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Friday, June 11, 2021

Today's Leasing News Headlines

Vendor Financing: Research Based Digital Experience
    Free Webinar, Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Notice: CLFP Verification in
    Leasing News "New Hires/Promotions"
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries
Leasing Industry Ads
    Top Positions Available
Economic Impact Map of United States
    Equipment Leasing and Finance Association
Phil Dushey Adds New Video to
    Global Financial Training Program
United Capital Source Inc Achieves $1 Billion
    In Small Business Financing Volume
Federal Reserve Board approve Silicon Valley Bank
    Financial Group to merge with Boston Private Financial Holding
Suspense and Action Movies-Watch at Home
  About Endless (w/subtitles), The Killing of Two Lovers
    Oxygen (w/subtitles), The Woman in the Window, Wrath of Man
Labrador Retriever Mix
    Williamsville, New York  Adopt-a-Dog
Ken Lubin Podcast - David Laubner
    CMO/Fintech Marketing Guru
News Briefs--- 
Inflation surges as consumer prices leap 5%,
    biggest jump since 2008
Facebook Extends its work-at-home policy
     to most employees
Developer pulls the plug on Keystone XL oil pipeline
    after the Biden administration revoked its permit in January

You May have Missed---
The 100 Biggest Companies in the World -Ranked
    Worth $31.7 Trillion, Quarter 1, up 48% Year-to-Year

Broker/Funder/Industry Lists
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Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months (Be Careful of Doing Business)
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Sports Brief----
 California Nuts Brief---
  "Gimme that Wine"
    This Day in History
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Vendor Financing: Research Based Digital Experience
Free Webinar, Wednesday, June 16, 2021,

10:00AM - 11:00AM PDT   
Select Your Time Zone:

This Summer Software Series ELFA Webinar, presented by Northteq, will share Northteq's findings and discoveries from their research, including vendor interviews on features, functionality, and UX design based on extensive research on what vendors are looking for in their digital experience.

Northteq's goal is to make it easy for the vendor to do business with lenders, to choose that lender every time due to speed and ease, win new vendor business, and maintain existing vendor relationships. In this presentation, Northteq will define a problem, research findings, and showcase examples of how they would solve it.

Are you looking to attract new or maintain your existing vendor relationships?  Providing them a simple yet feature rich experience with a human element can be key.  In this webinar, Northteq will share discoveries from their extensive research on what vendors are looking for in their digital experience.

    • What are vendors saying about their current digital experience?
    • How do vendors choose which funding sources they want to do business with?
    • How do you augment that unreplaceable human element with a digital experience?



Shawn Birch
Director of Product Management

Terence Nelan
Interaction Designer

Melissa Orsburne
VP, Product Manager, Wholesale Digital Experience
TCF Capital Solutions, a division of TCF National Bank



Notice: CLFP Verification in
Leasing News "New Hires/Promotions"

Leasing News may make an editorial decision on this but first would like to learn from readers their opinion on the matter.

In conjunction with the Certified Lease and Finance Professional Foundation, Leasing News has been verifying those who state they are CLFPs by going to the "Members in Good Standing” website section.
There are several who either state they are members, have not renewed their annual dues, and/or taken the 20-minute re-certification quiz.

There are two recent additions to New Hires who stated they would pay the annual dues, etc., but have not. They also were asked to stop using the CLFP after their name online as well as on printed matter.
To date, they are continuing to use the designation.


New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Brian Agront was hired as Vice President, Connell Equipment Leasing Company, Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. He is located in Parsippany, New Jersey. Previously, he was Program Manager, Societe Generale Equipment Finance (October, 2009 - June, 2021); Inside Sales Rep, Tygris Vendor Finance (September, 2004 - October, 2009); Inside Sales, US Express Leasing (2004 - January, 2009); Inside Sales, USXL (2004 - January, 2008); Account Manager, Avaya Financial Services (1990 - 2003); Account Manager, AT&T Capital (1994 - 1999); Contracts Administration Fleet Healthcare (1997). Volunteer: Kinnelon Animal Shelter (January, 2010 - September, 2013).  Education: Bergen Community College (1995 - 1995). County College of Morris (1990 - 1991). Passaic Community College, Business (2011).

Jeff Bartholomew, CLFP, was hired as Syndication Manager, Balboa Capital, Costa Mesa, California. He is located in Bonney Lake, Washington.  Previously, he was Credit Officer, Mintaka Financial (April, 2017 - January, 2021). He joined Financial Pacific Leasing 2004 as Credit officer, in 2005, promoted to TPO Manager; Credit and Operations Manager, Cypress Financial. He began his career as Credit and Operations Manager, Cypress Financial (1996 - 2006). Education: Green River College, Business (1991 -1992).

Stephen Dean was hired as Regional Sales Manager, Summit Funding Group, Mason, Ohio.  He is located in Ashland, Missouri. Previously, he was Account Executive, DLL, April, 2017 - April, 2021); Senior Loan Officer NMLS 540132, Veterans United Home Loans (May, 2015 - March, 2017); Vice President, Group BCM Manager, Bank Midwest (February, 2013 - May, 2015); Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager, U.S. Bank (December, 2008 - January, 2013). “He has been active as a member of the Veterans United Foundation, career mentor for Westminster students, Lifegroup Leader for Ashland Baptist Church in Ashland, MO, and as a volunteer for various charitable organization including Harvester’s in Kansas City and ABC Food Pantry in Columbia, MO." Education: Westminster College (MO), Bachelor of Arts Administration, Emphasis: Marketing, Finance. Activities and Societies: Phi Delta Theta.

Tom Donnelly was hired as Regional Vice President, Huntington Asset Finance, Huntington National Bank, Columbus, Ohio.  Previously, he was Regional Vice President, TCF Capital Solutions (February, 2019 - June, 2021); Senior Account Executive, Lease Corporation of America (June, 2016 - January, 2019); Owner, America's  Finance Solution (October, 2015 - January, 2019); VP, Sales, Varilease (December, 2007 - August, 2015); Operations Manager, Fair Lending Partners (2006 - 2007); Loan Officer, Midwest Funding Group (2002 - 2005).
Education: University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College. Bachelor's degree, Public Relations/Communications (1993 - 1998). Activities and Societies: Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity. BS in Communications.

Kenneth Elliott was hired as Senior Business Development Executive, Meridian Equipment Finance, a subsidiary of Meridian Bank, Malvern, Pennsylvania. He is located in Palm Harbor, Florida.  Previously, he was Vice President, Sales, Pitney Bowes (September, 2019 - June, 2021); Regional Sales Manager, Hitachi Capital America Vendor Services (August, 2017 - August, 2019); Assistant Vice-President, CIT (December, 2016 - August, 2017); Chief Finance and Sales Officer, TIG Worldwide (July, 2015 - December, 2016); Regional Finance Manager, Philips Medical Capital (September, 1996 - July, 2014); Regional Sales Manager, Eastman Kodak Company (1985 - September, 1996). Education: George Mason University, BS, business with concentration in Sales Management/Marketing. Annandale High School, General  Academic.

Tom Greco was hired as Senior Vice President, Senior Managing Director, Huntington Asset Finance, Huntington National Bank, Columbus, Ohio. He is located in Suwannee, Georgia.  Previously, he was at TCF Capital Solutions, starting November, 2008, as Senior Vice President; promoted June, 2019, Senior Vice President, Senior Director.  Education: University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. Bachelor of Business Administration, BBA, Finance (1982 - 1986).

Dan Hathcoat was promoted to Senior Vice President, Summit Funding Group, Mason, Ohio.  He is located in St.  Petersburg, Florida. He joined the firm January, 2006 " to launch the Vendor Finance Division as the Vice President of Sales. He is responsible for strategy development and implementation to drive vendor-based originations primarily in the Technology, Material Handling, Construction and Industrial, Healthcare and Telecommunications equipment verticals. Hathcoat is also responsible for managing the Enterprise Leasing Group, working directly with Fortune 1000 end user customers to meet their operating lease needs. In 2020, he spearheaded the launch of an in-house marketing team, which has grown market and customer awareness substantially over the last 14 months." Previously he was Director of Southeast Sales, LEAF Financial Corporation (2004 -2006); Vice President, Sales, American Express Business Finance (2002 -2004); Vice President, Sales, Bank of America Leasing (March, 1999 - July, 2002); National Sales Manager, Verizon Credit Corporation (1987 - 1999).  Education: Purdue University, Krannert School of Management, B.S., Finance (1980 -1984).

Hannah H. Kim was hired as Senior Vice President, Leasing Senior Credit Officer, Bank of America.  She is located in the Greater Chicago Area.  Previously, she was Vice President, EF Credit Manager/Underwritings, First Midwest Bank (August, 2019 - May, 2021). She joined MB Finance Bank November, 2010, as Credit Officer, Lease Banking; promoted April, 2014, AVP Lease Banking; promoted March, 2016, Vice President, Lease Banking, Credit Manager. Prior, she was Senior Credit Analyst, Unisource Worldwide Inc. (November, 2009 - November, 2010); Senior Credit analyst, Relational Technology Services (January, 2008 - November, 2009); Credit Analyst, GE Commercial Distribution Finance (January, 2005 - December, 2007). Education: Undergraduate: Loyola University of Chicago, B.A., Economics.  Roosevelt University, MBA, Finance (2008 - 2011).

Ron Paoline was hired as Vice President, Ascentium Capital, Kingwood, Texas.  He is located in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Previously, he was Business Development Specialist, Encore Capital Funding (January, 2020 - June, 2021); Business Development Manager, Marlin Capital Solutions (2016 - 2020); Customer Care Specialist, Radian (2010 - 2015); Wholesale Account Executive, Citi (2008 -2010); Mortgage Loan Officer, Processor, Wells Fargo (2005 - 2006); Mortgage Loan Officer, GMAC Mortgage (2000 -2005); Equipment Leasing Representative, Canyon Leasing, LLC (1997 - 2000); Equipment Leasing Representative, Advanta Business Services (1994 - 1997). Education: La Salle University, Bachelor of Arts, BA, Public Relations, Radio/TV Production, English Literature (1990 - 1995). Activities and Societies: Tau Kappa Epsilon.

Andrea Schmid, CLFP, was hired as Vice President, Sales Manager, Huntington Asset Finance, Huntington National Bank. Previously, she was Vice President, Sales Manager, TCF Bank (February, 2021 - June, 2021); Vice President, Sales, Equipment Finance, Truist (January, 2014 - February, 2021). She joined Susquehanna Commercial Finance, Inc., 2002, as Sales Manager, Customer Service Center; promoted 2004, Senior Account Representative; promoted 2008, Assistant Vice President, Sales.
Sales, Reprint Management Services (1999 - 2002). Volunteer: Treasurer, Clare House (July, 2009 - June, 2013). Education: Millersville University of Pennsylvania. Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A) Marketing (1995 - 1999). Activities and Societies: Sigma Phi Delta.


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Economic Impact Map of United States
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association


This map breaks down the nearly $1 trillion equipment finance industry across all 50 states. You can also download each states’ flyer for more information (see links after map)


  • Total Business Volume refers to the total equipment financing volume in each state
  • Percentage change refers to the change in equipment financing volume year over year
  • Ranking ranks the states by total equipment finance volume in dollars

To see total business volume, percent change year-over-year and state rankings:


Phil Dushey Adds New Video to
Global Financial Training Program

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President & CEO

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##### Press Release ############################

United Capital Source Inc Achieves $1 Billion
In Small Business Financing Volume

United Capital Source Inc. is proud to announce that we have surpassed $1 billion in transaction volume. We have proudly matched over 1 Billion dollars to businesses across the United States since inception in 2011. Because of our efficient sales, marketing, and management process, we were able to achieve this milestone with far less human resources.

CEO Jared Weitz Explains: “I think it’s important to note that many companies who hit this number are 50-250+ employee companies or they’ve hit the number by combining the volume of a recent company they acquired in an M&A, or by soliciting referral business. All of which is valid and commendable

“We hit this number on self-generated volume with under 20 employees while maintaining the same management team since inception. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again, our reps here do 200-300% of what the normal rep does in volume per month.”

“The ride to 1 billion was eventful, to say the least, and we've learned valuable lessons along the way. It’s great to be where we are, but we can’t lose the drive and focus that got us here. Everyone at UCS is looking forward to the ride to 2 billion!”

By retaining its core management team and certain employees since inception, the synergies created between the team helped usher in this milestone sooner than most other companies could as Weitz explains:

“When I started the company 10 years ago with my now CMO, EVP, and 2 VP’s we always imagined hitting 1 Billion dollars in funding and always made projections for where we’d be 10 years in. And here we are all together along with our other staff members enjoying both of those milestones.”

In the coming months and years, United Capital Source will continue to execute its growth strategies in several ways. Weitz elaborates on this: “By perfecting and standardizing our in-house processes, the goal is to scale our growth at a higher rate than that of the past few years. We plan to scale in all departments and modes of procuring business including more workforce hiring, greater emphasis on in-house demand generation and developing B2B referral relationships. We’re also moving into larger office space in anticipation of this growth”


United Capital Source is a leading small business funding marketplace headquartered in Long Island, NY. Tens of thousands of small businesses throughout America rely on the small business loans, business lines of credit, merchant cash advances, SBA loans, working capital loans, equipment financing, and accounts receivable factoring facilitated by United Capital Source. Companies with bad credit unsuitable for traditional bank lending work with United Capital Source for faster funding approvals, reducing financing costs, and increasing business funding choices. Our delighted customers are across industries from construction, food & beverage, franchises, healthcare, manufacturing, communications, real estate, retail, and wholesalers. United Capital Source was selected in the 2015 & 2017 Inc. 5000 Honorees List and has over 1300 5 star reviews on Google and Trustpilot. For more information, visit or call 855.933.8638. Visit the UCS Business Journal blog on our website and follow United Capital Source on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.




### Press Release ############################

Federal Reserve Board approve Silicon Valley Bank
 Financial Group to merge with Boston Private Financial Holding

The Federal Reserve Board on Thursday announced its approval of the application under section 3 of the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 by SVB Financial Group, Santa Clara, California, to merge with Boston Private Financial Holdings, Inc., and thereby indirectly acquire its subsidiary state member bank, Boston Private Bank & Trust Company, both of Boston, Massachusetts.

The Board also approved the proposals by Silicon Valley Bank, Santa Clara, California, under section 18(c) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act to merge with Boston Private Bank & Trust Company, under section 9 of the Federal Reserve Act to establish and operate branches at the locations of the main office and branches of Boston Private Bank & Trust Company, and under section 9 of the Federal Reserve Act and section 208.3(d)(2) of the Board's Regulation H to change the general character of Silicon Valley Bank's business to engage in trust activities.

##### Press Release ############################



Watch at Home: Fernando's View's
by Fernando Croce

Suspense and action, settings both claustrophobic and wide open, miniaturist drama and time-hopping thrillers—check out our diverse list of new releases now streaming.

About Endlessness (Amazon Prime, Vudu, AppleTV): One of the few living filmmakers who can say they create their own unmistakable world, Swedish veteran Roy Andersson (“You, the Living”) serves up one of his tenderest works with this meditative comedy-drama, which many critics suspect might be his final film. Structured as a procession of deadpan sketches, the narrative hops from one painterly tableau to the next while aiming for grand views of the sublimity and absurdity of the human condition. Among the vignettes are the nightmares of a priest with faith trouble, the ruins of a city seen by the floating souls of departed lovers, murders and songs and moments of despair and hope. Mixing humor and bleakness like only Andersson can, this is a poetic miniature epic. With subtitles.

The Killing of Two Lovers (Amazon Prime, Vudu, AppleTV): One of the year’s most critically acclaimed releases, this cautionary portrait of frayed nerves in a fractured relationship is both tender and harrowing. Married couple David (Clayne Crawford) and Nikki (Sepideh Moafi) are undergoing a separation, a situation that’s taken its emotional toll on themselves as well as on their children. While Nikki has taken up with Derek (Chris Coy), David struggles with keeping his violent impulses in check. He’s determined to somehow mend their romance, but can he keep his brutal side from boiling over? Director Robert Machoian superbly captures the atmosphere of a small town where volatile feelings linger in the air. He’s greatly supported by the performances of his main actors, resulting in a domestic slow-burner reminiscent of “Shoot the Moon.”

Oxygen (Netflix): After last wrangling alligators in basements, “Crawl” director Alexander Aja pushes claustrophobia even further in this tense, ingenious science-fiction yarn. Taking place entirely inside a small cryogenic capsule, the film centers on Elizabeth (Melanie Laurent), who’s accidentally awakened in this confined space with little memory of who she is or what’s going on. With a medical computer (voiced by Mathieu Amalric) as her only companion, she struggles to piece together the past that led her to this situation. Her attempts to make contact with the outside world are threatened by a level of oxygen that continues to quickly dwindle. Suggesting a compact version of “Gravity,” the film benefits from Aja’s resourceful handling and Laurent’s emotional performance as a woman determined to stay alive in the face of chaos. With subtitles.

The Woman in the Window (Netflix): Flashy filmmaker Joe Wright (“Atonement”) goes for Hitchcockian suspense in this enjoyable psychological thriller, adapted from a best-selling novel by acclaimed playwright Tracy Letts. Amy Adams stars as Anna, a former child psychologist who, due to depression and agoraphobia, has not left her New York apartment in nearly a year. Medicating herself with wine and pharmaceuticals and a vast collection of classic movies, she keeps herself isolated from the world until a new family moves in across the street. When Anna believes she’s witnessed a murder, her shaky grasp on reality collides with true danger. Taking cues from “Rear Window,” the film offers plenty of twists and showy camera maneuvers. What keeps it grounded is its cast, which includes Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman and Jennifer Jason Leigh.


Labrador Retriever Mix
Williamsville, New York  Adopt-a-Dog


3 1/2 months old
12 lbs.
Okay with kids: not sure
Okay with dogs: Yes
Okay with cats: not sure
Housetrained: not sure

Small but mighty is the perfect definition for Margo. She is a very happy go lucky pup with a tail that’s always wagging. She loves to explore and be outside. Margo is perfectly content hanging outside chewing a stick. At her foster home she’s always the first one outside and the last one to come back in

Her fosters thing she is an agility star in the making - she’s soo fast (probably the long legs) and run laps around her siblings. She’s also the only one of her siblings that can climb out of their pen.

Margo is working on potty training and walking on a leash. She looooves to be pet. She will sleep on her crate at night after throwing some sassy barks around. I’m sure she’d rather sleep with her humans. She has been around other dogs and gets along fine with them. She hasn’t been around cats or kids but her foster parents don’t see any issues.

Margo is looking for a family to love her and in return she will give so much love, cuddles and kisses!

Her fosters favorite thing is how she jumps off the couch like she’s getting ready to fly.

If you are interested in Margo please apply at or message the rescue if you are already pre-approved.

Nickel City Canine Rescue
5635 Harris Hill Rd Suite 6
Williamsville, NY 1422
(No Dogs are housed here)

We are all volunteer and fostered based rescue located in the greater Buffalo, NY area.  We pride ourselves on being an all-breed dog rescue.  We are a 50l(c)(3) organization and 100% of the money we raise goes towards the rescue and rehabilitation of the dogs in our care.  We are 100% volunteer based, with no paid members or ownership. 

Fill out the online application.

How Process Works:

Once received, a volunteer will be assigned to your app. They will first make the reference calls and contact your vet.


Ken Lubin Podcast - David Laubner
CMO/Fintech Marketing Guru

David Laubner is a rare marketing leader who can effectively speak to product, brand and sales because he gets it. David possesses a rare combination of extreme technical knowledge and creative, visionary thinking, a duality that leads to a true understanding of how marketing and technologies can best integrate.

Former Amazon marketing executive with proven experience driving rapid growth for B2C & B2B companies from early-stage startups to global enterprise.

He led a B2C startups sales and marketing program from launch to acquisition by Amazon in less than 2 years and then took the business towards $300M with budgets exceeding $20M. He was also Head of marketing for a B2B SaaS cloud communications leader Fuze as it more than tripled in size and secured over $50M in funding. Laubner is an exceptionally creative brand and digital marketing expert with over 20 years of leadership experience driving rapid growth for technology and ecommerce companies.



Ken Lubin
Managing Director
ZRG Partners, LLC
Americas I EMEA I Asia Pacific
C: 508-733-4789


News Briefs---

Inflation surges as consumer prices leap 5%,
    biggest jump since 2008

Facebook Extends its work-at-home policy
     to most employees

Keystone Pipeline canceled after Biden after Biden revoked permits



You May Have Missed---

The 100 Biggest Companies in the World -Ranked
    Worth $31.7 Trillion, Quarter 1, up 48% Year-to-Year




Sports Briefs---

The Suns are real

College Football playoff bracket could triple

Why it's significant that Kyle Shanahan,
     SF 49ers are sharing their COVID-19 vaccination numbers



California Nuts Briefs---

California drought has moved up 2021 wildfire season
    far ahead of schedule, PG&E warns



“Gimme that Wine”

Quady Winery's Fortified Wines Sole Gold Medal Winners
     from U.S. at IWSC Competition

Free Wine App

Wine Prices by vintage


This Day in History

     1517 - Sir Thomas Pert reached Hudson Bay.
    1742 -- Benjamin Franklin invents his Franklin stove. The new stove and reconfiguration of the flues allowed for a more efficient fire, one that used one quarter as much wood and generated twice as much heat. When offered a patent for the fireplace's design, Benjamin Franklin turned it down. He did not want to make a profit. He wanted all people to benefit from his invention.
    1769- Birthday of Anne Newport Royall, a celebrated figure in the Jackson Era and for a decade or so after. She wrote several "travel books" -- accounts of places and encounters with famous, unknown and infamous people. She was often shrill and relentless in her criticisms. Many, if not all, of her books were published "for the author" and as she went around the country collecting interviews and notes on whatever she saw, she collected subscriptions for forthcoming books, and sold already published books out of a trunk she always brought with her. Her first book, “Sketches of History, Life, and Manners in the United States”, "by a traveler", was published in 1826, printed in New Haven, CT. This, and a series called the “Black Book”, vols. 1, 2, and 3, sold well, and made Anne Royall widely known over the next few years. She was born in Baltimore, but spent her early years until about age 13 in extreme poverty, on what was then the edge of the frontier -- western Pennsylvania. Savage raids by British and Tory-led Indians led Anne Royall's mother to flee back east, along with other settlers. On May 4, 1798, Anne married William Royall. She had been living in his house for ten years, and rumors would follow her that they had been on intimate terms for some years before the marriage. Anne was 28 then, and the Major was in his middle 50s.
    1776 - A committee to draft the document of Independence met. John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Livingston, Roger Sherman and Thomas Jefferson were the members. They immediately delegated the writing to Adams and Jefferson, and Adams gave it over to Jefferson.
    1829 --The Book of Mormon is published. Joseph Smith claims to have translated it from "Reformed Egyptian" with the aid of the angel Moroni and two magic stones (Urim & Thummim).
    1832- Lucy Pickens birthday. Noted Confederate hostess whose likeness was engraved on the $100 bill of the Confederacy. Lucy Pickens was the first woman to appear on the Confederate Note, and the first woman to appear on a US Note was Martha Washington on the 1886-91 One Dollar Silver Certificate.
    1842 - A late season snowstorm struck New England. Snow fell during the morning and early afternoon, accumulating to a depth of ten to twelve inches at Irasburg, VT. Berlin, NH was blanketed with eleven inches of snow during the day. Snow whitened the higher peaks of the Appalachians as far south as Maryland.
    1854-In less than four hours, the First San Francisco Vigilance Committee tries, convicts, and hangs their first victim, John Jenks, for stealing a safe in San Francisco, California.
    1859 - Comstock silver load was discovered near Virginia City, Nevada. Prospector James Finney stumbled across thick, bluish clay in western Nevada. A fellow minor, Henry Comstock, gave his name to the lode, the most lucrative silver ore mine in history. Ott’s Assay Office in Nevada City, Ca. first assayed samples of the rich Comstock Lode of Nevada. Four Irishmen known as the Bonanza Kings bought up shares in the Comstock mines and became rich. They were John Mackay, James Fair, James Flood, and William O’Brian. Ore from the Comstock Lode was hauled by horse-drawn wagon over Donner Pass to San Francisco.
    1862 - C.S.S. Virginia blown up by her crew off Craney Island to avoid capture. The fall of Norfolk to Union forces denied Virginia her base, and when it was discovered that she drew too much water to be brought up the James River, Flag Officer Tattnall ordered the celebrated ironclad's destruction. "Thus perished the Virginia," Tattnall wrote, "and with her many high-flown hopes of naval supremacy and success." For the Union, the end of Virginia not only removed the formidable threat to the large base at Fort Monroe, but gave Flag Officer Goldborough’s fleet free passage up the James River as far as Drewry's Bluff, a factor which was to save the Peninsular Campaign from probable disaster.
    1877 - The temperature at Los Angeles, CA, reached 112 degrees during a heat wave. It would have been the all-time record for Los Angeles but official records did not begin until twenty days later.
    1880- Birthday of Jeannette Rankin.  The first woman elected to the US Congress, a reformer, feminist and pacifist, was born at Missoula, MT. She was the only member of Congress to vote against a declaration of war against Japan in December 1941. Died May 18, 1973, at Carmel, CA.
    1883- Charlotte Eugenia Hawkins Brown birthday.  First Black woman honored by North Carolina with a state historic site. Her Palmer Memorial Institute at Sedalia, a school for Black children, taught not only academics but manners, morals, and ethics.
    1895 -- Charles E. Duryea receives the first U.S. patent granted to an American inventor for a gasoline-driven automobile.
    1899--Birthday of American composer George Frederick McKay, born, Harrington, WA.  Died October, 1970, Stateline, NV. At one point in the 1950’s possibly the most published of serious American composers, McKay’s works include 70 orchestra pieces, several string quartets, many published band works, and a great variety of chamber works, including national prize-winning pieces for the  harp, piano, and woodwinds. Identified closely with the use of multi-cultural folk themes, including Native American songs and dances. Author of books on Orchestration and Harmony
    1904-Singer-pianist Pinetop Smith, born Troy, Alabama. One of my father’s favorites as he had a collection of 78’s he would play all the time, along with folksingers “Leadbelly” and Pete Seeger, among others, including classical music. Some of the things I remember most about my father was his cigar smoking, poker playing, discussions about writers and plots, and sitting with him when I was four years old ( and older ) and listening to this music. My father and I were very close. When I hear music like Pinetop Smith, I always think of him
    1910- Jacques Cousteau was born. French undersea explorer, writer and filmmaker born at St. Andre-de-Cubzac, France. He invented the Aqualung, which allowed him and his colleagues to produce more than 80 documentary films about undersea life, two of which won Oscars. This scientist and explorer was awarded the French Legion of Honor for his work in the Resistance in WWII. He died June 25, 1997, at Paris, France.
    1913- Vincent Thomas (Vince) Lombardi, Pro Football Hall of Fame coach, born at Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn. Lombardi played football for Fordham’s famed “Seven Blocks of Granite” line in the mid-1930s, became a teacher and began to coach high school football at St. Cecelia’s in New Jersey. He became offensive line coach at West Point in 1949 and moved to the New York Giants in 1954 as Offensive Coordinator where the Giants won the NFL Championship in 1956. In 1959, he was named head coach of the Green Bay Packers. His Packers won five NFL titles and the first two Super Bowls in nine years, and Lombardi was generally regarded as the greatest coach and the finest motivator in pro football history. He retired in 1968, but was lured back into coaching the Washington Redskins a year later. Inducted into the Pro Football hall of Fame in 1971. Died at Washington, DC, Sept 3, 1970.
    1913--In the Philippines, US Gen. "Black Jack" Pershing orders an attack on the Moros in Bud Bagsak, who refused to pay taxes to the Philippine government.  Moro built a stone fort during the first months of 1913, at Bud Bagsak. John Browning, inventor of the Colt .45 pistol, tested his new pistol here. After four days, armed mostly with kris, barongs, spears & few guns, every warrior, woman, & child fell.
    1919- Sir Barton, a three year old, became the first horse to win the Triple Crown, winning the third leg at the Belmont Stakes, Elmont Park, NY. The rider in all three races was J. Loftus, making him the first jockey to win the Triple Crown. Sir Barton pulled away from the only two other horses in the race, coming down the stretch and won the 1-3/8th mile race in 2:17.2, an American record.
    1920-Birthday of pianist/organist Hazel Scott, Port of Spain, Trinidad
    1920—Birthday of jazz drummer Shelly Manne , who had his own jazz club, played at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, and made the great album with Andrew Previn and crew: “My Fair Lady.”
A remarkable, entertaining drummer in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
    1922 -- Robert Flaherty's silent documentary "Nanook of the North" opens.
    1925-Birthday of American author William Styron at Newport News, Virginia. Wrote “Sophie's Choice”, and “Confusions of Nat Turner”, among others, including many important essays. He died on November 1st, 2006.
    1927-“Lucky” Lindbergh receives the first “Distinguished Flying Cross.”
    1926 -- First 40-hour work week in the country, won by NY fur workers.
    1927 - Babe Ruth hits 19th & 20th of 60 Home Runs for that record-breaking season.
    1929-Birthday of alto sax player Lennie Niehaus, St. Louis, Mo.
    1934--Birthday of James (Pookie) Hudson, lead singer of the 1950's doo-wop group, the Spaniels.
    1937-Birthday of Amalya Lyle Kearse, U.S. attorney, judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals (2nd Cir.) 1979: champion bridge player, and writer about bridge.
    1938-Johnny Vander Meer of the Cincinnati Reds pitched a no-hitter against the Boston Braves, winning 2-0. Vander Meer returned to the mound four days later and no-hit the Brooklyn Dodgers, 6-0, to complete the only consecutive no-hitters in baseball history
    1939- Birthday of country singer Wilma Burgess and jazz-rock drummer Bernard (Pretty) Purdie.
     1939—Birthday of actor Gene Wilder, at Milwaukee, WI. “The Producers,” “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein”.
    1940-Birthday of singer Joey Dee (Joseph H. Dinicola), Passaic, NJ. He rose to fame as part of the twist craze in the early 1960's.  He and his band, the Starlighters, gyrated to the top of the charts in 1961 with "Peppermint Twist." It was a tribute to the Peppermint Lounge, a small New York club frequented by the city's socialites. Three members of the Starlighters - Felix Cavaliere, Gene Cornish and Eddie Brigati - later were part of the Young Rascals. And Jimi Hendrix is said to have played briefly with the Starlighters in 1966. 
    1942 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Tangerine,'' Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra.
    1943- The Northwest African Air Forces of the Anglo-American Command won the first land victory without infantry after dropping 6,200 tons of bombs in more than 5,000 sorties on the Italian fortress on the island of Pantelleria in the Mediterranean Sea, 70 miles southwest of Sicily, changing forever the use of air power in determining military victory.
    1944- Five days after the D-Day landing, the five Allied landing groups, made up of some 330,000 troops, link up in Normandy to form a single solid front across northwestern France. On 06 June 1944, after a year of meticulous planning conducted in complete secrecy by a joint Anglo-American staff, the largest combined sea, air, and land military operation in history began on the French coast in the Baie de la Seine. The Allied invasion force included three million men, 13,000 aircraft, 1200 warships, 2700 merchant ships, and 2500 landing craft. There were five Allied landing sites at Normandy, and by the evening of the first day, some 150,000 US, British, and Canadian troops were ashore, and the Allies held about two hundred square kilometers.
    1944--*COLE, ROBERT G. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, 101st Airborne Division. Place and date: Near Carentan, France, 11 June 1944. Entered service at: San Antonio, Tex. Birth: Fort Sam Houston, Tex. G.O. No.: 79, 4 October 1944. Citation: For gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his own life, above and beyond the call of duty on 11 June 1944, in France. Lt. Col. Cole was personally leading his battalion in forcing the last 4 bridges on the road to Carentan when his entire unit was suddenly pinned to the ground by intense and withering enemy rifle, machinegun, mortar, and artillery fire placed upon them from well-prepared and heavily fortified positions within 150 yards of the foremost elements. After the devastating and unceasing enemy fire had for over 1 hour prevented any move and inflicted numerous casualties, Lt. Col. Cole, observing this almost hopeless situation, courageously issued orders to assault the enemy positions with fixed bayonets. With utter disregard for his own safety and completely ignoring the enemy fire, he rose to his feet in front of his battalion and withdrawn pistol shouted to his men to follow him in the assault. Catching up a fallen man's rifle and bayonet, he charged on and led the remnants of his battalion across the bullet-swept open ground and into the enemy position. His heroic and valiant action in so inspiring his men resulted in the complete establishment of our bridgehead across the Douve River. The cool fearlessness, personal bravery, and outstanding leadership displayed by Lt. Col. Cole reflect great credit upon himself and are worthy of the highest praise in the military service.
    1945--McCOOL, RICHARD MILES, Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, U.S.S. LSC (L) (3) 122. Place and date: Off Okinawa, 10 and 11 June 1945. Entered service at: Oklahoma. Born: 4 January 1922, Tishomingo, Okla. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as commanding officer of the U.S.S. LSC(L)(3) 122 during operations against enemy Japanese forces in the Ryukyu chain, 10 and 11 June 1945. Sharply vigilant during hostile air raids against Allied ships on radar picket duty off Okinawa on 10 June, Lt. McCool aided materially in evacuating all survivors from a sinking destroyer which had sustained mortal damage under the devastating attacks. When his own craft was attacked simultaneously by 2 of the enemy's suicide squadron early in the evening of 11 June, he instantly hurled the full power of his gun batteries against the plunging aircraft, shooting down the first and damaging the second before it crashed his station in the conning tower and engulfed the immediate area in a mass of flames. Although suffering from shrapnel wounds and painful burns, he rallied his concussion-shocked crew and initiated vigorous firefighting measures and then proceeded to the rescue of several trapped in a blazing compartment, subsequently carrying 1 man to safety despite the excruciating pain of additional severe burns. Unmindful of all personal danger, he continued his efforts without respite until aid arrived from other ships and he was evacuated. By his staunch leadership, capable direction, and indomitable determination throughout the crisis, Lt. McCool saved the lives of many who otherwise might have perished and contributed materially to the saving of his ship for further combat service. His valiant spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of extreme peril sustains and enhances the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.
    1949- Hank Williams made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry. His performance, with the audience demanding several encores of "Lovesick Blues," is still considered one of the Opry's greatest moments. The success of his recording of that song had led to the Opry contract, and he remained with the show until August 1952, when he was fired for perpetual drunkenness. Williams died on New Year's Day 1953 of a heart attack brought on by excessive drinking.
    1949- Drummer Frank Beard of the group ZZ Top. Incidentally, Beard is only "unbearded" member of 'The Top'.
    1950---Birthday of American composer David da Silva, California.
    1953-MIZE, OLA L. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Master Sergeant (then Sgt.), U.S. Army, Company K, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Surang-ni, Korea, 10 to 11 June 1953. Entered service at: Gadsden, Ala. Born: 28 August 1931, Marshall County, Ala. G.O. No.: 70, 24 September 1954. Citation: M/Sgt. Mize, a member of Company K, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. Company K was committed to the defense of "Outpost Harry", a strategically valuable position, when the enemy launched a heavy attack. Learning that a comrade on a friendly listening post had been wounded he moved through the intense barrage, accompanied by a medical aid man, and rescued the wounded soldier. On returning to the main position he established an effective defense system and inflicted heavy casualties against attacks from determined enemy assault forces which had penetrated into trenches within the outpost area. During his fearless actions he was blown down by artillery and grenade blasts 3 times but each time he dauntlessly returned to his position, tenaciously fighting and successfully repelling hostile attacks. When enemy onslaughts ceased he took his few men and moved from bunker to bunker, firing through apertures and throwing grenades at the foe, neutralizing their positions. When an enemy soldier stepped out behind a comrade, prepared to fire, M/Sgt. Mize killed him, saving the life of his fellow soldier. After rejoining the platoon, moving from man to man, distributing ammunition, and shouting words of encouragement he observed a friendly machine gun position overrun. He immediately fought his way to the position, killing 10 of the enemy and dispersing the remainder. Fighting back to the command post, and finding several friendly wounded there, he took a position to protect them. Later, securing a radio, he directed friendly artillery fire upon the attacking enemy's routes of approach. At dawn he helped regroup for a counterattack which successfully drove the enemy from the outpost. M/Sgt. Mize's valorous conduct and unflinching courage reflect lasting glory upon himself and uphold the noble traditions of the military service.
    1954---Top Hits
Little Things Mean a Lot - Kitty Kallen
Three Coins in the Fountain - The Four Aces
If You Love Me (Really Love Me) - Kay Starr
(Oh Baby Mine) I Get So Lonely - Johnnie & Jack
    1956- Joseph Clifford (Joe) Montana, Jr Birthday, born New Eagle, PA.  After winning a college national championship at Notre Dame, and leading them to a 35-34 Cotton Bowl victory after falling behind, 34-12, Montana started his NFL career in 1979 with San Francisco, drafted in the sixth round, where he played for the next 14 seasons.[4] Traded before the 1993 season, he spent his final two years in the league with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he led them into the playoffs both seasons. While a member of the 49ers, Montana started and won four Super Bowls and three Super Bowl Most Valuable Player awards, the only player in NFL history to do so. He was a Pro Bowl selection eight times. Although he authored over thirty come-from-behind wins during his career, including the playoffs and the Super Bowl, he is best remembered as the passer of “The Catch” to Dwight Clark with 58 seconds left in the 1982 NFC Championship to defeat the Dallas Cowboys, 28-27, sending the Niners tom their first Super Bowl.  Montana was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. in 2000, his first year of eligibility.
    1959 -Postmaster General bans D.H. Lawrence's book, “Lady Chatterley's Lover” 
as pornography.
    1961 - Roy Orbison was wrapping up a week at number one on the "Billboard" record chart with "Running Scared", his first number one hit. Orbison recorded 23 hits for the pop charts, but only one other song made it to number one: "Oh Pretty Woman" in 1964. He came close with a number two effort, "Crying", number four with "Dream Baby" and number five with "Mean Woman Blues". Orbison was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987; but suffered a fatal heart attack just one year later.  [One of the best DVDs I have seen is “Black and White: Roy Orbison and Friends”, shot in black and white at the ballroom of the old Ambassador Hotel in LA. Ralph Mango.]
    1961-Roger Maris hits 19th & 20th of 61 Home Runs, on the way to breaking the Babe’s record set in 1927.
    1962---Top Hits
I Can’t Stop Loving You - Ray Charles
Lovers Who Wander - Dion
(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance - Gene Pitney
She Thinks I Still Care - George Jones
    1963 -Governor Wallace tries to prevent blacks registering at U of Alabama 
    1963-President John F. Kennedy says segregation is morally wrong and that it is "time to act.”  On June 10, 1963, President John F. Kennedy federalized National Guard troops and deployed them to the University of Alabama to force its desegregation. The next day, Governor Wallace yielded to the federal pressure, and two African American students--Vivian Malone and James A. Hood--successfully enrolled. In September of the same year, Wallace again attempted to block the desegregation of an Alabama public school--this time Tuskegee High School in Huntsville--but President Kennedy once again employed his executive authority and federalized National Guard troops. Wallace had little choice but to yield.
    1963 -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is arrested in Florida for trying to integrate restaurants. 
    1965 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Back in My Arms Again,'' The Supremes.
    1966 - Janis Joplin made her first onstage appearance at the Avalon ballroom here in San Francisco. She began her professional career at the age of 23 with Big Brother and The Holding Company. The group was a sensation at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. "Piece of My Heart" was the only hit to chart for the group in 1968. Big Brother and The Holding Company disbanded in 1972, though Joplin continued in a solo career with hits such as "Down on Me" and "Me and Bobby McGee". Janis ‘Pearl’ Joplin died of a heroin overdose in Hollywood in October, 1970. The movie "The Rose", starring Bette Midler, was inspired by the life of the rock star. In reality, she was high all the time on Southern Comfort and whatever.
    1966-The Rolling Stones had the top song in the US with "Paint It Black", the first #1 Pop single to feature a sitar on the recording. 
    1969-“Space Oddity”, a single recorded by David Bowie was released to coincide with Apollo II’s trip to the moon, during which Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, Jr., landed and walked on the surface of the moon.
    1970---Top Hits
"Everything is Beautiful" - Ray Stevens
"Which Way You Goin’ Billy?" - The Poppy Family
“Up Around the Bend/Run Through the Jungle” - Creedence Clearwater Revival
“Hello Darlin’ ” - Conway Twitty
    1971-Nineteen-month occupation by Native American protesters of Alcatraz Island, in San Francisco Bay, ends.
    1972 - Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves tied Gil Hodges of the Brooklyn Dodgers for the National League record for the most grand-slam home runs in a career, with 14. The Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 15-3. 
    1972 - Heavy showers brought 1.64 inches of rain to Phoenix, AZ, a record for the month of June.
    1972 -- The controversial 62-minute XXX-rated film, "Deep Throat", opens at the Mature World Theatre in New York City. Linda Lovelace starred, or, whatever...
    1976-Santana's ninth album, "Amigos", goes gold.
    1976-Wild Cherry's single "Play That Funky Music" is released.
    1977-Settle Slew, ridden by Jean Cruguet, became the 10th horse to win the Triple Crown by triumphing in the Belmont Stakes. Slew led wire-to wire and defeated Run Dusty Run by four lengths.
    1978---Top Hits
“You’re the One that I Want” - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
“Shadow Dancing” - Andy Gibb
“Feels So Good” - Chuck Mangione
“Georgia on My Mind” - Willie Nelson
    1978- In Salt Lake City, Utah, Joseph Freeman, Jr. became the first African-American to be ordained to the priesthood in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Mormon religion.
    1979-- Chuck Berry pleaded guilty in Los Angeles to income tax evasion. The charge stemmed from a 1973 debt of $110,000. Berry began serving a four-month prison term in August at a federal prison in Lompoc, California.
    1981 - The first baseball player’s strike in major-league history began during mid-season after Seattle defeated Baltimore 8-2 at the Kingdome in Seattle. For two months, the nation’s favorite pastime was watching negotiations between the players’ union and team owners. 
    1982 - The movie "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" opened. Steven Spielberg directed this classic. It dazzled audiences with state-of-the-art special effects and a touching, humorous, story line, grossing over $100 million in its first 31 days of theatrical release. 
    1985 - Von Hayes of the Philadelphia Phillies became the 21st player in major-league baseball history to hit a pair of home runs in one inning as he led the Phillies to a 26-7 cakewalk over the New York Mets. 
    1986---Top Hits
“Live to Tell” - Madonna
“On My Own” - Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald
“I Can’t Wait” - Nu Shooz
“Happy, Happy Birthday Baby” - Ronnie Milsap
    1989 - Thunderstorms produced severe weather in the south central and southeastern U.S. during the day and night. Thunderstorms spawned eleven tornadoes, including one which tore the roof off a restaurant at Bee Branch, AR, injuring six persons. The tornado tossed one car into the restaurant and another car over it. Temperatures soared into the 90s across much of Florida. Lakeland reported a record high of 99 degrees for the second day in a row.
    1990 - UN appoints singer Olivia Newton-John environmental ambassador  
    1990- Nolan Ryan pitches his 6th no-hitter, beating Oakland.  In the 9th, he retires Ken Phelps, Rickey Henderson and Willie Randolph (all ex Yanks)
    1991- Microsoft releases MS DOS 5.0     1993 - U.S. audiences rumbled to theatres for a first look at “Jurassic Park”. The Steven Spielberg-directed dinosaur blockbuster billed a gigantic $47.06 million -- just for openers. 
    1993-The Ike and Tina Turner film biography "What's Love Got To Do With It", opens nationally.
    1995-IBM buys Lotus Development Corporation after a week of price negotiation. IBM had launched a hostile takeover attempt on 05 June 1995, and the two companies signed an agreement on June 11 to finalize the deal. Lotus had achieved great success with its spreadsheet, Lotus 1-2-3, and its enormously popular Lotus Notes software, which let workers on different computers collaborate on the same document. IBM's takeover of Lotus puts IBM head-to-head with Microsoft, which is about to launch a collaboration and networking software product called Microsoft Exchange. 
    1995-- Mark McGwire ties a major league record by hitting five homers in back-to-back games. Big Mac's three homers today in consecutive at-bats help the A's defeat the Red Sox, 8-1.
    1996 - Republican Senator Bob Dole ended his Senate career (to make a run for the U.S. Presidency) with an emotional farewell speech before a packed Senate chamber. He had spent some 27 years as a U.S. Senator. His wit is often seen on television commercial these days and “60 Minutes” when he spars with ex-President Bill Clinton.
    1999 - "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" premiered at theatres across the U.S. Dr. Evil (played by Mike Myers) travels back to 1969 to steal Austin Powers’ (also played by Mike Myers) mojo. Powers (now “shagless”) must travel to ’69 to get his mojo back (can you dig it?). Big stars in the movie include the not-so-big Mini-Me (Verne Troyer), CIA agent Felicity Shagwell (Heather Graham), Basil Exposition (Michael York), Number Two (Robert Wagner), Young Number Two (Rob Lowe) and Fat Bastard (that Myers guy again). $54.92 mil the first weekend and grossed over $250 million. “Gold Member” was the third issue, and some consider, the best one to date. 
    2002—American Idol premiered. FOX’s phenomenally successful talent show is based on a British program. Talented singers compete for a major label record deal while being judged by a panel of highly critical music experts; Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson. The audience participates by phoning in votes for favorites. Ryan Seacrest hosts. The first “American Idol” was Kelly Clarkson, who has gone on to top charting success and Grammys.



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