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Friday, October 21, 2011

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

Pictures from the Past--February, 2002
 "Top Gun" Richard Baccaro
   American Equipment Finance Merges with Ascentium Capital
    Classified Ads---Controller/Credit
PNC Equipment Finance Lays Off 20?
 Key Corp Grows under Chairman/CEO Beth Mooney
  August and September--- "The List"
    Halloween Dog Costume
   New Hires—Promotions
     Classified Ads---Help Wanted
  Beige Book--Loan Demand Down,
      restraint in hiring and capital spending plans
       20 Attend Arizona Equipment Leasing Assoc. Meeting
        TriplePoint Capital Raises $1 Billion
      Leasing News Banner/Display Advertising Rates
          Houston, Texas Adopt-a-Dog
La Havre/Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life
  Captain America/Winnie the Pooh/Attack the Block
    Fernando Croce Move/DVD Reviews
News Briefs---
 GATX 3Q profit rises, lease rates rising
  European Banks Vow $1 Trillion Cuts as Recapitalization Looms
   Bank of America Clients Are Worrying -- You Should, Too
    Silicon Valley Bank given license to operate in China

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Pictures from the Past--February, 2002
"Top Gun" Richard Baccaro

Photograph of Richard on his Harley

Here is Richard Buckaroo’s Background:

1985-1995 EVP-Sales First Financial - Princeton NJ
1996-1998 President/CEO ICC - Bridgewater NJ
1998-1999 VP-Sales First Sierra Financial - Houston TX
1999-2000 SVP-Sales SierraCities formerly First Sierra Financial
2000-2001 EVP-Sales SierraCities/American Express
2002- President/CEO American Equipment Finance LLC - Warren NJ/Scottsdale AZ

Wife: Merryl
Children: Andrew, Valerie and Ashley
Resides: Warren, NJ (still looking to sell my Scottsdale home)
Passions: Golf, Coaching the kids, Riding my Harley, Saturday nights out with Merryl

((Looks like Tom Depping is putting First Sierra together again, including key executives, “…with backing from Vulcan Capital, the private investment group of Paul G. Allen, and a group of investors led by LKCM Capital Group, LLC (“LKCM”), the alternative investment vehicle for Luther King Capital Management.”

((Gary Saulter and his company Chase Industries have recently joined with the latest ---Baccaro with the American Equipment Finance family (press release follows). Editor.))



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American Equipment Finance Merges with Ascentium Capital

Ascentium Capital LLC, Kingwood, Texas announced the merger of American Equipment Finance and the appointment of Richard A. Baccaro as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Baccaro will be responsible for managing the sales operations of Ascentium Capital. As Senior Vice President of Sales, Len Baccaro will be responsible for direct originations in the Petroleum, Convenience Store, Car Wash and Franchise Industries.

Richard A. Baccaro, co-founder and President of American Equipment Finance since 2002, has over 25 years of experience serving the equipment financing industry. In 1991, he co-founded Independent Capital Corp (ICC) with his brother Len. First Sierra Financial acquired ICC in 1998. Richard was the Executive Vice President at First Sierra prior to its acquisition by American Express and was responsible for the sales team and $1 Billion of annual originations. Len was Vice President of Sales in the New Jersey office for First Sierra until he co-founded American Equipment Finance in 2002. With more than two decades of industry expertise, Len is a trusted financing resource for countless sales organizations, spanning multiple vertical markets.

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PNC Equipment Finance Lays Off 20?

Looking for confirmation or denial regarding a well regarded source telling Leasing News that 20 long time employees have been let go at PNC Equipment Finance.

Terry Begley, President, PNC Equipment, LLC or his assistant did not return telephone calls to Leasing News. The Funders list records total employees at 75.

PNC Financial Services on Wednesday reported third quarter net income of $834 million. For the first nine months of 2011 the company earned net income of $2.6 billion (1)

The SEC filing showed a $10 million recovery charge off for equipment lease financing, and $5 million recovery, June, 2011, as well as past due $9 million, down from previous year-end $37 million. (2)

(1) Press Release:

(2) PNC SEC filing:


Key Corp Grows under Chairman/CEO Beth Mooney

Key Corp reports net income of $656 million for third quarter compared to $121 million for the same period last year. Tier 1 risk-based capital 13.55%. Key originated $9.7 billion in new or renewed lending commits to consumers and businesses during the quarter. The bank has also been expanding branches and now has 1,048 full service branches and 1,048 ATMs serving 14 states.

In the leasing sector, net charges offs went from $11 million, firstquarter, to $4 million, the second quarter, to $2 million in the third quarter.

Non-performing commercial leasing financing went from $42 million, to $41 million, to $31 million.

From Consolidated Average Balance Sheet, Average Balance:

(in millions)
Third Quarter, 2011
Third Quarter, 2010
Commercial Lease Finance
Total Assets

In the Consolidated Balance Sheet that follows, the total equity is down; however, liabilities are also down. Perhaps the reason for the decline in equity is the commercial mortgage and real estate construction being down, which is excellent, as these categories are the ones all the banks that have been closed by the FDIC have gotten into so much trouble. This should be viewed as positive, not negative, in my opinion. The total balance sheet has changed for the better, which is further evidence of the positive transition and expansion of the bank.

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Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Beth Mooney stated, "Our financial results demonstrate consistent positive momentum for Key as we continue executing our relationship strategy, improving credit quality and maintaining disciplined expense control. We are also pleased that our commercial, financial and agricultural loan portfolio grew for the second consecutive quarter. Our clients continue to benefit from our ability to work together across business lines to deliver value by combining local knowledge and service with specialized industry expertise and advisory capabilities."

Mooney continued: "We look forward to continuing our support of small- and medium-sized businesses and have committed $5 billion in lending capital over the next three years to foster growth and expansion in this important segment."

Key Corp. Third Quarter SEC (54 pages):



August and September--- "The List"

--- Mergers, Acquisitions & Changes


Jules and Associates, Los Angeles, California (08/11) Uses Evergreen clause for extra payments on 1% purchase option.

American Bank, Atlanta, Georgia (08/11) No longer funding leases. Jeff Schubert purchases interest from founder Jim Doster and is now president/CEO." I am currently only using the ABL name as a dba for my new company. I am not booking or funding any new business at ABL."

iFinancial Group, San Clemente, CA (08/11) Bulletin Board Complaint,

Chase Industries, Grand Rapids, Michigan (08/11) Owner declares company closed due to embezzlement of $900,000.

LEAF Financial, Philadelphia, PA (08/11) June 30, 2011 financial statement "On Page 12, the “CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES” shows a large drop in principal payments, but as important, Resource America used $15.2 million proceeds from issuance of LEAF preferred stock that enabled them to pick up from the cash of $11.2 million at the beginning of the year.

Heritage Pacific Leasing , Fresno , CA (08/11)A class action case against the officers and others thought liable in the HL Leasing the president, Dan Ramirez, and Andy Fernandez, chief financial officer, liable and ordered to pay $46.5 million to more than 1,200 who claim to be victims. Kathleen Otto, the late John Otto's wife, even though accounting was done at their home, was not found guilty by the jury, as reportedly they did not find evidence that her actions caused any financial harm to the victims. Case still being investigated by the FBI.

Financial Pacific, Federal Way, WA (08/11) Financial Pacific, licensed in California, doing business with unlicensed companies in California, including Benchmark Financial Group, in top list of funders for last two years in Southern California, despite many Bulletin Board Complaints, loses in small claims court, many complaints on the web, including web sites outlining their complaints against Benchmark. Similar companies supported by Financial Pacific fundings.


Chase Industries, Grand Rapids, Michigan (09/11) The story regarding Chase Industries, Grand Rapids, Michigan, closing its doors due to embezzlement may not be true. There is no police report filed, nor does the owner of the company intend to file such a report, he told Leasing News. Today he, and his sales crew, are now working for Ascentium Capital, Tom Depping’s new company, who evidently is gearing up to go after the healthcare industry, among others.

ABCO Leasing, Bothell, Washington (09/11) Calls it quits; "Unfortunately, the U.S. economy remains weak and has yet to meaningfully and substantially improve. Due to the perceived instability in the U.S. economy, we don't expect to provide leasing or lending services in the foreseeable future."

Barklay Capital, Costa Mesa, CA (09/110) Costa Mesa Police Department arrested Ashwani “Matt” Hingorani, age 32, Barklay Capital, after they received over 40 complaints of his keeping advance rentals. It started with three local business complaints, but grew as they began to look more into the leasing brokerage company. The dollar amounts were between $400 to one at $15,000, but in all, added up to over $200,000.



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New Hires—Promotions

Robert E. “Rob” Allanson appointed Vice-President of Sales, Summit Funding Group, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio. Previously he was president of Huntington National Bank (October, 2011), President, Firstar Equipment Finance (March, 1999-January, 2001), SVP Equipment Finance Product Line Manager Star Bank (January, 1980-Feburary, 1999). He previously served as president of the capital equipment group of US Bancorp's Equipment Finance division. He began his banking career in 1980 with Star Bank in Cincinnati ((originally First National Bank of Cincinnati) and has held various leadership positions in the equipment finance area during his career. University of Pittsburgh - Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business MBA, Finance (1977 – 1978), Miami University BA, Economics (1971 – 1975).

Sergey Grushetskiy was named CEO 10-4 Financing, LLC, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Prior he was account executive, American Business Lending (July, 2010--October, 2011).Oral Roberts University, Bachelors, Finance (2008 – 2010). Activities and Societies: SIFE, Entrepreneurship Club, The Accounting Society, International Development-Kenya Dominion Farms, Summa Cum Laude.

John Heist, Jr. appointed Vice President - Syndications at Summit Funding Group, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio; working out of the Richmond, Virginia area. Previously he was the president, The Heist Group, Ltd. (May, 2010- August, 2011), Vice-President, Syndications, CCA Financial (August, 1996-April, 2011), Vice-President, NELCO, LTD (April, 1988-July, 1996).Virginia Commonwealth University - School of Business MBA (1994 – 1996), Mississippi State University - College of Business and Industry BBA, Finance (1981 – 1985). Board Member, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (October, 2008-Present.) Executive Committee.


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Beige Book--Loan Demand Down,
restraint in hiring and capital spending plans

" loan demand was described as down somewhat in Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis, and Kansas City and was little changed in most other Districts. Loan standards were described as still tight for many classes of borrowers. That said, several Districts indicated that strong competition among banks for high quality borrowers was leading to lower rates and fees for these customers."

"Financial activity was reported to have weakened some since the last report. Dallas noted that the improvement in financial conditions had stalled, and Chicago indicated a further tightening of credit conditions, particularly for financial firms."

"...many Districts noted restraint in hiring and capital spending plans."

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The seminar will contain information on how to approach leasing in 2012 with the following subjects:

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  • Proposed new accounting rules for lessee's
  • Structuring and pricing for competition
  • Income tax rules, Article 2A vs. Article 9
  • New reasons to lease
  • Questions to ask lessee
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20 Attend Arizona Equipment Leasing Assoc. Meeting

"On October 18, the Arizona Equipment Leasing Association (A.Z.E.L.A.) had it Fall Breakfast Meeting at CoCo’s Bakery and Restaurant-Paradise Valley Mall. The program followed the networking and introductions of the attendees who delivered comments on their businesses. The emphasis of the program was for the finance community to get creative (in a good way) and broaden what we can offer, while finding new ways to make referral fees including vendor programs for consumer financing.

"The presenters were from diverse backgrounds, none of whom were directly in the equipment finance arena. They were Kelly M. Black, Founder, Director and President of Pubco Consulting Services, Inc., Susan Rathunde, President of National Business Dynamics, and Pamela McConlogue, Vice President of Bibby Financial Services. The 20 participants at the program obtained information to make the last quarter of 2011 and following years profitable.

"After the question and answer period, the event was followed information on upcoming meetings and more networking."

Bernice Truszkowski



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TriplePoint Capital Raises $1 Billion

MENLO PARK, Calif. – – TriplePoint Capital, the industry-leading global provider of customized debt financing, leasing and direct equity investments to high growth venture capital-backed companies, announced today that it has closed on $1 billion of private capital funds. The financing is the largest private or public capital raise by any company in the 30-year history of the venture leasing and lending industry, commonly referred to as the venture debt industry.

With this funding, TriplePoint will continue to grow its portfolio of venture debt financing and equity investments, as well as expand its product offering of innovative and creative debt financing and leasing solutions to venture capital-backed companies. The firm also will broaden its geographic focus both domestically and internationally.

James Laube

“Our newly closed funding allows us to continue delivering TriplePoint’s unique strategy of meeting the long-term debt financing needs of our customers and venture capital partners at every stage of a company’s lifespan, from the seed and early stages right through profitability and their initial public offering,” said Jim Labe, TriplePoint’s CEO. “Our diversified sources of investment capital, coupled with our independent and privately-held structure, allows us to provide our customers with a level of reliability, dependability and longevity that no other venture debt firm can provide.”

The new capital was raised from institutional and private funds managed by Wafra Capital Partners and other private investors. Goldman Sachs served as advisor for the financing. “TriplePoint has a marquee roster of customers, strong industry relationships, outstanding track record and unmatched expertise,” said Michael Gontar, chief investment officer at Wafra. “We are excited to be an investor in this industry-leading franchise.”

Since the company’s launch in 2006, TriplePoint has committed almost $2 billion in venture debt financing, leasing and equity investments to its customers. The company will commit to invest more than $400 million of new business in 2011 with high growth venture capital-backed companies in more than 15 countries worldwide, as well as in Silicon Valley, Southern California, Massachusetts, New York and other key U.S. markets.

TriplePoint’s customer base includes approximately 300 industry-leading and highly recognized venture capital-backed companies in the technology, cleantech and life sciences sectors. The company’s customers include Facebook, YouTube (Google), AppNexus, Bloom Energy, Chegg, Etsy, Gilt Groupe, Oncomed Pharmaceuticals, One Kings Lane, Shazam Entertainment, Splunk and Square. Some of TriplePoint’s customers that have gone public or recently have filed to go public include Amyris, Brightcove, Genomatica, Gevo, MobiTV, Silver Spring Networks and Trius Therapeutics. Some recently acquired customers of TriplePoint include Adify, Aster Data, Ilypsa, Proteolix and Riot Games. In 2011, the company closed financings with Agilyx, Cogenra Solar, GAIKAI, Harvest Power, Lytro, OpenX and Workday, among others.

TriplePoint was founded by Labe, who has been instrumental in developing the venture debt industry over the past 30 years, and Comdisco Ventures veteran Sajal Srivastava. Collectively they have financed more than $6 billion in debt financing and equity investments to more than 3,000 venture capital-backed companies. They are joined by a team of top investment professionals who have helped the company achieve its leading track record and reputation.

About TriplePoint Capital
TriplePoint Capital is a Sand Hill Road-based global financing provider to high growth venture capital-backed companies throughout their lifespan, providing customized debt financing, leasing, and direct equity investments. TriplePoint provides unparalleled levels of creativity, flexibility and customer service to serve as the primary debt financing provider for leading venture capital-backed companies in the technology, cleantech and life sciences sectors and is the only debt provider equipped to meet the unique needs of high growth venture-backed companies at every stage of their development. For more information, visit

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A double-bill of arthouse entries (“La Havre” and “Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life”) contrasts nicely with the comic-book action (“Captain America: The First Avenger”), old-fashioned animation (“Winnie the Pooh”) and scrappy sci-fi (“Attack the Blood”) of this week’s DVD releases.

In Theaters:

Le Havre (Janus Films): Acclaimed Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki offers a tribute to France with this deadpan yet warm-hearted comedy-drama set in the titular Gallic port town. His main character is Marcel Marx (Andre Wilms), a gentlemanly vagabond who ekes out a living shining shoes before and hanging out at the bar with his pals and going home to his beloved wife Arletty (Kati Outinen). His life takes a sharp turn, however, when Arletty falls ill and Marcel befriends an African boy named Idrissa (Blondin Miguel) on the run from a relentless police captain (Jean-Pierre Darrousin). The plot sounds grim, but Kaurismaki is a master of locating sneaky humor and intense emotion in the most unlikely places, and it’s no exception in this tale of humanism, perseverance, and eccentric rock ‘n’ roll. With subtitles.

Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (Music Box Films): Fans of “Ray,” “Walk the Line,” “La Vie en Rose” and other song-filled biopics will savor this unconventional take on the turbulent life of legendary (and often scandalous) French crooner Serge Gainsbourg (resourcefully embodied by Eric Elmosnino). Following the songwriter’s life from his early days sneaking into art classes during WWII to his controversial later projects during the 1980s, the movie uses fantasies and music sequences to illustrate how his various female conquests—including such ‘60s icons as Brigitte Bardot (Laetitia Casta), Juliette Greco (Anna Mouglais) and Jane Birkin (Lucy Gordon)—influenced his art. Directed with visual panache and playfulness by comic-book artist Joann Sfarr, this is a cut above the usual cinematic life-story. With subtitles.

Netflix Tip: With “La Havre” heading to theaters, it’s a good time to check out Netflix for their stock of earlier movies by the inimitable Aki Kaurismaki. Check out “Leningrad Cowboys Go America” (1989), “The Match Factory Girl” (1990), “La Vie de Boheme” (1992) and “The Man Without a Past” (2001) to get acquainted with this one-of-a-kind filmmaker.


Captain America: The First Avenger (Paramount): Heroes are still being collected for the upcoming Avengers movie, so it’s time to get acquainted with the early days of the Marvel Comics universe in this snazzy, old-fashioned entertainment. Set during WWII, the plot centers on Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), a young man who’s refused entry to the military forces due to his physical weakness. Unwilling to take “no” for answer, he volunteers to a top-secret project that gives him inhuman strength. Adopting a new identity as Captain America and with the help of British agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), he sets out to protect his country from the sinister fiend known as Red Skull (Hugo Weaving). Done with muscular gusto by Joe Johnston (“The Rocketeer”), this is indeed a ripping yarn.

Winnie the Pooh (Walt Disney): Every child’s favorite honey-crazy bear, Winnie the Pooh returns to the big screen in this tender and lovingly crafted family movie. The plot finds the gang at Hundred Acre Wood looking for Eeyore’s missing tail, while hunting down a fearsome creature that’s supposedly kidnapped Christopher Robin. As with the best of Pooh’s adventures, however, the movie is less about rushing through a story than about interacting with the beloved characters, which include the ever ebullient Tigger and anxious Piglet, along with Owl, Rabbit, and Kanga and Roo. While many animated features nowadays are filled with nonstop noise and visual bravura, the film, directed by Stephen J. Anderson and Don hall, understands how to score points with subtle visual wit and wry emotional generosity. The result is a total charmer.

Attack the Block (Sony): One of the year’s most surprising debuts and a ready-made cult movie, this scrappy British science-fiction adventure is an endlessly inventive treat for genre fans. Using his low budget with ingenuity and verve, writer-director Joe Cornish follows a group of tough street kids led by stern, commanding Moses (John Boyega) as they find their usual routine of wrecking havoc around a London apartment complex inconveniently interrupted by an invasion of glowing-eyed, fang-baring, hungry aliens. Armed with makeshift weapons and accompanied by the young woman (Jodie Whittaker) they had previously tried to mug, they have to find a way to stay alive long enough to thwart the interplanetary intruders. Cornish combines a goofy sense of play with a feeling of social grittiness, resulting in a fresh, one-of-a-kind blast.

News Briefs---

GATX 3Q profit rises, lease rates rising,0,7500006.story

European Banks Vow $1 Trillion Cuts as Recapitalization Looms

Bank of America Clients Are Worrying -- You Should, Too

Silicon Valley Bank given license to operate in China


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This Day in History

      1520- Magellan entered the strait which bears his name. gellan.html
    1692- William Penn was deposed as Governor of Pennsylvania. His overtures of gratefulness to James II for permitting religious freedom for dissenters of the Church of England led William and Mary to charge Penn with being a papist: A Roman catholic; one who adheres to the Church of Rome and the authority of the pope; -- an offensive designation applied to Roman Catholics by their opponents. He was not. .
    1751- The first Baptist association in the American South was organized at Charleston, SC. It was formed under the initiative of Oliver Hart, who had left the Philadelphia area to become pastor of the Charleston Baptist Church in 1749.
    1797 - The 44-gun 204-foot U.S. Navy frigate USS Constitution, also known as Old Ironsides, was launched in Boston's harbor. It was never defeated in 42 battles. 216 crew members set sail again in 1997 for its 200th birthday.
    1805 -- Battle of Trafalgar, where Nelson defeats Spain and France, establishes British naval supremacy for the next centuries, including trying to re-take its colonies now united in North America. 
    1808- Birth of American Baptist clergyman Samuel Francis Smith. Credited with writing over 100 hymns, Smith is best remembered as the author of "America" ("My Country, 'Tis of Thee"), written at age 23, while a student at Andover Seminary.
    1837 - Under a flag of truce during peace talks, U.S. troops sieged the Indian Seminole Chief Osceola in Florida. Osceola, who was sick with malaria, knew the Indians could fight no more. He went to the General's fort at St. Augustine with a white flag. When Osceola went to General Jesup the General had his men surround Osceola. They threw the white flag to the ground and put chains on his hands and feet. The Seminoles were so angry with Osceola's capture that they continued to fight for the next five years.
    1845-Birthday of Will Carleton, American poet, born Michigan. Michigan schools will honor his anniversary (by 1919 statue) bye reading his poems on this day. Best known of his poems: “Over the Hill to the Poorhouse.” Carleton died 1912.
    1861-Union troops suffer a devastating defeat in the second major engagement of the war. The Battle of Ball's Bluff produced the war's first martyr and led to the creation of a Congressional committee to monitor the conduct of the war. General Charles Stone to watch the nearby town of Leesburg, Virginia, while McCall's men were moving. Stone sent a detachment across the river on the night of October 20, and the inexperienced soldiers reported seeing a Rebel camp that turned out to be shadows. Stone decided to move more men over until a force of 1,600, under the command of Colonel Edward Baker, was poised for an attack the next morning. Baker was a close friend of President Lincoln, and Lincoln had named his second son after him. Baker placed his men in a dangerous position. They were in a clearing with their backs to the edge of Ball's Bluff, a 100-foot high cliff above the Potomac. They faced a wooded ridge that was rapidly filling with Southerners. The Confederates launched an attack at 3 p.m., and Baker's command was in trouble. Baker was killed, and many of his men jumped from the bluff to their deaths or scrambled down a narrow trail only to find their boats swamped in the river. Less than half made it back to the other side of the Potomac. The Union suffered 49 killed, 158 wounded, and 714 missing and captured, while the Confederates suffered 33 killed, 115 wounded, and one missing. Lincoln was stunned by the loss of his friend Baker, who became a Northern martyr despite his ineptitude in conducting the battle. The political fallout was swift. Angry Republicans were highly suspicious of McClellan, a Democrat, and other generals. The Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War was formed in December. This group was stacked with Radical Republicans who favored tougher treatment of the South and slaveholders. The committee's first investigation was the disaster at Ball's Bluff, and General Stone became the scapegoat. He was arrested for treason soon after and was jailed for six months.
    1864-Battle of Westport, MO (Kansas City) A major union victory as after the loss of this battle, the rebels were in retreat in this area until the end of the Civil War. It is called the “last great rebel raid” and a popular song to the tune of “The Yellow Rose of Texas” was often sun at Confederate camps.
    1865-George William Gordon, Jamaican national hero, is unfairly arrested and sentenced to death.
    1868- Severe earthquake at 7:53 AM, centered in Hayward, Calif. Magnitude was 7.
    1879-Thomas A. Edison demonstrated the first incandescent lamp that could be used economically for domestic purposes. the prototype, developed at his Menlo Park, NJ, laboratory, could burn for 13 ½ hours.
    1891-Birthdy of Ted Shawn, born Kansas City, MO. Partially paralyzed by diphtheria, Shawn was introduced to ballet for the therapeutic purposes and became a professional dancer by the age of 21. The Denishawn School of Dancing was established with the help of his wife, Ruth St. Denis, and became the epicenter of much innovation in 20t-century dance and choreography. Among his many achievements is Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, which he inaugurated and directed for the remainder of his years, and such modern ballets as “Invocation to the Thunderbird,” “Osage-Pawnee,” “Labor Symphony” and “ John Brown. “ He died January 8,1972. 1892- Birth of James L Kelso, American Presbyterian archaeologist. He participated in digs at the biblical sites of Debir, Bethel and Jericho, and authored the text "Ceramic Vocabulary of the O.T."
    1908--- The first two-sided vinyl record (!) was offered for sale by the Columbia label in an ad running in this week's Saturday Evening Post.
    1912-Tenor Saxophone player Don Byas born, Muskogee, OK. Died August 24, 1972.
    1912-Birthday of Comedian Minnie Pearl, destined to become a longtime fixture of Nashville's Grand Ole Opry Pearl was famous for her comic monologues about hillbilly life and was featured on the long-running syndicated show Hee Haw from 1970 to 1990. Pearl died in 1996.
    1916-Birthday of Floyd Clifford “Bill” Bevens, baseball player born at Hubbard, OR. Bevens nearly pitched the first no-hitter in World Series history, pitching for the New York Yankees against the Brooklyn Dodgers. In Game 4 of the1947 Series, he carried his no-hitter into the ninth inning. With two out and two on, Cookie Lavagetto doubled home both runners, spoiling the no-hitter and winning the game, 3-2.Died at Salem, Or. Oct. 26,1991
    1917—Birthday of John Birks “ Dizzy” Gillespie, trumpet player, composer, bandleader, presidential candidate ( I voted for him as “start of stage, screen, and outer space” Mad Magazine)---one of the founding fathers of modern jazz, born at Cheraw, SC. In the early 1940s, Gillespie and alto saxophonist Charlie (Yardbird) Parker created be-bop. In the late 40s, he created a second music revolution by incorporating Afro-Cuban music into jazz. In 1953 someone fell on Gillespie's trumpet and bent it. Finding he could hear the sound better, he kept it that way; his puffed cheeks and bent trumpet became his trademarks. He won a Grammy in 1975 for “Oscar Peterson and Dizzy Gillespie” and again in 1991 for “Live at the Royal Festival Hall.” He died January 6, 1993, Englewood, NJ.
    1928-Birthday of Edward Charles “Whitey” Ford, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, born New York, NY.
    1932-Birthday of poet Michael McClure born in Marysville, Kansas. "When a man does not admit that he is an animal, he is less than an animal. Not more but less." 
    1934 - A severe windstorm lashed the northern Pacific coast. In Washington State, the storm claimed the lives of 22 persons, and caused 1.7 million dollars damage, mostly to timber. Winds, gusting to 87 mph at North Head WA, produced waves twenty feet high. 
    1937-Birthday of Norman Wright, lead singer with the Del Vikings, born Philadelphia, PA
    1938-Jan Savitt records “Quaker City Jazz.
    1940-Birthday of Jimmy Beaumont, lead singer with the Skyliners, born Pittsburgh, PA.”

    1941-Benny Goodman, the “King of Swing,” cuts “ Clarinet Ala King.”
    1942-Birthday of guitarist Elvin Bishop, Glendale, CA.
    1943-Birthday of Brian Piccolo, born Pittsfield, MA. He played running back at Wake Forest and with the Chicago Bears. His interracial friendship with Gale Sayers earned him a certain fame, but at age 26 he was stricken with embryonal cell carcinoma, a virulent form of cancer that took his life seven months later. Died at New York, NY. June 16, 1970. His life became the subject of a book, Brian Piccolo: A Short Season, and a made-for television movie, “Brian's Song.”
    1944 - Organized Japanese resistance on Angaur, Palau Islands ends. A total of 1300 Japanese are killed and 45 are captured. American forces have suffered 265 dead and 1335 wounded. US heavy bombers are operating from the airfield. The Japanese garrisons on the remaining islands in the group are left isolated.
    1944--MOON, HAROLD H., JR. Medal of Honor Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Army, Company G, 34th Infantry, 24th Infantry Division. Place and date: Pawig, Leyte, Philippine Islands, 21 October 1944. Entered service at: Gardena, Calif. Birth: Albuquerque, N. Mex. G.O. No.: 104, 15 November 1945. Citation: He fought with conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity when powerful Japanese counterblows were being struck in a desperate effort to annihilate a newly won beachhead. In a forward position, armed with a submachinegun, he met the brunt of a strong, well-supported night attack which quickly enveloped his platoon's flanks. Many men in nearby positions were killed or injured, and Pvt. Moon was wounded as his foxhole became the immediate object of a concentration of mortar and machinegun fire. Nevertheless, he maintained his stand, poured deadly fire into the enemy, daringly exposed himself to hostile fire time after time to exhort and inspire what American troops were left in the immediate area. A Japanese officer, covered by machinegun fire and hidden by an embankment, attempted to knock out his position with grenades, but Pvt. Moon, after protracted and skillful maneuvering, killed him. When the enemy advanced a light machinegun to within 20 yards of the shattered perimeter and fired with telling effects on the remnants of the platoon, he stood up to locate the gun and remained exposed while calling back range corrections to friendly mortars which knocked out the weapon. A little later he killed 2 Japanese as they charged an aid man. By dawn his position, the focal point of the attack for more than 4 hours, was virtually surrounded. In a fanatical effort to reduce it and kill its defender, an entire platoon charged with fixed bayonets. Firing from a sitting position, Pvt. Moon calmly emptied his magazine into the advancing horde, killing 18 and repulsing the attack. In a final display of bravery, he stood up to throw a grenade at a machinegun which had opened fire on the right flank. He was hit and instantly killed, falling in the position from which he had not been driven by the fiercest enemy action. Nearly 200 dead Japanese were found within 100 yards of his foxhole. The continued tenacity, combat sagacity, and magnificent heroism with which Pvt. Moon fought on against overwhelming odds contributed in a large measure to breaking up a powerful enemy threat and did much to insure our initial successes during a most important operation. 
    1945—Top Hits 
I'll Buy That Dream - The Pied Pipers 
Till the End of Time - Perry Como 
On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe - Johnny Mercer 
You Two Timed Me One Time Too Often - Tex Ritter
    1948-Birthday of William Ellis “Bill” Russell, former baseball manager and player, born Pittsburgh, KS.
    1950-WILSON, RICHARD G. Medal of Honor Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Co. 1, Medical Company, 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment. Place and date: Opari, Korea, 21 October 1950. Entered service at: Cape Girardeau Mo. Born: 19 August 1931, Marion, Ill. G.O. No.: 64, 2 August 1951. Citation: Pfc. Wilson distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action. As medical aid man attached to Company I, he accompanied the unit during a reconnaissance in force through the hilly country near Opari. The main body of the company was passing through a narrow valley flanked on 3 sides by high hills when the enemy laid down a barrage of mortar, automatic-weapons and small-arms fire. The company suffered a large number of casualties from the intense hostile fire while fighting its way out of the ambush. Pfc. Wilson proceeded at once to move among the wounded and administered aid to them oblivious of the danger to himself, constantly exposing himself to hostile fire. The company commander ordered a withdrawal as the enemy threatened to encircle and isolate the company. As his unit withdrew Private Wilson assisted wounded men to safety and assured himself that none were left behind. After the company had pulled back he learned that a comrade previously thought dead had been seen to be moving and attempting to crawl to safety. Despite the protests of his comrades, unarmed and facing a merciless enemy, Pfc. Wilson returned to the dangerous position in search of his comrade. Two days later a patrol found him lying beside the man he returned to aid. He had been shot several times while trying to shield and administer aid to the wounded man. Pfc. Wilson's superb personal bravery, consummate courage and willing self-sacrifice for his comrades reflect untold glory upon himself and uphold the esteemed traditions of the military service. 
    1950-Earl Lloyd, first NBA Black Assistant Coach and the first Black chief scout, becomes the first Black person to play in an NBA game ( beating out Charles cooper and Nat Clifton by a day.)
    1950-“The Stu Erwin Show.” This often-imitated sitcom was one of the first of its kind and immensely popular. Stu Erwin starred as himself, a bumbling high school principal; June Collyer ( his real-life wife) as his level-headed wife, June; Ann Todd and Merry Anders as their daughter, Joyce; Shelia James Kuehl as younger daughter, Jackie; Martin Milner as Joyce's boyfriend and alter husband, Jimmy Clark; and Willie Best as Willie, the handyman. The show was also called, “ Life with the Erwin's,” “the New Stu Erwin Show,” and “The Trouble with Father.”
    1953—Top Hits 
Vaya Con Dios - Les Paul & Mary Ford 
You, You, You - The Ames Brothers 
Crying in the Chapel - June Valli 
I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know - The Davis Sisters
    1954 - - Ian Fleming's aristocratic spy, James Bond, made his film debut when first portrayed by actor Barry Nelson in an episode of the television series Climax, titled "Casino Royale" in 1954. Peter Sellers and David Niven play in the 1967 movie. 
    1956-Quarterback and place-kicker George Blanda of the Chicago Bears missed his first extra-point attempt after a record-setting 156 in a row. His kick sailed off to the left, but it hardly mattered as the Bears defeated the Baltimore Colts, 58=27.
    1956-- Elvis Presley visits his favorite local movie theater, the Memphian, and is beset by an adoring crowd who, in the ensuing melee, scratch his new Cadillac. Thus begins Elvis' new habit of renting the entire theater whenever he wants to watch a movie.
    1957-"Jailhouse Rock" becomes Elvis Presley's ninth Billboard chart topper in the last year and a half.
    1957 - The Elvis Presley movie, "Jailhouse Rock", opened in U.S. theatres. The flick also starred Judy Tyler, Mickey Shaughnessy, Vaughn Taylor, Jennifer Holden, Dean Jones and Anne Neyland. Elvis Presley fans consider it to be his favorite. It was not Elvis's favorite, as he wanted to do “serious acting,” rather than just appear in “costumes and sing,” he said often.
    1958 - Orchestral strings were used for the first time in a rock and roll tune. Buddy Holly recorded "It Doesn't Matter Anymore", written by Paul Anka. Sadly, it would be Holly's last studio session. The song wasn't released until after his death in February of 1959.
    1959 - Dr. Werner Von Braun started work at NASA. By the late 1960s his rockets were taking men to the moon. At age 25 he had masterminded the V-2 rocket for Nazi Germany.
    1959— The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of modern and contemporary art opened in New York City.
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    1960 - The fourth -- and last -- debate preceding the presidential election between U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy and U.S. Vice President Richard M. Nixon was televised from New York City. Kennedy would go on to win with an electoral vote of 303; Nixon 219, and Sen. Harry F. Byrd, 15. Kennedy won 94.7% and Nixon 49.6% of the popular vote, making the election one of the closest in U.S. history at the time. In congressional elections, the Democrats took a 65-35 majority in the Senate. In the House, they lost 20 seats but kept a majority of 263-174. 
    1960-The Accutron, the world's first electronic watch, went on sale. The watch, produced by Bulova Watch Company in Jackson Heights, New York, used transistorized electronic circuits and a miniature power cell, instead of a spring and gears, to move the watch's hands.
    1961—Top Hits 
Hit the Road Jack - Ray Charles 
Runaround Sue - Dion 
Bristol Stomp - The Dovells 
Walk on By - Leroy Van Dyke.
    1961 -- Bob Dylan records his first album, "Bob Dylan," for Columbia Records. The albums presents the 20-year old singer accompanied by his guitar & harmonica. The recording is done in a day & productions costs run $400. Filling out his income-tax form, Dylan gives his name as Blind Boy Grunt.
    1963-Michigan Bell Telephone, Detroit, MI, at Jackson, MI, placed into service the4 first “trimline telephone.” The dial was mounted in the receiver midway between the mouth and the ear pierces, eliminating the need to reach for the base when dialing. It introduced the telephone to its entire territory on learning its popularly on August 2, 1965, at a monthly charge of $1.00.
    1964- The Rolling Stones appear on Ed Sullivan's TV variety show. It was the first time American audiences had seen the Stones. Founding Stones Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met during grade school and ran into each other when Jagger was studying at the London School of Economics and Richards was at art school. They formed the Rolling Stones in 1962 and were soon playing a steady series of nightclubs and bars in London. They released their first single in Britain in 1963. Before long, the Stones became known as the anti-Beatles: They were long-haired, grungy, and wild, while the Beatles seemed wholesome and safe. A string of drug-related arrests plagued various band members--Brian Jones' drug problems probably led to his death in 1969, and Keith Richards struggled with heroin addiction before getting clean in 1977. They are on another tour. I can personally testify they are still quite the performers. “I Can't Get No Satisfaction” has been voted by Billboard magazine as still the most popular rock and roll song.
    1966 -- Grateful Dead, Lightnin' Hopkins & Loading Zone at the Fillmore, with dancing & strobe light show, San Francisco
    1969—Top Hits 
I Can't Get Next to You - The Temptations 
Hot Fun in the Summertime - Sly & The Family Stone 
Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley 
Since I Met You, Baby - Sonny James
    1967-Over 250 protestors were arrested when thousands of the 50,000 participants in a rally against the Vietnam War at Washington, DC, crossed the Potomac River and stormed the Pentagon. No shots were fired, but many demonstrators were struck with nightsticks and rifle butts.
    1972-John H. Conyers becomes the first African-American to enter the US Naval Academy.
    1972 - Chuck Berry's "My Ding-a-Ling" hit #1 in the U.S. It was number one for two weeks.
    1973-Fred Dryer, defensive end for the Los Angeles Rams, became the first player in NFL history to score two safeties in the same game in the Rams' 24-7 victory over the green Bay Packers.
    1975-Catcher Calrton Fisk of the Boston Red Sox hit a home run in the 12 th inning to defeat the Cincinnati Reds, 7-6, in the sixth game of the world Series. Fisk's dramatic homer forced a seventh game in the what is generally considered one of the best World Series ever.
    1975-- The city of Los Angeles declares this "Elton John Week" and awards the musician his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6915 Hollywood Blvd.
    1976 - The Cincinnati Reds beat the New York Yankees in the World Series four games to zip. In game four, played this day, with Johnny Bench slugging two home runs for five RBIs, the Reds rang up a 7-2 victory. It was the Red's second straight World Series championship.
    1977---Top Hits 
You Light Up My Life - Debby Boone 
Nobody Does It Better - Carly Simon 
That's Rock 'n' Roll - Shaun Cassidy 
Heaven's Just a Sin Away - The Kendalls
    1980 – After failing short in 1915 and 1951, The Phillies won their first World Series title. Mike Schmidt knocked in two runs and Tug McGraw stopped Kansas City's hitters, 4-1, in Philadelphia. The Phils won the Series, 4 games to 2.
    1983 - The United States sent a ten-ship task force to Grenada, one of the smallest independent nations in the Western Hemisphere and one of the southernmost Caribbean islands in the Windward chain. The Cuban government had decided to utilize the former British colony as a holding place for arms and military equipment, complete with a major airport. Eastern Caribbean nations fully understood the implication of the communist threat and called upon the United States for help. The response was Operation Urgent Fury, a multinational, multiservice effort. Commanding officers of the US Navy ships have not yet been told what the mission in Grenada--to evacuate U.S. citizens, neutralize any resistance, stabilize the situation and maintain the peace-will be.
    1985 - William ‘The Refrigerator' Perry of the Chicago Bears led his team to a 23-7 win over the Green Bay Packers. Perry, weighing in at 325 pounds (more than some Frigidaires), became a folk hero as he cut a path for Walter Payton's two TDs. He then plodded over the goal line himself for another score.
    1985-A television special called The Carl Perkins and Friends Show, marked the 30th anniversary of the song "Blue Suede Shoes". The event featured Carl Perkins, the song's writer, along with Dave Edmunds, Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
    1985—Top Hits 
Take on Me - a-ha 
Saving All My Love for You - Whitney Houston 
Part-Time Lover - Stevie Wonder 
You Make Me Want to Make You Mine - Juice Newton
    1988 - Joan, the last hurricane of the season, neared the coast of Nicaragua packing 125 mph winds. Joan claimed more than 200 lives as she moved over Central America, and total damage approached 1.5 billion dollars. Crossing more than 40 degrees of longitude, Hurricane Joan never strayed even one degree from the 12 degree north parallel. 
    1989 -First black owners (Betram Lee and Peter Bynoe) to own a major sports team, purchasing Denver Nuggets for $65 million.
    1989 - Unseasonably cold weather continued to grip the south central and southeastern U.S. Twenty cities reported record low temperatures for the date, including Calico AR with a reading of 26 degrees, and Daytona Beach FL with a low of 41 degrees. Squalls in the Great Lakes Region finally came to an end, but not before leaving Marquette MI buried under 12.7 inches of snow, a record 24 hour total for October.
    1995 - Mariah Carey's "Daydream" was the number one album in the U.S. The album featured the smash hits "Fantasy" and "One Sweet Day" (both debuted on the singles chart at #1).
    1997-The Guinness Book Of Records announced that Elton John's "Candle In The Wind" (Princess Diana version) was now the biggest selling single record of all time, with 31.8 million sales in the first 40 days after its release. 
    1997 - Elton John's tribute to Princess Diana, "Candle in the Wind 1997", was declared by "The Guinness Book of Records" to be the biggest-selling single record of all time. In 37 days, the single reached 31.8 million copies sold, eclipsing the previous record held by Bing Crosby's "White Christmas". The Crosby song sold an estimated 30 million copies worldwide -- in 55 years.
    1998 - Patch Adams, starring Robin Williams, opened in the United States. The film was based on the '70s true story of a man who wanted desperately to be a doctor and help people, but spurned the melancholy protocol of medical school in favor of clowning and making a personal connection with patients. Williams and the film were both nominated for Golden Globes.
    1998 - The invincible New York Yankees won their 24th World Series. They beat the San Diego Padres 3-0 this day to take the Series 4-0. It was New York's second title in three years and its first sweep since 1950. Scott Brosius was MVP after finishing with a .471 batting average, eight hits, two home runs and six runs batted in. Mariano Rivera and Jeff Nelson both pitched in three Yankee games and both finished with a 0.00 ERA.
    2000- In the longest World Series game ever played, the Yankees take Game 1 of the Subway Series, thanks to Jose Vizcaino's 12th inning two-out single, defeating the Mets, 4-3 in four hours and fifty-one minutes. The victory surpasses the streak established by the Murderers' Row clubs as the present Bronx Bombers win their 13th consecutive World Series game.
    2002- Florida team president David Samson, in an effort to get fans "falling back in love with the Marlins,'' announces plans which includes free hot dogs and a cozier atmosphere at Pro Player Stadium. The average crowd of 10,038 per home game, more than a third less than the previous season, was next-to-last in the major leagues in attendance this year.
    2003-- Elton John signs the deal for the first of his famous "Red Piano" concerts at Las Vegas' Caesar’s Palace.
    2005--- Bob Seger sings the US national anthem before today's World Series game between the Detroit Tigers and the visiting St. Louis Cardinals.
    2006-After hosting Super Bowl XL at Ford Field in February, Detroit becomes just the second city to host both a Super Bowl and a World Series in the same calendar year. San Diego was the site of the NFL Championship game and Fall Classic in 1998. 

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    1976 Cincinnati Reds
    1980 Philadelphia Phillies





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