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New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries
Michael Biesiada was hired as Senior Vice President of Business Development, SLR Equipment Finance, Wilton, Connecticut. He is located in Montgomery, Texas. “(He) will help grow SLR Equipment Finance’s leasing and lending activities with equipment dealers in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, North Dakota and South Dakota." Previously, he was at Bank of the West, starting November, 2018 as Vice President, National Account Manager, Equipment Finance, promoted November, 2018, Senior National Account Manager, Equipment Finance Division. https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrbiesiada/
Nate Carter was hired as Director of Diversified Markets, Balboa Capital, a Division of Ameris Bank, Costa Mesa, California. He is located in Malvern, Pennsylvania. Previously, he was at DLL, Wayne, Pennsylvania, starting October, 2004, Director, Global Strategic Marketing (October, 2004 - August, 2011); promoted May, 2011, Director, Program Management, promoted January, 2018, Senior Account Manager; International Channel Marketing Coordinator, Primavera Systems, Inc. (September, 2002 - October, 2004); Production Manager, Unisys Corporation (1996 - 2002). https://www.linkedin.com/in/natelcarter/
Dan Einhorn was promoted to Senior Sales Manager, Lenovo, Morrisville, North Carolina. He is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. He joined the firm February, 2019, as K12 West Inside Sales Manager. Previously, he was at Lenovo Financial Services, joining March, 2014, as Account Manager, promoted April, 2017, Regional Finance Manager, AVP. He began his career at Lenovo, May, 2005, Inside Sales Manager, promoted February, 2008, Sponsorship Sales, promoted April, 2009, Team Lead, Inbound Sales and Channel Partner Assistance, promoted July, 2011, Senior Inside Sales Representative. https://www.linkedin.com/in/danieleinhorn/
Chris Hobbs was promoted to Leasing Executive to Managing Director for SouthState Equipment Finance, a division of SouthState Bank, Raleigh, North Carolinas. He joined the firm January, 2020, Senior Vice President, Middle Market Banking, promoted October, 2021, Director, Equipment Finance Group. Previously, he was Vice President, BB&T Equipment Finance, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey (April, 2016 - December, 2019), Vice President, BB&T Equipment Finance (March, 2015 - April, 2016); Vice President, Wells Fargo (2009 - March, 2015). https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-hobbs-53458964/
Mike O'Connell was hired as Senior Vice President, Portfolio Management, Customer Bank, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Previously, he was Director of Operations, First Citizens Bank (March, 2000 - June, 2022); Credit Manager, Direct Capital Corporation. https://www.linkedin.com/in/mike-o-connell-a19646a/
Use UCC's to Call on Lessees After a Merger
or Acquisition or No Longer Working with Brokers
Sales Makes It Happen by Christopher Menkin
Leasing News started "The List," companies no longer in business, in the year 2000. Adrian Bulman, one of the founders of the National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers, now passed away, sent Leasing News a memo from Tom Depping to his salesmen, saying look at all these companies not in business, urging salesmen to call their lessees and vendors, and stop complaining that there is not enough business out there.
It has been a practice for many years for leasing companies to obtain UCC filings on their competitors, and call debtors thereon, some even pretending to be a representative of the secured party. Yes do not recommend this as it is unethical. Depping was ethical. Here were companies no longer in business, or sold, or merged, and these prospects already were sold on leasing; why not call them today? Who was taking care of these credits and potential customers?
Before the internet, lists needed to be purchased directly from the department of corporations or a service provider. Today, it is much simpler as almost all states have it on line, and it is much less expensive, and with a lot more information.
When companies are purchased or merged or acquired, the new company calls on the previous lessees and vendors. It is easy for them as they have the records. It has been happening for years.
Also, many companies who get out of the broker business, as soon as they do, they go after the broker’ lessees and vendors. The same also applies to brokers who may or may not still be doing business with them: their direct sales crew starts making calls. Leasing News had gotten complaints about this for years.
With the internet, you do not need a large staff to do this or a lot of money. You go online, either save or copy the name and address of the UCC signer, put it in Excel, and sort by zip code. If you are going to divide the list, use Google to obtain the telephone number by just copy and pasting the address in Google. It is fast.
You can sort the list by zip code of each state and recommend starting where you are located and then moving more and more out of the area.
If you discover many in one specific street or industrial complex, you can use this for calling on them in person. Calling them up first and making an appointment is more efficient than knocking on the door to see if the person who makes the decisions is available.
Many of the UCC's also have the name and address of vendors. It is very common in UCC's to include the list of equipment from the Exhibit "A" which often has the name and address of the vendor. Many companies require this, such as Bank of the West Leasing on their documents.
You can also sort this information in Excel by type of equipment as well as zip code, if you set it up to do this. There are also many companies who offer a similar source. Don’t forget, you also can go after the vendor in the transaction. It can give you leads to other like vendors, once you get the experience from learning the demands of the equipment provider.
You can also take this a step further and find out who is the collector of the payments, meaning the funder who is the assignee. You may not only want to call the lessees first as they are further removed from where the lease started, but you may find a new funding source that you can use yourself.
You can find who your competitor is doing business with. In the early years, I would collect the daily UCC filings and weekly look at key cities near me to learn if I lost a customer, and as important, who was the lease assigned to as it might be a new source to fund transactions, too. Sometimes when it was a high rate house, I would call them and pick up a new customer.
Each state has such information as well as working on Google you can find a lot of vendor information. There are also software service providers who have links to these sites.
You don't need to call against your competitor still active in the business. Call those no longer active in the business first. Don’t forget the mergers as when a bank takes over a leasing company not only does the credit requirement change, but type of equipment and the process is also different, often slower. The lessees and vendor are ripe for better service.
FedEx Receives First BrightDrop Van Delivery
Marking a Critical Milestone for the Company
To support the new vehicle technology, FedEx is building charging infrastructure across its vast network of facilities, including more than 500 charging stations the company has already installed across California
FedEx Corp. received its first 150 electric delivery vehicles from BrightDrop. According to FedEx, this marks a critical milestone as the company plans to transform its entire parcel pickup and delivery (PUD) fleet to all-electric, zero-tailpipe emissions by 2040. The announcement also comes just months after BrightDrop’s commercialization of the Zevo 600 as the fastest vehicle to market in GM’s history, according to the company.
Mitch Jackson, Chief Sustainability Officer, FedEx, said, “At FedEx, we have ambitious sustainability goals, and our phased approach to vehicle electrification is a crucial part of our roadmap to achieve carbon neutral global operations.
“In just under six months, we’ve taken delivery of 150 BrightDrop Zevo 600s for our parcel pickup and delivery fleet. In today’s climate of chip shortages and supply chain issues, that’s no ordinary feat and a true testament to the collaboration between FedEx and BrightDrop.”
The first 150 BrightDrop Zevo 600s were delivered throughout Southern California to FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. In April 2022, BrightDrop announced a change to its vehicle names from the EV600 and EV410 to Zevo 600 and Zevo 400.
Powered by GM’s Ultrium Platform, the Zevo 600 is designed for last-mile deliveries, with an estimated range of up to 250 miles on a full charge. This is part of a larger agreement between FedEx and BrightDrop that will see FedEx incorporate 2,500 total Zevo 600s across FedEx operations over the next few years.
Travis Katz, President and CEO of BrightDrop, said, “This shows how BrightDrop is delivering sustainable solutions at scale to customers today, and we couldn’t be happier to be part of FedEx’s sustainability journey.
“Our Zevo 600 has been a record-setting vehicle from the start. From a record-setting time to market, to delivering one of the largest fleets of electric delivery vans on the road today, BrightDrop is showing the world what sustainable delivery looks like.”
To support the new vehicle technology, FedEx is building charging infrastructure across its vast network of facilities, including more than 500 charging stations the company has already installed across California. FedEx is also actively working with utility companies to help evaluate and determine the capacity needed for electrical grids to support such charging infrastructure and is investing to expand on-site generation and procurement of renewable energy in its facilities.
“For FedEx to successfully achieve our sustainability goals, it will require collaboration across the public, non-profit and corporate sectors,” said Jackson. “Our ongoing collaboration with BrightDrop is a perfect example of what is possible when two organizations come together and work toward achieving similar goals in pursuit of a better world.”
Animation ("The Bad Guys") and sports drama ("Hustle"), along with various different styles of action ("The Batman," "The Northman," "RRR"), make for a rip-roaring batch of streaming releases.
The Bad Guys (iTunes, Vudu): Imagine an animated “Ocean’s Eleven” sequel starring anthropomorphic critters, and you’ve got a picture of this enjoyably antic DreamWorks feature. The plot follows a gang of animal criminals led by fast-talking Mr. Wolf (voiced by Alexander Rockwell) and featuring Mr. Snake (Marc Maron), Mr. Shark (Craig Robinson), Ms. Tarantula (Awkwafina) and Mr. Piranha (Anthony Ramos). Not even getting caught can put an end to their rob-banking joyrides, though pretending to be honest soon starts taking its toll on them. Will these villains grudgingly turn into (gasp!) Good Guys? Directed by French animator Pierre Perifel and adapted from Aaron Blabey’s kid-friendly graphic novels, this is an energetic, often clever fable full of pop-culture references and winning vocal performances.
The Batman (Amazon Prime, Vudu): A moody blockbuster stylist, director Matt Reeves (“Cloverfield”) gives Gotham City’s oft-filmed caped crusader an epic revamp. Robert Pattinson stars as wealthy recluse Bruce Wayne, whose anguished backstory has led him to don the famous bat costume and declare war on crime. With only faithful mentor-butler Alfred (Andy Serkis) and police lieutenant Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) by his side, the Batman takes on gangland bosses, corrupt officers, and, above all, a pair of baroque foes—a serial killer known as The Riddler (Paul Dano), and fierce mobster Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin (Colin Farrell). Keeping things grittier than the standard superhero film, Reeves offers gripping drama to go with the thrilling action. Keep an eye out for Zoe Kravitz in a movie-stealing turn as Catwoman.
Hustle (Netflix): The human dilemmas of the sports world are the subject of this compelling drama, where Adam Sandler delivers one of his most grounded, believable performances. Sandler plays Stanley Sugerman, a seasoned basketball scout who, after a run of bad luck, chances upon a potential new champion. Said discovery is Bo Cruz (Juancho Hernangomez), a Spanish mechanic and single father with phenomenal athletic talent. But things get complicated when Stanley brings Bo to the U.S., as the young man’s legal troubles and inexperience in the professional court prove to be a challenge for both men. Directed by Jeremiah Zagar, the familiar plot gets a boost from the sincerity of Sandler’s commitment and a strong supporting cast (which includes Queen Latifah, Robert Duvall, and various real-life NBA stars).
The Northman (Peakcock, Amazon Prime, Vudu): “Hamlet” gets the “Conan the Barbarian” treatment in this muscular, stylishly grisly Viking epic from director Robert Eggers (“The Lighthouse”). Set during the 9th-century in the Nordic Seas, it charts the revenge of Prince Amleth (Alexander Skarsgard) following the murder of the King (Ethan Hawke) and the kidnapping of the Queen (Nicole Kidman) by his evil uncle (Claes Bang). His vengeful journey is set is motion years later, as the Viking raider poses as a slave and heads to Iceland. Along the way, he meets a woman named Olga (Anya Taylor-Joy), a young woman who claims to be a sorceress, as well as magical swords and skeleton warriors. Immersing the viewer in its mythological maelstrom, Eggers’ film is a savagely memorable experience.
RRR (Netflix): Hollywood gets a lesson in pure action from this breathless epic from India, which brings historical events to furious, visceral life. Set in 1920 during the British colonial rule, it focuses on two men on opposite sides of the law in a time of upheaval. Komuram Bheem (N.T. Rama Rao Jr.) is a tribal freedom fighter who comes to Delhi in search of a kidnapped girl, and he soon finds himself hunted down by a police officer named Raju (Ram Charan). Unaware of each other’s identity, the two become friends, as well as unlikely allies in the nation’s revolution. A cinematic feast from director S.S. Rajamouli, this is a blistering blend of romance, music, and stunts that should thrill even the most jaded viewer. With subtitles.
North Mill Equipment Finance - Meet the Funder
Wednesday June 29 at 3:00pm ET
You are invited to a free Webair by the American Associations of Commercial Finance Brokers.
North Mill Equipment Finance (NMEF) originates and services small to mid-ticket equipment leases, loans, and EFAs. The company has an Application Only program from $15k - $250k and an Application Plus program up to $1M.
A broker-centric private lender, the company accepts A – C credit qualities and finances transactions for many asset categories including construction, transportation, vocational, medical, manufacturing, printing, franchises, renovation, janitorial, and material handling equipment.
Referral agents can earn up to 12 points on transactions.
North Mill is majority owned by an affiliate of WAFRA Capital Partners, Inc. (WCP). The company’s headquarters is in Norwalk, CT, with regional offices in Irvine, CA, Dover, NH, Voorhees NJ, and Murray, UT. Please visit www.nmef.com.
Casone Toscana 2014 Red Blend - Tuscany, Italy
By Kevan R. Wilkinson, Leasing News Wine Reviewer
What could be more Italian than a glass of wine from Tuscany and a hearty bowl of pasta? So when my wife, Ana, said she would make homemade marinara sauce with garden-picked plum tomatoes, fresh basil, and garlic, I decided to look for a value-priced Italian wine.
I decided on the Casone Toscana 2014 Red Blend for two reasons:
It was $9.99/bottle,
It is 80% Sangiovese and 20% Syrah
It was not just the price that attracted me, but mainly the two varietals my wife and I enjoy.
This turned out to be one of the best picks of the year, at a great price, too. It also shows you can get excellent wine at a low price.
The Casone Toscana is a light-colored, barely medium-bodied red blend with notes of cherry soda, fresh strawberry, vanilla bean, and cinnamon. It finishes slightly dry, albeit with a nice amount of fruit.
Unfortunately, we should have opened this wine a few hours before dinner, as it opened up and got a lot better by the time we were ready for dessert. Good thing we only drank one glass of wine each, as we have some remaining for tomorrow's meal.
The Casone Toscana 2014 Red Blend is available at selected wine shops, markets, and online for $9.99.
1497 - The first European to set foot on the North American continent after the Vikings was John Cabot (also spelled Cabot, Cabotto, Caboote, Gabote, Calbot, or Talbot), a mariner who was probably born in Genoa, Italy. In 1496, King Henry VII of England granted Cabot a charter to sail west to Asia and set up a spice-trade monopoly. Cabot's ship, a 70-foot caravel called the Matthew, embarked from Bristol, England, on May 27, 1497, and arrived on the coast of Newfoundland---or possibly Maine---on June 24. After planting the English and Venetian flags, Cabot and his men spent a few hours exploring the landing site, then returned to their ship. According to historians, Christopher Columbus was attempting to follow
Cabot’s route; however, he never landed in North America, but in the
what is now called the Caribbean. http://www.nmm.ac.uk/education/fact_files/fact_cabot.html http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/journals/EH/EH33/croxto33.html
1579 - The first Christian religious service in English on the Pacific Coast was the Holy Communion service conducted at San Francisco Bay, CA, by the Reverend Francis Fletcher, who read from the Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England. Fletcher was chaplain on Sir Francis Drake's ship, the Golden Hind, during its voyage of circumnavigation from 1577 to 1580. Drake named the place Nova Albion, Latin for New England. A 57-foot marble cross commemorates the event in Golden Gate Park. There is a controversy this day as to where he actually anchored; many think it is Bolinas Bay in Marin County, as his log so indicates, and a plaque so describes (but that is another story). He navigated the North Coast of California. http://www.longcamp.com/nav.html
1647 - The first woman in America to appeal for the right to vote was Margaret Brent, a niece of Lord Baltimore, the founder of the colony of Maryland. She came to America from England in January, 1638, and was the first woman in Maryland to own property in her own name. She became one of the colony's principal landowners and a person of influence, raising troop of soldiers in 1644. On June 24, 1647, she appealed for the right to vote in the colonial assembly by virtue of her position as secretary to Governor Leonard Calvert, asking for a “place and voyce,” but was ejected from the meetings. At the death of Calvert, she became his executor and acting governor, president over the General Assembly, but was refused a voice in the affairs of the government as “it would set a bad example to the wives of the colony.” She moved to Virginia in 1650. http://www.earlyamerica.com/review/1998/brent.html
1664 – The New Jersey colony was established. Dutch and Swedish settlers founded parts of the present state as New Netherland and New Sweden. In 1664 the entire area, surrendered to the English, gained its current name. With the Treaty of Westminster in 1674, London formally gained control of the region; it retained that control until the Revolutionary War. Charles II gave the region between New England and Maryland to his brother, the Duke of York), which was renamed New York. Soon thereafter, he granted the land between the Hudson River and the Delaware River to two friends who had been loyal to him through the English Civil War, Sir George Carteret and Lord Berkeley of Stratton. That part of New Netherland was named New Jersey after the English Channel Island of Jersey.
1675 – In colonial New England, King Philip’s War begins when a band of Wampanoag warriors raid the border settlement of Swansee, Massachusetts, and massacre the English colonists there. In the early 1670s, 50 years of peace between the Plymouth colony and the local Wampanoag Indians began to deteriorate when the rapidly expanding settlement forced land sales on the tribe. Reacting to increasing Native American hostility, the English met with King Philip, chief of the Wampanoag, and demanded that his forces surrender their arms. The Wampanoag did so, but in 1675, a Christian Native American who had been acting as an informer to the English was murdered, and three Wampanoag were tried and executed for the crime. King Philip responded by ordering the attack on Swansee on June 24, which set off a series of Wampanoag raids in which several settlements were destroyed and scores of colonists massacred. The colonists retaliated by destroying a number of Indian villages. The destruction of a Narragansett village by the English brought the Narragansett into the conflict on the side of King Philip and, within a few months, several other tribes and all the New England colonies were involved. In early 1676, the Narragansett were defeated and their chief killed, while the Wampanoag and their other allies were gradually subdued. King Philip’s wife and son were captured, and on August 12, 1676, after his secret headquarters in Mount Hope, Rhode Island, was discovered, Philip was assassinated by a Native American in the service of the English. The English drew and quartered Philip’s body and publicly displayed his head on a stake in Plymouth. King Philip’s War, which was extremely costly to the colonists of southern New England, ended the Native American presence in the region and inaugurated a period of unimpeded colonial expansion.
1714 - Considered the birthday of Matthew Thornton (d. 1803), signer of the Declaration of Independence, born in Ireland. http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/signers/thornton.htm
1813 - Birthday of Henry Ward Beecher (d. 1887), famous American clergyman and orator, at Litchfield, CT. His dying words were, “Now comes the mystery.” http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USASbeecher.htm
1816 - The cold weather of early June finally gave way to several days of 90-degree heat in Massachusetts, including a reading of 99 degrees at Salem.
1839 – Birthday of Gustavus Swift (d. 1903), at Sandwich, MA. He was an industrialist who revolutionized the meat-packing industry. He developed the refrigerator railcar that allowed the transportation of processed meat, and his company was one of the first that implemented vertical integration of multiple departments within the organizational structure. He used animal by-products for products such as glue, fertilizer and soap.
1842 - Ambrose Bierce (d. 1914) was born in Meigs County, Ohio. American newspaper columnist, satirist, essayist, short-story writer and novelist who disappeared in the Mexican Revolution. Presumably died in the siege of Ojinega in January, 1914. Strongly influenced by Edgar Allan Poe, whose experiences in the Civil War marked him for life. http://www.literature-web.net/bierce http://www.creative.net/~alang/lit/horror/abierce.sht
1846 - Col. Castro's forces from Monterey, under the command of Joaquín de la Torre, fought the "Battle of Olompali" north of San Rafael with Frémont's troops from Sonoma. Two Americans and five or six Californios were killed. (one time home of the Grateful Dead) http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=22728 http://www.chezbabcock.com/genealogy/histories/Olompali.txt
1850 - The San Francisco Town Council passed an ordinance for the proper organization of the Fire Department. Rules and regulations were adopted for the first time. Destruction by fire was common in the West, as it was earlier in the East, and having a fire department was paramount for survival in a city due to all the buildings being made of wood and lighted by gas or oil wick.
1864 – Colorado Governor John Evans warns that all peaceful Indians in the region must report to the Sand Creek reservation or risk being attacked, creating the conditions that will lead to the infamous Sand Creek Massacre.
1869 - Abolitionist Mary Ellen "Mammy" Pleasant is named Voodoo Queen of San Francisco. http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/BHM/mepleasant.html
1880 - Agnes Nestor (d. 1948) birthday, Grand Rapids, MI. U.S. labor leader. She emerged as the leader of the 1898 women glove-maker's strike in Chicago when she was only 18. The strike victory ended the pay deduction women had to pay for the rental of the machines the women used to sew gloves. A short time later, she led the women into their own union because men did not always support women's needs. She held posts with the International Glove Workers Union for the rest of her life and served as president of the Chicago Women's Trade Union League, 1913-1948. She was a longtime advocate of the eight-hour day that became a reality in 1937. Child labor, minimum wage, maternity-health, and women's suffrage were also part of her life's work. http://www.kentlaw.edu/ilhs/images/hall/nestor.jpg http://womenshistory.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site= http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAWkenney.htm http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5728/ http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.u http://womenshistory.about.com/library/bio/blbio_nestor_agnes.htm k/USAWnestor.htm
1880 - "O Canada," with music by Calixa Lavallee and French lyrics by Judge A.B. Routhier, was performed for the first time at the Skaters' Pavilion in Quebec City. Three bands, playing together, performed "O Canada" during a banquet at a national convention of French Canadians. Canada's future national anthem was reported to have been received enthusiastically.
1885 - The first African-American Episcopal bishop was the Reverend Samuel David Ferguson, who was elected to the House of Bishops of the Protestant Episcopal Church. He was consecrated in 1885, at Grace Church, New York City, as the successor of the Missionary Bishop of Liberia. http://newark.rutgers.edu/~lcrew/blackexperience.html
1895 - Birthday of William Harrison “Jack” Dempsey (d. 1983), boxing heavyweight champion and sports icon of the 1920s, at Manassa, CO. Dempsey boxed under several pseudonyms in western mining camps, came east and picked up Jack “Doc” Kearns as his manager. After defeating all available heavyweights, Dempsey took on champion Jesse Willard in Toledo, OH, on July 4, 1919. Dempsey won when Willard failed to answer the bell for the fourth round. He reigned as champ for seven years but defended his title only six times, losing to Gene Tunney in 1926. Following his boxing career, he became a successful New York restaurateur.
1900 - Blues singer-guitarist Memphis Minnie was born Lizzie Douglas (d. 1973), Algiers, LA. http://www.blueflamecafe.com/index.html http://www.ping.be/ml-cmb/mmindex.htm
1916 - Birthday of John Ciardi (d. 1986) at Boston, MA. American poet, critic, translator, teacher, etymologist and author of children's books. John Anthony Ciardi's criticism and other writings were often described as honest. http://www.poets.org/poets/poets.cfm?prmID=697&CFID=9794231
1916 - The most lucrative movie contract to the time was signed by actress Mary Pickford. She inked the first seven-figure Hollywood deal. Pickford would get $250,000 per film with a guaranteed minimum of $10,000 a week against half of the profits, including bonuses and the right of approval of all creative aspects of her films. Not a bad deal for the former vaudeville and stage actress, who once appeared on Broadway with Cecil B. DeMille in "The Warrens of Virginia" for a measly $25 a week.
1917 - Portia White’s (d. 1968) birthday, Truro, Nova Scotia. African-Canadian concert and operatic contralto. http://www.ac.wwu.edu/~jay/pages/docs/who.html http://www.acappellacanada.ca/cdwhite/portia.html
1922 - The American Professional Football Association took on a new name. They decided to name themselves the National Football League.
1924 - Six men at a rock quarry south of Winston-Salem, NC, sought shelter from a thunderstorm. The structure chosen contained a quantity of dynamite. Lightning struck a near-by tree causing the dynamite to explode. The men were killed instantly.
1929 - Bessie Smith records sound-track for her only movie, “St. Louis Blues.” http://www.blueflamecafe.com/index.html
1930 - Dr. Albert Hoyt Taylor and Leo C. Young of the Naval Aircraft Radio Laboratory, Anacostia, DC (now part of Washington DC), discovered radar by noting that airplanes reflect radio waves even though they fly above the transmitter and receiver, rather than between them.
1931 - Lili de Alvarez shocks social propriety by playing at Wimbledon in shorts instead of the longish, hampering dresses that were de rigueur.
1936 - Mary Jane McLeod Bethune (d. 1955), born in Mayesville, SC, the daughter of slaves, became the first Federal administrator who was an African-American woman. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt named her director of the Negro Division of the National Youth Administration. In 1904, Bethune founded the Daytona Normal and Industrial Institute for Negro Girls, later known as Bethune-Cookman College, located in Daytona Beach, FL. She was also the founder and first president of the National Council of Negro Women. In 1991, her home and offices in Washington, DC, were designated a national historic landmark. http://www.whitehouse.gov/kids/dreamteam/marybethune.html http://www.nahc.org/NAHC/Val/Columns/SC10-6.html
[Wiki: Jun 27]1942 - Pianist Bruce Johnston was born Benjamin Baldwin in Peoria, IL. He joined the touring version of The Beach Boys in 1965 when Brian Wilson decided to quit touring after a nervous breakdown. Johnston has continued to be associated with The Beach Boys over the past quarter century, both as performer and producer. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/x.dll?UID=2:55:11|PM&p=amg&sql=B18553 http://www.del-fi.com/albumcovers/ac71228.html
(My high school friend, who also played piano in my band, and he would reciprocate when someone was sick in his band and he needed a replacement.
1944 - Jeff Beck, one of the great rock guitarists, was born in Surrey, England. Beck's first important band was the Yardbirds, where he was the replacement for Eric Clapton in 1964. In 1967, he formed the Jeff Beck Group with Rod Stewart and Ron Wood. The beginnings of heavy metal could be heard in the group's blues-based songs. The Jeff Beck Group broke up after only two albums, and Beck was then sidelined for 18 months with a fractured skull suffered in a car accident. A new Jeff Beck Group put out two more LPs before Beck formed a band with two former members of Vanilla Fudge, Tim Bogert and Carmen Appice. But that group dissolved as well, in 1974. Beck then began playing fusion music, often in collaboration with keyboards player Jan Hammer. Jeff Beck has made only rare appearances since 1980, but his aggressive style has heavily influenced rock guitarists who followed him.
1947 - Mick Fleetwood, drummer with Fleetwood Mac, was born in London. Originally a blues band when it was formed in 1965, Fleetwood Mac developed into a pop group that put out one of the world's best-selling albums, "Rumours," in 1977. It sold 15-million copies. In 1980, Mick Fleetwood recorded a solo album in Ghana with African musicians. Fleetwood Mac made a comeback in 1987 with the album "Tango in the Night." He lives in Hawaii, where he has a restaurant in Lahaina. Fleetwood Mac was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
1948 - In the early days of the Cold War, the Soviet Union challenged the West's right of access to Berlin. The Soviets created a blockade and an airlift to supply some 2,250,000 people resulted. The airlift lasted a total of 321 days and brought into Berlin 1,592,787 tons of supplies. Joseph Stalin finally backed down and the blockade ended on May 12, 1949.
1948 - Thomas Dewey of New York became the first presidential candidate to be re-nominated after a defeat. He lost to Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1944 and won re-nomination this day in 1948. He was defeated in the 1948 election by Harry S. Truman, Roosevelt's Vice-President who assumed office after the death of the President in office. The newspapers of the Election Day had printed up early morning editions that said “Dewey Wins,” but it was Truman, who stumped for election all over the United States, pulling one of the biggest American political upsets. He won 24,104,836 popular votes to Dewey's 21,969,500; the electoral vote was 304 to 189. Dewey received 22,006,285 votes in 1944 but only 99 electoral votes. In the 1948 election, Strom Thurmond, States Rights Democrat, 1,169,312; Henry A. Wallace, Progressive, 1,157,172, which pollsters said would draw votes from Truman in the South. The key was Truman went out and worked for the votes, train stop-to-train stop, where the mustached Dewey and his advisors thought he had the election in the bag.
1949 - “Hopalong Cassidy” premiered on television, the first TV western. It starred William Boyd in the title role as a hero who wore black and rode a white horse, Topper. The original episodes were segments edited from 66 movie features of Hopalong Cassidy and his sidekick, Red Connors, played by Edgar Buchanan. The films were so popular that Boyd produced episodes especially for TV with Gabby Hayes as his sidekick. During his reign, Hoppy had many sidekicks. It was popular for us boys to wear his two six guns and black hat. Television was about to introduce many Western heroes, as all the Saturday Western movies were brought back to the tube. http://www.yesterdayland.com/popopedia/memories/
1949 – Phyllis George (d. 2020) was born in Denton TX. A former Miss America (1970), she was the first woman to hold an on-air position in a national televised sports broadcasting show when she became an anchor on the CBS Sports pre-game show, “The NFL Today."
1951 - *BENNETT, EMORY L., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company B, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Sobangsan, Korea, 24 June 1951. Entered service at: Cocoa, Fla. Born: 20 December 1929, New Smyrna Beach, Fla. G.O. No.: 11, 1 February 1952. Citation: Pfc. Bennett a member of Company B, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action against an armed enemy of the United Nations. At approximately 0200 hours, 2 enemy battalions swarmed up the ridge line in a ferocious banzai charge in an attempt to dislodge Pfc. Bennett's company from its defensive positions. Meeting the challenge, the gallant defenders delivered destructive retaliation, but the enemy pressed the assault with fanatical determination and the integrity of the perimeter was imperiled. Fully aware of the odds against him, Pfc. Bennett unhesitatingly left his foxhole, moved through withering fire, stood within full view of the enemy, and, employing his automatic rifle, poured crippling fire into the ranks of the onrushing assailants, inflicting numerous casualties. Although wounded, Pfc. Bennett gallantly maintained his l-man defense and the attack was momentarily halted. During this lull in battle, the company regrouped for counterattack, but the numerically superior foe soon infiltrated into the position. Upon orders to move back, Pfc. Bennett voluntarily remained to provide covering fire for the withdrawing elements, and, defying the enemy, continued to sweep the charging foe with devastating fire until mortally wounded. His willing self-sacrifice and intrepid actions saved the position from being overrun and enabled the company to affect an orderly withdrawal. Pfc. Bennett's unflinching courage and consummate devotion to duty reflect lasting glory on himself and the military service.
1951 - Twelve inches of hail broke windows and roofs, and dented automobiles, causing more than $14 million damage. The storm plowed 200 miles from Kingmand County, KS into Missouri, with the Wichita area hardest hit. It was the most disastrous hailstorm of record for the state of Kansas.
1951 - Top Hits
“Too Young” - Nat King Cole
“On Top of Old Smokey” - The Weavers (vocal: Terry Gilkyson)
“How High the Moon” - Les Paul & Mary Ford
“I Want to Be with You Always” - Lefty Frizzell
1952 - President Harry Truman signs the bill that directs women be commissioned officers in the Army, Navy, and Air Force as various medical specialists such as dentists, doctors, osteopaths, and veterinarians.
1952 - Thunderstorms produced a swath of hail 60 miles long and 3.5 miles wide through parts of Hand, Beadle, Kingsbury, Miner and Jerauld counties in South Dakota. Poultry and livestock were killed, and many persons were injured. Hail ten inches in circumference was reported at Huron, SD.
1952 - Eddie Arcaro set a thoroughbred racing record for American jockeys by winning his 3,000th horse race.
1953 - Al Kaline signed with the Detroit Tigers following his graduation from high school. The future all-star and Hall of Famer of the Tigers was 18 years old. http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/hofers_and_honorees/ hofer_bios/kaline_al.htm
1955 - In an effort to speed up the game, primarily for television viewers, Major League baseball announces a new rule which requires a pitcher to deliver the ball within 20 seconds after taking a pitching position.
1957 - Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald session on Verve “Take the A Train.”
1959 - Top Hits
“Personality” - Lloyd Price
“Lonely Boy” - Paul Anka
“Along Came Jones” - The Coasters
“The Battle of New Orleans” - Johnny Horton
1961 - President John F. Kennedy assigned Vice-President Lyndon Johnson with unifying the US satellite program. Not given proper credit,
President Johnson played a significant role in the development of satellites. http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/jun24.html
1962 - The longest game ever played in Yankee history ends thanks to a home run hit by Jack Reed in the 22nd inning. The Mississippi native's lone big league career homer helps the Bronx Bombers beat Detroit in Tiger Stadium, 9-7.
1964 - Sam Cooke starts a two week stay at New York's Copacabana Club. A 70-foot billboard announcing the engagement is erected in Times Square
1966 - Lenny Bruce and Mothers of Invention @ S.F. Fillmore Auditorium
Artist: Wes Wilson & Edmund Shea http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/dt/lenny-bruce-postcard/BG013-PC.html
1966 - Show: Zig-Zag Man, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Bill Ham @ SF Avalon Ballroom
Artist: Stanley Mouse http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/dt/big-brother-and-the-holding-company-poster/FD014-PO.html
1966 - John Lennon's second whimsical book of original prose, poetry, and drawings, entitled “A Spaniard In The Works,” is published in his native England
1966 - In an watershed moment for the brother/sister duo later known as the Carpenters, the jazz combo known as the Richard Carpenter Trio wins the Hollywood Bowl's "Battle of the Bands" contest.
1966 - With the McCoys and the Standells opening, the Rolling Stones' 1966 tour begins at the Manning Bowl in Lynn, Massachusetts, inciting yet another crowd riot that the police counteract with tear gas. Rock concerts are banned from the venue for nearly two decades.
1967 - 5th Dimension make their TV debut performing their hit single "Up, Up and Away" on ABC's American Bandstand.
1967 - Guitarist Zal Yanovsky quits the Lovin' Spoonful after their gig at the Forest Hills Music Festival in New York.
1967 - Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale" enters the Billboard chart, where it will peak at #5. The song was written by the band around a melody composed by the group's organist, Matthew Fisher, who was inspired by the chord progression of Johann Sebastian Bach's "Orchestral Suite in D," composed between 1725 and 1739.
1967 - Top Hits
“Groovin'” - The Young Rascals
“She'd Rather Be with Me” - The Turtles
“Windy” - The Association
“All the Time” - Jack Greene
1968 - Jim Northrup becomes the sixth big leaguer to hit two grand slams in the same game. The “Slammer’s” power surge in the fifth (off Eddie Fisher) and sixth (off Billy Rohr) frames enables the Tigers to rout the Indians at Cleveland Stadium, 14-3.
1970 - On an amendment offered by Senator Robert Dole (R-Kansas) to the Foreign Military Sales Act, the Senate votes 81 to 10 to repeal the Tonkin Gulf Resolution. In August, 1964, after North Vietnamese torpedo boats attacked U.S. destroyers (in what became known as the Tonkin Gulf incident), President Johnson asked Congress for a resolution authorizing the president "to take all necessary measures" to defend Southeast Asia. Subsequently, Congress passed Public Law 88-408, which became known as the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, giving the president the power to take whatever actions he deemed necessary, including "the use of armed force." The resolution passed 82 to 2 in the Senate, where Wayne K. Morse (D- Oregon) and Ernest Gruening (D-Alaska) were the only dissenting votes; the bill passed unanimously in the House of Representatives. President Johnson signed it into law on August 10. It became the legal basis for every presidential action taken by the Johnson administration during its conduct of the war.
1972 - "I Am Woman," by Helen Reddy, was released by Capitol Records. The number one tune (December 9, 1972) became an anthem for the feminist movement. Reddy, from Australia, made her stage debut when she was only four years old. She had her own TV program in the early 1960s. Reddy came to New York in 1966 and has appeared in the films "Airport 1975," "Pete's Dragon" and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." Reddy also had four million-sellers: "I Am Woman," "Delta Dawn," "Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)" and "Angie Baby." She had a total of 14 hits on the pop music charts. http://www.helenreddy.com/
1972 - At tonight's show in Fort Worth, TX, the Rolling Stones film the performance that would become the quadrophonic concert documentary “Ladies And Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones.”
1973 - After an extensive two-year investigation, 19 major music label heads, including Clive Davis of Arista and the Gamble-Huff team behind Philadelphia International, are indicted by the state of New Jersey for "payola" practices and income tax evasion
1973 - Legendary rock organist Al Kooper rejoins his first band, Blues Project, onstage during a concert in Central Park.
1973 - In his first year of eligibility, Warren Spahn receives 316 of the 380 votes cast to become a member of the Hall of Fame. The southpaw, who recorded thirteen 20-win seasons, retired as the winningest left-handed pitcher in big league history with 363 victories.
1975 - Top Hits
“Love Will Keep Us Together” - The Captain & Tennille
“When Will I Be Loved” - Linda Ronstadt
“Wildfire” - Michael Murphey
“You're My Best Friend” - Don Williams
1975 - The U.S. Attorney in Newark, New Jersey hands down indictments to 19 music industry executives in a two year investigation. Counts of income tax evasion and payola are leveled. Among those named include: Clive Davis, former president of Columbia Records, and Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, architects of the Philadelphia sound of the 70's.
1977 – Madison, Wisconsin Police Detective Bruce Frey witnessed one of the strangest events of his career when he saw Elvis Presley jump out of his limo and stop two teenagers who were beating up a younger lad at a local gas station. Elvis said, "I'll take you on." Frey remembers: "They looked up at him, froze in mid-punch and the victim ran into the gas station." The pair quickly apologized and Elvis got back into the limo and headed for his hotel room at the Sheraton.
1980 - Nelson Doubleday and Fred Wilpon purchase the Mets for an estimated $21.1 million. The price tag was the highest amount ever paid for a baseball franchise until the Dodgers were sold for over $2 billion in 2012. Hedge fund owner Steve Cohen, a lifelong Mets fan, bought the Mets for $2.4 billion in 2020.
1983 - Pitcher Don Sutton of the Milwaukee Brewers struck out Alan Bannister of the Cleveland Indians, the 3,000th strikeout in his career. The Brewers won, 6-2. Sutton wound up his career with 3,574 strikeouts.
1983 - Top Hits
“Flashdance...What a Feeling” - Irene Cara
“Time (Clock of the Heart)” - Culture Club
“Electric Avenue” - Eddy Grant
“You Can't Run from Love” - Eddie Rabbitt
1984 - Joe Morgan of the Oakland A's hit the 256th home run of his career to break the record held by Rogers Hornsby for most home runs by a second baseman.
1985 - The 1983 Heisman Trophy winner, Mike Rozier, jumped from the United States Football League to the Houston Oilers of the NFL. Rozier signed for more than two million dollars over a four-year period.
1987 - Thunderstorms spawned six tornadoes in eastern Colorado. Baseball size hail was reported near Yoder, CO, and thunderstorm winds gusting to 92 mph derailed a train near Pratt, KS. The town of Gould, OK, was soaked with nearly an inch and a half of rain in just ten minutes.
1988 - Forty-three cities reported record high temperatures for the date. Valentine NE reported an all-time record high of 110 degrees, and highs of 102 degrees at Casper, WY, 103 degrees at Reno, NV, and 106 degrees at Winnemucca, NV, were records for the month of June. Highs of 98 degrees at Logan, UT, and 109 degrees at Rapid City, SD, equaled June records. Lightning killed twenty-one cows near Conway, SC
1989 - Paul Simon brought his "Graceland" tour to Moscow, playing the first of two concerts before 5,000 people in Gorky Park. It was Simon's first appearance in the Soviet Union.
1989 - The Beatles finally get a US #1 Country hit when Rosanne Cash's cover of "I Don't Want To Spoil The Party" reaches the top spot.
1991 - Top Hits
“Rush, Rush” - Paula Abdul
“Losing My Religion” - R.E.M.
“Unbelievable” - EMF
“The Thunder Rolls” - Garth Brooks
1992 - Portland, Oregon became the first city outside of New York to host the NBA draft. At the Portland Memorial Coliseum, the first overall pick went to the Orlando Magic who picked 7'1" center Shaquille O'Neal of LSU.
1992 - Billy Joel's old alma mater, Hicksville High in Long Island, NY, awards the singer-songwriter an honorary diploma in place of the one he never stayed in school to receive.
1993 - Hank Williams' illegitimate daughter Jett is awarded a piece of the country legend's estate from his son, Hank Jr.
1997 – Seattle’s Randy Johnson struck out 19 and lost to the Oakland A’s.
1998 - Johnny Cash makes his first public appearance since announcing his battle with Shy-Drager Syndrome, walking onstage at Kris Kristofferson's latest Nashville concert to sing Cash's hit "Sunday Morning Coming Down," written by Kris.
1998 - AT&T announced that it was buying cable TV giant TCI for $31.7 billion. The deal let AT&T move closer to its goal of providing local phone and high speed Internet service to millions of U.S. homes
1999 - Eric Clapton puts 100 of his guitars up for auction in New York at Christie's to raise money for his drug rehab clinic, the Crossroads Centre in Antigua. His 1956 Fender Stratocaster, named Brownie, was sold for a record $497,500. The guitar was used to record "Layla." The auction helped raise nearly $5 million for the clinic.
2001 - Believed to be an historical first, sixty-eight Major League umpires participate in a pre-season session to practice calling strikes as defined by the rule book. With the help of minor leaguers wearing tapes nine inches above their belts, the men in blue get a good look at pitches, normally called balls, which now will considered a strike as the rulebook interpretation of the zone will be enforced this upcoming season.
2004 - US President George W. Bush awards the Medal of Freedom to Doris Day.
2012 - Billboard.com named Olivia Newton-John's 1982 hit, "Physical" as The Sexiest Song of All Time. Other classic Rock songs that made the top ten were Rod Stewart's "Tonight's The Night," Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On," Donna Summer's "Hot Stuff" and another Rod Stewart contribution, "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy."
2014 - The original lyrics to 'Like a Rolling Stone,' handwritten by Bob Dylan on hotel stationery, sold for $2 million at auction.
2020 – NY Governor Cuomo announced that people arriving from nine states hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic must quarantine for two weeks.