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Friday, September 4, 2009

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HL Leasing/Gordon Roberts Bizarre Twist
by Christopher Menkin

1993 Photograph Gordon R. Roberts

This is basically to clear up the rumor floating the leasing channels that 1993 Western Association of Equipment Leasing President Gordon Roberts was arrested again. He was not. On August 24, 2009 he was in Denver District Court regarding part of his probation that concerned restitution. The prosecutor has indicated the matter will be worked out, according to Lynn Kimbrough Communications Director, Denver DA's Office.

There are several in the leasing industry familiar with the case that indicates there is a lot more to the story that has not been published to date. It is obvious that it was John Otto who pressed the charges against Gordon Roberts. What really happened is said to be known by ex-employees and friends of Gordon Roberts and due to circumstances has never been made public. I personally believe them.


In 1995:

"Roberts was manager of Centerpoint Financial Services from January 97 to April 2003. He was charged with theft because in June 2002 he used Centerpoint money to pay $12,000 on his truck loan, in August 2002 he use $68,000 of Centerpoint money to pay off his home mortgage, in September of 2002 he took $3500 of Centerpoint money and gave it to his wife via by writing a check to her leasing company, and in February of 2003 he put $50,000 of Centerpoint's money in a bank account of his. The DA has reserved the right to ask for additional restitution once we have documentation and I believe the restitution amount will go up from the number you have."
Lynn Kimbrough Communications Director, Denver DA's Office.

Court Record Conviction:

"08/02/2005 Sentence Resulting fm Plea Active


Probation: 4 YEAR(S)
Probation Supervision Fee: $2400.00
VAST min for off after 5/1/03: $162.00
Victim Compensation Fund: $125.00
Court Costs - T, M, CR: $35.00
Drug Standardized Assessment: $75.00
Drug Testing - Cost Recovery: $15.00
Request for Time to Pay: $25.00
Restitution: $133,647.00 (editor)
Community Service: 250 HOUR(S)
Useful Public Service: $10.00 "

From the court transcript:

John Otto

Centerpoint's principal was John Otto, founder and CEO of Heritage Pacific Leasing and HL Leasing, Fresno, California, who committed suicide pending an FBI Investigation into a major Ponzi scheme, centered on leases purchased allegedly from American Express Business Finance that do not appear to exist. It is reported that Centerpoint is still collecting payments, residuals, settlements, as well as HL Leasing and Heritage Pacific Leasing. The FBI is continuing its investigation, seizing assets, as well as the California Department of Corporations is considering "Receivership," plus there is a class action case active in Fresno, California, and other cases pending across the United States.

Gordon R. Roberts Convicted of Theft, 2005

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Credit Availability Still Slowing Expansion & Leasing

As we all head into a three day "Labor Day Weekend," many of us ponder will September be better than August? Will these months ahead make up for the months that have past?

Perhaps the most accurate indicator for the finance and leasing industry comes from the National Association of Credit Managers (NACM), headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, supports approximately 19,000 business credit and financial professionals worldwide with premier industry services, tools and information. NACM and its network of Affiliated Associations are the leading resource for credit and financial management information and education, delivering products and services, which improve the management of business credit and accounts receivable.

"There was still some positive movement in the Index as a whole, but there are obvious weaknesses showing up in terms of credit availability, credit applications and sales. There were also areas of concern in terms of dollar exposure, disputes and other negatives. There was a sense that bigger economic issues began to overtake the sector, slowing down some of the progress noted in the last few months," the August, 2009 report notes.

This report may as also be talking about the finance and leasing industry.

NACM believes "...the proposed recovery is a little weaker than some of the indicators reflect, especially in terms of availability of money. The reduction in credit applications indicates that there is less willingness to lend and that companies seeking credit are being put through more hoops than in the past. The number of additional disputes and delinquencies also suggests that some sectors of the economy are still struggling.

NACM Economist Chris Kuehl, Ph.D. stated that these readings do not necessarily mean that the other signs of economic recovery are not accurate but, he indicated, "the credit system has not healed and it may be some time before there is a sense that the biggest issues are behind the economy. There are some shoes left to drop, most notably the commercial property sector.

"Other data that has been used to assert that the recession has started to bottom out is accurate and encouraging. Housing starts are returning back to growth and it is encouraging to see durable goods orders back to normal, but the money situation remains a solid concern for business as it seeks to expand into other sectors to capture some newly available market share."

Manufacturing Section:

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The growth that had been seen in manufacturing slowed in August as well. There was still a gain in the manufacturing index-from 48.3 to 48.5-but this was far less dramatic than expected. With the advance of the PMI and the improvement in durable goods orders, it was thought that the manufacturing sector would show a similar increase. The tiny gain essentially reflected a flat month. The biggest shifts took place in the number of new credit applications. There was a nice surge in July as the index moved up to 55.3, but the drop to 48.6 was steep and this suggests that the enthusiasm evident in manufacturing for July slowed as the more constrained month of August dawned.

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The factors that kept manufacturing growing in August had more to do with the current consumer base. There were fewer dollars past term, fewer disputes and fewer bankruptcies. The clients that exist in the sector are getting their financial houses in order, but this may also be more of the worst companies leaving the scene as opposed to any general improvement in the status of current customers.

Service Section:

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There wasn't much in the service sector that provided encouragement, but there was more progress than in the manufacturing sector as the service index crept upward from 47.7 to 48.1. The most significant change was a reduction in sales. The other factors remained very close to what they had been in July, but this is not unexpected news. The retail sector has been hurt and has been slow to rebound. At the same time, there has been relatively little growth in other service sectors as financial sector prospects remain low: real estate is down and many of the corporate service areas have been reduced in reaction to the problems in the economy as a whole. The only modest gains have been in health care services and the government

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It is notable that some of the problem areas have seen some improvement. There have been fewer disputes and delinquencies and there is less dollar exposure than before. "This is good news as it suggests that some of the worst is over in these service sectors. The stability of the economy has started to manifest in these traditional areas that serve as barometers for the wider economy. Retail has not recovered and may not this year, but the backsliding seems to have halted and those that have survived the recession seem to be hanging in there," said Kuehl.



Computer Operating Systems indicates Windows 7 has broken its 1% share.

"With Windows 7 due to go on sale October 22, 2009, is tracking its usage market share at 1.18% with the release candidate made available by Microsoft.

"Trending indicates that share seems to be coming directly from Windows XP users who have skipped upgrading to Windows Vista, but are now upgrading to Windows 7. And, many analysts have predicted that exact pattern."



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Menkin pleads "guilty"
by Christopher "Kit" Menkin

"Thank you for response and printing my letter. I look forward to building a very positive and mutually beneficial working relationship with you."



Steven R. Hughes
Executive Director
National Equipment Finance Association
3525 Piedmont Road
Five Piedmont Center Suite 300
Atlanta, GA 30305
404.760.4236 (office)
404.803.0636 (cell)
404.240.0998 (fax)

P.S. - Save the Date and plan now to attend The National Equipment Finance Summit - FALL 2009, September 24 - 27, in Monterey, California.


Same subject, from a member of the NEFA Executive Board:

"As is my daily routine, I always read your newsletter the first thing in the morning every single day no matter if I'm in the office or out. Today was no exception.

"Kit, you did us a great service today as you reiterated your position and how you came to it and also gave our association what I considered a positive vibe as well. Very balanced in my eyes, and that was actually more than I expected. Thank you for doing that.

"Thank you again!"

Best regards,


Randy Haug
Sr. Vice President / Partner
LeaseTeam, Inc.
(800)531-5086 x 1014
Innovative Solutions, Extraordinary Results!


Same subject, from a member of the NEFA Executive Board:

"Thanks for today's article and for emailing me the link. I think it puts NEFA's membership numbers in better perspective and discusses some of the more positive aspects of the various associations, including NEFA. As the article points out, NEFA's purpose is to support the efforts of advanced lease brokers, small to mid-size independent lessors, funding sources, and service providers looking to grow their businesses profitably while offering the very best service.

"Also, thanks for taking the time to give me a call to discuss the association. It was very thoughtful of you and the article showed that you are willing to consider other perspectives.

"Keep doing the very valuable work of covering news and issues within our industry.

"I love this industry, have worked in it my whole career, and believe that the individuals and companies that comprise the industry, by and large, perform a tremendously useful role for our country. We have a key position in the larger effort of getting equipment and resources to those who need it to keep our schools running, to provide healthcare, to feed our nation, to transport goods, and to provide all the other important functions required by our economy. When our industry is not functioning well, to some degree, everyone feels it. And so, I like to remain positive, and along with following the news, see a healthy dose of uplifting/encouraging coverage for our industry.

"Thanks again."


George Parker

George A. Parker
Executive Vice President
Leasing Technologies International, Inc.
221 Danbury Road
Wilton, CT 06897

Phone: 203-563-1100, ext. 214
Fax: 203-563-1111


Sales make it Happen---by Christopher Menkin
Changes in the Leasing Marketplace

"Make a note of the date, August 26, 2009. I agree with almost everything in your article. There is an old lament that, "the rich get richer and the poor get poorer". It's most likely true. The rich continue to do what makes them richer and the poor continue to do what has kept them poor. In the same vein, I think the independent broker must look at their business model and see what is working and what's not. Continue and improve on what is working and discontinue or modify what is not working. I for one have been guilty for too long of continuing to do what I have done in the past out of habit. No more!

"Let's call it 'old dog, new tricks day'."

Bob Bell, CLP
United Funding, LLC
1455 Lockridge Drive
Suite 100
Cumming, GA 30041
FAX: 770-844-0242


Should you buy stock in a leasing company?

"I read Bruce Kropschot's article from 2000 with much interest. Bruce is one of the sages of our industry with valuable experience and perspective through several economic cycles. His assessments and conclusions at that time were spot on. It is interesting that we are hearing the exact same musings today that Bruce observed nine years ago. He was surveying the landscape at the bottom of the economic cycle then as the financial pundits are doing today. Leasing is a highly cycle industry. THE LEASING INDUSTRY WILL SURVIVE ANOTHER DAY AND PROSPER. Our history has proven this expectation time and again.

"Bruce can remember what things were like at the top end of past cycles as well. He benefited along with everyone else during those periods. While the timing of the cycle is hard to predict, patience will reward those who are willing and able to wait. Let's keep the faith in ourselves, our industry, and our economic systems. Opportunities will present themselves as the cycle evolves for those who understand and take reasonable risks. The markets have shown very positive improvement over the last six months. Let's stay the course with confidence. Thanks for the reminder Kit."

Paul J. Menzel, CLP
President & CEO
3455 South 344th Way
Suite 300
PO Box 4568
Federal Way, WA 98063-4568
Phone: 253-568-6121 or 877-222-8558 x121
FAX: 800-510-0101


Disclosing a Leasing Company

"Thank you for your response, but we seem to have a communication disconnect here. I sent you a rather lengthy email explaining how a ******** rep misrepresented himself to my customer and my vendor explaining to them that he was working with me on a transaction. He fraudulently had the customer send him a credit application with social security numbers on it, when the customer was under the impression that she was dealing with someone in my office. He then called my vendor and again misrepresented himself stating that he was working with me on the deal, and had the vendor send him the equipment description and pricing.

"He then called the customer and told her that she should not deal with me any further and should only deal with him. With that, the customer canceled the deal costing my vendor a sale.

"That is the story I am trying to convey to you. The fact that he also lied about the interest rate was just one more component of the deal.

I appreciate your explanations, but as mentioned, I have been in the business for 25 years and have taught classes on this stuff. So, I really don't need a refresher course at this time nor am I looking for explanations of what add on rates are. Notwithstanding your comment that everybody in the leasing business quotes add on rates, in my opinion, anybody that offers add on as an interest rate without disclosing it as add on is a crook.

"The question is Do you have an interest in exposing ********* for fraudulently misrepresenting themselves to an end user and a vendor for the purpose of obtaining confidential personal information which the customer would not have provided had she known who she was dealing with???"

(name with held)

(I have received many complaints about this company, so I think it is more than just one bad apple salesman---but I am sorry this is not a legitimate Bulletin Board Complaint as it will become "he said, they said" without substantial documentation. Editor)


Wants to get into leasing

"Any of the training classes, sales coaches, etc. listed throughout your site worth a flip? Definitely don't want to be part of the "majority" that you mentioned in your email. Going to follow your advice on NAELB as well. I've been checking out their website."

(name with held)

(It depends on your financial condition and seriousness of your decision.

(You will learn more by working just on commission only than going to a school, although a school or lease coach will give you a "quicker start," meaning the ability to make sales and understand what you are doing.

(It is not just getting the sale, the skill is in placing the lease at a source at the rate you quoted or at a source where you can make a higher commission because they have a lower rate and will accept the transaction.

(Please go here:

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"I owned Midwest Leasing Group from 12/92 until I closed it in 09/08. In the 2007-08 economy, I had several customer defaults, followed by some personnel issues that accompanied the current economic decline, and I found myself paying employees, but not me. I closed the company. Linda Jolicoeur, a long-time friendly competitor, asked me to come into her organization and sell, and to assist her in the management of her sales team. Linda is a terrific friend, and I have been doing that work since last September. However, I have also looked for supplemental work to provide additional income during my period with Linda, since the leasing business has been somewhat precarious.

"In March of this year, two members of my church lost long-term careers, through layoffs. Seeing the depression that went along with those layoffs, I felt I should provide some assistance, since I had spent six months in a job-search mode, even though I was not searching as hard as many.

"Expecting 2-3 folks to show up to my first meeting, I had 16, and my roundtable discussion turned into a full presentation of job search techniques, current issues in the jobs market, unemployment compensation, new-job training issues, networking, on-line job boards, interviewing techniques, the effects of social networking like Twitter (you can see my article links from my Twitter account:, and many other topics. The agenda is growing in each workshop. I knew 4-5 people personally in the first workshop. The two groups I've had since then have contained no one I knew prior to the sessions; by the time we finish, I feel they are all friends.

"I applied to be an "expert" writer on career searching (and was accepted) at, where I publish articles on subjects related to those I review in my workshops. I've also written several articles for trade publications, mostly in leasing, which I love to do; writing is a passion.

"This coming week I will end my third workshop group (three weekly meetings of 2+ hours each), although this group of 20+ has already determined that they'd like 1-2 more meetings to allow us to go deeper into a couple other subjects. My first three-week workshop went five weeks, as well. It's very gratifying in that these folks don't know each other, or me, at the first meeting, and they become friends and a support group by the second week.

"I post the event on LinkedIn, under GET TO Workshop, and I have a group there under the same name. I receive no compensation for doing these workshops, although the costs of copying, and prep time is beginning to take a toll; even so, I expect to continue. I've been approached to go further out-state, and I may have to charge mileage, just so I'm not losing a lot of money while I try to do these sessions.

"I'm sure this is more than you want, and I hope if you write this, you'll use your own version, but you can see my workshop description at my examiner blog above, and you can see what we discuss and what I write about there. If this is newsworthy, I'm just trying to get a few more people involved. If it's not newsworthy in this venue, that's ok, too. I appreciate your time, and have enjoyed reading Leasing News for many years."

Thank you.

Curt MacRae
FAX: 248/553-0508
734/775-2500 (cell)


Influential Women in Leasing

"When I read your newsletter yesterday I was flabbergasted. When you started the list of Most Influential Women in Leasing and added Debbie Monosson and Bette Kerhoulas' names. Secretly I thought to myself, what an accomplishment it would be to see my name with theirs. And then it was-Oh my God!

"It brought tears to my eyes and left me speechless. I will never be able to express my gratitude of being thought of and acknowledged by my peers in a manner such as this. This is truly something that I will never forget. It is one of the most humbling experiences of my life."

Thank you.
Shari Lipski

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Fernando's View
By Fernando F. Croce

"Taking Hollywood" and "It Might Get Loud" make a solid musical double-bill in theaters, while this week's DVD releases offer viewers a chance to discover a trio of unfairly overlooked gems.

In Theaters:

Taking Woodstock (Focus Features): Director Ang Lee ("The Ice Storm," "Brokeback Mountain") has the right, gentle spirit to capture the famous 1969 concert through human eyes rather than through easy nostalgia in this coming-of-age story. In the Summer of Love, it looks like young Elliot (Demetri Martin) and his parents (Imelda Staunton, Henry Goodman) will lose their rundown hotel due to unpaid bills. But salvation comes Elliot has the inspiration to contact the Woodstock organizers and help them bring the bands to the family grounds, where business booms and life lessons are learned. Even those for whom Woodstock is a legendary event or a vague memory should enjoy this low-key and often affecting comedy-drama, with a cast that includes Eugene Levy, Emile Hirsch, and Liev Schreiber.

It Might Get Loud (Focus Pictures): For viewers coming out of "Taking Woodstock" craving more rock music, Davis Guggenheim's first-rate documentary might provide a fulfilling second-feature. Its subjects are three exceptional electric-guitar players, U2's The Edge, Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, and Jack White of The White Stripes. Though there are thrilling jam-sessions in which the three get together and just about blow the roof off the recording studio, the movie is just as interested in the rockers' more reflective moments, during which we get insightful glimpses into the difference between stage persona and behind-the-scenes focus, as well as each man's wistful stories about life and art. A musical platform that's appealing to devotees of the rockers as well as to viewers just looking for a rousing show.

New on DVD:

Netflix tip: To avoid longer waits for requested movies, schedule your movie-watching earlier in the day so that you can send discs back before the last mail delivery in the afternoon. It greatly diminishes lines, especially with the more recent releases.

Silent Light (Palisades Tartan): Mexican director Carlos Reygadas ("Battle of Heaven") continues his track as one of his generation's most fascinating filmmakers with this challenging but moving drama. Set in an isolated area of rural Mexico, it follows a family of Mennonites whose bond is tested. The father, Johan (Cornelio Wall), finds himself in love with another woman (Miriam Toews), which threatens to destroy his marriage to Marianne (Maria Pankratz). As events both human and seemingly divine come between the characters, will the characters be able to make it through the affair or will the family be torn apart? Using luminous cinematography and the presence of nonprofessional actors, Reygadas offers a visually beautiful and emotional essay on faith and love. With subtitles.

That Hamilton Woman (Criterion): Though not as well-known as her Oscar-winning role as Scarlet in "Gone With the Wind," Vivien Leigh's performance in this lavish 1941, being released by Criterion in a beautiful restored print, historical romance is every bit as good. Leigh plays Lady Hamilton, a former dance-hall girl who has made her way to the top of British society. Though she's known many men, the love of her life comes in the form of Lord Horatio Nelson (Laurence Olivier), a brooding naval officer who's leading the British fleet in battle against France. Their romance is believably passionate, due in no small amount to the fact that Leigh and Olivier were in love in real life. A rousing costume drama that was reportedly Winston Churchill's all-time favorite.

The Pursuit of Happiness (Sony): Robert Mulligan, the "To Kill a Mockingbird" director who passed away not long ago, was an unassuming but sensitive filmmaker who left behind many gems still waiting to be discovered. This 1971 drama, being released for the first time on DVD, is one of them. It tells the story of William (Michael Sarrazin), a young college student who's sent to jail after a car accident. Struggling with the harsh society around him as well as with his own mixed-up feelings, he tries to learn about himself during his time behind bars. But how will he put those lessons to use when a chance of escape comes along? Reticent, gentle and very well-acted, it's a sleeper that's worth tracking down.



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Today's Top Event in History

1781- Los Angeles , California was born. The Mexican Provincial Governor, Felipe de Neve, founded El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles, originally named Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula, by Gaspar de Portola, a Spanish army captain and Juan Crespi, a Franciscan priest, who had noticed the beautiful area as they traveled north from San Diego in 1769. El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles translates into the Village of our Lady , the Queen of the Angels ... People who live there call it : L.A. for short. And you are from West L.A. or Downtown L.A. South L.A. or North Hollywood .
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This Day in American History

    1609 -Navigator Henry Hudson discovers island of Manhattan .
    1645- the first Lutheran church was dedicated by the Reverend Johannes Campanius at Christina ( Tinicum Island ), near the present site of Essington , PA. Before the church was build, Campanius had conducted serves in a small blockhouse at Fort Goteborg .
    1781- Los Angeles , California was born. The Mexican Provincial Governor, Felipe de Neve, founded El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles, originally named Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula, by Gaspar de Portola, a Spanish army captain and Juan Crespi, a Franciscan priest, who had noticed the beautiful area as they traveled north from San Diego in 1769. El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles translates into the Village of our Lady , the Queen of the Angels ... People who live there call it : L.A. for short. And you are from West L.A. or Downtown L.A. South L.A. or North Hollywood .
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    1802- Birth of Marcus Whitman, American Presbyterian and pioneer medical missionary. In 1836 his family became the first whites to reach the Pacific coast by wagon train. Whitman and his wife Narcissa were murdered by the Cayuse Indians in present-day Washington state in 1847.
    1803- Sarah Childress Polk birthday, considered shrewd and ambitious, layered with charm and backed by a politically powerful family paved the way for her husband, James, to become president of the U.S. She was his closest advisor. One of the first things she did as first lady was immediately ban dancing at White House functions. For four years no one danced one step there. and was admired greatly by official Washington society. SCP attended the South's most outstanding school for girls. She is recognized by many as a powerful influence on his official actions.
    1813- "The Religious Remembrancer" (later renamed "The Christian Observer") was first published in Philadelphia . It was the first weekly religious newspaper in the U.S. , and in the world.
    1846-Birthday of Daniel Burnham, American architect and city planner, born at Henderson , NY . Daniel Hudson Burnham was an advocated of tall, fireproof buildings, probably the first to be called “sky-scrapers,” In 1909, he proposed a long-range city plan for Chicago, IL, that was a key factor in the “forever open, dear and free” policy which resulted in Chicago having the most beautiful lakefront of any major city in the US. Died June 1, 1912, at Heidelberg , Germany .
    1848-Birthday of African-American Lewis H Latimer, inventor and engineer, died-1928
    1862 –General Robert E. Lee crosses the Potomac and enters Maryland . It is his mission to bring the war to Northern territory , gain the sympathy of the growing population who wants “peace”, “negotiations,” and his main thrust is to take the White House as the British did in the War of 1812. President Lincoln had named General Henry W. Halleck on July 12 commander in chief of the Union armies. Known as “Old Brains” due to his West Point education, author of military strategy and administration. He graduated third in his class, 1839 (Lee graduated second in his class, 1929). Before the war, he had been a successful California attorney and admired by Lincoln, also an attorney. Lincoln was one of his biggest supporters. Lee was not, and knew him to be a very conservative, “by the book” man, which he was, and was held in great disdain by the other Union generals, especially after his lack of defense of Washington and the war went very badly under his command, in fact, Lincoln was not expected to be re-elected president and it was not until he appointed U.S. Grant as Commander-in-Chief did the war turn around. Lee with his limited resources and much smaller, not very well equipped troops ( many toward the end of the war without shoes and army uniforms, meaning they also wore the same clothes for months, dwindling provisions) were bringing the war to the North, winning the war, until the Confederates stumbled into a Union troops in Gettysburg on their march to Washington . Grant quickly re-grouped, the Confederates had definite communications problems and General Longstreet lost his nerve. With Grant in charge, whose main plan to was to cut the South off by ocean, river, major highway from food, commerce, and being re-enforced, and with Naval blockades run by a 63 year old fearless Admiral Farragut and a ruthless General Sherman, turned the tide of the war. Halleck was one of the main reasons General George McClellan ran as the Democratic nominee against Lincoln in 1965, as Halleck had maneuvered McClellan from his job. This also further politically cemented Lincoln 's back of his commander-in-chief. This site gives the best background on why this day is so important in Civil War history as it formed the Southern strategy of the war:
    1864- Bread riots in Mobile , Alabama , as food was scarce and women
took to the streets for bread and other food. Also hit very hard were
union soldiers held in Confederate prisons as many starved to death.
    1869-First westbound train arrives in San Francisco .
    1873- Regular Cable Car service begins on Clay Street in San Francisco .
    1882-The first successful Dynamo was put in operation, Jumbo No. 1. a direct-current steam dynamo, which was build in 1881 by the Edison Machine Works, Goerck Street , New York City . It weighed 27 tons, 6 tons of which was the armature. When the armature was air-cooled, the dynamo's capacity was 700 lamps of 15-candlepower each. That same Saturday evening, the Edison Electric Illuminating Company of 257 Pearl Street , New York City turned on its one engine, which generated power for 800 electric light bulbs. Within 14 months, the service had 508 subscribers and 12, 732 bulbs.
    1883- ten year old Barney Flaherty, according to history, became the first “newsboy in the US by answering the following classified advertisement which appeared in the New York Sun: “ to the unemployed—a number of steady men can find employment by vending this paper. A liberal discount is allowed to those who buy to sell again.”
    1885- the first self-service restaurant opened at 7 New York Street , New York City , opposite the New York Stock Exchange. It was called the Exchange Buffet.
    1886-Geronimo, the inveterate Apache raider along the Mexican border, surrendered to Gen. Nelson A. Miles in Arizona . All the Chiricahua Apaches were then resettled in Florida as war prisoners. They were relocated to Fort Sill , Oklahoma in 1894.
    1888- George Eastman of Rochester , NY , received a patent for a fix-focus box camera, that had a lens fast enough to make instantaneous exposures. What made it so unique, it is it used a “roll of film” of 1000 exposures and took at round picture 2.5 inches in diameter. It also did not require a table or tripod for support.
    1905-- Pianist Meade Lux Lewis Birthday
    1908-Birthday of Richard Wright birthday, one of my favorite authors, who's work including “ Native Son, “ “Uncle Tom's Children, “ and “Black Boy.” Perhaps one, if not “the” number one, most powerful American writers.
    1905-September 4, Pianist Meade Lux Lewis Birthday
    1918-Birthday of Gerald Wilson, great jazz arranger, teacher at UCLA. We used to his band plan in Los Angeles often, and he was ahead of his time.
    1928 - Wingy Manone recorded "Downright Disgusted" for Vocalion Records. Playing drums for Wingy was a young sideman named Gene Krupa.
    1941 - The New York Yankees won their 12th American League baseball pennant. This was the earliest any American League team had clinched the title.
    1942- Sept 4, singer Merald “ Bubbu” Knight of Glady's Knight/The Pips born Atlanta , Georgia
    1943--HUTCHINS, JOHNNIE DAVID Medal of Honor Rank and organization: Seaman First Class, U.S. Naval Reserve. Born: 4 August 1922, Weimer, Tex. Accredited to: Texas. Citation: For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous valor above and beyond the call of duty while serving on board a Landing Ship, Tank, during the assault on Lae, New Guinea, 4 September 1943. As the ship on which Hutchins was stationed approached the enemy-occupied beach under a veritable hail of fire from Japanese shore batteries and aerial bombardment, a hostile torpedo pierced the surf and bore down upon the vessel with deadly accuracy. In the tense split seconds before the helmsman could steer clear of the threatening missile, a bomb struck the pilot house, dislodged him from his station, and left the stricken ship helplessly exposed. Fully aware of the dire peril of the situation, Hutchins, although mortally wounded by the shattering explosion, quickly grasped the wheel and exhausted the last of his strength in maneuvering the vessel clear of the advancing torpedo. Still clinging to the helm, he eventually succumbed to his injuries, his final thoughts concerned only with the safety of his ship, his final efforts expended toward the security of his mission. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country.
    1949 - The longest pro tennis match in history was played. Pancho Gonzales and Ted Schroeder played 67 games in five sets
    1950--BROWN, MELVIN L. Medal of Honor Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company D, 8th Engineer Combat Battalion. Place and date: Near Kasan, Korea, 4 September 1950. Entered service at: Erie, Pa. Birth: Mahaffey, Pa. G.O. No.: 11, 16 February 1951. Citation. Pfc. Brown, Company D distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. While his platoon was securing Hill 755 (the Walled City), the enemy, using heavy automatic weapons and small arms, counterattacked. Taking a position on a 50-foot-high wall he delivered heavy rifle fire on the enemy. His ammunition was soon expended and although wounded, he remained at his post and threw his few grenades into the attackers causing many casualties. When his supply of grenades was exhausted his comrades from nearby foxholes tossed others to him and he left his position, braving a hail of fire, to retrieve and throw them at the enemy. The attackers continued to assault his position and Pfc. Brown weaponless, drew his entrenching tool from his pack and calmly waited until they 1 by 1 peered over the wall, delivering each a crushing blow upon the head. Knocking 10 or 12 enemy from the wall, his daring action so inspired his platoon that they repelled the attack and held their position. Pfc. Brown's extraordinary heroism, gallantry, and intrepidity reflect the highest credit upon himself and was in keeping with the honored traditions of the military service. Reportedly missing in action and officially killed in action, September 5, 1950.
    1953- the New York Yankees clinched their fifth consecutive American League pennant, a feat then unprecended in baseball history. Casey Stengel also became the first manager, to win five consecutive American League championships. The Yankees went on to defeat the Brooklyn Dodgers in the World Series for their fifth Series crown in a row. I was there and remember losing as I was a Dodger fan and later a Chicago Cub fan. 1954: New York Giants(NL) defeated Cleveland Indians(AL) 4 games to 0. 1955 World Series : Dodgers vs. Yankees   Johnny Podres, Gil Hodges and Sandy Amoros' spectacular fielding make the Brooklyn Dodgers numero uno, smacking our long-time arch-rival New York Yankees in seven great games. Available in B&W on VHS. Perhaps DVD. And 1956: New York Yankees(AL) defeated Brooklyn Dodgers(NL) 4 games to 31957:With the bases loaded and two out in the ninth inning, Eddie Mathews flagged down Bill Skowron's shot down the third-base line and stepped on third base and Milwaukee won the World Series, beating the New York Yankees
    1954-To coincide with the release of his second Sun single, "Good Rockin' Tonight", Elvis Presley, along with Bill Black and Scotty Moore make their first appearance at The Grand Old Opry. Audience reaction is so poor, the Opry's manager, Jim Denny suggests that Elvis go back to driving a truck.
    1954---Top Hits
Sh-Boom - The Crew Cuts
Hey There - Rosemary Clooney
Skokiaan - Ralph Marterie
I Don't Hurt Anymore - Hank Snow
    1954- Captain Midnight premiered on television, staring Richard Web. It was sponsored by Ovaltine. ( “Mom puts it in my milk for extra en-err-geee.” )
    1957-Governor Oval Faubus called out the Arkansas National Guard to turn away nine black students who had been trying to attend Central High School in Little Rock . President Eisenhower sent in troops to enforce the law allowing the students to integrate the school.
    1957- Ford Motor Co introduces the Edsel

    1962---Top Hits
Sheila - Tommy Roe
You Don't Know Me - Ray Charles
Party Lights - Claudine Clark
Devil Woman - Marty Robbins
    1957--The Buddy Deane Bandstand debuts on WJZ-TV in Baltimore. The two hour Rock 'n' Roll show gave viewers a chance to call in and talk to celebrity performers, which tied up lines so badly, the phone company was forced to ask Deane to desist. "Hair!"
    1959-Dick Clark's traveling show opens at the Michigan State Fair. The line-up includes Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Duane Eddy, The Coasters, LaVern Baker and Jan and Dean.
    1967---PETERS, LAWRENCE DAVID Medal of Honor Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, Company M, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. Place and date: Quang Tin Province, Republic of Vietnam, 4 September 1967. Entered service at: Binghamton, N.Y. Born: 16 September 1946, Johnson City, N.Y. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a squad leader with Company M. During Operation SWIFT, the marines of the 2d Platoon of Company M were struck by intense mortar, machinegun, and small arms fire from an entrenched enemy force. As the company rallied its forces, Sgt. Peters maneuvered his squad in an assault on any enemy defended knoll. Disregarding his safety, as enemy rounds hit all about him, he stood in the open, pointing out enemy positions until he was painfully wounded in the leg. Disregarding his wound, he moved forward and continued to lead his men. As the enemy fire increased in accuracy and volume, his squad lost its momentum and was temporarily pinned down. Exposing himself to devastating enemy fire, he consolidated his position to render more effective fire. While directing the base of fire, he was wounded a second time in the face and neck from an exploding mortar round. As the enemy attempted to infiltrate the position of an adjacent platoon, Sgt. Peters stood erect in the full view of the enemy firing burst after burst forcing them to disclose their camouflaged positions. Sgt. Peters steadfastly continued to direct his squad in spite of 2 additional wounds, persisted in his efforts to encourage and supervise his men until he lost consciousness and succumbed. Inspired by his selfless actions, the squad regained fire superiority and once again carried the assault to the enemy. By his outstanding valor, indomitable fighting spirit and tenacious determination in the face of overwhelming odds, Sgt. Peters upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
    1967 - "Gilligan's Island " began its 98-show run on CBS, premiering on September 26, 1964 and last episode was today in 1967. It is still shown in re-runs and remains popular.Seven people set sail about the Minnow for a three-hour tour and became stranded on an island. The used the resources on the island for food, shelter, and entertainment. The cast included Bob Denver as Gilligan, Alan Hall, Jr. as the Skipper, Jim Backus as Thurston Howell III, Natalie Schafer as Mrs. “Lovey” Howell, Russell Johnson as the Professor, Dawn Wells as Mary Ann and Tina Louise as Ginger Grant, the movie star.
    1966-The Los Angeles Dodgers became the first team in major league history to draw two million fans at home and two million on the road in the same season when they played the Reds in Cincinnati before a crowed of 18,670.
    1967- The U.S. 1st Marine Division launches 1Operation SWIFT, a search and destroy operation in Quang Nam and Quang Tin Provinces in I Corps Tactical Zone (the region south of the Demilitarized Zone). A fierce four-day battle ensued in the Que Son Valley , 25 miles south of Da Nang . During the course of the battle, 114 men of the U.S. 5th Marine Regiment were killed while the North Vietnamese forces suffered 376 casualties.
    1969- After thirty-one games, the third longest consecutive game hitting streak in National League history ends as Dodger Willie Davis is stopped in a 3-0 loss to the Padres.
    1969--STOCKDALE, JAMES B. Medal of Honor Rank and organization: Rear Admiral (then Captain), U.S. Navy. Place and date: Hoa Lo prison, Hanoi, North Vietnam, 4 September 1969. Entered service at: Abingdon, Ill. Born: 23 December 1923, Abingdon, Ill.. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while senior naval officer in the Prisoner of War camps of North Vietnam. Recognized by his captors as the leader in the Prisoners' of War resistance to interrogation and in their refusal to participate in propaganda exploitation, Rear Adm. Stockdale was singled out for interrogation and attendant torture after he was detected in a covert communications attempt. Sensing the start of another purge, and aware that his earlier efforts at self-disfiguration to dissuade his captors from exploiting him for propaganda purposes had resulted in cruel and agonizing punishment, Rear Adm. Stockdale resolved to make himself a symbol of resistance regardless of personal sacrifice. He deliberately inflicted a near-mortal wound to his person in order to convince his captors of his willingness to give up his life rather than capitulate. He was subsequently discovered and revived by the North Vietnamese who, convinced of his indomitable spirit, abated in their employment of excessive harassment and torture toward all of the Prisoners of War. By his heroic action, at great peril to himself, he earned the everlasting gratitude of his fellow prisoners and of his country. Rear Adm. Stockdale's valiant leadership and extraordinary courage in a hostile environment sustain and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.
    1970 - The greatest natural disaster of record for Arizona occurred. Unprecedented rains caused rivers in central Arizona to rise five to ten feet per hour, sweeping cars and buildings as far as 30 to 40 miles downstream. Flooding claimed the lives of 23 persons, mainly campers, and caused millions of dollars damage. Water crested 36 feet above normal near Sunflower AZ. Workman's Creek was deluged with 11.40 inches of rain in 24 hours to establish a state record. Moisture from Pacific Tropical Storm Norma led to the severe flooding.
    1970---Top Hits
War - Edwin Starr
In the Summertime - Mungo Jerry
(If You Let Me Make Love to You) Why Can't I Touch You? - Ronnie Dyson
Don't Keep Me Hangin' On - Sonny James
    1971 - "The Lawrence Welk Show" was seen for the last time on ABC-TV. ABC felt the show attracted “too old an audience ... not good for attracting advertisers.” Syndication allowed the champagne music to continue until 1982 as a weekly favorite for millions of people. Welk charted a half-dozen tunes on the pop music charts between 1956 and 1961, including the number one song, " Calcutta ", in 1960.
    1972 - Swimmer Mark Spitz captured his seventh Olympic gold medal in the 400-meter medley relay event at Munich , Germany . Spitz became the first Olympian to win seven gold medals.
    1973-John Ehrlichman and G. Gordon Liddy were indicted along with two White House officials in connection with the burglary of the office of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist in 1971. The action had been instigated by the so-called White House plumbers' unit, created to stop security leaks, following Ellsberg's release of Pentagon documents to the press.
    1976-"You Should Be Dancing" becomes the Bee Gees third US number one single.
    1976-Kiss releases the Soft-Rock ballad, "Beth". It will rise to #7 and become their only US Top 10 hit.
    1978---Top Hits
Grease - Frankie Valli
Three Times a Lady - Commodores
Boogie Oogie Oogie - A Taste of Honey
Blue Skies - Willie Nelson
    1986---Top Hits
Higher Love - Steve Winwood
Venus - Bananarama
Take My Breath Away - Berlin
Heartbeat in the Darkness - Don Williams
    1988 - The western U.S. experienced another day of record heat. The afternoon high of 91 degrees at Stampede Pass WA established an all-time record for that location, and Los Angeles CA equalled their all-time record high with a reading of 110 degrees. A record high of 107 degrees at San Diego CA was their hottest reading in 25 years. Red Bluff CA was the hot spot in the nation with an afternoon reading of 118 degrees.
    1990- Jerry Lewis' 25th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $44,172,186
    1991- Removing an asterisk which really never existed, the Statistical Accuracy Committee decides to put Roger Maris '61 home run season ahead of Ruth's 60 mark instead of listing it separately as it was from 1962 until 1991. The eight man panel also re-defines a no-hit game as one which ends after 9 or more innings with one team failing to get a hit thereby removing 50 games from the list that had previously been considered hitless, including the 1959 performance of Harvey Haddix's 12 perfect innings against the Braves and Jim Maloney's 1965 1-0 loss to the Mets in 11-innings.
    1995- Robin Ventura becomes the eighth player to hit two grand slams in one game helping White Sox to beat the Rangers, 14-3.
    1997 - The 14th MTV Video Music Awards show was staged at Radio City Music Hall . Host Chris Rock introduced Madonna, U2, Beck, Jamiroquai, The Wallflowers with Bruce Springsteen & Marilyn Manson. Most memorable moment: Sting joining Puff Daddy & Faith Evans to perform "I'll Be Missing You".
    1999- The Reds set a National League record with nine homers with as they rout the Phillies, 22-3. Eddie Taubensee (2), Greg Vaughn, Jeffrey Hammonds, Aaron Boone, Dimitri Young, Pokey Reese, Brian Johnson and Mark Lewis all go yard for Cincinnati .
    2000- The Red Sox honor Hall of Famer catcher Carlton Fisk. The New Hampshire resident,who played his first nine seasons with Boston , joins Bobby Doerr (1), Joe Cronin (4), Carl Yastrzemski (8) and Ted Williams (9) in having his number (27) be retired at Fenway.
    2002- In front of 55,528 fans at Coliseum, the A's set an American League record by extending winning streak to 20 consecutive games. After blowing an 11-run lead to the Royals, Scott Hatteberg's bottom of the ninth inning walk off home run gives Oakland the historic victory, 12-11.



Baseball Poem


Without seeing one, I can feel it in
My hand, fresh from an umpire's dark blue
Canvas bag: a sweet white sphere-but not as
Smooth as one might think a palomino's
Forgiving hide.

It feels a bit like your dry face after
A very close shave, and the odor is
Quite like a new leather belt or wallet-
A good pitcher could smell the sharp break in
The face of the rock-and every baseball
Has one: a mouth, closed eyelids, a low brow,
The receding hairline of red stitches.

In sport what can you compare with this orb?
A puck? A grainy leather basketball?
Without seeing one, I can feel how it
Rests in the open palm of my right hand,
The excitement of placing two fingers
With or against the lightly rising seams,
Rubbing it with my glove propped between my
Elbow and hip while a batter fidgets
Inside a perfectly fresh line of chalk.

--- with the permission of the author, from his
book of baseball poetry:
"Waiting for Godot's First Pitch"
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