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Paul has been in the commercial equipment leasing industry, managing the same portfolio, for over 30 years and arranged the acquisition of the Leasing Division by Santa Barbara Bank & Trust in 1996 and then the sale to LEAF Corporation. He was named Leasing Person of the Year for 2005 by Leasing News.
He is a former board member of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association as well as the United Association of Equipment Leasing, also very active in his community. He is a Certified Lease Professional, a graduate of UC Berkeley and holds an MBA in Management.
LEAF Corporation announced on Tuesday that they were closing LEAF Third Party Funding in Southern California (formerly Pacific Capital Bank Leasing, Santa Barbara Leasing) for an expansion in Columbia, South Carolina to a 20,000 square foot facility to house 150 employees “in a consolidation for all third party originations.” 25 employees were given immediate notice. Menzel, as president, also received a “pink slip.”
In his goodbye, Paul told Leasing News, “The consolidation was an understandable business decision, and perhaps a sign of times in our industry and I understand and accept this business decision. I very much appreciate the opportunity that LEAF provided me…I am most sad about the challenges for the employees that have been together for so many years. It is a great opportunity for the industry to grab some talent and experience."
Dwight Galloway, former president of NetBank Business Finance and now LEAF Specialty Finance “was promoted and will run the operation,” the press release said.
At present, there are not 150 employees to be located here (Columbia, South Carolina) as it appears to be a growth plan by LEAF Corporation (spokesman Bob Hunter was not available for a comment as Leasing News was told both he and Dwight Galloway, CLP, were in the Santa Barbara area in meetings. )
After the changes of the original 80 employees at Galloway’s operation when LEAF took over, billing was taken over by OCR, and funding, accounting, HR, IT, similar functions, were moved to the main New Jersey headquarters, where checks were cut with a 3pm East Coast cut off time. It appears the 150 employee office is a goal as NetBank had several mortgage operations in the Columbia, South Carolina area where the overhead is much lower than either New Jersey or California.
When Paul was sent by LEAF to close the former Alco Leasing taken over by LEAF in Portland, Oregon, it may have been foreshadowing that his operation would be next. The economy was changing, credit was tightening, large corporation were looking at ways to improve the bottom line by eliminating employees, overhead, and “consolidating.”
He did not want to make any further comment to Leasing News, but told us he was looking forward to writing the next chapter of his leasing career and sorting through new opportunities.
Steve Reid, marketing manager and member of the Leasing News Advisory Board, said he was willing to stay on longer to help the transition, assist brokers with funding and applications in process, but also would be hitting the streets.
Another long time employee told Leasing News the first day he was “shocked” and the second day angry as he learned severance was based on one year and other benefits also, from the date LEAF purchased Pacific Capital.
While Paul says “goodbye” for now, we hope to have a “hello, again” from him soon. He does not have a non-compete clause from LEAF corporation.
Paul Menzel, CLP
Dwight Galloway, CLP
Steve Reid, CLP
Bob Hunter whereabouts not known. Columbia, South Carolina office was in default on its rent as it closed down LEAF Third Party Funding and there was a dispute about breaking the lease, which Leasing News wrote about. LEAF Financial ended it arrangement with Resource America and arranged backing as LEAF Commercial Credit.
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Is Long Term Leasing Dead?
I thoroughly appreciated Mr. Terry Winders’ mention of “short term leasing” as an area of greater industry focus (1). Few industry writers capture the macro and micro as well as Terry… his immediately prior piece on blue ink signatures was eye opening for me too. (2) I had a chance to append certain of my long held views on blue ink once Terry waked me up a bit. He again proves to be Master of All Things That Matter (“MATTM”).
As I imagine myself to be more of a big picture than micro guy, probably because of relatively lower IQ, I would like to say that (with respect to shorter term leasing) Terry has just touched on a topic that in fact will be the defining topic of our industry going forward. Here is why I think so:
1) Long term leasing is dead. To clarify, “long term” must be measured relative to the useful life of the asset, and in some industries that’s 5 years and in others it is measured in decades. Either way, there is no way any equipment-based transaction that has a length of term that loosely resembles the useful life of the gear can be or should be a Lease. (I use the term Lease with capital “L” to refer to an off balance sheet deal. There is no such thing in my mind as a lease with a small “l”, that’s a loan/financing type deal. So many of us use the lease word for equipment-based deals that are really financings... I even have to argue this point with lawyers who simply miss the larger point.)
Amazingly: there are still 89.99% PV deals being spoken of out there. Why? It doesn’t really matter how and when the rules change on lease accounting, there is going to be a world of hurt if all of Leasing doesn’t move to shorter term and much-much lower PVs. Like Hiroo Onoda of the Japanese army who continued his service on a remote island for almost 30 years after WWII ended, it seems amazing that word has not gotten through to these arrangers and brokers or their hapless customers. This war is over and Leasing must surrender to the New World Order.
2) Banks, which are either over-regulated or simply believe they are, aren’t going to be in Leasing. They may have leasing initiatives and leasing staff and leasing subsidiaries and leasing employees, but that isn’t Leasing. Terry is right, to play in today’s market you need to have (using my words --not his) the appetite, interest, passion, entrepreneurship, resources, patience, and expertise to go long equipment and not mind if it means (literally) taking long to achieve your goals. Banks aren’t ever going to have all of those ingredients.
3) Manufacturers seem more confused than ever. For those medium sized and smaller equipment vendors, customers are asking for financing alternatives more and more. I think we can attribute that to the potent combination of customers starting to imagine expansion and opportunity even if they aren’t awash in cash. A lot of these customers (including most all of the ones with outside stakeholders) want to consider a Lease alternative. Less than investment grade vendors are well positioned operationally to offer Rentals and Leases… as Terry points out, who is better equipped than the original maker when it comes to return, remanufacturing, and remarketing? But in spite of this strategic positioning, the non-investment grade vendor carrying their own Lease paper will be in a world of hurt fiscally speaking. The vendor’s goal is to achieve sales growth and maximum ROI… Leasing can be directly contrary to both for a vendor which otherwise is thriving. I actually have conversations with manufacturers who seem to have no firsthand experience with these issues and/or are getting horrifying off point advice.
4) All customers in the New World Order face higher Lease rates. There is a higher degree of risk in Leasing than in financing and someone has to pay for all of this fun, and the “party” that will have to pay will be the lessee. With the higher lease rate comes the benefit of unassailable off balance sheet treatment and the added benefit of fleet flexibility, so I don’t feel that well targeted lessees will have any material reluctance to higher Lease rate factors. A 30 month lease with a 2% lease rate factor… is that expensive or not? Well, it depends, and because it depends the outlook for Leasing is bright.
5) There will be a bunch more new Leasing companies, and private equity and family office type players are likely to lead the way in backing them. Us older guys are sometimes amused by these entries, though… Leasing is harder than it looks. The dream team consists of deep equipment guys plus deep Leasing guys (two different cultures by the way) plus patient and sophisticated and plentiful capital, nothing more nothing less. A recent 15 page Leasing Newco business plan came my way… with 7 pages of credit-based criteria and procedures. No mention of pricing, residuals, remarketing, or even blue ink signatures. Leasing is much more involved than making good credit decisions, right, Terry? Yikes.
6) Watch for and avoid the likely series of structures that will arise to try to mitigate the residual risk inherent in shorter term deals. Will there be First, Second and Third Amendment deal structures? Almost undoubtedly, but as we move to the New World Order the best and safest solution for the customer is to work with a Leasing company who really is happy to be in Leasing vs. Amending away residual risk. Along these lines, there is going to be huge pressure on negotiation of purchase options… think Alvin Submersible type pressure. But while the lessee with pricing power will push hard, in fact the high dry ground will be a purchase option no more generous than FMV to maintain pristine facts and circumstances. Watch for people to start dusting off their FMV determination procedures in Leases with renewed zeal.
7) So, what is a lessor from the Old World Order supposed to do now? The ability to develop a Leasing (not just leasing) capability depends on many factors, but the presence of capital which understands that cash will ebb and flow on the way to good returns is critical. If you haven’t had a conversation with a non-equipment private investor lately, the kind who likes ETFs and dividend paying stocks and mid-grade corporate bonds, you should. Describe to them that you are in a business where the monthly cash flow (depending on the segment) is 1-4% per month. Make sure they know that the “collateral” is depreciating too… but at far less than 1-4% per month. Oh, don't forget, there may be periods when the equipment doesn’t work for a while, and there will also be periods when it is highly sought after.
You will find them frustrated with prevailing fixed income coupons and stock market yields, and VERY interested by this Leasing thing. Also, their timing would be good: this is a big new restart of something old and time-tested. Leasing, imagine that! And tell them Uncle Paul sent you.
Paul Weiss Biography
(1) Short Term Leasing—Mr. Terry Winders
(2) Signatures in Blue Ink—Mr. Terry Winders
The Alta Group Plans Sept. 10 Webcast
RENO, NEVADA, --The Alta Group plans to host a complimentary webcast Tuesday, Sept. 10 on “6 Time-Tested Strategies for Growth.” This one-time special program will feature some of the firm’s leading consultants who are actively involved as advisors in the worldwide equipment leasing industry. They will provide a valuable framework for testing, evaluating, and validating various types of growth plans.
The 1 p.m. (ET) web event is designed for CEOs, CFOs and executive-level vice presidents at equipment leasing and finance companies globally. Speakers are John C. Deane, Alta’s CEO, and Michael J. Fleming, senior management director and leader of Alta’s Service Provider vertical; Melisa Carter, an Alta consultant; and Valerie L. Gerard, managing director of Alta’s Management Consulting Practice.
Attendees will learn how to deliver using growth plans based on the consulting firm’s real life examples from decades of successful engagements with equipment finance companies. Register now at www.krm.com/thealtagroup (More information precedes the registration. A free MP4 Recording will be available for 30 days following the event. Editor).
While certain factors hold true in any type of business development strategy, there are specific considerations depending on the type of growth planned. This 90-minute webcast will address what’s specifically important in organic business development, mergers and acquisitions, product or service diversification, and new market entry.
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Sales Makes it Happen by Steve Chriest
"Don’t Shoot the Dog"
Valuable insights for managers can sometimes be found in the most unlikely places. For example, Karen Pryor has written a book, “Don't Shoot The Dog!”---which a revised edition will be available at Amazon starting tomorrow, August 22, 2013. Although the book is loaded with information about training animals, with the latest using a clicker, it's really about training anyone, whether human or animal, to do anything that can and should be done. This little book contains some of the most valuable information and insights I've ever read about managing people.
Ms. Pryor talks a great deal about the principles of reinforcement training. Here is the pearl for managers: Using positive and negative reinforcers is the best way to change behavior. What managers may find most surprising is her contention that positive reinforcers are better at changing behavior than are rewards.
A reinforcer is something that when occurring in conjunction with an act tends to increase the probability that the act will occur again. There are positive and negative reinforcers. Sincere praise is a positive reinforcer, and is something most humans seek. A disapproving look from a manager is a negative reinforcer, and most employees will seek ways to change whatever behavior caused the disapproving glance from the manager.
When managers aren't getting the results they want they often resort to punishment as their favorite behavior modification tool. Many may not have learned firsthand that spanking the dog, yelling at an employee, levying a fine or docking a paycheck as punishment is not only a clumsy way of modifying behavior, but that it doesn't often work!
The author tells us that the major problem with punishment is the fact that when it doesn't work we tend to escalate the punishment in hopes of better results. For example, let's say that your sales team members aren't making enough cold calls. As a manager you could demand that they report to the office every Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. and write on the whiteboard five hundred times, “I promise to make more cold calls.” If that doesn't work you could escalate the punishment by lowering their commission payouts. Still no results? You could again escalate the punishment by suspending them for a week, without pay. When none of this works, the question managers should ask is, “where will the escalation of punishment end?”
If you want an introduction to the most up-to-date principles underlying all training, and tips on how to apply these principles in your business, I highly recommend “Don't Shoot the Dog.” It may forever change your views on modifying behavior in the workplace.
About the author: Steve Chriest is the founder of Selling UpTM (www.selling-up.com), a sales consulting firm specializing in sales improvement for organizations of all types and sizes in a variety of industries. He is also the author of Selling The E-Suite, The Proven System for Reaching and Selling Senior Executives and Five Minute Financial Analyst, Basic CREDIT & Analysis Tools for Non-Accountants. He was the CEO of a very successful leasing company and executive at a major company. You can reach Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Letters from Readers?---We get Email!
Broker-Lessor Jeff MacDonald Passes Away
"Jeff passed away last Wed. the 14th. The cause of death is not certain but it is believed that he died of a heart attack in his sleep Wed. afternoon. As you know, Jeff has been fighting kidney disease all of his adult life and has recently had to go back onto dialysis. Jeff has been a leader in the leasing industry for over 30 years."
“Thank you for the nice article that you published on Jeff. He will be missed by his family, friends and many in the industry.
….(Leasing News asked about Mesa Leasing)
“To answer your question: Mesa will continue to operate under my direction. Fortunately, the business has been throwing off significant cash flow since we scaled back originations. Mesa has started to originate some new leases from our old network of key brokers. We will continue to operate in that manner. We are only looking at California transactions.
"The memorial for Jeff (which his family just told me will be really like a 'birthday party for him') will be at 1:00 PM on Friday August 30th at Admiral Baker Park located at 2400 Admiral Baker Road in San Diego right by QUALCOMM Stadium."
Ellen M. Stern, Esq.
Reaction to Leasing Icon Ira Romoff Passing away
"We've never met, but I wanted to thank you for running that meaningful tribute to my husband, Ira Romoff, on your Leasing News website. I was especially touched to see the responses to the initial article from colleagues in the field.
"And, on a related note, I delivered one of the eulogies at Ira's funeral, and posted it in my blog. I thought you might want to see it - and share at your discretion."
"Thanks for the info on Ira. I called and left condolences for Arlene with his daughter. Ira was a great guy I certainly enjoyed working with and getting to know him while he was with OneWorld. Will always remember him on Christmas as that was his birthday. I missed the opportunity to go to Israel with him to tour with an insider.
John L. Winchester, CLP
Leasing News Advisor
"What a wonderful and incredibly interesting gentleman to have on the Leasing News advisory board. As written in his bio, he is truly someone that would be an tremendous mentor."
Leasing 102 by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP
"I loved this article today. 'Making Money by Leasing.'
“It was a concise and easy to understand explanation of the inner workings.”
(I understand Terry is writing a book on this subject. Hopefully it may be available in September. Editor)
“You appear to champion ethical conduct in your publication. Is there a code of ethics for the industry or do you supply a recommended code?
“Also, do you have any sort of sample disclosure document for new leases to make sure the buyer knows what kind of lease they are signing, i.e. $1 Buyout or FMV?
“Do you have a recommended process for notification to Lessees by the Lessor as a lease approaches termination time?"
(I think others would like the answers, too):
CLP Standards of Professional Conduct
NAELB Best Practices Broker Code of Ethics
NEFA Standards of Profession Practice, page 10
Lessee Needs (see CLP handbook at bottom of story)
Many of Terry's columns:
"The folks at National Funding (and I) were very appreciative of your coverage of Bob Sweeney’s appointment. I am amazed at how much content you present, filter and share in the Leasing News!
"Thank you very much again."
Charlie Bancroft Passes Away
“Julie just sent me your Leasing News story about Charlie. I think it is an exceptionally nice tribute to Charlie, and it deserves my utmost thanks.
“After reading about Charlie, I goggled ‘Kit Menkin and Leasing News.’ The first thing listed was your conversation with Dallin Hawkins which I shared with Julie. We got a good laugh. Some people just never learn that it's not in their best interest to start an argument with a journalist.
“Your newsletter is a great service for the leasing industry. Keep up the good work.”
“Since you are great baseball fan, and have mentioned David Letterman before, I thought I would send you the attached. It is a picture of the Spicklemeir Braves of the Haverford Little League in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1957. We were 12-6 and came in second in the league. In the front row, left to right, are Dan Martin, David Letterman, Bob Borden holding the bats, David Scott, Frank Borden (my older brother and a registered professional forester in Redding, California for 40 years.) The last guy is unknown. Funny how you can remember names from the very distant past, and not do as well as the present. Letterman was our relief pitcher and the only outfielder that could routinely catch the ball. His pitching form was as a sidewinder.
“Sidebar--brother Frank, at age 67, one year older than me, is the oldest player by about 15 years in the Northern California Hardball League in Redding.
“Take it easy my friend.”
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Why I became a CLP
Nancy A. Geary, CPA, CLP
As ECS Financial Services began to actively market itself as a service provider to the leasing industry, we asked ourselves some important questions. Why would a leasing company seek out ECS Financial? What would set us apart from other service providers? How could we demonstrate our knowledge of the industry? While we have always prided ourselves on the quality of our work, it is sometimes difficult to demonstrate such quality to a prospective client.
We believe we have a high level of leasing knowledge and can offer value to many in the industry, so it seemed a no-brainer that obtaining a CLP designation would help us communicate to clients and prospects that we offer such expertise. We believe the designation gives us a level of credibility. We believe it also sends the message that we are committed to education and ethical practices.
And so, for three weekends in January of 1999, three members of the ECS team, myself included, attended Johnny Johnson’s CLP Review Course, sitting for, and passing, the exam, on Sunday of the third weekend.
The CLP designation has come to mean a lot to me, and I am a big supporter of the Foundation, currently serving on the Board of Directors for the second time.
Over the years, I cannot say that the CLP designation has ever been the deciding factor between gaining and losing a client, but I have to think it has helped us to be recognized and has opened the door to potential opportunities for us.
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Leasing News Advisor
Ginny is one of the original founders of the Leasing News Advisory Board. She had been in the finance industry for 35 years, including being very active for over 20 years in equipment leasing. She retired from the commercial finance industry in 2005.
Since closing Brava Capital, Ginny has become CFO of the family’s construction business which specializes in playground and other site amenity construction for municipalities such as cities, counties, school districts, and HUD. She still keeps in touch with her friends in the leasing business and participates in Leasing News Advisory Board discussions and meetings.
Her prior company Brava Capital specialized in franchise financing. She was a very active member of the United Association of Equipment Leasing having chaired several committees, worked on regional committees and was a speaker/panelist at annual conferences. She wrote articles for "Newsline." She chaired the very successful 1999 Annual Conference and Exhibition and served on the Board of Directors for four years.
Ginny enjoys spending time in her mountain home in Lake Arrowhead, CA, which is only a little over an hour away. The weather is usually 10-15 degrees cooler in the summer than her home in Orange County.
August Housing Report--As Goes the Economy
(Housing rebound is different - it is much slower, more renters this time, houses are smaller, and more people moving back to the cities.)
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This Day in History
1777 - Bennington Battle, a major victor for the colonial army, primarily because the battle was delayed by rain. The rain delayed British reinforcements, and allowed the Vermont Militia to arrive in time, enabling the Americans to win a victory by defeating two enemy forces, one at a time
1780-In the Battle of Camden, S.C., American forces under Gen. Horatio Gates were defeated by the British under Gen. Charles Cornwallis. Baron Johann de Kalb, a Prussian officer who was commissioned a general in the Continental Army, was mortally wounded in the battle. Gates suffered disastrous losses. Nearly 1,000 Americans killed and another 1,000 captured by the British. British losses about 325. One of America's worst defeats in the war. General Washington replaced gates with Nathaniel Greene, who is credited with “brilliance” in turning the war situation around as outlined on his birthday, August 7.
1812 -- A mass meeting in NYC denounces the War of 1812.
1812-Brigadier General William Hull surrendered Detroit to British forces under General Isaac Brock, making no attempt to defend the city though the attacking force was smaller than his own. Hull was court-martialed two years later for yielding without resistance.
1813- Sarah Porter - U.S. educator. SP created Miss Porter's school in Farmington, CN, one of the outstanding school for girls in the nation. Raised in an exceptional family that produced a president of Yale College allowed her to study the classics to an extended degree, this brilliant woman started her successful school in 1843.Initially she kept the school small teaching Latin, French, German, chemistry, natural science, mathematics, history, geography, and music in addition to the basic subjects. She gradually added staff and accommodations but took pains to maintain the schools standards which were unique in the nation for their excellence. , She also demanded strong characters. She was also way ahead of her times by insisting on daily exercise for the girls.
1829- Taking the country by storm, Robert Hung of Boston, MA, brought the Siamese twins Chang and Eng into the United States. They were born on April 15, 1811, in Bangesau, Siam, of a Chinese father and a -Siamese mother. They were joined at the waist by a cartilaginous band about four inches long and eight inches in circumference. They grew to be about 5 feet 2 inches in height, and, since they faced in the same direction, could walk, run, and swim. They were exhibited throughout the United States and later in Europe. They were married in April, 1843 to two sisters, Sarah and Adelaide Yates. Chang had 10 children and Eng nine children. They died within three hours of each other on January 17,1874. The name “Siamese twins,” meaning twins whose bodies are connected in any of a variety of ways, is derived from them.
1861- Several newspapers in the Union states were brought to court for alleged pro-Confederate sympathies, including the Brooklyn Eagle, the New York Journal of Commerce, and the New York Daily News. On August 19, an editor for the Esses County Democrat in Haverhill, Massachusetts was tarred and feathered for his Southern leanings expressed in the newspaper.
1881--WILLIAMS, MOSES Wartime Medal
Rank and organization: First Sergeant, Company I, 9th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At foothills of the Cuchillo Negro Mountains, N. Mex., 16 August 1881. Entered service at. ------. Birth: Carrollton, La. Date of issue: 12 November 1896. Citation: Rallied a detachment, skillfully conducted a running fight of 3 or 4 hours, and by his coolness, bravery, and unflinching devotion to duty in standing by his commanding officer in an exposed position under a heavy fire from a large party of Indians saved the lives of at least 3 of his comrades.
1915-Birthday of singer Al Hibbler, Little Rock, AR
1909 - A dry spell began in San Bernardino County of southern California that lasted until the 6th of May in 1912, a stretch of 994 days! Another dry spell, lasting 767 days, then began in October of 1912. http://www.arjazz.org/artists/hof/1995/95_al_hibbler.html
1922- Louis Lomax, author, born.http://www.alan-lomax.com/about_bio.html
1916 - Altapass NC was deluged with 22.22 inches of rain in 24 hours to establish a state record
1926-Birthday of pianist Mal Waldron, New York City
1929—Pianist Bill Evans birthday
1931-Birthday of Eydie Gorme - U.S. pop vocalist. EG was a popular nightclub and recording star. She often appeared with her husband Steve Lawrence, but she maintained a much better separate recording career that kept her near the top of the charts for a long, long time. The duo had a TV show (1959).
1936 -- Jesse Owens leaves Berlin Olympics with four gold medals. 1938 - Benny Goodman and his band, and a quartet, brought jazz to Carnegie Hall in New York City. When asked how long an intermission he wanted, Benny said, "I don't know. How much does Toscanini get?"
1942 - For Columbia Records, Kay Kyser and the band recorded "A Zoot Suit", about the problems associated with wearing the garish, fashion.
1942 - A TWA transport carrying film actress Carole Lombard, her mother, and 20 other passengers, crashed near Las Vegas, Nevada. All aboard were killed.
1944 - General Dwight Eisenhower was appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Expeditionary Force and asked to plan the launch of a second front in Western Europe.
1950-Nat “King” Cole with the Stan Ken Band, records “ Orange Colored Sky, “ Los Angeles.
1950-Birthday of drummer Alvin Queen, New York City.
Too Young - Nat King Cole
Come on-a My House - Rosemary Clooney
My Truly, Truly Fair - Guy Mitchell
Hey, Good Lookin' - Hank Williams
1952-SHUCK, WILLIAM E., JR.
Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, Company G, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.). Place and date: Korea, 3 July 1952. Entered service at: Cumberland, Md. Born. 16 August 1926, Cumberland, Md. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a squad leader of Company G, in action against enemy aggressor forces. When his platoon was subjected to a devastating barrage of enemy small-arms, grenade, artillery, and mortar fire during an assault against strongly fortified hill positions well forward of the main line of resistance, S/Sgt. Shuck, although painfully wounded, refused medical attention and continued to lead his machine gun squad in the attack. Unhesitatingly assuming command of a rifle squad when the leader became a casualty, he skillfully organized the 2 squads into an attacking force and led 2 more daring assaults upon the hostile positions. Wounded a second time, he steadfastly refused evacuation and remained in the foremost position under heavy fire until assured that all dead and wounded were evacuated. Mortally wounded by an enemy sniper bullet while voluntarily assisting in the removal of the last casualty, S/Sgt. Shuck, by his fortitude and great personal valor in the face of overwhelming odds, served to inspire all who observed him. His unyielding courage throughout reflects the highest credit upon himself and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
1953-Birthday of Kathie Lee Gifford - U.S. TV personality who starred for many years in the hit daytime show Live with Regis & Kathie Lee. She retired from the show in 2000 to concentrate on her acting and singing.
1953-Birthday of singer James “JT” Taylor, South Carolina.
1958-Birthday of Madonna Louis Veronica Ciccone, known popularly as “Madonna, “ born Bay City, MI.
1952-Baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, with Chet Baker, cuts first piano less quarter, Los Angeles (Pacific Jazz is born!!!)
1957--- Buddy Holly and The Crickets, still being billed by the band name only, begin a six-night engagement at Harlem's famed Apollo Theater, the first white rock act to play the venue. Although crowds boo a little at first -- many, including the venue, assumed they'd be seeing R&B vocal group The Crickets -- by the third night of the engagement Buddy's energy and songs have won them over.
1957-- Ricky Nelson releases "Be-Bop Baby"
1957-- The Everly Brothers release "Wake Up Little Susie," which becomes their number one big hit, although banned by many radio stations as it is about a girl who falls asleep at a party and wakes
up the next day.
A Big Hunk o' Love - Elvis Presley
My Heart is an Open Book - Carl Dobkins, Jr.
There Goes My Baby - The Drifters
Waterloo - Stonewall Jackson
1961 - Mickey Mantle signed the contract that made him the American League's highest paid baseball player. "The Mick" played the 1961 season for $75,000. In the National League, Willie Mays, made more money than any other baseball player with a contract for $85,000.
1962-Two years and four days after joining, Pete Best was fired from The Beatles by manager Brian Epstein, who was told by record producer George Martin that he wanted to use a more experienced session drummer on the band's recordings. . Incredibly, Epstein then asks Best to fulfill his commitment and play the group's show that night in Cheshire's Riverpark Ballroom, but when he doesn't show, the group is ready with a replacement: Johnny Hutchinson of fellow Merseybeat group The Big Three. John, Paul and George had long admired the work of Rory Storm And The Hurricanes' drummer Ringo Starr, who jumped at the chance to join them Fans will react badly to the news, pummeling the group at their next few shows, sending petitions to local papers, and shouting "Pete Best forever, Ringo never!" at the Cavern. After his dismissal, Pete Best would never have any further communication with his former mates.
1962-The first single by Little Stevie Wonder, "I Call It Pretty Music" was released. Marvin Gaye played drums on the track that failed to gain much attention. Twelve year old Stevie would have his first hit a year later with "Fingertips Pt. 2".
1962-Peter, Paul and Mary released their first US Top 10 hit, "If I Had a Hammer".
1962- Detroit harmonica prodigy "Little" Stevie Wonder releases his first single, "(I Call It Pretty Music, But...) The Old People Call It the Blues," featuring another newcomer, Marvin Gaye, on drums. It fails to chart.
1964 - In New York City, "Hello Dolly!" starring Carol Channing opened at the St. James Theatre. A musical adaptation of Thornton Wilder's play, "The Matchmaker", the show, was called the "possible hit of the season" by critics. "Hello Dolly!" played for 2,844 performances, before returning to in the 1990s with, again star, Carol Channing.
1965 - Reportedly, the San Francisco Giants continued to pay Willie Mays $105,000 a year. In exchange, he gave them a .317 batting average, a slugging percentage of .645, and 52 home runs in return. In 1965, Willie took home the MVP award.
Light My Fire - The Doors
All You Need is Love - The Beatles
Pleasant Valley Sunday - The Monkees
I'll Never Find Another You - Sonny James
1968-- The Jackson Five perform their first official live gig, opening for Diana Ross and the Supremes at the (Great Western) Forum in Los Angeles.
1969-The second day of three for The Woodstock Music and Art Fair on Max Yasgur's farm in Bethel, New York. Over 400,000 attend, most without tickets, which prompts officials to say the festival is open and free. Those up on stage include Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Sly and the Family Stone, the Who, the Grateful Dead, Joan Baez, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Canned Heat, Crosby, Still Nash & Young and the Jefferson Airplane among others. Things that helped make Woodstock a unique event included, but were not limited to, rampant drug use, not enough food, and sanitation, three deaths, two births and four miscarriages. (1969)
Jive Talkin' - Bee Gees
One of These Nights - Eagles
Someone Saved My Life Tonight - Elton John
Wasted Days and Wasted Nights - Freddy Fender
1976 - A&M Records released the album, "Frampton Comes Alive". The double LP soon reached the top spot of the album charts for a 17 week stay. Its first year out, it sold 19 million copies.
1977- TCB (Taking Care of Business), Elvis Presley leaves Earth, as he was pronounced dead at the Memphis Baptist Hospital at 3:30pm, Eastern time, at the age of 42. In the first “Men in Black,” we see him leave our planet. Here it is the anniversary of his death is an occasion for pilgrimages by admirers to Graceland, his home and gravesite at Memphis, Tennessee. (official site for “live” coverage and movies: http://www.elvis-presley.com). After an examination of the body, it is revealed that Presley's body contained butabarbital, codeine, morphine, pentobarbital, Placidyl, Quaalude, Valium and Valmid. It had been five years since the King had a US Top Ten hit with the number 2 song, "Burning Love". His last US number 1 was 1969's "Suspicious Minds". He left an estate valued at 4.9 million dollars, which by 1993 had grown to between 50 and 100 million.
1979--The biggest single of the summer is The Knack's "My Sharona," which goes gold. The success of the group is the gimmick of Beatle-esque posturing which the group treats as tongue-in-cheek. The Knack disbands less than two years later.
1983-Paul Simon and actress Carrie Fisher get married. They would divorce in 1985
Every Breath You Take - The Police
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics
She Works Hard for the Money - Donna Summer
He's a Heartache (Looking for a Place to Happen) - Janie Fricke
1984 - The U.S. Jaycees voted to admit women to full membership in the organization.
1984 - At the 11th annual American Music Awards, Michael Jackson received eight awards, including favorite pop and soul male vocalist, pop and soul album winner for "Thriller", pop and soul video winner for "Beat It" and best pop song for "Billie Jean".
1985-Madonna and actor Sean Penn get married in Malibu, as helicopters with photographers hovered overhead. They would divorce in 1989
1985 - Hugh Hefner took the staples out of "Playboy" magazine, ending its 30-year tradition of stapling centerfold models in the bellybutton. The decision made the centerfold more difficult to remove it.
1984-Los Angles federal jury acquits auto maker John Z DeLorean on cocaine charges.
1986- Madonna's "True Blue," album goes #1 for 5 weeks & her single "Papa Don't Preach," goes #1 for 2 weeks
1988- IBM introduces software for artificial intelligence.
(Everything I Do) I Do It for You - Bryan Adams
P.A.S.S.I.O.N. - Rhythm Syndicate
Every Heartbeat - Amy Grant
She's in Love with the Boy - Trisha Yearwood
Genie In A Bottle- Christina Aguilera
Bills, Bills, Bills- Destiny s Child
Tell Me It s Real- K-Ci
Summer Girls- LFO
2001-- After piloting the team 13 games above .500 in spite of numerous injuries to key players, manager Jimmy Williams is fired by the Red Sox. The ousted skipper is replaced by the club's well respected pitching coach, Joe Kerrigan.
2001- Barry Bonds' second home run of the game and 53rd of the season breaks the franchise record established by his godfather, Willie Mays. With his first homer, the left fielder eclipses the National League record for home runs by a left handed batter established in 1947 by another Giant, Johnny Mize.
2002 -after four days of delaying the decision, the executive board of the Major League Players' Association votes 57-0 to set an August 30 strike date. All eight previous negotiations since 1972 have resulted in work stoppages in the national pastime.
2003- The USPS unveils a new commemorative postage stamp of recently-deceased composer Henry Mancini, famous for the Pink Panther theme and several other film works.
2009- With his 3-for-4 performance in the Yankees' 10-3 loss in Seattle, Derek Jeter passes Luis Aparicio for most hits ever compiled by a major league shortstop. The New York infielder, collecting career hits #2,673 and #2,674 his first two at-bats, surpasses the Hall of Famer's total, who spent his 18-year career, ending in 1973, with the White Sox, Orioles, and Red Sox.
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