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Archives----October 26, 2004
    Kit Menkin on UniCapital
Classified Ads---Controller
Leasing "Flat" at TCF Financial
    President Obama SBA plan:
        OTS New Regulation
Bank Beat---Seven Bank Failures last Friday
    Cartoon-New Bank in Town
Leasing News Top Stories-October 19-23
    Classified Ads---Help Wanted
Leasing 102 by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP
    Delivery and Acceptance Certificates
Federal Way, Washington--- "Adopt a Pet"
News Briefs----
Capmark, a Big Commercial Lender, BK
    CIT CEO's Wife Is Very Angry at Obama
   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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Archives----October 26, 2004
Kit Menkin on UniCapital

Four years ago we were informing readers that UniCapital was about to go under, forget the Bank of American loan, and to watch out. Perhaps we were bolder in those days, as the next day I returned a telephone call to the UniCapital attorney in New York. I remember it very well as almost every other word was "Mr. Menkin" and threats that I could not write this or "where did I get this information?" Basically he gave me a full threatening performance, and he must have spoken for five, maybe ten minutes. He was very convincing. He was very authoritative, very threatening; didn't give me a change to respond. He must have been what they call a "telephone attorney" as he certainly came across on the telephone line that he meant business.

When he wound down with what he wanted me to know and had mentioned his firm several times and the money behind UniCapital, I asked him for a statement. He said he had none.

I then asked him the address of his office. When he told me, I answered that I knew where his office was, as I was born in New York City. I asked him what floor he was on. He didn't want to tell me. So I said to him, something like this: " I appreciate your call and look forward to a statement. Now let me give you a piece of advice as my readers tell me what is going on, the real truth (and I paused, a long pause on purpose.) My advice for you to is to make sure your firm has a big retainer. You don't want a bankruptcy judge to not only tell you what you can make, but when you can receive it, and maybe you won't see anything for quite some time--- so I would make sure your firm has a larger retainer if you are going to continue to represent UniCapital. That's my personal advice."

He hung up on me. But I never heard from him again, or from any attorney who represented UniCapital.

Here is the story he did not like:


"UOG Portland, they say things are still up in the air, but the Pres. of UOG Portland has been working hard to get a deal done with B of A before UCP pulls them down with them in the BK proceedings."

I will stick by my comments yesterday on this, plus BSB making a formal proposal to UniCapital and an unwinding of this company.

These are companies that UniCapital Purchased, until they basically ran out of money to acquire companies. Many were in the "hard credit" or "challenged credit" or franchise financing business.

American Capital Resources 2/98
Boulder Capital Group 2/98
Cauff, Lippman Aviation 2/98
Jacom Computer Services 2/98
Matrix Funding 2/98
Merrimac Financial Associates 2/98
MunicipalCapital Markets Group 2/98
The NSJ Group 2/98
PortfolioFinancial Servicing 2/98
Vanlease 2/98
The Walden Group 2/98
K.L.C., Inc. dba Keystone Leasing 5/98
Jumbo Jet 7/98 HLC Financial 7/98
Saddleback Financial Corporation 7/98 U.S.
Turbine Engine Corp. 7/98
The Myerson Companies dba BSB Leasing 9/98

UniCapital's stock, like those of many other financial services companies, took a steep dive in late August and early September 1998, and UniCapital made no further acquisitions as it no longer had a stock that was attractive to use in acquisitions.

One of the major mistakes, according to industry analysts, was UniCapital entrance into the commercial jet aircraft and engine leasing market. It is reported that the Aircraft Group had unlimited abilities in closing deals. According to information given to me, when insiders went to the CEO about the poor credit decisions, particularly with used aircraft prices going downwards, the CEO told them they did not know what they were talking about. It was reported this was his "baby" and it was his basic decision, over other objections, to acquire the refurbishing along with aircraft and engine leasing to build a leasing department that no one had been able to control before, and this was an industry that would be very profitable.

Allegedly, the CFO had a great deal of trouble confronting his younger brother, who was CEO at the time. While the CFO has reportedly told others about his concern, he was "afraid" to bring up many of these problems directly with his brother, one highly reliable source told me.

As business was changing, it became evident to those with leasing experience that the CEO knew very little about the leasing business itself, according to several inside sources. Everyone I spoke with told me it appeared management's main thrust, their main occupation was to try and please the Wall Street investors. This was the impression given to many divisions visited by the CEO, who was not building up support from people who "knew" the leasing industry and how it was supposed to work.

I was told by several of the divisional company management, who do not want me to quote them, that they had little respect for him. I was told the former CE0 didn't seem to care, that his attention all went to raising money and not to operations in the street, which was "below him." He was a "New Yorker," although the operation was in Florida, the attitude was Wall Street ran the company. Morale was also poor in the operating area as it not only filtered down from management, but was seen by middle-management.

There is an interesting story when the top management team first visited BSB Leasing in Colorado, they arrived in two long stretch limousines ( they could not all fit in one ), dressed as if they had just arrived from New York City in expensive suits, ties, and well-polished shoes. They got stuck for over a half-hour going up the elevator. The definitely were not in a good mood when they meant casual dressed, hard working," hands on crowd" at BSB. It was evident, I am told, they didn't like Colorado, or the people who lived and worked for them.

BSB has made an offer last Friday to purchase their company back. Several of the "divisions" are in negotiations for sales or wind down as Bank of America evidently has lost confidence, but wants to wind down the operation in an orderly fashion, I am told by a reliable source. I cannot get UniCapital public relations people to respond by telephone or e-mail and have calls into several officers for over a week. There obviously is a "gag order", and in my opinion, a disregard to the public and the news media.

I know the excuse will be "negotiations", and not wanting to be sued by stockholders, but surely management can handle "the spin" better than they have in the last month, particularly. There are many leasing companies on the block, see The List, and it is no secret this is not a particularly good market for leasing company investment. And in reality, in this sue happy world, no matter what you are going to do, you are not going to please everyone, and if there is any hope of an investor getting a dime back, you better believe they will explore it.

Kit Menkin



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Leasing "Flat" at TCF Financial

TCF Financial Corporation, Wayzata, Minnesota reported a third quarter income of $17.5 million compared to second quarter income of $23.5 million; third quarter of 2008 was $30.1 million.

Leasing income was reported as "flat," up only $13.78 million, $2.811 billion compared to second quarter of $2.809 billion, but $510.7 million up from third quarter of 2008 $2,300 billion. Nine month year to date was 2009 $3.588 billion to $3.206 billion.

Leasing and equipment finance revenues were $15.2 million for the third quarter of 2009, down $1.7 million, or 10.1 percent, from the second quarter of 2009, but up $2.2 million, or 16.7 percent, from the third quarter of 2008.

TCEF reported, "he increase in leasing revenue from the third quarter of 2008 and decrease from the second quarter of 2009 was primarily due to sales-type lease revenue which varies from period to period based on customer-driven events."

William A. Cooper, TCF Chairman/CEO

"The third quarter continued to pose many challenges for TCF and other banks as the effects of high unemployment and the resulting increase in consumer defaults and softness in spending continue to pressure earnings," said William A. Cooper, TCF Chairman and CEO. "While credit losses continue to dampen our results, fee income and net interest margin remained strong. In addition, our focus on growing low cost deposits and expanding our specialty finance businesses position TCF for improved earnings as the economy improves."

TCF acquired the majority of the lease portfolio from Popular Bank's leasing division Popular Business Finance. Fred Van Etten, then president, is now at TCF: I am in St. Louis and working for TCF as SVP National Marketing manager. TCF is a terrific company, an industry leader and I?m proud to be with such a great organization.

TCF Bank has 443 branches in Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Colorado, Wisconsin, Indiana, Arizona and South Dakota.

Full press release here:



President Obama SBA plan:

- Increasing the size of SBA's 7(a) loan from $2 million to $5 million.

- Increasing the size of SBA's 504 loan from $2 million to $5 million for standard borrowers (supporting a total project of $12.5 million) and from $4 million to $5.5 million for manufacturers (supporting a total project of $13.75 million).

- Increasing the size of SBA's Microloan from $35,000 to $50,000.

The International Franchise Association was very much in favor of the plan, promoting it in Congress and recommending to the president.

"We thank President Obama for his support to enhance the SBA's loan program," said IFA President & CEO Matthew Shay. "We urge Congress to take the next step and pass legislation to increase the loan limits and make other important changes to the SBA loan program."

He cited more than 900,000 franchise businesses operate in the United States today and provide for 20 million jobs and $2.3 trillion in economic activity.

"Fifteen percent of all small business franchisees in the United States own between two and five units, which is the fastest growing segment of our industry," Shay explained. "There are over 400 different franchise brands in the United States that have an average initial investment requirement of $750,000 to $2 million per unit.

"These franchised small businesses reach the SBA's current loan limit of $2 million by the time they want to build the second or third store. By increasing the loan limit to $5 million, at an annual growth rate of 5 percent, these businesses could create 450,000 to 650,000 new direct and indirect jobs within the next 12 to 18 months."



OTS New Regulation

Department of Treasury, Office of Thrift Supervision

Federally chartered savings associations are subject to an investment limit of 20 percent of assets in commercial loans if the institution invests at least 10 percent of assets in loans to small businesses.

Federal savings associations may make loans secured by nonresidential real estate, which includes commercial real estate, in amounts up to 400 percent of capital.

Guaranteed portion of EDA, SBA, and FmHA loans: No limit

Other commercial loans 20% of assets provided at least 10% of assets are to small businesses.

For purposes of the regulatory limitations, OTS defines small business loans as:
o Any loan to a farm or business that meets the Small Business Administration (SBA) definition of a small farm or business, or
o Any business loan for $2,000,000 or less or any farm loan of $500,000 or less.

Commercial Lending Limits:



Bank Beat---Seven Bank Failures last Friday

The 106th bank to fail in the US was First DuPage Bank, Westmont, Illinois, a one bank branch June 28, 1999 with 24 employees, down from 37 the year before, was taken over by First Midwest Bank, Itasca, Illinois, to assume all of the deposits of First DuPage Bank. The bank also was the seventeenth to fail in Illinois.

Equity had dropped from $25.8 million June 30, 2008 to $1.8 million June 30, 2009. The bank had lost $3.7 million June 30, 2008 and $16.1 million June 30, 2009. First DuPage appears to have had about $50 million in loans that were 90 days past due, primarily construction and land development loans. It also had about $6 million in non-accrual commercial and industrial loans.

As of July 31, 2009, First DuPage Bank had total assets of $279 million and total deposits of approximately $254 million. The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $59 million.

The sole branch of American United Bank, Lawrenceville, Georgia with 14 employees is now operating as Ameris Bank, Moultrie, Georgia. Formed in December, 2004 reportedly by Indian-American business interests as a commercial bank serving businesses of minority and first-generation immigrants in Gwinnett County, the bank had $20.6 million in nonperforming or foreclosed loans and equity had fallen from $8.7 million June 30, 2008 to $3.7 million. The bank lost $457,000 in June 30, 2008 and $3,779,000 June 30, 2008.

Ameris Bank will pay the FDIC a premium of 1.02 percent to assume all of the deposits of American United Bank. The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $44 million.

Becoming the 104th bank to fail in the US, and the first in Wisconsin, Bank of Elmwood, Racine, Wisconsin five branches with 80 employees is now open as Tri City National Bank, Oak Creek, Wisconsin, who assumed all of the deposits of Bank of Elmwood. As of September 30, 2009, Bank of Elmwood had total assets of $327.4 million and total deposits of approximately $273.2 million. Equity of the bank had gone from $25.1 million June 30, 2008 to $10.4 million June 30, 2009. The bank listed a Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio of 4.71 percent in the first quarter compared with 10.53 percent a year earlier, according to Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. filings. The Bank lost $894,000 June 30, 2009. In July, the bank was ordered by a August 29 deadline to take corrective actions, including raising more capital or selling or merging the bank.

The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $101.1 million.

Flagship National Bank, Bradenton, Florida, was the ninth bank to fail in Florida, with four branches with 36 employees operating today as First Federal Bank of Florida, Lake City, Florida. As of August 31, 2009, Flagship National Bank had total assets of $190 million and total deposits of approximately $175 million. Equity had dropped from June 30, 2008 of $15.9 million to $4.6 million June 30, 2009 with the bank reporting a loss of $9.6 million after a charge off of $8.1 million. The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $59 million

Story with several photographs that rotate:
Florida bank failures in 2009
1. Ocala National Bank, Ocala
2. Riverside Bank of the Gulf Coast, Cape Coral
3. BankUnited, Coral Gables
4. Integrity Bank, Jupiter
5. First State Bank, Sarasota
6. Community National Bank of Sarasota County, Venice
7. Partners Bank, Naples
8. Hillcrest Bank Florida, Naples
9. Flagship National Bank, Bradenton

Hillcrest Bank Florida, Naples, Florida, with six branches and 23 employees was closed Friday by the Florida Office of Financial Regulation, which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver. To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with Stonegate Bank, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to assume all of the deposits of Hillcrest Bank Florida.

As of October 1, 2009, Hillcrest Bank Florida had total assets of $83 million and total deposits of approximately $84 million. Equity had gone from $14.5 million in June 30, 2008 to $17 million June 30, 2009. The bank had lost $735,000 June 30, 2008 and $10.8 million June 30, 2009.

The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $45 million.

Officially the 100th bank to fail was Partners Bank, Naples, Florida two branches with 18 employees is now operating as part of Stonegate Bank, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. As of September 30, 2009, Partners Bank had total assets of $65.5 million and total deposits of approximately $64.9 million. Equity had dropped from $9.2 million to $1.1 million. The bank lost $1.1 million June 30, 2008 and $7.2 million June 30, 2009.

In April, 2009, the Partners signed a merger agreement with Semoran Financial Corp., a community bank in development in the Orlando area, that was unable to raise the necessary capital to open. At the time, it was announced that the merger was the first phase of a four-pronged plan to grow the bank and raise more capital, as well as expanding into Central Florida.

The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $28.6 million

Riverview Community Bank, Otsego, Minnesota two branches with 28 employees, down 8 from last year, is now operating as Central Bank, Stillwater, Minnesota. As of August 31, 2009, Riverview Community Bank had total assets of $108 million and total deposits of approximately $80 million. Equity had dropped from $10.9 million June 30, 2008 to $2.6 million June 30, 2009. June 30, 2008 the bank had a $1.3 million loss and June 30, 2009 a $3.6 million loss.

In addition to assuming all of the deposits of the failed bank, Central Bank agreed to purchase essentially all of the assets. They have tripled their branch presence in the Twin Cities with the Riverview acquisition, and its earlier acquisition of Mainstreet Bank and Jennings State Bank, based in Spring Grove.

The FDIC and Central Bank entered into a loss-share transaction on approximately $75 million of Riverview Community Bank's assets. The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $20 million

List of Bank Failures:





Leasing News Top Stories-October 19-23

Here are the top ten stories opened by readers:

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

(2) Lease Police Alert--New Jersey and Louisiana

(3) Ted Pritchard, CLP, Passes Away

(4) GE to continue "shrinking"

(5) Bank CEO admits Key Equipment Finance shrinking…

(6) US Bancorp Leasing Biz Up and Down

(7) Concord Financial Services Closes its Door

(8) Tygris "merges" with EverBank Financial
by Christopher Menkin

(9) Fifth Third Bank joins Sheldon Player Fray

(10) Leasing 102 by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP
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Leasing 102
by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP

Delivery and Acceptance Certificates

A delivery certificate confirms that the lessee is in possession of your goods and the date of that possession. Date of possession is necessary to determine how long before the twenty day limit on "purchase money security interest" lien filings is up. A late lien filing becomes secondary to any blanket lien filing. Without a copy of the delivery document, produced by the shipper and signed by the lessee, the lessor has no other way to know when delivery occurred. It is permissible to have this date registered or requested on the acceptance certificate if it is separated and made conspicuous. Occasionally the lessee just places dates in the date blanks based on the date they are signing the document instead of the actual date of delivery or acceptance making the document inaccurate for delivery purposes. One of the difficult tasks of a lessor is obtaining good delivery dates. Please understand that delivery for filing purposes is the date the first piece is delivered not the last or complete delivery. Perhaps the delivery certificate should say what day did you receive the first piece of the goods?

The acceptance certificate is one of the most important documents in leasing because it binds the lessee to all the requirements contained in the acceptance and the lease agreement. Most lessors call this the commencement date because it is the date the lessee becomes obligated to pay rent. A lease agreement is signed to confirm the overall lease provisions; however, the acceptance certificate will contain the specifics, of the equipment under lease, such as payment requirements, equipment location, insurance requirements and end of the lease options. It is also common to attach a complete description of the equipment as a schedule (usually schedule A) because of the number of times the description is used in the preparation of all of the documents. A lessee may be asked to confirm the equipment description with all identifying marks in the acceptance certificate.

Here is a sample of an Acceptance Certificate with the proper possession date included:

Master Lease:
Lessee: Lessor:

This is an Acceptance Certificate (this "Certificate") dated ______________ 200_ by _____________. ("Lessee"). This Certificate is delivered pursuant to Schedule No. ______ (the "Schedule) to the Lease Agreement dated as of __________ 200_, between _____________________________("Lessor") and Lessee (Lease No. ______) (the "Lease). Capitalized terms not otherwise defined in this Certificate shall have the meanings given them in the Lease.

I, ____________________________, certify that

1. I am a duly authorized and appointed officer, employee or agent of Lessee, and make this Certificate on behalf of Lessee.

2. The following Items of Equipment have been (a) previously delivered to Lessee under the Lease (as evidenced by a preciously signed Delivery Certificate), (b) fully and completely installed (if and to the extent any installation is required), (c) tested by Lessee to the extent Lessee deems appropriate in order to make this Certificate), (d) found to be suitable to Lessee for purposes of accepting those Items under the Lease and making them subject to the Schedule and the Lease (without waiving any rights or claims against the Vendor), (e) put into use on or as of the Commencement Date, and (f) accepted by Lessee, and Lessee hereby waives any right to revoke its acceptance with respect thereto:

Description of Items of Equipment:

See Attached Schedule A

3. The Basic Term Commencement Date for the foregoing Items of Equipment is the date the equipment is accepted and put into use by the Lessee and that date is the acceptance date. As of that Basic Term Commencement Date, each and all of the foregoing Items of Equipment is irrevocably subject to all of the provisions of the Lease and the Schedule for the Term of the Lease with respect to such Items, including without limitation Section ( ) of the (regarding Lessee's duty to maintain the Equipment, among other things), Section ( ) (regarding Lessee's duty to pay or reimburse Lessor for taxes, among other things), and Section( ) regarding Lessee's duty to provide insurance, among other things) of the Lease.

4. The Lessee warrants that it took Delivery/possession of the First piece of the leased equipment on the date specified below for UCC purposes.

5. Lessee authorizes Lessor to enter into the Lease Schedule the date specified below as the acceptance date as the base Term Commencement date of this Lease.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, Lessee has signed this Certificate as of the date set out in the preamble hereto, but actually on the date set forth below.

Date Lessee took delivery/possession of the Equipment listed as Schedule A: Date of Possession_______________________

Base Term Commencement Date/
Date of Acceptance:________________ By _____________________________

Witness: ___________________ Title: ___________________________

Date: ______________________ Date Signed: ___________________________

Mr. Terry Winders, CLP, has been a teacher, consultant, expert witness for the leasing industry for thirty years and can be reached at or 502-327-8666. He invites your questions and queries.

Previous #102 Columns:

(This ad is a "trade" for the writing of this column. Opinions
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Federal Way, Washington--- "Adopt a Pet"

Home without cats preferred

"Shane is up-to-date with routine shots and house trained.
E-mail only, please: Her name is shane. She's a mutt. She has some pit bull in her, but the vet isn't sure what else. She's a lover and a snuggler. She'll cuddle you at night. She's about 2 1/2 to 3 years old, but she came to me as a stray about 2 1/2 years ago, so I'm not positive on her age. She is approximately 65-70 lbs and all of her vaccines are current. She's beautiful and walks very well on a leash. She is pretty laid back. The reason she needs a new home is that she likes to chase and bite cats. I have two cats, both of whom have been subject to Shane's taste for feline. She needs a home without cats. She is also still a puppy and needs much more attention than I am able to give her. When i took her in, I thought I would be able to give her what she needs, but really, she needs someone with a lot of time and a fenced yard. My job and other things take me away from my home a lot and so I've crate trained Shane, but it just doesn't seem fair that such a great dog should be given so little attention. She also lives with another dog and gets along great with him, so if you have other dogs, she would probably be fine. She's never been aggressive with humans, just cats. It is hard for me to give her away, so I'm hoping to find someone who will love her as much as I do, but can give her a home with more attention and no cats to torment. i am willing to bring her to meet you (and am pretty flexible on distance, if it means a good home), but only if you are seriously interested."



News Briefs----

Capmark, a Big Commercial Lender, Files for Bankruptcy

CIT CEO's Wife Is Very Angry at Barack Obama for Cutting Wall Street Salaries



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Yankees 5, Angels 2: Yankees Win A.L.C.S., 4-2

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For Raiders, a new low

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Final: Cardinals 24, Giants 17

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Today's Top Event in History

1962 - JFK warned Russia that the US would not allow Soviet missiles to remain in Cuba. Nikita Khrushchev sent note to JFK offering to withdraw his missiles from Cuba if US closed its bases in Turkey. The offer was rejected. A boarding party from the Pierce and Kennedy executed the first quarantine interdiction of the Marucla. A tanker, the Groznyy is placed under aerial surveillance. Three more Soviet ships en route to Cuba were reported to have changed course and were returning to their ports of departure. They were the Vishnevsky, Okhotsk, and Sergev Botkin. Later in the day, Lawrence and MacDonough were shadowing Groznyy. The tanker had several cylindrical tanks topside and had declared them to contain ammonia.


This Day in American History

    1682 - William Penn accepted the area around Delaware River from Duke of York.
    1774 - The First Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia.
    1774 - Minutemen were selected in the American colonies. The terms militia and minutemen are sometimes used interchangeably, but there was a difference between them. Militia were military units formed to protect their towns from foreign invasion. Minutemen, on the other hand, were a small elite force, hand-picked by militia commanders, which were required to be able to assemble quickly. Usually 25 years of age or younger, they were chosen for their enthusiasm, reliability, and physical strength. Usually about a fourth of the militia served as Minutemen. Although today Minutemen are thought of as originating in the War for Independence, they actually began in Massachusetts during as early as 1645. Equipped with matchlocks or pikes, they were to report within half an hour of being warned. One thing the Minutemen lacked was central leadership, a flaw that would lead to their dissolution. At Concord, Minutemen companies from Concord, Acton, Littleton, and other towns combined their units. They were sent to the North Bridge in Concord with a number of light infantry. After a few volleys were fired, the British light infantry retreated back to the Concord Common area. Lacking central command, each company of Minutemen chose their own action and they did not pursue the redcoats. In the running battle that ensued fifteen miles back to Boston the Massachusetts militia would see their last action as Minutemen in history. The militia would go on to form an army, surrounding Boston and inflicting heavy casualties on the British army at Bunker and Breed's Hill.
    1785-The first mule born in the United States was bred from a jackass sent to President George Washington, which arrived this day in Boston, MA.. The exportation of full-blooded jacks from Spain was prohibited, but King Charles III of Spain, learning of Washington’s interest, sent him two jacks and two jennets. Mules became the staple of farmer’s in the US for many years to come. Washington was also the first to start producing whiskey in the United States in wooden barrels. His farm manager was from Scotland, had a plan for the surplus corn and other plantings they could not sell to turn into whiskey to trade and store. Washington looked into it and made the investment. While others were making this product in American, Washington decided to expand the product and use wooden barrels as they did in Scotland to store the whiskey, and also age it. Most domestic whiskey was distilled, bottled, and sold or stored. Washington’s one and five year old whiskey was sought after and if you tour his house and property, there are still examples of this product for view, some in special wooden boxes, another idea he had to make it different than the rest. Like Jefferson, Washington was a “farmer” but a businessman looking for new ideas and products.
    1787 - "Federalist Papers," a series of articles written under the pen name of Publius by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, were published and called for ratification of Constitution. Madison, widely recognized as the Father of the Constitution, would later go on to become President of the United States. Jay would become the first Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court. Hamilton would serve in the Cabinet and become a major force in setting economic policy for the US.
    1825-The Erie Canal, the first US major man-made waterway, was opened this day in 1825,providing a water route from Lake Erie to the Hudson River. Construction started July 4, 1817, and the canal cost $7,602,000. Cannons fired and celebrations were held all along the route for the opening. It enhanced commerce and the expansion of the country Westward.
    1850--Reports from Sacramento City, California, say 57,000 miners are at work in the gold fields.
    1858- Hamilton Smith of Philadelphia, PA, obtained a patent for a washing machine with rotary motion. It was equipped with a crank that was turned by hand, caused a perforated cylinder with a wooden shell to revolve. Smith continued to improve his machine and in 1863 secured patent protection on a self-reversing-motion attachment to the machine.
    1859 - New York City had their earliest substantial snow of record as four inches blanketed the city.
    1881 –Gun Fight at OK Coral. Newspapers, the media, the enactment at fairs and circuses that traveled the country have made this 30 second event the defining moment of the wild west. In the small town of Tombstone, Arizona Territory, the famous gun fight occurred when a group of drunken ranch hands threatened to kill the popular town gamblers and players Wyatt Earp, Morgan Earp, Virgil Earp, and Doc if they didn't get out of Tombstone, the whole town watched to see the outcome. In the 1880's, Tombstone was largest city between St. Louis and San Francisco and had become the most cultivated city in the West. ( Underground water found in the mines and falling silver prices ended Tombstone's mining and population boom in 1886. )
On October 26, 1881, Virgil received word that the Cowboys were gathering at the O.K. Corral, and that they were armed, which was against city law. Doc met the Earps on Fourth Street on their way to the O.K. Corral and demanded that he be allowed to join them in their little walk. Five men, potential killers, lay in wait. When Wyatt Earp and Billy Clanton opened the battle, Doc shot Billy in the chest, then cut Tom McLaury down with a double charge of buckshot. The life was blasted from McLaury before he struck the ground. Although, Wyatt allowed Ike Clanton to run from the fight scene, Holliday was not so generous. He was a lady’s man, a dentist who made his living gambling, a known drug addict and alcoholic, who was the most angry. He threw two shots at Ike as he fled, missing him narrowly. A bullet from Frank McLaury cut into Doc's pistol holster and burned a painful crease across his hip. Doc's return shot smashed into McLaury's brain. Less than thirty seconds after the opening shot, three men lay dead and three were wounded. Doc had shot each of the dead cowboys at least once. Virgil had been shot in the leg and Morgan through both shoulders. Only Wyatt Earp has survived the fight untouched. He later traveled the West, promoting the famous gun fight, and was known as a man who also made his living by gambling and the support of women who were attracted to this handsome, traveling man. Tom and Frank McLowery and also Billy Clanton are among those buried in Tombstone's infamous Boot Hill Cemetery, visited by many tourist yearly. Tombstone had survived the Great Depression and removal of the County Seat to Bisbee, located 25 miles south of Tombstone. Tombstone's survival in the 1930's earned it the title of the "Town Too Tough To Die", as reported by the St. Louis Post Dispatch in 1932. In 1962, the Department of the Interior named Tombstone a Registered Historic Landmark. The late 1950’s television show “The Life and
Legend of Wyatt Earp” starring handsome Hugh O’Brien with his famous flat hat and long nose pistol was one of the highest rated shows of its time. It was considered the first “adult” TV western. My late father Lawrence Menkin wrote many of the episodes. Following the cowboy movie re-runs in the early 1950’s as television was primarily local,
when it became a network media, westerns became the rage among viewers.
    1911- Singer Mahalia Jackson birthday (some wonderful albums are available of this singer.)
    1913 -bandleader Charlie Barnet born, New York City.
    1916-- Margaret Sanger arrested for obscenity (advocating birth control)
    1919 - The temperature at Bismarck, ND, plunged to ten degrees below zero, the earliest subzero reading of record for the city, and a record for the month of October.
    1927- tenor sax player Wayne Marsh born.
    1927- Adelaide Hall records “Creole Love Call” with Duke Ellington.
    1942 -- Japanese attack Guadalcanal, sinking two U.S. carriers.
    1942 -- U.S. Navy aircraft carrier Hornet is sunk in the Battle of Santa Cruz Island, in the South Pacific.
    1942---PAIGE, MITCHELL---Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Platoon Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps. Place and date: Solomon Islands, 26 October 1942. Entered service at: Pennsylvania. Born: 31 August 1918, Charleroi, Pa. Citation: For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous gallantry in action above and beyond the call of duty while serving with a company of marines in combat against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands on 26 October 1942. When the enemy broke through the line directly in front of his position, P/Sgt. Paige, commanding a machinegun section with fearless determination, continued to direct the fire of his gunners until all his men were either killed or wounded. Alone, against the deadly hail of Japanese shells, he fought with his gun and when it was destroyed, took over another, moving from gun to gun, never ceasing his withering fire against the advancing hordes until reinforcements finally arrived. Then, forming a new line, he dauntlessly and aggressively led a bayonet charge, driving the enemy back and preventing a breakthrough in our lines. His great personal valor and unyielding devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.
    1944 - The United States navy beat the Japanese at Leyte Gulf in the Philippines after three days of what is seen as one of history's great sea battles. More than 30 ships were sunk, most of them Japanese including their last four aircraft carriers.
    1949— President Truman signed a bill raising the minimum wage in certain industries engaged in interstate commerce from 40 cents to 75 cents an hour.
    1949 -The San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League complete an Asian tour which includes five Japanese games. One of the Japanese games draws over 100,00 fans to watch Lefty O'Doul's team.
    1950---Top Hits
Goodnight Irene - The Weavers
All My Love - Patti Page
Harbor Lights - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Tony Alamo)
I’m Moving On - Hank Snow
    1951-- Rocky Marciano defeats Joe Louis at Madison Square Garden
    1952- "Victory at Sea" premiered on TV. The video series does not give it justice, as many of the clips were repeated in the series, in the early days of television. The score, orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett was written by Richard Rodgers. In 1953, "No Other Love", adapted from one of the score's songs, became a hit for Perry Como.
    1954 - Chevrolet introduces the V-8 engine.
    1955 - Rebel Without a Cause, starring James Dean, Natalie Wood, and Sal Mineo, premiered in New York.
    1955 - The Village Voice is first published, backed in part by Norman Mailer.
    1955 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Autumn Leaves,'' Roger Williams.
    1958---Top Hits
It’s All in the Game - Tommy Edwards
Rock-in Robin - Bobby Day
Topsy II - Cozy Cole
City Lights - Ray Price
    1958 - The first New York - Paris transatlantic jet passenger service is inaugurated by Pan Am, while the first New York - London transatlantic jet passenger service is inaugurated by BOAC.
    1960- In a move designed to get a jump on the National League in the expansion race, the American League grants franchises to Washington and Los Angeles and okays the Senators move to Minnesota.
    1962-an early season snowstorm brought 4.7 inches of snow to Worcester, MA and 3.6 inches to Portland, ME. Greenville, ME had 13.9 inches. All were new records for the heaviest snow early in the season.
    1962 - JFK warned Russia that the US would not allow Soviet missiles to remain in Cuba. Nikita Khrushchev sent note to JFK offering to withdraw his missiles from Cuba if US closed its bases in Turkey. The offer was rejected. A boarding party from the Pierce and Kennedy executed the first quarantine interdiction of the Marucla. A tanker, the Groznyy is placed under aerial surveillance. Three more Soviet ships en route to Cuba were reported to have changed course and were returning to their ports of departure. They were the Vishnevsky, Okhotsk, and Sergev Botkin. Later in the day, Lawrence and MacDonough were shadowing Groznyy. The tanker had several cylindrical tanks topside and had declared them to contain ammonia.
    1963 - Natalie Merchant, at one time the vocalist for the band 10,000 Maniacs, is born in Jamestown, N.Y.
    1966---Top Hits
Reach Out I’ll Be There - Four Tops
96 Tears - ?(Question Mark) & The Mysterians
Walk Away Renee - The Left Banke
Open Up Your Heart - Buck Owens
    1970 - Garry Trudeau, only 22 years old, started his comic strip, "Doonesbury", out in 28 United States newspapers. The occasionally controversial strip is now in hundreds of papers and has a publishing empire of books and related merchandise. His wife of many years is TV news personality Jane Pauley.
    1971 - Memphis, Tennessee minister Al Green was awarded a gold record for his single, "Tired of Being Alone".
    1974---Top Hits
Then Came You - Dionne Warwicke & Spinners
You Haven’t Done Nothin - Stevie Wonder
You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet/Free Wheelin’ - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
I See the Want to in Your Eyes - Conway Twitty
    1978 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Hot Child in the City,'' Nick Gilder. The song takes 20 weeks from the time it enters the Hot 100 to reach No. 1, longer than any single before it.
    1980 - Baltimore quarterback Bert Jones is sacked a record 12 times in a 17-10 loss to St. Louis. Houston quarterback Warren Moon would equal the mark on Sept. 29, 1985 at Dallas.
    1982 - “St. Elsewhere” premiers. This very popular one-hour medical drama set in St. Eligius Hospital at Boston. Among its large and changing cast were Ed Flanders, William Daniels, Ed Begley, Jr, David Morse, Howie Mandel, Christina Pickles, Denzel Washington, Norman Lloyd, David Birney, G.W. Bailey, Kavi Raz, Stephen Furst, Mark Har­mon and Alfre Woodard. The last episode of the series, aired on Aug 10, 1988, was presented in order to cast doubt on the real­ity of the whole series, suggesting that a child’s imagination had dreamed it up.
    1982 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Who Can It Be Now?'' Men at Work. The song is the 12th No. 1 single to pose a question and the first of two by the Australian band.
    1982---Top Hits
Jack & Diane - John Cougar
Who Can It Be Now? - Men at Work
Eye in the Sky - The Alan Parsons Project
He Got You - Ronnie Milsap
    1983 - A heat wave was in progress over the Northern Rockies, with record highs of 81 degrees at Sheridan WY and Billings MT.(Sandra and TI Richard Sanders.
    1984 - Barbra Streisand got multiplatinum certification when her three albums reached the four-million-dollar sales mark. "Greatest Hits, Vol. II", "Guilty", and "A Star is Born" with Kris Kristofferson were all honored.
    1985- the Kansas City royals tired the World Series, three games to three, against the St. Louis Cardinals by winning Game 6,2-1. On a poor call in 6th game, umpire Don Deckinger starts a string of events costing Cardinals the 82nd World Series. Then considered controversial call at first base by umpire Don Denkinger. Television replays indicated he had blown the call, but Orta remained perched on first base and a two run single by Dane Jorg brought the Royals the win. Kansas City won the seventh game the next day, 11-0.
After two one-sided losses at home, the Yankees win the next four games and take their first World Series since 1978 with a 3-2 victory over the defending World champs Braves in Game 6.
    1989 - Unseasonably warm weather continued in the north central U.S. Afternoon highs of 78 degrees at Alpena MI, 75 degrees at Duluth MN, 79 degrees at Fargo ND, 77 degrees at International Falls MN, 76 degrees at Marquette MI, 75 degrees at Sault Ste Marie MI, and 80 degrees at Saint Cloud MN, were all the warmest of record for so late in the season. Morning lows of 63 degrees at Concordia KS and Omaha NE were the warmest of record for the date.
    1990---Top Hits
I Don’t Have the Heart - James Ingram
Black Cat - Janet Jackson
Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice
Friends in Low Places - Garth Brooks
    1990- a rapidly deepening coastal storm just east of Cape Hatteras produced wind gusts in excess of 90 mph along coastal sections. A dredge barge broke loose from its moorings in the Oregon Inlet and struck the Bonner Bridge, the sole link highway between Hatteras Island and the mainland. A 369 foot section of the bridge collapsed leaving thousands stranded on the island.
    1993 -the temperature at Eureka, CA soared to 87 to set an all-time record for the city
    1994---Top Hits
I ll Make Love To You- Boyz II Men
All I Wanna Do- Sheryl Crow
Endless Love- Luther Vandross
Secret- Madonna
    1997- With two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning of Game 7, Edgar Renteria singles home Mark Counsell giving the Florida Marlins their first World Series title with a 3-2 win over the Indians. The five-year old Marlins become the youngest expansion team to win the Fall classic.
    1999---Top Hits
Smooth- Santana Featuring Rob Thomas
Satisfy You- Puff Daddy Featuring R. Kelly
Heartbreaker- Mariah Carey Featuring Jay-Z
Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of...)- Lou Bega
    2000-- In Game 5 at Shea Stadium, the Yankees win their third consecutive World Series, the fourth title in five years and record 26th championship by defeating the Mets, 4-2. Luis Sojo's ninth inning two-out, tie-breaking single off starter Al Leiter is the decisive hit.
    2000 - Capitol Records honors Garth Brooks with a lavish party, marking Brooks' status as the only artist to sell more than 100 million albums in a decade and the only artist to sell 10 million copies of four different albums.
    2001 - Anthrax was found in the offices of 3 lawmakers in the Longworth House Office building on Capital Hill. The Supreme Court was shut down to test for anthrax spores.
    2002 --When Russ Ortiz, tossing 5-0 shut-out strikes out Garret Anderson to begin the seventh, the Giants appeared destined to win their first World Series since 1954. Scoring six times in the 7th and 8th innings of Game 6, the Angels' rally from five runs down to stage the biggest comeback in Series history for a team facing elimination and beat the Giants, 6-5, forcing a Game 7.
    2003---Top Hits
Baby Boy- Beyonce Featuring Sean Paul
Stand Up- Ludacris Featuring Shawnna
Get Low- Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz Featuring Ying Yang Twins
Damn!- YoungBloodZ Featuring Lil Jon
    2004 - Curt Schilling becomes the first starting pitcher to win a World Series for three different teams. In addition to his Game 3 Red Sox victory over the Cardinals, his 8-2 lifetime post-season record includes wins for the Phillies (1993) and Diamondbacks (2002).
    2005 - Willie Harris scores the game’s only run in the eighth inning as Jermaine Dye, the series MVP, singles the pinch hitter home giving the White Sox a 1-0 victory over the Astros and the team its first World Championship since 1917. For the second consecutive year, an American League team sweeps its National League opponent.
    2005 - White Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen becomes the first foreign-born manager to win a World Series as the ‘Wizards of Ozzie’ sweep the Astros in the Fall Classic.
    2005 - Bobby Valentine becomes the first foreign manager to win the Japan Series in the 70-year history of Japanese baseball. Sweeping the Hanshin Tigers, the former Rangers and Mets skipper lead the Chiba Lotte Marines to their first league championship in 31 years.
    2005 - Tadahito Iguchi becomes the first Japanese native to win a World Series ring as the White Sox swept the Houston Astros to win the Fall Classic in 88 years. Leaving the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks, the second baseman signed as a free agent with Chicago prior to the start of the championship season.

World Series Champions This Date

1911 Philadelphia Athletics

1996 New York Yankees

1997 Florida Marlins

2000 New York Yankees



Baseball Poem

That Home Run Feeling
by Tim Peeler

tired and poisoned by yellow jacket stings,
go for a hard run through the ripe dark July night,
strides shortened, quickened,
lap by ill-lit lap
in rain-plowed sand
that tightens a muscle against the pull of a worn shoe,
circling the pale glow of Little League baseball field,
enamored by the plink of metal bats,
the hearty high-pitched cheers,
circling as they circle a tauter diamond
in a high geometry of runs;
eighteen-fifteen the park announcer drawls
and I am drawn to the memory of my own Little League experience playing that 60's cinema
as I suck humidity by the round ball court
where rapper wannabes
work their slant rhymes and turnover dribbles,
and a tired backboard shivers.

Leaving now, I consider
the perfect orange moon
hanging for a moment on the light pole
above silent horseshoe pits,
and just for one splendid moment
I have that home run feeling again.

Touching All Bases
Poems from Baseball
Tim Peeler




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