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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

   Caulfield Challenges Readers--Will match Donations
     Classified Ads---Credit
 Schwartz Now at Metropolitan Detention Center, Brooklyn
   Find Part-Time Jobs Near You
   Classified Ads---Help Wanted
 New Hires--Promotions
  Story Credit Lessors---Up-Date
   Channel Partners Last Funded Deals
     FDIC Board Approves 2012 Operating Budget
     157 bank failures in 2010---90 to date this year
       HOPE NOW Reports 885K Loan Mods for the Year
       Data Shows 80,000 Permanent Mods for Month of October
        Fort Lauderdale, Florida Adopt-a-Dog
  Tinker,Tailor,Soldier, Spy/My Week with Marilyn
    The Debit/Fright Night/The Future
     Movie/Latest DVD Release by Fernando Croce
      Classified ads—Collectors/Consultants
News Briefs---
ELFA Claims Leasing Account Proposal Threatens Economy
  Ritchie Bros. sells $5 B construction equipment via Internet
    Apple refines futuristic Cupertino campus
  CPA firm Moss Adams sued for $150 million for Ponzi Scheme
    For Yoko Ono, John Lennon's spirit still soars

Broker/Funder/Industry Lists | Features (collection)
Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months

 Words with Friends
   You May have Missed---
 How to Handle People Who Sabotage Your Diet
    SparkPeople--Live Healthier and Longer
   Sports Briefs---
     Football Poem
      California Nuts Briefs---
        "Gimme that Wine"
   This Day in American History
      Daily Puzzle
        Weather, USA or specific area
          Traffic Live----

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Caulfield Challenges Readers--Will match Donations

(Please click on kettle to donate)

John Caulfield, President, Forum Financial Services throws down this challenge:

"From now until next Thursday, December 15th, Forum Financial will match the first $50 given by every new reader/donor, up to another $1,000. If twenty (20) people/companies would give at least $50, we will match the first $50 from each of them, resulting in $2,000+. for Kit's Kettle."

"Unfortunately, I was just on your kettle page (hit the link to it from your site), and saw that only four people have participated so far. First, those four people are my heroes (Bruce, F.Jared, Gerry, Gary, Susan, and Allan). You have hundreds of readers, and hopefully can do better.

"I know I have told this you this before, but we first started contributing to the Salvation Army here in Dallas as a result of your efforts a few years ago (with the Kettle on your site). We give $1,000 to the Dallas Chapter of the Salvation Army every year around this time. This year we also gave $1,000 each to the North Texas Food Bank and the local Meals on Wheels. We find all three very worthwhile charities."

"Thanks again for all your efforts. It will mean a lot to those in need.

"Tim O’Connor, our staff, and I all wish you and your family a safe and joyous holiday season."

John Caulfield
Forum Financial Services, Inc.



Classified Ads---Credit

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Schwartz Now at Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn

Charles K. Schwartz, 58, Allied Health Care Service Founder and President Charles K. Schwartz sentenced 16 years and three months in prison, plus three years of supervised release, and ordered Schwartz to pay $80 million in restitution for fraud, as wells to forfeit $75 million ( he filed bankruptcy before pleading guilty). According to U.S. Attorney records, he had executed over $135 million phony leases that caused losses of more than $80 million, not counting court and collection costs by more than 50 financial institutions that he was found guilty of stealing by using phony invoices for equipment that do not exist to lessees that did not exist. Leasing News issued its first alert regarding Allied Health Care Services on February 19, 2010 and told by the many lessors and brokers he was an "excellent account."

Schwartz admitted that in advance of expected inspections by financial institutions, he directed others to alter serial numbers or create fraudulent serial numbers on existing ventilators (actually no longer manufacture red) that he used over and over again to match fraudulent invoices he had supplied to the various financial institutions. At times, when financial institutions sought to review documentation regarding Allied’s leasing of the ventilators to its customers, Schwartz falsely told the financial institutions that the information was protected by Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act regulations. At one point during an August 2010 conversation between Schwartz and the “supplier,” Schwartz commented that the financial institutions had fallen “hook, line and sinker” for the false explanation given to bank examiners who asked why the purported supplier used his home address on certain invoices. No one ever investigated the collateral being "out of date" and no longer being manufactured, worth very little in the used equipment marketplace, which was Leasing News first alert to the situation.

Arrested September 2, 2010 by the FBI, after much exposure in Leasing News, as well as the many court cases eventually filed against Schwartz, the vendor Bruce Donner (awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty), Schwartz was sent to Essex County Correction, New Jersey, where bail was set at $2 million (cash), pleaded guilty on April 13, 2011, then sentenced on November 22, 2011, and now moved to The Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York, which is an administrative facility that house male and female inmates. For those familiar with the area, MDC Brooklyn is located near the Gowanus Bay, between 2nd and 3rd Avenue on 29th Street. A handbook describes for pre-trial and holdover inmates (1), commissary charges (2), a more detailed visitor rules and regulation (3).

Schwartz is under Medium Security:

"Medium security FCIs (and USPs designated to house medium security inmates) have strengthened perimeters (often double fences with electronic detection systems), mostly cell-type housing, a wide variety of work and treatment programs, an even higher staff-to-inmate ratio than low security FCIs, and even greater internal controls."

He could be out in seven years with good behavior, and there are other inducements that could shave it down to five to six years (these numbers include his time in Essex).

The issue of the false IRS deductions take for equipment that did not exist has not been addressed.

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Leasing Industry Help Wanted

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New Hires--Promotions

Tom Coffey was named Vice-President Sales and Marketing at Merchants Leasing, Hooksett, New Hampshire. He will be working out of Chicago, Illinois. Previously he was senior vice-president of sales, Donlen Corporation(September, 2002-October, 2011), Various sales management positions for GE Commercial Finance ( 1990-2002), Vice-president, GE Capital (1990-2002), Kalamazoo College, BA (1980 – 1984). Additional training in Six Sigma Quality and Credit.

Jesse V. Crews has been named chief investment officer for Trinity Industries Leasing Company. Previously he was Chief Operating Officer, Willis Lease Finance Corporation (July, 2009-July, 2011), CEO, GATX Capital (1997-2002), Managing Director, GATX Capital (1977-2002).

John Dondey has joined CIT Vendor Finance Group as national account manager, specializing in the legal technology vertical market. He will be based out of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Previously he was National Sales Director, Baytree Leasing (1996-2011), sales manager, Transleasing International (1988-1996).

Allison Fissel was named Inside Sales Representative at CoActiv Capital Partners. Previously she was sales support/marketing-Administrative Assistant II, Susquehanna Commercial Finance (May, 2008-December, 2011), Memory Support Aide, Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community (July, 2005-May, 2008), Specialty Feed Sales Representative, Rhorer & Sons (May, 2005-May, 2008), Assistant Manager, Healthy Step Fitness Studio(May, 2004-May, 2005), Marketing Intern, Intervet, Inc. (may, 2004-August, 2004), Laboratory Technician/Inter, Playtex Products (July, 2003-August, 2003), Sales Representative, Assistant Manager/Branch Candidate, Vector, Inc. (December, 2000-January, 2002). Delaware Valley College B.S, Animal Science / Marketing (2000 – 2004) Completed over 1,000 hours of work study in field related and laboratory positions.
Cape Henlopen High School (1996 – 2000).

Dean Morrison has joined the CIT Vendor Finance Group as national account manager specializing in the legal technology vertical market, working out of the Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Florida market. Previously he was with Baytree National Bank & Trust, where he created and managing the legal technology financing division. New York Institute of Technology-Old Westbury MBA, Sales Management (1990 – 1992). Lynn University Campus, Boca Raton, Florida.

Rick Rogers was appointed director of sales for the Great Lakes Territory for AmeriQuest Transportation Services. He "...a lifelong transportation sales professional, comes to AmeriQuest from All American Specialty Vehicles, manufacturer of ADA-accessible buses. He also worked for many years in the boating industry with Eldean Shipyard and Yacht Sales, representing the industry’s leading brands. Roger’s territory includes Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky."

Rich Silva appointed director of sales for the Northeast regional of the U.S. for AmeriQuest Transportation Services. "Previously he served for 20 years at Ryder Transportation Services, most recently as field inventory planning manager for the East Coast and Canada. Silva’s territory covers 14 states: Virginia; West Virginia; Maryland; Delaware; Washington, DC; Pennsylvania; New Jersey; New York; Connecticut; Massachusetts; Rhode Island; Vermont; New Hampshire and Maine.

Ray Sullivan has joined EverBank Commercial Finance Industrial Group as national sales manager. Previously he was at "...TCF Equipment Finance, where he was vice president and national vendor accounts manager....Prior to his tenure with TCF, he was with ORIX Financial Services, as a senior vice president for the company’s vendor division, and Wells Fargo Equipment Finance Group, where he was vice president in the vendor group. "

John Wales was named president of Spotlight Financial, a sole subsidiary of "the Spotlight Group." Previously he was vice-president of Crossroad Equipment Lease and Finance (April, 2006-November, 2011). Director of Los Angeles Transpiration Club (1999-December, 2010, President (January, 2011-Present). Owner, Spotlight Music (March, 1996-July, 2011)

Diane Helyne Zyats was named Director of Media Relations, The American Institute of Certificate Public Accountants, Washington, DC. Previously she was with DHZ Strategic Communications, Vice-President, Communications and Marketing, Homeownership dog and Communications/Branding, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (January, 2007-November, 2009),Director of Communications and Marketing, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman (July, 2033-January, 2007), Director Industry and External Relations (January, 2011-July, 2002), Vice President Public Affairs, Newmeyer/Columbus Public Affairs (July, 1996-January, 2001), Public Affairs Manager, Resolution Trust Corporation,/FDIC (July, 1992-July, 1996). The Johns Hopkins University Master of Arts, American Government / Public Policy (1993 – 1996), University of Scranton BA, American Government / History (1982 – 1986), Activities and Societies: Honors: Dean's List 1983, 1984, Phi Alpha Theta (International History), Pi Gamma Mu (National Social Sciences) Alpha Epsilon Alpha (Communications)



Story Credit Lessors---Up-Date

Advantage Funding
Agility Ventures
Allegiant Partners Incorporated
American Leasefund, Inc.
Bankers Capital
Black Rock Capital
BSB Leasing, Inc

Calfund, LLC
Cobra Capital, LLC
Dakota Financial
Forum Financial Services, Inc.
Gonor Funding
Maxim Commercial Credit
National Machine Tool Financial

Northwest Leasing Company, Inc.
Pawnee Leasing Corporation
Standard Professional Services, LLC
TEAM Funding Solutions


These companies specialize in "C" and "D" credits, often new businesses, or businesses where the principal(s) have Beacon score around 600 or previous difficulties; meaning to become comfortable with the credit and financial situation you need to learn the "story" to make a positive decision, often requiring further security, shorter term, or additional guarantors. Many of these companies may also have programs for “A” and “B” rated companies, but their specialty is not being a “cookie cutter” and often require full financial statements and tax returns as well as a “story about the company, its history, goals, circumstances” to fully understand the full financial picture.

To qualify for this list, the company must be a funder (as qualified by Leasing News and on the “Funder List” and not a "Broker/Lessor" or "Super Broker/Lessor", along with an acceptable Better Business Bureau Rating and no history of complaints at Leasing News, as well as notifying lessees in advance when the lease will end and what the residual will be, specifically not automating extra lease payments. We reserve the right to not list a company who does not meet these qualifications.

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FDIC Board Approves 2012 Operating Budget
157 bank failures in 2010---90 to date this year

The Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has approved a $3.28 billion Corporate Operating Budget for 2012, 15.4 percent lower than the 2011 budget.

"It appears that the peak of the recent banking failures may have passed and the FDIC is now positioned to begin reducing budget and staffing levels while continuing to fulfill our mission and maintain readiness to handle remaining bank failure and supervisory challenges," said FDIC Acting Chairman Martin Gruenberg.

"While this budget reflects our priority to reduce costs where prudent, it also allocates the resources needed to implement new authorities under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, primarily the FDIC's ability to facilitate the orderly resolution of a large, complex financial institution."

In conjunction with its approval of the 2012 operating budget, the Board also approved an authorized 2012 staffing level of 8,704 employees, down from 9,269 currently authorized, a net reduction of 565 positions, with further reductions projected in 2013 and future years.

Over one-third of the FDIC's total staffing authorized for 2012 will be temporary hires to assist with bank closings; perform follow-on work related to the management and sale of failed bank assets; and support supervision of a continued high number of problem banks.


Congress created the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in 1933 to restore public confidence in the nation's banking system. The FDIC insures deposits at the nation's 7,437 banks and savings associations and it promotes the safety and soundness of these institutions by identifying, monitoring and addressing risks to which they are exposed. The FDIC receives no federal tax dollars – insured financial institutions fund its operations.

FDIC Proposed 2012 Budget:

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HOPE NOW Reports 885K Loan Mods for the Year
Data Shows 80,000 Permanent Mods for Month of October

(WASHINGTON, DC) – HOPE NOW, the voluntary, private sector alliance of mortgage servicers, investors, mortgage insurers and non-profit counselors, released its October 2011 data showing that permanent loan modifications totaled almost 80,000 for the month, bringing the total for the year to approximately 885,000.

Included in this month’s data is the continuing trend that the majorities of proprietary loan modifications have lower monthly principal and interest payments and fixed interest rates of more than five years. Additionally, the monthly data showed declines in 60-plus days delinquent loans and foreclosure sales.

Faith Schwartz, Executive Director, stated, “Last month, the industry hit a significant milestone with five million completed loan modifications since 2007. With almost a million loan mods completed this year, it is clear that the industry and its partners continue to invest a tremendous amount of resources into assisting homeowners across the country.

Mortgage servicers, non-profit housing counselors and the government continue to incorporate innovative ways to reach families struggling with their mortgages and each month we see the results of these collaborative efforts.

The work is not done. HOPE NOW recently wrapped up its 2011 homeowner outreach schedule – including 15 separate events with close to 12,000 attendees. Events are being planned for the first quarter of 2012 in Charlotte, Miami and Tampa, plus several cities to be determined.

Additionally, mortgage servicers continue to improve the customer experience, educate homeowners on their options and streamline processes to offer faster solutions.”

Total Loan Modifications Since 2007 at 5.05 Million

Since HOPE NOW began reporting data in 2007, the mortgage industry has completed 5.05 million loan modifications for homeowners. This includes approximately 4.17 million proprietary modifications and 883,076 completed under the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). For the month of October, more than 53,000 loan modifications were proprietary and 26,102 were HAMP modifications.

60+ Days Delinquencies Decreased Six Percent

According to the survey data, the inventory of 60 day plus delinquencies is 2.65 million for October 2011, down from the 2.81 million reported in September.

Foreclosure Sales Decreased Five Percent

Completed foreclosure sales for October 2011 decreased from the previous month - 64,000 compared to 68,000. Foreclosure starts increased by 7% for the month - 209,000 compared to 196,000.

Key data points for October 2011:

Loan modifications:
Total modifications were approximately 80,000

  • 53,000 were proprietary.
  • 26,102 were completed under HAMP.

Total permanent loan modifications for homeowners in 2011 are approximately 885,000:

  • An estimated 582,000 are proprietary.
  • 303,426 have been completed under HAMP.


Completed foreclosure sales were approximately 64,000, down from 68,000 – a decrease of 5% from September.

Foreclosure starts were 209,000, up from 196,000 – an increase of 7% from September.


60+ days delinquencies were 2.65 million, down 6% from 2.81 million in September.

Data on proprietary loan modification characteristics (October 2011):

  • Loan modifications with reduced principal and interest payments accounted for approximately 79% (42,000) of all proprietary modifications.
  • Loan modifications with reduced principal and interest payments by 10% or greater accounted for approximately 74% (40,000) of all proprietary modifications.
  • Fixed-rate modifications (initial fixed period of 5 years or more) accounted for approximately 86% (46,000) of all proprietary modifications.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida-- Adopt-a-Dog

JACKIE - ID#A437577

“I am an unaltered female, brown Labrador Retriever mix.
The shelter staff thinks I am about 4 months old.
I have been at the shelter since Dec 05, 2011.
This information is less than 1 hour old.”

For more information about this animal, call:
Humane Society of Broward County at (954) 989-3977
Ask for information about animal ID number A437577

2070 Griffin Road
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312
954.989.3977, Press 3

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Fernando's View
By Fernando F. Croce

More Oscar hopefuls debut in theaters (“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” and “My Week with Marilyn”), while a trio of summer sleepers (“The Debt,” “Fright Night” and “The Future”) make their way to DVD shelves.

In Theaters:

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (Focus Pictures): The Cold War is a hot topic once again in this finely-wrought tale of espionage, adapted from a vintage book by suspense specialist John Le Carre. Set in 1973, the picture traces the complex web of deception woven among several members of Britain's Secret Intelligence System, a top-secret league of agents that's struggling to keep up with other world powers in the volatile new decade. When national secrets seem to be at risk and with an enemy agent allegedly infiltrating the group's inner circle, it's up to seasoned agent George Smiley (Gary Oldman) to put his years of experience to use. It's a story filled with hair-trigger turns and double-crosses, and director Tomas Alfredson ("Let the Right One In") keeps things sharp and taut. John Hurt, Ciaran Hinds and Oscar winner Colin Firth round out the top-rate cast.

My Week with Marilyn (The Weinstein Company): To step into shoes of a legend is a risky gambit, but to Michelle Williams it may be one that may be rewarded as her performance as Marilyn Monroe is remembered come Oscar time. Taking place in England over the summer of 1953, the film is a warm and affecting account of blossoming love and movie-star adoration told from the wide-eyed vantage point of Colin (Eddie Redmayne), a young man who gets a job working in a movie starring none other the blonde bombshell from the States. In between professional spats with her director and co-star Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) and struggle with oversensitivity and insecurity, Marilyn gets to form a surprising bond with Colin. Julia Ormond, Judi Dench and "Harry Potter's" Emma Watson also star in this light charmer, directed by Simon Curtis.

Netflix Tip: How well does Michelle Williams’ performance as Marilyn Monroe in “My Week with Marilyn” measure up to the real thing? Revisit the legendary star’s classics using Netflix, with such hits as “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1953), “The Seven Year Itch” (1955), “Some Like It Hot” (1959) and “The Misfits” (1961).


The Debit (Universal): The past catches up hauntingly with the present in this dark drama, which combines the emotional heft of a historical tract with the twisty tension of a spy thriller. The story centers on Rachel Singer (Helen Mirren), a retired Mossad agent made famous by her tracking down of an old Nazi criminal 30 years ago. However, it seems that her mission is not over yet as mysterious events get Rachel reacquainted with fellow agents Stephan (Tom Wilkinson) and David (Ciaran Hinds) and, possibly, even the notorious war criminal who first brought them together. Alternating between present and their assignment decades earlier (with Jessica Chastain, Marton Csokas and Sam Worthington playing the younger characters), director John Madden (“Shakespeare in Love”) weaves a story that’s both thoughtful and satisfyingly edge-of-your-seat.

Fright Night (Walt Disney): For horror afficionados who wouldn't dream of going to the "Twilight" movies, this darkly humored, entertaining vampire chiller will surely come as a breath of fresh air. Unfolding in a quiet suburban area near Las Vegas, it kicks off as teenager Charley (Anton Yelchin) becomes suspicious of his new neighbor Jerry (Colin Farrell), a handsome bachelor who charms his mother (Toni Collette) and girlfriend (Imogen Poots). As Charley learns more about him, however, Jerry comes to reveal a dangerous, literally bloodthirsty side that puts everyone in danger. Can the youngster turn himself into a modern-day vampire hunter? Directed with 3-D panache by Craig Gillespie and played with a nifty sense of mischief, this remake of the 1985 horror favorite displays a gruesome charm of its own.

The Future (Lions Gate): A singular artistic voice, writer-director-actress Miranda July follows up on her 2005 independent hit "Me and You and Everyone We Know" with this equally unique meditation on identity, loneliness, and love. July stars as Sophie, a young dance teacher living together in Los Angeles with Jason (Hamish Linklater). Sensing that their lives are going nowhere, they decide to change things radically by adapting an ailing cat named Paw-Paw. Growing anxious while waiting for the adoption to start, however, the two set out to achieve dream projects, which naturally go awry. Can their bond survive such sudden changes in their emotional routine? Combining deadpan comedy, philosophical fantasies and performance art, July's movie offers a sometimes sweet, sometimes dark, always original vision about finding one's place in the universe.




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Leasing Industry Outsourcing
(Providing Services and Products)

Collector: Atlanta, GA
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Collector: Cleveland, OH 
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Contingency Fee basis. Receivables Outsourcing. We are a fully bonded nationwide licensed agency. We collect for nationally known banks and leasing companies. 
Collector: Los Angeles, CA
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Collector: Louisville, KY
We are a full service collection agency with attorney network. 21 years experience. Please call Jon Floyd, VP at 1-800-264-6850 
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Collector: Mandeville, MI
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Collector: Milwaukee, WI 
We specialize in ATM machine reposession and remarketing. We can get you top dollar for your inventory.

Collector: Nationwide
End of lease negotiations & enforcement. Third-party collections. Skip-tracing. Background checks. Credit & asset investigations. 15+ years in leasing industry. Providing services to clients nationwide.

Collector: Saint Louis, MO
Complete commercial collection agency. Licensed bonded in all states and will out performed any other agency!
Call 1-800-659-7199 ext.315
  Consultant: Burlington, CT
We provide our clients with a full range of consulting services such as portfolio conversions, reconciliation, custom programming and leasing operations utilizing InfoLease. 
Consultant: Europe
15 years doing deals/running own technology leasing company – looking to advise/ lead new entrants to take advantage the European market opportunity. or 
Consultant: Henderson, NV
Focus on new business development and process efficiencies to create incremental revenue and profitability. Executive level vendor experience, and satisfied outsourcing clients. Incredible track record.

Consultant: Sausalito, CA
Lease trainer and consultant. 38 years in equipment leasing. Expert in transaction analysis, financial statement analysis, credit, packaging, structuring. Presents highly popular classes and workshops.

Consultant: North of Detroit, MI 
INFOLEASE EXPERT - 18 years experience. Since being downsized in 2002, working as a consultant for several leasing companies. Seeking consulting projects nationwide. 

Consultant: Ridgefield CT.
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News Briefs----

ELFA Claims Leasing Account Proposal Threatens Economy

Ritchie Bros. sells $5 B construction equipment via Internet

Apple refines futuristic Cupertino campus

CPA firm Moss Adams sued for $150 million over Meridian founder's Ponzi scheme

For Yoko Ono, John Lennon's spirit still soars


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Packers in stock blitz



Football Poems

You Must Not Quit

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,

When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit-
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,

As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don't give up though the pace seems slow -
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than

It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
Whe he might have captured the victor's cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out -

The silver tint in the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It might be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit -
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.






California Nuts Briefs---

Copper thieves cost BART hundreds of thousands

Home again at Motel 6

Occupy SF regroups after early-morning raid



“Gimme that Wine” 

Wine critic's representative defends deals,0,1185435.story Releases Annual 100 Top Wines of 2011

Getting to Yes

Ram's Gate is one of Sonoma's new must-see wineries

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This Day in History

      1776- George Washington's retreating army in the American Revolution crossed the Delaware River from New Jersey to Pennsylvania.
    1850-The first college graduate who was African-American woman was Lucy Ann Stanton of Cleveland, OH, who graduated this day from Oberlin College, Oberlin OH, receiving the Bachelor of Literature degree.
    1861-William “Billy “Durant birthday, almost forgotten by US history. He was a leading producer of carriages at Flint, Michigan; promoter of the Buick car; co founder of Chevrolet and founder, in 1908, of General Motors. He lost, regained and again lost control of GM, after which he founded Durant Motors, went bankrupt in the Great Depression, and operated a Flint bowling alley in his last working years. He died in New York, New York, 1947, basically a penniless man.
    1863- President Abraham Lincoln issued a" proclamation of amnesty and reconstruction," offering full pardon to all southerners who voluntarily took a "prescribed oath." When the Civil War was over, there was great political strife toward forgiving the South and various plans that Abraham Lincoln had in place were ignored, except for this proclamation, which also halted the hanging of Jefferson Davis as hatred was more popular at the time than coming together as one nation. Historian believe that if Abraham Lincoln were not assassinated, he would have changed the history of Southern reconstruction and would have united the nation with this action. President Lincoln issued another proclamation on March 26,1864. President Andrew Johnson issued supplemental proclamations on May 29,1865: September 7,1867; July 4,1868: and December 25,1868.
    1879-Louisiana ratifies a new state constitution, also moving the state capital from
New Orleans to Baton Rouge
    1886-Birthday of Diego Rivera, Mexican painter whose murals became center of political controversy, born at Guanajuato, Mexico. Died in his studio at San Angel, near Mexico City, Nov 25, 1957.
    1894-James Grover Thurber, American humorist and artist, long-time contributor to the New Yorker, born at Columbus, OH. Died at New York, NY, Nov 2, 1961.
    1894-Popeye creator Elzie Crisler Segar was born at Chester, IL. Originally called Thimble Theater, the comic strip that came to be known as Popeye had the unusual format of a one-act play in cartoon form. Centered on the Oyl family, especially daughter Olive, the strip introduced a new central character in 1929. A one-eyed sailor with bulging muscles, Popeye became the strip's star attraction almost immediately. Popeye made it to the silver screen in animated form and in 1980 became a movie with Robin Williams playing the lead. Segar died Oct 13, 1938, at Santa Monica, CA.
    1912-Clarinetist Irving Fazola (Irving H. Prestopnik ) born, New Orleans, La. 
Died 29 March 1949.

    1913-Trumpeter-violinist Ray Nance born Chicago, Ill ( with Duke Ellington from 1940 to 1963).,,472065,00.html?artist=Ray+Nance
    1917 -a severe winter storm struck the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes. Buffalo, NY was buried under 25 inches of snow with wind gusts to 78 mph. 26 inches fell at Vevay, IN with drifts to 14 feet
    1923-Norman Rockwell’s “Christmas,” one of his earliest covers for the Post when they were still in black and red, Norman Rockwell's 1923 Christmas cover for the magazine depicted a trio performing Christmas carols. In Rockwell's biography he reveals that not one of his three models had an iota of musical talent.
    1925-Birthday of Sammy Davis, Jr., born at New York, NY, Sammy Davis, Jr, was the son of vaudevillians and first appeared on the stage at the age of four. He made his first film appearance in Rufus Jones for President in 1931. He then joined the Will Mastin Trio. The popular song-and-dance team was popular on the night club circuit; as Davis matured, his singing, dancing and impersonations became the center of the act. Davis began performing on his own in the 1950s, headlining club engagements, appearing on television variety shows and making numerous records. His Broadway debut came in 1956 in the hit musical Mr. Wonderful, and in the late '50s and early '60s he starred in a number of films, including a series with Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack. Davis died at Los Angeles, CA, May 16, 1990. Sammy Davis, Jr
    1926-Guitarist Slim ( Eddie Lee Jones) born Greenwood, MS
    1927-bassist George Tucker born Palatka ,FL
    1931- Coaxial cable was patented.
    1932-bassist Bob Cranshaw born Evanston IL,,418363,00.html?artist=Bob+Cranshaw
    1937-composer Don Sebesky born Amboy, NJ
    1937-Birthday of James MacArthur ( “Book ‘em Danno.”) Los Angeles, California.
    1938 - The temperature at La Mesa, CA, soared to 108 degrees to set a U.S. record for the month of December.
    1940—Birthday of David Carradine, “grasshopper,” born Hollywood, California.
    1940-The most lopsided victory: The Chicago Bears won the NFL championship by defeating the Washington Redskins, 73-0, the most one-sided victory in the league’s title game. Played at Griffith Stadium, Washington, DC, the Bears won the Ed Thorp Memorial Trophy. This game was also the first professional football championship game broadcast on radio. The Mutual Broadcasting System paid $25,000 for the rights to the game, which was broadcast by Walter Lanier “Red” Barber. 
    1941-Jimmy Dorsey band records, “Tangerine,” Decca 4123
    1941-trumpet/flugelhorn player Franco Ambrosetti born Lugano Switzerland
    1941- America's Pacific fleet lay in ruins at Pearl 
Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt requests, and receives, a declaration of war against Japan. Leaning heavily on the arm of his son James, a Marine captain, FDR walked haltingly into the House of Representatives at noon to request a declaration of war from the House and address the nation via radio. "Yesterday," the president proclaimed, "December 7, 1941-a date which will live in infamy-the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory." Roosevelt's 10-minute speech, ending with an oath-"So help us God"-was greeted in the House by thunderous applause and stamping of feet. Within one hour, the president had his declaration of war, with only one dissenting vote, from a pacifist in the House. FDR signed the declaration at 4:10 p.m., wearing a black armband to symbolize mourning for those lost at Pearl Harbor. On both coasts, civilian defense groups were mobilized. In New York, Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia ordered the rounding up of Japanese nationals, who were transported to Ellis Island and held in custody indefinitely. In California, antiaircraft batteries were set up on Long Beach and the Hollywood Hills. Reports on supposed spy activity on the part of Japanese Americans began pouring into Washington, even as Japanese Americans paid for space in newspapers to declare unreservedly their loyalty to the United States. War is also declared upon Japan by British, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, the Free French, several South American countries. China declares war upon Germany, Italy and Japan. The latter is a formal declaration only as a de facto state of war has existed between China and Japan for 7 years. Montanan Jeanette Rankin, the first woman elected to Congress and a dedicated lifelong pacifist, casts the sole Congressional vote against the U.S. declaration of war on Japan.
    1941 - Japanese troops occupy the city of Shanghai and capture a small US garrison in the foreign section.
    1941- A US tanker was shelled by a Japanese submarine off Cape Mendocino. During this time period oil fields were fired on as well as small submarines landing, balloon bombs in Oregon, more likely more a "fear" tactic, but it worked as it worked, resulting in many defense projects for landings by Japanese, as well as the inturnment of American citizens of Japanese descent.
    1941 - USS Wake (PR-3), a river gunboat moored at Shanghai, is only U.S. vessel to surrender during World War II.
    1941- The Japanese attack begins with the capture of Bataan Island and the creation of an airstrip for plane refueling. Japanese invasion troops leave Paulau for the Philippines. The main attack begins with massive air bombardment which reduces the American defenses to 17 B-17's and less than 40 fighters. Most of the planes are destroyed on the ground. American General Douglas MacArthur has under his command 130,000 troops (20,000 Americans). His plan to defend the island becomes nonviable after the destruction of the main portion of the his air force and the losses at Pearl Harbor.1941- Fears of offending American public opinion by violating Thailand's neutrality have prevented the British from preparing defenses in Thailand and difficulties with Thai border guards prevent a quick response to the Japanese landings further north.
    1941 - Japanese aircraft attacked Wake Island within hours of the fateful attack on Pearl Harbor. Marines of the 1st Defense Battalion and Marine Fighting Squadron 211 resisted Japanese invasion attempts for over two weeks before finally succumbing to an overwhelming force. A small Japanese landing force leaves Kwajalein escorted by a cruiser and two destroyers.
    1941- Japanese General Yamashita began his attack against the British army at Singapore. General Tomoyuki Yamashita earned the name “Tiger of Malaya” for his masterful capture of Singapore and the whole Malay Peninsula from the British, who had a superior number of troops. Yamashita’s forces landed on the northern Malay Peninsula and southern Thailand on December 8, 1941, and moved rapidly southward toward Singapore, which surrendered on February 15, 1942. The peninsula and Singapore remained under Japanese control throughout the war. Later in the war, while defending the Philippines from Gen. MacArthur‘s return, Yamashita's troops wantonly slaughtered more than 100,000 Filipinos in Manila. He was later tried and executed for war crimes.
    1942 - Eight PT boats (PT 36, PT 37, PT 40, PT 43, PT 44, PT 48, PT 59, and PT 109) turn back 8 Japanese destroyers attempting to reinforce Japanese forces on Guadalcanal.1943- U.S. carriers sank two cruisers and down 72 planes in the Marshall Islands.
    1943-Birthday of James Morrison, Singer, songwriter, known as "The Lizard King," lead singer of The Doors, Jim Morrison is considered to be one of the fathers of contemporary rock. Born at Melbourne, FL, and died at Paris, France, July 3, 1971.
    1944- An American naval force, commanded by Admiral Smith and consisting of 3 heavy cruisers and a destroyer escort, bombarded Iwo Jima.
    1944 - On Leyte, the US 77th Division advances from its beachhead to within 1 mile of Ormoc. Attacks by the Japanese 26th Division, near Buri, are repulsed by other US forces.
    1944---FRYAR, ELMER E. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Private, U .S. Army, Company E, 511th Parachute Infantry, 11th Airborne Division. Place and date: Leyte, Philippine Islands, 8 December 1944. Entered service at: Denver, Colo. Birth: Denver, Colo. G.O. No.: 35, 9 May 1945. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Pvt. Fryar's battalion encountered the enemy strongly entrenched in a position supported by mortars and automatic weapons. The battalion attacked, but in spite of repeated efforts was unable to take the position. Pvt. Fryar's company was ordered to cover the battalion's withdrawal to a more suitable point from which to attack, but the enemy launched a strong counterattack which threatened to cut off the company. Seeing an enemy platoon moving to outflank his company, he moved to higher ground and opened heavy and accurate fire. He was hit, and wounded, but continuing his attack he drove the enemy back with a loss of 27 killed. While withdrawing to overtake his squad, he found a seriously wounded comrade, helped him to the rear, and soon overtook his platoon leader, who was assisting another wounded. While these 4 were moving to rejoin their platoon, an enemy sniper appeared and aimed his weapon at the platoon leader. Pvt. Fryar instantly sprang forward, received the full burst of automatic fire in his own body and fell mortally wounded. With his remaining strength he threw a hand grenade and killed the sniper. Pvt. Fryar's indomitable fighting spirit and extraordinary gallantry above and beyond the call of duty contributed outstandingly to the success of the battalion's withdrawal and its subsequent attack and defeat of the enemy. His heroic action in unhesitatingly giving his own life for his comrade in arms exemplifies the highest tradition of the U.S. Armed Forces.
    1945 - The Toyota Motor Company received permission from the occupation government to start production of buses and trucks--vehicles necessary to keep Japan running. After World War II ended with Japan's surrender on September 3, 1945, Japan remained under Allied occupation ruled by an occupation government. Its war industries were shut down completely. This was the first rumble of the postwar auto industry in Japan.
    1945---Top Hits
It’s Been a Long, Long Time - The Harry James Orchestra (vocal: Kitty Kallen)
That’s for Me - Dick Haymes
It Might as Well Be Spring - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Billy Williams)
It’s Been So Long Darling - Ernest Tubb
    1946-The first snow-melting apparatus using pipes embedded in the sidewalk was test by Best and Company, a department store in New York City, which installed a system of 15 coils comprising 4,530 feet of pipe. A solution of about 67 percent water and 33 percent antifreeze by volume was circulated as protection against freezing temperatures as low as five degrees below zero. The system was put into full operation during a blizzard on December 26.
    1949- As they steadily lose ground to the communist forces of Mao Zedong, Chinese Nationalist leaders depart for the island of Taiwan, where they establish their new capital. Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek left for the island the following day. This action marked the beginning of the "two Chinas" scenario that left mainland China under communist control and vexed U.S. diplomacy for the next 30 years.
    1950-Ralph J Bunche becomes the first Black person awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.
    1953---Top Hits
Rags to Riches - Tony Bennett
Many Times - Eddie Fisher
Vaya Con Dios - Les Paul & Mary Ford
There Stands the Glass - Webb Pierce
    1953 - Los Angeles, California became the third largest city in the United States, edging out Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the distinction in a special census. Today Los Angeles is the second largest United States' city, and the 16th most populated city in the world.
    1953-Singer Diane Schuur born Seattle, WA

    1956-"Singing The Blues" by Guy Mitchell tops the Billboard chart for the first of an eleven week stay. Marty Robbins' version of the same song was released simultaneously and peaked at number 17.
    1958-"The Chipmunk Song" by David Seville and the Chipmunks entered the Billboard Top 40 chart on its way to a four week stint at #1.
    1959-The first movie with scent was “Behind the Great Wall, “ a travelogue of modern China, presented at the De Mille Theatre, New York City. The film depicted a tiger hunt, fishing with cormorants, a May Day parade in Beijing and other scenes. The scent was forced through ceiling vents by the Aromarama process.
    1959 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Heartaches by the Number," Guy Mitchell.
    1960---Teen idol Fabian visits Elvis Presley at his Graceland mansion in Memphis. Elvis rips his pants demonstrating his new passion, karate, and Fabian lends him his pair
    1961-The Supremes begin recording their third single, the Smokey Robinson penned "Your Heart Belongs To Me", which will become the group's first Billboard charting record, peaking at #95.
    1961-The Beach Boys first recording, "Surfin'", is released on Candis Records, a small L-A based company. The song was written by Brian Wilson and his cousin Mike Love and recorded with Brian's brothers, Carl and Dennis and their friend Alan Jardine. Carl played acoustic guitar, Al played double bass and Brian kept time on a garbage can.
    1961---Top Hits
Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes
Goodbye Cruel World - James Darren
The Twist - Chubby Checker
Big Bad John - Jimmy Dean
    1961 - "Surfin’", the Beach Boys' first record, was released on Candix Records, becoming a local hit in Los Angeles, California, but only making it to #75 nationally in the Untied States. The surfing music craze wouldn't sweep across America for another year. By the time "Surfin’ Safari" hit Top 40, in September 1962, the Beach Boys were riding a wave of popularity. 
    1962 - International Typographical Union's striking workers closed nine New York City newspapers. The strike lasted 114 days, before it ended on April 1, 1963, affecting a total of 5,700,000 readers. The loss of coverage made people turn on radio and television. The San Francisco Chronicle basically just closed this department as they announced all typeset is now digital, not with film or negatives that made print. Hot lead typesetting, linotype, went out in the early 1960’s.
    1963--19 year old Frank Sinatra Jr. was abducted at gunpoint from his hotel room at Harrah's Casino in Lake Tahoe, California. Two days later, he was released unharmed after his father paid the kidnappers' $240,000 ransom demand. Three amateur criminals were rounded up within a week and later tried, convicted and sent to prison. Today he sings his father's songs at charity and other private events.
    1963 - Lightning caused the crash of a jet airliner killing 81 persons at Elkton, MD
    1964-Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Dr Martin Luther King Jr, 
    1965 - On Broadway, Humphrey Bogart’s wife, Lauren Bacall, opened in "Cactus Flower", also starring Barry Nelson. The production ran for 1,234 performances, and was awarded Best Play honors.
    1967-Traffic's "Mr. Fantasty" LP is released.
    1967---*McKlBBEN, RAY Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Troop B, 7th Squadron (Airmobile), 17th Cavalry. place and date: Near Song Mao, Republic of Vietnam, 8 December 1968. Entered service at: Atlanta, Ga. Born: 27 October 1945. Felton, Ga. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, Sgt. McKibben distinguished himself in action while serving as team leader of the point element of a reconnaissance patrol of Troop B, operating in enemy territory. Sgt. McKibben was leading his point element in a movement to contact along a well-traveled trail when the lead element came under heavy automatic weapons fire from a fortified bunker position, forcing the patrol to take cover. Sgt. McKibben, appraising the situation and without regard for his own safety, charged through bamboo and heavy brush to the fortified position, killed the enemy gunner, secured the weapon and directed his patrol element forward. As the patrol moved out, Sgt. McKibben observed enemy movement to the flank of the patrol. Fire support from helicopter gunships was requested and the area was effectively neutralized. The patrol again continued its mission and as the lead element rounded the bend of a river it came under heavy automatic weapons fire from camouflaged bunkers. As Sgt. McKibben was deploying his men to covered positions, he observed one of his men fall wounded. Although bullets were hitting all around the wounded man, Sgt. McKibben, with complete disregard for his safety, sprang to his comrade's side and under heavy enemy fire pulled him to safety behind the cover of a rock emplacement where he administered hasty first aid. Sgt. McKibben, seeing that his comrades were pinned down and were unable to deliver effective fire against the enemy bunkers, again undertook a single-handed assault of the enemy defenses. He charged through the brush and hail of automatic weapons fire closing on the first bunker, killing the enemy with accurate rifle fire and securing the enemy's weapon. He continued his assault against the next bunker, firing his rifle as he charged. As he approached the second bunker his rifle ran out of ammunition; however, he used the captured enemy weapon until it too was empty, at that time he silenced the bunker with well placed hand grenades. He reloaded his weapon and covered the advance of his men as they moved forward. Observing the fire of another bunker impeding the patrol's advance, Sgt. McKibben again single-handedly assaulted the new position. As he neared the bunker he was mortally wounded but was able to fire a final burst from his weapon killing the enemy and enabling the patrol to continue the assault. Sgt. McKibben's indomitable courage, extraordinary heroism, profound concern for the welfare of his fellow soldiers and disregard for his personal safety saved the lives of his comrades and enabled the patrol to accomplish its mission. Sgt. McKibben's gallantry in action at the cost of his life above and beyond the call of duty are in the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
    1968---TAYLOR, KARL G., SR. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, Company 1, 3d Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment, 3d Marine Division (Rein), FMF. Place and date: Republic of Vietnam, 8 December 1968. Entered service at: Baltimore, Md. Born: 14 July 1939, Laurel, Md. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving at night as a company gunnery sergeant during Operation MEADE RIVER. Informed that the commander of the lead platoon had been mortally wounded when his unit was pinned down by a heavy volume of enemy fire, S/Sgt. Taylor along with another marine, crawled forward to the beleaguered unit through a hail of hostile fire, shouted encouragement and instructions to the men, and deployed them to covered positions. With his companion, he then repeatedly maneuvered across an open area to rescue those marines who were too seriously wounded to move by themselves. Upon learning that there were still other seriously wounded men Lying in another open area, in proximity to an enemy machinegun position, S/Sgt. Taylor, accompanied by 4 comrades, led his men forward across the fire-swept terrain in an attempt to rescue the marines. When his group was halted by devastating fire, he directed his companions to return to the company command post; whereupon he took his grenade launcher and in full view of the enemy, charged across the open rice paddy toward the machinegun position, firing his weapon as he ran. Although wounded several times, he succeeded in reaching the machinegun bunker and silencing the fire from that sector, moments before he was mortally wounded. Directly instrumental in saving the lives of several of his fellow marines, S/Sgt. Taylor, by his indomitable courage, inspiring leadership, and selfless dedication, upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the U.S. Naval Service.
    1968-Graham Nash left The Hollies to team up with ex-Byrds guitarist, David Crosby and ex-Buffalo Springfield member, Stephen Stills. The trio would release their debut album in the summer of '69.
    1969---Top Hits
Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye - Steam
Leaving on a Jet Plane - Peter, Paul & Mary
Down on the Corner/Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Okie from Muskogee - Merle Haggard
    1972-- Carly Simon's No Secrets album is certified gold
    1976--- The Carpenters' Very First Special, featuring guest star John Denver, airs on ABC.
    1977---Top Hits
You Light Up My Life - Debby Boone
Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue - Crystal Gayle
How Deep is Your Love - Bee Gees
Here You Come Again - Dolly Parton
    1979--- Styx's "Babe" hits #1
    1980 - Former Beatle John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, arrived at New York's Dakota, the apartment house in which they lived, after an early-evening recording session. As they walked through the apartment gates, a lone gunman stopped and fired five bullets into Lennon, killing him almost instantly. The gunman, a crazed fan named Mark David Chapman, did not attempt to escape and was immediately apprehended. Lennon's untimely death set off a week of worldwide mourning, and the murder was considered to be the most shocking in the history of rock music.
    1980-Pat Benatar receives a platinum record for her debut album, "In the Heat of the Night." The former waitress and bank teller was discovered late one night at the Catch a Rising Star club in New York. Her album made it to the Top Ten and the follow up, "Crimes of Passion," will go to #2.
    1984-"Out Of Touch" becomes Hall and Oates' sixth US number one single, confirming their status as the most successful duo in Rock history
    1985---Top Hits
Broken Wings - Mr. Mister
Never - Heart
Say You, Say Me - Lionel Richie
I Don’t Mind the Thorns (If You’re the Rose) - Lee Greenwood
    1987-Ron Hextall of the Philadelphia Flyers became the first goalie in NHL history to shoot the puck into the opposing team’s net in a 5-2 victory over the Boston Bruins.
    1987 - A cold front crossing the northwestern U.S. continued to produce high winds along the coast, and heavy snow blanketed parts of the western U.S. Snowfall totals in the mountains of western Nevada ranged up to 18 inches at Heavenly Valley, and near the Boreal Ski Resort, and winds at Reno NV gusted to 56 mph. Thunderstorms over southern Florida deluged the Florida Keys with up to five inches of rain. Strong winds, gusting to 48 mph at Gage OK, ushered wintry weather into the Central High Plains. Goodland KS, which one day earlier was 63 degrees, was blanketed with two inches of snow.
    1988 - Santa Ana winds buffeted southern California, with gusts to 92 mph reported at Laguna Peak. The high winds unroofed buildings, and downed trees and power lines, igniting five major fires, and numerous smaller ones. Damage was estimated at 15 to 20 million dollars
    1990 - Stevie B's "Because I Love You (The Postman Song)" reaches No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100, a position it holds for four weeks. Billboard ranks it the top song of 1990.
    1991-The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics ceased to exist, as the republics of Russia, Byelorussia and Ukraine signed an agreement at Minsk, Byelorussia, creating the Commonwealth of Independent States. The remaining republics, with the exception of Georgia, joined in the new Commonwealth as it began the slow and arduous process of removing the yoke of Communism and dealing with strong separatist and nationalistic movements within the various republics. Khrushchev was long buried as were many communist leaders who had threatened to “bury the U.S.”
    1991-Kimberly Bergalis, the first patient believed to have contracted the AIDS virus from a health care professional, died at Fort Pierce, FL. It is theorized she was infected from her dentist while receiving dental care Her case sparked controversy over how the disease is transmitted and incited calls to ban infected health care professionals form the workplace.
    1992-- Barry Bonds signs the richest contract in major league history. Bobby's son will make $43-million over the next six years with the Giants.
    1993-President Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement which cut tariffs and eliminated other trade barriers between the US, Canada and Mexico. The Agreement went into effect Jan 1, 1994.
    1994---Top Hits
On Bended Knee- Boyz II Men
Here Comes The Hotstepper (From "Ready To Wear")- Ini Kamoze
Another Night- Real McCoy 
Always- Bon Jovi
    1995-- Four months after the death of founding member Jerry Garcia, the Grateful Dead officially announce their breakup.
    1999---Top Hits
Smooth- Santana Featuring Rob Thomas 
Back At One- Brian McKnight
I Wanna Love You Forever- Jessica Simpson 
My Love Is Your Love- Whitney Houston




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