Friday, January 28, 2011
Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines
Lease Police Extends Annual Special
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Lease Police Extends Annual Special
WOW! The response was fabulous! A number of you asked us to extend this offer. YOU NOW HAVE UNTIL JANUARY 31st to say “BERNIE—COUNT ME IN”
LET'S REDUCE YOUR PORTFOLIO LOSSES IN 2011
Effective immediately and until January 15, 2011, Lease Police will offer unlimited usage for the entire year 2011 for a one time charge of $650.This is your chance to reduce your losses with a one-time charge and expand your knowledge of your vendors and lessees. Where else can you get the follow data at such a low cost.
Verify the phone number (does a stable vendor operate from a cell phone?) Verify the physical address (so many vendors operate from a residence) Search and examine the vendor’s web site (over 98% have one ) Search Credit.Net files for time in their files, SIC code and number of employees Cross-check our files for Vendor Unusual Activities ( we have over 375 at this time ) Check our files for reports of Lessee Unsatisfactory Early Terminations ( they now number over 10,000 with over 560 vendors with 3-55 repossessions) Verify the correct business name, date and state of formation and its active status.
All you have to do is reply to this memo and say “BERNIE---COUNT ME IN”
Bernie Boettigheimer, CLP
A native New Yorker, Bernie graduated from Iona College, New Rochelle, N.Y. with a B.B.A in Finance. After four years at Dun & Bradstreet, he entered the appliance manufacturing and distribution world. During that time he held Officer and Director positions with public corporations, Norge Division of Borg Warner Corp., Fednor Corp., and B-W Acceptance Corp.
As the CEO of ALD, Inc., an OTC manufacturer of commercial laundry and car wash equipment, he was the recipient of the prestigious “ E Award “for excellent growth in export sales by President Ronald Reagan in March, 1982.
In September 1983 he left corporate life to form Pioneer Leasing (later changed to Pioneer Capital Corp). He was a Director of the Western Association of Equipment Leasing (now National Equipment Finance Association) in 1988 & 1989 and Convention Chairman at Camelback, Arizona in May, 1989.
In September, 2004, Pioneer Capital Corp was sold to IFC Credit Corporation and Bernie retired in April 2006. A few months later realizing there was still work to be done for the Leasing Industry, he formed Lease Police, Inc. and serves as its President.
He has been a CLP since 1996.
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Leasing Business Leaders are Positive about 2011
The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) MLFI-25 report almost equaled the year-end high in 2008 which was $9.1 billon new business. MLFI-25 reports year-end 2010 $9 billion, bringing the new business fourth quarter up to $6.1, almost matching the fourth quarter in 2008 of $6.29.
Rick Remiker, President of Huntington Equipment Finance, formerly from Key Equipment Finance and Merrill-Lynch, said, "Customers are beginning to express more confidence in the economy and the sustainability of their business conditions, which could lead to increased capital expenditures as we head into 2011."
“We expect 2011 to be a year of reasonably strong growth as the small/mid size business community has managed their debt and balance sheets and are now focused on driving sales. Demand for equipment financing is up."
Commenting on the MLFI-25 report, Stan Herkelman, President, GreatAmerican Leasing, said, "“It is very encouraging to see the positive momentum building across so many key indicators in our industry. We are cautiously optimistic as we head into 2011 and see an increasing number of businesses focusing on growth.”
MFLI-25 December jumped from $4.5 billion in November to $9 billion almost as it did in 2008 and may reflect renewals of leases from captive lessors.
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Jim Billings joins The Alta Group, Reno, Nevada, as consultant, following 25 years with Kropschot Financial Services, most recently as executive vice-president. He is based out of the Baltimore, Maryland area. He has served on the Board of Directors of the National Vehicle Leasing Association. He is currently vice-chairman of the 2011 Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation Board of Trustee. He has a Masters Degree from University of Minnesota.
Paul W. Frechette joins the Alta Group, Reno, Nevada, as Managing Director. He is based the wine country, Healdsburg, California. He previously was executive vice president at EverBank Commercial Finance (formerly Tygris Commercial Finance). He joined Key Equipment Finance in 2002; in 2003 he was named president and COO commercial leasing services for at Key Equipment Finance. Previously he was senior vice president and managing director, GVF Business Development, for Heller Financial, Inc. (acquired by GE Capital in 2001) in San Francisco, California. His career includes past executive assignments with U.S. Bancorp Leasing and Financial, U.S. Leasing International and Fleet Credit Corporation. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree n marketing management form the University of Rhode Island at South Kingston. He is an advisory board member for the institution’s business school.
Mr. Frechette has been active with the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association. He presently is vice-chairman of the 2011 Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation Board of Trustee.
Valerie Gerard joins The Alta Group, Reno, Nevada as Director. Her location is British Columbia, Canada. She previous built her own strategic advisory firm, Intellectual Capital advisors, LCC, in Denver, Colorado (2006-2010). She previously was Senior Vice-President Investor Relations Corporate Investor with CIT Group (June,2002-August, 2006), Vice-President Investor Relations Cable & Wireless (2001-2001), Smart Money (2001-2001), Director Investor Relations, Dow Jones (1998-2000), Vice President Investor Relations, AT&T Capital (1994-1998), Senior Vice President, Fitch Ratings (1990-1994), Assistant Treasurer, The Chase Manhattan Bank (1998-1990). She has an AMP from Harvard Business School, 1997, and a Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Vassar College, 1966.
James Magee has joined ATEL Leasing, San Francisco, to focus on the ATEL's existing rail portfolio. He will be located in Chicago. He previous was executive vice-president, Trean, LLC. Prior he was Senior Vice President of All Capital Rail Management (January, 2006-December, 2008), Senior Vice President Trinity Industries (January,2004-December 2005), Vice-President Sales and Marketing, Flex Leasing, (October 1996-December, 2003), Director of Marketing, Helm Financial (1991-1996), Director of Fleet management (1977-1991). He has a MBA from Loyola College in Maryland, 1989, BA, English/Business Administration, University of Maryland College Park, 1976.
Chris Ralston has joined LFC Capital, Chicago, Illinois as Managing Director of Marketing for the Western U.S., based in San Francisco. Previously he was Western Region Manager for MEI Healthcare Capital (June,2 010-January, 2011), Western Region Manager, Tygris Asset Finance/MarCap Corporation (August, 20045-December, 2008), Western Region Manager, Wells Fargo Financial (September, 2003-August, 2004), Western Region Manager, DVI Financial (September, 1999-August,2003), inside sales, Matsco Financial, (October, 1997-September, 1999), Account Executive, Morgan Stanley (July, 1996-October,1997), Market Analyst, Automotive Lease guide (January,2993-July, 1995). He has a Bachelor of Arts, Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1991.
Chuck Thomas joins The Alta Group, Reno, Nevada as Consultant. He jointed IBM Credit Corporation in 1983 when it started and held several executive positions. Prior to joining Alta, Thomas provided consulting and project management services to IBM in 10 western and central European countries. He also spent one year in China, helping a Chinese technology manufacturer develop a worldwide sales financing strategic execution plan.
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Ned Roscoe Pleads Guilty in "Cigarettes Cheaper" fraud
Joining his father John Roscoe, Ned Roscoe has now plead guilty in the indictment regarding "Cigarettes Cheaper" that cost American Express Equipment Finance, LEAF Funding, and GE Capital a lot of money, as well as a receivable line of credit at Comerica bank.
CFO Robert Masur, Marketing Director David Ballot and Steve Grazzini have been granted immunity.
By Fernando F. Croce
Romantic comedy (“No Strings Attached”) and magical animation (“The Illusionist”) ensure that January ends on a warm note for audiences, while DVD releases cover three of last year’s most intriguing movies with “Let Me In,” “Never Let Me Go” and “Night Catches Us.”
No Strings Attached (Paramount Pictures): Taking a break from dramatic intensity after her Oscar-winning turn in “Black Swan,” Natalie Portman tries her hand at comedy with this breezy romance directed by genre veteran Ivan Reitman (“Stripes,” “Ghostbusters”). Portman stars as Emma, a medical student who has crossed paths with Adam (Ashton Kutcher) since their young days at summer camp. He wants them to become boyfriend and girlfriend, but she has a more unconventional idea: To enjoy the benefits of romance without the need to turn it into a serious relationship. But as their dates become increasingly intimate, can they resist the urge to fall in love? Boasting nervy yet light direction by Reitman and a first-rate supporting cast that includes Kevin Kline and Olivia Thirlby, this is a sharply comic look at relationships.
The Illusionist (Sony Pictures Classics): French animator Sylvain Chomet, whose acclaimed 2003 feature “The Triplets of Belleville” carried hints of silent-movie comedy, offers another gem of gentle whimsy with this gorgeously imaginative fantasy. Using as its basis a screenplay by the legendary French comic Jacques Tati, the film follows an aging magician (patterned on Tati himself and voiced by Jean-Claude Donda) whose tricks are becoming increasingly outdated in the changing landscape of stage entertainment. He finds a kindred spirit in Alice (Eilidh Rankin), a teenage girl whose childlike wonder makes him believe once more in the power of magic. Filled with eye-filling animation and delicate slapstick gags, the movie should beguile audiences and hopefully pique their interest in Tati’s earlier movies.
Netflix Tip: After catching a glimpse into the comic art of Jacques Tati with “The Illusionist,” use Netflix to discover this legendary talent’s unique brand of comedy. Check out his most famous creation, the endearing and bumbling Mr. Hulot, in “Mr. Hulot’s Holiday” (1953), “Mon Oncle” (1958), and, above all, the masterful “Playtime” (1967), and see a comedy genius on par with the peaks of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.
Let Me In (Anchor Bay): After a slew of moony “Twilight” bloodsuckers, is there still fresh blood left in vampire movies? There are more than a few drops of effectiveness in this strong and surprisingly affecting movie, directed by Matt Reeves (“Cloverfield”). A remake of the acclaimed Swedish film “Let the Right One In,” it depicts the strange friendship between Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee), a bullied young student, and Abby (Chloe Moretz), the melancholy, mysterious girl who’s just moved in to his New Mexico town with her guardian (Richard Jenkins). It’s only with time that Owen comes to suspect there’s something weird about Abby, including a certain need for blood. Though advertised as a horror movie, this is actually a moving tale of soulful sorrow, and one of 2010’s best.
Never Let Me Go (Fox Searchlight Pictures): Old-fashioned drama meets science fiction in this haunting tale set in a unique, unnerving alternate reality. Kathy (Carey Mulligan), Ruth (Keira Knightley) and Tommy (Andrew Garfield) are the protagonists, a trio of young students who have, since childhood, lived at a tranquil British boarding school. It’s not until they reach adulthood and we get a glimpse of the world beyond the luxurious gates of the school that we realize that there’s something much more sinister waiting for them outside. The less said about the plot the better, so that viewers can share the characters’ surprises and shocks. Directed by Mark Romanek (“One Hour Photo”) from a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro (“The Remains of the Day”), it is an absorbing, excellently acted vision of menace and hope.
Night Catches Us (Magnolia): Overlooked in last year’s shuffle of blockbusters and sequels, director Tanya Hamilton’s terrific drama is a gem worth seeking. Set in 1976, it depicts the thorny yet complex tangle of conflicting emotions that arise when Marcus (Anthony Mackie) returns home to his Philadelphia neighborhood after getting involved with the authorities. A former member of the radical Black Panther movement, he’s viewed as a traitor for having allegedly snitched on a fellow protester. As he moves in with the man’s widow, Patricia (Kerry Washington), and an unexpected bond develops between them, the truth is gradually revealed as not that simple. Offering beautifully observed moments and wonderfully lived-in performances, this rewarding film offers a gentle, moving portrait of the personal costs of political ideals.
Leasing News Advisory Board Member Biography
(photo by Dina Scoppettone (c) 2008)
Dan Pulcrano, Publisher
Founder & CEO, Boulevards News Media
Dan Pulcrano is CEO and Executive Editor of the Silicon Valley-based Metro Newspapers group, a group of newspapers that includes Metro Silicon Valley, Metro Santa Cruz and the North Bay Bohemian. Between 1991 and 2001, Pulcrano oversaw the creation and sale of Metro's community newspaper publishing division, Silicon Valley Community Newspapers, which publishes weekly newspapers in the Silicon Valley Communities of Los Gatos, Saratoga, Campbell, Willow Glen, Sunnyvale and Cupertino.
Metro has been involved in launching several pioneering online services, including LiveWire (1993) and Virtual Valley Community Network (1994). A Metro division, Boulevards, operates a network of city sites, including San Francisco.com, Los Angeles.com and San Antonio.com, as well as MrMovieTimes.com, SFStation and Taxigrab.com. He recently launched Metroactive.com, an on line newspaper with the latest information on news, music, movies, and restaurants. He is also founding member of Associated Cities, a trade group for .com geodomain owners.
Dan Pulcrano joined the Leasing News Advisory Board on September 29, 2005.
A personal friend of Kit Menkin when Dan was editor and then publisher of the Los Gatos Weekly, he has helped raise money for ventures that Dan serves as president, and also serves on Dan’s board of directors. Almost twenty years ago Dan purchased the names of most US cities internet addresses, many which he has sold, but has kept many that he partners with Google.
"We ... had a 10-watt FM radio station at my high school. I covered board of education and borough council meetings, interviewed the governor, met Secretary of State Kissinger and talked my way into a Washington party with then-Vice President Ford. Being where the action is and getting to meet smart people was part of what attracted me to newspapering," he told DJ Journal, the Domain Industry News Magazine, in February, 2008.
Former Vice President Al Gore (far left) was
among the prominent figures Pulcrano (far right)
interviewed as a young reporter.
"While working in Santa Barbara on a summer break when I was 19, Jay Levin approached me and asked if I would help him start the LA Weekly. He was an entrepreneur and journalist who wrote about things that mattered but were ignored by mainstream media: independent film, punk rock, undiscovered comedians, emerging fashion districts like Melrose, the secret U.S. war against the Sandinistas. It became the fastest growing weekly ever launched, and had a transformative effect not only on Los Angeles, but on major sectors of the entertainment industry and the newspaper publishing industry as well. Working there was life changing for me too; from that point on I knew what I wanted to do," Pulcrano told DJ Journal.
Legendary Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner also inspired Pulcrano. " ... Jann was a founding investor in my publishing group and has remained incredibly supportive through the ups and downs of transforming it from a print company into a Web publisher at the epicenter of the Internet revolution, which has been a fun but hellish 15-year odyssey."
Legendary music industry icon Bill Graham (left)
chats with young reporter Dan Pulcrano.
A veteran of the LA Weekly and San Diego Reader startups, Pulcrano served as vice president and First Amendment chair of the Association of Alternative Newspapers, where he spearheaded opposition to the Communications Decency Act. Pulcrano has served as president of the California Free Press Association and board member of the Institute for Alternative Journalism. Pulcrano founded and served as first president of the San Jose Downtown Association, which has been heavily involved in shaping Silicon Valley's revitalized urban center, and chaired the city's parking commission. He also served as board president of the Hakone Foundation, which operates a Japanese garden and cultural center in Saratoga, California.
He is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a degree in Journalism and Newspaper Management.
A bachelor who works twenty hours a day, he also is very much involved in San Jose politics, plus very much enjoys the night life with backstage passes and special invites. He likes to travel to Mexico, the Caribbean islands, and has been to Cuba often as a journalist and a tourist. Despite this tempo, he continues to be on the leading edge on the World Wide Web, brilliant in grasping ideas, and as competent as the many internet technicians who work for his companies on World Wide Web concepts. He some how still finds time to write occasional editorials and features, and give advice to Leasing News
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NewStar Joins the $500,000 to $3MM Fray
Targeted transaction sizes will range from $500 thousand to $3 million
Formed talented team of leasing industry veterans led by two seasoned executives
Direct only, no independent brokers
Part of strategy to continue building franchise of specialized commercial lending businesses
Expected to be accretive to earnings per share in 2011
BOSTON, MA. -- NewStar Financial Inc. (Nasdaq: NEWS) announced on Wednesday that it has formed a team of leasing industry veterans to launch a new equipment finance division of the company and closed a new $75 million credit facility with Wells Fargo Bank, National Association to provide funding for new lease origination. Wells Fargo Securities acted as deal agent.
NewStar expects to provide an attractive equipment financing alternative are established mid-sized companies that have been hurt by a reduction in the availability of credit from banks and independent lessors sidelined by the credit crisis. The company plans to finance essential-use equipment for midsized businesses nationwide.
NewStar Equipment Finance will offer traditional direct finance leases with various end-of-term options to fund the purchase of a wide range of equipment types, including manufacturing, technology, healthcare, and telecom equipment. Targeted transaction sizes will range from $500 thousand to $3 million and the company will offer lease lines to meet customers' needs for planned capital expenditures. The business will focus on companies with annual sales of at least $25 million across a broad array of industries, including business services, healthcare, telecommunications, financial services, education, retail and manufacturing
NewStar formed an accomplished equipment finance team led by leasing industry veterans, Steve O'Leary and Dave O'Keefe. The team includes a network of seven independent sales agents with an average of 25 years of experience, led by O'Keefe. They will operate under an agreement with NewStar to directly originate new leases that meet the company's return objectives and credit standards. They will target equipment finance opportunities with our existing borrowers, as well as, other portfolio companies owned by private equity firms in addition to an established base of existing customers. Steve O'Leary, who will lead the equipment finance team, has more than 25 years of experience in the origination, underwriting, syndication and management of equipment finance lease and loan portfolios. He was formerly at Eastern Bank where he founded and managed their middle market leasing business and served on the bank's management council and credit committee. Prior to that, he held various positions with AT&T Capital, Fleet Capital Leasing and Shawmut Bank.
"Our team is excited about the opportunity to launch a new leasing business as part of NewStar's national lending franchise," said O'Leary. We look forward to contributing to the growth and diversification of the company as our veteran team of originators focuses on underserved segments of the marketplace."
"The launch of NewStar Equipment Finance is consistent with our strategy of building our franchise with specialized lending platforms that add to our value proposition for customers and leverage our core strengths in direct origination and credit management," said NewStar's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tim Conway. "This new platform also provides an attractive way to diversify our business mix and funding platform. We can now offer our middle market customers more financing options, including cash flow loans for acquisitions, asset-based loans for working capital, leases for equipment purchases and commercial mortgages to fund real estate."
We are excited about launching this business with a team of industry veterans backed by dedicated funding from one of our primary relationship banks," said John Bray NewStar's CFO. With the structure and funding cost of our new credit facility, I believe that we are well-positioned to compete in this marketplace and drive attractive returns for our shareholders."
For more information about NewStar Equipment Finance, please visit www.newstarfin.com About NewStar Financial, Inc.:
NewStar Financial (NASDAQ:NEWS) is a specialized commercial finance company focused on meeting the complex financing needs of companies and private investors in the middle market. The Company specializes in providing senior secured debt financing options to mid-sized companies to fund working capital, growth strategies, acquisition and recapitalization, as well as, equipment purchases. NewStar originates loans and leases directly through a team of experienced, senior bankers and marketing officers organized around key industry and market segments. The Company targets 'hold' positions of up to $35 million and selectively underwrites or arranges larger transactions for syndication to other lenders. NewStar is headquartered in Boston MA and has regional offices in Darien CT, Chicago IL, Dallas TX, Houston TX, Los Angeles CA and Atlanta GA. For more detailed transaction and contact information, please visit our website at www.newstarfin.com
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Today’s quick exercise is more a relaxation technique than an exercise, but it is designed to relieve stress and relax your eyes. Loyal reader Steve Grimaud submitted this exercise that was recommended by his doctor for accountants and others who continuously focus on close-up work.
At least every 20 minutes, you should take a 20-second break from working up close and change your focus between objects that are near and then far.
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This Day in American History
1595 -- Sir Francis Drake, English navigator/pirate (Porto Bello West Indies), after discovering California, dies at about 50, of dysentery, off the coast of Panama.
1772 - The "Washington and Jefferson" snowstorm occurred across the mid Atlantic states. George Washington in Mount Vernon and Thomas Jefferson in Monticello were marooned by this storm. Snowfall was estimated at 3 feet on a level across Virginia and Maryland. Washington wrote, "...the deepest snow which I suppose the oldest living ever remembers to have seen in this country".
1782-Great Seal of the US: Congress resolved that the secretary of the Congress should “keep the public seal, and cause same to be affixed to every act, ordinance or paper, which Congress shall direct...” Although the Great Seal did not exist yet, the Congress recognized the need for it.
1787 -- The Free Africa Society organizes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1791- Plans for National Mint : Though the Constitution granted Congress the "power…to coin money," the dawn of the 1780s found America still a nation in need of a standard currency. Following the Revolutionary War, the U.S. seemed as though as it would adopt copper as its coin of choice. However, various efforts to produce and standardize copper proved futile. Congress pushed on and, in 1786, signed off on Thomas Jefferson's proposal for a dollar-driven currency. Of course, the nation also needed to develop a means for producing this currency and on this day in 1791, Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton stepped before the House to deliver a report on the establishment of a national mint. Hamilton's work helped pave the way for the authorization of the United States Mint on April 2, 1792.
1828-Confederate General Thomas Carmichael Hindman is born in Knoxville, Tennessee. Hindman was raised in Alabama and educated in New York and New Jersey. His family moved to a Mississippi plantation, and he returned from the North to study law. His studies were interrupted by service in the Mexican War, but he was admitted to the Mississippi Bar Association in 1851. He earned a reputation as an avid secessionist long before many southerners held that view. He moved to Arkansas and was elected to Congress in 1858. Hindman's law partner was Patrick Cleburne, who also became a Confederate General. When the war began, Hindman raised his own regiment and led it as a colonel. He was soon promoted to general and he raised an army of 18,000 from Arkansas. His tenure as commander in Arkansas was stormy. Hindman declared martial law, imposed price controls, and enforced conscription. After his force was stopped at Prairie Grove in December 1862, Hindman was reassigned to the Army of Tennessee. He fought at Chickamauga and Atlanta, and was wounded twice. After the surrender, Hindman fled to Mexico and joined a number of Confederates there. Hindman returned to Arkansas in 1868 and dove back into politics. He led a faction that challenged the Republican Party, and, in a pragmatic political maneuver, he began working on a biracial coalition. Hindman was shot as he sat in his living room, most likely by one of his political opponents. He died on September 28, 1868.
1853-Birthday of Jose Julian Marti, Cuban author and political activist, born at Havana, Cuba. Marti was exiled to Spain, where he stuided law before coming to the US in 1890. He was killed in battle at Dos Rios, Cuba, May 19,1895. The popular song "Guantanamera" is based on a poem by Marti'. Worked on underground papers & sent to jail & forced into exile (three columns & you're out?) "No man has any special right because he belongs to any specific race; just by saying the word man, we have already said all the rights."
— Jose Marti
1832 -- Lydia Maria Child's first piece, "Stand From Under," written for William Lloyd Garrison's anti-slavery weekly The Liberator, is published.
1854 -- Thirty miners attack a peaceful Indian village on the Coquille River near Randolph, Oregon, killing 16. During this period the US Army engaged Indians, signing treaties for rights to land, and Indians who did not want to negotiate for land fought back, killing settlers and it was quite a turbulent time. The Indians lost as they had no “modern” weapons or horses and many tribes at the time were “farmers” and “hunters with primitive bow and arrow.” http://fs.jorge.com/archives/Heritage_Program/
1855-The Panama Railway, which carried thousands of unruly miners to California via the dense jungles of Central America, dispatches its first train across the Isthmus of Panama. Before 1855, sea travelers not wishing to endure the long and treacherous passage around the tip of South America would disembark on the East Coast of Nicaragua. They would then proceed by light boat up the San Juan River to Lake Nicaragua, cross the lake in larger steamers, and complete the final overland leg of the journey via carriages. They traveled on a modern road that deposited them on the West Coast, where they boarded a steamer for San Francisco. In 1847, a group of New York financiers organized the Panama Railroad Company to do just that, and in 1850, workers began laying track through Panamanian jungle roughly along the route followed by the present canal. Completed in early 1855, the first train departed from the Atlantic side for the Pacific on January 28. A ship voyage punctuated by a brief train ride across the isthmus now became the fastest and most comfortable means of traveling to California, and tens of thousands of gold-hungry emigrants were soon racing through Panama every year. The traffic of freight and human beings moving both ways across the isthmus kept the Panama Railway busy until 1869, when the first transcontinental railroad was completed in the United States. However, the railway continued to carry a great deal of commercial freight destined for Europe or Asia until the Panama Canal was completed in 1914.
1855-Birthday of William Burroughs, who invented the first commercially successful adding machine and founded the American Arithmomter Company of St. Louis. The company later became Burroughs Adding Machine Company. His earliest version of the machine, like other adding machines of the time, was accurate but impractical. However, in 1892 he patented a practical adding machine that would become a commercial success. Burroughs, who died in 1898, did not live to see the profits of his invention or the thriving success of his company.
1856-The Geisel Massacre, Indians go on a rampage. The Geisel Monument
5 miles North of Gold Beach. Located off Highway 101,this day use area state park contains a monument to one of the white families that was attacked by Oregon Indians in 1856 during the “Geisel Massacre.”
1858- John Brown formalizes his strategy for a raid on Arsenal at Harper's Ferry. Here is a background that gives quite a bit of understanding of the times and his motivation.
1856--In San Francisco, Mayor Van Ness signed an ordinance for suppression of houses of ill-fame in this city. The law will go into effect on the 15th of February.
1878- New Haven, Connecticut, opened the first commercial phone exchange, providing eight lines for twenty-one telephones.
1884-For Star Trek fans, Gene Roddenberry named the famous Captain Picard after Jean Piccard, scientist, engineer, explorer, born at Basel, Switzerland. Noted for cosmic-ray research and record-setting balloon ascensions into stratosphere. Reached 57,589 feet in sealed gondola piloted by his wife, Jeannette, in 1934. Twin brother of Auguste Piccard. Died at Minneapolis, MN, Jan 28, 1963. To learn about Captain Jean Picard:
1885-- Louis “Big Eye” Nelson birthday (1885-1949) Clarinet player, not to be confused with Louis Nelson, trombone player ( they often played in the same band ).
1887-- Arthur Rubinstein, the most popular classical pianist of the 20th century, was born in Lodz, Poland. He made his debut with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra in 1898, at the age of 11, and first performed in the US in 1906. Rubinstein became well known in North America, beginning in 1937. He was renowned for his interpretations of Chopin, as well as the works of Spanish composers. Arthur Rubinstein died in 1982 at the age of 95.
1900---Birthday of Alice Neel, American portrait painter best known for her studies in Spanish Harlem where she lived for many years. Her portraits were individual in style which was somewhat impressionistic
1902-Carnegie Institution established. Andrew Carnegie spent a good chunk of his life building a chokehold over the steel industry. However, after years at the lead of the second Industrial Revolution, he decided to cash in his chips in 1901 and sold his stake in the mighty Carnegie Steel concern—then worth roughly $40 million—to the United States Steel Corporation for $250 million. Rather than retire and play with his riches, Carnegie followed his belief that a "man who dies rich dies disgraced" and set to doling out his fortune to various philanthropic causes. All told, Carnegie donated $350 million, $10 million of which he handed over on this day in 1902 to establish the Carnegie Institution in Washington, D.C. According to Carnegie, the Institution was designed "to encourage, in the broadest and most liberal manner, investigation, research, and discovery, and the application of knowledge to the improvement of mankind." Carnegie's lofty mission translated into an organization dedicated to research and education in "biology, astronomy, and the earth sciences."
1908- Julie Ward Howe, author and activist Julia Ward Howe, famous for her composition, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," became the first woman elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
1912 – Birthday of American artist Jackson Pollock, Cody, Wyoming. He was instrumental is the development of the distinctly American abstract expressionist movement in the United States. He became notorious for his drip painting methods and his huge canvases layered with paint and embedded objects. Pollock, known for his emotional volatility and heavy drinking, seen as a phony by some, and a hero by others, used his innovative, individualistic and uninhibited style to birth a new artistic genre in post World War II America. " A movie about his life starred Ed Harris was very factual. Died Long Island, NY,1956
1915 - Congress passed legislation creating the United States Coast Guard, combining the Life Saving Service and the Revenue Cutter Service.
1915- President Wilson refuses to prohibit immigration of illiterates
1916-First Jewish Supreme Court justice, Louis Brandeis, was appointed to the US Supreme Court by President Woodrow Wilson. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on June 1, 1916. He served until 1929.
1922 - The National Football League franchise in Decatur, Illinois, moved to Chicago, Illinois to become the Chicago Bears.
1922 - The "Knickerbocker" storm immobilized the city of Washington D.C. The storm produced 28 inches of snow in 32 hours, and the heavy snow caused the roof of the Knickerbocker movie theatre to collapse killing 96 persons.
1925 -46ºF (-43ºC), Pittsburgh NH (state record)
1927-Birthday of sax player Ronnie Scott, London, England
1927 –American composer Aaron Copland's First Piano is first performed: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra.
1927-- Jean Goldkette and His Dancing Orchestra, "I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover"
1928- birthday of James Edward “Pete” Runnels, great baseball player born at Lufkin, TX. Runnels won the American League batting title in 1960 and 1961 playing for the Boston Red Sox. Died at Pasadena, TX, May 20, 1993.
1932- the first unemployment insurance act passed by a state was enacted by Wisconsin. Every employer of 10 or more was required to put 2 percent of the payroll aside until a fund accrued equaling $75 per eligible worked. An employee who lost his or her job could draw on the fund at the rate of $10 a week for a maximum of 10 weeks.
1934 - As a result of a compliment from Walter Winchell's newspaper column, a local disc jockey began getting offers from talent scouts and producers. The DJ became known as Redhead, to those in Washington, DC and later, by millions across the United States on CBS radio and television. His trademark, strumming a ukulele and delivering down-home talk, endeared him to fans. His name was Arthur Godfrey.
1934 - Robert Royce's ski lift was used for the first time in Woodstock, Vermont. Previously, snow skiers had no way to get to the top of the mountain conveniently. About 900 yards of manila rope 0.875 inches thick was spliced together, passed over pulleys and around a wheel attached to a tractor, and extended up the hill 300 yards.
1937- Trumpeter Roy Eldridge records “ After You've Gone.”
1944--GIBSON, ERIC G. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization. Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, 3d Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Isola Bella, Italy, 28 January 1944. Entered service at: Chicago, Ill. Birth: Nysund, Sweden. G.O. No.: 74, 11 September 1944. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. On 28 January 1944, near Isola Bella, Italy, Tech. 5th Grade Gibson, company cook, led a squad of replacements through their initial baptism of fire, destroyed four enemy positions, killed 5 and captured 2 German soldiers, and secured the left flank of his company during an attack on a strongpoint. Placing himself 50 yards in front of his new men, Gibson advanced down the wide stream ditch known as the Fossa Femminamorta, keeping pace with the advance of his company. An enemy soldier allowed Tech. 5th Grade Gibson to come within 20 yards of his concealed position and then opened fire on him with a machine pistol. Despite the stream of automatic fire which barely missed him, Gibson charged the position, firing his submachine gun every few steps. Reaching the position, Gibson fired pointblank at his opponent, killing him. An artillery concentration fell in and around the ditch; the concussion from one shell knocked him flat. As he got to his feet Gibson was fired on by two soldiers armed with a machine pistol and a rifle from a position only 75 yards distant. Gibson immediately raced toward the foe. Halfway to the position a machinegun opened fire on him. Bullets came within inches of his body, yet Gibson never paused in his forward movement. He killed one and captured the other soldier. Shortly after, when he was fired upon by a heavy machinegun 200 yards down the ditch, Gibson crawled back to his squad and ordered it to lay down a base of fire while he flanked the emplacement. Despite all warning, Gibson crawled 125 yards through an artillery concentration and the cross fire of 2 machineguns which showered dirt over his body, threw 2 hand grenades into the emplacement and charged it with his submachine gun, killing 2 of the enemy and capturing a third. Before leading his men around a bend in the stream ditch, Gibson went forward alone to reconnoiter. Hearing an exchange of machine pistol and submachine gun fire, Gibson's squad went forward to find that its leader had run 35 yards toward an outpost, killed the machine pistol man, and had himself been killed while firing at the Germans.
1945 - A convoy of United States trucks from India crossed the Burmese-Chinese border, opening the famous "Burma Road."
1946-Jazz at the Philharmonic records “Lady Be Good” at Phi8lharmonic Auditorium, LA.
1947- In New York City, a copy of the 1640 Bay Psalm Book was purchased at an auction at Parke-Bernet Galleries for $150,000 --the highest price ever paid to date for a single volume. (The original title of the book was: "The Whole Book of Psalmes Faithfully Translated into English Metre.")
1948-Birthday of drummer Bob Moses, New York City, NY
Golden Earrings - Peggy Lee
How Soon - Jack Owens
Ballerina - Vaughn Monroe
I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms) - Eddy Arnold
1955 - President Dwight D. Eisenhower received full authority from the Senate to use armed forces abroad to defend Formosa (Taiwan) against possible attacks by the Chinese Communists.
1955--- The "Top 10 R&B Show" package tour kicks off its 42-date, 60-day national excursion in New York City, featuring The Clovers, Faye Adams, The Charms, Joe Turner, the Moonglows, Lowell Fulson, and The Bill Doggett Trio.
Memories are Made of This - Dean Martin
The Great Pretender - The Platters
Moritat (A Theme from 'The Three Penny Opera') - Dick Hyman
Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford
1956-. 1956, Elvis Presley made his first national television appearance on the Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey "Stage Show" on CBS. The big band of the Dorsey's backed the singer, one of the few times he played without his own band, and to a 28 piece orchestra. Although Elvis's name was on the marquee of the New York theatre where the show took place, his appearance attracted little attention. In fact, the promoter is said to have returned to the theatre at show time with dozens of tickets, unable even to give them away in Times Square. After the show, however, Elvis was a national star. Sales of his debut single for RCA Victor, "Heartbreak Hotel," snowballed
1957 -"Tonight! America After Dark" premieres, with Jack Lescoulie & Al (Jazzbo) Collins on NBC (between Steve Allen & Jack Paar) It lasted only a few weeks.
1957 - The Brooklyn Dodgers announced they had hired circus clown Emmett Kelly to entertain fans at baseball games. The next year, the Dodgers moved to Chavez Ravine in Los Angeles, California
1958- One of my boyhood idols Roy Campanella of the Los Angeles Dodgers, formerly the Brooklyn Dodgers, was severely injured in a car crash on an icy road in the early morning hours. Campanella was paralyzed from the waist down and spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair. His cheery disposition served as an inspiration.'1969, a major oil spill with disastrous consequences occurred when Offshore Well A-21, owned by the Union Oil Company, burst and began leaking crude oil along a 200-mile stretch of coast centered on Santa Barbara, CA. The lease, which took 11 days to plug, fouled beaches and caused widespread loss of animal life.
1959-Vince Lombardi was named head coach of the Green Bay Packers.
1963 - Black student Harvey Gantt entered Clemson College in South Carolina, the last state to hold out against integration. He later become the first African-American to be elected mayor of Charlotte, NC. He later ran unsuccessfully against acknowledged racist Jesse Helms for the US Senate. Gantt remains politically active as a member of the North Carolina Democratic State Executive Council and the Democratic National Committee. He frequently lectures at colleges and universities and also takes a leadership role in numerous civic organizations.
1963 -34ºF (-37ºC), Cynthiana KY (state record)
There! I've Said It Again - Bobby Vinton
I Want to Hold Your Hand - The Beatles
Surfin' Bird - The Trashmen
Love's Gonna Live Here - Buck Owens
1965 - General Motors reported the biggest profit in the history of any United States company. In 1964, earnings for the #1 of the Big Three automakers totaled $1.735 billion.
1965-- Pete Townshend smashed his guitar and Keith Moon overturned his drums during the Who's first appearance on the British TV program "Ready, Steady, Go." Their performance propelled the band's first single, "I Can't Explain," into the British top 10.
1966 - Film actress Hedy Lamarr was arrested for shoplifting in a May Company store. She was later found not guilty. The beautiful Lamarr was popular in movies during the '30s and '40s, appearing in Boom Town, White Cargo, and Samson and Delilah .
1969-The first oil spill with disastrous consequences occurred when Offshore Well A-21, owned by the Union Oil Company, burst and began leaking crude oil along a 200-mile stretch of coast centered on Santa Barbara, CA. The leak, which took 11 days to plug, fouled beaches and caused widespread loss of animal life.
1970-Arthur Ashe, first Black male to win Wimbledon, is denied entry to compete on the US Team for the South African Open tennis championships due to Ashe's sentiments on South Africa's racial policies.
American Pie - Don McLean
Let's Stay Together - Al Green
Day After Day - Badfinger
Carolyn - Merle Haggard
1973-Viet Nam War cease-fire went into effect at 8 a.m., Saigon time (midnight on January 27, Greenwich Mean Time). When the cease-fire went into effect, Saigon controlled about 75 percent of South Vietnam's territory and 85 percent of the population. The South Vietnamese Army was well equipped via last-minute deliveries of U.S. weapons and continued to receive U.S. aid after the cease-fire. The CIA estimated North Vietnamese presence in the South at 145,000 men, about the same as the previous year. The cease-fire began on time, but both sides violated it. South Vietnamese forces continued to take back villages occupied by communists in the two days before the cease-fire deadline and the communists tried to capture additional territory. Each side held that military operations were justified by the other side's violations of the cease-fire. What resulted was an almost endless chain of retaliations. During the period between the initiation of the cease-fire and the end of 1973, there were an average of 2,980 combat incidents per month in South Vietnam. Most of these were low-intensity harassing attacks designed to wear down the South Vietnamese forces, but the North Vietnamese intensified their efforts in the Central Highlands in September when they attacked government positions with tanks west of Pleiku. As a result of these post-cease-fire actions, about 25,000 South Vietnamese were killed in battle in 1973, while communist losses in South Vietnam were estimated at 45,000.
1973- “Barnaby Jones” premiered on TV. CBS drama about a mild-mannered, milk-drinking (but don't say milquetoast) private eye who comes out of retirement following his son's murder. Cast included Buddy Ebsen as Barnaby Jones; Lee Meriwether as Barnaby's widowed daughter-in-law, Betty Jones; John Carter as Lieutenant Biddle and Mark Shera as Jedediah Jones. Buddy Ebsen, playing the detective, started in movies back in the 1920s, and was chosen to play a part in "The Wizard of Oz", but bowed out. He also shot the first film used in Walt Disney's the animation tests for a character named Mortimer Mouse, who would be known as Mickey Mouse. He is best known for portraying Jed Clampett the CBS-TV series, "The Beverly Hillbillies".
1975- President Gerald Ford asks Congress for an additional $522 million in military aid for South Vietnam and Cambodia. He revealed that North Vietnam now had 289,000 troops in South Vietnam, and tanks, heavy artillery, and antiaircraft weapons "by the hundreds." Ford succeeded Richard Nixon when he resigned the presidency in August 1974. Despite his wishes to honor Nixon's promise to come to the aid of South Vietnam, he was faced with a hostile Congress who refused to appropriate military aid for South Vietnam and Cambodia; both countries fell to the communists later in the year.
1976- George Harrison announced that he would participate in a planned Beatles reunion concert. The other three members had already agreed, but nonetheless the concert did not materialize. 1977- The Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith published an 18-page document ruling out the admission of women to the Roman Catholic priesthood because women lacked a "natural resemblance which must exist between Christ and his ministers."
1978--- The Manhattans' "Am I Losing You" enters the soul charts
1978-”Fantasy Island” premiered on TV. You knew you were a bona fide "star" in the '70s when you received a casting call from "Fantasy Island." Young and old stayed home on Saturday night to watch Mr. Roarke introduce guest stars anxious to live out their fantasies in camp splendor. Ricardo Montalban starred as our prescient guide, Mr. Roarke; with Hervé Villechaize as Tattoo; Wendy Schaal as Mr Roarke's goddaughter, Julie; and Christopher Hewett as Mr. Roarke's assistant, Lawrence. The show's run of 130 episodes, ending on Aug 18, 1984, was produced by Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg. Who can forget Tattoo's opening lines each week, "De plane, de plane!"
Rock with You - Michael Jackson
Do that to Me One More Time - The Captain & Tennille
Coward of the County - Kenny Rogers
I'll Be Coming Back for More - T.G. Sheppard
1983 - The surreal Videodrome, starring James Woods and Debbie Harry of Blondie fame, opened in United States theaters. 1984- Mr. Glynn Wolfe marries for non-bigamous record 26th time, Las Vegas NV. He died in 1997 after being married 29 times.
1984 -Record 295,000 dominoes toppled, Fuerth, West Germany. This started a craze . The latest record occurred on December 31, 2000 i n an event held jointly by Japan's Tokyo Broadcasting System and China's Beijing Television, 3,407,535 dominoes were toppled in 31 min 2 sec at the Gymnasium of Yi Fang Yuan, Beijing, China.
1985 - 45 of the top recording artists in the world were invited to an all-night recording session at Los Angeles, California's A&M studios. As each artist entered the studio door, they saw a hand-lettered sign, by Lionel Richie, saying, "Check your ego at the door." The session, conducted by producer Quincy Jones, started at 10 p.m., and by 8 a.m. the following morning, "USA for Africa", spearheaded by promoter Ken Kragen, was recorded and mixed. The resulting song, "We Are the World", featured Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Sting, Harry Belafonte, Diana Ross, Paul Simon and others. It became the top song in the United States. A year later, the song won Grammy Awards for song, record and video of the year. Produced by Quincy Jones, "We Are the World" also included contributions from Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan and Cyndi Lauper. USA For Africa, the organization responsible for administering the money raised from sales of the single, album, video and other merchandise, said $61.8-million was eventually raised. About 7.2 million singles and albums were sold.
1986- At 11:39 AM, EST, the Space Shuttle Challenger STS-51L exploded, 74 seconds into its flight and about 10 miles above the earth. Hundreds of millions around the world watched television replays of the horrifying event that killed seven people, destroyed the billion-dollar craft, suspended all shuttle flights and halted, at least temporarily, much of the US manned space flight program. Killed were teacher Christa McAuliffe (who was to have been the first ordinary citizen in space) and six crew members: Francis R. Scobee, Michael J. Smith, Judith A. Resnik, Ellison S. Onizuka, Ronald E. McNair and Gregory B. Jarvis.
1987 - ABC-TV relocated reporter, Charles Gibson, to the co-anchor chair next to Joan Lunden for the start of another chapter of "Good Morning America" when host of 11 years, David Hartman.
1987 - After 7 tempestuous years, Roger Mudd left NBC news. Previously, Mudd an icon at CBS news Mudd felt passed over when it was announced Dan Rather would replace Walter Cronkite as anchor of "The CBS Evening News". He went on to work at PBS, where he contributed to "The MacNeil Lehrer News Hour".
The Way You Make Me Feel - Michael Jackson
Need You Tonight - INXS
Could've Been - Tiffany
Where Do the Nights Go - Ronnie Milsap
1989- the Bachman-Turner Overdrive lineup of guitarists Randy Bachman and Blair Thornton, bassist Fred Turner and drummer Robbie Bachman played together for the first time in 11 years at a reunion concert in a Vancouver nightclub. BTO was joined on stage by Paul Dean of Loverboy and Bryan Adams for BTO's 1974 hit "Taking Care of Business" and a rock 'n' roll oldies medley.
1989 - Nome, AK, reported an all-time record low reading of 54 degrees below zero, and the temperature at Fairwell, AK dipped to 69 degrees below zero. Deadhorse AK reported a morning low of 49 degrees below zero, and with a wind chill reading of 114 degrees below zero. In the Lower Forty-eight States, a winter storm over Colorado produced up to 15 inches of snow around Denver.
1990 - Strong and gusty winds prevailed across the northwestern U.S., and heavy snow continued over the mountains of Washington State and Oregon. In Idaho, Mullan received seven inches of snow, and winds gusted to 65 mph southeast of Burley. Heavy rain soaked coastal sections of western Oregon. Rainfall totals of 1.20 inches at Portland and 1.57 inches at Eugene were records for the date. Winds in Oregon gusting to 60 mph downed power lines in Umatilla County knocking out power to more than 13,000 homes, just prior to the kick-off of the "Super Bowl" game.
1990 -The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Denver Bronco, 55-10, to win Super Bowl XXIV. 49ers quarterback Joe Montana won the Super Bowl. Most valuable Player award for the third time. he completed 22 of 29 passes for 297 yards and five touchdowns, including three to wide receiver Jerry Rice. Tickets: $125.00.
1993- MTV said it would not air "Big Boys Bickering" as part of its special "Paul McCartney Up Close." The US music video channel was upset with the profanity in the song, which McCartney's publicist said was a protest against governments' refusal to act together against global pollution.
1993- a mix-up at a Dallas CD manufacturer resulted in about 30 copies of the Dead Kennedy's album "Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables" being mislabeled as a religious radio program called "Powerline." The Southern Baptist Radio- TV Commission had to call more than 12-hundred stations to warn them of the error. The Kennedy's album contained such lines as "God told me to skin you alive."
1995 - TLC's "Creep" hit number one on the "Billboard" "Hot 100". The smash held down the top spot for four weeks : “So I creep yeah; Just keep it on the down low; Said nobody is supposed 2 know; So I creep yeah; 'Cause he doesn't know; What I do and no attention; Goes to show oh so I creep.”
1996-- Diana Ross performs at the Superbowl XXX halftime show in Tempe, AZ.
1996 –The Dallas Cowboys became the first franchise to win three Super Bowls in four seasons by defeating Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XXX (at Tempe): Dallas Cowboys 27, Pittsburgh Steelers 17. Most Valuable Player of the game: Dallas cornerback Larry Brown. Who's Larry Brown, you ask? He's the one who intercepted the two Neil O'Donnell passes that (1) stopped two Pittsburgh drives and (2) set up two Dallas touchdowns. Tickets: $250.00.
2001 - Super Bowl XXXV (at Tampa Bay): Baltimore Ravens 34, New York Giants 7. “We feel we're the best defense to ever play the game,” boasted Ravens' defensive tackle Tony Siragusa. Arguably, the 2000 Ravens' defense ranks up there with the 1960's Fearsome Foursome of the Los Angeles Rams, Miami's 1972-1973 No-Name Defense, the 1974-1979 Pittsburgh Steelers' Steel Curtain, Dallas' Doomsday defense of the 1970s, the 1973-1976 Purple People Eaters in Minnesota and the 1985-1986 Chicago Bears. MVP: Ravens' linebacker Ray Lewis, who led a defense that intercepted four of NY quarterback Kerry Collins' passes, allowed only a punt-return touchdown (by the Giants' Ron Dixon) and held New York to 152 yards of offense. Tickets: $325.00 to $400.
2001--- Instead of performing the US national anthem at Superbowl XXXV in Tampa Bay, FL, Ray Charles performs his version of "America The Beautiful." (The Backstreet Boys sing the actual anthem.)
Super bowl Champions This Date
1990 San Francisco 49ers ( San Francisco 55, Denver 10 )
1996 Dallas Cowboys ( Dallas 27, Pittsburgh 17 )
2001 Baltimore Ravens ( Baltimore 34, New York Giants 7 )
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