Connect with Leasing News
 Add me to mailing list  |     |     Search |  Stress Release

Advertising | All Lists | Archives | Classified Ads | This Day In American History

Leasing News is a web site that posts information, news, and
entertainment for the commercial bank, finance and leasing industry

Long Island, New York
Must be willing to visit our office one time per week.

Experienced & Successful Salesperson wanted, salary- leading to draw / commission comp formula.  Excellent Benefits including 401K and paid vacation - subsidiary of Bank Rhode Island, dynamic and well-funded

Since 1969, Macrolease has been operating
as a full service national equipment leasing company,
a subsidiary of Bank Rhode Island

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

Archives---February 6, 200
 Colonial Pacific Closes Tilden Operation
  Classified Ads---Controller/Credit
McQuitty Gets 24 Months Prison
 ---then 3 Years’ Probation
  Classified Ads---Help Wanted
   Sales Makes it Happen ----"Fast Turnaround Time"
    --by Steve Chriest
     Channel Partners Last 20 Deals Funded
 January, 2013---"The List"
   --- Mergers, Acquisitions & Changes
    "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"--
 CLP Foundation Two New CLPs
  Kirsta Pressnall, Jeff Bartholomew-Financial Pacific
   Constellation Financing Systems
    up-dated in "Leasing Software Companies"
     Resource America Reports LEAF Lease Origination/Platform Growth
   ZRG Partners records 26% revenue growth in 2012
    TBF Financial Announces Its Best Six Months in History
     $70 MM in charged-off leases & written-off loans
       Orion First Financial to Provide Servicing
        of Endurance Lending Network Contracts
         Overspending and Under-saving Actually Same Problem
          NFCC offers spending reality check
    Plott Hound
     Van Nuys, California Adopt-a-Dog
      Classified ads— Signing Service / Site Inspection
News Briefs---
 Quake strikes in South Pacific; destructive waves possible
  Dell goes private in $24 billion buyout
   Key Exception for Foreign Banking and Finance Income Extended
    Fitch Expects to Rate GreatAmerica Leasing Receivables Funding
     Non-Manufacturing Report on Business
      A manufacturing renaissance in North America
       Direct Capital Releases 2013 Section 179 Guide for Small Businesses
        Credit card scammers steal more than $200MM
          Virgin founder Branson flags down a taxi app
            Homeless dogs embark from Kauai to Oakland

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

  You May have Missed---
   SparkPeople--Live Healthier and Longer
    Sports Briefs---
      California Nuts Brief---
       "Gimme that Wine"    
          This Day in American History
           Daily Puzzle
               Weather, USA or specific area
                 Traffic Live----

######## surrounding the article denotes it is a “press release” and was not written by Leasing News nor information verified, but from the source noted. When an article is signed by the writer, it is considered a “by line.” It reflects the opinion and research of the writer.

Please send Leasing News to a colleague and ask them to subscribe.
We are free!


Archives---February 6, 2001
Colonial Pacific Closes Tilden Operation

(2/2001) closes former Tilden operation in Hauppauge, NY (11/98) purchased by GE Capital 5/2000 no more re-brokered applications, except from one or two sources, such as Steve Dunham's Leasing Associates (10/98) Pitney Bowes Inc. announces it has agreed to sell its lease finance unit to the General Electric Capital Corporation, a unit of the General Electric Company, for more than $800 million in cash. The move is the latest in a year-long restructuring by Pitney Bowes, based in Stamford, Conn., a maker of postage meters, mailing systems, copiers and other equipment. The unit being sold, the Colonial Pacific Leasing Corporation, is based in Portland, Ore., and finances equipment leases through a network of 355 brokers and agents, Pitney Bowes said.

CPL announces closure of Tilden Financial
(This is what they said at the time. Editor)

Some of you may be aware that we announced last Fall that GE Capital Tilden Financial was transitioning to become a part of GE Capital Colonial Pacific Leasing. After continued assessment and evaluation, we came to the conclusion that it was best it we consolidated the entire business into one location.

Therefore, effective today at noon Eastern Time, the offices of Tilden Financial in both Hauppaugo, New York and Anaheim, California will be closed and all business activities will be relocated to Colonial Pacific Leasing in Portland, Oregon.

We made this decision for the following reasons:

  • We can expand our product offering to our customers, including the addition of Tilden's expertise in processing structured transactions.
  • We are able to leverage synergies between the two businesses and eliminate any confusion in the marketplace of having two separate GE businesses focusing on the same origination channel.
  • We can gain efficiencies by eliminating redundancies, reducing costs and fully utilizing the capacity at CPL.

We think you'll benefit from having one location to send all your lease transactions-everything from App-Only to commercial to structured transactions.

Our commitment to servicing your needs is as strong as ever. The people and resources are in place to make a smooth transition of Tilden's operations into our offices in Portland.


(The above was typical GE Capital
as they consolidate to Portland and then again,
to Chicago. They are doing consolidating again today. Editor)

( 12/2001) to close Portland office, moves to Chicago to be under one roof with other GE purchases, 500 brokers paired down to top 75 producers/250 employees effected. No more business at Portland operation after December 14th. Merry Christmas.

The History of Colonial Pacific Leasing



Classified Ads---Controller/Credit

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

Chicago, IL
experienced in lease accounting, operations, management, and Sarbanes-Oxley. Seeking position with equipment lessor. Would consider contract assignments or relocating. 
Southeastern, MI
Controller & Management experience w/ equip lessors &broker. MBA, CPA w/ extensive accounting, management, securitization experience with public and private companies. Willing to relocate. 


Greater Atlanta, GA
13 yrs. small ticket--directly w/brokers & direct sale, plus working
capital.. Most recently Medical.  
Cell: (770) 561-1434 LinkedIn: | Resume

Free Posting for those seeking employment in Leasing:

All “free” categories “job wanted” ads:


McQuitty Gets 24 Months Prison
---then 3 Years’ Probation

Mark McQuitty, co-founder CapitalWerks, Preferred Lease was sentenced by Judge Cormac J. Carney on Monday in a "Plea Finding" regarding disguised "sale/leasebacks" or leases that exceeded the "soft costs" such as software and installation. Many transactions were on ghost equipment (as well as wire transfers of money) with many people out their money, costing banks and leasing companies $20 million.

McQuitty blamed it all on alcoholism and said he was broke, and his attorney Peter Scalisi, Irvine, California was able to get the sentencing reduced to:

Pay $100
Serve 24 months prison
(Starting 12 noon, March 21, 2013)
Serve three years' probation

"All fines are waived as the Court finds that the defendant has established that he is unable to pay and is not likely to become able to pay any fine.

"3. The defendant shall not engage as whole or partial owner, employee, or otherwise, in any business involving equipment lease financing programs of any kind, loan programs, telemarketing activities, investment programs, or any other business involving the solicitation of fund or cold calls to customers without the express written approval of the Probation Officer prior to engagement in such employment or business. Further, the defendant shall provide the Probation Officer with access to any and all business records, client lists, and other records pertaining to the operation of any business owned in whole

His partner at CapitalWerks/Preferred Leasing, James "Jim" Raeder, was sentenced December 17, 2012:

No fine and no restitution
1 day jail (equals time served)
12 months halfway house
300 hours community service
Three years' probation

Adam S. Zuckerman, Laguna Beach, California, head of BrickBanc, Costa Mesa, California, one of the three reported ringleaders was sentenced:

37 months in federal prison
Three years' Probation

Left to be sentenced is Ziya Arik, CapitalWerks/Preferred Lease, Judge Cormac J. Carney on 5/6/13 at 10:00 a.m. (1) Reportedly one of the toughest salesmen who was rough on customers, competing with Brian Acosta, CLP, for accounts. There were many complaints about his “performance.”

McQuitty Other Stipulations:

McQuitty Court Document Sentencing:

Previous "Plea" Article:

Other “Operation Lease Fleece” Sentences
(To Compare with leader James “Jim” Raeder)

Operation Lease Fleece Stories

((Please click on ad to learn more))
(Leasing News provides this ad “gratis” as a means
to help support the growth of Lease Police)


Leasing Industry Help Wanted

Los Angeles, CA

Credit Analyst
 Review and Approve Applications/Vendors

Documentation/Funding Staff
 Leasing/Banking experience a plus

Experience preferred. Salary, Commission
Bonuses and Benefits.

For more description of duties, please click on position
At Pacific Capital Companies our mission is to provide the American business sector with fast, innovative, financing solutions
to grow their companies and exceed their goals.

Long Island, New York
Must be willing to visit our office one time per week.

Experienced & Successful Salesperson wanted, salary- leading to draw / commission comp formula.  Excellent Benefits including 401K and paid vacation - subsidiary of Bank Rhode Island, dynamic and well-funded

Since 1969, Macrolease has been operating
as a full service national equipment leasing company,
a subsidiary of Bank Rhode Island

For information on placing a help wanted ad, please click here: 

Please see our Job Wanted section for possible new employees.


Sales Makes it Happen ----"Fast Turnaround Time"
--by Steve Chriest


If you want to avoid the label of a "me-too" player in your industry, you will want to identify your company's Exclusive Strengths.

Because some customers use your services, you have, at least in their eyes, Exclusive Strengths. These are strengths that are exclusive to your company, are recognized as exclusive by your customers, and for which you have earned bragging rights. Exclusive Strengths can only be claimed by you - they cannot also be claimed by any of your competitors.

In the equipment finance business, the claim of "fast credit turnaround time" can be claimed by so many competitors that the cl--------aim isn't even a strength today, it's a requirement for staying in business! The same is true for a claim that your company's people truly care about their customers. You can bet that your competitors are making the same claim to their customers.

So, how do you go about identifying Exclusive Strengths? The process is relatively simple, and deceptively powerful. First, conduct a brainstorming session with everyone involved in the company's revenue generating process. You can do this in an office setting or at a retreat. Ask the participants to answer these questions: What do we have that our competitors cannot offer, or what do we do that our competitors don't do? Once answers to these questions are developed into a list, the qualification process begins.

To qualify as an Exclusive Strength, what you have or what you do must be something your customers care about. For example, if you truly have a system of credit and collection activities that allow you to approve and fund more "D" credits than any industry competitor in a geographical area, and your customers care about this ability, it begins to qualify as an Exclusive Strength. If you can prove your claim to your customers, it will then pass the final test and will qualify as an Exclusive Strength for your company. It's important to note that your claim is an Exclusive Strength only for those customers who are "D" credits or those who provide goods or services to "D" credit customers. "A" credit customers, or those who sell exclusively to "A" credit customers, may have no interest in your sub-prime funding capabilities. In these cases your ability is not seen as an Exclusive Strength because they don't care!

Another, almost failsafe approach to zeroing in on your Exclusive Strengths is to ask your customers! Instead of sending out surveys which ask your customers how you can improve your services, ask them, in person, the following, simple questions: "Why do you do business with us? What do we have or do that distinguishes us, in your eyes, from our competitors?" They will tell you how they see you as different from your competitors, and they'll let you know what else they want from you to remain loyal customers.

About the author: Steve Chriest is the founder of Selling UpTM (, a sales consulting firm specializing in sales improvement for organizations of all types and sizes in a variety of industries. He is also the author of Selling The E-Suite, The Proven System for Reaching and Selling Senior Executives and Five Minute Financial Analyst, Basic CREDIT & Analysis Tools for Non-Accountants. He was the CEO of a very successful leasing company and executive at a major company. You can reach Steve at

Sales Makes it Happen articles:





January, 2013---"The List"
--- Mergers, Acquisitions & Changes
"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"--

Matrix Leasing, Utah (01/13) Now defunct, but those using "Purchase, Renewal or Return Clauses" learned it while working there.

Pacific Western Bank, Cottonwood Heights, Utah (01/13) Purchaser of Marquette Equipment Finance using same "Evergreen Clause" and routine.

Key Equipment Finance/American Express/Sierra Cities/Rockford (01/13)KeyCorp posts 4% decline in fourth-quarter net income
----Commercial lease financing continues downward. Despite claims otherwise, year-end bank statement reports:

Commercial lease financing (in millions)
4Q2012 $4,869
3Q2012 $5,026

Newport Financial Partners, Inc. , Newport Beach, CA (01/13) third Bulletin Board complaint

(11/12) Second Bulletin Board Complaint

GreatAmerica Financial Services (formerly GreatAmerica Leasing) Cedar Rapids, Iowa (01/13) Tony Golobic, CEO, names 2012 Leasing Person of the Year by Leasing News (11/12) new trade name "GreatAmerica Financial Services." "GreatAmerica is far more than a leasing company today,” said GreatAmerica Chairman and CEO Tony Golobic. “We have always been solution driven. Over the years, this has led to the development of a number of innovative, non-leasing products and services. The evolution of our name simply underscores our commitment to the continued success of our customers.”

Alphabetical Order

Chronological Order

Comprehensive personal property tax outsourcing services
We accept file exports and integrate personal property tax information with all lease management or accounting software. No other firm offers the combination of individual attention, software capabilities expertise, "full disclosure" and web port accessibility to information more than we do. 

Click here to learn what our clients say about our service
Gary DiLillo, President 440.871.0555 or



CLP Foundation Two New CLPs
Kirsta Pressnall, Jeff Bartholomew-Financial Pacific

Krista Pressnall
Funding Coordinator II
Financial Pacific

Jeff Bartholomew, CLP
Credit Officer
Financial Pacific

Financial Pacific, Federal Way, Washington adds two more Certified Lease Professional to their company for a total of 18.

"The CLP designation identifies you as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customers, and peers in the leasing industry," said Executive Director Reid Raykovich. "There are currently 175 Certified Lease Professionals throughout the world."

Terey Jennings, CLP, SVP Business Development, “We’re excited to have Krista and Jeff achieve their CLP designation. We know the knowledge gained through this process will serve Krista and Jeff and our company well in the future.”

Why I am a CLP articles:

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


Constellation Financing Systems
updated in Leasing Software Companies

Constellation Financing 
Systems Inc.
10901-B Roosevelt Bvld North Suite 
600 St. Petersburg, FL 33716
727-381-7855 direct 
727-381-6937 fax
Cha Loh, COO
Cha Loh, COO

Full Leasing Software Company List



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

Resource America Reports LEAF Lease Origination/Platform Growth

LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc. ("LEAF"), the Company's equipment leasing joint venture, continued to grow its lease origination and servicing operations during the first fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2012.Lease and loan origination volume increased by 55% compared to the first fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2011; and LEAF's commercial finance assets as of December 31, 2012 increased by 69% from December 31, 2011. Increased Warehouse Capacity: LEAF expanded and renewed for two years, its Guggenheim Securities arranged revolving warehouse line as of December 31, 2012. This revolving line of credit was expanded to $192.0 million with the other existing facility participants, Well Fargo Capital Finance and Natixis increasing their commitment to LEAF as well. This renewal increases LEAF's overall warehouse capacity to over $340.0 million and these lines of credit provide liquidity to fund lease originations prior to utilizing the term securitization market for permanent financing.

Jonathan Cohen, CEO and President, commented, "Resource America's first fiscal quarter that ended December 31, 2012 was a solid one that reflects our progress and makes us excited about our prospects. Compared to just a year ago, our assets under management have increased by $2.0 billion, from $13.3 billion to $15.3 billion. In the first fiscal quarter, Resource Capital Corp and Resource Real Estate Opportunity REIT collectively raised over $90.0 million in new capital, which builds those companies and provides us with substantial future management fees. CVC Credit Partners, our corporate credit joint venture, closed a $450.0 million CLO during the first fiscal quarter and another $400.0 million CLO in January 2013, growing that business which is a top performer in a booming industry. Our balance sheet remains solid, with substantial liquidity and little debt, and we are generating positive adjusted operating cash earnings. All of these are positive trends that we expect to build upon."

Full Press Release:

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

ZRG Partners records 26% revenue growth in 2012

ZRG Partners has reported 2012 revenues were up 26% compared to 2011. Driving growth was ZRG’s strategic decision to expand the firm’s European footprint through the opening of new offices in Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands.

Ken Vancini, Managing Partner related, “Our plans for the year were to broaden our global coverage so we could continue to support our client requirements around the world. With existing offices throughout North America and Asia Pacific, our European expansion has rounded out our global footprint quite nicely.”

In 2012, the company completed searches in 30 countries for senior level and key mid-level positions. Within the equipment leasing and asset finance space, ZRG continues to increase wins for C-Suite roles. In 2012, about 1/3 of the firm’s revenues were C-Suite and Board level projects, expanding the core work at the VP and Director level for ZRG clients.

About ZRG Partners
ZRG Partners, Inc. is the industry’s leading global executive search firms. ZRG provides its clients with specialized global market expertise in executive recruitment with a focus on data and analytics to drive great business decisions. ZRG also publishes the Global Leasing and Asset Finance hiring index each quarter as well tracking trends in the industry.

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

TBF Financial Announces Its Best Six Months in History
$70 MM in charged-off leases & written-off loans

DEERFIELD, Ill., --TBF Financial reported gaining six major business opportunities recently from companies committed to selling charge-offs in the first half of 2013, a far greater number than ever before in the 15-year history of the company, said Brett Boehm, principal of TBF. In fact, the company reported that the last six months were their strongest ever with purchases of more than $70 million in charged-off leases and written-off loans, compared to $30 million recorded for the same time period in 2011.

This increase is attributed to greater awareness in the industry about the ease of selling charge-offs and to current economic conditions, according to Boehm. He said the companies that are selling are seeking ways to accelerate revenue early in the year while typically most of TBF’s business would come at the end of a year to “clean” the books.

Brett Boehm
Principal, TBF

Boehm said the total amount of business at TBF represents charge-offs from a variety of financial institutions, not just lessors, but also banks and other types of financial services companies. Companies can easily get an idea of how their portfolios are valued by visiting the online entry form that TBF provides at

The equipment leasing and finance service provider has become more active in the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, and Boehm said his company has been streamlining the process to make selling charge-offs easier for its customers. For example, he said the company can accept charge-offs that date back four years, and this is easier for finance companies to compile because they are using better systems than when TBF first introduced this concept to the industry.

While many of TBF’s clients are portfolio and risk managers of Monitor 100 type of companies, TBF is also gaining business from the leaders of mid-size companies and brokers. TBF recently joined both the National Equipment Finance Association and the National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers to better understand the interests of the members of these smaller, yet similar, trade groups.

About TBF Financial
Since 1998, TBF Financial, LLC, has served the equipment leasing and finance industry by purchasing portfolios of charged-off equipment leases and written-off loans in an efficient process that helps individual companies recover cash quickly and improve their account balances. The company, in fact, pioneered this service. The Deerfield, Illinois-based firm is an active member of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association has also recently joined the National Equipment Finance Association and the National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers.

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

Orion First Financial to Provide Servicing
of Endurance Lending Network Contracts

GIG HARBOR, WASH., - Orion First Financial, LLC has begun servicing contracts for Endurance Lending Network, an exciting, forward-thinking web-based lending platform with offices in San Francisco and New York. Endurance utilizes a web-based lending platform that connects small businesses looking for capital with non-traditional lending sources. Orion is providing a turnkey, comprehensive loan and lease administration platform to accelerate Endurance’s growth. Services to be provided include contract documentation & UCC related services, invoicing, payment processing, customer service, collections and special asset services.

Sam Hodges
Co-Founder, Endurance Lending Network

“Orion's service and support platform was a perfect fit for us here at Endurance,” said Sam Hodges, Co-Founder of Endurance Lending Network.” We look forward to working with Orion First Financial as we continue to connect more businesses with a new sub-set of investors.”

Shannon Green
President, Orion First Financial

“We are thrilled to provide this range of services for Endurance Lending Network,” said Shannon Green, President of Orion First Financial.” Our shared vision for providing small businesses with viable lending resources and seeing sustained growth in this niche market makes our partnership all the more suitable and satisfying. I’m very excited to share the news of Orion’s relationship with Endurance Lending Network.”

Orion First Financial is a service provider leader in the small ticket equipment finance industry. Orion specializes in underwriting, lease servicing, special assets services and strategic advisory within the equipment finance industry. As a multifaceted and innovative equipment finance company, Orion can effectively engage with Leasing Companies, Equipment Dealers & Manufacturers, Banks and Financial Institutions. Orion’s skilled team, efficient technology platform and best practices approach, generate exceptional industry performance metrics that translate into better profits, less stress and enriched customer relationships for their clients. For more information about Orion First Financial, LLC please visit

Endurance Lending Network is a startup web-based lending platform that connects small businesses looking for $50-500K of debt capital with non-traditional lending sources such as accredited investors, family offices, wealth management platforms, and debt funds.

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

Overspending and Under-saving Actually Same Problem
NFCC offers spending reality check

Washington, DC – The January poll hosted on the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) website asked consumers if they had a spending problem, savings problem, neither or both. The overwhelming majority, 62%, identified themselves as having problems related to both spending and saving.

“The good news is that having a problem with both spending and savings is actually just one problem: spending,” said Gail Cunningham, spokesperson for the NFCC. “The bad news is that overspending is often tied to deep-rooted behavior, making it very difficult to change.”

Consumers are showing signs of a willingness to begin spending again, as according to Gallup, monthly spending hit a four-year high this past December. As further proof of an increased comfort level with spending, the National Retail Federation projected that Super Bowl spending would likely reach $12.3 billion this year, or close to $70 per consumer related to this one event. The spending wasn’t confined to chips, dips and wings, but extended to big ticket items with 7.5 million households expected to buy a new TV for the big game, compared to 5.1 million last year.

The NFCC cautions consumers that they may have jumped back into spending at the wrong time. Since paychecks are now smaller due to the increase in the Social Security payroll tax, increased spending coupled with less money available is an obvious recipe for financial disaster.

The foundation of financial stability is to spend smartly and save regularly. When spending becomes an impediment to saving, it needs to be recognized and dealt with.

To help identify the danger signals associated with overspending, the NFCC encourages consumers to consider the following 10 warning signs to determine if spending is under control or out of control. People identifying with these actions are advised to seek help immediately, as the problem will not resolve itself.

• Purchases hidden from others.
• Bills paid late or ignored.
• Checking accounts routinely overdrawn.
• Credit essential to maintain current lifestyle level.
• Unwilling to review how money is spent.
• Unaware of how much is owed.
• Items routinely purchased, and then returned.
• Shopping used as a salve for emotional stress.
• Unwilling to set financial goals.
• Afraid to check credit report and score.

“Spending and saving should be able to peacefully coexist in a budget,” added Cunningham. “Success lies in balancing these two seemingly competing forces.”

For a spending reality check, reach out to a trained and certified counselor. To find the NFCC Member Agency closest to you, dial toll-free to (800) 388-2227, or go online to For assistance in Spanish, call (800) 682-9832.

The actual January poll question and answer choices are as follows:

I admit to having a

A. Spending problem = 11%
B. Saving problem = 15%
C. Neither = 12%
D. Both = 62%

The National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC), founded in 1951, is the nation’s largest and longest serving national nonprofit credit counseling organization. The NFCC’s mission is to promote the national agenda for financially responsible behavior, and build capacity for its members to deliver the highest-quality financial education and counseling services. NFCC Members annually help more than three million consumers through close to 750 community-based offices nationwide.

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

Send Leasing News to a Colleague. We are free!!!


Plott Hound
Van Nuys, California Adopt-a-Dog


“My name is Ralph and I am a neutered male, brown brindle Plott

“The shelter thinks I am about 1 year old. I weigh approximately 52 pounds.

“I have been at the shelter since Nov 19, 2012. Adoption fees include spay/neuter surgery, all animals will be sterilized prior to release.”

For more information about Ralph, call:
East Valley Animal Care and Control Center at (888) 452-7381, ask for information about animal ID number A1339986

About this Plott Hound
Black/brown brindle with white star
Available Now

Plott Hound Breed Characteristics

Group: Hound
Drooler: yes
Size: Medium
Guard Dog: no
Origin: United States
Easy to Train
Kid Friendly : yes
Hypoallergenic: no
Stranger Friendly somewhat
Active Indoors
Apartment Friendly: no
Exercise Demands: no
Pet Friendly : no
Yard: Needs Intelligent Grooming Requirements: weekly
B arks Dangerous: no

Plott Hound Temperament:
“intelligent, quick to learn and love, good with children, large game hunter, courageous and proud”

For more information about Ralph, call:
East Valley Animal Care and Control Center at (888) 452-7381, ask for information about animal ID number A1339986

Ralph is at the East Valley Animal Care and Control Center 14409 Vanowen Street Van Nuys, CA 91405

Adopt-a-Pet by Leasing Co. State/City

Adopt a Pet




Classified ads— Signing Service / Site Inspection

Leasing Industry Outsourcing
(Providing Services and Products)

Signing Service / Site Inspection

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

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

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

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

Asset Inspections / Lender Services:Serving Michigan, N.Ohio, N.Indiana – Lender services including asset inspection, business/vendor verification, collections, and lease/loan signings.  25 years experience leasing/financial.

All "Outsourcing" Classified ads (advertisers are both requested and responsible to keep their free ads up to date:

How to Post a free "Outsourcing" classified ad:


News Briefs----


Quake strikes in South Pacific; destructive waves possible

Dell goes private in $24 billion buyout

Key Exception for Foreign Banking and Finance Income Extended

Fitch Expects to Rate GreatAmerica Leasing Receivables Funding Series 2013

Non-Manufacturing Report on Business

A manufacturing renaissance in North America

Direct Capital Releases 2013 Section 179 Guide for Small Businesses

Credit card scammers steal more than $200MM

Virgin founder Branson flags down a taxi app

Homeless dogs embark from Kauai to Oakland



---You May Have Missed

The Best Chocolate in the Box



SparkPeople--Live Healthier and Longer

SparkPeople--Live Healthier and Longer

Heart-Healthy Benefits of Exercise




Sports Briefs----

Pebble Beach notes: Phil Mickelson to play Monterey Peninsula Country Club on Thursday

Harbaugh strongly suggests 49ers won’t release Smith

John Harbaugh: Jim will have 49ers 'roaring back very soon'



California Nuts Briefs---

Judge Upholds Removal of Drake's Bay Oyster Farm

Jerry Brown calls Texas Gov. Rick Perry's ad 'barely a fart'

Silicon Valley job growth has reached dot-com boom levels, report says


John Kenny Receivables Management

• End of Lease Negotiations & Enforcement• Fraud Investigations
• Credit Investigations • Asset Searches 
• Skip-tracing • Third-party Commercial Collections | ph 315-866-1167|

(Leasing News provides this ad as a trade for investigations
and background information provided by John Kenny)


“Gimme that Wine”

Best White Wine in Canada

Rise of quality wines from Canada

North American Winery Total Passes 8,000

Washington wine grapes rebound

New Reports on the U .S. Market for Imported Wines

When small wineries get big owners


Free Mobile Wine Program

Wine Prices by vintage

US/International Wine Events

Winery Atlas\

Leasing News Wine & Spirits Page


This Day in History

          1756- birthday of Aaron Burr, 3rd vice president of the US (Mar 4, 1801-Mar 3, 1805). While vice president, Burr is remembered most for challenging political enemy Alexander Hamilton to a duel and mortally wounded him July 11,1804, at Weehawken, Aaron Burr and Thomas Jefferson tied in the electoral vote and the election went to Congress. Hamilton, a leading Federalist, supported Jefferson. In those days, president and vice-present were elected separately ( Jefferson when he ran for re-election, choose his own vice-president, George Clinton, starting the tradition.) It was Hamilton who denied Burr the presidency by his one vote, and lead against Burr's politics. ( Hamilton was not familiar with firearms, but was a Man of Honor” and despite pleas from friends, his wife, sons, he felt he had to defend his honor, knowing it meant his death. ) Indicted for the challenge and for murder, Burr returned to Washington to complete his term of office (during which he presided over the impeachment trial of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase). Ironically, the man who was almost president joined forces, centered around land before Jefferson completed the Louisiana Purchase In 1807, one of his "partners" turned evidence against Burr to escape hanging, and Burr was arrested, tried for treason (in an alleged scheme to invade Mexico and set up a new nation in the West) and acquitted. Burr journeyed to New Orleans and entered into a conspiracy with U.S. Gen. James Wilkinson, although it is not clear what they conspired about. Wilkinson was actually in the pay of Spain at the time. This was about the time of great wars in Europe and the need for cash had France sell "the Louisiana Purchase" to the U.S. Speculation was that Burr intended either to establish an independent nation in the Southwest or to seize territory, now known as "Texas", for the same purpose in Spanish America. Burr secured financing from Harman Blennerhassett, of Blennerhassett Island in the Ohio River near present-day Parkersburg, West Virginia.. He set out from there in the fall of 1806 with about 60 well-armed men and headed downstream. The expedition aroused suspicion and Wilkinson, seeking to save his own skin, turned against Burr. He spread stories of Burr's intentions and sent dispatches to the government in Washington accusing Burr of treason. Burr was arrested and charged with of treason. Burr was arrested and charged with treason, but still had many friends in Washington and was acquitted in 1807. Born at Newark, NJ, he died at Staten Island, NY, Sept 14,1836.
    1788- by a vote of 187 to 168, Massachusetts became the sixth state to ratify the Constitution. The people of this state drafted the first constitution eight years earlier, which was utilized in the formation of the US constitution. Massachusetts is derived from two Indian words meaning ‘great mountain place'. This great mountain place in New England was one of the most important of the 13 colonies in the new America, which gave it its other nickname, Old Colony State. Boston, the capital of Massachusetts, has been the center of activity in the state since those old colony days. Massachusetts state symbols include the chickadee, state bird; American elm, state tree; ladybug, state insect; "All Hail to Massachusetts", state song; and mayflower, the state flower. Which arrived first, the ship or the flower? Unique to Massachusetts is a state beverage: cranberry juice and a state muffin; I am not making this up, the corn muffin is official. The Massachusetts state motto is: Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem (By the sword we seek peace; but peace only under liberty).
    1788- France was the first country to recognize the independence of the United States. Treaties of amity and alliance between the United States and France were drafted in Paris this day.
    1820- US population announced at 9,638,453 (1,771,656 blacks (18.4%)) The number of college graduates in the U.S. was estimated by James Fenimore Cooper to be 8,000. A financial panic that struck the U.S. in 1819 still brought fear as many state banks were closed and much western property was turned over to the Bank of the United States. Immigration slowed to a trickle for almost two decades, especially after the new immigration law was enacted by Congress. Stained relations between the North and the South hinted at trouble to come as the Union consisted of 11 free and 11 slave states. The North, however, was rapidly outdistancing the South in population and held a grown numerical advantage in the House of Representatives. Ready for state were Main, certain to be a free state, and Missouri, part of the Louisiana Purchase and likely to be a slave state. Big time political machines were introduced in the US led by a group of New York Democrats known as the Albany Regency. Martin Van Buren was among the leaders of the group, which controlled New York politics for two decades.
    1820- The first organized emigration of U.S. blacks to Africa began when the "Mayflower of Liberia" sailed from New York City for Sierra Leone with 86 blacks aboard. The ship arrived in Sierra Leone on March 9. Twenty-two years later, it took a U.S. Supreme Court ruling for 35 former passengers of the "Amistad" to accomplish the same thing. During this period of history there was a growing movement of “free” blacks to return to their native continent. As Northern states made slavery “illegal,” the “free” Blacks number grew from a few thousand in 1760 to 319,000 by 1830. Many of the movements were for the benefit of the organizer, who received fees as a “travel agent.” Some were outright “scams,” and others started the free state of Liberia. At the turn of the century, Marcus Garvey actually bought a steamship to send his followers to Liberia, and other countries in Africa.
    1838- Samuel Morse first publicly demonstrated his telegraph, in Morristown, N.J.
    1843 - "The Virginia Minstrels", the first minstrel show in the United States, opened at the Bowery Amphitheatre in New York City.
    1862 -General Ulysses S. Grant provides the first major Union victory of the war when he captures Fort Henry on the Tennessee River. Ten days later, he captured Fort Donelson on the Cumberland River, which gave the Yankees control of northern Tennessee and paved the way for the occupation of Nashville.
    1865- Dashing Confederate General John Pegram is killed at the Battle of Dabney's Mill, Virginia, only three weeks after marrying Hetty Cary, the "handsomest women in the Southland." Pegram graduated from West Point in 1854, 10th in a class of 46. He served in various posts in the west before resigning his commission at the start of the Civil War. He was well connected, a Southern gentleman, but not considered a good military officer by the troops he served under. After leaving the US Army, Pegram received an appointment as a lieutenant colonel in the Confederate army. Sent to fight in western Virginia during the summer of 1861, he was captured by General George McClellan's men at the Battle of Rich Mountain. Pegram was exchanged in April 1862 and sent to serve with General Pierre G. T. Beauregard in Mississippi. He fought in Tennessee and Kentucky and earned a promotion to brigadier general. After the Battle of Chickamauga in September 1863, Pegram was transferred to General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. He was wounded at the Battle of the Wilderness in May 1864, but recovered to fight with General Jubal Early during the Shenandoah Valley campaign in the summer of 1864. That fall, he was sent to defend his native city of Petersburg. On January 19, Pegram married Hetty Cary, a prominent Richmond socialite who many called the "handsomest women in the Southland." Even in the gloom of the ongoing siege, the ceremony was a grand affair attended by nearly all of the high-ranking Confederates, including President Jefferson Davis and his wife, Varina. The bride, commented onlookers, was a vision of beauty and one said that the "happy gleam of her beautiful brown eyes seemed to defy all sorrow." Just three weeks later, Pegram's body was returned to the same church, St. Paul's Episcopal, and his young widow knelt beside his coffin as the minister who married them presided over the dashing general's funeral.
    1867-The Peabody Fund is established to promote Black education in the South.

( see the Letters of Robert C. Winthrop: 
    1891-The Dalton Gang's first attempt at train robbery was a fiasco as Bob, Grat, and Bill tried to rob a Southern Pacific train near Alila, California. While Bill kept any passengers from interfering by shooting over their heads, Bob and Grat forced the engineer to show them the location of the cash-carrying express car. When the engineer tried to slip away, one of the brothers shot him in the stomach. Finding the express car on their own, Bob and Grat demanded that the guard inside open the heavy door. The guard refused and began firing down on them from a small spy hole. Thwarted, the brothers finally gave up and rode away. The Daltons would have done well to heed the ominous signs of that first failed robbery and seek safer pursuits. Instead, they returned to Oklahoma, reunited with young Emmett, and began robbing in earnest. A year later, the gang botched another robbery, boldly attempting to hit two Coffeyville, Kansas, banks at the same time. Townspeople caught them in the act and killed Bob, Grat, and two of their gang members. Emmett was seriously wounded and served 14 years in prison. Of all the criminal Dalton brothers, only Emmett lived into old age. Freed from prison in 1907, he married and settled in Los Angeles, where he built a successful career in real estate and contracting.
    1895- George Herman “Babe” Ruth, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher and outfielder born at Baltimore, MD. One of the baseball's greatest heroes, Ruth was raised at St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys. He was signed to a minor league baseball contract by Jack Dunn of the Baltimore Orioles and became known as “Dunn's Babe.” An out-standing pitcher, Ruth began swatting home runs in record numbers and was converted to the outfield. He hit 714 home runs in 22 major league seasons of play ( a record 60 in 1927) and played in 10 World Series. He was the game's greatest star and became an enduring legend. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 19236. Died at New York, NY, on August 16,1948.
    1902- the Young Women's Hebrew Association was organized in New York City. Mrs. Bella Unterbergwas the founder and the first president. The first building used by the organization was at 1584 Lexington Avenue, New York City.
    1899 - The Treaty of Paris was ratified by the United States Senate by one vote, ending the Spanish-American War.
    1911- birthday of Ronald Wilson Reagan, 40th president of the US (1981-89). Former sportscaster, motion picture actor, governor of California (1967-74); he was the oldest and the first divorced person to become president. He would visit John Birch meetings down the street from us in the Pacific Palisades, CA., as I parked cars for our neighbor who held the meeting at his house. I also delivered flowers to his house when I was working for Oliver Bente Florist in Brentwood, CA. He is suffering from Alzheimer's. Born at Tampico, IL. Married actress Jane Wyman in 1940 (divorced in 1948); married actress Nancy Davis, Mar 4, 1952.
    1918-Birthday of trumpet player Howard McGhee, Tulsa, OK ;Died July 17,1987, New York City, NY
    1919- a heady display of labor's growing power concluded when a general strike was called off in Seattle, Washington. World War I had swelled the ranks of the nation's unions, while the Marxist revolution in Russia raised hopes of deliverance for the world's workers. In the days before the war, a strong alliance of craft unions enabled Seattle's 35,000 dockworkers to gain some of the highest wages in the nation. With the outbreak of war, the government placed constraints on the shipyard worker's wages, in hopes of rolling their earnings back in line with the rest of the country. In January, the dockworkers retaliated by walking off the job, and on February 1, 25,000 of Seattle's other workers joined the dockworkers on the picket line. The workers began the strikes in response to government sanctioned wage cuts. A riff occurred in the various labor unions, some say due to anarchists, Marxists, socialist and other “malcontents.” The mood definitely was to protest the wage cuts. The five-day strike effectively shut down Seattle: factories, shops and the waterfront all sat dormant, waiting for a resolution to the dispute. A General Strike Committee swiftly stepped in and established temporary systems for feeding and protecting Seattle's citizens. Although the strike was peaceful, and the Committee judged that people were rapidly "learning to manage" the city's daily operations, local government and business chiefs threatened action against the country's unions. Feeling the fire of a potential legal or political nightmare, national labor leaders stepped in and urged Seattle's workers to end their strike. Seattle's strikers had not yet gained ground on their wage demands, but they heeded the call and headed back to work, releasing the city from their grip on this day in 1919.
    1921- "The Kid", starring Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Coogan, released.
    1921-Birthday of lead trumpet player Ernie Royal, Los Angeles, CA,,487546,00.
    1922—Lead trumpet player great Conrad Gozzo birthday
( Perhaps Hollywood's Best Lead Trumpet player, title now passed down to Warren Luening, Jr. )
    1924-Birthdayof arranger Sam Nestico, Pittsburgh, PA
    1924-- Station KFSG (Kall Four Square Gospel) went on the air. One of the earliest radio stations licensed, it broadcast the services of Angelus Temple, the flagship congregation of the International Foursquare Gospel Church, founded by Aimee Semple Mc Pherson in 1923.
    1926- Norman Rockwell's Colonial Sign Painter cover for the Saturday Evening Post was the first to appear in full color. It depicted a Rockwell kindred spirit--a Colonial sign painter
    1926- Birthday of Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, longtime New York Times publisher. 
    1933 - The 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution was adopted, allowing the president to take office in January instead of March.
    1933 –Birthday of Walter E Fauntroy (Representative-D-DC, 1971-1991 )
    1936 –Birthday of rocker Otis Williams rocker (Charms and the Temptations)|
    1937-John Steinbeck's novella Of Mice and Men, the story of the bond between two migrant workers, is published. He adapted the book into a three-act play, which was produced the same year. The story brought national attention to Steinbeck's work, which had started to catch on in 1935 with the publication of his first successful novel, Tortilla Flat . Steinbeck was born and raised in the Salinas Valley, where his father was a county official and his mother a former schoolteacher. A good student and president of his senior class in high school, Steinbeck attended Stanford intermittently in the early 1920s. In 1925, he moved to New York City, where he worked as a manual laborer and a journalist while writing stories and novels. His first two novels were not successful. In 1930, he married Carol Henning, the first of his three wives, and moved to Pacific Grove, California. Steinbeck's father gave the couple a house and a small income while Steinbeck continued to write. He shortly thereafter moved to Los Gatos, California, where he lived in two homes, trying to avoid visitors and celebrity status. His third novel,Tortilla Flat (1935), was a critical and financial success, as were such subsequent books as In Dubious Battle (1935) and Of Mice and Men (1937), both of which offered social commentaries on injustices of various types. In 1939, Steinbeck won the Pulitzer Prize for The Grapes of Wrath, a novel tracing a fictional Oklahoma family as they lose their family farm in the Depression and move to California seeking a better life. His work after World War II, includingCannery Row and The Pearl, continued to offer social criticism but became more sentimental. Steinbeck tried his hand at movie scripts in the 1940s, writing successful films like Forgotten Village (1941) and Viva Zapata (1952). He also took up the serious study of marine biology and published a nonfiction book, The Sea of Cortez, in 1941. His 1962 nonfiction book, Travels with Charlie, describes his travels across the United States in a camper truck with his poodle, Charlie. Steinbeck won the Nobel Prize in 1962 and died in New York in 1968.
    1938-Birthday of Isaac Hayes, one of the most important forces in the development of Memphis soul music, born in Covington, Tennessee. He played piano in the house band at Stax Records in the 1960's, and also began composing hit songs, such as "Soul Man" and "Hold On, I'm Coming" for Sam and Dave and "BABY" for Carla Thomas. Hayes's 1969 album "Hot Buttered Soul" established his reputation as a performer. The lushly orchestrated and often lengthy songs that became his trademark laid the foundation for the disco music of such artists as Barry White. Hayes himself, with tights, cape and gold chains around his bare chest was the '70s forerunner to Mr. T. Hayes's commercial peak came in 1971 with his double soundtrack album for "Shaft." "The Theme From Shaft" hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and made Hayes an international superstar. But by 1976, mismanagement and personal excesses had forced Isaac Hayes into bankruptcy. He made several comeback attempts, one of them in 1979 producing the gold album, "Don't Let Go." He is currently the voice of 'Chef' on the hit adult cartoon "South Park".
    1939- Elvis Presley's father Vernon is released from Parchment Penitentiary in McComb MS, after serving eight months of a 14-month sentence for check forgery. 
    1940- TV media journalist Tom Brokaw birthday, Yanton, SD.
    1943 - Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower was appointed commander-in-chief of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in North Africa.
    1943- Frank Sinatra makes his first appearance on “Your Hit Parade.”
    1943- birthday of singer Fabian ( Fabianoo Forte ), Philadelphia, PA. One of several manufactured teen idols to come out of Philly in the late 1950's, Fabian had three big hits in 1959, then disappeared from the charts. His most popular record was "Tiger," which hit number three on the Billboard Hot 100. Fabian later turned to acting, and in 1974 posed nude for Playgirl magazine.
    1943 - Swashbuckler screen actor Errol Flynn, age 33, was acquitted of three charges of statutory rape by a jury in Los Angeles Superior Court. It was well known that he had a penchant for teenage girls, and in the later years of his life lived openly in Havana, Cuba with 16-17 year old Beverly Aadland. While it is true, “In Like Flynn” became a popular expression during the 40's, the origination according to A Dictionary of Catch Phrases (Eric Partridge, 1986) came from: Edward J. Flynn (1892-1953) a New York City political boss who became a campaign manager for the Democratic party during FDR's presidency. Boss Flynn's "Democratic Party machine exercised absolute political control over the Bronx.... The candidates he backed were almost automatically 'in,' and he himself permanently so," Partridge comments.

    1943 -- US government requires the 110,000 Japanese-Americans imprisoned in internment camps to answer loyalty surveys. The first questionnaire was issued on February 3 at Tule Lake and by this date all the internment camp require their “prisoners” to answer: Question 27 asks draft-age men: "Are you willing to serve in the US armed forces on combat duty, wherever ordered?" 22% of the 21,000 second-generation respondents will answer "no" or give no response. Known as Nisei [nih-say], these U.S.-born Japanese-Americans are not expressing disloyalty but their protest against the internment. In January 1944, the Selective Service began reclassifying to 1-A the Nisei men who answered "yes" to the question and issuing draft notices. After more than 300 Nisei refuse to be inducted, authorities arrest & indict Frank Emi and six others for conspiracy to violate the Selective Service Act. The seven are found guilty and sentenced to four years at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary in Kansas.
    1945- birthday of Bob Marley. With his group, The Wailers, Bob Marley was one of the most popular and influential performers of reggae music, an "off-beat-accented Jamaican" music closely associated with the political/religious Rastafarian movement (admirers of the late Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie, who was formerly called Ras Tafari). Marley was born at Rhoden Hall in northern Jamaica. In 1963, Marley formed a vocal quintet, the Wailers, who achieved some success, but little financial reward, in their native country, before disbanding in 1966.  The Wailers reunited in 1968, but for several years seemed no closer than before to establishing steady careers. Then, in 1972, Chris Blackwell signed them to Island Records and advanced them the money to record an album in Jamaica. The result was "Catch a Fire," the first album by Bob Marley and the Wailers to be marketed outside Jamaica. It was the start of their climb to international fame, aided by Eric Clapton's hit single of Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff."   Over the next several years, Marley and the Wailers were largely responsible for the worldwide popularity of reggae music. Marley became a superstar in Jamaica, where he survived an assassination attempt in 1976. In 1980, a tour of the US was cancelled when Marley collapsed on stage during a concert. He had developed brain and lung cancer, which killed him in May, 1981, Maimi, FL.
    1945-JACOBSON, DOUGLAS THOMAS Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, 3d Battalion, 23d Marines, 4th Marine Division. Place and date: Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 26 February 1945. Entered service at: New York. Born: 25 November 1925, Rochester, N.Y. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the 3d Battalion, 23d Marines, 4th Marine Division, in combat against enemy Japanese forces during the seizure of Iwo Jima in the Volcano Island, 26 February 1945. Promptly destroying a stubborn 20mm. antiaircraft gun and its crew after assuming the duties of a bazooka man who had been killed, Pfc. Jacobson waged a relentless battle as his unit fought desperately toward the summit of Hill 382 in an effort to penetrate the heart of Japanese cross-island defense. Employing his weapon with ready accuracy when his platoon was halted by overwhelming enemy fire on 26 February, he first destroyed 2 hostile machinegun positions, then attacked a large blockhouse, completely neutralizing the fortification before dispatching the 5-man crew of a second pillbox and exploding the installation with a terrific demolitions blast. Moving steadily forward, he wiped out an earth-covered rifle emplacement and, confronted by a cluster of similar emplacements which constituted the perimeter of enemy defenses in his assigned sector, fearlessly advanced, quickly reduced all 6 positions to a shambles, killed 10 of the enemy, and enabled our forces to occupy the strong point. Determined to widen the breach thus forced, he volunteered his services to an adjacent assault company, neutralized a pillbox holding up its advance, opened fire on a Japanese tank pouring a steady stream of bullets on 1 of our supporting tanks, and smashed the enemy tank's gun turret in a brief but furious action culminating in a single-handed assault against still another blockhouse and the subsequent neutralization of its firepower. By his dauntless skill and valor, Pfc. Jacobson destroyed a total of 16 enemy positions and annihilated approximately 75 Japanese, thereby contributing essentially to the success of his division's operations against this fanatically defended outpost of the Japanese Empire. His gallant conduct in the face of tremendous odds enhanced and sustained the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.
    1946-Birthday of Canadian folk singer Kate McGarrigle was born in St. Sauveur-des-Monts, Quebec. She and her sister Anna first attracted international attention in the 1970's as songwriters. Anna's "Heart Like a Wheel" was recorded in 1972 by McKendree Spring and served as the title song for a 1975 album by Linda Ronstadt. The duo's 1976 debut in London resulted in one British critic saying they were among "the very best voices to be heard in popular music today." The McGarrigles sing both their own songs and French-Canadian folk tunes. 
    1949---Top Hits 
A Little Bird Told Me - Evelyn Knight 
Far Away Places - Margaret Whiting 
Powder Your Face with Sunshine - Evelyn Knight 
I Love You So Much It Hurts - Jimmy Wakely
    1950-Birthday of singer Natalie Cole (“This Will Be,” “Unforgettable'), born Los Angeles, Ca.
    1955- Horace Silver Quintet records “The Preacher” ( Blue Note 5062 )
    1957---Top Hits 
Too Much - Elvis Presley 
Young Love - Tab Hunter 
Banana Boat (Day-O) - Harry Belefonte 
Young Love - Sonny James
    1957--The Del-Vikings' first and biggest hit, "Come Go with Me," debuts on the pop chart. In four weeks, it peaks at #5 while on the R&B chart, it hits #3. 1958- Ted Williams signs with Red Sox for $135,000, making him highest paid in baseball. He retired from the Boston Red Sox at the end of the 1960 season with a lifetime batting average of .344, a lifetime home run count of 521 and a reputation that will span generations to come.

    1961-- The Capris' "There's a Moon Out Tonight" enters the R&B charts.
    1962- Birthday of singer Axl Rose [William Bailey] Lafayette IN (Guns & Roses) 
    1965---Top Hits 
You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin' - The Righteous Brothers 
The Name Game - Shirley Ellis 
This Diamond Ring - Gary Lewis & The Playboys 
You're the Only World I Know - Sonny James
    1965-- The Temptations' "My Girl" hits #1 R&B.
    1965-The Righteous Brothers lead the US hit parade with "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin". According to the RIAA, the song has now been played on US radio stations over 8 million times, more than any other record in history.
    1965-The Righteous Brothers led the US hit parade with "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin". According to the RIAA, the song has now been played on US radio stations over 8 million times, more than any other record in history. 
    1967 - Muhammad Ali retained his world heavyweight title and won the WBA heavyweight title with a 15-round decision over Ernest Terrell in the Houston Astrodome.
    1968 - Joan Whitney Payson was elected as president of the New York Mets. One year later, the ‘Miracle' Mets would become world champions.
    1968 - The Xth Winter Olympic games opened in Grenoble, France. Some 18,000 people participated in the opening ceremonies as the games were dedicated by General Charles de Gaulle. Thousands of scented paper roses were dropped from helicopters against a background of five circles drawn in the sky by the smoke of parachutists. And Olympic flags were shot into the air by cannons.
    1971 - NASA Astronaut Alan B. Shepard took a six-iron stashed inside his spacecraft took a swing at three golf balls on the surface of the moon. Shepard whiffed the first swing. The others were good shots that went a few hundred yards in space's vacuum. Because his moonwalk suit was so bulky, he didn't get enough of a swing to launch the golf balls into orbit. But he did get a couple of divots.
    1971-In a rare feat, a Country song crossed over to the Pop charts and became the best selling single in America when Lynn Anderson's "Rose Garden" climbed to the top of the Cash Box hit parade.
    1973---Top Hits 
Crocodile Rock - Elton John 
Why Can't We Live Together - Timmy Thomas 
Oh, Babe, What Would You Say? - Hurricane Smith 
She Needs Someone to Hold Her (When She Cries) - Conway Twitty
    1978 - A massive nor'easter buried the cities of the northeastern U.S. Storm totals included 18 inches at New York City, 16 inches at Philadelphia, and 14 inches at Baltimore. The Boston MA area received 25 to 30 inches in "The Great New England Blizzard", and the mayor outlawed travel in the city for an entire week. 
    1981---Top Hits 
The Tide is High - Blondie 
Celebration - Kool & The Gang 
I Love a Rainy Night - Eddie Rabbitt 
I Feel like Loving You Again - T.G. Sheppard
    1981- Paul McCartney records vocal harmonies for George Harrison's "All Those Years Ago," an oddly upbeat tribute to the recently-murdered John Lennon (the song actually started life as something else entirely). Although they were never all in the studio at the same time, the three remaining Beatles do appear on the song. 
    1982- Civil rights workers begin a march from Carrolton to Montgomery, Alabama. 
    1985 - For the first time in 123 years, French mineral water company, Perrier, debuted a new product. On grocery store shelves and in trendy establishments, you could find water with a twist of lemon, lime or orange.
    1985-Steve Wozniak, cofounder of Apple Computer and inventor of the best-selling Apple II computer, resigned from the company on this day in 1985. The company, which started in Wozniak's garage in 1976, had become a massive bureaucracy by the mid-1980s. Wozniak had developed his first computer, the Apple I, as a project to impress his friends in the Homebrew Computing Club. With Steve Jobs' help, he created the Apple II, which went on sale in 1977 and quickly became popular with mass-market consumers, not just electronics hobbyists. As the fastest growing company in history, Apple experienced serious growing pains, including the hiring of a professional management team. Wozniak, who preferred to remain an engineer rather than participate in management politics, objected to the tactics and strategies of Apple's management. He lives in Los Gatos, California, where he has attempted to start several companies, but basically remains a “dilettante.” The San Jose Technology Museum is located on a street named after him called “Woz Way.”
    1985- skier Dianne Roffe, 17, took first place in a giant slalom race to become the first US woman to win a gold medal in a World Alpine Skiing Championship race.
    1985-Microsoft announced it would develop a word processing program for the IBM PC on February 6, 1985. Microsoft later adapted the program, called Word, to the Macintosh. At first, Word was an underdog, competing with category dominator WordPerfect; however, Word's intuitive, user-friendly design quickly won users over, making it the most popular software in history. Word marked an important turning point for Microsoft, which moved from being an operating-systems company catering to computer manufacturers, to a consumer-oriented software company. Perhaps the best marketing ploy was the Microsoft Suite, where the software programs were bundled at a very low price and coordinated with each other: word, excel, access, money, and originally publisher ( later replaced by the browser Explore. It took up to 14 hard floppy disks to install and was quite time consuming and large for its day, but the integration between word and excel doomed the very popular word perfect and other spread sheet programs that were perhaps superior to excel at the time but more difficult to learn and more expensive, plus did not interchange with other software.
    1987 - President Ronald Reagan turned 76 years old, adding another year to his already established record as the oldest United States President. President Dwight D. Eisenhower was the previous record holder, by serving the country at age 70.
    1987-Sonny Bono declares his candidacy for mayor of Palm Springs, which he later wins. 
    1988--Dusty Springfield returns to the US Top 10 for the first time in nineteen years with a duet with Pet Shop Boys called "What've I Done To Deserve This". Her last big hit in America was "Son of a Preacher Man" in December, 1968. 
    1988 - Arctic cold invaded the south central and eastern U.S. Sixteen cities reported new record low temperatures for the date. Squalls in the Great Lakes Region produced a foot of snow at Arcade NY in three hours.
    1988-Dusty Springfield returns to the US Top 10 for the first time in nineteen years with a duet with Pet Shop Boys called "What've I Done To Deserve This". Her last big hit in America was "Son of a Preacher Man" in December, 1968.
    1989---Top Hits 
When I'm with You - Sheriff 
Straight Up - Paula Abdul 
When the Children Cry - White Lion 
What I'd Say - Earl Thomas Conley
    1989- The first nude musical, "Oh! Calcutta!," closed on Broadway after 5,059 performances. John Lennon was one of the writers who contributed to the show, which opened off-Broadway in 1969
    1989 - Forty-one cities in the western U.S. reported new record low temperatures for the date. Lows of -30 degrees at Ely NV and -33 degrees at Richfield UT were all-time records. Morning lows of 31 degrees at San Francisco CA and -15 degrees at Reno NV were records for February. Logan Canyon UT was the cold spot in the nation with a low of 54 degrees below zero, and Craig CO hit 51 degrees below zero.
    1990- Brett Hull of the St. Louis Blues scored his 50 th goal of the season to join his father, Hall of Fame left wing Bobby Hull, as the only father-son combination in NHL history to score 50 goals in a season. 1993 - Tennis champion Arthur Ashe died of complications brought on by AIDS that he received from a blood transfusion.
    1990 - A second cold front brought more heavy snow to the high elevations of Oregon, with 12 inches reported at Sunset Summit. Ten inches of snow blanketed Crater Lake and Mount Bachelor. Heavy snow also blanketed northeastern Nevada and parts of Washington State. In Nevada, up to a foot of snow was reported between Spring Creek and Lamoille, where my grandchildren live.
    1992- Bob Dylan made a rare TV appearance on David Letterman's 10th anniversary special. He performed "Like a Rolling Stone," backed by an all-star band that included Emmylou Harris, Chrissie Hynde and Carole King.
    1995- Keith Lockhart replaced John Williams as conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra. Williams had led the orchestra since 1980, when he took over after the death of the legendary Arthur Fiedler.  
    1998 - Washington National Airport was renamed Ronald Reagan National Airport, for U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
    1998 - Carl Wilson, the Beach Boys' lead guitarist and youngest of the Wilson brothers, died at age 51 in Los Angeles. He'd been diagnosed with lung cancer which then spread to his brain. Despite chemotherapy, Wilson lost the battle. During the group's publicized ups and downs with drugs over the years, Carl's steady influence reportedly was responsible for keeping the group together. He went to University High School, West Los Angeles, CA. He really was a surfer, personal testimony; Zuma Beach, Malibu, rarely Santa Monica Beach.
    2000- the NFC defeated the AFC 51-31 which set an NFL record for most points scored by a conference and total points combined for a Pro Bowl.
    2000-Janice Mirikitani, wife of Rev. Cecil Williams of Glide Memorial, was named the poet laureate for San Francisco for 2000.



The object is to insert the numbers in the boxes to satisfy only one condition: each row, column and 3x3 box must contain the digits 1 through 9 exactly once. What could be simpler?



Daily Puzzle

How to play:

Refresh for current date:






See USA map, click to specific area, no commercials



Traffic Live---

Real Time Traffic Information

You can save up to 20 different routes and check them out with one click,
or type in a new route to learn the traffic live