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Monday, June 29, 2009

1955: 18-year old rookie third baseman Harmon Killebrew hits his first major league home run off Billy Hoeft.

Harmon Clayton Killebrew born June 29, 1936 Payette, Idaho. In a 22-year major league career, he was second only to Babe Ruth in American League home runs and retired as the career leader in home runs by a right-handed batter. He became one of the American League's most feared power hitters of the 1960s, belting 40 homers in a season eight times, no steroids. In 1965, he helped the Twins reach the World Series, where they lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers.


Unbelievable "Zero" out Evergreen Complaint
    Classified Ads---Controller
CMC Founders Plead Guilty/Sentencing Nov.30
    Top 25 Most Influential Leasing People-
Cartoon-Atty. Leichtling to client Rudy Trebels, CLP
Leasing 102 by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP
    "Sales Report"
        Classified Ads---Help Wanted
    Leasing News Top Stories--June 22-June 26
Bank Beat-Five more bank failures last week
News Briefs---
    How a Loophole Benefits GE in Bank Rescue
Senator Menendez says unwind SILO transactions
    Madoff ordered to forfeit $171 billion
Judge delays financier Stanford's release on bond
Trooien ordered to return $21.4 MM Planes to GE
    Jackson concert promoter may lose millions
    You May have Missed---
The Penguin---A happy ending
        California Nuts Brief---
"Gimme that Wine"
    Today's Top Event in History
        This Day in American History
Baseball Poem
Daily Puzzle
        Weather, USA or specific area
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103 degrees in Saratoga, California on Sunday, breaks all heat records. And that was in the shade!!! As I write this at midnight, 75 degrees outside. (
Kit Menkin

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Unbelievable "Zero" out Evergreen Complaint

Wednesday, one way or the other, Leasing News will print the results regarding the Southern California leasing company demanding twelve extra payments because 180 day notice was not given on a "zero" out residual. In addition the $1.00 residual complaint, as per our policy, settled by the president along with a $25 Starbuck card gift will be printed.

"Readers also voted that those listed in the Complaint Bulletin Board who resolve their complaint listed should be removed from the list. In addition, Leasing News will use its best effort to remove the complaint from the archive section. Should another complaint against the person or company be listed, the prior listing will be re-instated, as well as archive stories. In addition, it is Leasing News policy, should a person or company not resolve a complaint, all the prior complaints will also be posted along with the new unresolved complaint.\"




Classified Ads---Controller
by Christopher Menkin, Publisher

Boca Raton, FL
CPA w/ Sarbanes Oxley/ 15 years management exp. as CFO/ Controller/5 yrs w/ PWC Extensive exp providing accounting/ tax guidance for the equipment lease industry. Willing to relocate.
Chicago, IL
experienced in lease accounting, operations, management, and Sarbanes-Oxley. Seeking position with equipment lessor. Would consider contract assignments or relocating.
Southeastern, MI
Controller & Management experience w/ equip lessors &broker. MBA, CPA w/ extensive accounting, management, securitization experience with public and private companies. Willing to relocate.

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CMC Founders Plead Guilty/Sentencing Nov.30

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Top 25 Most Influential Leasing People-Closed

This completes the list. Top 25 on Wednesday:

Stephen C. Bieneman---President and Chairman of Compass Capital Corporation. Over his 35 years in business, Mr. Bieneman has financed over $5 billion of equipment and managed all integral parts of an equipment leasing organization. Prior to founding Compass, Mr. Bieneman was founder, President and Chairman of Pegasus Capital Corporation from 1988 to 1990. During that time, Pegasus became a leading operating lessor of commercial aircraft, financing over 60 commercial jet transports with a combined value in excess of $1 billion.

Dennis Brown, CAE--Since 1993 he has represented the leasing industry interests to the 50 state governments, traveling the country, promoting legislation and also opposing legislation, representing not only the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, for whom he works, but the entire finance industry. He is the only person representing the industry before the state legislatures, state elected officials, and other state entities. He has also been instrumental in the Streamline Sales Tax committee. An U.S. Army sergeant, he brings this personality to job of getting things done.

Ken Greene, Esq.(nominated by Kit Menkin)While many attorneys have helped Leasing News "pro bono," none has done as much for a longer period of time than founding advisor Ken Greene. From potential lawsuits regarding Bulletin Board Complaints, lawsuit from Barry Drayer of RW Professional for stories written (he is now in the Federal Pen), including video depositions of Kit Menkin, other depositions, responses to complaints, or the latest from Troutman-Sanders about IFC Credit stories, many attempts with "bully" letters and service, even when requested be sent to him, 1st amendment issues, competitive practice, you name it, Ken has stood up for Leasing News without a financial charge or complaint about his time for nine years.

Stephen R. Harwood---Former president of CIS Equipment Leasing, he founded Cypress Leasing in San Francisco in 1985. In addition to operating leases, the company is a leader in purchasing existing equipment, re-leasing or providing sale/leasebacks, managing investment programs and their own lines of credit.

John McCue--Founder of McCue Systems, now part of NetSol International, a leader in the development of financial software, developer of software to run on many computer systems with other software interface, leader in software technology and industrial forums, once active in several associations on committees and boards, now retired but deserving as being placed as a man of influence in finance and equipment leasing software development.

Gerald F. Parrotto --- owner, publisher and executive editor of Xander Media Group, Inc., which publishes the Monitor and ABF Journal, as well as the Monitor On Line, an internet trade publication for the finance and leasing industry. Creator of the Monitor 100, a financial industry standard, annual analysis of the financial industry. The publications under his direction have a long time readership and are highly respected for their articles, insight, and news. He is also owner of Malloy Associates, Inc. Molloy Associates, Inc. "regarded as a premier executive search firm serving the Equipment Leasing Industry nationwide."

Ralph Petta- On the staff of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association since 1987, his title puts him in charge of research and industry services. He not only oversees all industry reference but many of the surveys, including MLFI-25, salary, but all key accounting and financial reporting, as well as serving as staff liaison to many of the key committees. His work throughout the years at ELFA has had a profound affect to the entire finance and leasing industry.

Rick Remiker---Outspoken, active, highly respected. He was president and COO, Commercial Leasing at Key Equipment Finance, managing director and group head of the equipment finance group at Merrill Lynch, and now Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer of RBS Asset Finance, Inc. Your news publication has quoted him often, and noted his involvement in the industry. He speaks up and your readers listen. I know I do.



Atty. Leichtling to client Rudy Trebels, CLP



Leasing 102
by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP

"Sales Report"

One of the most important requirements of a professional salesperson is to record a sales call. There are a lot of good reasons for call reports. First is to record all the information on the potential customer/lessee and then fill in the current status of their equipment needs. The second is to organize the call so you accomplish an objective. Without an earlier sales report you need to start from scratch with your questions like you are contacting the company for the first time. A previous sales report should have all the current information and some direction on what equipment needs to inquire about.

While there are many ways to get sales leads … you need prepare the sales call so it will be productive time and not just a bull shit session. I always like to run a UCC search prior to making my first call, on a new customer, to determine who has liens on the company assets. This allows me to determine who the competition is and if I know my competition then I know what is the likely rate they have agreed to in the past. To determine rates you need to record average rates for different competitors each time rates change and keep them so you can refer to the date of the filing for the possible rate. Leases and equipment financing usually are only on specific equipment and some lenders like to take blanket liens so it is not always possible to determine what equipment has been leased or financed but the age of the filing may give you some direction on equipment that needs replacing. The more you know about a company and its equipment needs gives you a better chance to talk about a deal instead of just having a nice conversation.

A customer file should be prepared in advance with all you know about that customer. I know that some use D & B or other credit reporting agencies to get a start on the information but sometimes if you can get a copy of their financials it contains a lot of interesting information. In addition to the names and titles of the people you need to record all business locations that equipment may be used in and contacts at those locations. If possible, get a company history or create one by asking the question. Most owners and managers love to talk about the company's growth. If you have a copy of their last financials then ask management to compare then to current operations. The answers may lead you to an opportunity.

When you are at their place of business, for future reference, always that note of the kind and manufacturer of the equipment they are using. Record this on a sales report and create a sales report with a lot of subjects with yes and no answers so you can circle or mark a box so as to not take too much time filing it out. Always have a date for the next call and rate the customer as to potential by using a 1 -10 scale. When planning a calling effort use your high potential contacts to arrange appointments and then fill in with lesser quality calls. Call reports are a good way for managers to review the calling efforts of their sales staff and should be reviewed weekly. A copy should be retained by management so replacement sales can get up to speed quickly if a territory is assumed by other sales staff.

I have not presented a call report because its actual content varies with each leasing company and the markets they serve. However if you need help establishing a call report system please call me so I can help you. Keeping track of sales calls is one of the most important features of a well run leasing activity.

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.

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



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Leasing News Top Stories--June 22-June 26

Here are the top ten stories opened by readers:

(1) Unbelievable Bulletin Board Complaint again!

(2) IFC Credit Closing Down?
by Christopher Menkin, Publisher

(3) Funders/Superbrokers looking for broker business

(4) Sterling Financial/Equipment Finance sue lessees

(5) "Just One More Call"

(6) Brokers! These companies want you!!!

(7) Brokers! These companies want you!!!-Up-Date

(8) Truck Repossessions Continuing at High Level

(9) Cancelled: Tuesday, June 23-Steve Geller/Linda Kester

(10) Leasing 102 by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP
Approaching Funding Sources

IFC Credit/Pioneer Announcement "No Money!"



Bank Beat-Five more bank failures last week

Georgia has nine bank failures this year, with the Atlantic-Journal newspaper stating there will be more to follow. Total is 45 this year with over 100 expected, according to the FDIC and OTS.

Community Bank of West Georgia, Villa Rica, Georgia, becoming the eighth bank to fail in Georgia this year. There were no buyers. To protect the depositors, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) will mail checks to insured depositors for their insured funds today, Monday, June 29th.

As of May 15, 2009, community bank of west georgia had total assets of $199.4 million and total deposits of $182.5 million. At the time of closing, the bank had approximately $1.1 million in deposits that exceeded the insurance limits. The FDIC estimates the cost of the failure to its Deposit Insurance Fund to be approximately $85 million.

MetroPacific Bank, Irvine, California was closed by the California Department of Financial Institutions, with FDIC arranging for the Sunwest Bank, Tustin, California, to assume all of the deposits of MetroPacific Bank, excluding those from brokers. There is only one location.

As of June 8, 2009, MetroPacific Bank had total assets of $80 million and total deposits of approximately $73million. Sunwest Bank agreed to purchase virtually all of the failed bank's assets. The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $29 million.

Horizon Bank, Pine City, Minnesota, was closed today by the Minnesota Department of Commerce with the FDIC entering into a purchase and assumption agreement with Stearns Bank, National Association, St. Cloud, Minnesota, to assume all of the deposits of Horizon Bank.

There are two locations. As of March 31, 2009, Horizon Bank had total assets of $87.6 million and total deposits of approximately $69.4 million. Stearns Bank, N.A. paid a premium of 0.75 percent to acquire all of the deposits of the failed bank. In addition to assuming all of the deposits of the failed bank, Stearns Bank, N.A. agreed to purchase approximately $84.4 million of assets. The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $33.5 million.

Mirae Bank, Los Angeles, closed by the California Department of Financial Institutions, becoming the 45th bank to fail this year. FDIC arranged with Wilshire State Bank, Los Angeles, California, to assume all of the deposits of Mirae Bank and open its five branches.

As of May 29, 2009, Mirae Bank had total assets of $456 million and total deposits of approximately $362 million. In addition to assuming all of the deposits of the failed bank, Wilshire State Bank agreed to purchase approximately $449 million of assets. The FDIC and Wilshire State Bank entered into a loss-share transaction on approximately $341 million of Mirae's assets. The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $50 million

Neighborhood Community Bank, Newnan, Georgia, was closed Friday by the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance, which appointed the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) as receiver. It was the ninth bank to fail in Georgia this year. To protect the depositors, the FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with CharterBank, West Point, Georgia, to assume all of the deposits of Neighborhood Community Bank.

The four offices opened up today, Monday, as offices of Charter Bank. As of March 31, 2009, Neighborhood Community Bank had total assets of $221.6 million and total deposits of approximately $191.3 million. In addition to assuming all of the deposits of the failed bank, CharterBank agreed to purchase approximately $209.6 million of assets. The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $66.7 million. The FDIC and CharterBank entered into a loss-share transaction on approximately $178.5 million of Neighborhood Community Bank's assets

List of Bank Failures:



News Briefs----

How a Loophole Benefits GE in Bank Rescue

Senator Menendez says unwind SILO transactions

Madoff ordered to forfeit $171 billion

Judge delays financier Stanford's release on bond

Trooien ordered to return $21.4 MM Planes to GE

Jackson concert promoter may lose millions



You May have Missed---

The Happy Penguin---Good ending



California Nuts Briefs---

Schwarzenegger gives Democrats a new plan for cuts

How Golden State sank into budget morass



"Gimme that Wine"

Penfolds trials glass stoppers

Hard Times for Australia's Once Dominant Wine Industry

$10,000 per month for wine social media gig

'Your Sommelier' Launches on

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

1952- I remember this day very well, the start of my teenager years, when the first "Rock and Roll" song to hit Number 1 in the pop charts was " Rock Around the Clock.," The recording artists were Bill Haley and the Comets, one of the first all-white acts to play "Rock and Roll." It was the title song to the movie, "Blackboard Jungle." Haley was originally a country and western singer, who my father hired in Chester, Pennsylvania in 1948 to sing "rock-a-billy" to a radio station when he was the general manager. Haley later learned the electric guitar and the rest is history.


This Day in American History

    1502 - Christopher Columbus arrived at Santo Domingo, Hispaniola, on his 4th voyage to the new world. He requested harbor and advised Gov. Nicolas de Ovando of an approaching hurricane. Ovando denied the request and dispatched a treasure fleet to Spain. 20 ships sank in the storm, 9 returned to port and one made it to Spain.
    1541 - The Spanish first crossed the Arkansas River. Francisco Vazquez de Coronado continued to explore the American southwest. He left New Mexico and crossed Texas, Oklahoma and east Kansas.
    1652 - Massachusetts declared itself an independent commonwealth.
    1736—Birthday of American Patriot Patrick Henry
    1744--  “Yankee Doodle” was written by Dr.Richard Shuckburgh, regimental surgeon to General Edward Braddock, commander in chief of the British forces during the French and Indian War.  The verses were written at Albany, NY, and set to an ancient English tune, “The World Turned Down.” Shuckburgh intended to ridicule the “homely clad colonials,” but the song was taken up by the colonist themselves, and was played at the victory celebration in Yorktown in 1781 when Lord Cornwallis surrended at the end of the Revolutionary War.
    Some of the popular songs during this time were “ The Liberty Song,” also known as “ In Freedom We're Born,” and “ My Days Have Been So Wondrous Free.”  Perhaps the most popular war song, according to historians, was “Chester,” composed in 1778 by William Billings of Boston, MA.  The song was published in Billing's “The Singing Master's Assistant or Key to Practical Music,” printed by Draper and Folsom, Boston. “Chester” contains the following chorus: “ Let tyrants shake their iron rod;/ And Slav'ry clank her galling chains,/We fear them not;/ We trust in God,/New England's God forever reigns.”
    1776-June 29, Tule Arbor--- First Church in San Francisco (before Mission Dolores )
    1804 - Privates John Collins and Hugh Hall of the Lewis and Clark Expedition were found guilty by a court-martial consisting of members of the Corps of Discovery for getting drunk on duty. Collins receives 100 lashes on his back and Hall receives 50
    1820 - Revenue cutter Dallas captured the 12-gun brig-of-war General Ramirez, which was loaded with 280 slaves, off St. Augustine. The 8 July 1820 issue of the Savannah Republican noted: "On the 28th ultimo, while the Cutter DALLAS was lying in the St. Mary's River, Captain Jackson received information that the Brig of war GENERAL RAMIREZ, supposed to be a piratical vessel was hovering off St. Augustine. The Cutter forthwith got under way in pursuit of the Brig having first obtained 12 United States soldiers from Fernandina to strengthen the Cutter's force. At half past three the next day, she hailed the Brig and received for answer, "This is the Patriot Brig GENERAL RAMIREZ----." Captain Jackson finding a number of blacks on board took possession of the vessel and brought her into St. Mary's, arriving on the 1st instant. Captain Jackson found on the Brig about 280 African slaves. The Captain and crew, 28 in number, acknowledged themselves Americans."
    1832-“ America the Beautiful” was written on a scrap of paper in a half hour by Dr. Samuel Francis Smith, a Baptist minister.  The original manuscript is in the Harvard University Library.
    1848—Wisconsin becomes the 30th state.
  (lower part of: ­)
    1851—The historic Ohio Woman's Rights Convention met in Akron.
    1858-Biurthday of George Washington Goethas, American engineer and army officer, chief engineer of the Panama Canal and first civil governor of the Canal Zone, born at Brooklyn, NY.  Died at New York, NY Jan 21, 1928.
    1858-Birthday of Julia C. Lathorop, a pioneer in the battle to establish child-labor laws.  Julia C. Lathrop was the first woman member of the Illinois State board of Charities and in 1900 was instrumental in establishing the first juvenile court in the U.S.  In 1912 President Taft named Lathorop chief o the newly created children's Bureau, then part of the US Dept. of Commerce and Labor. In 1925 she became a member of the Child Welfare Committee of the League of Nations.  Born at Rockford, Il, she died there April 15, 1932.
    1862-To set the record straight about a famous Internet Hoax about “Taps., a military signal, indicating “lights out” at night and “farewell” at military funerals.  The internet hoax names the right period of time, but the wrong circumstances. Actually “Taps”was played on the drum for many years, thus its name.  The musical form of “Taps,” which is performed as a bugle call and also as a song.  Union General Daniel Butterfield wrote the music on the back of a torn envelope and whistled the tune to Oliver Wilcox Norton, bugler and aide-de-camp of General Strong Vincent, commander of the  83rd Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers of the Army of the Potomac. They were resting in camp at Harrison's Landing on the James River in Virginia, immediately after the seven days of fighting near Richmond.
    1886 -- Harlem photographer James VanDer Zee born Lenox, Massachusetts.
    1888- World-class athlete Jim Thorpe was born in a one-room cabin near Prague in Indian Territory, now Oklahoma. 
    1905— Archibald Wright “Moonlight” Graham, a real-life ballplayer made famous by his appearance in W.P. Kinsella's novel, Shoeless Joe, and the movie, Field of Dreams, played in his only major league game.  A substitute outfielder for the New York Giants, Graham entered the game in the late innings, neither coming to bat nor making a fielding play.  Poetic license in the book and film moved this game to 1922.  The story
of his life was otherwise true.
    1910-Birthday of song writer Frank Loesser, New York City, NY
    1922—Composer-pianist Ralph Burns born Newton, Mass.  He wrote Bijou, Early Autumn, many others for Woody Herman before going out on his own as a pianist.
    1924 – Birthday of American poet Cid Corman .Throughout the 1950's and 1960's  Corman's magazine ORIGIN published some of the major works of the Black Mountain poets, as well as other important work, choosing mostly poems not yet readily available elsewhere: the early poetry of Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, and Denise Levertov with the late works of Wallace Stevens and William Carlos Williams.
Corman has published over 70 volumes of poetry, translated several French and Japanese poets, and published four volumes of essays. He has lived in Kyoto, Japan since 1958 where he and his wife run a business, Cid Corman's Dessert Shop.
"A hint or tint of
music — as if the silence
were being turned on."
http:// corman.html corman.html
    1931 - The temperature at Monticello FL hit 109 degrees to establish an all-time record for the state.
    1933-Primo Carnera won the heavy-weight championship of the world by knocking out Jack Sharkey in the sixth round of a fight at Long Island City, NY. Carnera held the title for only a year. He knocked out two contenders and then was defeated by Max Baer in June, 1924.
    1934---After four years in the National Football League, the Portsmouth Spartans were sold to G.A. “Dick” Richards.  He moved the team to Detroit and changed its nickname from the Spartnas to the Lions.
    1936---Birthday of third baseman Harmon Clayton Killebrew, born Payette, ID.
    1938—Birthday of The Valiants leader Billy Storm, Dayton, Oh
    1939-Benny Carter records theme Melancholy Lullaby ( Vocalion 4984)
    1941—Birthday of crusader and Freedom rider Stokely Carmichael. As a radio newsman I interviewed him by telephone during the March as arranged by Hal Light of San Francisco.  He reported coined the word: “Black Power.” I also interviewed him in Oakland, California. In 1960, Carmichael formed the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. The SNCC was a student desegregation & civil rights group recognized for organizing massive voter registration drives in the 1960s. In 1967, Carmichael became honorary prime minister of the militant Black Panther Party. Carmichael & his then wife, famed South African singer Miriam Makeba, moved to Guinea in 1969. He died of cancer on November 15, 1998.
    1941- In a doubleheader with the Senators, Joe DiMaggio ties and then breaks the American League consecutive game hitting streak of 41 established by George Sisler. In the opener he knots the record with a double off Dutch Leonard, and in the nightcap 'the Yankee Clipper' tops the record with a seventh inning single against Walt Masterson.
    1944- singer Little Eva, whose full name is Eva Narcissus Boyd, was born in Belhaven, North Carolina. She was the babysitter for songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin when she recorded their song, "The Loco-Motion." It went to number one in the summer of 1962. The background singers on the record were a group called the Cookies, who had a hit of their own later in '62 with "Chains."
    1945 - President Truman approves the plan, devised by the joint chiefs of staff, to invade Japan. The plan calls for 5 million troops, mostly Americans. Kyushu is to be invaded on November 1st with some 13 divisions (Operation Olympic) and Honshu is to be invaded on March 1, 1946 with some 23 divisions (Operation Coronet), including forces of the US 1st Army from Europe. The British will deploy a very long range bomber force in support of the invasion.
    1948---Top Hits
Nature Boy - Nat King
Toolie Oolie Doolie - The Andrews Sisters
Woody Woodpecker Song - The Kay Kaiser Orchestra (vocal: Gloria Wood & The Campus Kids)
Bouqeut of Roses - Eddy Arnold
    1952-  I remember this day very well, the start of my teenager years, when the first “Rock and Roll” song to hit Number 1 in the pop charts was “ Rock Around the Clock.,” The recording artists were Bill Haley and the Comets, one of the first all-white acts to play “Rock and Roll.”  It was the title song to the movie, “Blackboard Jungle.” Haley was originally a country and western singer, who my father hired in Chester, Pennsylvania in 1948 to sing “rock-a-billy” to a radio station when he was the general manager.  Haley later learned the electric guitar and the rest is history.
    1956---Top Hits
The Wayward Wind - Gogi Grant
I Almost Lost My Mind - Pat Boone
Picnic - The McGuire Sisters
Crazy Arms - Ray Price
    1956-Dharles Dumas of the US became the first high jumper to clear the seven-foot barrier when he reached seven ft, 5/8 inches at the US Olympic Trials meet in Los Angeles. He won the gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics later that year at a height of six ft, 11 ½ inches.
    1959--Dick Clark announces his first Caravan of Stars tour, which would feature The Skyliners, who were still riding high on their hit "Since I Don't Have You".
    1960—Birthday of  singer Evelyn “Champagne” King, Bronx, New York
    1963-  The first song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney makes it to the Hot 100. It's "From Me To You" as performed by Del Shannon.
    1964---Top Hits
A World Without Love - Peter & Gordon
I Get Around - The Beach Boys
My Boy Lollipop - Millie Small
Together Again - Buck Owens
    1966--MORRIS, CHARLES B. Medal of Honor Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant (then Sgt.), U.S. Army, Company A, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 503d Infantry, 173d Airborne Brigade (Separate). Place and date: Republic of Vietnam, 29 June 1966. Entered service at: Roanoke, Va. Born: 29 December 1931, Carroll County, Va. C.O. No.: 51, 14 December 1967. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Seeing indications of the enemy's presence in the area, S/Sgt. Morris deployed his squad and continued forward alone to make a reconnaissance. He unknowingly crawled within 20 meters of an enemy machinegun, whereupon the gunner fired, wounding him in the chest. S/Sgt. Morris instantly returned the fire and killed the gunner. Continuing to crawl within a few feet of the gun, he hurled a grenade and killed the remainder of the enemy crew. Although in pain and bleeding profusely, S/Sgt. Morris continued his reconnaissance. Returning to the platoon area, he reported the results of his reconnaissance to the platoon leader. As he spoke, the platoon came under heavy fire. Refusing medical attention for himself, he deployed his men in better firing positions confronting the entrenched enemy to his front. Then for 8 hours the platoon engaged the numerically superior enemy force. Withdrawal was impossible without abandoning many wounded and dead. Finding the platoon medic dead, S/Sgt. Morris administered first aid to himself and was returning to treat the wounded members of his squad with the medic's first aid kit when he was again wounded. Knocked down and stunned, he regained consciousness and continued to treat the wounded, reposition his men, and inspire and encourage their efforts. Wounded again when an enemy grenade shattered his left hand, nonetheless he personally took up the fight and armed and threw several grenades which killed a number of enemy soldiers. Seeing that an enemy machinegun had maneuvered behind his platoon and was delivering the fire upon his men, S/Sgt. Morris and another man crawled toward the gun to knock it out. His comrade was killed and S/Sgt. Morris sustained another wound, but, firing his rifle with 1 hand, he silenced the enemy machinegun. Returning to the platoon, he courageously exposed himself to the devastating enemy fire to drag the wounded to a protected area, and with utter disregard for his personal safety and the pain he suffered, he continued to lead and direct the efforts of his men until relief arrived. Upon termination of the battle, important documents were found among the enemy dead revealing a planned ambush of a Republic of Vietnam battalion. Use of this information prevented the ambush and saved many lives. S/Sgt. Morris' gallantry was instrumental in the successful defeat of the enemy, saved many lives, and was in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army.
    1968-Donovan's "Hurdy Gurdy Man" enters the Billboard chart, where it will reach #5. The song featured former Yardbirds guitarist, Jeff Beck.
    1968 -- Pink Floyd's second LP "A Saucerful of Secrets" is released.
    1968 -- "Tip-Toe Thru' The Tulips With Me" by Tiny Tim peaks at #17
    1969 - Detroit Tiger Jim Northrup ended an exciting week in his baseball career when he connected for his third grand-slam home run in seven days, setting a record in major league baseball.
    1970 - With the award-winning "Liza Minelli Special," NBC offered an evening of entertaining television.
    1971—The City of Memphis, TN, voted to name a road in honor of Elvis Presley---a 12-mile portion of the highway that passes Graceland.
    1972---*BENNETT, STEVEN L. Medal of Honor Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Air Force. 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron, Pacific Air Forces. Place and date: Quang Tri, Republic of Vietnam, 29 June 1972. Entered service at: Lafayette, La. Born: 22 April 1946, Palestine, Tex. Citation: Capt. Bennett was the pilot of a light aircraft flying an artillery adjustment mission along a heavily defended segment of route structure. A large concentration of enemy troops was massing for an attack on a friendly unit. Capt. Bennett requested tactical air support but was advised that none was available. He also requested artillery support but this too was denied due to the close proximity of friendly troops to the target. Capt. Bennett was determined to aid the endangered unit and elected to strafe the hostile positions. After 4 such passes, the enemy force began to retreat. Capt. Bennett continued the attack, but, as he completed his fifth strafing pass, his aircraft was struck by a surface-to-air missile, which severely damaged the left engine and the left main landing gear. As fire spread in the left engine, Capt. Bennett realized that recovery at a friendly airfield was impossible. He instructed his observer to prepare for an ejection, but was informed by the observer that his parachute had been shredded by the force of the impacting missile. Although Capt. Bennett had a good parachute, he knew that if he ejected, the observer would have no chance of survival. With complete disregard for his own life, Capt. Bennett elected to ditch the aircraft into the Gulf of Tonkin, even though he realized that a pilot of this type aircraft had never survived a ditching. The ensuing impact upon the water caused the aircraft to cartwheel and severely damaged the front cockpit, making escape for Capt. Bennett impossible. The observer successfully made his way out of the aircraft and was rescued. Capt. Bennett's unparalleled concern for his companion, extraordinary heroism and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the U.S. Air Force.
    1972---Top Hits
The Candy Man - Sammy Davis, Jr.
Song Sung Blue - Neil Diamond
Outa-Space - Billy Preston
That's Why I Love You Like I Do - Sonny James
    1980---Top Hits
Coming Up - Paul McCartney & Wings
The Rose - Bette Midler
It's Still Rock & Roll to Me - Billy Joel
Trying to Love Two Women - The Oak Ridge Boys
    1984- Bruce Springsteen kicks off his Born In The U.S.A. tour in St. Paul, Minnesota. His single, "Dancing in the Dark," peaks at #2 on the same day.
Foolish Beat - Debbie Gibson
Dirty Diana - Michael Jackson
Make It Real - The Jets
He's Back and I'm Blue - The Desert Rose Band
    1988 - Alpena, MI, reported a record low of 39 degrees while Jackson, MS, equaled their record for the month of June with an afternoon high of 105 degrees. Thunderstorms in the central U.S. soaked Springfield MO with 3.62 inches of rain, a record for the date.
    1990-Dave Stewart of the Oakland Athletics pitched a 5-0 no hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays at SkyDome.  Later in the day, Fernando Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitched a 6-0 no-hitter against the St. Louis Cardinals.  This marked the first time in major league history that no-hitters were recorded in each league on the same day and the first time in the 20th century that two pitchers hurled complete-game no-hitters on the same day.
    1994- The U.S. Supreme Court reaffirms its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision on legal abortion, but its 5-to-4 ruling June 29 in Planned Parenthood v. Casey supports a Pennsylvania law limiting a woman's right to abortion. The Court also lets stand a Mississippi law requiring a 24-hour waiting period, which critics believe hindered many poorer women from obtaining legal abortions because they cannot afford overnight stays in cities far from their homes and jobs.
    1994—Top Hits
I Swear- All-4-One
Regulate (From "Above The Rim")- Warren G
Any Time, Any Place/And On And On- Janet Jackson
Don t Turn Around- Ace Of Base
    1995-An American space shuttle docked with a Russian space station for the first time, resulting in the biggest craft ever assembled in space.  The cooperation involved in this linkup was to serve as a stepping-stone to building the International Space Station.
    1998-George Harrison announces that he had been receiving radiation treatment for throat cancer caused by smoking. Harrison says he has been given a clean bill of health by saying, "I'm not going to die on you folks just yet." That sad event would take place on November 29th, 2001.
    1999- Singer/songwriter Jewel forgets the words to her song "Little Sister" from her Pieces of You album during a concert in Mountain View, California. She asks the audience if anyone has a copy of her album with the front cover. A boy in the audience pulls it out of his backpack, and holds the lyrics up for Jewel while she performs
    2000- On his much awaited return to Shea Stadium, John Rocker pitches a perfect eighth inning in front of 46,998 booing fans helping the Braves to stop the Mets' winning streak at seven, 6-4. Prior to the game the Atlanta reliever read a statement apologizing for his inappropriate comments about New Yorkers which appeared in the off season in Sports Illustrated.
    2003---Top Hits
This Is The Night- Clay Aiken
Flying Without Wings- Ruben Studdard
Crazy In Love- Beyonce Featuring Jay-Z
Magic Stick- Lil' Kim Featuring 50 Cent



Baseball Poem

Five O'Clock High

Bases loaded,
top of the ninth,
two out
and a run behind.
The windup,
the pitch,
the ball,
the swing,
the hit,
the cheers,
then the boss
waking you up.

Written by Robert L. Harrison

"Green Fields and White Lines"
Baseball Poems
Published by McFarland and Company




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