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Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Today's Leasing News Headlines

Story Credit Financing
    Business Loans, SBA Loans, Working Capital
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries
Leasing and Finance Industry Help Wanted
    Excellent Compensation/2+ Yrs Equipment Finance
    Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP
Introducing Leasing News Advisor
    Don Myerson
Top Ten Leasing News Read by Readers
    February 14 to February 16
Hyundai and Kia Forced to Update Software
  on Millions of Vehicles Because of Viral TikTok
    By Matthew W. Daus, Esq.
Rottweiler Mix
    Houston, Texas  Adopt a Dog
SFNet's Women in Secured Finance Conference
    June 14, 2023, New York, NY
News Briefs ----
Ohio train derailment reveals need
    for urgent reform, workers say
Tesla driver dies after striking
    parked fire truck in California
People are leaving’: Massachusetts has lost 110,000
    residents since COVID began. Is life better out there?
Smashburger Introducess New Mac & Cheese
    Inspired Burger made with Angus Beef
Why Pizza Hut’s red roofs and McDonald’s
    play places have disappeared

You May Have Missed
Looking for a Job? The Cannabis Industry Is Hiring in New York.  
  There  could be 63,000 jobs in weed across the state by 2025,
      many in retail and hospitality - New York Times, paywall

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

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

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


Story Credit Financing
Business Loans, SBA Loans, Working Capital

Balboa Capital Corp. 
Bankers Capital
Black Rock Capital Investment
BSB Leasing, Inc

Dakota Financial

Financial Pacific Leasing
Forum Financial Services, Inc.

Gonor Funding
Maxim Commercial Capital, LLC
North Mill Equipment Finance

Pawnee Leasing Corporation
P&L Capital Corporation
Providence Equipment Finance
Quality Leasing Co. Inc.
SLIM Capital, LLC
TEAM Funding Solutions

Alphabetical list-click on company name to view more details

Here are funders who take "A" and "B" rated applicants. They are also more interested not in "application only." They 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 are on the “Funder List” and not a "Broker” or “Super Broker.”

Leasing News reserves 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."

Full List:


New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries


Danielle Naylon, CLFP
, was promoted to Assistant Vice President, Asset Management, First American Equipment Finance, Victor, New York. She is located in Fairport, New York

Robert Holloway
was hired as National Account Manager, Regents Capital Corporation, at their Cincinnati, Ohio office. Previously, he was Vice President of National Accounts, Tpine Capital (August, 2021 - February, 2023); Senior Account Manager, Amur Equipment Finance (October, 2020 - July, 2021); Vice President of Sales, Wheeler Financial, Pitney Bowes (September, 2019 - September, 2020.

Kevin Libert
was hired as Senior Vice President, SLR Equipment Finance, Wilton, Connecticut. He is located in Manteca, California. Previously, he was Loan Officer, Central Coast Lending (September, 2017 - February, 2023); Board of Directors, Treasurer, Oak Shores Community Association (September, 2017 - December, 2020); Business Development Manager, Engs Commercial Finance Co. (February, 2017 - May, 2017).

Mike Loconsolo was hired as National Director, UBEO Business Services,  Austin, Texas. He is located in Greater Boston. He joined CIT Group August, 1998, as Account Executive, promoted January, 2002, Regional Sales Manager, promoted June, 2008, Vice President, National Accounts; Regional Sales Manager, Deutsche Financial Services (May, 2000 - January, 2001).

Zack Miller, CLFP, was hired as Senior Vice President, Operations, QuickFi by Innovation Finance USA, Fairport, New York. He is located in Rochester, New York. He joined the company May, 2014, Assistant Vice President, Project Manager, May, 2014; promoted Senior Vice President, Operations, August, 2018, promoted February, 2022, Paralegal/ Equipment Finance Documentation Specialist.


Leasing and Finance Industry Help Wanted



Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP

Vendors and end-users want to partner with originators who convey optimism. Success breeds additional success. One of the greatest attributes of the commercial equipment finance and leasing industry is that, for the best originators, there is always additional business to prospect, proposal, win, and fund. No matter the macro economy, there are plenty of opportunities for an individual originator to significantly exceed production expectations. The first step in doubling or tripling production in 2023 is an originator's ability to flaunt his positive attitude, products, equipment expertise, and product knowledge.

I recently spoke with a young, aggressive, enthusiastic originator who expressed the following optimism.

  • He just landed his biggest vendor relationship.
  • His largest end-user just shared that it would be pursuing a fifth and sixth schedule in the next 45 days.
  • His backlog of approved business is larger than any time since he entered the business in 2019.
  • He is confident that his expertise in the industry is growing every day.
  • He is excited with his plan is to double his production in 2023 over 2022.

This originator has eliminated unnecessary noise from his daily activities. He is focused on his success. There is no doubt that his optimism will attract viable vendors, end-users, and transactions. Success is easier with optimism.

Wheeler Business Consulting is working with individual originators and sales teams throughout the industry to ensure that they are well positioned in the market, capturing their fair share of business, and outperforming the competition. To schedule a one-on-one meeting contact Scott Wheeler at:

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:


Leasing News Advisor
Don Myerson

Don Myerson
BSB Leasing, Inc.
7800 S. Elati St., Suite 201
Littleton, Colorado 80120
800-945-3372 Ext. 336

Don Myerson is the President and founder of BSB Leasing, Inc., and brings over 40 years of industry experience. BSB Leasing, Inc. headquartered in Denver, Colorado, was started in 1982 as a broker shop.

In 1995 BSB Leasing was selected by Colonial Pacific Leasing to become a service center for brokers in the Western United States under a program they developed named Pegasus. That year BSB Leasing began working with lease brokers nationwide.

In 1998 after growing to 40 employees, offices in Denver and Cherry Hill, New Jersey and $75M in annual funding BSB Leasing was sold to UniCapital Corporation, a public company in Miami. I became a unit President reporting to Bruce Kropschot, then a Vice-Chairman of UniCapital.

After 2 years under the ownership of UniCapital in 2000 I re-acquired BSB Leasing along with my management team of Bruce Zwillinger and Ron Gonzales. Bruce Zwillinger has since retired and Ron Gonzales continues in his role as COO.

In addition to his role at BSB Leasing, Inc. Mr. Myerson is a Managing Member and co-founder of Mintaka Financial, LLC, a small ticket funding source based in Gig Harbor, Washington, a co­founder and Board Member for Orion First Financial, LLC., a loan and leasing servicing company which provides underwriting, contract servicing and collection services to banks and independent financial institutions.

Don and his wife Dolly split their time between the island of Kauai and the mountains of Colorado. They have four grown kids with the oldest and youngest working at BSB Leasing. Passions include family travel, and camping and hiking all over the world.

Their oldest daughter McKenna gave birth to Maverick Don Beeksma 12/20/22.

Family recently in France.


Top Ten Leasing News Read by Readers
February 14 to February 16

(1) Not Noted in Leasing News New York Disclosure
  Article: Date Law Goes into Effect
By Sloan Schickler, Esq.

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

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

(4) Leasing/Finance Veteran Bob Rodi Late Email
on Passing of Larry LaChance, CLFP

(5) Funders for Broker Expo 2023
Entering its Fourth Year

(6) Founder and CEO Gary Shivers to retire
from Navitas Credit Corp.

(7) Amazon is taking half of each sale
from its merchants

(8) Change Your LastPass Password Manager,
Before It's Too Late

(9) Well-Established Alta Group Refocuses, Rebrands,
Redesigns Website and Logo

(10) Introducing Reid Raykovich, CLFP
Leasing News Advisor


Hyundai and Kia Forced to Update Software
on Millions of Vehicles Because of Viral TikTok Challenge
By Matthew W. Daus, Esq

Hyundai and Kia are offering free software updates for millions of their cars in response to a rash of car thefts inspired by a viral social media challenge on TikTok.

The so-called “Kia Challenge” on the social media platform has led to hundreds of car thefts nationwide, including at least 14 reported crashes and eight fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Thieves known as “the Kia Boyz” would post instructional videos about how to bypass the vehicles’ security system using tools as simple as a USB cable.

The thefts are reportedly easy to pull off because many 2015-2019 Hyundai and Kia vehicles lack electronic immobilizers that prevent thieves from simply breaking in and bypassing the ignition. The feature is standard equipment on nearly all vehicles from the same period made by other manufacturers.

Hyundai and its subsidiary Kia are offering to update the “theft alarm software logic” to extend the length of the alarm sound from 30 seconds to one minute. The vehicles will also be updated to require a key in the ignition switch to turn the vehicle on.

The software upgrade modifies certain vehicle control modules on Hyundai vehicles equipped with standard “turn-key-to-start” ignition systems. As a result, locking the doors with the key fob will set the factory alarm and activate an “ignition kill” feature so the vehicles cannot be started when subjected to the popularized theft mode. Customers must use the key fob to unlock their vehicles to deactivate the “ignition kill” feature.

Matthew W. Daus, Esq.
Partner and Chairman, Windels Marx Transportation Practice Group
President, International Association of Transportation Regulators,
Transportation Technology Chair, University Transportation Research Center
156 West 56th Street | New York, NY 10019
T. 212.237.1106 | F. 212.262.1215


Rottweiler Mix
Houston, Texas  Adopt a Dog


Black and Brown
5 years old
In a Foster Home

BARC Animal Shelter & Adoptions
Phone Number: (713) 837-0311
Address: 2700 Evella
Houston, TX 77026


Navigating economic, professional and personal change

Whether arising from the challenges of our fluctuating economy, significant professional decisions or the sometimes overwhelming demands in our personal lives, change is a constant. Join your industry peers on June 15 to examine and learn to negotiate the various changes we all face.

Our Opening Reception will take place the evening of June 14 at the offices of Paul Hastings in the MetLife Building, 200 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10166. With food, fun and great networking, this event will be the perfect kickoff to the conference.

Members: $295
Non-Members: $395

Agenda and Registration:


News Briefs---

Ohio train derailment reveals need
    for urgent reform, workers say

Tesla driver dies after striking
parked fire truck in California

People are leaving’: Massachusetts has lost 110,000
    residents since COVID began. Is life better out there?

Smashburger Introducess New Mac & Cheese
Inspired Burger made with Angus Beef

Why Pizza Hut’s red roofs and McDonald’s
play places have disappeared


You May Have Missed---

Looking for a Job? The Cannabis Industry Is Hiring in New York
  There  could be 63,000 jobs in weed across the state by 2025,
      many in retail and hospitality - New York Times, paywall



Sports Briefs---

NBA on All-Star break,
    but no easy answers to rest problem

Seahawks to hire Greg Olson as QBs coach

Chiefs RB Jerick McKinnon credits Andy Reid, staff
   in late slide to clinch Super Bowl LVII win over Eagles

Commanders committed to starting QB Sam Howell
     in 2023, supported by Eric Bieniemy

Former Vikings owner Red McCombs dies


California Nuts Briefs---

This Bay Area city is the fastest growing in California. Here’s why it’s      
booming (by populations and new housing units, most children)

After more than 40 years, end of the road
     for Southern California’s Cal Worthington car dealership



"Gimme that wine"

Demand for this white wine grape has some Napa,
     Sonoma vintners eyeing wider North Coast sourcing

Napa Valley’s historic Alfred Frediani vineyard
sells for $18.5 million

Daou Family Estates in Paso Robles
expands to Tuscany

Hawke's Bay Cleanup Begins

Santa Barbara County Economic Impact Report on Wine Shows  
   Wineries, Vineyards & Related Businesses Provide
      $1.7 Billion in Annual Economic Activity

Free Wine App

Wine Prices by vintage

US/International Wine Events


This Day in American History

    1810 - The famous "cold day" in New England. Gale force winds wrecked homes, and accompanied a sudden overnight drop in temperature of 50 degrees. Tragedy struck Sanbornton, NH where three children froze to death.
    1821 - Charles Scribner (d. 1871) was born in NYC.  With Isaac Baker, founded a publishing company that would eventually become Charles Scribner’s Sons, known for publishing American authors including Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Vonnegut, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Stephen King, Robert Heinlein, Thomas Wolfe, George Santayana, John Chellon Holmes, Don DeLillo, and Edith Wharton.  Through a series of mergers, it is now the Scribner Publishing Group, part of Simon and Schuster.
    1828 – The first American Indian newspaper in U.S., "Cherokee Phoenix," was published in New Echota, Cherokee Nation (now Georgia), and edited by Elias Boudinot. It was printed in English and Cherokee, using the Cherokee syllabary created by Sequoyah.  Still publishing today.
    1831 - The first trial of the first locomotive to burn coal was the York, invented by Phineas Davis, a watchmaker, and built at York, PA. Ironically, the only accident in which the train was involved occurred on September 27, 1835, as the result of a defective track. The accident killed Phineas Davis, who was riding on the locomotive.
    1842 - John Greenough was granted the first U.S. patent for the sewing machine. 
    1862 - Battle of Valverde Ford, was fought near the town of Valverde at a ford of  Valverde Creek in Confederate Arizona, in what is currently New Mexico. It was a major Confederate success in the Civil War.  The belligerents were Confederate cavalry from Texas and several companies of Arizona militia versus U.S. Army regulars and Union volunteers from northern New Mexico (Kit Carson commanded the First Regiment of New Mexico volunteers) and the Colorado Territory.
    1866 – Lucy Hobbs Taylor became the first woman dentist, having achieved her doctorate in dentistry from the Ohio College of Dentistry.
    1874 - The Oakland Daily Tribune published its first edition by George Staniford and Benet A. Dewes.  On August 28, 1891, the name Oakland Tribune, its name today, was officially adopted.
    1878 - Thomas Alva Edison of Menlo Park, NJ, secured a patent on a ‘phonograph or speaking machine.’ His original idea had been to invent a telegraph repeater and he had given construction directions to one of his mechanics, John Kreuis, on August 12, 1877. The first cylinder, operated by a hand crank, was wrapped in tin foil, with which two needles fastened to diaphragms made contact. The first voice recorded on the new instrument was “Mary had a little lamb.” A clock spring motor and wax like record were invented some ten years later called the Gramophone, manufactured by Bell and Tainter, Washington, DC. The first phonograph record on the modern disk type was invented by Emile Berlinger of Washington, DC, easier to duplicate for mass market than the Edison Recording Cylinder and called Berlinger’s “Gramophone” record.
    1878 - The first telephone directory was issued in New Haven, CT.
    1884 - Severe thunderstorms spawned sixty tornadoes in the southeastern U.S., killing more than 420 persons and causing three million dollars damage. Georgia and the Carolinas hardest were hit in the tornado outbreak.
    1885 - The newly-completed Washington Monument was dedicated on the National Mall in Washington, DC. to commemorate George Washington as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and the first President of the US.  The monument, made of marble, granite and bluestone gneiss is both the world's tallest stone structure (excluding brick) and the world's tallest obelisk, standing 554 feet 7 11⁄32 inches.
    1887 – Oregon became the first state to celebrate Labor Day as a holiday.  In 1894, the proclamation making Labor Day a federal holiday was signed by President Grover Cleveland who didn’t want the US celebration to be connected to the Communist supported May Day Labor Celebration, so the Labor Day holiday was set for the first Monday in September.    
    1893 - Andres Segovia (d. 1987), the Spanish musician who established the guitar as an important concert instrument, was born in Linares, Spain.  A catalytic figure in granting respectability to the guitar as a serious concert instrument capable of evocativeness and depth of interpretation. Federico Moreno Torroba said: "The musical interpreter who fascinates me the most is Andrés Segovia."  He can be credited to have dignified the classical guitar as a legitimate concert instrument before the discerning music public, which had hitherto viewed the guitar merely as a limited, if sonorous, parlor instrument.
    1895 - The Legislature of North Carolina adjourned for day to mark death of Frederick Douglass.
    1903 – Tom Yawkey (d. 1976) was born Thomas Austin in Detroit.  Yawkey owned the Boston Red Sox for 44 years (1933-76) and was criticized for being the last Major League team owner to sign an African-American player, Pumpsie Green in 1959, and passing on Willie Mays in the early 1950s.  Yawkey was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980. 
    1903 – President Theodore Roosevelt attended the laying of the cornerstone of Roosevelt Hall at the newly-established US Army War College in Washington, D.C. Established from the principles learned in the Spanish-American War, the College was founded by Secretary of War Elihu Root and Roosevelt and was formally established by General Order 155 on 27 November, 1901. The Washington Barracks, now called Fort McNair, was chosen as the site.  In 1951, it was moved to its present site in Carlisle, PA.
    1910 - At a New York dinner party, host Diamond Jim Brady ate five helpings of roast beef, gallons of stewed fruit, 84 oysters and three gallons of orange juice.

        1918 - The last known Carolina Parakeet specimen died at the Cincinnati Zoo. It was not until 1939, however, that it was determined that the Carolina Parakeet had become extinct.  The bird's colorful feathers (green body, yellow head, and red around the bill) were in demand as decorations in ladies' hats. The birds were also kept as pets and could be bred easily in captivity. However, little was done by owners to increase the population of tamed birds.
    1918 - In Russia, a decree abolishing all private ownership of land, water and natural resources was issued by the Soviet Central Executive Committee. Many American companies lost all their investment and cash in the Soviet.
    1919 - First Pan-African Congress organized in Paris by W.E.B. DuBois.
    1922 - Ed Wynn became the first big-name, vaudeville talent to sign as a radio talent. Until then, top talent did not consider radio respectable.
    1925 – “The New Yorker” published its first issue.
    1925 – Sam Peckinpah (d. 1984) was born in Fresno, CA.  Peckinpah established himself during the late 1950s as a scriptwriter of western series, including “Gunsmoke,” “Have Gun, Will Travel,” “The Rifleman,” “Broken Arrow” and “Zane Grey Theater.” He achieved prominence following the release of the epic, “The Wild Bunch” (1969). He was known for the visually innovative and explicit depiction of action and violence as well as his revisionist approach to the Western genre. Some of his films, including “Major Dundee” (1965), “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid” (1973), and “Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia” (1977), remain controversial.
    1927 – Erma Bombeck (d. 1996) was born in Bellbrook, OH.  An American humorist, she achieved great popularity for her newspaper column that described suburban home life from the mid-1960s until the late 1990s.   Bombeck also published 15 books, most of which became best sellers. From 1965 to 1996, Erma Bombeck wrote over 4,000 newspaper columns, using broad and sometimes eloquent humor, chronicling the ordinary life of a midwestern suburban housewife. By the 1970s, her columns were read twice-weekly by 30 million readers of the 900 newspapers in the U.S. and Canada.  
    1931 - The Chicago White Sox and the New York Giants became the first Major League teams to meet in a night game, played at Buffs Stadium, Houston.
    1931 - Alka-Seltzer was launched.  An effervescent antacid and pain reliever, it was first marketed by the Dr. Miles Medicine Company, Elkhart, IN.
    1933 - Giant Forest, CA received 60 inches of snow in just 24 hours, a state record, and the second highest 24 hour total of record for the U.S. 
    1934 - The University of Southern California (USC) and Notre Dame were both given as examples of commercialism in intercollegiate sports when each of them signed a three-year football contract, while other schools were "feeling the depression."    1942 - General Dwight D. Eisenhower is appointed chief of the War Plans Division of the US Army General Staff.
    1943 – David Geffen was born in Brooklyn.   He is a business magnate, producer, film studio executive, and philanthropist. Geffen created or co-created Asylum Records in 1970, Geffen Records in 1980, DGC Records in 1990, and DreamWorks SKG in 1994. As philanthropist he has donated to the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and other educational and research institutes. In 1980, he founded Geffen Records whose meteoric rise to prominence within the year proved a bittersweet success. Geffen's first artist to sign on was Donna Summer.  The November 1980 release of John Lennon’s album “Double Fantasy” seems an impressive feat for a new label, but at the time Lennon stated that Geffen was the only one with enough confidence in him to agree to a deal without hearing the record first. In December 1980, Lennon was murdered and “Double Fantasy” became a massive seller.
    1945 - Woody Herman’s First Herd waxes “Apple Honey,” ”Laura,” New York City.
    1946 - Top Hits
“Symphony” - The Freddy Martin Orchestra (vocal: Clyde Rogers)
“I Can’t Begin to Tell You” - Bing Crosby with the Carmen Cavallaro Orchestra
“Aren’t You Glad You’re You” - Bing Crosby
“Guitar Polka” - Al Dexter   
 1947 - In New York City, Edwin Land demonstrated the first "instant camera", the Polaroid Land camera.
    1948 – NASCAR was incorporated by Bill France, Sr.  It sanctions and governs multiple auto-racing sports events.  NASCAR sanctions over 1,500 races at over 100 tracks in 39 of the 50 US states as well as in Canada. NASCAR has also presented exhibition races in Japan, Mexico and Australia. 
    1949 - Bollingen Prize to Ezra Pound: The first Bollingen Prize for poetry was awarded to Ezra Pound for his collection The Pisano Cantos. The first awarded was steeped in controversy because Pound had been charged with treason after making pro-Fascist broadcasts in Italy during World War II. Mr. Pound was presented with the prize for his poetry collection, "The Pisano Cantos". The Bollingen Prize was presented annually through 1963 when Robert Frost was the recipient, after which it became a biennial award. The $5,000 award was upped to $10,000 in 1989 when Edgar Bowers was the prize winner, and to $25,000 in 1995. The $25,000 award went to poet, Kenneth Koch.
    1949 – One of television’s first soap operas, “A Woman to Remember,” first aired on the DuMont Network.  The show was made on a budget of just $1,750 per week.  The show was moved from a daytime to an early evening time slot to try and gain more viewers during its final two months on air. When the move failed it was canceled in July, 1949.
    1951 - The South Carolina House of Representatives introduced a resolution urging that Shoeless Joe Jackson, who was banished from baseball because of his part in the Black Sox Scandal, be reinstated. Didn’t happen.
    1954 - Top Hits
“Oh! My Pa-Pa” - Eddie Fisher
“Secret Love” - Doris Day
“Till Then| - The Hilltoppers
“Wake Up, Irene” - Hank Thompson
    1955 - Dot Records launched "Two Hearts, Two Kisses, (Make) One Love,” the first single by Pat Boone.
    1956 - Elvis Presley performs three shows at Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, Tampa, FL, billed as "Country Music's Mr. Rhythm."
    1957 – Brooklyn Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley traded minor league franchises with Phil Wrigley, owner of the Chicago Cubs. Brooklyn gave up its Ft. Worth club in return for the Los Angeles Angels. In a year's time, Brooklyn will be without a team and Los Angeles will be the new home of the Dodgers.
    1958 - The first Flying V guitar, by Gibson, was shipped from a factory in Kalamazoo, MI.
    1963 - Russia told President John F. Kennedy that it would withdraw several thousand troops from Cuba by March 15.
    1965 - Rod Stewart and his group The Soul Agents played their first major gig at a club in the London Borough of Harrow. 
    1965 – Malcolm X was assassinated in NYC.  An African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist, to his admirers he was a courageous advocate for the rights of blacks, a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against black Americans.  Detractors accused him of preaching racism and violence. By March, 1964, Malcolm X had grown disillusioned with the Nation of Islam and its leader Elijah Muhammad, embracing Sunni Islam. After a period of travel in Africa and the Middle East, he repudiated the Nation of Islam, disavowed racism and founded Muslim Mosque, Inc. and the Organization of African Unity, continuing to emphasize Pan-Africanism, black self-determination, and black self-defense.  His assassination was at the hands of three members of the Nation of Islam.  Malcolm X has been called one of the greatest and most influential African-Americans in history. 
    1966 - The first concert presented by Chet Helms at the San Francisco Fillmore with Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and the Holding Company.
    1966 - Lou Christie enjoys his only US number one record with "Lightnin' Strikes," a song that his record company, MGM, hated so much, they initially refused to release.
    1966 - Penn State University named Joe Paterno its head football coach. Coaching through the 2011 season, Paterno’s teams had complied a record of 409–136–3 plus 24–12–1 in bowl games.  The Nittany Lions won 2 national championships with Paterno at the helm.  Paterno is the most victorious coach in NCAA FBS history. His career ended with his dismissal from the team in November, 2011 as a result of the child sex scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.  Paterno died of cancer at age 85 two months after his dismissal.
    1966 - Robert F. Kennedy suggested the U.S. offer the Vietcong a role in governing South Vietnam.
    1968 - ZABITOSKY, FRED WILLIAM, Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Sergeant First Class (then S/Sgt.), U.S. Army, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Place and date: Republic of Vietnam, 19 February 1968. Entered service at: Trenton, N.J. Born: 27 October 1942, Trenton, N.J. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sfc. Zabitosky, U.S. Army, distinguished himself while serving as an assistant team leader of a 9-man Special Forces long-range reconnaissance patrol. Sfc. Zabitosky's patrol was operating deep within enemy-controlled territory when they were attacked by a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army unit. Sfc. Zabitosky rallied his team members, deployed them into defensive positions, and, exposing himself to concentrated enemy automatic weapons fire, directed their return fire. Realizing the gravity of the situation, Sfc. Zabitosky ordered his patrol to move to a landing zone for helicopter extraction while he covered their withdrawal with rifle fire and grenades. Rejoining the patrol under increasing enemy pressure, he positioned each man in a tight perimeter defense and continually moved from man to man, encouraging them and controlling their defensive fire. Mainly due to his example, the outnumbered patrol maintained its precarious position until the arrival of tactical air support and a helicopter extraction team. As the rescue helicopters arrived, the determined North Vietnamese pressed their attack. Sfc. Zabitosky repeatedly exposed himself to their fire to adjust suppressive helicopter gunship fire around the landing zone. After boarding 1 of the rescue helicopters, he positioned himself in the door delivering fire on the enemy as the ship took off. The helicopter was engulfed in a hail of bullets and Sfc. Zabitosky was thrown from the craft as it spun out of control and crashed. Recovering consciousness, he ignored his extremely painful injuries and moved to the flaming wreckage. Heedless of the danger of exploding ordnance and fuel, he pulled the severely wounded pilot from the searing blaze and made repeated attempts to rescue his patrol members but was driven back by the intense heat. Despite his serious burns and crushed ribs, he carried and dragged the unconscious pilot through a curtain of enemy fire to within 10 feet of a hovering rescue helicopter before collapsing. Sfc. Zabitosky's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
    1968 – MLB owners and the Players Association signed the first Basic Agreement in the game's history. The agreement will serve as a working contract between players and owners, dictating the working relationship between the two sides along with financial rules and parameters.
    1969 – Hall of Famer Ted Williams signed a five-year contract to manage the Washington Senators. Williams led the Senators to their best record ever, a mark of 86-76 and was named AL Manager of the Year. 
    1970 – The Jackson Five, from Gary, IN, made their debut, on “American Bandstand.”
    1970 - Top Hits
“Thank You” (“Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin”)/”Everybody is a Star” - Sly &  
           The Family Stone
“Hey There Lonely Girl” - Eddie Holman
“No Time” - The Guess Who
“It’s Just a Matter of Time” - Sonny James
    1972 - "A Horse With No Name" by America entered the US charts on its way to number one. The group, formed by three sons of American servicemen stationed in Britain, were discovered by Jeff Dexter, a deejay for a British underground radio station.
    1972 - Sammy Davis Jr. makes his notorious guest appearance on CBS' “All In The Family,” giving the show's main character, white bigot Archie Bunker, a big kiss.
    1972 - Nilsson's "Without You" hits #1
    1972 - President Richard M. Nixon began his historic visit to China.  The week-long visit allowed the American public to view images of China for the first time in over two decades. Throughout the week the President and his senior advisers engaged in substantive discussions with the PRC leadership, including a meeting with Chairman Mao, while First Lady Pat Nixon toured schools, factories and hospitals in the cities of Beijing, Hangzhou and Shanghai.
    1974 - Dick Clark staged his first American Music Awards. The awards, determined by the votes of music fans, were a response to the industry-dominated Grammy Awards. Smokey Robinson, Helen Reddy and Roger Miller are among the hosts at the very first American Music Awards. Created by TV veteran Dick Clark, awards are presented based on record sales, airplay and votes. Among this years' winners are The Carpenters for Favorite Band, Jim Croce, Favorite Male Artist, and Tony Orlando and Dawn, Favorite Single for "Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Ole Oak Tree." 
    1974 – Mets P Tom Seaver became the highest-paid player in Major League history signing a one-year contract worth $172,500. In 1973, Seaver won 19 games while leading the NL in ERA.
    1975 - Former US Attorney General John Mitchell and former Nixon White House aides H.R. Haldeman and John Erlichman were sentenced to prison for their roles in the Watergate scandal that forced Nixon’s resignation.
    1976 - Donna Summer's "Love to Love You Baby" is certified gold
    1977 - Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" was released. The album would become one of the all-time biggest sellers - over 17-million copies in the US alone. It also won 1978's Best Album Grammy. "Rumours" contained four of the band's Top- 10 hits - "Go Your Own Way," "Dreams," "Don't Stop" and "You Make Loving Fun."
    1977 - Stevie Wonder won his third straight Album of the Year Grammy for "Songs in the Key of Life."
    1977 - Manfred Mann's Earth Band's "Blinded By The Light" hits #1
    1977 - Right wing Rod Gilbert of the New York Rangers scored the 1,000th point of his NHL career, a goal in the Rangers’ 5-2 loss of the New York Islanders. Gilbert entered the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1982.
    1977 - Snowflakes were observed at Homestead and Miami Beach in extreme southern Florida. 
    1978 - Top Hits
“Stayin’ Alive” - Bee Gees
“(Love Is) Thicker Than Water” - Andy Gibb
“Just the Way You Are” - Billy Joel
“Don’t Break the Heart that Loves You” - Margo Smith    
1984 – At the XIV Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, skiers Phil and Steve Mahre of the US became the first brothers to finish first and second on the same Olympic event. Phil won the gold medal in the slalom, and Steve won the silver. When the Games ended, the Soviet Union led all countries with 25 medals, the United States captured nine medals to tie for fifth place. Within the shadow of what was the Olympic Stadium, hundreds, maybe thousands, of Bosnians are now buried; the result of the civil war that began in the early 1990s
    1984 - Cale Yarborough became only the second driver to win consecutive Daytona 500 races by sweeping into the lead just two times from the finish and taking the checkered flag. Yarborough joined Richard Petty in this select circle.
    1985 - Cherry Coke was introduced by the Coca-Cola Company, not at company headquarters in Atlanta, but in New York City, instead. Many who grew up in the 1950s rushed to buy the canned and/or bottled taste of nostalgia, hoping it would taste the same as they remembered. It was common to have a “Cherry Coke” or “lemon coke” and even a ”chocolate Coke.” Unfortunately, the taste was not what many of us remembered at the ice cream fountain or corner drug store (I guess I am that old as I remember going to Mamaroneck Junior High and stopping on the way home at the Larchmont corner drug store for a tall soda.
    1985 – New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner gave manager Yogi Berra the dreaded vote of confidence. Steinbrenner said that Berra will remain Yankee skipper for the entire season, regardless of how badly the team might struggle. Berra lasted only 16 games before being fired, not be Steinbrenner but by Clyde Wright.  This led to a complete disassociation by Berra of all things Yankees as long as Steinbrenner owned the team, until 1999, when a reunion was orchestrated by Suzyn Waldman, one of the team’s announcers.  Oddly enough, until Joe Torre, Berra had one of the highest winning percentages of all of Steinbrenner’s Yankee managers.
    1986 - Top Hits
“How Will I Know” - Whitney Houston
“When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going” - Billy Ocean
“Kyrie” - Mr. Mister
“Makin’ Up for Lost Time” (“The Dallas Lovers’ Song”) - Crystal Gayle & Gary
    1986 - Rap artist Kurtis Blow and rock musician Steven Van Zandt visited a Chicago high school to speak against apartheid. Van Zandt was the driving force behind Artists United Against Apartheid, a benefit group of 49 artists who recorded the 1985 hit "Sun City." Proceeds from the record were to benefit political prisoners in South Africa.
    1987 - Willie Nelson's movie "Red-Headed Stranger," opened in Austin, Texas at a benefit for public television. The film, based on Nelson's 1975 concept album of the same name, also starred Katherine Ross and Morgan Fairchild.
    1987 - A controversial anti-smoking ad aired for the first time on television. It featured actor Yul Brynner in a public service announcement that was recorded shortly before his death from lung cancer. 
    1988 - Roy Acuff, the King of Country Music, celebrated his 50th anniversary on the Grand Ole Opry. Also marking his 50th year on the show was Acuff's guitar and banjo player, Pete Kirby, known as Bashful Brother Oswald. Honoring Acuff were such stars as Del Reeves, Porter Wagoner and Connie Smith. Acuff came out of the East Tennessee Hills in the 1930's to become the Opry's first singing star.
    1988 - Showers and thunderstorms in the southeastern U.S. drenched Valdosta, GA with more than five inches of rain, and the 24-hour rainfall total of 7.10 inches at Apalachicola, FL more than doubled their previous 24-hour record for February.
    1988 - Former Wham! front man George Michael played his debut solo concert at the Budokan in Tokyo. It was the first of six sold out Japanese dates on Michael's "Faith" world tour. The tour would wind up eight months later in Pensacola, Florida.
    1989 – Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose met with MLB Commissioner Peter Ueberroth and Commissioner-elect Bart Giamatti to discuss his gambling habits.  As the Dowd investigation continued to locate evidence that Rose bet on baseball games, the issue would not subside.  Determined to maintain the integrity of the game, on August 24, 1989, Giamatti (who took office on April 1, 1989) prevailed upon Rose to agree voluntarily to remain permanently ineligible to play or manage baseball.  This led to the Baseball Hall of Fame declaring him permanently ineligible for consideration there.  After years of public denial, Rose admitted in 2004 that he bet on baseball and on the Reds.  The issue of Rose's possible reinstatement and election to the Hall of Fame remains contentious throughout baseball.  On June 22, 2015, ESPN concluded its own investigation of Rose and determined that he had bet on baseball while still a player-manager from 1984 to 1986. The results of the investigation were made public and revealed the records of bets that Rose had made on baseball. U.S. federal authorities had seized the records from one of Rose's associates.
    1993 - Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" became the longest-running number-one pop single of the rock era, topping the Billboard chart for the 14th week. It broke the record set the previous October by Boyz II Men's "End of the Road." Before that, the record was held by Elvis Presley's double-sided hit "Don't Be Cruel" and "Hound Dog," which was number one for 11 weeks in 1956.
    1993 - Elton John had to cut short his encores at a show in Melbourne, Australia, after a swarm of crickets virtually took over the outdoor stage. John's publicist said the entertainer gave up when the bugs made the stage dangerously slippery.
    1994 - Michael Jackson drew a nearly five-minute standing ovation at the Jackson Family Honors show at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. The singer, facing child abuse allegations at the time, presented a lifetime achievement award to Motown Records founder Berry Gordy. The audience later booed when they found out Michael wouldn't be performing solo at the event, which was telecast the following week. The following month, the producers of the concert sued the Jackson family, accusing them of fraud and claiming to have lost more than $1 million. $4.5 million was raised at what was billed as a charity event, but the Jackson’s later acknowledged that only $100,000 would in fact go to charity.
    1994 - Olympian Bonnie Blair of Champaign, IL, became the first speed skater to win a gold medal in the same event in three consecutive Olympic Games when she won the 500 meters in Lillehammer, Norway. On Feb 23, she added a victory in the 1,000 meters to give her a total of five gold medals, more than any other American female athlete. The Soviet Union led all countries with 25 medals, the United States captured nine medals to tie for fifth place. Within the shadow of what was the Olympic Stadium, hundreds, maybe thousands, of Bosnians are now buried, the result of the civil war that began in the early 1990s.
    1995 - "Baywatch" star Pamela Anderson married Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee in Cancun, Mexico. The bride was reported to have worn "a very tiny - an extremely tiny - white bikini." The bridegroom wore white Bermuda shorts without shoes or shirt.
    2011 - Strong winds reaching as high as 40 mph with gusts to 53 mph topple the 48-year-old National Christmas tree. The 42-foot-tall Colorado blue spruce sat just south of the White House on the Ellipse. It was transplanted there from York, Pennsylvania in 1978.
    2011 - A professor from New York University has an experimental life-blogging camera removed from his head after his immune system rejected the implant.
    2011 - 36-year-old Justine Siegel made history at the Cleveland Indians spring training complex in Goodyear, AZ. The former assistant coach at Springfield College and first base coach with the Brockton Rox is believed to be the first woman to throw batting practice to Major League hitters.
    2014 - President Obama meets with the Dalai Lama for the third time despite protests from China and warnings that the meeting could threaten diplomatic relations.



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