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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

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Correction: Ken Greene Complained about the Headline
    Your Editor Wrote, So it Was Changed
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries
Targeted Lending Co. Updated in Funder List "A"
  Also added to Funders Looking for Broker Business
Your Position in Today's Financial Marketplace
    Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP
Don't Fear the Unsubscribe
    FinTech #102 by Alex Vasilakos
Equipment Finance Cares
    Minnesota Event Recap
German Shepherd
    Roseville, Minnesota
deBanked Broker Fair is Back - New York City
  October 24, 2022, Marriott Marquis
    These Always Sellout!
News Briefs---
Top accounting firm fined $100 million
    after employees cheated on CPA exams
FTC Sues Walmart for Facilitating Money Transfer Fraud
    That Fleeced Customers Out of Hundreds of Millions
Icons of Italian Automotive Style Struggle
    to Go Electric

You May have Missed---
The Wild History of the Real
“‘Only Murders’ Building”

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Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months (Be Careful of Doing Business)
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Correction: Ken Greene Complained about the Headline
   Your Editor Wrote, So it Was Changed

When I saw Sean Murray's reprint on line, I realized it was superior. It really summed up what Ken meant, plus matched his summation. Kit Menkin, Editor.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
   in the New California Financial Law
 Ken Greene, Leasing News Legal Editor



New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Arthur "Art" Doering was hired as Senior Vice President, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Nashville, Tennessee.  Previously, he was Vice President, Wells Fargo Equipment Finance (October, 2015 - June, 2022); Executive Director, JP Morgan Chase Equipment Finance (May, 2013 - October, 2015).

James Fallon was promoted to Senior Credit Analyst - App Only, Mitsubishi HC Capital America, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota. He joined the firm October, 2020, Credit Analyst - App Only. Previously, he was Credit Manager, Blue Street Capital (January, 2014 - August, 2020); Staff Accountant, ACI Media Group (January, 2013 - December, 2013). Education: UCSC, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Business Management Economics (2008- December, 2011).  Education: UCSC. Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Business Management Economics (2008 - 2011).  Activities and Societies: University Economics Association.

Brittny Metzger was hired as Credit Analyst, Dext, Bend, Oregon.  She is located in Greater Houston.  Previously, she was Senior Credit Analyst, Ascentium Capital (August, 2016 - June, 2022; Accountant, Minot Housing Authority (July, 2015 - June, 2016); Business Manager, Harley Davidson Motor Company (March, 2014 - July, 2015). Certification: Certified Leasing and Finance Professional, Issued January, 2019.

Laura Whitson was hired as Senior Office Support Specialist, Great American Insurance Group, Cincinnati, Ohio. She previously was Registered Medical Assistant III, St. Elizabeth Physicians (October, 2018 - June, 2022); Registered Medical Assistant, The Christ Hospital Health Network (August, 2017 - September, 2018); Registered Medical Assistant, OthoCincy (July, 2013 - July, 2017).


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Your Position in Today's Financial Marketplace

Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP

It is always a great process to reassess your personal progress, strengths, and accomplishments. Most likely you have grown significantly over the past few years as the industry has flourished, changed, and continued its technological advancements. In order to move forward and capture your fair share of future business, it is important to review your current position in the market.
You can review from time-to-time what needs expansion, using a pad or a page in your computer, whatever works for you.

Below are a few exercises to help in that process:

  • List the top (five to ten) "key" accounts that you have personally developed, and still maintain over the past few years.
  • What personal attributes have you developed over the last two to three years that have improved your ability to attract and win high-quality relationships?
  • List specific tasks which you have assumed and completed in the last two to three years that reflect your leadership qualities both internally within your company and externally with other stakeholders.
  • On a scale of 1 to 10, how satisfied are you with your production year-to-date? What do you specifically need to accomplish to enhance your production for the remainder of 2022?
  • Are you comfortable with your current position in the market? Are you establishing yourself as a player in a specific niche? What needs to be accomplished to enhance your position? 
  • What are you doing differently today in your prospecting efforts than you were two to three years ago? Are you satisfied with the time you currently spend prospecting? 
  • What are your career goals for three to five years from today? Specifically, what are you doing currently to reach these goals?
  • How are you using technology to enhance your personal efficiencies and better serve your clients? 

Scott A. Wheeler, CLFP
Wheeler Business Consulting
1314 Marquis Ct.
Fallston, Maryland 21047
Phone: 410 877 0428
Fax: 410 877 8161

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Don't Fear the Unsubscribe
FinTech #102 by Alex Vasilakos

Don’t waste time and energy on people who aren’t open to receiving your content. It’s not personal. Beside, wouldn’t you rather focus on people who will actually read the message? Make sure the unsubscribe button in clear and functional at the bottom of the email. Failure to do so is frustrating at best and illegal at worst.

Of course, you can simply ask readers what types of messages they really want to receive. Create a preferences center so they can fine-tune what they want and what they don’t. Everyone will be happier with this approach, and you might see better conversion rates in the long term.

For a true housecleaning, how about a re-engagement questionnaire? Just contact the people who haven’t opened an email in a while and ask them if they still want to hear from you. If not, no harm done. But if they do, it could refresh their interest in your messages and lead to more revenue. Plus, it helps ensure the subscriber metrics are more accurate.

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.

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Equipment Finance Cares
Minnesota Event Recap

The Equipment Finance Cares (EFC) event at Midland Hills Country Club, Roseville, Minnesota was hosted by Honour Capital, featuring 58 equipment finance professionals, from 35 different organizations. 

Jesse Johnson, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for JDR Solutions and Founder of Equipment Finance Cares, said, “This was the biggest show of support for one of our regional meetings and we are excited for the momentum that EFC is maintaining in the equipment finance industry.”

Katie Thompson from Siemens, said, “Not only did I make meaningful connections, but I had a chance to learn about other industry professional's passions and how we can continue to make a difference. I appreciated the format - good mix of learning and engagement. I hope you get involved again in the future.”

Panel discussions touched on topics such as building company culture, empowering your workforce to make their own decisions, how to engage the younger workforce, and the best ways to recruit and retain younger talent.

Attendee Quotes:

Kristi Schon, Channel
“As a newcomer to the Equipment Finance industry, it was an honor to participate in this fantastic event where I was able to meet and connect with others professionally but also see first-hand how organizations are doing good and giving back to the communities we serve.”

Tracey Elfering CLFP, Oakmont Capital
“This was my first Equipment Finance event and I enjoyed it so much. It was wondering having the opportunity to meet several people in our industry whom I've admired for several years.”

Kareem Jernigan, Leasing Associates
“ECF is a great opportunity to support organizations that are doing great work in their local communities and network in an intimate setting.”

The program offered two industry thought leading panels. Deborah Reuben, CLFP, Founder and CEO of TomorrowZone moderated the “Human Side of Innovation” panel that featured: Nancy Robles- Eastern Funding, Jeffrey Bilbrey- Leasepath, Daryn Lecy, CLFP- Oakmont Capital and Tawnya Stone, CLFP - GreatAmerica Financial Services.

The second panel “Emerging Talent” was moderated by Sean McKenna, Sales Executive at Great American Insurance Group and featured, Kristi Schon- Channel, Katie Thompson- Siemens, Jacob Fahl, CLFP- Mitsubishi HC Capital America and Mike Mroszak- Dedicated Financial GBC.

The foundations showcased during the event were: Minnesota Good Works, St. Theresa Orphans Foundation, The Slipka Foundation, Technovation MN, Love Life Now Foundation, Equipment Lease & Finance Foundation, and the Chris Walker Education Fund.

The next Equipment Finance Cares event will be on Tuesday, September 20th at Auxilior Capital in Plymouth Meeting, PA.

 If you are interested in hosting, being on a panel, or sponsoring a future EFC event please reach out to Jesse:

For additional information on Equipment Finance Cares please go to

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Fence Required: No
Declawed: No
Housetrained: Yes
Obedience Training Needed: Needs Training
Exercise Needs: Moderate
Grooming Needs: Moderate
Shedding Amount: Moderate
Owner Experience Needed: Breed
Reaction to New People: Friendly

Good with Dogs, Not Good with Cats, Good with Older/Considerate Kids Only, Good with Adults, Requires a yard, Crate trained, Likes to play with toys, Needs special care, Obedient, Playful, Affectionate, Eager To Please, Goofy

My name is Markie. I've been sitting behind the scenes for quite some time now. I was misunderstood in my first foster home, but finally, people are seeing the real me. I am dog friendly. I love every human. I am a great office companion and greet all of the guests with a smile and sloppy kisses. I am very food motivated and just want to make you happy. I love to go for walks with my humans and sometimes I even carry my favorite toy on our walks. I am not good for cats or small critters. After a lot of trial and error and test after test, I was diagnosed with IBD - inflammatory Bowel Disease. It was managed with a hydrolyzed protein prescription diet. My gut is the happiest it's ever been and I would LOVE to finally find a forever home.

 Markie is spayed, current on vaccines, microchipped and heartworm negative. A portion of her adoption fee has been sponsored by an anonymous donor. Please visit our website to review our adoption info and submit your adoption application.


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This Broker Fair always sells outGet Your Early Bird Price Now.

Broker Fair is coming back to New York City on October 24th at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. Anticipated to be the biggest Broker Fair ever, brokers from the small business lending, commercial financing, revenue-based financing, leasing, factoring, and MCA industries, will come together in the heart of New York.

Broker Fair founder Sean Murray, stated, “It’s amazing to have participated in the industry’s growth over the last four years. Our first event launched in Brooklyn in 2018 and now the demand has brought us into a massive newly-renovated venue in the middle of Times Square.”

Brokers, lenders, funders, factors, equipment financiers, Fintechs, and the whole small business finance ecosystem can expect a full day of education, inspiration, and high quality networking opportunities.

Early bird registration has just opened.
For inquiries or questions, email

Broker Early Bird US$199
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News Briefs---

Top accounting firm fined $100 million
     after employees cheated on CPA exams

FTC Sues Walmart for Facilitating Money Transfer Fraud
That Fleeced Customers Out of Hundreds of Millions

Icons of Italian Automotive Style Struggle
to Go Electric


You May Have Missed---

The Wild History of the Real
“Only Murders’ Building”




Sports Briefs---

Serena Williams' return to Wimbledon ends with
    dramatic defeat against Harmony Tan

NFL insists on indefinite suspension for Browns
Quarterback Deshaun Watson

Celtics assistant Will Hardy agrees to deal
to become Jazz head coach

Leaked Seahawks Baker Mayfield jersey
sends internet into frenzy


California Nuts Briefs---

1.3 million Californians are late on their rent, Census says

Great America might close in six years after
developer buys land under Santa Clara park

Chevron selling Bay Area headquarters,
paying for employees relocate to Houston

California constitutional amendment securing abortion,
contraceptive rights goes to voters

Californians to get up to $1,050 in inflation relief
through Newsom’s budget deal

Great America to shut within 11 years
as land in Santa Clara is bought by developer



"Gimme that wine"

Wine Becomes Latest Victim of Inflation: New Survey

Wine of the week: Graziano Family of Wines,
2017 Carignane, Mendocino County

Change in Napa Valley Restores Hope
for Small Family Farms

Syrah has struggled to attain the lustre
of its French peers in fine wine circles’

San Francisco Wine School offers ABC accredited
live training for 1 million servers in need

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Free Wine App

Wine Prices by vintage

US/International Wine Events


This Day in History

      1502 - Christopher Columbus arrived at Santo Domingo, Hispaniola, on his 4th voyage to the new world. He requested harbor and advised Gov. Nicolas de Ovando of an approaching hurricane. Ovando denied the request and dispatched a treasure fleet to Spain. 20 ships sank in the storm, 9 returned to port and one made it to Spain.
    1541 - The Spanish first crossed the Arkansas River. Francisco Vazquez de Coronado continued to explore the American southwest. He left New Mexico and crossed Texas, Oklahoma and east Kansas.
    1652 - Massachusetts declared itself an independent commonwealth.  The Massachusetts Bay government established a mint to produce the Massachusetts pound.      
    1744 - “Yankee Doodle” was written by Dr. Richard Shuckburgh, regimental surgeon to General Edward Braddock, commander in chief of the British forces during the French and Indian War.  The verses were written at Albany, NY, and set to an ancient English tune, “The World Turned Down.” Shuckburgh intended to ridicule the “homely clad colonials,” but the song was taken up by the colonist themselves and was played at the victory celebration in Yorktown in 1781 when Lord Cornwallis surrendered at the end of the Revolutionary War.
    Some of the popular songs during this time were “The Liberty Song,” also known as “In Freedom We're Born,” and “My Days Have Been So Wondrous Free.”  Perhaps the most popular war song, according to historians, was “Chester,” composed in 1778 by William Billings of Boston, MA.  The song was published in Billings' “The Singing Master's Assistant or Key to Practical Music,” printed by Draper and Folsom, Boston. “Chester” contains the following chorus: “Let tyrants shake their iron rod;/ And Slav'ry clank her galling chains,/We fear them not;/ We trust in God,/New England's God forever reigns.”
    1767 - British Parliament passed the Townshend Revenue Act levying taxes on America.
    1776 - Tule Arbor was the first Church in San Francisco before Mission Dolores.  The Mission was founded by Lt. Jose Joaquin Moraga and Fr. Francisco Palou (a companion of Fr. Serra), both members of the de Anza Expedition, which had been charged with bringing Spanish settlers to Alta (upper) California and evangelizing the local Ohlone natives.
    1776 - Virginia state constitution was adopted and Patrick Henry was made governor.  The original Virginia Constitution of 1776 was enacted in conjunction with the Declaration of Independence. Virginia was an early state to adopt its own Constitution and the document was widely influential both in the United States and abroad.  
    1804 - Privates John Collins and Hugh Hall of the Lewis and Clark Expedition were found guilty by a court-martial consisting of members of the Corps of Discovery for getting drunk on duty. Collins receives 100 lashes on his back and Hall receives 50
    1820 - Revenue cutter Dallas captured the 12-gun brig-of-war General Ramirez, which was loaded with 280 slaves, off St. Augustine. The 8 July 1820 issue of the Savannah Republican noted: "On the 28th ultimo, while the Cutter DALLAS was lying in the St. Mary's River, Captain Jackson received information that the Brig of war GENERAL RAMIREZ, supposed to be a piratical vessel was hovering off St. Augustine. The Cutter forthwith got under way in pursuit of the Brig having first obtained 12 United States soldiers from Fernandina to strengthen the Cutter's force. At half past three the next day, she hailed the Brig and received for answer, "This is the Patriot Brig GENERAL RAMIREZ." Captain Jackson finding a number of blacks on board took possession of the vessel and brought her into St. Mary's, arriving on the 1st instant. Captain Jackson found on the Brig about 280 African slaves. The Captain and crew, 28 in number, acknowledged themselves Americans.
    1831 - “America” or “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” was written on a scrap of paper in a half hour by Dr. Samuel Francis Smith, a Baptist minister.  Smith gave Lowell Mason the lyrics he had written and the song was first performed in public on July 4, 1831, at a children's Independence Day celebration in Boston. The song was first published by Lowell Mason in “The Choir” in 1832. The original manuscript is in the Harvard University Library, Smith’s alma mater.
    1858 - Birthday of George Washington Goethals (1858-1928) at Brooklyn, NY. American engineer and army officer, chief engineer of the Panama Canal and first civil governor of the Canal Zone.
    1858 - Birthday of Julia C. Lathrop (1858-1932) at Rockford, IL, a pioneer in the battle to establish child-labor laws.  Julia C. Lathrop was the first woman member of the Illinois State Board of Charities and in 1900, was instrumental in establishing the first juvenile court in the U.S.  In 1912, President Taft named Lathrop chief of the newly created Children's Bureau, then part of the US Dept. of Commerce and Labor. In 1925, she became a member of the Child Welfare Committee of the League of Nations. 
    1862 - To set the record straight about a famous Internet hoax about “Taps,” a military signal indicating “lights out” at night and “farewell” at military funerals, the hoax names the right period of time, but the wrong circumstances.   Actually “Taps” was played on the drum for many years, thus its name.  The musical form of “Taps” is performed as a bugle call and as a song.  Union General Daniel Butterfield wrote the music on the back of a torn envelope and whistled the tune to Oliver Wilcox Norton, bugler and aide-de-camp of General Strong Vincent, commander of the 83rd Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers of the Army of the Potomac. They were resting in camp at Harrison's Landing on the James River in Virginia, immediately after the seven days of fighting near Richmond.
    1863 – At age 23, George A. Custer was appointed a Brigadier General in the Union Army.
    1880 – Harry Frazee (d. 1929) was born in Peoria, IL.  He is always remembered as the owner of the Boston Red Sox who sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees.  Heavily influenced by American League president Ban Johnson, with whom Frazee had a long-standing feud, Frazee was limited to talking with the Chicago White Sox and the Yankees in trade talks.  The White Sox offered Shoeless Joe Jackson and $60,000, but the Yankees offered an all-cash deal: $25,000 up front and three notes of $25,000 each, plus a $300,000 loan to be secured by a mortgage on Fenway Park. With the note that he'd used in part to finance his purchase of the Red Sox having come due in November 1919, Frazee had little choice but to take the Yankees' offer. Ruth became the property of the Yankees on January 5, 1920.  The Curse was born.  Over the next several years, through 1923, Frazee sold virtually all of the Red Sox' top players to the Yankees, netting him a total of $305,000.  These players, with Ruth, formed the core of the Yankees’ championships through the 1920’s:  Bullet Joe Bush, Jumpin’ Joe Dugan, Waite Hoyt, Sad Sam Jones, Carl Mays, Herb Pennock, George Pipgras, Wally Schang, Everett Scott.  In the 1920s, they went to the World Series six times, winning three.
    1886 - Harlem photographer James VanDer Zee (1886-1983) was born in Lenox, MA.
    1905 - Archibald Wright “Moonlight” Graham, a real-life ballplayer made famous by his appearance in W.P. Kinsella's novel, “Shoeless Joe,” and the movie, “Field of Dreams,” played in his only Major League game.  A substitute outfielder for the New York Giants, for the bottom of the eighth, Graham was sent in to play right field. In the top of the ninth inning, Graham was on deck when the third out was made. Graham played the bottom of the ninth in right field but never came to bat. That game turned out to be his only appearance in the Majors.  Poetic license in the book and film moved this game to 1922.  The story of his life was otherwise true.  Graham completed his medical degree from the University of Maryland in 1905, obtained his license the following year and began practicing medicine in Chisholm, MN.  "Doc" Graham, as he became known after his career as a ballplayer, served the people of Chisholm for fifty years. From 1919 to 1959, Graham was the doctor for the Chisholm schools. The Graham Scholarship Fund, established in his honor, provides financial assistance to two Chisholm High School graduating seniors each year. The award is given to one boy and one girl, $500 to each. For many years, "Doc" Graham made arrangements to have used eyeglasses sent to his Chisholm office. On Saturdays, he would have the children of the Iron Range miners, from Grand Rapids to Virginia, come to his office, have their eyes checked and then fit them with the proper set of glasses, all free of charge.
    1910 - Birthday of song writer Frank Loesser (1910-69), New York City, NY.  He wrote the lyrics and music to the Broadway hits “Guys and Dolls,” “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” the latter winning the Academy Award for Best Song.
    1922 - Composer-pianist Ralph Burns (1922-2001) was born in Newton, Mass.  He wrote “Bijou,” “Early Autumn,” many others for Woody Herman before going out on his own as a pianist.
    1924 – Birthday of American poet Cid Corman (1924-2004) in Boston’s Roxbury.  Throughout the 1950's and 1960's, Corman's magazine ORIGIN published some of the major works of the Black Mountain poets, as well as other important work, choosing mostly poems not yet readily available elsewhere: the early poetry of Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, and Denise Levertov with the late works of Wallace Stevens and William Carlos Williams.
Corman has published over 70 volumes of poetry, translated several French and Japanese poets, and published four volumes of essays. He had lived in Kyoto, Japan since 1958 where he and his wife run a business, Cid Corman's Dessert Shop, until his death.
"A hint or tint of music — as if the silence were being turned on."
http:// corman.html corman.html
    1927 – The first flight from the West Coast arrived in Hawaii.
    1931 - The temperature at Monticello, FL hit 109 degrees to establish an all-time record for the state.
    1933 - Primo Carnera won the heavyweight championship of the world by knocking out Jack Sharkey in the sixth round of a fight at Long Island City, NY. Carnera held the title for only a year. He knocked out two contenders and then was defeated by Max Baer in June, 1924.
    1934 - After four years in the National Football League, the Portsmouth Spartans were sold to G.A. “Dick” Richards.  He moved the team to Detroit and changed its nickname to the Lions.
    1936 - Birthday of third baseman Harmon Clayton Killebrew (1936-2011), Payette, ID.  During his 22-year MLB career in, primarily with the Minnesota Twins, Killebrew was a prolific power hitter who, at the time of his retirement, was second only to Babe Ruth in American League home runs and was the AL career leader in home runs by a right-handed batter (since broken by Alex Rodriguez). He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984.
    1938 - Birthday of The Valiants’ leader Billy Storm (d. 2000), Dayton, OH.
    1939 - Benny Carter records theme “Melancholy Lullaby” (Vocalion 4984)
    1940 - U.S. passed the Alien Registration Act requiring aliens (non-citizens) to register.
    1941 - Birthday of crusader and Freedom rider Stokely Carmichael (1941-98) in Trinidad. As a radio newsman, I interviewed him by telephone during the March as arranged by Hal Light of San Francisco.  He reported coined the word: “Black Power.” I also interviewed him in Oakland, California. In 1960, Carmichael formed the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. The SNCC was a student desegregation and civil rights group recognized for organizing massive voter registration drives in the 1960s. In 1967, Carmichael became honorary prime minister of the militant Black Panther Party. Carmichael and his then wife, famed South African singer Miriam Makeba, moved to Guinea in 1969.
    1941 - In a doubleheader with the Senators, Joe DiMaggio ties and then breaks the American League consecutive game hitting streak of 41 established by George Sisler. In the opener, he knots the record with a double off Dutch Leonard, and in the nightcap, 'The Yankee Clipper' tops the record with a seventh inning single against Walt Masterson.
    1944 - Singer Little Eva, whose full name is Eva Narcissus Boyd (d. 2003), was born in Belhaven, North Carolina. She was the babysitter for songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin when she recorded their song, "The Loco-Motion." It went to number one in the summer of 1962. The background singers on the record were a group called the Cookies, who had a hit of their own later in '62 with "Chains."
    1945 - President Truman approves the plan, devised by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to invade Japan. The plan calls for 5 million troops, mostly Americans. Kyushu is to be invaded on November 1st with some 13 divisions (Operation Olympic) and Honshu is to be invaded on March 1, 1946 with some 23 divisions (Operation Coronet), including forces of the US 1st Army from Europe. The British will deploy a very long range bomber force in support of the invasion. The war ended well before these plans were to be implemented.
    1948 - Top Hits
“Nature Boy” - Nat King
“Toolie Oolie Doolie” - The Andrews Sisters
“Woody Woodpecker Song” - The Kay Kaiser Orchestra (vocal: Gloria Wood & The Campus Kids)
“Bouquet of Roses” - Eddy Arnold
    1950 – Whitey Ford was called up by the Yankees from their Kansas City farm team.  Ford would go on to a 9-1 record and win the final game of the World Series sweep of the Phillies.
    1952 -  I remember this day very well, the start of my teenager years, when the first “Rock and Roll” song to hit Number 1 in the pop charts was “Rock Around the Clock.“  The recording artists were Bill Haley and the Comets, one of the first all-white acts to play “Rock and Roll.”  It was the title song to the movie, “Blackboard Jungle.” Haley was originally a country and western singer, whom my father hired in Chester, Pennsylvania in 1948 to sing “rock-a-billy” to a radio station when he was the general manager.  Haley later learned the electric guitar and the rest is history.
    1956 - Top Hits
“The Wayward Wind” - Gogi Grant
“I Almost Lost My Mind” - Pat Boone
“Picnic” - The McGuire Sisters
“Crazy Arms” - Ray Price
    1956 - Charles Dumas of the US became the first high jumper to clear the seven-foot barrier when he reached 7’, 5/8” at the US Olympic Trials meet in Los Angeles. He won the gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics later that year at a height of 6’, 11½”.
    1956 - President Dwight Eisenhower signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956.  With an original authorization of $25 billion for the construction of 41,000 miles of the Interstate Highway System, supposedly over a 10-year period, it was the biggest public works program in history.  Eisenhower's support of the Act can be directly attributed to his experiences in 1919 as a participant in the U.S. Army's first Transcontinental Motor Convoy across the United States on the historic Lincoln Highway, which was the first road across America. The highly publicized convoy was intended, in part, to dramatize the need for better main highways and continued federal aid. The convoy left the Ellipse south of the White House on July 7, 1919, headed for Gettysburg, PA. From there, it followed the Lincoln Highway to San Francisco. Bridges cracked and were rebuilt, vehicles became stuck in mud and equipment broke, but the convoy was greeted warmly by communities across the country. The convoy reached San Francisco on September 6, 1919.  The convoy was memorable enough for a young Army officer, 28-year-old Lt. Col. Eisenhower, “The trip had been difficult, tiring and fun," he said. That experience on the Lincoln Highway convinced him to support construction of the Interstate System when he became president. "The old convoy had started me thinking about good, two-lane highways, but Germany had made me see the wisdom of broader ribbons across the land." His "Grand Plan" for highways, announced in 1954, led to the 1956 legislative breakthrough that created the Highway Trust Fund to accelerate construction of the Interstate System.  Eisenhower advocated for the highways for the purpose of national defense. In the event of a ground invasion by a foreign power, the Army would need good highways to be able to transport troops across the country efficiently. Following completion of the highways, the cross-country journey that took the convoy two months in 1919 was cut down to five days.
    1959 - Dick Clark announces his first Caravan of Stars tour, which would feature The Skyliners, who were still riding high on their hit "Since I Don't Have You."
    1963 - The first song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney makes it to the Hot 100. It's "From Me to You" as performed by Del Shannon.
    1964 - Top Hits
“A World Without Love” - Peter & Gordon
“I Get Around” - The Beach Boys
“My Boy Lollipop” - Millie Small
“Together Again” - Buck Owens
    1966 - MORRIS, CHARLES B., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant (then Sgt.), U.S. Army, Company A, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 503d Infantry, 173d Airborne Brigade (Separate). Place and date: Republic of Vietnam, 29 June 1966. Entered service at: Roanoke, Va. Born: 29 December 1931, Carroll County, Va. C.O. No.: 51, 14 December 1967. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Seeing indications of the enemy's presence in the area, S/Sgt. Morris deployed his squad and continued forward alone to make a reconnaissance. He unknowingly crawled within 20 meters of an enemy machinegun, whereupon the gunner fired, wounding him in the chest. S/Sgt. Morris instantly returned the fire and killed the gunner. Continuing to crawl within a few feet of the gun, he hurled a grenade and killed the remainder of the enemy crew. Although in pain and bleeding profusely, S/Sgt. Morris continued his reconnaissance. Returning to the platoon area, he reported the results of his reconnaissance to the platoon leader. As he spoke, the platoon came under heavy fire. Refusing medical attention for himself, he deployed his men in better firing positions confronting the entrenched enemy to his front. Then for 8 hours the platoon engaged the numerically superior enemy force. Withdrawal was impossible without abandoning many wounded and dead. Finding the platoon medic dead, S/Sgt. Morris administered first aid to himself and was returning to treat the wounded members of his squad with the medic's first aid kit when he was again wounded. Knocked down and stunned, he regained consciousness and continued to treat the wounded, reposition his men, and inspire and encourage their efforts. Wounded again when an enemy grenade shattered his left hand, nonetheless he personally took up the fight and armed and threw several grenades which killed a number of enemy soldiers. Seeing that an enemy machinegun had maneuvered behind his platoon and was delivering the fire upon his men, S/Sgt. Morris and another man crawled toward the gun to knock it out. His comrade was killed and S/Sgt. Morris sustained another wound, but, firing his rifle with 1 hand, he silenced the enemy machinegun. Returning to the platoon, he courageously exposed himself to the devastating enemy fire to drag the wounded to a protected area, and with utter disregard for his personal safety and the pain he suffered, he continued to lead and direct the efforts of his men until relief arrived. Upon termination of the battle, important documents were found among the enemy dead revealing a planned ambush of a Republic of Vietnam battalion. Use of this information prevented the ambush and saved many lives. S/Sgt. Morris' gallantry was instrumental in the successful defeat of the enemy, saved many lives, and was in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army.
    1967 - Actress Jayne Mansfield, 34, and two male companions died when their car struck a trailer truck east of New Orleans.
    1968 - Donovan's "Hurdy Gurdy Man" enters the Billboard chart, where it will reach #5. The song featured former Yardbirds guitarist, Jeff Beck.
    1968 - Pink Floyd's second LP "A Saucerful of Secrets" is released.
    1968 - "Tip-Toe Thru' The Tulips With Me" by Tiny Tim peaks at #17
    1969 - Detroit Tiger Jim Northrup ended an exciting week in his baseball career when he connected for his third grand-slam home run in seven days, setting a Major League record.
    1970 - With the award-winning "Liza Minelli Special," NBC offered an evening of entertaining television.
    1971 - The City of Memphis, TN, voted to name a road in honor of Elvis Presley---a 12-mile portion of the highway that passes Graceland.
    1972 - *BENNETT, STEVEN L., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Air Force. 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron, Pacific Air Forces. Place and date: Quang Tri, Republic of Vietnam, 29 June 1972. Entered service at: Lafayette, La. Born: 22 April 1946, Palestine, Tex. Citation: Capt. Bennett was the pilot of a light aircraft flying an artillery adjustment mission along a heavily defended segment of route structure. A large concentration of enemy troops was massing for an attack on a friendly unit. Capt. Bennett requested tactical air support but was advised that none was available. He also requested artillery support but this too was denied due to the close proximity of friendly troops to the target. Capt. Bennett was determined to aid the endangered unit and elected to strafe the hostile positions. After 4 such passes, the enemy force began to retreat. Capt. Bennett continued the attack, but, as he completed his fifth strafing pass, his aircraft was struck by a surface-to-air missile, which severely damaged the left engine and the left main landing gear. As fire spread in the left engine, Capt. Bennett realized that recovery at a friendly airfield was impossible. He instructed his observer to prepare for an ejection, but was informed by the observer that his parachute had been shredded by the force of the impacting missile. Although Capt. Bennett had a good parachute, he knew that if he ejected, the observer would have no chance of survival. With complete disregard for his own life, Capt. Bennett elected to ditch the aircraft into the Gulf of Tonkin, even though he realized that a pilot of this type aircraft had never survived a ditching. The ensuing impact upon the water caused the aircraft to cartwheel and severely damaged the front cockpit, making escape for Capt. Bennett impossible. The observer successfully made his way out of the aircraft and was rescued. Capt. Bennett's unparalleled concern for his companion, extraordinary heroism and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the U.S. Air Force.
    1972 - The Supreme Court ruled the death penalty could constitute "cruel and unusual punishment."
    1972 - Top Hits
“The Candy Man” - Sammy Davis, Jr.
“Song Sung Blue” - Neil Diamond
“Outa-Space” - Billy Preston
“That's Why I Love You Like I Do” - Sonny James
    1975 – Steve Wozniak tested his first prototype of Apple I computer.
    1980 - Top Hits
Coming Up - Paul McCartney & Wings
The Rose - Bette Midler
It's Still Rock & Roll to Me - Billy Joel
Trying to Love Two Women - The Oak Ridge Boys
    1984 - Bruce Springsteen kicks off his “Born in The U.S.A.” tour in St. Paul, Minnesota. His single, "Dancing in the Dark," peaks at #2 on the same day.  In all, the album produced a record-tying seven Top 10 singles.
    1988 – Top Hits
“Foolish Beat” - Debbie Gibson
“Dirty Diana” - Michael Jackson
“Make It Real” - The Jets
“He's Back and I'm Blue” - The Desert Rose Band
    1988 - Alpena, MI, reported a record low of 39 degrees while Jackson, MS, equaled their record for the month of June with an afternoon high of 105 degrees. Thunderstorms in the central U.S. soaked Springfield, MO with 3.62 inches of rain, a record for the date.
    1990 - Dave Stewart of the Oakland Athletics pitched a 5-0 no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays at SkyDome.  Later in the day, Fernando Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitched a 6-0 no-hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals.  This marked the first time in Major League history that no-hitters were recorded in each league on the same day and the first time in the 20th century that two pitchers hurled complete-game no-hitters on the same day.
    1994 - The U.S. Supreme Court reaffirms its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision on legal abortion, but its 5-to-4 ruling in Planned Parenthood v. Casey supports a Pennsylvania law limiting a woman's right to abortion. The Court also lets stand a Mississippi law requiring a 24-hour waiting period, which critics believe hindered many poorer women from obtaining legal abortions because they cannot afford overnight stays in cities far from their homes and jobs.
    1994 - Top Hits
“I Swear” - All-4-One
“Regulate” (From "Above The Rim") - Warren G
“Any Time, Any Place/And On And On” - Janet Jackson
“Don’t Turn Around” - Ace Of Base
    1995 - An American space shuttle docked with a Russian space station for the first time, resulting in the biggest craft ever assembled in space.  The cooperation involved in this linkup was to serve as a stepping-stone to building the International Space Station.
    1996 - Superman's Action Comic #1 (1938) auctioned at Sotheby at $61,900.
    1998 - George Harrison (1943-2001) announces that he had been receiving radiation treatment for throat cancer caused by smoking. Harrison says he has been given a clean bill of health by saying, "I'm not going to die on you folks just yet." That sad event would take place on November 29th, 2001.
    1999 - Singer/songwriter Jewel forgets the words to her song "Little Sister" from her “Pieces of You” album during a concert in Mountain View, California. She asks the audience if anyone has a copy of her album with the front cover. A boy in the audience pulls it out of his backpack and holds the lyrics up for Jewel while she performs
    2000 - On his much awaited return to Shea Stadium, John Rocker pitches a perfect eighth inning in front of 46,998 booing fans helping the Braves to stop the Mets' winning streak at seven, 6-4. Prior to the game, the Atlanta reliever read a statement apologizing for his inappropriate comments about New Yorkers which appeared in the off season in Sports Illustrated.
    2003 - Top Hits
“This Is The Night” - Clay Aiken
“Flying Without Wings” - Ruben Studdard
“Crazy In Love” - Beyonce Featuring Jay-Z
“Magic Stick” - Lil' Kim Featuring 50 Cent
    2004 - The Diamondbacks’ Randy Johnson, 40, threw his 4,000th career strikeout to become the fourth player in Major League history to reach the plateau. The "Big Unit" needs fewer innings (3,237 1/3) than Nolan Ryan, Roger Clemens or Steve Carlton to accomplish the feat.
    2006 - The Supreme Court ruled 5-3 that President George W. Bush's plan to try Guantanamo Bay detainees in military tribunals violated U.S. and international law.
    2007 – Apple Inc. released its first mobile phone, the iPhone.  Development began in 2004 when Apple started to gather a team of 1,000 employees to work on the highly confidential "Project Purple."  Apple CEO Steve Jobs steered the original focus away from a tablet (which Apple eventually revisited in the form of the iPad) towards a phone.  Apple created the device during a secretive collaboration with Cingular Wireless (which became AT&T Mobility) at the time—at an estimated development cost of $150 million over thirty months.
    2009 - Bernie Madoff received a sentence of up to 150 years in prison for operating the largest Ponzi scheme in history.
    2019 - The first Major League game to ever be played in Europe results in some major offensive fireworks as the Yankees defeat the Red Sox, 17 - 13, in front of nearly 60,000 spectators at London Olympic Stadium.  The game lasts 4 hours and 42 minutes and between-innings entertainment includes a mascot race among four random figures from British culture: King Henry VIII; Winston Churchill; singer Freddie Mercury; and the Lock Ness Monster.



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