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Friday, January 31, 2020


Today's Leasing News Headlines

New Jersey Enters Commercial Disclosure Rates Law
   as California Wraps Up Questionnaire on Its Procedures
Maxim Reports Robust December 2019
    A Lot of Business, Thanks Brokers
Leasing Industry Ads---Help Wanted
    Three Positions Open at Channel Partners
Deeper Relationships
   Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP
Most Influential Women in Leasing
   Nominations to Examine/Update 2009 List
Leasing News Leasing News Advisory Board Vice Chair
    Shari L. Lipski, CLFP
Amazon Added 7 Million Prime Members in Back Half 2019
   Now Counts 112 Million Members of its Prime Loyalty Program
Ranked: The World's Most Download Apps
   By Katie Jones, www.visualcapitalist.com
Arvest Equipment Finance Sets Another Production Record
  Division of Arvest Bank 52%  Growth for Second Consecutive Year
ELFA Launches New Online Course on
   Understanding the Master Lease Agreement
       For Members and Non-Members
Census Webinar Today 2:00pm ET Accessing
   Race, Ethnicity, Foreign Born, and Ancestry Data
Mutt
   Newark, New Jersey   Adopt a Dog
Classified Ads---Employment Web Sites
   Jobsora.com added
News Briefs---
Full CIT Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Results
  4th Quarter $121 Million/Full Year $511 Million
Why Bankruptcy Is a Forgone Conclusion
   for Ford Motor Company
U.S. deficit to eclipse $1 trillion in 2020, CBO says,
   as fiscal imbalance continues to widen
Plans to turn Six Corners Sears into more
   than 400 apartments set to move ahead
November NAFTA freight worst monthly loss
    in nearly one year
Traffic camera rule changes considered
    in seven states
Bank founded by Tom Steyer long record of lawsuits against
    low-income borrowers/up to auto loan borrowers as high as 27.99%

Broker/Funder/Industry Lists | Features (wrilter's columns)
Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months

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  Sports Brief----
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New Jersey Enters Commercial Disclosure Rates Law
as California Wraps Up Questionnaire on Its Procedures

California is drawing very close to its supposed last inquiry on whether APR, Add On, Interim Rent, First and Last, Residuals, will be outlined and agreed upon by borrowers for commercial business loans, capital leases, factoring, and Merchant Cash Advance while bills in New York and New Jersey appear active again.

New Jersey State Senator Troy Singleton’s new bill is very similar, but is aimed at APR requirements, including fee disclosures by brokers and companies to their prospective and their prospective applicants separately from the financing contract and prior to the consummation of the transaction.

The deadline for comments to the California Department of Business Oversight for financing of less than $500,000 to a business owner is Friday, January, 31, 2020 (1). It covers

  • Total amount of financing
  • Total cost of financing
  • Term length
  • Frequency and amount of payments
  • Pre-payment policies
  • Annualized rate in APR via True

(Interim rent, first and last, balloon payments to be included in calculation via interest calculator such as TValue)

Federally chartered banks are exempt due to federal pre-emption issues. The bill does cover online platforms that partner with banks and do the marketing and underwriting that lead to financing that is ultimately provided by a bank.

Please submit comments to regulations@dbo.ca.gov."

Leasing News has asked a New Jersey attorney specializing in banking, finance, and leasing to write a more detailed account of the pending Senator Singleton bill.



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Maxim Reports Robust December 2019
A Lot of Business, Thanks Brokers

As the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association survey reported, Maxim Commercial Capital, Los Angeles, California, reported December, 2019 was its busiest month in their 11 year history.


Michael Kianmahd, Executive Vice President, thanked its broker for providing “essential financing to over 660 small and mid-sized businesses during 2019. In addition to fulfilling the American Dream for non-bankable borrowers in 41 states, we continued to grow our business during our 11th year by:

  • Investing in our team: added a Director - Broker Relations, a CFO, and 2 members to our portfolio management department
  • Publishing comprehensive Broker Guidelines to help you close more deals
  • Increasing the broker commission for owner-operator truck financing to 8% or more
  • Adapting our underwriting guidelines to market conditions and managing around changes in used equipment values

"With our expanded team, we are on a solid trajectory to meet the financing needs of a record number of SMBs in 2020."

He noted several recent transactions:

  • Growth Capital for Operator of Self-Serve Car Washes San Antonio, Texas
  • Successful real estate developer / car wash owner-operator got the growth capital he needed while leaving favorable 1st liens in place.
  • Maxim Funded: $2,000,000, 60-month term
    Collateral: 2nd Liens on retail strip mall, 5 self-serve car washes and car wash FF&E 2015 Pete 567 Tri Axle Dump Truck        
  • Purchase of 2015 Pete 567 Tri-Axle Dump Truck
    Northern California
  • Start-up buyer, with 10+ years' experience in transportation industry, wasn't bankable due to light credit history and lack of operating history.
  • Maxim Funded: $57,000, 48-month term
    Collateral: 1st lien on 2015 Pete 567

Apartment

  • Refinancing of High Yield MCA Loans and Construction Financing

Los Angeles, California

  • Developer with excellent credit was not bankable due to existing high yield MCA loans and a large 1st lien on multifamily residential development project.
  • Maxim Funded: $1,800,000, 24-month term (12 months interest-only)
    Collateral: Junior lien on multifamily development project

Owner-Operator Truck Financing

  • Easy app and no minimum FICO gets owner-operators and business owners the trucks they want. Up to $55,000 funded; up to 75% LTV.

  
Heavy Equipment Financing

  • Fast and flexible leases and loans put heavy equipment to work for business owners. $20,000 - $250,000 funded; up to 65% LTV.

Real Estate Financing

  • Creative loan structures transform underleveraged residential and commercial real estate into growth capital. $100,000 - $3MM funded; up to 70% LTV/LTC.

        
Structured Financing

  • Custom 6-60 month solutions for business expansion, turnarounds or refinancing short-term debt. $20,000 - $3MM funded; up to 65% LTV for Heavy Equipment and 70% LTV/LTC for Real Estate.




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Deeper Relationships
Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP

Successful originators know the importance of multi-dimensional relationships. 

In a recent review of a finance company's CRM system, it was determined that most of its originators had relationships with one or two individuals in each of the companies that the finance company had done business with over the last year. Originators often had four or five individuals listed as contacts within the CRM; however, only one person had been contacted over the last six months. The originators had limited penetration and casual relationships with the majority (80%) of their customers. The finance company has had five consecutive years of significant production growth, but the originators were leaving opportunities on the table.

Internal referrals within existing vendors and end-users will solidify relationships and increase an originator's production  numbers.

The above mentioned finance company developed a specific initiative to encourage each originator to dig deeper, ask for internal referrals, and expand their penetration into their existing clients. The company has tracked its activities and specific results from its initiative. The originators were quickly convinced that the extra efforts were paying a dividend. One of the originators developed five new opportunities in the first week of the initiative from individuals who were previously unknown to him within existing clients.

There is gold in those existing files. As a successful originator, it is your responsibility to maximize every relationship. 

Maximize Results

Order via Amazon: https://www.createspace.com/5355516  

Scott A. Wheeler, CLFP
Wheeler Business Consulting
1314 Marquis Ct.
Fallston, Maryland 21047
Phone: 410 877 0428
Fax: 410 877 8161
Email: scott@wheelerbusinessconsulting.com
Web: www.wheelerbusinessconsulting.com 

Sales Makes it Happen articles:
http://www.leasingnews.org/Legacy/index.html



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Most Influential Women in Leasing
Nominations to Examine/Update 2009 List

Leasing News in 2009 asked readers to nominate "The Most Influential Women in Leasing." They originally were presented individually and then as a group, which appears on the Leasing News Website.  Perhaps it is time to review, especially since changes, such as Lisa A. Levine, out of leasing and no longer Executive Director of the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation; Rebecca Smith, President of Huntington National Bank, appears to have retired; Cynthia "Cindy" Spurdle, longtime Executive Director, Certified Leasing and Finance Professional Foundation, has retired (a CLFP Annual Award in her name is presented each year by the foundation).

Of course, there would be new nominations and perhaps keep those on the list for their contributions. Those on the list may want to update their biographies. We would like to hear from readers regarding their opinions as well as any new nominations:  kitmenkin@leasingnews.org

Most Influential Women in Leasing

Full Biographies on all
http://leasingnews.org/Pages/influential_women.htm

 

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Leasing News Advisory Board Vice Chair
Shari L. Lipski, CLFP

Shari L. Lipski, CLFP
Principal
ECS Financial Services
3400 Dundee Road, Suite 180
Northbrook, Illinois 60062
847.897.1711
SLipski@ecsfinancial.com
www.ecsfinancial.com

January 1, 2019 Shari was named Vice-Chair of the leasing News Advisory Board. She is both intelligent and diplomatic, and well respected in the industry.

Shari previously served on the Leasing News Advisory Board from March, 2003 to January, 2005 and rejoined in February, 2016.  Her resume includes over 30 years of experience in equipment lease portfolio management, lease originations, and corporate business development.

From 1989 through 1997, Shari worked for Public Funding Corporation, a financer of small-ticket governmental equipment leases.  During her time with Public Funding, she held various positions including Lease Administrator, Corporate Secretary, and garnered equity ownership when she took the position of Vice President.  In 1997, Public Funding was sold to First Sierra Financial, Inc.  It was at that time Shari assumed responsibilities for managing operations in the Chicago branch office, as well as a portfolio of vendor relationships.

In 1999, Shari joined ECS Financial Services, Inc., CPAs, and is responsible for corporate business development with a direct focus on the Equipment Lease and Loan Portfolio Management Division as well as the Tax, Accounting, and Audit Divisions.  She also serves the firm’s clients by offering an expertise in many areas including marketing and managing a lease/loan portfolio, back-office leasing company operations, business process outsourcing, sales and personal property tax compliance, and consulting.

Shari has written for several trade publications, served as an educational instructor for several associations, as well as the Certified Leasing and Finance Professional Foundation. She was featured in the 2019 Monitor Magazine “Women in Leasing.”

OFFICES/POSITIONS HELD:
2017-present:  SFN-Midwest Leadership Committee Member and Membership Committee, Co-Chair, and Women in Commercial Finance Committee Member (formerly CFA)
2017-present:  ELFA, Service Providers Business Council Steering Committee
2019 Named one of the Top 50 Women in Equipment Finance,              
  Monitor Magazine (accolade)
2017-2019:  ELFA, Women’s Council Founding Member
2016-present:  Advisory Board Member
2012-present:  Women In Leasing, LinkedIn Discussion Group, Owner
2013:  Advisory Committee Member, Rockford Career College
2012:  NEFA, Funding Symposium-Conference Committee
2011:  NEFA, Finance Summit-Conference Chairperson
2010 – 2012:  NEFA Conference Committee Member
2008-2012:  ELFA, Service Providers Business Council Committee Member, State Government Relations Committee Member, and Annual Convention Review Committee Member
2009 Named of the 20 Most Influential Women In Leasing, Leasing News (accolade)
2005-2008:  EAEL, Director
2006-2008:  CLP Foundation, Director
2007 – EAEL:  Fall Expo-Conference Chairperson
2003-2005:  Leasing News Advisory Board
2004-present:  ECS Financial Services, Inc., Principal
2003 NAELB:  Conference Chairperson
2002-2003:  CLP Foundation, Marketing Committee Chairperson
2001-2004 Mid-America Association of Equipment Lessors (MAEL), Director
1998-UAEL:  Illinois Regional Chairperson
1999:  ECS Financial Services, Inc., Lease Portfolio Manager
1993-1997: Public Funding Corporation, Vice President
1989-1993: Public Funding Corporation, head envelope and stamp licker

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Amazon Added 7 Million Prime Members in Back Half 2019
Now Counts 112 Million Members of its Prime Loyalty Program

Amazon does not disclose how many Prime members it has by country; however, in 2018, it said it had more than 100 million globally.

“Amazon continues to add value to Prime membership, most recently with 1-day delivery, and these enhancements along with the overall growth in online shopping seem to keep membership numbers increasing,” says Josh Lowitz, Partner and Co-Founder of .Consumer Intelligence Research Partners LLC

Source: 2019 Consumer Intelligence Research Partners LLC




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Ranked: The World's Most Download Apps
By Katie Jones, www.visualcapitalist.com

Note: Estimates include unique installs on iPhone, iPad, and Google Play from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2019. Pre-installed apps for Apple and Google are excluded.

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Arvest Equipment Finance Sets Another Production Record
Division of Arvest Bank 52% Growth for Second Consecutive Year

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arvest Equipment Finance (AEF) closed more than $246 million in new production in 2019, a record total for the division of Arvest Bank, it was announced today.

This marks the second consecutive year AEF has recorded a 52-percent increase in gross production year-over-year.


AEF President Eric Bunnell said, “The AEF team continues to amaze me,” “Its dedication in helping bank and vendor customers finance their equipment needs continues to drive our growth. We have several exciting initiatives we are working on in 2020 in order to build off this momentum.”

Additionally, AEF’s total portfolio jumped more than 35 percent year-over-year, from $310.1 million in 2018 to $421.7 million in 2019.


AEF Sales Manager John Bradford commented,” “Our entire team is focused on serving the customers and helping them achieve their goals

 “We strive every day to be the equipment finance provider of choice in the markets we serve. The story is that our associates make the difference and the word is getting out.”

AEF is headquartered in Fort Smith, Ark., with locations in Little Rock, Kansas City and Tulsa, and does business throughout Arvest’s four-state footprint.

About Arvest
Arvest Bank, named by Forbes magazine as one of the “World’s Best Banks” for 2019, operates more than 260 bank branches in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas through a group of 14 locally managed banks, each with its own board and management team. These banks serve customers in more than 135 communities, with extended weekday banking hours at many locations. Arvest also provides a wide range of banking services including loans, deposits, treasury management, credit cards, mortgage loans and mortgage servicing. Arvest is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC.

About Arvest Wealth Management
Arvest Wealth Management offers wealth management, trust services and insurance products. Investments and Insurance Products: Not FDIC Insured, May Lose Value and Not Guaranteed by the Bank. Trust services provided by Arvest Bank.

 

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ELFA Launches New Online Course on
Understanding the Master Lease Agreement

For Members and Non-Members

Washington, D.C. – The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association has launched a new interactive online course, Understanding the Master Lease AgreementThe course is designed for equipment finance professionals in sales, credit and documentation and anyone seeking working knowledge of the purpose and contents of the Master Lease Agreement. This new program engages users by providing “virtual” hands-on experience and training through an interactive interface—all accessible via multiple devices, from smartphones to tablets to laptop computers.

Highlights of the course include:

  • Walk through the Master Lease Agreement section by section, gaining an understanding of the terms in plain language and identifying critical components and their impact on the lessor and lessee.
  • Participate in real-world scenarios demonstrating how the contents of a Master Lease Agreement can make or break a deal.
  • Access and download exclusive resources available only through the course.

The course takes approximately 1 hour to 1.5 hours to complete. It is self-paced: it can be completed in one sitting or track where learners left off if they decide to log out and return later.

“The Master Lease Agreement is one of the most important documents in equipment finance,” said ELFA President and CEO Ralph Petta. “If you’re in the equipment finance industry and looking to get up-to-speed on the purpose and contents of the MLA, this course is for you. It draws on the latest instructional technology to encourage and reinforce learning, so it will engage you and members of your team while you delve into essential content.”

How to Access the Course
The Understanding the Master Lease Agreementonline course is available to both ELFA members ($350) and nonmembers ($650). The course is available for individual purchase as well as bulk purchase by companies that wish to train more than one employee at a time. For more information, visit www.elfaonline.org/umla.

About ELFA
The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) is the trade association that represents companies in the nearly $1 trillion equipment finance sector, which includes financial services companies and manufacturers engaged in financing capital goods. ELFA members are the driving force behind the growth in the commercial equipment finance market and contribute to capital formation in the U.S. and abroad. Its 580 members include independent and captive leasing and finance companies, banks, financial services corporations, broker/packagers and investment banks, as well as manufacturers and service providers. For more information, please visit www.elfaonline.org.

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Census Webinar Today 2:00 pm et Accessing
Race, Ethnicity, Foreign Born, and Ancestry Data

"Join us on Wednesday, January 29 to learn how to access Decennial Census and American Community Survey data about race, ethnicity, foreign-born, and ancestry groups using a variety of tools available on the Census website, and other online data tools."

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. (EDT)
Dial-in: 888-946-3504
Participant Passcode: 5575225

Login:censusevent.webex.com/mw3300/mywebex/default.do

About Census Academy

Let us show you how to find and use Census Bureau data for your everyday uses, including informing your business plan, supporting grant proposals and research projects, developing apps, urban development planning and services, and much more! Whether you’re looking for economic or demographic data, we can teach you how to get what you need for your various projects.

To request free workshops and trainings for your organization, send us an e-mail at census.askdata@census.gov

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Mutt
Newark, New Jersey Adopt a Dog

Hercules/Murphy
3 years Old
Neutered

What a difference some good medical care and good friends make!  Remember Murphy?  He was brought to AHS Newark branch back in August in such a sad state.  He was found in Irvington, NJ with horrible wounds around his neck from being tortured by a prong collar for quite a while.  In addition to Murphy's compromised medical state when he arrived, he also had some trust issues, and who could blame him?  He put his faith in someone that put this barbaric collar on him and never removed it, even when it was choking him and tearing up the flesh around his neck.  But Murphy was given a chance to get over his issues, and had some caring people in AHS Newark that were pulling for him.

Four months later, Murphy is all healed up!  Not just his body, but his mind too!  Murphy had some amazing people in his corner, working with him every day to get him over his fears.  We are thrilled to see the most recent update that was posted on social media for Murphy, letting everyone know that this big mush is ready for a home.

"This handsome 3 year old hunk is Murphy (affectionately known as Hercules). Hercules didn't have the best start in life, he came to us with a nasty embedded collar, a prong collar nonetheless. He was scared when he first arrived, rightfully so. Our awesome ACO Adam, made it his mission to work with this dog, to gain his trust. Hercules spent some time in our medical department where we cleaned up his wounds and neutered him, while Adam worked to help him trust others. We promise you Hercules, not all people are bad, and we will make sure you find an amazing home.

To say this dog has made a complete 180 is an understatement. He attended his first adoption event recently where he was a huge hit. Hercules is a big boy, strong on leash, but a complete mush. He passed his evaluation with flying colors and did amazing with other dogs. Stop by to meet Hercules, we dare you not to fall in love. We are happy Hercules came to us, we are happy to be a pit stop on the way to this amazing boy's second chance at happiness, Hercules truly deserves it."

You can meet Murphy aka Hercules at AHS Newark, 124 Evergreen Ave., Newark.  Call 973-824-7080 or email:  jvuocolo@ahsppz.org for more info.  And please consider making a donation on behalf of Murphy, and so many others like him, that need a little more than just a helping hand in their recovery, and get the second chance that they deserve.

Associated Human Societies & Popcorn Park
Executive Offices:
124 EVERGREEN AVE,
NEWARK, NJ 07114
Phone
(973) 824-7080
Email
info@ahscares.org


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Jobsora.com added

Jobsora is a global job search website with the audience of more than 20 countries all over the world.

Classified Ads---Employment Web Sites

Here is a list of top internet job web sites, several specializing in financial, money, and leasing, too.

www.adams-inc.com
www.affinitysearch.com
www.allnursejobdescriptions.com
www.bajobs.com
www.careerbank.com
www.careerbuilder.com
www.careerpath.com
www.careerjet.com
www.craigslist.org
www.creditjobstoday.com
www.eApplicants.com
www.efinancialcareers.com
www.ejobapplications.com
www.employmentcrossing.com
www.hotjobs.com
www.Hound.com
jobapplicationdb.com
www.indeed.com
www.jobs.net
www.jobs-applications.com
www.jobsora.com
www.jobssearchengine.net
www.ladders.com
www.linkedin.com/jobs
www.LinkUp.com
www.livecareer.com
www.MarketingJobs.com
www.monster.com
www.monstertrak.monster.com/
www.moonlightingapp.com/
www.neuvoo.com
www.resumeblaster.com
www.salary.com
www.simplyhired.com
www.snagajob.com/part-time-jobs/
www.topjobapplications.com/
www.toplanguagejobs.com
https://us.jooble.org/
www.vault.com
www.vetjobs.com
www.ziprecruiter.com

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News Briefs----

Full CIT Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Results
  4th Quarter $121 Million/Full Year $511 Million
https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/1082700/4Q19_Final_Earnings_Release.pdf

Why Bankruptcy Is a Forgone Conclusion
   for Ford Motor Company
https://www.ccn.com/why-bankruptcy-forgone-conclusion-for-ford-motor-company/

U.S. deficit to eclipse $1 trillion in 2020, CBO says,
   as fiscal imbalance continues to widen
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/01/28/us-deficit-eclipse-1-trillion-2020-cbo-says-fiscal-imbalance-continues-widen/

Plans to turn Six Corners Sears into more
   than 400 apartments set to move ahead
https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-six-corners-sears-redevelopment-20200128-73aigbifdbf5ddddl54mrmsxly-story.html

November NAFTA freight worst monthly loss
    in nearly one year
https://landline.media/november-nafta-freight-worst-monthly-loss-in-nearly-one-year/

Traffic camera rule changes considered
    in seven states
https://landline.media/traffic-camera-rule-changes-considered-in-seven-states/

Bank founded by Tom Steyer long record of lawsuits against
low-income borrowers/up to auto loan borrowers as high as 27.99 %
https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/01/26/bank-founded-by-tom-steyer-has-long-record-of-lawsuits-against-low-income-borrowers/

 

 

 

 
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You May Have Missed---

Jamie Dimon: Unless We Change Capitalism,
   We Might Lose It Forever
https://time.com/collection/davos-2020/5764098/jamie-dimon-capitalism/


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Kobe Bryant
November 29, 2105
Retired Poem

 

Dear Basketball,

From the moment
I started rolling my dad’s tube socks
And shooting imaginary
Game-winning shots
In the Great Western Forum
I knew one thing was real:

I fell in love with you.

A love so deep I gave you my all —
From my mind & body
To my spirit & soul.

As a six-year-old boy
Deeply in love with you
I never saw the end of the tunnel.
I only saw myself
Running out of one.

And so I ran.
I ran up and down every court
After every loose ball for you.
You asked for my hustle
I gave you my heart
Because it came with so much more.

I played through the sweat and hurt
Not because challenge called me
But because YOU called me.
I did everything for YOU
Because that’s what you do
When someone makes you feel as
Alive as you’ve made me feel.

You gave a six-year-old boy his Laker dream
And I’ll always love you for it.
But I can’t love you obsessively for much longer.
This season is all I have left to give.
My heart can take the pounding
My mind can handle the grind
But my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.

And that’s OK.
I’m ready to let you go.
I want you to know now
So we both can savor every moment we have left together.
The good and the bad.
We have given each other
All that we have.

And we both know, no matter what I do next
I’ll always be that kid
With the rolled up socks
Garbage can in the corner
:05 seconds on the clock
Ball in my hands.
5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1

Love you always,
Kobe

 

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The moment Richard Sherman realized Kyle Shanahan
    was an offensive genius
https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/01/28/the-moment-richard-sherman-realized-kyle-shanahan-was-an-offensive-genius/

Can 49ers contain Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes?
https://www.pressdemocrat.com/sports/10628685-181/can-49ers-contain-chiefs-quarterback

Patriots longtime offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia
   retires from NFL
https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/patriots/2020/01/28/dante-scarnecchia-retires-new-england-patriots-offensive-line-coach/4600333002/

AP source: Astros, Dusty Baker working on manager deal
https://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/AP-source-Astros-Dusty-Baker-working-on-manager-15010800.php

Shaq tearfully remembers Kobe
https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/28587595/shaquille-oneal-kobe-bryant-death-believe-it

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California Nuts Briefs---

Condoleezza Rice to head Stanford’s Hoover Institution
https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Condoleezza-Rice-to-head-Stanford-s-Hoover-15010415.php

Man floored by appraised value of his 1974 Rolex watch
https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/01/28/man-floored-by-appraised-value-of-his-1974-rolex-watch/

Construction to start this spring on Napa Costco store
   and first of around 700 homes
https://www.northbaybusinessjournal.com/industrynews/construction/10618218-181/napa-costco-retail-housing-construction


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“Gimme that Wine”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJnQoi8DSE8

Wine Women nonprofit select new president
https://www.pressdemocrat.com/business/10627084-181/wine-women-nonprofit-select-new

WX Brands Acquires Portfolio of Wines
    from Niven Family Wine Estates
https://www.winebusiness.com/news/?go=getArticle&dataId=225289

Regulation of Napa and Sonoma winery production
  and visitor growth enters new phase
https://www.northbaybusinessjournal.com/northbay/sonomacounty/10618217-181/napa-sonoma-winery-regulation


Free Wine App
https://www.nataliemaclean.com/mobileapp/

Wine Prices by vintage
http://www.winezap.com
http://www.wine-searcher.com/

US/International Wine Events
http://www.localwineevents.com/

Leasing News Wine & Spirits Page
http://two.leasingnews.org/Recommendations/wnensprts.htm

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This Day in History

    1737 - Thomas Paine (d. 1809), was born in Thetford, England.  American Revolutionary leader, a corset-maker by trade, author of “Common Sense,” “The Age of Reason,” “Rights of Man,” and many other influential works. "These are the times that try men's souls" are the well-known opening words of his inspirational tract, “The Crisis,” which holds the records for the most widely-read publication in American History and was a major influence on the American Revolution. Paine also is known for proposing the government subsidy of steamboat building in America that opened commerce and the great expansion of the country. In 1819, 10 years after his death, his remains were moved to England by William Cobbett for reburial there. Reburial was refused, however, and the location of Paine's bones, said to have been distributed, is unknown.
    1780 - On the coldest morning of one of the most severe winters of record in the northeast, the mercury dipped to 16 degrees below zero at New York City, and reached 20 degrees below zero at Hartford, CT. New York harbor was frozen for 5 weeks, allowing the British to transport a heavy cannon across the ice to help fortify Staten Island.
    1802 - John Beckley became the first Librarian of Congress with the starting salary of $2 a day. He served until his death on April 8, 1807. The first library catalog, dated April, 1802, listed 964 volumes and nine maps. Until 1815, when George Watterston was appointed, the librarians were also the clerks of the House of Representatives.
    1834 - Federal Troops Quell the First Labor Dispute.  The banks of the Potomac River erupted in violence as workers on the then-unfinished Chesapeake and Ohio Canal rioted after a planned strike was brutally extinguished. Never exactly a fast friend of indecision or conciliatory action, President Andrew Jackson swiftly called on Secretary of War Lewis Cass to send Federal troops in to quell the workers. While this was an eventful moment for the nation—it marked the first, though hardly the last time Federal troops were deployed to settle a labor "dispute"—it was just another roadblock in the troubled history of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. Originally conceived as a transit and trade friendly route between the Midwest and Atlantic seaports, the canal was periodically delayed by fiscal woes, stiff competition from the Erie Canal and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. When construction began in 1828, the canal was designed to reach Pittsburgh. By the time the project was abandoned in 1850, the waterway reached Cumberland, MD. Flooding forced the closing of the canal in 1924; it was bought by the U.S. government in 1938 and transformed into a national historic park in 1971.
    1843 - Birthday of William McKinley (d. 1901), 25th president of the US (1897-1901), at Niles, OH. For the third time in the nation's history, a president was assassinated. On September 6, President McKinley was visiting the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. While greeting visitors he was shot twice in the abdomen by a young anarchist, Leon Czolgosz, who was carrying a concealed piston in a handkerchief. Vice-President Theodore Roosevelt, not quite 43 years old, became the youngest person to hold the presidential office. Ironically, according to historians, Conservative Republicans had elected McKinley, but to keep what they considered "too liberal" New York Theodore Roosevelt "in line," plus gather votes, they choose him to fill what they considered a "harmless post." This was a period of muckraking journalists such as Frank Norris and Lincoln Steffens exposing the corruption in government and government controlled industries such as wheat, railroad tariffs and land acquisition. "The Octopus," published this year by Norris, dealt with the struggles of farmers in the San Joaquin Valley of California. Forty years later John Steinbeck was to continue the saga, “Grapes of Wrath.”
    1845 - "The Raven" is published. Edgar Allan Poe's famous poem beginning "Once upon a midnight dreary," is published in the New York Evening Mirror. Poe's dark and macabre work reflected his own tumultuous and difficult life. Born in Boston in 1809, Poe was orphaned at age three and went to live with the family of a Richmond, Virginia businessman. Poe enrolled in a military academy but was expelled for gambling. He later studied briefly at the University of Virginia. In 1827, Poe self-published a collection of poems. Six years later, his short story "MS Found in a Bottle" won $50 in a story contest. He edited a series of literary journals, including the Southern Literary Messenger in Richmond starting in 1835, and Burton's Gentleman's Magazine in Philadelphia, starting in 1839. Poe's excessive drinking got him fired from several positions. His macabre work, often portraying motiveless crimes and intolerable guilt that induced growing mania in his characters, was a significant influence on such European writers as Charles Baudelaire, Stephane Mallarme, and even Dostoyevsky.
    1847 - The 500 men of the US Mormon Battalion, along with 50 women and children, arrived at San Diego, CA. Having marched 2,000 miles since leaving Council Bluffs, Iowa on July 16, 1846, to fight in the war against Mexico, it was the longest march in modern military history. In the course of their trek, they established the first wagon route from Sante Fe to Southern California. Their arrival is commemorated each year with a military parade in San Diego’s Old Town.  
    1850 – Henry Clay introduced the Compromise of 1850 to Congress.  A package of five separate bills passed in September 1850, which defused a four-year political confrontation between slave and free states regarding the status of territories acquired during the Mexican-American War.  Texas surrendered its claim to New Mexico and its claims north of the Missouri Compromise line. It retained the Texas Panhandle and the federal government took over the state's public debt.  California was admitted as a free state with its current boundaries.  The South prevented adoption of the Wilmot Proviso that would have outlawed slavery in the new territories, and the new Utah and New Mexico territories were allowed, under the principle of popular sovereignty, to decide whether to allow slavery within their borders. In practice, these lands were generally unsuited to plantation agriculture and their settlers were uninterested in slavery.  The slave trade (but not slavery altogether) was banned in the District of Columbia.
    1861 - Kansas became the 34th state. Known as the Sunflower State, the capital is Topeka. Kansas, the Jayhawk State, is named so because before and during the War Between the States, guerillas in the antislavery camp ... known as jayhawkers ... were extremely active in the Kansas territory. The pro- and anti-slavery groups fought such vicious battles that the state was referred to as ‘Bleeding Kansas.’  Trouble in territorial Kansas began with the signing of the 1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act by President Franklin Pierce. The act stipulated that settlers in the newly created territories of Nebraska and Kansas would decide by popular vote whether their territory would be free or slave. In early 1855, Kansas’ first election proved a violent affair as over 5,000 Border Ruffians invaded the territory from western Missouri and forced the election of a pro-slavery legislature. The territory’s admittance into the Union in January of 1861 only increased tension, but, just three-and-a-half-months later, the irrepressible differences in Kansas were swallowed up by the full-scale outbreak of the Civil War. During the Civil War, Kansas suffered the highest rate of fatal casualties of any Union state, largely due to its great internal divisions over the issue of slavery.
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/jan29.html
    1861 - Linus Yale, Jr. gets a patent for his invention of a pin-tumbler cylinder. The pin-tumbler cylinder lock with a thin, flat key, still the basis for many combination locks today, was the most successful of Yale’s many lock inventions, which included the first dial combination bank lock and a double bank lock that required two keys to open.
    1863 - Bear Hunter, leader of a Shoshone band, and 224 others were massacred in village on Bear River near Great Salt Lake, Utah.
http://www.utahhistorytogo.org/brmassacre.html
    1856 - Light earthquake felt at the Mission Dolores in San Francisco.
    1872 - African-American Francis L Cardoza was elected State Treasurer of South Carolina. He served until 1876 when his enemies accused him of taking money, but he was found not guilty. He later served as a teacher at Howard University, received a law degree and served on several boards. In his later life, he was principal of a high school.
http://vi.uh.edu/pages/mintz/43.htm
http://stills.nap.edu/btw/Vol.3/html/118.html
    1877 – A highly partisan Electoral Commission, made up of eight Republicans and seven Democrats, was established by Congress to settle the election of Democrat Samuel Tilden for President against Republican Rutherford B. Hayes. Under the terms of the Tilden-Hayes Election Compromise, Hayes became President and the Republicans agreed to remove the last Federal troops from Southern territory, ending Reconstruction. On election night, 1876, it was clear that Tilden had won the popular vote, but it was also clear that votes in Florida, Louisiana, South Carolina and Oregon were fraudulent because of voter intimidation. Republicans knew that if the electoral votes from these four states were thrown out, Hayes would win. The country hovered near civil war as both Democrats and Republicans claimed victory. Illustrator Thomas Nast drew his cartoon, ”Tilden or Blood,” showing the Democrats threatening violence.  To avoid future repetition of the partisan methods used by Congress to deny Samuel Tilden a fair determination of electoral votes in 1876, The Electoral Count Act gave each state sole authority to certify which presidential candidate took its electoral votes, according to the state's election statutes. If a state cannot certify a victor, or has done so improperly, both houses of Congress must agree on who has carried the state. If neither the state government nor Congress can agree on who won, then the governor shall decide who should receive the electors. The Act provided that the Electoral Commission was to consist of fifteen members: five representatives selected by the House, five senators selected by the Senate, four Supreme Court justices named in the law, and a fifth Supreme Court justice selected by the other four. The most senior justice was to serve as President of the Commission. Whenever two different electoral vote certificates arrived from any state, the Commission was empowered to determine which return was correct. The Commission's decisions could be overturned only by both houses of Congress.  Under this law, (now codified in 3 U.S.C. § 5) a state's determination of electoral disputes is conclusive in most circumstances. The President of the Senate opens the electoral certificates in the presence of both houses, and hands them to the tellers, two from each house, who are to read them aloud and record the votes.  If the same state sends multiple returns to Congress, then whichever return has been certified by the executive of the state is counted, unless both houses of Congress decide otherwise. The interpretation of this act was the subject of controversy in Bush v. Gore in the disputed presidential election of 2000.
    1879 - Custer Battlefield National Monument, Montana established
http://www.nps.gov/libi/
http://visitmt.com/categories/moreinfo.asp?IDRRecordID=3124&SiteID=1
    1880 - Birthday of W.C. Fields (d. 1946), born Claude William Dukenfeld at Philadelphia, PA.  Stage and motion picture actor (“My Little Chickadee”), screen writer and expert juggler. He wrote his own epitaph: “On the whole, I’d rather be in Philadelphia.”
    1896 - United States physician Emile Grubbe became the first to use radiation treatment for breast cancer on his patient, Rose Lee of Chicago.
    1889 - 6,000 railway workers strike for union and end of 18-hour day.
http://historytogo.utah.gov/rrstrike.html
    1891 - Following the death of her brother, King Kalakaua, Liliuokalani is proclaimed the last monarch of the Hawaiian Islands. Hawaii, first settled by Polynesian voyagers sometime in the eighth century, saw a massive influx of American settlers during the nineteenth century, most coming to exploit Hawaii’s burgeoning sugar industry. In 1887, under pressure from US investors and American sugar planters, King Kalakaua agreed to a new constitution that stripped him of much of his power. However, in 1891, Liliuokalani ascended to the throne and refused to recognize the constitution of 1887, replacing it instead with a constitution that restored the monarchy’s traditional authority. Two years later, a revolutionary "Committee of Safety," organized by Sanford B. Dole, a Hawaiian-born American, staged a coup against Queen Liliuokalani with the support of US Minister John Stevens and a division of US Marines. On February 1, 1893, Stevens recognized Dole’s new government on his own authority and proclaimed Hawaii a US protectorate.
    1900 - In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the American Baseball League was organized. The Philadelphia Athletics, owned by Connie Mack, were original members of the league. Mack would manage the team for fifty years.  There were eight charter teams in 1901, the league's first year as a Major League. These franchises constituted the league for 52 seasons until the St. Louis Browns moved to Baltimore and took up the name Orioles. All eight original franchises remain in the American League, although only four remain in the original cities (Detroit, Chicago, Boston, and Cleveland). The eight original teams and their successors:

  • Baltimore Orioles (went bankrupt and became defunct after 1902 season), were sold and moved to New York in 1903 and became the Highlanders.  In 1913, they were sold again and renamed the New York Yankees.
  • Boston Americans (became the Red Sox in 1908)
  • Chicago White Stockings (became the White Sox in 1903)
  • Cleveland Blues (became the Indians in 1915)
  • Detroit Tigers (name and locale unchanged from 1894 forward)
  • Milwaukee Brewers (became the St. Louis Browns in 1902, moved to Baltimore in 1954 and took the Orioles name.)
  • Philadelphia Athletics (were sold and moved to Kansas City in 1955 and moved to Oakland in 1968, still the Athletics)
  • Washington Senators (moved to Minnesota and became the Twins in 1960)

    1901 - Birthday of Allen DuMont (d. 1965). In 1946, DuMont founded the first television network to be licensed, the DuMont Television Network, initially by linking station WABD (named for DuMont) in NYC to station W3XWT, which later became WTTG, in Washington, DC (WTTG was named for Dr. Thomas T. Goldsmith, DuMont's Vice President of Research, and his best friend.) In 1915, DuMont became the youngest American to obtain a first class commercial radio operator's license at age 14. My father worked for Dr. Dumont in the late 1940’s as a TV writer-producer for “Harlem Detective,” “Captain Video,” “Hands of Mystery.” I used to put “exploding” practical joke in his cigars, and one day at a board meeting, he gave one to Dr. Dumont, who lit it up. My father used to tell me this story often, as Dr. DuMont thought it was very funny and that my father had done it on purpose. Allen DuMont perfected the cathode-ray tube and manufactured the first commercially available television sets. Brooklyn-born DuMont worked as chief engineer at De Forest Radio Company until 1931, when his interest in television led him to start his own company, DuMont Laboratories. In 1937, he offered his television receivers for sale and set up experimental broadcasting stations. DuMont continued to shape the television industry. He helped formulate broadcast standards for black and white--and later, color--television, and he worked with the FCC to allocate frequencies for television channels.  DuMont's successes in television picture tubes, TV sets and components and his involvement in commercial TV broadcasting made him the first millionaire in the business.  http://xoteria.com/DUMONT.html      
    1904 – Letters for athletic competition were awarded for the first time, by the University of Chicago.
    1912 - In Lawrence, Massachusetts, textile companies were angered when, in 1911, state law reduced the workweek for women and children from 56 to 54 hours. They retaliated by increasing the workload, but not the wages. The workers responded with a massive strike. Workers had been averaging $8.76 for a 56-hour work week when a state law made 54 hours the maximum for women and for minors under 18. The companies reduced all hours to 54 but refused to raise wage rates to make up for the average loss of 31 cents per week suffered by each worker because of the reduction in hours. This caused the walkout which rocked the great New England textile industry. Under the aggressive leadership of the Industrial Workers of the World, the strike became front-page news throughout the country. Over twenty thousand men, women and children won concessions by staying out of work for ten weeks. A song “Bread and Roses” became popular with the strikers, actually becoming a “marching song” and the rallying cry of the strike. The strikers--largely Russian Jewish, Eastern European and southern Italian immigrants, although 54 languages were spoken in the mills--learned the art of mass protest. Forming a human chain, they took over the main streets of Lawrence on Jan. 29. After failed attempts to disperse strikers by dousing them with water in the freezing January cold, officers fired into the crowd. A young Italian woman, Anna LoPizzo, was killed. News reports from the time focused on predictions about the "ascendancy of white-skinned races" in Lawrence. They promised that illiterate immigrants couldn't possibly organize themselves on their own. The strikers, running out of food and money, decided to adopt a European tactic, of sending their children to stay with families outside the city. Four hundred letters were received from New York City who wanted the children, and on February 10, over 100 aged 4 to 14 were sent. They were greeted at Grand Central Station by 5,000 Italian socialists singing the "Marseillaise" and the "Internationale." The following week another 100 came to NY and 35 to Barre, Vt. It was becoming clear: if the children were taken care of, the strikers would stay out, for their spirit was high. The city officials in Lawrence, citing a statute on child neglect, said no more children would be permitted to leave.
Despite the city edict, a group of 40 children assembled on February 24 to go to Philadelphia. The railroad station was filled with police and the scene that followed was described to Congressmen by a member of the Women's Committee of Philadelphia: "When the time approached to depart, the children arranged in a long line, two by two, in orderly procession, with their parents near at hand, were about to make their way to the train when police closed in on us with their clubs, beating right and left, with no thought of the children, who were in the most desperate danger of being trampled to death. The mothers and children were thus hurled in a mass and bodily dragged to a military truck, and even then clubbed, irrespective of the cries of the panic-stricken women & children..." After ten weeks, the strikers won important concessions from the woolen companies, not only for themselves but also for 250,000 textile workers throughout New England. During one of the many parades conducted by the strikers, some young girls carried a banner with the slogan: "We want bread and roses too." This inspired James Oppenheim to write his poem, "Bread and Roses," which was set to music by Caroline Kohlsaat, There is also an Italian song with the same title, "Pan e Rose," written by the Italian-American poet Arturo Giovannitti which is used by the Italian Dressmakers' Local 89 of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
http://www.metroactive.com/papers/cruz/03.10.99/women3-9910.html
http://www.laborheritage.org/iall-ma.html
http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAettor.htm
http://1912.history.ohio-state.edu/labor/FirstDays.htm
http://www.fortunecity.com/tinpan/parton/2/breadrose.html
    1919 - 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. The amendment prohibited the manufacture, sale and transportation of alcoholic beverages. Its enforcement was authorized by the National Prohibition Enforcement Act, otherwise known as the Volstead Act on 28 October 1919. The Coast Guard had been tasked with the prevention of the maritime importation of illegal alcohol. This led to the largest increase in the size and responsibilities of the service to date.
    1920 – Walt Disney started his first job.  He was an artist for $40 a week with Kansas City Slide Co.
    1921 - The great "Olympic Blowdown" commenced in the Pacific Northwest as a small but intense windstorm funneled along the mountains and downed vast expanses of Douglas fir trees. 8 billion board feet of timber was destroyed. Winds at North Head, WA gusted as high as 113 mph.
    1923 – Birthday of film and TV writer Paddy Chayevsky (d. 1981), in The Bronx, New York. He eventually made a name for himself writing radio and teleplays, one of which became 1955's “Marty,” a touching tale of a homely butcher and lonely schoolteacher that won Chayefsky his first Oscar. His first credit was 1951's “As Young As You Feel,” which was adapted from his story. Dividing his work between Hollywood and Broadway over the next two decades, Chayefsky penned a series of acerbic works that were often heavy on social commentary, like “The Bachelor Party” (1957), the Marilyn Monroe-inspired “The Goddess” (1958), “The Hospital” (1971), which won him his second Oscar, and “Network” (1976), which brought in a third. He also adapted such films as “The Americanization of Emily” (1964) and “Paint Your Wagon” (1969). Chayefsky's last film was the Ken Russell extravaganza “Altered States” (1980). The director's decision to have the actors deliver Chayefsky's dialogue in breathless, rapid-fire manner so infuriated the author that he had his name withdrawn from the credits. He did a teleplay called "The Man Who Loved Dickens," based on a section of Evelyn Waugh's “A Handful of Dust,” about an illiterate man in a South American jungle who holds a lost explorer captive so the latter can read Dickens to him.
http://us.imdb.com/Name?Chayefsky,+Paddy
http://www.turnerclassicmovies.com/ThisMonth/Article/
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    1924 - Carl Rutherford Taylor of Cleveland, OH, obtained a patent for his invention of an ice cream cone rolling machine. It was a “machine for spinning or turning a waffle,” enabling ice cream cones
to become very popular.
    1926 - The first African-American female lawyer admitted to practice before the Supreme Court was Violette Anderson of Chicago, Illinois.
    1929 - Seeing Eye guide dog organization forms.  The first guide dog training schools were established in Germany during World War I to enhance the mobility of returning veterans who were blinded in combat.  Interest in guide dogs outside of Germany did not become widespread until Dorothy Harrison Eustis, an American dog breeder living in Switzerland, wrote a first-hand account about a guide dog training school in Potsdam, Germany, that was published in “The Saturday Evening Post” in 1927. Earlier that same year, U.S. Sen. Thomas Schall of Minnesota was paired with a guide dog imported from Germany but the guide dog movement did not take hold in America until Nashville resident Morris frank returned from Switzerland after being trained with one of Eustis's dogs, a female German shepherd named Buddy. Frank and Buddy embarked on a publicity tour to convince Americans of the abilities of guide dogs and the need to allow people with guide dogs access to public transportation, hotels, and other areas open to the public. In 1929, Eustis and Frank co-founded The Seeing Eye” in Nashville (relocated in 1931 to Morristown, NJ).
http://www.seeingeye.org/AboutUs.asp
    1929 - Glen “Fireball” Roberts (d. 1964), auto racer, born at Daytona Beach, FL. Roberts was one of the most popular stock car racers in NASCAR history. He won 35 races in 206 starts from 1950 to 1964 when he was fatally injured in a fiery crash at the World 600 in Charlotte.
    1929 - Drummer Ed Shaughnessy (d. 2013) birthday, Jersey City.  Swing and bebop drummer best known for his long association with Doc Severinsen and The Tonight Show Band on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.”
http://www.angelfire.com/mac/keepitlive/drummers/ed.htm
http://www.promark-stix.com/ss/artists/EdS.html
    1934 - As a result of a compliment from Walter Winchell's newspaper column, a local disc jockey began getting offers from talent scouts and producers. The DJ became known as Redhead, to those in Washington, DC and later, by millions across the United States on CBS radio and television. His trademark, strumming a ukulele and delivering down-home talk, endeared him to fans. His name was Arthur Godfrey. He became more famous on TV in the 1950's, often broadcasting from Hawaii.
    1936 – The first inductees to the National Baseball Hall of fame were announced:  Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, and Honus Wagner.
    1937 - Tommy Dorsey records “Marie, Song of India,” NYC. (Victor 2555523)
    1939 - Birthday of singer Jeanne Lee (d. 2000), New York City.
http://www.nprjazz.org/programs/jeannelee.html
http://users.erols.com/eye/jeannelee.html
http://www.edmicheljazzproducer.com/jeanne_lee.htm
    1943 - Ruth Cheney Streeter became the first woman to reach the rank of major with the U.S. Marines. She became a lieutenant colonel in 1943 and a full colonel in 1944.
    1944 - Birthday of vocalist Joan Shaw, born Salena Jones, Newport News, VA.
http://www.officepark.co.uk/salena-jones/biog2.htm
    1944 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “My Heart Tells Me,'' Glen Gray Orchestra.
    1945 - Birthday of Tom Selleck, TV actor in "Blue Bloods," "Magnum, P.I.", Detroit.
    1946 - FUNK, LEONARD A., JR. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: First Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company C, 508th Parachute Infantry, 82d Airborne Division. Place and date: Holzheim, Belgium, 29 January 1945. Entered service at: Wilkinsburg, Pa. Birth: Braddock Township, Pa. G.O. No.: 75, 5 September 1945. Citation: He distinguished himself by gallant, intrepid actions against the enemy. After advancing 15 miles in a driving snowstorm, the American force prepared to attack through waist-deep drifts. The company executive officer became a casualty, and 1st Sgt. Funk immediately assumed his duties, forming headquarters soldiers into a combat unit for an assault in the face of direct artillery shelling and harassing fire from the right flank. Under his skillful and courageous leadership, this miscellaneous group and the 3d Platoon attacked 15 houses, cleared them, and took 30 prisoners without suffering a casualty. The fierce drive of Company C quickly overran Holzheim, netting some 80 prisoners, who were placed under a 4-man guard, all that could be spared, while the rest of the under strength unit went about mopping up isolated points of resistance. An enemy patrol, by means of a ruse, succeeded in capturing the guards and freeing the prisoners, and had begun preparations to attack Company C from the rear when 1st Sgt. Funk walked around the building and into their midst. He was ordered to surrender by a German officer who pushed a machine pistol into his stomach. Although overwhelmingly outnumbered and facing almost certain death, 1st Sgt. Funk, pretending to comply with the order, began slowly to unsling his submachine gun from his shoulder and then, with lightning motion, brought the muzzle into line and riddled the German officer. He turned upon the other Germans, firing and shouting to the other Americans to seize the enemy's weapons. In the ensuing fight 21 Germans were killed, many wounded, and the remainder captured. 1st Sgt. Funk's bold action and heroic disregard for his own safety were directly responsible for the recapture of a vastly superior enemy force, which, if allowed to remain free, could have taken the widespread units of Company C by surprise and endangered the entire attack plan.
    1947 - Herbie Fields records “Dardanella” (Victor 20-2274)
    1947 - Arthur Miller's "All My Sons" premieres in New York City.
http://www.shunsley.eril.net/armoore/gcse/allmysons.htm
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0783226721/inktomi-videoasin-20/002-1241397-9042458
    1949 - Top Hits
“A Little Bird Told Me” - Evelyn Knight
“Far Away Places” - Margaret Whiting
“Buttons and Bows” - Dinah Shore
I Love You So Much It Hurts - Jimmy Wakely
    1950 - Heavyweight Jack Dempsey was voted the greatest boxer of the first half of the 20th century in a poll of sportswriters and broadcasters conducted by the Associated Press. Dempsey polled 251 votes to runner-up Joe Louis’s 104.
    1954 - Birthday of Oprah Winfrey, Kosciusko, MS.  America's most popular TV talk show host who garnered an Academy Award nomination for her startlingly marvelous depiction in the movie “The Color Purple” (1985).   “The Oprah Winfrey Show” was the highest-rated program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011.  The series finale aired on May 25, 2011, after which she started The Oprah Winfrey Network. Dubbed the "Queen of All Media," she has been ranked the richest African-American of the 20th century, the greatest black philanthropist in American history. Several assessments regard her as the most influential woman in the world and others credit her support of Obama’s candidacy with delivering over 1 million votes.  In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of freedom by President Obama and honorary doctorate degrees from Duke and Harvard.
    1955 – John Williams Cox bought Yankee Stadium and sold the land to the Knights of Columbus.  In 1962, he left the structure to his alma mater, Rice University.   In 1971, in preparation for a wholesale remodeling of the ballpark, New York City, under Mayor John Lindsay, threatened eminent domain, forcing Rice to sell the ballpark to the city for $2.5 million.
    1957 - Top Hits
“Singing the Blues” - Guy Mitchell
“Don’t Forbid Me” - _Pat Boone
“Jamaica Farewell” - Harry Belafonte
“Singing the Blues” - Marty Robbins
    1958 - Paul Newman marries Joanne Woodward, creating one of the most enduring of Hollywood marriages. The couple became politically active, lobbying for liberal causes and supporting Democratic candidates. Newman was appointed by President Jimmy Carter to serve on a United Nations Conference on Nuclear Disarmament. In the 1980s, Newman launched a line of food products as “Newman’s Own,” including salad dressing and pasta sauce, donating the profits to charity. (The salad dressing is my favorite). Both Newman and Woodward have won Academy Awards: Woodward in 1957 for “The Three Faces of Eve,” and Newman in 1986 for “The Color of Money.”  Newman died in 2008.
    1958 - Challenge Records releases "Tequila" backed with "Train to Nowhere" by the Champs. The A side will make it to Number One in mid-March. One other note...the Champs included Jim Seals and Dash Croft, later to become Seals and Crofts. Glen Campbell later joined the Champs
but it was after the record was made.
    1958 – Dodgers’ 3-time MVP catcher, Roy Campanella, suffered a broken neck in an early morning auto accident on Long Island.  Campanella lived in Glen Cove while operating a liquor store in Harlem. After closing the store for the night, he began his drive to his home. En route, his car hit a patch of ice at an S-curve, skidded into a telephone pole, and overturned. Campanella was paralyzed for the remainder of his life.
    1959 - Walt Disney's classic animated film, “Sleeping Beauty,” was released in theaters on this date. Reviews and reactions were mixed, as Disney had deviated from the style of animation the public had grown accustomed to.
    1960 – Olympic gold medal swimmer Greg Louganis was born in El Cajon, CA.  He won gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games on both the springboard and platform. He is the only male and the second diver in Olympic history to sweep the diving events in consecutive Olympic Games. In 1984, he received the Sullivan Award from the AAU as the most outstanding amateur athlete in the United States.
    1961 - After performing in New York, Bob Dylan visits the home of a friend in East Orange, NJ, and meets his idol, Woody Guthrie.
    1962 - Warner Bros. Records signs the folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary. They will go on to have big hits with harmonized versions of such Bob Dylan songs as "Blowin' in the Wind" as well as "If I Had a Hammer," "Puff the Magic Dragon" and "Leaving on a Jet Plane."
    1963 – The first inductees to the Pro Football Hall of Fame were announced.  The 17 charter inductees:  Sammy Baugh, Bert Bell, Joseph Carr, Dutch Clark, Red Grange, George Halas, Mel Hein, Pete Henry, Cal Hubbard, Don Hutson, Curly Lambeau, Tim Mara, George Preston Marshall, Blood McNally, Bronko Nagurski, Ernie Nevers, and Jim Thorpe.  
    1964 - For the 1965 to 1969 seasons, NBC-TV agreed to pay $36 million for the broadcast rights to the American Football League games. CBS already secured the National Football League.
    1964 - “Dr. Strangelove” premiered.  Stanley Kubrick's black comic masterpiece, “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb,” opened in theaters to both critical and popular acclaim. The movie's popularity was evidence of changing attitudes toward atomic weapons and the concept of nuclear deterrence. The movie focused on the actions of a rogue U.S. officer who believes that communists are threatening the "precious bodily fluids" of Americans. Without authorization, he issues orders to U.S. bombers to launch atomic attacks against the Soviet Union. When it becomes evident that some of the bombers may actually drop their atomic payloads, American President Merkin Muffley frantically calls his Soviet counterpart. The Russian leader informs Muffley that an atomic attack on the Soviet Union will automatically unleash the terrible "doomsday machine," which will snuff out all life on the planet. Muffley's chief foreign policy advisor, Dr. Strangelove, reassures the president and chief officials that all is not lost: they can, he posits, survive even the doomsday machine by retreating to deep mineshafts. Close scrutiny of the Dr. Strangelove character indicated that he was probably a composite of three people: Henry Kissinger, a political scientist who had written about nuclear deterrence strategy; Edward Teller, a key scientist in the development of the hydrogen bomb; and Wernher von Braun, the German scientist who was a leading figure in missile technology. Who can forget the character riding on the bomb falling out of the bomb bay to Russia?
The film is near its conclusion with the unforgettable scene of the "Leper Colony" bomber plane approaching closer and closer to its target. As the airship approaches its new objective with the bombing plane's theme song “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again” playing on the soundtrack, Major Kong and bombardier Lieut. Lothar Zogg (James Earl Jones) make final bomb run technical checks: bomb fusing circuits, the bomb arming test lights, the primary trigger switch override, the track indicators for maximum deflection, the detonator set at zero altitude, and safety releases. Then Kong finds that one of the bomb bay doors won't open - "the Teleflex drive cable must be sheared away." He leaves his cockpit seat to fix to faulty bomb-release mechanism manually, telling his co-pilot Capt. G. A. "Ace" Owens (Shane Rimmer): "Stay on the bomb run, Ace. I'm goin' down below and see what I can do." He proceeds through the hatch to the bomb bay, telling the D.S.O. and crew, “Stay on the bomb run, boys. I'm gonna get them doors open if it hare lips everybody on Bear Creek”. There are two huge nuclear warhead bombs in the foreground, each labeled with sexual salutations: "Hi There!" (a homosexual advance), the other labeled "Dear John!" (the typical opening of a letter that ends a relationship). Kong sees a sparking tangle of wires, and climbs astride the "Hi There!" bomb like a bucking bronco, fanning the flaring sparks with his cowboy's Stetson hat. Sweating profusely, he busily works to fuse two wires together to rewire the door circuitry. Ace asks anxiously: "Roger, 3 miles. Target in sight! Where in hell is Major Kong?" as Kong attaches an alligator clip to a patch panel above his head, causing the bomb doors to open wide.
The film has given us a memorable cultural image. When the bomb doors open, he first grabs onto his Stetson to avoid losing it in the sudden draft of air. The Hi There! bomb is dislodged, with Kong riding on it - the huge bomb [a potent swollen phallic symbol] between his legs. The bombardier asks: "Hey, what about Major Kong?" Kong is flailing the bomb with his hat like a rodeo cowboy atop a bucking bronco, howling wildly toward oblivion: "YAHOO!! YAHOO!!" as it malevolently descends toward its target and detonates in a white, climactic flash on the ground.
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    1964 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit:  “I Want to Hold Your Hand,'' The Beatles. This first American release by the Beatles is one of the biggest selling British singles of all time with worldwide sales of 15 million copies.
    1965 - Top Hits
“Downtown” - Petula Clark
“You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feelin’” - The Righteous Brothers
“The Name Game” - Shirley Ellis
“You’re the Only World I Know” - Sonny James
    1966 - "Sweet Charity," starring Gwen Verdon, opened at the Palace Theatre in New York. The Neil Simon musical was an adaptation of the Federico Fellini film, "Notti di Cabiria." The play lasted for 608 performances. In 1969, Hollywood produced a big-budget version starring Shirley MacLaine.
    1966 - The Bobby Fuller Four's "I Fought The Law" is released
    1966 - Folk singer Joan Baez wins three gold records this day, for the albums "Joan Baez," "Joan Baez, Vol. 2" and "Joan Baez in Concert."
    1968 - Gore Vidal's controversial sex novel, “Myra Breckenridge,” was published by Little, Brown & Company on this date. It was later made into a film starring Raquel Welch and Mae West.
    1968 - Coach Adolph Rupp, of the University of Kentucky Wildcats, got win #772, becoming the winningest coach in college basketball history.  He is currently fifth behind Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim, Bob Knight and Dean Smith.
    1968 - In his annual budget message, President Lyndon B. Johnson asks for $26.3 billion to continue the war in Vietnam and announces an increase in taxes. The war was becoming very expensive, both in terms of lives and national treasury. Johnson had been given a glowing report on progress in the war from Gen. William Westmoreland, senior U.S. commander in South Vietnam. Westmoreland stated in a speech before the National Press Club that, "We have reached an important point when the end begins to come into view. I am absolutely certain that, whereas in 1965 the enemy was winning, today he is certainly losing. The enemy's hopes are bankrupt." The day after Johnson's budget speech, the communists launched a massive attack across the length and breadth of South Vietnam. This action, the Tet Offensive, proved to be a critical turning point for the United States in Vietnam. In the end, the offensive resulted in a crushing military defeat for the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese, but the size and scope of the communist attacks caught the American and South Vietnamese allies by surprise. The heavy U.S. and South Vietnamese casualties incurred during the offensive, coupled with the disillusionment over the administration's earlier overly optimistic reports of progress in the war, accelerated the growing disenchantment with the president's conduct of the war. Johnson, frustrated with his inability to reach a solution in Vietnam, announced on March 31, 1968, that he would neither seek nor accept the nomination of his party for re-election.
He died shortly after he retired, a broken man.
    1971 - New York music business financier Allen Klein was found guilty of ten counts of evading US income taxes. His conviction was upheld on appeal. Klein once controlled the finances of both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. The Beatles, apparently over Paul McCartney's objections, hired Klein in 1969 to try to rescue their ailing Apple Corps Limited, which was losing thousands of pounds a week. The tangled business affairs of Apple, and Klein's failure to solve them, are cited as one reason for the Beatles' breakup
    1973 - Johnny Rivers was awarded a gold record for "Rockin’ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu."
    1973 - Top Hits
“Superstition” - Stevie Wonder
“Crocodile Rock” - Elton John
“Your Mama Don’t Dance” - Kenny Loggins & Jim Messina
“(Old Dogs-Children And) Watermelon Wine” - Tom T. Hall
    1973 - The first female pilot on a regularly scheduled major airline was Emily H. Warner. She was hired by Frontier Airlines as the second officer (co-pilot) on a Boeing 737.
    1973 - CBS-TV presented the first episode of "Barnaby Jones." Lee Meriwether, Miss America 1955, played the detective’s daughter-in-law assistant. Buddy Ebsen, playing the detective, started in movies back in the 1920s, and was chosen to play a part in "The Wizard of Oz," but bowed out. He also shot the first film used in Walt Disney's the animation tests for a character named Mortimer Mouse, who would be known as Mickey Mouse. He is best known for portraying Jed Clampett the CBS-TV series, "The Beverly Hillbillies".
    1974 - Fighting continues in South Vietnam, despite the cease-fire that was initiated on January 28, 1973, under the provisions of the Paris Peace Accords. This latest fighting was part of the ongoing battles that followed the brief lull of the cease-fire. The Peace Accords had left an estimated 145,000 North Vietnamese troops in South Vietnam when the cease-fire went into effect. Renewed fighting broke out after the cease-fire as both sides jockeyed for control of territory throughout South Vietnam. Each side held that military operations were justified by the other side's violations of the cease-fire, resulting in an almost endless chain of retaliations. During the period between the initiation of the cease-fire and the end of 1973, there was an average of 2,980 combat incidents per month in South Vietnam. Most of these were low-intensity harassing attacks designed to wear down the South Vietnamese forces, but the North Vietnamese intensified their efforts in the Central Highlands in September when they attacked government positions with tanks west of Pleiku. As a result of these post-cease-fire actions, approximately 25,000 South Vietnamese were killed in battle in 1973, while communist losses in South Vietnam were estimated at 45,000.
    1975 - After girlfriend Linda Thompson wakes up and finds him struggling to catch his breath, Elvis Presley is admitted to Memphis' Baptist Hospital for "a liver problem," which in reality is an attempt by Presley's personal physician "Dr. Nick" to curtail his growing addiction to prescription medication.
    1977 – Normally we do not write about deaths, but on this day gifted comedian and television actor Freddie Prinze, age 22, committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with a revolver in front of Martin "Dusty" Snyder, his business manager. He died in a Los Angeles hospital 36 hours later. Prinze catapulted to fame in the television sitcom, “Chico and the Man,” and experienced many emotional problems as a result, as well as a divorce. His suicide note read, "I cannot go on any longer." It was later determined that the suicide was actually intended as a practical joke by Prinze, who was under the influence of Quaaludes. He had faked suicide attempts in front of network secretaries earlier that day. Whether Prinze thought the gun was empty, thought that the safety was on, or just wasn't thinking due to the drugs, the joke he thought he was pulling on Snyder resulted in his untimely death. Modern history is full of such incidents including Russian Roulette or thinking the gun was not loaded and proving it by pointing to the head and pulling the trigger as one famous rock ’n ’roll musician did back stage after a performance.
    1977 - Rose Royce took the #1 spot on the music charts with "Car Wash," from the movie of the same title. The song lasted a week at the peak before dropping away.
    1979 - President Jimmy Carter commutes the sentence of Patty Hearst.
    1981 - Dolly Parton barreled to the top of the charts with "9 to 5," her immortal paean to the woes of the daily grind. "9 to 5" was also the title and theme song of the hit movie starring Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as disgruntled secretaries who exact revenge on their lecherous boss, played by Dabney Coleman.
    1981 - Top Hits
“(Just Like) Starting Over” - John Lennon
“Love on the Rocks” - Neil Diamond
“The Tide is High” - Blondie
“9 to 5” - Dolly Parton
    1983 - A series of Pacific coast storms finally came to an end. The storms, attributed in part to the ocean current, "El Nino," produced ocean swells 15 to 20 feet high which ravaged the beaches of southern California. Much of the damage was to homes of movies stars in the exclusive Malibu Colony.
    1988 - The Canadian rock band Prism, which faded in 1983 after earlier hit records and a Juno award, staged a reunion at the 86 Street Club in Vancouver. The reunion group featured three of the original members - Lindsay Mitchell, Rocket Norton and Al Harlow. Prism was formed in 1977 and produced such hit records as "Armageddon," "Spaceship Superstar" and "Night to Remember." It won the Juno for Group of the Year in 1980 and served as a springboard for writers such as Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance. 83 record.
    1988 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Need You Tonight,'' INXS. The group is only the third from Australia - and the first in five years - to top the pop chart.
    1989 - Top Hits
“Two Hearts” - Phil Collins
“When I’m with You” - Sheriff
“When the Children Cry” - White Lion
“Deeper Than the Holler” - Randy Travis
    1989 - Billy Joel performs the National Anthem at the Super Bowl; five years later to the day, Natalie Cole would get the honor at Super Bowl XXVIII.
    1989 - The first of 20 episodes of the children's television program, “Shining Time Station,” the half-hour American version of Britain's "Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends," was aired in the United States on PBS. Former Beatle drummer Ringo Starr was originally cast as the 18-inch-tall Mr. Conductor. A few years later, he was replaced by comedian George Carlin.
    1990 - Severe thunderstorms in the southeastern U.S. spawned a tornado which destroyed three mobile homes near Blythe, GA injuring six persons. A fast-moving cold front produced high winds in the western U.S. Winds along the coast of Oregon gusted to 65 mph at Portland, and high winds generated 22 to 26-foot seas which battered the coast. Winds near Reno, NV gusted to 78 mph. High winds also buffeted the Central High Plains, with gusts to 94 mph reported at La Mesa, CO.
    1993 - An interim policy on ending the ban on homosexuals in the US military was announced by President William Clinton. The policy ended the questioning of military recruits regarding their sexual orientation but allowed removal of openly homosexual members from active service. President Clinton's announced policy of "don't ask, don't tell, don't pursue" allowed homosexuals to serve in the armed forces as long as they were discreet.
    1995 - San Francisco 49ers defeated San Diego Chargers, 49-26 in Super Bowl XXIX. San Francisco scored on the third play of the game and led, 28-10, at half time. Steve Young passed for a record six touchdowns as the 49ers become the first team to win five Super Bowls. Young was also named MVP.
    1996 - The London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats" became the world's longest-running musical with 6,138 performances. It had opened at the New London Theatre on May 11th, 1981. The previous record was held by the Broadway production of "A Chorus Line."
    1996 - Sun exhibited a prototype of a simple, inexpensive computer that allowed users to surf the Web or corporate networks. A number of similar network computers, or "thin clients," hit the market in 1996-97. The network model — where small, inexpensive machines communicated with a more sophisticated, central info hub — proved economically attractive to large companies.
    1996 - Country superstar Garth Brooks refused to accept his American Music Award for Favorite Overall Artist. Brooks said that Hootie and the Blowfish had done more for music that year than he did.
    1998 - A bomb exploded outside the New Woman, All Women Health Care Clinic in Birmingham, Alabama. The explosion killed Robert Sanderson, an off-duty police officer working as a security guard. Emily Lyons, a nurse, was critically injured. Police have been searching for suspect Eric Rudolph in the North Carolina area. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Rudolph
    2002 - In his State of the Union address, President George W. Bush described "regimes that sponsor terror" as an ‘Axis of evil,’ in which he includes Iraq, Iran, and North Korea.
    2009 – Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was removed from office following his conviction of several corruption charges, including the alleged solicitation of personal benefit in exchange for an appointment to the Senate as a replacement for then President-elect Obama.  In March 2012, Blagojevich began serving a 14-year sentence in federal prison.
    2014 - Georgia, Louisiana and South Carolina experienced a mix of snow and ice, declaring emergencies as over 3,400 flights were cancelled; temperatures dipped 10 to 20 degrees below normal.

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