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Friday, January 15, 2021

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New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries
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COVID-19 Pandemic Revives PC Demand
    Estimated Worldwide PC Shipments 2006 - 2020
California Finance Law Deadline January 13 Passed
    to Comment on Proposed Modifications to CFL Regulations
What You Need to Know About Cannabis
    Home Cultivation in Arizona
COVID-19 & 737 Max Woes Were Bad News
    For Boeing In 2020
SBA Re-Opening Paycheck Protection Program to Small Lenders
    on Friday, January 15 and All Lenders on Tuesday, January 19
Marlin Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020
    Earnings Call and Webcast
TD Bank Group to acquire Wells Fargo's Canadian
    Direct Equipment Finance Business
John le Carre Movies:  The Deadly Affairs, the Russia House
  The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, The Tailor of Panama
   Tinker, Tailor, Spy; Five Favorites Chosen by Fernando Croce
Labrador Retriever Mix
    Toronto, Canada  Adopt a Dog
Get Infected by Someone in their Household
    The Bubble You May Have is Vulnerable
News Briefs---
U.S.-China trade war has cost up to 245,000 U.S. jobs:
     business group study
When Will Interest Rates Rise?
    Fed Chair Says ‘No Time Soon’
Experts warn of vaccine stumbles ‘out of the gate’
     because Trump officials refused to consult with Biden team

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Financial Technology Is China Trojan Horse
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New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Stacy Allen, CLFP
, was hired as Vice President of Business Development, Equipment Finance, Channel Partners Capital, Minnetonka, Minnesota. She is located in Grand Island, Nebraska.  Previously, she was Senior Representative Manager, Amur Equipment Finance (July, 2014 - January, 2021); Child Support Officer, Hall County Attorney (December, 2006 - July, 2014); Member Service Representative, Centris Federal Credit Union (September, 1998 - December, 2005). Education: University of Nebraska, Lincoln.  Bachelor's degree, Business Administration, Finance (1988 - 1994).

Erik Anderson was promoted to Chief Credit Officer, Northland Capital, St. Cloud, Minnesota. He joined the firm April, 2008, as Credit and Syndications Manager. Previously, he was Credit Analyst, Landmark Community Bank (September, 2005 - April, 2008). Education:  University of Minnesota, Duluth, B.S., Statistics and Actuarial Science (2000 - 2005). Activities and Societies: Varsity Football.  St. Cloud State University, Masters, Business Administration, 3.91. (2009 - 2013).

Nick Baxter was promoted to National Vice President, AEC Division, First American Equipment Finance, Rochester, New York.  He joined the firm July, 2011, as Analyst; promoted January, 2013, Assistant Vice President, AEC Division; promoted October, 2017, Vice President, AEC Division. Previously, he was Financial Representative, Alliance Advisory Group, In. (June, 2010 - May 2011). Certifications: Certified Lease and Finance Foundation (May, 2015). Volunteer:  FAEF Annual Golf Tournament. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.  Build Day Volunteer.  Rochester Area Habitat for Humanity. Education: University of Rochester, Simon Business School,  Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance and Competitive Strategy (2017 - 2019). Activates and Societies: Gamma Sigma Honors.  State of University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kapp, Economics (2010). Activities and Societies: Phi Beta Kappa, SUNY Student Assembly. Undergraduate Student Associations, Omicron Delta Epsilon, UB Aces Tennis.

Timothy Cline hired as Senior Account Manager, Sertant Capital, Newport Beach, California. "Cline brings more than 7 years of experience to Sertant Capital, working in various roles within the financial services industry. Cline holds a B.A. in American and European History from California State University at Sonoma."

Steve Elworth was hired as Director of Membership and Sponsorship, National Equipment Finance Association (NEFA), Northbrook, Illinois. He is located in the Detroit Metropolitan Area.  Previously, he was Document Review Attorney, Xact Data Discovery (XDD) (March, 2018 - December, 2020); Director of Membership Development, International Society of Primerus Law Firms (February, 2014 - February, 2017); Contract Attorney, Elworth Law, PLLC (December, 2012 - January, 2014); Event Manager, Shows and Shots (August, 2006 - November, 2008). Licenses: Hubspot Academy Inbound Certified, Hubspot, Issued December, 2018.   Google Ads Search Certification.   Education: Western Michigan University. B.A. Communications.

Kenny Gilbertson was hired as Vice President, Broker Relations, Centra Funding, Plano, Texas.  He is located in Marshall, Minnesota. He remains as Finance Editor, The Platform Magazine (September, 2015 - Present.)  Previously, he was National Account Manager, SLS Financial Services (August, 2012 - December, 2019); Sales Manager, Specialty Systems (May, 2010 - August, 2012); Owner, Optimum Capital, LLC (April, 2008 - August, 2009); National Sales Manager/Syndications U.S. Bank Business Equipment Finance Group (October, 2006 - October, 2007).  He began his career at U.S. Bank Manifest Funding Services, June, 2002, Regional Sales Manager; promoted October, 2004, Director of Sales.  He serves as Finance Editor, The Platform Magazine (September, 2015 - Present).  Board Member, The Legacy Founding (May, 2018 - Present). Education:  Southwest Minnesota State University. BA, Business Administration (1992 -1997).

Scott Hoover was hired as Vice President, Sales and Strategic Partners, Alliance Funding Group, Tustin, California. Previously, he as Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager, Mechanics Bank (November, 2016 - August, 2020); Vice President, Commercial Banking Officer, Silvergate Bank (June, 2017 - October, 2018); Vice President, Senior Relationship Manger, Plaza Bank (August, 2016 - May, 2017); Vice President, Farmers and Merchants Bank of Long Beach (June, 2015 - July, 2016); Vice President, Business Development Officer, Union Bank (April, 2016 - August, 2013); Vice President, Commercial Banking Officer, Omega Capital Partners, LLC (January, 2008 - August, 2010). Volunteer:  Board Member, Risk Management Association of Orange County Chapter (July, 2019 - Present).  Education: Chapman University, The George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics, Bachelors of Science, Economics, International Business (1986 - 1991).

Renate E. LaCroix was promoted to President, Utica Leaseco, Rochester Hill, Michigan. She joined the firm August, 2007, as In-House Counsel. "During her tenure, she has been involved in proposal negotiation, legal documentation, due diligence and the closing of Utica Leaseco’s secured lease and loan transactions. She also has managed activities of outside legal counsel, fostered and maintained customer relationships, managed work-outs, advertising and promotion efforts, and supervised back office operations."

Beth McLean, CLFP, was promoted to Vice President, Operations, Northland Capital Equipment Finance.  She joined the firm April, 2003, Credit Analyst; promoted April, 2008, Project Manager; promoted September, 2011, Operations Manager. Certifications: Certified Leasing and Finance Professional (2016). Education: St. Cloud  University, BS, Finance (1998 - 2002).  St. Cloud State University, MBA (2005 - 2007).

Jim Mengacci was promoted to Senior Vice President, Sales, People's Capital and Leasing.  He joined the firm December, 2017, as Vice President, Sales. Previously he was Account Executive, Equipment Finance, Siemens (July, 2016 - December, 2017); Relationship Manager, Equipment Finance, GE Capital (April, 2015 - July, 2015);  Financial Representative, Northwestern Mutual (August, 2014 - February 2015);He began his career at GE Capital, starting July, 2000, Remarketing Analyst; promoted October, 2011, Sales Representative, Equipment Finance: promoted April, 2013, Relationship Manager, Equipment Finance. Volunteer: Committee Member, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, ALSAC (January, 2011 - January, 2017).

Luis Perez was promoted to Regional Sales Manager, Ascentium Capital, a Subsidiary of Regions Bank, Kingwood, Texas.  He is located in Orange County, California.  He joined firm October, 2019, as Finance Manager. Previously, he was at Partners Capital Group, starting February, 2010, as Vice President of Sales; promoted to Account Executive, March, 2018; promoted to Senior Account Executive, October, 2018.  Previously he was Internet Sales Manager, Ken Grody Ford (July, 2007 - November, 2017).

John Raymond Pitre, CLFP, was hired as Regional Sales Manager, Arvest Equipment Finance, Little Rock, Arkansas. He joined the firm June 2015, as Vendor Relationship Manger, Equipment Finance, VP; promoted September, 2015, Equipment Finance Specialist, VP. Previously, he was at BancorpSouth Equipment Finance, starting June, 2011, Sales Information and Marketing Support Specialist; promoted July, 2012, Associate Trainee; promoted January, 2013, Territory Manager; promoted September, 2013, Commercial Finance Representative; Legal Assistant, Davis-Morris Law Firm (June, 2006 - June, 2011). Prior was at University of Southern Mississippi Athletic Department, starting August, 2008, Graduate Assistant for Associate Athletic Director for Sports Technology; promoted August, 2009, Graduate Assistant for Senior Associate Athletic Director for Internal Affairs. Volunteer: Member, The Hat Club of Little Rock (February, 2016 - President). Certifications: Certified Lease and Finance Profession, issued December, 2016.  Education: University of Southern Mississippi.  Master's Degree, Business and Sports Management. (2003 - 2010). Master's Degree in Business Administration, Sports Management, Sports Administration with Minor in Business.


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Thanks to hundreds of millions of people working, teaching or studying from home in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the global PC industry just had its best year since 2015. According to new estimates from Gartner, global PC shipments grew 10.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2020, providing a strong finish to an already good year. Total shipments amounted to 275 million for the past 12 months, up from 263 million in 2019.

"Prior to 2020, consumers had been shifting to a phone-first focus, yet the pandemic reversed this trend," Mikako Kitagawa, research director at Gartner, explained. "PCs have resurfaced as an essential device as consumers, including younger children, are relying on them to for work, school, socializing and be entertained from their homes."

Prior to last year, there had already been a positive trend, as the end of support for Windows 7 had sparked a replacement cycle, ending seven years of negative growths in 2019. However, without the pandemic, that trend would likely have faded in 2020. In terms of market share, the top 4 remained unchanged with Lenovo the clear market leader ahead of HP, Dell and Apple.

By Felix Richter, Statista


California Finance Law Deadline January 13 Passed
to Comment on Proposed Modifications to CFL Regulations

On Oct. 25, 2019, the Department issued a notice of rulemaking to amend the regulations under the California Financing Law. The proposed changes require applicants and licensees to transition onto Nationwide Multi-state Licensing System and Registry (NMLS) and set forth licensure requirements for Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program administrators.

On Dec. 29, 2020, the DFPI issued a notice of fourth modifications to this rulemaking action for a 15-day comment period. Previous notices of modifications to the text were issued for 15-day comment periods on May 27, 2020, Sept. 2, 2020, and Nov. 18, 2020. Comments should be submitted to by the deadline of Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021.

PRO 02/17 Notice of Fourth Modifications  (4 pages)

PRO 02/17 Proposed Fourth Modified Text  (178 pages)

A copy of the November 9, 2020 Department of Financial Protection and public hearing follows117 pages with Index, including 17 speakers names and comments:



What You Need to Know About Cannabis
Home Cultivation in Arizona

Voters in Arizona overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative to legalize recreational cannabis in the state during the November ballot. Known as the Smart and Safe Arizona Act, the legislation allows adults aged 21 and older to buy and possess cannabis. The act also legalized home cultivation, allowing adults to grow up to six cannabis plants or no more than twelve plants in residences with more than one adult.

For gardening enthusiasts who would like to grow their own marijuana, this presents a fantastic opportunity. Growing cannabis from seed all the way to flower can be quite a rewarding experience, but it requires attention to detail and the right conditions. If you’re looking to grow cannabis at home in Arizona, here are a few things you need to know.

As mentioned, home cultivators can grow a limited number of cannabis plants. You can use either seeds or cuttings from another plant. You can purchase seeds from websites such as Leafly, but note that only female seeds produce flowers. Feminized seeds, which are genetically engineered to produce only female plants, are more expensive. Josh Sundberg, a farmer and co-owner of Community Roots AZ, recommends Canna Genetics Bank and Neptune Seed Bank in California.

Cuttings tend to be easier for beginners compared to seeds, but there aren’t any legal businesses in the state selling clones at the moment. You can, however, clone an existing plant. To do so, grow several seeds at once, label each of the plants, and take a cutting from each of them before they flower.

It takes around 50 to 60 days for a cannabis plant to mature. Once it is harvested, says master grower Noah Wylie, the plants should be dried for 10 to 14 days. Although the flowers can be consumed at this point, curing them for a little longer increases the quality. For beginners, Wylie suggests hybrid strains and advises them to avoid strains labeled “OG” or “exotic.” Growing the plants is generally a trial-and-error process, and Wylie tells people to be ready for a few disappointing rounds before they find the best phenotype.

For your plants to flourish, you will need nutrient-rich soil coupled with just the right amounts of water and light. FoxFarm soils, a popular brand used by plenty of growers, is sold by both Dig It Gardens and the Plant Stand. Nectar of the Gods, Blend #4, found at PHX Hydro in West Phoenix, is also a solid brand.

Growers will also need the full spectrum of light, says Wylie, and he recommends starting off with an affordable growing light such as the ones sold by Sea of Green HydroGardens in Temple. Get your hands a little dirty before you buy expensive equipment, he advises. Do a trial run or two, and use the experience you gain to guide you moving forward.


Both Boeing and Airbus have released order and delivery figures for 2020 that reveal a sharp deterioration in the fortunes of both manufacturers as the pandemic continues to massively impede air travel across the globe. Boeing endured an even more nightmarish 2020 due to its ongoing woes with the 737 Max on top of the chaos caused by Covid-19. It received gross orders for 184 jets, down 25 percent on 2019 and the lowest number since 1994.

Its net order book has now plunged into negative territory and stood at -1,026 by the end of 2020 when stricter accounting standards are factored in that take into account cancellations and conversions. The 737 Max was grounded for 20 months up to November 2020 and buyers cancelled orders for 641 aircraft while another 523 look unlikely to be filled. It is thought that many Max customers utilized contract clauses that allowed them to cancel their orders when delivery was delayed for a year or more. Boeing delivered 157 aircraft in 2020, a 59 percent year-on-year decline.

Even though Airbus weathered the storm better than its North American competitor, it was still badly affected by the crisis with its net orders falling from 868 in 2019 to 268 in 2020. Deliveries were better than expected, however, at 566. Boeing and Airbus delivered a collective 723 aircraft to customers in 2020, a figure that is down 42 percent on 2019. The outlook for 2021 looks grim for planemakers with Covid-19 cases soaring around the world but the return of the Max will provide a welcome boost for Boeing nonetheless.

By Niall McCarthy, Statista


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SBA Re-Opening Paycheck Protection Program to Small Lenders
on Friday, January 15 and All Lenders on Tuesday, January 19

Lenders with $1 Billion or Less in Assets Will be Able to Submit First and Second Draw PPP Applications on Friday – Continuing Dedicated Access for Community-Based Lenders 


WASHINGTON– The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, will re-open the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal to PPP-eligible lenders with $1 billion or less in assets for First and Second Draw applications on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 9 a.m. EST. The portal will fully open on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 to all participating PPP lenders to submit First and Second Draw loan applications to SBA.

Earlier in the week, SBA granted dedicated PPP access to Community Financial Institutions (CFIs) which include Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs), Certified Development Companies (CDCs), and Microloan Intermediaries as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to reach underserved and minority small businesses.

On Friday, SBA will continue its emphasis on reaching smaller lenders and businesses by opening to approximately 5,000 more lenders, including community banks, credit unions, and farm credit institutions.  Moreover, the agency also plans to have dedicated service hours for these smaller lenders after the portal fully re-opens next week.

 SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza, said, “A second round of PPP could not have come at a better time, and the SBA is making every effort to ensure small businesses have the emergency financial support they need to continuing weathering this time of uncertainty.

“The“SBA  has worked expeditiously to ensure our policies and systems are re-launched so that this vital small business aid helps communities hardest hit by the pandemic. I strongly encourage America’s entrepreneurs needing financial assistance to apply for a First or Second Draw PPP loan.”
First Draw PPP Loans are for those borrowers who have not received a PPP loan before August 8, 2020. The first round of the PPP, which ran from March to August 2020, was a historic success helping 5.2 million small businesses keep 51 million American workers employed.  

Second Draw PPP Loans are for eligible small businesses with 300 employees or less, that previously received a First Draw PPP Loan and will use or have used the full amount only for authorized uses, and that can demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in gross receipts between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020. The maximum amount of a Second Draw PPP loan is $2 million. 

Updated PPP Lender forms, guidance, and resources are available at and

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Marlin Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020
Earnings Call and Webcast

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Marlin Business Services Corp. (NASDAQ: MRLN) (“Marlin” or the “Company”), a nationwide provider of capital solutions to small businesses, will issue its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2020 after market-close on Thursday, January 28, 2021. The Company will hold its quarterly conference call to discuss results the following day on Friday, January 29, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The details for the conference call can be found below.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results Conference Call

Date: Friday, January 29, 2021
Time: 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time / 6:00 a.m. Pacific Time
Dial-in: 1-877-407-0792 (Domestic); 1-201-689-8263 (International)
Conference ID: 13714827
Replay: For those unable to participate during the live broadcast, a replay of the call will also be available from 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time on January 29, 2021 through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 12, 2021 by dialing 1-844-512-2921 (domestic) and 1-412-317-6671 (international) and referencing the replay pin number: 13714827.

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TD Bank Group to acquire Wells Fargo's Canadian
Direct Equipment Finance Business

Acquisition strengthens and expands TD Business Banking capabilities across Canada

TORONTO, Jan. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ - The Toronto-Dominion Bank ("TD") (TSX and NYSE: TD) and Wells Fargo & Company ("Wells Fargo") (NYSE: WFC) today announced a definitive agreement, subject to certain closing conditions, for TD to acquire Wells Fargo's Canadian Direct Equipment Finance business.

The acquisition of Wells Fargo's Canadian Direct Equipment Finance business is expected to add scale and capabilities to TD's existing Canadian Equipment Financing business and expand TD's presence in core markets. Wells Fargo's Canadian Direct Equipment Finance's direct origination model is expected to allow TD to better serve a more diverse set of business customers in need of competitive equipment loans, leases, and customized financing services.

Darren Cooke, Vice President, TD Equipment Finance, Canadian Business Banking, TD Bank Group, commented, "In today's challenging operating environment, businesses are looking to their bankers to help keep their fleets current, deliver new construction equipment to job sites, and support manufacturing businesses with timely customized financing and leasing solutions that help drive their competitiveness.

 "We are excited to welcome Wells Fargo's Canadian Direct Equipment Finance team of highly skilled and experienced industry professionals to TD and leverage their deep expertise in equipment leasing and finance for the benefit of our highly-valued customers nationwide."

Headquartered in Mississauga, with regional offices across the country, including Montreal and Calgary, Wells Fargo's Canadian Direct Equipment Finance business has a 25-year operating history, which includes the acquisition by Wells Fargo of GE Capital's Canadian Equipment Finance business in 2016. With approximately C$1.5 billion in assets and over 120 employees, Wells Fargo's Canadian Direct Equipment Finance business provides loans and leases covering a full range of commercial equipment for businesses across Canada.

David Marks, Head of Wells Fargo Commercial Capital, said, "We have enjoyed a relationship with TD for many years, as Canada is an important market for Wells Fargo.

"This group of talented Canada-based employees and their equipment finance customers will benefit from TD's strong franchise and allow us to focus our efforts on our U.S. equipment finance capabilities while continuing to serve our asset-based lending and distribution finance customers in Canada. We anticipate a smooth transition and we're confident that the group's strong focus on customers, deep relationships and industry expertise will complement TD's existing business."

David Pinsonneault, Executive Vice President, TD Bank Group, said,
"This acquisition will be welcome news for both our existing and potential new customers. It expands our competitive position in Canada's Equipment Finance industry, builds on our strong track record of legendary customer service, and puts us in a unique position to offer an increased range of in-demand products and services.”

TD's purchase of Wells Fargo Canadian Direct Equipment Finance business is expected to close in the first half of 2021, subject to receipt of regulatory and Competition Act approvals and clearance, and satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.

TD Securities served as financial advisor and Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP served as legal counsel to TD in connection with this transaction. Wells Fargo Securities, LLC served as exclusive financial advisor and McCarthy Tetrault LLP served as legal counsel to Wells Fargo.

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Fernando Croce Reviews
Watch at Home

Award-winning British author John le Carré (1931-2020) specialized in the grayish human zones behind the intrigue of espionage, prime material for cinema. So check out our five favorite big-screen adaptations of his work.

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (Martin Ritt, 1965): The first screen adaptation of le Carré illustrated many of the author’s recurring concerns, emphasizing the human elements far more than the thriller mechanics of espionage. Taking place at the height of the Cold War, it stars Richard Burton in an arresting performance as Alec Leamas, a weary British undercover agent sent on a potentially deadly last assignment before his retirement. Disguised as a disgraced former spy, he ventures into hostile territory to find information about captured colleagues, and becomes involved with two very different people—Nan (Claire Bloom), an idealistic co-worker, and Fiedler (a scene-stealing Oskar Werner), his wily interrogator. Directed by Martin Ritt (“Hud”), the film works up a potent mix of seediness and poignancy.

The Deadly Affair (Sidney Lumet, 1967): Versatile director Sidney Lumet (“12 Angry Men”) helms this atmospheric adaptation of le Carré’s first novel, “Call for the Dead.” The spy in question this time is Charles Dobbs (James Mason), a Secret Service operative investigating an officer named Fennan (Robert Flemyng), whose apparent suicide brings about more questions than answers. While checking in with Fennan’s widow, Elsa (Simone Signoret), Dobbs slowly uncovers matters involving Holocaust survivors and Communist agents. More personally, he discovers that his wife Ann (Harriet Andersson) is leaving him for a former colleague named Dieter (Maximillian Schell), who may himself be a spy. Crafted with intelligence and supported by a strong cast that also includes Lynn Redgrave and Harry Andrews, this often forgotten film is worth a discovery.

The Russia House (Fred Schepisi, 1990): Sean Connery and Michelle Pfeiffer are marvelously paired in this gorgeous and touching East-meets-West romance, from underrated Australian director Fred Schepisi. Connery stars as Barley Blair, a British publisher who, during a trip to Moscow, discovers a manuscript containing top-secret information about Soviet nuclear missiles. Recruited by both British and American secret agencies, he’s tasked with going undercover and becoming involved with the manuscript’s editor, Katya Orlova (Pfeiffer), in order to get closer to the mysterious author, known as Dante (Klaus Maria Brandauer). Naturally, they fall in love, which puts them and Katya’s family in danger. Adapted for the screen by noted playwright Tom Stoppard, le Carré’s story receives a sensuous and emotional treatment. Keep an eye out for bad-boy director Ken Russell in a supporting role.

The Tailor of Panama (John Boorman, 2001): In between James Bond films, Pierce Brosnan had one of his most accomplished roles in this elegant, mordantthriller from the great director John Boorman (“Point Blank”). Brosnan plays Andy Osnard, a suave yet ruthless spy sent to Panama to prey on a local tailor named Harry Pendel (Geoffrey Rush), an ex-con who’s become popular with the local elite by designing their suits. Forced to provide information to the operative, Pendel decides to embellish what he knows, becoming a spinner of dubiously adventurous tales. It’s not long before this leads to intrigue that puts his life in danger, as well as that of his American wife, Louisa (Jamie Lee Curtis). With more humor than the usual le Carré adaptation, this is rich, energetic entertainment.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (Tomas Alfredson, 2011): The Cold War is a hot topic once again in this finely-wrought adaptationof le Carré’s most famous novels. Set in 1973, the picture traces the complex web of deception woven among several members of Britain's Secret Intelligence System, a top-secret league of agents that's struggling to keep up with other world powers in the volatile new decade. When national secrets seem to be at risk and with an enemy agent infiltrating the group's inner circle, it's up to seasoned agent George Smiley (Gary Oldman, in an Oscar-nominated performance) to put his years of experience to use. Acclaimed Swedish director Tomas Alfredson ("Let the Right One In") keeps the double-crossessharp and taut, and the top-notch cast also includes Colin Firth, John Hurt.


Labrador Retriever Mix
Toronto, Canada  Adopt a Dog


Age: 8 Years
Size: Medium
Color: Tan/White
Declawed: No
Toronto Humane Society
Location: K9 Black Hall
Intake Date: 12/2/2020

Tiabini is a beautiful, sweet and friendly girl looking for the right family to help her be her best self. She needs a family with dog experience and enough patience and understanding to set Tiabini up for success. She is a sweet and beautiful doggo, and she needs a forever home to share some of the love she has to give.

Even at 8 years old, Tiabini will still melt your heart with her big brown puppy dog eyes. She is a sweet and gentle girl who warms up quickly to her humans. Her favourite things are making new human friends, treats, and her daily walks. She lives for her daily walks. They are literally her favourite thing in the world, besides you of course. She is a super smart girl who knows sit and touch, and she is definitely ready to learn more.

Tiabini is easily excited, especially on her walks. This is a sign that she's really comfortable around you, but currently she sometimes barks or tries to chase dogs she wants to play with. She's working on this each day, and is happy to walk away with a gentle reminder from her walker. With encouragement, patience, and dedicated training, she will make even bigger strides of progress

Tiabini is a little nervous around new people, but all it takes is a little time and love while she gets to know you, and before you know it, she warms right up. Once she begins to trust you she will be a fiercely loyal companion to you forever. But it is important to note that Tiabini is not your typical cuddle bum - she is sensitive and will need her humans to appreciate that.

Tiabini needs someone patient who can give her some space while she familiarizes herself with her new home. She does not do well with sudden and unexpected movements, which is why her new home should not have young children. She will do best in a low activity home and an overall quiet space while she gains her confidence and can feel comfortable in her new forever home. A home with a fenced in backyard is also recommended so that Tiabini can do some training outside.

With patience and training, she can learn to adjust really well in her new home. She would do well in a house with low activity and people who can respect her need for space until she can find her confidence and feel comfortable with her family.

Tiabini is looking for humans with previous dog experience (who understand dog body language) and who are willing to be calm, patient, and supportive of her as she navigates the world. She would do well in a house, not an apartment or a condo, in a quiet-ish neighbourhood where she can go on walks without getting too excited. It would be best if everyone in the home was at least 13+ and all were willing to take part in Tiabini's progress. Above all, Tiabini's humans need to be calm and gentle around her. She is a sweet girl and needs special care in her environment.

Tiabini needs someone dedicated to training, building her confidence and trust, and showing her some love while she settles in. She is a sweet and beautiful doggo, and she needs a forever home to share some of the love she has to give.

Ready to meet Tiabini and get the adoption process started? Start here: adopt-a-pet/adoption-process

For more information on Tiabini, please contact us at

Toronto Humane Society
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News Briefs---

U.S.-China trade war has cost up to 245,000 U.S. jobs:
     business group study

When Will Interest Rates Rise?
    Fed Chair Says ‘No Time Soon’

Experts warn of vaccine stumbles ‘out of the gate’
     because Trump officials refused to consult with Biden team


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    to track school cases, reopening

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This Day in History

    1697 - The citizens of Massachusetts spent a day of fasting and repentance for their roles in the 1692 Salem Witch Trials. Judge Samuel Sewall, who had presided over many of those 20 capital judgments, published a written confession acknowledging his own "blame and shame.”
    1716 - Birthday of Phillip Livingston (d. 1778) at Albany, NY.  Merchant and signer of the Declaration of Independence.
    1762 - Fraunces Tavern opens in New York City, owned by “Black Sam,” one of the most prominent Blacks involved in the American Revolution (thought to be born in the West Indies). The tavern was a frequent haunt of George Washington and the main meeting place for the Sons of Liberty.
    1777 - Vermont and New Connecticut declared their independence from Britain and established a republic and separate colony, respectively, which lasted until they joined the Union as states.
    1781 - A British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burned Richmond, Virginia.
    1782 - Superintendent of Finance Robert Morris went before the Congress to recommend establishment of a national mint and decimal coinage.
    1825 - The first tax enacted by a state to support public schools was “an act providing for the establishment of free schools” by Illinois. It provided for a common school in each county, open to every class of white citizens between the ages of 5 and 21 years and supported by a tax of $2 of every $100 and five-sixth of the interest from the school fund.
    1844 – The University of Notre Dame received its charter from the state of Indiana.
    1845 - Birthday of Ella Flagg Young (d. 1918), Buffalo, NY.  Educator, first woman president of the National Education Association, superintendent of the Chicago school system (1909), and the first woman to supervise a school system in a major U.S. city. When an anti-woman faction tried to unseat her in 1913, she drew on all her political experience and rallied public pressure that forced four of her opponents to resign.
    1852 - Mt. Sinai Hospital was incorporated by Sampson Simson and eight associates in NY City. It was the first Jewish hospital in the U.S.
    1852 - Between January 15th and February 24th, a total of 1378 railroad cars were drawn by horses across the frozen Susquehanna River to engines waiting at Havre De Grace, MD.
    1862 - The first ironclad naval vessels were the Benton and the Essex, 1,000 tons each. Seven others of 512 tons each, were delivered at St. Louis, MO, where they were accepted for the government by Captain Andrew Hull Foote and made part of the Western Flotilla. They were also known as the Gunboat Flotilla on Eastern Waters, or the Mississippi Squadron.
    1863 - In the United States, "The Boston Morning Journal" became the first paper in the country published on wood pulp paper.
    1865 - Fort Fisher in North Carolina falls to Union forces and Wilmington, the Confederacy's most important blockade-running port, is closed. When President Lincoln declared a blockade of southern ports in 1861, Rebel engineers began construction of a fortress at the mouth of New Inlet, which provided access to Wilmington. Fort Fisher was constructed of timber and sand, and it posed a formidable challenge for the Yankees. The walls were more than 20 feet high and they bristled with large cannon. Land mines and palisades made from sharpened logs created even more obstacles for potential attackers. Union leadership did not make Fort Fisher a high priority until the last year of the war. After the Federals closed Mobile Bay in August 1864, attention turned to shutting down Wilmington. Union ships moved into place in December and began a massive bombardment on Christmas Eve. The next day, a small force failed to capture the fort but the attempt was renewed in January. On January 13, a massive three-day bombardment began. On the third day, 9,000 Yankee infantry commanded by General Alfred Terry hit the beach and attacked Fort Fisher. The Confederates could not repulse the attack. The damage was heavy on both sides: the Union suffered more than 900 Army casualties and 380 Navy casualties, and the Confederates suffered 500 killed or wounded and over 1,000 captured. After the loss of this last major Confederate port, it was only three months before the war concluded.
    1870 - A Thomas Nast cartoon titled, "A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion," was printed in "Harper's Weekly." The cartoon symbolized the Democratic Party with a donkey, a concept still in use today.
    1885 - Tenor Henry Burr (d. 1941), the most prolific recording artist of his day, was born in St. Stephen, New Brunswick. He began his recording career for Columbia in 1902 and is estimated to have recorded an astounding 12,000 titles for dozens of companies. From 1910 to 1928, Burr also managed a vocal group which recorded for Columbia as the Columbia Male Quartet and for Victor as the Peerless Quartet. After his recording career waned, he was a great favorite singing old-time ballads on the "National Barn Dance" from radio station WLS in Chicago.
    1888 - Birthday of folksinger Huddie William Ludbetter (Lead Belly), Shiloh, LA. Died Dec. 6, 1949.
    1889 – Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, incorporated in Atlanta.  The company is best known for its flagship product, invented in 1886 by pharmacist John S. Pemberton in Atlanta.  The Coca-Cola formula and brand were bought in 1894 by Asa G. Candler.  
    1891 – Ray Chapman, the only man in Major League history to die (1920) as a result of being hit by a pitch, was born in Beaver Dam, KY.  He played nine seasons, was a regular in eight of those seasons, and had accumulated over 1,000 hits when his career ended.  Chapman put together another fine season as shortstop for the Cleveland Indians in 1920, hitting .304 with 97 runs scored through his first 110 games. Facing the NY Yankees on August 16, he was struck in the head (this was before helmets were mandatory) by a pitch by Carl Mays. He was knocked to the ground but eventually was able to walk toward the clubhouse with the assistance of teammates. However, he collapsed near second base and was rushed to a hospital. He died the next day.
    1892 – Dr. James Naismith published the rules of basketball. 
    1899 - Birthday of Goodman Ace (d. 1982) at Kansas City, MO.  Radio and TV writer, actor, columnist and humorist. With his wife, Jane, he created and acted in the popular series of radio programs (1928-45) “Easy Aces,” and he was called “America’s greatest wit” by Fred Allen. He died at New York City soon after asking that his tombstone be inscribed, “No flowers, please, I’m allergic.”
    1907 - William H. Taggart, a Chicago dentist, invented dental inlay made of gold, and presented the technique to the New York Odonatological Society. It is a method of casting gold inlays by the inverted pattern procedure, using the ancient principle of “disappearing core.”
    1907 - Dr. Lee De Forest, widely regarded as the "father of radio and the grandfather of television," patented the Audion radio tube, which turned radio into a practical transmission device for voice and music. Previously, wireless technology was primarily used for telegraph signals. Unfortunately, De Forest's business partners were prone to fraud: The De Forest Radio Telephone Company began to collapse in 1909, leading to De Forest's indictment for promoting a "worthless device"--the Audion tube. De Forest was later acquitted. Several years later, De Forest devised a way to connect a series of Audion tubes in order to amplify radio signals far beyond what a single tube could do. This process was essential in the development of radio and long-distance telephone. De Forest, despairing of business success, sold his patents at bargain-basement prices to several companies, including American Telephone and Telegraph, which used the repeating Audion tube as a key component in long-distance telephone technology.
    1908 - The first sorority for African-American students was Alpha Kappa Alpha, founded at Howard University, Washington, DC by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle. The first president was Lucy Slowe.  It was the first Greek letter organization founded by African American women.
    1908 – Edward Teller (d. 2003) was born in Budapest, Hungary.  A physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II, he promoted the first hydrogen fusion bomb that was considered secondary to the atomic bomb research taking place at the same time.  Throughout his life, he remained a profound influence on America’s defense and energy policies.
    1909 - Gene Krupa (d. 1973) birthday, Chicago.  The premier drummer of the big band era, besides leading his own band, he is best known for his work with Benny Goodman. After most of the big bands disbanded, Krupa led small jazz groups through most of the 1950's and '60s. A film loosely based on his life, "The Gene Krupa Story,” starring Sal Mineo, was released in 1959.
    1915 - Birthday of folk music collector Alan Lomax (d. 2002), Austin, TX.
    1920 - The Dry Law goes into effect in the United States. Selling liquor and beer becomes illegal.
    1927 - The Dumbarton Bridge opened, carrying the first auto traffic across San Francisco Bay between Fremont and Menlo Park.
    1929 - Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., (d. 1968) at Atlanta, GA.  Civil rights leader, minister, advocate of nonviolence and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (1964). He was assassinated at Memphis, TN, Apr 4, 1968. After his death, many states and territories observed his birthday as a holiday. I remember interviewing Dr. King in the early 1960's at KFRC radio. Harold Light had brought Dr. King to the Bay Area and introduced me. He was a shy man, the first time I met him. The second time, he was more vocal and, after the Selma march, there were press conferences, not single radio interviews. He was an excellent dresser, very articulate, very attractive, very handsome in person, and grew into a statesman for freedom for all and equal opportunity for all. In 1983, the Congress approved HR 3706, "A bill to amend Title 5, United States Code, to make the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., a legal public holiday." Signed by the President on Nov 2, 1983, it became Public Law 98-144. The law sets the third Monday in January for observance of King's birthday. First observance was Jan 20, 1986.
    1932 - Up to two inches of snow whitened the Los Angeles basin of California. The Los Angeles Civic Center reported an inch of snow, and even the beaches of Santa Monica were whitened with snow, in what proved to be a record snowstorm for Los Angeles.
    1933 - After nearly a century of cooperative living, the utopian Amana colonists of Iowa begin using U.S. currency for the first time. The wide-open spaces of the West have always appealed to visionary reformers attempting to start new societies. Among others, the Mormons in Utah, the Hutterites in South Dakota and Montana, and the Swedenborgians in California all moved West for the same reason: cheap land and freedom from interference. Most reformers moved west after the Civil War, when travel became easier and the threat of Indian resistance was declining. As with the Mormons, the Amana colonial movement began in New York. Christian Metz, taking his cue from the writings of 18th century German mystics, established the group in 1842 on 5,000 acres near Buffalo, New York. Metz and his followers were similar to the Mormons in their rejection of the selfish individualism and dog-eat-dog competition of capitalism in favor of a more cooperative economic system. They isolated themselves from national and global markets and built a largely self-sufficient means of meeting their agricultural and material needs. Barter within the community helped them avoid using American currency. The community's agricultural and craft operations grew so quickly that the members soon found they needed more land than was cheaply available in New York. Like many of other land-hungry Americans, they looked westward. In 1855, the first members began setting up a new colony in Iowa called Amana, purchasing 30,000 acres of contiguous land as a base for their agricultural and craft operations. Amana (located near modern-day Iowa City) flourished in the decades to come. By the turn of the century, the colonists had built seven largely self-sufficient villages with farms, stores, bakeries, woolen mills, wineries, furniture shops, and the other necessities of independent living. The Amana community thrived for nearly 80 years, but its isolation from the rest of the world inevitably began to wane during the 20th century. In the early 1930s, the colony experienced severe economic problems, in part due to the Great Depression. The people voted to abandon their communal life in 1932 and they reorganized the colony on a capitalist basis with each member receiving stock in a new community corporation. The people of Amana began using American currency in January 1933. Although it violated the original precepts of their founders, the decision to bring Amana into the national marketplace actually saved the community. Today, the Amana colony is the center of a thriving business empire of woolen mills, meat shops, bakeries, and wineries. Though its original vision is no longer the same, visitors to the colony will still find a communal society dedicated to preserving many elements of Old World life and craftsmanship.
    1934 – Yankees slugger Babe Ruth signed a one-year contract worth $35,000. While the contract is considered a lucrative one for the times, it represents a pay cut of $17,000.  This would be his last contract with the Yankees who released him after the season, at age 39.
    1936 - Owens Illinois Glass of Toledo, OH completed the first all-glass windowless structure, using eight thousand translucent water-clear hollow glass blocks weighing about 150 tons for a two-story building.  It had 39 rooms and an aggregate floor area of 20,000 square feet. Do not know if the building is still standing.
    1937 - 1.77 inches of rain fell at Washington, DC, making it the wettest inaugural day of record. Temperatures were only in the 30s as Franklin D. Roosevelt was sworn in for his second term.
    1937 - The record low temperature for the state of California was set at Boca when the thermometer dropped to 45 degrees below zero.
    1939 – The San Francisco Municipal Railway and Market St. RR began service to the Transbay Terminal.
    1939 – In the first NFL Pro Bowl, the New York Giants defeated the All-Stars, 13-10.
    1942 - Benny Goodman Band records “Jersey Bounce.”
    1942 - The Glen Gray Orchestra records their hit "It’s the Talk of the Town".
    1942 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt sent his famed "Green Light Letter" to MLB Commissioner Landis, encouraging the Majors to continue playing during World War II. President Roosevelt states that he believes playing the sport would be good for Americans and encourages the owners to have more games at night to give war workers an opportunity to attend games. Despite a loss of many star players to military service, all 16 teams will continue to play regular schedules for the duration of the war. Ironically, the Chicago Cubs, who had signed an agreement with a contractor to install lights at Wrigley Field, dropped their plans because of the military's need for the material. It was 35 more years before lights are finally installed at the venerable ballpark, the last of the Major League ballparks to do so.
    1943 - Pentagon completed.  The world's largest office building with 6.5 million square feet of usable space, the Pentagon is located in Virginia across the Potomac River from Washington, DC, and serves as headquarters for the Department of Defense.
    1943 - Famous temperature antics occurred in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The temperature was 52 degrees above zero at Lead and 16 degrees below zero degrees at Deadwood simultaneously. The places are only 1.5 miles apart, but there is an elevation difference of 600 feet.
    1945 - BEYER, ARTHUR O., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, Company C, 603d Tank Destroyer Battalion. Place and date: Near Arloncourt, Belgium, 15 January 1945. Entered service at: St. Ansgar, lowa. Born: 20 May 1909, Rock Township, Mitchell County, lowa. G.O. No.: 73, 30 August 1945. Citation: He displayed conspicuous gallantry in action. His platoon, in which he was a tank-destroyer gunner, was held up by antitank, machinegun, and rifle fire from enemy troops dug in along a ridge about 200 yards to the front. Noting a machinegun position in this defense line, he fired upon it with his 76-mm. gun killing 1 man and silencing the weapon. He dismounted from his vehicle and, under direct enemy observation, crossed open ground to capture the 2 remaining members of the crew. Another machinegun, about 250 yards to the left, continued to fire on him. Through withering fire, he advanced on the position. Throwing a grenade into the emplacement, he killed 1 crewmember and again captured the 2 survivors. He was subjected to concentrated small-arms fire but, with great bravery, he worked his way a quarter mile along the ridge, attacking hostile soldiers in their foxholes with his carbine and grenades. When he had completed his self-imposed mission against powerful German forces, he had destroyed 2 machinegun positions, killed 8 of the enemy and captured 18 prisoners, including 2 bazooka teams. Cpl. Beyer's intrepid action and unflinching determination to close with and destroy the enemy eliminated the German defense line and enabled his task force to gain its objective.
    1947 - Birthday of trumpet player/composer Baikida Carroll, St. Louis. MO.
    1947 – The dismembered body of Elizabeth Short was found in an empty lot in Los Angeles.  Called the Black Dahlia, her murder sparked a media frenzy and it remains much-discussed today.  Dozens have confessed to the crime but they have all been disproved.  The murder remains unsolved and is the most famous in LA.
    1949 - Birthday of Ronnie Van Zandt (d. 1977), lead singer of the southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, born in Jacksonville, Florida. The band built a loyal following, beginning in the American South in 1973. Their best- known songs were "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Free Bird," a tribute to Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers Band. Lynyrd Skynyrd seemed on the verge of superstardom in 1977 when a plane crash in Mississippi killed Ronnie Van Zandt and five others, including Skynyrd guitarist Steve Gaines.
    1951 - Top Hits
“Tennessee Waltz” - Patti Page
“The Thing” - Phil Harris
“My Heart Cries for You” - Guy Mitchell
“The Golden Rocket” - Hank Snow
    1952 - A six day snowstorm was in progress in the western U.S. The storm produced 44 inches of snow at Marlette Lake, NV, 52 inches at Sun Valley, ID, and 149 inches at Tahoe, CA, establishing single storm records for each of those three states. In addition, 24-hour snowfall totals of 22 inches at the University of Nevada, and 26 inches at Arco, ID, established records for those two states. The railroad streamliner, 'City of San Francisco' was snowbound in the Sierra Nevada Range, near Donner Summit.
    1954 - The coldest temperature ever recorded in the 48 contiguous states was recorded at Rogers Pass, MT. The temperature dropped to 69.7 degrees below zero.
    1954 - Joe DiMaggio marries Marilyn Monroe in San Francisco at City Hall.
    1955 - A young singer named Elvis Presley performs at the Louisiana Hayride, Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport, LA, performing "Hearts of Stone," "That's All Right, Mama" and "Tweedle Dee." In the audience is "Colonel" Tom Parker, who was witnessing Elvis for the first time.
    1957 – The Brooklyn Dodgers extended their five-year lease on Ebbets Field by signing a new three-year lease with real estate developer Marvin Kratter, who bought the field in 1953. Less than a year later, the Dodgers moved to LA.
    1958 - Elvis Presley records "Hard Headed Woman," "Trouble," "New Orleans," "King Creole," "Crawfish"
    1959 – Top Hits
“The Chipmunk Song” - The Chipmunks
“Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” - The Platters
“My Happiness” - Connie Francis
“City Lights” - Ray Price
    1961 - The "Kennedy Inaugural snowstorm" belted the mid-Atlantic area and New England. Up to 29 inches of snow fell in northern New Jersey and southeastern New York. Areas north and west of Boston, MA received over two feet. This was the second of three major snowstorms during the 1960-61 winter season in the northeastern U.S.
    1964 - Giants center fielder Willie Mays, the highest paid player in baseball, signs for $105,000.
    1965 - The NFL teams pledged not to sign college seniors until completion of all their games, including bowl games.
    1966 - The Beach Boys enter Billboard's Hot 100 for the 23rd time with their version of "Barbara Ann," previously a #13 hit for the Regents in 1961. The song was recorded live at a party and actually features the voice of Dean Torrence of Jan and Dean on lead vocal. The record will peak at number 2 in the US.
    1966 - Petula Clark's "My Love" entered the Billboard chart, where it would become her second #1 hit
    1966 - The Supremes' "My World is Empty Without You" enters the pop charts.
    1966 - The Rolling Stones receive their third gold record for the album "December's Children." It features the tunes "Get Off My Cloud," "Route 66," "As Tears Go By" and "I'm Free."
    1967 - The film “The Fastest Guitar Alive,” starring Roy Orbison and Sheb Wooley, premieres in New York City.
    1967 - Ed Sullivan refuses to let the Rolling Stones sing their big hit "Let’s Spend the Night Together" on his CBS show of the same name unless they change the title and lyrics to "Let's Spend Some Time Together." The band does as it's told but lead singer Mick Jagger mocks the censorship by making faces at the camera while he sings the cleaned-up line.
    1967 - Considered the “First Super Bowl,” the Green Bay Packers won the first NFL-AFL World Championship Game, defeating the Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Packers quarterback Bart Starr completed 16 out of 25 passes and was named the game's Most Valuable Player. Pro football's title game later became known as the Super Bowl, a name credited to Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt, Jr.
    1967 - Top Hits
“I’m a Believer” - The Monkees
“Tell It Like It Is” - Aaron Neville
“Good Thing” - Paul Revere & The Raiders
“There Goes My Everything” - Jack Greene
    1968 - Elvis Presley records "Too Much Monkey Business"
    1968 - JOHNSON, DWIGHT H., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Specialist Fifth Class, U.S. Army, Company B, 1st Battalion, 69th Armor, 4th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Dak To, Kontum Province, Republic of Vietnam, 15 January 1968. Entered service at: Detroit, Mich. Born: 7 May 1947, Detroit, Mich. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sp5c. Johnson, a tank driver with Company B, was a member of a reaction force moving to aid other elements of his platoon, which was in heavy contact with a battalion size North Vietnamese force. Sp5c. Johnson's tank, upon reaching the point of contact, threw a track and became immobilized. Realizing that he could do no more as a driver, he climbed out of the vehicle, armed only with a .45 caliber pistol. Despite intense hostile fire, Sp5c. Johnson killed several enemy soldiers before he had expended his ammunition. Returning to his tank through a heavy volume of antitank rocket, small arms and automatic weapons fire, he obtained a sub-machine gun with which to continue his fight against the advancing enemy. Armed with this weapon, Sp5c. Johnson again braved deadly enemy fire to return to the center of the ambush site where he courageously eliminated more of the determined foe. Engaged in extremely close combat when the last of his ammunition was expended, he killed an enemy soldier with the stock end of his submachine gun. Now weaponless, Sp5c. Johnson ignored the enemy fire around him, climbed into his platoon sergeant's tank, extricated a wounded crewmember and carried him to an armored personnel carrier. He then returned to the same tank and assisted in firing the main gun until it jammed. In a magnificent display of courage, Sp5c. Johnson exited the tank and again armed only with a .45 caliber pistol, engaged several North Vietnamese troops in close proximity to the vehicle. Fighting his way through devastating fire and remounting his own immobilized tank, he remained fully exposed to the enemy as he bravely and skillfully engaged them with the tank's externally-mounted .50 caliber machine gun; where he remained until the situation was brought under control. Sp5c. Johnson's profound concern for his fellow soldiers, at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the U.S. Army.
    1969 - In South Florida, Barbara Jo Rubin, 19, was to ride as the first woman jockey at a major race track - and then was taken off her mount by track officials. Reportedly it was money, not chivalry that was at the heart of the matter. A winning jockey gets ten percent of the purse and the jockeys, always a very touchy group because of their smallness and their constant dieting, didn't want to share the pots of gold (and ego) with a GIRL! Finally, on February 22, 1969, Barbara Jo was able to ride at Charles Town, West Virginia without the world stopping - and she won her first race. She crossed the finish line first in 11 of her first 22 starts. Unfortunately, Barbara Jo at 5'5" was tall by jockey standards and was still growing. Her height combined with an old knee injury ended her racing career in less than a year.
    1969 - Elvis Presley records--"A Little Bit of Green," "Gentle on My Mind"
    1971 - George Harrison releases "My Sweet Lord."
    1972 - Elvis Presley was censored from the waist down by Ed Sullivan, but still reportedly brought in largest audience for a single television show, to that time, in a live worldwide concert from Honolulu, Hawaii.
    1972 - Don McLean's classic single, “American Pie,” jumped to Number 1 on Billboard's popular record charts and stayed there for 4 weeks.  In the UK, the single reached No. 2 on its original 1972 release and a reissue in 1991 reached No. 12. The song was listed as the No. 5 song on the RIAA project “Songs of the Century.”  Except to acknowledge that he first learned about Buddy Holly’s February 3, 1959 death when he was folding newspapers for his paper route on the morning of February 4, 1959 (the line "February made me shiver/with every paper I'd deliver"), McLean has generally avoided responding to direct questions about the song lyrics. McLean dedicated the “American Pie” album to Holly.  The original manuscript sold at auction in April, 2015 for $1.2MM.  “American Pie” is also the longest of all #1 hits in the rock era, surpassing “El Paso” by Marty Robbins. [It was also a fixture at the weddings of all three Mango daughters!  Coincidentally, I first learned of the crash as I was folding the Newark Star-Ledger on my paper route but I did not consider it significant until McLean memorialized it.]
    1973 - Citing "progress" in the Paris peace negotiations between National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho of North Vietnam, President Richard Nixon halts the most concentrated bombing of the war, as well as mining, shelling, and all other offensive action against North Vietnam. The cessation of direct attacks against North Vietnam did not extend to South Vietnam, where the fighting continued as both sides jockeyed for control of territory before the anticipated cease-fire.
    1974 - During the Watergate affair, an expert testifies before the House Judiciary Committee that an 18-1/2-minute gap discovered during a critical subpoenaed recording of a White House conversation between President Richard M. Nixon & White House staff member H. R. Haldeman was caused by “deliberate and repeated erasures.” The White House fails to satisfactorily explain the long silence during the key conversation between Nixon and Haldeman. The Watergate affair began after a break-in to the Watergate Hotel by White House officials was uncovered by journalists and the Senate Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities, and then escalated when President Nixon attempted to use executive privilege and national security as reasons to suppress the subsequent investigation. On July 16, 1973, former White House aide Alexander P. Butterfield brought the existence of official recordings of Nixon's White House conversations to the attention of the Senate committee investigating Watergate, and on July 26, the Senate subpoenaed the nine Watergate tapes. Nixon failed to comply with the subpoena, and on August 9, the Senate committee filed suit against the president. Finally, on October 23, Nixon agreed to turn over the tapes, but when the tapes finally arrive at the Capitol, two of the nine are missing, and an eighteen-and-a-half-minute gap on one of the tapes is discovered. The White House fails to satisfactorily explain the long silence during the key conversation between Nixon and Haldeman, although an expert determined that the gap had been deliberately erased. Nixon's failure to comply in a timely fashion to the subpoena for the Watergate tapes contributed to the articles of impeachment voted against him on July 30, 1974 and helped force his resignation one week later
    1974 - “Happy Days” premiered on TV. This nostalgic comedy set in Milwaukee in the 1950s starred Ron Howard as teenager Richie Cunningham with Anson Williams as his best friend "Potsie" Weber and Don Most as his best friend Ralph Malph. Tom Bosley and Marion Ross played Richie's parents and his sister, Joanie, was played by Erin Moran. The most memorable character was The Fonz--Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli--played by Henry Winkler. In 1977, it remained number 1 in the Neilsen ratings for the season. "Happy Days" remained on the air until July 12, 1984 and has been in syndication since. The comedy launched two spin-offs: “Laverne and Shirley” and “Joanie Loves Chachi.” Happy Days originated as a 1972 skit on “Love, American Style.”
    1975 - Top Hits
“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” - Elton John
“You’re the First, the Last, My Everything” - Barry White
“Junior’s Farm/Sally G” - Paul McCartney & Wings
“Ruby, Baby” - Billy "Crash" Craddock
    1975 - "I've got bad news and I don't expect any applause," President Gerald Ford warned Congress before launching into his very first State of the Union address. During the ensuing speech, Ford painted a grim portrait of America's economic woes. The state of the union, he confessed, was "not good. Millions of Americans are out of work. Recession and inflation are eroding the money of millions more. Prices are too high and sales are too low." Along with these problems, Ford offered an ominous budget estimate that showed the government running increasingly in the red over the next few fiscal years. However, Ford, who had recently been installed as the President after Richard Nixon's scandal-ridden resignation, attempted to balance the bad news by offering a remedy for the America's fiscal ailments. He unveiled a relief package that featured a few rounds of tax cuts for individuals and corporations, as well as an energy program that promised to raise money, albeit through raising costs and taxes on oil for consumers and businesses. James Earl “Jimmy” Carter, Jr was elected president of the United States in 1976 with 297 electoral votes to outgoing president Ford 240.
    1977 - Leo Sayer's "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" hits #1
    1977 - The Eagles' “Hotel California” album hits #1
    1978 - Super Bowl XII (at New Orleans): Dallas Cowboys 27, Denver Broncos 10. The first Super Bowl played without a sky. This one opened the Louisiana Superdome. Tom Landry was the Cowboys’ coach, Roger Staubach was their quarterback. Co-MVPs: DT Randy White and DE Harvey Martin (only co-MVPs in Super Bowl history). Tickets: $30.00.
    1978 - Snowblitz!  A paralyzing nor'easter blasted New England and the mid-Atlantic states. Boston, MA recorded 21 inches in 24 hours to set a new record 24-hour snowfall amount -- only to have it broken 2 weeks later.  The city was complete shut down for nearly a week.  Snowfall was under forecast since a predicted changeover from snow to rain did not occur.  Instead the storm went out to sea, picking up additional moisture, then circled back across the city, more than doubling the previous storm’s fall.  We were living in Wilmington, DE at the time and the snow dropped over 2 feet…the worst storm there since 1888!
    1979 - Birthday of New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees, born Austin, Texas.  Considered with Tom Brady and Peyton Manning to be the best of his generation, Brees currently holds the NFL record for TD passes thrown, career pass completions, career completion percentage, career passing yards, is third in regular season career passer rating, and fourth in postseason career passer rating. In 2012, he broke Johnny Unitas’ long-standing record of consecutive games with a touchdown pass. He has five of the nine 5,000+ passing yard seasons—no other NFL quarterback has done so more than once. He has led the NFL in passing yards a record seven times and in passing touchdowns a record-tying four times.  He led the Saints to their only Super Bowl win in SB XLIV, of which he was named MVP. 
    1981 – Bob Gibson was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  In 17 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, Gibson won 251 games, struck out 3,117 batters, compiled a 2.91 ERA, won 20 games five times, and earned two World Championship rings. In 1968, Gibson enjoyed his best season ever, going 22-9 with a 1.12 ERA and captured the Cy Young Award.  The next season, the mound was lowered to generate more offense, largely due to Gibson’s dominant year.
    1981 - Minutes after the presidential inauguration of Ronald Reagan, Iran releases 52 Americans held 444 days in exchange for the release of $8 billion in frozen Iranian assets seized by the U.S. Later, it's revealed that the release was delayed until the first hours of the administration by Reagan's transition team, in order to make him look good.
    1981 - “Hill Street Blues” premiered on TV. This immensely popular NBC police series created by Stephen Bochco and Michael Kozoll that focused more on police officers than on crime. The show was very realistic and highly praised by real policemen. “Hill Street Blues” was set in an anonymous northern city (the exteriors were actually filmed in Chicago) and was the first real attempt by television to portray police officers as fallible human beings. Each episode began with the 7 a.m. roll call led by Sergeant Esterhaus. He closed the roll call with his trademark refrain, "Let's be careful out there." Hill Street Blues not only changed the way that Americans viewed police officers, it also revolutionized the television drama itself. The show resisted formula and introduced the ensemble cast. Whereas early cop shows like Dragnet and Adam-12 were centered around a couple of officers who always got their man by the end of the hour, the full squad house of regulars on “Hill Street Blues” rarely resolved cases in one episode.
It won a slew of Emmys and ran for seven seasons. Cast: Daniel J. Travanti as Captain Frank Furillo, Veronica Hamel as public defender Joyce Davenport, Michael Conrad as Sergeant Phil "Let's be careful out there" Esterhaus, Barbara Bosson as Fay Furillo, and as the wonderfully drawn cops, Bruce Weitz (Mick Belker), Taurean Blacque (Neal Washington), Kiel Martin (Johnny LaRue), Joe Spano (Henry Goldblume), James B. Sikking (Howard Hunter), René Enríquez (Ray Calletano), Michael Warren (Bobby Hill), Betty Thomas (Lucy Bates), Ed Marinaro (Joe Coffey) and Charles Haid (Andy Renko).  The last telecast was on May 19, 1987.
    1983 - Top Hits
“Down Under” - Men at Work
“The Girl is Mine” - Michael Jackson /Paul McCartney
“Dirty Laundry” - Don Henley
“I Can’t Even Get the Blues” - Reba McEntyre
    1985 - At Carnegie Hall, in New York, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored 79-year-old actress, Myrna Loy, who never received an Academy nomination although she appeared in 120 films.
    1987 - Paramount Home Video said, for the first time, it would put a commercial at the start of one of its video releases. The movie "Top Gun" had a 30-second Diet Pepsi ad tacked on to its beginning. The idea behind adding something else to be fast forwarded through was to reduce the price of the video by $3. The difference to Paramount would be made up by Pepsi money. It was also thought more consumers would buy the Tom Cruise picture rather than paying more for videos without the commercial.
    1987 - A powerful storm over the Southern Plateau and the Southern Rockies produced 24 inches of snow at Colorado Springs, CO, including 22 inches in 24 hours, a January record. High winds in the southwestern U.S. gusted to 65 mph in the Yosemite Valley of California.
    1988 - A small storm over the Atlantic Ocean produced heavy snow along the coast of North Carolina. The five-inch total at Wilmington, NC was their third highest for any storm in January in 117 years of records.
    1988 - Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder makes racist remarks about black athletes.  Snyder made his comments in a lunchtime interview at Duke Zeibert's, a Washington restaurant.  He said that black athletes perform better than white athletes for reasons that went back to slave times.  "The slave owner would breed his big black (man) to his big woman so that he could have a big black kid...that's where it all started." he said.  Coincidentally, James Michener’s “Sports in America, published in 1976, made similar assertions but there was no reference to that in any of the reporting around the incident.  An embarrassed CBS fired him the next day.
    1990 - ‘Big’ George Foreman, on the comeback-trail at 42 years of age, knocked out Gerry Cooney in the second round at Atlantic City, NJ. (Foreman became the oldest [age 45] ever to win the heavyweight title when he knocked out Michael Moorer on Nov 5, 1994.)
    1990 - While one Pacific storm crossed the Central Rockies, another approached the west coast. The northern mountains of Utah were buried under 17 to 35 inches of snow while the mountains of southern Utah received another 12 to 16 inches. Eighteen cities in the central U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date as readings warmed into the 50s and 60s. Wichita, KS reported a record high of 68 degrees.
    1991 - Top Hits
“Justify My Love” - Madonna
“High Enough” - Damn Yankees
“Love Will Never Do” (“Without You”) - Janet Jackson
“Unanswered Prayers” - Garth Brooks
    1992 - The Seventh Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York City. Inductees include Bobby "Blue" Bland, Booker T. and the MGs, Johnny Cash, The Isley Brothers, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Sam and Dave, and The Yardbirds.
    1992 - Tim Berners Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, released a simple line-mode Web browser on the Internet. Berners Lee had first proposed the Web in 1990 and had presented early versions of Web clients, servers, and browsers to his colleagues throughout 1991.
Until then you needed the actual address or had to rely on Archer or Gopher to search for a website which basically was cumbersome and very slow.
    1993 - In the southern U.S., train echo thunderstorms drenched Lafayette and Baton Rouge, LA with 10.83 and 9.02 inches of rain in 24 hours, respectively.
    1994 - Frigid conditions persisted over the northeastern U.S. Rangeley, ME reported 45 degrees below zero for a morning low for the cold spot in the nation. First Connecticut Lake, NH dropped to a frigid 44 degrees below zero. Both Pittsburgh, PA and Cleveland, OH completed their longest stretch of subzero readings on record, with 52 and 56 consecutive hours, respectively.
    1994 - "Dazzey Duks" by Duice was on the Billboard Hot 100 for the 54th consecutive week, the longest run ever on any of the magazine's charts. Also on the Hot 100 that week, Tag Team's "Whoomp! (There It Is)" was in the top-ten for the 24th week - another record.
    1995 - The San Francisco 49ers beat the Dallas Cowboys 38-28 in the NFC championship game and the San Diego Chargers edged the Pittsburgh Steelers 17-13 in the AFC title game. (The 49ers beat the Chargers 49-26 in Super Bowl XXIX.)
    1995 - The Golf Channel began on some U.S. cable systems. Four years later, the world’s first 24-hour golf network was seen in over 30,000,000 homes.
    1997 - During a heated Chicago vs. Minneapolis basketball game, Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman brazenly kicked a courtside cameraman in the groin. Rodman later claimed it was an accident, but the incident was captured from several angles by other cameramen and was seen by millions of people across the country. Eugene Amos, the cameraman, was treated at a hospital and then released - the extent of his injuries were not released. Prosecutors told the press later that they were considering assault charges against Rodman. If suspended, it would be the second of the season for the temperamental, flamboyant athlete. Rodman was later suspended from 23 games and heavily fined; the suspension was the second-longest in NBA history. A few days later, a financial settlement between Amos and Rodman was reached; Amos received $200,000 from Rodman.
    2009 - U.S. Airways Flight 1549 ditched in the Hudson River shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in NYC.  The aircraft was disabled by striking a flock of geese during its initial climb. All of the 155 passengers and crew aboard the aircraft survived. Capt. Chesley Sullenberger walked the unflooded part of the passenger cabin twice to make sure everyone had evacuated before retrieving the plane's maintenance logbook and being the last to evacuate the aircraft.  Pictures showed the passengers standing on the wings of the plane floating in the river as emergency boats picked them up.
    2014 - The LA Dodgers signed P Clayton Kershaw to the biggest deal in baseball history, since surpassed in 2019 by Stephen Strasburg with the Nationals and Gerrit Cole with the Yankees. The seven-year, $215 million package averages to $30.7 million per season.
    2014 - The National Security Agency, NSA, was revealed to be using software to spy on nearly 100,000 computers around the world.  Most of the software is implanted by accessing the Internet, but some technology enables data to be entered or altered through radio wave transmission.

Super Bowl Champions:
    1967 - Green Bay Packers
    1978 - Dallas Cowboys

**** Super Bowl
The year was 1966, and war was raging in professional football. It was a bidding war for talent and it had been going on since the American Football League came onto the scene in 1960 to challenge the National Football League, 40 years its senior.
At first, the battles were for college players, and the AFL scored an early victory when a court ruled in favor of the Houston Oilers over the NFL's Los Angeles Rams after both clubs had signed Billy Cannon, the Heisman Trophy winning halfback at Louisiana State.
Although the leagues agreed to a "no tampering" rule on existing player contracts, the stakes became high for college talent. Bonuses went sky-high. The AFL's New York Jets signed Alabama quarterback Joe Namath in 1965 to a $400,000 contract, the largest amount ever for a collegian. In 1966, the NFL's Atlanta Falcons gave Texas linebacker Tommy Nobis a $600,000 package and the Green Bay Packers forked over $711,000 to Texas Tech running back Donny Anderson.
Meanwhile, veteran players were settling for small raises on relatively small salaries. For example, John Brodie, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback, received $35,000 in 1965 and was asking for a raise to $65,000 after leading the NFL in completions, completion percentage, yardage and touchdown passes.
Then came a back-breaker. Buffalo Bills place-kicker Pete Gogolak [Ralph Mango’s Delta Upsilon Fraternity brother at Cornell and the first soccer-style kicker in pro football], who had played out his option in 1965, signed with the NFL's New York Giants. The "no tampering" code had been broken. The conflict was in the open, and it was time for action.
On April 7, 1966, peacemaker Joe Foss resigned as AFL commissioner and the next day Al Davis, general manager of the Oakland Raiders, took over. Davis was a hawk in regard to the NFL, and he had a plan.
Davis organized an AFL war chest and urged owners to start talking to established NFL stars. The NFL had bragged of its superiority because of the caliber of its quarterbacks. Davis wanted to sign those quarterbacks for the AFL.
The Raiders quickly signed Los Angeles quarterback Roman Gabriel to a commitment starting in '67. Houston offered the 49ers' Brodie $75,000, spread over 10 years, to sign a five-year deal with the Oilers. Reportedly, eight of the NFL's starting quarterbacks were negotiating with the AFL.
The NFL had no choice. On June 8, 1966, two months after Davis became the AFL commissioner, a merger agreement was announced. There would be a common draft starting in 1967, interleague preseason games starting in '67 and regular-season play combining the leagues in 1970. Territorial indemnification of $18 million was to be paid to the 49ers and Giants over a 20-year period.
Most important, from the standpoint of football fans, was the immediate establishment of a championship game between the leagues. This was the AFL-NFL World Championship Game -- which was popularized as the Super Bowl from its inception.
Gabriel never went to the Raiders and Brodie never left the 49ers, but Brodie collected a million dollars on the agreement he had made in his talks with Houston.  Davis resigned as AFL commissioner a month after the merger. He clearly had won his battle.



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