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ELFA President Bentsen Ensuring the Transition Is Smooth

Hon. Kenneth E. Bentsen, Jr.

While originally announced that he was leaving around Labor Day, Ken Bentsen, is still at work at the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, though now spending time also at his new office at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) in Washington, DC. He says everything is going smoothly; the team, the multiple boards, committees, staff, and Interim President Ralph Petta, all "top notch, dynamic."

"Even though there is a lot of stress today," he told Leasing News, "this asset class is a survivor and a necessity in the financial economy."

In making the original announcement, SIFMA President and CEO Timothy Ryan, said, "With his breadth of financial experience in both the private and public sector, Ken understands our members' public policy goals and business interest and will help drive our efforts to play a proactive, constructive role in the ongoing regulatory reform debate."

SIFMA President and CEO Timothy Ryan

"In his role at SIFMA, Mr. Bentsen will be responsible for SIFMA's legal, governmental, and legislative affairs and advocacy initiatives. Mr. Bentsen's career at SIFMA will begin in September. Mr. Bentsen will report directly to Mr. Ryan."

When he was initially interviewed three years ago by then ELFA chairman Paul Larkins, the search committee, and the board, Bentsen said he knew he was following a person who had built the foundation, Michael Fleming, CAE, and he would take the Association to the next step, with the understanding that this was not his "last stop."

He said when he took the position he knew very few of the participants, but leaves with a great deal of respect and knowledge. In the varied positions he has held since college, he says this was one of the best jobs he has ever had. He has enjoyed working with people for whom he has a great deal of respect, were dynamic, entrepreneurial in nature.

At 50, he has a daughter in college and a teenager at home. The commute and hours, 60 plus a week, will continue, including travel, as his new company has an office in New York and London. He is very much looking forward to his new position as his background has certainly given him the experience for it. Whether the former congressman will ever get back into a political office, he said, "Never say never," but he has no plans except to be of help in public policy, especially necessary in these critical times.

Reactions to Bentsen leaving ELFA

"Ken Bentsen has been a change agent and champion of transparency and advocacy for the Equipment Leasing and Finance industry. His contributions will live on long after he moves to his next assignment. Ken's bias for action and strategic focus have been extremely beneficial to the companies who enjoy Association membership. Ken was an absolute pleasure to work with."

Regards. PL
(Paul A. Larkins, was chairman of ELFA at time Bentsen was hired. He also is Leasing News Person of the Year for 2006.)


"I had the pleasure of working with Ken during my Chairmanship. His professionalism, knowledge and dedication to our industry played an important role in giving the ELFA a stronger identity in the world of commercial finance.

"The ELFA was fortunate to have Ken's leadership and vision as we have experienced these challenging times.

"I wish him all the best in his new endeavor.

"I have worked with Ralph Petta for over 20 years. Ralph has extensive knowledge and experience in this industry and I have full confidence in his ability to guide and lead the association through this next chapter."

Valerie Jester, President
Brandywine Capital Associates
113 E. Evans Street
West Chester, PA 19380
888) 344-2920, Ext. 21


"Ken Bentsen's resignation as President of the ELFA is unfortunate but not completely unexpected. Ken has the good fortune to be moving on to a bigger role with a larger trade association affiliated with an industry segment he knows and loves. Ken is very talented leader who accomplished a great deal in his three years with the ELFA. Ken brought new ideas and renewed energy to the ELFA while increasing our industry profile in Washington and in the financial press. The industry and the Association are better off due to Ken's involvement over the past three years. I will miss working with Ken but take comfort knowing there will most likely be issues impacting both ELFA and SIFMA where we will have the opportunity to partner with Ken in his new role.

"ELFA leadership had the foresight to develop a transition plan several years ago which allows Ralph Petta to step in as Interim President. I have worked closely with Ralph over the past 20 years and have great confidence in his knowledge and dedication to the equipment finance and leasing industry. We should thank Ken for everything he accomplished over the past three years, and offer Ralph a hand as he steps into a difficult role in very challenging times

Rick Remiker
SVP, Chief Administrative Officer
RBS Asset Finance
71 S. Wacker Drive, 28th Floor
Chicago, IL 60606
Office (312) 777-3541
Mobile (312) 350-9920


"I don't think anyone is surprised by this news. We were fortunate to have Ken this long. He's a born leader with the kind of experience, track record, and clout that keeps opportunity knocking. He's done a fine job repositioning the ELFA and leaves with few regrets if any at all. These are difficult times but Ralph is more than capable of running the show. Aside from the economy being what it is the ELFA structure is on as solid ground as can be expected."

(name with held)


"Two years ago I interviewed Ken Bentsen shortly after he joined ELFA. I was impressed by his interest, his focus and his willingness to consider different concepts. He has proved himself to be an extremely effective resource for the equipment leasing and finance industry, and we will miss his very valuable contributions." "

Bob Teichman, CLP
Teichman Financial Training
3030 Bridgeway, Suite 213
Sausalito, CA 94965
Tel: 415 331-6445
"Training and education for equipment leasing and finance personnel"

(Bob is Leasing News Person of the Year for 2008, plus past president
of the Certified Leasing Professional Foundation.)

"Dancing with the ELFA"
by Bob Teichman, CLP


"Thank you Ken for the wonderful work you have done with our association. Working with you has been an honor. I'm sad to see you go.

"Best of luck and prosperity to you in the future!

"Congratulations Ralph! I'm confident you will do great things while at the helm.

"Best regards,"

Ed Castagna
Nassau Asset Management


"ELFA has come a long way from the days of befriending the big boys (and why not, they paid the bills) to being a organization serving the industry as a whole. Membership is down, less is being contributed, and the economy has yet to show consistent trends that this mess is over. It appears our industry will shrink, the industry organizations will shrink as the number of employees in our industry has and will continue to shrink. Ken came in when focus and direction was needed. He made everyone feel valued, explored new directions, and got many involved that were once outsiders. He moved from a single focus organization with historic repeated direction to a name changed group (ELA to ELFA), and sent a more meaningful message to members and to the political community (where he is certainly at home). He did what was needed and it is now up the organization to keep it going, not lose focus, and continue to be meaningful for the entire lease/finance community.

"So a debt of gratitude to Ken for coming into an organization with a long history of tradition and forging a new path. Good organizational leaders are rare. I am sure we all wish Ken well and thanks for taking ELFA to the top.

Allan Levine,
Chief Operating Officer
Equipment and Vehicle Lease Financing Solutions
9D Gwynns Mill Court
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Direct Line: 443.796.7337
Office: 800.733.5529 x 7337

(Al Levine interviewed Ken Bentsen when he addressed the
EAEL 2007 Spring Conference for Leasing News:)


"I have followed all of the media on Ken Bentsen since he took over the presidency of the ELFA. I have watched his leadership with such admiration. He has fought with Washington DC to open their eyes to our industry and the damage the tightened flow of funds has created.

"He has been a true advocate of our industry.

"I would love to meet him in person and shake his hand some day. I wish him all the best in his new role at SIFMA."

Rosanne Wilson, CLP
1st Independent Leasing, Inc.
3800 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Suite 165
Beaverton, OR 97005
(800) 926-0851 or Fax: (503) 626-1631
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Leasing 102
by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP

Bank Leasing Companies

I have been asked to review with you the rules for commercial equipment leasing when funded by a bank. Legal authority to lease for non-regulated Lessor's is a non issue, however for Banks they are generally authorized by the corporate law of their incorporating jurisdiction to lease personal and real property. Bank leasing is divided into three categories; National banks, leasing operations owned directly by the Bank holding Company and State chartered banks. Also any foreign banks engaged in leasing fall under the same rules as the bank holding companies. The three distinctions are necessary because of the bank regulations that govern each type of bank.

National Banks are federally chartered and are regulated by the office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) under the National Bank Act. Their regulations are covered in two parts based on the size of the lease portfolio. The first comes from 12 U.S.C. #24 (seventh), and leases done under such authority are termed section 24 Leases. The second comes from 12 U.S.C. #24 (tenth), enacted as part of the Competitive Equality Banking Act of 1987 (CEBA) and these leases are called CEBA Leases. Both of these leases have the following restrictions:

Net Lease: The Bank may not, directly, or indirectly, provide for or be obligated to provide for:
1. The servicing, repair or maintenance of the leased property
2. Parts or accessories for such property
3. The loan of replacement or substitute property while the leased property is being serviced.
4. The payment of insurance for the Lessee (except where the Lessee has failed in its contractual obligation to purchase or maintain required insurance) or
5. The renewal of any license or registration for the leased property, unless such renewal is necessary to protect its interest as owner or financier of such property,

Full Payout Requirement: The bank must reasonably expect to receive its investment back from the rents, tax advantages (depreciation), and residuals.

The major difference between Section 24 (seventh) Leases and CEBA Leases is the reliance on residuals to meet the full payout requirement. The Section 24 leases only allow for a 25% maximum un-guaranteed residual risk and a maximum residual up to 50% with the second, or top half, of the residual guaranteed by a credit worthy insurer or vendor. The CABA requirements allow for unrestricted residuals except the lease portfolio with residuals in excess of 25%, unguaranteed, may not exceed 10% of the banks consolidated assets.

One additional provision usually found in the leasing policy of most banks is the restriction of supporting the Lessee's selection of the leased asset. If the suggestion of the bank were used to decide on the equipment, or the vendor, then the net lease provisions established to protect the rent stream from interruption could be in danger from poor equipment performance. A National bank needs to be a third party to the lease and not be responsible for equipment performance in anyway. This also prevents the bank from including any form of maintenance in the lease arrangement. Any service contract, or maintenance agreement, must be separate and not the responsibility of the bank. No prepayment for supplies, or inventory paid to the vendor for future delivery is allowed either.

Separate records for each type of lease (Section 24 or CEBA) must be kept to distinguish such leases from each other. This requirement is designed to permit the OCC to more easily monitor the separate requirements for the two types of leases.

Leasing under a Bank Holding Company. In 1956 congress enacted The Bank Holding Company Act (BHC). Then in 1970 they permit bank holding companies to engage in activities which they determined to be closely related to banking and amended BLC regulations under "Regulation Y " to provide authority for bank holding companies to engage in personal property equipment leasing. The rules required in 1974 that the maximum unguaranteed residual was 20% or up to 60% if the excess was guaranteed, and the lease had to be a net lease and a full payout, much like required by the OCC.

In 1987, following the enactment of CEBA for National Banks, several bank holding companies requested and obtained permission to do leasing, subject to limitations similar to those imposed by CEBA. In 1992 Regulation Y was further amended to include higher residuals except it contained a limitation for aggregate book assets of all tangible personal property, subject to residuals over 25%, was limited to 10% of the bank holding company's consolidated domestic and foreign assets.

State Banks: State banks are usually governed by their State department of Banking and while some of them have adopted similar regulations to the OCC in Some States they are less restrictive. However, many State banks are members of the Federal Reserve System and are regulated at the Federal Level by the Board. The Board permits the same activities as permitted in the BHC. Also those State Banks which are insured by the Bank Insurance Fund, administered by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), are further limited to similar requirements for National Banks under the OCC.

Mr. Terry Winders, CLP, has been a teacher, consultant, expert witness for the leasing industry for thirty years and can be reached at or 502-327-8666. He invites your questions and queries.

Previous #102 Columns:

(This ad is a "trade" for the writing of this column. Opinions
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Bank Beat---Why Three More Failed/What it Means

The reason credit remains tight among many banks is the situation among hundreds of banks across the country is similar to Corus, although this one was in the billions.

The closing of Corus Bank National Association, Chicago, Illinois, with 517 employees cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $1.7 billion, one of the highest to hit the fund. MB Financial Bank, National Association, Chicago, Illinois, will assume all of the deposits of Corus Bank, N.A. and their eleven branches are now open as MB Financial Bank. Original bank shareholders have lost everything.

Heavy into real estate transactions to condominium, office and hotel projects, locally, and also to luxury development at Cabo St. Lucas, Mexico, and Arizona resort living, the real estate sales were no longer there. Simply put: The bank was overextended.

Founded December 31, 1913, the bank was formerly known as Aetna Bank, National Association and changed its name to Corus Bank, National Association in June 1996. April 24, Robert J. Glickman resigned as President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director of the company for personal reasons effective immediately. August 18, 2009, Paula Manley gave notice of her resignation as First Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of Corus Bankshares Inc. and Corus Bank, National Association, effective September 3, 2009.

The bank had a $15.9 million loss June 30, 2008 and $779 million loss June 30, 2009.Cash went from June 30, 2008 of $8.9 billion to $7 billion June 20, 2009, with the bank equity in the same period going from $923 million to minus $161,076, real estate loans dropping from $4.57 billion to $3.65 billion, total unused commitments from $2.7 billion to $765 million.

In addition to assuming all of the deposits of the failed bank, MB Financial Bank agreed to purchase approximately $3 billion of the assets, comprised mainly of cash and marketable securities. The FDIC will retain the remaining assets for later disposition. The FDIC plans to sell substantially all of the remaining assets of Corus Bank in the next 30 days in a private placement transaction.

Bringing the total of bank failures in 2009 to 92, the 18 branches of Venture Bank, Lacy, Washington, were closed on Friday with First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company, Raleigh, North Carolina, to assume all of the deposits of Venture Bank,. reported, "failed investments in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac led in large part to the problems, as had loans gone sour in the recession. Recent attempts to raise capital have been unsuccessful."

June 30, 2008 the bank had 272 employees and June 30, 2009 were down to 200 employees with a $3.5 million loss. While many of these banks that have defaulted were taking over by other banks, most had already cut back employees from 25% to 45%, as well as some debtors may have pulled it out with more time, but never got the opportunity as the bank was not in the position to extend more time or refinance transactions.

As of July 28, 2009, Venture Bank had total assets of $970 million and total deposits of approximately $903 million. The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $298 million

Brickwell Community Bank, Woodbury, Minnesota, became the 91st bank to fail in the US and third in Minnesota. CorTrust Bank N.A., Mitchell, South Dakota, to assume all of the deposits of Brickwell Community Bank. Brickwell founded in 2004, was a one office bank, small, formed "…to focus on the small business community in the east metro, which was growing fast at that time," according to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.

In the time between June 30, 2008 and June 30 2009 it had gone from 20 employees to 12 employees, with a loss 2008 of $1.48 million to $4.2 million in 2009 with equity from $7.3 million to minus $744,000, technically insolvent. Past due 1-4 residential loans from 139 to 269, loan losses from $2.4 million to $3.1 million. The FDIC notes 269 junior real estate liens on the books.

" The bank started making risky commercial real estate loans, which were popular with banks that started up in the past decade. By the beginning of 2009, its commercial real estate portfolio had so many troubled loans, the bank stopped making CRE loans. Regulators clamped down on the bank with a cease-and-desist order in March in which they told the bank to improve its capital position, which determines how well a bank can sustain losses."

As of July, 24, 2009, Brickwell Community Bank had total assets of $72 million and total deposits of approximately $63 million.

The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $22 million.

Beige Report -Lending Declined/Lack of Available Credit

List of Bank Failures






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Leasing News Top Stories-September 8-September 11

Here are the top ten stories opened by readers:

(1) Archive-February 17, 2009
Alert: Sterling Financial, Prairie Village, KS
Archive--May 10, 2009
Second Alert: Sterling Financial, KS, BBB D-

(2) Bob Krause Recovering Well

(3) Lombard Exits Broker Marketplace

(4) The Age of the Super Broker
by Christopher Menkin

(5) Hugh Hefner files for divorce from wife

(6) Wells Fargo exec & Madoff Malibu Beach Home,0,1323579,full.story

(7) Bank Beat---Five More/Why they failed?

(8) Christina Cook of the Bank of Marin

(9) New SBA Financing Guidance Applauded by IFA

(10) Leasing 102 by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP
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Bob Krause in recovery-up-date

The Friday story was up-dated to include this email, and it is
re-printed here in case you read the edition before the up-date:

From Bob Krause's wife:

Thanks for posting the information about Bob.
It would be preferable to write him a note
rather than to call him.
Bob Krause
153 Sagamore Drive
Carmel, NY 10512

Friday story:



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International Advisory Associates Launches and Unveils its Pool of Talent

The Leasing and Asset Finance Advisory Boutique International Advisory Associates

"Global Experience, Success and Beyond"

International Advisory Associates, established in 1998 as the forerunner to The Alta Group in Europe, was re-introduced in summer 2009 and officially launched on 1 September. IAA is a boutique consultancy headed by Chairman Derek Soper that specialises in the leasing and asset finance industry, which specifically includes 'equipment sales financing' of all types.

IAA's clients are a variety of lessors and financial institutions, mainly across Europe and Asia, that span banks, bank subsidiaries, manufacturer captive finance companies and independents requiring external help or advice on a range of issues. Examples of IAA's portfolio of expertise include:
o Market entry/exit.
o Strategic planning.
o Funding and financing partner selection.
o Help in finding new senior team members and training/mentoring them.
o Reinventing and restructuring businesses together with 'turnaround' management.
o Benchmarking against competitors and/or the market.
o Mergers, acquisitions and disposals.

Chairman Derek Soper

Derek Soper said: "IAA aims to bring long-standing experience, strong advice and a history of success to our clients. The credentials and talent of our team members speak for themselves and we look forward to delivering positive outcomes for both our clients and the industry as it moves onwards and upwards, particularly through structural and regulatory changes."

IAA's business model is based on the following criteria: 'The selection of the best people for each project'; 'Close cooperation and effective working relationships amongst Associates and Business Partners'; and 'Being the best in the business whilst delivering the best value for money to our clients'.

IAA has signed agreements with several well-known and highly knowledgeable Associates and Business Partners.

Meet the IAA Team

Derek Soper, IAA Chairman, brings more than four decades of experience in global leasing and asset finance, banking and financial services to IAA. Few can match his experience and expertise in international leasing operations. Derek has worked with companies at all stages of development and maturity and has founded numerous successful leasing companies.

Adrian Leach, IAA Director, Strategy and Vendor Finance, has 23 years' experience in the leasing and asset-based finance industry with extensive international experience and a particular expertise in strategy development and vendor finance. He is an innovative strategist with a hands-on approach and a proven ability to drive shareholder value by meeting customer needs, delivering competitive products and services and successfully managing operations in both emerging and established markets.

Charles Taylor, IAA Director, Banking and Private Equity, has 35 years' experience in the finance and banking industries with particular expertise in leasing and asset and business finance. Charles is an accomplished strategist, adept at identifying a business's drivers, its competitive advantage and place in the market while charting a course for future growth and success.

Asset Lifecycle Management (Business Partner) ALM is a specialist asset management company focused exclusively on the asset finance industry. The team comprises professionals from banking and asset finance; specialists from a wide range of commercial and industrial backgrounds that have first-hand experience of procuring, operating, maintaining and trading equipment; and valuers.

BM Consultancy, headed by Marc Baert (Business Partner) Marc is an independent management consulting professional who is offering his knowledge to the leasing and asset finance industry through his Belgian-based company. Formerly Secretary General of Leaseurope, and sister Federation Eurofinas, for over 20 years, Marc is a hugely influential figure within the European leasing and asset finance community, particularly among the newly emerged countries of the CEE.

Broadwater Consulting Limited, headed by Angela Crockett (Business Partner) Angela is an independent management consulting professional with a highly successful background in the leasing and asset finance industry who has widened her client base to also include owners and management of independent businesses. Angela is a dynamic, passionate, flexible business leader with an impressive pedigree in sales and customer service and a proven track record of delivering within large multi-national corporations.

HILL International (Business Partner) More than 30 years of successful personnel and management consulting make HILL an international partner with regional competence and a specialist in strategic consulting for companies based in and expanding to Central and Eastern Europe as well as South-Eastern Europe.

InitioStar, headed by Gary Lowrey (Business Partner) InitioStar is an IT advisory and change management consultancy focused on the financial services industry. The company helps both vendors and users of IT solutions, by promoting IT suppliers within the asset finance industry and by advising companies on solutions that are available in the market.

The Alta Group (Business Partner) As advisors to many of the world's leading lessors, The Alta Group has built an unrivalled reputation as the principal provider of specialist services to asset finance and leasing companies, whether bank owned, captive or independent, and equipment manufacturers and vendors. Alta's professionals are all highly experienced, senior executives with decades of experience across the equipment leasing spectrum.

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California Nuts Briefs---

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Sports Briefs----

Clijsters Wins U.S. Open

Green Bay Packers beat Chicago Bears 21-15,0,481974.story

Romo leads Dallas Cowboys to 34-21 win

McNabb has cracked rib



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The Upside of Doon-Randal Graham

Things every wine lover should do

One-Fifth of California Wine Is Exported

The Riesling exception

Last song for Konocti Harbor resort

Wine Prices by vintage
US/International Wine Events
Winery Atlas
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Today's Top Event in History

1889- Hull House in Chicago opened its doors. Formed by Jane Addams and Ellen Starr, it was the first major settlement house in the United States. In its first year of operation, it hosted more than 50,000 people. In all, there would be more than 600 residents at various times ranging from some of the most influential social reformers of the day to a future prime minister of Canada - and just about everyone in between. Hull House under Addams, in addition to social work and reform, served as the "mother house" for the meeting and networking of reformers who then went out to change the world.


This Day in American History

1716--- First lighthouse in US lit (Boston Harbor)
     1752-- England and colonies adopt Gregorian calendar, 11 days disappear.
     1847- Gen. Winfield Scott entered Mexico City. A Battalion of U.S. Marines made its presence felt at the “halls of Montezeuma.” The United States was later able to claim a large Mexican territory, including what was to become the state of California In 1850 (following the gold rush fever of 1849).
     1814 - An attorney in Washington, DC, Frances Scott Key, was aboard a warship that was bombarding Fort McHenry, the outpost guarding the city of Baltimore, Maryland. Key wrote what would become famous words to express his emotions. Those words would become "The Star-Spangled Banner", which officially became the national anthem of the United States by an act of Congress in 1931.
     1847 - Mexico City was occupied by US troops after the defeated forces of General Santa Anna were forced to abandon the city. The day before, young Mexican cadets had tried unsuccessfully to defend the fortified hill of Chapultepec. With the occupation of Mexico City, the United States-Mexico conflict virtually came to an end. While some call the 1846-48 period the "Mexican War," others call it the "US Invasion".
     1850--Big earthquake felt in San Francisco. Fourth Great Fire destroyed 150 buildings in the area bounded by Dupont, Montgomery, Washington and Pacific streets. Loss set at $500,000. The fire broke out in the Philadelphia House on the north side of Jackson between Grant and Kearny. The San Francisco, Empire and Protection fire companies fought the blaze but had no water. The most damage in the 1906 Earthquake came from the fires, not the earthquake itself.
     1861- The first Civil War Naval Battle took place at Pensacola, FL. Lieutenant John Henry Russell descended upon the Confederate navy yard at Pensacola at 2 a.m. He had sailed the frigate Colorado past shore batteries in the dark, and with a force of 100 sailors and Marines, went for the southern privateer five gun Judah in the shipyard. After hand-to-hand fighting, the contingent burned the vessel to the waterline and left. They burned the five-gun steamer Judah, lying at anchor, and spike the only gun in the yard. There were no Confederate casualties. three of the Union troops were killed and four wounded President Lincoln thanked Russell personally and the Navy Department honored him.
     1882- Birthday of Winnifred Sprague Mason Huck, U.S. Congressional Representative from Illinois, serving out the term of her late father 1922-23. She broke the rules about freshmen being still and introduced a number of bills including the call for independence for the Philippine Islands. She was an investigative reporter who even went to jail for four months under an assumed name to bring to light the abuses in prison as well as the difficulties in "going straight" afterwards.
     1868 - The first recorded hole-in-one at golf was scored by Tom Morris at Prestwick in Scotland.
     1874 -- The White Leagues, paramilitary organizations dedicated to the restoration of lily-white rule in Louisiana, temporarily seize control of the state government in a bloody coup d'etat. 38 killed. 79 wounded.
     1886- George K. Anderson of Memphis, TN, received a patent on typewriter ribbon.
     1886-Birthday of "'Round 'Bout Midnight": Stanley "Midnight Assassin" Ketchel, heavyweight boxing champ, considered the middleweight champion of all time.
     1889- Hull House in Chicago opened its doors. Formed by Jane Addams and Ellen Starr, it was the first major settlement house in the United States. In its first year of operation, it hosted more than 50,000 people. In all, there would be more than 600 residents at various times ranging from some of the most influential social reformers of the day to a future prime minister of Canada - and just about everyone in between. Hull House under Addams, in addition to social work and reform, served as the "mother house" for the meeting and networking of reformers who then went out to change the world.
     1897-Birthday of Margaret Fogarty Rudkin, American businesswoman. who started making a healthy bread for one of her sons in 1937 and parlayed those few loaves of bread it into a major commercial company, Pepperidge Farms. The company had sales of $32 million a year when she and husband sold out to Campbell Soup. She stayed as president - supervising the day to day operations personally as she had from the beginning - until a year before her death in 1967 of breast cancer, a disease from which she had since 1956. Her noted collection of cookbooks was donated to the Pequot Library in Southport, Connecticut.
     1900 ---Jazz Trumpet player Kid Rena born.
     1916 - Pitcher Christy Mathewson won the last pitching assignment of his major- league career. He had a total of 373 wins, 188 losses, 83 shutouts in 636 games, and he struck out 2,511 batters.
     1921- Constance Baker Motley , U.S. District judge who framed many of the early civil rights cases. CBM influenced legal desegregation interpretations in nine victories before the U.S. Supreme Court. She was the first Afro-American woman to become a federal judge (1966) and only woman borough president of Manhattan (1965).
     1926- seventeen-year-old Benny Goodman's first recording session ( with Ben Pollack and his Californians), Chicago, IL.
     1927 - Gene Austin recorded one of the first million sellers; his composition, "My Blue Heaven", for Victor Records.
     1929 -- Ella May Wiggins and other workers are riding in the back of an old pick-up truck to a union meeting, when local vigilantes, thugs, and a sheriff's deputy force the truck off the road and begin shooting at it. Ella May is killed. Labor union organizers appear in Gastonia, Carolina. The textile mill workers there eagerly flock to the union, but when the mill owners refuse to recognize the union, a strike breaks out in June of this year. Prominent on the union picket lines is Ella May Wiggins, a 29-year-old mother of nine children who had been working the night shift at one of the mills. When some of her children come down with whooping cough, Ella May asks the mill foreman to put her on the day shift so she can care for her sick babies. The foreman refuses and Ella May is forced to quit her job. With no money for medicine, four of her children die. From this point on, she becomes a militant in the strike movement. Her songs, with the older melancholy of mountain ballads, help cheer on fellow picketers.
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     1889- Hull House in Chicago opened its doors. Formed by Jane Addams and Ellen Starr, it was the first major settlement house in the United States. In its first year of operation, it hosted more than 50,000 people. In all, there would be more than 600 residents at various times ranging from some of the most influential social reformers of the day to a future prime minister of Canada - and just about everyone in between. Hull House under Addams, in addition to social work and reform, served as the "mother house" for the meeting and networking of reformers who then went out to change the world.
1948 -- Milton Berle starts his TV career on Texaco Star Theater.
         1937 - The mercury soared to 92 degrees at Seattle, WA, a record for September.
     1938-Birthday of Niara Sudarkasa, Black-Afro-American anthropologist and president of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. She is an authority on African and Black Afro-American women and families. NS is one of the leading scholars of the U.S. and has served on more than 20 boards and task forces in the furtherance of race relations.
     1944 -the Great Atlantic Hurricane passed near Cape Hatteras, NC. A few days before it was a category 5 hurricane with winds near 160 mph. At Cape Henry, VA sustained winds of 134 mph with gusts to 150 occurred. The storm raced into New England. 46 were killed on land and over 300 were lost at sea. Total damage was $122 million The hurricane destroyed the Atlantic City NJ boardwalk
     1951- In a 9-6 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park, rookie Bob Nieman hits consecutive dingers off Mickey McDermott becoming the first player to hit home runs in his first two career at bats in the majors. In his third trip to the plate, the St. Louis Browns freshman beats out a bunt for a base hit.
     1956---Top Hits
     Hound Dog/Don't Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
     Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera) - Doris Day
     The Flying Saucer (Parts 1 & 2) - Buchanan & Goodman
     I Walk the Line - Johnny Cash
     1957- “Have Gun, Will Travel,” so read the business card of Paladin (Richard Boone), a loner whose pro­fessional services were available for a price. This western also featured Kam Tong as his servant, Hey Boy. The show was extremely popular and ranked in the top five for most of its run. My father Lawrence Menkin wrote many of the episodes.
     1963-The Beach Boys' "Surfer Girl" peaks at #7 on the pop singles chart.
     1964---Top Hits
     The House of the Rising Sun - The Animals
     Because - The Dave Clark Five
     Bread and Butter - The Newbeats
     I Guess I'm Crazy - Jim Reeves
     1965--- The Television show "F-Troop" premiers
     1967- “Ironsides.” This crime series starred Raymond Burr as Robert T. Iron side, Chief of Detectives for the San Francisco Police Department (he was in a wheelchair, paralyzed from an assassination attempt).Also featured were Don Galloway as his assistant, Detective Sergeant Ed Brown, Barbara Anderson as Officer Eve Whitfield, Don Mitchell as Mark Sanger, Ironside's personal assistant, Gene Lyons as Commissioner Dennis Randall, Elizabeth Baur as Officer Fran Balding and Joan Pringle as Diana, Mark's wife.
     1968-Big Brother and the Holding Company's LP, "Cheap Thrills" enters the LP chart -- where it will stay for 29 weeks, including 8 at #1.
     1970 - The temperature at Fremont, OR, dipped to 2 above zero to equal the state record for September set on the 24th in 1926.
     1972- “The Walton's.” This epitome of the family drama spawned nearly a dozen knock-~offs during its nine-year run on CBS. The drama was based on creator/writer Earl Hamner Jr's experiences grow­ing up during the Depression in rural Virginia. It began as the TV movie “The Homecoming,” which was so well-received that it was turned into a weekly series covering the years 1933—43. The cast went through numerous changes through the years; the principals were: Michael Learned as Olivia Walton, mother of the clan, Ralph Waite as John Walton, father, Richard Thomas as John-Boy, eldest son, Jon Walmsley as son Jason, Judy Norton Taylor as daughter Mary Ellen, Eric Scott as son Ben, Mary Beth McDonough as daughter Erin, David W. Harper as son Jim-Bob and Kami Cotler as daughter Elizabeth. The Walton grandparents were played by Ellen Corby (Esther) and Will Geer (Zeb). The last telecast aired Aug 20, 1981
     1972---Top Hits
     Alone Again (Naturally) - Gilbert O'Sullivan
     Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress) - The Hollies
     Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me - Mac Davis
     Woman (Sensuous Woman) - Don Gibson
     1973 - For his hit single "The Twelfth of Never," Donny Osmond received a gold record. Released in March of 1973, the son was one of five that went gold for the young Osmond. His other solo successes were: "Sweet & Innocent", "Go Away Little Girl", "Hey Girl" and "Puppy Love".
     1974---"I Shot the Sheriff" by Eric Clapton topped the charts and stayed there for a week.
     1975- the first Catholic saint who was born in America was Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, who was born into a Episcopalian family in New York City on August 28, 1774, was canonized this day. The mother of five children, she founded the Society for the Relief of Poor Widows with Small Children in 1797. She converted to Roman Catholicism in New York City in 1805 and founded an order of nuns, the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph. She died on January 4, 1821, in Emmetsburg, MD, was beatified on March 17, 1963, at the Vatican, Rome, by Pope John XXIII, and was canonized this day in 1975.
     1978 - The first episode of the television series "Mork & Mindy", starring Robin Williams as Mork and Pam Dawber as Mindy, debuted on ABC-TV. Mork made an earlier appearance in February, 1978, during an episode of "Happy Days".
     1980---Top Hits
     Upside Down - Diana Ross
     All Out of Love - Air Supply
     Fame - Irene Cara
     Lookin' for Love - Johnny Lee
     1985- “Golden Girls” premiere on TV.. This comedy starred Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty as four divorced/wid­owed women sharing a house in Florida during their golden years. The last episode aired Sept 14, 1992 but the show remains popu­lar in syndication.
     1985 - At Radio City Music Hall in New York City, the first "MTV Video Music Awards" were presented. The Cars won "Best Video" for "You Might Think" while Michael Jackson won "Best Overall Performance" and "Choreography" for his "Thriller" video.
     1985 - The Reverend Benjamin Weir, an American missionary, was released after being held captive for 16 months by Shiite Muslim kidnappers in Lebanon.
     1987 - A record for the skateboard high jump was set when Tony Magnuson went 9.5 feet above the top of the U-ramp.
     1987 - Thunderstorms developing along a cold front produced severe weather from Minnesota to Texas. Thunderstorms in Iowa produced baseball size hail at Laporte City, and 80 mph winds at Laurens. Hail caused more than ten million dollars damage to crops in Iowa. Thunderstorms in Missouri produced wind gusts to 75 mph at Missouri City and Kansas City. A thunderstorm in Texas deluged the town of Fairlie with two inches of rain in just two hours
    1987-American Bandstand becomes the longest running entertainment show in US TV history.
1988---Top Hits
     Sweet Child o' Mine - Guns N' Roses
     Simply Irresistible - Robert Palmer
     Perfect World - Huey Lewis & The News
     (Do You Love Me) Just Say Yes - Highway 101
     1988 - Thunderstorms produced severe weather over the Texas panhandle during the evening hours. One thunderstorm spawned a strong (F-2) tornado in the southwest part of Amarillo, and deluged the area with five inches of rain. The heavy rain left roads under as much as five feet of water, and left Lawrence Lake a mile out of its banks. Hurricane Gilbert lost some of its punch crossing the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Its maximum winds diminished to 120 mph.
     1990- Ken Griffey, Sr. , and Ken Griffey, Jr., father and son, hit unprecedented back-to-back home runs for the Seattle Mariners in a game against the California Angeles. Kirk McCaskill was the pitcher. The Mariners lost, 7-5.
     1991-- "I Adore Mi Amor" by Color Me Badd topped the charts and stayed there for 2 weeks.
     1994---Top Hits
     I' ll Make Love To You- Boyz II Men
     Stay (I Missed You) (From "Reality Bites")- Lisa Loeb
     Stroke You Up- Changing Faces
     When Can I See You- Babyface
     1996- Mark McGwire hits his 50th home run off Cleveland hurler Chad Ogea becoming the 13th player in major league history to reach that plateau. The Cardinal first baseman gives the milestone ball to his eight-year-old son, Matthew.
     1998 - A new talk show, The Roseanne Show, debuted in syndication in more than 150 stations in the country. It was Roseanne's first major television project since her hit ABC sitcom Roseanne ended its 9-year run in May 1997.
     1999- The free "Sheryl Crow and Friends" concert is held in New York's Central Park. She is joined on stage at different times by Keith Richards, Stevie Nicks, The Dixie Chicks, Eric Clapton, Chrissie Hynde and Sarah McLachlan. The second hour of the concert is broadcast live on Fox.
     1999---Top Hits
     Unpretty- TLC
     Bailamos- Enrique Iglesias
     Summer Girls- LFO
     She s All I Ever Had- Ricky Martin
     2002- Barry Bonds ties Hank Aaron for the most 100-RBI seasons by a National League player as he drives in his 100th run of the season for the 11th time in his career. The major league record is13 shared by Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, and Babe Ruth. Saying his heart has always been in San Francisco, Barry Bonds avoids arbitration by agreeing to a five-year, $90 million deal with the Giants. The contract also calls for 10-year personal services commitment at the end of the 37-year left fielder's playing days.
     2002 Chin-Feng Chen becomes the first Taiwan-born player to appear in the major leagues as he walks and scores as a pinch-hitter for the Dodgers against the Rockies. The 24-year-old first baseman-outfielder played for the 1990 Taiwan team which won the Little League World Series.
     2003---Top Hits
     Shake Ya Tailfeather- Nelly, P. Diddy & Murphy Lee
     Baby Boy- Beyonce Featuring Sean Paul
     Right Thurr- Chingy
     Into You- Fabolous Featuring Tamia Or Ashanti



Baseball Poem

by Tim Peeler

Before video parlors, PCs and
Nintendo, on our ragged bicycles
We scrambled to one house or the other-
Hefners, Peelers, then the Swansons who moved
In the neighborhood, sometimes the Coffeys
From church, or the Swansons' friends from their church -
For the really big affairs with full teams,
Baseball games with football scores. Out in the heat
Most of the day, just breaking for lunchtime-
Easy pitches and little guys taking
Big cuts, ghost runners and no catcher, weird
Rules like ground rule doubles for balls driven
Into the short cow pasture fence in left
Or how to play a pop fly that rolled off
The eight-sided parsonage roof or smacked
The huge oak trees in center field or the
Maple in right-center.
Barefoot sometimes, always in shorts only,
Crew cuts and popsicle stains on our mouths-
Before Play Station and VCRs there
Was a baseball game somewhere in dust and
Sweltering heat, a game to be played by
Our rules only.

--- with the permission of the author, from his book of baseball poetry.




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