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Archives, February 21, 2007
 Where in the world is Paul Weiss?
  Classified Ads---Credit
Pacific Capital Chooses Orion First Financial
  Story Credit Lessors
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    New Hires---Promotions
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 American Finance solutions Grows 60% in One Year
  Predicting a Salesperson's Success
   Sales Make it Happen by Steve Chriest
Banking Regulatory Up-date
 New Social Media Rules Webair
  Understand Credit Reports
   ---and What You Can Do about it
    2013 Oscar Race: The Overlooked Edition
     By Fernando Croce
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Archives: February 21, 2007
Where in the world is Paul Weiss?
by Christopher Menkin, editor

It was quite a surprise to learn that Paul Weiss had resigned from Icon Capital as president on December 1, 2006. None of our friends and contacts were aware of this. He does not answer his home telephone number. He was one of the best on the Leasing News Advisory Board.

(At the time, it was not known that Weiss sold his share in icon for a substantial sum on his departure date and was subject to a confidentiality agreement. Editor)

Icon Capital, the company he helped found, last year had become the largest public equity lease fund in North America.

April 12, 2006. Paul Weiss, who was then President and Director of Icon Capital, also Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of ICON Holdings, ICON's parent company, submitted his resignation to the Leasing News Advisory Board.

His biography from the Icon Capital web site:

“Paul B. Weiss, 45, has been our President and Director since January 1, 1999. Mr. Weiss was our Director and Executive Vice President responsible for lease acquisitions from November of 1996 until December 31, 1998. Mr. Weiss served as Executive Vice President and co-founder of Griffin Equity Partners, Inc. from October of 1993 through November of 1996. Prior to that, Mr. Weiss was Senior Vice President of Gemini Financial Holdings, Inc. from 1991 to 1993 and Vice President of Pegasus Capital Corporation (an equipment leasing company) from 1988 through 1991. Mr. Weiss has a B.A. in Economics from Connecticut College. Mr. Weiss has been in the equipment leasing business since 1988.”

(In each of these capacities he was responsible for large ticket seasoned lease portfolio acquisitions. Mr. Weiss believes he has been involved with more than $4 billion of large ticket leasing acquisitions during his career. He was named as one of the top 25 most influential in the leasing industry by Leasing News in 2009. Prior to entering the equipment leasing business in 1988, Mr. Weiss was an investment banker and securities analyst. )

The July 17, 2006 press release announced:

“ICON Fund to Become Largest Public Equipment Leasing Fund

“ICON is the fifth largest independent equipment leasing and financing company in the United States according to the 2006 Monitor 100 Report , and the largest privately-held independent equipment leasing and finance company in the United States. ICON is headquartered in New York City and has offices in San Francisco, Boston, Toronto, Vancouver, and London...The company was established in 1985. ICON currently manages six (6) publicly sponsored programs that have raised approximately US $750 million to date and has sole management responsibility for almost US $2 billion invested in leased equipment in its sponsored programs.”

Today Icon Capital is basically out of leasing and into other securities, such as gas and oil.

In the first year after Paul Weiss’ non-compete clause ended, he was approached by a former ICON colleague to get back into the leasing business and form Panthera. Paul believed that after the industry pullback in 2008 there has been a lack of real equity in the leasing markets, and that many players had moved to more conservative financing type transactions as a consequence. Still, many sectors still require or desire traditional equipment based equity investors to have true lease and rental alternatives for equipment users. Panthera was therefore formed last year to "bring a substantial pool of capital to U.S. and European equipment leasing, renting and trading market" he is back with "creative problem-solving equity deals.".

Today, Panthera is a go to source for creative operating leasing involving real residual value positions around the world; enjoying substantial private equity backing . Paul actively seeks out relationships with manufacturers, lessors and brokers for any equipment transactions where the equipment has a long useful life.

In addition to being a principal at Panthera Leasing, he is the non-executive board chairman of Pacific Rim Partners KK, a consumer products distributor based in Tokyo. His major backer is Tiger Group, Hong Kong. He is also a private investor and an Advisor to or Director of numerous Bay Area emerging growth companies. He is a frequent speaker on business development and entrepreneurship and a frequent judge on startup and emerging growth company financing competitions.

He has also rejoined the Leasing News Advisory Board.



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Pacific Capital Chooses Orion First Financial

Pacific Capital Companies, Santa Monica, California, has chosen Orion First Financial, Gig Harbor, Washington to provide credit underwriting, billing, cash management, front end collections and special assets services, as well as, sales/use and personal property tax services of equipment lease and loan contracts.

New to the leasing industry, Managing Partner Charles Anderson says he chose Orion because of their expertise, ability to communicate, and ease in understanding about their needs and the way the operation will work.

Charles Anderson

"In the next 12 months we intend to meet the needs of the small ticket marketplace, from $5,000 to $100,000...make adjustments, learn from our growth, and expand."

Anderson says Pacific Capital is not strictly vendor oriented nor interested in third party originations at this time, but expanding, including the hiring of approximately 50 loan originators with annual originations expected to be in the $80-$100 million range.

"The demand is in the marketplace," he explains. "We are gearing up to have a very good year."

Shannon Green, CLP
President, Orion First Financial

"Our shared vision for sustained growth and commitment to impeccable service dovetail seamlessly," she said. "I’m very excited to share the news of Orion’s relationship with Pacific Capital. It’s a very promising start to the new year,” said Shannon Green, CLP, President of Orion First Financial."

Orion First Financial in the last several years has picked up many independents and community banks and is also looking to have another very successful year.

Los Angeles, CA

Credit Analyst
 Review and Approve Applications/Vendors

Documentation/Funding Staff
 Leasing/Banking experience a plus

Experience preferred. Salary, Commission
Bonuses and Benefits.

For more description of duties, please click on position
At Pacific Capital Companies our mission is to provide the American business sector with fast, innovative, financing solutions
to grow their companies and exceed their goals.




Story Credit Lessors

These companies specialize in "C" and "D" credits, often new businesses, or businesses where the principal(s) have Beacon score around 600 or previous difficulties; meaning to become comfortable with the credit and financial situation you need to learn the "story" to make a positive decision, often requiring further security, shorter term, or additional guarantors.

Many of these companies may also have programs for “A” and “B” rated companies, but their specialty is not being a “cookie cutter” and often require full financial statements and tax returns as well as a “story about the company, its history, goals, circumstances” to fully understand the full financial picture.

Also listed below the dollar amounts are companies that who are known for accepting "subprime leasing."

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

We encourage companies who are listed to contact us for any change or addition they would like to make. Adding further information as an "attachment" or clarification of what they have to offer would be helpful to readers is very much encouraged.

Alphabetical list - click on company name to view more details

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

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

Northwest Leasing Company, Inc. 
Pawnee Leasing Corporation
P&L Capital Corporation 
Standard Professional Services, LLC
Summit Leasing, Inc.
TEAM Funding Solutions





New Hires---Promotions

Michael "Mike" Henderson has joined CoreTech Leasing, Inc., Newport Beach, California as Regional Manager, San Francisco Bay Area. Previously he was regional manager, Meridian Leasing (July, 2011-February, 2013), vice-president, US Bank Equipment finance-Technology Finance Group (Oliver Allen Corp. originally) (June, 1991-July, 2011)Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Bachelor's degree(1981 – 1985).

Matt Miladinovich promoted to Business Development Manager, Winston Financial group, Inc., Santa Fe Springs, California. He joined the firm February, 2012. Previously he was webmaster, BizFiz (November, 2008-February, 2012), webmaster, Sickbay Records (2000-February, 2012), marking manager, DCOP (2006-2008). LBSU, Criminal Justice (1992 – 1997) Adwords Certified SEO Certified, Activities and Societies: Sigma Alpha Epsilon San Diego State, Long Beach State, Criminal Justice

Thomas Ross, 43, was named vice president and commercial middle market team leader for Fifth third Bank Indiana market." His office is located at 301 N. Main Street, South Bend, Ind. His direct telephone number is 574-245-5025. Ross previously served as relationship manager for Commercial Middle Market. He has 20 years of banking industry experience and is a ten-year veteran of Fifth Third Bank. Ross earned a bachelor's degree in business management and administration from Indiana University. He resides in Granger, Ind., and is a current board member/executive committee member and past president of Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka as well as a board member for Chiara Home, which provides out-of-home respite care services for individuals with special needs.



Leasing Industry Help Wanted  

Los Angeles, CA

Credit Analyst
 Review and Approve Applications/Vendors

Documentation/Funding Staff
 Leasing/Banking experience a plus

Experience preferred. Salary, Commission
Bonuses and Benefits.

For more description of duties, please click on position
At Pacific Capital Companies our mission is to provide the American business sector with fast, innovative, financing solutions
to grow their companies and exceed their goals.



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American Finance solutions Grows 60% in One Year

American Finance Solutions, California Lender Licensed, reports a 60% growth in 2012 using a unique approach with no credit checks with liens and judgments okay. The company does business in all 50 states.

Scott Griest, CEO

"We have grown because of two main reasons, " CEO Scott Griest says. "One is ‘Demand.’ Businesses used to go to their bank and obtain a line of credit, but with a lower credit score or other problems due to the economy, they are turned down.

"Two, ‘Alternate Lending’ is now acceptable, especially when we have fast approval, plus ‘risk based pricing’ that fits the rate with the situation. Not one flat rate.

"We understand that business has put all their cash, credit card, borrowing into their business to keep it going, and now have cash flow and an improving bottom line.

"Three-quarters of our business comes from brokers, and one-quarter by referral. Some of our brokers want us to handle everything from the very beginning, others want to be involved from the beginning, which is okay with us.

"20-25% of our business is food service oriented, and we are active here, a lot with POS machines that were originally only obtainable with a lease, but here they can do a three or twelve month purchase and own it outright---not lease for the rest of their life.

"We get another 20% of our business from auto repair, who's owners have gone through a terrible few years but are now seeing an upward trend, needing new equipment.

"Another 15% comes from the medical industry. For instance, a dentist needs a new X-ray machine and the vendor offers a 20% to 25% discount with cash with the order. We have all types of medical practices who prefer a business capital loan.

"We look for the health of the business, the cash flow, and for someone who takes care of their business and is proud they are growing."

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Predicting a Salesperson's Success
Sales Make it Happen
by Steve Chriest

Have you ever rated a candidate for a sales position a “10” on a scale of one to ten? Her interview skills were exceptional. She was articulate and graceful, had all the right answers, offered insights that showed the ability to think creatively about challenges, and seemed eager to get started in her new sales role.

Compared with all other candidates, this person was truly a dream come true. But after only a few months, it became painfully obvious that you made a big hiring mistake. What happened? The problem may with your interviewing process.

According to the International Personnel Management Association, typical hiring methods are ineffective. If you put on a blindfold, and simply pointed to one among a group of candidates lined up against a wall, and hired that person, your hiring method would depend on “chance” for success. If, on the other hand, you're hiring process includes a typical employment interview, your odds of improving over “chance” increase about 1%.

If your hiring process includes a standard personality test, you would again improve your odds over chance by another 1%. If, along with the interview and personality test, you require a candidate to have relevant job experience, your chances of a good hire increase to 5%. If you include a "scoreable" interview in your hiring process, your odds over chance for a good hire increase to about 7%.

If your company is among a growing number of firms that include validated and objectively administered selection “tests” in their hiring process, you can increase your chances of a good hire by up to 25%. An improvement of 25% over “chance” may not impress you, but the math shows that this is an improvement of 257% over even the best interview processes that lack selection tests!

So, exactly how would a validated and objectively administered selection test help you avoid hiring the candidate you rated a “10” based on your “gut” feeling? Without delving into the specifics, these tests reveal not only aptitude for performance, but a candidate's willingness to perform the duties of the particular sales position. The tests answer the questions: Can the candidate do the job, and is the candidate likely to do the job?

The candidate you rated a “10” may have told a great story, but when it came to performing, she obviously lacked the “will” to do the job. You can use your management and teaching talents to help salespeople improve skill problems, but there is little or nothing you can do to help someone with a “will” problem. Validated and objectively administered selection tests can help you identify skill and will problems, and increase your chances of good hires.

About the author: Steve Chriest is the founder of Selling UpTM (, a sales consulting firm specializing in sales improvement for organizations of all types and sizes in a variety of industries. He is also the author of Selling The E-Suite, The Proven System for Reaching and Selling Senior Executives and Five Minute Financial Analyst, Basic CREDIT & Analysis Tools for Non-Accountants. He was the CEO of a very successful leasing company and executive at a major company. You can reach Steve at

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Understand Credit Report
---and What You Can Do about it

The National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) offers the following Dos and Don’ts to help consumers better understand credit reports and the dispute process:

• Do understand the purpose of a credit report. A credit report is a track record that reflects an individual’s borrowing history. It also contains information about places of residency, law suits, arrests, and bankruptcies. The credit reporting agencies sell the information to those with a permissible purpose to review it, such as insurance companies, employers, lenders, and other businesses, so that they can make an informed decision. Therefore, the information contained in the report may impact loan approval, the rate at which money will need to be repaid, insurance eligibility, housing decisions, and employment.

• Do review the credit report for accuracy. At, consumers are allowed one free report every 12 months from each of the major bureaus. Check the report for errors, confirming that all information is correct. The NFCC Financial Literacy survey revealed that in spite of it being free, 62 percent of respondents had not ordered a copy of their report.

• Do review the report often. Frequently reviewing the report allows action to be taken promptly if a problem is found, or if identity theft is suspected. Reviewing at least three months in advance of a major financial move allows time for most inaccuracies to be corrected.

• Do understand your rights. The federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) provides consumers with protections around the accuracy and privacy of information in their credit file. The FCRA holds both the credit reporting company and the entity that provided the information to the bureau responsible for investigating and acting upon the dispute. The bureaus have dispute resolution processes in place, but it is up to the consumer to initiate the process by submitting the dispute form either online, by mail or by phone.

• Do expect a timely response. The FCRA requires credit reporting companies to investigate the items in question, usually within 30 - 45 days of the dispute being filed. The bureau receiving the dispute must forward all relevant information to the source of the information, thus beginning the investigation process on their end. After the provider’s investigation is complete, the results are sent back to the bureau. If the information provider finds the disputed information to be inaccurate, it must notify all three credit reporting companies, allowing them to each correct the information contained in their files.

• Don’t think that all errors have an equal impact. Some mistakes on reports can have a negative impact on the credit score, while others are not material. Examples of errors to address immediately are those containing information that does not belong to you, account inaccuracies, credit lines with limits listed as lower than they actually are, or negative information that has outlived the allowed reporting time.

• Do add a statement explaining the circumstances. If an entry is disputed, but the consumer disagrees with the results of the investigation, he or she is allowed to add a 100 word or less Statement of Dispute to be included with each future credit report, as well as to those who received a copy of the report in the recent past if requested.

• Don’t expect negative information to be removed. If information is negative, but true, it needs to remain on the report. Only time can remove it. A credit reporting agency is allowed to report most accurate negative information for seven years, while bankruptcies can remain for 10 years. Unpaid judgments can be reported for seven years or until the statute of limitations runs out, whichever is longer, while some information has no limit on how long it can be reported.

• Don’t use a credit repair company. There is nothing that a credit repair business can do for you that you can’t do for yourself, and do it for free. Further, many of the credit repair companies charge consumers high fees and deliver few, if any, results. And even worse, if their advice is taken, it could result in committing fraud. Although many attempt it, credit repair companies are not allowed to ask for a fee in advance of any service being delivered, as this is prohibited by the Credit Repair Organizations Act. Frivolous challenges to a report are in no one’s best interest, and consumers should steer clear of anyone offering a quick fix.

“Since the credit score is based on the information in the credit report, one of the smartest financial moves a consumer can make is to obtain his or her credit report and give it a thorough once-over,” continued Cunningham.

For help reviewing your credit report, reach out to an NFCC Member Agency trained and certified counselor. To be automatically connected to the Agency closest to you, dial (800) 388-2227, or go online to

The National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC), founded in 1951, is the nation’s largest and longest serving national nonprofit credit counseling organization. The NFCC’s mission is to promote the national agenda for financially responsible behavior, and build capacity for its members to deliver the highest-quality financial education and counseling services. NFCC Members annually help more than three million consumers through close to 750 community-based offices nationwide. For free and affordable confidential advice through a reputable NFCC Member, call (800) 388-2227, (en Español (800) 682-9832) or visit

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Leasing News: Fernando's View
by Fernando Croce

2013 Oscar Race: The Overlooked Edition

With every awards show, there are not just winners and losers, but also the overlooked ones. So it goes with the Oscars, where the limitations of the nominations result in many a worthy movie and performance being unfairly forgotten. So before we give our predictions for this year's sure bets and wild cards, let us praise the exceptional cinematic folks who didn't even make the race.

Best Picture: Even with its extended number of nominees, there are extraordinary films bound to be neglected by Academy voters. Perhaps the most shockingly overlooked film this year was Paul Thomas Anderson's bold, challenging "The Master," which often divided critics but displayed an artistic ambition rare in today's Hollywood. Also left out were rapturous dramas like Terence Davies' rapturous "The Deep Blue Sea" and such fan favorites as Wes Anderson's charming comedy "Moonrise Kingdom" and Christopher Nolan's blockbuster hit "The Dark Knight Rises."

Vintage Overlooked Picture: Widely revered as one of the landmarks of cinema, Stanley Kubrick's metaphysical classic "2001: A Space Odyssey" did not receive a single nomination when it was released in 1968.

Best Director: With odds for Best Picture leaning increasingly toward "Argo," it's curious to note that its director, Ben Affleck, did not receive a nomination. Among the visionaries left out this year are Quentin Tarantino, whose "Django Unchained" is a master class in incendiary filmmaking, and also Paul Thomas Anderson for his meticulous "The Master" and Leos Carax for the bewilderingly inventive "Holy Motors." Any of them would have been a better choice than Benh Zeitlin, who was nominated for his acclaimed debut "Beasts of the Southern Wild."

Vintage Overlooked Director: Like Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin was one of the greatest of all cinematic artists who nevertheless never won a competitive Oscar. Instead, he had to settle for an honorary award in 1972.

Best Actor: Though Emmanuelle Riva was deservedly nominated for her performance, it was Jean-Louis Trintignant's heartbreaking turn (the veteran actor's first appearance in nearly a decade) that gave "Amour" its complicated human center. Likewise, Liam Neeson gave an arresting, largely physical performance in "The Grey," Jack Black gave a richly comic portrayal in "Bernie," and Anders Danielsen Lie was mesmerizing in the fine Danish film "Oslo, August 31st."

Vintage Overlooked Actor: Despite his consistently intense performances for the past four decades, Gary Oldman has yet to win an Academy Award. He came close last year for "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," but lost to Jean Dujardin for "The Artist."

Best Actress: Featuring both the oldest (Emmanuelle Riva) and the youngest (Quvenzhané Wallis) nominees ever, the Best Actress category nevertheless omitted several notable performances. Among them were Rachel Weisz as a staid British housewife struck by passion in "The Deep Blue Sea," Meryl Streep as a woman trying to revive her moribund marriage in "Hope Springs," and Hani Furstenberg as a newly married traveler experiencing profound emotional turmoil in "The Loneliest Planet."

Vintage Overlooked Actress: Nominated for her tour de force, achingly emotional performance in "A Star Is Born" (1954), Judy Garland lost the statuette to Grace Kelly for "The Country Girl."

Best Supporting Actor: Two of biggest upsets this year came from "Django Unchained," where brilliant supporting performances by both Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson were ignored. No less surprising was the absence of last year's Comeback Kid Matthew McConaughey, who had no fewer than three acclaimed turns ("Bernie," "Magic Mike," "Killer Joe") in theaters, as well as Javier Bardem, who injected a nice dose of nasty villainy into "Skyfall."

Vintage Overlooked Supporting Actor: Classic Hollywood is brimming with delightful character actors who populated the edges of movies without much Oscar recognition. Among them is Western veteran Ward Bond ("The Searchers"), blustery comic ace William Demarest ("The Miracle of Morgan Creek") and master of fluster Edward Everett Horton ("Trouble in Paradise").

Best Supporting Actress: Though she has a virtual lock on this category for her teary appearance in "Les Miserables," many few that Anne Hathaway's performance in "The Dark Knight Rises" was a better performance. Similarly, Gina Gershon's fearlessly snarling work in "Killer Joe," Isabelle Huppert's anxious support in "Amour" and Shirley MacLaine's curmudgeonly saltiness in "Bernie" were all left out by Academy voters.

Vintage Overlooked Supporting Actress: Always a welcome, salty presence in any film, perennial wisecracker Thelma Ritter ("Rear Window," "All About Eve," "Pickup on South Street") was nominated six times for the Supporting Actress Oscar. She may never have taken the statuette home, but she did win the heart of many a movie buff.


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Breed(s): Shepherd Mix
Size: Large (46-80 Pounds)
Age: Adult (3 to 8 years)
Gender: Female
Hair: None
Colors: Black/Brown
Pattern: Solid
No Cats, No Kids, Most Dogs ok

Like her namesake, Donut is sugar and spice and everything nice! She’s one of those gals who makes you feel like a million bucks with the flash of her smile. Her face lights up with every “good girl” she hears. It just pleases her silly to know she’s making you proud. Donut follows her friendly play-bow with a shower of nose kisses, but her sweet face is what’ll get you. Those eyebrows! They’re big blonde punctuation marks that convey exactly what she’s feeling. And her tail seems to be set at a constant “chill wag.” She’s housebroken and crate-trained. She’s a total love bug and will take as much affection as you want to give. — She’s a smart pooch who responds well to patience and positive reinforcement. — Lady D loves — and needs — regular walks, and she would benefit from even more vigorous activity. She needs a very, very low traffic home and a dog savvy owner – this gorgeous girl is a little insecure and needs that patient, confident owner to show her the way.”

Adoptable---and also Donut needs a foster!

Because we don’t yet have a permanent facility, Much Love conducts weekend mobile adoptions. We currently have one permanent spot where we show these wonderful animals in need.

The first and third Saturday of the month we are at the Westfield Century City Mall at 10250 Santa Monica Blvd 90067 from 11 am to 4 pm. Come visit our dogs and cats in the promenade area in front of Brooks Brothers. Do a little shopping, and find a little love with a Much Love animal

If you are unable to come to one of our mobile adoptions, please email us at to set up a meeting.”


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Winter Poem

Walking Alone in Late Winter

by Jane Kenyon

How long the winter has lasted -- like a Mahler
symphony, or an hour in the dentist's chair.
In the fields the grasses are matted
and gray, making me think of June, when hay
and vetch burgeon in the heat, and warm rain
swells the globed buds of the peony.

Ice on the pond breaks into huge planes. One
sticks like a barge gone awry at the neck
of the bridge. . . . The reeds
and shrubby brush along the shore
gleam with ice that shatters when the breeze
moves them. From beyond the bog
the sound of water rushing over trees
felled by the zealous beavers,
who bring them crashing down. . . . Sometimes
it seems they do it just for fun.

Those days of anger and remorse
come back to me; you fidgeting with your ring,
sliding it off, then jabbing it on again.

The wind is keen coming over the ice;
it carries the sound of breaking glass.
And the sun, bright but not warm,
has gone behind the hill. Chill, or the fear
of chill, sends me hurrying home.




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This Day in History

    1674 - The Treaty of Westminster was signed, ending the Anglo-Dutch War; under its terms, New Netherlands (New York) became British.
    1803-Ohio became the 17th state. Although slavery had been outlawed in the Northwest Territory by the Norwest Ordinance in 1787, Ohio was the first state in which slavery was forbidden by law from the beginning of statehood. Vermont had outlawed slavery with the adoption of its constitution in July, 1777, some six months after its declaration of independence.
    1810 - The famous "cold day" in New England. Gale force winds wrecked homes, and accompanied a sudden overnight drop in temperature of 50 degrees. Tragedy struck Sanbornton, NH where three children froze to death.
    1807- Aaron Burr was arrested in Wakefield, AL, by Captain Edmund P. Gaines and taken to Richmond, VA, where he was brought before Chief Just John Marshall of the U.S. Circuit Court on March 30. Burr served as vice-president, after losing the election in an electoral 35th ballot in the House of Representatives to Thomas Jefferson in 1804 (in those days, president and vice-president did not run together). He served under Jefferson from 1801 to 1805 and was not re-elected, although Thomas Jefferson was re-elected president from 1805 to 1809. In 1807, Burr was accused of organizing an expedition to invade Mexico and set up a separate republic in the Southwest. On June 24, he was indicted for treason. The trial began on August 3 and ended in an acquittal on September 1.
    1821-Union General Francis Preston Blair, Jr., born in Lexington, Kentucky. The colorful Blair was instrumental in keeping Missouri part of the Union during the early stages of the Civil War.
    1831-Locomotive to burn coal: the first trial of the first locomotive to burn coal was the York, invented by Phineas Davis, a watchmaker, and built at York, PA. Ironically, the only accident in which the train was involved occurred on September 27, 1835, as the result of a defective track. the accident killed Phineas Davis, who was riding on the locomotive. 
    1847- In the eastern foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, a relief party reaches the Donner Party, finding only about half of the original eighty-nine pioneers have survived.
    1851- Angry San Francisco vigilantes take the law into their own hands.

    1856-Tintype Camera: Profession Hamilton Smith, professor of natural sciences, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH, received a patent for a tintype camera for “photographic pictures on japanned surfaces.” the photographs were collodion positives on black or chocolate-colored iron plates. 1858 -- Leschi, chief of the Nisqually & Yakama, is hanged for leading attack on Seattle, Washington territory. Native American Leschi hanged for his role in the Indian Wars of 1855-56. His belief that reservations were first step to annihilation led him to encourage an uprising by Coastal tribes in the Puget Sound region surrounding Seattle. See Della Gould Emmons sympathetic novelization, Leschi of the Nisquallies (Dennison, 1965).
    1864-Knights of Pythias: The social and fraternal order of the Knights of Pythias was founded at Washington, DC by Justus H. Rathbone, and embraces more than two thousand subordinate lodges in the United States and Canada
    1878-Phonograph: Thomas Alva Edison of Menlo Park, NJ, secured a patent on a ‘phonograph or speaking machine.” his original idea had been to invent a telegraph repeater, and he had given construction directions to one of his mechanics, John Kreuis, on August 12, 1877. The first cylinder, operated by a hand crank, was wrapped in tin foil, with which two needles fastened to diaphragms made contact. The first voice recorded on the new instrument was “Mary had a little lamb”. A clock spring motor and wax like record were invented some ten years later called the Graphpone, manufactured by Bell and Tainter, Washington, DC. The first phonograph record on the modern disk type was invented by Emile Berlinger of Washington, DC, easier to duplicate for mass market than the Edison Recording Cylinder and called Berlinger’s “Gramophone” record.
    1884 - Severe thunderstorms spawned sixty tornadoes in the southeastern U.S., killing more than 420 persons and causing three million dollars damage. Georgia and the Carolinas hardest were hit in the tornado outbreak.
    1897 - Mrs. Hoodless founded the first Women's Institute at Stoney Creek in Ontario, Canada. 
    1897-Trumpet Player Johnny Dunn birthday, Memphis, TN
    1899 --- Louis” Kid Shots” Madison birthday
(great story with much about “Kid Shots”, a true New Orleans brass band cornet player, who was with the Original Tuxedo Orchestra and Eureka Brass Bands, better known than Bunk Johnson is known today. Read the story. Several albums exist with his playing).
    1903-saxophone player Clarence Hall Birthday, New Orleans, LA
    1903 -- Kay Boyle born St. Paul, Minnesota. Novelist, short story writer, anti-war activist. Wrote Plagued by Nightingales. Reportedly Loved Dubonnet, Paul Robeson, razor clams, and sang "Miss Otis Regrets" like no one else. In Paris in the 20's, NY in the 40's and in jail in the 60's. Close friends included James Joyce, Man Ray, Picasso, Joan Baez, and Katherine Anne Porter. S. I. Hayakawa labeled her the most dangerous woman in America. In 1967 at the height of the Vietnam War protests, Hayakawa, president of SF State University, (& later US Senator), publicly fired Boyle for her active role in the student protests. She was 65 years old. I interviewed her several times and found her to be an extremely bright, articulate person, seemingly with something profound to say at each interview. As an American expatriate writing in Paris in the 20's & 30's, a journalist documenting the fall of France in the 40's for The New Yorker, a blacklisted writer in the 50's, an anti-war activist & essayist in the 60's & 70's, & founder of the San Francisco chapter of Amnesty International in the 80's, Kay Boyle's literary and political career is a chronicle of the events & concerns of the 20th century. Kay Boyle wrote 18 novels, 60 short stories, numerous children's books, & six collections of essays. She received many awards including two Guggenheim's & a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Throughout all of this, she had three husbands & six children. ”Considered herself a citizen of the world, and for over thirty of her 90 years, lived in Europe. Her books are being reissued in Germany and are still available in France. Beginning in 1923, when she issued, along with 16 other expatriate writers, a proclamation calling for ‘The Revolution of the Word,’ which mirrored the decadence & self-involvement of the era by declaring that ‘the writer expresses, he does not communicate,’ to the 1985 publication of Words That Somehow Must Be Said, a collection of her poetic and searing essays composed primarily while she was imprisoned for protesting the Vietnam War, Kay Boyle utilized and transformed the political and social realities of her times into art, as she has admitted, it cost her dearly. Cited in 1928 by Katherine Anne Porter as the next James Joyce or Gertrude Stein, Kay Boyle nevertheless remains one of the most unsung women writers of the century, repeatedly overshadowed by many of her less accomplished contemporaries. Perhaps because Boyle chose to pursue the path of "a moralist in the highest sense of the word, speaking briefly & clearly of the dignity and integrity of individual man." Perhaps because early in her career she made a conscious decision that politics were as important as art. Perhaps it is because, as Studs Terkel suggested, just when her work was beginning to reach a wider audience she was blacklisted. She died in 1992.
    1910 - At a New York dinner party, host Diamond Jim Brady ate five helpings of roast beef, gallons of stewed fruit, 84 oysters and three gallons of orange juice.

    1912-Modern jazz bandleader Stan Kenton was born in Wichita, Kansas. He was best known for his jazz concertos and opuses which came to be known as progressive jazz. Kenton also an interest in Latin American music, and his orchestra had a hit in the late 1940's with "The Peanut Vendor." Kenton maintained a big band for more than 35 years, beginning in 1940. He died in Los Angeles on August 25th, 1979.
    1912 -- In the Bread Roses Strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts, 200 police draw their clubs and go after 100 women pickets, knocking them to the ground and beating them. As the police clubbing become more frequent & violent, strike leader Big Bill Haywood urges the women not to picket. Instead of agreeing, an Italian woman suggests):
"Tomorrow morning, man no go on picket line. All man, boy stay home, sleep. Only woman, girl on picket line tomorrow morning. Soldier and policeman no beat woman, girl. You see, I got big belly, she too got big belly. Policeman no beat us." The next morning, however, the women are out in full force, only to be beaten so badly that the Italian woman who spoke at the meeting and Bertha Crouse, another pregnant striker, lose their babies and almost die.
    1916- George Edward “Eddie” Arcaro birthday, broadcaster and jockey born at Cincinnati, OH. Acrcaro is the only jockey to win racing’s Triple Crown twice, triumphing with Whirlaway in 1941 and Citation in 1947. . In all, he won five Kentucky Derbies, six Preakness Stakes and six Belmont Stakes. Died at Miami, FL. Nov 14, 1997.
    1917 -Birthday of author Carson McCullers. Her “Heart is a Lonely Hunter” (1940) made her famous at age 23. She also authored “Reflection in a Golden Eye” (1941), “The Ballad of the Sad Café” and the much praised play “The Member of the Wedding” and numerous short stories of great quality and sensitivity.
    1918 - In Russia, a decree abolishing all private ownership of land, water and natural resources was issued by the Soviet Central Executive Committee. Many American companies lost all their investment and cash in the Soviet.
    1919- First Pan-African Congress organized in Paris by WEB DuBois.
    1922 - Ed Wynn became the first big-name, vaudeville talent to sign as a radio talent. Until then, top talent did not consider radio respectable.
    1933 -Giant Forest CA received 60 inches of snow in just 24 hours, a state record, and the second highest 24 hour total of record for the U.S. 
    1934 - The University of Southern California (USC) and Notre Dame were both given as examples of commercialism in intercollegiate sports when each of them signed a three-year football contract, while other schools were "feeling the depression."
    1934- Bob and Dolores Hope marry 
    1940-Smokey Robinson birthday, song writer, lead singer with the Miracles, Smokey Robinson, born Detroit, Michigan. Bob Dylan once said was his favorite poet, Robinson developed into one of the foremost songwriters and singers in pop music. He had formed a band called the Miracles in high school. The group met Berry Gordy Junior in 1957, and the success of the Miracles first single, "Bad Girl," convinced Gordy to make Motown records a national company. The Miracles put Motown on the map in 1960 with "Shop Around," the company's first million-seller. The Miracles were one of Motown's premier groups, with hits such as "Get Ready," "Second That Emotion" and "Tracks of My Tears." Robinson left the group in 1972 to record on his own, - and to continue his duties as a vice-president of Motown.
    1942-Japanese interned: as a result of President Franklin Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066, some 110,000 Japanese-Americans living in coastal Pacific areas were placed in concentration camps in remote areas of Arizona, Arkansas, inland California, Colorado, Idaho, Utah and Wyoming. Two-thirds of them were American citizens. These interned American citizens lost an estimated $400 million in property. They were allowed to return to their homes Jan 2, 1945. Most of us never experienced the fear or these early war times, especially here in California where roads to the beaches were destroyed, railroad tracks, and black outs as we feared invasion from Japan. It should also be known. During confinement within the armed, barbed-wire surroundings, however, prayer meetings, Bible studies and worship services were held. When offered to fight in the European war, Japanese-American division were unheralded in their courage and duty to the United States, winning great respect from the other units that fought along with them. It was not until the end of the 20th century that other American’s admitted their shame and guilt; however, many of us who did not live in that time period do not understand the hysteria brought by the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, that brought Japanese conquests in Singapore and the Nazi government then to join an “axis” against the British and the United States. It was not until that time that the United States actually entered the European war.

    1942 - General Dwight D. Eisenhower is appointed chief of the War Plans Division of the US Army General Staff.
    1942 - Port Darwin, on the northern coast of Australia, was bombed by about 150 Japanese warplanes. General George C. Kenney, who pioneered aerial warfare strategy and tactics in the Pacific theater, ordered 3,000 parafrag bombs to be sent to Australia, where he thought they might come in handy against the Japanese. Darwin was virtually leveled by 64 bombing raids over 21 months.
    1942 - On Victor Records, Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra recorded "I’ll Take Tallulah". Some other famous musicians were in the studio too, including Frank Sinatra, Jo Stafford and the Pied Pipers, Ziggy Elman and drummer Buddy Rich. 
    1942 - The New York Yankees said they would admit 5,000 uniformed servicemen to each of their home ball games for free during the coming season.
    1943- Cass Elliot of the Mamas and Papas was born in Baltimore. The light folksy sound of the Mamas and Papas was featured on such '60s hits as "California Dreamin'," "Monday, Monday" and "Dedicated to the One I Love." The group disbanded in 1968 because of legal and personal problems. Cass Elliot continued to record on her own, scoring a big hit with "Dream a Little Dream of Me." She died in 1974.
    1945-Iwo Jima: Beginning at dawn, the landing of 30,000 American troops took place on the barren 12-square-mile island of Iwo Jima. Initially there was little resistance, but 21,500 Japanese stood ready underground to fight to the last man to protect massive strategic fortifications linked by tunnels. This was a major battle in World War II. 
    1945- Woody Herman’s First Herd waxes “Apple Honey,”” Laura,” New York City. 1955 - Dot Records launched "Two Hearts, Two Kisses, One Love", the first single by Pat Boone.
    1946—Top Hits
Symphony - The Freddy Martin Orchestra (vocal: Clyde Rogers)
I Can’t Begin to Tell You - Bing Crosby with the Carmen Cavallaro Orchestra
Aren’t You Glad You’re You - Bing Crosby
Guitar Polka - Al Dexter
    1946—Birthday of Karen Silkwood, documented safety infractions at Kerr-McGee Corp. Cimarron Facility involving the misuse of radioactive materials. Her mysterious death rather than covering up the infractions prompted congressional hearings.
    1949-Bollingen Prize to Ezra Pound: The first Bollingen Prize for poetry was awarded to Ezra Pound for his collection The Pisano Cantos. The first awarded was steeped in controversy because Pound had been charged with treason after making pro-Fascist broadcasts in Italy during World War II. Mr. Pound was presented with the prize for his poetry collection, "The Pisano Cantos". The Bollingen Prize was presented annually through 1963 when Robert Frost was the recipient, after which it became a biennial award. The $5,000 award was upped to $10,000 in 1989 when Edgar Bowers was the prize winner, and to $25,000 in 1995. The $25,000 award went to poet, Kenneth Koch.
    1952-Amy Tan Birthday, American-Chinese author. At age 26, she learned that her mother had three daughters from a previous marriage and journeyed to China to meet them. The experience helped inspire her first novel, The Joy Luck Club (1989), a collection of stories about three generations of Chinese and Chinese-American women. The book became a bestseller and was made into a movie in 1993.Tan's second novel, The Kitchen God's Wife (1991), was followed in 1995 by The Hundred Secret Senses, which explored ghosts, past lives, and Asian vs. American values. She also wrote two children's books and played in a band called the Rock Bottom Remainders with fellow writers Stephen King and Dave Barry
    1954---Top Hits
Oh! My Pa-Pa - Eddie Fisher
Secret Love - Doris Day
Till Then - The Hilltoppers
Wake Up, Irene - Hank Thompson
    1954- T-Bird Hatches

    1955-saxophone player David Murray birthday, Berkeley, CA.
    1956-- Elvis Presley performs three shows at Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, Tampa, FL, billed as "Country Music's Mr. Rhythm."
    1958 - The Miracles released their first single, "Got a Job," on lead singer Smokey Robinson's 18th birthday. The record was an answer to the Silhouettes' number-one hit, "Get a Job." The other side of the record was “My Mama Done Told Me.” Motown released first Miracles single, "Got a Job" b/w "My Mama Done Told Me". 
    1960 -Bill Keane's "Family Circus" cartoon strip debuts
    1962---Top Hits
Duke of Earl - Gene Chandler
Norman - Sue Thompson
The Wanderer - Dion
Walk on By - Leroy Van Dyke
    1963- Betty Friedan published The Feminine Mystique this month, a call for women to achieve their full potential. Her book generated enormous response and revitalized the women's movement in the US. 
    1963 - Russia told President John F. Kennedy that it would withdraw several thousand troops from Cuba by March 15.
    1965 - Rod Stewart and his group The Soul Agents played their first major gig at a club in the London Borough of Harrow. 
    1966--The first concert presented by Chet Helms at the San Francisco Fillmore with Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and the Holding Company.
    1966--Lou Christie enjoys his only US number one record with "Lightnin' Strikes", a song that his record company, MGM, hated so much, they initially refused to release.
    1966- Penn State University named Joe Paterno its head football coach. Through the 1997 season, Paterno’s teams had complied a record of 298 wins, 77 losses and 3 ties. the Nittany Lions have won 18 bowl games and 2 national championships with Paterno at the helm.
    1966 - Robert F. Kennedy suggested the U.S. offer the Vietcong a role in governing South Vietnam.
    1968--ZABITOSKY, FRED WILLIAM Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Sergeant First Class (then S/Sgt.), U.S. Army, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Place and date: Republic of Vietnam, 19 February 1968. Entered service at: Trenton, N.J. Born: 27 October 1942, Trenton, N.J. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sfc. Zabitosky, U.S. Army, distinguished himself while serving as an assistant team leader of a 9-man Special Forces long-range reconnaissance patrol. Sfc. Zabitosky's patrol was operating deep within enemy-controlled territory when they were attacked by a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army unit. Sfc. Zabitosky rallied his team members, deployed them into defensive positions, and, exposing himself to concentrated enemy automatic weapons fire, directed their return fire. Realizing the gravity of the situation, Sfc. Zabitosky ordered his patrol to move to a landing zone for helicopter extraction while he covered their withdrawal with rifle fire and grenades. Rejoining the patrol under increasing enemy pressure, he positioned each man in a tight perimeter defense and continually moved from man to man, encouraging them and controlling their defensive fire. Mainly due to his example, the outnumbered patrol maintained its precarious position until the arrival of tactical air support and a helicopter extraction team. As the rescue helicopters arrived, the determined North Vietnamese pressed their attack. Sfc. Zabitosky repeatedly exposed himself to their fire to adjust suppressive helicopter gunship fire around the landing zone. After boarding 1 of the rescue helicopters, he positioned himself in the door delivering fire on the enemy as the ship took off. The helicopter was engulfed in a hail of bullets and Sfc. Zabitosky was thrown from the craft as it spun out of control and crashed. Recovering consciousness, he ignored his extremely painful injuries and moved to the flaming wreckage. Heedless of the danger of exploding ordnance and fuel, he pulled the severely wounded pilot from the searing blaze and made repeated attempts to rescue his patrol members but was driven back by the intense heat. Despite his serious burns and crushed ribs, he carried and dragged the unconscious pilot through a curtain of enemy fire to within 10 feet of a hovering rescue helicopter before collapsing. Sfc. Zabitosky's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
    1970---Top Hits
Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)/Everybody is a Star - Sly & The Family Stone
Hey There Lonely Girl - Eddie Holman
No Time - The Guess Who
It’s Just a Matter of Time - Sonny James
    1970 - Chicago Seven Trial: Dellinger, Davis, Hayden, Hoffman, and Rubin found guilty of crossing state lines to incite riot; Froines and Weiner acquitted; attorneys William Kunstler & Leonard Weinglass sentenced for contempt of court on February 18; all appealed on February 19
    1972- "A Horse With No Name" by America entered the US charts on its way to number one. The group, formed by three sons of American servicemen stationed in Britain, were discovered by Jeff Dexter, a deejay for a British underground radio station.
    1972-- Sammy Davis Jr. makes his notorious guest appearance on CBS' All In The Family, giving the show's main character, white bigot Archie Bunker, a big kiss.
    1972-- Nilsson's "Without You" hits #1
    1974- Dick Clark staged his first American Music Awards. The awards, determined by the votes of music fans, were a response to the industry-dominated Grammy Awards. -Smokey Robinson, Helen Reddy and Roger Miller are among the hosts at the very first American Music Awards. Created by TV veteran Dick Clark to compete with The Grammys, awards are presented based on record sales, airplay as well as votes. Among this years' winners are The Carpenters for Favorite Band, Jim Croce, Favorite Male Artist, and Tony Orlando and Dawn, Favorite Single for "Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Ole Oak Tree". 
    1976 - Donna Summer's "Love to Love You Baby" is certified gold
    1977 - Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" was released. The album would become one of the all-time biggest sellers - over 17-million copies in the US alone. It also won 1978's Best Album Grammy. "Rumours" contained four of the band's Top- 10 hits - "Go Your Own Way," "Dreams," "Don't Stop" and "You Make Loving Fun."
    1977- Stevie Wonder won his third straight Album of the Year Grammy for "Songs in the Key of Life."
    1977-- Manfred Mann's Earth Band's "Blinded By The Light" hits #1
    1977- Right wing Rod Gilbert of the New York Rangers scored the 1,000th point of his NHL career, a goal in the Rangers’ 5-2 loss of the New York Islanders. Gilbert entered the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1982.
    1977 - Snowflakes were observed at Homestead and Miami Beach in extreme southern Florida. 
    1978---Top Hits
Stayin’ Alive - Bee Gees
(Love Is) Thicker Than Water - Andy Gibb
Just the Way You Are - Billy Joel
Don’t Break the Heart that Loves You - Margo Smith
    1980- vocalist Bon Scott of the Australian heavy-metal band AC/DC died after choking on his own vomit after an all- night drinking binge in London. He was 33. Scott's death came just months after AC/DC had scored their first North American success with the album "Highway to Hell." AC/DC was my son Dash’s favorite band, and I took him to all the San Francisco Bay Area concerts when he was
young. I had also seen AC/DC play in local clubs, San Jose and Campbell, when they first started out and Bon Scott was wearing his outfit, and perhaps the group never sounded as good when he was the lead singer. Perhaps you did not know, but the band was named after Scott’s mother’s sewing machine. On the back, it said “AC /DC” as it could be used in Europe as well as Australian. He thought that was cool and electric being both AC or DC, that’s what he wanted to name his band after.
    1981 - 1981, a judge in New York determined that George Harrison subconsciously plagiarized "He's So Fine" when he wrote his 1970 hit, "My Sweet Lord." "He's So Fine" was written by Ronald Mack in 1963 for the Chiffons. Both songs were number-one hits. George Harrison was ordered to pay ABKCO Music the sum of $587,000 for “subconscious plagiarism” between his song, "My Sweet Lord" and the Chiffons early 1960s hit, "He’s So Fine.”
    1981 - George Harrison was ordered to pay ABKCO Music the sum of $587,000 for “subconscious plagiarism” between his song, "My Sweet Lord" and the Chiffons early 1960s hit, "He’s So Fine". Based on the riffs, chords, melodies, octaves and notes, he lost in court.
    1984 – At the XIVth Winter Olympics in Sarjevo, Yugoslavia, skiers Phil and Steve Hahre of the US became the first brothers to finish first and second on the same Olympic event. Phil won the gold medal in the slalom, and Steve won the silver. When the XIV Winter Olympic Games ended at Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. The Soviet Union led all countries with 25 medals, the United States captured nine medals to tie for fifth place. Within the shadow of what was the Olympic Stadium, hundreds, maybe thousands, of Bosnians are now buried; the result of the civil war that began in the early 1990s
    1984- Dale Yarborough became only the second driver to win consecutive Daytona 500 races by sweeping into the lead just two times from the finish and taking the checkered flag. Yarborough joined Richard Petty in this select circle.
    1985 - Cherry Coke was introduced by the Coca-Cola Company, not at company headquarters in Atlanta, but in New York City, instead. Many who grew up in the 1950s rushed to buy the canned and/or bottled taste of nostalgia; hoping it would taste the same as they remembered. It was common to have a “Cherry Coke” or “lemon coke” and even a” chocolate coke.” Unfortunately, the taste was not what many of us remembered at the ice cream fountain or corner drug store (I guess I am that old as I remember going to Mamaroneck Junior High and stopping on the way home at the Larchmont corner drug store for a tall soda.
    1986---Top Hits
How Will I Know - Whitney Houston
When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going - Billy Ocean
Kyrie - Mr. Mister
Makin’ Up for Lost Time (The Dallas Lovers’ Song) - Crystal Gayle & Gary Morris
    1986- rap artist Kurtis Blow and rock musician Steven Van Zandt visited a Chicago high school to speak against apartheid. Van Zandt was the driving force behind Artists United Against Apartheid, a benefit group of 49 artists who recorded the 1985 hit "lSun City." Proceeds from the record were to benefit political prisoners in South Africa.
    1987- Willie Nelson's movie "Red-Headed Stranger," opened in Austin, Texas at a benefit for public television. The film, based on Nelson's 1975 concept album of the same name, also starred Katherine Ross and Morgan Fairchild.
    1987 - A controversial anti-smoking ad aired for the first time on television. It featured actor Yul Brynner in a public service announcement that was recorded shortly before his death from lung cancer. 
    1988- Roy Acuff, the King of Country Music, celebrated his 50th anniversary on the Grand Ole Opry. Also marking his 50th year on the show was Acuff's player, Pete Kirby, known as Bashful Brother Oswald. Honoring Acuff were such stars as Del Reeves, Porter Wagoner and Connie Smith. Acuff came out of the East Tennessee Hills in the 1930's to become the Opry's first singing star.
    1988 - Showers and thunderstorms in the southeastern U.S. drenched Valdosta GA with more than five inches of rain, and the 24 hour rainfall total of 7.10 inches at Apalachicola FL more than doubled their previous 24 hour record for February.
    1988- Former Wham! front man George Michael played his debut solo concert at the Budokan in Tokyo. It was the first of six sold out Japanese dates on Michael's "Faith" world tour. The tour would wind up eight months later in Pensacola, Florida.
    1993- Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" became the longest-running number-one pop single of the rock era, topping the Billboard chart for the 14th week. It broke the record set the previous October by Boyz II Men's "End of the Road." Before that, the record was held by Elvis Presley's double-sided hit "Don't Be Cruel" and "Hound Dog," which was number one for 11 weeks in 1956.
    1993- Elton John had to cut short his encores at a show in Melbourne, Australia, after a swarm of crickets virtually took over the outdoor stage. John's publicist said the entertainer gave up when the bugs made the stage dangerously slippery.
    1994- Michael Jackson drew a nearly five-minute standing ovation at the Jackson Family Honors show at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. The singer, facing child abuse allegations at the time, presented a lifetime achievement award to Motown Records founder Berry Gordy. The audience later booed when they found out Michael wouldn't be performing solo at the event, which was telecast the following week. The following month, the producers of the concert sued the Jackson family, accusing them of fraud and claiming to have lost more than $1-million. $4.5- million was raised at what was billed as a charity event, but the Jackson’s later acknowledged that only $100,000 would in fact go to charity.
    1994- Olympian Bonnie Blair of Champaign, IL, became the first speed skater to win a gold medal in the same event in three consecutive Olympic Games when she won the 500 meters in Lillehammer, Norway. On Feb 23, she added a victory in the 1,000 meters to give her a total of five gold medals, more than any other American female athlete. The Soviet Union led all countries with 25 medals, the United States captured nine medals to tie for fifth place. Within the shadow of what was the Olympic Stadium, hundreds, maybe thousands, of Bosnians are now buried; the result of the civil war that began in the early 1990s.
    1995- "Baywatch" star Pamela Anderson married Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee in Cancun, Mexico. The bride was reported to have worn "a very tiny - an extremely tiny - white bikini." The bridegroom wore white Bermuda shorts without shoes or shirt.
    2011 - Strong winds reaching as high as 40 mph with gusts to 53 mph topple the 48 year old National Christmas tree. The 42 foot tall Colorado blue spruce sat just south of the White House on the Ellipse. It was transplanted there from York, Pennsylvania in 1978.



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