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Friday, June 5, 2009

Actor/Producer Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg born June 5, 1971 Dorchester, Massachusetts. One of the originals with his brother in New Kids on the Block, his group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, went platinum with "Good Vibrations." He became better known with movies "Boogie Nights" as Dirk Diggler, "Three Kings", "The Perfect Storm", "The Italian Job", and "Four Brothers."


Classified Ads---Syndicator
    Vision Capital Ceases Operation
        Leasing Industry Influence-full list/up-date
Remembering Leah Marks-Wear your Seatbelt
Classified Ads---Help Wanted
    The Hangover/Summer Hours/Gran Torino
    The International/Woodstock: Ultimate
Fernando's View by Fernando F. Croce
View from the Top--Steve Chriest
    Step One To Extraordinary Coaching
        Cartoon---A white cat
Leasing Association Meetings Open to All
    Classified ads-Leasing Attorneys
New Hires---Promotions
Franchise Assoc. supports bill help Veterans
News Briefs---
Business investment environment says Bentsen
    Mortgage rates shoot up
        Credit tightens; small companies scramble
  California Nuts Briefs---
     Sport Brief---
        "Gimme that Wine"
    Today's Top Event in History
        This Day in American History
Baseball Poem
        Daily Puzzle
    Weather, USA or specific area
        Traffic Live----

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Vision Capital Ceases Operation

Larry Turner

"After 20 years in business, this memo is to inform you that Vision Capital Corporation ceased operations effective 5/01/09 as a result of the significant decline in the marketplace for originating and funding small-middle market equipment finance transactions.

"My partners, Manny Montanez and Gil Evans, and myself, have each moved on in separate new directions, but we want to express our sincerest gratitude and thanks to each of you for your participation along the way in our journey and, while recent times have been very difficult for many of us in this wilted business climate, we have certainly enjoyed working with many of you from time to time in the past and, as is often said, 'This too shall pass.'

"It was my privilege to join Bette Kerhoulas' great team of seasoned veterans at Pacifica Capital, a very successful, 25 year old commercial finance/leasing firm located in South Orange County, CA, and I look forward to perhaps working with many of you again soon.

"In the meantime, I wish all of you and your teams the very best in the coming year."

Larry B Turner
Pacifica Capital
760-599-4757 Direct
800-800-8081 x229
760-295-2499 Fax
619-838-3000 Cell



Leasing Industry Influence-full list/up-date

p> "Influential" as "a person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events" {Online Dictionary}. They must be alive, and do not need to be active any longer in the leasing or finance industry.

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New nominees to appear in the next list:

Joe Woodley, CLP--1988 president of the Western Association of Equipment Lessors, now National Equipment Finance Association, volunteered and became CEO in November, 2001, when the association was rudderless, also in financial difficulties. He brought in Bill Grohe, and they moved the group into solvency as well as reaching out to other leasing association, attending their conferences, making friends, promoting education, the CLP Foundation, and has been an outstanding leader. From your website, "president of Westover Financial, Inc., San Clemente, CA. He served as WAEL's 1985 Secretary/Treasurer and a member of the Executive Committee. "…starting with a position with the Burroughs Corporation after his graduation from the University of Albuquerque. He was involved in private leasing in 1972 and 1975-77, spending the interim years with St. Paul Leasing. He was Vice President/Marketing at Colonial Pacific Leasing Company from 1977-85. " Joe has been on the WAEL Board of Directors since 1982…It does not report the many hours on his own time that he has devoted to education, ethics, and improving the leasing industry, in addition to being a very nice guy at all times, extremely well respected by all who have know him.

June 5 List:

Jim Adler
Sudhir P. Amembal
A.J. Batt
Joe Bonnano, CLP
Bernie Boettigheimer, CLP
Clark Covert
John C. Deane
Thomas Depping
Michael J. Fleming
Al Gamper, Jr.
Bruce Kropschot
John Kruse
Paul A. Larkins
Elaine Litwer
Charlie Lester
Barry Marks

Dan Michalek
Jim Merrilees, CLP
Paul Menzel, CLP
Ben Millerbis, CLP/Brad Peterson, CLP
Alan J. Mogol
Ned Mundell
Deborah Monosson
David Murray
Walter Rabin
Jim Renner
Gary Shivers
Robert W. Stubbs
Ron Wagner, CLP
Paul Weiss
David Wiener




Sculpture of the Hebrew word "Chai" has been installed outside of the Day School.

In December of 2007, 17-year-old Leah Marks, a former N.E. Miles Jewish Day School student, was killed in a car accident. Leah was a passenger in a car driven by a teen under the influence of alcohol. She was not wearing a seat belt.

Barry Marks, Leah's father, has used this tragic event to encourage others to "affirm life." A stainless steel sculpture of the Hebrew word "Chai," which means life, has been installed outside of the Day School.

This gift to the school and the Jewish community campus has been donated by friends and family of Leah, to remind young people and parents to live life to the fullest, maintain a healthy lifestyle and value each and every day.

The sculpture was designed by community member Eve Laxer and produced by well-known sculptor Brad Morton.

To further support the emotional needs of young people, and to ensure students gain positive self-esteem and an understanding of healthy lifestyles, Barry has established the Leah Marks Honor Our Children Fund in the Birmingham Jewish Foundation to benefit Day School students and others.

Programs relating to guidance, self-esteem and safety will be supported by this fund, honoring the memory of Leah for generations to come. In the fall, final landscaping and the dedication of the sculpture will be completed, and will include life-affirming designs by Day School students.

If you are interested in supporting the Honor our Children initiative please contact Susan Greene at the Day School at 879-1068 or or Sally Friedman at the Birmingham Jewish Foundation at 879-0416 or



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San Clemente, California

The iFinancial Group is looking for highly motivated individuals with experience originating equipment lease transactions .  We offer a relaxed work environment, provide leads and offer above industry standard commission. Call Todd Clark 888-852-5155 x223

Ten years providing financing nationwide


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Fernando’s View
By Fernando F. Croce

Movie audiences are treated to both raucous comedy ("The Hangover") and heartfelt drama ("Summer Hours"), while DVD viewers will have Clint Eastwood at his best in "Gran Torino."

In Theaters:

The Hangover (Warner Bros.): Director Todd Philips ("Road Trip," "Old School") has for years been a specialist in rambunctious frat-house hijinks. Set in Las Vegas, his latest comedy will not disappoint his fans. With two days left before his wedding, Doug (Justin Bartha) and his groomsmen (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis) go on a bachelor-party blowout. The only problem is that, when the morning comes, the men notice that the groom is missing. With the clock ticking away, his friends have to trace back their actions and locate Doug, a wacky adventure that gets them in trouble with casino bosses, a mysterious baby, and a certain former world heavyweight champion. The movie won't win any awards for good taste, but it has plenty of hearty laughs.

Summer Hours (IFC Films): Long known for edgy, dark projects like "Demonlover" and "Boarding Gate," French director Olivier Assayas reveals his humanistic side with this warm and wise family drama. The story deals with three siblings, designer Adrienne (Juliette Binoche), professor Frederic (Charles Berling) and businessman Jeremie (Jeremie Renier), who bond and clash while dealing with their mother's (Edith Scob) death and the house that has so many of their memories. Without every succumbing to easy sentimentality, Assayas creates a graceful web of relationships, in which characters who have become disconnected from their roots try to come together. This moving film is sure to be one of the year's best imports. With subtitles.

New on DVD:

Gran Torino (Warner Bros.): After striking out earlier this year with the disappointing "Changeling," Clint Eastwood hits it out of the ballpark with this barbed, rousing tale about despair and redemption. Eastwood directs the film and also stars as Walt Kowalski, a retired, recently widowed man living in the suburbs of Detroit. Though wanting nothing more than being left alone, he is gradually brought out of his shell by interacting with his immigrant neighbors, whose young son sees him as a father figure. But where will Walt stand when local gangs get involved? Often uproarious, at times disturbing and ultimately moving, the film stands tall as an analysis of undying prejudices and as a monument to the integrity that's made Eastwood an icon for so long.

The International (Columbia Pictures): Acclaimed German director Tom Tykwer ("Run Lola Run") makes his Hollywood debut with this breathless, at times audacious action thriller. Clive Owen stars as an Interpol agent teamed up with a Manhattan D.A. assistant (Naomi Watts) to uncover the dirty secrets of a powerful banking corporation. The deeper they dig into the intrigue, the more they discover a web of corruption that takes them across the globe. Smart, exciting, and making excellent use of Tykwer's sense of fleeting connection and furious movement, this is on par with the best moments of the "Bourne" series. As in "Taken," this is a studio assignment by a foreign director American action directors could greatly learn from.

Woodstock: Ultimate Collector's Edition (Warner Bros.): A defining moment for a time and a generation, the legendary 1969 music festival remains a stirring monument of youthful hope. This documentary has been available in several different versions, though this "Ultimate Collector's Edition" DVD offers the most complete one yet. Capturing an instant of solidarity in the middle of difficult times, Michael Wadleigh's film (which includes none other than Martin Scorsese himself among its editors) is a very poignant cultural document that works beautifully as a treasure trove of musical talent. There are priceless performances by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker, Crosby Stills & Nash, Sly and the Family Stone, and Santana. A must for those who remember it firsthand, and for anybody just discovering it.



Step One To Extraordinary Coaching

I'll never forget the sales training and guidance I received from Al, my first sales manager. Fresh out of college, and eager to start my first job, I walked into Al's office on Monday morning and asked him when we would get started with my training.

Al looked at me with sympathy and understanding, handed me a thick, white binder stuffed with brochures and product information sheets, leaned back in his chair and said, "Steve, I'm going to tell you what my first sales manager told me - "If you want to learn how to swim, there is no quicker, better way to learn than to jump right into the middle of the lake. Here is your binder with all our product information. Now, go get 'em, tiger!"

I soon figured out that Al wasn't really a sales manager, and he certainly wasn't a coach. What I needed at that time, since I knew absolutely nothing about sales, was a good coach. So, what could Al, as my sales leader, have done to act like a good coach for me?

Teaching Fundamentals

First, besides providing some basic information about the company, and some product knowledge, Al could have assumed the role of a teacher. He could have taught me some of the fundamentals of selling. The ability to effectively teach the fundamentals of any discipline is a common, requisite skill of all good coaches.

In complex sales, selling fundamentals should include how to prospect for new business that fits the profile of a profitable relationship for the seller, how to qualify sales opportunities, how to efficiently perform the work that must be done to move opportunities through the sales funnel, how to close sales opportunities and how to effectively manage established relationships.

Teaching Is Reinforcing - Continuously

Sales leaders who want to become good coaches must do more than teach fundamentals to their sales teams. Once the leader teaches selling fundamentals, and the logical steps in the process used by the sales team to generate sales, the knowledge and skills must be absorbed by the sales professionals and used in their everyday selling activities. New skills and sales methodologies must be practiced by team members and reinforced by the leader.

One of the most important things all good coaches recognize is that practice doesn't make perfect - only perfect practice makes perfect! Good coaches know that even world class athletes must practice the fundamentals of their sports throughout their careers. Superior performance in any discipline is the direct result of continuous, perfect practice.

Once the sales team understands and grasps the fundamentals, and appreciates the necessity for and value of perfect practice, the sales manager, as a good coach, must reinforce the practice of those fundamentals until successful execution becomes an integral part of the team's DNA. The goal is continuous, incremental improvement, much like the goal of "lean" strategies and Kaizen, as practiced by manufacturing companies worldwide.

Sales leaders who are good coaches know that teaching and reinforcing, the cornerstones of effective sales leadership, is a never-ending process. Sales leaders who are also good coaches are hard to find. It's even harder to find sales leaders who have grown in their profession to become great coaches.

Steve Chriest is a well-respected management and sales consultant who specializes in helping organizations develop comprehensive sales processes that integrate strategy, training, sales tools and management systems to improve sales revenue.

He is the founder of Selling-UpTM, a San Francisco-based sales improvement consulting firm. He developed Selling-Up's exclusive Sales Management Operating SystemTM and is publisher of Sales Journal, a monthly sales strategy publication for an E-suite audience. Steve created Selling-Up's most popular educational offerings, including Strategic Sales RoadmapTM and online courses such as Profits and Cash - The Game of Business and Assertive Negotiating.

Steve is a regular contributor to executive-level publications such as Customer Think and Customer Management IQ. Steve recently completed his first book, Selling The E-Suite, The Proven System For Reaching and Selling Senior Executives, in which he translates his experiences as a CEO into a practical guide for selling to senior executives. Steve can be reached at:





Leasing Association Events-Meetings Open to All

Calendar: Equipment Leasing and Finance Events & Training

(Many events and meetings are open to non-members, in addition, prospective members are invited, questions may be directed to Donald Ethier VP - Membership and Marketing 202.238.3418 )


Thursday, June 11, 2009 (4:30 PM - 8:00 PM)
NEFA's First Annual Crab Feast!

Bo Brooks Restaurant
2701 Boston Street
United States


Nancy Pistorio
Madison Capital

Bruce Winter
FSG Leasing

Registration Information

When: Thursday, June 11, 2009
Registration: 4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Crab Feast: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Member: $70 per person
Non-Member: $90 per person


Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Hosted by Doug Welch and Alan Zeppenfeld

Ansley Golf Club
Atlanta, GA
Cost: $20 Members/ Non-Members


Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Atlanta Regional Luncheon

          12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
          Ansley Golf Club - Atlanta , Georgia


September 11-12
NAELB 2009 Eastern Regional Meeting
Renaissance Atlanta Airport Concourse Hotel
Atlanta, GA



Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Hosted by Doug Welch and Alan Zeppenfeld

Ansley Golf Club
Atlanta, GA
Cost: $20 Members/ Non-Members


November 6-7
NAELB 2009 Western Regional Meeting
Hilton Orange County / Costa Mesa
- Costa Mesa, CA


To view Leasing Association Conferences in 2009, please click here.



Classified ads-Leasing Attorneys

Client Looking For A Leasing Attorney

Birmingham, Alabama
The lawyers of Marks & Weinberg, P.C. have over 30 years experience in dealing with virtually every type of equipment financing and are recognized throughout the industry for prompt, practical solutions and exemplary service. They offer cost-conscious, effective lease enforcement and good counsel.
California, National: city: Riverside
Ellen Stern - get results, reasonable pricing; numerous industry contacts, nearly 30 yrs SoCal, 20 yrs equip.: CFL license specialist, documentation, work-outs, litigated collections, recoveries; deal-maker.

Kenneth C. Greene
California & Nevada
Hamrick & Evans, LLP, Universal City , LA; San Francisco Bay
Area, No.Calif. & Nevada. Call for free consultation (828)763-5292 or (415) 806-2254,
Connecticut, Southern New England:
EVANS, FELDMAN & BOYER, LLC Collections, litigation, documentation, portfolio sales and financing, bankruptcy. We represent many of the national and local leasing companies doing business in this state. Past chairman EAEL legal committee. Competitive rates.
Los Angeles, Southern CA
Seasoned attorney representing secured creditors in auto finance and truck/equipment lease industry.  Bankruptcy and State Court litigation.   Vincent V. Frounjian (818) 990-0605 or email:

Encino, California: Statewide “ELFA”
Hemar, Rousso & Heald, LLP 30 yr excellent reputation Lessor representation commercial litigation, debt collection, and bankruptcy.
Call Stephen E. Jenkins Esq (818) 501-3800

Los Angeles, Statewide: CA.     "ELFA" Aggressive creditors rights law firm specializing in equipment leasing handling collection matters on a contingency, fixed fee or hourly cbasis.

Los Angeles -statewide: CA      "ELFA"
Practice limited to collections, bankruptcy and problem accounts resolution. Decades of experience. 10-lawyer firm dedicated to serving you. Call Ronald Cohn, Esq. (818)591-2121 or email. Email:   

Long Beach, CA
Wagner & Zielinski,  successfully representing lessees/ lessors.  Not a member of any leasing organization, therefore not beholden to special interests.  Richard Wagner
(562) 216-2952

Long Beach CA.
Paul Bent -- 30 years experience in all forms of equipment leasing, secured lending, and asset based transactions, from analysis and deal structuring to contract negotiations to closing to private dispute resolution. (562) 426-1000

Law Firm - Service, Dallas, TX. "ELFA"
Mayer regularly practices in leasing, secured financing, project development and finance and corporate finance.

National: Coston & Rademacher: Business attorneys serving the lease-finance industry since 1980. Transactional, documentation, corporate/finance, workouts, litigation, bankruptcy, portfolio management. Chicago-based national practice. Jim Coston, CLP (Members: ELFA, NEFA).

St. Louis County , MO. - statewide:
Schultz & Associates LLP., collections, negotiation, and litigation. Also register and pursue recovery on foreign judgments. Contingency and reasonable hourly rates.
Ronald J. Eisenberg, Esq. (636) 537-4645 x108
Westport, CT: We represent finance companies, banks, lessors, etc., in replevins/seizures, collections and bankruptcy matters in Connecticut and New York. Flat fee, contingency and hourly rates.

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New Hires---Promotions

Amy M. Gross appointed vice president of sales, federal and wholesale, Key Equipment Finance, Superior, Colorado. She previously worked at GE Commercial Finance.

Jane Pearman appointed national account manager for Relational Technology Solutions in the Charleston, South Carolina area. She formerly was with Avaya and ICON.

Daniel Trevino opens the third office in Texas for Latitude Equipment Leasing, Marlton, New Jersey. He has 28 years experience in the finance, marketing and accounting areas with several area companies. Latitude Equipment has a sales operations office in Northern New Jersey and 22 field offices throughout the United States.

Tom Waterman appointed national account manager for Relational Technology Solutions to work out of their Cleveland, Ohio office. He previously was with Avaya, Lucent Technologies and AT&T.



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Franchise Association supports new bill help Veterans

Award Winning IFA VetFran Program Reaches New Milestone

WASHINGTON--The International Franchise Association today applauded Congressmen Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) and Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa) for introducing The Help Veterans Own Franchises Act that encourages franchise businesses to offer discounts for veterans interested in buying a franchise.

"Franchising is a major contributor to the U.S. economy in terms of jobs and economic output," said IFA Chairwoman Dina Dwyer-Owens, who is also chairwoman and CEO of the Dwyer Group, a holding company of six service-based franchise companies. "Over 900,000 franchise businesses in the U.S. are responsible for 21 million jobs and generating $2.3 trillion in economic output. By helping veterans purchase franchise small businesses, this bill will help stimulate the economy and put the country on the road to economic recovery. We thank Congressmen Schock and Boswell for leading this important effort."

The bill introduced today establishes a tax credit for franchise businesses that choose to offer qualified veterans a discounted initial franchise fee. The tax credit would amount to 50 percent of the total franchise fee discount offered by the franchisor to the franchisee and would be capped at $25,000 per unit. It also provides a tax credit to the veteran who chooses to purchase a franchise and open a business in their local community.

The IFA has a long history of helping veterans become franchise owners through its award-winning Veterans Transition Franchise Initiative (VetFran) established in 2002 to help those who have honorably served their country to seek the dream of small business ownership. The program is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Dwyer-Owens, whose company is the founding member of the IFA VetFran program, said the introduction of this bill is timely given the economic climate, which is making it harder for prospective franchise investors to access the necessary financing, and the increasing number of service members and women leaving the military who may be looking for new career opportunities.

Franchise small businesses find that veterans make great franchise owners because of the skills and experiences they have acquired through their military service. The number of franchise businesses participating in VetFran reached an all time high of 411 in May. To date, purchases of franchised businesses by former military personnel have surpassed 1,370 and 222 others are in negotiation. A wide variety of franchise small businesses from which to choose and most offer significant reductions of the initial franchise fee required are available to veterans for purchase . Company details and their incentives for veterans may be viewed at Franchising for Veterans.


About The International Franchise Association The International Franchise Association, the world's oldest and largest organization representing franchising, is the preeminent voice and acknowledged leader for the industry worldwide. Approaching a half-century of service with a growing membership of nearly 1,300 franchise systems, 10,000-plus franchisees and more than 500 firms that supply goods and services to the industry, IFA protects, enhances and promotes franchising by advancing the values of integrity, respect, trust, commitment to excellence, honesty and diversity. For more information, visit the IFA Web site at .

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News Briefs----

Business investment environment says Bentsen

Mortgage rates shoot up

Credit tightens; small companies scramble



Sports Briefs----

Lakers drub Magic in NBA Finals opener

Penguins beat Red Wings 4-2 in Game 4 to even series



California Nuts Briefs---

Shoeshine man catches a break - and some cash



“Gimme that Wine”

Champagne market loses fizz

Marlborough Sauvignon brand tops US market

Wine Prices by vintage
US/International Wine Events
Winery Atlas\
Leasing News Wine & Spirits Page
The London International Vintners Exchange (Liv-ex) is an electronic exchange for fine wine.



Today's Top Event in History

1977-the Apple II computer, with 4k of memory, went on sale for $1,298. Its predecessor, the Apple I, was sold largely to electronic hobbyist the previous year. I was one of the first users, teaching my children how to work on this computer (I still have it). We also were doing much of the original Apple Computer leasing. Various version were released thereafter, including Lisa, until the MacIntosh ended the line on January 24, 1984. Developer Steve Wozniak had created the Apple I to impress his friends in the Homebrew Computer Club in the early 1970s. Wozniak's sidekick, Steve Jobs, urged his friend to create a computer they could sell, and the two started Apple Computer in Jobs' garage. The Apple II boasted a color screen and a built-in version of the BASIC computer language.


This Day in American History

    1637 - The English and their Mohegan allies slaughtered as many as 600 Pequot Indians [in the area of Connecticut]. The survivors were parceled out to other tribes. Those given to the Mohegans eventually became the Mashantucket Pequots. American settlers in New England massacred a Pequot Indian village.
    1836-Birthday of Mr. Leslie, a Woman, Wills Feminism $2 Million After the bankruptcy and death of her husband Frank, Miriam Florence Folline Leslie rebuilt the Leslie publishing empire, changed her name officially to Mrs. Frank Leslie and willed $2 million to Carrie Chapman Catt personally to forward the cause of women's suffrage. History was advanced by the bequest. It would cost Catt more than a million dollars in legal fees to fight the family challenge. (The family ignored the fact that Miriam helped build and then single-handedly rebuilt the publishing empire and earned the money herself). The challenges left women's suffrage with about $800,0000.Catt used the money to set up a wonderful publicity and information bureau named after Leslie. Newspapers, magazines, and leaflets went out to millions of people swaying them to support women's suffrage and organizing them. It was the greatest publicity blitz in the history of this nation - and perhaps the world. After MR. Frank died broke in 1880, Miriam who had personally edited several of the publications took over the management of the floundering publishing empire and gained the title of the "Joan of Arc of American publishing." The Leslie publishing empire consisted of a number of weekly and monthly magazines, the most successful and popular publications of their time. They supported the Leslies luxuriously. Leslie became a legendary party hostess and her life was as intricate as any fiction. She started off on the stage in an act that starred the legendary Lola Montez. She married a Leslie publications editor and before her divorce shared her life and her husband's home with publisher Frank Leslie whom she eventually married in a renowned menage a trois. After Leslie's death, she was married for a short time to the brother of Oscar Wilde. The details of the Leslie Legacy and how CCC used the money can be found in the Leslie documents in the WiiN library.
    1848 - Army officer John C. Fremont submitted his "Geographical Memoir" to the US Senate where the SF Bay entrance was called Chrysopylae (Golden Gate). He had in mind the Chrysoceras (Golden Horn) of Constantinople, and suggested that the SF Bay would be advantageous for commerce.
    1851-“Uncle Tom's Cabin” began to appear in serial form. Although the small weekly had a very small circulation, the copy was passed around, and became so popular a Boston publisher compiled it into a book and published it, March 1852. Many to this day claim it as the major cause that actually started the Civil War ( which was in reality brewing for over fifty years as each new state or territory entered the union and was to be voted a “free” or “slave” territory or state.
    1859 - Frost was reported from Iowa to New England. The temperature dipped to 25 degrees in New York State, and up to two inches of snow blanketed Ohio. The cold and snow damaged the wheat crop.
    1864 - Union forces under General David Hunter rout a Confederate force led by General William "Grumble" Jones, giving the North their first real success in the 1864 Shenandoah campaign.Six hundred soldiers were killed or wounded, and another 1,000 were captured; the Yankees lost 800. Rebel opposition evaporated, and Hunter entered Staunton the next day. The victory cleared the way for Union occupation of the upper Shenandoah Valley.
    1872-Seeking to test for women the citizenship and voting rights extended to black males under the 14 th and 15 th amendments, Susan B. Anthony led a group of women who registered and voted at a Rochester , NY , election. She was arrested, tried and sentenced to pay a fine. She refused to do so and was allowed to go free by a judge who feared she would appeal to a higher court.
    1877- New York passed the first Margarine Law, “ an act for the protection of dairymen and to prevent deception in sales of butter.” ( Which is butter, can you tell the difference? ) In 1872, Alfred Paraf of New York City ( Not! New York City ! ) organized the Ole0-Margarine Manufacturing Company. In 1873, he obtained a patent on his process for purifying and separating fats. In 1911, Procter and Gamble introduced Crisco, “ a creamy-white all-vegetable shortening, odorless and tasteless, made from cottonseed oil.” We were off to artificial foods.
    1884 - Civil War hero General William T. Sherman refused the Republican presidential nomination, saying, "I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected."
    1895- William Boyd, born at Hendrysburg , OH . Boyd went to Hollywood in 1919 and got a job as a film extra. His first major starring role was in The Volga Boatman (1926). In 1935, he got the role of Hopalong Cassidy in a series of popular westerns. He made 66 of these films between 1935 and 1948. Some of them were edited and shown on television; Boyd then made some episodes especially for TV. This was one of the most popular early television shows in the early 1950's where we all wore black, white cowboy hats, and two six guns on our belt. For two points, name two of Hoppy's sidekick? ( he had several). Three extra points, the name of his horse? Now, don't use the internet---use your memory.
    1899-birthday of drummer Paul Barbarin, New Orleans , LA
    1911-cornetist Pete Daily born Portland , IN.
    1912 - US marines invaded Cuba (3rd time).
    1919-Birthday of Richard McClure Scarry, author and illustrator of children's books, born at Boston , MA . Two widely known books of the more than 250 Scarry authored are Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever(1965) and Richard Scarry's Pleases and Thank You (1973). The pages are crowed with small animal characters who lived like humans. More than 100 million copies of his books sold like humans. More than 100 million copies of his books sold worldwide. Died April 30, 1994, at Gstaad , Switzerland . June 5, 1922 Johnny Smith Birthday Shavout beings at Sundown ( Jewish Pentecost). Tomorrow, June 6 begins the Feasts of Weeks. Hebrew date, Sivan 6,5763. Celebrates giving of Torah (law) to Moses on Mount Sinai.
    1922-birthday of drummer Specs Powell, New York City , NY
    1926- singer Bill Hayes was born in Harvey , Illinois . He had a number one hit in 1955 with "The Ballad of Davy Crockett," outselling a version by Fess Parker, star of the Disney movie. Coonskin hats were big that year.
    1932-birthday of pianist Pete Jolly, New Haven , CT (real name: Peter Cergioli)
    1934-President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Securities Exchange Act that established the SEC. Wall Street had operated almost unfettered since the end of the eighteenth century. However, the stock market crash of 1929 necessitated regulation of the exchanges. The Securities and Exchange Commission is composed of five members appointed by the president of the US
    1937-War Admiral, a son of Man O'War, became the fourth horse to win the Triple Crown when he captured the Belmont Stakes by three lengths, over Sceneshifter, Ridden by Charles Kurtsinger, War Admiral covered the 1 ½ miles in 2:238.3. Pompoon, second in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, finished out of the money.
    1939-Gary U.S. Bonds birthday, singer,songwriter, born Flint , Michigan .
    1941 - Trumpet player Roy Eldridge with the Gene Krupa Band records "After You've Gone" ( Okeh Records.)
    1942 - Sammy Kaye and his Swing and Sway Orchestra record the classic "I Left My Heart at the Stage Door Canteen" for Victor Records.
    1942--*FLEMING, RICHARD E. Medal of Honor Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Born: 2 November 1917, St. Paul, Minn. Appointed from: Minnesota. Citation: For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty as Flight Officer, Marine Scout Bombing Squadron 241, during action against enemy Japanese forces in the battle of Midway on 4 and 5 June 1942. When his Squadron Commander was shot down during the initial attack upon an enemy aircraft carrier, Capt. Fleming led the remainder of the division with such fearless determination that he dived his own plane to the perilously low altitude of 400 feet before releasing his bomb. Although his craft was riddled by 179 hits in the blistering hail of fire that burst upon him from Japanese fighter guns and antiaircraft batteries, he pulled out with only 2 minor wounds inflicted upon himself. On the night of 4 June, when the squadron commander lost his way and became separated from the others, Capt. Fleming brought his own plane in for a safe landing at its base despite hazardous weather conditions and total darkness. The following day, after less than 4 hours' sleep, he led the second division of his squadron in a coordinated glide-bombing and dive-bombing assault upon a Japanese battleship. Undeterred by a fateful approach glide, during which his ship was struck and set afire, he grimly pressed home his attack to an altitude of 500 feet, released his bomb to score a near miss on the stern of his target, then crashed to the sea in flames. His dauntless perseverance and unyielding devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.
    1942-Bobby Sherwood Band records “Elks' Parade” ( Cap 107).
    1943-County Fleet, ridden by Johnny Longden, won the Belmont Stakes with a wire-to-wire performance. Fairly Manhurst was a distant second, 30 lengths behind. County Fleet , the heavy favorite, thus became the sixth horse to win racings' Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont.
    1943 - The L.A. Zoot Suit Riot continues with attacks on all "pachuco"-looking males. A group of musicians leaving the Aztec Recording Company on Third and Main Streets are attacked. Attorney Manuel Ruíz and other Mexican American professionals meet with city officials. Carey McWilliams calls California Attorney General Robert Kenny to encourage Governor Earl Warren to appoint an investigatory commission.
    1944 - More than 1,000 British bombers drop 5,000 tons of bombs on German gun batteries placed at the Normandy assault area, while 3,000 Allied ships cross the English Channel in preparation for the invasion of Normandy-D-Day. That night, more than 1,000 British bombers unleashed a massive assault on German gun batteries on the coast. At the same time, an Allied armada headed for the Normandy beaches in Operation Neptune, an attempt to capture the port at Cherbourg. But that was not all. In order to deceive the Germans, phony operations were run; dummy parachutists and radar-jamming devices were dropped into strategically key areas so as to make German radar screens believe there was an Allied convoy already on the move. One dummy parachute drop succeeded in drawing an entire German infantry regiment away from its position just six miles from the actual Normandy landing beaches. All this effort was to scatter the German defenses and make way for Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy.
    1944--VANCE, LEON R., Jr (Air Mission) Medal of Honor Rank and organization: Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Corps, 489th Bomber Group. Place and date: Over Wimereaux. France, 5 June 1944. Entered service at. Garden City, N.Y. Born: 11 August 1916, Enid, Okla . G.O. No. . 1, 4 January 1 945. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty on 5 June 1944, when he led a Heavy Bombardment Group, in an attack against defended enemy coastal positions in the vicinity of Wimereaux, France. Approaching the target, his aircraft was hit repeatedly by antiaircraft fire which seriously crippled the ship, killed the pilot, and wounded several members of the crew, including Lt. Col. Vance, whose right foot was practically severed. In spite of his injury, and with 3 engines lost to the flak, he led his formation over the target, bombing it successfully. After applying a tourniquet to his leg with the aid of the radar operator, Lt. Col. Vance, realizing that the ship was approaching a stall altitude with the 1 remaining engine failing, struggled to a semi-upright position beside the copilot and took over control of the ship. Cutting the power and feathering the last engine he put the aircraft in glide sufficiently steep to maintain his airspeed. Gradually losing altitude, he at last reached the English coast, whereupon he ordered all members of the crew to bail out as he knew they would all safely make land. But he received a message over the interphone system which led him to believe 1 of the crewmembers was unable to jump due to injuries; so he made the decision to ditch the ship in the channel, thereby giving this man a chance for life. To add further to the danger of ditching the ship in his crippled condition, there was a 500-pound bomb hung up in the bomb bay. Unable to climb into the seat vacated by the copilot, since his foot, hanging on to his leg by a few tendons, had become lodged behind the copilot's seat, he nevertheless made a successful ditching while lying on the floor using only aileron and elevators for control and the side window of the cockpit for visual reference. On coming to rest in the water the aircraft commenced to sink rapidly with Lt. Col. Vance pinned in the cockpit by the upper turret which had crashed in during the landing. As it was settling beneath the waves an explosion occurred which threw Lt. Col. Vance clear of the wreckage. After clinging to a piece of floating wreckage until he could muster enough strength to inflate his life vest he began searching for the crewmember whom he believed to be aboard. Failing to find anyone he began swimming and was found approximately 50 minutes later by an Air-Sea Rescue craft. By his extraordinary flying skill and gallant leadership, despite his grave injury, Lt. Col. Vance led his formation to a successful bombing of the assigned target and returned the crew to a point where they could bail out with safety. His gallant and valorous decision to ditch the aircraft in order to give the crewmember he believed to be aboard a chance for life exemplifies the highest traditions of the U.S. Armed Forces.
    1945--HARR, HARRY R. Medal of Honor Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, Company D, 124th Infantry, 31st Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Maglamin, Mindanao, Philippine Islands, 5 June 1945. Entered service at: East Freedom, Pa. Birth: Pine Croft, Pa. G.O. No.: 28, 28 March 1946. Citation: He displayed conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity. In a fierce counterattack, the Japanese closed in on his machinegun emplacement, hurling hand grenades, 1 of which exploded under the gun, putting it out of action and wounding 2 of the crew. While the remaining gunners were desperately attempting to repair their weapon another grenade landed squarely in the emplacement. Quickly realizing he could not safely throw the unexploded missile from the crowded position, Cpl. Harr unhesitatingly covered it with his body to smother the blast. His supremely courageous act, which cost him his life, saved 4 of his comrades and enabled them to continue their mission.
    1945-Stan Kenton Band swings Tara theme on “Southern Scandal”, Capitol.
    1948---Top Hits Nature Boy - Nat King Cole Toolie Oolie Doolie - The Andrews Sisters Baby Face - The Art Mooney Orchestra Texarkana Baby - Eddy Arnold
    1952 - ‘Jersey' Joe Walcott defended his heavyweight-boxing title by out-pointing Ezzard Charles in Philadelphia , PA. Jersey Joe would lose the heavyweight crown four months later to Rocky Marciano.
    1954-birthday of drummer Peter Erskine, Somers Point , NJ
    1956---Top Hits The Wayward Wind - Gogi Grant Standing on the Corner - The Four Lads I'm in Love Again - Fats Domino Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins
    1956 - Elvis Presley made his second appearance on Milton Berle's "Texaco Star Theatre". Elvis sang "Heartbreak Hotel", his number one hit. Berle loved it, and even swung his hips afterwards. The TV critics called Elvis' appearance on the show a “a bad joke.” One major critic said his performance looked “like the mating dance of an aborigine.” When Presley later appeared on Ed Sullivan's show, he was shown only from the waist up.
    1958-The L.P. "Johnny Mathis' Greatest Hits" went to number 1 in the US. It stayed on the charts for 490 weeks, setting a longevity record that would not be broken until the 1980s by Pink Floyd's, "Dark Side of the Moon".
    1959 - Bob Zimmerman graduated from high school in Hibbing , MN , the same year I graduated from University High School in West Los Angeles . Zimmerman was known as a greaser to classmates in the remote rural community, because of his long sideburns and leather jacket. Soon, Zimmerman would be performing at coffee houses at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis , and later, in Greenwich Village in New York City . He would also change his name to Bob Dylan (after poet Dylan Thomas, so the story goes).
    1960-- Brenda Lee's "I'm Sorry" entered the pop charts, eventually making it to number one. The flip side, "That's All You Gotta Do," also turned out to be a sizeable hit.
    1961-The American Basketball League, a short-lived challenger to the NBA, adopted a three-point field goal, an innovation that was later approved successively by the American Basketball Association, the BMA and the NCAA.
    1963- the first African-Americans graduated from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, receiving their Bachelor of Science degree; Charles Vernon Bush, Isaac Sanders Payne IV, and Roger Bernard Sims.
    1964---Top Hits Love Me Do - The Beatles
Chapel of Love - The Dixie Cups
Love Me with All Your Heart - The Ray Charles Singers
My Heart Skips a Beat - Buck Owens
    1966-- video clips of the Beatles performing "Paperback Writer" and "Rain" were shown on the "Ed Sullivan Show."
    1967 - New franchises in the National Hockey League were awarded to the Minnesota North Stars, the California Golden Seals and the Los Angeles Kings. The North Stars moved to Dallas in the mid-1990s and the Golden Seals are now nonexistent
    1968-Senator Robert Kennedy was shot at the Biltmore Hotel while campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination at Los Angeles , CA ; he died the following day. Sirhan Bishara Sirhan was convicted of his murder. I covered the afternoon portion for a period of time as news producer for ABC-TV News, and ran the night West Coast desk.
    1969- R'n'B singer Brian McKnight birthday.
    1971- rapper and actor Marky Mark birthday (real name: Mark Wahlberg.)
    1971-CAVAIANI, JON R. Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Vietnam Training Advisory Group, Republic of Vietnam. Place and date: Republic of Vietnam, 4 and 5 June 1971. Entered service at: Fresno, Calif. Born: 2 August 1943, Royston, England. Citation: S/Sgt. Cavaiani distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in action in the Republic of Vietnam on 4 and 5 June 1971 while serving as a platoon leader to a security platoon providing security for an isolated radio relay site located within enemy-held territory. On the morning of 4 June 1971, the entire camp came under an intense barrage of enemy small arms, automatic weapons, rocket-propelled grenade and mortar fire from a superior size enemy force. S/Sgt. Cavaiani acted with complete disregard for his personal safety as he repeatedly exposed himself to heavy enemy fire in order to move about the camp's perimeter directing the platoon's fire and rallying the platoon in a desperate fight for survival. S/Sgt. Cavaiani also returned heavy suppressive fire upon the assaulting enemy force during this period with a variety of weapons. When the entire platoon was to be evacuated, S/Sgt. Cavaiani unhesitatingly volunteered to remain on the ground and direct the helicopters into the landing zone. S/Sgt. Cavaiani was able to direct the first 3 helicopters in evacuating a major portion of the platoon. Due to intense increase in enemy fire, S/Sgt. Cavaiani was forced to remain at the camp overnight where he calmly directed the remaining platoon members in strengthening their defenses. On the morning of S June, a heavy ground fog restricted visibility. The superior size enemy force launched a major ground attack in an attempt to completely annihilate the remaining small force. The enemy force advanced in 2 ranks, first firing a heavy volume of small arms automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenade fire while the second rank continuously threw a steady barrage of hand grenades at the beleaguered force. S/Sgt. Cavaiani returned a heavy barrage of small arms and hand grenade fire on the assaulting enemy force but was unable to slow them down. He ordered the remaining platoon members to attempt to escape while he provided them with cover fire. With 1 last courageous exertion, S/Sgt. Cavaiani recovered a machine gun, stood up, completely exposing himself to the heavy enemy fire directed at him, and began firing the machine gun in a sweeping motion along the 2 ranks of advancing enemy soldiers. Through S/Sgt. Cavaiani's valiant efforts with complete disregard for his safety, the majority of the remaining platoon members were able to escape. While inflicting severe losses on the advancing enemy force, S/Sgt. Cavaiani was wounded numerous times. S/Sgt. Cavaiani's conspicuous gallantry, extraordinary heroism and intrepidity at the risk of his life, above and beyond the call of duty, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the U.S. Army.
    1971- tickets went on sale for a Grand Funk Railroad concert at Shea Stadium in New York. All seats were sold within 72 hours, and the concert grossed more than $300,000. That was about $2,000 more than the Beatles grossed at their 1965 Shea concert.
    1972---Top Hits I'll Take You There - The Staple Singers The Candy Man - Sammy Davis, Jr. Sylvia's Mother - Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A. - Donna Fargo
    1977-the Apple II computer, with 4k of memory, went on sale for $1,298. Its predecessor, the Apple I, was sold largely to electronic hobbyist the previous year. I was one of the first users, teaching my children how to work on this computer (I still have it ). We also were doing much of the original Apple Computer leasing. Various version were released thereafter, including Lisa, until the MacIntosh ended the line on January 24, 1984. Developer Steve Wozniak had created the Apple I to impress his friends in the Homebrew Computer Club in the early 1970s. Wozniak's sidekick, Steve Jobs, urged his friend to create a computer they could sell, and the two started Apple Computer in Jobs' garage. The Apple II boasted a color screen and a built-in version of the BASIC computer language.
    1978 -Proposition 13 25 th anniversary. California votes (65 percent of them) supported a primary election ballot initiative to cut property taxes 57 percent. Regarded as a possible omen of things to come across the country- a taxpayer's revolt against high taxes and government spending. Does not apply to houses bought after the passage, and ironically with the high prices of houses sold, the property tax has been a boon to school districts, who received 65% of their funds in property tax in California.
    1980---Top Hits Funkytown - Lipps, Inc. Coming Up - Paul McCartney & Wings Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer - Kenny Rogers with Kim Carnes My Heart - Ronnie Milsap
    1980- the movie "Urban Cowboy," starring John Travolta, premiered in Houston. Much of the movie was shot in "Gilley's," the bar owned at the time by singer Mickey Gilley.
    1981-The Centers for Disease Control first described a new illness striking gay men in a newsletter. On July 27, 1982, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome was adopted as the official name for the new disease by the DCD. The virus that causes AIDS was identified in 1983 and in May, 1985, was named Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) by the International Committee on the Taxonomy of Viruses. the first person killed by this disease in the developed world died in 1959. More than 420,000 Americans have died of aids. Worldwide, more than 22 million people have died of AIDS. About 36 million people worldwide are living with HIV/AIDS.
    1978-“20/20” premiered on TV. An hourly newsmagazine developed by ABC to compete with DBS's “60 Minutes.” It's original hosts, Harold Hayes and Robert Hughes, were cut after the first show and replaced by Hugh Downs. Barbara Walters became co-anchor in 1984. The show consisted of investigative and background reports. Contributors to the show have included Tom Jarriel, Slyvia Chase,Geraldo Rivera, Thomas Hoving, John Stossel, Lynn Sherr and Stone Phillips.
    1987-Dr Mae Jemison becomes first Black female astronaut, 1987
    1987- Canadian pop star Bryan Adams joined former Beatles Ringo Starr and George Harrison on stage at Wembley Arena in London for the finale to the second annual Prince's Trust rock gala. The three - along with Elton John, Boy George, Eric Clapton and Ben E. King - brought the crowd of 8,000 to their feet with a rendition of King's hit, "Stand By Me." Among the audience were Prince Charles and his wife, Diana. Charles set up the Prince's Trust fund in 1976 to help young people who are socially , economically or physically handicapped.
    1988---Top Hits One More Try - George Michael Shattered Dreams - Johnny Hates Jazz Naughty Girls (Need Love Too) - Samantha Fox What She Is (Is a Woman in Love) - Earl Thomas Conley
    1993- singer Mariah Carey married her boss, Sony Music president Tommy Mottola, at a Manhattan church. Among the celebrities in attendance - Robert DeNiro, Barbra Streisand, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel and wife Christie Brinkley. Carey and Mottola separated in 1997
    1998-Just three weeks after Notah Begay III became the third professional golfer to shoot a record-low- round of 59 in a professional tournament, Doug Dunakey became the fourth golfer to do so. Dunakey carded 10 birdies and an eagle in the second round of the Miami Valley Open, a Nike Tour event, in Springboro, OH. Needing only a par on the 18 th hole to finish with 58, Dunakey three-putted from25 feet for a bogey. He didn't win the tournament, though. Craig Bowden did, shooting 16-under-par, two shots better than Dunakey. NBA Finals Champions This Date
    1977 Portland Trail Blazers



Baseball Poem

This day in 1888 the famous comic baseball ballad "Casey at the Bat" was printed in the Sunday San Francisco Examiner. Appearing anonymously, it was written by Ernest L. Thayer, Recitation of "Casey at the Bat" became part of the repertoire of actor William Dwalt Hopper. The recitation took five minutes and 40 seconds. Hopper claimed to have recited it more than 10,000 times, the first being at Wallack's Theater at New York, NY, in 1888.

The Story Behind the Poem Casey at the Bat
By R. J. Brown

When George Hearst decided to run for senator from California in 1885 he realized the need of an influential organ, and bought the San Francisco Examiner to promote his political ambitions. When the campaign was over, he presented it to his son, William Randolph Hearst who had just graduated from Harvard College. While in college the younger Hearst had been editor of the Harvard Lampoon. When he went to California to edit the Examiner he took along with him three members of the Lampoon staff; Eugene Lent, F. H. Briggs, and Ernest L. Thayer. Each had nicknames -- Thayer's was "Phin." He wrote a humorous column on a regular basis for the Examiner and signed his columns with his nickname. In the spring of 1888, Thayer wrote Casey and submitted it for publication. It appeared in the Examiner in the June 3, 1888 edition and was signed "Phin" as usual. When Casey made its first appearance, nobody hailed it with shouts of joy or suspected that it would become immortal. A few weeks later, (exact date unknown) the New York Sun published the last 8 stanzas of the poem -- but signed its author as "Anon." Other than the Sun, it was just plain ignored by the public. To become immortal, everyone (or thing) needs a press agent. Archibald Clavering Gunter, an author of novels, was "Casey's" press agent. Always on the look out for incidents to base some of his novels on, Gunter, living in New York, sought and actively read newspapers from around the country on a regular basis. When he read Casey for the first time, he clipped it out to save. He wasn't sure just what he would do with it, but he clipped and saved it anyway. Many weeks later, in August of 1888, Gunter read that both the New York and Chicago baseball clubs would be attending the performance of the comedian De Wolf Hopper at the Wallack Theater in New York. Upon reading the announcement, Gunter instantly knew what he wanted to do with the clipping of Casey he had saved. Gunter approached Hopper, a good friend, and offered the poem for him to recite as he felt the baseball teams would enjoy a comic baseball recitation. Hopper agreed and recited it that night. The rest, as they say, is history. From that point forward in time, Casey become immortal -- while a good poem to begin with, it took a recital before a group of "famous" baseball players by a professional comedian to bring it to life. After reviews for Hopper's performance were published, three people came forward to claim authorship and demanded Hopper pay a royalty to use "their" poem. None could prove authorship, so Hopper kept it in his repertory. Four or five years later, Thayer, living in Worcester, Massachusetts at the time, attended a performance of Hopper in Worcester. After the show, Thayer sent a note backstage requesting to meet Hopper. Thayer gave him the rights to perform it without paying any royalties. Newspaper collectors should check their issues of New York papers for August, 1888 (exact day unknown) for reviews of Mr. Hopper's performance of Casey -- You may have an issue almost as important as the first printing of the poem in the June 3, 1888 San Francisco Examiner. Casey at the Bat
By R. J. Brown
NCSA Member #3
The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mudville nine that day: The score stood four to two, with but one inning more to play, And then when Cooney died at first, and Barrows did the same, A pall-like silence fell upon the patrons of the game.

A straggling few got up to go in deep despair. The rest cling to that hope which springs eternal in the human breast; They thought, "If only Casey could but get a whack at that-- We'd put up even money now, with Casey at the bat."

But Flynn preceded Casey, as did also Jimmy Blake, And the former was a hoodoo, while the latter was a cake; So upon that stricken multitude grim melancholy sat, For there seemed but little chance of Casey getting to the bat.

But Flynn let drive a single, to the wonderment of all, And Blake, the much despised, tore the cover off the ball; And when the dust had lifted, and men saw what had occurred, There was Jimmy safe at second and Flynn - hugging third.

Then from five thousand throats and more there rose a lusty yell; It rumbled through the valley, it rattled in the dell; It pounded on the mountain and recoiled upon the flat, For Casey, mighty Casey, was advancing to the bat.

There was ease in Casey's manner as he stepped into his place; There was pride in Casey's bearing and a smile lit Casey's face. And when, responding to the cheers, he lightly doffed his hat, No stranger in the crowd could doubt 'twas Casey at the bat.

Ten thousand eyes were on him as he rubbed his hands with dirt; Five thousand tongues applauded when he wiped them on his shirt; Then while the writhing pitcher ground the ball into his hip, Defiance flashed in Casey's eye, a sneer curled Casey's lip.

And now the leather-covered sphere came hurtling through the air, And Casey stood a-watching it in haughty grandeur there. Close by the sturdy batsman the ball unheeded sped-- "That ain't my style," said Casey. "Strike one!" the umpire said.

From the benches, black with people, there went up a muffled roar, Like the beating of the storm-waves on a stern and distant shore; "Kill him! Kill the umpire!" shouted some one in the stand; And it's likely they'd had killed him had not Casey raised his hand.

With a smile of Christian charity great Casey's visage shone; He stilled the rising tumult; he bade the game go on; He signaled to the pitcher, and once more the dun sphere flew; But Casey still ignored it, and the umpire said "Strike two!"

"Fraud!" cried the maddened thousands, and echo answered "Fraud!" But one scornful look from Casey and the audience was awed. They saw his face grow stern and cold, they saw his muscles strain, And they knew that Casey wouldn't let that ball go by again.

The sneer has fled from Casey's lip, his teeth are clenched in hate; He pounds with cruel violence his bat upon the plate. And now the pitcher holds the ball, and now he lets it go, And now the air is shattered by the force of Casey's blow.

Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright; The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light, And somewhere men are laughing, and little children shout; But there is no joy in Mudville-- great Casey has struck out.

- Ernest L. Thayer





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