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Monday, June 23, 2008

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Jim Swander in Thailand leasing
    Classified Ads---Sales
        “Autoresponder:” Summer is here
Mid-West Flood Report—by Jake Kemps
    Top Stories --June 16--June 20
        Bulletin Board Re-Cap
            Classified Ads---Help Wanted
                Cartoon---Run for the Roses
Leasing 102 by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP
Certified Lease Professional (CLP)
    Alta Group Platform Technology Aug. 20-21
        Ford Motor Credit speeds towards loss
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Jim Swander in Thailand leasing

Jim Swander, CLP
Hathaway Capital, Mokteo, Washington
Formerly with Duane Russell at RS Leasing,
Santa Clara, California, and then it became
RSN Leasing, eventually owned by Stan Nathanson when
both Russell and Swander sold their shares to him.
“No longer with Hathaway. This has been a crazy year, but still reading your updates. I'm selling equipment now, but that's slow as the economy in the NW is still slower than the rest of the country.”
(Photo: Archives)

Last Friday leasing news reprinted an email from Jim from June 20, 2000, as it was germane then as it is today. He responded:

“I heard from a couple ‘old timers’ after you ran the article. I was wondering what comments of mine were worth re-running?

“I have dropped off your mailing list. Can you add me?

“I have moved over to Phnom Penh, Cambodia where I have now written the first car loans and car and equipments leases that are not secured by real estate. Cambodia is a developing country and has many plus’s and minus’s. All in all, I’m enjoying life, helping a lot of people, being a participant in developing a leasing industry (both in Cambodia and Lao).

“I have put together a few travelogues and circulated them to friends. If anyone would like to see them, let me know and I’ll add you to the list. Just for fun, I’m attaching the one on Christmas in Phnom Penh.

“Hope all is well with you and your family.”

Jim Swander

Christmas in Phnom Penh:



Classified Ads---Sales

Atlanta, GA
If you can use a polished, seasoned, driven leasing professional with 14 years of extremely productive experience, please call me.
Resume Attached.
Saul Sloman
Cherry Hill, NJ
College grad seeking entry level sales position for equipment leasing and financing in small to mid-size ticket markets. Have 6 months experience in the industry and self-motivated. Contact Matt at 609-280-2178 or
email at
Chicago, IL
Sales Executive or Senior Manager, with responsibility for leasing capital equipment in support of transactions based on current market values, market potential and economic trends.
Cincinnati, Ohio
8+ years in medical sales. Available for Full-Time work as Business Development Manager.
Copenhagen, Denmark
10 years of experience as VP Europe, Middle East and Africa for a US based Equipment Leasing Company. $500,000 plus w/ excellent connections European shipping lines/ maritime financing.
Click here.

Fresno, CA
Aggressive, competitive self-starter w/successful vendor/direct equipment
leasing and asset-based lending experience seeks return to leasing industry
after successful stint in business banking sales.

Hillsborough, NJ
Sales professional (3 yrs mortgages, 1 year securities) looking to transition my experience/skills into the equipment leasing/financing. Pete Brusyo
(908) 625-7232 or

Knoxville, TN
12+ years experience in equipment finance (Vendor/Direct/Broker).
IT and Construction Equipment.  Book of business.
Looking for a Career Opportunity preferably in Construction.

Montgomery, AL
Individual with 10 years advertising sales exp. & 7 years insurance sales exp. Wants independent contractor situation in Alabama.
Work with leasing company or broker.334-590-5133

Pittsburgh , PA
Aggressive self starter looking for leasing position w/10 plus yrs sales exp., plus banking experience 814-538-9129

Over 30 years of financing experience, resume posted at, phone 580-351-2531
San Diego , CA
Tenacious, competitive self-starter w/successful vendor/direct equipment leasing and asset-based lending experience seeks return to leasing industry after successful stint in secondary mortgage markets sales.
Stuart, FL area
Years of experience in leasing sales, credit, operations, documentation and syndication. Seeking position with direct middle market lender, equip. mfr or major equip. distributor. email:
15 year lease vet looking for plact to take business.great references. all major equipment types. open to compensation. please contact if interested.

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“Autoresponder:” Summer is here

Summer officially began last Friday, June 20, and it certainly did with Leasing News. The “autoresponder” to the email edition saw several hundred responses, as well as hits were down on
the web site. There were some stories no one else had, such as on PFF Leasing or NetSol growth and need for larger offices, or several other stories.

The weather may have had a roll in it with floods, tornadoes, as well as California heat spell (over 100 in Southern California and Saratoga broke all records at 103 on Friday.) Perhaps the main result was school being out and parents taking their kids on their first “summer” vacation.

It could also be that with business slowing down, many decided not to work that day, or want to beat the July 4 vacation week. Perhaps this Friday, June 27th will see the official start as the actual holiday is the next Friday, meaning instead of a three day holiday, a full week holiday.

With all the down news, the reaction to many is to take some time off. Others may be working on sales plans, going after customers of companies who have merged, changed direction, been sold, or national companies looking at the Federal Reserve Beige report on what areas to emphasize and which ones to “tone down.”

The Leasing News “Help Wanted” is the lowest in a long time as employers evidently think this is the “slow time,” or at best, “not the time,” meaning it is time to draw the wagons in a circle. Perhaps when the next ZRG employment index comes out we all may see which trend human resources is taking.



Mid-West Flood Report

from James P.(Jake) Kemps, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Pinnacle Financial Company



Top Stories --June 16--June 20

Here are the top ten stories most “opened” by readers last week:

(1) Kit Menkin heard it on the grapevine

(2) PFF to leave leasing???

(3) OCC: only 9 Memoranda of Understanding 2007
National City Corp.

(4) Key, "It was not just leases..."

(5) Tygris Commercial Finance Closes Funding

(6) GreatAmerica gets flooded out!

(7) Leasing 102 by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP
“Targeting Your Marketing Effort”

(8) FIFO/SILO/Voodoo Leasing by C. Menkin

(9) Ad decline continues in printed newspapers

(10) Biggest and/or Best Leasing Association?

Extra--Not counted for techinical reasons:
GreatAmerican Leasing--the Flood



Bulletin Board Re-Cap

These companies are on the Leasing News Complaint Bulletin Board:

Alliance Funding Group, Orange, California
    (Does not appear to belong to a leasing association)
Omega Capital Partners, Austin, Texas; Irvine, CA
    Does not appear to belong to a leasing association)
Southwest Credit, San Antonio, TX
Balboa Capital, Irvine, CA
    ( lease complaints
    members of EAEL, ELFA, NAELB, UAEL )
American Equipment Finance
    members of EAEL, UAEL
William J. "Bill" Weldon dba Production Finance
    Incline Village, Nevada
Ramsgate Leasing Systems, Bergenfield, NJ
    (Does not appear to belong to a leasing association)
Bridge Capital Leasing, Mission Viejo, CA
(now in Laguna Hills…
    (Does not appear to belong to a leasing association)
Phoenix Alliance, Dana point, Ca.
    (Does not appear to be in business)
Union Capital, Irvine, California/Portland, Oregon
    (Does not appear to be in business)
Dimension Funding, Irvine, California

Leasing Associations abbreviations

(EAEL) Eastern Association of Equipment Lessors
(ELFA) Equipment Leasing and Finance Association
(NAELB) National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers
(UAEL) United Association of Equipment Leasing

Leasing News Complaint Bulletin Board

Note: June 23, 2006 Leasing News changed its policy, after a reader survey that companies could be removed from the Complaint Bulletin Board by satisfying the complaint to the party who made the complaint. In addition, companies will be maintained on the list, not deleted as in the past, but with the note of the complaint as well as any Better Business Bureau report or news story.



Leasing Industry Help Wanted

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We're a progressive leasing company with ambitious growth plans for 2008. If you're a proven sales rep in the small ticket arena and ready to join a winning team, contact us immediately. We offer a competitive comp plan, amazing work environment, and have strong relationships with the major funding sources.
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Leasing 102

by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP

Certified Lease Professional (CLP)

We are pleased to report that the interest in becoming a CLP is at an all time high and the CLP board of directors has been working very hard this year on a newly revised exam, which should be available this fall. It will include a major change in structure with additional multiple choice, true false, fill in the blank and term association questions and few , if any, essay questions so it can be turned around in a very short time to accommodate the many new candidates that are requesting to sit for the exam.

The CLP Foundation has been organized to set a standard for leasing personnel that qualifies their level of knowledge so, like the CPA distinction for accountants, the customer base can be assured it is working with a professional and not a used car salesman. This standard is necessary to set aside any fears the customers may have thanks to the many scams and false information presented by uneducated and improper leasing companies. The CLP distinction, when proudly displaced on your business card, establishes your level of competence and Knowledge. Let’s not forget that to get the CLP designation you must take a comprehensive test that insures that your level of knowledge of commercial equipment leasing is complete.

The CLP Foundation offers a one-day review class in preparation for the CLP Exam. The Foundation also encourages you to attend the educational seminars offered by our commercial equipment leasing trade associations to assist you with your studies. If you would like to know the subject matter contained in the test you may go to the CLP web site at and select “Body of Knowledge” from the selections on the left side of the home page. Then select the areas you need support in and attend one of the many educational seminars provided by our trade associations or contact one of the many educators that support our industry for questions or direction.

To qualify to sit for the exam you need to be in the equipment leasing business for at least five years or have two years commercial finance plus three years equipment leasing experience.

It will be increasingly important to be a CLP as the population of member’s increases. Customers will wonder why you have not put out the effort. Many companies are sponsoring in-house training secessions to all employees to encourage CLP participation.

Our industry is always going through changes and modifications as the rule makers make adjustments to control how equipment leasing is handled. Achieving your CLP designation and becoming a member of the CLP Foundation is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and our industry. You also need to belong to and support our trade associations. As a very important man once said “united we stand and divided we fall” and right now it has never been more true.

Mr. Terry Winders, CLP, has been a teacher, consultant, expert witness for the leasing industry for thirty years and can be reached at or 502-327-8666.
He invites your questions and queries.

Previous #102 Columns:

Why I became a CLP—series

(This ad is a “trade” for the writing of this column. Opinions
contained in the column are those of Mr. Terry Winders, CLP)



The Alta Group Platform Technology Aug. 20-21

The Alta Group Platform Technology presentation has been moved to August 20-21 at the Marriott Oakbrook Hotel in Chicago.

This event is geared to the latest changes, additions, abilities to make operations more efficient and profitable.

Topics include using technology to address risk, outsourcing, cost controls, system selection, accounting dynamics, and migration to new platforms, regulatory compliance management and optimizing the performance of a legacy platform.

In addition, leading industry providers, such as CHP Consulting, Third Pillar, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Oracle Lease Management, will conduct comprehensive functionality demonstrations of their technology platforms. They will introduce the latest features of their systems, and show how customers are using technology to respond to the dynamic changes taking place in the industry and create cost efficiencies.

“The functionality demos using transaction data provided by the conference organizers provide attendees with a clear understanding of how the technology platforms will work in real-world situations,” said Justin Cooper, president, CHP North America. “Everyone uses the same data and scenarios, making comparisons easy.”

The cost to attend is $1,495. Persons interested in registering for the conference can call Kaye Reeder at 801-322-4499 or email
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Move over, California; other states are producing their own fine wines

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The Tasting Room: The ins and outs of shipping your wine

From VIP to vintner: a toast to celebrity wines

Daniel: Tasting the other New Zealand pinots

Value of wine grapes slips in Sonoma

Wine Prices by vintage
US/International Wine Events
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The London International Vintners Exchange (Liv-ex) is an electronic exchange for fine wine.



Calendar Events This Day

Canada: Newfoundland Discovery day
Commemorates the discovery of Newfoundland by John Cabot, June 24, 1487.

Denmark: Midsummer Eve
Celebrated all over the country with bonfires and merrymaking

Estonia: Victory Day
National holiday. Commemorates victory against Germany in 1919.

Let it Go Day
Whatever it is that’s bugging you, drop it. It’s only eating away at you and providing nothing positive.

Luxembourg: National Holiday.
Official birthday of His Roy Highness Grand Duke Jean in 1921.

National Columnists Day

National Pecan Sandy Day

National Pink Day

Sweden: Midsummer
Celebrated thorough out Sweden; Maypole dancing, games and folk music.

Saint feast Days



Cats average 16 hours of sleep a day, more than any other mammal.



Today's Top Event in History

1845-- A special session of the legislature of Texas voted in favor of annexation by the United States. For almost ten years, Texas had been an independent republic. The leaders of the republic first voted for Texas to be annexed in 1836, soon after it gained independence from Mexico, but the U.S. Congress was unwilling to admit another state which permitted slavery. Sam Houston, military commander during the Texas War for Independence from Mexico and the first President of the Republic of Texas, had been a strong advocate of annexation. This site has a rare photograph of Houston.
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This Day in American History

    1611 - English navigator Henry Hudson, famous for attempting to find a route from Europe to Asia via the Arctic Ocean, was set adrift in Hudson Bay by mutineers on his ship Discovery; he was never seen again.
    1683 - Chief Tamanend of the Leni-Lenape tribe and William Penn signed a friendship treaty at Shackamaxon, near what is now the Kensington district of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The French philosopher Voltaire, an admirer of Penn, hailed this as "the only treaty between Indians and Christians that was never broken." The Leni-Lenape lived along the shores of the Delaware River and its tributaries.
    1810 --John Jacob Astor organizes Pacific Fur Co (Astoria, Oregon)
    1845-- A special session of the legislature of Texas voted in favor of annexation by the United States. For almost ten years, Texas had been an independent republic. The leaders of the republic first voted for Texas to be annexed in 1836, soon after it gained independence from Mexico, but the U.S. Congress was unwilling to admit another state which permitted slavery. Sam Houston, military commander during the Texas War for Independence from Mexico and the first President of the Republic of Texas, had been a strong advocate of annexation. This site has a rare photograph of Houston.
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    1860-The Secret Service was established by the federal government under the Treasury department to suppress the counterfeiting of U.S. coins, and by later legislation, of paper money and securities. After the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, the Secret Service was given the duty of guarding the president. Special agents are charged with protecting the president, and his immediate family, the vice president, the president-elect, the vice president-elect, former presidents and their wives, the widows of former presidents unless they remarry, minor children of former presidents until they reach 16, major presidential and vice-presidential candidates, visiting heads of foreign governments, and official government representatives performing special missions aboard. The Federal Bureau of Investigation was created in 1908 under the Department of Justice to supplement the work of the Secret Service.
    1860 - Congress established the Government Printing Office.
    1865- The last formal surrender of Confederate troops took place in the Oklahoma Territory. Confederate Brigadier General Waite, also a leader of the Cherokee nation, surrendered his command of a battalion of American Indians.
    1868 - Publisher and politician Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for a prototype of the type writer. The device became know as a "blind-writer" as its design prevented easy viewing of the typed characters. Sholes's invention eventually led to the manufacturing of the first type writer.
    1889-The first Medal of Honor awarded to an African-American soldier in the Spanish-American War was issued to Private George Henry Wanton, Troop M., 10th U.S. Cavalry, who voluntarily went ashore at Tayabacoa, Cuba on June 30, 1898, “in the face of the enemy and aided in the rescue of his wounded comrades, this after several previous attempts at rescue had been frustrated.
    1894 -- Alfred Kinsey entomologist/sexologist author was born in Hoboken,New Jersey.
    1902- Volcano Springs, California hit a high temperature of 129 degrees. This is the highest temperature ever recorded in the United States during the month of June.
    1911-Tenor Sax player Eddie Miller, born New Orleans, LA.
    1913-Birthday of singer Helen Humes, best known for singing with the Count Base band, more Louisville, Ky.
    1923-Jazz arranger/composer George Russell born Cincinnati, OH
    1925-Alto/Baritone Sax player Sahib Shihab, born Savannah,GA
    1927-Birthday of Robert Louis “Bob: Fosse, born at Chicago, IL. The son of a vaudeville singer, he began his show business career at the age of 13. He was the only director in history to win an Oscar, an Emmy and a Tony for his work. As a choreographer he was known for his unique dance style that focused on explosive angularity off the human body in its movements. His body of work included the plays Pippin, Sweet Charity, Pajama Game, Chicago and Damn Yankees. His films include Cabaret, Lenny and the autobiographical All that Jazz. Fosse died September 23,1987, at Washington, DC
    1929-Birthday of June Carter Cash, Grammy Award-winning country singer with husband, Johnny Cash, and songwriter.
    1931---Spaniard Lili De Alvarez broke with tennis tradition by showing up for her match at the Wimbledon championships wearing not the customary skirt and stockings, but shorts! Actually, her outfit was more like trousers, quite baggy and falling to her calves. She didn’t win the match, but her fashion statement opened the door for women athletes to dress more practically during competition.
    1933-- The longest running and most popular radio show “The Breakfast Club" began with Don McNeil, eventually carried by 400 affiliates and tickets to attend were months in waiting. The hour-long radio show included celebrities who would visit. The shows popularity, however, stemmed mainly from regular features such as "Memory Time, when McNeil read poems and letters from listeners. During World War II, "Prayer Time" was started. McNeil's "Call to Breakfast, " which was announced every 15 minutes invited listeners to get up and march around the breakfast table.
    1938-- Marineland opens in Florida-1st aquarium
    1940- Norma Rudolph birthday, former polio victim who became the world famous track star, winning three gold medals in the Olympic Games.
    1940-Birthday of country singer Diana Trask, born in Melbourne, Australia. Originally a pop vocalist, she was a regular on Mitch Miller's "Sing Along With Mitch" TV show after moving to the US in 1959. After returning to Australia and raising a family, Trask returned to the US in the late '60s and turned to country music. She had hits with "I Fall to Pieces" in 1969 and "Beneath Still Waters" in 1970. Trask went back to Australia in 1975.
    1941 - At 23 years old, Lena Horne recorded "St. Louis Blues" for Victor Records, launching her illustrious singing career in the process. She continued performing well into her 60s.
    1944 -A killer tornado outbreak occurred in Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland with 3 F4 tornadoes responsible for most of the death and destruction. Shinnston, West Virginia was leveled with 100 people killed. A total of 154 people were killed and 966 were injured in this outbreak. Up to this time, damaging tornadoes were not believed to travel across mountainous terrain.
    1944--*BUTTS, JOHN E. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Co. E, 60th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division. Place and date: Normandy, France, 14, 16, and 23 June 1944. Entered service at: Buffalo, N.Y. Birth: Medina, N.Y. G.O. No.: 58, 19 July 1945. Citation: Heroically led his platoon against the enemy in Normandy, France, on 14, 16, and 23 June 1944. Although painfully wounded on the 14th near Orglandes and again on the 16th while spearheading an attack to establish a bridgehead across the Douve River, he refused medical aid and remained with his platoon. A week later, near Flottemanville Hague, he led an assault on a tactically important and stubbornly defended hill studded with tanks, antitank guns, pillboxes, and machinegun emplacements, and protected by concentrated artillery and mortar fire. As the attack was launched, 2d Lt. Butts, at the head of his platoon, was critically wounded by German machinegun fire. Although weakened by his injuries, he rallied his men and directed 1 squad to make a flanking movement while he alone made a frontal assault to draw the hostile fire upon himself. Once more he was struck, but by grim determination and sheer courage continued to crawl ahead. When within 10 yards of his objective, he was killed by direct fire. By his superb courage, unflinching valor and inspiring actions, 2d Lt. Butts enabled his platoon to take a formidable strong point and contributed greatly to the success of his battalion's mission.
    1944--*KINGSLEY, DAVID R. (Air Mission) Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Corps, 97th Bombardment Group, 15th Air Force. Place and date: Ploesti Raid, Rumania, 23 June 1944. Entered service at. Portland, Oreg. Birth: Oregon. G.O. No.: 26, 9 April 1945. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty, 23 June 1944 near Ploesti, Rumania, while flying as bombardier of a B17 type aircraft. On the bomb run 2d Lt. Kingsley's aircraft was severely damaged by intense flak and forced to drop out of formation but the pilot proceeded over the target and 2d Lt. Kingsley successfully dropped his bombs, causing severe damage to vital installations. The damaged aircraft, forced to lose altitude and to lag behind the formation, was aggressively attacked by 3 ME-109 aircraft, causing more damage to the aircraft and severely wounding the tail gunner in the upper arm. The radio operator and engineer notified 2d Lt. Kingsley that the tail gunner had been wounded and that assistance was needed to check the bleeding. 2d Lt. Kingsley made his way back to the radio room, skillfully applied first aid to the wound, and succeeded in checking the bleeding. The tail gunner's parachute harness and heavy clothes were removed and he was covered with blankets, making him as comfortable as possible. Eight ME-109 aircraft again aggressively attacked 2d Lt. Kingsley's aircraft and the ball turret gunner was wounded by 20mm. shell fragments. He went forward to the radio room to have 2d Lt. Kingsley administer first aid. A few minutes later when the pilot gave the order to prepare to bail out, 2d Lt. Kingsley immediately began to assist the wounded gunners in putting on their parachute harness. In the confusion the tail gunner's harness, believed to have been damaged, could not be located in the bundle of blankets and flying clothes which had been removed from the wounded men. With utter disregard for his own means of escape, 2d Lt. Kingsley unhesitatingly removed his parachute harness and adjusted it to the wounded tail gunner. Due to the extensive damage caused by the accurate and concentrated 20mm. fire by the enemy aircraft the pilot gave the order to bail out, as it appeared that the aircraft would disintegrate at any moment. 2d Lt. Kingsley aided the wounded men in bailing out and when last seen by the crewmembers he was standing on the bomb bay catwalk. The aircraft continued to fly on automatic pilot for a short distance, then crashed and burned. His body was later found in the wreckage. 2d Lt. Kingsley by his gallant heroic action was directly responsible for saving the life of the wounded gunner.
    1945 - Japanese commander Lt. Gen. Ushijima committed suicide at Okinawa, site of the bloodiest battle of the Pacific theater of World War II; 234,183 people were officially recorded as killed in the battles.
    1947 - U.S. Congress passed the Taft-Hartley Act, regulating union administration and prohibiting closed shops.
    1950--Top Hits
My Foolish Heart - The Gordon Jenkins Orchestra
(vocal: Eileen Wilson)
Bewitched - The Bill Snyder Orchestra
The Old Piano Roll Blues - Hoagy Carmichael & Cass Daley
I’ll Sail My Ship Alone - Moon Mullican
    1951 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Too Young," Nat King Cole.
    1954--- 122ø F (50ø C), Overton, Nevada (state record)
    1955 - After the debut of "Three for Tonight" on CBS, Harry Belafonte became a popular television star. Before bringing his show to television, Belafonte had been touring with it.
    1955 - Walt Disney's "Lady and the Tramp," the first animated feature filmed in CinemaScope, opened in theaters.
    1956- "Stranded in the Jungle" by the Cadets was released. It reached number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remains a favorite oldie.
    1958--Top Hits
All I Have to Do is Dream - The Everly Brothers
The Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley
Hard Headed Woman - Elvis Presley
Guess Things Happen that Way - Johnny Cash
    1963—Outfielder Jimmy Piersall of the New York Mets hit the 100th home run of his career and celebrated by running the bases facing backwards. Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Dallas Green was not amused.
    1965-"Tracks Of My Tears" by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles. The same song will be a hit for Linda Ronstadt in 1976.
    1966---Michael Johnson set a world record of 19.66 seconds in the 200 meters at the US Olympic Trials in Atlanta, GA. Johnson erased the previous record of 19.72 seconds, set by Pietro Mennea of Italy on September 12, 1979.
    1966 - The film version of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, opened in New York. Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor were cast in the lead roles, and Taylor later received the Best Actress Academy Award for her performance. The film was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress.
    1966--Top Hits
Paint It, Black - The Rolling Stones
Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind? - The Lovin’ Spoonful
Barefootin’ - Robert Parker
Take Good Care of Her - Sonny James
    1967-Arthur Conley receives a gold record for his first hit, "Sweet Soul Music".
    1968 -- Vietnam becomes the longest war in nation's history.
    1970 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "The Love You Save," The Jackson 5.
    1971 - The gripping and controversial film, Klute, starring Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland, opened in New York City. Fonda later won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her powerful portrayal of a call girl.
    1972—President Richard Nixon signed the Higher Education Act of 1972, including Title IX which barred gender discrimination in athletics and all other activities at colleges and university receiving federal assistance.
    1972 -- Life magazine publishes photos of South Vietnamese children running from napalm.
    1974--Top Hits
Billy, Don’t Be a Hero - Bo Donaldson & the Heywoods
You Make Me Feel Brand New - The Stylistics
Sundown - Gordon Lightfoot
This Time - Waylon Jennings
    1975-Jefferson Starship release their album, Red Octopus.
    1979 ---The Charlie Daniels Band releases "Devil Went Down to Georgia."
    1979- disco singer Donna Summer captured the number one and number three positions on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with "Hot Stuff" and "Bad Girls." She was the first solo entertainer to hold two of the top three positions simultaneously.
    1982 -- -117ø F; All time low at the South Pole.
    1982 - --Top Hits
Ebony and Ivory - Paul McCartney with Stevie Wonder
Don’t You Want Me - The Human League
Rosanna - Toto
Slow Hand - Conway Twitty
    1984-Van Halen release their single, "Panama."
    1985 - Golfer Arnold Palmer set a senior record when he won his first victory. His victory occurred when he won the Senior Tournament Players Championship by 11 strokes.
    1987 - A massive hailstorm hit eastern Colorado causing an estimated 60 to 70 million dollars damage. At La Junta, CO, hail as large as softballs caused 37 million dollars damage.
    1988 - Thirty-four cities reported record high temperatures for the date. The reading of 90 degrees at Bluefield, WV, equalled their record for the month of June. The record high of 104 degrees at Billings, MT, was their thirteenth of the month.
    1989 ---The movie "Batman" premiers
    1990 --Top Hits
It Must Have Been Love - Roxette
Step By Step - New Kids on the Block
Do You Remember? - Phil Collins
Love Without End, Amen - George Strait
    1990 -TV Guide selects Arsenio Hall as TV personality of the year
    1995 - Los Angeles Raiders media release: “The Raiders organization has chosen to relocate to Oakland.” In a deju-vu-all-over-again kind of situation, Raiders owner Al Davis made the decision to take his team back to where it had come from. And the Raiders sued the NFL, claiming it forced the team to move by insisting that a second team be allowed to play at a new stadium Davis wanted to build at Hollywood Park in suburban Inglewood. Davis said the other team would have crippled his team financially when it came to selling luxury suites and building fan loyalty. He demanded more than $1 billion for the ‘right’ to the LA market and for compensation to his team for revenue to be lost because of the failed deal. Davis and the Raiders lost the suit on May 21, 2001. Kimberly Hamilton, forewoman of the 7-man, 5-woman jury said, “I think the key for me was that the Raiders did not have enough evidence to meet the burden of proof.” An NFL spokesman said, “The notion that the Raiders ‘own’ the Los Angeles market also was entirely unsupported by the evidence in this case. The Raiders abandoned Los Angeles when they returned to Oakland in 1995, just as they deserted Oakland in 1982 when they moved to the Los Angeles Coliseum.”
    1999 - Just two months into his retirement, Wayne Gretzky, "The Great One," was officially elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame. The Canadian owned nearly every significant NHL record and was the league's all-time leader with 2,857 points, 894 goals, and 1,963 assists with four teams. He also held playoff highs with 122 goals, 260 assists, and 382 points among his 61 National Hockey League records.
    2000 - John Williams was the first inductee into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame
    2003--- Stealing second base at Pacific Bell Park in the 11th inning, Barry Bonds becomes the first player to hit 500 homers and steal 500 bases in his career. The Giants' left fielder may not only be the charter member of the 500-500 club, many believe, including him, he will most likely only member, as no one else may ever reach this plateau.
    2005-Making his professional debut, Yakima Bears hurler Ryan Doherty pitches a perfect sixth and seventh, striking out three of the six batters he faces, during a 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Canadians. At 7’1”, the right-hander from Toms River, New Jersey, who signed a free-agent contract with Diamondbacks after pitching for Notre Dame, becomes the tallest pitcher in professional baseball history surpassing Jon Rauch who stands a mere 6 feet-11 inches.



Baseball Poem

“That Sweet Diamond “

by Paul B. Janeczko, Carole Katchen (Illustrator)

watch the ball
short hop the wall and
the right fielder-who
can't pick it up fast enough -
finally snatch it
sling it
to the impatient cut-off man,
who throws home
almost before he turns.

watch the runner
toe the inside corner of third,
eyes on
the coach's windmill arm
signaling haste.

watch the meeting place:
the catcher begging for the ball
so he can sweep the tag
at the runner beginning
his slide
before the umpire,
holding his mask
behind his back
as casually as a satin heart
of valentine candy,
signals the meeting over,
the runner safe.


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The original radio show of Abbott and Costello’s, “Who’s on First Base.”




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