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Administration Manager

Five Point Capital, a well established and growth oriented commercial equipment financing company, is seeking an Administration Manager to lead its Funding and Documentation departments. Seeking those with 5+ years management experience and skilled at leading, mentoring and retaining employees. Small ticket funding experience a plus. Proven ability to maintain and enhance lessor/funder relationships.

Location: San Diego, CA. Send resume and salary history to:

Wednesday, November 23,2005


Dashiell this Thanksgiving
    Classified Ads
    ---Collector/Controller/Contract Admin.
Enterprise Funding joins “Funder” list
  Enterprise Funding Not "EFG"
Sales Makes it Happen
        ---“Focus on Results”
    Six Leasing Companies Wait for Pumpkin Pie
        Classified Ads---Help Wanted
Wine for Thanksgiving
    Cartoon---"No Longer Cute"
        Merrill Lynch Capital Expansion
Fitch: U.S. Nonfinancial Commercial Paper
    Creekridge Capital/Bremer Financial
        Willis to Further Delay SEC Filings
News Briefs---
    You May Have Missed---
        "Gimme that Wine"
Today's Top Event in History
    This Day in American History
        American Football Poem

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We at Leasing News wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving.

We will not have a November 24 or November 25th edition; most likely not a November 28 th edition, too. We hope you and your family also enjoy the long Thanksgiving weekend.

Thank you for reading Leasing News.

Christopher Menkin, Publisher

Dashiell this Thanksgiving

My son Dash on the right with his buddy “Heff.”

No matter our opinion about the politics of the war in Iraq, or our armed forces stationed here or overseas in harm's way, we should be thinking of our sons and daughters...and their families as we gather for our Thanksgiving dinner.

I have not seen my son in the U.S. Navy for over a year.

He returned from duty last year in Kuwait and off Pacific ocean and South American waters, then volunteered for the riverine. His unit is in pretty intensive training.

He is career navy.

The good news, he may be coming home for Christmas.

He did send me an article about his unit, which I will share with readers who are interested.



Classified Ads---Collector/Controller/Contract Administrator


Boston, MA.
Challenging position where my skills, professional experience, organization, leadership, strategic thinking, creativity, energy, passion, competitive nature will enable me to define opportunities and personal development.

Jacksonville, East Brunswick, FL.
13 years experience with collection, recovery,re-marketing and legal on commercial loans and leases. Expertise with distressed portfolios, Six Sigma trained. Willing to relocate.


Seattle , WA
CPA w/ Sarbanes Oxley/ 15 years management exp. as CFO/ Controller/5 yrs w/ PWC Extensive exp providing accounting/ tax guidance for the equipment lease industry. Willing to relocate.

Southeastern, MI.
Management experience w/ equip lessors &broker. MBA, CPA w/ extensive accounting, management, securitization experience with public and private companies. Willing to relocate.

Uniondale, NY
I have a strong multifaceted background in all areas of lease accounting combining my years as a Controller of leasing companies and as Vice-President of Leasing for a NY Bank.

Contract Administrator

New York, NY.
10+ years in equipment leasing/secured lending. Skilled in management & training, documentation, policy and procedure development & implementation, portfolio reporting. Strong work ethic.

Portland, OR.
6+ years small ticket leasing/financing. Documentation/funding Policy development &implementation, management &training, process mapping, customer service, broker, vendor, portfolio experience.

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Enterprise Funding joins “Funder” list

Funder - Update

A -Accepts Broker Business | B -Requires Broker be Licensed | C -Sub-Broker Program
| D -"Private label Program" | E - Also "in house" salesmen

In Business Since
Leasing Association
Equipment Restrictions

Enterprise Funding
Mike Coon or Debra Romero
PH: 866-774-5050


$10,000 - $150,000; average $50,000


(O) Enterprise Funding equipment restrictions:
Petroleum/Fuel Handling Equipment
ATM Machines
Satellite dishes
Tanning Beds
Home Health Equipment
L easehold Improvements
Vending equipment
Owner/operator truckers are restricted to strong credits.
Lease agreement resulting in service provided by the vendor.


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Enterprise Funding Releases Statement to Avoid
Confusing with Troubled Equipment Financing Group

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Enterprise Funding, having won a major judgment against Fresno-based Equipment Financing Group for defaulting on payment obligations, has no intention of fighting for the right to use the initials “EFG.”

Enterprise Funding Group, a Michigan company, is in no way affiliated with EFG Leasing, Inc., which sometimes calls itself Equipment Financing Group or EFG.

“It is important to clarify that we are simply Enterprise Funding, rather than EFG,” said Fred Croft, CEO of Enterprise Funding. “We don't want people to confuse us with the EFG in Fresno, especially considering the controversies now surrounding that company.”

“Enterprise Funding is stable and strong, with a flawless reputation,” said Senior Vice President of Enterprise Funding Mike Coon. “We have operated for ten years according to the highest ethical standards, and we continue to do so. We do not want customers or others in the industry reading negative headlines about an equipment financing company called EFG and thinking it might be us.”

Enterprise Funding Group, founded in 1996, is an equipment finance company that provides lending and leasing services to small and medium sized businesses across the country, with a focus on income-producing capital equipment in the construction, manufacturing, healthcare and selected service industries. The company's website is

Contact: Mike Coon



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Sales Makes it Happen---“Focus on Results”

Sales Make it Happen

Focus On Results

A significant number of salespeople confuse activity with productivity, and in doing so are less productive than they might be. They believe, sometimes for their entire careers, that activity of almost any kind will lead to sales success. If ever that was true, it is no longer true today. More than ever, salespeople are evaluated and judged on the results they produce, and the competitive landscape isn't patient with underperformers.

Focusing on results, not work, provides the greatest opportunity for success in sales. To maximize success, a salesperson must avoid the myriad time traps that divert attention and rob precious selling hours. Too many salespeople get caught up in addressing customer complaints, solving internal operational problems, and schmoozing with their established customers. When a salesperson focuses on results, these and other time traps can be avoided.

First, if a salesperson continually handles customer complaints, it's time to talk with management about determining the legitimacy of the complaints. Where complaints are justified, suggestions should be offered to management on how the problems might be addressed and solved. As a guardians of their time, and productive members of the sales team, salespeople have an absolute right to explain, firmly and professionally, that they cannot perform at optimum levels if forced to take on the additional responsibility of customer problem solvers.

If salespeople experience customer dissatisfaction as a result of internal operational problems, they will again want to approach management with observations and suggestions for improvement. Spending any significant time on workarounds designed to overcome operational difficulties points to a systemic problem that will keep salespeople from performing to their full potential.

Now for the time trap in which salespeople waste the most time, and over which they have the most control – schmoozing with their customers. Far too many salespeople spend time with their customers under the guise of maintaining good relationships. In reality, spending too much time schmoozing customers keeps salespeople in a comfort zone where they avoid some of the difficult work of sales, like prospecting, qualifying and closing new business.

America's oldest exercise guru, Jack LaLanne, once said, “If it's not good for you, don't eat it; if it tastes good, spit it out!” Salespeople may not want this type of harsh advice when it comes to managing their time, but borrowing from Jack LaLanne's example, “If it doesn't help you prospect for new business, qualify opportunities, facilitate orders, close business, maintain customer relationships, report activities to management, or advance your sales education and training – don't do it!

--- from the desk of a retired, successful leasing company president.



Six Leasing Companies Wait for Pumpkin Pie

Rodney Dixon, was sentenced to more than five years in federal prison on Monday, November 21,2005. U.S. District Judge Joan Gottschall also ordered Dixon to pay $13.3 million in restitution

October 28,2004, Rodney Dixon admitted falsely inflating his company Lacrad's net worth to defraud six equipment-leasing companies of more than $11.4 million and a Texas bank of $2.25 million for the jet purchase.

Jay Chanen Stuart of the United States Attorney's Office, Chicago, Illinois filed four charges against him December 2,2003. Dixon, the chief executive of Lacrad International Corp. in Oakbrook Terrace was found guilty of fraud by wire, radio, or television and violation of interstate commerce. Prosecutors were able to ptove the financial statements were a carefully crafted illusion, built on fake bank statements, phony invoices and "elaborately false tax returns."

Dixon was able to mislead many of the lenders into thinking he had as much as $20 million in Banco Popular by faxing fraudulent confirmations of the deposits on papers that appeared to be produced by the bank, according to the Chicago Tribune story.

Dixon also supplied the lenders a phony phone number for Banco Popular to ensure any calls would be routed back to his office. He would then pose as the banker and confirm the huge bank deposits, O'Rourke said.

It turned out that Lacrad's auditors, Goldblum & Goldblum, never existed. He was able to fool lenders in part by working out of well-appointed offices in 1 Oakbrook Lane, a DuPage County high-rise, holding meetings around an $85,000, custom-made conference table, according to O'Rourke.

To give the office the appearance of a bustling operation, Dixon hired about a dozen temps to pose as employees, O'Rourke said. He also wore suits costing several thousand dollars each to have the look of success, he said.

Dixon also had glossy brochures produced with a photo of his supposed management team -- all but a couple of them actors hired from a modeling agency, according to O'Rourke.

Waiting for the verdict are six equipment leasing companies, who were also suing him, and had their case set aside until the verdict. Wells Fargo Equipment Finance Corp., European American Bank, American Equipment Leasing, Balboa Capital Corporation, CIT Group Equipment, and Regions Bank were hoodwinked by Lacrad, that sold religious sermons on compact discs. They state he purposefully lied about his financial assets which claimed the company had annual revenues of $100 million a year. The six equipment leasing companies that have sued Dixon say they lost over $11.4 million because of the scheme

On June 22, 2001, it appears Winthrop Resources filed against Rodney T.E. Dixon et. all for $9,999,999 plus expenses. A receiver was appointed and assets to be discovered and to go to the favor of the Winthrop Resource. What the six leasing companies will get? Not even pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving.



Classified Ads---Help Wanted

Administration Manager

Five Point Capital, a well established and growth oriented commercial equipment financing company, is seeking an Administration Manager to lead its Funding and Documentation departments. Seeking those with 5+ years management experience and skilled at leading, mentoring and retaining employees. Small ticket funding experience a plus. Proven ability to maintain and enhance lessor/funder relationships.

Location: San Diego, CA. Send resume and salary history to:

Documentation Manager

Equipment Leasing
Documentation Manager
Walnut Creek, CA

Manage all aspects of the lease documentation unit. Requires a BA/BS; 7+ years of leasing and contract experience; Click here for detailed description & resume submission info.

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Wine for Thanksgiving

Actually the best wine to go with turkey and stuffing is a cold beer in a glass.  If your food is more on the sweet side with cranberry's and sweet potatoes, then a sweet type beer such as Gordon Biersch Marazen or one of my favorites, a French beer: La Belle Strasbourg; with a country course pate. 

Any good, cold beer, and the larger the glass, the better (not bottles or cans, and not for etiquette reasons—it inhibits the “carbon dioxide” and the beer bouquet.)

The next best is Champagne, cold.  Again, it is extra dry ( sweeter if that is the flavor of the table—never Brut )

• extra sec or extra dry: slightly sweeter; 1.2 to 2 percent sugar (this is the one)

• sec: medium sweet; 1.7 to 3.5 percent sugar (dessert wine)

• demi-sec: extra sweet; 3.3 to 5 percent sugar (dessert wine)

• doux: very sweet; over 5 percent sugar (dessert wine)

I would NOT recommend the others, especially brut. brut: bone dry to almost dry; less than 1.5 percent sugar (not with turkey.)  You can also find Champagne Rose extra dry ( don't think this is a cheap version, as some of the best Champagne Rose are also often more expensive than the Chardonnay based ones.)

If you don't like any of the above, then go to German white wine.  Ask the wine person at your store about which ones he thinks are best. I personally think German wines are much underrated here in the United States.  We are used to the cheap ones, but get a good one, and you'll start to explore others.

When I mentioned German wine, it also means German grapes. I think they are much fruiter when grown in California. For instance, Gundlach Bundschu Gewürztraminer is a great wine to accompany a turkey dinner;  a Sonoma County winery:  

Zinfindel, Pinor Noir, Merlot and even Cabernet Sauvignon are wasted on a Thanksgiving dinner. Never Chardonnay, even a cheap one that is well over oaked; even if you put ice cubes in it.  You might have one before as a cocktail, but never-never with the main meal. They have conflicting flavors for such a meal.

For the ones without the money for a good wine, a cold box of Chablis will work, honest.




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Merrill Lynch Capital announces Expansion of Business
Aviation Financing in Foreign Markets

CHICAGO, – Merrill Lynch Capital announced that its Business Aviation Finance team will begin offering financing for qualified customers in select foreign markets for business aircraft registered in Canada, Brazil, United Kingdom, Switzerland and Mexico. Additional countries of registration will be added as the market opportunities warrant.

In addition, they will provide aircraft financing for qualified customers in certain other foreign countries provided that the aircraft is registered in either the United States or another acceptable foreign country's registry such as Switzerland. Merrill Lynch Capital will continue its ongoing activities of financing business aircraft for customers throughout the United States.

The Business Aviation Finance Team offers innovative and flexible business aviation financing and leasing solutions to both corporations and individuals. The group's primary focus is to provide financing for turbine-powered business jets and turboprops. The size of the transactions typically range from $5 million to $50 million.

“We view this as an important step in bringing the capabilities of Merrill Lynch Capital and our expertise in business aviation finance to a broader client base while accelerating the continued growth of our business aviation finance platform. With the foundation of our experienced and knowledgeable team, led by Don Gies, this expansion will enhance Merrill Lynch Capital's position as a significant player in the business aviation finance industry.” said Rick Remiker, Managing Director, Merrill Lynch Capital, Equipment Finance Group.

Merrill Lynch Capital is a leading commercial finance business providing a broad range of structured financing solutions to private and public companies within the middle market. Based in Chicago and with regional offices nationwide, Merrill Lynch Capital is focused on four major market segments – corporate finance, equipment finance, healthcare finance and real estate finance. Merrill Lynch Capital is a division of Merrill Lynch Business Financial Services Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Merrill Lynch Bank USA. California loans are made pursuant to a Department of Corporations California Finance Lenders License.

Merrill Lynch is one of the world's leading wealth management, capital markets and advisory companies, with offices in 36 countries and territories and total client assets of approximately $1.7 trillion. As an investment bank, it is a leading global trader and underwriter of securities and derivatives across a broad range of asset classes and serves as a strategic advisor to corporations, governments, institutions and individuals worldwide. Through Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, the company is one of the world's largest managers of financial assets. Firmwide, assets under management total $524 billion. For more information on Merrill Lynch, please visit


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Fitch: U.S. Nonfinancial Commercial Paper Receives a Boost in 2005

(does not include any bank, financial, or leasing company, but primarily manufacturers which may be considered "captives" in the financial parlance.editor)

Fitch Ratings-New York- Fitch Ratings has released a new report examining conditions in the U.S. nonfinancial commercial paper (CP) market, focusing on volume and rating activity.

The resilient U.S. economy and accompanying strong credit environment provided for meaningful volume gains in the U.S. nonfinancial CP market during the first three quarters of 2005. According to Federal Reserve Board data, outstanding U.S. nonfinancial CP totaled $134.7 billion at the end of September 2005, up 10% year-over-year. In addition, the most recent data available from the Federal Reserve suggests that U.S. nonfinancial CP volumes had moved even higher in the fourth quarter, by mid-November weekly outstanding totals had reached $167 billion, up 26% year-over-year. Nonfinancial CP may in fact end 2005 at the highest level in four years.

Both supply and demand conditions supported CP growth in 2005. Borrowers returned to the CP market to fund inventory and other working capital needs and rising short term rates boosted investor demand for CP. These factors, in addition to the rebound in capex in 2005 and the resurgence in M&A will very likely push nonfinancial CP volumes higher in 2006.

‘Growth, however, may continue to be somewhat contained by the substantial cash still sitting on top of U.S. corporate balance sheets and the relatively flat Treasury yield curve, which has allowed issuers to continue to place long-term debt at relatively low rates,' said Charlotte Needham, Director of Fitch Credit Market Research.

Mariarosa Verde, Managing Director, Fitch Credit Market Research, added, ‘Another wild card in the CP growth equation is the willingness of companies to increase their exposure to short-term debt and continued investor receptivity to the market despite less than promising rating trends.'

In the first three quarters of 2005, for example, Fitch U.S. nonfinancial CP rating activity showed more downgrades than upgrades, a reversal of the more positive trend established in 2004. The ratio of U.S. short-term nonfinancial rating actions in the first three quarters of 2005 reached five downgrades per one upgrade, compared with the more stable ratio of one-to-one recorded over the same period in 2004.

The new report ‘U.S. Nonfinancial Commercial Paper Volume Receives a Boost in 2005, More to Come in 2006,' is available on the Fitch Ratings web site at ‘' under ‘Credit Market Research'.

Contact: Charlotte Needham +1-212-908-0794 or Mariarosa Verde +1-212-908-0791, New York.

Media Relations: Brian Bertsch +1-212-908-0549, New York

To access the report please click the link below:


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Creekridge Capital announces agreement with Bremer
Financial to provide equipment leasing to bank customers

The company funds leases in the range of $50,000 to $5 million for its own account.

Minneapolis ˆ ˆ Creekridge Capital, LLC, a nationwide independent equipment leasing provider, announced today that it has signed a new agreement with Bremer Financial Corporation to provide equipment leasing options to Bremer Bank customers.

"This strategic partnership enables Bremer Bank to easily offer equipment leasing to its customers," said Jeff Cowan, executive vice president of Creekridge Capital. „We provide support to Bremer through training, marketing, administration and management support.‰

Bremer is a privately held, $6.3 billion regional financial services company jointly owned by its employees and the Otto Bremer Foundation. Headquartered in Saint Paul, Minn., Bremer provides a comprehensive range of banking, investment, trust, and insurance services to over 100 locations in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. Company profits are distributed in the form of charitable grants to communities throughout the company‚s footprint.

Creekridge Capital, LLC, founded in Minneapolis in 1986, is a provider of creative leasing solutions with special expertise in healthcare and technology .



Willis Lease Finance to Further Delay SEC Filings;
Ticker Symbol to Temporarily Change to WLFCE

SAUSALITO, Calif.---Willis Lease Finance Corporation (Nasdaq:WLFC), a leading lessor of commercial jet engines, today announced it is not yet ready to file its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2005, and restatements to other financial reports in time to meet today's extended filing deadline. Consequently, the company's Nasdaq ticker symbol will be changed to WLFCE beginning November 22, 2005, until the restated filings are complete.

On October 24, the company disclosed that it would restate its financial statements for 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 to conform to the accounting requirements of SFAS 133, "Accounting for Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities." The restatement does not impact the Company's previously reported total assets, total liabilities, total shareholders' equity or total cash flows. The economics of the interest rate derivative contracts are also not affected.

Amended Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2004, and amended Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2005, and June 30, 2005, will be filed with the SEC, and will include the restated financial statements and related disclosures. Willis will also file the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2005, as soon as possible. At this time, no date for filing can be determined due to the complexity of the process and the number of periods involved.

About Willis Lease Finance

Willis Lease Finance Corporation leases spare commercial aircraft engines, rotable parts and aircraft to commercial airlines, aircraft engine manufacturers and overhaul/repair facilities. These leasing activities are integrated with the purchase and resale of commercial aircraft engines.


Willis Lease Finance Corporation

Monica J. Burke, 415-331-5281 (Chief Financial Office


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Today's Top Event in History

    1860—Abraham Lincoln was elected president on February 27 with a population of 31,443,321; 448,070 free blacks and 3,953,760 slaves. The Union was 33 states, 18 of them free and 15 slave. To top this off, the economy was not in very good shape and the banking of 1857 stretching into another decade and showing few signs of lifting, the New York Clearing House moved to offer help: on this day, the Clearing House handed out its first loan, issuing $7.375 million worth of certificates to the nation's ailing banks. By April 21, the next year, the Civil War would begin when Confederate forces at Charleston, SC, open fire on the federal garrison at Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor. Lincoln had inherited not only a country divided, but in great financial difficulty.


This Day in American History

    1718 - English pirate Edward Teach -- known as "Blackbeard" -- was captured off the Outer Banks of North Carolina near Ocracoke, taken to England and hanged.
    1749- birthday of Edward Rutledge, youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence, governor of South Carolina, born at Charleston, SC. Died there Jan 23,1800. Ironically he was against independence, but was a recognized leader at the first Continental Congress and was the deciding vote to have South Carolina join the Union.
    1800-Birthday of Edward Rutledge, singer of the Declaration of Independence, governor of South Carolina, born at Charleston, SC. Died there Jan 23, 1800.
    1804- birthday of Franklin Pierce, the fourteenth president of the US was born at Hillsboro, NH. Term of office: Mar 4,1853—Mar 3, 1857. Not nominated until the 49th ballot at the Democratic party convention in 1852, he was refused his party's nomination in 1856 for a second term. Pierce died at Concord, NH, Oct 8,1869.
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    1835- Henry Burdon of Troy, NY, received a patent for a horseshoe manufacturing machine. His machine produced a completed horseshoe from a rod of iron that was fed into it. It produced shoes more rapidly and uniformly than the rational method of hand production on a forge.
    1852-- Just past midnight, a sharp jolt causes Lake Merced to drop 30' (9m)
    1857-Birthday of Katharine Coman - U.S. economic historian, whose Industrial History of the United States (1905) was widely used as a textbook and her Economic Beginnings of the Far West (1912) was a major historical work. She researched her books by going into the field and interviewing personally as well as seeing things for herself. She was professor of political economy and history at Wellesley College where she lived with Katharine Lee Bates for many years.
    1859- Birthday of legendary outlaw of western US. Probably named Henry McCarty at birth (New York, NY), he was better known as William H. Bonney a.k.a. “Billy the Kid.”. He was a ruthless killer, a failure at everything legal, he escaped from jail at age 21 while under sentence of hanging. Recaptured at Stinking Springs, NM, and returned to jail, he again escaped, only to be shot through the heart by pursuing Lincoln County Sheriff Pat Garrett at Fort Sumner, NM, during the night of July 14,1881. His last words, answered by two shots, reportedly were “Who is there?”
    1860—Abraham Lincoln was elected president on February 27 with a population of 31,443,321; 448,070 free blacks and 3,953,760 slaves. The Union was 33 states, 18 of them free and 15 slave. To top this off, the economy was not in very good shape and the banking of 1857 stretching into another decade and showing few signs of lifting, the New York Clearing House moved to offer help: on this day, the Clearing House handed out its first loan, issuing $7.375 million worth of certificates to the nation's ailing banks. By April 21, the next year, the Civil War would begin when Confederate forces at Charleston, SC, open fire on the federal garrison at Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor. Lincoln had inherited not only a country divided, but in great financial difficulty.
    1863-The historic Battle of Chattanooga begins.
    1889- Louis Glas invented and this day installed a coin-operated phonograph player in the Palais Royale, San Francisco, Ca. There were many such machines made, generally called “coin graphs.” The first widely successful “jukebox” manufacture was the Rudolph Wurlitzer Company of North Tonawanda, NY. Its most popular model was made of curved plastic tubes containing a fluid with a low boiling point. Small heaters kept the fluid bubbling. Wurlitzer sold 56,246 of the Model 1015 in 1946 at $750 each. In reality, the juke boxes never became as widely distributed until the 1950's with the invention of the 45rpm record.
    1897-Jazz pianist Willie “ the Lion” Smith Birthday
    1897-- Eli Olds of Lansing, Michigan, is issued a U.S. patent for his "motor carriage," a gasoline-powered vehicle that he constructed the year before.
    1903-Birthday of 1903, one of the most popular U.S. singers from the 1920's through most of the 1940's, had more than 60 big hits. Best known today for her gangster connections because of the movie about her life Love Me or Leave Me, (
    1912- Trombonist Tyree Glenn born Corsicana, Texas.
    1914- Emmett Littleton Ashford, born at Los Angeles, CA, was the first black to officiate at a major league baseball game. Ashford began his pro career calling games in the minors in 1951 and went to the majors in 1966. He was noted for his flamboyant style when calling strikes and outs as well as for his dapper dress which included cuff-links with his uniform. He died Mar 1,1980, at Marina del Hey, CA.
    1925- birthday of composer Johnny Mandel.
    1936- The illustrated magazine “Life” debuted on this day.
    1938--~ Bob Hope and Shirley Ross recorded a song for the film, The Big Broadcast of 1938. Thanks for the Memory became Decca record number 2219. It also became Hope's theme song.
    1940-the first US Army general who rose from a draftee was Keith L. Ware, who was drafted on No­vember 23, 1940. He attended Officer's Candi­date School, Fort Benning, GA, and rose to commander of the 1st Infantry Division in Viet­nam, becoming brigadier general on November 28, 1967. He, his staff of three, and four heli­copter crewmen were killed on September 13, 1968, when his helicopter was shot down about 60 miles north of Saigon during the battle of Locmnh. He was the fourth general killed in the Vietnam War.
    1943-The US Second Marine Division took control of the Gilbert Islands after fierce fighting on the heavily fortified Tarawa Atoll in the 76-hour battle the Marines beat back a “death charge” in which the Japanese ran directly at the American guns. American troops sustained 3,500 killed and wounded. The Japanese suffered 5,000 killed and 17 wounded and captured. ( The Gilbert Islands are the westernmost of the Polynesians, midway between Australia and Hawaii and today are part of the nation of Kirbati.
    1943 - Randolph in Coos County, NH receives 56 inches of snow, a record for the state. Berlin received 55 inches and many other locations over 40 inches
    1946---Top Hits
Rumors are Flying - Frank Sinatra
Ole Buttermilk Sky - The Kay Kyser Orchestra (vocal: Mike Douglas & The Campus Kids)
The Whole World is Singing My Song - The Les Brown Orchestra (vocal: Doris Day)
Divorce Me C.O.D. - Merle Travis
    1947- E. L. Sukenik of Jerusalem's Hebrew University first received word of the existence of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The documents, dating between 200 BC and AD 70, had been accidentally discovered the previous winter (1946_47) by two Bedouin shepherds in the vicinity of Qumran.
    1948 - Dr. Frank G. Back of New York City patented the Zoom lens, which was first used by NBC television in April of 1947. It was not mass produced until 1959 when it became very popular with usage on a 35mm camera.
    1952-Birthday of Francie Larrieu Smith - perhaps the greatest runner in U.S. history in a career that spanned four decades and 35 American records in distances from 1,000 meters to two miles. During an international career that lasted from 1969 until 1992, Larrieu Smith was on 28 national teams and won 21 national titles. She was a member of five Olympic teams, starting in 1972 when she ran the 1,500 meters. She also ran the 1500 at the 1976 Games and was a team member at the same distance in 1980.
    1954---Top Hits
I Need You Now - Eddie Fisher
Mr. Sandman - The Chordettes
Teach Me Tonight - The De Castro Sisters
More and More - Webb Pierce
    1962---Top Hits
Big Girls Don't Cry - The 4 Seasons
Return to Sender - Elvis Presley
Next Door to an Angel - Neil Sedaka
I've Been Everywhere - Hank Snow
    1963- "I'm Leaving it up to You" by Dale & Grace topped the charts and stayed there for 2 weeks.
    1963 –President John F. Kennedy, Jr.'s body lay in repose in East Room of White House.
    1963-First episode of “Dr. Who” premiered on British TV with William Hartnell as the first doctor. Traveling through time and space in the TARDIS (an acronym for Time and Relative Dimen­sions in Space), the doctor and his companions found themselves in mortal combat with creatures such as the Daleks. “Dr. Who” didn't air in the US until Sept 29, 1975.
    1964 --The US Supreme Court refuses to strike the phrase "under God," instituted in 1954, from the Pledge of Allegiance
    1966- Elvis Presley's 22nd film, "Spinout," premieres in Los Angeles. The movie is another box-office success and critical disaster for Elvis.
    1968- It's the end of an era: Rolling Stone reports San Francisco's Family Dog has lost its license to operate out of the Avalon Ballroom, site of the marathon dance concerts featuring the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape, Quicksilver Messenger Service and other psychedelic groups.
    1970---Top Hits
I Think I Love You - The Partridge Family
The Tears of a Clown - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
Gypsy Woman - Brian Hyland
Fifteen Years Ago - Conway Twitty
    1974-- Billy Swan reached the #1 spot on the singles charts for the first and only time. I Can Help was the most popular song in the U.S. for two weeks.
    1975 -- Minnesota quarterback Fran Tarkenton becomes the NFL's all-time completions leader when he completes his 2,840th pass in the Vikings' 28-13 victory over San Diego.
    1978---Top Hits
MacArthur Park - Donna Summer
Double Vision - Foreigner
How Much I Feel - Ambrosia
Sleeping Single in a Double Bed - Barbara Mandrell
    1983 - a 24 hour snowfall record for Duluth, MN was broken with 16.9 inches. 19.7 inches fell during the entire storm, also a record
    1984- Quarterback Doug Flutie of Boston College (my cousin on my mother's side) passed for 472 yards and led the Eagles to a 47-45 upset of the Miami University Hurricanes. Flutie won the game with a desperation “Hail Mary” touchdown pass that end Gerald Phelan caught in the end zone.
    1986---Top Hits
Human - Human League
You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
Word Up - Cameo
You're Still New to Me - Marie Osmond with Paul Davis
    1987 - Box office sales began for the spectacular musical, The Phantom of The Opera. Phantom took in a record-setting amount of $920,272 in seventeen hours. The incoming hit from London made a Broadway record in advance sales of over $12 million two months before its grand opening the following January.
    1988- Wayne Gretzky scores his 600th NHL goal
    1989 - Low pressure tracking across the Carolinas brought heavy rain to parts of the Southern Atlantic Coast Region for Thanksgiving Day, and blanketed the Middle Atlantic Coast States and southern New England with heavy snow. The storm produced up to nine inches of snow over Long Island NY, and up to 14 inches over Cape Cod MA, at Yarmouth. Totals of 4.7 inches at New York City and 6.0 inches at Newark NJ were records for Thanksgiving Day, the 8.0 inch total at Providence RI was a record for any given day in November, and the 6.5 inch total at Strasburg CT was a record for the month of November as a whole.
    1991- "When a Man Loves a Woman" by Michael Bolton topped the charts and stayed there for a week.
    1991 - La Crosse, WI set a new record for 24 hour snow with 13 inches. This storm brought the monthly total to 28.2 inches, also a record
    1992 - Early morning severe thunderstorms spawned two F3 tornadoes in North Carolina resulting in 2 deaths and 59 injuries. This was the last day of the three day outbreak in which 93 tornadoes touched down claiming 25 lives.
    1992 - Alta, UT was buried under 45 inches of snow in 24 hours to set an all-time 24 hour record for that location
    1994---Top Hits
I ll Make Love To You- Boyz II Men
Here Comes The Hotstepper (From "Ready To Wear")- Ini Kamoze
On Bended Knee- Boyz II Men
Another Night- Real McCoy
    1996--Actor Woody Harrelson and others clogged traffic for hours on the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge in a protest on behalf of the Headwaters forest.



American Football Poem

In 1996. The Ravens, a team that formerly played in Cleveland, Ohio, moved into Baltimore's Memorial Stadium and began to play in the 1996 season. "This is a new beginning and a new era for us," the Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell told fans at the team's naming ceremony.

The name Ravens was inspired by the poetry of the famous former Baltimore resident Edgar Allan Poe. Ravens can be taught to speak. Poe's raven is thought to have been inspired by the raven Grip in Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens. Dickens' bird has many words and comic turns, including the popping of a champagne cork, but Poe felt that Dickens did not make enough of the bird's dramatic qualities.

“Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,
In there stepped a stately raven of the saintly days of yore;
Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he;
But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door -
Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door -
Perched, and sat, and nothing more.

“Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling,
By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore.
‘Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou,' I said, ‘art sure no craven,
Ghastly grim and ancient raven wandering from the Nightly shore -
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night's Plutonian shore!'
Quoth the Raven, ‘Nevermore.'"

The full 18 verse poem: