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Sales Director
Vendor Relationship Development

Office equipment experience a must. Territory covers FL, GA, SC, NC, AL, MS, LA. Must be able to sell value. To apply online click here.

About the company:
GreatAmerica offers office equipment financing to businesses across the U.S., and is the largest independent leasing company in the small ticket equipment financing market.

Monday, April 16, 2007


Classified Ads---Sales
    Fourth richest leasing person in the world
        Kasich: ELFA National Funding April 19
    NAELB Nashville Hotel Deadline Today
Leasing 102--by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP
“The Ignorance Plea”
    Classified Ads---Help Wanted
        Cartoon—Investment Banking
    Top Stories---April 9-April 13
ELFA U.S. Version of Basel II
    3 Deaths Blamed on East Coast Storm
        Sallie Mae to be acquired $25 billion
    Wolfowitz Dictated Girlfriend's Pay Deal
Pressure builds on Wolfowitz to quit
    Wal-Mart regains 'Fortune' top spot
        News Briefs---
You May have Missed--- Are you underpaid?
    Sports Briefs---
        "Gimme that Wine"
Calendar Events
    Snapple Real Facts
        Today's Top Event in History
    This Day in American History
The Tax Poem
        Daily Puzzle

######## surrounding the article denotes it is a “press release”

Finance Consultants
Orange County, California

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Classified Ads---Sales

Leasing News has mailed out a final notice to those who have not responded about the continuation of their “free ad.” Non-working e-mails are deleted, and every 30 to 45 days we request those who are advertising to consider revising their ad to receive a better response. If you are advertising
here and have not responded to our e-mail, we will be deleting your ad from this list as it is not fair to those actively seeking employment. editor

Sales:  Atlanta, GA
Experienced/successful self-starter w/solid background & book of business general equipment & franchise finance/ vendor & direct.  Excellent communication, strong negotiation, biz development, ACT, HP19II, etc.
Sales: Bakersfield, CA
I have an extensive sales and management background in equipment leasing. My work history exhibits my major strength in small ticket equipment leasing.
Sales: Compenhagen, Denmark
10 years of experience as VP Europe, Middle East and Africa for a US based Equipment Leasing Company. $500,000 plus w/ excellent connections European shipping lines/ maritime financing.
Click here .
Sales: Dallas, TX
17 years of experience in vendor sales. Solid book of business. Can hit the sales ground running in Dallas/Ft. Worth. Can Start ASAP
Sales: Denver CO
Experienced Equipment Leasing Broker looking for a in house leasing company. Can bring a book of business with me or develop new territory where needed.
Sales: Detroit MI
Motivated self-starter w/5 yrs sales exp. IT leasing. Excellent communicator w/strong negotiation/biz dev. skills. Six-sigma certified w/ Fortune 50 company/book of business.
Sales: Fresno CA
Account Exec/Manager. 7+ years Leasing Sales: underwriting/contract, complex transactions, hi-tech, government, direct & vendor leasing. Captive & syndicator environments. Expert deal closer. Will send resume.
Sales: Greensboro, NC
Seeking direct & broker sales w/major finance companies in NC or southeast market. Small to mid-ticket range. Stable &family oriented. Will have series 6,63,65 license shortly.
Sales: Henderson, NV
Formally trained in Credit, Collections, & Sales with regional bank. Seeking sales or sales management.
Over ten years
in SM, vendor and end user.
Sales: Kansas City, MO
20 years Senior Sales/Management experience in small ticket/government leasing. Program Management experience, managing 12
Reps. Credit Auth to $50K. Success in soliciting and maintaining accounts.
Sales: Los Angeles CA
5 years experience structuring off-balance sheet finance solutions on computer and medical equipment. Perform detailed competitive analysis and market research. I uncover leads and sell.
Sales: Midsouth, TX
Lease Veteran-25+ years, heavy Vendor experience looking for new opportunity in MidSouth/SE. Experience in leasing to major accounts in high- tech/computers/Golf/transportation.
Sales: Mission Viejo, CA
Account Sales Executive with 10 years of leasing experience looking for company to bring existing customer base.
Sales: Montgomery, AL
Individual with 10 years advertising sales exp. & 7 years insurance sales exp. Wants independent contractor situation in Alabama.
Work with leasing company or broker.334-281-5200
Sales: Nashua, NH
10+ years sales experience small & mid-ticket hi-tech & telecom in a captive and vendor environment. Seeking new sales opportunity in New England.
Sales: Newport Beach, CA
Direct sales rep. in the middle market w/22 years experience  various types of equipment. Leasing/ financing from medical equip. to
mfg. equip.. Strong closer.
Sales: North Carolina, Central
7 yrs.equip leasing &finance; specialist in heavy construction equip for 2-top-5-specialty finance/lease companies, NC &VA territories. $10-15MM annual funding. Downsized in 2002, now independent broker with varied customer base.
Sales: Philadelphia , PA
Seeking an open opportunity to advance in the automotive, commercial leasing & finance industry.........
Sales: Philadelphia, PA
25 years in Healthcare and seeking an opportunity to represent a lender for dental/medical funding in the Northeast to Mid-Atlantic states.
Sales: Portland, OR.
"Exp. In direct sales and sales mgmt.
I love Portland, but decent here jobs are few. Willing to be re-located, would like to work
for you.
Sales: Prairie Village, KS
Have substantial deal flow and database of broker referral sources. Generated and closed over $22M LY. Seeking exclusive relationship w/direct founder.
Currently employed Vendor Program “Hunter”, with complex program development experience. Also skilled at program management. Technology to yellow iron assets. Extensive national rolodex.

Sales: San Francisco Bay Area, CA
15+ yrs--mid mkt. $500M to $10.0MM. Seeking role w/ captive or global leasing firm. large book to bring with me! Debt, tax, 1st amendment, etc.

Sales: San Francisco Bay Area, CA
20 plus years experience in small ticket and middle market, mostly vendor driven business; specialist in manufacturing, hi-tech & medical. Excellent analytical and marketing skills.
South Central US
TX, OK, KS & AR Territory.
Equipment finance and leasing professional, 20 years experience. Top producer in middle to upper middle markets. Extensive customer base.
Sales: Stuart, FL area Years of experience in leasing sales, credit, operations, documentation and syndication. Seeking position with direct middle market lender, equip. mfr or major equip. distributor.

These job-wanted ads are free. We also recommend to both those seeking a position and those searching for a new hire to also go to other e-mail posting sites:

In addition, those seeking employment should go to the human resource departments on company web sites for funders, captive lessors, and perhaps “broker-lessors.”

To place a free “job wanted” ad here, please go to:

For a full listing of all “job wanted” ads, please go to:



Fourth richest leasing person in the world

According to both Google and Yahoo, Dean Cash is the fourth richest person in the leasing industry, following the founders of International Lease Finance Corporation: Leslie Gonda, his son Steve Gonda and their cousin Steven Udvar-Hazy. ILFF was acquired by the America International Group Inc. (AIG) in 1990. Dean Cash owns 95% of Atel Capital Group, according to both Google and Yahoo.

    ”Since 1977 ATEL has priced, structured, arranged, and managed over $40 billion of equipment financing and real estate transactions for primarily investment-grade U.S. companies. ATEL currently manages an equipment portfolio of approximately $2 billion.”

    “Dean L. Cash joined ATEL as Director of Marketing and served as a Vice President since 1981, Executive Vice President since 1983 and a Director since 1984. Mr. Cash became President and Chief Executive Officer in 2001. He has been a Director of the Dealer Manager since its organization and it’s President since 1986. Prior to joining ATEL, Mr. Cash was a senior marketing representative for Martin Marietta Corporation, data systems division, from 1979 to 1980. From 1977 to 1979, he was employed by General Electric Corporation, where he was an applications specialist in the medical systems division and a marketing representative in the information services division. Mr. Cash was a systems engineer with Electronic Data Systems from 1975 to 1977, and was involved in maintaining and developing software for commercial applications. Mr. Cash received a B.S. degree in psychology and mathematics in 1972 and an M.B.A. degree with a concentration in finance in 1975 from Florida State University. Mr. Cash is an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association and is qualified as a registered principal with the NASD.”

Last week ATEL Capital Group (“ATEL”) filed the S-1 for its new public equipment leasing program, ATEL 12, LLC (“ATEL 12”), with the SEC. ATEL 12 will raise $150 million of equity and acquire a $250 million-plus portfolio of equipment leased to high-quality corporate credits in the U.S. and abroad, as well as fund loans to life science and technology companies.

ATEL 12 will be ATEL’s 12th public program.

Dean Cash, President and CEO of ATEL, states, “We expect ATEL 12 to be declared effective by the SEC in August and are pleased to be returning to the public market with such an exciting program.”



Kasich to appear ELFA National Funding Exhibition April 19

The Honorable John R. Kasich is to Address Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s National Funding Exhibition this Thursday, April 19th, Fairmont Hotel at Grant Park Chicago, Illinois. Kasich is the former chairman of the House Budget Committee who was reelected for nine terms, John Kasich is now managing director of Lehman Brothers in the Investment Banking Division.

John Kasich, the House Budget Committee chairman sitting in front of the National Debt Clock 1995.

In making the announcement, ELFA President Kenneth E. Bentsen Jr. said, “John Kasich has earned a well-deserved reputation for financial acumen based on his years of experience dealing with critical financial issues in the public and private sectors. He has an exceptional understanding of the dynamics that comprise successful financial strategies and decision-making from which equipment finance professionals can benefit,” Bentsen said.

The event is open to members and non-members.

In Congress as Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Kasich was an architect of the plan that balanced the federal budget for the first time in 30 years. Kasich is now host of FOX News Channel’s “Heartland with John Kasich” and a substitute host of “The O’Reilly Factor.” He also chairs the New Century Project, a national grassroots organization that helps elect leaders who believe in the power of the individual. He is author of two best-selling books, “Stand for Something” and “Courage is Contagious.”

The ELFA National Funding Exhibition is an exceptional opportunity for equipment finance industry professionals to meet with current funding sources and to establish new relationships to fulfill funding needs.

“We know that equipment finance companies and transactions are a profitable place for investment,” said Bentsen. “This meeting provides the key component of bringing together the players who fund the U.S. and international supply chains.”

Appointment scheduling at this date is closed online; appointments can only be made on-site.

Conference Brochure:

John R. Kasich : Photo Gallery



NAELB Nashville Hotel Conference Deadline Today

The cut-off date to get the National Association of Leasing Brokers (NAELB) conference rate of $165 per room for a standard view room at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel is today. In addition, if you are going to attend, you want to be where the conference is being held. This will be the major event of the year for NAELB.

After this date the hotel will honor reservations on a space and availability basis so don't delay! Get the NAELB rate today!

To make hotel reservations at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel
call 1-615-883-2211 and reference the NAELB Group Code - XELB7.

You may also book your reservations online. Enter the Online NAELB Group Code - ELB. The group rate is $165 per night for a traditional view room.

May 17-19, 2007
Broker 101:The Foundation

For costs and to register for the conference and events, click here.

Conference Brochure (12 page download:)

Hotel Information
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville , TN 37214

Airline Information

Northwest Airlines is offering a 5 - 12 % discount on their fares for air travel to and from the conference.

You or your travel agent may call Northwest Airlines at 1-800-328-1111 and reference the WorldFile code, NYUYD .

You may also visit Northwest's website at Under the Flights tab at the bottom, click on NWA Discount Travel E-Cert Redemption.

Login as a guest. Complete the flight search section and navigate to the bottom where you will see "Click here if you have a Northwest meeting agreement WorldFile number." Enter the WorldFile code, NYUYD and complete your transaction.

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10 th Annual NAELB Golf Tournament information:





Leasing 102

by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP

"The Ignorance Plea"

Once in a while we forget that the Lessee must be given the lease documents with sufficient time for them to read, and hopefully understand, the transaction. Many times we place the documents in front of the Lessee and say sign here, here, and here. We may even put an “x” where they are to sign. Then we grab them back and head for the door. Then later on, when everything goes sour, the Lessee stands in front of a judge and pleads Ignorance. The usual statement is; that they were not given time to read the documents, and even if they did, they did not understand its content. If you are dealing with a small company be prepared for this argument.

You should always give the Lessee a completed copy of the documents with all signatures and dates completed. This may not happen until the deal is funded so a good check list of facts should be explained to the Lessee at the time of closing. Here is a list of the proper comments and it would not be a bad idea to have a Lessee sign the list after every comment has been checked off.

[] This is a non-cancelable contract
[] The Lessor is not the supplier of the equipment and you must look to the dealer or distributor for equipment defects or performance issues.
[] This is a net lease and you must provide insurance against the loss, theft of or damage to the Equipment, for the amount of the applicable casualty value from time to time, naming Lessor as a loss-payee, and in addition; general liability, public liability, workers' compensation liability, environmental hazard liability and property damage insurance, naming Lessor as an additional insured.
[] You will be responsible for property taxes which will be paid by the Lessor and then billed to you with immediate payment responsibility
[] You may not relocate or sublease the equipment without our permission
[] You must maintain the equipment through out the lease term according to the maintenance requirements of the manufacture.
[] You acknowledge that the lessor is the owner of the equipment and you may not encumber it with any mechanic or lender liens.
[] Your obligation to pay rent is unconditional
[] Any additions or modifications to the equipment require our permission and will become Lessor property at termination.
[] The equipment will be inspected by an industry expert, at termination, to determine if it meets the return conditions.
[] All payments must be made on time or a late charge will be assessed.
[] We will stop by from time to time, with notice, to inspect our equipment.

Or……. another approach I have used is to place the following statement at the bottom of the acceptance agreement …

“Lessee acknowledges that it has received a copy of this document as executed by Lessee, with all blanks completed. Lessee acknowl­edges that it (a) has READ THIS DOCUMENT, HAS CAUSED THIS DOCUMENT TO BE EXAMINED BY LESSEE'S REPRESENTATIVES OR ADVISORS; (b) is thor­oughly familiar with the transactions contem­plated in this document; and (c) together with Lessee's representa­tives or advisors, if any, has had the opportunity to ask such questions to representatives of Lessor, and receive answers thereto, concerning the terms and conditions of the transactions contemplated in this document as Lessee deems necessary in connection with Lessee's decision to enter into this Lease and any Schedules and/or Supplements. “

This may seem a bit much for small ticket Lessor’s but it is important that the Lessee understand the content of the lease agreement. The court system takes a dim view of Lessor’s that “prey” on the ignorance of the lessee and get them to agree to transactions that they expect to function just like a loan because the Lessor’s salesperson said so. Salespersons for leasing need to be trained in the rules and regulations of leasing so as to not jeopardize the legal standing of you documents. Most of all they need to be trained in how to close a lease. If you fully explain the type of transaction the Lessee is about to sign, many current and future problems will be eliminated.

Mr. Terry Winders has been a teacher, consultant, expert witness for the leasing industry for thirty years and can be reached at or 502-327-8666.
He invites your questions and queries.



Leasing Industry Help Wanted

Account Executive

Account Executives

Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, St. Louis,
SF Bay Area

Top position to work with CFOs, CIOs, CEOs and other high-level executives. 7+ years equipment leasing exp. Resume/indicating you saw ad in Leasing News to:

About the Company: We're the exclusive provider of leasing and finance services for Dell technology systems worldwide. At Dell Financial Services our mission is to deliver financing solutions that enable and enrich the Dell Customer experience.

Assistant Manager

Assistant Manager
San Francisco, California

Excellent opportunity to work with growing equipment leasing bank division, excellent reputation. Click here for more information.

First Republic Bank has offices in the San Francisco Bay Area, throughout California, and in Portland, Seattle, Las Vegas, Boston and New York.

Finance Consultant

Finance Consultants
Orange County, California

The Cambridge Difference
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Quicker Fundings.

Career Center

Regional Sales Managers

Regional Sales Managers

To establish small ticket vendor programs in major metro areas. Excellent compensation/ benefit package. View job description. Send resumes to

Company Description:
Irwin Commercial Finance (NYSE: IFC) is a true direct lender and in the ever changing leasing environment, we bring stability, creativity and consistent customer service levels to our business

Sales Director

Sales Director
Vendor Relationship Development

Office equipment experience a must. Territory covers FL, GA, SC, NC, AL, MS, LA. Must be able to sell value. To apply online click here.

About the company:
GreatAmerica offers office equipment financing to businesses across the U.S., and is the largest independent leasing company in the small ticket equipment financing market.

Small Ticket Specialists

Three Small Ticket Specialists

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Nashville, TN, and
Richmond, VA.
Click here for more information.



Cartoon—Investment Banking



The story of NorVergence as per Wikipedia

The court cases, leasing companies alleged involvement not
the story at all here; all focused on the presentation by
NorVergence salesmen.



Top Stories---April 9-April 13

Here are the top ten stories most "opened" by readers last week:

(1) on line

(2) Podium Capital “severs” relationship with Creative Capital

(3) Cartoon---Jim Merrilees at the IRS Office

(4) Leasing 102 ---“Fraud”
by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP

(5) Street Talk: NetBank and uncertainty

(6) Citibank to cut 26,000? Who's next?

(7) Depping still the same—choose appropriate adjective

(8) Archives, April 11,2001--Depping resigns from First Sierra

(9) Sales makes it Happen---by Linda P. Kester
“Go against the Flow”

(10) “366 Marketing Tips for Equipment Leasing”
by Linda P. Kester

Friday the thirteenth was one of the least read editions of Leasing News. No story was in the top ten for the week from this issue. Perhaps it was because it was the last day of the Easter vacation week for many, as well as Good Friday, the edition was also late due to technical difficulties, plus many readers (over 300) were in Las Vegas for the United Association of Equipment Leasing conference (although we were several thousand off.) Certainly the previous "slow" week will affect our Alexa rating due out this Wednesday. editor)


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Equipment Leasing and Finance Association Issues
Comments on Proposed U.S. Version of Basel II

Arlington, VA——The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) issued comments on the Joint Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) related to the implementation of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision’s Revised Framework for International Capital Measurement and Capital Standards (Basel II). ELFA’s comments relate solely to the NPR’s treatment of the residual values of financing leases defined as “retail” under the NPR.

In the March 26 comment letter, ELFA said the proposal to apply a 100 percent risk weight to the residual portion of a retail lease transaction, as currently set forth in the NPR, will result in a significant disadvantage to regulated leasing organizations in the U.S. The playing field will be more challenging, costly and non-competitive for regulated bank and bank-related leasing and finance organizations.

“The lease product does not represent a higher level of risk to the financial institution than a secured loan to finance the acquisition of the equipment, and, therefore, the lease product should not be penalized by applying a more conservative risk weighting approach to the residual component. By doing so, the impact reaches far beyond the companies offering the financing,” said Kenneth E. Bentsen Jr., President of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association. “Instead, retail lease finance transactions, just as with wholesale leases, should be treated on a unified basis with no separate risk-weighting of the residual component,” Bentsen said.

This risk weighting and resulting additional capital charge will make the commercial leasing product non-competitive when compared to the economic capital requirements of a commercial loan with similar risk attributes, causing the institution to allocate capital to the “less expensive” loan product vs. the lease. ELFA believes this will result in a significant decline in the financing alternatives available to particularly small businesses that will no longer have access to the same equipment finance products,” said Bentsen.

As proposed, the small business customer base would suffer the most significant financial impact of the higher risk weighting of lease residuals yet this customer segment of the leasing industry represents a significant component of the U.S. business economy. Particularly small businesses lack the capital to purchase equipment outright, would most likely incur the cost of a down payment on a loan and would no longer have as attractive a lease financing option available due to the additional cost of funds assessed on the lessor, according to the ELFA comment letter.

About the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association

ELFA is the trade association representing financial services companies and manufacturers engaged in financing the investment in capital goods. ELFA members are the driving force behind the growth in the commercial equipment finance market and contribute to capital formation in the U.S. and abroad. Its over 750 members include independent and captive leasing and finance companies, banks, financial services corporations, broker/packagers and investment banks, as well as service providers. For more information, please visit

The ELFA is also the premier source for statistics and analyses covering the equipment finance sector. To access ELFA's comprehensive industry information, please visit


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News Briefs----

3 Deaths Blamed on East Coast Storm

Sallie Mae to be acquired by JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and private equity firms for
$25 billion

Wolfowitz Dictated Girlfriend's Pay Deal

Pressure builds on Wolfowitz to quit his World Bank job

Wal-Mart regains 'Fortune' top spot



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Sports Briefs----

Dodgers hit Padres with the ol' 42 skidoo

Bonds facing an age-old concern



“Gimme that Wine”

Washington Riesling, cabernets made by state's wineries are turning heads

Congressman Thompson Focuses on Climate Change at UC Davis Presentation

April in Carneros set for next weekend

Inside Yolo County's emerging wine scene

Wine Prices by vintage
US/International Wine Events
Winery Atlas
Leasing News Wine & Spirits Page
The London International Vintners Exchange (Liv-ex) is an electronic exchange for fine wine.



Calendar Events This Day

Denmark: Birthday of the Queen

Eggs Benedict Day

Puerto Rico: Jose de Diego
A holiday in Puerto Rico to celebrate the birthday of Jose de Diego, patriot and political leader born 1866. He died July 15, 1918, New York, NY.

International Moment of Laughter
Laughter is a potent and powerful way to deal with the difficulties of modern living. Since the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of laughter are widely accepted, this day is set aside for everyone to take the necessary time to experience the power of laughter.

Patriot’s Day in Massachusetts and Main
Commemorates battles of Lexington and Concern 1775.

Stress Awareness Day

Saint Feast Days



No only child has been a U.S. President.



Today's Top Event in History

1924—Birthday of Henry Mancini, born at Cleveland, OH. Mancini made his mark in Hollywood composing film scores and songs. He was a perennial winner at the Oscar and Grammy award ceremonies during the 1960's and '70s, and in fact has won more of both than any other pop artist. He won 20 Grammy Awards and four Oscar. Mancini wrote "Moon River," song of the year in 1961, and "Days of Wine and Roses," which won the same award two years later. score for “Breakfast at Tiffany’s Mancini's "Music From Peter Gunn" was album of the year in 1958. And his recording of "Love Theme From Romeo and Juliet," on which he played piano, was a million-seller in 1969. Also film score for ‘Victor/Victoria. He also composed the pink Panther, and Mr. Lucky. Henry Mancini died of cancer in Beverly Hills, California, on June 14th, 1994.


This Day in American History

    1787 - The Contrast, by Robert Tyler, became the first professional United States play to be presented on the stage.
    1813-the first federal government mandated of factory standardization was made with a contract specifying interchangeable parts. The contract was with Colonel Simeon North of Berlin, CT. The contract was for 20,000 pistols at $7 each to be produced within five years. It stipulate that the “component parts of the pistols are to correspond so exactly that any limb or part of one pistol may be fitted to any other pistol of the 20,000”. Colonel North established his pistol factory in 1810 in Saddle Hill, a suburb of Middletown. The factory produced about 10,000 pistols a year.
    1818 --The US Senate ratified the Rush-Bagot amendment to form an unarmed US-Canada border.
    1849 - a severe freeze from Georgia to Texas killed cotton -- snow lay on the ground at Charleston, South Carolina.
    1851 – Famous lighthouse storm occurred in New England. Massive tidal flooding with storm force winds. Gigantic waves destroyed Minot Light at Cohasset, Massachusetts with two keepers lost. Great shipping losses and coastal erosion occurred..”
    1861- President Abraham Lincoln made a call for volunteers to serve three months, the day after the surrender of Fort Sumter, South Carolina. His call was for 75,000 volunteers. The first regiment to respond to the call was the Ringgold Light Artillery of Reading ,PA, known as the "First Defenders," commanded by Dr. John Keys. Their first engagement took place on September 24,1861, at Hanging Rocks, West Virginia. When men were not volunteering, a draft was called with a fee if you did not join. More than one hundred thousand soldiers were hired to fight for the North. Many of these were immigrants, expressly brought over, says Shelby Foote,” by companies newly formed to supply the demand.”. More than eighty-five thousand Americans who were drafted in the war got out of going by paying a $300 commutation fee. Among these were banker J.P. Morgan and Theodore Roosevelt, Sr., father of President Theodore Roosevelt. So many young men with means remained civilians that northern universities were able to enroll about as many students from the North during the war as they had before when students came also from the South. No doubt the people who stayed home later suffered guilt feelings, but the fact is they did stay home. And more than two hundred thousand Americans who joined the Union Army subsequently deserted.( Sherby Foote, The Civil War: A Narrative(1863).
    1863- Congress abolished slavery in the District of Columbia. One million dollars was appropriated to compensate owners of freed slaves, and $100,000 was set aside to pay district slaves who wished to emigrate to Haiti, Liberia or any other country outside the US.
    1865-Birthday of Grace Livingston Hill - U.S. author. She published more than 78 novels from 1887 to 1947 that sold more than four million copies. Almost all of the books use a girl protagonist, usually in a rural environment, who faces a series of moral and physical challenges and solves them with great moral fortitude and certainty. They are being reprinted today.
    1868 - In the United States, the Senate voted on one count in the impeachment proceedings of President Andrew Johnson. The vote fell one short of the two-thirds majority needed to take action. On May 26, further charges similarly failed and he was acquitted.
    1867-Birthday of Wilbur Wrigh, born at Milville, IN, aviation pioneer. Died at Dayton, OH, May 30, 1912.
    1869-the first Consul who was African-American was Ebenezer Don Carlos Bassett, consul general to Haiti, where he served from this date until November 27,1877.
    1880 - A tornado near Marshall, MO, carried the heavy timbers of an entire home a distance of twelve miles.
    1889-Birthday of Charles Spencer Chaplin, better known as “Charlie Chaplin,” famed film comedian, who portrayed “The Little Tramp,”
born in London, England. Film debut in 1914. Knighted in 1975. Died at Vevey, Switzerland, Dec. 25,1977. In his autobiography Chaplin wrote: “There are more valid facts and details in works for art than there are in history books.”
    1900 - The first book of postage stamps was issued, selling two-cent stamps in books of 12, 24 and 48 stamps.
    1905 - An endowment for a college teachers’ pension fund was established by Andrew Carnegie, who donated $10,000,000 of personal money to create the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
1900-Birthday of Polly Adler - Russian-born American operator of the most famous New York house of prostitution. After having been raped while working as mill girl in a Brooklyn factory, she had an illegal abortion from the resultance pregnancy. She then abandoned her orthodox Jewish life and sought the bright lights of show business. Almost accidentally she began procuring women for gangster friends to avoid poverty. She vowed "to be the best goddamn madam in America." With a combination of panache, publicity, and bribery she did so, hosting the sensual pleasures of government officials, actors, business tycoons, and gangsters for several decades. Arrested a number of times, she served only 24 days in jail (her male clients none) from 1924 to 1943 when she retired and moved to Los Angeles. Even "reformer" Thomas Dewey, the New York city district attorney who parlayed crime into a bid for the presidency was unable to close her down. Her autobiography A House is Not a Home (1952) was an international best seller translated into most languages and it was made into a movie.
    1905-birthday of Memphis “Piano” Red, Germantown, TN
    1908-The first Oakland car is sold to a private owner. The Oakland Car Company was the creation of Edward Murphy, the founder of the Pontiac Buggy Company. Murphy was one of the most respected designers in the carriage industry. He decided to enter the car business, and invited Alanson Brush, the designer of the Brush Runabout, to join him. Brush had been a chief engineer at Cadillac; his contract with Cadillac included a no-competition clause that had just ended when he met Murphy. Anxious to get back into the design race, Brush built a car for Murphy that was ready in 1908. Oakland ran independently for less than a year before it was purchased by William C. Durant and absorbed into Durant's holding company, General Motors. Durant's purchase of Oakland is often regarded as mysterious, considering the company had enjoyed little success and had produced less than a thousand cars at the time Durant purchased it. Often accused on "intuitive" business practices, Durant claimed that his purchase of Oakland, while exhausting his cash flow, provided GM with a more impressive portfolio on which to base their stock interest. Nevertheless his decision to purchase Oakland, later called Pontiac, forced Durant out of control of GM.
    1908- Utah. Natural Bridges National Monument was established
    1911-birthday of pianist Alton Purnell, New Orleans, LA
    1919-birthday of Merce Cunningham, dancer, choreographer, born Centralia, WA.
    1919--Birthday of American composer Arthur St Germaine.
    1923--American Composer Warren Barker born Oakland, CA. Died 3 August 2006
    1924—Birthday of Henry Mancini, born at Cleveland, OH. Mancini made his mark in Hollywood composing film scores and songs. He was a perennial winner at the Oscar and Grammy award ceremonies during the 1960's and '70s, and in fact has won more of both than any other pop artist. He won 20 Grammy Awards and four Oscar. Mancini wrote "Moon River," song of the year in 1961, and "Days of Wine and Roses," which won the same award two years later. score for “Breakfast at Tiffany’s Mancini's "Music From Peter Gunn" was album of the year in 1958. And his recording of "Love Theme From Romeo and Juliet," on which he played piano, was a million-seller in 1969. Also film score for ‘Victor/Victoria. He also composed the pink Panther, and Mr. Lucky. Henry Mancini died of cancer in Beverly Hills, California, on June 14th, 1994.
    1929 - The first Oscar awards by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were presented during a quiet dinner-and-ceremony presentation in Los Angeles. The first Academy Awards went to actress Janet Gaynor and actor Emil Jannings. The best film was "Wings."
The 1927–1928 Academy Awards were presented May 16, 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood, Calif. The awards were named Oscars in 1931. The root of the name "Oscar" is contested. One biography of Bette Davis claims that she named the Oscar after her first husband, bandleader Harmon Oscar Nelson. Another claimed origin is that of the Academy’s Executive Secretary, Margaret Herrick, who first saw the award in 1931 and made reference of the statuette reminding her of her Uncle Oscar (Levy 2003). Columnist Sidney Skolsky was present during Herrick’s naming and seized the name in his byline, "Employees have affectionately dubbed their famous statuette 'Oscar'" Both Oscar and Academy Award are registered trademarks of the Academy, fiercely protected through litigation and threats thereof. Since 1950, the statuettes have been legally encumbered by the requirement that neither winners nor their heirs may sell the statuettes without first offering to sell them back to the Academy for $1. If a winner refuses to agree to this stipulation, then the Academy keeps the statuette. Academy Awards not protected by this agreement have been sold in public auctions and private deals for six-figure sums.This rule is highly controversial, since it implies that the winner doesn't own the award. The case of Michael Todd's grandson trying to sell Todd's Oscar statuette illustrates that there are many who do not agree with this idea. When Todd's grandson attempted to sell Todd's Oscar statuette to a movie prop collector, the Academy won the legal battle by getting a permanent injunction. Although some Oscar sales transactions have been successful, the buyers have subsequently returned the statuettes to the Academy, which keeps them in its treasury.
    1929- birthday of vocalist Ed Townsend, Fayetteville, TN

    1929- '50s pop and rhythm-and-blues singer Roy Hamilton was born in Cleveland. Audiences regularly stormed the stage when he performed his hits, such as "You'll Never Walk Alone" and "Unchained Melody," which was the top r'n'b song of 1955. Hamilton died of a heart attack on July 20th, 1969.
    1929- The Yankees become first team to wear numbers on uniforms.
    1930—Jazz flutist Herbie Mann birthday
    1931-Birthday of singer, actress Edie Adams, born Elizabether Edith Enke at Kingston, PA. Perhaps best known as the wife of the late great comedian and early television star Ernie Kovaks.
    1933 - Franklin Falls, New Hampshire was buried under 35 inches of snow.
    1935-birthdy of singer Bobby Vinton, Canonsburg, PA.
    1935 - The radio comedy program, Fibber McGee and Molly, starring Jim and Marian Jordan, premiered on the NBC Blue Network.
    1937 - One of Stan Laurel's and Oliver Hardy's best features, Way Out West, opened in theaters. Critics liked it, saying the film moved well, and the comic duo performed a charming soft-shoe dance. The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Film Score.
    1935- On snowy day and near freezing day as the band plays Jingle Bells at Boston's Braves Field, Babe Ruth makes his National league debut as he homers and singles off Giants' legend Carl Hubbell. Although the Braves beat New York,4-2, the team will go on to win only 37 more games this season.
    1937-birthday of vocalist Artie “Blues Boy” White, Vicksburg, MS
    1938-Gene Krupa’s first big band debuts at Steel Pier, Atlantic City.
    1939-- Dusty Springfield, Britain's leading female vocalist in the mid-1960's, was born in London. Her real name is Mary Isobel Catherine O'Brien. She took her stage name from a folk group called the Springfields, which she formed with her brother Tom. After the Springfields broke up in 1963, Dusty had a successful solo career, with such hits as "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" and "Wishin' and Hopin'." She also sang the original theme song for "The Six-Million-Dollar Man," but the song was later dropped from the television series.
In 1987, Springfield combined with the Pet Shop Boys for a top-ten hit, "What Have I Done To Deserve This?". The Pet Shop Boys later co-wrote and produced tracks for her 1990 album 'Reputation' - which included the PSB penned hits 'In Private' and 'Nothing Has Been Proved'. 'Nothing Has Been Proved' was also included in the Bridget Fonda film, 'Scandal'.
    1940 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``In the Mood,'' Glenn Miller Orchestra. The recording receives a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1938.
    1940- WGN-TV in Chicago televised a baseball game for the first time. Jack Brickhouse did the play-by-play as the White Sox defeated the Cubs, 4-1, in an exhibition game at Wrigley Field.
    1940--the first major league no-hitter baseball game on opening day; Bob Feller of the American League Cleveland Indians retired 15 men in a row from the fourth inning to the eighth inning against the Chicago White Sox.
    1940- On Opening Day, Franklin D. Roosevelt's errant ceremonial first pitch smashes a Washington Post camera. The Chief Executive is not charged with a wild pitch as Red Sox hurler Lefty Grove blanks the Senators, 1-0.
    1940 - Bob Feller earned the first no-hit, no-run game thrown on an opening day of the baseball season, when the Cleveland Indians shut out the Chicago White Sox 1-0.
    1941 - German troops entered Sarajevo and the city's main synagogue was destroyed.
    1943-- Hallucinogenic effects of LSD discovered in Basel, Switzerland, Albert Hoffman, a Swiss chemist working at the Sandoz pharmaceutical research laboratory, accidentally consumed LSD-25, a synthetic drug he had created in 1938 as part of his research into the medicinal value of lysergic acid compounds. After taking the drug, formally known as lysergic acid diethylamide, Dr. Hoffman was disturbed by unusual sensations and hallucinations.
Widespread use of the so-called "mind-expanding" drug did not begin until the 1960s, when counter-culture figures such as Albert M. Hubbard, Timothy Leary, and Ken Kesey publicly expounded on the benefits of using LSD as a recreational drug. The manufacture, sale, possession, and use of LSD, known to cause negative reactions in many of those who take it, was eventually made illegal across the United States.
    1944 -- The destroyer USS Laffey survives horrific damage from attacks by 22 Kamikazee Japanese aircraft off Okinawa.
    1944 - an F4 tornado tracked 40 miles through Franklin, Hart, and Elbert counties in Georgia and through Anderson and Abbeville counties in South Carolina. 25 were killed and 120 were injured. Damage totaled $1 million.
    1945 - Troops of the United States 7th Army entered the German city of Nuremberg.
    1946 - The musical, Annie Get Your Gun, featuring songs by Irving Berlin and starring Ethel Merman, debuted on Broadway.
    1947-birthday of Lewis Ferdinand Alcindor,Jr., who later changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, great basketball play and Hall of Fame center, born New York, NY.
    1947 - Gerry Rafferty is born in Paisley, Scotland. His song ``Baker Street'' stays at No. 2 on Billboard's Hot 100 for six weeks in 1978.
    1947—Considered the worst industrial disaster in US history. The French-owned Grandcamp, docked at the oil and port town of Texas city, TX, and carrying a load of ammonium nitrate, was discovered to have a smoldering fire in her hold. At 9:12am, as onlookers gathered and a small firefighting team attempted to extinguish the blaze, the ship exploded with tremendous force, immediately killing everyone at the dock area. The resulting fires destroyed the nearby Monsanto Chemical Company and spread through oil pipelines into the city. At 1:00am, another ship, the High Flyer, exploded. The city was left defenseless due to the deaths of almost the entire fire department. there were 576 known casualties, but the most estimate tat at least 100 more died in the conflagrations. Thousands were injured. The fires burned for a week. The disaster prompted new regulations on handling chemicals. With thousands of lawsuits the US Congress passed a special act to settle claims in 1956.
    1947-- Bernard Baruch coins the term "Cold War:" Multimillionaire and financier Bernard Baruch, in a speech given during the unveiling of his portrait in the South Carolina House of Representatives, describing relations between the United States and the Soviet Union, says: "Let us not be deceived — we are today in the midst of a cold war.".
He called for longer workweeks, no-strike pledges from unions, and no-layoff pledges from management. It was imperative that US business and industry pull itself together, Baruch warned. "Let us not be deceived-we are today in the midst of a cold war. Our enemies are to be found abroad and at home. Let us never forget this: Our unrest is the heart of their success. The peace of the world is the hope and the goal of our political system; it is the despair and defeat of those who stand against us. We can depend only on ourselves."
The phrase stuck, and for over 40 years it was a mainstay in the language of American diplomacy. Baruch had served as an advisor to presidents on economic and foreign policy issues since the days of Woodrow Wilson. In 1919, he was one of the US advisers at the Paris Peace Conference that ended World War I. During the 1930s, he frequently advised Franklin D. Roosevelt and members of Congress on international finance and issues of neutrality. After World War II, he remained a trusted adviser to the new administration of Harry S. Truman.
    1947 - Zoomar a device that create close-up and long distance camera shots from a stationary camera a lens, was demonstrated by NBC-TV in New York City. The lens would later be scaled down to be used by regular photographers, and not just for television. Today there are many kinds of close-up/long distance lenses, including the zoom lens which was named after the original Zoomar.
    1948 -The future super station WGN-TV televises a baseball game for the first time. With Jack Brickhouse doing the play-by-play, the White Sox beat the Cubs 4-1 in the first game of the Windy City Classic played at Wrigley Field.
    1949--Birthday of American composer Robert E. Cucinotta
    1951 - Peabo Bryson is born in Greenville, S.C. He scores several top 10 hits on Billboard's R&B and Soul charts, the biggest of which is the No. 2 song ``I'm So into You,'' a 1978 release by Michael Zager's Moon Band featuring Peabo Bryson. Bryson's biggest pop hit is the top 10 song ``If Ever You're in My Arms Again'' in 1984.
    1953 - Bill Haley and His Comets made it to the "Billboard" music charts for the first time with "Crazy Man Crazy". The tune went to number six and became the first rock ’n’ roll record to make the pop music chart.
    1953 - Titanic, starring Clifton Webb, Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Wagner, and Thelma Ritter, opened in United States theaters. Filmed in black and white, this gripping film about the sinking of the mighty ship Titanic won an Oscar for Best Script for producer Charles Brackett, Walter Reisch, and Richard Breen.
    1956 - Rock `n' roll pioneer Buddy Holly's first single, ``Blue Days, Black Nights,'' is released.
    1956 - CBS unveiled the first national rock & roll show, ABC airs its own: "Rhythm on Parade," which is broadcast live from the Flam Show Bar in Detroit.
    1957 - Polly Bergen starred in "The Helen Morgan Story" in CBS television's presentation of "Playhouse 90".
    1957 - For the first time, television showed an annual stockholders’ meeting. Shareholders of the American Machine and Foundry Company (AMF) watched TV screens in New York City and Chicago, Illinois.
    1960 - A research study reported that TV commercials “in living color” were over three times more effective than black and white commercials.
    1962---Top Hits
Johnny Angel - Shelley Fabares
Good Luck Charm - Elvis Presley
Slow Twistin’ - Chubby Checker
She’s Got You - Patsy Cline
    1963 - ``Little'' Jimmy Osmond of the Osmond Brothers is born in Canoga Park, Calif. He is the youngest member of the Osmond family.
    1964- The Mets new home, Shea Stadium, is christened with Dodgers' Holy Water from the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn and Giants' Holy Water from the Harlem River at the location where it flowed passed the Polo Grounds.
    1965--the Hollies began their first US tour at the Brooklyn Paramount in New York. It wasn't until the following year that the group cracked the US top ten with "Bus Stop." The English group has had only one very minor hit in America, their Hot 100 cover of Doris Troy's "Just One Look."
    1965-Birthday of Latin American rapper Gerardo, whose full name is Gerardo Mejia the Third.
    1965 -- Bob Dylan's "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" is released.
    1968 - Baseball’s longest night game came to a close after 24 innings. The game, won by the Houston Astros, took six hours, six minutes to play.
    1970---Top Hits
Let It Be - The Beatles
ABC - The Jackson 5
Spirit in the Sky - Norman Greenbaum
Tennessee Bird Walk - Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan
    1971-Firthday of famed Lejana singer, Selena, born Selena Quintanilla at Lake Jackson, TX. Died March 31,1995 at Corpus Chrisit,TX, murdered by the president of her fan club.
    1972-Apollo 16: Astronauts John W. Young, Charles M. Duke, Jr and Thomas K. Mattingly II (command module pilot) began an 11-day mission that included 71-hour exploration of moon (Apr 20-23). Landing module (LM) named Orion. Splashdown in Pacific Ocean within a mile of target, Apr 27.
    1972 --US resumes bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong after 4 years. In an effort to help blunt the ongoing North Vietnamese Nguyen Hue Offensive, the United States resumes bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong after a four-year lull. In the first use of B-52s against both Hanoi and Haiphong, and the first attacks against both cities since November 1968, 18 B-52s and about 100 US Navy and Air Force fighter-bombers struck supply dumps near Haiphong's harbor. Sixty fighter-bombers hit petroleum storage facilities near Hanoi, with another wave of planes striking later in the afternoon.
    1972- The orchestral rock ensemble known as the Electric Light Orchestra played its first live show at the Reading (RED'-DING) Festival in England. Their debut album, released in 1971, featured guest soloists from the London Symphony Orchestra.
    1973 - Ex-Beatle, Paul McCartney, with the group, Wings, starred in his first television special, "James Paul McCartney". The show featured the new group, which included Paul’s wife, Linda on keyboards and backing vocals.
    1975 - A single storm brought 119 inches of snow to Crater Lake, Oregon, establishing a state record.
    1977-Stevie Wonder enters the soul chart with what will be another of his many Number One hits. "Sir Duke" is a tribute to Duke Ellington which will top the charts next month.
    1977-Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" is released
    1977 -- The ban on women attending West Point is lifted.
    1978 - St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Forsch tossed a no-hitter, downing the Phillies 5-0. A year later, his brother, Ken, would repeat the feat with the Houston Astros, making them the first brothers to pitch major league no-hitters. Bob tossed a second no-hitter in September, 1983, setting a record for Cardinal pitchers.
    1978—Top Hits
Night Fever - Bee Gees
Stayin’ Alive - Bee Gees
Lay Down Sally - Eric Clapton
Someone Loves You Honey - Charley Pride
    1978-at the first US power-lifting championships held in Nasua, NH, Jan Todd, a teacher from Nova Scotia, broke her own world record with a dead lift of 453 ¼ pounds. Cindy Reinhoudt won the award for best lifter after squatting 385 pounds, bench pressing 205 pounds and dead-lifting 385 pounds for a 975-pound total.
    1979-the first Coast Guard ship commander who was a woman was Lieutenant(j.g.) Beverly Gwin Kelley, who was appointed to command the 95-foot cutter Cape Newagen, with a crew of 14, based in Maalaea, Maui, HI. Her assignment included search missions, boating safety, antipollution patrols, and law enforcement.
    1979-Gloria Gaynor earns a platinum 45 for her hits "I Will Survive." It's the biggest hit of her career and a Number One record for three weeks in March. 1981 - Bette Davis Eyes, by Kim Carnes, rocketed to the Number 1 spot on Billboard's record charts on this date, and remained there for 9 weeks. Carnes received a personal thank-you letter for the song from actress Bette Davis, saying that it had impressed her young grandson.
    1982 - Queen Elizabeth proclaimed Canada's new constitution, severing the last colonial links with Britain.
    1985 - Mickey Mantle, banned for several years from baseball, was reinstated. His first act was to throw the first pitch at a home game in New York between the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox. Mantle was given a standing ovation.
    1986---Top Hits
Rock Me Amadeus - Falco
Kiss - Prince & The Revolution
Manic Monday - Bangles
She and I – Alabama
    1987 - A slow moving storm system produced heavy rain over North Carolina and the Middle Atlantic Coast States. More than six inches of rain drenched parts of Virginia, and flooding in Virginia claimed three lives. Floodwaters along the James River inundated parts of Richmond VA. 1987 - It was a grand day in New York Harbor. "Bobro 400", a huge barge, set sail within eyesight of the Statue of Liberty with 3,200 tons of garbage that nobody wanted. The floating trash heap soon became America’s most well-traveled garbage can as it began an eight-week, 6,000 mile odyssey in search of a willing dumping site. "Bobro 400" returned to New York Harbor after the lengthy journey - and brought all that garbage back with it!
    1987-twist king Chubby Checker, jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and conductor Leopold Stokowski were among the first ten inductees of the Philadelphia Music Foundation Hall of Fame. The others honored for making their mark on music in Philadelphia were singers Pearl Bailey, Mario Lanza and Bobby Rydell, jazz saxophonist John Coltrane, rock 'n' roll pioneer Bill Haley and blues singer Bessie Smith.
    1989 - Madonna's hit single Like a Prayer was certified platinum.
    1990 - Thunderstorms developing along a stationary front produced large hail and damaging winds across Oklahoma, with 99 reports of large hail and damaging winds during the evening and early nighttime hours. Thunderstorms produced baseball size hail south of Carney, and wind gusts to 100 mph in the Oklahoma City area which swept away many Federal tax returns being transported from a mail cart to a waiting truck about the time of the midnight deadline. Will Rogers Airport in Oklahoma City reported a record wind gust of 92 mph.
    1991 - Queen Elizabeth, on a tour of the United States, became the first monarch to address Congress.
    1993 - The quirky film Benny and Joon, starring Johnny Depp, Mary Stuart Masterson, Aidan Quinn, and Julianne Moore, opened across the country. Depp received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance.
    1995 - The European Union and Canada ended a bitter dispute over fishing rights in the north Atlantic with a deal both sides said would protect threatened fish stocks.
    1996-the Chicago Bulls became the first NBA team to win 80 games in the regular season by defeating the Milwaukee Bucks, 86-90. After this game, Chicago’s record stood at 70-9. The Bulls finished the year at 72-10 and won their fourth NBA title in six years.
    1996 --France Telecom starts Web service. France Telecom unveils a new consumer Internet service, Wanadoo, designed to bring the Internet to a mass audience. Some fourteen million French customers already used the Minitel, a national online system introduced in 1984, which allowed customers to view train schedules, book tickets, and perform other transactions. The company said it would work with Microsoft to develop the network but would distribute both Netscape and Microsoft Internet browsers. France Telecom hoped to avoid cannibalizing its Minitel online service by building Minitel access into Wanadoo. Contrary to popular belief, over 20 countries have a better internet system with a higher percentage of users, including a very high percentage of users with high speed capabilities.
    1997 -Extending their losing streak to 12 with a 4-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies, Cubs set the record for worst start in league history surpassing the overall NL record of 0-11 established by the Detroit Wolverines 1884.
    1998-- Pentagon computers found vulnerable to hackers. he Pentagon announces that a team of ethical hackers discovered security flaws in Defense Department computers. After two weeks of hacking, the security team accessed a US electric power grid that would let the hackers shut down power across the country. The previous February, the Pentagon's unclassified computers had been hit with an organized hack attack targeting personnel records. The Pentagon said it planned to spend about $1 billion a year for several years to improve its computer security.
    1998 --Apple outpaces profit expectations. Apple bounced back from two years of losses: Quarterly reports, released on 16 April 1998, showed that Apple exceeded analysts' profit expectations for the second straight quarter. For the first time in two years, Macintosh shipments began to increase. Apple's recovery would continue with the introduction of the popular iMac the following May.
    1999 - VH1 debuts an Internet radio station, VH1 atWork, with the exclusive live webcast of the "Divas Live" concert. The 24-hour service at and America Online (keyword: VH1) is the first major branded audio service from MTV Networks.
    1999 - Shania Twain becomes the first woman to be honored as songwriter/artist of the year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International during the 32nd Annual Songwriter Achievement Awards in Nashville.
    2001--- First Union Corp., the 6th largest US bank, announces that it is buying competitor Wachovia Corp. for $13.4 billion in stock, to make under the Wachovia name the 4th biggest US banking company, with $324 billion in assets, trailing only Citigroup Inc., J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Bank of America. Analysts doubt that the two disparate corporate cultures of Wachovia and First Union can merge efficiently.
    2001 - 63-year-old American composer John Corigliano wins the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in music for his "Symphony No. 2 for String Orchestra.
    2005 - Switchfoot, the Crabb Family and Casting Crowns are the big winners at the 36th annual Gospel Music Assn. Dove Awards, held at Nashville's Grand Ole OpryHouse. Switchfoot is named artist of the year and wins honors for rock contemporary song and shortform video for "Dare You to Move."

Stanley Cup Champions This Date

    1939—Boston Bruins
    1949 Toronto Maple Leafs
    1953 Montreal Canadiens
    1954 Detroit Red Wings
    1957 Montreal Canadiens
    1961 Chicago Blackhawks.




The Tax Poem

Tax his land, tax his wage,
Tax his bed in which he lays.
Tax his tractor, tax his mule,
Teach him taxes is the rule.

Tax his cow, tax his goat,
Tax his pants, tax his coat.
Tax his ties, tax his shirts,
Tax his work, tax his dirt.

Tax his chew, tax his smoke,
Teach him taxes are no joke.
Tax his car, tax his grass,
Tax the roads he must pass.

Tax his food, tax his drink,
Tax him if he tries to think.
Tax his sodas, tax his beers,
If he cries, tax his tears.

Tax his bills, tax his gas,
Tax his notes, tax his cash.
Tax him good and let him know ,
That after taxes, he has no dough.

If he hollers, tax him more,
Tax him until he's good and sore.
Tax his coffin, tax his grave,
Tax the sod in which he lays.

Put these words upon his tomb,
"Taxes drove me to my doom!"
And when he's gone, we won't relax,

We'll still be after the inheritance tax.

- -Author unknown




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