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DENVER, COLORADO, January 9, 2001 - Procure Financial Services, Inc. announced that it has acquired certain assets of The Myerson Companies, Inc. d.b.a. BSB Leasing, Inc. including the trade name "BSB Leasing, Inc." from UniCapital Corporation.
Donald A. Myerson, former president of UniCapital/BSB Leasing, Inc. will head the new management team for Procure Financial Services, Inc. d.b.a. BSB Leasing, Inc. as President. Bruce Zwillinger, former Vice-President of Broker Services for UniCapital/BSB Leasing, Inc. will serve as Executive Vice-President and Ron Gonzales, former Credit Manager for UniCapital/BSB Leasing will be Vice-President of Operations for the new company. Procure Financial Services, Inc. d.b.a. BSB Leasing, Inc. will continue to focus on providing flexible financial/funding solutions to brokers nationwide. For additional information contact BSB Leasing, Inc. at 800-945-3372.
SOURCE; Procure Financial Services, Inc. d.b.a. BSB Leasing, Inc.
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Leasing News Person of the Year 2013
"Thank you for this great honor you have given me. I find this a truly humbling experience in light of the fact that yesterday we lost my older brother who was a decorated hero of the “Greatest Generation”.
"Rudy was my hero as he had slipped behind the German lines and directed his artillery battalion’s fire that stemmed the German Bulge advance into Belgium in the closing days of World War ll.
"We wouldn’t have a great country like this and the fine institutions that we enjoy without people like him!"
Bernie Boettigheimer, CLP
Kudos to Bernie
“Bernie has been in our industry for many years
” He has been a friend as well as one of the backbones in the industry.”
“His level of integrity is only something to be admired. He truly deserves this great honor… that IS a career of accomplishment and recognition
His "Lease Police" is a great service to the industry and his nomination as Leasing Person of the Year is well-deserved. He has my vote.”
“Bernie is a great choice. I am glad that this year is his time.”
“Bernie is the best choice.”
“Bernie is a great choice. I concur.”
“I think Bernie is a great selection. It’s well deserved. The exposure will also showcase the lease police which will benefit leasing in general.”
“I am a long time subscriber to Lease Police and it does work! Checking the lessee and the vendor can save you lots of grief later.”
“There are probably no more than a handful of people in equipment leasing that have put as positive a face on the industry as Bernie has.
“It’s Stetsons off to him."
"A great choice for the Leasing News award for 2013."
Let Me Know How You See 2014
(In chronological order as received)
"2013 ended with a bang! AEF closed $11.3mm in new business and finished the year with almost $50mm in funded transactions. Credit quality remains strong with little to no issues to report. We expect 2014 will be similar to 2013 with the only difference being that more of our customers may choose a lease over an equipment finance agreement. Obviously, this will depend on the tax environment…"
"I cannot remember a time when I was so excited for a new year. 2014 holds many great things both professionally and personally. I believe this not only because of what I have been seeing in the trends, but also because I plan to ‘make it so’ through my personal thoughts and actions.
TAMARA MCCOURT, CCE, CLP
"We are seeing tremendous activity in the marketplace, here we are increasingly focusing on under-served niches where true equity investments are needed and wanted. This specifically means taking equipment and utilization risks in segments not conventionally bankable. While we pave these roads, more than ever before we get these emails from funding sources promising deep and magical flexibility and approval authority... unlimited risk appetite, 5 nanosecond approval, willing to do credits with financial statements handwritten on the back of an issue of Sports illustrated. Who are these folk? Why do they seem to run under the carpet when the find out the deal isn't risk free? On the funding side, I feel like I walked in to somebody else's square dance. We still do all cash but our first new lender came in at year end, genuinely a rare, entrepreneurial player.
"That all said, and more to your question, we greatly outspent our budget in 2013 and the deals we tried to stiff arm in December came back knocking - pounding - on the front door already this week. I think the markets remain robust for intelligent capital with experience in equipment downturns and upturns. To be clear these are all NOT Fortune 500 deals, a market we continue to believe to be completely, utterly, ridiculously closed to anyone seeking any kind of normal yield."
Paul B. Weiss
"I anticipate a steadily improving economy in 2014, coupled with stronger consumer and corporate confidence, will result in more robust CapEx, leading to strong new business volume for lessors. Portfolio quality should remain strong as the economy continues to stabilize and strengthen. Margins will likely remain challenged as ample liquidity is available to be deployed in the Equipment Finance sector."
“2014 looks like a year where players will be continuing to fight for growth and new volume, yet now beginning to balance staffing costs at the senior leadership level. The end of Q4 brought some interesting “cost cutting” moves within some major participants, yet the volume budget numbers were not reduced. This year could be a mixed bag of growth demand with cost controlling. We will see.”
"We kicked off the New Year with a winter blizzard in Buffalo dropping over 4 feet of snow and negative wind chill temps. Despite this the resilient Blue Bridge team continues to approve and fund deals through the storm.
"Blue Bridge closed 2013 with a 100% increase in funded volume over 2012. Deal flow heading into the New Year continues to be robust with a good mix of business. We attribute the momentum to our lower pricing tiers, extended credit window, and open lines of communication with our Originators. Improving confidence in the market seems to be driving a better look-to-book ratio then experienced in the past few years. We have aggressive goals for 2014 but welcome the challenge with the same optimism and passion we do the weather…
"Let it snow, Blue Bridge can handle it!"
"We’re very optimistic headed into 2014. Capital sources have returned to our industry in a significant way. Plus, optimism among small businesses owners has reached a tipping point. We’re adding to our sales team and believe 2014 will be an opportunistic year to grow our business."
Lou Altobelli named Vice President of Sales-Healthcare Finance Americas at Siemens Financial Services, Greater Chicago Area. Previously director, sales market leader healthcare, CIT (November, 2011-December, 2013); v.p. business development, US Bank Equipment Finance (April, 2007-November, 2011); relationship manager, GE Healthcare, GE Healthcare Financial Services (March, 2003-April, 2007); national sales manager, healthcare, HPSC, Inc (June, 2002-March, 2003); v.p., director of sales healthcare, American Express Business finance (April, 1999-June, 2002); director of sales & business development (Healthcare Group), GE Vendor Financial services (January, 1997-april, 1999); vice president of sales-healthcare, Trans Leasing (march, 1981-March, 1996). Education: Northern Illinois University, BS Mgmt., Management (1978 – 1980). Activities and Societies: Delta Upsilon Fraternity.
Rob Arcilla named vice president, program management at Key Equipment Finance, Greater Detroit area. Previously he was market credit manager, GE Capital (July, 2011-December, 2012). He joined GE Capital as regional sales manager, July 2003, was promoted to relationship manager, January, 2005; territory account manager, October, 2007; market credit manager, July, 2011. Previously he was corporate finance manager, TIP Capital (2000-2003), account manager, the Bancorp Group (1998-2000); inside sales representative, Lease Acceptance Corporation (1997-1998).Education: Schoolcraft College.
Fred Crivlare has joined Ervin Equipment Finance, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of Ann Arbor, as relationship manager, to expand its imaging finance market team, EverBank Commercial Finance (January, 2012-2014); regional sales manager, LEAF Commercial Capital (January, 2011-Febraury, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as regional sales manager for the Midwest territory; regional manager, Balboa Capital (January 2010-2011), Regional Sales Manager, Key Equipment Finance (January 2003-August, 2009), Branch Sales Manager Popular Leasing (March 2002-December-2002), District Sales Manager Wells Fargo Financial Leasing / Conseco / GreenTree / Finova Capital / Bell Atlantic TriCon Leasing (January, 1991-March, 2002), Branch Sales Manager, Modern Business Systems, Alco Standard Corporation-Ikon (September, 1988-September, 1991). He has a University of Northern Colorado Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing.
Joe Fielding named vice president- Account Executive at Commerce Bank, San Luis Obispo, California. Previously he was an equipment finance broker (September, 2013-December, 2013); business banking officer, US Bank (July, 2012-August, 2013); equipment finance professional (PEC USA, Inc. (February, 2002-July, 2012); graphics business development, CitiCapital (formerly Copelco Capital) (1999-2002). Education: The College of New Jersey fka Trenton State College BS MET, Mechanical Engineering (1979 – 1983): Activities and Societies: ZBT Fraternity.
Kevin Friedheim hired as software engineer, IBM GTivoli Software, San Francisco Bay Area. Previously he was software engineer at BigFix, Inc. (acquired by IBM). Education: University of California, Berkeley, Computer Science (2007 – 2009).
David Gaddis now in charge of commercial finance origination & vendor business development, Curtis Funding Group. Previously he was managing member, CMG Commercial Finance (April, 2004-Present); senior account manager, Allstate Capital (June, 2011-September, 2012); corporate account manager, sales development( contract) SenSound, LLC (2004-2006); subject matter expert-data management, IBM Corporation (2000-2004); regional vice president, C.R. Bard, Inc., (April, 1996-December, 1999); corporate account manager, 3M Health Care Group (April, 1981-September, 1996). Organizations: LBN - Local Business Network, President, Metro West B2B (March 2011 – Present). NAELB, National Association of Equipment Lease Brokers; LBN, Local Business Network; Commercial Finance Association. Education: Ferris State University, Bachelor of Science, Management.
Mark Gibson role at AIG Commercial Asset Finance has been expanding to include intermediaries throughout the U.S. and in Canada; based in Plano, Texas. He joined the company in 2004. Previously he was assistant vice president, Transamerica Equipment Financial Services (1998-2004), assistant vice president, NBD Bank (1985-1992). Education: The Ohio State University, (1979 – 1985); The Ohio State University - The Max M. Fisher College of Business, Bachelor of Science, Accounting (1979 – 1985).
Stephen Karlowsky hired as ATB Equipment Finance Director, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Previously he was senior account manager, HSBC Leasing (September, 2011-December, 2013); regional manager, Desante Financial (2009-2011); national sales manager healthcare, RECAP Equipment Finance (formerly MCAP Leasing) (April, 2005-December, 2008); director/BDM Western Canada, Newcourt Financial (now CIT Financial) (July, 1991-October, 1999). Education: Red River College, Business (1976 – 1979).
Wayne King hired as territory sales manager, TCF Equipment Finance, Merced, California. Previously he was regional sales manager, NAEDA Financial (April, 2007-December, 2013); regional sales manager, Diversified Financial (April, 2007-December, 2013); BDM, Wells Fargo Financial Leasing (September, 2005-April, 2007); director, DoveBid Construction Group (September, 2004-September, 2005); territory manager, Hold of California (January, 2004-September, 2004); regional sales manager, Dana Corp-IronRhino Development (September, 2000-December, 2003); remarketing manager, Dana Commercial Credit (September, 2000-December, 2003). Regional Airport Authority, City of Merced, appointed July, 2013. California State University-Sacramento BS, Criminal Justice (1988 – 1993). Organizations: Vice president, Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced. Member: Far West Equipment Distributors Association, Equipment Leasing Association, Association of Equipment Management Professionals-Executive Member, MHEDA – Material Handling Equipment Distributor Association.
Paul Marcoe promoted to vice-president, information systems & security, Financial Pacific Leasing, Federal Way, Washington. He received his Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) (Link) ISACA, License 1323868. He joined Financial Pacific June, 1995, and today oversees development of custom applications, as well as develops virtualization architecture utilizing Microsoft Hyper-V in a SAN environment. He manages a staff of administrators, engineers and developers. Budgeting, cost control, strategic analysis and staff development. Education: Western Washington University, Bachelor’s degree, Information Technology (1990 – 1994).
Andrew Sisti joined Nations Equipment Finance equipment loan and Lease Company as senior vice president of originations, a newly created position. He was previously a founding member at Fortiori Capital, Westchester County, NY (April, 2012). Previously he was managing director of BTMU Capital Corporation, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (June, 2003-March, 2012); principal at Bank of America Leasing and Capital Group, Bank of America (May, 2001-June, 2003); vice president, Citi (June, 1995-May,2001); vice president, GE Aviation (1994-1995). Education: Columbia University - Columbia Business School Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance, General (1988), Activities and Societies: Columbia Business School Club of New York. Fordham University, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Economics, Cum Laude (1985). Activities and Societies: Cross Country, Indoor and Spring Track, Economics Club.
Brad Strickland appointed managing director at Supporting Strategies, Charleston, South Carolina. Previously he was vice president, business development, FGI Finance (2012-2013); SVP, Policy Acquisitions, Melville Capital Life Settlements (2006-2012); vice president, client manager, Bank of America (2005-2006); loan underwriter & portfolio manager, GE Commercial Finance (1999-2005); summer associate, corporate banking, The Bank of New York (1998); financial analyst, financial analysis & planning (1994-1998).Education: New York University - Leonard N. Stern School of Business, MBA, Finance/Management (1997 – 1999);Boston College - Carroll School of Management, BS, Finance (1990 – 1994); The Williams School (1986 – 1990).
Ron Totaro joined Pitney Bowes, Stamford, Conn. as General Manager, Global Financial Services. "(He)...will be leading a team that is responsible for the strategic planning execution and P&L of the global payments and leasing businesses for Pitney Bowes." Previously he was president & COO, Private Equity Portfolio Companies (2012-2013); CEO & board member, Partsearch Technologies (2010-2011); COO, ACI Worldwide (2008-2010); general manager, Fair Issac Corporation, Global FICO Scoring Solutions (2003-2007); v.p., gm, (America Online, Digital Media Division (2000-December, 2002); senior manager, Andersen Consulting, financial Services Strategy Consulting (1998-1999); director, strategy & corporate development, GE Capital (1995-1998); director, strategy, American Express (1989-1995). Education: University of Michigan, MBA - Stephen M. Ross School of Business, MBA, Strategic Planning, Marketing and Finance; SUNY Albany, Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Major: Business Administration; Double Minor: Economics and English, Graduated Magna cum Laude.
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New York Courts Adopt California Pre-Litigation
In Business Divorce Cases, Most Plaintiffs Follow the Trade Secret Playbook by Not Disclosing What “Secrets” Were Allegedly Stolen. Here, the Plaintiff Had His Case Suspended Until It Decided to Comply
[George and Susan are in George's apartment.]
SUSAN: Hey, I gotta get some cash, I'm gonna run down to the ATM.
GEORGE: Yeah, I better grab some too.
SUSAN: I'll get it for you; just give me your card.
GEORGE: You sure?
SUSAN: Yeah, just tell me your code.
GEORGE: My code?
[Jerry and George are at the coffee shop.]
JERRY: So why didn't you tell her the code?
GEORGE: No. No way.
JERRY: George, you're gonna marry this woman. Most likely.
GEORGE: It says very clearly, 'for your protection, do not give your secret code to anyone.'
JERRY: So you're taking relationship advice from Chemical Bank now?
GEORGE: Why does everything have to be 'us'? Is there no 'me' left? Why can't there be some things just for me? Is that so selfish?
JERRY: Actually, that's the definition of selfish.
GEORGE: Have you ever given your code to anyone?
JERRY: No one's ever asked. You want it? It's 'Jor-El.'
GEORGE: You mean Superman's father on Krypton?
“Seinfeld” Episode No. 117 11-9-1995
MSCI Inc. v. Jacob, 36 Misc.3d 211, 945 N.Y.S.2d 863 (N.Y.Sup., 2012).
Business divorces, like family law split ups are ugly, but a business divorce has an extra layer, not present in its family law counterpart—the alleged taking of trade secrets and confidential information by one of the parties. Like George, the employer should be reluctant to divulge secrets, and if it must, it should document the disclosure with a well-crafted confidentiality agreement. Once embroiled in litigation, it may be too late to do so, and today’s case illustrates this point.
Once litigation is started, the Plaintiff’s lawyer has every reason not to tell the other side what trade secrets or confidential information the other side took, because if the Plaintiff plays “hide the ball,” then the Plaintiff can present a moving target and avoid a summary judgment downstream and use the alleged theft of trade secrets as a secret weapon for settlement. So it is the case that once the parties are in litigation, the Plaintiffs ignore, resist, and flat out refuse to tell the other side or the court what information was allegedly confidential.
The Plaintiff in today’s case is MSCI and hired Phillip Jacob to work on computer source codes for its business of financial software. Jacob ultimately was hired by a competitor and MSCI sued. Jacob requested discovery on what information he allegedly took which was confidential and MSCI refused to disclose the alleged trade secrets. Jacob moved the Court for an order suspending discovery until the Plaintiff complied, and the trial court agreed, precluding Plaintiff’s from prosecuting their case until they flipped over their cards, and played “show and tell”. Thus, the case was suspended—frozen in time—until the Plaintiff decided to come clean with a description of what was allegedly taken by the defendant. This effectively stopped the litigation.
The requirement of pre-litigation disclosure of what the nature of the alleged stolen trade secrets is a first for New York, but has been the long standing rule in California, which placed the requirement in Civil Code § 2019.
Thus the game playing inherent in trade secret litigation may be at an end. Assuming that the decisions continue to stand, counsel for Plaintiff will have to narrowly identify the stolen trade secrets in the Complaint in order to prosecute the action and possibly obtain an injunction.
If the reader is in a business which contains confidential information and trade secrets (a salesman with accounts comes to mind), I offer the following lessons:
First, if the reader is the employer, use a confidentiality agreement and draft what information may be confidential with particularity. This will make suing on the theft of such secrets easier in the long run.
Second, if the reader is the employee, the salesman should protect its contacts. If the salesman is bringing in his or her contacts into the relationship with the employer, then those contacts should not be a part of the confidentiality agreement.
Third, if the reader is a lawyer that handles business divorces, then understand the pre-litigation duties to disclose the nature of the confidential information, and take the appropriate action, either by disclosing those trade secrets (if the reader represent the plaintiff) or demanding that the other side make such disclosures (if the reader represents the defendant). The requirement to disclose what trade secrets presents a new wrinkle in business divorce civil procedure.
Tom McCurnin is a partner at Barton, Klugman & Oetting in Los Angeles, California.
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Apple Users as % of Windows Users
Apple Has Beaten Microsoft's Windows Monopoly
This chart from Morgan Stanley illustrates how Apple has invaded people's lives.
There was time when Microsoft had 95% of the computing market, and Apple was fighting for its life. (That time is quickly turning into old history, but for some of us it feels like yesterday.)
At that point, only a sliver of people had Apple products in their lives. Households were pretty much either Apple houses or Microsoft houses.
Today, everything's different. You can own a Windows-based PC and an iPhone or iPad.
This chart shows that 70% of people with Windows products have an Apple product in their homes.
Apple couldn't win the PC game, so it changed the game, introducing the iPod, then the iPhone, and then the iPad.
Today, Apple is the world's most valuable company, and Microsoft is trying to catch up in personal computing.
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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla., -- Navitas Lease Corp. announced the completion of its first term securitization of equipment loan and lease contracts, Navitas Equipment Receivables LLC 2013-1. Navitas issued $92.3 million of notes. Bank of America Merrill Lynch was the Sole Book-Runner and Structuring Agent. Wells Fargo Securities was the Co-Manager. The transaction has received strong investor demand and is performing well. This milestone in the evolution of the company confirms Navitas as a significant emerging competitor in the equipment finance market.
Gary Shivers, President and CEO of Navitas stated, "This first transaction is a major step in validating that our strategy is proving to be a highly effective industry approach. The closing of this initial securitization will help Navitas continue to meet the financing needs of our customers and provide the capital to assist us in achieving our corporate vision."
Navitas Lease Corp. issued Class A notes rated AA by DBRS and A3 by Moody's. The Class B notes were rated A by DBRS and Baa2 by Moody’s. The Class C notes were rated BBB by DBRS. This was a private offering pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, by Navitas Equipment Receivables LLC 2013-1, a wholly owned subsidiary of Navitas Lease Corp.
About Navitas Lease Corp.: Navitas is an equipment finance company headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, with offices in Parsippany, New Jersey, Mount Laurel, New Jersey and Columbia, South Carolina. The company provides equipment financing to small and medium sized businesses nationally, through developing referral programs with equipment vendors and through lease brokers in its RLC Funding Division.
(Note: Navitas recently purchased the Vendor Lease Management Group (VLMG) lease portfolio and merger of the company’s team with Navitas.
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Rental Co. Frauds Wells, GE, First Security, Bank of Ozarks
Fayetteville, Arkansas - Conner Eldridge, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that Andrew Judkins, age 41 of Bixby, Oklahoma, appeared in United States Magistrate Court for arraignment before United States Magistrate Judge Erin Setser on charges for bank fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, and money laundering.
U.S. Attorney Eldridge stated, “As alleged, this case involves a fraudulent scheme designed for personal gain. We remain dedicated to pursuing fraud cases and holding accountable those who swindle local businesses and others through deceitful schemes.”
"The allegations against Mr. Judkins underscore the commitment of the FBI, IRS, and U.S. Attorney's Office in working together to investigate those who perpetrate fraud schemes and by doing so injects bad into our economy," stated Howard S. Marshall, Acting Special in Charge for the FBI in Arkansas.”
According to court documents, on December 11, 2013, Judkins was charged in a 12-count superseding indictment with defrauding two local financial institutions (Bank of the Ozarks and First Security Bank) and two lending companies, Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, Inc., and GE Commercial Distribution Finance Corporation, in connection with his operation of a heavy equipment sales and rental company in Fayetteville, AR. The name of his company was A. Camp Equipment, of which Judkins was the sole owner, operator, and managing member. According to the superseding indictment, Judkins obtained floor plan financing from the two banks and the two lending companies to buy inventory, such as dump trucks, bulldozers, and tractors. Judkins did not repay the banks and the lending companies when he sold the equipment; rather, he misled the two banks and the two lending companies by giving them false equipment rental agreements causing the lenders to believe their collateral was not sold, but simply being rented out to a third party. Judkins then sold the equipment and kept the proceeds for his own personal use and benefit, such as putting a $200,000 down payment on a Beaver Lake house and buying a $47,000 collector’s automobile, among other personal expenditures, without repaying the banks and lending companies.
This case is being investigated by the FBI and the IRS. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyra Jenner is prosecuting the case for the United States.
The charges in the indictment are only allegations. A person is presumed innocent unless or until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
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The Alta Group Steps Up
RENO , NV, -- After reviewing the results of a recent industry survey, The Alta Group is increasing its focus on delivering high quality professional development services to equipment leasing and asset finance companies.
Among other findings, most industry executives surveyed by Alta (78%) did not feel their company’s professional development efforts were fully aligned with business goals. Alta is addressing this need in multiple ways, notes Tony Mynsted, the Alta director who conducted the survey.
First, Alta specializes in customized services that reflect the specific needs of businesses in the equipment leasing and asset finance industry, explains Alta CEO John C. Deane. This allows Alta professional development services to target each client’s business challenges related to risk management, credit policy and underwriting, sales, customer service, regulatory compliance, portfolio performance, leadership skills, and/or other requirements. Customized services also enable Alta to deliver instruction in the formats that make the most sense for each business, ranging from classroom instruction and mentoring programs, to web-enabled options.
Second, Alta’s professional development facilitators are industry experts who draw on their own knowledge and that of their colleagues in management, business development, sales, operations, risk assessment, tax and accounting, legal matters, and asset management. Headed by Alta Managing Director Shawn D. Halladay, well known for his publications and courses in the equipment leasing and asset finance industry, Alta professional development services also involve an increasing number of the firm’s global consultants.
Third, Alta focuses on improving workforce education and skills to achieve concrete business results. “Alta measures success by the impact that our programs have on our clients’ bottom-line profitability,” Halladay says. For more information contact Halladay at firstname.lastname@example.org, cc: email@example.com.
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Leasing News: Fernando’s View
A pair of energetic comedies sweep into theaters with “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “American Hustle,” while DVD watchers can catch up with animation (“Despicable Me 2”), thrillers (“Berberian Sound Studio”) and drama (“The Hunt”).
The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount Pictures): After the gentleness of "Hugo," Martin Scorsese (“Goodfellas”) comes roaring back to men behaving badly in this half-scabrous, half-exhilarating dark comedy. Leonardo DiCaprio gives the performance of his career as Jordan Belfort, a young New York stock broker whose financial ruthlessness and illegal tactics create fortunes while giving him unlimited access to a world of grungy pleasures. When FBI investigators enter the corporate world, however, his universe begins to spin out of control. Legendary for his dizzying style, Scorsese weaves a punchy view of the most unsavory corners of capitalism, with his camera always seeking out hilarious and often gasp-inducing characters and situations. A potent, definitely not family-friendly mix of humor and anger, this is an unforgettable walk on the wild side.
American Hustle (Columbia Pictures): One year after his Oscar-winning “Silver Linings Playbook,” director David O. Russell is back on the big screen with another energetic ensemble comedy. Set in the late 1970s, the tricky narrative follows a group of people who are so in love with the thrill of the con job that they barely can tell when trickery becomes reality. At the center are Irving (Christian Bale) and Sydney (Amy Adams), a pair of glamorous connivers whose latest job involves a New Jersey politician (Jeremy Renner). Along for the ride are manic FBI agent Richie (Bradley Cooper) and Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence), who can help with the plan or make it come crashing down. Fans of “The Sting” will fall for Russell’s freewheeling tale of outlandish showmanship.
Netflix Tip: Both a great actor and a captivating personality, Peter O’Toole (1932-2013) left us with a rogues’ gallery of fierce, witty roles. In his honor, check out Netflix for some of his best films, from his legendary turn as “Lawrence of Arabia” (1962) to less well-known but equally worthy ones in “The Stunt Man” (1980), “My Favorite Year” (1982) and “Venus” (2006).
Despicable Me 2 (Universal): The 2010 animated feature gets a worthwhile sequel with this funny and charming comedy. When last seen, Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) was leaving his supervillain ways behind in favor of family life and work at with a jam company. However, trouble is brewing on the horizon as a secret laboratory is stolen and an investigation by the Anti-Villain League pulls Gru back into the business. Teamed up with wacky agent Lucy (Kirsten Wiig), he finds clues that lead up to a web of nefarious plans involving a former nemesis. But can Gru balance his adventures with his new family responsibilities? Directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud, the film gives Pixar a run for its money with an abundance of inspired gags and creative 3-D animation that should satisfy audiences of children as well as parents.
Berberian Sound Studio (MPI): A familiar face in supporting character parts, Toby Jones gets a whole movie for himself in this tense, unique tale of mental disintegration. Jones stars as Gilderoy, a timid, middle-aged British sound engineer whose latest job takes him to an Italian studio in the 1970s, where a horror movie is being shot. Surrounded by producers, directors and secretaries whose language he cannot understand, he retreats more and more into his work, coming up with sonic accompaniment to the strange scenes he's shown. Entombed in his recording booth, his mind starts to confuse reality with fantasy. Can he pull back before it's too late? Director Peter Strickland offers a bravura portrayal of a man's mind, combining suspense with droll humor while lovingly recreating the atmosphere of 1970s Italian horror. One of the year's sleepers, this one is worth seeking out.
The Hunt (Magnolia): Danish director Thomas Vinterberg ("The Celebration") serves up another tense, at times harrowing study of human nature in this provocative drama. Mads Mikkelsen gives an award-winning performance as Lucas, a divorced man who lives a quiet life at a small town, spending time with his friends when not working as a volunteer kindergarten teacher. Things take a drastic turn, however, when an untrue comment from his best friend's small daughter leads to an avalanche of suspicion and accusations. Suddenly, Lucas finds himself shunned by everybody he once knew, enduring the town's scorn while struggling to keep his life together. Will the truth come ever out? Casting a beady eye on the thin line between innocence and brutality, Vinterberg creates a powerful experience that, while not always easy to watch, leaves an affecting mark. With subtitles.
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The modern spelling of the word "football" is first recorded, when it was used disapprovingly by William Shakespeare. Shakespeare's play King Lear (which was first published in 1608) contains the line: "Nor tripped neither, you base football player" (Act I Scene 4). Shakespeare also mentions the game in A Comedy of Errors (Act II Scene 1):
Am I so round with you as you with me,
You spurn me hence, and he will spurn me hither:
("Spurn" literally means to kick away, thus implying that the game involved kicking a ball between players.)
(Note: The modern poem contains foul language, and is quite different from the lovely Shakespeare quantrain:
by Harold Pinter
We blew the shit right back up their own ass
We blew them into fucking shit.
Praise the Lord for all good things.
We blew their balls into shards of dust,
We did it.
Now I want you to come over here and kiss me on the mouth.
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This Day in History
1776 - Propagandist Thomas Paine anonymously published "Common Sense," a scathing attack on King George III's reign over the colonies and a call for complete independence. In a land with a population of 2.5 million, 500,000 copies of Paine's stirring call for independence were sold within a few months, greatly affecting public sentiment and the deliberations of the Continental Congress leading up to the Declaration of Independence. He advocated an immediate declaration of independence from Britain. An instant bestseller in both the colonies and in Britain, Paine baldly stated that King George III was a tyrant and that Americans should shed any sentimental attachment to the monarchy
1788- by a vote of 128 to 40, Connecticut became the fifth state to ratify the US Constitution.
1793- being invited to the United States by Benjamin Franklin , a Frenchman, Jean-Pierra Francois Blanchard, made the first manned free-balloon flight in America's history at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1793 on this day. The event was watched by President George Washington and many other high government officials. They hydrogen-filled balloon rose to a height of about 5,800 feet, traveled some 15 miles and landed 46 minutes later in New Jersey. Reportedly Blanchard had only one passenger on the flight-a little black dog (name unknown).
1847--Yerba Buena's first newspaper, "The California Star," published its first issue on the press Sam Brannan brought with him from New York. Brannan was the publisher and Dr. E.B. Jones, editor. It is the first newspaper published in what is to become the City and County of San Francisco.
1849 -In San Francisco, Henry M. Naglee and Richard H. Sinton formed a bank called the Exchange and Deposit Office on Kearny St. facing Portsmouth Plaza. Sinton was acting paymaster aboard the “Ohio" and came to San Francisco with Commodore Jones.
1859-Carrie Lane Chapman Catt, American women’s rights leader, founder (in 1919) of National League of Women Voters. Born at Ripon, WI, she died at New Rochelle, NY, Mar 9,1947.
1861-Mississippi follows South Carolina in seceding from the Union when a state convention at Jackson ratifies an article of secession by a vote of 84 to 15.
1861- the American Civil War historically began when a detachment of Confederate forces at Morris Island, in Charleston Harbor, Charleston, SC, fired upon the Star of the West, a merchant steam vessel. The vessel had been chartered by the federal government to convey supplies and men to reinforce Major Robert Anderson at Fort Sumter Charleston Harbor, although the announced destinations were Savannah, GA, and New Orleans, LA. It left New York harbor January 5, 1861, and was fired on within two miles of Forts Sumter and Moultrie. Its captain, John McGowan, retired from the scene after 17 shots had been fired at his ship. The first shot was fired by Cadet George E. Haynesworth of Sumter, SC, who was ordered to fire by Major P.F. Stevens.
1862 - Orders from the Navy Department appointed Flag Officer Farragut to command Western Gulf Blockading Squadron, flagship U.S.S. Hartford, then at Philadelphia. The bounds of the command extended from West Florida to the Rio Grande, but a far larger purpose than even the important function of blockade lay behind Farragut's appointment. Late in 1861 the administration had made a decision that would have fateful results on the war. The full list of senior officers in the Navy was reviewed for a commander for an enterprise of first importance---the capture of New Orleans, the South's "richest and most populous city," and the beginning of the drive of sea-based power up the Father of Waters to meet General Grant, who would soon move south behind the spearhead of the armored gunboats. On 21 December 1861, in Washington, Farragut had written his wife; ''Keep your lips closed, and burn my letters; for perfect silence is to be observed- the first injunction of the Secretary. I am to have a flag in the Gulf and the rest depends upon myself. Keep calm and silent. I shall sail in three weeks.'' Meanwhile, the tight blockade was causing grave concern in New Orleans. The Commercial Bulletin reported: ''The situation of this port makes it a matter of vast moment to the whole Confederate State that it should be opened to the commerce of the world within the least possible period ... We believe the blockading vessels of the enemy might have been driven away and kept away months ago, if the requisite energy had been put forth . . . The blockade has remained and the great port of New Orleans has been hermetically sealed. . ."
1866- the Fisk School, to become known as Fisk University convened classes in Nashville, Tennessee. One of the first black colleges in the United States, alma mater of W.E.DuBois and others. The Fisk School, forerunner ofFisk University, convened classes for the first time on January 9, 1866, in former Union army barracks in Nashville, Tennessee. The school was named for General Clinton B. Fisk of the Tennessee Freedmen's Bureau who provided the facility. Fisk University, incorporated on August 22, 1867, is one of several historically black colleges founded with help from the American Missionary Association. The organization was formed in 1846 from three antislavery societies involved in the effort to colonize freed slaves overseas. Other schools founded by the AMA include Atlanta University, Hampton Institute (now HamptonUniversity), and University. The Fisk Jubilee Singers, organized in 1867, began touring the United States and Europe in 1871 to raise money for the university. Renowned for their discipline and high standards of musical performance, they brought international attention to traditional African-American sacred music. Jubilee Hall, the first permanent structure built in the South for the education of African Americans, was constructed with proceeds from the Singers' tours. During their first U.S. tour in 1871, the obscure Fisk Jubilee Singers followed the route of the old Underground Railroad and performed in churches and private homes. By 1872 the group, most of whom had been born into slavery, were presenting their artistry and a new body of music to the general public at Steinway Hall in Manhattan, President Grant at the White house, and Queen Victoria in England. sheet music of sons they sung:( lower half ofhttp://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/jan09.html )
1873- in the foremost scandal of the day, Victoria Woodhull, publisher, was arrested for writing that renowned preacher Henry Ward Beecher had committed adultery. The postal authorities charged her with sending obscene literature through the mail. She was acquitted of the charge. What made the event more newsworthy is that Beecher was subsequently sued for alienation of affections by Theodore Tilton. The jury and the public found Dr. Beecher innocent but found Mrs. Tilton guilty.
1875 - The temperature at Cheyenne, WY, dipped to an all-time record cold reading of -38 degrees.
1880 – Six feet (1.8 meters) of snow falls in Seattle in 5 days.
1886- Ida Cohen Rosenthal, Russian-born American manufacturing executive, operated a small dress store in New York along with Ethel Bissett. To make their clothes hang better, the duo added tucks in front of the strips of cloth that were the brassieres of that time. The "cupped" bras became so popular that they organized the Maiden Form Brassiere company in 1923. ICR's mother ran a store in Europe to support the family because her father was a Hebrew scholar.
1888 - Severe cold gripped much of the western U.S. At Portland OR the Columbia River was frozen for two weeks, and in southern California temperatures dipped below freezing in some of the citrus growing areas.
1903- Frank Farrell and Bill Devery bought the one year old Baltimore Orioles franchise in the American League for $18,000 and moved the team to New York, changing their name to the New York Highlanders to compete with the New York Giants. They played at Hilltop Park. In 1913, the team was renamed New York Yankees. They played at Polo Grounds from 1913-1922. In 1923, the Yankees moved into Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York where they remain to this day except for a two year period from 1974-1975 when they played at Shea Stadium while Yankee Stadium was being remodeled.
1913- Birthday of Richard Milhous Nixon; served as 36th vice president of the US (under President Dwight D. Eisenhower) Jan 20, 1953, to Jan 20, 1961. He was the 37th president of the US, serving Jan 20, 1969, to Aug 9,1974, when he resigned the presidency while under the threat of impeachment. First US president to resign that office. He was born at Yorba Linda, CA, and died at New York, NY, Apr 22, 1994.
1914-The very famous singer/dancer/stripper Gypsy Rose Lee born Seattle, Wa
1915-- Pancho Villa signs a treaty with the United States, halting border conflicts.
1920-Singer Betty Roche Wilmington, DE. With Savoy Sultans 1941-41, Duke Ellington
1943-44 ( first to sing “ Black, Brown and Beige.”
1925-Birthday of actor Bob Denver, New Rochelle, NY
1924 Ford Motor Co. stock is valued at nearly $1 billion.
1926-Birthday of guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, Patterson, NJ
1929 - In Nashville, Tennessee, the Seeing Eye, whose purpose was to train guide dogs for the blind, was incorporated.
1931-Drummer Kenny Clark Birthday
1931- Bassist Carson Smith born San Francisco CA
1934-Birthday of Bryan Bartlett “ Bart” Starr, pro football hall of fame quarterback and former coach, Montgomery , Al.
1935-actor Bob Denver born in New Rochelle, NY, best known for “Gilligan’s Island.”.
1939- Producer Alfred Lion recorded boogie-woogie pianists Meade Lux Lewis and Albert Ammons at a session in New York. Lion pressed only a few copies for his friends, but demand for the records was so great that he made other recordings of Dixieland artists like Sidney Bechet. This was the beginning of Lion's famous Blue Note record label, for which practically every major jazz artist of the past 50 years has recorded at one time or another. Lion sold the label to Liberty-United Artists in 1966. He died in 1987.
1939 -- Southern Tenant Farmers' Union lead Missouri Highway sit-down of 1,700 tenant families.
1941-Birthday of folksinger Joan Baez, Staten Island, NY. Her politics and music have always been closely connected, and she was active in opposing the US military draft and American involvement in the Vietnam War. In March, 1968, she married David Harris, a former student leader at Stanford University who was facing a three-year prison term for draft resistance. Joan Baez played an important role in launching Bob Dylan's career, inviting him on stage during her concerts in the early '60s.
1941 - Sammy Kaye and his orchestra recorded "Until Tomorrow" on Victor Records. This song became the sign-off melody for Kaye and other big bands.
1944- rock guitarist Jimmy Page was born in London. He established his reputation as a session musician in London in the early '60s, and is rumored to have played the guitar solo on the Kinks' recording of "You Really Got Me." Page later joined the Yardbirds as bass guitarist, taking over the lead guitar role when Jeff Beck left the group. When the Yardbirds disbanded in 1968, Page formed Led Zeppelin with vocalist Robert Plant. Led Zeppelin is generally regarded as the first heavy metal rock group.
1945 - Gen. Douglas MacArthur and the American 6th Army land on the Lingayen Gulf of Luzon, another step in the capture of the Philippine Islands from the Japanese. The Japanese controlled the Philippines from May 1942, when the defeat of American forces led to General MacArthur's departure and Gen. Jonathan Wainwright's capture. But in October 1944, more than 100,000 American soldiers landed on Leyte Island to launch one of one of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific war-and herald the beginning of the end for Japan. Newsreels captured the event as MacArthur waded ashore at Leyte on October 20, returning to the Philippines as he had famously promised he would after the original defeat of American forces there. What the newsreels didn't capture were the 67 days it took to subdue the island, with the loss of more than 55,000 Japanese soldiers during the two months of battle and approximately 25,000 more soldiers killed in smaller-scale engagements necessary to fully clear the area of enemy troops. The U.S. forces lost about 3,500. The sea battle of Leyte Gulf was the same story. The loss of ships and sailors was horrendous for both sides. That battle also saw the introduction of the Japanese kamikaze suicide bombers. More than 5,000 kamikaze pilots died in this gulf battle, taking down 34 ships. But the Japanese were not able to prevent the loss of their biggest and best warships, which meant the virtual end of the Japanese Imperial Fleet. These American victories on land and sea at Leyte opened the door for the landing of more than 60,000 American troops on Luzon on January 9. Once again, cameras recorded MacArthur walking ashore, this time to greet cheering Filipinos. Although the American troops met little opposition when they landed, American warships were in for a new surprise: kamikaze boats. Japanese boats loaded with explosives and piloted by kamikaze personnel rammed the light cruiser Columbia and the battleship Mississippi, killing a total of 49 American crewmen. The initial ease of the American fighters' first week on land was explained when they discovered the intricate defensive network of caves and tunnels that the Japanese created on Luzon. The intention of the caves and tunnels was to draw the Americans inland, while allowing the Japanese to avoid the initial devastating bombardment of an invasion force. Once Americans reached them, the Japanese fought vigorously, convinced they were directing American strength away from the Japanese homeland. Despite their best efforts, the Japanese lost the battle for Luzon and eventually, the battle for control over all of the Philippines.
1945 - The fleet carriers of Task Force 38 attack targets on Okinawa and Formosa in conjunction with US Army Air Force B-29 Superfortress bombers from bases in China. This is intended to give cover to the landings on Luzon. One Japanese destroyer is sunk along with seven other ships.
1945--*CAREY, CHARLES F., JR. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, 397th Infantry, 100th Infantry Division. Place and date: Rimling, France, 8-9 January 1945. Entered service at: Cheyenne, Wyo. Birth: Canadian, Okla. G.O. No.: 53, July 1945. Citation: He was in command of an antitank platoon when about 200 enemy infantrymen and 12 tanks attacked his battalion, overrunning part of its position. After losing his guns, T/Sgt. Carey, acting entirely on his own initiative, organized a patrol and rescued 2 of his squads from a threatened sector, evacuating those who had been wounded. He organized a second patrol and advanced against an enemy-held house from which vicious fire issued, preventing the free movement of our troops. Covered by fire from his patrol, he approached the house, killed 2 snipers with his rifle, and threw a grenade in the door. He entered alone and a few minutes later emerged with 16 prisoners. Acting on information he furnished, the American forces were able to capture an additional 41 Germans in adjacent houses. He assembled another patrol, and, under covering fire, moved to within a few yards of an enemy tank and damaged it with a rocket. As the crew attempted to leave their burning vehicle, he calmly shot them with his rifle, killing 3 and wounding a fourth. Early in the morning of 9 January, German infantry moved into the western part of the town and encircled a house in which T/Sgt. Carey had previously posted a squad. Four of the group escaped to the attic. By maneuvering an old staircase against the building, T/Sgt. Carey was able to rescue these men. Later that day, when attempting to reach an outpost, he was struck down by sniper fire. The fearless and aggressive leadership of T/Sgt. Carey, his courage in the face of heavy fire from superior enemy forces, provided an inspiring example for his comrades and materially helped his battalion to withstand the German onslaught.
Don’t Fence Me In - Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
There Goes that Song Again - Russ Morgan
I’m Making Believe - Ella Fitzgerald & The Ink Spots
I’m Wastin’ My Tears on You - Tex Ritter
1950- Blues singer Buster Poindexter born Staten Island New York
1951 - In New York City, the United Nations headquarters officially opened.
1951-Birthday of Crystal Gayle ( Brenda Gayle Webb), born Paintsville, KY.
1952 Jackie Robinson becomes the highest paid player in Brooklyn Dodger history.
Why Don’t You Believe Me - Joni James
Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes - Perry Como
Glow Worm - The Mills Brothers
Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes - Skeets McDonald
1953 - Starring Alan Young, Victor Mature, Jean Simmons, Maurice Evans, and Elsa Lanchester, the film Androcles and the Lion opened in United States theaters. Based on George Bernard Shaw's satirical comedy, it was the story of a Christian in ancient Rome who befriends a lion.
1954 -87ºF (-66ºC), North Ice Station, Greenland (Greenland record)
1956--A trio known as Buddy Holly and the Two-Tunes kick off a two week tour of the Southern United States, as a supporting act for George Jones and Hank Thompson.
1959 "Rawhide" premiered this day in 1959. My father Lawrence Menkin was the story editor. Supposedly he kept increasing Clint Eastwood's part because the ladies liked him, although Eric Fleming (1959-65) as trail boss Gil Favor wanted larger parts himself. After Favor left, the show continued with Eastwood as the ramrod and trail boss. My father was instrumental in hiring black actors for local and network shows, winning awards for this, and perhaps little know to television history, Raymond St. Jacques as Simon Blake was the first African-American regular on a television series
1959---Dion and The Belmonts perform their newest recording, "Teenager in Love", on American Bandstand. The song will reach #5 in the US and #28 in the UK.
1961 Top Hits
Wonderland by Night - Bert Kaempfert
Exodus - Ferrante & Teicher
Will You Love Me Tomorrow - The Shirelles
North to Alaska - Johnny Horton
1961 - "Rhinoceros", the play, opened on Broadway, starring Eli Wallach and Zero Mostel. 1976, C.W. McCall's recording of "Convoy" reached the top of the country music charts. Its success led to a long string of CB radio-related novelty records during the next year and a-half.
1961-Orchestra leader Bert Kaempfert knocked Elvis Presley out of the number one spot on the US charts after six weeks, with a sleepy instrumental called "Wonderland By Night".
1961-Bob Newhart's comedy LP "The Button Down Mind Strikes Back!" topped the Billboard album chart, just as "The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart" did the previous year.
1963-- A London jazz drummer named Charlie Watts leaves his old group, Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated, to join a new band called The Rolling Stones.
1964-The Temptations record "The Way You Do the Things You Do" for Detroit's Motown Records. The single will become The Temps' first Billboard Top 40 hit, peaking at #1
1965-- The US-only album Beatles '65 shatters Billboard chart records by leaping all the way from #98 to #1 in one week
1968- “ It Takes a Thief” premiered on TV. ABC’s adventure series starred Robert Wagner as Alexander Mundy, an unlikely thief who agrees to conduct secret government missions instead of serving out his prison term. Malachi Throne costarred as Noah Bain, chief of the SIA and Mundy’s employer. Fred Astaire sometimes made recurring cameo appearances as Mundy’s father.
I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
For Once in My Life - Stevie Wonder
I’m Gonna Make You Love Me - Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
Daddy Sang Bass - Johnny Cash
1970- After 140 years of unofficial racial discrimination, the Mormons issued an official statement declaring that blacks were not yet to receive the priesthood "for reasons which we believe are known to God, but which He has not made fully known to man."
1970--*PETERSEN, DANNY J. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army, Company B, 4th Battalion, 23d Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. Place and date: Tay Ninh Province, Republic of Vietnam, 9 January 1970. Entered service at: Kansas City, Mo. Born: 11 March 1949, Horton, Kans. Citation: Sp4c. Petersen distinguished himself while serving as an armored personnel carrier commander with Company B during a combat operation against a North Vietnamese Army Force estimated to be of battalion size. During the initial contact with the enemy, an armored personnel carrier was disabled and the crewmen were pinned down by the heavy onslaught of enemy small arms, automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenade fire. Sp4c. Petersen immediately maneuvered his armored personnel carrier to a position between the disabled vehicle and the enemy. He placed suppressive fire on the enemy's well-fortified position, thereby enabling the crewmembers of the disabled personnel carrier to repair their vehicle. He then maneuvered his vehicle, while still under heavy hostile fire to within 10 feet of the enemy's defensive emplacement. After a period of intense fighting, his vehicle received a direct hit and the driver was wounded. With extraordinary courage and selfless disregard for his own safety, Sp4c. Petersen carried his wounded comrade 45 meters across the bullet-swept field to a secure area. He then voluntarily returned to his disabled armored personnel carrier to provide covering fire for both the other vehicles and the dismounted personnel of his platoon as they withdrew. Despite heavy fire from 3 sides, he remained with his disabled vehicle, alone and completely exposed. Sp4c. Petersen was standing on top of his vehicle, firing his weapon, when he was mortally wounded. His heroic and selfless actions prevented further loss of life in his platoon. Sp4c. Petersen's conspicuous gallantry and extraordinary heroism are in the highest traditions of the service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
1971-- Elvis is voted one of the Most Outstanding Young Men of the Year for 1970 by the national board of the Junior Chamber of Commerce (known as the Jaycees). It would become one of Presley's most treasured achievements, honoring as it does men who have made the most of America's "free enterprise" system. He will bring the award with him wherever he tours for the rest of his days.
1977- The Oakland Raiders won Superbowl IX, 32-14, over the Minnesota Vikings. Oakland’s first Super Bowl triumph came in the Rose Bowl before a record crowd of 103,424. Raiders wide received Fred Bilennikoff was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.
1977--Raiders Superbowl. Add at the end: The game is played before a record Super Bowl crowd plus 81 million television viewers, the largest audience ever to watch a sporting event.
You Don’t Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show) - Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr.
You Make Me Feel Like Dancing - Leo Sayer
I Wish - Stevie Wonder
Broken Down in Tiny Pieces - Billy "Crash" Craddock
1979-New Orleans basketball player Daryl Moreau set a high school record by converting his 126th free throw in a row, a streak that lasted a year. 1981 - The Hockey Hall of Fame's, Phil Esposito, said he was quitting hockey after the New York Rangers-Buffalo Sabres game; which seemed unending when both teams played to a 3-3 tie. Esposito then quit playing for the New York Rangers to become their General Manager and coach. In 1969, and 1974, when Phil Esposito played for the Boston Bruinswhen he won the Hart Memorial Trophy for Most Valuable Player in the NHL, and helped the Bruins to two Stanley Cup Championships in 1970 and 1972.
1979-A fund-raising concert for UNICEF, the world hunger organization, was held in New York at the United Nations General Assembly. Performers included Rod Stewart, ABBA, The Bee Gees, Andy Gibb, Rita Coolidge, Olivia Newton-John, Earth, Wind and Fire, Kris Kristofferson, John Denver and others. The show raised about half a million dollars, but an album of the concert was a flop.
1981-'Elvis Presley Day' was declared in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, North and South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
1984 - Television audiences got their first look at Clara Peller in the now-famous, annoying, and yet successful, "WHERE’S THE BEEF?",commercial for Wendy’s fast-food chain. Dave Thomas, the company's owner, spent $8 million on the ads as well as T-shirts, baseball caps, records, greeting cards and other items bearing the picture of the of Dave Thomas. The theme also became a political question about the economy.
Like a Virgin - Madonna
The Wild Boys - Duran Duran
Sea of Love - The Honeydrippers
Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind - George Strait
1988 - A storm in the northeastern U.S. produced ten inches of snow at Boston MA, and 14 inches at Worcester MA. A winter storm in the northwestern U.S. produced a foot of snow in three hours at McCall ID.
1990 - A third storm in four days hit the Pacific Northwest. Winds in Oregon gusted above 100 mph at Netarts and at Oceanside. Up to 8.16 inches of rain was reported around Seaside OR, and the total of 4.53 inches of rain at Astoria OR was a record for the date. Twelve cities in the western U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. The high of 70 degrees at Cedar City UT was a record for January.
1996- “3rd Rock from the Sun” premiere son TV. In this comedy a quarter of space aliens who had taken on human form came to Earth to spy on its natives. They were led by Dick Solomon, played by John Lithgow, who fell in love with earthling g Mary Albright, played by Jane Curtin. Other cast members included Kristen Johnson, Frenchy Steward and Joseph Gordon-Leviett. On May 22, 2001, Commander Solomon was ordered to conclude the mission and bring his crew home. Thought it won a slew of Emmys, NBC bounced the series around to more than a dozen timeslots, damaging the ratings, and finally pulled the show after six seasons.
1996-Sun Microsystems announced the formation of JavaSoft, a business unit to develop and promote its Java programming language on this day in 1996. Former Delphi Internet Services Corporation president Alan Baratz was named president of the new unit. Microsoft later came to see Java as a powerful threat to its operating system and became embroiled in disagreements with Sun.
1997- Jazz musician Lionel Hampton was presented with the National Medal of the Arts by President Bill Clinton at a White House ceremony. The presentation took place two days after the 88-year-old Hampton lost most of his possessions in a fire at his New York apartment
2005-- Carlos Beltran (.267, 38, 104) becomes the tenth $100 million player in major league history as the 27-year old native of Puerto Rico agrees to seven-year deal for $119 million with the Mets. The five-tool outfielder, who had his market value increase in the post season by helping the Astros come within a win of their first World Series appearance in franchise history, goes to New York after Houston refuses to include a no-trade clause in their very attractive monetary offer to keep him on the club.
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