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Monday, June 18, 2018

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

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Top Stories:  June 11 - June 15
  (Opened Most by Readers)
Paul Larkins at Aquiline Capital Partners
   2006 Leasing Person of the Year
Sales Makes it Happen---by Steve Chriest
   The Best Profession:  Sales
Paul J. Menzel – CLFP for 28 years
   Celebrating Long Time Members
Leasing News Legal Editor Tom McCurnin
  on 30 Day Vacation in Asia
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  Denver, Colorado  Adopt at Dog
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News Briefs---
The Top 200 Food and Restaurant Franchises of 2018
  1,023 Companies Applied were Food-Based Franchises
Thousands of Bank Branches are Closing,
    Just Not at These Banks
China is winning the global tech race
  Pulling Ahead with Technology
Top Four Considerations for Business Continuity Planning
  GreatAmerica Financial Services

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Work Remotely from Portland, Oregon

Experienced commercial banker and former commercial equipment leasing industry professional seeking full-time or part-time work out of my home in Portland, Oregon. Over twenty years’ experience in credit analysis, underwriting, sales and collections. Known for creative problem solving and strong quantitative & qualitative analytical skills.  Demonstrated ability to gather information, evaluate and make informed strategic business decisions to maximize profit and mitigate risk. Well known for ability to develop strong business relationships with Clients and large list of national equipment leasing Brokers. Please see attached resume and contact me below if interested. 

Orlando, Florida - Will work remotely
As a Commercial Credit Analyst/Underwriter, I have evaluated transactions from sole proprietorships to listed companies, across a broad spectrum of industries, embracing a multitude of asset types. Sound understanding of balance sheet, income statement and cash flow dynamics which impact credit decisions. Strong appreciation for credit/asset risk.
407 430-3917

Seattle, WA – Will Work Remotely

A highly skilled credit expert.  Extensive underwriting background in small ticket leasing and commercial banking.  Managing equipment finance credit operations, performing daily credit tasks, spreading/analyzing financial statements, preparing monthly reports.  Exceptional organizational, analytical, communication skills.  I excel at making sound credit decisions in a fast paced environment.




Top Stories:  June 11 - June 15
(Opened Most by Readers)

(1) Stearns Bank Equipment Finance
  Very Active in Broker/Third Party Origination Market

(2) Changes at Stearns Bank Equipment Finance
   In or Out of Broker Business?

(3) About Stearns Bank Equipment Finance Broker Panel
Very Active in Broker/Third Party Origination Market

(4) SEC Sues Equipment Leasing Company
and its Founder Ralph T. Iannelli for $80 Million Fraud

(5) New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
   and Related Industries

(6) Correction: 3 Tips on Making Most of Pay-Per Click
  A Broker’s Guide

(7) California Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments
Interest Rate May be Unconscionably High
   By Tom McCurnin, Leasing News Legal Editor

(8) California SB 1235 Passed Senate
   Referred to Assembly, Now in Committee

(9) Fast-food chains roast IHOP over burger announcement
  Wendy's, White Castle and Whataburger

(10) May, 2018  -  The List
  "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"


Paul Larkins joins Aquiline Capital Partners
2006 Leasing Person of the Year

Paul Larkins was named Senior Advisor, Aquiline Capital Partners. He told Leasing News the company "… is a New York-based private equity firm investing globally in financial services enterprises in industries such as banking and credit, insurance, investment management and markets, and financial technology. Aquiline seeks to add value to its portfolio companies through strategic, operational, and financial guidance."

January, 2006, Mr. Larkins was named by Leasing News as "the person who has done the most for the entire equipment leasing industry in 2006."

"Following a number of years of steady growth,” he told Leasing News, “we sold SquareTwo in early 2016 and I elected to leave shortly thereafter. Since that time I have had a few really interesting consulting engagements.

"I am pleased to be joining the Aquiline team as a Senior Advisor. They have deep strengths and a solid track record across the financial services industry, including a number of spaces where my experience can be put to good use."

His LinkedIn bio:

President, CEO, and Director, Square Two Financial, Denver, Colorado (April, 2009 - August, 2016); President and CEO; Key Equipment Finance, Key National Finance, Key Corporation, Key Corporate & Commercial Bank, Albany, NY, Boulder, Colorado. Senior Vice President, National Sales Manager; USL Capital (a Ford Financial Services Company,  Ford Credit (1984 - 1993), San Francisco, CA and Seattle, Washington; Account Manager, IBM, February, 1980 - October, 1984 (Oakland, California, Seattle, Washington, Anchorage, Alaska. Volunteer Experience:  Board Member, Food for Thought, Denver (2012 - Present). Director, Former Chairman, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association.  Director, School of Economics and Business Administration, Saint Mary's College of California.  Formerly Advisory Board Member, University of Colorado Boulder, Leeds School of Business. (January, 2000 - January, 2011).  Education: Saint Mary's College of California, Bachelor of Science, BS, Economics and Business Administration.  California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Economics.  University of Delaware Professional and Continuing Studies, Stonier Graduate School of Banking (ABA).

He was inducted into Equipment Finance Hall of Fame in 2015. He was recognized in the CEO of the Year magazine by ColoradoBiz Magazine.



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Sales Makes it Happen---by Steve Chriest

The Best Profession:  Sales

A vendor partner we work with at Selling Up provided us with some revealing research information about the sales profession, which I thought I should pass along to you for the start of summer this week.

Among working professionals, it appears that salespeople, generally, are a well-balanced, stable group.

Don't fall over! In their work as purveyors of sales excellence, this vendor maintains a database of over 300,000 sales candidates, 100,000 business decision-makers, and 1500 sales forces. Understanding salespeople, and formulating actuarial tools that predict success in sales, is a core part of their business.

Here is some of the interesting information they have discovered:

Among doctors, lawyers, athletes and salespeople, which profession would you guess has the highest average return for their investment in education? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is salespeople, not doctors, lawyers or athletes, who enjoy the highest average return for their investment in education.

Who has the highest suicide rate among dentists, psychologists, business executives, laborers and salespeople? If you guessed dentists, you would be right. With all the rejection most salespeople endure on a daily basis, you might think salespeople rank high on this list. In reality, salespeople have the lowest rate of suicide among these groups.

When comparing politicians, TV personalities, building maintenance workers and salespeople, it's salespeople who have the lowest rate of early heart or other stress related diseases. Maybe even onerous, unrealistic sales quotas aren't enough to overly stress most salespeople.

Which profession, among surgeons, entrepreneurs, writers and dentists has the highest divorce rate? For some reason that I'll let you speculate about, dentists again top this list. The sales profession is second lowest on the list, and only Catholic Priests have a lower rate of divorce!

This should all be good news for sales managers and senior managers. It should be comforting to know that most salespeople enjoy a high average return for their investment in education, do themselves in much less often that other professionals, are less likely to succumb to stress and other stress related diseases than many other professionals, and stay married longer than many groups of top professionals.

It's no wonder salespeople successfully endure constant rejection from customers, uncomplimentary skits on Saturday Night Live, and the blame for lagging sales, even when their company's product or service offering are at fault. It seems that well-adjusted, optimistic, stable people just naturally gravitate to the business of sales!

Steve Chriest is the CEO of Open Advance and author of “Selling to the E-Suite, The Proven System for Reaching and Selling Senior Executives and Business Acumen 101.”  He recently re-named his company from Selling-Up.  He produces video and radio blogs, as well as continuing as a columnist for Leasing News since 2005.

Sales Makes it Happen articles: 


Paul J. Menzel – CLFP for 28 years
Celebrating Long Time Members

Paul J. Menzel, CLFP
President & CEO
Financial Pacific Leasing, Inc., a subsidiary of Umpqua Bank

I became a CLP (now CLFP) in 1990 and participated in the development of the CLP Handbook by writing the original chapter on Portfolio Management.  I also assisted in training and mentoring early candidates while also grading tests.  When asked why I became a CLP, I answered:

“I’ve always seen myself as a lifetime learner as a means to keeping life interesting and furthering my career.  I obtained my MBA by going to school in the evenings and on weekends and I taught myself how to prepare my own taxes since I was learning small business credit analysis in my first leasing job right out of college and I needed to understand how to interpret guarantor’s tax returns.  I believe that ‘Knowledge is King’ in creating a positive outcome in any situation so I have lived by that tenet in advancing my leasing career.  Pursuing the CLP was just an early and beneficial step in that process.”

I arranged the sale of Financial Pacific Leasing to Umpqua Bank in 2013, establishing a bank leasing subsidiary operating in all markets of the leasing industry, from small-ticket to larger, middle-market transactions in the third party origination, vendor and direct channels. 

I joined Financial Pacific in 2008 after a 33-year career managing a small ticket leasing portfolio operation in Santa Barbara, California.  I started in the leasing industry in 1975 with Puritan Leasing Company (where I first met Kit Menkin, editor and publisher of Leasing News. I then managed the operation and its acquisition by Cal Fed Credit in 1986, by Pacific Capital Bank NA (fka Santa Barbara Bank & Trust) in 1996, and by LEAF Financial Corporation in 2007.  As SVP of Community Lending for Pacific Capital Bank, I oversaw the Leasing, Small Business and Indirect Auto Lending units of the Bank managing over $750 MM in assets. 

I am a past Board Member of the Equipment Leasing & Finance Association and have chaired their Code of Fair Business Practices and Small-Ticket Business Council Committees.  I have also served on the Industry Future Council.  In 2005 I was named “Leasing Person of the Year” by Leasing News. I earned my BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley in 1974 and an MBA in Management fromGolden Gate University.

Becoming a CLFP now enabled me to grow in my career. I highly recommend studying to pass the exam, starting with reading the:

Sixth Edition Professional Handbook   $70.00

Why I Became a CLP Series (now CLFP)


Leasing News Legal Editor Tom McCurnin
on 30 Day Vacation in Asia

My good friend and Leasing News Legal Advisor Tom McCurnin, along with his wife, Jodi, in a group exploring many Asian cities for the next 30 days. There is an 18 hour time difference. He was in Kashgar, where he also shot this video of a local Uyghur Tea House.

In 2016, he joined kids from Guatemala City primary school, along with their teachers. They packed provisions and met with the guides to drive as close as they could before the six day, 100 mile hike through the Guatemalan jungle.

Hiking in Guatemala (story with photos)

Before that, he and his wife along with a guide/driver, explored Iran by car, learning the past history of the country, many adventures and discoveries, he reported.

Stay tuned, hope to have more Photos from the McCurnin’s trip.



Labrador Retriever Mix
Denver, Colorado  Adopt at Dog

Granny Plum
Black and White
1 Year Old
Shelter since May 30, 2018
Quebec Street Shelter

Favorite Things: Chasing toys, taking long walks, giving kisses
Special Features: Super affectionate and playful, young dog; sits for treats, "listens well", gentle and smart. Dream Home: Active, affectionate, lots of play and exercise for lively, loving dog

Adoption Fee $125.00

For more information about this animal, call:
Dumb Friends League - Denver at (303) 751-5772
Ask for information about animal ID number A0782651

Dumb Friends League
Quebec Street Shelter
2080 S. Quebec Street
Denver, Colorado 80231
Monday–Friday: 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Weekends: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Adopt a Pet



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News Briefs----

The Top 200 Food and Restaurant Franchises of 2018
1,023 Companies Applied were Food-Based Franchises

Thousands of Bank Branches are Closing,
    Just Not at These Banks 

China is winning the global tech race
  Pulling Ahead with Technology

Top Four Considerations for Business Continuity Planning
  GreatAmerica Financial Services



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Spark People—Live Healthier and Longer

The Hunt for Hidden Sugar



The Mental Health Benefits of Exercise

How to Design the Perfect Meditation Room


The Red Sox Vs. The Ultimate Yankees

The Red Sox are in fame, hopefully not for the rest of the game           
The score is 8-4
Can the Sox score more?
Can the Yankees score?
Or will this game be a total bore
When the Sox beat the Yankees 8-4?
Nick Johnson just hit a home run and the score is 8-5
3 other players get on the bases as well. 
Now, Jorge Posada is up at bat
He looks at all the Sox players, like they're little gnats.
He stands up straight
As the first pitch comes across the plate
The Ump calls a strike
And Torre on that first pitch, he does not like.
Posada continues the game and tries to put the Yanks into fame
He knows that all the Red Sox players are truly lame
So the next pitch comes and the ball is to aim
Right at the catcher’s glove
But because Posada is a catcher
Who said that it had to aim at the other catcher's mitt or bat? 
As all the Yankee fans raise their Yankee hats
Of hope and belief that Posada is going to hit
Because 3 players are bases 1, 2, and 3
He can surely hit the ball into a grand slam
And everyone is watching and can see. 
The pitch comes across the half way and Jorge does his
As he hits the ball, but at the bottom
Causing it to be a pop fly
But because Posada had such an erg to get the ball out of
the park
It had power, strength and belief in God 
That all the fans including the Sox, had to, just had to nod
This ball was out of the park, and half way into New Jersey!
Former Yankee and now announcer Paul O'Neil said “ Boy what a game!”
That hit surely put the Yankees into fame and proved that
the Sox are really lame!
They had a belief and that was in God
And on that hit everyone had to nod!
Boy what a game, what a game!
written by Bella Scorran



Sports Briefs---

History made on final day at Shinnecock Hills

Kacy Rodgers II finds Father's Day 'blessing'
    in playing for his dad on Jets

Tom Brady sees retirement coming but wants to keep playing


California Nuts Briefs---

Bold move a San Jose politician made that’ll impact future housing



“Gimme that Wine”

Sales Grow as Consumers Trading Up on Sauvignon Blanc

Wine Prices by vintage

US/International Wine Events

Leasing News Wine & Spirits Page


This Day in History

    1621 - The first duel of record took place between two servants of Stephen Hopkins, one of the leaders of the Plymouth Colony. Governor William Bradford’s decision was rendered as follows: “The Second Offense is the first Duel fought in New England, upon a Challenge at Single Combat with Sword and Dagger between Edward Dotey and Edward Leister, Servants of Mr. Hopkins; Both being wounded, the one in the Hand, the other in the Thigh; they are adjug’d by the whole Company to have their Head and Feet tied together, and so to lie for 24 hours, without Meat or Drink; which is begun to be inflicted, but within an Hour, because of their great Pains, at their own and their Master’s humble request, upon Promise of better Carriage, they are Released by the Governor.”
    1682 – William Penn (1644-1718) founded Philadelphia.  In 1681, King Charles II handed over a large piece of his American land holdings to William Penn to satisfy a debt the king owed to Penn’s father. This land included present-day Pennsylvania and Delaware. Penn immediately sailed to America and his first step on American soil took place in New Castle (DE) in 1682.  On this occasion, the colonists pledged allegiance to Penn as their new proprietor, and the first general assembly was held in the colony. Afterwards, Penn journeyed up river and founded Philadelphia. 
    1684 - The charter of the Massachusetts Bay Colony was revoked via a scire facias writ issued by an English court for the Colony's interference with the royal prerogative in founding Harvard College and other matters.  In English law, a writ of scire facias (from the Latin meaning, literally "show cause") was founded upon some judicial record directing the sheriff to make the record known (scire facias) to a specified party, and requiring the defendant to show cause why the party bringing the writ shouldn't be able to cite that record in his own interest, or why, in the case of letters, patents, or grants, the patent or grant should not be annulled or vacated. In the United States, the writ has been abolished under federal law but may still be available in some state legal systems.  
    1778 - The British Redcoats evacuate Philadelphia. After almost nine months of occupation, the fifteen thousand British troops under Sir Henry Clinton evacuate Philadelphia, the former US capital. The British position in Philadelphia had become untenable after France’s entrance into the war on the side of the Americans. In order to avoid the French fleet, General Clinton was forced to lead his British-Hessian force to New York City by land. Other loyalists in the city sailed down the Delaware River to escape the Patriots, who returned to Philadelphia the day after the British departure.    
    1811 - The term Coodies came into the American language. The term Coodies was applied derisively to the faction of the Federalist Party that urged support for the War of 1812, a position highly unpopular with the majority of the party and the population of America, who did not want to go to war. The term derived from the series of pro-war articles written by Gulian Crommelin Verplanck, under the pen name Abimeleck Coody. Verplanck was a distinguished editor, author, and Shakespearean scholar. People who were pro war were considered to have the Coodies. The epithet King Coody was applied to Rep. Roger Brooke Taney of Maryland, later Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
    1812 - After much debate in Congress between “hawks” such as Henry Clay and John Calhoun, and “doves” such as John Randolph, Congress issued a declaration of war on Great Britain, Canada, and Ireland. The action was prompted primarily by Britain’s violation of America’s rights of the high seas and British incitement of Indian warfare on the frontier. War was seen by some as a way to acquire Florida and Canada. The hostilities ended with the sign of the Treaty of Ghent on December 24, 1814, Ghent, Belgium. )
    1842 - The grant or patent of the "Rancho Suisun" was made for the military services of Francisco Solano, Indian chief, and a Mexican citizen. The 18,237-acre grant is in present day Solano County, CA, given by Governor Juan Alvarado to Solano, an Indian chief and Captain in the Mexican Army.  The rancho lands include the present day city of Fairfield, CA.  At this time, California was part of Mexico.
    1848 - Captain Charles Welsh arrived in San Francisco. He was to build the first brick house in North Beach. A street was later named for him. 
    1854 – Birthday of E.W. Scripps (1854-1926), founder of the Scripps media firm, in Rushville, IL.  He also founded United Press news service that later became UPI when International News Service merged with United Press in 1958. The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University is named for him.     1857 - Birthday of Henry Clay Folger, Jr. (1857-1930) in NYC.  American businessman and industrial who developed one of the finest collections of Shakespeareana in the world and bequeathed it,  The Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC,  to the American people.
    1863 - After repeated acts of insubordination, General Ulysses S. Grant relieves General John McClelland during the siege of Vicksburg.
    1864 - At Petersburg, Grant ends 4 days of assaults.  The pontoon bridge serves to bring supplies, but no victories.
    1864 - Union war hero Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain is severely wounded at Petersburg, Virginia, while leading an attack on a Confederate position. Chamberlain, a college professor from Maine, took a sabbatical to enlist in the Union army. As commander of the 20th Maine, he earned distinction at Gettysburg when he shored up the Union left flank and helped save Little Round Top for the Federals. His bold counterattack against the Confederates earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor. His wound at Petersburg was the most serious of the six he received during the war. Doctors in the field hospital pronounced his injury fatal, and Union General Ulysses S. Grant promoted him to brigadier general as a tribute to his service and bravery. Miraculously, he survived and spent the rest of the Petersburg campaign convalescing at his Maine home. He returned to the Army of the Potomac in time for Lee's surrender at Appomattox, and he was given the honor of accepting the arms of the Confederate infantry. Chamberlain returned to Maine after the war and served four terms as governor. He then became president of Bowdoin College—the institution that had refused to release him for military service—and held the position until 1883. Chamberlain remained active in veterans' affairs and, like many soldiers, attended regimental reunions and kept alive the camaraderie created during the war. He was present for the 50th anniversary of Gettysburg in 1913, one year before he died of an infection from the wound he suffered at Petersburg.
    1873 - Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 for attempting to vote for president.
    1877 - Birthday of James Montgomery Flagg (1877-1960), Pelham Manor, New York, creator of the illustration of Uncle Sam.  He created his most famous work in 1917, a poster to encourage recruitment in the US Army during World War I. It showed Uncle Sam pointing at the viewer with the caption "I Want YOU for U.S. Army."  Over four million copies of the poster were printed during World War I, and it was revived for World War II. Flagg used his own face for that of Uncle Sam (adding age and the white goatee), he said later, simply to avoid the trouble of arranging for a model.
    1878 - The 45th Congress enacted a rider on an Army appropriations bill that became known as the Posse Comitatus Act [Chapter 263, Section 15, U.S. Statutes, Vol. 20]. This act limited active-duty military involvement in civil law enforcement leaving the Revenue Cutter Service as the only military force consistently charged with federal law enforcement on the high seas and in U.S. waters, and the militia, later to become the National Guard, available for such duty. The rider prohibited the use of the Army in domestic civilian law enforcement without Constitutional or Congressional authority. The use of the Navy was prohibited by regulation and the rider was amended in 1976 outlawing the use of the Air Force. In 1981, however, new legislation allowed the Secretary of Defense to bring Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps support to civilian authorities in intelligence, equipment, base and research facilities, and related training.
    1892 - Macadamia nuts first planted in Hawaii; became a major export item throughout the world
    1898 – The first amusement pier in America opened in Atlantic City.
    1903 – Jeannette MacDonald (1903-65) was born in Philadelphia.  A singer and actress, she is best remembered for her musical films of the 1930s with Maurice Chevalier (“The Love Parade,” “Love Me Tonight,” “The Merry Widow” and “One Hour with You”) and Nelson Eddy (“Naughty Marietta,” “Rose-Marie,” “Maytime”). During the 1930s and 1940s, she starred in 29 feature films, four nominated for Best Picture Oscars, and recorded extensively, earning three gold records. She later appeared in opera, concerts, radio, and television. MacDonald was one of the most influential sopranos of the 20th century, introducing opera to movie-going audiences and inspiring a generation of singers. 
    1906 - Birthday of Kay Kyser (1906-85), born James King Kern Kissers in Rocky Mount, NC.  His band, “Kay Kyser’s Kollege of Musical Knowledge” enjoyed immense popularity in the swing era.  A shrewd showman and performer, he said he never learned to read music or play an instrument. Among his hit recordings were “Three Little Fishes,” and “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition”, a World War II +.
    1908 – Bud Collyer (1908-69) was born Clayton Johnson Heermance, Jr. in NYC.  He was a radio actor/announcer who became one of the nation's first major TV game show host stars. He is best remembered for his work as the first host of the TV game shows “To Tell the Truth” and “Beat the Clock” but he was also famous in the roles of Clark Kent and Superman on radio and in animated shorts. 
    1909 - Drummer Ray Bauduc (1909-88) was born in New Orleans.  He is best known for his work with the Bob Crosby Orchestra and their band-within-a-band, the Bobcats, between 1935 and 1942.
    1910 - Drummer Ray McKinley (1910-95) was born in Ft. Worth, Texas.  In 1942, McKinley formed his own band, which recorded for Capitol Records. The McKinley band was short-lived. When McKinley broke up the band, he joined Glenn Miller's Army Air Force Band, which he co-led with arranger Jerry Gray after Miller's disappearance in December, 1944. Upon being discharged at the end of the following year, McKinley formed a modern big band that featured a book of original material. But with the business in decline, by 1950 that band was history and McKinley began evolving into a part-time leader and sometime radio and TV personality.
    1910 – Longtime NY and SF Giants announcer Russ Hodges (1910-71) was born in Dayton, TN.  On October 3, 1951, Hodges was at the microphone for Bobby Thomson’s 9th inning, game-winning HR, known as “The Shot Heard ‘Round the World,” that beat the Brooklyn Dodgers for the National League pennant. It was Hodges who cried, “There's a long drive... it's gonna be, I believe...THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT!! THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT! THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT! THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT! Bobby Thomson hits into the lower deck of the left-field stands! The Giants win the pennant and they're goin' crazy, they're goin' crazy! HEEEY-OH!!!'' [ten-second pause for crowd noise]  I don't believe it! I don't believe it! I do not believe it! Bobby Thomson... hit a line drive... into the lower deck... of the left-field stands... and this blame place is goin' crazy! The Giants! Horace Stoneham has got a winner! The Giants won it... by a score of 5 to 4... and they're pickin' Bobby Thomson up... and carryin' him off the field!”
    1911 - Tenor saxophonist Babe Russin (1911-84) was born in Pittsburgh.  Russin played with some of the best known jazz bands of the 1930s and 1940s, including Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, and Glenn Miller.,,488048,00.html

    1912 - The Republican National Convention in Chicago split between President Taft and former President Theodore Roosevelt.  After Taft was nominated, Roosevelt and progressive elements of the Party formed the Progressive Party, also known as the 'Bull Moose Party'. The Democrat Woodrow Wilson was elected President as Roosevelt and Taft split the party.  Roosevelt was very disappointed he did not get more votes, which made him basically retire from politics.
    1912 - Tennessee University opens as Tennessee A&I State College
    1913 - Birthday of Sylvia Porter (1913-91), American financial journalist, at Patchogue, NY. Her column was syndicated by the Los Angeles Times, reaching 450 newspapers worldwide. She also wrote more than 20 books and was noted for her ability to turn complex economic language into readable prose.
    1913 - Sammy Cahn (1913-93), the Tin Pan Alley legend Sammy Cahn, was born Samuel Cohen at New York City. He was nominated for 25 Academy Awards and won four times for” Three Coins in the Fountain” (1954), “All the Way” (1957), “High Hopes” (1959) and “Call Me Irresponsible” (1963). In the late 1940s, he began working with composer Jimmy Van Heusen, and the two in essence were the personal songwriting team for Frank Sinatra. Cahn wrote the greatest number of Sinatra hits, including “Love and Marriage,” “The Second Time Around,” High Hopes” and “The Tender Trap.”
    1914 - Birthday of country bandleader and songwriter Pee Wee King (1914-2000) in Abrams, WI.
    1915 - World famous firefighter “Red” Adair (1915-2004) was born Paul Neil Adair in Houston, Texas. He became world famous as an innovator in the highly specialized and extremely hazardous profession of extinguishing and capping blazing, erupting oil wells, both land-based and offshore.

    1917 – Richard Boone (1917-81) was born in LA.  He was an actor who starred in over 50 films and was notable for his roles in Westerns and for starring in the TV series “Have Gun-Will Travel”…”wire Paladin, San Francisco…” 
    1923 – The first Checker taxi hit the streets.
    1924 – George Mikan (1924-2005) was born in Joliet, IL. Mikan is seen as one of the pioneers of modern professional basketball, redefining it as a game of big men…he was the first at 6’10”…with his prolific rebounding, shot-blocking and his talent to shoot over smaller defenders with his ambidextrous hook shot.  Mikan was so dominant that he caused several rule changes in the NBA, among them the goaltending rule, widening the foul lane, known as the "Mikan Rule," and the shot clock.  After his playing career, Mikan became one of the founders of the American Basketball Association (ABA), serving as commissioner of the league, and was also vital for the forming of the Minnesota Timberwolves. In his later years, Mikan was involved in a long-standing legal battle against the NBA, fighting to increase the meager pensions for players who had retired before the league became lucrative.  Mikan was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1959, made the 25th and 35th NBA Anniversary Teams of 1970 and 1980, and was elected one of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players Ever in 1996. Since April 2001, a statue of Mikan shooting his trademark hook shot graces the entrance of the Timberwolves' Target Center.
    1928 - Aviator Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean as she completed a flight from Newfoundland to Wales in about 21 hours.
    1934 - The first nationwide highway planning survey was authorized by Congress to be made by the Bureau of Public Roads of the Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with state highway departments, to obtain traffic volume, load weight, and other information needed for the national planning of a nationwide system of interstate highways.
    1935 – Hugh McColl was born in Bennettsville, SC.   A fourth-generation banker and the former Chairman and CEO of Bank of America, McColl was a driving force behind consolidating a series of progressively larger, mostly Southern banks, thrifts and financial institutions into a super-regional banking force, "the first ocean-to-ocean bank in the nation's history."  Tony Plath, director of banking studies at the UNC-Charlotte, described this transformation in 2005 as "the most significant banking story of the late 20th century."  In 1960, a year after McColl joined American Commercial Bank, the bank joined Greensboro's Security National Bank, becoming North Carolina National Bank.  McColl deployed a methodical, military approach to transforming the small regional bank, via incremental acquisitions and mergers, into NationsBank and ultimately Bank of America.  McColl became President of NCNB in 1974 at age 39.  In 1982, the bank made its first major out-of-state purchase--First National Bank of Lake City, Florida. This was the first in a wave of mergers and acquisitions during the 1980s. Most of those were orchestrated by McColl, who became CEO in 1983. NCNB made national headlines with its purchase of the failed First Republic Bank Corporation of Dallas, TX from the FDIC (1988). Over the next few years, it acquired more than 200 thrifts and community banks, many through the Resolution Trust Corp program (1989 to 1992).  In 1991, NCNB bought C&S/Sovran of Atlanta and Norfolk.  The merged bank changed its name to NationsBank.  After the NationsBank merger, the institution purchased in succession: Maryland National Corporation (1992), Chicago Research and Trading Group (1993), BankSouth (1995), Boatmen's Bancshares (1996), Barnett Bank (1997) and Montgomery Securities (1997). In April 1998, under McColl's direction, NationsBank bought San Francisco-based-based Bank of America. Although NationsBank was the nominal survivor and the merged bank was (and still is) headquartered in Charlotte, the merged company took the better-known name of Bank of America. Among other later acquisitions, Bank of America in 2004 purchased FleetBoston Financial, thus ultimately holding the country's oldest bank charter (1784).
    1936 - Mobster Charles 'Lucky' Luciano is found guilty on 62 counts of compulsory prostitution.
    1936 – Barack Obama, Sr. (1936-82), father of the former President, was born in Kenya.  A Kenyan senior governmental economist. Obama married in 1954 and had two children with his first wife, Kezia. He was selected for a special program to attend college in the United States, where he went to the University of Hawaii. There, he met Stanley Ann Dunham, whom he married in 1961 and divorced three years later, after having a son, Barack II, named after him. The elder Obama later went to Harvard for graduate school, where he earned an M.A. in economics, and returned to Kenya in 1964.  Obama experienced three serious car accidents during his final years, the last of which claimed his life in 1982. 
    1937 - Birthday of American novelist Gail Godwin in Birmingham, AL.   Among her books, “The Odd Woman” and “A Mother & Two Daughters.”

    1938 - Babe Ruth wears a Dodger uniform for the first time as a coach. The 'Bambino' also takes batting practice with the team.
    1939 - Birthday of baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Louis Clark “Lou” Brock, El Dorado, AR.  He began his 19-year major league career in 1961 with the Chicago Cubs, and spent the majority of his career playing for the St. Louis Cardinals who traded P Ernie Broglio for him in one of baseball’s best/worst trades ever. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985.  Brock was best known for breaking Ty Cobb’s all-time major league stolen base record.  He was an All-Star for six seasons and a National League (NL) stolen base leader for eight seasons. 
    1941 – Joe Louis KO’d Billy Conn in 13 for the heavyweight boxing title.
    1942 - Birthday of Paul McCartney, the most commercially-successful former member of the Beatles, in Liverpool, England. McCartney's association with John Lennon began in 1956 when he asked to join Lennon's group, the Quarrymen, which evolved into the Beatles. McCartney began a career on his own in 1969, just before the break-up of the Beatles, by recording a solo album which contained the hit single, "Maybe I'm Amazed." His second album, "Ram," yielded two major hits - "Another Day" and "Uncle Albert-Admiral Halsey." In 1971, McCartney formed the band Wings, which stayed together for ten years, longer than the Beatles. With Wings, McCartney had number-one hits with "My Love" in 1973 and "Silly Love Songs" in 1976. In 1982, McCartney released a solo album, "Tug of War," with numerous guest performers. Among them was Stevie Wonder, who sang with McCartney on the hit single "Ebony and Ivory." McCartney, meanwhile, sang on Michael Jackson's "The Girl is Mine," a top ten hit in 1983.
    1942 - The U.S. Navy commissions its first black officer, Harvard University medical student Bernard Whitfield Robinson.
    1944 - Birthday of American Composer Paul Lansky in NYC.
    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
    1945 - Lt. Gen. Simon Bolivar Buckner was killed by Japanese artillery on Okinawa. On April 1, 1945, with his Tenth Army, he had launched the invasion of Okinawa, a strategic Pacific island located midway between Japan and Formosa. Possession of Okinawa would give the US a base large enough for an invasion of the Japanese home islands. Although there were over 100,000 Japanese defenders on the island, most were deeply entrenched in the island's densely forested interior, and by that evening, 60,000 US troops had come safely ashore.  However, on 04 April, Japanese land resistance stiffened and at sea, Kamikaze pilots escalated their deadly suicide attacks on US vessels. Over the next month, the battle raged on land and sea, with the Japanese troops and flyers making the Americans pay dearly for every strategic area of land and water won. On 18 June, with US victory imminent, General Buckner, the hero of Iwo Jima, was killed by Japanese artillery. Three days later, his Tenth Army reached the southern coast of the island, and, on 22 June, Japanese resistance effectively came to an end. Lieutenant General Mitsuru Ushijima, the Japanese commander, with some of his officers and troops, committed suicide rather than surrender, as the US Tenth Army overcomes the last major pockets of Japanese resistance on Okinawa Island, ending one of the bloodiest battles of World War II.
The Japanese lost 120,000 troops in the defense of Okinawa, while the Americans suffered 12,500 dead and 35,000 wounded. Of the thirty-six Allied ships lost, most were destroyed by the 2000 or so Japanese pilots who gave up their lives in Kamikaze missions. With the capture of Okinawa, the Allies prepared for the invasion of Japan, a military operation predicted to be far bloodier than the 1944 Allied invasion of Western Europe. The plan called for invading the southern island of Kyushu in November of 1945 and the main Japanese island of Honshu in March of 1946.
    1945 - Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower received a tumultuous welcome in Washington, where he addressed a joint session of Congress. Eisenhower went on to meet Pres. Harry Truman and the 2 men established a warm relationship that later soured. In 2001 Steve Neal authored “Harry and Ike: The Relationship That Remade the Postwar World.”
    1946 - Bobby Sherwood Band records “Sherwood’s Forest.”
    1948 – In his Major League debut, Phillies’ Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts lost to the Pirates, 2-0.
    1948 - Columbia Records begins the first mass production of the 33 1/3 RPM LP. The new format could contain a maximum of 23 minutes of music per side versus the approximately three minutes that could be squeezed on to a 78 RPM disc.
    1948 - The United Nations Commission on Human Rights adopted its International Declaration of Human Rights setting up a "common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations." 
    1950 - Birthday of American Composer Frank Ferko, born Barberton, OH.
    1950 - In the nightcap of a doubleheader, the Cleveland Indians scored 14 runs in the 1st inning for an American League record, trouncing the Philadelphia Athletics, 21 - 2. 
    1953 - Top Hits
“Song from Moulin Rouge” - The Percy Faith Orchestra
“April in Portugal” - The Les Baxter Orchestra
“I’m Walking Behind You” - Eddie Fisher
“Take These Chains from My Heart” - Hank Williams
    1953 - Birthday of Robbie Bachman, drummer for Bachman-Turner Overdrive, in Winnipeg. The Canadian rock band, which also included Robbie's brothers Randy and Tim on guitars, was internationally popular in the 1970's with such hits as "Blue Collar," "Let It Ride," "Takin' Care of Business" and "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet," a 1974 million-seller. At its peak, BTO won many polls and honors in the US, as well as seven Juno Awards.
    1953 - Sending 23 batters to the plate at Fenway, the Red Sox enjoy a 17-run and 14-hit seventh inning as they pound the Tigers, 23-3. Sammy White sets a modern Major League record scoring three times in the frame and outfielder Gene Stephens collect three hits in the inning to establish an American League record.
    1954 - Albert Patterson was assassinated in Phoenix, Ala. He had recently been elected as attorney general on a platform to crack down on vice. His murder led the governor to call in the National Guard to replace local law enforcement and cleanup the vice. Patterson’s son John filled the attorney general position. He was elected governor in 1958.
    1958 - Connie Francis records "Stupid Cupid,” one of the may rock and roll hits penned by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield.  It spent six weeks at #1.
    1959 - Fats Domino records "I Want To Walk You Home," the last of Domino's releases to hit number one on the R&B chart. "I Want to Walk You Home" stayed at the top spot for a single week and also peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100.
    1959 - A Federal Court annuls the Arkansas law allowing school closings to prevent integration.
    1959 - Louisiana Governor Earl K. Long was committed to a state mental hospital.  He responded by having the hospital's director fired and replaced with a crony who proceeded to proclaim him perfectly sane. 
    1961 - Top Hits
“Moody River” - Pat Boone
“Quarter to Three” - U.S. Bonds
“Tossin’ and Turnin’” - Bobby Lewis
“Hello Walls” - Faron Young
    1961 – CBS cancelled “Gunsmoke.”  "Gunsmoke” is routinely placed among the best shows of any kind and any time. The television series ran for 20 seasons from 1955 to 1975, and stands as the United States' longest-running prime time, live-action drama with 635 episodes. My father Lawrence Menkin wrote a number of the episodes. The star of the TV show, James Arness drove my brother and I close to our school every morning. He lived down the street from us.
    1963 - Three thousand Blacks boycott Boston public schools.
    1965 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit:  “I Can't Help Myself,'' Four Tops.
    1966 - Gen. William Westmoreland, senior U.S. military commander in Vietnam, sends a new troop request to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Westmoreland stated that he needed 542,588 troops for the war in Vietnam in 1967, an increase of 111,588 men to the number already serving there. In the end, President Johnson acceded to Westmoreland's wishes and dispatched the additional troops to South Vietnam, but the increases were done in an incremental fashion. The highest number of U.S. troops in South Vietnam was 543,500, which was reached in 1969.
    1967 - After wresting the coveted closing spot from the Who, The Jimi Hendrix Experience made its debut performance at the Monterey Pop music festival by setting his guitar on fire during his set. The Hendrix album, “Electric Ladyland,'' released in 1968, tops Billboard's pop album chart for two weeks.
    1968 - Poor People’s Campaign’s Solidarity Day takes place.
    1968 – The Supreme Court banned racial discrimination in housing.
    1969 - Top Hits
“Get Back” - The Beatles
“Love Theme from Romeo & Juliet” - Henry Mancini
“In the Ghetto” - Elvis Presley
“Running Bear” - Sonny James
    1970 - Wind and rain, and hail up to seven inches deep, caused more than $5 million damage at Oberlin KS. 
    1972 – The Supreme Court, in a 5-3 decision, confirmed lower court rulings in the Curt Flood case, upholding baseball's exemption from antitrust laws.
    1972 - Colorful Oakland A’s owner Charlie Finley held baseball's first ever "Mustache Day." Finley agreed to pay $300 to each of his players for growing mustaches by Father's Day. Reggie Jackson had started the trend by reporting to spring training with a mustache, to become the first Major Leaguer to do so since Frenchy Bordagaray in 1936.  The A’s went on to win the first of three consecutive World Series and Hall of Fame reliever Rollie Fingers had his career trademark.
    1975 – The Red Sox’ Fred Lynn collected 10 runs batted in with three home runs, a triple and a single in a 15-1 win over the Tigers. Lynn's 16 total bases tied an AL record. Lynn went on to win the Rookie of the Year and MVP awards in the AL.
    1976 - Electric Light Orchestra's "OLE ELO" goes gold. The LP is a greatest hits collection.
    1976 – Country music singer Blake Shelton was born in Ada, OK.  
    1977 - Fleetwood Mac worked "Dreams" to the number one spot on the pop music charts this day. It would be the group’s only single to reach number one. Fleetwood Mac placed 18 hits on the charts in the 1970s and 1980s. Nine were top-ten tunes. 
    1977 - James Taylor enters the Billboard chart with an update of Jimmy Jones's 1960 #1 hit, "Handy Man." Taylor's version will reach #4. 
    1977 - Top Hits
“Dreams” - Fleetwood Mac
“Got to Give It Up (Pt. I)” - Marvin Gaye
“Gonna Fly Now (Theme from ‘Rocky’)” - Bill Conti
“Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)” - Waylon Jennings
    1977 – At Boston’s Fenway Park, Yankees manager Billy Martin pulled Reggie Jackson from right field after he failed to run out a grounder.  Tempers flared in the dugout and Yankee coaches and players had to separate them.
    1979 – The SALT II Treaty was signed by the US and Soviet Union.
    1980 - The film, "The Blues Brothers," starring Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi, premieres in New York City. Cameos in the film include Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, James Brown and John Lee Hooker.  
    1981 – The retirement of Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart paved the way for the first female Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor.
    1981 – The AIDS epidemic was formally recognized by medical professionals in San Francisco, California. 
    1983 - Dr. Sally Ride, 32-year-old physicist and pilot, functioned as a “mission specialist” and became the first American woman in space when she began a six-day mission aboard the space shuttle Challenger in 1983. The “near-perfect” mission was launched from Cape Canaveral, FL, and landed, June 24, 1983, at Edwards Air Force Base, CA.
    1985 - Top Hits
“Everybody Wants to Rule the World” - Tears for Fears
“Heaven” - Bryan Adams
“Sussudio” - Phil Collins
“Country Boy” - Ricky Skaggs
    1986 - Don Sutton of the California Angels pitched a three-hitter against the Texas Rangers to win the 300th game of his career by the score of 5-1. Sutton pitched in the majors from 1966 to 1988 and finished with 324 victories.  He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998.
    1987 - After two years of marriage, Bruce Springsteen separated from his first wife, model and actress Julianne Phillips. 
    1987 - It was a hot day in the Upper Great Lakes Region. Nine cities in Michigan and Wisconsin reported record high temperatures for the date. The high of 90 degrees at Marquette, MI, marked their third straight day of record heat. Severe thunderstorm in the Northern and Central High Plains Region spawned half a dozen tornadoes in Wyoming and Colorado. Wheatridge, CO, was deluged with 2.5 inches of rain in one hour.
    1989 - Unseasonably hot weather prevailed in the southwestern U.S. In Arizona, afternoon highs of 103 degrees at Winslow, 113 degrees at Tucson, and 115 degrees at Phoenix were records for the date.
    1990 – In the first sudden death playoff in the US Open Golf championship, Hale Irwin won and became the oldest to win the tournament, at age 45.
    1991 – The left arm of SF Giants P Dave Dravecky, ravaged by cancer, was amputated.  In 1988, a cancerous tumor was found in Dravecky's pitching arm. On October 7, 1988, he underwent surgery, which removed half of the deltoid muscle in his pitching arm and froze the humerus bone in an effort to eliminate all of the cancerous cells. Doctors advised Dravecky to wait until 1990 to pitch again, but Dravecky was determined to pitch in 1989, and on August 10, he made a highly publicized return to the Majors, pitching eight innings and defeating Cincinnati, 4–3. In his following start, five days later in Montreal, Dravecky pitched three no-hit innings, but in the fifth inning, he felt a tingling sensation in his arm. In the sixth inning, he started off shaky, allowing a home run to the leadoff batter and then hitting the second batter. Then, on his first pitch to Tim Raines, his humerus bone snapped; the sound of it breaking could be heard throughout the stadium. Dravecky collapsed on the mound. He'd suffered a clean break midway between his shoulder and elbow, ending his season and his career. 
    1993 - Having sold their label to Polygram three years earlier for half a billion dollars, A&M label founders Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss announce their intention to leave the company entirely. Begun in 1962, A&M was one of the first artist-owned labels, and the first successful independent label.
    1996 – Ted Kaczynski, suspected of being the Unabomber, was indicted on ten criminal counts.
    1998 - The Walt Disney Co. becomes an even bigger player on the Internet with the purchase of a 43% stake in Web search engine company Infoseek Corp. Disney Plans to launch an Internet portal - a Web site that contains entertainment, news and search capabilities in one location.
    1999 - Disney released the animated feature "Tarzan." The soundtrack features five tracks by Phil Collins each sung in five different languages -- English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Collins did two versions in Spanish -- one with a Latin American accent and another with a Castilian.
    2001 - Citing he wants to spend more time with his family, Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. announces he will retire at the end of the season. The two-time MVP will be best remembered for his streak of playing in consecutive 2,632 games. 
    2001 - With the time starting when the pitcher enters fair territory, a two-minute limit for warm-up tosses thrown by relievers who come in during an inning is now mandated by the commissioner's office. At the beginning of an inning the allotted warm-up time will be 1:40 unless the game is on national television in which event the time allowed will be increased by 20 seconds.
    2002 - Billy Joel was admitted to Connecticut's Silver Hill Hospital for ten days in order to get his drinking under control. 
    2002 - In the first Major League game to feature four players with 400 career homers, the Cubs beat the Rangers, 4-3, as Alex Gonzalez hits a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth inning. Sammy Sosa (475), Fred McGriff (459) and Juan Gonzalez (401) watched Rafael Palmeiro add his 460th home run to the total.
    2003 - Google launched AdSense, a program that enables website publishers to serve ads targeted to the specific content of their individual web pages, many of which go on to start their own publishing businesses.  
    2004 - Ray Charles' funeral was held in Los Angeles at the First AME Church, featuring performances by Stevie Wonder, Glen Campbell, B.B. King, Wynton Marsalis, and Willie Nelson. Non-performing attendees include Little Richard, Clint Eastwood, and Berry Gordy, Jr. 
    2005 - After 136 at-bats and 155 plate appearances with the bases full, Derek Jeter hits the first grand slam in his carrier. The Yankees shortstop’s homer ends the longest drought (at bats and number of homers) among current Major Leaguers without hitting a bases loaded home run.
    2009 - The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), a NASA robotic spacecraft, was launched.
    2011 – E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons (1942-2011) died in West Palm Beach, FL.  He had been with the Band since 1972.
    2012 – The Mets’ R. A. Dickey threw his second consecutive one-hitter in beating the Orioles, 5-0. He is the first pitcher to do so since Dave Steib in 1988, and the first in the National League since Jim Tobin in 1944.
    2013 - The city of San Jose, CA filed a suit in federal court against Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig, arguing it has suffered millions of dollars in damages because MLB has refused to allow the Oakland Athletics to move to a new ballpark there. The suit explicitly challenges baseball's exemption from antitrust laws, which is the relic of a much-criticized Supreme Court decision dating back to 1922. 
    2013 – The biggest version of Boeing’s Dreamliner, the 787-10, debuted at the Paris Air Show.  Over 100 orders, worth over $30 billion, are placed.
    2014 – Amazon released its own ‘Fire’ smartphone.  It allows users to connect directly to to shop for items they scan or identify in video or audio clips on the device.



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