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Commercial Sales Associate

Looking for Sales Associate with a following.  Your area of expertise should be with any titled rolling stock;  New or Used Ambulances, Trucks, Street Sweepers,Tow Trucks, Buses,  any commercial vehicle.  National Scope.  Hi Commission with benefits. 

Curt Webster, CVLE  516 922-7447

We are an independent automobile, truck, and commercial equipment leasing company with over 36 years serving the best customers in the United States.

Wednesday, February 11 2009

1982 photograph
Actor, Comedian Leslie William Nielsen OC born February 11, 1926 Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Movies: "Airplane," "The Naked Gun,” The Poseidon Adventure," and television: "The Police Squad;" with a rich history of many TV appearances---still active today.


Classified Ads---Sales
    Brokers looking for a funder
        Mitch Larkin leaves Madison Capital
Today's ZRG Webinar Sign-Up Increased
    Classified Ads---Help Wanted
        Phil Dushey answers three Questions:
   FDIC Calls On Mart to Restart Securitization
Leasing News #1 Web Site Leasing---see for yourself
    Banner Advertising at Leasing News
Sales makes it Happen—by Scott Wheeler
Lease Originators are Productive Farmers
    Cartoon—Our Most Requested
        Classified ads—Finance/Human Resources
Geithner: Bailout Banks Must Lend
    Analyst Says 1,000 More Banks Could Fail
    So far, so good, on credit moves: Bernanke says
    BofA: ‘Rumors of Nationalization Are Unfounded
    Bad-News Billionaires Bash Boeing
    GE Added $9.5 Billion to GE Capital Explained
    Calif. layoff warnings to 20,000 workers
    GM cuts 10,000 jobs, Nike another 1,400
    Best in Show: 10-year-old 'Stump'
News Briefs---
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        California Nuts Brief---
    Sports Briefs---
"Gimme that Wine"
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Classified Ads---Sales

Cherry Hill, NJ
College grad seeking entry level sales position for equipment leasing and financing in small to mid-size ticket markets. Have 6 months experience in the industry and self-motivated. Contact Matt at 609-280-2178 or
email at
Chicago, IL
Sales Executive or Senior Manager, with responsibility for leasing capital equipment in support of transactions based on current market values, market potential and economic trends.

Fort Myers, Florida
Very experienced and strong skills with both Captive and Specialty Sales and  Sales Management. Over 20 years, will relocate and travel- successful and team player . 

Fresno, CA
Aggressive, competitive self-starter w/successful vendor/direct equipment
leasing and asset-based lending experience seeks return to leasing industry
after successful stint in business banking sales.

Montgomery, AL
Individual with 10 years advertising sales exp. & 7 years insurance sales exp. Wants independent contractor situation in Alabama.
Work with leasing company or broker.334-590-5133

Many years of successful experience in niche leasing. Seek position with bank or other self-funded entity. Position and/or location secondary to company profile.

Orange County, CA
19+ years of successful marketing to the broker/lessor community representing one funding source owned by several parent companies.

Over 30 years of financing experience, resume posted at, phone 580-351-2531

Pittsburgh , PA
Aggressive self starter looking for leasing position w/10 plus yrs sales exp., plus banking experience 814-227-4592

Pittsburgh, PA
Over 25 years of leasing experience including Captive, Dealer, Broker, and Third Party. Multiple equipment types. Seeking a Territory or National Sales position.

San Francisco Bay Area:
Business Development “Hunter” with transferable book of business in multiple segments: commercial construction, technology, fitness, etc. Years of managerial experience: can also be a “player/coach”. E-mail:

15 year lease vet looking for plact to take business.great references. all major equipment types. open to compensation. please contact if interested.

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Brokers looking for a funder

It's very difficult to just go through a list, or even make a telephone call. First Federal, Indiana, prefers new brokers go on line and fill out a form. The best way is "eyeball-to-eyeball," and a better chance to get acquainted in person. If you a serious, make an appointment, get on a plane, and visit the source and the people you may work with in person.

The next best bet is to attend a leasing conference, whether you are a member or not. A previous column on the two best to attend in the next six months follows this one. Please note this list of 32 who are attending the National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers meeting in Las Vegas:

ACC Capital Corporation
Affiliated Investment Group, Inc.
Amerisource Funding
Axis Capital, Inc.
Bankers Capital
Bank of the West
Bryn Mawr Funding
BSB Leasing, Inc.
CFC Investment Company
Constellation Financing Systems
Court Square Leasing Corporation
Dakota Financial, LLC
Diversified Lenders Inc.
Enterprise Funding Group
Evans National Leasing*
Financial Pacific Leasing
First Federal Leasing
GreatAmerica Leasing Corporation
LEAF Financial Corporation
Mesa Leasing, Inc.
OFC Capital
OneWorld Leasing, Inc.
P & L Capital Corp., Inc.
Padco Financial Services, Inc.
Pawnee Leasing Corporation
Pioneer Capital Corporation
Quail Capital
Summit Leasing
TEAM Funding Solutions
TimePayment Corp.
Triad Leasing & Financial, Inc.
U.S. Bank Manifest Funding Services

These are 32 companies who want to work with leasing brokers.
The list of exhibitors is not complete as service providers and others was not included in the above list. There certainly will more who will more funders who will be joining the list.

* Evans National Leasing
"We are still exhibiting at Vegas! We have not gotten out of the broker business, we simply had to stop signing on new brokers because the requests for new relationships were so great, we couldn't keep up with them and give the same service to our existing relationships. So, with the being said, there are still brokers we work with that will be attending the conference that we are excited to see.



Veronica Wroblewski
Senior Broker Representative

Evans National Leasing, Inc.
One Grimsby Drive
Hamburg, NY 14075
Fax: 866-619-4738

It also may be that Evans may take on new brokers in the near future. The bank leasing division numbers were up. The bank said it was taking a conservative stand:

"Because we expect direct leasing to continue to be sensitive to the performance of the economy, our portfolio managers and senior management continue to carefully monitor this portfolio. Steps have been taken to mitigate the portfolio's risk, including the tightening of credit standards and consolidation of our broker network."
Gary Kajtoch, Senior Vice President and CFO of Evans Bank

NAELB Broker Booth was a big hit at the last conference.

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Hot Breakfast Buffet and Presentation
Tips on How to Get the Most Out of Your Conference Experience
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Among the noon presentations: Paul Menzel, CLP, President of Financial Pacific, presents the Leasing Person of the Year Award 2008 to Bob Teichman, CLP.

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If you can only choose one leasing conference, which one?



Mitch Larkin leaves Madison Capital

“Mitch Larkin is no longer with Madison Capital. Mitch brought a book of business to Madison that was an enhancement to Madison’s existing broker business. In addition to its direct equipment and vehicle customers, Madison will, as it always has, continue to serve and support the broker community.

“For any questions about Madison’s business initiatives and direction, please contact either Nancy Pistorio, Executive Vice President or Allan Levine, Chief Operating Officer.
Direct Line: 443.796.7337
Office: 800.733.5529”
Madison Capital statement

Larry LaChance, CLP, announced on Tuesday that Mitch Larkin had joined his company Bankers Capital as Vice President – Broker Division effective Monday, February 17th .

Bankers Capital, headquartered in Northborough, MA, was founded by Larry LaChance, CLP in 1990, is a Direct Funding Source specializing in B, C, D and structured story transactions ranging from $50,000 to $1.5-million. Larry has known Mitch for over twenty-years and welcomes him on board to generate future company growth. Mitch will be operating out of a newly established office in Pikesville, Maryland.

“His responsibilities will include the purchase of individual transactions and portfolios from U.S. based lessors and brokers,” LaChance said. “His phone number in Maryland will be 410-484-8977 and his e-mail is”

Madison Capital announced in a press release on February 24, 2006:

“Madison Capital LLC, a Baltimore-based vehicle and equipment financing services company, added Mitch Larkin as vice president of Development of Madison's Broker and Leaser Division. Mitch brings 37 years of credit, operations and business development experience to Madison Capital, with a primary focus on individual and portfolio purchases from U.S. based leaser and brokers.”

Larkin was with Butler Capital for over five years, serving as Lessor & Broker Financing Services Division.

It should be noted that Al Levine, COO of Madison, is a member of the Leasing News Advisory Board.



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Originally limited to 100, there have been so many who wanted to participate, that the usage of the Webinar has been increased.

Today at 2pm, EST time.



Leasing Industry Help Wanted

Commercial Sales Associate

Looking for Sales Associate with a following.  Your area of expertise should be with any titled rolling stock;  New or Used Ambulances, Trucks, Street Sweepers,Tow Trucks, Buses,  any commercial vehicle.  National Scope.  Hi Commission with benefits. 

Curt Webster, CVLE  516 922-7447

We are an independent automobile, truck, and commercial equipment leasing company with over 36 years serving the best customers in the United States.



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Phil Dushey, an original member of the Leasing News Advisory Board


Philip Dushey
Global Financial Services
1 State Street
New York NY 10004
Phone 212-480-4900

1. How important do I expect the government stimulus plan will
benefit my business
. This is a very difficult question to answer.
It all depends upon how the government distributes the money. If
they continue to give big business hundreds of billions of
dollar and not be accountable I think it will not be good for us
at all. The key focus of the government is to create jobs and
get the economy stimulated. I believe they need to give small
businesses tax incentives to hire people. Tomorrow they could
put millions of people to work by just giving small business a
tax incentive of 50% of all new salaries paid out. This would
lead to billions injected back into our economy, but most
important the perception of doom and gloom would end and
businesses will start to expand and that will have a direct
benefit on our business.

2. How has the economic upheaval and credit market change
affected your business Model
? I have been in this business for
over 25 years and have experienced many bad economies. There
was a time in the 80's that the prime hit 22%. I remember also
in the late 80's the S&L debacle where almost overnight every
S&L in the country collapsed. I remember the tragedy of 9/11. In
all of these cases the whole country was thinking "Doom and
Gloom”. Businesses were closing and tens of thousands of people
were laid off weekly. In all of these economies my company
Global Financial prospered because it was my felling the
United States of America was not "Going Out of Business" In each
economy there are always winners and losers and in all cases
they need money. I believe if you stay in this business long
term you must shift your business model to the needs of the
economy. I learned many years ago that just being in the leasing
business alone is not very healthy. Businesses need different
sources of money at different times. During the 9/11 debacle
nobody was getting equipment but they needed to replace their
working capital lines of credit because banks were putting
companies in default on a wholesale level. That year we made
money hand over fist and working until 11 pm or later every
night processing lines of credit we were able to provide. Our
rates were much higher than banks but who cared because the
alternative was far worse. I could mention more stories and
examples but the bottom line is you need to stay mobile and
shift your thinking to the needs of the clients you serve in any

3. What would I tell a kid who said Mom/Dad I want to be in
leasing just like you
? I would tell them that's a great choice.
In the over 25 years I have been in this business I have not
seen any other business that affords the opportunity that our
industry has. I believe in the United States of America--- and I
believe our economy will continue to grow, and as long as that
remains to be the truth businesses will grow and our services
will always be needed.

Phil has been active in the finance and leasing industry for the over 30 years. His first company was Global Financial Services, which is still active and successful today. Global specializes in all types of financing such as equipment leasing, accounts receivable financing, debt restructuring, and establishing lines of credit. Mr. Dushey feels that to be competitive in today's expanding financial climate a company must be able to service all of his clients needs not just equipment leasing.

In 1989, Mr. Dushey saw a need for a company that would serve the needs of churches, synagogues, mosques, and other places of worship throughout the country for equipment Leasing. At the time, most financing sources were reticent regarding religious institutions. He then formed Global Church Financing. It continues to be the leading company in providing financing to churches and other religious institutions today.

In 2003, Mr. Dushey fulfilled one of his lifelong dreams and formed Global Broker Training Systems. This is the most comprehensive and successful training school in the country to train people who want to enter the finance and leasing business. The program includes everything they need to enter the business. The training is based upon Mr. Dushey's 30 years of experience in the business.

A member of the Eastern Association of Equipment Lessors, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers and the United Association of Equipment Leasing, he has served on numerous committees, continuing to be active.

He and his wife Laurie have been married for 38 years, with three children and five grandchildren.



FDIC Calls On Mart to Restart Securitization

-- Olivia Thetgyi
Total Securitization

(Printed with the permission of

Sandra Thompson, director of the division of supervision and consumer protection at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., called on the securitization industry to remake itself. Delivering the keynote address Monday morning at the American Securitization Forum, The Venetian & Palazzo Resorts, Las Vegas, Thompson said government has had to intervene in ways not wanted or expected and the industry has to get back to basics. “Your group has the challenging task of fixing the securitization business model,” she said. “Securitization, once hailed as a premier funding model, has been used and abused by some looking just to make a fast buck. If we go back to the practice of following the basics of lending promoting long-term growth for the economy, it can happen.”

Thompson outlined a four-fold path to restarting securitization. Part of the solution is aligning incentives, simplifying pooling structures, improving credit analysis and strengthening servicing arrangements. For aligning incentives, she said, “Lenders too often simply originated and sold product. Those who structured securities got fees for structuring deals even if those deals did not do well in a downturn. Rewards must be restructured to support long-term results. Everybody needs some skin in the game.” To accomplish this, she proposed paying securitizers fees over the life of the transaction rather than upfront, and requiring originators and securitizers to retain equity in deals.

Thompson also called on the industry to simplify securitization to allow investors to better understand the underlying instruments. “Certainly we don’t want Washington to write the rules for securitizations. You all should insist on simpler, more transparent deals that serve the public in good times and bad,” she said.

For fixing risk analysis, Thompson said part of the problem was that the securities rated at origination were not subjected to harsh scrutiny even when performance deteriorated. She recommended establishing an analytics framework for rating securities that includes periodic updates. “Everybody in this room has to firmly demand best practices and demand sanctions to restore confidence in the industry,” she said. Finally, she said the industry needs consistent agreements to guide servicers.

Toward the end of her speech, Thompson returned to a theme close to the FDIC’s heart: preventing and limiting foreclosures. “Unnecessary foreclosures remain a very serious threat to housing recovery. That threat is getting worse,” she said, noting that two million homes were foreclosed last year.

While Thompson’s remarks may not have startled attendees, audience questions afterward did. Julian Mann, a portfolio manager at First Pacific Advisors in Los Angeles, prefaced his question by saying that he was current on his taxes, credit cards and mortgage, which earned him a round of applause. He presented Thompson a chart on home ownership and asked if loan modifications could work even if their neighborhoods were crumbling around them? “How many policy makers visit districts that are 20-40% occupied, when the lights are out, or the lights are one but there are six cars in the driveway and you can smell the meth being cooked?” he asked. She replied, “We’re reverting back to the basics of fundamentals of lending. Focus on appropriate underwriting standards. Good lending never goes out of style.”

The second question, which seemed more like a pitch, came from David Castillo, senior managing director at Further Lane Securities. Castillo asked for some of Thompson’s time to present ideas on how to make the government bailout cash positive, ideas they had developed with law firm Brown Rudnick. He was visibly upset as he said Further Lane had been turned away by the ASF to presenting ideas to the FDIC. “We’re open and receptive to suggestions,” Thompson calmly replied.

(Printed with the permission of



Leasing News #1 Web Site Leasing---see for yourself

(The lower the number, the better,
as Alexa ranks all internet web sites by
traffic ranking with number 1 being first.)

Alexa Web Site Rankings:
and goes up to 500 top most visited sites:

(These are not browser usage reports or advertising units reports. Google is number one in browser usage with Firefox catching up. Google is also number one in advertising, their number one money maker: Google “ad” opens to the user web page only, and it is Goggle who keeps track of these and charges the customer for the number of “hits,” meaning how many times open, as well as obtaining information of who opened them, when, etc., as well as providing an email list of visitors to the advertisers site, if the advertiser pays for this service. Many sites also have this ability as you may have experienced when you revisited Amazon, for instance.)

Leasing News Remains #1
In counting of leasing web sites, the latest Alexa Report shows both and dropping to 3rd and 4th position as goes to second position. The drops to 10th position as this association and merged on January 1st. The new is in 11th position.

It should be noted that has continued to drop on the list since its origination, indicating less and less readers each month. The site is more “magazine” oriented than daily “hard” news. It has its following, but each month the following has been getting smaller. was a very popular site until Jeff Taylor, CLP, got out of leasing, first into real estate, and now as a travel agent for ship cruises (he still may be in real estate, but not much activity as you can imagine.) Sites over the million mark are not very well read each month.

It also should be pointed out that a mailing list size has the potential to increase readership, but first, the reader has to open the story. All the stories from all mailers go to the web site, where it is recorded that the article is opened.

There are programs that also not only count the "hits," the time of day, the ISP, city or country, but how long the article is open, meaning how long the reader spends reading it, and how often it is opened while it is posted ( meaning other days in addition to the first one.) Many sites give the ability to scroll, which may also affect counting which specific article is opened, especially if not opened from an email and also depending on the program being used; however, the site is noted as being visited in all cases, such as with the Alexa Report.

One of the most popular, and free from most web site providers, is Urchin (it is the basic as the marketing idea is to have you use their other features that you pay for.) The basic provides the count of page visitors, page views, hits, and bytes by hour, by day, by week, by month; in numbers and by graph. All for free.

Alexa Ranks Leasing Media Web Sites

194,743  Leasing News
779,863 Equipment Leasing and Fin. Association
660,481  eLessors Networking Association
757,824 Monitor Daily
879,104  Commercial Finance Association
988,586* National Assoc. of Equip Leasing Brokers
1,059,601 Ind Community Bankers of America
1,279,199 World Leasing News
1,841,496 The Journal for Asset Finance
1,984,531  United Association of Equipment Leasing
not counted National Equipment Finance Association

4,293,415   CLP Foundation
4,960,231  Institute of International Container Lessors
4,110,431  Assoc of Government Leasing  Financing
4,740,345*Eastern Association of Equipment Leasing
5,069,641 Equip. Leasing & Fin Fndn
4,955,161  Exec Caliber-Jeffrey Taylor
6,291,811 Leasing Notes
7,363,608 Lean -Lease Enforcement Att Net
7,881,499 Leasing Press
9,500,656 Lease Assistant
12,153,462 The National Funding Assoc

David G. Mayer's Business Leasing and Finance News is not included in the Alexa report list as it does not have its own individual site and Alexa finds Patton Boggs, LLP Attorneys at Law.  The rating is not valid as it includes all those who visit and communicate with the law firm.  When Business Leasing and Finance News has its own individual web site, it will be included in the Alexa survey. is a blog that exchanges emails and is a “member only” blog that also exchanges emails and therefore are not included. Alexa ranked them 6,337,304 and 3,756,289 respectively. and have “forums,” but are mainly web sites, although their rankings are influenced by those that utilize these features. January, 2009 the EAEL and UAEL web sites will be merged and then rated as NEFA.

*It should also be noted that two web sites have their "list serve" posted via their site, meaning their e-mails are counted as a visit to the site, whereas they are "list serve" communication.  These are technically visits to the web site, but primarily to use "list serve."

The Alexa tool bar works on most browsers.
They are partnered with Google.

You may download their free tool bar A graph and analysis of the last three months are available.

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Sales Make it Happen --- by Scott Wheeler

With over twenty-six years of leasing experience and an Executive Masters in Business Administration, Scott is an accomplished senior leasing executive with leadership qualities in marketing and operations. His extensive experience will benefit organizations looking to reach a higher level of profitability and corporate development.

Lease Originators are Productive Farmers

I have often said that lease originators are like farmers rather than hunters. Although we are always looking for the big kill, most of us sustain ourselves by farming the market. We prepare the ground (develop a business plan) , we plant the seeds (prospect) , we weed the fields and water the relationships (quoting and negotiating our terms) , we watch our relationships grow (approving and documenting transactions) , we harvest the relationships (funding transactions) and reap the rewards (by having repeat customers).

We are currently in the winter months of a leasing season. The ground is frozen, the trees are bare and the landscape at times appears bleak. However, the spring season will renew our market. The leasing almanac is clearly saying this growing season will be different than the ones of the recent past. There will be challenges as there are each season. Many leasing originators are concerned about their suppliers (internal and external funding sources) and are questioning whether or not the available products which have been planted in the past will be available in the new farming season. Will the soil be the same as in years past? Will the same customers of recent years be looking for our services in the coming year or two?

Actually, the largest concern is that the almanac has been late coming out and some farmers are going to keep planting the same old crops in the same old fields and hoping for a productive yield of crops by the end of the season. Other lease originators are realizing it is time for a rotation. It is time to rejuvenate the soil with new products, new solutions and new ideas. I recently spoke with an originator who started looking at some new tactics in the fourth quarter of 2008 and has already seen his seeds beginning to blossom. This originator started to call on an industry that he was pushed out of several years ago by tough competition. He explored the industry again, after hearing about some major players exiting the market, and low and behold his efforts are already paying off. This type of rotation is not only natural, it is good for the soil and the soul.

I am hearing excellent comments about lease originators visiting their funding sources and probing for valuable information which will strengthen their relationships with both their funding sources and their customers. The originators are trying to understand the new products and are going to market prepared to plant the correct seeds (and solutions) in the fertile needs of their customers. Refined and renewed education and knowledge is very valuable for the modern farmer and the progressive lease originators especially in times of uncertainty.

There are many who are becoming excited about the new leasing season, the opportunities and potential for new products to flourish in a new market. The competition is going to be altered; some will go and others will come online. Many of the past customers will cease to need our products or won't qualify for the new products; however, customers who have not needed our services in the recent past will be reintroduced to our market and will benefit greatly from alternative financing and leasing.

As with any farming proposition, it is necessary to have some rain along with the sunshine in order to have a productive growing season. As good farmers we need to tend to our fields, weed out the intruders, provide plenty of attention to the new products and solutions, and be confident that the fruit of our labor will produce a strong harvest in the future. Farmers need patience; they need technology and efficiencies to survive the modern world. Farmers have a passion to get dirty and work hard when the times demand them to do so. Farmers understand that not every season will be the most yielding. Farmers enjoy the best of times, are prepared for the rough times and always approach each new opportunity with a smile. Strong lease originators are productive farmers and they understand the need to maximize their yield no matter what the weather.

Please let me know your thoughts, suggestions or ideas. or 410-877-0428.

Sales Makes it Happen articles:

(This ad is a “trade” for the writing of this column. Opinions
contained in the column are those of Scott Wheeler.)





Classified ads—Finance / Human Resources

Leasing Industry Outsourcing
(Providing Services and Products)

Finance: Chicago, IL
Experienced in big ticket origination, syndication, valuation and workout.
Twenty five years, MBA, CPA,
JD, LLM (Tax), structuring specialist. Inbound and outbound transactions.
Transaction Summary | The Lechner Group
Finance: Naperville, IL
Your guide to the right questions and answers in finance. Expert in capital raising, GAAP, acquisitions, lease economics. CPA. MBA.
Finance: Charlotte, NC
15 Years of Equipment Leasing Experience and Recruiting with Business Aviation niche. Visit us at
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Employee Relations, Recruiting, Benefits, employee customer surveys, plus payroll administration "ON-LINE" services-- AND IN PERSON at your location Please visit:
Information System: North Detroit, MI
INFOLEASE EXPERT - 18 years experience.  Since being downsized in 2002, working as a consultant for several leasing companies.
Seeking consulting projects nationwide.

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News Briefs----

Geithner: Bailout Banks Must Lend

Analyst Says 1,000 More Banks Could Fail
Among the top fifty: Sterling Financial of Spokane, Wash., Colonial BancGroup of Montgomery, Alabama, Popular Inc. of Puerto Rico, Huntington Bancshares of Columbus, Ohio

So far, so good, on credit moves: Bernanke says

Bank of America Internal Memo: ‘Rumors of Nationalization Are Unfounded

Bad-News Billionaires Bash Boeing

GE Added $9.5 Billion to GE Capital Explained

Schwarzenegger to send layoff warnings to 20,000 workers

GM cuts 10,000 jobs, Nike another 1,400

Best in Show: 10-year-old 'Stump' named Westminster champ

Gates orders review of troop coffin photo ban



You May have Missed---

15 Companies That Might Not Survive 2009

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



Sports Briefs----

Stubblefield's sentence brings back memories

Phelps Gets Suspended, A - Rod Gets ... Nothing



California Nuts Briefs---

Schwarzenegger sues to furlough more Calif workers

Judges tentatively order Calif. inmate release



“Gimme that Wine”

Cyrus, Healdsburg, Ca: Meatless Menu

Washington wine grape growers feel recession

Wine Prices by vintage
US/International Wine Events
Winery Atlas
Leasing News Wine & Spirits Page
The London International Vintners Exchange (Liv-ex) is an electronic exchange for fine wine.



Today's Top Event in History

1937 -- United Auto Workers sit-down victory in Flint, Michigan, forcing General Motors to recognize them. The 40-day action at Fisher Body Plant Number One is the longest sit-down strike in history. Employees inside are protected by 5,000 armed workers circling the plant. After police tear-gas attacks, workers fight back with fire hoses. Gunfire wounds 13 workers, but the police are driven back. By the time the National Guard arrives, the strike spreads to GM plants across the nation.


This Day in American History

    1751- the first hospital to open in the United States was the Pennsylvania Hospital, opened in Philadelphia, PA, through the efforts of Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond. A temporary hospital was erected in 1751 in a private house on High ( now Market ) Street before the permanent building opened on February 11,1752.  This was the first hospital to give free treatment to the poor and to offer humane treatment to the insane.
    1790 -- Pennsylvania Society of Friends petition Congress to emancipate slaves.
    1801- President elected by the House of Representatives. The House of Representatives started debating who would be president.. After the election of 1800, the electoral vote stood as follows: Thomas Jefferson 72, Aaron Burr 73, John Adams 65, Charles Cotesworht Pinckney 64, and John Jay 1. It was quite a debate, with Alexander Hamilton working behind the scenes to elected Thomas Jefferson. Hamilton detested Burr and his principals, who's dislike for each other led Aaron Burr to challenge him to a pistol duel on July 11, 1804. There were 35 ballots, all deadlocked as each state had one vote. On the 36th ballot, February 17, barely two weeks before a new president was to be inaugurated, Jefferson was elected President. Delaware and South Carolina cast blank ballots, with the result that the vote was 10 states for Jefferson and 4 for Burr. Aaron Burr was elected vice-president.
1805 --Sacajawea gives birth to Jean-Baptist Charbonneau while leading Lewis & Clark Expedition . Mother and son both were invaluable to the expedition. As hoped, Sacagawea's services as a translator played a pivotal role in securing horses from the Shoshone. Jean Baptiste's presence also proved unexpectedly useful by helping to convince the Indians the party encountered that their intentions were peaceful-no war party, the Indians reasoned, would bring along a mother and infant. When the Corps of Discovery returned east in 1805, Charbonneau, Sacagawea, and Jean Baptiste resumed the fur-trading life. Little is known of Sacagawea's subsequent fate, though a fur trader claimed she died of a "putrid fever" in 1812 at a Missouri River trading post. True to a promise he had made to Sacagawea during the expedition, Clark paid for Jean Baptiste's education at a St. Louis Catholic academy and became something of an adoptive father to the boy. A bright and charismatic young man, Jean Baptiste learned French, German, and Spanish, hunted with noblemen in the Black Forest of Germany, traveled in Africa, and returned to further explore the American West. He died in 1866 en route to the newly discovered gold fields of Montana.
1808 - Judge Jesse Fell experimentally burned anthracite coal to keep his Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania home warm on this winter day. He showed how cleanly and cheaply the coal burned as heating fuel. As a result, that area of northeast Pennsylvania would become an important coal mining area for generations. Those who came to the area to work the coal mines were called ‘coal crackers'.
1811- President Madison prohibits trade with Britain for 3rd time in 4 years. On June 1, 1812, he asked Congress to declare war. The young Nation was not prepared to fight; its forces took a severe trouncing. The British entered Washington and set fire to the White House and the Capitol. But a few notable naval and military victories, climaxed by Gen. Andrew Jackson's triumph at New Orleans, convinced Americans that the War of 1812 had been gloriously successful. An upsurge of nationalism resulted. The New England Federalists who had opposed the war--and who had even talked secession--were so thoroughly repudiated that Federalism disappeared as a national party.
1812 - Massachusetts governor Elbridge Gerry signed a law changing the state's electoral boundaries to ensure a Republican majority. One grotesquely shaped new district, described as looking like a salamander, results in the coining of the word gerrymander. The move gave rise to the term "gerrymandering."
1847-Birthday of Thomas Edison, American inventive genius and holder of more than 1,200 patents ( including the incandescent electric lamp, phonograph, electric dynamo and key parts of many now-familiar devices such as the movie camera, telephone transmitter, etc. ) Edison said, “ Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.” His birthday is now widely observed as Inventor's Day. Born at Milan, Oh, and died at Menlo Park, NJ. Oct. 18, 1931.
1856 - President Franklin Pierce warns "border ruffians' and the Free State men in Kansas to stop fighting. In May 1854 the Missouri Compromise, which ad stated that slavery would not extend above the 36'30" line was repealed in favor of Stephen Douglas' Kansas-Nebraska. Compromise which held that popular sovereignty in each territory would decide the slavery issue. Pro-slavery Missourians flooded into Kansas nd eventually there were two governments in Kansas Territory, each outlawing the other.
1861 - The US House unanimously passed a resolution guaranteeing noninterference with slavery in any state.
1882-Birthday of Joe Jordan, piano player, songwriter, Cincinnati, OH

1889-First Woman Episcopal Bishop. The presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, Bishop Edmond L. Browning, consecrated the reverend Barbara Clementine Harris a bishop of the Episcopal Church.
1890 - President Benjamin Harrison orders 11 million acres of Sioux Reservation territory open for settlement. This will eventually lead to a revitalization movement known as the "Ghost Dance" that sprang up among the Sioux Indians of the western plains. These rituals held that an Indian Spirit soon would destroy the whites and return stolen lands. Federal troops will confront a band of Sioux-a non-violent group who had left the reservation fearful of being caught up in the Indian awakening-at Wounded Knee in the Dakota badlands. In this last battle waged on December 29, 1890, the U.S. Army massacred 150 Sioux men, women, and children; only 25 soldiers were killed. With the battle of Wounded Knee and the final distribution of Indian lands, the frontier era of American history had finally passed.
1899 -15ºF (-26ºC), Washington DC (district record)
1899 -61ºF (-52ºC), Montana (record low temperature in this century, lowest to date, January 20, 1954: -70 degrees, Rogers Pass) Perhaps the greatest of all arctic outbreaks commenced on this date. The temperature plunged to 61 degrees below zero in Montana. At the same time a "Great Eastern Blizzard" left a blanket of snow from Georgia to New Hampshire. The state of Virginia took the brunt of the storm, with snowfall totals averaging 30 to 40 inches.
1908-Birthday of Philip Dunne, American screenwriter and director Phillip Dunne, born at New York, NY. In 1947, he joined directors John Huston and William Wyler to found the Committee for the First Amendment which campaigned against the committee for the First Amendment, which campaigned against the “blacklisting” in Hollywood of anyone suspected of being a communist by the House Un-American Activities Committee. He was also a founder of the Screen Writers Guild. Dunne died June 2, 1992 at Malibu, CA.
1910-Birthday of singer, guitarist, arranger John Mills, Jr. (Mills Brothers ) Piqua, OH
    1911—Emma Goldman is arrested in New York for distributing information on family planning (birth control.)
1913 -- IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) leads rubber strike in Akron, Ohio. The Akron Rubber Workers will do it again in 1936-37, at the General Tire Company of Akron, scene of the first sit-down strike in rubber. The first major strike, in 1913, represented an end of innocence. The action, which included workers from all of Akron's rubber shops, began after the introduction of machinery that made tires easier to build and resulted in lower piece rates for the workers. The strike was loosely directed by the Industrial Workers of the World, a radical group nicknamed the "Wobblies." It lasted more than five weeks. The workers made no gains -- they didn't even manage to shut down the rubber shops. The strike served chiefly to disillusion company executives.
1914-Birthday of guitarist Josh White, Greenville, SC
(he was one of my late father's favorite folksingers along with “Leadbelly” that I can remember his playing when I was very small, maybe five years old.)
1914-Birthday of song writer Matt Dennis. Wrote “Angel Eyes,” “Everything Happens to Me,” “Will You Still Be Mine?”
1916 -- Black feminist & civil-rights activist Flo Kennedy is born in Kansas City, Missouri. As a lawyer, Kennedy represented Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker and H. Rap Brown. In 1966, she founded the Media Workshop to confront racism in media & advertising. In 1972 she forms the Feminist Party and files an Internal Revenue Service complaint alleging that the Catholic Church violates tax-exempt requirements by spending money to influence political decisions. Kennedy describes herself (quote)"I'm just a loud-mouthed middle-aged colored lady . . .and a lot of people think I'm crazy. Maybe you do too, but I never stop to wonder why I'm not like other people. The mystery to me is why more people aren't like me." Died December 22,2000
1916- Emma Goldman, noted anarchist, is arrested for publically speaking about birth control. A New York state code forbade discussions of health matters in public... and doctors refused to do it in private.
1918-Birthday of country music publisher Wesley Rose. Wesley and his father Fred are credited with demolishing the barriers between pop and country music by successfully selling the songs of Hank Williams in the pop market. When Williams wrote "Cold, Cold Heart," Wesley Rose traveled from Nashville to New York to try to sell the song. The only person who would listen to him was Mitch Miller, director of pop music at Columbia Records. Miller gave the song to an aspiring young singer named Tony Bennett. Bennett's 1951 recording of "Cold, Cold Heart" sold a million copies. Wesley Rose died on April 26th, 1990.
1919 -- Seattle General Strike ends. Harvey O'Connor's sympathetic Revolution in Seattle remains the best book on this event.

Another perspective: Howard Zinn's People's History of the U.S. Seattle General Strike
1935-Birthday of singer Gene Vincent, whose full name was Vincent Eugene Craddock, born in Norfolk, Virginia. He was signed by Capitol Records as an answer to Elvis Presley, and his career was launched in 1957 with "Be Bop a Lula." Vincent is supposed to have written the song after reading a Little Lulu comic book. He had only two major hits, then began drinking heavily. A comeback attempt in the late '60s failed, and Gene Vincent died of a bleeding ulcer in October 1971. He was only 36.
1937 --United Auto Workers sit-down victory in Flint, Michigan, forcing General Motors to recognize them. The 40-day action at Fisher Body Plant Number One is the longest sit-down strike in history. Employees inside are protected by 5,000 armed workers circling the plant. After police tear-gas attacks, workers fight back with fire hoses. Gunfire wounds 13 workers, but the police are driven back. By the time the National Guard arrives, the strike spreads to GM plants across the nation.
1938-Larry Clinton Band with Bea Wain records “Martha.”
    1939-Birthday of pop songwriter Gerry Goffin was born in New York City. Goffin has been the lyricist for dozens of pop, rock and soul hits, many of them written with Carole King, his former wife. Among the hits the duo wrote were "The Locomotion" for Little Eva, "Up on the Roof" for the Drifters and "One Fine Day" for the Chiffons. A note for trivia buffs - Little Eva was Goffin and King's babysitter at the time of her hit, 1963.  
1940-Birthday of singer Bobby (Boris) Pickett, whose novelty "Monster Mash" was a number-one hit in 1962.*Ho5ewWHj7

1941-Birthday of Brazilian musician and singer Sergio Mendes.
1943 - General Eisenhower was selected to command the allied armies in Europe.
    1944-Birthday of drummer Martin Drew, Northampton, England
1945-Yalta Agreement singed: President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin signed an agreement at Yalta, a Soviet city of the Black Sea in the Crimea. The agreement contained plans for new blows at the heart of Germany and for occupying Germany at the end of the war. It also called for a meeting in San Francisco to draft a charter for the United Nations.
1945--DAHLGREN, EDWARD C. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant (then Sergeant), U.S. Army, Company E, 142d Infantry, 36th Infantry Division. Place and date: Oberhoffen, France, 11 February 1945. Entered service at: Portland, Maine. Birth: Perham, Maine. G.O. No.: 77, 10 September 1945. Citation: He led the 3d Platoon to the rescue of a similar unit which had been surrounded in an enemy counterattack at Oberhoffen, France. As he advanced along a street, he observed several Germans crossing a field about 100 yards away. Running into a barn, he took up a position in a window and swept the hostile troops with submachine gun fire, killing 6, wounding others, and completely disorganizing the group. His platoon then moved forward through intermittent sniper fire and made contact with the besieged Americans. When the 2 platoons had been reorganized, Sgt. Dahlgren continued to advance along the street until he drew fire from an enemy-held house. In the face of machine pistol and rifle fire, he ran toward the building, hurled a grenade through the door, and blasted his way inside with his gun. This aggressive attack so rattled the Germans that all 8 men who held the strongpoint immediately surrendered. As Sgt. Dahlgren started toward the next house, hostile machinegun fire drove him to cover. He secured rifle grenades, stepped to an exposed position, and calmly launched his missiles from a difficult angle until he had destroyed the machinegun and killed its 2 operators. He moved to the rear of the house and suddenly came under the fire of a machinegun emplaced in a barn. Throwing a grenade into the structure, he rushed the position, firing his weapon as he ran; within, he overwhelmed 5 Germans. After reorganizing his unit he advanced to clear hostile riflemen from the building where he had destroyed the machinegun. He entered the house by a window and trapped the Germans in the cellar, where he tossed grenades into their midst, wounding several and forcing 10 more to surrender. While reconnoitering another street with a comrade, he heard German voices in a house. An attack with rifle grenades drove the hostile troops to the cellar. Sgt. Dahlgren entered the building, kicked open the cellar door, and, firing several bursts down the stairway, called for the trapped enemy to surrender. Sixteen soldiers filed out with their hands in the air. The bold leadership and magnificent courage displayed by Sgt. Dahlgren in his heroic attacks were in a large measure responsible for repulsing an enemy counterattack and saving an American platoon from great danger.
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
Let It Snow - Vaughn Monroe
Guitar Polka - Al Dexter
    1948- U.S. Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall prayed: 'We ask Thee not for tasks more suited to our strength, but for strength more suited to our tasks.'
    1950-- "Rag Mop" by The Ames Brothers hit #1©'DK7f
    1953-Chris Connor, with the Stan Kenton Band, cuts “And the Bull Walked Around, Ole.”
    1954—Top Hits
Oh! My Pa-Pa - Eddie Fisher
Make Love to Me - Jo Stafford
Young-at-Heart - Frank Sinatra
Bimbo - Jim Reeves
1956-- For his third appearance on CBS' Dorsey Brothers Stage Show, Elvis Presley is finally permitted to perform "Heartbreak Hotel."
    1956-Birthday of jazz violinist Didier Lockwood, Calais, France
    1958-The first African-American Woman hired as a flight attendant was Ruth Carol Taylor, a graduate nurse from Ithaca, NY, who made her first flight from Ithaca, New York City on Mohawk Airlines.
    1960-Water Closet Incident: Jack Paar, then host of “The Tonight Show,” walked out of his late-night TV show on this date. The incident was prompted by NBC's censoring of a slightly off-color “water closet” joke the previous night. After a meeting with the network officials, Paar agreed to return to the show on March 7.
    1961- Robert C Weaver sworn in as Administrator of the Housing and Home Finance Agency with then highest federal post by a black
    1962-Birthday of singer Sheryl Crow.
    1962—Top Hits
Peppermint Twist - Joey Dee & The Starliters
Duke of Earl - Gene Chandler
Norman - Sue Thompson
Walk on By - Leroy Van Dyke
    1963-The Beatles record "I Saw Her Standing There," "Boys," "Do You Want to Know a Secret," "There's a Place," "Twist and Shout" and other songs for their first British album, "Please Please Me" at EMI's Abbey Road studios in London. The session lasts 14 hours despite John Lennon's cold.
    1964-- Fresh from their first appearance on CBS' Ed Sullivan Show, the Beatles leave for Washington, DC in a snow storm in order to give their first US live performance at the Washington Coliseum, with opening acts Tommy Roe, the Caravelles, and the Chiffons. Yet another press conference is given before the show. The performance -- "Roll Over Beethoven," "From Me to You," "I Saw Her Standing There," "This Boy," "All My Loving," "I Wanna Be Your Man," "Please Please Me," "Till There Was You," "She Loves You," "I Want to Hold Your Hand," "Twist and Shout," and "Long Tall Sally" -- is also filmed by CBS for closed-circuit broadcast; because of the stage setup, the band is forced to move its equipment three separate times in order to give everyone in the audience a chance to see them. Afterwards, the group head to a masked ball at the city's British Embassy and then back to their rooms at the Shoreham Hotel. During the party, an unidentified woman cuts off a lock of Ringo's hair without asking him. (Meanwhile, British PM Sir Alec Douglas-Home decides to cancel his trip to the ball for fear of being upstaged by the group.)
   1966 - Willie Mays became the highest-paid baseball player in both leagues when he signed a two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants for an estimated salary of $130,000 a year.
    1967--The Monkees saw their second album, "More of The Monkees" leap from position 122 to number 1. The Fabricated Four only provided the vocals and were backed by some of the finest studio musicians around, like Glen Campbell and Neil Sedaka. The L.P. contained the hits, "I'm a Believer" and "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" and was produced by Carole King, Carole Bayer Sager, Tommy Boyce and others. After being pressured by the press, The Monkees announced they'll play their own instruments on all future recordings.
    1967--The Turtles release their biggest hit, "Happy Together", which will reach #1 in the US in March.
    1968-The Bubble Gum music craze gets its start when "Simon Says" by The 1910 Fruitgum Company enters the US record charts, where it will reach number 4. Over the next year and a half, the group will have four more Top 40 hits.
    1968 -Peggy Fleming wins Olympics figure skating gold medal, Grenoble, France.
   1968 - In New York, the new 20,000 seat Madison Square Garden officially opened, making it the fourth arena to be named Madison Square Garden. The arena for sports and entertainment opened with a gala hosted by Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.
    1969---BENNETT, THOMAS W. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, 2d Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry. Place and date: Chu Pa Region, Pleiku Province, Republic of Vietnam, 9-11 February 1969. Entered service at: Fairmont, W. Va. Born: 7 April 1947, Morgantown, W. Va. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Cpl. Bennett distinguished himself while serving as a platoon medical aidman with the 2d Platoon, Company B, during a reconnaissance-in-force mission. On 9 February the platoon was moving to assist the 1st Platoon of Company D which had run into a North Vietnamese ambush when it became heavily engaged by the intense small arms, automatic weapons, mortar and rocket fire from a well fortified and numerically superior enemy unit. In the initial barrage of fire, 3 of the point members of the platoon fell wounded. Cpl. Bennett, with complete disregard for his safety, ran through the heavy fire to his fallen comrades, administered life-saving first aid under fire and then made repeated trips carrying the wounded men to positions of relative safety from which they would be medically evacuated from the battle position. Cpl. Bennett repeatedly braved the intense enemy fire moving across open areas to give aid and comfort to his wounded comrades. He valiantly exposed himself to the heavy fire in order to retrieve the bodies of several fallen personnel. Throughout the night and following day, Cpl. Bennett moved from position to position treating and comforting the several personnel who had suffered shrapnel and gunshot wounds. On 11 February, Company B again moved in an assault on the well fortified enemy positions and became heavily engaged with the numerically superior enemy force. Five members of the company fell wounded in the initial assault. Cpl. Bennett ran to their aid without regard to the heavy fire. He treated 1 wounded comrade and began running toward another seriously wounded man. Although the wounded man was located forward of the company position covered by heavy enemy grazing fire and Cpl. Bennett was warned that it was impossible to reach the position, he leaped forward with complete disregard for his safety to save his comrade's life. In attempting to save his fellow soldier, he was mortally wounded. Cpl. Bennett's undaunted concern for his comrades at the cost of his life above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
    1970- 26.37 cm (10.38") of rainfall, Mt Washington, NH (state 24-hour record)
    1970—Top Hits
Venus - The Shocking Blue
Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again)/Everybody is a Star - Sly & The Family Stone
I'll Never Fall in Love Again - Dionne Warwick
A Week in a Country Jail - Tom T. Hall
    1970 - "Variety" reported this day that Walt Disney had secretly taken its movie, "Song of the South", out of circulation back in 1958. Originally released in 1946, the live-action/animated flick featuring Brer Fox, Brer Rabbit, Brer Bear, Uncle Remus and kids, Johnny and Ginny, won an Academy Award in 1947 for the song, "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah". James Baskett won an Oscar for his Uncle Remus role. "Variety" said "Song of the South" was pulled because of ...racist attitudes reflected in the Negro roles in the film.
    1975 - The movie, "Shampoo", opened. Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Goldie Hawn, Jack Warden, Lee Grant (who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress), Tony Bill, William Castle and Howard Hesseman starred. And, making her film debut a year before "Star Wars" made her famous: Carrie Fisher.
    1977--Clifford Alexander Jr. becomes the first Black Secretary of the Army.
    1977- 20.2-kg lobster caught off Nova Scotia (heaviest known crustacean in this century. Settlers in the United States report catching 25lb lobsters off the coast of Maine and Massachusetts as “common.”) The first thanksgiving with the Indians was mainly fish and shellfish. Lobster was so common it was considered poor man's food and served indentures servants until they rebelled that they did not want it more than three times a week. 1978—Top Hits
Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees
(Love Is) Thicker Than Water - Andy Gibb
Just the Way You Are - Billy Joel
I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love - Larry Gatlin with Brothers & Friends
   1978 -- "Longest Walk" begins, 300 Native Americans start march from Alcatraz, in San Francisco, California, to Washington D.C. Organized by American Indian Movement (Aim).
   1979- "Elvis," a biography of the late singer, was shown on ABC television. The program won the largest share of the audience in competition with the blockbuster films "Gone with the Wind" and "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" shown on the other networks.
    1979 -Birthday of Brandy Norwood (Grammy Award-winning singer: The Boy Is Mine [w/Monica: 1999]; I Wanna Be Down, Baby, Best Friend, Brokenhearted, Sittin' Up in My Room, Never S-A-Y Never, Top of the World, Have You Ever?, Almost Doesn't Count, U Don't Know Me (Like U Used To), What About Us?)
    1982 - ABC-TV's presentation of "The Winds of War", the miniseries, came to an end. The 18-hour miniseries totaled $40 million in production costs, and, to that time, was the most-watched television program in history; topping another ABC presentation, Alex Haley's "Roots". An estimated 140 million people watched one or more nights of the program.
    1983- the Rolling Stones documentary, "Let's Spend the Night Together," directed by Hal Ashby, opens in New York during the city's heaviest snow storm this century. The Middle Atlantic Coast States and southern New England were in the midst of a major snowstorm. In Pennsylvania, the storm produced 21 inches at Philadelphia, 24 inches at Harrisburg, and 25 inches at Allentown, establishing record 24 hour totals and single storm totals for those locations. New York City received 22 inches of snow, and 35 inches was reported at Glen Gary, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of West Virginia. Windsor Locks CT received a record 19 inches of snow in 12 hours. The storm resulted in forty-six deaths, thirty-three of which occurred when a freighter capsized and sank off the Maryland/Virginia coast. Heavy snow was reported from northeastern Georgia to eastern Maine.
    1983--The Recording Industry Association of America awards Bob Seger his seventh consecutive US platinum award for the album, "The Distance".
    1985 - Kent Hrbek became the first Minnesota Twins player ever to sign a $1 million contract. As the Twins celebrated their 24th year as a franchise of the American League, the first baseman signed a five-year, $6-million pact.
    1986-The Chicago Bears' "Super Bowl Shuffle" is certified gold.
    1986—Top Hits
That's What Friends are For - Dionne & Friends
Burning Heart - Survivor
I'm Your Man - Wham!
Hurt - Juice Newton
    1989-Future American Idol judge Paula Abdul enjoys the first of her six US number one hits with "Straight Up."
   1989- The Rev. Barbara C. Harris, 55, of Boston, was confirmed as the first female bishop in the 450-year history of the Anglican Church. Harris has long advocated social change in the church and society. She's also a long-time member of the Union of Black Episcopalians, a group formed to promote the participation of blacks in the church and eradicate racism in society.
   1990-Nelson Mandela, leader of movement for democracy in South Africa, released from prison after 27 years, a major sign of the changing times in the world toward segregation.
1990-- US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge
   1995-- US male Figure Skating championship won by Todd Eldredge
   2000-Space Milestone: Endeavor Mapping Mission. This manned flight spent 11 days in space creating a 3_d map of more than 70 percent of the Earth's surface. It will be the most accurate and complete topographic map of the Earth ever produced.
    2007-Artists who won awards at the 49th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles included Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Frampton, Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder, George Benson and Ike Turner.




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