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Friday, June 12, 2020

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Top Ten Leasing News
    June 8 - June 12
Former Enloe Bank President Pleads Guilty
    to Setting a Fire to Hide Theft from the Bank
Signs of an Imminent Layoff
    Career Crossroads---by Emily Fitzpatrick/RII
Selling In a Pandemic
    By Steve Chriest
Online Personal Reviews Can Help Grow Your Sales
    FinTech #102 by Alex Vasilakos
Jobless Claims Gradually Decline Chart
    But 20+ Million Still Out of Work
Border Collie/Labrador Retriever Mix
    Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas   Adopt a Dog
      (part of the San Antonio Metropolitan Area)
Financial Services
    (Providing Services and Products)
News Briefs---
Kabbage Processed 129,000 SBA PPP Loan Applications
    For Nearly $4 Billion
Tesla attempts to calm Fremont workers amid rising concerns
    over potentially inadequate COVID-19 protections
This could be the next major retailer facing bankruptcy
    Men's Warehouse/ Jos. A Branch, K&G Brands
What mask? Las Vegas tourists act like the coronavirus
    is long gone at the Cosmopolitan
New York has received 25,000 complaints of noncompliance
    with reopening rules, governor says
Warren Buffett loaned $300 million to Harley-Davidson during
    the financial crisis. Here's the story of how he helped the motorcycle maker
Woman becomes first observant Sikh to graduate
    from the US Military Academy at West Point

You May have Missed---
Every State's Unemployment Claims
    Since COVID-19 Shut the Economy Down

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Top Ten Leasing News
June 8 - June 12

(Stories most opened by readers)

(1) NY Based Finance Companies Deceived Small Businesses,
    with Merchant Cash Advance, one at 4,000 percent Interest

(2) New York Attorney General's Office Wins Major Case
    Against Northern Light Systems Leasing and Affiliates

(3) Dr. Dan Geller Predicts US Being Pushed
    into a Prolonged Recession

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

(5) Changes to Payroll Protection Plan
    Passed both Houses, Signed by President Trump

(6) Starbucks to Close 400 Stores
    "Never to be the Same"
        By Douglas McIntyre

(7)  Anthony Fauci warns that ‘nightmare’ pandemic
   isn’t close to over

(8) A Maine factory says it will have to discard all
   coronavirus swabs made during Trump's factory tour

(9) The Dow crashes more than 1,800 points out of nowhere
   — here's one reason why

(10)  32 Pictures that Show What White Privilege Looks Like
    Some May be Viewed as Humorous, Others Quite Serious



Former Enloe Bank President Pleads Guilty
to Setting a Fire to Hide Theft from the Bank

On June 5, 2020, Anita Gail Moody, the former president of Enloe State Bank, pleaded guilty in federal court to participating in a multimillion-dollar fraud scheme and setting fire to financial documents to cover up her crime. Moody has agreed to a sentence of seven years in federal prison and to pay $11,136,241 in restitution.

According to "The Dallas Morning News, Anita Gail Moody, 57, "...held the top job for more than 10 years. Since 2012, she had been stealing from the bank by creating more than 100 fake loans in the names of actual bank customers and others, according to the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Texas. The fraud totaled about $11 million, officials said.

Leasing News wrote about the closing of the first bank in 2019, Enloe State Bank, located in a very small Texas town in Delta County, 80 miles northeast of Dallas.  There was a fire May 11, 2019 at the bank’s
back room that the 2,000 residents had never seen.

The Texas Department of Banking had set a review of the bank on Sunday, the day after the fire, authorities said. The agency had specifically requested a set of financial records for a routine examination.

The Dallas Morning News reported, “Federal investigators and loan experts swarmed the agricultural community about 80 miles northeast of Dallas. Within days, at least a dozen residents received letters telling them they had loans at the bank — shocking some who said they knew nothing about the debts.”

“'It hurt a lot of people here,' said Noel Bailey, the bank’s president more than 30 years ago.”

The bank became the first bank failure in 17 months and the first in Texas since 2013. 

June 5, 2019 Enloe State Bank Story:


Signs of an Imminent Layoff
Career Crossroads---by Emily Fitzpatrick/RII

Question: If a layoff is imminent with my current employer, are there signs I should be looking for?

Answer:  A lay-off is different from being let go (“fired”) for under performance. If you are performing well and there are rumblings of a merger / acquisition or downsizing, you must be prepared. Number One Rule – “Avoid putting your head in the sand.” For example, (1) when a company merges, the elimination of duplicate employees is a TOP priority (2) If you hear the word “restructuring,” that is a pretty good indication that there will be layoffs. (3) additionally, an infusion of “new blood’ is typically accompanied by a decision to purge the “old blood!”
Believe me, heads have rolled and not solely because of the recent recession – it is ultra-competitive out there.

It is my experience in today’s environment that continued employment no longer depends on loyalty – any employee can be laid off at any time! Your ability to keep yourself employed will depend upon your ability to see “the writing on the wall,” your ability to accept facts about today’s work environment and an openness / willingness to consider other career opportunities / employers, and your ability to deliver results under changing market conditions.

Accept the fact that you will not work for one employer for the bulk of your career – this is no longer viable. Look at the Leasing News Weekly “New Hires--Promotions” and note how many changes a person goes through during their career, many a result of mergers or acquisitions.

Again, continued employment no longer depends on company loyalty. Be prepared and ask yourself where would a layoff leave you?

Make sure you are continuously assessing the health of your employer so you will have the chance to make informed decisions about the kinds of changes you must make. Sometimes looking for another career opportunity (or being open to exploring) before the ax falls is the BEST course of action. Contact a recruiter who can assist you in your potential career move.

Best advice:  keep your eyes and ears open, remember to be loyal to yourself and your family first and foremost!

Emily Fitzpatrick
Sr. Recruiter
Recruiters International, Inc.
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Selling In a Pandemic

By Steve Chriest

Selling in a pandemic is the most difficult of all times. In a pandemic, there are many more obstacles besides the down economy itself. What can you do, as a professional salesperson, to prepare for selling during these times?

There are at least four things you can prepare to do if you expect to sell in a down economy:
- Stay in front of your customers
- Get to the senior levels in buying organizations
- Share success stories to which your customers can relate
- Manage your time as a guardian of your company's resources.

In all tough economic times, it's vital that you stay in front of your customers, especially your best customers. One major caveat:  Only contact your customers when you have something of value to offer them, such as advice, an unusual perspective, or special knowledge. Never, I repeat, NEVER, contact a customer during tough times and ask, “Do you have any deals for me today?” That inane question will drive customers to the nearest exit! Don’t email them every day.

Unfortunately, middle managers are often a primary layoff target when times get tough. This reality, however, presents an opportunity for you to meet with senior managers who otherwise might be inaccessible to you. Forget about “pitching” special programs and offers to senior executives. Meeting with senior executives gives you an opportunity to listen carefully to them and to learn about and understand their concerns and the real challenges facing their business. In-person is best, on video is second, and nothing beats a confirmed appointment in person. Wear a mask and remain six feet away. Bring an extra mask if the senior manager does not have one handy.

Senior managers are usually eager to hear about what other companies are doing to address tough issues and circumstances. Without divulging anything held by you in confidence, sharing success stories with executives is a powerful way to build your credibility and build your business with company leaders. You might, for example, share the experiences of a vendor who used a particular marketing approach to expand their universe of potential customers.

Finally, while it's always important to effectively manage your time and your niche, it's critical to optimize your selling time and guard your company's resources. Never make promises you can’t fulfill. By pursuing only realistic, profitable sales opportunities, you can help ensure the best use of your time and of company will put you in forefront to receive actual 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 is also the author of Selling "The E-Suite, The Proven System for Reaching and "Selling Senior Executives" and "Profits and Cash – The Game of Business." He is the past president and founder of a major leasing company. He produces video and radio blogs, as well as continuing as a columnist for Leasing News since 2005.


Online Personal Reviews Can Help Grow Your Sales
FinTech #102 by Alex Vasilakos

In this digital age, people keep forgetting that word-of-mouth is still one of the best sources of marketing out there. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Yelp and all these outlets are social media platforms but, if you look deeper, it is another form of word-of-mouth marketing. People are sharing and talking about brands all the time.

This also applies to your listing in Facebook, LinkedIn, and even Twitter. Reviews. If you have not asked for reviews or testimonials from your customers, you are missing a huge opportunity to help
you create more sales.

This applies not only to references from clients, but colleagues,
vendors, even accolades from your company

Why Are Online Reviews So Important? Look at their value from
potential clients, as well as business, restaurant and other reviews:

  • 88% of users have read reviews to determine the quality of a small business.
  • 72% of consumers say positive reviews make them trust a business more.
  • 90% of customers say their decision to decide on your services or abilities is influenced by online reviews.
  • Asking for reviews as a business owner costs you nothing.
  • Benefits of Having Online Business Reviews:

Online reviews can certainly have a huge impact and effect on your business’s lead generation and growth. There are two major factors that are important in securing online business reviews:

  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO): Google loves online reviews and they help with your local SEO. Since search engines are targeting more local now, they love online reviews for the primary reason that consumers love reviews. Search engines are in the business of providing relevant and accurate information for people on-the-go or even at home and assist them in making the right decision, especially if it comes to purchases. The faster they can produce the most relevant results, the more the customer will go back.
  • Personal human interactions and conversions: Clients are going to check online before engaging in your business or even purchasing your services. The more testimonials and/or reviews, the more acceptances will be given to you.

Alex Vasilakos
Director of Marketing
The Finance Marketing Group
Office: 518-591-4645x102 / Fax: 518-677-1071
90 State Street, Suite 1500, Albany, NY 12207

Currently, Alex works exclusively with financial services companies but his depth of knowledge and experience can help design and implement long-reaching strategies for businesses across all industries.

Alex entered advertising and marketing in 2003 as the industry landscape shifted from traditional print to digital media. In that time, he has worked with numerous large accounts .in both healthcare and financial services, and has helped small and medium-sized businesses grow and flourish in their respective digital markets. He has won countless awards for creative direction and strategy, and is certified by Google Partners in both AdWords and Analytics.



According to the latest unemployment data released by the Department of Labor, the number of Americans newly applying for unemployment benefits decreased to 1,542,000 in the week ending June 6. While the latest drop in initial claims marks the 10th consecutive week of declines, the number of weekly unemployment claims is still historically high. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, weekly claims had peaked at 695,000 in the fall of 1982, putting this week’s “positive” news in perspective. As our chart shows, weekly unemployment claims have trended downwards since hitting 6.9 million in late March but remain far above the levels seen before the pandemic hit.

The number of people receiving unemployment benefits also saw a slight decline in the week ended May 30, but with more than 20 million people out of work, the jobs crisis is far from over. When asked about his expectation of how many of the latest job losses will turn out permanent in this week’s FOMC press conference, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said that it “could be well into the millions of people who don’t get to go back to their old job,” and that “it could be some years before we get back to those people finding jobs.”

By Felix Richter, Statista


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This special girl was rescued out of a greenbelt ditch with her sisters. Semi-feral and scared to death, they were eventually caught and brought to us. All pups would not let us touch them for the first few weeks, then progress began. Not trusting of humans, they need a special home; experienced with feral dogs, quiet, no kids, not a lot of visitors or sudden changes. Issa may never recover from the trauma she experienced in that ditch but that doesn't mean she does not deserve to find her forever home. She is not a normal dog- just special. She needs to trust her person and not be expected to be perfect, affectionate or play. She walks well on a leash, loves other dogs, loves toys and blankets, and would love to be just be a dog. If you have the patience and love Issa needs give us a call, she may never be that snuggly, go-fetch girl but she is very goofy in her own way.

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News Briefs----

Kabbage Processed 129,000 SBA PPP Loan Applications
    For Nearly $4 Billion

Tesla attempts to calm Fremont workers amid rising concerns
    over potentially inadequate COVID-19 protections

This could be the next major retailer facing bankruptcy
    Men's Warehouse/ Jos. A Branch, K&G Brands

What mask? Las Vegas tourists act like the coronavirus
    is long gone at the Cosmopolitan

New York has received 25,000 complaints of noncompliance
    with reopening rules, governor says

Warren Buffett loaned $300 million to Harley-Davidson during
the financial crisis. Here's the story of how he helped the motorcycle maker.

Woman becomes first observant Sikh to graduate
    from the US Military Academy at West Point


You May Have Missed---

Every State's Unemployment Claims
    Since COVID-19 Shut the Economy Down


Sports Briefs---

Tom Brady and Antonio Brown are working out
    with Deion Sanders' son

Antonio Brown gets probation
    after changing his plea in battery case

Mayfield "absolutely" will kneel during national anthem

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll expresses regret
     for not signing Colin Kaepernick

Opinion: Vikings must go much further than 'unity' theme
    for impact in fighting racism

“He’s So Explosive”- San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo
   Has High Praise for Rookie 49ers Receiver


California Nuts Briefs---

3 big California police unions release national reform plan
     to remove racist officers

Northern California supervisor compares masks
   to wearing AIDS ribbon in COVID-19 fight

Why tech workers are migrating to Sonoma County
    during the coronavirus pandemic



“Gimme that Wine”

Napa Valley sparkling wine maker Schramsberg reopens for tasting,  hopes coronavirus shutdown marketing eventually recoups lost sales

Club members buoy Napa Valley's Peju winery
    until tasting room reopening

Sonoma County's Dry Creek Vineyard on reopening for tasting:
  'outdoor tastings by appointment was kind of a natural for us

Napa Valley's Trefethen Family Vineyards taps lessons from 2014 quake  in reopening tasting room from coronavirus restrictions

Sonoma County wine, brewery and distillery tasting rooms
    can resume pouring beverages Friday

Virginia Area wineries hit hard by cold spring weather

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This Day in History

1607 - Colonists in North America completed James Fort in Jamestown.  The first permanent English settlement in what is now the United States was established at Jamestown beginning on May 14, 1607. Upon arrival, the hundred-some colonists set about constructing a fort to protect themselves from the nearby Virginia native tribes and from a potential attack from the Spanish settlements in Florida. They completed their initial James Fort and began construction of other buildings to expand the colony. Between 1609 to 1610, lack of local food and replenishment of supplies from England, and inability to cope with disease led to the "starving time," after which only 60 colonists survived. The colony was resupplied with new colonists, and over the next several decades became the center of government for the English colonists, and a port town for additional arrivals from England to the new land, with about 500 people living in or around it at its peak. Notable events during this time included john Role’s marriage to Pocahontas which helped to create a lasting peace treaty with the native Powhatan Confederacy.
    1686 - In Boston, the King's Chapel was organized. It was the first Anglican Church established in colonial New England.
    1752 - Benjamin Franklin affixed an iron wire to a kite and proceeded to fly it from a long piece of twine tied to a silk ribbon. Where the twine met the silk, Franklin attached a metal key. His thesis was any overhead electricity would be attracted to the wire at the top of the kite. As it began to lightning, he placed his hand near the key and sparks shot out, proving his experiment a success. Franklin used this discovery to start a new business selling and making lightning rods. The rods were attached to the tops of buildings. A wire ran down the side of the structure to the ground. When lightning struck the top of the rod, it ran down the wire and safely to ground without doing damage to the building. His letter to Peter Collison dated October 19, 1752, describing his experiments was read before the Royal Society of London in December, 1752.
    1775 - The Second Continental Congress chose George Washington commander in chief of the Continental Army. He declined to accept pay for his services, but in 1783, after eight years of war, submitted records of his expenses totaling 24,700 pounds, roughly over $125,000, $15,625 to feed, clothe, and provide food and transportation for his army of men. 
[detail of 1780 portrait by Charles Willson Peale (1741–1827)] 
    1776 – Delaware voted to suspend government under the British Crown and separate officially from Pennsylvania.  Anticipating the Declaration of Independence, Patriot leaders Thomas McKean and Caesar Rodney convinced the Colonial Assembly to declare itself separated from British and Pennsylvania rule since 1682. The dramatic overnight ride of Caesar Rodney gave the delegation the votes needed to cast Delaware's vote for independence. 
    1779 - General Anthony Wayne captured Stony Point, New York, from the British. "I'll storm the Gates of Hell if you will but plan the attack," Wayne told Gen. Washington.
    1789 - Josiah Henson (d. 1883), abolitionist, author, was born in Charles County, Maryland. His autobiography, “The Life of Josiah Henson” (1849) was read by Harriet Beecher Stowe and inspired her best-selling novel, “Uncle Tom's Cabin.”'s%20Web%20Sites/Orisky/third.html
    1804 - The 12th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified. It changed the method of electing the president and vice president after a tie in the Electoral College during the election of 1800. Rather than each elector voting for two candidates with the candidate receiving the most votes elected president and the second-place candidate elected vice president, each elector was now required to designate his choice for president and vice president, respectively.
    1835 - Adah Isaacs Menken (d. 1868) was born Marie Rachel Adelaide de Vere Spenser in Bordeaux, France and lived in Cuba as a child before her family settled in New Orleans.  U.S. poet and one of the most notorious actresses on the international stage. The part that made her infamous was when she was bound, nearly naked, to the back of a horse that galloped about the stage. She fascinated a number of famous men including Mark Twain and Charles Dickens.  “Life in the mining towns of the far West was boisterous and extravagant in 1867. The height of fun and games was achieved in Virginia City, Nevada, site of the fabulous Comstock Lode, in the period from 1860 to 1880. The town had more than 100 saloons, five legitimate theaters, six variety houses, and other establishments such as dance halls. The single most popular performer was Adah Isaacs Menken, known for performing while clad only in a flimsy gown.” The actress and equestrienne Adah Menken was a brilliant self-publicist, and though her fame didn't last, she was very well known in her day. She shocked the public in the 1860s with her short hair, short skirts and decadence. She once gave a press conference lying in a short skirt on a tiger-skin, sipping champagne and smoking a cigarette (smoking was still considered rather daring for a woman). Adah Menken was quick to see the promotional potential of photographs in her campaign to make herself famous. She distributed a prolific number of publicity portraits such as this one. She was particularly keen to get herself photographed with famous men of the day and managed to persuade the novelist Alexander Dumas and the poet Algernon Charles Swinburne to pose with her. The picture of herself and Swinburne, taken at an informal meeting, was then rushed off to a photographic studio so that it could be reproduced and sold in the street. Swinburne was reportedly furious.
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    1836 - Arkansas became the 25th state. The Land of Opportunity, as Arkansas is called, was founded in the late 17th century by Frenchman Henri de Tonti. His interpretation of Quapaw, the Indian tribe that lived in the area, was Arkansas. Little Rock, the state’s largest city, is also its capital. The state bird and the state flower are the mockingbird and apple blossom, respectively.  Arkansas seceded from the United States during the Civil War. Upon returning to the Union, the state would continue to suffer due to its earlier reliance on slavery and the plantation economy, causing the state to fall behind economically and socially. While rural interests continued to dominate the state's politics until the Civil Rights movement in the mid-20th century, Arkansas began to diversify its economy following World War II and now relies on its service industry as well as aircraft, poultry, steel and tourism in addition to cotton and rice.
    1844 - Inventor Charles Goodyear received a patent for vulcanizing rubber. Prior to this, no one knew how to keep natural rubber from melting in the summer and hardening in the winter. Reputedly Goodyear discovered the process by accident, after years of experimentation, when he dropped some rubber mixed with sulfur on a hot stove. The resulting substance resembled charred leather but was still resilient and elastic. Goodyear called the process "vulcanization," after the Roman God of Fire, Vulcan. He had received a previous patent on June 17, 1837, for a method of destroying the adhesive properties of rubber by applying bismuth, nitric acid with copper or other materials.
    1846 - Representatives of Great Britain and the United States sign the Oregon Treaty, which settles a long-standing dispute with Britain over who controlled the Oregon territory. The treaty established the 49th parallel from the Rocky Mountains to the Strait of Georgia as the boundary between the United States and British Canada. The United States gained formal control over the future states of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana, and the British retained Vancouver Island and navigation rights to part of the Columbia River. 
After 1838, the issue of who possessed Oregon became increasingly controversial, especially when mass American migration along the Oregon Trail began in the early 1840s. American expansionists urged seizure of Oregon, and in 1844, Democrat James K. Polk successfully ran for President under the platform "Fifty-four forty or fight," which referred to his hope of bringing a sizable portion of present-day Vancouver and Alberta into the United States. However, neither President Polk nor the British government wanted a third Anglo-American war, and on June 15, 1846, the Oregon Treaty, a compromise, was signed.
    1863 - President Abraham Lincoln calls for help in protecting the capital. He suspended the writ of habeus corpus at the outset of the War primarily because of Maryland’s sympathy to the Confederacy, thus surrounding the city with Confederate states.  Throughout June, Confederate General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia was on the move. He had pulled his army from its position along the Rappahannock River around Fredericksburg and set it on the road to Pennsylvania. Lee and the Confederate leadership decided to try a second invasion of the North to take pressure off Virginia and to seize the initiative against the Army of the Potomac. The first invasion, in September 1862, failed when the Federals fought Lee's army to a standstill at Antietam. Lee later divided his army and sent the regiments toward the Shenandoah Valley, using the Blue Ridge Mountains as a screen. After the Confederates took Winchester, Virginia, on June 14, they were situated on the Potomac River, seemingly in a position to move on Washington, D.C. Lincoln did not know it, but Lee had no intention of attacking Washington. All Lincoln knew was that the Rebel army was moving en masse and that Union troops could not be certain as to the Confederates' location. On June 15, Lincoln put out an emergency call for 100,000 troops from the state militias of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, and West Virginia. Although the troops were not needed, and the call could not be fulfilled in such a short time, it was an indication of how little the Union authorities knew of Lee's movements and how vulnerable they thought the Federal capital was.
    1864 – General Ulysses S. Grant’s Army of the Potomac and Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia collide for the last time when the first wave of Union troops attack Petersburg, a vital Southern rail center thirty-seven kilometers south of the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia. The two massive armies would not become disentangled until April 9, 1865, when Lee surrendered and his men went home.
    1864 - Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton signed an order establishing a military burial ground, which became Arlington National Cemetery.  George Washington Parke Custis, grandson of Martha Washington, acquired the land that now is Arlington National Cemetery in 1802 and began construction of Arlington House. The estate passed to Custis' daughter, Mary, who had married US Army officer Robert E. Lee. Custis' will gave a "life inheritance" to Mary Lee, allowing her to live at and run Arlington Estate for the rest of her life but not enabling her to sell any portion of it.  Upon her death, the Arlington estate passed to her eldest son, George Washington Custis Lee.  When Virginia seceded from the Union at the start of the Civil War, Robert E. Lee resigned his commission and took command of the armed forces of the Commonwealth of Virginia, later becoming commander of the Army of Northern Virginia.   On May 7, troops of the Virginia militia occupied Arlington and Arlington House.  With Confederate forces occupying Arlington's high ground, the capital of the Union was left in an untenable military position.  Although unwilling to leave Arlington House, Mary Lee believed her estate would soon be recaptured by federal soldiers. So she buried many of her family treasures on the grounds and left for her sister's estate in Fairfax County.  On May 3, General Winfield Scott ordered Gen. McDowell to clear Arlington and the city of Alexandria of all troops not loyal to the United States.  McDowell occupied Arlington without opposition on May 24.  The government acquired Arlington House at a tax sale in 1864 for $26,800, equal to $420,000 today.  Mrs. Lee had not appeared in person but rather had sent an agent, attempting to pay in a timely manner the $92.07 in property taxes assessed on the estate.  The government turned away her agent, refusing to accept the tendered payment. In 1874, Custis Lee, heir under his grandfather's will passing the estate in trust to his mother, sued the United States claiming ownership of Arlington. On December 9, 1882, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5–4 in Lee's favor, deciding that Arlington had been confiscated without due process.  After that decision, Congress returned the estate to him, and on March 3, 1883, Custis Lee sold it back to the government for $150,000 at a signing ceremony with Secretary of War Robert Todd Lincoln.  The land then became a military reservation. 
    1864 – Congress passed legislation equalizing pay for black soldiers.
1877 - Henry Ossian Flipper (1856-1940), born a slave in Thomasville, Georgia, becomes the first African-American cadet to graduate from the US Military Academy at West Point, New York. Flipper, who was never spoken to by a white cadet during his four years at West Point, is appointed a second lieutenant in the all-African-American 10th Cavalry, stationed at Fort Sill in Indian Territory.
    1880 - Birthday of blind singer/violinist Alfred Reed (d. 1956), Floyd City, VA,,483645,00.html?artist=Blind+Alfred+Reed
    1885 [some cite 1887] - Birthday of Malvina Cornell Hoffman (d. 1966), NYC.  U.S. sculptor. Internationally admired, she received the largest sculptural commission ever given to man (or woman). It consisted of 110 life-sized bronze statues for the Hall of Man, Field Museum, Chicago. She studied with Rodin in Paris (after being turned away five times) and made a series of sculptures interpreting dance. Her forte was portraiture busts. Her mother was a talented amateur pianist.
    1896 - The temperature at Fort Mojave, CA, soared to 127 degrees, the hottest reading of record for June for the U.S. The low that day was 97 degrees. Morning lows of 100 degrees were reported on the 12th, 14th and 16th of the month.
    1898 - Annexation of Hawaii was approved in a joint resolution adopted by the House of Representatives and by the Senate on June 17. It was signed by President McKinley on July 7.
    1901 - Birthday of co-founder of Decca records, Jack Kapp (d. 1949), Chicago.  One of the first to record Black music, including Jazz artists.  He also oversaw Bing Crosby’s rise as a recording artist in the early 1930s.  Four decades later, Crosby continued expressing appreciation to Kapp for diversifying his song catalogue into various styles and genres, saying, "I thought he was crazy, but I just did what he told me." Kapp could not read or sing music, but to his talent he stressed the credo, "Where's the melody?"
    1902 – In organized baseball’s most lopsided score, Corsicana 51; Texarkana 3. Justin Clark of Corsicana, Texas minors hits 8 home runs in the game.
   1904 - More than 1,000 people died when fire erupted aboard the steamboat General Slocum in New York City's East River.
    1909 - Benjamin F. Shibe of Bala, PA, obtained a patent for a baseball with a cork center. It was first manufactured by A.G. Spalding and Brothers, Chicago, IL, and was used in occasional league games in 1909 and in regular play in 1910. The ball was first used in a World Series game, secretly, on October 20, 1910, in Chicago, IL. The Philadelphia Athletics defeated the Chicago Cubs in five games.  Shibe was owner and president of the Athletics from 1901 until his death in 1922.  Shibe Park, renamed Connie Mack Stadium in 1953, at N 21st St & W Lehigh Ave in Philadelphia, was the A’s home until 1954 when they moved to Kansas City. 
    1917 - The first army training camp for African-American officers was established at Fort Des Moines, Des Moines, IA, and was known as the 17th Provisional Training Regiment. On October 15, 1917, the first commissions were granted, with 106 African-Americans commissioned as second lieutenants.
    1917 - Congress passed and President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Espionage Act, authorizing the Treasury Secretary to assume control of U.S. ports, control ship movements, establish anchorages and supervise the loading and storage of explosive cargoes. The authority was immediately delegated to the Coast Guard and formed the basis for the formation of the Coast Guard's Captain of the Ports and the Port Security Program.
    1920 - Canadian record retailer Sam Sniderman (d. 2012) was born in Toronto. Sniderman began selling records in his family's radio store in 1937. He opened a second Toronto outlet in a furniture store in 1959. Two years later, Sniderman opened the now-famous Sam the Record Man store on Yonge Street. The store once claimed the largest selection of retail records in the world. A Sam the Record Man franchise chain was established in 1969, and the stores now are a familiar sight across Canada.
    1921 - Errol Garner (d. 1977) was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. I believe I have every album he recorded, and two copies of several as I play them at my office and home all the time. He, Oscar Peterson, Fats Waller, and James Johnson as well as classical piano and clavichord music are played often in my office. “Concert by the Sea” is his best-selling album.
    1921 - Bessie Coleman becomes the first Black woman to earn an aviation pilot's license in the world - and the first woman to earn an international aviation license from the from the Federation Aeronautique Internationale. A native of Texas, she went to France to get her pilot's license because of the bigotry of those in U.S. aviation who opposed her training because she was a woman and because she was black. No black U.S. aviator would train her either. A native of Texas, she learned to speak French and saved enough money to go to France. On her return to the U.S., she taught other black women to fly as well as doing the usual (for the time) barnstorming in air circuses to keep flying. "Queen Bessie," as she was known, was a highly popular draw for the next 15 years. However, on 04-30-1936, while practicing for a show in Orlando, Fla., a loose wrench fell into the engine and she did not have a parachute or seat belts and actually fell out of the plane to her death.
    1923 – Lou Gehrig’s Major League debut was with the Yankees as a pinch-hitter.
    1924 - Ford Motor Company manufactures its 10 millionth Model T automobile. It was named the most influential car of the 20th century in the 1999 Car of the Century competition.  With 16.5 million sold, it stands ninth on the top ten list of most sold cars of all time as of 2020. 
    1924 – J. Edgar Hoover assumed the leadership of the FBI, a position he held until  his death in 1972 at the age of 77. Hoover has been credited with building the FBI into a larger crime-fighting agency than it was at its inception and with instituting a number of modernizations to police technology, such as a centralized fingerprint file and forensic laboratories. 
 1925 – The Philadelphia Athletics trailed the Cleveland Indians 15-4 going into the bottom of the 8th.  They scored 13 runs to win, 17-15.
    1928 - Republicans, convening in Kansas City, name Herbert Hoover their candidate for President and Charles Curtis of Kansas for the Vice-President.
    1928 – 41-year-old Ty Cobb stole home for the 50th time in his career.  He retired after the season with 54, still the Major League record.
   1934 - Great Smoky Mountains National Park established. Area along southern section of Tennessee—North Carolina boundary was authorized May 22, 1926, established for administration and protection on Feb. 6, 1930, and finally established for full development as a national park in 1934.
    1937 - Jimmie Lunceford records his them “For Dancers Only,” Decca 1340.
    1937 - Waylon Jennings (d. 2002), a leader of the outlaw country movement of the 1970's, was born in Littlefield, Texas. Jennings, along with Willie Nelson, spearheaded the movement away from heavy orchestral backing, opting for a leaner, harder sound which edged close to rock. Jennings met Buddy Holly in 1958 and toured as Holly's bass player. When Holly's plane crashed in February 1959, killing Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper, it was Jennings who had given up his seat to the Bopper. Jennings signed with RCA in 1965, but by 1970, he was becoming disenchanted with not being able choose his own material, musicians and production. On the 1972 album, "Ladies Love Outlaws," he was at last able to use his own band, the Waylons, and to record current material, such as the Three Dog Night hit, "Never Been to Spain." The following year, the album "Honky Tonk Heroes" solidified his reputation as a country outlaw. In 1976, the album "Wanted - the Outlaws," featuring Jennings, his wife, Jessi Colter, Willie Nelson and Tompall Glaser became the first country LP to be certified platinum - one million copies sold.
    1938 – Cincinnati’s Johnny Vander Meer threw a second consecutive no-hitter, beating the Brooklyn Dodgers, 6-0, in the first night game ever at Ebbets Field. In front of 38,748 fans, including spectator Babe Ruth, Vander Meer struck out seven and walked eight, including three one-out walks in the 9th inning. Vander Meer no-hit the Boston Bees, 3-0, on June 11.  He remains the only Major League pitcher to do so.  Vander Meer was an incidental witness when his Cincinnati teammate, Ewell Blackwell, almost duplicated his consecutive no-hit feat in 1947, by pitching a no-hitter against the Braves, then in his next appearance, held the Dodgers without a hit until the ninth inning when he gave up two hits.   
    1941 - Singer and songwriter Harry Nilsson (d. 1994) was born in Brooklyn, New York. His breakthrough came in 1968 with the album "Aerial Ballet," which contained the hit single, "Everybody's Talkin'." It stayed in the top ten for much of 1969 and was the theme from the film "Midnight Cowboy." Nilsson's 1970 LP, "Nilsson Schmilsson," sold a million copies. From it came the chart-topping single, "Without You." Harry Nilsson held the distinction of never performing in public. And he only rarely appeared on TV.  He also scored the film “Skidoo'' and the TV show “The Courtship of Eddie's Father.''
    1942 - Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) was founded as the Committee of Racial Equality by an interracial group of students in Chicago. Many of these students were members of the Chicago branch of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), a pacifist organization seeking to change racist attitudes. The founders of CORE were deeply influenced by Mahatma Gandhi's teachings of nonviolent resistance. CORE started as a nonhierarchical, decentralized organization funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of its members. The organization was initially co-led by white University of Chicago student George Houser and black student James Farmer. In 1942, CORE began protests against segregation in public accommodations by organizing sit-ins. It was also in 1942 that CORE expanded nationally. James Farmer traveled the country with Bayard Rustin, a field secretary with FOR, and recruited activists at FOR meetings. CORE's early growth consisted almost entirely of white middle-class college students from the Midwest. CORE pioneered the strategy of nonviolent direct action, especially the tactics of sit-ins, jail-ins, and freedom rides.
James Farmer’s father
    1944 - In a continued effort to penetrate the Japanese inner defenses, US amphibious forces invaded the Mariana Islands. A huge fleet, as documented in "Victory at Sea," of 800 ships from Guadalcanal and Hawaii carried the 2nd and 4th Marine Divisions, consisting of 162,000 men. By the end of the day, 20,000 of these men had established a 5 ½ mile-long beachhead on the island of Saipan. Though the American forces suffered heavy losses during an overnight counterattack, on the morning of June 16, the Marines still held the area they had taken the day before. A huge victory for the U.S. Marines. 
    1944 - Birthday of guitarist, pianist, songwriter Eddie Hinton (d. 1985), Tuscaloosa, AL.
    1948 - Football Coach and executive Mike Holmgren was born in San Francisco, CA.  Holmgren began his NFL career as a quarterbacks' coach and later as offensive coordinator with the San Francisco 49ers, when they won Super Bowl XXIII and XXIV. He served as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers from 1992 to 1998, appearing in two Super Bowls, and of the Seattle Seahawks from 1999 to 2008.  Holmgren is noted for his role in molding quarterbacks such as Hall of Famers Steve Young and Brett Favre. Hall of Famer Joe Montana won his two MVP awards under the direction of Holmgren in 1989 and 1990. Under Holmgren's leadership and play-calling, the Packers were consistent winners and never had a losing season.  He finally met his undoing at the football graveyard known as the Cleveland Browns.  He was president from 2010-12 until he was fired for....losing.
    1949 - Manager and former player, Johnnie B. “Dusty” Baker, Jr. was born in Riverside, Ca.  He enjoyed a 19-year career as a hard-hitting outfielder, primarily with the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers. He helped the Dodgers to pennants in 1977 and 1978 and to the World Series championship in 1981. He then enjoyed a 20-year career as a manager with the San Francisco, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, and Washington Nationals.  Currently, he is the 21st winningest manager in baseball history with 1863 wins.  In 2018, after not being renewed by the Nationals for whom he won 192 games in two years, Baker returned to the Giants organization as a Special Advisor to the CEO.  In 2019, following the sign-stealing scandal by the Houston Astros, Baker was signed as their manager for the 2020 season…if it is ever played! 
    1949 - Russell Hitchcock of Air Supply is born in Melbourne, Australia. The group has three million-selling singles, including the No. 1 hit, “The One That You Love.''
    1950 - Top Hits
“My Foolish Heart” - The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (vocal: Eileen Wilson)
“Bewitched” - The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra (vocal: Mary Lou Williams)
“The Third Man Theme” - Alton Karas
“Why Don’t You Love Me” - Hank Williams
    1952 - U.S. Air Force Second Lieutenant James F. Low, 4th Fighter-Interceptor Wing, became the 17th ace of the Korean War with his fifth MiG kill. The most junior in grade ace of the war, Low had been in combat for only six days.
    1952 – “Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl,” was published in the United States. It contained the memoirs of Dutch-Jewish teenager Anne Frank and her time spent with her family and others in hiding during World War II. She later died in a Nazi concentration camp, and many years later, her father, the only surviving member of her family, found her diary.
    1952 – “My Little Margie” premieres on TV. A very popular show in its day, "My Little Margie" was a half-hour sitcom about a "womanizing widower and his meddlesome daughter." Margie was played by Gale Storm and Charles Farrell played her father, Vern Albright.
    1953 - The USS Princeton launched 184 sorties and established a single-day Korean War record for offensive sorties flown from the deck of a carrier.
    1954 - Courteney Cox, ("Family Ties," "Friends,” “Cougar Town”), was born in Mountain Brook, AL.
    1954 - Blind country singer Terri Gibbs birthday born Miami, Florida.
    1957 - East Saint Louis was deluged with 16.54 inches of rain in 24 hours, a record for the state of Illinois.
    1957 - Elvis Presley's new single, "All Shook Up," debuts on the UK charts before its release, due to advance copies of the single -- intended for US troops in Europe -- finding their way into the hands of British DJs.
    1957 – The Yankees traded Billy Martin to the Kansas City Athletics for Ralph Terry and Ryne Duren.  A month earlier, Martin was celebrating his 29th birthday with teammates, Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra and Hank Bauer at the Copacabana nightclub.  After hecklers crossed the line with singer Sammy Davis, Jr, a fight broke out among the hecklers and many of the Yankees.  While it remains unknown as to who hit whom, Yankees GM George Weiss blamed Martin.  The trade was thought to be among the consequences and Terry and Duren contributed significantly to the Yankees’ championships for years to come.  Martin was never the same after the trade.
    1958 - Top Hits
“The Purple People Eater” - Sheb Wooley
“Do You Want to Dance” - Bobby Freeman
“Yakety Yak” - The Coasters
“All I Have to Do is Dream” - The Everly Brothers
    1958 - The Platters sing "Twilight Time" on Ed Sullivan.
    1961 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit:  “Moody River,'' Pat Boone.
    1963 - Actress Helen Hunt’s birthday, ("Mad About You," “Peggy Sue Got Married,” “Twister”), born Los Angeles, CA. 
    1963 – Seattle, Washington first civil rights march:
More than 700 people attended a "freedom march" protesting racial discrimination in Seattle. The marchers, many of whom were white, walked in silence but carried signs. The Rev. Mance Jackson announced that the Bon Marché promised 30 new jobs for African Americans in its downtown and Northgate stores.
    1963 - Jan and Dean's "Surf City" is released. The song featured Brian Wilson on backing vocals and would prove to be the duo's only US number 1 record. 
    1963 - 21-year-old Kyu Sakamoto became the first Japanese artist to hit the top of the US singles chart with a song called "Sukiyaki." It was also a #6 hit in the UK. The original title of the song was "Ue O Muite Aruko," which translates "I Look Up When I Walk." Sakamoto was killed on August 12th, 1985, when JAL Flight 123, a 747, crashed and burned on a thickly wooded mountain about 60 miles northwest of Tokyo. He was 43. 
    1965 - Bob Dylan recorded "Like a Rolling Stone," the first of his recordings to feature electric instruments. Dylan's emerging rock 'n' roll leanings proved popular - "Like A Rolling Stone" reached number two on the Billboard chart.
    1965 - Elvis Presley film “Tickle Me'' premieres.
    1966 - Top Hits
“Paint It, Black” - The Rolling Stones
“Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?” - The Lovin’ Spoonful
“I Am a Rock” - Simon & Garfunkel
“Distant Drums” - Jim Reeves
    1966 - The Beatles album, "Yesterday & Today," is released by Capitol in the controversial "butcher" sleeve, with the Beatles smiling amongst a group of decapitated baby dolls. The original photo quickly became a problem for Capitol, so it was pulled and replaced by a more conventional cover. Could not find it for sale on eBay.
    1967 [June 15-18] - The first rock musical festival was held in Monterey, CA. I was there. It was a mad house. Promoter Alan Pariser and booking agent Ben Shapiro assembled the largest roster of rock and soul acts up to that time, including the Who, the Grateful Dead, Otis Redding, Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and the Holding Company with Janis Joplin, and the Jimi Hendrix Experience. More than 50,000 fans attended the non-profit event, which inaugurated a decade of ever-larger rock festivals. 
    1969 - KELLEY, THOMAS G., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, River Assault Division 152. place and date: Ong Muong Canal, Kien Hoa province, Republic of Vietnam, 15 June 1969. Entered service at: Boston, Mass. Born: 13 May 1939, Boston, Mass. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in the afternoon while serving as commander of River Assault Division 152 during combat operations against enemy aggressor forces. Lt. Comdr. (then Lt.) Kelley was in charge of a column of 8 river assault craft which were extracting 1 company of U.S. Army infantry troops on the east bank of the Ong Muong Canal in Kien Hoa province, when 1 of the armored troop carriers reported a mechanical failure of a loading ramp. At approximately the same time, Viet Cong forces opened fire from the opposite bank of the canal. After issuing orders for the crippled troop carrier to raise its ramp manually, and for the remaining boats to form a protective cordon around the disabled craft, Lt. Comdr. Kelley realizing the extreme danger to his column and its inability to clear the ambush site until the crippled unit was repaired, boldly maneuvered the monitor in which he was embarked to the exposed side of the protective cordon in direct line with the enemy's fire, and ordered the monitor to commence firing. Suddenly, an enemy rocket scored a direct hit on the coxswain's flat, the shell penetrating the thick armor plate, and the explosion spraying shrapnel in all directions. Sustaining serious head wounds from the blast, which hurled him to the deck of the monitor, Lt. Cmdr. Kelley disregarded his severe injuries and attempted to continue directing the other boats. Although unable to move from the deck or to speak clearly into the radio, he succeeded in relaying his commands through 1 of his men until the enemy attack was silenced and the boats were able to move to an area of safety. Lt. Comdr. Kelley's brilliant leadership, bold initiative, and resolute determination served to inspire his men and provide the impetus needed to carry out the mission after he was medically evacuated by helicopter. His extraordinary courage under fire, and his selfless devotion to duty sustain and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.
    1969 - “Hee Haw” TV premiere. The show has been described as a country-western version of "Laugh-In," composed of fast-paced sketches, silly jokes and songs. Though critics didn't like it, it had popular appeal and did well as a syndicated show. It was co-hosted by Buck Owens and Roy Clark, alternating with guest hosts. Regular performers included Louis M. "Grandpa" Jones, Junior Samples, Jeannine Riley, Lulu Roman, David "Stringbean" Akeman, Sherry Miles, Lisa Todd, Minnie Pearl and Gordie Tapp.
    1970 - Jimi Hendrix records his first session at his Electric Ladyland Studio in New York City. It was the guitarist's state of the art "dream" studio.
    1971 - The Guess Who's "Best of the Guess Who" LP goes gold.
    1974 - Top Hits
“Billy, Don’t Be a Hero” - Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods
“You Make Me Feel Brand New” - The Stylistics
“Sundown” - Gordon Lightfoot
“I Don’t See Me in Your Eyes Anymore” - Charlie Rich
    1976 - “Rain in” at the Astrodome. A 10-inch rainstorm caused the postponement of a regular season baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Houston Astros at the Astrodome, a domed stadium. The rain caused flash floods that prevented everyone except members of both teams from getting to the ballpark.
    1976 – Reminiscent of Connie Mack’s Depression-era fire sale of Athletics’ stars in 1930s, Oakland A’s owner Charlie Finley attempted to sell three of his star players. Joe Rudi and Rollie Fingers were sent to the Boston Red Sox for $1 million apiece and Vida Blue to the New York Yankees for $1.5 million. Three days later, MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn voided the moves, saying they are "not in the best interests of baseball."
    1977 – The Mets traded “The Franchise,” Tom Seaver to the Cincinnati Reds for four lesser players in a move that had the Big Apple howling…still does.  Seaver went on to win 75 games in his five years with the Reds while the Mets kept sliding down in the standings.
    1980 - Jack Nicklaus won his fourth US Open, shooting a record score of 272 at Baltusrol Golf Club. The previous record score for the Open was 275, held by Nicklaus (1967) and Lee Trevino (1968.)
    1982 - Top Hits
“Ebony and Ivory” - Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder
“Don’t Talk to Strangers” - Rick Springfield
“Don’t You Want Me” - The Human League
“For All the Wrong Reasons” - The Bellamy Brothers
    1988 - Severe thunderstorms in the Central High Plains Region spawned five tornadoes around Denver, CO, in just one hour. A strong (F-3) tornado in southern Denver injured seven persons and caused $10 million damage. Twenty-six cities in the eastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. The high of 97 degrees at Portland, ME was a record for June.
    1989 - Thunderstorms produced severe weather over the Southern and Middle Atlantic Coast States. The thunderstorms spawned eight tornadoes, including strong (F-3) tornadoes which injured three persons at Mountville, PA and four persons at Columbia, PA. There were 111 reports of large hail and damaging winds, including wind gusts to 80 mph at Norfolk, VA, and Hogback Mountain, SC.
    1990 - The Rolling Stones song, "Paint It Black," hit number 1 in the Netherlands for the second time, twenty-four years after it first topped the singles chart. The song was included on their "Singles Collection" box set the previous year. 
    1990 - Top Hits
“Hold On” - Wilson Phillips
“Poison” - Bell Biv DeVoe
“It Must Have Been Love” - Roxette
“Love Without End, Amen” - George Strait
    1993 - Ray Charles made music history when his album "My World" showed up on Billboard's Hot 200, marking the sixth decade he had a charted LP.
    1992 - The second largest two-day tornado outbreak in U.S. history commenced as a developing cumulus cloud broke through the cap in north central Kansas and exploded into a huge supercell thunderstorm. Between 4:15 and 8:35 pm CDT, this supercell produced 39 tornadoes in north central Kansas, including 12 in Mitchell County and 9 in Osborne County. A farmer living south of Cawker City reported going to the basement in his farm home 5 different times and each time he came out of the basement, his farm had additional damage. He also reported that at one time, he counted 3 tornadoes on the ground and 4 funnels in the air. Damage to property in Mitchell County exceeded $12 million.
    1999 - Oriole Will Clark gets his 2,000th career hit in the 10-inning victory over the Royals, 6-5.
    2001 - The Los Angeles Lakers take their second in a row NBA Championship, beating the Philadelphia 76ers in game 5.
    2002 - The Los Angeles Lakers take their third consecutive NBA Championship.
    2005 - A judge in Mississippi approved a divorce settlement between Jerry Lee Lewis and his sixth wife, Kerrie Lynn McCarver Lewis. She would receive $250,000 immediately and $30,000 a year for five years.
    2005 - Joining Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Governor George Pataki, and team officials, George Steinbrenner announces plans for new ballpark in The Bronx. The Yankee-financed $800 million facility, which will be built north of the current stadium in Macombs Dam Park, will seat at least 51,800 and will mirror the ‘The House that Ruth Built’ including limestone walls and the familiar copper frieze.  The New Yankee Stadium opened for the 2009 season across River Ave and behind what was left field from the original.  The former site remains as a community park with several fields at the corners of the former outfield, in addition to the original diamond location.
    2014 – The San Antonio Spurs beat the Miami Heat, 104-87, depriving the Heat of a third consecutive NBA title.

Stanley Cup Champions
    1998 - Detroit Red Wings

NBA Champions    
    2001 - Los Angeles Lakers 
    2002 - Los Angeles Lakers 
    2003 - San Antonio Spurs
    2004 - Detroit Pistons
    2014 – San Antonio Spurs



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