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Monday, August 4, 2014

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Archives---August 4, 2006
  Kerhoulas settles California tax issue
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August 1, 2014 Alexa Ranks Leasing Web Media
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Top Stories July 28--August 1
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Capital Relay Expands “On Line Third Party Origination”
        by Christopher Menkin
  “At the Point, They Want a Plan from Me”
Career Crossroad---By Emily Fitzpatrick/RII
     Leasing Industry Ads---Help Wanted
Do New iPhone Models Make People Think
  Their Old Ones Are Slow?
     By Kit Menkin
Leasing 102 by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP
 Niche Marketplaces
Debtor’s Use of Proceeds from Going Out of Business
  Sale to Pay Owner’s Wages Was Conversion and Resulted
    in Judgment Against Owner
      By Tom McCurnin, Leasing News Legal Editor
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     Record 14% Increase in Durable Goods*
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     San Juan Capistrano, California Adopt a Dog
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Archives---August 4, 2006
Kerhoulas settles California tax issue


For almost five years, Bette Kerhoulas, CLP, has been trying to resolve an issue with the California State Board of Equalization, who after an audit, charged Panfinco dba Pacifica Capital, Irvine, California with not paying "sales/use tax" on documentation and filing fees (if they billed separately rather than on the invoice for first and last, they would not be subject to tax, they ruled).  Additionally, leases the company assigned they consider "sold," meaning the assets were not only taken as collateral in discounting, but title changed hands, therefore the leases were subject to sales/use tax in the transfer.

“Several hundred thousand dollars are involved in ‘double taxation,’ and Pacifica-Capital has spent close to $100,000 to date in defending their position. The issue was ‘settled’ before the actual hearing by the California State Board of Equalization.

“In closing, all I can say is that if I had it to do all over again, I would still make the choice to fight the California State Board of Equalization for the tax assessments that were clearly double taxation and wrong. I spent thousands of hours and many thousands of dollars in attorney and lobbyist fees. Of course our win greatly reduced Pacifica's tax liability (which had been paid in order to reduce further interest), but the fight was primarily to keep a precedent from being set which would negatively affect thousands of leasing companies that do business in California - and with the added knowledge that other states would most likely follow California's lead.”

Bette Kerhoulas, CLP
Managing Director

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Pacifica Capital
San Juan Capistrano, California



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August 1, 2014 Alexa Ranks Leasing Web Media
Leasing News #1

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"Equipment Advisor" number of US readers was below the cut off, so it is not recorded, dropping them in position.  "Lessors" world wide ratings also dropped considerably from June 1, 2014.

The other rankings were basically the same, although most had lost visitors, except "Leasing News" improved. The "Equipment Leasing and Finance Association," with their weekly report evidently brought them more readers and they are in better position. Newsletters go to the web site, so it definitely shows.

It should be noted the "Commercial Financial Association" has a new, improved web site and the "Equipment Leasing and Finance Association" has just come out with a new and improved site. The ELFA QuickBrief news and features they generate are bringing more readers to their web site.  Click here for free subscription:

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Top Stories July 28--August 1
Opened Most by Readers of Leasing News

(1) Brooms Give Bonuses to Direct Capital Employees
       Today, Friday, First Day Ownership under CIT Bank

(2) Pictures from the Past---1996
    IFC Credit Corp Officers (Filed BK July 27, 2009)

(3) Funders Looking for New Broker Business

(4) New Hires—Promotions in the Leasing Industry

(5) Leasing 102 by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP
       Reasons to Lease

(6) This Case May Chill Assignments
        By Tom McCurnin, Leasing News Legal Editor

(7) Blue Bridge Financial Relocates New York Corporate Office
    Opens New South Carolina Business Development Office
           by Shaun Michael Maciejewski

(8) Correction: Marlin Leasing Second Quarter

(9) Funders Taking New Broker Business List

(10) Marlin Announces $15 Million Stock Repurchase Program

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Capital Relay Expands “On Line Third Party Origination”
by Christopher Menkin

Perhaps the last of the "Aggregate Leasing Web Sites" has expanded its "Current Network Broker Group" to 707, higher than any leasing association.  It states on its web site it now has 118 "Current Network Lenders," also a higher number than any leasing association.

With LinkedIn connecting many in the banking, lending, leasing business, as well as Twitter and Facebook ((making more recommendations than Yelp (1)), leasing associations are feeling the pinch in attracting, and retaining, members.

The online network claims "Capital Relay has developed an innovative network that is revolutionizing the equipment financing arena.  We have developed a proprietary software program that enables brokers to access lenders instaneously and enables lenders to access hundreds of deals monthly without cost or effort."

Mike Ellis, President
Capital Relay

Founded in Overland Park, Kansas, the President is Mike Ellis. He was Chairman of the Board of Sunbridge Capital, August, 1997 to December, 2007, when he sold the business. Adrian Weber took over President-CEO of Sunbridge.  May 4, 2009, three creditors push into Chapter 11.Bank of Kansas City holding an original portfolio of $97 million is now down to $76 million; local banks seem to be holding the bag as well as Lakeland Bank, HSH Norbank, and Midwest Bank.

Capital Relay does not have any complaints to Leasing News or on any of the web sites and appears to be quite successful. 

Any feedback from readers about Capital Relay, particularly if you have used this web site, will be appreciated, and you name held in strict confidence.  We would like to learn directly from those with experience with Capital Relay.

  1. Consumers Prefer Facebook Over Yelp for Recommendations 



“At the Point, They Want a Plan from Me”
Career Crossroad---By Emily Fitzpatrick/RII


Question: I have been asked to prepare a “plan”/“proposal” as part of my interview process.  I have not been asked this before, can you provide some guidance?

Answer: This plan (e.g. business plan) aka a “30-60-90-Day Plan” is requested for many Sales/Sales Management Candidates and Candidates that will be leading/directing a Department or Project.  Hiring managers want to see how you would handle the first few weeks and months of employment, which is critical in setting the tone of your employment.   Typically, a hiring manager will request this proposal after the second or third interview, but before a hiring decision has been made.

The 30/60/90 Day Plan is meant to be a written outline of the strategy and goals you have for the first three months in a new position. It should demonstrate your understanding of what is involved and your ability to perform.

In creating your business plan, one of the best sources of information is your interview with the hiring manager. Listen carefully for information that relates to the organization’s strategy, capabilities and culture. Pay attention for clues to the hiring manager’s problems and concerns and identify the company’s future growth goals. 

1.      How is this role expected to address challenges facing the company?
2.      What needs to be accomplished within the first 90 days?
3.      What is the biggest problem to be solved?
4.      Is this position focused on new projects, turnarounds/realignments, or sustaining success?

There are many more facets that go into creating your 30/60/90 Day Plan, one of the reasons a management position chooses a recruiter to not only help them in employment positions available, but help in making the best presentation of abilities and performance.

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Do New iPhone Models Make People Think
Their Old Ones Are Slow?
By Kit Menkin

First, I am an Android smartphone user, but everyone in the household (and many of my friends) use an iPhone. The latest model, iPhone 6, is expected to be released in the fall. Talk is it will have a larger, redesigned screen (4.7 inch), better pixel density, better battery, faster and more efficient A8 chip.  A 5.5 inch version may be available at the same time.

If the chart above is any indication, current iPhone users will be moving up, especially if there are attractive plans in the competitive wireless industry.



Leasing 102
by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP

Niche Marketplaces

New sales people always ask me in what markets they should try to obtain leases. My first suggestion is to look at what is common in your area. There are a lot of markets that cover a limited area. On occasion, if you can find a fair grounds or a major hotel that offers trade show facilities, you should get a listing of what shows are scheduled and attend those that offer equipment that you would like to lease.

The beauty of trade shows is the number of manufacturers or distributors that are in one place.

While the major industries are hard to break into, there are lots of smaller markets that congregate in trade shows so that if you look for gatherings in almost any industry you may be surprised by what you find. For instance in southern Indiana, there is a lot of furniture manufacturing, so woodworking equipment would be a great market to cover. There is a lot of furniture manufacturing in other parts of the country, but they are usually concentrated in specific areas.

One market I liked to cover in times past was the marina industry. They have house boats, boat lifts, floating docks and rental inventory. They usually are owned by “owner-operators” and you will not find them in Dun and Bradstreet, so it is too small to be approached by the major lessors. Small local markets are the best for new business, and as they grow, you can look for additional business.

Another market I enjoyed was the church market. They lease everything from organs to pews. I have leased them school buses, PA systems and computers.
Also consider your hobbies or previous employment as giving you knowledge about a product.  Many leasing sales people started out selling a product, from copiers, office supplies, machinery, and they learned leasing sales and decided there was more money in it, specializing in products that they know. You can also find these products and other information (not only from the articles or announcements, but from the advertising in trade magazines.)

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You need to spend some time with business publications that identify what businesses are in your area so you can pick a few and call on them to determine if the equipment that serves there business is good for leasing.

The major markets such as medical, construction, and machine tools are good markets, but you will be a “Johnny come lately” and would have to be cheap or have something different to be successful. The smaller markets are better to penetrate, especially if you are new to the business and your firm does not have vendor arrangements already for you to contact. Many you won’t find in a Google search, but may meet at a trade show or even an auction.

In addition, the better records you keep the better chances you have to control your marketing efforts.  Also don’t make the rookie mistake of going after a very large lease to make up for any lack of sales.  Usually large leases are not only difficult to do, competitive, but full of lessees who have a Champagne taste but a beer budget.

Mr. Terry Winders, CLP, has been a teacher, consultant, expert witness for the leasing industry for thirty-five years and can be reached at  or  502-649-0448

He invites your questions and queries.

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Mr. Terry Winders available as Expert Witness. 35 years as a professional instructor to the top equipment leasing and finance companies in the United States, author of several books, including DVD's, as well as weekly columnist to Leasing News. He also performs audits of leasing companies as an expert on documentation, and has acted as an expert witness on leasing for litigation in legal and tax disputes, including before the IRS. He also has taught the senior bank examiners, how to review a bank leasing department, for the Federal Reserve in Washington D.C. and has trained the examiners for the FDIC on how to prepare a lease portfolio for sale.

Mr. Winders received his Master of Business Administration and his Bachelor of Science degrees from the College of Notre Dame.


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Debtor’s Use of Proceeds from Going Out of Business
Sale to Pay Owner’s Wages Was Conversion and Resulted
in Judgment Against Owner

By Tom McCurnin
 Leasing News Legal Editor

Creditor Loaned Money to Debtor to Purchase Clothing Store Secured by All Assets.  Debtor Conducted “Going Out of Business Sale” and Used Proceeds to Pay Owners’ Back Wages.  Court Rules That Taking Cash Proceeds of Sale Violated Security Agreement and Was Conversion.

In re Rezykowski 493 B.R. 713 (Bkrtcy.E.D.Pa.,2013).

Greed is a funny thing. It consumes people and blinds them to all logic. In today’s case, a former business owner decided to sell her business in a going out of business sale, and simply pocket the money. Not surprisingly, she was tagged by the Bankruptcy Court. The facts follow.

Danielle M. Rezykowski owned a business called “Circles” financed through a prior owner’s note, security agreement, and UCC-1 Financing Statement. She apparently couldn’t continue the business and conducted a “going out of business sale.” 

The Debtor opened up a new bank account and deposited the funds from the closing sale in that bank account. Counsel for the Debtor appeared to have structured this transaction, and proposed to pay all the trade creditors about 50 cents on the dollar. Since the Creditor held a lien on the assets of the business in first position, it is not surprising that the Creditor refused that offer and demanded the entire balance in the account.

The Debtor then withdrew the monies from the account and used the funds to pay her past due salary. Again, counsel for the Debtor may have structured this because the Debtor testified that she received the money from her counsel.

The Debtor then filed for bankruptcy. The Creditor filed suit for non-dischargeability, alleging that the taking of the money, which were proceeds of inventory, was intentional and an act of conversion, excepting the Debtor from a discharge.

Not surprisingly, the Court went through the analysis of the Creditor’s security interest, the fact that she loaned money to the Debtor, it was collateralized by a security agreement, the agreement included a security interest in inventory and proceeds, and the fact that she filed a UCC-1 Financing Statement.

The Court rightfully concluded that the sale of collateral is conversion under most bankruptcy decisions. The Debtor was aware that the Creditor held a security interest and the monies were proceeds of that security interest.

Finally, the Court concluded that the actions were not merely a mistake or negligence, but the intentional acts of a person with malice toward the Creditor, even though she not subjective dislikes the person. The Court found that the Debtor knew of the security interest and intentionally paid herself salary. Finally, there was some evidence of a judgment against her by the Creditor, and the fact that she withdrew the funds and spends the money quickly, so that very little was left by the time of the bankruptcy 341A hearing. While there was some evidence that a lawyer counseled her into taking the money, the Court did not believe that “advice of counsel” was a defense to the claims.

A Judgment of Non-Dischargeability was entered against the Debtor.

The lessons for the equipment lessor seem obvious. If the creditor has a secured claim, assert it early and often. Monitor the debtor to insure that the creditor knows what is going on with the debtor, so the creditor is not surprised by a going out of business sale. Don’t be bamboozled by a crafty debtor’s counsel.

Here the Creditor did everything right and was rewarded with a Judgment for Non-Dischargeability. 

Rezkowski Case

Tom McCurnin is a partner at Barton, Klugman & Oetting
in Los Angeles, California.

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Record 14% Increase in Durable Goods*

Consumers resume spending on cars, furniture and appliances with an increase of 14.0 percent in durable goods purchases in the second quarter; the highest increase since the Great Recession

SAN RAFAEL, Calif.  - A record quarterly increase of 14.0 percent in durable goods purchases since the Great Recession was reported by the U.S. Department of commerce. During the Great Recession, consumers cut back on purchases of durable goods, such as cars, furniture and appliances, in a phenomenon known in behavioralogy as "Durable Diet". The second quarter growth of 14.0 percent in durable goods spending indicates that consumers are off their "durable diet" due to lower level of money anxiety.

About half of the 14.0 percent increase in durable goods spending was on automobiles followed by noticeable increases in purchases of furniture and appliances. The second quarter increase is in sharp contrast to the height of the "Durable diet" period in the fourth quarter of 2008, when consumer spending on durable goods declined 25.8 percent in response to an increase in consumers' level of money anxiety.

The link between the level of money anxiety among consumers and their spending on durable goods is clearly demonstrated in the book Money Anxiety. During the 2008-2009 recession, when the Money Anxiety Index reached a high of 94.4, consumers reduced spending on durable goods by as much as 16.3 percent. In contrast, during the second quarter of this year, the level of money anxiety subsided to 71.3 promoting consumers to get off their "durable diet" resulting in an increase of 14.0 percent in purchase of durable goods.

* In economics, a durable good or a hard good is a good that does not quickly wear out, or more specifically, one that yields utility over time rather than being completely consumed in one use. Items like bricks could be considered perfectly durable goods, because they should theoretically never wear out. Highly durable goods such as refrigerators, cars, or mobile phones usually continue to be useful for three or more years of use, so durable goods are typically characterized by long periods between successive purchases.

Examples of consumer durable goods include cars, household goods (home appliances, consumer electronics, furniture, etc.), sports equipment, firearms, and toys.

Nondurable goods or soft goods (consumables) are the opposite of durable goods. They may be defined either as goods that are immediately consumed in one use or ones that have a lifespan of less than 3 years.

About Money Anxiety Index
The Money Anxiety Index ( measures various economic indicators and factors associated with consumers' level of financial worry and stress. The index is updated in the beginning of each calendar month. It consists of monthly measurement for over 50 years, and spans from January 1959 to date. Historically, the Money Anxiety Index fluctuated from a high of 135.3 during the recession of the early 1980s, to a low of 38.7 in the mid-1960s. The 50-year average is 70.7 (July 1980 = 100). The Money Anxiety Index Is highly predictive. It predicted the arrival of the Great Recession over a year prior to the official declaration of the recession in December of 2007.

About the Money Anxiety Book
Money Anxiety ( is a behavioral finance book showing how financial anxiety impacts consumer financial behavior and the economy. The book demonstrates how we really make our financial decisions, and reveals what truly drives our decisions to save money and to buy products and services. Money Anxiety is available in paperback and eBook formats in all major online booksellers such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Google Play and iTunes store. The book is highly beneficial to business and financial people by helping them understand how and why consumers buy.

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Auto sales grow 11% in July, Chrysler sales surge 20%

Banco Espírito Santo of Portugal Appears Headed for a Bailout

Green gold rush creating gray marijuana market (vending machine)

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This Day in History

     1693 - It is believed that a monk named Dom Perignon invented champagne at the Benedictine Abbey of Hautvillers in the region of Champagne, northern France. He made the first champagne by re-fermenting a certain wine in the spring and then placing it in strong, sealed bottles so that the wine would become sparkling. Dom Perignon was the Cellar master for 47 years until his death in 1715. The sparkling wine was crude and perhaps the first one to produce what we drink today was Mme. Nicole-Barbe Clicquot, who developed the sur pointe process that clarified the sediment out of sparkling wines. She was also an astute business person, especially in a day that women did not run business. Nicole-Barbe Clinquot was the daughter of the mayor of Reims who, at 20, was widowed with a daughter after three years of marriage to a vintner. She vowed to carry on her husband's business. She developed the process of remuage (moving) in which the bottles of wine are stored upside down (on their corks or sur pointe), then the bottles are shaken periodically and then rotated to force the sediments in the wine to settle down on the cork. After a certain period, the cork is quickly removed, the sediment is expelled by the wine gases and then the bottle is quickly re-corked. The widow Clinquot also invented pink champagne. My favorite is Louis Roederer, but a Grand Madame Clinquot, now that is a fine sparkling wine! Here is a secret. You can serve “Champagne” with everything. If you cannot match a wine to a food, serve “Champagne.” Next, consider a very good beer. Don’t laugh, some fine beer goes with everything (especially if it is “fresh.”) Now what does this have to do with American History? Nothing, but thought you would like to know more about sparkling beverages.
    1735 - Freedom of the press was established in the United States when John Peter Zenger, publisher of the New York Weekly Journal, won an acquittal of the libel charges placed by Gov. William Crosby. The royal governor had tried to censor Zenger's attacks on the British crown.
    1753 - George Washington became a Master Mason.
    1790 - A newly passed tariff act creates the Revenue Cutter Service, the forerunner of the US Coast Guard.
    1810 - Birthday of abolitionist Robert Purvis. He ran all the Underground Railroads from his home and was the founder of the American Anti-Slavery Society.
    1821 – “The Saturday Evening Post” is first published by Atkinson and Alexander, as a weekly newspaper.
    1821 – James Springer White, American religious leader, co-founded the Seventh-day Adventist Church was born. (d. 1881).
      1830 - Plans for the city of Chicago laid out.
     1832 - The song "America ("My Country Tis of Thee") is performed for the first time in Boston at the Park Street Church. Dr. Samuel Francis Smith, adapting the tune from a German song, would later realize he'd inadvertently plagiarized the British national anthem, "God Save The Queen."
    1838 - Emancipation of slaves in the Bahamas and Grenada by the British. A rumor started in the South that slaves would try to escape to the Bahamas and fear of this lead to stricter attitudes and positions of slavery, especially by the many large slave owners who relied on the “free” labor at their plantations.
    1855 – John Bartlett publishes “Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations.”
    1862 – US Government collects income tax for the first time.
    1873 - While protecting a railroad survey party in Montana, Custer and his 7th Cavalry clash for the first time with the Sioux Indians, who will defeat them three years later at Little Big Horn. During the previous two years, Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer and his 7th Cavalry had not fought a single battle against the hostile Indians of the western Plains. Hungry for action, Custer was pleased when the 7th Cavalry was ordered to help protect a party of surveyors laying out the route for the proposed Northern Pacific Railroad. The new transcontinental railroad (the third in the United States) was to pass through territory controlled by hostile Sioux Indians. Custer was optimistic that the assignment would give him a chance to improve his reputation as an Indian fighter. Initially, the military escort saw little action. The hostile Indians seemed to be avoiding or ignoring the survey party. For Custer, the mission turned into something of a lark. He spent much of his time shooting buffalo, antelope, elk, and other animals. To find good hunting, he often led the 7th Cavalry far away from the survey party and the main body of the military escort.
On this day in 1873, Custer was far ahead of the rest of the force, camping along the Tongue River in southeastern Montana. Suddenly, a large band of Sioux warriors appeared on the horizon and attacked. The Indians were led by Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, but the young braves seemed to have attacked impetuously and with little planning. Custer, who had been taking an afternoon nap, reacted quickly and mounted an effective defense. After a brief skirmish, the Indians withdrew. Since only one soldier and one Indian were killed in the skirmish, Custer's short battle along the Tongue River seemed relatively insignificant at the time. However, Custer's easy escape in his first encounter with Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse may have given him a dangerously scornful view of their fighting abilities. It helped to confirm his belief that the Plains warriors tended to flee rather than fight. As a result, when Custer again encountered Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse at the Little Big Horn River three years later, his greatest fear was that they would withdraw before he could attack, and he rushed in without proper reconnaissance. That time, though, the Indians stood and fought, leaving Custer and more than 200 of his men dead.
    1874 - Methodist clergyman John H. Vincent (1832-1920) and Ohio manufacturer Lewis Miller established the Chautauqua Assembly in northwest New York State, a summer retreat center combining recreational activities with the training of Sunday School teachers and other church workers.
    1875 - The first Convention of Colored Newspapermen was held in Cincinnati, Ohio. The convention's aim was to promote the establishment of United States newspapers that would focus on the African American community.
    1881 - 122ø F (50ø C), Seville, Spain (European record)
    1882 - A vivid aurora was visible from Oregon to Maine, down the east coast as far as Mayport, FL, and inland as far as Wellington, KS. Observers at Louisville, KY noted "merry dancers" across the sky, and observers at Saint Vincent, MN, noted it was probably the most brilliant ever seen at that location.
    1892 - The father and stepmother of Lizzie Borden are found murdered in their Fall River, MA home.   
     1895 - A poem entitled "America the Beautiful," written by Katharine Lee Bates and later adapted into a famous song of the same name, is published for the first time in the religious periodical The Congregationalist.
      1897 – African-American Henry Rucker appointed Collector of Internal Revenue for Georgia
    1900 - Louis Armstrong, Jazz musician extraordinaire, was born at New Orleans, LA. For years, he had told reporters that he was born on July 4th, but actual records show August 4, which he realized later in life, noting his orphan home had told him otherwise. Died at New York, NY, July 6, 1971. Perhaps the greatest jazz trumpet player who ever lived. Asked to define jazz, Armstrong reportedly replied, "Man, if you gotta ask, you'll never know." The trumpet player was also known as Satchmo. He appeared in many films. Popular singles included "What a Wonderful World" and "Hello, Dolly" (with Barbra Streisand) and “High Society.” Two of my favorite albums are “Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy” and “Ella and Louis.”  His home in Queens is now a museum of his memorabilia and jazz in general.
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    1904 - Trumpet player Bill Coleman birthday, Centreville, KY.
    1904 - Pianist/alto sax/trumpet player Kenneth Anderson born Pittsburgh, PA.  (see the list:
    1905 - Piano player Joseph Louis “Red” Cayou born New Orleans, LA. Died May 12, 1994.
    1909 – Umpire Tim Hurst instigates a near riot by spitting at Philadelphia A's 2nd baseman Eddie Collins, who had questioned a call.  This leads to Hurst's banishment.
      1910 – Birthday, in New York, of American composer William Howard Schuman who won the first Pulitzer Prize for composition and founded the Juilliard School of Music. His compositions include “American Festival Overture”, “New England Triptych”, the baseball opera “The Mighty Casey”, and “On Freedom's Ground”, written for the centennial of the Statue of Liberty in 1986. He was instrumental in the conception of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and served as its first president. In 1985, he was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize for his contributions. He also received a National Medal of Arts in 1985 and a Kennedy Center Honor in 1989. Schuman died at New York City, Feb 15, 1992.
    1914 – World War I:  Germany invades Belgium.  In response, Belgium and the UK declare war on Germany. The US declares its neutrality.
    1915 – Birthday of Warren Avis who founded Avis Rent-a-Car (d. 2007).
      1916 - Denmark agreed to cede the Danish West Indies, including the Virgin Islands, to the United States for $25 million. The deal took effect the following March 31.
    1919 - Birthday of Glenn Clarence Cunningham, the "Kansas Ironman," at Atlanta, KS.   American track athlete, 1934-37, world record holder for the mile, member of the US Olympic teams in 1932 and 1936. On June 16, 1934, at Princeton, NJ, Cunningham set a world record for the mile (4:06.7 min). Cunningham died at Menifee, AR, Mar 10, 1988.
    1920 - Birthday of long-time White House press correspondent Helen Thomas.  Thomas gained fame as the person who, at the end of press conferences, would utter, “thank you, Mr. President.”  Thomas died in 2012.
    1921 - Guitarist Herb Ellis born McKinley, Texas
    1927 - The General Electric radio station in Schenectady, New York, station 2XAG which was later named WGY, began experimenting with operations from a 100,000-watt transmitter. The FCC would later regulate the power of AM radio stations to not go over 50,000 watts on "clear channels" where few stations would interfere with each other.
    1927 - For Victor Records in Bristol, Tennessee, singer Jimmie Rodgers recorded his first songs. On the record, he sang "Sleep Baby Sleep" and "Soldier’s Sweetheart".
    1930 - The temperature at Moorefield, WV, soared to 112 degrees to establish a state record, having reached 110 degrees the previous day. Widespread drought after April of that year caused some towns to haul water for domestic use, and many manufacturing plants were barely operational.
    1933 - Sax player Sonny Simmons born Sicily Island, Louisiana.,,493395,00.html

    1934 – New York Giants’ Mel Ott became the first major league baseball player to score 6 runs in one game.
    1936 - "Long" John Woodruff wins an Olympic gold medal in the 800-meter run.
    1940 - "Crime Doctor" introduced a new radio hero. CBS radio presented Dr. Benjamin Ordway, the show’s main character, as an amnesia victim. A former criminal, he got hit on the head, and began to work as a crime fighter.
    1944 - Nazi police found Anne Frank and her family, hiding in secret rooms above her father’s factory in Amsterdam, Holland. Anne was 15 years old at this time and had kept a diary during the two years of hiding from the Nazis. After the arrest, Anne and her sister were taken to a concentration camp. Anne Frank would die at Bergen-Belsen. Later Anne's diary was found and has since been translated into 30 languages and adapted as both a play and a Hollywood film.
    1944 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Swinging on a Star," Bing Crosby.
    1944---Birthday of comedian, actor Richard Belzer, Bridgeport, Ct. Perhaps best known for his role in “Law & Order SVU”, “ Homicide Life on the Street.”
    1945 - Golfer Byron Nelson records most tournament wins (18) in a season.
      1947 - Top Hits
“Peg o’ My Heart” - The Harmonicats
“That’s My Desire” - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Don Cornell)
“I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder” - Eddy Howard
“Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)”- Tex Williams
    1949 – Birthday of The Diesel, John Riggins, NFL Hall of Fame running back with the multiple Super Bowl champion Washington Redskins.
    1953 – Yankees’ pitcher Vic Raschi sets a MLB record by driving in 7 runs and wins 15-0.
      1953 - Drummer Jeff Hamilton born Richmond, Indiana.
    1953 - Eddie Fisher's "I'm Walking Behind You" hits #1
    1954 - In Saskatchewan, Canada, the uranium rush began.
    1954 - Alfred Hitchcock's “Rear Window” had its world premiere at New York's Rivoli Theater.
    1954 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Sh-Boom," The Crew-Cuts.
    1955 - Top Hits
“Rock Around the Clock” - Bill Haley & His Comets
“Ain’t That a Shame” - Fats Domino
“Learnin’ the Blues” - Frank Sinatra
“I Don’t Care” - Webb Pierce
    1955 – “To Catch a Thief”, starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly and directed by Alfred Hitchcock, debuted in New York. The film later received an Oscar for Best Color Cinematography.
    1956 - At Wendover, Utah, Wilhelm Herz was clocked at 210 miles per hour, making him the first person to race a motorcycle over 200 miles-per-hour.
    1956 - Elvis Presley’s record "Hound Dog" b/w "Don't Be Cruel" is released.
    1956 - The Platters' "My Prayer" hits #1
    1957 - A world record was set by Florence Chadwick who swam the English Channel in 6 hours, 7 minutes.
    1957 - Juan Fangio won his last car race, winning the world auto driving championship for the fifth consecutive year.
    1957 - The Everly Brothers make their second appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show and introduce their upcoming single, "Wake Up Little Susie," a song which would go on to cause some major controversy and be banned from some radio stations
    1958 - Billboard magazine introduces its "Hot 100" chart, a list of the 100 best-selling pop singles in the country. This list replaced multiple charts the magazine had previously published, including Best Sellers in Stores and Most Played in Juke Boxes. The first song to top the Hot 100 list was "Poor Little Fool" by Ricky Nelson.
    1958 - Dumont TV Network crumbles. My father was a producer/writer/director for the Dumont network, creating among shows such as “Harlem Detective,” “Captain Video,” “Hands of Murder.” He met often with Dr. Dumont, to whom he once gave one of the exploding cigars I put in his pocket as a kid. Dumont was a scientist and not a “showman,” losing Jackie Gleason among others. My father worked right under Ted Bergman, who I remember my father respected, but Dr. Dumont was not a businessman (nor was my father)
    1961 – US 44th President Barack Obama’s birthday, born Honolulu, Hawaii; first Black president, elected two terms.
    1961 - 108ø F, Spokane, WA (record)
    1962 - Jamaica Independence Day. National holiday observing achievement of Jamaican independence from Britain August 6, 1962. Annually, the first Monday in August.
    1962 – Roger Clemens birthday in Dayton, OH.  A 7-time Cy Young Award winner with several teams, he compiled career records of 354–184, ERA of 3.12 and 4672 strikeouts and he is generally considered to be one the dominant pitchers of his era.  All of this, however, has been obscured by allegations of the use of illegal substances by which he improved his performances, particularly after the age of 35 when most pitchers are in health decline.  At this writing, as with Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, and Rafael Palmiero before him, his chances of election to the Baseball Hall of Fame are considered slim as a result.
    1963 - The Beatles appear on the US record charts for the first time as "From Me to You" debuts at #116 in Billboard. Unfortunately, it stays there, due to problems with its American label (Vee Jay) and a cover version by Del Shannon that got the jump on it. It would take a massive promotional blitz by Capitol over the next five months to ensure a Beatles hit in America with the single "I Want to Hold Your Hand" b/w "I Saw Her Standing There" (Capitol 5112).
    1963 - Top Hits
“So Much in Love” - The Tymes
“Fingertips” - Pt 2 - Little Stevie Wonder
“(You’re the) Devil in Disguise” - Elvis Presley
“Ring of Fire” - Johnny Cash
    1963 - In his first at-bat in two months after breaking his left foot, Mickey Mantle slams a pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning to beat the Orioles, 11-10.  [I was at that game as our entire high school baseball team was treated by our coach.  We were sitting in the field boxes between 3B and the left field wall and we could see right into the Yankees dugout.  The game went back and forth and all of a sudden the crowd erupts as Mantle got a bat from the rack and started loosening up in the dugout.  When he came out of the dugout to the on-deck circle, it got even louder and by the time they announced him as pinch hitter, you could not hear Bob Shepard.  When he hit the ball, a lazy, high fly, we thought it was going to be caught.  But as the left fielder, Jackie Brandt, drifted to the Old Stadium’s low railing in left, he backed up against it and tried to jump to make the catch.  The only problem was there at least a dozen hands on his shoulders as the ball cleared his glove by a few inches.  To his credit, Brandt never said a word. Ralph Mango]    
    1964 - After disappearing on June 21, three civil rights workers were found murdered and buried in an earthen dam outside Philadelphia, MS. The three young men were workers on the Mississippi Summer Project organized by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) to increase black voter registration. Prior to their disappearance, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were detained by Neshoba County police on charges of speeding. When their car was found, burned, on June 23, President Johnson ordered an FBI search for the men.
    1964 - U.S. destroyers USS Maddox and USS Turner Joy report coming under attack in the Gulf of Tonkin.  This incident triggered the Gulf of Tonkin resolution in the US Congress and the impetus by which the US escalated its presence in the police action more commonly known as the Viet Nam War.
      1964 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "A Hard Day's Night," The Beatles.
    1966 - John Lennon's comment that the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus Christ" was re-printed in an American teen magazine called Datebook and was widely reported in North America. The statement, made to London Evening Standard journalist Maureen Cleave several months earlier, caused a public outcry in the US and led to mass destruction of Beatle records. Thirty five radio stations banned all Beatles songs and even the Ku Klux Klan made threats against the group. What Lennon actually said was "Christianity will go. It will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue about that, I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus Christ now; I don't know which will go first - rock 'n roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me."
    1966 - The Beatles play Manila, performing before a total of 80,000 Filipinos during two concerts at Rizal Memorial Football Stadium. President Ferdinand Marcos, however, feeling the band has snubbed him by not showing up for a planned visit with the first family, publicly denounces the Beatles, leading to outrage among the Philippine public. Turns out the group had never been informed of the invitation, but the damage is done: manager Brian Epstein's public apology is censored on local TV, and Marcos pulls all police protection from the group, forcing them to be besieged by angry mobs as they head for the airport the next day. After also being extorted by government authorities for a large portion of their concert receipts, The Beatles leave the country, vowing never to return.
    1967 – US detonates first nuclear device at Nevada Test Grounds.
    1968 - The Newport Pop Festival begins in Costa Mesa, California. 100,000 fans come out to hear Sonny & Cher, Tiny Tim, Jefferson Airplane, Steppenwolf, the Grateful Dead, the Byrds, Iron Butterfly and Eric Burdon and The Animals.
    1970 - The first American Top 40 radio show, hosted by Casey Kasem, is broadcast on a grand total of seven radio stations.
    1971 - Top Hits
“You’ve Got a Friend” - James Taylor
“Mr. Big Stuff” - Jean Knight
“Draggin’ the Line” - Tommy James
“I’m Just Me” - Charley Pride
    1972 – “Superfly”, starring Ron O'Neal, opened in theaters.  Directed by Gordon Parks, Jr., “Superfly's” success at the box office and unexpected acclaim prompted two sequels. The plot centers on a Harlem drug dealer who wants to retire. Curtis Mayfield's dynamic soundtrack set it apart from similar low-budget films.
    1973 - Maureen McGovern's "The Morning After (The Song from the Poseidon Adventure)" hits #1
    1974 - Paul Simon's "Love Me like a Rock" is released.
    1974 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Feel Like Makin' Love," Roberta Flack.
    1974 - Elvis Presley opens his new Tennessee Karate Institute with an hour-and-a-half long karate demonstration featuring the King and karate master Ed Parker. Portions of this demonstration will later be included in the documentary This Is Elvis.
    1975 - The Japanese Red Army takes more than 50 hostages at the AIA Building housing several embassies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The hostages include the U.S. consul and the Swedish Charge d’affaires. The gunmen win the release of five imprisoned comrades and fly with them to Libya.
    1977 – US Department of Energy is created by President Jimmy Carter.
    1979 - Top Hits
“Bad Girls” - Donna Summer
“Good Times” - Chic
“Ring My Bell” - Anita Ward
“You’re the Only One” - Dolly Parton
    1980 - A record forty-two consecutive days of 100 degree heat finally came to an end at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. July, 1980 proved to be the hottest month of record with a mean temperature of 92 degrees. There was just one day of rain in July, and there was no measurable rain in August. There were 18 more days of 100 degree heat in August, and four in September. Hot weather that summer contributed to the deaths of 1200 people nationally, and losses from the heat across the country were estimated at twenty billion dollars.
    1980 - After a five year hiatus, John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin recording their album "Double Fantasy" at New York's Hit Factory Studio. The LP would go to number one in the US after its release in November, less than a month before Lennon was gunned down outside his New York apartment. "Double Fantasy" received the 1981 Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
    1980 - The Beach Boys perform their first free concert on the mall in Washington DC to a crowd of half a million. Three years later to the day, Wayne Newton replaces the group for the annual concert after James Watt, Secretary of the Interior for the Reagan Administration, notoriously claims the squeaky-clean group would attract a "bad element." One year later, still banned, the Boys play the annual free concert in Miami with Ringo Starr as guest drummer; finally in 1985, Jimmy Page joins the group onstage for their triumphant return to the White House celebration. (The next year, however, the Boys play the free concert in Philadelphia, with Mr. T inexplicably sitting in on drums.)
    1981 - A United States court ordered striking air traffic controllers back to work and fined their union $2.4 million a day for the duration of the strike.
    1982 - NY Met Joel Youngblood singles in Chicago day game, is traded, then singles for the Montreal Expos in Philadelphia in a night game.
    1982 - Diana Ross begins her first world tour as a solo act by playing Giants Stadium in New Jersey, with Miles Davis opening.
    1982 - Ozzy Osbourne marries his second wife, manager Sharon Arden.
      1983 - During warm-ups, New York Yankee outfielder Dave Winfield threw a baseball and accidentally killed a seagull. When the game was over, Toronto police surrounded the batter and arrested him for "causing unnecessary suffering to an animal."
    1985 – White Sox pitcher Tom Seaver became the 17th pitcher in MLB history to win 300 games, beating the Yankees in Yankee Stadium, not far from Shea Stadium where he spent most of his Hall of Fame career with the Mets.  Seaver remains the HOF inductee elected with the highest voting percentage in favor, 97.2%.
    1985 – Angel Rod Carew gets his 3000th hit.
    1987 - The FCC rescinds the Fairness Doctrine which had required radio and television stations to present controversial issues "fairly".
      1987 - Top Hits
“Shakedown” - Bob Seger
“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” - U2
“I Want Your Sex” - George Michael
“Snap Your Fingers” - Ronnie Milsap
    1987 - Bob Dylan begins a historic joint tour with the Grateful Dead at Foxboro Stadium in Massachusetts.
    1988 - Congress votes $20,000 to each Japanese-American interned in WW II.  They have yet to similarly compensate Italian-Americans, Joe DiMaggio’s parents among them who were also interned during the war.
    1989 - Thunderstorms produced severe weather from eastern Nebraska and northeastern Kansas to the Great Lakes Region, with 150 reports of large hail or damaging winds during the afternoon, evening, and nighttime hours. Thunderstorms produced tennis ball size hail at Claremont, MN, and wind gusts to 75 mph at Milwaukee, WI. Thunderstorms representing what once was Hurricane Chantal produced five inches of rain at Grant, MI, and deluged Chicago, IL, with more than three inches of rain in three hours
    1993 - A federal judge sentences LAPD officers Stacy Koon and Laurence Powell to 30 months in prison for violating Rodney King’s civil rights..
      1995 - Longtime coach Jimmie Reese, whose 23 years in an Angel’s uniform equals longest in club history is inducted into the Angels' Hall of Fame. The former roommate of Babe Ruth began his career as a batboy for the Pacific Coast League's Los Angeles Angels in 1917.
    1995 – “Babe”, the charming sleeper hit about a pig who learns to be a sheep dog, debuted in United States movie theaters. The gentle film, with state-of-the-art computer technology, thrilled audiences young and old, and the film garnered many awards and nominations, including the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Comedy/ Musical, and it was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. Veteran actor James Cromwell received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Farmer Hoggett, and director Chris Noonan received the New York Film Critics Circle Awards for Best New Director. The National Society of Film Critics declared it Best Film of the Year. Christine Cavanaugh supplied the voice of the hero pig, and Roscoe Lee Browne was a moving narrator. Babe was based on the book "The Sheep-Pig" by Dick King- Smith.
    1997 - The world's oldest person, Jeanne Calment, died at age 122 years and 164 days in Arles, France.
    1998 - Yankees' slugger Darryl Strawberry hits a game-tying pinch-hit grand slam in the ninth inning of New York's 10-5 win, becoming the second major leaguer to hit two pinch-hit grand slams in one season.
    2000 - With 32 home games remaining, the Astros, who moved from the pitcher-friendly Astrodome to homer-haven Enron Field this season, set a franchise-record by already hitting 83 homers at home this season.
    2001 - Top Hits
“Bootylicious” -Destiny's Child
Loverboy -Mariah Carey Featuring Cameo
“Let Me Blow Ya Mind” -Eve Featuring Gwen Stefani
“Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)” -Blu Cantrell
   2001 - A US Federal judge orders the file-sharing service Napster to cease and desist all operations immediately.
   2009 - A Federal jury ruled that a 25-year-old Boston University graduate student must pay $675,000 to four music companies for illegally downloading and distributing more than two dozen songs. The man said that he would file for bankruptcy protection.
   2009 – Kim Jong-il meets former president Bill Clinton. He pardons and releases captured American journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling who were found guilty of entering the country illegally.
   2010 - California's Proposition 8, the ballot initiative prohibiting same-sex marriage passed by the state's voters in 2008, was overturned by Judge Vaughn Walker.    
  2010 - Exactly three years to day he hit his 500th round-tripper, Alex Rodriguez eclipses Babe Ruth in becoming the youngest major leaguer to hit 600 career home runs when he blasts a two-run first-inning shot into Monument Park at Yankee Stadium. The 35-year old Bronx Bomber third baseman is the seventh player in baseball history to reach the milestone.



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