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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

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Actor-Producer Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio born June 30, 1959 Brooklyn, New York. Perhaps best known as TV Detective Robert Goren in Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001-2010). He first gained attention for his role as "Private Leonard 'Gomer Pyle' Lawrence" in Full Metal Jacket and may also be remembered for his role in "Men in Black" for his role Edgar "The Bug".


John Ogden Passes away
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John Ogden Passes away

“John Ogden a long time lease broker working out of his home in Rough and Ready, Northern California died on June 23, 2010. He has suffered for the last couple of years from Frontotemporal Dementia a brain disease. Bonnie, his wife, recently had to admit him to a hospital where he died. John was active in the leasing business for many years.

“He grew up in Bakersfield and was a star athlete in High School. Later he worked in the broadcasting industry and came to leasing late in his life. He had an announcer’s voice and delivery. He loved his family living in the mountains. He worked for many years with us and Bank of the West. To learn more contact Bonnie at 530-432-4743.”

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John Ogden, Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, John Ogden age 76, passed away peacefully June 23. Born in Bakersfield, he graduated from East Bakersfield High in 1951. John was an outstanding athlete in basketball and track and field. John excelled in the sales and management of the radio business. He was in the equipment leasing business. John is survived by his wife of 41 years, Bonnie; daughters, Gayle Turnage, Leah Adams-Ogden and Lynn Ogden Snyder; son, Daryl Ogden; brother, Jerry Ogden; sister, Judy Blanton; 12 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be held at a later date to be determined. Chapel of the Angels Mortuary & Crematory (530) 273-2446



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GE Capital Celebrates Financial Bill Regulation

While the financial bill awaits the final votes, there is still compromises and changes being made, but it sure looks like a Happy Fourth of July. It appears the $7.14 million GE spent the first quarter lobbying in Washington, DC has paid off. For the record, they spent $6.8 million the fourth quarter of last year. Put this in perspective, GE spent $4.54 the first quarter of 2009.

Several of the large companies such as Caterpillar and GE have lobbied the financial bill and have been successful in an amendment that restricts the Federal Reserve oversight to companies "predominantly engaged" in financial services.

This means companies defined as having 85% of their annual revenue or consolidated assets coming from activities related to finance.

GE Capital skates under the guideline as only 83% of GE's consolidated assets at the end of the first quarter.

It should be noted that a large portion of the financing is for products that GE manufacturers or distribute, although the Monitor ranks GE Capital the largest leasing company in the world. It is also true that the GE financial unit has often accounted for half the company's profits.

In the last 18 months, GE has stated they are "shrinking" GE Capital. Executives have said that GE Capital cost the company its top-level triple-A credit rating and forced it to cut its dividend. The mortgage and real estate division was the first to experience the "shrinkage."


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Cloud Based Computing:
Equipment Leasing Challenges

by Jim Plautz

Cloud Based Computing, also known as software as a service, above property, or Web-based software, is the current craze; the number one trend at HITEC 2010 in Orlando according to one industry analyst. It is also become popular due to the low cost of storage where at one time Sun Microsystems did not have a main frame but computers connected to a main base, just as today Facebook, Google, MySpace, and Yahoo allow users for free to maintain email, web sites, and other material. There are also applications for wireless telephones to share music, photos, from your own private “cloud,” meaning off site storage. This also has other commercial applications for telephone systems as well as other communication for corporations, hotels, and industry, connection at very low costs from around the world via the World Wide Web.

Cloud based computing is here to stay and it’s imperative that the leasing industry adapts in order to participate in its growth. Lenders must view Cloud Based Computing as an opportunity.

A very good example comes from hoteliers to enter into ‘Managed Service Agreements’ for triple play services; voice, data and video. Hoteliers are demanding a "No Cap-Ex, Sign and Drive" product offering for up to 60 months. “Service providers around the globe see triple play services not merely as a means of increasing top-line revenue, but as a means of self-preservation”, says a new study by Infonetics Research. Network operators are redefining and realigning themselves to be the one-stop shop for all things digital for residential and commercial subscribers. Forty percent of capital expenditure budgets are going into triple play service infrastructure. They believe triple play services will give them the competitive edge they need to succeed. Cloud Based Computing is an integral part of this trend and further emphasizes the need for the equipment leasing industry to adapt to this evolving service model.

Let’s take a look at the new challenges offered by Cloud Based Leasing, using a phone system for a 100 room hotel as our example. The hotel has decided to purchase a Cloud Based System and will receive a monthly license fee covering the cost of the services they use. However, the telephone vendor wants to be paid for the equipment up front to avoid cash flow problems; vendors are not accustomed to financing the purchase of their system. They want to be paid up front by the hotel owner or by the equipment leasing company. This begs the following questions.

1. What can be leased? Traditionally, the hotel would lease hardware, software installation and training expense. Some leasing companies allow you to roll in the cost of the service contract. Now, it’s unclear as to what the hotel owns and what they can lease. Certainly they can lease the telephones, console and other on-site equipment, but what about the rest? On-site equipment might be only 30% of the total system. How will the hotel finance the remaining 70%?

2. Where’s the asset? Leasing documents normally specify a location for the equipment and require notification if the location changes. Where does the PBX reside? Lenders are leery about leasing equipment that is spread out among multiple locations, particularly in situations where the location of the PBX is fluid.

3. What can the lessor repossess if the lessee stops making lease payments? Traditionally, the lessor takes the entire PBX, including software, and can resell the software to a 3rd party. Will the license transfer? What if the 3rd party wants a traditional PBX?

4. Who will host the Cloud Based System? What are their qualifications? Today, lenders want to know about the vendor. How long have they been in the business? Will they be around to provide hardware and software support? Lenders will still want to look at the vendor, but now they might have an additional party involved, particularly for Hosted services. What are the qualifications of the company hosting the service? Have they done this before?

5. What if the central system crashes, for whatever reason? Equipment failure, software glitches, storms, virus, whatever; what if the system doesn’t work for an extended period of time (as defined by the lessee)? The lessee purchases a new system and stops making lease payments. This can happen today, but there are more culpable parties with a Cloud Based System. Either way, the lessor is left holding the bag. They can sue, but even if they win, they lose if they are forced to go to court. There is also a higher likelihood courts will side with the customer.

6. What happens when the lease expires? The client currently owns the entire system and is entitled to service and maintenance as long as he upgrades to current software levels. Is this true with Cloud Based System? What about the portion of the Service contract that covers trunk charges? Who pays for future software upgrades?

7. What type of lease is appropriate for Cloud Based Systems? Most leases today are Capital Lease; 36-60 month $1.00 or 10% buyout at lease expiration. This means that the asset appears on the balance sheet for tax purposes, the lease term is 75% of the equipment life and the lessee owns the equipment for tax purposes. Is this still true? If not, are Fair Market Leases more appropriate? If so, how does the lessor calculate residual value?

Conclusion: The purpose of this article is to identify some of the issues that must be addressed if equipment leasing is to successfully adapt to challenges and seize the opportunities created by Cloud Based Computing. Successfully meeting these challenges is important to both the leasing industry and growth of Cloud Based Computing. The author is currently working with major vendors to develop programs that address these issues as well as the functional issues of Cloud Based Computing. These issues are solvable, particularly if the vendor’s delivery model is initially established with these leasing issues in mind. There is nothing more beautiful than cirrus clouds forming a halo around the setting sun. It can be that way for the leasing industry.

Jim Plautz is president of Greenman Funding, involved in construction loans and permanent financing and Gemco Leasing since 1994, specializing in leasing telephone and computer systems to the Hospitality market. For twenty years he owned and managed large telephone systems. Prior he was was responsible for corporate computer and telephone systems for Blount. Jim has authored three fiction novels, each with three themes; suspense, business and sports (Golf, Tennis & Basketball).


Tuna Shoelaces
by Christopher Menkin

As more cities, counties, and state government lay off employees the end of this month, Friday, unemployment figures will jump this summer. It is also not just political subdivisions, but schools as reported in News Briefs that 174 California school districts on the fiscally troubled list.

State schools chief Jack O'Connell said the number of California school districts on fiscal shaky ground has increased 38 percent since January.

"Schools today are facing a period of unprecedented fiscal crisis," he said.

O'Connell said that public education in California received $17 billion less in state funding than anticipated over the last two years. Other states are recording the same deficits.

UC Berkeley business school professor Laura Tyson, a top Democrat, economic official in the Clinton administration, and being considered for Obama's budget czar, according to insiders, said the current "jobs gap" between the number of jobs the economy is producing and full employment is about 11 million. Even if job growth surged to 350,000 a month, it would take four years to get the unemployment rate to where it was before the recession began in December 2007.

If job growth is at a more modest 200,000 a month, it would take 11 years.

Any prognostications also do not take the slowdown affecting Europe as well as Asia.

This affects all growth and without it, the financing industry is affect not only in stagnation from lack of expansion, but also in credit already extended to both consumers and business alike.

The 1940’s/50’s comedy team of Abbott and Costello is perhaps best know for “Who’s on First?” as well as the internet “Costello buys a computer,” a take-off on “Who’s on First?” My favorite is one I thought was ridiculous when I first heard it, as it really made me laugh, but it hits home today.

Abbott was trying to sell Costello a pair of shoelaces and he told him if he didn’t buy the pair of shoelaces, whether he needed them now or not (Costello said he didn’t need them), THAT Abbott WOULD not be able to have enough to pay the person who distributed the shoelaces, who sold it to him---and the guy then couldn’t afford to have lunch, so the waitress wouldn’t get her tip, the lunch business would be down at the dinner, and the Tuna boat Captain wouldn’t be able to buy his kids new shoes because he couldn’t sell the fish he caught for the tuna fish sandwich the waitress didn’t serve to the distributor Abbott couldn’t pay because Costello didn’t buy the last pair of shoe laces.

I realized the Abbott and Costello comedy routine made fun of the economic ripple effect. But with unemployment and lack of confidence continuing, the fall out of the construction industry, houses not selling, banks tightening credit, smaller banks going out of business, less tax money coming in and therefore city, county, and states were cutting back, letting employees go, less services, and all of a sudden the economy is down because Costello didn’t buy a pair of shoe laces.

Do something for the economy this July 4th. Not only enjoy it, but please spend some money!!!



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Sales Make it Happen --- by Steve Chriest

Myth Of The Sales Personality

The so-called “sales personality” is a myth. Belief in this myth may be as responsible for bad hiring and disastrous promotions by employers, and poor performance by salespeople and sales managers, as anything else in the sales talent management equation.

When managers want to hire sales superstars, they tend to hire people with stereotypical sales personalities – people who are outgoing, talkative, personable and gregarious. And because sales managers – for a host of reasons – prefer this personality type for their teams, they convince themselves that customers will prefer them as well.

Unfortunately, the traits that make up the “sales personality” have little to do with success in the game of sales. It doesn’t hurt, of course, when a salesperson has a pleasant, extroverted personality, but there are lots of outgoing, talkative, personable and gregarious people in the world with pleasant, extroverted personalities. Some are teachers, some are physicians, attorneys, plumbers and circus performers. But just because these folks share some pleasing personality traits doesn’t mean they have the talent or competencies to succeed as sales professionals.

Anyone who has ever hired a salesperson can cite an example of a “sales personality” who failed. Hiring Mary, “Miss Personality Plus”, was a sure bet. Talk about quintessential sales personality traits! Mary had them all. Everyone loved her, especially her customers. Mary could stroll in to see any of her customers, almost anytime, for a casual conversation. No one would think of treating Mary unkindly.

There was only one problem with Mary – she never closed a large order. Mary was a terrific schmoozer. She talked in great detail about her company’s products with her customers, and most customers revealed valuable, “inside information” to Mary. Despite these good relations, Mary’s customers always awarded their largest orders to her biggest competitors.

Mary is a classic example of the disconnect between personality traits and success in the sales profession. Although Mary’s company believed in skills training for their salespeople, the training never helped Mary recognize sales opportunities or close those opportunities. She had a great personality, but she lacked the innate talent, competencies and tendencies to sell a warm blanket to an Eskimo who is wearing only a T shirt in an ice storm.

The manager who hired Mary, unfortunately, used an “off-the-shelf” personality test as the primary methodology for evaluating Mary as a new hire. It is rapidly becoming clear among prominent personnel psychologists that personality tests, while useful in describing personality traits or emotional intelligence, are poor predictors of job performance. These psychologists concluded that “the validities of personality measures are so low that using them for selecting employees should be questioned.”

Instead of measuring Mary’s personal characteristics, the hiring manager could have used a tool to measure the competencies, conduct, traits and temperament that predict actual job behavior. It is critical to know whether Mary can do the job, and to predict with a high degree of accuracy whether or not Mary will do the job.

A statistically validated performance assessment could have given the manager visibility into Mary’s work DNA. How is Mary wired? Does she have high potential for job success as measured against the performance of proven, successful sales professionals? Is she a potential leader? How would her strengths and weaknesses affect performance of the job? To maximize her potential, how should Mary be coached?

A statistically validated performance assessment would have revealed to the manager that Mary, a very nice person with a charming personality, did not possess the innate talent to perform the job she was hired to do. It would have revealed that Mary’s temperament and natural work conduct were incompatible with the on-the-job behavior required for success.

Mary’s failure at her job could have been predicted with 85% accuracy by a performance assessment designed to measure narrow job-related competencies. In Mary’s case, belief in the myth of the “sales personality” caused an unfortunate hire and poor job performance by someone with talents, work behaviors and temperament that were better suited to another job.

About the author: Steve Chriest is the founder of Selling UpTM (, a sales consulting firm specializing in sales improvement for organizations of all types and sizes in a variety of industries. He is also the author of Selling The E-Suite, The Proven System For Reaching and Selling Senior Executives and Five Minute Financial Analyst, Basic Finance & Analysis Tools for Non-Accountants. You can reach Steve at

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Former President of xélan, Inc. Found Guilty of Tax Fraud
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The United States Attorney’s Office announces that United States District Court Judge Jeffrey T. Miller found former xélan, Inc. president Lewis Donald Guess guilty on two felony counts of filing false income tax returns. According to court documents, Guess, a dentist, owned and controlled the Xelan Family of Companies, which specialized in financial planning and aggressive tax management for medical professionals. Guess also controlled the xélan Foundation, which purported to be a public charity.

After a week-long trial, Judge Miller found that Guess filed false and fraudulent U.S. Individual Income Tax Returns for the calendar years 2001 and 2002 by falsely claiming that he donated $800,000 worth of stock to the xélan Foundation, a charity that he controlled. According to the guilty verdicts, the transaction was “illusory” and Guess operated a “shell game” where he “reaped the profits.”

“On the honesty of individual tax payers the integrity of a voluntary tax system exclusively depends,” said Attorney for the United States Attorney Kevin J. Kelly.

“Dr. Guess, a medical professional who had full control of a non-profit charitable entity, undermined the integrity of our U.S. tax system by falsely claiming a $800,000 donation in stock to an entity that he also fully controlled,” said Leslie P. DeMarco, Special Agent in Charge for IRS-Criminal Investigation in the Los Angeles Field Office. “The guilty verdicts demonstrates to all honest taxpayers that they should not have to assume the burden for those individuals who intentionally file false tax returns and cheat the government.”

Judge Miller set a sentencing date for September 16, 2010 at 9:00 a.m.

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Today in History

1978-Willie McCovey of the San Francisco Giants became the 12th player in major league history to hit 500 home runs. His milestone blast came off pitcher Jamie Easterly of the Atlanta Braves, but the Giants lost, 10-9


This Day in American History

    1629-- The settlers of Salem, Mass. appointed Samuel Skelton as their pastor, by ballot. Their church covenant, afterward composed by Skelton, established Salem as the first non-separating congregational Puritan Church in New England. They had arrived on June 27 as the first settlers of Massachusetts Bay Colony, entering Salem Harbor. Led by John Winthrop, they were 900 strong, and arrived in five ships.
    1712- Head of the Pennsylvania colony, William Penn, 67, suffers a massive stroke and is rendered almost completely helpless. His second wife, Hannah Callowhill Penn, 41, convinces (some say bribed) colony officials to not notice that she guides Penn's hand in signing colonial documents. She goes on to rule the colony in Penn's name for 6 years and then another eight in her own name. She had been pregnant with their second of eight children when the couple embarked on the 3-month ship voyage from England to the New World in 1699. William Penn died at age 73 July 30, 1718. Penn's will gives full control of the colony and his fortune to his widow, Hannah, and she will govern it for 8 more years for a total of almost 14 years. (What? You didn't read that in your history books??? She fights Indians, corrupt politicians, and the British King but she does not give up her right to govern what becomes the Keystone state. The most serious challenge comes from Penn s oldest son by his first marriage who seeks to set aside his father's will. Hannah successfully fights the suit. She dies in 1726 from a stroke at age 55. Of the 13 original colonies, two of them were governed by women through crucial years: Margaret Brent in Maryland and Hanna Penn in Pennsylvania.
    1768-Birthday of Elizabeth Kortright Monroe, wife of James, bravely ended elaborate, time-consuming social call obligations of the Presidential family. Such calls were so important that they were even discussed at a Presidential cabinet meeting.
    1812-The Treasury notes bearing interest were authorized by an act of Congress. The president was authorized to issue treasury notes to an amount not exceeding $5 million. The interest was fixed at “five and two-fifth per centum a year.”
    1859- Conquest of Niagara Falls. Charles Blondin, a French acrobat and aerialist (whose real name was Jean Francois Gravelet), in view of a crowd estimated at more than 25,000 persons, walked across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. the walk required only about five minutes. On separate occasions he crossed blindfold, pushing a wheelbarrow, carrying a man of his back and even on stilts. Blondin was born Feb. 28, 1824, at St. Omer, France, and died at London, England, Feb. 19, 1897.
    1862 - The Seven Days' Battles continues at Glendale (White Oak Swamp), Virginia, as Robert E. Lee has a chance to deal a decisive blow against George B. McClellan's Army of the Potomac. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia had already won the Seven Days' Battles, but the Confederates' attempt to rout McClellan cost many Southern casualties. The Seven Days' Battles were the climax of McClellan's Peninsular campaign. For two months, the Union army sailed down Chesapeake Bay and then inched up the James Peninsula. In late June, the two forces began a series of clashes in which McClellan became unnerved and began to retreat to his base at Harrison's Landing on the James River. Lee hounded him on the retreat. On June 30, Lee plotted a complex attack on the Yankees as they backed down the peninsula. He hoped to hit the front, flank, and rear of the Union army to create confusion and jam the escape routes. Those attacks did not succeed, as they required precise timing. Lee's own generals were confused, the attacks developed slowly, and they made only temporary ruptures in the Federal lines. Most disappointing for Lee was the performance of General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. Jackson was coming off a brilliant campaign in the Shenandoah Valley, but he showed little of his skill during the Seven Days' Battles. His corps halted at the edge of White Oak Swamp, and he focused his attention on taking a bridge from the Yankees. His officers located fords that would have allowed his men to bypass the bottleneck, but Jackson stayed put. This allowed the Union to move troops from Jackson's sector of the battlefield to halt a Confederate attack in another area. Lee's failure at Glendale permitted McClellan's army to fall back to higher, more defensible locations. The next day, July 1, Lee assaulted Malvern Hill and his army suffered tremendous casualties in the face of a withering Union artillery barrage.
    1863-the first civil War bloodshed north of the Mason-Dixon Line was a battle that took place between Brigadier General Judson Kilprick's 3 rd Cavalry Division, Army of the Potomac, and Major General James Ewell Brown Stuart's Cavalry Division, Army of Northern Virginia, at Hanover, PA. About 11,000 troops were in this cavalry and artillery engagement, which resulted in more than 300 casualties. The battle was one of the determining factors that enabled the North to win the battle at Gettysburg, PA, in July, 1863.
    1864-Congress levied a system of placing stamps on each package of cigarettes to indicate payment of tax.
    1864-Salmon P. Chase resigned from the Senate in 1861 to become the 25th Secretary of the Treasury as the Civil War began. He served for President Lincoln in that capacity from March 7, 1861 until June 30, 1864. when he again resigned. He helped build and establish the National Banking System in 1863, was not in favor of paper money without "tender." As a note of trivia, he was a very religious man and it was at his demand that paper and coin have printed on it:
“In God we trust.” Never truly accepting his defeat at the 1860 Republican National Convention, throughout his term at the Treasury department Chase repeatedly attempted to curry favor over Lincoln for another run at the Presidency in 1864. Chase had attempted to gain leverage over Lincoln three previous times by threatening resignation (which Lincoln declined largely on account of his need for Chase's work at Treasury), but with the 1864 nomination secured and the financial footing of the United States Government in solid shape, in June 1864 to Chase's great surprise Lincoln accepted his fourth resignation offer. Partially to placate the Radical wing of the party following the resignation, however, Lincoln mentioned Chase as an able Supreme Court nominee. Several months later, upon Roger B. Taney's death in 1864 Lincoln nominated him as the Chief Justice of the United States, a position which Chase held from 1864 until his death in 1873. In great contrast with Taney, shortly after taking office Chase allowed the first African-American attorney to gain admittance to practice before the Court.
    1864--President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Land Grant, Senate Bill 203. The legislation provided California with 39,000 acres of the Yosemite Valley and the nearby Mariposa Big Tree Grove "upon the express conditions that the premises shall be held for public use, resort, and recreation."
    1865- Danteste (or Tah-Des-Te) was an Apache woman warrior. It was not at all uncommon for girls to choose the warrior's way in several of the matrilineal governed Indian societies - as some men chose to be wives to other men, or to raise children, etc. Danteste was regarded as a great warrior and hunter. She was a mediator between Geronimo and the U.S. Calvary. She died in 1925.
    1868-- Mabel Cratty - U.S. Social worker and general secretary of the National Board of the Young Women's Christian Association. Under her leadership the organization went from 300 branches to 1,300.
    1870-The first law school graduate who was a woman was Ada H. Kepley of Effingham, IL, who was graduated from the Union College of Law, Chicago, IL.
    1879-The first electric company organized to produce and sell electricity was the California Electric Light Company, San Francisco, CA, organized this day. In September, 1879, it furnished current from a central generating station for light Brush arc light lamps.
    1896-The first eclectic stove was a one-ring spiral-coiled conductor invented by William S. Hadey, Jr. of New York City, who obtained a patent this day. It provided a uniform surface distribution of heat.
    1906-The Pure Food and Drug Act was passed. It prohibited the sale of adulterated foods and drugs and demanded an honest statement of contents on labels. Dr. Harvey W. Wiley was mainly responsible for pointing up the necessity for this act. On the same day a Meat Inspection Act was passed by Congress. It was the result of the Reynolds and Neil report of June 4, which revealed shockingly unclean conditions in meat-packing plants. The Meat Inspection Act required sanitary conditions and federal inspection for all plants in interstate commerce.
    1906-- John Hope becomes 1st black president of Morehouse College. He also became president of Atlanta University.
    1909—The first delivery of the coin bearing the likeness of a president was delivered to the Cashier of the Mint, and distribution began on August 2. The coin bore a likeness of President Abraham Lincoln, designed by Victor David Brenner and based on a photograph taken in 1864 by Mathew B. Brady. The coinage began at the Mint in Philadelphia, PA.
    1912-Birthday of Daniel Farrell (Dan) Reeves, Pro Football Hall of Fame executive, born at New York, NY. The heir to a chain of grocery stores, Reeves purchased the Cleveland Rams of the NFL in 1941. The team won the NFL title in 1945 but faltered financially. Reeves got the approval of his fellow owners to move the franchise to Los Angeles, the first major league team in any sport to play on the West coast. The Rams survived a challenge from the AAFC while Reeves broke the league's color barrier and pioneered the use of television. Inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967. Died at New York, April 15, 1971.
    1917—Actress, singer, legendary personality Lena Horne born in Brooklyn, New York. She began her career at 16 as a chorus girl at the Cotton Club in Harlem, appeared in the movies Cabin in the Sky and Stormy Weather & has Broadway career culminating in her one woman show. Horne was a strong civil rights advocate, refusing to perform in clubs where African-Americans were not admitted and marching during the civil rights movement in the 1960s.
    1921-The first former president to become chief justice of the Supreme Court was William Howard Taft, who was appointed chief justice on June 30, 1921. he resigned on February 3, 1930, a few weeks before his death.
    1922--Fiddlers Eck Robertson and Henry C. Gilliland made what are believed to be the first discs ever recorded by Southern country musicians. Following a Confederate reunion in Virginia, Robertson and Gilliland, dressed as Western plainsmen, traveled to New York. They recorded six titles for the Victor Company, some of which were released in April 1923.
    1930-Catholic saints who were active in North America were canonized in a three-day celebration commencing this day. Each of those canonized was credited with having performed two miracles and having met a heroic death. Among them were two laymen, Rene Gloupil and John Lalande, and six Jesuit priests: Isaac Jogues, John De Brebeuf, Noel Chabanel, Anthony Daniel, Gabriel Lalemant, and Charles Gamier. The Pontifical Mass was calibrated at the Vatican by Archbishop Forbes of Ottawa, Canada.
    1934-Emperor Norton I reburied in Woodlawn Cemetery, Colma by citizens of San Francisco, including The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus. Norton I was buried January 10, 1880 at Masonic Cemetery. The funeral cortege was two miles long. 10,000 people turned out for the funeral. Masonic Cemetery which was located between Turk, Fulton, Parker and Masonic Streets on what is today parts of the University of San Francisco. The cemetery was moved to the Woodland Memorial Park in Colma, San Mateo County. During the period from 1852 to the mid 1940s the Big Four cemetery neighborhoods, Laurel Hill, Calvary, Masonic and Odd Fellows, covered Laurel Heights, Jordan Park and Long Mountain, and were moved, 5,600 alone from the Masonic Cemetery, including Emperor Norton I (35,000 from Laurel Hill to Cypress Lawn) as wells as Jewish, Greek, and others 1800's small cemeteries.
    1936-Congress enacted the first 40 hour work week, primarily for “workers on government contracts,” with the requirement of compensation of overtime over in excess of over eight hours each day. The act was known as the Walsh-Healy Act.
    1936 --Folksinger Dave Van Ronk born in Brooklyn, NY; nicknamed the "Mayor of MacDougal Street." He was a pioneer of instrumental ragtime guitar, as well as an early supporter of Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell, among many others. Van Ronk was very influential on the music scene in New York City in the 1960s.Died February 10, 2002.
    1939 - Frank Sinatra made his first appearance with Harry James' band. Sinatra was center stage at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore, MD, where he sang My Love for You. He was a winner of a very popular radio show talent show, similar to today's "American Idol."
    1942 - The temperature at Portland, OR, hit 102 degrees, an all-time record for that location.
    1946-The first atomic bomb dropped from an airplane was released from Dave's Dream, an Air Force B-29 Superfortress over the Bikini Lagoon in the Pacific Ocean.
    1948-The transistor was invented at he Bell Telephone Laboratories, Murray Hill, NY by John Bardeen, Walter Houser Brattain, and William Schockley. The first demonstration took place this day. The essential element of the device was a tiny waver of germanium, a semiconductor. Transistors perform the same functions as vacuum tubes, but occupy a fraction of the space and operate on greatly reduced amounts of power. The three inventors shared the Nobel Prize for physics in 1956. The transistor enabled the growth of the electronic industry.
    1943--Florence Ballard of the Supremes was born in Detroit. The three original Supremes - Ballard, Diana Ross and Mary Wilson - grew up together in a housing project. Through a friendship with members of the Temptations, the trios, then calling themselves the Primettes, were introduced to Berry Gordy, who signed them to Motown in 1961. It was Florence Ballard who suggested a change of name for the group - to the Supremes. It wasn't until their 10th single, "Where Did Our Love Go," in 1964 that the Supremes hit the top of the charts. Other number-one records for the Supremes that year included "Baby Love" and "Come See About Me." Diana Ross gradually emerged as the star of the group, and this and other problems led to Florence Ballard's departure from the Supremes in 1967. She later sued Ross and Berry Gordy, alleging she had been forced out of the group. Ballard lost the suit, and when she died three years later of cardiac arrest at the age of 32, she and her three children were living on welfare.
    1948-The Federal Communication department authorized telephone recording devices that produced a distinctive “beep” signal at regular intervals, to let those taking part in the conversation known that their voices were being recorded. Recording devices had been used previously by government and business.
    1948-Congress enacted the Water Pollution Control Act, which took effect this day. It provided funds for sewage treatment systems and pollution research and empowered the Justice Department to file suit against t polluters.
    1948- Canadian folk and country singer Murray McLauchlan was born in Paisley, Scotland. Brought to Canada at age five, McLauchlan began his career in coffee houses in Toronto's Yorkville district when he was 17. The success of his "Farmer's Song" in 1973 resulted in the first of his annual concert tours across Canada, and appearances in the US. "Farmer's Song," which won a gold record award for sales, also gave McLauchlan Juno Awards in 1973 for best folk single, best country single and composer of the year. He also won Junos in 1976, '77 and '79 for best male country singer.
    1949---Top Hits
Some Enchanted Evening - Perry Como
Again - Gordon Jenkins
Bali Ha'i - Perry Como
One Kiss Too Many - Eddy Arnold
    1950-A naval blockage of the Korean coast and the use of U.S. ground forces were authorized by President Harry S. Truman. the president had received the approval of Congress and the UN Security Council on June 27 to order US forces to South Korea to repel the North Korean invasion. While the war was to halt the invasion of communists, it was very unpopular in the United States and with inflation, the high deficit, Truman's popularity was at an old time low. On July 1, the first U.S. ground forces land in Korea, August 4, US. Army calls up 62,000 enlisted reservists for 21 months of duty, and September 8, emergency powers over the entire national economy were granted to President Truman under the Defense Production Act.
    1951-Rock and jazz bass player Stanley Clarke was born in Philadelphia. Following stints with such well-known jazz artists as Art Blakey, Gil Evans and the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, Clark and pianist Chick Corea formed a jazz-rock group called Return to Forever in 1972. The group's albums were popular, but Return to Forever disbanded in 1976. Clarke joined Rolling Stones guitarists Keith Richards and Ron Woods in 1979 for a North American tour as the New Barbarians. Among their appearances were two charity concerts for the blind in Oshawa, Ontario. The concerts were in lieu of a jail sentence for Richards on heroin possession charges.
    1952 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Delicado," Percy Faith Orchestra.
    1953-The first sports car with a plastic laminated fiberglass body was the Chevrolet Corvette, produced this day at Flint, MI, by the Chevrolet Motor Division of the General Motors Corporation. The list price was $3,250, including a 1953 power glide automatic transmission as standard equipment. The car was only 333 inches at the door (body height), 70 inches wide, and 167 inches long on a 102 inch wheelbase. Its curb weight was approximately 2,900 pounds. It was the “hottest” car of the generation, before foreign sports cars overtook its sleekness and speed.
    1956-The first airline disaster involving more than 100 persons occurred when a Trans World Airlines Super constellation on route from Los Angeles to Kansas City collided with a united Air Lines DC-7 traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago and Newark. The accident took place over the Grand Canyon in Arizona. There were 128 deaths.
    1957-Buddy Holly records "Peggy Sue". In real life, she was Peggy Sue Gerron, the girlfriend of Crickets drummer Jerry Allison. The song was initially titled "Cindy Lou", but Allison convinced Buddy to change the title just before the recording session. Allison and Gerron were later married.
    1962-Pat Boone's "Speedy Gonzales" enters the Billboard Hot 100 where it will reach #6. It was a song that Pat had to plead with his producer Randy Wood to let him record after he had first heard it in The Philippines. The tune would prove to be Boone's last Top 40 entry after a run of 7 years and 37 other hit singles. In 2010, "Speedy Gonzales" was used heavily by Canadian cellular telephone company Telus in a television commercial.
    1965-The first hotel built over a pier was the Flagship Hotel, Galveston, Texas. The hotel containing 240 rooms, was built on a pier 1,500 feet long and 340 feet wide, extending into the Gulf of Mexico.
    1957---Top Hits
Love Letters in the Sand - Pat Boone
Teddy Bear - Elvis Presley
It's Not for Me to Say - Johnny Mathis
Four Walls - Jim Reeves
    1961--- Whitey Ford becomes the first pitcher in American League history to win eight games in one month. 'Slick's' complete-game 5-1 victory over the Senators is the Yankees' 22nd win in June.
    1962 - Los Angeles Dodger, Sandy Koufax, pitched his first no-hitter in a game against the New York Mets. Koufax would throw three more no-hitter games before retiring in 1966.
    1965---Top Hits
Mr. Tambourine Man - The Byrds
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
Wonderful World - Herman's Hermits
Before You Go - Buck Owens
    1966-The National Organization for Women (NOW) was founded at Washington, DC, by people attending the Third National Conference on the Commission on the Status of Women. NOW's purpose is to take action to bring women into full partnership in the mainstream of American society, exercising all privileges and responsibilities in equal partnership with men.
    1966—Birthday of Louis Raymond (Louie) Agular, football player, born, Livermore, CA.
    1966 - The Supremes make the studio recording of "You Keep Me Hangin' On." The song tops Billboard's Hot 100 for two weeks and R&B singles chart for four weeks.
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Troop C, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division. place and date: Republic of Vietnam, 30 June 1966. Entered service at: Ashland, Ky. Born: 27 August 1939, Blackfork, Ohio. G.O. No.: 13, 4 April 1968. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Troops B and C, while conducting a reconnaissance mission along a road were suddenly attacked by a Viet Cong regiment, supported by mortars, recoilless rifles and machine guns, from concealed positions astride the road. Sgt. Long abandoned the relative safety of his armored personnel carrier and braved a withering hail of enemy fire to carry wounded men to evacuation helicopters. As the platoon fought its way forward to resupply advanced elements, Sgt. Long repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire at point blank range to provide the needed supplies. While assaulting the Viet Cong position, Sgt. Long inspired his comrades by fearlessly standing unprotected to repel the enemy with rifle fire and grenades as they attempted to mount his carrier. When the enemy threatened to overrun a disabled carrier nearby, Sgt. Long again disregarded his own safety to help the severely wounded crew to safety. As he was handing arms to the less seriously wounded and reorganizing them to press the attack, an enemy grenade was hurled onto the carrier deck. Immediately recognizing the imminent danger, he instinctively shouted a warning to the crew and pushed to safety one man who had not heard his warning over the roar of battle. Realizing that these actions would not fully protect the exposed crewmen from the deadly explosion, he threw himself over the grenade to absorb the blast and thereby saved the lives of 8 of his comrades at the expense of his life. Throughout the battle, Sgt. Long's extraordinary heroism, courage and supreme devotion to his men were in the finest tradition of the military service, and reflect great credit upon himself and the U.S. Army.
    1966-The Beatles appear at the first of three concerts at Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo, Japan. Amateur recordings of the performance quickly became available as a bootleg album known as "Three Nights in Tokyo".
    1970—Riverfront Stadium Opens. The Cincinnati Reds opened their new home, Riverfront Stadium, with a game against the Atlanta Braves. 51,050 fans packed the new park, but Henry Aaron hit a home run for Atlanta in the first inning, and the Braves won, 8-2. Riverfront Stadium later became known as Cinergy Field.
    1971 - The United States Supreme Court ruled that the "Pentagon Papers," documents on American involvement in the Vietnam War, could be published; the Nixon government had tried to suppress them.
    1971 - The 26th Amendment to the Constitution, lowering the minimum voting age to 18, was ratified as Ohio became the 38th state to approve it.
    1971-Paul Revere and the Raiders receive a Gold record for their only US #1 hit, "Indian Reservation".
    1972 - The entire state of Pennsylvania was declared a disaster area as a result of the catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Agnes, which claimed 48 lives, and caused 2.1 billion dollars damage.
    1973---Top Hits
Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth) - George Harrison
Will It Go Round in Circles - Billy Preston
Kodachrome - Paul Simon
Don't Fight the Feelings of Love - Charley Pride
    1974 - "Jaws'" famous July 4th scene was filmed. Until Steven Spielberg was satisfied, a crowd of 400 screaming, panicking extras in bathing suits ran from the water.
    1974 - Mrs. Alberta King, mother of the late Martin Luther King, was assassinated during a church service The murder happened as she sat at the organ in the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. The Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr., struck by the violent deaths of his two sons and by the tragic death of his wife Alberta, said at her funeral service on July 3, “I cannot hate any man.”
    1974 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Rock the Boat," The Hues Corporation.
    1975- Cher and Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band were married. She had been divorced from Sonny Bono only several days. Nine days after marrying Allman, Cher was again suing for divorce.
    1977- The theatrical rock group Kiss released a comic book of themselves. The story that band members contributed some of their blood to the printing ink undoubtedly helped boost sales past
    1978-Willie McCovey of the San Francisco Giants became the 12 th player in major league history to hit 500 home runs. His milestone blast came off pitcher Jamie Easterly of the Atlanta Braves, but the Giants lost, 10-25
    1981---Top Hits
Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
A Woman Needs Love (Just like You Do) - Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio
The One that You Love - Air Supply
Blessed are the Believers - Anne Murray
    1983-After a ten year split, The Everly Brothers announced that they would be reuniting. The pair had parted company after Phil smashed his guitar and walked off the stage during a 1973 performance.
    1985 - After 4,625 performances, Yul Brynner left his role as the King of Siam in "The King and I." The show had run at the Broadway Theatre in New York City, on and off, for over 34 years. Less than four months later, Brynner was dead of lung cancer at the age of 65. Brynner had opened in "The King and I" on Broadway in 1951. He also starred in the 1956 movie version.
    1985 - For the 13th time since 1972, the world's official timekeeping atomic clock counted off one extra second at 23:59 Greenwich Mean Time, or UCT, Universal Coordinated Time, (7:59:59 p.m. in New York). The leap second was compensation for the gradual slowing down of the Earth's rotation.
    1985 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Sussudio," Phil Collins.
    1987 - Hot weather prevailed in the Pacific Northwest, with readings above 100 degrees reported as far north as southern British Columbia. Yakima, WA, reported a record high of 100 degrees, while temperatures near the Washington coast hovered near 60 degrees all day. Thunderstorms prevailed from southwest Texas to New England. Thunderstorm winds gusting to 100 mph at Gettysburg, PA, killed one person. High winds and large hail caused more than five million dollars damage to property and crops in Lancaster County, PA.
    1989-26 year old Paula Abdul is the featured performer of the Club MTV: Live show in Miami. Her debut album "Forever Your Girl" is currently climbing towards the top of the Billboard chart.
@ Fillmore West in San Francisco Artist: David Singer
    1971: June 30th thru July 4th In San Francisco, the Last Days of the Fillmore West Boz Scaggs, Cold Blood, The Flamin' Groovies, Stoneground, It's a Beautiful Day, Elvin Bishop Group, Grootna, Lamb, Grateful Dead, The New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Rowan Brothers, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Hot Tuna, Yogi Phlegm, Santana, Credence Clearwater Revival, Tower of Power, San Francisco Light Works, Little Princess #109, and Heavy Water
    1988--former Beach Boy Brian Wilson released his first record in 22 years, "Love and Mercy." The album was not a commercial success. On the same date, the Beach Boys released the single "Kokomo," which went to number one.
    1989 - Winnfield, LA, reported 22.52 inches of rain in three days, and more than thirty inches for the month, a record for June. Shreveport LA received a record 17.11 inches in June, with a total for the first six months of the year of 45.55 inches. Thunderstorms also helped produce record rainfall totals for the month of June of 13.12 inches at Birmingham AL, 14.66 inches at Oklahoma City, OK, 17.41 inches at Tallahassee FL, 9.97 inches at Lynchburg, VA, and more than 10.25 inches at Pittsburgh, PA. Pittsburgh had also experienced a record wet month of May.
    1989---Top Hits
Satisfied - Richard Marx
Buffalo Stance - Neneh Cherry
Baby Don't Forget My Number - Milli Vanilli
I Don't Want to Spoil the Party - Roseanne Cash
    1994 - The U.S. Figure Skating Association stripped Tonya Harding of the 1994 national championship and banned her from the organization for life for an attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan.
    1995-- At the Metrodome, Indians' designated hitter Eddie Murray collects his 3000th career hit off Mike Trombley to become the 20th player to accomplish the feat. 'Steady Eddie' joins Pete Rose as only the second switch-hitter to reach the milestone.
    1995-- Garth Brooks buried a copy of his album "The Hits" beneath his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was the first object to be preserved underneath the walk.
    1996 - Neil Young premieres his album, "Broken Arrow" via the Internet. The album is slated for release on July 2, two days after its technologically advanced premiere.
    1998 - Linda Tripp, whose tape-and-tell friendship with Monica Lewinsky spurred a White House crisis, spent six hours testifying before a grand jury in Washington. Her revelations were about to almost bring down the presidency of the United States.
    1998 --With an eighth-inning homer against the Diamondbacks, Cubs' slugger Sammy Sosa extends his major league record for home runs in a month, hitting his 20th round-tripper in June.



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God Protects Fools with Curveballs

Going after her
Was chasing
A bad pitch,
A sharp curve
That tailed off
Into the dirt,
Evaded the end
Of my whirling bat.
Thank goodness
I only looked stupid
On the first strike.

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Tim Peeler




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