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Friday, July 2, 2010

Happy Fourth of July

From all of us at Leasing News: Steve Chriest, Fernando Croce, Gretchen Gabriel, Rick Jones, Mr. Terry Winders, CLP, as well as the

Leasing News Advisory Board:
Edward Castagna, Nassau Asset Management, Westbury, NY.
Steve Crane, CLP, Bank of the West, Walnut Creek, CA.
Dale Davis, Endeavor Financial Services, Costa Mesa, CA
Phil Dushey, Global Financial Services, Manhattan, NY.
Ken Greene, Esq. Universal City / Kentfield, California
Shawn D. Halladay, The Alta Group, Salt Lake City, UT
Robert S. Kieve Empire Broadcasting, San Jose, CA.
Bruce Kropschot, Kropschot Financial Services, The Villages, FL.
Bruce Lurie Douglas-Guardian Services Corporation, Houston, TX.
Andrew Lea, M.A. Point Richmond, Calif.
Allan Levine, Madison Capital, LLC., Owings Mills, MD
Don Myerson, BSB Leasing, Colorado, Hawaii
Armon L. Mills, CPA, Publisher, San Diego Bus. Journal, San Diego, CA.
Dan Pulcrano, Publisher, Metro Newspapers, San Jose, California
Chair Bob Teichman, CLP, Teichman Financial Training, Sausalito, CA.
Rosanne Wilson, CLP, 1st Independent Leasing, Beaverton, OR.
Ginny Young, former Brava Capital, Orange, CA.

       Christopher “Kit” Menkin, Publisher/Editor


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US Bancorp Manifest--It's Official
  BBB: Rating Leasing Companies
   Classified---Help Wanted
New Hires---Promotions
 New Advance Scoring System for Fin Pac
  Tygris now EverBank Commercial Finance
DVD Special Patriotic Edition
 by Fernando F. Croce
  Cartoon---Seven Dwarfs of Golf
   Dayton, Ohio---Adopt-a-Dog
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News Briefs---
 Mortgage loan rates fall to new low
  First Republic Bank regains its independence
   Pending home sales fall 'as expected'
    Treasury nets $10.5B from Citigroup share sale
     HP completes $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm
    iPad Travel Challenge: iPad vs. Laptop
   Steve Jobs tells irate iPhone 4 customer to 'relax'
  iPhone 4 fans' Livestrong solution
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US Bancorp Manifest--It's Official

Last week Leasing News reported the "shrinking" of the broker division, with many going into the vendor division, and perhaps US Bancorp only keeping the top brokers, meaning millions of dollar per year. Since the days of Schwann, Manifest has been one of the top companies inviting new brokers to their office in Marshall, Minnesota to learn the leasing business, developing new brokers, writing insurance manifesto's of broker protection, and extremely active in the leasing associations to attract all leasing brokers. Leasing News reported it changed, but could not get any official notification, only information indirectly.

Here is an email to a broker who has been working with Manifest since 1987. His name is not included, and the sender of the email has been "X'd" out. But it is the first official word of the major change:

"Hi all,

“I know most of you know this already but I haven't been able to get in touch with everyone so I wanted to send this out...

“I wanted to let all of you know that in all of the changes over here at US Bank Manifest, that I have been laid off in this process. My last day with the company will be August 31. In the meantime, I will be here to help you with your backlog, funding source references or any other things that I can help with.

“You still have the ability to send new deals in up through July 30th. I would appreciate any deals you can send me while I'm still here as it would really help me out in this time of transition, but definitely understand if you need to send deals elsewhere.

“Also, please let me know if you need anything rechecked in late July as you will still have 60 days from the approval date to fund deals with us, so potentially you could have a deal that is approved in late July and funds in Sept.

“I will truly miss working with all of you and will miss the business & personal relationships that we have had. I wish you all the best and please contact me if there is anything I can do for you before I am done.


Regional Sales Representative
U.S. Bank Manifest Funding Services
Phone: 800.325.2236 ext *****
Fax: 800.433.6185

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BBB: Rating Leasing Companies

These are leasing companies who have appeared recently in Leasing News:


21st Century Leasing, San Diego, California

Allegiant Partners, San Rafael, California

Axis Capital, Grand Island, Nebraska

CharterCapital, Scottsdale, Arizona

Five Point Capital, San Diego, California

Key Equipment Finance aka KeyBank
Headquarters Location

Lease Corporation of America, Troy, Michigan

Leasing Corporation of America

Mar Vista, Villa Park, California

US Bancorp Manifest Funding Services aka Lyon Financial Services, Inc.


American Capital Group, Inc., Irvine, California

Bankers Capital, Northborough, Massachusetts

CSI Leasing, St. Louis, Missouri

Financial Pacific, Federal Way, Washington

Great America Leasing, Cedar Rapid, Iowa

Northland Capital Financial Services, St. Cloud, Minnesota

TCF Equipment Finance, Minnetonka, Minnesota

United Leasing, Evansville, Indiana


Ability Capital Solutions, Long Beach, California

Alliance Funding Group, Orange, California

Jules & Associates, Los Angeles, California

Matsco Financial, Emeryville, California

TimePayment Corporation

Tristar Capital, Santa Ana, California

Southern California Leasing Inc., Tustin, California


Providence Capital Funding, Brea, California

Somerset Capital Group, Milford, Connecticut


Enterprise Capital Partners dba Enterprise Leasing, Spokane, Washington

Pawnee Leasing, Fort Collins, Colorado

Matrix Business Capital, Long Beach, California


Celtic Leasing, Irvine, California

Tygris Vendor Finance, Parsippany, New Jersey


Balboa Capital, Irvine, California


Direct Capital, Portsmouth, New Hampshire


LEAF Financial Corporation, Philadelphia, PA

Main Street Bank


Barklay Capital, Inc., Costa Mesa, CA

Benchmark Financial Group, Aliso Viejo, California

GCR Capital, Safety Harbor, Florida

Marlin Leasing, Mount Laurel, New Jersey

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New Hires---Promotions

Rob Allanson was hired as vice president and sales manager of the equipment finance group for First Financial Bank, Cincinnati, Ohio; to provide equipment finance and leasing solutions to middle-market businesses in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan.

Prior to joining First Financial Bank, Allanson served as president of Huntington Equipment Finance for nine years. There, he managed more then $1 billion in assets, developed strategic plans for business growth, provided financing solutions for clients on a national level, and recruited and retained top talent. Allanson has also served as the president of Firstar Equipment Finance, and senior vice president of Star Bank Equipment Finance.

Allanson, a resident of Madeira, received his undergraduate degree from Miami University and earned a master’s in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He serves on the Clermont County Humane Society’s board of directors, is a Save the Animals Foundation (S.T.A.F. Cincinnati) volunteer and serves as a tutor for the Cincinnati Literacy Project.

Fred Costabile has joined Resolvion, Atlanta, Georgia, as Director of Business Development for the commercial and consumer collateral recovery and resolution company. He previously was with OFC Capital where he served as Senior Vice-President and Group Head of Capital Markets for three years. Prior to OFC Capital, Costabile served as a wholesale buyer for Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, Principal and National Sales Manager/Chief Marketing Officer for Bank of America Vendor Finance and Senior Vice President Manager of Special Markets for NationsBank Leasing Corporation.

Costabile has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Equipment Financing and Leasing Association where he was a member of the Executive and Finance Committees as well as a Trustee of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation. He is also a past member of the Associated Equipment Distributors

Jeff Dicosola was promoted to Business Development Manager at Great American Insurance Group, Cincinnati, Ohio. He had been in product management at Great American since 2004. Prior he worked for RVI America Insurance Company, US Bank and Saturn. He has been a licensed property/casualty agent since 2007. He has an MBA in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Bob Verzello was hired as vice president of media, broadcast and entertainment, CSI Leasing, Inc. St. Louis, Missouri. He previously was with National City Commercial Capital, where he was vice president of media finance, focusing on vendor relationships in the media/broadcast industry. Prior to that, he held various positions at GATX Technology Services, including vice president of sales and managing director for their joint ventures with Deutsche Leasing AG in Germany and The Royal Bank of Scotland in the United Kingdom. He also was vice-president, Western Region, Stratus Technology Services, and executive vice-president of Advantage Service Group. He has a BA in Information and Communications Studies from California State University at Chico. He also is Owner and manager of Mother Lode Orchards (Apple Hill), Camino, California, a 63 acre apple orchard in the Apple Hill area of El Dorado County.

Mark J.R. Williams was appointed director of strategy for Keycorp. Since 2005, Mr. Williams has been an executive vice president at PNC Bank, where he oversaw several of the company's corporate banking units including its Global Banking unit. Prior to that, he was a director of U.S. Card Operations for Capital One Financial Corp. He began his career with GE Aircraft Engines, where he was an aerospace engineer. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School. His undergraduate study was at Polytechnic University in New York City, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering. He is the current board chairman of the Ohio Venture Capital Authority and serves on the boards of JumpStart Inc., the Presidents' Council Foundation and DANCECleveland.

Scott Woodring was hired as Vice President, Sales & Marketing at BancLease Acceptance Corporation, Irving, Texas. He was Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Dakota Financial, LLC. He was National Sales Manager for Pawnee Leasing Corporation, Fort Collins, Colorado. Prior he was Regional Sales Manager for Firerock Capital, Inc. and Fisher-Anderson, Western regional manager in Lincoln, Nebraska.

(This ad is a “trade” for the writing of this column. Opinions
contained in the column are those of Mr. Terry Winders, CLP)


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New Advance Scoring System for Fin Pac

ATLANTA---Financial Pacific Leasing (FinPac) recently implemented new, custom scorecards and decision processes on Scoring Solutions’ Score360 system.

“For almost a year, we have worked diligently to incorporate robust, public commercial credit data on small businesses into our custom scorecard,” said Paul Menzel, CLP, FinPac CEO.

“Loss experience during the down cycle has provided valuable insight into lessee performance during a period of high economic stress. This allowed us to identify credit attributes that best predict performance of our unique customers. The resulting scorecard will approve more applications with improved efficiency and within acceptable risk parameters.” In conjunction with the new scorecard, FinPac has also widened its risk-based pricing range to include higher quality lessees.

Steve Darsie, Principal, Scoring Solutions

“Implementing powerful new scorecards that access more predictive data sources and provide better risk measurement is critical to making improved business decisions in a weak economy,” explained Steve Darsie, principal of Scoring Solutions. “Score360 allows creditors to implement new scorecards within one or two months of scorecard completion while providing powerful decisioning capabilities. Implementation speed is critical to drive performance and profitability.”

Scoring Solutions partnered with GDS Link to implement Score360 which includes more than 1,000 tri-bureau credit bureau attributes and easy access to commercial credit bureaus and other data sources.

About Financial Pacific Leasing, LLC
Financial Pacific Leasing is a direct provider of small-ticket commercial equipment leases to smaller, higher risk businesses that have operating or business credit history. For more information, visit

About Scoring Solutions, Inc.
Scoring Solutions is a leading developer of scorecards for the entire credit lifecycle. Scoring Solutions has been developing custom scoring models and credit bureau attributes since 1993. For more information, visit

About GDS Link LLC
GDS Link specializes in advanced software designed to support the access and aggregation of disparate data sources and the rapid implementation of custom credit scorecards. Its technology acts as the enabler for organizations to effectively manage the risk of their customer throughout its lifecycle. For more information, visit

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Tygris now EverBank Commercial Finance

Parsippany, N.J., – EverBank Commercial Finance, formerly known as Tygris Commercial Finance (“Tygris”), today announced its official brand change. The rebranding marks the final stage of the integration process and alignment with parent company EverBank Financial Corp., one of the nation's largest privately-held financial services companies.

EverBank Commercial Finance provides product-financing solutions to business customers in North America originated through select dealers, distributors, and manufacturers nationwide in the healthcare, office equipment and technology markets. The company will continue to serve its national customer base from its Parsippany, N.J. headquarters.

“Today is a significant point in our history as we formally mark our transition to the growing EverBank Family of Companies,” said Jim McGrane, president of EverBank Commercial Finance.

“With our new identity in place, we are excited to build upon the strength of EverBank’s established brand and financial stability and reaffirm our commitment to innovation and service that have been the hallmarks of our success.”

Updated information regarding EverBank Commercial Finance’s products, services and sales teams can be found at

About EverBank Commercial Finance
EverBank Commercial Finance, the commercial finance and leasing division of EverBank Financial Corp., provides product financing solutions to businesses, dealers and manufacturers in the healthcare, office equipment, and technology markets across the US. For more information, please visit:

About EverBank Financial Corp
EverBank Financial Corp is a privately held bank holding company headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. With approximately $11.5 billion in assets, $8.9 billion in deposits, approximately 2,000 employees, and over 700,000 customers nationwide, EverBank is one of the industry's fastest growing, high performing bank holding companies.

EverBank provides banking, investing and lending products nationwide directly to consumers and through a variety of businesses. EverBank has a 4-star rating from Bauer Financial. Banks rated 4 stars or more are considered "safe, financially sound and operating well above their regulatory capital requirements." In addition, EverBank has received numerous awards including Forbes and Online Banking Report's "Best of the Web", Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine's "Best Checking Account" as well as other servicing, banking, and technology honors.

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Fernando's View
By Fernando F. Croce


Special Patriotic Edition Part 2

For this 4th of July weekend, check out these patriotic classics from Netflix and create your own cinematic fireworks.

Yankee Doodle Dandy (Michael Curtiz, 1942): Who would have thought that it would take a foreign filmmaker to come up with the most patriotic of American movies? Austria-born director Michael Curtiz (“Casablanca,” “The Adventures of Robin hood”) pulled out all the stops in this irresistible celebration of America’s greatest features, from apple pie to the freedom of putting on a show. James Cagney won a well-deserved Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of flag-waving composer and song-and-dance man George M. Cohan, who over the years went from child star at vaudeville shows to the country’s most beloved entertainer. Full of vintage tunes (“Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “The Red, White and Blue”) and Cagney’s electrifying numbers, it’s the perfect Fourth of July movie.

Saving Private Ryan (Steven Spielberg, 1998): There are countless fine American movies dealing with courage during wartime, but to many modern viewers this modern classic from Steven Spielberg may stand at the very top of the list. Kicking off with an unforgettable vision of the bloodshed and sacrifice of the D-Day landing near the end of World War II, it depicts the odyssey of a group of soldiers, led by Capt. John Miller (Tom Hanks), as they venture into enemy territory in a dangerous mission: To rescue Private Ryan (Matt Damon), a paratrooper whose brothers were killed in action. With masterly camerawork and often overpowering emotions, Spielberg offers an indelible portrayal of bravery in the face of horror that’s both inspiring and haunting.

Hail the Conquering Hero (Preston Sturges, 1944): For some 4th of July laughs, you can’t go wrong with a comedy from the legendary Preston Sturges. This classic tells the rib-tickling tale of Woodrow (Eddie Bracken), a soldier who, at the height of World War II, gets discharged due to a bout of hayfever. Ashamed to go back to his hometown, he runs into a group of Marines led by gruff Sgt. Heppelfinger (William Demarest), who come up with a war story so Woodrow can retain his dignity. When the entire town welcomes him as a hero and even the Mayor offers him a new position, however, the charade becomes increasingly hard to keep up. A wonderful reminder that humor is as much a staple of a great nation as courage.

The Best Years of Our Lives (William Wyler, 1946): With WWII over, Hollywood felt the need to turn its sights back home to reassure the civilians the as well as the returning veterans. This Oscar-winning drama looks with great skill and sensitivity at the re-adjustment of a trio of military men as they reenter society. Al (Fredric March) has a devoted wife (Myrna Loy) and a good business, but finds the economic climate at odds with recognition of his fellow war vets’ efforts. Fred (Dana Andrews) struggles to deal with a rocky marriage and battlefield memories, while Homer (real-life paratrooper Harold Russell) faces emotional and physical challenges. William Wyler directs a superb cast in this stirring portrait of a nation’s postwar pain and healing.

Independence Day (Roland Emmerich, 1996): The U.S.A. takes to the interplanetary frontlines when aliens try to invade Earth. Director Roland Emmerich steals from just about every other science-fiction movie ever made, from “Earth vs. the Flying Saucers” to “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” but succeeds in entertaining audiences thanks to an enthusiastic cast (including Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum). And what patriot could resist when, facing down the hordes of slimy creatures heading toward the planet, the American President (Bill Pullman) grabs the mike and delivers a speech that ends with: “We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on! We're going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!”




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Our adoption fee is $165 for puppies and $140 for dogs.

Andy is up-to-date with routine shots and spayed/neutered

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Today in History

1988- Michael Jackson became the first artist to have five number one singles from one album when "Dirty Diana" went to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. The other four chart-toppers from "Bad" were "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," "Bad," "The Way You Make Me Feel" and "Man in the Mirror."


This Day in American History

   1776- the Continental Congress, Philadelphia, PA, having a quorum, voted to adopt  a resolution introduced June 7, 1776, by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia: “Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved. That it is expedient forthwith to take the most effectual measures for forming foreign Alliances. That a plan of confederation be prepared and transmitted to the respective Colonies for their consideration and approbation.” This resolution prepared the way for signature and adoption, July 4,1776, of the Declaration of Independence.
    1777- slavery emancipations was enacted into law by Vermont: “ No male person born in this country or brought from over sea, ought to be holden by law, to serve any person as a servant, slave or apprentice, after he arrives to the age of twenty-one years, nor female, in like manner, after she arrives to the age of eighteen years, unless they are bound by their own consent, after they arrive to such age, or bound by law, for the payment of debts, damages, fines, costs, or the like.”
    1778- Cyrus Griffin of Virginia, the president of the Congress, announced that the Constitution had been ratified by the required nine states (the ninth being New Hampshire June 21, 1788), and a committee was appointed to make preparations for the change of government.
    1822-Perhaps one of the events that slowed those advocating freedom was the ceremony and significance of the hanging of Denmark Vesey.  He was the planner of what would have been the biggest slave revolt in US history.  Denmark Vesey was executed at Charleston, SC.  He had been born around 1767, probably in the West Indies, where he was sold at around age 14 to Joseph Vesey, captain of a slave ship.  He purchased his freedom in 1800.  In 1818 Vesey and others began to plot an uprising, he held secret meetings, collected disguises and firearms and chose a date in June, 1822. But authorities were warned, and police and the military were out in full force.  Over the next two months, 130 blacks were taken into custody, 35, including Vesey, were hanged and 31 were exiled.  As a result of the plot, Southern legislatures passed more rigorous slave codes.
    1833 - An unusually large New England tornado, one half to three quarters of a mile wide, went from Salem Pond to Norton Pond, VT, and then into Canada. It "prostrated" nearly everything in its path.
    1843 - An alligator reportedly fell from the sky onto Anson Street in Charleston, SC, during a thunderstorm.
    1863-The second day of the battle of Gettysburg. Both armies faced each other in a parallel line one mile apart. General Longstreet basically holds back, disagreeing with General Lee orders, as Longstreet waits.  Lee sends in his best, his right hand fighting force, the price of the South,  J.E.B.Stuart. The delay by Longstreet changes the course of the battle.  The time gives the Federal troops time to organize and position themselves. In his book, Longstreet says these reports are incorrect, especially about specific orders to attack. This battle was never planned, but was stumbled into as General Lee was on his way for a surprise attack on Washington, D.C. Several generals died this day in battle, and Longstreet has his version of what happened.
    1864-Congress established the National Statuary Hall, formerly the Hall of the United Sates House of Representatives in the Capital at Washington, DC.  Each state was invited to contribute marble or bronze statues of its most distinguished citizens.
    1881 - Only four months into his administration, President James A. Garfield is shot as he walks through a railroad waiting room in Washington, D.C. On September 19, 1881, after 80 days, President Garfield died of blood poisoning. Vice President Chester A. Arthur serving as acting president was sworn in as president.
    1890—The Sherman Act was enacted by Congress.  Also known as the Antitrust law, it was “ an act to protect trade and commerce against unlawful restraints and monopolies. “ It provided that “every contract combination in the form of trust or otherwise, or conspiracy, in restraint of trade or commerce among the several states, or with foreign nations, is hereby declared to be illegal.”
The census recorded a population of 62,947,714.  The center of population was placed at 20 miles east of Columbus, Indiana.  The melting pot character of New York City was reflected in statistics revealing that there were half as many Italian New Yorkers as Neapolitans in Italy, as many German New Yorkers as Germans in Hamburg, twice as many Irish New Yorkers as Dubliners, and two and half-half times as many Jews as were living in Warsaw. It would not be until shortly after the turn of the century that immigration laws would slow down the mix.
    1881- President James A. Garfield was shot as he entered the railway station at Washington. DC. He died Sept 19, 1881, never having recovered from the wound. The assassin, Charles J. Guiteau, was hanged June 30, 1882. (bottom half of: )
    1904-Jean Rene Lacoste, tennis player and clothier born at Paris, France. Lacoste, known as the Crocodile, was one quarter of the great French tennis players in the 1920's known as the Four Musketeers.  He won Wimbledon and the US championship twice each, the French Open three times and was ranked No. 1 in the world in 1926-27.  He designed the first shirt specifically for tennis, a loose-fitting cotton polo shirt that soon became the standard. He adorned the Lacoste shirt with a small crocodile, the first apparel logo. Died at St. Jean-de-Luz, France, October 12, 1996
    1905-birthday of bandleader, saxophonist Harland Leonard, Kansas City, MO
    1908-birthday of Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American on the U.S. Supreme Court, born at Baltimore, MD.  For more than 20 years, he served a director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.  He experienced his greatest legal victory May 17,1954, when the Supreme Court decision on Brown v Board of Education declared an end to the “separate but equal” system of racial segregation in public schools in 21 states.  Marshall argued 32 cases before the Supreme Court winning 29 of them, before becoming a member of the high court himself.  Nominated by President Lyndon Johnson, he began his 24-year career on the high court. Oct 2, 1967, becoming a voice of dissent in an increasingly conservative court. Marshall announced his retirement June 27, 1991, and he died January 24, 1993, a t Washington,DC.

    1917-W.E. B. Dubois, Marcus Garvey, and James Weldon Johnson of the NAACP, led a silent march down Fifth Avenue at New York, following the previous day Saint Louis race riots ( reported in yesterday's A Day in American History )  Between 20 and 75 blacks were killed, and hundreds more were injured.
    1921-Jack Dempsey successfully defended his heavyweight championship against French contender George Carpentier. The challenger staggered Dempsey in the second round, but the “Manassa Mauler” recovered and knocked out Carpentier in the fifth round.  The fight grossed $1,789,238, boxing's first million-dollar gate, as 80,000 fans took their seats in a specially-built outdoor arena in Jersey City, NJ.     1930-PianistAhmad Jamal (Fritz Jones ) birthday
    1939-birthday of singer Paul Williams, Birmingham, AL
    1941—Gene Krupa Band with Roy Eldridge record “ Rockin' Chair.” (Hoagy Charmichael first wrote and sang this, and Jack Teagarden
later had a hit in the late 1920's. It later became his signature song.)
1943-First Lieutenant Charles Hall of Brazil, In, became the first Army pilot who was African-American to shoot down an Axis airplane in World War II when she shot down a German FockeWulf 190 over Sicily.  He was flying a Warhawk as part of a fighter squadron escorting bombers. The squadron commander was Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Oliver Davis, Jr., who later became the first Africa-American general of the Air Force.   
    1944- impresario Norman Granz presented the first Jazz at the Philharmonic concert at the Philharmonic Auditorium in Los Angeles. The series, which later toured the US and Canada, presented the best mainstream jazz artists, both in individual sets, and in an all-star jam session. The success of Jazz at the Philharmonic proved, as Granz said, that there was "money to be made in good jazz." Granz later formed Verve, one of the leading jazz labels of the 1950's and '60s.
1945 - The submarine USS Barb fires rockets on Kaihyo Island, off the east coast of Karafuto (Sakhalin) Island. It is the first American underwater craft to fire rockets in shore bombardment. Meanwhile, Japanese sources report that only 200,000 people remain in Tokyo. All others have been evacuated to safer areas. The Japanese claim that some 5 million civilians have been killed or wounded by American fire-bombs.
    1947 - Soviet Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov walks out of a meeting with representatives of the British and French governments, signaling the Soviet Union's rejection of the Marshall Plan. Publicly, U.S. officials argued that the Soviet stance was another indication that Russia intended to isolate Eastern Europe from the West and enforce its communist and totalitarian doctrines in that region. From the Soviet perspective, however, its refusal to participate in the Marshall Plan indicated its desire to remain free from American "economic imperialism" and domination.
    1947 - An object crashed near Roswell, N.M. The Army Air Force later insisted it was a weather balloon, but eyewitness accounts gave rise to speculation it might have been an alien spacecraft.
    1951--Top Hits
Too Young - Nat King Cole

mister and Mississippi - Patti Page
On Top of Old Smokey - The Weavers (vocal: Terry Gilkyson)
I Want to Be with You Always - Lefty Frizzell
    1955- "The Lawrence Welk Show" premiered on television, lasting for nearly three decades. By high school best friend Warren Luening played trumpet in the show, who is today a well-known professional studio, move, and television musician. He is mentioned often in movie titles and CD ROMs for his solo's and performance,,460884,00.html,,1080878,00.html,,192577,00.html
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    1956 - Elvis Presley recorded "Hound Dog" and "Don't Be Cruel" and “Anyway You Want Me “ for his new record label home, RCA Victor in New York. It's the first session to feature the Jordainaries, a vocal harmony quartet.
    1957-"The Andy Williams Show" premiered   Mike Post was hired as musical director "in order to appeal to a younger audience; he introduced the practice of prerecording band arrangements rather than recording them during the taping of the show." In 1976, Williams hosted "Andy," a syndicated show.    
1959--Top Hits
Personality - Lloyd Price
Lonely Boy - Paul Anka
Lipstick on Your Collar - Connie Francis
The Battle of New Orleans - Johnny Horton
    1961—Roger Maris hits 29th and 30th home run en route to 61 homers.
    1962-Jimi Hendrix was honorably discharged from the 101st Airborne Paratroopers, after breaking his ankle during his 26th and final parachute jump.
    1963 In one of baseball's most memorable pitching duels, Giants' Juan Marichal and Braves' Warren Spahn both hurl 15 scoreless innings before Willie Mays ends the marathon with a homer off Spahnie in the bottom of the 16th giving San Francisco a 1- 0 win.
1964- President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Acts into law, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race in public accommodations, in publicly owned or operated facilities, in employment and union membership, and in the registration of voters.  The bill included Title VI, which allowed for the cutoff of federal funding in areas where the discrimination persisted.  
    1966- Temperature at Philadelphia, PA soared to 104
    1966-Frank Sinatra's version of "Strangers in the Night" displaced The Beatles' "Paperback Writer" at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. It was also a UK #1. Sinatra's recording would win him a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance and Record of the Year, despite the fact that Frank often said he didn't really like the song.

    1967--Top Hits
Windy - The Association
Little Bit o' Soul - The Music Explosion
San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) - Scott McKenzie
All the Time - Jack Greene   
    1969- Reds pitcher Jerry Arrigo ties a major league mark when he hits his third Brave in the second inning of 9-4 victory. Braves tie the record hitting five batters in one game.
    1975--Top Hits
Love Will Keep Us Together - The Captain & Tennille
When Will I Be Loved - Linda Ronstadt
Wildfire - Michael Murphey
Tryin' to Beat the Morning Home - T.G. Sheppard
    1976- Brian Wilson, rehabilitated from drug and other problems, joined the Beach Boys on stage in Oakland, California for the first time in 12 years. He performed with the group again the following night, and the event was recorded for an NBC television special.
    1983--Top Hits
Flashdance...What a Feeling - Irene Cara
Electric Avenue - Eddy Grant
Every Breath You Take - The Police
Love is on a Roll - Don Williams
    1985- Astro hurler Joe Niekro notches his 200th career victory. The Niekro brothers (Joe & Phil) will join the Gaylords (Jim & Gaylord) as the only brothers to win at least 200 games per pitcher.
    1988 - Twenty-six cities in the eastern U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date. The morning low of 47 degrees at Roanoke, VA, broke the July record set the previous day.
    1988- Michael Jackson became the first artist to have five number one singles from one album when "Dirty Diana" went to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. The other four chart-toppers from "Bad" were "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," "Bad," "The Way You Make Me Feel" and "Man in the Mirror."  
 1989--Thunderstorms produced 158 reports of large hail or damaging winds. Evening storms in northeast Texas produced softball size hail which causes more than $5 million damage at Allen and wind gusts to 90 mph at Dallas which injured 8 persons and caused $7 million damage.
  1991--Top Hits
Rush, Rush - Paula Abdul
Unbelievable - EMF
Power of Love/Love Power - Luther Vandross
The Thunder Rolls - Garth Brooks
    1992- A cold July day as Saranac Lake, NY drops to 30, East Haven, VT to 29, West Charleston ,VT 30
    1994-Andrews Escobar, 27 a defender on Colombia's 1994 World Cup soccer team, was shot 12 times and killed by an unknown assailant in Medellin, Colombia.  The shooting occurred ten days after Escobar had scored an “own goal,” kicking the ball into his own net in a 2-1 opening round upset loss to the United States. Witnesses aid the shooter shouted, “ Goal! Goal!” as he fired each shot.
    1994 -Heavy rains from the remains of Tropical Storm Alberto produces major flooding across northern and central Georgia. Three day rains exceeded 15 inches at Atlanta., GA, 21.10 inches at Americus, GA. Numerous road closures and bridge washouts. 30 people were killed and 50,000 were forced from their homes as 800,000 acres were flooded. Total damage exceeded $750 million
    1997 - "Men in Black" opened in the U.S. It's a fun-filled sci-fi tale about a secret organization that's been keeping track of extra-terrestrial aliens on Earth for over 40 years. This organization so secret that when you retire, your memory of it is erased! Agents Kay (Tommy Lee Jones) and Jay (Will Smith) expose a plot by intergalactic terrorist Edgar (Vincent D'Onofrio) who has beamed (or whatever) to Earth to assassinate two ambassadors from opposing galaxies. Complex, but hilarious, but action packed. Audiences beamed (or whatever) to theatres the first weekend, spending $51.07 million on the movie.
    2002 -Fifty-three major league players hit a record 62 home runs breaking the mark of 57 established on April 7, 2000. The barrage includes record-tying dozen hit at Chicago's Comiskey Park by the White Sox and the Tigers, the same two teams which set the major league record for homers in a game with 12 at Tiger Stadium in 1995.


Baseball Poem

   Stop Action

Slowly as in an underwater dance
the shortstop dips to take the ball
on a low hop, swings back his arm, balancing
without thought, all muscles intending
the diagonal to the first baseman's glove.

As the ball leaves his hand, the action stops —
and, watching, we feel a curious poignancy,
a catch in the throat. It is not this play only.
Whenever the sweet drive is stopped
and held, our breath wells up like the rush

of sadness or longing we sometimes feel
without remembering the cause of it.
The absolute moment gathers the surge
and muscle of the past, complete,
yet hurling itself forward — arrested
here between its birth and perishing.

Written by Conrad Hilberry, published in
“Line Drives,” 100 Contemporary Baseball
Poems edited by Brooke Horvath and Tim Wales,
published by Southern Illinois University Press




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