Core-Mark Holding Company distributes fresh and frozen merchandise to convenience stores in the United States. It provides associated business services such as category management and management of promotions. Core-Mark was started in San Francisco in 1888 by the Glaser brothers. After multi-generational ownership, the Glaser family sold the company to David Gillespie in 1974, who took the company public by listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange with Gerald Pickman COO and Jerry Goldman CFO in 1984. By late 1987, private equity firms were an integral part of the ownership and the company went private in 1989. Core-Mark remained private until June 2002 when it was sold to Inc.. Less than one year in April 2003, Fleming filed for bankruptcy, taking Core-Mark with them. By August 2004, Core-Mark had emerged from the Fleming bankruptcy under the direction of President and CEO J. Michael Walsh; the company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange. Walsh remained the CEO until his retirement in January 2013.
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The monkey tree phenomenon is a social phenomenon in Singapore, which began in September 2007. It arose from the discovery of a callus on a tree in Hong Kah; some believe the image to be of divine origin, while others have attributed the phenomenon to the effects of pareidolia, whereby random stimuli are perceived as meaningful. The callus has initiated a minor social mania, drawing large crowds to pray at the tree; the phenomenon started on 12 September 2007 when an unknown person put up a sign in Chinese on a tree on Jurong West Street 42. The sign read that a monkey had come to the tree three years ago to look for his father, the Monkey God, it added that a recent car accident had split the old bark of the tree open, releasing the Monkey God. One resident purported that the monkey image appeared around 3 September 2007; the appearance of the sign and the monkey outline on the tree trunk were reported in the local English and Chinese-language newspapers such as The New Paper, The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao.
Reports quoted residents claiming how three car accidents had earlier happened at the spot, but none had been fatal, purportedly due to the tree's "magical" properties. Since news broke on 13 September 2007, hundreds of people from all over Singapore have flocked to the quiet HDB neighbourhood to pay homage to the tree. By the afternoon of 13 September, the crowd visiting the tree had swelled to more than 30, with offerings occupying the grass patch surrounding the tree; the tree with the monkey outline is a species of the African Mahogany. It is a common tree planted by the National Parks Board to provide shade in parks and along major roads and expressways, it is a hardy tree. On the trunk of the tree in question is an outline of two monkeys — one larger than the other — with limbs and bodies, they were formed on a surface, smoother and of a lighter colour than the rest of the trunk. Some people claimed to see three monkeys. NParks gave a plausible explanation for how the monkey outline could have been formed: The tree was involved in several minor accidents over the years.
The uneven bark surface at the base of the tree trunk was the result of callusing, a natural reaction in which the tree grows new bark over injured areas. The department of biological sciences at the National University of Singapore explained that patterns formed by callusing are random and depend on the damage caused by the accidents, it added that the monkey outline on the smoother bark may disappear with time as the new tissue layers form under it and push this layer out. Subsequently, the smooth surface would get darker and rougher, like the rest of the tree bark. Devotees to the tree believed that the images are either a manifestation of Sun Wukong, a deity from Chinese mythology, or Hanuman, the monkey deity in the Hindu pantheon, that praying to them would bring them luck; the crowd has been leaving bunches of bananas, packets of peanuts and chrysanthemum flowers, burning joss sticks, praying for lucky 4-D numbers at the tree. People started burning incense paper, prompting a resident to place a zinc barrel beside the tree so that the ashes could be scooped into the barrel.
Some residents won a bet on the 4-D draw held on 12 September. The winning number "4309" was obtained by combining the HDB block number near the tree and the order of the Monkey in the Chinese zodiac. There were volunteers who helped to distribute the peanuts to people who drop by; some of them have put up signs telling people not to leave red packets filled with money beneath the tree. A visitor had left. Thousands of people have since visited the tree, the crowd grew to over 200 at one point on the afternoon of 14 September; the crowd consisted of both men and women Chinese and Indians of all ages. The people wanted a peek of the monkey images, while many took pictures of the tree with their mobile phones. Images of the monkey tree were sold at S$3 or S$10 a photograph near the tree; the crowds were so large that residents started complaining of the noise and traffic jams caused by vehicles parked illegally along the narrow road. This prompted the police to patrol the area. Two nearby trees started garnering offerings from 14 September — one for a supposed outline of Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy, on its trunk, another whose bark resembles the Hindu elephant god Ganesha.
Many experts interviewed by The Straits Times thought that the phenomenon could be a case of "believing is seeing". A sociologist from the National University of Singapore explained that "those who believe in divine objects are those who follow a simple faith, founded in tangible evidences of the sacred", he referred to the believers who, in May 2006, flocked to the mountains of Mexico's southern Chiapas state where a rock with an image that resembles Jesus Christ was discovered. Another sociologist pointed out that "these objects are called fetishes or'objects that are imbued with deep symbolic significance to become sacred objects that embody gods and spirits'." In the monkey tree's case, it was because of a "natural transformation of its material appearance that reminds people of an important legend", "this form of worship is basic to human religious behaviour". Perceptions of religious imagery in natural phenomena Adeline Chia. "'Monkey' tree draws crowds: Tree experts say'monkey' figures are formed by callusing but devotees think otherwise".
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