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WE'RE HIRING at Our Minneapolis Headquarters
Credit Manager
This position will be responsible for underwriting small ticket working capital applications up to $250,000 in a fast paced and high volume environment. The candidate will make independent decisions on commercial credit applications through evaluation of business and personal credit reports, financial statements and other credit information. More
Collections Representative
This position will function as the primary contact for customer concerns regarding loan collection issues. The candidate will act as a liaison between the customer, Channel Partners Capital and 3rd Party Collection Agencies. More
Please email cover letter and resume to:

Monday, September 14, 2015

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

Position Wanted –Credit
Work Remotely or Relocate for Right Opportunity
Top Stories  September 8 - September 10
(Opened Most by Readers)
California SB 197 Passed by Assembly
 Waiting for the Governor's Signature
Employee Exodus at Direct Capital, Portsmouth, NH
Customers and Vendors to Follow
Leasing Industry Ads---Help Wanted
Opportunities for Advancement
“Paid Time Off – What Should I Expect?”
Career Crossroad---By Emily Fitzpatrick/RII
Leasing #102 by Mr. Terry Winders, CLFP
So You Want to Start a Leasing Company
Chart---How Often Americans Log In
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CLFP Fall Circular
News for Leasing & Finance Professionals
Fairfield Capital Adds Renewable Energy Client
    To Arrange up to $165 Million
Lesley Sterling to Receive ELFA
  2015 Distinguished Service Award
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Beaverton, Oregon  Adopt-a-Dog
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eBay Abandoned Partnership, Fair Isaac Says
  Seeking $45 Million in Damages
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Position Wanted –Credit
Work Remotely or Relocate for Right Opportunity

Each Week Leasing News is pleased, as a service to its readership, to offer completely free ads placed by candidates for jobs in the industry.  These ads also can be accessed directly on the website at:

Each ad is limited to (100) words and ads repeat for up to 6 months unless the candidate tells us to stop. Your submissions should be received here by the end of each week.

Please encourage friends and colleagues to take advantage of this service, including recent graduates and others interested in leasing and related careers. 

Will relocate for the right opportunity and can work remotely. I have (25+) years in making credit decisions, as well as helping sales team and third party originators close more transactions via understanding their applicant's financial abilities. I can create alternative or additional opportunities (and income) by knowing which type of loan is best for the borrower

Orlando, Florida
As a Commercial Credit Analyst/Underwriter, I have evaluated transactions from sole proprietorships to listed companies, across a broad spectrum of industries, embracing a multitude of asset types. Sound understanding of balance sheet, income statement and cash flow dynamics which impact credit decisions. Strong appreciation for credit/asset risk.
407 430-3917




Top Stories  September 8 - September 10
(Opened Most by Readers)

(1) Reader Says Too Many Telephone Calls to Client
        All Generated from UCC Filings

(2) The Most Profitable Industries in the U.S.
        Leasing Comes in Number #11

(3) Change in Law Regarding Not Being Licensed
  Affects All California Subsidiaries of Banks and Brokers

(4) President of Office Equipment Leasing Co. Arrested
 For Engaging In Multi-Million Dollar Fraud Scheme 

(5) Sales Makes it Happen by Christopher Menkin
 Use UCC's to Call on Lessees Whose Lessor is Gone

(6) New Hires---Promotions in the Leasing Business
           and Related Industries

(7) 'The surge in the number of job openings
        in recent months is now taking on epic proportions'

(8) Learn How to Read Financial Statements
        - Podcast - by Steve Chriest

(9) Companies Who Notify Lessee in Advance of Lease Expiration
       No Extra Payments/They Notify Lessee before Termination

(10) LeaseQ, Online Marketplace for Leasing
          Boston's Next Fintech Rising Star



California SB 197 Passed by Assembly
Waiting for the Governor's Signature

California Governor Jerry Brown

There may be a rush for all those who are not licensed and want to do business in California to obtain a Finance Lenders License, which can
take up to six months to obtain.  If a mad rush, may take longer.
Brokers who want an attorney recommendation, rather than doing it
themselves, please contact

Leasing News has been reporting on this major change in California
commercial financing since it was first introduced, through all the amendments. Basically it allows unlicensed brokers to collect a commission when they refer the customer to a bank or licensed California Finance Lender.

At the same time, if the bill signed by the Governor, as expected, the following conditions regulate what an unlicensed broker cannot
do when submitting to a licensed finance lender, and now to a bank: the following prohibitions:

"(c) The following activities by an unlicensed person are not authorized by this section:

(1) Participating in any loan negotiation.
(2) Counseling or advising the borrower about a loan.
(3) Participating in the preparation of any loan documents, including credit applications.
(4) Contacting the licensee on behalf of the borrower other than to refer the borrower.
(5) Gathering loan documentation from the borrower or delivering the documentation to the licensee.
(6) Communicating lending decisions or inquiries to the borrower.
(7) Participating in establishing any sales literature or marketing materials.
(8) Obtaining the borrower’s signature on documents.”

Note: It leaves intact the law that an unlicensed broker can
submit up to five loans or capital leases in a year to a bank or
licensed finance lender.

With the requirement of the funder to make a record of the commission and payee, it will be easy to count the number of transactions by unlicensed referrers, which cannot exceed more
than five in a year. 

Note the conditions below:

"(d) The prohibitions in subdivision (c) do not apply if the unlicensed person meets one or more of the following criteria:

“(1) Is exempt from licensure under this division.
(2) Is exempt from federal income taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
(3) Is a business assistance organization recognized by the United States Small Business Administration.
(4) Is engaged in one or more of the activities described in paragraphs (1) to (8), inclusive, of subdivision (c) in connection with five or fewer commercial loans in a 12-month period made by persons licensed under this division.
(e) The commissioner may adopt regulations under this section to impose conditions on the referral activity authorized under this section. The commissioner may classify persons, loans, loan terms, referral methods, and other matters within his or her jurisdiction, and may prescribe different requirements for different classes of loans."

There are other requirements in reporting by the licensed finance lender or bank.

SB 197 as Enrolled



Employee Exodus at Direct Capital, Portsmouth, NH
Customers and Vendors to Follow

by Tom McCurnin, Leasing News Legal Editor
and Christopher Menkin

Since CIT Bank took over the operation at Direct Capital, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, employees have been leaving right and left as fast as they can.  The press release originally stated:

CIT Agrees to Acquire Technology-Driven Lender Direct Capital. Expands Small Business and Middle-Market Lending and Leasing Capabilities Through Proprietary Online Lending Platform

The transaction will expand CIT’s small business and middle market lending and equipment leasing capabilities and will allow Direct Capital’s highly experienced team of professionals to offer CIT’s broad range of products and services to its customers. 

“As part of the acquisition, Christopher J. Broom, Co-founder and Chairman of Direct Capital, and James P. Broom, Chief Executive Officer of Direct Capital, will continue to lead the business” (1)

Leasing News has been receiving emails for over six months from current and ex-employees, some direct to Leasing News, and some from contacts to ex-employees in writing the Friday feature "New Hires-Promotions;” communicating with the ex-employee of Direct Capital for a photo or to correct some information they have in their LinkedIn biography. There have been many complaints, some of which Leasing News sent some to Direct Capital, and to CIT, but a response has never been received, so they were not written about in Leasing News.

It is perhaps time to bring the situation to a news edition.

This email is from a current Direct Capital employee, a very reliable source for several years (name and perhaps other identifying information has been removed):

“Why are they willing to move? A few reasons. There is a major culture shift at Direct Capital since the CIT acquisition. What used to be a fun atmosphere, has turned into one of constant pushing and unobtainable goals, poor treatment by Operations leadership, and very low pay compared to industry. Sales comp has been cut drastically with the new comp and incentive plan.

“Others that have left:

“Now at Ascentium Capital:
David Lyder - Exec
Brian Varney - Sales Director
Chris Foss - Sales
Stan Dumont - Underwriter
Christine Nelson - Funding
Joseph Hennigar - Sales
Melissa Scheu - Funding
Kristen Morey - Marketing Director
Eric Bisson - Sales
Shawn Flanagan - Sales
George Atkins - Sales
Eric Meffert - Sales
David Quinn - Sales
Richard Scheib - Sales
Debra Varnum - Funding
Emily Gallagher - Sales
Josh Mabee - Sales
Justin Dearborn - Sales
Mike Howard - Sales

Richard Henderson - Sr. VP Now at Marlin
Dan Krajewski - VP - Now at Banc of California
Joe Schlegal - Business Development

“Several rumors in the office about the impending separation of:
VP Matthew Goyette
Controller Andrew Belliveau
IT VP Jim Ierardi
CISO Robert Macirowski
VP of underwriting Mike OConnel
Client Relations VP Dan Bocash
Exec VP Eric Renaud”

Leasing News contacted both CIT and Direct Capital for a comment,
sending a draft of this report, but received none.

Ascentium Capital did not have a statement to make, except noted from the draft of the report that only nine named above at Ascentium Capital were employed by Direct Capital when they were hired; 2 management, 3 operations, 4 sales. The other ten had passed through their doors in years prior.

One of the things that Direct Capital allegedly had was a very strong noncompete agreement, which they were reportedly willing to litigate.

In past editions, Leasing News Legal Editor Tom McCurnin has written
about the subject of noncompete clauses (2). He was asked to comment regarding this exodus from Direct Capital.

by Tom McCurnin
Leasing News Legal Editor

Hiring your competitor’s employees is a perfectly acceptable and legal way to increase your leasing business. Absent a “restrictive covenant” which prohibits the employee from working in that geographic area for a limited period of time, an employer is free to hire its competitor’s employees, subject to some common sense tips:

•  First, employees aren’t slaves. The competitor does not have the right to prevent the employee from working at a competitor’s business. Moreover, the employees aren’t required to have a lobotomy performed or go through the memory wiping machine “Rekall” in the film “Total Recall” to wipe out the employees memory of proprietary confidential information. 

•  Second, the employer should have a written policy that no employees may take a competitor’s trade secrets, including customer lists, sales reports, or other financial information. Doing so would be grounds for immediate termination.

•  Third, the employer should carefully screen new hires to insure that they are not bringing with them proprietary confidential information, such as customer lists. Their laptops and cell phones should be surrendered to the competitor or wiped clean. The employer should insure that the new employee brings nothing more than a pencil from the competitor. This is common sense because if the salesperson is really good, he’ll remember his contacts (or can find them independent of any trade secret documents). 

•  Finally, hiring an employee that admits taking proprietary confidential information may buy the employer a lawsuit, and more importantly, if that is the moral culture the employer is fostering, that employee will quit and will take your proprietary confidential information with him/her. 

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  2. Tom McCurnin Articles on Employment Covenants
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Leasing Industry Help Wanted


Press Release    
WE'RE HIRING at Our Minneapolis Headquarters
Credit Manager
This position will be responsible for underwriting small ticket working capital applications up to $250,000 in a fast paced and high volume environment. The candidate will make independent decisions on commercial credit applications through evaluation of business and personal credit reports, financial statements and other credit information. More
Collections Representative
This position will function as the primary contact for customer concerns regarding loan collection issues. The candidate will act as a liaison between the customer, Channel Partners Capital and 3rd Party Collection Agencies. More
Please email cover letter and resume to:

Join Our Incredible Sales Team

The right candidate will have 5+ years of sales experience in the equipment finance industry, current relationships and opportunities, and experience originating, building, and managing vendor programs. For more information, and to find out if Quail is a good fit for you,
click here.

For information on placing a help wanted ad, please click here:

Please see our Job Wanted section for possible new employees.  



“Paid Time Off – What Should I Expect?”
Career Crossroad---By Emily Fitzpatrick/RII

Benefits may be as important, or even more important, than salary,
and should be spelled out. Often overlooked: what is considered paid time off.
Paid time off is a benefit that an organization voluntarily provides employees. The Fair Labor Standard Act does not require employers to pay employees for time not worked and is determined by the employer. Included in this category are sick days, vacation days, personal days, maternity leave, holidays, and floating holidays. Government employees have a written policy. Silicon Valley companies seem to have the most generous, including male maternity leave.

Personal Days
These are typically accrued based upon the years of service and position level and hours are often accrued over the calendar year. Other organizations have a company-wide policy where every employee receives the same number of personal days. This benefit is offered to provide employees PTO for activities such as parent-teacher conferences, voting, medical treatments, etc.

Vacation Days
While there are no Federal laws that require an employer to offer paid vacation days as a benefit; Vacation Days are so common that employees expect them as part of their benefits package. For the most part, they are accrued by employees based on longevity and seniority. Typically, employees start with one to two weeks off and as their tenure increases, they become eligible for more time.

Negotiating for more vacation is possible; extra days are frequently granted to C-level and E-level employees. Additionally, if you are a potential employee leaving a current position with, for example, five weeks of accrued vacation, you may want to request this as part of your comp package. Some companies require you take the vacation
days or lose them, while others allow you to accrue them. For more information, go to .

Holidays (Federal/Bank*)
Visit (The Bureau of Labor Statistics) and for information on determining what the average American Paid Holiday Schedule looks like for federal (bank*) employees (established by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management).
*Most banks follow the federal holiday schedule; this may not always be the case.

Holidays for Non-Federal Companies
Holidays within this sector will vary by company based upon the needs of the employees and business. Another common paid holiday option is a floating holiday where the employee can honor various religious/cultural celebrations and for employees who wish to extend holiday weekends. Some organizations even offer paid holidays for the employees' birthdays, and/or for Election Day.
Most companies have these Time Off spelled out in their employment manual and/or in an employment agreement signed by you and the

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Career Crossroads Previous Columns


(Terry retired January 1, 2015.  To honor him and his many years of writing for readers of Leasing News, is repeating several of his columns that are still meaningful today. Here is September 3, 2014, plus at the end, his four part series on “how to.”)

So You Want to Start a Leasing Company?

One of the problems when you start a leasing company is to determine if you are going to be a broker, packager, or funder, or a bit of all three. A broker gets a fee for introducing the lessee to a lessor. The transaction is not completed until the lessor approves the deal. Usually the documents are created or supplied by the lessor. It is priced with the lessor in mind so the broker’s fee is part of the deal. Once the transaction is completed and funded, the broker has no further responsibilities and has earned the fee.

A packager usually structures and prices the deal and creates the documents. A packager reviews the credit requirements and any residual prior to approaching a lessor. When the deal is acceptable to the lessor, a complete package is delivered. Income to a packager is a front end fee and they may participate in the proceeds from a residual sale or re-rental that exceeds the booked residual.

If you establish the ability to fund leases by borrowed funds or invested capital, the firm must have at least three years of operating expenses because all the expenses are front end loaded while income is spread over the term of the leases. In addition, a lease loss reserve must be established that reduces income for three to five years until it gets fully established. This means that charge offs or the loss from the sale of capital assets must be taken at the same time that the loss account is being established.

One of the advantages of small companies is the ability to avoid using GAAP accounting requirements in the first few years. Cash accounting will allow for a better control of income and a better control of expenses in the near term.

Once a few years elapse and the firm needs to look for institutional capital or bank loans, GAAP accounting and audits will be required.

The territory served by the new leasing entity needs to be more local that spread out among several states. There is a fact in the leasing business that as your market size increases so do your operating expenses. The vendor market is appealing, but you need to have vendors that sell in your market and avoid vendors that ask you to fund leases that are across the country as it increases your licensing, state income tax, property tax, and other requirements to do business in each state. The cost of doing business in each

State requires a couple of million dollars portfolio to just cover the operating expenses. It takes time to establish this portfolio so it is a further drag on income.

Many start-ups in the commercial equipment leasing business use all three methods of leasing so they can get income from the best source and hopes all goes well for a few years so they can establish a good footing with out many losses.

Part I
So You Want To Start a Leasing Company

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Previous #102 Columns:





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CLFP Fall Circular
News for Leasing & Finance Professionals

Incorporating Electronic Documents by Brian Schonfeld, CLFP

Those Who Attend This Have a 94% Exam Pass Rate

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Fairfield Capital Adds Renewable Energy Client
To Arrange up to $165 Million

Naples, Florida --Fairfield Capital  announced  that it had entered into an agreement with a major manufacturer of green energy equipment to act as its exclusive advisor and placement agent with respect to arranging upwards of $165 million in equipment lease financing between now and  year end 2016.

Dana Pasternak
Managing Director/Founder
Fairfield Capital

“Working within a very aggressive timetable, we have been able to successfully arrange lease commitments of approximately $45 million and expect to close about $14 million in transactions in the month of September” said Dana Pasternak, Managing Director and Founder of Fairfield Capital.  “This engagement has been a challenge as the market for leases of big-ticket, green energy equipment is relatively thin due to the large 30% Federal energy investment credit applicable to investments in this type of equipment.  We have committed significant resources to this assignment to make sure that we could identify every viable source of financing for our client and are highly confident that we will by year end secure all the commitments we need to fully fund their customer financing requirements through year end 2016.”

Fairfield Capital Group, LLC, which was founded in 2004, provides capital markets solutions for the equipment finance and leasing industry.  We maintain relationships with dozens of institutional investors, and use this knowledge and our many years of experience to help investors create liquidity in their portfolios—whether to manage asset, credit or residual exposure, accelerate income recognition, or just to find a home for that difficult-to-place B/B- rated deal.  Whether you are on the buy-side or sell-side, Fairfield Capital can make your deal happen.

For more information, visit our website at or contact us at

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Lesley Sterling to Receive ELFA
2015 Distinguished Service Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) has selected Lesley Sterling, ELFA Vice President of Business and Professional Development, to receive its 2015 Distinguished Service Award. The award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the association and the equipment finance industry. Sterling will be formally recognized during a ceremony at ELFA’s 54th Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas, in October.

Sterling has been a valuable member of the ELFA staff for over 33 years. Hired in 1982 as the ninth employee of the American Association of Equipment Lessors—as ELFA was then known—she has played an integral role in the development and delivery of the association’s education and training activities.

At the time of her hiring, the association provided a limited number of educational events. Working with dedicated teams of volunteers from within member companies, Sterling expanded the number of professional and business development programs offered and greatly improved the quality of the programming. Today, members participate in a wide array of live events, web seminars, online learning courses and personalized in-house training workshops. Among the most popular are the ELFA Annual Convention, the National Funding Conference and the Equipment Management Conference and Exhibition.

Sterling helped develop the first Principles of Leasing and Finance Workshop over 25 years ago, which continues today as one of the major educational tools for equipment finance professionals. She was instrumental in developing the Institute of Lease Management, which in the 1990s was a must-attend executive education program for rising stars in the equipment leasing and finance industry. Many of its graduates went on to lead major companies in the industry.

Always interested in new delivery systems, she encouraged the association to invest in the development of online educational opportunities, which has resulted in the ELFA Academy virtual campus and the Conference Resource Center online portal.

“We are delighted to recognize Lesley’s outstanding contributions to ELFA and the equipment finance industry in the areas of business and professional development,” said ELFA President and CEO William G. Sutton, CAE. “Over her three-decade career at the association, ELFA has become the leader in providing world-class educational opportunities to the equipment finance industry. After many years of exceptional service, Lesley will be retiring at the end of this year. We will miss her greatly and wish her the very best in her future endeavors.”

“It has been a pleasure working with so many wonderful members of the equipment leasing and finance industry who have devoted so much of their time and energy into delivering first-rate, quality programs,” said Sterling. “ELFA could simply not provide the kind of programming it does without their participation. I will always be grateful for the support and contributions of the membership and the association’s talented professional staff. They helped me to be successful in my 33 years at this terrific organization.”


About ELFA
The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) is the trade Association that represents companies in the $903 billion equipment finance sector, which includes financial services companies and manufacturers engaged in financing capital goods. ELFA members are the driving force behind the growth in the commercial equipment finance market and contribute to capital formation in the U.S. and abroad. Its 580 members include independent and captive leasing and finance broker/packagers and investment banks, as well as manufacturers and service providers. For more information, please visit

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Attorneys Who Specialize in
Banking, Finance, and Leasing

Birmingham, Alabama
The lawyers of Marks & Associates, P.C. have over 30 years experience in dealing with virtually every type of equipment financing and are recognized throughout the industry for prompt, practical solutions and exemplary service. They offer cost-conscious, effective lease enforcement and good counsel. 
California, National: city: Riverside 
Ellen Stern - get results, reasonable pricing; numerous industry contacts, nearly 30 yrs SoCal, 20 yrs equip.: CFL license specialist, documentation, work-outs, litigated collections, recoveries; deal-maker. 

Kenneth C. Greene

Leasing and Financial consultant, active in several leasing
associations, as well as involved in music and film production inLA.  Mention "Leasing News" for a free consultation.
Skype: 424.235.1658
Connecticut, Southern New England: 
EVANS, FELDMAN & BOYER, LLC Collections, litigation, documentation, portfolio sales and financing, bankruptcy. We represent many of the national and local leasing companies doing business in this state. Past chairman EAEL legal committee. Competitive rates. 
Los Angeles/Santa Monica
Hemar & Associates, Attorneys at Law
Specialists in legal assistance, including debt collection, equipment recovery, litigation for 35 years. Fluent in Spanish. 
Tel: 310-829-1948 
Los Angeles, Southern CA 
Seasoned attorney representing secured creditors in auto finance and truck/equipment lease industry.  Bankruptcy and State Court litigation.   Vincent V. Frounjian (818) 990-0605or email:

Encino, California: Statewide “ELFA” 
Hemar, Rousso & Heald, LLP 30 yr excellent reputation Lessor representation commercial litigationdebt collection, and bankruptcy.
Call Stephen E. Jenkins Esq (818) 501-3800

Los Angeles, Statewide: CA.     "ELFA" Aggressive creditors rights law firm specializing in equipment leasing handling collection matters on a contingency, fixed fee or hourly cbasis. 

Los Angeles, Statewide: CA      "ELFA"
Practice limited to collections, bankruptcy and problem accounts resolution. Decades of experience. 10-lawyer firm dedicated to serving you. Call Ronald Cohn, Esq. (818)591-2121 or email. Email:   

Los Angeles- Statewide, CA
Lawyer specializing in banking and leasing issues statewide. Documents and litigation. 
Tom McCurnin, Barton, Klugman & Oetting. Voice: (213) 617-6129 
Cell:(213) 268-8291

California & National

Paul Bent – More than 35 years experience in all forms of equipment leasing, secured lending, and asset based transactions. Financial analysis, deal structuring, contract negotiations, documentation, private dispute resolution, expert witness services. 
(562) 426-1000

Trabaris, P.C.: Finance attorney with 24 years’ experience with transactional, documentation, secured financing and workouts /restructurings. 
Kevin Trabaris

Law Firm - Service, Dallas, TX. "ELFA"
Mayer regularly practices in leasing, secured financing, project development and finance and corporate finance. 
Massachusetts (collection/litigation coast to coast) 
Modern Law Group focuses its practice on collections, lease enforcement and asset recovery. For the past five years, our attorneys have helped clients recover millions of dollars. We are able to cover your needs coast to coast.

Michael J. Witt, experienced bank, finance, and leasing attorney, also conducts Portfolio Audits. Previously he was Managing Counsel, Wells Fargo & Co. (May, 2003 – September, 2008); Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Advanta Business Services (May, 1988 – June, 1997) Tel: (515) 223-2352 Cell: (515) 868-1067

National:  The OMEGA Network Group-nationwide legal representation of small and mid ticket equipment lessors-flat fee bankruptcy & replevin, contingent collection, 
billable litigation (704-969-3280)

National: Coston & Rademacher: Business attorneys serving the lease-finance industry since 1980. Transactional, documentation, corporate/finance, workouts, litigation, bankruptcy, portfolio management. Chicago-based national practice. Jim Coston, CLP (Members: ELFA, NEFA). 

St. Louis County , MO. - statewide: 
Schultz & Associates LLP., collections, negotiation, and litigation. Also register and pursue recovery on foreign judgments. Contingency and reasonable hourly rates. 
Ronald J. Eisenberg, Esq.
(636) 537-4645 x108
NJ,De,Pa: Specializing in leased equipment/secured transactions. Collections, replevins/workouts reasonable rates. Sergio Scuteri/Capehart & Scratchard, /
New York and New Jersey
Peretore & Peretore, P.C. documentation, portfolio purchase & sale, replevin, workouts, litigation, collection, bankruptcy.  Aggressive. Over 25 years

Thousand Oaks, California: 
Statewide coverage Spiwak & Iezza, LLP 20+ years experience,Representing Lessors banks in both State/ Federal Courts/ all aspects of commercial leasing litigation.
Nick Iezza 805-777-1175


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A little boy was overheard talking to himself as he strode through his backyard, baseball cap in place, while toting ball and bat.

"I'm the greatest baseball player in the world", he said proudly. Then he tossed the ball into the air, swung and missed.  

Undaunted, he picked up the ball, threw it into the air and said to himself, "I'm the greatest player ever!" He swung at the ball again, and again he missed.
He paused a moment to examine bat and ball carefully. 
Then once again he threw the ball into the air and said, 
"I'm the greatest baseball player who ever lived!"

He swung the bat hard and missed the ball yet again.

 "Wow!" he exclaimed. "What a pitcher!"



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This Day in American History

    1716 - First lighthouse in US lit on Little Brewster Island in Boston Harbor.
    1752 - England and colonies adopt Gregorian calendar, 11 days disappeared from September 3-13.
    1763 – Seneca warriors defeated British forces at the Battle of Devil’s Hole during Pontiac’s War near Niagara Gorge in New York colony.
   1814 - An attorney in Washington, DC, Frances Scott Key, was aboard a warship that was bombarding Fort McHenry, the outpost guarding the city of Baltimore, Maryland. Key wrote “Defence of Fort McHenry”, what would become "The Star-Spangled Banner", which officially became the national anthem of the United States by an act of Congress in 1931.
   1847 - Gen. Winfield Scott entered Mexico City after the defeated forces of General Santa Anna were forced to abandon the city. A Battalion of U.S. Marines made its presence felt at the “halls of Montezuma.”   The day before, young Mexican cadets had tried unsuccessfully to defend the fortified hill of Chapultepec. With the occupation of Mexico City, the United States-Mexico conflict virtually came to an end.  The United States was later able to claim a large Mexican territory, including what was to become the state of California, in 1850 (following the gold rush fever of 1849).   
    1848 - Alexander Stewart opened the first department store in the US.  Between 1846 and 1848, the construction was completed of one of Stewart's most famous buildings, the Marble Palace at 280 Broadway in NYC.   A. T. Stewart & Company became America's most successful retailer.
    1850 - Big earthquake felt in San Francisco. Fourth Great Fire destroyed 150 buildings in the area bounded by DuPont, Montgomery, Washington and Pacific streets. Loss set at $500,000. The fire broke out in the Philadelphia House on the north side of Jackson between Grant and Kearny. The San Francisco, Empire and Protection fire companies fought the blaze but had no water. It was not the actual earthquake that did all the damage, but the fires that resulted because of the earthquake.
    1861 - The first Civil War Naval Battle took place at Pensacola, FL. Lieutenant John Henry Russell descended upon the Confederate navy yard at Pensacola at 2 a.m. He had sailed the frigate Colorado past shore batteries in the dark, and with a force of 100 sailors and Marines, went for the southern privateer five gun Judah in the shipyard. After hand-to-hand fighting, the contingent burned the vessel to the waterline and left. There were no Confederate casualties. Three of the Union troops were killed and four wounded. President Lincoln thanked Russell personally and the Navy Department honored him.
    1862 - General Robert E. Lee's exhausted Confederate forces hold off the pursuing Yankees by closing two passes through Maryland's South Mountain, allowing Lee time to gather his forces further west along Antietam Creek near Sharpsburg. After the Battle of Second Bull Run on August 29-30, Lee decided to invade Maryland to raise supplies; he also hoped a decisive win would earn the South foreign recognition. As he moved, he split his army into five sections while the hungry Rebels searched for supplies. A copy of the Confederate plans accidentally fell into Union hands when the orders were left in an abandoned campsite outside of Frederick, Maryland. McClellan now knew that Lee's force was in pieces, but he was slow to react. As Lee moved into western Maryland, he left detachments to guard Crampton's Gap and Turner's Gap through South Mountain. If McClellan had penetrated the passes, he would have found Lee's army scattered and vulnerable. South Mountain, a 50-mile long ridge, contained several passes, but Crampton's Gap and Turner's Gap were the most important. The National Road ran through Turner's Gap to the north, and Crampton's Gap connected western Maryland to Harpers Ferry, Virginia. The Union troops drove the Confederates away at Crampton's Gap, but were initially unable to expel the Confederates from Turner's Gap. However, the Rebels did retreat the next morning. Union losses for the day amounted to 2,300 dead and wounded, including the death of Major General Jesse Reno. The Confederates lost 2,700. These engagements were a mere prelude to the Battle of Antietam. Although costly, they allowed Lee time to assemble his scattered bands at Sharpsburg.
    1882 - Birthday of Winnifred Sprague Mason Huck (1882-1936) in Chicago.  Congressional Representative from Illinois, she served out the term of her late father, 1922-23. She broke the rules about freshmen being still and introduced a number of bills including the call for independence for the Philippine Islands. She was an investigative reporter who even went to jail for four months under an assumed name to bring to light the abuses in prison as well as the difficulties in "going straight" afterwards.
    1868 - The first recorded hole-in-one at golf was scored by Tom Morris at Prestwick in Scotland.
    1872 - Britain paid US $15 million for damages during Civil War in compensation for building the Confederate commerce-raider Alabama. The confederate navy‘s Alabama was built at the Birkenhead shipyards. Despite its official neutrality during the American Civil War, Britain allowed the warship to leave port, and it subsequently played havoc with Federal shipping. The U.S. claimed compensation, and a Court of Arbitration at Geneva agreed, setting the amount at £3 million.
    1874 - The White Leagues, paramilitary organizations dedicated to the restoration of lily-white rule in Louisiana, temporarily seized control of the state government in a bloody coup d’état. 38 killed. 79 wounded.
    1879 - Margaret Higgins Sanger (1879-1966) was born Margaret Louise Higgins in Corning, NY.  She was a birth control activist, sex educator, writer, and nurse. Sanger popularized the term "birth control", opened the first birth control clinic in the United States, and established organizations that evolved into the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
    1886 - George K. Anderson of Memphis, TN, received a patent on typewriter ribbon.
    1886 - Birthday of "'Round 'Bout Midnight": Stanley "Midnight Assassin" Ketchel (1896-1910) in Grand Rapids, MI.  Heavyweight boxing champ, considered the middleweight champion of all time.  He was murdered at a ranch in Missouri at the age of 24.
    1889 - Hull House in Chicago opened its doors. Formed by Jane Addams and Ellen Starr, it was the first major settlement house in the United States. In its first year of operation, it hosted more than 50,000 people. In all, there would be more than 600 residents at various times ranging from some of the most influential social reformers of the day to a future prime minister of Canada - and just about everyone in between. Hull House under Addams, in addition to social work and reform, served as the "mother house" for the meeting and networking of reformers who then went out to change the world.
    1897 - Birthday of Margaret Fogarty Rudkin (1897-1967) in NYC. American businesswoman who started making a healthy bread for one of her sons in 1937 and parlayed those few loaves of bread it into a major commercial company, Pepperidge Farms. The company had sales of $32 million a year when she and husband sold out to Campbell Soup. She stayed as president - supervising the day to day operations personally as she had from the beginning - until a year before her death in 1967 of breast cancer, a disease she had since 1956. Her noted collection of cookbooks was donated to the Pequot Library in Southport, Connecticut.
    1898 - Harold Brent "Hal" Wallis (1898-1986) was born Aaron Blum Wolowicz in Chicago.  He was a film producer, best remembered for producing “Casablanca” (1942) and “True Grit” (1969), along with many other major films for Warner Bros. featuring such film stars as Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, and Errol Flynn.  Later, he was connected with Paramount Pictures and oversaw films featuring Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Elvis, and John Wayne.
    1901 - Twenty-fifth President of the United States William McKinley, Jr. (1843-1901), died from a gunshot on September 6, 1901, inside the Temple of Music on the grounds of the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. McKinley was shaking hands with the public when he was shot by Leon Czolgosz, an anarchist. The President died from gangrene caused by the bullet wounds. McKinley became the third American president to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and James A. Garfield in 1881. McKinley’s Vice President, who was sworn in as the 26th President, was former New York Guard Captain and Colonel of the 1st Volunteer Cavalry, “the Rough Riders”, Theodore Roosevelt.
    1914 – Clayton Moore (1914-99) was born Jack Carlton Moore in Chicago.  He is best known for playing “The Lone Ranger” from 1949–1951 and 1954–1957, one of early television’s most popular shows.  The theme song was “William Tell’s Overture” that accompanied the opening lines, “A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust, and a hearty Hi-Yo Silver!!! The Lone Ranger!  With his faithful Indian companion Tonto, the daring and resourceful masked rider of the plains led the fight for law and order in the early western United States. Nowhere in the pages of history can one find a greater champion of justice! Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear! From out of the past come the thundering hoof-beats of the great horse Silver!”
        1918 - MILES, L. WARDLAW, Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization:  Captain, U.S. Army, 308th Infantry, 77th Division. Place and date: Near Revillon, France, 14 September 1918. Entered service at: Princeton, N.J. Born: 23 March 1873, Baltimore, Md. G.O. No.: 44, W.D., 1919. Citation: Volunteered to lead his company in a hazardous attack on a commanding trench position near the Aisne Canal, which other troops had previously attempted to take without success. His company immediately met with intense machinegun fire, against which it had no artillery assistance, but Capt. Miles preceded the first wave and assisted in cutting a passage through the enemy's wire entanglements. In so doing he was wounded 5 times by machinegun bullets, both legs and 1 arm being fractured, whereupon he ordered himself placed on a stretcher and had himself carried forward to the enemy trench in order that he might encourage and direct his company, which by this time had suffered numerous casualties. Under the inspiration of this officer's indomitable spirit his men held the hostile position and consolidated the front line after an action lasting 2 hours, at the conclusion of which Capt. Miles was carried to the aid station against his will.
    1921 - Constance Baker Motley (1921-2005) was born in New Haven, CT. U.S. District judge who framed many of the early civil rights cases. CBM influenced legal desegregation interpretations in nine victories before the U.S. Supreme Court. She was the first African-American woman to become a federal judge (1966) and only woman borough president of Manhattan (1965).
    1926 - Seventeen-year-old Benny Goodman's first recording session, with Ben Pollack and his Californians, Chicago, IL.
    1927 - Gene Austin recorded one of the first million sellers; his composition, "My Blue Heaven", for Victor Records.
    1929 - Ella May Wiggins and other workers are riding in the back of an old pick-up truck to a union meeting, when local vigilantes, thugs, and a sheriff's deputy force the truck off the road and begin shooting at it. Ella May is killed. Labor union organizers appear in Gastonia, Carolina. The textile mill workers there eagerly flock to the union, but when the mill owners refuse to recognize the union, a strike breaks out in June of this year. Prominent on the union picket lines is Ella May Wiggins, a 29-year-old mother of nine children who had been working the night shift at one of the mills. When some of her children come down with whooping cough, Ella May asks the mill foreman to put her on the day shift so she can care for her sick babies. The foreman refuses and Ella May is forced to quit her job. With no money for medicine, four of her children die. From this point on, she becomes a militant in the strike movement. Her songs, with the older melancholy of mountain ballads, help cheer on fellow picketers.
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    1937 - The mercury soared to 92 degrees at Seattle, WA, a record for September.
    1938 - Birthday of Niara Sudarkasa, who was born Gloria Albertha Marshall in St. Petersburg, FL was an African-American anthropologist and president of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. She is an authority on African and African-American women and families and one of the leading scholars of the U.S. and has served on more than 20 boards and task forces in the furtherance of race relations.
    1939 - In the 1930s Igor Sikorsky (d.1972) turned his attention again to helicopter design and on this day flew the VS-300 on its first test flight.
    1940 – Congress passed the first peacetime draft law.
    1942 - EDSON, MERRITT AUSTIN, Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 25 April 1897, Rutland, Vt. Appointed from: Vermont. Other Navy awards: Navy Cross with Gold Star, Silver Star Medal, Legion of Merit with Gold Star. Citation: For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty as Commanding Officer of the 1st Marine Raider Battalion, with Parachute Battalion attached, during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands on the night of 13-14 September 1942. After the airfield on Guadalcanal had been seized from the enemy on 8 August, Col. Edson, with a force of 800 men, was assigned to the occupation and defense of a ridge dominating the jungle on either side of the airport. Facing formidable Japanese attack which, augmented by infiltration, had crashed through our front lines, he, by skillful handling of his troops, successfully withdrew his forward units to a reserve line with minimum casualties. When the enemy, in a subsequent series of violent assaults, engaged our force in desperate hand-to-hand combat with bayonets, rifles, pistols, grenades, and knives, Col. Edson, although continuously exposed to hostile fire throughout the night, personally directed defense of the reserve position against a fanatical foe of greatly superior numbers. By his astute leadership and gallant devotion to duty, he enabled his men, despite severe losses, to cling tenaciously to their position on the vital ridge, thereby retaining command not only of the Guadalcanal airfield, but also of the 1st Division's entire offensive installations in the surrounding area.
    1944 - The Great Atlantic Hurricane passed near Cape Hatteras, NC. A few days before, it was a category 5 hurricane with winds near 160 mph. At Cape Henry, VA sustained winds of 134 mph with gusts to 150 occurred. The storm raced into New England. 46 were killed on land and over 300 were lost at sea. Total damage was $122 million. The hurricane destroyed the Atlantic City boardwalk.
    1944 - SADOWSKI, JOSEPH J., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, 37th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division. Place and date: Valhey, France, 14 September 1944. Entered service at: Perth Amboy, N.J. Birth: Perth Amboy, N.J. C o. No.: 32, 23 April 1945. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty at Valhey, France. On the afternoon of 14 September 1944, Sgt. Sadowski as a tank commander was advancing with the leading elements of Combat Command A, 4th Armored Division, through an intensely severe barrage of enemy fire from the streets and buildings of the town of Valhey. As Sgt. Sadowski's tank advanced through the hail of fire, it was struck by a shell from an 88-mm. gun fired at a range of 20 yards. The tank was disabled and burst into flames. The suddenness of the enemy attack caused confusion and hesitation among the crews of the remaining tanks of our forces. Sgt. Sadowski immediately ordered his crew to dismount and take cover in the adjoining buildings. After his crew had dismounted, Sgt. Sadowski discovered that 1 member of the crew, the bow gunner, had been unable to leave the tank. Although the tank was being subjected to a withering hail of enemy small-arms, bazooka, grenade, and mortar fire from the streets and from the windows of adjacent buildings, Sgt. Sadowski unhesitatingly returned to his tank and endeavored to pry up the bow gunner's hatch. While engaged in this attempt to rescue his comrade from the burning tank, he was cut down by a stream of machinegun fire which resulted in his death. The gallant and noble sacrifice of his life in the aid of his comrade, undertaken in the face of almost certain death, so inspired the remainder of the tank crews that they pressed forward with great ferocity and completely destroyed the enemy forces in this town without further loss to themselves. The heroism and selfless devotion to duty displayed by Sgt. Sadowski, which resulted in his death, inspired the remainder of his force to press forward to victory, and reflect the highest tradition of the armed forces.
    1944 - WIGLE, THOMAS W., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company K, 135th Infantry, 34th Infantry Division. Place and date: Monte Frassino, Italy, 14 September 1944. Entered service at: Detroit, Mich. Birth: Indianapolis, Ind. G.O. No.: 8, 7 February 1945. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in the vicinity of Monte Frassino, Italy. The 3d Platoon, in attempting to seize a strongly fortified hill position protected by 3 parallel high terraced stone walls, was twice thrown back by the withering crossfire. 2d Lt. Wigle, acting company executive, observing that the platoon was without an officer, volunteered to command it on the next attack. Leading his men up the bare, rocky slopes through intense and concentrated fire, he succeeded in reaching the first of the stone walls. Having himself boosted to the top and perching there in full view of the enemy, he drew and returned their fire while his men helped each other up and over. Following the same method, he successfully negotiated the second. Upon reaching the top of the third wall, he faced 3 houses which were the key point of the enemy defense. Ordering his men to cover him, he made a dash through a hail of machine-pistol fire to reach the nearest house. Firing his carbine as he entered, he drove the enemy before him out of the back door and into the second house. Following closely on the heels of the foe, he drove them from this house into the third where they took refuge in the cellar. When his men rejoined him, they found him mortally wounded on the cellar stairs which he had started to descend to force the surrender of the enemy. His heroic action resulted in the capture of 36 German soldiers and the seizure of the strongpoint.
    1945 - KEATHLEY, GEORGE D., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, 85th Infantry Division. Place and date: Mt. Altuzzo, Italy, 14 September 1944. Entered service at: Lamesa, Tex. Birth: Olney, Tex. G.O. No.: 20, 29 March 1945. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty, in action on the western ridge of Mount Altuzzo, Italy. After bitter fighting his company had advanced to within 50 yards of the objective, where it was held up due to intense enemy sniper, automatic, small arms, and mortar fire. The enemy launched 3 desperate counterattacks in an effort to regain their former positions, but all 3 were repulsed with heavy casualties on both sides. All officers and noncommissioned officers of the 2d and 3d platoons of Company B had become casualties, and S/Sgt. Keathley, guide of the 1st platoon, moved up and assumed command of both the 2d and 3d platoons, reduced to 20 men. The remnants of the 2 platoons were dangerously low on ammunition, so S/Sgt. Keathley, under deadly small arms and mortar fire, crawled from 1 casualty to another, collecting their ammunition and administering first aid. He then visited each man of his 2 platoons, issuing the precious ammunition he had collected from the dead and wounded, and giving them words of encouragement. The enemy now delivered their fourth counterattack, which was approximately 2 companies in strength. In a furious charge they attacked from the front and both flanks, throwing hand grenades, firing automatic weapons, and assisted by a terrific mortar barrage. So strong was the enemy counterattack that the company was given up for lost. The remnants of the 2d and 3d platoons of Company B were now looking to S/Sgt. Keathley for leadership. He shouted his orders precisely and with determination and the men responded with all that was in them. Time after time the enemy tried to drive a wedge into S/Sgt. Keathley's position and each time they were driven back, suffering huge casualties. Suddenly an enemy hand grenade hit and exploded near S/Sgt. Keathley, inflicting a mortal wound in his left side. However, hurling defiance at the enemy, he rose to his feet. Taking his left hand away from his wound and using it to steady his rifle, he fired and killed an attacking enemy soldier, and continued shouting orders to his men. His heroic and intrepid action so inspired his men that they fought with incomparable determination and viciousness. For 15 minutes S/Sgt. Keathley continued leading his men and effectively firing his rifle. He could have sought a sheltered spot and perhaps saved his life, but instead he elected to set an example for his men and make every possible effort to hold his position. Finally, friendly artillery fire helped to force the enemy to withdraw, leaving behind many of their number either dead or seriously wounded. S/Sgt. Keathley died a few moments later. Had it not been for his indomitable courage and incomparable heroism, the remnants of 3 rifle platoons of Company B might well have been annihilated by the overwhelming enemy attacking force. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.
    1948 - Milton Berle starts his TV career on “Texaco Star Theater”.
    1951 - In a 9-6 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park, rookie Bob Nieman hits consecutive dingers off Mickey McDermott becoming the first player to hit home runs in his first two career at bats in the Majors. In his third trip to the plate, the St. Louis Browns freshman beats out a bunt for a base hit.
    1951 - GOMEZ, EDWARD, Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, Reserve, Company E, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.). Place and date: Korea, Hill 749, 14 September 1951. Entered service at: Omaha, Nebr. Born: 10 August 1932, Omaha, Nebr. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an ammunition bearer in Company E, in action against enemy aggressor forces. Bolding advancing with his squad in support of a group of riflemen assaulting a series of strongly fortified and bitterly defended hostile positions on Hill 749, Pfc. Gomez consistently exposed himself to the withering barrage to keep his machine gun supplied with ammunition during the drive forward to seize the objective. As his squad deployed to meet an imminent counterattack, he voluntarily moved down an abandoned trench to search for a new location for the gun and, when a hostile grenade landed between himself and his weapon, shouted a warning to those around him as he grasped the activated charge in his hand. Determined to save his comrades, he unhesitatingly chose to sacrifice himself and, diving into the ditch with the deadly missile, absorbed the shattering violence of the explosion in his body. By his stouthearted courage, incomparable valor, and decisive spirit of self-sacrifice, Pfc. Gomez inspired the others to heroic efforts in subsequently repelling the outnumbering foe, and his valiant conduct throughout sustained and enhanced the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country
    1951 - WALMSLEY, JOHN S., JR., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Air Force, 8th Bombardment Squadron, 3d Bomb Group. Place and date: Near Yangdok, Korea, 14 September 1951. Entered service at: Baltimore, Md. Born. 7 January 1920, Baltimore, Md. Citation: Capt. Walmsley, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. While flying a B-26 aircraft on a night combat mission with the objective of developing new tactics, Capt. Walmsley sighted an enemy supply train which had been assigned top priority as a target of opportunity. He immediately attacked, producing a strike which disabled the train, and, when his ammunition was expended, radioed for friendly aircraft in the area to complete destruction of the target. Employing the searchlight mounted on his aircraft, he guided another B-26 aircraft to the target area, meanwhile constantly exposing himself to enemy fire. Directing an incoming B-26 pilot, he twice boldly aligned himself with the target, his searchlight illuminating the area, in a determined effort to give the attacking aircraft full visibility. As the friendly aircraft prepared for the attack, Capt. Walmsley descended into the valley in a low level run over the target with searchlight blazing, selflessly exposing himself to vicious enemy antiaircraft fire. In his determination to inflict maximum damage on the enemy, he refused to employ evasive tactics and valiantly pressed forward straight through an intense barrage, thus insuring complete destruction of the enemy's vitally needed war cargo. While he courageously pressed his attack Capt. Walmsley's plane was hit and crashed into the surrounding mountains, exploding upon impact. His heroic initiative and daring aggressiveness in completing this important mission in the face of overwhelming opposition and at the risk of his life, reflects the highest credit upon himself and the U.S. Air Force.
    1956 - Top Hits
“Hound Dog/Don't Be Cruel” - Elvis Presley
“Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera)” - Doris Day
“The Flying Saucer (Parts 1 & 2)” - Buchanan & Goodman
“I Walk the Line” - Johnny Cash
    1957 – Debut of  “Have Gun, Will Travel,” so read the business card of Paladin (Richard Boone), a loner whose pro­fessional services were available for a price. This western also featured Kam Tong as his servant, Hey Boy. The show was extremely popular and ranked in the top five for most of its run. My father, Lawrence Menkin, wrote many of the episodes. The half-hour show aired Saturday, at 9:30 p.m., just before another western, Gunsmoke, and ran for six successful seasons. (It opened as the #4 rated show for the year, then followed up with three years ranked #3.) Its dramatic opening had Paladin aiming his gun and his words directly at the audience, and the series always featured a no-nonsense approach and intelligence rarely evident on the small screen.
    1958 - The 720th Missile Battalion, California National Guard, becomes operational on a 24-hour, seven day a week basis. Manning four batteries of NIKE-AJAX missiles, this is the first Army Guard unit armed with these surface-to-air missiles used to replace anti-aircraft guns in defensive positions. By 1962, a force of 17,000 Guardsmen (combined technicians and traditional) maintained 82 batteries stationed in 15 states. All were located around harbors and large cities important to national strategic interests.
    1959 – “Who Shot JR?”  Kristin Shepherd did.  Mary Crosby, who played the scheming shooter, was born in LA, the youngest daughter of Bing Crosby and second wife, Kathryn.
    1960 - The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries was founded at the Baghdad Conference, established by five core members: Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela. OPEC began as an attempt to organize and unify petroleum policies, securing stable prices for the petroleum producers. The organization grew considerably after its creation, adding eight other members and developing into one of the most influential groups in the world. The first real indication of OPEC's power came with the 1973 oil embargo, during which long lines and soaring gasoline prices quickly convinced Americans of the reach of OPEC's influence. OPEC's member countries currently supply more than 40 percent of the world's oil.
    1963 - The Beach Boys' "Surfer Girl" peaks at #7 on the pop singles chart.
    1963 - The Beatles' "She Loves You" becomes England's best-selling single of all time, a record that wouldn't be broken until 1977, when ex-Beatle Paul McCartney will release "Mull of Kintyre."
    1964 - The ill-fated sitcom “The Bing Crosby Show” debuts on ABC-TV.
    1964 - Top Hits
“The House of the Rising Sun” - The Animals
“Because” - The Dave Clark Five
“Bread and Butter” - The Newbeats
“I Guess I'm Crazy” - Jim Reeves
    1965 - The Television show "F-Troop" premiers
    1967 - “Ironsides.” This crime series starred Raymond Burr as Robert T. Ironside, Chief of Detectives for the San Francisco Police Department (he was in a wheelchair, paralyzed from an assassination attempt).  Also featured were Don Galloway as his assistant, Detective Sergeant Ed Brown, Barbara Anderson as Officer Eve Whitfield, Don Mitchell as Mark Sanger, Ironside's personal assistant, Gene Lyons as Commissioner Dennis Randall, Elizabeth Baur as Officer Fran Belding and Joan Pringle as Diana, Mark's wife.

    1968 – The Tigers’ Denny McLain won his 30th game of the season, the first to do so since Dizzy Dean in 1934 and the now the last.  He finished 31-6 with 1.96 ERA.
    1968 - Big Brother and the Holding Company's LP, "Cheap Thrills" enters the LP chart -- where it will stay for 29 weeks, including 8 at #1.
    1968 - The Chambers Brothers' "Time Has Come Today" enters Billboard's Hot 100, where it will climb to number eleven.
    1968 – “The Archies” cartoon show first aired on Saturday mornings on the CBS television network. The songs that were credited to this make-believe group were recorded by Ron Dante, Andy Kim, Jeff Barry and others. Their biggest hit would turn out to be a song called "Sugar, Sugar", that went to number one in 1969, selling over six million copies.
    1969 - SKIDGEL, DONALD SIDNEY, Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Troop D, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. Place and date: Near Song Be, Republic of Vietnam, 14 September 1969. Entered service at: Bangor, Maine. Born: 13 October 1948, Caribou, Maine. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Skidgel distinguished himself while serving as a reconnaissance section leader in Troop D. On a road near Song Be in Binh Long Province, Sgt. Skidgel and his section with other elements of his troop were acting as a convoy security and screening force when contact occurred with an estimated enemy battalion concealed in tall grass and in bunkers bordering the road. Sgt. Skidgel maneuvered off the road and began placing effective machinegun fire on the enemy automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenade positions. After silencing at least 1 position, he ran with his machinegun across 60 meters of bullet-swept ground to another location from which he continued to rake the enemy positions. Running low on ammunition, he returned to his vehicle over the same terrain. Moments later he was alerted that the command element was receiving intense automatic weapons, rocket-propelled grenade and mortar fire. Although he knew the road was saturated with enemy fire, Sgt. Skidgel calmly mounted his vehicle and with his driver advanced toward the command group in an effort to draw the enemy fire onto himself. Despite the hostile fire concentrated on him, he succeeded in silencing several enemy positions with his machinegun. Moments later Sgt. Skidgel was knocked down onto the rear fender by the explosion of an enemy rocket-propelled grenade. Ignoring his extremely painful wounds, he staggered back to his feet and placed effective fire on several other enemy positions until he was mortally wounded by hostile small arms fire. His selfless actions enabled the command group to withdraw to a better position without casualties and inspired the rest of his fellow soldiers to gain fire superiority and defeat the enemy. Sgt. Skidgel's gallantry at the cost of his life were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
    1970 - The temperature at Fremont, OR, dipped to 2 above zero to equal the state record for September set on the 24th in 1926.
    1972 - “The Waltons.” This epitome of the family drama spawned nearly a dozen knock-offs during its nine-year run on CBS. The drama was based on creator/writer Earl Hamner Jr's experiences grow­ing up during the Depression in rural Virginia. It began as the TV movie “The Homecoming,” which was so well-received that it was turned into a weekly series covering the years 1933—43. The cast went through numerous changes through the years; the principals were: Michael Learned as Olivia Walton, mother of the clan; Ralph Waite as John Walton, father; Richard Thomas as John-Boy, eldest son; Jon Walmsley as son Jason; Judy Norton Taylor as daughter Mary Ellen; Eric Scott as son Ben; Mary Beth McDonough as daughter Erin; David W. Harper as son Jim-Bob and Kami Cotler as daughter Elizabeth. The Walton grandparents were played by Ellen Corby (Esther) and Will Geer (Zeb). The last telecast aired Aug 20, 1981.
    1972 - Top Hits
“Alone Again (Naturally)” - Gilbert O'Sullivan
“Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)” - The Hollies
“Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me” - Mac Davis
“Woman (Sensuous Woman)” - Don Gibson
    1973 - For his hit single "The Twelfth of Never," Donny Osmond received a gold record. Released in March of 1973, the son was one of five that went gold for the young Osmond. His other solo successes were: "Sweet & Innocent", "Go Away Little Girl", "Hey Girl" and "Puppy Love".
    1974 - After a two year battle with heroin, Eric Clapton was back in a big way. His version of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff" hit the top of the Billboard chart, rejuvenating his career.
    1975 - The first American-born Catholic saint, Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, (1774-1821) was canonized.  Born into an Episcopalian family in New York City, the mother of five children, she founded the Society for the Relief of Poor Widows with Small Children in 1797. She converted to Roman Catholicism in New York City in 1805 and founded an order of nuns, the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph. She was beatified on March 17, 1963, at the Vatican, Rome, by Pope John XXIII.
    1976 - Bob Dylan's “Hard Rain” concert airs on NBC-TV.
    1978 - The first episode of the television series "Mork & Mindy", starring Robin Williams as Mork and Pam Dawber as Mindy, debuted on ABC-TV. Mork made an earlier appearance in February, 1978, during an episode of "Happy Days".
    1979 - Kenny Rogers is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6666 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley also officially declares today "Kenny Rogers Day" in the city.
    1980 - Top Hits
“Upside Down” - Diana Ross
“All Out of Love” - Air Supply
“Fame” - Irene Cara
“Lookin' for Love” - Johnny Lee
    1985 - “Golden Girls” premiere on TV. This comedy starred Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty as four divorced/wid­owed women sharing a house in Florida during their golden years. The last episode aired Sept 14, 1992 but the show remains popu­lar in syndication.
    1984 - The first MTV Video Music Awards are held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Michael Jackson wins three awards, including Best Overall Performance for "Thriller".
    1985 - The Reverend Benjamin Weir, an American missionary, was released after being held captive for 16 months by Shiite Muslim kidnappers in Lebanon.
    1985 – “The Golden Girls” TV Premiere.  This comedy starred Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty as four divorced/widowed women sharing a house in Florida, during their golden years. The last episode aired Sept. 14, 1992, but the show remains popular in syndication.
    1987 - A record for the skateboard high jump was set when Tony Magnuson went 9.5 feet above the top of the U-ramp.
    1987 - Thunderstorms developing along a cold front produced severe weather from Minnesota to Texas. Thunderstorms in Iowa produced baseball size hail at Laporte City, and 80 mph winds at Laurens. Hail caused more than ten million dollars damage to crops in Iowa. Thunderstorms in Missouri produced wind gusts to 75 mph at Missouri City and Kansas City. A thunderstorm in Texas deluged the town of Fairlie with two inches of rain in just two hours.    
    1987 – “American Bandstand” (1952-89) became the longest running entertainment show in US TV history.  It premiered locally in late March 1950 as “Bandstand” on television station WFIL-TV Channel 6 in Philadelphia, as a replacement for a weekday movie that had shown predominantly British movies. Hosted by Bob Horn, it was a television adjunct to his radio show of the same name on WFIL radio.  On July 9, 1956, Horn was fired after a drunk-driving arrest, as WFIL and dual owner The Philadelphia Inquirer at the time were doing a series on drunken driving. He was also reportedly involved in a prostitution ring and brought up on morals charges.  Horn was temporarily replaced by producer Tony Mammarella before the job went to Dick Clark permanently.  In late spring of 1956, the ABC television network asked for programming suggestions to fill their 3:30 p.m. (ET) time slot (WFIL had been pre-empting the ABC programming with “Bandstand”). Clark decided to pitch the show to ABC and after some badgering, the show was picked up nationally, becoming “American Bandstand on August 5, 1957.  It is fair to say that American Bandstand was THE seminal television program for Baby Boomers, gave credibility to rock ‘n’ roll as a popular genre, and did as much for racial integration as any movement as it was among the first TV shows that introduced black performers regularly.  We can all remember running home in time to see the show and learn the new dances.
    1987 – The Toronto Blue Jays set a Major League record by hitting 10 HRs in a game. 
    1988 - Top Hits
“Sweet Child o' Mine” - Guns N' Roses
“Simply Irresistible” - Robert Palmer
“Perfect World” - Huey Lewis & The News
“(Do You Love Me) Just Say Yes” - Highway 101
    1988 - Thunderstorms produced severe weather over the Texas panhandle during the evening hours. One thunderstorm spawned a strong (F-2) tornado in the southwest part of Amarillo, and deluged the area with five inches of rain. The heavy rain left roads under as much as five feet of water, and left Lawrence Lake a mile out of its banks. Hurricane Gilbert lost some of its punch crossing the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Its maximum winds diminished to 120 mph.
    1988 - Hundreds of San Francisco residents gathered for a peaceful and lawful protest of the policies/platform of then-candidate for President George H.W. Bush who was appearing here with his Vice President. In the ensuing police riot in front of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 58-year-old legendary labor organizer Dolores Huerta was severely beaten and nearly killed by San Francisco Police officers. The baton-beating caused significant internal injuries to her torso, resulting in several broken ribs and required the removal of her spleen in emergency surgery. The beating including the clear ramming of the butt end of a baton into Huerta's torso by one of the helmeted officers was caught on videotape and broadcast widely on local television news,. Later, Huerta won a large judgment against the SFPD and the City of San Francisco, the proceeds of which were used in benefit of farm workers.
    1990 - Ken Griffey, Sr., and Ken Griffey, Jr., hit unprecedented back-to-back home runs for the Seattle Mariners in a game against the California Angeles. Kirk McCaskill was the pitcher. The Mariners lost, 7-5.
    1991 - "I Adore Mi Amor" by Color Me Badd topped the charts and stayed there for 2 weeks.
    1994 - Top Hits
“I'll Make Love To You” - Boyz II Men
“Stay (I Missed You)” (From "Reality Bites") - Lisa Loeb
“Stroke You Up” - Changing Faces
“When Can I See You” - Babyface
    1994 - The Temptations are awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7060 Hollywood Blvd
    1994 – A strike by the players that began on August 12, led to the cancellation of the remainder of the Major League season and the World Series.  The issue was the desire of the owners to impose a salary cap on all teams.
    1995 - Paul McCartney's handwritten lyrics for the Beatles' "Getting Better" fetch $249,000 at Sotheby's in London.
    1996 - Mark McGwire hits his 50th home run off Cleveland hurler Chad Ogea, becoming the 13th player in major league history to reach that plateau. The Cardinal first baseman gives the milestone ball to his eight-year-old son, Matthew.
    1998 - A new talk show, “The Roseanne Show”, debuted in syndication in more than 150 stations in the country. It was Roseanne's first major television project since her hit ABC sitcom “Roseanne” ended its 9-year run in May, 1997.
    1998 - Telecommunications companies MCI and WorldCom completed their $37 billion merger to form MCI WorldCom.  The corporation was purchased by Verizon Communications with the deal finalizing on January 6, 2006 and is now identified as that company's Verizon Enterprise Solutions.
    1999 - The free "Sheryl Crow and Friends" concert is held in New York's Central Park. She is joined on stage at different times by Keith Richards, Stevie Nicks, The Dixie Chicks, Eric Clapton, Chrissie Hynde and Sarah McLachlan. The second hour of the concert is broadcast live on Fox.
    1999 - Top Hits
“Unpretty” - TLC
“Bailamos” - Enrique Iglesias
“Summer Girls” - LFO
“She’s All I Ever Had” - Ricky Martin
    2000 - Paul Simon, Crosby Stills and Nash, and the Eagles' Don Henley and Glenn Frey perform at the joint VH1/Rolling Stone fundraiser for Al Gore
    2001 - Historic National Prayer Service held at Washington National Cathedral for victims of the September 11 attacks. A similar service is held in Canada on Parliament Hill, the largest vigil ever held in the nation's capital.
    2002 - In San Francisco, some 1,000 marched down Market St. to denounce the Bush administration’s call for war against Iraq.
    2002 - Barry Bonds ties Hank Aaron for the most 100-RBI seasons by a National League player as he drives in his 100th run of the season for the 11th time in his career. The major league record is 13 shared by Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, and Babe Ruth. Saying his heart has always been in San Francisco, Barry Bonds avoids arbitration by agreeing to a five-year, $90 million deal with the Giants. The contract also calls for 10-year personal services commitment at the end of the 37-year left fielder's playing days.
    2002 - Chin-Feng Chen becomes the first Taiwan-born player to appear in the Majors as he walks and scores as a pinch-hitter for the Dodgers against the Rockies. The 24-year-old first baseman-outfielder played for the 1990 Taiwan team which won the Little League World Series.
    2003 - Top Hits
“Shake Ya Tailfeather” - Nelly, P. Diddy & Murphy Lee
“Baby Boy” - Beyonce Featuring Sean Paul
“Right Thurr” - Chingy
“Into You” - Fabulous Featuring Tamia Or Ashanti
    2011 - NASA reveals its Space Launch System plan, intended to replace the Space Shuttle program with its first flight scheduled for 2017



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