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Dealer Credit Fin. Analyst, Torrance, CA Click here for full descrip. & to apply.   

Dealer Credit Fin. Services Supervisor, Torrance, CA. Click here for full descrip. & to apply.

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Friday, October 1,2004




    Classified Ads---Credit

        NorVergence—“Us” versus “Them”

            Survey Results:  “Let Us Know the Name”

    Classified Ads--Help Wanted

        MicroFinancial Secures $30M Line From CIT


    News Briefs--

        Sports Briefs---

            California News Briefs---

                "Gimme that Wine"

                    This Day in American History

                        Baseball Poem



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Classified Ads---Credit


Atlanta, GA.

VP Credit/Operations/Sr. Credit Officer. 15yrs exp. in equipment leasing. Strong financial analysis and management skills. Experience developing and maintaining profitable customer/vendor relationships.



Atlanta, GA.

Senior Credit Officer in middle-market equip. finance, vendor, 3rd party, specialty, flow credit to the fortune 1000. Team builder, originations capable, strong work ethic, ability to multi-task.



Atlanta, GA.

10 yrs experience in credit/collections/recovery/documentation in the leasing industry. P&L responsibility, team builder & strong portfolio mgnt skills.



Boston Ma.

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



Corona, CA.

VP credit Consumer Credit prime/sub prime Auto lending/leasing/mortgages. 20+yrs exp. If you are looking for someone to affect the bottom line I am that person. Will relocate.



Danbury, CT.

Skilled in team building, management & training. Seasoned credit, portfolio and risk management professional. Experienced in developing, implementing underwriting, portfolio management policies & procedures.



Fairfield, CT.

Credit manager.  Success building high performance teams, problem solving & providing tactical guidance.  Extensive experience servicing venture-backed, healthcare, graphic arts, machine tool & general mfg. industries.



Fort Lee NJ

3 Years Experience. Looking in NJ/NY.




Irvine, CA,

I have over 16 years of Credit/Collection

experience in the finance industry.  Prompt results, extremely effective

and knowledgeable, professional, excellent manager and team player.


Los Angeles, CA

Over 15 years experience in Credit/Operations with Small Ticket and transactions up to $500,000.00. CLP, with excellent relationships with most major lenders.



Mill Valley, CA

Senior corporate officer with financial services credit background. M and A, fund raising and workout expertise.



New Jersey, NJ

Credit Analyst with 10+ years experience in small-ticket lending up to $500,000. Experience with both vendor-direct and with brokers.



New York, NY.

V.P. Credit & Collections w/23 years exp.looking for a situation where I can utilize my varied & extensive knowledge of credit/collections/risk-management & leasing.



New York, NY

3+ years of leasing credit / contracts experience. Currently in the leasing industry and moving to NY! Exp. working at both funding source and broker.



New York, NY.

5+ yrs leasing credit exp./highly proficient knowledge of Ops: documentation & recovery. Currently in the SMB segment - moving back to NY/NJ area.



Phoenix, AZ.

Credit/Leasing Manager- 8 years underwriting. Proven performer, strong negotiator and sales support. Worked with the best- Randy Schiell, Chuck Brazier, Jim Lahti.

Contact: Elizabeth Rose (480)510-7434



San Francisco, CA.

10+ years Credit Analyst experience underwriting for a direct lessor, regional bank and vendor leasing company. Have CLP and will make decisions ( won't rely on a FICO score for enlightenment.)



  Full listing of all “job wanted” ads at:







NorVergence—“Us” versus “Them”



Update to the Norvergence National Class Action filed in New Jersey against 26 leasing companies:


On Wednesday, September 1, 2004, an Order to Show Cause For Temporary Restraints to stop the leasing companies from enforcing the leases or prosecuting filed individual actions was filed on behalf of the class action. The 26 defendant leasing companies were then served with the amended complaint and the Order to Show Cause.  The amended complaint includes a representative plaintiff for each leasing company named.


On September 2, 2004, the Honorable Robert A. Coogan, New Jersey Superior Court, Monmouth County, ordered a hearing date for the Order to Show Cause regarding plaintiffs request for a preliminary injunction for Friday, October 1, 2004 at 2:30PM. On September 16, 2004, Defendant IFC Credit Corp. removed the case to federal court, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (Trenton Division). Plaintiffs then re-filed their Order to Show Cause on September 23, 2004 in federal court.


A new hearing date has been scheduled. An Order to Show Cause hearing regarding plaintiffs request for a preliminary injunction has been scheduled for Monday, November 1, 2004 at the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (Trenton Division).



Law Offices of Michael Scott Green

86 Washington Avenue

Milltown, New Jersey  08850

Tel:  (732) 390-0480

Fax: (732) 390-0481

Cell: (732) 690-2093


On the web@:




With Temporary filings to cause “restraints,” attorney generals in various states have also subpoenaed leasing companies with subpoenas to stop payments in Florida and Illinois, with other states reportedly to follow.


Attorney Michael S. Green said, “The class action is being represented on a contingency fee basis, there is no retainer fee. If we are successful in the class action litigation, we will make an application to the Court for attorneys' fees and expenses, which are typically paid out of a settlement fund or judgment collection which is paid by the defendants. Such a fee is first passed upon by the Court which must approve all fees and expenses paid to counsel in a class action.


"If a settlement is reached, Class Members are afforded the opportunity, at that time, to consider their options and opt-out, if they so desire, to pursue an individual claim."


The web site will be posting a list of a network of attorneys in key states that is accepting the defense of individual cases already filed by the leasing companies against putative class members, while the class action continues to litigate.


The list of attorneys in the two NorVergence class action suits, and those being recommended by the Telecom Agents Association, seem

“ as a rule of thumb” to have very little experience with equipment leasing.


This is from the Telecom site:


“How To Pick A Lawyer - The following information is not legal advice just "business owner to business owner" information. Discuss this information with a lawyer before making a legal decision.


“Two separate legal co-ops have independently studied the whole Norvergence/leasing company situation and have pretty much reached the same conclusion - the most economical way to legally get out of the Norvergence rental agreement/equipment lease is to (a) not get sued for default by continuing to pay the leasing company, and (b) sue the leasing companies through a group legal action. The thought process behind this conclusion is as follows.


“First, whatever the amount of money that needs to be paid per month by an ex-Norvergence customer to avoid getting sued by the leasing company is much less than the cost of being sued by the leasing company from a distant state. Second, to have a judge decide that the whole Norvergence situation really was a "Ponzi scheme" such that the leasing agreements are invalid, the "whole Norvergence story" must be told in a courtroom where the judge is actually interested in the whole story - not just the small part of the story the leasing company wants to tell in their "nuisance lawsuit". To get an objective hearing of the "whole story" both legal co-ops have endorsed the idea of "going on the offense" by suing the leasing companies as a group through one of several group legal actions that have formed - see


“That being said, many ex-Norvergence customers elected not to pay their leasing company and were sued for default in a distant state. For these people who need a "defensive" attorney the NCLC has listed on this page both attorneys by state and by leasing company who are familiar with the Norvergence situation. When speaking to these prospective attorneys you may wish consider the general philosophies of "offense vs. defense" that other ex-Norvergence customers have discussed with their attorneys and each other through the two legal co-ops.”


In the classified ad posting of finding an attorney, three have

listed their name for representation with a NorVergence supplied

equipment in a lease.  Calls to them have been primarily from

others in similar conditions: no attorneys.


In trying to find a referral directly, specifically for the complaint

involved in Chicago, Illinois, Leasing News could not obtain

a referral from an attorney belonging to a leasing association,

meaning they have expertise in this field.  All were representing

lessors as plaintiff’s in the matter.


A listing of attorneys, actions, and other recommendations by

the Telecom Agent Association may be found at:  

(this is a slow load due to size and the Telcom server)




Survey Results:  “Let Us Know the Name”


90% of those who responded believe Jim Raeder should divulge

the name of the culprit who sent malicious e-mails to his funding sources, leasing associations directors, and other leaders in

the leasing industry regarding his company. 


4% said “no,” with many of them “conditional,”

meaning they could be viewed as also saying “yes, “ but under

conditions, such as irrefutable proof, filing in court, or conviction

in court.


 6% fell into the “who cares?” or “none of the above

category.  Many of these made comments, but “confidential,”

meaning not for attribution.  Several believe it is an ex-employee

and that is why he will not come forth with the name. In addition to the rule of supplying a legitimate e-mail address (which some of them were not,) any comment had to be signed to be including in the survey results.


Over 410 responded






(I) think that publishing the name of the culprit will serve as a deterrent for future abuses. I also think that the industry & public should be forewarned of someone (in this industry) who would act so unethically. There may be business (right now) considering deals with that company and/or person - who may rethink the relationship on account of this.


Raeder should flush him out… if for no other reason than to protect his fellow lessors from potential trouble in the future. You and Raeder would have no problem posting Bob Fine’s mug all over the internet to ‘warn’ other lessors – why keep this under wrap. My belief is that he is bluffing and doesn't really know who it is. If he did, he would bring it to light to further support it was an ex-employees ill will and there is no truth to the emails. Kit, I at truly disappointed in the bio you put in your news letter today. I see a lot of negate comments about the Leasing News, most of which I discount as rumor, but this time you truly have stepped over the line. The bio you have published doesn't even resemble news..... you say Raeder has never advertised on your web site – please, the whole page is an ad for Raeder.  Mark Haycock, CLP”




“Kit is sure sounds like the Leasing New is a mouth piece for Preferred Lease. You clearly are biased, whether what is said about them is true or not. You don't come across as impartial. Are you a tabloid or a place for legit news? thanks”


(Many of such comments we contacted directly by e-mail to explain our position again. We made our opinion well-known; not only by pursuing this story, but by stating bluntly that Raeder should divulge the name of the person and their company.  Yes, we are biased as he does not want to name the person and thus the survey to find out what Raeders think. editor)



“We have become a society that loves to back stab and won't stand up and stand behind our convictions. We're becoming too much like our politicians. Its time it stopped. George K. Booth”



“If this were a misunderstanding of some sort, I would have voted "NO". However, by not divulging the name, we send a clear message to all. "it's ok to lie and harm others through those lies" It's not right. When a person or a group of people lie to the public to meet their own ends, the public should be made aware of the lies and the liars. Our litigious society has become so fearful of lawsuits that we aren't even allowed to give someone an accurate recommendation for a job for fear of lawsuits. This doesn't protect us, it protects the "bad guys" and I'm sick of it. Hell names. Thanks, Doris Tamboryn”



“An outstanding YES! If there were others that expressed the same information I could see a trend. but it looks like that is not the case. We all have disgruntled ex-employees, it's the cost of doing business and hopefully they are very small number. but sounds like some chicken %$& action that should be brought to the forefront.”



The overwhelming number of those who voted “yes” did not make any comment.  If there was a comment, it generally was one word, such as:





A good number of those who did write in comments, had conditions on them, such as:






“Only after he is satisfied with his due diligence in the matter.”



Half of those who voted “no,” could also be construed as “yes,” such as:


“Jim sounds like a solid hard working individual. He should not stoop to the level of the covert coward of Kinkos. Personally I would advise him to do his best to stay focused without being distracted from growing his business. If he has real proof I would turn it over to a good attorney. After he wins publish the results on leasing news for all to see. Ed Castagna Nassau Asset Management”



    Many of the no’s also echoed those who choose “none of the above, such as “who cares?” “Give it a Rest.”


Perhaps the best response in the small “no” category:


“Mr. Raeder is entitled to pursue his accuser in the manner which he feels is appropriate and it appears he is contemplating some legal recourse against the individual. His position should be respected. Whether or not the leasing community at large knows the culprit is not as relevant as the fact that we are aware that there are less than reputable individuals in our industry. As leasing professionals we need to discredit these people by raising the standards that we personally operate under. By doing so the "less then desirables" will be seen by funding sources, vendors, competitors and clients for what they truly are ... hacks.”



Now to the main purpose of the survey:


What will Jim Raeder’s reaction be to the overwhelming number of his colleagues who believe he should divulge the name of the person.


For the record, we will attempt to obtain a statement from

the person named, who is on the credit card receipt, video

tape, and identified by the Kinko’s clerk as the sender of

the e-mail.




Classified ads---Help Wanted



We get deals done!  We can help you make more money. We are on top of the changing marketplace with more sources due to our volume. Must have 4 years of leasing experience w/ strong client base.  70% Commission, 70% Residual. Barbara Griffith or 714-573-9804

About the company: SCL has been in business for 12 years. We are contracted with multiple funding sources which enables us to provide more competitive rates and flexible terms and conditions.


Funding/Loan Processor

Funding/Loan Processor: Irvine, CA. Experienced Lease/Loan Processor to join growing operations staff.  Must be organized and very detail oriented.  Leasing experience helpful but not main determinant.

Vendor Sales Specialist: Experienced in developing relationships & vendor programs. Will need to establish/head our new vendor division. Must be knowledgeable in all aspects of leasing from the broker lessor perspective.

Please E-mail resume to:

About the Company: Nationwide Funding, with its prime location in Southern California and offices in Chicago, has been able to secure specialized credit facilities and create funding partnerships with a wide variety of financial institutions. This diversity allows us to be a complete funding partner for your business.


CFO / Leasing Sales Leader

Leasing Sales Leader: Atlanta GA.
Outstanding opportunity for highly motivated, exp. leasing rep. for fast growing tech solutions provider. Unlimited earnings potential, fast paced enviroment. Exper. end-user sales/ tech leasing required.
Full description here

CFO: Atlanta, GA.
CPA/10yrs exp. required. Direct/oversee all financial activities and manage leasing operations. Full description here.

About the Company: Located in Atlanta GA. Optimus Solutions is a leading provider of enterprise Information Technology solutions including systems, storage, and software enhanced by a complete range of integration and consulting services.


Dealer Credit Finance Analyst / Dealer Credit Finance Services Supervisor

Dealer Credit Fin. Analyst, Torrance, CA Click here for full descrip. & to apply.   

Dealer Credit Fin. Services Supervisor, Torrance, CA. Click here for full descrip. & to apply.

To learn more about us, please visit:


Vendor Account Executive

Vendor Account Executive:
Troy, MI, Proven sales exp in developing vendor relationships. Must be knowledgeable in all aspects of leasing. Strong communication skills. Send email to

About the Company: Lease Corporation of America is a well established, 16 year old, national equipment leasing company.





### Press Release #########################


MicroFinancial Secures $30 Million Line of Credit From CIT


WOBURN, Mass.,  -- MicroFinancial Incorporated (NYSE:MFI) announced that it has arranged for a three year, $30 million senior secured revolving line of credit from CIT Commercial Services, a unit of CIT Group (NYSE:CIT). This line of credit replaces the previous one year, $8 million credit facility under more favorable terms and conditions including, but not limited to, pricing at prime plus 1.5% or Libor plus 4%. In addition, it retired the existing outstanding debt with the former bank group.


MicroFinancial is a financial intermediary specializing in vendor based leasing and finance programs for microticket size transactions in the $500 to $10,000 range.


Richard Latour, President and Chief Executive Officer of MicroFinancial stated, "We are delighted to receive this new senior credit facility from CIT which will provide us with a greater level of flexibility in our product offerings to our customers and vendors."


"We are pleased to provide this financing facility to help MicroFinancial implement its strategic plan," said John F. Daly, President of CIT Commercial Services.


About MicroFinancial


MicroFinancial Inc. (NYSE: MFI), headquartered in Woburn, MA, is a financial intermediary specializing in leasing and financing for products in the $500 to $10,000 range. The company has been in operation since 1986. For more information,



About CIT


CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT), a leading commercial and consumer finance company, provides clients with financing and leasing products and advisory services. Founded in 1908, CIT has nearly $50 billion in assets under management and possesses the financial resources, industry expertise and product knowledge to serve the needs of clients across approximately 30 industries. CIT, a Fortune 500 company, holds leading positions in vendor financing, factoring, equipment and transportation financing, Small Business Administration loans, and asset-based lending. CIT, with its principal offices in Livingston, New Jersey and New York City, has approximately 5,800 employees in locations throughout North America, Europe, Latin and South America, and the Pacific Rim. For more information, visit




SOURCE: MicroFinancial Inc.


MicroFinancial Inc.

Richard F. Latour, 781-994-4800


( Further stories about MicroFinancial/Leasecomm are available at:  )



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“News Briefs”


Consumer Spending Was Flat in August


Fixed-rate mortgages edge higher


Citigroup's Prince Defends His Vision


10 S.F. hotels expected to lock out workers

Action against 2,600 employees is response to strike





“Sports Briefs”


Rattay expects to play Sunday for 49ers


Parcells tells '60 Minutes' players have taken swings at him


Plummer at odds with NFL on wearing '40' decal on helmet






“California Nuts Briefs”


Canadian drug bills vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger

Measures would have helped consumers, let state agencies shop north of border



Schwarzenegger rejects bridge bid Bay span to be rebid or redesigned




“Gimme that Wine”



As predicted, this year's California  harvest is light

and almost over



Kendall-Jackson making first venture into advertising




8th Annual Vincenzo Wine & Food Festival Attracts Award, San Rafael, Ca- Winning Napa and Sonoma Valley Wineries to Auction their Rare Vintages, Sunday,  Oct 3



For a state that still clings to its dry past, Kansas makes surprisingly good wine. But don’t try to ship it.


Kelson Creek Winery: A sporty, fun new look


Complete Wine Cellar Management Services Now Available Throughout The Midwest






“Day in American History”


    1608- A glass factory was established in Jamestown, VA.  Eight German and Polish mechanics were imported to start the new industry.  Among the factory’s products were glass beads for use in trade with the Native Americans.  The factory remained in operation spasmodically for about seven years and was then disbanded, owing chiefly to the fact that the workers found it more profitable to grow tobacco for shipment to England.  It appears Europe had never chewed,

snuff, smoked in a pipe, paper, or tobacco wrapper before.  They quickly

became quite addicted to the import from the colonies. The London Company later sent Captain William Norton, accompanied by four Italians and two servants, to revive the Jamestown glass factory, which resumed operations on July 25,1621.  The massacre of the colonists by Native Americans in 1622 put an end to it.

    1781-Birthdday of James Lawrence, brilliant American naval officer, whose last battle was a defeat, but whose dying words became a most honored naval motto.  Lawrence, born at Burlington, NJ, was captain of the Chesapeake when she engaged in a naval duel with HMS Shannon off Boston, June 1, 1813.  The Chesapeake was captured and towed to Halifax, as a British prize.   Lawrence was mortally wounded by a musket ball during the engagement and uttered his famous last words, “Don’t give up the ship,” as he was being carried of the ship’s deck.

    1800 - The territory of Louisiana, encompassing the entire region of the Mississippi-Missouri river valleys, was ceded by Spain to France in the secret treaty of San Ildefonso. France envisioned a great French empire in the New World, and it hoped to use the Mississippi Valley as a major food and trade center. In 1803, economic and political problems forced France to sell the territory to the United States.

    1861-The first Union ship captured in the Civil War was the U.S.S. Fanny, an Army stream tug that grounded on a shoal in Pamilico Sound, NC, while it was en route to Chicomacomica, the encampment of the 20th Indiana Regiment.  The pilot and deckhand escaped by swimming ashore, but the ship was captured by Confederate naval forces. Also captured were the Raleigh, a small iron-hull propeller-driven towing steam, the Jualuska, a vessel of 79 tons, and the Culew, 260 tons.


    1864- Rose O'Neal Greenhow drowned when her small open boat overturned while attempting to run the blockade of the harbor of Wilmington, North Carolina. Her clothes were weighed down with gold coins she was attempting to smuggle into the cash-poor South.   Before her death, she was a spy for the confederacy and had been imprisoned by the Union secret service. After being released, she traveled to Europe to aid the Confederacy by collecting funds. It was those funds, sewn into her clothes, that caused her death.   A monument in Wilmington commemorates her accomplishments as well as a marker in the marvelous historical district of that city.


“Oakdale Cemetery 520 N. 15th St.,  Wilmington When Nance Martin died at sea in 1857, her body was preserved, seated in a chair, in a large cask of rum. Six months later she was interred at Oakdale Cemetery, cask and all. Her monument and many other curious, beautiful and historic markers are to be found within the labyrinth of Oakdale Cemetery, Wilmington's first municipal burial ground, opened in 1855. At the cemetery office, you can pick up a free map detailing some of the more interesting interments, such as the volunteer firefighter buried with the faithful dog that gave its life trying to save his master, and Mrs. Rose O'Neal Greenhow, a Confederate courier who drowned while running the blockade at Fort Fisher in 1864. Amid the profusion of monuments lies a field oddly lacking in markers-the mass grave of hundreds of victims of the 1862 yellow fever epidemic. The architecture of Oakdale's monuments, its Victorian landscaping and the abundance of dogwood trees, make Oakdale beautiful in every season. The cemetery is open until 5 PM every day. Bicycles are not permitted.”

    1867-Morgan State College Founded in Maryland.

    1880 - A new director of the United States Marine Corps Band was named. John Philip Sousa became the band’s 17th leader. In 1888 he composed "Semper Fidelis", traditionally known as the official march of the Marine Corps.

    1883 -American churchman A. B. Simpson founded the first school in America to train missionaries, in New York City. Called the Missionary Training Institute in 1894, its name was changed to Nyack College in 1972.
    1884- the first baseball championship was played at the Polo Grounds, New York City.  The Providence Grays defeated the New York Metropolitans three games to one.

    1889 -Birth of Ralph W. Sockman, American scholar and devotional writer. His best-remembered poem begins: "I met God in the morning, when my day was at its best...."

    1890-Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Big Tree Grove, granted to the State of California June 30, 1864, were combined and established as a national park.

    1892-The university of Chicago opened with an enrollment of 594 and a faculty of 103, including eight former college presidents.

    1893-Birthday of singer Kid Sox Wilson, Jacksonville, FL.

    1893 - The second great hurricane of the 1893 season hit the Mississippi Delta Region drowning more than 1000 persons.

    1896-Rural Free delivery mail was established.

    1896- the first all-fiction pulp magazine was the Argosy, 1092 pages, 7 by 10 inches.  It was published in New York City, starting a craze of such magazines.

    1903-The First Modern World Series Game: The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Boston Pilgrims ( later the Red Sox ), 7-2, in the first game of the 1903 World Series, the first postseason series matching the champions of the National League and the American League. Jimmy Sebring of Pittsburgh hit the first World Series home run. Deacon Phillippe was the winning pitcher. Cy Young the loser.

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    1904-Bulk mail was authorized by Congress on April 28, 1904, and went into use this day. It permitted 2,000 or more identical pieces of third-class or fourth-class mail to be mailed without stamps, affixed, in exchange for a fee. The denomination of the postage, the place of mailing, and the permit issued by the post office for the mailing was printed in place of the stamp.

    1905 - The Julliard School of Music was founded in New York City.

    1908-Ford introduced the Motel T at a price of $850 but by 1924 the basic model sold for as little as $260. Between 1908 and 1924 Ford sold 15,007,033 Model Ts in the US. Although the first Model Ts were not built on an assembly line, the demand for the cards was so high that Ford developed a system where workers remained at their stations and cars came to them. This enabled Ford to turn out a Motel T every 10 seconds. 1920-Birthday of guitarist/harmonica player Johnny “ Blind” Brown, Montgomery, AL.

    1913-The first monument to a bird was unveiled at Salt Lake City, UT. It was designed by Mahonri Young, a grandson of Brigham Young, to commemorate the sea gulls from the great Salt Lake that attacked a devouring horde of black crickets, or grasshoppers, that were destroying the wheat fields of the Mormon settlers in May, 1848.

    1921- Margaret Hillis birthday - One of this nation's most distinguished conductors .

    * received Master's degree in choral conducting from Juilliard School of Music (1949),

    * Robert Shaw's assistant for two years,

    * resident conductor of the Chicago Civic orchestra,

    * formed the American Concert and American Concert Orchestra in 1950,

    * founded and became music director of the American Choral Foundation in 1954,

    * appointed chorus director of the Chicago Symphony in 1957,

    * appointed chorus director of the Cleveland Symphony in 1969.

    She also created, organized and conducted the Chicago Symphony Chorus and the Elgin (Illinois) Symphony Orchestra, was resident conductor of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and chaired the Department of Choral Activities at Northwestern University.   In 1977 she subbed for an ailing George Solti to conduct Mahler's monumental Eighth Symphony which has 400 musicians and singers. She got rave reviews - but was sent back to the chorus podium.     Hillis won a Grammy award for "the best choral performance of 1977" for the Verdi Requiem with Solti conducting, and again in 1978 for the Beethoven Missa Solemnis.    From early childhood in Kokomo, Indiana, she accompanied her mother to travel to concerts, sometimes 16 in two weeks. Her grandmother had a full pipe organ in her living room (pipes in the basement).  She died in  February 6, 1998.


    1924- birthday of Jimmy Carter, thirty-ninth US President (1977-81).

    1928 - Duke Ellington recorded "The Mooche" on the Okeh label.

    1928 - "Forever", by Ben Pollack and his band, was recorded on Victor Records. In Pollack’s band were two talented young musicians: Benny Goodman and Jack Teagarden,

    1932- Babe Ruth, In the fifth inning of game three of the World Series, with a count of two balls and two strikes and with hostile Cubs fans shouting epithets at him, Babe Ruth pointed to the center field bleachers in Chicago’s Wrigley Field and followed up by hitting a soaring home run high above the very spot to which he had just gestured. With that homer Ruth squashed the Chicago Cubs’ hopes of win­ning the game, and the Yankees went on to sweep the Series with four straight victories. For more than half a century the question has remained: Did Ruth actually call his shot that day? Even eye­witnesses disagree. Joe Williams of The New York Times wrote, “In no mistaken motions, the Babe notified the crowd that the nature of his retaliation would be a wallop right out of the con­fines of the park.” But Cubs pitcher Charlie Root said, “Ruth did not point at the fence before he swung. If he’d made a gesture like that, I’d have put one in his ear and knocked him on his ass.” Ruth’s daughter has said that he denied it. But the Babe himself also claimed he had. Fact or folklore? Either way, legend!

    1932-Birthday of guitarist Albert Collins, Leona, TX.

    1933- Babe Ruth had pitched only once in 12 years when he took the mound for the New York Yankees in their final game of the season.  Ruth hurled all nine innings, hit a home run in the fifth and beat his original team, the Boston Red Sox, 6-5.  It was a fitting finish to his 20th season in the majors: because this turned out to be his last pitching appearance, his 1-0 record in 1933 meant that Ruth never had a losing season as a pitcher.

    1935-Birthday of Ulie Andrews ( Julia Wells, singer, actress, born Walton-on’ Thames, England.

    1935-Benny Goodman Band closes at Palomar, LA, after launching big band era with its August 21st opening.

    1935-Birthday of singer Ann Richards , wife of band leader Stan Kenton.

    1936-Birthday of harmonica player George “Wild Child” Collins, Autaugaville, AL.

    1940-Birthday of accordion player Marc Savoy, Eunice, LA

    1942- The first jet airplane designed and built in the United was the XP-59, an Airacomet, built by the Bell Aircraft Corporation, Buffalo, NY, and flown for the first time at a secret testing base in Muroc, CA, by Robert Morris Stanley.  It was rated over 400 miles per hour and in excess of 40,000 feet. The higher the latitude ( up to a certain maximum,) the faster it flew.  It employed two turbojet engines built by the General Electric Company from designs made by Group Captain Frank Whittle, the British inventor.  The fuel was generally kerosene, although anything that burned could be used as a substitute. There was no propeller.

    1944- Emil “Dutch” Leonard defeated the Detroit Tigers, 4-1, to pitch the St. Louis Browns to the only American League Pennant in their history. The Browns went on to lose the World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals, four games to two.

    1946 -- American novelist and short story writer Judith Freeman lives, Ogden, Utah. Her first novel, The Chinchilla Farm (1989), is a road novel about a Mormon woman who packs all of her belongings into a livestock trailer and heads for L.A. after her husband walks out.

    1947-On this day the first residents moved into what would become Levittown at Long Island, NY. The community developed by William Levitt and his brother Alfred with their father Abraham started as affordable rental houses bu lt for returning World War II veterans.  In 1948 the Levitts began to sell the 800-square-foot homes for under $8,000.  By 1951, when the first community was finished, the Levitts had built 17,447 mass-produced Cape Code and ranch homes. In 1952, they started construction of a new Levitttown in Bucks County, PA, where they built another 17,000 houses, and beginning in 1958, they build another 12,000 homes in Wilingboro, NU.

    1951- the first commercially made transistor was produced by the Western Electric Company, Allentown, PA, for long-distance dialing equipment of the Bell Telephone System.

    1952- “This is Your Life” premiered on TV. Ralph Edwards hosted this program that lured unsuspecting guests on the show and surprised them by detailing their lives and achievements with their family and friends. It began as a radio show in 1948. 1957 - U.S. B-52 bombers in the Strategic Air Command went on 24-hour alert status because of the perceived threat of an attack from the Soviet Union.

    1955- "Honeymooners" premieres on TV.  Originally a skit on the “Jackie Gleason”, Ralph Kramden ( Jackie Gleason), bus driver, Ed Norton (Art

Carney), sewer worker, Alice Kramden (Audrey Meadows), Ralph’s wife,

and Trixie Norton ( Joyce Randolph), Ed’s wife had a two year run (39)

episodes that are still re-running on TV today.  There was little rehearsal--Gleason liked it that way--and there were no second takes--the show went out live. The sets were painted cardboard (with the only apartment doors in the world that opened out instead of in). And nobody imagined this short run series of half-hour episodes would rerun continuously somewhere on TV for the next 50 years They are on video today, including the four lost episodes.

    1955- In Game 4 of the World Series at Ebbets Field, the Dodgers defeat the Yanks, 8-5.

    1957---Top Hits

Wake Up Little Susie - The Everly Brothers

Honeycomb - Jimmie Rodgers

Chances Are/The Twelfth of Never - Johnny Mathis

My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You - Ray Price

    1958 - The novel, The Ugly American, by William Lederer and Eugene Burdick, was published on this date in New York. The novel was later made into a movie, which starred Marlon Brando.

    1961- Roger Maris of the New York Yankees hit his 61st home run, breaking Babe Ruth’s record for most home runs in a season.  Maris hit his homer against Pitcher Tracy Stallard of the Boston Red Sox as the Yankees won 1-0. Controversy over the record arose because the American League had adopted a 162-game schedule in 1961 and Maris played in 161.  In 1927, when Ruth set his record, the schedule called for 154 games and Ruth played in 151. On the this date, exactly two years later, a baby named Mark McGwire will be born.  On September 8, 1998, Mark McGuire of the St. Louis Cardinals hit his 62nd home run, breaking Maris’ record.

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    1962- James Meredith became the University of Mississippi's first black student after 3,000 troops put down riots, completing the registration he began yesterday.

    1962 - “From New York ... heeeeeeeeeere’s Johnny!” Ed McMahon introduced the new host of NBC’s "Tonight Show" for the first time. Johnny Carson entertained late-night America for nearly three decades. His first guest was Barbara Stanwick. He is reportedly suffering from emphysema.

    1962- Barbra Streisand signs her first recording contract (with Columbia)

    1962-“The Merv Griffin Show” premiered on TV.  Singer and game show king Merv Griffin’s first effort as an afternoon talk-show-host premiered on NBC but was later dropped for syndication. The afternoon show continued until 1969 when Griffin was tapped to host a late-night program on CBS to complete with “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson.

    1963-Birthday of baseball player Mark McGuire, Pomona, CA.

    1964 -- Police attempt to arrest University of California-Berkeley math grad student Jack Weinberg for passing out literature for the Congress Of Racial Equality (CORE) in Sproul Plaza — inadvertently starting the Free Speech Movement (FSM). Police car is surrounded by demonstrating students for 32 hours. Mario Savio and Joan Baez involved; early September: Clark Kerr bans all politicking outside UC's main gate; late Sept: Kerr suspends 8 students for political activities. I covered this for KFRC, free lancing for UPI, among others. Weinberg is best known for the phrase:

"Don't trust anyone over thirty."

    1965---Top Hits

Eve of Destruction - Barry McGuire

Hang on Sloopy - The McCoys

You Were on My Mind - We Five

Is It Really Over? - Jim Reeves

    1971- Disney’s second theme park opened at Orlando, FL.

The opening was planned for October when the crowds were slower. Disney planners wanted everything to move slowly at first, so any problems that sprang up could be fixed with minimal guest inconvenience. The dedication of the park was held on October 25, 1971. Roy O. Disney stood with Mickey Mouse in Town Square and read the dedication plaque: “Walt Disney World is a tribute to the philosophy and life of Walter Elias Disney . . . and to the talents, the dedication, and the loyalty of the entire Disney organization that made Walt Disney's dream come true. May Walt Disney World bring Joy and Inspiration and New Knowledge to all who come to this happy place . . . a Magic Kingdom where the young at heart of all ages can laugh, and play, and learn - together.” Walt Disney World eventually became the world’s largest, man-made, tourist attraction.

    1972-“Kung Fu” premiere on television. David Carradine starred in this unusual ABC western as Kwai Chang Caine, a half-Chinese marital arts master drifter who was exiled from China. Appearing in flashback were Keye Luke as Master Po, Philip Ahn as Master Kan and Radaman Pera as the younger Caine. The show ran for three years.  “Kung Fu” returned in a 1986 TV movie introducing the late Brandon Lee as Caine’s son. A sequel series currently appears in syndication staring a much older Carradine.

    1973- In the first game of a scheduled make-up double-header at Wrigley Field, a day after the regular season ends, the Mets beat the Cubs, 6-1,to capture National League East flag. The Miracle Mets, who were 11 and half games behind and in last place on August 5, by winning its 82nd game, (the lowest number victories ever to win a title) clinch the division making the second game of the twin bill unnecessary to play.

    1973---Top Hits

We’re an American Band - Grand Funk

Half-Breed - Cher

Loves Me like a Rock - Paul Simon

Blood Red and Goin’ Down - Tanya Tucker

    1975- Muhammad Ali scored a 15-th round TKO against Joe Frazier to retain the heavyweight championship in a fight billed as the “Thriller in Manila.”

    1977- Pele, generally considered the greatest soccer player ever, played the last game of his career before 75,646 fans at Giants Stadium.  Pele played the first half for the New York Cosmos and the second for Santos of Brazil, his original team.

    1977- the first member of the American Revolution  who was African-American was Karen Batchelor Farmer of Detroit, MI, who became the 623,128th member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  She traced her ancestry to William Hood, who served in the militia of Lancaster, PA, during the Revolutionary War.

    1979-The first Pope to visit the White House in Washington, DC, was Pope John Paul II, who flew across the Atlantic in the Shepherd I, landing in Boston, MA.  In six days, he visited Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Urbandale, IA, Chicago and Washington.   He returned to Rome from Andrews Air Force Base, near Washington, ON October 6.

    1979- Elton John plays the first of eight straight shows at Madison Square Garden.

    1980 -With much media and fan pressure Red Sox fire manager Don Zimmer.

    1980 - "Ladies’ Home Journal" startled readers. Robert Redford became the first male to appear alone on the cover. It had taken 97 years for the magazine to change its no-men-on-the-cover policy.

    1980- Paul Simon's semi-autobiographical film "One Trick Pony" premieres in New York City. Besides Simon, those appearing the film include Lou Reed, Sam & Dave, the B-52's and the Lovin' Spoonful.

    1981---Top Hits

Endless Love - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie

Queen of Hearts - Juice Newton

Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around - Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty & The


Tight Fittin’ Jeans - Conway Twitty

    1982-The first compact disc player, developed jointly by Sony, Phillips and Polygram, went on sale.  It cost $625 ( more than $1,000 in current dollars ).

    1982- Remington Steele” premiers on TV.  Laura Holt (played by Stephanie Zimbal­ist, daughter of Efrem Zimbalist, Jr), an imaginative private detective, could not get a case of her own—until she made up a partner, Remington Steele, who was conveniently out of the office when clients came-a-calling. Then she met the suave stranger (Pierce Brosnan) with a foreign accent who called himself Rem­ington Steele. They began a working partnership.., which ended in marriage. The show aired on NBC for five years, with the last telecast on Mar 9, 1987, and costarred James Read, Janet DeMay and Doris Roberts

    1983 - Bonnie Tyler’s "Total Eclipse of the Heart" began a four-week run as the number one single in the U.S. The song, from her "Faster Than the Speed of Night" album, ran 5 minutes, 36 seconds and it took a day or two to get out of your head after you listened to it...

    1987 - An earthquake in Los Angeles (eleven miles southeast of Pasadena) killed eight people and injured 200. The quake caused $358 million in property damage and measured 5.9 on the Richter scale.

    1987- - A blast of cold arctic air hit the north central U.S. An afternoon thunderstorm slickened the streets of Duluth MN with hail and snow, and later in the afternoon, strong northerly winds reached 70 mph. Unseasonably warm weather continued in the Pacific northwest. Afternoon highs of 90 degrees at Olympia WA, 92 degrees at Portland OR, and 89 degrees at Seattle WA, were records for the month of October. For Seattle WA it marked the twenty- first daily record high for the year, a record total in itself.

    1989---Top Hits

Girl I’m Gonna Miss You - Milli Vanilli

Heaven - Warrant

If I Could Turn Back Time - Cher

Let Me Tell You About Love - The Judds

    1989- Thunderstorms produced severe weather in the southeastern U.S. through the daytime and evening hours. Severe thunderstorms spawned eleven tornadoes, with seven of those tornadoes in Georgia. A tornado southwest of Moultrie, GA, killed two persons and injured a dozen others. Tornadoes also injured one person north of Graceville, FL, and two persons at Bartow, GA

    1990- President George  H. Bush at the United Nations in New York City condemns Iraq's takeover of Kuwait, seeks support from the United Nations.

Even though he was the former US Ambassador to the UN and knew the

“system, “ it took him almost six months to get support after August 2,

when the Iraqi armed forces invaded Kuwait and overran it in a matter of hours.

We sent troops to Saudi Arabia on August 7, started a Naval Blockage on

August 9.  August 10, at a meeting in Cairo, 12 of the 21 member nations of the Arab League voted to support the UN and U.S. action.  By November 8, some 230,000 American troops were in Saudi Arabia and President Bush announced that 150,000more would be sent. The UN Security Council on November 29 voted to authorize the US and its allies to use force to expel Iraq from Kuwait if its troops did not leave by January 15, 1991.  By the end of 1990, 580,000 Iraqi troops were believed to be in Kuwait or southern Iraq. Facing them were 485,000 troops of 17 allied countries, with many skirmishes, while Iraq exterminated tribes, took over

land, ransacked the country, and eventually set fire to the oil wells,  disregarding all UN sanctions and the alliance of Arab nations supporting his ouster of

Kuwait and other areas he claimed as now belonging to him.

    1993 - The hauntingly beautiful "I Know I Got Skill", by Shaquille O'Neal, was released. Just a sample: “...I’m big like Gorilla, 6-7, large, I kick rhymes like moduck-kwong you, I smoke-smoke the mic-mic, I Cheech and Chong you, you don’t like Shaq, frankly I don't give a damn, I know I got skills man, I know I got skills man...”

    1994 - Eric Clapton’s album "From the Cradle" was number one in the U.S. The rest of the top five for the week: "II" (Boyz II Men); "Rhythm of Love" (Anita Baker); "The Lion King" (soundtrack); "Dookie" (Green Day).

    1995- The Yankees and Rockies become first wild-card teams in new major league baseball playoff system.

    1995 -- Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Hootie & The Blowfish & The Dave Matthews Band raise nearly $1 million at Farm Aid concert in Louisville, Ky.

    1996 - Theodore Kaczynski was charged by a U.S. federal grand jury with mailing a bomb that killed advertising executive Thomas Mosser in 1994. Kaczynski, known as the Unabomber, pleaded guilty in January 1998 to mail bombings that killed three people and injured 23. He was sentenced in July 1997 to life without possibility of parole by a federal court in Sacramento, California.




Baseball Poem



by Hester Jewell Dawson ©

Published: Stone Country (1986)

the high fly ball,
arches out above left field,
hangs there in the sky
outblazing the sun
while fifty thousand heads swings and cry
"Over the wall! Over the wall!"

then hold, fixed and dumb
as the ball drops
down and down, a dead bird
into a waiting glove

and there you have it: the song,
the flight, the perilous whisper of truth
or of love or possibly of faith

then the descent
and the end of the game




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