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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Today's Leasing News Headlines

My Goal is to be is Not to be Better
     Than Anyone else...
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries
Leasing and Finance Industry Help Wanted
    We're Hiring!  Account Executive Positions!
Strong Vendor Relationships
    Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP
Annual Price Changes in March
    Year-over-Year changes in Consumer Price Index
2022’s Best Small Cities to Start a Business
    With Key Statistics to Seek Equipment Finance and Leasing
Top 20 Countries by Motor Vehicle Production
     in 2021 (thousand units)
Working Remotely, You Need a "Firewall."
    Here Are Some "Home Editions” for Best Protection
Shepherd Mix
    Las Vegas, Nevada Adopt-a-Dog
Alternate Finance Association Membership
    United States
News Briefs---
Wintrust Financial Corporation Reports First Quarter
     2022 Net Income of $127.4 million
Mercedes-Benz unveils its new electric
    EQS SUV built in the U.S.
Toyota announces $109M investment in Troy, Missouri
      plant to support hybrid electric push
Here’s a Look at Every Electric Vehicle Sold in the U.S.
    Cost, Maximum Range, Horsepower, plus vehicle photo
Popeyes plans to open 200 new stores
     in North America this year
New Research Shows the Tariffs on Aluminum
     Have Cost the U.S. Beverage Industry $1.4 Billion
Chinese Lockdowns will Create Shocks to American Supply
    Chains (but China is the Biggest Loser)

You May have Missed---
National Equipment Finance Association
   Quarter 1 Report - NEFA Note

Broker/Funder/Industry Lists | Features (wrilter's columns)
Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months (Be Careful of Doing Business)
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Sports Brief----
 California Nuts Brief---
   "Gimme that wine"
    This Day in History
      Daily Puzzle
        Weather, USA or specific area
         Traffic Live----

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New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries


Nuria Blais was hired as Business Development Manager, American Lease Insurance, Sunderland, Massachusetts. "She has more than 10 years of experience in sales, customer service and operations for national healthcare and telecommunications corporations. Blais has earned both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from Bay Path University, focused on leadership and entrepreneurial strategies.”

Joe Galo was hired as Senior Sales Manager, Tandem Finance, Fort Collins, Colorado. He is located in the Greater Chicago area. Previously he was at Lease Corporation of America/LCA Bank Corp., starting July, 2015, as Account Executive, promoted January, 2020, Senior Account Executive; National Sales Manager, CPT Network Solutions (August, 2014 - June, 2015); Global Account Manager, IT Solutions Provider, Paragon Micro (July, 2013 - July, 2014); Corporate Account Manager, CDW (March, 2010 - June, 2013); Senior Loan Officer, Area Manager, Corby Mortgage Services (January, 2009 - February, 2010); Senior Loan Officer, Baird & Warner Financial Services (March, 2000 - April, 2008); Loan Officer, Majestic Mortgage (1998 -2000). Licenses:  Aruba Networks.  Education: University of Cincinnati (1991 - 1995).  Kendall College (1989 - 1990). Glenbrook South High School.

Sean Joyce was hired as Senior Vice President, Commercial Team Lead, Associated Bank, Greater St. Louis, Missouri. Previously, he was Senior Vice President, Regions Equipment Finance (September, 2012 - April, 2022); Vice President, PNC Equipment Finance (March, 2011 - September, 2012); Vice President, Regions Equipment Finance (May, 2005 - March, 2011); Vice President, GE Capital (September, 1999 - May, 2005). Education: Bowling Green State University, BS, Business Administration (1995 - 1999). Activities and Societies: International Business Association, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, WBGU-PBS, Marketing Associate.

Patrick Maloney was hired as Senior Vice President, Business Development, Delta Financial Group, Greenville, South Carolina. Previously, he was Senior Account Executive, Veristor Capital (September, 2011 - Present); Vice President of Sales, St. Charles Capital Corporation (August, 2009 -September, 2011); Vice President, CitiCapital Commercial Corporation (October, 2007 - October, 2009);
Manager of Systems Development and Process Improvement; Senior Account Executive (FL), Navistar Financial Corporation (January, 1994 - February, 2004). Education: Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College, MBA, Finance and E-Commerce (1999 - 2001). University of Miami, BBA, Finance (1985 - 1988). Activates: Golf Team, Captain, 1988).

Dale Newman was hired as Vendor Finance Consultant, Ascentium Capital, a subsidiary of Regions Bank, Kingwood, Texas. He is located in Seal Beach, California. Previously, he was Equipment Finance Socialist, Industrial Equipment Division of ENGS Commercial Finance Co, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Lease and Finance (April, 2019 - December, 2019); Financial Area Manager, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Financial Services (2015 - 2019); West Regional Manager, NEC Financial Services, LLC (2004 - 2015); Business Development Manager, American Express Business France (2003 - 2004); West Regional Manager, Herman Miller Capital, Key Equipment Finance (1999 - 2003); Various Positions including National Strategic Accounts Manager and Healthcare Finance Manager, De Lage Lande/Tokai Financial Services (1995 - 1998) Education: University of Utah, Organizational Communications (1984). Dixie State University, Finance (1982).

Chris Shaheen was promoted to Director, Asset Management, Crestmark, a division of MetaBank, Troy, Michigan.  He is located in the Detroit Metropolitan Area. He joined the firm October, 2005, as Remarketing Manager, promoted November, 2017, Assistant Vice President, Asset Management, promoted December, 2018, Vice President,, Asset Management; Auditor, Plante Moran (January, 2003 - September, 2005).  Education: Western Michigan University, Master of Science (MS), Accounting (1997 - 2002).

Eric Smith was announced Director, Business Development, West Region, serving the West region, which includes California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii. He is located in the Greater Seattle area. He joined the firm January, 2022.  Previously, he was Vice President, Specialty Markets Manager, Marine, Wells Fargo Equipment Finance (2016), Senior Vice President (2001 - 2016).  Education: University of Oregon, Bachelor of Science (BS), Accounting and Finance.

Jeff Wolinski was promoted to President and CEO, Wintrust Equipment Finance, a division of Wintrust Asset Finance, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, succeeding Richard L. Dunbar following a 42-year career in the banking and equipment finance industry. He joined Wintrust Capital May, 2014, as Vice President, promoted January, 2016, President. Previously, he was Senior Director, Technology Portfolio Management, OfficeMax Workplace (January, 2013 - April, 20154); Managing Partner, N-@ Technologies (May, 2002 - December, 2012); Senior Vice President, Portfolio Management, Comdisco (1989 - 2002).  Education: University of Illinois Urbana, Champaign (1985 - 1989).


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Strong Vendor Relationships

Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP

Not all vendor relationships in the commercial equipment finance and leasing industry are equal. Most relationships are casual, referral-based, with fragmented activities. Top vendor originators build relationships with vendors that align with their capabilities and have the potential to provide a steady flow of new opportunities. There are three primary questions that every originator should know about every vendor:

  • How much equipment does the vendor sell in a given month, quarter, and year?
  • How much of that equipment is financed or leased?
  • How much of that financed volume should be flowing through the originator's company? What is the real aligned potential?

Top originators not only know the answers to these questions, they focus on those vendors with the most potential. They rank their vendors based upon these important matrices. Top originators build marketing plans, campaigns, and objectives based upon these matrices. Then hold themselves and their vendors accountable to deliver results.

For example:

  • A vendor sells $60.0M of equipment annually, and
  • 80% of their sales are financed ($48.0M annually, $4.0M monthly), and
  • 25% of the $4.0M monthly volume aligns perfectly with the originator's capabilities


The originator needs to focus on obtaining $1.0M of business from this vendor each month. The conversation needs to pivot from getting the next transaction to what must the originator provide to the vendor to fund $1.0M of business this month and every month. What must be true to reach the real potential opportunity with this relationship?

Top originators know the potential within each of their vendor relationships and strive to reach that potential every month.

Scott A. Wheeler, CLFP
Wheeler Business Consulting
1314 Marquis Ct.
Fallston, Maryland 21047
Phone: 410 877 0428
Fax: 410 877 8161

Wheeler Business Consulting works with banks, independents, captives, origination companies, and investors in the equipment leasing and finance arena. We provide training, strategic planning, and acquisition services. Scott Wheeler is available to discuss your long-term strategy, to assist your staff to maximize outcomes, and to better position your organization in the market.

Sales Makes it Happen articles:



2022’s Best Small Cities to Start a Business
With Key Statistics to Seek Equipment Finance and Leasing

To determine the most business-friendly small markets in the U.S., WalletHub compared more than 1,300 cities with fewer than 100,000 residents across 18 key metrics. The data set ranges from small business growth rates and accessibility of financing to investor access and labor costs.

Key Stats

  • Bozeman, Montana, has the highest number of startups per 100,000 residents, 332.13, which is 8.2 times higher than in Danville, Illinois, the city with the lowest at 40.42.
  • Bethesda, Maryland, has the highest share of the population with at least a bachelor’s degree, 86.70 percent, which is 26.3 times higher than in Coachella, California, the city with the lowest at 3.30 percent.
  • Kentwood, Michigan, has the most affordable office spaces, at an annual rate of $9.06 per square foot, which is 6.8 times lower than in Mountain View, California, the city with the least affordable at an annual rate of $61.85 per square foot.
  • Isla Vista, California, has the lowest labor costs (median annual income), $21,018, which is 11.4 times lower than in Los Altos, California, the city with the highest at $240,094.
  • Fort Hood, Texas, has the longest work week, 47.30 hours on average, which is two times longer than in Isla Vista, California, the city with the shortest at an average of 23.70 hours.

To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit:


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Working Remotely, You Need a "Firewall."
Here Are Some "Home Editions” for Best Protection

PC Guide states, "When it comes to our data, we all want to be protected, don’t we? The last thing we want is our passwords leaked, a potential hack, or viruses infiltrating our computers taking our information with them! Despite taking all the precautions, never opening unfamiliar emails, and creating complex passwords, hacks and viruses can happen to the most technically savvy people."

You can get a wired to your modem or a wireless, such as this highly recommended Ubiquiti Unifi Security Gateway (USG). The ER-X at Amazon is $158.25, pictured above.

  You can move up to Protectli Vault FW4B-4 Port 8GB with US based Support  for $499.00 at Amazon

  • 8 Gigabit Ethernet ports, CLI management for advanced users
  • 1 million packets per second for 64-byte packets
  • 3 Gbps total line rate for packets 512 bytes or larger
  • Integrated and managed with UniFi Controller v4.x
  • Secure off-site management and monitoring, Silent, fanless operation

If you have a technician to help you install, it would be helpful, or you can search for a technician in your area for their recommendations as well as cost to install.


Shepherd Mix
Las Vegas, Nevada Adopt-a-Dog

1 Year Old
20 lbs.
House Training
Vaccinations Up to date
Good in a home with
Other Dogs

** PLEASE EMAIL questions, please DO NOT call. We are a volunteer based group and are unable to handle the call volume.

WE WILL BE HOLDING ADOPTIONS ON SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS FROM 10-4 PM at our Adoption Center. Our adoption center is located next to CAL Ranch at 232 North Jones (I-95) Suite 170. NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY, BUT WE DO LIMIT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THE STORE.

Chaqui is about 1 years old and weighs about 26 lbs. Unfortunately, she came into a shelter as a stray so we have no back history. She was housebroken in her foster family. She was also good with the male dogs in the home. More will be known about me soon.

A Path 4 Paws holds adoption events at our Adoptions Store, located at 232 N. Jones Blvd, Suite 170 right next to CAL Ranch (North Jones/ I-95). Please bring your dog(s) for a meet and greet (if applicable) Please bring your entire family so everyone can meet.

If you are interested in Chaqui, please contact to confirm the dog you are interested in, will be attending that particular event. We have limited space at the store, therefore we cannot take every dog out to the event.

This pet is spayed, has current vaccinations and includes a microchip, deworming and 2 free vet visits, including a Healthy Start Certificate with the VCA Hospitals with a $250 health credit (restrictions apply). Adoption fee applies.

A Path 4 Paws Dog Rescue
Lase Vegas, Nevada
(702) 591-6469


Alternate Finance Association Membership
United States


Commercial Finance Coalition
Financial Innovation Now
Innovative Lending Platform Association

Technically these groups are an association: "an organization of people with a common purpose and having a formal structure."  In reality, and by their own admission, they are more an association of "lobbyists": "...trying to influence legislation on behalf of a special interest."

One thing they have in common is a very small number of members; anywhere from three to eight, although they are trying to attract new members.

Commercial Finance Coalition (CFC) CFC members include lenders, commercial finance brokers, payment processors, data providers, merchant cash advance companies and recovery agencies."

Financial Innovation Now was formed to "lobby for policies important to the growing electronic payments sector." In their mission, it includes "... expanding the market for online commerce and lending and improving access for underserved populations."  Members are involved in loans and leases, including Amazon, Apple, Google, Intuit, and PayPal.  The executive Director of the coalition, Brian Peters, is also a staffer at tech lobbying powerhouse the Franklin Square Group.

Founded by what their press release calls "The nation's three largest online small business lending platforms – OnDeck® (NYSE: ONDK), Kabbage, and CAN Capital."

The ILPA press release states, "Beginning in June 2016, the Innovative Lending Platform Association will commence a 90-day ‘"national engagement period’ in which it will seek feedback on the SMART Box initiative from interested lenders, trade associations, policymakers, and non-profit organizations. In September 2016, the Innovative Lending Platform Association will encourage those interested in promoting the responsible development of the small business lending industry to voluntarily adopt or support the model disclosure."

"The Innovative Lending Platform Association is focused on advancing small business online lending education, advocacy, and best practices."

The new association is aligned with the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO), “For twenty-five years, AEO and its more than 450 member organizations have helped millions of entrepreneurs contribute to economic growth while supporting themselves, their families and their communities. AEO members and partners include a broad range of organizations that provide capital and services to assist underserved entrepreneurs in starting, stabilizing and expanding their businesses. Together, we are working to change the way that capital and services flow to underserved entrepreneurs so that they can create jobs and opportunities for all."


News Briefs---

Wintrust Financial Corporation Reports First Quarter
     2022 Net Income of $127.4 million

Mercedes-Benz unveils its new electric
EQS SUV built in the U.S.

Toyota announces $109M investment in Troy, Missouri
plant to support hybrid electric push

Here’s a Look at Every Electric Vehicle Sold in the U.S.
Cost, Maximum Range, Horsepower, plus vehicle photo

Popeyes plans to open 200 new stores
in North America this year

New Research Shows the Tariffs on Aluminum
Have Cost the U.S. Beverage Industry $1.4 Billion

Chinese Lockdowns will Create Shocks to American Supply
    Chains (but China is the Biggest Loser) 


You May Have Missed---

National Equipment Finance Association
Quarter 1 Report - NEFA Note



Sports Briefs---

Jimmy Garoppolo not attending 49ers offseason program

What Jimmy Garoppolo’s absence from
49ers’ program means for Trey Lance

Deebo Samuel had a busy weekend but
won’t join 49ers’ offseason drills

'You never burn your bridges': In reunion with Patriots,
Malcolm Butler puts Super Bowl benching behind him

NBC officially announces Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth,
Melissa Stark as SNF broadcast team

The Match returns with only NFL QBs as Tom Brady,
Aaron Rodgers will take on Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen

Chris Waller resigns after three years
as UCLA gymnastics coach


California Nuts Briefs---

Oakland Coliseum kitties will stay,
unlike the Raiders and Warriors



"Gimme that wine"

Janice Boswell Assumes Role of President
     at The Boswell Company

Pioneering technique captures ‘intensity’
of Sauternes in dry white

What’s Cabernet Pfeffer? This obscure
wine grape is suddenly wildly popular

5 places to tour wine caves while tasting
in Wine Country5 places

“Gimme that Wine”

Free Wine App

Wine Prices by vintage


This Day in History

      1534 - French explorer Jacques Cartier set sail from St. Malo to explore the North American coastline during which he discovered Canada and Labrador.
    1657 - Asser Levy of New Amsterdam (later New York City) was admitted as a town citizen. Jews were denied the privilege of standing guard and keeping watch, compulsory for all citizens, and Asser Levy and Jacob Barsimson objected to the discrimination.  After being denied, Levy appealed. He became a prosperous trader, the first Jew to own land in America, and the first to serve on a jury, in 1671, after the colony had been taken over by the English.
    1718 - Birth of David Brainerd, colonial American missionary to the Indians of New England. Following his premature death from tuberculosis at 29, Brainerd's journal (published in 1649 by the Jonathan Edwards) influenced hundreds to become missionaries after him.
    1775 - British troops began the siege of Boston.
    1777 - New York adopted a new constitution as an independent state.
    1789 – The first Presidential inauguration was held in Philadelphia for President George Washington.
    1799 - Napoleon issues a decree calling for establishing Jerusalem for Jews
    1815 - Boston's Handel and Hayden Society, which claims to be the oldest singing group in the United States, was made up of members of nine Boston churches. It excluded women from membership.  However, the chorus of ninety men "permitted" ten women to perform at its first concert 12-25-1815 of Handel's Creation because it was *written* with women's parts and solos. The barring of women was based on the church's rulings that women were not to lead. 
The melodies were converted to male voices and women were only allowed to sing harmony.  Oddly enough, the society hired Miss Sophia Hewitt, the only woman they have ever employed in its history, as organist and accompanist. She also served as organist at the two major churches in Boston and performed in New York and other parts of New England in concerts and benefits. Following her marriage, the receipts for her pay were signed for by her husband since married women at the time had no legal rights to their own money and could not own property.
    1832 - Hot Springs National Park, the first national park in the United States, was established by an act of Congress. It had been a reservation prior to becoming a national park. 
    1836 - Wisconsin Territory is established. Wisconsin, formerly governed as part of the territories of Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan, was established as a separate US territory, with Madison, located midway between Milwaukee and the western centers of population, to be founded as the territorial capital. In 1634, French explorer Jean Nicolet landed at Green Bay, becoming the first European to visit the lake-heavy northern region that would later become Wisconsin. In 1763, at the conclusion of the French and Indian Wars, Wisconsin, a major center of the American fur trade, passed into British control. Two decades later, at the end of the American Revolution, the region came under US rule, and was governed as part of the Northwest Territory. However, British fur traders continued to dominate Wisconsin from across the Canadian border, and it was not until the end of the War of 1812 that the region fell firmly under American control. In the first decades of the nineteenth century, settlers began arriving via the Erie Canal and the Great Lakes to exploit Wisconsin's agricultural potential, and in 1832, the Black Hawk War ended Native-American resistance to white settlement. In 1836, after several decades of governance as part of other territories, Wisconsin was made a separate entity. By 1840, population in Wisconsin had risen above 130,000, but the people voted against statehood four times, fearing the higher taxes that would come with a stronger central government.  Finally, in 1848, Wisconsin citizens, envious of the prosperity that federal programs brought to neighboring Midwestern states, voted to approve statehood. On 29 April 1848, Wisconsin entered the Union as the thirtieth state.
    1841 - "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," Edgar Allen Poe's first detective story, was published. The story featured C. Auguste Dupin, the first-ever fictional detective. Poe considered his work an example of ratiocination - the process of logical and methodical reasoning.
    1850 - Birthday of American sculptor of Daniel Chester French at Exeter, NH. One of the most important artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries as a sculptor of public monuments, French is best known for his 1875 “Minute Man” statue at Concord, MA, and his 1922 statue of the seated Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial at Washington, DC
    1853 - Harriet Tubman starts Underground Railroad.
    1854 - Capt. Creesy sets a world record by sailing from New York to San Francisco in 88 days.
    1861 - Colonel Robert E. Lee resigns from the United States army two days after he was offered command of the Union army and three days after his native state, Virginia, seceded from the Union. Lee opposed secession, but he was a loyal son of Virginia. His official resignation was only one sentence, but he wrote a longer explanation to his friend and mentor, General Winfield Scott, later that day. Lee had fought under Scott during the Mexican War, and he revealed to his former commander the depth of his struggle. Lee interviewed with Scott on April 18, and explained that he would have resigned then "but for the struggle it has cost me to separate myself from a service to which I have devoted the best years of my life and all the ability I possess." Lee expressed gratitude for the kindness shown him by all in the army during his 25-year service, but Lee was most grateful to Scott. "To no one, general, have I been as much indebted as to yourself for uniform kindness and consideration..." He concluded with this poignant sentiment: "Save in the defense of my native State, I never desire again to draw my sword." But draw it he would. Two days later, Lee was appointed commander of Virginia's forces with the rank of major general. He spent the next few months raising troops in Virginia, and in July, he was sent to western Virginia to advise Confederate commanders struggling to maintain control over the mountainous region. Lee did little to build his reputation there as the Confederates experienced a series of setbacks, and he returned to Richmond when the Union gained control of the area. The next year, Lee assumed command of the Army of Northern Virginia after General Joseph Johnston was wounded in battle. Lee quickly turned the tables on Union General George B. McClellan, as he would several other commanders of the Army of the Potomac. His brilliance as a battlefield tactician earned him a place among the great military leaders of all time.
    1865 - Safety matches advertised for the first time.
    1871 - Ku Klux Klan Act passed by US Congress. With passage of the Third Force Act, popularly known as the Ku Klux Klan Act, Congress authorized President Ulysses S. Grants to use military force against the Ku Klux Klan. Founded in 1865 by a group of Confederate veterans, the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) rapidly grew from a secret social fraternity to a paramilitary force bent on reversing the federal government's progressive Reconstruction Era-activities in the South, especially in regard to the region's African-American population. The name of the Ku Klux Klan was derived from the Greek word kuklos, meaning circle, and clann, a Scottish Gaelic word for the traditional tribal units of Scotland that reflected the Scottish ancestry of many of the KKK's founding members.  Under a platform of philosophized white racial superiority, the group employed violence as a means of pushing back the radical reforms underway in the post-Civil War South. Thriving in counties where the two political parties or races were relatively balanced, the KKK engaged in terrorist raids against African-Americans and white Southern Republicans at night, employing intimidation, destruction of property, assault, and murder to achieve its aims and influence upcoming elections.
    1880 - Sacramento, California had its heaviest 24 hour rainfall when 7.24 inches fell.
    1893 - Harold Lloyd, a comic genius of early American film, was born at Burchard, NE. Lloyd began acting at 20 years of age, and his career took off when he teamed with producer Hal Roach in the comic “Lonesome Luke” shorts (1916-1917). Lloyd then created the “glasses” character: the boy-next-door whose distinguishing feature was his round horn spectacles. This character thrilled audiences in “daredevil” comedy featuring dangerous stunts. (Lloyd never used a double). Lloyd’s hits included “Safety Last” (1923), where he dangled from a building’s clock face, “The Freshman” (1925) and “Speedy” (1928), the biggest box-office star of the 1930s. Lloyd survived with lesser success in the talkie 1930s. He was given an honorary Oscar in 1953 for being a “master comedian and good citizen.” Lloyd died on March 8, 1971 in Hollywood, Ca.
    1908 – Vibraharp/Bank Leader Lionel Hampton birthday. The jazz great was born at Louisville, KY. Hampton started out on piano and rums, but Louis Armstrong urged him to take up the vibraphone in 1930. Hampton went on to make that his signature instrument. He recorded and played with Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Carter, and other legends, before becoming a bandleader himself. He played almost up until his death on August 31, 2002, at New York, NY.
    1901 - A spring snowstorm dumped very heavy snow over northeastern Ohio. Warren was buried under 35.5 inches in 36 hours and 28 inches fell at Green Hill. Akron established April snowfall records with 15.6 inches in 24 hours and 26.6 inches for the month.
    1912 - After two days of rain, the first game ever is finally played at Fenway Park with a comeback eleven-inning Red Sox win over the New York Highlanders, 7-6.
    1912 – Tiger Stadium in Detroit, originally known as Navin Field, opened to the Tigers 6-5 win over the Cleveland Indians.  Long gone, it was the site of Babe Ruth’s 700th career HR and Roger Maris’ first of the 1961 season.
    1916 - In Chicago, the Cubs play their first game at Weeghman Park beating the Reds in 11 innings, 7-6. The ballpark will be renamed Wrigley Field in 1926. 
    1918 – Baron Manfred von Richthofen, a.k.a. The Red Baron, shot down his 79th and 80th victims, his final victories before his death the following day.
    1920 - Tornadoes in Mississippi and Alabama killed 219 persons.
    1923 - Birthday of Tito Puente, The King of the Mambo—or “El Rey” ---was born Ernesto Antonia Puente, Jr. at Spanish Harlem, New York City, to Puerto Rican parents.  The legendary Puente had a career that spanned more than six decades, starting in 1937. He popularized the timbale, but played many percussion instruments and was also a composer, arranger and bandleader. His album “Dance Mania” (1948) was an international bestseller, and he released more than 100 albums. His song “Oye Corno Va” was covered by Carlos Santana and has become a classic. Puente won five Grammies, was inducted into the Jazz and Hispanic Halls of Fame and received a Smithsonian Lifetime achievement Award. President Jimmy Carter pronounced him “The Goodwill Ambassador of Latin American Music. “ Puente died on May 31, 2000, at New York, NY.
    1931 - On Okeh Records, Louis Armstrong recorded, "When It’s Sleepy Time Down South", which would be his theme song for decades. The song was recorded in Chicago, Illinois. 
    1934 - Child actress Shirley Temple's first major movie, “Stand Up and Cheer”, was released to New York theaters on this date. It was the beginning of the most successful child actor's career in the history of Hollywood.
    1939 - Ted Williams made his major league debut for the Boston Red Sox, getting one double in four at-bats, as the Sox lost to the New York Yankees, 2-0.
    1939 - Billie Holiday records Strange Fruit.
    1939 - New York World's Fair opens
    1939 - Country-pop singer Johnny Tillotson was born in Jacksonville, Florida. Between 1958 and 1965, he had more than 25 records on Billboard magazine's Hot 100 chart, including "Poetry in Motion," "Without You" and "Talk Back Trembling Lips." 
    1939 - Birthday of Katherine V. Forrest in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.  She is a novelist and editor whose erotic lesbian novel “Curious Wine” has sold more copies than any lesbian-centered novel since “Well of Loneliness”. She crossed over to mainstream novels using some lesbian characters, especially a mystery series that features a Los Angeles detective. The detective series is strong on technical police work.
    1945 - Soviet troops enter Berlin.
    1945 - US 7th Army and Allied forces capture Nuremberg and Stuttgart in Germany.
    1945 - Allied bombers cut off German retreat in Italy as Hitler celebrates his birthday. Allied bombers in Italy begin Operation Corncob, a three-day attack on the bridges over the rivers Adige and Brenta to cut off German lines of retreat on the peninsula.
Meanwhile, Adolf Hitler, who has only 10 more days to live, celebrates his 56th birthday as a Gestapo reign of terror results in the hanging of 20 Russian prisoners of war and 20 Jewish children.  Of these, at least nine are under the age of 12. All of the victims had been taken from Auschwitz to Neuengamme, the place of execution, for the purpose of medical experimentation.
    1945 - American forces liberated Buchenwald. 350 Americans were imprisoned at Berga, a sub-camp of Buchenwald, following their Dec, 1944, capture at the Battle of the Bulge. Charles Guggenheim's (d.2002) last documentary film was title "Berga."
    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. 
    1948 - Labor leader Walter Reuther is shot and seriously wounded by would-be assassins. Reuther was previously victim of an attempted abduction in April 1938. His brother Victor was shot & nearly at his home by police in 1949. In 1949 the UAW’s headquarters in Detroit was bombed .He later died in a plane crash in 1970 (of the media reports apparently only one paper addressed the possibility that he may have been murdered; In October 1968, both Walter and his brother Victor were almost killed in a small private plane near Dulles Airport).
    1949 - Willie Shoemaker won his first race as a jockey aboard Shafter V at Golden Gate Fields in Albany, CA -- not far from San Francisco.
    1950 - Top Hits
“If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d’ve Baked a Cake” - Eileen Barton
“Music, Music, Music” - Teresa Brewer
“Peter Cottontail” - Gene Autry
“Long Gone Lonesome Blues” - Hank Williams
    1951 - Luther Vandross is born in New York City. His biggest pop hit is “Power of Love/Love Power,'' which hits No. 4 on Billboard's Hot 100 in 1991. The album “Power of Love'' reaches No. 1 on both Billboard's pop and R&B album charts.
    1952 - The tankers Esso Suez and Esso Greensboro crashed in a thick fog off the coast of Morgan City, LA. Only five of the Greensboro's crew survived after the ship bursts into flame.
    1957 - Westinghouse first to use FORTRAN computer language. The Westinghouse-Bettis nuclear power plant became the first commercial users of FORTRAN, soon to be the dominant computer language for scientific applications. FORTRAN, or Formula Translator, was the first widely used high-level computer language. Developed by IBM researcher John Backus, FORTRAN greatly simplified programming by translating simple English instructions into machine language, saving the programmer hundreds of steps.
    1957 - Elvis Presley's "All Shook Up" starts an eight week stay at the top of the US record charts. Songwriter Otis Blackwell would later say that he wrote the tune at the suggestion of an associate who was shaking a bottle of Pepsi. The song went on to be the biggest single of 1957, selling over 2 million copies.
    1958  - Top Hits
“He’s Got the Whole World (In His Hands)” - Laurie London
“Book of Love” - The Monotones
“Don’t You Just Know It” - Huey (Piano) Smith & The Clowns
“Oh Lonesome Me” - Don Gibson
    1959 - CBS-TV's "Desilu Playhouse" presented a two-part show titled, "The Untouchables" starring Robert Stack. When the program became a weekly show in 1959, Stack became a star. It ran until 1963 and beyond in re-runs.  Based on the memoir of the same name by Eliot Ness and Oscar Fraley, it fictionalized Ness' experiences as a Prohibition agent, fighting crime in Chicago in the 1930s with the help of a special team of agents handpicked for their courage, moral character and incorruptibility, nicknamed the Untouchables. The book was later made into a film in 1987 by Brian DePalma with a script by David Mamet, and a second less successful TV series in 1993.  A powerful, hard-hitting crime drama, and a landmark police series, “The Untouchables” won series star Robert Stack an Emmy for Best Actor in 1960.
    1959 - Goldband Records releases "Puppy Love" by Dolly Parton, a song that was recorded two years earlier when she was just eleven years old. The record will flop and Dolly would have to wait until 1967 to make her first Billboard chart appearance.
    1960 - Elvis Presley's return to Hollywood to film "G.I. Blues" is greeted by tremendous fanfare. Of course, it's the top story on the nightly news and even makes page one of the local newspapers.
    1961 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved FM stereo broadcasting, but it would be another five or six years before FM stations went ‘underground’ to attract listeners tired of poor audio quality on AM stations. Until then, FM stations broadcast in monaural sound. 
    1961 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit:  “Runaway,'' Del Shannon. Shannon is the first artist to take a song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney onto the U.S. pop charts. His version of “From Me to You'' hits the Hot 100 on June 29, 1963, before the release of the Beatles debut American single, “I Want to Hold Your Hand.''
    1962 - The New Orleans Citizens Committee gives free one-way ride to blacks to move North.
    1963 - The movie soundtrack album of “West Side Story” hit Number 1 on the pop LP chart and stayed there for 2 weeks:  music by Leonard Bernstein, libretto/lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and conception and choreography by Jerome Robbins.  It was inspired by Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”.
    1963 - Ricky (he wasn’t Rick yet) Nelson married Kris Harmon, daughter of Tom Harmon, the 1940 Heisman Trophy Winner from the University of Michigan. Six months later, on October 25th, Tracy Kristine Nelson was born at St. John's Hospital near Santa Monica.
    1964 - The Elvis Presley movie “Viva Las Vegas'' premieres.
    1966 - Top Hits
“The Ballad of the Green Berets” - SSgt Barry Sadler
“(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration” - The Righteous Brothers
“Daydream” - The Lovin’ Spoonful
“I Want to Go with You” - Eddy Arnold
    1968 - Pierre Elliott Trudeau sworn-in as Canada's PM
    1968 - The Rolling Stones record "Jumpin' Jack Flash", which will reach #1 in the UK and #3 in the US by next July.
    1969 - Ken Harrelson almost quit Major League baseball when he found out he was being traded from the Boston Red Sox, an American League contender, to the Cleveland Indians, a perennial American League non-contender. He stayed for money and played for Cleveland after all. 
    1969 - On the site of a parking lot owned by the University of California, Berkeley a diverse group of people came together, each freely contributing their skills and resources to create People’s Park. This is to be the site of a student revolution.
    1971 - The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools.
    1971 - Barbra Streisand records "We've Only Just Begun"
    1974 - Top Hits
“TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)” - MFSB featuring The Three Degrees
“Best Thing that Ever Happened to Me” - Gladys Knight & The Pips
“The Loco-Motion” - Grand Funk
“A Very Special Love Song” - Charlie Rich
    1977 - The theme song from the TV show “Soul Train” called TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia) topped the Billboard Hot 100. 
    1979 - It was reported Johnny Carson was leaving "The Tonight Show". Newspapers in the United States offered ideas why the comedian and late-night host was unhappy after 17 years on the show. More money, more vacation time and a four-day week (he got Mondays off) was just what ‘The Great Carsoni’ needed to stay at NBC for another 12 years.
    1980 - 84 year old George Burns, who starred in the movie “Oh God” with John Denver, reaches the Billboard Hot 100 with "I Wish I Was 18 Again".
    1982 - Top Hits
“I Love Rock ’N’ Roll” - Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
“We Got the Beat” - Go-Go’s
“Chariots of Fire” - Titles - Vangelis
“The Clown” - Conway Twitty
    1982 - With a 4-2 win over the Reds, the Braves record their 12th consecutive victory to establish a major-league record for the most victories from the beginning of the season. The previous mark had been set a year earlier by the Oakland A's.  The Braves, under Manager Joe Torre, won the NL West Division title.
    1983 - President Ronald Reagan signs a $165 billion bail-out for Social Security
    1984 - A temperature of 106 degrees in Del Rio, Texas set a new record high for April.
    1986 - Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls scored a record 63 points in the NBA Playoffs against the Boston Celtics. This NBA Playoffs record included two overtime periods. 
    1986 - Pianist Vladimir Horowitz gave his first concert in the Soviet Union for 61 years. He had emigrated in 1925. 
    1987 - "Starlight Express", the roller-skating musical, posted the largest week’s gross in the history of Broadway, earning $606,081 at the box office. The revival of "The King and I" starring Yul Brynner was the old record holder in 1985.
    1987 - In Columbus, OH, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) was organized, making it the largest Lutheran denomination in the U.S. It represented the merger of three smaller Lutheran bodies, and was officially born on Jan 1, 1988.
    1987 - Fifty-two cities in the central and eastern U.S. reported new record high temperatures for the date. The high of 92 degrees at Memphis, TN was a record for April, and the high of 94 at Little Rock, AR equaled their April record.
    1988 - Helen Thayer, New Zealand-born American reaches the North Pole on foot and on skis with no mechanical assists. Using a rope attached to her belt, she pulled a sled which held her tent and all her food (and her dog’s food). Her sole companion was a husky who would warn her when polar bears were approaching. (The big bears are absolutely silent when they attack.) Temperatures in storms dropped to minus 100 degrees. The 345-mile, 27-day journey marked the first time a woman had reached the North Pole alone. Thayer, a mountain climber and U.S. Luge Champion in 1975, was 50 years old at the time. In 1990 she would serve as the leader of the first International U.S./Soviet Arctic Women's expedition.
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    1988 - Claudell Washington hits the 10,000th home run in Yankee history. 
    1988 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit:  “Where Do Broken Hearts Go,'' Whitney Houston.
    1989 - Hot weather spread from the southwestern U.S. into the Great Plains Region. Twenty-three cities reported new record high temperatures for the date. The afternoon high of 104 degrees at Tucson, AZ was an April record, and highs of 87 at Provo, UT, 90 at Pueblo, CO, and 85 at Salt Lake City, UT, equaled April records.
    1990 - Top Hits
“I’ll Be Your Everything” - Tommy Page
“Don’t Wanna Fall in Love” - Jane Child
“Nothing Compares 2 U” - Sinead O’Connor
“Five Minutes” - Lorrie Morgan
    1990 - A fast moving Pacific storm produced heavy snow in the central mountains and the Upper Arkansas Valley of Colorado, with a foot of snow reported at Leadville. Thunderstorms in the south central U.S. produced wind gusts to 76 mph at Tulsa, OK, and heavy rain which caused flooding of Cat Claw Creek in the Abilene, TX area. Lightning struck the building housing a fish farm in Scott, AR killing 10,000 pounds of fish. Many of the fish died from the heat of the fire.
    1991 - Wendy and Carnie Wilson, daughters of The Beach Boys' Brian Wilson, along with Chynna Phillips, daughter of The Mamas and Papas' John Phillips, combined their talents to hit #1 on the Billboard singles chart for the third time with "You're In Love". 
    1992 - 100th episode of "Murphy Brown" airs
    1996 - In a case that sparked an uproar reminiscent of the Rodney King case in Los Angeles, two Riverside County, Calif., sheriff's deputies were videotaped repeatedly clubbing a Mexican man and woman after a 70-mile highway chase involving a pickup truck suspected of sneaking across the border.
    1997 - Mark McGwire becomes the fourth major leaguer to hit a home run over the left field roof at Tiger Stadium. The A's first baseman joins Harmon Killebrew (1962), Frank Howard (1968), and Cecil Fielder (1990) as the only players to accomplish the feat.
    1998 - Digital TV and Internet over copper wires. US West announced it would deliver digital TV programming and high-speed Internet access using traditional copper telephone wires. The company said it would first offer the service, called VDSL (Variable Digital Subscriber Lines), in Phoenix, providing some 120 television channels, forty digital music channels, Internet access, and telephone services through television sets.
    1999 - At Columbine High School, Littleton, CO, students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12 other students, a teacher and then themselves. 24 were seriously wounded.
    1999 - Billy Joel performs what he says is his last public pop music concert at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. He plans on devoting his efforts to classical music.
    2006 - Appearing as a pinch hitter at PETCO Park, Julio Franco becomes the oldest major leaguer to hit a home run. The 47-year, 240 days old’s eighth inning blast, which put the Mets ahead in their 7-2 victory over the Padres, surpasses Jack Quinn who accomplish the feat as a pitcher for the Philadelphia A’s at the age of 46 years, 357 days.
    2006 - As the Nationals beat the Phillies, 10-4, Frank Robinson becomes the 53rd manager to win 1000 big league games. The first black skipper in Major League history, who has also been the dugout leader for the Indians, Giants, Orioles, and Expos, has compiled a 1,000-1,095 in 16 seasons.
    2006 - Up to five feet of snow falls in the Dakotas. I-94 and other highways were closed, power was out for thousands and caused at least four deaths.
    2008 – Danica Patrick became the first female driver to win an Indy car race, winning the Japan 300.
    2010 – In the Gulf of Mexico, BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded, killing eleven workers and beginning an oil spill that would last six months. It is the largest oil spill in American waters.  Damage estimates approached $200 billion.

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