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Memorial Day



It is the soldier, not the reporter, 
   who has given us freedom of the press. 
It is the soldier, not the poet, 
   who has given us freedom of speech. 
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, 
   who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. 
It is the soldier, not the lawyer, 
   who has given us the right to a fair trial. 
It is the soldier, 
   who salutes the flag, 
   who serves under the flag, 
and whose coffin is draped by the flag, 
    who allows the protester to burn the flag.


Charles M. Province


Memorial Day originally commemorated soldiers killed in the Civil War, but the holiday was later extended to include all U.S. war dead. The custom of honoring the graves of the war dead, one of the chief activities of Memorial Day, began before the end of the Civil War.


In the South, Columbus, Miss., claims the origination of a formal observance for both the Union and Confederate dead, in 1866. But 100 years later, the U.S. government proclaimed Waterloo, N.Y., the birthplace of the holiday. The people of that town first observed Memorial Day on May 5, 1866, to honor Civil War dead. Businesses were closed, graves were decorated, and flags were flown at half-staff.


Despite these early celebrations, Memorial Day had no fixed date until 1868, when Commander in Chief John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union Army veterans, issued a general order designating May 30, 1868, "for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion." Since 1971, most states observe the federal practice of celebrating the holiday on the fourth Monday of May, although a few states still observe the May 30 date.







It is the tradition on Memorial Day to raise the flag to half-mast, to   

 honor those who have died serving their country, and then to raise

to full mast at noon to honor those who are serving their country  

today.  I will raise the flag in my son Dashiell’s honor as he

serves in the U.S. Navy and all the men and women who

protect our country.  Whether any war is right or wrong, on

Memorial Day we give special honor to those who serve our



                      Kit Menkin



             My son is part of the Belleau Wood Expeditionary Strike Group; the

USS Preble departs next month  (see story:)




    Memorial Day Message

        Classified Ads--Outsourcing

            ELA Leaders Industry Update

      —Testimonial from Rob Yohe

    U.S. Housing Starts – April 2004

        HP 8th Q in Lead/Leasing Helps

            BofA Doug Bowers as Leasing Executive

                De Lage Landen appoints David Knight VP

    News Briefs---

        Sports Briefs---

            California Nuts Brief---

                "Gimme that Wine"

                    This Day in American History

                        Baseball Poem


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  (no edition on Monday—See you Tuesday)




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ELA Leaders Give Industry Update During ELA Super Week


   ELTnews ( Equipment Leasing Association)


The ELA Business Council Directors and Steering Committee Chairman met this month during ELA Super Week and led the Board in an informal discussion on the state of the leasing industry. The overarching theme was that “companies have no pricing power because of imbalances between supply and demand – too much ‘liquidity’.” The following is a summary report from each business council:


Middle Market Independents:

-Diversity of companies, strategies, markets and products continues to

  describe the Middle Market Independents, who consider themselves

   to be the most innovative, unique and entrepreneurial of the

   membership sectors.

-Volume of business is rising.

-Many companies in the sector are technology equipment focused.

-Funding pressures of past five years are reduced, but some  

    companies are looking for funding sources with international  


-New companies are entering the marketplace.

-Bonus depreciation is seen as a “negative,” too attractive for   

    companies to buy.


Middle Market Banks:

-Volume is up and 1st quarter results were good.

-There are still too few deals for the number of companies. Some large ticket money is shifting into the middle market.

-Institutional footprint is increasingly defining bank marketing   


-Strategy of cross selling to bank customers is taking root.

-Charge off’s and credit quality is improving.

-The group was not optimistic about 3rd and 4th Q results.

-There was concern expressed regarding the emergence of Business

   Development Corporations (funds that raise capital to deploy in

  loans or leases).


Large Ticket:

-Tax-exempt is down significantly, as the market virtually shut-down

  until some certainty from the enactment of legislation.

  Retrenchments and layoffs are widespread. The issue is the impact of

  retroactivity (impacting mindset of the institution and its financials.

-Strong flow of single investor businesses.

-Traditional financings - leveraged lease business are inactive due to

  small demand, concentration, bad credits, low interest rates, and low

  capacity utilization


Small Ticket:

-UP is the word in applications, approvals, portfolio performance, and      

   access to capital.

-Margins are compressing with rising interest rates.

-Healthcare was mentioned as specifically favorable.

-Noticeable entrance of Community Banks.


Vendor / Captive:

-Volume is good, Business is strong, and the biggest concern for this   

   segment is financial accounting.


Service Providers:

-Legal is still dominated by aftermath of recession and low performing

   portfolios / bankruptcy, not new business.

-Executive search still reflects more supply than demand.

-Asset management business is strong.



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U.S. Housing Starts – April 2004


(Forecast predicts interest rates to rise as early as June due to inflation and wholesale level with housing to remain strong and stable for at least 5 more months.)



Residential construction pulled back 2.1% in April, to 1.969 million (SAAR).   Starts fell for both single family and multi family with single family falling less than 1% while multi family fell 8.4%.    Regionally, problems in the West, down 13.7%, dragged down total starts as the remaining regions showed growth ranging from .6% in the NE, 1.2% in the South, and 4.5% in the MW.   Permits, an indicator of future activity, were up 1.2% (1.999 million SAAR) with multi family leading the way (up 8.3%).  



Analysis and outlook:  Housing continues to remain strong thanks to attractive interest rates, an improving job market, and steadily improving consumer confidence.  Single family activity declined modestly in April, but remains well above its 12 month average of 1.562 million, SAAR (  Near term, housing should remain strong as the supply chain (months supply) remains small and manageable at less than 5 months for both new homes and the resale market.  That means there is still plenty of incentive for builders to keep building. 


Looking forward, we know that interest rates will be moving upward with the Fed acting sooner than later according to most analysts.  The consensus is that they may start as early as the June meeting as inflation at the retail level (CPI) and wholesale level (PPI) are increasing.  Of course, this is what you would expect with an improving domestic economy, and a remarkable growth rate in China over the past several years which is driving wholesale prices up for most commodities.  Until recently, productivity increases, a weak job market, and excess capacity have helped to keep a lid on inflation, but that scenario is changing.


 The Fed has to try and stay ahead of the inflation curve.   That said, housing is expected to remain relatively strong for the rest of the year although some pullback is expected in the second half.   As we said before in this column, as long as an improving job market balances rising interest rates, housing will be OK.  I.e., rising incomes from the job market compensate for higher interest rates, thus keeping housing affordable.


The latest forecast from NAHB (April 29) is for total starts to remain about the same this year as last year, but with steady quarterly pullbacks as we progress through the year: 1.944 in Q1; 1.856 in Q2; 1.788 in Q3; and 1.756 million SAAR in Q4. 


 This slowing trend is expected to continue through 2005 with starts pulling back to 1.742 million (SAAR), still a pretty good number and closer to the sustainable trend level.


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HP No. 1 in Worldwide Server Shipments for Eighth Consecutive Quarter, Also No. 1

in Windows, Linux and UNIX Server Revenue


PALO ALTO, Calif.--, --HP (NYSE:HPQ)(Nasdaq:HPQ) today announced that it continued its No. 1 position for worldwide server shipments for the eighth consecutive quarter, according to first quarter calendar year 2004 figures released today by IDC.(1) HP was also No. 1 in revenue worldwide for the Windows(R), Linux and UNIX(R) server markets.


Fueled by strong demand for its industry standard HP ProLiant server portfolio, HP again leads worldwide in x86 server shipments with 31.6


percent of total units shipped in the quarter, according to the research firm's data. HP also posted strong revenue growth in the blade, EPIC/ Itanium(R)-based and Linux server markets.


Other highlights include:


-- HP is No. 1 in total worldwide UNIX server revenue with 31.1 percent market share revenue, as well as No. 1 in high-end and midrange UNIX revenue


-- In the fast growing Windows server market, HP continued to hold the No. 1 position for revenue for the quarter with 20.7 percent growth year over year.


-- In the nearly $1 billion Linux market, HP leads in both revenue with 28.8 percent and shipments with 25.5 percent.


-- HP holds the top spot worldwide for combined UNIX, Windows and Linux server revenue and shipments. Together, these operating systems represent 93.7 percent of all servers shipped in the quarter.


-- Sales of Intel(R) Itanium 2-based HP Integrity servers continue to lead the Explicitly Parallel Instruction Computing (EPIC) server segment with 58.0 percent sequential revenue growth.


-- HP gained two points of revenue market share over its competitors in the x86 blade server market, the fastest growing server form factor in the industry.


HP offers customers one of the broadest server portfolios in the industry, ranging from ProLiant and Integrity servers to NonStop systems, along with industry leading storage and management software and services for the Adaptive Enterprise.


About HP


HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing. For the four fiscal quarters ended April 30, 2004, HP revenue totaled $76.8 billion. More information about HP is available at


(1) Source: IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, May 2004.


Microsoft and Windows are U.S. registered trademarks of Microsoft Corp. UNIX is a registered trademark of The Open Group. Intel and Itanium are registered trademarks of Intel Corp. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.


The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.



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Bank of America Names Doug Bowers as Leasing Executive


Bank of America has named Doug Bowers to lead its Bank of America Leasing business.


Bowers' appointment as Bank of America Leasing executive was announced by Richard Higginbotham, president of Bank of America Asset-Based Lending and Leasing. Bowers is responsible for leading the company's leasing businesses worldwide, continuing to build its direct lease originations efforts in middle market, large corporate, vendor, corporate air, municipal, healthcare and small business. He will be based in Charlotte.


"Doug brings tremendous experience and credibility to his new role," said Higginbotham. "His extensive knowledge of the business, many years of experience with Bank of America and outstanding leadership record will help us become the leasing company of choice with our clients and a growth engine for the company."


Bank of America Leasing is ranked number one in net assets among U.S bank- owned leasing companies and has more than 1,000 associates in 62 offices worldwide. It generates more than $800 million in revenue and has close to $21 billion in assets. In addition to lease originations, the business provides equipment management and capital markets services.


"Our clients look to us for innovative and balance sheet-effective solutions to their leasing needs," said Bowers. "As part of the Bank of America family, we obviously bring significant financial strength and geographic diversity. But we also offer specific industry expertise and extensive product knowledge and experience. That's a powerful combination for our clients and Bank of America."


Most recently, Bowers was managing director of the Bank of America Leasing and Capital Group and responsible for the company's wholesale leasing businesses. Prior to that role, he was managing director and co-head of the General Industrial Group at Banc of America Securities, with responsibility for banking services provided to clients in the automotive and transportation, aerospace and defense, chemicals, basic materials (paper and packaging) and capital goods industries. He also had responsibility for Middle-Market Investment Banking, the Sports Finance Group and regional banking teams in Toronto and London.


Previous to his role at Banc of America Securities he was based in London and served as president of the company's Europe, Middle East and Africa businesses. Immediately prior to his London role, Bowers led the bank's Middle Market Commercial and Investment Banking businesses. Earlier, Bowers served as head of the Midwest Industrial Banking team and Foreign Exchange Sales. Bowers earned a bachelor's degree in finance and economics from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.


Active in the community, Bowers is a member of the Bank of America Diversity Advisory Board and was chair of the 2003 Bank of America - Charlotte Alexis de Tocqueville campaign for The United Way.


Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk-management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving 33 million consumer relationships with 5,700 retail banking offices, more than 16,000 ATMs and award-winning online banking with more than ten million active users. Bank of America is rated the No. 1 Small Business Administration Lender in the United States by the SBA. The company serves clients in 150 countries and has relationships with 96 percent of the U.S. Fortune 500 companies and 82 percent of the Global Fortune 500. Bank of America Corporation stock (ticker: BAC) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. .



Georgina Morell of Bank of America,





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De Lage Landen appoints David Knight Vice President - National Accounts for its

Materials Handling & Construction Strategic Business Unit


WAYNE, Pa.,  - De Lage Landen Financial Services, a leading international provider of high-quality asset-based financing products to manufacturers and distributors of capital goods, has appointed David Knight to the newly created position of Vice President, National Accounts for its Materials Handling & Construction Strategic Business Unit.



    In this capacity, Knight, of Temecula, CA, will have overall responsibility for the business unit's national accounts distribution channel, including Fortune 1000 customers.



    He will report directly to Bill Hall, Vice President and General Manager of the Materials Handling & Construction SBU.



    A 23-year veteran of the leasing industry, Knight spent 14 years at Toyota Financial Systems, in Torrance, CA in management positions of increasing responsibility. This included 10 years as a National Commercial Finance Manager.



    He attended the University of Nebraska.



    De Lage Landen International B.V. is a Netherlands-based international provider of high-quality asset financing products. With a presence in more than 20 countries across the globe, the company focuses on the following industries: Food & Agriculture, Healthcare, Office Equipment, Telecommunications, Technology Finance, Materials Handling & Construction and Financial Institutions. In its domestic market the company offers Equipment Leasing, Consumer Finance, Car & Commercial Vehicle Leasing, ICT Leasing and Trade Finance through local Rabobanks and direct to market.



    De Lage Landen is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dutch Rabobank Group that is AAA-rated by Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s. In 2003 De Lage Landen grew its profits to $129.7 million (€114.8 million) and its balance sheet total to $17.8 billion (€14.1 billion).



    For more information, please visit our Website:




Sites of Reference:



Ronald Slaats

De Lage Landen Financial Services

Phone Number: 610 386 5023

Fax Number: 610 386 5840





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This Day in American History



    1732-protecting the environment, and particularly the fishing industry is not new. New York City enacted a law for “preserving fish in fresh water ponds...Fishing by hoop-net, draw-net, purse-net, catching-net, cod-net, bley-net or with any other engine machine, arts, or ways and means whatsoever, other by an by angling with angle-rod, hoot, and line, was subject to a fine of 20 shillings.”

    1754-the first bloodshed in the French and Indian War occurred on an isolated mountainside a few miles east of Uniontown, PA. Lieutenant Colonel George Washington, at the head of several companies of Virginia militia, reached the Monogahela River and overtook a French reconnoitering party from Fort Duquesne ( the future site of Pittsburgh).  Jumonville, the French commander was slain and his force captured.

    1807-birthday of Louis Agassiz, professor of zoology and geology at Harvard, born at Motier, Switzerland. He was a  major influence in spawning American interest in natural history and helped to establish the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology. “ The eye of the trilobite,” Aggassiz wrote in 1870, “ tells us that the sun shone on the old beach where he lived; for there is nothing in nature without a purpose and when so complicated an organ was made to receive the light, there must have been light to enter it.” Died at Cambridge, MA, Dec. 17,1873.

    1814-birthday of Daniel Reaves Goodloe, emancipatist; A Crusading Abolitionist in Reconstruction North Carolina,Daniel_R.html

    1831-birthday of Eliza Ann Gardner, underground railroad conductor, “known as the Julie Ward Howe of the Negro race.”

    1851-The Ohio Woman's Rights Convention met in Akron, an historic

meeting of women calling for equal rights.

    1855- Abby Leach birthday; U.S. teacher whose profound knowledge of Greek impressed Harvard professors enough to open their doors a crack in 1879 for women through what they called the Harvard Annex. It would become Radcliffe College.

    1858- Lizzie Black Kander birthday - U.S. philanthropist. Thousands of immigrants and poor in the Milwaukee area received a help because of this remarkable woman.   Starting with organizations that distributed food and clothing to needy immigrants, she helped form and headed the city's first settlement house (1900-1918).  As a 1901 fund-raiser, she supervised the printing of a cookbook. She expanded it and used the profits for charity. Still in print many years after Lizzie's death in 1940, The Settlement Cook Book, Treasured Recipes of Seven Decades, sold more than a million copies in 23 editions.

    1863-The 54th Massachusetts Infantry, the most famous African- American regiment of the war, leaves Boston for combat in the South. For the first two years of the war, President Abraham Lincoln resisted the use of black troops despite the pleas of men such as Frederick Douglass, who argued that no one had more to fight for than African Americans. Lincoln finally endorsed, albeit timidly, the introduction of blacks for service in the military in the Emancipation Proclamation. On May 22, 1863, the War Department established the Bureau of Colored Troops to recruit and assemble black regiments. Many blacks, often freed or escaped slaves, joined the military and found themselves usually under white leadership. Ninety percent of all officers in the United States Colored Troops (USCT) were white.Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, the idealistic scion of an abolitionist family, headed the 54th. Shaw was a veteran of the 2nd Massachusetts infantry and saw action in the 1862 Shenandoah Valley and Antietam campaigns. After being selected by Massachusetts Governor John Andrew to organize and lead the 54th, Shaw carefully selected the most physically fit soldiers and white officers with established antislavery views. The regiment included two of Frederick Douglass's sons and the grandson of Sojourner Truth.

On May 28, 1863, the new regiment marched onto a steamer and set sail for Port Royal, South Carolina. The unit saw action right away, taking part in a raid into Georgia and withstanding a Confederate attack near Charleston. On July 16, 1863, Shaw led a bold but doomed attack against Fort Wagner in which he and 20 of his men were killed. The story of Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts was immortalized in the critically acclaimed 1990 movie Glory, starring Mathew Broderick, Denzell Washington, and Morgan Freeman.

    1879-Illionis prohibited employment of women in coalmines in their state.

The first law enacted in the United States to protect women in employment.

    1880 -Savoy, Texas was hit by an f4 tornado. 14 people were killed and 60 were injured. It leveled the entire business and northeast residential sections. The tornado was described as "a funnel blazing with balls of fire".

    1892---the Sierra Club was founded by famed naturalist John Muir. The Sierra Club promotes conservation of the natural environment by influencing public policy. It has been especially important in the founding of and protection of our national parks.

    1888-birthday of James Francis “Jim” Thorpe, Olympic gold medal track athlete, baseball player and football player born at Prague, OK. Thorpe, a Native American, won the4 pentathlon and the decathlon of the 1912 Olympic games, but later lost his medals when Olympic officials declared a stint as a minor league baseball player besmirched his amateur standing. He later played professional baseball and football and was acclaimed the greatest male athlete of the first half of the 20th century.  Died at Lomita, CA, Mar 28, 1953( Thorpe’s medals were returned to his family many years after his death when the earlier decision was reversed.)

(lower half of: )

    1898-birthday of great bandleader Andy Kirk, Newport, KY.

    1900-Trumpet player Tommy Ladnier Birthday

    1910—birthday of singer/pianist/song writer Aaron Thibodaux “ T-Bone “Walker, Linden, TX. Died March 15,1975

    1912—birthday of guitarist David Barbour, Flushing, NY

    1917-General John Joseph Pershing lead members of the American Expeditionary Force to fight in Europe, America’s first entrant into this war. The group included 40 regular army officers, 17 reserve officers, 2 Marine Corps officers, 67 enlisted men, 36 field clerks, 20 civilians, 3 interpreters, and 3 news correspondents. They left New York City on the “Baltic” and arrived in Liverpool England, on June 8, and reached Paris on June 13.  The United States had been in a state of war with Germany since April 6, 1917, when it became the 13th national to declare war against the Central Powers.1922 - Otto Krueger conducted the Detroit News Orchestra, the first known radio orchestra, which was heard on WWJ Radio in Detroit, MI. The "Detroit News" owned the radio station at the time.

    1928 - Walter P. Chrysler  merged his Chrysler Corporation with Dodge Brothers, Inc. The Dodge Motor Car Company had been purchased several years earlier, from the widows of the two founders, by Clarence Dillon's banking firm for $148 million. The merger of Chrysler and Dodge, the largest automobile industry merger in history at the time, placed the newly consolidated firm third in production and sales, just behind General Motors and Ford Motor Company. Their vehicles have always been popular with law enforcement, the Blues Brothers, and my son drives a Dodge truck, which he swears is the best made in the industry.

    1929 - Warner Brothers debuted the first all-color talking picture. The film debuted at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City. Ethel Waters, Joe E. Brown, Betty Compson and Arthur Lake starred in "On With the Show," based on a story by Humphrey Pearson. 1931-birthday of guitarist Sonny Burgess, Newport, AR

    1931 - WOR radio in New York City premiered "The Witch’s Tale". The program was broadcast on the Mutual Broadcasting System (of which WOR was the flagship station) where it aired until 1938.  My late father Lawrence Menkin started out as a radio writer, and wrote many of these and soap operas. In the late 1940’s, he became general manager of WOR-TV, producing the first early television drama’s, such as “Harlem Detective,” “Hands of Murder,” and the first “Captain Video,” all shows he created, wrote, produced and directed.

    1934 - The Dionne quintuplets were born near Callender, Ontario to Oliva and Elzire Dionne. They were the first quintuplets to survive infancy. This increase in Canada’s population became known as Marie, Cecile, Yvonne, Emilie and Annette. All five survived into adulthood, Cecile, Annette, Yvonne, Emilie and Marie.   Their father, Elzire, signed to have them exhibited at the Chicago World's Fair only hours after they were born without permission from their mother. The Ontario provincial government intervened on behest of the doctor who delivered them. The government took custody of the children in what has been described more as a political move than a humanitarian one, and yet, at the time, it was a popular decision because of the family's poverty and the father's willingness to exploit the children in unsafe ways.   The doctor became a wealthy man acting as their caretaker as he, as the government's representative, housed them in a modern home (across the road from the Dionne home) and showed them to the public from the porch. He and the government used their names and celebrity status in various ways to make millions. Hardly anyone around these children acted in their interest.

   It took until 1997 for the surviving sisters to win monetary awards from the Canadian government for its exploitation of them. Their mother was not allowed any more intimacy with them than a tourist and she had no legal rights to claim them under the church dominated laws of the time in that area.

    1935-John Steinbeck’s Tortilla Flat is published. The novel's endearing comic tone captured the public's imagination, and the novel became a financial success.

Steinbeck's next works, In Dubious Battle and Of Mice and Men, were both successful, and in 1938 his masterpiece The Grapes of Wrath was published. The novel, about the struggles of an Oklahoma family who lose their farm and become fruit pickers in California, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1939. Steinbeck's work after World War II, including Cannery Row and The Pearl, became more sentimental. He also wrote several successful films, including Forgotten Village (1941) and Viva Zapata! (1952). He became interested in marine biology and published a nonfiction book, The Sea of Cortez, in 1941. His travel memoir, Travels with Charlie, describes his trek across the U.S. in a camper. Steinbeck won the Nobel Prize in 1962 and died in New York in 1968.

    1938-Benny Goodman records “Big John Special.” Two points if you know who “Big John” was (If you were a jazz fan, you would know.  If not,

go here:

Other sites about the “King of Swing,” who also was a fine symphonic clarinetist.

    1938-birthday of former coach and basketball Hall of Fame guard Jerry Alan West, Cheylan, WV.

    1939- Helen Hadassah Levinthal birthday, becomes the first Jewish woman to receive a degree from a Jewish college of theology. She received a Master of Hebrew Literature from the Jewish Institute of Religion.

    1941 - Frank Sinatra joined Tommy Dorsey’s orchestra in recording "This Love of Mine" for Victor Records.

    1944-birthday of Rudolph Giuliani, former Mayor of New York City, born Brooklyn, NY.

    1944-Gladys Knight, singer, born Atlanta, GA. The first hit was in 1961 with "Every Beat of My Heart." Her group continued to record hits throughout the 1960s, '70s, and '80s. Among their best-known songs are "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" (1967), "Midnight Train to Georgia" (1973), and "Love Overboard" (1987).

    1945-birthday of guitarist/song writer John Fogerty, Berkeley, CA

    1948---Top Hits

Nature Boy - Nat King Cole

Now is the Hour - Bing Crosby

Baby Face - The Art Mooney Orchestra

Texarkana Baby - Eddy Arnold

    1951-After failing to get a hit in his first three major league games, Willie Mays of the New York Giants broke his 0-for-12 skein by hitting a home run off Warren Spahn of the Boston Braves.

    1953 - The first 3-D (three-dimensional) cartoon world premier at the Paramount Theatre in Hollywood, California and downtown Paramount Theatre, LA. The production, a Walt Disney creation/RKO picture, was titled, "Melody".

    1955-birthday of Ronald Lawrence (Ron” Wilson, hockey coach, born, Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

    1955-"The Ballad of Davy Crockett" is the most popular song in the United States. Billboard refers to the tune as "disc entity" and reports if the sales of the other versions were all added up, including the original done by Fess Parker, more than 18-million copies have been bought in six months.

    1956---Top Hits

Heartbreak Hotel/I Was the One - Elvis Presley

The Wayward Wind - Gogi Grant

The Happy Whistler - Don Robertson

Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins

    1957 - National League club owners voted to allow the Brooklyn Dodgers to move to sunny Southern California and said that the New York Giants baseball team could move with the Horace Stoneham family to Northern California. The teams went on to establish themselves in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

    1957 - The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) was established. This is the organization that brings us the Grammy Awards for all forms of musical entertainment each year.

    1958 - The American League voted to divide itself into two divisions and reduce its schedule to 156 games.

    1959 - Abel and Baker were two one pound  monkeys, one a rhesus, the other a spider monkey, survived a  15-minute flight trip into space in separate containers in the nose cone of Jupiter rocked launched at Cape Canaveral, FL. The cone was hot 300 miles into space and was recovered about 90 minutes later off the island of Antiqua, about 1,500 miles away, by Navy frogmen from the tug Kiowa.  A previous attempt made on December 13,1958, has been unsuccessful.

    1959-birthday of former football coach and player, David Donald Shula, Lexington,KY.

    1963 -- Medgar Evers gets agreement of negotiations in the All-American city of Jackson, Mississippi — which is then withdrawn; four students and a professor harassed during sit-in at Woolworth's lunch counter. A few days earlier the garage

of his house was bombed and on June 12,  a few hours after President John F. Kennedy had made an extraordinary broadcast to the nation on the subject of civil rights, Medgar Evers was shot and killed in an ambush in front of his home. Byron de La Beckwith, a white segregationist, was charged with the murder. He was set free in 1964 after two trials resulted in hung juries but was convicted in a third trial held in 1994.

    1964---Top Hits

My Guy - Mary Wells

Love Me Do - The Beatles

Chapel of Love - The Dixie Cups

My Heart Skips a Beat - Buck Owens

    1966 - Percy Sledge hit number one with his first -- and what turned out to be his biggest -- hit. "When a Man Loves a Woman" would stay at the top of the pop music charts for two weeks. It was the singer’s only hit to make the top ten and was a million seller.      

    1966-Ike and Tina Turner's "River Deep, Mountain High" is released. It stays on the chart for four weeks and reaching as high as #88. The record's producer Phil Spector considers the song the high point of his legendary production career and is so embittered by it not doing well in America that he would go into seclusion for two years.

    1966-The Temptation's "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" is released and enters the Hot 100, where it will stay for thirteen weeks, peaking at #13. It will later be covered by the Rolling Stones on their album "It's Only Rock n' Roll, and will be a hit for them as well.

    1968-The American League announced that it would split into two divisions for the 1969 season.  Teams in the AL East included the Baltimore Orioles, the Boston Red Sox, the Cleveland Indians, the Detroit Tigers, the New York Yankees and the Washington Senators. The AL West was comprised of the California Angeles, the Chicago White Sox, the Kansas City Royals, the Minnesota Twins, the Oakland Athletics and the Seattle Pilots.

    1972---Top Hits

Oh Girl - Chi-Lites

I’ll Take You There - The Staple Singers

Look What You Done for Me - Al Green

(Lost Her Love) On Our Last Date - Conway Twitty

    1975 - The Doobie Brothers went gold with the album, "Stampede". The group, formed right here in San Jose, CA, recorded 16 charted hits. Two made it to number one, becoming million-selling, gold record winners: "Black Water" [March, 1975] and "What a Fool Believes" [April, 1979].

    1978-the first Casino outside the state of Nevada opened in Atlantic City, NY, after the state’s voters approved legalized casino gambling in 1977.  Resorts International opened the casino in a hotel on the Atlantic City boardwalk. The first week’s take was $2.6 million.

    1980---Top Hits

Call Me - Blondie

Funkytown - Lipps, Inc.

Don’t Fall in Love with a Dreamer - Kenny Rogers with Kim Carnes

Starting Over Again - Dolly Parton

    1982 - The legendary train, "Orient Express", made popular through Agatha Christie’s thrilling mystery novel, "Murder on the Orient Express", was reborn. The 26-hour train trip resumed across the European continent after a long respite. While I have never had the pleasure, I am told by people who rode it, it was a great trip       I know several chefs on the West Coast who said they learned to cook on this train, where food and wine was “the best,” they told me.

    1985 - Gay Mullins, a retiree from Seattle, WA, founded Old Cola Drinkers of America. This was an effort to bring back the original Coca-Cola, instead of the New Coke that the Atlanta-based company had foisted on the American cola-drinking market. By July of 1985, with arms firmly twisted behind their backs, Coca-Cola Company executives relented , kept the new formula on the market, but returned with: Classic Coke.

    1985 - "Vanity Fair" magazine, with a picture of President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy kissing on the cover, went on sale.  Whether you area Republican or Democrat, their “love affairs” was genuine, as expressed

in this book, “ I Love You, Ronnie.”


    1986-Viewers of Dick Clark's "America Picks the #1 Songs" chose Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock," "Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and Lionel Richie's "All Night Long" as the greatest hits of the rock era.

    1987 -Thunderstorms produced torrential rains in Oklahoma and Northern Texas. Lake Altus, Oklahoma was deluged with 9 inches of rain. Up to 8 inches of rain drenched Northern Texas and baseball size hail was reported north of Seminole and at Knickerbocker. 10 To 13 inches of rain inundated central Oklahoma over the last 5 days of the month resulting in an estimated 65 million dollars damage. Flooding forced several thousand people to evacuate their homes, many by boat or by helicopter.

    1988---Top Hits

One More Try - George Michael

Shattered Dreams - Johnny Hates Jazz

Naughty Girls (Need Love Too) - Samantha Fox

Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses - Kathy Mattea

    1989 - Unseasonably hot weather continued in Florida. Five cities reported record high temperatures for the date. The record high of 98 degrees at Lakeland, FL, was their fifth in a row. Thunderstorms produced severe weather in Florida late in the day, with golf ball size hail reported at Kissimmee.

    1996 -In a 12-8 win at the Kingdome, Orioles' third baseman Cal Ripken has his first career three-homer game and collects a career-high eight RBIs.

    1998-- First Hawaiian Inc. and BancWest Corp. joined forces to create a $14 billion banking major banking entity based in the western United States. The merger, which cost around $1 billion, gave First Hawaiian's stockholders a small majority stake in the new institution.

    2000- The Angels, for the first time in franchise history, hit four home runs in one inning. Anaheim goes yard four times in the fifth inning with Darin Erstad, Mo Vaughn, Tim Salmon and Garret Anderson supplying the fireworks in the 11-4 victory.

    2003 -When Rafael Furcal, Mark DeRosa and Gary Sheffield all go deep off Reds' Jeff Austin in the bottom of the first inning, the Braves become only the second team in big league history to begin a game with three consecutive home runs.




Baseball Poem


The Night Game


by Robert Pinsky




Some of us believe

We would have conceived romantic

Love out of our own passions

With no precedents,

Without songs and poetry--

Or have invented poetry and music

As a comb of cells for the honey.


Shaped by ignorance,

A succession of new worlds,

Congruities improvised by

Immigrants or children.


I once thought most people were Italian,

Jewish or Colored.

To be white and called

Something like Ed Ford

Seemed aristocratic,

A rare distinction.


Possibly I believed only gentiles

And blonds could be left-handed.


Already famous

After one year in the majors,

Whitey Ford was drafted by the Army

To play ball in the flannels

Of the Signal Corps, stationed

In Long Branch, New Jersey.


A night game, the silver potion

Of the lights, his pink skin

Shining like a burn.


Never a player

I liked or hated: a Yankee,

A mere success.


But white the chalked-off lines

In the grass, white and green

The immaculate uniform,

And white the unpigmented

Halo of his hair

When he shifted his cap:


So ordinary and distinct,

So close up, that I felt

As if I could have made him up,

Imagined him as I imagined


The ball, a scintilla

High in the black backdrop

Of the sky. Tight red stitches.

Rawlings. The bleached


Horsehide white: the color

Of nothing. Color of the past

And of the future, of the movie screen

At rest and of blank paper.


"I could have." The mind. The black

Backdrop, the white

Fly picked out by the towering

Lights. A few years later


On a blanket in the grass

By the same river

A girl and I came into

Being together

To the faint muttering

Of unthinkable

Troubadours and radios.


The emerald

Theater, the night.

Another time,

I devised a left-hander

Even more gifted

Than Whitey Ford: A Dodger.

People were amazed by him.

Once, when he was young,

He refused to pitch on Yom Kippur.




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