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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Journalist/Author Frances FitzGerald born October 21, 1940. She is best known for her book, "Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam" (1972), which was met with great acclaim when it was published and remains one of the most notable books about the Vietnam War. She was awarded both a Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for the book. She writes for the New Yorker, New York Times, and has written several other well-received books.


Archives-October 21, 2002
    Trinity Capital sold to Bank of the West
  Classified Ads---Syndicator
        Fifth Third Bank joins Sheldon Player Fray
Sales make it Happen---by Ken Goodman, CLP
    What Else Can You Do for Me?
        Cartoon---Organic Food Store
Services for Ted Pritchard, CLP
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
    Leasing Association Meetings Open to All
Columbia, South Carolina---"Adopt a Pet"
    Unlicensed Stock Promoter Guilty Tax Charges
IBM Offers Deferred Pay, Zero % Financing
News Briefs----
    ILFC gets a $2-billion lifeline
Worlds Largest Shipping Container Lease Co.
     Zions Bancorp shares fall on 3Q report
Caterpillar looking to Asia for economic lift
Lawsuit details Madoff's bottom-bunk prison life
     NY Times lays off another 100 journalists
         Failed bank auction leaves out profits
Boeing shares drop on analyst's downgrade
    SoCal man pleads guilty in Swiss bank case
Seafood guide combines human and ocean health
   You May have Missed---
        Sports Brief---
"Gimme that Wine"
    Today's Top Event in History
        This Day in American History
      California Nuts Brief---
Baseball Poem
Daily Puzzle
        Weather, USA or specific area
Traffic Live----

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(This ad is a "trade" for the writing of this column. Opinions
contained in the column are those of Mr. Terry Winders, CLP)


Archives-October 21, 2002
Trinity Capital sold to Bank of the West

Jerry Newell, CLP, vice-president in charge of Bank of the West Leasing will have a statement for readers Tuesday's edition. He was in Washington, DC. The two principals of Trinity Capital will return on Tuesday and sales manager Nick Gibbens will make not comment.

A Bank of the West spokesman said the Trinity Capital operation will remain intact in San Francisco. The purpose is to coordinate and take over operations of the banks expansion into the East Coast and new branches in Southern California. The Bank of West spokesman could not comment on the merging of the CapitalStream operation or sales/vendor team at Trinity.

"As you know, I started the Equipment Leasing group for Central Bank, formerly CenVal & now Bank of the West in 1972. Because CenVal had several branches in 11 Western States, we did hire some direct sales people in my Division to work out of 4 of these offices.

"While our primary emphasis was, and still is, Broker business, we felt it necessary to serve the Bank's clients as well. I had a very firm policy that if any of our sales people "bumped heads" with one of our Brokers on a particular deal, we would defer to the Broker.

"This policy worked great and I do not recall that we ever had a problem. We also did not allow the Bank or any other departments to have access to our customer base as we always considered the Broker as our customer."

Russ Rickards (Retired)

Headquartered in San Francisco, Trinity Capital has provided equipment financing to small and medium-sized businesses throughout the U.S. for over 20 years. Trinity's lease management services are recognized as the best in the industry. Their portfolio is reported in excellent shape, employee morale is very high, and the company is very successful, according to insiders.



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Fifth Third Bank joins Sheldon Player Fray

The new trail may lead to more than the Greyhound Leasing $75 million fraud that he served time in the federal penitentiary.

Sheldon Player's picture above showing his bottled water "is now on line." That he was fishing is quite humorous. For the record, the bottled water was not from the picture, but a well on a property he obtained the right for the water from the well, where the bottled water was supposed to originate. his company with his wife as president states "E.A.R. Inc. is currently offering Direct Financing not only on Equipment Purchases, but also on our Process development and Contract Manufacturing."

Fifth Third Bank, an Ohio banking corporation, successor by merger with Fifth Third Bank, a Michigan banking corporation, has filed a suit that may reach $10 million in the Eastern Division of the US District Court of Illinois against Donna Malone (wife of Sheldon Player and president of Equipment Acquisition Resources) and Mark Anstett as personal guarantors along with Equipment Acquisition Resources. Leasing One Corporation, a subsidiary of Farmers Bank & Capital Trust, earlier filed a $2 million suit, and ICON Capital two funds are seeking $21,599,653, as well as interest and costs. There also is the $2 million law suit first filed by Red Oak Acquisition.

Fifth Third Bank suit concerns two notes now totaling $6.7 million, plus interest, late fees and costs:

"24. Effective October 2, 2009, the Bank terminated the September Swap and December Swap, and provided notice to Malone and Anstett of same. The termination of the Swaps caused the Bank to incur unwinding costs of $164,200 for the September Swap and $59,400 for the December Swap. These amounts, along with the unpaid monthly payments, are now due." (5% per annum).

Leasing News has attempted to reach Sheldon Player, Donna Malone, and Mark Anstett, but only receives a voice recording. For a $100 million sale company this was strange, so Kit Menkin asked his long time friend Tom Nars from Datronic days, now Vice-President Sales at Coach Capital, Wheeling, Illinois, to visit Equipment Acquisition Resources to see if they were closed. Here is his report:

"On 10/20/09 I personally drove by EAR at 555 Vermont Street Palatine IL. I arrived at 1:50 p.m. There were cars for other manufactures office s parked on the street. There was only one car parked in the lot. As follows, late model 2005 or better Chevy Lumina, dark blue, Illinois License Plate X26-9815

"The entrance light (inside lobby) was on; also EAR Neon Lights on, there were two (2). I walked to the front door and it was locked. In the entrance way there was a welcoming sign that stated Semroc.

"I looked into the front windows and there was no one in the front office area that I could see. I went to the side door and that was locked up. This is the door that they would accept UPS and Fed X envelopes at. There was a Fed X and UPS Notice stuck to the door dated 10/20/09.

"The back portion of the parking lot is gated. There were a couple parts to equipment and about 2 dozen pallets sitting there behind a locked chain link fence gate. The over head door was closed. There was a lock and chain all locked around the gate entrance."

Fifth Third Bank Complaint:

Exhibit -Part 1 to complaint:

Exhibit---Part 2 to complaint:

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Sales Make it Happen

"What else can you do for me?"

by Ken Goodman, CLP

After spending time and money cultivating relationships with a client, closing the deal, if you listen, you client will then be asking, "What else can you do for me?"

It should be standard to add the person to your "follow-up" list, plus keep them in mind for a birthday card, or an excuse to contact them regarding any event that you know about from conversations you have had with your client.

If you are really doing your job about forming a "relationship," you should bring them into your "business family" as soon as possible. You can not only generate referrals from such a network, but also additional financial rewards.

Make a list of things you can do for your client:

Accounts Receivable Financing and Factoring - Many cash starved manufacturers and distributors regularly borrow against committed invoice payments. A number of companies provide these services and some are willing to pay you ongoing royalties for referrals.

Inventory Financing - Retailers of expensive equipment must tie up a lot of money in inventory - auto dealers, truck dealers and sellers of construction or manufacturing equipment generally fall in this category. Lenders will loan against these assets until they are resold.

Commercial & Residential Mortgages - More and more companies are considering real estate acquisitions either for facilities they will use, or for investment. In fact, we encourage clients to invest in such appreciating assets while leasing their equipment. Create a relationship with a mortgage company or broker for mutual fee or referral opportunities.

Insurance - We require insurance on the equipment we lease. Not every customer has a relationship with a good commercial insurance agent. Why not recommend someone who will be a revenue and/or referral source for you.

Accounting and Bookkeeping Services - Not everyone has such a professional on retainer. Especially where we are asking them to provide more detailed financial information then they have on hand, referring someone into the situation makes sense.

Vehicle Leasing - Cars, and often trucks, are specialized opportunities. You're not going to a two year lease on a car and bet on getting a 55% residual, nor are you (usually) in the business of doing a full service (maintenance included) lease on a truck, so why not refer the prospect to someone who will?

Better Bank ---Particularly one that won't compete with you in the near future. Working capital, accounts receivable, and most important in today's world, personal attention, not just a FICO number.

Out Of The Box Thinking - Don't stop with this list. Almost anyone who seeks to do business with your clients and prospects is a potential source of referrals and/or fee income. That includes lawyers, office supply companies, furniture sellers, sales consultants and trainers (shameless plug) and a lot more. Look for joint marketing opportunities as well. Everything doesn't have to involve cash payments.

When the client things about money and who can help them, hopefully you will be on the top of the list---to either provide it directly or introduce them to someone you both will trust to perform.

Ken Goodman, CLP
Goodman & Associates
Consulting - Training - Litigation Support





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Services for Ted Pritchard, CLP

"The service for his funeral will be a Trinity Presbyterian church in Hendersonville, NC at 11:00 am on Saturday the 24th. There will be no visitation the night before and no grave side service as well. Just the memorial at 11:00. Those who wanted to send a donation, Ted asked that they be made to the Hendersonville Shrine Club PO Box 1901 Hendersonville, NC 28793.

"My father had been in the business for over 30 years and had many, many friends. Many people know him as the Dairy Cattle financing expert. He used to finance hundreds and thousands of cows to dairies who need the cows and had additional stall space. there couldn't be a better example of cash flow that with that program He was a CLP was know formerly as Industrial and Commercial Leasing in Hunt Valley MD before he and I partnered up to form Smokey Mountain Funding Inc in the summer of 1999."

Tripp Prichard
Smokey Mountain Funding Inc.
241 Davis Street
Hendersonville, NC 28739
Phone 1-877-249-5974
Fax 1-828-696-9772

Ted Prichard, CLP
September 24, 1942 - October 16, 2009

Theodore "Ted" Prichard, 67, of Hendersonville, passed away Friday, October 16, 2009 at Elizabeth House after a heroic battle with cancer. He was born in Augusta, GA and grew up in Aiken, SC, a son of the late William Jesse Prichard VI and Berkeley Tarver Prichard Haynsworth. He was also preceded in death by his infant son, Theodore T. Prichard, Jr., and his infant daughter, Eleanor Prichard.

Graduating from The Citadel in 1965 with a B.S. in Business, he proudly served his country in Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne Brigade 1966-67, was twice decorated, receiving the Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal; also serving with the 82nd Airborne Division in 1968. He was a successful account representative with Merrill Lynch, and established his own businesses in pecan processing in Indianola, MS; a farm supply and feed mill in Elizabethtown, NC; a land development project in Aiken, SC, and a lease brokerage company in Baltimore, MD. He moved to Hendersonville in 2000. He was active in many civic organizations, including the Sertoma Club, the Lions Club, the Girl Scouts, the Boy Scouts of America, his Masonic Lodge, the Oasis Shrine, and various churches. He was a 33rd degree Master Mason, and a Certified Lease Professional, working as President and CEO of Smokey Mountain Funding, Inc.

Survivors include his wife, Janice M. Prichard of Hendersonville; two sons, Theodore T. Prichard, III, and his wife Paige of Hendersonville, William A. Prichard of Hendersonville; two daughters, Berkeley Prichard Loftin, and her husband Chuck, of Lexington, KY, Ellen Prichard Meyer, and her husband Will, of Charlotte, NC; two granddaughters, Raleigh Prichard and Jordan Loftin; his brother, William Jesse Prichard VII of Charleston, SC; his sister, Berkeley Haynsworth Little, and her husband Bryan, of Simpsonville, SC; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 24, 2009, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 900 Blythe St, Hendersonville, NC 28791. Military honors will be presented by Hubert M. Smith American Legion Post #77, Hedrick-Rhodes VFW Post #5206, and DAV Chapter 14.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Hendersonville Shrine Club, P. O. Box 1901, Hendersonville, NC 28793.


Born: September 24, 1942
Place of Birth: Augusta, Georgia
Death: October 16, 2009
Place of Death: Elizabeth House
Occupation: President & CEO of Smokey Mountain Funding, Inc.
Celebration of Life
Saturday October 24, 2009, 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian
map and directions:,Hendersonville,NC



October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I think I can safely say that this disease, in one way or another, has touched all of us.

Perhaps it was someone close to you -- your mother, sister, daughter, grandmother, aunt, cousin. Maybe it was a friend or coworker. Or it is your own journey.

This is a subject that is near and dear to my heart. One out of every eight women is diagnosed with breast cancer every year.

I'd like to share a story with you. Then ask you for a favor that could potentially impact millions of breast cancer survivors across the nation.

Click on this link to watch the short story video.

Thank you!




Leasing Association Events-Meetings Open to All

Calendar: Equipment Leasing and Finance Events & Training

(Many events and meetings are open to non-members, in addition, prospective members are invited, questions may be directed to Donald Ethier VP - Membership and Marketing 202.238.3418 )


November 6-7
NAELB 2009 Western Regional Meeting
Hilton Orange County / Costa Mesa
- Costa Mesa, CA

For more information, please go here:


To view Leasing Association Conferences in 2009, please click here.



Columbia, South Carolina---"Adopt a Pet"

Breed: Redbone Coonhound
Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
Color: Red/Golden/Orange/Chestnut
Sex: Female

Age: Puppy
Bertha is:
good with kids

Bertha appeared in her foster family's yard one day in rural Camden. She is a young (10-11 months) Redbone or high mix. She has a typical laid-back hound personality, but loves to play with younger dogs. She's a little shy at first but warms to 'her people' quickly, and loves children.

All dogs receive a distemper/parvovirus vaccine(s), kennel cough vaccine, rabies vaccine, dewormer, monthly heartworm prevention, microchip, and are spayed/neutered through CARE.
Contact this rescue group to adopt Bertha ... Rescue Group: Cullen's Archangel RescuE
Pet ID #: 1875391-CARE0673
Contact: Tara Haltiwanger
Phone: (803) 622-9813
- Let 'em know you saw "Bertha" on!
Columbia , SC



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Unlicensed Stock Promoter Pleads Guilty to Tax Charges
Faces Eight Years in Federal Prison

Los Angeles - United States District Court in Los Angeles, an unlicensed stock promoter pleaded guilty in United States District Court in Los Angeles to charges that he engaged in a conspiracy to obstruct the Internal Revenue Service in the ascertainment, computation, assessment, and collection of income taxes and for subscribing to a false tax return.

Nicholas Myles Garcia, who has been in custody since his arrest in August, entered his guilty plea before United States District Judge Manuel L. Real to the charges contained in an indictment returned earlier this year by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles.

According to court records, Garcia operated several shell entities that he used to receive and sell shares of stock that he earned as compensation, including Barron Chase and Davos USA. During the years 2003, 2004, and 2005, Garcia, with the assistance of others, devised a scheme to hide from the IRS his receipts from the sale of stock he had earned as compensation for stock promoting activities. The government alleged that Garcia's conduct resulted in a tax loss of $336,000.

As a part of his compensation, Garcia was typically paid for his services by receiving shares of stock in the companies he was promoting. Garcia promoted the stock of several public companies whose shares were traded on the Over-the-Counter Bulletin Board, including MB Tech, Inc., Carcorp USA Corporation, Zentrac Technologies, Inc., and Internal Hydro International, Inc. In an effort to conceal his compensation from the IRS, Garcia would have the companies whose stock he promoted issue stock in the names of various nominees, including friends, who let Garcia use their bank and brokerage accounts to execute stock trades. Garcia used these accounts to receive his stock, sell the shares, and transfer the proceeds.

During the change of plea hearing, Garcia admitted that he signed a personal federal income tax return, IRS Form 1040EZ for tax year 2003, that he submitted to the IRS. The tax return Garcia submitted contained a written declaration that it was signed subject to the penalty of perjury. Further, Garcia admitted that the 2003 tax return did not list any income based on Garcia's stock promotion activities nor from the sale of stock. Accordingly, Garcia willfully failed to report income that he beneficially received from his stock sales during that year. Garcia admitted that he knew that he was required to file a truthful and complete tax return with the IRS and deliberately failed to do so.

When sentenced, Garcia faces a statutory maximum eight years in federal prison and fines totaling $350,000. Judge Real ordered Garcia to appear for sentencing on January 11, 2010.

The investigation and prosecution of Garcia was conducted by IRS - Criminal Investigation in Los Angeles in conjunction with the United States Attorney's Office for the Central District of California.



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IBM Offers Deferred Pay, Zero Percent Financing and Economic Stimulus Programs Help Prepare Companies for Growth

(Armonk, NY)- As companies look for ways to grow, take market share and become more profitable, IBM Global Financing, the lending and leasing business segment of IBM (NYSE: IBM) is announcing a toolkit of financing offerings to help companies step up to smarter, more efficient technologies. Beginning in October, credit-qualified companies and business partners can take advantage of a smart financing toolkit of opportunities that include deferred payments, zero percent financing and attractive prices on IBM Certified Pre-owned Equipment. Smaller and mid-sized companies can also benefit from a specially configured set of cross IBM solutions that they can acquire at a low monthly price per month, per user.

"For many cash and credit constrained companies, stepping up to Smarter IT can be challenging," said Dan Ransdell, client financing general manager, IBM Global Financing. "IBM Global Financing is helping to make that evolution even simpler with zero percent financing on IBM software and no-payment deferrals on IBM solutions until 2010."



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PayNet New Study Reveals Disturbing Trend in Business Bankruptcies

Healthy U.S. Small Businesses Are Abruptly Deteriorating in Terms of Loan Performance According to a New Study new study by PayNet, Inc. a firm that provides risk management tools and credit market insight to the commercial credit industry.

New Study Reveals Disturbing Trend in Business Bankruptcies...Healthy U.S. Small Businesses Abruptly Deteriorating in Terms of Loan Performance

(San Diego, CA.)- A new study by PayNet, Inc. a firm that provides risk management tools and credit market insight to the commercial credit industry, has uncovered what could be an alarming new trend in business bankruptcies.

Traditionally, loan delinquencies have provided lenders with an early warning that borrowers may be headed for trouble. But in this economic downturn, that rule of thumb no longer seems to be the best indicator. "We've had many commercial lender clients discussing the rapid and unexpected deterioration of what were thought to be strong customers," said Bill Phelan, president and founder of Skokie, Illinois-based PayNet, Inc.

The PayNet Loss Reduction Study consisted of 750 small businesses that filed for bankruptcy in the first half of 2009 resulting in $58 million in losses. The purpose is to shed light on future bankruptcies to avoid sudden losses resulting from the 100,000 small business bankruptcies in the past 12 months which placed obligations totaling more than $10 billion in commercial loans at risk for lenders.

PayNet ran the 750 businesses through its extensive proprietary database of small business loan performance -which encompasses more than 16 million current and historic contracts worth over $700 billion - and found that 50 percent of the filers were current with one or more of their lenders when they filed for bankruptcy.

"Approximately half of the lenders never saw it coming. They were blindsided," Phelan said.

"Take the case of a Midwest printing distributor that filed Chapter 11 in March owing creditors over $15 million," said Phelan. "At the time of the bankruptcy, many of the dozen lenders expressed some surprise at the business' failure. The global view of the borrower's payments shows the escalating problems up to six months before the bankruptcy".

"We're not suggesting that lenders can call any loan just because others are experiencing difficulty collecting. But they can take steps to solidify and improve their position," Phelan noted.

PayNet's will provide a component of this overall study at Booth #18 at the Equipment Leasing Finance Association (ELFA) National Convention in San Diego October 18-20, 2009. While in San Diego, PayNet will also be addressing over 550 industry executives presenting Credit, Risk and Management Trends in the New Economic Environment at the ELFA Industry Conference.

PayNet, Inc. is the premier provider of risk management tools and market insight to the commercial credit industry, collecting real-time loan information from major U.S. lenders and turning it into actionable intelligence. The company's proprietary database - updated weekly - is the richest and largest collection of commercial loans and leases, encompassing more than 16 million current and historic contracts worth more than $700 billion. Using state-of-the-art analytics, PayNet converts raw data into real-time market intelligence and predictive information that subscribing lenders use to manage risk, originate more loans and improve their business strategy. For more information visit

Commercial and Industrial (C&I) Loans represent $1.4 trillion. More than half the money invested in plants, equipment and software in the United States in any given year is financed with loans, leases and lines of credit.

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News Briefs----

International Lease Finance Corp. gets a $2-billion lifeline,0,1616346.story

Worlds Largest Shipping Container Lease Company Buys Intermodal Stock

Zions Bancorp shares fall on 3Q report

Caterpillar looking to Asia for economic lift after weak third quarter,0,621005.story

Lawsuit details Madoff's bottom-bunk prison life

NY Times lays off another 100 journalists

Failed bank auction leaves out profits

Boeing shares drop on analyst's downgrade

SoCal man pleads guilty in Swiss bank case

Seafood guide combines human and ocean health



You May have Missed---

Christopher Cox Ex-Chairman of the SEC recommended this article to a reader of Leasing News, who in turn, would like us to recommend to all readers about what really happened: A.I.G., Lehman, Merrill, B of A, JPMorgan Chase, Deutsche Bank, Primary Fund, President Bush, Barclays, Morgan Stanley, Goldman's, New York Fed, Warren Buffet
(It is a very long article, but fascinating nevertheless. editor)



Sports Briefs----

Angels get pushed to edge,0,1892574.story

Jeff Fisher dons Peyton Manning jersey: 'I just wanted to feel like a winner'



California Nuts Briefs---

Bank sued over pension funds' currency charges

Fewer short sales are coming up short

UC Berkeley to admit more out-of-state students



"Gimme that Wine"

39 SF Bay Area restaurants get Michelin stars

Eric Asimov in S.F. Bay Area on wine & restaurants

Diamond Oaks Owner files BK

Giant Wine Shipping Hub to Open

Bonny Doon cafe offers an intoxicating blend of flavors, with each gourmet course artfully paired with a wine

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Today's Top Event in History

1960 - The fourth -- and last -- debate preceding the presidential election between U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy and U.S. Vice President Richard M. Nixon was televised from New York City. Kennedy would go on to win with an electoral vote of 303; Nixon 219, and Sen. Harry F. Byrd, 15. Kennedy won 49.7.7% and Nixon 49.6% of the popular vote, making the election one of the closest in U.S. history at the time. In congressional elections, the Democrats took a 65-35 majority in the Senate. In the House, they lost 20 seats but kept a majority of 263-174.


This Day in American History

    1520- Magellan entered the strait which bears his name. gellan.html
    1692- William Penn was deposed as Governor of Pennsylvania. His overtures of gratefulness to James II for permitting religious freedom for dissenters of the Church of England led William and Mary to charge Penn with being a papist: A Roman catholic; one who adheres to the Church of Rome and the authority of the pope; -- an offensive designation applied to Roman Catholics by their opponents. He was not. .
    1751- The first Baptist association in the American South was organized at Charleston, SC. It was formed under the initiative of Oliver Hart, who had left the Philadelphia area to become pastor of the Charleston Baptist Church in 1749.
    1805 -- Battle of Trafalgar, where Nelson defeats Spain and France, establishes British naval supremacy for the next centuries, including trying to re-take its colonies now united in North America.
    1808- Birth of American Baptist clergyman Samuel Francis Smith. Credited with writing over 100 hymns, Smith is best remembered as the author of "America" ("My Country, 'Tis of Thee"), written at age 23, while a student at Andover Seminary.
    1837 - Under a flag of truce during peace talks, U.S. troops sieged the Indian Seminole Chief Osceola in Florida. Osceola, who was sick with malaria, knew the Indians could fight no more. He went to the General's fort at St. Augustine with a white flag. When Osceola went to General Jesup the General had his men surround Osceola. They threw the white flag to the ground and put chains on his hands and feet. The Seminoles were so angry with Osceola's capture that they continued to fight for the next five years.
    1845-Birthday of Will Carleton, American poet, born Michigan. Michigan schools will honor his anniversary (by 1919 statue) bye reading his poems on this day. Best known of his poems: “Over the Hill to the Poorhouse.” Carleton died 1912.
    1861-Union troops suffer a devastating defeat in the second major engagement of the war. The Battle of Ball's Bluff produced the war's first martyr and led to the creation of a Congressional committee to monitor the conduct of the war. General Charles Stone to watch the nearby town of Leesburg, Virginia, while McCall's men were moving. Stone sent a detachment across the river on the night of October 20, and the inexperienced soldiers reported seeing a Rebel camp that turned out to be shadows. Stone decided to move more men over until a force of 1,600, under the command of Colonel Edward Baker, was poised for an attack the next morning. Baker was a close friend of President Lincoln, and Lincoln had named his second son after him. Baker placed his men in a dangerous position. They were in a clearing with their backs to the edge of Ball's Bluff, a 100-foot high cliff above the Potomac. They faced a wooded ridge that was rapidly filling with Southerners. The Confederates launched an attack at 3 p.m., and Baker's command was in trouble. Baker was killed, and many of his men jumped from the bluff to their deaths or scrambled down a narrow trail only to find their boats swamped in the river. Less than half made it back to the other side of the Potomac. The Union suffered 49 killed, 158 wounded, and 714 missing and captured, while the Confederates suffered 33 killed, 115 wounded, and one missing. Lincoln was stunned by the loss of his friend Baker, who became a Northern martyr despite his ineptitude in conducting the battle. The political fallout was swift. Angry Republicans were highly suspicious of McClellan, a Democrat, and other generals. The Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War was formed in December. This group was stacked with Radical Republicans who favored tougher treatment of the South and slaveholders. The committee's first investigation was the disaster at Ball's Bluff, and General Stone became the scapegoat. He was arrested for treason soon after and was jailed for six months.
    1864-Battle of Westport, MO (Kansas City) A major union victory as after the loss of this battle, the rebels were in retreat in this area until the end of the Civil War. It is called the “last great rebel raid” and a popular song to the tune of “The Yellow Rose of Texas” was often sun at Confederate camps.
    1865-George William Gordon, Jamaican national hero, is unfairly arrested and sentenced to death.
    1868- Severe earthquake at 7:53 AM, centered in Hayward, Calif. Magnitude was 7.
    1879-Thomas A. Edison demonstrated the first incandescent lamp that could be used economically for domestic purposes. the prototype, developed at his Menlo Park, NJ, laboratory, could burn for 13 ½ hours.
    1891-Birthdy of Ted Shawn, born Kansas City, MO. Partially paralyzed by diphtheria, Shawn was introduced to ballet for the therapeutic purposes and became a professional dancer by the age of 21. The Denishawn School of Dancing was established with the help of his wife, Ruth St. Denis, and became the epicenter of much innovation in 20t-century dance and choreography. Among his many achievements is Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, which he inaugurated and directed for the remainder of his years, and such modern ballets as “Invocation to the Thunderbird,” “Osage-Pawnee,” “Labor Symphony” and “ John Brown. “ He died January 8,1972. 1892- Birth of James L Kelso, American Presbyterian archaeologist. He participated in digs at the biblical sites of Debir, Bethel and Jericho, and authored the text "Ceramic Vocabulary of the O.T."
    1912-Tenor Saxophone player Don Byas born, Muskogee, OK. Died August 24, 1972.
    1912-Birthday of Comedian Minnie Pearl, destined to become a longtime fixture of Nashville's Grand Ole Opry Pearl was famous for her comic monologues about hillbilly life and was featured on the long-running syndicated show Hee Haw from 1970 to 1990. Pearl died in 1996.
    1916-Birthday of Floyd Clifford “Bill” Bevens, baseball player born at Hubbard, OR. Bevens nearly pitched the first no-hitter in World Series history, pitching for the New York Yankees against the Brooklyn Dodgers. In Game 4 of the1947 Series, he carried his no-hitter into the ninth inning. With two out and two on, Cookie Lavagetto doubled home both runners, spoiling the no-hitter and winning the game, 3-2.Died at Salem, Or. Oct. 26,1991
    1917—Birthday of John Birks “ Dizzy” Gillespie, trumpet player, composer, bandleader, presidential candidate ( I voted for him as “start of stage, screen, and outer space” Mad Magazine)---one of the founding fathers of modern jazz, born at Cheraw, SC. In the early 1940s, Gillespie and alto saxophonist Charlie (Yardbird) Parker created be-bop. In the late 40s, he created a second music revolution by incorporating Afro-Cuban music into jazz. In 1953 someone fell on Gillespie's trumpet and bent it. Finding he could hear the sound better, he kept it that way; his puffed cheeks and bent trumpet became his trademarks. He won a Grammy in 1975 for “Oscar Peterson and Dizzy Gillespie” and again in 1991 for “Live at the Royal Festival Hall.” He died January 6, 1993, Englewood, NJ.
    1928-Birthday of Edward Charles “Whitey” Ford, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, born New York, NY.
    1932-Birthday of poet Michael McClure born in Marysville, Kansas. "When a man does not admit that he is an animal, he is less than an animal. Not more but less."
    1934 - A severe windstorm lashed the northern Pacific coast. In Washington State, the storm claimed the lives of 22 persons, and caused 1.7 million dollars damage, mostly to timber. Winds, gusting to 87 mph at North Head WA, produced waves twenty feet high.
    1937-Birthday of Norman Wright, lead singer with the Del Vikings, born Philadelphia, PA
    1938-Jan Savitt records “Quaker City Jazz.
    1940-Birthday of Jimmy Beaumont, lead singer with the Skyliners, born Pittsburgh, PA.”

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

World Series Champions This Date

    1973 Oakland Athletics
    1976 Cincinnati Reds
    1980 Philadelphia Phillies

    2006-After hosting Super Bowl XL at Ford Field in February, Detroit becomes just the second city to host both a Super Bowl and a World Series in the same calendar year. San Diego was the site of the NFL Championship game and Fall Classic in 1998.



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.




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