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Friday, November 22, 2013

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

Archives--November 22, 2000
 "Others Award" Goes to Kit Menkin
   Classified Ads---Sales
Arvest's Kyle Gilliam, CLP, on
 Section 179 to End December 31, 2013
  Placard---"Take the Stairs"
New Hires—Promotions
 Classified Ads---Help Wanted
  Top 50 US banks, thrifts in Q3'13
   By Robert Clark and Zuhaib Gull
    Samsung Says "No" to N.Y. AG & S.F. Police Chief
  NEFA Expo December 8, Teaneck, NJ
   National Equipment Finance Association Event
    Amembal’s Winning With Leasing! Seminar
     Singapore, February 10 – 11, 2014
      Lease Corporation of America receives $20 Million
       investment commitment from Virgo Investment Group
        Classified Ads---Employment Web Sites
     Rottweiler Mix
      Fort Smith, Arkansas Adopt-a-Dog
   All Is Lost/The Great Beauty
    Passion/Drug War/City Lights
     Film/DVD Reviews by Fernando Croce
News Briefs---
Iffy economy sends mortgage rates down
 Google billionaires jet-setting to exotic spots
  and taxpayers appear to pay part of bill
   Tesla tops Consumer Reports satisfaction survey
    with near-perfect score

Broker/Funder/Industry Lists | Features (collection)
Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months (Be Careful of Doing Business)

  You May have Missed---
   SparkPeople--Live Healthier and Longer
    Sports Briefs---
      California Nuts Brief---
       "Gimme that Wine"    
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Archives--November 22, 2000
"Others Award" Goes to Kit Menkin

Chairman Ken Kelly, Councilman Linda LaZotte, Kit Menkin,
Captain James Sloan.

It meant a lot to me to receive the Salvation Army "Others" Award. It is a high honor. I have been awarded the San Francisco District Award, "Silver Tambourine" several years ago for organization of the Santa Clara County Board . I have been active in all phases of Salvation Army work for thirty years as a volunteer.

For my two year service as chairman of the San Jose Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center Advisory Board, the Northern California District granted the "Others" Award. Our area takes in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey Counties, where we run a six month "free" rehabilitation program, solely supported by our Salvation Army Thrift Stores.

I ended my term, increasing donations and sales at the thrift stores, increasing automobiles donation sales, developing and maintaining our local web site, helping to establish the largest retail store we believe on the West Coast, activating a Speaker's Bureau program, implementing many programs along with a great board of advisors, active in the committee system to accomplish our goals.


Classified Ads---Sales

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Accomplished Sales & Relationship Management Professional with business development experience in the financial services industry. Recognized by market leaders as industry expert in Professional Practice financing, as well as Residential Mortgage Lending. Keen insight and understanding of transaction process and financial requirements of customer. Proven record of exceeding sales goals.

Central Coast of California
, equipment financing sales, 25 years B2B small business sales, business development, vendor and program management, 10 years in broker business as owner, seeks opportunity to cover Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Kern and Fresno Counties or larger Western Region – experience with most equipment applications, travel welcomed. 
Joe Friedling Paso Robles, CA 1-888-606-7300
Montgomery, AL
Individual with 10 years advertising sales exp. & 7 years insurance sales exp. Wants independent contractor situation in Alabama.
Work with leasing company or broker. 334-590-5133

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Arvest's Kyle Gilliam, CLP, on
Section 179 to End December 31, 2013

"Just a quick note to thank you for publishing Terry’s article on Section 179 on Monday. After reading it we thought it would be a good idea to send out to our commercial lenders in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. Thus far, it has already resulted in over $500k in new business that will be closed by year-end that otherwise wouldn’t have happened.

"Sometimes those simple reminders can make such a big impact without a lot of effort.

"Thanks again to both you and Terry.

Kyle W. Gilliam, CLP
Arvest Equipment Finance
(479) 573-1651 office

Section 179 to End December 31, 2013----
Leasing 102 by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP

Mr. Terry Winders available as a consultant regarding assisting attorneys in resolving disputes or explaining procedures or reviewing documents as utilized in the finance and leasing industry.

He is the author of several books, including DVD's, as well as weekly columnist to Leasing News. He also performs audits of leasing companies as an expert on documentation, and has acted as an expert witness on leasing for litigation in legal and tax disputes, including before the IRS. He also has taught the senior bank examiners, how to review a bank leasing department, for the Federal Reserve in Washington D.C. and has trained the examiners for the FDIC on how to prepare a lease portfolio for sale.


(This ad is a “trade” for the writing of this column. Opinions
contained in the column are those of Mr. Terry Winders, CLP)






New Hires—Promotions

Quentin Cote hired as special advisor at LeaseQ, Woburn, Massachusetts. Previously he was director, Sherman Financial Group (October, 2012-August, 2013), principal, Colonnade Advisors, LLC (February, 2012-October, 2012), managing director, Babson Capital Management (August, 2008-August, 2011), consultant, Scottish Re (February, 2008-August, 2008), head of private investments, Cambridge Place Investment Manager (March, 2005-Octobeer, 2008), vice president, State Street Bank (October, 1997-March, 2005), senior manager, Renaissance Worldwide (August, 1994-October, 1997), summer associate, McKinsey & Company (June, 1993-August, 1993).Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Sloan School of Management SM Management (1992 – 1994),Dartmouth College, AB, Government (1984 – 1988),Tilton School (1982 – 1984), Princeton High School (1980 – 1982).

Doug Groonseth hired as Nat'l Acct. Mgr. "Claas Financial Services" at Bank of the West, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Previously he was district sales manager, Commercial Credit Services Group (November, 2012-November, 2013), financial service manager, CNH Capital (2007-2012), vice president, Peoples Capital and Leasing, Inc. (Janaury,2006-January, 2007), the CIT Group (January, 2002-January, 2006), business development manager, Citicapital Commercial Corporation (January, 1998-January, 2002), regional sales manager, Bombardier Capital (January, 1990-January, 1998), regional sales manager Chrysler First Wholesale Credit (January, 1987-January, 1990), branch manager, Borg Warner Acceptance Corp (January, 1980 -January, 1987). University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Sociology (1976 – 1978). Activities and Societies: Member of Varsity baseball team all three years. Big Ten baseball champions 1977. Bloomington Lincoln High School (1973 – 1975).

David Heidt has joined NXT Capital Equipment as a director of originations. Based in Chicago, Heidt will manage NXT Capital Equipment Finance’s origination efforts across the Midwest. Previously he was senior vice president, CapitalSource, Inc. (May, 2010-November, 2013), senior vice president, RBS Asset Finance, Inc. (January, 2002-August, 2010). Babson College - Franklin W. Olin Graduate School of Business MBA (1982 – 1984). University of Massachusetts, Amherst, BA (1978 – 1982).

Kevin Kepp named Senior Vice President at Element Financial Corporation Gilbert, Arizona. Previously he was chief operating officer, Process Solutions, Inc. (June, 2010-November, 2013). principal/member, Southwest Asset Management Group (June, 2005-April, 2011), executive vice president, Fisher-Anderson (2000-2004), vice president and general manager, Newcourt Credit Group (January, 1995-December, 2000).Northern Illinois University - College of Business (1981 – 1985). Crown High School, Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management ,EMP Program. Participated in the Executive Management Program

David Miele named Chief Administrative Officer & SVP at RBS Asset Finance, Inc. Providence, Rhode Island. Previously he was Chief Administrative Officer & Senior Vice President, RBS Citizens (December 2000 – November, 2013), partner, Edwards & Angell (September, 1987-November, 2000), associate attorney, Roberts Carroll Feldstein and Peirce, Inc. (June, 1985-September, 1987). Publications: ELA's Revised Code of Fair Business Practices: An Insider's Perspective The Magazine of Equipment Leasing and Finance (September 1, 2006). Boston College Law School, Doctor of Law (JD), Magna Cum Laude (1982 – 1985), College of the Holy Cross, AB, Political Science (1978 – 1982), LaSalle Academy (1974 – 1978).Activities and Societies: Varsity Ice Hockey (State Champs 1976 and 1977), Theatre Productions.

Craig A. Pasko promoted to senior vice president, TD Bank,"... in Middle Market Lending for Central New Jersey. Based in Piscataway, he is responsible for developing commercial banking relationships with middle-market companies across the Central and Shore area of New Jersey.(He)...has 40 years of experience in banking and various areas of lending. He joined TD Bank in 2001 and most recently served on the Central NJ Middle Market Lending Team as vice president, relationship manager. Prior to joining TD Bank, Pasko served as a sector manager and senior vice president at Summit Bank in Princeton, NJ."

Michael Quimby promoted to senior vice president sales at PHH Arval, Fort Lauderdale, Flordia. He joined the firm April, 2012 as vice president of sales. "He will oversee a larger and enhanced sales team that will leverage the combined experience of PHH Arval's core fleet and truck organizations. In this role, Mike will join the PHH Arval North America senior leadership team." Previously he was vice president sales and marketing, Ryder (September, 2006-April, 2012), vice president sales, GE Commercial Finance (May, 1997-September, 2006), general manager, Ryder (May, 1987-May, 1997).Independent Coursework: Six Sigma Certification. Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Certificate, Finance (1997 – 1999 Keene State College, BS, Business, Marketing (1982 – 1986).

Daniel Reed promoted to Lending Solutions Manager at Direct Capital Corporation Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He joined the firm December, 2012. Previously he was business development consultant, Travison (July, 2012-December, 2012), server, Seaglass Restaurant (August, 2010-June, 2012), sales representative, Northside Communications (September, 2009-August, 2010). CSR, Blockbuster (January, 2003-January, 2005).Great Bay Community College, Art History, Marketing.

Shane Rice hired as relationship manager-office products for Ervin Leasing, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of Ann Arbor. In this new Ervin division, he will be working out of the greater Philadelphia area. Previously he was Business Development Manager at Marlin Business Services (July, 2010-November, 2013), account representative, Canon Financial Services (October,2005-June, 2010).

Cindy Robichaud promoted to funding manager, Go Capital. She joined the firm July, 2013. Previously she was funding coordinator, Culver Capital Group (March, 2008-July, 2013), senior account manager, Nationstar Mortgage formerly known as Centex Home Equity (January, 2004-august, 2008), funding, MSM Capital (1998-1999).

Gordon Scott promoted to Director of Program Development at ADP Commercial Leasing Greater Atlanta Area. He joined the firm October, 2008. Previously he was business development officer, SG Equipment Finance (May, 2008-Present), v.p. business development, CIT Group (2007-2008), svp, senior program manager, Banc of America Leasing (2002-2006), v.p. of business development, Key Equipment Finance (1998-2002), v.p. of business development, AT&T Capital (1990-1998).La Salle University - School of Business Administration (1986 – 1991).

Joe Thompson promoted to Senior Vice President – New Business Development for AIG Commercial Asset Finance, Plano, Texas; "...providing direct origination coverage of the western US...working out of Plano, Texas. He joined the firm in 2004. Previously he was senior vice president, Transamerica (1999-2004), senior vice president, Transamerica Equipment Financial Services, Inc. (1999-2004), vice president, General Electric Capital Corporation (1996-1999).University of North Texas, MBA, Finance (1990 – 1993).Texas Tech University - Rawls College of Business, Rawls College of Business (1982 – 1986).

Chris Vachon promoted to Vendor Relations Manager, Communications and Data Group, GreatAmerica Financial Services, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She joined the firm December, 1997. Previously she was account manager, FISI Madison Financial (April, 1995-January, 1997), regional sales manager, GE Capital, (June, 1990-April, 1995).Coe College, BA, Education (1986 – 1990). Activities and Societies: Softball Team, Basketball Team, C Club Member.





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Top 50 US banks, thrifts in Q3'13
By Robert Clark and Zuhaib Gull

An SNL Exclusive Article

In the third quarter of 2013, the top 13 U.S. banks and thrifts showed no change in their respective rankings by total assets. The list continued to be headed by JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Bank of America Corp., which were the only institutions holding more than $2 trillion in assets. Santa Clara, Calif.-based SVB Financial Group was the lone new entry to the top 50 list, relative to the second-quarter 2013 list, replacing Green Bay, Wis.-based Associated Banc-Corp.


SNL ranked the largest banks and thrifts operating in the U.S. with a deposits-to-assets ratio of at least 25%. Some large financial institutions regulated as bank holding companies, such as Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Morgan Stanley and American International Group Inc., did not meet the threshold, so they were not included on the list.

Another notable exclusion was UBS Bank USA, which had $43.23 billion in assets as of Sept. 30. It was left off the list due to its company type as an industrial bank.

SNL calculated pro forma assets for companies with pending M&A deals or deals that have closed since Sept. 30. The M&A deal must involve a bank or thrift target with assets of at least $5.00 billion or have a deal value above $200 million to be reflected in the rankings. Four of the companies on the top 50 list had pending deals large enough to qualify for adjustments.

Pro forma adjustments

The largest adjustment was for Buffalo, N.Y.-based M&T Bank Corp.'s pending acquisition of Paramus, N.J.-based Hudson City Bancorp Inc. The deal, which was announced in August 2012, is still awaiting regulatory approval. Once completed, the acquisition of Hudson City will boost M&T's total assets to approximately $123.61 billion from $84.43 billion, using Sept. 30 data.

Two other banks on the list are growing through significant acquisitions. Pasadena, Calif.-based East West Bancorp Inc. announced Sept. 18 the acquisition of Houston-based MetroCorp Bancshares Inc., which will expand the franchise's assets by $1.63 billion. And San Antonio-based Cullen/Frost Bankers Inc. announced Aug. 13 the acquisition of WNB Bancshares Inc. The deal will add $1.53 billion in assets.

Going in the other direction, Citigroup Inc.'s assets will decline by approximately $3.91 billion from the planned sale of its Brazilian credit card and consumer finance business.

Additionally, Bank of America had one pending specialty finance deal that met SNL's threshold for calculating a pro forma ranking, but there was not enough disclosure to make adjustments. On Jan. 6, it announced the sale of a residential mortgage servicing rights portfolio with a deal value in excess of $7 billion.


Samsung Says "No" to N.Y. AG & S.F. Police Chief

In an across the United States effort, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón joined together to pitch to wireless carriers to join the technological solution to curb the theft of hand held devices with a free "kill switch" built in.

The group issued the following statement:

"It is highly disturbing that these corporations rejected a proposal that would have helped keep millions of consumers safe. If they did so to protect their own profit margins, as several recent reports suggest, it is even more egregious. Companies that choose to prioritize profits over safety put consumers everywhere at risk. Since smartphone thefts so often result in violence, we call on manufacturers and carriers alike to make the opt-out kill switch an industry-wide standard. The members of the S.O.S. Coalition will continue to use the combined powers of its members to pressure the industry to put the safety of its customers above all other concerns.”

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to help support the growth of Lease Police)


NEFA Expo December 8, Teaneck, NJ
National Equipment Finance Association Event



Amembal’s Winning With Leasing! Seminar
Singapore, February 10 – 11, 2014

Sudhir Amembal, CEO of Amembal & Associates, will be teaching his flagship seminar, offered through three decades and attended by over 30,000 leasing professionals worldwide. Its objectives are as follows:

  • For those in sales and marketing – you will be provided information, tools and techniques to generate additional business with higher margins

  • For those in the back office – you will learn varied aspects of leasing so as to liaise better with others

  • For those in management – you will gain new tools and techniques that need to be introduced to survive and succeed, to preserve margins and compete against bank loans

The seminar is indeed comprehensive. It covers the cornerstones of leasing – the financial, tax and accounting dimensions. It is practical and hands on! Mr. Amembal uses a building block approach to teaching, which makes it conducive for all levels to attend.

Do not miss this opportunity to attend this event conducted once each year in Asia’s busiest business center!

For full registration details and seminar outline, please email Kelly Farnham




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

Lease Corporation of America receives $20 Million
investment commitment from Virgo Investment Group

TROY, Mich. – Lease Corporation of America has received an investment commitment of $20 million from Virgo Investment Group (Virgo). The transaction will refinance current indebtedness, allow partial liquidity to select, existing shareholders and provide growth capital.

John B. Kemp, Chairman and CEO of LCA has issued the following statement: “We have been searching for a relationship to furnish liquidity for our shareholders while allowing the retention of effective control; restructure our long term debt; and provide growth capital. During this process we have met with many accomplished firms, a significant number of whom offered possible solutions. After careful study and analysis and extensive interaction with Jesse Watson and Mack McNair of Virgo, LCA came to the conclusion that Virgo, with its creative capacities, financial strength, and extensive connections, was the answer.”

Virgo Partner Mack McNair, who leads Virgo’s specialty finance practice, noted “Our LCA investment is the culmination of a two year proactive sourcing project in the equipment leasing space. We believe that the LCA transaction is a good example of how flexible capital and creative transaction structuring allows Virgo to create unique opportunities that are differentiated from traditional credit or control oriented equity investors. We are proud to support LCA Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO John Kemp, his team and existing shareholders in the next phase of growth in the business and believe there are multiple avenues of profitable expansion that leverage the strong foundation that LCA has built over the last 25 years. We believe that high quality originators and underwriters like LCA will be increasingly well positioned for growth, origination partnerships and other strategic alternatives.”

About LCA and LCA Bank Corporation

LCA is a full-service financing company specializing in technology and industrial equipment financing. LCA offers a multitude of leasing programs that allow companies to obtain the equipment they need now and pay for it over a fixed amount of time, freeing up working capital and credit lines. Based in Troy, Michigan, LCA has serviced the needs of its vendors, customers and brokers since its formation in 1988. LCA has kept pace with the ever-changing economy to develop innovative financing programs, professional marketing support and easy-to-use leasing tools for our clients. LCA is one of the largest independently owned leasing companies in the United States.

LCA Bank Corporation, member FDIC and wholly owned subsidiary of LCA, was founded in 2005 and is located in Park City, Utah. The Bauer Financial Inc.’s 2013 publication “Top 100 Banks,” as of December 31, 2012, places LCA Bank Corporation in the upper 1% of all federally insured institutions in the United States based upon the income measurement of Return on Average Assets.

About Virgo

Virgo is a private investment firm with committed and raised capital of over $600 million. Virgo focuses on opportunistic credit and shared-control, structured equity investments in partnership with top quality management teams and founder-run or family-owned companies. Virgo targets situations where there is an expected inflection point in the future earnings of a target company and opportunities where new ideas combined with influence, including a board governance role, can drive an asset appreciation outcome

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


Classified Ads---Employment Web Sites

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


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Fernando's View
By Fernando F. Croc

Two existential tales, one minimalist ("All Is Lost") and the other extravagant ("The Great Beauty"), come to theaters, while DVD releases offer sexy suspense ("Passion"), electric action ("Drug War"), and a timeless classic ("City Lights").

In Theaters:

All Is Lost (Lionsgate): After successfully crafting an ensemble drama with his debut film “Margin Call,” director J.C. Chandor switches gears and serves up a one-man show in this expert, minimalist thriller. Robert Redford, in a twilight tour de force, plays the protagonist, an unnamed man who, while sailing alone in the Indian Ocean, wakes up to find his boat heading toward a brutal storm. Barely making it through alive, he now has to deal with a virtual catalogue of high seas dangers, ranging from marauding sharks to dwindling food. Moving out of “Margin Call’s” corporate offices and into wide open spaces, Chandor proves himself a skillful suspense engineer, pumping a potentially dry promise full of tension. Coupled with Redford’s nearly wordless, robustly soulful turn, this is an involving, haunting story.

The Great Beauty (Janus Films): In the tradition of jazzy Italian classics like "La Dolce Vita," Paolo Sorrentino's newest film is a lush feast for cinema lovers. The story centers on Jeb Gambardella (Toni Servillo), a famous journalist who's a staple of the swirling, expensive nightlife of Rome. He's become jaded with the nonstop rush of decadence, though a shock from his past as he approaches his birthday causes him to take another look at his life. As an aching new awareness dawn on him, he makes his way through extravagant restaurants, art expositions and wealthy friends to find some kind of meaning to it all. Will there be a light at the end of the tunnel, or just more self-indulgence? With breakneck pacing and dazzling style, Sorrentino's film is a rollicking, voluptuous look at one man's gilded cages. With subtitles.

Netflix Tip: With "The Great Beauty," Paolo Sorrentino cements his reputation as one of the most energetic of contemporary Italian directors. So check out Netflix for his earlier efforts, which include "The Consequences of Love" (2004), "Il Divo" (2008), and his English-language debut "This Must Be the Place" (2011).


Passion (Entertainment One): The screen's great bad boy, director Brian De Palma ("Carrie," "The Untouchables") is in provocative top form in this gorgeous, twisty new thriller. Set at a vast European advertisement agency, the slippery narrative chronicles the manipulative power plays between two women, ruthless office honcho Christine (Rachel McAdams) and her protégée, the deceptively mousy Isabelle (Noomi Rapace). Hoping for greater opportunities, Isabelle puts up with her boss' humiliating machinations. When Christine steps over the line and steals her new product, however, not even murder is off limits for these characters. Amply showcasing the sly sense of humor, dazzling camera technique and exhilarating love of cinema that's made him a favorite of many a movie buff, De Palma serves up a delicious cinematic ride.

Drug War (Well Go USA): Veteran Hong Kong filmmaker Johnnie To may finally reach U.S. audiences with this critically acclaimed, slam-bang thriller. Unfolding in a treacherous netherworld where law and crime are separated by a very thin line, the plot focuses on the tenuous alliance between police captain Zhang (Sun Honglei) and arrested drug lord Timmy Choi (Louis Koo). Hoping to dodge punishment, the criminal agrees to help the lawman in a series of hair-raising undercover operations, as part of a police investigation into a narcotics ring. As the kingpins grow more and more suspicious of Zhang's disguises, can Timmy be trusted? Featuring action, tension and characterizations that put most of Hollywood's glossy blockbusters to shame, To's film is one of the season's most robust and compelling features. With subtitles.

City Lights (Criterion): The screen's most legendary artist, Charles Chaplin crafted one of his most beloved works in this sublime comedy-drama from 1931, being rereleased in DVD in a pristine Criterion edition. Chaplin stars as his trademark character the Little Tramp, struggling to stay alive and hang on to his dignity in the big city. One day he meets a lovely blind girl (Virginia Cherrill) selling flowers on the street, and, promptly smitten, decides to do everything in his power to help her pay for a surgery to restore her sight. Thanks to his friendship with an eccentric millionaire (Harry Myers), the Tramp may be able to afford helping his beloved... but how will she react when she sees who her suitor really is? Mingling aching poignancy with hilarious humor and building to one of the most sublime closing images in cinematic history, this is a must-see classic for one and all.



News Briefs----

Iffy economy sends mortgage rates down

Google billionaires jet-setting to exotic spots and taxpayers appear to pay part of bill

Tesla tops Consumer Reports satisfaction survey with near-perfect score,0,1998043.story

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14 Historical 'Facts' That Are Completely False



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8 Ways to Ward Off Winter Weight Gain
Be Slimmer and Healthier by Spring


Football Poem

The Quarterback

    He bends down
To snap the ball
The quarterback ready to receive
The moment of tension is broken
With the snap
The battlefield engages
The men move quick to the crowd
The fans screams 
Are drowned out
By the eternity
Of struggle and pain
The players endure
For ten yards
Till it starts again

*Inspired by Allan James Saywell

Adam Caldwell



Sports Briefs----

Saints complete sweep of Falcons

Arod's hearing ends as lawyers power down

Jerry Jones: Garrett to return in 2014


California Nuts Briefs---

Saratoga, where Leasing News is located, rated number 1 as the safest city in California.

Complete List:

California fiscal analyst projects large surpluses

California staying the course on expiring health plans

Exclusive: Controversial BART negotiator Thomas Hock speaks out


“Gimme that Wine”

$132 Million in Vineyard Sales Napa & Sonoma

Beaujolais Nouveau 2013 expects more marketing success

2013 Vintage Report: California

Good news if you're thirsty: USA has a lot of wine

1976 Judgment of Paris wines enter US hall of fame

Free Mobile Wine Program

Wine Prices by vintage

US/International Wine Events

Winery Atlas\

Leasing News Wine & Spirits Page


This Day in History


   1542 -- New laws are passed in Spain giving Indians in America protection against enslavement.
    1621-History records the earliest American harvest festival was celebrated in early December by the Pilgrims at Plymouth, Mass. A peace treaty and defensive alliance between the Wampanoag Indians and the Pilgrims was con­cluded at Strawberry Hill, Plymouth, Mass. Arranged by Squanto, an English-speaking Indian, it was one of the earliest recorded treaties between Europeans and Indians in North America. Squanto had been kidnapped and sold as a slave in Spain. He escaped to Eng­land, where he learned English, and lived in New­foundland for a time before returning to Massachusetts in 1619. Meat and bird were rare. Turkeys flourished in Pennsylvania, but not here. Seafood was the main source of nutrition women and children arriving in New England year to join their Pilgrim husbands and fathers. Settlers were feasted with “a lobster or a piece of without bread or anything else but a cup of spring water.” Many lobsters weighed 25 lbs. and were so abundant that the smallest child could catch them. Clams, mussels, and fish stew were also popular dishes. The coastal Indians, diminished by a viral hepatitis needed the Europeans to help protect them from “inland” Indian tribes and approached the “Pilgrims” to aid them offering food and fur as blankets for small trinkets that was their main reason for the relationship. (See the December, 2005 edition of Smithsonian Magazine.)
    1631-The first public thanksgiving, a fast day, was celebrated in Massachusetts Bay Colony, on February 22, though history records many private celebrations before this date.
    1633-- Irish Catholic Cecil Calvert, 27, sent two ships (the Ark and the Dove) from Ireland to establish a colony in America as a refuge for fellow Catholics. His work later earned Lord Calvert the nickname, "Colonizer of Maryland."
    1641 - An observer at Boston, MA, recorded a "great tempest of wind and rain from the southeast all night, as fierce as a hurricane, and thereupon followed the highest tide which we have seen since our arrival here".
    1718--- Blackbeard the Pirate killed on North Carolina shore.
    1789- Thanksgiving Day was celebrated for the first time as a national holiday. Pres. Washington, at the request of Congress, had proclaimed it a day of thanksgiving for the Constitution. Anti-Federalists protested that his proclamation violated states rights.
    1847 -- In New York, the Astor Place Opera House, the city's first operatic theater, is opened.
    1849-- Austin College was chartered in Texas at Huntsville under Presbyterian sponsorship. In 1876, the school campus was moved to Sherman, TX.
    1854-San Francisco Saloon keepers at a mass meeting decided to keep the free lunch, despite the high cost.
    1864- Oct 3, Thanksgiving Day was proclaimed a national holiday by Pres. Lincoln, to be observed on the last Thursday in November. In 1939, Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving Day one week back to stimulate Christmas shopping. In 1941, Congress adopted a joint resolution confirming the fourth Thursday, not the last T Thursday, as Thanksgiving Day. IN most states, the Friday after Thanksgiving is also a holiday. In Nevada, it is called Family Day.
    1864-Confederate General John Bell Hood invades Tennessee in a desperate attempt to draw General William T. Sherman out of Georgia. We have written about this in the various campaigns and skirmishes. This movement was part of the sad saga of Hood's Army of Tennessee in 1864. In the spring, the army, commanded then by Joseph Johnston, blocked Sherman's path to Atlanta from Chattanooga. During the summer, Sherman and Johnston fought a series of relatively small engagements as Sherman tried to flank the Rebel army. Johnston slowly retreated toward Atlanta, but kept his army intact. By July, Confederate President Jefferson Davis had seen enough territory lost to the Yankees, so he replaced the defensive Johnston with the aggressive Hood. Hood made a series of attacks on Sherman outside of Atlanta that did nothing but diminish his own army's capabilities. After a one-month siege, Hood was forced to withdraw from Atlanta. He took his army south, then swung around west of Atlanta in an attempt to cut Sherman's supply line. This line ran down the corridor from Chattanooga covering the same ground over which the two armies had fought in the summer. Although Sherman had to commit a substantial part of his force to protect the lines, Hood could do little more than pick at them (we chronicled this). In October, Hood headed into Alabama to rest his beleaguered army. (we wrote about this.)Hood then embarked on a bold expedition to save the western theater for the Confederates. He planned to move toward Nashville, into Kentucky and maybe even into the Northern states before turning east and joining up with General Robert E. Lee's army, which was under siege at Petersburg, Virginia. It was an enormous task, but Hood was determined to carry it out. The November 22 passage into Tennessee marked the start of a new campaign that spelled disaster for the Confederates. In early November, Sherman took part of his force, cut loose from his supply lines, and began his March to the Sea, which would end with the capture of Savannah just before Christmas. He sent the rest of the force under George Thomas back to Nashville to guard against Hood. Hood charged toward Thomas and attacked part of his force at Franklin, Tennessee, on November 30. Hood suffered a devastating defeat there but continued on to attack Thomas at Nashville on December 15. After that attack, little remained of Hood's once-proud Army of Tennessee. As a side note, the white male voters in Tennessee did not want to secede from the union and the slave population in the state was low. (here is a fascinating account of “slavery” in Tennessee. )
    1873- American lawyer Horatio G. Spafford's four daughters drowned when their passenger ship, while crossing the Atlantic, collided with another and sank. The following month, as his own ship passed over the spot of the earlier tragedy, Spafford penned the words to the enduring hymn, "It is Well With My Soul."
    1893-Birthday of Alrutheus A. Taylor, teacher and historian.

    1899- Hoagland Howard Carmichael, attorney who gave up the practice of law to become an actor and songwriter. American songwriter, pianist, and singer, b. Bloomington, Ind. While still a student at Indiana Univ. he was influenced by a number of jazz musicians. Several of his jazz tunes, e.g., "Riverboat Shuffle (1924), became popular in the 1920s. He went on to write many songs, of which "Stardust (1929) is best known. Others include "Georgia on My Mind (1930), "The Nearness of You (1938), "Skylark (1942), and "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening (1951, Academy Award). Carmichael also played in and recorded with a number of bands. His easygoing charm made him a popular celebrity and was apparent in his film roles, e.g., in To Have and Have Not (1944) and Young Man with a Horn (1950). Carmichael died at Rancho Mirage, CA. Dec 27,1981
    1899 - The world's first radio company, the Marconi Wireless Company of America, is incorporated in New Jersey. 
    1905-Birthday of tenor-clarinetist Cecil Scott, born, Springfield, Ohio.
    1910- Arthur F. Knight of Schenectady, NY obtained a patent for a golf club with a steel shaft; it had tapered and tempered steel tubing. Before this date, all clubs were made of wood.
    1911-Birthday of reedman Ernie Caceres, born Rockport, TX.
    1912-Birthday of 1912 Doris Duke, U.S. tobacco heiress and philanthropist who proved the old adage that money can't buy happiness. After several failed marriages and disillusionment with those close to her, she left her estate to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, an estimated $1.2 billion which made it one of the world's most richly endowed philanthropies at the time.
    1921-Birthday of Rodney Dangerfield ( Jacob Cohen), comedian, actor, born Babylon, NY.
“ I don’t get no respect.” . Caddyshack, Easy Money, Back to School, Natural Born Killers, Ladybugs, The Dean Martin Show)
    1925—French hornist-musicologist Gunther Schuller birthday.,,490385,00.html?artist=Gunther+Schuller
    1927-Birthday of trombone player Jimmy Knepper, Los Angeles.
    1938 - Bunny Berigan and his orchestra waxed "Jelly Roll Blues" on Victor Records. The tune became a standard for the band. 
    1942- birthday of Guion S. Bluford, Jr., first African-American astronaut in space, West Philadelphia, PA.
    1943---BONNYMAN, ALEXANDER, JR. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. Born: 2 May 1910, Atlanta, Ga. Accredited to: New Mexico. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Executive Officer of the 2d Battalion Shore Party, 8th Marines, 2d Marine Division, during the assault against enemy Japanese-held Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands, 20-22 November 1943. Acting on his own initiative when assault troops were pinned down at the far end of Betio Pier by the overwhelming fire of Japanese shore batteries, 1st Lt. Bonnyman repeatedly defied the blasting fury of the enemy bombardment to organize and lead the besieged men over the long, open pier to the beach and then, voluntarily obtaining flame throwers and demolitions, organized his pioneer shore party into assault demolitionists and directed the blowing of several hostile installations before the close of D-day. Determined to effect an opening in the enemy's strongly organized defense line the following day, he voluntarily crawled approximately 40 yards forward of our lines and placed demolitions in the entrance of a large Japanese emplacement as the initial move in his planned attack against the heavily garrisoned, bombproof installation which was stubbornly resisting despite the destruction early in the action of a large number of Japanese who had been inflicting heavy casualties on our forces and holding up our advance. Withdrawing only to replenish his ammunition, he led his men in a renewed assault, fearlessly exposing himself to the merciless slash of hostile fire as he stormed the formidable bastion, directed the placement of demolition charges in both entrances and seized the top of the bombproof position, flushing more than 100 of the enemy who were instantly cut down, and effecting the annihilation of approximately 150 troops inside the emplacement. Assailed by additional Japanese after he had gained his objective, he made a heroic stand on the edge of the structure, defending his strategic position with indomitable determination in the face of the desperate charge and killing 3 of the enemy before he fell, mortally wounded. By his dauntless fighting spirit, unrelenting aggressiveness and forceful leadership throughout 3 days of unremitting, violent battle, 1st Lt. Bonnyman had inspired his men to heroic effort, enabling them to beat off the counterattack and break the back of hostile resistance in that sector for an immediate gain of 400 yards with no further casualties to our forces in this zone. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
    1945—Top Hits
It’s Been a Long, Long Time - The Harry James Orchestra (vocal: Kitty Kallen)
Till the End of Time - Perry Como
I’ll Buy that Dream - The Pied Pipers
Sioux City Sue - Dick Thomas
    1951--STONE, JAMES L. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company E 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. Place and date: Near Sokkogae, Korea, 21 and 22 November 1951. Entered service at: Houston Tex. Born: 27 December 1922, Pine Bluff, Ark. G.O. No.: 82, 20 October 1953. Citation: 1st Lt. Stone distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and indomitable courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. When his platoon, holding a vital outpost position, was attacked by overwhelming Chinese forces, 1st Lt. Stone stood erect and exposed to the terrific enemy fire calmly directed his men in the defense. A defensive flame-thrower failing to function, he personally moved to its location, further exposing himself, and personally repaired the weapon. Throughout a second attack, 1st Lt. Stone; though painfully wounded, personally carried the only remaining light machine gun from place to place in the position in order to bring fire upon the Chinese advancing from 2 directions. Throughout he continued to encourage and direct his depleted platoon in its hopeless defense. Although again wounded, he continued the fight with his carbine, still exposing himself as an example to his men. When this final overwhelming assault swept over the platoon's position his voice could still be heard faintly urging his men to carry on, until he lost consciousness. Only because of this officer's driving spirit and heroic action was the platoon emboldened to make its brave but hopeless last ditch stand.
    1952---LORING, CHARLES J., JR. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Major, U.S. Air Force, 80th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, 8th Fighter-Bomber Wing. Place and date: Near Sniper Ridge, North Korea, 22 November 1952. Entered service at: Portland, Maine. Born: 2 October 1918, Portland, Maine. Citation: Maj. Loring distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. While leading a night of 4 F-80 type aircraft on a close support mission, Maj. Loring was briefed by a controller to dive-bomb enemy gun positions which were harassing friendly ground troops. After verifying the location of the target, Maj. Loring rolled into his dive bomb run. Throughout the run, extremely accurate ground fire was directed on his aircraft. Disregarding the accuracy and intensity of the ground fire, Maj. Loring aggressively continued to press the attack until his aircraft was hit. At approximately 4,000 feet, he deliberately altered his course and aimed his diving aircraft at active gun emplacements concentrated on a ridge northwest of the briefed target, turned his aircraft 45 degrees to the left, pulled up in a deliberate, controlled maneuver, and elected to sacrifice his life by diving his aircraft directly into the midst of the enemy emplacements. His selfless and heroic action completely destroyed the enemy gun emplacement and eliminated a dangerous threat to United Nations ground forces. Maj. Loring's noble spirit, superlative courage, and conspicuous self-sacrifice in inflicting maximum damage on the enemy exemplified valor of the highest degree and his actions were in keeping with the finest traditions of the U.S. Air Force. 
    1952-"It's in the Book" by Johnny Standley topped the charts and stayed there for 2 weeks.
    1953—Top Hits
Ebb Tide - The Frank Chacksfield Orchestra
Rags to Riches - Tony Bennett
Ricochet - Teresa Brewer
There Stands the Glass - Webb Pierce
    1955 - RCA paid the unheard of sum of $25,000 to Sam Phillips of Memphis, TN for the rights to the music of a truck driver from Tupelo, Mississippi: Elvis Presley. Thanks to negotiations with Elvis’ manager, Colonel Tom Parker, RCA tossed in a $5,000 bonus as well -- for a pink Cadillac for Elvis’ mother. 
    1955 - Elvis Presley sends a telegram to his new manager, Colonel Tom Parker, which reads: "Dear Colonel, Words can never tell you how my folks and I appreciate what you did for me. I've always known and now my folks are assured that you are the best, most wonderful person I could ever hope to work with. Believe me when I say I will stick with you through thick and thin and do everything I can to uphold your faith in me. Again, I say thanks and I love you like a father." 
    1957 - The Miles Davis Quintet debuted with a jazz concert at Carnegie Hall in New York.
    1957-Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel make their first appearance on ABC-TV's dance show American Bandstand -- in their earlier incarnation as Tom and Jerry, playing their minor hit "Hey Little Schoolgirl." 
    1957--- In a controversial vote, Yankee outfielder Mickey Mantle edges out Red Sox superstar Ted Williams to win the American League MVP. In spite of the 'Splendid Splinter' leading the league with a .388 average and 38 home runs, as well as a stunning .731 slugging average, two Chicago writers still list him in the ninth and tenth places on their ballots.
    1957 - Extremely destructive Santa Ana winds blew from Oxnard to San Diego and inland parts of southern California. The high winds produced a 28,000 acre brush fire on a 40-mile front west of Crystal Lake. People were ordered off streets in some areas due to flying debris.
    1959- Boston Patriots enter the AFL
    1959- The Fort Wayne Pistons used a stall tactic to defeat the Minneapolis Lakers, 1918, in the lowest-scoring NBA game ever. the game drew a large crowed for fifty cent tickets for father-son night, but was so boring that people were reading newspapers in the stands during play. The game led to the adoption of the 24-second clock in 1954.
    1961—Top Hits
Runaround Sue - Dion
Fool #1 - Brenda Lee
Goodbye Cruel World - James Darren
Big Bad John - Jimmy Dean
    1961-Frank Robinson was the first baseball player to win Most Valuable Player in both major leagues. He was elected by the Baseball Writers Association for his efforts as a outfielder with the National League’s Cincinnati Reds, and again on November 8, 1966, unanimously, for services with the American League’s Baltimore Orioles. He developed a reputation as an aggressive outfielder and hard-charging base runner. Also a feared hitter, Robinson ranks fourth on the all-time home run list with 586, trailing only Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and Willie Mays. His intelligence and leadership helped him become the major leagues' first African-American field manager in 1975, when he skippered the Cleveland Indians.
    1963-There are certain days of the month we never forget. One of my most vivid is this day when President John F. Kennedy was slain by a sniper while riding in an open automobile at Dallas, Texas. Accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was killed in policy custody awaiting trail.
There has been much controversy about his death and perhaps we would not have escalated the Viet Nam war and the succession of leadership would have changed differently in our country. Generations recall watching CBS Television on this day. The popular soap opera "As the World Turns" was interrupted by a flash bulletin from Dallas. No one was available to man the CBS News studio at that instant, but a voice informed the nation that President John F. Kennedy had been gravely wounded during a motorcade through downtown Dallas. Minutes later, the network interrupted again to bring the world the terrible news. This time, Walter Cronkite, wearing partially rolled-up, white shirt sleeves, a loosened tie, no makeup, and black glasses, read wire copy just handed him: “Ladies and gentleman, the President of the United States is dead.” Cronkite, disbelieving the words he had just said, turned to look at a studio clock, stoically raised a hand to wipe away tears and continued with the tragic news that President Kennedy had died while undergoing emergency surgery at Parkland Hospital.
    1964 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Leader of the Pack," The Shangri-Las. The group is made up of two sets of sisters from Queens, New York - Mary and Betty Weiss and twins Marge and Mary Ann Ganser.
    1965 - The production of "Man of LaMancha", including the classic "The Impossible Dream", opened in New York City for the first of 2,328 performances.
    1965-Tamla-Motown Records releases Stevie Wonder's "Uptight." peaking at Number one, on the R&B chart and #3 on the pop chart, it will become the fifteen year old's biggest hit since "Fingertips Part Two" in 1963.
    1968-The Beatles release their long-awaited double album simply called "The Beatles" but better known as "The White Album." Among the set's 32 songs is Ringo Starr's first songwriting contribution to the group's repertoire, "Don't Pass Me By," which as a single, makes it to Number One in Scandinavia.
    1968--In San Francisco, The Beatles Tour/Show: Magical Mystery Tour at Straight Theatre 
    1969---Top Hits
Wedding Bell Blues - The 5th Dimension
Take a Letter Maria - R.B. Greaves
Smile a Little Smile for Me - The Flying Machine
Okie from Muskogee - Merle Haggard
    1971- the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Reed v Reed that it was unconstitutional to give preference to men as executors of estates. Argued by Ruth Bader Ginsburg who herself would become a Supreme Court judge 22 years later, the decision marked the first time a high court decision overturned a law based on sex.
    1971 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Theme from `Shaft'," by Isaac Hayes. The single is the third No. 1 hit to win an Academy Award for best song.
    1972- Chuck Thacker, a computer scientist at Xerox PARC, started designing the Alto computer, designed to improve the quality of machine-human interactions. The computer featured a graphical user interface, a mouse, and the ability to network easily with other computers. Despite its cutting-edge design, Xerox decided not to market the Alto. Instead, Apple's cofounder Steve Jobs, who saw a working version of Alto during a visit to Xerox PARC in December 1979, adopted many of Alto's ideas into the interfaces for the Apple Lisa and the Apple Macintosh, released in 1984. The Original Apple design came from Nolan Bushnell’s personal computer, which he thought would never became popular due to its limited storage and speed.
    1972--- The United States loses its first B-52 of the war. The eight-engine bomber was brought down by a North Vietnamese surface-to-air missile near Vinh on the day when B-52s flew their heaviest raids of the war over North Vietnam.
    1975-"That's the Way (I Like It)" by K. C. & the Sunshine Band topped the charts and stayed there for 2 weeks.
    1975--Barry Manilow's "I Write the Songs" enters the US chart, on its way to number one. Although Manilow wrote many of his hits, this one was actually written by Bruce Johnston of The Beach Boys. I went to high school with him and we each played in each other's bands, although more in my dance band. 
    1977—Top Hits
You Light Up My Life - Debby Boone
Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue - Crystal Gayle
Baby, What a Big Surprise - Chicago
The Wurlitzer Prize (I Don’t Want to Get over You) - Waylon Jennings 
    1977 - Tony Orlando returned to the concert stage after a self-imposed, three-month retirement following the suicide death of his good friend, Freddie Prinze. Orlando appeared in concert in San Carlos, California. 
    1977-Weddings will never be the same after Debbie Boone has a Number One hit with "You Light Up My Life." The record goes platinum on this date and makes Pat Boone a proud papa.
    1979- Debby Boone's "You Light Up My Life" is certified platinum
    1981-- During Muddy Waters' gig at the Checkerboard Lounge in Chicago, the legendary bluesman is joined onstage by the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Ron Wood, currently touring through the Midwest. 
    1981 -- San Diego tight end Kellen Winslow ties an NFL record with five touchdown catches in the Chargers' 55-21 victory over Oakland.
    1985- Microsoft signed an agreement with Apple, allowing Microsoft to copy visual characteristics of Apple's Macintosh in its Microsoft Windows software. Windows was heavily based on the Macintosh user interface (which, in turn, was greatly influenced by the Alto, designed at Xerox PARC in 1972). The mouse instead of the keyboard was one of the innovations. In 1988, Apple sued Microsoft for copyright infringement, because Microsoft's licensing agreement had applied only to Windows 1.0, not to subsequent versions. The suit was dismissed in 1991. 
    1985---Top Hits
We Built this City - Starship
You Belong to the City - Glenn Frey
Separate Lives - Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
Hang on to Your Heart - Exile
    1986- Center Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers scored the 500th goal of his National Hockey League career in only his 575th game, a 5-2 victory of the Vancouver Canaucks.
    1986 -- Justice Department finds memo in Lt. Col. Oliver North's office on the transfer of $12 million to Contras of Nicaragua from Iranian arms sale.
    1986- "Human" by Human League topped the charts and stayed there for a week.
    1989- Kirby Puckett becomes the first major league player ever to sign a contract that calls for an average salary of $3 million per year when he inks a pact with the Twins for $9 million over three years.
    1989 - Strong northerly winds produced squalls along the shore of Lake Michigan, with heavy snow in extreme southeastern Wisconsin. Milwaukee WI received nine inches of snow, and in Racine County there were more than one hundred automobile accidents.
    1990-- George Bush visits US troops in Saudi Arabia during Thanksgiving.
    1992 - 45 tornadoes touched down in the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys. Georgia was hard hit with 2 F4 , 1 F3 and 3 F2 storms which killed 6 people and injured 144. Indiana has a total of 15 tornadoes on this day to set a record for an outbreak in November and for the month of November. One, an F4 multiple vortex type, cut a 22 mile path through extreme southeastern Indiana and northern Kentucky.
    1998 - It was week 12 of the NFL football season as Denver Broncos QB John Elway achieved the 50,000-yard career-passing mark. He joined Dan Marino as the only passers to throw for more than 50,000 yards in a career. And Elway threw four touchdowns passes the following week to move into third place on the all-time TD pass list. 
    1999 - ‘The Great One’, Wayne Gretzky, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. On June 23, 1999 it had been announced that Gretzky would be the tenth, and last, player to have the three-year waiting period waived by the hall-of-fame selection committee “by reason of outstanding pre-eminence and skill.” Gretzky held 61 NHL records.
    2005 - Tim McGraw, the Black Eyed Peas, Green Day, Destiny's Child and Kelly Clarkson triumph, each taking two trophies away from the 33rd annual American Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles




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