to usher arctic cold into the north central U.S. The temperature at Alexandria MN remained below zero through the day, and Jamestown ND reported a wind chill reading of 58 degrees below zero. Gales lashed the Great Lakes, with wind gusts to 54 mph reported at Lansing MI.
    1989 - The year and decade ended on a soggy note in the eastern U.S. Thunderstorm rains pushed precipitation totals for the year to 88.32 inches at Baton Rouge, and to 75.37 inches at Huntsville AL, establishing all-time records for those two locations. Dry weather continued in California. Sacramento and San Francisco finished the month without any rain or snow, and Santa Maria reported their driest year of record with just 3.30 inches of precipitation.
   1990-The Sci-Fi Channel on cable TV begins transmitting
   1993- Barbra Streisand performed her first paid concert in 22 years -- the first of two shows at the M-G-M Grand Garden in Las Vegas. The concert was delayed for more than an hour because the audience had to pass through metal detectors. There were reports Streisand earned more than 20-million dollars for the two shows. Tickets -- priced from 50- to one-thousand-dollars each -- sold out within hours. Streisand had said she quit peforming because she became shy and scared she would forget the words to her songs. Fourteen TelePrompters helped her overcome that fear during the Vegas shows.
    1997 - In an attempt to nudge its Microsoft Network into a more competitive position (vs. America Online), Microsoft announced the purchase of Hotmail, the free Web-based e-mail service.
   1997 - Buffalo Bills head coach Marv Levy retired after 11 years and four consecutive Super Bowl appearances. His 123 victories with the Bills are a team record. He led the Bills to eight postseason appearances and five conference championship games, winning four.
   1999 - Panama assumes control of canal: With the expiration of the Panama Canal Treat of 1979 at noon, the Republic of Panama assumed full responsibility of the canal and the US Panama Canal Commission ceased to exist.
   1999 - The world waited with great fear to see if Y2 would cause havoc and destruction. A lot of computer makers, software developers, and consultants made a lot of money as the world moved from DOS to Windows forever.



Football Poem

You Must Not Quit

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,

When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit-
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,

As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don't give up though the pace seems slow -
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than

It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor's cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out -

The silver tint in the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It might be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit -
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.






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