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Monday, February 8, 2021

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Today's Leasing News Headlines

Don't Ever Give Up!
Funders Looking for Broker Business
Story Credit Lessors - Lenders List for COVID-19 - Updated
    "C" & "D" Lessees, Business Loans, Working Capital
Most Employees Agree: There's No Place like Home 
    Remote Workers Ideal Working Environment after Pandemic
Leasing Industry Ads
    Seeking Top Sales Professionals
Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP
    Growth in 2021
Mapped: the Wealthiest Billionaire
     in Each U.S. State in 2021
Top Ten Leasing News
    February 1 to February 5
ELFA Celebrates Black History Month;
    Diversity & Inclusion with Three Special Events
Chinese Sharpei Mix
    Sacramento, California  Adopt a dog
Introducing Leasing News Advisor
    Edward P. Kaye, Esq.
News Briefs---
Yellen Warns Jobs Will be Slow
     to Rebound Without Stimulus
Pentagon chief purges defense boards;
    Trump loyalists out
Reagan's longtime secretary of state
    George P. Shultz dies
Frank Shankwitz, a Founder of Make-a-Wish
    Is Dead at 77
A marketing genius - and Steve Jobs
     - made free Super Bowl seat pads a thing

You May have Missed---
Employment Law Changes for 2021
    Leap Solutions Group, Inc.

Broker/Funder/Industry Lists | Features (wrilter's columns)
Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months (Be Careful of Doing Business)
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  Sports Brief----
   California Nuts Brief---
    "Gimme that Wine"
     This Day in History
       Daily Puzzle
         Weather, USA or specific area
          Traffic Live----

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Funders Looking for Broker Business

There is no advertising fee or charge for a listing. They are “free.” Leasing News makes no endorsement of any of the companies listed, except they have qualified to be on this specific list.

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

Please send company name, contact/email or telephone number as well as a URL to attach or description to

Alphabetical list - click on company name to view more details

1st Enterprise Bank Leasing
360 Equipment Finance
Allegheny Valley Bank Leasing
Balboa Capital Corp.
Bankers Capital
Barrett Capital Corporation
Baystone Government Finance/
KS StateBank

Black Rock Capital
Boston Financial & Equity Corp.
BSB Leasing, Inc.
Calfund, LLC
Celtic Bank
C.H. Brown Company
Chesapeake Industrial Leasing Co., Inc.

Dakota Financial
Dedicated Funding
Dext Capital
Exchange Bank Leasing (formerly Dumac Leasing)
FirstLease, Inc.
First Federal Leasing
First Foundation Bank
First Midwest Equipment
Finance Co.

Financial Pacific Leasing
Forum Financial Services, Inc.
Gonor Funding
Global Financial & Leasing Services, LLC
International Financial Services

Madison Capital
Maxim Commercial Capital, LLC

Mesa Leasing
National Equipment Finance
Navitas Lease Corp.
NewLane Finance
NexTier Leasing
NFS Leasing, Inc
North Mill Equipment Finance
Northwest Leasing Company, Inc
Padco Financial Services
Pacific Mercantile Bank
Pawnee Leasing Corporation
Providence Equipment Finance
Quality Leasing Co, Inc
RLC Funding
SLIM Capital, LLC
Standard Professional Services, LLC
TEAM Funding Solutions

Full List:


Story Credit Lessors - Lenders List for COVID-19 - Updated
"C" & "D" Lessees, Business Loans, Working Capital

With the continuing turnover of funders, as well as the changing of credit and industry requirements, story credit lessors and lenders are now more in need than ever.  Here are funders who also may take "A" and "B" rated applicants: and more may be more interested not in "application only." Some may become more comfortable learning more, beyond reviewing financial statements and tax returns, additional collateral, learning more about the story behind the business as qualifiers.

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; notifies lessees in advance when the lease will end and what the residual will be, does not automatically extend the lease or insist that their discounter follow the same policy. We reserve the right to not list a company who does not meet these qualifications.

Funder List “A”
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 also very much encouraged."

Alphabetical list - click on company name to view more details

American Leasefund, Inc.
Balboa Capital Corp. Bankers Capital
Black Rock Capital Investment, LLC
BSB Leasing, Inc
Calfund, LLC

Dakota Financial
Financial Pacific Leasing

Forum Financial Services, Inc.
Gonor Funding
Mesa Leasing
Maxim Commercial Capital, LLC
North Mill Equipment Finance
Northwest Leasing Company, Inc.

Pawnee Leasing Corporation
P&L Capital Corporation
Providence Equipment Finance
SLIM Capital, LLC
Standard Professional Services, LLC
TEAM Funding Solutions


Expanded listings here






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Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP

Growth in 2021

The commercial equipment leasing and finance industry is anticipating growth in 2021. Management teams are encouraging their staff to produce more, be better positioned in the market, and to leverage every relationship to maximize efficiencies and bottom-line results. The market has changed significantly over the past year and future growth will require management teams and staffs to think and act differently. Growth in 2021 will require change. Growth in 2021 will require companies to work outside of their past comfort zones and explore aggressive strategies toward future success.

Growth-oriented participants are taking a multi-dimensional approach and implementing changes across all facets of their business. Below are just a few examples of growth in progress:

  • A well-seasoned management team realized that over the years, each member of the managerial team had become similar in thought process and 100% aligned. They were no longer challenging one another. They were each falling in line with the group thought. The company was doing well but was not reaching its full potential. The team decided to replace a retiring partner with a younger, more dynamic member to their management team. Additionally, they empowered the new professional to challenge their thoughts, to institute new policies, to improve technology, and to replace inefficiencies and non-productive staff members. The results are remarkable. Most importantly, the management team has been challenged; they are having "fun" growing the company, and they have realized the "old way" is not necessarily the best means of moving their company forward. Diversity of thought and empowerment has led the company forward and has facilitated growth in the past year and has positioned the company to generate stronger assets with a well-balanced, forward-motivated strategy.
  • A twenty-year-old independent finance company with steady, yet slow, growth over the last few years encountered major challenges with the onset of the pandemic. Several of its funding capabilities changed significantly; two of its major industries were severely impacted by the shutdowns. The company quickly made changes to the business plan, pivoted its focus away from the challenging sectors, and promoted an internal salesperson into a sales management position. The new sales manager was given free rein by the owner to recreate his sales team. The sales manager focused on the future. He eliminated sales staff that were holding onto the past and aggressively hired new originators to sell the company's current capabilities. In less than six months the new sales staff was thriving. Minimum production requirements were raised and are being met. Excuses are no longer the main topic of weekly sales meetings. The entire sales staff is focused on success. The sales staff has opened several new channels of business and are originating stronger transactions that have a greater probability of being approved and funded. The sales culture has been radically altered. Success requires change,

There are currently many success stories in the industry. Success requires the ability to learn from experience and the ability to institute change for the future.

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

Sales Makes it Happen articles:

Wheeler Business Consulting works with banks, independents, captives, origination companies, and investors in the equipment leasing and finance arena. We provide training, strategic planning, and acquisition services. Scott Wheeler is available to discuss your long-term strategy, to assist your staff to maximize outcomes, and to better position your organization in the market.


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Top Ten Leasing News
February 1 to February 5


(Stories most opened by readers)

(1) TCF National Bank Acquires
    BB&T Commercial Equipment Capital Corp

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

(3) Please Respond to the Short Leasing News Survey
    How You Connect to the News Edition?

(4) Super Bowl Advice
    There is no ‘I’ in Team

(5) Correction: Map Graphic Did not Open
    Corrected Here with Link to Story

(6)  Seven New CLFPs – Including  First CLFP in Africa-
    added to Certified Leasing & Finance Foundation

(7) Truck lease becoming more appealing option
    versus ownership

(8) Marlin Business Services Corp. (MRLN)
    Q4 2020 Results - Earnings Call Transcript—Highlights

(9) Balboa Capital Survey: Business Owners Embracing
    E-Commerce, Mobile Payments, Cloud Software and Remote Work

(10) Correction: Constant Contact Link Did not Open
   Introducing Leasing News Advisor
     Kenneth Greene, Attorney



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ELFA Celebrates Black History Month;
Diversity & Inclusion with Three Special Events

WASHINGTON, DC - Today the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association announced a three-part series of events celebrating Black History Month and diversity & inclusion, hosted by the ELFA Equality Committee. Professionals from across the equipment finance sector are invited to participate in these special learning and networking events.

Feb. 16, 2021 - Special Webinar
1:00 pm- 2:00 pm Eastern
The Stars in My Soul: My Unlikely Journey Through Space & Time
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi

Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi grew up in some of the roughest neighborhoods in the country. He spent a lot of time inside, reading encyclopedias and watching PBS nature shows. At a young age, he discovered a love of science and space that was inspired by his role model, Albert Einstein. Throughout his childhood and into young adulthood, he was repeatedly faced with circumstances that would make most people give up: a lack of supervision at home, attending his state’s lowest rated school, falling in with the wrong crowd, and failing physics exams when he ultimately made his way to Stanford. But he never gave up.

Today, as a world-renowned astrophysicist and the former Space Science Education Lead at NASA, Dr. Oluseyi inspires audiences around the world to chase impossible dreams, fight for what they want, refuse to listen to naysayers, and reach out and lend a hand up to those around them. Hilarious, honest, and inspiring, he wows audiences with a look at his mind-bending scientific research while motivating them with his personal life story.

Feb. 18, 2021 - Equality Virtual Networking Event
5:00 pm- 6:00 pm Eastern

Please join ELFA’s Equality Committee for a Black History Month Meet and Greet Networking Event. We encourage all people of color and allies and sponsors to join us.  This event is an opportunity to meet others in the community, establish an ongoing dialog, and hear about the Equality Committee’s role and activities and how you can participate.

March 3, 2021 - Wednesday Webinar
Candid Conversations in Diversity: Moderated by Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi

Finalizing our Black History Month series, fellow ELFA members will discuss candid stories of personal and professional growth in their diversity experiences and perceptions due to environment, region, and social standing. This webinar will feature Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi.

More Information
For questions regarding any of these events, please email  To view the full ELFA events calendar, visit

About ELFA
The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) is the trade association that represents companies in the nearly $1 trillion equipment finance sector, which includes financial services companies and manufacturers engaged in financing capital goods. ELFA members are the driving force behind the growth in the commercial equipment finance market and contribute to capital formation in the U.S. and abroad. Its 575 members include independent and captive leasing and finance companies, banks, financial services corporations, broker/packagers and investment banks, as well as manufacturers and service providers. For more information, please visit 02-08-21.docx.

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ID #A780575
13 Years Old
65 lbs.

Shelter staff named me OSCAR.
I am a neutered male, red Chinese Sharpei mix.
The shelter staff thinks I am about 13 years old.
I weigh approximately 65.00 pounds.
I am in foster care. Please contact Violet Pina at for more information.

Shelter Staff made the following comments about this animal:

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Leasing News Advisor
Edward P. Kaye, Esq.

Edward P. Kaye, Esq.
Schickler Kaye LLP
One Rockefeller Plaza
11th Floor
New York, NY 10020
 (212) 262-6397

Edward P. Kaye is a longtime supporter of Leasing News, contributing articles as well as features, and is currently a managing partner in the vehicle finance law firm of Schickler Kaye LLP.  He is an accomplished, innovative, and highly qualified former chief executive officer and general counsel with extensive experience in the transportation leasing and finance industry. He has a comprehensive business, legal, and regulatory compliance understanding of various markets, financial product offerings, and funding options. He can develop legal and business strategies that solve complex challenges.

After establishing several start up independent specialty vehicle and equipment finance and leasing companies, Kaye sold them to a preeminent foreign trading company and a domestic family office. 
Mr. Kaye has written and spoken extensively on various matters that intersect specialty vehicle finance and leasing with the law.  

He is the immediate past president of the National Vehicle Leasing Association (NVLA) and is currently a member of its board of directors.  He is a recipient of the New York State Senate, Richard J. Roth Journalism fellowship.

Mr. Kaye is a graduate of the University at Albany with a B.A. and M.A. and a graduate of St. John’s University School of Law where he received his J.D.  He is admitted to the New York Bar.
Married to Linda Kaye, a psychotherapist, for 33 years, they have two grown children: Matthew, age 28, a Media Prep Technician at NBC Universal, and Allison, age 23. 


News Briefs---

Yellen Warns Jobs Will be Slow
     to Rebound Without Stimulus

Pentagon chief purges defense boards;
    Trump loyalists out

Reagan's longtime secretary of state
    George P. Shultz dies

Frank Shankwitz, a Founder of Make-a-Wish,
    Is Dead at 77

A marketing genius - and Steve Jobs - made
    free Super Bowl seat pads a thing


You May Have Missed---

Employment Law Changes for 2021
    Leap Solutions Group, Inc.


Sports Briefs---

 Hall of Fame welcomes in 49ers’ GM John Lynch;
     Alex Smith wins Comeback Player of Year

A year after breaking his heart, Pro Football Hall of Fame
    opens its doors to Cowboys legend Drew Pearson

49ers will bring back quarterback Josh Rosen

49ers GM John Lynch speaks on Hall of Fame,
    Bill Walsh, Patrick Mahomes

Joe Montana once quit at halftime of a Super Bowl
     — as an announcer


California Nuts Briefs---

San Francisco school district, unions reach tentative deal
    to reopen classrooms amid lawsuit, political pressure

Sacramento schools remove controversial air cleaners
    after experts, teachers raise concerns

Coronavirus: Bay Area apartments may have rent deals for years

About half of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s employees
    have declined vaccine

Food and farm workers wait for vaccine
    as California prioritizes elders 

California liquor bill aims to make restaurant parklets
    permanent plus zones for open containers



“Gimme that Wine”

On Line Napa Valley Library Wine Auction
    February 11 - 20, 2021

Staglin Family Vineyard's visitor growth plans
    concern neighbors

Willamette Valley Vineyards reopens
   with 'wine pods' for guests

Meet the SF sommelier making wine more
    inclusive with funny Instagram videos

Napa Valley go-to merchant 750 Wines
    acquired by Wine Access of San Francisco

Free Wine App

Wine Prices by vintage


This Day in History

     1517 - Francisco Hernandez de Cordova sailed from Cuba with three ships to procure slaves for the mines as Columbus was bringing many slaves back to Europe. He landed on the Isla de las Mujeres, to which he gave this name because of the idols he found there. He and his crew became the first Spaniards to purposefully reach the mainland of what is now Mexico. He died after an encounter with Mayan Indians. Some say he landed in Florida, where he actually passed away from the wounds from the battle.

    1690 - French and Indian forces attacked and burned Schenectady, New York during King William’s War. The fate of Schenectady was sealed in the middle of January, 1690, when 114 Frenchmen and 96 Sault and Algonquin Indians, started from Montreal to attack English outpost to the south. It was part of the master plan to fulfill the wishes of French King Louis XIV to "build a new empire in America”. During the raid on Schenectady many men, women and children were killed, or taken captive by the French and Indians and marched up into Canada.    
    1693 – The College of William and Mary was granted a charter by King William III and Queen Mary II.
    1735 - The first opera produced in the colonies was performed at the Courtroom at Charleston, SC. The opera was “Flora; or the Hob in the Well,” written by Colley Cibber.
    1820 - Birthday of Union General William Tecumseh Sherman (d. 1891), Lancaster, OH.  Sherman is especially remembered for his devastating ‘March to the Sea’ through Georgia during the Civil War and his statement "War is hell."  He received recognition for his outstanding command of military strategy as well as criticism for the harshness of the "scorched earth" policies that he implemented in conducting total war against the Confederacy.  Sherman served under General Grant during the campaigns that led to the fall of the Confederate stronghold of Vicksburg and culminated with the routing of the Confederate armies in the state of Tennessee. In 1864, Sherman succeeded Grant as the Union commander in the western theater of the war. He proceeded to lead his troops to the capture of the city of Atlanta, a military success that contributed to the re-election of President Lincoln. He accepted the surrender of all the Confederate armies in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida in April, 1865.
    1829 - Birthday of Captain John Newton Sloan (d. 1897), Pickens County, SC.  A remarkable man thought to have been found dead during the Civil War, but he remarkably survived.  His entire lower jaw was shot away in battle. He was left for dead until Sloan summoned energy enough to scribble, "I am alive" on a small piece of paper. A passing chaplain spotted his note and immediately summoned help. After the war, Sloan was outfitted with an artificial chin.
    1835 - A severe cold wave gripped the southeastern U.S. The mercury dipped to 8 above at Jacksonville, FL and to zero at Savannah, GA. Orange trees were killed to the roots.
    1837 - The first Vice-President elected by the Senate was Richard Mentor Johnson, who was chosen because no candidate had received a majority of the electoral votes. He served from March 4, 1837 to March 4, 1841, under President Martin Van Buren. In the future, President and Vice-President were to run on one ticket.
    1851 – Birthday of American feminist writer Kate Chopin (d. 1904), St. Louis, Missouri.
    1861 – The Confederate States of America organized in Montgomery, AL.  Each state declared its secession from the United States following the November, 1860 election of President Lincoln on a platform which opposed the expansion of slavery. The new Confederate government was proclaimed before Lincoln took office in March and was considered illegal by the government of the United States.  On March 11, 1861, the Confederate Constitution of seven state signatories—South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas - replaced the February 7 provisional Confederated States constitution with one stating in its preamble a desire for a "permanent federal government."
    1862 - Union General Ambrose Burnside scores a major victory when he captures Roanoke Island in North Carolina. The victory was one of the first major Union victories of the war and it gave the Yankees control of the mouth of Albemarle Sound, a key Confederate bay that allowed the Union to threaten the Rebel capital of Richmond from the south. 
    1865 - Martin Robinson Delany received his commission and became the first African-American Army major. He was stationed in Charleston, South Carolina.
    1865 – Delaware rejected the 13th amendment and voted to continue the practice of slavery. It was not until 1901 that Delaware finally ratified the amendment.
    1881 - Frederic Ives, a photographer at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, received a patent for a halftone printing plate for reproducing photographs in books, magazines, and newspapers. In 1878, he converted negative into a screen gelatin relief from which he made a printing plate with good fidelity. He further developed this, revolutionizing the printing industry.
    1885 – A ship, ‘The City of Tokyo,’ arrived in Honolulu carrying the first 944 official migrants from Japan to Hawaii.
    1887 - President Cleveland signs the Dawes Land Allotment Act, dissolving Indian tribes as legal entities. It distributes territory held in common by American Indian nations to individual families. Each family is to get 160 acres. All other land will be sold, with proceeds going to an educational trust fund. Since the reservation contained twice the land needed for allotments, the law dispossessed the Sioux of half their rightful territory. The Act ultimately results in the loss of tens of millions of acres of treaty land. "The commune shall give way to the dignity and rights of American citizens . . . the heathen idols shall give place to the Christian altars, and . . . the tribal organization shall be broken up and the individuality of the Indian encouraged and developed, and the lands unnecessarily reserved for them opened to the pioneer [so that] intelligence and thrift may find lodging there."
    1889 - The first production of steam tractors were loaded onto a railcar at San Leandro, California, designed and made by Daniel Best. They were called the Best Tractor. Until gasoline powered engines came along, the steam tractor was the Best.
    1889 - Workers began dismantling fences at the original Polo Grounds to cut West 111th Street through the property, leaving the New York Giants without a home for the coming season. Opened in 1876, it was built for the sport of polo. Bounded on the south and north by 110th and 112th Streets and on the east and west by Fifth and Sixth (Lenox) Avenues, just north of Central Park, it was converted to a baseball stadium when leased by the New York Metropolitans in 1880.  This is a far cry from the location of the Polo Grounds in northern Manhattan.  The Giants opened the 1889 season at Oakland Park in Jersey City, New Jersey, playing their first two games there.  Four days later, they moved to the St. George Cricket Grounds.
    1899 - Blues guitarist and singer Lonnie Johnson (d. 1970) was born in New Orleans. More respected for his playing than his singing, Johnson developed his distinctive style as early as 1927 when he recorded with Louis Armstrong's Hot Five. Johnson's 1948 recording of "Tomorrow Night" was very popular, spending seven weeks on Billboard's rhythm-and-blues chart, and even making the top 20 of the pop chart. From the mid-1960's, he spent much of his time in Toronto. Lonnie Johnson suffered a stroke after a serious accident in 1969 and died the following year.
    1906 - Birthday of Henry Roth (d. 1995), American author who gained first international fame with his novel “Call It Sleep” (1934). Originally seen as an important proletarian novel of the 1930s, it was soon out of print and forgotten, but in the 1960s it was hailed as the finest Jewish-American novel of the first half of the century and one of the richest modernist novels to appear in America. Roth published no other novels until 1994, working several jobs, among others as a precision metal grinder, mental nurse, poultry farmer, and teacher.
    1906 - Birthday of Chester F. Carlson (d. 1968), Seattle, Washington.  He invented the process of electrophotography, which produced a dry copy rather than a wet copy, as was produced by the mimeograph process. Carlson's process was subsequently renamed xerography, a term that literally means "dry writing."
    1910 - The Boy Scouts of America was founded at Washington, DC, by William Boyce, based on the work of Sir Robert Baden-Powell with the British Boy Scout Association.
    1911 - Birthday of American Poet Elizabeth Bishop (d. 1979), Worcester, Massachusetts.  Winner of a Pulitzer Prize for her book of poems, “North and South,” in 1956.
    1915 – “The Clansman” or “The Birth of the Nation,” 12 reels, was produced by D.W. Griffith.  The film starred Henry Walthall and Lillian Gish with a cast of 18,000 people and 3,000 horses and premiered at Clune's Auditorium, Los Angeles. It was based on “The Clansman” by Thomas Dixon. It was the first movie to gross $50 million, an astronomical sum in those days. Two performances were presented daily. There was a matinee at 2:30pm, admission 25 cents and 50 cents, and an evening show at 8 pm, admission 75 cents.
    1919 - Trombonist and band leader Buddy Morrow (d. 2010) birthday, born Muni Zudekoff, New Haven, CT.

    1921 – Actress Lana Turner (d. 1995) was born Julia Jean Turner in Wallace, ID.  During the early 1940s, she established herself as a leading actress in such films as “Johnny Eager” (1941), “Honky Tonk” (1941), “Ziegfried Girl” (1941), and “Somewhere I’ll Find You” (1942). She appeared in the 1941 film “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” and her reputation as a glamorous femme fatale was enhanced by her performance in “The Postman Always Rings Twice” (1946). Her popularity continued through the 1950s, and her role in “Peyton Place” (1957) earned her a nomination for an Academy award for Best Actress.
    1922 – Audrey Meadows (d. 1996) was born Audrey Cotter in New York City.  Meadows is best known for her role as the deadpan housewife Alice Kramden opposite Jackie Gleason on the 1950s hit American television comedy “The Honeymooners.”  “…oneathesedays, Alice, oneathesedays…bang, zoom…to the moon!”
    1924 - The first state execution in the United States by gas chamber occurred in Nevada.
    1925 - Birthday of Jack Lemmon (d. 2001), born John Uhler Lemmon III at Boston, MA. Stage, screen and television actor, often paired with actor Walter Matthau, he starred in such films as “The Odd Couple,” “The Fortune Cookie” and “The Front Page.” He was nominated for seven Academy Awards, winning in 1955 for his supporting role in “Mister Roberts”, and in 1974 for his leading role in “Save the Tiger.”  Other films included “Some Like It Hot,” “Days of Wine and Roses” and “Grumpy Old Men.” He also starred in television versions of “Inherit the Wind” and “Twelve Angry Men” and won an Emmy in 2000 for the TV movie “Tuesdays with Morrie.” He was a favorite for many years at the Bing Crosby, now AT&T Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament in Pebble Beach, CA.
    1926 - Alto sax player Norwood “Pony” Poindexter (d. 1988) birthday, New Orleans, LA.
    1926 - Beat author Neal Cassady (d. 1968) born Salt Lake City, Utah.  He was prominently featured as himself in the original "scroll" (first draft) version of Jack Kerouac’s novel “On the Road.” He also served as the model for the character Dean Moriarty in the 1957 version of that book. In many of Kerouac's later books, Cassady is represented by the character Cody Pomeray.
    1926 – Walt Disney Studios formed at 2719 Hyperion Avenue, Burbank, CA. 
    1928 – Jack Larson (d. 2015), who played cub reporter Jimmy Olsen in the 1950s hit TV series “Adventures of Superman,” was born in LA.
    1929 - Eddie Condon's Hot Shots (Jack Teagarden, Mezz Mezzrow, Joe Sullivan) record:”I'm Gonna Stomp,” “Mr. Henry Lee.” (Victor V-38046)
    1931 - Birthday of James Dean (d. 1955), Fairmont, IN.  American stage, film and television actor, he achieved immense popularity during a brief career. He is considered an "icon" today to several generations. Best remembered for his role in "Rebel Without a Cause" with Natalie Wood. He died driving his Porsche convertible at a very high speed on a desert highway near Cholame, CA, Sept 30, 1955, at age 24. Stamp collectors made the US postal stamp bearing Dean's likeness the most popular stamp of 1996.
    1932 - Birthday of John Williams, Floral Park, Queens, NYC.  Pianist, conductor (formerly with Boston Pops) composer (scores for “Jaws,” “Star Wars,” “Jurassic Park,” “Schindler's List”).
    1935 – The NFL held its first draft and Jay Berwanger of the University of Chicago was the first player selected, by the Philadelphia Eagles.  Berwanger, who was the first winner of the Heisman Trophy, never played in the NFL.  He took a job with a Chicago rubber company and also became a part-time coach at the University of Chicago after failing to reach an agreement on salary, first with the Eagles, then with Chicago Bears who traded for him.
    1936 - The temperature at Denver, CO plunged to a record 30 degrees below zero.
    1937 - Birthday of Dame Shirley Bassey, Tiger Bay, Wales.  Popular British and American singer at her zenith in the 60s and 70s. Although her strong voice carried well on records, her forte was concerts and cabaret acts. Among her best known renditions are "For All We Know" and "Never, Never, Never."  She is forever remembered as the singer of theme song from the Bond flick “Goldfinger,” followed by “Diamonds are Forever” and “Moonraker.”
    1941- Folksinger Tom Rush birthday, Portsmouth, NH.
    1942 – Fritz Peterson was born in Chicago.  Peterson holds the lowest ERA (2.52) of any Major League pitcher to have pitched at the original Yankee Stadium.  Whitey Ford is next with 2.58.  Peterson is better known however for swapping wives, kids, and dogs with teammate Mike Kekich in the off-season before Spring Training in 1973. Peterson is still married to the former Mrs. Kekich but Peterson's wife never did marry Kekich. The event became a huge media story at the time, bigger by far than the introduction of the designated hitter or the purchase of the Yankees by George Steinbrenner’s group.
    1944 - HUFF, PAUL B., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion. Place and date: Near Carano, Italy, 8 February 1944. Entered service at: Cleveland, Tenn. Birth: Cleveland, Tenn. G.O. No.: 41, 26 May 1944. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty, in action on 8 February 1944, near Carano, Italy. Cpl. Huff volunteered to lead a 6-man patrol with the mission of determining the location and strength of an enemy unit which was delivering fire on the exposed right flank of his company. The terrain over which he had to travel consisted of exposed, rolling ground, affording the enemy excellent visibility. As the patrol advanced, its members were subjected to small arms and machinegun fire and a concentration of mortar fire, shells bursting within 5 to 10 yards of them and bullets striking the ground at their feet. Moving ahead of his patrol, Cpl. Huff drew fire from 3 enemy machineguns and a 20mm. weapon. Realizing the danger confronting his patrol, he advanced alone under deadly fire through a minefield and arrived at a point within 75 yards of the nearest machinegun position. Under direct fire from the rear machinegun, he crawled the remaining 75 yards to the closest emplacement, killed the crew with his submachine gun and destroyed the gun. During this act he fired from a kneeling position which drew fire from other positions, enabling him to estimate correctly the strength and location of the enemy. Still under concentrated fire, he returned to his patrol and led his men to safety. As a result of the information he gained, a patrol in strength sent out that afternoon, 1 group under the leadership of Cpl. Huff, succeeded in routing an enemy company of 125 men, killing 27 Germans and capturing 21 others, with a loss of only 3 patrol members. Cpl. Huff's intrepid leadership and daring combat skill reflect the finest traditions of the American infantryman.
    1950 - Man o' War was voted the greatest race horse of the first half of the 20th century in a poll conducted by the Associated Press. Man o' War raced as a 2- and 3- year old, winning 20 of 21 races and setting five track records.
    1951 - Top Hits
“My Heart Cries for You” - Guy Mitchell
“Tennessee Waltz” - Patti Page
“If” - Perry Como
“There's Been a Change in Me” - Eddy Arnold
    1952 - Webb Pierce entered the Billboard country chart for the first time with "Wondering." Pierce dominated the country charts in the 1950's with his pure honky-tonk sound. Between 1952 and '62, he placed 44 songs on the Billboard chart, 38 of which made the top ten. Pierce's influence can be heard in the music of such contemporary country artists as Ricky Skaggs and Dwight Yoakam.
    1954 – Beat author Jack Kerouac, hitchhiking from NY on the 27th of January, visits Neal and Carolyn Cassady in Los Gatos, California, not too far from where I live. Kerouac's interest in Buddhism begins as he reads Dwight Goddard's “A Buddhist Bible.”  He also begins writing "Some of the Dharma." In March, Kerouac settles in San Francisco.
    1956 - Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers' "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" and the Teen Queens' "Eddie, My Love" enter the R&B chart.
    1956 - Buddy Holley signs a recording contract with Decca Records, one which mistakenly drops the "e" from his last name. Buddy, knowing a good thing when he sees it, drops the letter from his name as well.
        1958 - The Quarrymen perform at the Wilson Hall in the Garston section of Liverpool, England. Afterwards, member Paul McCartney introduces his friend George Harrison to John Lennon.
    1958 - The Diamonds had the best-selling record in the United States with their version of "The Stroll." The song also reached number four on the Billboard Pop chart and number five on the R&B chart.
    1959 - Top Hits
“Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” - The Platters
“The All American Boy” - Bill Parsons
“Stagger Lee” - Lloyd Price
“Billy Bayou” - Jim Reeves
    1959 - Johnny Cash performs his #1 Billboard Country chart hit, "Don't Take Your Guns to Town" on The Ed Sullivan Show
    1960 - Bobby Rydell's "Wild One" makes its debut on the Billboard chart, where it will reach number 2. 
    1960 - Mark Dinning's "Teen Angel" hits #1. The song had been written for him by his sister Jean, who also recorded as one of The Dinning Sisters. Some radio stations banned the song.
    1960 - Congress opened hearings on payola, whereby a radio station or its employees, usually a disc jockey, accept payment for broadcasting records. Among those accused were DJs Alan Freed and Dick Clark. Clark was called the most influential person in the popular music industry because of his interests in music publishing and record companies. But he denied any wrongdoing and escaped the inquiry virtually unscathed. Alan Freed was not so fortunate. He had few friends in the music business because of his practice of playing records by black artists rather than white cover versions. When the investigation started, Freed was blackballed. And when he finally came to trial in 1962, he was a broken man. Freed pleaded guilty to two counts of commercial bribery, was fined $300 and received a suspended sentence. He never worked in radio again and died in January, 1965. Congress eventually outlawed payola and the offense was punishable by a maximum $10,000 fine. But the significance of payola was greatly diminished by this time because of the growth of Top-40 radio. Disc jockeys were governed by a rigid play list and were not allowed to choose their own music.
    1960 – The first stars were placed on The Hollywood Walk of Fame.  The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce credits E.M. Stuart, its volunteer president in 1953, with the original idea for creating a Walk of Fame. Stuart reportedly proposed the Walk as a mean to "maintain the glory of a community whose name means glamour and excitement in the four corners of the world.”   The original stars were installed as a continuous project, with no individual ceremonies with eight drawn at random: Olive Borden, Ronald Colman, Louise Fazenda, Preston Foster, Burt Lancaster, Edward Sedgwick, Ernest Torrence, Stanley Kramer.
    1962 - The Federal Trade Commission accused Topps Chewing Gum Company of illegally monopolizing the baseball card industry. In 1980, a court decision opened the door to competition.
    1963 - Less than two months after defeating the Houston Oilers in the second championship game of the American Football League, the Dallas Texans, owned by Lamar Hunt, moved to Kansas City and were renamed the Chiefs.
    1963 - The Four Tops are inked to Berry Gordy's Motown label and receive a $400 signing bonus.
    1963 – President John F. Kennedy declared travel, financial and commercial transactions by United States citizens to Cuba are illegal.
    1964 - During the congressional debate over the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Representative Martha Griffiths delivered a memorable speech advocating the prohibition of discrimination based on sex. Her efforts resulted in adding civil rights protection for women to the 1964 Act. She later successfully led the campaign for the Equal Rights Amendment in the House of Representatives.
    1964 - Songs released today include the Temptations' "The Way You Do the Things You Do" on Motown, the Beach Boys' "Fun, Fun Fun" is out on Capitol and the album "Beatlemania in the USA!" by the Liverpools is released on Wyngate Records.
    1964 - The Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There" enters the pop charts.
    1964 - Max Firetag, publisher of "Louie Louie" as recorded by the Kingsmen for Wand Records, denies Indiana Governor Matthew Welsh's claim that the song is "pornographic." Firetag offers $1,000 to anyone who can find anything "suggestive" in the song's lyrics.
    1964 - Billy Kidd and Jim Heuga became the first American men to win Olympic medals in Alpine skiing when they captured the silver and bronze medals respectively, in the slalom at the IX Winter Olympics at Innsbruck, Austria.
    1965 - The Supremes' "Stop in the Name Of Love" is released.
    1967 - Top Hits
“I'm a Believer” - The Monkees
“Georgy Girl” - The Seekers
“Kind of a Drag” - The Buckinghams
“There Goes My Everything” - Jack Greene
    1968 - An attack on black students from South Carolina State University who are protesting racial segregation at the town's only bowling alley, left four dead in Orangeburg, SC.
    1968 - "What'chu talkin' 'bout, Willis?" Actor Gary Coleman (d. 2010), was born in Zion, IL.
    1968 - Ex-Cream guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker and ex-Traffic keyboardist and singer Stevie Winwood announce they are forming a new band and auditioning for a bassist, with the addition of ex-Family bassist Rich Grech, the band will become the "supergroup" Blind Faith.
    1969 - The Supremes and Temptations' album “TCB” enters the charts.
    1971 – The NASDAQ stock market index opened.
    1972 – The National Baseball Hall of Fame elected Josh Gibson and Buck Leonard. The two former stars, who led the Homestead Grays of the Negro Leagues to nine straight league championships from 1937-45, became the second and third players to be selected by the Committee, joining Satchel Paige, who was elected in 1971.
    1973 - Carly Simon is awarded a gold record for her single "You're So Vain," the only Number One song of her career. Many speculate as to the identity of the song's subject. Many assume its Mick Jagger, whose voice can be clearly heard singing behind Simon in the chorus. However, it turns out that the subject is actor Warren Beatty.
    1975 - For the first time in U.S. history, a woman, Betty S. Murphy, is named chair of the National Labor Relations Board, the first woman member of the board. On this same day, for the first time in U.S. history, a woman, Ella Grasso of Connecticut, takes office as the first woman governor elected in her own right.
    1975 - Top Hits
“Fire” - Ohio Players
“You're No Good” - Linda Ronstadt
“Boogie on Reggae Woman” - Stevie Wonder
“Then Who Am I” - Charley Pride
    1978 - Proceedings of the US Senate were broadcast on radio for the first time.
    1982 - Cher makes her Broadway debut in “Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean.”
    1983 - Top Hits
“Africa” - Toto
“Baby, Come to Me” - Patti Austin with James Ingram
“Shame on the Moon” - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
“Inside” - Ronnie Milsap
    1983 - One day after taking a job as director of sports promotions for the Claridge Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, Mickey Mantle was ordered to sever his ties by MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, or face expulsion from all baseball activities. Mantle joined fellow Hall of Famer Willie Mays as players banned from baseball by Kuhn for involvement with legalized gambling.   In one of his first acts, new Commissioner Peter Ueberroth withdrew the suspensions of both in 1985. 
    1986 - The musical "Evita" ended its eight-year run in London. The show earned $32 million and was performed 2,913 times during its run at the Prince Edward Theatre. Based on the life of former Argentine President Juan Peron and his wife, Eva, the show remained popular even at the height of the Falklands War between Britain and Argentina in 1982.
    1987 - A powerful storm produced blizzard conditions in the Great Lakes Region. Winds gusted to 86 mph at Janesville, WI and Cleveland, OH received 12 inches of snow. North winds of 50 to 70 mph raised the water level of southern Lake Michigan two feet, and produced waves 12 to 18 feet high, causing seven million dollars damage along the Chicago area shoreline. It was the most damage caused by shoreline flooding and erosion in the history of the city of Chicago
    1987 - Nancy Lopez won the 35th LPGA tournament of her career, the $200,000 Sarasota Classic, and earned induction into the LPGA Hall of Fame.
    1989 - A winter storm over California produced snow from the beaches of Malibu to the desert canyons around Palm Springs, and the snow created mammoth traffic jams in the Los Angeles Basin. Sixteen cities in the western U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date. Marysville, CA reported an all-time record low reading of 21 degrees above zero.
    1990 - Unseasonably mild weather prevailed across the south central and eastern U.S. Twenty-two cities, including five in Michigan, reported record high temperatures for the date. The afternoon high of 53 degrees at Flint, MI surpassed their previous record by ten degrees, and the high of 66 degrees at Burlington, IA exceeded their old record by eight degrees.
    1991 - Top Hits
“The First Time” - Surface
“Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” - C & C Music
Factory featuring Freedom Williams
“Play that Funky Music” - Vanilla Ice
“Daddy's Come Around” - Paul Overstreet
    1993 – General Motors sued NBC after “Dateline NBC” allegedly rigged two crashes intended to demonstrate that some GM pickups can easily catch fire if hit in certain places. NBC settled the lawsuit the next day.
    1996 - The National Football League approved the transfer of the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore. Owner Art Modell agreed to leave the team's nickname and colors in Cleveland and later decided to call his team the Ravens. The NFL awarded Cleveland an expansion franchise in 1998 and the team took the name of its predecessor.
    1996 - In a ceremony at the Library of Congress, President Clinton signed legislation revamping the telecommunications industry, saying it would "bring the future to our doorstep."
    1997 - The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 6-5, in overtime, to make Coach Scotty Bowman the first NHL coach to reach the 1,000-win plateau.
    2000 - Top Hits
“I Knew I Loved You” - Savage Garden
“Thank God I Found You”- Mariah Carey Featuring Joe
“What a Girl Wants”- Christina Aguilera
“Get It on Tonite”- Montell Jordan
    2002 - XIX Winter Olympics opens in Salt Lake City UT/Québec City.
    2005 - Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman, core members of The Guess Who, were inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame. The band placed 13 songs in the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 between 1965 and 1974. Cummings added 2 more as a solo artist and Bachman contributed 7 others with Bachman-Turner Overdrive.
    2010 - Nielsen SoundScan reported that since Steven Tyler started appearing on American Idol on January 19th, sales of Aerosmith's Greatest Hits collections have shot up more than 250%.
    2012 - Elizabeth Taylor's collection of artworks by Vincent Van Gogh, Camille Pissarro and Edgar Degas sold for over 13.7 million pounds at Christie's in London.
    2013 - An investigation took place over recent hacking incident involving a hacker who gained access to the email accounts of former President George H. W. Bush, his friends and relatives.

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