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Friday, September 30, 2005

Welcome New Readers
    Classified Ads---Sales Manager
        LeaseForum has become American River Partners
            Classified Ads---Help Wanted
Jim Lahti Makes its Official: Affiliated Investment Group
    Steven LeBarron CHP Consulting VP Marketing No. America
        GMAC Names Kirtman VP, Group Senior Risk Mngr.
            FundGuard chooses LeaseWave
Rush Enterprises to acquire Hayes Leasing
    News Briefs---
        You May Have Missed---
California Nuts Brief---
    "Gimme that Wine"
        Today's Top Event in History
            This Day in American History
                Baseball Poem

If you did not read yesterday's "Odds and Ends," you missed Bruce Lurie on Hurricane Rita in Houston, Preferred Lease co-founder David Murray comments, EAEL/NAELB Conference report/Bill Hanson and Ron Fischer's yacht ( with pictures) and Ken Goodman, CLP:

Monday - The List -3 rd Quarter 2005

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Classified Ads---Sales Manager

Atlanta, GA
30 years in transportation Finance with strong management/ sales background. Represented company on national & region markets. Started two successful operations- produce profits and growth.

Chicago, IL.
Successful sales manager has 15 years experience with captives and independents. Expertise in re-energizing existing sales teams and territories, also building teams from scratch. True Team Leader looking for new challenge.

Chicago, IL
Senior sales manager seeks Chicago based sales management role with growing, creative, customer focused lessor. Extensive experience/documented results in all aspects of information technology leasing.

Dallas/Fort Worth, TX.
Domestic-int'l exp. Small to middle ticket. 24 yrs with Fortune 500 firms(2). Consistently achieves margin/ volume goals.

Marlton, NJ
25 years exper. Promoted to sales manager after attaining highest percentage of quota for 2 years. Increased business by 50% over two years as sales manager.

New York, NY
I have over 25 years owning an independent leasing company that specialized in truck leasing. Tow trucks, Limos, ambulances, tractors, etc..

Pennsauken, NJ.
17 Years Leasing in all capacities from CSR and Collections to National Sales Management and Vice President Vendor Development. Exceptional People Skills. Many industry references.

Portland, OR.
18+ yrs w/bank leasing company. Supervised 14- 20 sales people. Willing to relocate for the proper position.

Scottsdale, AZ
Have successfully built or rebuilt 3 national sales forces in 3 different industry niches. Strong credit and operations background compliment overall experience. Strong industry references.

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LeaseForum has become American River Partners.

" In addition if you key you are directed to the new site - if you email me at, your email is forwarded to me at American River Partners." Susan S. Franklin, CEO, Founder, and Managing Partner told Leasing News.

"As to reporting to your readers, please feel free to announce we have changed our name, and continue, as we have since redirecting our focus away from online lease pricing / management in early 2003, to provide equipment lease analysis and risk management consulting services to clients nationwide."

Susan S. Franklin is the Founder, CEO, and Managing Partner from the web site:

Susan founded American River Partners in 1998. Having spent 19-years in the equipment leasing industry, Susan brings in depth, hands-on experience to the firm. As a SVP at PLM International, she was responsible for underwriting $350 million in leases annually and maximizing return on the firm's portfolio of non-transportation leases with investment grade and middle-market credits.

Ms. Franklin states," An online private message board for clients on the navigation bar - it will be live in 2006."



Classified Ads-----Help Wanted

Lease Representatives

Baltimore - Washington area
Lease Representative

M&T Bank is seeking an in-market lease representative to develop and maintain relationships with broker/lessors, equipment vendors, and direct lessees throughout Maryland and Northern Virginia. Must be knowledgeable small ticket leasing ($75K average ticket) and third-party lease/loan transactions. Please apply on-line at and view posting #4044.

At M&T Bank, we provide and exciting and challenging work environment where performance and innovative thinking is encouraged at every level. With over 700 branches, your career can travel as far as you take it!

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Jim Lahti Makes its Official : Affiliated Investment Group

Affiliated Investment Group, Inc. has announced that they have opened as a broker funding source. Although the company was established in 1991, it has been inactive until recently and is the proud continutation of the 20 year history of Affliated Corporate Service,s Inc. Known as "The Flexible Funding Source," Affiliated Investment Group has kept the same phone and fax numbers that they've always had and will continue the publicaiton of the "Leasing Life" newsleter.

James R. Lahti, CLP, President, " I had a very amicable spearation from my long term partner and look forward ot the next chapter in Leasing Life."

James R. Lahti, CLP
Affiliated Investment Group, Inc.
401 East Corporate Drive, Suite 250-A
Lewisville, Texas, 85057
(972)221-7335, Fax 972-221-7335


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Steven LeBarron Joines CHP Consulting as Vice President of Marketing, North America

CHICAGO, - CHP Consulting Ltd., the leading provider of business management software and services to the global asset finance industry, today announced Steven R. LeBarron has joined the company as vice president of marketing, North America, effective immediately.

In this position, LeBarron is responsible for the continued penetration of CHP ALFA Systems and consulting services in the North American leasing and lending market space where the CHP end-to-end solution is being adopted by large financial services organizations.

"North America is a 'hot' market for CHP and Steve will be close to our clients in the United States and Canada," said CHP Director Andrew Denton. "We are very pleased to add Steve and his proven track record to our team. His depth of experience in leasing, software and consulting services fits well with our goal to meet unmet needs that are critical to the equipment leasing and asset finance industry. Many companies have expressed strong interest in our unique end-to-end, single system software platform. We expect Steve's expertise will help us turn them into CHP customers."

LeBarron has more than 20 years experience in the equipment and vehicle leasing industries. He worked for GE Capital, International Decision Systems, Northern Consulting and Blackwell Consulting. LeBarron held management and director-level positions in customer service, consulting, product management, marketing and business development.

He received an M.B.A. Degree from the University of Minnesota and B.S. Degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.

About CHP Consulting

CHP Consulting has been delivering system solutions to the leasing and asset finance industry since 1990. With more than 140 employees worldwide, CHP has great expertise in the industry and a 100 percent on-time and on-budget delivery record. Its flagship product, ALFA Systems, provides dedicated support for equipment finance, consumer finance, asset management, vehicle finance and structured finance. It is used by clients in the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia. These include RBS Lombard, HSBC, Nissan Finance, Lloyds TSB, Royal Bank of Scotland, Société Générale, ING Lease, Investec and Commonwealth Bank of Australia. For more information, visit


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GMAC Names Kirtman VP, Group Senior Risk Manager
within the Equipment Finance Division

SOUTHFIELD, Mich.-- GMAC Commercial Finance (GMAC CF), a wholly owned subsidiary of General Motors Acceptance Corporation Financial Services (GMACFS) since 1999, is proud to announce that Amina Kirtman has been named Vice President, Group Senior Risk Manager for the Commercial Air, Marine and Business Aviation Groups within the Company's Equipment Finance Division (EFD).

In her new role, Amina will be responsible for building a high performance team to service, support and help grow these business groups. She will report to Larry Stevens, EFD's chief credit officer.

"Amina brings excellent industry knowledge and high energy to this newly created position," Stevens said. "We're confident that she will be instrumental in the profitable growth of these business groups which are vital to EFD's success."

Amina has worked in the large-ticket equipment finance/leasing industry for more than five years. After earning a B.A. degree from Smith College in Northampton, Mass., and an M.B.A. from the University of California at Davis, Amina has taken a career path through account management, corporate finance and credit. Prior to joining GMAC CF, Amina worked for GATX Corporation.

GMAC Commercial Finance, considered a leader in its segment of the financial services market, provides asset-based lending, equipment finance/leasing, structured finance, factoring and supplier early payment services to a wide variety of middle-market clients in diverse industries. Loan facilities are in the $1 million to $350 million range. With locations in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Poland, the United Kingdom, and plans to open an office in Germany the 1st Quarter of 2006, GMAC Commercial Finance is positioned to provide lending services worldwide.

The GMAC CF Equipment Finance Division is located in Atlanta, Ga., and may be reached at
(678) 553-2700.


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FundGuard chooses LeaseWave

FundGuard LLC, the North Andover, MA-based lease funding provider has chosen LeaseWave to run its portfolio and to take its business relationships online. FundGuard provides a unique solution to a well-known market problem - access to small-ticket lease funding for independent lessors. FundGuard's business model uses the power of the Internet to let independents stay independent while gaining the efficiencies available only to large portfolio companies. It also opens the door to significant opportunities for lease portfolio investors and lenders. To realize this complex business model, FundGuard has selected LeaseWave, Odessa Technologies, Inc.'s Internet-based lease management system.

FundGuard's innovative business-model has made national finance local by using the Internet to create a truly integrated information resource for all the players in the small-ticket leasing market. FundGuard's physical facility for storage of active lease documents and full cash management becomes a single physical audit point for lenders, lessors, and investors; national lending programs can be operated without the cost and overhead of multiple offices and multiple audit staffs. The model streamlines the lease portfolio management process by bringing all the information needed to manage a portfolio into one place available from anywhere, eliminating the need for transfer of data from lessor to lender. Portfolio investors are given a powerful way to access the attractive yield and asset diversification opportunities of the small-ticket leasing market. They can define their yield, control credit work, reduce acquisition costs and access a stable flow of assets on a scheduled basis.

"After searching the market with a fine-tooth comb, we realized that Odessa Technologies provided the only solution that truly harnessed the power of the Internet; in fact, it was the only Internet-based solution available," says Cam Mears, CEO of FundGuard. "Additionally, LeaseWave is market-tested and will enable us to quickly deliver a top-quality Internet-based service, Odessa Technologies has significant expertise in the US leasing market, and has developed a comprehensive system that is very user-friendly." LeaseWave, built on the Microsoft .NET platform, comprehensively covers lease accounting and asset management. It connects the lessor with all its business partners including with lessees, funding sources, portfolio investors, vendors, brokers, sales reps, etc., through exclusive web-portals. This design makes it a good fit for the complexities of FundGuard's business model. "Most competing systems have their origins 10 or even 20 years ago, built at a time when the Internet was barely known. But the relevance of the Internet has rapidly changed. Nearly every bank and every Fortune 500 company today has a serious Internet-strategy. LeaseWave provides a tremendous opportunity for leasing companies to do the same," says Madhu Natarajan, CEO Odessa Technologies, Inc.

About FundGuard:

FundGuard is an innovative program that brings together originators, short-term lenders, and portfolio investors in a secure, quality-controlled environment. Based on established business practices, FundGuard provides manual administration, centralized document archiving, and a web-based portfolio management system. Through the FundGuard program, participants realize effeciencies usually available only to large integrated finance companies. The program establishes a clear set of standards for all participants, including lessors, bankers and portfolio buyers. Through real-time connection between parties in the leasing process, centralized control of servicing and full transparency, the model isn't merely a portal into the leasing market but provides the foundation of an entirely new, Internet-powered approach to small-ticket lease portfolio funding.

About Odessa Technologies, Inc.

Odessa Technologies, Inc. is a software company located in Philadelphia, PA, with a sole focus in building and marketing software solutions to the leasing industry. The LeaseWave suite is its fully-integrated family of products that cater to various parts of the leasing operations, providing an end-to-end solution that is fully Internet-based. Furthermore, recognizing that each business is unique, the LeaseWave suite has been engineered, specifically, to be customizable. Designed using cutting-edge technology and sound functional expertise, LeaseWave can be custom-built to fit around the unique needs of each lessor. While not every client requires customization, the LeaseWave suite is flexible to cater to even the most complex of business models, as evidenced by its strong customer base. LeaseWave is the only end-to-end system that is fully Internet-based. Its technology as well as its ability to be customized easily differentiates it from competing products.

For further information, please contact:

Jeff Lezinski
Direct: 215-231-9827

Cam Mears
Direct: (978) 688-6660


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Rush Enterprises Announces the Acquisition of Hayes Leasing Company, Inc.

SAN ANTONIO----Rush Enterprises, Inc. (Listed on NASDAQ(R): RUSHA & RUSHB), which operates the largest network of heavy-duty and medium-duty truck dealerships in North America and a John Deere construction equipment dealership in Houston, Texas, announced that it has acquired certain assets of Hayes Leasing Company, Inc. ("Hayes"), a GMC and UD medium-duty truck dealer in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. In addition to its full-service Peterbilt dealership acquired in Dallas earlier in 2005, Rush operates a stand alone medium-duty truck dealership in Dallas that offers Peterbilt and Hino medium-duty trucks, medium-duty used trucks and a full line of parts and service. Rush will leverage off of its existing asset base by adding the newly acquired GMC and UD lines to its existing medium-duty truck store, and not acquiring or leasing additional real estate. The purchase price for this acquisition was approximately$3.4 million and was paid in cash.

In making this announcement, W. Marvin Rush, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Rush Enterprises, Inc. stated, "As we have stated before, we are committed to increasing our medium-duty presence in our existing areas of responsibility. This acquisition allows us to offer a full breadth of medium-duty products in one of the largest truck markets in the United States. We are excited about working with the good people from Hayes and look forward to offering our consistently high-quality products and services to GMC and UD customers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area."

About Rush Enterprises

Rush Enterprises operates the largest network of heavy-duty truck and medium-duty dealerships in North America and a John Deere construction equipment dealership in Houston, Texas. Its operations include a network of over 40 Rush Truck Centers located in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Tennessee and Texas. The Company has developed its Rush Truck Centers and its Rush Equipment Center as "one-stop centers" where, at one convenient location, its customers can purchase new or used trucks or construction equipment, purchase insurance products, purchase aftermarket parts and accessories and have service performed by certified technicians. For additional information on Rush Enterprises, Inc., please visit


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News Briefs----

Jet fuel refining expenses soar

Katrina-Related Job Losses Reach 279,000

Rates on 30-year mortgages highest in 5 months

High-end housing bubble likely to pop in hot markets



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California News Brief---

Gay marriage bill vetoed, as promised Governor's decisions anger both sides



"Gimme that Wine"

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Top Event in American History

    1962- Rioting broke out when James Meredith became the first black to enroll in the all-white University of Mississippi. President Kennedy sent 3000 US troops to the area to force compli­ance with the law. Three people died in the fighting and 50 were injured. The next day Meredith was enrolled and began to attend classes amid continuing disruption by protestors. On June 6, 1966, Meredith was shot while participating in a civil rights march at Mississippi. On June 25 Meredith, barely recovered, rejoined the marchers near Jackson, MS.



This Day in American History

    1630- John Biliington, one of the first pilgrims to land in America, was hanged for mur­der, becoming the first criminal to be executed in the American Colonies. He was one of the signers of the Pilgrim's compact. He way-laid a young man, one John Newcomin ( " about a former quarele, and shote him with a gune, whereof he dyed."
    1787- the first ship to carry the American flag around the world was the "Columbia," a 212-ton vessel under Captain Kendrick that sailed from Boston, MA , on a fur-trading mission to Canada. It was accompanied by he sloop Washington, under Captain Robert Gray, who exchanged commands with Captain Kendrick and completed the trip, returning to Boston on August 9, 1790. The trip took nearly three years and covered a distance of 41,899 miles. The crew explored the Queen Charlotte Island and discovered the straits of Juan de Fuca and the mouth of the Columbia River.
    1811- The first year exports exceeded imports. Imports were %43.5 million and exports were $45.3 million and of foreign merchandise (the territories) $16 million for a total exports of $61.3 million.
    1851- The barge "Mount Washington" arrived in port with cargo which included macaroni and other foods, candles, soap, fishing nets, books and mail. Mail was delivered to the post master by Capt. Ebenezer G. Libby.
1917 Drummer Buddy Rich birthday
    1922- Bassist Oscar Pettiford born, Okmulgee, OK
    1924- American novelist and literary celebrity, was born Truman Streckfus Persons at New Orleans, LA. He later took the name of his stepfather and became Truman Capote. Among his best remembered books: Other Voices, Other Rooms, Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Cold Blood. He was working on a new novel, Answered Prayers, at the time of his death at Los Angeles, CA, Aug 25, 1984.
    1927- George Herman 'Babe" Ruth hit his 60th home run of the season off Tom Zachary, of the Washington Senators. Ruth's record for the most homers in a single season stood for 34 years-until Roger Mans hit 61 in 1961. Maris's record was broken in 1998 by Mark McGwire with 62 home runs
    1934- On this date Babe played his last game for the New York Yankees. Soon after, while watching the fifth game of the World Series (between St. Louis and Detroit) and angry that he was not to be named Yankees manager Ruth told Joe Williams, sports editor of the Scripp-Howard newspapers, that after 15 sea­sons he would no longer be playing for the Yankees.
    1935-Singer Johnny Mathis born Gilmer, Texas.
    1947- The first World Series to be televised opened with the New York Yankees beating the Brooklyn Dodgers, 5-3. The Yankees won the Series, four games to three. The entire series was telecast under the joint sponsorship of the Ford Motor Company and the Gillette Safety Razor Company at a cost of $65,000. The play-by-play descriptions were given by Bob Edge, Bob Stanton, and Bill Slater.
    1951-" Red Skelton Show Premiers". Vaudevillian and radio per­former Red Skelton hosted several popular variety shows on NBC and CBS in a career that spanned 20 years. He was a gifted comedian, famous for his loony characters, sight gags, pan­tomimes and ad-libs. His show was also notable for introducing Johnny Carson and the Rolling Stones to a national audience.
    1955-James Dean meets his end. It was at the intersection of what are now highways 41 and 46 (41 and 466 then) at Cholame, California, not highway 101. He was 25 miles away from 101 and would have taken that road. Dean was on his way from LA to Monterey to race his Porsche. Most people think it was Dean's fault, probably due to speed, and he did get a speeding ticket earlier that day, but police at the scene don't believe he was speeding at the time. Besides, his aluminum Porsche was no match for a big heavy Ford. This is a Y intersection, and Dean had the right of way. He was headed west on 466 into the setting sun and didn't see the approaching Ford, the Ford driver probably didn't see the silver Porsche, and turned left in front of Dean onto 41 toward Kettleman City. No time to stop. I've been to that location. I still have my 1961 Super 90.
    1956---Top Hits
Canadian Sunset - Hugo Winterhalter and Eddie Heywood
The Flying Saucer (Parts 1 and 2) - Buchanan and Goodman
Honky Tonk (Parts 1 and 2) - Bill Doggett
Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
    1960-" The Flintstones" premiered on ABC-TV. This Henna Barbera cartoon comedy was set in prehistoric times. Characters included two Stone Age families, Fred and Wilma Flintstone and neighbors Barney and Betty Rubble. In 1994 The Flintstones movie was released, star­ring John Goodman, Rick Moranis and Rosie O'Donnell. It also was the first cartoon series to be televised on prime-time.
    1960 -- On Howdy Doody's last TV show Clarabelle finally talks: "Goodbye Kids".
    1961-Bob Dylan plays harmonica on three cuts recorded for his friend Caroline Hester's first Columbia album. The session is produced by John Hammond and he is so impressed that he promptly signs Dylan to a deal. Now that Dylan is a part of Columbia records, Hammond arranges for a solo recording session in October.
    1961--an early season snowfall occurred over the northern plains with the greatest total (4 inches in the Ulm-Mankato area in Minnesota). Omaha, NE had its first September snow in 70 years.
    1962- Rioting broke out when James Meredith became the first black to enroll in the all-white University of Mississippi. President Kennedy sent 3000 US troops to the area to force compli­ance with the law. Three people died in the fighting and 50 were injured. The next day Meredith was enrolled and began to attend classes amid continuing disruption by protestors. On June 6, 1966, Meredith was shot while participating in a civil rights march at Mississippi. On June 25 Meredith, barely recovered, rejoined the marchers near Jackson, MS.
    1964---Top Hits
Oh, Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
Bread and Butter - The Newbeats
G.T.O. - Ronny and The Daytonas
I Guess I'm Crazy - Jim Reeves
    1966 -- Three-day Acid Test opened at San Francisco State College Commons. The test was to peak on the evening of Oct. 1. The Grateful Dead perform.
Posters from this era are quite the collector items.
    1967-Van Morrison's "Brown-Eyed Girl" peaks at #10 on the singles chart.
    1967--13th Floor Elevators; Quicksilver Messenger Service at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco, presented by the Family Dog collective.
    1970 - A nineteen month drought in southern California came to a climax. The drought, which made brush and buildings tinder dry, set up the worst fire conditions in California history as hot Santa Anna winds sent the temperature soaring to 105 degrees at Los Angeles, and to 97 degrees at San Diego. During that last week of September whole communities of interior San Diego County were consumed by fire. Half a million acres were burned, and the fires caused fifty million dollars damage.
    1972- Roberto Clemente of the Pittsburgh Pirates doubled against New York Mets pitcher Jon Matlack as the Pirates defeated the Mets, 5-0. It was Clemente's 3,000 career hit and his last one as he was killed in a plane crash on Dec 31, delivering relief supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
    1972---Top Hits
Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me - Mac Davis
Saturday in the Park - Chicago
Back Stabbers - O'Jays
I Ain't Never - Mel Tillis
    1976- California became the first state to enact a "Right-to-Die" law, which allowed physicians of terminally ill patients to withhold life-sustaining procedures under certain conditions,
    1976 -- "Two Centuries of Black American Art" opens at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The exhibit features over 60 lithographers, painters, and sculptors including 19th century masters Joshua Johnston, Edward Bannister, and Henry O. Tanner as well as modern artists Charles White, Romar Bearden, and Elizabeth Catlett. The exhibit's catalogue notes that the assembled artists' work proves "the human creative impulse can triumph in the face of impossible odds, and at times even because of them."
    1977-The Rolling Stones release their "Bridges to Babylon" LP.
    1977 - The temperature at Wichita Falls, TX, soared to 108 degrees to establish a record for September.
    1978-- "Kiss You All Over" by Exile topped the charts and stayed there for 4 weeks.
    1980---Top Hits
Upside Down - Diana Ross
All Out of Love - Air Supply
Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You - Dolly Parton
    1982-"Cheers" premiered. NBC sitcom revolving around the owner, employees and patrons of a Beacon Street bar at Boston. Original cast: Ted Dan­son as owner Sam Malone, Shelley Long and Rhea Perlman as waitresses Diane Chambers and Carla Tortelli, Nicholas Colasanto as bartender Ernie "Coach" Pantusso, John Ratzenberger as mail­man Cliff Clavin and George Wendt as accountant Norm Peter­son. Later cast members: Woody Harrelson as bartender Woody Boyd, Kelsey Grammar as Dr. Frasier Crane, Kirstie Alley as Rebecca Howe and Babe Neuwirth as Dr. Lilith Sternin Crane. The theme song "Where Everybody Knows Your Name," was sung by Gary Portnoy and written by he and Judy Hart Angelo. Cre­ated by Glen Charles, Las Charles and James Burrows. The last episode aired Aug 19, 1993.
    1984- "Murder, She Wrote" premiers. Angela Lansbury starred as crime novelist Jessica Fletcher from Cabot Cove, Maine, who traveled the country solving murders. This top-rated detective show was unusual in having an older female star, since young men are usu­ally preferred in leading roles on TV. Also appearing were Tom Bosley as Sheriff Amos Tupper and William Windom as Dr. Seth Hazlett. The program ran for 12 years.
    1985-An early season snowstorm covered the Arrowhead region of Minnesota with 7 to 9 inches of snow. 7 inches fell at Babbitt and Aurora, 7.5 inches at Isabella and 8.5 inches at Polar Lake. This was believed to be the most ever for September in this region.
    1987 - Afternoon thunderstorms in Michigan produced hail an inch in diameter at Pinckney, and wind gusts to 68 mph at Wyandotte. A thunderstorm in northern Indiana produced wet snow at South Bend. Seven cities in the northwestern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date, including readings of 98 degrees at Medford OR and 101 degrees at downtown Sacramento CA
    1988- Pitcher Orel Hershiser of the Los Angles Dodgers extended his streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 59, thereby breaking Don Drysdale's mark by one inning. Hershiser shut of the San Diego Padres for 10 innings, but the Padres won the game 2-1, in 16 innings.
    1988 --Ronald Reagan, nearing the end of his presidency, throws out the ceremonial first pitch at Wrigley Field. The former Cub announcer then spends an inning and a half doing play-by-play with Harry Caray in the WGN television booth
    1988---Top Hits
Don't Worry Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin
I'll Always Love You - Taylor Dayne
Love Bites - Def Leppard
Addicted - Dan Seals
    1988 - Unseasonably warm weather prevailed over Florida, and in the western U.S. The afternoon high of 94 degrees at Fort Myers FL was their tenth record high for the month. Highs of 98 degrees at Medford OR and 99 degrees at Fresno CA were records for the date, and the temperature at Borrego Springs CA soared to 108 degrees.
    1992- George Brett of the Kansas City Royals singled off Tom Fortugno of the California Angeles in the 7 th inning, thus recording the 3,000 th hit of his major league career. The single gave Brett four hits in a game for the 59 th time. He was accorded a standing ovation and became so distracted that he was picked off first.
    1995- "Fantasy" by Mariah Carey topped the charts and stayed there for 8 weeks.
    1999- The largest regular-season crowd in San Francisco Candlestick Park history, 61,389 fans, watch the Dodgers beat the home team, 9-4 in the last baseball game to ever be played at the 'Point'. Giant greats help mark the occasion with Juan Marichal tossing out the ceremonial first pitch before the game and Willie Mays throwing out the ballpark's final pitch after the game. Sue and I were there.
    2000-In the highest scoring game in A's franchise history, Oakland defeats the Rangers 23-2 to remain a half-game ahead of the Mariners for the western division lead as Seattle scores the most runs ever against the Angels, 21-9 assuring the team at least a tie for the American League wild card.



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