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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

Correction: True Leasing in Bankruptcy 
 Classified Ads---Sales
  Income Needed to Live in 25 Metropolitan Areas
New Hires—Promotions
 Classified Ads---Help Wanted
Bankers Capital Joins
 Funders Taking New Broker Business List
  Tom McCurnin on Marine Lt. Col. hit
   for Late Fees on Mortgage While on Duty
    2013 Annual ELFA Report
     How i-banks rake in paydays on big bank M&A
      NEW CLP Partnership Program
     Leasing News Advisor Andrew Lea
Community Banks Reissue More Than 4 Million
 Payment Cards Following Retailer Data Breaches
  “Castle Craze” behavioralogy Reflected
    in Home Depot Hire Plan
     Labrador Retriever
      San Francisco, California Adopt-a-Dog
  Chariots of Fire/Munich/Prefontaine
   Cool Runnings/Olympia
    Olympic Game DVD Special by Fernando Croce
     Signing Service/Site Inspection
News Briefs---
Fed Minutes Show Optimism About the Economy
 Trinity Industries, Inc. Announces Record Fourth Quarter
  and Full Year 2013 Results
   Hino Trucks delivers 10,000th truck to Penske Truck Leasing
    Samsung launches financing program for capital equipment
     Cash-Strapped Malaysia Looks To Lease Fighters
      Four Numbers That Explain Why Facebook Acquired WhatsApp
       Half of All Mobile Banking Customers Are Now Part of ClearXchange
        Tablet and Phone Retail Purchasing Tops $60 Billion

Broker/Funder/Industry Lists | Features (collection)
Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months (Be Careful of Doing Business)

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Correction: True Leasing in Bankruptcy
Leasing 102 by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP

This sentence was not completed in this article, but corrected on line: “Then once relief from stay or rejection occurs, the lessor may move in State Court to obtain possession.”

Here is the subject from the article, with the correction:

“The trustee shall timely perform all of the obligations of the lessee. First arising from or after 60 days after the order for relief in a case under chapter 11 of this title, under an unexpired lease of personal property until such lease is assumed or rejected, the trustee may affirm or reject the property

“The Lessee bankrupt has 60 days from the date of filing (called an ‘order for relief’) to assume or reject the lease, after which the lease is rejected and the lessor may move to obtain relief from stay, unless there is a formal rejection by the bankrupt.  Then once relief from stay or rejection occurs, the lessor may move in State Court to obtain possession.”

Here is the full article:


Classified Ads---Sales

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Accomplished Sales & Relationship Management Professional with business development experience in the financial services industry. Recognized by market leaders as industry expert in Professional Practice financing, as well as Residential Mortgage Lending. Keen insight and understanding of transaction process and financial requirements of customer. Proven record of exceeding sales goals.
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Income Needed to Live in 25 Metropolitan Areas, well-known mortgage resource did a study of the mortgage rates and median home prices in 25 of the country’s largest metropolitan areas to determine how much salary you need to earn to cover the principal and interest payments on the average home. Property taxes, insurance and other expenses do not factor in this calculation.

The 25 metropolitan areas, ranked in order of the salary needed in those areas to afford a median-priced home:

1.     Cleveland: $19,435.17
2.     Cincinnati: $22,226.95
3.     St. Louis: $22,397.54
4.     Atlanta: $24,390.94
5.     Tampa: $24,650.88
6.     Orlando: $28,298.47
7.     San Antonio: $29,305.47
8.     Dallas: $29,751.24
9.     Houston: $31,298.99
10.   Chicago: $32,388.90
11.   Phoenix: $32,811.94
12.   Minneapolis: $33,800.09
13.   Philadelphia: $36,836.47
14.   Baltimore: $41,155.40
15.   Sacramento: $42,832.20
16.   Miami: $43,918.66
17.   Portland, Ore.: $45,872.78
18.   Denver: $48,122.72
19.   Seattle: $59,129.86
20.   Washington, D.C.: $62,809.63
21.   Boston: $63,673.13
22.   New York City: $66,167.27
23.   Los Angeles: $72,126.90
24.   San Diego: $81,570.40
25.   San Francisco: $115,510.06

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New Hires—Promotions

Jeff Almond hired as Director of Originations, NXT Capital Finance.; Based in Plano, Texas, he will be responsible for the southwest territory. “Almond’s experience includes more than 15 years of originating equipment financing in Texas, Colorado, Kansas, and nearby states. With industry expertise that includes energy, aviation, manufacturing and packaging, he has held positions at Peoples Capital and Leasing Corporation, SL Financial Services Corporation, CIT Group and others.”

Sheila A. Stamps has been named to CIT’s Board of Directors. She will serve as a member of CIT’s Risk Management and Regulatory Compliance Committees. "She served as Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Investor Relations at Dreambuilder Investments, LLC, a private mortgage investment company. Prior to Dreambuilder Investments, she served as Director of Pension Investments and Cash Management at the New York State Common Retirement Fund and was a Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. Prior to this, Stamps served as Managing Director and Head of Relationship Management, Financial Institutions at FleetBoston Financial. Before this, she held a number of executive positions with Bank One Corporation and First Chicago Corporation including Managing Director and Head of European Asset-Backed Securitization and Managing Director and Senior Originator of Asset-Backed Securitization. Ms. Stamps received her MBA from the University of Chicago and her BS in Management Sciences from Duke University. She also serves on the Board of Directors of IES Abroad." She is a dual US/UK Citizen.

Keith Wilton Joins Heritage Bank of Commerce, San Jose, California. as Chief Operating Officer/ "Wilton comes to Heritage Bank of Commerce from $6 billion Santa Barbara Bank & Trust, now owned by UnionBanCal Corporation, where he served as Executive Vice President. He was also Corporate Executive Vice President and President of the Specialty Finance Group of Greater Bay Bancorp, prior to its acquisition by Wells Fargo in 2007. As President of the Specialty Finance Group, he had responsibility for healthcare practice financing, equipment leasing, asset based lending/factoring, residential mortgage lending, international trade finance, and SBA lending...Wilton graduated from the Stanford Executive Program in 2006, received a Masters Certificate in Internet Marketing from the University of San Francisco's School of Management and a Bachelor's degree in Urban Land Economics and Finance from the University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business."

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Leasing Industry Help Wanted


Orange, California
Legal Coordinator

Minimum 5 years' experience in legal collections.
The Legal Coordinator will be responsible
for collecting, coordinating and processing all
collections referrals of commercial loan agreements
to outside third party agencies and law firms.
Click here for more information.
 Please send resume and cover letter to:
Quick Bridge Funding provides working capital loans
to small and mid-sized companies throughout
the United States. With an innovative program
we provide capital to an to an under-served market.

Irvine, California Finance/Credit Analyst

Manage lease transactions through the entire credit review, documentation and funding process.
Direct contact with customers’ decision-makers, including CFOs, treasurers, and purchasing managers.
As “deal manager” analyst is responsible for interface with credit, sales, legal and documentation
For more informaton, please click here




Funders Taking New Broker Business List

Funders Taking New Broker Business List

Bankers Capital 
Blue Bridge Financial, LLC 
Forum Leasing

Due to the request from readers, who are new leasing brokers, this is the start of a new list of funders who accept business from those new in the leasing business. Many funders require a minimum of time as well as a volume of business. The follow are on the Leasing News Funder List, a requirement to be on this list:

In Business Since 
Leasing Association
Business Reports
BSB Leasing, Inc.
1992 Colorado, Hawaii
Don Meyerson, Pres.

Bruce Zwillinger, Vice President 800.945.3372 ext. 306
Randy Propect, East Coast
Vicki Shimkus,CLP 
West Coast Brokers
(click here for further description)
Bankers Capital
Larry LaChance - President
NAELB, NEFA (footnote)
50 states
$25,000 +


Blue Bridge Financial, LLC
Brian Gallo
United States
Forum Financial Services, Inc.
Tim O'Connor
972.690.9444 ext. 225
240 Lake Park Blvd. Suite 112
Richardson, TX 75080
$50,000 - $1.5 million (Our average size transaction is $250,000. Preferred range $100,000 - $500,000)
Timepayment Corp
(owned by Microfinancial)
Zaenglein, Ric
$500 to $25,000

A -Accepts Broker Business | B -Requires Broker be Licensed | C -Sub-Broker Program
| D -"Private label Program" | E - Also "in house" salesmen



Borrower Tags Mortgage Service for Violation
of Soldiers and Sailors Relief Act
By Tom McCurnin
Leasing News Legal News Editor

Kevin Bacon as U.S. Marine Lt. Col. in “Taking Chance”

Sub-Servicer Clears Account and Refunds Late Fees and Penalties It Collected, But Refuses to Refund Late Charges and Penalties Prior Servicer Collected. Case is Reversed to Allow Soldier to Claim Late Fees and Attorney Fees For Violation

Brewster v Sun Trust Mortgage 12-56560 (9th Cir. Court of Appeals 2014).

Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you probably know that service men and women have rights, especially if they are deployed overseas. In today’s case, the serviceman was so deployed and the mortgage servicer was so advised. Nevertheless, the servicer commenced a foreclosure of the soldier’s home. When the servicer was advised of the provisions of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act 50 U.S.C. §502 et seq., it wisely rescinded the notice of default, refunded some of the foreclosure fees, but refused to refund the late fees and penalties collected by a prior servicer in the princely sum of about $1,500.

Brewster sued and lost at the trial court level, with the trial court ruling that the servicer did not have to refund fees it did not collect. Apparently, Brewster was to commence a small claims action against the servicer for the violation of the Act, which makes no sense to me.

Undaunted, Brewster appealed to the Ninth Circuit. The Nine Circuit ruled that since the fees were collected on behalf of the mortgage holder, it matter not where they went, or which servicer collected them, if the fees were collected in violation of the Act. Consequently, the Ninth Circuit reversed the trial court’s decision and remanded the case and Brewster will certainly recover his fees and damages on remand.

This case is a head scratcher for me. A National Mortgage Company and a National Servicer decided to litigate over a $1,500 late charge, and take the case to the Ninth Circuit. There was never any question that Brewster was an active serviceman, deployed in Afghanistan while the penalties were imposed. This is ridiculous. Putting aside the business issues of the case, does a financial institution really want to litigate with a highly decorated Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps? Don’t we as a Nation owe this man something for his service? And how much money did Nationstar and SunTrust pay in attorney fees trying to cheat Brewster out of his $1,500? I bet it was a lot more than $1,500. This case makes no sense on so many levels.

One last point—Christopher Brewster is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marine Corps., is also a lawyer, and argued the case himself, in full dress white uniform, before the Ninth Circuit.

This case makes me sad that I am a banking lawyer today, utterly ashamed.

Brewster Case


Tom McCurnin is a partner at Barton, Klugman & Oetting in Los Angeles, California.

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2013 Annual ELFA Report

The Equipment Leasing & Finance Association and Foundation announces the digital 32 pages publication of the “2013 Annual Report for ELFA and the Foundation:”

It is also available here in PDF where pages may be enlarged or printed


How i-banks rake in paydays on big bank M&A
By Joe Mantone and Kuan-Ing Chen

A SNL Financial Exclusive

Investment bankers negotiate any number of aspects of M&A transactions. Their own fees are often on that list.

Fees generally are based on comparable advisory data. However, for some less common deals, such as large transactions, few data points exist. In those situations, other factors, including history with the client or who suggested the deal, can have a greater influence on fees. While advisers are ultimately at the mercy of what the client wants to pay, bank and thrift investment bankers — none of whom wanted to be quoted for attribution because of the sensitive nature of the topic — said that if they can make a good case as to why they are requesting the fee, clients will likely agree.

Regardless of how much haggling takes place, it is common for i-banks to generate handsome sums on large deals. In fact, the most recent U.S. bank deals with price tags greater than $1 billion are expected to generate at closing some of the sector's biggest buy-side financial adviser fees reported in years.

Jefferies LLC and Castle Creek Financial LLC are set to receive $9 million each for advising PacWest Bancorp in its $2.38 billion acquisition of CapitalSource Inc. The combined payout will stand as the largest reported combined fee to buy-side deal advisers on a U.S. bank or thrift acquisition since Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and J.P. Morgan received a total of $20 million on PNC Financial Services Group Inc.'s $5.6 billion acquisition of National City Corp., announced in October 2008.

Since Jan. 1, 2007, there have been 25 announced U.S. bank and thrift acquisitions with an announced deal value of at least $1 billion. SNL collected sell-side advisory fee data on 21 of those deals and buy-side advisory fee data on six deals. Companies disclose advisory fee data in SEC filings, such as a Form S-4, when they deem it to be material to shareholders.

Sometimes, such as in the PacWest-CapitalSource deal, companies will engage multiple advisers but only disclose fee information for some of them. PacWest used three advisers but did not disclose the fee paid to one, Goldman Sachs. For its other two advisers, Castle Creek and Jefferies, PacWest not only provided the advisory fees in SEC filings but also provided some detail about the fees and its relationships with the advisers.

PacWest notes in a Form S-4 filed Nov. 20, 2013, that its chairman, John Eggemeyer III, is also CEO of Castle Creek, and that the firms have a previously disclosed financial advisory engagement. Eggemeyer did not respond to a request for comment, but terms of the financial advisory engagement state that on PacWest acquisitions with a value greater than $20 million, Castle Creek receives a fee of $200,000 plus 0.65% of the amount of the deal value in excess of $20 million.

Based on that formula, Castle Creek should have received more than $15 million in fees from the CapitalSource deal, but the parties agreed to reduce the fee to $9 million, according to the filing. PacWest also notes in the filing that Castle Creek helped structure the financial aspects of the transaction and provided financial modeling and statistical analysis work. However, Jefferies, which also did not respond to a request for comment, was the lead investment bank for PacWest on the transaction, and that i-bank made a recommendation for its fee, according to the filing.

Jefferies also provided a fairness opinion and was involved early in the deal process. The i-bank met with PacWest's board to discuss potential opportunities — including a possible acquisition of CapitalSource — in March 2013, roughly four months before the deal was announced.

Investment bankers said they usually have more leverage to request higher fees when they are involved early, handle the negotiations from the start or bring the idea to the client. Sometimes advisers are brought in later in the process and might receive a lower fee because they were hired to perform a specific task, such as an analysis or fairness opinion. For instance, Evercore Partners Inc., which did not respond to a request for comment, agreed to receive $500,000 for providing a fairness opinion to M&T Bank Corp. on its pending $3.8 billion acquisition of Hudson City Bancorp Inc.

The sell-side advisers generally receive more than the buy-side advisers, but that is not always the case. On the Umpqua-Sterling deal, J.P. Morgan is set to receive more than the sell-side adviser, Sandler O'Neill & Partners LP, which agreed to receive 0.30% of deal consideration, or about $6 million based on the announced deal value.

Sandler O'Neill's fee as a percentage of the announced deal value in the Umpqua-Sterling transaction is less than most of the reported sell-side fees on U.S. bank or thrift acquisitions with a value of at least $1 billion since 2007. SNL data show the majority of sell-side advisers on those deals received fees ranging from about 0.35% to 0.81% of the announced deal value.

A spokesman for Sandler O'Neill declined to comment about the fee, and a spokesman for Sterling did not respond to a request for comment.

However, Sandler has a history and even a future with advising deals involving Sterling. For instance, Sandler O'Neill received an $11 million advisory fee on Sterling's recapitalization, and the investment bank will receive fees for an engagement to handle branch divestitures of the combined Umpqua-Sterling subsequent to the merger, according to a Form S-4 filed Jan. 17 with the SEC.

Investment bankers said history with clients can influence the fees advisers receive. If an adviser works on more than one deal for the same client that lead to multiple substantial fee payments, investment bankers might eventually find themselves receiving a below-market fee on a transaction.

I-bankers said clients that believe they can execute a transaction with little assistance from an adviser also may want to pay reduced fees. This can occur with clients that have developed an internal capability to examine deals — such as private equity firms or serial acquirers that have built up their corporate development departments.

An investment bank might also receive a low advisory fee if the target attracts many bids that establish its sale price without much solicitation from the adviser. I-banks also might face lower fees if the buyer and seller have a history together and came up with the idea to merge before engaging an adviser.

Of course, there are scenarios in which investment banks can earn higher-than-normal fees.

For instance, if a long-time client does not execute a deal, investment bankers said they can find themselves generating only nominal fees for years of work through board presentations or statistical analysis reviews. If the relationship eventually culminates in an M&A transaction, it can give the client an opportunity to pay the i-bank an above-market fee, compensating the adviser for the work not only on the transaction but also its past assistance.

J.P. Morgan earned the highest sell-side fee as a percentage of deal value — 1% for its role in advising CapitalSource on the pending sale to PacWest — on a U.S. bank or thrift acquisitions with a price tag of at least $1 billion since 2007. A spokesperson for J.P. Morgan said the company does not comment on deal fees, but J.P. Morgan has been a regular on big bank deals.

The investment bank has advised on 13 of the 25 deals since 2007 in the sector valued at least $1 billion. J.P. Morgan's activity in the space certainly enhances its brand reputation, another factor advisers can tout when negotiating fees.



NEW CLP Partnership Program

The Board of Directors of the Certified Lease Professional (CLP) Foundation has announced the creation of a new Annual Partnership Program.

There are four Partnership Levels for corporate donors – Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum; with increasing recognition as the sponsorship level increases. In addition, there are four individual donor levels – Contributor, Supporter, Sponsor, and Benefactor

The foundation reports the CLP Partnership Program was created to provide "... tangible benefits to those organizations and individuals that support the CLP Foundation and its designation. Partners of the CLP Foundation will gain increased exposure in a variety of advertising arenas; and this relationship will allow the Foundation to maintain its reputation of being the preeminent credential for equipment leasing and financing professionals."

To learn more, please go to:

Specific information is available from the foundation Executive Director Reid Raykovich, CLP (206) 535-6281 (



Why I Became a CLP



Leasing News Advisor
Andrew Lea

Andrew Lea joined the Leasing News Advisory Board on February 5, 2004. Andrew is a financial services technology marketing pro with extensive experience in the commercial lending and equipment finance sector. He has built a reputation in the industry for designing and executing effective branding and lead generation programs, as well as for attention-grabbing ads and collateral, engaging website design, and innovative editorial content in industry publications.

Marketing Manager
HCL CapitalStream
Pt. Richmond, CA 94801 
(510) 236-3766
SKYPE: andrew-lea

Andrew serves as Sr. Marketing Manager for Linedata Lending & Leasing, provider of the Linedata Capitalstream leasing and lending front office solution, a straight-through-processing origination and risk management platform. Linedata Lending and Leasing is part of the Linedata Group, a global solutions provider with 700+ clients operating in 50 countries. With more than 1000 employees across the globe, Linedata provides innovative mission-critical solutions and services that help its clients compete and grow, managing 7.1 million credit and financing contracts daily.

Before joining the CapitalStream team, Andrew served as VP for Marketing and Corporate Communications for NetSol Technologies (NTWK) and McCue Systems. Andrew's professional experience includes technical writing and broadcast advertising copywriting and production.

His articles and white papers on equipment finance trends and technology have appeared in many trade publications.

Andrew and his wife Susan live in the San Francisco Bay Area. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master's Degree from the New School University in New York City.

He may be reached at


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Community Banks Reissue More Than 4 Million Payment Cards 
Following Retailer Data Breaches

Washington, D.C. —The Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) said that the nation’s community banks have already reissued more than 4 million credit and debit cards at a total reissuance cost of more than $40 million following recent data breaches at major retailers (numbers are based on a sampling of community banks). Due to their quick action in reissuing affected cards, community banks’ initial fraud costs were relatively low, with less than 1 percent of community bank customers reporting fraud on their accounts following the breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus. 

Bill Loving
ICBA Chairman

“Community banks absorb the costs of data breaches upfront because their primary concern is to protect their customers,” Bill Loving, ICBA chairman and president and CEO of Pendleton Community Bank, Franklin, W.Va., said. “However, in the long-term the lion's share of costs associated with data breaches should ultimately be borne by the party that experiences the breach. This is critical to aligning incentives to maximize data security by all parties that store consumer data—making the payments system stronger over time, which is a win for everyone, especially consumers.”

While ICBA’s recently announced participation in a joint cybersecurity partnership with other financial services and retailer trade organizations is a strong and much-needed step in the right direction to protect consumers, the association has not wavered  in its commitment to represent the best interests of its member community banks and their customers in the wake of wide-scale data security breaches at major retailers. 

ICBA continues to advocate our key data security principles to Congress and the payment card networks.  ICBA’s core principles include:

  • the costs of data breaches should ultimately be borne by the party at fault for the breach,

  • all participants in the payments system—including merchants—should be subject to Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act–like data security standards,
    a national data-security breach and notification standard should be implemented to replace the current patchwork of state laws,

  • unnecessary barriers to effective threat-information sharing between law enforcement and the financial and retail sectors should be removed, and

  • while community banks and other financial institutions continue to move to chip technology for debit and credit cards, these technologies alone may not have prevented the recent retailer breaches and do not protect against fraud in “card-not-present” transactions, such as online purchases.

“ICBA will continue to advocate for community banks and their customers and will not rest until these key principles are addressed for the betterment of our payments system, community banks and, most importantly, consumers,” Loving said.

More information on ICBA’s efforts and data-security resources for community banks and their customers are available on ICBA’s online security breach toolkit.

About ICBA
The Independent Community Bankers of America®, the nation’s voice for nearly 7,000 community banks of all sizes and charter types, is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and its membership through effective advocacy, best-in-class education and high-quality products and services. For more information, visit

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Castle Craze” behavioralogy Reflected
in Home Depot Hire Plan

Home Depot plans to hire 80,000 employees partly due to the increase in home improvement projects caused by lower money anxiety among consumers.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.  – Home Depot’s plan to hire more than 80,000 seasonal employees mirrors the “Castle Craze” behavioralogy outlined in the newest behavioral economics book – Money Anxiety (  When the level of money anxiety decreases, as has been the case in the past 12 months, consumers resume spending on home improvement after a long period of decline since the Great Recession.  The Castle Craze behavioralogy is about consumers’ fascination with bigger, better and nicer homes the moment they feel that the economic storm is over.

Although spring seasonal hiring is typical at Home Depot, this round of new hires is also in response to the recovering housing market. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the number of new housing construction projects rose 18.3% in 2013 to about 923,400.  This trend is in line with the Money Anxiety Index, which shows an improvement of 13.4 index points in consumers’ financial anxiety from January of 2013 to January of this year.

The link between consumers’ financial anxiety and their home improvement behavior is empirically demonstrated in Money Anxiety (  The main factor in the Castle Craze behavioral orientation is the amount of money consumers spend on their homes, in terms of building supplies and gardening equipment during good economic times, compared to other types of spending.  During the last Castle Craze cycle, from February 2003 to February 2007, sales at building and gardening retailers increased by nearly 38 percent compared to an increase of about 26 percent for all other retail categories.

About the Money Anxiety Book
Money Anxiety is a behavioral economics book showing how financial anxiety impacts consumer financial behavior and the economy. The book demonstrates the impact of financial anxiety on retail sales and consumer savings. Business and financial people gain from this knowledge by reducing their expenses during times of high money anxiety, and increasing their revenues during times of low money anxiety. The Money Anxiety book is available in paperback and eBook formats in all major online booksellers such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Google Play and iTunes store.  The book is highly beneficial to business and financial people by helping them how and why consumers buy.

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Leasing News: Fernando's View
by Fernando Croce

Olympic Games Special

As athletes go for the gold at the Sochi Winter Games, we at Leasing News compiled our own marathon of Olympics-themed movies. So check out Netflix for these sometimes dramatic, sometimes amusing, but always inspiring sports hits.

Chariots of Fire (Hugh Hudson, 1981): The winner for 1981’s Best Picture Oscar, this portrait of the contrasts between two British runners in the 1924 Olympics remains at the top of critically acclaimed movies about the human subtleties of sportsmanship. On one side is Eric Liddell (Ian Richardson), a young missionary from Scotland who sees sprinting as a divine call. On the other is Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross), whose place on the racing strip embodies a challenge to the anti-Semitic bias of the Cambridge elite. Their first encounter strikes an antagonistic note, but, as the two men head over to Paris to take part in the Summer Games, they slowly develop bond that transcends their backgrounds. Featuring a lovely performance by Ian Holm as a salty trainer, this remains a classy, stirring telling of a true story.

Munich (Steven Spielberg, 2005): In the same year he released the intense "War of the Worlds," Steven Spielberg directed this absorbing account of the events surrounding one of the darkest moments in Olympics history. Known as the Black September, a group of terrorists kidnap and massacre a batch of Israeli athletes during the 1972 Olympics in Munich. In the aftermath of the tragedy, the Israeli government puts together a group of specialists led by Avner (Eric Bana) to hunt down the participants. What follows is less a mission of vengeance than a journey into the troubled minds and souls of a shaken world, brilliantly directed by Spielberg and featuring an excellent cast that includes a pre-James Bond Daniel Craig. The result is a film that's sometimes difficult to watch but never less than powerful.

Prefontaine (Steve James, 1997): Following his widely acclaimed basketball documentary Hoop Dreams, writer-director Steve James made his feature debut with another moving narrative about sports hopefuls. In his breakout role, Jared Leto stars as Steve Prefontaine, the young, Oregon-born long-distance runner who made a splash at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Told mostly as a series of flashbacks from interviews with his family and friends, the story unfolds from the late 1960s on, focusing on Prefontaine’s discipline, conviction, and, ultimately, his humbling journey from lone wolf to team player. Centering on the titular protagonist’s relationship with his coach Bill Bowerman (R. Lee Ermey) and deftly combining fictional reenactments with footage of the real Prefontaine, the movie is a sturdy, passionate snapshot of a keen athlete’s life.

Cool Runnings (Jon Turteltaub, 1993): One of the most unlikely teams in Olympics history is the subject of this crowdpleasing, family-friendly comedy. The real-life story kicks when a minor accident disqualifies Derice Bannock (Leon), a Jamaican runner who instead sets his hopes on representing the country on the first Olympic bobslead team. Putting together a ramshackle but enthusiastic team that includes Sanka (Doug E. Doug), Junior (Rawle D. Lewis) and Yul (Malik Yoba), Derice hires down-on-his-luck trainer Irving Blitzer (John Candy) to help shape them up. Though they're at first not taken seriously as tropical athletes aspiring to a sport best played in below-zero temperatures, they're soon on their way to Calgary, Canada, for the Winter Games. Striking the right balance between inspiration and laughs, the movie is a lively ode to underdogs.

Olympia (Leni Riefenstahl, 1938): In contrast to her legendary propaganda film Triumph of the Will, German filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl’s follow-up offers a panorama that celebrates human prowess from all over the world. Shot during the 1936 Berlin Olympics, this superb documentary chronicles the international plethora of athletes who gather as the torch is lit and Hitler himself watched from the stadium seats. Though Riefenstahl’s emphasis on physical perfection evokes disturbingly fascist ideals, these same ideals are ironically undercut by the camera’s fascination with the great American track star Jesse Owens, who left the events with no less than four Gold Medals. Divided into two mammoth parts ("Festival of the Nations" and "Festival of Beauty"), this is an invaluable record of the world one year before war broke out.


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Shortcut Through the Storm 

by Robert Savino 

There were too few roads.
There were too many motorists.
My choice was longer in distance,
but far less travelled.

I took a shortcut through the storm,
crawling over the black-iced asphalt,
too close behind Boyd’s black flower car,
in the dreary pitch of Ocean Parkway.

Storm clouds shifting and changing,
pass over, so low, engulf my presence.
I exit in an angel’s breath,
a winged spirit of the Great South Bay,

greeted by Moses at the foot of the bridge,
moments from home and the neon lights
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stop at the corner of Oak Neck Road.

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    1725- Indians scalping Applauded: A posse of New Hampshire volunteers ran across a band of 10 sleeping Native Americans and scalped them all. The posse entered Dover in triumph with the 10 scalps stretched on hoops and elevated on poles. A bounty of 100 pounds for each scalp (quite a bite of money in those days) was paid in Boston out of the public treasury. Individual scalps had been brought in earlier, but never this many. Posse- hunting American Indians became a popular occupation, resulting in many fleeing to Canada. The bounty was in retribution for American Indians who were killing colonists and taking their scalps as trophies.
    1726- American Revolutionary soldier William Prescott born at Groton, MA. Died at Pepperell, MA, Oct 13, 1795. Credited with the order, "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes," at the Battle of Bunker Hill, June 17, 1775. Historically, this command was common in the times, and Bunker Hill was not the first encounter with the British. Time has given the credit to Colonel Prescott and guides in Boston still point to the Revolutionary War beginning on Bunker Hill. Number one, it really wasn’t Bunker Hill, but Breed’s Hill (The British expected the colonials at Bunker Hill, but they had moved their fortification to Breed’s Hill). On April 19, there were battles in both Concord and Lexington, Massachusetts. On June 12, 1775, near Round Island on Machias Bay in Maine, the patriots crashed into the Margaretta and engaged in hand to hand combat. The British crew was disheartened when their captain was mortally wounded and lost the one hour long battle. 25 of the combatants were killed or wounded. The victors claimed "four double fortified three pounders and fourteen swivels" and some smaller guns. This was considered the first sea engagement of the Revolution and the start of the merchant marine's war role.
As captain of the privateer Machias Liberty, Jeremiah O'Brien later captured two armed British schooners and delivered his prisoners to George Washington. On the General's recommendation, the government of Massachusetts appointed O'Brien to command his two prizes. The Battle of Bunker Hill (Breed’s Hill) was actually the fifth such site, but American History books did not like the name and also changed the facts about who warned that the British were coming ( there were three riders, and Paul Revere was captured by the British---but that is another story)
    1792 – Postal Act signed by President George Washington. Letters delivered up to 30 miles cost six cents to mail. For letters up to 150 miles, postage was 12-1/2 cents. And, just like today, letters over 150 miles were not guaranteed to be delivered at all.
    1829-“Rip Van Winkle” actor Joseph Jefferson born at Philadelphia, Pa. He is best known for his long running play and role about a character both humorous and pathetic, centered on Rip Van Winkle, about whom he wrote a short play.
    1851-Fifty dollar gold piece: Now quite a collectors piece, the fifty dollar gold piece was manufactured by the Moffat Assay Office, Mount Ophir, Mariposa County, CA. They were octagonal. On the observe was an eagle surrounded by the words “United States of America.” Above it was the legend “ 887 thous,” indicating the fines of the gold, and at the bottom, “F0 D.C.” On the reverse, a number of radii extended from a center in which was stamped in small figures “50”. Around the edge was the phrase, “The United States Assayer.”

1864- Civil War Battle of Olustee, Florida, the largest fought in the state. The Union force of 5,500 men and 16 cannon marched westward from Macclenny. By this time, the Confederate forces almost equaled the Union army in number. Finnegan sent skirmishers to draw the Union forces to Olustee, and they made contact that afternoon. The Confederate line was formed. The infantry in the center was supported by cavalry on each flank. The battle was joined on the floor of a forest of virgin pines, free of underbrush. Men fought in the open forest with neither force constructing earthworks. The battle raged until dark, when the Union forces began a hasty retreat. Battle casualties amounted to 1,861 Union and 946 Confederate soldiers. In proportion to the number of troops involved, it was one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. Union forces remained in Jacksonville until the end of the war and occupied several coastal towns and various places along the St. Johns River. They carried out frequent operations against Confederate forces defending east Florida but did not venture out in significant force again.    1869-Tennessee Governor W.G. Brownlow declared martial law in nine counties because of widespread Ku Klux Klan activity. The Klan was organized as a secret but harmless social club in Pulaski, Tennessee, in December 1865. The anonymity afforded its membership led to the development of the white terrorist organization we know today. Citizens of Southern States were divided, as were many in the North. It was more than Blue and Grey.
    1895 - Frederick Douglass, American journalist, orator, and antislavery leader, died at Anacostia Heights, D.C. His original name before his escape from slavery was Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey. The bridge that crosses the Anacostia River near present-day Nationals Park, bears his name.
    1898 -a snowstorm buried eastern sections of Wisconsin. 30 inches fell at Racine and 15 foot drifts were reported at Milwaukee.
    1898 –Pianist Jimmy Yancey Birthday ( I think I have all his records as he was one of the best, if not the first, Boogie Woogie piano players )
    1902-American photographer, Ansel Adams, known for his photographs of Yosemite National Park, born at San Francisco, CA. Adams died at Monterey, CA, Apr 22, 1984.
    1912 -an F3 tornado tracked 15 miles from Shreveport to Abner, Louisiana, killing 8 people and injuring 50.
    1920-Founder of Little League: birthday of Carl E. Stotz shaped the summers of millions of kids as the founder of Little League baseball. Born at Williamsport, PA, he organized the first three-team league there in 1939. Died at Williamsport, June 4, 1992.
    1922- WOR-AM in New York City NY begins radio transmissions
    1926-Tenor sax player Bobby Jaspar born Liege, Belgium, died 1963.
    1927-Actor/Activist Sydney Poitier born, Miami, FL. “In the Heat of the Night”, “Lilies of the Field”, “Guess Who’s Coming for Dinner”, “The Defiant Ones”, “To Sir, With Love”.
    1934- Bobby Unser, former auto racer, born Albuquerque, NM. 2-time USAC-CART national champion (1968, 74); 3-time winner of Indy 500 (1968, 75, 81); retired after 1981 season; ranks 5th on all-time CART list with 35 career wins
    1934 -a severe blizzard was in its second day across southern New England. The snowfall was one of Connecticut's worst in modern times with 20 inch accumulations, high winds, and temperatures that dropped from near 32 to 5 degrees during the course of the storm.
    1937- Raymond Scott Quintet records “Toy Trumpet”
    1937- singer Nancy Wilson born, Chillicothe, OH
    1939- Harry James records his theme song “Ciribiriibin” ( Brunswick 8327)
    1940 - Larry Clinton and his orchestra recorded "Limehouse Blues"
    1940- Barbara Ellis of the late 1950's pop group, the Fleetwoods, was born in Olympia, Washington. Ellis, Gretchen Christopher and Gary Troxel originally called themselves Two Girls and a Guy before changing their name to the Fleetwoods. They had two big hits in 1959, "Come Softly to Me" and "Mr. Blue."
    1941-folk singer and songwriter Buffy Sainte- Marie was born on the Piapot Reserve near Regina. She is among the best- known of contemporary folk singers, attaining international success in the 1960's with such songs as "Until It's Time For You To Go" and "Universal Soldier." Donovan's 1965 hit recording of "Universal Soldier" led many people to believe it was his composition, but Sainte-Marie had written the song while appearing at Toronto's Purple Onion coffee house. Buffy Sainte-Marie has always been strongly committed to social causes, particularly those of North American native peoples.
    1942- Phil Esposito, hockey executive, former coach and Hockey Hall of Fame Center, born Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
    1942- O’Hare Airport named after the first Navy ace in World War II, Lieutenant Edward Henry O’Hare. This day in the southwest Pacific, alone and single-handed, he attacked nine twin-engine Japanese heavy bombers, shot down five, and damaged a sixth in an action of about five minutes in duration.
    1946- Jerome Geils, lead guitarist with the J. Geils Band, was born in New York City. Singer Peter Wolf is the on-stage focus of the band, which lasted for nearly 15 years without a personnel change. Their best-selling-album is the 1981 "Freeze- Frame." "Centerfold" and "Angel in Blue" were single hits from the LP.
    1947—Top Hits
For Sentimental Reasons - Nat King Cole
A Gal in Calico - Johnny Mercer
Oh, But I Do - Margaret Whiting
So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed - Merle Travis
    1950 -- Dylan Thomas arrives in New York for his first series of American poetry readings. Welsh poet, drunk, high-liver lifestyle, libertarian. He is very well received and is invited back again, although reportedly drunk all the time.
    1951- guitarist Randy California of the 1960s rock group Spirit was born in Los Angeles. Although they did have one hit single, "I Got a Line on You," Spirit was best known for their albums, an ambitious blend of rock, blues, jazz and country. Randy California drowned on January 2nd, 1997, while swimming with his 12-year-old son off Molokai, Hawaii.
    1952 - One of baseball’s most popular figures, Emmett L. Ashford, became organized baseball's first black umpire when he was authorized to substitute in the Southwestern International League. 
    1952 - "The African Queen", opened at New York City's Capitol Theatre. The film starred Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart.
    1955—Top Hits
Sincerely - McGuire Sisters
Melody of Love - Billy Vaughn
Tweedle Dee - Georgia Gibbs
Let Me Go, Lover! - Hank Snow
    1956- White city leaders of Montgomery, Alabama, issued an ultimatum to black organizers of the three-month-old Montgomery bus boycott. They said if the boycott ended immediately there would be "no retaliation whatsoever." If it did not end, it was made clear they would begin arresting black leaders.
    1956 - Eugene O'Neill's play, “Long Day's Journey Into Night”, written 16 years earlier, was published posthumously by Yale University Press.
    1959-Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges cut “Back to Back” and “Side to Side” albums for Verve.
    1960- Patriots get their name: one of eight charter members of the American Football League, the Boston franchise chose the nickname “Patriots” after a public contest. The team changed its name to the New England Patriots for the 1971 season.
    1962- John Herschel Glenn, Jr., became the first American, and the third person, to orbit Earth. Aboard the capsule Friendship 7, he made three orbits of Earth. Spacecraft was Mercury-Atlas 6. In 1998 the 77-year-old Glenn went into space again on the space shuttle Discovery to test the effects of aging.
    1962-Project Mercury: the first US postage stamp issued on the date of the event it commemorated. This four-cent dark blue and yellow stamp showed the spaceship in which Colonel John Glenn, Jr., orbited the earth. Three million covers were canceled the first day at Cape Canaveral, FL.
    1963 -- Greenwood, Mississippi: SNCC Voter Registration headquarters and 4 Negro businesses burned.
    1963 - Baseball great Willie (‘Say Hey’) Mays signed with the San Francisco Giants as baseball’s highest-paid player. He earned $100,000 a year.
    1963—Top Hits
Hey Paula - Paul & Paula
Walk like a Man - The 4 Seasons
Ruby Baby - Dion
The Ballad of Jed Clampett - Flatt & Scruggs
    1963-Charlie Barkley birthday, former basketball player and now commentator, Leeds, AL.
    1965- the Supremes' "Stop! In the Name of Love" was released. It would become their fourth number-one hit. 
    1970-Chicago Seven Trial: they were sentenced to five-year prison terms for crossing a state line with intent to incite a riot. They were acquitted on February 18 on charges in connection with riots during the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, but found guilty for crossing a state line to incite a riot. During this time there were "half a million people in the streets"; explosions in 3 office buildings in NY; explosions in California, Washington, Maryland, Michigan; Isla Vista, Santa Barbara Bank of America burning on the 25th.
    1971---Top Hits
One Bad Apple - The Osmonds
If You Could Read My Mind - Gordon Lightfoot
Mama’s Pearl - The Jackson 5
Help Me Make It Through the Night - Sammi Smith
    1971-Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" and Santana's "Oye Como Va" are released.
   1972- Phil Esposito, Boston Bruins, became first NHL player to score his 50th goal in February when he tallied in a 5-4 loss to the Los Angeles Kings. Esposito finished the season with 76 goals.
    1974 –Yes, it was forty years ago: Cher and Sonny Split Up! After a decade of marriage, Cher filed for separation from husband Sonny Bono. Not long afterwards, she filed for divorce and the accompanying alimony. Married for ten years, the couple had a number-one hit in 1965 with "I Got You Babe" and hit number two on the charts the following year with "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)." "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour" ran on CBS-TV from 1971 to 1975. After the split, both tried solo careers, but only Cher was successful, scoring four top-ten hits and as an actress in films such as "Moonstruck" (Best Actress Oscar in 1987). Sonny died skiing, actually running into a tree (not an uncommon accident, by the way.)
    1974- Gordie Howe, the oldest player in NHL history, came out of retirement to play with his sons, Mark and Marty. He signed a four-year, $1 million contract with the Houston Aeros of the World Hockey Association.
    1977-- "My Fair Lady" closes at St. James Theater in NYC after 384 performances
    1977---Top Hits
Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? - Rod Stewart
Y.M.C.A. - Village People
A Little More Love - Olivia Newton-John
Every Which Way But Loose - Eddie Rabbitt
    1977-Ben and Jerry's introduced a new flavor -- Phish food, named after the rock group Phish. It contains chocolate ice cream, marshmallows, caramel and fish-shaped fudge. It would never become the number one flavor they sold: Cherry Garcia® Ice Cream
1976- Muhammad Ali KOs Jan Pierre Coopman in 5 for heavyweight boxing title
    1986- Orel Hershiser, Los Angeles Dodger’s pitching ace, became the first player to receive a one million dollar salary by arbitration. He was a 19-game winner in 1985 at the age of 27. After retiring in 2000, he was an ESPN baseball analyst.    1987 - After 11 years on the job, David Hartman exited ABC’s "Good Morning America". He introduced new co-host, Charles Gibson who, with Joan Lunden, would co-host the morning television program into 1998
    1987—Top Hits
Livin’ on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
Change of Heart - Cyndi Lauper
Touch Me (I Want Your Body) - Samantha Fox
How Do I Turn You On - Ronnie Milsap
    1988- Brian Boitano of the US won the gold medal in the men’s figure skating at the XV Winter Olympic Games at Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Boitano skated a nearly flawless free program to edge Brian Orser of Canada. The Soviet Union’s Viktor Petrenko took the bronze.
    1988- Canadian rocker Bryan Adams performed a private concert for 3,000 athletes and media people at the Calgary Olympics. More than 200 athletes joined Adams on stage for the finale.
    1989- Tone-Loc's "Wild Thing" became only the second single to be certified double-platinum in the US - meaning it had sold two-million copies. Since the double-platinum category was created in 1984, only one other single, "We Are the World," had reached that plateau. The phenomenal sales of "Wild Thing" showed that rap had moved out of the urban ghettoes into the pop music mainstream
    1991- Quincy Jones won six Grammy awards for his album "Back on the Block," making him the second-biggest winner in Grammy history with 25. Toronto rocker Alannah Myles was named best female rock vocalist for "Black Velvet," a number-one single from her self-named debut album.
    1992-Ross Perot for President: toward the end of his appearance on the "Larry King Live" TV talk show on this date Texas billionaire and businessman H. Ross Perot was asked by King whether there were any circumstances under which Perot would run for president of the US. Perot responded that if supporters put his name on the ballot in all 50 states, he would agree to run, thus becoming a footnote in history. His anti-Washington, anti-politician appeal generated an historic enthusiasm in the form of a grassroots movement organizing petition drives in all 50 states to place his name on the ballot. Perot's popularity grew early with steady rises in public opinion polls as journalists struggled to keep up with the phenomenon.
    1993 -a strong overrunning pattern developing ahead of a Colorado low pressure system blitzed Sioux City, Iowa with 14 inches of snow in just 6 hours. Two strong areas of low pressure, one over Colorado and the other off the coast of Washington State, produced high winds, heavy rain, and heavy snow across the west. Winds gusted to 85 mph at Fort Carson, Colorado and to 96 mph at Rock Springs, Wyoming. Flagstaff, Arizona was deluged with 3.93 inches of rain in 24 hours -- its greatest 24 hour rainfall on record. Duck Creek, Utah was buried under 49 inches of snow over a 48 hour period and the Sierra Ski Ranch in California recorded 74 inches of snow over a four day period to raise its snow cover to 200 inches.    1994 -Caribou, Maine soared to 59 degrees, despite a deep snow cover, to set a new record for its warmest winter (Dec-Feb) temperature ever. The previous record was 58 degrees.
    1995 -the temperature at the Civic Center in Los Angeles, California hit 95 degrees for the highest temperature ever recorded for the month of February.
    1996- Rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg and his ex-bodyguard were acquitted of murder in a 1993 drive-by shooting in a Los Angeles park. Prosecutors alleged that the bodyguard, McKinley Lee, had shot 25-year-old Philip Woldemariam from a Jeep driven by the rapper, whose real name is Calvin Broadus. The two claimed self-defense because Woldemariam was reaching for a gun. He later became a self-made millionaire in the record industry.
    1997 – Shock Jock Radio: In Michigan, Danny Bonaduce, host of WKQI-FM's morning radio show and formerly of “The Partridge Family” fame, staged a fender-bender and bloody brawl in Royal Oak, Michigan that police thought was real. Two women, hoping to win a radio station contest, enacted a minor traffic collision, then a fight. Berkley and Royal Oak police rushed to the scene and an ambulance was called before authorities realized it was a ruse. Authorities were displeased by the stunt, and while Bonaduce wasn't charged, the women were ticketed for obstructing traffic. Bonaduce admitted that the prank was "stupid radio". Such stunts by radio personalities are still being done today from seeing your wife with another to asking for divorce or “coming out” of the closet.
    1997- San Francisco Giants Barry Bonds signs record $22.9 million 2 year contract
    1998- Tara Lipinski, 15, performed a strong free skating routine to overcome Michelle Kwan and win the ladies’ figure skating gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.
    2000 - Defending Winston Cup champ Dale Jarrett won his third Daytona 500 in eight years, passing surprise contender Johnny Benson for the lead four laps from the end. Jarrett’s $1,277,975 share of the purse, coupled with a million-dollar bonus from series sponsor Winston, gave him the largest single-day payoff in the history of the sport.




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