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“Many thanks for the many memories---

We will miss you, Bob Hope.”





Classified Ads---Attorneys Specialize in Leasing

    Law Offices of Kenneth C. Greene

        Mortgage Rates Reach 8-Month High

            America Online Introduces AOL® 9.0 Optimized

                UAEL Annual Conference October 9-12

                    Economic Rebound Gains Speed

                Leasing Association Champion Rosanne Wilson

            Rosanne Wilson ‘s Breakfast of Leasing Champions Cartoon

        IDS InfoLease Integration Mgr. Now SOAP Compliant

    EXCLUSIVE for Leasing News-- Why Financial Institutions

    Must Face The New Realities of This New Name-Economy

Statistics From the Field----ELAonline

    French vintages less into American glasses

This Day in American History



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Mortgage Rates Reach 8-Month High


As lender state they cannot process the mortgages faster enough, 30-year fixed-rate mortgages became the highest since the first week of December, according to Freddie Mac. The rate has gone up from 5.94% last week to 6.14%.

The week of December six, the average was 6.19 percent.


The demand for fixed rate far outweighed adjustable rate mortgages and the lack of popularity was seen

in its small rise to 3.68 percent from 3.67 percent last week. The more popular 15-year mortgage went from 5.27 percent the previous week to 5.44 percent this week, the highest since the December 13,2003, week ended when it was 5.27 percent.





America Online Introduces AOL® 9.0 Optimized

America Online, the largest web private network and interactive services

company, released AOL 9.0


This is aimed at broadband users, plus allows AOL to promote its

own private service. Full story is available at:


( I run version 6 at the office, as the higher versions have conflicts here,

although at home, I have version 8, and will move to version 9, if

it doesn’t crash as my experience when these programs come out.

I have been an AOL users since 1988, I believe, and although others

tell me to wait until all the bugs are out, I still need to learn the

hard way. editor )





UAEL Annual Conference October 9-12


The United Association of Equipment Leasing Annual Conference and Exposition will be here before we know it! By now you should have received the conference brochure in the mail. If not please feel free to contact the UAEL office or visit where you can view the brochure, register for the conference, and set-up an appointment with exhibitors.


We look forward to seeing you in Portland, Oregon October 9-12, 2003!


Jessica Roell


78120 Calle Estado, Suite 201

La Quinta, Ca 92253


( I bet Jim Merrilees will be there as well as George Davis and Jim Harris.)






Economic Rebound Gains Speed






Leasing Association Champion Rosanne Wilson



“Membership is extremely important because the Associations offer on-going education that is so necessary to "legitimize" ourselves in this industry. We are basically "self-policing" and WE weed out the bad ones ourselves. We've been fortunate not to end up being regulated like Mortgage companies, Real Estate companies, Insurance companies, etc.


“We don't need the Feds poking their noses into regulating the lease industry if we all do our part to play by the rules. I belong to the United Association of Equipment Leasing and National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers and the dues are okay by me for what you get out of it. I am a CLP (Certified Leasing Professional ) today because of the encouragement I received by UAEL to be the best I could be.


“You get what you pay for, and so far I have had a great return on my investment!


“You can quote this. Thanks Kit for being part of my morning routine. It's like coffee in the morning. I can't live without the newsletter either.”


Rosanne Wilson, President

1st Independent Leasing, Inc.

"Equipment Leasing Specialists"

(800) 926-0851



(Thank you very much. To me, this woman really has it together. I hope we hear from others, all viewpoints on why you should, or should not, belong to an equipment leasing association. And perhaps if you are a member, why you joined the association you belong to. Editor)





Rosanne Wilson ‘s Breakfast of Leasing Champions Cartoon







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IDS InfoLease Integration Manager Software Now SOAP Compliant


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., USA, – International Decision Systems Inc. (IDS) announced that the Integration Manager module for InfoLease is now Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) compliant.


InfoLease is the world’s premier lease portfolio and asset management system. SOAP compliance makes Integration Manager, a Web-based direct data access module introduced in April, easy to use for enterprise developers.


“Our new SOAP-compliant Integration Manager module is a significant advancement for InfoLease customers,” says Howard Dunlavy, Chief Architect for IDS. “As part of our SOAP compliance efforts, we provide a Web Services Description Language (WSDL) definition that can be imported into most standard development tools to automatically create the interface to InfoLease. The result is that IT developers can use their own tools to easily integrate InfoLease with their existing applications.”


The ability to work with virtually any enterprise application makes InfoLease the most user-friendly and accessible technology of its kind, saving high-end leasing companies time and money. Integration Manager uses XML protocols and message oriented middleware to provide automated data sharing between enterprise applications and InfoLease, sharing real-time information about the basics of customer name and address, as well as complexities of payment history.

For more information about SOAP-compliant Integration Manager, or to arrange for a demonstration, call IDS Marketing Director Deb Marshall at 612-851-3438 or visit


About International Decision Systems

International Decision Systems (IDS) is the global leader in developing lease/loan accounting and portfolio management software and services. With offices in the United Kingdom; Minneapolis, MN; Sydney, Australia and Singapore, IDS offers the largest and most experienced global consulting, implementation and technical support teams in the leasing industry.


InfoLease, the world’s premier lease/loan portfolio and asset management system, comprises the foundation of IDS’ product line. With a web-enabled front-end and more than 70 custom add-on solutions, InfoLease is the most adaptable and scalable lease/loan technology available in today’s marketplace.

IDS’ parent company, IDS Group plc, is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange (IDGL). For additional information about International Decision Systems and IDS Group plc, visit <> .


IDS and InfoLease are registered trademarks of International Decision Systems




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Exclusive for Leasing News


Why Financial Institutions Must Face The New Realities Of This New Name-Economy


by Naseem Javed



Naseem Javed, author of” Naming for Power, “founded ABC Namebank,

25 years ago, speaker on global circuit and

expert on corporate image & name identities.


Only yesterday, the image of a bank was of a Roman arch, huge columns, and people working behind bars.


Today, the banks and financial institutions are in your pockets, humming in palm-pilots, PDAs, laptops, quietly completing complex transactions, 24/7. Banks which all over the world discovered globalization and e-commerce way before these words came into our daily lingo, are not only caught in a highly competitive marketplace but also are stuck with a lot of old-fashioned names and ancient iconography.

As the tidal wave of this net-savvy culture becomes a global phenomena, the marketers of these financial services are faced with critical issues of branding and naming. In the past, monolithically designed corner bank buildings displayed their hard assets. Overly dramatic, long and monopolistic names engraved on the buildings provided the assurance to the early settlers. E.g., The First Chartered Bank of the First Dominion, or The Amalgamated of the De-Amalgamated Union Bank of Western Commerce, etc&


Perhaps the society needed such consolations from a handful of such name identities.


Today, while feeding pigeons in the Central Park you do your banking online with INGs or the MBANXs alike. Now, there is a thick forest of strange names out there, and thousands of online identities are clashing with each other, causing

confusion among names and services.



How Cyber-Branding created this new Name-Economy

Today, it’s all about business names and their high visibility on global e-commerce, instant accessibility on the net, quick search-ability on the web, distinct memorability of names by overly strained populace, easy typability by tired fingers, and pleasant vocalization of such names and brand experiences by the customers all over the world.


This new name-economy is now the new driver of commerce and it is the only boost to the global engine of cyber-branding. At this second, business names are skating at bullet speed on this flat new earth, without borders, passports or time zones. No delays, no barriers, no major costs, just access. The name identity of a business will be the only measure on how a name works in a micro-multi-national-formation in a maze of countries and cultures. Under the new rules, a name works like a KEY, being the only thing that can unlock the doors to this net-kingdom.


The competitive fog is so thick, that without this key, a name identity is simply doomed.


The old-fashioned gigantic logos, splashing colors and stripes have nothing to do with this access. This is all about the structure of name and its impact and not about its type fonts or shape of logos. As sixties were for burning flags and bras, perhaps now is the time to burn most of the old marketing and branding books. Good names have direct impact on corporate persona and positively influence customers, shareholders, media and public opinion at large. Its time to explore the power of names, new laws of marketing and how to play on this new one flat earth.


It is a false rumor that all good names have been taken .

Corporations believed that all the star-quality names were taken, and had no choice but to accept a silly, weird name. Nonsense. The same big ad-agencies, which delivered world-class logos and commercials somehow seriously, failed in naming. A false myth was created to cover the lack of skills, and serious

naming was farmed out to skateboarding freelancers for a buck-a-name service. $500 got you 500 names.


Where else would names like “Oinga or Boinga’ come from? What ever happened to strange names like


PurpleFrog or PinkRhino?


Banking executives all over the world are faced with new challenges, because E-commerce visibility demands powerful URLs and DotComs. Dotnets, dotinfos, dotbizes are all easily forgotten and marketing suffers. Now, DotCom has become the only gold standard. Today, naming of a banking product is not a simple creative exercise, rather a serious discipline where Rules of Naming and Laws of Corporate Nomenclatures must be applied.


There is a big difference between a general branding exercise and a specialized naming expertise. You can have a star quality and globally effective name with an identical within 48 hours. It is the easiest thing to do under the laws.



Banks of North America and most money institutions around the world have mainly three types of names.


1- Long geographic names; that seriously hurt national and international marketing. These same long names get initialized cause massive confusion with strange companies worldwide and are almost impossible to find on the Net.

2- Words on a string; names of things combined either accidentally due to M&A or other strange reasons, sometimes making no connections at all.


3- Initials; this come about because the customers refuse to call out the long names.


Diagnostically, solutions are simple and here are three steps:


First, determine whether your names are Healthy, Injured or on a Life Support. It makes no difference, whether these names are of products, services, division or the main corporate names. To a customer a name is a name, no matter how it is offered. Healthy names are easy, unique and one of a kind with global protection and a dotcom Like CitiBank, SunTrust, etc& Injured names are long confusing or initialized, like UCBH, CIBC, BB&T or RBCFG.


While, Life Support names are tangled into serious trademark or obvious name confusion problems. Simple dictionary words also cause a lot of confusion. There are too many Firsts, Uniteds, or Nationals in just about every country and there are too many compass directions, East, West, North, and South and so on.


Online or completely virtual banks are also struggling for respectable and trustworthy naming identities and most important short and sweet URLs&the market is swamped with promotions, players like Everbank, Pc-banker, ING-direct, Earthstar, Giant-bank, and thousands others all chasing clicks and hits with a better URL, around the globe.


Second, quick analysis and the forward steps, after this proper check up, is to get a mandate to formally audit and analyze the name so management can take a specific direction to modify them. These names can be for cards,


special accounts or for various products or services. Most financial organizations have dozens of different names and many hundreds of domain names clashing each other all over the continents. Its always better to have few


strong and protected names as champions than hundreds of injured players. Fast treatments and more forward steps, it is very easy, to reevaluate, reposition and rebuild a Name-Identity of any product or a service, provided it is done using the Laws of Naming.


Third, you may already be over funded. Great names will give you great results, with much less dollars. Weaker names will cost you ten times while bleeding your budgets and exhausting major resources in the process. Names on life

support will constantly need oxygen. Theres no point in spending millions on weak names and risk losing the race.


You may already be over funded. Just fix the KEY problem and open the gates.


Banking is not the only industry facing this impact of names its all over the globe and reaching the farthest corners.


The old ideas of building brands using expansive billboards and banners are all now replaced by fluid web pages, which are being changed as you read along. URLs and domain names are now controlling access to the entire corporations.


In conclusion, there are major naming issues that executives must tackle in order to cope with the new challenges of this new name-economy .






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Statistics From the Field…


Thinking of doing business in Iraq? The unemployment rate is 38 percent in a population of 23 million, and last year’s GDP was $25 billion in 2002, according to estimates made by a Treasury team economist, one fifth of what it was in 1979. The GDP is expected to fall to about $15 billion this year. While Iraq could soon be generating $18 billion in annual oil revenues, the country also could be burdened with $380 billion in debt and war reparation bills. (Source: Fortune magazine, July 7, 2003)


The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index fell 6.9 points in July, which was far worse than expected. The consensus estimate had called for a slight increase. Expectations of future economic conditions fell 10 points, while consumers’ assessment of current economic conditions fell 2.3 points. (Source: Wachovia Securities, July 29, 2003)


Of 1,500 business to business online exchanges started, only 43 percent remain today, according to a Winter 2003 edition of the California Management Review. Most buyers placed to high a premium on long-term relationships with vendors to change their purchasing procedure. The exception is in the electronic components industry, where exchanges have survived at a rate of 67 percent. (Source: Inc. magazine, pre-dated August 2003)


The American Banking Association reports identify fraud losses to its members of around $1 billion per year and credit card companies absorb around $1.5 billion per year in such fraud losses. (Source: Inc. magazine, pre-dated August 2003)


A CEO survey by Goldman Sachs this April found a strong preference among CEOs for investments in existing assets. According to the Business Roundtable in an April poll, 82 percent of CEOs in its poll did not anticipate increases in capital spending. (Source: Inc. magazine, pre-dated August 2003)



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This Day in American History


    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. chell_maria.htm D=94

    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.

    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
    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.

     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.

    1968---Top Hits

Grazing in the Grass - Hugh Masekela

Stoned Soul Picnic - The 5th Dimension

Hurdy Gurdy Man - Donovan

Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny

    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

    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.

    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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