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Friday, July 13, 2007


Classified Ads---Controller
        Leasing Portals
A Free Lunch for A/R Managers?
Most Say, “No Thanks”
    GE ends bid to acquire Abbott Labs
        Classified - Help Wanted
Texas Attorney General Abbott
Reaches Settlement Benefitting Victims of Ameriquest Mortgage Co
  Reach Agreement to Improve AOL Cancellation Requests
Agility Solutions and ERF Wireless Announces Master LOC
    HNC Announces the Appointment of President and CEO
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            Calendar Events
This Day in American History
    Baseball Poem
            Daily Puzzle

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Leasing Portals #1

#1 There are two tiers to the site, one is free, and the other is a subscription for "leads" or "sources". The success of Internet portals such as My Yahoo! have inspired companies to develop Enterprise Information Portals (EIPs) as a way to allow business users to access corporate information.



A Free Lunch for A/R Managers?
Most Say, “No Thanks”

Copyright 2007 Credit Today, "reprinted with permission,"

Roughly one out of every 8 credit execs reports personally being offered a gift from a supplier that was so expensive that it would have compromised their ability to treat the supplier independently. An additional 8 percent of respondents are aware of other credit execs who accepted such gifts. Overall, 21 percent of respondents report either personal experience with such attempted gift-giving or are aware of others who received or accepted such offers.
While this is not a scientific survey, the results are worth pondering nonetheless. Interestingly, no one (and we get thousands of people coming by our website every week) answered our somewhat tongue-in-cheek response option of "decline to answer!" And that's a good thing, because this is serious business.

We remember a big scandal about 10 years ago when a corrupt collection agency was offering blatant payoffs to credit managers to get their business. The agency would usually pay cash as a percentage of what was collected to the credit managers personally. The credit managers would get looser and looser over time, eventually turning over good, totally collectible accounts that didn't need to go to an agency. The FBI eventually got involved and indicted key people at the agency, as well as many credit managers across the country. And we continue to hear isolated reports of this activity.

For those already beholden to one of their suppliers because they've accepted too much, it's too late to do much, but we feel it's important to highlight that this activity occurs, especially for younger credit execs who simply may not be aware and might someday be caught in a web before they know what has happened to them.

Reader Responses From the Trenches As always, our readers weighed in with a host of worthwhile comments on this issue.

Key: Establish Strict Ground Rules Up Front "This all comes from how you conduct yourself from the beginning," advises Gerry Gilbert, CCE, director of credit, BMC West Corporation. "No vendor of mine would offer because they understand what I view as ethical. I usually supply a new vendor with our company policy on this issue at the very beginning."

Dave Beckel, CCE, credit manager, Mitek Industries Inc., writes that he has been offered prizes for doing business with a company. But he politely tells them this violates his company's Code of Conduct, and that if they persist he would have to end their relationship. He's never had a problem after explaining this. Interestingly, writes Beckel, "Many vendors indicate they are almost required to do this for other companies."

Kickback Offer Over Lunch A few years ago a collection agency offered Mark Constantine, corporate credit manager at Fulton Paper Co., a 10 percent cash kickback on the gross amount of the claim if the agency was able to collect it in full without litigation. "The agency was new at the time and is no longer in business. The idea was presented to me over lunch and it was clear that the payments would be made in cash, directly to me and not in a check made out to my company. I didn't even let them pick up my part of the lunch."

Karen Barbahen, credit manager at DIK Drug Company, says that she is uncomfortable even accepting a lunch invitation from a service provider. "I want to have a 'strictly business relationship. If they perform their job well, the relationship continues. If not, no personal feelings come up to muddy the water."

"I have been sent gifts on two occasions which I sent back to the customers who sent them," says Al Boshenz, CCE, corporate credit manager, Metal One America, Inc. "They were small, less than $50."

On another occasion, Boshenz was offered "romantic attention" at an all-expense paid trip on a private yacht. "The company owed my employer about $1 million at the time and did not pay well. I believe the pictures of me would have been 'interesting.' I declined.

"This customer actually bragged that that's how he trapped some purchasing agents of some very large companies to buy from them. How stupid did he think I was?"

A Heavenly Deal But the oddest bribe attempt Boshenz experienced came from a church official. "A church had inherited a business in California from somebody deeply in debt. When I tried to collect $4,000 they told me that if I would write it off they would grant me a Doctor of Divinity in their religion and if I played my cards right, $4,000 would be nothing compared to what I could earn with my Dr. of Divinity. I declined, but was never able to collect my $4,000. I often wonder how more rewarding a career I might have had, had I just bought a green vestment and started to pass the basket around on Sunday. Maybe I should have held out for a Bishop's position."



GE ends bid to acquire Abbott Labs

General Electric Co. has ended a bid to acquire Abbott Laboratories Inc. 's primary in-vitro and point-of-care diagnostics businesses.

The Abbott businesses, which had sales of about $2.7 billion in 2006, would have become a unit of GE Healthcare, which has operations throughout the Milwaukee area. GE Healthcare is a $17 billion division of Fairfield, Conn.-based General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE).

GE and Abbott (NYSE: ABT) worked diligently to complete the transaction but were unable to reach agreement on final terms and conditions and decided it was in the best interests of both companies to mutually terminate their agreement and discussions, GE management stated in a release.

No specific reasons were given for the decision to terminate the deal.

General Electric announced in January that it had entered into an agreement to buy the core laboratory diagnostics business of Abbott Park, Ill.-based Abbott Laboratories for $8.13 billion in cash.

The transaction would have broadened GE Healthcare's diagnostic offerings. GE Healthcare, based in London, is a provider of health care diagnostics products.

Abbott's diagnostic systems, which test blood or urine samples to diagnose disease or other conditions, were viewed as a complement to GE's existing offerings in diagnostic imaging systems, which use X-ray, magnetic resonance, ultrasound or other imaging procedures to look at what is in the body to diagnose disease.

The deal also was expected to complement GE's molecular imaging, information technology, and patient monitoring capabilities.



Leasing Industry Help Wanted

EFD Marketing Specialist

EFD Marketing Specialist
Walnut Creek, CA

You will serve as a liaison between the department’s equipment leasing brokers and internal staff. Requires a BA or 3 years of relevant experience. CLICK HERE for a detailed description and resume submission


Managed Services Division
Portland, OR.

Seeking experienced professionals in our Managed Services Division.

    * Contract Accounting Specialist
    * Collections Specialist
    * Customer Service Representative

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Attorney General Abbott Reaches $21 Million Settlement Benefitting Victims of Predatory Mortgage Lending

Ameriquest Mortgage Co. returns $325 million to consumers nationwide

EL PASO – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today announced that Texas homeowners who were harmed by Ameriquest Mortgage Co.'s deceptive lending practices will share in almost $21 million in restitution. Eligible Texans will receive claim forms from the lending giant in the coming days.

The settlement, a part of Attorney General Abbott's ongoing efforts to combat misleading lending practices, resolves allegations that Ameriquest and its affiliates, Town and Country Credit Corp. and AMC Mortgage Services, did not adequately disclose certain terms to prospective homeowners, including whether loans carried fixed or adjustable rates. The company also charged excessive origination fees and prepayment penalties, refinanced borrowers into improper loans and inflated appraisals that qualified borrowers for loans. About 21,000 Texans who signed contracts with Ameriquest Mortgage Co. between Jan. 1, 1999, and Dec. 31, 2005, may be eligible to receive restitution payments. The amount of each claimant's payment will be based on the degree of financial harm they suffered because of the company's financing schemes.

"Texans will not tolerate predatory lending schemes that lock would-be homeowners into a seemingly endless cycle of debt," said Attorney General Abbott. "We are pleased that Texas homeowners who were harmed by this lending giant will share nearly $21 million in refunds. The Office of the Attorney General will continue protecting homeowners from deceptive lenders."

This week, eligible consumers will begin receiving letters and claim forms explaining the restitution process. To participate, consumers must complete and mail these forms to the settlement administrator no later than Sept. 10, 2007. The settlement administrator's toll-free number is (800) 420-5875 and detailed information can be obtained online at

Consumers who opt for restitution relinquish their right to file lawsuits against Ameriquest. Therefore, the Office of the Attorney General encourages consumers to consult with a private attorney before deciding to participate.




Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, AOL Reach Agreement to Improve Cancellation Requests, Provide Refunds

Multi-state investigation results in improved business practices

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today reached a multi-state agreement requiring AOL, one of the nation's largest Internet service providers, to issue customer refunds and reform its handling of consumer cancellation requests.

Under the agreement, which was filed by Texas and 48 other states, AOL must provide its customers a simple online cancellation method ( The attorneys general took legal action after AOL customers complained about difficulty and confusion when they attempted to cancel their AOL paid services. In the future, AOL must record and verify telephone calls between AOL customer service representatives and customers calling to cancel their accounts. AOL must also resolve outstanding customer complaints and provide refunds to consumers who complained since Jan. 2005 of unauthorized service charges or improper billing.

Texans deserve straight answers and clear information from their Internet service providers," Attorney General Abbott said. "Today's agreement ensures that millions of AOL customers in Texas and across the country are adequately informed about their online services. With more Texans using the Internet every day, we will continue working to enhance online disclosures and protect Internet purchases."

Prior to today's agreement, AOL limited the methods available for consumers to cancel their accounts. As a result, the majority of consumers attempted to cancel by directly calling AOL. Customer service representatives received incentives for retaining or "saving" customers in lieu of cancellation, and subscribers complained that cancellation was extremely difficult, if not impossible. Today's agreement puts strict limitations on this practice and mandates the availability of online cancellations.

The settlement also requires AOL to revise its terminated account reactivation disclosures as well as disclosures involving accounts that are invoiced directly to monthly telephone bills. AOL must also reform its practice of allowing consumers to create "spin off" accounts, which are additional, paid AOL accounts stemming from one original membership. Under the terms of the agreement, these "spin-off" accounts can now only be created over the phone in a recorded conversation with a customer service agent, who must make detailed pricing disclosures.

AOL recently announced that it would begin limiting its role as an Internet access provider, but would allow its customers to convert to free e-mail accounts. The terms of today's agreement should minimize the potential for consumer confusion during this transition, by requiring additional disclosures and confirmation of calls where customers are transitioned to Internet service offered by third parties.

The Texas Attorney General's Office has participated in three other multi-state actions against AOL. In 1996, Texas and 19 other states entered into an agreement with AOL regarding the company's standard services pricing. In 1997, AOL entered into an agreement with Texas and 42 other states that reformed the company's customer notification procedures about various services, including dial-up accessibility. In 1998, Texas and 43 other states reached an agreement with AOL regarding the company's disclosures for free-trial offers, premium services, and communication and long-distance charges, as well as advertising to minors and changes to service agreements.

Today's settlement also requires AOL to reimburse the states $3 million.

The other participants in today's settlement are the states of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia Wisconsin, and Wyoming, the Commonwealths of Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Consumers may file a complaint with the Texas Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division at (800) 252-8011 or online at



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ERF Wireless Announces $1 Million Master Lease Line of Credit with Agility Solutions, Corp.

ERF Wireless (OTCBB: ERFW) announced that its ERF Wireless Bundled Services subsidiary has entered into a $1 Million Master Lease Agreement with Agility Solutions Corp . to provide expansion capital for its growing wireless ISP operations.

Dr. H. Dean Cubley, CEO of ERF Wireless, commented, "The leasing facility with Agility Solutions will enable us to finance the rapid growth ERF Wireless is experiencing in several of the wireless broadband networks we've recently acquired. It will also facilitate financing the additional wireless broadband equipment requirements that are created when we expand our service area footprints in markets where our banking network subsidiary has sold BranchNet networks."

Bill MacNamara, VP of Business Development at Agility Solutions, stated, "We are pleased to add ERF Wireless to our growing portfolio of wireless broadband operators and are looking forward to a long and mutually profitable relationship." Agility's unique combination of offerings allows wireless operators the ability to eliminate the capital constraints on growth, which are almost universally experienced in this market.

R. Greg Smith, CFO of ERF Wireless, commented, "Agility was founded and is managed by pioneers in the wireless broadband industry who truly understand the challenges that all wireless broadband operators face in today's market. By establishing a pre-approved line of credit with Agility for customer premise and other equipment, we are able to add subscribers without being concerned about how to constantly finance the required incremental equipment. This allows ERF Wireless to more evenly match our customer revenue and cost streams over the life of the customer relationship."


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Harleysville National Corporation Board of Directors Announces the Appointment of Paul D. Geraghty as President and Chief Executive Officer

HARLEYSVILLE, Pa., The Board of Directors of Harleysville National Corporation ("HNC") announced its appointment of Paul D. Geraghty as President, Chief Executive Officer and director of HNC and a director of Harleysville National Bank effective July 23, 2007. Demetra M. Takes, who served as interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation will remain as President and Chief Executive Officer of Harleysville National Bank and Trust Company, the Corporation's wholly-owned subsidiary.

Paul is formerly an Executive Vice President of National City Corporation responsible since September, 2006 for Debt Capital Markets, Derivatives, Public Finance, Investment Banking (mergers and acquisitions), Treasury management, International, Commercial equipment leasing and asset-based financing and client service and support for the entire wholesale bank. From March 2004 to September 2006, he was responsible for National City Corporation's regional banks in KY and PA, Specialized Industries, Leasing, Commercial Finance, Treasury management and International divisions. From 1999 to February, 2004, he was Executive Vice-President of National City Bank responsible for Specialized Industries, Large Corporate Banking and Treasury management.

Speaking on behalf of the Board of Directors, Walter E. Daller, Jr., Chairman of the Board of Directors said, "The Board engaged a comprehensive search to find the best candidate to lead Harleysville National Corporation. The Board is confident that Paul is well qualified to lead the company as it embarks upon its next phase of profitable growth and enhancement of long-term shareholder value. We are very excited that Paul has decided to join our team. The Board would also like to express its deep appreciation to Ms. Takes who has guided our company through this transitional phase."

"I am thrilled, and feel privileged to have the opportunity to lead HNC. HNC is a premier, top quality franchise with a vaunted history, operating in some of the best markets in Eastern Pennsylvania," said Paul. With a dedicated team of high quality people combined with a broad array of products for retail and commercial customers, I think HNC is a terrific partner for customers in our market. I grew up in Lansdale and attended graduate school at Lehigh University in Bethlehem and spent many years at CoreStates/Philadelphia National Bank working with customers in Eastern Pennsylvania. I cannot wait to be back in that market again; this time representing HNC."

Harleysville National Corporation, with assets exceeding $3.3 billion, is the holding company for Harleysville National Bank ("HNB"). Investment Management and Trust Services are provided through Millennium Wealth Management, a division of HNB with assets under management in excess of $3.0 billion. Harleysville National Corporation stock is traded under the symbol "HNBC" and is commonly quoted under Nasdaq Global Market Issues. For more information, visit the Harleysville National Corporation website at .

This press release may contain forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results and trends could differ materially from those set forth in such statements due to various factors. Such factors include the possibility that increased demand or prices for the Company's financial services and products may not occur, changing economic and competitive conditions, technological developments, and other risks and uncertainties, including those detailed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


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Calendar Events This Day

Embrace Your Geekness Day
Into dungeon fames, comic books and doing vampire dress-up? Spend endless hours going strange places on the Internet? You’re a geek, and this is the day to roar!

Gruntled Workers Day
There’s so much news about disgruntled workers that today’the day for Gruntled Workers to Unite! Drive to a fast-food restaurant and say, “Thanks, your service is fast, have a nice day.”

Japan: Bon Festival (Feast of Lanterns)
July 13-15. Religious rites throughout Japan in memory of the dead, who, according to Buddhist belief, revisit Earth during this period. Lanterns are lighted for the souls. Spectacular bonfires in the shape of the character dai are burned in hillsides on the last day of the Bon or O-Bon festival, bidding farewell to the spirits of the dead.

Wayne Chicken Days
July 13-14. Wayne, NE. To allow humankind to pay tribute to chickenkind (without laying the proverbial egg). Parade, National Cluck-Off, Hard-Boiled Egg Eating Contest, craft vendors and musical entertainment. Est attendance: 10,000.

International Puzzle Day

Barbershop Music Appreciation Day

Fool's Paradise Day

Saint feast Days



Today's Top Event in History

     1787- The Continental Congress enacted a slavery ban for a territory of the United States. The law prohibited slavery forever within the borders of the Northwest Territory, a region east of the Mississippi River, north of the Ohio River, south and west of the Great Lakes, and west of Pennsylvania.


This Day in American History

Friday the Thirteen.
On average, there are 1.72 ( ) Friday the 13ths per calendar year. The following table summarizes Friday the 13ths for years between 2007 and 2010.
year/ months having Friday the 13th

2008 June
2009 February, March, November
2010 August

Myth of Friday the Thirteenth

     1729—Birthday of Minuteman John Parker.
“Stand your ground. Don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.” Captain John Parker to the company assembled on Lexington Green.
     1787- The Continental Congress enacted a slavery ban for a territory of the United States. The law prohibited slavery forever within the borders of the Northwest Territory, a region east of the Mississippi River, north of the Ohio River, south and west of the Great Lakes, and west of Pennsylvania.
     1821--I am sorry to report this is an official holiday in the State of Tennessee, where they celebrate the birthday (1821) of Forrest Nathan Bedford. He is a Confederate cavalry commander who was also one of the founders of the original Klu Klux Klan. The KKK was composed of many ex-Southern Civil War soldiers, almost as if it were a “veterans organization.”
     1832 - Ethnologist Henry R. Schoolcraft was the first white person to arrive at the source of the Mississippi River at Lake Itasca, Minnesota. A pioneer in Native American studies, Schoolcraft conducted ethnological research among the Ojibwa in the Great Lakes region.
     1863-starting today and lasting until July 16, antidraft riots broke out in New York City. Modern history's bloodiest riot began when a mob of 50,000 Civil War draft protesters burn buildings (including an orphan asylum), stores and draft offices, attack police. Some club, lynch and shoot large numbers of blacks, who they blamed for the war. Rioters were protesting the provision allowing true red-blooded flag-waving Americans to make cash payment in place of serving in the army. When troops returning from Gettysburg finally restored order, 1,200 were dead.
     1863-- Mary Emma Woolley birthday, president of Mt. Holyoke College (1900- 1937) who under strong leadership expanded it to a major learning institution. She was voted one of the 12 most influential women in America. Jeannette Marks, head of the Holyoke English Literature Department lived with her for 52 years; they'd met at Wellesley.
     1865 Horace Greeley advises his readers to "Go west young man.”
     1868 --Oscar J Dunn, former slave, installed as lieutenant governor of Louisiana.
     1869 -- Street riots against Chinese laborers begin in San Francisco
     1886--- Birth of Father Edward Flanagan, American Catholic parish priest. Believing there was 'no such thing as a bad boy,' in 1922 he organized Boys Town near Omaha, Nebraska.
     1895-Cherry Hill, NJ tornado kills 3, while a tornado touches down in New York in Harlem and Woodhaven where 1 is killed.
     1915- Baltimore, MD, became the first city to support a City orchestra ($6,000).
     1936 112ø F (44ø C), Mio, Michigan (state record)
1936 114ø F (46ø C), Wisconsin Dells, Wisc. (state record)
     1938 - When the first television theatre opened in Boston, Massachusetts, spectators paid 25 cents to witness the event. Attended by 200 people, the variety show included dancing and singing, and lasted 45 minutes. The acts were transmitted to the room, by television, while the were being performed on the floor above the theatre.
     1939 - Making his recording debut with the Harry James band was Frank Sinatra, who sang "Melancholy Mood" and "From the Bottom of My Heart."
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     1940 Captain Jean-Luc Picard Birthday.
     1946---Top Hits
They Say It’s Wonderful - Frank Sinatra
The Gypsy - The Ink Spots
I Don’t Know Enough About You - The Mills Brothers
New Spanish Two Step - Bob Wills
     1954---Top Hits
Little Things Mean a Lot - Kitty Kallen
Hernando’s Hideaway - Archie Bleyer
The Little Shoemaker - The Gaylords
Even Tho - Webb Pierce
     1959 - The Shirelles song, "Dedicated To The One I Love", was released. The song only hit number 83 on "Billboard" magazine's Top 100 chart. When the song was re- released in 1961, it went to number three on the charts.
     1960 --Democratic National convention nominates Senator John F Kennedy for president.
     1962---Top Hits
The Stripper - David Rose
Roses are Red - Bobby Vinton
Al Di La’ - Emilio Pericoli
Wolverton Mountain - Claude King
     1963--- At the age of 43, Early Wynn pitches the first five innings to register his 300th win as the Indians down the Kansas City A's, 7-4. It will be his last major league win.
     1968-Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel's album, "Bookends" is #1 for the third week in a row. That album along with the "Mrs. Robinson" soundtrack will give the duo 16 straight weeks at #1 on the L.P. charts.
     1968-Steppenwolf's "Born To Be Wild" is released.
     1970---Top Hits
Mama Told Me (Not to Come) - Three Dog Night
Ball of Confusion - The Temptations
Ride Captain Ride - Blues Image
He Loves Me All the Way - Tammy Wynette
     1971 - At the All-Star Game at Tiger Stadium at Detroit, Michigan, Reggie Jackson hit a home run off Doc Ellis. The ball bounced off a light tower deep in right field. With a score of 6-4, the American League won the game.
     1972 - Baltimore Colts owner Carroll Rosenbloom and Los Angeles Rams owner Robert Irsay proposed a unique trade to the NFL, when the wealthy businessmen traded teams.
     1973 - During a concert at the John Wayne Theatre in Buena Park, California, the Everly Brothers broke up. Right in the middle of the concert Phil Everly walked off the stage, brother Don said, “The Everly Brothers died ten years ago.” They recently joined together to sing with the “Simon and Garfunkle” Tour, as both Paul Simon and Art Garfunkle have acknowledged they started singing together to become just like their idols, the Everly Brothers.
     1974---George McCrae's "Rock Your Baby" begins the first of two straight weeks at #1.
     1975---Dover, DE deluged with 8.5 inches of rain to establish a new 24 hour record for the state
     1974--Eric Clapton's "I Shot the Sheriff" is released.
     1977 -- A key transmission line near Indian Point, NY took a lightning strike which resulted in a massive 24 hour blackout in New York City. Looting resulted in $1 billion loss.
     1978---Top Hits
Shadow Dancing - Andy Gibb
Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
Take a Chance on Me - Abba
I Believe in You - Mel Tillis
     1980 - Afternoon highs of 108 degrees at Memphis, TN, 108 degrees at Macon, GA, and 105 degrees at Atlanta, GA, established all-time records for those three cities. The high of 110 degrees at Newington, GA, was just two degrees shy of the state record
     1982 - In Montreal, Canada, the first All-Star Game to be played outside the United States took place. For the eleventh consecutive year, the National League won when it defeated the American League 4-1.
     1984- The Yankees retire Roger Maris (#9) and Elston Howard (#32) uniform numbers. The team also erect plaques in their honor to pay tribute to their achievements as Bronx Bombers..
1984 - When sportscaster Howard Cosell asked to leave "Monday Night Football," saying he was “tired of being tied to the football mentality." Roone Arledge gave him what he wanted, and a year later, Cosell was removed from television altogether.
     1985 - Simultaneously, the "Live Aid" concert, for African famine relief, occurred in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and London, England. Performances from JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, London’s Wembley Stadium and other venues were broadcast world-wide and raising over $70 million. The all-day and most-of-the-night concert showcased some of rock 'n' roll's biggest names including Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Madonna, Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney. The concert was attended by 162,000 people, while 1.5 billion people watched the show from their televisions. Bob Geldorf, singer for Boomtown Rats organized the "Live Aid" concert and was responsible for gathering the big name stars, all of agreed to perform without pay.
     1985 - "A View to a Kill," from the James Bond movie of the same name, performed by Duran Duran, went to the top of the record charts, staying on top for two weeks. Both themes from James Bond movies, "Live and Let Die" by Wings and "Nobody Does It Better" by Carly Simon only reached number two on the record charts.
     1986---Top Hits
Holding Back the Years - Simply Red
Invisible Touch - Genesis
Nasty - Janet Jackson
Hearts aren’t Made to Break (They’re Made to Love) - Lee Greenwood
     1986 - Philadelphia Phillie Kent Tekulve broke the National League record for relief appearances for his 820th performance. He helped his team win in the 11-inning over the Houston Astros 5-4. The old record holder was Elroy Face of Pittsburgh.
     1989 - A thunderstorm at Albany, GA, produced 1.40 inches of rain in forty minutes, along with wind gusts to 82 mph. Afternoon highs of 98 degrees at Corpus Christi, TX, 110 degrees at Tucson, AZ, and 114 degrees at Phoenix, AZ, equaled records for the date. Greenwood, MS, reported 55.65 inches of precipitation for the year, twice the amount normally received by mid July.
     1995-Rush vocalist Geddy Lee sings "Oh Canada" before the All-Star Game at Baltimore's Camden Yards.
     1995 - The temperature in Chicago, Illinois reached its all-time high -- 106 degrees (Fahrenheit) -- recorded at Midway Airport.
     1999 - Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez became the first pitcher to open an All-Star Game with four strikeouts and fanned five in two dazzling innings to lead the American League to a 4-1 victory over the National League at Fenway Park.




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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