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Newport Beach, CA.

Account Executives, Four year degree plus lease sales experience required.

Learn more www.providentleasing.com
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Wednesday, June 29, 2005


Classified Ads---Sales Managers
    Fed Rate to go to 3.25% /Not Good for Leasing
        Partners Equity Capital Rumors
            Weekly Bulletin Board Report
Classified Ads---Help Wanted
    Two Case Wine Limit in California Proposed
News Briefs---
    California Nuts Brief---
        "Gimme that Wine"
Today's Top Event in History
    This Day in American History
        Baseball Poem---B.H.Fairchild

######## surrounding the article denotes it is a “press release”


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New York, NY
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Fed Rate to go to 3.25% /Not Good for Leasing

by Kit Menkin

The New York Times forecast that Federal Reserve the end of this month, Thursday, “is all but certain to raise the federal funds rate on overnight loans between banks by another quarter point, to 3.25 percent." It will then become the ninth increase in the last year. It also appears the central bank is expected to signal that it will continue to raise overnight rates at a "measured" pace.

In the leasing industry, all the attention and media coverage about rates cause customers to be more “rate conscious” than ever, resulting in lower margins just to get the business. Those more desperate, go after more “sub-prime” business just to make the yields better to their bottom line today. What tomorrow brings, hopefully they will be at another bank or leasing company by that time, usually 12 to 18 months after the deal is booked.

Not to belittle those of us in business, but we are now getting used to “another rate increase.” The event should get more attention from those in business than it does. To me it is almost like sales tax, gasoline or hotel tax or bridge fees. Here in the San Francisco Bay Area the bridge fees are to go to $4 or $5 to cover the cost of an up-date of the Bay Bridge that connects the Oakland/East Bay to San Francisco itself. All these small taxes or fees just keep building up. The Golden Gate Bridge fee was 25 cents and the toll for crossing to disappear in the late 1940's.

We take all these increases in stride. It's normal. It reality.

It's the way of life. Our problem is that we are not only in the middle of the forest, so we not only don't see all the trees, we aren't even aware of the continent let alone the other continents that affect our tree.

It is time many of us take some courses offered by our trade associations, local colleges and universities. Perhaps even a high school summer class in fundamentals may be in order. We need to become better educated about our business environment. The economy's trade imbalance and deficit require a more robust economy, but without inflation. It has become very obvious that the Federal Reserve is in the mode to raise rates, but as slowly as possible. It shies away from long term rate investments.

Certainly the long term rate is not only effecting the long term asset committees of various banks regarding the use of their products, but also the money availability and product need, which drives the mortgage rate and leasing industry marketplaces, too. Fannie Mae and ABS market place have been warned about two many short term mortgages, sub-prime approval; however the bottom line is more Americans own homes than ever before due to the low rates, plus those who would have difficulty use their credit card accounts to put cash down and/or pay other household bills because as any homeowner knows owning a house is more expensive than the monthly payment.

The once favored bond market has been the victim of the low rates. The term premium - the added payment that investors demand to cover the uncertainty of holding long-term bonds - has shrunk to almost nothing. Investors appear to assume that the overnight rate will be about 3.75 percent by the end of this year. But the yield on 10-year Treasury bonds remains about 4 percent.

One school of thought holds that low bond yields indicate fears of a slowing of economic growth, which would reduce demand for credit in the future. Another economic group believes that global investors have lower inflation expectations than in the past, which reduces the risk of holding long-term bonds.

According to the New York Times' Edmund Andrews,"... long-term interest rates may have been depressed by other factors, including a 'savings glut' around the world and efforts by Asian central banks to keep the value of their currencies down by buying United States Treasury securities.

"If that is true, the flood of foreign money into the country could be diluting the Fed's effort to prevent inflation, "his article concludes. " That would imply that the Fed needs to raise rates more than many investors are expecting.

Even Federal Reserve Chairman Allen Greenspan is concerned about the long term rates not being greatly affected as in the past by rising short term rates. At one time, long term rates were a hedge on profits, but perhaps not when it is obvious to all that short term rates will continue to go up, so why put money into long term?

Time for that college or even high school economic refresher course as the teachers see the entire world, not just your tree in your local forest. We need to be smarter in understanding what is happening to us today.

Books such as the ones written by Professor Johnson along with Barry Marks and Rick Gatelli need to be read not only by those new to the leasing business, but by veterans who need to keep up with all the changes. Yes, leasing is still the same, but it also “isn't.”



Partners Equity Capital Rumors

In early May, Leasing News started receiving e-mails that Partners Equity Capital, Horsham, Pennsylvania was closing down due to many NorVergence leases. Several e-mails said 40% of their portfolio were NorVergence leases.

According to a deposition of Martin Babicki, Executive Vice President Risk/Operations, which Leasing News has obtained and considers public information, there were about 636 leases (p. 51), 482 of which were not paying (p. 52) and 393 were in suit (p. 52) as of Jan. 6, 2005. Only 25 were continuing to pay, which may have been involved in the Weir Class Action Suit. In addition, there was a $175,000 lease direct to the NorVergence Corporation itself, which may have been a "sale/leaseback." As important, to make this decision, there appears to be no personal guarantee, as per the deposition of Martin Babicki, who also testified he did not know if financial statements were obtained. It was obvious the company had a close relationship with NorVergence officers.

In January, 2004, when they stopped taking more NorVergence leases, 60% of their business was NorVergence leases.

By e-mail and also telephone, Leasing News spoke with several officers, including the attorney representing the company in the NorVergence bankruptcy hearing, Inez M. Markovich.

Donald P. Campbell, Chairman and CEO, Partners Equity Capital Company, denied that the company was in any financial difficulties, had just received the Oki Data Americas account, had another in the works, and was about to announce a new bank infusion.

Don Campbell, Chairman/CEO

Campbell told Leasing News ,following their auditors advice, they had written off the NorVergence lease accounts for tax and accounting purposes. Accordingly, it had no major affect to the company's equity position or bottom line. He said it was their policy to attempt to collect all monies owed as it does affect their bottom line. Partners Equity would be active in the law suits, although they were in conversations with the California Attorney General's office at the time. He asked us to hold off on his comments as he was in the middle of signing papers with a major bank; a few weeks.

In early June, the bank announcement would be in a few weeks, still. Last week Leasing News learned the date for the announcement would be September or October, as sent by e-mail from Marc R. Donahue, Senior Vice President, Marketing.

Leasing News for several days last week, and this week, attempted to reach the officers by telephone regarding this event, and for any comment they would like to make about the rumors floating around, but were told by the male operator they were “traveling.”

Here is the web site of the company:


Martin Babicki

Copy of Depostion:




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Weekly Bulletin Board Report

We have three that are active. All the previous ones have been resolved
( checks have cleared the bank). Often we act as negotiators, getting a settlement from both sides. There are also times that we take the side of the leasing company.

#1 This excellent credit, according to the broker and funding source involved, submitted an application for over $30,000. The original approval was for “corporate only” based on the submission that the president was not the sole shareholder, one side says, and it is approved without a personal guarantee. But when the contract came to be signed, there was a personal guarantee form.

The applicant contends this was the approval and the understanding of all the parties. The funding source says the president is 100% shareholder and therefore should sign on a closely held corporation, even though the credit is excellent.

A deciding point is a signed form allowing the broker and funding source to run credit on the president.

#2 The next is a repeat customer where the broker panicked and perhaps rightfully so, but not necessarily so. The terms and conditions change, so the dollar amount was reduced, lease signed for a large dollar amount, and site inspection held. The problem, some of the equipment was attached to the building. The building was owned by the trust and a search found a loan to the company not on the financial statement in putting together a mortgagee lien.

A new financial statement was made. The broker originally thought the “super broker” was playing games, but the actual bank approval gives them the right to make changes if there are any changes in the financial condition. The lessee is not happy, nor is the broker, and the “super broker” is trying to hold it all together.

We helped get it down to a “punch list” and now only the copies of the checks remain to substantiate the loan portion. #3 This is another repeat customer to the Bulletin Board, and it again involves a church, this time in Houston, Texas. I just returned from Houston for a “medical graduation” at the St. Regis, followed the next day at one of my favorite restaurants in the world—Mark's.

Back to the subject:

“March 30...forwarded a down payment check in the amount of $2,814.10 followed by the signed lease agreement. Since that time, they have failed to either process the lease or issue a refund of the down payment amount. No one at the company will respond or return phone calls. On 6/20/05 we faxed a written request to refund the down payment.”

The company responded: “ I believe this to be a disguised sale lease back and the client is fully aware of this.   I will send ****** check back less the doc. fees and I'll notify our lenders of the potential problem with the vendor.    She is using you as leverage because the vendor knows the business and knows who you are.  I'll get you the vendors name to put on your watch list if it comes up again.   For now I'll be glad we passed on this transaction.”



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Account Executives, Four year degree plus lease sales experience required.

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Account Representatives & Sales Coaches
are needed in Oklahoma City, OK, Nashville, TN & Austin, TX locations with exp. in finance and sales with a successful track record of sales leasing. Positions are available for remote Account Executives with 8+ yrs Equipment Leasing Sales exp.  Work directly with CFOs, CIOs, CEOs and other high-level executives.  Please send resume indicating position of interest and location to: US_DFS_Staffing@dell.com.

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Seeking Tax Manager for Marshall, MN Headquarters. Responsible for management of USBancorp small ticket leasing division for a multi - billion dollar portfolio including oversight of compliance with all sales, use, rental, property, excise and miscellaneous taxes pertaining to the business of leasing. Four-year college/ university degree; or 2-4 years related work exp. and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

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Two Case Wine Limit in California Proposed

from K&LWines, Redwood City, California

The California Senate passed a bill on June 17th (SB 118) that is now before the Assembly and soon will go to the Governor. The new law will prohibit direct shipment of wine from California retailers (and retailers anywhere) to California consumers, plus limit the wine shipped to two cases per month, as now amended.


SB 118 (Chesbro) is a bill in reaction to the US Supreme Court direct wine shipping decision that prohibited discriminatory legislation. The bill originally would have created a permit that could be applied for by anyone licensed to sell wine to consumers (wineries and wine retailers) in any state. The permit would require registration with the California Alcoholic Beverage Control, payment of California taxes, the same protections against delivery to minors that currently exist for California wineries and retailers, limitations on shipment volume and would give the ABC the authority to regulate the shipments.

However, the mega-wholesale distributor interests in California (Southern Wine and Spirits and Young's Market Company) have called in their political muscle in order to remove out-of-state retailers from the permit system. Under the version of the bill approved on June 14th, only a select few retailers outside of the state of California may even apply for a permit.

The goal of the bill was to encourage the creation of a national system of permits and licenses that provides the opportunity for every licensed merchant to participate, no matter where that merchant is located. This would be in the interest of all consumers, whether here or elsewhere.

We support the amendments to SB 118 proposed by the California Grocers Association. If this bill doesn't get fixed, we urge Governor Schwarzenegger to VETO the bill. This is anti-consumer and anti-business. If the system needs to be fixed, we urge you to fix it right and not to harm the entire wine industry in the process.

More news about various states efforts to change the law that appears to be also back firing:





News Briefs----

Consumer confidence hit a 3-year high in June

Scrushy acquitted of all 36 charges

Shelby Foote Dies; Novelist And Historian Of Civil War



California Nuts Brief---

57% in poll wouldn't vote for governor



“Gimme that Wine”

Taittinger puts 'for sale' label on its vineyard

Bryant set to expand



Today's Top Event in History

    1862-To set the record straight about a famous Internet Hoax about “Taps., a military signal, indicating “lights out” at night and “farewell” at military funerals. The internet hoax names the right period of time, but the wrong circumstances. Actually “Taps”was played on the drum for many years, thus its name. The musical form of “Taps,” which is performed as a bugle call and also as a song, was written by Union General Daniel Butterfield. He wrote the music on the back of a torn envelope, then gave to Oliver Wilcox Norton, bugler and aide-de-camp of General Strong Vincent, commander of the 83 rd Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers of the Army of the Potomac to play. But he couldn't read the notes, so General Butterfield whistled it for him. This occurred as they were resting in camp at Harrison's Landing on the James River in Virginia, immediately after the seven days of fighting near Richmond, as the sun was setting. General Butterfield decided to have the bugler play it at the end of every day and other regiments copied it.



This Day in American History

    1736—Birthday of American Patriot Patrick Henry
    1744-- “Yankee Doodle” was written by Dr.Richard Shuckburgh, regimental surgeon to General Edward Braddock, commander in chief of the British forces during the French and Indian War. The verses were written at Albany, NY, and set to an ancient English tune, “The World Turned Down.” Shuckburgh intended to ridicule the “homely clad colonials,” but the song was taken up by the colonist themselves, and was played at the victory celebration in Yorktown in 1781 when Lord Cornwallis surrended at the end of the Revolutionary War. Some of the popular songs during this time were “ The Liberty Song,” also known as “ In Freedom We're Born,” and “ My Days Have Been So Wondrous Free.” Perhaps the most popular war song, according to historians, was “Chester,” composed in 1778 by William Billings of Boston, MA. The song was published in Billing's “The Singing Master's Assistant or Key to Practical Music,” printed by Draper and Folsom, Boston. “Chester” contains the following chorus: “ Let tyrants shake their iron rod;/ And Slav'ry clank her galling chains,/We fear them not;/ We trust in God,/New England's God forever reigns.”
    1776- Tule Arbor---First Church in San Francisco (before Mission Dolores )
    1832-“ America the Beautiful” was written on a scrap of paper in a half hour by Dr. Samuel Francis Smith, a Baptist minister. The original manuscript is in the Harvard University Library.
    1848—Wisconsin becomes the 30 th state.
(lower part of: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/may29.html ­)
    1851—The historic Ohio Woman's Rights Convention met in Akron.
    1858-Biurthday of George Washington Goethas, American engineer and army officer, chief engineer of the Panama Canal and first civil governor of the Canal Zone, born at Brooklyn, NY. Died at New York, NY Jan 21, 1928.
    1858-Birthday of Julia C. Lathorop, a pioneer in the battle to establish child-labor laws. Julia C. Lathrop was the first woman member of the Illinois State board of Charities and in 1900 was instrumental in establishing the first juvenile court in the U.S. In 1912 President Taft named Lathorop chief of the newly created children's Bureau, then part of the US Dept. of Commerce and Labor. In 1925 she became a member of the Child Welfare Committee of the League of Nations. Born at Rockford, Il, she died there April 15, 1932.
    1862-To set the record straight about a famous Internet Hoax about “Taps., a military signal, indicating “lights out” at night and “farewell” at military funerals. The internet hoax names the right period of time, but the wrong circumstances. Actually “Taps”was played on the drum for many years, thus its name. The musical form of “Taps,” which is performed as a bugle call and also as a song, was written by Union General Daniel Butterfield. He wrote the music on the back of a torn envelope, then gave to Oliver Wilcox Norton, bugler and aide-de-camp of General Strong Vincent, commander of the 83 rd Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers of the Army of the Potomac to play. But he couldn't read the notes, so General Butterfield whistled it for him. This occurred as they were resting in camp at Harrison's Landing on the James River in Virginia, immediately after the seven days of fighting near Richmond, as the sun was setting. General Butterfield decided to have the bugler play it at the end of every day and other regiments copied it.
    1886 -- Harlem photographer James VanDer Zee born Lenox, Massachusetts.

    1888- World-class athlete Jim Thorpe was born in a one-room cabin near Prague in Indian Territory, now Oklahoma.
    1905— Archibald Wright “Moonlight” Graham, a real-life ballplayer made famous by his appearance in W.P. Kinsella's novel, Shoeless Joe, and the movie, Field of Dreams, played in his only major league game. A substitute outfielder for the New York Giants, Graham entered the game in the late innings, neither coming to bat nor making a fielding play. Poetic license in the book and film moved this game to 1922. The story of his life was otherwise true.
    1910-Birthday of song writer Frank Loesser, New York City, NY
    1917 -- W.E.B. DuBois leads silent march by blacks against lynching, New York City.
    1922—Composer-pianist Ralph Burns born Newton, Mass. He wrote Bijou, Early Autumn, many others for Woody Herman before going out on his own as a pianist.
    1924 – Birthday of American poet Cid Corman .Throughout the 1950's and 1960's Corman's magazine ORIGIN published some of the major works of the Black Mountain poets, as well as other important work, choosing mostly poems not yet readily available elsewhere: the early poetry of Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, and Denise Levertov with the late works of Wallace Stevens and William Carlos Williams. Corman has published over 70 volumes of poetry, translated several French and Japanese poets, and published four volumes of essays. He has lived in Kyoto, Japan since 1958 where he and his wife run a business, Cid Corman's Dessert Shop.
"A hint or tint of music — as if the silence were being turned on."
http://www.sover.net/~poetry/ corman.html
    1931 - The temperature at Monticello FL hit 109 degrees to establish an all-time record for the state.
    1933-Primo Carnera won the heavy-weight championship of the world by knocking out Jack Sharkey in the sixth round of a fight at Long Island City, NY. Carnera held the title for only a year. He knocked out two contenders and then was defeated by Max Baer in June, 1924.
    1934 -- Movie "The Thin Man" (based on the Dashiell Hammett novel) starring William Powell & Myrna Loy opens.
    1934---After four years in the National Football League, the Portsmouth Spartans were sold to G.A. “Dick” Richards. He moved the team to Detroit and changed its nickname from the Spartnas to the Lions.
    1936---Birthday of third baseman Harmon Clayton Killebrew, born Payette, ID.
    1938—Birthday of The Valiants leader Billy Storm, Dayton, Oh
    1939-Benny Carter records theme Melancholy Lullaby ( Vocalion 4984)
    1941—Birthday of crusader and Freedom rider Stokely Carmichael. As a radio newsman I interviewed him by telephone during the March as arranged by Hal Light of San Francisco. He reported coined the word: “Black Power.” I also interviewed him in Oakland, California. In 1960, Carmichael formed the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. The SNCC was a student desegregation & civil rights group recognized for organizing massive voter registration drives in the 1960s. In 1967, Carmichael became honorary prime minister of the militant Black Panther Party. Carmichael & his then wife, famed South African singer Miriam Makeba, moved to Guinea in 1969. He died of cancer on November 15, 1998.
    1941- In a doubleheader with the Senators, Joe DiMaggio ties and then breaks the American League consecutive game hitting streak of 41 established by George Sisler. In the opener he knots the record with a double off Dutch Leonard, and in the nightcap 'the Yankee Clipper' tops the record with a seventh inning single against Walt Masterson.
    1944- singer Little Eva, whose full name is Eva Narcissus Boyd, was born in Belhaven, North Carolina. She was the babysitter for songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin when she recorded their song, "The Loco-Motion." It went to number one in the summer of 1962. The background singers on the record were a group called the Cookies, who had a hit of their own later in '62 with "Chains."
    1948---Top Hits
Nature Boy - Nat King
Toolie Oolie Doolie - The Andrews Sisters
Woody Woodpecker Song - The Kay Kaiser Orchestra (vocal: Gloria Wood & The Campus Kids)
Bouqeut of Roses - Eddy Arnold
    1955- I remember this day very well, the start of my teenager years, when the first “Rock and Roll” song to hit Number 1 in the pop charts was “ Rock Around the Clock.,” The recording artists were Bill Haley and the Comets, one of the first all-white acts to play “Rock and Roll.” It was the title song to the movie, “Blackboard Jungle.” Haley was originally a country and western singer, who my father hired in Chester, Pennsylvania in 1948 to sing “rock-a-billy” to a radio station when he was the general manager. Haley later learned the electric guitar.
Haley's recording sold only moderately well when it was first released in the spring of 1954. But when it was included in the soundtrack of "Blackboard Jungle," a film about juvenile delinquents, demand for the record soared.
By 1970, world sales of "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and the Comets were estimated at 16-million copies. The record was also the first to sell one-million copies in Britain, and has been on the British charts seven times, most recently in 1974.
    1956---Top Hits
The Wayward Wind - Gogi Grant
I Almost Lost My Mind - Pat Boone
Picnic - The McGuire Sisters
Crazy Arms - Ray Price
    1956-Dharles Dumas of the US became the first high jumper to clear the seven-foot barrier when he reached seven ft, 5/8 inches at the US Olympic Trials meet in Los Angeles. He won the gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics later that year at a height of six ft, 11 ½ inches.
    1956 -- Actress Marilyn Monroe marries playwright Arthur Miller, Katonak, Kentucky.
    1960—Birthday of singer Evelyn “Champagne” King, Bronx, New York
    1963- The first song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney makes it to the Hot 100. It's "From Me To You" as performed by Del Shannon.
    1964---Top Hits
A World Without Love - Peter & Gordon
I Get Around - The Beach Boys
My Boy Lollipop - Millie Small
Together Again - Buck Owens
    1968 -- Pink Floyd's second LP "A Saucerful of Secrets" is released.
    1968 -- "Tip-Toe Thru' The Tulips With Me" by Tiny Tim peaks at #17
    1969 - Detroit Tiger Jim Northrup ended an exciting week in his baseball career when he connected for his third grand-slam home run in seven days, setting a record in major league baseball.
    1970 - With the award-winning "Liza Minelli Special," NBC offered an evening of entertaining television.
    1971—The City of Memphis, TN, voted to name a road in honor of Elvis Presley---a 12-mile portion of the highway that passes Graceland.
    1972---Top Hits
The Candy Man - Sammy Davis, Jr.
Song Sung Blue - Neil Diamond
Outa-Space - Billy Preston
That's Why I Love You Like I Do - Sonny James
    1980---Top Hits
Coming Up - Paul McCartney & Wings
The Rose - Bette Midler
It's Still Rock & Roll to Me - Billy Joel
Trying to Love Two Women - The Oak Ridge Boys
    1984- Bruce Springsteen kicks off his Born In The U.S.A. tour in St. Paul, Minnesota. His single, "Dancing in the Dark," peaks at #2 on the same day.
Foolish Beat - Debbie Gibson
Dirty Diana - Michael Jackson
Make It Real - The Jets
He's Back and I'm Blue - The Desert Rose Band
    1988 - Alpena, MI, reported a record low of 39 degrees while Jackson, MS, equaled their record for the month of June with an afternoon high of 105 degrees. Thunderstorms in the central U.S. soaked Springfield MO with 3.62 inches of rain, a record for the date. 1988, the wife of pop star Lionel Richie was arrested in Beverly Hills, California after allegedly hitting the singer and a young woman after she found them in bed together. Brenda Richie was released on $5,000 bail and a court later ruled that no charges be filed against her. After the divorce, Richie never had a hit again and his popularity faded as he tried to change his “romantic” image.
    1990-Dave Stewart of the Oakland Athletics pitched a 5-0 no hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays at SkyDome. Later in the day, Fernando Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitched a 6-0 no-hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals. This marked the first time in major league history that no-hitters were recorded in each league on the same day and the first time in the 20 th century that two pitchers hurled complete-game no-hitters on the same day.
    1994- The U.S. Supreme Court reaffirms its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision on legal abortion, but its 5-to-4 ruling June 29 in Planned Parenthood v. Casey supports a Pennsylvania law limiting a woman's right to abortion. The Court also lets stand a Mississippi law requiring a 24-hour waiting period, which critics believe hindered many poorer women from obtaining legal abortions because they cannot afford overnight stays in cities far from their homes and jobs.
    1994--The mercury hit a scorching 128 degrees at Lake Havasu, Arizona to set a new all-time record high temperature for the state. The previous record was 127 degrees set at Parker on July 7, 1905.
    1994—Top Hits
I Swear- All-4-One
Regulate (From "Above The Rim")- Warren G
Any Time, Any Place/And On And On- Janet Jackson
Don t Turn Around- Ace Of Base
    1995-An American space shuttle docked with a Russian space station for the first time, resulting in the biggest craft ever assembled in space. The cooperation involved in this linkup was to serve as a stepping-stone to building the International Space Station.
    1999- Singer/songwriter Jewel forgets the words to her song "Little Sister" from her Pieces of You album during a concert in Mountain View, California. She asks the audience if anyone has a copy of her album with the front cover. A boy in the audience pulls it out of his backpack, and holds the lyrics up for Jewel while she performs
    2000- On his much awaited return to Shea Stadium, John Rocker pitches a perfect eighth inning in front of 46,998 booing fans helping the Braves to stop the Mets' winning streak at seven, 6-4. Prior to the game the Atlanta reliever read a statement apologizing for his inappropriate comments about New Yorkers which appeared in the off season in Sports Illustrated.
    2003---Top Hits
This Is The Night- Clay Aiken
Flying Without Wings- Ruben Studdard
Crazy In Love- Beyonce Featuring Jay-Z
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Baseball Poem

For Junior Gilliam (1928-1978)

by B.H. Fairchild ©

Published: The Little Magazine (1978)

In the bleak, bleacherless corner
of my rightfield American youth,
I killed time with bubble gum
and baseball cards and read the stats
and saw a sign: your birthday was mine.

And so I dreamed: to rise far
from Kansas skies and fenceless outfields
where flies vanished in the summer sun.
To wake up black in Brooklyn,
to be a Bum and have folks call me Junior
and almost errorless hit .280 every year
and on the field, like you, dance double plays,
make flawless moves, amaze the baseball masses.

You would turn, take the toss from Reese,
lean back and, leaping past the runner's cleats,
wing the ball along a line reeled out
from home and suddenly drawn taut
with a soft pop in Hodges' crablike glove.
And we went wild in Kansas living rooms.

The inning's over. You're in the shadows now.
But summers past you taught us how to play
the pivot (or how to dream of it).
And when one day they put me in at second,
I dropped four easy ones behind your ghost,
who plays a perfect game.

For Junior Gilliam (1928-1978) by B.H. Fairchild ©


Fast Facts

Jim "Junior" Gilliam played fourteen seasons with the Dodgers starting in 1953 and moving with the club from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 1958, ending his career with the organization in 1966.


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