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Friday, August 2, 2013

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Reaction to Leasing Icon Ira Romoff Passing away
 Classified Ads---Legal
  New Hires--Promotions
August 1, 2013 --Leasing Schemes’ Court Cases
 by Christopher Menkin
  CLP Summer/Fall Circular Available
   Placard--"If you can't be on time..."
Restaurant Chains Who Once were Famous
 by Michael B. Sauter and Alexander E. M. Hess
  Leasing News Advisor
   Bob Kieve
    Madison Capital Finances Blink! Extravaganza
     Fall Leasing Conference ---Updates
      Classified ads— Finance/Human Resources
Blue Jasmine/Drug War
 Oblivion/Mud/The Bullfighter and the Lady
  Fernando Croce Movie/DVD Reviews
   Labrador Retriever
    Salt Lake City, Utah Adopt-a-Dog
News Briefs---
 Leasing Surge Fuels Highest U.S. Sales Since 2007: Cars
  Mortgages ratchet up, and so does anxiety
   US unemployment claims fall to 326K, 5 ½-year low
    Fed’s Raskin is chosen for deputy Treasury secretary
     JC Penney insists credit still good with CIT
      Facebook’s stock price passes IPO's $38
       NBC left reeling as ABC’s Sawyer tops Williams

Broker/Funder/Industry Lists | Features (collection)
Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months (Be Careful of Doing Business)

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Reaction to Leasing Icon Ira Romoff Passing away


Announcement on his passing

2009--most recent photo

"Ira will be remembered very positively by the many people he crossed paths with in his role as a lender to leasing companies and a leasing executive."

Bruce Kropschot, Senior Managing Director and
Merger & Acquisition Advisory Practice Leader
The Alta Group, LLC


"Great guy."

Ralph Petta
Chief Operating Officer


"Very sorry to hear about Ira. He was a great guy and one of the most respected pro’s in our industry. When he ran EAB Leasing, (a sister operation to LaSalle Bank) he was instrumental in helping us successfully launch LaSalle’s leasing business in 1993. Ira was one of the very few bank leasing presidents who clearly understood and brilliantly integrated successful entrepreneurial leasing companies into his leasing operation at EAB.

"He was the best independent leasing company banker ever and will be greatly missed."

Dale Kluga
Cobra Capital


"Ira was a close friend and colleague from our executive training days at Franklin National Bank (1970) and he spent the bulk of his career in leasing – His passing leaves a big void and I will miss him. …

"In addition to all that he was a great guy and just had his first grandchild."

George Booth
Blackrock Capital


"Very sorry to hear about Ira. He possessed a vast knowledge of commercial finance that spanned the great gap from the boardroom to the closing desk. Very talented crusty New Yorker.

"We lost a pretty smart guy."

Rick Wilbur, Managing Partner



"A giant.:

Barry Marks, Esq.


"Ira was an Icon in the leasing industry and a very dear friend. I will miss him and his mentoring as well. The leasing world was a better place because of Ira. Arlene, our prayers are with you and your family."

Bud Callahan, CLP BPB


(Leasing News apologizes to many others who wrote in, but for the sake of room the above were the first to email to Leasing News. editor)



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New Hires--Promotions

Randall (Randy) Chesler appointed president of CIT Bank based in Salt Lake City, Utah. He joined CIT in 2005. " He will be based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and report to CIT Bank’s Board of Directors. Mr. Chesler is currently Vice Chairman of CIT Bank and previously served as President of Consumer Finance and Small Business Lending at CIT. He succeeds John Taylor who will assist in the transition and pursue opportunities outside CIT Bank." Previously he was CEO, Size Technologies (2000-2005), general manager/EVP, U.S. BankCard, The Associates (1997-2000), evp member relations, VISA USA (1994-1997), svp, Citi (1980-1997).State University of New York, BS, Marketing, Psychology (1976 – 1980).

Harry J. Kaplun named president of Specialty Finance at Frost Bank, Dallas, Texas."(He) has served as president of Frost Equipment Leasing and Finance since 2001, San Antonio, Texas, will expand his responsibility to the Dallas-based Frost Capital Group. In his new position, Kaplun will oversee both Frost Bank’s asset-based lending and equipment leasing and finance divisions and will be located in the bank’s Dallas region headquarters. "He previously was on the board of directors of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association. University of Dayton.

Michael Groff, currently Senior Vice President, Sales, Marketing & Product Development, at Toyota Financial Services, and chairman Toyota Motor Insurance Company was named president and ceo of Toyota Financial Services, Torrance, California. He will be acting as executive advisor until current President and CEO George Borst retires officially on September 30, 2013. "Groff joined Toyota in 1983 and has held field positions including TFS Branch Manager and Regional Manager, as well as headquarters positions that include TMIS National Group Product Manager, Corporate Marketing and Leasing Manager, Vice President of Corporate Strategy, and Vice President of Customer Service...(He) received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton, and earned a Master's degree in Business Administration from Chapman University in Orange, Calif."

Kiran Kapur named president of GSG Financial, Brooklyn, New York. He joined CIT November, 2000 as managing partner-4CITe Capital, svp business development-vendor finance (May, 2001-January, 2002), president-technology rental services, SVP CIT Vendor finance (January, 2002-September, 2002), president-Agilent Financial Services, SVP CIT Vendor Finance (September, 2002-April, 2005), president & COO-CIT Communications Finance/Avaya Financial Services, SVP CIT Vendor Finance (April, 2005-2012). Previously he was vp business development-E Business Group, GE Capital (1999-2000), VP business development & strategy, Ingersoll Rand (1994-1999), managing marketing services, Union Camp Corporation (September, 1989-November, 1994).Temple University - Fox School of Business and Management, MBA, Marketing, (1985 – 1987),Dickinson College, BA, Political Science (1980 – 1984).

Kerry Smith was named director of credit and funding at LeaseQ, Wortham, Massachusetts. "She previously served as vice president of operations at IFS Capital, where she developed a streamlined credit submission process for lenders to access electronically, and decreasing turnaround time for all transactions. She also previously worked at Priority Leasing Inc. and Direct Capital, earning a Presidents Club award for quarterly sales volume. She has repeatedly broke sales records in the financial services industry. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Smith grew up in North Reading but now lives in Portsmouth, N.H., with her husband and four daughters." A realtor with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate the Masiello Group. VP of operations, IFS Capital, LLC (September, 2008-December, 2010), credit manager, Priority Leasing (2007-2008), sr. finance manager, Direct Capital Corporation (2006-2007, account executive, Five Point Capital (2004-2005). University of Rhode Island BS, Political Science Major and Business minor (2000 – 2004). Member: NAELB, NEFA.



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August 1, 2013 --Leasing Schemes’ Court Cases
by Christopher Menkin

HL Leasing
IFC Credit--Rudy Trebels
Operation Lease Fleece
Sheldon Player—Equipment Acquisition Resources

No changes in any of the last reports in July, except in the Sheldon Player-Equipment Acquisition Resource bankruptcy, the next hearing was re-set to September 10, 2013.

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CLP Summer/Fall Circular Available

CLP Spotlight:
Samantha Nettles, CLP

Funder Focus:
Orion First Financial LLC

New Lease Accounting by Terry Winders, CLP
Lovely Ladies of Leasing
Institute for Leasing Professionals (ILP)
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Restaurant Chains That Once were Famous
by Michael B. Sauter and Alexander E. M. Hess

Howard Johnson Restaurants
Restaurants in 2012: 2
Restaurants in 1980: 129
Year founded: 1927

Howard Johnson’s was, for decades, one of the most recognized American businesses in the country. The franchise expanded from a single ice cream store located in Quincy, Mass., in 1927 to an empire of restaurants and hotels. By the 1970s, there were more than 1,000 Howard Johnson’s restaurants in the United States. Currently, there are only two restaurants in the entire country: one in Bangor, Me., and one in Lake Placid, N.Y. The chain has since shifted focus to its hotel division and now maintains properties across the world.

Mister Donut's Japanese mascot Pon de Lion

Mister Donut
Restaurants in 2012: 0
Restaurants in 1980: 835
Year founded: 1955

Harry Winouker founded Mister Donut in 1955 after dismantling a failed business venture with his brother-in-law, Bill Rosenberg, the future founder of Dunkin’ Donuts. By 1970, there were hundreds of franchised locations across the United States, and the brand was acquired by International Multifoods, at the time one of America’s biggest food companies. In 1983, Japan’s Duskin Co. Ltd. bought the rights to Mister Donut for all of Asia. Since then, the brand has caught on in Japan, where it is the largest donut chain, with more than 1,100 stores. Worldwide, there are more than 10,000 Mister Donut stores. But as the brand expanded abroad, it vanished at home. Currently, there are no Mister Donut locations in the U.S., after most were acquired in 1990 by Dunkin’ Donuts’ former parent company Allied-Lyons. “The growth of Starbucks and Dunkin’ Brands, and their domination of the U.S. has certainly forced out Mister Donut, and other donut places,” said Tristano.


Steak & Ale
Restaurants in 2012: 0
Restaurants in 1980: 196
Year founded: 1966

Steak & Ale was once, alongside Bennigan’s, part of Pillsbury’s chain restaurant holdings. In 1980, there were just under 200 Steak & Ale locations in the United States. But by 2008, that number had dropped to 50. That is when S&A Restaurant Corp., which ran the chain as well as Bennigan’s, filed for bankruptcy. Although Bennigan’s has been revitalized and continues to operate, Steak & Ale no longer exists. Both chains were conceived by Norman E. Brinker, who also helped to popularize Chili’s and built Brinker International Inc. (NYSE: EAT), one of the nation’s largest food companies.


Restaurants in 2012: 0
Restaurants in 1980: 81
Year founded: 1975

Chi-Chi’s was founded in Minneapolis in 1975 as a family-style Mexican restaurant by restaurateur Marno McDermott and former Green Bay Packers player Max McGee. By 1985, the company had nearly 200 locations around the country. But, according to Tristano, the success of other Mexican-themed chains like Taco Bell and Chipotle began to chip away at the company’s success. In 2011, Chi-Chi’s filed for bankruptcy. At the time of the filing, the chain had roughly $100 million in debt. Shortly after the filing, a hepatitis A outbreak at a location resulted in several deaths. All franchise restaurants have since closed. However, “Chi-Chi’s still has their brand licensed for salsa and tortilla chips by Hormel. All franchise restaurants have since closed in the United States. (Reportedly the restaurant chain is in operation in Belgium, Luxembourg, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Indonesia.

Ground Round
Restaurants in 2012: 25
Restaurants in 1980: 177
Year founded: 1969

Ground Round was founded as a pub-style restaurant in 1969 with a small menu and casual environment. The chain was once part of the 1,000 Howard Johnson’s stores. Now, the brand is owned by its own franchisees, who acquired the assets of Ground Round in a bankruptcy sale in 2004. As of 2012, there were just 25 locations nationwide, mostly in northern states, with four in North Dakota and seven in Minnesota. According to the Farmington Independent, a new Ground Round location will open in Farmington, Minn., in September. The restaurants were located primarily in more rural locations and were forced out by other national chains like Buffalo Wild Wings and Applebee’s, according to Tristano.

Restaurants in 2012: 1
Restaurants in 1980: 1,118
Year founded: 1957

Sambo’s was named after its two founders, Sam Battistone and Newell “Bo” Bohnett. At one point the chain included 1,118 restaurants. However, many customers, especially in the Northeast, felt uncomfortable with the name and the company’s history. In its early marketing efforts, Sambo’s used the principal character from Helen Bannerman’s 1899 book “Little Black Sambo,” which has been widely criticized for promoting negative racial stereotypes. Issues of political correctness were damaging to the brand as early as the 1970s, Tristano said. The chain suffered from financial troubles and filed for bankruptcy in late 1981 after failing to restructure its debt. The first Sambo’s in Santa Barbara, which is owned by the founder’s grandson, remains in business.

Restaurants in 2012: 32
Restaurants in 1980: 40
Year founded: 1976

Irish-American-themed restaurant Bennigan’s was founded in 1976. It was owned for a time by the Pillsbury Corp., which also owned Burger King. After finding success in the 1990s, Bennigan’s began facing heavy competition from other casual family chain restaurants such as Chili’s, Applebee’s and TGIF. In 2008, Bennigan’s filed for bankruptcy and closed more than 200 franchises. Currently, there are just 32 Bennigan’s locations in the United States. But the company has come out of bankruptcy under new ownership, and there may be hope for the future of the restaurant chain.



Leasing News Advisor 
Bob Kieve

Bob Kieve joined the Leasing News Advisory Board on February 4, 2005. He is most likely our oldest member, 91; perhaps, one of the most experienced radio broadcasters, commentators, with the most public experience. Not only is his “Mr. San Jose,” an award given to him for all his community service, but has served in the good will category through out the world and was one of President Dwight Eisenhower’s speech writers for three years.  He has many stories about "Ike," a person he greatly admired.

Robert S. Kieve
Empire Broadcasting
San Jose, California

Born Jersey City, NJ 
BS Harvard College: 1943 
Information Officer American Embassy, Madrid: 1943-47 
Author: El Arte Radiofonico, Spain's first book on radio broadcasting 
Program Manager: WGVA, Geneva, NY 
Promotion Writer: CBS, New York 
Special Assistant in White House Office under Eisenhower: 1953-56 
General Manager WBBF-AM_FM, Rochester: NY 1967-67 
President, Empire Broadcasting Corporation, San Jose, CA:

Robert S. Kieve is president of Empire Broadcasting Corporation, a position he has held since 1967. The company owns and operates radio stations KLIV, KARA and KRTY in San José, California, where Mr. Kieve also serves as a radio commentator.KLIV has been on the air since September 1946. It was originally KSJO, a 1000-watt daytime-only station. KLIV changed hands on July 1, 1967. It was acquired by two former Rochester, N.Y., radio executives, Robert S. Kieve and James M. Trayhern, Jr., who had incorporated as Empire Broadcasting. Four decades later, Bob Kieve has remained as the owner of KLIV, one of the few independent radio station owners left in the region.

A 1943 graduate of Harvard College, Bob began his career as an information officer at the American Embassy in Madrid, Spain, during and after World War II. Following several program director and writer positions in radio and television, he was appointed to a position as special assistant and staff writer for President Dwight D. Eisenhower. He was later promoted to Special Assistant to Deputy Director of U.S. Information Agency before becoming general manager of Radio Stations WBBF and WBBF-FM in Rochester, NY. He is the author of El Arte Radiofonico, published in Madrid. An active member of the community, Mr. Kieve is past president of the Rotary Club of San José, director of the San Jose Symphony Foundation, past board member of the San Jose Symphony, member of the San Jose/Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee, board member of the Northern California Broadcasters Association and the California Broadcasters Association. He joined the Board of Trustees at Regional Medical Center of San Jose in 2000. He was awarded the "Mr. San Jose" by the community. 

Bob has served on many non-profits in active positions from president to chairman of committees, too numerous to mention here. 

It is his writing skills, and as important, his ability as a commentator on San Francisco Bay area radio that he is most known to the local public. His commentary is always full of wit, common sense, sophistication, and Bob is definitely known to speak his mind. Whether you agreed or did not agree with him, the audience seem to always find it a pleasure to hear his commentary. 

Bob today serves more as a mentor, someone you want to be when you grow up. When asked, he participates with his opinion on subjects and positions on Leasing News, although he is not in the equipment leasing business. He is a broadcaster. The internet is the newest medium. He was one of the first to be “on line” and appreciate the direction the World Wide Web is heading. He still is very active, someone you look forward to in receiving an e-mail.



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Madison Capital Finances Blink! Extravaganza

Owings Mills, MD- Blink! A Light and Sound Extravaganza returns to Faneuil Hall Marketplace for a special summer edition. Blink! is a "must-see" light and sound event that transforms every inch of Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Madison Capital, a leading provider of equipment and commercial vehicle financing solutions, provided the financing for this state-of -the-art Holiday Décor project with Parker 3D. This magical and unforgettable light showcase uses over 350,000 LED lights to illuminate Boston’s skyline. Blink! offers nightly shows during the summer extending through Labor Day and features the music of The Standells.

As a financing partner, Madison Capital collaborated with Parker 3D, the Maxi Award-winning technology driven design team, to make this spectacular project a reality.

Nancy Pistorio, Exec. VP
Madison Capital

“Parker 3D creates amazing technology-based event programs and Madison Capital specializes in financing holiday décor; therefore, it was a great fit. Madison Capital provided a significant portion of the financing for the décor, lights and sound system that went into creating the fabulous holiday show for the Faneuil Hall Marketplace Merchants’ Association,” said Nancy Pistorio, Executive Vice President, Madison Capital.

Madison Capital has a history of successfully serving the holiday décor needs of shopping centers and retail destinations. Madison Capital is committed to this niche industry through 14 years of continuous membership in ICSC. To view our holiday décor video, please click here or for more information on Madison Capital visit

About Madison Capital, LLC.
Madison Capital has over 40 years of expertise in equipment financing and commercial vehicle leasing and is a direct funding source for most types of business equipment and for vehicles up to 500 units. Madison provides its financing services throughout the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. In addition, Madison offers loan portfolio servicing capabilities concentrating on firms looking to outsource their billing and collection functions. For more information, please visit or call 800-733-5529.

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Fall 2013 Leasing Conferences---Save the Date


Canadian Finance &
Leasing Association
September 18-20
Marriott Halifax
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September 27-28, 2013
2013 NAELB Western Regional
Irvine, California



2013 Funding Symposium

October 10-13
Nashville Marriott
at Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee




Look Who's Coming

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Conference Pricing


October 10-11
2013 Annual Convention
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October 20-22
ELFA 52nd Annual Convention
JW Marriott Grande Lakes-Orlando, Florida


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November 1-2, 2013
2013 Eastern Regional
Nashville, Tennessee


November 6-8, 2013
Boca Raton Resort Club, Boca Raton, FL



Commercial Finance Association
69th Annual Convention
November 13 - 15
JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE
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Schedule of Activities

Early Registration Fees
(Until Friday, August 30, 2013)
Member: $1,195
Non-member: $1,795

Standard Registration Fees
(Saturday, August 31, 2013 – Friday, November 8, 2013)
Member: $1,295
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(After Friday, November 8, 2013)
Member: $1,395
Non-member: $1,995




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Fernando's View
By Fernando F. Croc

New works from very different, prolific masters ("Blue Jasmine," "Drug War") hit theaters, while DVD releases offer science-fiction ("Oblivion"), savory drama ("Mud"), and an underseen classic ("The Bullfighter and the Lady").

In Theaters:

Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics): Continuing his autumnal, "Midnight in Paris" hot-streak, Woody Allen offers another triumph in his latest comedy-drama. The multi-character story centers on Jasmine (Cate Blanchett, in an intense performance), a woman whose recent plunge from her previous privileged position has pushed her to the verge of a nervous breakdown. Moving from New York to San Francisco, the increasingly frantic Jasmine takes residence with her sister (Sally Hawkins) and tries to put her life together, getting involved with an array of potential new boyfriends in the process. Allen's first movie in years set in the U.S., this is a razor-sharp work with a surprising cast (including Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K. and Andrew Dice Clay) and the legendary writer-director's mix of laugh-out-loud comedy and piercing drama.

Drug War (Variance Films): Veteran Hong Kong filmmaker Johnnie To may finally reach U.S. audiences with this critically acclaimed, slam-bang thriller. Unfolding in a treacherous netherworld where law and crime are separated by a very thin line, the plot focuses on the tenuous alliance between police captain Zhang (Sun Honglei) and arrested drug lord Timmy Choi (Louis Koo). Hoping to dodge punishment, the criminal agrees to help the lawman in a series of hair-raising undercover operations, as part of a police investigation into a narcotics ring. As the kingpins grow more and more suspicious of Zhang's disguises, can Timmy be trusted? Featuring action, tension and characterizations that put most of Hollywood's glossy blockbusters to shame, To's film is one of the season's most robust and compelling features. With subtitles.

Netflix Tip: Though to many Western viewers "Drug War" will be an introduction to Johnnie To's style, the Hong Kong director has been serving up arresting features for decades. So check out some of his best early films, which include "Fulltime Killer" (2001), "Election" (2005), "Sparrow" (2008) and "Vengeance" (2009).


Oblivion (Universal Pictures): Tom Cruise returns to the blockbuster science-fiction realm of "Minority Reports" with this ambitious cosmic epic. Set in a future in which the Earth has been devastated by alien wars, the story follows Jack Harper (Cruise), a veteran drone repairman whose latest assignment takes him to a part of the planet marauded by terrifying beings known as the Scavs. Investigating a rescue call from a fallen spaceship, Jack encounters a mysteriously familiar young woman (Olga Kurylenko) and the leader of an underground resistance movement (Morgan Freeman). Soon, what began as a routine job for the hero becomes a struggle for the fate of humanity. Director Joseph Kosinski follows his "Tron: Legacy" with another promising, visually lush sci-fi adventure.

Mud (Lions Gate): Following up on his excellent "Take Shelter," writer-director Jeff Nichols serves up another evocative, richly detailed character study set in the American South. "Mud" is the name of a mysterious man (played by Matthew McConaughey) who's been hiding from the police in an island off the Mississippi after getting involved in a violent crime. Trying to find a way to reconnect with his childhood sweetheart (Reese Witherspoon), he asks for the help of a pair of teenagers (Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland). The boys' fascination with this fugitive, however, goes hand in hand fear that they'll get caught by a vengeful vigilante (Joe Don Baker). Weaving a complex web of love, guilt, and menace, the movie often suggests a story from legendary Southern writer William Faulkner but with its own evocative lyricism. The strong cast also includes Sam Shepard and Michael Shannon.

The Bullfighter and the Lady (Olive Films): Best known to movie buffs for the exceptional series of low-budget Westerns he directed starring Randolph Scott in the 1950s, Budd Boetticher was a one-of-a-kind personality with a fascination for the art of bullfighting. This personal 1951 drama was his breakthrough film, now finally available on DVD. Set in Mexico, the story follows the friendship that develops between Johnny (Robert Stack), a hotheaded young American who takes up bullfighting to impress a beautiful woman, and Manolo (Gilbert Roland), an older and dignified local torero who's more acquainted with the rules and honor system the sport. Filled with moments of tension, humor and character insight, this terrific and severely underseen classic is a must for cinema lovers interested in one of the masters of the Western genre.


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Salt Lake City, Utah Adopt-a-Dog


This beautiful girl is Darbie (aka Abby). Abby is around 10 years old and came to us from a local shelter where she was waiting and waiting for her owner to come and pick her up. UAAF soon realized that there was no owner and we needed to get her out of the shelter. No dog deserves to be at a shelter any longer than needed and Abby needed to get out.

Abby came to the Animal Advocacy and her foster mom soon noticed she was having trouble getting up and walking around with a bit of a limp. We soon took her to Mountain View Animal Hospital and did x-rays and we discovered she has some lower back disc issues and she has a torn cruciate. Surgery was soon scheduled for this baby.

Abby is quite the trooper and has recovered very well with her knee surgery. It is much easier for her to get up and get around with a new knee! She is a kick back kind of girl and likes to be near her person. Abby does prefer a quiet household and not much activity. She is great with other cats and is good with smaller dogs or dogs with a relaxed attitude. Abby knows her basic commands: sit, stay, down, shake and kiss.

Abby loves to play with toys and really loves the laser light. She loves belly rubs and scratches behind the ears. Abby is extremely sweet, loving, playful dog and we can’t wait to see how fun she is when her leg allows her to be more active. She is losing her hearing but responding well to hand signals.

Abby has been spayed, current on vaccinations, tested negative for Heartworm and micro chipped. For more information please email: or call Maryjo at (801) 809-0602 or email:

You can visit this beauty at the Canyon Rim PetSmart (3191 East 3300 South) in Salt Lake City, Saturday July 6th and Sunday July 7th from 11-3 pm.

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News Briefs----

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US unemployment claims fall to 326K, 5 ½-year low

Fed’s Raskin is chosen for deputy Treasury secretary

JC Penney insists credit still good with CIT

Facebook’s stock price passes IPO's $38

NBC left reeling as ABC’s Sawyer tops Williams



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by Jim "Mudcat" Grant

Life is like a game of baseball
And you play it every day.
It isn't just the breaks you get,
But the kind of game you play.

Stop and look the whole team over,
You've got dedication there.
You're bound to be a winner,
With men who really care.

Your pitcher's name is courage,
You need him in this game.
For trust and faith your keystone men,
The grounders they will tame.

Your centerfielder is very fast,
Though small and hard to see.
So watch him when he gets the ball,
He's opportunity. 
At first base there's religion,
He's stood the test of time.
At third base there is brotherhood,
A stalwart of the nine.

Your leftfielder is ambition,
Don't ever let him shirk.
Rightfielder is a husky man,
You'll find his name is work. 
Your catcher's name is humor,
He's important to the scheme.
While honor is pitching from the bull pen,
Your game is always clean.

With love on your bench,
You've perfection, no less.
And a winning team,
With joy and happiness.

The other team is strong,
Greed, envy, hatred, and defeat
Are four strong infielders you'll have to buck, 
To make your game complete. 
Discouragement and falsehood,
Are the big boys in the pen.
You'll have to swing hard,
When you meet up with them.

Carelessness and a man called waste,
You'll find them playing hard.
And selfishness and jealousy,
None can you disregard.

There's one more man you'll have to watch,
He's always very near.
He's the pitcher for this team,
I'm told his name is fear.

The game will not be easy,
There'll be struggle, there'll be strife.
To make the winning runs,
For it's played on the field of life.

So stand behind your team,
There'll be many who'll applaud.
Just remember you are the player,
And the umpire there is God.



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This Day in History

      1498 - Italian explorer Christopher Columbus sets foot on the American mainland for the first time, at the Paria Peninsula in present-day Venezuela. Thinking it an island, he christened it Isla Santa and claimed it for Spain. He entered the Gulf of Paria in Venezuela and planted the Spanish flag in South America on August 1, 1498. He explored the Orinoco River of Venezuela and, given its scope, soon realized he had stumbled upon another continent. Columbus, a deeply religious man, decided after careful thought that Venezuela was the outer regions of the Garden of Eden. Returning to Hispaniola, he found that conditions on the island had deteriorated under the rule of his brothers, Diego and Bartholomew. Columbus' efforts to restore order were marked by brutality, and his rule came to be deeply resented by both the colonists and the native Taino chiefs. In 1500, Spanish chief justice Francisco de Bobadilla arrived at Hispaniola, sent by Isabella and Ferdinand to investigate complaints, and Columbus and his brothers were sent back to Spain in chains. He was immediately released upon his return, and Ferdinand and Isabella agreed to finance a fourth voyage, in which he was to search for the earthly paradise and the realms of gold said to lie nearby. He was also to continue looking for a passage to India. In May 1502, Columbus left Cýdiz on his fourth and final voyage to the New World. After returning to Hispaniola, against his patrons' wishes, he explored the coast of Central America looking for a strait and for gold. Attempting to return to Hispaniola, his ships, in poor condition, had to be beached on Jamaica. Columbus and his men were marooned, but two of his captains succeed in canoeing the 450 miles to Hispaniola. Columbus was a castaway on Jamaica for a year before a rescue ship arrived. In November 1504, Columbus returned to Spain. Queen Isabella, his chief patron, died less than three weeks later. Although Columbus enjoyed substantial revenue from Hispaniola gold during the last years of his life, he repeatedly attempted (unsuccessfully) to gain an audience with King Ferdinand, whom he felt owed him further redress. Columbus died in Valladolid on May 20, 1506, without realizing the great scope of his achievement: He had discovered for Europe the New World, whose riches over the next century would help make Spain the wealthiest and most powerful nation on earth.
    1619-First black Americans (20) land at Jamestown, Virginia.
    1764-Birthday of Anne Willing Bingham conducted social salons for leaders of the newly born United States such as Jefferson, Washington, etc., and had a lot to say to them. AWB is one of the largely unrecognized cadre of early American women who along with Abigail Adams, Mercy Otis Warren, and others attempted to gain human rights for women from the framers of the U.S. Constitution. 
She reported was used as the model for “ liberty” on US coins.
    1776- the first Jew to die in the American Revolution, Francis Salvador, was killed in a skirmish with the British loyalists. He was also the first Jew selected to office in colonial America. He was voted a member of the South Carolina Provincial Congress in January, 1775. He was known as the Southern Paul Revere for having warned of the approach of the British fleet at Charleston, SC. On August 1, 1776, while he was leading the militia under the command of Major Andrew Wilinson, his group was ambushed by Native Americans and loyalists near Esseneka (Seneca). Salvador was shot through the body and the left leg and was scalped by a group of Cherokees who sided with the British.
    1779-Birthday of Francis Scott Key ( and if you don’t know who he was, turn in your citizenship papers). American attorney, social worker, poet and author of the US national anthem. Key was on shipboard off Baltimore during the British bombardment of Fort McHenery on the nights of September 13-14, 1814. Thrilled to see the American flag still flying over the fort at daybreak, Key wrote the poem “ The Star-Spangled Banner.” Born at Frederick County, MD., he died at Baltimore, MD, January 11, 1842.
    1790- The first census revealed that there were 3,939,326 citizens in the 16 states and the Ohio Territory. Virginia, with 747,610, was the most populous state; Rhode Island, with 68,825, the least. New York City had a population of 33,131, Philadelphia had a population of 28,522, and Boston had a population of 18,320. The US has taken a census every 10 years since 1790. 
    1791- Virginia planter Robert Carter Ill confounded his family and friends by filing a deed of emancipation for his 500 slaves. One of the wealthiest men in the state, Carter owned 60,000 acres over IS plantations. The deed included the following words: “I have for some time past been convinced that to retain them in Slavery is contrary to the true principles of Religion and Justice and therefore it is my duty to manumit them.” The document established a schedule by which 15 slaves would be freed each Jan 1, over a 21-year period, plus slave children would be freed at age 18 for females and 21 for males. It is believed this was the largest act of emancipation in US history and predated the Emancipation Proclamation by 70 years.
    1794- Whiskey Rebellion begins.
    1812- A rare tornado hits Westchester County, NY.
    1818-Birthday of Maria Mitchell. An interest in her father’s hobby and an ability for mathematics resulted in Maria Mitchell’s becoming the first female professional astronomer. In 1847, while assisting her father in a survey of the sky for the US Coast Guard, Mitchell discovered a new comet and determined its orbit. She received many honors because of this, including being elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences---its first woman. Mitchell joined the staff at Vassar Female College in 1865---the first US female profession of astronomy—and in 1873 was a cofounder of the Association for the advancement of Women. Born at Nantucket, MA. Mitchell died June 28, 1889, at Lynn, MA.
    1838-Abolition of slavery in Jamaica. Spanish settlers introduced the slave trade into Jamaica in 1509 and sugar cane in 1640. Slavery continued until this day when it was abolished by the British.
    1861-for trivia fans, John Tyler of Virginia, president of the United States from 1841 to 1845, became a delegate to the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States. He was elected a member of the House of Representatives of the permanent Confederate Congress on November 7, 1861, but died on January 18, 1862, before taking his seat. he is the only former president to serve as an official of an “enemy government.”
    1873- The first cable car ran at 5am on Clay Street Hill , San Francisco, CA, while the City slept. It was ready to run its trails, and pictures were allowed to be taken on August 2. Revenue service did not take place until September 1. The ride cost five cents. This was the first cable car put into service anywhere in the world. It was invented by Andrew Smith Hallidie, who obtained a patent on January 17, 1871, on an “endless-wire rope way.” Today only three lines of the original lines operate.
    1876- Colorado admitted to the Union as the 38th state.
    1903 –Birthday of Calamity Jane, who’s real name was Martha Jane Cannary Burk, born Princeton, Missouri. Between legend and the usual misrepresentations, the true life of this frontier woman is shrouded. She usually dressed as a man, yet historians claim she was a prostitute. She claimed to have scouted for the army, including for Gen. George Custer while others say that was impossible. She was part of a geological expedition to the Black Hills and stayed after gold was discovered. History says she also was a "companion" of Wild Bill Hickok who died 27 years and one days before she did, and is buried next to him, not his wife. She lived her last years in poverty. How she earned her living appears to be a mystery as many historians claim that she was not a stage driver, a scout, nor anything else like that. She was in El Paso for a time where she married a Clinton Burke who soon deserted her. She was believed to have been a mail carrier in Deadwood, but her exact ways of earning a living are just not known. In reality, most of what we think we know of Calamity Jane is the product of dime novels of the era that portrayed her as beautiful and daring as well as Hollywood movies.

    1916-Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Established. Area of Hawaii Island, including active volcanoes Kilauea and Manua Loa, were established as Hawaii National Park in 1916.
    1933- California introduces sales tax due to the devastating depression.
    1939-Glenn Miller Band records “ In the Mood,” ( Bluebird 104150 Non-royalty contract gives him only $175.
    1941---Willy’s introduces the “jeep.” General Dwight D. Eisenhower said that America could not have won World War II without it.
    1941-Birthday of Ronald H. Brown, born Washington, DC., grew up in Harlem and studied at Middlebury College in Vermont. After graduating from St. John’s University law school, Brown served as chief council for the Senate Judiciary Committee. He went on to become the first African-American partner at the law firm of Patton Boggs & Blow, the first African-American leader of the Democratic National Committee and later served as the US Secretary of Commerce during the Clinton administration. Brown died in a plane crash at Dubrovnik, Croatia, Apr 3,1996, while on government business. Some say the death was not an accident.
    1941- Yankee Lefty Gomez breaks the major league mark for walks in a shutout by issuing 11 walks in a 9-0 victory over the Browns.
    1942- Birthday of Jerry Garcia, lead guitarist and driving force behind the Grateful Dead, was born in San Francisco. The Dead were the only psychedelic band of the 1960's to survive into the '90s. They had been better known for their 4 - 5 hour concerts than for their recordings, until 1987's "In the Dark." It was the Grateful Dead's biggest seller, and a single from it, "Touch of Grey," became their first top-ten hit. Garcia died of a heart attack on August 9th, 1995, at a residential treatment center in Forest Knolls, California. He had reportedly gone there to battle his heroin addiction.
    1942-The American Federation of Musicians went on strike. Union president James C. Petrillo told musicians that phonograph records were 'a threat to members' jobs.' As a result, musicians refused to perform in recording sessions over the next several months, although live, musical radio broadcasts did continue. 
    1943--BAKER, ADDISON E. (Air Mission) Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Air Corps, 93d Heavy Bombardment Group. Place and date: Ploesti Raid, Rumania, 1 August 1943. Entered service at: Akron, Ohio. Born: 1 January 1907, Chicago, Ill. G.O. No.: 20, 11 March 1944. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy on 1 August 1943. On this date he led his command, the 93d Heavy Bombardment Group, on a daring low-level attack against enemy oil refineries and installations at Ploesti, Rumania. Approaching the target, his aircraft was hit by a large caliber antiaircraft shell, seriously damaged and set on fire. Ignoring the fact he was flying over terrain suitable for safe landing, he refused to jeopardize the mission by breaking up the lead formation and continued unswervingly to lead his group to the target upon which he dropped his bombs with devastating effect. Only then did he leave formation, but his valiant attempts to gain sufficient altitude for the crew to escape by parachute were unavailing and his aircraft crashed in flames after his successful efforts to avoid other planes in formation. By extraordinary flying skill, gallant leadership and intrepidity, Lt. Col. Baker rendered outstanding, distinguished, and valorous service to our Nation
    1943-HUGHES, LLOYD H. (Air Mission) Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Corps, 564th Bomber Squadron, 389th Bomber Group, 9th Air Force. Place and date: Ploesti Raid, Rumania, 1 August 1943. Entered service at: San Antonio, Tex. Born: 12 July 1921, Alexandria, La. G.O. No.: 17, 26 February 1944. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry in action and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. On August 1943, 2d Lt. Hughes served in the capacity of pilot of a heavy bombardment aircraft participating in a long and hazardous minimum-altitude attack against the Axis oil refineries of Ploesti, Rumania, launched from the northern shores of Africa. Flying in the last formation to attack the target, he arrived in the target area after previous flights had thoroughly alerted the enemy defenses. Approaching the target through intense and accurate antiaircraft fire and dense balloon barrages at dangerously low altitude, his plane received several direct hits from both large and small caliber antiaircraft guns which seriously damaged his aircraft, causing sheets of escaping gasoline to stream from the bomb bay and from the left wing. This damage was inflicted at a time prior to reaching the target when 2d Lt. Hughes could have made a forced landing in any of the grain fields readily available at that time. The target area was blazing with burning oil tanks and damaged refinery installations from which flames leaped high above the bombing level of the formation. With full knowledge of the consequences of entering this blazing inferno when his airplane was profusely leaking gasoline in two separate locations, 2d Lt. Hughes, motivated only by his high conception of duty which called for the destruction of his assigned target at any cost, did not elect to make a forced landing or turn back from the attack. Instead, rather than jeopardize the formation and the success of the attack, he unhesitatingly entered the blazing area and dropped his bomb load with great precision. After successfully bombing the objective, his aircraft emerged from the conflagration with the left wing aflame. Only then did he attempt a forced landing, but because of the advanced stage of the fire enveloping his aircraft the plane crashed and was consumed. By 2d Lt. Hughes' heroic decision to complete his mission regardless of the consequences in utter disregard of his own life, and by his gallant and valorous execution of this decision, he has rendered a service to our country in the defeat of our enemies which will everlastingly be outstanding in the annals of our Nation's history.
    1943--JERSTAD, JOHN L. (Air Mission) Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Major, U.S. Army Air Corps, 9th Air Force. Place and date: Ploesti Raid, Rumania, 1 August 1943. Entered service at: Racine, Wis. Born: 12 February 1918, Racine, Wis. G.O. No.: 72, 28 October 1943. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty. On 1 August 1943, he served as pilot of the lead aircraft in his group in a daring low-level attack against enemy oil refineries and installations at Ploesti, Rumania. Although he had completed more than his share of missions and was no longer connected with this group, so high was his conception of duty that he volunteered to lead the formation in the correct belief that his participation would contribute materially to success in this attack. Maj. Jerstad led the formation into attack with full realization of the extreme hazards involved and despite withering fire from heavy and light antiaircraft guns. Three miles from the target his airplane was hit, badly damaged, and set on fire. Ignoring the fact that he was flying over a field suitable for a forced landing, he kept on the course. After the bombs of his aircraft were released on the target, the fire in his ship became so intense as to make further progress impossible and he crashed into the target area. By his voluntary acceptance of a mission he knew was extremely hazardous, and his assumption of an intrepid course of action at the risk of life over and above the call of duty, Maj. Jerstad set an example of heroism which will be an inspiration to the U.S. Armed Forces.
    1943--JOHNSON, LEON W. (Air Mission) Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Colonel, U.S. Army Air Corps, 44th Bomber Group, 9th Air Force. Place and date: Ploesti Raid, Rumania, 1 August 1943. Entered service at: Moline, Kans. Born: 13 September 1904, Columbia, Mo. G.O. No.: 54, 7 September 1943. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry in action and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 1 August 1943. Col. Johnson, as commanding officer of a heavy bombardment group, let the formation of the aircraft of his organization constituting the fourth element of the mass low-level bombing attack of the 9th U.S. Air Force against the vitally important enemy target of the Ploesti oil refineries. While proceeding to the target on this 2,400-mile flight, his element became separated from the leading elements of the mass formation in maintaining the formation of the unit while avoiding dangerous cumulous cloud conditions encountered over mountainous territory. Though temporarily lost, he reestablished contact with the third element and continued on the mission with this reduced force to the prearranged point of attack, where it was discovered that the target assigned to Col. Johnson's group had been attacked and damaged by a preceding element. Though having lost the element of surprise upon which the safety and success of such a daring form of mission in heavy bombardment aircraft so strongly depended, Col. Johnson elected to carry out his planned low-level attack despite the thoroughly alerted defenses, the destructive antiaircraft fire, enemy fighter airplanes, the imminent danger of exploding delayed action bombs from the previous element, of oil fires and explosions, and of intense smoke obscuring the target. By his gallant courage, brilliant leadership, and superior flying skill, Col. Johnson so led his formation as to destroy totally the important refining plants and installations which were the object of his mission. Col. Johnson's personal contribution to the success of this historic raid, and the conspicuous gallantry in action, and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty demonstrated by him on this occasion constitute such deeds of valor and distinguished service as have during our Nation's history formed the finest traditions of our Armed Forces.
    1943--KANE, JOHN R. (Air Mission)
Rank and organization: Colonel, U.S. Army Air Corps, 9th Air Force. Place and date: Ploetsi Raid, Rumania, 1 August 1943. Entered service at: Shreveport, La. Birth: McGregor, Tex. G.O. No.: 54, 9 August 1943. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry in action and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 1 August 1943. On this date he led the third element of heavy bombardment aircraft in a mass low-level bombing attack against the vitally important enemy target of the Ploesti oil refineries. En route to the target, which necessitated a round-trip flight of over 2,400 miles, Col. Kane's element became separated from the leading portion of the massed formation in avoiding dense and dangerous cumulous cloud conditions over mountainous terrain. Rather than turn back from such a vital mission he elected to proceed to his target. Upon arrival at the target area it was discovered that another group had apparently missed its target and had previously attacked ??and damaged the target assigned to Col. Kane's element. Despite the thoroughly warned defenses, the intensive antiaircraft fire, enemy fighter airplanes, extreme hazards on a low-level attack of exploding delayed action bombs from the previous element, of oil fires and explosions and dense smoke over the target area, Col. Kane elected to lead his formation into the attack. By his gallant courage, brilliant leadership, and superior flying skill, he and the formation under his command successfully attacked this vast refinery so essential to our enemies' war effort. Through his conspicuous gallantry in this most hazardous action against the enemy, and by his intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, Col. Kane personally contributed vitally to the success of this daring mission and thereby rendered most distinguished service in the furtherance of the defeat of our enemies.
    1944-Warsaw Uprising. Having received radio reports from Moscow promising aid from the red Army, the Polish Home army rose up against the Nazi oppressors. At 5pm, thousands of windows were thrown open and Polish patriots, 40,000 strong, began shooting at German soldiers in the streets. The Germans responded by throwing eight divisions into the battle. Despite appeals from the London-based Polish government-in exile, no assistance was forthcoming from the Allies, and after two months of horrific fighting the rebellion was quashed. 
    1944- Anne Frank makes the last entry into her diary. To escape deportation to concentration camps, the Jewish family of Otto Frank hid for two years in the warehouse of his food products business at Amsterdam. Gentile friends smuggled in food and other supplies during their confinement. Thirteen-year-old Anne Frank, who kept a journal during the time of their hiding, penned her last entry in the diary Aug 1,1944: ‘[I] keep on trying to find away of becoming what I would like to be, and what I could be, if . . . there weren’t any other people living in the world.” Three days later (Aug 4,1944) Grune Polizel raided the ‘Secret Annex” where the Frank family was hidden. Anne and her sister were sent to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp where Anne died at age 15, two months before the liberation of Holland. Young Anne’s diary, later found in the family’s hiding place, has been translated into 30 languages and has become a symbol of the indomitable strength of the human spirit.
    1944---Top Hits
Amor - Bing Crosby
I’ll Be Seeing You - Bing Crosby
Long Ago and Far Away - Helen Forrest & Dick Haymes
Is You is or is You Ain’t (Ma’ Baby) - Louis Jordan
    1951-Neal Hefti Band records his “Coral Reef.” Great trumpet player, greater arranger for Basie, Sinatra, and many others.,+Neal
    1952---Top Hits
I’m Yours - Don Cornell
Delicado - Percy Faith
Auf Wiedersehn, Sweetheart - Vera Lynn
Are You Teasing Me - Carl Smith
    1953-Birthday of guitarist Robert Cray, Columbus, GA
    1954-An August 1st concert promoted by Alan Freed features Fats Domino, Muddy Waters, The Clovers, The Orioles and others at the Moondog Jubilee of Stars Under the Stars at Eberts Field in Brooklyn, New York.
    1956-RCA released two of Elvis Presley's hit singles: "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Love Me Tender". 
    1957- Dodger first baseman Gil Hodges hits his 13th career grand slam and the last grand slam in Brooklyn Dodger history. The bases-loaded shot establishes a new National League record.
    1959-After nine weeks as the best selling song in America, Johnny Horton's "The Battle of New Orleans" is pushed out of the number one spot by Paul Anka's "Lonely Boy". 
    1959 -- Paul Anka's "Lonely Boy" hits #1
    1960- Chubby Checker's recording of "The Twist" was released by Cameo-Parkway Records. Checker wasn't the originator of the song that spawned the '60s greatest dance craze. That honor belonged to Hank Ballard, who wrote and recorded the tune as the "B" side of his 1958 hit "Teardrops on My Letter." But it was Chubby Checker who rode "The Twist" to stardom. His recording went to number one on the Billboard pop chart twice - in 1960 and again in 1962.
    1960- 18 year-old singer Aretha Franklin made her first secular recordings for producer John Hammond at Columbia Records. She had recorded some gospel songs at her father's church in Detroit four years earlier.
    1960---Top Hits
I’m Sorry - Brenda Lee
Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini - Brian Hyland
It’s Now or Never - Elvis Presley
Please Help Me, I’m Falling - Hank Locklin
    1963-Arthur Ashe, first Black male to win Wimbledon, becomes first Black person named to the US Davis Cup team.
    1964-The title track from The Beatles' movie "A Hard Day's Night" topped the record charts on both sides of the Atlantic. The film was originally titled "Beatlemania" until producers heard an offhanded comment by Ringo Starr as he flopped into a canvas chair and said "It's been a hard day's night, that was."
    1964 - The Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night" hits #1 
    1966 - Charles Whitman takes a stockpile of guns and ammunition to the observatory platform atop a 300-foot tower at the University of Texas and proceeds to shoot 46 people, killing 16.Whitman, who had killed both his wife and mother the night before, was eventually shot to death after courageous Austin police officers, including Ramiro Martinez, charged up the stairs of the tower to subdue the attacker.Packing food and other supplies, he proceeded to the observation platform, killing the receptionist and two tourists before unpacking his rifle and telescope and hunting the people below. An expert marksman, Whitman was able to hit people as far away as 500 yards. For 90 minutes, he continued firing while officers searched for a chance to get a shot at him. By the end of his rampage, 16 people were dead and another 30 were injured. The University of Texas tower remained closed for over 30 years before reopening in 1999.
    1968---Top Hits
Grazing in the Grass - Hugh Masekela
Stoned Soul Picnic - The 5th Dimension
Hurdy Gurdy Man - Donovan
Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny
    1969 - The U.S. command in Saigon announces that 27 American aircraft were lost in the previous week, bringing the total losses of aircraft in the conflict to date to 5,690.
    1970-Chicago's "25 or 6 to 4" enters the Billboard Hot 100 where it will climb to #4. Many fans are confused about the song's meaning until it is explained that the tune was being written at 25 or 6 to four in the morning. 
    1972- Chicago's Chicago V LP is certified gold
    1973 - The first big oldies revival kicks off in earnest as George Lucas' new film, American Graffiti, premieres in Los Angeles. Portraying a night in the life of several California teenagers in 1961, it made stars out of Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Phillips and more, and also inspired the ABC-TV smash Happy Days.
    1971-The two Concerts for Bangladesh, organized by George Harrison, were held at Madison Square Garden in New York. Among the other performers were Bob Dylan, Ravi Shankar, Leon Russell and Ringo Starr. A three-record set, which won a Grammy Award, and a documentary film were made of the event. The concerts, album and film raised nearly $11 million US for the impoverished people of the newly-independent nation of Bangladesh, formerly East Pakistan. But much of the money was impounded by the US Internal Revenue Service during a nine-year audit of the Beatles' Apple Corps Limited. $2 million was sent to UNICEF before the audit began, but it wasn't until 1981 that a check for the remainder was issued.
    1976---Top Hits
Kiss and Say Goodbye - Manhattans
Love is Alive - Gary Wright
Moonlight Feels Right - Starbuck
Teddy Bear - Red Sovine
    1977-Willie McCovey of the San Francisco Giants hit the 18th and last grand slam of his career. His total still stands as the National League record. Lou Gehrig holds the major league record with 23.
    1977- Giant Willie McCovey establishes a National League record by hitting his 18th career grand slam.
    1977- "Elvis - What Happened," an expose by two of Presley's former bodyguards, was published. It sat in bookstores almost unnoticed until Presley's death two weeks later. Then it sold more than three-million copies. It is not available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, nor other on line used book stores at this time. Try the library in your neighborhood, and order by telephone or internet for a copy via the library system ( you must have a library card and internet pin number---it is free ).
    1979- Following her graduation from rabbinical college in Philadelphia, Linda Joy Holtzman was appointed spiritual leader of the Conservative Beth Israel congregation in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, making her the first female rabbi to head a Jewish congregation in America.
    1981-The all music-video channel, MTV, debuted. VHq, another music channel owned by MTV Networks that is aimed at older pop music fans, premiered in 1985.
    1982- Greg Louganis, US becomes first diver to score 700 (752.67) in 11 dives.
    1982- Hank Aaron, the holder of the career home run record (755) and RBI record (2,297); Frank Robinson, the first player to win the MVP in both leagues and the first black manager in the majors; Travis Jackson, an outstanding offensive and defensive shortstop for the Giants during 1920's, and former commissioner Happy Chandler, who provided leadership in breaking baseball's color line are inducted in the Hall of Fame
    1984---Top Hits
When Doves Cry - Prince
Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr.
State of Shock - Jacksons
Angel in Disguise - Earl Thomas Conley
    1986 - A powerful thunderstorm produced 100 mph winds and large hail in eastern Kansas and southwestern Missouri causing 71 million dollars damage, and injuring nineteen persons. It was one of the worst thunderstorms of record for Kansas. Crops were mowed to the ground in places and roofs blown off buildings along its path, 150 miles long and 30 miles wide, from near Abilene to southeast of Pittsburg.
    1987 - Record heat gripped parts of the Midwest. A dozen cities reported record high temperatures for the date, including Lincoln, NE, with a reading of 105 degrees, Moline, IL, with an afternoon high of 103 degrees, and Burlington, IA, with a reading of 102 degrees. 
    1989 - Hurricane Chantal made landfall along the Upper Texas coast about sunrise. Chantal deluged parts of Galveston Island and southeastern Texas with 8 to 12 inches of rain. Unofficial totals ranged up to twenty inches. Winds gusted to 82 mph at Galveston, and reached 76 mph in the Houston area. Tides were 5 to 7 feet high. The hurricane claimed two lives, and caused 100 million dollars damage.
    1989-- Gwendolyn King, became the first American of black African descent to head the Social Security Commission.
    1998 -Using the old Negro League teams represented in their respective cities, the Cardinal-Brave game Saturday featured throwback uniforms of the 1928 St. Louis Stars and the 1940 Atlanta Black Crackers.
    1990-The creation of what would become the world Wide Web was suggested this month in 1990 by Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Caliiau at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics at Switzerland. By October, they had designed a prototype Web browser. They also introduced HTML ( Hypertex Markup Language ) and the URL ( Universal Resource Locator). Mosaic, the first graphical Web browser, was designed by Marc Andesseen and released in 1993
( he was one of the founders of Netscape )---until that time there was “Archie” and Gopher. ) by early 1993, there were 50 Web servers worldwide.
    1990-IBM sold off its typewriter and keyboard businesses on this day in 1990. The move signaled IBM's increasing focus on the personal computer market. IBM also discontinued production of several of its PS/2 systems due to poor sales.
    1990- Ashton Tate released a new version of its software package, dBase IV. Ashton Tate had dominated the database market in the 1980s but began to slide in the 1990s. At the height of the company's success in the mid-1980s, founder George Tate died of a heart attack at his desk.
    1993-African-American Ronald H Brown, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, appointed head of the Department of Commerce by President-elect Bill Clinton.
    1994-, Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley confirmed that they had been married by a judge in the Dominican Republic on May 26th. Publicists for the bride and groom had been denying the marriage took place since word of it leaked out on July 10th. 
    1995 - Selling 331,000 copies, Selena's ``Dreaming of You,'' her first English album, debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard chart. The slain Tejano singer becomes the first Latin artist ever to debut at No. 1.
    1996 - Olympic wrap-up: Michael Johnson left his fellow runners in the dust to win gold in the 200 meters in a record 19.32 seconds. He was the first male Olympian to complete the 200/400-meter Olympic double. And French sprinter Marie-Jose Perec became only the second woman in history to win a gold medal in both the 200-meter and the 400-meter runs at the same Olympics. Perec joined American Valerie Brisco-Hooks, who won both the 200 and 400 races in 1984 in Los Angeles. The U.S. women’s soccer team claimed the gold medal and capped the first women’s soccer competition at the Olympics, beating China 2-1. And last, but certainly not least, Dan O’Brien won the gold in the decathlon, four years after failing to make the U.S. Olympic team. 
    2001 -For the 33rd time in the team's history, the Tigers turn a triple play as Mariner Mark McLemore lines out to second baseman Damion Easley, who throws to shortstop Deivi Cruz to double up Tom Lampkin. Cruz then relays the ball to first baseman Shane Halter catching Ichiro Suzuki off first to complete Detroit's first triple killing since July 3, 1992, when the victim was also Seattle.




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   by Dwight Galloway, CLP
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    Bulletin Board Complaint
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   by Tom McCurnin, Esq.
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- Radiance Capital, Tacoma, Washington
   Bulletin Board Complaint
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