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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

Balboa Capital’s Top Salesmen Leave to Start Own Company
 Classified Ads---Collections
  Allstate Leasing joins Funder List “A”
   and Funders Looking for New Broker Business
Plastic Credit Card Processing Industry on the Way Out?
 Classified Ads---Help Wanted
  “Do I or When Do I ask a Probing Question?”
    Career Crossroad---By Emily Fitzpatrick/RII
  Leasing 102 by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP
   Accounting for Sales 2014
    Meet Leasing News Advisor Allan Levine
 December, 2013---January, 2014 "The List"
  --- Mergers, Acquisitions & Changes
   WhatsApp Chart Comparison
    Top Stories February 18 - February 20
     Weather in Saratoga, California
      Ascentium Capital Opens Orange County Office
    Labrador Retriever
     Kansas City, Missouri
       Classified ads
News Briefs---
Ex-Im Bank Tops $1 Billion in Financing
 for American Business Aircraft & Helicopters
  BNSF plans to buy 5,000 safer oil railcars
   Investors Buy Large Volume of Put Options on TAL International
    Group (TAL)- lessor of intermodal containers and chassis
     Samsung unveils phone with heart-rate monitor
      Samsung and PayPal Just One-Upped Apple in Mobile Payments
       Data Approach Helping Financial Services Firms do More with Less
        Homes of Ukrainian Government Officials

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Balboa Capital Top Salesmen Leave to Start Own Company
by Christopher Menkin

Eight of the veteran salesmen left in late December to start their own
leasing company in Irvine; angry enough to give up their prepaid trip
to Cabo San Lucas they won for being in the Presidents Club.

As Leasing News reported in December, an insider related that Balboa Capital, Irvine, California had changed their “protection plan” for veteran salesmen by announcing that customers applying for a new lease, allegedly after 30 days, would be turned over to the new telephone group, rather than the original salesmen who completed the sale and were promised by Balboa Capital that prior business would come back to them. This new telephone group, new to the industry, primarily working the telephones with a script, was under a different remuneration plan, obviously being paid a lower commission or charge to their volume of business needed to meet their monthly salary.

Reportedly Balboa Capital makes 14,000 phone calls a day between 60-70 telemarketers & sales reps. Allegedly at a most recent company meeting, which is evidently held to review each quarter, with all employees present or brought in through webinar, Leasing News was told Co-Founder and Chief Executive Office Pat Byrne would not stand up and take any questions on the change in protection of existing customers of the veteran sales crew.

It is common in the leasing industry for a broker or an inside or direct salesman to receive repeat business from previous sales they closed, with any inquiries directed to them for follow-up.

Balboa Capital has changed this rule in the past, as noted by many brokers, when the company exited the third party origination program, they contacted the brokers’ customers and vendors direct, seeking business. According to several ex-brokers, the caller said they were now taking over the account and any new business should be sent to them direct. In addition, they did not fund deals that were approved to the brokers. This was reported in Leasing News December 1, 2008: (1)

Leasing News has been told over the years by many who have left Balboa Capital the reasons why they left, which confirm many of the complaints that appear in the Leasing News Bulletin Complaint Board (2) as well as Companies who utilize Evergreen Clauses for Extra Lease Payments (3). This change in Balboa Capital policy appears new and not popular, at least with those that left.

The executive officers of Balboa Capital were sent this article on Thursday with a request for a comment or statement, but none has been received to date.

  1. Balboa Capital Exits Broker Business Badly

  1. Complaints Bulletin Board

  1. Evergreen Clause”—The Danger of Automatic Renewal


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and Funders Looking for New Broker Business

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Plastic Credit Card Processing Industry on the Way Out?
by Christopher Menkin

Lessors involved in plastic credit card processing are about to see some major changes in their industry, happening faster than they expect.

Plastic credit cards may go the way of the typewriter and rotary dial phone as NFC and other technology continues their inroads in POS.

Look for more major changes in the leasing of credit card processing machines as the world of smart phones and tablets is finding less and less use for actual plastic credit cards. The adoption toward dataphone and tablet payments, costing the retailer less, providing better record keeping and data collection is improving business as well as profits and cash flow.

Bank Innovation recently noted that half of all mobile banking customers are now part of ClearXchange, moving the technology along to the large banks, regional banks, and innovative community banks that are adopting the technology to compete. (1) reported: "Both MasterCard and Visa endorsed a new mobile payments technology that could enable them to bypass Isis and other hardware-based mobile payments systems. The action could also boost Near Field Communications (NFC) technology for mobile payments.

"The credit card giants both voiced support for what is called Host-Card Emulation, or HCE, something that is supported in Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) latest version of Android, 4.4 or KitKat. HCE is an open architecture that enables payments and other NFC services--including loyalty programs, building access and transit passes--to be delivered without the use of a so-called 'secure element'."

These changes are happening faster and faster as both business and consumers try to keep up with the rapidly changing technological advances and connected devices adoptions. (2) This just doesn’t mean film camera and tape cassettes, but now includes the use of Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, WhatsApp and consumer products linked to data phones to control house lights, security camera and systems, temperature, robot vacuum cleaners, and lawn sprinkler systems.

Verizon offered a lower monthly fee with an agreement to stay with them one year on the wire telephone plan, and if cancelled prior, the cancelling party agrees to pay the difference. They see the writing on the wall.

(1) Half of All Mobile Banking Customers Are Now Part of ClearXchange

(2) Changes in Technology Last 8 years

50+ fascinating stats about mobile commerce in the US

New Galaxy S5—Note the fingerprint sign on feature
(More about this latest version in News Briefs below)


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Irvine, California Finance/Credit Analyst

Manage lease transactions through the entire credit review, documentation and funding process.
Direct contact with customers’ decision-makers, including CFOs, treasurers, and purchasing managers.
As “deal manager” analyst is responsible for interface with credit, sales, legal and documentation
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Do I or When Do I ask a Probing Question?”
Career Crossroad---By Emily Fitzpatrick/RII

Question: I have heard of preparing to ask “probing” questions in an interview, can you advise?

Answer: Probing questions are questions to ask once you have established that you are truly interested in the company and position. At this point, begin asking questions designed to elicit specific information regarding the potential employer’s department, job, culture, people, etc…

You would ask these types of questions on a second interview. If a one interview process then towards the end of the interview, especially if when asked if you have additional questions.

Again proceed only if you have established that you are truly interested and can see yourself in the company/position.

Some may include:

  1. What are the things you would most like to see change in this department / company?

  2. Are there plans for new products or services in the near future?

  3. When may I meet some of my potential colleagues / subordinates?

  4. How much travel would I expect?

  5. What has the turnover been in this department in the last few years?

  6. Can you tell me about the people with whom I’ll be working most closely?

  7. What do you think my biggest challenge will be if I work for you?

Probing questions are there to assist you in making a good long-term career decision. Think about them and just don’t let them “blurt out.” Develop your questions carefully & don’t be afraid to ask! Take notes of your thoughts and compare with the goals and aspirations. Develop your questions carefully. As they are interviewing you, you are also interviewing them.

Emily Fitzpatrick
Sr. Recruiter
Recruiters International, Inc.
Phone: 954-885-9241
Cell: 954-612-0567
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Leasing 102
by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP

Accounting for Sales 2014

This will be an interesting year for commercial equipment leasing. We have impending changes in our accounting rules and there will be a big swing in how our business approaches the market. Over the past few years leasing has taken on the form of fancy financing and only our flexibility on payment terms has set us apart from traditional lending.

Leases that were consummated using tax benefits to reduce the lessee’s payments were few and far between. This was true because to facilitate the growth of the economy the government established accelerated depreciation and complete equipment cost deductions for small business. Leasing did not have much to offer except flexible payments.

Most lessors have lost the ability to offer leases that are not fancy financing so this year will be a year of learning. What are the differences between a true lease and a loan? What are the advantages of a lease to a company that has taken advantage of all the depreciation advantages of the past few years? Training courses will be a big plus to get into the groove.

The economy is perking up and so are profits; however, if a business took advantage of the depreciation incentives of the past few years, this year’s profits are going to generate a large tax bill because there will not be any depreciation benefits from previous equipment purchases. Standard MACRS depreciation for new equipment is not going to offer much in the way of relief.

The current MACRS depreciation requires a long term of depreciation and many businesses are interested in a shorter right off, looking for leasing to offer this. The problem is that to offer a lease where the lessee can expense the rents, the lessor will have to become the owner of the equipment and take the required longer tax depreciation term. This will increase the rental payment to cover the increased income tax generated by the revenue from a short lease term and the longer tax depreciation term. However, the lessee will be able to expense the rents and this should be more attractive than depreciation and interest.

A lease that qualifies for income tax treatment will require two forms of bookkeeping: lease accounting and tax accounting. In addition, computing rent requirements and early termination values will require computer-based pricing programs such as Super Trump.

Changes in the type of lease we offer may require training in how to market true leases and also will require different funding for the lessors that are used to discounting transactions.

The accounting department and all those that service this operation will have a very busy year.

Mr. Terry Winders, CLP, has been a teacher, consultant, expert witness for the leasing industry for thirty years and can be reached at or 502-649-0448.

He invites your questions and queries.

Previous #102 Columns:

Mr. Terry Winders available as a consultant regarding assisting attorneys in resolving disputes or explaining procedures or reviewing documents as utilized in the finance and leasing industry.

He is the author of several books, including DVD's, as well as weekly columnist to Leasing News. He also performs audits of leasing companies as an expert on documentation, and has acted as an expert witness on leasing for litigation in legal and tax disputes, including before the IRS. He also has taught the senior bank examiners, how to review a bank leasing department, for the Federal Reserve in Washington D.C. and has trained the examiners for the FDIC on how to prepare a lease portfolio for sale.


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Leasing News Advisor
Allan Levine

Mr. Levine joined the advisory board June 6, 2007. 

Allan Levine, President
9D Gwynns Mill Court
Owings Mills, MD 21117
Direct Line: 443.796.7337
Office: 443.796.7333
fax: 443.796.7200
Equipment and Vehicle Leasing Solutions

He was on the board and was editor of the Eastern Association of Equipment Leasing's quarterly publication. The association merged with the United Association of Equipment Leasing, formerly the Western Association of Equipment Leasing under the new name National Equipment Finance Association.

After college, he did marketing work for Polaroid (“If anyone remembers them. They thought digital photography would not make it,” Allan says.) He learned much of his sales and marketing skills at Polaroid. He is also is a very good writer and humorist. When he semi-retires, he should make time to become a columnist.

Allan Levine is the Chief Operating Officer of Madison Capital, LLC, and has been in the vehicle and equipment leasing business since 1971. In 1971, he began working with a firm focused on vehicle and small-ticket equipment leasing. In 1974, Allan started Fox Auto & Truck Discount Leasing Company, which evolved, in the early 1980’s, into Fox Discount Leasing, Inc. In 1987, the name changed to form Fox Valley Leasing, which merged with Harbor Leasing to become Madison Capital in August of 1997.

Allan has served on many boards and committees throughout the leasing industry, and has been active in community organizations. Allan’s involvement has included the local chapter of the NVLA (National Vehicle Leasing Association). He has served on The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s Committee for Independent Leasing Companies (ILC) and its Future Council group. He was VP of The Jewish Community Center and on its board of directors for years, and is past chair of The Gordon Center (a 550-seat boutique venue for the performing arts). Allan has also served as a big brother in that local organization.

Allan is a past Chairman of the Board of The Chimes, an international not-for-profit serving over 20000 individuals with development disabilities and employs more than 2300 employees. Allan was on the Board of The Eastern Association of Equipment Lessors (EAEL) and was the Editor of The Independent, which was EAEL’s newsletter. He has also served, at the board and committee levels of additional local philanthropic and community organizations. Allan is currently a trustee of The Maryland Zoo. It is the fourth largest Zoo in the US. Allan was recently appointed to the advisory board of Maryland Financial Bank and Woodholme Country club (his local golf stop).

Allan is a graduate of the University of Maryland where he played lacrosse. Allan is married and has 7 grandchildren. Allan plays golf and works out regularly to keep the energy level needed to support the rigors of the lease financing industry.


December, 2013---January, 2014 "The List" 
--- Mergers, Acquisitions & Changes
"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"--

December, 2013

Navitas Lease Corp. dba Navitas Leasing, Ponte Verde Beach, FL. (RLC Leasing Division, Columbia, South Carolina) (12/13) Opens New Equipment Manufacturer Financing Division--

Mesa Leasing, San Diego, CA. (12/13) Mesa Leasing Back in Business--

January, 2014

Heritage Pacific Leasing, Fresno, CA (01/14) HL Leasing Investors May Get Money Back!-

Ascentium Capital, Kingwood, Texas (01/14) Announces 47% Growth--

Integrity Financial Groups, Murray, Utah (01/14) Fourth Arrest in Utah for Dallin Hawkins-

Equipment Acquisition Resources, Palatine, IL. (01/14) Confirmed: Sheldon Player Passed Away Nov. 13, 2013--; Judge Takes New turn on BK, going after lessors:

IFC Credit, Morton Grove, Illinois (01/14) Alert: Rudy Trebels Back Soliciting Broker Business-

Onset Financial, South Jordan, Utah (01/14) Two Evergreen/PRR Clause Lessors Merge Onset Financial/Mazuma Capital-

Mazuma Capital Corp, Draper, Utah (01/14) Two Evergreen/PRR Clause Lessors Merge Onset Financial/Mazuma Capital-

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Top Stories February 18 - February 20
(You May Have Missed One)

Here are the top stories opened by readers:

(1) OnDeck Launches 24 Month Loan Product---up to $250,000

(2) Correction: True Leasing in Bankruptcy
Leasing 102 by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP

(3) Income Needed to Live in 25 Metropolitan Areas

(4) Leasing 102 by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP
True Leasing in Bankruptcy

(5) Bankers Capital Joins
Funders Taking New Broker Business List
Funders Looking for New Brokers

(6) New Hires—Promotions

(7) BlueBridge Financial Joins
Funders Taking New Broker Business List

(8) Archives—February 18, 2003
Weather Closes East Coast Leasing Companies as well as other businesses

(9) Four Oaks Bank Tagged by Regulators for Lack of Supervision Over Third Party ACH Processors By Tom McCurnin

(10) “Outside Interests Often Asked by Employers”
Career Crossroad---By Emily Fitzpatrick/RII



Weather in Saratoga, California

Very Early Rose Bud

I walk Bode Ace Menkin, my eight year old English Black Labrador, without a leash every day for an hour, when it is not raining. It has been quite dry here and spring is early. I think of our water shortage, and we have cut back in anticipation of coming restrictions, but the weather has been great.

On Saturday, my Droid said it was 74 degrees, and the downtown temp sign said 78. It definitely was sunny and warm late afternoon, with roses with buds on them, shiny green, red and bronze leaves, and trees in bloom.

Panorama Drive

Via Colina

El Camino Grande

(The birds will have a field day when these berries mature).


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Ascentium Capital Opens Orange County Office

KINGWOOD, TX, - In response to client demand and growth opportunities, Ascentium Capital announces the opening of a second sales office in California. 

Richard Baccaro
Exec. VP, Sales/Marketing

Richard Baccaro, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Ascentium Capital is pleased with the company's expanding national presence commenting, "It's exciting to see our sales success drive expansion."

Over the past two years, Ascentium Capital has opened offices in Massachusetts, Michigan, and New Jersey. The two most recent openings are in Sacramento and Irvine. This expansion is driving national recruitment efforts for business development finance specialists. Baccaro further explains, "Ascentium's unique finance platform and custom finance products allow us to recruit the industry's top talent. Our success with national manufacturer and distributor programs provides a great opportunity for sales professionals in specialized niches."

The ability for finance specialists to work from the company's corporate office near Houston, a national sales office, or from home, allows the company to attract and retain diverse talent.

In addition to Ascentium Capital's growth and recruitment initiatives, the company continues to develop new finance products and services for small and medium sized businesses as well as Fortune 500 organizations.

Ascentium Capital, as a direct lender, specializes in providing equipment financing and leasing solutions that drive growth and profit for equipment manufacturers, distributors as well as direct financing to businesses nationwide. The company is backed by the strength of leading private investment firms Vulcan Capital and LKCM Capital Group, LLC. For more information, please visit

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BNSF plans to buy 5,000 safer oil railcars

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Samsung unveils phone with heart-rate monitor

Samsung and PayPal Just One-Upped Apple in Mobile Payments

Data Approach Helping Financial Services Firms do More with Less

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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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Feds launch criminal investigation of Petaluma slaughterhouse

Santa Rosa City Manager announces retirement--$190,000 year pension



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This Day in History

    1643 -- Dutch massacre of friendly Indians at Pavonia, near present-day Hackensack, New Jersey, is ordered by William Kieft, Governor of New Netherlands. 120 Wecquaesgeek men, women and children asleep in their wigwams die. Eyewitness David P. deVries noted: "...about midnight I heard a great shrieking, and I ran to the ramparts of the fort... Saw nothing but firing, and heard the shrieks of the savages murdered in their sleep. When it was day the soldiers returned to the fort, having massacred or murdered 80 Indians, and considering they had done a deed of Roman valor, in murdering so many in their sleep; where infants were torn from mother's breasts, and hacked to pieces in the presence of the parents, and the pieces thrown into the fire and in the water, and other sucklings, being bound top small boards, were cut, stuck, pierced, & miserably massacred in a manner to move a heart of stone...“
    1779- George Clark captures Fort Sackville at Vincennes , Indiana.
    1781 - American General Nathanael Greene crossed the Dan River on his way to his March 15th confrontation with Lord Charles Cornwallis at Guilford Court House, N.C.
    1791- the charter of the first bank of the US: The First Bank of the US at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, proposed as a national bank by Alexander Hamilton, it lost its charter in 1811. The Second Bank of the US received a charter in 1816 which expired in 1836. Since that time, the US had no central bank until 1913 when the Federal Reserve System was established.
    1804- The Democratic - Republican Party held their first caucus and elected Thomas Jefferson of Virginia for president and George Clinton of New York for vice-president. The Federalists did not have a caucus but supported Charles Cotesworth Pinckney of South Carolina and Rufus King of New York for vice-president. Jefferson received 162 electoral votes and Pickney, 14.
    1824 -The Baptist General Tract Society was organized in Washington, D.C. In 1826 the society was moved to Philadelphia, and by 1840, the organization had issued over 3.5 million copies of 162 different tracts.
    1825 – New Harmony, Indiana. Robert Owen announces New Harmony utopian plan in Indiana to government dignitaries in the Hall of the US House of Representatives.
    1836- Samuel Colt obtained a patent for “an improvement in revolving fire-arms.” He had invented the revolving cylinder pistol in 1830 while he was traveling on the S.S. Carlo. With a pocket knife he whittled a wood model. He first obtained a patent from England in 1835. After his US patent, he formed the Patent Arms Manufacturing Company of Paterson, NJ, capitalized at $230,000. The first revolvers produced by the factory were .34-caliber models. The company nearly failed in its first decade, but was revived by an order from the government in 1847 for one hundred revolvers to use in the Mexican-American War. The revolver was the first firearm that could be used effectively by a man on horseback. Colt set up a new factory in Connecticut and made a fortune after the war as ranchers, outlaws, prospectors, and lawmen stormed into the newly acquired Western territories with their six-shooters blazing.
    1842 -- Famous woman lighthouse keeper Ida Z. Lewis born, Newport, Rhode Island. She was the oldest daughter of the lighthouse keeper at Lime Rock in Newport, R.I., who assumed her father's responsibilities when he suffered a paralytic stroke when she was 15. By rowing her sister and brothers to school and getting supplies from the mainland, she became an expert oarsperson. Her ability to handle a boat even in the worst weather conditions enabled her to rescue dozens of people from capsized boats in Newport Harbor. Her fame spread throughout the country and she was honored in numerous ceremonies. President Grant and dignitaries of her area paid their respects by personally visiting this great 19th century heroine. In 1879 after 22 years of keeping the Lime Rock Lighthouse she was officially designated the first woman Keeper of the Light.
    1859- the first temporary insanity defense in a criminal case was used by Daniel Sickles, a congressman from New York. On this date, he shot and killed Philip Barton Key, the son of Francis Scott Key, author of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” after he learned the younger Key was having an affair with his wife. His lawyer, James T. Brady, offered the defense of “temporary insanity.” Sickles was acquitted. He eventually became a general in the Civil War, in which he lost a leg, and served as minister to Spain.
    1862 - The U.S. Congress passes the Legal Tender Act, authorizing the use of paper notes to pay the government's bills. This ended the long-standing policy of using only gold or silver in transactions, and it allowed the government to finance the enormously costly war long after its gold and silver reserves were depleted. Several proposals involving the use of bonds were suggested. Finally, Congress began printing money, which the Confederate government had been doing since the beginning of the war. The Legal Tender Act allowed the government to print $150 million in paper money that was not backed by a similar amount of gold and silver. Another Legal Tender Act passed in 1863, and by war's end, nearly a half-billion dollars in greenbacks had been issued. The Legal Tender Act laid the foundation for the creation of a permanent currency in the decades after the Civil War.
    1863- The first bank to file as a National Bank under “an act to provide a national currency” was the First National Bank of Davenport, IA. Austin Corbin was the first president. For two days, the bank was the only national bank in operation under the new act.
    1870- Hiram Rhodes Revels of Mississippi was sworn in as the first black U.S. senator and the first black representative in Congress. Revels was elected to fill the office vacated by Jefferson Davis. He served through March 1871; the remainder of Davis' vacated term. The first African-American to serve a full term in the U.S. Senate, Blanche Kelso Bruce (1875-1881), was also from Mississippi.
    1873- Enrico Caruso, universally regarded as the world's greatest operatic tenor, was born in Naples, Italy. He became widely known in 1898 through his appearances in Milan, about three years after his debut at Caserta, near Naples, in the role of Faust. In 1902, he made his London debut and the following year, he first appeared in the U.S. He was very well received and actually bought a house here as he made many tours and was extremely popular. Caruso made his first recordings in 1901, and was largely responsible for the public perceiving the phonograph as a home entertainment medium rather than a toy. His recording of "Vesti La Giubba (On With the Motley)" for the Victor Company in 1907 is believed to be among the first records to sell a million copies. For more than 30 years after his death in 1921, Caruso was one of the Victor Company’s top-selling artists. The 1951 film "The Great Caruso," with Mario Lanza, provided renewed interest in his records.
    1874 -- Skokomish Indian reservation established (near Shelton, Washington).
    1896-Singer/song writer Ida Cox (Ida Prather) born Toccoa, GA. Died 1967.

    1900-pianist Hartzell “Tiny” Parham, born Winnipeg, Manitoba. Died April 4, 1943.
    1910- Millicent Fenwick, the inspiration for Garry Trudeau's "Doonesbury" character Lacey Davenport, birthday. Former fashion model, author, member NJ General Assembly and US congresswoman, Millicent Fenwick was born at New York, NY. A champion of liberal causes, Fenwick pointed to her sponsorship of the resolution creating the commission to monitor the 1975 Helsinki accords on human rights as her proudest achievement. She fought for civil rights, peace in Vietnam, aid for the poor, reduction of military programs, gun control and restrictions on capital punishment. Fenwick, died at Bernardsville, NJ, Sept 16, 1992.
    1907-- Mary Coyle Chase - US playwright. MCC won the 1944 Pulitzer Prize for the play “Harvey”, the tale of an invisible six-foot rabbit. She wrote a sparkling screenplay to convert it into a very successful movie. MCC began her writing career as newspaper reporter.
    1913 – Federal Income Tax: The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several states, and without regard to any census or enumeration. The 16th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified on February 3 by Rhode Island (interestingly, it was a Republican bluff that brought the bill forward in the Rhode Island legislature, as they thought the Democrats would be crazy passing it), permitting the levying of an income tax on individuals and businesses without apportionment on the basis of the population of states. It did not go into effect until February 12th. Officially the Secretary of State Philander Knox on February 25, 1913 declared it to be "in effect", but never stating it was lawfully ratified. There were many legal issues from the various states that were never resolved. The change did not come at once, however, for the first income tax law specified graduated rates of 1 to 6% of income. It was a flat tax. There is controversy that not all the states ratified this amendment, although amendments to it were made Congress….which controversy remains today.
    1918- “Bobby” Riggs birthday, tennis player born Robert Lormier Riggs at Los Angeles, CA. Riggs won the US National Singles Championship in 1939 and 1941, and won three titles at Wimbledon in 1939. After World War II, he turned pro successfully but won his great fame as the male sexist for a pair of “Battle of the Sexes” matches in 1973. He won the first of these against Margaret Court and lost the second to Billie Jean King. Died at Leucadia, CA. Oct. 25, 1995.
    1919-Oregon became the first state to impose a state gasoline sales tax, placing one cent per gallon on all motor fuel. The funds collected were used for road construction and maintenance.
1919 Jazz cellist Fred Katz birthday
    1922- “Texas Rose” Bascom birthday. A Cherokee-Choctaw Indian born at Covington County, MS, Rose Flynt married rodeo cowboy Earl Bascom and learned trick roping, becoming known as the greatest female trick roper in the world. She appeared on stage, in movies, and on early TV. She toured with the USO during WWII, performing at every military base and military hospital in the US. After the war she entertained servicemen stationed overseas. In 1981 she was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame (located at Hereford, TX). She died Sept 23, 1993, at St. George, UT.
    1922 - The temperature at Los Angeles, CA, soared to 92 degrees to establish a record for the month of February.
    1924 - Ty Cobb, issued an edict to his team, the Detroit Tigers, forbidding players to play golf during training camp. A report in the Detroit Free Press said Cobb confiscated players' golf clubs.
    1927 -Pianist James P. Johnson first recording of “Snowy Morning Blues,” Columbia 14204-D)
    1929-Saxophonist Tommy Newsom born Portsmouth, VA. He is best-known for his playing in the Tonight Show Band of the 1960's, 70's and 80's where he occasionally was the butt of jokes as Doc Severinson's dim-witted sidekick. Newsom was always good-humored about it all, but this particular "gig" covered up the fact that he was actually a pretty talented tenor-saxophone soloist.

    1938- Miami Drive-In Debuts: Miami's first drive-in movie theater opened on this day. Invented in 1933 by Richard Hollingshead, the first drive-in debuted on Crescent Boulevard in Camden New, Jersey. Admission was 25 cents per car and 25 cents per individual, with no car paying more than one dollar. Hollingshead received a patent for his idea in 1933, but it was later repealed in 1939. Without a patent to hinder them, copycats began opening up drive-ins all across the country. By 1938, most metropolitan areas had drive-in theaters. The drive-in craze would reach its peak in 1963 when 3,502 theaters were in operation across the country. Today, most drive-ins have been replaced by DVD, TV movies, Internet movie rentals, and On-Demand movies on cable TV, as the most inexpensive way to watch a movie, or romantic encounter. Land values had become so expensive for other, more lucrative uses that owners sought to cash in rather than continue their operations.
    1942 -- The US Navy orders Japanese American residents of Terminal Island near Los Angeles Harbor to leave in 48 hours. They are the first group to be removed en masse and suffer especially heavy losses of their homes and businesses as a result. Lesser known is the fact that similar fates were visited upon German-American and Italian-American families during the war.

    1943- George Harrison, former lead guitarist for the Beatles, was born in Liverpool, England. He was the guitarist and co-songwriter for the Beatles, alongside John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. The band is considered to be the most influential rock and roll group of all time. Harrison is credited with introducing Eastern musical styles and instrumentation to Western Pop. After the breakup of the Beatles, Harrison embarked on a successful solo career, became an independent film producer (“Time Bandits”) and created on of the first charity rock concerts with his “Concert for Bangladesh,” which brought relief to flood victims of that country. His first project after the Beatles broke up in early 1970 was a three-record set, "All Things Must Pass," which contained the number-one single, "My Sweet Lord," which was later litigated and found to have been plagiarized of “He’s So Fine”. The two benefit concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York for the people of Bangladesh, a documentary film and a Grammy Award-winning three-record set earned more than 10 million dollars, which was donated to UNICEF after a lengthy delay caused by legal problems. Harrison had another number-one hit in 1973 with "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)," and his tribute to John Lennon, "All Those Years Ago," made it to number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1981. Harrison's 1987 comeback album "Cloud Nine," was a big hit, as was the single "Got My Mind Set On You." He died at Los Angeles, CA. on Nov 29, 2001.
    1944---Top Hits
Besame Mucho - The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal: Bob Eberly & Kitty Kallen
My Heart Tells Me - The Glen Gray Orchestra (vocal: Eugenie Baird)
Shoo, Shoo, Baby - The Andrews Sisters
Ration Blues - Louis Jordan
    1946- Les Brown records “Lover's Leap”: for Columbia
    1950- pianist Mike Wofford born San Antonio, TX
    1950- “ Your Show of Shows” premiered on TV. “Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca starred in the NBC 90-minute variety program along with Carl Reiner and Howard Morris. It started as a one hour show February 25, 1950. The show included monologues, improvisations, parodies, pantomimes and sketches of varying length. Some of its writers were: Mel Brooks, Larry Gelbart, Neil Simon and Woody Allen. It was my father's favorite show. He was general manager of WOR-TV in New York. We grew up enjoying "live TV." He was a friend of Carl Reiner and Howard Morris and the director of the show, Irv Kirshner, was one of my father's best friends, who also directed the Jackie Gleason Show, if my memory serves me correctly.
    1952---Top Hits
Cry - Johnnie Ray
Slowpoke - Pee Wee King
Anytime - Eddie Fisher
Give Me More, More, More (Of Your Kisses) - Lefty Frizzell
    1957 - Buddy Holly and The Crickets traveled to Norman Petty's studio in Clovis, NM, to record "That'll Be the Day" (one of the classics of rock 'n' roll) and "I'm Looking for Someone to Love". Both songs were released on Brunswick Records in May of that year. The record, released under the Crickets' name, was Holly's first million-seller, topping both North American and British charts.
    1960---Top Hits
The Theme from "A Summer Place" - Percy Faith
Handy Man - Jimmy Jones
What in the World's Come Over You - Jack Scott
He'll Have to Go - Jim Reeves
    1961- Davey Allison, auto racer, born at Hueytown, AL. NASCAR's rookie of the year, Allison won 19 races in 191 starts, including one Daytona 500. The son of racer Bobby Allison, Davey was killed in a helicopter accident on the infield of the racetrack at Talladega, AL, July 13, 1993.
    1961-After being discharged from the US army nearly a year ago, Elvis Presley makes his first concert appearance since 1958 at the Ellis Auditorium in Memphis, Tennessee. During the show, RCA Records presents The King with a plaque to commemorate 76 million records sold worldwide.
    1963 -- Vee Jay Records, a small Chicago-based label, releases the first Beatles record in the US, "Please Please Me" backed with "Ask Me Why." A smash in the UK, barely noticed in the US. "Please Please Me" was the second record released in the U.S. by The Beatles. Some labels carried a famous misprint, making it an instant, and valuable, collector's item. The label listed the group as The Beatles.
    1964 - Twenty-two year-old Cassius Clay won the world heavyweight boxing title by defeating Sonny Liston in the seventh round in Miami, FL. Clay had been an 8-1 underdog. In fact, only 8,297 fans showed up for the bout. Asked how he would defeat Sonny Liston, “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” At the height of his athletic career Ali was well known for both his fighting ability and personal style. His most famous saying was, "I am the greatest!' In 1967 he was convicted of violating the Selective Service Act and was stripped of his title for refusing to be inducted into the armed services during the Vietnam War. Ali cited religious convictions as his reason for refusal. In 1971 the Supreme Court reversed the conviction. Ali is the only fighter to win the heavyweight fighting title three separate times. He defended that title nine times. He has devoted his life to helping others. Despite a crippling disease, he gives much time to promoting peace and bringing people together.
    1966- CONNOR, PETER S. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, Company F, 2d Battalion, 3d Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein), FMF. Place and date: Quang Nag Province, Republic of Vietnam, 25 February 1966. Entered service at: South Orange, NJ. Born: 4 September 1932, Orange, N.J. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against enemy Viet Cong forces at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Leading his platoon on a search and destroy operation in an area made particularly hazardous by extensive cave and tunnel complexes, S/Sgt. Connor maneuvered his unit aggressively forward under intermittent enemy small-arms fire. Exhibiting particular alertness and keen observation, he spotted an enemy spider hole emplacement approximately 15 meters to his front. He pulled the pin from a fragmentation grenade intending to charge the hole boldly and drop the missile into its depths. Upon pulling the pin he realized that the firing mechanism was faulty, and that even as he held the safety device firmly in place, the fuse charge was already activated. With only precious seconds to decide, he further realized that he could not cover the distance to the small opening of the spider hole in sufficient time, and that to hurl the deadly bomb in any direction would result in death or injury to some of his comrades tactically deployed near him. Manifesting extraordinary gallantry and with utter disregard for his personal safety, he chose to hold the grenade against his body in order to absorb the terrific explosion and spare his comrades. His act of extreme valor and selflessness in the face of virtually certain death, although leaving him mortally wounded, spared many of his fellow marines from death or injury. His gallant action in giving his life in the cause of freedom reflects the highest credit upon the Marine Corps and the Armed Forces of the United States.
    1966-Nancy Sinatra receives her first gold record for "These Boots Are made for Walkin'." She will share a gold record with her father Frank next year for "Something Stupid.
    1968---Top Hits
Love is Blue - Paul Mauriat
(Theme From) Valley of the Dolls - Dionne Warwick
(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
Skip a Rope - Henson Cargill
    1969--*MORGAN, WILLIAM D. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps. Company H, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division. Place and date: Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam, 25 February 1969. Entered service at: Pittsburgh, Pa. Born: 17 September 1947, Pittsburgh, Pa. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a squad leader with Company H, in operations against the enemy. While participating in Operation DEWEY CANYON southeast of Vandergrift Combat Base, 1 of the squads of Cpl. Morgan's platoon was temporarily pinned down and sustained several casualties while attacking a North Vietnamese Army force occupying a heavily fortified bunker complex. Observing that 2 of the wounded marines had fallen in a position dangerously exposed to the enemy fire and that all attempts to evacuate them were halted by a heavy volume of automatic weapons fire and rocket-propelled grenades. Cpl. Morgan unhesitatingly maneuvered through the dense jungle undergrowth to a road that passed in front of a hostile emplacement which was the principal source of enemy fire. Fully aware of the possible consequences of his valiant action, but thinking only of the welfare of his injured companions, Cpl. Morgan shouted words of encouragement to them as he initiated an aggressive assault against the hostile bunker. While charging across the open road, he was clearly visible to the hostile soldiers who turned their fire in his direction and mortally wounded him, but his diversionary tactic enabled the remainder of his squad to retrieve their casualties and overrun the North Vietnamese Army position. His heroic and determined actions saved the lives of 2 fellow marines and were instrumental in the subsequent defeat of the enemy. Cpl. Morgan's indomitable courage, inspiring initiative and selfless devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the U.S. Naval Services. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
    1973 -Juan Corona sentenced to 25 life sentences for 25 murders
    1976---Top Hits
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover - Paul Simon
Theme from S.W.A.T. - Rhythm Heritage
Love Machine (Part 1) - The Miracles
Good Hearted Woman - Waylon & Willie
    1977- dust reduced visibilities from eastern Virginia through the southeastern states to Florida between the 24th and 28th. The dust originated in the western Great Plains on the 22nd and 23rd with wind gusts above 100 mph reported at Guadalupe Pass, Texas, at White Sands, New Mexico, in Sherman County, Kansas, and in eastern Colorado.
    1981 - Christopher Cross won five Grammy Awards at ceremonies in Radio City Music Hall in New York City. He was awarded the Album of the Year award for "Christopher Cross" and his hit, "Sailing", won for Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s), Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Christopher was also voted Best New Artist of 1980. All in all, a very good night for Mr. Cross...
    1982 -Final episode of "The Lawrence Welk Show" airs.
    1984 - "Ironweed", by William P. Kennedy, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction this day. The novel, about a man trying to make peace with the ghosts of his past -- and present, also captured the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction. ("Ironweed" was made into a movie in 1987, directed by Hector Babenco, starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep.)
    1984---Top Hits
Jump - Van Halen
99 Luftballons - Nena
Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
Stay Young - Don Williams
    1986 - "We Are The World" captured four Grammy Awards. The song, featuring more than 40 superstar artists gathered at one time, was awarded the Top Song, Record of the Year, Best Pop Performance and Best Short Video Awards. Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson wrote the song, which was recorded by 45 celebrities. The record raised more than 33 million dollars for African famine relief.
    1987- Frank Sinatra's appearance on "Magnum PI" gave the TV show its highest rating ever.
    1988- Bruce Springsteen opened his "Tunnel of Love" tour in Worcester, Mass. Springsteen shed his working-man image, adopting the persona of a boardwalk carnie. He performed eight songs from the "Tunnel of Love" album plus an assortment of "B" sides, unreleased songs, cover tunes and new material. Songs from Springsteen's earlier albums were virtually ignored.
    1989 - Mike Tyson knocked out Frank Bruno in the fifth round in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tyson was the WBA, WBC & IBF Undisputed World Heavyweight Champ.
    1989 - Thirteen cities in Florida reported record low temperatures for the date, including Jacksonville with a reading of 24 degrees. Severe cold in Florida claimed three lives, and resulted in 250 to 300 million dollars crop damage. Unseasonably warm weather prevailed in the central U.S. Dodge City KS reported record high of 80 degrees.
    1990 - Snow spread across the northeastern U.S. Massachusetts was blanketed with 8 to 15 inches of snow, 5 to 10 inches was reported in Rhode Island, and totals in Connecticut ranged up to 10.5 inches at New Canaan. In central New York State, snow and high winds resulted in a number of chain-reaction multiple accidents, and a total of 108 persons were injured. Snow and high winds created white-out conditions along Interstate 87 in Saratoga County NY. Sub-zero cold was reported from Minnesota through Michigan to northern New England. Duluth MN reported a record low of 26 degrees below zero
    1992- Natalie Cole's single and album "Unforgettable" captured seven Grammy awards, including Best Album, Best Record and Best Song. Victoria native David Foster was named Producer of the Year for the album and single. The title song of "Unforgettable" was an electronically-produced duet between Cole and her father, Nat (King) Cole, who died in 1965.
    1992-Grammy awards for Vancouver rocker Bryan Adams, who won for best song written specifically for a motion picture or television - for "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" from "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves."
    1992--Eric Clapton wins six Grammys, including Best Record and Best Song for "Tears In Heaven" as well as Best Album for "Unplugged". James Brown is recognized for Lifetime Achievement and Michael Bolton is given a statue for Best Pop Vocal Performance for his note-for-note remake of "When a Man Loves a Woman".
    1993 - The Florida Marlins baseball team introduced their mascot, Billy the Marlin. According to Billy's Web page ( flamarlins/kids/billyhome.htm), Billy's favorite movie is "A Fish Called Wanda" and his favorite TV show is "Flipper".
    1993 -the big snow season of 1992-93 continued to set records. Evansville, Indiana set a new monthly snowfall record on this date with 18.4 inches. 12.7 inches of snow fell in 24 hours at Columbia, Missouri to set a new 24 hour snowfall record for the month. Light snow at Pocatello, Idaho raised its seasonal snowfall total to 85.7 inches to set a new all-time seasonal snowfall record. The old record was 85.6 inches set in the 1983-84 season.
    1995 - Frank Sinatra performs for what would be the last time, singing his hits for a private party of 1,200 at his own golf tournament, the Frank Sinatra Desert Classic in Palm Springs, CA. His last song? "The Best Is Yet To Come."
    1995 - Madonna's "Take a Bow" became the #1 single in the U.S. The smash hit was number one for seven weeks: “Take a bow, the night is over; this masquerade is getting older; Lights are low, the curtains down; There's no one here.”
    1997 - Directors of Bethel Bible Village met to decide whether to remove Pat Boone as a sponsor for the Pat Boone Celebrity Spectacular, a charity golf tournament the singer had supported for nearly 20 years. A few weeks earlier, Boone had turned from cotton-candy crooner to leather-clad heavy-metal rocker. Trinity Broadcasting, a Christian TV network, received so many complaints about his heavy-metal act that it canceled his weekly Gospel America show. However, he remained host of a Christian film and TV awards program. According to Chairman Theodore Baehr of the Christian Film and Television Commission, "In white bucks or black leather, Pat Boone is still the same guy underneath".
    1998-The Grammys were handed out during ceremonies at Radio City Music Hall. Bob Dylan won three Grammys, including one for Best Album for "Time Out Of Mind." Dylan's son, Jakob, also won an award, winning Best Song for "One Headlight," a song he recorded with his band, The Wallflowers. Also winning awards were John Fogerty, who picked up Best Rock Album for "Blue Moon Swamp," Elton John for Best Male Vocal for "Candle In The Wind 1997" and Van Morrison, who won one for Best Pop Collaboration for "Don't Look Back," a song he recorded with John Lee Hooker.
    1999 - Television's highly popular “Baywatch”, watched each week in more than 100 countries, began a locale change for its 1999 season by filming on location in Australia. The show starred executive producer David Hasselhoff and a brigade of red swimsuit-clad lifeguards. On this date, TV producer Greg Bonnan attended a public meeting in Avalon Beach, a beachfront Sydney suburb. Some of the 1,700 people who attended were shouting, "Don't come here, leave us alone!" and "We don't want you here!" A fifth of the town's population turned out for the meeting, which appeared to split the community between younger Baywatch fans and older people who abhorred the invasion of privacy and inconvenience that film productions bring. Many residents were angered when security guards blocked off part of the beach and banned a surfer from the area. After the unruly meeting, Bonnan said he was considering invitations from other Australian coastal towns that welcomed the chance to put their beach on television screens worldwide.
    2003 - Financier Ralph Whitworth pays one million dollars to have Paul McCartney play at his wife Wendy's 50th birthday party. McCartney presents the CNN exec with a dozen roses after singing "Birthday" to her and then, as agreed, donates the full amount to the charity Adopt-A-Minefield.
    2007—Academy Awards: Best Pictures, The Departed – Graham King; Best Director, Martin Scorsese – The Departed; best actor, Forest Whitaker – The Last King of Scotland as Idi Amin; Best actress, Helen Mirren – The Queen as Queen Elizabeth II; Best supporting actors, Alan Arkin – Little Miss Sunshine as Edwin Hoover; Best supporting actress, Jennifer Hudson – Dreamgirls as Effie White.
    2009 - Calling him "the soundtrack of my youth," US President Barack Obama presents Stevie Wonder with the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize.



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