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Dwight Galloway at Gary Shiver's Navitas Lease

A press release on Thursday announced Dwight Galloway, CLP, former head of LEAF
Specialty Finance, Columbia, South Carolina has formed RLC Funding, a separate
division of Navitas Lease Corp, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.   He will start accepting
application by the end of June. RLC Funding will be working out of Columbia, South Carolina.

A full report in Leasing News' Monday edition.

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

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 Letters? We get eMail?
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   Charlie Chan Family 
 Special Summer Movie Edition
   by Fernando C. Croce
    Classified Ads---Job Search
     Los Angeles, California (Baldwin) Adopt-a-Dog
 Getting Approved at EagleRock Leasing
  by Christopher Menkin
News Briefs---
  Tornadoes leave 4 dead in Massachusetts
    More than 500 cities see more homes become rentals

Broker/Funder/Industry Lists | Features (collection)
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By: Thomas E. McCurnin*

In yet another blow to lenders in California, the California Court of Appeals ruled last month that an unlicensed lender, and its fractionalized assignees, are liable to repay illegal interest, including points. By way of backdrop, lenders doing business in California making more than one loan a year must be licensed by the Department of Corporations as a Financial Lender, or if a real estate loan, the loan needs to be arranged by a licensed real estate broker. Since this case was a real estate loan, the applicable exemption was the Department of Real Estate Broker’s license, not the Financial Lender’s law, but as a usury case, the case applies to any unlicensed loan.

The case is Creative Ventures, LLC v. Jim Ward & Associates, 2011 WL 2119698 (California Court of Appeal May 31, 2011). As is the case with many Appellate decisions, this is a mixed bag for the lender and borrower.

Facts of Case

Creative Ventures borrowed $3mm on four notes from an unlicensed lender, Jim Ward & Associates (JWA). The interest rate was around 10% but if the points were added to the principal, the rate was well above the 10% cap in California. Further complicating the issue was the fact that the note was fractionalized into numerous pieces, so the individual assignees claimed that none of them received illegal interest. Another complication was the fact that JWA represented in written materials that it was licensed, when it was not. The trial court also found fraud. Finally, the trial court ruled that the lenders were simply “mistaken” and therefore the court did not treble the interest.

Notwithstanding the favorable rulings, the trial court tagged the lender for almost $500,000 plus attorney fees.

Both parties appealed.

The Appeal

There were four issues on appeal.

1. First, does illegal interest include both the stated amount and the points? The trial court ruled that it did.

2. Second, were the investors “holders in due course” and therefore not liable for usury? The trial court ruled the investors were not liable.

3. Third, was JWA liable for fraud since it advertised that it was licensed? The trial court ruled that it was.

4. Fourth, was JWA liable for treble damages? The trial court ruled that it was not, because of its mistaken belief.

The Court of Appeal Holding

First, illegal interest includes both the stated interest charge and any points. Thus, all the loans were illegal and all interest had to be refunded

Second, the investors were not “holders in due course” since the note was not endorsed, the investors were not entitled to any portion of interest. Although the investors argued intent, the Court of Appeals found their mental state was irrelevant. The investors were therefore liable.

Third, JWA’s fraud finding was reversed. Although the representation as to licensing was clearly false, there was no evidence that the borrower was damaged in that he paid more interest as a result of the fraud or would not have borrowed the money.

Finally, the Court of Appeals affirmed the finding that no treble damages would be awarded, as the trial court found that JWA’s belief that it was licensed was credible. While California’s agency supervising this loan, the Department of Real Estate, found that the belief was not credible and a “stealth-like deception,” this finding was not binding on the trial court or the Court of Appeals.

Lessons for the Lender

▪ Get licensed. If lenders are doing personal property loans, then the appropriate licensing agency is the Department of Corporations for a California Financial Lenders License. If the lender is doing a real estate loan it must be arranged by a licensed real estate broker.

▪ A lender’s reliance on a good faith, but mistaken belief, that the lender is licensed, may not always work. Quite frankly, the lender dodged a bullet here.

▪ Don’t advertise something which is false. The lender dodged another bullet here.

▪ Disguising interest through points won’t save the lender from usury claims. If the lender has any doubts add the points to principal and run an interest calculation to ascertain what the actual interest rate is.

▪ Finally securitization and assignment won’t shield usury claims. Fractionalizing and assigning the bulk of the loan to investors will not shield the investors from usury claims. Any such investor should inquire whether the lender-assignor is properly licensed to do the transaction.

Bottom line? Get licensed.

  • Thomas E. McCurnin is a partner with Barton, Klugman & Oetting in Los Angeles and specializes in financial services and banking. He has prosecuted and defended many usury cases involving unlicensed lenders. He can be reached at

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Creative Vendurs v JWA Appeal Ruling (11 pages)


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Steve Reid, CLP, Joins Commerce National Bank

Long time leasing veteran, former Leasing News Advisory Board member, Steve Reid, CLP, joins Commercial National Bank as Vice-President/Relationship Officer.

"Steve brings to CNB nearly three decades of leasing experience and many of us know him from his twenty great years at Santa Barbara B&T," Steve Tidland, CLP, Senior Vice-President and Manager at Commercial National Bank said. " Steve will join forces with Bob Robichaud, CLP to implement a marketing program that will make it clear to the leasing/equipment finance world that CNB has money and is looking to actively invest in 'bank credit' transactions in California.

"Both Bob and Steve understand the type of business we are looking for and they will be valuable resources for lessors and brokers, from the preliminary screening of deals, through visiting with your customers when beneficial, to helping inform/educate/train your staff."

Steve was formerly with Nassau Asset Management. Previously he was Marketing Manager/VP of Marketing for LEAF, Third Party Funding/Santa Barbara Bank & Trust since 1989. He started in leasing in 1982 working for Ron Wagner at the original Heritage Leasing Corp. Prior to entering the leasing industry, Steve spent nine years selling computer system for various companies such as Burroughs and Wang Laboratories. This is where he got his first exposure to leasing as he utilized it in the sale of computer systems. He served on the UAEL (now National Equipment Finance Association) Board of Directors.

Steve is available at 714-678-5306 and

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Letters? We get eMail?

(mostly chronological)

Brendan Messenheimer of AMC Funding, Charlotte, North Carolina, with four Leasing News Alerts, charged with writing a check for $10,587.88 with insufficient funders, was to appear in court...

"Brendan had his attorney postpone his court appearance until June. I did get a chance to talk with the District Attorney. He told me that no one other than myself has pressed charges and that this would be considered a first time felony offense.

“Even if he is convicted for the felony, he would only get probation and has to repay the money over time. If he strikes a deal for a lesser crime, he would have to pay the full amount of the theft and walk free. It's a shame that he continues to get away with this kind of criminal activity."

(After many complaints from brokers and vendors with bounced checks, it is learned Brendon Job Messenheimer and his wife filed Chapter 7 Bankruptcy before other credits came after him and his main company Advanced Med Corp, Greensboro, North Carolina. As of February, he was still doing the same.)

Fourth Alert (includes first three alerts)

Rhonda Polk, Pacific Premier Bank, Nominated

“Why is this article in the leasing news?

“Pacific Premier doesn't have a leasing program, does very little equipment finance, and finances primarily real estate. They don't work with Brokers and are really very tiny as banks go….. “

(Name With Held)

(Leasing News is a "people" oriented news edition. In this regard, we don't just look at presidents of a company, but everyone, and not just in one field or another. If a person is a relative of a leasing or finance person, or involved in any aspect of the financial community and has an interesting story for readers or I think would be of interest to readers, it will get a priority over a press release about securing a new vendor or promoting new software or what I call just a "plain advertisement."

(Leasing News wants to write about people. We also like to write about women. We specially go out of our way to salute women in this business, and as the first president of a Credit Women International Chapter, who also got men involved, I specifically like to salute their contribution.

(I have never met Ms. Polk, but I can tell you she had friends who wanted me to know about her nomination and what a great person she was. I told her I was going to run the story and asked for a photo, and was glad to find an attractive woman, a black woman, too!

(As editor, I thought it was a very good story and was proud to run it.)

Kit Menkin

(P.S. Asked Rhonda if they did leasing?)

"No we don’t… not currently.

"In the small ticket space, I have been referring my leasing business to Barbara Griffith at So Cal Leasing. She has the type of Business sense and customer respect all leasing industry people should follow. Barbara works quickly and efficiently to get the job done and goes above and beyond to help the client. If LEAF were up and running again, I would put Rich Vohra on that list as well. He is very knowledgeable and his follow up is fantastic.

"For mid-ticket, Kris Dragoo at Innovative Leasing, and Bob Robichaud at Commerce National Bank. Both are direct lenders and I have a ton of respect for them. That goes without saying in Bob’s case. With Kris, Innovative got lucky when they brought her on board."

Rhonda Nicole Polk

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Another Misrepresentation from LEAF?

"I had the honor and privilege of working with Dwight Galloway… 2005 to 2008 and helped LEAF move into their new offices. When they moved in they had both the 14th and 15th floors with the data center on the 14th and managers on the 15th. The high end glass walled data center was built out for a previous tenant (IBM I think) and it would make sense to move the managers down to the 14th floor.

“Besides the extra rent it is terrible for morale to walk through a mostly empty space that was once teeming with activity. That assumes there is any morale left after the layoffs and other changes...

"I was laid off in October 2008 (along with several others in Columbia) as part of LEAF trying to reduce expenses to preserve their funding lines. I would prefer you not attribute this information to me but rather to the ubiquitous..."

"unnamed reliable source"

"Free Agents"

Kit -

"My brother has created and is running a new show on NBC (coming out this fall) at 8:30 on Wednesdays. It is called 'Free Agents' and it will be a 1/2 hour comedy.

"From the NBC site 'This crooked workplace/romantic comedy written by John Enbom (Party Down) and directed by Emmy Award winner Todd Holland (Malcolm in the Middle) proves you can try to put yourself back out there, but sometimes what you need is right in front of you. Even if it's a really bad idea.'

"For the few die-hard fans of Party Down ( that John Enbom created and wrote, there is hope in a new equally off-color comedy at NBC."

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"Ted Nuggett video is hilarious. How about that tie? Is there a way that you can send me that piece individually? I have a lot of friends in lending that would love to see Ted.

"Thank you,"

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Archives, May 18, 2007
Balboa Capital Hires Phil Silva as Executive Vice President

(April 24, 2008 he was named President---
as this 2007 release states he is primarily responsible
for expanding the vendor program and increasing direct sales)

"Please know that we have an incredible team at Balboa. It is not because of me, but because of the collective efforts of everyone at Balboa Nation. We make strides every day…”

"One hire at a time
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"I can’t say enough about our people."

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"Our client leased equipment through Colonial Leasing Company in 2000. She paid the equipment off several years ago but the UCC-1 was never satisfied. I read articles on your website which indicate that GE Capital bought Colonial Pacific Leasing and that GE Capital exited the leasing business as well. Do you have any information as to who we would contact to secure a UCC 3 from Colonial Pacific Leasing? Our client is selling the property. Thank you for any assistance you can provided."

Rebecca J. Schriver, FRP, CP
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Foerster, Isaac and Yerkes, P.A.
Jacksonville, Florida 32207
(904) 346-3160 Telephone

(There should be no Colonial Pacific UCC's active at all at this point as UCC's expire after five years, unless both parties agreed to a new UCC.

"If you are getting this information from an agency, they are trying to make some money from you. Here is a story on one, evidently no longer in business.

(Colonial Pacific Leasing ( 12/2001) to close Portland office, move to Chicago to be under one roof with other GE purchases, 500 brokers paired down to top 75 producers/250 employees effected. No more business at Portland operation after December 14th. Merry Christmas. (2/2001) closes former Tilden operation Hauppauge, NY (11/98) purchased by GE Capital 5/2000 no more re-brokered applications, except from one or two sources, such as Steve Dunham's Leasing Associates (10/98) Pitney Bowes Inc. announces it has agreed to sell its lease finance unit to the General Electric Capital Corporation, a unit of the General Electric Company, for more than $800 million in cash. The move is the latest in a year-long restructuring by Pitney Bowes, based in Stamford, Conn., a maker of postage meters, mailing systems, copiers and other equipment. The unit being sold, the Colonial Pacific Leasing Corporation, is based in Portland, Ore., and finances equipment leases through a network of 355 brokers and agents, Pitney Bowes said.

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Charlie Chan Family

The Honolulu Detective was not only wise, but prolific. Here is his entire family. While his number #1, #2, #3, and #4 sons appeared in movies with him, interesting none of his daughters went on cases along with him, to my memory.

Please send your sayings or observations you think the great Charlie Chan would say. Prizes!!

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Leasing News: Special Summer Movie Edition
By Fernando F. Croce

Summer may take its time coming around, but when it does it just about floods theaters with contenders for the crown of blockbuster of the season. As the weather warms up, we recommend a string of classic summer-themed movies (all available on Netflix) to keep viewers cool and ready for the season’s upcoming hits.

Summer of ’42 (Robert Mulligan, 1971): Almost a decade following “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Robert Mulligan directed another nostalgic tale about the lessons of growing up, focusing this time on a boy’s journey into adulthood. Told as a dreamy remembrance by the now-grown main character, the story takes place shortly after the country first entered World War II, focusing on the lonely war bride named Dorothy (Jennifer O’Neill) who becomes an object of fascination for Hermie (Gary Grimes), a teenager who’s spending the summer with his family in a nearby home. Their paths cross in an unexpected way when tragic news arrive from the front, and Hermie’s life isn’t the same afterwards. Crafted with charm and delicacy, this is one of the most sensitive coming-of-age sagas.

Summer Rental (Carl Reiner, 1985): After years of scene-stealing supporting roles, John Candy finally got his own starring vehicle in this enjoyable family comedy. Candy plays Jack Chester, a frazzled air traffic controller who takes some time off from his everyday life and takes his family to a sea resort in Florida. Unfortunately, this vacation turns out to be every bit as stressful as work, with everything from repairing the rental place to tanning at the beach going hilariously wrong. Things seem dire until a sailboat race with an obnoxious yatchsman (Richard Crenna) give Jack a chance to prove his worth to his family. Directed by comic veteran Carl Reiner ("The Jerk"), this is a perfect showcase for Candy's lovable persona and as pleasing as a day at the beach.

Stand by Me (Rob Reiner, 1986): Best known for his horror stories, Stephen King was also the author of this warm, affecting portrait of childhood friendship, which has become one of the most fondly remembered movies of the 1980s. Set in the fictional Oregon town of Castle Rock, the movie charts the events that changed the lives of a group of teenagers over the course of one Labor Day weekend in 1959. Gordie (Wil Wheaton), Chris (River Phoenix), Teddy (Corey Feldman) and Vern (Jerry O'Connell) are young friends who go on a hike in the woods seeking fame and instead finding comical and sometimes dark life lessons. A keenly observed comedy-drama, directed by Rob Reiner ("This Is Spinal Tap") and featuring a cast that includes Kiefer Sutherland, John Cusack and Richard Dreyfuss.

Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989): Never one to shy away from controversial topics, director Spike Lee had perhaps his most explosive hit with this explosive look at racial tensions during one very hot summer day in a Brooklyn neighborhood. The distinctive writer-director also stars as Mookie, the local delivery boy and one of the characters who take part in a simmering cauldron of racial tensions that reaches a boiling point over a heated argument between the African-American community and Sal (Danny Aiello), the neighborhood's Italian pizzeria owner. For an invigoratingly provocative slice of summer in the city, viewers can't go wrong with this volatile, vibrantly stylized mix of comedy and tragedy, with an exceptional ensemble that includes Giancarlo Esposito, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee and John Turturro.

(500) Days of Summer (Marc Webb, 2009): Summer here is the name not just of the season, but of the quirky young woman (played by Zooey Deschanel) with whom Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) falls in love in this brisk romantic comedy. Looking back at their 500 days of ups and downs, Tom, a greeting card writer who dreams of becoming an architect, remembers the happiness and heartbreak of love. Even though the scenario is familiar to anyone who's seen modern romantic comedies, director Marc Webb (with great help from his two talented main actors) aims for a blend of quirky comedy and heartfelt melancholy that should strike a chord with any viewer who's ever taken a ride on the rollercoaster of love.


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Getting Approved at EagleRock Leasing
by Christopher Menkin

(This is fiction; all names, places, circumstances are fictional.)

Larry walked into the credit manager’s office EagleRock Leasing, Chicago, Illinois,. Bob looked up from his desk and saw him. The office was very neat, desk extra clean, not much on it except for a small computer, pen set, a frame with a photo he could not see, and a manila folder. The walls were quite different, no room left as there were many photographs on the two walls---camping, outdoors, in military uniform with other soldiers, and some certificates he could not read from where he was entering. The third was a large window and you could see the Lake Shore besides Lake Michigan.

Frank came in next, and Bob immediately stood up quickly as he entered the room, almost “at attention,” as he was experiencing a “superior officer” in sight. Both were standing straight tall. Excellent posture. Frank was six-four. Bob was Larry’s height, five- ten and a half. Bob had a crew cut, real close, very much out of style, very dark hair, almost as if he dyed it jet black; military cut. Frank’s hair was very neat, long as he had a lot of dark hair, thick hair, almost as if he had “gel” in it, as it also parted with a wave to the side in the front--- very Spanish looking with a streak of white in it. It was very neat, but long, especially compared to Bob’s military crew cut.

Larry’s hair was longer, more dirty than black, with white streaks in it, and he had passed up a hair cut a few weeks ago. His hair was almost like he had been caught in a wind storm. Yes, it looked like he needed a hair cut, especially in contrast to the two men.

Both Bob and Frank looked like they had “hand pressed” shirts and trousers. Larry was rumpled and obviously didn’t care (although his wife was a fantastic dresser, Larry was the opposite.) He certainly was the odd man out in the group of three.

Bob first shook Larry’s hand, then said in a louder voice than normal, as if they were not almost standing near each other, but far away. ” Glad to meet you, Colonel.”

Larry was surprised as he had never told Bob about Frank’s military background.

“My pleasure, Captain,” Frank said. Larry had told Frank about Bob being a Marine in the Viet Nam, and retired a Captain. Usually you retire rank higher, but it depends on the length of service, or in Frank’s case, he turned it down.

“Call me Bob.”

“You can address me as Frank.”

All sat down. Larry and Frank in dark wood arm chairs in the relatively small office, but had a magnificent view of the lake. Sparse would be a good description as it had a small wooden round table that matched the two chairs with two other chairs around it, same style and color, but without arms.

“I was down at the navy base and looked your record up," Bob said. “I saw a Silver Star, two purple hearts, and a number of commendations. You saw a lot of action.”

Frank never talked about Viet Nam or his Special Forces Airborne unit Larry was quite surprised he didn’t know this about his partner in San Francisco Valley Leasing. Frank normally was quiet except at 5pm when he climbed up the stairs to the second floor and Larry’s office every work day to have a brandy and cigarette or two or three.

His wife didn’t like him smoking. He even had a shower built in his warehouse on the first floor as she once told him he smelled the smoke on him. He told her he installed the shower as he would often go for a run in the afternoon. Whether she believed him or not, don’t know. Frank ran five miles or more every morning, even on Sunday’s, which was a contention with his wife as his missed Mass with the family. He seemed to attend only on religious holidays.

Frank’s family came to California with the first Spanish mission army and stayed. They were granted most of the San Francisco Peninsula to Salinas, and this day still had land in San Mateo County and Santa Clara County. Frank lived in Los Altos Hills, on the City of Palo Alto border, in an area where the houses all had four car garages, some five, there were several with a ten car garage, one with twenty-five cars as he collected older vehicles, and Frank told him about one neighbor who had a six car garage plus one free standing that housed his $500,000 Bugatti that he drove four miles to work every day. He reportedly also wore a $250,000 watch from Switzerland that he liked to show off.

Frank knew many of them as he ran every morning in the neighborhood, met others who were doing the same, even stopped and talked to some. Frank was an avid tennis player, belonged to the Palo Alto Country Club, but he never talked about his time in the military or Viet Nam.

“I see by the photo’s on the wall you saw a lot of action, too. I also see a lot of camping photo’s.”

“My favorite is getting away with the family and friends, fishing, hiking. I take my family, including my two sons. We go to Yosemite, Montana, Colorado.”

Frank looked at the many photo’s on the wall in simple black frames, all the same border, but different sizes. One had a group of photo’s as a montage.

“Do you mind if I smoke?” Bob said, but taking a pack from his shirt pocket before the answer was made.

“Not at all,” Frank said. “What kind?”

“Chesterfield. Would you like one?”

A pack was first pointed in Frank’s direction as he took one, and Bob at the same time, opened a desk drawer and took out a small glass ashtray with a US Marine emblem. It was a 4” x 3” rectangle glass with the four corners to hold a cigarette with a worn silver/gold Marine emblem in the middle over a faded red background.

Bob leaned over and lit Frank’s cigarette with a shiny metal Zippo lighter also with a US Marine emblem on it. He then flipped it closed, open it again, and lit his own. They both then sat back in their wooden chairs.

Larry just sat through this as if he wasn’t in the room. He didn’t smoke. He had met Bob several times and he just thought he remembered Larry didn’t smoke, so that is why he didn’t offer him a cigarette. The flipping closed of the Zippo lighter before opening it for himself, he thought must be a military salute.

It felt more like several minutes that no one talked. The two just drew smoke from their cigarettes, then exhaled. Larry wasn’t going to speak, although he wanted to. There was something happening between these two men that he could feel, but he didn’t understand it. It wasn’t outright animosity, but he felt something going on, but he couldn’t figure out why.

Bob finally spoke.

“Have you ever been to Kracheh?”

“Officially or unofficially?”

“I read your record at the navy base and it didn’t show you had been to up the Mekong River.”

“And it won’t!”

With that, Frank sat up-right, put his cigarette out.

“Larry says you are the best credit man in the business, and I wanted to meet you, as I am his new partner in his leasing company. I wanted you to know that we are interested in return business, keeping the customer happy, making him part of the family--so they return.”

Bob looked at him as he was wanting Frank to know he was listening closely. It was a serious face, no smile. Intent. Then he spoke, almost like it was a delayed reaction.

“Just was curious,” Bob replied. “I’ve never been to Kracheh.”

With that, Frank stood up. Larry was looking at Bob, then Frank, then the both of them. He didn’t understand what was going on, or what had just happened. He thought they were all going out for lunch and a longer talk, but it was obvious that Frank decided he didn’t like being questioned, and decided to leave.

Frank put out his hand to shake Bob’s, who immediately stood up and shook his hand. Then spoke.

“Please send me your financial statements for the last three years and federal tax returns for my files,” he said as a matter of fact. “You’re company is approved. I need them for my files. ”

He then shook Larry’s hand, and walked them to the door.

When they got into the elevator, Larry asked, “What was that all about?”

“You got the company approved, right?” Frank responded.

That ended the conversation. Frank didn’t say very much, until he had a brandy on the airplane back home. He talked almost all the way back about how he loved California, and why. In detail.

Larry never understood it, and thought about it before Frank’s funeral. Frank developed a cough, then was diagnosised with lung cancer. Went home and died within two and a half months. His brother came into the office, and his oldest daughter, right out of Stanford University. Larry never visited him at his home.

He did arrive at the service an hour and a half early, even before the family. He got an excellent parking spot. He saved a seat for his wife Michelle. He wanted to get their early. He talked to the priest and then those who were setting up the photo’s of Frank and his family, the sign in book, service information, and also wandered around.

“It was almost as strange as my funeral (Larry died at age 56 of a heart attack.) The inside church was not like seats in a row, but were in a large circle, almost like a theater, but it was a Catholic church.

Frank’s family came together, all very well dressed. His accountant, attorney, people from work, some of the customers I knew, and men in Marine uniforms, all standing straight as Frank did, all ages, ranks, and some looked like the uniform were very tight, as if they had not worn them in a long time.

“I told him he had to quit smoking those damn cigarettes, but he always laughed. When it came to my time to speak, I told him how I was missing his late afternoon visits, where we would talk about what had happened that day, and often laugh together.

“When I died, they put my in the ground and everyone threw dirt on my coffin. Even my wife and kids. All my ‘Cal’ fraternity were there. I thought it was funny their throwing dirt on me.

I missed Frank, and wondered what he might say about this Jewish ritual. He probably would have laughed like me. I sure would have loved to have seen him wearing a yarmulke and throwing dirt on me.

“I miss him.”

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    1692-As the village of Salem was gripped by terror of witches, Massachusetts Bay Colony governor Sir William Phips ordered a special court create on May 217,1692, to expedite judgment of the more than 150 people accused of witchcraft. Unpopular resident Bridge Bishop, first accused in April, was the first on the jailed brought to trail on June 2. At her April examination her accusers—teenaged girls---had collapsed in fits as she appeared but Bishop adamantly denied the charges. “I am not witch—I known not what a witch is.” She was convicted June 2 and hung June 10.
    1731—Birthday of American's first lady: Martha Dandridge Custis Washington. While some have stated this was a standard marriage of “convenience” in its day and age, the truth in the diaries and letters and devotion of both husband and wife supersedes the criticism as they tried to live a private life and maintain a family.
    1835 - P. T. Barnum and his circus began their first tour of the United States.
    1851- America's first statewide statute prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages was enacted in the state of Maine, June 2, 1851. The following Independence Day the mayor of Bangor showed his support of the new law by smashing 10 kegs of confiscated booze.
    1852-Publication today of a manual of the corporation of the city of San Francisco containing a map of the city, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, the constitution of the state of California, the charters of the city, the revised ordinances still in force, and certain laws relating particularly to the city of San Francisco.
    1852-10,641 immigrants arrived by boat during the month of May.
    1854-New light house on Bird Island, also known as Alcatraz, illuminated for the first time. It could be seen 12 miles at sea.
    1856-Gov. Johnson ordered newly-appointed Maj.-Gen. Sherman of the California Militia to call up its members because of the crisis in San Francisco.
    1863 -- Harriet Tubman frees 750 slaves in raid. This former slave and abolitionist James Montgomery lead 300 African American troops of the Union's Second South Carolina Volunteers on a raid of plantations along the Combahee River. Backed by three gun boats, Tubman's forces set fire to the plantations and free 756 slaves. American history also shows her as the first woman to lead military troops into action.
    1883-The first electric elevated railroad began demonstrated at the Chicago Railway Exposition by the Electric Railway Company The total track was 1,553 feet and not permitted to operate until June 9 th and ceased operating on June 23 having 118.75 hours with 1,588 trips, carrying 26,805 passengers, and ran 446.24 miles. It was the first commercial elevated train to operate and considered a success to build a line in Chicago
    1886-The first wedding of a president in the White House was Grover Cleveland's marriage to his ward, Frances Folsom, during his first administration. Cleveland served as president form March 4,1885 to March 4,1898. With the thought he had a second term in the bag, he did not campaign much and lost. He did the next election and served as president again from March 4,1893 to March 4, 1897.
    1889--A great flood on the Potomac River in Washington D.C. took out a span of Long Bridge, and flooded streets near the river. The flood stage reached was not again equaled until 1936.
    1891- Charles Garder Radbourn wins his 300 th game beating the Beaneaters at South End Grounds in Boston, 10-8. ‘Old Hoss', who will finish 484 of the 497 games he starts, will end his 11-year career this season with 309 victories.
    1896--In England, Guglielmo Marconi was awarded the first radio patent. He had succeeded the previous year in sending long wave radio signals over a distance of about two kilometers. And in 1897, Marconi formed a wireless telegraphy company to develop its commercial applications. In 1901, Marconi succeeded in sending the letter "S" across the Atlantic from Cornwall, England to a receiving station in St. John's, Newfoundland.
    1904-Johnny Weissmuller birthday. Peter John (Johnny) Weissmuller, actor and Olympic gold medal swimmer, born at Windber, PA. Weissmuller won three gold medals at the 1924 Olympics and two more at the 1928 games. He set 24 world records and in 1950 was voted the best swimmer of the first half of the 20 th century. After retiring from amateur competition, he appeared as Tarzan in a dozen movies and as “Jungle Jim” in the movies and on television. Died at Acapulco, Mexico, January 20,1984.
    1917 - The temperature at Tribune, KS dipped to 30 degrees to establish a state record for the month of June.
    1925-Native Americans were declared citizens of the United States with all rights. The statute declared “ all non-citizen Indians born within the territorial limits of the United States be, and they are hereby declared to be, citizens of the United States.”
    1921-Trumpeter Ernie Royal born Los Angeles, CA.
    1938-Gene Krupa records “Wire Brush Stomp,” (Brunswick 8166).
    1941- Rolling Stones' drummer Charlie Watts was born in London. Watts joined the Rolling Stones in January 1963, about six months after the group was formed. He was working in an advertising agency at the time, but had earlier played with Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated, as had other members of the Stones. Watts has been the backbone, along with guitarist Bill Wyman, of the Rolling Stones rhythm section throughout their 25 year career.
    1941- William Guest of Gladys Knight and the Pips was born in Atlanta. The group was part of the Motown empire in the 1960's, where they had a hit with “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” in ‘67. But the Pips' greatest popularity came in the ‘70s on the Buddah label, where their 1973 gold album “Imagination” yielded three gold singles. Among them was “Midnight Train to Georgia,” which hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
    1944—Marvin Hamlisch birthday, composer (Oscar for The Sting, The Way We Were, Tony for A chorus Line, born New York, NY.
    1944--KOBASHIGAWA, YEIKI Medal of Honor Technical Sergeant Yeiki Kobashigawa distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 2 June 1944, in the vicinity of Lanuvio, Italy. During an attack, Technical Sergeant Kobashigawa’s platoon encountered strong enemy resistance from a series of machine guns providing supporting fire. Observing a machine gun nest 50 yards from his position, Technical Sergeant Kobashigawa crawled forward with one of his men, threw a grenade and then charged the enemy with his submachine gun while a fellow soldier provided covering fire. He killed one enemy soldier and captured two prisoners. Meanwhile, Technical Sergeant Kobashigawa and his comrade were fired upon by another machine gun 50 yards ahead. Directing a squad to advance to his first position, Technical Sergeant Kobashigawa again moved forward with a fellow soldier to subdue the second machine gun nest. After throwing grenades into the position, Technical Sergeant Kobashigawa provided close supporting fire while a fellow soldier charged, capturing four prisoners. On the alert for other machine gun nests, Technical Sergeant Kobashigawa discovered four more, and skillfully led a squad in neutralizing two of them. Technical Sergeant Kobashigawa’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army.
    1944-KRAUS, RICHARD EDWARD Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Born: 24 November 1925, Chicago, Ill. Accredited to: Minnesota. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the 8th Amphibious Tractor Battalion, Fleet Marine Force, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Peleliu, Palau Islands, on 5 October 1944. Unhesitatingly volunteering for the extremely hazardous mission of evacuating a wounded comrade from the front lines, Pfc. Kraus and 3 companions courageously made their way forward and successfully penetrated the lines for some distance before the enemy opened with an intense, devastating barrage of hand grenades which forced the stretcher party to take cover and subsequently abandon the mission. While returning to the rear, they observed 2 men approaching who appeared to be marines and immediately demanded the password. When, instead of answering, 1 of the 2 Japanese threw a hand grenade into the midst of the group, Pfc. Kraus heroically flung himself upon the grenade and, covering it with his body, absorbed the full impact of the explosion and was instantly killed. By his prompt action and great personal valor in the face of almost certain death, he saved the lives of his 3 companions, and his loyal spirit of self-sacrifice reflects the highest credit upon himself and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his comrades.
    1944--NAKAMINE, SHINYEI Medal of Honor
Private Shinyei Nakamine distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 2 June 1944, near La Torreto, Italy. During an attack, Private Nakamine’s platoon became pinned down by intense machine gun crossfire from a small knoll 200 yards to the front. On his own initiative, Private Nakamine crawled toward one of the hostile weapons. Reaching a point 25 yards from the enemy, he charged the machine gun nest, firing his submachine gun, and killed three enemy soldiers and captured two. Later that afternoon, Private Nakamine discovered an enemy soldier on the right flank of his platoon’s position. Crawling 25 yards from his position, Private Nakamine opened fire and killed the soldier. Then, seeing a machine gun nest to his front approximately 75 yards away, he returned to his platoon and led an automatic rifle team toward the enemy. Under covering fire from his team, Private Nakamine crawled to a point 25 yards from the nest and threw hand grenades at the enemy soldiers, wounding one and capturing four. Spotting another machine gun nest 100 yards to his right flank, he led the automatic rifle team toward the hostile position but was killed by a burst of machine gun fire. Private Nakamine’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army.
    1945----Top Hits
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    1951--CHARLTON, CORNELIUS H. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company C, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Chipo-ri, Korea, 2 June 1951. Entered service at: Bronx, N.Y. Born: 24 July 1929, East Gulf, W. Va. G.O. No.: 30, 19 March 1952. Citation: Sgt. Charlton, a member of Company C, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. His platoon was attacking heavily defended hostile positions on commanding ground when the leader was wounded and evacuated. Sgt. Charlton assumed command, rallied the men, and spearheaded the assault against the hill. Personally eliminating 2 hostile positions and killing 6 of the enemy with his rifle fire and grenades, he continued up the slope until the unit suffered heavy casualties and became pinned down. Regrouping the men he led them forward only to be again hurled back by a shower of grenades. Despite a severe chest wound, Sgt. Charlton refused medical attention and led a third daring charge which carried to the crest of the ridge. Observing that the remaining emplacement which had retarded the advance was situated on the reverse slope, he charged it alone, was again hit by a grenade but raked the position with a devastating fire which eliminated it and routed the defenders. The wounds received during his daring exploits resulted in his death but his indomitable courage, superb leadership, and gallant self-sacrifice reflect the highest credit upon himself the infantry, and the military service.
    1953---Top Hits
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I Believe - Frankie Laine
April in Portugal - The Les Baxter Orchestra
Take These Chains from My Heart - Hank Williams
    1955-Dana Carvey Birthday, comedian, actor (Wayne's World, “Saturday Night Live”), born Missoula, MT. He was one of my father's students as in his later years he taught comedy and writing at San Francisco State and then at his workshop in San Rafael, California.
    1959-The game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park was delayed for nearly half an hour as swarms of gnats invaded the field. Bug spray and torches did not disperse the gnats, but a smoke bomb, set to be used as part of a post game fireworks display, did. The orioles won, 3-2.
    1961---Top Hits
Travelin' Man - Ricky Nelson
Daddy's Home - Shep & The Limelites
Running Scared - Roy Orbison
Hello Walls - Faron Young
    1962--- Island Records, founded in Britain by Jamaican Chris Blackwell, released its first single, "Twist Baby" by Owen Gray. By the late '60s, Island was home to such British acts as Traffic, Jethro Tull and Emerson, Lake and Palmer. In the following decade, reggae artists predominated, with Bob Marley and the Wailers, Toots and the Maytals and Burning Spear all recording for Island.
    1967- Race riots in Roxbury section of Boston .
    1967 -- KFRC Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival at Mt. Tamalpais to benefit the Hunters Point Child Care Center. “Trans-Love Buslines” carries participants from the parking area to the festival. I was news editor and we promoted the event as this style of music was very popular. The station was the leader of the new S.F. sound.
    1967--GRAHAM, JAMES A. Medalof Honor
Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, Company F, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. Place and date: Republic of Vietnam, 2 June 1967. Entered service at: Prince Georges, Md. Born: 25 August 1940, Wilkinsburg, Allegheny County, Pa. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. During Operation Union 11, the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, consisting of Companies A and D, with Capt. Graham's company attached launched an attack against an enemy occupied position with 2 companies assaulting and 1 in reserve. Company F, a leading company, was proceeding across a clear paddy area 1,000 meters wide, attacking toward the assigned objective, when it came under fire from mortars and small arms which immediately inflicted a large number of casualties. Hardest hit by the enemy fire was the 2d platoon of Company F, which was pinned down in the open paddy area by intense fire from 2 concealed machine guns. Forming an assault unit from members of his small company headquarters, Capt. Graham boldly led a fierce assault through the second platoon's position, forcing the enemy to abandon the first machine gun position, thereby relieving some of the pressure on his second platoon, and enabling evacuation of the wounded to a more secure area. Resolute to silence the second machine gun, which continued its devastating fire, Capt. Graham's small force stood steadfast in its hard won enclave. Subsequently, during the afternoon's fierce fighting, he suffered 2 minor wounds while personally accounting for an estimated 15 enemy killed. With the enemy position remaining invincible upon each attempt to withdraw to friendly lines, and although knowing that he had no chance of survival, he chose to remain with 1 man who could not be moved due to the seriousness of his wounds. The last radio transmission from Capt. Graham reported that he was being assaulted by a force of 25 enemy soldiers; he died while protecting himself and the wounded man he chose not to abandon. Capt. Graham's actions throughout the day were a series of heroic achievements. His outstanding courage, superb leadership and indomitable fighting spirit undoubtedly saved the second platoon from annihilation and reflected great credit upon himself, the Marine Corps, and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
    1969--LAPOINTE, JOSEPH G., JR. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army, 2d Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division . place and date: Quang Tin province, Republic of Vietnam, 2 June 1969. Entered service at: Cincinnati, Ohio. Born: 2 July 1948, Dayton, Ohio. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sp4c. Lapointe, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2d Squadron, distinguished himself while serving as a medical aid man during a combat helicopter assault mission. Sp4c. Lapointe's patrol was advancing from the landing zone through an adjoining valley when it suddenly encountered heavy automatic weapons fire from a large enemy force entrenched in well fortified bunker positions. In the initial hail of fire, 2 soldiers in the formation vanguard were seriously wounded. Hearing a call for aid from 1 of the wounded, Sp4c. Lapointe ran forward through heavy fire to assist his fallen comrades. To reach the wounded men, he was forced to crawl directly in view of an enemy bunker. As members of his unit attempted to provide covering fire, he administered first aid to 1 man, shielding the other with his body. He was hit by a burst of fire from the bunker while attending the wounded soldier. In spite of his painful wounds, Sp4c. Lapointe continued his lifesaving duties until he was again wounded and knocked to the ground. Making strenuous efforts, he moved back again into a shielding position to continue administering first aid. An exploding enemy grenade mortally wounded all 3 men. Sp4c. Lapointe's courageous actions at the cost of his life were an inspiration to his comrades. His gallantry and selflessness are in the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
    1969--POXON, ROBERT LESLIE Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Troop B, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. Place and date: Tay Ninh Province, Republic of Vietnam, 2 June 1969. Entered service at: Detroit, Mich. Born: 3 January 1947, Detroit, Mich. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. 1st Lt. Poxon, Armor, Troop B, distinguished himself while serving as a platoon leader on a reconnaissance mission. Landing by helicopter in an area suspected of being occupied by the enemy, the platoon came under intense fire from enemy soldiers in concealed positions and fortifications around the landing zone. A soldier fell, hit by the first burst of fire. 1st Lt. Poxon dashed to his aid, drawing the majority of the enemy fire as he crossed 20 meters of open ground. The fallen soldier was beyond help and 1st Lt. Poxon was seriously and painfully wounded. 1st Lt. Poxon, with indomitable courage, refused medical aid and evacuation and turned his attention to seizing the initiative from the enemy. With sure instinct he marked a central enemy bunker as the key to success. Quickly instructing his men to concentrate their fire on the bunker, and in spite of his wound, 1st Lt. Poxon crawled toward the bunker, readied a hand grenade and charged. He was hit again but continued his assault. After succeeding in silencing the enemy guns in the bunker he was struck once again by enemy fire and fell, mortally wounded. 1st Lt. Poxon's comrades followed their leader, pressed the attack and drove the enemy from their positions. 1st Lt. Poxon's gallantry, indomitable will, and courage are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
Get Back - The Beatles
Love (Can Make You Happy) - Mercy
Oh Happy Day - The Edwin Hawkins' Singers
Singing My Song - Tammy Wynette
    1972- the ‘50s group Dion and the Belmonts reunited for a show at Madison Square Garden in New York. The concert was captured on the LP “Reunion.”
    1973- Paul McCartney and Wings have the #1 song on the chart with "My Love"...It's in the first of its three straight weeks at the top.
    1975 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Thank God I'm a Country Boy," John Denver.
    1976 - Don Bolles, an award-winning investigative reporter for the Arizona Republic, was fatally injured when a bomb exploded in his car. He had been probing connections between businessmen and organized crime in Phoenix. A national team of reporters from several newspapers helped to indict John Adamson, who was arrested with others, for the murder.
    1977---Top Hits
Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
I'm Your Boogie Man - KC & The Sunshine Band
Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) - Waylon Jennings
    1977 –New Jersey allows casino gambling in Atlantic City
    1978- Bruce Springsteen's long awaited album, "Darkness On The Edge of Town" is released. Springsteen was prevented from recording for a year due to litigation involving his former manager. (1978) The album included the tracks "Badlands," "Prove It All Night" and the title track.
    1985- Nancy Lopez wins the LPGA tournament$record&Nancy_Lopez&McDonald's_LPGA
    1985 - Lightning struck a house, broke a bedroom window, and jumped to a metal frame bed. A man was killed but his wife was unharmed by the lightning
    1985---Top Hits
Everything She Wants - Wham!
Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears for Fears
Axel F - Harold Faltermeyer
Don't Call Him a Cowboy - Conway Twitty
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    1987--- Thunderstorms spawned seven tornadoes in West Texas and six tornadoes in Illinois. Thunderstorms in Illinois produced wind gusts to 70 mph at McComb and Mattoon. Thunderstorms in southern Texas produced 5.5 inches of rain south of Seguin, and up to eight inches of rain in Washington County.
    1988 -Severe thunderstorms in Texas and Oklahoma produced hail more than three inches in diameter near Stilwater OK, and softball size hail in Jones County of north central Texas. Baseball size hail and 70 mph winds caused an estimated 100 million dollars damage around Abilene TX.
    1988-True story—James Brown's wife Adrienne claims diplomatic immunity while fighting numerous traffic violations under the grounds that she's the wife of the Official Ambassador of Soul.
    1989 -Thunderstorms produced severe weather across much of the south central U.S. through most of the day and night. Thunderstorms spawned a dozen tornadoes, and there were 123 reports of large hail and damaging winds. Thunderstorm winds gusted to 78 mph at Russell KS, and baseball size hail was reported at Denver CO, Cuthbert TX, and in Reeves County TX. Afternoon thunderstorms in southern New England produced wind gusts to 120 mph at Fitchburg, MA, causing five million dollars damage.
    1990 -66 tornadoes struck parts of the Midwest, the Ohio Valley, and the Great Lakes area with the majority of the tornadoes in the Ohio Valley. 7 of the tornadoes were rated F4 on the Fujita scale. Indiana was the hardest hit with 37 tornadoes and 8 deaths. This outbreak was the largest outbreak since the Superoutbreak of April 3-4, 1974.
    1992- k.d. lang publicly declared her homosexuality in an interview with the Advocate, a US gay and lesbian publication. Lang talked frankly about her lesbian lifestyle and her unrequited love for a married woman.
    1994---Top Hits
I ll Remember (From “With Honors”)--- Madonna
The Sign—Ace Of Base
Return To Innocence—Enigma
    1997-Timothy McVeigh was found guilty of bombing the federal building in Oklahoma City two years ago.
    1999—Top Hits
Livin La Vida Loca--- Ricky Martin
If You Had My Love, Jennifer Lopez
No Scrubs- TLC
Fortunate- Maxwell
    2000- With the Tigers visiting Wrigley Field for the first time since the 1945 World Series, Cub reliever Rick Aguilera pitches a perfect ninth inning for his 300 th save to nail down a 2- 0 Chicago victory.
    2000- For the first time a major league team chooses to honor a hero from a different sport as the Montreal Expos will wear Maurice Richard's uniform number (9) on their jerseys to honor the late Montreal Canadians star.





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