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Friday, June 10, 2011

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ACC Capital in Outer Space
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 $30 MM plus Law Suit re: CPA Firm, E.A.R , Sheldon Player Et. Al.
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  Glum report fits with recent weak data flow
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ACC Capital in Outer Space
by Christopher Menkin

The telephone was ringing off the hook and emails from many were asking me if Loni Lowder of ACC Capital, Midvale, Utah was out of business. The ACC Capital web site was down and telephone out of service.

Loni Lowder

Loni Lowder site shows he is still CEO of ACC Capital.

Kim Simmons LinkedIn.Com site notes that she was with ACC Capital Corporation from March, 2002 to November, 2010, and the same month then became Director of Operations and Marketing for ACC Contract Finance.

First, it should be cleared up about the Leasing News Bulletin Board Complaint and ACC Capital no longer a member of the National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers (NAELB). It is ACC Contract Finance that is a member of NAELB and the listing was never changed to the current company. The GeNESIS Commercial Capital payment was not considered as NAELB learned that ACC Capital was not a member. In fact, ACC Contract Finance is a member and is a president circle sponsor ($10,000) and Kim Simmons is still active. It is a separate entity from ACC Capital.

The fact is ACC Capital liabilities exceed their assets, according to Lowder, and the lenders are collecting payments from the assets to pay down the liabilities.

ACC Contract Finance web site shows four employees, and Lowder says they have two more, and several work from their homes using a VOIP system with video, and it works out great, Lowder says. He also has changed the company’s mission as it is not really in leasing direct, but works on products for its funder in projects that are customer investment grade or near investment. They may work on lease programs, but not individual leases.

The company is about to change its name to Stalwart
(1. strongly and stoutly built; sturdy and robust.)
(2. strong and brave; valiant: a stalwart knight.).

The address on the web site 4956 West 6200 South Ste #455, Kearns, Utah, is the UPS Store. Lowder says it is for servicing ACC Capital leases.  Their other address is: 111 East Broadway, Suite 170, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111, which will be posted soon on the web site, he says.

Archive, January 1, 2003
  A Look Back On 25 Years At ACC Capital Corporation

    Loni Lowder, President-CEO

Twenty-five years ago when I started this business in a 15` x 15` room with my first partner, Duffy Casey, I had no idea that the business would evolve to its current point. I had been working for IBM and wanted an alternative to the offer “Big Blue” had put on the table, that of a marketing manager’s job in Anchorage, Alaska.

I knew a little bit about leasing because, at that time, everything we sold at IBM, at least initially, was through a lease. In addition, my partner, Duffy, had spent a couple of years in the steam-ship container leasing business for Gilbert Flex-Ivan. Back in those days when leasing was a growth industry, you really didn’t need to know much more than how to explain the rate factor to the customer and tell them that the lease payments were tax deductible.

My knowledge of the technical aspects of leasing grew under the tutelage of my mentor and business partner, Sudhir Amembal. As my knowledge grew, so grew the business. We entered into formal agreements with a number of small financial institutions to originate and manage their lease portfolios. Lease management for financial institutions continues today, as ACC services for a number of community banks

In 1985 I began teaching what Sudhir called the “soft side” of lease education-the sales and marketing seminar for Amembal Halladay. 1985 was significant in another way in that I accepted a contract with Zion’s Bancorp to help them create a new leasing company, Zion’s Credit Corporation, and run the marketing for that leasing company (The entire staff of ACC, some 28 strong, moved over to Zion’s). Zion’s Credit Corporation managed ACC’s existing portfolio and I continued to have independent annual audits on the company. In 1989 I left Zion’s and realized a long-term goal of becoming an equity partner at Amembal-Halladay. (Shawn Halladay, now with The Alta Group. Editor)

Teaching and consulting on a full-time basis was exhilarating but the travel was a drag (50% including weekends). I sold back my interest in Amembal-Halladay to Sudhir in 1992 and opened up ACC for business once again. My time at Amembal Halladay compounded the importance of using the technical aspects of accounting, finance and taxation in the leasing business to acquire new customers.

Over the years, I have been able to boil down complex concepts, such as lease vs. purchase, into very powerful sales tools that a lease originator, with their customers, are able to use and appreciate. ACC has always been a friend of lease originators, with several formal alliance agreements in place that make a lease originator an ACC partner.

In 1995, Sudhir Amembal reciprocated by buying a minority interest in ACC. He was very eager to get “his hands dirty in leasing.” The practical experience that Sudhir gained in being a part of ACC has had enormous benefit to him in the classroom. In 2000, Sudhir left the business, moved to Mexico and is now teaching and consulting exclusively on an international basis.

ACC continues its traditions in utilizing the technical aspects of leasing to increase its business share. Marci Kimball-Slagle heads our intermediary group as Senior Vice-President. Congratulations to Marci are in order, as she was recently elected to the board of the United Association of Equipment Lessors and is on the Organizing Committee for the National Association of Equipment Lease Brokers annual meeting coming up this March. I continue to consult and teach sales training classes at various national association meetings. I am assisted by Kirstin Patterson, our Chief Operating Officer, and Todd Jensen, who serves as Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel.

ACC is here to serve the lease originator community. Our goal at ACC is to make money by helping lease originators and our lease-originating partners make money.

Wishing you all the very best and a prosperous 2003.

Loni L. Lowder



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$30 MM plus Law Suit re: CPA Firm, E.A.R , Sheldon Player Et. Al.

While the official personal bankruptcy of Sheldon Player has not been found, First Premier Capital, Edina, Minnesota, according to court documents, consisted of Steve Alpeter, Bill Kelly, both of Minnesota, and Denny Sanford, South Dakota, filed a complaint for $30,365,558.29 against the accountants of both Equipment Acquisition Resources and Sheldon Player, as an individual. The accountants are VonLehman, an Ohio corporation located in Cincinnati.

The complaint calls for a jury trial with the nature of the suit: 370 Fraud or Truth-in-Lending.

The exhibits and the complaint are very revealing as they also include the vendor and other parties in what they call a "fraud" lead by audited financial statements by VonLehman & Company. First the synopsis of the nine page complaint filed in the Southern District of Ohio by Debra Devassy Babu of Askounis & Darcy, Chicago, Illinois.

"13. Through the course of these conversations and emails, Malthouse and Powers at VonLehman were made aware that FPC intended to rely on EAR's 2005 audited balance sheet, EAR's 2006-2008 audited financial statements and Player's and Malone's 2007 and 2009 audited balance sheets and other accounting-related documents, all prepared by VonLehman, in deciding whether to do business with EAR.

14. Based on FPC's review of EAR's 2005 audited balance sheet, EAR's 2006-2008 audited financial statements and Player's and Malone's 2007 and 2009 audited balance sheets and other accounting-related documents prepared by VonLehman and in reliance of the same, FPC funded the Leases with EAR.

15. On October 29, 2009, EAR filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois as Case No. 09-39937.

16. During the course of EAR's bankruptcy, FPC and other creditors discovered that EAR engaged in fraudulent activities, including, without limitation, double-pledging and overvaluing of collateral, and fraudulently transferring EAR's assets by EAR's officers and shareholders. EAR, Malone, Player, Mark Anstett ("Anstett"), Machine Tools Direct, Inc. ("Machine Tools") and George Ferguson ("Ferguson") (collectively, the "Perpetrators") engaged in a Ponzi scheme to defraud EAR's creditors. Under the scheme, Machine Tools and Ferguson sent fabricated invoices for equipment to FPC and other equipment finance companies, when the equipment was (a) never manufactured; (b) pledged more than once to a particular lender/lessor; (c) never supplied by Machine Tools to EAR; and/or (d) identified by fake serial numbers created by the Perpetrators to deceive lenders.

17. Machine Tools and Ferguson sent fabricated invoices for equipment to FPC and other equipment finance companies, though they never intended to supply any equipment for

EAR when they issued the invoices, to defraud FPC and other equipment finance companies. Machine Tools and Ferguson also pretended to supply and deliver equipment to EAR in order to defraud FPC and other equipment finance companies.

18. EAR, through Player's, Malone's and Anstett's direction and control, falsely represented in writing that the equipment was delivered and falsely represented that the equipment leases were bona fide transactions.

19. Just before filing for bankruptcy protection, EAR retained William Brandt of Development Specialists, Inc. as its Chief Restructuring Officer to replace the Debtor's existing management. Based on his investigation of EAR's operations and financials, Brandt concluded that EAR ran a Ponzi scheme, costing creditors approximately $150 million. Brandt has also represented that the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office are investigating the matter.

20. VonLehman, Malthouse and Powers, in preparing EAR's 2005 audited balance sheet, EAR's 2006-2008 audited financial statements and Player's and Malone's 2007 and 2009 audited balance sheets and other accounting-related documents, had a duty to conduct audits which would detect any material accounting misstatements, misrepresentations, irregularities and fraud.

21. VonLehman, Malthouse and Powers had a duty to perform audits of EAR's 2005 audited balance sheet, EAR's 2006-2008 audited financial statements and Player's and Malone's 2007 and 2009 audited balance sheets and other accounting-related documents in accordance with applicable auditing standards, accounting principals and all applicable professional and regulatory standards, including generally accepted auditing standards."

In the Exhibits, the 2007 audited EAR financial statements shows $15,957,268 in cash along with capital leases of $71,399,441 with a net worth of $57,555, 563.

The June, 2009 audited personal financial statement of Sheldon Player and Donna Malone shows assets of $110,353,880 (with the EAR net worth included) with $16,720,695 in liabilities and net worth of $93,633,025 with a note that after taxes it would be a net worth of $73,901,937.

In the exhibits are the lease contracts from Premier Finance Capital to E.A.R. and the 4/16/05 is signed by Sheldon Player as president and the 9-16-8 is also signed as Sheldon Player as president. It appears after the Leasing News interview, his status became consultant.

A response from VonLehman denied many of the charges, but with no information.

May 23, a third party complaint is recorded against Sheldon Player, Donna Malone, Robert Landford, Cody Dolan, Cory Doran, Kyle Bennett, Machine Tools Direct, Inc. George Ferguson, Gonia Consulting, LLC, Joel Gonia, filed by Brian Malthouse, VonLehman & Company.

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New Hires--Promotions

Melisa Carter joins The Alta Group, Reno, Nevada, working from Colorado as global consultant. She was senior vice-president marketing, Key Equipment Finance (1994-2010) as well as serving as senior vice-president, Corporation Development for Key National Finance, KeyCorp, Leasetec. Vice-president of marketing for US Leasing (October, 1980--July, 1994). She has an MBA, Business Administration, Economics, St. Mary's College of California.

She currently is a trustee of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation, where she serves on the research committee. Carter also is a long-time member of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association. In addition, she is a former member of the editorial review board of the Journal of Equipment Lease Finance. Carter received B.A. Degrees in economics and business administration, as well as a Master of Business Administration, from St. Mary’s College of California.

Mark E. Hoffman was appointed senior vice-president, healthcare, Key Equipment Finance, Superior, Colorado. He previously was relationship manager for healthcare financial division of GE Commercial Finance, and reportedly held management and sales positions at Baxter Healthcare, GE Capital, Siemens Financial Services, AT&T Capital and Eastman Kodak Credit


George Lehnertz joins The Alta Group, Reno, Nevada as global consultant, working from Illinois. Managing Director, Head of Global Vendor Finance, Bank of America (2004-2008).

"In this position, he was responsible for integrating the vendor finance organizations of Bank of America and FleetBoston into the largest bank-owned vendor finance operation in the nation. Before the acquisition, he was managing director/CEO of the specialized financial services unit of Fleet Capital, where he integrated Sanwa Business Credit Corporation and its business lines with the Fleet organization.

"Earlier in his career, Lehnertz was executive vice president/CFO of Sanwa Business Credit Corporation (formerly Continental Illinois Leasing Corp.). Prior to this, he was senior vice president of vendor finance at Sanwa. Lehnertz also worked at LeaseAmerica Corporation and Commercial Credit Equipment Corporation. He received a B.A. Degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin."

Mike Mankin was hired as senior vice-president for Securus Capital, Alexander, Virginia. He formerly was federal leasing manager of Cisco Capital, Cisco Systems. He has a BA from University of Kansas, Political Science, Mathematics (1964-1967), American University (1971-1973)

“Mankin helped grow annual federal finance volume from $5 million when he joined Cisco in 2000 to $350 million in 2010, totaling over $1.6 billion during his tenure.”

Mike McKinney was hired as senior vice-president for Securus Capital, Alexander, Virginia. “He has over 25 years of experience in federal technology finance and has consistently and dramatically increased financing volume across a variety of asset classes, including information technology, telecommunications and energy conservation."

Thomas J. Pagano has been appointed Capital Markets Leader, EverBank Commercial Finance, Inc., Parsippany, New Jersey. He "...will oversee all capital markets activity within the company’s equipment leasing business including the secondary lease market. Mr. Pagano will report to Jeffrey A. Hilzinger, Chief Operating Officer of EverBank Commercial Finance."

He previously was Director of Capital Markets for MEI Healthcare Capital, LLC, Managing Director and Product Leader for healthcare, energy and government syndications at Banc of America Leasing, and held "...various senior level syndication and credit positions at Fleet Capital Leasing, Sanwa Healthcare Finance and Morcroft Capital Corporation. Mr. Pagano graduated summa cum laude from Seton Hall University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance."

Timothy G. Stickney was appointed leasing manager, New England region, for Key Equipment Finance, Superior, Colorado. He will "develop and close end-user equipment finance and leasing transactions for middle-and large-corporate clients in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut, Vermont and Rhode Island."



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Charlie Chan Contest Cancelled

I am sorry to report, for the first time in our history, to cancel a contest.

Their are only nine submissions with two of them from real Charlie Chan sayings already published by Leasing News, and a few that are really more "adult" than we publish. This is after 20 days. It is obvious readers are not interested.

Kit Menkin

Contestants were informed, and here is some of their reaction:

"Not enough humor in the world today I think..."

Brian Griffin
Mantis Financial

"This may be the true indication that the industry is getting younger!!! How many of us are left who remember him?

"Please do not stop publishing his aphorisms."

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"But wait…can we just keep going?

"For fun..why not?"

(When told decision was made, he responded)

" site..How about some Sherlock Holmes stuff?...The Basil Rathbone ...not Robert Downey,Jr.???"

Jesse James

"Count me in, next time."

"I hope all continues to be well with you and yours!"

Regards, Chris

Chris Raley
Managing Member
Raley Commercial Finance & Leasing, LLC

"Thank you for your efforts. I appreciate it."





Growth slowing in four of 12 districts: Beige Book
Glum report fits with recent weak data flow

The headline above is from, who wrote "The pace of economic growth is slowing in four of the 12 Federal Reserve regions, according to the central bank’s latest survey of economic conditions known as the Beige Book...The report is more cautious than the past few reports, reflecting the weak pace of growth in the first quarter that has continued into April and May."

"Consumers had less money to spend in many regions because of higher prices for food and energy. Deadly storms took their toll on communities and agricultural sectors.

"As expected, there was some slowing in the pace of manufacturing reported, and factory owners were said to be less confident about the economic outlook."

The Beige Book also reflected the NACM survey of its 27,000 credit manager members (1).

Other leasing media headlined the Beige Book more "optimistic,' just as the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association reported April, although the trend viewed April, 2010 to April, 2011, when it differed in comparison with March, 2011.

(Chart: Leasing News form MFLI-25 numbers)

Worse was the view of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation who reported the May month confidence index was down to 63.2 from 70.3 in April.

The Beige report based on information collected on or before May 27, 2011 gives growth marks only to the Dallas District. Reporting that the "economic activity generally continued to expand since the last report," there were some losses in New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Chicago and other districts, too. For marketing purposes and to further understand what is happening the full report is worth reading, or at least areas readers are living or working for more business should be viewed.


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  1. Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation May report in his article

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This Day in American History

    1586- A major tornado was reported at 2:30pm Whatever happened to Jamestown?  Perhaps it was a hurricane or a tornado?  . In 1586, Sir Walter  Raleigh's Virginia colonists off the coast of North Carolina reported a
tornado that they feared would destroy their buildings if it came ashore.  A hurricane of record on August 15, 1635 ravaged the Plymouth colony, according
to a diary of the time. Of course, they were also not getting along with the American Indians, just putting down a major revolt, but it also could have
been a hurricane.
    1610 - The 1st Dutch settlers arrived from NJ to colonize Manhattan Island.
    1639 - The 1st American log cabin at Fort Christina (Wilmington, Delaware).
    1652- In defiance of English colonial law, John Hull, a silversmith, established the first mint in American.  The first coin issued was the Pine Tree Shilling, designed by Hull.
    1752 - It is believed that this was the day Benjamin Franklin narrowly missed electrocution while flying a kite during a thunderstorm to determine if lightning is related to electricity.
    1794-African-American Richard Allen founded the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Philadelphia
    1799—birthday of African-American Joseph Boulogne Saint-Georges, composer, violinist and champion fencer.
    1801 - The North African state of Tripoli declared war on the United States in a dispute over safe passage of merchant vessels through the Mediterranean. Tripoli declared war on the U.S. for refusing to pay tribute. (Thus in the Marine's Hymn "To the shores of Tripoli.")
    1833-Birthday of Pauline Cushman - U.S. actor and lecturer, served as spy for the Union cause during the Civil War, even to dressing in Confederate uniforms. She was captured and escaped twice. When captured a third time, she was condemned to death by hanging.   She became ill and her hanging was postponed by Gen. Bragg, who wished to make an example of her, until "she was well enough to be hanged." Before the sentence could be carried out, Union forces drove back Bragg's army and she was set free.
    1848 - The 1st telegraph link between NYC & Chicago was established.
    1851--At 2:10 am, before a crowd in Portsmouth Square, John Jenkins, one of the Sydney Ducks of San Francisco was apprehended for stealing a safe from a merchant's store. He was given a cigar and a glass of brandy, and then lynched by San Franciscan vigilantes. Vigilante Sam Brannan cried, "Every lover of liberty and good order lay hold of the rope!" The denizens of the Sydney-Town quarter of San Francisco's notorious 'Barbary Coast' grew steadily less in number following the hanging.
    1871 - A landing force of 110 U.S. Marines came ashore on Korea's Kangwha Island, a fortress island guarding the approaches to Seoul. The Korean Punitive Expedition was launched from an American fleet, which anchored in the Han River after the isolationist Korean government rejected U.S. diplomatic demands for an explanation of the fate of an American ship and her crew believed killed by the Koreans. In two days of fighting, the Marines and sailors captured the defensive forts on the Island, leaving 243 Koreans dead. Nevertheless, the expedition failed to open Korea to foreign trade.
    1875- James Augustine Healey becomes the first Black Catholic Bishop in the United States.
    1889-birthday of Hattie McDaniel was the first African-American to win an Academy Award. She won it in 1940 for her role in the 1939 film Gone With the Wind. Her career spanned radio and vaudeville in addition to her screen roles in Judge Priest, The Little Colonel, Showboat and Saratoga, among others. She was born at Wichita, KS, and died Oct 26, 1952, at Los Angeles, CA.
    1898-U.S. Marines landed at Guantánamo Bay.  Spanish colonial rule comes
to an end in the Western hemisphere as the US “free's” Cuba.
    1901--ROSE, GEORGE Medal of Honor Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 28 February 1880, Stamford, Conn. Accredited to: Connecticut. G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901. Citation: In the presence of the enemy during the battles at Peking, China, 13, 20, 21 and 22 June 1900. Throughout this period, Rose distinguished himself by meritorious conduct. While stationed as a crewmember of the U.S.S. Newark, he was part of its landing force that went ashore off Taku, China. on 31 May 1900, he was in a party of 6 under John McCloy (MH) which took ammunition from the Newark to Tientsin. On 10 June 1900, he was one of a party that carried dispatches from LaFa to Yongstsum at night. On the 13th he was one of a few who fought off a large force of the enemy saving the Main baggage train from destruction. On the 20th and 21st he was engaged in heavy fighting against the Imperial Army being always in the first rank. On the 22d he showed gallantry in the capture of the Siku Arsenal. He volunteered to go to the nearby village which was occupied by the enemy to secure medical supplies urgently required. The party brought back the supplies carried by newly taken prisoners.
    1902-a lease and a window envelope:  Americus F. Callahan of Chicago, Il received a patent for an envelope with a window.  It was first manufactured in July, 1902, by the U.S. Envelope Company of Springfield, MA, which had leased the patent.
    1907-Birthday of Dickey Wells Birthday  (featured trombone player
 with Count Basie-“Dickey's Dream.”)
    1910-birthday of guitarist/harmonicist Howlin' Wolf, West Point, MS He was one of the most influential musicians of the post Second World War era, and his blues helped shape rock 'n' roll. Howlin' Wolf had his first R'n'B hit, "Moanin' at Midnight," in 1951. The next year, he moved to Chicago, where he recorded a string of classic sides for Chess Records. Among them were "Sitting on Top of the World," "Spoonful," "Smokestack Lightnin'," and "Little Red Rooster." His hits, many of them written by Willie Dixon, have been covered by countless rock artists, such as the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin.Wolf appeared frequently at blues and rock festivals in the 1960's and '70s. He died in 1976 of complications from kidney disease.
    1919- Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan became the first states to ratify the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would remove the barriers to women voting in the U.S.   Women had been voters in several states in colonial days, but in the 1787 at the U. S. Constitutional Convention (built on the precept that all men are created equal), the right to qualify voters was placed in the hands of the states that had already deemed women unqualified to vote. The one exception was New Jersey, which fell into line in 1807.   It wasn't until Carrie Chapman Catt devised "The Plan" in 1916 - to fight for the vote nationally while continuing the state-by-state march - that the first recognition came that only the federal government could or would guarantee women's rights on a permanent basis.
    1921- Yankee slugger Babe Ruth hits his 120th home run off Indian pitcher Jim Bagby to become baseball's career home run leader. It is a position the 'Sultan of Swat' will hold until Hank Aaron hits number 715 in 1974.
    1922- birthday of Judy Garland, American actress and singer born Frances Cumin at Grand Rapids, MN. While Garland played in many films and toured widely as a singer and great entertainer. Her greatest triumph came in 1939 with the film "The Wizard of Oz," which introduced the never-to-be forgotten song "Over the Rainbow." Garland's recording of the tune sold over a million copies. She was given a special Academy Award in 1939 for her outstanding performances as a screen juvenile. Her other big musical films included "Meet Me in St. Louis," "Easter Parade" and "A Star Is Born." Garland suffered a nervous collapse in 1950, but was able to resume her career the following year.. Died June 22, 1969, at London, England.
    1923- Paul Brunelle, one of the first country and western singers in Quebec, was born in Granby. He performs both in French and English and has been compared to Ernest Tubb. Brunelle has recorded more than 100 singles and more than 40 albums.
    1933-Golfer Johnny Goodman defeated Ralph Guldahl by one shot at North Shore Golf Club in Glenvielw, IL, to become the last amateur to win the US Open  championship.
    1935- On this day in Akron, Ohio, Dr. Robert Smith completed his
 first day of permanent sobriety.  “Doctor Bob” and William G. Wilson are considered to have founded Alcoholics Anonymous on that date.  It is considered the first step to be the hardest, to admit you have a problem.  The twelve steps are used often, not necessarily like a ladder, and it is common for relapses, thus the reason to alcoholics to attend meetings; a sponsor is also recommended.
    1940-Erskin Hawkins records “After Hours” ( Bluebird 10879)   
    1941--Shirley Alston Reeves, lead singer of the Shirelles, is born.
    1943- Hungarian Laszlo Biro patented the bail-point pen, which he had been developing since the 1930s. He was living at Argentina, where he had gone to escape the Nazis. In many languages, the word for ball-point pen is ‘biro.' He lost his patent rights during the war.
    1944—for trivia buffs: with baseball's playing ranks depleted by World War II, Joe Nuxhall became the youngest person ever to play in a major league game.  Nuxhall pitched 2/3rds of an inning for the Cincinnati reds in an 18-0 loss to the St. Louis cardinals. Nuxhall was 15 years, 10 months and 11 days old.
    1944--*DEFRANZO, ARTHUR F. Medal of Honor Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, 1st Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Vaubadon, France, 10 June 1944. Entered service at: Saugus, Mass. Birth: Saugus, Mass. G.O. No.: 1, 4 January 1945. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life, above and beyond the call of duty, on 10 June 1944, near Vaubadon, France. As scouts were advancing across an open field, the enemy suddenly opened fire with several machineguns and hit 1 of the men. S/Sgt. DeFranzo courageously moved out in the open to the aid of the wounded scout and was himself wounded but brought the man to safety. Refusing aid, S/Sgt. DeFranzo reentered the open field and led the advance upon the enemy. There were always at least 2 machineguns bringing unrelenting fire upon him, but S/Sgt. DeFranzo kept going forward, firing into the enemy and 1 by 1 the enemy emplacements became silent. While advancing he was again wounded, but continued on until he was within 100 yards of the enemy position and even as he fell, he kept firing his rifle and waving his men forward. When his company came up behind him, S/Sgt. DeFranzo, despite his many severe wounds, suddenly raised himself and once more moved forward in the lead of his men until he was again hit by enemy fire. In a final gesture of indomitable courage, he threw several grenades at the enemy machinegun position and completely destroyed the gun. In this action, S/Sgt. DeFranzo lost his life, but by bearing the brunt of the enemy fire in leading the attack, he prevented a delay in the assault which would have been of considerable benefit to the foe, and he made possible his company's advance with a minimum of casualties. The extraordinary heroism and magnificent devotion to duty displayed by S/Sgt. DeFranzo was a great inspiration to all about him, and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the armed forces.
    1944--EHLERS, WALTER D. Medal of Honor Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, 18th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. Place and dare: Near Goville, France, 9-10 June 1944. Entered service at: Manhattan, Kans. Birth: Junction City, Kans. G.O. No.: 91, 19 December 1944. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 9-10 June 1944, near Goville, France. S/Sgt. Ehlers, always acting as the spearhead of the attack, repeatedly led his men against heavily defended enemy strong points exposing himself to deadly hostile fire whenever the situation required heroic and courageous leadership. Without waiting for an order, S/Sgt. Ehlers, far ahead of his men, led his squad against a strongly defended enemy strong point, personally killing 4 of an enemy patrol who attacked him en route. Then crawling forward under withering machinegun fire, he pounced upon the gun crew and put it out of action. Turning his attention to 2 mortars protected by the crossfire of 2 machineguns, S/Sgt. Ehlers led his men through this hail of bullets to kill or put to flight the enemy of the mortar section, killing 3 men himself. After mopping up the mortar positions, he again advanced on a machinegun, his progress effectively covered by his squad. When he was almost on top of the gun he leaped to his feet and, although greatly outnumbered, he knocked out the position single-handed. The next day, having advanced deep into enemy territory, the platoon of which S/Sgt. Ehlers was a member, finding itself in an untenable position as the enemy brought increased mortar, machinegun, and small arms fire to bear on it, was ordered to withdraw. S/Sgt. Ehlers, after his squad had covered the withdrawal of the remainder of the platoon, stood up and by continuous fire at the semicircle of enemy placements, diverted the bulk of the heavy hostile fire on himself, thus permitting the members of his own squad to withdraw. At this point, though wounded himself, he carried his wounded automatic rifleman to safety and then returned fearlessly over the shell-swept field to retrieve the automatic rifle which he was unable to carry previously. After having his wound treated, he refused to be evacuated, and returned to lead his squad. The intrepid leadership, indomitable courage, and fearless aggressiveness displayed by S/Sgt. Ehlers in the face of overwhelming enemy forces serve as an inspiration to others.
    1945---Top Hits
Sentimental Journey - The Les Brown Orchestra (vocal: Doris Day)
Dream - The Pied Pipers
Laura - The Woody Herman Orchestra
At Mail Call Today - Gene Autry
    1946-Dizzy Gillespie's big band records Tadd Dameron's “Our Delight”.
    1951--*ABRELL, CHARLES G. Medal of Honor Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, Company E, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.). Place and date: Hangnyong, Korea, 10 June 1951. Entered service at: Terre Haute, Ind. Born: 12 August 1931, Terre Haute, Ind. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a fire team leader in Company E, in action against enemy aggressor forces. While advancing with his platoon in an attack against well-concealed and heavily fortified enemy hill positions, Cpl. Abrell voluntarily rushed forward through the assaulting squad which was pinned down by a hail of intense and accurate automatic-weapons fire from a hostile bunker situated on commanding ground. Although previously wounded by enemy hand grenade fragments, he proceeded to carry out a bold, single-handed attack against the bunker, exhorting his comrades to follow him. Sustaining 2 additional wounds as he stormed toward the emplacement, he resolutely pulled the pin from a grenade clutched in his hand and hurled himself bodily into the bunker with the live missile still in his grasp. Fatally wounded in the resulting explosion which killed the entire enemy gun crew within the stronghold, Cpl. Abrell, by his valiant spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of certain death, served to inspire all his comrades and contributed directly to the success of his platoon in attaining its objective. His superb courage and heroic initiative sustain and enhance the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
    1953---Top Hits
Song from Moulin Rouge - The Percy Faith Orchestra
April in Portugal - The Les Baxter Orchestra
Pretend - Nat King Cole
Take These Chains from My Heart - Hank Williams
    1954-General Motors, Detroit, MI, announced it had logged 2,000 miles on a gas-turbine bus.  The engine used a single burner and two turbine wheels, one to drive the centrifugal compressor, the other to drive a transmission that was connected to the rear wheels of the bus.
    1957 - A dust devil at North Yarmouth, ME, lifted a 600 to 1000 pound chicken shelter into the air and carried it 25 feet. It landed upright with only slight damage. It is unknown whether any eggs were scrambled.
    1958--Elvis Presley uses his first weekend furlough from the US Army to record "A Fool Such As I", "I Got Stung" and "A Big Hunk Of Love" at RCA's Nashville studios.
    1958 - A woman was sucked through the window of her home in El Dorado, KS, by a powerful tornado, and was carried sixty feet away. Beside her was found a broken phonograph record entitled "Stormy Weather"
    1961---Top Hits
Running Scared - Roy Orbison
Moody River - Pat Boone
Stand by Me - Ben E. King
Hello Walls - Faron Young
    1962-The Equal Pay Act of 1963 became law.  This ban on sex discrimination in wages was “to prohibit discrimination on account of sex in the payment of wages by employers engaged in commerce or in the production of goods for commerce.”
According to recent statistics, equal pay is still not a reality, but has come further
than it was over forty ago.
    1964-The Rolling Stones meet two of their idols during a recording session as they run into bluesmen Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters at Chicago's Chess studios.
    1965--*SHIELDS, MARVIN G. Medal of Honor Rank and organization: Construction Mechanic Third Class, U.S. Navy, Seabee Team 1104. Place and date: Dong Xoai, Republic of Vietnam, 10 June 1965. Entered service at: Seattle, Wash. Born: 30 December 1939, Port Townsend, Wash. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Although wounded when the compound of Detachment A342, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, came under intense fire from an estimated reinforced Viet Cong regiment employing machineguns, heavy weapons and small arms, Shields continued to resupply his fellow Americans who needed ammunition and to return the enemy fire for a period of approximately 3 hours, at which time the Viet Cong launched a massive attack at close range with flame-throwers, hand grenades and small-arms fire. Wounded a second time during this attack, Shields nevertheless assisted in carrying a more critically wounded man to safety, and then resumed firing at the enemy for 4 more hours. When the commander asked for a volunteer to accompany him in an attempt to knock out an enemy machinegun emplacement which was endangering the lives of all personnel in the compound because of the accuracy of its fire, Shields unhesitatingly volunteered for this extremely hazardous mission. Proceeding toward their objective with a 3.5-inch rocket launcher, they succeeded in destroying the enemy machinegun emplacement, thus undoubtedly saving the lives of many of their fellow servicemen in the compound. Shields was mortally wounded by hostile fire while returning to his defensive position. His heroic initiative and great personal valor in the face of intense enemy fire sustain and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.
    1966--In San Francisco the IRS tells Sierra Club it will lose its tax deductible status if it keeps taking such political stands. Membership increases three-fold in the next 4 years. 1966-In San Francisco the Jefferson Airplane, Great Society, The Heavenly Blues Band @ Fillmore Auditorium
Artist: Wes Wilson
    1966 - The first use of reversed tape was heard in the song "Rain" (or "niaR") by The Beatles. The tune was the ‘B' side of "Paperback Writer". The technique was discovered and refined by John Lennon -- by accident. It was used in several other songs by the group.
    1967--Stevie Wonder's "I Was Made To Love Her" is released in the US, where it would climb to #2.
    1969---Top Hits
Get Back - The Beatles
Love (Can Make You Happy) - Mercy
Grazing in the Grass - The Friends of Distinction
Singing My Song - Tammy Wynette    
    1972-- Passing Willie Mays into second place on the career home run list, Hank Aaron hits his 649th round tripper. The historic homer is 'Hammerin Hank's' 14th grand slam tying Gil Hodges' National League record.
    1972 - Sammy Davis, Jr. earned his place at the top of the popular music charts for the first time, after years in the entertainment business. His number one song, "The Candy Man", stayed at the top for three consecutive weeks.  The story behind the song, Sammy Davis didn't like it because of the double meaning of “drugs.”  Mike Curb of MGM convinced him to record it, as MGM was going to use the song in the theme of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”  As a favor, Sammy Davis said he would record the song, but only “one take and that's it.” His pal Frank Sinatra was known to do this, too: “one take.” Sure enough, in that one-time recording, Sammy nailed it. "The Candy Man" stayed on the pop charts for 16 weeks. The best the legendary performer had done before was 12 weeks for "Love Me or Leave Me" in 1955 and 11 weeks for "I've Gotta Be Me" (from "Golden Rainbow") in 1969. After "The Candy Man" became a hit, Davis included it in his stage shows and concerts.
    1974-The Who begins a four day stint at Madison Square Garden. Tickets sold out in 60 hours -- a full two months before the concerts.
    1976 - Paul McCartney and Wings set a record for an indoor concert crowd as 67,100 fans gathered in Seattle, WA to hear the former Beatle and his new group.
    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- Allen L. Geiberger of California shot a 59 in the second round of the Danny Thomas Memphis Open at the Colonial Country course, Memphis, TN, becoming the first golfer to break 60 in a professional tournament.  His score was 273 and he won $40,000.
    1977-Lucy Harris of Delta State became the first woman basketball player selected in the NBA draft.  She was selected in the seventh round by the New Orleans jazz but chose not to try out for the team.
    1978-Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta teamed up to take "You're The One That I Want" to the top of the Billboard chart. In the UK, the record would be number one for nine weeks.
    1978-Joe Walsh's "Life's Been Good" is released. It would become his highest charting solo single, reaching #12.
    1978-Joe Walsh's "Life's Been Good" is released.
    1978-“Affirmed,” ridden by Steve Cauthen, won the Belmont Stakes to become the 11th horse to wine the Triple Crown, in one of racing's greatest two-horse competitions.  “Affirmed” edged Alydor in all three Triple Crown races.
    1982-Birthday of Tara Lipinski, youngest girl to ever win the ice figure skating Olympic gold.   The adulation following her stunning victory led to excesses and she became addicted to drugs. She has never been able to regain her amazing Olympic form.
    1985---Top Hits
Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears for Fears
Suddenly - Billy Ocean
Things Can Only Get Better - Howard Jones
Natural High - Merle Haggard
    1988 - Three dozen cities, mostly in the eastern U.S., reported record low temperatures for the date, including Elkins, WV, with a reading of 33 degrees. Unseasonably hot weather continued in the Northern High Plains Region. The record high of 105 degrees at Williston, ND, was their seventh in eight days.
    2002- In front of 45,698 fans at Yankee Stadium, Marcus Thames becomes the 17th player in history to hit a home run on the first pitch he sees in the major leagues. The New York rookie, who hit his two-run dinger off four-time Cy Young winner Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson, joins John Miller (1966) as only the second Yankee to homer in his first at- bat.
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    2005-Paul Anka, who lists his residences as both Beverley Hills and Ottawa, was named an Officer of the Order of Canada by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson in a glittering ceremony in Ottawa.





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