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Newport Beach, CA / New York, NY
20 openings CA/4 NY - Min. 1yr exp.
Est. customer/vendor a plus. Base plus comm.

Eagle Business Finance is a national Leasing company offering brokered and internal funding services from $1,000 to $2,800,000

Friday, February 12, 2010

Basketball star William Felton "Bill" Russell born February 12, 1934 Monroe, Louisiana. A five-time winner of the NBA Most Valuable Player Award and a twelve-time All-Star, Russell was the centerpiece of the Boston Celtics dynasty that won eleven NBA Championships during Russell's thirteen-year career. He reportedly revolutionized NBA defensive concepts.He had 51 boards in one game, 49 in two others, and a dozen consecutive seasons of 1,000 or more rebounds. Along with Henri Richard of the National Hockey League's Montreal Canadiens, Russell holds the record for the most championships won by an athlete in a North American sports league. Before his professional career, Russell led the University of San Francisco to two consecutive NCAA championships. He also won a gold medal at the 1956 Summer Olympics as captain of the U.S. national basketball team.


Pictures from the Past
 1983—Bob Jacobson
  Classified Ads---Sales Manager
Exclusive: ZRG Group Hiring index shows meaningful
 upward movement for first time since October 2008

   First Quarter 2010---Up-date
  Classified Ads---Help Wanted
   Cartoon---Don't forget the dancing girls
  Grandview Financial added to “Broker/Lessor” List
    Leasing Association 2010 Conferences
From the Desk of Michael J. Witt, Esq.
 Death, Taxes and Purchase Options
 Valentine’s Day/Fish Tank/Flame & Citron
  Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years/Lola Montes

   Movie/DVD reviews by Fernando Croce
 More Banks to Fail due to Mortgages Underwater
  ELFA position on FASB/IASB Agenda Papers
   Two Convicted Health Care Fraud/Fed Taxes
 San Jose, California --- Adopt-a-Dog
News Briefs---
 Snowstorm That Exceeds Expectations
  Rates on 30-year mortgages average under 5%
   China Machinery makers hail leasing
    Synovus adopts big-bank model
 You May have Missed---
   California Nuts Brief---
    Sports Briefs---
     "Gimme that Wine"
   Today's Top Event in History
    This Day in American History
    Winter Poem
       Daily Puzzle
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Pictures from the Past

1983—Bob Jacobson

In 1983, Robert S. Jacobson, III, was the Western Association of Equipment Leasing vice-president. At the time he was vice-president, National Broker Division, Tri-Continental Leasing Corporation, a division of Bell Atlantic, a major telephone company. A Western Association of Equipment Leasing Conference was not the same without him. He had served as vice present and member of the Executive Committee. In 1984 he would become president of the association then known as the United Association of Equipment Leasing (the association merged January, 2009 with the Eastern Association of Equipment Lessors and is now known as the National Equipment Finance Association.

Bob was recruited by Don Smith and Hy Bren of Interlease, San Francisco in 1974, from Union Bank. Don died of a heart attach while playing tennis in Tiburon, and his then partner Hy Bren went on to form his own company, finally joining Matsco, Emeryville, California, where he was a star salesman and sales personnel recruiter. Unfortunately after a long and brave battle with cancer, he passed away on Friday, December 16th, 2005.

Bob learned from the great advertiser/promoter Don Smith at Perry’s on Union Street about “discounting” to start his own leasing company in 1975, which was sold to a holding company where he remained president until forming Leasing Acceptance. where Ben Millerbis was the sales manager. They had a direct sales force. In the next downturn of the industry, 1978, the company split up: Millerbis left to start Pentek Leasing, San Jose, California. He later he sold it in 1982 to Alaska Pacific Bancorporation, which in turn was sold to a large Upstate New York bank. Millerbis didn’t stay retired long, forming Pentech Financial Services in Campbell, California with the backing of John Otto, plus was co-founder of Silicon Valley Bank. Pentech is no longer active and John Otto committed suicide May 12, 2009 as the FBI was investigating his company HL Leasing as a Ponzi scheme involving hundreds of investors and perhaps up to $200 million.

Jacobson, well-known for his late night poker games, set up a broker “private label” operation called Tri-Continental Leasing, then located in Mountain View, California. In one of the next economic down turns, the telephone company divested itself of this division, shutting down their branch operations. Bob then went to work for Amembal, Deane & Associates doing lease training across the country. From memory, he was here about a year before he left the leasing business to join Hewlett-Packard, reformed, reportedly doesn’t gamble, and last heard was involved in managing an engineering department. He and his family were living in the Half Moon Bay area, California, enjoying the coastal water area. He later moved to the Lake Tahoe area where he was involved in real estate. He was last heard in real estate in Hawaii, but planning to eventually move back to Lake Tahoe.



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Bayville, NJ
Dedicated individual seeking a account management position, 3 years leasing experience and 15+ years sales experience. Resume furnished upon request,
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Exclusive: ZRG Group Hiring index shows meaningful
upward movement for first time since October 2008

First Quarter 2010---Up-date

Quarter 1- 2010 brought the first major increase in the Leasing Industry Hiring Index since October 2008. While still trailing the broader index of employment trends as recently reported in the Conference Board Employment Trends Index (ETI)TM, which rose in January for the fifth consecutive month, the Leasing Industry index finally showed a substantial increase after months of stagnation. Leasing hiring is still trailing the macro hiring trends in the overall market by a few months.

Data from January 2010 leasing index reported the first major increase in the index level in some time, perhaps signaling the beginning of a new year with increased activity for employers who now must deal with 2010 plans and executing on initiatives.

The new roles to be hired showed more balance towards business development than in previous 2009 results. Additionally, the quantity of the jobs showed increased hiring across several key functional areas including sales, operations, credit and portfolio management. Accounting related roles also increased during the period.

The next index report will be interesting to see if the level continues or the increase was a January bounce.

Larry Hartmann 201-560-9900
Ken Vancini 508-366-5800

About the ZRG Leasing Industry Index

The index is published quarterly and is based on several key proprietary data sources. These data sources include hiring data that comes directly from several top equipment finance and leasing companies, over 20 different National Job Boards and several leasing industry specific job sites. The sample group includes banks, captives and independents. These data points are weighted by relevance of senior level significance against overall hiring indicators in the industry to calculate the score. The index is for U.S. hiring. The next update will be in April 2010.

Market Update Q1 2010
North America Edition

Compensation Conundrum: Tough times for Candidates with Opportunity for Employers

With a supply and demand talent imbalance, a new problem emerged in 2009. How does a company that is hiring gauge the right "pay cut" to offer to a prospective employee who might be on the street?

For years, if someone was moving from one role to another, receiving a 10-15% pay increase from past levels of compensation seemed like a rite of passage. In 2009 this changed. A typical scenario might have a company looking for a VP of Credit with specialized skills and experience in a niche. The compensation budget and targets for the role might have a $150,000 base salary, plus 30% target bonus.

In comes the perfect resume, an executive who was the SVP of Credit with extensive experience. Everyone is thrilled such an experienced person is available and interested; the hiring issue is solved. So, what's the problem? The executive, who has been out of work for six months and used to make $250,000 base and 40% bonus, is now willing to accept a new job at much lower pay levels.

On the surface, many felt this was a great scenario. Imagine hiring the ultimate "A Player," but only paying a fraction of what the executive used to earn.

Determining the right "pay cut" has become an important part of final hiring decisions. How does one determine the magic point in the Pay Cut Conundrum — the point that allows a company to land a star and save money, but not lose that candidate when the market turns?

Some companies adopted new rules that provided for no more than a 10-20% step down in pay. Others threw caution to the wind and brought in senior talent at significant pay cuts without worrying about the impact of the sale price down the road. The pitfalls are obvious when the leaders leave as an opportunity at the right level of compensation presents itself. Is this an amazing opportunity for the new employer or will this be an expensive learning lesson? Only time will tell on many new approaches to hiring in this market.

ZRG Partners is the global leader in executive recruiting in the equipment leasing and finance marketplace. Here are some examples of recent retained search work globally:

o Warsaw. Poland, Credit Leader
o Brazil, General Manager, Global Bank
o China, Country Leader, Independent
o Poland, Head of Business Development, Global Independent
o Germany, Head of Vendor Development, Global Independent
o Panama, Head of Sales, Global Independent
o Chile, Channel Partner, IT Lessor
o Japan, COO, Global Logistics

Full ZRG First Quarter 2010 Report here:


Classified Ads---Help Wanted


Newport Beach, CA / New York, NY
20 openings CA/4 NY - Min. 1yr exp.
Est. customer/vendor a plus. Base plus comm.

Eagle Business Finance is a national Leasing company offering brokered and internal funding services from $1,000 to $2,800,000

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Western Finance & Lease, a subsidiary of Western State Bank established in 1901, solicits originations throughout the US and provides
funding solutions for a wide range of industries.

Please see our Job Wanted section for possible new employees.



added to “Broker/Lessor” List

City, State
Leasing Association
(see above for meaning)
# of Empl.
Geographic Area
Buisness Reports

Grandview Financial, Inc.
Marshall, MN
Brian Bjella, Pres.
* CA.License applied
Grandview Financial,Inc.
Quest Resources
HLC Capital
Dakota Capital

$30,000 average

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

A - City Business License | B- State License | C - Certified Leasing Professional |

D - State(s) sales/use tax license |E - Named as "lessor" on 50% or more of lease contract signed. |

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Articles about Brian Bjella



Meet and learn from Mr. Terry Winders, CLP

Leasing #102 columnist for Leasing News,
long time educator and trainer

Sales and Operations
click here for course information and to register

April 12th until Noon on the 14th
Seattle, Washington
Hosted by Financial Pacific

$395.00 Paid in Advance for first person from company
$345 with each additional attendee 

"Certified Leasing Professionals attending this seminar will earn CPEs (Continuing Professional Education)
Credits toward their recertification"

(This ad is a “trade” for the writing of this column. Opinions
contained in the column are those of Mr. Terry Winders, CLP)


Leasing Association 2010 Conferences

March 19-21
NEFA Spring Conference
The Fairmont
Dallas, Texas

April 13-15
ELFA National Funding Conference
Fairmont Hotel Chicago
Chicago, IL

April 15-17
2010 NAELB Annual Conference
Omni Hotel at CNN Center
100 CNN Center
Atlanta, Georgia

May 5-7,
AGLF/ELFA Public Sector Finance Forum
Westin Hotel, Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois

September 24-25
2010 NAELB Eastern Regional Meeting
Atlanta, Georgia

October 15-17
NEFA Funding Symposium Fall 2010
The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead
Atlanta, Georgia

October 24-26
ELFA 49th Annual Convention
Boca Raton Resort & Club
Boca Raton, Florida

November 12-13, 2010
NAELB Western Regional Meeting
Costa Mesa, California


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Death, Taxes and Purchase Options

A small-ticket lessor (let’s call it John Doe Leasing Co.) asked me the other day whether there are any legal risks involved in stating in an advertising brochure or website that monthly lease payments under its FMV or 10% purchase option leases “may be fully deductible as an operating expense.” He stressed the word “may” because he knows enough that it’s dangerous to state absolutes.

This was about the thousandth time I had been asked this question over the years. It’s a question more about the law of false advertising than tax law. But when I gave my answer this time, I added something that I had never said the previous nine hundred and ninety-nine times.

A little background first. For lease payments to be fully deductible as an operating expense, the lease structure must have certain “true lease” characteristics established by the IRS and various tax court rulings. If it doesn’t meet the test, the “lease” will be deemed a conditional sale and the lessee will only be entitled to the tax benefits associated with depreciating the equipment. (There is no single, “bright line” test established by the IRS, but if you take a look at IRS Revenue Ruling 55-540, you’ll probably get sufficient guidance.) It is beyond the scope of this article to pore through the details of that ruling; for our purposes here, I merely want to point out that one of the things that will usually destroy true lease treatment is if “the total of the rental payments and any option price payable in addition thereto approximates the price at which the equipment could have been acquired by purchase at the time of entering into the agreement, plus interest and/or carrying charges.” (See 55-540 section 4.05.) The IRS will impute a “reasonable” rate of interest in its analysis.

Now back to John Doe Leasing Co. Before I answered Mr. Doe’s question, I went to his company’s website and found something interesting. Using the site’s “Lease Rate Calculator,” I found, for example, that a three-year FMV- or 10%-buyout lease having an original equipment cost of $20,000 would have 36 monthly payments totaling a little more than $25,000. 10% on top of that (which is also what this lessor generally quotes in its FMV-option transactions also) makes a total of payments of about $27,000, which carries an implicit interest rate of about 21%. (Doe Leasing writes deals up to $250,000 only, which is not atypical amongst its small-ticket competitors. A $250,000 five-year FMV or 10% lease, to take another Doe Leasing example, would have 60 payments totaling almost $290,000. 10% on top of that gives a total of $340,000, which carries an implicit interest rate of about 12%.)

So what I told Mr. Doe was essentially this: An interest rate of 21% on a three-year $20,000 deal, and a 12% rate on a five-year $250,000 deal, are probably not less than “reasonable,” at least to the IRS – especially given the present rate environment. Therefore, although your 10% and FMV lease products are probably true lease structures for legal and bankruptcy purposes under UCC Section 1-203, it doesn’t appear that you’ve got those products priced in a way that would qualify them for true-lease treatment for tax purposes. So, I concluded, if your company never writes true tax leases, you probably shouldn’t say anything in your advertising or website about deducting a hundred percent of the payments – not even the possibility of doing so.

The reason I think this is important is that, over the years, I’ve seen an abundance of small-ticket advertising literature containing this kind of “soft” tax advice. It’s always found in the “Advantages of Leasing” section. The more well-written pieces say, essentially, that “payments under a true lease may be fully tax deductible, but you should consult your tax advisor to be certain.” This is a perfectly good thing for a lessor to say in his ads – but probably only if he has a true tax lease product to sell.

Because in the final analysis, taxes aren’t always as certain as, well, death.

You can take a closer look at Revenue Ruling 55-540 at

Michael Witt was Managing Counsel at Wells Fargo & Co and Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Advanta Leasing Corporation. He is now in private practice in Iowa.
Michael J. Witt Law Offices
4342 Oakwood Lane
2nd Floor
West Des Moines, IA 50265
Tel: (515) 868-1067

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(This ad is a “trade” for the writing of this column. Opinions
contained in the column are those of Mr. Michael Witt, Esq.)


Fernando’s View
By Fernando F. Croce

The frothy “Valentine’s Day” and the gritty “Fish Tank” offer moviegoers a yin-yang of cinematic tastes, while choice DVD releases include a World War II thriller (“Flame & Citron”), a re-released masterpiece (“Lola Montes”), and a ton of Clint Eastwood.

Valentine’s Day (New Line Cinema): Just in time for the year’s most romantic date, veteran director Gary Marshall (“Pretty Woman,” “Runaway Bride”) offers this frothy comedy for lovestruck audiences. The story follows a network of characters looking to find their soul mates, from Ashton Kutcher as a flower salesman who doesn’t notice his best friend’s (Jennifer Garner) affection to aging trouper Shirley MacLaine as a feisty diva. The cast of all-star dreamers also includes Jessica Alba, Jamie Foxx, Patrick Dempsey, Queen Latifah, Anne Hathaway, and Taylor Swift, with Julia Roberts popping up in a surprising cameo. Presenting a sunny version of the dramatic, multi-strand Los Angeles of “Crash,” this smooth blend of laughs and romance should satisfy viewers looking for light viewing.

Fish Tank (IFC Films): For a grittier time at the movies, give this forceful look at adolescence a try. Mia (Katie Jarvis) is a 15-year-old British girl constantly butting heads with the world around her, above all her family. Her arguments with her mother (Kierston Wareing) and sister (Rebecca Griffiths) take a sudden turn when mom’s new boyfriend (Michael Fassbender) moves in with them, and takes an interest in the sullen, combative teenager. Will their volatile friendship help bring the family together, or simply tear it further apart? Writer-director Andrea Arnold follows the characters without judgment or phony sentimentality. It may be rough-going at times, but it gets huge support from a superb cast, including Fassbender (last seen in “Inglourious Basterds”).

Netflix tip: Looking for some good date flicks this Valentine’s Day? Hit your Netflix queue with some oldies but goodies that will work even better than heart-shaped chocolate boxes. Some recommendations: “An Affair to Remember,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” “The Shop Around the Corner,” and “Say Anything.”

New on DVD:

Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years (Warner Bros): Clint Eastwood has been an American icon for so long that it’s easy to take the range of his achievements as star and filmmaker for granted. This deluxe DVD set from Warner Bros. provides an excellent overview of his career, from his beginnings as an action star in thrillers like “Where Eagles Dare” to his Dirty Harry persona in the 1970s (“Magnum Force”) and into his adventurous road as a director in the 1980s (“White Hunter, Black Heart”) and 1990s (“Unforgiven”). Among the 19 movies you will even find some of Eastwood’s comedies (“Every Which Way but Lose,” “Pink Cadillac”)! For fans of this durable Hollywood legend, this package will make their day.

Flame & Citron (IFC Films): For a more somber look at many of the issues seen in the recent "Inglourious Basterds," check out this tense World War II thriller, which has the distinction of being one of the most lavish Danish productions ever. Based on a true story, the plot follows the exploits of two resistance fighters nicknamed "Flame" (Thure Lindhardt) and Citron (Mads Mikkelsen), who dodge Gestapo officers in Nazi-occupied Copenhagen while tracking down traitors of their country. The two men stick together through many dangerous missions, but when their next mission calls for the death of Flame's girlfriend, their goals start to become perilously blurred. Director Ole Christian Madsen strikes a solid balance of suspense, period detail, and strong performances. With subtitles.

Lola Montes (Criterion): Misunderstood and truncated when first released in France in 1955, master director Max Ophuls's final film receives the lush Criterion treatment, giving this masterpiece the best look it’s had in decades. Lola Montes (Martine Carol) is a notorious courtesan who, reduced to a circus attraction for prurient viewers, recalls the loves of her life. As romances with such eminent figures as composer Mahler and King Ludwig of Bavaria fill the screen, Ophuls orchestrates a rich, unforgettable spectacle of movement and dreams that has not lost a bit of its luster in the years since. A classic that’s both cinematically exhilarating and wondrously romantic. With subtitles.


More Banks to Fail due to Mortgages Underwater

Between 2010 and 2014 approximately $1.4 trillion in commercial real estate loans will come due, but almost half of these are "underwater," according to the Congressional Oversight Panel February oversight report, meaning the borrower owes more on the loan than the underlying property is worth.

The report notes, “Even borrowers who own profitable properties may be unable to refinance their loans as they face tightened underwriting standards, increased demands for additional investment by borrowers, and restricted credit."

""The largest real estate loan losses are projected for 2011 and beyond; losses at banks alone could range as high as $200-$300 billion."

"In the worst case scenario, hundreds more community and mid-sized banks could face insolvency."

"When commercial properties fail, it creates a downward spiral of economic contraction: job losses; deteriorating store fronts, office buildings and apartments; and the failure of the banks serving those communities. Because community banks play a critical role in financing the small businesses that could help the American economy create new jobs, their widespread failure could disrupt local communities, undermine the economic recovery and extend an already painful recession."

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Equipment Leasing and Finance Association Comments
on FASB/IASB Agenda Papers on Revision of Lease Accounting Standard

Washington, DC— The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) yesterday released the following statement regarding proposed revisions to lease accounting standards by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). The statement reflects ELFA’s position on recent FASB/IASB meeting outcomes, agenda papers and overall direction of the lease accounting project.

These recent activities by the FASB and IASB (the Boards) follow release of a Discussion Paper in July entitled Leases: Preliminary Views as part of the Boards lease accounting project. The Discussion Paper serves as a roadmap to an eventual standard that will replace Statement of Financial Accounting Standard No. 13, Accounting for Leases (SFAS 13), governing the accounting for commercial lease transactions in the United States.

“Lease financing is a critical means of capital formation for U.S. businesses through the acquisition and investment in capital plant and equipment and real estate,” said Ralph Petta, Interim President, ELFA. “The ELFA’s overriding concern is that any standard that replaces SFAS 13 will improve the clarity in financial reporting of these transactions without undue burden on businesses from an accounting or a financial standpoint.”

“At this stage of the project, the Boards have sought the views of users, but unfortunately, few users have provided formal comments during the development of accounting standards,” said Petta. “Given this situation and the limited user feedback received by the Boards during the comment letter process, ELFA undertook a review of user views, including banks, analysts and accounting firms, to gather a rounded perspective of the proposed changes.”

“In submitting our review findings to the chairmen of the FASB and the IASB, we look forward to continuing to work with the Boards and staff to make the proposed new lease accounting standard the most useful and workable model possible.”

Specific concerns are:

· Complexity for Lessees - The initial recognition of estimates of contingent rents and options and the continuous review and adjustments are burdensome and costly.

· Linked Accounting for Lessees – The Boards view the unit of account as the lease and recognize the linkage of the leased asset and lease obligation at the point of initial recognition. This should result in the linkage existing in subsequent accounting by the lessee.

· Lessor Accounting - The lessor performance obligation model does not reflect the lessor’s legal and economic position in a typical equipment lease, and it does not fit the business model of lessors who lease single assets to one lessee for terms of one year or more with no incremental services provided.

· Contingent Rents and Options for Lessees - The current tentative decisions for estimating and capitalizing contingent rents and non-bargain options do not fit the current conceptual framework and related definitions.

A copy of the ELFA’s comment letter is available upon request or can be found at


As part of the global effort to establish uniform corporate financial accounting standards, the FASB and IASB are working jointly to develop a new model for the recognition of assets and liabilities arising under lease contracts. The scope of the Project is the same as FAS 13 covering commercial leases (those related to plant, property and equipment). The proposed new standard is expected to impact the balance sheets of all companies subject to U.S. GAAP who use leasing to acquire assets or as part of their asset management strategy.

The Boards’ intent is to bring all assets and liabilities on balance sheet and account for the lease contract’s rights and obligations as assets and liabilities. Initially the Project was to address both lessee and lessor accounting and thus replace FAS 13 in its entirety; however, the Project was scaled back to address only lessee accounting. The Boards are considering whether to include lessor accounting in the current project.

All leases will likely be affected as soon as the standard is effective but the Boards have not yet decided the method of transition or the effective date.


About the ELFA

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) is the trade association that represents companies in the $518 billion equipment finance sector, which includes financial services companies and manufacturers engaged in financing capital goods. ELFA members are the driving force behind the growth in the commercial equipment finance market and contribute to capital formation in the U.S. and abroad. Its over 600 members include independent and captive leasing and finance companies, banks, financial services corporations, broker/packagers and investment banks, as well as manufacturers and service providers. For more information, please visit


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Two Convicted Health Care Fraud/Fed Taxes

San Diego - United States Attorney Karen P. Hewitt announced that William R. Fry and Dr. Geronimo Rubio were sentenced yesterday in federal court in San Diego by the Honorable John A. Houston, United States District Court Judge, to serve fourteen and twelve months in custody, respectively, followed by three years of supervised release following their release from prison. Fry and Rubio each pled guilty to health care fraud and federal income tax felonies in June 2007. Judge Houston also ordered that, for their health care fraud convictions, Fry and Rubio pay $63,237 in restitution to insurance providers. Fry was also ordered to pay the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) $314,159 in back taxes plus interest and penalties for tax years 1997 through 2003. Dr. Rubio was ordered to pay the IRS $356,311 in back taxes plus interest and penalties for tax years 1998 through 2003.

According to court records, Dr. Rubio and Mr. Fry jointly owned and controlled a business called “American Metabolic Institute,” in Bonita, California. The defendants operated a health care clinic called “Hospital San Martin,” in Tijuana, Mexico. The clinic, under the direction of Dr. Rubio offered alternative medicines and treatments to patients, many of whom were diagnosed with cancer. In their pleas, the defendants admitted that they submitted false bills to American insurance companies and that each defendant substantially under-reported his true income on his individual federal income tax returns.

United States Attorney Hewitt stated, “The integrity of our tax system is dependent upon the integrity of individual citizens. This case demonstrates the government’s commitment to the preservation of collective confidence in the system.”

Leslie P. DeMarco, IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge for the Los Angeles Field Office stated, “The prosecution of individuals who intentionally conceal income and evade taxes is a vital element in maintaining public confidence in our tax system. Dr. Rubio and Mr. Fry took the risk of not reporting their substantial income they earned from their medical clinic, and they got caught. At this time of year when the American public is focusing on filing tax returns, those taxpayers who file timely and accurately should be confident that our tax system works.”

DEFENDANTS Case Number: 04cr1276
WILLIAM R. FRY Age 70 Chula Vista, California
GERONIMO RUBIO Age 51 Chula Vista, California

Title 26, United States Code, Section 7206(1) - Filing a False Federal Income Tax Return Title 18, United States Code, Sections 371 and 1347 - Conspiracy to Commit Health Care Fraud

Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division Federal Bureau of Investigation

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News Briefs----

Snowstorm That Exceeds Expectations

Rates on 30-year mortgages average under 5%

China Machinery makers hail leasing

A small-town lender no more, Synovus adopts big-bank model


You May have Missed---

Other insurers raising health care rates too


Sports Briefs----

Maverick owner Cuban gains in stature among NBA owners


California Nuts Briefs---

Gov. to take on Assembly not approving Maldonado for lieutenant governor

California buses can't make the grade to Cypress Bowl

Dugard diary shows conflicted emotion on captivity




“Gimme that Wine”

California 2009 Wine Grape Crush Totals 3.7 Million Tons--CASS

Red wines bridge cultures for Valentine's Day

Wine Prices by vintage

US/International Wine Events

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Today's Top Event in History

1899- On the edge of the greatest arctic outbreak of all-time, a vicious blizzard pounded the mid-Atlantic and New England states. 20 inches of snow fell at Washington, DC and 34 inches fell at Cape May, New Jersey. The central pressure of the storm was estimated to be 966 millibars (28.53 inches) just southeast of Nantucket, Massachusetts. it was the coldest morning ever in the eastern Great Plains and eastern Texas. Kansas city, Missouri bottomed out at 22 degrees below zero. Fort Worth, Texas dropped to 8 degrees below. Camp Clarke, Nebraska recorded 47 degrees below zero. In the east, Washington, DC recorded 15 degrees below zero and Charleston, South Carolina received 3.9 inches of snow.


This Day in American History

    1733-General James Edward Oglethorpe, with some 100 other Englishmen, landed at what is now Savannah, GA. Naming the new colony Georgia for England’s King George II, Oglethorpe was organizer and first governor of the colony and founder of the city of Savannah. In 1732, he proposed the establishment of an asylum for debtors in the region south of the American colony of South Carolina. The British recognized the advantages of a buffer colony between South Carolina and Spanish Florida and Oglethorpe was made a twenty-year trustee of the colony of Georgia, named after King George II. He carefully selected about one hundred debtors, and on January 11, 1733, the expedition sailed into South Carolina’s Charleston Bay. After purchasing supplies, Oglethorpe led the settlers down the coast to Georgia, where they traveled inland along the Savannah River, establishing the settlement of Savannah on February 12. After forging friendly relations with the Yamacraw, a branch of the Creek Confederacy who agreed to cede land to the colonists for settlement, he set about establishing a defense against the Spanish, building forts, and instituting a system of military training. In 1739, England declared war on Spain, and in 1742, Oglethorpe defeated the Spanish on St. Simons Island off the coast of Georgia, effectively ending Spanish claims to the territory of Georgia. Georgia, rich in export potential, later grew into one of the most prosperous British colonies in America.
    1793-As states in New England began outlawing slavery, the Southern states pushed through Congress the “Fugitive Slave Law: No person held to service or labor in one state, under the laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in consequence of any law or regulation therein, be discharged from such service or labor, but shall be delivered up on claim of the party to whom such service or labor may be due.” As the Underground Railroad began, more and more states enacted statues of bounty and fines for those assisting “runaway slaves.”
    1809- Birthday of Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the US (Mar 4, 1861-Apr 15, 1865) and the first to be assassinated (on Good Friday, Apr 14, 1865, at Ford's Theatre at Washington, DC). His presidency encompassed the tragic Civil War. Especially remembered are his Emancipation Proclamation (Jan 1, 1863), his Gettysburg Address (Nov 19, 1863) and his proclamation establishing the last Thursday of November as Thanksgiving Day. Born at Hardin County, KY, he died at Washington, DC, Apr 15, 1865. Lincoln's birthday is observed as part of Presidents' Day in most states, but is a legal holiday in Illinois and an optional bank holiday in Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Washington and West Virginia.
    1831 -- Nat Turner's revolt in Virginia begins with divine signal -- solar eclipse.
He decides the only way to be free is to revolt and sees this as a sign to raise an army of salves.
    1837- Birthday of artist Thomas Moran.
    1837- An irate group of unemployed New Yorkers gathered to protest skyrocketing food and fuel prices, as well as the city's rapidly escalating rents. The demonstration quickly degenerated into violence, as the workers turned their anger on a flour warehouse. For the city, as well as the rest of the nation, the outburst was a strong indicator of the fiscal troubles that would bubble over later that year. Come that May, a host of events, including a wave of bank failures and a brewing recession, both of which stemmed from President Andrew Jackson's decision to yank all Federal deposits from the second Bank of the United States, signaled the onset of the Panic of 1837. The panic hung over America for the next seven years, debilitating the nation's economy and triggering rampant unemployment.
    1865- First Black to address US House of Representatives.
Reverend Dr. Henry Highland Garnet, the first African-American ever permitted in the US House of Representatives, delivers a sermon to a crowded House chamber. His sermon commemorates the victories of the Union army and the deliverance of the country from slavery. Garnet, a former slave himself, was a pastor of the Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. President Abraham Lincoln, with the unanimous consent of his cabinet and the two congressional chaplains, had arranged for the special Sunday service, to be held on February 12, the president’s fifty-sixth birthday. Garnet escaped to the North in 1824, where he became a prominent abolitionist, famous for his radical appeal to slaves to rise up and slay their masters. In 1881, he was appointed US minister to Liberia, but he died only two months after his arrival in the African nation.
    1870- The women in the Utah Territory were granted the right to vote in political elections---50 years before the 19th Amendment was ratified.
    1874 --King David Kalakaua of Sandwich Island HI, is first king to visit US.
    1883- Coronation on territory that would later become part of the Untied States: King Kalakaua and Queen Kapiolani were crowned king and queen of the Hawaiian Islands at Iolani Palace, Honolulu.
    1873- A routine coinage act of Congress omitted all silver currency because silver was so scarce it brought more as bullion than as dollars. Three years later, when Nevada mines were producing unprecedented quantities of silver mine owners demanded that the government buy their product for coinage. At that time, the coinage act became known as the Crime of '73 as all coins were gold.
    1877- The first telephone news dispatch was called into the Boston Globe in Boston from Salem, Massachusetts, using equipment provided by Alexander Graham Bell.
    1879-A gala carnival was present at the opening of the first indoor ice skating rink, built by Thomas L. Rankin at Madison Square Garden, New York. I t has 6,000 square feet of surface.
    1887- Frederick Winthrom Thayer of Waverly, MA, captain of the Harvard University Baseball Club, obtained a patent for a “face guard or safety mask.” He had a tinsmith in Cambridge, MA, make it. Louis Truschke, catcher of the Foster Baseball Club, Lawrence, MA, who had been hurt by a pitched ball, adopted the mask. It became very popular among catchers and was eventually manufactured by Peck and Snyder, New York City.
    1889- John Lewis, American labor leader born near Lucas, IA. His parents came to the US from Welsh mining towns, and Lewis left school in the seventh grade to become a miner himself. Became leader of United Mine Workers of America and champion of all miners' causes. Died at Washington, DC, June 11, 1969.
    1898- Roy Harris, born at Chandler, OK, Harris was one of the most important composers of this century. He was known for his use of Anglo-American folk tunes. He composed more than 200 works, including 13 symphonies, several ballet scores and much chamber and choral music. His best-known work is his Third Symphony (1939). He died at Santa Monica, CA, Oct 1, 1979.
    1899- On the edge of the greatest arctic outbreak of all-time, a vicious blizzard pounded the mid-Atlantic and New England states. 20 inches of snow fell at Washington, DC and 34 inches fell at Cape May, New Jersey. The central pressure of the storm was estimated to be 966 millibars (28.53 inches) just southeast of Nantucket, Massachusetts. it was the coldest morning ever in the eastern Great Plains and eastern Texas. Kansas city, Missouri bottomed out at 22 degrees below zero. Fort Worth, Texas dropped to 8 degrees below. Camp Clarke, Nebraska recorded 47 degrees below zero. In the east, Washington, DC recorded 15 degrees below zero and Charleston, South Carolina received 3.9 inches of snow.
    1900-Birthday of guitarist Pink Anderson, Laurens, SC, Died October 12, 1974
    1903-Birthday of Milton Rackmil, co-founder Decca records and president of Universal Studios, New York City, NY
( see 1951-- )
    1907 – Anna T. Jeanes bequeaths $1,000,000 to the Jeanes Supervisors. Anna T. Jeanes, a Quaker from Philadelphia, was one of ten children in a wealthy family. She was a well-to-do single woman in the 1800s who was interested in the causes of her day. None of her brothers and sisters left heirs. So in time, she inherited a great deal of money. Around the turn of the century, she began to donate her fortune to charity, and in 1907, shortly before she died, she gave one million dollars to a fund of income-bearing securities, to provide education to black students in rural areas of the South. This fund, based on an original gift of over a million dollars, was set up for the improvement of rural elementary schools for African Americans. Jeanes teachers were hired to travel to all the schools in a county, helping the local teachers organize classes in domestic science, gardening and carpentry.
The Jeanes teachers contributed to the schools in other ways, often serving as informal social workers. For thirty years they provided a precious ingredient, hope, to small black communities. In 1937, the Jeanes Fund merged with the Slater Fund to found the Southern Education Foundation, which has continued to do much good work. She is buried at Fair Hill
Burial Ground at Germantown Avenue and Cambria Street.
    1908 - The famous, New York-to-Paris automobile race started via Seattle and Yokohama, Japan. The race began in Times Square, New York City, with six automobiles entered in the race: three French, one Italian, One German, and one American. The race was won by George Schuster, driver, George J. Miller, mechanic, and Montague Roberts, assistant mechanic, in a car made by the
E.R. Thomas Motor Company, Buffalo, NY. The cars drove across the North American continent, took a boat across the Pacific and then raced across Siberia and Europe to the City of Lights. One car dropped out on the starting day; after a while, only two remained. The average daily run was 152 miles, the longest daily run 420 miles. A team of Americans reached Paris on July 31, four days after a German team, but the Americans were declared the winners because of a handicap imposed on the Germans. The Americans traveled 13,341 miles in 170 days, 88 of which he spent driving . The race was sponsored by the New York Times and the Paris newspaper Le Matin.
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    1909- On the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth, a call for an organizational meeting was issued for what was to become the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded by W.E.B. Dubois and Ida Wells-Barnett, with 58 others, to wage a militant campaign against lynching and other forms of racial oppression. Its legal wing brought many lawsuits that successfully challenged segregation in the 1950s and '60s. Today, the membership of the NAACP exceeds 500,000.
    1910-Birthday of tenor sax player Paul Bascomb, Birmingham, AL
    1913- Raymond “Ray” Dandridge, Baseball Hall of Fame third baseman born at Richmond, VA. Dandridge was a standout third baseman in the Negro Leagues. He was 35 years old when Organized Baseball called, but he never played a day in the major leagues. Inducted into the Hall of
Fame in 1987. Died at Palm Beach, FL, 1994.
    1913 -- Mary Harris "Mother" Jones leads a protest of conditions in the West Virginia mines and is arrested. (On May 8, newly-elected Governor Hatfield releases her from jail.) A government official once called Mary Jones "The most dangerous woman in America." She was dangerous to the established order because she was fearless in her defense of the oppressed working class. For 60 years she went into mining towns where men often feared to go, organizing unions. The miners called her "Mother" Jones. She was still out there at age 83. No rockin' chair for her...
God,  if You had but the moon
    Stuck in Your cap for a lamp,
Even You'd tire of it soon,
    Down in the dark and the damp.
Nothing but blackness above
    And nothing that moves but the cars. . . .
God, if You wish for our love,
    Fling us a handful of stars.
---Louis Untermeyer
excerpt from Caliban in the Coal Mines, from Challenge, 1914
(This poem is based on the Few Clothes Johnson, the character played by James Earle Jones in John Sayles' film Matewan.)
UMWA miners on Paint Creek in Kanawha County demanded wages equal to those of other area mines. The operators rejected the wage increase & miners walked off the job today, beginning one of the most violent strikes in the nation's history. At the age of 83, Mother Jones was convicted by a military court of conspiring to commit murder & was sentenced to 20 years in prison. The event created such a furor that the U.S. Senate form a committee to look into conditions in the West Virginia coalfields.
    1914-Birthday of sax player “Tex” Beneke,Fort Worth,TX Died May 30,2000
    1915-Birthday of Lorne Greene, the actor who played Ben Cartwright on the immensely popular television Western Bonanza, is born in Ontario, Canada. An only child, Greene later said he based his portrayal of Ben Cartwright on his own father, Daniel Greene. Greene’s rise to national stardom in Bonanza did not come until relatively late in his career. He first began acting as a student at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, where he abandoned his major in chemical engineering to follow the more exciting lure of the stage. For several years he worked in the theater in New York City, but he won his first major position in 1939 as an announcer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. His deep, warm voice soon earned Greene the title, "The Voice of Canada." During World War II, he served as a flying officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force. When he returned to Canada, Greene began to win more acting roles in the fledgling Canadian television industry. In 1954, he made his big screen debut as the Apostle Peter in The Silver Chalice. Greene’s big break came in 1959. The American TV producer David Dortot spotted Greene playing a small role in the Western Wagon Train. Dortot was in the midst of creating a new TV Western based on the adventures of a rancher father and his three sons. He thought Greene would be perfect for the role of "Pa"-Ben Cartwright. Greene agreed to take the role. His three TV sons (each by a different wife) were the thoughtful and mature Adam (Pernell Roberts), the gentle giant Hoss (Dan Blocker), and the hot-blooded young romantic Little Joe (Michael Landon). Bonanza debuted on NBC in 1959 and remained on the air until 1973, making it one of the longest running TV Westerns ever. Somewhat unique among the many other TV Westerns of the time that emphasized solitary cowboys and gunmen, Bonanza focused on the strong familial bonds between Ben Cartwright and his three sons. The silver-haired Greene created a Ben Cartwright who was an ideal father. Strong, compassionate, and understanding, "Pa" shepherded his sons through tough times with a grace and wisdom that won him the affection of millions of viewers. Besides offering appealing characters and interesting story lines, Bonanza was also popular because it was the first network Western to be televised in color. After Bonanza was canceled in 1973, Greene acted in several other short-lived TV shows, including Battlestar Galactica. He died in 1987 at the age of 72, still best remembered by millions as "Pa" Cartwright.
    1917- birthday of Dominic “Dom” DiMaggio, former baseball player, San Francisco, Ca.
    1923-Birthday of drummer Art Mardigan, Detroit, MI
    1924 - Bandleader Paul Whiteman presented his symphonic jazz at New York's Aeolian Hall. The concert was the first public performance of George Gershwin’s "Rhapsody In Blue" with Gershwin, himself, at the piano.
    1924 - Calvin Coolidge, known as the ‘Silent President’, gave the first presidential political speech on radio from New York City. The speech was broadcast on five radio stations, and some five million people tuned in to hear the President.
    1925-The Arbitration law was enacted by Congress: “ make valid and enforceable written provisions or agreements for arbitration of disputes, arising out of contracts, maritime transactions or commerce among the state or Territories or with foreign nations.”
    1926—Trumpet player Buddy Childers born in St. Louis, Missouri.
    1926- birthday of Joe Garagiola, broadcaster and former baseball player, St. Louis, Mo.
    1934-Birthday of basketball Hall of Fame center and former coach William Felton (Bill” Russell, born, Monroe, LA.
    1935--- Great airship, USS Macon, crashes into Pacific Ocean.
    1935- Birthday of singer/song composer Gene McDaniels, Kansas City, KS
    1935-Birthday of Ray Manzarek, keyboards player with the Doors, was born in Chicago. Manzarek met Doors' lead singer Jim Morrison at the UCLA film department, and together they conceived the group which was to become famous as much for Morrison's exhibitionism as for its music. The Doors, with Robby Krieger on guitar and John Densmore on drums, had a number-one hit with "Light My Fire," a song taken from their debut album in 1967. Several more hit singles and albums followed, until Jim Morrison's death of heart failure in 1971. Ray Manzarek took the band on to record two more albums, but the Doors split up in 1973.
    1938 – Birthday of Judy Blume, breakthrough author of realistic books for children. amseyil/blume.htm
    1940 - Mutual Radio first broadcast the comic-strip hero, "Superman". For six years the identity of the man from Krypton was unknown to listeners. Eventually word got out that Superman’s voice was that of Bud Collyer, who later hosted the television program, "To Tell the Truth" on CBS.
    1942 - On Decca Records, Mildred Bailey recorded "More Than You Know".
    1944-Wendell Wilkie (R) enters presidential race He had been talked into
running against FDR in 1940, and was more sincere in this race; however,
the Republicans had become more interested in the conservative Governor Thomas Dewey from New York. Wilkie was the 1940 Republican nominee, but he had several heart attacks, finally succumbed, dying on October 8, 1944 at age fifty-two. FDR was reelected president on November 7, beating Gov. Dewey 25,602,504 to 22,006,285; electoral votes 432 to 99.
    1945- San Francisco selected for site of UN Conference.
    1945-DELEAU, EMILE, JR.  Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company A, 142d Infantry, 36th Infantry Division. Place and date: Oberhoffen, France, 12 February 1945. Entered service at: Blaine, Ohio. Birth: Lansing, Ohio. G.O. No.: 60, 25 July 1945. Citation: He led a squad in the night attack on Oberhoffen, France, where fierce house-to-house fighting took place. After clearing 1 building of opposition, he moved his men toward a second house from which heavy machinegun fire came. He courageously exposed himself to hostile bullets and, firing his submachine gun as he went, advanced steadily toward the enemy position until close enough to hurl grenades through a window, killing 3 Germans and wrecking their gun. His progress was stopped by heavy rifle and machinegun fire from another house. Sgt. Deleau dashed through the door with his gun blazing. Within, he captured 10 Germans. The squad then took up a position for the night and awaited daylight to resume the attack. At dawn of 2 February Sgt. Deleau pressed forward with his unit, killing 2 snipers as he advanced to a point where machinegun fire from a house barred the way. Despite vicious small-arms fire, Sgt. Deleau ran across an open area to reach the rear of the building, where he destroyed 1 machinegun and killed its 2 operators with a grenade. He worked to the front of the structure and located a second machinegun. Finding it impossible to toss a grenade into the house from his protected position, he fearlessly moved away from the building and was about to hurl his explosive when he was instantly killed by a burst from the gun he sought to knock out. With magnificent courage and daring aggressiveness, Sgt. Deleau cleared 4 well-defended houses of Germans, inflicted severe losses on the enemy and at the sacrifice of his own life aided his battalion to reach its objective with a minimum of casualties.
    1947—Top Hits
For Sentimental Reasons - Nat King Cole
Ole Buttermilk Sky - The Kay Kyser Orchestra (vocal: Mike Douglas & The Campus Kids)
A Gal in Calico - Johnny Mercer
So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed - Merle Travis
    1950-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett is born in England. Hackett joined the group in 1970, after their first album had been released in Britain. Under the leadership of Peter Gabriel, Genesis was an art-rock band with an elaborate stage show and a dedicated cult following. But after Gabriel left in 1975, the band gained a wider audience with singer Phil Collins up front. By the time Genesis gained its first gold album, "And Then There Were Three," in 1978, Steve Hackett had left for a solo career.
    1951- Gil Moore, vocalist and drummer with the Canadian hard rock band Triumph, was born. The other members of the trio, formed in Toronto in 1975, were vocalist and guitarist Rik (correct) Emmett and keyboardist and bassist Mike Levine. Triumph's hits from 1979 to 1986 included "Hold On," "Magic Power" and "Somebody's Out There."
    1952--LONG, CHARLES R.  Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company M, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Hoengsong, Korea, 12 February 1951. Entered service at: Kansas City, Mo. Born: 10 December 1923, Kansas City, Mo. G.O. No.: 18, 1 February 1952. Citation: Sgt. Long, a member of Company M, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against an armed enemy of the United Nations. When Company M, in a defensive perimeter on Hill 300, was viciously attacked by a numerically superior hostile force at approximately 0300 hours and ordered to withdraw, Sgt. Long, a forward observer for the mortar platoon, voluntarily remained at his post to provide cover by directing mortar fire on the enemy. Maintaining radio contact with his platoon, Sgt. Long coolly directed accurate mortar fire on the advancing foe. He continued firing his carbine and throwing hand grenades until his position was surrounded and he was mortally wounded. Sgt. Long's inspirational, valorous action halted the onslaught, exacted a heavy toll of enemy casualties, and enabled his company to withdraw, reorganize, counterattack, and regain the hill strongpoint. His unflinching courage and noble self-sacrifice reflect the highest credit on himself and are in keeping with the honored traditions of the military service.
    1955- McGuire Sisters' "Sincerely" single goes to #1 & stays #1 for 10 weeks
    1955—Top Hits
Sincerely - McGuire Sisters
Hearts of Stone - Fontane Sisters
Ko Ko Mo (I Love You So) - Perry Como
Let Me Go, Lover! - Hank Snow
    1955 – U.S. agrees to train the South Vietnamese Army. President Dwight Eisenhower sends first US advisors to South Vietnam.
    1956- Rock 'n' roll eccentric Screamin' Jay Hawkins recorded "I Put a Spell on You" for Okeh records, which became his best known song. He toured with revues organized by disc jockey Alan Freed, and often concluded his act by being carried off in a flaming coffin. He died Feb 13,2000.
    1957 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Too Much,'' Elvis Presley. The song is the first of four Presley songs to hit No. 1 in 1957, matching his 1956 record.
    1957- the Coasters recorded "Young Blood," a tune written by two white songwriters and independent record producers, Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller. It became the first big hit for the group. The flip side, "Searchin'," was also popular.
    1958-Argo Records releases the Monotones' doo wop classic, "Book of Love" backed with "You Never." Rising to the Top Five on both the pop and R&B charts, "Book of Love" will be the only success for the vocal sextet from Newark, New Jersey, who built their song on the jingle from a Pepsodent toothpaste commercial
    1959 -- Carl Sandburg, poet/socialist, addresses joint session of the US Congress on 150th anniversary of Lincoln's birthday.
    1960 -- Pat Boone earns a gold LP for "Pat's Great Hits."

    1960 - A snowstorm in the Deep South produced more than a foot of snow in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama
    1961- "Shop Around" by the Miracles became the first million-seller for Motown Records.
    1962-Bus boycott starts in Macon GA
    1962 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``Duke of Earl,'' Gene Chandler. The song is the first million-selling record for Vee Jay Records.
    1963—Top Hits
Hey Paula - Paul & Paula
Loop De Loop - Johnny Thunder
Up on the Roof - The Drifters
The Ballad of Jed Clampett - Flatt & Scruggs
    1964 - The Beatles ended a successful American tour by playing two concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
    1966 -- Rock For Peace at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, California, with The Great Society, Quicksilver Messenger Service, & Big Brother & the Holding Company. Benefit for Democratic congressional candidates & the Viet Nam Study Group. Meanwhile, it's Lincoln's Birthday Party with Sopwith Camel at the Firehouse, former quarters of Engine Co. 26 & Truck Co. 10, 3767 Sacramento St. The Charlatans also appeared.
    1966-The Rolling Stones fly to New York to tape an appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," which is on the next evening.
    1966-Rock For Peace at the San Francisco Fillmore Auditorium with the The Great Society, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Big Brother and the Holding Company. Benefit for Democratic congressional candidates and the Viet Nam Study Group.
    1967 -- Benefit at the Fillmore for the Council for Civic Unity. Moby Grape, & Sly & the Family Stone perform.
    1968-Jimi Hendrix returns home to Seattle where he plays for the students of Garfield High School (which he dropped out from) and receives a key to the city.
    1968 - Ramparts published Eldridge Cleaver's Soul on Ice.
    1970-Joseph L. Searles becomes the first Black member of the New York
Stock Exchange.
    1971—Top Hits
Knock Three Times - Dawn
One Bad Apple - The Osmonds
Rose Garden - Lynn Anderson
Joshua - Dolly Parton
    1972 - Al Green’s "Let’s Stay Together" took the top spot from "American Pie" on the music charts. The record stayed at #1 for one week, before Nilsson’s "Without You" knocked it out. In 1980, Green returned to his gospel roots, and is now a minister in Memphis, Tennessee. Green recorded 14 hit songs, six of which made it to the Top 10.
    1973 - The first group of United States prisoners of war were freed from North Vietnam. 1974, LaBelle played the unofficial opening concert for the legendary New York club the Bottom Line. The headliner for the official opening the next night was Dr. John. Stevie Wonder and Johnny Winter joined him for a jam session.
    1973-The release of U.S. POWs begins in Hanoi as part of the Paris peace settlement. The return of U.S. POWs began when North Vietnam released 142 of 591 U.S. prisoners at Hanoi's Gia Lam Airport. Part of what was called Operation Homecoming, the first 20 POWs arrived to a hero's welcome at Travis Air Force Base in California on February 14. Operation Homecoming was completed on March 29, 1973, when the last of 591 U.S. prisoners were released and returned to the United States.
    1973- metric distance markers were put up by the Ohio Department of Transportation, the first state to do so, on Interstate 71 between Cincinnati and Columbus and between Columbus and Cleveland. The signs showed the distance in both miles and kilometers.
    1974-New York's legendary rock club, The Bottom Line opens in Greenwich Village. LaBelle played the unofficial opening concert for the legendary New York club the Bottom Line. The headliner for the official opening the next night was Dr. John. Stevie Wonder and Johnny Winter joined him for a jam session.

    1975 - The Stepford Wives, starring Katharine Ross, a film about women in a small town being turned into passive robots, opened to theaters.
    1977-- Barbra Streisand's soundtrack album A Star Is Born hits #1
    1979—Top Hits
Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? - Rod Stewart
Y.M.C.A. - Village People
A Little More Love - Olivia Newton-John
Every Which Way But Loose - Eddie Rabbitt
    1985 - Johnny Carson surprised "Tonight Show" viewers and live audience members by shaving his beard. Carson joked: "I had to do it when a little old lady said that she had confused me for one of the Smith Brothers." The studio audience was silent, until Johnny, timing it perfectly said, "You know, the cough drop guys." Laughter.
    1986 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: ``How Will I Know,'' Whitney Houston. The song displaces ``That's What Friends Are For,'' the No. 1 song by Houston's cousin, Dionne Warwick.
    1987—Top Hits
Open Your Heart - Madonna
Livin’ on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
Change of Heart - Cyndi Lauper
Leave Me Lonely - Gary Morris
    1988 - a big east coast storm dumped heavy snow across New York and New England. Snowfall totals included 26.1 inches at Camden, New York, 26 inches at Chester, Massachusetts, and 24 inches at Berlin, New Hampshire and Rochester, Vermont.
    1989 -- Tiny Tim declares himself a New York City mayoral candidate.
    1990- Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon and Don Henley performed at a benefit in Beverly Hills, California for the Rainforest Foundation. More than one-million dollars was collected from such celebrities as Don Johnson, Billy Crystal, Barbra Streisand and Goldie Hawn to save the Amazon rain forests and the Indians who live there.
    1992- Sharon Kowalski finally went home. After an eight-year battle to gain custody of her life partner who was badly injured in an accident, Karen Thompson was named Sharon's guardian and took her home. Karen had fought for the right of guardianship claiming Sharon's father - who would have nothing to do with her before the accident - only gave her warehousing, custodial care on the money awarded Sharon for her accident and insufficient medical care. Karen showed that because of the lack of physical therapy Sharon's muscles were shortening crippling her further. And Sharon, though brain damaged, made it clear she wanted to go with Karen. In the decision, the Minnesota Court of Appeals said that the women were "...a family of affinity which ought to be respected."
    1994- Celine Dion became the first Quebec artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart when "The Power of Love" made number-one.
    1997- Fred Goldman says he will settle for a signed murder confession from O J Simpson in lieu of his $20.5 million judgment.
    1998 - The handwritten lyrics to Elton John's funeral tribute to Princess Diana, the revised balled "Candle in the Wind 1997," sold for $442,500 at a Beverly Hills auction benefiting the Princess's charities. The lyrics were revised from the 1970's hit tribute to Marilyn Monroe, and were both written by Elton's longtime collaborator, Bernie Taupin.
    1999-Clinton is found “not guilty” in breaking any Federal laws. The five-week impeachment trial of Bill Clinton comes to an end, with the Senate voting to acquit the president on both articles of impeachment: perjury and obstruction of justice. In November 1995, Clinton began an affair with Monica Lewinsky, a 21-year-old unpaid intern. Over the course of a year and a half, the president and Lewinsky had nearly a dozen sexual encounters in the White House. In April 1996, Lewinsky was transferred to the Pentagon. That summer, she first confided in Pentagon co-worker Linda Tripp about her sexual relationship with the president. In 1997, with the relationship over, Tripp began secretly to record conversations with Lewinsky, in which Lewinsky gave Tripp details about the affair. In December, lawyers for Paula Jones, who was suing the president on sexual harassment charges, subpoenaed Lewinsky. In January 1998, allegedly under the recommendation of the president, Lewinsky filed an affidavit in which she denied ever having had a sexual relationship with him. Five days later, Tripp contacted the office of Kenneth Starr, the Whitewater independent counsel, to talk about Lewinsky and the tapes she made of their conversations. Tripp, wired by FBI agents working with Starr, met with Lewinsky again, and on January 16 Lewinsky was taken by FBI agents and U.S. attorneys to a hotel room where she was questioned and offered immunity if she cooperated with the prosecution. A few days later, the story broke, and Clinton publicly denied the allegations, saying, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky." In late July, lawyers for Lewinsky and Starr worked out a full-immunity agreement covering both Lewinsky and her parents, all of whom Starr had threatened with prosecution. On August 6, Lewinsky appeared before the grand jury to begin her testimony, and on August 17 President Clinton testified. Contrary to his testimony in the Paula Jones sexual-harassment case, President Clinton acknowledged to prosecutors from the office of the independent counsel that he had had an extramarital affair with Ms. Lewinsky. In four hours of closed-door testimony, conducted in the Map Room of the White House, Clinton spoke live via closed-circuit television to a grand jury in a nearby federal courthouse. He was the first sitting president ever to testify before a grand jury investigating his conduct. That evening, President Clinton also gave a four-minute televised address to the nation in which he admitted he had engaged in an inappropriate relationship with Lewinsky. In the brief speech, which was wrought with legalisms, the word "sex" was never spoken, and the word "regret" was used only in reference to his admission that he misled the public and his family. Less than a month later, on September 9, Kenneth Starr submitted his report and 18 boxes of supporting documents to the House of Representatives. Released to the public two days later, the Starr Report outlined a case for impeaching Clinton on 11 grounds, including perjury, obstruction of justice, witness-tampering, and abuse of power, and also provided explicit details of the sexual relationship between the president and Ms. Lewinsky. On October 8, the House authorized a wide-ranging impeachment inquiry, and on December 11 the House Judiciary Committee approved three articles of impeachment. On December 19, after nearly 14 hours of debate, the House approved two articles of impeachment, charging President Clinton with lying under oath to a federal grand jury and obstructing justice. Clinton, the second president in American history to be impeached, vowed to finish his term. On January 7, 1999, in a congressional procedure not seen since the 1868 impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson, the trial of President Clinton got underway in the Senate. As instructed in Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution, the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (William Rehnquist at this time) was sworn in to preside and the senators were sworn in as jurors. Five weeks later, on February 12, the Senate voted on whether to remove Clinton from office. The president was acquitted on both articles of impeachment. The prosecution needed a two-thirds majority to convict but failed to achieve even a bare majority. Rejecting the first charge of perjury, 45 Democrats and 10 Republicans voted "not guilty" and on the charge of obstruction of justice the Senate was split 50-50. After the trial concluded, President Clinton said he was "profoundly sorry" for the burden his behavior imposed on Congress and the American people.
    2004-Some 90 gay and lesbian couples wed in San Francisco. Over the next few days some 2,000 took their vows.



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The Eagle and the Hawk

Words and Music by John Denver and Mike Taylor

I am the eagle, I live in high country
In rocky cathedrals that reach to the sky
I am the hawk and there's blood on my feathers
But time is still turning they soon will be dry
And all those who see me and all who believe in me
Share in the freedom I feel when I fly

Come dance with the west wind and touch on the mountain tops
Sail o'er the canyons and up to the stars
And reach for the heavens and hope for the future
And all that we "can" be, not what we are





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