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Friday, June 15, 2018

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

About Stearns Bank Equipment Finance Broker Panel
  Very Active in Broker/Third Party Origination Market
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
   and Related Industries
May, 2018  -  The List
  "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"
Leasing Industry Ads---Help Wanted
    Atel Capital Group
Financial and Sales Training
Leasing Schools/Franchisors
Immigrant Entrepreneurs Shape Our Startup Economy
  By Felix Richter
Father's Day Specials: The Actress, Kramer vs. Kramer
He Got Game/Big Fish/Interstellar
   Digital Reviews by Leasing News' Fernando Croce
Labrador Retriever
   Boston, Massachusetts  Adopt-a-Dog
Largest Conference Dedicated to Commercial Loan Brokers
    and Commercial banks and Lenders
News Briefs---
Fed raises rates, signaling strength of Trump economy
  “The U.S. economy is in great shape”
China to Emerge a Strong Cotton Importer Once More
  To Triple to 15 Million Bales, Global and Chinese Prices to Increase
Funding Circle Report Shows Demand for Alternative Financing
  By Todd Stone,
The Economic Impact of Lending in United States
  June, 2018 US Report (8 pages  30 -28)

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About Stearns Bank Equipment Finance Broker Panel
Very Active in Broker/Third Party Origination Market

Stearns Bank Contributing Writers

Michelle Fuchs
VP / Business Development

Mindy Lund
Sales Manager

Missy Koltes
Broker Account Manager

What is your average lease/finance deal?
Stearns Bank’s average equipment finance deal in 2017 was about $45,000. We expect this to increase in 2018 and beyond as we’ve expanded our equipment finance offerings and introduced new products and services, including our new $350K App-Only offering, our online portal and digital delivery channels, providing customers and dealer/brokers with anytime collaborative access.

What is the minimum and maximum range of our finance deals?
Stearns Bank doesn’t have a minimum or maximum range of financing – our customers drive their equipment financing requests, which could be $5,000 or $750,000. As a full-service bank specializing in nationwide business lending and equipment financing, we also finance build-outs, expansions, working capital and acquisitions. As our customers grow and expand, we have the strength and capacity to finance any type of transaction they need, well into the millions of dollars.

What type of equipment do you focus on or prefer with your finance programs?
We finance all types of equipment, which often go hand-in-hand with expansion, build-out, or acquisition. What we see most often is mission-critical equipment in the construction, agriculture, woodworking, machine tool, optical, veterinary and medical industries.  But, the types of equipment that are considered “mission critical” are evolving as our customers’ businesses evolve and innovate with technology. 

At Stearns Bank, we find a way to Get the Job Done!  We don’t have a “credit box” and we don’t exclude equipment types. We focus on our customers and their business needs and performance, along with the credit quality of the deal and customer.  We are wholeheartedly committed to our customers’ success. By bringing a high level of personal service, we focus intently on getting to know our customers and their business so we can customize their financing to help them grow and succeed.

What are some examples of your approach to customization?
We offer customized payment options based on the customer’s individual revenue and cash flow cycles.  Whether it’s a seasonal payment structure to meet the fluctuation in seasonal sales or extended period of no payments to align payments when income is received, Stearns Bank aims to accommodate the unique needs of each customer.  

There is a growing influx of larger equipment deals, particularly now with Stearns Bank’s new $350K App-Only financing, providing quick decisioning and funding of equipment finance requests up to $350,000 on an app-only basis with no financials needed. We want to reduce the amount of information that is needed to underwrite a deal. And provide credit decisions usually within a few hours, not days.

Do you charge any extra fees, such as application, documentation, origination, or legal fees?
Stearns Bank does not charge fees for origination, underwriting, legal review, or other additional fees. We have a simple, transparent one-time flat fee due at Funding. The fee structure is tiered, between $125 to $399, based on the amount of financing requested.

Are you a national bank?
Stearns Bank, N.A. is a $2 billion, employee-owned financial institution with locations in Minnesota, Florida and Arizona, and over 33,000 small business customers nationwide, in every U.S. state.

We pride ourselves on being a top performer and doing all we can to help our customers grow and succeed!  Just recently we were recognized, for the second straight year, by American Banker magazine as the #1 Top Performing Bank in the Nation among banks with $2 mill to $10 mill in assets!

Do you require brokers to be licensed?
We are a highly-experienced lender and make it seamless and convenient to work with us.  Stearns Bank accepts referrals from a variety of sources and we comply with all regulations and requirements as a national bank. We welcome all referral sources to call us and learn more about our complete array of financing options.

Do you have an Evergreen Clause in your contracts, and if so, do you notify the lessee in advance as these companies do?
We do not have an Evergreen Clause in our contracts.

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New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries


Abdi Ali was hired by LeaseQuery, Atlanta, Georgia, as Technical Lease Accounting Manager. "He began his career as an audit intern at Grant Thornton LLP and soon after joined full time as an audit associate. (He)...earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting followed by a master’s degree in professional accountancy from Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business."

"Michael Allen has joined First Foundation Bank as a Credit Analyst in the Equipment Finance Department.  While servicing the equipment finance and leasing needs of the bank’s customers and prospects, the primary growth engine for this department is through Third Party Originations.  Michael has had several internships with companies in the finance industry.  Michael recently graduated from Indiana University, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, with a Minor in Business Finance.  When he’s not helping customers with their long term-asset financing needs, Michael enjoys basketball and hiking.  Michael can be reached at (949) 668-7214 and our Equipment Finance Department is located at the Bank HQ in Irvine, CA.”

Alex de Rosenroll was hired as Senior Relationship Manager, TFG Financial, Vancouver, Canada.  Previously, he was Senior District Sales Manager, Western Canada, PACCAR Financial Corp. (December, 2016 - June, 2018); Relationship Manager, Coast Capital Equipment Finance Ltd. (January, 2015 - December, 2016); Junior Account Executive, Travelers Finance Ltd. (January, 2015 - January, 2015); Assistant Account Manager, GE Capital (September, 2012 - April, 2013); Inventory Analyst, City of Calgary (April, 2012 -September, 2012).  Education: University of Victoria, Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com), Peter B. Gustavson School of Business (2009 - 2013).  Activities and Societies: JDC West, Co-Op Program; Universadad Carlos III de Madrid. Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.), Finance and Financial Management Services (2013).  International Exchange Program.

Frank Freer was returned to Partners Capital Group, Santa Ana, as Senior Sales Manager. Previously he was President, GCW Leasing Partners (February, 2018 - May, 2018). He was Director of Sales, Partners Capital Group (October, 2013 - September, 2017); Founding Partner Executive Vice President, Blackstone Equipment Financing, LP (February, 2002 - October, 2013). Education: Saddleback College (1977 - 1979).

Peter Garza was hired as Vice President of Marketing, LeaseQuery, Atlanta, Georgia. "He is a 2014 Oracle Marketing Cloud Markie Award winner for Modern Marketing and Demand Generation." Previously, he was Vice President of Marketing, InTouch Health (May, 2106 - March, 2018). He joined MedAssets, October, 2014 as Senior Director, Demand Generation Center of Excellence; promoted June, 2015, Vice President, Demand General & Digital Marketing. Prior, he was Director, Channel Marketing North America, AGCO Corporation (May, 2012 - September, 2014). He joined Caterpillar, 2001, as Total Solutions Consultant Electric Power Systems, Latin America; promoted, 2003, Electric Power Area Manager, Europe/Middle East; promoted, 2007, Business Development Manager, USA. Prior, was Sales Manager, Ryder National Accounts: Territory Service Manager, Southern Cone, South America, Navistar (1997 - 2001). Community Service, Home Builder, Habitat for Humanity International. Education: University of Miami, School of Business. MBA. International Marketing (1998 - 1999). Activities and Societies: GPA: 3.9/4.0 Salutatorian. Florida International University, BS. Mechanical Engineering (1991 - 1993).Activities and Societies: Interfraternity Council President. Tennis Team America. Marketing Association.  Hofstra University, BS. Mechanical Engineering (1988 - 1991). Activities and Societies: Tennis Team Cross Country Team.

Russell Goldman was hired as Sales Executive, Key Credit Corp., Greater Atlanta Area.  Previously, he was Financial Representative, Northwestern Mutual (October, 2017 - April, 2018); He started at Verizon Telematics, January, 2013, as Senior Financial Analyst; promoted, November, 2013, Finance Manager. Prior, he was Senior Financial Analyst, McKesson Provider Technologies (July, 2011 - June, 2013); Investment Analyst, GenSpring Family Offices (September, 2015 - July, 2011); Mutual Fund Accountant, State Street Bank (September, 2003 - December, 2004); Financial Analyst, American Tower (April, 2002 - August, 2003).  Education: University of Georgia, Terry College of Business, MBA, Finance (2010 - 2012).  Activities and Societies: Completed International Study Abroad program in China. Visited various multi-national businesses in Beijing and Shanghai.  University of West Georgia, BAA, Finance (1998 - 2002). Activities and Societies: Student Government Association. Interfraternity Council, Fiancé Club.

Bill Heston was hired as Senior Vice President, m2 Lease Funds, LLC., Brookfield, Wisconsin.  He is located in the Greater Philadelphia area.  Previously, he was County Manager, FF Canadian Leasing, Inc. (November, 2013 April, 2018); Vice President, First Finance Corporate Services (January, 2010 - October, 2013); Vice President CitiCapital (May, 1990 - January, 2008).  Education: Widener University. BS. Business Management/Economics (1979 - 1982). Neshaminy High School (1976 - 1978).

Chaine Lewis was hired as New Business Development Manager, GLD Funding, Garden City, New York.  Previously, she was Sales Representative, Merchant Source, Inc. (May, 2017 - November, 2017); Business Development Manager, Lendr (May, 2015 - May, 2017); Financial Analyst, Merchant Source, Inc. (November, 2013 - May, 2015). Education: City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (2009 - 2010).

Katie Lopez was hired as an Assistant Broker Representative, Targeted Lease Capital LLC, Williamsville, New York.  Katie manages business relationships with new and existing brokers working with Targeted.  Previously, Katie worked as a Support Representative at Ingram Micro (2016-2018) and as a Business Development Intern at Niagara Business Development Group (2015-2016).  Education: B.S. International Business, Canisius College."

Fouad Madkour was promoted to Senior Financial Consultant, Beacon Funding, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He joined the firm as Sales Representative, June, 2017.  Previously, he was Funding Manager, Director Capital, Division of CIT Bank, N.A. (April, 2016 - June, 2017). Operational Manager, Sheesha Lounge (November, 2013 - June, 2016);  Supervisor, Collegiate Hospitality (May, 2011 - July, 2013); Supervisor, Suffolk University Annual Fund (January, 2010 - May, 2013); Intern at Energize Everett, Everett City Hall (February, 2012 - September, 2012); Finance Manager, Auto Gallery Group (October, 2008 - April, 2011). Education: Suffolk University, BS, Political Science & Philosophy, 3.5 GPA (2009 - 2013).  Activities and Societies: Soccer, E-Board MSA, Annual Fund.  
(2009 - 2013).

Kareeem Marmosh, MD, was hired as Vice President, Medical Business Development, Sertant Capital, LLC., Irvine, California. He joined Partners Capital Group, November, 2014, as Senior Medical Executive; promoted January, 2018, Vice President of Medical Sales. Prior, he was Medical Consultant, Medfiniti, Inc. (June, 2010 - October, 2014). Community Service: Volunteer: Physician, Kedzie Medical Clinic, ion. Physician, Shifa Clinic (February, 2010 - May, 2012). Provide free medical care and service patient.  Education: Avalon University of School of Medicine, doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Medical Doctor (2008 - 2010). Medical University of Silesia, Pre-Medicine and First 3 years of Medical School, Medicine (2003 - 2007); American River College, Associate of Artes and Sciences (AAS), Biology, General. Mira Loma High School.  High School Diploma, High School/Secondary Diplomas and Certificates (1997 - 2001). R.O.P. Veterinary Program. Veterinary Technician, Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant (1999 - 2000).

Jeremy Gerard Marshal was promoted to Financial Intelligent Unit Analyst (basically banking compliance), CIT.  He is located in Jacksonville, Florida. He joined the firm November, 2014, as Relationship Specialist; promoted November, 2015, Remarking.  Prior,  he was Team Leader, Chartwells Higher Education Dining Services (November, 2013 – October, 2014); Operation Intern, TMM, Inc. (May, 2014 – September, 2014); Telemarketer, Sitel (September, 2008 – August, 2013); Billing Intern, Collins Transportation (June, 2012 – August, 2012); Trainer/grill, McDonald's Corporation (July, 2005 – July, 2008). University of North Florida, Courses: Financial Management, Administrative Management, Econometrics. Florida Gateway College. Associate of Arts and Sciences (AAS), General Business (2010 – 2012); University of North Florida, Bachelor's Degree, Economics (2013 – 2015). Activities and Societies: Delta Sigma Pi-member Economist Society, President. Nova, Southeastern University, Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Business intelligence & analytics

Michael Zwick was named Exclusive Advisor to 777 Partners Equipment Finance, Miami, Florida. He previously was President, starting January, 2015. During his career, he has completed more than $600 million of lease and portfolio financings, ranging in size from $2 million to over $200 million." Previously, Mr. Zwick was EVP, North Mill Equipment Finance (Formerly Equilease Financial Services) (January 1997 – December 2014); Executive Vice President, RTS Helicopter Services, Inc. (January 1980 – March 1983). Organizations: Friars Club; Finance Committee, Executive Committee, Parents and Teachers Association; Ethical Culture, Fieldston School; Mentoring, People with substance addictions (March, 1984 - Present.  Education: New York University Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.), Finance (Deans List). 



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"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"

Channel Partners, Minnetonka, MN (05/18) Closes Major Equity Investment by Elliott Management Corp Secures Long-Time Credit Facility

BusinessFinance (on line Aggregate fund) (05/18) Closes its Door---Why this is important.

Element Fleet, Canada (05/18) Hudson to Retire from Element Fleet Board of Directors/ Jay Forbes Named Chief Executive Officer
History of Steve Hudson

Chesswood Group Limited, Toronto, Canada (05/18) Chesswood Record Portfolio Growth and Income Before Taxes/ Parent of Pawnee Leasing and Blue Chip Leasing

National Leasing, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada (05/18) National Leasing becomes CWB National Leasing/ Same company, new name, expanded services

Commonwealth Capital, Woolwich Township, New Jersey (05/18) CEO of Commonwealth Capital Gets Award, Although Fined "Inappropriate Expenses to Investment Funds"



Financial and Sales Training 
(For our "Lease School/Franchisors" list, please click here)

These individuals act as a consultant in 75% or more of their main business, actually training staff or individuals of a leasing company. These are not schools or franchisors, which can be viewed by clicking here.

Adrian Miller
Wheeler Business Consulting, LLC

Several hold classes, and most will travel to their client's premise.

To qualify for this page, they must be an active member in an equipment leasing association.

Please fax our request form back to 408-317-2066 or you
may e-mail to:

Second Column: YCS - Year Company Started | YELB - Years in equipment Leasing Business

City, State 
Leasing Association
(see above for meaning)
Geographic Area
Adrian Miller 
Port Washington, NY 
Adrian Miller 
Highly results-driven, informative and enjoyable sales skills training programs  that will leave participants empowered for bottom-line success.  AMST guarantees a positive return on training time and investment.  
Commercial Capital 
Training Group

Mike Geisler | Sr. Vice President of Enrollment
Office: (518) 244-8006

Primarily Alternate Financing Loans and Commercial Real Estate Loans. Two Packages: 7-Day in Albany, NY Hq., taught by founder Kris Roglieri, commercial finance training. Elite: plus real time exclusive leads monthly for 2 years by "world's only dedicated finance specific digital marketing agency."  

Institute For Personal Development
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Linda P. Kester
United States
Motivating, Educating and empowering leasing sales reps to top performance. Practical ideas for success using the telephone and internet.

Open Advance
San Ramon, California
Steve Chriest


Consultant. Training. Production.
Your training can be branded, delivered in workshops, accessed via our OA Cloud app. or housed in your LMS. Our objective is to help people learn faster, retain knowledge longer and promote critical thinking skills.

Teichman Financial Training
Sausalito, California
Bob Teichman, CLP

"We specialize in the technical side of leasing, offering comprehensive training in packaging, credit, pricing, structuring, financial analysis and operations. Our clients include lessors, lessees, lenders, associations, and government agencies."

Wheeler Business Consulting, LLC
Fallstow, Maryland
Scott Wheeler, CLP

Provide multiple educational products to individuals and companies engaged in the leasing/financing industry. Encourage & facilitate personal and corporate strategy building to promote efficiencies, increase productivity & future success.




Leasing Schools/Franchisors
(For our "Financial and Sales Training" list, please click here)

Commercial Capital Training Group

Global Leasing

Wheeler Leasing School

Full List:




Despite vocal opposition from industry voices, the Department of Homeland Security filed a long-expected proposal to remove the International Entrepreneur Rule, which was designed in the last days of the Obama era and allows immigrants who (co-)found a company in the United States to remain in the country for two and a half years (with a possible extension of the same length) as long as certain criteria are met.

Like the revisal of the H-1B visa program for highly skilled foreign workers, the DHS’s plan to rescind the International Entrepreneur Rule is part of the Trump administration’s broader crackdown on what it sees as abuse of immigration loopholes. Closing those loopholes is supposed to protect American workers, but many experts think that rescinding the International Entrepreneur Rule in particular will ultimately do the opposite. “Immigrant entrepreneurs are job makers, not job takers”, Steven Case, a prominent venture capital investor and co-founder of AOL, said last year, when the Department of Homeland Security delayed the effective date of the rule from July 2017 to March 2018 and announced that it would ultimately seek to rescind it.

In fact, immigrant entrepreneurs have played a major role in the American startup scene and continue to do so. According to a 2016 report by the National Foundation for American Policy, 44 of 87 startups valued at more than $1 billion as of January 2016 were (co-)founded by immigrants, creating an average of 760 jobs per company in the process.

by Felix Richter



Fernando’s View: Special Father’s Day Edition
By Fernando Croce

With Father's Day just around the corner, let every movie buff seize the opportunity to settle down with Dad and a great movie. Here are some prime recommendations, all available on Netflix:

The Actress (George Cukor, 1953): Though many think of the original “Father of the Bride” as a Father’s Day favorite for Spencer Tracy, this unfairly forgotten comedy-drama provides the great actor with no less a richly paternal role. Tracy plays Clinton Jones, a working-class family man in early 20th-century Boston, whose practical outlook clashes with the stagestruck ways of his daughter Ruth (Jean Simmons). With support from her mother (Teresa Wright) and a crush on a fellow student (Anthony Perkins), Ruth tries to convince her father about her acting dreams. Based on autobiographical accounts from beloved character actress Ruth Gordon and directed with characteristic gracefulness by George Cukor (“The Philadelphia Story”), the film is a lovely portrait of the often tangled but ultimately harmonious facets of family and art.

Kramer vs. Kramer (Robert Benton, 1979): Oscars for Picture, Director, Actor and Supporting Actress went to this sensitive account of a couple's custody battle, told from a hurried father's the point of view. A workaholic businessman, Ted Kramer (Dustin Hoffman) finds his life turned upside down when his troubled wife Joanna (Meryl Streep) walks out on him, leaving him to take care of both his career and their six-year-old son Billy (Justin Henry). At first frustrated by his newfound responsibilities, Ted gradually discovers the joys of fatherhood as he bonds with his son, a bond that's threatened when Joanna returns to demand her custody rights. Beautifully acted and directed by Robert Benton with an unerring eye for telling emotional details and welcome humor, this is a touching valentine to fathers everywhere.

He Got Game (Spike Lee, 1998): Perennial firebrand Spike Lee brings his restless style and confrontational emotions to this gritty, touching story of family bonds and second chances, with a terrific performance by Denzel Washington. Washington stars as Jake Shuttleworth, a man doing time behind bars for the murder of his wife who’s given an unusual offer by the warden (Ned Beatty). Supplied with a week-long parole, he must convince his estranged son Jesus (Ray Allen), a promising young basketball player, to play for the New York governor’s college. It is during this eventful seven days that Jake tries to patch things up with his son, while befriending a prostitute named Dakota (Milla Jovovich). By turns combustible and tender, Lee’s movie is a rough and honest portrait of redemption and honesty.

Big Fish (Tim Burton, 2003): Fathers and the tales they tell inform this colorful and heartening fantasy-drama from imaginative director Tim Burton. At its center is the uneasy relationship between William Bloom (Billy Crudup) and his father Edward (Albert Finney). An inveterate storyteller with a penchant for fanciful and outsized turns, Edward continues to spin anecdotes even as he grows ill. With the help of his mother (Jessica Lange) and wife (Marion Cottilard), William struggles to grow closer to a father he never trusted. What follows is a splashy visualization of Edward’s many tall tales, a crazy-quilt that encompasses secret missions, werewolves and circuses. With a cast that includes Ewan McGregor, Helena Bonham Carter and Danny DeVito, Burton’s film serves up a poignant feast that locates the emotional impulses at the root of storytelling.

Interstellar (Christopher Nolan, 2014): Never a director to be afraid of ambitious risks, Christopher Nolan ("Inception") ventures into outer space in this large-scale science-fiction drama. Set in a near future that finds the world plagued by severe natural disasters, the story centers on Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a former engineer who's recruited by a team of explorers to lead a salvation journey. Their objective is to travel beyond the solar system and find another planet able to sustain life, the only way to save humanity. The emotional dilemma falls on Cooper's shoulders, as the family man must enter a mission that means he may never see his children again. Embracing unabashed emotion after a career of tough hits, Nolan envisions a blockbuster where a father’s sacrifice and hope are as monumental as the epic cosmic sequences.


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The Largest Conference Dedicated to Commercial Loan Brokers
and Commercial banks and Lenders

4th Annual NACLB Conference & Expo
 October 16-18, 2018
4400 N.W. 87TH Avenue
Miami, Florida 33178

Here at NACLB we are both excited and proud to announce this year's keynote speaker will be Joe Bonanno, an accomplished attorney to businesses and finance companies. 

Founder of NALCB, Kris Roglieri said, "Joe brings a wealth of general life experiences that we feel can really motivate and benefit brokers across many product segments, which will ultimately allow them to be a better broker and run a more profitable business."

The title of this year's keynote is "People, Business & Life Values for Commercial Loan Brokers in the 21st Century."

Mr. Bonanno's Biography:

Over 800 commercial loan/ISO brokers are expected to attend to meet over 150 funders, lenders and banks, that offer multiple products to serve your clients such as: Equipment Financing, Equipment Leasing, SBA Lending, Merchant Cash Advance, Project Funding, Commercial Real Estate Lending, Fix and Flip Financing, Unsecured Lines of Credit, Alternative Financing, Asset Based Lending, Factoring, Purchase Order Financing and much, much more.

To sign up for early bird registration:


Broker Attendee Benefits

  • Maximize earning potential by meeting the top broker focused lenders and service providers
  • Learn best-practices from top lenders and industry experts
  • Panel, general session, and over 16 individual class room style breakout sessions
  • Win over $75,000 in cash, prizes and gifts for various top producer and door prices
  • All meals including breakfast, lunch, cocktail hour, the “Awards Assembly” and the “Main Gala” included
  • Network with fellow brokers and reunite with CCTG training colleagues

Lender Attendee Benefits

  • Access over $5 billion in annual loan volume
  • Create new relationships with well over 250 professional loan brokers
  • Market your distinct loan products
  • Exhibit and speaking roles available
  • Sponsor and host educational/instructional break-out sessions


News Briefs----

Fed raises rates, signaling strength of Trump economy
“The U.S. economy is in great shape,”

China to Emerge a Strong Cotton Importer Once More
  To Triple to 15 Million Bales, Global and Chinese Prices to Increase

Funding Circle Report Shows Demand for Alternative Financing
  By Todd Stone,

The Economic Impact of Lending in United States
  June, 2018 US Report (8 pages  30 -28)





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 Baseball Archeologists

by Tim Peeler

Hatley had
a catcher's big hands
and had he played
he certainly would have caught,
braced in the squat position
examining the game
from its lowest perspective
with small dark eyes
darting like flashy pencil points —
Hatley never
watched the games live,
vcr'd them,
invited the guys over
to study
inning by inning
in reverse,
the coffee table smothered
with stuffed ashtrays
and emptied crushed beer cans,
at first the speculation
heavy as late game drunkenness,
what caused the score,
the change of pitchers,
rewinding the full swings,
the perfect throws,
in three out layers,
our eyes clearing,
cig butts disappearing,
finally ending
with the first taken pitch
and the sober presentation
of the lineups —
when the national anthem sang itself we stood
the words jumping
back into our mouths.

Touching All Bases
Poems from Baseball
Tim Peeler


Sports Briefs---

Jon Gruden Rips CBA, Says It Stunted
     Christian Hackenberg's Development

49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo struggles during minicamp


California Nuts Briefs---

$200 billion California budget sent to Gov. Jerry Brown

London Breed returns to her roots to celebrate election as SF mayor

Water clarity in Lake Tahoe sinks to all-time low, report finds



“Gimme that Wine”

Napa County Measure C unlikely to pass,
   according to preliminary results

This Man is Making Santa Barbara Wines A Global Sensation

An MBA in Wine Is a Shortcut Into the Booze Business

 Wine Enthusiast Magazine Reveals America’s
 100 Best Wine Restaurants of 2018

Where to drink wine around Shasta Lake

Wine Prices by vintage

US/International Wine Events

Leasing News Wine & Spirits Page


This Day in History

      1607 - Colonists in North America completed James Fort in Jamestown.  The first permanent English settlement in what is now the United States was established at Jamestown beginning on May 14, 1607. Upon arrival, the hundred-some colonists set about constructing a fort to protect themselves from the nearby Virginia native tribes and from a potential attack from the Spanish settlements in Florida. They completed their initial James Fort and began construction of other buildings to expand the colony. Between 1609 to 1610, lack of local food and replenishment of supplies from England, and inability to cope with disease led to the "starving time," after which only 60 colonists survived. The colony was resupplied with new colonists, and over the next several decades became the center of government for the English colonists, and a port town for additional arrivals from England to the new land, with about 500 people living in or around it at its peak. Notable events during this time included john Role’s marriage to Pocahontas which helped to create a lasting peace treaty with the native Powhatan Confederacy.
    1686 - In Boston, the King's Chapel was organized. It was the first Anglican Church established in colonial New England.
    1752 - Benjamin Franklin affixed an iron wire to a kite and proceeded to fly it from a long piece of twine tied to a silk ribbon. Where the twine met the silk, Franklin attached a metal key. His thesis was any overhead electricity would be attracted to the wire at the top of the kite. As it began to lightning, he placed his hand near the key and sparks shot out, proving his experiment a success. Franklin used this discovery to start a new business selling and making lightning rods. The rods were attached to the tops of buildings. A wire ran down the side of the structure to the ground. When lightning struck the top of the rod, it ran down the wire and safely to ground without doing damage to the building. His letter to Peter Collison dated October 19, 1752, describing his experiments was read before the Royal Society of London in December, 1752.
    1775 - The Second Continental Congress chose George Washington commander in chief of the Continental Army. He declined to accept pay for his services, but in 1783, after eight years of war, submitted records of his expenses totaling 24,700 pounds, roughly over $125,000, $15,625 to feed, clothe, and provide food and transportation for his army of men. 
[detail of 1780 portrait by Charles Willson Peale (1741–1827)] 
    1779 - General Anthony Wayne captured Stony Point, New York, from the British. "I'll storm the Gates of Hell if you will but plan the attack," Wayne told Gen. Washington.
    1789 - Josiah Henson (d. 1883), abolitionist, author, was born in Charles County, Maryland. His autobiography, “The Life of Josiah Henson” (1849) was read by Harriet Beecher Stowe and inspired her best-selling novel, “Uncle Tom's Cabin.”'s%20Web%20Sites/Orisky/third.html
    1804 - The 12th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified. It changed the method of electing the president and vice president after a tie in the Electoral College during the election of 1800. Rather than each elector voting for two candidates with the candidate receiving the most votes elected president and the second-place candidate elected vice president, each elector was now required to designate his choice for president and vice president, respectively.
    1835 - Adah Isaacs Menken (d. 1868) was born Marie Rachel Adelaide de Vere Spenser in Bordeaux, France and lived in Cuba as a child before her family settled in New Orleans.  U.S. poet and one of the most notorious actresses on the international stage. The part that made her (in) famous was when she was bound, nearly naked, to the back of a horse that galloped about the stage. She fascinated a number of famous men including Mark Twain and Charles Dickens.  “Life in the mining towns of the far West was boisterous and extravagant in 1867. The height of fun and games was achieved in Virginia City, Nevada, site of the fabulous Comstock Lode, in the period from 1860 to 1880. The town had more than 100 saloons, five legitimate theaters, six variety houses, and other establishments such as dance halls. The single most popular performer was Adah Isaacs Menken, known for performing while clad only in a flimsy gown.” The actress and equestrienne Adah Menken was a brilliant self-publicist, and though her fame didn't last, she was very well known in her day. She shocked the public in the 1860s with her short hair, short skirts and decadence. She once gave a press conference lying in a short skirt on a tiger-skin, sipping champagne and smoking a cigarette (smoking was still considered rather daring for a woman). Adah Menken was quick to see the promotional potential of photographs in her campaign to make herself famous. She distributed a prolific number of publicity portraits such as this one. She was particularly keen to get herself photographed with famous men of the day, and managed to persuade the novelist Alexander Dumas and the poet Algernon Charles Swinburne to pose with her. The picture of herself and Swinburne, taken at an informal meeting, was then rushed off to a photographic studio so that it could be reproduced and sold in the street. Swinburne was reportedly furious.
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    1836 - Arkansas became the 25th state. The Land of Opportunity as Arkansas is called, was founded in the late 17th century by Frenchman Henri de Tonti. His interpretation of Quapaw, the Indian tribe that lived in the area, was Arkansas. Little Rock, the state’s largest city is also its capital. The state bird and the state flower are the mockingbird and apple blossom, respectively.  Arkansas seceded from the United States during the Civil War. Upon returning to the Union, the state would continue to suffer due to its earlier reliance on slavery and the plantation economy, causing the state to fall behind economically and socially. While rural interests continued to dominate the state's politics until the Civil Rights movement in the mid-20th century. Arkansas began to diversify its economy following World War II and now relies on its service industry as well as aircraft, poultry, steel and tourism in addition to cotton and rice.
    1844 - Inventor Charles Goodyear received a patent for vulcanizing rubber. Prior to this, no one knew how to keep natural rubber from melting in the summer and hardening in the winter. Reputedly Goodyear discovered the process by accident, after years of experimentation, when he dropped some rubber mixed with sulfur on a hot stove. The resulting substance resembled charred leather, but was still resilient and elastic. Goodyear called the process "vulcanization," after the Roman God of Fire, Vulcan. He had received a previous patent on June 17, 1837, for a method of destroying the adhesive properties of rubber by applying bismuth, nitric acid with copper or other materials.
    1846 - Representatives of Great Britain and the United States sign the Oregon Treaty, which settles a long-standing dispute with Britain over who controlled the Oregon territory. The treaty established the 49th parallel from the Rocky Mountains to the Strait of Georgia as the boundary between the United States and British Canada. The United States gained formal control over the future states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana, and the British retained Vancouver Island and navigation rights to part of the Columbia River. 
After 1838, the issue of who possessed Oregon became increasingly controversial, especially when mass American migration along the Oregon Trail began in the early 1840s. American expansionists urged seizure of Oregon, and in 1844, Democrat James K. Polk successfully ran for President under the platform "Fifty-four forty or fight," which referred to his hope of bringing a sizable portion of present-day Vancouver and Alberta into the United States. However, neither President Polk nor the British government wanted a third Anglo-American war, and on June 15, 1846, the Oregon Treaty, a compromise, was signed.
    1863 - President Abraham Lincoln calls for help in protecting the capital. He suspended the writ of habeus corpus at the outset of the War primarily because of Maryland’s sympathy to the Confederacy, thus surrounding the city with Confederate states.  Throughout June, Confederate General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia was on the move. He had pulled his army from its position along the Rappahannock River around Fredericksburg and set it on the road to Pennsylvania. Lee and the Confederate leadership decided to try a second invasion of the North to take pressure off Virginia and to seize the initiative against the Army of the Potomac. The first invasion, in September 1862, failed when the Federals fought Lee's army to a standstill at Antietam. Lee later divided his army and sent the regiments toward the Shenandoah Valley, using the Blue Ridge Mountains as a screen. After the Confederates took Winchester, Virginia, on June 14, they were situated on the Potomac River, seemingly in a position to move on Washington, D.C. Lincoln did not know it, but Lee had no intention of attacking Washington. All Lincoln knew was that the Rebel army was moving en masse and that Union troops could not be certain as to the Confederates' location. On June 15, Lincoln put out an emergency call for 100,000 troops from the state militias of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, and West Virginia. Although the troops were not needed, and the call could not be fulfilled in such a short time, it was an indication of how little the Union authorities knew of Lee's movements and how vulnerable they thought the Federal capital was.
    1864 – General Ulysses S. Grant’s Army of the Potomac and Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia collide for the last time when the first wave of Union troops attack Petersburg, a vital Southern rail center thirty-seven kilometers south of the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia. The two massive armies would not become disentangled until April 9, 1865, when Lee surrendered and his men went home.
    1864 - Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton signed an order establishing a military burial ground, which became Arlington National Cemetery.  George Washington Parke Custis, grandson of Martha Washington, acquired the land that now is Arlington National Cemetery in 1802, and began construction of Arlington House. The estate passed to Custis' daughter, Mary, who had married US Army officer Robert E. Lee. Custis' will gave a "life inheritance" to Mary Lee, allowing her to live at and run Arlington Estate for the rest of her life but not enabling her to sell any portion of it.  Upon her death, the Arlington estate passed to her eldest son, George Washington Custis Lee.  When Virginia seceded from the Union at the start of the Civil War, Robert E. Lee resigned his commission and took command of the armed forces of the Commonwealth of Virginia, later becoming commander of the Army of Northern Virginia.   On May 7, troops of the Virginia militia occupied Arlington and Arlington House.  With Confederate forces occupying Arlington's high ground, the capital of the Union was left in an untenable military position.  Although unwilling to leave Arlington House, Mary Lee believed her estate would soon be recaptured by federal soldiers. So she buried many of her family treasures on the grounds and left for her sister's estate in Fairfax County.  On May 3, General Winfield Scott ordered Gen. McDowell to clear Arlington and the city of Alexandria of all troops not loyal to the United States.  McDowell occupied Arlington without opposition on May 24.  The government acquired Arlington House at a tax sale in 1864 for $26,800, equal to $420,000 today.  Mrs. Lee had not appeared in person but rather had sent an agent, attempting to pay in a timely manner the $92.07 in property taxes assessed on the estate.  The government turned away her agent, refusing to accept the tendered payment. In 1874, Custis Lee, heir under his grandfather's will passing the estate in trust to his mother, sued the United States claiming ownership of Arlington. On December 9, 1882, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5–4 in Lee's favor, deciding that Arlington had been confiscated without due process.  After that decision, Congress returned the estate to him, and on March 3, 1883, Custis Lee sold it back to the government for $150,000 at a signing ceremony with Secretary of War Robert Todd Lincoln.  The land then became a military reservation. 
    1877 - Henry Ossian Flipper (1856-1940), born a slave in Thomasville, Georgia, becomes the first African-American cadet to graduate from the US Military Academy at West Point, New York. Flipper, who was never spoken to by a white cadet during his four years at West Point, is appointed a second lieutenant in the all-African-American 10th Cavalry, stationed at Fort Sill in Indian Territory.
    1880 - Birthday of blind singer/violinist Alfred Reed (d. 1956), Floyd City, VA,,483645,00.html?artist=Blind+Alfred+Reed
    1885 [some cite 1887] - Birthday of Malvina Cornell Hoffman (d. 1966), NYC.  U.S. sculptor. Internationally admired, she received the largest sculptural commission ever given to man (or woman). It consisted of 110 life-sized bronze statues for the Hall of Man, Field Museum, Chicago. She studied with Rodin in Paris (after being turned away five times) and made a series of sculptures interpreting dance. Her forte was portraiture busts. Her mother was a talented amateur pianist.
    1896 - The temperature at Fort Mojave, CA, soared to 127 degrees, the hottest reading of record for June for the U.S. The low that day was 97 degrees. Morning lows of 100 degrees were reported on the 12th, 14th and 16th of the month.
    1898 - Annexation of Hawaii was approved in a joint resolution adopted by the House of Representatives, and by the Senate on June 17. It was signed by President McKinley on July 7.
    1901 - Birthday of co-founder of Decca records, Jack Kapp (d. 1949), one of the first to record Black music, including Jazz artists.  He also oversaw Bing Crosby’s rise as a recording artist in the early 1930s.  Four decades later, Crosby continued expressing appreciation to Kapp for diversifying his song catalogue into various styles and genres, saying, "I thought he was crazy, but I just did what he told me." Kapp could not read or sing music, but to his talent he stressed the credo, "Where's the melody?"
    1904 - More than 1,000 people died when fire erupted aboard the steamboat General Slocum in New York City's East River.
    1909 - Benjamin F. Shibe of Bala, PA, obtained a patent for a baseball with a cork center. It was first manufactured by A.G. Spalding and Brothers, Chicago, IL, and was used in occasional league games in 1909 and in regular play in 1910. The ball was first used in a World Series game, secretly, on October 20, 1910, in Chicago, IL. The Philadelphia Athletics defeated the Chicago Cubs in five games.  Shibe was owner and president of the Athletics from 1901 until his death in 1922.  Shibe Park, renamed Connie Mack Stadium in 1953, at N 21st St & W Lehigh Ave in Philadelphia, was the A’s home until 1954 when they moved to Kansas City. 
    1917 - The first army training camp for African-American officers was established at Fort Des Moines, Des Moines, IA, and was known as the 17th Provisional Training Regiment. On October 15, 1917, the first commissions were granted, with 106 African-Americans commissioned as second lieutenants.
    1917 - Congress passed and President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Espionage Act, authorizing the Treasury Secretary to assume control of U.S. ports, control ship movements, establish anchorages and supervise the loading and storage of explosive cargoes. The authority was immediately delegated to the Coast Guard and formed the basis for the formation of the Coast Guard's Captain of the Ports and the Port Security Program.
    1920 - Canadian record retailer Sam Sniderman (d. 2012) was born in Toronto. Sniderman began selling records in his family's radio store in 1937. He opened a second Toronto outlet in a furniture store in 1959. Two years later, Sniderman opened the now-famous Sam the Record Man store on Yonge Street. The store once claimed the largest selection of retail records in the world. A Sam the Record Man franchise chain was established in 1969, and the stores now are a familiar sight across Canada.
    1921 - Errol Garner (d. 1977) was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. I believe I have every album he recorded, and two copies of several as I play them at my office and home all the time. He, Oscar Peterson, Fats Waller, and James Johnson as well as classical piano and clavichord music are played often in my office. “Concert by the Sea” is his best-selling album.
    1921 - Bessie Coleman becomes the first Black woman to earn an aviation pilot's license in the world - and the first woman to earn an international aviation license from the from the Federation Aeronautique Internationale. A native of Texas, she went to France to get her pilot's license because of the bigotry of those in U.S. aviation who opposed her training because she was a woman and because she was black. No black U.S. aviator would train her either. A native of Texas, she learned to speak French and saved enough money to go to France. It was not simple but she got through it and fulfilled her dream of flying. On her return to the U.S. she taught other black women to fly as well as doing the usual (for the time) barnstorming in air circuses to keep flying. "Queen Bessie," as she was known was a highly popular draw for the next 15 years. However, on 04-30-1936, while practicing for a show in Orlando, Fla., a loose wrench fell into the engine and she did not have a parachute or seat belts and actually fell out of the plane to her death.
    1923 – Lou Gehrig’s Major League debut was with the Yankees as a pinch-hitter.
    1924 - Ford Motor Company manufactures its 10 millionth Model T automobile. It was named the most influential car of the 20th century in the 1999 Car of the Century competition.  With 16.5 million sold, it stands eighth on the top ten list of most sold cars of all time as of 2012. 
    1925 – The Philadelphia Athletics trailed the Cleveland Indians 15-4 going into the bottom of the 8th.  They scored 13 runs to win, 17-15.
    1928 - Republicans, convening in Kansas City, name Herbert Hoover their candidate for President and Charles Curtis of Kansas for the Vice-President.
    1934 - Great Smoky Mountains National Park established. Area along southern section of Tennessee—North Carolina boundary was authorized May 22, 1926, established for administration and protection on Feb. 6, 1930, and finally established for full development as a national park in 1934.
    1937 - Jimmie Lunceford records his them “For Dancers Only,” Decca 1340.
    1937 - Waylon Jennings (d. 2002), a leader of the outlaw country movement of the 1970's, was born in Littlefield, Texas. Jennings, along with Willie Nelson, spearheaded the movement away from heavy orchestral backing, opting for a leaner, harder sound which edged close to rock. Jennings met Buddy Holly in 1958, and ended up touring as Holly's bass player. When Holly's plane crashed in February 1959, killing Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper, it was Jennings who had given up his seat to the Bopper. Jennings signed with RCA in 1965, but by 1970, he was becoming disenchanted with not being able choose his own material, musicians and production. On the 1972 album, "Ladies Love Outlaws," he was at last able to use his own band, the Waylons, and to record current material, such as the Three Dog Night hit, "Never Been to Spain." The following year, the album "Honky Tonk Heroes" solidified his reputation as a country outlaw. In 1976, the album "Wanted - the Outlaws," featuring Jennings, his wife, Jessi Colter, Willie Nelson and Tompall Glaser became the first country LP to be certified platinum - one million copies sold.
    1938 – Cincinnati’s Johnny Vander Meer threw a second consecutive no-hitter, beating the Brooklyn Dodgers, 6-0, in the first night game ever at Ebbets Field. In front of 38,748 fans, including spectator Babe Ruth, Vander Meer struck out seven and walked eight, including three one-out walks in the 9th inning. Vander Meer no-hit the Boston Bees, 3-0, on June 11.  He remains the only Major League pitcher to do so.  
    1941 - Singer and songwriter Harry Nilsson (d. 1994) was born in Brooklyn, New York. His breakthrough came in 1968 with the album "Aerial Ballet," which contained the hit single, "Everybody's Talkin'." It stayed in the top ten for much of 1969 and was the theme from the film "Midnight Cowboy." Nilsson's 1970 LP, "Nilsson Schmilsson," sold a million copies. From it came the chart-topping single, "Without You." Harry Nilsson held the distinction of never performing in public. And he only rarely appeared on TV.  He also scored the film “Skidoo'' and the TV show “The Courtship of Eddie's Father.''
    1942 - Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) was founded as the Committee of Racial Equality by an interracial group of students in Chicago. Many of these students were members of the Chicago branch of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), a pacifist organization seeking to change racist attitudes. The founders of CORE were deeply influenced by Mahatma Gandhi's teachings of nonviolent resistance. CORE started as a nonhierarchical, decentralized organization funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of its members. The organization was initially co-led by white University of Chicago student George Houser and black student James Farmer. In 1942, CORE began protests against segregation in public accommodations by organizing sit-ins. It was also in 1942 that CORE expanded nationally. James Farmer traveled the country with Bayard Rustin, a field secretary with FOR, and recruited activists at FOR meetings. CORE's early growth consisted almost entirely of white middle-class college students from the Midwest. CORE pioneered the strategy of nonviolent direct action, especially the tactics of sit-ins, jail-ins, and freedom rides.
James Farmer’s father
    1944 - In a continued effort to penetrate the Japanese inner defenses, US amphibious forces invaded the Mariana Islands. A huge fleet, as documented in "Victory at Sea," of 800 ships from Guadalcanal and Hawaii carried the 2nd and 4th Marine Divisions, consisting of 162,000 men. By the end of the day, 20,000 of these men had established a 5 ½ mile-long beachhead on the island of Saipan. Though the American forces suffered heavy losses during an overnight counterattack, on the morning of June 16, the Marines still held the area they had taken the day before. A huge victory for the U.S. Marines. 
    1944 - Birthday of guitarist, pianist, songwriter Eddie Hinton (d. 1985), Tuscaloosa, AL.
    1948 - Football Coach Mike Holmgren was born in San Francisco, CA.  Holmgren began his NFL career as a quarterbacks' coach and later as offensive coordinator with the San Francisco 49ers, when they won Super Bowl XXIII and XXIV. He served as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers from 1992 to 1998, appearing in two Super Bowls, and of the Seattle Seahawks from 1999 to 2008.  Holmgren is noted for his role in molding quarterbacks such as Hall of Famers Steve Young and Brett Favre. Hall of Famer Joe Montana won his two MVP awards under the direction of Holmgren in 1989 and 1990. Under Holmgren's leadership and play-calling the Packers were consistent winners and never had a losing season.  He finally met his undoing at the football graveyard known as the Cleveland Browns.  He was president from 2010-12 until he was fired for....losing.
    1949 - Former manager and player, Johnnie B. “Dusty” Baker, Jr. born Riverside, Ca.  He enjoyed a 19-year career as a hard-hitting outfielder, primarily with the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers. He helped the Dodgers to pennants in 1977 and 1978 and to the World Series championship in 1981. He then enjoyed a 20-year career as a manager with the San Francisco, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, and Washington Nationals.  Currently, he is the 21st winningest manager in baseball history with 1863 wins.  In 2018, after not being renewed by the Nationals for whom he won 192 games in two years, Baker returned to the Giants organization as a Special Advisor to the CEO. 
    1949 - Russell Hitchcock of Air Supply is born in Melbourne, Australia. The group has three million-selling singles, including the No. 1 hit, “The One That You Love.''
    1950 - Top Hits
“My Foolish Heart” - The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (vocal: Eileen Wilson)
“Bewitched” - The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (vocal: Mary Lou Williams)
“The Third Man Theme” - Alton Karas
“Why Don’t You Love Me” - Hank Williams
    1952 - U.S. Air Force Second Lieutenant James F. Low, 4th Fighter-Interceptor Wing, became the 17th ace of the Korean War with his fifth MiG kill. The most junior in grade ace of the war, Low had been in combat for only six days.
    1952 – “Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl,” was published in the United States. It contained the memoirs of Dutch-Jewish teenager Anne Frank and her time spent with her family and others in hiding during World War II. She later died in a Nazi concentration camp, and many years later, her father, the only surviving member of her family, found her diary.
    1952 – “My Little Margie” premieres on TV. A very popular show in its day, "My Little Margie" was a half-hour sitcom about a "womanizing widower and his meddlesome daughter." Margie was played by Gale Storm and Charles Farrell played her father, Vern Albright.
    1953 - The USS Princeton launched 184 sorties and established a single-day Korean War record for offensive sorties flown from the deck of a carrier.
    1954 - Courteney Cox, ("Family Ties," "Friends,” “Cougar Town”), was born in Mountain Brook, AL.
    1954 - Blind country singer Terri Gibbs birthday born Miami, Florida.
    1957 - East Saint Louis was deluged with 16.54 inches of rain in 24 hours, a record for the state of Illinois.
    1957 - Elvis Presley's new single, "All Shook Up," debuts on the UK charts before its release, due to advance copies of the single -- intended for US troops in Europe -- finding their way into the hands of British DJs.
    1958 - Top Hits
“The Purple People Eater” - Sheb Wooley
“Do You Want to Dance” - Bobby Freeman
“Yakety Yak” - The Coasters
“All I Have to Do is Dream” - The Everly Brothers
    1958 - The Platters sing "Twilight Time" on Ed Sullivan.
    1961 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit:  “Moody River,'' Pat Boone.
    1963 - Actress Helen Hunt’s birthday, ("Mad About You," “Peggy Sue Got Married,” “Twister”), born Los Angeles, CA. 
    1963 – Seattle, Washington first civil rights march:
More than 700 people attended a "freedom march" protesting racial discrimination in Seattle. The marchers, many of whom were white, walked in silence but carried signs. The Rev. Mance Jackson announced that the Bon Marché promised 30 new jobs for African Americans in its downtown and Northgate stores.
    1963 - Jan and Dean's "Surf City" is released. The song featured Brian Wilson on backing vocals and would prove to be the duo's only US number 1 record. 
    1963 - 21-year-old Kyu Sakamoto became the first Japanese artist to hit the top of the US singles chart with a song called "Sukiyaki." It was also a #6 hit in the UK. The original title of the song was "Ue O Muite Aruko," which translates "I Look Up When I Walk." Sakamoto was killed on August 12th, 1985, when JAL Flight 123, a 747, crashed and burned on a thickly wooded mountain about 60 miles northwest of Tokyo. He was 43. 
    1965 - Bob Dylan recorded "Like a Rolling Stone," the first of his recordings to feature electric instruments. Dylan's emerging rock 'n' roll leanings proved popular - "Like A Rolling Stone" reached number two on the Billboard chart.
    1965 - Elvis Presley film “Tickle Me'' premieres.
    1966 - Top Hits
“Paint It, Black” - The Rolling Stones
“Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?” - The Lovin’ Spoonful
“I Am a Rock” - Simon & Garfunkel
“Distant Drums” - Jim Reeves
    1966 - The Beatles album, "Yesterday & Today," is released by Capitol in the controversial "butcher" sleeve, with the Beatles smiling amongst a group of decapitated baby dolls. The original photo quickly became a problem for Capitol, so it was pulled and replaced by a more conventional cover. Could not find it for sale on eBay.
    1967 [June 15-18] - The first rock musical festival was held in Monterey, CA. I was there. It was a mad house. Promoter Alan Pariser and booking agent Ben Shapiro assembled the largest roster of rock and soul acts up to that time, including the Who, the Grateful Dead, Otis Redding, Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and the Holding Company with Janis Joplin, and the Jimi Hendrix Experience. More than 50,000 fans attended the non-profit event, which inaugurated a decade of ever-larger rock festivals. 
    1969 - KELLEY, THOMAS G., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, River Assault Division 152. place and date: Ong Muong Canal, Kien Hoa province, Republic of Vietnam, 15 June 1969. Entered service at: Boston, Mass. Born: 13 May 1939, Boston, Mass. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in the afternoon while serving as commander of River Assault Division 152 during combat operations against enemy aggressor forces. Lt. Comdr. (then Lt.) Kelley was in charge of a column of 8 river assault craft which were extracting 1 company of U.S. Army infantry troops on the east bank of the Ong Muong Canal in Kien Hoa province, when 1 of the armored troop carriers reported a mechanical failure of a loading ramp. At approximately the same time, Viet Cong forces opened fire from the opposite bank of the canal. After issuing orders for the crippled troop carrier to raise its ramp manually, and for the remaining boats to form a protective cordon around the disabled craft, Lt. Comdr. Kelley realizing the extreme danger to his column and its inability to clear the ambush site until the crippled unit was repaired, boldly maneuvered the monitor in which he was embarked to the exposed side of the protective cordon in direct line with the enemy's fire, and ordered the monitor to commence firing. Suddenly, an enemy rocket scored a direct hit on the coxswain's flat, the shell penetrating the thick armor plate, and the explosion spraying shrapnel in all directions. Sustaining serious head wounds from the blast, which hurled him to the deck of the monitor, Lt. Cmdr. Kelley disregarded his severe injuries and attempted to continue directing the other boats. Although unable to move from the deck or to speak clearly into the radio, he succeeded in relaying his commands through 1 of his men until the enemy attack was silenced and the boats were able to move to an area of safety. Lt. Comdr. Kelley's brilliant leadership, bold initiative, and resolute determination served to inspire his men and provide the impetus needed to carry out the mission after he was medically evacuated by helicopter. His extraordinary courage under fire, and his selfless devotion to duty sustain and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.
    1969 - “Hee Haw” TV premiere. The show has been described as a country-western version of "Laugh-In," composed of fast-paced sketches, silly jokes and songs. Though critics didn't like it, it had popular appeal and did well as a syndicated show. It was co-hosted by Buck Owens and Roy Clark, alternating with guest hosts. Regular performers included Louis M. "Grandpa" Jones, Junior Samples, Jeannine Riley, Lulu Roman, David "Stringbean" Akeman, Sherry Miles, Lisa Todd, Minnie Pearl and Gordie Tapp.
    1970 - Jimi Hendrix records his first session at his Electric Ladyland Studio in New York City. It was the guitarist's state of the art "dream" studio.
    1971 - The Guess Who's "Best of the Guess Who" LP goes gold.
    1974 - Top Hits
“Billy, Don’t Be a Hero” - Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods
“You Make Me Feel Brand New” - The Stylistics
“Sundown” - Gordon Lightfoot
“I Don’t See Me in Your Eyes Anymore” - Charlie Rich
    1976 - “Rain in” at the Astrodome. A 10-inch rainstorm caused the postponement of a regular season baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Houston Astros at the Astrodome, a domed stadium. The rain caused flash floods that prevented everyone except members of both teams from getting to the ballpark.
    1976 – Reminiscent of Connie Mack’s Depression-era fire sale of Athletics’ stars in 1930s, Oakland A’s owner Charlie Finley attempted to sell three of his star players. Joe Rudi and Rollie Fingers were sent to the Boston Red Sox for $1 million apiece and Vida Blue to the New York Yankees for $1.5 million. Three days later, MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn voided the moves, saying they are "not in the best interests of baseball."
    1977 – The Mets traded “The Franchise,” Tom Seaver to the Cincinnati Reds for four lesser players in a move that had the Big Apple howling…still does.  Seaver went on to win 75 games in his five years with the Reds while the Mets kept sliding down in the standings.
    1980 - Jack Nicklaus won his fourth US Open, shooting a record score of 272 at Baltusrol Golf Club. The previous record score for the Open was 275, held by Nicklaus (1967) and Lee Trevino (1968.)
    1982 - Top Hits
“Ebony and Ivory” - Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder
“Don’t Talk to Strangers” - Rick Springfield
“Don’t You Want Me” - The Human League
“For All the Wrong Reasons” - The Bellamy Brothers
    1988 - Severe thunderstorms in the Central High Plains Region spawned five tornadoes around Denver, CO, in just one hour. A strong (F-3) tornado in southern Denver injured seven persons and caused $10 million damage. Twenty-six cities in the eastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. The high of 97 degrees at Portland, ME was a record for June.
    1989 - Thunderstorms produced severe weather over the Southern and Middle Atlantic Coast States. The thunderstorms spawned eight tornadoes, including strong (F-3) tornadoes which injured three persons at Mountville, PA and four persons at Columbia, PA. There were 111 reports of large hail and damaging winds, including wind gusts to 80 mph at Norfolk, VA, and Hogback Mountain, SC.
    1990 - The Rolling Stones song, "Paint It Black," hit number 1 in the Netherlands for the second time, twenty-four years after it first topped the singles chart. The song was included on their "Singles Collection" box set the previous year. 
    1990 - Top Hits
“Hold On” - Wilson Phillips
“Poison” - Bell Biv DeVoe
“It Must Have Been Love” - Roxette
“Love Without End, Amen” - George Strait
    1993 - Ray Charles made music history when his album "My World" showed up on Billboard's Hot 200, marking the sixth decade he had a charted LP.
    1992 - The second largest two-day tornado outbreak in U.S. history commenced as a developing cumulus cloud broke through the cap in north central Kansas and exploded into a huge supercell thunderstorm. Between 4:15 and 8:35 pm CDT, this supercell produced 39 tornadoes in north central Kansas, including 12 in Mitchell County and 9 in Osborne County. A farmer living south of Cawker City reported going to the basement in his farm home 5 different times and each time he came out of the basement, his farm had additional damage. He also reported that at one time, he counted 3 tornadoes on the ground and 4 funnels in the air. Damage to property in Mitchell County exceeded $12 million.
    1999 - Oriole Will Clark gets his 2,000th career hit in the 10-inning victory over the Royals, 6-5.
    2001 - The Los Angeles Lakers take their second in a row NBA Championship, beating the Philadelphia 76ers in game 5.
    2002 - The Los Angeles Lakers take their third consecutive NBA Championship.
    2004 - Detroit Pistons play as a team and dominated the Los Angeles Lakers, whose players are charged as being “old and slow” by the sports press.
    2005 - A judge in Mississippi approved a divorce settlement between Jerry Lee Lewis and his sixth wife, Kerrie Lynn McCarver Lewis. She would receive $250,000 immediately and $30,000 a year for five years.
    2005 - Joining Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Governor George Pataki, and team officials, George Steinbrenner announces plans for new ballpark in The Bronx. The Yankee-financed $800 million facility, which will be built north of the current stadium in Macombs Dam Park, will seat at least 51,800 and will mirror the ‘The House that Ruth Built’ including limestone walls and the familiar copper frieze.  The New Yankee Stadium opened for the 2009 season across River Ave and behind what was left field from the original.  The former site remains as a community park with several fields at the corners of the former outfield, in addition to the original diamond location.
    2014 – The San Antonio Spurs beat the Miami Heat, 104-87, depriving the Heat of a third consecutive NBA title.

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    1998 - Detroit Red Wings
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    2001 - Los Angeles Lakers 
    2002 - Los Angeles Lakers 
    2003 - San Antonio Spurs
    2004 - Detroit Pistons
    2014 – San Antonio Spurs.



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