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Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

Another Equipment Lessor Gets Sued
 for Stealing Trade Secrets
  By Tom McCurnin
   Classified Ads---Sales
Sears-Roebuck Joins "Why Not Lease It?"
 by Kit Menkin
  "The List" April, 2013
   --- Mergers, Acquisitions & Changes
    "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"—
Leasing 102 by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP
 Leasing Term Confusion
  Leasing News Search---Archives
    “How Enthused Should I be in an Interview”
      Career Crossroad---By Emily Fitzpatrick/RII
        Classified Ads---Help Wanted
      Top Stories May 20-May 24
       (You May Have Missed)
   How to Text from Your Computer/Tablet
    Equipment Rental and Leasing in Canada Report
     Classified ads— Accounting/Aircraft/Appraisals
      Dogue de Bordeaux/Boxer/Mixed (short coat)
       Wayne, Pennsylvania Adopt-a-Dog
News Briefs---
 Peak Solar to Add 15 More Salesman in California
  NRA: Restaurants to Add 448,000 Jobs This Summer
   Texas legislature passes tax cuts for businesses
    Immigrants: Key to the next housing boom?
     This Bugatti Veyron Vitesse is a blast to drive
      A Madoff Home for Sale, Tennis Court Included

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Another Equipment Lessor Gets Sued
for Stealing Trade Secrets

By Tom McCurnin
Leasing News Legal News Editor

De Lage Landen Sued Element Financial Corp. for Activities of Former Employee Who After Accepting Employment with Competitor and While Still Employed by DLL, Turned Over His Laptop to the Competitor

De Lage Landen Financial Services v. Element Financial Corp., Montgomery County Case No. 2013-12296 (Penn. 2013)

Last week I reported about a brazen theft of trade secrets by BalboaCapital, Newport Beach, California of its competitor’s customer list, and how easy it was for the competitor, in that case, Time Payment Systems, Burlington, Massachusetts, to discover, prosecute, and recover damages against Balboa for the theft. Someone pointed out that Balboa was a victim of trade secret theft in 1997 by five key salesmen who left to start a competing company. The theft was detailed in a Los Angeles Times.

If you need a laugh today, the article reports that Balboa’s co-founder and then President (now Chief Executive Officer) Pat Byrne, was caught fully inside a trash dumpster of the competitor, rooting around for trade secrets: “But the case took an interesting turn several weeks later when Balboa's then-president was caught rooting through a dumpster behind the competitor's office. When confronted, the man leaped from the bin and proceeded to wipe his dirty hands across the front of his former top salesman's white dress shirt.”

You’ve probably gathered the idea that I don’t care for corporate theft, and those who do that kind of thing rightfully belong in a dumpster. Today’s case shows how low some employees will allegedly sink to get a new job. The facts, drawn from the filed complaint follow:

Patrick Neary was a former employee, for 20 years, of De Lage Landen, Wayne, Pennsylvania, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dutch Rabobank Group ( DLL.) One of his salesmen was Thomas Thomasian, who also worked for DLL. Both signed confidentiality agreements.

In 2012, Patrick Neary quit and accepted employment at Co-Active Partners,  Horsham, Pennsylvania, (which was acquired by Element Financial, Toronto, Ontario, Canada on November 9th Co-Active Capital Partners, Inc. from Marubeni Corporation for $300 million including repayment of debt.). Of course, one of the things he wanted to do was acquire Thomasian. On January 3, 2013, Thomasian met with the senior officers of Element Financial, told them about the confidentiality agreement, and despite that restriction, he was offered a job. Surprisingly, he did not immediately resign, and continued to work at DLL. But while employed, he did the following things:

• Downloading of Contacts. Thomasian took an Element Financial supplied iPhone and transferred all the contacts from his DLL phone to that Element Financial phone.

• Consulting with Element Financial re: Business Strategies. Again, while still employed by DLL, Thomasian answered emails from Patrick Neary about vendor finance and certain strategies which worked for DLL.

• Laptop Turnover. On January 23, while still employed at DLL. Thomasian gave Patrick Neary his DLL laptop and a rotating security code, so Neary could download all the reports he wanted from DLL’s secure site. The information included emails, daily sales dollars,

• Monthly Sales Reports. Thomasian forwarded Patrick Neary the monthly sales reports of Thomasian’s team.

Finally, on February 10, 2013, after receiving his DLL bonus, Thomasian resigned from DLL along with one of his sales team.

The lessons for equipment lessors? I’m not sure I really have re-state the fact that if you think you can download reports and try to be cute on your iPhone, you will be caught. Equipment leasing executives and salesmen might want to read the TimePayment Systems-Balboa Capital article I authored last week, as well as an article on tracking down information from a salesperson’s cell phone that I authored a couple of months ago.

De Lage Landen Court Complaint (50 pages):

Lessons/Law of Trade Secrets/If a salesperson!
What Lessor Can Do to Stop Trade Secret Theft

Does Your Company Have a Policy for
B.Y.O.D. Cell Phone Use

E-Discovery Catches Up with Mobile Devices

Tom McCurnin is a partner at Barton, Klugman & Oetting in Los Angeles, California.

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Sears-Roebuck Joins "Why Not Lease It?"
by Kit Menkin

One aspect of leasing applies not only to consumers, but is growing to commercial users of equipment. Sears has launched a "lease-to-own “program for commercial users as well as consumers: "Leases can last up to 18 months, and customers can choose between paying off the contract in total after five months or calling WhyNotLeaseIt, which is providing the leasing program and financing, to pick up the item. Payments can be made once a month or every two weeks."

The web site states:

"Do you make at least $1,000 per month? Do you have a checking or savings account, credit card or debit card? If so, you might want to consider the "WhyNotLeaseIt program“ for your purchase today.

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Sears has been in the finance business a long time, but primarily with consumers.

Opening this up for new businesses, start-ups, as well as "subprime credit" expands their opportunities as "Virtually Everyone Approved."

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"The List" April, 2013
--- Mergers, Acquisitions & Changes
"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"—

Balboa Capital, Irvine, California (4/13) Two More Bulletin Board Complaints:

Popular Equipment Finance, Rosemont, Illinois (4/13) Dale Kluga to move his operation over to Popular Bank and start-up Popular Equipment Finance. "We will be scaling Cobra's proven business model with the resources of the 36th largest bank in the U.S. which has proven its dedication to Cobra's target small biz market, the key to any jobs recovery and, therefore, any real U.S. economic recovery,” Kluga said.
(Note: in May, Popular Bank, Puerto Rico based, rescinds leasing operation, considers pull out of US Mainland business altogether)

On Deck, New York City (4/13) Opens new headquarters, continues to expand.

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Chronological Order
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Leasing 102
by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP

Leasing Term Confusion

Federal income tax terms became popular after the introduction of Revenue Ruling 55-540 in 1955. They established a term “ True Lease” to mean a lease that followed the tax interpretation of a “true” owner and therefore was allowed to recover the investment in the equipment, called “ capital recovery,” by depreciating the equipment, according to the allowed depreciation schedules. Today that schedule is called “MACRS depreciation” or the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System. In those days we used a term for a lease that did not meet these standards as a “finance lease” or a “ money over money” transaction. However, the term “ finance lease” means something very different today

In 1975, when the Financial Accounting Standards Board created the “standard” SFAS #13, the term “Capital Lease” or “Operating Lease” were used to refer to the classification of a lease for GAAP (generally accepting accounting principles.) The accounting standards are following economic rules that may be in conflict with the legal or tax requirements and therefore should not be used when referring to a lease for federal income tax or legal matters.

A lease that is for 36 months and has a Fair Market Value purchase option will be a true lease for income tax--- and an Article 2A lease for legal, but if it fails the 90% test for SFAS #13, it will be a capital lease and look like a loan on the books of a lessee.

In addition in 1988 when Article 2A was established for legal leases, they began using the terms “two party and three party” leases to separate a lease from an equipment supplier (two party) and a lease from a financial source (three party) that was not the equipment supplier and called this lease a “finance lease”….replacing the use of the term as a “non-tax” lease. We currently call a lease that fails both the legal and tax lease rules a “non-lease”- lease.

Because of the differences in the rules, you need to ask yourself “what is the nature of my question” is it a tax question, or as legal question, or an accounting question and then apply the correct rules and the correct terms. An operating lease is not always a tax lease just as a capital lease is not always a loan for legal or tax. They must be viewed separately according to each set of rules.

Mr. Terry Winders, CLP, has been a teacher, consultant, expert witness for the leasing industry for thirty years and can be reached at or 502-649-0448.

He invites your questions and queries.

Previous #102 Columns:

Mr. Terry Winders available as Expert Witness. 35 years as a professional instructor to the top equipment leasing and finance companies in the United States, author of several books, including DVD's, as well as weekly columnist to Leasing News. He also performs audits of leasing companies as an expert on documentation, and has acted as an expert witness on leasing for litigation in legal and tax disputes, including before the IRS. He also has taught the senior bank examiners, how to review a bank leasing department, for the Federal Reserve in Washington D.C. and has trained the examiners for the FDIC on how to prepare a lease portfolio for sale.

Mr. Winders received his Master of Business Administration and his Bachelor of Science degrees from the College of Notre Dame.


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Leasing News Search---Archives

Over 500 to 750 searches are conducted each week. The search button appears on the top tool bar of the web site:

The program allows readers to search past editions for subjects, people, events, news stories, or research.

FreeFind is free ( so we started here. As Leasing News grew we decided to go with the professional version (no advertisements as well as more features). As a side note, they do have personal, small site, and economy versions.

When Leasing News reached five thousand pages, we started a project to clean it up as there were too many duplicate pages, searches were going to monthly archives, and to find items an "advance search" was often necessary, further defining what a reader was looking for.

Readers were emailing they couldn't find what they were looking for, and I was glad to help them out (still do this). is easy to work with, responds quickly and with a human being, and made suggestions, such as eliminating the top stories that were being duplicated along with the original story, as well as re-defining searches (Often you could look for a particular person and it would not just show the articles, but when mentioned in an article).

Basically "search" is like using any search engine, the more specific you are, the closer you will get to what you are looking for. In FreeFind, the search results pop up and you can then search by date, or better yet, hit advance search and click on date which brings them all in chronological order.

You can also define the search to eliminate issue words that you don't want.

If you can find other unique words or phrases for the types of pages that you want, you could use that information to craft queries that either include or exclude those types of pages specifically.

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How Enthused Should I be in an Interview”
Career Crossroad---By Emily Fitzpatrick/RII

Question: What should be my level of enthusiasm on an interview? I'm very interested in the position I'm interviewing for, but don't want to appear desperate.

Answer: Without enthusiasm you may kill your chances of proceeding to the next level! So by all means you want to express interest - just be careful not to be over zealous.

To quantify on a scale from 1-5 (5 = over the top), a 3.5 would be the sweet spot.

Preparing for your interview will keep you focused on gathering information necessary to determine if this is a good long-term fit.

In the interview, focus on the interviewers' non-verbal cues: facial expressions, the way they sit, how animated they are in expressing themself. Try to meet their demeanor, but don't be over enthusiastic, as well as the best policy is "be yourself."

I know you hear that all the time, but the role is to "be yourself in an interview for a job that you really are interested in"---that's the person you want to be.

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Sr. Recruiter
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Phone: 954-885-9241
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Career Crossroads Previous Columns


Top Stories May 20-May 24
(You May Have Missed)

Here are the top stories opened by readers:

(1) Balboa Capital Tagged for Stealing Corporate Trade
Secrets of TimePayment Systems
By Tom McCurnin, Leasing News Legal Editor

(2) Lessons/Law of Trade Secrets/If a salesperson!
What Lessor Can Do to Stop Trade Secret Theft
By Tom McCurnin

(3) Cobra Capital Back in Business
Popular Bank Getting Out of Mainland Business?

(4) Archives---May 24, 2006
Bruce Horton still president of Popular Leasing
---Van Etten to help turn things around---

(5) Commonwealth Capital Answers
Finra Charges Misuse Leasing Funds

(6) DVI Fallout Continues Where Suit Against
Accountants is thrown Out
By Tom McCurnin

(7) New Hires---Promotions

(8) Marlin Leasing Officers Exercises Stock Options

(9) Companies who notify lessee
in advance of lease expiration

(10) Leasing 102 by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP
Term of Use in Sales





How to Text from Your Computer/Tablet

There are apps as well as many wireless providers have a text from your computer or tablet that ties into your wireless telephone. It gives you both the ability to receive and send from both.

The receive enables you not to rely on your wireless device as well as a quicker view and send, plus gives you the ability to send from your computer or tablet, using your key board to type messages.

Verizon has an app from their site, if you have an account with them. Other providers also have this ability.

There are also free text sending, and several allow you to block the advertisements that support these programs, as well as aps for talking to text and computer to text for iPhone.

Mighty Text (Andriod app) works great for PC or Tablet to phone texting.



Equipment Rental and Leasing in Canada Report

IBISWorld has issued a $725 45 page report on Industrial Equipment Rental & Leasing in Canada. IBISWorld states: " Reports are around 45 pages long and include 9 chapters covering current and forecast industry performance, key trends and operating conditions."

"The recession caused three consecutive years of declining revenue, consistent with the general slowdown in economic activity. But the industry began to rebound in 2011, and revenue posted ever-stronger growth in 2012. This growth will be driven by industrial activity across most sectors and by the stabilizing influence of the healthcare sector, which consistently demands medical devices for rent because current models become obsolete quickly. However, growth is expected to slow to only 0.3% in 2013 as construction growth moderates from its recession rebound. Overall, the industry's top two players, United Rentals Inc. and Hertz Global Holdings Ind., account for an estimated 18.7% of industry revenue.

"As a result, the industry has a low level of concentration as the majority of industry establishments operate locally. Due to the moderate barriers to entry and high level of competition, very few new players entered the industry during the past five years; however, IBISWorld estimates the number of industry establishments will grow in the five years to 2018."

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General Color: Red
Color: Red, Chocolate & Black
Current Size: 35 Pounds
Potential Size: 80 Pounds
Current Age: 5 Months (best estimate)

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“Tanner is just so sweet & funny & very handsome as you can see. Out of all the pups he is the only one who bites at hose when I'm filling water bowls & their kiddie pools. The rest run the other side of the yard but he LOVES water. I can squirt right in the face & he's a happy boy!

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“Be sure to read our adoption requirements to be sure you are qualified to adopt from LnF Dog Rescue Adoption Center. We are hoping to find families who want to adopt the pups who actually have time to raise them. We do not adopt puppies to people who feel it's OK to leave a baby or adult dog in a crate all day without break to potty.”

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Peak Solar to Add 15 More Salesman in California

NRA: Restaurants to Add 448,000 Jobs This Summer

Texas legislature passes tax cuts for businesses

Immigrants: Key to the next housing boom?

This Bugatti Veyron Vitesse is a blast to drive

A Madoff Home for Sale, Tennis Court Included




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Baseball Poem

Catcher Sings the Blues

From the book

That Sweet Diamond

by Paul B. Janeczko, Carole Katchen (Illustrator)


Crouching low, I sing the blues
The aches are now a part of me
Blocking home, I sing the blues
0, the aches are now a part of me
Bruises, bumps, and scrapes
Have worn me down, can't you see?

My knees sing the blues
They sing 'em when I stoop and bend
My knees sing the blues
0, they sing 'em when I stoop and bend
They crunch, crackle, pop
The hurtful noises never end.

My fingers sing the blues
When I grip a ball or make a fist
0, my fingers sing the blues
When I grip a ball or make a fist
The knuckles moan and cry
By fire every one is kissed

Crouching low, I sing the blues
The aches are now a part of me
Blocking home, I sing the blues
0, these aches are now a part of me
Too many bruises, bumps, and scrapes
I'm nothing like I used to be.

No, nothing like I used to be.




Sports Briefs----

Spurs all business after sweeping into NBA Finals

Incoming Rutgers AD Julie Hermann says she was 'an intense coach' but not abusive

Cincinnati Bengals Have Become the Team to Beat in the AFC North

Nadal Prevails While Monfils Thrills in Openers at Roland Garros

Munenori Kawasaki interview a classic




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Sacramento developer Mark Friedman gets job of a lifetime building a new arena

Irvine among fastest-growing U.S. cities, census shows,0,1965470.story

San Jose teachers, district agree to landmark contract

Golden Gate Bridge Traffic Barrier Coming By 2015, Say Officials

Laurene Powell Jobs and Anonymous Giving in Silicon Valley


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B.R. Cohn announces big acts for Fall Fest

Napa Valley winemakers share their experiments

Three new Masters of Wine announced

British Columbia proves place on world wine stage

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This Day in History

    1539 - Hernando de Soto sailed from Cuba to Florida with 13 pigs to help sustain his 700 men on his gold-hunting expedition.
He trades with Indians, bringing pigs to America. 
    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).
    1877 - A "terrific" two day long sandstorm (sand) blasted Yuma, AZ. (28th-29th)
    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.
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--DAVILA, RUDOLPH B. Medal of Honor
Staff Sergeant Rudolph B. Davila distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action, on 28 May 1944, near Artena, Italy. During the offensive which broke through the German mountain strongholds surrounding the Anzio beachhead, Staff Sergeant Davila risked death to provide heavy weapons support for a beleaguered rifle company. Caught on an exposed hillside by heavy, grazing fire from a well-entrenched German force, his machine gunners were reluctant to risk putting their guns into action. Crawling fifty yards to the nearest machine gun, Staff Sergeant Davila set it up alone and opened fire on the enemy. In order to observe the effect of his fire, Sergeant Davila fired from the kneeling position, ignoring the enemy fire that struck the tripod and passed between his legs. Ordering a gunner to take over, he crawled forward to a vantage point and directed the firefight with hand and arm signals until both hostile machine guns were silenced. Bringing his three remaining machine guns into action, he drove the enemy to a reserve position two hundred yards to the rear. When he received a painful wound in the leg, he dashed to a burned tank and, despite the crash of bullets on the hull, engaged a second enemy force from the tank’s turret. Dismounting, he advanced 130 yards in short rushes, crawled 20 yards and charged into an enemy-held house to eliminate the defending force of five with a hand grenade and rifle fire. Climbing to the attic, he straddled a large shell hole in the wall and opened fire on the enemy. Although the walls of the house were crumbling, he continued to fire until he had destroyed two more machine guns. His intrepid actions brought desperately needed heavy weapons support to a hard-pressed rifle company and silenced four machine gunners, which forced the enemy to abandon their prepared positions. Staff Sergeant Davila's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army.
    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.
    1952--CHAMPAGNE, DAVID B. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, Company A 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.). Place and date. Korea, 28 May 1952. Entered service at: Wakefield R.I. Born: 11 November 1932, Waterville, Md. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a fire team leader of Company A, in action against enemy aggressor forces. Advancing with his platoon in the initial assault of the company against a strongly fortified and heavily defended hill position, Cpl. Champagne skillfully led his fire team through a veritable hail of intense enemy machine gun, small-arms, and grenade fire, overrunning trenches and a series of almost impregnable bunker positions before reaching the crest of the hill and placing his men in defensive positions. Suffering a painful leg wound while assisting in repelling the ensuing hostile counterattack, which was launched under cover of a murderous hail of mortar and artillery fire, he steadfastly refused evacuation and fearlessly continued to control his fire team When the enemy counterattack increased in intensity, and a hostile grenade landed in the midst of the fire team, Cpl. Champagne unhesitatingly seized the deadly missile and hurled it in the direction of the approaching enemy. As the grenade left his hand, it exploded blowing off his hand and throwing him out of the trench. Mortally wounded by enemy mortar fire while in this exposed position, Cpl. Champagne, by his valiant leadership, fortitude, and gallant spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of almost certain death, undoubtedly saved the lives of several of his fellow marines. His heroic actions served to inspire all who observed him and reflect the highest credit upon himself and 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.
    1960 - Elvis Presley visits Vegas, and his entourage is for the first time dubbed the "Memphis Mafia" in the local media, due to their penchant for wearing long coats and dark glasses.
    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.
    1966--Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass set an American record when they had four albums in the US Top Ten. The four were "What Now My Love", "South of the Border", "Going Places" and "Whipped Cream and Other Delights". After falling off the charts a couple of years later, Alpert would return with a solo hit called "Rise" in 1979 and again in 1987 with "Diamonds". 
    1967--- The Association makes their television debut, performing "Along Comes Mary" on CBS-TV's Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
    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.
    1969- A People's Park Bail Ball benefit was held at Winterland in San Francisco. Aum, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Elvin Bishop Group, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and Santana all played @ Winterland.
    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. 
    2005- In the eighth inning of the Red Sox's 17-1 rout over the Yankees in New York, the largest margin of victory the team has ever enjoyed against their rivals, the stadium scoreboard goes blank for a few moments when the operator cannot keep up with the Boston barrage. The BoSox’s 27 hits, one shy of a Bronx Bomber record for hits allowed, are the most collected by the club since tying the team record of 28 in June of 2003, ironically in a game also started by Carl Pavano as the opposing pitcher, but in a Marlin uniform.
    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.



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