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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Renown Jazz Historian Nathan Irving "Nat" Hentoff born June 10, 1925 Boston, Massachusetts. Long time writer for "Downbeat" as well as "The Village Voice" and many other magazines, plus author of over a dozen books on jazz, many books on American history, and fiction novelist.


Churchill Group/Churchill Leasing, Jericho, NY
        Bulletin Board Complaint
    Classified Ads---Controller
Ben Millerbis, CLP Exclusive Interview: HL Leasing
    Country Leasing Closing its Doors
Sales makes it Happen-by Scott Wheeler
    Taking "Only" out of "Application Only"
        Cartoon-Dog at Home too long
25 Top Leasing Industry Influence-35 nominated
    Classified Ads---Help Wanted
Alexa Ranks Leasing Media Web Sites
    CIT Closes $954 Million TALF-Eligible Equipment
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    Rental Electronics Principal passes away
Bank of America paying Mozilo's legal fees
    Q1 Bankcard Borrower Debt Increases
        Crude passes $70, US revises predictions
    Ex-Tyco Executives Rejected Again on Appeal
Fontainebleau Las Vegas files for Chapter 11
    Elvis Theme Resort Hits $259M Road Bump
Adam Lambert says he's gay; also, sun rises in east
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Churchill Group/Churchill Leasing, Jericho, New York
Bulletin Board Complaint

The complaint centers on an advance rental and documentation fee totaling $4,815.40 from John J. DeMeo, President, TKJ Management, Millwood, New York regarding Car Care of Manhasset, Manhasset, New York. He is starting a new business and wanted to refinance existing equipment. He submitted credit, financial statements, and was approved by Churchill Leasing, who sent him a contract that he signed with a blank "Exhibit A."

According to Mr. DeMeo, "Chris Fiordalisi a sales person from Churchill said to 'Get a Vendor' and I told him that no vendor would bring 90,000 dollars threw their business, and he said sure they will its done all the time, and I said it did not sound right. We meet with my vendor for auto parts, Yaron Rosenthal...Just sign agreement and give us first and last, which I did. Chris wanted Yaron to create an invoice. First it was Lakeland Bank Leasing, and then it was Sterling National bank."

What happened next was a site inspection, and when the inspector viewed the equipment, told Mr. DeMeo it was used, not new. Mr. DeMeo said he knew it was used, not new, and this was a refinancing of the equipment.

When he called Churchill Leasing, he was yelled at that he had just lost the lease. He asked for the advance back, and was told again that he lost the lease as it was his fault for saying the equipment was used.

A email to Chris Fiordalisi brought the following with is title
on the email "Sales Administration:

"I am only a consultant for Churchill
I am not familiar with the transaction
The only one to assist you is david sunshine"

None of the dozen emails or telephone calls were returned by Mr. Sunshine.

An interview with the vendor, Yaron Rosenthal, president of Clearway Group, Queens Village, NY, said he had dealt in leases for years, primarily with Textron and then Popular Leasing. He said he told the leasing agent he didn't sell this type of equipment, and would think about it, but required a purchase order to even consider it. At the time, it was all up in the air, as he didn't think this was a normal transaction to his experience. He states he never received a purchase order from Churchill Leasing. He says it was his routine to get the deposit for the leasing company and a hard purchase order before delivering equipment. He was not to keen about leasing as one customer who was quoted a 36 month lease, when he thought the term was up, the contract was for 60 months. He was suspicious from the beginning, he said.

John DeMeo was told this procedure was "common" in leasing and that the equipment existed, so there was nothing wrong in the procedure.

The assignment on the lease documents has Sterling National Bank, so Andrew Corsi, Senior Vice-President, Sterling National Bank told Leasing News that an application for Car Care of Manhasset that was approved in November, 2008, but it was never sent in for funding. Since that time, being aware that some customers have had difficulty with funds due to them from Churchill, their relationship with the Lessor has been terminated.

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Ben Millerbis, CLP Exclusive Interview: HL Leasing

A more current photo was not available. Here 1988 Western Association of Equipment Leasing (WAEL) President-elect Ben Millerbis, CLP, (right) of Pentech Financial Services receives the traditional letter of advice from 1987 President Joe Woodley, CLP, Westover Financial, during passing of the gavel at WAEL Elections & Awards Meeting at Hawaii Conference.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is gathering information from the HL Leasing office in Fresno and Palm Desert, the office located at the late CEO and Chairman John Otto. They are also investigating the role of officers and other employees in what is suspected as a $132 million Ponzi scheme involving up to 1,000 investors, many who put their life savings, retirement, and also were living on the interest of the alleged purchase of leases by HL Leasing.

There is no secret that John Otto was an investor in Pentech Financial Services, Campbell, California, as he acknowledged to Leasing News in an interview when he was basically shutting down his other company Heritage Pacific Leasing, Fresno, California, in 2007 that he had sold his interest in Pentech.

"In 1978, Benjamin E. Millerbis, Pentech Financial's President and CEO, founded Pentek Leasing, Inc. as a general equipment lessor for small and mid-ticket equipment...Following Alaska Pacific Bancorporation's (APB), a multi-national financial institution, acquisition of Pentek, Mr. Millerbis and Pentek's core management team left to form Pentech Financial Services, Inc. in 1985 to focus exclusively on the equipment financing needs of the emerging growth marketplace.

"In 1999, Pentech entered into a partnership with SCP Private Equity Partners and completed a private equity placement, allowing the company to continue its aggressive growth and to expand its product line into middle market leasing and asset-based lending.

"In 2003 another strategic partnership with US Bancorp's Manifest Funding Services formed the basis for the "Navigator" program. Navigator is a small ticket leasing program providing a B-C credit alternative to select Manifest brokers. It is managed by Pentech's Funding Services division in San Diego."

"He was a co-founder and Director of Silicon Valley Bank, Santa Clara California, and has served as President and Director of the United Association of Equipment Leasing (now the National Association of Equipment Financing) and as a Director of the American Association of Equipment Lessors (now Equipment Finance and Leasing Association

In a recent disclosure of a bankruptcy, a list of leases and other information regarding Pentech Financial was discovered.

Court Document:

The October 21st Manufacturer's Acceptance Corporation dba Heritage Pacific Leasing vs. Pentech Financial: It appears mediation did not work with a hearing sent for May 14, 2009 and a Court Trial sent for April 7,2010.

"It is between Pentech and HPL and has nothing what so ever to do with HL Leasing," Millerbis told Leasing News. "It is over 3 lease schedules that HPL wanted us to repurchase from them 4 years after the sale. Since there was no basis for repurchase, we declined. They were dropping the suit when things blew up and they shut down. I don't know what will happen with it now. We will see what happens next year."

There was a hearing scheduled for HL Leasing's lawyers to attend on May 26, 2009 in a case in New York called "In re John Richard Constable, Debtor, HL Leasing, Inc., Plaintiff against John Richard Constable", Case 08-76313 and 8-09-08030.

In that case, one of the exhibits to the complaint filed by HL Leasing was an assignment of leases from Pentech to HL Leasing. A list of 48 leases was included in the court records. There are leases still on going, some to expire in 2011.

(Click on the list to make it larger)

Leasing News sent him the story, specifically asking for a response to this assignment in the documents:

"THIS MASTER PURCHASE, SALE, ASSIGNMENT, AND TRANSFER AGREEMENT ("Agreement") is made as of December 30, 2005, by and between HL Leasing, Inc. ("Purchaser"), a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of California, with its principal office at 3439 West Shaw Avenue, Fresno, California 93711 (hereinafter referred to as "Purchaser") and PENTECH FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. (hereinafter referred to as "Seller"), a California corporation with a place of business at 910 East Hamilton Avenue, Suite 400, Campbell, CA 95008."

"Those are the transactions we sold to HPL," he responded. "Their attorney corrected this several years ago."

Leasing News asked him to clarify it, and received:

"The sale was not to HL it was to HPL."

It appears then the UCC search in California and other states that did not find the alleged American Express leases, except for a small group discounted in 2005 similar to Heritage Pacific Leasing procedure, may be the fact that such leases do not exist and the operation was a Ponzi scheme.

Whether there is any money left for the investors, or even to pay the attorneys involved in the various law suits, remains unanswered.



Country Leasing Closing its Doors
by Christopher Menkin

In addition to the obvious of service and parts suppliers to the automobile industry, as well as vehicle dealerships throughout the country, the automotive and vehicle fleet management companies are suffering as well. Look to more to be closing their doors in record number. Note the National Vehicle Leasing Association (NVLA) cancelled its planned June annual conference. Low attendance, members, who are primarily fleet dealers and larger rental and independent vehicle lessors are hurting in today's market place.

The latest is Country Leasing, established in 1981, a part of COUNTRY Insurance and Financial Services, Bloomington, Illinois, has told its employees it is closing its doors, according to a company spokesperson. There are five lease salesmen and a leasing sales manager plus accounting, operation, and mechanics being let go this month.

Leasing News is told the fleet management concept is no longer viable. Veterans predict companies and their customers are going to experience some rough adjusting in the months and years ahead.

As noted by my attendance and reporting at a prior NVLA Conference, there are some independent lessors that have very large clients operating fleets of vehicles. Those fleets can be hundreds or thousands of cars and trucks.

1. It's a very manpower intensive business for both parties with all that metal moving around the country.
2. Lessors are typically recourse so they've been taking some credit hits lately business slowing for the lessees means more cars coming in to the lessor than going out.
3. Funding for lessors is very tight, many are cut off completely.
4. Credit exposure concerns on large fleets of vehicles.
5. Traditionally low cost of funds kept lessee payments low.

Those in the business tell Leasing News it will be a while before funding is attracted back to this segment.



Sales Make it Happen

With over twenty-six years of leasing experience and an Executive Masters in Business Administration, Scott is an accomplished senior leasing executive with leadership qualities in marketing and operations. His extensive experience will benefit organizations looking to reach a higher level of profitability and corporate development.

Taking "Only" out of "Application Only"

Those who have built their businesses based upon an "Application Only" mentality are being left behind as our industry is being reformulated and redefined for the future. Some have entitled this transition period as an industry meltdown. I prefer to categorize it as a necessary transformation which will create a stronger, more valuable financing/leasing industry.

The so called good old days didn't require understanding - just quick calls to multiple vendors and a few end-users and "presto," you have a sale. Now, every transaction requires additional efforts, most transactions are harder to generate and require credit write-ups that are logical and informative. Most sources rightfully are requiring a balance sheet and a profit and loss statement for transactions of all sizes. A closely held company today needs more than a FICO score, it needs proof by way of a personal financial statement and tax return on income and assets. The originator not only needs to ask for this information, but must be able to understand the financials, ask probing questions and comment on the strengths and weaknesses presented in the personal and corporate financial statements. A complete understanding provides real value added for the client and the funding source. A lack of understanding leaves the originator standing alone dumbfounded.

The one size, one way, singular approach of "Application Only" is no longer working. One of the main points I bring out in my webinars and seminars is how alternative approaches work differently in different situations; how originators cannot be stifled by a one dimensional marketing approach. It's actually the combination of marketing touches which generate the best customer service and the most business. Participants who have been confined to a one dimensional approach are often enlightened or reminded of the flexibility and alternative benefits available in our industry; and quickly are reminded of lost opportunities because of self imposed limitations. A recent participant in a webinar commented afterward how the one hour sessions reminded him how important a strong foundation is and how much he has yet to learn even though he has several years of origination experience. Others have commented on how innovative marketing ideas and basic credit information covered in the sessions are improving their outlook on the potential in the market.

Originators and leasing companies need to eliminate the word "ONLY" from their vocabulary. 1) I ONLY do transactions which are Application ONLY; 2) I ONLY need the front page of the tax return; 3) I ONLY solicit business via telemarketing; 4) I ONLY have two funding sources; 5) I ONLY do XYZ industry; 6) It ONLY takes X hours to get an approval; 7) I ONLY know to do business this way; 8) I ONLY Make X amount of money.

Our industry has thrived and continuously grown over the years because of our innovation, flexibility and non-commoditized approach to the market. Most recently, too many have taken the easy approach and have helped to commoditize our products, our marketing approaches and individual operations. Times are changing rapidly and there is a real desire by many in our industry to expand their horizons, to know more about our industry and to be able to offer real options and solutions in the market place. It can be as easy as sitting with your credit department or funding sources and conducting an informative interview, taking an accounting class at your local community college, attending training webinars and seminars offered by many industry experts, going to your local library and doing research, or participate in workshops provided by the various associations.

Our industry will recover and thrive. Originators are currently and will continue to maximize their incomes and make well above average incomes nationwide. Small and medium sized businesses will continue to need funds to acquire needed essential equipment. There will be multiple funding sources willing and capable of investing in our industry. Lease originators who continue to make a personal investment by developing a strong foundation of knowledge, continue to explore new product capabilities, continue to make and are willing to think and act multi-dimensionally will thrive.

Please let me know your thoughts, suggestions or ideas. or 410-877-0428.

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25 Top Leasing Industry Influence-35 nominated

Including today's nominees, there are now 35 nominated for the Top 25 Most Influential in the Leasing Industry. The nomination and descriptions come from readers. Names are withheld with the purpose of not making this a "popularity contest" to get credit for nominating a "friend" or "colleague."

They may be the last week for nominations.

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

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New nominees to appear in the next list:

John P. Colton--He is well known to many lease veterans, attended many leasing association conference. When the small ticket office equipment finance industry was highly fragmented, three national players emerged. COPy Equipment Leasing COmpany [read COPELCO], LeaseAmerica, and Eaton Financial. Each of the three eventually ended up in the arms of a major industrial acquirer: Itochu International (later sold to Citigroup), GE Capital, and AT&T Capital. John Colton was the right hand man to Paul Gass as together they built Eaton Financial. A former banker, John raised Eaton's debt and managed the development of lender relationships. Once the AT&T acquisition was complete, debt was no longer a challenge and John became an ambassador to the industry, helping to expand AT&T's broker program. He was active in the industry and eventually became the president of the American Association of Equipment Lessors, the precursor to the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association. He rejoined Paul Gass at BankVest Capital and retired in 2000 during the prior industry meltdown.

Paul Gass--- His company Eaton Financial was purchased by AT&T Capital for $70 million in 1989, making Gass the richest man in leasing at the time. After he sold Eaton to AT&T he became the largest individual shareholder in AT&T and was a substantial underwriter of the American Association of Equipment Lessors lease education foundation. He helped pioneer a systemized approach to small ticket leasing. He started Eaton Financial originally naming it after the street where he lived in Framingham, MA. As the company grew he added branches but each branch ran like its own independent operation. He took Eaton Public, and then sold it to AT&T. When industry pundits argued it was luck and timing that made him so successful, he decided to prove them wrong. He sat out his AT&T non-compete and then paired up with Greg Smith to form BankVest. BankVest's original charter was to follow Greg Smith's successful model of setting up leasing operations for commercial banks. But BankVest would act as an outsource agent. When the vendor side of the business began to usurp the outsource program, Smith felt tremors of the Eaton ways creeping in and left. Gass relied upon securitization to build BankVest into a $30 million per month small ticket machine. Unfortunately sales won out over operations and the portfolio developed problems that they simply couldn't outrun. After the August 1998 Russian bond debacle that sent investors into a flight for security and almost collapsed the entire financial system, the securitization markets dried up and cracks began to show in the BankVest portfolio. BankVest began to sell off major slices of its portfolio. ORIX purchased $99 million within 2 months but allowed BankVest to continue to handle the cash. When BankVest ran into difficulties and spent some of ORIX's cash, coupled with an auditor from Fleet Bank that found discounted leases to Fleet but hadn't paid the vendors (purportedly monies were being used to replace bad deals in the conduits) everything came crashing down. BankVest was forced into bankruptcy that December. The Company that had been touted on the cover of the Worcester, Business Journal as the fastest growing company was the largest bankruptcy in Worcester County a year later.

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

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



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184,423  Leasing News
604,213 Monitor Daily
885,421  eLessors Networking Association
640,582 Ind Community Bankers of America
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931,562 Equipment Leasing and Fin. Association
2,116,659 The Journal for Asset Finance
1,990,058 World Leasing News
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3,746,604  Institute of International Container Lessors
3,301,144  Exec Caliber-Jeffrey Taylor
3,053,544  Commercial Finance Association

5,208,085   CLP Foundation
6,726,238  Assoc of Government Leasing  Financing
6,985,617 Equip. Leasing & Fin Fndn
10,128,665 The National Funding Assoc
15,069,206 Leasing Notes
21,060,724 Lean -Lease Enforcement Att Net
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CIT Closes $954 Million TALF-Eligible Equipment Lease Securitization

NEW YORKCIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT), a leading provider of financing to small businesses and middle market companies, today announced that it has closed a $954 million equipment lease securitization. Notes issued under the securitization constitute eligible collateral under the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF). This is CIT's first TALF-eligible securitization and represents the first TALF-eligible small ticket equipment lease deal. CIT has completed 16 term equipment securitizations since 2000, nine of which were backed exclusively by collateral from its U.S. Vendor Finance business.

CIT sold three classes of fixed rate notes in a private offering (Rule 144A) that are backed by a pool of commercial equipment lease contracts from CIT Vendor Finance. The weighted average fixed coupon on the securitization is approximately 2.67%, which represents a weighted average credit spread of approximately 1.52% over the benchmark swap rates for the three classes of notes.

Proceeds from the securitization will be primarily used to refinance an asset-backed commercial paper conduit facility, which will increase capacity for financing future U.S. Vendor Finance originations.

Barclays Capital and Deutsche Bank Securities served as joint bookrunners on the transaction, while Bank of America Securities LLC, J.P. Morgan and Wachovia Securities served as co-managers.

About CIT

CIT (NYSE: CIT) is a bank holding company with more than $60 billion in finance and leasing assets that provides financial products and advisory services to small and middle market businesses. Operating in more than 50 countries across 30 industries, CIT provides an unparalleled combination of relationship, intellectual and financial capital to its customers worldwide. CIT maintains leadership positions in small business and middle market lending, retail finance, aerospace, equipment and rail leasing, and vendor finance. Founded in 1908 and headquartered in New York City, CIT is a member of the S&P 500 and Fortune 500.

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Today's Top Event in History

1919- Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan became the first states to ratify the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would remove the barriers to women voting in the U.S. Women had been voters in several states in colonial days, but in the 1787 at the U. S. Constitutional Convention (built on the precept that all men are created equal), the right to qualify voters was placed in the hands of the states that had already deemed women unqualified to vote. The one exception was New Jersey, which fell into line in 1807. It wasn't until Carrie Chapman Catt devised "The Plan" in 1916 - to fight for the vote nationally while continuing the state-by-state march - that the first recognition came that only the federal government could or would guarantee women's rights on a permanent basis.


This Day in American History

    1586- A major tornado was reported at 2:30pm Whatever happened to Jamestown?  Perhaps it was a hurricane or a tornado?  . In 1586, Sir Walter  Raleigh's Virginia colonists off the coast of North Carolina reported a
tornado that they feared would destroy their buildings if it came ashore.  A hurricane of record on August 15, 1635 ravaged the Plymouth colony, according
to a diary of the time. Of course, they were also not getting along with the American Indians, just putting down a major revolt, but it also could have
been a hurricane.
    1610 - The 1st Dutch settlers arrived from NJ to colonize Manhattan Island.
    1639 - The 1st American log cabin at Fort Christina (Wilmington, Delaware).
    1652- In defiance of English colonial law, John Hull, a silversmith, established the first mint in American.  The first coin issued was the Pine Tree Shilling, designed by Hull.
    1752 - It is believed that this was the day Benjamin Franklin narrowly missed electrocution while flying a kite during a thunderstorm to determine if lightning is related to electricity.
    1794-African-American Richard Allen founded the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Philadelphia
    1799—birthday of African-American Joseph Boulogne Saint-Georges, composer, violinist and champion fencer.
    1801 - The North African state of Tripoli declared war on the United States in a dispute over safe passage of merchant vessels through the Mediterranean. Tripoli declared war on the U.S. for refusing to pay tribute. (Thus in the Marine's Hymn "To the shores of Tripoli.")
    1833-Birthday of Pauline Cushman - U.S. actor and lecturer, served as spy for the Union cause during the Civil War, even to dressing in Confederate uniforms. She was captured and escaped twice. When captured a third time, she was condemned to death by hanging.   She became ill and her hanging was postponed by Gen. Bragg, who wished to make an example of her, until "she was well enough to be hanged." Before the sentence could be carried out, Union forces drove back Bragg's army and she was set free.
    1848 - The 1st telegraph link between NYC & Chicago was established.
    1851--At 2:10 am, before a crowd in Portsmouth Square, John Jenkins, one of the Sydney Ducks of San Francisco was apprehended for stealing a safe from a merchant's store. He was given a cigar and a glass of brandy, and then lynched by San Franciscan vigilantes. Vigilante Sam Brannan cried, "Every lover of liberty and good order lay hold of the rope!" The denizens of the Sydney-Town quarter of San Francisco's notorious 'Barbary Coast' grew steadily less in number following the hanging.
    1871 - A landing force of 110 U.S. Marines came ashore on Korea's Kangwha Island, a fortress island guarding the approaches to Seoul. The Korean Punitive Expedition was launched from an American fleet, which anchored in the Han River after the isolationist Korean government rejected U.S. diplomatic demands for an explanation of the fate of an American ship and her crew believed killed by the Koreans. In two days of fighting, the Marines and sailors captured the defensive forts on the Island, leaving 243 Koreans dead. Nevertheless, the expedition failed to open Korea to foreign trade.
    1875- James Augustine Healey becomes the first Black Catholic Bishop in the United States.
    1889-birthday of Hattie McDaniel was the first African-American to win an Academy Award. She won it in 1940 for her role in the 1939 film Gone With the Wind. Her career spanned radio and vaudeville in addition to her screen roles in Judge Priest, The Little Colonel, Showboat and Saratoga, among others. She was born at Wichita, KS, and died Oct 26, 1952, at Los Angeles, CA.
    1898-U.S. Marines landed at Guantánamo Bay.  Spanish colonial rule comes
to an end in the Western hemisphere as the US “free's” Cuba.
    1901--ROSE, GEORGE Medal of Honor Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 28 February 1880, Stamford, Conn. Accredited to: Connecticut. G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901. Citation: In the presence of the enemy during the battles at Peking, China, 13, 20, 21 and 22 June 1900. Throughout this period, Rose distinguished himself by meritorious conduct. While stationed as a crewmember of the U.S.S. Newark, he was part of its landing force that went ashore off Taku, China. on 31 May 1900, he was in a party of 6 under John McCloy (MH) which took ammunition from the Newark to Tientsin. On 10 June 1900, he was one of a party that carried dispatches from LaFa to Yongstsum at night. On the 13th he was one of a few who fought off a large force of the enemy saving the Main baggage train from destruction. On the 20th and 21st he was engaged in heavy fighting against the Imperial Army being always in the first rank. On the 22d he showed gallantry in the capture of the Siku Arsenal. He volunteered to go to the nearby village which was occupied by the enemy to secure medical supplies urgently required. The party brought back the supplies carried by newly taken prisoners.
    1902-a lease and a window envelope:  Americus F. Callahan of Chicago, Il received a patent for an envelope with a window.  It was first manufactured in July, 1902, by the U.S. Envelope Company of Springfield, MA, which had leased the patent.
    1907-Birthday of Dickey Wells Birthday  (featured trombone player
 with Count Basie-“Dickey's Dream.”)
    1910-birthday of guitarist/harmonicist Howlin' Wolf, West Point, MS He was one of the most influential musicians of the post Second World War era, and his blues helped shape rock 'n' roll. Howlin' Wolf had his first R'n'B hit, "Moanin' at Midnight," in 1951. The next year, he moved to Chicago, where he recorded a string of classic sides for Chess Records. Among them were "Sitting on Top of the World," "Spoonful," "Smokestack Lightnin'," and "Little Red Rooster." His hits, many of them written by Willie Dixon, have been covered by countless rock artists, such as the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin.Wolf appeared frequently at blues and rock festivals in the 1960's and '70s. He died in 1976 of complications from kidney disease.
    1919- Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan became the first states to ratify the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would remove the barriers to women voting in the U.S.   Women had been voters in several states in colonial days, but in the 1787 at the U. S. Constitutional Convention (built on the precept that all men are created equal), the right to qualify voters was placed in the hands of the states that had already deemed women unqualified to vote. The one exception was New Jersey, which fell into line in 1807.   It wasn't until Carrie Chapman Catt devised "The Plan" in 1916 - to fight for the vote nationally while continuing the state-by-state march - that the first recognition came that only the federal government could or would guarantee women's rights on a permanent basis.
    1921- Yankee slugger Babe Ruth hits his 120th home run off Indian pitcher Jim Bagby to become baseball's career home run leader. It is a position the 'Sultan of Swat' will hold until Hank Aaron hits number 715 in 1974.
    1922- birthday of Judy Garland, American actress and singer born Frances Cumin at Grand Rapids, MN. While Garland played in many films and toured widely as a singer and great entertainer. Her greatest triumph came in 1939 with the film "The Wizard of Oz," which introduced the never-to-be forgotten song "Over the Rainbow." Garland's recording of the tune sold over a million copies. She was given a special Academy Award in 1939 for her outstanding performances as a screen juvenile. Her other big musical films included "Meet Me in St. Louis," "Easter Parade" and "A Star Is Born." Garland suffered a nervous collapse in 1950, but was able to resume her career the following year.. Died June 22, 1969, at London, England.
    1923- Paul Brunelle, one of the first country and western singers in Quebec, was born in Granby. He performs both in French and English and has been compared to Ernest Tubb. Brunelle has recorded more than 100 singles and more than 40 albums.
    1933-Golfer Johnny Goodman defeated Ralph Guldahl by one shot at North Shore Golf Club in Glenvielw, IL, to become the last amateur to win the US Open  championship.
    1935- On this day in Akron, Ohio, Dr. Robert Smith completed his
 first day of permanent sobriety.  “Doctor Bob” and William G. Wilson are considered to have founded Alcoholics Anonymous on that date.  It is considered the first step to be the hardest, to admit you have a problem.  The twelve steps are used often, not necessarily like a ladder, and it is common for relapses, thus the reason to alcoholics to attend meetings; a sponsor is also recommended.
    1940-Erskin Hawkins records “After Hours” ( Bluebird 10879)   
    1941--Shirley Alston Reeves, lead singer of the Shirelles, is born.
    1943- Hungarian Laszlo Biro patented the bail-point pen, which he had been developing since the 1930s. He was living at Argentina, where he had gone to escape the Nazis. In many languages, the word for ball-point pen is ‘biro.' He lost his patent rights during the war.
    1944—for trivia buffs: with baseball's playing ranks depleted by World War II, Joe Nuxhall became the youngest person ever to play in a major league game.  Nuxhall pitched 2/3rds of an inning for the Cincinnati reds in an 18-0 loss to the St. Louis cardinals. Nuxhall was 15 years, 10 months and 11 days old.
    1944--*DEFRANZO, ARTHUR F. Medal of Honor Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, 1st Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Vaubadon, France, 10 June 1944. Entered service at: Saugus, Mass. Birth: Saugus, Mass. G.O. No.: 1, 4 January 1945. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life, above and beyond the call of duty, on 10 June 1944, near Vaubadon, France. As scouts were advancing across an open field, the enemy suddenly opened fire with several machineguns and hit 1 of the men. S/Sgt. DeFranzo courageously moved out in the open to the aid of the wounded scout and was himself wounded but brought the man to safety. Refusing aid, S/Sgt. DeFranzo reentered the open field and led the advance upon the enemy. There were always at least 2 machineguns bringing unrelenting fire upon him, but S/Sgt. DeFranzo kept going forward, firing into the enemy and 1 by 1 the enemy emplacements became silent. While advancing he was again wounded, but continued on until he was within 100 yards of the enemy position and even as he fell, he kept firing his rifle and waving his men forward. When his company came up behind him, S/Sgt. DeFranzo, despite his many severe wounds, suddenly raised himself and once more moved forward in the lead of his men until he was again hit by enemy fire. In a final gesture of indomitable courage, he threw several grenades at the enemy machinegun position and completely destroyed the gun. In this action, S/Sgt. DeFranzo lost his life, but by bearing the brunt of the enemy fire in leading the attack, he prevented a delay in the assault which would have been of considerable benefit to the foe, and he made possible his company's advance with a minimum of casualties. The extraordinary heroism and magnificent devotion to duty displayed by S/Sgt. DeFranzo was a great inspiration to all about him, and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the armed forces.
    1944--EHLERS, WALTER D. Medal of Honor Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, 18th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. Place and dare: Near Goville, France, 9-10 June 1944. Entered service at: Manhattan, Kans. Birth: Junction City, Kans. G.O. No.: 91, 19 December 1944. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 9-10 June 1944, near Goville, France. S/Sgt. Ehlers, always acting as the spearhead of the attack, repeatedly led his men against heavily defended enemy strong points exposing himself to deadly hostile fire whenever the situation required heroic and courageous leadership. Without waiting for an order, S/Sgt. Ehlers, far ahead of his men, led his squad against a strongly defended enemy strong point, personally killing 4 of an enemy patrol who attacked him en route. Then crawling forward under withering machinegun fire, he pounced upon the gun crew and put it out of action. Turning his attention to 2 mortars protected by the crossfire of 2 machineguns, S/Sgt. Ehlers led his men through this hail of bullets to kill or put to flight the enemy of the mortar section, killing 3 men himself. After mopping up the mortar positions, he again advanced on a machinegun, his progress effectively covered by his squad. When he was almost on top of the gun he leaped to his feet and, although greatly outnumbered, he knocked out the position single-handed. The next day, having advanced deep into enemy territory, the platoon of which S/Sgt. Ehlers was a member, finding itself in an untenable position as the enemy brought increased mortar, machinegun, and small arms fire to bear on it, was ordered to withdraw. S/Sgt. Ehlers, after his squad had covered the withdrawal of the remainder of the platoon, stood up and by continuous fire at the semicircle of enemy placements, diverted the bulk of the heavy hostile fire on himself, thus permitting the members of his own squad to withdraw. At this point, though wounded himself, he carried his wounded automatic rifleman to safety and then returned fearlessly over the shell-swept field to retrieve the automatic rifle which he was unable to carry previously. After having his wound treated, he refused to be evacuated, and returned to lead his squad. The intrepid leadership, indomitable courage, and fearless aggressiveness displayed by S/Sgt. Ehlers in the face of overwhelming enemy forces serve as an inspiration to others.
    1945---Top Hits
Sentimental Journey - The Les Brown Orchestra (vocal: Doris Day)
Dream - The Pied Pipers
Laura - The Woody Herman Orchestra
At Mail Call Today - Gene Autry
    1946-Dizzy Gillespie's big band records Tadd Dameron's “Our Delight”.
    1951--*ABRELL, CHARLES G. Medal of Honor Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, Company E, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.). Place and date: Hangnyong, Korea, 10 June 1951. Entered service at: Terre Haute, Ind. Born: 12 August 1931, Terre Haute, Ind. 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 in Company E, in action against enemy aggressor forces. While advancing with his platoon in an attack against well-concealed and heavily fortified enemy hill positions, Cpl. Abrell voluntarily rushed forward through the assaulting squad which was pinned down by a hail of intense and accurate automatic-weapons fire from a hostile bunker situated on commanding ground. Although previously wounded by enemy hand grenade fragments, he proceeded to carry out a bold, single-handed attack against the bunker, exhorting his comrades to follow him. Sustaining 2 additional wounds as he stormed toward the emplacement, he resolutely pulled the pin from a grenade clutched in his hand and hurled himself bodily into the bunker with the live missile still in his grasp. Fatally wounded in the resulting explosion which killed the entire enemy gun crew within the stronghold, Cpl. Abrell, by his valiant spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of certain death, served to inspire all his comrades and contributed directly to the success of his platoon in attaining its objective. His superb courage and heroic initiative sustain and enhance the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
    1953---Top Hits
Song from Moulin Rouge - The Percy Faith Orchestra
April in Portugal - The Les Baxter Orchestra
Pretend - Nat King Cole
Take These Chains from My Heart - Hank Williams
    1954-General Motors, Detroit, MI, announced it had logged 2,000 miles on a gas-turbine bus.  The engine used a single burner and two turbine wheels, one to drive the centrifugal compressor, the other to drive a transmission that was connected to the rear wheels of the bus.
    1957 - A dust devil at North Yarmouth, ME, lifted a 600 to 1000 pound chicken shelter into the air and carried it 25 feet. It landed upright with only slight damage. It is unknown whether any eggs were scrambled.
    1958--Elvis Presley uses his first weekend furlough from the US Army to record "A Fool Such As I", "I Got Stung" and "A Big Hunk Of Love" at RCA's Nashville studios.
    1958 - A woman was sucked through the window of her home in El Dorado, KS, by a powerful tornado, and was carried sixty feet away. Beside her was found a broken phonograph record entitled "Stormy Weather"
    1961---Top Hits
Running Scared - Roy Orbison
Moody River - Pat Boone
Stand by Me - Ben E. King
Hello Walls - Faron Young
    1962-The Equal Pay Act of 1963 became law.  This ban on sex discrimination in wages was “to prohibit discrimination on account of sex in the payment of wages by employers engaged in commerce or in the production of goods for commerce.”
According to recent statistics, equal pay is still not a reality, but has come further
than it was over forty ago.
    1964-The Rolling Stones meet two of their idols during a recording session as they run into bluesmen Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters at Chicago's Chess studios.
    1965--*SHIELDS, MARVIN G. Medal of Honor Rank and organization: Construction Mechanic Third Class, U.S. Navy, Seabee Team 1104. Place and date: Dong Xoai, Republic of Vietnam, 10 June 1965. Entered service at: Seattle, Wash. Born: 30 December 1939, Port Townsend, Wash. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Although wounded when the compound of Detachment A342, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, came under intense fire from an estimated reinforced Viet Cong regiment employing machineguns, heavy weapons and small arms, Shields continued to resupply his fellow Americans who needed ammunition and to return the enemy fire for a period of approximately 3 hours, at which time the Viet Cong launched a massive attack at close range with flame-throwers, hand grenades and small-arms fire. Wounded a second time during this attack, Shields nevertheless assisted in carrying a more critically wounded man to safety, and then resumed firing at the enemy for 4 more hours. When the commander asked for a volunteer to accompany him in an attempt to knock out an enemy machinegun emplacement which was endangering the lives of all personnel in the compound because of the accuracy of its fire, Shields unhesitatingly volunteered for this extremely hazardous mission. Proceeding toward their objective with a 3.5-inch rocket launcher, they succeeded in destroying the enemy machinegun emplacement, thus undoubtedly saving the lives of many of their fellow servicemen in the compound. Shields was mortally wounded by hostile fire while returning to his defensive position. His heroic initiative and great personal valor in the face of intense enemy fire sustain and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.
    1966--In San Francisco the IRS tells Sierra Club it will lose its tax deductible status if it keeps taking such political stands. Membership increases three-fold in the next 4 years. 1966-In San Francisco the Jefferson Airplane, Great Society, The Heavenly Blues Band @ Fillmore Auditorium
Artist: Wes Wilson
    1966 - The first use of reversed tape was heard in the song "Rain" (or "niaR") by The Beatles. The tune was the ‘B' side of "Paperback Writer". The technique was discovered and refined by John Lennon -- by accident. It was used in several other songs by the group.
    1967--Stevie Wonder's "I Was Made To Love Her" is released in the US, where it would climb to #2.
    1969---Top Hits
Get Back - The Beatles
Love (Can Make You Happy) - Mercy
Grazing in the Grass - The Friends of Distinction
Singing My Song - Tammy Wynette    
    1972-- Passing Willie Mays into second place on the career home run list, Hank Aaron hits his 649th round tripper. The historic homer is 'Hammerin Hank's' 14th grand slam tying Gil Hodges' National League record.
    1972 - Sammy Davis, Jr. earned his place at the top of the popular music charts for the first time, after years in the entertainment business. His number one song, "The Candy Man", stayed at the top for three consecutive weeks.  The story behind the song, Sammy Davis didn't like it because of the double meaning of “drugs.”  Mike Curb of MGM convinced him to record it, as MGM was going to use the song in the theme of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”  As a favor, Sammy Davis said he would record the song, but only “one take and that's it.” His pal Frank Sinatra was known to do this, too: “one take.” Sure enough, in that one-time recording, Sammy nailed it. "The Candy Man" stayed on the pop charts for 16 weeks. The best the legendary performer had done before was 12 weeks for "Love Me or Leave Me" in 1955 and 11 weeks for "I've Gotta Be Me" (from "Golden Rainbow") in 1969. After "The Candy Man" became a hit, Davis included it in his stage shows and concerts.
    1974-The Who begins a four day stint at Madison Square Garden. Tickets sold out in 60 hours -- a full two months before the concerts.
    1976 - Paul McCartney and Wings set a record for an indoor concert crowd as 67,100 fans gathered in Seattle, WA to hear the former Beatle and his new group.
    1977---Top Hits
Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
I'm Your Boogie Man - KC & The Sunshine Band
Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) - Waylon Jennings
    1977- Allen L. Geiberger of California shot a 59 in the second round of the Danny Thomas Memphis Open at the Colonial Country course, Memphis, TN, becoming the first golfer to break 60 in a professional tournament.  His score was 273 and he won $40,000.
    1977-Lucy Harris of Delta State became the first woman basketball player selected in the NBA draft.  She was selected in the seventh round by the New Orleans jazz but chose not to try out for the team.
    1978-Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta teamed up to take "You're The One That I Want" to the top of the Billboard chart. In the UK, the record would be number one for nine weeks.
    1978-Joe Walsh's "Life's Been Good" is released. It would become his highest charting solo single, reaching #12.
    1978-Joe Walsh's "Life's Been Good" is released.
    1978-“Affirmed,” ridden by Steve Cauthen, won the Belmont Stakes to become the 11th horse to wine the Triple Crown, in one of racing's greatest two-horse competitions.  “Affirmed” edged Alydor in all three Triple Crown races.
    1982-Birthday of Tara Lipinski, youngest girl to ever win the ice figure skating Olympic gold.   The adulation following her stunning victory led to excesses and she became addicted to drugs. She has never been able to regain her amazing Olympic form.
    1985---Top Hits
Everybody Wants to Rule the World - Tears for Fears
Suddenly - Billy Ocean
Things Can Only Get Better - Howard Jones
Natural High - Merle Haggard
    1988 - Three dozen cities, mostly in the eastern U.S., reported record low temperatures for the date, including Elkins, WV, with a reading of 33 degrees. Unseasonably hot weather continued in the Northern High Plains Region. The record high of 105 degrees at Williston, ND, was their seventh in eight days.
    2002- In front of 45,698 fans at Yankee Stadium, Marcus Thames becomes the 17th player in history to hit a home run on the first pitch he sees in the major leagues. The New York rookie, who hit his two-run dinger off four-time Cy Young winner Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson, joins John Miller (1966) as only the second Yankee to homer in his first at- bat.
   Stanley Cup Champions This Date
1996   Colorado Avalanche
    2005-Paul Anka, who lists his residences as both Beverley Hills and Ottawa, was named an Officer of the Order of Canada by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson in a glittering ceremony in Ottawa.



Baseball Poem

1933---President Ronald Reagan's voice carried him to Des Moines and WOC's larger sister station, WHO. Broadcasting over a new 50,000-watt clear-channel station that carried throughout the Midwest, Reagan became a well-known sports announcer whose specialty was creating play-by-play accounts of Chicago Cubs baseball games that the station received by wire.

Gene Autry poem by Jack Buck This is from a poem written by the famous radio announcer Jack Buck, the voice of the St. Louis Cardinals for over 50 years. This was written for Gene Autry's 83rd Birthday Party in 1990. There are many similarities to President Ronald Reagan (Author of what became in the California Governor's election to be known as the Republican
13th commandment---Thou Shalt Not Criticize another Republican):

The Last Cowboy

As America grew
and headed west,
Gene Autry was there
and he was the best.

He tapped telegraph keys
then starred on the screen,
the greatest Saturday star
young eyes had seen.

He wore a white hat
and the kids always knew
he'd do the right thing
they wanted him to.

He could shoot at a target
and invariably hit it
while jumping a river,
and he sand as he did it.

He crooned "South of the Border"
and sang on Christmas morn,
the most glamorous cowboy ever born.

His ride through life
is matched by no other,
a business tycoon,
yet everyone's brother.

He has enjoyed life to the fullest
and made our lives richer,
but he'd have traded it all
for a World Series pitcher.

We salute him today
and we'll love him tomorrow,
the last cowboy's life
was ours to borrow.

Little did he know
when he named his horse,
he was describing himself-
Champion, or course!




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