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Friday, October 9, 2020

Today's Leasing News Headlines

Technology is Amazing
  Two Photos
Evergreen Clause and Today
  "The Times They Are A-Changin'  "
      By Christopher Menkin, Editor
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries
Leasing Industry Ads
    ---Help Wanted
Financial Data of the Week Chart
    Compliments of Alberto Calva, B. Eng, M.Econ
Which U.S. States Have the Highest Rates of COVID-19?
    Rate of cases per 100,000 residents as of October 5, 2020
If You Are the Smartest Person in the Room
AACFB Announces Scholarship Program
    Open to High School Students/Trade or Technical School
Michelob 'Infinitely Recyclable' Beer Can
    Plans to Fill the First Million Cans
Beau Travail/Brute Force/Marriage Story
  The Complete Films of Agnes Varda/Toni
    Classics Releases and Recent Gems/Fernando Croce
FMD/Lab Mix
    San Francisco Bay Area, California
Secured Finance Network 76th Conference Nov. 17-19
    Over 1,200 of Your Peers Will be There Online
News Briefs---
Pelosi: No action on airline aid
     without broader stimulus
Jobless claims were worse than expected
     amid slowdown in hiring

You May have Missed---
68% of shoppers buy groceries online
     for home delivery during the pandemic

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    "Gimme that Wine"
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Evergreen Clause and Today
"The Times They Are A-Changin’ ”

By Christopher Menkin, Editor

By Source, Fair use,

I received an inquiry from a reader who wanted to know why Balboa Capital was advertising when they were on the Evergreen Complaint list In reality, Balboa is one of the companies no longer on the list. (1) In fact, they are on the Good Guys list. (2) Leasing News runs these lists several times a year, including the one where it was featured that Balboa Capital was added.

It is nearly two years since they changed their position, as Robert J. Rasmussen, COO, wrote: (3) "The end of lease folks were changed 1 1/2 years ago, from customer service to “professional end of lease folks” that report directly to me. They are no longer rewarded or compensated based on getting 'More than the booked residual' or 'additional renewal rentals;' they are simply salaried staff who are focused on end of lease professionally and measured on 'accounts Closed' without incident."

Perhaps this change is the result of the many articles over 20 years by now retired attorney Tom McCurnin, as well as the strong position by Leasing News against the abuse of the Evergreen Clause, charging extra payments at the end if the lessee did not notify about the purchase option 90 days in advance. We had many editorials and arguments with other industry attorneys, media, leasing associations and leasing companies.

This brings up the question of the "Bad Guys" list who were utilizing Evergreen Clauses for Extra Lease Payments. Today, many of them on the list are out of business, or have been sold, several twice, while many of the executives running the operations have changed. (1)

The list is shorter today and, perhaps should be even shorter. I bet several on the list have changed their policy, such as De Lage Landen, now DLL, or LEAF Financial Group, now part of a bank, or several others.

Perhaps some still are using Evergreen Clauses, especially on copiers. For example, Marlin Business Leasing disclosed end-of-term revenues in their filings and former employees have confirmed this. Their former executives, now at a new company, are making this a point in their promotions that they are now a "NewLane."

In reality, I can't remember in the last four years a complaint about extra payments.  We had only three other complaints in 2018, one in 2019, and none this year so far. None were Evergreen complaints.

A good part of the change is in management and attitude, as well as the growing trends with new laws to go into effect in California and New York with New Jersey not too far behind.  If history is correct, other states will follow the adoption as more business will go to states where information helps the borrower and lessee.

I also think there are more capital leases and equipment finance agreements with the 100% depreciation change and other tax incentives. These incentives have pushed the true lease back to the late 1960's and early 1970's from the tax advantage sales angle.  It seems only the container ships, aircraft, and very large dollar amount equipment transactions are interested in true leases today. There certainly are exceptions, but none or few in the small ticket marketplace; maybe very few in the middle market.

Also, the growing marketplace of non-bank lending through raising capital, both privately and from groups, has funded many business and consumer loans. Others, including Amazon, PayPal, CapitalOne, and a host of financial technology firms are bringing down fast payments and money to borrowers, vendors, and a lower cost in processing transactions over the internet. This also creates room to get  security funds from banks and private companies.

Finally, COVID-19 has changed retail and business buying habits, including how money is raised and used to finance growth.

As Bob Dylan lyric:  "The Times They Are A-Changing.”

(1) Bad Guys: Companies who utilize Evergreen for Extra Lease Payments

(2) Good Guys: Companies
    Who Notify Lessee in Advance of Lease Expiration

(3) Robert J. Rasmussen, COO



New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Kevin Agness was promoted to County Sales Manager, Healthcare, DLL, Mount Royal, New Jersey.  He joined the firm April, 2017, as Senior Account Manager, Healthcare.  Previously, he was Vice President, Healthcare Business Banking Relationship Manager, Wells Fargo (January, 2014 - March, 2017); Healthcare Regional Manager, TD Equipment Finance (May, 2007 - January, 2014); Assistant Vice President, CitiCapital (May, 2001 - May, 2007).  Education: The College of New Jersey. BS, Business Management (1994 - 1998). Activities and Societies: Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity.

Shai Adary has returned to Regents Capital, Costa Mesa, California.  He is now Vice President of Sales. Previously, he was Senior Account Executive of Flowspace (January, 2020 - October, 2020).  He joined Regents Capital, January, 2015; promoted October, 2015, Account Manager; promoted February, 2017, Sales Manager; promoted January, 2018, Senior Sales Manager. Sales Intern, Strevus (August, 2014 - December, 2014).  Certifications: AE SaaS Certification, Aspireship. Issued, January, 2020. Education: Chapman University.  Bachelor's Degree, Strategic and Corporate Communications. (2011 - 2015).

Amanda Bialka, CLFP, joined Oakmont Capital Services, West Chester, Pennsylvania, "...working out of the Albany, Minnesota office...Bringing nearly 10 years of experience to the job, Bialka will add to the underwriting team with her financial statements and advanced credit analysis experience. She also will work with the syndication department."

Christopher Cassidy was hired as Business Development Specialist, North Star Leasing Company, Burlington, Vermont. He is based in Lynn, Massachusetts.  Previously he was Vendor Acquisition Executive, Priority Capital (2014 - 2015); Senior Account Executive, Priority Capital (2014 - 2018); Sales Representative,  March and Martin (May, 2010 - 2013); Sales Representative, Pepsi Bottling Group (June, 2004 - February, 2009).  Education: Middlesex Community College, Associate of Art and Sciences (AAS) (1998 - 2002). Reading Memorial High School, HS Diploma (1992 - 1996).

Desiree Chackal, CLFP, was promoted to Vice President, Marketing & Vertical Content Lead, First American Equipment Finance, Rochester, New York.  She joined the firm September, 2016.  Previously, she was Content Specialist, TBC Corporation (July, 2013 - June, 2016); Transcriptionist, Gainesville Student Business Services (2012 - 2013).  Licensees & Certifications: Applications of Everyday Leadership, Courses. Issues July, 2020.  Certified Lease & Finance Professional, CLFP Foundation. Issued Nov. 2018. Volunteer: VP of Membership, American Marketing Association, Rochester, New York (2019 - Present). Education: University of Florida, Bachelor of Arts (BA), English. (2009 -2013).

David da Costa was promoted to Manager, Intermediary Contract Administration, CLE Capital, a subsidiary of the Hitachi Capital Group, Burlington, Ontario, Canada. He joined the firm January, 2019, as Bilingual Documentation Specialist; promoted April, 2020, Team Lead, Structured Finance.  Previously, he was at RBC, starting June, 2008, Bilingual Quality Verification Officer; promoted March, 2016, Bilingual Lease Transaction Manager. Prior he was Bilingual Funding Specialist, Wells Fargo Auto Finance (December, 2004 - June, 2008); Bilingual Customer Service Representative/Bilingual Customer Response Analyst, EDULINX Canada Corporation (July, 2002 - December, 2004). Education: Dawson College. Professional Photography (1994 - 1996).  Laurier MacDonald High School (1993 - 1994).

Zach Holms was promoted to Account Executive, BlueVine, Redwood City, California. He works remotely.  He joined the firm March, 2019, Sales Development Representative; promoted April, 2020, Paycheck Protection Program Support Specialist. Previously, he was  Aquatics Instructor and Personal Trainer, San Jose State University (August, 2017 - 2018); Promoted, Student Research Intern, San Jose State University (August, 2018 - December, 2018).  Licenses & Certifications: CPR/AED/First Aid, American Red Cross. CrossFit Level 1 Certification. CrossFit, Inc. Volunteer.  Staff, Project SHINE, Inc. (March, 2017 - May, 2017). Team Supervisor, County of Santa Clara Parks and Recreations Department (September, 2017 - December, 2017).  Education: San Jose State University. Bachelor of Science. BS, Kinesiology/Economics. (2016 - 2018). Activities and Societies: Economics Club, Kinesiology/Ambassador’s Club. Graduated December 18, 2018.  3.5 GPA.  Minor in Economics. Santa Barbara City College (2013 - 2016). Activities and Societies: Kinesiology Club of Santa Barbara.

David Johnson was hired as Managing Director Encina Equipment Finance, Westport, Connecticut.  Previously, he was Managing Director Brean Capital (July, 2016 - January, 2020); Director, KGS-Alpha Capital Markets, LP (2015 - 2016). He joined GE Antares Capital 2006 as Vice President, Team Leader; promoted 2012, Vice President); Associate, Barclays Capital (2002 - 2006); Professional Engineer and Project Manager, Suez Environment N.A. (formerly United Water) (1997 - 2002); Professional Engineer, Buck Seifert & Jost, Inc. (1993 -1997). Licenses: Series 7/Series 63/Series 79, FINRA, Issued 2002.  Professional Engineer, New York State. Issued 1996.  Volunteer; Board of Director, Jersey Cares (1996 – 2002, served as Board Treasurer (2001) and Board Secretary (2000).  Board of Directors, Wilton Little League, Inc. (2010 - September, 2014). Police & Town Hall Building Committee. Town of Wilton, CT (January, 2018 - Present). Volunteer. Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue (July 2020 - Present).  Education: New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business. MBA, Finance, Accounting (2002 - 2007). Activities and Societies: Beta Gamma Sigma, Stern Scholar.  Lehigh University, BS, Civil Engineering (1998 - 1992).  Activities and Societies: Beta Theta Pi, Crew Team (Rower/Coach).  St. Andrews School (1986 -1988).

Carlos Nascimento was hire as Senior Vice President, Finance, Encina Equipment Finance, LLC., Westport, Connecticut. Previously, he was Senior Manager, Treasury, GE (June, 2018 - July, 2020); Executive Director, Corporate P&A, allocations. JPMorgan Chase & Co. (July, 2017 - May, 2018); VP, Treasury Finance, Synchrony Financial (July 2015 - July, 2017). He joined GE Capital January, 2003, as Manager, Treasury Cash Operations (GE Corporate & GE Capital Real Estate): promoted January, 2009, Senior Analyst, FP&A, CRE Global Investment Management & U.S. Lending; promoted July, 2013, Manager of FP&A for U.S. Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Lending; Accounting Analyst, Interactive Brokers (January 2002 - January, 2003); Accounting Analyst, International Marketing & Manufacturing HQ, Texaco (June, 1999 - January, 2002). Education: Iona College (1995 - 1999).

Tracy Schneider, CLFP, was hired as Sales Assistant for Oakmont Capital Services, West Chester, Pennsylvania, "...working out of the Albany, Minnesota office....with Oakmont’s Business Development Officers to support the credit and funding process while ensuring excellent customer service. Bringing six years of adeptness to her role, Schneider will help develop protocols to further enhance the customer experience."

Trista Stangler was hired as Titling and Operations Specialist, for Oakmont Capital Services, West Chester, Pennsylvania, "...working out of the Albany.Minnesota office....With seven years’ experience in the equipment finance industry, Stangler has worked across various roles, including reception, funding, customer service and titling. Stangler’s hybrid background will benefit Oakmont’s growing operations team."

Alfred "A" Steinhaus was hired as Senior vice President of Development and Sales, AP Equipment Finance, Bend Oregon. Previously, he was Vice President, Business Client Advisor, Summit Bank (October, 2018 - August, 2020); Regional Banking Center President, Equipment & Specialized Lending Group, Southwest Bank (January, 2017 - September, 2018). Volunteer:  Board of Directors, University of Oregon Alumni Association (September, 2011 - June, 2018). Education: Southern Methodist University, Cox School of business. MBA, Business (1994 - 1996).  University of Oregon, BBA, Finance (1980 - 1984). Lake Oswego High. An AP Press Release states, "Mr. Steinhaus has over 35 years of experience in banking and equipment finance at prominent finance companies including The Associates/CitiCapital, F & M Bank & Trust, GE Capital Solutions, and Simmons Bank...AP Equipment Financing has over 60 employees residing in Bend. AP currently services over 9,000 contracts and receivables of $400 million. AP is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tokyo Century (USA) Inc."

Jared Train was hired as Vice President of Sales, Partners Capital Group, Irvine, California.  He remains as Co-Founder, Hipstirred (May, 2016 - Present). Previously, he was at Balboa Capital, Starting May, 2015, Account Executive I; promoted September, Account Executive II; promoted May, 2016, Account Manager; promoted June, 2018, Sales Manager.  Bartender, Corral De Tierra Country Club (May, 2010 - August, 2012).  Education: University of Arizona, Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Public Administration (2009 - 2013). Activities and Societies: Fitness Lifting & Exercise Club. Majored in Public Administration, University of Arizona. Minored in History, University of Arizona. Co-Founder/Social Chairman for the Fitness Lifting & Exercise Club.

Susan Vik was hired as Senior Sales Support Specialist, TCF Capital Solutions, Minnetonka, Minnesota, working out of Hudson, Wisconsin.  Previously, she was Vendor Program Manager, Team Lead (September, 2009 - September, 2020); Business Development Analyst, Motor Coach Industries (January, 2006 - July, 2007); Senior Commercial Lending Assistant, Elgin State Ban (January, 2004 - January, 2006); Supervisor of Contract Administration, Relational Funding Corporation (April, 2002 - January, 2004). She joined Sunrise International Leasing Corporation, October, 1993, as Senior Lease Coordinator; promoted January, 1996, Program Manager, Marketing Administrator, Chrysler Systems Leasing, Inc. (September, 1991 - September, 1993).  Education: Iowa State University, Bachelor of Science Human Services (1986 - 1990).




Leasing Industry Help Wanted


Financial Data of the Week Chart
Compliments of Alberto Calva, B. Eng, M.Econ
Toronto, Canada



There are approximately 7.5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University with California (836,152), Texas (794,319) and Florida (717,874) registering the highest totals. When it comes to cases per 100,000 people, however, things look different with Louisiana the worst impacted U.S. state. As of October 05, it had 3,620 cases per 100,000 residents, followed by Mississippi with 3,376 infections per 100,000 inhabitants and Florida with 3,336 cases per 100,000 people.

By Niall McCarthy, Statista




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AACFB Announces Scholarship Program
Open to High School Students/Trade or Technical School

LOUISVILLE, KY –- The American Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (AACFB) announces the launch of its newly developed scholarship program aimed at providing assistance to disadvantaged students.

The scholarship, developed by AACFB members Tina Cawthorn, Cindy Downs, and Jim Phelps, will be open to high school seniors and students attending a trade or technical school in addition to those attending a two or four-year institution of higher learning. AACFB will award $500 to the initial winner, however, donations will be accepted to help increase the award value in the future.

Former AACFB Secretary/Treasurer Jim Phelps stated, “After serving as the Secretary/Treasurer for the AACFB for two years, I felt called to find a way for the association to give back and to lift up young people who will be the future of this country and the organization. My fellow members of the Board agreed, which paved the way for the formation of the Scholarship Taskforce and money being set aside for the fund. I am very pleased to be a part of this effort and look forward to seeing it flourish.”

AACFB President, Cindy Downs, said, “The association recognizes the need in our communities to aid students who may be at a disadvantage due to situations beyond their control such as homelessness, poverty, or an unstable home environment. The goal is to enable these individuals to finish their educations and to increase their chances of success.

 “We hope to be able to grow the scholarship fund in the future so more students can be helped, and we may be able to offer higher scholarship amounts.”

To apply, students must be recommended by an active member of the AACFB, however, the student cannot be an immediate family member of an AACFB member. The student must complete the scholarship application and provide an essay demonstrating need and the ability to complete the course of study chosen as well as supply two letters of recommendation.

Applications are due by December 15, 2020. The winner will be announced by March 1, 2021. Those interested my apply HERE. Donations to the scholarship fund may be made HERE. More information is available at Questions about the program may be sent to

About American Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (AACFB)
The American Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (AACFB), formerly the NAELB, is the premier trade association empowering independent commercial finance brokers. The AACFB represents the expanding interests of its growing membership by providing best practice education and networking opportunities, while promoting a culture of ethics. For more information visit:

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Michelob 'Infinitely Recyclable' Beer Can
Plans to Fill the First Million Cans

Anheuser-Busch will debut a new Michelob ULTRA can made from "infinitely recyclable" low-carbon aluminum. Photo courtesy Anheuser-Busch

MONTREAL----Beer drinkers will soon be able to enjoy their favorite brew out of cans that are not only infinitely recyclable, but made from responsibly produced, low-carbon aluminum.

Rio Tinto and Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), the world’s largest brewer, have formed a global partnership to deliver a new standard of sustainable aluminium cans. In a first for the canned beverage industry, the two companies have signed an MOU committing to work with supply chain partners to bring AB InBev products to market in cans made from low-carbon aluminum that meets industry-leading sustainability standards.

Initially focused in North America, the partnership will see AB InBev use Rio Tinto’s low-carbon aluminum made with renewable hydropower along with recycled content to produce a more sustainable beer can. This will offer a potential reduction in carbon emissions of more than 30 percent per can compared to similar cans produced today using traditional manufacturing techniques in North America.

The partnership will also leverage outcomes from the development of ELYSIS, a disruptive zero carbon aluminum smelting technology.

The first 1 million cans produced through the partnership will be piloted in the United States on Michelob ULTRA, the fastest growing beer brand in the country.

Currently, around 70 percent of the aluminum used in AB InBev cans produced in North America is recycled content. By pairing this recycled content with low-carbon aluminum, the brewer will take a key step towards reducing the carbon emissions in its packaging supply chain, which is the largest contributor of emissions by sector in the company's value chain.

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Watch at Home
By Fernando Croce

A hard-boiled prison drama, an arresting visualization of Herman Melville, and a great director’s complete works are just a few of latest releases by Criterion. Check out their new batch of classic and recent gems:

Beau Travail (Claire Denis, 1999): Acclaimed French director Claire Denis offers a unique interpretation of Herman Melville’s novel “Billy Budd, Sailor” with this sensual poem of a movie, which established her as one of today’s most striking filmmakers. Stationed on African shores, Foreign Legion officer Galoup (Denis Lavant) presides over a group of soldiers as they engage in exercises. His control is suddenly threatened when a young new recruit, Gilles (Gregoire Colin), joins the unit. At once jealous of the younger man’s popularity and also suppressing his own forbidden desire, Galloup sets out to destroy him. Denis stages the narrative as a series of insinuating visuals, linking colonialism with codes of masculinity. The result is a ravishing, dreamlike tragedy, featuring a remarkable performance by Lavant and building up to an unforgettable ending. With subtitles.

Brute Force (Jules Dassin, 1947): Before moving to Europe due to the McCarthy blacklists, Jules Dassin directed several hard-hitting crime dramas in Hollywood, perhaps none tougher than this exposé of the prison system. Set at a maximum-security penitentiary, the plot follows the crisscrossing lives of several inmates, anchored by the ferocious Joe Collins (Burt Lancaster). Together with veteran prisoner Gallagher (Charles Bickford), he plans a mass escape under the nose of the vicious warden, Captain Munsey (Hume Cronyn). Threatened by betrayal and institutionalized brutality, the risky plan builds to a hellish crescendo with a full-scale riot that leaves no stone unturned. Ruthlessly taut in its eruptions of violence and view of brute behavior both behind bars and in front of them, Dassin’s gritty classic punches just as hard today as upon its original release.

The Complete Films of Agnes Varda: As it did two years back with Ingmar Bergman, Criterion showcases a great director’s full oeuvre with this lavish collection of films by the late, great Belgian filmmaker Agnes Varda. Spanning over six decades of work, this set goes back to her 1955 debut “La Pointe Courte,” which blends artifice with documentary in a striking way that influenced the French New Wave just around the corner. The 1960s saw such sensitive human studies as “Cleo from 5 to 7” and “Le Bonheur,” as well as fresh glimpses of California life like “Lions Love” and “Black Panthers.” Acclaimed dramas like “One Sings, the Other Doesn’t” and Vagabond” followed, along with the marvelous late documentaries (“The Beaches of Agnes”). Though encompassing many periods, Varda’s inquisitive vibrancy and generosity of spirit remain constant.

Marriage Story (Noah Baumbach, 2019): Noah Baumbach scores his most critically acclaimed film yet with this personal, emotionally charged drama about the harrowing end of a marriage. Former actress Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) and theater director Charlie (Adam Driver), once happily married, have grown apart and are now going through divorce while heading to opposite sides of the country. She takes their young son (Azhy Robertson) to California and sets up with a shrewd lawyer (Laura Dern, who won a Supporting Actress Oscar), while he stays in New York and alternates with attorneys both gentle (Alan Alda) and vicious (Ray Liotta). With each side digging into the other’s pain, the emotional war is afoot. Inviting comparison to classic dramas like “Kramer vs. Kramer,” Baumbach’s painfully incisive, cruelly humorous, and marvelously acted film brims with compassion.

Toni (Jean Renoir, 1935): Among his many cinematic achievements, French master director Jean Renoir was a pioneer in taking the camera out of hermetic studios and into natural, open-air settings, a tactic amply illustrated in this beautiful drama set in the countryside. Toni (Charles Blevette) is an Italian immigrant in 1920s South France, who finds work as a laborer at a quarry. He falls in love with a young Spanish woman named Josefa (Celia Montalvan), who is engaged to Albert (Max Dalban), Toni’s brutish boss. The triangle leads to tragedy, though as always with Renoir, it’s mixed with humor poetry and a tangible feeling for the lives around the main characters. Using nonprofessional actors in a way that certainly influenced Italian neo-realism, this is a magnificent discovery for cinephiles. With subtitles.


FMD/Lab Mix
San Francisco Bay Area, California


Six Months Old
26 lbs.
Good with dogs, cats, kids
Housebroken: no
Crate trained: OK in crate
Leash: Ok on Lease
Adoption FeeL $450

Brief Bio:

Meet Lora! Lora is an adorable 6 months old FMD/Lab mix. Lora is a sweet girl who was found as a stray with her siblings. Luckily rescuers found them and brought them into safety. Lora can be shy at first, but quickly opens up. She is an affectionate girl who loves to play and run around. She’s great with other dogs, cats and children! Lora is currently working on leash training and house training, but is a quick learner and will pick things up with more consistency. We are looking for a home who understands the responsibilities of owning and raising a puppy. Lora is patiently waiting!

Adoption Application:

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(dogs located in various foster homes)


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Don't miss out on great networking, over 30 timely sessions with something for everyone, keynote addresses by General James Mattis with interviewer Ayesha Rascoe, Danielle DiMartino Booth, and David A. Brandon, as well as fun entertainment options.

Our new company-wide pricing gives member organizations unlimited employee registrations for one low fee. For member and non-member pricing, visit the SFNet Convention website or contact James Kravitz, Business Development Director, at 917-881-1247 for more information.

General Information


News Briefs---

Pelosi: No action on airline aid
     without broader stimulus

Jobless claims were worse than expected
     amid slowdown in hiring




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68% of shoppers buy groceries online
     for home delivery during the pandemic


Bleacher Report's Expert Consensus Week 5 NFL Picks

Lakers will look to close Heat out in Game 5 of NBA Finals

Seahawks seek 1st 5-0 start in team history hosting Vikings

There’s no salvaging these awful NBA Finals ratings


California Nuts Briefs---

Many unemployed California workers are about
    to get a $300 payment — but it won’t continue

SF Bay Area home prices soar with suburban boom

'I'm kind of in shock.' See the 2,089-pound winner
     of Elk Grove's Giant Pumpkin Festival

SF Bay Area home prices soar with suburban boom
   Coronavirus drives demand for space, single-family homes

 Gavin Newsom says theme parks won’t reopen
     anytime soon ‘We’re going to be stubborn about it.’



“Gimme that Wine”

Alcohol industry calls for immediate end
     of tariffs on wine and spirits

Free The Grapes: Direct Shipping from Wineries to Homes
    During Pandemic Is Breaking Records, But Not in New Jersey

Video shows how the Glass fire spread
    in Sonoma, Napa counties

From New York to Virginia, Four Cab Franc
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Sonoma County wine storage facility makes acquisition


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This Day in History

     1000 - Norse Explorer Leif Ericson (970-1020) is believed to have landed at ‘Vinland’ in North America, discovering what is to become the United States.  Details are lacking but the estimate is that this was in New England, possibly Cape Cod.
    1007 - The first white child born in North America was Snorro, the son of Thorfinn and Gudrid Karlsefni, members of Leif Ericson's expedition to Vinland. Later Snorro became an important member of the Norse community in Iceland.
    1635 - Colonial American Separatist Roger Williams was banished from Massachusetts for preaching that civil government had no right to interfere in religious affairs. Williams was seeking to establish freedom of worship through the separation of church and state.  In 1636, he began the colony of Providence Plantation, now Rhode Island, which provided a refuge for religious minorities. Williams started the first Baptist church in America, the First Baptist Church of Providence.  Williams was also a student of Native American languages, an early advocate for fair dealings with Native Americans, and arguably the first abolitionist in North America, having organized the first attempt to prohibit slavery in any of the British American colonies.
    1701 - The colonial legislature of Connecticut chartered the Collegiate School. Originally based at the house of the first rector in Killingworth, the school moved to New Haven in 1716 and, shortly thereafter, took the name Yale College to honor its early benefactor, merchant Elihu Yale. ).
    1747 - Colonial missionary to the New England Indians, David Brainerd died of tuberculosis (brought on by exposure) at age 29. Following his death, the publication of "Brainerd's Journal" by Jonathan Edwards influenced hundreds to become missionaries after him.
    1767 - Surveying for the Mason-Dixon Line separating Maryland and Pennsylvania was completed.
    1776 - Mission Delores was completed at Yerba Buena. A party of 247 Spanish colonists consecrated their newly-founded mission, known as San Francisco. The city grew around the mission and, in 1847, changed its name to San Francisco. Formerly known as Mission San Francisco de Asis, the mission survived the great earthquake and fire of 1906. It is the oldest building in San Francisco. It also has parts of the first church built in San Francisco, Tule Arbor.
    1779 – One of America’s first heroes, Casimir Pulaski, was wounded during the Siege of Savannah.  He succumbed to those wounds months later.
    1781 - At Yorktown, Virginia, American and French forces began shelling Gen. Cornwallis’ encircled army.
    1812 - American Lieutenant Jesse Duncan Elliot captured two British brigs, the Detroit and Caledonia, on Lake Erie in the War of 1812. Elliot set the brig Detroit ablaze the next day in retaliation for the British capture seven weeks earlier of the city of Detroit.
    1823 - Birthday of Mary Ann Shadd (d. 1893), Wilmington, Delaware. Publisher of Canada's first anti-slavery newspaper, "The Provincial Freeman," and the first woman in North America to publish and edit a newspaper.
    1830 - Harriet Hosmer (d. 1908) birthday, Watertown, MA.  U.S. sculptor. She is best known for the sculpture of the Puck at Smithsonian and the Zenobia at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She lived most of her life in London or Rome and she is considered the first woman to actually earn an excellent living from her sculptures. Her showings in London were critically acclaimed - until her death. She was recognized as the premier woman sculptor of the times. Then in the usual way for women, her work was denigrated as not deserving a place in the first rank of sculptors. She was the toast of London, living for years under the care of noted actress Charlotte Cushman both in Rome and London. Cushman who had a lengthy history of affairs with women and played 30 masculine roles in her career including Hamlet, took Hosmer to Europe so that she could study. Her statue Beatrice Cenci was her first work in marble.
    1842 - Episcopal missionary James L. Breck was ordained a priest at Duck Creek, WI. In 1850, this "apostle of the wilderness" moved to Minnesota and, in 1858, founded the Seabury Divinity School. It is said that "no priest did more for the Episcopal Church in the West than Breck."
    1855 - Joshua Stoddard gets patent for steam calliope. Circus folk pronounce it "kally-ope," not "kuh-LYE-o-pee." At the start of the parade, when the boiler was filled with water, the calliope America weighed nine tons. This spectacular wagon was pulled by eight Percherons.
    1857 - Joseph C. Gayetty of New York City manufactured toilet paper of unbleached pearl-colored pure manila hemp paper. His name was watermarked on each sheet. It sold at 500 sheets for 50 cents and was known as “Gayetty's Medicated Paper—a perfectly pure article for the toilet and for the prevention of piles.” It did not catch on with the public. The first toilet paper to be marketed successfully was introduced by Edward and Clarence Scott of Philadelphia, PA, who sold it in small rolls in 1899. Son Arthur Scott invented what we call today, “Paper Towels.”
    1864 - At dawn, Generals George Custer and Wesley Merritt and their respective forces attacked the two wings of the Confederate cavalry under General Thomas Rosser. General Phillip Sheridan had been using his cavalry, under the command of General Alfred Torbert, to guard the foot soldiers as they burned farms and mills and slaughtered livestock. Torbert refused to allow his generals, George Custer and Wesley Merritt, to counterattack. He insisted they continue to stick close to the Union infantry. Sheridan heard of this and demanded that Torbert attack. Merritt's 3,500 Yankees overwhelmed General Lunsford Lomax's 1,500 troopers, but Custer had more difficulty. His 2,500 men faced 3,000 under the command of Rosser, who was, coincidentally, a close friend of Custer at West Point before the war. Custer observed that the Rebels were protected by the high bank of Tom's Creek, so he sent three of his regiments around Rosser's flank. Both groups of Confederates broke in retreat. The Yankees pursued the defeated Confederates for over 20 miles, a flight called the "Woodstock Races." The chase ended only when the Confederates reached the safety of Confederate General Jubal Early's infantry. The Yankees captured 350 men, 11 artillery pieces, and all of the cavalry's wagons and ambulances. Nine Union troopers were killed, and 48 were wounded. It was the most complete victory of Union cavalry in the eastern theater during the entire war.
    1865 – An underground pipeline for carrying oil is laid in Pennsylvania, the first in the US.
    1871 - The Great Chicago Fire was brought under control.
    1871 – Aaron Montgomery Ward (1844-1913) started his mail-order business.  It was a time when rural consumers longed for the comforts of the city, yet all too often were victimized by monopolists and overcharged by the costs of many middlemen required to bring manufactured products to the countryside. The quality of merchandise also was suspect and the hapless farmer had no recourse in a caveat emptor economy. Ward shaped a plan to buy goods at low cost for cash. By eliminating intermediaries, with their markups and commissions, and drastically cutting selling costs, he could sell goods to people, however remote, at appealing prices. He invited them to send their orders by mail and he delivered the purchases to their nearest railroad station.   Although his idea was generally considered to border on lunacy and his first inventory was destroyed by the Great Chicago Fire, Ward persevered. In August 1872, with two fellow employees and a total capital of $1,600, he formed Montgomery Ward & Company.
    1873 – A meeting at the US Naval Academy established the US Naval Institute.
    1877 - The first animal humane society (national) was the American Humane Association, which was organized in Cleveland, OH. The first president was Edwin Lee Brown of Chicago, IL.
    1888 – The Washington Monument was officially opened to the public.
    1890 - Aimee Semple McPherson (d. 1944) birthday, Salford, Ontario, Canada.  Controversial U.S. Pentecostal evangelist. For the last 20 years of her life, she held sway in a $1.5 million Los Angeles temple, and broadcast the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. She was wealthy, famous and infamous, adored and hated. She built her appeal around faith healing and unfailing optimism. She used dramatic settings and costumes, a full orchestra, and highly dramatic sermons to mesmerize her audience. Her congregation numbered in the tens of thousands; she had a national broadcast, started a bible college, and churned out magazines eagerly purchased by her followers. Her church had 22,000 members at her death in 1944 and it quadrupled over the next decades. All this in spite of a scandalous private life that included three marriages, mysterious "disappearances" that were rumored to include a men (one proved) - and a raft of legal actions. She was called the "P.T. Barnum of religion.” Actually, she simply used modern music syncopations, lighting, and electricity to augment the bible-thumping style she had learned as a child with the Salvation Army in Canada.
    1903 - New York City received its heaviest rainfall with 9.40 inches at Battery Park and 11.17 inches at Central park in 24 hours, which established a state record. Severe flooding occurred in the Passaic Valley of New Jersey where more than fifteen inches of rain was reported.
    1903 – Traitor to Brooklyn, Walter O’Malley (d. 1979), was born in The Bronx.  In 1958, a time when the western-most Major League team was the Kansas City A’s, as owner of the Dodgers, he brought Major League baseball to the west coast, moving the Dodgers to Los Angeles despite the Dodgers being the 2nd most profitable team in baseball from 1946-1956. For this, he was long vilified by Brooklyn Dodgers fans.  However, pro-O'Malley parties describe him as a visionary for the same business action, and many authorities cite him as one of the most influential sportsmen of the 20th century. Other observers say that he was not a visionary, but instead a man who was in the right place at the right time, and regard him as the most powerful and influential owner in baseball after moving the team.   Regardless, they still hate him in Brooklyn!
    1905 – Christy Mathewson of the New York Giants defeated 26-game winner Ed Walsh, 3-0, in the first game of the all-shutout World Series.
    1910 - Forest fires in Minnesota destroy six towns, killing 400 people & destroying $100 million worth of property.
    1915 - Singer Lee Wiley (d. 1975) born Fort Gibson, OK.
    1915 – President Woodrow Wilson became the first President to attend a World Series game.
    1916 - The recently formed Professional Golfers’ Association of America held it first championship (PGA) at Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville, NY. The trophy and the lion's share of the $2,850 purse, both offered by department store magnate Rodman Wanamaker, were won by British golfer Jim Barnes. The next two championships were canceled by World War I, Barnes won again in 1919.
    1916 - Babe Ruth pitches and wins longest World Series baseball game (14 innings), 2-1.  Thus began the longest consecutive scoreless innings streak, 29 2/3, in the World Series, a record that would last until 1961 when Whitey Ford’s streak reached 33 1/3, still the record.
    1918 – Watergate co-conspirator E. Howard Hunt (d. 2007) was born in Hamburg, NY.
    1919 - Cincinnati Reds defeat Chicago White Sox, 10-5, to win the World Series, five games to three, in an outstanding upset. It is later revealed that eight key Chicago players, subsequently dubbed the "Black Sox," conspired with gamblers to "throw" the series in response to working for one of the cheapest/sleaziest owners in the biz. Shoeless Joe Jackson was one of them. “Eight Men Out” is a loose film history, directed by John Sayles, of the 1919 Chicago Black Sox scandal. The players received a pittance and turned to the only source of financial security they could find, the bookies.  Solid performance by John Cusack as the only player who refuses to go along, and a cameo by Studs Terkel.
    1920 - Birthday of flute and sax player Yusef Lateef (d. 2013), Chattanooga, TN.
    1926 – The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) was established by the Radio Corporation of America (RCA). NBC is the oldest major broadcast network in the United States. At that time the parent company of RCA was General Electric (GE). In 1932, GE was forced to sell RCA and NBC as a result of antitrust charges. 
    1928 – Babe Ruth, for the second time in his career, hit 3 HRs in a World Series game.  The Yankees swept this Series, becoming the first team in MLB history to sweep consecutive World Series.   
    1936 –  Count Basie records “Quintet,” first record date with great tenor sax player Lester Young, Chicago, IL.
    1936 - Harnessing the power of the mighty Colorado River, Hoover Dam begins sending electricity over transmission lines spanning 266 miles of mountains and deserts to run the lights, radios, and stoves of Los Angeles. Initially named Boulder Dam, work on the dam was begun under President Herbert Hoover's administration but was completed as a public works project during the Roosevelt administration (which renamed it for Hoover). When it was finished in 1935, the towering concrete and steel plug was the tallest dam in the world and a powerful symbol of the new federal dedication to large-scale reclamation projects designed to water the arid West. In fact, the electricity generated deep in the bowels of Hoover Dam was only a secondary benefit. The central reason for the dam was the collection, preservation, and rational distribution of that most precious of all western commodities, water. Under the guidance of the Federal Reclamation Bureau, Hoover Dam became one part of a much larger multipurpose water development project that tamed the wild Colorado River for the use of the growing number of western farmers, ranchers, and city dwellers.
    1938 - Sweeping the Cubs in four games, the Yankees become the first team in Major League history to win three consecutive World Series. Red Ruffing goes the distance beating Chicago, 8-3, at Yankee Stadium.  These were the Yankees of Gehrig, DiMaggio, Dickey, Gomez, and Henrich for Manager Joe McCarthy.
    1940 - Singer/composer John Lennon (d. 1980) birthday in Liverpool, England.
    1941 - FOSS, JOSEPH JACOB, Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Marine Fighting Squadron 121, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. Place and date: Over Guadalcanal, 9 October to 19 November 1942, 15 and 23 January 1943. Entered service at: South Dakota. Born: 17 April 1 915, Sioux Falls, S. Dak. Citation: For outstanding heroism and courage above and beyond the call of duty as executive officer of Marine Fighting Squadron 121, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, at Guadalcanal. Engaging in almost daily combat with the enemy from 9 October to 19 November 1942, Capt. Foss personally shot down 23 Japanese planes and damaged others so severely that their destruction was extremely probable. In addition, during this period, he successfully led a large number of escort missions, skillfully covering reconnaissance, bombing, and photographic planes as well as surface craft. On 15 January 1943, he added 3 more enemy planes to his already brilliant successes for a record of aerial combat achievement unsurpassed in this war. Boldly searching out an approaching enemy force on 25 January, Capt. Foss led his 8 F -4F Marine planes and 4 Army P -38's into action and, undaunted by tremendously superior numbers, intercepted and struck with such force that 4 Japanese fighters were shot down and the bombers were turned back without releasing a single bomb. His remarkable flying skill, inspiring leadership, and indomitable fighting spirit were distinctive factors in the defense of strategic American positions on Guadalcanal.  Foss was later elected to be the first Commissioner of the American Football League in 1959.
    1942 - The last day of the October Matanikau action on Guadalcanal as US Marines withdraw back across the Matanikau River after destroying most of the Japanese Army’s 4th Infantry Regiment.
    1944 - KANDLE, VICTOR L., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 15th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division. Place and date: Near La Forge, France, 9 October 1944. Entered service at: Redwood City, Calif. Birth: Roy, Wash. G.O. No.: 37, 11 May 1945. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. On 9 October 1944, at about noon, near La Forge, France, 1st Lt. Kandle, while leading a reconnaissance patrol into enemy territory, engaged in a duel at pointblank range with a German field officer and killed him. Having already taken 5 enemy prisoners that morning, he led a skeleton platoon of 16 men, reinforced with a light machinegun squad, through fog and over precipitous mountain terrain to fall on the rear of a German quarry stronghold which had checked the advance of an infantry battalion for 2 days. Rushing forward, several yards ahead of his assault elements, 1st Lt. Kandle fought his way into the heart of the enemy strongpoint, and, by his boldness and audacity, forced the Germans to surrender. Harassed by machinegun fire from a position which he had bypassed in the dense fog, he moved to within 15 yards of the enemy, killed a German machine gunner with accurate rifle fire and led his men in the destruction of another machinegun crew and its rifle security elements. Finally, he led his small force against a fortified house held by 2 German officers and 30 enlisted men. After establishing a base of fire, he rushed forward alone through an open clearing in full view of the enemy, smashed through a barricaded door, and forced all 32 Germans to surrender. His intrepidity and bold leadership resulted in the capture or killing of 3 enemy officers and 54 enlisted men, the destruction of 3 enemy strongpoints, and the seizure of enemy positions which had halted a battalion attack.
    1945 – A ticker-tape parade in NYC honored Fleet Adm. Chester Nimitz and 13 Medal of Honor recipients from the Navy and Marines.
    1946 - The first electric blanket manufactured; sold for $39.50
    1946 - Eugene O'Neill's "Iceman Cometh," premiered in New York City.
    1948 - The first African-American baseball player to hit a home run in a World Series was Larry Doby of the Cleveland Indians, who hit a 425-foot drive in the third inning into right field at Cleveland, OH. Cleveland defeated the Boston Braves, 4-2.
    1950 - YOUNG, ROBERT H., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company E, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. Place and date: North of Kaesong, Korea, 9 October 1950. Entered service at: Vallejo, Calif. Born: 4 March 1929, Oroville. Calif. G.O. No.: 65, 2 August 1951. Citation: Pfc. Young distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action. His company, spearheading a battalion drive deep in enemy territory, suddenly came under a devastating barrage of enemy mortar and automatic weapons crossfire which inflicted heavy casualties among his comrades and wounded him in the face and shoulder. Refusing to be evacuated, Pfc. Young remained in position and continued to fire at the enemy until wounded a second time. As he awaited first aid near the company command post the enemy attempted an enveloping movement. Disregarding medical treatment he took an exposed position and firing with deadly accuracy killed 5 of the enemy. During this action he was again hit by hostile fire which knocked him to the ground and destroyed his helmet. Later when supporting tanks moved forward, Pfc. Young, his wounds still unattended, directed tank fire which destroyed 3 enemy gun positions and enabled the company to advance. Wounded again by an enemy mortar burst, and while aiding several of his injured comrades, he demanded that all others be evacuated first. Throughout the course of this action the leadership and combative instinct displayed by Pfc. Young exerted a profound influence on the conduct of the company. His aggressive example affected the whole course of the action and was responsible for its success. Pfc. Young's dauntless courage and intrepidity reflect the highest credit upon himself and uphold the esteemed traditions of the U.S. Army.
    1951 - Gil McDougald's World Series grand slam helps Yanks beat Giants 13-1 (World Series #48).  This Series marked the curtain call for Joe DiMaggio, who retired that winter, and the Series debuts of Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays.
    1952 - Singer Annie Ross records “Twisted.”
    1953 - ”Topper” premieres on television. In this sitcom, a man moves into a new home with his wife, only to discover that it's haunted by ghosts only he can see. Leo G. Carroll starred as Cosmo Topper and Anne Jeffreys and Robert Sterling starred as Marion and George Kerby, who had been killed in a skiing accident and returned to their former home as ghosts. The show was based on Thorne Smith's novel and used trick photography for some of the ghost scenes.  Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim wrote eleven episodes for that first season.
    1953 - Birthday of actor Tony Shalhoub, born Green Bay, Wisconsin; “Monk,” “Wings, “Big Night.”
    1954 - Birthday of actor Scott Bakula, St. Louis, Mo. “Star Trek Enterprise,” “Quantum Leap,” “NCIS: New Orleans.”
    1956 - Smith-Corona, Syracuse, NY, introduced the first electric portable typewriter. It did not go on sale until February 4, 1957. It weighed about 19 pounds and retailed at $190.
    1957 - Top Hits
“Wake Up Little Susie” - The Everly Brothers
“Chances Are/The Twelfth of Never” - Johnny Mathis
“Jailhouse Rock” - Elvis Presley
“My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You” - Ray Price
    1958 - Eddie Cochran records "C'mon Everybody.
    1959 - At the age of 22, Bobby Darin is the youngest performer to headline at the Sands Hotel's Copa Room in Las Vegas. The previous record-holder, Johnny Mathis, did at 23.
    1961 - "Hit the Road Jack" becomes Ray Charles' second US #1 hit.
    1961 - Roy Orbison's "Crying" peaks at #2 on the pop singles chart.
    1962 - The BBC banned Bobby "Boris" Pickett's hit "Monster Mash," feeling the subject matter, comical as it is, may be deemed grotesque or otherwise tasteless to some listeners.
    1964 - The Beach Boys record "Dance Dance Dance," with Glen Campbell playing the lead guitar intro. It would go on to become their twelfth US Top 40 hit.
    1964 - The Rolling Stones canceled an upcoming South African tour when the British Musicians Union declared an embargo of the country due to their apartheid policies.
    1965 - The Miracles' "My Girl Has Gone" enters the Hot 100 where it will go as high as #14 in ten weeks. It's the Motown vocal group's 20th pop chart entry.
    1965 - Marvin Gaye's "Ain't That Peculiar" becomes his 12th to enter the Hot 100. The song will stay on the chart for twelve weeks, reaching as high as #8.
    1965 - Radio DJ Murray the K is fired from WOR-FM, New York where he had moved to take advantage of the new free-form format of FM radio.  The station's new owners decided to move to a set playlist instead and led to his dismissal because of his "inability to live with direction."  The direction was coming from programming consultant and format-radio pioneer Bill Drake. At the RKO General station KFRC in San Francisco where I worked, Drake came in and fired everyone on air and in the newsroom, except me. I gave him high school football coverage, other ideas, news stories for his audience, and he wanted me to go to his other stations, but I said "not at this time,” and survived until his format failed, too.
    1965 - Top Hits
“Yesterday” - The Beatles
“Treat Her Right” - Roy Head
“The ‘In’ Crowd” - Ramsey Lewis Trio
“Behind the Tear” - Sonny James
    1965 -  "Yesterday" by The Beatles, topped both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Cashbox Magazine Best Sellers chart. The song was actually recorded by Paul McCartney alone, as John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr were not in the studio. It would stay number #1 for four weeks.
    1966 - Happening just only three times previously in World Series history, the Orioles, for the second consecutive day, win a Fall Classic game, 1-0 game decided a home run. Frank Robinson takes a Don Drysdale pitch deep over the left field fence in the fourth inning, accounting for the game's only run, and giving Baltimore a four-game sweep over the Dodgers.
    1967 - Coming out of the NBC Tonight Show Orchestra to become musical director of "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson," Doc Severinsen replaced Skitch Henderson who retired. Doc became famous for an eccentric wardrobe, quick wit, great trumpet solos and fabulous charts. Tommy Newsome became Doc's backup arranger for many of the tunes the band played. Later, Doc and the band would move to solo albums, group CDs and incredibly successful concert tours. Doc went on to play with various symphony orchestras and even became the owner of a custom trumpet company in the San Francisco Bay Area.
    1969 - Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young opened at Fillmore West, San Francisco.
    1969 - Supremes release "Someday We'll Be Together"
    1971 - Rod Stewart has the best-selling record on both sides of the Atlantic with the two sided hit "Maggie May" / "Reason To Believe".
    1971 - Van Morrison's "Wild Night" is released.
    1973 - Elvis and Priscilla Presley divorce after six years of marriage. She gets a big chunk of property; $725,000 and an additional $4,200 a month for the support of their five-year old daughter, Lisa Marie; half the proceeds from the planned sale of an L.A. home; and five percent of the total outstanding stock in two publishing companies. The couple emerges from a Santa Monica, California courthouse arm in arm, kiss and depart separately.
    1973 - Paul Simon received a gold record for his hit, "Loves Me like a Rock."
    1974 - Olivia Newton John earns her third gold record for "I Honestly Love You." It made it to the top spot on the pop chart four days ago and will remain for two weeks.
    1974 - Composer, arranger and producer Quincy Jones, who has already taken home some Grammy awards, gets his first gold record for "Body Heat" which contains the hit single, "If I ever Lose This Heaven." It is sung by Minnie Ripperton.
    1975 - Sean Lennon is born.
    1976 - The Who and The Grateful Dead co-headline a concert at the Oakland-Alameda County Stadium.
    1979 - Styx's "Babe" is born.
    1979 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," Michael Jackson.
    1980 - John Lennon celebrates his 40th birthday by releasing "Starting Over," his first record in five years. His wife, Yoko Ono commissions a sky writer to etch him a "Happy Birthday" message over New York City's skyline.
    1980 - Nashville, TN reached 91, highest ever for so late in the season. Just 3 days earlier, a low of 31 was reported, lowest ever so early in the season.
    1981 - The temperature at San Juan, Puerto Rico, soared to 98 degrees to establish an all-time record for that location.
    1982 - A record breaking snowstorm for so early in the season paralyzed the Black Hills of South Dakota with up to 3 to 6 feet of heavy, wet snow and winds of 40-70 mph. 36 inches fell at Lead and 41 inches piled up at Galena.
    1984 - Kathy Sullivan becomes first US woman to walk in space.
    1984 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "I Just Called to Say I Love You," Stevie Wonder. The song from the Gene Wilder film "The Woman in Red" wins an Academy Award.
    1986 - Phantom of Opera makes its theatrical debut.  The musical, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe, opened at Her Majesty's Theatre in London’s West End. The musical is the longest running show on New York’s Broadway.

    1987 - Eighteen cities in the southeastern U.S. and the Middle Atlantic Coast Region reported record low temperatures for the date. Asheville, NC dipped to 29 degrees, and the record low of 47 degrees at Jacksonville, FL marked their fourth of the month. A second surge of cold air brought light snow to the Northern Plains, particularly the Black Hills of South Dakota.
    1988 - Ten cities in the northeastern U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date, including Hartford, CT with a reading of 28 degrees. Snow continued in northern New England through the morning hours. Mount Washington, NH reported five inches of snow. Warm weather continued in the western U.S. Los Angeles, CA reported a record high of 102 degrees.
    1989 - Unseasonably cold weather continued in the Upper Midwest. Thirteen cities in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana reported record low temperatures for the date, including Marquette, MI with a reading of 20 degrees. Unseasonably warm weather continued in the western U.S. as the San Francisco Giants won the National League pennant. San Jose, CA reported a record high of 91 degrees.
    1989 - First NFL game coached by an African-American, Art Shell, whose LA Raiders beat NY Jets 14-7 on Monday Night Football.
    1991 - The United States sent troops and warships to the Persian Gulf in response to Saddam Hussein sending thousands of troops and hundreds of tanks toward the Kuwaiti border.
    1996 - The most highly regarded example of Pop Art, Andy Warhol's “Campbell Soup Cans,” was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, along with early paintings by Ellsworth Kelly. The works were valued at about $15,000,000, one of the highest prices ever listed for contemporary art.
    1996 - In Game 1 of the ALCS, the Yankees received help from a young fan when 12-year-old Jeffrey Maier reached out and grabbed a ball hit by Derek Jeter that was about to be caught by Orioles’ right fielder Tony Tarasco.   It was ruled a HR and tied the game in the bottom of the 8th.  Bernie Williams hit a home run in the 11th inning to give the Yanks a 5-4 victory.
    2001 - Second mailing of anthrax letters from the Hamilton, NJ post office in the anthrax aftermath of 9/11.
    2005 - At Minute Maid Park, Chris Burke' 18th inning homer ends the longest postseason game in baseball history as the Astros defeat the Braves, 7-6, to advance into the National League championship series. Atlanta's five-run lead late in the game is erased with an eighth inning grand slam by Lance Berkman and a two-out ninth inning solo shot by Brad Ausmus, which barely clears Gold Glove center fielder Andruw Jones’ outstretched hand.
World Series Champions
    1928 - New York Yankees
    1934 - St. Louis Cardinals
    1938 - New York Yankees
    1944 - St. Louis Cardinals
    1949 - New York Yankees
    1958 - New York Yankees
    1961 - New York Yankees
    1966 - Baltimore Orioles




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