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Friday, August 28, 2020

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Don't Ever Give Up!
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries
Leasing Industry Ads
    ---Help Wanted
Commercial Finance Academy -New
    Classes Available
Leasing/Finance/Business Loan Schools
    Several Have Long Term Programs
Americans Divided on Athlete Protests - Chart
    % of US Adults saying Kneeling during National Anthem OK
Announcing NEFA's New Executive Director and CEO
    Chad Sluss, MSA
National Alliance of Commercial Loan Brokers
    Fall Conference to be Virtual November 10th - 11th, 2020
Wilford Brimley (1934-2020) The China Syndrome
    The Thing/The Natural/Cocoon/Hard Target
      On Netflix Chosen by Leasing News' Fernando Croce
Labrador Retriever/Pit Bull/Terrier Mix
     Hailey, Idaho  Adopt a Dog
 The Most Popular Dog Breeds in the U.S.
     Dog breeds most often registered in the US 2009/2019
AACFB Virtual 2020 Conference Sept. 21-24
    Tech & Trends at the Expo
News Briefs---
Dell, HP Results Top Wall Street Estimates
     on Pandemic PC Demand
Tighter federal rules end free meals for millions of students
      in California and nationwide
Unemployment Claims Are ‘Stubbornly High’ as Layoffs Persist
    extra $300 in jobless pay may not show up 'til mid-September
White House Wants Companies to Foot Payroll
     Tax Bill for Workers

You May have Missed---
Abbott is launching a $5 rapid COVID-19 antigen test
     — with results in 15 minutes

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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
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New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries


Jeff Brannon was named Administrator, Commercial Finance Academy, virtual until perhaps end of the year, located in Beverly Hills, California at SLIM Capital, LLC where he is Joint Venture Partner since August, 2018. Previously, he was Managing Partner, CEO, METRIX Capital Group, since May, 2011, as well as Shareholder, Partner, Glacier Design Systems, Inc., since May, 2017, and Investor, Wizely Finance (formerly Verifico) since December, 2015. Education: California State University, San Bernardino. College of Business and Public Administration. MBA, General (2007 - 2008).
California State University, Long Beach, College of Business Administration. Bachelor of Science, Finance, Management. (1994 - 1998).  St. Thomas Aquinas High School (1992 - 1994).

Danielle Corbo Elkhatib was hired as Senior Business Development Manager, Amur Equipment Finance, Grand Island, Nebraska. She is located in Houston, Texas.  Previously she was at Ascentium Capital, starting March, 2013, National Sales Coordinator; promoted January, 2018, Vice President of Sales.  Media Buyer/Planner, Surgeon's Management, Inc. (February, 2010 - February, 2013); Assistant Media Planner, TracyLocke (October, 2010 - January, 2011).  Education: Texas Tech University, Bachelor of Arts, Advertising (2005 - 2009).  Study Abroad, Seville, Spain, Spring, 2008, Spanish.

Saul Farooqui was hired as Vice President, Sales, Ascentium Capital, Kingwood, Texas. He is located in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Previously, he was at Balboa Capital, starting as Account Executive, June, 2012; promoted June, 2013, Account Manager; promoted June, 2014, Sales Manager; promoted June, 2012, Branch Manager.  Education: UC Irvine, Political Science, Political Economy.

Sierra Koehler was hired as Account Executive, GovPredict, Washington, DC. Previously, she was at Key Government Finance, starting June, 2016, as Account Manager; promoted September, 2018, Account Executive; International Business Analyst Intern, TradeChile (May, 2014 - August, 2014). Volunteer: Vote Forward (January, 2020 - Present). Contributor, Kiva (January, 2106 - Present). Contributor, Heifer International (January, 2012 - Present).  Education: University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Bachelor's Degree, Finance & Economics (2012 - 2016).

Andrew Lopez has joined First Foundation Bank as a Credit Analyst I in the Equipment Finance Department, Irvine, California. "While servicing the equipment finance and leasing needs of the bank’s customers and prospects, the primary growth engine for this department is through Third Party Originations.  Andrew has had several positions with companies in the finance industry, including as a Financial Analyst with Unicon Financial Services and, prior to that, Commission Early LLC.  Before that, Andrew graduated from California State University, Fullerton, receiving double Bachelor of Arts degrees in Business Administration and Psychology.  When he’s not helping customers with their long- term-asset financing needs, Andrew enjoys playing baseball and building computers.”

Randi Maddox was hired as Portfolio Migration Manager, LTI Technology Solutions, Omaha, Nebraska.  She is located in Aurora, Oregon. "She will specialize in client migrations to LTi’s ASPIRE platform. Maddox’s extensive background as Vice President for several financial companies will help LTi strengthen channel partnerships, develop strategic alliances and expand migrations. Maddox is in a unique position in which she has a wide breadth of knowledge about leasing, lease accounting and servicing operations. Through previous executive positions, she wore many hats and was involved with sales, migrations, client services, company growth, management, lease and loan accounting, financial reporting and more."  Previously, she was Vice President, Commercial Servicing, Vervent (July, 2019 - March, 2020); VP Operations, Portfolio Financial Servicing Company (November, 1996 - July 2019); AVP, Household International (1987 – 1996). Claremont Graduate School, MS, Management of Information Systems (1989 - 1992).  Oregon State University. BS, Math, Sciences. (1982 - 1987).

Joe O’Hara was hired as Vice President, Sales, Vendor Finance, First Business Equipment Finance, LLC, a subsidiary of First Business Bank, Madison, Wisconsin. He is located in the Greater Philadelphia Area. "In his role, he will expand and build First Business’s presence in the equipment rental finance industry by establishing national manufacturer sponsored finance programs." Previously, he was the Owner, OFE Business Credit (February, 2002 - June, 2020); National Sales Manager, Rental Division, American Equipment Leasing (1994 - 1996). ). “American Equipment Leasing (AEL), one of the first lenders to specialize in the fast-growing market of equipment rental. “Education:” Education: West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Michelle Reyes was hired as Documentation Specialist, Targeted Lease Capital, LLC, Williamsville, New York. Previously, she was Documentation Supervisor, Blue Bridge Financial, LLC (September, 2016 - August, 2020). Prior, she was at United Auto Credit Corporation, starting December, 2012, as Internal Area Manager; promoted August, 2014, Senior Funding Analyst; Business Development Coordinator, Audi of Charlotte (January, 2010 - June, 2010). Education: Canisius College. Bachelor of Science (BS), Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia (2005 - 2009).

Gavin Shea was hired as Managing Director, Professional Services, First Republic Bank, Pleasanton, California. Previously, he was SVP, National Director, Healthcare, Wells Fargo (January, 2015 - August, 2020); SVP, Equipment Lease and Finance Manager, Umpqua Bank (December, 2011 - December, 2014); Director of Sales, Healthcare, Wells Fargo (October, 2007 - November, 2011); Regional Production Manager, Matsco (June, 2004 - September, 2007). Education: California State University, Fresno. Bachelor of Science (BS), Marketing (1992 - 1996).

Chad Sluss, MSA*,  was hired as Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, National Equipment Finance Association, Northbrook, Illinois. He is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Previously, he was at the International Society of Primerus Law Firms, joining October, 2007, as Senior Vice President of Services; President/CEO, Associated Builders and Contractors, Central Michigan Chapter (October, 2005 - October, 2007); Member Services Manager, State Bar of Michigan (June, 2002 - October, 2005).  Education: Central Michigan University.* Master of Science and Administration, Public Administration (2000 - 2003).  Grand Valley State University. Bachelors of Business Administration, Marketing (1994 - 1998).

Martin Stammer was hired aa Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Milestone Equipment Holdings, a national provider of transportation equipment leasing solutions. "He will be based at the St. Charles, MO, corporate headquarters and report directly to Don Clayton, President and Chief Executive Officer. Previously, he was Chief Financial Officer (CFO), RubinBrown LLP (October, 2019 - August, 2020). He joined Steroteaxis (2009) as Senior Manager, Financial Reporting; promote Corporate Controller (2011); promoted Vice President, Controller (2012); promoted Chief Financial Officer (CFO and Operations Leader (2013). Prior, he was at Deloitte, joining 2002 as Audit Senior Associate/Audit Staff; promoted 2007, Audit Manager. Volunteer: Treasurer, Board of Directors, Fost & Adoptive Care Coalition (December, 2011 - December, 2014). Finance Committee Member, Board of Directors, Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition (July, 2008 - Present). He is a Certified Public Accountant and earned both his Master of Science and his Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Societies: Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity.

Ben Tucker was promoted to Vice President, Technology Division, First American Equipment Finance, Fairport, New York. He joined the firm September, 2016 as Assistant Vice President, Sales, Technology Division.  Previously, he was Relationship Manager, Heartland Payment Systems (June, 2014 - April, 2016). He joined IDC February, 2097 as Energy Insights Inside Sales Rep; promoted August, 2008, Account Manager, Specialty Energy & Government Vendors; promoted June, 2015, Global Account Manager, US Central Region; Sales Rep, 800Response (February, 2005 - February, 2007); Inside Sales Rep, META Group (June, 1998 - February, 2005).  Education: University of Vermont. Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Mathematics. (1992 - 1996).

Jason Wise was hired as Senior Vice President, Amur Equipment Finance, Grand Island, Nebraska.  He is located in Kannapolis, North Carolina.  Previously, he was Senior Vice President of Sales, Ascentium Capital (January, 2012 - August, 2020); Regional Sales Manager, Old Sterling National Bank (January, 2009 - December, 2010); Regional Sales Manager, Summit Funding Grupp, Inc. (April, 2007 - June, 2007).  Education: University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Bachelor of Science. BS, Business Administration and Management, General (1994 - 1998).

Elena Zucchi was hired as Vice President, Broker Relations, West Coast, Centra Funding/4 Hour Funding, Plano, Texas. She is located in Greater Philadelphia.  Previously, she was Senior Business Development Manager, Marlin Business Bank (January, 2014 - August, 2020); CFO, Total Financial Solutions (2008 - 2010).



Leasing Industry Help Wanted



Commercial Finance Academy - New
Classes Available

Jeff Brannon, Joint Venture Partner at SLIM Capital, has formed this academy. "Our Mission is to empower the next wave of financial entrepreneurs to take control of their professional life by creating a path to success and the perfect work/life balance."

He told Leasing News, "We are running a COVID-19 special of $9,995 for the 5-day class. Eventual price will be $14,995.  This will include premium commission opportunities when CFA graduates fund deals through SLIM!!"

Serving as administrator, he said they will be virtual online perhaps until December, and then take it to a physical classroom or a combination of both.

From the academy's website:


  • Be your own boss. Work from anywhere, anytime
  • Graduate with an out-of-box business and action plan
  • Start working immediately and generate income, day one
  • Minimal startup costs. It's ​your​ business!


  • Master class in Sales and Marketing
  • Unique​ Mock Calling Program
  • Credit and Underwriting Instruction
  • Basic Financial Analysis
  • Efficient Deal Packaging
  • Pricing Strategies
  • Proven Closing Techniques
  • Networking with Industry Professionals
  • Legal and Documentation Knowledge
  • Exclusive Industry Insights and Hacks



  • Learn industry secrets from 40+ year veterans
  • Understand how to best package your deal to move to the front of your lender's queue
  • Acquire effective tools to be a one-stop shop for all commercial finance needs
  • Gain access to system and processes that will make you more efficient
  • Post-graduate marketing support with private label material to service your clients
  • Reach your ultimate potential by accessing front of the line processing, funding and transaction preview



Leasing/Finance/Business Loan Schools
Several Have Many Long Term Programs

Commercial Capital Training Group
Equipment Broker School
Global Leasing
Wheeler Leasing School

Full List:

Financial and Sales Training




Four years after San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kicked off a wave of athlete protests against systematic racial injustice by sitting during the national anthem in a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, professional athletes from several sports made their boldest statement yet, by simply refusing to play.

It was the Milwaukee Bucks that took the first step by deciding to sit out their playoff game against the Orlando Magic in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin earlier this week. Several teams from the NBA, WNBA, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer followed the Bucks’ lead and joined the walkout that caused all of Wednesday night’s NBA fixtures to be cancelled.

Having repeatedly kneeled in protest against racial injustice and spoken out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, several athletes vented their frustration over a lack of progress following Sunday’s shooting in Kenosha, eventually leading to Wednesday’s unprecedented events. Ever since Kaepernick’s first protest in 2016, a debate had raged in the U.S. over whether or not the silent protests by countless athletes is appropriate or disrespectful.

As a recent poll conducted by YouGov on behalf of CBS News shows, the country is still divided on the issue, with 58 percent of U.S. adults saying that kneeling during the anthem is an acceptable form of protest and 42 percent thinking it’s not acceptable. As the following chart shows there’s an age gap and a partisan divide in how the protests are viewed. While young Americans and Democrats overwhelmingly support the protesting athletes, older Americans and Republicans widely oppose the protests.

By Felix Richter, Statista


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Announcing NEFA's New Executive Director and CEO
Chad Sluss, MSA

The National Equipment Finance Association (NEFA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Chad Sluss, MSA as Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Michael Toglia, who will be leaving the role of Executive Director in September.

Mike Toglia was appointed to the Executive Director role in 2018. Sluss will take the helm of the organization on September 1, 2020 with a brief transition period planned to ensure a seamless exchange for the association. (1)

Chad Sluss, MSA, as Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, said, “I’m honored to be joining the National Equipment Finance Association and pleased the Board of Directors have entrusted me to serve as your next Executive Director.

“NEFA is very important to the industry and provides a community of professionals with the opportunity to network, learn, share best practices, and develop longstanding relationships.  I look forward to partnering with the NEFA Board of Directors, volunteer leaders, members at large, staff and key stakeholders to further enhance the organization and the value it offers to the membership. I hope, when it’s safe, to see you at a future NEFA event.”

Sluss comes to NEFA with extensive leadership experience having held various positions in strategic marketing and communications, operations, business development, member services and retention. Including his most recent position where he spent nearly 13 years working for an international membership organization offering strategic leadership, management and services to members and clients worldwide.(See Leasing News New Hires. Editor).

Daryn Lecy, VP Operations, of Oakmont Capital Services, LLC, NEFA President and Chairman of the Board, said:  “I am extremely excited to welcome Chad to NEFA, he comes to us with extensive association management experience and a wealth of knowledge of working with members and managing conferences.  Chad has a passion for small businesses and our membership that supports that large population.  He thoroughly enjoys networking and has a history of developing strong member relationships by working to bring value to them.  Chad’s energy and vision for the future of NEFA make him a great choice to navigate the current environment and lead us to new heights!”

Lecy goes on to say, “I would like to thank Mike Toglia for his time and efforts leading NEFA the last couple years, which included the exciting release of our new website! I wish him the best and look forward to continuing to see Mike at future NEFA events.”

Toglia added, “It has been an honor and privilege to serve as NEFA’s Executive Director. Leaving the position was a difficult decision, but I am very confident Chad and the Board of Directors will do a spectacular job of leading the association to new heights in the future. I would like to thank the Boards of Directors and all NEFA members for their support during my tenure, and I look forward to seeing everyone at a future NEFA event.”

The National Equipment Finance Association (NEFA) is a national association serving small to mid-sized independent equipment finance companies, lessors, and brokers.  NEFA is a strong association offering enhanced educational programs and premium networking opportunities with broad geographic and industry segment diversity. The mission of NEFA is to provide a forum for members to pursue personal and professional growth and promote ethical business practices through advocacy, networking, and industry involvement. For more information, visit: or call: 847-380-5050.

* MSA: Master of Science and Administration, Public Administration

  1. Michael A Toglia Appointed Executive Director & CEO
    of the National Equipment Finance Association (NEFA)

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National Alliance of Commercial Loan Brokers
Fall Conference to be Virtual November 10th - 11th, 2020

(The last to move to Viral Conference; originally schedule for
October 13 - 15 at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. Editor).

As the largest conference for commercial loan brokers, lenders, and banks, we have made the decision that the 2020 NACLB will be a virtual experience held on November 10th and 11th so that we are able to accommodate all of our members.

Due to the capacity restrictions that have been placed on Caesars Palace by the state of Nevada, it would have not been conducive to the size of our membership to host an in person conference. With that said, we've invested in a user-friendly, innovate platform that will bring the same quality we've all grown to love over the years at the NACLB.

  • What Will This Platform Provide?

The platform will provide attendees the capability to have private, one on one video chats in addition to attending breakout sessions as well as to view the exhibit hall. The best part? All this can be done from the comfort of your own home.

  • Not Tech Savvy?

Don't sweat it! Our staff is ready and available to help you through any issues and offer any support you may need. Not to mention,this platform itself is super simple to use!

  • What About The Keynote?

We'll also be welcoming Joe Theismann to our corporate offices where we will broadcast his much anticipated keynote speech.

  • Our 2 for 1 Special

Those who register for the 2020 NACLB will receive our 2 for 1 special: a transferrable registration which allows free admission for NACLB 2021.

We hope that you all are staying healthy and well during these difficult times, and we look forward to "seeing" you in November!

Register and Information on the Conference

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Watch at Home
By Fernando Croce

Able to go from avuncular to menacing, beloved character actor Wilford Brimley (1934-2020) was always a welcome sight on movie screens. So check out Netflix for some of his best roles:

The China Syndrome (James Bridges, 1979): Urgent both as a thriller and a cautionary tale, this compelling drama takes a scary look at the risks of nuclear power. While doing a news piece on a new California nuclear plant, reporter Kimberly Wells (Jane Fonda) and her cameraman Richard (Michael Douglas) become witnesses to emergency procedures to avoid a meltdown. Frustrated with the news stations burying the story, Richard takes off with damning footage and becomes determined to warn the people about nuclear dangers. Meanwhile, an earnest engineer named Jack (Jack Lemmon) gradually grows aware of how big a threat the plant has become, and begins his own investigation. With slow-burning tension and superb performances (including Brimley’s as Lemmon’s concerned co-worker), James Bridges’ film has lost little of its original potency.

The Thing (John Carpenter, 1982): Having established his reputation as a horror specialist with “Halloween,” director John Carpenter heads to the South Pole for even more horrific chills with this magnificently grisly remake of the 1951 science-fiction classic. Isolated in a research base, a group of scientists think they have a great discovery at hand when they find an ancient alien spaceship frozen in the ice. In reality, however, what they have is a monstrous, shape-shifting intruder among them, taking over the place one unlucky victim at a time. Using surreal, cutting-edge special-effects and a superb control of screen space, Carpenter creates an unforgettable atmosphere in which paranoia seems to ooze off the images. Kurt Russell leads a powerful cast, which includes Brimley as a biologist who crumbles under the weight of dread.

The Natural (Barry Levinson, 1984): A favorite of baseball movie aficionados, this sentimental adaptation of Bernard Malamud’s novel gives Robert Redford an iconic role and a rich support cast to surround him with. Redford stars as Roy Hobbs, a baseball prodigy whose promising career as a young man is curtailed after he’s shot by a woman named Harriet (Barbara Hershey). Attempting a comeback almost twenty years later, he becomes a rookie with the New York Knights, where, despite arguments with his manager (Brimley), he stands out as a top player. The team’s winning streak worries the owner (Robert Prosky), who sends the seductive Memo (Kim Basinger) to distract Hobbs. Handsomely produced and boasting roles for Robert Duvall, Glenn Close and Joe Don Baker, Barry Levinson’s film takes a mythic look at the innocence of the game.

Cocoon (Ron Howard, 1985): Graduating from supporting roles to co-lead, Brimley joins fellow veterans Don Ameche and Hume Cronyn in this popular, amiable comedy-fantasy from future Oscar-winning director Ron Howard. Brimley plays Ben, a Florida retiree who, with his friends Art (Ameche, who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar) and Joe (Cronyn), becomes curious about the cargo of a mysterious man (Brian Dennehy). When they sneak into a swimming pool full of strange pods, they find themselves with a youthful energy. When the cosmic truth comes out, however, the friends face a dilemma between mortality and eternal life. A crowd-pleasing blockbuster bolstered by a cast that also includes Steve Guttenberg, Jessica Tandy and Jack Gilford, the film retains much of its gentle, inter-generational charm.

Hard Target (John Woo, 1993): Hong Kong action master John Woo made his Hollywood debut with this high-octane thriller, which could arguably be Jean-Claude Van Damme’s best film. Van Damme plays Chance, a former Marine now out of work in New Orleans, where a wave of mysterious killings has target the homeless population. He’s hired by Natasha (Yancy Butler) to track down her estranged father, an investigation that leads to a powerful local named Emil (Lance Henriksen). It turns out that Emil is organizing “Most Dangerous Game”-style hunts for a group of sinister millionaires, a discovery that puts him and Natasha in grave danger. Showcasing plenty of Woo’s kinetic flair with flying bullets, the film also gives Brimley a chance to steal a scene or two as the hero’s rascally uncle.


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Over the past decade, many things have changed, but one thing has not: America’s love for the Labrador Retriever. The breed continues its hold on Americans’ hearts for its 29th straight year as the number one most registered dog breed with the American Kennel Club. The German Shepherd and the Golden Retriever have also maintained a quite stable presence among America's top dogs in the last 20 years.

But there have also been some upsets in the Kennel Club's annual list, with the French Bulldog rising to the top 4 spot, up 20 spots in just ten years. The breed is just the latest in a string of dog-related trends that have surged and ebbed through the list. In the 2000s, the Yorkshire Terrier climbed through the ranks and clawed on to the top 2 position between 2006 and 2008, but was out of the top ten in 2019. The Rottweiler was America's second-favorite dog throughout much of the 1990s, then fell out of favor and in the 2000s and only recently made a resurgence.

The Cocker Spaniel is the only dog that rose to the number one spot twice - in the 1940s the breed stayed on the top of the list for several years, but was dethroned by the Beagle in the 1950s, possible aided in its rise by a new cartoon gaining popularity at the same time: Snoopy. In the 1980, the Spaniel was back on top, ending the reign of the poodle as the most adored dog in the 1960s and 70s.

Now, the lab's success run has gone on for almost three decades. The record has been credited to the breed's ability to hold many jobs, from bomb-sniffer to service dog to hunter as well as their popularity as a family pet.

By Katharina Buchholz, Statista


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News Briefs----

Dell, HP Results Top Wall Street Estimates
     on Pandemic PC Demand

Tighter federal rules end free meals for millions of students
      in California and nationwide

Unemployment Claims Are ‘Stubbornly High’ as Layoffs Persist
    extra $300 in jobless pay may not show up 'til mid-September

White House Wants Companies to Foot Payroll Tax Bill for Workers



You May Have Missed---

Abbott is launching a $5 rapid COVID-19 antigen test
     — with results in 15 minutes


Sports Briefs---

LeBron James changed his mind on boycotting NBA season

Oakland A’s and Texas Rangers postpone game
     to protest racial injustice

49ers change practice to a walk-through;
    will scrimmage Friday inside of Levi’s Stadium

Stanford’s sports program cuts could impact Olympics

In missing the moment, the Red Sox lost this fan

Notre Dame distances itself from ex-football coach Lou Holtz
    after his comments in RNC speech


California Nuts Briefs---

California unemployment claims jump,
    ending weeks of improvement

Unemployed Californians to receive extra $300
     in weekly jobless benefits. Here’s when

California wildfire victims start to return home,
    but face long road to recovery

San Francisco restaurant sales are down by 91%
    since March, says study

'I will never be able to thank them enough':
    Watsonville ranch shelters animals from wildfires

Big revamp for San Jose “carousel” shopping center
     would create new village

UC Hastings Law Academic village
Named for alumnus Joseph W. Cotchett



“Gimme that Wine”

Vineyard Removals Still Needed to Balance California Grape Supply

North Coast wine industry now faces smoke taint
     threat during annual harvest

Trendspotting: Nearly 1 million more cases of wine shipped
     direct to buyers in first half of 2020

Quady Winery Celebrates its 45th Harvest

Cameron Diaz’s hyped ‘clean’ wine gets lowest rating: survey

Free Wine App

Wine Prices by vintage


This Day in History

     1565 – Pedro Menendez de Aviles (1519-74) saw land near St. Augustine, Florida and founded the oldest continuously occupied European-established city in the continental US.  He was a Spanish admiral and explorer who is also remembered for planning the first regular trans-oceanic convoys.  St. Augustine was the first successful Spanish settlement in La Florida and the most significant city in the region for nearly three centuries. Menéndez subsequently became the first governor of colonial Florida.
    1609 - Delaware Bay explored by Henry Hudson (c.1565-1611) for the Netherlands. A chief purpose of voyages to the New World was to find a trade route to the Far East. When it became clear that there was a large land mass between Europe and the East, the search for sea route became a search for the Northwest Passage, a way around the northern part of North America. Sir Martin Frobisher in 1576-1578 was the first European to search for such a route. John Davis made a similar attempt in 1585-1587. When Henry Hudson sailed up the Hudson River in 1609, he hoped he had found the route, and in 1610, when he discovered Hudson Bay, he was on a similar mission. In 1616, William Baffin discovered Baffin Bay, which many years later was to provide a key to the actual route, long after the Northwest Passage had lost any commercial appeal. 
    1676 - Indian chief King Philip, also known as Metacom, was killed by English soldiers, ending the war between Indians and colonists.
    1722 - The town of Port Royal, Jamaica was devastated twice within a 30-year span by two natural disasters—an earth­quake in 1692 and a hurricane in 1722. The hurricane killed 400 townspeople and sunk 26 merchant ships. 
    1774 – Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, S.C. (1774–1821) was born in NYC.  She was the first native-born citizen of the United States to be canonized (declared a saint) by the Roman Catholic Church, on September 14, 1975.  She established the first Catholic girl's school in the nation in Emmitsburg, MD, where she also founded the first American congregation of religious sisters, the Sisters of Charity.
    1776 - In the Battle of Long Island, New York, American forces commanded by General Israel Putnam and General John Sullivan were defeated by the British under General Sir William Howe and General Sir Henry Clinton. Howe took General Sullivan prisoner. On August 30, the Americans evacuated Long Island and crossed to Manhattan. 
    1798 - If you haven't taken the wine test at, I suggest you do, but the only incorrect question is that it was not Ohio, but Kentucky in 1798. The first successful vineyard was established this date by John James Dufour on a tract of land consisting of about 630 acres situated 25 miles from Lexington, KY. He called it “The First Vineyard.” Dufour was one of the pioneer viticulturists in America, producing wine, which Thomas Jefferson said was one of the most “fruity” he had ever tasted. Attempts to establish vineyards had been made as early as 1619 in Virginia, according to American history books. 
    1814 - The War of 1812 was still going strong as the British continued their ransacking of America. By August 28, they had captured a large portion of the East Coast, including Washington, D.C., prompting New York banks to halt payments to the government.
    1830 - The first passenger locomotive built in the United States was the Tom Thumb, designed and built by Peter Cooper in Baltimore, MD. It weighed six tons and had a 30-inch driving wheel. Its gauge was 4 feet, 8.5 inches. It carried 26 passengers a distance of 13 miles over the tracks of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in 1 hour 15 minutes. It returned with 30 passengers in 61 minutes, including a four-minute stop to take on water. 
    1831 - Birthday of Lucy Ware Webb Hayes (1831-89), Chillicothe, OH.  Often recognized as the first American First Lady to hold a college degree, from Wesleyan Women’s College, Cincinnati, she was the wife of President Rutherford B. Hayes.
    1845 - The first issue of Scientific American was published. 
    1850 - Mayor Geary welcomed new Chinese residents to San Francisco in a ceremony in Portsmouth Square August 29, 1911. 
    1862 – The Second Battle of Bull Run (Second Manassas) was the culmination of the Northern Virginia Campaign of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia against Union Gen. John Pope’s Army of Virginia.  It was a battle of much larger scale and numbers than the First Manassas, fought on July 21, 1861 on the same ground.  The Union left flank was crushed and the army was driven back to Bull Run. Only an effective Union rear guard action prevented a replay of the First Manassas defeat. Pope's retreat to Centerville was nonetheless precipitous and this success on August 30 emboldened Lee to initiate the ensuing Maryland Campaign.
    1867 - The first territory annexed beyond the nation's continental limits was Midway Island in the North Pacific Ocean, claimed by Captain William Reynolds of the Navy for the United States. 
    1884 – New York Gothams pitcher Mickey Welch struck out the first nine Cleveland hitters to face him, establishing the Major League record. 
    1891 - Trumpet player Thomas “Mutt” Carey’s (1891-1948) birthday, Hahnville, LA. 
    1894 - Manganese steel for railroad tracks was first manufactured by William Wharton, Jr., and Company, in High Bridge, NJ. The first rail frog with cast manganese steel plate was installed at Fulton Street and Boerum Place, Brooklyn, NY. 
    1898 – Caleb Bradham (1867-1934) renamed his drink Pepsi-Cola.  Circa 1890, he dropped out of medical school due to his father's business going bankrupt. After returning to North Carolina, he was a public school teacher for about a year, and soon thereafter opened a drug store in New Bern named the "Bradham Drug Company" that, like many other drug stores of the time, also housed a soda fountain of Middle Street and Pollock Street in downtown New Bern, is where Bradham, in 1893, invented the recipe—a blend of kola nut extract, vanilla, and "rare oils"—for what was initially known as "Brad's Drink."  Bradham named his drink after a combination of the terms “pepsin” and “cola,” as he believed that his drink aided digestion much like the pepsin enzyme does, even though it was not used as an ingredient.  On December 24, 1902, the Pepsi-Cola Company was incorporated in North Carolina, with Bradham as the president, and on June 16, 1903 the first Pepsi-Cola trademark was registered. Also in 1903, he moved his Pepsi-Cola production out of his drug store and into a rented building nearby. In 1905, Bradham began selling Pepsi-Cola in six-ounce bottles (up until this time he sold Pepsi-Cola as a syrup only) and awarded two franchises to North Carolina bottlers.
    1907 - United Parcel Service begins service in Seattle. Nineteen-year-old Jim Casey borrowed $100 from his friend, Claude Ryan, and started a local delivery service. They called it the American Messenger Company. Jim's slogan was, “Best service and lowest rates.” The company did well because Jim and Claude stuck to their principles: round-the-clock customer service, courtesy, reliability and low rates. They took these concepts a few steps further, focusing on package delivery for local retail stores, merging in 1913 with Mac McCabe and forming Merchants Parcel Delivery. The company was the first to provide consolidated delivery, placing packages with similar street destinations on one delivery truck. The company's growing fleet of trucks was then managed by Charlie Soderstrom. Charlie selected the dark brown color because of its professional appearance. By the 1920s, the company had grown large enough to expand to Oakland and Los Angeles, California. It wasn't long before it became known as United Parcel Service; 'united' for the consolidated shipments and 'service' because that's what they offered. Today, United Parcel Service provides delivery service to 185 countries and territories. 
    1908 - Birthday of Roger Tory Peterson (1908-96) at Jamestown, NY.  Naturalist, author of “A Field Guide to Byrds.” 
    1911 - Saint George, GA was deluged with 18.00 inches of rain in 24 hours to establish a state record.
    1913 – Jack Dreyfus (1913-2009) was born in Montgomery, AL.  He is the founder of the Dreyfus Funds and is widely publicized for being the man who "invented" the commonplace mutual fund through direct marketing to the public.
    1917 - Women picket the White House for “equal rights” including the right to vote. 
    1917 – Jack Kirby was born Jacob Kurtzberg (d. 1994) in NYC.  One of the most important and prolific comic book artists/writers of the Golden Age, among his creations are:  Captain America, Incredible Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Fantastic Four, X-Men, New Gods and Kamandi.
    1922 - Broadcasters realized radio could earn profits from the sale of advertising time. WEAF in New York ran a commercial “spot,” which was sponsored by the Queensboro Realty Corporation of Jackson Heights to promote Hawthorne Court, a group of apart­ment buildings at Queens. The commercial rate was $100 for 10 minutes. 
    1922 - George Herbert Walker (1875-1953), president of the United States Golf Association, presented the first International Golf Cup from the first International golf match at the National Golf Links of America, Southampton, NY.  Walker is the maternal grandfather of former President George H.W. Bush and a great-grandfather of former President George W. Bush. 
    1925 – Actor and dancer Donald O’Connor (1925-2003) was born in Chicago.
    1938 - Fats Waller records classic series of jazz pipe organ solos in London.
    1941 - With the nation on the verge of entering World War II and prices threatening to skyrocket, the government chose to take action against inflation. On this day, President Franklin Roosevelt handed down an executive order establishing the Office of Price Administration (OPA). Charged with controlling consumer prices in the face of war, the OPA wheeled into action, imposing rent controls and a rationing program which initially targeted auto tires. Soon, the agency was churning out coupon books for sugar, coffee, meat, fats, oils, and numerous other items. Though goods were in tight supply, Americans were urged to stick to the system of rationing. Some even took the Home Front Pledge, a declaration of their commitment to avoiding the black market in favor of buying the OPA way. The end of the war didn’t prompt an instant shutdown of the OPA. Reasoning that some goods were still quite scarce, President Truman kept the agency running. However, the existence of a government agency for regulated prices and production didn't sit well with some people. Big business bristled at the controls, as did farmers, who suffered under continued meat rationing. Soon after the '46 election, the OPA was relieved of its duties, with only rents, sugar, and rice still subject to controls. The agency's record of service during the war was fairly impressive: by V-J Day, consumer prices had increased by 31 percent, a number which was noticeably better than the 62 percent bloating of prices during World War I.
    1950 – Earle and Roy Mack, Connie’s sons by his first marriage, purchased 54 percent of the Philadelphia Athletics from Connie, Jr., their younger brother from a second marriage. Earle, Roy and Connie Mack now own 1,198 shares out of 1,500. "As long as dad wants to manage," the two announce, "he will continue to manage." 
    1950 – “Gator,” Yankees lefty Ron Guidry, was born in Lafayette, LA.  In 1978, he had arguably one of the best seasons in history, winning the Cy Young Award with a 25-3 record, leading the AL with a 1.74 ERA,  a .893 winning percentage, nine shutouts, and 248 strikeouts, the latter setting set a Yankees' team record for most strikeouts in a single season. He also set the team record with 18 strikeouts against the California Angels.  After getting the win in the AL playoff against the Red Sox in the Bucky Dent HR game, he led the Yanks to their second consecutive World Series championship.  Co-incidentally, teammate Lou Piniella was born this day in 1943, in Tampa, FL. 
    1955 – Chicago teenager Emmett Louis Till (1941-1955) was murdered in Mississippi at the age of 14, after reportedly flirting with a white woman. Visiting his relatives, he spoke to 21-year-old Carolyn Bryant, the married proprietor of a small grocery store there. Several nights later, Bryant's husband Roy and his half-brother J. W. Milam went to Till's great-uncle's house. They took Till away to a barn, where they beat him and gouged out one of his eyes, before shooting him through the head and disposing of his body in the Tallahatchie River, weighting it with a 70-pound fan tied around his neck with barbed wire. Three days later, Till's body was discovered and retrieved from the river.  Although initially, local newspapers and law enforcement officials decried the violence against Till and called for justice, they soon began responding to national criticism by defending Mississippians, which eventually transformed into support for the killers. In September 1955, Bryant and Milam were acquitted of Till's kidnapping and murder. Protected against double jeopardy, Bryant and Milam publicly admitted in an interview with Look magazine that they killed Till.  The trial of Bryant and Milam attracted a vast amount of press attention. Till's murder is noted as a pivotal event motivating the African-American civil Rights Movement. Events surrounding Emmett Till's life and death, according to historians, continue to resonate. 
    1957 - The longest filibuster, to last for more than 24 hours, was conducted by Senator James Strom Thurmond, Democrat of South Carolina, who spoke against civil rights legislation for 24 hours and 18 minutes on August 28 and 29. 
    1960 - A 17-year-old Barry White completes his four-month prison term for stealing 300 tires from a Cadillac dealership. Having heard Elvis sing "It's Now or Never" in prison, he leaves determined to make music his life.
    1961 - Tamla Records releases The Marvelettes' first single, "Please Mr. Postman." The song will sell over a million copies and become the group's biggest hit, reaching the top of both the Billboard Pop and R&B charts. 
    1963 - Just before Dr. Martin Luther King gives his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, Peter, Paul and Mary serenade the crowd with their hit version of Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind." More than 250,000 people attended this Civil Rights rally at which Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., made his famous, “I have a dream” speech. This is one of the three Emancipation Days of Respect that highlights the three key prin­ciples of the American Civil Rights Renaissance of the 1960s. Wearing black and white shows respect for Peoplehood in the Spirit of WAO (WeAreOne) on the anniversaries of three historic events: the Aug 28, 1955, kidnapping/lynching of 14-year-old Chicagoan Emmett Till that prompted the first March on Wash­ington after 600,000 viewed his remains and ignited the Civil Rights Renaissance of the 60s; the Aug 28, 1963, March on Wash­ington led by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that prompted the passage of the Civil Rights Bill of 1964. 
    1963 – Emily Hoffert and Janice Wylie were murdered in their Manhattan apartment, prompting the events that would lead to the passing of the Miranda Rights.  George Whitmore, Jr., was accused of this and other crimes but was later cleared.  The actions of the police department led Whitmore to be improperly accused of this and other crimes. Whitmore was wrongfully incarcerated for 1,216 days, from his arrest until his exoneration on April 10, 1973.  After what author T.J. English called, in his book The Savage City, "a numbing cycle of trials, convictions, convictions overturned, retrials, and appeals,” Whitmore was cleared of all charges and set free. Whitmore's treatment by the authorities has been cited as an example that led the Supreme Court to issue the guidelines known as the Miranda rights. The Supreme Court cited Mr. Whitmore’s case as “the most conspicuous example” of police coercion in the country when it issued its 1966 ruling establishing a set of protections for suspects, including the right to remain silent, in Miranda v. Arizona.
    1964 - On the same day that the Beatles make their first appearance on the cover of Life Magazine, and just after finishing their set at New York's Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, the group is taken back to their suite at the city's Hotel Delmonico. Journalist Al Aronowitz arrives from Woodstock, NY with his friend Bob Dylan, and brings him up to the suite. John Lennon asks the folk singer what he'd like to drink, and Dylan replies simply, "cheap wine." The Beatles offer Dylan their drug of choice, speed, but Al and Bob instead suggest marijuana, which the band had never tried. This shocks Dylan, who ventures that he always thought the band sang "I get high" in their song "I Wanna Hold Your Hand." John corrects him, telling him that the phrase is, in fact, "I can't hide." John makes Ringo smoke the joint first, and eventually each member of the band gets his own private marijuana cigarette. Paul, in particular, is quite taken with the thoughts it produces, ordering Mal Evans to follow him around with a notepad and take down all his pronouncements.
    1965 - The Rolling Stones sign with Decca records and ink a management contract with the soon-to-be-notorious Allen Klein.
    1965 - Birthday of country singer Shania Twain, Windsor, ON, Canada (real name Eileen Twain.)
    1967 – Future Hall of Famer Johnny Bench made his ML debut for the Cincinnati Reds.  He went 0 for 3 before Chico Ruiz pinch hit for him in the 9th with a runner on second base. It was to be the only time of Bench's career that he gave way to a pinch-hitter.
    1968 - The Doors' "Hello, I Love You" is certified gold 
    1968 - Police rioted during the Democratic National Convention, in Chicago, beating up anti-war protesters, peaceful demonstrators, innocent bystanders, and members of the press.  As President Lyndon Johnson had announced he would not seek reelection, the purpose of the convention was to select a new presidential nominee to run as the Democratic Party's candidate for the office.  Vice President Hubert Humphrey and Maine Sen. Edmund Muskie were nominated for President and Vice President, respectively.  The convention was held during a year of violence, political turbulence, and civil unrest, particularly riots in more than 100 cities following the assassination of Martin Luther King on April 4.  The convention also followed the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy on June 5.  Both Kennedy and Senator Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota had been running for the Democratic nomination at the time.  Later that day, around 10,000 protesters gathered in Grant Park for the demonstration. At approximately 3:30 p.m., a young man lowered the American flag that was there.  The police broke through the crowd and began beating the young man, while the crowd pelted the police with food, rocks, and chunks of concrete.  The chants of some of the protesters shifted from "hell no, we won't go" to "pigs are whores." The leaders of Students for a Democratic Society encouraged protesters to move out of the park to ensure that if the police used tear gas on them, it would have to be done throughout the city.  The amount of tear gas used to suppress the protesters was so great that it made its way to the Conrad Hilton hotel, where it disturbed Hubert Humphrey while in his shower.  The police sprayed demonstrators and bystanders with mace and were taunted by some protesters with chants of "kill, kill, kill."  The police assault in front of the Conrad Hilton hotel the evening of August 28 became the most famous image of the Chicago demonstrations of 1968. The entire event took place live under television lights for 17 minutes with the crowd chanting, “the whole world is watching.”
    1969 - JIMENEZ, JOSE FRANCISCO, Medal of Honor. 
Rank and organization: Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, Company K, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division. Place and date: Quang Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam, 28 August 1969. Entered service at: Phoenix, Ariz. Born: 20 March 1946, Mexico City, Mex. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a fire team leader with Company K, in operations against the enemy. L/Cpl. Jimenez' unit came under heavy attack by North Vietnamese soldiers concealed in well camouflaged emplacements. L/Cpl. Jimenez reacted by seizing the initiative and plunging forward toward the enemy positions. He personally destroyed several enemy personnel and silenced an antiaircraft weapon. Shouting encouragement to his companions, L/Cpl. Jimenez continued his aggressive forward movement. He slowly maneuvered to within 10 feet of hostile soldiers who were firing automatic weapons from a trench and, in the face of vicious enemy fire, destroyed the position. Although he was by now the target of concentrated fire from hostile gunners intent upon halting his assault, L/Cpl. Jimenez continued to press forward. As he moved to attack another enemy soldier, he was mortally wounded. L/Cpl. Jimenez' indomitable courage, aggressive fighting spirit and unfaltering devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the U.S. Naval Service.
    1971 - Canada's Five Man Electrical Band saw their hit single "Signs" peak at #3 on the US Pop chart. It would go on to sell over a million copies and be awarded a Gold Record by the R.I.A.A. A string of other hits followed: "Absolutely Right," "Money Back Guarantee," "Moonshine," "Werewolf" and "I’m A Stranger Here", but none could match the band's earlier success. 
    1971 - Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Doria caused devastating floods in central and northeast New Jersey resulting in $138 million damage. In southeastern Pennsylvania, high winds downed trees and power lines, and in New York City, heavy rains flooded streets and subways.
    1971 – Olympic swimming gold medalist Janet Evans was born in Fullerton, CA.  Evans was a world champion and world record-holder and won a total of four gold medals at the 1988 and the 1992 Olympics. 
    1972 - Mark Spitz captured the first of his seven gold medals at the Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. Spitz completed the 200-meter butterfly in 2 minutes, 7/10ths of a second. His performance set a new world record. 
    1972 - The first Air Force ace in Vietnam was Captain (now Brig. Gen.) Richard Stephen Ritchie of Reidsville, NC, who downed his fifth MIG-21 aircraft in North Vietnam in an air-to-air missile battle southwest of Hanoi. He flew an F-4 Phantom with the 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the 432d Tactical Reconnaissance Wing based in Thailand. His other “kills” occurred May 10, May 31, and two on July 8, 1972.
    1973 - Deep Purple received a Gold record for "Smoke on the Water," which hit #5 in the US on its way to selling over two million copies. It was the band's biggest success since "Hush" which also reached #5 in 1968. 
    1984 - The Jacksons ' Victory Tour broke the record for concert ticket sales. The group surpassed the 1.1 million mark in only two months.
    1988 – Phillies Hall of Fame 3B Mike Schmidt passed both Ted Williams and Willie McCovey, hitting his 522d career HR in an 8-1 win over the Padres.  Schmidt finished with 548.
    1988 - Tropical Storm Chris spawned a tornado near Manning, SC, which killed one person, and spawned three tornadoes in North Carolina. Chris produced one to two-foot tides, and three to six-inch rains, over coastal South Carolina. Severe thunderstorms in New York State and Vermont, developing ahead of a cold front, spawned a tornado which killed one person at Hector NY, produced tennis ball size hail at Brandon, VT, and produced wind gusts to 80 mph at Lyndonville, VT.
    1990 – Iraq declared Kuwait as one of its provinces, precipitating what would eventually become Operation Desert Storm, the US invasion of Iraq and liberation of Kuwait.
    1993 - Billy Joel's album "River of Dreams" hit #1 in the U.S. It was his first album to debut at #1 and stayed at top for three weeks. The album tracks were sequenced in the order they were written: "No Man's Land," "The Great Wall of China," "Blonde Over Blue," "A Minor Variation," "Shades of Grey," "All About Soul," "Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel)," "The River of Dreams," "Two Thousand Years," "Famous Last Words." 
    1994 - Tiger Woods, 18, won the U.S. Amateur Golf Championship, held at the Tournament Players Club-Sawgrass Stadium course in Ponte Vedra, FL. He thus became the first golf champion of African-American and Asian descent. He defeated 22-year-old Trip Kuehne to become the youngest winner in the 99-year history of the event. Woods went on to win two more amateur championships before turning professional in 1996. On April 13, 1997, Woods won the Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, GA, becoming at age 21, the youngest person ever to do so. His final round of 69 gave him a total score of 270, or 18 under par, the lowest in the history of the event. 
    1995 - The biggest bank in the U.S. was created when Chase Manhattan and Chemical Bank announced their $10 billion deal.
    2004 - Lou Rawls is awarded an honorary doctorate in from Ohio's Wilberforce University in recognition of his charity work with the United Negro College Fund and his "lifelong service to the education of historically disadvantaged populations."
    2005 – Mayor Ray Nagin ordered everyone in New Orleans to evacuate as Hurricane Katrina was reaching its peak ferocity.  It was the costliest natural disaster, as well as one of the five deadliest hurricanes in US history. The storm is currently ranked as the third most intense United States land-falling tropical cyclone.  Overall, at least 1,833 people died in the hurricane and subsequent floods. New Orleans suffered the highest number of deaths when the levee system catastrophically failed, in many cases hours after the storm had moved inland.  Eventually 80% of the city and large tracts of neighboring parishes became flooded, and the floodwaters lingered for weeks.  However, the worst property damage occurred in coastal areas, such as Mississippi’s beaches; over 90 percent of these were flooded. Boats and casino barges rammed buildings, pushing cars and houses inland; water reached 6–12 miles from the beach. 
    2013 - San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge closed its eastern span forever as a new, replacement plan opened on Sep 2, 2013.  Demolition lasted until 2018.
    2014 - Google announced its Project Wing. The project was aimed at delivering products across a city using unmanned flying vehicles (drones).



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