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Friday, April 18, 2003




Correction: No Glasses

    Pictures from the Past---1995-Kit Menkin/Sue Robert

        Classified---Help Wanted---Pentech Financial, Silicon Valley, California

            Equipment Leasing Association Captive & Vendor Report

                Reverend CEO (Quiktrak President )


                Highlights-- ELT E-Leasing Newsletter

            Dedicated to my son Dashiell serving on the USS Preble

    News Briefs---

Sports Briefs---


Day in American History Highlights



This Border ##### Denotes Press Release (Not Written By Leasing News)



Correction: No Glasses




Bob "Bunny" Teichman, CLP

Teichman Financial Training

3030 Bridgeway, Suite 213

Sausalito, CA 94965

Tel: 415-331-6445

Fax: 415-331-6451




"Great likeness! But you missed the glasses. And what will my Yiddishe mama

say about this? Anyway, thanks for the "exposure".


“I got a few comments from some "friends" and now I am convinced that what

little is left of my formerly sterling reputation is now in rags and tatters!

First the skit at the National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers’

Conference and now this!


“My uncle Arthur Murray always said that he never cared what people said about

him as long as they spelled his name correctly. I try to live by that!”


Bob Teichman, CLP

Teichman Financial Training

3030 Bridgeway, Suite 213

Sausalito, CA 94965

Tel: 415-331-6445

Fax: 415-331-6451



"Providing education and training to the equipment leasing and financing



((You got me, Bob. I left out the glasses. (Maria and I do many of the cartoons “in house.”) We put the glasses on for the “archives.” And you know, most rabbits don’t wear glasses because they eat a lot of carrots.

Seriously, I have known Bob for close to 30 years; you may not know

this but he is a graduate of the Julliard School of Music in New York City, married to a fine professional artist, and in our area we call him “Mr. Marin.” He lives in Marin County, and if you knew the area, you would understand the compliment. He is one classy guy, who could get away with wearing a

“bunny suit.” editor )






Pictures from the Past---1995—Kit Menkin/Sue Robert


“Best Couple winners Christopher “Kit” Menkin and Susan Robert.”

November, 1995 Western Association of Equipment Leasing Regional Reporter





Classified---Help Wanted---Pentech Financial, Silicon Valley, California




Credit: Campbell, CA. 3+ yrs exp in finance, bank or venture market. Portfolio management, credit assessment, underwriting and collections. Degree with concentration in Finance preferred.








Equipment Leasing Association Captive & Vendor Report


Jeffrey Taylor, CLP

ExecutiveCaliber - Global Lease Training

2144 South 1150 East

Bountiful, UT 84010 USA

(801) 299-9332

(801) 299-9932 (fax)

Author of: Selling Leasing In A Tough Economy


Here is a review of Mr. Taylor’s book:


He also is presenting a special training session with guests speakers, and

performers. This will not only be an educational session but professional

entertainment as well.





Reverend CEO (Quiktrak President )





(this is reprinted from the Oregonian, sent in by Debra Powers))


It's 10 minutes into the sermon, and the Rev. J.W. "Matt" Hennessee is just getting warmed up.


"The difference between attitude and God-itude," he declares, booming out the word "God," "is that attitude is written by you and Goditude is written by him." "Amen," murmurs the congregation at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in North Portland.


"Goditude," he thunders, "ain't worried about what you look like. Goditude is not worried about where you been. Goditude is not concerned about your family name or your education."


He towels off his perspiring face without missing a breath.

"Goditude," he shouts out, "is not concerned about what you got on. It's concerned about what you got in. Goditude is not worried about what you can't do. It's worried about what you can do."


What Matt Hennessee can do is preach.


But to call the Portland man just a preacher is like calling Leonardo da Vinci just a painter. Hennessee is a Renaissance man, who, against tough odds, has succeeded in both the religious and the secular worlds. Comfortable in the pulpit as associate pastor, the 44-year-old former foster child also has managed a city, a company, a department of an international corporation and a major state agency. He's sought after as a speaker and board member throughout the United States.


And he has no shortage of connections in high places.


Coretta Scott King calls him "my beloved son."


Condoleezza Rice calls him a friend.


Gov. Ted Kulongoski calls him a trusted adviser.


Despite his high-profile friends, he's hardly a household name in Oregon, even though he oversaw the state's workers' compensation reforms in the late 1980s and spent nearly nine years as a Nike manager. But his low profile may be rising with his appointment last August to the Portland Development Commission, as well as his recent work on Kulongoski's transition team.

"I listen to him very closely," the governor says.

Since 1999, Hennessee has been president and chief executive officer of Quiktrak, a growing Lake Oswego technology company that deals in a little known corner of finance called asset verification. He is one of the few African American chief executives in the tech world.


He is not the average Portland small-business manager. The week before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, for example, he found himself escorting Rice, the president's national security adviser, to a White House dinner in honor of Mexico's President Vicente Fox. He has known Rice since 1998, when she gave the commencement speech at Westmont College, a Christian college in Santa Barbara, Calif., of which he is a board member.


"When she called me to ask me to join her, to be her escort at the state dinner, it just absolutely cracked me up," says Hennessee, who calls her by her nickname, Condi. "I said, 'Well, remember I live in Oregon, under Washington state, not under Washington, D.C. I man, there are so many people back there you can ask to do this.'


"I normally come by myself," Rice replied, "but the president wouldn't let me. He said, 'You've got to come with somebody. You're not coming by yourself. That's all there is to it.' "


Hennessee was awed by the experience.


"It was what I call a Cinderella time," he says. "You sort of go back to your room at the end of the day -- it's about midnight -- and you say, 'Man, did that really happen to me?' "


King family friendship What he treasures more than a White House dinner, however, is his close friendship with Coretta Scott King and her eldest daughter, Yolanda. Nearly every Martin Luther King Jr. Day, for more than 10 years, Hennessee has been by King's side as she marks the day in memory of her slain husband.


Yolanda King and Hennessee became friends in 1981, after she delivered a King day speech in Saginaw, Mich., where he was assistant city manager. About 10 years later, he found himself in Atlanta on Nike business. Yolanda invited him to the King house.


"She said, 'My mother's heard me talk about you for Lord knows how long, and she's wanted the opportunity to meet you. Would you be willing to come by?' To me, that was like the greatest thing in the world," says Hennessee, who memorized King's "I Have a Dream" speech at age 9.


"For me, it was letting her know that all my life, from the time I was 9 years old, when he was killed, to the time we met, I dreamed about a day like that."


Coretta Scott King said Hennessee has "extraordinary humanitarian spirit" and called him "a wonderful friend to the family."


"A remarkably warm, caring and giving person, he is one of those rare individuals of whom it is said 'he never met a stranger,' " she wrote.

Hennessee began life with the deck stacked against him. He was born in 1959 in Columbus, Ohio, to a 16-year-old mother. She gave him up to be a ward of the state, which placed him in a succession of two foster homes and an orphanage. He spent his first three years in braces to correct deformed hands and feet.


When the time came for him to go to college, he chose Oberlin College, a well-respected liberal arts college in Ohio.


An orphanage worker used a racial slur to tell Hennessee that African Americans don't have the right to attend Oberlin. Hennessee said he did not identify himself with that word and told him, "I'm going to Oberlin."

Life falls into place At college, things started going Hennessee's way.

Hennessee, who was enrolled in the college's education program, found himself one day addressing a class for pregnant teens, which was taught by the Oberlin city manager's wife in her home. The nervous young man told the girls his own story.


"Seventeen years ago," he began, "there was a young woman who was your age. . . ."

Tom Dalton, the city manager, recalls walking into the house and hearing a booming voice, Hennessee's, in the next room. Impressed with the young man, he offered him a job with the city.


"This kid was a teenager at that time, but he had a maturity well beyond his age," Dalton says.


Hennessee went on to become student body president at Oberlin College. Dalton went on to the city manager job in Saginaw, Mich.

Before Hennessee had even graduated, Dalton called and offered him the assistant city manager job in Saginaw.


Hennessee was 21 -- so young that Dalton was afraid opponents would try to scotch the job offer.


"You may be 21," Dalton recalls telling him, "but I'm going to start telling people you're 22."


By the time Hennessee arrived in Saginaw, the U.S. auto industry was in recession; General Motors was laying off thousands of workers. Saginaw's city government was forced to lay off hundreds -- and that task fell to Hennessee. The young man was so stressed by the prospect of putting people out of work that he developed hives. But by the time he left Saginaw for the city manager's job in Ypsilanti, Mich., Hennessee had learned the unpleasant art of closing fire stations and laying off unionized police officers and street crews.


Hennessee came to Oregon in 1988 to carry out another tough assignment: implementing workers' comp reform for then-Gov. Neil Goldschmidt and Kulongoski, who was the state's insurance commissioner. As administrator of the Oregon Workers' Compensation Division, Hennessee's task was to help reduce medical costs and litigation and get injured workers back on the job faster.


"You're talking about the guy who had to go around the state and get people to do things that are very difficult," Goldschmidt says. "But he doesn't leave a bruise on anybody."


A brush with death Ironically, five months after beginning the workers' comp job, Hennessee became one of his own workers' comp cases, after narrowly escaping death. As he drove one day to a meeting in Astoria, a 25-pound steel pipe fell off a truck in front of him and hurtled through the windshield. Hennessee, who had just turned to answer a question from his assistant, was slammed in the left side of his face. Seven weeks passed before he was back on the job full time. He underwent several more surgeries over the next two years.


Two years after arriving in Oregon, with reforms well under way and Goldschmidt soon to leave office, Hennessee looked for a new challenge. Goldschmidt recommended him to Nike, where the governor had once been a vice president. Nike hired him as a middle manager, charging him with helping retailers switch from paper orders to electronic orders.


Hennessee recalls his first lonely day at work at Nike. Only a week before, 300 cheering state employees had given him a congratulatory send-off. At Nike, a secretary who hadn't been told he was arriving pointed him toward an empty cubicle and the supply closet.


"It was vintage Nike," he says.


A friend at Nike lectured him. "If you care about the size of your office," he said, "if you care what your title is and stuff like that, then this is not the place for you."


Hennessee took the advice to heart. He set about learning, he says, about the power of brands, the importance of consistency, the value of measurement and the importance of the international world.


"What it did for me," he says, "is really change my whole mind-set: 'You really need to roll with this. This is a great opportunity for you to really rethink how you're approaching your job.' And it was. It was totally good for me."


But Hennessee never forgot that first day. Today, at Quiktrak, every new employee's first day is a celebration.


"He's a charmer," says Don Froomer, who founded Quiktrak with his brother, Greg. "He's very charismatic."


Hennessee says Quiktrak is the most exhilarating job he's ever had because, unlike his other jobs, the buck stops with him and him alone.

"One thing that's interesting," Greg Froomer says, "is that you shouldn't read into his demeanor that he's soft. He can get down and make some very tough decisions."


And he can preach a tough sermon -- the result of a ministry that goes back about 30 years, when he felt a call to service in the name of God. He studied religion, sociology and anthropology at Oberlin, and he attended Hebrew University in Jerusalem.


"He's absolutely a good preacher," says the Rev. James C.E. Faulkner, pastor of the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. "He does a great job for the Lord." Steve Woodward: 503-294-5134;











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1. Customers That Impact Your Bottom Line...And How To Communicate With Them


Every prudent business person spends time getting to know their biggest customers. That's because doing, or not doing business with them will have a huge impact on the company's bottom line. In light of their potential impact on a company's bottom line, a failure to spend time with them would be irresponsible. Right now, how many customers does your company have that can have a greater impact on your company's bottom line this year than the U.S. Congress? Probably not many as several tax issues and bankruptcy reform legislation currently under consideration by Congress will impact your company! And wouldn't it be great if you knew what type of communication has the greatest influence on your big customers. 90% of the members of Congress have told us year after year that the most influential form of communication they receive is an in person visit in their Washington office from a constituent. That's why ELA holds Capitol Hill Day and that's why its important that you participate in it. Register today at: We can't expect Congress to do the right thing unless you tell them what the right thing is! The 2003 ELA Capitol Hill Day is sponsored by Key Equipment Finance and Lombard.



3. What Lessors Are Saying About. . .Second Quarter 2003


Currently, on, lessors are being asked their expectation for new business volume in the 2nd Quarter. As of April 16, 2003, 22 of 35 respondents believe volume will increase in 2Q 2003. Nine respondents reported volume will stay the same with four reporting it will decrease. Here is what a few industry leaders had to say:

"I do expect business to pick up within the next couple of months. It has been very slow of late. Right now I think the world events are making decision makers very cautious. Barring another war or major disaster I believe things will slowly pick up. For example, many companies have put off technology upgrades and we may begin to see that improve." ~ Jim Merrilees, NetBank, Vendor Finance Group, referring specifically to small businesses under $10 million in sales.


"I think that volume for Q2 will remain flat and won't start seeing an uptick until third quarter. I think many lessees and potential lessees need and want new equipment but have put them on 'hold.' They may just be waiting for the economy to stabilize but many vendors have told us the same thing, that their customer is delaying the purchase until next quarter. The third and fourth quarters should be blockbusters if everyone who has been on "hold" finally pulls the trigger! ~ Deborah J. Monosson, Boston Financial & Equity Corporation

"I am hoping to hold on in the second quarter. I suspect that there will still be hesitation in the market. If we can get through and be close to even I feel much better about 3rd and 4th Q." ~ Daniel McKew, SunTrust Leasing Corp.

"Our first quarter was slower than usual due to the sluggish economy and the focus on the Iraq situation. Equipment spending traditionally increases as the year progresses, so a second quarter volume increase would be typical. But most importantly, thanks to the favorable news about the war, many CFOs now see the light at the end of the tunnel and are more willing to bet on a pickup in the economy. Our bet is a strong turnaround in the third and fourth quarter." ~ Laird M. Boulden, Lombard US Equipment Finance, a member of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group


"There is a difference between business volume and business submissions. Volume can come from backlog which was submitted 1-3 quarters ago and/or it can come from recent submissions. I don't believe that new business submissions will increase during Q2 because there is no "current news/info" that suggests that greater capacity is needed within the Economy to support projected growth. Having said this there may be increased volume due to companies feeling that they can no longer wait to take delivery of equipment that was originally planned to be in place 2-3 quarters ago. Thus my predication is that volume may go up but that it would be related to people funding existing backlog and not coming from an increase in new business submissions. There needs to be more positive and sustainable news on the economy that would demonstrate an increase in demand for goods and services." ~ Matt Shieman, The Matsco Companies




12. ELA 2003 Calendar of Events


Please visit ELA's Calendar of Events online at


If you have any questions about ELA conferences and workshops, please

contact Lesley Sterling at


April 27-29

Large Ticket Conference

Four Seasons Resort & Club, Irving (Dallas), TX


May 4-6

Legal Forum

Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA


May 5-7

Principles of Leasing Workshop

Hyatt Regency Woodfield, Schaumburg, IL


May 14-15

Capitol Hill Day

JW Marriott Hotel, Washington, DC


June 2-4

Tax Executives Roundtable

La Mansion Del Rio, San Antonio, TX


June 2-4

Principles of Leasing Workshop

Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, Baltimore, MD


June 8-10

Credit and Collections Management Conference & Exhibition

Ritz Carlton Hotel, Philadelphia, PA



June 18-20

Business Technology Solutions Conference & Exhibition

"W" Chicago Lakeshore Hotel, Chicago, IL


July 14-16

Principles of Leasing Workshop II- Advanced

Marriott Denver Southeast, Denver, CO


July 21

Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation Annual Golf Outing

Essex County Country Club, West Orange, NJ


July 28, 2003

MAEL 19th Annual Golf Invitational

Indian Lakes Resort, Bloomingdale, IL


Visit for a list of all events.





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


Sunrise International Leasing Corp. Promotes James Teal to Executive Vice President



GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn., -- Sunrise International Leasing Corporation (SILC) today announced that it has promoted James Teal to Executive Vice President of Finance and Operations from Vice President of Vendor Operations and Corporate Controller. In this capacity, he will be responsible for all operations of the company and reports to Peter King, SILC's CEO.


King noted that Teal, a 10-year SILC veteran, has been the primary force in developing and implementing the company's highly successful business model. In addition, he has been effective in handling increasing responsibilities in the sales and marketing functions. Teal's promotion recognizes his contributions to SILC and sets the stage for expanding the company's activities as market conditions improve.


About Sunrise International Leasing Corp


SILC's business consists primarily of the development of market-oriented vendor programs emphasizing the formulation of customized lease and rental programs for vendors of high technology and other equipment as well as software. The company recently announced that it is expanding its investment in its second placement division which funds leases referred to it by third party lessors, manufacturers and resellers who have been unable to fund the lease for one reason or another. SILC is also a major reseller of high quality off lease used equipment through Redirect Tech, its remarketing subsidiary.



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




Dedicated to my son Dashiell serving on the USS Preble, out of

San Diego, California.


(this may be a large download for you in PPS format, depending on

the speed of your connection:)


If you want to see other pictures, including music, please go

my home page at:


(I sure wish he were home for the holidays, and all the troops

protecting our country---whether you are in favor of the war in

Iraq or not, let us support our troops, the men and women who

defend our country 24/7.)






News Briefs---


Number of Jobless Claims Rises


Average interest rate on fixed-rate 30-year mortgage dipped in mid-April


Stagnant economy straining Fed options


Jobless claims climb, point to sluggish job market


Worldwide, PC shipments grew 2.1 percent from a year ago to 34.6 million


Georgia-Pacific reports $28 million quarterly loss


Russian Economy Said to Rise 6.4 Percent


Frank J. Prail on Stony Hill Chardonnay






Sports Briefs---


LeBron James Classic Send Off


Vikings have no plans to trade Culpepper


Raiders seek to force changes in uniforms of Bucs, Panthers






Day in American History Highlights


April 18, 1938 Charlie Pride Birthday

1775- Paul Revere, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott started at about 10pm, eastern time, to warn American patriots between Boston, Massachusetts and Concord, Massachusetts of the approaching British. Revere never completed the ride as he was captured by the British. The poem only remembers the one rider. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem about Paul Revere, published in 1861, was written to impress northerners during the Civil War of the necessity o fighting for liberty:


“One, if by land, and two, if by sea:

And I on the opposite shore will be,

Ready to ride and spread the alarm

Through every Middlesex village and farm

For the country fold to be up and to arm.”


From Richard Shenkman’s, “ I love Paul Revere whether he rode on Not:


“Imagine for a moment in 1923, Al Capone is assembly an army of gun-toting henchmen in Chicago. ( They will number 700 before he is through.) Cotton farmers in the South are sunk in depression. The Ku Klux Klan is on the rise. Newspaper headlines tell of corruption in the Veterans Bureau( the director has had to resign). Rumors in the capital hint of the coming Teapot Dome Scandal(Eventually two secretaries in the cabinet

will go to jail, convicted of corruption.) But these are not the things that concern the president of the United Sates. What worries Warren Hardening---touring the country on a campaign swing that will prove to be his last---is a recent attack on the legend of Paul Revere. An iconoclast had noted that Revere never completed the ride made famous by Longfellow. Before giving warning to Concord, Revere was discovered by the British and captured. They kept his horse, but released him, not knowing his mission, but wanting his horse as “tribute.” Dawes horse fell during the long and rough trip and could not finish. Harding, however, told the crowd he didn’t care. “ I love the story of Paul Revere,” the president intoned in his most presidential-sounding voice, “ where he rode or not.” The fact is Paul Revere did ride, but it was Samuel Prescott who finished and actually made the warning known. The Minutemen were prepared for the British attack on April 19.

    1857-birthday of Clarence Darrow, American attorney often associated with unpopular causes, from the Pullman strike in 1894 to the Scottsboro case in 1932, born at Kinsman, OH. At the Scopes trial, July 13, 1925, Darrow said: "I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment, to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure--that is all that agnosticism means."

    1864 -At Poison Springs, Arkansas, Confederate soldiers under the command of General Samuel Maxey capture a Union forage train and slaughter black troops escorting the expedition.

The Battle of Poison Springs was part of broad Union offensive in the region of Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas. General Nathaniel Banks had led a Yankee force through Louisiana in March and April, but a defeat in northwestern Louisiana at the Battle of Mansfield on April 8 sent Banks in retreat. Union forces nearby in Arkansas were moving towards Banks' projected thrust into Texas with the intention of securing southwestern Arkansas for the Federals.

Union General Frederick Steele occupied Camden, Arkansas, on April 15. Two days later, he sent Colonel John Williams and 1,100 of his 14,000-man force to gather 5,000 bushels of corn discovered west of Camden. The force arrived to find that Confederate marauders had destroyed half of the store, but the Yankees loaded the rest into some 200 wagons and prepared to return to Camden. On the way back Maxey and 3,600 Confederates intercepted them. Maxey placed General John Marmaduke in charge of the attack that ensued. Williams positioned part of his force, the 1st Kansas Colored Infantry, between the wagon train the Confederate lines. The regiment was the first black unit in the army, comprised primarily of ex-slaves.

The determined soldiers of the 1st Kansas stopped the first two Rebel attacks, but they were running low on ammunition. A third assault overwhelmed the Kansans, and the rout was on. Williams gathered the remnants of his force and retreated from the abandoned wagons. More than 300 Yankee troops were killed, wounded, or captured, while the Confederates lost just 13 killed and 81 wounded. Most shocking was the Rebel treatment of the black troops. No black troops were captured, and those left wounded on the battlefield were brutally killed, scalped, and stripped. The Washington Telegraph, the major Confederate newspaper in Arkansas, justified the atrocity by declaring "We cannot treat Negroes taken in arms as prisoners of war without a destruction of social system for which we contend."

    1865 -Union General William Tecumseh Sherman and Confederate Joseph Johnston signed a broad political peace agreement at Durham Station, North Carolina. The agreement promised a general amnesty for all Southerners and pledged federal recognition of all Southern state governments after their officials took oath of allegiance to the US. The new administration reneged on this, Sherman was roundly criticized publicly in drawing up the agreement that former President Lincoln and General Grant had instructed him to negotiate. The agreement was rejected by President Andrew Johnson, and Sherman and Johnston were forced to reach a new agreement with terms virtually the same as those given Robert E. Lee.

    1880- birthday of Samuel Earl “Wahoo Sam” Crawford, Wahoo, Nebraska.. Wahoo Sam played pro ball for 20 years with the Detroit Tigers, racking up a career batting average of .309. His record of 312 career triples still stands. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1957.

    1906,-over 3,,000 lives were lost in the San Francisco earthquake, primarily due to the fire that practically destroyed San Francisco after a series of major earthquakes, some 10,000 acres were affected, as far as Mendocino, where farms fell into the ocean.

    1923- more than 74000 fans attended Opening Day festivities as the New York Yankees inaugurated their new stadium. Babe Ruth christened it with a game-winning three-run homer into the right-field bleachers. In his coverage of the game for the New York Evening Telegram sportswriter Fred Lieb described Yankee Stadium as “The House That Ruth Built,’ and the name stuck.

    1924 - Simon and Schuster, Inc. published the first "Crossword Puzzle Book".

    1929 - Red Nichols and his Five Pennies recorded the Glenn Miller arrangement of "Indiana" for Brunswick Records in New York City. Players included Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa and Jack Teagarden . The movie “The Five Pennies”

    1932—birthday of gospel vocalist Rev. Cleophus Robinson, Canton, MS

    1934—birthday of vocalist Neal Kimble, New Orleans, LA

    1934-J. F. Cantrell opened the first Laundromat. He called it the”washateria” in Fort Worth, Texas. Four electric washing machines were rented by the hour to those who wished to do their laundry. Hot water and electricity were supplied, but users were obliged to furnish their own soap.

    1941-Sideny Bechet, playing six instruments, records “Blues of Bechet,” Victor 27485)

    1941—birthday of singer Wilson Pickett, Prattville,AL

    1942 - birthday of Pete Gogolak (football: 1st soccer-style kicker in pro football: Buffalo Bills, NY Giants) ,Budapest, Hungry

    1942-The Toronto Maple Leafs completed the greatest comeback in Stanley Cup playoff history by defeating the Detroit Red Wings, 3-1, in Game 7 of the finals. The Leafs were down three games to none before they evened the series with 4-3, 9-3, and 3-0 victories.

    1942-16 B-25 airplanes of the 17th Bombardment Group,8th Air force, led by Colonel James Harold Doolittle, took off from he U.S. Hornet. Traveling low over the water, they dropped bombs on the cities of Toyko, Kobe, and Nagoya, then continued straight on until they ran out of fuel and crash-landed in the Chinese countryside. The raid took the Japanese military establishment by surprise and demonstrated for the first time the vulnerability of the Japanese home islands.

    1956---Top Hits

Heartbreak Hotel/I Was the One - Elvis Presley

The Poor People of Paris - Les Baxter

Long Tall Sally - Little Richard

Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins

    1960-Dr. William M. Chardack inserted a wire implant into the heart of Frank Henefelt, a cardiac patient, to test the invention by Dr. Chardack and engineer Wilson Greatbatch, both of Buffalo, NY, patented this day. The battery-powered pulse generator unit tested successfully and was implanted into Henefelt’s abdomen. He lived for 2.5 years with the device. Swedish doctors first implanted a similar device in 1958.

    1964---Top Hits

Can’t Buy Me Love - The Beatles

Twist and Shout - The Beatles

Suspicion - Terry Stafford

Understand Your Man - Johnny Cash

    1966 - 38th Annual Academy Awards celebration at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Los Angeles. Bob Hope was the host, for the sixth time. He received a gold medal, the Honorary Award for unique and distinguished service to the film industry and the Academy. Other award recipients included Shelley Winters for her Best Supporting Actress role in "A Patch of Blue"; Martin Balsam, Best Supporting Actor for his performance in "A Thousand Clowns". The Best Actor Oscar went to my former Latimer Road neighbor in the Pacific Palisades, Lee Marvin ("Cat Ballou"); and Julie Christie picked up the Best Actress Oscar ("Darling"). The Oscar for the Best Music/Song from a     1965 movie was "The Shadow of Your Smile" from "The Sandpiper" (Johnny Mandel-music, Paul Francis Webster-lyrics). It’s a good thing that the "Oscars" were being broadcast in color this night (the first time) because the Best Director and Best Picture winner was "The Sound of Music" (Robert Wise, producer and director).

    v1972---Top Hits

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack

I Gotcha - Joe Tex

Rockin’ Robin - Michael Jackson

My Hang-Up is You - Freddie Hart

    1974 - James Brown, the ‘Godfather of Soul’, received a gold record this day for the single, "The Payback". Of the 44 hits that Brown would put on the charts over three decades, he received only one other gold record -- for "Get on the Good Foot - Part 1" in 1972. His biggest pop hits include: "I Got You (I Feel Good)" at number three in 1965, "Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag" at number eight in     1965, "It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World" at number eight in 1966, "I Got The Feelin’" at number six in 1968 and "Living in America" at number four in 1986. This song was featured in the Sylvester Stallone film, "Rocky IV". He has been in and out of jail for “Spousal Abuse” and other ailments, but started the singing-dance craze imitated by all those followed him in Rhythm n Blues, including Michael Jackson.

    1975-James Benton Parsons was appointed chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court by President John F. Kennedy. He is the first African-American chief justice of a state supreme court. Died June 9, 1993

    1980---Top Hits

Another Brick in the Wall - Pink Floyd

Call Me - Blondie

Ride like the Wind - Christopher Cross

Honky Tonk Blues - Charley Pride

    1985 - Tulane University abolished its 72-year-old basketball program, and shocked the college sports world with the announcement. The school said that charges of fixed games, drug use and payments to players contributed to the shutdown of the basketball program.

    1987-The Philadelphia Phillies’ Mike Schmidt hit the 500th home run of his career with two outs in the sixth inning of a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. the Phillies rallied to win, 8-6. Schmidt finished his career with 548 homers, seventh on the all-time list at the time.

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Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car - Billy Ocean

Devil Inside - INXS

Where Do Broken Hearts Go - Whitney Houston

I Wanna Dance with You - Eddie Rabbitt



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