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Monday, May 28, 2007

In memory of Robert D. Baker, CLP


Memorial Day Salute
    Remember Me
        Classified Ads---Asset Management
    Remembering Bob Baker, CLP
Sterling Financial Class Action Suits
    The List---First Quarter, 2007
        Top Stories--May 21-May 25
    Classified Ads--Help Wanted
    Leasing 102 - by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP
    Do You Know the Equipment you are Leasing?
        BofA side deal for LaSalle?
    Royal Bank of Canada quarterly profit Up
News Briefs---
    You May have Missed---
        Sports Briefs---
"Gimme that Wine"
    Calendar Events
        Snapple Real Facts
    Today's Top Event in History
This Day in American History
    Baseball Poem
            Daily Puzzle

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In Memory of all those who served in the armed forces, including myself, US Army, and on my side of the family: brothers: Michael, US Coast Guard pilot, Peter, US Air Force, Father, US Army, Uncle career US Army, seeing much action in the Korean War, and on my mother’s side, both sides of the Civil War and soldier in the Pennsylvania army unit in the Revolutionary War. Sue’s father and brother were officers in the US Navy, seeing action in US World War II and Viet Nam.

My son Dash is career US Navy, now a Petty Officer, Riverene Unit
(several tours waters of Iraq; Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean.)

Dash recently has been doing duty guarding Navy vessels during Fleet Week in New York City.

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Remembering Bob Baker, CLP

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Obituary

“Baker, Robert D. 'Bob' entered into rest Wednesday, May 23, 2007 Dear fiancé of Debbie Stolte and husband of the late Melissa Baker; dear son of Dorothy 'Do' Brooks and the late James D. Baker; dear brother and brother-in-law of Richard and Kathleen Baker; dear uncle of James and Laura Baker; dear cousin of William and Jeffery Derrick, Patricia Gifford and Barbara Brinkmann; our dear step-brother and friend to many. Mr. Baker was President and CEO of Wildwood Financial Group. He was on the Board of Directors of the United Association of Equipment Leasing and had been in the financial and leasing business for over 30 years. He had been affiliated with numerous trade groups in the leasing industry over the course of his career. Mr. Baker was an Eagle Scout .Services: Funeral Wednesday, May 30, 2007, 11:00 a.m. at BUCHHOZ MORTUARY WEST, 2211 Clarkson Rd. (at Wilson Rd.), Chesterfield, MO 63017. Interment Forever Bellerive Cemetery. Donations in memory of Robert Baker may be made to the Kilo Diabetes & Vascular Disease Research Foundation, 1227 Fern Ridge Parkway, Suite 120, St. Louis, MO 63141. VISI TATION TUESDAY 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Online guestbook at “

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Guest BookGuest book:

“I am still in shock. I just saw Bob at a UAEL event on 5/10 in Indianapolis. His passing is a real tragedy and will leave a void in the leasing business. He was the Ambassador of Fun in our industry.”

Craig A. Lysne

“Like so many others in the leasing industry who were drawn to Bob Baker by his charm and warmth, I was so sorry to learn that Bob passed away.

“Bob befriended me at the NAELB Conference in St. Louis in 1998. We had much in common and shared a lot of laughter over the years.

“Bob will be greatly missed.”

With love and sympathy,
Linda Kester


“It saddens me to hear about Bob Baker and please accept my condolences for his colleagues and his family.

“Bob is in the prayers of the entire Granieri family.”

Melinda Granieri <>

“Bob always gave back to the leasing industry. He was a valued and active member of many boards, including the UAEL Board, the CLP Foundation Board and the Leasing News Advisory Board. In each, he made significant and lasting contributions, even changing the face of the equipment leasing business as we know it today.

“He was truly one-of-a-kind and will be sorely missed.”

Bob Teichman, CLP
Teichman Financial Training
3030 Bridgeway, Suite 213
Sausalito, CA 94965
Tel: 415 331-6445
Fax: 415 331-6451


“Bob truly gave so much to our industry, especially he gave of himself. He selflessly gave his time and knowledge to all he came in contact with. Plus I will really miss his wonderful style and great sense of humor.”

Cynthia W. Spurdle
Executive Director
Certified Leasing Professional Foundation
PO Box 302
Wayne, PA 19087
PH: 610/687-0213
FAX: 610/687-4111

“Bob Baker is the reason I am a CLP today. His devotion to this industry is unmatched. If it were not for his encouragement to earn the highest certification in this industry, I don't know if I would have made the commitment. He is a Giant to those who knew him.

“I loved the years of attending both UAEL and NAELB events where Bob's workshops always inspired me to do better. I always came home with my batteries charged and new ways I could help my business grow.

“Bob had a way of taking over the room and held the audience captive.

“I grieve with the family and want to extend my prayers and my gratitude to them for sharing Bob with us all of these years. Bob has already probably started a Leasing Academy in heaven. It wouldn't surprise me.”

Rosanne Wilson, CLP
1st Independent Leasing, Inc.
3800 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Suite 165
Beaverton, OR 97005
(800) 926-0851 or Fax: (503) 626-1631
"It's the Lease We Can Do"

Visitation is on Tuesday, May 29, 2007 from 4-8:00 pm

Buchholz Mortuary West
2211 Clarkson Rd
(at Wilson Rd)
Chesterfield, MO. 63017
Phone: 636-532-2400

Funeral Service is Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at 11:00 am

Forever Bellerive
740 North Mason Road
Creve Coeur, MO 63141
Phone: 314-434-3933



Sterling Financial Class Action Suits

If not to rub more salt into the wound, after their stock fell 40% on Friday, several law firms have announced class action suits.

Kahn Gauthier Swick, LLC ("KGS") announces that shareholders of Sterling Financial Corporation ("Sterling" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: SLFI) who purchased shares of the Company between April 27, 2004 and May 25, 2007 have until July 24, 2007 to move for appointment as Lead Plaintiff in a securities fraud class action lawsuit currently pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. No class has yet been certified in this action.

The Rosen Law Firm, New York, New York has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of investors that purchased Sterling Financial stock from April 27, 2004 though May 24, 2007.

The lawsuit alleges that Sterlings Equipment Finance division engaged in scheme to inflate Sterlngs stock price by providing false financial information to Sterlings auditors.

Sterling hasn't determined what years were involved or the total damage, which it said may range from $145 million to $165 million after taxes. That's about as much as the bank's total profit in the past five years. The loss will be charged against 2006 earnings, Sterling said. Insurance may also cover part or all of the losses.

Customer accounts weren't affected, the bank said, and the investigation is continuing. Sterling operates in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware and employs about 1,100 people.

``The scheme was able to avoid detection until recently due to the depth and breadth of the collusion,'' the bank said. ``Employees at different seniority levels and functional areas were apparently involved.''

EFI's customers are in the logging and land-clearing industries and mainly serve the paper industry in the southeastern U.S., Sterling said. The unit contributed about 41 percent of Sterling's profit from continuing operations last year, according to the bank's annual report.

Employees at different seniority levels and company areas were involved. Sterling terminated five Equipment Finance employees, including a Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President. Sterling has yet to release the names of the terminated individuals.
There may be other departments involved in the cover-up, including the poor auditing procedures in place. Accounting seems to always get the blame in the end.

Employees of the subsidiary, Equipment Finance LLC, colluded to conceal loan losses, falsify contracts, and "subvert" internal controls over an extended period, Sterling said in its federal regulatory filing.

Copy of Rosen Law Firm class action suit:



The List---First Quarter, 2007

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Here are the highlights, new to the list, and the additions to those on the list. Due to the length, only the additions to those on the list are noted here. To see the full sequence, please go to the list:


Studebaker-Worthington (01/07)
Parent State Bank of Long Island pays $65 MM settlement

Partners Equity Capital Corp (PECC) Horsham, Pennsylvania (01/07)
PECC sold to Marubeni Corporation of Japan, to become CoActiv Capital Partners will initially focus on providing private-label, vendor-oriented lease financing programs

Parker Leasing and Finance Service (Parker Leasing), Florida (01/07)
Indicted: material misrepresentations to loan applicants to induce them to apply for commercial lease funding. As part of the loan process, the defendants required loan applicants to send advanced lease payments. The defendants, however, failed to deliver the promised funding, and then refused to return the victims' advanced lease payments.

IFC Credit, Morton Grove, Illinois (01/07)
Chicago boutique law firm of Adamski & Conti again knocked out IFC Credit Corporation in “its attempts to enforce equipment leases fraudulently induced by the now-defunct telecommunications giant, NorVergence,” as described by Managing Partner Gregory Adamski.

Key Equipment Finance/American Express/Sierra Cities/Rockford (01/07)
Leasing News salutes Paul A. Larkins, President/CEO, as the person who has done the most for the entire equipment leasing industry in 2006. Leasing Person of the year for 2006


ePlus, HERNDON, Va (02/07) Noncompliance Notice from NASDAQ

Butler Capital, Hunt Valley, MD (02/07)
Mitsui injected $6-million in subordinated debt into Butler Capital, Hunt Valley, MD., and had twenty-four months to effectuate the purchase of the $250 million
asset firm; new officers don’t want to go ahead with purchase.

RW Professional, Long Island, NY (02/07)
Barry Drayer was sentenced to 117.3 months (minus the 14 days credit), plus three years probation. Drayer's sister Rochelle Besser was sentenced to 21 months


Falcon Leasing, St. Cloud, Minnesota (03/07)
Founded by well-known and respect leasing industry leader Don Polfliet. He worked his way up the sales ladder, was very active in several leasing associations, and became the head of Lyon Financial, who owned Manifest Leasing. When US Bancorp bought Lyon, he left.

Balboa Capital, Irvine, California (03/07)
takes on Marlin Leasing (03/07) completes its first term securitization by issuing $100,000,000 in contract backed notes through its subsidiary, BCC VI

Direct Capital Corporation, Portsmouth, N.H.
(03/07) Allied Capital commits to $75 million to acquire a majority interest in Direct Capital



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First Republic Bank has offices in the San Francisco Bay Area, throughout California, and in Portland, Seattle, Las Vegas, Boston and New York.



Top Stories--May 21--May 25

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

(1) Sterling finds $165MM Fraud/Fires 5 Officers

(2) Dwight Galloway yells “GERONIMO!”

(3) Key Equipment Finance v. AmeriCap Credit

(4) Archives---May 23, 2001—A Very bad day in Leasing

(5) Leasing 102 by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP
TRAC Leasing

(6) Northern Leasing on WABC-TV News in New York

(7) LaSalle continues leasing business

(8) Site Inspections on all deals
( Norvergence costing IFC Credit $50MM )

(9) Correction: CIT Class Action Trial

(10) Bob Baker and the Graying of the Leasing Industry
"Future, future leaders" by Shawn Halladay

Due to the nature of these stories, they were not included in the Top Ten. It should also be noted, they were the most read stories last week.

Up-Date: Bob Baker, CLP

Bob Baker, CLP, on the Seventh Floor

Bob Baker, CLP, now in Heaven

This "Flash" story sent out by e-mail, was included in the news edition on line, after being sent out. For technical reasons, it is not included in the top ten, but was highly read:

EverBank buys NetBank





Leasing 102

by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP

Do you know the equipment you are leasing?

Beyond the fact that you need a complete description of the equipment you want to lease, here are a few additional questions you should ask.

1) How are you going to use the equipment? Use is important to the determination of useful life and it will play a big part in the determination of remaining value during the lease and help you determine the collateral risk on this transaction.
2) Is the equipment a replacement or an addition? If it is a replacement then you should inquire about the replaced equipment. How long did they use it, what was the purchase or lease price when they acquired it and what is its value today? This information will help you to establish lease terms and residual assumptions. If it is a new addition ask if they expect or are realizing increased volume so your credit people can add this information to the risk assessment.
3) Ask the purpose of the equipment? This is different than the use because it may be used in a rental or farmed out manner which may change its location or use patterns.
4) Ask location of use and if it is stored inside or outside and is protected or unprotected. Is it subject to the elements or is it always inside.
5) How much of the cost is in unrecoverable costs? I love it when lessor’s take residuals on freight!!!
6) Will the equipment need any major maintenance or retooling during the term? If you know this information a few skips programmed into the lease will support your equipment, reduce past dues, and make the lessee more comfortable.
7) Are there any installation costs, or more to the point, any disinstallation costs? You do not want to include they costs if you can avoid it and clearly it is a soft cost and must be considered upon termination.
8) Are there any special operators requirements that may effect the insurance? Occasionally insurance is null and void if a unlicensed operator is handling the equipment so you should ask for a breach of warranty from the lessees insurance carrier.
9) Ask if they have the capabilities to handle maintenance or if it has to be returned to the vendor or may require a maintenance agreement with the seller. Try and obtain a copy of the Agreement and plan to check periodically that it is still in force.
10) Ask if they plan to connect any additional equipment or accessories that they currently have, or plan to acquire, to your equipment so you can explain that all attached equipment becomes lessor property.

We are, after all, in the Equipment leasing business and should investigate the equipment as much as we do the credit. The more you know about the equipment the more you will understand the required structure of the lease and how to sell it.

Mr. Terry Winders 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.



News Briefs----

BofA side deal for LaSalle?

Royal Bank of Canada quarterly profit rises 14% to $1.28B

Wayward whales swim toward ocean again

Photo: Whales



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Sports Briefs----

Bonds Hits 746

Franchitti wins shortened Indy 500



“Gimme that Wine”

Vintners bemoan delay of Calistoga AVA

San Luis Obispo County wineries to be ‘Uncorked’ on PBS

Tasting fee tyranny
&hw=wine&sn=010&sc=436 Named to Internet Retailer 500 List
--Ranked #1 Online Wine Store for Third Straight Year

S.F. Bay Area: The best Wine Country picnics

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.



One lemon tree will produce about 1,500 lemons a year.
(Number 25 not correct; however, production varies as per cultivar. Most yield is in pounds, but it is not uncommon,
these sites state for a full grown lemon tree to yield 3,000 lemons a year.)



Today's Top Event in History

1952-- *KELLY, JOHN D. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.). Place and date: Korea, 28 May 1952. Entered service at: Homestead, Pa. Born: 8 July 1928, Youngstown, Ohio. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a radio operator of Company C, in action against enemy aggressor forces. With his platoon pinned down by a numerically superior enemy force employing intense mortar, artillery, small-arms and grenade fire, Pfc. Kelly requested permission to leave his radio in the care of another man and to participate in an assault on enemy key positions. Fearlessly charging forward in the face of a murderous hail of machine gun fire and handgrenades, he initiated a daring attack against a hostile strongpoint and personally neutralized the position, killing 2 of the enemy. Unyielding in the fact of heavy odds, he continued forward and single-handedly assaulted a machine gun bunker. Although painfully wounded, he bravely charged the bunker and destroyed it, killing 3 of the enemy. Courageously continuing his 1-man assault, he again stormed forward in a valiant attempt to wipe out a third bunker and boldly delivered pointblank fire into the aperture of the hostile emplacement. Mortally wounded by enemy fire while carrying out this heroic action, Pfc. Kelly, by his great personal valor and aggressive fighting spirit, inspired his comrades to sweep on, overrun and secure the objective. His extraordinary heroism in the face of almost certain death reflects the highest credit upon himself and enhances the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.


This Day in American History

    1732-protecting the environment and particularly the fishing industry is not new. New York City enacted a law for “preserving fish in fresh water ponds...Fishing by hoop-net, draw-net, purse-net, catching-net, cod-net, bley-net or with any other engine machine, arts, or ways and means whatsoever, other by an by angling with angle-rod, hoot, and line, was subject to a fine of 20 shillings.”
    1754-the first bloodshed in the French and Indian War occurred on an isolated mountainside a few miles east of Uniontown, PA. Lieutenant Colonel George Washington, at the head of several companies of Virginia militia, reached the Monogahela River and overtook a French reconnoitering party from Fort Duquesne ( the future site of Pittsburgh). Jumonville, the French commander was slain and his force captured. In a surprise attack, the Virginians killed 10 French soldiers from Fort Duquesne, including the French commander, Coulon de Jumonville, and took 21 prisoners. Only one of Washington's men was killed. The French and Indian War was the last and most important of a series of colonial conflicts between the British and the American colonists on one side, and the French and their broad network of Native American allies on the other.
From this base, he ambushed an advance detachment of about 30 French, striking the first blow of the French and Indian War. For the victory, Washington was appointed a full colonel and reinforced with several hundred Virginia and North Carolina troops. On July 3, the French descended on Fort Necessity with their full force, and after an all-day fight Washington surrendered to their superior numbers. The disarmed colonials were allowed to march back to Virginia, and Washington was hailed as a hero despite his surrender of the fort. The story of the campaign was written up in a London gazette, and Washington was quoted as saying, "I have heard the bullets whistle; and believe me, there is something charming in the sound." Reading this, King George II remarked, "He would not say so if he had been used to hear many." In October 1754, Washington resigned his commission in protest of the British underpayment of colonial offices and policy of making them subordinate to all British officers, regardless of rank. With the signing of the Treaty of Paris in February 1763, France lost all claims to the mainland of North America east of the Mississippi and gave up Louisiana, including New Orleans, to Spain. Fifteen years later, French bitterness over the loss of their North American empire contributed to their intervention in the American Revolution on the side of the Patriots, despite the fact that the Patriots were led by one of France's old enemies, George Washington.
    1774-- First Continental Congress convenes in Virginia.
    1807-birthday of Louis Agassiz, professor of zoology and geology at Harvard, born at Motier, Switzerland. He was a major influence in spawning American interest in natural history and helped to establish the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology. “ The eye of the trilobite,” Aggassiz wrote in 1870, “ tells us that the sun shone on the old beach where he lived; for there is nothing in nature without a purpose and when so complicated an organ was made to receive the light, there must have been light to enter it.” Died at Cambridge, MA, Dec. 17, 1873.
    1814-birthday of Daniel Reaves Goodloe, emancipatist; A Crusading Abolitionist in Reconstruction North Carolina,Daniel_R.html
    1818-Former president Thomas Jefferson set forth in a letter to a Jewish journalist his opinion of religious intolerance: 'Your sect by its sufferings has furnished a remarkable proof of the universal point of religious insolence, inherent in every sect, disclaimed by all while feeble and practiced by all when in power. Our laws have applied the only antidote to this vice, protecting our religions, as they do our civil rights, by putting all on equal footing. But more remains to be done.'
    1830-The Indian Removal Act was signed by President Andrew Jackson. It called for resettlement of all Indians east of the Mississippi River to lands west of it. The sum of $500,000 was appropriated by Congress to compensate Indians and pay the cost of resettlement.
    1831-birthday of Eliza Ann Gardner, underground railroad conductor, “known as the Julie Ward Howe of the Negro race.”
    1851-The Ohio Woman's Rights Convention met in Akron, an historic meeting of women calling for equal rights.
    1855- Abby Leach birthday; U.S. teacher whose profound knowledge of Greek impressed Harvard professors enough to open their doors a crack in 1879 for women through what they called the Harvard Annex. It would become Radcliffe College.
    1858- Lizzie Black Kander birthday - U.S. philanthropist. Thousands of immigrants and poor in the Milwaukee area received a help because of this remarkable woman. Starting with organizations that distributed food and clothing to needy immigrants, she helped form and headed the city's first settlement house (1900-1918). As a 1901 fund-raiser, she supervised the printing of a cookbook. She expanded it and used the profits for charity. Still in print many years after Lizzie's death in 1940, The Settlement Cook Book, Treasured Recipes of Seven Decades, sold more than a million copies in 23 editions.
    1863-The 54th Massachusetts Infantry, the most famous African- American regiment of the war, leaves Boston for combat in the South. For the first two years of the war, President Abraham Lincoln resisted the use of black troops despite the pleas of men such as Frederick Douglass, who argued that no one had more to fight for than African Americans. Lincoln finally endorsed, albeit timidly, the introduction of blacks for service in the military in the Emancipation Proclamation. On May 22, 1863, the War Department established the Bureau of Colored Troops to recruit and assemble black regiments. Many blacks, often freed or escaped slaves, joined the military and found themselves usually under white leadership. Ninety percent of all officers in the United States Colored Troops (USCT) were white. Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, the idealistic scion of an abolitionist family, headed the 54th. Shaw was a veteran of the 2nd Massachusetts infantry and saw action in the 1862 Shenandoah Valley and Antietam campaigns. After being selected by Massachusetts Governor John Andrew to organize and lead the 54th, Shaw carefully selected the most physically fit soldiers and white officers with established antislavery views. The regiment included two of Frederick Douglass's sons and the grandson of Sojourner Truth.
On May 28, 1863, the new regiment marched onto a steamer and set sail for Port Royal, South Carolina. The unit saw action right away, taking part in a raid into Georgia and withstanding a Confederate attack near Charleston. On July 16, 1863, Shaw led a bold but doomed attack against Fort Wagner in which he and 20 of his men were killed. The story of Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts was immortalized in the critically acclaimed 1990 movie Glory, starring Mathew Broderick, Denzell Washington, and Morgan Freeman.
    1875-Birthday of American composer Fred Jewell, Worthington, IL. Died Feb. 11, 1936, Worthington, IL. Over the next two decades he rose through the ranks of the circus composers and bandmasters, becoming the Music Director of the Barnum & Bailey Greatest Show on Earth in 1908. His circus career ended in 1917, and he moved to Oskaloosa IA to assume the conductorship of the Iowa Brigade Band. There he started his own publishing company, which moved with him back to Worthington IN in 1923. He served as the high school band director, conductor of the Murat Temple Shrine Band and the Sahara Grotto Band in Indianapolis, and he continued to compose music for bands. His most famous marches are E Pluribus Unum (1917), Quality-plus (1913), Supreme Triumph (1920) and The Old Circus Band (1923).
    1879-Illionis prohibited employment of women in coalmines in their state.
The first law enacted in the United States to protect women in employment.
    1880 -Savoy, Texas was hit by an f4 tornado. 14 people were killed and 60 were injured. It leveled the entire business and northeast residential sections. The tornado was described as "a funnel blazing with balls of fire".
    1892---the Sierra Club was founded by famed naturalist John Muir. The Sierra Club promotes conservation of the natural environment by influencing public policy. It has been especially important in the founding of and protection of our national parks.
    1888-birthday of James Francis “Jim” Thorpe, Olympic gold medal track athlete, baseball player and football player born at Prague, OK. Thorpe, a Native American, won the4 pentathlon and the decathlon of the 1912 Olympic Games, but later lost his medals when Olympic officials declared a stint as a minor league baseball player besmirched his amateur standing. He later played professional baseball and football and was acclaimed the greatest male athlete of the first half of the 20th century. Died at Lomita, CA, Mar 28, 1953(Thorpe’s medals were returned to his family many years after his death when the earlier decision was reversed.)
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    1898-birthday of great bandleader Andy Kirk, Newport, KY.
    1900—Birthday of trumpet player Tommy Ladnier.
    1910—birthday of singer/pianist/song writer Aaron Thibodaux “ T-Bone “Walker, Linden, TX. Died March 15,1975
    1912—birthday of guitarist David Barbour, Flushing, NY
    1917-General John Joseph Pershing lead members of the American Expeditionary Force to fight in Europe, America’s first entrant into this war. The group included 40 regular army officers, 17 reserve officers, 2 Marine Corps officers, 67 enlisted men, 36 field clerks, 20 civilians, 3 interpreters, and 3 news correspondents. They left New York City on the “Baltic” and arrived in Liverpool England, on June 8, and reached Paris on June 13. The United States had been in a state of war with Germany since April 6, 1917, when it became the 13th national to declare war against the Central Powers.1922 - Otto Krueger conducted the Detroit News Orchestra, the first known radio orchestra, which was heard on WWJ Radio in Detroit, MI. The "Detroit News" owned the radio station at the time.
    1928 - Walter P. Chrysler merged his Chrysler Corporation with Dodge Brothers, Inc. The Dodge Motor Car Company had been purchased several years earlier, from the widows of the two founders, by Clarence Dillon's banking firm for $148 million. The merger of Chrysler and Dodge, the largest automobile industry merger in history at the time, placed the newly consolidated firm third in production and sales, just behind General Motors and Ford Motor Company. Their vehicles have always been popular with law enforcement, the Blues Brothers, and my son drives a Dodge truck, which he swears is the best made in the industry.
    1929 - Warner Brothers debuted the first all-color talking picture. The film debuted at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City. Ethel Waters, Joe E. Brown, Betty Compson and Arthur Lake starred in "On with the Show," based on a story by Humphrey Pearson. 1931-birthday of guitarist Sonny Burgess, Newport, AR
    1931 - WOR radio in New York City premiered "The Witch’s Tale". The program was broadcast on the Mutual Broadcasting System (of which WOR was the flagship station) where it aired until 1938. My late father Lawrence Menkin started out as a radio writer, and wrote many of these and soap operas. In the late 1940’s, he became general manager of WOR-TV, producing the first early television drama’s, such as “Harlem Detective,” “Hands of Murder,” and the first “Captain Video,” all shows he created, wrote, produced and directed.
    1934 - The Dionne quintuplets were born near Callender, Ontario to Oliva and Elzire Dionne. They were the first quintuplets to survive infancy. This increase in Canada’s population became known as Marie, Cecile, Yvonne, Emilie and Annette. All five survived into adulthood, Cecile, Annette, Yvonne, Emilie and Marie. Their father, Elzire, signed to have them exhibited at the Chicago World's Fair only hours after they were born without permission from their mother. The Ontario provincial government intervened on behest of the doctor who delivered them. The government took custody of the children in what has been described more as a political move than a humanitarian one, and yet, at the time, it was a popular decision because of the family's poverty and the father's willingness to exploit the children in unsafe ways. The doctor became a wealthy man acting as their caretaker as he, as the government's representative, housed them in a modern home (across the road from the Dionne home) and showed them to the public from the porch. He and the government used their names and celebrity status in various ways to make millions. Hardly anyone around these children acted in their interest.
It took until 1997 for the surviving sisters to win monetary awards from the Canadian government for its exploitation of them. Their mother was not allowed any more intimacy with them than a tourist and she had no legal rights to claim them under the church dominated laws of the time in that area.
    1935-John Steinbeck’s Tortilla Flat is published. The novel's endearing comic tone captured the public's imagination, and the novel became a financial success. Steinbeck's next works, In Dubious Battle and Of Mice and Men, were both successful, and in 1938 his masterpiece The Grapes of Wrath was published. The novel, about the struggles of an Oklahoma family who lose their farm and become fruit pickers in California, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1939. Steinbeck's work after World War II, including Cannery Row and The Pearl, became more sentimental. He also wrote several successful films, including Forgotten Village (1941) and Viva Zapata! (1952). He became interested in marine biology and published a nonfiction book, The Sea of Cortez, in 1941. His travel memoir, Travels with Charlie, describes his trek across the U.S. in a camper. Steinbeck won the Nobel Prize in 1962 and died in New York in 1968.
    1937-The Golden Gate Bridge opens to cars
At noon, President Franklin Roosevelt presses a telegraph key in the White House, and the bridge is opened to vehicular traffic. The previous day, the bridge was inaugurated and opened to pedestrian traffic.
Until the Verrazano Narrows Bridge was completed in 1964, the Golden Gate's structural steel suspension span was the longest in the world. (Today, the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge in Japan boasts the longest span at over 2000 meters.). The Golden Gate Bridge was designed by Clifford Paine, who submitted the final blueprints for approval in 1930. It then took three years for the builders to attain the approval of the military, the city financiers, and the voting public. Construction of the bridge began on January 5, 1933.
The Golden Gate Bridge cost the community nearly $35 million during its five-year construction. Its name is derived from the body of water over which it spans, Golden Strait. The "gold" comes from the strait's location at the mouth of the North Bay, beyond which lies the gold of California. Other have mentioned that the Golden Gate Bridge is the Gateway to the Land of the Setting Sun, but they didn't mention this until nearly thirty years after the bridge was originally erected.
    1938-Benny Goodman records “Big John Special.” Two points if you know who “Big John” was
(If you were a jazz fan, you would know.
If not, go here:
Other sites about the “King of Swing,” who also was a fine symphonic clarinetist.
    1938-birthday of former coach and basketball Hall of Fame guard Jerry Alan West, Cheylan, WV.
    1939- Helen Hadassah Levinthal birthday, becomes the first Jewish woman to receive a degree from a Jewish college of theology. She received a Master of Hebrew Literature from the Jewish Institute of Religion.
    1941 - Frank Sinatra joined Tommy Dorsey’s orchestra in recording "This Love of Mine" for Victor Records.
    1942 - The rest of the Japanese forces directed at Midway set out. Admiral Yamamato, commanding the operation overall, believes that, if the plan to invade the island succeeds, the American fleet can be forced into a decisive engagement and that their defeat will force a truce before American production can swamp the Japanese war effort.
    1944-birthday of Rudolph Giuliani, former Mayor of New York City, born Brooklyn, NY.
    1944-Gladys Knight, singer, born Atlanta, GA. The first hit was in 1961 with "Every Beat of My Heart." Her group continued to record hits throughout the 1960s, '70s, and '80s. Among their best-known songs are "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" (1967), "Midnight Train to Georgia" (1973), and "Love Overboard" (1987).
    1944-Singer Billy Vera is born.
    1945-birthday of guitarist/song writer John Fogerty, Berkeley, CA
Among the songs he writes are ``Proud Mary,'' ``Have You Seen the Rain'' and ``Bad Moon Rising.''
    1948---Top Hits
Nature Boy - Nat King Cole
Now is the Hour - Bing Crosby
Baby Face - The Art Mooney Orchestra
Texarkana Baby - Eddy Arnold
    1951-After failing to get a hit in his first three major league games, Willie Mays of the New York Giants broke his 0-for-12 skein by hitting a home run off Warren Spahn of the Boston Braves.
    1951 - U.N. Forces drove the communists' back across the 38th parallel on most of the Korean battlefields.
    1951 - Eighth Army took Hwachon and Inje.
    1952-- *KELLY, JOHN D. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.). Place and date: Korea, 28 May 1952. Entered service at: Homestead, Pa. Born: 8 July 1928, Youngstown, Ohio. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a radio operator of Company C, in action against enemy aggressor forces. With his platoon pinned down by a numerically superior enemy force employing intense mortar, artillery, small-arms and grenade fire, Pfc. Kelly requested permission to leave his radio in the care of another man and to participate in an assault on enemy key positions. Fearlessly charging forward in the face of a murderous hail of machine gun fire and handgrenades, he initiated a daring attack against a hostile strongpoint and personally neutralized the position, killing 2 of the enemy. Unyielding in the fact of heavy odds, he continued forward and single-handedly assaulted a machine gun bunker. Although painfully wounded, he bravely charged the bunker and destroyed it, killing 3 of the enemy. Courageously continuing his 1-man assault, he again stormed forward in a valiant attempt to wipe out a third bunker and boldly delivered pointblank fire into the aperture of the hostile emplacement. Mortally wounded by enemy fire while carrying out this heroic action, Pfc. Kelly, by his great personal valor and aggressive fighting spirit, inspired his comrades to sweep on, overrun and secure the objective. His extraordinary heroism in the face of almost certain death reflects the highest credit upon himself and enhances the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
    1953 - The first 3-D (three-dimensional) cartoon world premier at the Paramount Theatre in Hollywood, California and downtown Paramount Theatre, LA. The production, a Walt Disney creation/RKO picture, was titled, "Melody".
    1955-birthday of Ronald Lawrence (Ron” Wilson, hockey coach, born, Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
    1955-"The Ballad of Davy Crockett" is the most popular song in the United States. Billboard refers to the tune as "disc entity" and reports if the sales of the other versions were all added up, including the original done by Fess Parker, more than 18-million copies have been bought in six months.
    1956---Top Hits
Heartbreak Hotel/I Was the One - Elvis Presley
The Wayward Wind - Gogi Grant
The Happy Whistler - Don Robertson
Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins
    1957 - National League club owners voted to allow the Brooklyn Dodgers to move to sunny Southern California and said that the New York Giants baseball team could move with the Horace Stoneham family to Northern California. The teams went on to establish themselves in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
    1957 - The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) was established. This is the organization that brings us the Grammy Awards for all forms of musical entertainment each year.
    1958 - The American League voted to divide itself into two divisions and reduce its schedule to 156 games.
    1959 - Abel and Baker were two one pound monkeys, one a rhesus, the other a spider monkey, survived a 15-minute flight trip into space in separate containers in the nose cone of Jupiter rocked launched at Cape Canaveral, FL. The cone was hot 300 miles into space and was recovered about 90 minutes later off the island of Antiqua, about 1,500 miles away, by Navy frogmen from the tug Kiowa. A previous attempt made on December 13, 1958, has been unsuccessful.
    1959-birthday of former football coach and player, David Donald Shula, Lexington, KY.
    1963 -- Medgar Evers gets agreement of negotiations in the All-American city of Jackson, Mississippi — which is then withdrawn; four students and a professor harassed during sit-in at Woolworth's lunch counter. A few days earlier the garage
of his house was bombed and on June 12, a few hours after President John F. Kennedy had made an extraordinary broadcast to the nation on the subject of civil rights, Medgar Evers was shot and killed in an ambush in front of his home. Byron de La Beckwith, a white segregationist, was charged with the murder. He was set free in 1964 after two trials resulted in hung juries but was convicted in a third trial held in 1994.
    1964---Top Hits
My Guy - Mary Wells
Love Me Do - The Beatles
Chapel of Love - The Dixie Cups
My Heart Skips a Beat - Buck Owens
    1966 - Percy Sledge hit number one with his first -- and what turned out to be his biggest -- hit. "When a Man Loves a Woman" would stay at the top of the pop music charts for two weeks. It was the singer’s only hit to make the top ten and was a million seller.
    1966-Ike and Tina Turner's "River Deep, Mountain High" is released. It stays on the chart for four weeks and reaching as high as #88. The record's producer Phil Spector considers the song the high point of his legendary production career and is so embittered by it not doing well in America that he would go into seclusion for two years.
    1966-The Temptation's "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" is released and enters the Hot 100, where it will stay for thirteen weeks, peaking at #13. It will later be covered by the Rolling Stones on their album "It's Only Rock n' Roll, and will be a hit for them as well.
    1968 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Mrs. Robinson,'' Simon & Garfunkel.
    1968-The American League announced that it would split into two divisions for the 1969 season. Teams in the AL East included the Baltimore Orioles, the Boston Red Sox, the Cleveland Indians, the Detroit Tigers, the New York Yankees and the Washington Senators. The AL West was comprised of the California Angeles, the Chicago White Sox, the Kansas City Royals, the Minnesota Twins, the Oakland Athletics and the Seattle Pilots.
    1972---Top Hits
Oh Girl - Chi-Lites
I’ll Take You There - The Staple Singers
Look What You Done for Me - Al Green
(Lost Her Love) On Our Last Date - Conway Twitty
    1975 - The Doobie Brothers went gold with the album, "Stampede". The group, formed right here in San Jose, CA, recorded 16 charted hits. Two made it to number one, becoming million-selling, gold record winners: "Black Water" [March, 1975] and "What a Fool Believes" [April, 1979].
    1978 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Too Much, Too Little, Too Late,'' Johnny Mathis/Deniece Williams.
    1978-the first Casino outside the state of Nevada opened in Atlantic City, NY, after the state’s voters approved legalized casino gambling in 1977. Resorts International opened the casino in a hotel on the Atlantic City boardwalk. The first week’s take was $2.6 million.
    1980---Top Hits
Call Me - Blondie
Funkytown - Lipps, Inc.
Don’t Fall in Love with a Dreamer - Kenny Rogers with Kim Carnes
Starting Over Again - Dolly Parton
    1982 - The legendary train, "Orient Express", made popular through Agatha Christie’s thrilling mystery novel, "Murder on the Orient Express", was reborn. The 26-hour train trip resumed across the European continent after a long respite. While I have never had the pleasure, I am told by people who rode it, it was a great trip I know several chefs on the West Coast who said they learned to cook on this train, where food and wine was “the best,” they told me.
    1985 - Gay Mullins, a retiree from Seattle, WA, founded Old Cola Drinkers of America. This was an effort to bring back the original Coca-Cola, instead of the New Coke that the Atlanta-based company had foisted on the American cola-drinking market. By July of 1985, with arms firmly twisted behind their backs, Coca-Cola Company executives relented , kept the new formula on the market, but returned with: Classic Coke.
    1985 - "Vanity Fair" magazine, with a picture of President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy kissing on the cover, went on sale. Whether you area Republican or Democrat, their “love affairs” was genuine, as expressed in this book, “ I Love You, Ronnie.”

    1986-Viewers of Dick Clark's "America Picks the #1 Songs" chose Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock," "Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and Lionel Richie's "All Night Long" as the greatest hits of the rock era.
    1987 -Thunderstorms produced torrential rains in Oklahoma and Northern Texas. Lake Altus, Oklahoma was deluged with 9 inches of rain. Up to 8 inches of rain drenched Northern Texas and baseball size hail was reported north of Seminole and at Knickerbocker. 10 To 13 inches of rain inundated central Oklahoma over the last 5 days of the month resulting in an estimated 65 million dollars damage. Flooding forced several thousand people to evacuate their homes, many by boat or by helicopter.
    1988---Top Hits
One More Try - George Michael
Shattered Dreams - Johnny Hates Jazz
Naughty Girls (Need Love Too) - Samantha Fox
Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses - Kathy Mattea
    1989 - Unseasonably hot weather continued in Florida. Five cities reported record high temperatures for the date. The record high of 98 degrees at Lakeland, FL, was their fifth in a row. Thunderstorms produced severe weather in Florida late in the day, with golf ball size hail reported at Kissimmee.
    1990 - Two to five inches of rain over southeastern Ohio on the 28th and 29th capped an exceptionally wet month of May, and triggered widespread flooding. Flooding which resulted claimed three lives, and caused millions of dollars damage. Numerous roads in southeast Ohio were flooded and impassable, and many other roads were blocked by landslides.
    1996 -In a 12-8 win at the Kingdome, Orioles' third baseman Cal Ripken has his first career three-homer game and collects a career-high eight RBIs.
    1996-US President Clinton's former business partners in the Whitewater land deal, James and Susan McDougal, and Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker, were convicted of fraud. Tucker was charged with creating a sham bankruptcy to avoid paying taxes on profits from a sold cable TV company in which he was a partner. Tucker resigned after the verdict. He briefly reversed his decision, but finally stepped down in July. In 1998 Tucker pleaded guilty to a felony charge of fraud and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors of independent council Kenneth Starr.
    1998 - Elton John & Bernie Taupin's global hit "Candle In the Wind '97" is a double winner at the Ivor Novello Awards held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel. The song commemorating the late Princess Diana wins best-selling U.K. single and international hit of the year. Accepting the award, John calls his victory "bittersweet," noting, "I wish this record had never had to be made."
    1998-- First Hawaiian Inc. and BancWest Corp. joined forces to create a $14 billion banking major banking entity based in the western United States. The merger, which cost around $1 billion, gave First Hawaiian's stockholders a small majority stake in the new institution.
    2000- The Angels, for the first time in franchise history, hit four home runs in one inning. Anaheim goes yard four times in the fifth inning with Darin Erstad, Mo Vaughn, Tim Salmon and Garret Anderson supplying the fireworks in the 11-4 victory.
    2003 -When Rafael Furcal, Mark DeRosa and Gary Sheffield all go deep off Reds' Jeff Austin in the bottom of the first inning, the Braves become only the second team in big league history to begin a game with three consecutive home runs.
    2006-- At AT&T Park, Barry Bonds passes Babe Ruth the all-time home run list taking sole possession of second place as he hits the 715th homer of his 21-year big league career. The historic homer, which comes off a 90-mph fastball thrown by Byung-Hyum Kim of the Rockies, makes the Giants outfielder the most prolific left-handed slugger in baseball history.



Baseball Poem

The Night Game

by Robert Pinsky

Some of us believe
We would have conceived romantic
Love out of our own passions
With no precedents,
Without songs and poetry--
Or have invented poetry and music
As a comb of cells for the honey.

Shaped by ignorance,
A succession of new worlds,
Congruities improvised by
Immigrants or children.

I once thought most people were Italian,
Jewish or Colored.
To be white and called
Something like Ed Ford
Seemed aristocratic,
A rare distinction.

Possibly I believed only gentiles
And blonds could be left-handed.

Already famous
After one year in the majors,
Whitey Ford was drafted by the Army
To play ball in the flannels
Of the Signal Corps, stationed
In Long Branch, New Jersey.

A night game, the silver potion
Of the lights, his pink skin
Shining like a burn.

Never a player
I liked or hated: a Yankee,
A mere success.

But white the chalked-off lines
In the grass, white and green
The immaculate uniform,
And white the unpigmented
Halo of his hair
When he shifted his cap:

So ordinary and distinct,
So close up, that I felt
As if I could have made him up,
Imagined him as I imagined

The ball, a scintilla
High in the black backdrop
Of the sky. Tight red stitches.
Rawlings. The bleached

Horsehide white: the color
Of nothing. Color of the past
And of the future, of the movie screen
At rest and of blank paper.

"I could have." The mind. The black
Backdrop, the white
Fly picked out by the towering
Lights. A few years later

On a blanket in the grass
By the same river
A girl and I came into
Being together
To the faint muttering
Of unthinkable
Troubadours and radios.

The emerald
Theater, the night.
Another time,
I devised a left-hander
Even more gifted
Than Whitey Ford: A Dodger.
People were amazed by him.
Once, when he was young,
He refused to pitch on Yom Kippur.





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