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Thursday, October 16, 2014

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Archives---October 16, 2000
  Bob Cragin Brought In Agilent Program to CIT
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Vote “Yes” on CIT Bank and OneWest Bank Merger
   Marriage Similar to that of CIT and Direct Capital
Halladay Rejoins Sudhir Amembal as Partner
  “DELIGHTED that Shawn has joined me!”
New Hires---Promotions in the Leasing Industry
Ascentium Capital to Open Office in Portsmouth, NH
  Near Hometown of Direct Capital
    Leasing Industry Ads---Help Wanted
Microfinancial Reports Net Income $2.9 Million 3rd Q, 2014
What Lessors Now Need to Know About Hacking
   By Marty Robins, Esq.
Twelve Federal Reserve Districts Report Expansion
   Beige Report
Starbucks App, Most Successful Mobile Payment Systems
  By John Heggestuen,
Whiplash/The Judge
Venus in Fur/X-Men: Days of Future Past/
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Archives---October 16, 2000
Bob Cragin Brought In Agilent Program to CIT

"Just thought you ought to know that the person who opened the door and brought the CIT senior management in for the Agilent Program was none other than your old friend Bob Cragin. Just goes to prove that even some old leasing guys still have what it takes through persistence and determination to make the cold call and the follow up.

“Congratulations to Bob!"

Dennis Duffy

(Agilent Technologies and The CIT Group have entered into a vendor financing agreement whereby CIT will provide equipment financing and leasing services to Agilent customers on a global basis.

(Agilent estimates that the sale of this portfolio will result in additional net revenue of approximately $220 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2000 and between $250 million and $300 million in net revenue in fiscal 2001. Agilent estimates additional operating profit of about $120 million in the fourth quarter as a result of the sale, and between $125 million and $150 million in additional operating profit in fiscal 2001.

(In addition, Agilent estimates that the change in revenue recognition for new-order originations will result in between $150 million and $200 million in additional net revenue in fiscal 2001.)


February 3, 2003

“Thanks for the kind thoughts......just got back from Phoenix where CIT had a retirement dinner (complete with gold watch) for me last night.  It was very nice......made it even harder to ‘let go’.
“Of all the companies I worked for, CIT has them all beat as a place to work.  I am leaving behind some first class friends.  Maybe I should write a book about my 30 years in leasing (we all could).
“Keep up the great work...”
Bob Cragin



He would be 74 years old today, retiring at age 63, enjoying traveling, and still sends emails from time to time.  We go back to when he ran the Security National Leasing Division at Security National Bank, Walnut Creek, California; then he went and ran Harrah's financing and leasing operation in Reno, Nevada, finally settling down with CIT.

One of his earlier emails, printed in Leasing News "We get eMail: "......been retired 2 years now. Financial retirement plan worked out better than hoped for. Del and I are enjoying our retirement in our hilltop home with expansive view in the hills northwest of Escondido. “
 Bob Cragin



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Vote “Yes” on CIT Bank and OneWest Bank Merger
Marriage Similar to that of CIT and Direct Capital
by Christopher Menkin, Editor

CIT Bank and OneWest Bank request to merge is under review by the Federal Regulators. A Leasing News review of the FDIC June 30, 2014 financial reporting shows both banks have different personalities, but are in excellent financial condition, especially CIT Bank on a profit per employee basis.  The numbers below speak for themselves:

 (Leasing New Chart: FDIC)

There also is a similarity here in the recent purchase of Direct Capital Corporation, Portsmouth, Massachusetts. The fit seems perfect as Direct Capital specializes in the small ticket marketplace, under $250,000, while both CIT Bank and CIT are in the middle market to top marketplace.  In addition, both are very aggressive using the latest technology, social media, including software. This is a dynamic
duo!  Great advantages for both to grow!

In the last several year’s survey of the two most visited finance and leasing websites, CIT and Direct Capital have consistently been the top two (1)

There also is a similarity that in the downturn, CIT was forced to rely on TARP, as did many financial institutions, and has emerged to again become a very successful company.  OneWest began from the remnants of IndyMac, caught in the mortgage bubble burst, which investors turned around originally as a regional bank in the Pasadena area, and grew into 74 offices. Two success stories; grateful to their
customers and investors.

It should be noted the CIT Group, Inc (NYSE:CIT) Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per common share on its outstanding common stock. The common stock dividend is payable on November 26, 2014 to common shareholders of record as of November 12, 2014.  In addition, the entire company and its officers for decades have been very active in the community where its offices have been located.

Vote “Yes” on the CIT Bank and OneWest Bank merger.

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Halladay Rejoins Sudhir Amembal as Partner
“DELIGHTED that Shawn has joined me!”

Announcing what they call a "strategic alliance" Amembal & Associates and The Alta Group will be working together, and the firm will be renamed Amembal & Halladay (A&H). To cement the relationship, longtime Alta Managing Director Shawn Halladay, a Leasing News Advisory Board Member, and former partner of Sudhir Amembal, is again a partner.  Amembal and Halladay will offer educational services in the U.S.

John Dean
The Alta Group

“This is the second time that The Alta Group is forming a strategic alliance with Amembal and Halladay” said John C. Deane, chief executive officer of The Alta Group, noting that, when he first began consulting to the equipment leasing and finance industry more than two decades ago, it was with Sudhir Amembal and Shawn Halladay.

Deane added. “A key element in this alliance will be Shawn’s continuing work with Alta in providing consulting and advisory services in the U.S.”

Sudhir Amembal
Amembal and Halladay

“I am DELIGHTED that Shawn has joined me!" Sudhir Amembal told Leasing News “He first joined my firm in 1984 when our practice focused on the US leasing industry.  He has been extremely influential in shaping the growth of the US leasing industry and will continue to do so through our upcoming US seminars and conferences. His deep technical skills will bring considerable benefit to A&H clients in both evolving and mature leasing markets. 

“The new alliance with Alta will lead to expanded classroom and web-enabled education options, as well as mentoring and coaching programs, special topic conferences, corporate curriculum development, and train-the-trainer services for U.S. clients. Professional development is an area where our clients have indicated a growing need. In response, our alliance with A & H will greatly expand industry education services that our consultancies can offer.”


Shawn Halladay
Amembal and Halladay

"Sudhir is, without a doubt, the preeminent leasing authority in the world and I am excited to once again be working with him," said Shawn Halladay. "My role is to bring incremental resources and skills to the firm.  A&H will leverage these capabilities to develop our US training programs and provide a linkage between evolving US best practices and our international clients.  This combination has worked well in the past and we believe that joining together again will allow A&H to add even more value to its customers throughout the world.”

Mr. Deane, CEO of The Alta Group, added: “Professional development is an area where our clients have indicated a growing need. In response, our alliance with Amembal & Halladay will greatly expand industry education services that our consultancies can offer,” stated

 Mr. Amembal added, “The simultaneous strategic alliance with The Alta Group will provide A&H a pool of global resources, further enabling it to meet the needs of our clients in all aspects of equipment leasing and finance, in every geographic region.”




New Hires---Promotions in the Leasing Industry


Meade Brewster was announced as working in the sales and marketing departments for GSG Financial, LLC, NY, NY. She joined the firm July, 2014. Previously, she was Marketing Intern, Freshpet (August, 2013); Global Client Finance Intern, IPG Mediabrands (June 2013–August 2013); Planning Intern, RJ Palmer (June 2012–August 2012). Education: Washington and Lee University, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Economics (2010–2014). Activities and Societies: Women's Lacrosse, Kappa Delta Sorority, Generals Leadership Academy, Kathekon Member, Promise Campaign. West Morris Mendham High School (2006–2010).

Gabriella Cafaro was announced as working in the sales and marketing departments for GSG Financial, LLC, NY, NY. She joined the firm July, 2014. Previously, PR Intern, Atlantic Records (April 2013–August 2013); Intern, Core Services (May 2012–August 2012); Receptionist, Salon K (April 2011–August 2011). Volunteer: Zeta Tau Alpha Representative, Susan G. Komen (February 2013). Education: Florida Southern College, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication (2010–2014). (Open) 9 courses. Morristown High School.

Fred Clauhs has been hired as Mid-Atlantic Regional Sales Manager at Advantage Funding, Lake Success, New York; based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Previously, he was Regional Sales Manager, Hitachi Capital America, joining the firm in February 2013; Business Development Manager, ENGS Commercial Finance (June 2012–January 2013); Leasing Manager, Transource, Inc. (October, 2011 – June, 2012); General Manager, Central Carolina Farm & Mower (January, 2008 – July, 2010). He joined Volvo Financial Services, January, 2001, as Sales Manager; promoted to Business Development Manager, 2003; promoted to District Finance Manager, January, 2001; Regional Finance Manager, Mercedes-Benz Credit Corporation (January, 1987 – January, 2001). Volunteer Experience & Causes: The Big Serve, The Summit Church (October, 2010 – October, 2012). Education: Mars Hill College, BS, Business Administration
(1977 – 1981).

Nicholas Fong was hired as Marketing Manager, Allegiant Partners, Inc., San Rafael, California; based in Walnut Creek, California.  He previously was Marketing Manager for Allegiant's First Star Capital, joining the company as Marketing Associate, February, 2010 and being promoted to Marketing Manager, June, 2013. Education: California State University-East Bay, MBA, Marketing and Finance (2008–2009); San Diego State University-California State University B.S., Marketing (2005–2007).

Ken Foster hired as Southwest Regional Sales Manager at Advantage Funding, Lake Success, New York. He will be "...working directly with customers and vendors to build relationships and structure transactions tailored to vocational trucking." He previously "... served as Vice President of Bank of America’s Leasing and Capital Division. He also held regional sales management positions with Fleet Bank, U.S. Bank and Heller Financial. He received his B.S. in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin.” 

Daniel J. Krajewski was announced as Vice President and National Sales Director for the Commercial Equipment Finance (“CEF”) group, Banc of California, Irvine, California. Mr. Krajewski is responsible for the growth of all key strategic markets served by the CEF group. He was hired, September, 2014. “Dan is a respected leader in the equipment finance industry and we are excited to have him join the Banc of California team,” said David Normandin, SVP and Managing Director of Banc of California’s Commercial Equipment Finance group. “His leadership and broad base of experience will be instrumental in helping to expand our reach into the equipment finance market.”  Previously, he was CEO, Kenilworth Consulting (April 2009–Present); Vice President, Direct Capital Corporation (September 2011–July 2014); Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Velocity Financial Group (July 2008–April 2009); EVP & General Manager, Technology & Office Equipment Finance, CIT (August 2005–January 2008); Vice President, GE Commercial Finance (June 1993–July 2005). Education: State University of New York College at Buffalo, MBA Finance (1980–1983). Canisius College, B.S., Management/Finance (1975–1979).

William J. "Bill" Mayer has been promoted to head the Wells Fargo Equipment Finance Group, succeeding John McQueen, a 21-year company veteran who announced his retirement earlier this year and will stay on through the end of 2014 to help with transition. Previously, he was "...Chief Credit Officer of Commercial Banking/Wells Fargo Capital Finance/Equipment Finance at Wells Fargo & Company and served as its Head of Retail Finance. Mr. Mayer has been the President and Chief Operating Officer of Wells Fargo Retail Finance, Inc., since September 2002. Prior to joining Wells Fargo Retail Finance, Mr. Mayer spent almost 14 years with GE Capital in various leadership roles, both domestically and internationally, holding positions in their Commercial Finance Group, Retailer Financial Services and Healthcare Finance Group. Before joining GE Capital, Mr. Mayer was at KPMG Peat Marwick. He serves as a Member of Executive Advisory Board at the David F. Miller Center for Retailing Education and Research at the University of Florida's Warrington College of Business Administration. Mr. Mayer earned his Bachelor's degree in Accounting from the Pennsylvania State University."

Chris Regas is now Financial and Strategic Consulting, Jacksonville, Florida.  He continues as Sr. VP Executive Director of Equipment Finance, CertusBank (October 2013–Present). Previously, he was VP U.S. Sales, Caterpillar Financial (February 2002–June 2012); President, CEO, FCC Equipment Financing (November 1997–February 2002). Education: Vanderbilt University, Bachelor of Science (BS), (BA), Business Administration and Management, General (1970–1974).

Joshua A. Rouswell was announced by Marlin Business Services, Mount Laurel, New Jersey as Director of Franchise Financing; based in The Woodlands, Texas. He joined the firm June, 2014.  Previously, he was Vice President Franchise Lending, US Bank (October, 2010 – May 2014). He joined Green Bank, The Woodlands, Texas, as Vice President-Underwriting, 2008; promoted to Vice President, Franchise Lending (October, 2010 – May, 2014). He joined JP Morgan Chase, 1998, as Trust Operations; promoted to Corporate Trust Officer, 2001; promoted to Private Bank Account Officer, 2003; promoted to Commercial Bank, 2005-2008. Education: Texas A&M University
Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Finance (1993 – 1998);
Las Cruces High School (1989 – 1993).

Sarah Tomita was hired as Vice President of Business Development, US Capital Partners, Inc, San Francisco, working out of the firm’s headquarters. She joined Goldman, Sachs & Co as Analyst, Consumer / Retail Equity Capital Markets, July, 2006; promoted to Associate, Global Natural Resources Investment Banking, June, 2009; promoted to Vice President, Consumer / Retail Investment Banking, June, 2011. Previously, she was Summer Intern, Office of Presidential Personnel The White House (May, 2004 – August, 2004) where she interviewed and vetted political appointees to be recommended to the President of the United States; Summer Intern, Office of the Deputy Secretary of Labor, U.S. Department of Labor (May, 2003 – August, 2003) (Analyzed policy revisions to the Fair Labor Standards Act and authored a memorandum on overtime pay legislation for the Deputy Secretary of Labor).Volunteer Work: National Secretary, Board Director & Chair of Marketing and Outreach; Yale Alumni Nonprofit Alliance (YANA) (June, 2012 – Present); Board Director & Membership Director, Metropolitan Tennis Group (February, 2014 – Present); Chair, Marketing Committee and Steering Committee Liaison, Inaugural Yale Asian Alumni Reunion (October, 2013 – April, 2014); Mentor, iMentor (September, 2013 – Present). Yale Alumni Interviewer, Brooklyn Alumni Schools Committee (ASC) (September, 2009 – Present). Education: Yale University, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Political Science, Distinction in Major (2002 – 2006). Activities and Societies: Directed Studies Program, Pi Sigma Alpha (National Political Science Honor Society), Yale Symphony Orchestra, Branford College Head Freshman Counselor, Senior Class Council  

Jeremy Tsakiris was hired as Business Development Manager at Beacon Funding Corporation, Northbrook, Illinois; based out of Greater Boston, Massachusetts. Previously, he was Senior Loan Officer, Blue Water Mortgage Corporation (May, 2013 – October, 2014); Senior, Business Development Manager, Direct Capital (June, 2000 – May, 2013). Education: Dover High School, Diploma, Business/Finance (1992 – 1996). Plymouth State University, Finance and Financial Management Services.



Ascentium Capital to Open Office in Portsmouth, NH
Near Hometown of Direct Capital

Leaked from an Ascentium employee who asked not to be named:

“We have been looking to expand into New England for more than one year and chose to open a sales office in Dover, NH. This newly built office space will open in November 2014 and house up to 20 sales people. 

"These sales professionals will originate leases and loans for Ascentium Capital.

“Interested Sales Professionals in the New England area should contact:

“Jesse McLennan
VP National Recruiting

(Rumor, from two other sources, has it that Brian Varney, Director of Sales at Direct Capital Corporation, who has been with the firm since May, 2000, has jumped ship and will be running the new office.

(Leasing News was not able to confirm or deny the rumor from
Mr. Varney. Editor).



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Microfinancial Reports Net Income $2.9 Million 3rd Q, 2014

MicroFinancial reports Net income increased by 11.9% to $2.9 million for the third quarter, ending September 30, 2014. Originations increased by 25.8% to $29.7 million as compared to $23.6 million in the same period last year For the six months ended June 30, 2014, net income was $4.6 million.

Located in Burlington, Massachusetts, and Westlake, California, recently up-dated its web site with many features to attract brokers and vendors via its subsidiary, TimePayment, which specializes in leases from $500 to $15,000; current average of $4,900.

Richard Latour

"We are very pleased with our overall performance through the first nine months of 2014,"Richard Latour, President and Chief Executive Officer said. "During this period, we have continued to see an increased demand for the products and services we offer. We realized a 21% increase in the number of lease applications processed for a total of 70,069 applications and a 20% increase in application dollars for a total of over $404 million.

"The number of contracts funded during the first nine months of 2014 increased to 16,624 representing $80.5 million which represents increases of approximately 17% and 19% over 2013 performance, respectively. Through September, we also increased the number of new vendor approvals for 2014 to a total of 1,108 which represents an increase of 40% over the 790 vendors approved over the same period in 2013."

The Company paid a cash dividend of $0.07 per share.

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What Lessors Now Need to Know About Hacking
By Marty Robins, Esq.

Hacking of Computers and Data Bases Is Not Restricted To Large Consumer- Oriented Companies. Equipment Lessors Can Be the Target of Such Hacks. Is Your Company Prepared? 

While the recent revelations about computer hacking of Target, Chase, Sony, Dairy Queen, Home Depot and misuse of consumer information may seem irrelevant to commercial equipment lessors, it would be wise if lessors prepared for the possible hacking of their data base. 

First, if key data bases such as customer lists and histories, employee lists, pricing formulae and billing information are eradicated or corrupted, the impact on current and future operations and finances is obvious. 

Second, even if such material remains intact, but falls into the hands of competitors, there may be major implications.  Consider as well the reaction of customers who learn that their lessor was victimized in this manner. Even absent legal proceedings, this is not likely to enhance the relationship, particularly if what is disclosed is pricing information that indicates unexpected profitability or end-of-term expectations. 

Third, any hacking may be a breach of confidentiality provisions for upstream funding sources and the lessor’s representations and warranties.  A hack may constitute an unanticipated breach of such provisions, which many believe apply only to voluntary disclosures by the lessor’s own staff.  Second of all, lessors, like most other businesses, are likely to have on their websites, privacy policies that too often make commitments as to preservation of confidentiality when this is impossible in today’s world of sophisticated hackers. 

Fourth, the breach may well expose lessor’s customers to serious exposure in the marketplace and jeopardize their competitive posture if the information reflects their business strategy, such as a short term lease on production equipment indicating an intention to exit a product line.  Similarly, unauthorized disclosure of the customer’s financial information may embarrass the customer.  A breach of an express covenant of confidentiality may trigger actual loss for the lessee, and corresponding liability of the lessor. 
Finally, the possibility of governmental action such as Federal Trade Commission inquiries and resulting 20 year consent decrees should not be disregarded.  A 20 year consent decree will not be good for any lessor, big or small.  The FTC’s increased vigilance in this area is reflected in the 2014 case involving Wyndham Hotels, in which the FTC successfully went to federal court to confirm its authority to regulate deficient data security practices. (1)

What should the lessor be doing to mitigate this exposure?

  • The lessor should work with counsel to ensure that lease and policy language in the documentation (both with the lessee and funding sources) and on lessor website  does not inadvertently put you on the hook for data breach consequences;
  • Make sure the lessor’s IT department is using up to date security-oriented vendor patches, commercial grade firewalls and partitioning of data bases to facilitate ‘need to know’ access and seeking to ensure compliance against a recognized standard;
  • The lessor’s IT department should monitor use of cloud services and vendors to insure their security compliance and its counsel should address the contractual allocation of liability; and
  • The lessor’s HR department should make sure that credentials of prospective employees are checked to make sure that no one is hired with security issues.
  •  The lessor’s HR department should properly screen departing employees to make sure that laptops, cell phones and other BYOD devices do not contain confidential information and that no such material has been inappropriately transferred via e-mail, flash drive or otherwise.  (2)

Ultimately, the best advice to equipment lessors’ senior management is to make this topic a priority in its own deliberations, communicate such priority throughout the organization and include it in pertinent evaluations.

Martin B. Robins, Partner FisherBroyles LLP, formerly SVP and General Counsel Meridian Leasing Corporation. His law practice emphasizing corporate and IP matters include leasing.
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Twelve Federal Reserve Districts Report Expansion
Beige Report

"Demand for business credit expanded since the previous Beige Book. New York reported increased demand for commercial mortgages. Philadelphia noted increased loan volume for commercial and industrial loans. Cleveland, Atlanta, St. Louis, and San Francisco noted increased commercial loan demand. Chicago noted that business demand for equipment and commercial real estate financing rose. Financing for mergers and acquisitions as well as for capital expenditures rose in the Dallas District. Kansas City noted slight increases in commercial and agricultural lending.

"There were no reports of deterioration in credit quality. New York reported that delinquency rates continued to decline, particularly for commercial loans and mortgages. Philadelphia banking contacts described steady improvement in credit quality, and San Francisco noted that asset quality has improved since the previous report. Most bankers in the Kansas City District reported that loan quality was unchanged compared with a year ago.

"Credit standards generally remained unchanged since the previous Beige Book. Cleveland noted that no changes were made to loan-application standards during the past six weeks, but lenders slightly relaxed terms and conditions. Some contacts in the Philadelphia District said that heated competition for loans was resulting in a slight rise in credit risks."

"Moderate growth was reported by the Cleveland, Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Dallas, and San Francisco Districts, while modest growth was reported by the New York, Philadelphia, Richmond, Atlanta, and Kansas City Districts. In the Boston District, reports from business contacts painted a mixed picture of economic conditions. In addition, several Districts noted that contacts were generally optimistic about future activity."


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Starbucks App, Most Successful Mobile Payment Systems
by John Heggestuen,

While many mobile payment apps like Google Wallet have struggled to gain traction with consumers, the Starbucks mobile payments app stands out as a success.

At 6 million average weekly transactions in the U.S., it now accounts for a full 15% of transactions made at the U.S. Starbucks-operated stores.

A billion-dollar volume driver: The Starbucks app is on track to process over $1.5 billion in payment volume in the U.S. in 2014, according to our estimates. In the second quarter it accounted for 15% of the transactions in U.S. company-operated stores, averaging 6 million transactions per week.

Customer loyalty to Starbucks plays a role: Starbucks stores are everywhere, coffee is purchased habitually, the app incentivizes regular purchases through its rewards-loyalty program, and the app works on the majority of smartphones. The app's success is not due to the ease of payment with a phone. So it has succeeded despite the fact that it is not more convenient than credit or debit cards or cash.

Opportunities for growth: There are a number of features that could help reinvigorate growth including order-ahead capability and beacon-powered alerts and offers.

Other retailers could emulate Starbucks' success: These retailers include quick service restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores, and pharmacies. Starbucks has said it is in talks to license the app's technology as a white label solution.




Fernando's View
By Fernando F. Croce

A couple of solid dramas ("Whiplash," "The Judge") come to theaters, while DVDs offer provocative drama ("Venus in Furs"), comic-book adventure ("X-Men: Days of Future Past"), and a timeless classic ("My Darling Clementine").

In Theaters:

Whiplash (Sony Pictures Classics): Movies dealing with the inspirational bond between teachers and students are a dime a dozen, but few are as assured or thrilling as this superb drama, directed by Damien Chazelle. The story centers on Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller), a 19-year-old drummer in New York whose dreams of musical success propel him into the often ruthless world of jazz show-biz. That's when he's taken under the demanding wing of Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), a notorious teacher whose perfectionistic methods drive Andrew to the brink of desperation. How far is he willing to go for a chance to be among the greats? Capturing the exhilarating as well as the taxing side of jazz, this exciting film announces Chazelle as a promising talent while bringing deserved Oscar-buzz to veteran scene-stealer Simmons.

The Judge (Warner Bros.): A predictable story is redeemed by a high-octane cast in this enjoyable legal drama, which marks a dramatic shift for comedic director David Dobkin ("Wedding Crashers"). Taking a break from comic-book blockbusters, Robert Downey Jr. stars as Hank Palmer, a hotshot lawyer who finds himself back in his small hometown in Indiana to take care of some family business. His father Joe (Robert Duvall), who also happens to be the local judge, has been accused of murder following an accident. Hank must square off against a ruthless prosecutor (Billy Bob Thornton), but the real battle takes place not in court but at home, where the arrogant big-city attorney must come to terms with his personal matters. The plot may be filled with clichés from older thrillers, but the performances make the movie an engaging ride.

Netflix Tip: Now that there's early talk of a Supporting Actor Oscar for his compelling turn in "Whiplash," check out the prolific J.K. Simmons' earlier roles. They include the "Spider-Man" series, "The Ladykillers," "Juno," and the TV series "Law & Order."


Venus in Fur (MPI): Ever the provocateur, Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski ("Chinatown") paints a wickedly mesmerizing portrait of role-playing and desire in this two-character black comedy. Taking place in an empty theater amid the scenery of an upcoming production, the story chronicles the power plays between Thomas (Mathieu Amalric), a successful theatrical director, and Vanda (Emmanuelle Seigner), the struggling actress who's hoping to score the lead role in his new release. Things get off to a shaky start when Vanda arrives late for the audition, but in no time she proves herself to be more than an equal match to Thomas, shrewdly using every tool in her arsenal of charm and manipulation. Putting the claustrophobic setting to their advantage, Polanski and his terrific actors create a dark, playful, unpredictable view of human relationships. With subtitles.

X-Men: Days of Future Past (Fox): Following a decade-long break from the comic-book franchise, director Bryan Singer ("The Usual Suspects") returns to helm the latest in the "X-Men" adventure series. When we first meet the mutants led by Dr. Xavier (Patrick Stewart), they're in a bleak future being hunted down by enormous robotic sentinels. That's when Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) accepts the dangerous challenge that could save their lives: time-traveling to 1973, the year when Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) triggered the beginning of their persecution. Can this journey into the past change their fate, or are the X-Men doomed to annihilation? Alternating robust action with moments of surprisingly thoughtful characterization, Singer's film is the kind of smart superhero blockbuster that's becoming increasingly rare nowadays.

My Darling Clementine (Criterion): Choosing the greatest Western from genre master John Ford may be a daunting task, though this lovely 1946 classic often comes up when buffs pick their favorites. Henry Fonda gives a beautiful performance as legendary lawman Wyatt Earp, who comes to Tombstone determined to bring justice to the crime-filled frontier town. Ruled by Old Man Clanton (Walter Brennan), the outlaws threaten Earp's family and friends, including his beloved Clementine (Cathy Downs) and his eccentric friend Doc Holliday (Victor Mature). It all builds up to a memorable showdown at the O.K. Corral, where the civilized and wild halves of the Old West collide. Shot with Ford's patented robust storytelling and masterful eye for poetic detail, the movie is a matchless example of old legend brought to vibrant life.


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Leasing and Finance Conferences

October 19-21
2014 53rd Annual Convention
Manchester Grand Hyatt
San Diego, CA

Video Preview of ELFA Annual Convention
ELFA President and CEO Woody Sutton

Registration can be made on-site
(Mail and online registration no longer available) 





Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, Nevada

 It will bring together critical decision makers concerning credit and collections 
from all facets of financial services.




November 5, 2014
Latin American Leasing &
Operation Forum
The Alta Group
Intercontinental Hotel Doral
Miami, Florida

Wednesday November 5th the Latin American Legal and Operations Forum will give participants access to the latest advances in the legal and operational practices in the industry. It will be an excellent opportunity to learn about the laws and regulations of leasing in different countries of the Americas.

The event will be simultaneously translated in English and Spanish.


Preliminary Schedule of Events


Hotel Information

Travel Information

November 7-8
2014 Western Regional Meeting
Hyatt Regency Irvine
Irvine, CA

Registration Now Open

Exhibitors To Date (10/09)

360 Equipment Finance
Amerisource Funding, Inc.
Banc of California, N.A.
Blue Bridge Financial LLC
Bryn Mawr Funding
BSB Leasing
Channel Partners LLC
CLP Foundation
Dakota Financial, LLC
Financial Pacific Leasing, Inc.
First Federal Leasing
Fora Financial, LLC
IOU Central Business Lending
Maxim Commercial Capital LLC
Merchant Cash and Capital, LLC
NCMIC Finance Corporation
North Mill Equipment Financing LLC
Orange Commercial Credit
Pacific Western Equipment Finance
Paradigm Equipment Finance
Pawnee Leasing Corporation
Preferred Business Solutions
Quiktrak, Inc.
RLC Funding
TEAM Funding Solutions
Tetra Financial Group
TimePayment Corporation
Varilease Finance, Inc.


November 7, 2014
XII Latin American Leasing Conference
The Alta Group
Intercontinental Hotel Doral
Miami, Florida

Thursday 6th to Friday 7th the XII Latin American Leasing Conference will be held.  This will provide participants insights regarding developments in the professional practice of the leading rental companies in the Americas.  The conference will also showcase best practices leasing companies and finance teams are now utilizing in strategic planning and implementation of funding strategies as well as risk and asset management.

The event will be simultaneously translated in English and Spanish.



November 11-13

The 2014 Middle East Leasing Summit to be held November 11-13 at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai is reported to be strongly supported by leading leasing companies and international leasing association. 

This summit will gather regional government officials, vendor representatives, national organizations and industry leaders to interpret the air finance from the aspect of market situation, regulatory, growth point and second hand aircraft to better understand Middle East air finance market.

The conference promises "Deep insight into Middle East leasing market climate with introduction of Islamic Finance’s application and banks’ involvement. There is no doubt that this summit will provide a premier platform for its delegates to establish strategic cooperative partnerships, expand business. We firmly believe that your outstanding industrial background and broad knowledge would contribute significantly to the quality and scope of this

For more information, please visit the official website at

November 12 - 14
Commercial Finance Association
70th Annual Convention
Washington Marriott Wardman Park
Washington, D.C.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Ben S. Bernanke
Former Chairman of the Board of
Governors of the Federal Reserve




Hotel & Travel


November 16 -17
NJ Expo Regional
Teaneck, New Jersey
(Sunday evening- All Day Monday)

Exhibitors to Date:
Bank of the West
Business Credit Reports
Bryn Mawr Funding
Channel Partners, LLC
Collateral Specialists, Inc.
ECS Financial Services, Inc.
Financial Pacific Leasing, Inc.
FORA Financial
LeaseTeam, Inc.
Pawnee Leasing Corporation
RLC Funding

Pricing (Early Bird to 10/31/2014)




November 18 - 21, 2014
Istanbul, Turkey
The Third Annual Operating Lease Conference

"Three prominent and qualified speakers have been added to the agenda.
They are: Stephan van Beek, Senior Director Sales & Marketing Development - EMEA, Oracle Financing, an expert on software leasing; Arnaldo Rodriguez, President – International Division, CSI Leasing, who is the epitome of having successfully globalized the product; and, Esteban Gaviria, CEO, Leasing Bancolombia, who leads the most successful bank-held operating leasing company in Latin America. I will chair the conference and also teach a two-day seminar preceding the conference."
          Sudhir Amembal

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ELFA ---2014 Schedule of Conferences, Workshops
and e-Learning Opportunities





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Baseball Poem

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, "Baseball Canto"

Watching baseball, sitting in the sun, eating popcorn,
reading Ezra Pound,
and wishing that Juan Marichal would hit a hole right through the
Anglo-Saxon tradition in the first Canto
and demolish the barbarian invaders.
When the San Francisco Giants take the field
and everybody stands up for the National Anthem,
with some Irish tenor's voice piped over the loudspeakers,
with all the players struck dead in their places
and the white umpires like Irish cops in their black suits and little
black caps pressed over their hearts,
Standing straight and still like at some funeral of a blarney bartender,
and all facing east,
as if expecting some Great White Hope or the Founding Fathers to
appear on the horizon like 1066 or 1776.
But Willie Mays appears instead,
in the bottom of the first,
and a roar goes up as he clouts the first one into the sun and takes
off, like a foot runner from Thebes.
The ball is lost in the sun and maidens wail after him
as he keeps running through the Anglo-Saxon epic.
And Tito Fuentes comes up looking like a bullfighter
in his tight pants and small pointy shoes.
And the right field bleachers go mad with Chicanos and blacks
and Brooklyn beer-drinkers,
"Tito! Sock it to him, sweet Tito!"
And sweet Tito puts his foot in the bucket
and smacks one that don't come back at all,
and flees around the bases
like he's escaping from the United Fruit Company.
As the gringo dollar beats out the pound.
And sweet Tito beats it out like he's beating out usury,
not to mention fascism and anti-Semitism.
And Juan Marichal comes up,
and the Chicano bleachers go loco again,
as Juan belts the first ball out of sight,
and rounds first and keeps going
and rounds second and rounds third,
and keeps going and hits pay dirt
to the roars of the grungy populace.
As some nut presses the backstage panic button
for the tape-recorded National Anthem again,
to save the situation.
But it don't stop nobody this time,
in their revolution round the loaded white bases,
in this last of the great Anglo-Saxon epics,
in the territorio libre of Baseball.



Sports Briefs----

Royals Sweep Orioles to Advance to World Series

49ers bring back reserve quarterback Josh Johnson

Voodoo? Magic? Luck? The Giants keep wining weird



California Nuts Briefs---

Campbell PD Details Amazing Search & Rescue of Local Woman


“Gimme that Wine”

Sonoma County Harvest Update

Free Mobile Wine Program

Wine Prices by vintage

US/International Wine Events

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This Day in American History

    1492 - Columbus' fleet anchored at "Fernandina" (Long Island, Bahamas).
    1629 - The Virginia General Assembly enacted a law to limit the planting of tobacco, in an attempt to control the price of the export to Europe. More slaves were “imported” as Virginia’s main economy was becoming the growing and selling of tobacco.
    1701 - The Collegiate School was founded at Branford, CT by Congregationalists dissatisfied with the religious atmosphere at Harvard.   In 1716, the school was moved to New Haven, where it became Yale College, named after Elihu Yale, a governor of the East India Company. The first degrees were awarded in 1716. Yale became a university in 1887.   Founded as a school for men, Yale began admitting women undergraduates in 1969.
    1758 - Birthday of Noah Webster, American teacher and journalist whose name became syn­onymous with the word “dictionary” after his compilations of the earliest American dictionaries of the English language. Born at West Hartford, CT, he died at New Haven, CT, May 28, 1843.
    1775 – Portland, ME is burned by the British.
    1780 – Royalton and Tunbridge, VT are the last raids of the revolutionary War.
    1781 - General Cornwallis was finding no way out from Yorktown siege. At about 4:00 A.M., Lt. Colonel Robert Abercromby led 350 British troops on a sortie to spike allied guns now in position on the second parallel. Abercromby was able to spike four guns after pretending to be an American detachment. Moving to another position along the parallel, the British were this time driven back to their lines by a French covering party. However, they had managed to spike two more guns, but the allies were able to get all the spiked guns back into action within six hours. That evening, General Cornwallis attempted to ferry across the York River to see about fighting his way out by way of Gloucester, but a storm frustrated these efforts.  October 16 is generally recognized as the day George Washington captured Yorktown, all but ending the Revolutionary War, although Cornwallis would not formally surrender until October 19, 1781.
    1829 - The Tremont Hotel opened in Boston. Heralded as the first modern hotel in America, each of the Tremont's luxurious 170 rooms went for $2 a day. The price included four meals. It also boasted being the first hotel with indoor plumbing in 1869.
    1846 - Dr. John Collins Warren gave the first demonstration of painless surgery using a drug supplied by William Thomas Green Morton, a dentist of Charleston, MA. Morton was refused admission to hospitals until he divulged the name of the secret drug, which was sulfuric ether. Although he is credited with the discovery of anesthetics, 8 or 10 others have also claimed this honor.
    1847 - Charlotte Bronte's book "Jane Eyre" is published.
     1848 – The first homeopathic medical college in the US opens in Pennsylvania at Drexel University.
     1849 - Birthday of George Washington Williams at Bedford Springs, Pa. Early African-American historian and founder of two African-American newspapers: "The Commoner" in Washington, DC, and Cincinnati's "The Southern Review".
    1858 - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow published “The Courtship of Miles Standish”, a narrative poem about romance among the Pilgrims. The story is not accurate and an exaggeration, basically made up by Longfellow, who took much of the plot from a German poem of another man who asks another for marriage and the lady says, “Why not speak for yourself?” It has been repeated so many times people believe it is a true story. It is not. The same is true with his most famous poem,” The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.”   Revere never reached his destination. He was one of three riders who tried. Only Dr. Samuel Prescott reached Concord, where he delivered the warning, "The British are Coming!" And when the British came to Concord, the Americans were ready.
    1859 - The federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, VA (now in W.Va) was seized by John Brown and 21 followers. Brown wanted to establish an abolitionist republic in the Appalachians and to fight slavery with fugitive slaves and abolitionist whites. On Dec. 2, he was hanged at Charles Town, also now W.Va., for murder, conspiracy, and treason against Virginia. In the South, he was thought of as a murderer and traitor who deserved the gallows, but in the North, his gibbet was described as “the cross of a martyr.” Slave owners in the South had been chasing runaways in “free” states and territories. They were raiding cities. John Brown survived one of the raids. There were border wars and skirmishes between armed raiders and unarmed small towns. Violence was riff in many areas. In Concord, Mass, Henry David Thoreau wrote of Brown: “When a govern­ment puts forth its strength, to kill the liberators of the slave, what a merely brute…force it is seen to be.” Lincoln was philosophical and brooded over the fates of historical zealots who had taken it upon them­selves to end oppression. Longfellow sounded a pro­phetic note: “This will be a great day in our history, the date of a new revolution…As I write, they are leading old John Brown to execution…This is sow­ing the wind to reap the whirlwind, which will soon come.”
    1863 - After his impressive victory taking Vicksburg, Ulysses S. Grant, a brigadier general of the militia, was appointed a general in the regular army and with the subsequent reorganization of the departments of war in this area, Grant's first priority was to save the besieged and starving Union troops at Chattanooga, Tennessee.
    1867 – Alaska adopts the Gregorian calendar and crosses International date line.  The United States purchased it from Russia on March 30, 1867 for $7.2 million  
     1868 - America's first department store, Zion's Co-Operative Mercantile Institution, was opened in Salt Lake City, Utah and is still operating there. It was founded under the direction of Brigham Young.
    1875 – Brigham Young University is founded by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Provo, UT.
    1876 - Race riot at Cainhoy, South Carolina. Five whites, one black killed.
    1880 - A blizzard struck eastern South Dakota and southern Minnesota blocking railroads. Snow drifts remained throughout the following very hard winter
    1882 – The first trains travel over the Nickel Plate Railroad, completed along the South Shore of the Great Lakes connecting Buffalo and Chicago.
    1888 - Birthday of American playwright Eugene O'Neil at New York, NY. O'Neill began writing plays in his 20s, while recovering from tuberculosis at a Connecticut sanitarium. His first full-length play, “Beyond the Horizon”,won the Pulitzer Prize in 1920. He wrote more than 30 plays during his career. His major works included “Mourning Becomes Electra”(1931), “The Iceman Cometh” (1946), and “Long Day's Journey into Night” (posthumously, 1956). He died in Boston, MA, Nov. 27, 1953.  The Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site, located in Danville, CA, preserves Tao House, the hillside home of America's only Nobel Prize-winning playwright, where O'Neill and his wife lived from 1937 to 1944.
    1890 - Birthday of photographer Paul Strand, born Manhattan, New York.
    1890 - Reservation Police forcibly remove Kicking Bear from Standing Rock Agency, South Dakota, for teaching the Ghost Dance, a new Indian religion that foretold the disappearance of white people.
    1898 - Birthday of William O. Douglas, American jurist, world traveler, conservationist, outdoorsman and author. Born at Maine, MN, he served as Justice of the US Supreme Court longer than any other (36 years). Died at Washington, DC, Jan. 19, 1980.
    1903 - Birthday of pianist Buck Washington, Louisville, KY.
    1909 - Narrowly escaping an assassination attempt, US President William Howard Taft and Mexican President Profirio Diaz hold the first Mexican US summit.
    1913 - Temperatures in downtown San Francisco soared to 101 degrees.
    1916 - Margaret Sanger, Fania Mindel and Ethel Burne opened the first birth control clinic in the US at 46 Amboy Street, Brooklyn, NY.  Sanger believed that the poor should be able to control the size of their families.
    1918 - NEIBAUR, THOMAS C., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Army, Company M, 107th Infantry, 42d Division. Place and date: Near Landres-et-St. Georges, France, 16 October 1918. Entered service at: Sugar City, Idaho. Born: 17 May 1898, Sharon, Idaho. G.O. No.: 1 18, W .D., 1918. Citation: On the afternoon of 16 October 1918, when the Cote-de-Chatillion had just been gained after bitter fighting and the summit of that strong bulwark in the Kriemhilde Stellung was being organized, Pvt. Neibaur was sent out on patrol with his automatic rifle squad to enfilade enemy machinegun nests. As he gained the ridge he set up his automatic rifle and was directly thereafter wounded in both legs by fire from a hostile machinegun on his flank. The advance wave of the enemy troops, counterattacking, had about gained the ridge, and although practically cut off and surrounded, the remainder of his detachment being killed or wounded, this gallant soldier kept his automatic rifle in operation to such effect that by his own efforts and by fire from the skirmish line of his company, at least 100 yards in his rear, the attack was checked. The enemy wave being halted and lying prone, 4 of the enemy attacked Pvt. Neibaur at close quarters. These he killed. He then moved alone among the enemy lying on the ground about him, in the midst of the fire from his own lines, and by coolness and gallantry captured 11 prisoners at the point of his pistol and, although painfully wounded, brought them back to our lines. The counterattack in full force was arrested to a large extent by the single efforts of this soldier, whose heroic exploits took place against the skyline in full view of his entire battalion.
    1923 – The Walt Disney Company was founded by Walt and Roy Disney as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio, and established itself as a leader in the American animation industry.
    1925 - Birthday of Angela Lansbury, Anglo-American actor of stage, screen and television. She won Tony awards in 1966, ‘69, ‘74, and ‘79 for her many wonderful musicals and plays on Broadway and garnered multiple Emmys for her work on TV in the long running, “Murder, She Wrote”.   Lansbury was nominated for three Academy Awards and set the standard for evil mothers in “The Manchurian Candidate” (1962).
    1925 – A Texas school board prohibits the teaching of evolution.
    1926 – Rock ‘n’ roll Hall of Famer Chuck Berry was born in St. Louis.  One of the pioneers of rock ‘n’ roll music in the 1950s, Berry scored with hits like "Maybelline" (1955), "Roll Over Beethoven" (1956), "Rock and Roll Music" (1957), “School Day” (1957),  “Sweet Little Sixteen” (1958) and "Johnny B. Goode" (1958), the former two being reprised as Beatles hits in the 1960s.  Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock ‘n’ roll distinctive, with lyrics focusing on teen life and consumerism and utilizing guitar solos and showmanship, (his famous duck walk) that would be major influences on subsequent rock music.  Berry was among the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on its opening in 1986.  John Lennon once said, “…if you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry'…”.
    1928 - Marvin Pipkin of the Incandescent Lamp Department of General Electric Company at Nela Park, OH, received a patent for an electric light bulb frost on the inside. Inside-frost bulbs have a number of distinct advantages over outside-frost bulbs, among which are less absorption of light and less collection of dust, allowing the bulb to last longer and retain its illumination. The light was also easier on the eyes.
    1930 - Lionel Hampton cuts first vibes solo with Hite Band, “Memories of You,” Okeh Records.
    1931 - Trunk murderess Winnie Ruth Judd allegedly chops her first body. This becomes one of the biggest crime stories of its day as newspapers reader learn about Winnie Ruth Judd chopping up two girlfriends, packing their pieces into two trunks and a suitcase, and shipping them off to Los Angeles. Judd escaped seven times from the mental hospital where she was sent. On one occasion, she walked across the desert for seven days. The last time she escaped she eluded police for seven years.
    1931 – Watergate co-conspirator turned born-again evangelist Charles Colson was born in Boston.  Colson died in 2012.
    1935---Birthday of Angela Lansbury, actress, born London, England.
Perhaps best known for TV show, “Murder, She Wrote,” but she won five
Tony awards and was a Broadway star prior to TV.
    1937 - An unlikely winter-like storm produced as much as ten inches of snow in Minnesota and Iowa.
    1940 - Benjamin Oliver Davis Sr. named first black general in regular Army (later to become the Air Force).
    1940 – A lottery was held for the first draft for World War II
    1940 – Birthday of former Major Leaguer and NBA Hall of Famer Dave DeBusschere in Detroit.  He pitched for the White Sox in 1962-3 and played for the Detroit Pistons in the winter, one of 12 players to accomplish this.  He was traded to the New York Knicks where he became part of the 1970 and 1973 NBA champs.  DeBusschere died of a heart attack in 2003.
    1942 - BAUER, HAROLD WILLIAM, Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 20 November 1908. Woodruff, Kans. Appointed from: Nebraska. Citation: For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous courage as Squadron Commander of Marine Fighting Squadron 212 in the South Pacific Area during the period 10 May to 14 November 1942. Volunteering to pilot a fighter plane in defense of our positions on Guadalcanal, Lt. Col. Bauer participated in 2 air battles against enemy bombers and fighters outnumbering our force more than 2 to 1, boldly engaged the enemy and destroyed 1 Japanese bomber in the engagement of 28 September and shot down 4 enemy fighter planes in flames on 3 October, leaving a fifth smoking badly. After successfully leading 26 planes on an over-water ferry flight of more than 600 miles on 16 October, Lt. Col. Bauer, while circling to land, sighted a squadron of enemy planes attacking the U.S.S. McFarland. Undaunted by the formidable opposition and with valor above and beyond the call of duty, he engaged the entire squadron and, although alone and his fuel supply nearly exhausted, fought his plane so brilliantly that 4 of the Japanese planes were destroyed before he was forced down by lack of fuel. His intrepid fighting spirit and distinctive ability as a leader and an airman, exemplified in his splendid record of combat achievement, were vital factors in the successful operations in the South Pacific Area.
    1942 – The National Boxing Association freezes the titles of those serving in the armed services.
    1943 - Chicago Mayor Ed Kelly opens the city's new subway system.
     1943 – Rock bassist/vocalist Fred Turner of Bachman-Turner-Overdrive was born in Winnipeg.
     1944 - The novel "The Robe", by Lloyd Douglas, was published. Nine years later, the book became a movie that won three Academy Awards. It is annually seen on television around the Easter holiday.
    1946 - 10 Nazi leaders were hanged as war criminals after the Nuremberg trials.
     1946 – Actress Suzanne Somers was born Suzanne Marie Mahoney in San Bruno, CA.
    1947 - Woody Herman's second Herd debuts at Municipal Auditorium, San Bernardino , CA
    1947 - Bob Weir, guitarist and vocalist for the Grateful Dead, is born.
    1954 - Two weeks after his appearance at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, Elvis Presley performs on the Country music radio program, “Louisiana Hayride”, broadcast live on KWKH in Shreveport. After an enthusiastic reception from the audience, Presley is booked to appear every week for a year at $18 per show. His sidemen, Bill Black and Scotty Moore are paid $12 each.
    1956 - Top Hits
“Honky Tonk (Parts 1 & 2)” - Bill Doggett
“Just Walking in the Rain” - Johnnie Ray
“Love Me Tender” - Elvis Presley
“Hound Dog/Don't Be Cruel” - Elvis Presley
    1956 - "Love Me Tender" with Elvis Presley premieres
     1957 - Sam Cooke's "You Send Me" is released by Keen Records. The single will be his biggest hit selling two-and-a-half million copies.
    1957 - Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visit Williamsburg Virginia
     1958 - “Ebby Calvin ‘Nuke’ LaLoosh” was born Tim Robbins in West Covina, CA.  His dad, Gilbert Lee Robbins, was one of The Highwaymen who rose to the charts in 1962 with “Michael, Row the Boat Ashore”.  Long married to actress Susan Sarandon, with whom he starred in “Bull Durham” (1988), they recently divorced.  Robbins also had notable performances in “The Shawshank Redemption” (1994) and “Mystic River” (1993).
    1960 – The National League votes to place new teams in Houston and New York City.
     1962 - Cuban missile crisis began as President John F. Kennedy is briefed on the presence of missiles in Cuba, evidenced by U2 flights that photographed them there two days prior. On October 22, he addresses the public on television and on October 24, authorizes a blockade of offensive weapons to Cuba.
    1962 – The San Francisco Giants narrowly miss winning the World Series as Bobby Richardson of the Yankees snared Willie McCovey’s screaming line drive as the final out with the tying and winning runs in scoring position.  The Yankees won the Series 4 -3, thereby winning their ninth World Series in the last 14 years.
    1962 – Birthday of NBA big man, Manute Bol, who at 7’7” was one of the tallest men ever to play in the NBA.  Bol was born in The Sudan and died in Charlottesville, VA in 2010.
    1963 – The last issue of The New York Mirror is published.
    1964 - Top Hits
“Oh, Pretty Woman” - Roy Orbison
“Do Wah Diddy Diddy” - Manfred Mann
“Dancing in the Street” - Martha & The Vandellas
“I Guess I'm Crazy” - Jim Reeves
    1965 - Tribute to Dr. Strange: Jefferson Airplane, the Charlatans, the Marbles, Great Society appear at the San Francisco Longshoreman's Hall

Artist: Ami Magill
This was the First Dance Concert ever held under the sponsorship of the Family Dog at the octagonal meeting hall of the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union near Fishermen's Wharf. It was billed as "A Tribute to Dr. Strange," and featured the Jefferson Airplane, the Charlatans, the Great Society, and ?the Marbles [who later metamorphosed into the Loading Zone]. A light show was operated by Bill Ham. Reference/Source:  Charles Perry, “The Haight Ashbury: A History”
    1965 - First Rock Dance Concert. The first rock dance concert ever
    1966 - Grace Slick makes her first appearance with the Jefferson Airplane at the Fillmore West in San Francisco. She replaces Signe Toly Anderson, who left the band to have a baby.
    1967 - Joan Baez and 123 other anti-draft demonstrators are arrested for blocking the entrance to the Oakland, California Armed Forces Induction Center. They are jailed for ten days.
    1968 - At the Mexico City Summer Olympics, American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos, winners of the gold and bronze medals, respectively, in the 200-meter run, raised their black-gloved fists in a black power salute during the medal presentation to call attention to racism and poverty in the United States. Two days later, the pair was suspended by the US Olympic Committee and sent home.
    1969 - The “Miracle” New York Mets defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 5-3, to win the World Series, four games to one. Prior to the 1969 season, the Mets had never won more than 73 games. Their regular season victories and triumphs over the Atlanta Braves in the first-ever NLCS and the Orioles are regarded to be among recent baseball history's more improbable occurrences. “You Gotta Believe” became the catchword for New York Met fans.
    1969 - Trumpet Player Roy Hargrove born Waco, Texas
    1971 - Issac Hayes' "Theme from Shaft" is released.
    1972 - Creedence Clearwater Revival breaks up
     1974 - Oakland A's pitcher, Ken Holtzman, who hasn't batted all season, belts a 3rd inning home run in Game 4 and gets the win, 5-2.  The A’s would go on to win their third consecutive World Series, defeating the LA Dodgers in five games.
     1976 - Memphis, TN disc jockey Rick Dees and his ‘Cast of Idiots' made it all the way to number one on the "Billboard Hot 100" with the immortal "Disco Duck (Part 1)". Dees today is a disc jockey in Los Angeles and is hosting several varieties of the "Weekly Top 40" show, syndicated around the world.
    1976 - Stevie Wonder's album, "Songs in the Key of Life" wound up at number one in the U.S. Hits on the album included "Sir Duke", "Isn't She Lovely" and "I Wish"; the double-album stayed at #1 for 14 weeks. Other tracks: "Love's in Need of Love Today", "Have a Talk with God", "Village Ghetto Land", "Contusion", "Knocks Me Off My Feet", "Pastime Paradise", "Summer Soft", "Ordinary Pain", "Saturn", "Ebony Eyes", "Joy Inside My Tears", "Black Man", "Ngiculela - Es Una Historia"/"I Am Singing", "If It's Magic", "As", "Another Star", "All Day Sucker", "Easy Goin' Evening (My Mama's Call)".
    1980 - Top Hits
“Another One Bites the Dust” - Queen
“Woman in Love” - Barbra Streisand
“Late in the Evening” - Paul Simon
“Loving Up a Storm” - Razzy Bailey
    1981 - Harvey Fierstein's "Torch Song Trilogy," premieres in New York City
     1982 - RCA Records releases Daryl Hall and John Oates' "H2O" which will match the spectacular performance of their last album, "Private Eyes," going to Top Five on the pop LPs chart and yielding two hits: "Man-eater" and "One on One."
    1982 – US Secretary of State George Schultz warns the UN that the US will withdraw if it votes to exclude Israel.
    1985 - Intel unveiled a 32-bit microprocessor, the 386. Although other chip makers had already unveiled this new, more powerful chip technology, Intel's introduction of the 32-bit chip was more significant because the company held eighty-five percent of the market for less powerful processors
    1986 - Chuck Berry celebrated his 60th birthday with a concert in his home town of St. Louis at the Fox Theatre. The show was organized by Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones and the concert was used in a documentary titled, "Hail! Hail! Rock 'N' Roll", an overview of Berry's career by Director Taylor Hackford.  Among the stars in the film tribute:  Roy Orbison, Eric Clapton, Linda Ronstadt, Etta James, Julian Lennon, and Joe Walsh (Eagles).
    1986 - U.S. government closes down due to budget problems
     1987 - Ten cities in the southeastern U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date. The low of 34 degrees at Augusta, GA marked their third straight morning of record cold. A cold front brought showers and thunderstorms to parts of the central U.S. Lightning struck a bull and six cows under a tree near Battiest, OK. (The National Weather Summary)
    1987 - Jessica McClure rescued 58 hours after falling 22' into a well shaft.

    1987 – Reviving fears of a 1929 redux, for the first time in history, the Dow Jones Industrial Average falls more than 100 pts (108.35).   A record 338,500,000 shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange.
     1988 - Late afternoon thunderstorms produced severe weather in southwestern Lower Michigan and northern Indiana. One thunderstorm spawned a tornado north of Nappanee, IN which caused half a million dollars damage. Six cities in California reported record high temperatures for the date. The afternoon high of 100 degrees at Red Bluff, CA was the latest such reading of record for so late in the autumn season.
    1988 – LA Dodgers pitcher Orel Hersheiser becomes the first to pitch shutouts in the playoffs and World Series (game 2)
    1988 - Top Hits
“Red Red Wine” - UB40
“Groovy Kind of Love” - Phil Collins
“What's on Your Mind (Pure Energy)” - Information Society
“Streets of Bakersfield” - Dwight Yoakam & Buck Owens
     1989 - Heavy snow blanketed the foothills of Colorado . Up to three inches was reported around Denver.  Echo Lake was buried under nineteen inches of snow. Temperatures again warmed into the 80s and lower 90s in the eastern and south central U.S. Thirteen cities reported record high temperatures for the date, including Atlantic City, NJ with a reading of 84 degrees.
      1990 - In Game 1 of the World Series, Oakland’s ten-game post-season winning streak ends as the Reds beat the A's, 7-0. Reds outfielder Eric Davis becomes the 22nd player to hit a homer in his first Fall Classic at-bat.  The Reds went on to upset the heavily-favored A’s in a sweep.  Opposing managers Lou Piniella of Cincinnati and Tony LaRussa of Oakland played American Legion ball in Tampa as kids.
1990 - U.S. forces reach 200,000 in Persian Gulf. 
     1991 - George Jo Hennard, 35, kills 23 and himself and wounds 20 in Texas 
     1992 – Washington Nationals’ OF Bryce Harper was born in Las Vegas.
     1995 - Over 800,000 black men attend the Million Man March in Washington D.C.
      1996 – “Get on the Bus”, Spike Lee's critically acclaimed, highly energized film about a busload of black men heading from Los Angeles to the "Million Man March" in Washington, D.C., debuted in United States theaters.  Ossie Davis gave an outstanding performance as Jeremiah, the senior member of the group. For the "exemplary ensemble acting of the whole team," the film received a Berlin International Film Festival special mention award.
    1998 - Hackers broke into America Online and altered the online service's Internet address. Millions of e-mail messages were misdirected as a result.
    2003 - In Game 7 of the ALCS, thanks to Aaron Boone's 11th inning home run at The Stadium, the Yankees capture their 39th American League pennant beating the Red Sox, 6-5. The defensive replacement becomes the fifth player to end a post-season series with a homer joining Bill Mazeroski ('60 Pirates, WS Game 7 vs. Yankees), Chris Chambliss ('76 Yankees, ALCS Game 5 vs. Royals), Joe Carter ('93 Blue Jays, WS Game 6 vs. Phillies) and Todd Pratt ('99 Mets, NLDS Game 4 vs. Diamondbacks).  Thus, Boone joined Bucky Dent and Joe DiMaggio as ‘favorite’ Yankees among Red Sox fans.
    2005 - For the first time since 1959 making the 46-year absence between Fall Classic appearances the longest in big league history, the White Sox will represent the American League in the World Series. The Pale Hoses' starting rotation throws four consecutive complete games victories against the Angels to capture the ALCS in five games earning the title ‘World Champions’ for the first time since 1917.
    2005 - San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson rushes for 140 yards and a touchdown, his NFL record 18th straight game with a rushing score, surpassing the mark shared by George Rogers and John Riggins (13).
    2006 - A magnitude 6.7 earthquake rocks Hawaii, causing property damage, injuries, landslides, power outages, and the closure of Honolulu International Airport.
    2008 - The first pitch a potential Game 6 of the 104th World Series between The Philadelphia Phillies and the Tampa Bay Rays will begin eight minutes later to accommodate Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama's desire to purchase the 8-8:30 pm slot on the Fox network, the same air time the campaign has secured on CBS and NBC. The Tropicana Field game is now scheduled to start 8:35 p.m.   The Phil’s went on to win the Series in 5 games.


 World Series Champions This Date
    1909 Pittsburgh Pirates
    1912 Boston Red Sox
    1962 New York Yankees
    1969 New York Mets
    1983 Baltimore Orioles



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