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Commercial Sales Associate

Looking for Sales Associate with a following.  Your area of expertise should be with any titled rolling stock;  New or Used Ambulances, Trucks, Street Sweepers,Tow Trucks, Buses,  any commercial vehicle.  National Scope.  Hi Commission with benefits. 

Curt Webster, CVLE  516 922-7447

We are an independent automobile, truck, and commercial equipment leasing company with over 36 years serving the best customers in the United States.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Actress, Dancer, Comedienne, TV Host Ellen Lee DeGeneres born January 26, 1958 Metairne, Louisiana.
Began as a stand-up comic; 109 episodes 1994-1998 sitcom "Ellen," 18 episodes 2001-2002 "The Ellen Show." September 2003, launched a daytime television talk show, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," winning 25 Emmy Awards in its first three seasons on the air. In November 2004, DeGeneres appeared, dancing, in an ad campaign for American Express. Who also can forget her voice in "Finding Nemo?". In 2007, Forbes ranked DeGeneres' net worth to be US$65 million.


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        Doug Houlahan leaves Allegiant Partners
If you can only choose one leasing conference,
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TCF Financial Corporation
    Bank Beat--What's Happening across America
        Leasing News Top Stories---January 19-23
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Leasing 102 by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP
Purpose of the Acceptance Form
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Lawsuits could push Bank of America CEO out
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Strong sales and leadership skills; demonstrated with sales training and sales performance. Lead team in both regional and national operations and developed marking programs.

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Philadelphia, PA
27 yrs. exp. sales, ops., credit, strategy, P&L mngmet. Most recently created & executed the biz plans for 2 highly successful Bank-owned small ticket leasing subsidiaries.

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Exp. in financial documentation, contract negotiations, residual analysis, marketing, credit/collections, contract drafting, and asset remarketing. Position held VP of Remarketing.

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GE “new slogan” contest

Please send your idea for a new GE slogan. You won’t get a light bulb, hopefully you will like better a bottle of Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot, 2000, Wine Spectator 90 rating (Best from 2004 through 2010.) Send GE new slogan suggestions to

(photo is 2005 merlot, but actual bottle 2000) .

At one time, the top three commercial lease/finance companies were GE, AIG International, CIT Group. Take out the aircraft portfolio from the first two, and they even fall further. Key, US Bancorp and Wells Fargo are the leaders moving up!

Analysts were unhappy that GE showed only a profit of $3.72 billion for its last quarter on Friday. Former CEO Jack Welch even turned over in his grave, and he's not even dead yet! Yes, it was a 44% plunge from its $6.7 billion in net earnings from the same period last year. Earnings per share fell for the same period by 47%, with revenue slipping close to 5%--$46.21 billion. A few years ago no one would have believed that CIT, GE, General Motors, to name just a few, would be so hard hit.

The stock market reacted, as it has all year. The previous close was $13.48 and Friday it was $12.03. The high for the year as you can see on this chart was $38.52.

Not surprising to those in the finance and leasing industry, GE capital posted the biggest decline; profits fell 67%, especially hard as it was only a 17% drop in revenue. Last year at this time GE Capital as a group accounted for approximately 40% of GE's Q4 2007 profits.

(GE photo from Immelt biography)

"We're planning for a really tough environment," Chief Executive Jeff Immelt told analysts on a conference call. "The recession is tough, the financial services crisis is worse."

Leasing News reported last November that the company was in the process of reorganizing, selling off parts of the GE Capital, which it had created in July when the idea was to merge the commercial and consumer finance side. Even CIT and others said at the time the market they were seeking was in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Readers told us otherwise, including changes in the termination procedure as well as lowering what an employee would receive.

Leasing News has been reporting that there are from 7,000 to 11,000 employees to be let go globally from the 75,000 in this group, as reported by other sources. In reality, it may be higher and go up to 25% from this division. It appears GE does not expect this group to contribute as it has in the past to its bottom line, and not only has been selling off divisions, but letting people and real estate go.

It appears GE is going to de-emphasize its “finance” division, in almost all areas except for perhaps it own equipment and concentrate on power-plant turbines, jet engines, locomotives and medical imaging equipment, as it is the world’s largest manufacture of this equipment.
Last quarter GE announced a $3 billion order for power-plant turbines and services from Iraq. It obvious does not see the financial market turning around for perhaps two to even four years.

GE also owns NBC Universal that analysts have wanted the company to sell for almost two years, but GE seems to enjoy the publicity and attention from this media sector than also cutting its costs here.

The “capital” group units include real estate, reportedly the world’s biggest aircraft lessor, middle-market and bankruptcy lending as well as private-label credit cards for JC Penny, the Gap, among many others.

In October, GE raised $15 billion in a stock sale, moving $5.5 billion to increase its capital leverage. While now a federal bank with abilities for TARP, GE chose instead to borrow $3 billion from Warren Buffet
at a 10% yield to the billionaire..

Full GE Press Release:



Doug Houlahan leaves Allegiant Partners

October 22, 2003
(Photograph by Kit Menkin at UAEL Reg. Meeting)

"As of Friday Jan. 23rd I am no longer at Allegiant Partners.
Please submit all transactions to"

Douglas D. Houlahan, CLP, Director, Sales and Marketing, San Rafael, California

"Mr. Houlahan joined Allegiant Partners from Wells Fargo Bank in 2002. Doug brings a unique blend of industry experiences and entrepreneurship to the Allegiant team. He has been instrumental in expanding our nationwide network of leasing brokers and developing programs to help Allegiant Partners better serve these valuable relationships. Mr. Houlahan earned his M.B.A at San Francisco State University and holds a B.A. in Finance from Iowa State University."

Allegiant sent a memo to all the clients the company services:

"Allegiant remains strong – our fundings were up 20% in 2008 over 2007. We remain strongly committed to the broker market.

"a) Allegiant will send out letters to brokers in the next two weeks informing you about the specific changes to our submission and credit process.

“b) Allegiant will continue to do business with brokers who meet minimum efficiency standards. Brokers who do not meet the efficiency standards will not be allow to submit transactions to Allegiant for the foreseeable future.

"c) Allegiant will be available to verbally pre-screen transactions on a daily basis between 8:30 and 10:30 pacific standard time. Please call Scott at 415-257-4200 x 207 for transaction screening. In general we are moving away from screening and will have specific transaction criteria posted on our Website next week.

"d) Effective immediately, Doug Houlahan is no longer with Allegiant Partners. We truly wish Doug the best of luck – he has been our partner for many years and is a tremendous talent. We will miss working with him. Allegiant, like most other finance companies, has been cutting costs over the past year and must make changes in order to remain competitive in the marketplace.

"e) For questions regarding Allegiant Partners you can call Chris Enbom, CEO, at 415-451-4041."

The company also announced that Doug Houlahan has left the building.
cell - 415-640-3741



If you can only choose one leasing conference, which one?

by Christopher Menkin

The first six months of this year will be critical to staying in business, and if you are a broker, captive lessor, discounter, lessor, or funder, which one should you attend?

First, if you have the funds and time, you should attend as many of the leasing association conferences as you can afford. If you are a niche player than the Association of Government Financing and Leasing as well as the National Vehicle Leasing Association are a must for networking, as well as gaining or strengthening contacts.

If your budget and time can afford only one, there are two that are
a "must" to stay in business, and it depends on what you are seeking.

April 16-17
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association
National Funding Exhibition
Fairmont Hotel, Chicago, Illinois

This is the premier conference, always well attended, interview appointments available by on line always full right away (be early, don’t count on meeting someone afterwards. These are “top guns.” They will be very busy with current clients in the evening.

The ELFA Funding Exhibition is primarily for the larger lessor, funder looking to buy or sell portfolios, to create new lines of credit, and the major large ticket to perhaps high middle-ticket professional broker,
or captive lessor on want to be one. Many do not attend the other conferences, only ELFA, and the main Fall Conference will be busy. Most who attend are ELFA members, and non-members are few at the Funding Exhibition.

If you are in the category above, you should join or renew your ELFA membership for all the benefits. This conference draws the top banks and credit grantors, many who do not attend any of the other association meetings and conferences. As important, you have the top officers in attendance. This is very serious business.

If you are in the categories mentioned above this is a MUST, especially this year.

April 30-May 2, 2009
NAELB Annual Conference
Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa
Las Vegas, NV

If you are a small broker or discount firm, especially new on your own, a small to medium sized lessor, someone trying to grow your company, meet colleagues who will help you and not just part of the “good old boy’s club, “this is a MUST. Also the best bang for the buck" you will see all year long from any leasing association. Make the time to attend.

If you are a company that wants to do business with this category, you should be a sponsor, or at least, attending the conference. The education value is worth the time and money, the networking, meeting your peers with the truth, and making new friends of both of the aisles, this is definitely for you. In addition, you might even have a real good time in Las Vegas, but that is not the reason to go--- Go to stay in business in 2009.

Please visit the association web sites to learn more.

Here is a list of all the leasing association conferences that Leasing News has dates:

Leasing Association Conference 2009

April 4-7
National Equipment Finance Association
2009 Spring Education Conference
Hilton Inn
Orlando , Florida


April 16-17
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association
National Funding Exhibition
Fairmont Hotel, Chicago, Illinois


April 30-May 2, 2009
NAELB Annual Conference
Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa
Las Vegas, NV


September 24-27, 2009
National Equipment Finance Association
2009 Fall Conference and Exposition
Monterey , California


October 18th-20th
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association
48th Annual Convention
Manchester Grand Hyatt
San Diego, CA


November 9, 2009
National Equipment Finance Association
2009 Super Regional Conference
Newark, New Jersey


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Leasing Industry Help Wanted

Commercial Sales Associate

Looking for Sales Associate with a following.  Your area of expertise should be with any titled rolling stock;  New or Used Ambulances, Trucks, Street Sweepers,Tow Trucks, Buses,  any commercial vehicle.  National Scope.  Hi Commission with benefits. 

Curt Webster, CVLE  516 922-7447

We are an independent automobile, truck, and commercial equipment leasing company with over 36 years serving the best customers in the United States.



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Hurray for Key Equipment Finance!!!

The losses at Key Bank Corp appear to be from other components of the bank and not the leasing division. The leasing division appears up, although operating leases appear down, primarily due to changes in FASB and government rulings on such things as SILO transactions.

KeyCorp (NYSE: KEY) announced a fourth quarter loss from continuing operations of $524 million, or , compared to income from continuing operations of $22 million for the fourth quarter of 2007.
The quarterly loss was primarily attributable to a noncash accounting charge for goodwill impairment and continued building of loan loss reserves in light of the challenging economic environment, the bank said.

The statistics indicate the leasing division is doing very well in this economy, not down, but up.

National Banking
Percent change 4Q08 vs.
(dollars in millions)

Average balances from continuing operations

"Equipment Finance meets the equipment leasing needs of companies worldwide and provides equipment manufacturers, distributors and resellers with financing options for their clients. Lease financing
receivables and related revenues are assigned to other lines of business (primarily Institutional and CapitalMarkets, and Commercial Banking) if those businesses are principally responsible for maintaining the relationship with the client."

Key’s allowance for loan losses was $1.803 billion, or 2.36% of loans outstanding, at December31, 2008, compared to $1.554 billion, or 2.03%, at September 30, 2008, and $1.200 billion, or 1.69%, at December 31, 2007, thus the announced loss for the last quarter.

During the fourth quarter, Key bolstered its capital position by $2.5 billion through participation in the U.S. Treasury's Capital Purchase Program.

Full Press release:



TCF Financial Corporation

TFC Financial Corporation, Wayzata, Minn. (NYSE:TCB) net income was $129 million for 2008, compared with $266.8 million for 2007. TCF recorded $192 million in the provision for credit losses for 2008, as compared with $57 million for 2007. 2007 earnings also included pre-tax gains on sales of branches and real estate totaling $37.9 million, or 19 cents per share.

While TCF has been lowering rates to become more competitive, for instance livery, tow truck, and such vehicle leases have met Key and Wells 5% to 5 ½% buy rates, their year end for interest income leases and loans was down $3.76 million.

$211,322,000 in 2008
$215,082,000 in 2007.

The consolidated statement showed loans and leases income was
$842.1 million in 2008
$836.9 million in 2007
an increase of $5.2 million.

"TCF did not engage in the activities that have created so many problems in the financial industry," said William A. Cooper, Chairman and CEO. "TCF has not made subprime, broker purchased, Option ARM, teaser rate, out of market, low doc or other risky mortgage loans. TCF kept on its balance sheet all the loans it originated. TCF has no auto or credit card portfolios or asset backed commercial paper. We have never owned Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac preferreds, trust preferred securities or bank owned life insurance (BOLI). TCF does not have any derivative contracts.

“Higher charge-offs at TCF have been primarily due to the imprudent behavior of our competitors and an ill-advised monetary policy that created the unprecedented rise and fall of the housing markets. TCF remains profitable, solidly capitalized and ready to take advantage of prudent growth opportunities. TCF declared a $0.25 quarterly dividend payable to stockholders on February 27, 2009. We expect to continue our dividend in future periods subject to maintaining solid profits and strong capital.”

Full Press Release

(This ad is a “trade” for the writing of this column. Opinions
contained in the column are those of Scott Wheeler.)





Bank Beat--What's Happening across America
by Christopher Menkin

Signs from independents who are using securitization and selling portfolio are that they are having significant problems, including more delinquencies and vendor fraud. This is frightening smaller and middle size banks, while the larger banks say “who needs you?” to those seeking extension of their discount or other lines of credit, even warehouse. Banks being told to lend are being frightened by the failing leasing companies and portfolio problems. Leasing again becomes one of the problem industries, especially subprime small ticket and high rate houses. Those with cash, investors, and solid credits are trying to take up the new business being created by the exiting of non-recourse, and even recourse, leasing lines.

Bank of America let go John Thain at Merrill Lynch for many reasons, perhaps one of the most obvious: the arrogance redecorating his office in early 2008 at the same time he was preaching cost cuts to his new employees. (among the expenses reported: $87,000 for an area rug, a $38,000 small chest (commode), $11,000 for a "Roman shade" and $230,000 in salary and bonuses for his driver last year (what did he see that Thain wanted to remain a secret?) Some newspapers report he spent $1.2 million in the remodel. Another mark against his arrogance, the bonuses he gave out while being bailed out. Talk about what's wrong with Wall Street!!! BofA and others are wondering if the Merrill-Lynch move was a smart one at this time.

Here's the John Thain expenditure list from the Daily Beast:

Reportedly necessary to stay in business, Citigroup Inc. sold $12 billion of notes guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. The bank stated it was in order to raise funds for general corporate purposes such as making interest payments and paying off maturing debt. The bank is attempting to split itself into two main entities.
This is old news, but has not happened yet.

The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee to meet this Tuesday and Wednesday will be very interesting, if you pardon the pun, just in what their comment may be. The Beige Book has really said it all for them. They have already slashed its target overnight interest rate to a range of 0 to 0.25 percent. I don’t know if the Fed can cut deeper than zero, unless you count TARP or paying a fee to the banks to borrow? Ironically, every politician is blaming the banks to lend more, but not like they did in the past to uncreditworthy people and companies!!!

1st Centennial Bank, Redlands, California, becomes the third bank to fail this year, closed Friday to protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with First California Bank, Westlake Village, California, to assume the insured deposits of 1st Centennial. The six branches today open under the First California Bank name. As of January 9, 2009, 1st Centennial had total assets of $803.3 million and total deposits of $676.9 million, of which there were approximately $12.8 million that exceeded the insurance limits. This amount is an estimate that is likely to change once the FDIC obtains additional information from these customers.

1st Centennial also had approximately $362 million in brokered deposits that are not part of today's transaction. The FDIC will pay the brokers for the amount of their insured funds. Customers who have placed money with these brokers should contact them directly for more information.

The U.S. Treasury Department announced details this week of a $1.5 billion investment in 39 banks made through its Capital Purchase Program. Here is the list with the amounts:

Current List of Failed Banks:



Leasing News Top Stories---January 19-23

Here are the top ten stories opened by readers:

(1) Correction---Pinnacle Business Finance Transparency
by Christopher Menkin, Publisher

(2) Pinnacle Business Finance Consolidation

(3) Leasing Up at US Bancorp/Manifest

(4) Pioneer Not Funding until January 26th

(5) Marlin Business Services: Money Honey

(6) Fred St. Laurent closes Lease Recruiting Business

(7) Not everyone can refinance to cut mortgage payments

(8) New Hires---Promotions

(9) Welcome Readers/Three Extra's

(10) “Before it’s too late, re-finance the existing lease”
by Karl Probst

Not counted for technical reasons:
January 22, 2009 --- Leasing News Extra
Lakeland sees Second Leasing Company Hit



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Leasing 102

by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP

Purpose of the Acceptance Form (Certificate)

One of the most misunderstood documents in our business is the Acceptance Form used to begin the lease. It is the trigger that makes the lessee responsible for the lease payments and therefore should not be taken lightly. I have seen many mistakes when closing a lease that create problems if a default occurs so let’s review the proper procedure to make an effective lease.

An Acceptance Form needs to be signed by an authorized officer or owner of the company to be binding. Usually it should be accompanied by or you should have in your possession a signing authority called a corporate resolution, a partnership agreement or a copy of the company minutes that designates the person who designated to sign loan or lease documents for the firm. On occasion some leasing companies accept a resolution that discusses loans but fails to mention leases. If the resolution fails to mention leases you need to obtain a corrected resolution. If the lease is a bargain option lease such as 10% or a $1 out, even though it is an Article 9 loan and not an article 2A lease, the word “loan” in the document will not allow you to accept a loan resolution because it is a lease.

Next, the signature line should include a typed or printed name so the scribble signature can be identified at a later date. Also the title of the signer should be stated. It may be an officer title, an owner, a partner or a member of an LLC. If the title is missing then it can be confused with a personal signature and not obligate the company.

Occasionally dates can be confusing on an acceptance form so the dates need to be qualified. Three dates are necessary. If you fail to obtain a delivery certificate and plan to use the Acceptance Form as proof that the customer is in possession of the “complete” equipment, then you need a date statement that says: The Lessee warrants that it took delivery/possession of the first piece of the leased equipment on the date specified below for UCC purposes and is currently in possession of the complete equipment as described in the attached Schedule A and create a possession date line. Next you need an acceptance date line with the statement: Lessee authorizes Lessor to enter into the Lease Schedule the date specified below as the acceptance date as the base Term Commencement date of this Lease. Then last you need a date line as to the date this agreement was signed. Acceptance and possession may occur at earlier times.

Regardless of the date a lessee signs the acceptance agreement the lease payment begins on the date specified in the Lease Agreement. This may be on the date of delivery, or the date of acceptance or on some specific date agreed upon by the two parties to the lease.

One very difficult problem is those documents signed prior to the delivery of the equipment or the day the equipment is put into use. The lease payments should coincide with equipment’s use but at no time should acceptance occur prior to this time. Many arguments are successful that the equipment did not live up to manufacturer promises and this is what caused the lessee not to make the lease payments. If you accept a pre-signed acceptance form then you are asking for a major headache. Funding in advance is possible with correct documents but it should not be assumed an early acceptance allows you to accomplish completion of the deal.

The acceptance document is the second most important document you need to have a legal transaction so please complete it properly and make sure it is complete.

Mr. Terry Winders, CLP, has been a teacher, consultant, expert witness for the leasing industry for thirty years and can be reached at or 502-327-8666.
He invites your questions and queries.

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

Enterprise Funding Group Reports Increased Capacity, Extension of Loan Agreement

(Grand Rapids, MI) Enterprise Funding Group LLC announces that its lead bank has increased its monthly origination allocation and extended its revolving credit facility. The bank’s commitment represents a 50% increase in Enterprise’s monthly liquidity and the additional funds will be used to purchase additional equipment leases and loans from its stable of brokers and leasing companies. “The infusion of additional funding will go a long way to help us better serve our customers and eventually get back to business as usual”, said Mike Coon, the company’s Executive Vice President. “2009 will be a challenging year for our industry and Enterprise will not be exempt from these challenges. We are making careful decisions every day so that Enterprise emerges from this period an even stronger company. The support we have received from our brokers and lenders is validation that what we are doing is working”. Enterprise is negotiating an additional lending facility which it expects to close during the first quarter of 2009.

About Enterprise Funding:

Enterprise Funding Group, originally established in 1996, is an equipment finance company that provides lending and leasing services to small and medium sized businesses across the country, with a focus on income-producing capital equipment in the construction, manufacturing, healthcare and selected service industries. The company’s website is

Mike Coon
Executive Vice President
Enterprise Funding Group
4308 Three Mile Road
Grand Rapids, MI 49534-1297

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News Briefs----

Lawsuits could push Bank of America CEO out

Economic Crisis Fuels Unrest in E. Europe

Freddie Mac to ask government for billions more in funds



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Today's Top Event in History

1948- President Truman decides to end segregation in the armed forces and the civil service through administrative action (executive order) rather than through legislation.
He signs on July 26, 1948: Executive Order 9981, to end segregation in US Armed Forces signed by President Harry Truman.


This Day in American History

    1654-Jews flee to the New World: approximately 150 Jewish families of Portuguese background fled the city of Recife, in Pernambuco, Brazil. By September a number of these refugees had established the first community of Jews in the future United States.
    1695-Considered the first Workers’ compensation agreement was made by Captain William Kidd of New York City, commander of the “Adventure Galley” of 787 tons burden. He promised to distribute to the crew one-fourth of all booty captured on privateering expeditions. According to the agreement, “ If any man should Loose a Leg or Arm in the said service, he should have six hundred pieces of Eight, or six able slaves; if any man should loose a joynt on the said service, he should have a hundred pieces of eight.”
    1776-The first US Army chaplain who was Catholic was the Reverend Louis Eustace Lotbiniere, appointed by General Benedict Arnold to act as chaplain to the regiment of Colonel James Livingston in the Continental Army.
    1784-In a letter to his daughter, Benjamin Franklin expressed his unhappiness over the choice of the eagle as the symbol of America. He wrote the bald eagle was "a Bird of bad moral character" who lived "by Sharping and Robbing," expressed regret it had been selected to be the U.S. national symbol. Franklin's choice: the turkey, "a much more respectable Bird and withal a true original Native of America."
    1788-A shipload of convicts arrived briefly at Botany Bay, Australia, (which proved to be unsuitable) and then at Port Jackson (later the site of the city of Sydney). Establishment of an Australian prison colony was to relieve crowding of British prisons. A fleet of 11 ships lands in Port Jackson after sailing with the continent's first 1,030 English settlers, including 736 convicts. All told, England ships more than 160,000 men, women, & children in bondage to Australia in the largest forced exile of citizens by a European government in pre-modern history. Exiles landing today become known as the First Fleet. They are so unfit for survival in the new land that they live near starvation amid what is natural abundance to Aborigines. Most of the First Fleet convicts have never traveled more than 10 miles from their birth places. They saw the sea for the first time when they were clapped in irons & thrust onto the ships. All the convicts were transported for crimes against property. They include 70-year-old Elizabeth Beckford, who was exiled for stealing 12 pounds of Gloucester cheese. West-Indian Thomas Chaddick was sent to Australia after hunger drove him to steal cucumbers from a kitchen garden.
Australia Day, formerly known as Foundation Day or Anniversary Day, has been observed since about 1817 and has been a public holiday since 1838. Observed Jan 26 if a Monday, otherwise on the first Monday thereafter .
    1831- Mary Mapes Dodge birthday: American writer edited St. Nicholas Magazine, one of the first periodicals for children. She is best known for her classic novel Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates (1865).
    1837 -Michigan became the 26th state. Named Michigan after the American Indian word, Michigama, meaning great or large lake, Michigan borders four of the Great Lakes, and is divided into two peninsulas by the Straits of Mackinac that connect Lakes Michigan and Huron. The two peninsulas are recognized in the state motto: Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice . Michigan is nicknamed the Wolverine State and/or the Great Lake State . The state bird is the robin; the state flower: apple blossom; state tree: white pine; state fish: trout; state gem: Isle Royal Greenstone aka Chlorastrolite. This gemstone is the Petoskey stone. The state flag, which is blue charged with the arms of the state, waves over the state capital of Lansing.
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    1838-The first alcohol prohibition law enacted by a state was passed by Tennessee. The bill, an “act to repeal all laws licensing tippling houses,” provided that “all person convicted of the offense of retailing spirituous liquors shall be fined at the discretion of the court” and that the fines and forfeitures be used for the support of common good.” It appears the law did not apply to wine or beer.
    1856 -- Leschi, chief of the Nisqually & Yakama Indians, leads 1,000 warriors in an attack on the town of Seattle. The attack is repulsed by naval forces in the harbor.
    1861-Louisiana becomes the sixth state to succeed from the union. One of the growing reasons for the secession was the admittance of Kansas to the Union, which officially occurred January 29,1861,which entered as a “free state.” On February 4th, the Confederate States of American Leasing was formed at Montgomery Alabama with Jefferson Davis of Mississippi as president and Alexander H. Stephens of Georgia vice president. Both were chosen on February 9th. The Confederate constitution specifically stated the reason for succession was to continue slavery, and on February 9th the Confederate Provisional Congress asserted that all laws under the U.S. Constitution that were not inconsistent with the constitution of the Confederate states would be recognized. The main issue was the Confederate government wanted to continue the ownership of human beings ( Blacks were not the only race that were slaves or owned by others---in fact, during this period, there were many free Blacks who owned large plantations of both Creole and Black slaves. In Mississippi itself, there were many wealthy Black plantation owners.
1863-54th Regiment (Black) infantry formed.
    1863 --General Joseph Hooker replaces Burnside as head of Army of Potomac.
    1875-George F. Green, of Kalamazoo, MI, received a patent for “electro-magnetic dental tools” used for sawing, filing, dressing and polishing teeth. The patent was assigned to Samuel S. White of Philadelphia, PA. In practice, the engines were too heavy and the batteries too expensive for general use.
    1880-Douglas MacArthur, US general and supreme commander of Allied forces in Southwest Pacific during World War II. Born at Little Rock, AR, he served as commander of the Rainbow Division's 84th Infantry Brigade in World War I, leading it in the St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne and Sedan offensives. Remembered for his "I shall return" prediction when forced out of the Philippines by the Japanese during WW II, a promise he fulfilled. He later became involved in politics, and had set up a committee to run for president. Relieved of Far Eastern command by President Harry Truman on Apr 11, 1951, during the Korean War, after an incident regarding the landing of air craft and respect for the commander-in-chief. . MacArthur died at Washington, DC, Apr 5, 1964.
    1893-Bessie Coleman born at Atlanta, Texas: America's first celebrated Black female pilot Bessie Coleman. Because of her race and gender, she was denied admission to aviation school programs in the US. In Paris, she received an international pilot's license in 1921. Upon return, "Queen Bess" took part in numerous acrobatic air exhibitions where her daring stunt-flying won her many admirers. She perished in a plane crash during a practice session, at Jacksonville, Florida, April 30, 1926. Foul play was suspected due to both her race and gender.
    1907-Congress passed a prohibition on corporations from contributing to candidates’ campaign funds in presidential and congressional races. An act passed on March 4, 1909, further prohibiting national banks and corporations from making financial contributions to campaign funds in connection with any election to any political office.
    1893-Birthday of violinist/Cajun music player Dennis McGee, Bayour Marron,LA
He died in 1989.
    1908-Jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli born Paris, France; died Nov, 1997.,,437799,00.html?artist=Stephane+Grappelli
    1913-Jimmy Van Heusen was born Edward Chester Babcock at Syracuse, NY. He was a composer of many popular songs with his lyricist partners Johnny Burke and Sammy Cahn. One of his 76 songs that Frank Sinatra recorded was "My Kind of Town." Van Heusen won four Academy Awards for songs in movies such as Going My Way (1944). He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame when it was founded in 1971. Van Heusen died Feb 7, 1990, at Rancho Mirage, CA.
    1913 - Jim Thorpe wrote the chairman of the Amateur Athletic Union revealing he had played professional baseball in 1909 and 1910. He voluntarily returned the two gold medals for the decathlon and pentathlon he won in the 1912 Olympic games in Stockholm, Sweden. Sixty years later, twenty years after his death, the AAU restored Thorpe’s amateur standing and the Olympic medals.
    1915-Rocky Mountain National Park was established. Under President Woodrow Wilson, the area covering more than 1,000 square miles in Colorado became a national park.
    1918-Birthday of science fiction writer Philip Jose Farmer, born Peoria, IL.
    1924-Birthday of Calvin Ross(Cal)Abrams, baseball player born at Philadelphia, PA. Abrams played eight years in the major leagues and hit .269. He is most famous for this incident that I remember
this day from when I was eight years old, for being thrown out at the plate by Richie Ashburn of the Philadelphia Phillies in the ninth inning of the final game of the 1950 season, thereby depriving his team, the Brooklyn Dodgers, of a shot at the pennant. Died at Ft. Lauderdale, FL, January 26,1997.
    1925-Birthday of Paul Newman of “Newman’s Own,” actor (Oscar for The Color of Money; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), director (Rachel, Rachel, The Glass Menagerie), born Cleveland, OH.
    1928-Birthday of vocalist Eartha Kitt, North, South Carolina.
    1929-Jules Feiffer, cartoonist, writer, born New York, NY.
    1934 - The famous Apollo theatre in New York City's Harlem district opened as a showcase for black artists. The theatre had begun as an all-white music hall and burlesque house, and in the 1920's and early '30s was famous as Hurtig and Seamon's Burlesque. The Apollo's opening-night show featured Harlem showman Ralph Cooper, Aida Ward, Benny Carter and his orchestra and 16 dancers billed as "Gorgeous Hot-Steppers." For more than 50 years, the Apollo has been a launching pad for some of the century's greatest talent, including Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, Aretha Franklin and Dionne Warwick. The Apollo Theatre was declared a cultural landmark in 1983, and two years later reopened as the Apollo Theatre Television Centre. There are still live shows, but the primary purpose of the centre is to produce these shows for TV.
    1934-Jimmy Lunceford Band records, “WhiteHeat,”
    1934-- '50's rock 'n' roller Huey (Piano) Smith was born in New Orleans. His playing incorporated the earlier boogie style of such pianists as Albert Ammons and Pete Johnson with the New Orleans rhythm-and-blues of Fats Domino. He and his band, the Clowns, had two million-sellers in 1957 - "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu" and "Don't You Just Know It."
    1939 - Producer David O. Selznick began filming Gone With the Wind. Numerous problems with the script, several directors, and a soaring budget plagued the project. After he turned down the role of Rhett Butler, Gary Cooper remarked, "Gone With the Wind is going to be the biggest flop in the history of Hollywood. I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falling flat on his face and not Gary Cooper".
    1942-The first American expeditionary force to land in Europe in World War II arrived in Ireland and was greeted by Sir Archibald Sinclair, the British air minister. The first officer to land was Major General Russell Peter Hartle. The first enlisted man to land was Private Milburn Henke of Hutchinson, MN.
    1944-Esquire All-Stars ( Armstrong, Eldridge, Teagarden, Hawkins) cut Basin St. Blues, Mop Mop for V-Disc._
    1945 - For $3 million, a syndicate headed by Dan Topping and Larry McPhail bought the New York Yankees baseball team.
    1945 -- MURPHY, AUDIE L. "Medal of Honor"
Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company B 1 5th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Holtzwihr France, 26 January 1945. Entered service at: Dallas, Tex. Birth: Hunt County, near Kingston, Tex. G.O. No.. 65, 9 August 1945. Citation 2d Lt. Murphy commanded Company B, which was attacked by 6 tanks and waves of infantry. 2d Lt. Murphy ordered his men to withdraw to prepared positions in a woods, while he remained forward at his command post and continued to give fire directions to the artillery by telephone. Behind him, to his right, 1 of our tank destroyers received a direct hit and began to burn. Its crew withdrew to the woods. 2d Lt. Murphy continued to direct artillery fire which killed large numbers of the advancing enemy infantry. With the enemy tanks abreast of his position, 2d Lt. Murphy climbed on the burning tank destroyer, which was in danger of blowing up at any moment, and employed its .50 caliber machinegun against the enemy. He was alone and exposed to German fire from 3 sides, but his deadly fire killed dozens of Germans and caused their infantry attack to waver. The enemy tanks, losing infantry support, began to fall back. For an hour the Germans tried every available weapon to eliminate 2d Lt. Murphy, but he continued to hold his position and wiped out a squad which was trying to creep up unnoticed on his right flank. Germans reached as close as 10 yards, only to be mowed down by his fire. He received a leg wound, but ignored it and continued the single-handed fight until his ammunition was exhausted. He then made his way to his company, refused medical attention, and organized the company in a counterattack which forced the Germans to withdraw. His directing of artillery fire wiped out many of the enemy; he killed or wounded about 50. 2d Lt. Murphy's indomitable courage and his refusal to give an inch of ground saved his company from possible encirclement and destruction, and enabled it to hold the woods which had been the enemy's objective. He later went on to become a major movie star in the last 294
    1946-Birthday of jazz author/researcher Lee Hildebrand, Williamsport, PA
    1947 - On ABC radio, "The Greatest Story Ever Told" was first heard, making it the first radio series to portray Jesus Christ's voice.
    1948- President Truman decides to end segregation in the armed forces and the civil service through administrative action (executive order) rather than through legislation.
He signs on July 26,1948: Executive Order 9981, to end segregation in US Armed Forces signed by President Harry Truman.
    1949-The first tape-recording machine for mass production of tapes was announced by the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company(3M), St. Paul, MN. The machine tape 48 hours of recorded music in one hour.
    1951-The first Rabbi in the Reform movement who was a woman was Paula Ackerman of Meridian, MS, who was appointed to serve in the place of her late husband as rabbi of Temple Beth Israel.
    1951 - Elizabeth Taylor divorced her first husband, Nicky Hilton, on the grounds of mental cruelty. It was less than a year after their highly publicized wedding.
    1953 - Film actress, dancer, and sex symbol Rita Hayworth divorced Prince Aly Khan in Reno, Nevada on this date. Hayworth once said, "Every man I knew had fallen in love with Gilda and wakened with me," referring to her most successful film role in Gilda and her less-than-successful track record in marriage.
    1954---Top Hits
Stranger in Paradise - Tony Bennett
Oh! My Pa-Pa - Eddie Fisher
At the Darktown Strutters’ Ball - Lou Monte
Bimbo - Jim Reeves
    1955-- Bill Haley's "Dim, Dim the Lights (I Want Some Atmosphere)" enters the R&B charts
    1956 -- Martin Luther King, Jr. arrested for the first time for driving 30 mph in a 25mph zone; his home will be bombed on January 30th.
    1956 - Buddy Holly had his first of three recording sessions in 1956 for Decca Records in Nashville, Tennessee with Owne Bradley as producer. Nothing much came out of those sessions. He formed the group, The Three Tunes (changed later to The Crickets), and went on to find fame and fortune when he hooked up with producer Norman Petty in New Mexico. Holly died in a plane crash near Mason City, IA, February 3, 1959 (“the day the music died”). He was 22. Holly was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
    1957-- Buddy Holly and the Crickets make their second appearance on CBS' Ed Sullivan Show. Before the show Sullivan, who considered Holly's hit "Oh, Boy!" too "raunchy," forbids him from singing it on tonight's show. Holly refuses, causing Sullivan to limit Buddy to one song instead of two, sabotage him with bad lighting and sound, and mispronounce his name. Holly is visibly upset on the stage.
    1958-Ellen DeGeneres, comedienne, actress ("Ellen"), born New Orleans, LA.
    1959 - "Alcoa Presents" was first seen on ABC-TV. Later, the show was renamed "One Step Beyond". It was based on "true events that are strange, frightening and unexplainable in terms of normal human experience."
    1960 - Burnsville, West Virginia beat Widen, West Virginia in basketball, 173-43. Danny Heater starred by getting in 135 points.
    1960 - Pete Rozelle was elected commissioner of the National Football League, a position he held for over 25 years.
    1961 - President John F. Kennedy chose Dr. Janet G. Travell (Mrs. John Powell) to be the first woman to hold the position of ‘personal physician to the President’.
    1961-Wayne Gretzy, former hockey player, Hockey Hall of Famer, born Brantford, Ontario, Canada.
    1962---Top Hits
The Twist - Chubby Checker
Peppermint Twist - Joey Dee & The Starliters
Can’t Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley
Walk on By - Leroy Van Dyke
    1963-- The Rooftop Singers' "Walk Right In" hits #1
    1964-- The Four Seasons' "Walk Like a Man" enters the pop charts.
    1969 --California is declared a disaster area after two days of flooding and mud slides.
    1970 - NFL Commissioner, Pete Rozelle, the three major television networks, NBC, CBS and ABC, agreed to pay a total of $124,000,000 over four years to broadcast National Football League games. CBS carried the NFC games and NBC the AFC. ABC had the idea to broadcast, "Monday Night Football".
    1970---Top Hits
Raindrop Keep Fallin’ on My Head - B.J. Thomas
Venus - The Shocking Blue
I Want You Back - The Jackson 5
Baby, Baby (I Know You’re a Lady) - David Houston
    1972--- Elvis Presley begins wearing one-piece jumpsuits during his gigs at the International Hotel, Las Vegas.
    1974-- Ringo Starr's "You're Sixteen" hits #1
    1977--- After removing the diamond from his famous "TCB" ring, Elvis Presley has it placed in an engagement ring for girlfriend Ginger Alden. Elvis proposes to her in the bathroom at Graceland.
    1978---Top Hits
Baby Come Back - Player
Here You Come Again - Dolly Parton
You’re in My Heart (The Final Acclaim) - Rod Stewart
What a Difference You’ve Made in My Life - Ronnie Milsap
    1978 - A paralyzing blizzard struck the Midwest. One to three feet of snow fell in Michigan, and 20 to 40 inches was reported across Indiana. Winds reached 70 mph in Michigan, and gusted above 100 mph in Ohio. The high winds produced snow drifts twenty feet high in Michigan and Indiana stranding thousands on the interstate highways. Temperatures in Ohio dropped from the 40s to near zero during the storm.
    1979 - The guitar synthesizer was first demonstrated.
    1979-“The Dukes of Hazzard” premiered on TV. This comedy/action show ran for seven seasons and featured car chases. Brothers Bo Kuke(John Schneider) and Luke Duke ( Tom Wopat) were the good guys, fighting crooked law enforcement in their rural southern community. Other characters included Daisy Duke (Catherine Bach), Uncle Jesse Duke(Denver Pyle), Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane (James Best), Deputy Enos Strate(Sonny Shroyer) and Boss Hogg ( Sorrell Books)
    1984- "Mike Hammer" re-appeared on TV. Mike Hammer was a gritty, urban detective created by writer Mickey Spillane, very popular in both hard back and pocket book “hard boiled dick” writer, considered still a classic, definitely ahead of his time. Originally a TV series in the 50s with Darren McGavin, CBS revived the series with Stacy Keach as the hard-boiled detective. Production was stopped while Keach was briefly imprisoned for a drug charge in 1984 but the series returned in 1986. Darrin McGavin, who most likely is best remembered as "Kochak", was the originally Mike Hammer on television and one of my favorite shows. As a teenager, I never missed it and consequently read all Spillane's books, along with Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Kenneth Millar aka Ross McDonald. Spillane is one of America's greatest authors and his works should be studied in colleges and universities as there are many levels and messages in his observations of good versus evil.
    1985 - With a 66-65 win, St. Johns University ended Georgetown’s 29-game winning streak. Chris Mullin, now an NBA star, scored 20 points for St. Johns. Patrick Ewing, also an NBA star, lead Georgetown with 9 points, in this the Big East Conference basketball game.
    1986-Chicago Wins Super Bowl XX: In their first Super Bowl outing, the Chicago Bears romped over the New England Patriots to win Super Bowl XX, 46-10. Chicago spotted the Patriots a 3-0 lead but then scored the next 44 points while holding New England to seven yards rushing.
    1986---Top Hits
That’s What Friends are For - Dionne & Friends
Burning Heart - Survivor
Talk to Me - Stevie Nicks
Never Be You - Rosanne Cash
    1987 - Coca-Cola was officially named the #1 soft drink in the United States. Pepsi- Cola was at #2.
    1988 - The incoming hit musical from London, The Phantom of The Opera, set a Broadway record in advance sales of over $12 million before its grand opening on Broadway on this date. Phantom took in a record-setting amount of $920,272 in seventeen hours when tickets went on sale the previous November.
    1988 - A snowstorm in the northeastern U.S. produced 19 inches at Austerlitz NY and Stillwater NY. A storm in the Great Lakes Region left 16.5 inches at Marquette MI, for a total of 43 inches in six days.
    1992 - Super Bowl XXVI (at Minneapolis): Washington Redskins 37, Buffalo Bills 24. Washington led 37-10 before Buffalo scored a pair of TDs in the final six minutes. Bills’ QB Jim Kelly threw the football a record 58 times (with 4 interceptions) in the losing effort. MVP: Redskins’ QB Mark Rypien. Tickets: $150.00
    1994—Top Hits
All For Love- Bryan Adams/Rod Stewart/Sting
Hero- Mariah Carey
Breathe Again- Toni Braxton
The Power Of Love- Celine Dion
    1995- For a price-tag of $1.7 billion, Cadbury Schweppes, whose arsenal of products already included A&W root beer, Canada Dry, and Crush and Sunkist fruit colas, buyn the United States' third-biggest soft drink concern, the Dr. Pepper / Seven-Up Company. The acquisition left Cadbury Schweppes with 17% of America's $49 billion soda market, putting it just behind Coca-Cola and Pepsico in the field.
    1997 - Super Bowl XXXI (at New Orleans): ZZ Top, James Brown, and the "Blues Brothers" perform at the Super Bowl XXXI halftime show. Green Bay 35, New England 21. A classic team effort: QB Brett Favre passed for two TDs and Desmond Howard (MVP) returned a kickoff 99 yards for a score as the Packers won their 12th NFL championship and the first since Super Bowl II in 1968. Tickets: $275.00.
    1998 - Compaq Computer Corp. and Digital Equipment Corp. announced plans to merge. In the largest computer biz acquisition to that time, the deal was worth $9.6 billion. March 20, 2002 the stock holders approved the company’s merger with Hewlett-Packard.
    1999--- The National Transportation Safety Board determines the cause of John Denver's fatal 1997 airplane crash: Denver neglected to fill his main tank with enough fuel, and in the process of switching over to his backup tank inadvertently put the plane into a deadly roll.

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