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Grow with us: coordinate credit, documents, funding,
and all processing--- helping small to medium size
businesses survive as well as improve their profit.
Dakota Financial is a small family style run company.
Speak directly to the person in charge:
Michael Green (310) 6969 3030 x 124
We fund traditional leases as well as sale-leasebacks,
private party sales, start-ups, and owner/operators
from $10,000 up to $250,000.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

Archives---July 26, 2001
 "We'll be there, too"
   Fall Leasing Conferences
    (Save the Date)
     Classified Ads---Legal
ELFA Reported Best 2nd Quarter in MFLI-25 History
 Second Best June since 2007
  Classified Ads---Help Wanted
   New Hires--Promotions
 Leasing News is Not the National Enquirer
  by Christopher Menkin, editor/publisher
   Leasing News Advisor
    Allan Levine
     Leasing Software Companies
      (Latest up-date received)
       Labrador Retriever Mix
        Santa Rosa, California Adopt-a-Dog
   The Conjuring/I'm So Excited
    Ginger & Rosa/Twixt/Babette's Feast
     Film/DVD Reviews by Fernando Croce
News Briefs---
 Mortgages find a direction: Down, barely
  U.S. housing market exhibits more signs of recovery
   Several Illinois banks still behind on TARP repayments, report finds
    Berkshire Bank buys 20 branches (recently active in leasing)
     Macquarie moves into the sun
      Canon Introduces imageCLASS Printonomics MPS Program
        Google's Chromecast Is Magical, But Not Without Issues
         Chevrolet Impala wows Consumer Reports
          Keep the change: Dell expected to reject founder’s 10¢ hike
           Zuckerberg’s Wealth Soars $3.8 Billion as Facebook Surges
            Lobsterman survives night in sea, thanks to boots

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Archives---July 26, 2001
"We'll be there, too"

Now is the time to make your Hotel Reservation for the special price at leasing association conventions.

For instance, the United Association of Equipment Leasing San Antonio conference listed above will be at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio on the Riverwalk. Call: 800-233-1234 or (210)-222-1234. Mention the UAEL conference to get the special group rate of $172.00 single/double occupancy.

These blocks of rooms will sell out. The last UAEL conference in San Antonio you couldn’t even get any room at the Hyatt ( I remember, as we stayed three blocks from the event ). October 25-28, 2001.

Leasing News will be there, meaning the entire
Leasing News Advisory Board.

  • Bob Baker, Wildwood Financial, St. Louis, MO

  • Steve Crane, Bank of the West, Walnut Creek, CA

  • Phil Dushey, Global Leasing, New York, NY

  • Steve Geller, Leasing Solutions LLC, Wesley Hills, NY

  • Mike Granieri, Granieri and Associates, Miltown, NJ

  • Ken Greene, Attorney, Greenbrae, CA

  • Bruce Kropschot, Kropschot Financial Services, Vero Beach, FL

  • Charlie Lester, LPI Financial, Marietta, GA

  • Bob Rodi, LeaseNow, Warrendale, PA

  • Bob Teichman, Teichman Financial Training, Sausalito, CA

  • Andrew Thorn, Thalman Financial, Apple Valley, CA

  • Rob Yohe, Yohe and Associates, Stilwell, KS

  • Ginny Young, Brava Capital, Orange, CA


Bob Baker passed away May 23, 2007

Steve Geller still very active at Leasing Solutions, Inc.
He is also quite active in the leasing community.

Mike Granieri passed away May 19, 2004

Charlie Lester passed away May 10, 2010

Bob with his family: The California University of Pennsylvania selected Robert "Bob" Rodi to receive the Eberly College of Science and Technology Outstanding Alumnus Award for 2012.

Bob today is managing executive of Mount Pleasant Capital, Managing Agent for a nationwide franchise finance platform owned by Franchise Credit LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of a global insurance company.

Dr. Andrew Thorn (now PhD - MBA – MPEC) left leasing in 2002 to found Telios Corporation. “Hi, Kit. Things are going great. I am about to publish a new book with McGraw Hill and my business is doing very well. It is hard to believe that I have been out of the leasing industry for 11 years now. I miss the wonderful people. Please feel free to pass along my contact info.” lists Andrew as "Mid-Life Transition Expert, Professional Psychologist, Author, Keynote Speaker - - 760-559-3548"

Rob G. Yohe continues his consulting business that he started April, 1990. He keeps in touch, although has had some health problems, but is still active. His brain is as sharp as ever!!!

Remaining on the Leasing News Advisory Board
from incorporation in June, 2000

  • Steve Crane, Bank of the West, San Ramon, CA

  • Phil Dushey, Global Leasing, New York, NY

  • Ken Greene, Attorney, Universal City, CA

  • Bruce Kropschot, Kropschot Financial Services, The Villages, FL

  • Bob Teichman, Teichman Financial Training, Sausalito, CA

  • Ginny Young, Brava Capital, Orange, CA




Fall 2013 Leasing Conferences---Save the Date


Canadian Finance &
Leasing Association
September 18-20
Marriott Halifax
Harbourfront, Halifax

September 27-28, 2013
2013 NAELB Western Regional
Irvine, California



2013 Funding Symposium

October 10-13
Nashville Marriott
at Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee


October 10-11
2013 Annual Convention
Rome, Italy.

October 20-22
ELFA 52nd Annual Convention
JW Marriott Grande Lakes-Orlando, Florida

November 1-2, 2013
2013 Eastern Regional
Nashville, Tennessee


November 6-8, 2013
Boca Raton Resort Club, Boca Raton, FL



Commercial Finance Association
69th Annual Convention
November 13 - 15
JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE
Los Angeles, CA

Schedule of Activities

Early Registration Fees
(Until Friday, August 30, 2013)
Member: $1,195
Non-member: $1,795

Standard Registration Fees
(Saturday, August 31, 2013 – Friday, November 8, 2013)
Member: $1,295
Non-member: $1,895

On-site Registration Fees
(After Friday, November 8, 2013)
Member: $1,395
Non-member: $1,995


Working Capital Loans $10,000-$250,000



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ELFA Reported Best 2nd Quarter in MFLI-25 History
Second Best June since 2007

(Chart: Leasing News)

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association MLFI-25 reported a June, 2013 at $7.6 million bringing the 2nd Quarter to $22.9, highest since the survey started. It was also the second highest June since June, 2007 when it hit $9.1 billion (second quarter was $22.2). (1)

(Chart: Leasing News)

Year to Year Comparison was $41.0 (b) to $37.3 (B) % change 10.2%; the highest dollar for the period, but not the largest change in percentage (2011 $42.3.5(B)to $37.2(B) 14.5% or 2010: $25.3 (B) to 2011: $32.5 (B) 28.5%.

Forgetting the percentage change, the dollar amount was the best second quarter and the second highest month of June.

MLFI-25 New Business Volume (Year Over Year Comparison)
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(Chart: ELFA)

William G. Sutton, CAE
ELFA President and CEO

"Businesses continue to increase spending on capital equipment as evidenced by U.S. government statistics showing three consecutive months' increase in durable goods orders by American firms," ELFA President and CEO William G. Sutton, CAE, said. "Our June MLFI-25 data confirms this trend: the amount of leasing and financing of business equipment and software continues to grow, while the credit quality of these transactions remains at historic highs. Member companies are optimistic that this trend will continue into the summer months and beyond."

William Besgen
President and CEO
Hitachi Capital America Corp

"I believe the trend of increasing new business volume as shown in the recent ELFA industry statistics is a solid reflection of an improving business economy," William Besgen, President and Chief Operating Officer, Hitachi Capital America Corp., said. " I feel the small to medium-size businesses that are acquiring this equipment are reinforcing their belief that the overall economy is improving, albeit at a slow, somewhat steady pace.

"We at Hitachi Capital America Corp. are definitely seeing increased activity versus last year in credit applications and new business volume from the over 2000 independent truck dealers throughout the U.S. that we serve, both for new and used vehicles."

The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI) July, 2013 found confidence in the equipment finance market is 59.4, an increase from the June index of 57.3, reflecting industry participants’ increasing optimism.

Thomas Jaschik, President, BB&T Equipment Finance, said:
“With a potentially improving economic environment and a rising rate
environment, demand for equipment financing could be very strong in the second half of 2013.”

Russell Nelson, President, CoBank Farm Credit Leasing, said, “Demand for replacement/additions of equipment and facilities remains steady to increasing, with rising interest rates and equipment costs accelerating capital expenditures through the remainder of 2013. We have growing confidence that the economy and business climate will continue to post modest improvement during the next 18 months.”

June, 2013 Numbers

The ELFA MFI-25 found Receivables over 30 days were at 1.4 percent in June, reaching a new historic low, down from 1.6 percent in May. Delinquencies declined from 2.4 percent in the same period in 2012. Charge-offs were unchanged for the past four months at the all-time low of 0.3 percent.

Credit approvals totaled 78.5 percent in June, relatively unchanged from May. Fifty-four percent of participating organizations reported submitting more transactions for approval during June, down from 63 percent the previous month.

Aging of Receivables:

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Average Losses (Charge-offs) as a % of net receivables
(Year Over Year Comparison)

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Credit Approval Ratios As % of all Decisions Submitted
(Year Over Year Comparison)

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Total Number of Employees
(Year Over Year Comparison)

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(Chart: ELFA)

Participants in the ELFA MLFI-25:

•ADP Credit
•BancorpSouth Equipment Finance
•Bank of America
•Bank of the West
•BB&T Bank
•BMO Harris Equipment Finance
•Canon Financial Services
•Caterpillar Financial Services
•De Lage Landen Financial Services
•Dell Financial Services
•Direct Capital Corporation
•EverBank Commercial Finance
•Fifth Third Equipment Finance
•First American Equipment Finance, a City National Bank Company
•GreatAmerica Financial Services
•Hitachi Credit America
•HP Financial Services
•Huntington Equipment Finance
•John Deere Financial
•Key Equipment Finance
•LEAF Commercial Capital Inc.
•M&T Bank
•Marlin Leasing
•Merchants Capital
•PNC Equipment Finance
•RBS Asset Finance
•SG Equipment Finance
•Siemens Financial Services
•Stearns Bank
•Susquehanna Commercial Finance
•US Bancorp Equipment Finance
•Verizon Capital
•Volvo Financial Services
•Wells Fargo Equipment Finance

(1) June, 2007 Second Quarter Report

June, 2007 MLFI-25

•ADP Credit Corporation
•Bank of America
•Bank of the West
•Canon Financial Services
•Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation
•De Lage Landen Financial Services
•First American Equipment Finance
•Hitachi Credit America
•HP Financial Services
•Irwin Financial
•John Deere Credit Corporation
•Key Equipment Finance
•LaSalle National Leasing Corporation
•Marlin Leasing Corporation
•National City Commercial Corp.
•RBS Asset Finance
•Regions Equipment Finance
•Siemens Financial Services
•US Bancorp
•US Express Leasing
•Verizon Capital Corp
•Volvo Financial Services
•Wells Fargo Equipment Finance




Leasing Industry Help Wanted


Leasing Coordinator
West Los Angeles, California

Grow with us: coordinate credit, documents, funding,
and all processing--- helping small to medium size
businesses survive as well as improve their profit.
Dakota Financial is a small family style run company.
Speak directly to the person in charge:
Michael Green (310) 6969 3030 x 124
We fund traditional leases as well as sale-leasebacks,
private party sales, start-ups, and owner/operators
from $10,000 up to $250,000.

Positions Available in Irvine and San Diego
Funding Coordinators and Credit Analysts

1 year experience preferred, salary/benefits
Funding Coordinator description: click here
Credit Analyst description: click here
Commercial Finance & Leasing Bank of Cardiff, Inc, a
finance lender licensed pursuant to the California Finance
Lenders Law, license #603G469

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

Please see our Job Wanted section for possible new employees.



New Hires--Promotions

Shawn Arnone named senior vice president, RBS Citizens Asset finance, subsidiary of Citizens Financial Group, to be based in the company's Jersey City, New Jersey office. Previously he was senior vice president, originations, EverBank Commercial Finance (October, 2008-March, 2013), vice president, Direct Capital (august, 2009-September, 2010), vice president, Key Equipment Finance (March, 2001-March, 2005), senior program manager, Citigroup Equipment Finance (March, 2000-March, 2001), Canon business Solutions (March, 1997-March, 2000), program manager, Canon financial Services (March, 1997-March, 2000), regional sales manager, Sequa Credit Corporation (1991-1993). City University of New York-Baruch College - Zicklin School of Business MBA, Finance & Strategic Management, 2001 – 2003, St. Peter's University, Marketing, 1986 – 1989, North Bergen, 1982 – 1986.

Cindi Helsel named human resource director, National Funding, San Diego, California. Previously she was director, human resource and corporation administration, Asteres Inc. (September, 2005-June, 2013), manager, HR 7 administration, Conforma Therapeutis (August, 2001-September, 2005), HR manager, Genoptix (1999-2001), executive assistant to the president, Pyxis corporation (June, 1997-February, 1999)."(She) a graduate of University of California San Diego’s HR certificate program. She earned the Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR-CA) certification from the HR Certification Institute—recognizing her expertise in strategic HR and California HR law. Helsel is a member of the national and San Diego Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management and the San Diego HR Roundtable.

“I am very excited that Cindi has decided to join us,” says David Gilbert, CEO of National Funding. “Human resources is a critical area for us. We are anticipating significant growth over the coming years. We’ll need good people to fill a variety of positions, and it’s important to provide the appropriate corporate culture and benefits package for our most important asset, our people.”

“National Funding offered me a great opportunity to make an impact on the business,” added new HR Director Helsel. “High growth means finding the right people, packaging the right benefits and providing a professional and stimulating environment. National Funding is a company that offers a lot to its employees and to the San Diego business community. ”

Jack Helsper was promoted to director, Transaction Management, LeaseAccelerator Services. He joined the firm April, 2000. Previously he was director regional Ops, Mellon US Leasing (1978-2000), regional ops director, U.S. Leasing (1978-2000).

David Jeffries hired as account executive for MRK Leasing, Westlake, Ohio. Previously he was CE), Estate Funding Consultants (January, 2009-June, 2013), senior partner, DEP Management (January, 2009-June, 2013), manager financial services, Law Firm of Karl and Smith (January, 2003-January, 2009).The Ohio State University, Consumer Affairs and


Mike Kelly was named regional sales manager, Balboa Capital, Irvine, California; based in Burlington, New Jersey. Previously he was Business Development Manager, Univest Capital (December, 2011 – January, 2013), Independent Lease Broker, First Choice Finance(December,2009 – June 2011),Senior Business Development Officer, Popular Equipment Finance. (November 2004 – January, 2010), Business Development Officer Summit Funding Group, (November, 2008 – December, 2009),Senior Business Development Officer, Summit Vendor Finance,(November, 2008 – December, 2009), Vice President, CitiCapital (1993 – 2004).University of Pennsylvania - Wharton School of Business, Bachelor’s Degree, Business Administration 1982 – 1983, Peirce Junior College, AS, Business Management,1979 – 1982, Peirce Junior College, Associates Degree, Business Management,1982.

Janice Lajoie has been appointed senior vice president—equipment for GE Capital Finance, "...based in the Scottsdale, AZ, office where she will specialize in providing equipment financing solutions for businesses in Southern Nevada and Arizona." She joined GE Capital March, 2006 as vice president, renewables, was promoted to senior vice president, construction specialist, September, 2009, Sacramento, California. CFMA Construction Executive of the Year Awards - Chair(Link) (May 2011 – Present).Metro Chamber Leadership Sacramento,2011 – 2011. University of California, Santa Barbara BA, Business Economics, 1994 – 1998. Activities and Societies: Gamma Phi Beta Sorority (Board Member, Treasurer, Fundraising Chair), Economics Student Association, National PanHellenic Society (Treasurer), Universidad de Salamanca American Institute of Foreign Studies, Spanish Languae.

Craig Lawson joins International Decision Systems, Minneapolis, Minnesota, as Vice President, Worldwide Sales. Previously he was General Manager, International Sales, Analytics, GE Intelligent Platforms (January, 2011–Present), Vice-President, Sales, SmartSignal - GE Intelligent Platforms (February, 2006–January, 2011), Sales Manager,i2 Technologies (March, 1996 – February 2006), Sales Director, Trilogy Development (1995 – 1996), Sales Director, Parametric Technology (1992–1994),Sales Director, System Industries (1985–1992). Western Washington University, BA Finance & Business, Finance, Computer Science, 1981 – 1985, Activities and Societies: Business degree with concentrations in Finance, Computer Science.

Rafael Lopez, Jr. hired as account executive for MRK Leasing, Westlake, Ohio. Previously he was registered representative, NYLIFE Securities (May, 2013-July, 2013), agent, New York Life Insurance (May, 2011-July, 2013), sales consultant, Cellular Sales (March, 2009-May, 2011), shipping and receiving, Chrysler (June, 2006-august, 2008). The Ohio State University Family Resource Management.

Steve Mosely has joined EverBank Commercial Finance as relationship manager, working out of Greenville, North Carolina. Previously he was major account executive, CopyPro (October, 2008-June, 2013), regional sales manager, HSBC (June, 2006-Aaugust, 2008), area sales manager, Capital Once Auto Finance (January, 2004-June, 2006), dealer credit manager Wachovia Dealer Services (December, 1997-December, 2003). East Carolina University - College of Business, BSBA, Finance, 1993 – 1997.Activities and Societies: Delta Chi Fraternity, President, 1997, Treasurer, 1996. Farmville Central High School,1991 – 1993.
Additional Honors & Awards:
2009 Presidents Award Winner, CopyPro Inc.
2010 Presidents Award Winner, CopyPro Inc.
2010 Top Revenue Producer, CopyPro Inc.
2010 Most Units Sold, CopyPro Inc.
2010 Most Color Units Sold, CopyPro Inc.
2011 Presidents Award Winner, CopyPro Inc.
2012 Presidents Award Winner, CopyPro Inc.
2012 Most Units Sold, CopyPro Inc.
2012 Most Color Units Sold, CopyPro Inc.
2012 Most New Customers, CopyPro Inc.
2013 April Major Account Manager of the Month, CopyPro Inc.
2013 April Top Revenue Producer of the Month, CopyPro Inc.

Thomas J. Prendergast has joined Cole Taylor Equipment Finance to build client relationships and develop new lease and loan originations in Illinois, Indian and Wisconsin, working out of Cole Taylor's Lombard, Illinois office

Dick Stewart joins, as Vice President, Global Services. Stewart has a deep background in developing services strategies, ensuring delivery success and growing global services organizations at SAP, Fair Isaac Corporation (FICO), Grant Thornton, and most recently IRI Worldwide. "Prendergast brings more than 22 years of financial industry and equipment leasing experience to Cole Taylor with strong experience in the manufacturing, food processing and agriculture sectors. Prior to joining Cole Taylor Equipment Finance, Prendergast was a vice president in direct sales with Wells Fargo Equipment Finance. Prior to that, he was with American Equipment Leasing, a division of ABN AMRO Bank, and U.S. Bancorp Leasing and Financial."

“'Tom brings an exceptional entrepreneurial spirit to the job along with a wealth of industry knowledge and experience,' said Edward A. Dahlka, Jr., president of Cole Taylor Equipment Finance. 'He’s a valuable addition to our team and I look forward to strong contributions from him'.”

Colon Wolk was promoted to relationship manager at Everbank Commercial Finance, Parsippany, New Jersey. He joined the company as account manager in December 2010 and previously was the company purchased by Evergreen, Tygris Commercial Finance (April, 2007-January, 2009). The University of Connecticut, BA, Psychology,2003 – 2005, Activities and Societies: Sigma Phi Epsilon Middlebury College, Psychology, 2001 – 2003. Activities and Societies: Varsity Football.



Leasing News is Not the National Enquirer
  by Christopher Menkin, editor/publisher

There were several emails criticizing the second posting of Ability Capital Solutions Bulletin Board Complaint. Since Leasing News started the policy has always been to act as an ombudsman (“Action Line”) in resolving complaints regarding leasing companies and those responsible for their company's behavior.

I think it is as important to not only help those who ask for help, and without any remuneration--as well as we do not seek gifts (returning those that have been sent)---but to promote proper behavior, especially as outlined by an association or foundation that has set a benchmark.

The question then is who enforces it? Do the leasing associations and foundations follow their own standards for membership behavior?

Certified Leasing Professional Foundation

Equipment Leasing and Finance Association

National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers

National Equipment Finance Association


While we are in a different century, different time, and do not have the circulation of “The World,” Leasing News will strive to follow “The World's” editorial policy as expressed by its publisher Joseph Pulitzer.

Christopher "Kit" Menkin,
January 10, 2006

The Mission of “The World” newspaper

“An institution which should always fight for progress and reform; never tolerate injustice or corruption; always fight demagogues of all parties; never belong to any party; always oppose privileged classes and public plunder; never lack sympathy with the poor; always remain devoted to the public welfare; never be satisfied with merely printing the news; always be drastically independent; never be afraid to attack wrong, whether by predatory plutocracy or predatory poverty.”

October 30, 1911 Frank J. Cobb, editor, “The World.” His statement is a quote from the publisher Joseph Pulitzer's retirement speech on April 10, 1907.

The policy and mission of Leasing News are available
in each edition printed.


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Leasing News Advisor
Allan Levine

Mr. Levine joined the advisory board June 6, 2007. 

Allan Levine, Chief Operating Officer
9D Gwynns Mill Court
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Direct Line: 443.796.7337
Office: 443.796.7333
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Equipment and Vehicle Leasing Solutions

He was on the board and was editor of the Eastern Association of Equipment Leasing's quarterly publication. The association merged with the United Association of Equipment Leasing, formerly the Western Association of Equipment Leasing under the new name National Equipment Finance Association.

After college, he did marketing work for Polaroid (“If anyone remembers them. They thought digital photography would not make it,” Allan says.) He learned much of his sales and marketing skills at Polaroid. He is also is a very good writer and humorist. When he semi-retires, he should make time to become a columnist.

Allan Levine is the Chief Operating Officer of Madison Capital, LLC, and has been in the vehicle and equipment leasing business since 1971. In 1971, he began working with a firm focused on vehicle and small-ticket equipment leasing. In 1974, Allan started Fox Auto & Truck Discount Leasing Company, which evolved, in the early 1980’s, into Fox Discount Leasing, Inc. In 1987, the name changed to form Fox Valley Leasing, which merged with Harbor Leasing to become Madison Capital in August of 1997.

Allan has served on many boards and committees throughout the leasing industry, and has been active in community organizations. Allan’s involvement has included the local chapter of the NVLA (National Vehicle Leasing Association). He has served on The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s Committee for Independent Leasing Companies (ILC) and its Future Council group. He was VP of The Jewish Community Center and on its board of directors for years, and is past chair of The Gordon Center (a 550-seat boutique venue for the performing arts). Allan has also served as a big brother in that local organization.

Allan is a past Chairman of the Board of The Chimes, an international not-for-profit serving over 20000 individuals with development disabilities and employs more than 2300 employees. Allan was on the Board of The Eastern Association of Equipment Lessors (EAEL) and was the Editor of The Independent, which was EAEL’s newsletter. He has also served, at the board and committee levels of additional local philanthropic and community organizations. Allan is currently a trustee of The Maryland Zoo. It is the fourth largest Zoo in the US. In addition, Allan was recently appointed to the advisory board of Maryland Financial Bank.

Allan is a graduate of the University of Maryland where he played lacrosse. Allan is married and has 7 grandchildren. Allan plays golf and works out regularly to keep the energy level needed to support the rigors of the lease financing industry.



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Fernando's View
By Fernando F. Croc

Unsettling horror ("The Conjuring") and frothy comedy ("I'm So Excited") hit theaters, while DVD releases serve up a double-bill of Elle Fanning sleepers ("Ginger & Rosa," "Twixt") and a beloved Oscar-winner ("Babette's Feast").

In Theaters:

The Conjuring (New Line Cinema): Audiences looking for a truly spooky ride could hardly ask for more from this unsettling horror tale, directed by modern genre staple James Wan ("Saw") from a reportedly true story. Set in the early 1970s, the film follows Lorraine and Ed Warren (Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson), married investigators who specialize in paranormal activities, whose latest case takes them to a Rhode Island farmhouse, where a family headed by Carolyn (Lili Taylor) and Roger (Ron Livingston) has been terrorized by sinister, mysterious forces. It isn't long, however, before even the seasoned professionals are terrified beyond all as they come face to face with pure evil. Relying more on mood and suggestion than gore, Wan creates a powerful atmosphere where shocks may spring at any moment, giving game viewers one heck of a haunted-house thriller.

I'm So Excited (Sony Pictures Classics): Following a decade of more mature dramas, Spanish director Pedro Almodovar returns to the anarchic comedies that first made his name with this freewheeling farce, which unfolds mainly inside the craziest airplane on the continent. As technical difficulties force their Mexico-bound flight to remain endlessly circling the airs, pilots Benito (Hugo Silva) and Alex (Antonio de la Torre) struggle to keep their passengers calm. It looks like it will take a lot of work for that, though, because the passengers include everything from anxious couples to hired killers, with everybody ready and willing to embrace the chaos about to break out. Shot in luscious colors and featuring surprise cameos by some of Almodovar's biggest stars, this is a frothily enjoyable romp that's ready-made for fans of the impish, bad-boy filmmaker. With subtitles.

Netflix Tip: Returning to his bad-boy roots in "I'm So Excited," Pedro Almodovar is no stranger to no-holds-barred farce and poignant drama. Check out Netflix for his previous hit, including "Law of Desire" (1987), "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" (1989), "All About My Mother" (1999), and "Talk to Her" (2002).


Ginger & Rosa (Lions Gate): Better known for her eccentric, experimental films, British writer-director Sally Potter ("Orlando," "Yes") serves up a more conventional but no less emotional story with this affecting coming-of-age story set in London during the 1960s. Ginger (Elle Fanning) and Rosa (Alice Englert) are inseparable friends making their way through adolescence, sharing their fascination with boys and music. Growing up during turbulent, changing times is not an easy thing, however, and as events like the Cuban Missile Crisis shake up their horizons, the girls find themselves face to face with the unknown world beyond their households. Can their friendship survive? Focusing on subtly shifting feelings such as Ginger's increasing political awareness and her mom's (Christina Hendricks) domestic frustration, Potter's mainstream drama crafts a loving and potent portrait of family and friends.

Twixt (Fox): Ever since he started financing his own films in the past ten years, legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola has offered some of his strangest, most personal, most inventive projects. Made along the lines of the similarly unclassifiable "Youth Without Youth" and "Tetro," this horror-comedy finds the "Godfather" director in a beguilingly playful mood, coming up with a vampire tale that's also a keen metaphor for artistic creativity. In his best role in years, Val Kilmer stars as Hall Baltimore, a washed-up writer of fright stories who moves in to a small town and becomes involved in a mystery involving a crusty sheriff (Bruce Dern) and a strange teenage girl known as "V" (Elle Fanning). As the novelist ventures into the past and the world of dreams, Coppola's one-of-a-kind film becomes a clever, funny, stylistically sumptuous trip into the artist's mind.

Babette's Feast (Criterion): The 1987 Best Foreign Language Picture Oscar went to this elegant, understated comedy-drama from Denmark, now being re-released by Criterion. Set in the 19th century, the story centers on the titular Babette (Stephane Audran), a Parisian woman who's moved to a small, secluded Danish community run by very strict rules of church and family. She's taken in by Martina (Birgitte Federspiel) and Philippa (Bodil Kjer), sisters who run the local sect. Working as a maid, Babette is put in charge of organizing an upcoming celebration honoring their father. What the sisters scarcely suspect is that she has an almost magical knack for culinary art, and the food she comes up with will change the lives of everyone in town. Filled with charming vignettes, the deceptively slim story brims with humor and human warmth. With subtitles.



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Baseball Poem

 In honor of  Roger Maris jersey retirement (1984)

O Holy Cow!

The poems on this page have been taken from the book

O Holy Cow! The Selected Verse of Phil Rizzuto

edited by Tom Peyer and Hart Seely. The Ecco Press. New Jersey. 1993.

All poems are copyright © 1993 by Phil Rizzuto

Poem No. 61

Here comes Roger Maris
They're standing up.
Waiting to see if Roger
Is going to hit
Number sixty-one.
Here's the windup.
The pitch to Roger.
Way outside.
Ball one.

The fans are starting to boo.
Ball two.
That one was in the dirt.
And the boos get louder. Two balls no strikes
On Roger Maris...

Here's the windup.


They're fighting for the ball out there.


After the Game

From the book

That Sweet Diamond

by Paul B. Janeczko, Carole Katchen (Illustrator)

Bases yanked.
Infield groomed.
Tarp pulled
to the edge of the outfield grass,
Lowered flags folded.
Hisst, hisst, hisst of brooms
sweeping aisles and ramps.

Section by section,
the lights go out
until the field is dark,
and the ghosts of players
to other lives
for another game
on that sweet diamond.




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This Day in History

     1526 - The Spaniard Lucas Vasquez de Ayllon and his colonists left Santo Domingo in the Caribbean for Florida.
    1559 - The French relinquished Fort Ticonderoga in New York to the British under General Jeffrey Amherst.
    1579 - Francis Drake left SF to cross Pacific Ocean.  
   1603- James VI of Scotland was crowned King James I of England. He then 'authorized' an English translation of the Scriptures, first published in 1611 and known since as the' King James Version' of the Bible. It brought more interest in “religious freedom.” His reign brough Europeans to the new world, where less than 10% of the native population survived, once they had started to settle the new land. In 1600, the Indian population of what was to become the U.S. was about 1,000,000 when European exploration began. They were tall, healthy, hunters, farmers, had wooden houses and large leather teepees. In the beginning, some of the earliest pioneers, as at Jamestown, VA were adventurers, interested more in making a quick fortune form the alleged riches of the New World than in engaging in agriculture or forestry. In later years, through a greater diversity of settlers arrived, and brought with them a variety of skills. They ranged form wealthy Englishmen, who wanted to carve out large estates, to servants. Merchants saw the opportunity for trade as populations grew. Groups seeking religious freedom were also prominent, bringing with them a tradition of had work and a willingness to start anew (an example of the social position of the first settlers comes from the fact that among the male settlers of Jamestown, VA., the first permanent English settlement in America, of the 105 men, 35 were considered gentlemen, persons who means freed them from the need to work or engage actively in trade. The second expedition to Jamestown contained 33 gentlemen out of 120.
    1775-Benjamin Franklin was appointed the first Postmaster General. He had served the crown as deputy postmaster at Philadelphia, PA, form 1737 to 1753, and as deputy postmaster general for the colonies from 1753 to 1774.
    1788-New York became the 11 th state to ratify the Constitution.
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    1835-The first sugar cane plantation started in Hawaii
    1847-American Black Joseph Jenkins Roberts declared Liberia, formerly a colony of the American Colonization Society, an independent republic.(Liberia and its independence was the subject of my University High School English Semester Report. Do you remember yours?)
    1860 -- Emperor Norton in San Francisco dissolved the United States:
"NOW, THEREFORE, WE, Norton I, by the Grace of God Emperor of the Thirty-three states & the multitude of Territories of the United States of America, do hereby dissolve the Republic of the United States, & it is hereby dissolved; & all laws made from & after this date, either by the National Congress or any State Legislature, shall be null & of no effect. 
All Governors, & all other persons in authority, shall maintain order by enforcing the heretofore existing laws & regulations until the necessary alterations can be effected. Given under our hand & seal, at Headquarters, San Francisco, this 26th day of July, 1860." 
    1863- Confederate General John Hunt Morgan was ordered to invade Kentucky He was to direct and draw General William S. Rosecrans' army from Tennessee. But Morgan went farther than he was ordered. He led a group of volunteer cavalrymen, raiding public property, burning bridges, taking horse, and captured railroad supplies. They also caused severed losses among the Union Troops and Morgan Raiders were feared wherever they went. While he never commanded more than 4,000 men, it is said he captured as many as 15,000 Union soldiers. He was a maverick. He had not followed orders and began harassing (some say plundering homes, others say they were Union sympathizer's homes) in Tennessee and Ohio, going in the opposite direction, actually into “enemy territory. “He was captured this day with 364 of his men at New Lisbon, Ohio. He had broken through the federal lines in Kentucky and crossed the Ohio River into Indiana. Used to lighting raids and use of his cavalry, a flood caused the river to rise. He could not find a way to return to Confederate territory. He was imprisoned in the Columbus, Ohio Penitentiary. It did not hold him long. He escaped the next November, continuing his many his raids. He finally made it to Kentucky, in June, 1864, where Union troops were no very strong. He was caught and defeated, but with his fast Calvary, out ran the Union troops, and regrouped. He then went to Greenville, Tennessee, which now was also in Union hands, where he was killed in battle, September, 1864.
    1865- Patrick Francis Healy is first black awarded PhD (Louvain Belgium)
    1875-Windstorm (possibly a tornado) rips through Erie, PA killing 134 and doing $500,000 damage
    1875 -Black Bart, a poet with a fondness for Wells Fargo, robs his first stagecoach, the Sonora to Milton stage, in Calaveras County, California — the same stage line he targets in his last heist (his 29th) in 1883. 
"I've labored long & hard for bread,
For honor & for riches,
But on my corns too long you've tread
You fine-haired sons of bitches." 
    1890-Powerful F3 tornado raked Lawrence, MA at 9:10 am, killing 8 and injuring 63. The storm destroyed 35 homes and damaged 60. Storms of this strength and occurring at this early hour are very rare in New England.
    1892-Birthday of Pearl S Buck US, novelist (The Good Earth)
    1902-birthday of trumpet player Gus Aiken, Charleston, SC.
    1902--- (1896), birthday of Gracie Allen - U.S. comic. GA was the Allen of the highly popular comedy team of Burns and Allen. Gracie took no part in the writing or promotion of the comedy, preferring her home and children. Her comedic delivery was impeccable, and the duo retained high popularity, but she got tired of the airhead with the twisted logic that she was forced to portray - although she continued to do it so very well. It was totally different from her own personality. Her right arm had been badly scalded when she was a child, and she always wore long sleeves.
    1907 - The first turbine-propelled ship was launched. The speedy vessel was named "Chester" and was built for the U.S. Navy.
    1914-birthday of bandleader Erskine Hawkins, Birmingham, Al1918- Race riot in Philadelphia (three whites and one black are killed)
    1922-Birthday of Jason Robards, a staple on the American stage and screen for six decades. Robards was born at Chicago, IL., and was a decorated World War II veteran. He won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor tow years in a row for 1976's “All the President's Men” and in 1977s “Julia.” His most famous stage roles were in the plays of Eugene O'Neill, including “ The Iceman Cometh” and “Long Day's Journey into Night.” Saw him in both. He was outstanding. O'Neil in “The Iceman Cometh” calls for a rotund salesman, but Robards was extremely convincing, even mesmerizing in this very long play about a salesman who has become sober and visits his favorite bar to bring reality, but only wakes up the demons, including in himself. He won the Tony Award in 12959 for his portrayal of a fictionalized F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Disenchanted. Played many key roles in files, such as The Philadelphia Story. He died in Bridgeport, CT, December 26, 2000.
    1922-birthday of guitarist Charles Walker, Macon, GA
    1924-Drummer Louis Bellson Birthday
    1926-National Bar Association incorporates
    1928- American film writer and producer Stanley Kubrick, born at the Bronx, NY. Kubrick started out in photography at the age of 16 with Look magazine. His first film, Day of the Fight, produced in 1950, was a documentary of his photo series about fighter Walter Cartier. His film credits include Dr. Strangelove, Full Metal Jacket and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Eyes Wide Shut, Kubrick's final film, was released posthumously in the summer of 1999.He died at London, England, Mar 7,1999.
    1929-birthday of drummer Charles Persip, Morristown, NY.
    1932-Billy Banks's Rhythmakers ( Red Allen, PeeWee Russell, Fats Waller ) records “ Mean Old Bed Bug Blues.”
    1937-birthday of Al Banks ( the Turbans), Philadelphia, PA1938-birthday of pianist Joanne Brackeen, Ventura, CA.
    1939 - Sixteen-year-old singer Kay Starr got a big break. She recorded "Baby Me" with Glenn Miller and his orchestra on Victor Records. Starr was filling in for Marion Hutton who, at the last minute, was unable to attend the recording session.
    1942 - Judy Garland joined Gene Kelly to record "For Me and My Gal" for Decca Records. The song is featured in the movie of the same name.
    1942 - About 400 miles southeast of Fiji, the American aircraft carriers Wasp, Enterprise and Saratoga rendezvous with the invasion force for Guadalcanal. It is the most powerful force the US Navy has yet assembled in the Pacific.
     1942 - Actor Gene Autry is sworn into the Army Air Corps on the air, during his regular radio show, Gene Autry's Melody Ranch. He served as an officer until 1945, when he resumed his show.
    1943-Birthday of Michael Phillip (Mick) Jagger, lead singer of the Rolling Stones since their beginning in 1962, was born in Dartford, England. The Stones began billing themselves as the greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world in the late '60s, and few denied the potency of their blend of blues, R'n'B and teen rock. Their manager, Andrew Loog Oldham, promoted them as the bad boys of British rock - the opposites of the clean-cut Beatles. And Jagger was portrayed as a leering, satanic figure. The Stones' number-one records in the '60s included "Satisfaction," "Get Off My Cloud" and "Time Is On My Side." The Stones survived the departure and subsequent death of guitarist Brian Jones in 1969. In fact, this and other notorious incidents, including a rumored liaison with Margaret Trudeau in 1978, seemed to enhance the Stones' following. The group continued to hit the charts into the 1980's, with such hits as "Start Me Up" and "Harlem Shuffle." Mick Jagger's duet with Tina Turner was one of the highlights of the 1985 Live-Aid concerts. He is still touring today, more magnificent then ever. Whenever I go to his concerts, I get third or four row. You pay a premium with a broker, but it is an event you will never forget as the band gives you every dollar's worth in their performance and show. 
    1943- Gene Autry, the world's most famous singing cowboy, joined the US Army Air Corps. Autry flew cargo and supply planes over enemy territory in the Middle and Far East.
    1943-Record high for the state of Oklahoma set at Tishomingo with 120.
    1944--WILSON, LOUIS HUGH, JR. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, Commanding Rifle Company, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division. Place and date: Fonte Hill, Guam, 25-26 July 1944. Entered service at: Mississippi. Born: 11 February 1920, Brandon, Miss. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as commanding officer of a rifle company attached to the 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces at Fonte Hill, Guam, 25-26 July 1944. Ordered to take that portion of the hill within his zone of action, Capt. Wilson initiated his attack in mid-afternoon, pushed up the rugged, open terrain against terrific machinegun and rifle fire for 300 yards and successfully captured the objective. Promptly assuming command of other disorganized units and motorized equipment in addition to his own company and 1 reinforcing platoon, he organized his night defenses in the face of continuous hostile fire and, although wounded 3 times during this 5-hour period, completed his disposition of men and guns before retiring to the company command post for medical attention. Shortly thereafter, when the enemy launched the first of a series of savage counterattacks lasting all night, he voluntarily rejoined his besieged units and repeatedly exposed himself to the merciless hail of shrapnel and bullets, dashing 50 yards into the open on 1 occasion to rescue a wounded marine lying helpless beyond the frontlines. Fighting fiercely in hand-to-hand encounters, he led his men in furiously waged battle for approximately 10 hours, tenaciously holding his line and repelling the fanatically renewed counterthrusts until he succeeded in crushing the last efforts of the hard-pressed Japanese early the following morning. Then organizing a 17-man patrol, he immediately advanced upon a strategic slope essential to the security of his position and, boldly defying intense mortar, machinegun, and rifle fire which struck down 13 of his men, drove relentlessly forward with the remnants of his patrol to seize the vital ground. By his indomitable leadership, daring combat tactics, and valor in the face of overwhelming odds, Capt. Wilson succeeded in capturing and holding the strategic high ground in his regimental sector, thereby contributing essentially to the success of his regimental mission and to the annihilation of 350 Japanese troops. His inspiring conduct throughout the critical periods of this decisive action sustains and enhances the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.
    1944- During WWII this day the US Army ordered desegregation of its training camp facilities. Later the same year black platoons were assigned to white companies in a tentative step toward integration of the battlefield. However, it was not until after the War—July 26, 1948—that President Harry Truman signed an order officially integrating the armed forces.
    1945-The U.S. Cruiser Indianapolis arrived at Tinian Island in the Marianas with a deadly cargo. Aboard were the makings of the atomic bomb. On the island waited scientists prepared to complete the assembly.
    1947-President Truman signed legislation unifying the two branches of the armed forces into the Department of Defenses. The branches merged were the war Department (Army) and the Navy. The Air Force was separated from the Army at the same time. Truman nominated James Forrestal to be the first Secretary of Defense. The legislation also provided for the National Security Council, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
    1947 - President Harry S. Truman signs the National Security Act, which becomes one of the most important pieces of Cold War legislation. The act established much of the bureaucratic framework for foreign policymaking for the next 40-plus years of the Cold War. By July 1947, the Cold War was in full swing. The United States and the Soviet Union, once allies during World War II, now faced off as ideological enemies. 
    1948— President Harry S. Truman signed an executive order officially integrating the armed forces.
    1948 The first black host of a network show-CBS' Bob Howard Show.
    1948-- The Bambino makes his final public appearance at the New York premiere of The Babe Ruth Story. The Sultan of Swat will die three weeks later.
    1949 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Some Enchanted Evening," Perry Como.
    1952-Bob Mathias of the US won the decathlon at the 2953 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland, to become the first athlete to win the Olympic decathlon twice. His first victory came in the 1948 London Games. Daley Thompson of Great Britain equaled Mathias's feat in 1980 and 1984.
    1953-Fidel Castro with his Revolutionary Army leads attack on Moncada Barracks to take over Cuba, today known as the “ 26 th of July Movement.” The “recognition” of Cuba is perhaps the last remains of the “Cold War” with the so-called communist form of government, which appears to be more of a “dictatorship.”
    1951---Top Hits
Too Young - Nat King Cole
My Truly, Truly Fair - Guy Mitchell
Mister and Mississippi - Patti Page
I Wanna Play House with You - Eddy Arnold
    1952- "Half As Much" by Rosemary Clooney topped the charts and stayed there for 3 weeks.
    1955- Count Basie records “April in Paris.” ( One more “once!” )
    1959---Top Hits
Lonely Boy - Paul Anka
A Big Hunk o' Love - Elvis Presley
My Heart is an Open Book - Carl Dobkins, Jr.
The Battle of New Orleans - Johnny Horton
    1960-Salt Lake City UT soars to all-time record of 107
    1960--Sam Cooke's "Chain Gang" is released. 
    1963- Bob Dylan appeared at the Newport Folk Festival, where he sang "Blowin' in the Wind." Dylan had written the song in April 1962. "Blowin' in the Wind" became the unofficial anthem of the civil rights movement - and a hit for Peter, Paul and Mary.
    1963--Record high of 96 at Eastport, ME.
    1963-Motown Records release "Mickey's Monkey" by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles. It peaks at number three on the R&B charts and number eight on the pop chart.
    1964- Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa convicted of fraud and conspiracy.
    1965- Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson marries Carol Freedman, the first of what would be four wives, in Los Angeles. 
    1966 -The Temptations' dance and show at the San Francisco Fillmore Auditorium. I was there with my late, great friend Acklin Thibeaux (May he rest in Peace.)
    1967---Top Hits
Windy - The Association
Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Frankie Valli
Light My Fire - The Doors
With One Exception - David Houston
    1968 - John Lennon and Paul McCartney complete "Hey Jude" during a writing session at Paul's home. The song hits No. 1 in the U.S. a month later.
    1968- The Jackson 5, discovered by Motown mainstay Gladys Knight (not, as legend has it, Diana Ross), signs to the label today for a one-year contract.
    1968- Jeannie C. Riley records her number one hit: "Harper Valley P.T.A."
    1968-The Rolling Stones album "Beggar's Banquet" has its release delayed because of their record label's objection to the album's cover design, which featured a graffiti-covered bathroom wall. Mick Jagger was furious. It was the first album on which Jagger played guitar.
    1969 - Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones celebrated his 26th birthday with the release of the album, "Beggar's Banquet". It was the first time that Jagger's guitar playing had been featured on any of the Stone's records.
    1969 - Elvis Presley opens his first live engagement in nearly eight years. Las Vegas, Nev.
    1969- The Rolling Stones' founding member and guitarist Brian Jones, found dead in his swimming pool just weeks earlier, is memorialized on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. 
    1970-The San Francisco Chronicle received a letter from the Zodiac killer with an unsubstantiated claim of killing 13 people. The case was never solved, and is still considered "open." Speculation is he was killed in a car accident or committed to a mental institution as reasons he was never heard from again (no one knows.)
    1970 - Home runs came in triplicate. Johnny Bench of the Cincinnati Reds belted three home runs against the St. Louis Cardinals, and Orlando Cepeda of the Atlanta Braves launched a trio of homers in a game with the Chicago Cubs.
    1972 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Alone Again (Naturally)," Gilbert O'Sullivan.
    1974-John Denver earns a gold record for his all-time biggest hit, "Annie's Song." The song was written about his wife, who later divorced him.
    1974- London graffiti artists hired by the Rolling Stones' management spray paint various local sites as promotion for the groups' latest single, "It's Only Rock And Roll." 
    1975-Nat King Cole's daughter, Natalie, debuts on the music charts with "This Will Be." It makes it to number six on pop charts and number one on the R&B.
    1975---Top Hits
The Hustle - Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony
I'm Not in Love - 10cc
One of These Nights - Eagles
Touch the Hand - Conway Twitty
    1975 - Van McCoy and The Soul City Symphony reached the top spot on the "Billboard" record chart for the first -- and only -- time. The disco hit "The Hustle" became the top record in the U.S. The instrumental remained in the reflection of the disco mirror ball for only one week ... though plenty of other disco hits followed. Keep that white suit handy. Disco may just come back!
    1976-Ted Nugent receives a gold record for his sixth, self-titled album. It includes "Hey Baby" and "Dog Eat Dog."
    1980 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me," Billy Joel. It is Joel's first No. 1 single.
    1983---Top Hits
Every Breath You Take - The Police
Electric Avenue - Eddy Grant
Is There Something I Should Know - Duran Duran
Pancho and Lefty - Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard
    1984 - "Purple Rain", the film creation of Prince, premiered in Hollywood. Attending the gala at the Palace Theatre were Eddie Murphy, Lionel Richie and Stevie Nicks. MTV presented live coverage of the events.
    1986--"Sledgehammer" by Peter Gabriel topped the charts and stayed there for a week
    1987 - Robert Wrenn set a record for the Buick Open. He won the golf tourney with a 26-under-par 262, a seven-stroke victory. Wrenn just missed the PGA Tour record of 27-under-par at the tourney, which was held at Grand Blanc, MI.
    1987-singer Billy Joel began a series of six concerts in the Soviet Union with a performance in Moscow. About 300 of the 10,000 people in attendance swarmed to the front of the auditorium, waving posters and climbing on each other's shoulders. It was an unusual display of enthusiasm for a Soviet audience, who usually showed appreciation by clapping slowly and rhythmically. At one point, Joel jumped from the stage and walked through the crowd followed by a procession of fans. He has an album plus a video/DVD on the tour.
    1988- Thunderstorms produced large hail and damaging winds in the Middle Atlantic Coast Region, and in the south central U.S. Eight cities in the northwestern and north central U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. Salem, OR, hit 103 degrees.
    1989 - Morning thunderstorms produced heavy rain in southeastern Texas, with more than three inches reported at the Widllife Refuge in southwestern Chambers County. Evening thunderstorms produced severe weather in Montana, with wind gusts to 62 mph reported at Helena. Eight cities from Maine to Minnesota reported record high temperatures for the date, including Newark, NJ, with a reading of 99 degrees. 
    1990- President Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act, which went into effect two years later. It required that public facilities be made accessible to the disabled.
    1991---Top Hits
Unbelievable - EMF
(Everything I Do) I Do It for You - Bryan Adams
P.A.S.S.I.O.N. - Rythm Syndicate
I Am a Simple Man - Ricky Van Shelton
    1992 - Patty Sheehan defeated Juli Inkster in a playoff to win the 47th U.S. Women's Open at the Oakmont (PA) Country Club.
    1998 - Hale Irwin birdied the 18th hole for a 69 to win the U.S. Senior Open by one stroke over Argentina's Vicente Fernandez at Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades CA.
    1998-- Don Sutton and Larry Doby are inducted into the Hall of Fame along with Lee MacPhail, George Davis and Joe Rogan. MacPhail joins his dad, Larry, to become the first father and son to be enshrined at Cooperstown.
    1998 --With his 44th homer, Mark McGwire surpasses Johnny Mize as the all-time Cardinal single-season home run leader.
    1998-- Hitting his 380th career homer, Jose Canseco becomes the all-time Latin home run leader passing Orlando Cepeda and Tony Perez.
    2000 - U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel (in federal court, San Francisco CA) issued a preliminary injunction against online music service Napster. The judge ordered Napster to stop distributing copyrighted songs on the Web. Although Napster fought the ruling for months, this was the beginning of the end for the Internet music distribution site.
    2005-- After waiting through a 2 hours, 43 minutes rain delay in Atlanta to start the game, Greg Maddux becomes the 13th pitcher in baseball history to register 3,000 strikeouts. Taking an inside fastball in the top of the third inning, Omar Vizquel of the Giants becomes the historic victim of the crafty 39-year old Cubs' right-hander.




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