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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Today's Leasing News Headlines

Snider Leasing, Sacramento, Sold to
    Financial Pacific Leasing
Funders Looking for Broker Business
Leasing Industry Ads
    Top Sales Positions Open
Equipment Finance Keep Summer Push
     By Scott Wheeler, CLFP
Equipment Finance Keeps Pace
     With Logistics' Drive Toward Flexibility
Top 15 Companies in the US, Ranked by
     Retail Ecommerce Sales Growth, 2021
PureCars Reinforces Fleet and Dealer Marketing Suite
   by Acquiring truPayments
      By Auto Finance Journal Staff
Labrador Retriever
    Atlanta, Georgia  Adopt-a-Dog
SFNet's 77th Annual Convention --Live and Online
    November 3-5, 2021 - Phoenix, Arizona
News Briefs---
US consumer prices jumped 5.4%
    in past 12 months, most since 2008
Why the grid is ready for fleets of electric trucks
    “Short Trips, Yes.  Long Trips, Not Yet”
Remote work is now the hottest ‘city’
    for high-paying jobs
United Airlines plans to buy 100 small electric planes
     for regional flights
Harley-Davidson unveils new Sportster S model
    $14,999 price tag

You May have Missed---
New Subway sandwich menu items taste
     just as vile as the old ones

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  "Gimme that Wine"
    This Day in History
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Snider Leasing, Sacramento, Sold to
Financial Pacific Leasing

Now added to "No Longer taking Broker/Discounting Business plus Leasing companies Out of Business" list: Snider Leasing, Sacramento announced on their website:  "To All Snider Leasing Customers, it has been a pleasure to serve you and your business for the past 66 years.  At this time, Snider Leasing is no longer your service provider for your account(s).  For any and all questions please reach out to your new service provider Financial Pacific Leasing at 800-447 7107 or”

Leasing News List Updated:


Funders Looking for Broker Business

Alphabetical list - click on company name to view more details

1st Enterprise Bank Leasing
360 Equipment Finance
Allegheny Valley Bank Leasing
Balboa Capital Corp.
Bankers Capital
Barrett Capital Corporation
Baystone Government Finance/
KS StateBank

Black Rock Capital
Boston Financial & Equity Corp.
BSB Leasing, Inc.
Calfund, LLC
Celtic Bank
C.H. Brown Company
Chesapeake Industrial Leasing Co., Inc.

Dakota Financial
Dedicated Funding
Dext Capital
Exchange Bank Leasing (formerly Dumac Leasing)
FirstLease, Inc.
First Federal Leasing
First Foundation Bank
First Midwest Equipment
Finance Co.

Financial Pacific Leasing
Forum Financial Services, Inc.
Gonor Funding
Global Financial & Leasing Services, LLC
International Financial Services

Madison Capital
Maxim Commercial Capital, LLC

Mesa Leasing
National Equipment Finance
Navitas Lease Corp.
NewLane Finance
NexTier Leasing
NFS Leasing, Inc
North Mill Equipment Finance
Northwest Leasing Company, Inc
Padco Financial Services
Pacific Mercantile Bank
Pawnee Leasing Corporation
Providence Equipment Finance
Quality Leasing Co, Inc
RLC Funding
SLIM Capital, LLC
Standard Professional Services, LLC
TEAM Funding Solutions

Leasing Associations: All non-profit leasing associations are abbreviated. To see the full name and learn more about the association, please click here.

BBB - Better Business Report | CBB - Leasing News Complaint Bulletin Board
| CNI - Current News Information
A -Accepts Broker Business | B -Requires Broker be Licensed | C -Sub-Broker Program
| D -"Private label Program" | E - Also "in house" salesmen

N/R (not reported)
* (no response---these listing do not come from the company directly, but from our research from many sources. It is our policy not to put anything in this section without confirmation

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Summer Push
Wheeler Business Consulting

Scott Wheeler, CLFP

Each summer, I remind originators in the commercial equipment leasing and finance industry about the opportunity which exists for those who are willing accept the challenge.

Your competition may be in the "lazy, hazy days" of summer. They may have their guard down, rather than building their network. Summer is the perfect time to position yourself for the remainder of 2021. Get out and meet new vendors and end-users. Explain to your contacts that you are a consistent partner that provides personal service twelve months out of the year. Demonstrate to your contacts that you are serious about maximizing your effectiveness and helping them succeed.

Each year, I receive multiple communications from originators in September, October, and November claiming that their summer efforts are paying larger dividends. It was the newer relationships established during the summer that propelled their significant increases in fall business, and, more importantly, positioned them for a great fourth quarter.

Now is the time to position yourself for a terrific year-end surge.

The opportunities have never been greater for originators who are willing to push harder, be aggressive, and outperform their competition. You have a choice to either be an originator who slows down during the summer or an originator who gives a little extra to outperform her competition.

Scott A. Wheeler, CLFP
Wheeler Business Consulting
Comments, questions and suggestions are welcome.
Phone: 410-877-0428

Wheeler Business Consulting works with banks, independents, captives, origination companies, and investors in the equipment leasing and finance arena. We provide training, strategic planning, and acquisition services. Scott Wheeler is available to discuss your long-term strategy, to assist your staff to maximize outcomes, and to better position your organization in the market.


Equipment Finance Keeps Pace
With Logistics' Drive Toward Flexibility


Consumers’ shopping behavior shift, driven largely by the pandemic, created a flurry of change along the supply chain and logistics companies are hustling to adjust.

Whether it’s the need for extra warehouse capacity or more material handling tools, logistics equipment is in demand but cash flow challenges can make it difficult for players in the logistics space to invest in the machinery they need to meet the pressures of an eCommerce boom.

First American Equipment Finance Senior Vice President Daniel Wallenhorst believes these businesses are also faced with the need to adjust their capacity and services based on dramatic dips and surges in the needs of their clients. As a result, equipment finance to support the leasing and procurement of machinery must be just as flexible, as Wallenhorst told PYMNTS in an interview.

Logistics Flexibility

Supply chain pressures are at unprecedented levels across a variety of industries. Lumber shortages in the construction space, the rise of online shopping and direct-to-consumer (D2C) business models, and even the dramatic squeezes in personal protective equipment (PPE) availability at the height of the pandemic continue to offer lessons for the logistics sector on the importance of flexibility.

Consumer spending shifts have created changes to how logistics firms operate and, as a result, the products they need to get the job done. According Wallenhorst, this ecosystem creates the need for logistics firms to reevaluate their existing client contract and match the assets they have and need — including machinery and equipment — to their clients’ needs.

First American Equipment Finance Senior Vice President Daniel Wallenhorst, said, “It’s definitely an ebb and flow of being able to find flexible client contracts that the logistics providers are servicing.

 “Finding flexible solutions to manage assets in and out of your business has been even more important with the change in the marketplace.”

Agility is another critical requirement for logistics firms, which can struggle to react quickly to market shifts. Being able to grab machinery and other assets quickly when they become available is key to enabling that flexibility.

Equipment Finance Goes Niche

When the opportunity arises, having the capital to invest in machinery leases or purchases is essential. This need has placed pressures on the equipment financing industry, which is now tasked with itself becoming an agile market that can ebb and flow with logistics firms’ demands.

“When there’s an opportunity to buy, executing on it quickly is extremely important,” said Wallenhorst. “Finding a partner where you maybe have a master contract in place from which you can access funds directly and getting comfortable with a partner that understands the growth that’s happening within your business, is really important.”

It’s an opportunity for the equipment finance space to explore a niche approach to the market, as Wallenhorst said First American has done with the logistics space. Developing those relationships and understanding the nuances of the market can mitigate risk and accelerate underwriting and funds disbursements to help firms grab machinery and equipment when it’s available and needed.

With more opportunistic purchases occurring among logistics firms, there is also a space for equipment finance to embrace some of the same trends that consumers driving industry shifts have embraced. That includes an eCommerce-like experiencing when sourcing and obtaining equipment finance as more firms not only seek a user-friendly experience, but one that can fast-track all aspects of what has historically been a manual, sluggish, paper-based process.

Although Wallenhorst said he has seen signs of the eCommerce model gaining traction in the way logistics firms source and procure machinery and equipment, the trend is in its infancy. But application programming interfaces (APIs) are setting the stage for equipment finance to position its digital-first, accelerated services directly in the portals through which logistics firms access the assets they need to finance.

When coupled with other digital-first advancements in the corporate finance sector, equipment financing can keep pace with the logistics solution providers that must act fast to respond to continued fluctuations in the economy.

“That drive that happened from necessity, it has a lot of technologies and advancements that are here to stay,” said Wallenhorst. “Just like eCommerce, I think we’re going to see the same thing now happen in the financial services industry.”




PureCars Reinforces Fleet and Dealer Marketing Suite
 Acquiring truPayments

By Auto Finance Journal Staff


In a separate email message, truPayments  Co- Founder and Chief Executive Officer Tarry Shebesta said: “Today starts the next chapter of my 32-year career in the online marketing, shopping and digital retailing space.”

The reason for Shebesta’s declaration arrived through a news release distributed on Monday. PureCars announced its acquisition of truPayments in a move meant to solidify its commitment further to helping dealers thrive by expanding its marketing technology and services suite to include personalized payment shopping.

PureCars’ tools are designed to optimize media buys to achieve lower ad costs per unit sold and per RO, resulting in increased profitability for dealerships. Meanwhile, truPayments’ solutions are geared to convert shoppers earlier in the buying process, further reducing advertising costs for dealerships, while providing an improved buying experience for their customers.

PureCars is backed by Diversis Capital Partners and Stage 1 Ventures.

The company highlighted the acquisition of truPayments will add even more payment data to PureCars’ data warehouse, enabling dealers to serve payment-relevant ads to shoppers, and convert those shoppers to buyers, earlier in their buying journey, further reducing dealer ad costs per unit sold.
PureCars said dealers will be able to more quickly and efficiently match in-market shoppers with their inventory at exactly the right payment.

Furthermore, while the industry grapples with inventory shortages, PureCars went on to mention that pairing vehicle acquisition campaigns with an accurate trade tool that quickly shows consumers the equity in their trade will give dealers a more profitable, less competitive vehicle acquisition option to auctions, which can eat into margins with transport and other associated fees.

PureCars CEO Jeremy Anspach said,  “Automotive shoppers today expect more from dealerships at every stage in the buying cycle.

“In order to give dealerships a leg up on new disruptive competitors that bypass the dealership  but offer much more limited services, dealerships need innovators like PureCars to help them deliver smoother, more intuitive experiences to shoppers as their expectations continue to rapidly evolve.

“The unification of PureCars’ martech and truPayments’ FinTech represents an organic evolution for both companies that will result in even greater cost efficiencies for our dealers and partners, as well as superior shopping experiences for the customers they serve,” Anspach continued.

And Shebesta added these perspectives in the news release.

“The opportunity to directly integrate martech with shopping personalization and digital retailing is groundbreaking,” Shebesta said. “The synthesis of the underlying data and technology sets the stage for us to have a significant positive impact on the car buying process for consumers, as well as the advertising and retailing experience for dealerships.”


Labrador Retriever
Atlanta, Georgia  Adopt-a-Dog


ID A875794
2 Years Old
49 lbs.
Location: Foster Home
Adoption fee: $85.00

Nelly is finally ready for her forever home. After years of living on the streets as a feral dog, she is looking for her happily ever after. Nelly’s fabulous foster mom has worked with her for several months helping her to understand what being a dog is all about! Her foster mom says she is a very sweet special dog that has been a joy to watch blossom. She loves treats, snuggles on the bed, playtime with other pups, sleeping in the house, laying in her dog bed, head rubs, and meal time. (Being a dog turned out to be a pretty terrific thing!)

In addition to her sweet personality, Nelly is dog friendly, low energy, and housebroken.

Now that she knows what the good life really looks like, Nelly has some requests of her furever family. Of course, she’d like a home with plenty of treats, cuddles, and dog beds! She also needs a canine sibling to help her continue learning how to be a dog (her very own emotional support animal). Nelly also needs a calm household with no tiny humans. Children’s fast, unpredictable movements are still a little scary for her. Lastly, Nelly needs a home with a secure, fenced yard. Until she fully bonds with her furever family, she could get scared easily and become a flight risk.

We think Nelly is terrific! If you think Nelly is terrific, please click the red "Adopt Me" button to be connected with her foster parent.

Adopt Me:

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860 Marietta Boulevard Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30318, US

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JW Marriott Desert Ridge, Phoenix, Arizona


Take advantage of our Early Bird pricing by registering no later than August 31.

In Person
Early bird special, available through August 31
Member $1,540
Non-Member $2,795

Price starting September 1
Member $1,640
Non-Member $2,895

Member, per person $495
Non-Member, per person $995

Members, to arrange unlimited virtual attendance for your company, contact James Kravitz, Business Development Director:
(917) 881-1247

"We are pleased to announce that SFNet's 77th Annual Convention will be held in person November 3-5 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix, Arizona.

This year’s convention theme is “Adapt. Renew. Grow.” Attendees will come away understanding the changes we can expect in a post-COVID environment, re-energize and reconnect in the perfect Arizona weather, and sharpen strategies to thrive as we move forward. The live conference will feature new formatting to allow unprecedented time for networking and deal making.

Our convention agenda will include keynote speaker Amy Van Dyken-Rouen, six-time Olympic Gold Medalist and national radio sports talk show co-host, over 15 on-demand sessions, multiple live panels and a variety of peer-to-peer roundtables. We will also induct our 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award winners into the SFNet Hall of Fame during the event. For those who are not ready to interact face-to-face, or not yet able to travel, we will provide a virtual attendance option supported by our SFNet Connect platform.

Details/Registration/More Information


News Briefs---

US consumer prices jumped 5.4%
    in past 12 months, most since 2008

Why the grid is ready for fleets of electric trucks
    “Short Trips, Yes.  Long Trips, Not Yet”

Remote work is now the hottest ‘city’
    for high-paying jobs

United Airlines plans to buy 100 small electric planes
     for regional flights

Harley-Davidson unveils new Sportster S model
    $14,999 price tag

JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon Says the U.S. Consumer Is Raring To Go


You May Have Missed---

New Subway sandwich menu items taste
     just as vile as the old ones



Sports Briefs---

Bill Cowher: Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger 'thriving'
     on motivation to prove doubters wrong

Ben Roethlisberger reportedly on
     stricter diet than Tom Brady

Kansas City Chiefs' Frank Clark charged
     with felony possession of an assault weapon

MLB has big plans for Shohei Ohtani,
    a ‘once in a century’ player

MLB Power Rankings: Where All 30 Teams Stand
    at the 2021 All-Star Break

SF Giants bring unprecedented approach
    to MLB Draft, select nine straight pitchers

MLB commissioner Manfred turns up heat on Oakland
    a week before Howard Terminal vote

All-Star Lynn is back with La Russa,
    but wanted to have remained a Cardinal


California Nuts Briefs---

Stock Market Gains Propel CalPERS Earnings
     — Pension Fund Gained $80 Billion over Past Year

Gavin Newsom signs California budget bill
    authorizing $600 stimulus payments

In abrupt turnaround, California to let school districts
    decide how to enforce mask rules

S.F. parklets inch a step closer to becoming
     permanent part of the city



“Gimme that Wine”

As California wineries lose insurance,
    some fear this fire season will be their last

Moet Hennessy Forms Wine and Spirits JV with Campari

This Is the Summer to Get Familiar With Wines Of Alsace

Free Wine App

Wine Prices by vintage


This Day in History

     1771 - Father Junipero Serra (1713-84) founded Mission San Antonio De Padua San Antonio Valley. This valley was the heart of Indian homeland, which ranged from California’s Carmel Valley to Morro Bay. Mission San Antonio produced wine, flour, leather, and everything else to support a population of several thousand souls. After a while, the indigenous people began dying from the Europeans' diseases. Then Mexico won the territory from Spain in a revolution but began losing political control of California. In 1949, the Randolph Hearst family traded the land with the mission to the U.S. Government.
    1773 - The first annual conference of the Methodist Church in America convened at St. George's Church in Philadelphia, PA.
    1798 - Tax was levied by Congress directly on the states by authority of the act of July 14, 1798. It was levied on dwellings, land, and slaves. The amount to be collected was $2 million, apportioned to the states in direct ratio to the population.  Also on this day, Congress passed the Sedition Act, making it a federal crime to publish false, scandalous or malicious writing about the U.S. government.
    1813 – Lt. John M. Gamble (1731-1836) was the first, and remains the only Marine to command a ship in battle (prize vessel Greenwich in capture of British whaler Seringapatam).
    1825 - The visit of the Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834) to America in 1824-1825 was in every sense a triumphal procession. The 2nd Battalion, 11th New York Artillery, was one of many militia turned out to welcome him. This unit decided to adopt the title “National Guard” in honor of Lafayette’s command of the Garde Nationale de Paris during the French Revolution. The 2d Battalion, later designated as the 7th Regiment, was prominent in the line of March on the occasion of Lafayette’s final passage through New York en route home to France. Taking note of the troops named for his old command, he alighted from his carriage and walked down the line clasping each officer by the hand as he proceeded. The 7th New York, with its designation “National Guard” went on to become one of the most famous of all Guard units well into the 20th century. Its nickname has come to represent all American militia for more than century. His visit was extremely well received everywhere he went; a hero of the Revolutionary War.
    1850 – The first public demonstration of ice made by refrigeration was held.
    1853 - Commodore Matthew Perry (1794-1858) met with Prince Toda and Prince Ido at a ceremony at Kurihama, Japan, and presented a letter from former Pres. Fillmore to Emperor Osahito, requesting trade relations.
    1853 – The opening of the first major US world’s fair, Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations, in New York City.
    1862 – Florence Bascom’s (d. 1945) birthday in Williamstown, MA.  U.S. geologist.  She was the first woman to receive a Ph.D. degree from any U.S. university (Johns Hopkins) and was instrumental in making Bryn Mawr College a major center for geology as its longtime, much revered professor. She was the first woman to be elected a fellow of the Geological Society of America. Her domestic partner, Julia Anna Gardner (b. 01-26-1882), was also a geologist who did important work in economic geology and assisted in the strategic planning efforts of WWII.
    1864 - Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest suffers his biggest defeat when Union General Andrew J. Smith routs his forces in Tupelo, Mississippi. The battle came just a month after the Battle of Brice's Crossroads, in which Forrest engineered a brilliant victory over a larger Union force from Memphis that was designed to keep him from threatening General William T. Sherman's supply lines in Tennessee. Hoping to neutralize Forrest, Sherman sent Smith's expedition to destroy Forrest and his cavalry. Smith left LaGrange, Tennessee, on June 22 with 14,000 troops. Forrest and his cavalry were part of a 10,000-man force commanded by General Stephen Lee, but Forrest and Lee shared command responsibilities. Forrest's strategy at Tupelo was similar to his tactics at the Battle of West Point, Mississippi, five months earlier. In both battles, Forrest used part of his force to entice the Yankees into a trap. The plan worked well at West Point, but in Tupelo, Smith did not take the bait. Instead of driving right at Forrest, Smith dug his troops in around Tupelo. Lee and Forrest were uneasy about attacking the Yankees, but they agreed to try to drive Smith out of Mississippi. The assault began on the morning of July 14. Smith's Union troops were in an ideal position for fending off an attack. The Confederates had to fight uphill across nearly a mile of open terrain. Lee struck one flank and Forrest struck the other. Poor communication ruined the Rebels' coordination, and after three hours they had not breached the Union line. Although Lee was the ranking Confederate, he had offered Forrest command of the battle. Forrest declined, but assigning blame for the defeat is difficult. Union losses stood at 674, while Forrest and Lee lost over 1,300 soldiers.
    1868 - The tape measure was patented by Alvin J. Fellows of New Haven, Connecticut
    1874 – A fire burned down 47 acres of Chicago, just south of the loop, destroying 812 buildings, killing 20.  Coming as it did a mere three years after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the fire insurance industry demanded municipal reforms from Chicago's city council’s fire prevention and firefighting efforts.
    1881 - Outlaw William H. Bonney Jr., alias Billy the Kid, was shot and killed by Sheriff Pat Garrett in Fort Sumner, N.M.
    1891 - African-American John Standard, inventor, receives patent for his improvement on the refrigerator.
    1892 - The Baptist Young People's Union held its first national convention in Detroit. The founding of the BYP Union was inspired by the earlier work of Francis E. Clark, a Congregational pastor who founded the first 'modern' youth fellowship in 1881.
    1894 – Cartoonist, animator Dave Fleischer (d. 1979) was born at New York City.  Among the cartoon series Fleischer supervised were “Talkartoons,” “Betty Boop,” “Popeye The Sailor,” “Color Classics,” “Superman,” and several others.
    1896 - Los Angeles had its greatest 24 hour July rainfall with 0.24 inches.
    1898 – Birthday of former congressman from Kentucky and MLB Commissioner A.B. “Happy” Chandler (d. 1991) in Corydon, KY.  He represented the state in the Senate and served as its 44th and 49th Governor. In 1945, Chandler resigned his senate seat to succeed the late Kennesaw Mountain Landis as commissioner of baseball. His most significant action as commissioner was the approval of Jackie Robinson’s contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers, thereby integrating Major League Baseball for the first time since the early 20th century. He also established the first pension fund for Major League players, earning him the title "the players' commissioner". Baseball owners were upset with Chandler's governance, however, and did not renew his contract in 1951.  He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.
    1900 – Chick Fraser fired a one-hitter for the Phillies in a 1 - 0 win over the Boston Bees. He will become part of the first big lawsuit challenging the reserve clause in the 20th century.
    1903 - Novelist Irving Stone (d. 1989), was born Irving Tannenbaum, San Francisco, Ca.  Among the best known of his works are “Lust for Life” (1934), about the life of van Gogh, and “The Agony and the Ecstasy” (1961), about Michelangelo.
    1906 – Birthday of Tom Carvel (d. 1990), born Thomas A. Carvelas, of ice cream fame.  He was a Greek-born American known for the invention and promotion of soft ice cream in the northeastern US, and he was the founder of the Carvel brand and franchise.
    1910 - Birthday of William Hanna (d. 2001) at Melrose, New Mexico. He was the co-creator of such popular characters as Tom and Jerry, Yogi Bear, Snagglepuss and Magilla Gorilla. With partner Joe Barbera, he won seven Academy Awards for his Tom and Jerry cartoon shorts and another eight works were nominated.  The Hanna-Barbera team created the first animated TV sitcom for adults, “The Flintstones” (1960), and such favorites as “The Jetsons” and “Scooby-Doo, Where are You?”
    1911 – Harry Atwood, an exhibition pilot for the Wright Brothers, lands his airplane at the South Lawn of the White House. He is later awarded a gold medal from President Taft for this feat.      
    1912 - Birthday of Woodrow Wilson “Woody” Guthrie (d. 1967), American folksinger, song writer (“This Land is Your Land,” “Union Maid,” “Hard Traveling,”) at Okemah, OK.   Traveled the country by freight train, singing and listening. Father of singer Arlo Guthrie.
CHORUS: This land is your land, this land is my land
From California to the New York island
From the Redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
This land was made for you and me
As I was walking that ribbon of highway
I saw above me that endless skyway
I saw below me that golden valley
This land was made for you and me
I roamed and rambled and followed my footsteps
O'er the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts
While all around me, a voice was saying
This land was made for you and me
When the sun came shining and I was strolling
And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling
As the fog was lifting, a voice was chanting
This land was made for you and me
As I went walking, I saw a sign there
On the sign it said NO TRESPASSING
But on the other side it didn't say nothing
That side was made for you and me!
In the squares of the city, in the shadow of the steeple
In the relief office, I seen my people;
As they stood there hungry I stood there asking,
Is this land made for you and me?
Nobody living can ever stop me
As I go walking that freedom highway
Nobody living can make me turn back
This land was made for you and me
    1913 - Birthday of Gerald Ford (d. 2006), 38th President of the United States (1974-77), born Leslie King at Omaha, NE. Ford became 41st Vice President of the US on December 6, 1973, by appointment, following the resignation of Spiro T. Agnew from that office on October 10, 1973. Ford became President on August 9, 1974, following President Richard M. Nixon’s resignation in an attempt to avoid imminent impeachment over his involvement in Watergate and its cover-up. He remains the only non-elected Vice President and President of the US.
    1918 - Birthday of Jay Forrester (d. 2016), a pioneer in computer memory, Anselmo, NE. Forrester studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he later became a professor and researcher. In 1945, he founded MIT's Digital Computer Laboratory and helped build an early digital computer called the "Whirlwind I." His work at the lab made him realize that existing information storage techniques were slow and, even worse, unreliable. In 1949, he developed a way to use a magnetic cell to store information. The random-access magnetic core memory became a central feature of most digital computers. Forrester later applied computer science to management problems, creating computer simulations of real world problems in manufacturing and other processes.
    1921 – Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti case goes to the jury. At 7:30 in the evening, the jury returns its verdict: both are found guilty of murder in the first degree in Dedham, Mass. of killing a shoe company paymaster and his guard. Their long years of appeals and massive protests world-wide began as they were executed in 1927.  Since their deaths, a consensus of critical opinion has concluded that the two men were convicted largely because of anti-Italian prejudice and their political beliefs and were therefore unjustly executed.   Investigations of the case continued throughout the 1930s and 1940s. The publication of the men's letters, containing eloquent professions of innocence, intensified belief in their wrongful execution. Additional ballistics tests and incriminating statements by the men's acquaintances have clouded the case. In 1977, Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis issued a proclamation that Sacco and Vanzetti had been unfairly tried and convicted and that "any disgrace should be forever removed from their names."
    1923 - Birthday of Frances Lear (d. 1996) in Hudson, NY.  U.S. publisher of Lear Magazine for "the woman who wasn't born yesterday." It failed. It cost her $25 million of the estimated $100-112 million she received as a divorce settlement from her partner-husband Norman Lear, producer of two of TV's biggest hits, “All in the Family” and “Maude,” the latter allegedly based on Frances Lear's life as a businesswoman and a feminist activist.
    1923 – Birthday of actor Dale Robertson (d. 2013), at Harrah, OK.  Robertson is best known for his lead roles as Jim Hardie in television’s “Tales of Wells Fargo” and as Ben Calhoun in “The Iron Horse.”  He was also the last of the hosts of “Death Valley Days.”  Less known is his military record wherein he served in the US Army 322nd Combat Engineer Battalion of the 97th Infantry Division in Europe during World War II and was wounded twice. He received the Bronze and Silver Star medals.  
    1929 - Birthday of Alan Dawson (d. 1996), drummer, Marietta, PA
    1930 – Birthday of actress Polly Bergen, (d. 2014) born Nellie Paulina Burgin in Knoxville, TN.
    1932 – Roosevelt “Rosie” Grier was born at Cuthbert, GA.  Rosie was an actor, singer, minister, and NFL defensive tackle of the famed “Fearsome Foursome” of the LA Rams.  A Bobby Kennedy confidant, Grier was Ethel Kennedy’s bodyguard who wrestled the gun from the hand of convicted RFK assassin Sirhan Sirhan on the night of the assassination at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
    1934 - 116ø F (47ø C), Orogrande, New Mexico (state record)
    1936 - 116ø F (47ø C), Collegeville, Indiana (state record)
    1940 - In the aftermath of beanball wars, Spalding advertised a batting helmet with ear flaps in “The Sporting News.” Players express no interest, but next year the Brooklyn Dodgers introduced cap liner, which some batters start to use.
    1942 - It was their last duet together for Helen O’Connell and Bob Eberly when they recorded "Brazil" with the Jimmy Dorsey band.
    1943 - The first national monument dedicated to an African-American was the George Washington Carver National Monument, authorized this day, officially established on June 14, 1951, and dedicated on July 14, 1953. It consists of 210 acres about 2.5 miles southwest of Diamond in Newton County, MO and it is administered by the National Park Service.

    1946 - Player-manager Lou Boudreau of the Cleveland Indians hit four doubles and one home run, but Ted Williams belted three homers and drove in eight runs, as the Red Sox topped the Tribe, 11-10. In the Sox's second-game win, the famous Boudreau Shift debuted. Boudreau shifted all his players, except the 3B and LF, to the right side of the diamond in an effort to stop Williams. Ted grounds out and walks twice while ignoring the shift.
    1946 - Birthday of Vincent Pastore in The Bronx.  He played Salvatore “Big Pussy” Bonpensiero of “The Sopranos.”  Earlier in his career he had minor roles in “Goodfellas” and “Carlito’s Way.”
    1947 - Top Hits
“Peg o’ My Heart” - The Harmonicats
“I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder” - Eddy Howard
“Chi-Baba, Chi-Baba” - Perry Como
“Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)” - Tex Williams
    1948 - The New Yorker publishes J. D. Salinger's intriguing short story of infidelity and self-deception, "Pretty Mouth & Green My Eyes."
    1950 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Mona Lisa," Nat King Cole. The song, which tops Billboard's pop chart for eight weeks, is featured in the film "Capt. Carey, U.S.A.," and sells more than 3 million copies. The song receives a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1992.
    1951 - Citation, winner of the 1949 Triple Crown, became the first horse to pass the $1 million mark in career earnings by winning the Hollywood Gold Cup, after which the colt was retired. Citation raced 45 times, won $1,085,760, and finished out of the money only once.
    1955 - The film version of “Mister Roberts,” starring Henry Fonda and James Cagney, opened in New York. Jack Lemmon later won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, and the movie received a nomination for Best Picture.
    1955 - Top Hits
“Rock Around the Clock” - Bill Haley & His Comets
“Learnin’ the Blues” - Frank Sinatra
“Hard to Get” - Giselle Mackenzie
“A Satisfied Mind” - Porter Wagoner
    1957 - On CBS radio, comedian Stan Freberg presented a new weekly comedy program. Though Freberg was well known for certain radio commercials, he was a late comer to the radio program race. Television was blamed for the short life of “The Stan Freberg Show.”
    1957 – Bill “Moose” Skowron of the Yankees hit a Major League record second pinch grand slam of the season, off Jim Wilson of the White Sox, in the second game of a doubleheader. Skowron's hit comes in the 9th as the Yanks score six runs to win, 6 - 4.
    1960 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "I'm Sorry," Brenda Lee.
    1962 - Bobby Vinton’s “Roses are Red” became the top song in the U.S. The song stayed at the top for four weeks and was the first of four #1 hits for Vinton. The others were: “Blue Velvet,” “There! I’ve Said It Again,” and “Mr. Lonely.” “Roses are Red” was also Vinton’s first million-seller. He had two others: “I Love How You Love Me” (#9 in 1968) and “My Melody of Love” (#3 in 1974.)
    1963 - Top Hits
“Easier Said Than Done” - The Essex
“Surf City” - Jan & Dean
“Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport” - Rolf Harris
“Act Naturally” - Buck Owens
    1964 - The Rolling Stones score their first #1 hit in the UK with their cover of Bobby Womack's "It's All Over Now."
    1965 - The American space probe Mariner 4 flew by Mars, sending back photographs of the planet.
    1966 - Eight student nurses were murdered by Richard Speck in a Chicago dormitory.
    1967 - Eddie Mathews of the Houston Astros hit the 500th home run of his career off Juan Marichal of the San Francisco Giants. Houston beat the Giants, 8-6. Mathews played in the Majors from 1952 through 1968, mostly with the Milwaukee Braves, and finished with 512 homers.
    1967 - Steve Miller Blues Band and The Sunshine Company concert at California Hall in San Francisco.
    1967 - The Who begins its first U.S. tour, opening for Herman's Hermits.
    1968 - Henry Aaron of the Atlanta Braves hit the 500th home run of his career, connecting off lefthander Mike McCormick of the San Francisco Giants. Aaron ended his career as baseball’s home run champ (and still is) with 755 round trippers to his credit.
    1968 - Bill Graham leaves the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco to take over the Carousel Ballroom. Electric Flag and Blue Cheer closed out performances at the Fillmore at Geary & Fillmore streets.
    1969 – The US officially withdraws from circulation the $500, $1,000, $$5,000, and $10,000 bills.
    1970 - In the 12th inning of the All-Star Game, Pete Rose bowled over C Ray Fosse at the plate to score the deciding run on Jim Hickman’s single in an exciting 5 - 4 National League win at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati. Fosse, who never had the ball, hurt his right shoulder and was taken to the hospital; the Indians’ catcher entertained "Charlie Hustle" as a dinner guest the previous night.   Fosse’s career was never the same after the vicious collision.
    1971 - Top Hits
“It’s Too Late/I Feel the Earth Move” – Carole King
“Indian Reservation” – Raiders
“You’ve Got a Friend” – James Taylor
“When You’re Hot, You’re Hot” – Jerry Reed
    1973 – The Everly Brothers break up during mid-performance at a show at Knott’s Berry Farm in Anaheim, California as Phil storms off the stage, vowing never to sing with his brother again. They much later get back together, as middle-age singers, joining Paul Simon on tour.  Simon says he and Garfunkle were imitating their favorite group: the Everly Brothers.
    1976 – The Democratic National Convention nominated Jimmy Carter for the presidency on the first ballot. The next day, Sen. Walter F. Mondale of Minnesota was nominated for the vice presidency. On November 2, he beat incumbent president Gerald Ford 40,828,929 to 39,148,940. He received 297 electoral votes to Ford’s 240. The Democrats kept a 2-1 Senate majority, 61-38, with one seat going to an independent, and a House majority of 292-143.
    1979 – “Bad Girls” by Donna Summer topped the charts and stayed there for 5 weeks.
“Bad girls
Talking about the sad girls
Sad girls
Talking about bad girls, yeah
See them out on the street at night, walkin’
Picking up on all kinds of strangers
If the price is right
You can’t score if you’re pocket’s tight
But you want a good time
You ask yourself who they are
Like everybody else
They come from near and far
Bad girls, yeah
Bad girls
Talking about the sad girls, yeah
Sad girls
Talking about bad girls, yeah
Friday night and the strip is hot
Sun’s gone down and they’re out to trot
Spirit’s high and legs look hot
Do you wanna get down
Now don’t you ask yourself who they are
Like everybody else, they wanna be a star
Bad girl
Sad girl, you’re such a naughty bad girl
Beep-Beep, uh-uh
You bad girl you sad girl
Your such a dirty bad girl
Beep-Beep, uh-uh
Now you and me we’re both the same
But you call yourself by different names
Now your mama won’t like it when she finds out
That her girl is out at night
Hey, Mister, have you got a dime
Mister, do you want to spent some time
Oh, yeah
I got what you want, you got what I need
I’ll be your baby, come and spend it on me
Hey, Mister
I’ll spend some time with you.”
    1979 - Top Hits
“Ring My Bell” – Anita Ward
“Bad Girls” – Donna Summer
“Chuck E.’s in Love” – Rickie Lee Jones
“Amanda” – Waylon Jennings
    1981 – When the All-Star Game was postponed due to a players strike that had lasted 33 days so far, about 15,000 fans showed up to boo the players, who were not there. The 52nd All-Star classic would not be held until August 9th and would take place at the Cleveland Municipal Stadium.
    1985 – Baltimore clinched their second consecutive United States Football League championship when they defeated Oakland 28-24. The game was also the last of the league’s spring schedule. All 14 teams totaled losses estimated at $63 million. When team owners refused to tally up any more financial losses, the USFL faded away. Plans for the league to resume in the fall of 1986 were never brought up.
    1987 - The BBWAA voted to rename the Rookie of the Year Award in honor of Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball's color barrier on the way to winning the first Rookie of the Year Award in 1947.    
    1987 – The second-longest All-Star Game in history took 3 hours, 39 minutes and 13 innings for the National League to defeat the American League in a 2-0 shutout. The game was played at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.
    1987 – The Directors Guild of America initiated a strike in Hollywood, California, against Warner Brothers and Columbia Pictures at 6:00 a.m. At 6:05 a.m. on the same day, a film and television contract of agreement was reached, putting an end to the shortest strike in Hollywood history.
    1987 - Top Hits
“I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” – Whitney Houston
“Shakedown” – Bob Seger
“Songbird” – Kenny G
“All My Ex’s Live in Texas” – George Strait
    1988 – Phillies’ 3B Mike Schmidt hit his 537th career HR, passing Mickey Mantle for 7th all-time.
    1989 - "Judge Judy" Sheindlin, not yet a TV star and still a Family Court judge in New York, orders singer Tom Jones to pay $200 weekly in child support to model Katherine Berkery.
    1992 – 386BSD is released by Lynne and William Jolitz beginning the Open Source Operating System Revolution. Linus Torvalds releases his Linux soon afterwards.
    1993 - The U.S. Postal Service releases stamps honoring four Broadway musicals. The 29-cent stamps feature scenes from "My Fair Lady," "Porgy and Bess," "Show Boat" and "Oklahoma!" and are issued in first day ceremonies in New York's Times Square.
    1995 - Big heat wave in the central and eastern U.S. with all-time highs at Chicago/Midway with 106, La Crosse, WI with 108, Boston, MA, Burlington, VT both hit 100 F, South Bend, IN at 100 and Toledo, OH at 104.
    1999 - Race-based school busing in Boston ended after 25 years.
    1999 - Major League baseball umpires voted to resign and not work the final month of the season.
    2000 - A report presented to owners, “The Commissioner's Initiative: Women and Baseball,” finds women make up 46 percent of the average crowd at a big league game and urges Major League franchises to make more of an effort to market to women patrons. According to the same report, forty-three percent of women could not name a player on their home team's roster.
    2003 - In an effort to discredit U.S. Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson, who had written an article critical of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Washington Post columnist Robert Novak reveals that Wilson's wife Valerie Plame, is a CIA "operative," citing two Bush administration officials.
    2004 - The Senate voted 50-48 against a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
    2005 - Defeating their historical arch rivals, the Giants become the first team to win 10,000 games as a franchise by edging the Dodgers in Los Angeles, 4-3. The Giants, who started as the New York Gothams in 1883, have won 10,184 games, still the most in Major League history.  They have won 22 National League pennants and appeared in 19 World Series, both NL records.  The Giants' 7 World Series Championships rank second in the National League to the St. Louis Cardinals’ 11, and fifth overall behind the New York Yankees’ 27, St. Louis Cardinals’ 11, Oakland/Philadelphia Athletics’ 9, and the Boston Red Sox’ 8.
    2005 - The first-known baseball card, which is part of a children's educational game, illustrates several boys playing together in a field as one pitches a ball to another holding a bat, makes its public debut at the Smithsonian Institution. The discovery of the historic card, which was discovered in an attic in Maine, dates to the early 19th century and predates other known cards by several decades, which also refutes the claim the Abner Doubleday invented baseball (in fact, Doubleday never claimed he invented baseball).
    2011 - Neptune completed its first orbit of the sun since the planet was discovered in 1846.
    2015 - NASA's New Horizons probe reestablished contact to transmit the first close photos of Pluto and its moons.  The probe launched in 2006 and has traveled over 3 billion miles; it continued transmitting data for 16 months.



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