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Steve Conner, CEO FinServe USA, as well as Fund Partner, CIG Capital, according to his LinkedIn biography, was promoting in LinkedIn a broker network to "... re-marketing lead generation programs, wholesale ISO/broker business development, application and document submission automation, pre-underwriting support for ISOs, application process automation, advertising, and sales programs for financial service businesses, ISOs, and organizations with goals to increase funding opportunities. We provide business acceleration programs integrated with customized sales model development, advertising, and marketing programs. Additionally, FinServe implements sales and marketing infrastructures such as custom dashboards, CRM, marketing automation, and sales acceleration tools necessary in helping financial service businesses grow. " https://www.linkedin.com/in/finserve/
In a message forum, as well as on the FinServe website, www.finserveusa.com, he stated "We have over 11,200 brokers, lenders and investors part of our programs..."
Leasing News was interested in writing an article on what he offers. He was asked for references. Conner responded, "Because of the nature of the business finance industry, many business finance groups do not want me to reveal them." He added, "Most of my clients have been working with me for more than 2 years."
He did not seem active in any leasing or finance association and I asked him if he knew several people I thought well-known in the industry he serves, which he said he did not. For instance, he did not know Kris Roglieri, co-founder of the National Alliance of Commercial Brokers. In sending back some of the websites of two named, he saw deBanked and said, "You know our network is bigger than Sean Murray" and then in a response said, "Ask Sean my friend. Last he said he was only around 6,000. I have 11,287 as of this minute."
Sean Murray, President and Chief Editor, deBanked responded, "I don’t really know the guy at all."
Inbound Lead Gen Pro - FinServe USA CEO, Fund Manager,
Business Acceleration Expert, Underwriting Automation, Investor
Saginaw, Michigan Area
2015 - Present
Lansing, Michigan Area
FinServe USA, Inc
2012 - Present
Central Michigan University
Bachelor's Degree, Business Administration/Psychology
2001 - 2005
Activities and Societies: National Society of Collegiate Scholars, SIOP
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Will GoCapital Switch to Capital 7?
Or Will The Majority of Their Creditors Confirm Their Plan?
Nations First Capital, LLC dba Go Capital, Go Capital Leasing, Go Capital USA, Go Construction Capital, Go Tech Capital, Go Truck Capital, Go Cap Funding, Go Funding USA, Go Lease USA, Go Leasing USA, Roseville, California, Chapter 11 Bankruptcy filing has over $40 million in claims ($38,628,766.49 listed as of Feb. 21, 2018, 55 pages (1)
Creditors filing claims with next hearing May 29, 2018 at 10:30 AM at Sacramento Courtroom 35, Department C.
At this time, Deadline for filing claims: 06/12/2018.
Deadline for filing claims (govt.): 08/06/2018.
Deadline for objecting to discharge: 05/14/2018.
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries
Marcel Borg was hired as Vice President, Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Co., Ltd., Greater Detroit Area. Previously, he was Client Manager, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Program Manager, TCF Equipment Finance (February, 2011). Education: Western Michigan University, Bachelor Business Administration, Finance. Sacred Heart. Walsh College, MBA, Finance. https://www.linkedin.com/in/marcel-borg-9ab48619/
Susan (Fischer Cloud) Baker was hired as Vice President, Underwriting, CNH Finance, LP, Portland, Oregon. Previously, she was Vice President, Underwriting, Triumph Healthcare Finance (August, 2015 - March, 2018); Examiner, Cascade Credit Service, November, 2014 - August, 2016); Dental Portfolio Administrator, Pacific Continental Bank (November, 2012 - September, 2014); Portfolio Review Officer, US Bank (July, 2011 - December, 2012); VP AB Portfolio Specialist, Bank of America Business Capital (February, 201 - November, 2010); Underwriter, US Bank (June, 2009 - February, 2010); VP, Sr. Underwriter, Textron Financial Corporation (November, 2004 - November, 2008); Underwriter, GMAC-RFC Health Capital (March, 2001 - August, 2004); AVP Underwriter, OCAH (2000 - 2001); Sr. Collateral Analyst, Congress Financial (1994 - 1997). Education: George Fox University, MBA, Management (1998 - 2000). University of Oregon, Charles H. Lundquist College of Business. BS, Accounting (1988 - 1992). David Douglas High School (1984 - 1988). https://www.linkedin.com/in/susan-baker-ab00a11/
Devon Cottrell was hired as Strategic Partnerships, Currency, Los Angeles, California. He is based in Huntington Beach, California. Previously, he was Co-Founder, Coast on the Vine (May, 2017 - March, 2018); Founder, D&M Lease Corporation (July, 2016 - March, 2018); Vice President, LLFC Corporation (January, 2005 - July, 2016). Education: Bachelor's degree, Finance (2001 - 2006). Utah State University, Bachelor's degree, Economics (2001 - 2006). https://www.linkedin.com/in/devoncottrell/
Jeff DeYoung was hired by People's Capital and Leasing, Waterbury, Connecticut, as Regional Vice President to its Financial Sales Team. He is based in the Greater Philadelphia Area, to expand "...growth of equipment sale finance market in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and New York." Previously, he was Vice President Element Financial Corporation (formerly GE Capital Fleet Services) (September, 2015 - September, 2017); Vice President, GE Capital Fleet Services, GE Capital (April, 2011 - September, 2015); National Sales Leader/Financial Services (Safeguard Products (September, 2010 - July 2011); National Director of Integrated Sales Channels, Wells Fargo/GE Capital (formerly GE Capital Auto Warranty) (October, 2007 - September, 2010); Regional Sales Manager, GE Capital Auto Warranty Services, GE Capital (September, 2001 - December, 2008); Sales Manager, GE Capital Auto Finance, GE Capital (April, 1998 - September, 2001); Regional Sales Manager, Bank of America (January, 1996 - September, 1998). Education: Fox School of Business and Management, Temple University (BBA, Business Management and Marketing). Villanova University. https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffrey-deyoung-ab890616/
Stephen Erskine returned to PNC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as Relationship Manager, Equipment Finance. Previously, he was Director, Lead Syndicator, CIT (March, 2017 - March, 2018). He began his career as Sales Associate, PNC Energy Capital, LLC, 2001; promoted Director, PNC Capital Markets, January, 2014 - March, 2017). Community Service, Volunteer: Student Mentor, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh (September, 2014 - Present.) Education: Duquesne University, Master of Business Administration (M.B.A), Finance, General (2013 - 2016). Duquesne University, Bachelors of Science, Finance (2006 - 2010). FINRA Series License; 7, 79, 63. https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephen-erskine-95ab3115/
Robert Harris was hired as Vice President, Wintrust Commercial Finance, Frisco, Texas. He is located in Orange County, California. Previously, he was Vice President of Sales, Nations Equipment Finance (October, 2015 - March, 2018); Regional Sales Manager, Summit Funding Group, Inc. (March, 2005 - October, 2015); Director of Business Development, Balboa Capital (April, 2014 - March, 2015); Vice President, Southern Division, First National Capital Corporation (May, 2012 - April, 2014); General Sales Manager, Discount Office Services (September, 2010 - April, 2012); Vice President of Sales, ACFN (September, 2005 - September, 2010); Sales Manager, Discount Office Services (January, 2002 - July, 2005). Education: Saddleback College. Associate's Degree. Capistrano Valley High School. https://www.linkedin.com/in/rharrisoct/
Dave Herring was hired as National Sales Director at Hitachi Capital America Corp. He is located in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area. Previously, he was VP/National Sales Leader, Transportation Finance, Marlin Business Services (May, 2016 - April, 2018); Co-Founder, FFS Capital Solutions (April, 2015 - April, 2016). He joined GE Capital, August, 2005 as VP, Relationship Manager; promoted January, 2009, VP, National Account Manager; promoted March, 2010, SVP, Regional Sales Manager. Prior, he was Regional Sales Manager, The Randstad Group (August, 2003 – January, 2005); Industry Relations and Marketing Manager, CitiCapital (Formerly The Associates Commercial Corporation) (June, 1996 – August, 2003). Volunteer: Elected Councilmember, Coppell City Council (January, 2000 – January, 2003). Elected to the Coppell City Council in 2000. Represented the citizens of the City of Coppell population 44,000. Education: Angelo State University, Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance. https://www.linkedin.com/in/daveherring1/
Scott Jordan was named President, Vertical Companies, Englewood, Colorado. Previously, he was Director of Business Development, Dynamic Alternative Finance (December, 2015 - March, 2018); Director of Business Development, Dynamic Funding (March, 2013 - December, 2014); Owner, All Credit Lending Solutions (August, 2005 - March, 2013); Senior Loan Officer, Alpine Mortgage (2003 - 2005). Education: Babson College, Marketing, Finance (1974 - 1978). https://www.linkedin.com/in/thescottjordan/
Stephen Karlowsky was promoted to Director Vendor Programs, ATB Equipment Finance, Edmonton, Alberta. He joined the firm January, 2014, as Director, Equipment Finance. Previously he was senior account manager, HSBC Leasing (September, 2011 - December, 2013); regional manager, Desante Financial (2009 - 2011); national sales manager healthcare, RECAP Equipment Finance (formerly MCAP Leasing) (April, 2005 - December, 2008); director/BDM Western Canada, Newcourt Financial (now CIT Financial) (July, 1991-October, 1999). Education: Red River College, Business (1976 – 1979). https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephen-karlowsky-a3bab31a/
Erik Lawson was promoted to Director, CIT Bank. He is located in Jacksonville, Florida. He joined CIT as VP, Sales Relationship Manager, March, 2000; promoted, VP, National Sales, North America Relationship Manager (May, 2010 - Present). Previously, he was VP, Sales Relationship Manager, CIT (March, 2000 - May, 2010); Underwriting Supervisor, Merrill Lynch (March, 1993 - February, 1999). Education: University of Florida, Bachelor of Applied Science (BASC), Mathematics (1989 - 1992). https://www.linkedin.com/in/erik-lawson-b2a40284/
Sue Monfore was hired as Director, Strategic Alliances, TimePayment Corp, Burlington, Massachusetts. She is based in their Orange County, California office. Previously, she was Vice President, Business Development, First America Equipment Finance; Access GE Growth Leader, GE Capital, Americas (June, 2014 - July, 2016); Senior Business Development Manager, Marlin Business Services Corp. (May, 2013 - May, 2014); Western Regional Sales Manager, US Bank (February, 2011 - February, 2013). She began her career at GE Capital, starting 1991 as Regional Sales Manager; promoted, 1991, National Account Manager; promoted 2005, Relationship Manager, Promoted, August, 2010, Business Development Manager. Education: Eastern Michigan University, BS. Business. https://www.linkedin.com/in/sue-monfore/
Patrick Garceau Patry was hired as Directeur de Compte Regional Chez Core Capital Group Inc., Gatineau, Quebec, Canada. Previously, he was Directeur de Comptes, Credit-Bail CLE/Une Entreprsie du Groupe Hitachi Capital (January, 2015 - January, 2018); Directeur de Comptes, Cogeco Diffusion (2010 -2018). https://www.linkedin.com/in/patrick-garceau-patry-b2861379/
Joe Staples was hired as Financial Advisor, Vanguard, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Previously, he was a Financial Advisor, Edward Jones (May, 2017 - February, 2018). He joined Marlin Business Services Corp, January, 2011, as Business Development Manager; promoted July, 2014, Senior Strategic Accounting Manager, leaving the firm,April,2017). Assistant Manager, Citizens Bank (2006 - 2011). Education: Temple University, Fox School of Business and Management. BS. Accounting (2006 - 2010). Lansdale Catholic (2000 - 2004). https://www.linkedin.com/in/joestaples/
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Understanding Your Company’s Culture
By Executive Search Specialist Karmae Cipriotti Fahr
My father went happily along with the nurse, delighted that an activity was waiting for him just down the hall.
That was the day we moved my father into his new home, a memory care facility. Alzheimer’s had been steadily robbing him of his identity and all that was familiar in his life. He had become like a special needs child. And so my life and my business were going to have to adjust to a significant change; still being my dad’s advocate, but not being involved in his day to day care.
You are probably thinking,”Is this the employment article?” Have I been reading a piece from a medical journal? This is the employment article, and I want to talk to you about an overlooked and often underutilized segment of the workforce… the caregiver. He / She can be a hidden source of extra potential for your company.
Here are some sobering facts and figures:
“Today, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer's every 65 seconds. By mid-century, someone in the United States will develop the disease every 33 seconds.” Alzheimer’s Associationhttps://www.alz.org/facts/#prevalence).
“A majority of dementia caregivers are women (58 percent). On average, they are 54 years old—. Employed dementia caregivers work an average of 34.9 hours per week while caregiving, and more than half (57 percent) work full time. Still, a majority of employed caregivers struggle to balance their job and their caregiving responsibilities.” National Alliance for Caregiving Research Report 2017.
In recent years, there has been great focus on the Millennials; the developing workforce. I invite you to troll the websites of your competitors. There you will see pictures of staff happily engaging in competitive games of ping pong, socializing around the company’s coffee bar, and yes… team building exercises involving pumpkin carving contests. Along with the Millennial workforce came WIFM… “What’s in it for me?” Companies are concerned about retaining the latest and greatest. But I suggest another, often overlooked workforce population… the caregiver.
The caregiver population is poised to explode. More than likely, caregivers represent a greater number in your employ than they did just 10 years ago. You have taken great care to supply the ping pong table, coffee bar, and other Millennial perks, but what ways support your retention of the caregiver group?
The caregiver employee wants to work and, all too often, financially needs to work, and would appreciate some work/life options. In this group, you have a collective of experienced personnel who, while they have a financial need to work, can usually only put in part-time hours that offer flexibility. This is a workforce that looks different from the Millennial staff and would love to contribute. “Only 53% of employers offer flexible work hours/paid sick days, 32% offer paid family leave, 23% offer employee assistance programs, and 22% allow telecommuting regardless of employee caregiving burden.” National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP. (2015). Caregiving in the U.S.
You understand your company’s culture and know what makes it thrive. I am suggesting that this employee group may be an overlooked asset. I encourage you to start company conversations focusing on new and innovative ways that they can impact your bottom-line while resolving their needed flexibility. Could their jobs be changed to look more project based? Could they utilize skills that have not been tapped but could also greatly contribute to your organization?
Additionally, there are very cost-effective educational initiatives that can help this employee group. Perhaps a lunch and learn from the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Maybe coffee breaks can be accompanied by YouTube type videos on a range of topics such as ways to access dementia-specific training or guiding your loved one through the healthcare system (very challenging, having been there myself), and also how to maintain the very illusive health and well-being of the caregiver.
Juggling employment and caregiving is a 24-hour a day, 7 day-a-week situation. By investing in this special population, you are addressing their real needs, and very possibly ensuring better productivity and retention for your business. This is a win-win for all involved.
During her 30-year career in the staffing industry, Karmae has worked with a variety of businesses from Start-Ups and Not for Profits to Fortune 500 companies. The last 10 years she has recruited for Leasing & Finance.
Scott Jordan leads Vertical’s financial services arm. He has been in Colorado providing access to capital for marijuana business owners since 2009 and has been called “The Marijuana Money Man” by Fox San Francisco and the Denver Post. He created one of the first companies to provide debt-based capital, Dynamic Alternative Finance in 2014, and arranged over $30 million in funding before accepting the position with Vertical as President of the newly created Financial Services division.
Change has become the organizational mantra in today's fast-paced and increasingly global marketplace. But too often this need to change and adapt is confused with keeping employees busy all of the time and achieving total efficiency.
Efficiency is pitted against effectiveness, minimizing cost against minimizing time. What gets lost is the time it takes to think up new procedures or products. Efficiency experts see this as down time, instead of brainstorming. In today's knowledge-based economy, unlike the factory-based model of prior centuries, creative management of brainstorming is essential for a healthy, growing organization.
Not too long ago, efficiency was the catchword for defining the successful corporation. A project arrived on an employee's desk and he or she attended to it immediately. When finished, he or she immediately accepted the next piece of work. Efficiency experts were hired to fill in any gaps in workflows to assure employees were as productive as possible.
Today's economy is based on knowledge workers; their needs are fundamentally different from the factory work force, or even the office work force of more predictable times. Forcing knowledge workers to conform to an overly efficient work flow system is detrimental to their effectiveness and, eventually, to the overall ability of a company to be as flexible as needed to meet the demands of a constantly changing, increasingly global market.
In a typical day, employees change tasks any number of times. With downsizing, fewer employees are expected to do more work, thus increasing the amount of daily task-switching. While fewer employees may look cost-effective at first glance, what is often overlooked is the true penalty that task-switching incurs with knowledge workers. Usually, this task-switching penalty is highter than any projected cost savings.
For knowledge workers, each tasks involves mental preparation, understanding all aspects of the project, and self-immersion. Knowledge workers need conceptual time and time to mentally reach a certain state of mind to be truly effective. Before moving on to the next project, they need some recharging time which is part of your task-switching penalty. Time taken from one task cannot be transferred to another task without losing something in the transfer.
Giving workers brainstorming and recharging time is an investment in your human capital. Without this, your employees won't have time to adapt to changes in the marketplace, and your company can lose its inventiveness.
Unlike previous blue-collar work forces of a generation or two ago, today's knowledge workers value challenges in their jobs as much as pay. They want to be constantly growing their careers, as well as their paychecks. One way to accommodate this valued resource is to give them more control over their careers. Managers need to find ways to offer knowledge workers choices that will not only achieve the company's goals, but also their own growth needs.
Everyone benefits from product standardization. However, knowledge workers are not products. Trying to standardize the procedures of knowledge workers is counterproductive and ignores the human capital value of knowledge workers.
Organizations can't grow if they refuse to change. Change is often sparked by what you have learned and depends on new skills to become reality. More than anything, change, learning and growth require vision, leadership and timing. Brainstorming and recharging time are the lubricant that makes all of these possible.
A couple of renowned auteurs present their latest visions (“Unsane,” “Isle of Dogs”) on the big screen, while DVD releases offer a luminous indie hit (“The Florida Project”), a heartening documentary (“Faces Places”) and an early Hollywood discovery (“King of Jazz”).
Unsane (20th-Century Fox): Barely slowing down since curtailing his self-imposed retirement, Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh (“Traffic”) tries his hand at the suspense-horror genre with this tense thriller, which he filmed entirely on an iPhone. Claire Foy gives a visceral, powerful performance as Sawyer, a young businesswoman whose psyche is unmoored by traumatic experiences with a stalker. Seeking help from a psychiatrist, she unwittingly gets herself committed to research facility, where she has startling brushes with other patients. Worse of all, Sawyer gradually discovers that the man who was terrorizing her, David (Joshua Leonard), has come aboard as one of the orderlies. But are all these dangers real, or could they be part of her troubled imagination? Crafting harrowing scenarios out of limited means, Soderbergh weaves an atmosphere of modern dread that packs a punch.
Isle of Dogs (Fox Searchlight Pictures): A specialist in obsessively detailed private worlds, Wes Anderson (“The Great Budapest Hotel”) returns to animation with this visually meticulous fantasy, set in a futuristic Japan. When a canine virus spreads through the fictional town of Megasaki, it is decided that all dogs must be banished to an isolated heap known as Trash Island. Among them is Spots (voiced by Liev Schreiber), whose young owner Atari (Koyu Rankin) is determined to rescue him. Once in Trash Island, however, the boy finds himself surrounded by other dogs, including Boss (Bill Murray), Rex (Edward Norton), and Nutmeg (Scarlet Johansson). Can the pooches put their own fighting aside and join forces to embark on a journey to save the land? A one-of-a-kind feast for Anderson fans.
Netflix Tip: An icon of continental poise and subtlety, French actress Stephane Audran (1932-2018) lent class to many a European production, including several from her director-husband Claude Chabrol. So check out Netflix for some of her best roles, which include “The Unfaithful Wife” (1969), “Le Boucher” (1970), “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” (1972), and “Babette’s Feast” (1987).
The Florida Project (A24): Director Sean Baker follows his acclaimed indie hit “Tangerine” with another luminously raucous look at people on the margins of society. Set in a small-time, seamy motel in the shadows of Disney World, the story follows the escapades of six-year-old Moonee (Brooklyn Prince) and her volatile mother Halley (Bria Vinai). Over the course of a muggy summer, the carefree pair live from week to week, scraping together money while running into put-upon manager Bobby (Willem Dafoe, in a gruff, warm, Oscar-nominated performance). Though surrounded by poverty and strife, the young protagonist manages to find colorful fun and mischief all around. But how long will it be before reality intrudes into the illusions of childhood? Vibrant and poignant, Baker’s film is a humanitic marvel.
Faces Places (Cohen Media Group): Though nearly 90, Belgian filmmaker Agnes Varda continues to be one of the most youthful visionaries at work. Continuing the impish wandering streak of her documentaries (“The Gleaners & I,” “The Beaches of Agnes”), she teams up with a fellow free-spirit, French street artist JR, and takes to the open road. Along the way, the two meet a wide variety of people, ranging from eccentrics to old acquaintances and would-be artists, all of them ready to tell a story or pose for a photograph. Though seemingly an unlikely duo, Varda and JR play delightfully off each other, sharing an inquisitive sense of humor and endless curiosity for personal histories. Infused with both a melancholy streak and a buoyant spirit, this Oscar-nominated film is a truly heartening journey. With subtitles.
King of Jazz (Criterion): Proof that there are still films to discover even for hard-core buffs, this colorful 1930 musical, presented by Criterion after a glorious restoration. Basically a revue of studio talent, the virtually plot-free project consists of numbers and skits that encompass a wide variety of stars and styles. The title refers to famous bandleader Paul Whiteman, though others get to shine equally in this tuneful hodgepodge, which includes The Rhythm Boys and the debut of Bing Crosby himself. George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” seizes the spotlight, the “Bridal Veil” number is a dry run for the outsized spectacle of Busby Berkeley, and there’s even an animated short by future “Woody Woodpecker” creator Walter Lantz. Shot using an experimental early Technicolor process, this is a treasure trove for cinephiles.
Chicago is very dog-friendly, down to the local restaurants and bars that leave big bowls of ice water out on hot days so pups on walks can stop and hydrate. Chicago’s Montrose Dog Beach is a great place for pups to play in the waters of Lake Michigan, and the Chicago White Sox baseball team holds a Dog Day every year for dogs to join their owners for the great American pastime. There are tons of scenic walking paths along the lake and through Chicago’s neighborhoods, including The 606, a new elevated path just for walkers and bikers.
deBanked Broker Fair, May 14, 2018
The William Vale, Brooklyn, New York
The William Vale Hotel
11 N. 12th Street, Brooklyn
deBanked President and Chief Editor Sean Murray says, “Broker Fair 2018 will be the single largest gathering of MCA and business loan brokers to-date. During this exclusive one-day event, brokers, lenders, funders and service providers alike can expect education, inspiration and opportunities to connect and grow their business. There will be something for everyone at this industry’s first-of-its-kind uniquely curated event."
“If you work in non-bank business finance, this is the one event of the year you simply cannot miss."
Companies still wishing to become a sponsor of Broker Fair 2018 have until Friday, April 6th to do so. After that, no additional sponsors will be accepted.
The coming May 14th conference in Brooklyn, NY has already sold out of funder/lender and general admission level tickets. Only ISOs, brokers and those employed by them can continue to register!
Afterwards, all attendees are invited to network upstairs at Westlight sponsored by RapidAdvance, while enjoying free food and drinks. Westlight offers full views of the Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn’s William Vale.
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Baseball is grass, chalk, and dirt displayed the same yet differently
In every park that has ever heard the words play ball.
Baseball is a passion that bonds and divides all those who know it.
Baseball is a pair of hands stained with newsprint,
A set of eyes squinting to read a boxscore,
A brow creased in an attempt to recreate a three-hour game
From an inch square block of type.
Baseball is the hat I wear to mow the lawn.
Baseball is a simple game of catch
and the never-ending search for the perfect knuckleball.
Baseball is Willie vs Mickey, Gibson vs Koufax,
and Buddy Biancalana vs the odds.
Baseball links Kansan and Missourian, American and Japanese,
But most of all father and son.
Baseball is the scent of spring,
The unmistakable sound of a double down the line,
And the face of a 10-year-old emerging from a pile of bodies
With a worthless yet priceless foul ball.
Baseball is a language of very simple words
that tell unbelievably magic tales.
Baseball is three brothers in the same uniform
on the same team for one brief summer
Captured forever in a black and white photo on
a table by the couch.
Baseball is a glove on a shelf, oiled and tightly wrapped,
Slumbering through the stark winter months.
Baseball is a breast pocket bulging with a transistor radio.
Baseball is the reason there are transistor radios.
Baseball is a voice in a box describing men you've never met,
In a place you've never been,
Doing things you'll never have the chance to do.
Baseball is a dream that you never really give up on.
Baseball is precious.
Baseball is timeless.
Baseball is forever.
1614 - Powhatan Indian princess Pocahontas (d. 1617) married English Jamestown colonist John Rolfe in Virginia. Their marriage brought a temporary peace between the English settlers and the Algonquians. In 1616, the couple sailed to England. The "Indian Princess" was popular with the English gentry.
1621 - The Mayflower sailed from Plymouth, Mass., on a return trip to England.
1649 – Elihu Yale (d. 1721) was born in Boston. He was Governor of the East India Company settlement in Fort St. George, at Madras, India, and a benefactor of the Collegiate School in the Connecticut Colony, which in 1718, was renamed Yale College in his honor.
1761 - Sybil Ludington (d. 1839), daughter of Colonel Henry Ludington, was born in Kent, NY. She was a heroine of the Revolutionary War who became famous for her night ride on April 26, 1777 to alert rebel forces to the approach of the British regular forces. She rode forty miles through the night to warn militiamen under the control of her father that British troops were planning to invade Danbury, Connecticut. On her way to gather her Father’s troops, she warned the people of Danbury. Due to her father’s position, Sybil had to move from town to town following her father, and unknowingly playing an important role in the success of the colonies. The afternoon after Sybil’s ride through Danbury, the British troops burned down three buildings and destroyed multiple houses, but thankfully did not kill that many people. She rode into the damp hours of darkness, through Carmel to Mahopac, then to Kent Cliffs, from there to Farmers Mills and back home. She used a stick to prod her horse and knock on doors. She managed to defend herself against a highwayman with a long stick. When, soaked with rain and exhausted, she returned home, most of the 400 soldiers were ready to march.
1768 - The first English-speaking Chamber of Commerce in the world was established by 20 merchants at a meeting at Fraunces Tavern, New York City, "…for promoting and encouraging commerce, supporting industry, adjusting disputes relative to trade and navigation, and procuring such laws and regulations as may be found necessary for the benefit of trade in general…" John Cruger was the first president.
1792 - President George Washington exercised his authority to veto a bill, the first time this power is used in the United States. The bill outlined a new apportionment formula submitted by then Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson. Apportionment described how Congress divides seats in the House of Representatives among the states based on the US census figures. President Washington thought the bill gave an unfair advantage to the northern states.
1850 – The California Legislature passed an act for the incorporation of San Francisco. San Francisco was founded on June 29, 1776, when colonists from Spain established Presidio of San Francisco at the Golden Gate. In 1835, Englishman William Richardson erected the first independent homestead, near a boat anchorage around what is today Portsmouth Square. Together with Alcalde (Mayor) Francisco de Haro, he laid out a street plan for the expanded settlement, and the town, named Yerba Buena, began to attract American settlers. It was renamed San Francisco on January 30, 1847. The Gold Rush of 1849 brought rapid growth, making it the largest city on the west coast at the time.
1854 - Thousands of people gathered at the Plaza for dedication of the new San Francisco City Hall bell. Fire Chief Engineer Duane broke a bottle of champagne over the bell that was also to be used for alarms of fire. The tower was to be used by fire spotters.
1856 - The birthday of Booker Taliaferro Washington (d. 1915), black educator and leader born at Hale’s Ford, Franklin County, VA. He wrote in "Up from Slavery:” "No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem." Between 1890 and 1915, Washington was the dominant leader in the African-American community. Washington was from the last generation of black American leaders born into slavery and became the leading voice of the former slaves and their descendants. They were newly oppressed in the South and the Jim Crow discriminatory laws enacted in the post-Reconstruction Southern states in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His base was the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. As lynchings in the South reached a peak in 1895, Washington gave a speech, known as the "Atlanta Compromise," which brought him national fame. He called for black progress through education and entrepreneurship, rather than trying to challenge directly the Jim Crow segregation and the disenfranchisement of black voters in the South. Washington mobilized a nationwide coalition of middle-class blacks, church leaders, and white philanthropists and politicians, with a long-term goal of building the community's economic strength and pride by a focus on self-help and schooling. But, secretly, he also supported court challenges to segregation and passed on funds raised for this purpose. Decades after Washington's death in 1915, the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s took a more active and militant approach, which was also based on new grassroots organizations based in the South, such as CORE, SNCC and SCLC. http://www.historycooperative.org/btw/
1858 - Washington Atlee Burpee (d. 1915) was born in Sheffield, New Brunswick, Canada. He was the founder of the W. Atlee Burpee & Company.
1862 – The Battle of Yorktown began, fought from April 5 to May 4, 1862, as part of the Peninsula campaign. Union Gen. George McClellan's Army of the Potomac encountered Gen. John Magruder’s small Confederate force. McClellan suspended his march up the Peninsula toward Richmond and settled in for siege operations. He planned a massive bombardment for dawn on May 5, but the Confederate army slipped away during the night of May 3.
1865 – The Battle at Amelia Springs near Jetersville, Virginia was an engagement between the Union Army and the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia that occurred during the Appomattox Campaign. It was followed by a second rear guard action near the same location on the night of April 5, 1865 and morning of April 6, 1865 during the Union Army pursuit of the Confederate forces (Army of Northern Virginia and Richmond local defense forces) which were fleeing westward after the fall of Petersburg and Richmond at the Third Battle of Petersburg on April 2, 1865. The actions took place just prior to the Battle of Sailor’s Creek on April 6, 1865. That battle would be the last major engagement between the Union Army under the overall direction of Union General-in-Chief, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Gen Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia before that Confederate army's surrender at Appomattox, Virginia on April 9, 1865.
1871 - Glenn Scobey "Pop" Warner (d. 1954), football player and coach, born at Springville, NY. After playing several sports at Cornell, Warner began coaching football, most notably at the Carlisle Indian School where he coached Jim Thorpe. He coached three undefeated teams at the University of Pittsburgh and went to the Rose Bowl three times with Stanford. He ended a 44-year career at Temple.
1900 - Actor Spencer Tracy (d. 1967) was born in Milwaukee. One of the major stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Tracy was nominated for nine Academy Awards for Best Actor and won two, sharing the record for nominations in that category with Laurence Olivier. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Tracy as the 9th greatest male star of Classic Hollywood Cinema.
1906 - Hipster, flipster, musician Lord Richard Buckley was born Richard Myrle Buckley (d. 1960), Tuolumne, California. http://www.lordbuckley.com/LBC/The_Printheads/TheLordWhoBecame.html http://www.lordbuckley.com/LBC/LBC_Misc_Pages/LBC.html http://singersong.homestead.com/LordBuckley.html http://dir.salon.com/story/people/feature/2002/06/26/buckley/print.html
1908 – Actress Bette Davis (d. 1989), she of ‘the eyes,’ was born Ruth Elizabeth Davis in Lowell, MA. In 1999, Davis was placed second on the American Film Institute's list of the greatest female stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema. She was noted for her willingness to play unsympathetic, sardonic characters and was reputed for her performances in a range of film genres, from contemporary crime melodramas to historical and period films and occasional comedies, although her greatest successes were her roles in romantic dramas. Davis was the co-founder of the Hollywood Canteen and was the first female president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress twice, was the first person to accrue ten Academy Award nominations for acting, and was the first woman to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the AFI.
1909 – Albert R. Broccoli (d. 1996) was born in Queens, NYC. He was an American film producer who made more than 40 motion pictures throughout his career. Most of the films were made in the UK and often filmed at Pinewood Studios. Broccoli is most notable as the producer of many of the James Bond films. He and Harry Saltzman, who owned the film rights to Ian Fleming’s character, saw the films develop from relatively low-budget origins to large-budget, high-grossing extravaganzas, and Broccoli's heirs continue to produce new Bond films.
1911 - 80,000 march in 5th Avenue funeral for Triangle Shirtwaist victims, NY. http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/trianglefire/
1913 - In an exhibition game, 25,000 fans watched the Brooklyn Superbas play their first game in Ebbets Field. Brooklyn beat the Yankees, 3 - 2, as Superbas outfielder Casey Stengel hit the park's first homer, an inside-the-parker.
1915 - Towering Jess Willard beat Jack Johnson in the 26th round to win the heavyweight championship of the world in Havana, Cuba. Johnson, a black American who had held the title since defeating Tommy Burns in 1908, had been widely criticized for his flamboyant lifestyle. Willard, from Kansas, was touted as the "Great White Hope," whose goal it was to recapture the title for the "Caucasian race." The decision was controversial as Willard was on the floor several times with many "slow counts." It was also said that Johnson thought he could escape Mann Act charges against him if he lost to a "white man." A movie was made about his life starring James Earl Jones. http://www.famoustexans.com/jackjohnson.htm
1916 – Actor Gregory Peck (d. 2003) was born in La Jolla, CA. His performance as Atticus Finch in the 1962 film “To Kill a Mockingbird” earned him the Best Actor Academy award, in addition to four other nominations in the same category. In 1999, the AFI named Peck #12 among the Greatest Male stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema.
1917 - Birthday of writer Robert Bloch (d. 1994), born Chicago, perhaps best known as "Collier Young.” American crime and suspense writer, who is famous for stories about psychopaths. Best known is “Psycho,” a stunning film by Alfred Hitchcock (1960). Also wrote humorous fantasy, science fiction, short stories, screenplays and radio plays. http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/rbloch.htm http://web.tiscali.it/andrebalza/
1918 - George "Joe" Sobek, inventor of racquetball, was born at Greenwich, CT, in 1950. Sobek decided he needed more exercise. He was such a good squash player that he was unable to find opponents and he was not interested in either handball or paddle ball. Sobek is credited with inventing the sport in the New Britain, CT YMCA, though not with naming it. For the racquet, he added strings to a platform-tennis paddle. For the ball, he used the core of a tennis ball. By his death, his sport was being played by 8.5 million people in 91 nations.
1922 – The American Birth Control League, forerunner of Planned Parenthood, was founded by Margaret Sanger at the First American Birth Control Conference in New York City. Birth Control Leagues had already been formed in a number of larger American cities between 1916 and 1919 due to Sanger's lecture tours and the publication of the Birth Control Review. By 1924, the American Birth Control League had 27,500 members.
1923 - Firestone Tire and Rubber Company of Akron, OH began the first regular production of balloon tires.
1925 - At spring training, the New York Yankees whipped the Brooklyn Robins, 16-9. Babe Ruth collapsed in the Asheville, NC railroad station after the game and was taken to a New York City hospital. Ruth underwent an operation for an ulcer on April 17th and stayed in bed until May 26th. After a sportswriter wrote that Ruth's illness was due to binging on hot dogs and soda pop before a game, it became known as "the bellyache heard 'round the world". However, the exact cause of his ailment has never been confirmed and remains a mystery. Glenn Stout, in his history of the Yankees, suggests that alcohol was at the root of Ruth's illness, pointing to the fact that Ruth remained six weeks at St. Vincent’s Hospital but was allowed to leave, under supervision, for workouts with the team for part of that time. He concludes that the hospitalization was behavior-related. Playing just 98 games, Ruth had his worst season as a Yankee; he finished with a .290 average and 25 home runs. The Yankees finished next to last in the AL with a 69–85 record, their last season with a losing record until 1965.
1926 - Birthday of guitarist Lou Miller, Baton Rouge, LA http://rcs.law.emory.edu/rcs/artists/m/mill6700.htm
1926 - H.L. Mencken arrested in front of hundreds of cheering spectators in Boston, for selling a banned issue of the “American Mercury” magazine that he founded in 1924 with George Nathan. The magazine featured writing by some of the most important writers in the US through the 1920s and 1930s. After a change in ownership in the 1940s, the magazine attracted conservative writers. A second change in ownership a decade later turned the magazine into a virulently anti-Semitic publication. The magazine went out of business in 1981, having spent the last 25 years of its existence in decline and controversy. Mencken rarely flinched from controversy. He was in the thick of it after the Mercury's April, 1926 issue published "Hatrack," a chapter from Herbert Asbury’s “Up from Methodism.” The chapter described purportedly true events: a prostitute in Asbury's childhood in, nicknamed Hatrack because of her angular physique, was a regular churchgoer who sought forgiveness. Shunned by the town's "good people," she returned to her sinful life. The Rev. J. Frank Chase of the Watch and Ward Society, which monitored material sold in Boston for obscenity, concluded that "Hatrack" was immoral and had a Harvard Square magazine peddler arrested for selling a copy of that American Mercury issue. That provoked Mencken to visit Boston and personally sell Chase a copy of the magazine, the better to be arrested for the cameras. Tried and acquitted, Mencken was praised for his courageous stance for Freedom of the press; it cost him more than $20,000 in legal fees, lost revenue, and lost advertising. Mencken sued Chase and won, a federal judge ruling the minister's organization committed an illegal restraint of trade. He held that prosecutors, not private activists, should censor literature, if anyone should. But following the trial, the Solicitor of the US Post Office, Donnelly, ruled the April, 1926 American Mercury was obscene under the federal Comstock Law, and barred that issue from delivery through the U.S. Post Office. Mencken challenged Donnelly, aroused by the prospect of a landmark free speech case before the US Court of Appeals and legendary Judge Learned Hand. But, because the April, 1926 Mercury had already been mailed, an injunction was no longer an appropriate remedy and the case was moot. http://www.io.com/~gibbonsb/mencken.html
1926 - First issue of Hugo Gernsback's magazine "Amazing Stories" is published. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazing_Stories http://paizo.com/amazing
1927 - Drummer Stan Levey (d. 2000) birthday, Philadelphia. http://www.rhythmweb.com/people/stan.htm
1928 - Birthday of singer Tony Williams (d. 1992), Elizabeth, NJ. He was the lead singer of The Platters from 1953 to 1960, the period of their great success and string of hits. In a dispute over money, Williams left the Platters to pursue a solo career. Williams was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with The Platters in 1990. Tony performed with his own version of the Platters, known as the International Platters. http://www.hotshotdigital.com/OldRock/PlattersBio.html
1934 - Birthday of tenor sax player Stanley Turrentine (d. 2000), Pittsburgh, PA http://www.sonicnet.com/allmusic/ai_bio.jhtml?ai_id=507685
1936 - The fourth deadliest tornado in US history rips through Tupelo, MS, killing 235 but sparing Elvis Presley, still an infant, who is held in his Great Uncle Noah's house by his mother Gladys until the storm passes.
1937 – Colin Powell was born in Harlem, NYC. A retired four-star general in the US Army, he was the 65th Secretary of State, serving under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005, the first African American to serve in that position. During his military career, Powell also served as National Security Advisor (1987–1989), as Commander of the US Armed Forces Command (1989) and as Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff (1989–1993), holding the latter position during the Persian Gulf War.
1942 - The Ski Union of America was formed in New York City to become the governing body for amateur skiing in the Western hemisphere. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/thisday/index.jsp
1945 - The temperature at Eagles Nest, NM, plunged to 45 degrees below zero to establish an April record for the United States.
1949 - "Fireside Theater" premiered on TV. Gene Raymond and later Jane Wyman hosted this NBC anthology program consisting of 15- and 30-minute dramas. One of its most acclaimed presentations was "The Reign of Amelika Jo" on Oct 12, 1954. It was set in the South Pacific during World War II and had a mostly black and Asian cast.
1951 - General MacArthur's letter of March 20 to House minority leader Joseph W. Martin criticizing President Truman's strategy and the concept of limited war was made public. In the letter, MacArthur advocated using Chinese Nationalist troops to open a second front against Communist China.
1951 – Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death for spying and passing information about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union. In 1995, the United States government released a series of decoded Soviet cables, codenamed VENONA, which confirmed that Julius acted as a courier and recruiter for the Soviets, but did not provide definitive evidence for Ethel's involvement. Ethel's brother David Greenglass, whose testimony had condemned her, later stated that he had lied to protect his own wife Ruth, who had been the actual typist of the classified documents he stole, and that he was encouraged by the prosecution to do so. Both were executed on June 19. 1953 at New York’s Sing-Sing Prison by electrocution.
1951 - Top Hits
“If” - Perry Como
“Mockingbird Hill” - Patti Page
“Aba Daba Honeymoon” - Debbie Reynolds and Carleton Carpenter
“The Rhumba Boogie” - Hank Snow
1953 - In Washington, D.C., President Dwight Eisenhower inaugurated the Presidential Prayer Breakfast. Its name was later changed to the Annual National Prayer Breakfast.
1953 - Buddy Rich joins Harry James band Easter Sunday, Hollywood Palladium.
1955 - Richard J. Daley was elected mayor of Chicago, IL, starting one of the most colorful political careers in the twentieth century. A man who lived in the house in which he was born until he died, he was never a "rich" man in money, but perhaps the most single politically powerful man in American history.
1958 - Johnny Mathis' album, "Johnny's Greatest Hits", on Columbia Records, made it to the pop music charts for the first time. The LP remained on the charts for a record 490 weeks (nearly 9-1/2 years!) The record began its stay at number one (three weeks) on June 9, 1958. Mathis studied opera from age 13 and earned a track and field scholarship at San Francisco State College. He was invited to Olympic try-outs and chose a singing career instead. He was originally a jazz-style singer when Mitch Miller of Columbia switched Mathis to singing pop ballads. He would chart over 60 albums in 30 years. When he declared himself "gay," his popularity waned.
1958 - Irvin Feld's “Greatest Show of Stars” opens its 80-day North American tour in Norfolk, Virginia. Headlining are Sam Cooke, the Silhouettes, Royal Teens, Everly Brothers, Jimmy Reed and Clyde McPhatter. The bill is expanded with the addition of Paul Anka, Roy Hamilton, LaVern Baker, Frankie Avalon and others.
1959 - Top Hits
“Venus” - Frankie Avalon
“Come Softly to Me” - The Fleetwoods
“It's Just a Matter of Time” - Brook Benton
“When It's Springtime in Alaska (It's Forty Below)” - Johnny Horton
1961 - "Secret Agent" premiered on TV. Before Patrick McGoohan became "The Prisoner," he played the role of intelligence agent John Drake on this CBS adventure series. Produced in England by ATV, it also aired there as "Danger Man."
1961 - Barbra Streisand appears on "The Jack Paar Show."
1962 - Billie Sol Estes indicted for selling millions of dollars' worth of chattel mortgages on nonexistent fertilizer tanks. In the late 1950s, Estes was heavily involved in the Texas anhydrous ammonia business. He produced mortgages on the nonexistent tanks by convincing local farmers to purchase them on credit, sight unseen, and lease them from the farmers for the same amount as the mortgage payment, paying them a convenience fee as well. He used the fraudulent mortgage holdings to obtain loans from banks outside Texas who were unable to easily check on the tanks. The scandal that sent him to jail for fraud multiple times was complicated by his ties to friend and future President Lyndon Johnson. This event was a major driver in the establishment of the asset verification and inspection industry. http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/JFKestes.htm http://www.tigertales.com/local97/estes120897.html http://home.earthlink.net/~sixthfloor/
1963 - Martha and the Vandellas make their chart debut with "Come and Get These Memories." It reached #29 on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart and #6 on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart. The song is also notable as the first hit recording written and produced by the songwriting/production team of Holland-Dozier-Holland who would become the top creative team at Motown by the end of 1965.
1965 - Bob Hope hosted the 37th Annual Academy Awards at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles. "My Fair Lady" and "Mary Poppins" vied for Best Picture as did "Alexis Zorbas"; "Becket"; and "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb". And the winner was ... "My Fair Lady" (Jack L. Warner, producer). "My Fair Lady" was the name in the winner's envelope seven more times: Best Director (George Cukor); Best Actor (Rex Harrison); Best Cinematography/Color (Harry Stradling); Best Art Direction-Set Decoration/Color (Gene Allen, Cecil Beaton, George James Hopkins); Best Costume Design/Color (Cecil Beaton); Best Sound (George Groves-Warner Bros. Studio Sound Dept.); and Best Music/Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment (André Previn). "Mary Poppins" was not about to let Eliza Doolittle steal all her thunder. Julie Andrews was awarded an Oscar for Best Actress for her title role; Cotton Warburton won for Best Film Editing; Peter Ellenshaw, Hamilton Luske, Eustace Lycett for Best Effects, Special Visual Effects and Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman won for Best Music/Song ("Chim Chim Cher-ee" from "Mary Poppins") and for Best Music/Score-Substantially Original. The two remaining crowd-pleaser awards went to Peter Ustinov in "Topkapi" for Best Supporting Actor and to Lila Kedrova in "Alexis Zorbas" for Best Supporting Actress. http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0148977.html
1966 - San Francisco Grayline Tours starts hippie tours of Haight/Ashbury.
1966 – Don Larsen, the pitcher of the only perfect game in World Series history while with the New York Yankees, was released by the Baltimore Orioles. He was the last player to have played for the St. Louis Browns, who moved to Baltimore in 1953 to become the current Orioles.
1967 - Top Hits
“Happy Together” - The Turtles
“Dedicated to the One I Love” - The Mamas & The Papas
“Somethin' Stupid” - Nancy Sinatra & Frank Sinatra
“Walk Through This World with Me” - George Jones
1968 - San Francisco Mayor Joseph Alioto issues a proclamation condemning the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Thousands of people gathered at Civic Center in memory of the civil rights leader. City flags lowered to half-staff.
1969 - A weekend of antiwar demonstrations begins in all major; anti-war marches in 50 cities attract an estimated 150,000 Vietnam War protesters.
1970 - BUKER, BRIAN L., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Detachment B-55, 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces. Place and date: Chau Doc Province, Republic of Vietnam, 5 April 1970. Entered service at: Bangor, Maine. Born: 3 November 1949, Benton, Maine. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Buker, Detachment B-55, distinguished himself while serving as a platoon adviser of a Vietnamese mobile strike force company during an offensive mission. Sgt. Buker personally led the platoon, cleared a strategically located well-guarded pass, and established the first foothold at the top of what had been an impenetrable mountain fortress. When the platoon came under the intense fire from a determined enemy located in 2 heavily fortified bunkers, and realizing that withdrawal would result in heavy casualties, Sgt. Buker unhesitatingly, and with complete disregard for his personal safety, charged through the hail of enemy fire and destroyed the first bunker with hand grenades. While reorganizing his men for the attack on the second bunker, Sgt. Buker was seriously wounded. Despite his wounds and the deadly enemy fire, he crawled forward and destroyed the second bunker. Sgt. Buker refused medical attention and was reorganizing his men to continue the attack when he was mortally wounded. As a direct result of his heroic actions, many casualties were averted, and the assault of the enemy position was successful. Sgt. Buker's extraordinary heroism at the cost of his life are in the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
1971 - The second incarnation of the Washington Senators opened their last season in the nation's capital, defeating the Oakland Athletics, 8-0. After the season, they moved to Arlington, TX, and became the Texas Rangers. The original Washington Senators became the Minnesota Twins in 1962. In 2005, Major League Baseball returned to the nation’s capital when the Montreal Expos were sold and relocated to DC and became the Nationals.
1972 - A tornado, 500 yards wide at times, touched down at a marina on the Oregon side of the Columbia River, and then tore through Vancouver, WA, killing six persons, injuring 300 others, and causing more than five million dollars damage. It was the deadliest tornado of the year, and the worst of record for Washington.
1972 - For the first time in Major League history, the regular season failed to open due to the player strike which started on April1. 86 games were lost before the labor dispute was settled.
1975 - Top Hits
“Lovin' You” - Minnie Riperton
“Philadelphia Freedom” - The Elton John Band
“No No Song/Snookeroo “- Ringo Starr
“I Just Can't Get Her Out of My Mind” - Johnny Rodriguez
1979 – The Orioles’ manager Earl Weaver won the 1000th game of his career. He was 1480-1060 (.583) as a Major League manager, all with the O’s.
1982 - An unprecedented April blizzard began in the northeastern U.S. One to two feet of snow fell across Massachusetts and Connecticut, and up to 26 inches was reported in Maine. New York City received a foot of snow. Winds reached 70 to 80 mph during the storm, and the storm also produced numerous thunderstorms, which contributed to the heavy snow.
1983 - Top Hits
“Billy Jean” - Michael Jackson
“Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” - Culture Club
“Hungry like the Wolf” - Duran Duran
“When I'm Away from You” - The Bellamy Brothers
1984 - The second annual MTV Video Music Awards are broadcast. Winners include Michael Jackson for "Beat It," the Police for "Every Breath You Take" and Cyndi Lauper for "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun."
1984 – Kareem Abdul Jabbar became the highest-scoring player in NBA history with 31,421 career points. He still holds the career record with 38,387 points.
1985 - Broadcasters banded together to play the single, “We Are the World,” at 10:50 a.m. E.S.T. Stations in the United States were joined by hundreds of others around the world in a sign of unification for the African relief cause. Even Muzak made the song only the second vocal selection it has ever played in elevators and offices since its inception.
1987 - Calling it the first launching of a television network in almost 40 years, the FOX Broadcasting Company, under the direction of media and publishing baron, Rupert Murdoch, started with two Sunday night offerings. "Married......With Children" and "The Tracey Ullman Show" were the beginnings of the FOX lineup.
1987 - "Married...With Children" premiered on TV. This raunchy Fox TV show premiered as the antidote to Cosby-style family shows. Ed O'Neill starred as boorish, luckless shoe salesman Al Bundy; Katey Sagal portrayed Al's big-haired, spandex-clad, sex-starved wife Peggy; Christina Applegate played air headed bombshell daughter Kelly and David Faustino played hormone-driven son Bud. The Bundys' neighbors were portrayed by Amanda Bearse as Marcy Rhoades, David Garrison as husband #1, Steve Rhoades and Ted McGinley as husband #2. The last episode aired Apr 20, 1997.
1987 - "The Tracey Ullman Show" premiered on TV. This Emmy award-winning comedy-variety show was one of the Fox network's early critical hits. Tracey Ullman starred with Julie Kavner, Dan Castellaneta, Joe Malone and Sam McMurray. The show, produced by James L. Brooks, contained sketches, songs and satire. Animated snippets in between segments introduced us to the Simpsons, executed by Matt Groening, creator of the "Life in Hell" comic strip. "The Simpsons" spun off from the show in 1990 with Castellaneta and Kavner speaking the voices of Homer and Marge Simpson.
1987 - A storm produced unprecedented April snows in the central Appalachians. Mount Mitchell, NC received 35 inches of snow, and up to 60 inches (six feet) of snow was reported in the mountains along the border of North Carolina and Tennessee. The total of 25 inches at Charleston, WV easily surpassed their previous record for the entire month of April of 5.9 inches. The 20.6 inch total at Akron, OH established an all-time record for that location.
1988 - Thirty-nine cities across the eastern half of the country reported record high temperatures for the date, including Saint Louis, MO with a reading of 91 degrees. Laredo, TX was the hot spot in the nation with an afternoon high of 100 degrees
1989 - Unseasonably hot weather prevailed in the southwestern U.S. Afternoon highs of 100 degrees at Santa Maria, CA and 105 degrees in Downtown Los Angeles established records for the month of April.
1989 - David Letterman becomes the first network TV series to use Dolby stereo.
1991 - Top Hits
“Coming Out of the Dark” - Gloria Estafan
“This House” - Tracie Spencer
“Hold You Tight” - Tara Kemp
“Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House” - Garth Brooks
1993 – The expansion Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins played their first games ever.
1993 – Construction began in Cleveland for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was created on April 20, 1983, by Atlantic Records founder and Chairman Ahmet Ertegum. The first group of inductees, inducted on January 23, 1986, included Elvis, James Brown, Little Richard, Fats Domino, Ray Charles, Chuck Berry, Sam Cooke, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Robert Johnson, Jimmie Rodgers, and Jimmy Yancey were inducted as Early Influences, John Hammond received the Lifetime Achievement Award and Alan freed and Sam Phillips were inducted as Non-Performers…but the Hall of Fame still had no home. The search committee considered several cities, including Memphis (home of Sun Studios and Stax Records), Detroit (home of Motown Records), Cincinnati (home of King Records), New York City, and Cleveland. Cleveland lobbied for the museum, citing that WJW disc jockey Alan Freed both coined the term "rock and roll" and heavily promoted the new genre—and that Cleveland was the location of Freed's Moondog Coronation Ball, the first major rock and roll concert. On May 5, 1986, the Hall of Fame Foundation chose Cleveland as the permanent home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The museum dedicated on September 1, 1995, with the ribbon being cut by an ensemble that included Yoko Ono and Little Richard, among others, before a crowd of more than 10,000 people. The following night an all-star concert was held at the stadium. It featured Berry, Bob Dylan, Al Green, Lewis, Aretha Franklin, Bruce Springsteen, Iggy Pop, John Fogerty, John Mellencamp and many others.
1998 - Ray Piecuch, a cowboy poet from New Hampshire, completed his yearlong 3,500 mile ride across country on his horse, Bo, with a champagne celebration at Baker Beach..
2003 - Earth's first contact by extra-terrestrials as the Borg's go back to prevent the testing of time warp. http://www.movie-gazette.com/cinereviews/164 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117731/quotes
2010 - Twenty-nine coal miners were killed in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia.