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Dealer Credit Fin. Analyst, Torrance, CA Click here for full descrip. & to apply.   

Dealer Credit Fin. Services Supervisor, Torrance, CA. Click here for full descrip. & to apply.

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Monday, October 18, 2004




    Classified Ads---Sr. Credit Officer/Sr. Management

        Economic Events this Week

            Pictures from the Past---1996---IFC Credit Corp

    NorVergence: ELA meets NY Attorney General's staff

        Bad News for Leasing

            Alexa Ranks Leasing Association Web Sites

    Leasing Conference Count-Down

        The 30 Year History of UAEL---Part I

            Classified Ads----Help Wanted

    David G. Mayer Business Leasing News Oct. Issue

        Fitch: Italian ABS Leasing Performance Down In Q2 2004

            News Briefs---

                Sports Briefs---

                    "Gimme that Wine"

                        This Day in American History

                            Baseball Poem



########  surrounding the article denotes it is a “press release”



Classified Ads---Senior Credit Officer/Senior Management


Senior Credit Officer experienced in middle- market leasing; structured, vendor and 3rd party to the fortune 1000. Proactive team builder, originations capable with strong work ethic.



Senior Management: Baltimore, MD

25 year veteran of commercial and equipment leasing seeking a senior management position with leasing or asset based financing company in the southeast (Florida preferred)




Senior Management: Denver, CO. Fortune 500 GM/SVP wants to team up with aggressive lender looking for Western expansion mid-market equip. finance/leasing. 20+ years experience within Rocky Mountain/ Southwest

and Ca markets.



Senior management: Hope, NJ.

25 years in optimizing call center operations, collections, billing, and back end revenue generation. Experienced in $7 + billion dollar portfolios.

Verifiable achievements.



Senior Management: Irvine, CA.

Credit executive, portfolio manager and syndication facilitator. Extensive business building experience in small and mid-ticket operations. Highly innovative. Fortune 100 audit and technology skills. Bottom-line manager.



Senior Management: Long Island, NY

Degree Banking/Finance. 13 years leasing exp. Now prez young leasing company where promises were not met. Interested in joining established firm with future. Email:



Senior Management: New York, NY, NJ, Ct Tri-State

Top Exec. middle and big ticket, top skills treasury,funding, ops,transaction detail, syndication, ready to max profit, help build quality operation. right now!



Senior Management: Portfolio Management Consultant; 25+years experience in Collections, Customer Satisfaction, Asset Management, Recoveries, Continuous Process Improvement, Back end Revenue Generation, Cost per Collection Analysis. $5+Billion Portfolio expertise.



Senior Management: San Francisco, CA., 25 years experience w/global leasing company, sales,marketing,business dev., P&L responsibility, asset mgmt, brokering and re- marketing. Interested in joining an est. firm with a future. Email:


 full listing of all classified “job” ads at:






Economic Events this Week



October 19

Consumer Price Index: September

Housing Construction: September


October 21


Leading Indicators: September

Weekly Jobless Claims

UAEL Conference, Monterey, CA





Pictures from the Past---1996---IFC Credit Corp



Standing, left to right: Dale Volkamer, CLP, Rudolph Trebels, CLP;

Seated: Scott Kreissl, Patrick A. Witowski, Gary Trebels, CLP


“When you visit the corporate headquarters of IFC Credit Corporation in Chicago, you get another example of President Rudolph Trebels CLP’s exuberance.  It’s hanging on the walls, it decorates is office, and it provides a backdrop in the conference room.

  It’s everywhere.  It’s Trebels’ art collection.

  Like his business practice his collection of pastoral hunting theme paintings directly reflect his personality. ‘the look is traditional, conservative, and elegant, but also fun,’ Trebels said. “

‘The Paintings definitely add a flair for excitement.’

   Trebels’ appreciation for the traditional has translated to the offices’ decoration as well. As in the photo above, IFC evokes the feel of a hunt club, gentlemen’s club or country club.

   Trebels is always looking to add to his collection. But why does he pursue this particular passion?  Again, it’s his way of balancing business and pleasure. “Why not enjoy your workplace since we spend so many hours at the office?”


       June/July 1996 UAEL Newsline





NorVergence: ELA Representatives meet with NY

Attorney General's staff.




On Wednesday afternoon, October 14, Equipment Leasing Association representatives met with five officials of the NY Attorney General for nearly three hours to discuss small ticket leasing practices in general in connection with the investigation of the NorVergence matter. ELA was represented by General Counsel Ed Groobert, President Michael Fleming and Paul Gamez, an executive with Great America Leasing. The meeting was held to review and reinforce certain legal principles fundamental to small ticket leasing and to discuss how small ticket leasing is conducted.


The meeting's discussion focused on typical documentation that includes assignability of the lease, the waiver of defense clause and "hell or high water" language. Such provisions are not only standard but play a significant role in making leasing more readily available to small business. In describing small ticket leasing practice, the ELA representatives stressed the credit, rather than collateral, nature of the small ticket transaction. They also emphasize that the end user makes the business decision regarding contracting for a service and / or selecting equipment. "The lessor assumes that the lessee knows what it is doing," Fleming told the group.


Ed Groobert stressed that ELA is not in a position to know all of the facts of the NorVergence matter, but described how the leases of equipment in dispute were most likely subsequent and separate events from the lessee's contracting for a discounted long distance service. Lessors are not in the position to give representations or warranties.


The NYAG staff were well prepared and understood the basic legal principles. Their questioning focused primarily on what lessors know about the vendors with whom they do business and the equipment they lease. Paul Gamez did an excellent job of reviewing the typical approach of small ticket lessors in a vendor program. He described how leasing companies decide on certain vendor program relationships and how they manage the relationship. He indicated that in a "deal flow" business, it is not possible to become expert in every type of equipment or be personally familiar with every lessee it accepts on lease assignment. The NYAG staff continued a line of questioning more focused on company practices than on the fundamental legal principles. "Are complaints tracked? Are major variations in capital costs for the same equipment questioned? Would lessors make judgments about the viability of what a vendor is offering?" ELA representatives discussed these issues generally, but were reluctant to be too definitive because facts and practices can vary.


The ELA may meet further with the NYAG. Fleming indicated that ELA is approaching the matter on parallel tracks. "Defending the legal principles fundamental to the business is our top priority," said Fleming. "We are prepared to meet with other state AG offices as appropriate and will likely prepare a brief or white paper at the appropriate time. This matter will take time to play out."


A second track is to deal with the publicity that NorVergence has brought to leasing. "At the end of the day, the NorVergence matter is the story of a failed business model," according to Fleming. "

We have spent a great deal of time with writers in an attempt to put this entire matter in context. ELA is explaining the separate nature of the lease of equipment from a service for which lessees also contracted. Unfortunately, leases are implicated in ways everybody in the industry understands. Consequently, the publicity implicates leasing. The leasing issue requires explaining some very mundane legal points in the media - something the media is not able nor inclined to do as it is not much of a story. The small business done wrong versus ‘Hell or high water' is a tough public sell. ELA can only continue to make the business benefit points and stress the tens of thousands of successful leases that provide satisfactory solutions for business every day."


The NYAG meeting concluded with a defining question. One senior staff member asked how frequent this kind of thing (NorVergence matter) occurs. Ed Groobert who has been counsel to ELA for 35 years and Michael Fleming who has been president for 25 years agreed that they had never seen anything like it. NorVergence is unique,  it is a dramatic exception to the rule.





Bad News for Leasing



The negative impact has been growing, including more national

media attention, such as this  broadcast on CBS TV News:


Bum Leases Hit Small Businesses




Recent Sample of Comments Leasing News Has Received:


“I will NEVER lease anything from anybody. You whole industry is rampant with fraud. If the biggest leasing companies in the country are involved in the Norvergence mess, there is no hope for commercial leasing.”


Paul Klinger


“Since I am a member of the Weir Group I can substantiate that 1,278

firms joined them.  In addition the cost was a 3 month lease

payment, in my case slightly over $1800. The count on the Weir Group

was at their original deadline to join.  I do not know how many

others have joined since the middle of September ( the end of the 3

month payment enrollment fee).”



Mike Honold



“...There are three:  the NJ Class Action, the Weir Group, and a third class action out of Miami Fl. The Weir action is a group, not class action which has already filed with over 20 pages of plaintiffs.  At last count the number of companies enjoined was approaching 2000 which would make a war chest approaching 2 Million dollars. Hardly a shoestring. The Weir action is offensive for companies that have not been sued by an LC yet; added to this is probably hundreds if not thousands of business's or groups with various attorneys around the country defending LC law suits in their home states... I will never

lease again.”


  (name with held )





Alexa Ranks Leasing Association Web Sites


85,952 American Bankers Association
108,622  Kit Menkin's Leasing News
234,557 The Electronic Payments Association
309,186 Monitor Daily
460,599 Ind Community Bankers of America
634,882  Commercial Finance Association
477,186 Equipment Leasing Association
568,079 Leasing Press
1,433,844 National Vehicle Leasing Association
825,921  Institute of International Container Lessors
851,607  U.S.Banker
1,125,234  United Association of Equipment Leasing
1,326,055  Exec Caliber-Jeffrey Taylor
1,449,198 Equip. Leasing & Fin Fndn
3,541,052  National Assoc. of Equip Leasing Brokers
3,138,148 The National Funding Assoc
3,427,699   CLP Foundation
2,520,203  eLessors Networking Association
4,314,294 Equipment Financial Journal
3,481,332 Lease Assistant
No Data
No Data  Assoc of Government Leasing  Financing
No Data
No Data Mid-America Association of  Equip Lessors
No Data
No Data Eastern Association of Equipment Leasing
No Data
No Data Lean -Lease Enforcement Att Net





Leasing Conference Count-Down


UAEL Monterey, CA October  21-24

United Association of Equipment Leasing


“This will be the best attended conference in many years. The 30th year Reunion Party and Welcome Reception on Thursday Evening , October 21, 2004, wail be a special night. We have attending the Reunion many of the Original Founding Members of WAEL/UAEL like Steve Dunham, Art Schwartz, Harold McAfee, Steve Head, Craig Knudson, Bob Jacobson, as well as most of the more recent Past Presidents and prior Board of Directors Members. There is an after hours Presidents reception (9PM til--) on Friday evening and an, always popular, Saturday Night Live Beach Party/Lobsterfest. There are close to sixty exhibitors for Friday and Saturday has some strong educational sessions as well as some afternoon team building. We are extremely exited about Monterey and hope to see you there.


Thank you.”



 Walk-ins are accepted, and all past members are invited to

the 30th re-union without paying a registration fee.  The front

desk would like to issue a name badge, but there is no

registration fee.

October 21-24, 2004
Hyatt Regency Monterey
Monterey California

If you are a former UAEL member and would like to attend the 30th anniversary party, please call Joe Woodley or email to:

United Association of Equipment Leasing
78120 Calle Estado, 201
La Quinta, CA. 92253
760.567.2227 / 760.564.2206 Fax


 ELA Palm Desert, CA  October 24-26

The Equipment Leasing Association 


You can still register on site, If you have not attended an ELA Conference before, and are a non-member, you will be eligible to attend.




AGLF Rancho Mirage, CA November 10-12           

Association for Government Leasing and Finance 


MAEL Rosemont, Illinois November 18

Mid-American Association of Equipment Lessors


To learn about these and other leasing associations, please go to:





Visit our website by clickng on the logo below

122-A Foothill Blvd., Arcadia, CA. 91006
Voice 626-305-1053 . Fax 626-305-0019 .


The 30 Year History of UAEL---Part I


    by Kit Menkin


History of WAEL

by Art Schwartz, CAE

WAEL Associate Director

June 1985 WAEL Newsline Edition


Once upon a time in a land not so far away, there was the beginning of an organization of the people in the equipment leasing business. They had an occasional luncheon meeting in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the early 1970's, but  without strong continuing leadership the group soon began to fade and, finally lay dormant for about two years.


In the fall of 1974, luncheon meetings were set up in Los Angeles and San Francisco to see if enough people would come forward to rejuvenate what was called the Western Association of Equipment Lessors. There was some interest generated from among the 45 people who attended those two meetings, but mostly there was a lot of, "Let's wait and see."


One of the underlying principles that emerged from those first meetings was the necessity of making the organization truly western, not just focused on Los Angeles and San Francisco. The second determination was to orient the organization from the standpoint of the independent lessors. The third determinant was to hire professional management . These fundamental precepts have guided the growth and vitality of WAEL ever since.


Harold McAfee,
Triple C Leasing
San Rafael, CA.
WEAL President

Steve Head,
Interbank Leasing
Corp., N. Hollywood, CA. WAEL President



In the first part of 1975 dues invoices were sent out, and 15 members paid. A format of two conferences per year was begun. Harold McAfee was the founding President in 1975. The first two meetings at the Palm Springs Riviera and the Santa Barbara Miramar were a far cry from the kind of hotels and conferences we see today. Steve Head was Vice President and Jack Kilbourne and Manufactures Bank was Treasurer.


In 1976, regional luncheons were held in February and July in both Northern and Southern California to supplement the semi-annual conferences. 27 people attended these first two regional meetings. Seattle was added to this list of sites in 1977, and Denver in 1979. Last January we had over 400 people attend our Winter Workshops conducted in eight cities. Harold McAfee continued to serve throughout 1976 and was followed in 1977 by Steve Head. The conferences really started to take off in 1977 with people who were willing to share and participate. Hyjacking the bus in San Diego set a standard of performance that was hard to match. Conference attendance in San Diego was 125.


Armon Kamesar,
Amstat Capital,
San Diego, CA.
WAEL President
Fred Shieman
Group Services
Walnut Creek, CA.
WAEL President

In 1978 Armon Kamesar became President with 58 member firms. Under Armon's enthusiastic style at the podium, conferences took off with a more expansive flair. We started the golf tournament and had a lot of extra trimmings like ice carvings of the organization. The educational side of the conference grew, too.


Fred Shieman was President in 1979, membership jumped to 145 firms and we created our first five year plan, "Forward By Plan." Attendance to our Reno Conference was up to 275 people.


Bob Putman
Amstat Capital,
San Diego, Ca.
WAEL President
Bob Skinner
Renniks Leasing
Corona Del Mar, CA.
WAEL President

Bob Skinner held the reins in 1980 and brought a sophisticated, mature hand to the helm, having been in leasing over 25 years. We held our first suppliers show about that time. Membership crossed the 200 mark.


Bob Putman became President in 1981. During his year we adopted the Standards of Professional Practice which have become a milestone of progress for the leasing industry.


In 1982 Craig Knudson became President. During his tenure membership climbed to 250. And who can forget some of the memorable parties we've enjoyed: the rodeo during our first trip to Scottsdale...the attempt to drown the boat in Seattle with wine ... the horror story brunch at our first conference in Hawaii.


Ray Corob became President in 1983, and before the gavel was passed to Bob Jacobson in 1984 membership climbed to 300. Twice-a-year regional luncheons were added to the Winter/Summer Workshops, and a month ago over 500 people attended one of these programs in nine cities. Our Fall 1983 Conference was a return to Hawaii, and the Hula will never be the same.


In the 1984 under Bob Jacobson's stewardship we produced our Rock and Roll Revival Sock Hop. Membership passed 400 and we adopted a new five year plan, "Strategy for Success," that should insure a continuing bright future for WAEL.


Craig Knudson, Heritage Leasing
Corp., San Diego, CA.
WAEL President
Ray Corob, BEHR
Leasing, Los Angeles, CA.
WAEL President



John Torbenson, of course, is now serving as our President. This year we have seen the start of our long-awaited Certification Program.


It has been a vital, growing and productive ten years and as we enter WAEL's Second Decade we know the best is yet to come.


Bob Jacobson,
Tri Continental Leasing Corp.,
Mountain View, CA.
WAEL President
John Torbenson
Heritage Leasing Corp., Bellevue, WA.
Current WAEL

Companies who were charter members of a rejuvenated WAEL and are still members today:

CB LEASING, Charlie Brust
FOOTHILL THRIFT & LOAN, Robert J. Ciborowski

According to the original minutes of the meeting given to Leasing News by Russ Rickard’s, now retired from Bank of the West,  Harold McAfee was not the first president.  Also Steve Dunham’s and other roles are not included in this story. For the sake of this series, Leasing News will let the WAEL news story stand, and for the record, here is a picture of John Torbenson, still active in the leasing business, who has just moved into larger quarters in Arizona.  He was with Heritage Leasing, then BJ Leasing, and started Odyssey Equipment Financing in 1985 in Seattle. Company sold part of the company in 1997 and moved to Scottsdale, Arizona. Company specializes in medical equipment financing and acts as both a funder and broker.



This is the best picture we have of John, to the far right seated on the first row of the picture.  It comes from the May, 1993 issue of UAEL Newsline.



“Golf Champions: Western Association of Equipment Leasing Spring Conference Palm Springs, California First Place Team: Ron Mitchell, account  executive, ITT Capital Finance, Pleasanton, CA(far left) Kelly Hutchison, National account manager, Lease Pro, Marietta GA (front row, left) and Kevin Libert, VP, ITT Capital Finance ( standing with visor;) Second place went to Kelly Long, regional marketing manager, First Concord Acceptance, Corp., Denver, CO ( back row, third from left) and to Kelly's right, Jim Lahti, president, Affiliated Corporate Services, Inc. Dallas, TX., John Torbenson, president BJ Leasing, Inc., Bellevue, WA(bottom, right).

Closest to the hole: Phil Dushey, EVP, Global Leasing Services, New York, New York (standing, far right).

Longest Drive: Doug Hatch, AVP, Bank of the West Walnut Creek, CA. (center, holding plaque).”

(and yes, he still likes to play a lot of golf.)

John Torbenson, President

Odyssey Equipment Financing Company

4130 N. Goldwater Blvd. Ste 217

Scottsdale, AZ. 85251

Toll-Free (888)607-6800

480-607-6800 Fax (480) 607-6868


In later editions of WAEL and UAEL Newsline’s Steve Dunham’s role

in the formation of the association was recognized, and he was

formally recognized as the organizations first president. Here is

a 1991 picture in UAEL Newsline, along with the identification of

Mr. Dunham:



Pictured here is some of the Western Association of Equipment Leasing

Past President who were honored during special recognition ceremonies in commemoration of WAEL's Fifteenth Anniversary---the Crystal Celebration.

Conference Chairman Peter Eaton, CLP, First National Leasing Corporation(center) joins Past Presidents (l to r) Jim Possehl, CLP, President Republic Financial Corporation(1989), President Steve Dunham, Leasing Associates (WAEL's first President—1974); Bob Jacobson, III, CLP, Consultant (1984 president); Eaton (1994 president); Ted Parker, CLP, LSA West Capital Corporation (1986 President): and Steve Head, Interbank Leasing Corporation (1977 President).”


WAEL moved from the management firm of Art Schwartz to

hiring a full time executive director and opening an office.


   Tomorrow--- Part II  Randy Bauler,CAE,  Jon Bedernick,CAE




Classified Ads----Help Wanted



We get deals done!  We can help you make more money. We are on top of the changing marketplace with more sources due to our volume. Must have 4 years of leasing experience w/ strong client base.  70% Commission, 70% Residual. Barbara Griffith or 714-573-9804

About the company: SCL has been in business for 12 years. We are contracted with multiple funding sources which enables us to provide more competitive rates and flexible terms and conditions.


Funding/Loan Processor

Funding/Loan Processor: Irvine, CA. Experienced Lease/Loan Processor to join growing operations staff.  Must be organized and very detail oriented.  Leasing experience helpful but not main determinant.

Vendor Sales Specialist: Experienced in developing relationships & vendor programs. Will need to establish/head our new vendor division. Must be knowledgeable in all aspects of leasing from the broker lessor perspective.

Please E-mail resume to:

About the Company: Nationwide Funding, with its prime location in Southern California and offices in Chicago, has been able to secure specialized credit facilities and create funding partnerships with a wide variety of financial institutions. This diversity allows us to be a complete funding partner for your business.


CFO / Leasing Sales Leader

Leasing Sales Leader: Atlanta GA.
Outstanding opportunity for highly motivated, exp. leasing rep. for fast growing tech solutions provider. Unlimited earnings potential, fast paced enviroment. Exper. end-user sales/ tech leasing required.
Full description here

CFO: Atlanta, GA.
CPA/10yrs exp. required. Direct/oversee all financial activities and manage leasing operations. Full description here.

About the Company: Located in Atlanta GA. Optimus Solutions is a leading provider of enterprise Information Technology solutions including systems, storage, and software enhanced by a complete range of integration and consulting services.


Dealer Credit Finance Analyst / Dealer Credit Finance Services Supervisor

Dealer Credit Fin. Analyst, Torrance, CA Click here for full descrip. & to apply.   

Dealer Credit Fin. Services Supervisor, Torrance, CA. Click here for full descrip. & to apply.

To learn more about us, please visit:


National Account Manager

National Accounts Mgr: Truck/Trailer Industry.  Must generate minimum of $500K/month. Click here for detailed description & resume submission info.

Trinity Capital, a subsidiary of Bank of the West, is a national leader in the equipment financing industry with a consistent presence and superior reputation.


Vendor Account Executive

Vendor Account Executive:
Troy, MI, Proven sales exp in developing vendor relationships. Must be knowledgeable in all aspects of leasing. Strong communication skills. Send email to

About the Company: Lease Corporation of America is a well established, 16 year old, national equipment leasing company.


To post an ad, please go here:

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David G. Mayer Business Leasing News Oct. Issue


1. Is Off-Balance Sheet Leasing on Its Last Legs? 

2. Wind Energy Tax Credit Revived, Gives Boost to Ailing Wind Power   


3. Federal Leasing Expands as Government Deficits Grow

4. Case & Comment: Dragnet Clause Rules in Pride Hyundai, Inc. v. Chrysler   

   Financial Co.

5. Leasing 101: What Is a "Dragnet Clause"?

6. BLN Briefs: IT Managers Buy Instead of Lease; Bonus Depreciation Expires   


7. Reader Feedback; Recent Publications; ELA Convention Speeches; Training








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


Fitch: Italian ABS Leasing Performance Down In Q2 2004



Fitch Ratings-London/Milan-Fitch Ratings, the international rating agency, says the Italian leasing asset-backed securities (ABS) market deteriorated in the second quarter but remains broadly in line with the agency's expectations.


In the report, entitled "The Fitch Italian Leasing Performance Index - 2Q04 Update", Fitch says the negative macroeconomic environment continues to have only a marginal impact on the performance of the 10 Fitch-rated leasing ABS deals that closed prior to July 2003. The overall increase in default indices in the last quarter tends to be related to specific features of the individual originators and transactions.


The report shows that currently "Fitch Delinquency Index (DI)" is at approximately 2.62% (2.82% in Q1), whereas "Fitch Net Default Index" ("Fitch NDI")" is currently at 1.59% averaging over time around 0.98%. (1.18% in Q1).


As well as providing an analysis of the latest developments in the Italian market, the report also contains updates on the agency's four indices used by Fitch in its reviews and ongoing analysis: the "Fitch Gross Default Index", "Fitch Excess Spread Index", "Fitch DI", and "Fitch NDI".


In addition, the report tracks each transaction's current net and gross default performance versus Fitch's original base case net and gross default expectation, a key piece of information considered by the agency in its performance review committees. This is illustrated by a table showing the most recent performance levels, and a graph in the appendix tracing historical performance for each transaction. Significantly, this gives readers a leading indicator of the direction that ratings are likely to move in the future.


The first report in the series was launched in Q1 2004 to provide investors with frequent, objective and standardised analysis on the performance trends in this important European ABS sector. The indices will continue to be updated on a quarterly basis.


A copy of the report is available on the agency's website at


Contact: Rui Barros, London,

Tel: +44 20 7417 3534;

Bernardo Ghilardi, Milan,

+39 02 879087 232;

Federico Ravera

+39 02 879087 226;

Alessandro Settepani

+39 02 879087 229.



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





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This Day in American History


The Orphan Train Heritage Society of America Annual Reunion. Between 1854 and 1929, more than 150,000 homeless children and poor families were transported out of New York City, Boston and Chi­cago aboard trains accompanied by “agents.” Agents for the New York Children’s Aid Society arranged for Midwestern families to take the children under a contract agreement to “foster homes.”

    1767 -Boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania, the Mason Dixon line, agreed upon on this date, a major step in establishing “state” territories.


    1775- Falmouth, the original capital of Maine ( later to be called Portsmith)  burned by British

    1776- Col John Glover and Marblehead regiment meet British Forces in Bronx,

considered to be the first “Marines.” Glover and 750 soldiers, stationed at Pell’s Point, fought to a standstill a British force of more than 4,000 regulars.


    1836-Birthday of Ellen Browning Scripps, who assisted her brother in numerous ways on his way to acquiring the Detroit Evening News and was a Jane-of-all-trades from proof to writing to make it a success; born, London, England. She then turned all of her energies and money to helping her brother Edward who was beginning a newspaper career in Cleveland.   Through wise investments in newspapers as well as real estate, she became a multi-millionaire whose philanthropic works included the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla (both with Edward) and then singly endowed the Scripps College for Women in Claremont, CA., and helped establish the San Diego Zoo.

    1889-Birthday of author Fannie Hurst, Hamilton, Oregon   She published 17 novels, nine volumes of short stories, three plays, and hundreds of articles. She was a long-time friend of Eleanor Roosevelt and supported the New Deal.

    1842-The first telegraph cable was laid by Samuel Morse in New York Harbor between Battery and Governors Island.. The next day, the cable stopped working when a ship, in raising its anchor, had caught and wrecked 200 feet of it.. Another cable was laid the following year  for commercial use by Samuel Colt. It was insulated with cotton yarn, beeswax, and asphaltum encased in a lead pipe, and connected New York City with both fire Island and Coney Island.

    1863-Union General Daniel Sickles returns to visit his old command, the Third Corps of the Army of the Potomac. He was recovering from the loss of his leg at Gettysburg, and the visit turned sour when the army's commander, General George Meade, informed Sickles that he would not be allowed to resume command until he completely recovered from his injury at Gettysburg, Meade posted Sickles' troops at the left end of the Union line. The Army of the Potomac was arranged in a three-mile long, fishhook-shaped line on the top of Cemetery Ridge and Culp's Hill. On the morning of July 2, Sickles noticed that just in front of his position was a section of high ground. In his estimation, this rise could be used by the Confederates to shell the Union position. Sickles expressed confusion over his orders and three times Meade explained that Sickles was to hold the end of Cemetery Ridge. Sickles was unhappy with the explanation, failing to understand that Meade was fighting a defensive battle. He moved his corps forward anyway, and the move nearly cost the Union the battle. A furious Meade ordered Sickles to withdraw his troops, but the Confederates were already attacking. After heavy losses, the Third Corps moved back to Cemetery Ridge. Despite his wound, Sickles hurried back to Washington to conduct damage control. One of his first visitors was President Lincoln. Sickles was one of the few Democrats who welcomed Lincoln to Washington in 1861, and Lincoln remembered that gesture. Sickles gave his account of the battle and justified his move. He even claimed that his action prevented Meade from retreating and therefore prevented a Union defeat. This began a war of words between Meade and Sickles that lasted the rest of their lives. When the reports on the battle were filed that fall, Sickles did not fare well. Many, such as General Governor K. Warren and General-in-Chief Henry Halleck, blasted Sickles for his actions.

    1867- the American flag flew for the first time in Alaska, marking the formal transfer of this massive northern territory from Russia to the United States. Separated from the far eastern edge of the Russian empire by only the narrow Bering Strait, the Russians had been the first Europeans to significantly explore and develop Alaska. During the early 19th century, the state-sponsored Russian-American Company established the settlement of Sitka and began a lucrative fur trade with the Native Americans. However, Russian settlement in Alaska remained small, never exceeding more than a few hundred people. Seeing the giant Alaska territory as a chance to cheaply expand the size of the nation, William H. Seward, President Andrew Johnson's secretary of state, moved to arrange the purchase of Alaska. Agreeing to pay a mere $7 million for some 591,000 square miles of land-a territory twice the size of Texas and equal to nearly a fifth of the continental United States-Seward secured the purchase of Alaska at the ridiculously low rate of less than 2˘ an acre. He was seriously criticized for the purchase and it took Congress over a year to approve as people called the land “nothing but an ice box.”  The museum in Juneau, Alaska has a full collection of historic events.

    1870-Chew Tilghman of Philadelphia, PA., received a patent for his invention of a sandblasting process for cleaning, engraving, cutting and boring glass, stone, metal and other hard substances.

    1873-Football rules were formulated at a meeting held in New York City and attended by delegates from Columbia, Princeton, Rutgers, and Yale universities.

    1898-The United States flag was raised in Puerto Rico.

    1890 – John r. Owen, Jr. is first man to run 100 yard dash in under

10 seconds.

    1900-Birtdhay  Lotte Lenya (born in Vienna as Karoline Wilhelmine Blamauer)  , Austrian actress-singer; a star of the musical stage in pre- Hitler Berlin before fleeing to the United States.   She popularized much of the music of her first husband's music, composer Kurt Weill. She starred in the stage version (1928) and then film (1931) of The Threepenny Opera.   Following Weil's death and the increase of Hitler's anti-Jewish campaign, LL immigrated to the U.S. and led a revival of Weil's works including the Three Penny for which she won the 1956 Tony award. She appeared in Broadway production of Cabaret (1966), in such films as The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961) , but perhaps best known to American audiences as the Russian nurse Roas Klebb with a knife in her shoes in "From Russia with Love" (1964).

    1904-Birthday of A.J.Liebling, American journalist and author who said “Freedom of the press belongs to those who own one.” Abbott Joseph Liebling was born at New York, NY, and died there Dec 28, 1963.

    1906 - A hurricane struck South Florida drowning 124 persons stranded in the Florida Keys.

    1906-Birthday of James David Brooks, born at St. Louis, MO., during the Depression Brooks worked as a muralist in the Federal Art Project of the works Progress Administration. His best-known work of that period was “Flight,” a mural on the rotunda of the Marine Air Terminal at La Guardia National Airport in New York. It was painted over during the 9150s, but resorted in 1980.  Brooks served with the US Army from 1942 to 1945.  When he returned to New York his interest shifted to abstract expressionism. His paintings were exhibited in the historical “Ninth Street Exhibition” as part of the Museum of Modern Arts exhibits “Twelve Americans” and “New American Painting,” among others. He died March 8, 1992 at Brookhaven, NY.

    1908-Birthday of author/writer Marshall Winslow Stearns, Cambridge, MA

    1918-Birthdayof pianist/songwriter Bobby Troup, Harrisburg, PA

    1919-Singer Anita O’Day born, Chicago, IL.

    1922-Robin Hood, starring Douglas Fairbanks, opened at Grauman's Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. Searchlights crossed the sky for the first time at a Hollywood premiere. As a publicity stunt two weeks before the premiere, Fairbanks had posed atop a New York hotel in costume, with bow and arrow, for photographers. He and several others shot arrows from the building and accidentally injured a man through an open window (the man agreed not to press charges). Fairbanks was born in Denver, Colorado, in 1883 and began appearing onstage in 1901. He married in 1907 and had one son, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., but the marriage ended in divorce. By 1915, he had switched to the fledgling film industry, where he was regularly cast as a swashbuckling hero. By 1918, he had appeared in more than 24 films. In 1919, Fairbanks teamed up with fellow stars Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford and director D.W. Griffith to launch the United Artists Corporation. The following year, Fairbanks and Pickford married. As a wedding present for Pickford, Fairbanks bought an estate with 22 rooms on 18 acres, and Beverly Hills' first swimming pool. The couple dubbed the property "Pickfair." Meanwhile, Fairbanks continued to star in the United Artists' films, including The Three Musketeers (1921), Robin Hood (1922), and The Thief of Baghdad (1924). Unlike many other early stars, Fairbanks successfully made the transition to sound, but his career faded as he aged. In 1933, he and Pickford divorced, and in 1936 he married the former Lady Sylvia Ashley, a chorus girl who had married an English lord. He died in 1939. 1961-- the movie version of the Broadway musical West Side Story opened at New York's Rivoli Theater. The musical, featuring music and lyrics by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, retold the story of Romeo and Juliet but set the action in contemporary New York. In the story, star-crossed lovers Maria and Tony are torn between their feuding cultures: Maria's brother leads a Puerto Rican gang that is at odds with Tony's Anglo gang. The movie won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, and Supporting Actor and Actress.

    1926—Singer/guitarist/song writer Charles Edward Anderson “Chuck” Berry born St. Louis, MO

    1929 - The Judicial Committee of England’s Privy Council ruled that women were to be considered as persons in Canada. Previously, under English common law, women were persons in matters of pains and penalties, but were not persons in matters of rights and privileges.

    1930 -a big, early season lake effect snowstorm on the lee shores of Lake Erie and Ontario dumped 48 inches of snow just south of Buffalo, NY and 47 inches at Gouveneur, NY

    1935- Tommy Dorsey cuts “ I’m Getting Sentimental Over You.”

    1941 -- Humphrey Bogart movie "The Maltese Falcon" is released,

from the novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett.

    1942- Vice. Adm. William F. Halsey replaces Vice Adm. Robert L. Ghormley as commander, South Pacific. The man nicknamed "Bull" by the press began his military career as a destroyer commander during World War I. Halsey was made a captain at the age of 53, earned his naval aviator's wings, and was promoted to vice admiral in 1940. But it was the bombing of Pearl Harbor that would mark out his future for him. Halsey's task force was one of the few functioning battle groups left after the destruction of so much of the American fleet, placing him in the position of making the unpredictable and aggressive strategic decisions for which he would become renowned.

    1945-Paul Robeson, African-American actor, singer, athlete and activist, receives NACCP Spingarn Medal

    1950---Top Hits
Goodnight Irene - The Weavers
All My Love - Patti Page
Harbor Lights - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Tony Alamo)
I’m Moving On - Hank Snow
    1953- Willie Thrower becomes  the first black NFL quarterback in modern times. (Blacks played football with whites during the reconstruction period, following the Civil War).,3858,4395488,00.html

    1954 "The Week in Religion" aired for the last time over Dumont television. First broadcast in March 1952, this ecumenical Sunday evening panel show divided the hour into 20-minute segments each for Protestant, Catholic and Jewish news.

    1956 - Football commissioner Bert Bell turned thumbs down on the use of radio-equipped helmets by NFL quarterbacks.

    1956- Martina Navratilova, Czech- born, U.S. tennis champion.


    1957- “Colt 45,” Wade Preston starred in this ABC western as Christopher Colt, son of the inventor of the Colt revolver, and a government agent. Character actor Donald May replaced Preston and played the role of Sam Colt, Jr., Christo­pher’s cousin, until early 1960 when Preston returned to the show.  My father Lawrence Menkin wrote several of these episodes.  He basically said the actor Wade Preston never caught on and theme was  pretty lame and need to be “wild,” but the producer would hear none of it, he said.

    1958—Top Hits
It’s All in the Game - Tommy Edwards
Rock-in Robin - Bobby Day
Tears on My Pillow - Little Anthony and The Imperials
Bird Dog - The Everly Brothers

    1961- the movie version of the Broadway musical West Side Story opens at New York's Rivoli Theater. The musical, featuring music and lyrics by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, retold the story of Romeo and Juliet but set the action in contemporary New York. In the story, star-crossed lovers Maria and Tony are torn between their feuding cultures: Maria's brother leads a Puerto Rican gang that is at odds with Tony's Anglo gang. The movie won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, and Supporting Actor and Actress.

    1961- trumpeter Wynton Marsalis born New Orleans, LA.

    1961 - "Le Bateau", by French painter Henri Matisse, went on display in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The painting attracted large numbers (over 100,000) of viewers. For 47 days, nobody realized that "Le Bateau" was hanging upside down.

    1966-Top Hits
Reach Out I’ll Be There - Four Tops
Last Train to Clarksville - The Monkees
Psychotic Reaction - Count Five
Blue Side of Lonesome - Jim Reeves

    1967 –American League votes to allow Athletics to move from Kansas City to Oakland and expand the league to 12 teams in 1971 with Kansas City and Seattle teams

    1968 - Circus Circus Casino opened in Las Vegas “to attract all members of the family.” The football-field-sized casino and big top was a giant pink and white oval shaped circus tent across from the Riviera Hotel. To separate the gamblers from their kids, as required by law, a second level contained midway games and attractions for the tykes, but still in view of the circus acts. Circus Circus in Reno, Nevada is very popular with families, also due to the low prices of the rooms.

    1971 - The final issue of "Look" magazine was published. It had been a must-see publication

    1972- Overriding President Nixon’s veto, Con­gress passed a $25 billion Water Pollution Control Act. 1974—Top Hits
I Honestly Love You - Olivia Newton-John
Nothing from Nothing - Billy Preston
Then Came You - Dionne Warwicke and Spinners
Please Don’t Stop Loving Me - Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton
    1974- Chicago Bull Nate Thurmond becomes 1st in NBA to complete a quadruple double-22 pts, 14 rebounds, 13 assists and 12 blocks.

    1975-Simon and Garfunkel reunite on "Saturday Night Live."

    1977- Reggie Jackson hit three homes runs in three consecutive at-bats to lead the New York Yankees to a World Series championship over the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Jackson’s homers, all hit on the first pitch, came against Burt Hooton,  Elias Osa and Charlie Hough.    They came in Game 6, won by New York, 8-4, Jackson hit tow other home runs in Games 4 and 5, to set a record for most homers in  a six-game Series.

    1977 - Reggie Jackson made history and earned the nickname, Mr. October. Regg-a-roo (as Howard Cosell called him) hit three home runs on three successive pitches. He lead the New York Yankees to an 8-4 thrashing of the Los Angeles Dodgers and rookie manager Tommy Lasorda in Game 6 of the World Series. Three different pitchers served up the gopher balls to Jackson. The New York Yankees won the series, 4 games to 2; their first Series title in

15 years.

    1982—Top Hits
Jack and Diane - John Cougar
Who Can It Be Now? - Men at Work
Eye in the Sky - The Alan Parsons Project
I Will Always Love You - Dolly Parton

    1983 - Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton received some gold to add to their collections -- for their smash, "Islands in the Stream".

    1986 - Huey Lewis and The News had the number one album in the U.S. "Fore" was perched at the pinnacle of popdom for one week. "Fore" featured these tracks: "Jacob’s Ladder", "Stuck with You", "Whole Lotta Lovin’", "Doing It All for My Baby", "Hip to Be Square", "I Know What I Like", "I Never Walk Alone", "Forest for the Trees", "Naturally" and "Simple as That".

    1987 - Thunderstorms in northeastern Texas produced golf ball size hail at Atlanta, along with wind gusts to 86 mph, and four inches of rain. Damage from the storm was estimated at more than a million dollars. Sunny and mild weather continued across much of the rest of the nation.

    1988- “Roseanne” appears on TV.. This comedy showed the blue-collar Conner family trying to make ends meet. Rosanne played wise-cracking Roseanne Con­ner, John Goodman played her husband Dan and Laurie Metcalf played her sister Jackie. The Conner children were played by Sara Gilbert (Darlene), Alicia Goranson and Sarah Chalke (Becky) and Michael Fishman (D.J). The last episode aired Nov 14, 1997 but it remains popular in reruns.

    1988 - Eight cities in the southwestern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date, including Red Bluff CA with a reading of 96 degrees.

    1989 - Unseasonably cold air began to invade the central and eastern U.S. Light snow fell across northern Maine, and snow was also reported in the Great Lakes Region, including the Chicago area. Bismarck ND was the cold spot in the nation with a low of 9 degrees above zero. Five cities in Florida reported record high readings for the date, as temperatures warmed above 80 degrees. Miami FL reported a record high of 90 degrees.

    1989 -Hurricane Jerry made landfall on the upper Texas coast, the latest ever for a storm in this region. The center of this very small storm passed closest to Galveston, TX which reported sustained winds of 75 mph with gusts to 100 mph

    1990---Top Hits
Praying for Time - George Michael
I Don’t Have the Heart - James Ingram
Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice
Friends in Low Places - Garth Brooks

    1991 -3.9 inches of snow fell at Rochester, MN the greatest ever so early in the season

    1995- The Houston Oiler football gave the world a view of family values. Houston Oiler David Williams missed a game against the New England Patriots to stay with his wife Debi, the day after she gave birth to their son Scot Cooper. The offensive linesman was docked $110,000 for the missed game. "Whatever the fine, it's money well spent," said Williams. "I don't regret what I've done." In a poll, 9 out of 10 football fans backed his decision. He had tried to make the game, but was not able to make the last plane out of Houston, plus there was fog in New York delaying other planes. Houston owner Bud Adams insisted Williams made the wrong decision

    1996-The American Baskeball League, a new professional league for women, opened its inaugural season with three games. The New England Blizzard defeated the Richmond Rage, 100-73, the Columbus Quest beat the Seattle Reign, 82-75, and the San Jose Lazers took the measure of the Atlanta Glory, 78-70.  The Colorado Xplosion and the Portland Power were idle on the league’s first night.



World Champions This Date


    1977 New York Yankees




Baseball Poem







(With apologies to Ernest Lawrence Thayer)


     By Dick Flavin (all rights reserved)



The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Red Sox nine that day,

The score stood four to two with but one inning left to play.

So when Stephens died at first and Tebbetts did the same

A pallor wreathed the features of the patrons of the game.


A straggling few got up to go, leaving there the rest

With he hope that springs eternal within the human breast.

They thought if only Teddy could get a whack at that—

They’d put even money now with Teddy at the bat.


But Dom preceded Teddy and Pesky was on deck.

The first of them was in a slump. The other was a wreck.

So on that stricken multitude a deathlike silence sat,

For there seemed but little chance of Teddy’s getting to the bat.


But Dom let drive a single, to the wonderment of all,

And Pesky, of all people, tore the cover off the ball.

When the dust had lifted, and they saw what had occurred,

There was Johnny safe on second and Dominic on third.


Then from that gladdened multitude went up a joyous yell,

It rumbled in the mountains and rattled in the dell.

It struck upon the hillside and rebounded on the flat,

For Teddy, Teddy Ballgame, was advancing to the bat.


There was ease in Teddy’s manner as he stepped into his place,

There was pride in Teddy’s bearing and a smile on Teddy’s face.

And when, responding to the cheers he lightly doffed his hat,

(I’m making that part up)

No stranger in the crowd could doubt ’twas Teddy at the bat.


Ten thousand eyes were on him as he wiped his hands with dirt,

Five thousand tongues applauded as he wiped them on his shirt.

Then when the writhing pitcher ground the ball into his hip,

Defiance gleamed in Teddy’s eyes, a sneer curled Teddy’s lip.


And now the leather covered sphere came hurtling through the air,

And Teddy stood a-watching it in haughty grandeur there.

Close by the sturdy batsman the ball unheeded sped.

“That ain’t my style,” said Teddy. “Strike one!” the umpire said.


From the benches black with people went up a muffled roar,

Like the beating of the storm waves on the stern and distant shore.

“Kill him! Kill the umpire!” someone shouted on the stand,

And it’s likely they’d have killed him had not Teddy raised his hand.


With a smile of Christian charity great Teddy’s visage shown.

He stilled the rising tumult and bade the game go on.

He signaled the pitcher, and once more the spheroid flew.

But Teddy still ignored it, and the umpire said, “Strike two!”


“Fraud!” cried the maddened thousands, and the echo answered fraud.

But one scornful look from Teddy and the audience was awed.

They saw his face grow stern and cold, they saw his muscles strain,

And they knew that Teddy wouldn’t let that ball go by again.


The sneer is gone from Teddy’s lip; his teeth are clenched in hate.

He pounds with cruel vengeance his bat upon the plate.

And now the pitcher holds the ball, and now he lets it go,

And now the air is shattered by the force of Teddy’s blow.


Oh, somewhere in this land of ours the sun is shining bright,

The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,

And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout.

And they’re going wild at Fenway Park ’cause Teddy hit one out!


First recited by Dick Flavin for Ted Williams, Dom DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky at Ted’s home in Hernando, Florida, October 23, 2001.


Repeated at Memorial Tribute to Ted Williams

Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts




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