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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Attorney/Detective Perry Mason born April 1, 1933, Los Angeles, California. He always had the guilty party confess at the end of the television adaption of his life: "The Perry Mason Show" (271 episodes, 1957-1966), "Ironsides"(195 episodes, 1967-1975), 30 movies made for TV (1986-1993). He retired with his life long partner Robert Benevides to their Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, California winery:


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    Bernie Boettigheimer Buys Back Pioneer plus!!!
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    Marlin President breaks his leg
        Steve Reid and Jennifer Aniston Engaged
Resource America buys Hersey’s Chocolate
    Not a joke—Conflicker C Virus
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How Should a Lease Originator Deal with FEAR?
    10-K: LEAF Equipment Finance Fund 4, L.P.
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Paul A. Larkins New Head of GE Capital

Paul A. Larkins, 2006 Leasing News Person of the Year, who resigned as head of Key Equipment Finance and Key Finance last month, was named the new CEO of GE capital.

"The first thing I am going to do is get the Healthcare Division up and running," he said. " Ten percent commission to dealers, including GE subsidiaries. Nothing gets a salesman going than receiving a big commission."

His family is expected to join him in Hartford, Connecticut this month, as his wife sells their home. Reportedly she is tired of the snow and skiing, and looking forward to moving to an exciting place to live.


Bentsen resigns ELFA, to run for Senate

Kenneth Bentsen, Jr., has resigned as president of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association to start his campaign to run for US Senator from Texas.

"I was persuaded by Presidents Bush 40 and 42 plus the late Lyndon Baines Johnson to run against Senior Senator Kay Hutchinson,” he said. "It’s time for a Bentsen to return to Texas to take
back a seat that rightfully belongs in our family.”

Bentsen considered a conservative Democrat reportedly has also the support of conservative Republicans as well. Rush Limbaugh has already endorsed his run and Senator Robert Dole has come out of retirement to become his campaign manager. Newton "Newt" Leroy Gingrich is his finance chairman.

“I promise to bring back the investment tax credit, “he declared.
“This time 15%!~!”


Bernie Boettigheimer Buys Back Pioneer plus!!!

Bernie Boettigheimer, founder of Lease Police, has purchaed back his old company Pioneer Capital, Addison, Texas, from Rudy Trebels, IFC Credit Corporation. To sweeten the deal, reportedly Trebels
has thrown in the ownership of IFC Credit and First Corp.

“I’m throwing in the towel, “Trebels said. “I’m moving to Florida where the weather is better and I can play golf whenever I want to. Who needs this ##*#* leasing business?!?!!”

Bernie Boettigheimer is relinquishing his operational control of Lease Police as both he and his son John plan to spend every spare minute of time getting the IFC companies running strong again. He also is going to get his daughter involved, a former Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader, and have her not only perform to bring in new business, but put together a group to tour the United States with her; “that’ll get
everyone’s attention,” he added.

It appears Boettigheimer has the backing of US Bancorp Manifest and is bringing back Ron Wagner, CLP, to get the successful small ticket rejection program going again. Kurt Kovash, GM of US Bancorp Manifest was heard celebrating throughout the building.

"I am turning the reigns of Lease Police over to my good friend Pat Bryne of Balboa, “Boettigheimer continued with all the good news.”Let me be the first to give you this scoop, too, as Shawn Giffin, Bryne's former partner, is coming back and Pat will devote all his time to Lease Police and Shawn will be running what’s left of Balboa."




Marlin President Breaks his leg

Reportedly arriving early to work at Marlin Business Services, New Jersey, President and CEO Dan Dyer tripped over a pile of money lying on the floor of his office.

"I didn't see it," he said. "Supposedly it was to be picked up by an armored truck and taken to our bank, but they must have missed their stop last night. I was in such a hurry to get to my desk
and fire someone that I just tripped over it."



Steve Reid and Jennifer Aniston Engaged

Leasing News has been following this story for several years.
Former Santa Barbara top salesman and broker representative Steve Reid was caught red handed on the front page of the National Inquirer. Many think it was a joke, but Reid's wife knew better. All the time he was supposedly "gold prospecting," he was with Jennifer Aniston.

Reportedly in the "Friends Reunion," special television presentation, Aniston and Reid will be married with Oprah Winfrey as Maid of Honor and Paul Menzel as Best Man.
You heard it here at Leasing News first!!



Resource America buys Hersey’s Chocolate

Resource America, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, part of LEAF Financial Corporation, has purchased Hersey’s Chocolate, Hersey, Pennsylvania.

“I have been a fan of Hersey’s since I was a child, “ Edward E. Cohen, Chairman of the Board said. “When I heard they may be moving part of their operation, I knew we had to keep it here in Pennsylvania.

“We will be able to promote our company with advertising in the products. Every time you open a ‘kiss,’ the string will say “Resource America.” And to honor our star performer at LEAF Financial, we will be coming out with a new after dinner refreshing product called “Dinner DeMent.”

End of Special April Fool’s Day Edition



Not a joke—Conflicker C Virus

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Sales Make it Happen --- by Scott Wheeler

With over twenty-six years of leasing experience and an Executive Masters in Business Administration, Scott is an accomplished senior leasing executive with leadership qualities in marketing and operations. His extensive experience will benefit organizations looking to reach a higher level of profitability and corporate development.

How Should a Lease Originator Deal with FEAR?

Recently I was asked by a veteran lease originator the following question:

“How should I deal with potential clients, who at the eleventh hour, backs out of an approved transaction? The client has fear and the client gets cold feet and is unwilling to enter into a new transaction that may be hard to honor with prompt payments if the economy turns worse instead of better. “

My first reaction is; that as a funder, I would prefer to walk. If the client is not comfortable and has any doubts about their ability to make prompt payments before the transaction even starts; then as a funder, I appreciate their honesty and am delighted to walk. The client's gut should be taken serious and the gut has said, “ No” to this transaction at this time.

However, I also know that there is a lot of unfounded fear in the market right now and that fear is stifling our ability to do business. Therefore, I believe we need to flush out the details of the fear and make sure that the customer is acting on facts rather the false media-driven drama. I maintain that the customer often knows his business better than any of us - no matter what our due diligence process . I would suggest that the following questions be asked to help us and the client to determine if it is the time to move forward with the transaction.

1) What was the client's initial motivation in looking to acquire the equipment?
2) Does that motivation still exist?
3) Will this equipment improve the client's ability to generate future profits?
4) What has changed within their operation that has caused them to hold back?
5) Are there any negative impacts on the transaction if the transaction is postponed for three or six months? What could change in the coming months that would initiate the transaction to be reactivated?
6) Is the decision to back out caused by external conditions? How have or will these changes affect the client's ability to generate business and profitability?

As always, by obtaining additional information and assisting the client in evaluating the current situation, the lease originator can formulate a plan for moving forward. If the fact- finding process determines that the situation is unstable for this client, then the lease originator should agree to postpone or cancel the transaction. If the transaction is truly viable, then the lease originator should, by going through a fact finding process with the client, facilitate a confirmation for the client that the transaction should be executed.

However, by better understanding the situation, the lease originator (no matter what the outcome) will be in a better position to maintain a business relationship with his client for the future.

It is important to emphasize that this fact-finding process should be shared with your credit department and/or funding source. The facts may very well change the entire transaction. If this transaction is a strong viable deal, the fact-finding process will strengthen the credit file. If the information weakens the credit worthiness of the transaction, then this information may rightfully prevent future problems for your client and the ultimate funder.

The bottom line is fear can best be addressed with additional gathering of information.

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10-K: LEAF Equipment Finance Fund 4, L.P.

"Our offering period began on August 12, 2008. We received our minimum subscription proceeds of $2.0 million (20,000 units) required to begin operations and we broke escrow on September 16, 2008. The period from September 16, 2008 (Commencement of Operations) through December 31, 2008 is referred to as the period ended December 31, 2008. As of December 31, 2008, we had subscriptions for 390,925 limited partner units ($39.1 million). We acquire a diversified portfolio of new, used or reconditioned equipment that we lease to third parties. We also acquire portfolios of equipment subject to existing leases from other equipment lessors. Our financings are typically acquired from LEAF Financial Corporation ("LEAF Financial"), an affiliate of our General Partner and an indirect subsidiary of RAI. In addition, we may make secured loans to end users to finance their purchase of equipment. We attempt to structure our secured loans so that, in an economic sense, there is no difference to us between a secured loan and a full payout equipment lease. We also invest in equipment, leases and secured loans through joint venture arrangements with our General Partner's affiliated investment programs. We finance business-essential equipment including, but not limited to, computers, copiers, office furniture, water filtration systems, machinery used in manufacturing and construction, medical equipment and telecommunications equipment. We focus on the small to mid-size business market, which generally includes businesses with: 500 or fewer employees

"We expect our revenues to increase as we continue to acquire equipment finance assets from our General Partner. Our investments in commercial finance assets increased to $14.9 million as of December 31, 2008. We expect to acquire additional commercial finance assets as we raise more capital through the sale of partner units and through use of credit facilities. Our General Partner expects revenue derived from these additional leases and loans to exceed the interest expense incurred by the debt incurred to obtain these financings.”

“Increased provision for credit losses as we increase our portfolio.
increased interest expense as we entered into a loan and security agreement with Wells Fargo Foothill, LLC in February 2009 and expect to fully utilize the facility to acquire leases and loans, increased management fees to affiliate based on payments of commercial finance assets processed by our General Partner.”

"Partner's distributions paid for the period ended December 31, 2008 were $366,000. Distributions to limited partners were 8.5% of invested capital. However, there can be no assurance we will continue to make distributions at this rate."

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ICON Predicts $657 Billion Total all Leasing 2008

“In the second half of the twentieth century, financing became one of the most popular methods by which domestic and many global businesses satisfied their capital equipment needs. We believe that domestic and, as global finance markets continue to develop, global equipment leasing and financing volume is correlated to overall business investments in equipment. According to the 2007 - 2008 U.S. Equipment Finance Market Study, which was prepared by Global Insight, Inc., a global forecasting company, and the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to providing research regarding the equipment leasing and finance industry, total domestic business investment in equipment and software has increased annually from approximately $868 billion in 2002 to approximately $1,088 billion in 2006, with total investments of approximately $1,106 billion estimated for 2007. Similarly, during the same period, total domestic equipment leasing and financing volume increased from approximately $483 billion in 2002 to approximately $598 billion in 2006, with financing volume of approximately $625 billion estimated for 2007. In 2008, domestic business investment in equipment and software is forecasted to reach an estimated $1,159 billion with a corresponding increase in equipment leasing and finance volume to an estimated $657 billion.”

“We operate as an equipment leasing and finance program in which the capital our members invested is pooled together to make investments, pay fees and establish a small reserve. We primarily engage in the business of purchasing equipment and leasing it to third-party end users, equipment financing, acquiring equipment subject to lease and, to a lesser degree, acquiring ownership rights to items of leased equipment at lease expiration. Some of our equipment leases will be acquired for cash and are expected to provide current cash flow, which we refer to as "income" leases. For our other equipment leases, we finance the majority of the purchase price through borrowings from third parties. We refer to these leases as "growth" leases. These growth leases will generate little or no current cash flow because substantially all of the rental payments received from the lessee are used to service the indebtedness associated with acquiring or financing the lease. For these leases, we anticipate that the future value of the leased equipment will exceed the cash portion of the purchase price.”

“Our Manager manages and controls our business affairs, including, but not limited to, our equipment leases and other financing transactions, under the terms of our LLC Agreement. We are currently in our offering period. The minimum offering of $1,200,000 was achieved on May 25, 2007, the Commencement of Operations. From the Commencement of Operations through December 31, 2008, we have raised total equity of $273,127,131. Investors from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania could not be admitted until we raised total equity of $20,000,000. The $20,000,000 minimum offering for Pennsylvania was achieved on July 13, 2007. We expect to invest most of the net proceeds from our offering in equipment leases and other financing transactions. After the close of our offering period, we will enter our operating period, during which we will make additional investments from the cash generated from our initial investments to the extent that the cash is not needed for expenses, reserves and distributions to members.”

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Today's Top Event in History

April Fool’s Day


This Day in American History

    1621-the first Colonial treaty with the Native Americans was a defensive alliance made on Strawberry Hill, Plymouth, MA, between Massasoit, chief of the Wampanoags and the Plymouth colonists, acting in behalf of King Games I. The promised not to “doe hurt” to one another. If a Wampanoag broke the law, he was sent to Plymouth for punishment; if a colonist was the offender, he was sent to the Wampanaogs. The agreement in all its parts was kept by both parties for more than half a century.
    1634-the first bridge built in the US spanned the Neponset River between Milton and Dorchester, MA. The authority to build the bridge and an adjoining mill was issued to Israel Stoughton on this date by the Massachusetts General Court.1826-Captain Samuel Morey of Orford, NH, received a patent on an internal-combustion engine, called “a gas or vapor engine” by its inventor. His engine had two cylinders, 180 degree cranks, poppet valves, a carburetor, an electric spark, and a water cooling device. He employed the vapor of spirits of turpentine and common air. A small tin dish contained the spirits, and the only heat he used was from a common table lamp. A rotary movement was obtained by means of a crank and flywheel, as in a steam engine.
    1786 -a heavy snowstorm hit, bringing 12 inches from New Jersey to New Hampshire and prolonging winter into spring. This strong storm caused gale force winds and high tides. Five piers of the Charles Bridge were destroyed at Boston, Massachusetts.
    1807 -the famous "1807 spring storm" buried interior New England in snow and caused a great tide along the coast. Danville, Vermont received 30 inches of new snow, bringing their snow cover amount to 60 inches.
    1841 -- Brook Farm, history's most famous utopian community, is founded near West Roxbury, Massachusetts. Its primary appeal was to young Bostonians who shrink from the materialism of American life, & the community was a refuge for dozens of transcendentalists, including Ralph Waldo Emerson & Nathanial Hawthorne.
    1844- Stuart Perry of New York City received a patent for both air-and water-cooled types and used turpentine gases as fuel. He called it a “gas engine.”
    1847 -- Michigan becomes first state to abolish the death penalty.
    1853-prior to this date, the fire department of cities was composed of volunteers exclusively. The first department to be paid a salary happened today in Cincinnati, Ohio, through the efforts of Miles Greenwood. Members of the company received $60 a year, lieutenants $100, captains $150, pipe men and drivers, $365. The chief engineer received $1,000 a year and assistant engineers $300. 
    1865-After withdrawing to Five Forks, VA, Confederate troops under George Pickett were defeated and cut off by Union troops. This defeat, according to many military historians, sealed the immediate fate of Robert E. Lee's armies at Petersburg and Richmond. Some 5000 Confederates prisoners were taken. On Apr 2, Lee informed Confederate President Jefferson Davis that he would have to evacuate Richmond. Davis and his cabinet fled by train to Danville, VA.
    1866 -- Congress overrides President Andrew Johnson's veto of Civil Rights Bill, gives equal rights to all men born in the US — except Indians.
    1877-Birthday of Dr. Aurelia Henry Reinhardt, first woman elected moderator (the titular head), Unitarian Association (1940), President Mills College (1916) in Oakland, CA, the third oldest women's college in the U.S.
    1883 --Birthday of early movie great Lon Chaney, man of a thousand faces.
    1887-Thomas Edison devises a telephone design that becomes the basis for his later claim to the invention of the microphone.
    1889-the first investment trust was the New York Stock Trust, New York City, a general portfolio statutory trust, with 50,000 shares at $10 each.
    1895-vocalist Alberta Hunter born Memphis, Tennessee. One of the great ladies of the golden age of jazz, singer and composer, she gave up a very successful career to become a nurse. She practiced for 20 years and then made a show business comeback at age 82 packing them into New York nightclubs.
    1897-pianist Emma “Sweet” Barrett born, New Orleans, LA
    1897-vocalist Lucille ( Lucille Anderson) Bogan born Amory, MS
    1903- Jackie Martin birthday, photographer-journalist, first official photographer of the U.S. Women's Army Corps (Auxiliary), first woman to be elected to the White House Photographers Association (1941), first woman art and photographic editor, and first woman sports editor, in addition to a distinguished newspaper career.
    1904- Birthday of Dr Charles Richard Drew, born in Washington, DC, African-American scientist, discovered blood plasma.
    1910 Harry Carney Birthday
    1922-pianist Duke Jordan birthday, Brooklyn, NY

    1923 - Residents in the eastern U.S. awoke on "April Fool's Day" to bitterly cold temperatures. The mercury plunged to -34 degrees at Bergland, MI and to 16 degrees in Georgia.
    1924-The first gramophone to change records automatically goes on sale in the US.
    1932 -- 500 school children, most with haggard faces & in tattered clothes, parade through Chicago's downtown section to the Board of Education offices to demand that the school system provide them with food.
    1935 - General Electric Co. announces the first radio tube made of metal. Metal tubes were smaller and lighter than the glass vacuum tubes used in earlier radios and they improved short-wave radio reception. Radio had started to catch on as an entertainment medium in the 1920s, and its popularity grew until the rise of television in the early 1940s.
    1936- Vivian (Vickie) Adelberg Rudow birthday, American composer, first woman to win first prize with straight 10s in the 14th International Electoacoustic Music Competition, Bourges, France, the largest and most important electronic music competition in the world. Her composition was With Love, live cello, dialogue, and prepared tape. In 1977 her Kaddish won first prize in the International Double Reed Society Composition contest, solo division. VA was the first Maryland composer to have her orchestral piece (Force III) performed in the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall Baltimore (1982). Founder and artistic director/producer of Res Musica Baltimore, Inc. (now Res Music America, Inc.) (1980-1991) promoting music by American living composers. Produced 52 concerts and 22 Res Musica youth concerts for the Baltimore City Public Schools.
    1940-New York governor Herbert Lehman signed a bill legalizing pari-mutuel wagering at the state’s racetracks and outlawing bookmaking.
    1942—Cootie Williams Band records monk’s “Epistrophy,” Chicago, IL.
    1942--Birthday of Samuel Delany . Science fiction writer, composer, musician. Bisexual African American, husband (1961-1980) of poet Marilyn Hacker.
    1945-the Battle of Okinawa began on Easter Sunday: the US 10th Army began operation Iceberg, the invasion of the Ryukyu Islands of Okinawa. Ground troops numbering 180,000 plus 368,000 men in support services made a total of 548,000 troops involved--the biggest amphibious operation of the Pacific war.
    1949-The first television variety show series with an African-American cast was “happy Pappy,” on WENR-TV, Chicago, IL. The program featured Ray Grant as master of ceremonies, the Four Vagabonds, and Modern Modes, and guests.
    1953-the first educational television station sponsored by a city was WQED, Channel 13, Pittsburgh, PA, and went on the air today. A second education channel, WQEX, Channel 16, was granted a license on July 16, 1958, making Pittsburgh the first city with two educational television stations.
    1954 - U.S. Air Force Academy was founded in Colorado. President Dwight Eisenhower signed a bill authorizing the establishment of an Air Force Academy, similar to West Point and Annapolis. On July 11, 1955, the first class was sworn in at Lowry Air Force Base. The academy moved to a permanent site near Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 1958.
    1955---Top Hits
The Ballad of Davy Crockett - Bill Hayes
Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White - Perez Prado
Dance with Me Henry (Wallflower) - Georgia Gibbs
In the Jailhouse Now - Webb Pierce
    1955-Elvis Presley's fourth single, a cover of Arthur Gunter's "Baby, Let's Play House." backed with "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone," is released. Later in the month Presley with Bill Black and Scotty Moore head off to New York to audition for "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts," as has Pat Boone. Presley is rejected and Boone will win first place
    1956 - Chet Huntley began his successful news career with NBC. He started as a reporter and analyst of the Sunday news series, "Outlook". Soon, he would be teamed with David Brinkley for election coverage. The duo would click and become co-anchors of "The Huntley-Brinkley Report" nightly on NBC with Huntley presenting news from the New York studio while Brinkley reported from Washington, DC. John Chancellor, who would become the sole anchor of the "NBC Nightly News" years later, was also a part of the broadcast giving comment and analysis on the day’s top news. Huntley and Brinkley closed each news broadcast with the trademark, “Good night Chet. Good night David. And Tom Brokaw to also soon say, “Good night from NBC News.”
    1956-Elvis shoots a scene from The Rainmaker for his screen test at Paramount Studios in Hollywood.
    1957-Elvis Presley played two concerts before 23,000 people at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. Presley performed outside the US only four times in his career - the two concerts in Toronto, one the next night in Ottawa and a later performance in Vancouver.
    1957-Cadence Records releases the Everly Brothers' "Bye Bye Love," a song rejected by 30 labels before Cadence picked it up. It will go to #2 on the pop chart and #1 on the Country & Western chart. They recently appeared in the
Simon-Garfunkel tour, a little older and physically heavier, but as good as ever.
    1960-The Boston Patriots of the American Football League made Wall Street history by becoming the first professional sports team to issue public stock.
    1960-In Miami's Fountainbleu Hotel, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Elvis Presley, Dean Martin and Mitch Miller tape Sinatra's Timex Special for ABC- TV.
    1963-"The Doctors" premiered on NBC on the same day as ABC's long-running soap "General Hospital," providing viewers with a double dose of medical drama. The show was set at Hope Memorial Hospital and began as an anthology series that was subsequently transformed into a serial in 1964. Created by Orin Tovrov, "The Doctors" ran for 19 years. Ellen Burstyn, Anna Stuart, Nancy Pinkerton, Jonathan Hogan, Julia Duffy and Alec Baldwin are some of its famous alums.
    1963 -- Longest newspaper strike in US history ends. The nine major papers in New York City ceased publication over 100 days ago.
    1963---Top Hits
He’s So Fine - The Chiffons
South Street - The Orlons
Rhythm of the Rain - The Cascades
Still - Bill Anderson
    1963-“General Hospital," premiered on TV: ABC's longest-running soap, revolves around the denizens of fictional Port Charles, NY. "GH" was created by Doris and Frank Hursley. John Beradino, who was with the show from the beginning until his death in May 1996, played the role of Dr. Steve Hardy, upstanding director of medicine and pillar of the community. In the '80s, story lines became unusual with plots involving international espionage, mob activity and aliens. The wedding of super couple Luke and Laura (Anthony Geary and Genie Francis) was a ratings topper. By the '90s, stories moved away from high-powered action to more conventional romance. Many actors received their big break on the show, including Demi Moore, Janine Turner, Jack Wagner, Richard Dean Anderson, Rick Springfield, John Stamos, Emma Samms, Mark Hamill, Finola Hughes, Ricky Martin and Tia Carrere.
    1970-radio and television ads for cigarettes were banned by legislation signed by President Nixon on this date. The ban went into effect Jan 1, 1971.
    1970-BEIKIRCH, GARY B. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company B, 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces. Place and date: Kontum Province, Republic of Vietnam, 1 April 1970. Entered service at: Buffalo, N.Y. Born: 29 August 1947, Rochester, N.Y. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Beikirch, medical aidman, Detachment B-24, Company B, distinguished himself during the defense of Camp Dak Seang. The allied defenders suffered a number of casualties as a result of an intense, devastating attack launched by the enemy from well-concealed positions surrounding the camp. Sgt. Beikirch, with complete disregard for his personal safety, moved unhesitatingly through the withering enemy fire to his fallen comrades, applied first aid to their wounds and assisted them to the medical aid station. When informed that a seriously injured American officer was lying in an exposed position, Sgt. Beikirch ran immediately through the hail of fire. Although he was wounded seriously by fragments from an exploding enemy mortar shell, Sgt. Beikirch carried the officer to a medical aid station. Ignoring his own serious injuries, Sgt. Beikirch left the relative safety of the medical bunker to search for and evacuate other men who had been injured. He was again wounded as he dragged a critically injured Vietnamese soldier to the medical bunker while simultaneously applying mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to sustain his life. Sgt. Beikirch again refused treatment and continued his search for other casualties until he collapsed. Only then did he permit himself to be treated. Sgt. Beikirch's complete devotion to the welfare of his comrades, at the risk of his life are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
    1970-LEMON, PETER C. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company E, 2d Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. place and date: Tay Ninh province, Republic of Vietnam, 1 April 1970. Entered service at: Tawas City, Mich. Born: 5 June 1950, Toronto, Canada. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Lemon (then Sp4c.), Company E, distinguished himself while serving as an assistant machine gunner during the defense of Fire Support Base Illingworth. When the base came under heavy enemy attack, Sgt. Lemon engaged a numerically superior enemy with machine gun and rifle fire from his defensive position until both weapons malfunctioned. He then used hand grenades to fend off the intensified enemy attack launched in his direction. After eliminating all but 1 of the enemy soldiers in the immediate vicinity, he pursued and disposed of the remaining soldier in hand-to-hand combat. Despite fragment wounds from an exploding grenade, Sgt. Lemon regained his position, carried a more seriously wounded comrade to an aid station, and, as he returned, was wounded a second time by enemy fire. Disregarding his personal injuries, he moved to his position through a hail of small arms and grenade fire. Sgt. Lemon immediately realized that the defensive sector was in danger of being overrun by the enemy and unhesitatingly assaulted the enemy soldiers by throwing hand grenades and engaging in hand-to-hand combat. He was wounded yet a third time, but his determined efforts successfully drove the enemy from the position. Securing an operable machine gun, Sgt. Lemon stood atop an embankment fully exposed to enemy fire, and placed effective fire upon the enemy until he collapsed from his multiple wounds and exhaustion. After regaining consciousness at the aid station, he refused medical evacuation until his more seriously wounded comrades had been evacuated. Sgt. Lemon's gallantry and extraordinary heroism, are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
    1970-After one year as an American League expansion team, the Seattle Pilots moved to Milwaukee and became the Brewers. Automobile dealer Bud Selig purchased the team for $10.8 million.
    1971---Top Hits
Me and Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin
Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me) - The Temptations
Proud Mary - Ike & Tina Turner
After the Fire is Gone - Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn
    1971-Six months after his death, Jimi Hendrix's "The Cry of Love" goes gold. It is the last LP on which the guitarist was a willing participant and some say it might have gone higher than #3 had it not been for an LP by another deceased rock star, "Pearl," by Janis Joplin.
    1972-the Major League Baseball Players Association went on strike for the first time, with the principal issue being contributions to the major league pension plan. The strike lasted 12 days and wiped out 86 regular season games.
    1976-Jimmy Buffett's "Margaritaville" is released.
    1979---Top Hits
Tragedy - Bee Gees
What a Fool Believes - The Doobie Brothers
Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits
I Just Fall in Love Again - Anne Murray
    1985-In one of the greatest upsets in NCAA basketball tournament history, the Villanova University Wildcats upset the Hoyas of Georgetown University, 66-64, in the championship game. The Wildcats made 70% of their shots from the field and converted 22 of 27 free throws.
    1985-David Lee Roth quit Van Halen shortly after releasing his version of The Beach Boys', "California Girls", which featured Carl Wilson on background vocals. Roth's record actually sold slightly better than the original. He was replaced by Sammy Hagar later in the year.
    1985 - The long-awaited album, "We Are the World", was finally released. Eight rock stars donated previously unreleased material for the LP. Three-million copies of the award-winning single of the same name had already been sold. The song, "We Are the World", was number five, and moving up, on the "Billboard" magazine pop single’s chart this day. 1986-- In Washington State 35,000 employees in female dominated jobs began receiving $41 million in pay equity payments.
    1987 - 45 cities in the southeastern US reported new record low temperatures for the date. Morning lows of 37 degrees at Apalachicola, Florida, 34 degrees at Jacksonville, Florida, 30 degrees at Macon, Georgia, and 22 degrees at Knoxville, Tennessee were records for the month of April.
    1987---Top Hits
Lean on Me - Club Nouveau
Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now - Starship
Tonight, Tonight, Tonight - Genesis
Small Town Girl - Steve Wariner
    1988 -a major winter storm battered the western high plains. Rye, Colorado was buried under 34 inches of snow. 19 inches was measured at Sharon Springs, Kansas and up to 17 inches fell in the Oklahoma panhandle
    1990-Los Angeles Lakers Michael cooper and Byron Scott appeared on an LA radio show and were informed during the broadcast that they had been traded to the Los Angels Clippers for Benoit Benjamin and Jeff Martin. Lakes teammate Mycahal Thompson called the show to say that the two wouldn’t be missed. Host Joe McConnell then reminded his guests and his listeners that it was April Fools’ Day.
    1990 - Thunderstorms produced severe weather in Texas, from southern Arkansas and northern Louisiana to southern Georgia, and from northern South Carolina to the Upper Ohio Valley during the day and evening. Thunderstorms spawned a tornado at Evergreen AL, and there were more than eighty reports of large hail and damaging winds. Thunderstorms produced baseball size hail north of Bastrop LA, and produced damaging winds which injured one person west of Meridian MS.
    1993-Thousands of people stood in the rain at a pro- environment rally in Portland, Oregon. Neil Young, David Crosby, Kenny Loggins and the Wilson sisters were among the performers.
    1994---Top Hits
The Sign- Ace of Base
Bump N Grind- R. Kelly
Without You/Never Forget You- Mariah Carey
The Power of Love- Celine Dion
    1996- Rallying from a 6-0 deficit, the Mets beat the Cardinals, 7-6, making it the biggest Opening Day comeback of the century.
    1997- Setting a record for the most runs scored in one inning of an Opening Day contest this century, the Padres score 11 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning en route to a 12-5 rout of Mets. Chris Gomez, Rickey Henderson and Quilvio Veras lead the attack with back-to- back-to-back home runs.
    1999----Top Hits
Believe- Cher
Heartbreak Hotel- Whitney Houston Feat. Faith Evans
Every Morning- Sugar Ray
What s It Gonna Be?-, Busta Rhymes Featuring Jane
    2001- In the first major league game ever played Puerto Rico, the Blue Jays defeat the Rangers, 8-1 in the major league season opener. Making his Texas debut, $252 million shortstop Alex Rodriguez gets the season's first hit and scores the first run, but also makes a throwing error on his first chance.
    2002-Maryland wins NCAA title.

    2003----Top Hits
In Da Club- 50 Cent
Ignition- R. Kelly
Miss You- Aaliyah
All I Have- Jennifer Lopez Featuring LL Cool J

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Baseball Poem


Ted Williams - Still Smiling

by Thomas Michael McDade ©

Published: Baseball Almanac (2000)

I was the one
in the Navy
but my baseball cards
went AWOL.

Thirty years later
I replaced them
settling for a '55
Ted with corners rounded
like an ace of clubs.

I plunked down $38.00
even though creases
indicated a string
of Yankee fans
abusing it
for stress of hex
when the rivalry
was in session.

Ted was still smiling
and so was I.

The '54 Ted that Topps
numbered "1"
that year had a
tiny "v" clipped out
of a corner
reminding me
of books and records
selling cheap,
but I paid $75.00
despite the evidence
of counting
spokes on bicycle wheels.

Ted was still smiling
as if he were mint -
screwed down in plastic
thick enough
to dome a stadium.

Baseball Season begins! Here's a Special Season Opening Baseball Quiz:

1. What is the maximum number of participants that can be on the field directly involved in the play at one time? Count umpires and coaches but not managers or bullpen players. (20. 9 defensive players, four umpires, two coaches, three on base, one at bat, one on deck.)
2. A pitcher faces 27 batters and strikes them all out, yet his team loses 6-0. How is this possible? (He was brought in as a relief pitcher after six runs scored in the first inning.)
3. How many hits in one inning can a team get and yet not score any runs? (Six. Three singles followed by three runners hit by batted balls; the runner is out, but the batter is credited with a single.)
4. Walter Johnson, Bob Gibson, and Don Drysdale have all thrown four strikeouts in one inning. Explain. (If a catcher drops the third strike and fails to throw the batter out at first, the man is safe.)
5. During a nine-inning game, the Mighty Casey came to bat nine times, once in each inning. What is the fewest number of runs that Casey's team could have scored in the game? (No runs. Casy bats first in the lineup, and in the first inning, he and the next two batters walk, and the next three strike out. In the second inning, the first three men walk, bringing Casey to bat again, but the three base runners are each caught off base by the pitcher which brings Casey to bat again at the top of the third inning. This cycle repeats until the game ends.)
6. There are six ways a batter can reach first base safely without getting a hit. A walk is one. How many others an you name? (Error; hit by pitch; catcher drops third strike; catcher's interference; fielder's choice.)
7. Willie mays hit more home runs in the first inning than in any other inning. Some thoerize it was because Mays got tired as games went on. The real reason is simpler. What is it? (Mays always batted third in the lineup, so he always came to bat at least once in every first inning.)
8. In one baseball game, The Rockets beat the Fliers 9-0, yet no man ever crossed second base. There are two possible answers. (1: The Rockets and Fliers are women's teams. 2: The Fliers forfeit the game. When a game is forfeited, the rules state the score shall be recorded as 9-0.)
9. Name four terms used in both baseball and music. (Here are five: pitch, score, run, slide, and tie.)
10. Name seven terms used in both baseball and bridge. (Here are 11: diamond, club, ace, rubber, grand slam, deck, signals, lead, steal, double, sacrifice.)
11. Players rarely excel at two professional sports, much less three. In the 1950s, one person played for the Brooklyn Dodgers (baseball), The New York Knicks (basketball), and the New York Rangers hockey). Who was that player? (The player was organist Gladys Gooding.)




The object is to insert the numbers in the boxes to satisfy only one condition: each row, column and 3x3 box must contain the digits 1 through 9 exactly once. What could be simpler?



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