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"Sorry to report that good friend and longtime equipment financing specialist, Charlie Mann, passed away Tuesday in Shelbyville, Kentucky. He was in charge of the collections and repossessions for Westinghouse Credit fixed asset division in Pittsburgh in the ‘80’s. He was also the Service Center Manager for Westinghouse Credit’s vendor/broker funding operation in Kansas City until 1991. He then left to return to his hometown in Louisville, where he started “Leasing One” for the Bank of Louisville. After many years there, he did the same for a Frankfurt, Kentucky bank.
"Charlie was one of the funniest men I have ever known. Although he lost his right arm and right leg when hit by a train at 2 years old, he accomplished as much as or more physically than the average able bodied person. He beat me in ping pong and pool, even when I cheated. You never thought of Charlie ever having a physical handicap. Given what he lost, he was always upright and in my estimation, a physical marvel.
"He is going to be missed by a lot of people.”
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Charles Joseph Mann
November 5, 1949 - September 30, 2014
Charles Joseph Mann, 64, of Louisville, passed away on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at Hosparus of Louisville.
He was born on November 5th, 1949, to Carl and Lillian Mann and grew up in Louisville, KY.
Charlie was a graduate of Fern Creek High School. He worked in the banking and loan industry throughout his life, traveling extensively and serving on several boards and associations throughout the years. He finished his career as President of Leasing One Corporation at Farmers Deposit Bank in Frankfort, KY. Charlie also attained the honor of being a Kentucky Colonel.
Charlie was an avid musician throughout his life. He loved to sing, leading a band in the 1970s & 80s and then DJ'ing for many occasions casually and professionally though being known to decline to take payment for his services. His passion was to see people having a good time and often he was the first person there, and the last to leave because he loved to see others enjoy themselves and what he did with his music.
Charlie was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, John "Butch" Mann.
He is survived by his wife, Cindy Bryant Mann of Simpsonville; Children, CJ Mann, Candace Renfrow (Ron), DeEtte Etherton (Clint), Charles "Chas" Mann Jr, Sarah Raisor, and Dennis G. Raisor. Aunt, JoAnn Uhler. In-Laws, Paul Jones, Jr. (LaVerne), Linda Mann. He is "Grandpa Mann" to 9 grandchildren.
Charlie was the life of any group he was a part of and was everyone's "brother" and best friend and will be missed by all that knew him.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday October 4, 2014 at 10am at Evergreen Funeral Home. Visitation will be Friday October 3, 2014 from 3pm-8pm at the Funeral Home. A Graveside service will be held at Evergreen Cemetery following the funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Hosparus of Louisville.
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DJ DiMarco was hired at CHG-Meridian USA Corp. as its new Executive Vice President of Sales—North America; based out of Scottsdale, Arizona. Previously, he was Vice President & GM - Global Healthcare Markets & Vendor Programs, Macquarie Equipment Finance (April 2012–September 2014); Director, Performance Solutions, GE Healthcare (March 2010–October 2011); Vice President Global, Customer Financing, Agilent Technologies (September 2002–March 2009); Group Vice President Americas - Dell Financial Services Dell (September 1999–September 2002); Executive Vice President, Leasing Solutions, Inc. (March 1992–September 1999); Director, Vendor Programs, GE Capital (July 1988–March 1992); National Sales Manager, GE Calma (January 1986–July 1988); Western Region Manager, Computervision Corporation (June 1984–January 1986); National Account Executive, Hewlett-Packard (June 1981–June 1984). Education: Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Bachelor of Science (BS), Electrical Engineering (1977–1981). www.linkedin.com/in/djaydimarco
Paul Frechette, in June, 2014, was hired as Technology and Healthcare Business Unit Manager, Bank of the West Equipment Finance; based in Healdsburg, California. The Bank made the announcement official, October 1st. Frechette previously was part of The Alta Group, appointed January, 2011, as Head of Vendor and Captive Finance Practice, when he and his wife moved to Healdsburg, California (the Wine Country); January, 2013, he was appointed to head The Alta Group Diversified Industries. Prior he was at Tygris, July, 2008, in charge of Vendor Finance; Tygris was purchased by EverBank Commercial Finance, where he was appointed EVP Business Development. Prior he was VP, General Manager, Sun Microsystems Global Financial Services (2006–2008). He joined Key Equipment Finance and was promoted to President and COO of the Commercial Leasing Services (2002-2006); SVP, Heller Financial, Inc. (1995–2002); SVP, Vendor Services, US Leasing Corp. (1979–1994). Prior, he was SVP and Managing Director, GVF Business Development, for Heller Financial, Inc. (acquired by GE Capital in 2001) in San Francisco, California. Paul's career includes past executive assignments with U.S. Bancorp Leasing and Financial, U.S. Leasing International and Fleet Credit Corporation. Associations: Board of Trustees, Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation (October, 2003–November, 2012). Advisory Board, University of Rhode Island Business School Advisory Board (December, 2002–December, 2013). Board of Directors, Raven Performing Arts Theater (December, 2011–March, 2014). Education: University of Rhode Island - College of Business Administration, B.S., Marketing Management (1968–1973). www.linkedin.com/pub/paul-frechette/2/51b/a4b
Chris Kelly has been promoted to President of the Bank of the West’s Equipment and Logistics Solutions Division. He joined the firm October, 2008; previous position was Vice President/Manager Healthcare. “(He)...has more than 30 years of experience in the equipment finance industry developing and managing vendor programs. In his new role, he will lead a sales team focused on the bank’s key program partners within the construction, agriculture and material handling sectors. Kelly holds a BS degree from Suffolk University and has served on the Vendor and Captive Business Council Steering Committee within Equipment Leasing & Finance Association." www.linkedin.com/pub/christopher-kelly/11/446/414
Elizabeth Perkins was hired as Senior Account Manager, Bridge Capital Leasing, Parkville, Maryland. Previously, she was Senior Operations Consultant, Banc of America Leasing & Capital (October, 2008 – March, 2013); Officer, Documentation Specialist, SunTrust Equipment Finance & Leasing Corp. (2013 –less than a year); Documentation Specialist and Inside Sales, GE Capital (November, 2006 – October, 2008); Operations Accountant, JPMorgan Chase (August, 2004 – April, 2005); Asset Manager, GSA Management, LLC (February, 1998 – August, 2004). Education: Wesley College www.linkedin.com/pub/elizabeth-perkins/a1/656/50a
John Snyder, CLP, was hired as Vice President Sales at Ascentium Capital, Kingwood, Texas; based in Irvine, California. Previously he was Senior Account Manager, Alliance Funding Group (March 2013–April 20140; VP, Commercial Finance Group, Culver Capital Group (September 2009–February 2013); Senior Account Executive, Balboa Capital (2001–2007); Account Executive, Monex Deposit Company (March 2000–February 2001); Account Executive, First Union (December, 1995 – March, 1998); Lead generator, Midwest Construction & Supply Company (1987–1988); Certified Leasing Professional, November, 2013. “Why John Snyder Became a CLP:” http://leasingnews.org/archives/Nov2013/11_14.htm#clp Education: Buena Vista University, B. A., Entrepreneurship (1993–1994). “One of the most memorable experiences was being part of a team in Entrepreneurship class and creating a McDonald's business plan across from MCHS. The location and marketing the idea was a great fit as it used to be a struggling Dairy Queen in the same location.” University of Northern Iowa, Computer Science, HR Management, Business (1990–1992). NIACC Business (1988–1989). University of Iowa, Computer Science (1986-1988).
Advanced math studies. Mason City High School. www.linkedin.com/pub/john-snyder/17/866/a29
All of us have, at one time or another, encountered a customer or a co-worker who became angry as we negotiated with them about business or personal matters. The most successful negotiators recognize the basis of anger and what to do when they encounter someone who is angry.
First, it's important to understand what drives people to anger. There are three primary causes of anger – fear, hurt, and frustration. People exhibit anger when they are afraid of something, when they are hurting for some reason, or when they are simply frustrated.
The customer who becomes angry because she cannot obtain the low implicit interest rate that her boss asked her to secure from your company isn't angry because of the higher interest rate. That's just a number. The cause of her anger is most likely the fear she feels when she contemplates telling her boss she failed to secure the low interest rate he wanted.
If, for some reason beyond your control, you aren't able to provide a service to a long-time customer, he may perceive your failure to help as a sign of his and his company's diminished importance to you and your company, and his feelings may be hurt in this process. These hurt feelings can manifest as anger directed toward you or your company.
Sometimes people express anger simply out of frustration. I've often observed that no one appears upset, irritated or really angry when things are going their way! When a client or co-worker faces one too many obstacles in a day, their increasing frustrations may result in a display of anger directed at anyone within shouting distance.
Although there are three primary drivers of anger, sometimes anger isn't driven by fear, hurt or frustration. In some negotiations, like labor contract talks, anger is used by experienced negotiators as a favorite tactic to coerce, intimidate and threaten the other side. This “manufactured anger” has become part of the way the labor contract negotiation game is played.
Whatever the source of someone's anger, it's important to remember that your reaction determines, to a large degree, how the negotiation proceeds and ends. According to research done at the Harvard Negotiation Project, there is an 80% chance that you can influence, and even control the atmosphere and tone of a negotiation simply by mirroring the behavior you want from your negotiating partners.
If you find yourself negotiating with someone who is angry, or irritated, and you want to control the tone of the negotiation, don't buy into their anger or frustration. Instead, remain calm, and listen carefully to what your negotiation partner says. At some point, in 80% of all cases, your negotiating partner will calm down and will begin to mirror your behavior. Very few people will argue with themselves or maintain anger when there is no reaction from the other side of the table!
In tough negotiations, remember the 80% rule. By definition, it doesn't always work, but knowing that you have an 80% chance of controlling the tone and atmosphere in any negotiation, simply by mirroring the behavior you want from you negotiating partners, keeps the 80% rule on your side!
About the author: Steve Chriest is the founder of Selling UpTM (www.selling-up.com), a sales consulting firm specializing in sales improvement for organizations of all types and sizes in a variety of industries. He is also the author of Selling The E-Suite, The Proven System for Reaching and Selling Senior Executives and Five Minute Financial Analyst, Basic CREDIT & Analysis Tools for Non-Accountants. He was the CEO of a very successful leasing company and executive at a major company. You can reach Steve firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Top credit card lenders among banks and thrifts,
Second Quarter, 2014
SNL Financial Report
by Divya Lulla
Credit card loans at U.S. banks and thrifts increased 3.03% during the second quarter to $678.34 billion, still far below their peak in 2010, when credit card loans totaled $712.78 billion.
Credit card debt owned by banks increased by $19.98 billion in the second quarter from $658.36 billion at March 31. Credit card loans also grew as a percent of total loans to 8.37% at the end of the second quarter from 8.30% of total loans in the first quarter of 2014. Compared to year-ago levels, credit card loans are down from 8.67% of total loans.
The national average interest rate on Platinum credit cards was 9.93%, calculated using the lowest rates offered, while the average rate on Rewards credit cards was 11.08% as of Sept. 22. SNL classifies Platinum cards as those that require the highest credit score to qualify, typically with "Platinum" in the name of the card. Rewards cards are credit cards that earn the customer rewards, benefits and perks for usage.
Among top-tier banks and thrifts ranked by consolidated credit card loans, Citigroup Inc. held the largest credit card portfolio in the second quarter, totaling $140.95 billion. Citi's card loans are up 1.12% over the first quarter and 1.66% over the year-ago quarter. Credit card lending made up nearly 20% of total loans and leases at the bank.
Citi aims at issuing $15 billion of securitization debt, primarily backed by credit cards during the year, in order to strengthen its liquidity buffers and grow the bank's balance sheet, according to a transcript of the company's second-quarter earnings call.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. ranked second, with $114.79 billion in total credit card loans at the end of the second quarter. This figure was up 3.58% from the first quarter and 1.40% higher than the year-ago quarter. The bank's credit card delinquency rate was 1.42%, down from 1.70% in the prior year and 1.62% in the prior quarter.
Bank of America Corp.'s credit card loans also topped $100.0 billion during the second quarter, up from the linked quarter and year-ago levels. BofA President and CEO Brian Moynihan noted the increase in credit card debt during the company's second-quarter earnings call. "Consumers are growing their card balances also," Moynihan said, according to a transcript. "They're borrowing a little bit more, and they continue to add to their deposit balances."
Capital One Financial Corp. had the fourth-highest level of credit card loans, according to SNL data. The company reported a credit card portfolio of $74.0 billion at June 30, up 4.10% from the prior quarter but down 6.62% year over year.
Among the largest credit card lenders for whom SNL has collected data on credit card rates, only United Services Automobile Association and BB&T Corp. offered average Platinum rates lower than the national average, based on the lowest rates offered as of Sept. 22. BB&T was the only bank on SNL's list to offer lower rates than the national averages for both Rewards credit cards and Platinum cards.
Sudhir Amembal announced Amembal & Associates’ participation in the recently concluded First Chinese Leasing Industry Forum, held September 19-20, 2014 in Tianjin, China.
• Sudhir P. Amembal, Chairman & CEO, Amembal & Associates, U.S.A.
• Crit DeMent, Chairman & CEO, LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc., U.S.A.
• Esteban Gaviria, CEO, Leasing Bancolombia, Colombia
• Shawn D. Halladay, Global Leasing Expert, Amembal & Associates and The Alta Group, U.S.A.
• Hugh Lander, Chief Executive Officer, BOQ Finance (BOQF), Australia
• Bob Rinaldi, Chairman-Elect, ELFA, U.S.A.
• Arnaldo Rodriguez, President, CSI International, Spain
• Jukka Salonen, Chairman, Leaseurope, Finland
• Fred Sasser, Chairman, Chicago Freight Car Leasing, U.S.A.
• Judy Tan, Managing Director, Caterpillar (China) Financial Services, China
• Wang Chong，Chairman,CDB(China Development Bank) Leasing，China
• Kong Linshan, Chairman, Minsheng financial leasing co., LTD, China
• Kong Fanxing, Chairman, International Far Eastern Leasing, China
• Cong Lin, President, ICBC Leasing, China
"The first ever of its kind held in China, this conference attracted nearly 400 lessors, government officials, banks, students, and members of the media," Sudhir Amembal, CEO of Amembal & Associates, said. He not only advised the organizers on the conference agenda and speakers, but also co-chaired parts of the conference and delivered one of the keynote addresses.
“It is conferences such as this that will bring immense value to the growth of leasing in China,” he said, stating that similar Amembal & Associates’ efforts have helped accomplish the same result in other parts of the world. He went on to note that he anticipates that China, in terms of volume, will soon become the world’s leading leasing economy, particularly given the government’s statement that leasing should play a significant role during China’s continued economic and financial transformation.
"This year’s Chinese Leasing Forum consisted of a unique blend of general assemblies supplemented by hands-on parallel sessions that addressed specific concerns and questions of the attendees. Speakers included Chinese leasing luminaries, local government representatives, and prestigious speakers from the US and other parts of the world. It also marked the first time in 20 years that Mr. Amembal and his former partner, Shawn Halladay, shared a conference stage.
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Amembal & Associates, formed in 1978, was the first entity to serve the global equipment leasing industry and is the world's premier service provider to its many leasing industries and companies. Amembal & Associates has trained over 75,000 leasing professionals in 80 plus countries and has authored 16 industry best-sellers. It also has provided consultancy services to over 20 governments as well as numerous well-known, blue chip leasing companies around the globe.
November 5, 2014
Latin American Leasing &
The Alta Group
Intercontinental Hotel Doral
Wednesday November 5th the Latin American Legal and Operations Forum will give participants access to the latest advances in the legal and operational practices in the industry. It will be an excellent opportunity to learn about the laws and regulations of leasing in different countries of the Americas.
The event will be simultaneously translated in English and Spanish.
November 7, 2014
XII Latin American Leasing Conference
The Alta Group
Intercontinental Hotel Doral
Thursday 6th to Friday 7th the XII Latin American Leasing Conference will be held. This will provide participants insights regarding developments in the professional practice of the leading rental companies in the Americas. The conference will also showcase best practices leasing companies and finance teams are now utilizing in strategic planning and implementation of funding strategies as well as risk and asset management.
The event will be simultaneously translated in English and Spanish.
The 2014 Middle East Leasing Summit to be held November 11-13 at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai is reported to be strongly supported by leading leasing companies and international leasing association.
This summit will gather regional government officials, vendor representatives, national organizations and industry leaders to interpret the air finance from the aspect of market situation, regulatory, growth point and second hand aircraft to better understand Middle East air finance market.
The conference promises "Deep insight into Middle East leasing market climate with introduction of Islamic Finance’s application and banks’ involvement. There is no doubt that this summit will provide a premier platform for its delegates to establish strategic cooperative partnerships, expand business. We firmly believe that your outstanding industrial background and broad knowledge would contribute significantly to the quality and scope of this
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Channel Partners, LLC
Collateral Specialists, Inc.
ECS Financial Services, Inc.
Financial Pacific Leasing, Inc.
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November 18 - 21, 2014
The Third Annual Operating Lease Conference
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They are: Stephan van Beek, Senior Director Sales & Marketing Development - EMEA, Oracle Financing, an expert on software leasing; Arnaldo Rodriguez, President – International Division, CSI Leasing, who is the epitome of having successfully globalized the product; and, Esteban Gaviria, CEO, Leasing Bancolombia, who leads the most successful bank-held operating leasing company in Latin America. I will chair the conference and also teach a two-day seminar preceding the conference."
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“Farrah's Babawawa is a silly and yet sometimes serious little girl. Of her female siblings, she has a more chocolate labby look. She is mostly chocolate with a white mantle. She has the sweet green eyes that make chocolate puppies look extra special!
“Like most puppies, Farrah's babies will need to work on housetraining. They will also need to go to obedience school to grow into a well-socialized dog! As these puppies are very young, they will need proper vetting within 3 days after adoption to start up a relationship with your vet, and to check on any concerns.
“The adoption fee for puppies less than 6 months old is $350, which includes the cost of routine vetting, including age appropriate vaccinations and spay/neuter. Puppies under 4 months of age may go to adoptive homes before they are spayed/neutered. Adopters who choose to adopt a puppy that has not yet been spayed/neutered are subject to an additional deposit of $100 (refundable upon proof of spay/neuter.) Included in the adoption fee, the rescue will arrange spay/neuter by a partner vet at the adopter's convenience when the puppy is between 4-6 months of age. It is the responsibility of the adopter to bring the adopted puppy back to the rescue vet for spaying/neutering or to send verification from another vet that the puppy had been spayed/neutered.
Cerebral satire ("The Zero Theorem") and stop-motion animation ("The Boxtrolls") make for a contrasting double-bill at the box-office, while DVDs offer suspense ("Cold in July"), youthful rebellion ("We Are the Best") and provocative drama ("Ali: Fear Eats the Soul").
The Zero Theorem (Amplify): Director Terry Gilliam ("Brazil") has long had a penchant for dystopian tales, and his latest film once more mines humor and dread in futuristic science-fiction. Christoph Waltz stars as Qohen Leth, a quirky programmer drudging for a vast company named Mancom. In between dealing with the corporate shrink (Tilda Swinton) and seeking out the mysterious management, Qohen finds himself experiencing a deep existential crisis, his frustration further compounded by his new assignment: solving a confounding mathematical problem known as "the zero theorem." An escape plan hangs within his reach, but can he grab his chance? Featuring Gilliam's trademark creative eccentricities and supporting turns by Matt Damon and David Thewlis, the movie is a sharp and satisfying return to the filmmaker's dazzling satirical visions.
The Boxtrolls (Focus Features): The makers of "Coraline" deliver another stop-motion marvel with this visually beguiling and charming fable. The titular creatures are mischievous little creatures who use discarded boxes like crab shells, leading a benign existence in the caves beneath the streets of a city called Cheesebridge. They've raised a young orphan named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead Wright), but to the townspeople they're fearful goblins who need to be snuffed out. Enter nefarious exterminator Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley), who's determined to destroy the whole Boxtroll community. But not if Eggs and his friend Winnie (Elle Fanning) can help it. Directed by Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi from a children's novel by Alan Snow, the film creates a colorful universe that should be savored by audiences young and old.
Netflix Tip: Stylish, imaginative, and frequently beset by problems, Terry Gilliam's filmography is a monument to his personal obsessions and perseverance. So check out his one-of-a-kind earlier films, which include "Time Bandits" (1981), "Brazil" (1985), "The Fisher King" (1991), and "Twelve Monkeys" (1995).
Cold in July (MPI): The influence of Martin Scorsese's "Cape Fear" and the Coen Brothers' "Blood Simple" echoes throughout this suspenseful thriller, directed with a sure hand by Jim Mickle. The film begins in the middle of a home invasion, with family man Richard (Michael C. Hall, from TV's "Dexter") killing a burglar during a midnight confrontation. Richard's queasiness about his newfound "heroism" is compounded by threats made by the invader's father Ben (Sam Shepard, in top menacing form). That's when Richard, like any good neo-noir antihero, must face his inner demons in a revenge plot that increasingly tightens around his neck like a vise. A dark-tinged indie with robustly spare style and punchy performances (including a terrific, movie-stealing turn from Don Johnson), this is one of the season's most solid releases.
We Are the Best! (Magnolia): Though best-known for intense, often gloomy films ("Show Me Love," "Lily 4-Ever"), Swedish director Lukas Moodysson lightens up with this delightfully scrappy comedy set in Stockholm in the early 1980s. Based on a comic-book, the story follows the misadventures of two young girls, Bobo (Mira Barkhammar) and Klara (Mira Grosin), who become determined to keep the boldness of punk music alive. Unfortunately, the only way they know how is through their makeshift music band, as they practice scratchy songs that make them sound less like rebels than like party-crashers. They improve as a third member (Liv LeMoyne) joins in, but can the girls stick together as puberty concerns kick in? Funny, poignant, and featuring wonderfully improvisational moments from the young performers, this is a warm sleeper worth seeking out. With subtitles.
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Criterion): The great German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder passed away at a young age, but left behind a treasure trove of powerfully human, provocative films. And few of his films are as accessible as this moving 1974 drama, which portrays the social difficulties faced by a most unlikely couple. Emmi (Brigitte Mira) is a sixtysomething widow living alone in Munich; Ali (El Hedi ben Salem) is a Morrocan immigrant half her age. They begin a romance that surprises them both, and also upsets their friends and family members. Is their convention-bending love strong enough to endure the disapproval of those all around them? With an unflinching yet profoundly compassionate eye, Fassbinder paints a compelling portrait of outsiders brought together in a rigid, harsh world. A must-see. With subtitles.
Tex was back for his twenty-first season,
twenty consecutive, then one off,
back after being farmed out to Springfield
and jumping parole. With nothing to do,
one afternoon he backed a truck up
to his mother's house while she was gone
(she was eighty) and sold off her furniture
for a hundred dollars and a cheap case of booze.
So he was recalled. He still had a good
fastball, at thirty-nine, since it's all about
numbers, a decent slider, and was wiser now,
after all the years. Then, too, he had nearly
perfect control. Always around the plate,
picking away at the black, changing speeds.
He could take the buttons off your shirt,
in and out, waiting, waiting for an opening.
Of course there was the element of surprise.
You never knew what he was going to throw
When you least expected it, he'd spin something
unusual in, a forkhall, maybe a backdoor slider,
or a drifter with zip on it, that fluttered,
then sailed or rolled off the table, something
that didn't look quite right,
so you suspected he had loaded one up
and wondered what he was chewing,
what he had in his hat or under his fingernails.
After all this was the big house, the big leagues,
he'd been here for twenty-one years,
and there was a certain wisdom and respect in that.
With his record and habits, so what if he got caught?
Where could they send him this time,
and who would bother?
His mother didn't want him back.
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1656 – The colony of Connecticut passes a law against the Quakers.
1696 - Birthday of Ann Smith Franklin - Colonial women printer. There were a large number of Colonial women who were printers, owners of taverns, silversmiths, artists, merchants, etc. Even though the women of that period had very few legal rights, many of them worked in commercial ventures and were the primary breadwinners of their families.
1721 - The Boston Gazette advertised a Camel would be exhibit for sale” African camel...7 feet high and 12 feet long.”
1780 - British intelligence officer Major John André was hanged as a spy in Tappan, New York. Captured on his return to New York City by American militiamen fighting in the War of Independence, Major André was found to have papers hidden in his boot concerning West Point. General George Washington designated a board of officers to hear the case which, after finding André guilty of spying, sentenced him to death. More disturbing news was uncovered during the process of the investigation. The papers carried by the British officer had been given to him by Brigadier General Benedict Arnold of the Continental Army, recently appointed commandant of the fort at West Point. Since May 1779, Arnold, motivated by greed, by his opposition to the French alliance of 1778, and by his resentment towards authorities who had reprimanded him for irregularities during his command in Philadelphia, had maintained a secret correspondence with Major André. On September 21, Arnold had agreed to surrender West Point to the British in exchange for 20,000 pounds. West Point, at the time, was a major fort, plus it defended the major water transportation for the area, the Hudson River. (Lower half of: it http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/oct02.html )
1789 – President George Washington sends the proposed Constitutional amendments, The Bill of Rights, to the States for ratification.
1800 – Birthday of Nat Turner in Southampton County, VA, leader of major slave rebellion. http://www.bigchalk.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/WOPortal.woa/wa/HWCDA/
1835 - The Texas Revolution against Mexico begins with the Battle of Gonzalez: Mexican soldiers attempt to disarm the people of Gonzalez, TX, but encounter stiff resistance from a hastily assembled militia.
1864 - Battle of Saltville. A Union cavalry column strikes Saltville in southwestern Virginia, but is defeated by a force patched together from several reserve units. The Confederacy's main source of salt, used as a preservative for army rations, was secured as the war entered its final phase. With nearly 8,000 soldiers, the two Union forces converged on the area; the Confederates had barely 1,000 men to stop them. Some of those were used to slow Gillem's advance, but only a few hundred men under the command of Colonel Henry Giltner were available to face Union General Burbridge. On October 1, Giltner delayed the Yankees at Clinch Mountain, but by October 2, the Yankees had reached the outskirts of Saltville. Confederate General John Williams arrived just in time with cavalry reinforcements, and Burbridge suddenly faced more than 2,500 Rebels. The determined Confederates dug in and repulsed a series of attacks. By nightfall, Burbridge's men were running low on ammunition. The Yankees withdrew during the night, and the Confederates pursued them to the Kentucky border. The glory of the victory was tarnished, however, when the Confederates massacred wounded Union soldiers from the 5th and 6th Colored Cavalry. Irregular forces under the notorious Champ Ferguson murdered white and black Union soldiers, who had been wounded and captured. Ferguson was tried after the war in Nashville for these and other non-military killings. He was found guilty and executed.The Union suffered 329 men killed, wounded, or missing at Saltville, while the Confederates lost 190 men. It was a stunning victory for the Confederates, since they were vastly outnumbered. Winning the Battle of Saltville did little to delay the collapse of the Confederacy. A second battle occurred two months later at Saltville. In that encounter, Union general George Stoneman defeated Confederate defenders and burned the salt works. The Confederacy collapsed just six months later.
1866 - J. Osterhoudt of New York City, obtained a patent for an "improved method of opening tin cans." The can had a projecting lip and a key could open it.
1871 - Birthday of Cordell Hull, American statesman who served in both houses of the Congress and as Secretary of State, at Pickett County, TN. Noted for his contributions to the “Good Neighbor” policies of the US with regard to countries of the Americas and to the establishment of the United Nations. Hull was FDR’s Secretary of State on December 7, 1941, who received two representatives of Japan who delivered the declaration of war an hour after the attacks at Pearl Harbor. Hull died at Bethesda, MD on July 23, 1955. http://www.bartleby.com/65/e-/E-Crump-Ed.html http://kids.infoplease.lycos.com/ce6/people/A0827280.html http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=C000955
1871 - Brigham Young, Mormon leader, arrest for bigamy
1885 - Ruth Bryan Owen Rohde’s birthday. A remarkable woman from Florida and U.S. statesperson. She was a former United States Ambassador to Denmark; member of the House of Representatives from 1929-1933, and the first woman elected from the deep South. Her accomplishments as U.S. Representative include the farsighted proposals to designate the Florida Everglades as a national park and to establish a cabinet-level department to oversee the health and welfare of families and children. She lost her reelection in 1932 because she favored prohibition, although later she voted for its repeal because that was what her constituents wanted. Rohde was appointed U.S. Minister to Denmark in 1933 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. She resigned from the Foreign Service (1936) to marry a second time, a Danish citizen. Her marriage to a Dane gave her dual citizenship according to Danish law and an impossible conflict as a U.S. ambassador. President Harry Truman appointed her alternate U.S. delegate (1949) to the U.N. General Assembly where she chaired the executive committee of the UN Speakers Research Committee. She received the Distinguished Service Medal from King Frederik of Denmark (1954). Rohde authored six books. Politically, she is best known, however, for the grueling 10,000 mile campaign up and down the coast of Florida in her winning campaign for the Fourth District Congressional seat in 1928. After she won election, her opponents challenged her by claiming that she had forfeited her American citizenship under a law passed in 1907 when she married a British subject, Reginald Owen in 1910. The 1922 Cable Act, one of a series to right the wrongs of the 1907 law, enabled her to be renaturalized, but her opponents claimed it did not meet the seven year PRIOR citizenship requirement for a congressional representative. The 1907 law stripped a native-born U.S. woman of her citizenship if she married a citizen of another nation. No such outrageous actions were taken against men who married foreign women - in fact, their marriage conferred U.S. citizenship on their wives! The House ethics committee allowed her to be seated after an emotional appeal and a LOGICAL one. She was, after all, BORN an American. Her case focused national attention on the grossly unfair laws affecting women. The law had been changed but even such people as heiress Barbara Hutton and renowned news correspondent Dorothy Thompson had lost their citizenship because of the appalling law and were unable to regain it because there was no retroactive elimination. By the way, Rohde was the eldest daughter of William Jennings Bryan, noted U.S. political figure and a candidate for the presidency. A daughter but not his clone. While serving as U.S. Representative, she astonished pundits by voting for tariffs on imports, a policy her father had vehemently opposed. http://everglades.fiu.edu/reclaim/bios/owen.html
1889 - In Colorado, Nicholas Creede strikes it rich in silver during the last great silver boom of the Old West.
1890 - Birthday of Julius Henry Marx at New York, NY. Better known as Groucho, a great comedian, who along with his brothers, constituted the famous Marx Brothers. The Marx Brothers began as a singing group and then acted in such movies as “Duck Soup” and “Animal Crackers”. During the '40s and '50s, Groucho was the host of the television and radio show, "You Bet Your Life." Died at Los Angeles, CA, Aug 19, 1977.
1895 - Birthday of comedian Bud Abbott at Asbury Park, NJ. Born William Henry Abbott into a show business family as his parents were part of Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey Circus. At the age of 15, Abbott was drugged and shanghaied onto a ship bound for Norway, but he was eventually able to work his way back to the States. Abbott crossed paths with Lou Costello, from Paterson, NJ, in burlesque in the early 1930s. During World War II, Abbott and Costello were among the most popular and highest-paid stars in the world. Between 1940 and 1956, they made 36 films, and earned a percentage of the profits on each. They were popular on radio throughout the 1940s, primarily on their own program which ran from 1942 until 1947 on NBC and from 1947 to 1949 on ABC. In the 1950s, they introduced their comedy to live television on “The Colgate Comedy Hour”, and launched their own half-hour series, “The Abbott and Costello Show”. The origin of “Who’s On First?” predated Abbott & Costello but is they who made it famous and the first time they performed it is unknown. The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown displays an honoring plaque and a gold record. A transcript of the "Who's On First?" sketch has been included in the museum collection since 1956 and the routine runs on an endless loop on televisions at the Hall, making Abbott and Costello among the few non-baseball players or managers to have a memorial in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Abbott died of cancer at the age of 78 on April 24, 1974, in Woodland Hills. Groucho Mark has said Abbott was "the greatest straight man ever.” http://tomahawk.tigerx.com/people/abbott.htm http://www.bestbuy.com/movies/Artist.asp?cid=21&m=270 )
1895 – The first cartoon appeared in a newspaper in the US.
1898 - A hurricane struck the Georgia coast washing away Campbell Island.
1907 – Phillies’ Eddie Grant goes 7 for 7 in a doubleheader vs the New York Giants.
1908 - Addie Joss pitched a perfect game to stop Ed Walsh 1-0, who won 40 in a row. Both are in the Hall of Fame.
1916 – Grover Cleveland Alexander throws his 16th shutout of the year.
1919 - President Wilson suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed and Vice-President Thomas R. Marshall was urged to assume the presidency but he refused. It was reported Mrs. Wilson became the secret acting president.
1925 – John L. Baird performs the first test of a working television system.
1928 – African-American DeFord Bailey cut eight masters at Victor Records Studios in Nashville. Three songs were issued, marking the first studio recording sessions in the place now known as Music City, USA. On December 6, 1925, DeFord won second place with his rendition of "It Ain't Gonna Rain No More" in a French harp contest on radio station WDAD. Soon after, Bailey made his first appearance on WSM Radio, after overcoming some racial opposition from the station's director. The young black performer was given the title "Harmonica Wizard." Bailey played a role in the naming of the "Grand Ole Opry." In 1926, the WSM Barn Dance followed an hour of symphonic music, and one evening its programming concluded with a selection by a young composer from Iowa reproducing the sound of a train. Bailey opened the country music program with his rendition of "Pan American Blues." The difference in the musical genres caused the director, George D. "Judge" Hay, to observe, "For the past hour we have been listening to music taken largely from grand opera; from now on we will present 'The Grand Ole Opry.'" Bailey toured with other stars of the Opry, including Roy Acuff, Uncle Dave Macon, Bill Monroe, and others. During his travels throughout the South in the 1930s, he was well received by the country music public, although racial segregation laws caused Bailey problems in hotels and restaurants. To get a hotel room, on some occasions, either he posed as a baggage boy for the white performers or pretended to be Uncle Dave Macon's valet. In April of 1927, Bailey teamed with the black Golden Echo Quartet to make his first recordings of "Pan American Express" and "Hesitation" for Columbia Records in Atlanta. The Columbia recordings were never released. Two weeks later he recorded eight titles for Brunswick label in New York. On October 2, 1928, DeFord recorded for Victor records during a Nashville session. "Ice Water Blues/Davidson County Blues" became so popular that the Victor label released it three times. http://www.tnstate.edu/library/digital/bailey.htm http://www.tnstate.edu/library/digital/bailey.htm
1928 - Birthday of child actor George “Spanky” McFarland in Dennison, TX. In January 1931, responding to a trade magazine advertisement from Hal Roach Studios requesting photographs of "cute kids," Spanky's aunt sent pictures. An invitation for a screen test soon arrived, leading to his acting career. He instantly became a key member of the “Our Gang” children's comedy movie series and one of Hollywood's stars. His scene-stealing abilities brought him more attention, and by 1935 he was the de facto leader of the gang, often paired with Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer, and always the enterprising "idea man." After serving in the Air Force he returned in time for the advent of television and “Our Gang” was re-branded as “The Little Rascals”. He died of cardiac arrest on June 30.1993. With fellow Rascal, Jackie Cooper, they are the only “Our Gang” members to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. http://www.classicmoviekids.com/mcfarland.htm http://us.imdb.com/Name?McFarland,+George+'Spanky
1929 - October 2, Guitarist Howard Roberts Birthday http://www.riffinteractive.com/expguitar/HowardRoberts1.htm http://www.utstat.utoronto.ca/mikevans/hroberts.html http://www.utstat.toronto.edu/mikevans/hroberts/sounds/discography.html http://www.utstat.toronto.edu/mikevans/hroberts/sounds/side70s.html
1929 - Birthday of Moses Gunn. The 1981 winner of the NAACP Image Award for his performance as Booker T. Washington in the film “Ragtime”was born at St. Louis, MO. His appearances on stage ranged from the title role in “Othello” to Jean Genet's “The Blacks”.He received an Emmy nomination for his role in “Roots”and was awarded several Obies for off-Broadway performances. On film he appeared in “Shaft”and “The Great White Hope”. He died Dec 17, 1993, at Guilford, CT.
1929 - "The National Farm and Home Hour", which gave rural Americans information about farm products, growing crops, farm animal care and useful household tips, debuted on NBC radio. "The Stars and Stripes Forever" opened the show. Don Ameche and Raymond Edward Johnson were featured, along with music and entertainment by The Cadets male quartet, Jack Baus and The Cornbusters and Mirandy of Persimmons Holler. "The National Farm and Home Hour" was sponsored by Montgomery Ward (or, Monkey Ward's, as we used to call it).
1932 - Birthday of former baseball manager and player Maurice Morning “Maury” Wills, born Washington, DC.
1935 - Birthday of Robert H. Lawrence, Jr, on Chicago’s South Side. He was named the first black astronaut when he was selected by the Air Force for space flight training in 1966. Lawrence graduated from Englewood High School and earned a B.S in chemistry from Bradley University in 1956. He joined the Air Force and completed a doctorate in physical chemistry at Ohio State University. He died in a plane crash on Dec. 8, 1967, at Edwards Air Force Base in California before the start of his space mission. On August 30, 1983, Guion (Guy) S. Bluford, Jr. became the first black American astronaut to make a space flight. Robert H. Lawrence School in Chicago's Jeffrey Manor neighborhood is named in his memory. http://www.floridatoday.com/space/explore/stories/1997b/102897b.htm http://stargate.1usa.com/stamps/articles/artic006.htm
1932 – Playing in Boston as the Braves, the team that would move to Washington, DC and become the Redskins, played its first NFL game, losing 14-0.
1933 - "Red Adams" was heard for the first time on NBC radio. Later, the program was retiled, "Red Davis" (starring Burgess Meredith), "Forever Young" and, finally, "Pepper Young's Family" (starring Mason Adams). Radio listeners kept listening through all the changes until 1959.
1933 – Dave Somerville, lead singer of The Diamonds (“Little Darlin”) was born in Canada.
1936 – Tony Lazzeri became the first Yankee to hit a grand slam in the World Series.
1937 - Ronald Reagan, just 26 years old, made his acting debut with the Warner Brothers release of "Love is in the Air".
1937 – OJ’s lawyer, Johnnie Cochran was born.
1938 – The Indians’ Bob Feller stuck out 18 Tigers.
1939 - "Flying Home" was recorded by Benny Goodman and his six-man-band for Columbia Records. It became his “signature” tune. He had two black musicians, Teddy Wilson on piano and Lionel Hampton on vibraphone. Goodman was the first to break the white-black musician barrier in the early 1930's and the first major band and group to include both black and white musicians playing together, especially in lead positions.
1942 – Steve Sabol of NFL Films was born in Moorestown, NJ. As the son of NFL Films’ founder, Ed Sabol, Steve took the fledgling enterprise to dramatic heights with the increasingly popularity of NFL Football through its rise on television. NFL Films has been awarded over 40 Emmys. Sabol died of a brain tumor in 2012 just short of 70th birthday.
1944 - CARR, CHRIS (name legally changed from CHRISTOS H. KARABERIS, under which name the medal was awarded), Medal of Honor Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company L, 337th Infantry, 85th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Guignola, Italy, 1-2 October 1944. Entered service at: Manchester, N.H. Birth: Manchester, N.H. G.O. No.: 97, 1 November 1945. Citation Leading a squad of Company L, he gallantly cleared the way for his company's approach along a ridge toward its objective, the Casoni di Remagna. When his platoon was pinned down by heavy fire from enemy mortars, machineguns, machine pistols, and rifles, he climbed in advance of his squad on a maneuver around the left flank to locate and eliminate the enemy gun positions. Undeterred by deadly fire that ricocheted off the barren rocky hillside, he crept to the rear of the first machinegun and charged, firing his submachine gun. In this surprise attack he captured 8 prisoners and turned them over to his squad before striking out alone for a second machinegun. Discovered in his advance and subjected to direct fire from the hostile weapon, he leaped to his feet and ran forward, weaving and crouching, pouring automatic fire into the emplacement that killed 4 of its defenders and forced the surrender of a lone survivor. He again moved forward through heavy fire to attack a third machinegun. When close to the emplacement, he closed with a nerve-shattering shout and burst of fire. Paralyzed by his whirlwind attack, all 4 gunners immediately surrendered. Once more advancing aggressively in the face of a thoroughly alerted enemy, he approached a point of high ground occupied by 2 machineguns which were firing on his company on the slope below. Charging the first of these weapons, he killed 4 of the crew and captured 3 more. The 6 defenders of the adjacent position, cowed by the savagery of his assault, immediately gave up. By his l-man attack, heroically and voluntarily undertaken in the face of tremendous risks, Sgt. Karaberis captured 5 enemy machinegun positions, killed 8 Germans, took 22 prisoners, cleared the ridge leading to his company's objective, and drove a deep wedge into the enemy line, making it possible for his battalion to occupy important, commanding ground.
1945 - Ten year old Elvis Presley makes his first public appearance in a talent show at the Mississippi-Alabama Dairy Show singing "Old Shep". He won 2nd place and 5 dollars.
1945 - Birthday of singer/songwriter Don McLean, New Rochelle, NY. His rock ‘n’ roll anthem, “American Pie” is among the most played songs of that era. http://www.don-mclean.com/ http://rupertsrecords.tripod.com/intro.htm
1946 - Birthday of singer Freddie Jackson, Harlem, NY. http://www.delafont.com/music_acts/freddie-jackson.htm
1946 - Birthday of accordion player Jo-EL Sonner, Rayne, LA http://www.texas-sounds.com/artists/joelsonnier/joelsonnier.htm http://www.louisianamusicfactory.com/showoneprod.asp?ProductID=185 http://www.karmaking.com/artists/flying_buritos/buritos_music.htm
1947- Yogi Berra becomes first batter to pinch hit a World Series homer. He hit it off the Dodgers’ Ralph Branca, who would give up another historic HR four years later. http://www.sportingnews.com/archives/worldseries/1947.html http://www.thebaseballpage.com/past/pp/berrayogi/ http://rinkworks.com/said/yogiberra.shtml
1948 - Fashion designer Donna Karan born at Forest Hills, NY. Responsible for the Murphy Brown look - the mix and match wear in soft fabrics in muted colors that allowed an active woman to move comfortably and stay neat all day. She had two terms as chief designer for the Anne Klein line before breaking off to form her own line. Her first stock offering topped $160 million. http://www.hkbu.edu.hk/~samho/bba/chan-joa/designer.htm http://aolsvc.aol.teachervision.fen.com/ipa/A0762321.html http://www.donnakaran.com/
1949 - Birthday of photographer Annie Leibovitz. She made her greatest early impact as chief photographer of “Rolling Stone” magazine, 1973-83. She was winner of the advertising Clio award 1988. Her photographs are often the ones historians use to illustrate the 60s and 70s culture. Like so many of the "hippy" generation, she graduated to "yuppy" and is now one of the leading photographers of such publications as “Vanity Fair”. She recently won a judgment to keep all her copyrights, about to lose them in a debt settlement.
1949 - “Hennnnnnreeeeee! Henry Aldrich!” “Coming, Mother!” The popular radio program, "The Aldrich Family", became one of TV's first hits, as the longtime radio show appeared on NBC-TV for the first time. In addition to being a successful radio transplant, "The Aldrich Family" scored another distinction -- being the very first TV sitcom (situation comedy).
1949 – The Yankees and the Red Sox are tied for first and played the final game of the season with the Yanks winning 5-3. It was Ellis Kinder for the Sox facing Vic Raschi. The Yankees led 1-0 after seven innings, having scored in the first. In the eighth inning, Red Sox and former Yankees’ manager Joe McCarthy lifted Kinder for a pinch hitter. Then he brought in Mel Parnell in relief, and Parnell yielded a homer to Tommy Henrich and a single to Yogi Berra. Parnell was replaced by Tex Hughson, who had been on the disabled list and said his arm still hurt. But he came on and, with the bases loaded, Jerry Coleman hit a soft liner that Al Zarilla in right field tried to make a shoestring catch, but he missed and it went for a triple and three runs. In the ninth inning the Red Sox rallied for three runs but still fell short.
1950 - Top Hits
“Goodnight Irene” - The Weavers
“La Vie En Rose” - Tony Martin
“All My Love” - Patti Page
“Goodnight Irene” - Red Foley-Ernest Tubb
1950 - “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schultz is first published as “Li’l Folks”. This comic strip featured Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Sally, Peppermint Patty, Pigpen, and Charlie's dog, Snoopy. The last new Peanuts strip was published Feb 13, 2000 and Schultz died the next day.
1950 - "Lux Video Theater" premiered on television. James Mason, Otto Kruger and Gordon MacRae hosted this half-hour dramatic anthology series that aired for seven years on both CBS and NBC. Its famed guest stars included: Robert Stack in "Inside Story" (1951); Peter Lorre in "The Taste" (1952); Grace Kelly in "A Message for Janice" (1952); Edward G. Robinson in "Witness for the Prosecution" (1953) and Esther Williams in "The Armed Venus" (1957).
1951 – In the second game of this famous playoff series, the Brooklyn Dodgers blast the New York Giants, 10-0, tying the playoffs at 1 each and setting the stage for “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World”.
1953 - Brooklyn Dodger Carl Erskine strikes out 14 Yankees in the 50th World Series. http://www.pubdim.net/baseballlibrary/ballplayers/E/Erskine_Carl.stm http://www.baseball-almanac.com/players/player.php?p=erskica01
1954 - "The Jimmy Durante Show" premiered on TV. Affectionately known as "The Schnozz," Durante hosted a Saturday night variety show with his former vaudeville partner, Eddie Jackson, pianist Jules Baffano and drummer Jack Roth. It alternated with "The Donald O'Connor Show" on NBC and aired for two years. “Goodnight Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are”
1954 - “The George Gobel Show” premiers on TV. George Gobel hosted this comedy-variety show for five years on NBC. Chanteuse Peggy King and Jeff Donnell were also on the show, with Eddie Fisher as “permanent guest star.” In 1959, Gobel switched networks to CBS and appeared for a year with Joe Flynn, Anita Bryant and Harry von Zell. He played Las Vegas, Nevada very often.
1954 – Birthday of Dr. Melfi in “The Sopranos”, Lorraine Bracco.
1955 - "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" premiered on TV. Alfred Hitchcock was already an acclaimed director when he began hosting this mystery anthology series that aired on CBS and NBC for 10 years. Each episode began with an introduction by Hitchcock, the man with the world's most recognized profile. Hitchcock directed about 22 episodes of the series. Robert Altman was also a director for the series. Among the many stars who appeared on the show are: Barbara Bel Geddes, Brian Keith, Gena Rowlands, Dick York, Claris Leachman, Joanne Woodward, Steve McQueen, Peter Lorre, Dick Van Dyke, Robert Redford and Katherine Ross.
1957 - Specialty Records releases "Bony Maronie" backed with "You Bug Me, Baby," by Larry Williams. "Bony Maronie" peaks at #14 on the pop chart. ("I got a girl and her name is Bony Maronie, she's as skinny as a stick of macaroni--bom-bom-bom-arat-ta)
1957 - After a heated argument with her father, Connie Francis reluctantly records "Who's Sorry Now" in two takes. Although she doesn't like the song at all, record buyers feel differently and by the following March, it would become her first hit, reaching number 4 in the US and number 1 in the UK.
1958 - At a press conference in Germany, a reporter asks Elvis if he is afraid of being forgotten by music fans while he is in the Army. Presley responds "It makes you wonder, but if people forget me, I can't complain. I had it once."
1958 - Top Hits
“It's All in the Game” - Tommy Edwards
“Rock-in Robin” - Bobby Day
“Tears on My Pillow” - Little Anthony & The Imperials
“Bird Dog” - The Everly Brothers
1958 - Rocker Robbie Nevil born in LA. He began performing his original music and signed a publishing deal in 1983, writing songs for the Pointer Sisters, El DeBarge, and Earth, Wind, & Fire.
1959 - A tornado struck the town of Ivy, VA (located near Charlottesville). Eleven persons were killed, including ten from one family.
1959 - "The Twilight Zone" went on the air with these now-familiar words: "There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fear and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call ‘The Twilight Zone'." The anthology program ran five seasons for 154 installments, with a one-year hiatus between the third and fourth seasons. It now is considered to have been one of the best dramas to appear on television. It was created and hosted by Rod Serling. He lived down the street from us in the Pacific Palisades. My father Lawrence Menkin wrote several of the episodes. He used to give Rod Serling a hard time, calling him a "hog" for writing most of them. Serling would get a kick out of this from my father who was a big man, six foot four, and Sterling was thin and about five foot four tall. I used to babysit for him. The last episode was telecast on Sept 31, 1965. http://www.radio101.it/soul/arnvl.html http://www.robbienevil.com/
1960 - "Stay" by Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs, enters the R&B chart and peaks at #3. On the pop chart, it climbs to Number One and popularizes the beach sound of the Carolina beach resorts.
1961 - “Ben Casey” premieres on television, competing with “Dr. Kildare”, starring Richard Chamberlain. The second year, it overtook Dr. Kildare in ratings, running for five years and 153 episodes starring Vince Edwards as Dr. Ben Casey, Sam Jaffe as Dr. David Zorba, Franchot Tone as Dr. Freeland and Bettye Ackerman as Dr. Maggie Graham. He was a friend of my father's very good friend and actor (can't remember his name right now), who found himself “typecast” as an actor, tried singing, and felt he had gone from nobody to a great TV star, and then back to a “nobody,” brooding about it, almost obsessed, as I remember. Vince Edwards died of cancer March 12, 1996 http://timvp.com/bencasey.html http://www.celebhost.net/vinceedwards/casey1.html http://www.celebhost.net/vinceedwards/casey3.htm
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1961 - Vanguard Records releases the album "Volume Two" and the single "Banks of the Ohio" by 22 year old Joan Baez. She will go on to be one of the most popular and outspoken protest singers of the '60s.
1962 - Frank Sinatra records with Count Basie, Los Angeles, Reprise Records FS 1008
1964 - Protest Rally Continues Against UC Berkeley (I was there as a reporter for KFRC-News, San Francisco.) Some 450 police assemble on campus to undertake removal of police car. [???] Weinberg, still immobilized by seated crowd, University officials, including President Kerr, members of faculty, and student leaders meet to discuss differences. Police leave; demonstrators disperse. Weinberg booked, but released as University, in accordance with agreement, does not press charges [???] ...from The Diggers
1965 - The Who, The Four Tops and Gerry and the Pacemakers all appear on the US TV show, “Shindig!”.
1965 - The Beatles concert in the Cow Palace in San Francisco. Pandemonium broke out as fans rushed the stage. The Fab Four waited backstage until the frenzy diminished. It was so bad that the pranksters had to leave halfway through. Booze, joints, you name it was everywhere. It seems not only did people arrive early, they left late, many falling asleep all over the place, so many, the police did very little, but the first aid station was overwhelmed. The only band you can really hear at the Cow Palace with this type crowd was AC/DC.
1965 - Pope Paul VI named the Very Reverend Bishop Harold Robert Perry of Lake Charles, LA, as the auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He was the very first Catholic bishop who was an African-American. He was consecrated in the Basilica of St. Louis, New Orleans, LA, on January 6, 1966, and was the pastor of the New Orleans Parish of St. Theresa of the Child of Jesus, Society of the Divine Word.
1965 - The McCoys' "Hang on Sloopy" hit #1 in the U.S. The song snuck in at number one for one week, between "Eve of Destruction", by Barry McGuire and "Yesterday", by The Beatles.
1965 - Soul singer Fontella Bass' "Rescue Me" enters the Hot 100. It remains on the pop charts for thirteen weeks where it peaks at Number Four.
1966 - Top Hits
“Cherish” - The Association
“Beauty is Only Skin Deep” - The Temptations
“Black is Black” - Los Bravos
“Almost Persuaded” - David Houston
1966 - Sandy Koufax, in great pain from an arthritic elbow, won 27 games and, for the third time in four years, led the Los Angeles Dodgers to the National League pennant. He ended up pitching 323 innings, a 27–9 record, and a 1.73 ERA. Since then, no left-hander has had more wins, nor a lower ERA, in a season. In this season finale, the Dodgers had to beat the Phillies to win the pennant. In the second game of a doubleheader, Koufax faced Jim Bunning for the second time that season in a match-up between perfect game winners. Koufax, on two days’ rest, pitched a complete game, 6–3 victory to clinch the pennant. He started 41 games (for the second year in a row); only two left-handers started as many games in any season over the ensuing years through 2013. However, the Baltimore Orioles swept the Dodgers 4-0 in the World Series that year. He retired after the Series at the peak of his career, and in 1972 became the youngest player ever elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, aged 36 years and 20 days
1967 - Thurgood Marshall, appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, was sworn in as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Marshall was the first black Supreme Court justice and served until his retirement on June 27, 1991, at the age of 82. He had served in the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals (1961-1965) and as U.S. Solicitor General (1965-1967). Justice Marshall died on January 24, 1993. His career highlights:
…1930 Mr. Marshall graduates with honors from Lincoln U. (cum laude)
…1933 Receives law degree from Howard U. (magna cum laude); begins private practice in Baltimore
…1934 Begins to work for Baltimore branch of NAACP
…1935 With Charles Houston, wins first major civil rights case, Murray v. Pearson
…1936 Becomes assistant special counsel for NAACP in New York
…1940 Wins first of 29 Supreme Court victories (Chambers v. Florida)
…1944 Successfully argues Smith v. Allwright, overthrowing the South's "white primary"
…1948 Wins Shelley v. Kraemer, in which Supreme Court strikes down legality of racially restrictive covenants
…1950 Wins Supreme Court victories in two graduate-school integration cases, Sweatt v. Painter and McLaurin v. Oklahoma State Regents
…1951 Visits South Korea and Japan to investigate charges of racism in U.S. armed forces. He reported that the general practice was one of "rigid segregation".
…1954 Wins Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, landmark case that demolishes legal basis for segregation in America
…1961 Defends civil rights demonstrators, winning Supreme Circuit Court victory in Garner v. Louisiana; nominated to Second Court of Appeals by President J.F. Kennedy
…1961 Appointed circuit judge, makes 112 rulings, all of them later upheld by Supreme Court (1961-1965)
…1965 Appointed U.S. solicitor general by President Lyndon Johnson; wins 14 of the 19 cases he argues for the government (1965-1967) http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/oct02.html http://chnm.gmu.edu/courses/122/hill/marshall.htm http://www.ai.mit.edu/~isbell/HFh/black/events_and_people/html/
1968 - Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals struck out 17 Detroit Tigers, a new World Series record, in the first game of the World Series. The Tigers recovered to win the Series in seven games.
1968 - Redwood National Park established.
1969 - NOVOSEL, MICHAEL J., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Chief Warrant Officer, U.S. Army, 82d Medical Detachment, 45th Medical Company, 68th Medical Group. Place and date: Kien Tuong Province, Republic of Vietnam, 2 October 1969. Entered service at: Kenner, La. Born: 3 September 1922, Etna, Pa. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. CWO Novosel, 82d Medical Detachment, distinguished himself while serving as commander of a medical evacuation helicopter. He unhesitatingly maneuvered his helicopter into a heavily fortified and defended enemy training area where a group of wounded Vietnamese soldiers were pinned down by a large enemy force. Flying without gunship or other cover and exposed to intense machinegun fire, CWO Novosel was able to locate and rescue a wounded soldier. Since all communications with the beleaguered troops had been lost, he repeatedly circled the battle area, flying at low level under continuous heavy fire, to attract the attention of the scattered friendly troops. This display of courage visibly raised their morale, as they recognized this as a signal to assemble for evacuation. On 6 occasions he and his crew were forced out of the battle area by the intense enemy fire, only to circle and return from another direction to land and extract additional troops. Near the end of the mission, a wounded soldier was spotted close to an enemy bunker. Fully realizing that he would attract a hail of enemy fire, CWO Novosel nevertheless attempted the extraction by hovering the helicopter backward. As the man was pulled on aboard, enemy automatic weapons opened fire at close range, damaged the aircraft and wounded CWO Novosel. He momentarily lost control of the aircraft, but quickly recovered and departed under the withering enemy fire. In all, 15 extremely hazardous extractions were performed in order to remove wounded personnel. As a direct result of his selfless conduct, the lives of 29 soldiers were saved. The extraordinary heroism displayed by CWO Novosel was an inspiration to his comrades in arms and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
1970 – A plane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed in Colorado and killed 31.
1970 – Television host Kelly Ripa was born in Stratford, NJ.
1971 - John Lennon's "Imagine" LP enters the chart as does The Beach Boys' "Surf's Up" LP.
1971 - Rod Stewart enjoyed a two sided, US number one record with "Maggie May / "Reason To Believe".
1971 – “Soul Train”, a new, weekly TV show that showcased current R&B artists, makes its debut in the US. The first broadcast featured Gladys Knight and The Pips, Eddie Kendricks and Honey Cone.
1974 - Top Hits
“Rock Me Gently” - Andy Kim
“I Honestly Love You” - Olivia Newton-John
“Nothing from Nothing” - Billy Preston
“I'm a Ramblin' Man” - Waylon Jennings
1975 - After a year of desperately trying to revive its flagging fortunes, the once-mighty retailer W.T. Grant filed for bankruptcy on this day. Seeds of the company's collapse were planted in the mid-1960s, when management embarked on an ambitious growth program. The company decided to open a fleet of new stores and, after five years of rapid expansion, 410 super-sized Grant outlets had been built around the country. At the same time, Grant, which had traditionally stocked mainly inexpensive products, began to offer more of the pricier items usually sold at department stores. Unfortunately, the retail makeover only served to alienate Grant's clientele, who had relied on the stores for cheap goods. When a recession hit in 1974, the company was left with little in the way of customers or earnings. At the time it went belly-up, W.T. Grant was saddled with over $1 billion in debt, making it the nation's single biggest retailing failure. When founded, Grant was the object of vitriol and litigation as the developer of the department store concept that brought several different retail lines under one roof. Heretofore America was dotted with small stores in the center of town who felt threatened by this concept. Eventually the concept was ruled to be legal and with it the demise of small towns’ downtowns began.
1976 - John Belushi joins Joe Cocker on Saturday Night Live during the performance of "Feeling Alright". Belushi performs his exaggeratedly spastic imitation of Cocker and the crowd goes wild. After the show, Cocker says he's happy with Belushi's impression of him.
1976 - Rod Stewart's "Tonight's The Night" is released.
1977 - When Dusty Baker hits his 30th homer of the season against the Astros' J.R. Richard, the Dodgers become the first team in major league history to have four players hit 30 or more home runs. He joins with Steve Garvey (33), Reggie Smith (32) and Ron Cey (30) to complete the foursome.
1977 - Gene Simmons receives a Platinum record for his solo LP, one of four released concurrently by the members of KISS. Simmons' charts the highest in the US, reaching #22.
1977 - After a month following what appeared to be an attempt to steal the body of Elvis Presley from Forest Hill Cemetery, both Presley's and his grandmother's bodies are moved to Graceland.
1980 - Larry Holmes retains WBC heavyweight title defeating Muhammad Ali http://www.larryholmes.co.uk/index.htm
1980 – Michael Myers becomes the first member of either chamber of Congress to be expelled since the Civil War
1982 - John Cougar's "Jack & Diane" hits #1 on the singles chart while .38 Special's "You Keep Runnin' Away" peaks at #38.
1982 - Top Hits
“Jack & Diane” - John Cougar
“Eye in the Sky” - The Alan Parsons Project
“Somebody's Baby” - Jackson Browne
“Put Your Dreams Away” - Mickey Gilley
1982 - Bruce Springsteen's "Nebraska" enters the rock albums chart at #24. Though the record, which consists mainly of solo acoustic songs, will receive virtually no radio play, it remains on the best-seller charts for several months.
1982 - The Clash's "Rock the Casbah" enters the Hot 100 at #90. It eventually makes the pop Top Ten and the funk-dub remix, "Mustapha Dance" makes the disco singles Top Ten, helping the group's latest album "Combat Rock" become its first gold and platinum LP.
1982 - Aerosmith's "Rock In A Hard Place" album enters the chart. The LP was recorded without guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford.
1982 - Rush's "Signals" enters the LP chart.
1985 - Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A." tour ends at the L.A. Coliseum.
1986 - The Everly Brothers are awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
1988 - The games of the XXIV Olympiad closed at Seoul, Korea. The Soviet Union topped the medals tally with 132 (55 gold) against 102 medals for East Germany (37 gold) and 94 for the United States (36 gold). The Olympics were also profitable, with a surplus of $288 million. And the Games helped open new avenues of foreign trade and commerce to the isolated, but burgeoning, South Korean economy.
1989 - Flooding due to thunderstorm rains in the southeastern U.S. on the last day of September and the first day of October caused the Etowah River to rise seven feet above flood stage at Canton, GA. Thunderstorms produced up to ten inches of rain in northeastern Georgia, with six inches reported at Athens, GA in 24 hours. One man was killed, and another man was injured, when sucked by floodwaters into drainage lines.
1990 - Top Hits
“(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection” - Nelson
“Close to You” - Maxi Priest
“Praying for Time” - George Michael
“Jukebox in My Mind” – Alabama
1993 - Rod Stewart's "unplugged" version of "Reason To Believe" hits #19 on the pop singles chart
1993 - Meat Loaf's "Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell" enters the LP chart.
1996 – President Bill Clinton signs the Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments.
2001 - Slugging Sammy Sosa becomes the first player in baseball history to slug 60 home runs in three seasons. The Cubs' outfielder connects off Reds starter Lance Davis to reach the milestone.
2002 - Former Diamondback Alex Cabrera slams his 55th home run to tie the Japanese single-season home run mark. The 31-year-old Seibu Lion joins Sadaharu Oh (1964) and Tuffy Rhodes (2001) in Japan’s record book.
2004 - Billy Joel married a woman who is just four years older than his daughter. The 55 year old piano man tied the knot with Katie Lee, a 22 year old cooking student that he had been dating for about a year. They are now divorced.
2004-- Jeff Kent hits two round-trippers to become the all-time home run leader of second basemen. The Astros infielder records his 278th dinger and 302nd overall to break Ryne Sandberg's major league record established in 1997.
2006 - Five school girls are murdered by Charles Carl Roberts in an Amish school in Nickel Mines, PA before he commits suicide.
2011 - Over 700 Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested when they swarmed the Brooklyn Bridge and shut down a lane of traffic
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