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Ascentium Capital, Kingwood, Texas OPEN!

"For the record

"Ascentium's headquarters in Kingwood, Texas has and will remain open as there was no flooding and we maintained power throughout. 

"Employee safety is the priority and contingency plans were successful enabling personnel to work remotely and effectively for those who are unable to commute to the office. 

"We are thankful that significant impact of the hurricane has been limited to 10 out of 120 employees. 

"The Ascentium family has pulled together and is showing amazing tenacity resulting in a strong business despite this tragedy. 

"We ask than anyone who would like to help, contribute to local Texas organization: Click here for more info."

from Richard A. Baccaro
Chief Sales and Marketing Officer
Ascentium Capital LLC


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Monday, September 1, 2017

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

Ascentium Headquarters in Kingwood, Texas Open
Company in Operation Across United States
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
  and Related Industries
Leasing Industry Ads---Help Wanted
  CoreTech Leasing/Lendspark
Observations from the Front Porch
   By Jim Acee
Create a Strong First Impression
   FinTech #102 by Alex Vasilakos
Can an Oral Promise Plus a Signed Letter Constitute
   an Effective Personal Guaranty?
Credibly Selected to Service Bizfi’s $250M Portfolio
  Crosses $500 Million Capital Deployed
Labor Day Special: The Apartment/Harlan County U.S.A.
Norma Rae, Trading Places, The Company Men
   Reviews by Leasing News' Fernando Croce
Labrador Retriever/Border Collie Mix
  Phoenix, Arizona  Adopt-a-Dog
Leasing/Finance/Loan Conferences
  Updated Information/Exhibitors
News Briefs---
Q2 2017 Loan Growth Trends: Large Banks Outpace
Medium, Community Institutions
GE reportedly cutting corporate jobs,
   impacting Boston HQ
Chesswood Increases Revolving Credit Facility $250 Million
Borrowings Support Continued Growth in Pawnee Leasing Portfolio
Pay-to-Play Scandal Exposed in Pennsylvania
  Liquor Board Reels from a Bribery Investigation

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Ascentium HQ Open
Company in Operation Across United States

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New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries


Ardie Baxter was hired as Regional Sales Manager, Span Tech LLC, Glasgow, Kentucky.  He is based in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Previously, he was President, Thoroughbred Financial Group, LLC (May, 2011 - July, 2017).  Education: Brescia University, Pre-Veterinary Studies (1984).

Edison Lopez was hired as Senior Vice President, Finance, Great Rock Capital, Westport, Connecticut. He is based in the Greater New York Area. Previously, he was VP Finance, Centre Lane Partners, LLC (April, 2011 - June, 2017); VP, Controller, Plainfield Asset Management (August, 2007 - April, 2011); Associate Manager, GlobeOp Financial Services (July, 2003 - August, 2007). Education:
Pace University, BBA, Accounting (2003).

Diane Mercie was hired as Leasing Specialist at U.S. Bank, Marshall, Minnesota. Previously she was at the Schwan Food Company, starting as Help Desk Coordinator November, 1987, rising to Senior Desk Coordinator.  Education:  Tracy High School (1982).

Jonathan Michaels was hired as Associate of Underwriting and Portfolio Management, Great Rock Capital, Westport, Connecticut. Previously, he was GE Financial Management Program (FMP), GE Aviation (July, 2015 - July, 2017); Real Estate Marketing Analytics Intern, Union Street Media (June, 2014 - August, 2014); Six Sigma & Quality Intern, G.B.G., the Corporation Gift Sourcing Company (June, 2010 - 2013). Volunteer: Co-Founder/Chef, Fairfield Cares (January, 2009 - September, 2013). Tutor/Mentor, The Caroline House (June, 2009). Basketball Coach, Saint Mary’s CYO (November, 2015). Co-Coordinator, buildOn (February, 2017 - August, 2017). Education: University of Vermont, Bachelor of Business Administration, Business: Concentration in Finance, Minor in Statistics (2012 - 2015).  University of Connecticut (2011 - 2012). Activities and Societies: Alpha Lamda Delta: Honors for First Year Students. Founder of the Electronic Music and Dance Club.  Indiana Wesleyan University, GE Aviation; Green Belt - LEAN, Six Sigma, DMAIC, Structured hypothesis testing.

Michael O'Malley was hired as New Business Development Officer, Summit Funding Group, Mason, Ohio. He is based in the Greater Chicago Area. Previously, he was Vice President Business Development, Madison Capital, LLC (October, 2016 - August, 2017);  Regional Sales Manager, Commercial Credit Group Inc. (October, 2014 – September, 2016); General Manager, Equipment Restoration LLC (2013 – October, 2014); President. MEC Equipment Rental (January. 1999 – January, 2013); General Manager, Access Equipment (1996 – 1999); President, Access Booms and Scissors (1990 – 1996).

Chantal Robin was hired as Director of Business Development in Canada for Northpoint Commercial Finance, Montreal, Canada. She is based in Quebec, Canada. Previously, she was Senior Sales Manager, LGM Financial Services, Inc. (May, 2016 - August, 2017); Director of Portfolio Controls, TCF Inventory Finance, Inc. (December, 2011 - January, 2016). She started as Accounts Payable Manager, Hartco, August, 2008 and promoted September, 2009, to Finance Team Lead. Prior, she was Accounts Receivable & Credit Manager, Metafore (May, 2003 - July, 2008); Executive Account Manager, Deutsche Bank (September, 1989 - November, 2001). Education: HEC Montreal, Financial Management (1993 - 1997).  Universite du Quebec Montereal/UQAM (1987 - 1990); College De Maisonneuve, DEC, Science Humaine (1984 - 1987).

Jennifer Wirth was promoted to VP, Relationship Manager, PNC Bank, N.A., Pittsburgh, PA.  She is based in the Cincinnati Area, Kentucky. She joined the firm September, 1997, as AVP, Equipment Finance Technical Specialist; promoted February, 2012, AVP, Closing Coordinator; promoted April, 2014, VP, Operations Manager. Previously, she was Manager, Hennegan (March, 1995 - August, 1997); Marketing Rep., I.B. Goodman Company (August, 1996 - June, 1997). Education: Southern New Hampshire University, Bachelor's Degree, Business (2017 - 2021).



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What sets CoreTech apart from other equipment leasing companies is our team members and impeccable reputation. Are you unhappy with the ethics of your company and the promises made to you? Come to Newport Beach and join us.

To learn more, please click here
CoreTech specializes in medium to 
large size companies and firms
Over 100 law firms trust CoreTech for their leasing needs,
why wouldn't you?





Observations from the Front Porch
By Jim Acee

A simple professional courtesy: The turndown letter

As some of you may know, my position was eliminated at my last employer. As such, I have been forced to subject myself to all the BS that goes along with looking for a new job.

Fortunately for you, this is not another article about effective methods for finding a new job. It’s about a beef I have with recruiters and hiring managers that do not send out turndowns after a job interview.
Yup, that’s it. The simple, professional courtesy of sending a two-paragraph form letter/email that says we have found someone else that better fits our needs, good luck with your job search.

 Now, don’t get me wrong, if I’ve taken five minutes to fill out an online job application, I don’t really care if you send me a turndown (although many do). The way I figure it, I’ve put in a minimum amount of effort, so I don’t really expect much from the HR recruiter that is so proudly displayed on the LinkedIn job posting. Chances are some software program has already eliminated my application because I did not have the right buzz words to attract further consideration. I am cool with that, nothing ventured, nothing gained.

My complaint is with the recruiter or hiring manager (usually someone on the senior leadership team) that has taken the time to phone interview me or worse yet, has flown me cross country, put me up in a hotel, paid for meals, taken the time of a half dozen senior managers to conduct interviews and then don’t have the courtesy of telling me I did not get the job.

If this had happened once, well, I would just chalk it up to a fluke. But out of a dozen or so face to face, video and phone interviews, less than half have let me know that they chose someone else, the others, radio silence.

 I’m not talking about a week or a month of nothing, but more than six months. I religiously follow up after a month and then again in two months requesting a status. Yet I get no returned calls or emails, nothing, not even a simple ‘go away kid, you’re bothering me’. What’s going on here folks?

I am sure some recruiter will reply to this posting telling me that they are too busy, that they get so many resumes that they can’t possibly respond to everyone they interview. Or, they will blame the hiring manager for not keeping them in the loop.  Really?!

As a manager, you’ve put time aside out of your busy schedule to spend an hour on the phone with me, yet you can’t take 30 seconds to follow it up with a form email?  In one case a company spent over $1500 to fly me cross country for face to face interviews with their senior leadership team, but did not take the effort to tell me I did not get the job (it’s been four months since the interview with no returned emails or phone calls to both the manager and recruiter, something tells me I did not get the job).

I’m trying to figure out if it’s a lack of professionalism, general incompetence or just an overall distain for job applicants.

Those of you that have not had to look for a job for a while may have trouble empathizing with me, I get it. But when you’re out of a job, every interview provides some hope of getting back to work.

I would rather get a quick no than sit in anticipation for months on end, only to give up when I read in the Leasing News, LinkedIn or the Monitor that so and so was just hired by company X, for the job I had interviewed for six months ago. Recruiters and hiring managers, please put me out of my misery! Tell me I did not get the job, not just sooner than later, but at all.

Jim Acee
He has a rich background, serving as
DLL Country Sales Manager;
Vice President, Syndication Buy Desk; 
Vice President, Field Sales, Wells Fargo Capital Finance;
Managing Director, Vendor Leasing, US Bank;
Director of Sales, US Bancorp (formerly BCL).

Observations from the Front Porch by Jim Acee




Create a Strong First Impression
FinTech #102 by Alex Vasilakos

After you put your together your website and marketing campaign, it can be tempting to think that the only thing left to do is wait for your customers. Attracting and securing B2B customers doesn’t end with your website, though. There’s one more thing your company needs to do. Luckily, this last step is easy—pick up the phone when it rings.

Many businesses enjoy the convenience of an automated answering system. Although these systems can make your company more efficient, answering the phone is vital. This is because your customers cannot connect with an automated system. When you pick up the phone, you can start doing three things immediately:

  • Stand out
  • Establish trust
  • Start selling

Make an Impression

Your customers call several companies to find the one they want to work with. When they give you a call, you want to give them a positive first impression, and answering the phone automatically makes your company stand out.

Gain Trust

Your first communication with customers is important because this helps people understand what it will be like to work with your company. When customers call because they are interested in working with you, an automated system is more likely to make them frustrated. Picking up the phone and answering questions demonstrates that you are eager to work with your customers and put their needs first.

Begin the Sales Process

Picking up the phone is a great opportunity to deliver your elevator pitch and establish that you are the experts. This first phone call can provide more information about your company and specific products and services. Additionally, it allows you to explain your business values and what makes you the best in your field. By giving this information over the phone, you can start your sales process immediately.

Getting Started

How do you ensure the phone is always answered? One way is to assign phone calls to one member of your staff. This person should be able to answer basic questions about what your company does and explain how you can meet a customer’s needs. Because answering phone calls may not initially be a high priority for your staff, consider adding an incentive to this position. If a staff member earns a small percentage from the sales after a phone call earns your company a new customer, this person will be typically be more invested in picking up the phone.

Answering phone calls is an important part of generating new leads. Make sure you present your company in the best light by picking up the phone when it rings.

Alex Vasilakos
Director of Marketing
The Finance Marketing Group
Office: 518-591-4645x102 / Fax: 518-677-1071
90 State Street, Suite 1500, Albany, NY 12207

Currently, Alex works exclusively with financial services companies but his depth of knowledge and experience can help design and implement long-reaching strategies for businesses across all industries.

Alex entered advertising and marketing in 2003 as the industry landscape shifted from traditional print to digital media. In that time, he has worked with numerous large accounts .in both healthcare and financial services, and has helped small and medium-sized businesses grow and flourish in their respective digital markets. He has won countless awards for creative direction and strategy, and is certified by Google Partners in both AdWords and Analytics.

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Can an Oral Promise Plus a Signed Letter Constitute
an Effective Personal Guaranty?

By Karl Pilger, Law Firm Brian V. Ebert, P.C
  Reprinted from Credit Today

The Facts of the Case: Mr. Janus earned a $75,000 commission from a corporation for his services in a real estate transaction. The corporation executed a $75,000 note payable to Janus. Janus claimed that Mr. Sproul, the chairman of the corporation, orally agreed to personally guarantee payment of the note.

Janus produced a letter written to him on corporate letterhead and signed by Sproul. The letter stated:

“We recognize that you are owed a $75,000 commission on our purchase of the property...and that the commission will be paid at the time of our receiving the development loan prior to the commencement of construction.”

It did not indicate that Sproul was signing in any corporate capacity.

Janus claimed that these facts constituted a valid personal guaranty by Sproul of the $75,000 debt owed by the corporation. Sproul argued that the claim was barred as a matter of law because it did not sufficiently memorialize the alleged guaranty agreement.

So, can a signed letter be enforced as a personal guaranty where it sets forth the amount owed, states the time of payment, and contains an assurance that payment will be made?

Now, you take the gavel. Make your decision and click here for the court's decision!

The Editors at Credit Today 
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#### Press Release ##############################

Credibly Selected to Service Bizfi’s $250M Portfolio
Crosses $500 Million Capital Deployed

Troy, MICH.  – Credibly, a leading findata small and medium-sized business (SMB) lending platform, announces that the company is now servicing BizFi’s $250 million portfolio and 5,200 merchants.  Since 2005, BizFi had been a leading capital provider to SMBs and in 2016 was one of nation’s top three largest originators of merchant cash advances.  Numerous SMB direct lenders vied for the BizFi portfolio. Credibly was chosen due to their proprietary data science driven portfolio management strategy.

Credibly also announces that it has crossed the $500 million milestone in capital deployed to tens of thousands of SMBs across the U.S. This is separate from the $250M portfolio the company is now servicing from BizFi.

Ryan Rosett
Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer

“Acquiring the servicing rights of BizFi’s portfolio is a testament to our data-driven approach and laser focus on the working capital needs of small businesses,” said Ryan Rosett, Credibly’s Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer. “We welcome our new customers and are committed to ensuring that their growth capital needs are met.” 

In addition to servicing the BizFi portfolio, Credibly is working with both sales partners and merchants to provide additional working capital to the businesses in BizFi’s portfolio. Credibly’s data science team has the ability to analyze BizFi’s twelve years of data and remittance history, which will allow Credibly to better service both the BizFi and Credibly portfolios. Further, BizFi’s data enhances Credibly’s risk management, scoring models, and portfolio management tools.

The Small Business Association (SBA) estimates that traditional banks still reject approximately 90 percent of SMB loan applications. Since 2010, Credibly has emerged as a proven platform that leverages data science and analytics to provide SMBs with a simple and intuitive way to access critical working capital.  The company addresses the fundamental capital needs of SMB owners across a broad credit spectrum and through every stage of a business’s life cycle.
Main Street SMBs across a wide variety of industries that include restaurants, retail stores, salons, spas, dry cleaners, auto body shops, and doctors’ offices, all rely on Credibly to secure the necessary capital they need to grow.
Credibly has achieved widespread industry recognition for its risk management, data technology, and data driven approach. For more information on Credibly, please visit
About Credibly
Founded in 2010 and with offices in Michigan, Arizona, Massachusetts, and New York, Credibly is a best-in-class Fintech platform that leverages data science and analytics to improve the speed, cost, and choice of capital available to small businesses in the United States. Credibly is dedicated to creating a superior customer experience that meets the needs of all small businesses, regardless of product need or credit profile.

#### Press Release ###########################


Leasing News: Labor Day Special
By Fernando Croce

With Labor Day coming up next week, we at Leasing News offer a cinematic salute to every man and woman who ever endured a particularly harrowing day at the office. Check out these vintage and modern classics at Netflix.

The Apartment (Billy Wilder, 1960): Writer-director Billy Wilder (“Some Like It Hot”) brings his inimitably tart wit to this classic comedy-drama about unorthodox bosses and employees. Jack Lemmon stars as Bud Baxter, a lonely office worker who has a plan to ascend the corporate ladder in his New York insurance company: lend his apartment so that his managers can enjoy extramarital affairs in secret. The scheme takes a sudden turn when it comes to involve Bud’s unscrupulous director Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray, wickedly cast against type) and Fran (Shirley MacLaine), the elevator he’s in love with. Will career trump romance in this version of the big city’s rat race? An Oscar winner for Best Picture, Wilder’s gem combines barbed humor with surprising emotion with a mastery that continues to scintillate.

Harlan County U.S.A. (Barbara Kopple, 1976): Documentaries about social struggle don’t come much more urgent or enlightening than this Oscar winner from director Barbara Kopple. When miners in rural Kentucky went into strike in 1972 to protest for better wages and working conditions, a real-life drama began to unfold before the cameras. Over the course of the years, we witness the Duke Power Company using various methods to divide and disperse the strikers, while the workers, centered around the inspiring figure of organizer Lois Scott, hold their ground despite growing pressure. Brimming with unforgettable moments, this stirring portrait of labor-management clash provides both a snapshot of a specific time and place from the past as well as a cry for political engagement that's still very much relevant today.

Norma Rae(Martin Ritt, 1979): Sally Field won her first Oscar for her strong performance in this acclaimed tale of underdog grit. Field plays Norma Rae, a tough Alabama woman who works under harsh conditions at a local textile mill. The pay is low, the shifts are long, and the machines are dangerous, yet she works diligently and without question. It’s only when she meets a union leader from New York (Ron Lieberman) that she starts to demand better conditions for her and her fellow workers. Unfortunately, her struggle also brings her trouble with her friends and family, including her husband (Beau Bridges). Director Martin Ritt, a veteran of social-conscience pictures like “Hud,” brings a vividly detailed sense of people and environment, along with excellent performances, to this inspiring drama.

Trading Places (John Landis, 1983): The old environment versus heredity debate gets a rollicking comic twirl in this wild comedy, which features the inspired team of Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd. The two stars play polar opposites—Murphy as Billy Ray Valentine, a scrounging hustler, and Aykoryd as aristocratic businessman Louis Winthorpe III. Their lives are turned upside down when a pair of wealthy brothers (Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche) decide to play an experiment and switch the two men’s positions. When Billy Ray and Louis find out about this cruel game, however, it’s payback time. A specialist in uninhibited humor, director John Landis (“Animal House”) packs the movie with gags as well as an underlying critique of Eighties capitalism. The cast also includes Jamie Lee Curtis and Denholm Elliott.

The Company Men (John Wells, 2010): A painful subject that’s never irrelevant, job loss is treated with honesty and hope in this sturdy drama with a first-rate cast. Taking place the recession that hit the nation in the late 2000s, the story follows the trajectories of an ensemble of characters affected by the wobbly economy. Bobby (Ben Affleck) is a successful corporate employee whose opulent lifestyle takes a nosedive due to downsizing, and finds himself moving back in with his parents, where he learns humility from his blue-collar brother-in-law (Kevin Costner). Others affected in the company include veteran managers (Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Cooper) with dramas of their own to deal with. Directed by TV stalwart John Wells, this is a sensitive view of the bumps in the American Dream’s road.


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Leasing/Finance/Loan Conferences
Updated Information/Exhibitors

Canadian Finance & Leasing Association
September 12 -14
The Delta Okanagan, Kelowna, BC (Wine Country)




Free Shuttle Service

Organized Activities

Women in Leasing Luncheon
September 14, 2017
12:00PM 1:00PM
“NAELB is hosting the luncheon at the regionals this year
so anyone who wants to attend can register on the regular form for the event.”

Exhibitors as of August 31, 2107
4 Hour Funding
Advantage Funding
American Lease Insurance
Bankers Capital
BlackRiver Business Capital
Bryn Mawr Funding
C.H. Brown Co., LLC
Channel Partners Capital
CLFP Foundation
Cobra Capital
Eagle Business Credit
Financial Pacific Leasing
JB&B Capital
Navitas Credit Corp.
NCMIC Professional Solutions
NFS Leasing
North Mill Equipment Finance LLC
Pawnee Leasing Corporation
Quality Leasing Co., Inc.
TEAM Funding Solutions
TimePayment Corporation
TradeRiver USA
United Financial Corporation
VFI Corporate Finance

Register/Agenda/Exhibitors/Hotel Information

October 4, 2017 - October, 6
2017 Funding Symposium
JW Marriott Buckhead
Atlanta, Georgia


4 Hour Funding
Advantage Funding
American Lease Insurance
AMUR Equipment Finance
Baystone Government Finance
Beneficial Equipment Finance
Bluechip Asset Management
Boston Financial & Equity Corp
Bryn Mawr Funding
Channel Partners Capital
CLFP Foundation
Commercial Funding Partners
Dakota Financial, LLC
Dedicated Commercial Recovery
Dedicated Funding
ECS Financial Services, Inc.
Financial Pacific Leasing, Inc.
Funding Circle
Great American Insurance
JB&B Capital
LeaseTeam, Inc.
Marlin Business Bank
Monitor Daily
Navitas Credit Corp
Newsline / Equip Finance Advisor
NetSol Technologies Americas
North Mill Equipment Finance
Orange Commercial Credit
Pawnee Leasing Corporation
Quality Leasing Co., Inc.

Register and conference details

LEND360 Innovation Floor is Nearly Sold Out!
October 11, 2017 - October 13, 2017

These companies are waiting to showcase their cutting-edge ideas on our Innovation Floor! Whether you're a consumer or business lender, our Innovation Floor is filled with proven solutions to help you lend smarter, better and faster.

Our participants want to see YOU there!  If you are interested in exhibiting, contact us today as only a few booths remain!  A waitlist will also Abe available.

LEND360 brings together the entire ecosystem of online lending, including small business and marketplace lenders, tech platforms, legal counsel, investors, marketing and advertising professional

View Agendaa at Fairmont Dallas, Dallas, Texas

To Register:

October 17, 2017 - October 19, 2017
2017 56th Annual Convention
Gaylord Resort & Convention Center
Orlando, Florida

Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, a Marriott Hotel

What makes this conference difference are funders and brokers who normally do not attend conferences, but come from all parts of the United States. This is not just for members of one group, but open to all, many who do not belong to finance and leasing associations, including specialists with specific followings in business loans, equipment finance and leasing, merchant advance, working capital and other commercial financial transactions.

"Whether you're a bank or private commercial lender, or a commercial loan broker, the NACLB conference is designed specifically for brokers and lenders to help each other get business done.

"Based on a recent poll of last year's conference in Las Vegas, our lenders proposed on over $50,000,000 worth of deals with in two months after the conference; all from new broker relationships they gained. That means that the brokers who attended had over $50,000,000 worth of deals that were not being funded previous to attending our conference. No other conference can deliver those numbers!
"Top things you will gain as a broker:

  • Meet close to 100 banks and lenders that are eager to take on broker business across multiple funding categories in business lending and commercial real estate lending.
  • Get educated on different products to cross sell your clients or gain access to funding products to concentrate on and increase your revenue.
  • Learn and hear from the industry's most successful brokers and how they grew their businesses.
  • Learn how to effectively make the leap from broker to lender.
  • Discover the changes that might be impacting your industry with regard to regulations.
  • Play a friendly game of poker and get a chance to win a 5-day vacation (for 2) to the Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.


"Our registration is now open and we anticipate over 600 brokers
to attend based on the success of last year and growth we experienced."

Kris D. Roglieri

For More Information:

October 22, 2017 - October 24, 2017
2017 56th Annual Convention
Orlando, Florida

Brochure/Schedule of Events/Speakers/Registration

October 22, 2017 -  October, 26, 2017
The Palazzo and Sands Convention Center
Venetian Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada

Speakers and More Information

“Positioning Today’s Lessors for Tomorrow” in Dubai,
United Arab Emirates / October 30 – 31, 2017

Amembal & Halladay is pleased to announce that our Management Symposium, “Positioning Today’s Lessors for Tomorrow”, will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from October 30th – 31st of 2017.

Critical operational factors such as funding, improving profitability, identifying vulnerabilities and assessing the company’s financial health are explored in depth.  The speakers, including leasing company executives, will provide insights into successfully shepherding the leasing company into the future.

All members of management will greatly benefit from attending this symposium, including CEOs, CFOs, COOs, middle managers, and those being groomed for management positions.

Registration is now open with an early bird discount in effect until August 15, 2017.

Contact Kelly Farnham for more information and to register:

8:00AM - 6:00PM EST


For More Information, please go here:

November 7, 2017
The Regency Ballroom
1300 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94109


Asia Pacific Leasing Summit 2017
November 8-10, 2017
Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers


Western Regional Meeting
November 17 - 18, 2017
Doubletree by Hilton - Anaheim
Anaheim, California

Presentation Proposal for November 17 - 18, Orange, California

General Information

Exhibitors to Date

360 Equipment Finance
4 Hour Funding
BlackRiver Business Capital
BSB Leasing
Channel Partners Capital
Cobra Capital
Dakota Financial, LLC
CLFP Foundation
Financial Pacific Leasing, Inc.
First Federal Leasing
Global Financial & Leasing Services
Hanmi Bank
Navitas Credit Corp
Orange Commercial Credit
Paradigm Equipment Finance, Inc.
Pawnee Leasing Corporation
Quality Leasing Co., Inc.
Quiktrak, Inc.
TEAM Funding Solutions
Tetra Financial Group
VFI Corporate Finance

4th Middle East Leasing Summit
December 4 -7
Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Dubai



News Briefs----

Q2 2017 Loan Growth Trends: Large Banks Outpace
Medium, Community Institutions

GE reportedly cutting corporate jobs,
   impacting Boston HQ

Chesswood Increases Revolving Credit Facility $250 Million
Borrowings Support Continued Growth in Pawnee Leasing Portfolio

Pay-to-Play Scandal Exposed in Pennsylvania
  Liquor Board Reels from a Bribery Investigation




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Baseball Poem

"I Dream of a Baseball Star"
   by Gregory Corso

I dreamed Ted Williams
leaning at night
against the Eiffel Tower, weeping.

He was in uniform
and his bat lay at his feet
-- knotted and twiggy.

"Randall Jarrell says you're a poet!" I cried.
"So do I! I say you're a poet!"

He picked up his bat with blown hands;
stood there astraddle as he would in the batter's box,
and laughed! flinging his schoolboy wrath
toward some invisible pitcher's mound
-- waiting the pitch all the way from heaven.

It came; hundreds came! all afire!
He swung and swung and swung and connected not one
sinker curve hook or right-down-the middle.
A hundred strikes!
The umpire dressed in strange attire
thundered his judgment: YOU'RE OUT!
And the phantom crowd's horrific boo
dispersed the gargoyles from Notre Dame.

And I screamed in my dream:
God! throw thy merciful pitch!
Herald the crack of bats!
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This Day in History

     1676 - Nathaniel Bacon led an uprising against English Governor William Berkeley at Jamestown, Virginia, resulting in the settlement being burned to the ground. Bacon's Rebellion came in response to the governor's repeated refusal to defend the colonists against the Indians.
    1752 – The Liberty Bell arrived in Philadelphia.  Philadelphia's city bell had been used to alert the public to proclamations or civic danger since the city's 1682 founding. The original bell hung from a tree behind the Pennsylvania State House (now Independence Hall) and was said to have been brought to the city by its founder, William Penn. In 1751, with a bell tower being built in the Pennsylvania State House, civic authorities sought a bell of better quality, which could be heard at a greater distance in the rapidly expanding city.  The Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly gave orders to the colony's London agent, Robert Charles, to obtain a "good Bell of about two thousands pound weight." Charles duly ordered the bell from Thomas Lester of the London bell founding firm of Lester and Pack (today, the Whitechapel Bell Foundry).  The bell was mounted on a stand to test the sound, and at the first strike of the clapper, the bell's rim cracked.
    1772 - Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa forms in California, the fifth mission established by Father Junipero Serra.
    1773 - Phillis Wheatley's “Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral” was published in London, England. Wheatley's collection was the first volume of poetry by an African-American poet to be published. Often called the "Black Prodigy," she was approximately twenty-one at the time.
    1791 - Birthday of Lydia Sigourney (d. 1865), Norwich, CT.  Writer of more than 67 books and a thousand articles. Recognized as one of the most popular writers of her day, much of her work was concerned with the womanly morals of the day. Before her marriage, she ran a school in Hartford, Connecticut, only writing seriously after her husband's business crumbled. Known as the "Sweet Singer from Hartford," her poems were much sought after by many national publications making her one of the most popular poets of her day.
    1799 – The Manhattan Company opened in New York City.  The ostensible purpose was providing clean water to Lower Manhattan. However, the main interest of the company was in becoming a part of the banking industry in New York. At that time, the banking industry was monopolized by Alexander Hamilton’s Bank of New York and the New York branch of the First Bank of the United States.  Following an epidemic of yellow fever in the city, Aaron Burr founded The Manhattan Company and successfully gained banking privileges through a clause in its charter granted to it by the state that allowed it to use surplus capital for banking transactions. The company merged with Chase National Bank in 1955 to form the Chase Manhattan Bank. It is the earliest of the predecessor institutions that eventually formed the current JPMorgan Chase & Co. 
    1807 - Aaron Burr was acquitted of treason by a circuit court in Richmond, VA., on the grounds that he was not present when an overt act was committed. Pres. Thomas Jefferson, having been warned of Burr's activities with respect to annexation of Spanish territory, had issued a warning on November 27, 1806, to all citizens forbidding any expedition against Spanish territory. Burr had been arrested in Alabama on February 19 and indicted on June 24 on charges of treason.
    1819 - Revolutionizing farming, the first plow with interchangeable parts was patented by John Jethro Wood of Poplar Ridge, NY. His plow substituted cast iron for the wooden moldboard, landside, and standard.
    1821 – The first settlement along the Santa Fe Trail was established by William Becknell.  The Santa Fe Trail was a transportation route opened by the Spaniards at the end of the 18th century and used afterwards by the Americans in the 19th century, crossing the southwest connecting Independence, Missouri with Santa Fe.  The French explorer Pedro Vial pioneered the route in 1792 and the Santa Fe Trail was established to take advantage of new trade opportunities with Mexico which had just won independence from Spain.  The trail was used to haul manufactured goods from the state of Missouri to Santa Fe, which was then in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Mexico.  The wagon trains followed various emigrant trails to points west as a vital commercial highway until the introduction of the railroad to Santa Fe in 1880.
    1836 - A wagon train of Presbyterian missionaries, led by pioneer missionary Dr. Marcus Whitman, reached the site of modern Walla Walla, WA. Whitman's wife Narcissa became the first white woman to cross the North American continent. In 1847, both Marcus and Narcissa Whitman and 12 others were killed by Indians in what became known as the Whitman Massacre.
    1836 - Reconstruction begins on Synagogue of Rabbi Judah Hasid in Jerusalem.
    1849 - A California convention called by the territory governor, Gen. Bennett Riley, met in Monterey. The convention created a state government without waiting for congressional action. On October 20, the delegates adopted a constitution. On November 13, the constitution was ratified by California voters and a governor and legislative representatives were chosen. Slavery was prohibited.
    1849 - Birthday of Elizabeth Harrison (d. 1927), Athens, KY. American educator who founded the influential Chicago Kindergarten College in Chicago. She also helped in founding the forerunner of the National Congress of Parents and Teachers.
    1859 - The Pullman sleeping car, built by George Pullman's company, Chicago, Illinois, with help from Ben Field, was put into service on the Chicago and Alton Railroad between Bloomington and Chicago. It was “Old No. 9.” It was a reconstructed day coach, little more than half the length of present coaches. Except for the wheels and axles, it was constructed almost entirely of wood. The roof was flat and low. The seats were adamantine. Two small wood burning stoves furnished heat. The illumination was furnished by candles. There was a small lavatory at each end. The drinking faucet supplied water to a non-enclosed washbasin. There were 10 upper and 10 lower berths with mattresses and blankets, but no sheets. The upper berth was suspended about halfway between the floor and ceiling at night, and by day, was drawn up to the ceiling by pulleys
    1852 - Gold dust to the amount of $29,195,965 was shipped East from
San Francisco so far this year. The gold rush was in its heights.
    1861 – Gen. U. S. Grant assumed command of federal forces at Cape Girardeau, MO.
    1863 – Railroad and ferry connection between San Francisco and Oakland inaugurated
    1864 - The Charlottetown Conference began on Prince Edward Island, representing the first steps toward Canadian confederation.
    1864 - In the American Civil War, the Confederates under Gen. John Hood abandoned the city of Atlanta. It was occupied by Gen. Sherman the next day. Controversy exists today about who started the fires. According to local historians, it was the Confederates on their way out of town not wanting to leave supplies and food stuff for the conquering Union Army. However, it should be noted that when Sherman left a town, he did the same thing, burning it so new occupiers could not take advantage of what was left behind. He did this in his march to the Mississippi River particularly. It was General Grant's aim to cut off the supplies to the Confederates from Europe from ships on the East Coast and barges going up the Mississippi River. Atlanta was also the terminal for the Western and Atlantic Railroad, a vital city to the South. (lower half of: )
    1866 - Birthday of James John “Gentleman Jim” Corbett (d. 1933), boxer, born at San Francisco, CA. Corbett boxed 61 rounds against Peter Jackson on May 21,1891, to no decision, but the fight got him a match with heavyweight champion John L. Sullivan. This fight, on September 7, 1892, was the first governed by the Marquis of Queensbury Rules and the first in which the fighters used gloves. Corbett decisioned Sullivan in 21 rounds, using the jab, the punch he invented.
    1867 - Robert T. Freeman was the first Black to graduate from Harvard Dental School. Inexplicably, this honor is sometimes erroneously attributed to Dr. George F. Grant, also an African American dentist and Harvard graduate, who in 1899 designed and patented the first golf tee.
    1869 – In professional baseball, the champion Brooklyn Eckfords began a new Championship series with the ex-champion New York Mutuals. Despite a high wind‚ the Mutuals defeated the Eckfords with 5 runs in the bottom of the 9th to win‚ 28 - 25.
    1872 - The first nurse to receive formal training was Linda Ann Judson Richards, first in a class of five to register as a student nurse at Training School of the New England Hospital for Women and Children, Roxbury, MA. The school offered a one year program in medical, surgical and obstetric nursing. After graduation, Richards served as night superintendent at Bellevue Hospital, New York City, and as superintendent of the Training School of the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. The first trained nurse who was African-American was Mary Eliza Mahoney, who graduated in 1879 from the same program.
    1875 - Edgar Rice Burroughs (d. 1950) was born, Chicago.  Author (“Tarzan”) and land developer of Tarzana, California, and mayor of California Beach, California. During World War II, Burroughs served at the age of 66 as a war correspondent in the South Pacific.
    1878 - Emma Nutt reportedly began her professional career in Boston, Massachusetts becoming the first woman telephone operator and continued working as a telephone operator for some 33 years. Previously all operators had been men.
    1887 - A patent was file for by Emile Berliner for his invention, the lateral-cut, flat-disk gramophone; better known as the record player. Emile got the patent, but the glory went to Thomas Edison for making his American invention work.
    1894 - A forest fire driven by high winds burned down the town of Hinkley, MN, killing 418 persons.
    1895 - The first municipal subway was the Tremont Street Subway, Boston, MA, begun on March 28, 1895 and opened for traffic. The subway was built by the City of Boston at a cost of $4,369,000 and leased to the Boston Elevated Railway at an annual rent of 4.5 percent of construction cost. This was also the first time that a subway was built with a shallow tunnel instead of a deep tunnel.
    1897 - Hailstone drifts six feet deep were reported in Washington County, IA.
    1897 – Brooklyn Dodger fans of a certain age will remember Hilda Chester (d. 1978) who was born in Brooklyn.  Possibly the most famous fan in baseball history, she sat in the bleachers at Ebbets Field beginning in the 1920s.  Chester yelled from the stands at players and she gained notice as a large woman in a flower-patterned dress who berated the players in her Brooklyn accent. Soon, writers were giving her passes and she was a regular. A widow of very limited means, she also worked as a hot dog vendor at a local racetrack.  After a heart attack, Chester was the first to use a brass cowbell, donated by the Dodgers, to cheer on her team. When she had a second heart attack, manager Leo Durocher personally visited her in the hospital.
    1902 – Tinkers, Evers and Chance appeared together in the Chicago Orphans lineup for the first time‚ but not in the positions that will earn them immortality.  Chance was a catcher, Tinker was at 3B and Evers at SS.  Later, Chance was moved to 1B, Evers to 2B and Tinker to SS and they turned their first double play on September 15.
    1904 - Birthday of Johnny Mack Brown (d. 1974), at Dothan, AL. Football player and well-known cowboy actor.  Brown played at the University of Alabama and starred on Coach Wallace Wade's undefeated 1925 team that defeated Washington in the 1926 Rose Bowl, 20-19. Brown took a screen test and acted in several dramatic films before appearing in the first of more than 300 westerns, many played on early television in the 1950's (no residuals).
    1905 – Hillerich & Bradsby signed a contract with Honus Wagner and produced the first signature model bat in history.
    1906 - In the longest game in American League history, both starters, Philadelphia’s Jack Coombs and Boston's Joe Harris went 24 innings. The Athletics would defeat the Boston Red Sox. 4-1.
    1914 - Bloomington, MI is deluged with 9.78 inches of rain in 24 hours to establish a state record.
    1916 - Congress passed “an act to prevent interstate commerce in the products of child labor,” basically become the first federal child labor law. On June 3, 1918, it was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court as an invasion of states' rights.
    1922 - The first daily news program began broadcasting on station WBAY, New York City.
    1923 - Birthday of Rocky Marciano, boxer born Rocco Francis Marchegiano (d. 1969) at Brockton, MA. Marciano used superb conditioning to fashion an impressive record that propelled him to a fight with Jersey Joe Walcott for the heavyweight title on September 23, 1952. Marciano knocked Walcott out, and in 1956, he retired as the only undefeated heavyweight champion.
    1925 - Benjamin D. Chamberlin of Washington, DC received a patent to make glass light bulbs by machine, “an apparatus for gathering glass and the treatment thereof on blowpipes.” Electric light bulbs previously were hand blown. The first frosted electric light bulb for commercial distribution was invented by Marin Pipke of Incandescent Lamp Department of the General Electric Company at Nela Park, OH. He received a patent on October 16, 1928. The first sodium vapor lights were installed on June 13,2933 on the Balltown Road, near Schenectady, NY by the General Electric Company and the New York Power and Light Company. The lamps were monochromatic and glowed in one color, giving 2.5 times the light output of incandescent lamps of the same wattage. The lamp wattage was about 80 to 90 watts and the light output about 4,000 lumens. The first successfully developed fluorescent lamp was made by Arthur Compton at the General Electric Company in Schenectady, NY, in 1934.
    1929 - Birthday of Ila Fox (d. 2000), Callendar, IA. At the age of 25, she became the first licensed native Iowa female pilot. To finance her flying lessons, she dressed in a snappy rendition of the classic aviator costume of boots, trousers and leather jacket to promote the Curtis Flying Service.
    1930 – The New York World reported the disappearance of New York Superior Court Justice Joseph Crater, who vanished August 6, 1930 amid political scandal. He was last seen leaving a restaurant in Manhattan and entered pop culture as one of the most mysterious missing persons cases of the twentieth century. Despite massive publicity, the case was never solved and was officially closed 40 years after he disappeared. His disappearance fueled public disquiet about New York City corruption and was a factor in the downfall of the Tammany Hall political machine. 
    1932 - NYC Mayor James J. "Gentleman Jimmy" Walker resigns (graft charges). The subject of a state investigation of charges of corruption, he resigned before the hearings closed. At the same time, he was causing a scandal over his affair with actress Betty Compton. Walker left for Europe, divorced his wife and married Compton. The couple lived abroad until 1935, when they returned to New York. In 1940, Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, whom Walker had defeated in 1928, named him as arbitrator for the garment industry and "Gentleman Jimmy" became a popular figure on the lecture circuit. Bob Hope played Walker in a 1957 movie, "Beau James."
    1925 - Alto sax player Art Pepper (d. 1982), born Gardena, CA.
    1933 - Songster Conway Twitty was born as Harold Jenkins (d. 1993), Friars Point, Mississippi.  A country music singer, he also had success in rock and roll, rock, R&B and pop. From 1971 to 1976, Twitty received a string of CMA awards for duets with Loretta Lynn. Although never a member of the Grand Ole Opry, he was inducted into both the Country Music Hall of Fame and Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
    1939 - Germany invaded Poland with 1.8 million troops, beginning World War II. The invasion took place one week after the governments of Germany and the Soviet Union signed a secret pact of non-aggression. Two days after the invasion, England and France declared war on Germany. Australia, New Zealand and South Africa soon followed with their own declarations. Poland overwhelmed by German air and land power, was in German and Soviet hands before the month concluded.
    1939 - Comedian Lily Tomlin birthday, born Mary Jean Tomlin, Detroit Michigan. Coincidentally, Emma Nutt became the first female telephone operator this day in 1978. Tomlin is famous for her portrayal of the telephone operator “Ernestine” in “Laugh In.”
    1941 - The first city parking garage was designed by Hassel T. Hicks and opened this day in Welch, WV. It accommodated 232 cars and showed a profit the first year.
    1942 - A federal judge in Sacramento, California upheld the wartime detention of Japanese-Americans as well as Japanese nationals.
    1944 - The movie “Arsenic and Old Lace,” starring Cary Grant, opened in New York.
    1945 - The United States received official word of Japan's formal surrender that ended World War II. In Japan, it was actually September 2nd.
    1947 - Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees is born in Douglas, Isle of Man, U.K.
    1948 – “For the Love of Mary,” a musical-comedy starring Deanna Durbin and Edmond O'Brien, opened in U.S. theaters. Uncomfortable with the fame that came from her popular films, this was Durbin's last film. Durbin, known as "Winnipeg's Sweetheart," her first screen kiss made international headlines. Wanting to "live a normal life," Durbin secluded herself in France. For over 35 years, she had resisted every approach from film companies. Her husband, a film director, told journalists, "The late Mario Lanza pleaded with her for years to make a film with him. But she will never go back to that life." Durbin’s last interview was 1949 and she died in 2013.
    1949 - On NBC-TV "Martin Kane, Private Eye" debuted. Airing on Thursday nights, the show starred William Gargan. "Martin Kane" was a cool, wisecracking mover and shaker who worked closely with the police. He was headquartered at Happy McMann's tobacco shop.
    1951 - Top Hits
“Because of You” - Tony Bennett
“Come on-a My House” - Rosemary Clooney
“Shangai” - Doris Day
“Always Late (With Your Kisses)” - Lefty Frizzell
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company F, 38th Infantry Regiment. Place and date: Vicinity of Am-Dong, Korea, 1 September 1950. Entered service at: Clinton, Okla. Birth: Vian, Okla. G.O. No.: 8, 16 February 1951. Citation: 1st Lt. Henry, Company F, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action. His platoon was holding a strategic ridge near the town when they were attacked by a superior enemy force, supported by heavy mortar and artillery fire. Seeing his platoon disorganized by this fanatical assault, he left his foxhole and moving along the line ordered his men to stay in place and keep firing. Encouraged by this heroic action the platoon reformed a defensive line and rained devastating fire on the enemy, checking its advance. Enemy fire had knocked out all communications and 1st Lt. Henry was unable to determine whether or not the main line of resistance was altered to this heavy attack. On his own initiative, although severely wounded, he decided to hold his position as long as possible and ordered the wounded evacuated and their weapons and ammunition brought to him. Establishing an l-man defensive position, he ordered the platoon's withdrawal and despite his wound and with complete disregard for himself remained behind to cover the movement. When last seen he was single-handedly firing all available weapons so effectively that he caused an estimated 50 enemy casualties. His ammunition was soon expended and his position overrun, but this intrepid action saved the platoon and halted the enemy's advance until the main line of resistance was prepared to throw back the attack. 1st Lt. Henry's outstanding gallantry and noble self-sacrifice above and beyond the call of duty reflect the highest honor on him and are in keeping with the esteemed traditions of the U.S. Army.
    1951 - STORY, LUTHER H., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company A, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Agok, Korea, 1 September 1950. Entered service at: Georgia. Born: 20 July 1931, Buena Vista, Ga. G.O. No.: 70, 2 August 1951. Citation: Pfc. Story distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action. A savage daylight attack by elements of 3 enemy divisions penetrated the thinly held lines of the 9th Infantry. Company A beat off several banzai attacks but was bypassed and in danger of being cut off and surrounded. Pfc. Story, a weapons squad leader, was heavily engaged in stopping the early attacks and had just moved his squad to a position overlooking the Naktong River when he observed a large group of the enemy crossing the river to attack Company A. Seizing a machine gun from his wounded gunner he placed deadly fire on the hostile column killing or wounding an estimated 100 enemy soldiers. Facing certain encirclement the company commander ordered a withdrawal. During the move Pfc. Story noticed the approach of an enemy truck loaded with troops and towing an ammunition trailer. Alerting his comrades to take cover he fearlessly stood in the middle of the road, throwing grenades into the truck. Out of grenades he crawled to his squad, gathered up additional grenades and again attacked the vehicle. During the withdrawal the company was attacked by such superior numbers that it was forced to deploy in a rice field. Pfc. Story was wounded in this action, but, disregarding his wounds, rallied the men about him and repelled the attack. Realizing that his wounds would hamper his comrades he refused to retire to the next position but remained to cover the company's withdrawal. When last seen he was firing every weapon available and fighting off another hostile assault. Private Story's extraordinary heroism, aggressive leadership, and supreme devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon himself and were in keeping with the esteemed traditions of the military service.
    1952 - SMITH, DAVID M., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company E, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Yongsan, Korea, 1 September 1950. Entered service at: Livingston, Ky. Born: 10 November 1926, Livingston, Ky. G.O. No.: 78, 21 August 1952. Citation: Pfc. Smith distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and beyond the call of duty in action. Pfc. Smith was a gunner in the mortar section of Company E, emplaced in rugged mountainous terrain and under attack by a numerically superior hostile force. Bitter fighting ensued and the enemy overran forward elements, infiltrated the perimeter, and rendered friendly positions untenable. The mortar section was ordered to withdraw, but the enemy had encircled and closed in on the position. Observing a grenade lobbed at his emplacement, Pfc. Smith shouted a warning to his comrades and, fully aware of the odds against him, flung himself upon it and smothered the explosion with his body. Although mortally wounded in this display of valor, his intrepid act saved 5 men from death or serious injury. Pfc. Smith's inspirational conduct and supreme sacrifice reflect lasting glory on himself and are in keeping with the noble traditions of the infantry of the U.S. Army.
    1952 - Television's longest running daytime variety show as hosted by Art Linkletter. This blend of talk and audience participation started on radio. In 1968, the show was renamed the “Linkletter Show” and moved from the afternoon to a morning slot. The series was well known for its daily interview with four schoolchildren. Later Art Linkletter had a separate show, “Kids Say the Darndest Things,” that ran from 1945-69.
    1955 - Temperature at Los Angeles, CA reached 110 degrees, the hottest on record for that city
    1955 - Alan Freed's First Anniversary Rock 'n Roll Party kicks off at the Paramount Theater in Brooklyn, New York. Among those appearing on the bill are Chuck Berry, Tony Bennett, The Nutmegs, The Rhythmettes, The Cardinals and The Four Voices.
    1955 - Herman Wouk's novel, “Marjorie Morningstar,” was published in New York by Doubleday.
    1956 - Elvis Presley shares his success with his family by purchasing his mother a pink Cadillac.
    1957 - Singer Gloria Estefan born Havana, Cuba.
    1957 – The Yankees purchased the contract of Sal Maglie from the Dodgers.  He is the last man to play for all three New York teams.
    1959 - Top Hits
“Sea of Love” - Phil Phillips
“Sleep Walk” - Santo & Johnny
“I'm Gonna Get Married” - Lloyd Price
“The Three Bells” - The Browns
    1962 - Tommy Roe had his first number one hit when "Sheila" reached the top of the US Pop chart. The record was a re-recorded version of a song that was first released in 1960 when Roe was part of a group called The Satins. Roe's recording success would continue until 1971, during which time he had five more Top 10 hits.
    1964 - Southpaw reliever Masanori Murakami became the first Major League player from Japan when he debuted for the San Francisco Giants against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium. His first 11 innings were scoreless.
    1967 - Guitarist Boz Scaggs joins the San Francisco based Steve Miller Band. Scaggs stays with the group through two albums ("Children of the Future" and "Sailor") before heading out on a solo career in 1969.
    1967 - Top Hits
“Ode to Billie Joe” - Bobbie Gentry
“Pleasant Valley Sunday” - The Monkees
“Baby I Love You” - Aretha Franklin
“I'll Never Find Another You” - Sonny James
    1968 - JONES, WILLIAM A., III, Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Colonel, U.S. Air Force, 602d Special Operations Squadron, Nakon Phanom Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand. Place and date: Near Dong Hoi, North Vietnam, 1 September 1968. Entered service at: Charlottesville, Va. Born: 31 May 1922, Norfolk, Va. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Col. Jones distinguished himself as the pilot of an A-1H Skyraider aircraft near Dong Hoi, North Vietnam. On that day, as the on-scene commander in the attempted rescue of a downed U.S. pilot, Col. Jones' aircraft was repeatedly hit by heavy and accurate antiaircraft fire. On one of his low passes, Col. Jones felt an explosion beneath his aircraft and his cockpit rapidly filled with smoke. With complete disregard of the possibility that his aircraft might still be burning, he unhesitatingly continued his search for the downed pilot. On this pass, he sighted the survivor and a multiple-barrel gun position firing at him from near the top of a karst formation. He could not attack the gun position on that pass for fear he would endanger the downed pilot. Leaving himself exposed to the gun position, Col. Jones attacked the position with cannon and rocket fire on 2 successive passes. On his second pass, the aircraft was hit with multiple rounds of automatic weapons fire. One round impacted the Yankee Extraction System rocket mounted directly behind the headrest, igniting the rocket. His aircraft was observed to burst into flames in the center fuselage section, with flames engulfing the cockpit area. He pulled the extraction handle, jettisoning the canopy. The influx of fresh air made the fire burn with greater intensity for a few moments, but since the rocket motor had already burned, the extraction system did not pull Col. Jones from the aircraft. Despite searing pains from severe burns sustained on his arms, hands, neck, shoulders, and face, Col. Jones pulled his aircraft into a climb and attempted to transmit the location of the downed pilot and the enemy gun position to the other aircraft in the area. His calls were blocked by other aircraft transmissions repeatedly directing him to bail out and within seconds his transmitters were disabled and he could receive only on 1 channel. Completely disregarding his injuries, he elected to fly his crippled aircraft back to his base and pass on essential information for the rescue rather than bail out. Col. Jones successfully landed his heavily damaged aircraft and passed the information to a debriefing officer while on the operating table. As a result of his heroic actions and complete disregard for his personal safety, the downed pilot was rescued later in the day. Col. Jones' profound concern for his fellow man at the risk of his life, above and beyond the call of duty, are in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Air Force and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.
    1969 - Birthday of “Chicken Boy,” saved from destruction May 4, 1984. Chicken Boy is a 22-foot statue of a boy with a chicken's head, holding a bucket of chicken. Formerly the mascot for the restaurant for which he is named, he was rescued from destruction when the restaurant went out of business.  Future Studio of Los Angeles, a graphic design studio, saved the statue. Chicken Boy has since become a pop culture Icon in Southern California (some call him the Statue of Liberty of Los Angeles.)
    1970 – The U.S. Senate rejects the McGovern-Hatfield amendment by a vote of 55-39. This legislation, proposed by Senators George McGovern of South Dakota and Mark Hatfield of Oregon, would have set a deadline of December 31, 1971 for complete withdrawal of American troops from South Vietnam.
    1971 - It was a Major League Baseball first when Pittsburgh Pirates manager, Danny Murtaugh, gave his lineup card to the umpire containing the names of nine black baseball players. The Pirates then became the first Major League team to start an all-black team; the lineup included infielders Al Oliver (1b), Rennie Stennet (2b), Jackie Hernandez (ss) Dave Cash (3b) and outfielders Willie Stargell (lf), Gene Clines (cf), Roberto Clemente (rf) with Dock Ellis (p) and Manny Sanguillen (c) making up the battery.
    1972 - For "Back Stabbers," the O'Jays earned a gold record. The song was the group from Canton, Ohio first hit. The O'Jays would have nine more hits on the pop and R&B charts over the years, five of which earned gold records: "Love Train," "I Love Music," "Use ta Be My Girl," "For the Love of Money" and "Put Your Hands Together".
    1972 - Robert "Bobby" Fischer, United States chess player, defeated Soviet player Boris Spassky in Reykjavik, Iceland, becoming the United States' first player to officially win the World Chess Championship. Fisher's strange demands during tournaments, off-the-wall antics, and unexplained forfeiture of his world title brought him a notoriety uncharacteristic to most chess champions.
    1973 - Braulio Baeza, horse-racing jockey, won two races at New York's Belmont Park. Baeza then got on a plane and flew to Liberty Bell race track in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he rode Determined King to a win in the Kindergarten Stakes.
    1973 - Bob Dylan's soundtrack to the film, "Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid" enters the LP charts. It includes "Knockin' On Heaven's Door."
    1975 - Top Hits
“Get Down Tonight” - K.C. & The Sunshine Band
“How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” - James Taylor
“At Seventeen” - Janis Ian
“Rhinestone Cowboy” - Glen Campbell
    1975 - It was the final broadcast of "Monday Night Baseball" on NBC-TV when Montreal's Expos beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5. In 1976, ABC-TV picked up the games.
    1977 - Bobby C. Wilks became the first African American in the Coast Guard to reach the rank of captain. He was also the first African American Coast Guard aviator (Coast Guard aviator No. 735). He later became the first African American to command a Coast Guard air station. He accumulated over 6,000 flight hours in 18 different types of aircraft. He was also the project officer for the Sikorsky HH-3 helicopter when they were first delivered in the 1960s.
    1977 - Blondie singer Debbie Harry signed a recording deal with Chrysalis Records who bought the group's private stock label for $500,000. Blondie is often not thought of as a band, but rather just Debbie Harry, the former Playboy Bunny.
    1979 - The United States unmanned spacecraft Pioneer II, launched in 1973, transmitted data to earth after coming within 12,560 miles of Saturn's clouds.
    1979 - LA Court orders Clayton Moore to stop wearing Lone Ranger mask. There were no TV residuals in the early days, so Moore took to entertaining birthday parties as the Long Ranger and making appearances wearing the Long Ranger mask.  The Wrather Corp., which owned "The Lone Ranger" television series and the rights to the character, obtained a court order to stop Moore from appearing in public dressed as "The Lone Ranger," specifically prohibiting him from wearing the ranger's signature mask. The Wrather Corp. intended to produce a new "Lone Ranger" film, and didn't want fans to be confused. Instead, fans were incensed about the treatment of Moore, and circulated petitions to allow him to wear the mask again. Moore continued to make appearances, however, wearing wrap-around sunglasses instead. When the film, "The Legend of the Lone Ranger" (1981), starring Klinton Spilsbury, was released, it was a huge critical and commercial failure. The Wrather Corp. gave in to public pressure in 1984, and allowed Moore to wear the mask again. When Moore died in 1999, the company arranged for the saddle Moore used as "The Lone Ranger" to be displayed at his memorial service.
    1979 - A home in Centerville, TN was hit by lightning and totally destroyed. It marked the third time that the house had been hit by lightning since being built in 1970.
    1983 - Top Hits
“Every Breath You Take” - The Police
“Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” - Eurythmics
“Maniac” - Michael Sembello
“You're Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation” - Ronnie McDowell
    1984 - Tina Turner's "What's Love Got To Do With It" peaks at #1 on the pop chart.
    1985 - A joint United States-French expedition located the wreck of the Titanic roughly 560 miles off the coast of Newfoundland. The "unsinkable" ocean-liner sunk in 1912 after hitting an iceberg. Twelve years after the wreck's location, the movie “Titanic” went on to break box office records.
    1985 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)," John Parr. The week this song from the film "St. Elmo's Fire" hits No. 1 marks the first time that songs from motion pictures hold the top three positions on the Billboard Hot 100. Huey Lewis' "The Power of Love" from the film "Back to the Future" is No. 2 and Tina Turner's "We Don't Need Another Hero" from "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" is in the third slot.
    1986 - At his annual telethon on Labor Day weekend, Jerry Lewis raised a record $34 million for Muscular Dystrophy.  The telethon was held beginning in 1966, and would raise $2.45 billion for MDA from its inception through 2009.  Lewis died on August 20, 2017.
    1987 - Cool Canadian air invaded the Midwest. Six cities reported record low temperatures for the date, including Indianapolis with a reading of 44 degrees. Hot weather continued in the northwestern U.S. Five cities reported record high temperatures for the date, including Hanover, WA, where the mercury soared to 106 degrees.
    1989 - The air bag requirement by the federal government took effect: all newly manufactured cars were required to have air bags installed on the driver's side.
    1989 - Chris Evert defeated Patricia Tarabini, 6-2, 5-4, in an early round of the US Open tennis tournament. The victory made Evert, playing in her final US Open, the first 100-match winner in the 108 years of US national tennis championship competition.
    1991 - Top Hits
“(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” - Bryan Adams
“Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)” - Roxette
“Wind of Change” - Scorpions
“You Know Me Better Than That” - George Strait
    1995 - Jazz trumpeter and vocalist Louis Armstrong is honored on a U.S. postage stamp. The sale is kicked off with a jazz festival in New Orleans featuring Wynton Marsalis, Al Hirt, Doc Cheatham and other jazz stars.
    1995 – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, designed by I. M. Pei, opened in Cleveland.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was established on April 20, 1983, by Atlantic Records founder and chairman Ahmet Ertegun. In 1986, Cleveland was chosen as the Hall of Fame's permanent home. Since opening, the "Rock Hall has hosted more than 10 million visitors and had a cumulative economic impact estimated at more than $1.8 billion.  Cleveland lobbied or the location since WJW disc jockey Alan Freed both coined the term "rock and roll" and heavily promoted the new genre, and that Cleveland was the location of Freed's Moondog Coronation Ball, the first major rock and roll concert. 
    1997 - In France, the prosecutor's office said the driver of the car in which Princess Diana was killed, was over the legal alcohol limit.
    1998 - Vietnam released 5,000 prisoners, including political dissidents, on National Day.
    1998 - The film “Titanic” was released on video, amidst much media attention. Millions of tapes were distributed, and many stores across the nation were opened at midnight for the anticipated crowds wanting to purchase the tape.
    1998 - David Bowie opens his on-line internet service provider business, Bowienet. The service offers basic internet services and exclusive Bowie news and releases.
    2001 - Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa hits the longest home run in Turner Field history as his 53rd of the season travels 471 feet to straight away center. The historic homer comes in the first inning off four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux. Questions linger today, was it a cork center bat or just the PEDs?
    2005 - The first busloads of Hurricane Katrina refugees, formerly housed at the SuperDome in New Orleans, begin to arrive early this morning at Houston's Astrodome. The former home of the Astros will afford the displaced an opportunity to escape the unhealthy horrendous conditions of their former shelter by supplying air conditioning, cots, food and showers for eventual 25,000 people who expected from Louisiana.
    2005 - Fats Domino, 77 years old, was rescued from the flooding in New Orleans caused by Hurricane Katrina. He had earlier told his agent that he planned to remain in his home despite the order to evacuate.
    2005 - Veteran performer Olivia Newton-John released a studio album specifically for sale as part of a Hallmark program in support of breast cancer awareness month. "Stronger Than Before" is to be available Sept. 1-Oct. 31 exclusively through Hallmark Gold Crown stores. The CD retails for $9.95 with two dollars from each sale benefiting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
    2011 - A state of emergency was declared by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal after Tropical Storm Lee in the northern Gulf of Mexico.  Damage total was estimated to be around $1.6 billion.
    2012 - U.S. National Park officials notified 3,100 recent visitors of an outbreak of Hantavirus sourced to tent cabins in Yosemite National Park.
    2014 - Apple's new iPhone included a near-field communication chip, making mobile payments easier.  It was released for sale later this month.  The mobile payment market for goods and services exceeded $300B globally by 2013.



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