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Friday, May 1, 2015

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

Archives---May 1, 2000
 Bruce Kropschot Re-Establishes Kropschot Financial Services
  Classified Ads---Senior Management
Marlin Net $500,000 Less than Previous 1st Q
   Lease/Loan Production Down $7.9MM - Sr. VP/CFO Resigns
Bill to Allow Anyone to Obtain Referral Fees
  May Be Adopted by Other States
New Hires---Promotions in the Leasing Industry
 Leasing Industry Ads---Help Wanted
  Take Our Kids to Work Day
    First American Equipment Finance
  Leasing Conferences 2015
Maxim Commercial Capital Goes Digital
  Accelerates Funding from Days to Hours
    Labrador Retriever
      Kalamazoo, Michigan  Adopt-a-Dog
Ex Machina/The Water Diviner
  Inherent Vice/Mr. Turner/Goodbye to Language
    Film/Digital Reviews by Leasing News' Fernando Croce
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 Railcar Sales and Leasing Up at American Railcar
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 John Boehner: ‘thousands of jobs’ at risk if Ex-Im Bank expires

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Archives---May 1, 2000
Bruce Kropschot Re-Establishes Kropschot Financial Services

Bruce Kropschot announced today that he has re-established Kropschot Financial Services, which he founded in 1986 as a merger and acquisition advisory firm for the equipment leasing and financing industry. Mr. Kropschot left the firm in late 1997 to become Vice Chairman - Mergers and Acquisitions of UniCapital Corporation, which he helped acquire 17 equipment leasing businesses. and go public in May 1998 in the largest roll-up initial public offering ever Effective April 1.2000, Mr. Kropschot retired from UniCapital Corporation, where he was also President of UniCapital Business Credit Group.

Under Mr. Kropschot's leadership. Kropschot Financial Services arranged over 125 acquisitions of equipment leasing and specialty finance businesses from 1986 through 1997 and was ranked as the leading provider of merger and acquisition advisory services in this sector.

Bruce Kropschot has been in the equipment leasing industry for nearly 30 years. Prior to founding Kropschot Financial Services, he was Executive VP of HBE Leasing Corporation and President and an owner of Master Lease Corporation (now known as De Lage Landen Financial Services). He is a CPA and holds BBA and MBA degrees in accounting and finance from the University of Michigan. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Equipment Leasing Association of America, United Association of Equipment Leasing and Eastern Association of Equipment Lessors and is a founding member of Imitational Merger & Acquisition Professionals, an organization of leading M&A intermediaries located throughout North America and Europe.


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Marlin Net $500,000 Less than Previous 1st Q
Lease/Loan Production Down $7.9MM - Sr. VP/CFO Resigns

Lynne Wilson, 52, who joined Marlin Business Services in June, 2006, as Chief Financial Officer, on April 30, 2015 announced her resignation as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.  Her employment will terminate May 31, 2015, according to a SEC filing. (1) No explanation was given for her resignation. shows her "Executive Compensation" in 2013 was $541,347.

November, 7, 2013, Marlin announced the retirement of George D. Pelose, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary, who joined the firm in July, 1999. At the end of 2014, he was found on looking for "employment."

MARLIN released its First Quarter, 2015 earnings, showing net income of $4.1 million, compared to $4.6 million first quarter, 2014.

First quarter 2015 lease and loan production is $81.6 million, compared to $89.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 and $74.0 million in first quarter of 2014.

The company is touting its business loan program, seeming to move in this direction as the rest of the industry finds working capital and equipment financing "easier."   The company press release states, "On March 16, 2015, the Company announced the launch of Funding Stream, a new, flexible loan program of Marlin Business Bank, our wholly owned, federally regulated commercial bank. Funding Stream is tailored to the small business market to provide customers a convenient, hassle-free alternative to traditional lenders and access to up to $100,000 of capital to help grow their businesses." (2)

A conference call and Webcast is schedule for 9:00am ET, Today, Friday, May 1, 2015.


(1) SEC Filing Notice

(2) First Quarter, 2015 Press Release -dividend-of-0_125-per-share



Bill to Allow Anyone to Obtain Referral Fees
May Be Adopted by Other States

SB 1987, authored by California State Senator Marty Block, District 27 (Cities of San Diego, Coronado, Del Mar, and Solana Beach), was amended (1) and heard by the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee on Wednesday.(2) It is aimed at unlicensed brokers and vendors who then will be able to receive a referral fee for recommending a commercial capital lease or business loan.

“Apr. 29- From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on  APPR. (Ayes  6.Noes  0.) (April  29). Re-referred to Com. on  APPR.” (2)

Leasing News heard many opinions regarding the proposed legislation from Wednesday’s story about it winding its way through the California legislature. (3)

This may be adopted, and may lead to other states following, as it basically stated “A licensee that is a finance lender may pay line compensation to an unlicensed person or company in connection with the referral of one or more prospective borrowers to the licensee…”

The groups supporting it seek permission to pay a referral fee regardless of their license status as a Finance Lender in the State of California.(4)

Leasing News received several comments from attorneys who specialize in finance and leasing, including this one from Barry Marks, Esq.

“I don’t read the bill as permitting brokers to refer deals without obtaining a license. I think brokers must still be licensed.

“What it does is remove any possibility that the LENDER may be in violation of its license because it pays a commission to someone who doesn’t have a license – a vendor for example, so long as the deal meets certain criteria.

“This seems to remove any question that a vendor or someone else who otherwise would not need a license is a ‘broker’ merely because it accepts a commission for a qualifying loan. It may also mean that a deal is not ‘tainted’ because the originating broker didn’t have a license, but as it only speaks of referrals and not assigned deals, a deal booked by an unlicensed originator and sold or assigned to a licensed lender is still a violation of the purchasing lender’s license.

“I am concerned about the negative implications and the rigorous (and, in at least one case, absurd) rules for determining a qualifying loan.”

Barry S. Marks, Esq.
Marks & Associates, P.C.

Other comments received, the senders did not want them attributed:

“I am not in favor of this bill. Many equipment lease transactions are brought to equipment lessors and funding sources by brokers. These brokers are required to be licensed. The license assures that the brokers will be acting in accordance with California Law, such as filing a bond for potential damages, not lying on documents to the borrower, and having clear and concise documentation. All this will be lost and unregulated if this Bill is signed into law.”

(Name With Held)

“Brokers which sign up borrowers for funding from another source really do have to be regulated to protect California small businesses which borrow or lease goods. This bill allows a sector of Brokers to operate completely unregulated."

(Name With Held)

In the amended versions, SB 197 “Requires borrowed to sign a receipt that the referrer is to receive a referral fee and what that dollar amount will be.” It means the borrower or lessee needs to sign a form that they are aware the dollar amount the referrer is to receive. The bill also does not allow the referrer who receives a deposit that if the loan or capital lease does not go through, they can be penalized for not returning it:

“At the time a licensee that is a finance lender receives an application for a commercial loan from a prospective borrower who has been referred by an unlicensed person or company, it shall provide the following written statement to the prospective borrower, in no smaller than 10-point type, and shall ask the applicant to acknowledge receipt of the statement in writing “You have been referred to us by [Name of Unlicensed Person]. If you are approved for the loan, line we may pay a fee to [Name of Unlicensed Person or Company line for the successful referral of your loan application.  If you wish to report a complaint about this loan transaction, you may contact the Department of Business Oversight, Division of line Corporations at 1-866-ASK-CORP (1-866-274-2677), or file your complaint online at" (1)

(1) SB 197

(2) Legislative Status

(3) California Proposed Law:
Brokers Won't Need License for Business Loans
  by Christopher Menkin

(4)  California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity
 American Sustainable Business Council 


New Hires---Promotions in the Leasing Industry

Kim Cannon is back again as Team Leader, Capital Loan Sales at Marlin Business Services Corp., Mt. Laurel, New Jersey; based in the Greater Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.  Previously, Business Development Manager, Navitas Lease Corp. (September 2013–April, 2015); Team Leader, Marlin Business Services Corp (August, 2010–August, 2013); Senior Account Manager, CitiCapital (1994–2002); Account Executive, Copelco (1992–1997). Education: Rowan

James Cress was promoted to Vice President & General Manager, Stryker Flex Financial at Stryker, Kalamazoo, Michigan. He joined the firm April 2008 as Director of Operations, Stryker Finance; promoted January, 2012, to Senior Director, Healthcare Systems & Finance; April, 2013, General Manager, Stryker Flex Financial.  Previously, he was Senior Vice President, Vendor Business Unit Director, National City Commercial Capital (July, 2000 – March, 2008); Vice President, Small Business Underwriting Manager. US Bancorp. (1996 – 2000). Organizations: Equipment Leasing & Finance Association. Captive & Vendor Finance Business Council Steering Committee (Starting October, 2011). Connext Financial, Ltd, Advisory Board Member (Starting 2011). Education: Northern Kentucky University, M.S., Executive Leadership & Organizational Change. Northern Kentucky University, B.S., Economics. 

Thomas X. Geisel was hired as Executive Vice President and President of Specialty Finance, Sterling National Bank, Montebello, New York. “He will lead Sterling’s specialty finance teams which include Asset Based Lending, Factoring and Trade Finance, Payroll Finance, and Equipment Finance. Sterling has been a leader in providing working capital for businesses through asset-based lending solutions for over 85 years. He will also be responsible for leading the commercial banking team based at 650 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. ‘Tom’s leadership approach is a perfect fit with our team-based delivery strategy here at Sterling,’ said Jim Peoples, Chief Banking Officer of Sterling National Bank. ‘With his diverse background and proven track record as a public company CEO and Board member, we are confident Tom will be a valuable asset in helping us grow our business’.” Previously, Mr. Geisel was Managing Partner, The Templar Group, 2013; Chief Executive Officer, Sun Bancorp, Inc. (2008 – 2013). Prior, he started at KeyCorp, Managing Director, Investment Banking (1999-2002), then promoted to President, New York District and Team Leader, Middle Market; 2004, Executive Vice President, Commercial NE Region and President, New York District; President, Northeast Region,  KeyCorp (2005 – 2007). Prior, he was Managing Director, Partner, South Street Capital (1994 – 1999); Drug Enforcement Administration, Supervisory Special Agent/Assistant Country Attaché (1984 – 1994); Analyst, Investment Banking, E.F. Hutton & Company (1983 – 1984). Organizations: New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, Current Board Member. Southern New Jersey Development Council, Current Chairman of Board of Trustees. Federal Reserve Board of Philadelphia, Former Nominating Advisory Committee. New Jersey Bankers Association, Former Board Member. New York Bankers Association, Former Board Member. Business Council of New York, Former Board Member. New York Business Development Corporation, Former Board Member. New York Center for Economic Growth, Former Chairman. Albany Medical Center & College, Former Board Member-Exec Comp/Finance/Investment Committees. Education: The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Bachelor of Science (1983). Activities and Societies: Scholarship Athlete 

Sean Kilfoyle was promoted to Syndication Associate - Capital Markets at Key Equipment Finance, Superior, Colorado.  He joined the firm July, 2014 as Sales Associate. “‘Sean has gained considerable experience in our nine-month Sales ACT (Accelerated Career Track) program,' said Bob Piscitelli, Managing Director, Capital Markets & Syndications, Key Equipment Finance. ’His participation in direct bank client selling, client-vendor relationship reviews, deal analysis and sales force effectiveness has formed an excellent career foundation. I look forward to working with him in this new position.' Previously at Key Equipment Finance, Kilfoyle was a sales associate and participant in the full-time comprehensive training program designed to accelerate sales and finance skills in the equipment financing industry."
Prior he was a Team Member, Ripple Frozen Yogurt (May, 2012-August, 2013); Line, Cafe Mexicali (May, 2013-July, 2013); Team Member, Jamba Juice (May, 2011-August, 2012).Education: University of Colorado Boulder, Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Finance, General (2010 – 2014). Activities and Societies: University of Colorado - Boulder Men's Rugby Team. Awards: USA Rugby Collegiate All-American, USA Rugby (June, 2013) Honorable Mention. USA Rugby Collegiate All-American (June, 2014) Honorable Mention.

Dan D. Lee was hired as Senior Vice President of Aircraft Lending,
Bank of the Cascades, Bend, Oregon; he is based in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Previously, he was Aircraft Financing Partner, Executive Capital Partners (August, 1999 – February, 2015); President, Horizon Leasing (June, 1981-1999); Account Executive/Fleet Manager, Simlog Leasing Corp (1978-1981). Honors & Awards: Past President, local chapter, Catral. Organizations: former National Board Member, former United Association of Equipment Leasing. Former Western Association of Equipment Leasing (both are now the National Equipment Finance Association). National Business Aircraft Association. Experimental Aircraft Association., former member National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers. Education: Portland State University, BS, Business, Marketing (1973 – 1975). Pacific University, Business (1971 – 1972).

Samuel H. Smith III was hired by Customers Bank, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, as Managing Director of the newly formed Commercial Finance Group based in New England. "He will be responsible for the overall leadership of this new team." Previously, he was Managing Director, Industrial Finance Group, EverBank Commercial Finance, Inc. (October, 2010 – April, 2015); Managing Director, Useppa Capital Partners, LLC (2009 – 2010); Executive Vice President, Equilease Financial Services (2006 – 2008); President, ORIX Vendor Finance, ORIX Financial Services, Inc. (2005 – 2006); Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, Inc. (2000 – 2005); Executive Vice President, Wentworth Capital, division of Charter Financial, Inc. (1997 – 2000); President, Wentworth Capital Corporation (1995 – 1997); Account Executive, Phoenixcor, Inc. (1991 – 1994); Account Executive, LB Credit (1990 – 1991); Account Executive, Signal Capital Corporation (1984 – 1990).
Education: Rollins College, BA, Business Administration, Finance & Marketing (1980 – 1984).

Russell Walraven was hired as Vice President of Marketing at Marlin Business Services Corp., Mount Laurel, New Jersey; he is based out of the Greater Atlanta area.  Previously, he was Vice President of Agency Services, ResponseTap Limited (May, 2014 – February, 2015); Kabbage, Inc., Director of Marketing (February, 2011 – April, 2014); Marketing Manager, Acquisitions, Equifax (June, 2008 – February, 2011); Interactive Marketing Manager, GMAC Insurance (April, 2007 – June 2008); Online Marketing Manager, Wolverine World Wide (2004 – 2006). Education: Grand Valley State University, MBA, Ecommerce (2002 – 2003). Carson-Newman College, BS, Marketing (1996 – 2000).


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equipment valuations provided by Ed Castagna)


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Take Our Kids to Work Day
First American Equipment Finance

William Verhelle, CEO, First American Equipment Finance,
a City National Bank Corp, with his son Luke Verhelle, age 8
 (“He is the youngest of our four sons.’)

29 First American colleagues brought a total of 46 children to the annual Take Our Kids to Work Day event.  This hands-on day exposed our young guests to their parents’ and mentors’ workplace and reinforced the joy of working in a fun environment with smart, talented people.



Leasing Conferences 2015
Save the Date 


Conference Theme: Climbing the Mountain: Solving New Challenges 
with Innovative Ideas 

The Public Sector Finance Forum is a joint venture of the Association for Governmental Leasing and Financing and the Equipment Leasing Finance Association.  The 2015 Forum will be held at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Denver, CO on May 6 through May 8, 2015.

Preliminary Agenda

Attendee List as of April 30, 2015



8th China Leasing Summit 2015
June 10-12, 2015
Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town.

The event is strongly supported by leading companies 
and international leasing association.

The China Leasing Summit is based on over 10 years’ of research into the Chinese leasing industry and will provide an effective platform on which attendees can familiarize themselves with the current status of the market and the latest policies and regulations in order to gain a better understanding of China’s leasing market, thereby optimizing their development strategies. Furthermore, speakers from the government, as well as from the leading leasing companies, will share their invaluable experiences and opinions on the state of China’s leasing industry.

For more information, please go here:



2015 Eastern Regional Meeting
September 11-12, 2015
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Atlanta, GA




2015 Funding Symposium
10/7/2015 to 10/9/2015
Wed through Friday
J W Marriott Atlanta Buckhead Hotel
3300 Lenox Road Northeast
Atlanta, Georgia  30326
United States
Contact: Kim King 
Phone: 847-380-5053

RSVP for this event:



2015 54th Annual Convention
10/25/2015 - 10/27/2015
JW Marriott Hill Country
San Antonio, TX

Call for Presentations
(Submission Deadline June 22, 2015)


The 2015 Fall Conference will be held at the Loews Don CeSar Hotel in St. Pete Beach, FL on November 4 through November 6, 2015. 



2015 Western Regional Meeting
November 13-14, 2015
Doubletree by Hilton Anaheim - Orange County
Anaheim, CA



71st Annual Convention
November 11 - 13, 2015
JW Marriott Austin
Austin, TX



EXPO NJ Super Regional
11/15/2015 to 11/16/2015

Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe
100 Frank Burr Blvd
Teaneck, New Jersey  07666
United States  

 Kim King, NEFA Sr. Association Coordinator 
 Phone: (847) 380-5053




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Maxim Commercial Capital Goes Digital
Accelerates Funding from Days to Hours

Specializing in commercial trucking financing, Maxim Commercial Capital, Los Angeles, California, steps up its digital technology adding Docusign and eOriginal.  A press release states, "The company’s new digital process provides customers with the opportunity to apply for financing in the morning and acquire a truck that night – regardless of the individual’s credit score."

Chief Operating Office
Maxim Commercial Capital

“With the majority of our customers on the road, the old pen-and-paper loan application model just doesn’t make sense,” said Maxim Commercial Capital Chief Operating Officer Shervin Rashti. “With DocuSign and eOriginal, our customers can now sign wherever, whenever convenient. Going digital by implementing a Digital Transaction Management solution has significantly accelerated our underwriting process from days to hours, making Maxim Commercial Capital an industry-leader with one of the easiest financing solutions available. Plus, we benefit internally by having a secure and controlled way to securitize and collateralize every financial asset.”

Stephen Bisbee

“The digital transformation of Maxim Commercial Capital is a prime example of how Digital Transaction Management is changing the face of the equipment financing industry,” said eOriginal President and CEO Stephen Bisbee. “Going digital does not have to be a large hurdle for companies to overcome. It is meant to make the process easier for both organizations and their customers so electronic financial assets can be signed, stored, retrieved and transferred with eCertainty.”

Neil Hudspith
Chief Revenue Officer

“Maxim Commercial Capital and its customers are experiencing the immediate benefits of a secure digital platform to get work done faster, easier and more securely,” said DocuSign’s Chief Revenue Officer Neil Hudspith. “Like other industries, the trucking industry is eliminating paper from businesses processes to increase the speed of transactions to keep business moving forward on the road and in the cloud.”

Individuals interested in learning more about Maxim Commercial Capital may visit; in eOriginal may visit; in DocuSign’s DTM platform may visit

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Yellow Labrador Retriever Mix
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Fernando's View
By Fernando F. Croce

Intriguing sci-fi ("Ex Machina") and historical drama ("The Water Diviner") come to the box-office, while DVD releases serve up a couple of unconventional period pieces ("Inherent Vice" and "Mr. Turner") and a mind-blowingly original vision ("Goodbye to Language").

In Theaters:

Ex Machina (Universal Pictures): The lines between humanity and machinery are provocatively blurred in this intriguingly philosophical science-fiction drama. Set in a future where advanced technology has allowed for startlingly lifelike artificial intelligence, the story follows Ben (Domhnall Gleeson), a gifted internet coder who wins a chance to meet the company's eccentric CEO, Nathan (Oscar Isaac). At Nathan's secluded retreat, Caleb is fascinated by the many inventions at his disposal, though it isn't long before he realizes that his role there is not only of visitor but of participant in an experiment involving a cutting-edge robot known as Ava (Alicia Vikander). Written and directed by Alex Garland (who previously tackled a similarly strange future in "Never Let Me Go"), this polished and absorbing film ponders deep questions regarding the split of flesh and metal, of mind and body.

The Water Diviner (The Weinstein Company): Better known for his volatile, tough-guy roles, Russell Crowe showcases his sentimental side in this ambitious historical drama, which also marks his debut as director. Based on a true story, the film unfolds after the end of World War I, as the deaths on the battlefield are felt by the families back home. Joshua Connor (Crowe) is an Australian farmer who specializes in locating water sources, and who's shocked by news of the deaths of his soldier sons. Determined to bring their bodies back to their homeland, he travels to Turkey and embarks on an alternately grueling and inspiring spiritual journey. Reaching for an epic scope while determined to remain emotionally intimate, Crowe's old-fashioned portrait of the effects of war on the family unit remains an engrossing personal achievement.

Netflix Tip: Writing since the late 1960s, veteran "Time" critic Richard Corliss (1944-2015) was a dependably lucid voice in the world of movie reviews. So check out some of his recent favorites in his honor, which include "Pulp Fiction" (1994), "Chasing Amy" (1997), "Talk to Her" (2002) and "WALL-E" (2008).


Inherent Vice (Warner Bros.): Having examined the 1970s in his breakout movie "Boogie Nights," director Paul Thomas Anderson revisits that turbulent decade in this one-of-a-kind comedy-noir, adapted from legendarily reclusive author Thomas Pynchon's novel. Joaquin Phoenix stars as "Doc" Portello, a small-time private investigator in the seaside corner of Los Angeles, whose pot-addled life is shaken up by the appearance of a former girlfriend, Shasta (Katherine Waterston). Suddenly, Portello is thrust into a whirlwind of bizarre characters, including a tough-talking police officer (Josh Brolin), a missing tycoon (Eric Roberts), a supposedly dead musician (Owen Wilson), and a crazy dentist (Martin Short). Mixing manic humor with moments of deep melancholy, Anderson's film is a remarkable stroll through a panorama of American eccentricity.

Mr. Turner (Sony Pictures Classics): One of the greatest living directors, British filmmaker Mike Leigh ("Secrets & Lies") travels back in time in this superb study of 19th-century painter J.M.W. Turner. In a magnificent, award-winning performance, Timothy Spall plays Turner as a brilliant but troubled artist whose beautiful works contrast with a life of prickly emotions. Over the course of a couple of decades, we witness Turner's relationship with his father (Paul Jesson), his put-upon housekeeper (Dorothy Atkinson), and a seaside landlady (Marion Bailey), as well as his interactions with art patrons and critics. Gorgeously photographed in ways that often suggest lustrous oil canvases, this sprawling biopic stands as another addition to Leigh's gallery of flawed yet profoundly humanistic characters, and one of last year's best films.

Goodbye to Language (Kino): Arguably the greatest living film artist, Jean-Luc Godard proves that, at 84, he's still the world's youngest cinematic innovator with this endlessly fascinating drama. The narrative per se follows the troubled relationship of a couple (played by Héloïse Godet and Kamel Abdeli), but that's just the launching pad for the legendary French provocateur's dazzling collection of avant-garde experiments, which blends superimposed text and cultural references with abrupt musical cues and color-saturated images. Making what is easily the densest, boldest use of 3-D technology ever, Godard's picture is definitely for every taste, yet its visions linger in the mind as a pathfinder's deeply imaginative, affecting and even humorous testament, at once inquisitive and romantic. With subtitles.



Attorneys Who Specialize in 
Banking, Finance, and Leasing

Birmingham, Alabama
The lawyers of Marks & Associates, P.C. have over 30 years experience in dealing with virtually every type of equipment financing and are recognized throughout the industry for prompt, practical solutions and exemplary service. They offer cost-conscious, effective lease enforcement and good counsel. 
California, National: city: Riverside 
Ellen Stern - get results, reasonable pricing; numerous industry contacts, nearly 30 yrs SoCal, 20 yrs equip.: CFL license specialist, documentation, work-outs, litigated collections, recoveries; deal-maker. 

Kenneth C. Greene

California & Nevada
Leasing and Financial consultant, active in several leasing
associations, as well as involved in music and film productioncin LA.  Mention "Leasing News" for a free consultation.
Skype: 424.235.1658
Connecticut, Southern New England: 
EVANS, FELDMAN & BOYER, LLC Collections, litigation, documentation, portfolio sales and financing, bankruptcy. We represent many of the national and local leasing companies doing business in this state. Past chairman EAEL legal committee. Competitive rates. 
Los Angeles/Santa Monica
Hemar & Associates, Attorneys at Law
Specialists in legal assistance, including debt collection, equipment recovery, litigation for 35 years. Fluent in Spanish. 
Tel: 310-829-1948 
Los Angeles, Southern CA 
Seasoned attorney representing secured creditors in auto finance and truck/equipment lease industry.  Bankruptcy and State Court litigation.   Vincent V. Frounjian (818) 990-0605or email:

Encino, California: Statewide “ELFA” 
Hemar, Rousso & Heald, LLP 30 yr excellent reputation Lessor representation commercial litigationdebt collection, and bankruptcy.
Call Stephen E. Jenkins Esq (818) 501-3800

Los Angeles, Statewide: CA.     "ELFA" Aggressive creditors rights law firm specializing in equipment leasing handling collection matters on a contingency, fixed fee or hourly cbasis. 

Los Angeles, Statewide: CA      "ELFA"
Practice limited to collections, bankruptcy and problem accounts resolution. Decades of experience. 10-lawyer firm dedicated to serving you. Call Ronald Cohn, Esq. (818)591-2121 or email. Email:   

Los Angeles- Statewide, CA
Lawyer specializing in banking and leasing issues statewide. Documents and litigation. 
Tom McCurnin, Barton, Klugman & Oetting. Voice: (213) 617-6129 
Cell:(213) 268-8291

California & National

Paul Bent – More than 35 years experience in all forms of equipment leasing, secured lending, and asset based transactions. Financial analysis, deal structuring, contract negotiations, documentation, private dispute resolution, expert witness services. 
(562) 426-1000

Trabaris, P.C.: Finance attorney with 24 years’ experience with transactional, documentation, secured financing and workouts /restructurings. 
Kevin Trabaris

Law Firm - Service, Dallas, TX. "ELFA"
Mayer regularly practices in leasing, secured financing, project development and finance and corporate finance. 
Massachusetts (collection/litigation coast to coast) 
Modern Law Group focuses its practice on collections, lease enforcement and asset recovery. For the past five years, our attorneys have helped clients recover millions of dollars. We are able to cover your needs coast to coast.

Michael J. Witt, experienced bank, finance, and leasing attorney, also conducts Portfolio Audits. Previously he was Managing Counsel, Wells Fargo & Co. (May, 2003 – September, 2008); Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Advanta Business Services (May, 1988 – June, 1997) Tel: (515) 223-2352 Cell: (515) 868-1067

National:  The OMEGA Network Group-nationwide legal representation of small and mid ticket equipment lessors-flat fee bankruptcy & replevin, contingent collection, 
billable litigation (704-969-3280)

National: Coston & Rademacher: Business attorneys serving the lease-finance industry since 1980. Transactional, documentation, corporate/finance, workouts, litigation, bankruptcy, portfolio management. Chicago-based national practice. Jim Coston, CLP (Members: ELFA, NEFA). 

St. Louis County , MO. - statewide: 
Schultz & Associates LLP., collections, negotiation, and litigation. Also register and pursue recovery on foreign judgments. Contingency and reasonable hourly rates. 
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This Day in American History

     1594 – John Haynes, the first Governor of the Connecticut Colony, was born in Essex, England.  Haynes was influential in the drafting of laws and legal frameworks in both Massachusetts and Connecticut. He was on the committee that drafted the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut, which has been called one of the first written constitutions. He also invested most of his fortune in Connecticut, "to the ruine of his famylye in Englande".
    1764 – Architect Benjamin Latrobe, the designer of the US Capitol building, was born in Leeds, England.
    1785 – Kamehameha I, King of Hawai’i, defeated Kalanikupule and established the Kingdom of Hawai’i.
    1830 - Birthday of Mary Harris Jones at Cork, Ireland.  Better known as “Mother Jones,” the American labor leader, after the death of her husband and four children (during the Memphis yellow fever epidemic of 1867) and loss of her belongings in the Chicago Fire in 1871, Jones devoted her energies and her life to organizing and advancing the cause of labor. It seemed she was present wherever there were labor troubles. She gave her last speech on her 100th birthday. In 1923, at the age of ninety-three, she was still working among striking coal miners in West Virginia. A passionate organizer, she counted among her more spectacular achievements the leading of a march of miners wives who routed strikebreakers with brooms and mops in the Pennsylvania coalfields in 1902, and the leading of a march of striking child textile workers from Kensington, Pennsylvania, to President Theodore Roosevelt’s Long Island home in 1903 to dramatize the case for abolition of child labor. In 1905, she helped found the Industrial Workers of the World.  She died Nov 30, 1930, at Silver Spring, MD.
    1841 – The first emigrant wagon train left Independence, Missouri, for California.
    1850 - The "Panama" sailed from San Francisco with $1,500,156 in gold dust destined for the East.
    1850 – The first Mayor of San Francisco was John Geary.  Originally known as Yerba Buena, the city name was changed to San Francisco in 1847.
    1852 - Birthday of Martha Jane (Calamity Jane) Canary in Princeton, MO.  U.S. frontierswoman and stagecoach driver.  She joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and has been romanticized in movies, fiction stories, and legends. She was reportedly rough mannered (with most people of the place and era) and, as was also common in those days for women without the protection of one man, was a prostitute of sorts. She frequented bars, was rumored (mostly disproved) to have driven stagecoaches, but she was a crack shot. It is believed that she began roaming the mining areas after she was orphaned at 15. She toured with several Wild West shows including Buffalo Bill's. She often dressed in men's clothing (also not a particularly unusual thing in the pioneer west for active and poor women). According to some legends (told mostly by herself), she scouted for the army including Col. George Custer. She went to the Black Hills of South Dakota with a geological expedition and stayed in Deadwood after the gold strike there. There she became a companion to Wild Bill Hickock although a rumored marriage probably never took place. The name "Calamity" has been variously explained as being derived from her care of patients during a smallpox epidemic or warnings to men who felt a single woman alone was a plaything to be used as they would. She eventually moved to El Paso and married (maybe). She had a habit of referring to her male companions as husbands. She exhibited herself in some shows following depictions of her as a romantic character in the dime novels of the day. Living in abject poverty for many years, she eventually traveled back to South Dakota where she died in 1903 and was buried next to Wild Bill Hickock.
    1855 - When nationally known public speaker and feminist Lucy Stone married Henry Blackwell, a marriage contract written by the bride and groom was read at the wedding that disavowed the gross inequity married women suffered under American law, and the word “obey” was omitted from their marriage vows. A year after the ceremony, the bride further shocked society by taking back her maiden name, which she kept for the rest of her life.
    1855 - Birthday of Cecilia Beaux in Philadelphia.  As an artist, she is generally recognized as the leading U.S. portrait painter of her day. Her first paintings, those of her family, won prizes in the U.S. and Paris. She was elected to the Socieacture; Nationale des Beaux-Arts (Paris) and the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1933). Her paintings are in major museums throughout the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. An injury cut short her career. One historian wrote:  “In 1895 she became the first woman instructor at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and in 1896, on the strength of her showing at the Paris Salon, she was elected to membership in the Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts”. Cecilia Beaux moved to New York City in 1900. Later major works included commissioned portraits of Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt and her daughter Ethel, Mary Adelaide Nutting (for the Johns Hopkins Hospital), Mrs. Andrew Carnegie, Richard Watson Gilder, and, for the National Art Committee's project on World War I leaders, Adm. Lord David Beatty, Georges Clemenceau, and Cardinal Mercier. "Her paintings were placed in such major collections as the National Collection of Fine Arts, the Metropolitan Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Luxembourg Museum of Paris, and the Uffizi Gallery of Florence. Her work, while it suggested at times the influence of some of her French Impressionist teachers, and at other times was compared to that of John Singer Sargent, was not imitative of any master." Some of her work is also exhibited at the Women's Museum of Art in Washington, D.C.    
    1862 - Capt. David G. Farragut and Union forces took possession of New Orleans after running past Forts Jackson and St. Philip on the Mississippi River at night and then defeating a small Confederate flotilla. In its 19 months of service, the Hartford was hit 240 times by enemy fire. Farragut was promoted to Rear Admiral in July.
    1863 - At the battle of Chancellorsville, 50 miles southwest of Washington, DC., Gen. Robert E. Lee won his greatest victory over huge Union forces under Gen. Joseph Hooker. The battles lasted for four days. In the North, 17,275 were killed or wounded; in the South, 12,821. Here is a good piece of trivia, General Hooker allowed his troops to bring “ladies of the evening” into camp, and many also traveled with his troops. They were called “Hookers” and they are so known today.
    1864 - Birthday of Anna M. Jarvis in Webster, WV.  She is the founder of Mother's Day.  After many women had attempted to have a special day set aside to honor mothers after the U.S. Civil War, Jarvis was successful in having the second Sunday of May set aside to do so. By 1913, every state in the Union established the observance and in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a joint resolution of Congress to officially recognize the day.  She was unalterably opposed the commercialization of the observance, wanting to keep it a pure and simple remembrance. A number of other women, including Julia Ward Howe had suggested Mother's Day, but none were successful until Jarvis's campaign, which started in Philadelphia in May, 1908 with the pink carnation being worn if the mother was alive and white in memorial. The observance was originally to be a renunciation of war, militarism, and the patriarchy that cost women their husbands and sons in the Civil War. Jarvis spent most of her declining years in attempt to keep the holiday pure from the inroads of florists, jewelers, and the like who made it a marketing circus. Here is the original, pre-Hallmark, Mother's Day Proclamation, penned in Boston by Julia Ward Howe in 1870.
    1866 – Race riots began in Memphis.  In three days’ time, 46 African-Americans and two whites were killed. Reports of the atrocities influenced passage of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution.
    1867 – Howard University in Washington, DC was established.
    1873 - Birthday of William Morris, founder of the William Morris Agency, in Schwarzenau, Germany.
    1873 - Congress enacted the one cent postal card. The first cards were made by the Morgan Envelope Company, Springfield, MA. Stamp collectors state the first cancellation was May 12, 1873.
    1874 - Birthday of Romaine Brooks in Rome.  U.S. artist whose palette of primary black, grey and brown produced amazingly insightful portraits. The daughter of an unstable mother and brother who became dangerously paranoid, she was sent away to various schools. Following their deaths, she inherited a fortune. She married for form's sake but lived openly as a lesbian, maintaining an on\off liaison for 40-years with the wandering Natalie Clifford Barney, noted U.S. expatriate writer. She continued to paint until her late 80s. The largest collection of her works can be viewed at the National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC. Died December 7, 1970 in Nice, France at the age of 96.
    1883 - "Buffalo Bill" Cody put on his 1st Wild West Show
    1884 - Construction was begun on the Home Insurance Company building in Chicago, IL on what was to become the modern skyscraper. The 10-story building was completed in 1885. Designed by William Le Baron Jenney, it had a steel frame which carried the weight of the building. The walls provided no support but hung like curtains on the metal frame. This method of construction revolutionized American architecture and allowed architects to build taller and taller buildings. This building was constructed of marble and flanked by four columns of polished granite supporting a marble balcony. Two additional stories were added to it later. The steel frame supported the entire weight of the walls, instead of the walls themselves carrying the weight of the building.

    1884 – Moses Fleetwood Walker became the first African-American to play in a professional baseball game in the United States.  Walker played one season as the catcher of the Toledo Blue Stockings of the American Association, then a Major League. He then played in the minor leagues until 1889, when professional baseball erected a color barrier that stood for nearly 60 years when the Dodgers signed Jackie Robinson. After leaving baseball, Walker became a businessman and advocate of Black Nationalism.
    1885 – The original Chicago Board of Trade building opened.
    1886 - Rallies are held throughout the United States demanding the eight-hour work day, culminating in the Haymarket affair in Chicago, in commemoration of which May 1 is celebrated as International Workers’ Day in many countries.
    1889 – Bayer introduced aspirin in Germany in powder form.
    1891 – Cy Young pitched the first game in Cleveland’s new League Park, defeating the Cincinnati Redlegs, 12-3.
    1893 - The Columbian Exposition Opened at 12:08 PM at Chicago, IL, when President Grover Cleveland, in the presence of nearly a quarter of a million people, placed his finger on a golden key.   Amid the unfurling of thousands of flags, sounding of trumpets and booming of cannons, the key activated an electromagnetic valve, steam rushed into great cylinders and the immense pump began its enormous burden of pumping 15,000,000 gallons of water a day to supply the 685-acre fair and its visitors with an ample water supply.
    1896 – Gen. Mark Clark was born in Sacketts Harbor, NY.  A general during World War II and the Korean War, he was the youngest lieutenant general (three-star general) in the U.S. Army.  During World War I, he was seriously wounded by shrapnel. After the war, Clark’s abilities were noticed by future U.S. Army Chief of Staff George C. Marshall. During World War II, he commanded the Allied Fifth Army, and later the Fifteen Army Group, in the Italian campaign. He is known for leading the Fifth Army in its capture of Rome in June 1944.  General Eisenhower considered him a brilliant staff officer and trainer.   Clark was awarded many medals, including the Distinguished Service Cross, the U.S. Army's second highest award.  One legacy of the "Clark task force" which he headed from 1953-55 to recommend on all Federal intelligence activities, is coining the term “Intelligence Community”.  He died in 1984.
    1900 – The Schofield Mining Disaster in Utah killed over 200 men in what is to date the fifth-worst mining accident in United States history.   
    1906 - The Night and Day Bank opened in New York City. It was open 24 hours a day. Oakleigh Thorne was the first president. The idea was originated by Thomas Benedict Clarke.
    1908 - Birthday of trombonist Henderson Chambers, Alexandria, LA
    1909 - Birthday of Kate Smith, one of America's most popular singers, was born Kathryn Elizabeth Smith at Greenville, VA. Kate Smith, who never took a formal music lesson, recorded more songs than any other performer (more than 3,000), made more than 15,000 radio broadcasts and received more than 25 million fan letters. Nineteen of her records sold over a million copies, and she sold more war bonds during World War II than anyone else. On Nov 11, 1938, she introduced a new song during her regular radio broadcast, written especially for her by Irving Berlin: "God Bless America." It soon became the unofficial national anthem, and, since 9/11, is sung at the 7th inning of Major League baseball games. Her rendition is sung at Yankee Stadium.  She began her radio career May 1, 1931, with "When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain," a song identified with her throughout her career.  She died at Raleigh, NC, June 17, 1986.
    1909 - Birthday of drummer Jesse Price, Memphis, TN
    1912 – The Beverly Hills Hotel opened.
    1915 - Birthday of Archie Williams at Oakland, CA.  With Jesse Owens and others, he debunked Hitler's theory of the superiority of Aryan athletes at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. As a black member of the US team, Williams won a gold medal by running the 400-meter in 46.5 seconds (.4 second slower than his own record of earlier that year). Williams earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1939 but had to dig ditches for a time because they weren't hiring black engineers. He became an airplane pilot and for 22 years trained Tuskegee Institute pilots, including the Tuskegee Airman of World War II. When asked during a 1981 interview about his treatment by the Nazis during the 1936 Olympics, he replied, “Well, over there at least we didn't have to ride in the back of the bus.” Archie Williams died June 24, 1993, at Fairfax, CA.

    1915 – RMS Lusitania departed from New York City on her two hundred and second, and final, crossing of the North Atlantic. Six days later, the ship is torpedoed off the coast of Ireland with the loss of 1,198 lives.
    1916 – Actor Glenn Ford was born in Quebec.
    1918 - Jack Paar’s Birthday, in Canton, OH.  Paar, an early TV star, immediately preceded Johnny Carson as the host of “The Tonight Show”, from 1957-62.  Paar succeeded the show’s first host, Steve Allen.
(I remember many nights staying up with my father watching the Jack Paar Show. He and I were both night owls.)
    1920 - The Brooklyn Dodgers and the Boston Braves played the longest game in Major League Baseball history, but did not finish it. After 26 innings, the game was halted because of darkness with the score tied, 1-1. Each team used just one pitcher, Leon Cadore for the Dodgers and Jose Oescher for the Braves, who gave up 12 and 9 hits, respectively. Despite its 26 innings, the game took just 3 hours, 50 minutes as the game was not televised thus there were no commercials!! The next day, the Dodgers lost to the Phillies in 13 innings. The day after that, the Braves returned to Boston and lost again in 19 innings.
    1920 – Babe Ruth, in his first season in pinstripes, hit the first HR of his Yankee career at the Polo Grounds.  “The House That Ruth Built” would not open until 1923.
   1924 - Big Mabelle was born Mabel Louise Smith in Jackson, TN.  In 1955 she recorded the song "Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”, produced by up-and-coming producer Quincy Jones, a full two years before Jerry Lee Lewis's version. Lewis has credited Smith's version as being the inspiration to make his version much louder, raunchy and raucous, with a driving beat and a spoken section with a come-on that was considered very risqué for the time.

    1924 – “Jeopardy’s” original host, Art Fleming, was born in NYC.
    1925 – Pro Football Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik was born in Bethlehem, PA.  Known as Concrete Charlie, Bednarik played his entire career as center and linebacker of the Philadelphia Eagles.  His reputation preceded him as a devastating tackler and he was the last two-way player in the NFL.  He led the Eagles to the NFL championship win a 17-13 win over the Green Bay Packers, the only playoff loss of Vince Lombardi’s career.  Bednarik saved the day by tackling Jim Taylor on the Eagles’ 8-yard line as time expired. He died in March, 2015.
    1925 – One of the original Mercury Astronauts, Scott Carpenter, was born in Boulder, CO.  Carpenter was the second American, after John Glenn, to orbit the Earth and the fourth American in space.  He died in 2013.
    1926 – Satchel Paige made his pitching debut, in the Negro Southern league.
    1927 – The first cooked meals on a flight are introduced on an Imperial Airways flight from London to Paris.
    1929 – Birthday of James Loden who became known as Sonny James, best known for his 1957 hit, 'Young Love'. Dubbed the Southern Gentleman, James has had 72 country and pop chart hits from 1953 to 1983, including a five-year streak of 16 straight among his 23 No.1 hits.
    1930 - Blues harmonica player Little Walter was born Marion Walter Jacobs in Marksville, Louisiana. He was a pioneer in the use of a microphone to amplify the mouth harp, and his techniques were widely copied, particularly by white blues musicians in England. Little Walter died in 1968 after being stabbed in a street fight in Chicago.
    1930 - The planet Pluto was named
    1930 – Pro Football Hall of Famer (1972), Ollie Matson, was born in Trinity, TX.  After an All-American career at the University of San Francisco team that went undefeated in 1951, Matson played for the Chicago Cardinals who drafted him #3 in the first round.  Following the 1958 season, he was traded to the LA Rams for NINE players.  When Matson retired in 1966, his 12,799 career all-purpose yards were second only to Jim Brown.  Matson died of dementia in 2013.
    1931 - The Empire State Building, 103 stories, more than 1,250 feet tall, was dedicated. The builder was Colonel William Aiken Starrett; the architect, William Frederick Lamb; the engineer, Homer Gage Balcom. In 1950, a 222-foot television sending-tower was constructed on the roof.
    1931 - On her 22nd birthday, singer Kate Smith began her long-running radio program on CBS. Smith's program appeared opposite "Amos 'n' Andy" on NBC, and was so successful that NBC switched its comedy program to another evening.
    1933 - Birthday singer/song writer Titus Turner, Atlanta, GA
    1935 – Boulder Dam was completed.
    1936 – Alvin Karpis was arrested by the FBI’s J. Edgar Hoover.
    1939 – Batman comic books hit the streets for the first time.
    1939 - Folk singer Judy Collins was born in Seattle, Washington. She gained widespread fame in 1961 with her debut album "Maid of Constant Sorrow." Collins is best known for her hits "Both Sides Now" - top ten in 1969 - and "Amazing Grace" from 1971. She also helped promote the careers of Randy Newman, and Canadians Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen.;jsessionid
    1941 - Orson Welles’ film "Citizen Kane" premiered in New York.
    1941 – General Mills introduced Cheerios.
    1942 - The US government seized the nation's jukebox factories and puts them to work making war materiel.
    1945 - A German newsreader officially announced that Adolf Hitler has "fallen at his command post in the Reich Chancellery fighting to the last breath against Bolshevism and for Germany". The Soviet flag is raised over the Reich Chancellery, by order of Stalin.  Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels and his wife Magda commit suicide in the Reich Garden outside the Fuhrerbunker. Their children are also killed by having cyanide pills inserted into their mouths by their mother.
    1946 - Elliot Lawrence cuts first commercial session for Columbia.
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    1946 - Emma Clarissa Clement, mother of Atlanta University President Rufus E. Clement, was named "American Mother of the Year" by the Golden Rule Foundation. She was the first African-American woman to receive
    1950 - Gwendolyn Brooks become the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for her book, ”Annie Allen,” Harpers.
    1950 – Guam was organized as a US commonwealth.
    1951 – Mickey Mantle hit the first HR of his Major League career.
    1951 – Minnie Minoso became the first black player on the Chicago White Sox.
    1953 - Tops Hits
“Pretend” - Nat King Cole
“Till I Waltz Again with You” - Teresa Brewer
“I Believe” - Frankie Laine
“Mexican Joe” - Jim Reeves
    1955 - Leonard Chess signed a St. Louis guitarist named Chuck Berry to a recording contract after he came highly recommended by Muddy Waters.
    1955 - On tour with Hank Snow's All Star Jamboree, Elvis Presley played three shows at the Municipal Auditorium in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sun Records had just released Elvis' fourth single, ‘Baby, Let’s Play House.’
    1956 - The polio vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk was made available to the public.   
    1957 - The Kingston Trio form in Palo Alto, CA.  They started as a San Francisco Bay Area nightclub act with an original lineup of Dave Guard, Bob Shane, and Nick Reynolds. They rose to international popularity, fueled by unprecedented sales of long-playing albums (LPs), and helped to alter the direction of popular music in the U.S.  The Kingston Trio was one of the most prominent groups of the era's pop-folk boom that started in 1958 with the release of their first album and its hit recording of “Tom Dooley”, which sold over three million copies as a single.  In 1961, the Trio was described as "the most envied, the most imitated, and the most successful singing group, folk or otherwise, in all show business" and "the undisputed kings of the folk-singing rage by every yardstick."  Among their hits’  “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”, “Scotch and Soda”, “MTA”, “Greenback Dollar”, “Raspberries, Strawberries”, “The Tijuana Jail”, “Blowin’ in the Wind”, “A Worried Man”.
    1960 - The U2 Incident:  On the eve of a summit meeting between US President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, a U-2 espionage plane flying at about 60,000 feet was shot down over Sverdlovsk, in central USSR. The pilot, CIA agent Francis Gary Powers, survived the crash, as did large parts of the aircraft, a suicide kit and sophisticated surveillance equipment. The sensational event, which US officials described as a weather reconnaissance flight gone astray, resulted in cancellation of the summit meeting. Powers was tried, convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison by a Moscow court. In 1962, he was returned to the US in exchange for an imprisoned Soviet spy. Powers died in a helicopter crash in 1977.
    1961 - So-called “militant students” joined James Farmer of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) to conduct “freedom rides” on public transportation from Washington, DC, across the deep South to New Orleans. The trips were intended to test Supreme Court decisions and Interstate Commerce Commission regulations prohibiting discrimination in interstate travel. In several places, riders were brutally beaten by local people and policemen. On May 14, members of the Ku Klux Klan attacked the Freedom Riders in Birmingham, AL, while local police watched. The rides were patterned after a similar challenge to segregation, the 1947 Journey of Reconciliation, which tested the US Supreme Court's June 3, 1948 ban against segregation in interstate bus travel.
    1961 - The first skyjacking of a commercial American airplane took place during the flight of a National Airlines twin-engine Convair CV 440 from Miami, FL, to Key West, FL. The plane left Marathon, FL, at 3:23 pm with eight passengers. A passenger name d’Antillo Ortiz, using the name of El Pirata Cofresi, threatened the crew and passengers with a pistol and knife. The plane landed in Havana. The string of airplane highjackings that followed were dubbed “skyjackings” by the press and led to the U.S.'s first air piracy law, passed in September, 1961.  Concurrently, Cuban leader Fidel Castro proclaimed Cuba a socialist nation and abolished elections.
    1961 - Tops Hits
“Runaway” - Del Shannon
“Mother-In-Law” - Ernie K-Doe
“I've Told Every Little Star” - Linda Scott
“Don't Worry” - Marty Robbins
    1962 - The Beatles started a month long residency at The Star Club, Hamburg, Germany. American musicians including Ray Charles, Bo Diddley, Fats Domino, Everly Brothers, Bill Haley, Jimi Hendrix and Jerry Lee Lewis also all appeared here.
    1962 - The first Target discount store opened in Roseville, Minn.
    1963 - J. Walter Kennedy was named the second president of the NBA, succeeding Maurice Podoloff, who retired after the 1962-63 season.
    1963 - James W. Whittaker of Redmond, WA, the leading member of the first American Mount Everest Expedition, became the first American to ascend to the top, 10 years after Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made the ascent of the 29,028-foot peak.
    1963 - Lesley Gore performed her first big hit, "It's My Party," on ABC-TV's American Bandstand.
    1965 - After just two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, Herman's Hermits reach #1 with "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter".
    1965 - The Supremes release "Back in My Arms Again", which will become their fifth consecutive US number one hit.
    1966 - The Beatles played a 15-minute live set on stage for the last time in the UK when they appeared at the NME Poll Winners concert at Wembley Empire Pool. The Beatles set included five songs: 'I Feel Fine', 'Nowhere Man', 'Day Tripper', 'If I Needed Someone' and 'I'm Down'. Also on the bill, The Spencer Davis Group, The Fortunes, Herman's Hermits, Roy Orbison, Cliff Richard, The Rolling Stones, The Seekers, The Small Faces, Dusty Springfield, The Walker Brothers, The Who and The Yardbirds.
    1967 – Priscilla Beaulieu, born Brooklyn, NY, marries Elvis Presley at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas. The wedding cake alone cost $3,500.  Priscilla was the teenaged daughter of a US Army officer whom Elvis had met in Germany. She had lived at Presley's Graceland Mansion since 1961, ostensibly under the supervision of Presley's father and stepmother with her parents’ permission. On February 1st, 1968, their only child, Lisa Marie, was born. Four years later, the couple separated, and in 1973, Elvis filed for divorce.

    1967 - The F.B.I. arrested The Beach Boys' Carl Wilson on charges of avoiding the military draft and refusing to take the Oath of Allegiance. He was later released and joined the rest of the band in Ireland for a British tour.
    1968 – Country singer and actor Tim McGraw was born in Delhi, Louisiana. Many of McGraw's albums and singles have topped the country music charts with total album sales in excess of 40 million units in the US. McGraw had 11 consecutive albums debut at No.1 on the Billboard albums charts, as well as twenty-one singles hitting No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. He is married to country singer Faith Hill and is the son of former baseball player Tug McGraw.   
    1969 - Top Hits
“Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In” - The 5th Dimension
“It's Your Thing” - The Isley Brothers
“Hair” - The Cowsills
“Galveston” - Glen Campbell
    1969 - Leonard Tose pays $16,155,000 to buy the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. It was the largest price paid to that date for a pro football franchise. It was over a decade [1981] before the Eagles made it to the Super Bowl which they lost to the Oakland Raiders, 27-10.
    1970 - Elton John and lyricist Bernie Taupin combined for the first time on Elton's first American album simply titled, "Elton John". The LP contained Elton's first hit, "Your Song", which made it to the top ten on in December.
    1970 - Protests erupted in Seattle, following the announcement by President Nixon that US forces in Vietnam would pursue enemy troops into Cambodia, a neutral country.
    1971 - Amtrak, the national rail service which combined the operations of 18 passenger railroads, went into service. Personal service, great food, full attention, and very comfortable rides were available to all who rode the national rails.
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    1971 - The Rolling Stones' "Brown Sugar" is released. It would reach number one in the US and number two in the UK.
    1975 - Lila Cockrell defeated nine male opponents to become mayor of San Antonio, Texas, the nation's 10th largest city with a population of 750,000. According to “Women of Achievement and Her story,“ she was empowered to run for the mayoralty post following Janet Gray Hayes's amazing victory in San Jose, California that in those pre-Silicon Valley days was far from the size of San Antonio.  Hayes’ victory convinced Cockrell that a woman could be elected to head a big city. (Janet Gray Hayes is a very good friend of mine, devoted to her physician husband, and in her day, quite a tennis player). Women had served as mayors of small towns since the late 19th century but none of a major metropolis. Mayor Cockrell was 53 years old when elected, married with two daughters. Her political life began with the League of Women Voters.
    1977 - Top Hits
“Southern Nights” - Glen Campbell
“Hotel California” - Eagles
“When I Need You” - Leo Sayer
“She's Pulling Me Back Again” - Mickey Gilley
    1981 - American Airlines began the first frequent flyer program on this date. Now most airlines offer a frequent flyer program but American is still the industry leader with 45 million members. Today 40 percent of all miles are earned on the ground with affiliated business that pay the airlines for the miles, such as hotels, car rental companies, credit card companies, phone companies and retailers.
    1981 - Tennis champion Billie Jean King acknowledged her lesbian relationship with Marilyn Barnett, becoming the first prominent sportswoman to come out.
    1981 – NJ Senator Harrison Williams was convicted on FBI Abscam charges.  The two-year FBI operation was coordinated with the Justice Department’s Organized Crime Strike Force that was originally investigating trafficking in stolen property and corruption of prestigious businessmen, but was later converted to a public corruption investigation. The FBI, aided by the Justice Department and a convicted con-man, videotaped politicians accepting bribes from a fraudulent Arab company in return for various political favors.  More than 30 political figures were investigated and among those, a total of seven Congressmen — six members of the House plus Sen. Williams — were convicted. Additionally, one member of the NJ Senate, members of the Philadelphia City Council, the Mayor of Camden, NJ, and an inspector for the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service were convicted.   The Abscam operation is dramatized in the 2013 feature film “American Hustle”.
    1982 - "I Love Rock 'N Roll", by Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, appeared at the top of the pop music charts for the seventh, and final, week. The rocker stayed on the charts for 16 weeks. Jett from Philadelphia PA, played guitar and formed the all-female rock band, The Runaways, in the mid-'70s. The Blackhearts were founded in 1980. Jett starred in the film, "Light of Day", playing the role of leader of a rock band called The Barbusters. The movie also starred Michael J. Fox and Michael McKean. The title song, "Light of Day" was written by Jett and Bruce Springsteen. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts had nine hits on the charts into 1990, but "I Love Rock 'N Roll" was the group's only million-plus selling record.
    1984 - Fleetwood Mac drummer and founder Mick Fleetwood filed for bankruptcy.
    1985 - Top Hits
“We are the World” - USA for Africa
“Crazy for You” - Madonna
“Rhythm of the Night” - DeBarge
“Girls Night Out” - The Judds
    1986 - Race car driver Bill Elliott set a stock car speed record with his Ford Thunderbird in Talladega, AL: 212.229 mph.
    1988 - Top Hits
Wishing Well - Terence Trent D Arby
Anything For You - Gloria Estefan
Angel - Aerosmith
Where Do Broken Hearts Go - Whitney Houston
Pink Cadillac - Natalie Cole
    1988 - Pink Floyd's, "Dark Side of the Moon" finally dropped off the US albums chart after a run of 725 weeks (almost 14 years).
    1989 - Police were called to a jewelry store in Simi Valley, California after employees reported a suspicious person. He turned out to be Michael Jackson, who had donned a wig, fake moustache, false teeth and eyelashes to go shopping. Officers had him remove his disguise and show his identification.
    1989 - Thunderstorms produced heavy rain in the southeastern U.S. Rainfall totals of 1.84 inches at Charlotte and 2.86 inches at Atlanta were records for the date. Strong thunderstorm winds uprooted trees in Twiggs County, GA.
    1989 – Walt Disney World opened outside Orlando, FL.
    1990 - Thunderstorms produced severe weather from northern Alabama to North Carolina. There were sixty-three reports of large hail or damaging winds, with hail four inches in diameter reported near Cartersville, GA. Ten cities in the southeastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date as readings warmed into the 90s. Jacksonville, FL reported a record high of 96 degrees. Late night thunderstorms over central Texas produced up to ten inches of rain in southern Kimble County and northern Edwards County.
    1991 - Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers pitched the seventh no-hitter of his career, extending his own major league record. Ryan struck out 16 as the Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 3-0.
    1991 - Rickey Henderson of the Oakland Athletics stole third base, the 939th steal of his career, to set a new major league record, surpassing Lou Brock. The A's beat the New York Yankees, 7-4.
    1992 - On the third day of the Los Angeles riots, Rodney King appeared in public to appeal for calm, asking "Can we all get along?"  The LA Dodgers postponed 3 games due to the riots.  History DOES have a way of repeating!
    1993 - Top Hits
“Freak M” - Silk
“Informer” - Snow
“Nuthin But A ‘G’ Thang” - Dr. Dre
“I Have Nothing (From ‘The Bodyguard’)” - Whitney Houston
    2002 - Tops Hits
“Foolish” - Ashanti
“What's Luv?” - Fat Joe Featuring Ashanti
“U Don't Have To Call” - Usher
“I Need A Girl (Part One)” - P. Diddy Featuring Usher & Loon
“Ain't It Funny” - Jennifer Lopez Featuring Ja Rule
    2003 - President George W. Bush landed in a jet on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln off the California coast and, in a speech to the nation, declared major combat in Iraq over.
    2006 - The Puerto Rican government closed the Department of Education and 42 other government agencies due to significant shortages in cash flow.
    2007 – A May Day melee occurred when the LA Police Department responded to a pro-immigration rally, stirring yet another controversy.
    2011 - President Barack Obama announced that Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind of the September 11 attacks, was killed by United States forces in Pakistan.

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