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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Oracle Wins America's Cup in Race 19
One of Greatest Sports Comebacks!!!

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

Correction: Purchase Money Security Interest (PMSI)
 Leasing 102 by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP
  Classified Ads---Operations
Umpqua Brings Commerce National, FinPac, Sterling Together
 May Become Largest Broker Originated Operation
   by Christopher Menkin
    New Hires—Promotions
     Classified Ads---Help Wanted
  Padco Financial Services Joins Funders List "A"
   Funders Looking for New Broker Business plus
    Companies who notify lessee in advance of lease expiration
ELFA MFLI-25 August, 2013 Charts
 New Business in August Drops 11%
  Dash on the USS Laramie
   Classified ads—Asset Management
    Labrador Retriever
     San Francisco, California Adopt-a-Dog
  Rush/Museum Hours
   Room 237/Laurence Anyways/3 Films by Rossellini
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America's Cup: Oracle completes amazing comeback
 USPS recommends 3 cent hike in postage stamp
  Chinese Airlines, Lessor Place Orders for 68 Airbus A320 Series Jets
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     Bezos goes for ‘wow’ factor in new Kindle Fire button
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Correction: Purchase Money Security Interest (PMSI)
Leasing 102 by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP

A combination juxtaposition of a sentence and typo needs to be corrected. In these two paragraphs, the number of days is corrected to 20:

A “purchase money security interest filing” (PMSI) was established to allow a lender/lessor to file a lien and have a first position lien provided the lien was filed no later than 20 days after the lessee takes possession of the equipment. This poses a problem when vendors provide a trial period for the lessee to determine if the equipment will serve his needs. This is the reason we have a space on the acceptance agreement for possession/delivery date. But as you know lessees usually date everything the same as the acceptance date and unless you confirm the delivery date with the vendor, you could be late filed and you lose the asset to the blanked lien holder.

However, first filed is always first lien holder, so if no blanket lien exists you could be first lien holder even if you fail the PMSI filing deadline. It is very important to complete the filing within the 20 day period after possession. I can’t emphasize that enough.

The confusion has been corrected here as it mixed up Article 2A and Article 9. The financing statement must be in the State of incorporation because it is an Article 9 statement:

Article 2A Lessors are allowed to file financing statements on leases without fear that the filing may be used as evidence that we made a loan instead of a lease (Article 9-505). Also, the financing statement must be in the State of incorporation because it is an Article 9 statement.

Purchase Money Security Interest (PMSI)


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Umpqua Brings Commerce National, FinPac, Sterling Together
May Become Largest Broker Originated Operation
by Christopher Menkin

In April, Sterling Financial, Spokane, Washington, purchased Commerce National Bank, Newport Beach, California, a $300 million bank with an active leasing department, now headed by Steve Tidland along with leasing veteran Steve Reid. Recently Leasing veteran Bob Robichaud retired as vice-president Leasing Relations. The leasing company had been primarily focusing on California business, but since the purchase has reportedly expanded somewhat into the mid-west.

“Sterling Financial Corporation of Spokane, Washington is the bank holding company for Sterling Savings Bank*, a state chartered and federally insured commercial bank, that operates under the trade names of Sterling Bank and in California as Sonoma Bank.

"Sterling Bank and Sonoma Bank serve more than 54,000 small and medium-sized businesses and more than 280,000 retail accounts throughout the Pacific Northwest in a network of branches that span from northern California to the Canadian border."

In early September, Umpqua Holdings announced it had agreed to buy private-equity backed Sterling Financial Corp (STSA.O) in a $2 billion cash-and-stock. The combined company will operate under the Umpqua brand and continue to be led by Umpqua President and Chief Executive Ray Davis. Sterling president and CEO Greg Seibly will join Umpqua Bank as co-president, with Umpqua Bank co-president Cort O'Haver serving in the same capacity.

Paul Dini, Sr. VP

It appears the banks acquired by Sterling, Sonoma and Borrego have changed their name to Argent effective October 1st, with Commercial National to follow the name change in early November. The leasing division will be reporting to Paul Dini, senior vice president-regional director at Sterling Bank out of Washington.

In Umpqua President/CEO Ray Davis’ transcript in Seeking Alpha, he alludes that the bank branches will be serviced in a manner by the purchase of Financial Pacific. He also muses that perhaps that is also changing with the purchases of Sterling with its own leasing department, and that of Commerce National Bank.

Umpqua Holdings closed its purchase of Financial Pacific Leasing, Federal Way, Washington on July 1st, 2013. Ray Davis, President/CEO announced "FinPac is a premier equipment leasing company in the country."

Ray Davis

"We couldn't be more pleased with this new addition, which is led by an extremely knowledgeable team of professionals."

Paul Menzel, CLP
President Financial Pacific

It appears in the selling of Financial Pacific, its president Paul Menzel, CLP, was active in choosing who the buyer would be and saw the best opportunity for FinPac and its employees to join up with Umpqua, which he considers an “entrepreneurial” community bank headquartered in the Pacific Northwest.

He told Leasing News that he saw the opportunity to grow the “third party originations” by including “A” paper as well as continuing “B” and “C”. Financial Pacific has already made the move to $100,000 with competitive rates to attract more established companies; in fact, increasing their business 30% in the first two months.

He sees Sterling’s Commerce National Bank equipment leasing group dovetailing perfectly in the financial statement side of the middle-market, keeping the Financial Pacific platform and credit processing to the small business “app only,” and maintaining its third party origination program, which is the core strength they are also bringing to the bank. He also envisions that the Umpqua stores will have access to the leasing product and deliver it to the retail customer in real time with a contingent approval, theoretically in minutes.

Menzel sees a model similar to Bank of the West, though maintaining and growing FinPac’s core TPO channel strength. Bank of the West has built their equipment finance group by emphasizing direct vendor, basically through Trinity and the Portland servicing operation, as well as middle market transactions directly through the branch channel.

Seeking Alpha Transcript:

The Sale of Financial Pacific Leasing
to Umpqua Holdings Corporation


New Hires—Promotions


Michael Ash appointed to newly related position of Capital Markets Director for Signature Financial, New York City, New York; based out of Melville, Long Island, N.Y. Previously he was syndication manager, v.p., U.S. Bancorp Equipment Finance (October, 2010-August, 2013), syndication manager, Wells Fargo Equipment Finance (1995-October, 2010), vice president, Charter Financial, now Wells Fargo Equipment Finance (1995-2000), AVP, CIT Group (1991-1995).New York University - Leonard N. Stern School of Business, MBA, Finance (1995 – 2000) Lehigh University, Lehigh University, Bachelor of Arts (BA)(1987 – 1991). Ash is a resident of Plainview, Long Island, N.Y., where he lives with his family.

Mark Caplan, 55, moves up from president to chairman, Madison Capital, Owings Mills, Maryland. "He and his father, Caswell, founded (the original company) in 1984. Mr. Caplan is a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Compensation Committee at Bay Bank, a publically traded community bank (NASDAQ symbol CRRB). In addition to his financing activities, he is the President and CEO of The Time Group, a real estate equity firm where he has worked since the mid-1970s. The Time Group has interests in approximately 6,000 units of multi-family, manufactured housing, and senior living. He is also a founder and is currently the Chairman of WPM Real Estate Management, a manager of multi-family properties as well as other property types currently comprising in excess of 17,000 units. Mr. Caplan is active in the non-for-profit community in Baltimore, having served or currently serving on the Boards of The Walters Art Museum, The Bryn Mawr School, The Gilman School, Center Stage, B.E.S.T., Charles Street Development Corp., Real Estate Advisory Board of Columbia Business School, and St. Ignatius Loyola Academy. Mr. Caplan graduated from Gilman School in 1976 and Johns Hopkins University in 1981 where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Social & Behavioral Sciences. He received his Master of Business Administration from the Columbia Business School in 1983, which he attended as a Dean’s Fellow."

Allan Levine has been named president of Madison Capital, Owings Mills, Maryland." In 1971, he began working with a firm focused on vehicle and small-ticket equipment leasing. In 1974, Allan started Fox Auto & Truck Discount Leasing Company, which evolved, in the early 1980’s, into Fox Discount Leasing, Inc. In 1987, the name changed to form Fox Valley Leasing, which merged with Harbor Leasing to become Madison Capital in August of 1997. Allan has served on many boards and committees throughout the leasing industry ; and, has been active in community organizations. Allan’s involvement has included the local chapter of the NVLA (National Vehicle Leasing Association). He has served on The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s Committee for Independent Leasing Companies (ILC) and its Future Council group. He was VP of The Jewish Community Center and on its board of directors for years, and is past chair of The Gordon Center (a 550-seat boutique venue for the performing arts). Allan has also served as a big brother in that local organization. Allan is a past Chairman of the Board of The Chimes, an international not-for-profit serving over 20000 individuals with development disabilities and employs more than 2300 employees. Allan was on the Board of The Eastern Association of Equipment Lessors (EAEL) and was the Editor of The Independent, which was EAEL’s newsletter. In addition, Allan is currently on the advisory board of The Leasing News (a website that contains a leasing industry newsletter). He has also served, at the board and committee levels of additional local philanthropic and community organizations. Recently, Allan became a member of The Maryland Zoo’s Board of Directors. It is the fourth largest Zoo in the US."




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ELFA MFLI-25 August, 2013 Charts
New Business in August Drops 11%

(Leasing News Chart)

August is the third month of decline in 2013: January went from $5.9 billion to $4.7 billion, June went from $8.5 billion to $7.2 billion in July, followed by August dropping to $6.4 billion.

Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) Charts:

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Aging of Receivables:

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Average Losses (Charge-offs) as a % of net receivables
(Year Over Year Comparison)

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Credit Approval Ratios As % of all Decisions Submitted
(Year Over Year Comparison)

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Total Number of Employees
(Year Over Year Comparison)

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The So Called MLFI-25
(36 companies listed)

ADP Credit
BancorpSouth Equipment Finance
Bank of America
Bank of the West
BB&T Bank
BMO Harris Equipment Finance
Canon Financial Services
Caterpillar Financial Services
De Lage Landen Financial Services
Dell Financial Services
Direct Capital Corporation
EverBank Commercial Finance
Fifth Third Equipment Finance
First American Equipment Finance, a City National Bank Company
GreatAmerica Financial Services
Hitachi Credit America
HP Financial Services
Huntington Equipment Finance
John Deere Financial
Key Equipment Finance
LEAF Commercial Capital
M&T Bank
Marlin Leasing
Merchants Capital
PNC Equipment Finance
RBS Asset Finance
SG Equipment Finance
Siemens Financial Services
Stearns Bank
Susquehanna Commercial Finance
US Bancorp Equipment Finance
Verizon Capital
Volvo Financial Services
Wells Fargo Equipment Finance


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Dash on the USS Laramie

(Not posed, taken by a shipmate)

My son Dash's unit was sequestered by the US Navy. He is now a civilian duty electrician, whose ship works for the US Department of Navy as part of the Military Sealift Command.

On Board, leaving Norfolk, Virginia, his home port.

This is public information: His ship is a double-heeled ship, certified for the Mediterranean Sea. Capacity: 159,000 barrels of fuel oil or aviation fuel and eight 20-feet containers refrigerated. Refueling stations: five. Assigned to the Atlantic Fleet. He says he loves his job and enjoys his own cabin with TV, internet, and photos of people his misses. We communicate often.

USNS Laramie


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By Fernando F. Croc

A gripping sports drama ("Rush") and a meditative tone poem ("Museum Hours") make for a fascinatingly contrasting double-bill in theaters, while new DVDs offer one-of-a-kind documentaries ("Room 237"), exhilarating dramas ("Laurence Anyways"), and remarkable classics ("3 Films Directed by Roberto Rossellini").

In Theaters:

Rush (Universal Pictures): Oscar-winning director Ron Howard ("Apollo 13," "A Beautiful Mind") serves up another true-story crowd-pleaser with this gripping sports drama. Set in the 1970s, the story details the rivalry between two professional race car drivers, glamorous English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Austrian perfectionist Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl). Following their exploits in and out of the racing strip, the film chronicles their relationships to their girlfriends (played by Olivia Wilde and Alexandra Maria Lara) as well as the grudging mutual respect that gradually develops between them as they risk their lives behind the wheel. A sturdy character study that doubles as a rousing look at dangerous competition, the film should put Howard back on the prestige path after his recent string of box-office missteps.

Museum Hours (Cinema Guild): Viewers looking for challenging yet exhilarating cinema should check out this meditative sleeper, which works both as a poignant drama and as a tone poem. Set mostly in the magnificent chambers of a museum in Vienna, the story focuses on the tentative friendship that grows when a security guard named Johann (Bobby Sommer) crosses paths with a Canadian visitor named Anne (Mary Margaret O'Hara). She's come to see her ailing sister while he's grown used to loneliness, and yet their lives become subtly yet powerfully intertwined as they wander through the building's many exhibits, gazing at centuries of art. Better known for his experimental films, director Jem Cohen handles this premise with masterful patience and delicacy, resulting in a two-character stroll that's every bit as moving as this year's "Before Midnight."

Netflix Tip: Legendary tough-guy writer Elmore Leonard (1925-2013) has left behind a massive heritage of great writing, much of which resulted in rousing screen adaptations. So check out Netflix for such exceptional films as "3:10 to Yuma" (1957), "Get Shorty" (1995), "Jackie Brown" (1997) and "Out of Sight" (1998).


Room 237 (MPI): Have you ever lose yourself within a movie's many possible interpretations. A lot of people have when it comes to Stanley Kubrick's 1980 horror classic "The Shining," as we hear in this clever, hugely entertaining documentary. With its open-ended narrative and maze-like structure, "The Shining" has always invited movie buffs to theorize about it, and director Rodney Ascher assembles a group of its most creative fans and lets them explain what it all means. Is the movie Kubrick's metaphor about the difficulties of artistry, of dealing with his own genius? Or is it a deliberately bungled studio assignment that functions as a symbolic representation of the Holocaust? Maybe it's a veiled confession about NASA having faked of the moon landing? No matter how ridiculous the theories get, the film is never less than delicious in its portrait of obsessive movie buffs.

Laurence Anyways (Breaking Glass Pictures): While not yet 25, Canadian writer-director Xavier Dolan has already come up with a series of breathlessly inventive movies about characters at emotional extremes. His latest chronicles the tumultuous life of Laurence (Melvil Poupaud), a Montreal school teacher who, on the verge of his 30th birthday, reveals to friends and family that he's decided to live his life as a woman. But leading a transgender life is still a difficult one, and Laurence has several challenges ahead. Meanwhile, his tempestuous former girlfriend (Suzanne Clement) is hit hard by the news, leading to a bittersweet reunion years later. Dealing with a delicate subject with humor and sympathy, Dolan's film manages to maintain a refreshing attitude and exhilarating style for a running time of almost three hours. With subtitles.

3 Films by Roberto Rossellini (Criterion): When Italian director Roberto Rossellini married Hollywood star Ingrid Bergman in the late 1940s, their movies together carried a charge of scandal. Seen now, decades later, all prurience has melted away to reveal their raw, emotional power. Rossellini's three films starring Bergman, packaged in an exceptional Criterion set, is a gift for movie lovers. There's "Stromboli" (1949), with Bergman as the restless wife of a small-town fisherman. Then there's "Europe '51" (1952), where she plays an unsettled society woman undergoing a spiritual search. And finally, their masterpiece "Journey to Italy" (1954), where she and George Sanders play an alienated couple driving through the Italian countryside and rediscovering their feelings. Available for the first time on DVD, these remarkable films make for a trio of must-see dramas.



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America's Cup: Oracle completes amazing comeback

Greatest comeback in sports history

USPS recommends 3 cent hike in postage stamp

Chinese Airlines, Lessor Place Orders for 68 Airbus A320 Series Jets

Why Larry Ellison and Michael Dell Are Now the Best of Friends

John McAfee vows to make Internet 'impossible to hack'

Bezos goes for ‘wow’ factor in new Kindle Fire button

Survey: 15 percent of Americans don't go online



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Oracle does it! One-sided win in Race 19 completes one of greatest comebacks in history

Highlights and Analysis: Oracle Team USA Wins America’s Cup

Yankees officially eliminated

Sacked by the NFL: New policy making it safer or just a nusiance?


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Historic America’s Cup win blunts anger over Larry Ellison OpenWorld snub



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Sizable 2013 winegrape crop moderates pricing
Bulk wine pushes imports to half of sales

Vintner boasts $168K bottle of wine

Stags Leap District's Legendary Vintners Collaborate on the Release of the Coveted Appellation Collection

VineNotes: Data-capture best practices boost direct-to-consumer wine sales

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This Day in History

      1774-Birthday of John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, born Leominster, MA. Planter of orchards and friend of wild animals, he was regarded as a great medicine man by the Indians.  The remarkable career of Johnny Appleseed began about 1800. He moved to Pennsylvania, where he sold or gave away saplings and apple seeds to settlers moving west. Chapman then moved on to Ohio, sowing and giving away apple seeds en route. For more than 40 years he traveled through Ohio, Indiana, and western Pennsylvania. He pruned trees he had previously planted and helped pioneers care for the orchards grown form his seeds. His work bore fruit, literally, over an area of perhaps 100,000 square miles. Chapman was ragged in dress and eccentric in his ways. He was also an itinerant preacher, expounding his faith in the Church of the New Jerusalem, the religious organization that grew out of the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg, the Swedish mystic whose teachings had been introduced to the U.S. in 1784 and whose empathy with the natural world apparently appealed to Chapman. During the War of 1812, Chapman traveled 30 miles to bring troops to Mansfield, Ohio, to forestall a raid by Indian allies of the British. Chapman also introduced and encouraged the raising of many useful medicinal herbs. He died near Fort Wayne, Indian, in 1847.
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    1777- Philadelphia was occupied by British forces under Gen. Howe. General George Washington realizes the war is going badly for the colonials.
    1789 - Thomas Jefferson was appointed America's first Secretary of State; John Jay the first chief justice of the United States; Samuel Osgood the first Postmaster-General; and Edmund Jennings Randolph the first Attorney General.
    1814- With over 1,000 delegates from 17 churches, the Flint River Association was established -- the first official Baptist organization of its kind in the history of Alabama.
    1835- The Suwanee Association was formed, in Florida. Comprised of eight member churches, it was the first official Baptist organization in Florida history.
    1871- David Oliver Saylor of Allentown, PA, received a patent for American Portland cement. He perfected a process for making hydraulic cement from argillo magnesium and argillo calcareous limestone. European cement was regarded as superior and it was not until 1897 that the use of American cement exceeded the use of cement important from Europe. It was primarily brought in from Portland, England as ballast aboard ships.
    1887-Emile Berliner, a 36 year old German immigrant living in Washington DC, applies for a patent on his invention, the gramophone. The machine was the first to play flat discs as opposed to Thomas Edison's wax cylinder apparatus. The patent would be granted in November. 
    1888-Birthday of T.S. Eliot ( Thomas Stearns Eliot), Nobel prize winner, poet, playwright and critic, born St. Louis, MO. “There never was a time,” he believed, “ when those that read at all, read so many more books by living authors than books by dead authors; there never was a time so completely parochial, so shut off from the past.” Eliot died at London, England, January 4, 1965.
    1892 - The ‘King of Marches' was introduced to the general public. John Philip Sousa and his band played the "Liberty Bell March" in Plainfield, New Jersey. Most of his compositions were written in Great Lakes, Illinois, where his Navy marching band was based.
    1898 -George Gershwin Birthday
    1907-Birthday of piano player Frank “Kansas City Frank” Melrose. Sumner, IL
    1908 - An ad for the Edison Phonograph appeared in "The Saturday Evening Post". The phonograph offered buyers free records by both the Democratic and Republican U.S. presidential candidates!
    1918- The “Battle of Meuse,” Argonne Forest. As part of four major efforts to break the Hindenburg line, a Franco-American offensive began on this date, with the US First Army striking between the Meuse River and the Argonne Forest and the French Fourth Army to their west. After four taxing weeks of attack, the Germans were gradually pushed back. By Oct 31, the Americans had advanced 10 miles, the French had reached the Aisne River 20 miles away and the Argonne Forest was rid of the Central Power forces. This was the final great battle of World War I.
    1919-President Wilson actually suffered a strong while traveling to Wichita, Kansas from Pueblo, Colorado.. His national tour was halted and he was taken back to Washington, DC. History was changed as the seriousness of Wilson's condition was not made public, even to his immediate cabinet. For quite a period of time, Mrs. Wilson along with a few key people kept his inabilities a secret.
Legislation did not happen, foreign policy was greatly affected, and Wilson's ability to communicate with the public was gone. The presidential election of 1920 was in part a referendum on whether the U.S. should join the League of Nations. Its main proponent was too incapacitated to continue and all the opponents had a field day. The Democratic nominee, James M. Cox, pledged to do his best to take American into the league, but found little support or backing, even from his own party due to the lack of indecision by the many factions. The Republican platform straddled the issue; candidate Warren G. Harding did not seem to feel strongly either way (ironically he would die in San Francisco from a heart attack, August 2, 1923).. Harding's election was an indicator that the American people wanted to forget the war. They rejected Woodrow Wilson's idealism and returned to everyday pursuits. This was the first presidential election in which women could vote, and they apparently voted the same was as the men---overwhelmingly Republican ( the saying that “We gave the women the vote, and they voted for handsome Warren G. Harding (a well-known womanizer at the time) haunted the female vote for years. The U.S. Census recorded a population of 105,710,620. The center of population was placed at eight miles south-southeast of Spencer, Owen County, Indiana. For the first time a decline was recorded in the rural population to less than 50% of the total. The number of farm residents had dwindled to less than 50%. We were about to begin “The Roaring Twenties.”
    1925----Texas Governor Pat Neff pardons folksinger Leadbelly, McGregor, Texas
    1926-Gene Tunney won the heavyweight championship by taking a unanimous 15-round decision from Jack Dempsey, the champion since 1919. Tunney defeated Dempsey in a rematch, won one more fight and then retired.
    1926 –Birthday of Julie London (Peck) (singer: Cry Me a River; actress: Emergency; died Oct 18, 2000)
    1936 - Denver, CO, was buried under 21.3 inches of snow, 19.4 inches of which fell in 24 hours. The heavy wet snow snapped trees and wires causing seven million dollars damage. (26th-27th)
    1937- Bessie Smith, 43, one of the world's great jazz singers, dies in Clarksdale, Miss., from an auto accident. The closest hospital refused to admit her because she was black.
    1939-Birthday of singer Tina Turner, Brownsville, TN
    1944—Top Hits
I'll Walk Alone - Dinah Shore
Is You is or is You Ain't - Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
I'll Be Seeing You - Bing Crosby
Smoke on the Water - Red Foley
    1947- Lynn Anderson - U.S. country singer and songwriter. Dozens of her songs crossed over into mainstream fame. Her "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden" went gold and won the Grammy for best female vocal. Her mother is Liz Anderson, a country singer and songwriter in her own right. Liz wrote Lynn's famed "Ride, Ride, Ride" (1966) and had her songs recorded by top male vocalists in the business.
    1948-Birthday of singer Olivia Newton-John, Cambridge, England,.
    1949- Jane Graves Smiley birthday - U.S. novelist and Pulitzer Prize winner. She won the Pulitzer honor for her devastating One Thousand Acres that was later made into a movie but is best known for her novel Moo which has almost become a cult favorite. Her mother was also a writer and journalist.,6000,1010668,00.html
    1950 - Residents of the northeastern U.S. observed a blue sun and a blue moon, caused by forest fires in British Columbia.
    1950-OBREGON, EUGENE ARNOLD Medal of Honor 
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, Company G, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.). Place and date: Seoul, Korea, 26 September 1950. Entered service at: Los Angeles, Calif. Born: 12 November 1930, Los Angeles, Calif. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company G, in action against enemy aggressor forces. While serving as an ammunition carrier of a machine gun squad in a marine rifle company which was temporarily pinned down by hostile fire, Pfc. Obregon observed a fellow marine fall wounded in the line of fire. Armed only with a pistol, he unhesitating dashed from his covered position to the side of the casualty. Firing his pistol with 1 hand as he ran, he grasped his comrade by the arm with his other hand and, despite the great peril to himself dragged him to the side of the road. Still under enemy fire, he was bandaging the man's wounds when hostile troops of approximately platoon strength began advancing toward his position. Quickly seizing the wounded marine's carbine, he placed his own body as a shield in front of him and lay there firing accurately and effectively into the hostile group until he himself was fatally wounded by enemy machine gun fire. By his courageous fighting spirit, fortitude, and loyal devotion to duty, Pfc. Obregon enabled his fellow marines to rescue the wounded man and aided essentially in repelling the attack, thereby sustaining and enhancing the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country. 
    1952- Top Hits
You Belong to Me - Jo Stafford
Wish You Were Here - Eddie Fisher
Half as Much - Rosemary Clooney
Jambalaya (On the Bayou) - Hank Williams
    1953 - The Ames Brothers' "You You You" hits #1 
    1955 - Debbie Reynolds married singing idol Eddie Fisher. The couple made it through four tempestuous years. Fisher gave her up for Elizabeth Taylor, and also “Jump the Shark” on his career.
    1956-Fats Domino's "Blueberry Hill" enters the US Pop chart, where it will reach number four. 
    1956 - The mayor of Tupelo, MS declares today Elvis Presley Day in honor of its favorite son; among others, a young Tammy Wynette is in the audience at the concert Elvis gives later.
    1957- Sept 26 , West Side Stories opened at the Winter Garden Theatre, 1957 and ran for 732 performances
    1957 - "West Side Story" opened in New York. The musical ran for 734 performances. The loose adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" produced several hit songs, including "Maria" and "Tonight".
    1960- the first of four television debates between Richard Milhous Nixon, the Republican candidate, and John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the Democratic candidate took place today in a Chicago studio; the second on October 8 in a Washington, DC, studio; the third of October 13, with Kennedy in New York City and Nixon in Hollywood, CA; and the fourth on October 21, in a New York city studio
    1960—Top Hits
My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own - Connie Francis
Chain Gang - Sam Cooke
Mr. Custer - Larry Verne
Alabam - Cowboy Copas
    1960-Connie Francis becomes the first female singer in the Rock and Roll era to have two consecutive number one singles when "My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own" went to the top of the Billboard chart. It followed "Everybody's Somebody's Fool".
    1961-Roger Maris hit his 60th home run of the season to tie Babe Ruth's record. Maris's homer came off pitcher Jack Fisher of the Baltimore Orioles to the Yankees' 159th game.
    1961 - Folksinger Bob Dylan lands his first major gig, opening for the Greenbriar Boys for two weeks at Gerde's Folk City in New York. Critic Robert Shelton of the New York Times says of today's performance: "Bob Dylan is one of the most distinctive stylists to play in a Manhattan cabaret in months... there is no doubt that he is bursting at the seams with talent... Mr. Dylan's voice is anything but pretty... a searing intensity pervades his songs. Mr. Dylan's highly personalized approach toward folk song is still evolving." This review essentially launches Dylan's career.
    1962- “The Beverly Hillbillies” premieres on TV. This half-hour comedy was one of the most successful “rural” comedies on TV; in addition, according to Nielsen, the eight most-watched half-hour shows are episodes of this series. “The Beverly Hillbillies” was about an Appalachian man, Jed Clampett (Buddy Ebsen) who found oil on his property, so he moved his family to a better life in Beverly Hills, CA. Most of its jokes were based on its fish-out-of-water premise. Also in the cast were Irene Ryan as Granny, Jed's mother-in-law, Donna Douglas as his daughter ElIy May, Max Baer, Jr as his nephew Jethro Bodine, Raymond Bailey as neurotic Milburn Drysdale, Jed's neighbor and the owner of the bank where Jed kept his money, Nancy Kulp as Jane Hathaway, Drysdale's secretary and right-hand-woman and Harriet MacGibbon as Margaret Drysdale, Milburn's wife.
    1963 - San Diego, CA, reached an all-time record high of 111 degrees. Los Angeles hit 1S09 degrees.
    1964-Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman" reaches the top of the Billboard Hot 100. It would be the last of a string of nine straight Top Ten records for The Big O. 
    1964- “ The Gilligans Island” premiered. Often asked on both “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” and other quiz shows, this series was about seven people who set sail aboard the Minnow for a three-hour tour and became stranded on an island. They used the resources on the island for food, shelter and entertainment. The cast included Bob Denver as Gilligan, Alan Hale, Jr, as the Skipper( Jonas Grumby), Jim Backus as Thurston Howell Ill, Natalie Schafer as Mrs. “Lovey” Howell, Russell Johnson as the Professor( Roy Hinkley), Dawn Wells as Mary Ann Summers and Tina Louise as Ginger Grant, the movie star. The last telecast aired on Sept 4,1967.
( could not find Gilligan's first name, someone told me it was Willard or Wille )
    1965-CAPTAIN HUMBERT R. VERSACEUNITED STATES ARMY: Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty: Captain Hubert R. Versace distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism during the period of 29 October 1963 to 26 September 1965, while serving as S-2 Advisor, Military Assistance Advisory Group, Detachment 52, Ca Mau, Republic of Vietnam. While accompanying a Civilian Irregular Defense Group patrol engaged in combat operations in Thoi Binh District, An Xuyen Province, Captain Versace and the patrol came under sudden and intense mortar, automatic weapons, and small arms fire from elements of a heavily armed enemy battalion. As the battle raged, Captain Versace, although severely wounded in the knee and back by hostile fire, fought valiantly and continued to engage enemy targets. Weakened by his wounds and fatigued by the fierce firefight, Captain Versace stubbornly resisted capture by the over-powering Viet Cong force with the last full measure of his strength and ammunition. Taken prisoner by the Viet Cong, he exemplified the tenets of the Code of Conduct from the time he entered into Prisoner of War status. Captain Versace assumed command of his fellow American soldiers, scorned the enemy's exhaustive interrogation and indoctrination efforts, and made three unsuccessful attempts to escape, despite his weakened condition which was brought about by his wounds and the extreme privation and hardships he was forced to endure. During his captivity, Captain Versace was segregated in an isolated prisoner of war cage, manacled in irons for prolonged periods of time, and placed on extremely reduced ration. The enemy was unable to break his indomitable will, his faith in God, and his trust in the United States of America. Captain Versace, an American fighting man who epitomized the principles of his country and the Code of Conduct, was executed by the Viet Cong on 26 September 1965. Captain Versace's gallant actions in close contact with an enemy force and unyielding courage and bravery while a prisoner of war are in the highest traditions of the military service and reflect the utmost credit upon himself and the United States Army.
    1965 - Queen Elizabeth II presents the Beatles with the Order of the British Empire, recommended by Prime Minister Harold Wilson, who said later: "I saw the Beatles as having a transforming effect on the minds of youth, mostly for the good. It kept a lot of kids off the streets." The Beatles, who reportedly get high in a bathroom before the event, are said to be delighted, though many older and more conservative honorees return their honors in protest. John Lennon later gives his back, protesting "the war in Vietnam and also 'Cold Turkey' slipping down the charts."
    1968—Top Hits
Harper Valley P.T.A. - Jeannie C. Riley
Hey Jude - The Beatles
Hush - Deep Purple
Mama Tried - Merle Haggard
    1968 -Hawaii Five-O debuts as an hourly program on CBS
    1969- the Beatles' 13th album, Abbey Road, was released in the United Kingdom on this date in 1969. The album zoomed to number one on the record charts and stayed there for 11 weeks. It was the last album the Beatles made together.
    1969- “The Brady Bunch”. This popular sitcom starred Robert Reed as widower Mike Brady who has three sons and is married to Carol (played by Florence Henderson), who has three daughters. Housekeeper Alice was played by Ann B. Davis. Sons Greg (Barry Williams), Peter (Christopher Knight) and Bobby (Mike Lookinland) and daughters Marcia (Maureen McCormick), Jan (Eve Plumb) and Cindy (Susan Olsen) experienced the typical crises of youth. The program steered clear of social issues and portrayed childhood as a time of innocence. The last episode was telecast on Aug 30,1974. The program continues to be popular in reruns in the after-school time slot. There were also many spin-offs: “The Brady Kids” (1972—74), a Saturday morning cartoon; “The Brady Bunch Hour” (1976—77), a variety series; “The Brady Brides” (1981), a sitcom about the two older daughters adjusting to marriage and “The Brady's” (1990), a short-lived dramatic series. A Very Brady Christmas (1988) was CBS's highest rated special for the season. In 1995, The Brady Bunch Movie appealed to fans who had watched the program 25 years before.
    1969 - Legendary promoter Bill Graham opens the Fillmore West, a West Coast version of his popular New York "rock ballroom," in San Francisco.
    1970 - Santa Ana winds brought fires to Los Angeles County, and to points south and east. Half a million acres were consumed by the fires, as were 1000 structures. Twenty firemen were injured. (25th-29th)
    1970 - Motown announces that its newest singing sensation, the Jackson 5, have sold ten million records worldwide in just nine months.
    1970 - Returning to Abbey Road studios in London, ex-Beatle John Lennon begins work on his first proper solo album, John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band.
    1975 - The Rocky Horror Picture Show, starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, and a young unknown singer who goes only by the name of Meat Loaf, opens in Westwood, CA. A film version of the popular off-Broadway musical hit, it is an instant flop nationwide, and is miraculously resuscitated some time later when audiences at the midnight showings in New York City begin to talk back to the screen, creating a cult phenomenon that lasts to this day.
     1976 - Boulder, Colorado's Firefall saw their song "You Are the Woman" enter the Billboard chart on its way to #9. They would place five more songs in the Top 40, including "Just Remember I Love You" (#11 in 1977) and "Strange Way" (#11 in 1978). 
    1976-Top Hits
Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
I'd Really Love to See You Tonight - England Dan & John Ford Coley
A Fifth of Beethoven - Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band
If You've Got the Money I've Got the Time - Willie Nelson
    1979 - In the midst of a hot September for Death Valley, California, the afternoon high was 104 degrees for the second of three days, the coolest afternoon highs for the month.
    1981- Nolan Ryan o the Houston Astros became the first pitcher to throw five career no-hitters. He blanked the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-0, at the Astrodome. Ryan ended his career with seven no-hitters.
    1981- Roger Maris hit his 60th home run of the season to tie Babe Ruth's record. Maris's home came
    1982- “Knight Rider” premieres. David Hasselhoff starred in this one-hour adventure series about a copy who was nearly killed, then brought back to live with a new identity ( Michael Knight ) by a mysterious millionaire. Together with a car that talked, a Pontiac Trans Am called KITT ( Knight Industries Two Thousand, Knight had various adventures.  Other cast members included Edward Mulhare as Devon Miles, aid to the deceased millionaire, Patricia McPherson as mechanic Bonnie Barstow, Rebecca Holden as April Curtis, William Daniels as the voice of KITT, and peter Parros as Reginald Cornelius III, truck driver/chauffeur for KITT.
    1984 - Liz Taylor starred in the season opener of the TV soap, "Hotel". Despite incredibly biting bits from John Belushi on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" regarding her plumpness at the time, viewers were quite amazed when Ms. Taylor appeared in a gown -- with a 24-inch waistline. Definitely no more, “I followed Liz Taylor to McDonald's to watch the numbers change,” from Joan Rivers.
    1984---Top Hits
Missing You - John Waite
Let's Go Crazy - Prince & The Revolution
Drive - The Cars
Let's Chase Each Other Around the Room - Merle Haggard
    1984 - Paul Anka is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6840 Hollywood Blvd.
    1985- Shamu was born at Sea World at Orlando, FL and is the first killer whale born in captivity to survive. Shamu is now living at Sea World's Texas park
    1986 - "Dallas", on CBS-TV, smashed NBC's "Miami Vice" in the overnight ratings. The episode, from Southfork Ranch, had Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) returning from the dead -- in the shower, no less! Pam Ewing (Victoria Principal) was a bit perplexed. So were the viewers. Somebody had stayed up very, very late writing this episode.
    1987 - Whitney Houston's fifth consecutive #1 U.S. single hit the top. "Didn't We Almost Have It All" was a cut from her LP, "Whitney", which was number one on the album charts from June 27 to Sep 11 that year.
    1987 - Freezing temperatures were reported in the Northern and Central Appalachians, and the Upper Ohio Valley. The morning low of 27 degrees at Concord NH tied their record for the date. Temperatures soared into the 90s in South Dakota. Pierre SD reported an afternoon high of 98 degrees.
    1988 - Unseasonably warm weather prevailed across Florida. Afternoon highs of 92 degrees at Apalachicola and 95 degrees at Fort Myers were records for the date 
    1988- NYC's Rockefeller Center declared a national landmark.
    1989 - Rain spread from the southeastern states across New England overnight. Cape Hatteras NC reported measurable rainfall for the fourteenth straight day, with 15.51 inches of rain recorded during that two week period. Phoenix AZ reported a record high of 108 degrees, and a record 134 days of 100 degree weather for the year. Afternoon temperatures were only in the 40s over parts of northwest Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.
    1991 - A group of scientists, four men and four women began a two-year stay inside "Biosphere 2", a sealed structure in Oracle, AZ. They had planned to have no contact with the outside world; to grow their own food and live peacefully together as future pioneers in a harsh and alien world. Unfortunately, the outside world had to intervene a few times; to get rid of an ant invasion, to pump in oxygen, to tend to a health emergencies, to bring in forgotten necessities like makeup. The scientific team managed to last out the term, but they were half-crazy and half-starved when U.S. marshals led them out two years later.
    1996 - U.S. astronaut Shannon Lucid returns to Earth in the U.S. space shuttle Atlantis following six months in orbit aboard the Russian space station Mir. On March 23, 1996, Lucid transferred to Mir from the same space shuttle for a planned five-month stay. A biochemist, Lucid shared Mir with Russian cosmonauts Yuri Onufriyenko and Yuri Usachev and conducted scientific experiments during her stay. She was the first American woman to live in a space station. Beginning in August, her scheduled return to Earth was delayed by more than six weeks because of last-minute repairs to the booster rockets of Atlantis and then by a hurricane. Finally, on September 26, 1996, she returned to Earth aboard Atlantis, touching down at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Her 188-day sojourn aboard Mir set a new space endurance record for an American and a world endurance record for a woman. 
    1998 -With a 6-1 win over the Devil Rays, the Bronx Bombers set an AL record with their 112th win. The 1906 Cubs, who went 116-36, are the only team with more victories than the 1998 Yankees.
    1998 - By hitting a 462-foot blast at the Astrodome, Sammy Sosa hits #66 (and his final homer of the season) to take the lead in the HR race. Less than an hour later, however, Mark McGwire also hits his 66th in the Cardinals' 6-5 victory over the Expos to tie the Cub outfielder in the historic home run race.
    1998 - Ken Griffey, Jr. hits his league-leading 56th homer of the season and 350th of his career becoming the youngest player ever to reach the 350 mark.
    2007 -As the result of an internet poll conducted by Marc Ecko, who owns the historic horsehide, the record-breaking 756th home run baseball belted by Barry Bonds, will be donated to the Baseball Hall of Fame branded with an asterisk. The fashion designer, who made the announcement on the 'Today' show, revealed 47% voted for the ball to be marked with another 34% voting to donate it unchanged, and 19% elected to send the special sphere into outer space. 
    2009 - Bronx native Sonia Sotomayor, the Supreme Court's newest member, throws the ceremonial first pitch at Yankee Stadium, a strike right down the middle of the plate, prior to watching her team defeat the Red Sox, 3-0. In 1995, Justice Sotomayor, as a U.S. District Judge, issued an injunction which led to ending the nearly eight month-long baseball strike.



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