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Wednesday, October 3, 2007


Classifieds Ads --- Asset Management
    Welcome New Readers
        Sales makes it Happen---Gerry Egan: Video
        Three Skills For Success
Cartoon – He doesn’t know he is a dog
    Classified Ads --- Help Wanted
        LaSalle Bank's CEO resigns
eLease Announces Promotion of Mark Williams to Vice President
    Warren Capital hires and expands Vendor Finance Services
        LaSalle ranking upped to 'AA' after acquisition
GATX Completes Lease of Tierra Blanca Maintenance Facility
    ATEL Securities Corporation announces SEC registration
        CHP’s Consulting ALFA system live at Textron Financial
News Briefs---
    California Nuts Brief---
        Sports Briefs---
    This Day in American History
Baseball Poem
        Daily Puzzle

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Welcome New Readers

We welcome new readers to join our mailing list. The purpose is to be notified that there is a new edition posted. The e-mail points out the “headline” news in the edition. Often we send out “extra’s,”
when a newsworthy event occurs we think readers should learn about right away.

Last week we had many new readers, and this is directed to them to let them know we are no longer a daily; generally have editions only three times a week-it depends. If there is not enough “hard” news, we don’t send out an issue just to send out an issue. Many readers also will read a few stories the first time, then visit us the next day.

We encourage you to invite colleagues to subscribe. We are free. We strive for our goal of being independent, unbiased, and reporting fair news about what is happening in the equipment leasing industry, primarily in the United States. We do have readers in other countries. One of the reasons we go to press about 3am each morning is to reach not only the East Coast, where it is 6am, but also as far away as India where the business day has not ended.

Kit Menkin, editor



Sales makes it Happen---Gerry Egan: Video
Three Skills For Success

In this third of his four exclusive Leasing News video Sales Make It Happen presentations, Gerry Egan tells a brief sales success story illustrating three fundamental selling skills for our business. As always, in an engaging and straightforward way, Gerry identifies critical skills that any salesperson can master and shows how to use them in a way that focuses on the customer without relying on the use of tricks or gimmicks. Gerry’s style of customer focused selling, instead of product focused selling, can help salespeople sell successfully to a wider range of prospects and do so at higher margins. Watch this third exclusive Leasing News video.

If the above does not work due to a Codec problem, either opens all proxy autodetect, or please go direct to:

Gerry Egan since 1981 has been involved in Equipment Leasing training, education, and has written many articles. He is unique in his consulting profession as " We broker leases, hold our own leases and discount leases to local banks in addition to managing and servicing the leasing programs for a couple of small banks."
About Gerry Egan:

Gerry Egan
TecSource, Inc.
5621 Departure Drive, Suite 113
Raleigh, NC 27616
Phone: 919-790-1266
Fax: 919-790-2262





Leasing Industry Help Wanted

EFD Credit Officer

EFD Credit Officer III
Walnut Creek, CA

You will underwrite equipment finance and lease transactions primarily using credit scoring systems. Requires 5 years lending experience including underwriting.
CLICK HERE for a detailed description and resume submission info.

Visit, for more information. Bank of the West and its subsidiaries are equal opportunity/affirmative action employers.

Funding/Lease Processor

Funding/Lease Processor
Los Angeles, California

Organized, detail person, 1 yr min. Brokering/discounting exp. Unlimited career growth.Contact:

Taycor has been in business for over 10 years with access to every major funding source.


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LaSalle Bank's CEO resigns

Larry Richman, 55, who was LaSalle Bank’s CEO before it was taken over by Bank of America Monday, is resigning to “pursue other opportunities” effective early next week, B of A said Tuesday.

Richman became CEO in March on the retirement of Norman Bobins. He is one of three former LaSalle executives who have said they would leave now that Bank of America has taken over.

The others are John Newman, who was LaSalle’s president of commercial banking, and Robert Moore, who was head of ABN Amro and LaSalle in North America. Both will leave by the end of the year after assisting in the transition.

Bobins, chairman emeritus of LaSalle Bank, had already announced that he would retire by the
year’s end.

Richman and Bobins had first worked together at American National Bank 30 years ago. Both joined Exchange National Bank in 1981, which was acquired by LaSalle in 1990.

B of A spokesman Scott Silvestri said Richman’s duties have already been assigned to “other leaders.”

Richman, who grew up in Rogers Park and the northwest suburbs, lives in Arlington Heights with his wife and four children. He was not immediately available for comment.


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eLease Announces Promotion of Mark Williams to Vice President

St Petersburg, FL - October 3, 2007 - eLease, a nationwide provider of equipment leasing and finance, announced today that Mark Williams will be promoted to Vice President and increase his managerial responsibilities in the companies Florida headquarters.

Tom Williams, CEO of eLease, said, “Mark is an outstanding leader and a natural choice for this position. With our recent growth, it has become clear that we needed someone in headquarters to oversee operations and make sure we are expanding in the right direction. Mark found himself already playing that role and it was time to acknowledge that with the appropriate title and responsibilities.”

Mark Williams, who will be taking on the new title, says, “This year we have put in place a number of strategic partnerships that have demanded a lot of Tom’s time and have increasingly pulled him away from the day-to-day company activities. My goal is to continue our momentum and fuel growth in our market. This should give Tom the time to focus on building relationships that are so important to our long-term growth.”

In its 12th year of business, eLease plans to continue to build out it sales team by adding key employees. The company has experienced sold growth for the two years and is well positioned for another growth phase.

About eLease
eLease is a nationwide provider of equipment financing and leasing solutions to growing companies in the United States. Since the company’s inception, in 1995, eLease has funded thousands of companies ensuring they have the equipment they need to compete in today’s market. eLease focuses on equipment from $3,000 to $1,000,000 located in the United States. The company is led by seasoned leasing professionals focusing on the ever changing needs of equipment vendors and business owners.

eLease is based in Saint Petersburg, FL. Additional information can be found at For press contact please email or call 800-499-2577.


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Warren Capital hires Sheppard and expands Vendor Finance Services

Tracy Sheppard

Mr. Sheppard has been appointed Manager of Vendor Sales/Operation. He is responsible for expanding Warren Capital’s financial services to its 1,000 equipment vendors. The ZipLease Advantage Program has demonstrated how quick and easy finance plans increase sales for vendors. He brings over 9 years of accomplishments in real estate finance, specializing in new business development and client relationship management. Prior to joining Warren Capital, Mr. Sheppard was a founding partner in a mortgage/real estate brokerage firm, serving the western United States. Mr. Sheppard is married to Carrie, has two sons, and resides in Sonoma County, CA.

About Warren Capital

Warren Capital is a 23-year-old specialty finance company. It has completed 2,500 financings for its clients nationwide with a value in excess of $1.25 Billion. It specializes in smaller to mid-size growth companies with core specialties in Healthcare, Food Processing Service Distribution, Professional firms and Wineries. It is affiliated with Wood, Warren & Co. of Emeryville, a 15 year old investment banking firm.


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LaSalle upped to 'AA' after completion of acquisition by Bank of America

MUMBAI -- Standard & Poor's (NYSE:MHP) Ratings Services raised its ratings on LaSalle Bank Corp after the completion of higher-rated Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) Corp's acquisition of LaSalle Bank.

The counterparty credit rating on LaSalle Bank was raised to 'AA/A-1+' from 'A+/A-1'. The outlook is stable.

LaSalle Bank's parent, top-tier holding company ABN Amro (NYSE:ABN) North America Holding Co, will now be an intermediate holding company of Bank of America Corp, and Bank of America and its affiliates will assume all outstanding debt of the acquired entities.

'The ratings action equalizes the ratings on LaSalle Bank Corp with those on Bank of America Corp, reflecting its core status within the group,' said S&P's credit analyst John K Bartko.


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GATX Completes Lease of Tierra Blanca Maintenance Facility

CHICAGO--GATX Corporation (NYSE:GMT) and The Greenbrier Companies (NYSE:GBX) today announced that GATX completed a long-term lease of its Tierra Blanca, Mexico railcar maintenance services facility to Greenbrier's rail services business unit, Gunderson Rail Services "GRS." Additionally, GRS has entered into a long-term maintenance service agreement with GATX and will operate the Tierra Blanca shop to repair and service railcars for GATX and other customers in Mexico.

James F. Earl, executive vice president and chief operating officer of GATX Corporation said, "This transaction is a strategic partnership between GATX and Greenbrier that will enhance our ability to provide high-quality maintenance services to our Mexican customers."

Tim Stuckey, president of GRS stated, "On behalf of The Greenbrier Companies, I would like to extend our gratitude to the GATX team that enabled GRS to take this step forward to grow our railcar repair presence in Mexico. We are pleased to begin working immediately with the experienced workforce in Tierra Blanca and are proud to offer our existing and new customers the value of this high quality full-service railcar repair facility."

GATX owned and operated the Tierra Blanca maintenance facility since 1994 when it was purchased from the FNM Railroad. The facility resides on 34 acres of land and offers full-service tank car and general freight car repairs including cleaning, painting and lining. GATX operates a fleet of approximately 6,000 railcars in Mexico.

GRS is one of the largest repair, wheel, and refurbishment service networks in North America and is uniquely positioned to offer innovative engineering solutions and skilled repair and refurbishment services. The addition of the Tierra Blanca tank and freight car repair shop enhances Greenbrier's distinction within the rail industry as an integrated, diversified provider of rail car services.


GATX Corporation (NYSE:GMT) provides lease financing and related services to customers operating rail, marine and other targeted assets. GATX is a leader in leasing transportation assets and controls one of the largest railcar fleets in the world. Applying over a century of operating experience and strong market and asset expertise, GATX provides quality assets and services to customers worldwide. GATX has been headquartered in Chicago, Illinois since its founding in 1898 and has traded on the New York Stock Exchange since 1916. For more information, visit the Company's website at

Greenbrier (, headquartered in Lake Oswego, Oregon, is a leading supplier of transportation equipment and services to the railroad industry. The Company builds new railroad freight cars in its three manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Mexico and marine barges at its U.S. facility. It also repairs and refurbishes freight cars and provides wheels and railcar parts at 35 locations across North America. Greenbrier manufactures railcar component parts including doors, roofs, couplers, yokes, and railcar cushioning units. Greenbrier builds new railroad freight cars and refurbishes freight cars for the European market through both its operations in Poland and various subcontractor facilities throughout Europe. Greenbrier owns approximately 9,000 railcars, and performs management services for approximately 136,000 railcars.

Investor, corporate, financial, historical financial, photographic and news release information may be found at and

GATX Corporation
Rhonda S. Johnson
Director, Investor Relations


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ATEL Securities Corporation announces SEC registration

ATEL Capital Group is pleased to announce the effective registration with the SEC of its newest public program ATEL 12, LLC. This program will raise equity capital of $200 million to acquire a diversified portfolio of leased equipment, equipment financing transactions and other investments, with an emphasis on low-technology equipment leased to major corporations. The Fund expects to invest primarily in a portfolio of equipment subject to leases with high quality corporate lessees. The Fund expects to use up to 20 % of its net offering proceeds to make growth capital investments which include secured loans and leases to finance public and private companies as well as emerging growth companies. In addition the Fund may use up to 20% of its net offering proceeds to diversify its investment portfolio by acquiring commercial real estate subject to triple-net, single tenant leases.

ATEL Capital Group

ATEL Capital Group is a full service international financial service company based in San Francisco, California. Its products include operating leases, venture loans and leases, venture capital and real estate investments. Since 1977, ATEL has priced, structured and negotiated in excess of $40 billion of asset financings. More than 44,000 investors have participated in ATEL’s 15 prior investment programs.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state.

To learn more about ATEL 12, please contact Jim Kamradt at 415-616-3458.


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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – CHP Consulting and Capgemini today announced that CHP’s ALFA Systems technology platform has been in full production use by Textron Financial Corporation, a subsidiary of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), since February, and has now successfully completed a six month review of live operations.

CHP’s fully operational, end-to-end lease and finance software system currently supports Textron Financial’s Golf Equipment Finance Division, which finances E-Z-GO golf cars and Jacobsen turf care products, as well as other vendor equipment portfolios.

“This was a typical ALFA Systems implementation, spanning a year from the time we signed the agreement with Textron Financial to successfully launching the platform,” said Justin Cooper, President, CHP North America. “Key to this timetable was the configurability, flexibility and completeness of ALFA Systems, especially as we migrated deal data from multiple existing systems across the deal lifecycle.”

“We worked closely with the client, particularly their information technology experts, during this process to ensure the implementation went smoothly and that ALFA met all of their needs, including compliance with US GAAP and Sarbanes Oxley requirements.”

Cessna Finance Corporation, a Textron Financial subsidiary, will also be using ALFA Systems in the near future. Together, these Textron Financial business units finance more than 300,000 assets annually, and all personnel have been trained to use the ALFA Systems platform. Textron Financial is now working with CHP to deploy a secure ALFA Web portal that will provide class-leading customer service and origination services to customers and vendors online.

“It is our mission to grow the business significantly, both organically and by expanding our relationships with vendors,” said John Salvator, the project manager for Textron Financial. “This project is critical to building our future as ALFA streamlines both our front- and back-end processes. Having this single system in place will help us grow the top line, deliver business process efficiencies and enhance our customer service capabilities.”

CHP and Capgemini jointly delivered the implementation and related services during the Textron Financial installation.

“It has been quite a long time since a top tier lessor has successfully implemented a new system in the U.S. market – this is a game-changing event,” said Capgemini’s Cameron Krueger. “The Textron Financial, CHP and Capgemini team deserves a lot of credit for executing this project collaboratively. ALFA is a robust platform from which Textron Financial can continue to execute as a best-of-class company.”

CHP has a permanent North America-based support team in place for future assistance with the system, led by Cooper and Vice Presidents Malcolm Gordon and Steve LeBarron.

About Textron Financial
Textron Financial is a diversified commercial finance company with more than $10 billion in managed receivables. It has core businesses in Aviation Finance, Asset-Based Lending, Distribution Finance, Golf Finance, Resort Finance, and Structured Capital. Textron Financial also provides financing programs for products manufactured by its parent company, Textron Inc. Additional information about the company is available at

About CHP Consulting
CHP Consulting is the leading provider of software and services to the global asset finance industry. Its ALFA Systems platform is used by top auto, asset and consumer finance organizations worldwide. ALFA is a fully scalable, enterprise‑wide solution for the finance industry, providing end-to-end integration, flexible sales channel support and workflow automation. CHP's class-leading software and in-depth industry experience allow for an exceptional delivery record. Areas of expertise include equipment finance, motor finance, fleet management, vendor finance, asset management, consumer finance and structured finance. CHP was founded in 1990 and has offices in Chicago, London and Sydney, Australia. For more information on CHP, visit

About Capgemini
Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of Consulting, Technology and Outsourcing Services, has a unique way of working with its clients, which it calls the Collaborative Business Experience. Through commitment to mutual success and the achievement of tangible value, the company helps businesses implement growth strategies, leverage technology, and thrive through the power of collaboration. Capgemini employs more than 75,000 people worldwide and estimates 2006 global revenues of more than $9 Billion. Capgemini’s Asset Finance practice is well recognized for offering independent, vendor-neutral creative solutions – from thought leadership and technology strategy to business process improvement, technology implementations and applications maintenance – to banks, captive and independent lessors and lenders. More information about individual service lines, offices and research is available at



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This Day in American History

    1632-While they did not find a passage to Asia or gold and riches, they did discover tobacco being grown by the American Indians. It became a very valuable crop to the new colonies, in fact so much so, the Massachusetts Court of assistants and General Court, which ruled in Boston, enacted the Tobacco Tax “ that no person shall take any tobacco publicly, under pain of punishment; also that everyone shall pay 1d. for every thime he is convicted of taking tobacco in any place, and that any Assistant shall have power to receive evidence and give order for the levying of it, as also to give order for the levying of the officer's charge. “
    1692- In Massachusetts, Increase Mather published his "Cases of Conscience Concerning Evil Spirits." It allegedly had influence in eventually stopping the Salem witch hunt that began in March when some children called uonto explain their odd behavior, claimed that three old women had bewitched them. The women were tried, convicted, and condemned on the testimony of the children. Although Gov. William Phips halted the trails in October, 1692, by January 1693, twenty persons condemned for witchcraft had been executed and two had died in prison. which effectively brought an end to the Salem Witch Trials which had begun earlier this year.
    1693-The earliest description of buffalo or bison hunting in America appeared in French traveler Fr.Louis Hennepin's account of Louisiana. Coming upon a large group of buffalo, the Indians would surround them with a circle of grass fire, leaving a few openings where they waited to ambush the escaping animals.
    1780- Great Hurricane of 1780 kills 20,000 to 30,000 in Caribbean.
    1789-- Washington proclaims the First national Thanksgiving Day on Nov 26
    1790- Birthday of John Ross, Chief of the United Cherokee Nation from 1839 to 1866, near
Lookout Mountain , Tennessee. Remembered as a great leader of his people, died August 1, 1866.
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    1841-The 'October Gale' hit New England raising havoc with the Cape Cod fishing fleet. 40 ships were washed ashore and 57 men lost their lives from the town of Truro alone. Inland the storm brought heavy snow with 3 inches at Concord, MA and 18 inches at Middletown, CT
    1862- Battle of Corinth Confederates under General Earl Van Dorn suffer a major defeat when they fail to recapture Corinth, a vital rail center in Mississippi. Van Dorn hurled his army at the outer defenses of Corinth on the morning of October 3. Over the course of the spring and summer, both Union and Confederate occupiers of Corinth had constructed concentric rings of trenches around the city. The Confederates were initially successful at capturing the outer defenses, driving the 23,000 defenders back nearly two miles. The battle lasted all day, and only nightfall brought relief to the battered Yankees. The next day, the Confederates made a series of desperate assaults on the inner trenches. They suffered heavy losses and began to withdraw from Corinth by early afternoon. The Confederate defeat was devastating. The Union losses included 315 dead, 1,812 wounded, and 232 prisoners, while the Confederate losses included 1,423 dead, 5, 692 wounded, and 2,268 prisoners. The Confederate defeat at Corinth allowed the Union to focus attention on capturing Vicksburg, Mississippi, the last major Rebel stronghold on the Mississippi River.
    1863- Thanksgiving Day was proclaimed a national holiday by President Abraham Lincoln, to be observed on the last Thursday in November. In 1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving Day one week back to stimulate Christmas shopping. In 1941 Congress adopted a joint resolution confirming the Fourth Thursday, not the last Thursday, as Thanksgiving Day. 1875- Hebrew Union College was founded in Cincinnati, Ohio under Jewish auspices. It was the first Jewish college in America to train men for the rabbinate.
    1863—Mary Jackson led more than a thousand women in bread riots in Richmond, Virginia. The women wanted food at affordable prices. Confederate President Jefferson Davis attempted to disperse the crowd with words and money from his pocket, but when the women didn't accept his excuses, the Southern gentlemen called in the city police to disperse the women with clubs. It is not reported that the men of the city accepted less food on their tables in an era when the men of the family ate first and women got the leftovers.
    1895 -- Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage is published in book form.
    1899- John S. Thurman of the General Compressed Air and Vacuum Machinery Company, St. Louis, MO, obtained a patent on a ‘pneumatic carpet renovator. It was a vacuum cleaner driven by a motor.
    1900-Birthday of author Thomas Wolfe, born Ashville, North Carolina. He is considered one of American's top writers. “You Can't Go Home Again” is a classic, along with his epic autobiographical novel, “ Look Homeward, Angel.” He died in Baltimore at age thirty-seven of tuberculosis of the brain.
    1902 - Birthday of Harvey Kurtzman (“What? Me Worry?) Cartoonist and founder of Mad magazine, born Brooklyn, NY. At the age of 14 he had his first cartoon published, and he began his career in comic books in 1943. His career led him to ED (Educational Comics) and with the support of William Gaines, he created Mad magazine, which first appear in 1952. He died February 21, 1993, at Mount Vernon, NY.
    1902-President Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first US president to intervene in a strike by workers when he met with miners and coal field operators in Washington, DC. He appointed a commission that settled the strike later in the month.
    1904-Cookman College opens in Daytona Beach, Florida
    1906 - One of the nation's pioneer retailers, W.T. Grant, opened a 25-cent department store. It would go bankrupt, the largest retailer to do so, the day before its 74 th anniversary, 1975.,grant_company_preferred,3be9cfe128.html
    1908-Birthday of song writer Johnny Burke, Antioch, CA.
    1916-Birthday of Trigger Alpert, born Indianapolis, IN
    1925-Birthday of jazz promoter George Wein, born Boston, MA. Originated Newport Jazz Festival, 1954, among other contributions to promoting jazz.
    1935-Louis Armstrong Band cuts “I'm in the Mood for Love,” New York City, ( Decca).
    1941-Birthday of Chubby Checker (Ernest Evans, musician, singer, best known for “The Twist”, born Philadelphia, PA.
    1942-Whirlaway, Horse racing's Triple Crown winner in 1941, won the 1942 running of the Jockey Club Gold Cup and became the first horse who win more than $500,000 in career earnings.
    1945 - Stan Kenton and his orchestra recorded "Painted Rhythm" for Capitol Records.
    1947-New York Yankees pitcher Floyd “Bill” Bevens carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning of Game 4 of the World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers. With two out and runners on first and second as the result of walks, pinch-hitter Harry “Cookie” Lavagetto doubled off the right-field wall in Ebbets Field. Two runs scored, the no-hitter evaporated and the Yankees lost the game.
    1949-WERD, first Black radio station, begins operating in Atlanta, GA.
    1951-- Bobby Thomson hit a three-run home run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning off Ralph Branca to give the New York Giants a 5-4 victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers in the deciding game of the 1951 National League playoff. My Dad had taken my brother and I to this game. The Giants entered the ninth trailing, 4-1, Whitey Lockman drove in one run, and then Thomson came to bat with runners on second and third. The home run has gone down in baseball legend as “the Shot Heard Round the World. It was a very disappointing game as I was a Brooklyn Dodger fan and my brother a New York Giant's fan. The Giants' comeback in the pennant race to tie the Dodgers at the end of the regular season is known to baseball buffs as “The Miracle of Coogan's Bluff.”
    1951----Top Hits
Because of You - Tony Bennett
I Get Ideas - Tony Martin
Cold, Cold Heart - Tony Bennett
Always Late (With Your Kisses) - Lefty Frizzell
    1952- The first video recording on high-definition magnetic tape was made when the electronics division of Bing Crosby Enterprises, Los Angeles, CA, recorded images on magnetic tape, rewound the tape, and immediately reproduced the picture through a standard television monitor tube. A one-inch tape with 12 tracks, 1 for sound, and 11 for pictures, was used. The cost was one-third that of photographic processes.
    1952- “Mr. and Mrs. North “ premiered on TV. This half-hour murder mystery show began as a comedy radio show based on stories by Richard and Frances Lockridge. A pilot program was released in 1949, but the TV series didn't begin until 1952. It starred Richard Denning as Jerry North and Barbara Britton as his wife Pamela, a New York cou­ple who investigated unsolved murders. Francis De Sales was also featured as Lieutenant Bill Weigand.
    1952- “Our Miss Brooks” premiered on television. . This half-hour sitcom began on the radio, and unlike many radio programs that moved to TV, most of the original radio cast was retained. It was about a favorite high school English teacher named Connie Brooks (played by Eve Arden). Also featured were Gale Gordon, Richard Crenna, Gloria McMil­lan and Jane Morgan. In the fall of 1955, the setting was changed, and some regulars left.
    1954 - Singer Stevie Ray Vaughn Birthday
    1955 - "LIFE" magazine's cover displayed Hollywood's most handsome bachelor, Rock Hudson. He died of aids October 2, 1985 in Beverly Hills, Ca.
    1955- “Captain Kangaroo” made his first appearance. He was on the air until 1985; this was the longest-running children's TV show until “Sesame Street” surpassed it. Starring Bob Keeshan as Captain Kangaroo, it was broad­cast on CBS and PBS. Other characters included Mr. Green Jeans Grandfather Clock, Bunny Rabbit, Mr. Moose and Dancing Bear. Keeshan was an advocate for excellence in children's program­ming and even supervised which commercials would appear on the program. In 1997 “The All New Captain Kangaroo” debuted, starring John McDonough.
    1955- “Mickey Mouse Club” premiered. This afternoon show for children was on ABC. Among its young cast members were Mouseketeers Annette Funicello and Shelley Fabares. A later version, “The New Mickey Mouse Club,” starred Ken Russell and Britney Spears.
    1957-“The Real McCoy's premiered on TV. This first successful rural comedy program was one of the most popular, predating similar shows such as “The Beverly Hillbillies” by many seasons. It was set in rural California and featured the McCoys, played by Walter Brennan, Richard Crenna,Kathleen Nolan, Michael Winkelman and Lydia Reed.
    1957-“The Pat Boone Show” premiered on TV. Clean-cut singer Pat Boone hosted three shows between 1957 and 1969. The first was a prime-time variety series with the McGuire Sisters, and the Mort Lindsey Orchestra as regulars. The second show featured the Paul Smith Orchestra and was a daytime variety and talk show. “Pat Boone in Hollywood” was the title of the third, a 90-minute talk show.
    1959-Birthday of golfer Fred Couples, Seattle, WA
    1959----Top Hits
Sleep Walk - Santo & Johnny
Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin
Put Your Head on My Shoulder - Paul Anka
The Three Bells - The Browns
    1960-” The Andy Griffith Show” premiered. This day marks the airing of the first of 249 episodes. Set in rural Mayberry, NC, the show starred Grif­fith as Sheriff Andy Taylor, Ron Howard as his son Opie, Frances Bavier as Aunt Bee Taylor and Don Knotts as Deputy Barney Fife. Although the last telecast aired Sept 16, 1968- more than 12,000 members of “The Andy Griffith Show” Rerun Watchers Club and others celebrate this day with festivities every year
    1961- “Dick Van Dyke Show”. This sitcom wasn't an imme­diate success but soon became a hit. It starred Dick Van Dyke as Rob Petrie, a TV show writer, and Mary Tyler Moore as his wife Laura, a former dancer. This was one of the first shows revolv­ing around the goings-on at a TV series. Other cast members included: Morey Amsterdam, Rose Marie, Richard Deacon, Carl Reiner, Jerry Paris, Ann Morgan Guilbert and Larry Matthews. The last episode aired Sept 7,1966 but the show remains popu­lar in reruns. Carl Reiner created the series.
    1962- the San Francisco Giants came from behind to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-4, in the deciding game of their three-game National League playoff. The Giants scored four runs in the ninth inning to advance to the World Series where they lost to the New York Yankees, four games to three.
    1964-Hurricane Hilda crossed the Louisiana coastline with sustained winds of 120 mph at Franklin, LA. Hilda killed 38 and produced a total damage of $125 million. An F4 tornado spawned by Hurricane Hilda cut a 2 mile path through Larose, LA, killing 22 people and injuring 165.
    1967----Top Hits
The Letter - The Box Tops
Never My Love - The Association
Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie - Jay & The Techniques
Laura (What's He Got That I Ain't Got) - Leon Ashley
    1971-Billie Jean King won the Virginia Slims Thunderbird tournament in Phoenix to become the first woman tennis player to win more than $100,000 in prize money in a single year.
    1973-The World Football League was formed as a challenge to the National Football League, but it played less than two full seasons before folding.
    1974-The only major league player selected Most Valuable Player in both the American and National Leagues, Frank Robinson was hired by the Cleveland Indians as baseball's first black major league manager. During his playing career, Robinson represented the American League in four World Series playing for the Baltimore Orioles, led the Cincinnati Reds to a National League Pennant and hit 586 home runs in 21 years of play.
    1975----Top Hits
I'm Sorry - John Denver
Fight the Power - The Isley Brothers
Run Joey Run - David Geddes
Daydreams About Night Things - Ronnie Milsap
    1976-“Quincy” premiered on TV. This medically-oriented crime show starred Jack Klugman as Dr. Raymond Quincy, a medical examiner for the L.A. coroner's office. Quincy's curiosity about his cases led to investigative work which often solved them. Later in the series the show focused on social issues that were unrelated to forensic medicine. IN the final season, Quincy got married to Dr. W. Emily Hanover (Anta Gillette). The last telecast aired on September 5, 1983.
    1979-an F4 tornado ripped through Windsor Locks, CT. The storm ripped through the Bradley Air Museum totally destroying 16 vintage aircraft. 3 died and damage topped $200 million. As the storm passed 1 mile east of Bradley International Airport, the National Weather Service office reported a wind gust to 86 mph.
    1983----Top Hits
Total Eclipse of the Heart - Bonnie Tyler
Making Love Out of Nothing at All - Air Supply
(She's) Sexy + 17 - Stray Cats
New Looks from an Old Lover - B.J. Thomas
    1983--A five day rain event triggered by moisture from Pacific Tropical Storm Octave finally came to an end over the eastern 2/3rds of Arizona after dropping from 2 to 12 inches of rain. The storm produced the most destructive flooding ever in Arizona with 13 deaths, 1300 homes destroyed. Damage was estimated at $178 million. 20 main highways had to be closed, isolating dozens of towns.
    1986- “LA Law” premiered on television. Set in the Los Angeles law firm of McKenzie, Brack­man, Chaney and Kuzak, this drama had a large cast. Divorce lawyer Arnie Becker was played by Corbin Bernsen, public defender Victor Sifuentes by Jimmy Smits and managing partner Douglas Brackman by Alan Rachins. Other cast members included Harry Hamlin as Michael Kuzak, Richard Dysart as Leland McKenzie, Susan Dey as Grace Van Owen, Jill Eikenberry as Ann Kelsey, Michael Tucker as Stuart Markowitz and Susan Ruttan as Roxanne Melman. The last telecast was May 19, 1994.
    1991----Top Hits
I Adore Mi Amor - Color Me Badd
Good Vibrations - Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch/Loleatta Holloway
Emotions - Mariah Carey
Where Are You Now - Clint Black
    1992- A strong low pressure system moved out of the Gulf of Mexico spawning several tornadoes in the Tampa, FL area. One person was killed and 23 homes destroyed as one tornado moved through Largo. 3 people were killed and 75 injured in Pinellas Park as an F3 tornado passed through. Total damage was $32 million. Heavy rains also occurred across North Florida and Georgia with the storm with 8.69 inches at Jacksonville, FL and 10.14 at Brunswick, GA. Strong winds and a long fetch pushed tides 4 to 5 feet above normal along the west coast of Florida. Major beach erosion occurred along the coast of Hillsborough County and at Egmont Key.
    1995 - In a Los Angeles courtroom, O.J. Simpson was acquitted of the June 12, 1994 stabbing deaths of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and waiter, Ronald Goldman. Simpson smiled and nodded toward the jury, saying “Thank you, thank you.” O.J. Simpson was found liable for the 1994 death of Ronald Goldman and committed battery against his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson in a civil trial jury ruled February 4, 1997. The Superior Court jury awarded $8.5 million in compensatory damages to the Goldman family and to Ron Goldman's biological mother. The jury ruled against Simpson on each of the eight technical questions of liability it was asked to consider. It effectively found Simpson liable for his ex-wife's death, though the Brown family did not seek such a verdict.
    1995—Top Hits
Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette
Dangerous Minds--Soundtrack 3
Cracked Rear View--Hootie
All I Want- Tim McGraw
    1998- "The First Night" by Monica topped the charts and stayed there for 2 weeks.
    2005---Top Hits
Gold Digger-- Kanye West Featuring Jamie Foxx
Shake It Off- Mariah Carey
Like You- Bow Wow Featuring Ciara
Photograph- Nickelback



Baseball Poem

First Time At Third

by Jacqueline Sweeney ©
Published: At The Crack Of The Bat (1992)

First time at third
nothing but nerves.
He fist-whomps his glove,
tucks in his shirt,
kicks up the dirt
for the twenty-fifth time.

Gets in position
pumped up to win,
jump sweeps the plate.
Will it ever begin?

A quick-line drive!
He leaps for the sky.
His body's an arrow,
glove aimed high.

What's this?
He stumbles,
he tumbles to earth.
His glove is still empty,
face red as his shirt.

The game hasn't started?
"Play Ball!" can be heard
and he's tried to snag
a lowflying bird;
fastflying, linedriving
feathers and all.

How could he think
that a bird was a ball!




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