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Correction---Association Membership Numbers
    National Equipment Finance Association
Cannabis Equipment Leasing
   to Join Financing Cannabis Funding Sources
Advantage Financial, LLC joins
  Broker/Lessor List A
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
   and Related Industries
Leasing Industry Ads---Help Wanted
   Experienced Sales Professional/Franchise Credit Manager
Social Ads vs. Google Advertising:
    Which Is Right For Your Business?
         FinTech #102 by Alex Vasilakos
Utah to Switch Private Medical Marijuana Distribution System
   A Special Session to Amend the Change Will be Adopted
First Midwest Expanding In Milwaukee
    Announces Acquisition of Park Bank
Labor Day Digital Pick's by Leasing News' Fernando Croce
  Strike/His Girl Friday/The Pajama Game/The Organizer/Matewan
Labrador Retriever Mix
   Richardson, Texas  Adopt a Dog
Women in Leasing Luncheon is coming to Atlanta!
    Early Bird to NEFA Funding Symposium to Expire Aug. 31
News Briefs---
More than 3,000 truck drivers have lost their jobs in 2019
  as the transportation 'bloodbath' unfolds. List of BK Trucking Co's
Illinois has Award First Five Licenses to Sell
   Marijuana for Recreational Use When Legal January 1st
Alleged Capital One Hacker Indicted on Wire Fraud,
   Computer Data Theft Charges
GE Sells $3.6 Billion Air Finance Asset to Apollo, Athene
   Agreement furthers GE’s effort to slim finance operations

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Correction---Association Membership Numbers

(The July, 2019 membership number was corrected with the additional error that the NEFA report regarding the makeup of membership was missing. It has been added and is presented here:

Formed by a group of lessors in 1974, the Western Association of Equipment Leasing became the United Association of Equipment Leasing which merged in 2010 with the Eastern Association of Equipment Lessors, later changing its name to the National Equipment Finance Association.

Mike Toglia was hired as Executive Director and CEO. 

He is the Publisher and Founder of He has been an active member of NEFA and its predecessor associations for many years and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of NEFA Newsline Magazine.

Conference attendance is up. Both funders and brokers have given rave reviews. There are many networking social events throughout the United States, and to say the least, publicity has been excellent on activities.

Membership Information:

The 30 Year History of UAEL
---Part I
---Part II
---Part III
---Part IV


2019 End of July Leasing/Finance Association Membership
   By Christopher Menkin



 Cannabis Equipment Leasing
to Join Financing Cannabis Funding Sources

Forum Financial Services has been involved in the Cannabis/CBD marketplace for over a year, launching a specific website geared for this industry:

Tim O'Connor, Vice President, says, "Over the past year we have written and closed over a dozen leases. Most have been in the medical marijuana space and now we are expanding into the hemp/CBD industry."

"Most of our transactions were direct. We have two approved brokers that we have completed transactions with and are looking to possibly add one or two more. We are funding our own transactions, which makes us unique in the space. Well capitalized companies with solid management are what we have focused on, mostly "corporation only." Although, we have done a couple start-ups based on solid collateral and decent opening balance sheets.”

"As is the case with Forum Leasing, we do not offer ANY type of lease or financing for equipment located in California. We do offer leasing and are open for business for companies that have equipment installed/located in all the other 49 states."

Tim O'Connor
Forum Leasing
PH.:  972-690-9444  EXT. 225
Cell:  214-717-2916

Financing Cannabis Funding Sources



Joins Broker/Lessor List A

City, State 
Leasing Association
(see above for meaning)
# of Empl.
Geographic Area
Service Organization
Advantage Financial, LLC
 Issaquah, WA
  Brian Lawson 
877-665-5561 (ext 4)
  Direct 424-557-9580
Lower 48
$10K to $50MM

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

A - City Business License | B- State License 
| C
 - Certified Leasing Professional | D - State(s) sales/use tax license 
| E -
 Named as "lessor" on 50% or more of lease contract signed.

Broker/Lessor List A



Help Wanted



New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

It was announced that Brian Bittner has been added to UniFi Equipment Finance, Ann Arbor, Michigan, as Vice  President/Relationship Manager.  He is located in Lexington, Kentucky.  He joined the firm June, 2019, "to focus on growing Unifi’s industrial vertical." He previously was Regional Sales Manager, Toyota Industries Commercial Finance (July, 2002 - May, 2019). He began his career at GE Capital, starting October, 1989, as Sales Representative; promoted Branch Manager, August, 1994; promoted Territory Sales Manager, March, 1998.  Education: University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio.  Bachelor of Science (BS), Marketing (1983 - 1986).

Trace Bringhurst was hired as Vice President, Bank of America, Portland, Oregon . "Financial services professional responsible for advising our healthcare, education, and not-for-profit clients on technology acquisition and management strategies. Experienced as an account executive selling big ticket healthcare equipment." Previously, he was Vice President, GE Capital (December, 2006 - August, 2019); Account Executive, Philips Healthcare (April, 2005 - December, 2006); Strategic Finance Analyst, Intel, January, 2001 - April, 2005); Senior Consultant, Deloitte & Touche (December, 1997 - December, 2000). Education: University of Washington, Michael G. Foster School of Business. MBA, Finance and Financial Management Services (2002 - 2004). GPA 3.7.  Brigham Young University, BS, Accounting (1994 - 1997).

Sean Delande was promoted to Franchise Finance Specialist, TimePayment, Burlington, Massachusetts.  He joined the firm February, 2018, Acquisition Specialist. Previously, he was Sales Consultant, Woburn Toyota (August, 2015 - May, 2017); Sales Consultant, Toyota of Watertown (October, 2013 - April,2015); Parking Facilities Manager, Hampton Beach Casino (June, 2007 - September,2013); Carpet and Floor Technician, Minehart & Co. (January, 2010 - August, 2013). Education: Plymouth State University, Bachelor’s degree, Business Marketing/Professional Sales (2009 -2013).  Activities and Societies: Plymouth State Rugby.  Arlington Catholic High School (2005 -2009).

David Harnisch was hired as President, Commercial Finance, CIT Group, New York, New York. "In this role, Harnisch will be responsible for CIT's corporate and leveraged financing to middle market companies, including CIT's key industry verticals of Healthcare, Power & Energy, Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Aerospace & Defense, Government Contracting, Gaming, and Retail. He will also be responsible for asset-backed and asset-based lending, factoring and real estate financing. He will join the company's Executive Management Committee." He previously was at Santander Bank, N.A., Boston, Massachusetts, starting August, 2018); promoted December, 2018, Head of Commercial Banking, EVP.,  Head of Commercial Banking Underwriting & Portfolio Management, EVP,  He joined Citizens Financial Group as Head of Leverage Finance, Managing Director, January, 2013; promoted March, 2016, Head of Commercial Underwriting, Portfolio Management,& Strategy, EVP. Prior, he was at CIT, joining January, 2013, Director, Sponsor Finance; promoted December, 2016, Managing Director & Co-Founder, CIT Asset Management (5 CLOs; $4.5 Bn AUM); promoted December, 2002, Managing Director, CIT Asset Management/Sponsor Finance; promoted, November, 2009, Managing Director & Co-Founder, Problem Loan Management; Senior Credit Analyst, Katonah Capital, LLC (April, 2002 - September, 2002); Senior Vice President, Co-Head of Corporate Finance/Senior Portfolio Manager, CPF Asset Advisors (Bank Austria Credit Analyst/HVB (acq. Bank Austria) (March, 2000 - April, 2002); Vice President, Non-Investment Grade Team, Fleet Boston Financial (October, 1996 - March, 2000); Counterparty Credit Risk Analyst, Harvard Management Company (January, 1996 - October, 1996); Assistant Treasurer, Middle Market Finance, Chase Manhattan Bank) (September, 1992 - December, 1995). Education: New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business. MBA, Finance Concentration (2005 - 2007).  Boston College, BA, Political Science (1988 - 1992).  Activities and Societies: Jenks Leadership Program (JLG).

Victor Hernandez III was hired as Vice President, Partners Capital Group, Santa Ana, California.  Previously, he was Outside Transaction Broker, US Capital Partners (2014 - July, 2019); Managing Director, Veranda Finance, LLC (April, 2013 - 2013); Account Executive, CalFirst National Bank (June, 2010 - January, 2012). Volunteer: Beach Clean-Up, Los Angeles Cancer Run. Education: Golden West College, Economics (2006 - 2008).  Santiago Canyon College. Dean's Recommendation, Business/Managerial Economics. Securities Training Corporation. Series 7, 63 licenses (inactive), investments and securities (2002 - 2003).

Christopher P. Human was hired as Vice President and Equipment Finance Specialist, BancorpSouth Bank, Tupelo, Mississippi. He is located in Marble Falls, Texas.  Previously he was Commercial Banking Relationship Manager, East West Bank (June,2016 - July, 2019); Vice President, Commercial Banking, Regions Financial Corporation (May, 2015 - June, 2015); Commercial Banking Relationship Manager, Southwest Securities (August, 2012 - May, 2015); Commercial Banking Relationship Manager, Capital One (August, 2005 - August, 2012); Vice President, Compass Bank (February, 2003 - August, 2005); Commercial Development, Merrill Lynch (July, 2002 - February, 2003); Vice President, Treasury Management, SouthTrust Bank (September, 1999 - June, 2002); Global Treasury and Trade, Nations Bank (1996 - 1999). "He is active in his local community, Human serves as a board member of the For the Love of Kids & Harleys and is involved as an active member with the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the San Antonio Manufacturers Association and Association for Corporate Growth – Central Texas Chapter." Education: The University of Texas at San Antonio.  Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Accounting and Finance (1992 - 1995).

Holly Shoemaker was hired as Senior Vice President, CapTech Financial, an Onset Financial Company, Midvale, Utah. Prior, she was Vice President, Onset Financial (November, 2018 - Present); Equipment Finance, BofI Federal Bank (April, 2016 - November, 2018); Vice President, Pacific Western Equipment Finance, a division of Pacific Western Bank (June, 2006 - March, 2016).




Social Ads vs. Google Advertising:
       Which Is Right For Your Business?

FinTech #102 by Alex Vasilakos

Over the past few years alone, social media ads, like those shown on Facebook, and pay-per-click search engine ads on Google have changed drastically. Businesses across all industries, and of all sizes, have an accessible way to find their target audiences effectively, without breaking the bank. However, with so many benefits and options from both social media and Google ads, deciding which one is right for your business can be a difficult choice.

Pay-Per-Click Ads Zero In On Their Targets

Pay-per-click ads, such as Google Adwords, allow business owners to be as broad or specific as they want to be with their marketing. Pay-per-click ads usually drive right through the noise to target leads and potential customers who are serious about making a transaction. Since most serious customers use search engines to find exactly what they are looking for, pay-per-click ads reach their eyes first. Social media ads, by contrast, may be geared toward a particular audience, but most people use social media more casually.

Social Media Ads Create A Buzz

If you want people to discuss, like, and share information about your products and services, social media ads are a wise choice. By its very nature, social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter allow for engagement. When people like or talk about your products on social media, those actions show up in their followers’ feeds. Social media ads, pictures, videos, and more can end up spreading out to cast a very wide net to generate a number of leads and conversions.

Reaching Local Markets

Many businesses are so focused on the national and global potential of digital markets that they leave local markets completely untapped. Instead of leaving money on the table, businesses are using pay-per-click ads to target local markets and rake in sales from customers right in their area. Any business with a physical establishment should consider pay-per-click ads to have a leading presence in local markets. Since most local customers also shop from their computers, smartphones, and tablets, the convenience of being “right there,” meeting in person,  and targeting people with local pay-per-click ads boosts leads and sales.

Establishing A Presence

While pay-per-click ads largely reply on Google searches, social media ads take a different approach. Social media platforms allow businesses to create public-facing pages that are dynamic and engaging. Businesses can establish a presence and actively brand themselves in real time. In a sense, social media ads allow businesses to grow their audiences from day one.

So How Do You Decide?

The first thing you should consider is your marketing strategy. Do you want to establish your brand and promote your business, or are you focused strictly on sales? Do you want to engage your customer base, or do you want to be noticed when people are searching for specific products and services? Sit down and make a list of your answers, along with your goals, and see if they lean more towards social media or pay-per-click ads.

The One-Two Punch

Very few businesses fall entirely one way or the other. There are benefits to both social media ads and pay-per-click ads. Choosing Facebook ads, for example, does not mean you have to give up the advantages of Google Adwords. The truth is that most businesses benefit from a combination of social media and paid search marketing. By using both, businesses can establish a presence and cast a wide net, while simultaneously targeting customers in specific markets. Taking into account your marketing budget also plays a big part in your strategy. Some business owners hold off while they do more in-depth research to find out which method their audience finds more appealing. Others will run a limited campaign with both pay-per-click and social media, and look over the metrics to see which one has the most traction.

With a little research and planning, you can devise a powerful and effective online marketing campaign.

Alex Vasilakos
Director of Marketing
The Finance Marketing Group 
Office: 518-591-4645x102 / Fax: 518-677-1071
90 State Street, Suite 1500, Albany, NY 12207

He entered advertising and marketing in 2003, right when the industry landscape shifted from traditional print to digital media. In that time, Alex has worked with numerous large accounts in both healthcare and financial services, and has helped small and medium-sized businesses grow and flourish in their respective digital markets. Alex has won countless awards for creative direction and strategy, and is certified by Google Partners in both AdWords and Analytics. Currently, Alex works exclusively with financial services companies, but his depth of knowledge and experience can help design and implement long-reaching strategies for businesses across all industries.

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Utah to Switch Private Medical Marijuana Distribution System
A Special Session to Amend the Change Will be Adopted

Cannabis News Wire

The subject of medical marijuana elicited heated debates between lawmakers, the medical community, law enforcement and other powerful groups, such as the Mormon Church in Utah. Eventually, voters approved Prop 2 during the 2018 midterms but this measure was quickly replaced by a law drafted behind closed doors. In the law, medical marijuana would be distributed through the state’s health system. In another change to the proposed system, the state has decided to ditch this distribution system and instead opt for a private network to do this work.

The state legislature will hold a special session in which an amendment to effect the change will be adopted. If that change is approved, the “central till” envisaged in the medical marijuana law will be abandoned and in its place, a network of 12 privately owned and operated dispensaries will sell marijuana throughout the state.

The original plan in the medical marijuana law raised controversy when it proposed that all the medical marijuana should be sold through the state-level and local health departments. Many people felt that the plan would force state employees to become what the federal government describes as “drug traffickers” since the federal government doesn’t regard marijuana as a substance with any therapeutic use and has therefore maintained it on Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act.


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First Midwest Expanding In Milwaukee
Announces Acquisition of Park Bank

CHICAGO,  -- First Midwest Bancorp, Inc. (“First Midwest”)  announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Bankmanagers Corp. and its wholly owned subsidiary, Park Bank.

Founded in 1915, Park Bank is one of the largest independent commercial banks in Milwaukee with approximately $1 billion of total assets, $815 million of deposits, of which approximately 85% are core deposits, and $700 million of loans.

Michael L. Scudder, Chairman and CEO of First Midwest, said, “We are extremely excited to welcome Park Bank’s customers and team members to First Midwest.

 “Park Bank is a trusted financial institution with established and experienced bankers who understand the Milwaukee market and the business and personal needs of their customers. We look forward to building on this trust and to providing award-winning service to Park’s customers as we further expand into the attractive Milwaukee market.”

First Midwest has taken several recent steps to grow its presence in Milwaukee. In January 2019, First Midwest acquired Northern Oak Wealth Management, a registered investment adviser with approximately $850 million of assets under management. In March 2019, First Midwest opened a loan production office to service commercial real estate and commercial customers.

David Werner, President and CEO of Park Bank, will lead the Milwaukee and southeast Wisconsin market for First Midwest. “First Midwest’s mission of helping its customers achieve financial success is aligned with our client-first approach,” said Werner. “Joining First Midwest will enable us to both continue and enhance our commitment to relationship-banking as well as offer our customers a broader array of products and services. First Midwest is very familiar with the Milwaukee market, and we look forward to becoming part of the First Midwest family.”

The merger agreement provides for a fixed exchange ratio of 29.9675 shares of First Midwest common stock, plus $623.02 in cash for each share of Bankmanagers Corp. common stock, with an overall transaction value of approximately $195 million, subject to certain adjustments. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals, the approval of Bankmanagers’ shareholders and the completion of various closing conditions and is anticipated to close by January 2020.

Sandler O’Neill + Partners, L.P. acted as exclusive financial advisor to First Midwest in this transaction, and Stephens Inc. acted as exclusive financial advisor to Bankmanagers Corp.  Chapman and Cutler LLP served as transaction counsel to First Midwest, and Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP served as Bankmanagers’ transaction counsel.

About First Midwest
First Midwest (NASDAQ: FMBI) is a relationship-focused financial institution and one of the largest independent publicly traded bank holding companies based on assets headquartered in the Midwest, with approximately $17.5 billion of assets and $12 billion of assets under management. First Midwest’s principal subsidiary, First Midwest Bank, and other affiliates provide a full range of commercial, treasury management, equipment leasing, consumer, wealth management, trust and private banking products and services through locations in metropolitan Chicago, southeast Wisconsin, northwest Indiana, central and western Illinois, and eastern Iowa. Visit First Midwest at

About Park Bank
Park Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bankmanagers Corp. and maintains its principal executive offices in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Park Bank is a client-focused bank dedicated to forging lasting relationships with businesses looking for reliable business relationships. It provides this experience through three full-service banking locations in Milwaukee and Brookfield. Park Bank’s website is

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Fernando's View
Leasing News: Labor Day Special

By Fernando F. Croce

With Labor Day coming up next week, we at Leasing News offer a cinematic salute to every man and woman who ever endured a particularly harrowing day at the office. Check out these vintage and modern classics at Netflix.

Strike (Sergei Eisenstein, 1925): Going back to the early days of the silent screen, check out labor and management as clashing cinematic forces in the feature debut of Russian master Sergei Eisenstein (“Battleship Potemkin”). Taking place in the early 1900s, the film depicts the growing awareness of factory workers under the thumb of exploitative bosses. Tensions rise until the death of one of the workers leads his comrades to revolt, resulting in them seizing the factory in a strike for better conditions. The proletarian victory is short-lived, however, as government officials get ready to adopt more and more brutal procedures to put an end to the strike. Though it sounds dry and academic, Eisenstein keeps the story stirring and exciting with bold visual contrasts, satirical asides, and a universal plea for equality.

His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks, 1940): A day at the office was never more fun than in this classic 1940 screen adaptation of the famous play by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur. Brilliantly switching the gender of the protagonist, it casts Rosalind Russell as Hildy Johnson, a driven newspaperwoman determined to leave the trade and settle down with a nice and dull husband (Ralph Bellamy). Her boss and ex-husband, Walter Burns (Cary Grant, in a dazzling, all-stops-out performance), has other plans—knowing of Hildy’s reporter instincts, he sends her to cover a breaking news story and triggers a kinetic battle of the sexes. What will win in the end, career or romance? Directed by the legendary Howard Hawks, the film is a pitch-perfect screwball comedy overflowing with virtuoso turns and quotable dialogue.

The Pajama Game (Stanley Donen, 1957): Labor-management struggles get a melodic makeover in this delightful musical, adapted from the Broadway play by tuneful master Stanley Donen (“Singin’ in the Rain”). Doris Day had one of her best roles as “Babe” Williams, a fierce advocate for workers’ rights in an Iowa pajama factory. She locks horns with Sid Sorokin (John Raitt), a superintendent hired by the factory boss to help avoid giving the workers a raise. Their political differences clash with the attraction they feel for each other, leading to union meetings, picnic outings, flashing jealousies and choreographed rumbles. Making inventive use of color and movement, Donen gives the theatrical material a cinematic form of its own, aided by a memorable score that includes “I’m Not at All in Love” and “Steam Heat.”

The Organizer (Mario Monicelli, 1963): When the Italian classics of the 1960s are discussed, titles such as "L'Avventura" and "La Dolce Vita" are the ones that usually come up. Thanks to Criterion, however, this terrific 1963 drama is now available for discovery. Taking place in the 1890s in the region of Turin, the plot chronicles the struggle for better working conditions by a group of textile laborers who are exploited by their bosses. Enter Professor Sinigaglia (a marvelously thoughtful performance by Marcello Mastroianni), a learned man who befriends the mostly illiterate workers and encourages to go on strike. But is Sinigaflia really who he seems to be? Filmed on location, director Mario Monicelli's film combines tough-minded social consciousness with humanistic detail to memorable, stirring effect. With subtitles.

Matewan (John Sayles, 1987): A veteran of independent American cinema, writer-director John Sayles specializes in rich, multi-character narratives. Among his best films is this inspiring, fact-based 1987 drama, which chronicles the lives of coal miners in 1920 in the titular West Virginia town. As the workers scramble to form their own union to secure their rights, company bosses hire thugs to keep them under control. Black and Italian miners are brought in to break through the strike, causing many tensions to erupt in rough confrontations. Into this volatile territory steps Joe Kenehan (Chris Cooper), a labor organizer who quickly realizes that pulling these people together will be no easy task. With a cast that includes Mary McDonnell and James Earl Jones, this is a robust, evocative account of hope in the midst of conflict.


Labrador Retriever Mix
Richardson, Texas  Adopt a Dog

ID# 19-0854D
DOB: 08/17/2017
Date in: 08/17/2019
Color: White/Tan
Pen: 05D

Richardson, Texas Animal Shelter
411 W. Arapaho Rd
Richardson, TX 75080-4551

 (All adoptions require a signed contract stating you will vaccinate for rabies and spay/neuter each animal adopted (if the animal has not had these already completed).


Women in Leasing Luncheon is coming to Atlanta!
Early Bird to NEFA Funding Symposium to Expire Aug. 31

Oct 2-4, 2019
JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead
3300 Lenox Rd NE
Atlanta, Georgia  30326
United States

270 Signed Up for Conference:


The Iberian Pig Restaurant
3150 Roswell Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

The Women in Leasing LinkedIn Group will be having a luncheon at the Iberian Pig, in Atlanta (Buckhead), Georgia, on Wednesday, October 2nd from 12:00 till 3:00 pm just before the NEFA Funding Symposium.

The luncheon is being co-hosted by ECS Financial Services, Inc. and Financial Pacific Leasing, an Umpqua Bank Company.

If you would like to attend, the cost is $50 per person. Feel free to forward this to anyone you think might be interested in attending, even if they are not registered for the NEFA Funding Symposium. This event to open to all women in the equipment leasing, finance, and banking industries.

Register as soon as possible to guarantee your seat at this fun-filled event!

Thank you in advance and we hope you can make it!

Shari L. Lipski, CLFP
ECS Financial Services, Inc.

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News Briefs----

More than 3,000 truck drivers have lost their jobs in 2019
 as the transportation 'bloodbath' unfolds. List of BK Trucking Co's

Illinois has Award First Five Licenses to Sell
   Marijuana for Recreational Use When Legal January 1st

Alleged Capital One Hacker Indicted on Wire Fraud,
    Computer Data Theft Charges

GE Sells $3.6 Billion Air Finance Asset to Apollo, Athene
Agreement furthers GE’s effort to slim finance operations


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    and back at work on 'Jeopardy!'



An Asterisk as Big as a Ball

the ball talked to
three hundred thirty feet of air,
rising into the teeth
of the bat's echo,
crashing into right field bleachers
like any other Yankee missile —
an exiled hero
circled the Ruthian diamond
to footnote glory —
just down the first base line
 the magic bat lay,
 like a gun that had killed
 its owner.

Tim Peeler, from his book “Touching All the Bases.”  
He has given us permission to reproduce them.


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49ers regular season tickets are still selling for $50 or less

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BART’s extension through San Jose
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“Gimme that Wine”

Macron defuses French digital tax row, Trump coy on wine threat

Amazon Does Bare Minimum to Meet California Law

Trade war with China impacting wine industry, wineries in Woodinville

24th Annual Purple Foot Festival at Casa Larga Vineyards

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This Day in History

     1637 - The first Synod was held at Mr. Shepard's church, Cambridge (then Newtowne), Massachusetts to condemn the preaching of Anne Hutchinson, the first female religious leader in the American colonies. Eight-two errors in her teachings were enumerated and condemned. The synod adjourned on September 22, 1637. Hutchinson was bought to trial on the strength of this condemnation and was exiled from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Moving the following year to Rhode Island, then to New York, Anne and her family were killed by Indians in 1643.
    1645 - Dutch and Indians signed peace treaty in New Amsterdam (NY). 
    1770 - Anglican clergyman and hymn writer John Newton wrote in a letter: 'The exercised and experienced Christian, by the knowledge he has gained of his own heart and the many difficulties he has had to struggle with, acquires a skill and compassion in dealing with others.’
    1776 - A few days before, in the Battle of Long Island, N.Y., American forces commandeered by Gen. Israel Putnam and Gen. John Sullivan were defeated by the British under Gen. Sir William Howe and Gen. Sir Henry Clinton. Howe took Gen. Sullivan prisoner. On Aug 30, the Americans evacuated Long Island and crossed to Massachusetts. General Washington took advantage of a heavy fog to evacuate Long Island after a defeat. Adverse winds kept the British fleet from intervening.
    1778 - American forces withdrew from Rhode Island after an unsuccessful attempt, led by John Sullivan, to recapture Newport from the British.  In New Hampshire, a band of four hundred men, suddenly assembling in arms, and conducted by John Sullivan, an eminent lawyer and a man of great ambition and intrepidity, gained possession by surprise of the castle of Portsmouth, and confined the royal garrison till the powder-magazine was ransacked and its contents carried away.  Extremely controversial in his day, Somersworth's John Sullivan became the first "president" of New Hampshire. He served three terms in the role we now call governor. Sullivan cut his teeth as a young lawyer in Portsmouth, NH and became the first attorney in Durham. His goal in life was to be wealthy and his litigious pursuit of debtors in his hometown led to angry mobs surrounding his house. He served courageously, some say brazenly, in Revolutionary War battles, though he had been a friend of exiled British NH governor John Wentworth, whom he later replaced. Captured by the British, Sullivan became a courier between the two sides for which he was severely criticized. Sullivan joined the Seacoast NH uprising at Fort William and Mary in 1774, then served in a number of failed battles. George Washington was not fond of Sullivan, but called on him often. Major General Sullivan was among the troops at Quebec, and a leader at Trenton, Brandywine and Germantown. Washington called on him again in 1779 to literally wipe out all Native American settlements that threatened colonists in New York and Pennsylvania. Sullivan's March, as it was called, devastated Indian populations there as his troops destroyed all native housing and crops. He served in both the first and second Continental Congress. After the war, he returned to his law practice and was made a federal judge, though he was often too ill, often from alcohol, to serve. The NH town and county of Sullivan are among the many places dedicated in his name.
    1780 - General Benedict Arnold betrayed the US when he promised secretly to surrender the fort at West Point to the British army. Arnold, whose name has become synonymous with traitor, fled to England after the botched conspiracy. His co-conspirator, British spy Major John Andre, was hanged.
    1781 - The French fleet of 24 ships under Comte de Grasse arrived in the Chesapeake Bay to aid the American Revolution. The fleet defeated British under Admiral Graves at battle of Chesapeake Capes.
    1800 - African-American Gabriel Prosser's major slave revolt is disclosed by Mosby Sheppard’s two slaves Tom and Pharoah, who told him of the plot. Virginia Governor Monroe, who had heard earlier plans of slaves making swords, bullets, and organizing for an attack on Richmond, realizing secrecy was now impossible and worried others would join Prosser, acted quickly and openly. He appointed three aides for himself, asked for and received the use of the federal armory at Manchester, posted cannon at the capitol, called into service well over six hundred and fifty men, and gave notice of the plot to every militia commander in the State.  As a contemporary declared, “…upon that every evening just about Sunset, there came on the most terrible thunder accompanied with an enormous rain, that I ever witnessed in this State. Between Prosser's and Richmond, there is a place called Brook Swamp which runs across the high road, and over which there was a bridge. By this, the Africans were of necessity to pass, and the rain had made the passage impracticable.”
Nevertheless about one thousand slaves, some mounted, armed with clubs, scythes, home-made bayonets, and a few guns, did appear at an agreed-upon rendezvous six miles outside the City, but, as already noted, attack was not possible, and the slaves disbanded.  Over the next few days, the mobilized might of an aroused slave State went into action and scores of Negroes were arrested. Gabriel had attempted to escape via a schooner, Mary, but when in Norfolk on September 25, he was recognized and betrayed by two Negroes, captured, and brought back, in chains, to Richmond. He was quickly convicted and sentenced to hang, but the execution was postponed until October 7, in the hope that he would talk. James Monroe personally interviewed him, but reported, "From what he said to me, he seemed to have made up his mind to die, and to have resolved to say but little on the subject of the conspiracy." Along with Gabriel, fifteen other rebels were hanged on the seventh of October. Twenty-one were reported to have been executed prior to this and four more were scheduled to die after October 7. A precise number of those executed cannot be given with certainty, but it appears likely that at least thirty-five Negroes were hanged, four condemned slaves escaped from prison (and no reference to their recapture has been seen), while one committed suicide in prison.  The chasm between slave owners and their “property” widen with both becoming extremely “fearful” of each other. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was to point out in the next century, “violence begets violence.”
    1813 - Creek Indians massacred over 500 whites at Fort Mims Alabama. 
    1820 - Birthday of George F. Root (d. 1895), Sheffield, MA.  American sacred music editor and composer. Root helped edit 75 musical collections, as well as composing several hundred original sacred melodies. One of these, “JEWELS,” is the tune to which is commonly sung the hymn, "When He Cometh."
    1838 - The first African-American magazine, “Mirror of Freedom,” begins publication in New York City.
    1839 - A hurricane moved from Cape Hatteras, NC to offshore New England. An unusual feature of the hurricane was the snow it helped produce, which whitened the Catskill Mountains of New York State. Considerable snow was also reported at Salem, NY.
    1850 - Honolulu was incorporated as a city.
    1856 - Wilberforce University was established in Xenia, Ohio under auspices of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1863, the university was transferred to the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church.
    1862 - At the Second Battle of Bull Run, the maneuvers of Gen. Stonewall Jackson and his teamwork with Gen. Lee were too much for the 45,000 Union troops under Gen. John Pope, who broke and retreated to Washington, D.C. Union losses were 1724 killed, 8372 wounded, 5958 missing. Confederate losses stood at 1481 killed, 7627 wounded, 89 missing. It is believed the almost 6,000 soldiers missing deserted and fled from the army.
    1890 - Congress approved the inspection of meat. It provided for the inspection of salted pork, bacon intended for export, and export swine, cattle, sheep, and other ruminants, due primarily to complaints of foreign buyers. It did not apply to meat in the United States. Importers of American meat were objecting to not only the quality, but to the “disease” brought by American meat products. Upton Sinclair's book, “The Jungle,” 1905, exposed the horror of meat packing in Chicago, which led the Pure Food and Drug Act and inspection of meat facilities and quality standards.
    1893 - Frances Folsom Cleveland, Mrs. Grover Cleveland, was the First Lady to have a baby at the White House when she gave birth to a baby girl, Esther.  The first child ever born in the White House was a granddaughter to Thomas Jefferson in 1806.
    1894 - Independent Christian evangelist and educator Bob Jones, Sr. was converted at age 11 to a vital Christian faith. Licensed to preach by the Methodists at 15, Jones maintained a lifelong fundamentalist view of the Bible. In 1926, at age 32, he founded Bob Jones University.
    1901 - Birthday of Roy Wilkins (d. 1981), grandson of a Mississippi slave, St. Louis, MO. Civil rights leader, active in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), retired as its executive director in 1977.
    1905 – Ty Cobb made his Major League debut with a double off New York Highlander Jack Chesbro.  He finished with 4,191 hits, second-most in history.
    1907 - Birthday of actress Shirley Booth, born Marjory Ford (d. 1992), Brooklyn. She won the 1950 Tony award for her work in “Come Back Little Sheba” and the 1953 Tony for “Time of the Cuckoo.” Her later years were spent as Hazel on the TV sitcom of the same name.
    1908 - Birthday of singer-leader Willie Bryant (d. 1964), New Orleans, LA. Once employed Ben Webster, Benny Carter, Teddy Wilson, and many others.  As a disc jockey, he was known as the "Mayor of Harlem.”
    1918 - Birthday of Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder, Theodore Samuel “Ted” Williams (d. 2002), San Diego, CA.  He played his entire 19-year Major League career as the left fielder for the Boston Red Sox from 1939 to 1960, excepting service time during World War II and the Korean War, as a Marine fighter pilot.  Nicknamed "The Kid," "The Splendid Splinter," "Teddy Ballgame," "The Thumper," and "The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived," Williams is regarded as one of the greatest players in baseball history.  Williams was a seventeen-time All-Star, a two-time AL MVP, a six-time AL batting champion, and a two-time Triple Crown winner. He finished his playing career with a .344 batting average, 521 home runs, and a 0.482 on-base average, the highest of all time. His batting average is the highest of any MLB player with 302 or more home runs.  In 1957 and 1958 at the ages of 39 and 40, respectively, he was the AL batting champion for the fifth and sixth time.  He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966, in his first year of eligibility.  In his induction speech, Williams included a statement calling for the recognition of the great Negro Leagues players: "I've been a very lucky guy to have worn a baseball uniform, and I hope someday the names of Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson in some way can be added as a symbol of the great Negro players who are not here only because they weren't given a chance."  This powerful and unprecedented statement from the Hall of Fame podium was "a first crack in the door that ultimately would open and include Paige and Gibson and other Negro League stars in the shrine."  Paige was the first inducted in 1971. Gibson and others followed, starting in 1972 and continuing off and on into the 21st Century.
    1924 - Trumpet player Kenny Dorham was born McKinley Howard "Kenny" Dorham (d. 1972), Fairfield, TX.
    1935 – Birthday of singer John Phillips (d. 2001), Parris Island, SC. Lead singer of The Mamas and The Papas: “Monday Monday,” “California Dreamin',” “Creeque Alley;” songwriter: “California Dreamin',” “San Francisco [Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair];”  actress MacKenzie Phillips' father.  The Mamas and The Papas were inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Vocal group Hall of Fame in 2000. 
    1943 - WALSH, KENNETH AMBROSE, Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, pilot in Marine Fighting Squadron 124, U.S. Marine Corps. Place and date: Solomon Islands area, 15 and 30 August 1943. Entered service at: New York. Born: 24 November 1916, Brooklyn, N.Y. Other Navy awards: Distinguished Flying Cross with 5 Gold Stars. Citation: For extraordinary heroism and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty as a pilot in Marine Fighting Squadron 124 in aerial combat against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands area. Determined to thwart the enemy's attempt to bomb Allied ground forces and shipping at Vella Lavella on 15 August 1943, 1st Lt. Walsh repeatedly dived his plane into an enemy formation outnumbering his own division 6 to 1 and, although his plane was hit numerous times, shot down 2 Japanese dive bombers and 1 fighter. After developing engine trouble on 30 August during a vital escort mission, 1st Lt. Walsh landed his mechanically disabled plane at Munda, quickly replaced it with another, and proceeded to rejoin his flight over Kahili. Separated from his escort group when he encountered approximately 50 Japanese Zeros, he unhesitatingly attacked, striking with relentless fury in his lone battle against a powerful force. He destroyed 4 hostile fighters before cannon shellfire forced him to make a dead-stick landing off Vella Lavella where he was later picked up. His valiant leadership and his daring skill as a flier served as a source of confidence and inspiration to his fellow pilots and reflect the highest credit upon the U.S. Naval Service. 
    1949 - Top Hits
“You're Breaking My Heart” - Vic Damone
“Room Full of Roses” - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Don Cornell)
“Some Enchanted Evening” - Perry Como
“I'm Throwing Rice (At the Girl that I Love)” - Eddy Arnold
    1952 - Captain Leonard W. Lilley of the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing scored his first aerial victory. He went on to become an F-86 Sabre ace.
    1956 - White mob prevents enrollment of blacks at Mansfield High School, Texas, as school busing and desegregation comes to major conflicts across the nation.
    1957 - Top Hits
“Love Letters in the Sand” - Pat Boone
“Tammy” - Debbie Reynolds
“Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On” - Jerry Lee Lewis
“(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear” - Elvis Presley
    1959 - Bobby Darin's "Mack the Knife" debuts on the pop charts. The song from the "Three Penny Opera" will be Darin's biggest hit.
    1961 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Michael," the Highwaymen. The five members were all freshmen from the same fraternity at Wesleyan University at Middletown, Conn. The song debuts at No. 100 on the Hot 100.
    1961 - 24-year-old Gene Chandler records "Duke of Earl" for Vee Jay Records. It will become the label's first number one and first million seller next February. 
    1962 - A presidential hot line was installed between the White House, Washington, DC, and the Kremlin, Moscow, during the administration of President John F. Kennedy.
    1963 - Two months after signing an agreement to establish a 24-hour-a-day "hot line" between Moscow and Washington, the system goes into effect. The agreement came just months after the October, 1962 Cuban missile crisis, in which the United States and Soviet Union came to the brink of nuclear conflict. 
    1965 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Help!" The Beatles. The song is released in the U.S. two weeks before the film "Help!" opens in New York.
    1965 - Top Hits
“I Got You Babe” - Sonny & Cher
“Help!” - The Beatles
California Girls - The Beach Boys
“Yes, Mr. Peters” - Roy Drusky & Priscilla Mitchell
    1965 – Casey Stengel’s Hall of Fame managing career ended when he resigned as manager of the New York Mets on doctors’ orders.  Stengel managed 25 years in the Majors, highlighted by 10 World Series championships with the New York Yankees in the 1940s-1950s.
    1967 – Thurgood Marshall was confirmed as the first African-American Justice on the Supreme Court.
    1968 - The Beatles' "Hey Jude" is released.
    1968 - The Democratic Convention comes to an end. Reportedly Chicago's Finest invade McCarthy's headquarters, dragging staffers from their beds and beating them. CBS TV-anchor Walter Cronkite tells prime-time television viewers, "I want to pack my bags and get out of this city." On August 29, vice president Hubert H. Humphrey was nominated for president and Senator Edmund S. Muskie of Maine was named the vice presidential candidate. The convention, which began August 26, was the most violent in U.S. history. Antiwar protestors clashed with police and national guardsmen. Hundreds of people, including bystanders and members of the press, were beaten by police, some in full view of television cameras. George Wallace and Gen. Curtis E. LeMay would become third party candidates. On November 5, Richard M. Nixon would be elected president along with Spiro T. Agnew as vice president. The popular vote was Nixon 31,785,480; Humphrey, 31,275,166; Wallace 8,906,473. The actual decision was by the electoral vote with Nixon 302; Humphrey, 191 and George Wallace, 45. The Republicans gained four seats in the House, five in the Senate, although Democrats still held majorities of 58-42 in the Senate and 2453-192 in the House. The Republicans gained five governorships in the election.
    1972 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono were joined by Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack and Sha Na Na at a fund raising concert for the One To One charity at New York's Madison Square Gardens. Several of the performances were later included on Lennon's, "Live in New York City" album. 
    1973 - Top Hits
“Brother Louie” - Stories
“Live and Let Die” - Wings
“Let's Get It On” - Marvin Gaye
“Everybody's Had the Blues” - Merle Haggard
    1974 - The last episode of the regular TV series “The Brady Bunch.” The first show was aired September 26, 1969, starring Robert Treed as widower Mike Brady who has three sons and is married to Carol, played by Florence Henderson, who has three daughters.  Housekeeper Alice was played by Ann B. Davis, Sons Greg (Barry Williams), Peter (Christopher Knight) and Bobby (Mike Lookinland) and daughters Marcia (Maureen McCormick), Jan (Eve Plumb) and Cindy (Susan Olsen) experienced the typical crises of youth. The programs steered clear of social issues and portrayed childhood as a time of innocence. The program continues to be very popular in reruns in after-school time slots. There were also many spin-offs: “The Brady Kids,” (1972-74), a Saturday morning cartoon, ”The Brady Bunch Hour” (1976-88), a variety series, “The Brady Brides,” (1981), a sitcom about the two older daughters adjusting to marriages and the “Bradys” (1990), a short-lived dramatic series. “A Very Brady Christmas” (1988) was CBS's highest rated special for the season. In 1995, “The Brady Bunch Movie” appealed to fans who had watched the program 25 years before.
    1975 - James Taylor's "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" peaks at #5 on the pop singles chart.
    1975 - KC and the Sunshine Band's "Get Down Tonight" tops the Billboard chart.
    1975 - Orleans enters the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time with "Dance with Me," which would climb to #6. They would return a year later with "Still the One" (#5) and again in 1979 with "Love Takes Time" (#11).
    1980 - Pat Benatar's "You Better Run" peaks at #42 on the pop singles chart.
    1989 - Billy Joel fired his manager and former brother-in-law Frank Weber after an audit revealed discrepancies. Joel later took him to court and sued for $90 million. 
    1981 - Top Hits
“Endless Love” - Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
“Slow Hand” - Pointer Sisters
“Stop Draggin' My Heart Around” - Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
“(There's) No Gettin' Over Me” - Ronnie Milsap
    1981 - Jockey Bill Shoemaker rode John Henry to a nose victory to win the inaugural running of the Arlington Million, the first $1 million horse race, at Arlington Park in Illinois.
    1982 - A tropical depression brought torrential rains to portions of southern Texas. Up to twelve inches fell south of Houston, and as much as eighteen inches fell southeast of Austin. The tropical depression spawned fourteen tornadoes in three days. (David Ludlum) Record cold gripped the northeastern U.S. Thirty-one cities in New England reported record lows, and areas of Vermont received up to three inches of snow
    1983 - Colonel Guion Bluford, mission specialist on the third flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger, became the first African-American astronaut to fly in outer space.
    1986 - Steve Winwood's "Higher Love" hits #1 on the singles chart; Mick Jagger's "Ruthless People" peaks at #51 and David Lee Roth's "Yankee Rose" peaks at #16.
    1987 - Eight cities in California and Oregon reported record high temperatures for the date, including Redding, CA and Sacramento, CA where the mercury hit 100 degrees.
    1988 - Thunderstorms drenched Georgia and the Carolinas with heavy rain, soaking Columbia, SC, with 4.10 inches in three hours. Fresno, CA was the hot spot in the nation with a record high of 109 degrees. Duluth, MN tied their record for the month of August with a morning low of 39 degrees
    1989 - Top Hits
“Right Here Waiting” - Richard Marx
“Cold Hearted” - Paula Abdul
“Hangin' Tough” - New Kids on the Block
“Are You Ever Gonna Love Me” - Holly Dunn
    1990 - Paul Anka, who was born in Ottawa, Canada, is naturalized as an American citizen in Las Vegas. During the ceremony, his illegally parked car was towed away. 
    1990 - Seattle Mariners become the first Major League team to have father-son teammates, signing Ken Griffey to play with son, Ken Griffey Jr .
    1993 - "Late Show with David Letterman" debuted on CBS-TV. CBS remodeled the Ed Sullivan Theater (on 54th Street in New York City) for Letterman, who had just spent over a decade on NBC ("Late Night with David Letterman"). The first musical guest to appear on the new show was Billy Joel. The show first started February 1, 1982 with the top ten lists, mail bag, stupid pet tricks, participation by the TV crew, neighbors, and on the new show, this was carried forward along with surprise people in the audience such as Paul Newman with his two gun salute, Martha Stewart. The show also featured his Canadian side-kick and very popular “hip” musician Paul Shaffer.  The final show aired on May 20, 2015.  
    1994 - Top Hits
“I’ll Make Love To You” - Boyz II Men
“Stay (I Missed You) (From "Reality Bites") - Lisa Loeb
“Wild Night” - John Mellencamp with Me Shell Ndegeocello
“Fantastic Voyage” - Coolio
    1997 - The Houston Comets defeated the New York Liberty, 65-51, to win the first WNBA title. Houston was led by the new league's Most Valuable Player, Cynthia Cooper, who scored 25 points.  
 1999 - Top Hits
“Bailamos” - Enrique Iglesias
“Genie In A Bottle” - Christina Aguilera
“Summer Girls” - LFO
“Unpretty” - TLC
    2000 - As Braves come to bat in the bottom of the ninth inning trailing the Reds, 4-2, a power spike causes most of the lights to go out at Turner Field causing a 12-minute delay. As the Atlanta crowd waits for play to resume it is treated to a rendition of the song, "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia."
    2002 - After marathon negotiation sessions to avoid a players' strike just hours away, Bud Selig announces the players’ union and owners have reached a settlement on a new four-year CBA without the need of a work stoppage. The new agreement, called 'historic' by the commissioner, gives the owners the economic restraints they wanted as the players are assured no teams will be contracted until 2007 season with a revenue sharing plan will gradually be implemented during the span of the contract.
    2002 - Bruce Springsteen fans flock to stores for the release of "The Rising," the Boss' first album with the E Street Band since 1987.
    2003 - Top Hits
“Shake Ya Tailfeather” - Nelly, P. Diddy & Murphy Lee
“Crazy In Love” - Beyonce Featuring Jay-Z
“Right Thurr” - Chingy
“P.I.M.P.” - 50 Cent
    2005 - In the long tradition of Bronx Bombers, Alex Rodriguez becomes only the second right-handed batter in Yankees history to hit 40 homers in a season. The Yankee's third baseman joins Joe DiMaggio, who hit 46 homers in 1937, the only time ‘Joltin' Joe' reached the 40 mark. 
    2011 – Vermont suffered the worst floods in 100 years.
    2014 - California passed a ban on disposable plastic grocery bags; the ban will be the first implemented across a state, though many cities across the U.S. already have such bans in place.



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