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Monday, March 5, 2018

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

Storm Closes Business, Schools, Airports
   Roads and Homes Effected
Position Wanted – Credit
   Work Remotely or Relocate for Right Opportunity
Top Stories -- February 26 - March 2
    (Opened Most by Readers)
Leasing Industry Ads---Help Wanted
  Lease Contract & Funding Administrator
    Account Executives & Managers
Sales Makes it Happen---by Steve Chriest
   Great Selling Can Become a Habit
Financial and Sales Training
Leasing News Advisory Board Chairman
   Robert “Bob” Teichman, CLFP
The Richest Person in Every U.S. State in 2017
Where the U.S. Gets its Steel
Amur Equipment Finance Closes Fifth Term Securitization
   Totaling $198 Million
Border Collie/Labrador Retriever (Mix)
   Dallas, Texas  Adopt-a-Dog
California Financing Law Annual Reports
  Due March 15, 2018
News Briefs---
Anti-Money Laundering Trends in the Equipment Leasing
   and Finance Industry
Banks Successfully Transact $30.48 Million in Securities
  Using Blockchain Technology--Trade Milestone
Mexico financial technology law passes final hurdle in Congress
...including crowdfunding and cryptocurrency firms
Vatican Bank’s Ex-Chief Indicted Over $60 Million
   in Embezzlement Losses
SEC subpoenas TechCrunch founder's cryptofund
   amid broader investigation into digital coins
So Far, Only 6% of Tax Savings Going to Workers
   Workers aren’t going to be at the head of line
Believe It or Not, Bank Branches Still Matter
Some banks are betting that new branches are the way forward

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Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months (Be Careful of Doing Business)
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   "Gimme that Wine"
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Storm Closes Business, Schools, Airports
Roads and Homes Effected

Many Northeast leasing companies were closed on Friday due to the heavy storm composed of strong winds and rain; hail in some parts as well as snow. Those working from home also reported no electricity.

Sent from Ralph Mango, Leasing News Associate Editor in Virginia:

"We have been without power since Friday and estimates suggest we may not be back up until Monday. The latest: we are being cautioned that restoration may be as late as Tuesday.

"Heavy wind damage Maine to NC and considerable coastal flooding. Hundreds of thousand without power in the DMV alone. Most of it resulted from trees taking down power lines  Winds were over 70 mph at Dulles and they had to evacuate the air controllers from the tower. We’ve lost two refrigerators full of food."

Sent from my iPhone 






Position Wanted – Credit
Work Remotely or Relocate for Right Opportunity

Each Week Leasing News is pleased, as a service to its readership, to offer completely free ads placed by candidates for jobs in the industry.  These ads also can be accessed directly on the website at:

Each ad is limited to (100) words and ads repeat for up to 6 months unless the candidate tells us to stop. Your submissions should be received here by the end of each week.

Please encourage friends and colleagues to take advantage of this service, including recent graduates and others interested in leasing and related careers. 


Orlando, Florida - Will work remotely
As a Commercial Credit Analyst/Underwriter, I have evaluated transactions from sole proprietorships to listed companies, across a broad spectrum of industries, embracing a multitude of asset types. Sound understanding of balance sheet, income statement and cash flow dynamics which impact credit decisions. Strong appreciation for credit/asset risk.
407 430-3917

Work Remotely from Portland, Oregon

Experienced commercial banker and former commercial equipment leasing industry professional seeking full-time or part-time work out of my home in Portland, Oregon. Over twenty years’ experience in credit analysis, underwriting, sales and collections. Known for creative problem solving and strong quantitative & qualitative analytical skills.  Demonstrated ability to gather information, evaluate and make informed strategic business decisions to maximize profit and mitigate risk. Well known for ability to develop strong business relationships with Clients and large list of national equipment leasing Brokers. Please see attached resume and contact me below if interested. 

Seattle, WA – Will Work Remotely

A highly skilled credit expert.  Extensive underwriting background in small ticket leasing and commercial banking.  Managing equipment finance credit operations, performing daily credit tasks, spreading/analyzing financial statements, preparing monthly reports.  Exceptional organizational, analytical, communication skills.  I excel at making sound credit decisions in a fast paced environment.



Top Reputable Company Seeking
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Top Stories -- February26 - March 2
(Opened Most by Readers)

(1) GoCapital Files Chapter 11
  Large Employee Layoffs Reported

(2) Leasing News Bulletin Board Complaints
    By Kit Menkin, editor

(3) Documentation Fees
         By Michael J. Witt, Esq.

(4) New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
         and Related Industries

(5) What’s New for “Pay per Click” in 2018
        FinTech #102 by Alex Vasilakos

(6) "Rule 23"
  Sales Makes it Happen by Steve Chriest

(7) Hottest 50 Businesses to Franchise in America

(8) Companies who notify lessees
 in advance of lease expiration

(9) Amazon paid no US income taxes for 2017
  after topping $5.6 billion in income in 2017.

(10) Georgia Passes Bill That Stings Delta Over N.R.A. Position
  Goodbye Amazon?  Maybe Delta, too?




Sales Makes it Happen
by Steve Chriest

 Great Selling Can Become a Habit

Summary: Understanding when and why people change is key to helping sales professionals shed unproductive behaviors and adopt behaviors that lead to great selling.

Many sales professionals can get into the habit of selling better; but it isn’t as simple as pointing to the work ethic of top performers or publishing so-called best practices for everyone to emulate.
For sales performance to improve, behaviors must change. Habits that lead to sub-standard performance, or hinder exceptional performance, must be replaced by habits that support improvement. This calls for basic and substantial change.

Much has been written about change management, and many articles coach senior leaders on how to manage organizational change. The trick, I think, is to recognize why and when individuals change, and then to determine how best to help them with the change process.

In my experience, there are at least four important questions that must be answered by individuals who profess a desire to change:

● Why is it important for me to change?
● How badly do I want to change?
● What is my motivation for changing?
● Why is it urgent that I change now?

Once, a very long time ago, I smoked cigarettes. I knew then that inhaling smoke wasn’t a healthy activity, and that people were dying from diseases directly linked to the smoking habit.

One day, along with two close friends, I decided to quit smoking. It was important for me to change to improve my health. I wanted to change badly to eliminate the cost of an unnecessary habit. I was also motivated to stop the embarrassment I felt as people stared at me while I blew smoke rings in public places. My sense of urgency resulted from hearing my physician tell me that smoking two plus packs of cigarettes a day was fast ruining my health.

Sales professionals won’t change unless they discover why it is important for them to change, how badly they want to change, what is motivating them to change and why they want to change now. Each team member must own his or her reasons for wanting to change.

Once a sales leader or executive determines that a sales professional is receptive to change, the real work of supporting the change process begins. Managers will surely be disappointed, however, if they expect a perfect response going forward from the sales professional who wants to change.

When a sales professional voices the desire to change, managers should recognize that the nature of change is that most people will fall off the wagon. They are prone to lapse into old, familiar behaviors and habits.

Here is where managers must be trained to have great patience. If the desire to change is sincere, patience is needed to support the sales professional who falters. I recommend that managers ask the individual who has lapsed into old habits to “recommit” to the change they want.

Recommitting is a powerful tool. A request from the manager to the sales professional to recommit to change will help the salesperson regain the awareness of how important change is to her and how badly she wants to change.

Changing behaviors is a process, and while the commitment to change is itself immediate change, lasting change requires time, commitment, recommitment and support.

The good news is that when managers understand the components of individual change, and learn to facilitate and support change at the individual level, old, inefficient and undesirable selling habits can be replaced by habits that embrace continual improvement.

Great selling can become a habit for sales professionals who are willing to change their behaviors. Those who change successfully become part of a team where change becomes a welcome norm.

Steve Chriest is the CEO of Open Advance and author of “Selling to the E-Suite, The Proven System for Reaching and Selling Senior Executives and Business Acumen 101.”  He recently re-named his company from Selling-Up.  He produces video and radio blogs, as well as continuing as a columnist for Leasing News since 2005.

Sales Makes it Happen articles: 



Financial and Sales Training 
(For our "Lease School/Franchisors" list, please click here)

These individuals act as a consultant in 75% or more of their main business, actually training staff or individuals of a leasing company. These are not schools or franchisors, which can be viewed by clicking here.

Adrian Miller
Wheeler Business Consulting, LLC

Several hold classes, and most will travel to their client's premise.

To qualify for this page, they must be an active member in an equipment leasing association.

Please fax our request form back to 408-317-2066 or you
may e-mail to:

Second Column: YCS - Year Company Started | YELB - Years in equipment Leasing Business

City, State 
Leasing Association
(see above for meaning)
Geographic Area
Adrian Miller 
Port Washington, NY 
Adrian Miller 
Highly results-driven, informative and enjoyable sales skills training programs  that will leave participants empowered for bottom-line success.  AMST guarantees a positive return on training time and investment.  
Commercial Capital 
Training Group

Mike Geisler | Sr. Vice President of Enrollment
Office: (518) 244-8006

Primarily Alternate Financing Loans and Commercial Real Estate Loans. Two Packages: 7-Day in Albany, NY Hq., taught by founder Kris Roglieri, commercial finance training. Elite: plus real time exclusive leads monthly for 2 years by "world's only dedicated finance specific digital marketing agency."  

Institute For Personal Development
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Linda P. Kester
United States
Motivating, Educating and empowering leasing sales reps to top performance. Practical ideas for success using the telephone and internet.

Open Advance
San Ramon, California
Steve Chriest


Consultant. Training. Production.
Your training can be branded, delivered in workshops, accessed via our OA Cloud app. or housed in your LMS. Our objective is to help people learn faster, retain knowledge longer and promote critical thinking skills.

Teichman Financial Training
Sausalito, California
Bob Teichman, CLP

"We specialize in the technical side of leasing, offering comprehensive training in packaging, credit, pricing, structuring, financial analysis and operations. Our clients include lessors, lessees, lenders, associations, and government agencies."

Wheeler Business Consulting, LLC
Fallstow, Maryland
Scott Wheeler, CLP

Provide multiple educational products to individuals and companies engaged in the leasing/financing industry. Encourage & facilitate personal and corporate strategy building to promote efficiencies, increase productivity & future success.



Leasing News Advisory Board Chairman
Robert “Bob” Teichman, CLFP

The Leasing News Advisory Board does not participate in editorial decisions, meaning reviewing or choosing stories or subjects. Their role is to participate with policy and business advice as well as contribute in discussions on matters brought up by the publisher in a private internal blog.

Bob was appointed by Kit Menkin as chairman May 8, 2005, primarily to recognize him as our number one good will ambassador. Kit has known him for over forty-five years since the early 1970's when he was President of Dividend Leasing, Santa Clara, California, and Bob was the champion salesman, just out of Crocker Bank Leasing. Later roles were reversed when Kit sold him deals at various funding companies he represented. He also tutored him to pass the Certified Leasing Professional test, but could never get Kit to run the HP calculator correctly.

Bob joined the Leasing News Advisory Board July 7, 2000. He was actually involved in the "perception" of the newsletter before this date, making many contributions before we went “online” as a website that also distributed a news edition.

He is the one readers call with the most complaints, or wanting the editor to print a press release or explain what was written. Perhaps he started to get the calls as at one time he wrote about all the leasing conferences for Leasing News, wrote many articles, "pal'd around" with Kit at conferences, where many learned he was a very close friend.

Many don't know Bob is quite a musician, a dancer, and choral singer.

Robert Teichman, CLFP
Teichman Financial Training
3030 Bridgeway, Suite 205 Sausalito, CA 94965
Tel: 415 331-6445
Fax: 415 331-6451

Bob Teichman, CLFP, was born in New York City. After attending the High School of Music & Art and the New York College of Music, he received his undergraduate degree from Columbia College.

“I studied music for a lot of years. I even played piano professionally while in college“, he added. “I have kept up my interest in music by singing in a local chorus for the past 32 years. There are about 100 of us and we give concerts several times a year, mostly pre-20th century composers like Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven. But we do get away from the 18th and 19th centuries. At a recent concert we performed 15th and 20th century music.” He pursued his graduate studies in Geneva, Switzerland.

"In 1956, when I was a graduate student in Geneva, I met my wife Patricia," he wrote. "She was working at the UN and she and I were members of a group of expatriates- Americans, British, Russians, Swedes, mid-Easterners- who all hung around the same cafes.

"It was the late 1950's and Switzerland was affordable for students like me. The ski slopes were close and most of the rest of Europe was less than a day’s drive away.

"But sooner or later reality sets in. More than fifty years ago we married in New York and came to California; driving cross-country in a 1957 Bristol sedan my father had picked up on one of his many trips. The car had right-hand drive, so it was a real challenge maneuvering on the two-lane roads (yeah, they were paved; it was the middle of the 20th, not the 19th, century.) Still, it was an adventure when we had car trouble on a couple of occasions.

"Patty is an avid gardener and an excellent watercolorist. The two interests coincide in her botanical paintings. 

Bob on a walk outside his cabin in the backcountry

"We spend our vacations at a small and very primitive cabin in the California Sierra backcountry. Summers only; the roads aren't plowed in the winter. Nice country in summer, though. Pines, firs, granite outcrops, streams, meadows. Also coyotes, bears and deer. We don't bother them, they don't bother us. A bear did chew on my neighbor's cabin. Probably liked the taste of the wood stain.

"Thanks for your friendship over all these years. After having been in the leasing business for over 50 years, I really appreciate all the wonderful people I have met, and the lasting friendships I have formed. I still enjoy the business immensely. There is always something new around the corner."

Bob started in automotive leasing in 1963 in sales, then moved into equipment leasing in the late 1960's. For over 20 years he provided funding for leasing companies as an officer of both bank and non-bank lenders.

Along the way, he started several successful leasing companies. His company, Teichman Financial Training, located in Sausalito, California, was founded in 1998 and provides lease education and consulting services to lessors, funders, brokers, government and international agencies, and other members of the financial community.

He is active in leasing associations, having served on the Board of Directors of the United Association of Equipment Leasing (UAEL) for four years. For three years he was the Chairman of their Education Committee with responsibility for the Certification Program and Educational Programs. He was also a member of other committees including the Standards Committee.

Bob is a frequent speaker at leasing industry events, and has written articles for UAEL's Newsline and other industry publications. He is a co- author of the Certified Lease Professional's Handbook and a co-author of the World Bank’s Global Leasing Toolkit.

He served seven years on the Board of the Certified Lease and Finance Profession al Foundation including two years as President and one year as Chairman. He is also a member of the National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers.


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##### Press Release #############################

Amur Equipment Finance Closes Fifth Term Securitization
Totaling $198 Million

GRAND ISLAND, NE  Amur Equipment Finance, Inc. (AmurEF) is proud to announce the completion of its fifth term securitization. A total of $197,549,000 in DBRS rated securities, spread across seven classes and secured by equipment lease and loans originated or contributed by AmurEF, were issued, including $164,800,000 rated investment grade. KeyBanc Capital Markets served as structuring agent, bookrunner, and lead manager; The Williams Group served as co-manager.

Kalyan Makam
Axis Managing Director
Chief Risk Officer and
Head of Capital Markets,
Amur Finance Company
and its subsidiaries

“This securitization was a great outcome for AmurEF: it shows that the market believes in us and our platform and sets us up well to continue on our very exciting growth path. We’re grateful to the whole KeyBanc Capital Markets team for this outcome – a rapid uptick in interest rates during the marketing phase was a challenge, but they delivered a great result,” said Kalyan Makam, AmurEF Board Member and EVP of Capital Markets for Amur Finance Company, Inc.

Andrea Zana
Co-President & Chief Risk Officer
Axis Capital
Amur Finance Company

 “The response of investors to our disciplined underwriting standards, solid portfolio performance and steady growth was tremendous as the bond offering was oversubscribed,” stated AmurEF’s Co-President and Chief Risk Officer, Andrea Zana.  “It is clear that investors see and appreciate the value of what AmurEF is building.”

AmurEF has issued over $796,000,000 in secured notes across five securitizations. AmurEF will use the proceeds from this securitization to refinance existing debt, originate new leases and loans.

About Amur Equipment Finance, Inc.

Amur Equipment Finance, Inc. (AmurEF) is a nationally-ranked independent equipment finance provider dedicated to ensuring that its customers and employees around the nation are equipped to grow and succeed. AmurEF offers customized capital financing programs that draw on its uniquely expansive expertise in the world’s most essential industries – from transportation and technology to manufacturing and medicine – to support its network of over 15,000 vendors and other partners. AmurEF is a subsidiary of New York-based Amur Finance Company, Inc., a global diversified holding company with over $800M in assets.

For more information, visit

About Amur Finance Company, Inc.
Amur Finance Company, Inc. (Amur) is a privately held, diversified commercial finance company focusing on four main sectors: General Equipment; Aviation; Energy, Shipping & Logistics; and Industrial and Commercial Assets. Amur’s management team and senior leaders have extensive industry expertise and have been involved in over $100 billion of transportation, and related commercial finance, trading and investment transactions around the world. Amur takes a partnership approach to its investments, providing long-term value through direct investments and strategic arrangements with world-class entrepreneurs and businesses.

For more information, go to

### Press Release ##################################


Border Collie/Labrador Retriever (Mix)
Dallas, Texas  Adopt-a-Dog

Age: Unknown

“Cooper is house broken and really likes to be wherever you are. He will get in the shower with you if you don't close the door. He is great with kids, very smart and playful. He was born with a birth defect and his front paw twist outward.

“Cooper is in our Guest Foster program now. If you will like to meet him we ask that you fill out an application online or at the shelter.”

Dog & Kitty City
2719 Manor Way
Dallas, Texas 75235
Phone: 214-350-7387
Hours: Daily 11:45-5.
Closed Tuesdays and holidays.

Adoption Director
Fax:  214-484-6695

“Please note that many of our dogs are at off-site adopt-a-pets on Saturdays, and some of our pets are in foster homes or other off-site adoption locations, such as PetSmart. Please email us to verify that the pet you are interested in is at the shelter prior to visiting us.”

Adopt a Pet



California Financing Law Annual Reports
Due March 15, 2018

The annual report for licensees engaged in business under the California Financing Law (formerly the California Finance Lenders Law) for calendar year 2017 must be submitted to the DBO no later than March 15.

Filling out and submitting the report is a web-based process that must be completed on the DBO’s website via the self-service portal:

Missing the Mar. 15 filing deadline may result in penalty assessments. Failure to file an annual report constitutes grounds for license revocation.

Licensees with questions should email or call (213) 576-7690.


News Briefs----

Anti-Money Laundering Trends in the Equipment Leasing
     and Finance Industry

Banks Successfully Transact $30.48 Million in Securities
  Using Blockchain Technology--Trade Milestone

Mexico financial technology law passes final hurdle in Congress
...including crowdfunding and cryptocurrency firms

Vatican Bank’s Ex-Chief Indicted Over $60 Million
    in Embezzlement Losses 

SEC subpoenas TechCrunch founder's cryptofund
    amid broader investigation into digital coins

So Far, Only 6% of Tax Savings Going to Workers
Workers aren’t going to be at the head of line

Believe It or Not, Bank Branches Still Matter
Some banks are betting that new branches are the way forward



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If You Invested $1,000 Peak Panic March, 2009
 What Would Stock be Worth Today


The Sound of the Trees
    by Robert Frost

I wonder about the trees
Why do we wish to bear
Forever the noise of these
More than another noise
So close to our dwelling place?
We suffer them by the day
Till we lose all measure of pace,
And fixity in our joys,
And acquire a listening air.
They are that that talks of going
But never gets away;
And that talks no less for knowing,
As it grows wiser and older,
That now it means to stay.
My feet tug at the floor
And my head sways to my shoulder
Sometimes when I watch trees sway,
From the window or the door.
I shall set forth for somewhere,
I shall make the reckless choice
Some day when they are in voice
And tossing so as to scare
The white clouds over them on.
I shall have less to say,
But I shall be gone.




Sports Briefs---

Lamar Jackson Has Already Proven He Should Be
     Drafted as a Quarterback

Shaquem Griffin, One-Handed LB, Overcomes It All
     to Dominate the NFL Combine

Phil Mickelson finally breaks through in wild tourney finish

49ers GM John Lynch says team will have
 contingency plan if Reuben Foster suspended

Jerry Jones looking forward to defending himself
    under oath before Roger Goodell


California Nuts Briefs---

Fewer salmon at the Golden Gate may mean
    less fishing in Northern California rivers

Sunnyvale home shatters record with enormous price tag

The Ultimate Bay Area Music Quiz

Amazing 1906 footage of SF in ruins found at flea market



“Gimme that Wine”

Napa expert grim about the state and direction of the valley:
 ‘I don’t see any hope’

Napa's Highly Controversial "Oak Woodland Initiative"
    Placed on June Ballot

2018 Oregon Wine Industry Recognizes Leaders at
   Annual Wine Symposium

Wine Prices by vintage

US/International Wine Events

Leasing News Wine & Spirits Page


This Day in History

     1595 - First New England Settler: William Blackstone, born at Durham County, England, was the first settler in what is now Boston, Massachusetts, and the first in what is now Rhode Island. Blackstone came to New England with the Captain Robed Gorge’s expedition in 1623. When the expedition failed and most returned to England, he stayed and settled on what later became Beacon Hill. In 1634, he sold most of his Boston property and moved to the shores of the river that now bears his name. He died there at what is now Cumberland, Rhode Island, May 26, 1675.
    1623 – Alcohol prohibited: Governor Sir Francis Wyatt of Virginia and 32 others signed into law an “alcohol Temperance” against swearing and public drunkenness, ordering “...churchwardens shall be sworne to present them to the commanders of every plantation and that the forfeitures shall be collected by them to be for publique uses.”
    1770 - Boston Massacre: the first clashes of the coming revolution occurred during this period which saw the rise of organized political resistance to parliamentary and royal excesses in the form of the first Continental Congress. Perhaps the start of this "movement" was sparked by what came to be called the Boston Massacre.  Five colonists (Crispus Attucks, James Caldwell, Patrick Carr, Samuel Gray and Samuel Maverick) were killed when British troops fired on a mob of men and boys who had been taunting them and throwing stones. Capt. Thomas Preston, commander of the British contingent, and six of his men were charged with murder. They were defended in court by John Adams and Josiah Quincy. All except two were acquitted. The estimated colonial population was 2,205,000. The day is celebrated as Crispus Attucks Day, honoring Crispus Attucks, possibly a runaway slave, who was the first to die in the Boston Massacre.
Historians reported the most popular early engraving was “The Bloody Massacre Perpetrated in King Street, Boston,” on March 5, 1770, which was engraved, printed, and sold by Paul Revere. It depicted the shooting of five Americans by the British troops and has appeared in countless children’s textbooks and general works on American history.
    1804 - Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase was impeached after charges were brought by the House of Representatives. The accusations consisted of eight articles, of which the majority had to do with high-handed conduct displayed by Chase in two treason and sedition trials. There were also political reasons for the impeachment, which was encouraged by President Thomas Jefferson. The trial began on January 30, 1805. Chase was acquitted and served until his death of June 19, 1811, at the age of 70.
    1821 - James Monroe became the first President of the United States inaugurated on March 5th. The usual inauguration date occurred because March 4th, the normal Presidential Inauguration Day, fell on a Sunday and a President cannot be inaugurated on the Christian Sabbath. While it’s still a law today, Inauguration Day was officially set back to January 20th, with Sundays not included.
    1836 - Samuel Colt made the first pistol, a .34-caliber ‘Texas’ model.
    1845 - Congress appropriates $30,000 to ship camels to western US.
    1848 - In the Battle of Abiqua, whites attack Klamath tribe camp at Abiqua Creek near Salem, Oregon Territory; 13 men and women killed.
    1854 - Mary Elizabeth Garrett (d. 1915) birthday, Baltimore, MD. U.S philanthropist whose endowment to Johns Hopkins University Medical School forced it to accept women. Her first major endowment was to establish the Bryn Mawr School for Girls. Her donations guaranteed that the school would be headed by M. Carey Thomas, her domestic partner. Garrett later donated more than $450,000 to Johns Hopkins University medical school for it to remain a graduate school in perpetuity that would (for the first time in its history) accept women students. With donations that eventually surpassed $350,000, she guaranteed that her domestic partner, the brilliant M. Carey Thomas, was made president of Bryn Mawr College. Thomas made Bryn Mawr one of the great colleges of the nation with scholastic requirements higher than men entering Harvard University. Garrett was an active suffragist who lived with Thomas from about 1904 to her death in 1915 and, through her will, made Thomas a very wealthy woman. 
    1865 - General John C. Breckinridge takes control of Confederate forces in the Appalachian Mountains of western Virginia. The Kentuckian was a former senator and had been the vice president of the country and the runner-up to Abraham Lincoln in the 1860 presidential election. Breckinridge took over the obscure Western Department of Virginia, where he managed forces until he was elevated to the Confederacy's Secretary of War in the closing weeks of the conflict.  Born in 1821, Breckinridge graduated from college when he was 17 years old. He served in the military during the Mexican War and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives at age 30. In 1856, Breckinridge became the youngest vice president when he was elected with James Buchanan at age 35. In 1860, he represented the southern wing of the Democratic Party, which had split during the convention over the issue of slavery. He finished third in the popular vote behind Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, who represented the northern Democrats, but he received 72 electoral votes to finish second behind Lincoln. Although he lost the White House, his state legislature selected him as senator shortly after the election. During the summer of 1861, Breckinridge remained in the Senate, supporting secessionist’s views as the war escalated. In September, Kentucky declared itself a Union state. Having literally become a man without a country, Breckinridge fled to the Confederacy and joined the army. He was made commander of the Orphan Brigade, a collection of Kentucky regiments with soldiers who found themselves geographically cut off from their native state. His unit suffered 34 percent casualties at the Battle of Shiloh, but went on to fight at most of the battles in the western theater. After taking control of the Western Department of Virginia, Breckinridge led forces at the Battle of New Market in May 1864, where his army routed a Union force. In October, troops in his department were victorious at the Battle of Saltville, but the victory was tarnished when the Confederates began massacring black soldiers during the Union retreat. When Breckinridge heard of this, he went to the battlefield and ordered his men to stop killing any prisoners, be they black or white. As soon as he left, the units involved in the battle killed all blacks and those whites who tried to protect them. It was not uncommon to kill black Union soldiers than take them as prisoner. Breckinridge also served during Jubal Early's 1864 Shenandoah Valley campaign. On February 6, 1865, Confederate President Jefferson Davis tapped Breckinridge to be Secretary of War. He showed great ability in that capacity, but the Confederate cause had become hopeless. Breckinridge oversaw the evacuation of Richmond in March and fled southward with Davis. Unlike Davis, however, Breckinridge successfully escaped the country through Florida and into Cuba. Joined by his family, Breckinridge stayed for four years in Europe before a presidential pardon allowed him to return to Kentucky. He worked as a lawyer until his death in 1875.
    1870 - American writer Frank Norris (d. 1902) born Chicago, Illinois. One of the first American naturalist writers; a muckraker.
    1872 - George Westinghouse patented the air brake.
    1877 - Rutherford B. Hayes inaugurated as 19th US President.
    1882 - Canadian soprano Pauline Donalda was born Pauline Lightstone (d. 1970) in Montreal. Considered a rival of the famous Melba in the early years of the 20th century, Donalda often replaced her in roles and sang with such renowned performers as Enrico Caruso. Most of her performing career was spent in Europe, but in 1937, she returned to Montreal and opened a music studio. She formed the Opera Guild in 1942, and directed it until 1969, the year before her death.
    1885 - Famed pathologist and physician Louise Pearce (d. 1959) born, Winchester, MA. She was one of the principal figures in the development of tryparsamide to control African sleeping sickness. Tryparsamide was discovered in a laboratory by several researchers, but it was Pearce alone who went to the Belgian Congo to test it on humans. She set up a hospital, determined dosage and treatments. Under her care, every one of the 77 patients chosen for the test fully recovered. She was awarded the Order of the Crown of Belgium for her work and in 1953, was awarded the King Leopold II Prize and a check for $10,000 and a second decoration, the Royal Order of the Lion. Her three colleagues were also honored. Later she made important research discoveries regarding syphilis and cancer. Conducting work with generations of rabbits that developed hereditary diseases and deformities, her research data was destroyed at her death. (A number of women did extensive studies on heredity and resultant deformities but very few ever got much credit.) Pearce spent her last years at Trevenna Farm, the home she shared in Skillman, NJ with novelist Ida A. R. Wylie who was part of the fabled Heterodoxy Women's Club. Source: “The History of the Rockefeller Institute, 1901-1953,” G.W. Corner, Rockefeller Institute Press, NY, 1964. 
    1888 - Singer/guitarist Joshua Barnes “Peg Leg” Howell (d. 1966) birthday, born Eatonton, GA.
    1892 - Famed writer, journalist Josephine Herbst (d. 1969) was born Sioux City, IA.  Her trilogy, “Pity is Not Enough” (1933), “The Executioner Waits” (1934) and “Rope of Gold” (1939), was regarded critically as "as one of the most sweeping and ambitious" fictional reconstruction of American life ever attempted by any writer. She leaned towards communism for a time but, after covering the Spanish Civil War as a reporter, she broke all ties with that ideology. She had well publicized affairs with women. Her mother was a storyteller who inspired her daughter to write. Her many novels, short stories, and articles were highly praised and deserve a higher place in today's literature than is accorded them.
    1893 - The Culligan Man: Emmett J. Culligan (d. 1970), founder of world's largest water treatment organization, was born at Yankton, SD. Culligan first experimented with a water-softening device in the early 1920s to soften water used to wash his baby's diapers. In 1936, he launched the company from a Northbrook, IL, blacksmith shop. Recipient of Horatio Alger Award in 1969. 
    1908 - Birthday of Rex Harrison, born Reginald Carey (d. 1990) at Huyton, England. Rex Harrison’s career as an actor encompassed more than 40 films and scores of plays. He won both a Tony and an Oscar for the role of Henry Higgins in “My Fair Lady,” perhaps his most famous role. Among other films, he appeared in “Dr. Doolittle,” “Cleopatra,” “Blithe Spirit” and “Major Barbara.” He claimed he would never retire from acting and he was appearing in a Broadway revival of Somerset Maugham’s “The Circle” three weeks before his death.
    1917 - The first jazz recording for Victor Records was released. The Original Dixieland ‘Jass’ Band performed on the tune "The Dixie Jass Band One Step." They had opened at Reisenweber’s Restaurant in New York City and changed their name to “Jass” as that it how it was pronounced by the owner. In this year, the group made a series of other first jazz recordings, including “Tiger Rag,” “Reisenweber Rag,” “Barnyard Blues,” “At the Jazz Band Ball,” “Ostrich Walk,” “Bluin’ the Blues, and “Clarinet Marmalade.” Some say they left New Orleans for Chicago, then New York, because the Navy closed Storyville, also known as the District, a section of New Orleans set aside for honky-tonks and sporting houses. The original Storyville was established on January 1, 1898 as a legally operated red-light district in New Orleans, this being the only legal red-light district in the United States. The district was home to beautiful bordellos that were renowned for their grand architecture. The bordellos’ festive atmosphere was created by seductive women and mood-altering music. Storyville is believed to be the birthplace of Jazz. ("Jazz" was a slang word for sex, just like rock ‘n’ roll). The fun lasted until the fall of 1917, when the United States Department of the Navy shut it down. Later in the 1940's, the "good people" of New Orleans thought they would do a good thing for the city by constructing a low-income housing project. To make way for this project, the old District was completely demolished. Contrary to popular belief, many of the jazz musicians migrated to Kansas City, Chicago, and New York not because of Storyville, but to find a better paying musical job. Kansas City was hot and so was Chicago, but New York was “The Big Apple.”

    1920 - Leontine Turpeau Current Kelly (d. 2012) was born in the parsonage of Mount Zion Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. Kelly became the first Black woman bishop of a major denomination in the United States, in 1984. She was elected bishop of the United Methodist Church in the San Francisco area. From “Black Women in America, Vol. 1”
    1922 – Babe Ruth became the highest-paid player in history when he signed a three-year contract for over $50,000 per season. In 1921, Ruth led the American League with 59 home runs and 171 RBI.
    1924 - Bowler Frank Carauna of Buffalo, NY, became the first bowler in history to roll two consecutive 300 games in a sanctioned league competition. He had five strikes in the third game, rolling 29 strikes in succession. His score for the four games was 1,115 (300, 300, 268, 247).
    1924 - Pianist Dave Burns born Perth Amboy, NJ.
    1928 - Pianist Lou Levy (d. 2001) born, Chicago. West Coast jazz great, also recorded with Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Nancy Wilson, Anita O’Day. I remember him at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, where he played with various musicians.
    1929 - Louis Armstrong (with Jack Teagarden) records “Knockin’ A Jug,” NYC.
    1931 - Lawrence Tibbett recorded the now much-recorded tune, "Without a Song" for Victor Records. This melody came from the film, "The Southerner" and has been a hit for many, such as Willie Nelson, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett.
    1931 - Female aviator Jerrie Cobb born, Norman, OK. She was the first woman to qualify as an American astronaut. She was subsequently rejected because she was a woman. Cobb learned to fly at 12, earned her pilot's license at 16, and received her commercial and flight instructor's license at 18. At 21, she was the only female international ferry pilot in the United States. As chief pilot, she flew over wild terrain and mountains, once being arrested as a spy after a forced landing in South America. She passed the same 87 physical and psychological tests administered by NASA that it used in the selection of the original seven male astronauts. Several women, including Cobb, surpassed the test results of the men who were chosen, including John Glenn. NASA officials admitted later in a Congressional investigation that they had no intentions of allowing women to pilot space craft; the testing was merely a sop. [Some revisionists today are questioning the charge and claiming that the rejection of women was a practical matter, not sexual bias. The author of WOAH?? has seen the original spacecraft at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral. In many of the first flights, the astronauts were simply passengers, lying strapped to "mattresses" and with only a small porthole to see outside. There was no moving around and now piloting involved.]
Cobb is one of the four Americans to hold the Golden Wings of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale and was chosen 1959 Pilot of the Year by the National Pilots Association. She was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her piloting of medical supplies into dangerous South American locations. Two other noted women pilots were tested by NASA (and passed the tests), Wally Funk and Bernice Steadman. Both the women do NOT agree with revisionists and maintain it was sexual bias that kept them from the program. Cobb testified before a congressional hearing that of the 25 women who applied to the space program in 1960, 13 had been found qualified. The National Air and Space Museum described the turndown: "They had hoped to be the country's first women in space and they had reason to think that a few might make it. But no one had warned them that having the 'right stuff' might also mean being the 'right sex’."
The following information was gleaned from information provided by the website of the 99s - the organization of women in aviation. It is located at and is a fascinating site! President Lyndon Johnson announced the formation of the FAA's Women's Advisory Committee on Aviation, May 4, 1964. Most of the 27 non-government members, including Jane Hart and Jean Ross Howard, co-chairwomen, and five government members, were 99s. Although members of this committee pushed for admission of women to NASA, they were 17 years too early to become astronauts.
Cobb was deeply discouraged by the failure of NASA to put a female in space and, in the same year (1964), she became a jungle pilot in the Amazon. She has devoted all her resources and talents to helping Indian tribes in unexplored parts of six countries, and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts. In the meantime, to squelch growing complaints, on 01-16-1978, the post of "Mission Specialists" was created by NASA and six women were appointed to fill the posts. It marked the first time since the inception of the U.S. space program in 1959 that NASA had recognized women. Janet Guthrie, who would win fame as an Indianapolis 500 racer, was turned down because NASA decided all the women had to have Ph.D. degrees. The first American woman in space was Sally Ride, who used the shuttle robot arm to release and retrieve satellites. The first American woman to perform a spacewalk was Kathryn Sullivan, who practiced techniques for refueling satellites, and Kathryn Thorntorn went outside the shuttle to help repair the Hubble Space telescope. The non-pilot women trainees hold Ph.D.’s in their fields of expertise. On February 2, 1995, Cobb was the personal guest of Lt. Colonel Eileen Collins, 38, as Collins lifted off from Cape Canaveral in the co-pilot's seat - the first woman to co-pilot an American space craft. An Air Force test pilot, Collins was selected for the NASA space program in 1990, the first woman chosen as a space shuttle pilot. Her first command was a frightening one because of equipment failure but she kept her cool and the mission was completed. Since then other women have quietly moved into the pilot's seat. However, when NASA decided to test the effects of space on older people, they chose John Glenn (a U.S. Senator with a life of sedentary pursuits) instead of Jerrie Cobb - again. Glenn became quite ill on the flight and it almost had to be scrubbed. Cobb, who maintained her physical abilities, was disgusted. Perhaps one of the reasons was that fact she is considered a lesbian.
    1933 - Bank Holiday declared. On his first full day in office, Sunday, Mar 5, 1933, President Roosevelt proclaimed a national "Bank Holiday" to help save the nation's faltering banking system. Most banks were able to reopen after the 10-day "holiday" (March 4-14), but in the meantime, "scrip" had temporarily replaced money in many American households.
    1936 - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s "Mutiny on the Bounty" (produced by Irving Thalberg and Albert Lewin) was voted Outstanding Production, as they used to say. The 8th Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles. Director/producer/writer/actor Frank Capra hosted the big giveaway honoring the films of 1935, which saw Victor McLaglen take the Best Actor prize for "The Informer" (John Ford won for directing this one). Best Actress was Bette Davis in "Dangerous." In case you are wondering, they didn’t start handing out those Supporting Actor/Actress awards until 1937. The Best Music/Song award winners were Harry Warren (music) and Al Dubin (lyrics) for the song "Lullaby of Broadway" from "Gold Diggers of 1935." An Oscar for Short Subject/Cartoon was awarded to some guy named Walt Disney for his ’toon, "Three Orphan Kittens."
    1937 - The American government officially apologizes to Nazi Germany for New York Mayor LaGuardia's reference to Adolf Hitler as a "brown- shirted fanatic." LaGuardia has been called "the conscience of the 20s." Best known as the tempestuous mayor of New York City, he served in Congress between 1917 and 1933, where, in an era marked by nativism and bigotry, LaGuardia spoke up for internationalism, freedom of speech, and the rights of minorities and the poor. The issues he fought for included price controls, the right to strike, public power, and the redistribution of wealth by taxation. He is best known for reading the comics on radio ever Sunday. He is perhaps New York’s most beloved mayor.
    1939 - Glenn Miller opens at Meadowbrook, Cedar Grove, NJ, his first important booking.
    1944 - Top Hits
“Besame Mucho” - The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal: Bob Eberly & Kitty Kallen
“My Heart Tells Me” - The Glen Gray Orchestra (vocal: Eugenie Baird)
“Mairzy Doats” - The Merry Macs
“Ration Blues” - Louis Jordan
    1948 – Winston Churchill delivered his famed “Iron Curtain” speech at Westminster College, Fulton, MO.  Introduced by President Truman,  Britain's wartime Prime Minister painted a dark picture of post-war Europe, on which "an iron curtain has descended across the Continent" from Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic.  Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Sofia and Bucharest are all being subjected to increasing pressure and control from Moscow,” he said, adding: "This is certainly not the liberated Europe we fought to build up. Nor is it one which contains the essentials of permanent peace."
    1948 - Poet and novelist Leslie Marmon Silko was born, Albuquerque, NM. She is often referred to as the premier Native American writer of her generation. Silko is of the mixed ancestry of Amerind/Laguana Pueblo, Mexican and white. She grew up on the Laguana Pueblo reservation in New Mexico. "Silko drew on the Laguana stories she had heard in childhood. She combined concerns of Laguana spirituality, such as the relationship between human beings and the natural elements, with complex portrayals of contemporary struggles to retain Native American culture in an Anglo world," one critic wrote. Her first full novel was “Ceremony” (1977) and her second, “Almanac of the Dead” (1991). In 1981, Silko received a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, and she produced the volume “Storyteller,” made up of poetry, tribal stories, fiction, and photographs. Like many Amerinds in the Southwest who have to travel huge distances to attended school on a daily basis, Silko traveled 100 miles a day to school in Albuquerque
    1951 - The religious program "Circuit Rider" debuted over ABC television. The broadcast featured music selections and biographies of evangelists, and was produced by Franklin W. Dyson.
    1951 - Ike Turner and his Kings of Rhythm record "Rocket 88" with producer Sam Phillips at his Memphis Recording Service. When the up-tempo combination of Swing and Jazz is released, it is credited to Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats and is now said by many music historians to be the first true Rock 'n' Roll record. 
    1951 - Sam Phillips launches Sun Records by releasing "Drivin' Slow" by 16-year-old saxophonist Johnny London.
    1952 – Norman Bel Geddes, after designing a 5,000-seat complex for the Brooklyn Dodgers’ spring training complex in Vero Beach, FL, stated that team owner Walter O’Malley asked for a stadium design for the team. It is to have a retractable dome, garage, automatic hotdog vending machines, and artificial turf that can be painted in different colors.
    1952 - Top Hits
“Cry” - Johnnie Ray
“Slowpoke” - Pee Wee King
“Anytime” - Eddie Fisher
“Wondering” - Webb Pierce
    1955 - Elvis Presley makes his television debut on the regionally telecast "The Louisiana Hayride." 
    1955 - In the wake of the continual controversy on offensive R&B records, BMI, the largest organization of music publishers, releases plans to tighten controls on objectionable lyrics. BMI never gave clearance to nearly a dozen singles, and some like Big Joe Turner's "Shake Rattle & Roll" became major hits.
    1956 - Supreme Court affirms the ban on segregation in public schools in Brown vs. Board of Education. 
    1957 – “You’ll Never Get Rich,” the hit comedy show starring Phil Silvers as Sgt. Ernie Bilko, satirizes Elvis Presley (Elvin Pelvin) in “Rock 'n' Roll Rookie” (Written by Nat Hiken & Billy Friedburg; #3557; Mar. 5th). When singing sensation Elvin Pelvin is drafted, the army can't cope with his screaming fans. The solution? Transfer him to a quiet, out-of-the-way posting. Perhaps somewhere in the midwest, like Ft, Baxter, KS, where he will attract less attention and be safe from the less scrupulous soldier who might try to exploit his fame and fortune...
    1958 - Buddy Holly and The Crickets began their only UK tour, playing two sets each evening for 25 nights. 
       1960 - After 2 years in the United States Army, Elvis Presley returned to civilian life. Not since the return of General Douglas MacArthur from battle has a soldier gotten such publicity. Before his induction, he recorded enough material so that a steady stream of Elvis hits were released during his tour of duty. He continued to dominate the charts through the mid-'60s and made more than 20 movies. Elvis stopped performing live in 1961 but made a comeback in the late 60s, becoming a Las Vegas fixture and releasing several top singles, including "In the Ghetto" and "Suspicious Minds" in 1969. As his popularity continued to skyrocket, the "King of Rock and Roll" allegedly turned to drugs. His final live performance was on June 25, 1977, and on August 16, 1977, the day of his next scheduled concert, his girlfriend found him dead in a bathroom at Graceland, the Memphis mansion he built and named after his mother. Congestive heart failure was initially cited as the cause of death, but prescription drug abuse was suspected as a contributing factor. He was buried at Graceland. Nine years after his death, he was one of the first 10 people inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. During his life, he had earned 94 gold singles and more than 40 gold LPs.
    1960 - Eastern Massachusetts’ greatest March snowstorm of record began to abate. The storm produced record 24-hour snowfall totals of 27.2 inches at Blue Hill Observatory, 17.7 inches at Worcester, and 16.6 inches at Boston. Winds gusted to 70 mph.
    1960 - Top Hits
“The Theme from "A Summer Place" - Percy Faith
“Handy Man” - Jimmy Jones
“Beyond the Sea” - Bobby Darin
“He’ll Have to Go” - Jim Reeves
    1962 - A tremendous storm raged along the Atlantic coast, causing more than $200 million in property damage from Florida to New England. Winds along the Middle Atlantic Coast reached 70 mph raising forty-foot waves, and as much as 33 inches of snow blanketed the mountains of Virginia. The Virginia shoreline was rearranged by historic tidal flooding caused by the combination of the long stretch of strong onshore winds and the "Spring Tides." The March Storm of ’62, as it is known at the Jersey Shore, ripped boardwalks and caused major flooding. The ocean met the bay and inundated nearly all of Long Beach Island before receding.
    1963 - Country-pop singer Patsy Cline was killed in a single-engine plane crash near Camden, Tennessee. Also killed were Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins. The three were returning to Nashville from Kansas City, where they had participated in a benefit concert for the widow of a disc jockey. The DJ, Cactus Jack Call, had been killed in a car crash. Cline’s hits included “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “Crazy,” “She’s Got You,” and “I Fall to Pieces” in a career that began when she was selected to appear on Arthur Godfrey’s “Talent Scouts,” one of early television’s first variety shows.
    1966 - "The Ballad of the Green Berets" by Staff-Sergeant Barry Sadler reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was the top song in the US for five weeks. The album did even better, topping the LP chart for 13 weeks. Sadler was an original New Christy Minstrel.
    1966 - HIBBS, ROBERT JOHN, Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company B, 2d Battalion, 28th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. Place and date: Don Dien Lo Ke, Republic of Vietnam, 5 March 1966. Entered service at: Des Moines, Iowa. Born: 21 April 1943, Omaha, Nebr. G.O. No.: 8, 24 February 1967. Citations: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. 2d Lt. Hibbs was in command of a 15-man ambush patrol of the 2d Battalion, when his unit observed a company of Viet Cong advancing along the road toward the 2d Battalion's position. Informing his command post by radio of the impending attack, he prepared his men for the oncoming Viet Cong, emplaced 2 mines in their path and, when the insurgents were within 20 feet of the patrol's position, he fired the 2 antipersonnel mines, wounding or killing half of the enemy company. Then, to cover the withdrawal of his patrol, he threw hand grenades, stepped onto the open road, and opened fire on the remainder of the Viet Cong force of approximately 50 men. Having rejoined his men, he was leading them toward the battalion perimeter when the patrol encountered the rear elements of another Viet Cong company deployed to attack the battalion. With the advantage of surprise, he directed a charge against the Viet Cong, which carried the patrol through the insurgent force, completely disrupting its attack. Learning that a wounded patrol member was wandering in the area between the 2 opposing forces and although moments from safety and wounded in the leg himself, he and a sergeant went back to the battlefield to recover the stricken man. After they maneuvered through the withering fire of 2 Viet Cong machine guns, the sergeant grabbed the dazed soldier and dragged him back toward the friendly lines while 2d Lt. Hibbs remained behind to provide covering fire. Armed with only an M-16 rifle and a pistol, but determined to destroy the enemy positions, he then charged the 2 machine gun emplacements and was struck down. Before succumbing to his mortal wounds, he destroyed the starlight telescopic sight attached to his rifle to prevent its capture and use by the Viet Cong. 2d Lt. Hibb's profound concern for his fellow soldiers, and his intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty are in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.
    1966 – In arguably one of the game’s seminal moments, United Steelworkers union official Marvin Miller was named the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association. Under Miller's guidance through 1982, the players' union will make major gains such as salary increases, improvements in pension benefits, and the advent of free agency, and salary arbitration. Hank Aaron said he was "as important to the history of baseball as Jackie Robinson” and Hall of Fame announcer Red Barber called him one of three most important figures in baseball history, alongside Robinson and Babe Ruth.
    1968 - Sales of "Simon Says" by the 1910 Fruitgum Company reach the one million mark during the short-lived bubblegum music craze. 
    1968 - Top Hits
“Love is Blue” - Paul Mauriat
(Theme From) “Valley of the Dolls” - Dionne Warwick
“(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” - Otis Redding
“Skip a Rope” - Henson Cargill
    1969 - For the first time, the rock magazine, "Creem," was published by Barry Kramer and founding editor Tony Reay. It suspended production in 1989 but received a short-lived renaissance in the early 1990s as a glossy tabloid.
    1969 - First Woman on FBI’s Top Ten: Ruth Eisemann-Schier was convicted and sentenced to a seven-year prison term. She had kidnapped Barbara Jane Mackle from a motel in Decatur, GA, on December 17, 1968, in a sensational first television major coverage. Mackle was found alive about 80 hours after the abduction, buried in a box underground, many say due to the television coverage. 
    1973 – New York Yankees pitchers Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich announced that they have traded wives, children, and family dogs. The announcement sent shock waves through the baseball world and beyond. Peterson is still married to the former Mrs. Kekich but Peterson's wife never did marry Kekich.
    1974 - Helen Thomas was named UPI White House reporter, the first woman ever named to cover the presidential beat. She had been an award-winning reporter in Washington for 30 years before being allowed to cover the president. For many years women reporters, such as Lorena Hickok were only allowed to cover the wives of presidents.
    1974 - Gregg Allman's first solo album, "Laid Back" attains gold status and at the same time starts rumors that the Allmans are splitting.
    1975 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Have You Never Been Mellow,'' Olivia Newton-John. The song is also a country hit for the singer, reaching No. 3 on Billboard's country singles chart.
    1976 - Top Hits
“Theme from S.W.A.T.” - Rhythm Heritage
“Love Machine” (Part 1) - The Miracles
“All by Myself” - Eric Carmen
“Good Hearted Woman” - Waylon & Willie
    1977 - "The Love Theme from A Star Is Born," from the film starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, was the top tune in the US. 
    1977 - President Jimmy Carter joined CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite for the first ever “Dial-a-President” radio talk show. It was carried on 260 CBS stations, with the President answering a variety of questions from listeners across the United States. It was called “Ask President Carter,” from the Oval Office in the White House. 42 listeners from 26 states phoned in questions on the nationwide radio broadcast.
    1981 - World Men's Figure Skating Championship in Hartford won by Scott Hamilton (USA)
    1982 - Comedian and Blues Brother John Belushi, 33, dies of drug overdose in the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Beverly Hills.
    1982 - General Motors shuts its Fremont, CA plant, furloughing its last 2,500 workers while it waits to see if the economy and changes in American car-buying tastes will justify reopening the factory. A white Oldsmobile Ciera rolled off the assembly line at 9:15 a.m. March 4, the 4,282,215th vehicle produced there. It was also the last.  The plant later re-opened by New United Motors Manufacturing, “NUMMI”, a joint venture of GM and Toyota.
    1984 - Top Hits
“Jump” - Van Halen
“99 Luftballons” - Nena
“Girls Just Want to Have Fun” - Cyndi Lauper
“Woke Up in Love” - Exile
    1984 – Quarterback Steve Young from Brigham Young University was signed by the Los Angeles Express of the United States Football League to a “substantial” contract. The football All-American inked a pact that would earn him $40 million dollars over a 43-year period, in one of the most complicated contracts ever -- lasting until 2027. The USFL folded not long after he signed the lucrative deal. Young became the back-up quarterback for football Hall of Famer and legend, Joe Montana, in San Francisco. In 1991, after Montana was seriously injured during the previous year’s NFC Championship, Young took over the reins to lead the 49ers. He lived not far from here in Saratoga, where he was often seen running. Rumor has it that he lived in only one room of the house, as he was single at the time, constantly working out, and when his mother visited him, she found more than one years of his salary checks in a drawer that he did not have the time to deposit. Young holds the NFL record for career QB passer rating and became a Hall of Famer himself in 2005.
    1985 - Mike Bossy of the New York Islanders became the first National Hockey League player to score 50 goals in eight consecutive seasons. Two players have scored 50 goals in six seasons: Wayne ‘The Great One’ Gretzky of Los Angeles and Guy Lafleur of Montreal. 
    1985 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Can't Fight This Feeling,'' REO Speedwagon.
    1987 - A storm in the western U.S. produced heavy rain and high winds in California. Up to six inches of rain soaked the San Francisco Bay area in 24 hours, and winds gusted to 100 mph at the Wheeler Ridge Pumping Plant near the Tehachapi Mountains.
    1989 – Pepsi-Cola in the US said it would withdraw its Madonna TV ads from any station that showed the singer's new video, "Like a Prayer." Pepsi in Canada declined to take similar action. The entire Madonna-Pepsi campaign was scrapped a month later. The video, which already had been banned in Italy, showed a scantily-clad Madonna kissing the naked feet of a statue in a church sanctuary and caressing a priest. Pepsi had paid the singer a reported $5 million to star in a two-minute TV commercial, featuring the same music as the video but showing a more subdued Madonna.
    1989 - Thunderstorms produced severe weather in the southeastern U.S. A strong (F-2) tornado killed one person and injured six others in Heard County, GA. A strong (F-3) tornado injured 23 persons and caused more than five million dollars damage around Grantville, GA.
    1993 - Washington Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs resigned his position after 12 seasons and winning the Super Bowl in 1992. Gibbs’ teams compiled a 140-65 record and won three Super Bowls, each with a different QB.
    1996 - Netscape announces that it will slash prices for its Internet server software. The move came in reaction to competition from Microsoft, which started giving its browser away for free. Microsoft's fierce efforts to compete against Netscape would come under the scrutiny of the Justice Department in antitrust litigation in 1998; however, the investigation came too late for Netscape. The once high-flying company was purchased by America Online in late 1998.
    1999 - Records chosen today for inclusion in the US National Recordings Registry: "Blue Suede Shoes," Carl Perkins; "Be My Baby," The Ronettes; "A Change Is Gonna Come," Sam Cooke; "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, the Rolling Stones.
    2002 - The first episode of “The Osbournes” TV show was aired on MTV in the US. Focusing on Ozzy and his family, they bicker, squabble, curse and hang out backstage at Ozzy's shows.
    2004 - The Sunday edition of Britain's Daily Mail lists Paul McCartney's worth at $1.3 billion. 
    2004 - Martha Stewart was convicted of obstructing justice and lying to the government about why she'd unloaded her Imclone Systems Inc. stock just before the price plummeted.
    2005 - Academy Awards: Jon Stewart of the “Daily Show” was the host. Best Picture: “Crash;” Best Actor in a leading role: Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Capote;” Best Actress in a Leading Role: Reese Witherspoon, “Walk the Line;” Best Actor in a Supporting Role: George Clooney, “Syriana;” Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Rachel Weisz, “The Constant Gardener;” Best Director: Ang Lee, “Brokeback Mountain;” Best Screenplay: Paul Haggis and Robert Moresco, “Crash;” Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published: Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, “Brokeback Mountain;” Best song: “It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp,” from “Hustle & Flow,” Jordan Houston, Cedric Coleman, and Paul Beauregard; Original score: Gustavo Santaolalla, “Brokeback Mountain.”
    2014 – The Supreme Court ruled that whistleblower protection under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act extends to private employers working under contract for public companies.



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- LEAF CFO Has Left the Building
- More Changes at Bank of the West
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- The Complaint Process for Leasing and Finance Associations
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- Ascentium Capital Class Action Suit Settled?
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- Pine River to Shut $1 Billion Flagship Hedge Fund
- Alleged $11.5 Million Lease Fraud in Canada
- What's Ahead for Fleet Lessors?
- State Licensing and Usury Laws:
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- Shopko-Balboa Capital Summary Judgement Denied
- Who Writes Small Ticket Leases in Today’s Marketplace?
- Changes at Bank of the West Clarification
- Accounting for Leases Under the New Standard, Part 1
- DocuSign is now the electronic signature of choice
   for the federal government
- Class Action/Ascentium Settlement Discussions
- LEAF "All-Cash Acquisition"
- Violating California Lender’s License Law?
   This May Prevent You from Being Licensed in the Future
- New Jersey Appeals Court Vacates $1.5 Million
  Attorneys’ Fees Award in Equipment Leasing Dispute
- National Do Not Call Registrys
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   Working with Third Party Originators
- Referral, Recommendations, Questions, Complaints
- Filing a Complaint Against a Finance or Leasing Company
   in the State of California
- Credit Bureaus Erasing Negative Info
- It's Not the United States with Highest Income Tax
- California Department of Business Oversight Confirms
that Brokers Need Licenses and Lessors Can’t Pay Unlicensed Brokers
- Signs of a Chill in Fintech Funding?
- FinTech #102  by Christopher Menkin
   Menkin has an Epiphany
- Alternate Finance Companies - Subprime
- FICO Score: Excellent to Bad
- Charlie Chan on Balboa Capital
- Reader Complaint About LEAF Financial Investment (Collection)
- How to be a “Leasing Expert Witness”
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- Why Leasing News is Different
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- California License Web Addresses
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