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NEW TOKENS FOR THE MTA

On June 2, 1987: After being minted by the Roger Williams Mint for nearly $6 million, the MTA began issuing new tokens. These were made of brass (surrounding a silver-metaled bullseye), but under “GOOD FOR” on the reverse side were the small initials, “SJD.” Silvester J. Dubosz — then Assistant Controller of the New York City Transit Authority — was the person responsible for placing the order for the tokens to be minted, and took it upon himself to have his initials placed on them…a decision that upon discovery got him promptly fired, and later batches of the tokens had his initials removed from the design.

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GARY BETTMAN

On June 2, 1952: Gary Bettman was born in Queens. Bettman is currently the commissioner of the National Hockey League and has held the position since 1993. Before working for the NHL, Bettman rose to third in command at the National Basketball Association, acting as the league’s general counsel and senior vice president.

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RAUL IBANEZ

On June 2, 1972: Baseball player, Raúl Ibañez was born in New York City. He played for the New York Yankees, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Seattle Mariners, the Kansas City Royals, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

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