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Friday, August 11, 2023

Today's Leasing News Headlines

Tom McCurnin, Former Leasing News Legal Editor
    in Ukraine with Wife Jodi
Facing a Risk Versus Reward Transition Economy
  Changes within the Credit Underwriting Processes
    By Scott Wheeler, CLFP, Wheeler Business Consulting
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries
Leasing and Finance Industry Help Wanted
  We Are Growing Our Senior Sales Team Now!
Common Mistakes to Avoid in Your Career
    The Ultimate Hire by Ken Lubin, ZRG Partners
Academy for Certified Lease & Finance Professionals
    August to November – Mentor Programs Available
ELFA Asks CFPB to Apply Dodd-Frank
    1071 Judicial Delay to All Members
Paul Reubens (1952 - 2023) - Batman Returns
  Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, Buffy the Vampire Slayer,
   The Nightmare Before Christmas, Life During Wartime
    Reviews by Leasing News' Fernando Croce
Great Pyrenees
    Plano, Texas Adopt-a-Dog
Disclosure Laws Update for Brokers
    AACFB Webinar - Monday, August 14 4:00 pm (ET)
News Briefs ---
Maui fires: Latest updates on resorts,
    Businesses and landmarks in Lahaina and Ka’anapali
Striking Writers and Studios Agree
    to Restart Negotiations
Tesla owners say driving range is faked
    and their complaints were squelched
Where Does the U.S. Import its Food from
    Visual Top Exporting Counties by agriculture Category
The US’s largest solar panel maker
    to spend $1.1B on its 5th factory
Petition to reclaim Washington Redskins
    NFL name gains momentum

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 This Day in History
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Tom McCurnin, Former Leasing News Legal Editor
in Ukraine with Wife Jodi

Tom McCurnin at a bar in Lviv, Ukraine where it had a shooting range, shooting targets of Vladimir Putin. He and Jodi are now returning home.

Tom retired as an attorney shortly before the COVID pandemic began. They have a cabin in the San Bernardino mountains where he has trained and volunteered as a forest ranger after training and graduating to this position. Jodi retired as a long-time banker with Bank of the West in Los Angeles, California.

Leasing News has reported Tom and Jodi's trips over the years to India, Lahore, Syria, climbing the Himalayas and hiking in South American jungles. Hopefully we will have a report on Ukraine and surrounding countries they traveled in this latest trip.

Monday: What Tom saw and his forecast.


Facing a Risk Versus Reward Transition Economy
Changes within the Credit Underwriting Processes
By Scott Wheeler, CLFP, Wheeler Business Consulting

Based upon changing economic conditions, the industry is experiencing a risk versus reward transition. Now is the time to break down barriers between sales and operations. All professionals are on the same team - the sharing of vital information is essential for success.

  • Strong companies are breaking down information barriers by providing more transparency to all their employees. All employees (originators, credit analysts, collectors, documentation, and funding administrators) have access to real-time data about portfolio performance, equipment valuations, credit preferences, marketing efforts, and the newest trends.
  • Strong portfolio professionals are sharing their thoughts and expertise with front-line originators to help identify future challenges and opportunities. Originators are sharing information that they are discovering throughout their network to help portfolio professionals to better collect and manage assets within the company's portfolios.
  • Funders and TPOs are sharing real-time data to focus on transactions that can be won and funded in the current market.
  • The current economic transition will be won by team players who are willing to work across departments, across disciplines, and with all stakeholders. The most successful teams never build walls between sales and credit. The most successful companies share data throughout the entire organization to ensure that their risk versus reward matrices are properly aligned with their stated objectives.

Wheeler Business Consulting is working with individual originators and sales teams throughout the industry to ensure that they are well positioned in the market, capturing their fair share of business, and outperforming the competition. To schedule a one-on-one meeting contact Scott Wheeler at:

Scott A. Wheeler, CLFP
Wheeler Business Consulting
1314 Marquis Ct.
Fallston, Maryland 21047
Phone: 410 877 0428
Fax: 410 877 8161

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New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

John K. Anderson was hired as Managing Director, ZRG Partners, LLC,
Rochelle Park, New Jersey.  He is located in the San Francisco Bay Area. He remains Advisor, PeopleTech Partners (November, 2016 - Present). Previously, he was Managing Director, Allegis Partners (March, 2017 - July, 2023); Senior Vice President, hrQ Inc. (September, 2014 - February, 2017); Chief People Officer, One Kings Lane (August, 2012 - May, 2014). Full Bio:

Tom Haflett was promoted to Vice President of Broker Relations, Centra, Plano, Texas. He is located in Greater Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Previously, he was Vice President, Broker Development Manager, Meridian Equipment Finance (April, 2020 - August, 2023);
Outside Sales and Account Manager, Bushwick Metals LLC (April, 2017 - January, 2020). Full Bio:

Randy Myhre was promoted to Director of Collections at KLC Financial, Minnetonka, Minnesota. He joined the company March, 2023, Asset Manager. Previously, he was Used Truck Manager, Boyer Trucks (January, 2019 - March, 2023); Idealease Manager, Astleford International (June, 2016 - January, 2019). Full Bio:

Jake Real was announced as Account Executive Team Lead, CoreTech, Washington, Pennsylvania. He is located in Newport Beach, California. He joined the company November, 2020, Sales Intern, promoted June, 2021, Account Executive, Tier 4, promoted January, 2022, Account Executive, Tier 3, promoted June, 2023, Account Executive Team Lead. Previously, he was VP of Competitions, Eller Professional Sales Club, Internship (August, 2018 - December, 2020); Sales Agent, CXT Realty, Self-Employed (February, 2018 - November, 2020).


Leasing and Finance Industry Help Wanted
  We Are Growing Our Senior Sales Team Now!


Common Mistakes to Avoid in Your Career
The Ultimate Hire by Ken Lubin, ZRG Partners

Your career is a lifelong journey that requires careful navigation. While there is no single "right" path, there are some common pitfalls you'll want to avoid along the way. Making missteps can derail your progress or leave you stuck in an unsatisfying job. Be mindful of these common career mistakes as you chart your own course:

Job Hopping Too Frequently: It's tempting to jump ship at the first sign of trouble or boredom in your job. However, switching roles too often can damage your resume. Recruiters may see you as unstable or unable to commit. Try to stick with each role for at least a year or two to build your skills and show you can thrive in one workplace. Frequent job changes suggest you may have trouble dealing with workplace challenges or collaborating with colleagues.

Not Networking Enough: Many people find their next job or career break through connections, not just formal applications. But nearly half of workers say they spend only 1 hour or less per week networking. That's not enough to build solid relationships. Carve out time each week to catch up with colleagues, attend industry events, and expand your circle. Nurture both strong ties (close friends) and weak ties (casual acquaintances) to maximize your reach.

Not Seeking Mentors: Mentors provide insider knowledge you can't get from books. They can give candid feedback to enhance your skills. Mentors explain unwritten workplace rules and help you navigate office politics. Without guidance, you could miss out on key promotions or stretch assignments to showcase your abilities. Experienced mentors know how things really work behind the scenes. Seek them out starting early in your career.

Ignoring Your Own Needs: It's easy to get caught up in ambition and say "yes" to every project. But burning out won't do your career any favors. Learn to set boundaries and advocate for your own needs too. Make sure your workload is sustainable. Take regular vacations to recharge. Don't hesitate to speak up when things get unreasonable. You'll be far more productive with good work-life balance.

By being mindful of these pitfalls, you can avoid some common career setbacks. Don't job hop recklessly, isolate yourself from networks, neglect mentors, or ignore your personal needs. Making smart strategic choices will help your long-term career growth.

Ken Lubin
Managing Director
ZRG Partners, LLC
Americas I EMEA I Asia Pacific
C: 508-733-4789

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Academy for Certified Lease & Finance Professionals
 August to November – Mentor Programs Available

The Academy for Lease and Finance Professionals (ALFP) is a three-day event designed to fully prepare an individual to sit for the CLFP exam assuming the attendee has already self-studied. A trend has begun in having virtual online sessions.

During the first two days, all of the required sections of the CLFP exam are covered in-depth. On the third day, the exam is offered but is not mandatory and may be taken on another day.

Students are strongly advised to have read and studied The Certified Lease & Finance Professionals' Handbook prior to attending the class in order to ensure success.

August 14 - 15, 2034

Stearns Public, In-Person ALFP
September 19 – 29

Great America Private, In-Person ALFP
October 10 – 17

DLL Private, Virtual ALFP
October 18 – 18

Oakmont Public, Virtual ALFP
November 8 – 10

Arvest Public, In-Person
November 16 – 18, 2023

Professional Handbook for Taking the Test in 2023

About Academy

Professional Handbook for Taking the Test in 2023

LFP Mentor Program

After you have read and studied The Certified Lease & Finance Professionals’ Handbook, you will probably have some very specific questions. To answer those questions, we ask you to complete a short survey rating yourself on your strengths and weaknesses on the subjects to be covered in the exam. We will then match you with a Mentor whose strengths complement your weaknesses. We ask only that you have made the commitment to take the CLFP exam by scheduling a specific date to sit for the exam. This gives your Mentor the assurance that the time he or she spends with you will be time well spent.


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ELFA Asks CFPB to Apply Dodd-Frank
1071 Judicial Delay to All Members

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – In a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association is asking the CFPB to expand the recently issued injunction staying the effective dates of Section 1071 of Dodd-Frank to include all affected financial institutions. 

This injunction, issued on July 31, currently covers members of the American Bankers Association and Texas Bankers Association and will likely amount to a minimum of a 10-month delay in the compliance deadlines for their members, even if the CFPB prevails in all of the litigation.

The main arguments in ELFA's letter are competitiveness, economics of supporting infrastructure (e.g., software), and the illogic of having institutions that are at the less robust end of the compliance programs spectrum be required to comply first.

The ELFA letter and more information on Section 1071 are available at

About ELFA
The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) is the trade association that represents companies in the $1 trillion equipment finance sector, which includes financial services companies and manufacturers engaged in financing 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 580 members include independent and captive leasing and finance companies, banks, financial services corporations, broker/packagers and investment banks, as well as manufacturers and service providers. ELFA has been equipping business for success for more than 60 years. For more information, please visit

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Watch at Home
by Fernando Croce, Leasing News Movie Reviewer

Best known for his joyously off-kilter Pee-wee Herman persona, Paul Reubens (1952-2023) exulted in the zaniness, strangeness (and, often, gentleness) of the misfit characters he played. So check out our list for some of his top big-screen appearances.

Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985): Reubens had his first leading role (and created his most iconic character) in this beloved, priceless adventure-comedy, which marked the directorial debut of frequent collaborator Tim Burton. He stars as eccentric goofball Pee-wee Herman, whose life takes a sudden turn when his shiny red bicycle is stolen by his nemesis, envious neighbor Francis (Mark Holton). After a psychic tells him that his bicycle is in the basement of the Alamo, Pee-wee embarks on a determined mission, meeting a gallery of colorful characters along the way. Among the many memorable scenes are his hitchhiking ride with Large Marge, brushes with dreamy waitresses and burly convicts, and a close call with a gang of bikers. An anarchic delight from beginning to end, the movie launched Reubens’ TV show “Pee-wee’s Playhouse.”

Batman Returns (1992): Reubens re-teamed with Tim Burtonfor a brief but memorable cameo in this striking sequel to 1989’s blockbuster “Batman.” After defeating the Joker, Gotham City millionaire Bruce Wayne (Michael Keaton) takes up his mask and cape once more to face a pair of new villains. There is the grotesque, sewer-dwelling Penguin (Danny DeVito), and the ruthless businessman he teams up with, Max Shreck (Christopher Walken). The wild card in the mix is Selina Kyle (Michelle Pfeiffer), a shy secretary who survives an attempt on her life to emerge as the fearlessly frisky Catwoman. Far more visionary and subversive than the original (to say nothing of modern superhero movies), the film casts Reubens as the Penguin’s father, whose repulsion at his appearance kicks off his rise as a monstrous scoundrel.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992): A cult favorite during its TV run, Joss Whedon’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” series started out as a slaphappy horror-comedy, which gave Reubens a scene-stealing role. Previously mainly concerned about cheerleading at games and shopping at malls, Los Angeles high-schooler Buffy Summers (Kristy Swanson) sees her life get considerably more complicated when she meets the mysterious Merrick (Donald Sutherland). Told that it’s her fate to save the world from vampires, she practices martial-arts and stake-wielding while falling for a handsome student, Pike (Luke Perry). Her skills are put to the test when she must confront Lothos (Rutger Hauer), a formidable vampire king who roams the city with his spastic sidekick, Amilyn (Reubens). Keep an eye out for early appearances by future stars like Hillary Swank and Ben Affleck.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993): A prolific voice actor, Reubens played one of the mischievous imps who get the story going in this stop-animation classic, therare treat that can be enjoyed on both Halloween and Christmas. The marvelously twisted plot follows fearsome but good-hearted ghoul Jack Skellington (voiced by Chris Sarandon), who, despite being crowned Pumpkin King at Halloween Town, dreams of something besides macabre costumes and haunted houses. After a sudden dose of Christmas spirit following a visit to the North Pole, Jack decides to spread holiday cheer the only way he can—kidnapping Santa Claus and delivering the guresome presents himself. Directed by Henry Selick (“Coraline”) yet carrying the unmistakable stamp of producer Tim Burton, this is a beautiful blend of the prankish and the poignant.

Life During Wartime (2009): The eternally silly Reubens had a chance to play it serious in this challenging drama from controversial director Todd Solondz (“Welcome to the Dollhouse”). A sort of sequel to Solondz’s “Happiness” but with characters played by different actors, the plot is centered on a trio of sisters struggling with their own loves and agonies. Helen (Ally Sheedy) faces a stalled career in screenwriting. Trish (Allison Janney) hopes to get away from her ex-husband Bill (Ciaran Hinds), who’s trying to get closer to the family after being released from prison. And Joy (Shirley Henderson) is haunted by the spirit of Andy (Reubens), a former datewho committed suicide. Featuring Solondz’s characteristic blend of corrosive humor and battered compassion, the film benefits greatly from its ensemble cast, particularlyCharlotte Rampling.

Fernando Croce is a nationally recognized film reviewer and has been contributing to Leasing News since 2008. His reviews appear each Friday.


Great Pyrenees
Plano, Texas  Adopt-a-Dog


Vacinations Up-to-Date
Good in a Home with
Other Dogs, Cats

“Sky is a beautiful young dog who is about 12 months of age. She is a typical young Pyr who likes to keep busy. Sky is afraid of children and is good with other dogs as well as cats. She is a smart girl who knows the commands sit, stay and come. Sky loves chew toys and was given up along with Winter who is another Great Pyrenees..
Adoptions are first come first serve, and no appointment or application is needed. When asking about an animal, please provide the identification number that starts with A.

For more information, please call the shelter at 972.769.4360.

Plano Animal Shelter
4028 Plano Parkway
Plano, TX 75093




News Briefs---

Maui fires: Latest updates on resorts,
    Businesses and landmarks in Lahaina and Ka’anapali

Striking Writers and Studios Agree
     to Restart Negotiations

Tesla owners say driving range is faked
and their complaints were squelched

Where Does the U.S. Import its Food from
Visual Top Exporting Counties by agriculture Category

The US’s largest solar panel maker
to spend $1.1B on its 5th factory

Petition to reclaim Washington Redskins
NFL name gains momentum


How to keep your phone charged
    and working in wildfires


Sports Briefs---

He Inherited ‘Multiple Dumpster Fires’ at the Pac-12. Then It Went Up in Smoke.


California News Briefs---

49ers CEO Jed York being sued
    for alleged insider trading

Downtown SF office building sells for
   66% less than assessed value


Gimme that Wine    

How 3 Sonoma and Napa county wineries have
   changed their packaging to help environment

Blink and you may miss them. These small
Sonoma Valley wineries want to change that.

Santa Barbara commandeers and destroys illegally submerged wine   
    bottles; perpetrators accept plea deals

My go-to winery recommendations
after 13 years in Napa Valley


This Day in History

    1760 - The first Methodist preacher, Philip Embury, arrived in New York City on the Perry, which carried 70 passengers, half of whom were Methodists. With the assistance of Barbara Heck, he organized the first Methodist Society in America in 1776.
    1806 – While hunting for elk along the Missouri River, Meriwether Lewis is shot in the hip, probably by one of his own men. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark had embarked on their epic journey to the Pacific two years earlier. The near-sighted Cruzatte probably mistook the leather-clad Lewis for an elk, though it is unlikely the private’s guilt will ever be proven with absolute certainty. His wound was not serious, but Lewis spent the next several days lying face down in the bottom of a canoe as the party proceeded down river. The following day, they caught up with Clark. By the time they reached St. Louis on September 23, Lewis’ wound had healed and the excitement of homecoming overshadowed the event.
    1807 - Birthday of David R. Atchison (d. 1886), Frogtown, KY.  Missouri legislator who was President of the US for one day. Atchison's strong pro-slavery opinions made his name prominent in legislative debates. He served as President Pro Tempore of the Senate a number of times, and he became president of the US for one day on Sunday, Mar 4, 1849, pending the swearing in of President-elect Zachary Taylor the next day. The city of Atchison, KS, and the county of Atchison, MO, are named for him.
    1841 - Having escaped from slavery only three years earlier, Frederick Douglass was legally a fugitive when he first spoke before an audience at an antislavery convention on Nantucket Island. Douglass spoke simply but eloquently about his life as a slave. His words were so moving that he was asked to become a full-time lecturer for the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society. Douglass became a brilliant orator, writer and abolitionist who championed the rights of blacks as well as the rights of all humankind.
    1860 - Nevada is known as the “Silver State” as the first silver mill to treat sliver ore successfully and the first reducing mill to treat ore-bearing quartz was established by the Washoe Gold and Silver Mining Company, No. 1, near Virginia City, Nevada. The mill operated by waterpower, was built by Almarin B. Paul, who began construction work on May 25, 1860, and completed it on August 9, 1860. It consisted of 24 stamps that began to crush on August 11, 1860.
    1861 - The first US Senator to address the Senate in military uniform was Edward Dickinson Baker, Republican of Oregon. He was drilling his regiment at Meridian Hill when he was summoned to refute Senator John Breckinridge, Democrat of Kentucky, who was speaking against a proposal to send troops against the South. Baker did not have time to change into civilian attire but removed his sword prior to delivering his speech. Baker City and County were named for London-born Edward Dickinson Baker, a disciple minister. E.D. Baker had been converted to Christ at the Carrolton Church in Greene County, Illinois. Baker held many roles. He defeated Abraham Lincoln in a primary election in 1842. Baker and Lincoln were friends and the Lincolns named their second son Edward Baker Lincoln in honor of E. D. Baker. He came to Oregon in 1860 and campaigned for Lincoln. Later, becoming United States senator from Oregon, Baker introduced Lincoln at his first inaugural.  He was killed at the battle of Balls Fluff, VA, on October 21, 1861.

    1862 - Birthday of songwriter Carrie Jacobs Bond (d. 1946), Janesville, WI. She had been left a penniless widow with a baby son, earning her living running a boarding house and painting china. She supplemented her income by giving recitals in private homes. Her growing popularity gave her courage to start her own publishing company. Using borrowed money, the Carrie Jacobs-Bond and Son Publishing Company became highly successful printed the sheet music to her songs. Wildly popular in her day, the perennial favorite "I Love You Truly" made her a wealthy woman but it was "When You Come to the End of a Perfect Day" that was the most popular of all, selling more than 5 million copies of the sheet music. She wrote about 400 songs and published slightly less than half. Her autobiography is “The Roads of Melody” (1927).
    1864 – Among the earliest recorded games in organized baseball, the  Brooklyn Atlantics finished a 4-game series in Philadelphia‚ beating the Athletics‚ 43-16. The visitors whipped Camden‚ 64-10, on the 8th‚ beat the Keystone Club‚ 65-10, on the 9th‚ and won, 58-11, over the 30-year-old Olympic Club yesterday.
    1874 - Harry S. Parmelee of New Haven, Connecticut got a patent for the sprinkler head.
    1885 - $100,000 raised in U.S. for pedestal for Statue of Liberty
    1896 - The pull-chain electric-light socket was patented by Harvey Hubbell of Bridgeport, Connecticut.
    1897 - Birthday of poet Louise Bogan (d. 1970), Livermore Falls, ME.  Chairman of poetry at the Library of Congress, poetry critic for New Yorker magazine for 37 years (1931-1969), and a distinguished poet in her own right. Her final collection, “The Blue Estuaries: Poems, 1923-1968” (1968) presents her finest work.
    1904 - Pianist Jess Stacy (d. 1995) birthday, Cape Girardeau, MO.  “Sing, Sing, Sing” soloist.
    1907 - St. Louis Cardinal pitcher Ed Karger pitches a 7 inning perfect game vs the Boston Braves, 4-0.
    1909 - The first United States ship to use the "SOS" radio distress call was made by Theodore D. Hauber on the Clyde liner "Arapahoe," a single-screw freight and passenger steamer of some 3,000 tons, bound for Charleston, SC, and Jacksonville, FL, from New York City. The first distress signal used was the “CQ” for “stop sending and listen.” Its engines were disabled 21 miles southeast of Diamond Shoals, off Cape Hatteras at 3:45pm. The SOS was first heard and acknowledged by R.J. Vosburg, wireless operator at station HA in Cape Hatteras, NC.
    1908 - Birthday of clarinetist Russell Procope (d. 1981), NYC. He was Duke Ellington’s alto clarinetist for 28 years.
    1911 - Duke Kahanamoku breaks the world record in the 100-yard free-style swim by 4.6 seconds in Honolulu Harbor, Hawaii.
    1912 - In an 8-3 win over the New York Highlanders, Cleveland’s Shoeless Joe Jackson became the second American Leaguer to steal home twice in a game. He stole home in the 1st inning‚ and then in the 7th‚ he stole second base‚ third‚ and home.
    1921 - Birthday of author Alex Haley (d. 1992), Ithaca, New York. He was raised by his grandmother at Henning, Tennessee, and entered the US Coast Guard in 1939 serving as a cook.  He eventually became a writer and college professor. His interview with Malcolm X for Playboy magazine led to his first book, " The Autobiography of Malcolm X," which sold six million copies and was translated into eight languages (it was an excellent, moving biography of a man I interviewed several times as a newsman; he was quite an "electric" interview). His Pulitzer Prize-winning novel published in 1976, “Roots,” sold millions, was translated into 37 languages, and was made into a celebrated eight-part TV miniseries in 1977, holding the first top ratings of any such series, generating interest in all human ancestry.
    1922 - Birthday of Mavis Gallant (d. 2014), Montreal.  Canadian short story writer and novelist. Although she settled in France, she considered herself primarily a Canadian. She traveled widely. Most of her short stories were published in The New Yorker magazine… "Green Water, Green Sky," "A Fairly Good Time," and "Home Truths" are considered her best stories.
    1924 - First newsreel pictures of presidential candidates were taken.
    1925 - Birthday of Mike Douglas, born Michael Delaney Dowd, Jr., (d. 2006) at Chicago.  This pioneer of daytime talk shows hosted his first afternoon talk show in Cleveland in 1961 and within five years was a household name.  His nationally syndicated show featured celebrity interviews and topics and remained on the air until 1981.  The show received the first Emmy Award for Individual Achievement in Daytime Television and memorable guests included first time performances by Aretha Franklin, Barba Streisand and Bill Cosby.  Tiger Woods appeared at the age of two alongside avid golfer Bob Hope. 
    1929 - Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees became the first player to hit 500 career home runs when he connected off Willis Hudlin as the Cleveland Indians defeated the Yankees, 6-5. The home was also the 30th of the year for the Bambino.  The next highest total at the time was 237 by Cy Williams.
    1934 - The first prisoners arrive at Alcatraz, in San Francisco Bay, a prison for the “most dangerous.” 
(lower half of: )
    1940 - A major hurricane struck Savannah, GA, and Charleston, SC, causing the worst inland flooding since 1607.
    1940 – Pitcher Stan Musial of the Daytona Beach Islanders landed on his left shoulder while making a shoestring catch in the outfield.  The injury ended his pitching career.
    1941 – President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill sign the Atlantic charter.
    1941 - With his orchestra, Glenn Miller recorded "Elmer’s Tune" for Bluebird Records.
    1942 - Movie star Hedy Lamarr, born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler in Vienna about 1914, received a patent while under contract with the MGM studio in Hollywood for the development of the concept of “frequency hopping” as a mean of controlling torpedoes by radio.  This later became the basis for modern technologies in wireless telephones and Wi-Fi.   
    1943 – German forces begin a six-day evacuation of the Italian island of Sicily, having been beaten back by the Allies, who invaded the island in July. The Germans had maintained a presence in Sicily since the earliest days of the war. But with the arrival of Gen. George S. Patton and his 7th Army and Gen. Bernard Montgomery and his 8th Army, the Germans could no longer hold their position. The race began for the Strait of Messina, the 2-mile wide body of water that separated Sicily from the Italian mainland. The Germans needed to get out of Sicily and onto the Italian peninsula. While Patton had already reached his goal, Palermo, the Sicilian capital, on July 22 (to a hero’s welcome, as the Sicilian people were more than happy to see an end to fascist rule), Montgomery, determined to head off the Germans at Messina, didn’t make his goal in time. The German 29th Panzergrenadier Division and the 14th Panzer Corps were brought over from Africa for the sole purpose of slowing the Allies’ progress and allowing the bulk of the German forces to get off the island. The delaying tactic succeeded. Despite the heavy bombing of railways leading to Messina, the Germans made it to the strait on August 11. Over six days and seven nights, the Germans led 39,569 soldiers, 47 tanks, 94 heavy guns, 9,605 vehicles, and more than 2,000 tons of ammunition onto the Italian mainland. (Not to mention the 60,000 Italian soldiers who were also evacuated, in order to elude capture by the Allies.) Although the United States and Britain had succeeded in conquering Sicily, the Germans were now reinforced and heavily supplied, making the race for Rome more problematic.
    1944 - Burlington, VT reaches a scorching 101 for all-time maximum record.
    1946 - Top Hits
“They Say It’s Wonderful” - Frank Sinatra
“The Gypsy” - The Ink Spots
“Surrender” - Perry Como
“New Spanish Two Step” - Bob Wills
    1946 - Birthday of writer Marilyn Vos Savant, born Marilyn Mach, St. Louis, MO.  She is the holder of the world's highest IQ according to the Guinness Book of Records.  She took the 1937 Stanford-Binet, Second Revision test at age ten.  She claims her first test was in September, 1956 and measured her mental age at 22 years and 10 months, yielding a 228 score. Savant is a magazine columnist, author, lecturer, and playwright.  Since 1986, she has written "Ask Marilyn," a “Parade” magazine Sunday column where she solves puzzles and answers questions on various subjects.   
   1947 - WHEAT, ROY M.,  Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, Company K, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division. Place and date: Republic of Vietnam, 11 August 1967. Entered service a*: Jackson, Miss. Born: 24 July 1947, Moselle, Miss. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. L/Cpl. Wheat and 2 other marines were assigned the mission of providing security for a Navy construction battalion crane and crew operating along Liberty Road in the vicinity of the Dien Ban District, Quang Nam Province. After the marines had set up security positions in a tree line adjacent to the work site, L/Cpl. Wheat reconnoitered the area to the rear of their location for the possible presence of guerrillas. He then returned to within 10 feet of the friendly position, and here unintentionally triggered a well concealed, bounding type, antipersonnel mine. Immediately, a hissing sound was heard which was identified by the 3 marines as that of a burning time fuse. Shouting a warning to his comrades, L/Cpl. Wheat in a valiant act of heroism hurled himself upon the mine, absorbing the tremendous impact of the explosion with his body. The inspirational personal heroism and extraordinary valor of his unselfish action saved his fellow marines from certain injury and possible death, reflected great credit upon himself, and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
    1950 – Hitting .279, Yankees CF Joe DiMaggio is benched for the first time in his career by Mgr. Casey Stengel.  When Stengel took over in 1949, he treated DiMaggio with the respect he had earned, but as DiMaggio's skills started to erode, Stengel reacted.  In early July, Stengel asked DiMaggio to play first base, a position he had never played before.  In one game, DiMaggio fell while fielding a ground ball.  Besieged by foot and leg injuries throughout much of his career, it was revealed later this season that indeed his legs were hurting.
    1950 - Stephen Gary "Steve" Wozniak was born in San Jose, CA.  Wozniak single-handedly developed the 1976 Apple I, which was the computer that launched Apple. He primarily designed the 1977 Apple II, while Steve Jobs oversaw the development of its unusual case and Ros Holt developed the unique power supply.  In 1969, Wozniak returned to the Bay Area after being expelled from University of Colorado in his first year for hacking into the institution's computer system.  During this time, Wozniak designed and built his "Cream Soda" computer with his friend Bill Fernandez.  Before focusing his attention on Apple, he was employed at Hewlett-Packard where he designed calculators.  It was during this time that he befriended Steve Jobs with whom he co-founded Apple Computer while they were working at Atari.
    1951 - The Braves beat the Dodgers 8-1 in the first Major League game to be televised in color.
    1951 – Losing again, the New York Giants fall 13 ½ games behind the Brooklyn Dodgers.  From here on, the Giants go 44-7, tie the Dodgers on the last day of the season, then win in a three-game playoff on Bobby Thomson’s game-winning “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” HR in the bottom of the 9th off Ralph Branca.
    1954 - Top Hits
“Sh-Boom” - The Crewcuts
“The Little Shoemaker” - The Gaylords
“In the Chapel in the Moonlight” - Kitty Kallen
“One by One” - Kitty Wells & Red Foley
    1956 - Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel" is released. It will become his second Billboard chart topper.
    1958 - "Hard Headed Woman," the feature song of the movie "King Cole," earned Elvis Presley a gold record.
    1961 – Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn, the winningest lefthander in Major League history, recorded his 300th win, beating the Cubs, 2-1.  Spahn won 363 games in his career.
    1962 - Neil Sedaka's "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" hits #1
    1962 - Top Hits
“Breaking Up is Hard to Do” - Neil Sedaka
“The Loco-Motion” - Little Eva
“Ahab, the Arab” - Ray Stevens
“Wolverton Mountain” - Claude King
    1962 - A flood of new releases hit the Billboard Hot 100 chart, that will go on to be hit records. Mary Wells' "You Beat Me to the Punch," Ray Stevens' "Ahab the Arab," Johnny Tillotson's "Send Me the Pillow That You Dream On," The Marvelettes' "Beechwood 4-5789," The Contours' "Do You Love Me," The Beach Boys' "Surfin' Safari," Booker T and the MGs' "Green Onions" and Tony Bennett's "I Left My Heart in San Francisco."    1963 - The Kingston Trio appear as the celebrity "mystery guests" on CBS-TV's What's My Line?
    1964 - The Beatles' first film, “A Hard Day's Night,” has its US premiere in New York City.
    1964 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Everybody Loves Somebody," Dean Martin. The song becomes the theme song to NBC's "The Dean Martin Show" the following year.
    1965 - Watts Riots: A minor clash between the California Highway Patrol and two young blacks set off six days of riots in the Watts area of Los Angeles. Thirty-four deaths were reported and more than 3,000 people were arrested. Damage to property was listed at $40 million. The less-immediate cause of the disturbance and the others that followed was racial tension between whites and blacks in American society.
    1966 - The Beatles held a press conference at the Astor Towers Hotel in Chicago where John Lennon apologized for his remarks that The Beatles were "more popular than Jesus now." The US media misquoted Lennon and rallies were held all over the country to smash and burn Beatle records. Lennon said later that he was trying to say, "the way they (some fans) carry on, it's like we're more popular than Jesus Christ."  Separately, the Beatles begin their final tour.
    1967 - WHEAT, ROY M., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, Company K, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division. Place and date: Republic of Vietnam, 11 August 1967. Entered service: Jackson, Miss. Born: 24 July 1947, Moselle, Miss. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. L/Cpl. Wheat and 2 other marines were assigned the mission of providing security for a Navy construction battalion crane and crew operating along Liberty Road in the vicinity of the Dien Ban District, Quang Nam Province. After the marines had set up security positions in a tree line adjacent to the work site, L/Cpl. Wheat reconnoitered the area to the rear of their location for the possible presence of guerrillas. He then returned to within 10 feet of the friendly position, and here unintentionally triggered a well concealed, bounding type, antipersonnel mine. Immediately, a hissing sound was heard which was identified by the 3 marines as that of a burning time fuse. Shouting a warning to his comrades, L/Cpl. Wheat in a valiant act of heroism hurled himself upon the mine, absorbing the tremendous impact of the explosion with his body. The inspirational personal heroism and extraordinary valor of his unselfish action saved his fellow marines from certain injury and possible death, reflected great credit upon himself, and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
    1968 – Satchel Paige, in his 60s and needing 158 days to qualify for a Major League pension, signs a contract with the Atlanta Braves.
    1969 - Diana Ross holds a party for 350 at Beverly Hills' Daisy Club to announce her discovery of the singing group the Jackson 5 -- even though Gladys Knight actually recommended them to Motown head Berry Gordy. That night, the group gains even more exposure by performing at the first Miss Black America pageant
    1969 – The last Dodger to have played in Brooklyn, Don Drysdale, announced his retirement due to lingering shoulder ailments.
    1970 - Top Hits
“(They Long to Be) Close to You” - Carpenters
“Make It with You” - Bread
“Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” - Stevie Wonder
“Don’t Keep Me Hangin’ On” - Sonny James
    1970 - Jim Bunning of the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Houston Astros, 6-5, to become the first pitcher to win 100 games in each major league. Bunning, who started his career with the Detroit Tigers, became a Congressman from Kentucky after retiring from baseball and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996.
    1972 - The last United States ground combat unit leaves South Vietnam.
    1974 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "The Night Chicago Died," Paper Lace. The song is written by Mitch Murray and Peter Callander.
    1975 - Aerosmith's "Toys in the Attic" LP goes gold.
    1978 - Top Hits
“Miss You” - The Rolling Stones
“Three Times a Lady” - Commodores
“Grease” - Frankie Valli
“Love or Something Like It” - Kenny Rogers
    1981 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Endless Love," Diana Ross & Lionel Richie. The song holds onto the top spot for nine weeks, making it the most successful duo, most successful Motown single and most successful soundtrack single of all time.
    1982 - The debut of Anglo-American pop-rock band, the Pretenders is certified platinum about three years after it's released. The L.P. contained two hits, "Brass in Pocket" and "Kid."
    1984 - President Ronald Reagan's voice-test joke: in preparation for a radio broadcast, during a thought-to-be-off-the-record voice level test, instead of counting "one, two, three . . ." the President said: "My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes." The statement was picked up by live television cameras and was heard by millions worldwide. The incident provoked national and international reactions, including a news network proposal of new ground rules concerning the use of "off-the-record" remarks.
    1984 - Ray Parker, Jr.'s single, “Ghostbusters,” hit the Number 1 spot on the Billboard's record charts on this date, and stayed there for 3 weeks. Parker also wrote and produced the song, which was the title theme song for one of the highest-grossing comedy films in movie history. He later received an Academy Award nomination for it.
    1984 – Cincinnati Reds retire catcher Johnny Bench’s #5.  Bench is regarded by many as baseball’s greatest catcher and he is in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
    1986 - Top Hits
“Glory of Love” - Peter Cetera
“Papa Don’t Preach” - Madonna
“Mad About You” - Belinda Carlisle
“Rockin’ with the Rhythm of the Rain” - The Judds
    1987 - The Beatles' album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" was named 'the best album made during the last 20 years' by Rolling Stone magazine.
    1988 - Moisture from what remained of Tropical Storm Beryl resulted in torrential rains across eastern Texas. Twelve and a half inches of rain deluged Enterprise, TX, which was more than the amount received there during the previous eight months. Philadelphia, PA reported a record forty-four days of 90-degree weather for the year. Baltimore, MD and Newark, NJ reported a record fourteen straight days of 90-degree heat.
    1989 - One of the most severe convective outbreaks of record came to a climax in southern California after four days. Thunderstorms deluged Benton, CA with six inches of rain two days in a row, and the flooding which resulted caused more than a million dollars damage to homes and highways. Thunderstorms around Yellowstone Park, WY produced four inches of rain in twenty minutes resulting in fifteen mudslides. Thunderstorms over Long Island, NY drenched Suffolk County with 8 to 10 inches of rain. Twenty-three cities in the southeastern U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date. It was, for some cities, the fourth straight morning of record cold temperatures.
    1989 - Bruce Springsteen joins Ringo Starr onstage at a concert in Holmdel, NJ, to sing four songs: "Get Back," "Long Tall Sally," "Photograph," and "With A Little Help From My Friends."
    1991 - In only his second big league start, 21-year old White Sox southpaw Wilson Alvarez no-hits the Orioles, 7-0. Only Browns' hurler Bobo Holloman, who threw a no-hitter in his first Major League start in 1953 accomplished the feat in fewer starts.
    1993 - First foreign-born officer appointed chair of joint chiefs: President Bill Clinton appointed Army General John Shalikashvili to succeed Colin Powell as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Shalikashvili was born at Poland, but his family fled to Germany in 1944 to escape advancing Soviet troops. After moving to the US, his family lived at Peoria, IL. "General Shali" has a distinguished military record and is a Vietnam War veteran.
    1993 - A severe thunderstorm spawned a high elevation F3 tornado in the Ashley National Forest, 20 miles north of Roosevelt, UT. The tornado touched down 3 times along a 17-mile path and was up to 1/2 miles wide. 1000 acres of trees were snapped or uprooted. The highest elevation damage was at 10,800 feet.
    1994 - Randy Johnson’s pitch to strike out A's Ernie Young will become the last ball thrown in the Majors for seven and half months as the longest work stoppage in baseball history begins.  Among the casualties was the 1994 World Series, the first to be cancelled in MLB history.
    1994 - Top Hits
“Stay (I Missed You)” (From "Reality Bites") - Lisa Loeb
“I Swear” - All-4-One
“Fantastic Voyage” - Coolio
“Wild Night” - John Mellencamp With Me Shell Ndegeocello
“Can You Feel The Love Tonight” (From "The Lion King") - Elton John
    1994 - Record high set at Miami with 96 then heavy thunderstorms drop the temperature to 70, a record low for the same date.
    1997 - Sonny West, Red West, Lamar Fike and Marty Lacker, four of the biggest members of Elvis' "Memphis Mafia," recall the King in a one-time-only webchat.
    1997 - Congress passed the line-item veto for the President in 1996, but on this day in 1997, William Jefferson Clinton was the first to use it,
eliminating three provisions from legislation that had been passed by Congress. The line-item veto, a power sought by presidents since Ulysses S. Grant, enables presidents to strike particular items from newly enacted federal laws without having to veto the entire bill.
    1998 - Lawrence Ferlinghetti was named the first poet laureate of San Francisco.
    1999 - Top Hits
“Genie in a Bottle” - Christina Aguilera
“Tell Me It’s Real” - K-Ci
“Bills, Bills, Bills” – Destiny’s Child
“All Star” - Smash Mouth
    2001 - Using fewest number of games anyone has ever needed to hit 50 homers in a season, Giant outfielder Barry Bonds reaches the milestone in 117 contests. In 1999, Sammy Sosa reached the mark in 121 contests.
    2002 - Sammy Sosa's grand slam and run-scoring double against the Rockies gives the Cubs' slugger 14 RBIs over two games establishing a new a National League record. The previous mark was 13 shared by Nate Colbert (Padres-1972) and Mark Whiten (Cardinals-1993).
    2003 - By fanning Jeff Kent in the seventh inning at Wrigley Field, Kerry Wood became the fastest Major Leaguer to record his 1,000th career strikeout, needing only 134 games to reach the milestone. It took 143 games for Roger Clemens to accomplish the feat.
    2003 – Top Hits
“Crazy In Love”- Beyoncé Featuring Jay-Z
“Right Thurr”- Chingy
“Never Leave You - Uh Ooh-- Uh Oooh!,” Lumidee
P.I.M.P-, 50 Cent
    2012 – The Republicans’ presumptive nominee for President, Mitt Romney, selects Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate.
    2012 – The Yankees’ all-time hit leader, Derek Jeter, collected his league-leading 150th hit of the season, joining Hank Aaron as the only two players to have 17 seasons of 150 or more hits.  Jeter was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2020.
    2013 - At the Oak Hill Country Club in Pittsford, New York, American golfer Jason Dufner wins the 2013 PGA Championship.
    2014 - Sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to Microsoft ex-CEO Steve Ballmer was approved by the NBA, despite attempts by former owner Donald Sterling to stop the transaction; Sterling was forced to sell after being banned from the NBA for his racist remarks.



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