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Monday, December 5, 2022

Today's Leasing News Headlines

Funders Taking "New" Broker Business List
    Four Do Not Require that Brokers Be Licensed
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries
Leasing and Finance Industry Help Wanted
    Uncapped Commission/Best-in-Class Sales Technology
    Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP
Top Ten Leasing News Read by Reader
    November 28 to December 2
Landline Phones Are a Dying Breed
    % Adult Households with/without landline phone
Brittany Spaniel/American Staffordshire Terrier
    Grand Island, Nebraska  Adopt-a-Dog
Female Leasing/Finance Association Presidents
    Year of Office
News Briefs ----
Hate Speech’s Rise on Twitter Is Unprecedented,
   Researchers Find
Crypto Stocks Teeter Near Abyss
    as Fink’s Warning Adds to Angst
Kennedy Center Honors
    U2 has stayed together since 1976. It hasn’t always been easy.
Oregon’s Tooth Taxi offers free dental care
    for communities in need: Season of Sharing 2022

You May Have Missed ---
These 49 housing markets to see home prices fall over 15%
    —this interactive map shows Moody’s updated forecast for 322 markets

Broker/Funder/Industry Lists | Features (wrilter's columns)
Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months
Sales Make It Happen

Sports Brief----
 California Nuts Brief---
   "Gimme that wine"
    This Day in History
      Daily Puzzle
        Weather, USA or specific area
         Traffic Live----

######## surrounding the article denotes it is a “press release,” it was not written by Leasing News nor has the information been verified. The source noted. When an article is signed by the writer, it is considered a “byline.” It reflects the opinion and research of the writer.


Funders Taking "New" Broker Business List
Four Do Not Require that Brokers Be Licensed

BSB Leasing, Inc.
Bankers Capital
C.H. Brown Company
Forum Financial Services
TimePayment Corp.

The following “funders” have informed Leasing News they will consider business from “new” third party originators.  Many companies require a certain length of time in business and other requirements, such as a specific volume of business.  These “funders” will consider submissions from those new in the leasing and finance business:

In Business Since
Leasing Association
Business Reports

BSB Leasing, Inc.
1992 Colorado, Hawaii
Don Meyerson, Pres.
Steve Crane, CLFP
VP, Commercial Division
(click here for further description)


$10,000 Minimum
Application Only to
$250,000 Financial
Statement Transaction
Up to $1MM Business
Loans Up to $500K

Bankers Capital
Larry LaChance - President
50 states
$25,000 +


C.H. Brown Company
a Subsidiary of Platte Valley Bank
Wheatland, Wyoming
Kit West
Business Development Director/Broker Relations
Forum Financial Services, Inc.
Tim O'Connor
972.690.9444 ext. 225
240 Lake Park Blvd. Suite 112
Richardson, TX 75080
$50,000 - $1.5 million (Our average size transaction is $250,000. Preferred range $100,000 - $500,000)
Timepayment Corp
Burlington, Massachusetts
Mark Sheehan
Vice President & General Manager, Capital Markets
and Strategic Partnerships
$500 to
$1 million

A -Accepts Broker Business | B -Requires Broker be Licensed | C -Sub-Broker Program
| D -"Private label Program" | E - Also "in house" salesmen


New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Greg Clemens hired as National Sales Manager, Equify Financial, Fort Worth, Texas, "...lead the Small-Ticket dealer and Vendor program sales team."  He is located in Denver, Colorado. Previously, he was Senior Sales Manager Tandem Finance (January, 2021 - October, 2022); Director of Sales, Transportation Division ENGS, Commercial Finance Co. (April, 2012 - January, 2021); Regional Sales Manager, MeriCap Credit Corporation/Key Equipment Finance/American Express Business Finance (2002 - 2009). Full Bio:

Naszier Colburn was hired as Regional Sales Manager, Dealer Development, Equify Financial, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Previously, he was Senior National Account Manager, TimePayment (February, 2021 - November, 2022); Business Development Executive, NewLane Finance (January, 2017 - February, 2021).

Jennifer "Jen" Fanz was hired as National Sales Manager, PEAC Solutions, Mount Laurel, New Jersey. "...leading a team focused on developing new partnerships with key vendors, manufacturers and dealers in the healthcare industry.” Previously, she was Senior Manager, finance Organization Development, Intuitive (January, 2022 - October, 2033), She joined DLL April, 2000, Account Executive, promoted April, 2009, Program Manager, promoted January, 2010, Sales Manager, promoted December, 2014, Senior Director, Market Development, Healthcare, promoted September, 2015, Country Sales Manager, Healthcare. Sales Assistant, Copelco Capital (June, 1997 - April, 2000).

Bradon Marshall was hired as Senior Sales Consultant, Quality Leasing Co., Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana. He is located in Cureo, Texas, Previously, he was National Sales Director, Wallwork Financial (August, 2022 - November, 2022). Prior, he was at Quality Leasing Co., starting October, 2019, Senior Leasing Consultant, promoted June, 2021, Sales Manager. Prior, he was at C.H. Brown Co. Equipment Finance, starting June, 2014, National Account Manager, promoted October, 2017, President.

Sean McCallum was promoted to Financial Report Leader at GreatAmerica Portfolio Services, Des Moines, Iowa.  He is located in Marion, Iowa. He joined Great America April, 2015, Staff Accountant, promoted May, 2017, Financial Analyst, promoted May, 2018, Financial Analyst II, promoted May, 2019, Client Reporting Analyst III, promoted November, 2021, Finance and Operations Analyst.

Robert Munz was hired as Vice President, Equipment Finance, Summit Funding Group, Inc. Cleveland, Ohio. Previously, he was Vice President, Honour Capital (April, 2022 - July, 2022); Vice President, Relationship Manager, Midwest, Equipment  Finance, TriState Capital Bank (February, 2020 - January, 2022); Vice President, Capital Equipment Group, U.S. Bank, Equipment Finance (July, 2018 - February 2020); Vice President, fifth Third Equipment Finance (July, 2017 - July, 2018)). Full Bio:

Alex Shields, CLFP, was hired as National Sales Manager, FTG Equipment Solutions, New Castle, Delaware. He is located in Wilmington, Delaware. Previously, he was Regional Vice President, Sales, Construction, Byline Financial Group (January, 2021 - December, 2022); District Sales Manager, Kaeser Compressors USA (May, 2019 - January, 2021); National Account Program Manager, Wells Fargo Equipment Finance (November, 2006 - May, 2019); Chief Operating Officer, TCM Distribution USA (October, 2004 - November, 2006); Vice President of Sales and Marketing, MMD Equipment (February, 1994 - September, 2004).


Leasing and Finance Industry Help Wanted
Excellent Compensation/Marketing Support/Work



Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP

As the commercial equipment finance and leasing industry enters the home stretch of 2022, there is a sense of urgency by originators, vendors, and end-users to close transactions by year end. The year-end push is in full swing. Originators are working diligently and most are poised to have another record-breaking production year. However, there is still work to be done and opportunities to be captured. Below are a few comments for the home stretch:

  • Competition is fierce but all originators are facing changes in yields and approval parameters. Don't be surprised if transactions that appear to be lost come back for funding based upon your updated approval conditions.
  • Don't be apologetic for a changing market. A new equilibrium is being established and originators need to help vendors and end-users navigate the process.
  • Fight hard for those transactions that you know belong in your portfolio. Quality matters and now is the time to aggressively seek the highest quality transactions through structure, value, and excellent customer service.
  • Having a strong close to 2022 is most important but do not forget to position yourself for a stronger 2023 by continuing to prospect.
  • Remain vigilant in regard to fraud.
  • Enjoy the process and flaunt your expertise.

Wheeler Business Consulting is facilitating its annual survey of originators in the commercial equipment finance and leasing industry. This published survey is a valuable tool to help originators determine their ranking in the industry. The survey measures production numbers and compensations across the industry and your participation is greatly appreciated. The three- to five-minute survey can be started next:

The 2022 production and compensation survey:

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

Sales Makes it Happen articles:


Top Ten Leasing News Read by Reader
November 28 to December 2

(1) Two Weeks Away, Get Ready for the Major Change
Attention Funders, Brokers, Dealers, Affected

(2) Bringing in 2023 through Disclosure Laws
  Top 10 States to Watch
By Ken Greene, Leasing News Legal Editor

(3) New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

(4) What cars are being discontinued in 2023?
Honda, Toyota and Chevrolet are all axing models

(5) Correction:  Announcing 2023 Survey
Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP

(6) There’s a big problem with the Kroger-Albertsons
supermarket merger

(7) Donald Wampler, CLFP, Shows Off His Badges
Collected so Far in 2022

(8) About 1,400 Twitter workers have joined Blind
since Elon Musk took over

(9) New Searches November
The Ultimate Hire by Ken Lubin, ZRG Partners

(10) CLFP Foundation Adds 25 New Members
Hosted by Huntington National Bank


As smartphones have become a constant companion for most people in the United States, landline phones are rapidly losing their relevance.

In 2004, more than 90 percent of U.S. adults lived in households that had an operational landline phone - now it’s less than 30 percent. That’s according to data provided by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, which has been tracking phone ownership in the U.S. as a by-product of its biannual National Health Interview Survey since 2004.

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Female Leasing/Finance Association Presidents
Year of Office


News Briefs---

Hate Speech’s Rise on Twitter Is Unprecedented,
      Researchers Find

Crypto Stocks Teeter Near Abyss
    as Fink’s Warning Adds to Angst

Kennedy Center Honors
    U2 has stayed together since 1976. It hasn’t always been easy.

Oregon’s Tooth Taxi offers free dental care
    for communities in need: Season of Sharing 2022


These 49 housing markets to see home prices fall over 15%
    —this interactive map shows Moody’s updated forecast for 322 markets



Sports Briefs---

Reaction from Team on Jimmy Garoppolo Factures

49ers beat Dolphins, but lose Garoppolo
for the season with a broken foot

NFL Sunday takeaways: Deshaun Watson wins Browns
debut amid boos in Houston

The Commanders needed a decisive win.
All they got were more ‘what-ifs.’

Rams can’t hold back Geno Smith and Seahawks
in sixth consecutive loss

Justin Herbert and Chargers can’t deliver
in crunch time, losing to Raiders

Joe Burrow tops Patrick Mahomes again,
rallies Bengals past Chiefs

The New England Patriots offense isn't broken.
It never worked. | Opinion

Utah, Penn State will meet for first time in the Rose Bowl

Colorado hires Deion Sanders: A spectacular move
by the Buffaloes, for better or worse

Fred McGriff will enter Hall of Fame;
Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens denied again


California Nuts Briefs---

Salesforce may eliminate more downtown San Francisco
    office space in the future

The 3-minute heist wreaking havoc on the SF Bay Area
is only getting worse

Another city is sending residents Sacramento’s way
(Spoiler: It’s not just San Francisco)

Empty pews: How COVID changed the
way the San Francisco Bay Area worships



"Gimme that wine"

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‘Really a cause for alarm’: Wineries urged to go
digital as tasting room traffic declines

Chardonnay's Great California Comeback

“Gimme that Wine”

Free Wine App

Wine Prices by vintage

US/International Wine Events


This Day in History

    1492 - Christopher Columbus discovered Haiti at the end of his first voyage (he never discovered the mainland, which was discovered earlier by several others including the Vikings, Chinese, and Africans (who also were the first to discover South America from a foreign land). Here Columbus made slaves of all the natives, shipping as many as he could to Europe in his following four voyages. Fifty years later the natives were wiped out by the thousands when Spanish armies came to Haiti in search of gold.  The Spanish were succeeded by the French, who brought slaves from Africa to work the plantations. In one of history most glorious struggles for independence, Haiti became the first black Republic in the world when it became a free country in 1804. American slaves would escape here, and to “free” states, which eventually brought on the Civil War as more “free” states were joining the union, such as Oregon, and territories were being formed in the North West.

    1496 - Jews are expelled from Portugal by order of King Manuel I. The new world would be a land of free religion for all, but how to get there, via South America.
    1775 - At Fort Ticonderoga, Henry Knox, begins his historic transport of artillery to Cambridge, MA.  As the siege at Lexington and Concord wore on, the idea arose that cannon recently captured at the fall of forts Ticonderoga and Crown Point in upstate New York could have a decisive impact on its outcome. Knox is generally credited with suggesting the prospect to Washington, who thereupon put him in charge of an expedition to retrieve them even though Knox's commission had not yet arrived.  Reaching Ticonderoga on December 5, Knox commenced what came to be known as the noble train of artillery, hauling by ox-drawn sled 60 tons of cannon and other armaments across some 300 miles of ice-covered rivers and snow-draped Berkshire Mountains to the Boston siege camps.
    1776 – The first fraternity in the US, Phi Beta Kappa fraternity was founded at The College of William and Mary, Virginia.
    1782 - Martin Van Buren's (d. 1862) birthday, eighth president of the United States (1837-1841), at Kinderhook, NY.   He was the first president to have been born a citizen. His term saw many troubles from bank and business failures, depression and unemployment.   In 1837, Van Buren succeeded Andrew Jackson in the White House. Three months later, the Panic of 1837 sent the national economy into a tailspin. Van Buren's inability to alleviate the depression, along with his opposition to the annexation of Texas on grounds it would lead to expansion of slavery, led to his drubbing by Whig candidate William Henry Harrison in 1840. He retired to Lindenwald, his Kinderhook estate, where he died.
(Lower half of: )
1787 - Shays' Rebellion: Daniel Shays of Pelham, MA, organized a group of farmers whose land had been seized and their neighbor and friends into an armed force that overthrew courts and committed other acts of violence. They were protesting the depreciation of paper money, the insistence of creditors on being paid in silver money, the imprisonment of debtors, and the seizure of farmland to pay off debts. Following the Revolutionary War, the United States faced severe economic hardships. One reason, in addition to war debt, was that the new nation was cut off from the commercial ties of the British Empire. Especially hard hit was Massachusetts because England cut off trade between the United States and the British West Indies. This severely harmed several businesses of that state such as shipbuilding, distilling, and lumber, which depended on the West Indies trade. Because of the economic hard times in Massachusetts, many farms heavily in debt were seized by their creditors and often sold for a fraction of their value. The farmers and working men of Massachusetts who were unable to pay their debts were sent to debtor prisons and would not be released until their debts were paid. The state legislature of Massachusetts responded to this economic crisis in a very inadequate manner such as increasing court costs and raising taxes. On this day, the “rebels” seized Worcester, Massachusetts, and were attempting to have others join them in the overthrowing of the government. They were also raiding homes, stealing food, clothing, and whatever valuables they could lay their hands upon. By February, 1787, however, they were completely routed. The rebels were captured and sentenced to death for treason, but they were later pardoned.'s_rebellion.html
    1792 - George Washington was reelected president of the United States. John Adams was elected vice president. The electoral vote was Washington, 132, Adams, Federalist of Massachusetts, 77; George Clinton, anti-Federalist of New York, 50. In those days, the person who came in second was vice-president. The third Congress consisted of 30 senators of whom 17 were Federalist and 13 Democratic-Republicans. In the House, the count was 57 Democratic-Republicans and 48 Federalists.
    1804 - Thomas Jefferson was reelected president of the United Sates. George Clinton, first governor of New York and like Jefferson, a Democratic-Republican, was elected vice president. The electoral vote was Jefferson, 162; Charles C. Pinckney, Federalist of South Carolina, 14. This was the first election with separate ballots for president and vice president.
    1822 – The founder of Radcliffe College, Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz (d. 1907), was born in Boston.  Agassiz was essential in ensuring that the "Harvard Annex" for women's education was transformed in 1894 from Harvard University into Radcliffe.
    1831 – Former President John Quincy Adams takes his seat in the House of Representatives.
    1832 - Andrew Jackson was re-elected President by 687,502 popular votes and 219 electoral votes against 530,189 popular votes and 49 electoral votes for Henry Clay. Martin Van Buren was elected Vice-President
    1839 – Birthday of General George Armstrong Custer (d. 1876) at New Rumley, Ohio. Although he was considered a Civil War hero, in 1867, he was court-martialed for not following orders or taking care of his men or following orders to protect farms. He had left his fort to visit his wife 275 miles away, who he had not seen for quite some time. Being the general in charge, he had the authority to do this, and did not pursue a group of Indians along the way, due to lack of information, including size and direction. He claimed he was being made a scapegoat for a failed campaign and General Sheridan later re-appointed him. He quickly redeemed himself.  Ulysses S. Grant was so infuriated with Custer's activity that he demoted him. Custer was popular among battle officers and was later re-instated to lead further activities against “hostile Indians.” While reportedly not popular with his men or other military, he was a fighter who was known to charge into battle with simple plans, which was his modus operandi. It is said that in his final battle, at Little Bighorn, June 25, 1876, one of his captains hesitated in the attack, delaying another, leaving Custer to attack with only half of his troops and leaving a hole for the Indians to escape.  They eventually surrounded the small force in sheer numbers, even though many did not have fire arms. The death of he and his 210 men became a war cry to “kill all the Indians” as the country moved further west.
    1843 - The Navy launched is first iron side wheel steamer, the “Michigan,” Erie, PA.
    1847 - Jefferson Davis first takes his seat in the Senate.
    1848 - President Polk triggers Gold Rush of '49, confirming California gold discovery. News of the discovery of gold in California in January was slow in reaching the East. Word of it first appeared in the New York Herald on August 19, but no great excitement was created until President James. K. Polk expressed enthusiasm about it in his message to Congress. The rush began by land across the continent and by sea and land via the Isthmus of Panama. The first shipload of prospectors arrived in San Francisco via Cape Horn on February 28, 1849. About 80,000 people made their way to California in 1849, 55,000 over land and 25,000 by sea. About 5000 that started out overland never made it because Asiatic cholera swept their ranks. By the end of 1848, gold worth $10,000,000,000 had been mined.
    1861 - The Gatling gun was invented.
    1862 - Battle of Coffeeville MS.  By November 1862, Northern Mississippi was securely in the hands of the Union. General Grant began the Mississippi Central Railroad Campaign, an overland push (following the main rail line through the heart of Mississippi, capturing the towns and rail along the way) into Mississippi with the goal of capturing Vicksburg in conjunction with General Sherman, who would follow the river route South.  After being defeated at Corinth, the Confederate Army of West Tennessee was on the retreat. At the battle of Hatchie’s Bridge, they successfully evaded the army's capture by the Union. The Confederate army kept falling back through Oxford and Coffeeville, constantly skirmishing with pursuing Union cavalry, who were ahead of Grant's column.

    1865 - In the wake of the Civil War, fiscal conservatives attempted to curtail the use of greenbacks, paper money minted to support the Union. The drive to end greenbacks got a boost when Treasury Secretary Hugh McCulloch made a plea for the currency to be discontinued. However, proponents of greenbacks kept the currency flowing into the 1870s.
    1870 - Birthday of Bill Pickett (d. 1932), rodeo cowboy, at Williamson County, Texas. Inventor of bulldogging, the modern rodeo event that involves wrestling a running steer to the ground.
    1876 - President Ulysses S. Grant delivered his speech today, apologizing to Congress, claiming mistakes he made while he was president were due to his inexperience. His errors, he said, were "errors of judgment, not intent." While Grant's personal integrity was never formally questioned, he was closely associated with many government scandals which became public during his presidency. The scandals included at attempt to corner the gold market, significant fraud in the Treasury Department and Indian Service. His term in office had many other “scandals” and was full of wide-spread corruption, particularly from cabinet members and other “financial” supporters.
    1876 – A fire at the Brooklyn Theatre kills at least 278 people.
    1879 – The first automatic telephone switching system was patented.
    1894 - Birthday of Phillip Knight Wrigley (d. 1977), baseball executive, born at Chicago, IL. Wrigley inherited the Chicago Cubs upon his father's death in 1932. He and his family owned the team for 60 years until selling it to the Tribune Company in 1981.
    1901 - Birthday of Walt Disney (d. 1966), Chicago. A prominent figure within the animation industry, he is regarded as a cultural icon, known for his influence and contributions to entertainment during the 20th century.   Disney was particularly noted as a filmmaker and a popular showman, as well as an innovator in animation and theme park design. He and his staff created iconic and enduring fictional characters including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy. Disney himself was the original voice for Mickey. During his lifetime, he received four honorary Academy awards and won 22 Academy Awards from a total of 59 nominations, including a record of four in one year, giving him more awards and nominations than any other individual in history. Disney also won seven Emmy Awards.  He personally supervised the building of Disneyland, living on the premise, visiting the only night event, sometimes with Ward Kimball, as Dixieland was played there (one of my high school jobs was playing clarinet and bass sax during the off nights, the week, and he was a frequent visitor with his own glass---as the bar only served beer.)
    1902 – Strom Thurmond was born James Strom Thurmond (d. 2003) at Edgefield, SC.  In 1954, Thurmond won overwhelmingly, becoming the first person to be elected to the US Senate as a write-in candidate against ballot-listed opponents. In 1956, Thurmond resigned to run in the party primary, which he won. Afterward, he was repeatedly elected to the US Senate by state voters until his retirement 46 years later.  Thurmond supported racial segregation throughout much of his career. He wrote the first version of the Southern Manifesto, announcing southern disagreement with the 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which ruled that public school segregation was unconstitutional.  In an unsuccessful attempt to derail passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, Thurmond made the longest filibuster ever conducted by a single senator, speaking for a total of 24 hours and 18 minutes. 
    1906 – Otto Preminger (d. 1986) was born in Austria-Hungary, now Ukraine.  Preminger was a renowned theatre and film director.  After moving to Hollywood, he directed over 35 films. He first gained attention for “Laura” (1944) and “Fallen Angel” (1945) while in the 1950s and '60s, he directed a number of high-profile adaptations of popular novels and stage works. Several of these later films pushed the boundaries of censorship by dealing with topics which were then taboo in Hollywood, such as drugs (“The Man with the Golden Arm”, 1955), rape (“Anatomy of a Murder”, 1959) and homosexuality (“Advise and Consent”, 1962). He was twice nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director. He also had a few acting roles. 
    1908 – For the first time, numerals are used on football jerseys by the University of Pittsburgh.
    1912 - Marshall Royal’s (d. 1995) birthday into a musical family in Oklahoma.  He was lead altoist and band manager for Count Basie with whom he worked for 20 years.
    1916 - Sneakers with rubber soles and plain cloth uppers were sold from the early 1870s by Charles Goodyear of New York City, who de­veloped the vulcanized rubber shoe sole, and by many other footwear companies. The first brand of sneakers was Keds, introduced this day in 1916 by the United States Rubber Company, the successor to Goodyear's shoe company. The first Keds had black soles and high-top brown canvas uppers, mimicking leather shoes. The name was a combination of “kids” and ”ped,”the Latin word for “foot.”
    1920 -  Kay Davis was born Katherine McDonald Wimp (d. 2012) in Evanston, IL.   She was with Duke Ellington in the 1940's and she is best known for her wordless vocals in pieces such as "Transblucency" and "On a Turquoise Cloud". She also sang many pieces with lyrics. She is the only person Ellington allowed to reprise Adelaide Hall’s famous wordless vocal on "Creole Love Call." Her tenure in Ellington's band coincided with their increasing exposure on film.
    1920 – Prior to the formation of the NFL, a championship game between Akron and Buffalo ended in a scoreless tie and no winner was declared.
    1929 - Three men organized the American League for Physical Culture in New York City, the first nudist organization.
    1932 – Scientist Albert Einstein is granted a visa to visit the US.
    1933 - Prohibition ended with the repeal of the Eighteenth Amendment, as the Twenty-First Amendment was ratified. When Utah voted for the 21st Amendment the vote reached the 75% of the states required to amend the constitution.  Actually during this period, hospital and other records of alcoholism went down. There were considerably less accidents and deaths caused by drunk driving, and crime was more related to “lack of money” and the Depression than drinking. The law did not allow the transportation or making of alcoholic drinks, but private clubs and many restaurants had a long supply (and were able to purchase without the federal or sales tax, actually at a lower cost when the government was regulating it.) The grape industry suffered; however, individuals were allowed to make up to 300 gallons a year, plus beer, which created many home wine and beer makers which you legally can do today.
    1934 - American educator Mary McLeod Bethune founds National Council of Negro Women.
    1934 - Birthday of bass player Art Davis (d. 2007), Harrisburg, PA
    1934 - Birthday of Joan Didion in Sacramento, CA.   Her novels and essays explore the disintegration of American morals and cultural chaos, where the overriding theme is individual and social fragmentation. A sense of anxiety or dread permeates much of her work.   Best known for “The White Album” (1979), “A Book of Common Prayer” (1977) and “Play It as It Lays.”
    1935 - Birthday of early rock ’n’ roller “Little Richard” Penniman, singer, songwriter, at Macon, GA.  Penniman has been honored by many institutions, including inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is the recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from The Recording Academy and the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. Penniman's "Tutti Frutti" (1955) was included in the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry in 2010, claiming the "unique vocalizing over the irresistible beat announced a new era in music."
    1936 - Bing Crosby took over as host of "The Kraft Music Hall." Jimmy Dorsey (who would later be host himself) led the Kraft Orchestra.
    1941 - Lexingtonone of the two largest aircraft carriers employed by the United States during World War II, started its way across the Pacific in order to carry a squadron of dive bombers to defend Midway Island from an anticipated Japanese attack. Negotiations between the United States and Japan had been ongoing for months. Japan wanted an end to U.S. economic sanctions. The Americans wanted Japan out of China and Southeast Asia and Japan to repudiate the Tripartite "Axis" Pact with Germany and Italy before those sanctions could be lifted. Neither side was budging. President Roosevelt and Secretary of State Cordell Hull were anticipating a Japanese strike as retaliation-they just didn't know where. The Philippines, Wake Island, Midway Island-all were possibilities. American intelligence reports had sighted the Japanese fleet movement out from Formosa (Taiwan), apparently headed for Indochina. The U.S. State Department demanded from Japanese envoys explanations for the fleet movement across the South China Sea. The envoys claimed ignorance. Army intelligence reassured the president that, despite fears, Japan was most likely headed for Thailand not the United States. Lexingtonnever made it to Midway Island.  When it learned that the Japanese fleet had, in fact, attacked Pearl Harbor, it turned back without encountering a Japanese warship en route or deploying a single aircraft. By the time it reached Hawaii, it was December 13.
    1944 - McWHORTER, WILLIAM A., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company M, 126th Infantry, 32d Infantry Division. Place and date: Leyte, Philippine Islands, 5 December 1944. Entered service at: Liberty, S.C. Birth: Liberty, S.C. G.O. No.: 82, 27 September 1945. Citation: He displayed gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in operations against the enemy. Pfc. McWhorter, a machine gunner, was emplaced in a defensive position with 1 assistant when the enemy launched a heavy attack. Manning the gun and opening fire, he killed several members of an advancing demolition squad, when 1 of the enemy succeeded in throwing a fused demolition charge in the entrenchment. Without hesitation and with complete disregard for his own safety, Pfc. McWhorter picked up the improvised grenade and deliberately held it close to his body, bending over and turning away from his companion. The charge exploded, killing him instantly, but leaving his assistant unharmed. Pfc. McWhorter’s outstanding heroism and supreme sacrifice in shielding a comrade reflect the highest traditions of the military service.
    1946 - President Truman creates Committee on Civil Rights by Executive Order #9808
    1947 - Joe Louis beats Jersey Joe Walcott in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
    1947 – Two-time Super Bowl champ with the Oakland Raiders and Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett was born in San Jose.  After a stellar collegiate career at Stanford where he won the Heisman Trophy, he was the #1 draft pick of the woeful and then Boston Patriots.  The combination of injuries and a leaky offensive line diminished his role and in 1978, he was picked up by the Oakland raiders after two miserable seasons with the 49ers.  At age 33, after QB Dan Pastorini broke his leg, Plunkett led the team to a Super Bowl victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, then repeated it in 1983 over the Washington Redskins.  Plunkett is the only two-time Super Bowl winning QB not currently playing who is not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
    1948 - The first church service in sign language for the hearing impaired was broadcast from St. Matthew's Lutheran Church for the Deaf in Jamaica, Long Island. WPIX-TV, Channel 11 in New York aired the telecast.
    1948 – The New York Giants’ QB, Chuckin’ Charley Conerly established an NFL record with 36 consecutive pass completions.
    1949 – Ezzard Charles defeated Jersey Joe Wolcott for the heavyweight boxing championship.
    1950 - Top Hits
“All My Love” - Patti Page
“A Bushel and a Peck” - Perry Como & Betty Hutton
“Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” - Gene Autry
“I'm Moving On” - Hank Snow
    1951 - The first push button-controlled garage opened in Washington, DC. A single attendant, without entering a car, could automatically park or return an auto in less than a minute.
    1951 – “Dragnet” debuted on TV.
    1951 – Shoeless Joe died in Greenville, SC.  Jackson’s .358 batting average is the third highest in Major League history.  Jackson played for three Major League teams during his 12-year career:  the Philadelphia A’s, Cleveland Naps, and the Chicago White Sox.  He is remembered for his performance on the field and for his alleged association with the 1919 White Sox who participated in a conspiracy to fix the World Series. As a result of Jackson's association with the scandal, MLB Commissioner, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, banned Jackson from playing after the 1920 season. Since then, Jackson's guilt has been disputed, and his expulsion from baseball during the prime of his career made him one of the game's legendary figures.
    1952 - “The Abbott and Costello Show” premiered on television. Bud Abbott and Lou Costello made 52 half-hour films for television incorporat­ing many of their best burlesque routines. The show ran for two seasons, until 1954. Costello was born at Paterson, NJ, Mar 6, 1906, and died at East Los Angeles, CA, Mar 3, 1959. In 1966, Hanna-Barbera Productions produced an animated cartoon based on the characters of Abbott and Costello. Abbott supplied his own voice while Stan Irwin imitated Costello. Bud Abbott was born at Asbury Park, NJ, Oct 2, 1895 and died at Woodland Hills, CA, Apr 24, 1974. Their celebrated routine, “Who's on First?” is a staple at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
    1953 - A killer F4 tornado struck Vicksburg, MS, killing 38 and injuring 270. This was the last killer tornado of 1953, concluding one of the worst tornado years on record. Every corner of the nation east of the Rockies was hit by violent tornadoes. In no other years have violent tornadoes been so widespread
    1955 - Rosa Parks was arrested at Montgomery, Alabama on December 1 for refusing to give up her seat to a white man. This was following the Interstate Commerce Commission ban on integrated buses and bus stops, which Alabama and other states were ignoring. In support of Parks, and to protest the arrest, the black community of Montgomery organized a boycott of the bus system. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at first reluctant to have his church involved, listened to the calls of his parishioners and joined the boycott where the assemblage pushed him into the fore front. When I interviewed him as a newsman, he was “shy” at the time, he explained, and did not consider himself a leader, but “caught up in the movement.” The boycott lasted from December 5, 1955, to December 20, 1956, when the US Supreme Court ruling was implemented at Montgomery, integrating the public transportation system.
    1955 - The AFL-CIO was founded. The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organization joined together, following 20 years of rivalry, to become the nation's largest leading advocate for trade unions
    1956 - The Alan Freed-produced movie, “Rock Rock Rock,“ is released with Tuesday Weld lip-synching to Connie Francis' voice.
    1957 - New York City passed a Fair Housing Practices Law, the first city to legislate against racial or religious discrimination in housing.
    1958 - Top Hits
“To Know Him, is to Love Him” - The Teddy Bears
“One Night” - Elvis Presley
“Problems” - The Everly Brothers
“City Lights” - Ray Price
    1964 - RCA announces that "Elvis' Christmas Album" has sold over 800,000 copies since being released in 1957.
    1964 - Lorne Greene's "Ringo" hits #1
    1964 - The Beach Boys' “Beach Boys Concert” album hits #1
    1964 - The Zombies' "She's Not There" enters the pop charts
    1964 - The Kinks' "You Really Got Me" enters the pop charts
    1964 - The first Medal of Honor awarded in the Vietnam War was presented to Army Captain Roger Hugh Donlon of Saugerties, NY. He was wounded four times (stomach, leg, shoulder, and face) at Nam Dong, about 20 miles from the Laotian frontier. The award was the first since the Korean War, the first in a counterinsurgency effort, and the first to a solider with a friendly foreign force engaged in an armed conflict in which the United States was not at war, a “belligerent.” Now retired, Col. Roger resides in Leavenworth, Kansas with his lovely wife of more than 30 years, Norma. They have 4 sons and Roger has a daughter from a previous marriage. The Donlons have a number of grandchildren and spend their time traveling, giving motivational speeches, promoting Roger's book, "Beyond Nam Dong", and working with The Westmoreland Scholar Foundation, an educational foundation dedicated to fostering reconciliation between the American and Vietnamese people.
    1966 - Top Hits
“Winchester Cathedral” - The New Vaudeville Band
“Good Vibrations” - The Beach Boys
“Devil with a Blue Dress On” & “Good Golly Miss Molly” - Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels
“Somebody Like Me” - Eddy Arnold
    1967 - Baby doctor and writer Benjamin Spock along with Poet Allen Ginsberg and others arrested protesting Vietnam war.
    1969 - The four node ARPANET network is established.
    1972 - The Mormon Church officially excommunicates Sonia Johnson, founder of "Mormons for the ERA," for her efforts on behalf of the Equality Rights Amendment. She was fifth generation Mormon.
    1973 - Paul McCartney releases "Band on the Run" album.
    1973 – The Cubs’ 3B Ron Santo became the first player to veto a trade involving him.
    1974 - The National Football League announces that it has voted membership to Seattle Professional Football, Inc., headed by Lloyd W. Nordstrom with partners Herman Sarkowsky, D.E. “Ned” Skinner, Howard S. Wright, M. Lamont Bean, and Lynn P. Himmelman.
    1974 - Top Hits
“I Can Help” - Billy Swan
“Kung Fu Fighting” - Carl Douglas
“When Will I See You Again” - The Three Degrees
“Back Home Again” - John Denver
    1975 - Fleetwood Mac's tenth album goes gold and will eventually reach platinum status. This is the first album by the regrouped band, including founders Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, veteran Christine McVie and newcomers Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. The album contains the tunes "Rhiannon," "Say You Love Me" and "Over My Head."
    1975 - "Gratitude," a double album by Earth, Wind and Fire becomes their fifth album to go gold.
    1978 – The Phillies won the free agent sweepstakes for Pete Rose, awarding Charlie Hustle a four-year, $32 million contract.  It paid off when they won the 1980 World Series.
    1981 - An explosively deepening ocean storm southeast of New England caught forecasters off guard and unloaded heavy snows over New England. Boston, MA was buried with 13.5 inches and parts of southeast Massachusetts and Rhode Island reported over 2 fee
    1982 - The Cowboys beat Washington 24-10 at RFK Stadium for the club's -- and Tom Landry's -- 200th regular-season victory.
    1982 - Top Hits
“Truly” - Lionel Richie
“Gloria” - Laura Branigan
“Mickey” - Toni Basil
“You and I” - Eddie Rabbitt with Crystal Gayle
    1984 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, at age 37, was the oldest player in the National Basketball Association. He decided to push those weary bones just one more year by signing with the Los Angeles Lakers for $2 million. Other NBA greats who played for 16 seasons include John Havlicek of Boston, Dolph Shayes of Philadelphia, Paul Silas of Seattle and Elvin Hayes of Houston.
    1984 - A heavy snow came to an end in Oklahoma. 10 inches fell at Skiatook, OK and 6.1 inches at Oklahoma City, OK
    1988 - "Kokomo" by the Beach Boys topped the charts and stayed there for a week.
    1988 - Televangelist Jim Bakker was charged by a federal grand jury with mail fraud and conspiracy to defraud the public through the sale of thousands of lifetime memberships to PTL theme park, Heritage U.S.A. Bakker was convicted the following year and sentenced to prison.
     1989 - A warm Pacific storm system brought high winds and heavy rain to western Washington and western Oregon. Up to ten inches of rain deluged the western slopes of the Cascade Mountain Range in Washington State over a three-day period, and 500 persons had to be evacuated due to flooding along the Skagit River. Up to five inches of rain drenched northwest Oregon, and winds gusted to 71 mph at Netarts.
    1990 - Top Hits
“I'm Your Baby Tonight” - Whitney Houston
“Because I Love You (The Postman Song)” - Stevie B
“From a Distance” - Bette Midler
“Come Next Monday” - K.T. Oslin
    1991 - Charles Keating Jr (Lincoln Savings & Loan fraud), found guilty.  When Lincoln failed in 1989, it cost the federal government over $3 billion and about 23,000 customers were left with worthless bonds. His enterprises began to suffer financial problems and were investigated by federal regulators. His financial contributions to, and requests for regulatory intervention from five sitting U.S. senators led to those legislators being dubbed "the Keating Five." Keating was convicted in both federal and state courts of many counts of fraud, racketeering, and conspiracy. He served four and a half years in prison before those convictions were overturned in 1996. In 1999, he pleaded guilty to a more limited set of wire fraud and bankruptcy fraud counts, and was sentenced to the time he had already served.  He died in March, 2014.
    1991 – The New York Daily News filed for Chapter XI protection.
    1992 - The rappers known as Ice Cube hit it big as their "The Predator" became the #1 album in the U.S.
    1996 - The baseball players’ union executive board unanimously approved a new collective bargaining agreement, marking the end of the longest labor dispute in baseball history. The new agreement introduced a Luxury Tax, revenue sharing, inter league play, and several provisions designed to compel the future cooperation of owners and players.   
     1997 - The sleeper hit "Good Will Hunting" was released in United States theaters. The film made stars of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, who co-wrote and starred in the film. The duo, close boyhood friends, received a writing Oscar for their screenplay.
    1998 - James P. Hoffa, Jr. won the Teamsters presidency after challenger Tom Leedham conceded defeat in the union's presidential election. Leedham said it was difficult to compete against Hoffa's name recognition, financing and more than four years of campaigning for the top post of the largest private sector union in the U.S. There are some that say “Junior” was one of those involved in the disappearance of his father, probably part of the cement structure holding up a bridge or building.
    1998 - R. Kelly & Celine Dion were number one in the U.S with their single, "I'm Your Angel."
    2001 – NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani announces he wants to complete new stadium deals for the Mets and Yankees before he leaves office at the end of the month. Before the 9/11 attacks, which dramatically changed the city's financial stature, the mayor thought an arrangement in which the city, the state and the owners agreed to pay one-third of the cost of the new stadiums might complete the negotiations with the teams. A deal will be struck and the two new ballparks will both open in 2009.
    2002 - Elton John guest stars on NBC's “Will and Grace.”
    2003 - A major winter storm impacted parts of the Mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States during the 5th-7th. Snowfall accumulations of one to two feet were common across areas of Pennsylvania northward into New England. Boston, MA received 16.2 inches while Providence, RI had the greatest single snowstorm on record with 17 inches, beating the previous record of 12 inches set December 5-6, 1981. Boston's Logan International Airport was closed briefly on the 7th as heavy snowfall made regular airport operations impossible.
    2014 - NASA successfully tested its unmanned Orion spaceship for potential human flight over 3,500 miles from Earth.  Several years and more tests will be needed before the vessel is ready for human travel, potentially paving the way for manned trips to Mars.



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