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Friday, April 22, 2016

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

Craig Rose Passes Away
  San Diego, California Lessor
Dale Kluga Sells Cobra Capital
  Will Continue to Manage
Ascentium Capital Surpasses $2 Billion in Funded Volume
Since August 4, 2011 Inception
New Hires---Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries
Leasing Industry Ads---Help Wanted
Ascentium Capital/TopMark Funding
Leasing/Finance Conferences---Update
  Registration at NAELB Conference
Every Bank is Already an Internet Bank!
   by Adriaan van Zyl
America’s Car Museum to Showcase Vintage Chrysler
 at Shell Eco-marathon Americas – First Muscle Car
The Jungle Book/Green Room
The Revenant/The Lady in the Van/A Whit Stillman Trilogy
Film/Digital Reviews by Leasing News' Fernando Croce
Cocker Spaniel
Campbell, California   Adopt-a-Dog
News Briefs---
Equipment Leasing and Finance Industry Confidence
    Improves Again in April
Unemployment Claims Drop Unexpectedly
"lowest reading since November 1973"
Owners of emissions-cheating Volkswagens can choose
    buybacks or repairs, judge says
Fintechs' Goals Are Changing, VCs' Appetite Is Not
Global fintech investment rose 75% in 2015 to $22.3 billion
5 Ways to Tell if That Financial App is Really Safe
  Hundreds of FinTech to Choose From
Volkswagen Owners Ponder Next Move
  After Company’s Diesel Emissions Deal
Makers of Account-Draining Bank Trojan Get 24 years
  SpyEye infected more than 50 million PCs
   and caused almost $1 billion in losses

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Craig Rose Passes Away
San Diego, California Lessor

"Craig Rose was the owner of Magellan Financial, Inc.  He was my friend and business partner for many years.  He worked with Bette Kerhoulas and I at Pacifica Capital for many years prior to starting MF.  He died Wednesday after a long battle with cancer.  Just thought people might want to know."


Tony Sherwin
Magellan Capital Partners
Tustin, CA 92781

“Here’s a recent picture of him with his wife Laura at their house in Del Mar, California, or Baja Jar, Mexico, where they like to spend time. He is survived by Laura, daughter Dominique and son Preston. I believe Craig was 57 years old, but not sure.”


It is too early for an obituary. LinkedIn shows his biography that he started Magellan Financial, January, 1996, where he " Developed Magellan Financial into a solid industry presence with more than 300 referral affiliates, 15 bank partnerships and fundings of over $15M...Earned distinction as ‘Million Dollar Producer’ for nationally recognized bank." At Pacific Capital, he "Drove $1.2M in annual sales for small ticket funder, added 40 new vendors through pro-active sourcing of new business relationships, effective cold calling and earned trust."


Dale Kluga Sells Cobra Capital
Will Continue to Manage

"I'm absolutely delighted to announce the sale of Cobra to Providence Bank," Dale Kluga told Leasing News." They will be instrumental in helping Cobra grow its national platform and fee income business model.

Providence Bank & Trust closed on an asset purchase agreement in which the bank acquired substantially all of the assets and assumed the operations of Cobra Capital, a national independent equipment finance company. Cobra Capital, now a division of Providence Bank & Trust, will continue to be managed by founder, Dale Kluga, and operate from its Darien, IL office.

Cobra Capital, founded in 2000, is well known in the Chicagoland area for providing funding for the commercial equipment needs of small and mid-size businesses. Kluga has over 35 years of commercial leasing and banking experience in all facets of an equipment finance business.

"I spent the last 3 years meeting with private equity funds, BDC's and banks in the hope of finding a cultural match," Kluga explained. "Providence is the perfect match for Cobra. PBT's executive management team are highly experienced, proven bankers who are not only trustworthy and honor their word, but happen to be entrepreneurial thinkers with a big picture view of building the next gen community bank model.

"The bank's Chairman, the CEO and its investment group consist of some of the most successful entrepreneurs of any community bank group in the nation including the Huizenga Family, the former owners of Waste Management and other highly successful businesses.  I'm very excited about Cobra joining the Providence team and helping small and mid-size businesses with all of their financing needs. 

"The bank's philanthropic approach to community based organization is highly commendable in today's difficult economic environment particularly for non-profit organizations needing financial assistance. We are proud to be affiliated with such high quality individuals which help run every level of the organization."

South Holland, IL-based Providence Bank & Trust, with assets of $500 million, is a commercial bank with locations in Illinois and Indiana.


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Ascentium Capital Surpasses $2 Billion in Funded Volume
Since August 4, 2011 Inception

KINGWOOD, TX – Ascentium Capital, a leading commercial lender, announced that it surpassed $2 billion in funded volume since its inception on August 4, 2011.

Tom Depping
Ascentium Capital

“Less than five years ago, we created a new type of independent financing company to meet the changing needs of small businesses. We’ve had success creating a brand that represents fast and flexible financing and our continued success will be driven by our processes, people and proprietary finance platform,” comments Tom Depping, Ascentium Capital’s President and CEO.

Ascentium Capital develops customized financing programs that benefit equipment vendors and manufacturers as well as small businesses nationwide. The company takes a specialized, consultative sales approach in key industries including healthcare, technology, franchise, hospitality and other vertical markets.

Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Richard Baccaro, comments on how the company positions itself for growth. “Our mission is to be the financier of choice in the markets we serve. This requires us to constantly evaluate, evolve and execute service levels that exceed client expectations.”

Ascentium Capital, as a direct lender, specializes in providing equipment financing, leasing, and working capital solutions for equipment manufacturers and distributors as well as direct to businesses nationwide. The company has obtained the ranking as the third largest private-independent finance company by volume in the United States. For more information, please visit

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New Hires---Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Brian de la Houssaye was hired as Senior Vice President of Business Development for Wintrust Commercial Finance’s direct originations group. He will be located in WCF’s Frisco, TX headquarters, focusing on direct originations in the south central region.  Previously, he was VP, AIG Commercial Asset Finance (June, 2012 – March, 2016); SVP, ATEL Capital Group (January, 2012 – May, 2012); EVP, Maxus Capital Group, LLC (October, 2002 – January, 2012); SVP, BancOne Credit Corp. (2000 – 2001); VP, Fleet Capital Corp. (1989 – 2000); VP, Cargill Leasing Corporation (1980 – 1985).
Languages: German, some Spanish, French, Russian. Education: Thunderbird School of Global Management, MIM, Marketing/Finance (1976 – 1977). University of Arizona, BA, Writing (1966 – 1972).

Tony Dobek was announced as Senior Vice President of Business Development, TCI Business Capital, Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
He was hired January, 2016.  Previously, he was Cofounder /Director of Business Development, Specialty Care Group (February, 2010 – January, 2016); VP, Business Development, LSQ Funding (February, 2009 – November, 2015). Organizations: Association for Corporate Growth, Starting February 2009. Twin Cities Start-Up, Starting September 2014. Commercial Finance Association. Education: University of St. Thomas, Opus College of Business, MBA, Management (1996 – 1999). New Mexico State University, BA, Santa Fe High, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Tom Ducote was hired as Director, Capital One Equipment Finance, Austin, Texas.  Previously, he was Equipment Finance Sales Executive, Bank United (January, 2014 – March, 2016); VP/Territory Manager, Equipment Finance, Wells Fargo (June, 2009 – December, 2013) VP Equipment Finance, Regions Financial Corporation (August, 2004 – June, 2009); Vice President, Equipment Finance, US Bancorp (2000 – 2004); VP, US Bank Equipment Finance (2000 – 2004). Education: The University of Texas at Dallas, Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Accounting and Finance (1994 – 1996). The University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Economics (1987 – 1991).

William Glenn was hired by Wells Fargo Rail, "…the largest and most diverse railcar and locomotive leasing company in North America... In this role, Glenn will be responsible for leading sales, structured sales, customer service and business intelligence. Based in Rosemont, IL." He joined the Greenbrier Companies, 2001, as VP Corporate Development; promoted, January, 2007, SVP Corporate Development & Staff; promoted SVP Strategy & Chief Commercial Officer, July, 2009.  Prior, he was Managing Director, Ziba (2001 – 2001); General Manager, Louisiana Pacific (1992 – 2001); Business Development Manager, Coillte (1993 – 1995); Consultant, Mc Kinsey & Company (1988 – 1991); Design Engineer, Buro Happold (1983 – 1987). Education: INSEAD, MBA, Finance, Marketing (1988 – 1988); Trinity College Dublin, MSc, Structural Engineering (1984 – 1984); Trinity College Dublin, BAI, Civil Engineering (1979 – 1983); Belvedere College (1968 – 1979).

Michael Grant was hired as Senior Vice President - Territory Manager Corporate Aircraft at Wells Fargo, Dallas/Fort Worth area.  Previously,
he was at GE Capital, where he start May, 1997 as Vice President Sales Executive - Corporate Aircraft Group Detroit / Chicago; promoted October, 2001, Vice President - Sales Manager - Texas/Louisiana/Oklahoma Energy; promoted January, 2004,Vice President Region Sales Manager - North Texas/Oklahoma; promoted October, 2006, Vice President Territory Sales Manager - South Region - Dallas, Texas; promoted January, 2008, Sr. VP - Structured Finance; promoted Sales Director - Corporate Aircraft Group (June, 2010 - March, 2016). Education: The College of New Jersey, Bachelors of Science, Accounting (1986 – 1990). Activities and Societies: Three year starter and Four year varsity letter winner in football. Southern Regional High School (1982 – 1985).

Kim Louden was promoted to Vice President, Sales at GreatAmerica Financial Services, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She joined the firm October, 1996 as Team Leader/Credit Analyst; promoted August, 2007, Director, National Accounts.  Prior, she was Credit Analyst, GE Capital (March, 1991- October, 1996).  She is a Member of the Board of Directors of Managed Print Service Association, Starting March, 2015. Education: University of Iowa - Henry B. Tippie College of Business MBA, Finance (2002 – 2004). Activities and Societies: Executive MBA program.

Alexis Mackey was promoted to Project Manager, Stryker, Kalamazoo, Michigan.  She joined the firm May, 2013, as Lead Documentation Specialist. Previously, she was Commercial Credit Specialist Consumers Credit Union (December, 2008 – May, 2013); Business Office Manager, Kanous and Associates, PLC (December, 2005 – December, 2008). Education: Western Michigan University Bachelors of Business Administration, Finance (2001 – 2005).

Victoria J. Mora was hired as AVP of Credit & Syndications, GSG Financial LLC, New York, New York.  (She)..."will be responsible for credit underwriting of mid-ticket transactions, providing analysis for GSG’s banking partners as well as the CFO, and for monitoring and modifying credit scoring models on a regular basis." Previously, she was at MB Financial Bank, starting July, 2012 as Commercial Credit Analyst; promoted August, 2014, Commercial Banking Officer. Prior, she was an intern at UBS Financial Services (July, 2010-March, 2012), Lapiz (June, 2008-August, 2008), Latham & Watkins (June, 2007-August, 2007). Languages: English, Spanish. Education: DePaul University, Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Finance, Marketing (2008 – 2012). Activities and Societies: DePaul Leadership Scholar, Sales Leadership Program, Dean's List

Bob Rodi was hired as VP Credit and Risk Management, FranFund,
Dallas/Fort Worth area. He is based out of Wexford, Pennsylvania. Previously, he was Managing Executive, Mount Pleasant Capital LLC (January, 2011 – December, 2015); President, Mount Pleasant Capital Corporation (1990 – 2010); President, Rose Financial Services (January, 1983 – June, 1990); Organizations: International Franchise Association. Past President, United Association of Equipment Leasing. North American Equipment Finance Association. Awards: Order Sons of Italy in America, Golden Lion Award. University of PA, Eberly School of Technology and Business, Alumnus of the year 2012. Education: California University of Pennsylvania, Bachelor of Science (BA), Business/Managerial Economics (1968 – 1973). Activities and Societies: Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity, CAL U Football Alumni

Sandra Skeens was hired as Director of Sales and Marketing at Decipher Credit Solutions, LLC, Bethesda, Maryland.  She is based out of Augusta, Georgia. Previously, she was President and CEO International Commercial Credit, LLC, founded September, 2015. Marketing and Sales Director, MCB Business Credit Services (July, 2001-August, 2015); Outside Sales Executive, Aqua Koolers of Atlanta (April, 2000 – March, 2001); Sales Representative, IKON Office Solutions (February, 1993 – March, 2000). Honors & Awards:
Batchelor of Theology from Beacon University, Suma Cum Laude 2007.
Experian Reseller of the Year 2004. Experian Reseller of the Year, Most New Data Lines 2004. Organizations: CFA Carolina's Chapter, Board of Directors. Secretary, NFA National Funding Association. Ambassador, NAPBS, National Association of Professional Background Screeners. ACA, American Collection Association. Augusta Chamber of Commerce, Former Secretary, Piedmont Credit Club, Charlotte, NC. Greater Greenville Credit and Finance Association, Former Chairman, Consumer Advisory Panel for Richmond County, Georgia. 1988 Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia.
Education: Beacon College and Graduate School, Bachelors, Theology
(2003 – 2008). Graduated Suma Cum Laude.

John Yurevitz was promoted to VP Credit Specialist I at TD Equipment Finance, Inc.; based in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He joined the firm April, 2014 as AVP Credit Analyst II. Previously, he was Senior Credit Analyst II, Marlin Leasing / Marlin Business Bank (December, 2004 – April, 2014); Loan-by-Phone Representative, Commerce Bank (July, 2003 – December, 2004); Teller, Commerce Bank (October, 2002 – July, 2003). Education: Ramapo College of New Jersey, Bachelor's degree, Economics (1999 – 2003). Activities and Societies: Phi Kappa Sigma, Washington Township HS (1996 – 1999).


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Leasing/Finance Conferences --- 2016


April 28 – April 30, 2016
2016 Annual Conference
25th Anniversary
Tropicana Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV

Dwight Galloway
SVP Broker Funding
RLC Funding
Columbia, South Carolina
Dwight Galloway will be covering the conference for
Leasing News with a report to follow for readers not attending.

Registration by Internet Closed. Registration is available on site.

Company Registered Attendance (04/21/16)
12 Associates companies (4 have two attending)
73 Brokers (6 with two, 2 with 3, 1 with 4)
70 Funder companies (many have two, several three and four, one with 5)
Attendee List

Exhibitor Listing  (as of 04/21/16)
360 Equipment Finance
Amerisource Funding
Axis Capital
Banc of California, N.A.
Bankers Capital
BlackRiver Business Capital, LLC
Blue Bridge Financial, LLC
Bryn Mawr Funding
BSB Leasing
C.H. Brown Co., LLC
Channel Partners Capital -
CLFP Foundation
Cobra Capital LLC
Commercial Funding Partners
Dakota Financial, LLC
Eagle Business Credit LLC
Equipment Data Associates
Equipment Leasing Group of America, LLC
Financial Pacific Leasing, Inc.
First Federal Leasing
FirstLease, Inc.
Fora Financial, LLC
Funding Circle
Global Financial & Leasing Services
IOU Financial, Inc.
KS State Bank, Baystone Government Finance
Marlin Business Service Corp.
Maxim Commercial Capital
Navitas Lease Corp.
NCMIC Finance Corporation
NFS Leasing
North Mill Equipment Finance, LLC
Orange Commercial Credit
Paradigm Equipment Finance
Pawnee Leasing Corporation
Pinnacle Specialty
Preferred Business Solutions/ELB Tools
Quality Leasing Company
Quiktrak, Inc
RapidAdvance, LLC
SmartBiz Loans, LLC
Summit Leasing, Inc.
Team Funding Solutions
Tetra Financial Group

Full Conference Rates       

Broker - Member: $525
Broker - Non-Member: $625
Additional Broker – Member: $475
Additional Broker - Non-Member: $575
Funder/Associate – Member: $675
Funder/Associate - Non-Member: $775
Additional Funder/Associate – Member: $625
Additional Funder/Associate - Non-Member: $725



36th Annual AGLF Conference
Racing Toward Excellence in Public Finance
Wednesday, May 4 – Friday, May 6, 2016

Omni Charlotte Hotel, Charlotte, North Carolina

Conference Information
Message from the Chairman
Preliminary Agenda
Keynote Bio: Chris Taylor
Keynote Bio: Charlie Wittmack
Keynote Bio: Mark Vitner 

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Thursday Night Event
Need for Speed Event at the NASCAR Hall of Fame
Sponsored by Capital One Public Funding, LLC
Late Night with AGLF - Drinks and Dessert at the Omni Charlotte Hotel

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September 16-17, 2016
2016 Eastern Regional Meeting
Cincinnati Airport Marriott
Hebron, KY
Conference Chair:
Rodny Blecha, Precision Leasing



Second Annual Conference
Announcing Our Second Annual 
October 4th - 6th, 2016
Red Rock Casino & Resort
Las Vegas, Nevada

Christopher "Kit" Menkin, Leasing News, will be speaking
at the  “Reporters Viewpoint” panel discussion to address the whole conference about the state of the leasing industry.

Over 300 of the nation’s top commercial loan, leasing and mortgage brokers will be converging on Red Rock Resorts on October 4-6 to meet the top lenders and service providers that cater to the brokerage community. These brokers are responsible for over $5 billion in small business and commercial financing each year.

This NACLB annual conference will provide education and networking between brokers lenders and service providers.

However, the primary benefit of the conference will be to provide enormous growth opportunities for both brokers and bankers to grow their loan portfolios and increase revenues and profits.

Now is your chance to get DEAL FLOW, QUALITY ISO’s and COMMERCIAL BROKERS
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October 5 – 7
Chicago, Illinois



October 23 -25th
2016  55th Annual Conference
Palm Desert Springs
Palm Desert, California

October 23 – 26
Las Vegas, Nevada
(75% of exhibit space/sponsorship booked)


November 11-12, 2016
2016 Western Regional Meeting
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Anaheim-Orange County



Every Bank is Already an Internet Bank!
by Adriaan van Zyl

It continues to amaze me, is that most bank CEOs still define their bank purely as relationship driven and “having the best service”. The reality is that the perception and value proposition of your bank is not defined by you, but by your customers. Customers want it all: relationship banking, the best service and online banking. More importantly, they already think of you as both a traditional bank and an internet bank, and judge you accordingly.

The astute community bank CEO has realized this for a while now and is already hard at work in bridging the gap between traditional banking and digital banking. Digital banking being the broader umbrella term for internet banking, online banking, mobile banking, mobile wallet, online account opening, online marketing, etc. They understand that in order to survive in the future, they have to provide customers with a human service representative when the customer wants it, and with good technology and a friendly user interface when the customer elects for self-service. It is not the bank’s choice; it is the customer’s choice.

The notion that your customer likes your people is noble, and mostly true. At the same time, your customer has a life (their own) and limited time. They also know what is available out there from the top online players in terms of digital banking. I am sorry to break this news to you, but they want the best of both worlds from you, at your expense and with no more fees! They want to continue using your expensive face-to-face service, but only if you also provide a superior digital service. You are in a bad spot. How do you afford the personal touch that has served you so well, and introduce top technology? How do you ensure strong customer adoption? When technology is so central to what you do, the scale of the change that is required may seem overwhelming. How do you decide how much to invest in maintaining what you have versus building new functionality,  especially when there is no clear ROI. But there is hope, and there are also solutions.

Firstly, the relative cost of digital banking is declining with many software providers now also catering to smaller banks, even those below $100MM in size. Secondly, as always, good old common sense should prevail, like maximizing the use of existing technology and prioritizing. Most banks already have good pieces of technology and online servicing capability. However, they are not using it to its full capacity or on a broad enough basis. Ask yourself, why are customers still calling your bank to ask for their account balance? Walk into the branch to do a transfer? Who drives adoption and how? Start with a systematic evaluation of existing capabilities and apply simple and easy-to-introduce technology interventions. Examples include wider deployment of API’s, e-forms and work-flow systems that can be rolled out relatively quickly and independent from core system interventions or changes. Sometimes, it could be as simple as making small adjustments to the workflow and let the employees adjust, as opposed to building a system around the existing workflow.

No doubt, there is value in digital banking. Done right, digital transformation could pay for itself. Banks that pursue digital transformation can realize improvements in earnings, through both the impact of reduced cost (reduction in double entry of data, migration of front-end activity to digital self-service channels, etc.) and from a longer customer life cycle. This is especially true with deposit account origination. It is a well-known fact that the majority of customers will open their next deposit account online. Chances are that your existing customer may open their next CD or Money Market Account with a bank that offers online account opening. Can you afford not to offer automated deposit account opening online? To not offer mobile?

Thinking like an internet bank, but without compromising existing strengths and values is the way to go. You can do both, blending the existing well-proven business model with the changing customer expectations of digital delivery. It is the only way to retain your customer and prevent them from joining your more technologically advanced competitor, who also “has the best service and people”.

Adriaan van Zyl
CEO at
 Founder of Digital Banker Network
or call: 760-452-8377


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America’s Car Museum to Showcase Vintage Chrysler
at Shell Eco-marathon Americas – First Muscle Car

Historic vehicle used to motivate young engineers
to develop future auto technologies

TACOMA, Wash.– America’s Car Museum (ACM) will highlight a 1961 Chrysler 300G in the Cobo Center in Detroit from April 22 to 24, showcasing the vintage automobile to competitors and attendees at the 10th Shell Eco-marathon Americas.

The Shell Eco-marathon challenges student teams around the world to design, build, test and drive ultra-energy-efficient vehicles. The international program holds annual competitions in Asia, America and Europe.

While the Chrysler 300G is considered the first American muscle car, it was also technologically advanced in its heyday. Barely achieving over 10 mpg, this particular vehicle offers competitors and attendees – many in middle and high school – to see just how far automotive engineering has come in the last 55 years.

David Madeira
CEO, America’s Car Museum

“It’s great to have the opportunity to have a presence at Shell Eco-marathon Americas and raise awareness of vintage automotive technology to the thousands of attendees that come to this competition every year,” said ACM CEO David Madeira. “We commend Shell for taking steps to encourage students to apply themselves in projects such as this.”

Shell Oil Company recently signed a five-year contract with ACM to become an Official Provider of America’s Car Museum and took part in “The Drive Home,” the Museum’s 3000-mile, cross-country winter journey to the 2016 North American International Auto Show. ACM rallied three vintage cars, including the Chrysler 300G on display.

Pamela Rosen
General Manager
Shell Eco-marathon Americas

“We are thrilled that America’s Car Museum has partnered with us at this year’s Shell Eco-marathon Americas to help make the connection between past and present automotive transport,” said Pam Rosen, general manager for Shell Eco-marathon Americas. “We share a common passion to foster talent who will contribute to tomorrow’s energy solutions.”

Educational initiatives are a core aspect of ACM as visitors to the Museum are encouraged to learn about the historical context of all vehicles on display. Additionally, ACM further promotes automotive career opportunities supported by several annual automotive events held in Tacoma, Washington and through sponsors including Shell.

“America’s Car Museum is an educational center that offers programs for students of all ages to apply themselves in science, technology, engineering and math,” said Madeira. “This is in addition to the Hagerty Education Program at America’s Car Museum, which provides young adults with opportunities to gain hands-on experience in automotive restoration from skilled craftsmen and artisans.”

To learn about educational programs offered at ACM, visit

About LeMay – America’s Car Museum (
America’s Car Museum (ACM) is an international destination for families and auto enthusiasts to celebrate America’s love affair with the automobile and learn how it shaped our society. Based in Tacoma, Wash., the stunning 165,000-sq.-ft. facility has been recognized as one of MSN’s 10 Best Automotive Museums worldwide, USA Today’s 10 Best Museums in Seattle and KING5’s 2015 Best Museum in Western Washington. ACM serves as an educational center for students of all ages, features 12 rotating exhibits and hosts five annual Signature Events. For more information, visit

About Shell Eco-marathon
Shell Eco-marathon is a global program that challenges high school and college student teams to design, build and test the most energy-efficient vehicles. With annual events in the Americas, Europe and Asia, this innovation competition pushes future scientists and engineers to travel the farthest distance using the least amount of energy. Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2016 will take place April 22nd - 24th on the streets of Downtown Detroit and is free and open to the public. Visit to learn more about this weekend of free programs for all ages.


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Fernando's View
By Fernando F. Croce

A vivid storybook adaptation ("The Jungle Book") and a visceral thriller ("Green Room") come to theaters, while DVDs offer an Oscar-winning adventure ("The Revenant"), an affable comedy-drama ("The Lady in the Van"), and a trio of indie treasures ("A Whit Stillman Trilogy").

In Theaters:

The Jungle Book (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures): After a slew of superhero blockbusters, director Jon Favreau ("Iron Man") returns to the family fantasy ways of "Zathura" with this vivid adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's famous storybook, set in the jungles of India. The story follows the journey of Mowgli (Neel Sethi), a boy who, raised by wolves since birth, sees his peaceful existence threatened by the marauding tiger Shere Khan (voiced by Idris Elba). Suspended between human and animal realms, the young protagonist must venture into the unknown with the help of fun-loving bear Baloo (Bill Murray). Though the narrative may be familiar to readers of Kipling's storybook, this version instills humor and emotion to give it a fresh, genuinely majestic flavor. The all-star voice cast includes Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson, and Christopher Walken.

Green Room (A24): Writer-director Jeremy Saulnier ("Blue Ruin") continues his run of visceral action with this claustrophobically suspenseful thriller. Set in the backwoods of Oregon, the film begins with a band of punk musicians, led by Pat (Anton Yelchin) and Sam (Alia Shawkat), as they drive deeper into dangerous territory in the search of a new gig. Things take a sharp turn when violence erupts in their latest show at a skinhead bar and become witnesses fighting for their lives. Together with a local girl (Imogen Poots), the band members lock themselves in the club's green room and ready themselves for one brutal confrontation after another. Can their image as punk toughies stand up to real evil? Though not for squeamish viewers, Saulnie's rough, gritty and darkly humorous movie showcases the young filmmaker's knack for generating truly nightmarish tension.

Netflix Tip: With the new "Jungle Book" hitting theaters, why not revisit some of the previous versions of Kipling's saga. So check out Netflix for Sabu in Zoltan Korda's colorful "Jungle Book" (1942), the famous 1967 version featuring Disney animation, and Stephen Sommers' enjoyable 1994 version with Jason Scott Lee.


The Revenant (Fox): Alejandro González Iñárritu follows his Oscar-winning "Birdman" with this ambitious, wildlife adventure, inspired by true events and featuring an anguishedly committed performance by Best Actor winner Leonardo DiCaprio. DiCaprio stars as Hugh Glass, a fur trapper struggling to survive the harsh realities of 1820s frontier life. In between dodging confrontations with the natives and enduring harrowing bear attacks, Glass finds himself betrayed and left for dead by Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), the unstable leader of his hunting expedition. With his son dead, he becomes determined to stay alive and track down Fitzgerald and, perhaps, save his own soul. Made with grueling grit and photographed by the virtuoso Emmanuel Lubezki ("The Tree of Life"), Iñárritu's epic aims to blend meditative beauty with human savagery.

The Lady in the Van (Sony): Cantankerous yet lovable characters are nothing new to Dame Maggie Smith, and yet she continues to find subtle ways to play them, as evident in this affable comedy-drama set in London during the 1970s. Based on real-life events as recalled by playwright Alan Bennett, the film details the writer’s (played by Alex Jennings) friendship with Miss Shepherd (Smith), an elderly homeless woman who lives in her battered van. Bennett allows her to park her vehicle in his driveway, where she’d stay for over a decade—a strong bond grows between these mismatched characters, especially as the younger man finds out about his eccentric guest’s history. Directed by Nicholas Hytner (“The Madness of King George”), this is a satisfying tale hugely bolstered by Smith’s presence.

A Whit Stillman Trilogy (Criterion): A staple of 1990s indie filmmaking, writer-director Whit Stillman specialized in bittersweet romances that gently yet sharply pricked the delusions of its young characters. Three of his best movies are included in Criterion's deluxe trilogy set, which also includes interviews with the gifted auteur himself. In his 1990 debut "Metropolitan," he examines the mores of 1980s bourgeois New Yorkers by chronicling the intertwining stories of a group of friends. In 1994's "Barcelona," Stillman takes them out of their environment and follows a couple of Americans looking for romance in Europe. And in 1998's "The Last Days of Disco," a pair of young friends face the beginning of a new decade as their nights at the nightclub come to a close. With delicious insight and humor, Stillman brings his own twist to classic screwball scenarios.


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General Color: Fawn
Ear Type: Droopy
Current Size: 40 Pounds
Current Age: 9 Years 9 Months (best estimate)
Exercise Needs: Low
Grooming Needs: Moderate
Reaction to New People: Friendly

“Boo Boo came to us after his owner lost his home and could no longer keep his dear friend. He is 9 years old and spent most of his life with one owner. He is a beautiful buff color with his coat cut short for the summer. His coat will continue to grow and will need regular grooming.

“He is a very mellow guy, not requiring much from his family. He would be very happy lying at your feet, while you are working on the computer or watching TV. He would love to spend time in the yard, if you are gardening or just enjoying the sun. He does great on car rides, too!

“He is very friendly when meeting new people and dogs. Not much fazes him! He just goes with the flow. : )

“He is a wonderful dog, inside and out and just seeks a quiet home to spend the rest of his senior years basking in the love of his family.”

More about Boo Boo

Good with Adults, Good for Seniors/Elderly, Quiet,
Does Good in the Car, Gentle

Cal State Dog Rescue Adoption Fee is $400.00.

We will be showing our dogs for adoption at
Pet Food Express, 1902 Bascom Avenue, Campbell, CA
Saturday, April 23rd,  1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Priority is given to our pre-approved applicants.

To submit an application on line, click on "Forms/Applications" on the left, and then "Fill Form" or, please click to contact for information.

CalTate Dog Rescue
PO Box 111103
Campbell, CA 95011-1103
(408) 655-9648


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Makin’ Jump Shots
By Michael S. Harper

He waltzes into the lane
’cross the free-throw line,
fakes a drive, pivots,
floats from the asphalt turf
in an arc of black light,
and sinks two into the chains.

One on one he fakes
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A sniff in the fallen air—
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riding high:
“traveling” someone calls—
and he laughs, stepping
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as he sinks two into the chains.

Michael S. Harper, “Makin’ Jump Shots” from Images of Kin. Copyright © 1977 by Michael S. Harper. Used by permission of the poet and University of Illinois Press.



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This Day in American History

     1451 – Isabella (d. 1504), Queen of Spain, who sponsored the voyages of Christopher Columbus to search for a new trade route to India, was born in Madrigal de las Altas Torres, Spain.
    1526 - The first American slave revolt occurred in SC.  Nearly 40 years before the first permanent European settlement in North America, Spanish explorers bring enslaved Africans to what are now the Carolinas. The Africans escape in what is the first recorded slave revolt in North America.
    1778 - Captain John Paul Jones of Ranger led a landing party raid on Whitehaven, England. Whitehaven was an English seaport on the Irish Sea. The decision to raid it was not made because of its strategic value, for the ships in its harbor were mostly coastal fishing vessels, containing little of value to the English war cause. John Paul Jones' original idea was to capture an important person in the course of the raid and hold him hostage until the British ministry released American sailors from prison. Soldiers taken prisoner during land engagements were frequently exchanged as prisoners of war. But the English still treated anyone found on an American armed vessel as a pirate. This was a sore point with sailors in the Continental Navy, and especially with Jones. He hoped his raid might free some of the American seamen languishing in English prisons. The destruction caused by the Whitehaven raid was paltry, but its effectiveness as propaganda was electrifying. No raid had been made on an English seaport since 1667, thanks to Britain's dominance of the seas. Englishmen wondered uneasily where the mighty Royal Navy had been in Whitehaven's time of need, and Jones appeared, not for the last time, in English newspapers as a swashbuckling pirate. The effects of the Continental Navy's daring exploits upon English commerce helped arouse distaste among the British people for continuing the Revolutionary War.
    1793 - President Washington attended the opening of Rickett's, the first circus in the U.S.
    1794 - The first death penalty ban by a state was enacted by Pennsylvania. The law abolished all executions except in cases of murder in the first degree. Michigan enacted a general ban on the death penalty on May 4, 1846, except in cases of treason.
    1802 - The U.S. learned that Napoleon I of France in 1800 had secured through a secret agreement, the Third Treaty of San Ildefonso, the return of the Louisiana territory from Spain.   This reversed the Treaty of Fontainebleau in 1762 that awarded Spain the territory by France.  At the time, 1802, France was at war with England and believed that many British trade ships were disguised as American ships.  In 1808, they began seizing ships, considered piracy by the US. This was alarming news because the mouth of the Mississippi River was now in the hands of an aggressive power, and Americans west of the Allegheny Mountains depended on free passage and the use of the port of New Orleans to transfer their products to oceangoing ships. President Thomas Jefferson ordered Robert R. Livingston, U.S. minister to France, to buy land on the lower Mississippi for use as a port, or to secure a guarantee of free navigation. In October, Spanish officials, still in New Orleans, refused to allow Americans to use the port. This serious disruption of American commerce led Jefferson in the next year to begin negotiations for purchase of Louisiana.
    1836 - A day after the Battle of San Jacinto, forces under Texas General Sam Houston identified Mexican General Santa Anna among the captives of the battle when one of his fellow captives mistakenly gave away his identity.
    1844 – Lewis Powell, co-conspirator of John Wilkes Booth and attempted assassin of Secretary of State William H. Seward, was born in Randolph County, AL.  He was hanged in 1865 in Washington, DC.
    1864 - By Act of Congress, the phrase "In God We Trust" began to be stamped on all U.S. coins.  The first coin with this inscription was the 2 cent coin, in circulation from 1864 to 1872.
    1870 – Lenin was born in Simbirsk, Russia.
    1876 - In the first National League game ever played, the Boston Red Caps, later the Braves defeated the home town Philadelphia Athletics, 6-5. Jim O'Rourke got the first hit, and Joseph Borden, playing under the name of Josephs, was the winning pitcher.  Wes Fisler scored the first run.
    1883 - An outbreak of tornadoes from Louisiana to Kansas claimed the lives to 200 persons. One of the tornadoes destroyed the town of Beauregard, MS.
    1887 - James Norman Hall (d. 1951) was born in Colfax, Iowa.  American writer, best-known for the “Mutiny on the Bounty” (1932), co-authored with Charles Nordhoff. Hall lived in California and Tahiti. He also published poetry, children's books, short stories, and travel books. 
    1889 - At precisely high noon, thousands of would-be settlers make a mad dash into the newly opened Oklahoma Territory to claim cheap land. The nearly two million acres of land opened up to white settlement was located in Indian Territory, a large area that once encompassed much of modern-day Oklahoma.  Within hours the cities of Oklahoma City and Guthrie were formed with populations of at least 10,000.
    1891 - Laura Gilpin’s (d. 1979) birthday in Santa Fe, NM.  Famed photographer of New Mexico, the Southwest, and the Navajo Indian way of life.
    1891 – Anarchist Nicola Sacco of Sacco and Vanzetti infamy was born in Foggia, Italy.
    1898 - The American gunboat Nashville captured the Spanish ship Buena Ventura. On April 24, Spain declared that a state of war existed with the United Sates. The following day, Congress declared that a state of war had existed since April 21.  President McKinley ordered the blockade of Havana Harbor.
    1898 - On the same day, Ted Breitenstein of the Cincinnati Reds and Jay Hughes of the Baltimore Orioles each pitched no-hitters. Breitenstein beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 11-0, while Hughes took the Boston Beaneaters, 8-0.
    1903 – Having relocated from Baltimore and been renamed, the New York Highlanders won their first game, defeating the Washington Senators, 3-1 before a crowd of 11,950.
    1904 – J. Robert Oppenheimer (d. 1967) was born in NYC.  Among the select few physicists who worked on The Manhattan Project to develop the atomic bomb that hasted the end of World War II, he is recognized as one of the fathers of atomic energy.  Shortly thereafter, in 1946, Dr. Oppenheimer received a Presidential Citation and a Medal of Merit for his direction of the Los Alamos Laboratory, where the bomb had been developed.  In the years from 1945 to 1952, Dr. Oppenheimer was one of the foremost Government advisers on key phases of United States atomic policy. He was the dominant author of the Acheson- Lilienthal Report which offered a plan for international control of atomic energy.  He was also the virtual author of the Baruch Plan calling for United Nations supervision of nuclear power. He was consultant to Bernard M. Baruch at the United Nations and to Frederick H. Osborn, his successor, in futile United Nations negotiations over the plan, which was rejected by the Soviet Union.  In 1954, he was stripped of security clearance by the Atomic Energy Commission because of his alleged association with Communists.  The same agency nine years later awarded Dr. Oppenheimer the $50,000 Fermi award for "his outstanding contributions to theoretical physics and his scientific and administrative leadership." 
    1906 - Father Ricard at the University of Santa Clara wrote to the "San Jose Mercury":
“The earthquake period is gone. Once the pent up forces of nature have had a vent, nothing of a serious nature need be apprehended. At the most a succession of minor shocks may be felt and that's all. It is not unreasonable, therefore, for people to continue in dread of a new destructive temblor. People should fearlessly go to work and repair mischief done and sleep quietly at night anywhere at all, especially in wooden frame. Never mind foreboders of evil:  they do not know what they are talking about. Seismonetry is in its infancy and those therefore who venture out with predictions of future earthquakes when the main shock has taken place ought to be arrested as disturbers of the peace”. Board of Supervisors met for the first time since the earthquake in Sup. McGushin's saloon. Lawyers for the Home Telephone Co. were also there and paid bribes to the supervisors.  All this was aftermath of the Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire on the morning of April 18, 1906.”
    1906 – The 1906 Summer Olympics opened in Athens.
    1906 – Actor Eddie Albert (d. 2005) was born Edward Albert Heimberger in Rock Island, IL.  He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1954 for his performance in “Roman Holiday” and in 1973 for “The Heartbreak Kid.”  Other well-known screen roles of his include Bing Edwards in the “Brother Rat “films, traveling salesman Ali Hakim in the musical “Oklahoma!”, and the sadistic prison warden in 1974's “The Longest Yard.” He starred as Oliver Wendell Douglas in the 1960s television comedy “Green Acres” and as Frank MacBride in the 1970s crime drama “Switch.”. He also had a recurring role as Carlton Travis on “Falcon Crest.” 
    1913 - Birthday of guitarist Willie C. “Boll Weenie Bill” Moore in Kinston, NC
    1914 - Babe Ruth made his professional pitching debut, playing for the International League Baltimore Orioles in his own hometown. Allowing just six hits and contributing two singles himself, Ruth shut out the Buffalo Bisons, 6-0.  The second batter Ruth faced was Joe McCarthy, the manager he will play for 17 years later with the Yankees.
    1914 - FLETCHER, FRANK JACK, Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Lieutenant, U.S. Navy. Place and date: Vera Cruz, Mexico, 21 and 22 April 1914. Entered service at: Iowa. Born: 29 April 1885, Marshalltown, lowa. G.O. No.: 177, 4 December 1915. Citation: For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Vera Cruz, 21 and 22 April 1914. Under fire, Lt. Fletcher was eminent and conspicuous in performance of his duties. He was in charge of the Esperanze and succeeded in getting on board over 350 refugees, many of them after the conflict had commenced. Although the ship was under fire, being struck more than 30 times, he succeeded in getting all the refugees placed in safety. Lt. Fletcher was later placed in charge of the train conveying refugees under a flag of truce. This was hazardous duty, as it was believed that the track was mined, and a small error in dealing with the Mexican guard of soldiers might readily have caused a conflict, such a conflict at one time being narrowly averted. It was greatly due to his efforts in establishing friendly relations with the Mexican soldiers that so many refugees succeeded in reaching Vera Cruz from the interior.
    1915 – The Yankees adopted the pinstriped uniforms and the hat-in-the-ring logo.  They added pinstripes to their uniforms on a permanent basis soon after Jacob Ruppert bought the team in 1915 after briefly wearing pinstripes in 1912.
    1917 - The William Metz Ice Company of Pittsburgh, PA, began operating equipment to ice refrigerated railroad cars. Manufactured by Thomas Wright of Jersey City, NJ, it consisted of a truck with an extension top adjustable to any position to enable ice to be placed in the upper most section of the car, making it possible for one man to do all the loading without the help of assistants. It is credited with expanding the agriculture and farming industry in the United States.
    1920 – Birthday of Hal March, born Harold Mendelson (d. 1970), in San Francisco.  Emcee of several early television shows:  “What's It For?”, “The $64,000 Question”, “Laughs for Sale”  He also was an actor in “My Friend Irma”, “The Soldiers”, “The Imogene Coca Show”, “The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show”.,+Hal
    1921 - Birthday of congo/bongo drummer Cándido de Guerra Camero in San Antonio De Los Baños, Cuba.
    1922 – Jazz pianist Lou Stein (d. 2002) was born, Philadelphia, PA.  Stein's first major gig came in 1942 when he joined Ray McKinley’s band.  He also played with Glenn Miller when the latter was stateside during World War II.

    1922 - Bassist Charlie Mingus (d. 1979), a leader in modern jazz, was born in Arizona. He started with the traditional jazz outfits of Louis Armstrong, Kid Ory and Lionel Hampton. But by 1953, Mingus had moved to the modern camp, playing with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. He was also justly famous for leading his own groups, and for his compositions.
    1923 – Film and TV producer Aaron Spelling (d. 2006) was born in Dallas.  Through his production company, Spelling Television, he holds the record as the most prolific television writer and producer in US television history, with 218 producer and executive producer credits.  Beginning in 1968, Spelling began producing successful television shows including “The Mod Squad”, “The Rookies”, “Charlie’s Angels”, “and “Beverly Hills 90210”.  As of 2009, Spelling, through his production company Spelling Television, holds the record as the most prolific television writer and producer in US television history, with 218 producer and executive producer credits.  Forbes ranked him the 11th top-earning deceased celebrity in 2009.    
    1928 - Birthday of trumpet player Tommy Turrentine (d. 1997), Pittsburgh, PA
    1930 - The United Kingdom, Japan and the United States signed the London Naval Treaty regulating submarine warfare and limiting shipbuilding.
    1935 - Birthday of bass player Paul Chambers (d. 1969), Pittsburgh.
    1936 – Glen Campbell was born in Billstown, Arkansas. At the age of 22, he moved to Los Angeles and began playing guitar on recording sessions. One record he is said to have played on is "Tequila" by the Champs. In 1965, Campbell took Brian Wilson's place on a tour by the Beach Boys. Two years later, he topped both the country and pop charts with "Gentle on My Mind" and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix." His other hits include "Wichita Lineman" and "Galveston." His television series, "The Glen Campbell Show," ran for 4.5 years.  In April 2014, news reports indicated Campbell had become a patient at an Alzheimer's long-term care and treatment facility.  On March 10, 2015, NBC News reported that Campbell could no longer speak for himself.
    1937 – Birthday of John Joseph “Jack” Nicholson in Neptune City, NJ.  Nicholson's 12 Academy Award nominations make him the most nominated male actor in the Academy’s history.  Academy Award-winning Best Actor: “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest” [1975], “As Good as It Gets” [1997]; Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor:  “Terms of Endearment” [1983].  He, Walter Brennan, and Sir Daniel Day Lewis are the only males to win three Oscars.  Among his work:  “Five Easy Pieces”, “The Shining”, “Batman”, “Broadcast News”, “Chinatown”, “Two Jakes”, “Easy Rider”, “Prizzi's Honor”, “The Witches of Eastwicke”, “Little Shop of Horrors”, “A Few Good Men”, “The Departed”, “The Bucket List”, “Anger Management”…and as a true Jerseyan, he knows how to have a good time!
    1937 – Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson were among 18 black players who jump to the Dominican Republic league. Negro league owners regard this as desertion and plan to ban the players from the league. In May, Paige was banned for life.
    1939 - Birthday of singer Mel Carter, Cincinnati, OH.  He is best known for his 1965 million-selling recording, "”Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me”.
    1940 - The first all-Chinese commercial radio program was broadcast this day over KSAN Radio in San Francisco, CA.
    1940 - Rear Admiral Joseph Taussig testified before U.S. Senate Naval Affairs Committee that war with Japan is inevitable.  As Captain in 1918, he was head of the Division of Enlisted Personnel. Aware of the inadequacies of manpower from his experience in the fleet during World War I, in 1920, he was embroiled in a publicized dispute with then Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt and testified before the Senate Committee on Navy Affairs regarding the personnel shortage in the Navy.  He stated that Navy department heads had failed "to take adequate steps to provide personnel necessary for the proper conduct of the Navy during the war." For his outspoken views, Taussig earned the lifetime enmity of Roosevelt, who wrote a sharp letter to the Navy subcommittee denying Taussig's charges.  Taussig candidly maintained that, "the Navy was far from being ready for War... and the enlisted personnel was entirely inadequate for the proper manning of our already completed ships on a peace time basis, and was dangerously inadequate should we suddenly be thrown into war." Secretary Josephus Daniels was angered by Taussig's dissent and denied publication of Taussig's prize-winning essay on naval personnel in the Naval Institute Press.  In May 1940, Taussig again locked horns with now-president Roosevelt, when Taussig testified at Senate hearings on plans to expand the Navy. Taussig advocated the building of Iowa class and Montana class battleships, offering testimony to the aggressive, imperialistic designs of Japan that planned to annex China, the Philippines and the Dutch East Indies. He warned of the superiority of the Japanese Merchant fleet to that of the US, and the need to replenish U.S. bases in the Pacific Ocean and prepare for defense of the Philippines, stating, "I cannot see how we can escape being forced into war based on the present trends of events." Taussig's testimony set off a controversy that lasted in the press for weeks and infuriated FDR who wanted Taussig relieved of his command of Norfolk Navy Yard and the Fifth Naval District. However, CNO Admiral Harold Stark convinced Roosevelt to reconsider and Roosevelt took no action; however, Stark publicly stated that Taussig's views were contrary to the Navy Department's and on 23 April 1940, issued a reprimand that was placed in Taussig's file after the Senate testimony that was later removed after Pearl Harbor.
    1945 - Adolf Hitler, learning from one of his generals that no German defense was offered to the Russian assault at Eberswalde, admits to all in his underground bunker that the war is lost and that suicide is his only recourse. Almost as confirmation of Hitler's assessment, a Soviet mechanized corps reaches Treuenbrietzen, 40 miles southwest of Berlin, liberates a POW camp and releases, among others, Norwegian Commander in Chief Otto Ruge.
    1945 - Himmler meets Count Bernadotte of the Swedish Red Cross and gives him a message to pass to the western Allies, offering a German surrender to the British and Americans but not to the Soviets. The message is passed to the Allies on the 24th.
    1945 - US 7th Army units cross the Danube at Dillingen and Baldingen.
    1945 - Units of 2nd and 4th US Corps (parts of US 5th Army) reach the Penaro River in their advance to the Po River. On the left flank Modena is taken.
    1945 - HAYASHI, JOE, Medal of Honor
Private Joe Hayashi distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 20 and 22 April 1945, near Tendola, Italy. On 20 April 1945, ordered to attack a strongly defended hill that commanded all approaches to the village of Tendola, Private Hayashi skillfully led his men to a point within 75 yards of enemy positions before they were detected and fired upon. After dragging his wounded comrades to safety, he returned alone and exposed himself to small arms fire in order to direct and adjust mortar fire against hostile emplacements. Boldly attacking the hill with the remaining men of his squad, he attained his objective and discovered that the mortars had neutralized three machine guns, killed 27 men, and wounded many others. On 22 April 1945, attacking the village of Tendola, Private Hayashi maneuvered his squad up a steep, terraced hill to within 100 yards of the enemy. Crawling under intense fire to a hostile machine gun position, he threw a grenade, killing one enemy soldier and forcing the other members of the gun crew to surrender. Seeing four enemy machine guns delivering deadly fire upon other elements of his platoon, he threw another grenade, destroying a machine gun nest. He then crawled to the right flank of another machine gun position where he killed four enemy soldiers and forced the others to flee. Attempting to pursue the enemy, he was mortally wounded by a burst of machine pistol fire. The dauntless courage and exemplary leadership of Private Hayashi enabled his company to attain its objective. Private Hayashi’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army.
    1946 - Tex McCrary and Jinx Falkenburg arrived at WEAF radio in New York City with an entertaining morning show called, "Hi, Jinx". This was one of the most popular radio shows in the 1940's and early 1950's. They switched over to television in the 1950's.  WEAF later became WNBC and then WFAN SportsRadio 66.
    1947 – In the first NBA Championship, the Philadelphia Warriors beat Chicago Stags, 4 games to 2.
    1950 – Peter Frampton was born in London.  Rock musician, singer, songwriter, producer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist.
    1951 - *LITTLETON, HERBERT A., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.). Place and date: Chungchon, Korea, 22 April 1951. Entered service at: Blackhawk, S. Dak. Born: 1 July 1930, Mena, Ark. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a radio operator with an artillery forward observation team of Company C, in action against enemy aggressor forces. Standing watch when a well-concealed and numerically superior enemy force launched a violent night attack from nearby positions against his company, Pfc. Littleton quickly alerted the forward observation team and immediately moved into an advantageous position to assist in calling down artillery fire on the hostile force. When an enemy hand grenade was thrown into his vantage point shortly after the arrival of the remainder of the team, he unhesitatingly hurled himself on the deadly missile, absorbing its full, shattering impact in his body. By his prompt action and heroic spirit of self-sacrifice, he saved the other members of his team from serious injury or death and enabled them to carry on the vital mission which culminated in the repulse of the hostile attack. His indomitable valor in the face of almost certain death reflects the highest credit upon Pfc. Littleton and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
    1952 - Top Hits
“Wheel of Fortune” - Kay Starr
“Anytime” - Eddie Fisher
“Be My Life's Companion” - The Mills Brothers
“(When You Feel like You're in Love) Don't Just Stand There” - Carl Smith
    1954 - Senator Joseph McCarthy begins hearings investigating the United States Army, which he charges with being "soft" on communism. McCarthy rose suddenly to national fame in February, 1950 when he asserted in a speech that he had a list of "members of the Communist Party and members of a spy ring" who were employed in the State Department.  Thus began his dizzying rise to fame as the most famous and feared communist hunter in the United States, but  McCarthy was never able to prove his sensational charge and he never produced the list.   McCarthy made additional accusations of Communist infiltration into the State Department, the administration of President Truman, the Voice of America, and the Army. He also used various charges of communism, communist sympathies, disloyalty, or homosexuality to attack a number of politicians and other individuals inside and outside of government.  Early in 1954, the U.S. Army accused McCarthy and his chief counsel, Roy Cohn, of improperly pressuring the Army to give favorable treatment to G. David Schine, a former aide to McCarthy and a friend of Cohn, who was then serving in the Army as a private. McCarthy claimed that the accusation was made in retaliation. The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, usually chaired by McCarthy himself, was given the task of adjudicating these conflicting charges. Republican Senator Karl Mundt was appointed to chair the committee, and, as a result, the Army-McCarthy hearings convened on April 22, 1954.  One of the most prominent attacks on McCarthy's methods was a series of episodes of the CBS television documentary series “See It Now”, hosted by journalist Edward R. Murrow, which was broadcast in March and April, 1954. Titled "A Report on Senator Joseph R. McCarthy", the first episode consisted largely of clips of McCarthy speaking without substantive comment from the host. In these clips, McCarthy accused the Democratic Party of "twenty years of treason", describes the ACLU as "listed as 'a front for, and doing the work of', the Communist Party", and berates and harangues various witnesses, including an Army General.  In a later broadcast, as an accommodation by Murrow to give McCarthy an opportunity to respond, McCarthy appeared on “See It Now”and made a number of charges against the popular Murrow, including the accusation that he colluded with a "Russian espionage and propaganda organization". This response did not go over well with viewers, and the result was a steep decline in McCarthy's popularity.  These televised hearings gave the American public their first view of McCarthy in action, and his recklessness, indignant bluster, and bullying tactics quickly resulted in his fall from prominence. In December 1954, the Senate voted to censure McCarthy for his conduct.
    1955 – In their first game after moving from Philadelphia, the Kansas City Athletics beat the Detroit Tigers, 6-2.  Arnold Johnson purchased the A’s from former owner Connie Mack’s family in 1954 and moved them to Kansas City the following season. Arnold and his brother, Earl Johnson, were co-owners of the A's from 1954 to 1961, when they sold the team to Charlie Finley.  Johnson was a rich businessman from Chicago who, among other interests, was the owner of Yankee Stadium and of Kansas City's Blues Stadium where the Yanks’ top farm team played their games.  While in KC, the A’s never finished higher than 6th place.
    1956 - Elvis Presley made his Las Vegas debut at the Frontier Hotel. With "Heartbreak Hotel" at the top of the pop charts, one can imagine the excitement generated by the new ‘King of rock and roll'. Even with a number one hit, Elvis was not yet well-received by the middle-aged audience. Management of the Frontier was so unimpressed, they gave Elvis his walking papers after one week of a two-week engagement.  “Elvis left the building” would later be the way to get audiences to leave and stop applauding for an encore.
    1957 - Frances Farmer, once a $1,500-a-week movie star, said yesterday that "San Franciscans are extremely civilized people to let me get down to the business of living" as a $70-a-week clerk. Farmer, a flaxen-haired beauty at 40, was discovered over the weekend working as a reservation clerk at the Sheraton-Palace Hotel.
    1957 – The last NL team to integrate was the Philadelphia Phillies with John Irwin Kennedy.  Kennedy pinch ran for Solly Hemus in the 5-1 loss to the Dodgers at Ebbets Field. He played in five games, two at third base, and went hitless.
     1959 - The Chicago White Sox took ‘batting practice' against the Kansas City Athletics, 20-6. Chicago scored 11 runs in the seventh inning with only one hit, a single by Johnny Callison. The Sox got 10 walks and one hit batter. Not to be outdone in the effort, the Athletics contributed three errors.
    1959 - Alan Freed premieres his last Rock 'n' Roll movie, “Go Johnny Go”, starring Chuck Berry, Ritchie Valens, Jackie Wilson, Eddie Cochran and The Flamingos.
    1959 – Cleveland Indians Manager Terry Francona was born in New Brighton, PA.  As manager of the Boston Red Sox (2004-2011), he broke the Curse of the Bambino and delivered two World Series championships to long-suffering BoSox fans.
    1959 – You’ll never see this again:  Whitey Ford of the New York Yankees shutout the Washington Senators, 1-0 in 14 innings, striking out 15.  The Yankees won on a Moose Skowron solo home run - the longest contest in Major League history ending 1-0 on a home run.
    1960 - Top Hits
“The Theme from ‘A Summer Place’ " - Percy Faith
“Greenfields” - The Brothers Four
“Sweet Nothin's” - Brenda Lee
“He'll Have to Go” - Jim Reeves
    1962 - The Toronto Maple Leafs won back the Stanley Cup after 11 years. The National Hockey League champions kept Lord Stanley's cup locked up in Toronto for the next three seasons.
    1966 - The Troggs release "Wild Thing."
    1966 – The Atlanta Braves won their first game after moving from Milwaukee, over the New York Mets, 8-4.
    1966 – Still in high school, Bruce Springsteen gets a boost when his band, The Castiles, won a battle of the bands contest at a roller rink in Matawan, NJ.   First prize?  Opening for the Crystals and the Ad-Libs at next week's show.
    1967 - Randy Matson set a world outdoor record in the shot put with a toss of 71 feet, 5-1/2 inches in College Station, Texas. The shot landed in section E-83 of the grandstand, but fortunately, no one was hurt.
    1968 - Top Hits
“Honey” - Bobby Goldsboro
“Cry like a Baby” - The Box Tops
“Lady Madonna” - The Beatles
“Fist City” - Loretta Lynn
    1968 - Trumpeter Herb Alpert sang "This Guy's In Love With You" on his CBS-TV special. The Burt Bacharach / Hal David composition would rise to the top of the US chart, where it stayed for four weeks.  Alpert is the only recording artist to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart as both a vocalist ("This Guy's In Love With You", 1968), and an instrumentalist ("Rise", 1979).
    1968 - In a news conference, Defense Secretary Clark Clifford declares that the South Vietnamese have "acquired the capacity to begin to insure their own security [and] they are going to take over more and more of the fighting."
    1970 - Tom Seaver of the New York Mets struck out 19 batters to tie a National League baseball record. He also set a record by striking out 10 batters consecutively as the ‘Amazin’' Mets defeated the San Diego Padres at Shea Stadium.
    1970 - Henry Ross Perot, remember him, a candidate for the U.S. Presidency, did not have a good day. Perot, of Dallas, TX, reportedly lost $450 million in the stock market.     
    1970 - Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and celebrated in more than 193 countries each year.  On Earth Day 2016, the landmark Paris Agreement is scheduled to be signed by the United States, China, and some 120 other countries.  This signing satisfies a key requirement for the entry into force of the historic draft climate protection treaty adopted by consensus of the 195 nations present at the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference in Paris.
    1971 - Former US Navy Lieutenant John Kerry testified before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and talked about alleged war crimes and atrocities committed in Vietnam by US forces.  During 1968–1969, he served an abbreviated four-month tour of duty in South Vietnam as officer-in-charge (OIC) of a Swift Boat. For that service, he was awarded combat medals that include the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts. Securing an early return to the United States, Kerry joined the Vietnam veterans Against the War organization in which he served as a nationally recognized spokesman and as an outspoken opponent of the Vietnam War. He appeared in the Fulbright Hearings before the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs where he deemed United States war policy in Vietnam to be the cause of war crimes.
    1974 - Redbone won a gold record for the single, "Come and Get Your Love". The group, playing American Indian ‘swamp rock', formed in Los Angeles in 1968. Lolly and Pat Vegas, brothers, had been session musicians and worked on the "Shindig" TV show. Anthony Bellamy and Peter De Poe were also members of the group. Redbone had one other hit, "The Witch Queen of New Orleans". The top five hit, "Come and Get Your Love", was the group's second and final chart success.
    1976 - Top Hits
“Disco Lady” - Johnnie Taylor
“Let Your Love Flow” - Bellamy Brothers
“Right Back Where We Started From” - Maxine Nightingale
“Drinkin' My Baby (Off My Mind)” - Eddie Rabbitt
    1976 - Johnnie Taylor's "Disco Lady" becomes the first single record to sell over 2 million copies.
    1978 - Bob Marley and the Wailers performed at the One Love Peace Concert near Kingston, Jamaica. It was Marley's first appearance in his homeland since being wounded in an assassination attempt in December, 1976. After the concert, Marley persuaded Prime Minister Michael Manley and Opposition Leader Edward Seaga to come on stage and shake hands.
    1978 - Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street" is released. It will become his biggest US hit, reaching #2 on the Hot 100.
    1978 - On tonight's “Saturday Night Live”, John Bulushi and Dan Akroyd team up to debut two new characters called "The Blues Brothers," who perform a cover of Sam and Dave's "Soul Man."
    1980 - The United States boycotted the Olympic Games by refusing to send its athletes to the Summer Olympic Games in Moscow to protest the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan. At the urging of President Jimmy Carter, the U.S. Olympic Committee voted 1,604 to 797 to boycott the games. The following day, a number of athletes and coaches filed a class-action suit in the U.S. District court in Washington, DC, to block the boycott, but the suit was dismissed on May 16. The Soviet Union retaliated by boycotting the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, CA.
    1980 - A record April heat wave sent the mercury up to the 100 degree mark in Iowa.
    1981 – Dodgers rookie Fernando Valenzuela, in the year that would become Fernandomania, pitched his third shutout in four starts, striking out 11, and had the game's only RBI with a single in a 1-0 win against the Houston Astros.  The 20-year-old Valenzuela took Los Angeles and baseball by storm, winning his first 8 decisions and leading the Dodgers to the World Series title. That year, Valenzuela became the only player in MLB history to win the Rookie of the Year and Cy Young Awards in the same season; he was also awarded the Silver Slugger Award.
    1982 - The Atlanta Braves’ Major League record for the fastest start ended at 13 straight victories when they lost, 2-1, to the Cincinnati Reds.   New manager Joe Torre pushed all the right buttons for the team led by MVP Dale Murphy and they went on to win the pennant, the Braves’ first since 1969.
    1984 - Top Hits
“Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)” - Phil Collins
“Hello” - Lionel Richie
“Hold Me Now” - The Thompson Twins
“The Yellow Rose” - Johnny Lee with Lane Brody
    1987 - Fifteen cities in the southeastern U.S. reported new record high temperatures for the date. The afternoon high of 96 degrees at Pensacola, FL established a record for the month of April.
    1989 - Twenty-seven cities in the central U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. The high of 96 degrees at Omaha was an April record, and the high of 100 degrees at Lubbock, TX equaled their record for April. Hill City, KS and Liberal, KS tied for honors as the hot spot in the nation with afternoon highs of 103 degrees.
    1989 – Nolan Ryan struck out Ricky Henderson for Ryan’s 5000th career K.
    1991 – Johnny Carson announced his retirement as host of “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson”, in 1992.
    1993 - The museum commemorating the Holocaust, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, opened to the public in Washington, DC. The museum combined innovative multimedia displays with one of the nation's largest repositories of documentary information about the Holocaust.
    1993 - Version 1.0 of the Mosaic web browser was released.
    1998 - Top Hits
“Too Close” - Next
“All My Life” - K-Ci
“Let's Ride” - Montell Jordan Feat
“Frozen” - Madonna
“You’re Still The One” - Shania Twain
    2000 - The event which triggers the biggest mass suspension in the history of the game takes place at Comiskey Park after White Sox hurler hits Dean Palmer with a seventh inning pitch in retaliation of Jeff Weaver's plunking of Carlos Lee in the previous frame. The ensuing brawls in both the seventh and ninth innings will see the ejection of eleven participants with sixteen players, coaches and managers suspended and another nine being fined.
    2000 - In a pre-dawn raid, federal agents seize six-year-old Elian Gonzalez from his relatives' home in Miami.
    2004 – Former Arizona Cardinal safety Pat Tillman, having walked away form a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract to become a US Army Ranger in Afghanistan, was killed by friendly fire.
    2005 - Zacarias Moussaoui pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring with the Sept. 11 hijackers to kill Americans. He was later sentenced to life in prison.
    2013 - The News Corporation phone hacking scandal results in the company's agreement to pay $139 million to American shareholders.
    2013 - Charged with bribing public officials in Argentina between 2005 and 2009, clothing retailer Ralph Lauren agrees to pay $1.6 million to resolve U.S. regulatory and criminal claims.
    2014 - Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels became the 26th Major Leaguer to hit 500 home runs, knocking two off the Washington Nationals in an inter-league game at Nationals Park in DC.


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