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ELFA President and CEO William G. Sutton, CAE, to Retire at End of 2015 

Chief Operating Officer Ralph Petta to Succeed Sutton in 2016


Washington, DC, January 30, 2015— The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) announced today that President and CEO William G. Sutton, CAE, will retire at the end of 2015 and that ELFA’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors have voted unanimously to name Chief Operating Officer Ralph Petta as its new President and CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2016. 

Sutton has led ELFA, the trade association representing financial services companies and manufacturers in the $903 billion U.S. equipment finance sector, since 2010. He also serves as President of the association’s research affiliate, the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation. 

“We are so grateful for Woody’s outstanding leadership on behalf of our industry and our member companies over the past five years,” said Adam Warner, ELFA Immediate Past Chairman, Chairman of the Transition Committee and President of Key Equipment Finance. “His expert guidance of ELFA following the financial crisis helped the association emerge from the recession stronger than ever, and the association has grown in every area under his watch. Woody will be sorely missed when he retires, but he has laid a solid foundation for our organization’s future success. We are very fortunate to have Ralph Petta on board as the successor to Woody. Ralph’s industry knowledge and commitment to the continued success of our association will be invaluable assets moving forward.” 

“It has been an honor to serve ELFA and the Foundation over the last five years,” said Sutton. “I have truly enjoyed working alongside the staff, the Board of Directors and member company volunteers in support of this great industry. However, after a long and rewarding career—including 30 years in the United States Navy defending our nation and 15 years in business working for our nation’s future prosperity—I feel the time is right for me to retire. ELFA is in a strong position and is poised for continued success, with an engaged membership, terrific volunteer leadership, skilled staff and sound fiscal standing. I believe 2015 will be our best year yet and when I turn the reins over to Ralph Petta at the end of this year, I know the association will continue to thrive.” 

Before joining ELFA, Sutton served as Assistant Secretary of Manufacturing and Services, a unit of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Prior to that he served for over five years as President of the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute. He is a former U.S. Navy Rear Admiral with 30 years of service as a surface warfare officer. Sutton holds an M.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from M.I.T. and a B.S. in Naval Engineering from the United States Naval Academy. 

Petta has been with ELFA since 1987. He was named Chief Operating Officer in 2010 and previously served as Vice President of Research & Industry Services. Before joining ELFA, he worked for nine years in the office of U.S. Senator Sam Nunn. Petta graduated from Syracuse University with a B.A. in political science. 

“I am honored to have been chosen to lead ELFA and look forward to building on the strong foundation that has been built by my predecessors,” said Petta. “There is no other organization in the financial services space that delivers the level of service and the value proposition offered by ELFA to its members—through industry information, advocacy, business and professional development and industry promotion. I look forward to working with our volunteer leadership and exceptional staff in support of member companies and the equipment leasing and finance industry, which plays a critical role in our nation’s economy, equipping businesses nationwide for success.” 

About ELFA 
The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) is the trade association that represents companies in the $903 billion equipment finance sector, which includes financial services companies and manufacturers engaged in financing capital goods. ELFA members are the driving force behind the growth in the commercial equipment finance market and contribute to capital formation in the U.S. and abroad. Its 580 members include independent and captive leasing and finance companies, banks, financial services corporations, broker/packagers and investment banks, as well as manufacturers and service providers. For more information, please visit

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Friday, January 30, 2015

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Archives---January 30, 2009
Marlin Shuts Down Broker Division
  Classified Ads---Executive Management
RBC/City National Ranks #1 of the Priciest Bank Deals
   since last time RBC bought a bank
The Battle to Bank Millennials
Leasing Industry Ads---Help Wanted
New Hires---Promotions in the Leasing Industry
Leasing News Advisor
   Phil Dushey
Equipment Lessor and Counsel Get Sanctioned for
Violating the Automatic Stay after Lease is Rejected
   By Tom McCurnin, Leasing News Legal Editor
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Archives---January 30, 2009
Marlin Shuts Down Broker Division

The emails started late morning on Thursday that Marlin had closed down their broker division and would only keep the direct division working. Leasing News had reports the company was down to two broker representatives, not getting the quality business it was seeking, and the once performing division has never been the same since Mike Bennie was fired by Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary Corporate Secretary George D. Pelose.*

There were others let go, other changes, exiting factoring, doing loans, vehicles, cutting staff, then a bank, which has enable Marlin to go after TARP, plus the economy changed. As many companies appear to be doing now, they are cutting back to work their portfolio, in hopes of getting through the tough times with minimum overhead.

One of the readers who informed us of being telephoned to inform them not to send any more business, also sent a copy of an email letter he received:

January 29, 2009


I would like to thank you for your past business with Marlin Leasing and express our appreciation for your patronage. Whether we have completed five business transactions or one hundred, we have valued your business.

Unfortunately, and effective immediately, Marlin Leasing will not be accepting equipment financing applications from the broker community in the near term. Marlin will honor outstanding approvals (subject to the terms and conditions set forth in such approvals) and respond to outstanding applications. However, no new credit applications will be accepted.

Given the current economic environment, this action is a prudent and necessary step for our business. We believe this action is a temporary one, but one which needs to be taken as we navigate through this economic climate.

Please do not hesitate to call your sales professional at Marlin if you need more information.

Thank you for the privilege of your business, and we wish you only the best in your future endeavors.

Ed Siciliano
Senior Vice President Chief Sales Officer

Leasing News was able to receive a statement
 from Marlin Leasing:

“Thanks for asking for clarification from Marlin’s management regarding our announcement today. If you choose to print my response to your request please do so in its entirety.

“Marlin exited the Broker channel today by informing all of our broker customers in writing of the change. We intend to provide professional service as we honor the backlog and process all open business.

“Our decision was based on the credit quality deterioration that we have been seeing in broker application flow. The risk vs. price relationship simply did not match the attractiveness of our other origination channels. Therefore we are applying former broker sales resources and capital to our direct channels. We sincerely wish the best for the broker community as we all manage through this economic climate.”

Ed Siciliano
SVP & Chief Sales Officer
Marlin Leasing Corporation
300 Fellowship Road
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
T: 888-479-9111, ext. 4105
F: 888-299-6756

Thursday’s stock closing was $3.99.

*Mike Bennie and the Broker Division:

Marlin Business Services is open to a select group of third party originators, and active at conferences seeking broker business.


Thursday Close: $16.78
52wk high: $26.63
52wk low: $16.36
Market Cap: $214.36m
Volume: 11,238



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RBC/City National ranks #1 of the Priciest Bank Deals
since last time RBC bought a bank

SNL Financial Feature
By Maria Tor and Mohsin Azam and Zuhaib Gull

Through City National, Royal Bank of Canada would return to the top 50 ranking of U.S. bank and thrifts. City National ranks 43rd in the list based off assets reported for Sept. 30, 2014. In 2011, Royal Bank of Canada through RBC Bank (USA) was ranked the 39th-largest bank in the U.S.

Royal Bank of Canada's $5.30 billion agreement to acquire Los Angeles-based City National Corp. ranks as the most expensive large U.S. bank deal announced since the financial crisis of 2007 and 2008, based on price-to-tangible book ratio.

SNL Financial values the acquisition price at 262.13% of tangible book value per share. Among U.S. bank deals with a deal value greater than $1 billion, City National's sale to RBC ranks as the most expensive at announcement since another Canadian bank, Toronto-Dominion Bank, acquired Cherry Hill, N.J.-based Commerce Bancorp Inc. for 306.6% of tangible book value per share as announced in 2007. In this analysis, all deal metrics are based on the values when the transaction was announced.

Prior to the Toronto-Dominion Bank acquisition, the next most recent deal to be priced higher than 300% of tangible book value was Royal Bank of Canada's own acquisition of Birmingham, Ala.-based Alabama National BanCorp. In a deal announced in September 2007, right before the first wave of bank failures began, Royal Bank paid a hefty $1.67 billion, or 302.3% of tangible book value per share, for the Southeastern lender, merging it with its RBC Centura bank unit. The deal closed in 2008, and just three years later in 2011, Royal Bank of Canada sold its retail U.S. banking operations for just 97.3% of tangible book value, or $3.45 billion, and took a goodwill write-down of C$1.3 billion on the venture. Pittsburgh-based PNC Financial Services Group Inc. acquired the operations, then known as RBC Bank (USA).

At the time of the sale of RBC Bank (USA), then-CEO Gordon Nixon said the bank would refocus its U.S. strategy on wealth management and capital markets. David McKay took over as CEO in August 2014 after Nixon announced in December 2013 he would be retiring.

City National's acquisition not only points to RBC's return to the U.S. markets but also highlights the capture of a sizeable wealth management business across the border. The company reported $60.80 billion in clients' assets as of Dec. 31, 2014, representing growth of a little north of 10% for the last five years. It also has $28.11 billion in deposits spread across 76 branches

The deal is one of the largest U.S. bank transactions in recent years. The only largest deal seen since 2010 was Capital One Financial Corp.'s $9.00 billion acquisition of ING Bank FSB from Amsterdam-based ING Group NV. That deal was, however, priced at just 102.21% of tangible book value.



The Battle to Bank Millennials

Today, there are roughly 75 million consumers between the ages of 18 and 34 in the U.S. This represents one in four of those with a checking account. Defined as those reaching young adulthood around the year 2000 (born around 1980. editor).

Millennials are known as the hyper-connected and technology-savvy crowds that interact on social media. For others, Millennials represent the middleclass protesters of the Occupy movement, the new generations of highly-indebted professionals, or the narcissists that made “selfie” the most famous word of 2013.

Millennials are the most educated generation in U.S. history, with more young adults holding higher degrees that at any point before. In 2013, one third of those ages 25-29 years old had at least four years of college or more, and the percentage skews higher for women (37%) vs. men (30%). In 1950, the share of individuals with four years of college or more was 7.7%, and by 1980, when the last baby boomers were starting college, the percentage was 22.5%. Today that number sits at 33.6%.

Despite these labels, Millennials’ attitudes and preferences are touching upon many aspects of social and economic life with significant implications for the banking industry (as well as other industries,
including leasing. Editor)




Leasing Industry Help Wanted

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New Hires---Promotions in the Leasing Industry

Christian Campbell was hired as Credit at Priority Leasing, Inc. d/b/a Priority Capital, Melrose, Massachusetts. Previously, he was Director of Credit and Funding, LeaseQ (October 2013– January 2015); Broker Channel Manager, TimePayment Corp. (September 2012–October 2013); Vendor Channel/Client Services Manager, TimePayment Corp. (July 2011–September 2012). Education: Salem State College, Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Finance and Financial Management Services (2005–2009).

Kevin J. Doyle was promoted to Head of Business Development, Regional Banking Channel for TD Equipment Finance in Braintree, Massachusetts; responsible for the Regional Banking Channel for TD Equipment Finance throughout the TD footprint from Maine to Florida. He joined TD Bank in 2007 as Regional Manager in TD Equipment Finance and most recently served as Senior Regional Director. Previously, he was Vice President, GE Commercial Finance (2000–2007); Business Development Officer, Bank of America
(1997–1999). Associations: Equipment Leasing and Finance Association. Education: Villanova University, BS, Finance (1993–1997).

Alexis Mackey was promoted to Lead Documentation Specialist,
Stryker, Kalamazoo, Michigan. She joined the firm as Documentation
Specialist, May, 2013. Previously, she was Commercial Credit Specialist, Consumers Credit Union (December 2008–May 2013); Business Office Manager, Kanous and Associates, PLC (December 2005–December 2008). Education: Western Michigan University Bachelors of Business Administration, Finance (2001–2005).

Jeff Schubert was hired as Director of Strategic Partnerships at RapidAdvance, Atlanta, Georgia. Previously, he was Business Development Manager, Engs Commercial Finance (November 2013–December 2014); Regional Leasing Manager, Element Financial Corp. (July 2012–September 2013); President/Owner, American Bank Leasing Corp. (July 2002– June 2012); Executive Vice, President/Owner, Bulldog Asset Management (November 2007–June 2011); Vice President - Division Manager, CitiCapital (July 2001–June 2002); Vice President - Division Manager, American Equipment Leasing (January 2000–July 2001); Vice President - Syndications Manager, Lease Plan USA (July 1995– December 2000); Regional Leasing Manager, Eastman Kodak Credit Corporation (EKCC) (January 1992–July 1995); Multiple Positions: Sales, Sales Management, Marketing Staff, Credit Manager, Leasing Manager Eastman Kodak Company (1981–1992); Education: Boston University - School of Management, BSBA, Concentration in Marketing (1977–1981), Graduated Magna Cum Laude. University of Lancaster (UK), Junior Year Abroad Program, Marketing.

Greg Sting was announced as Vice President, Portfolio Management at Marlin Business Services Corp., Mount Laurel, New Jersey; he is located in Jacksonville, Florida, joining Marlin November, 2014. In August, 2007, he was hired by CIT Group, Inc., August, 2007 as Vice President/Director, Operations, and was promoted August, 2011, as Chief Operations Officer, Vendor Finance US.  Previously, he was Director of Operations, Stryker (2006–2007). He joined Dana Corporation Commercial Credit as Transaction Manager/Remarking Representative, 1991; promoted 1996 to International Program Manager-Asset Management Group; promoted, 1999, Program Manager/Director; promoted 2001, Vice President, Product Group Manager; promoted 2003 Corporate Director, Global Processes/Supply Chain Management. Volunteer Leader, Boy Scouts of America (September 2007). Education: Bowling Green State University MBA, Business. Heidelberg College, Bachelor of Science, Business Administration. University of Michigan Dearborn, Executive Program.

Chris Wilcox was hired as Managing Director at US Business Funding, Newport Beach, California. He joined Streamlined Payments as Sales Manager, February, 2014, and was promoted to Marketing Director, April 2014. Previously, he was Sales Manager, American Finance Solutions (August 2011– February 2013); Director of Sales, Advance My Sales (November 2010–July 2011); Sales Manager, GR8 Merchant Services (2007–2010). Education: East Nicolaus High School (1996–1999).

Scott Woodring was hired as a Business Development Officer for LCA Financial (LCAF), a division of the LCA Group; based out of Lincoln, Nebraska.  Previously, he was Business Development, Account Manager, Lease Team (June 2012-January 2014); Territory Manager, AXIS Capital, Inc. (2011–June 2012); President/National Accounts, Manager, Heartland Commercial Finance, Ltd. (2009–2011); Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Dakota Financial, LLC (2006–2009); Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Pawnee Leasing Corporation (2003–2006); Regional Sales Manager, Fisher-Anderson, L.C. (1998–2003). Education: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Bachelor's degree, Advertising/Marketing.


Leasing News Advisor 
Phil Dushey

Phil is one of the original founding members of the Leasing News Advisory Board.

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

Phil Dushey has been active in the finance and leasing industry for the over 35 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 2001, Mr. Dushey fulfilled one of his lifelong dreams and formed Global Financial Training Program. He believes it 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. He says he very much enjoys teaching how to make money in the finance industry based on 35 years of experience.

Mr. Dushey is a founding member of the National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers. He has been a member and speaker at many leasing organizations for several years.

He and his wife Laurie have been married for 45 years, with six grandchildren, three boys and three girls age 7, 9, 11, 15, 17 and 19.


Equipment Lessor and Counsel Get Sanctioned for
Violating the Automatic Stay after Lease is Rejected

By Tom McCurnin
Leasing News Legal Editor

Debtor Properly Rejected Equipment Lease, But Then Subsequently Claimed That Equipment Was Stolen. Lessor Didn’t Believe Lessee and Filed Suit Against the Lessee Without Bankruptcy Court Approval and Is Sanctioned For the Conduct. 

In re: Janone Shanee Wade  501 B.R. 870 (Bankr. D. KS 2013)

“Aggressive” collection attorneys always market themselves as such. You never see a collection lawyer marketing themselves as “smart,” “careful,” or “cautious.” In today’s case, the counsel for lessor wrote a demand letter to a debtor while the debtor was in bankruptcy, then actually filed suit against the debtor, again while she was still in bankruptcy, violating the automatic stay.  Obviously, this didn’t end well for the equipment lessor. The facts follow. 

Janone Shanee Wade leased certain personal property from equipment lessor Easygates. Wade filed for a Chapter 13, and rejected her lease. 

Lease “rejection” is a bankruptcy term which gives the bankrupt debtor the right to get rid of, or reject, certain types of contracts, such as leases. It is fairly typical in big box retailer bankruptcies where the retailer walks away from real estate leases. It is also used for equipment leases. In this case, the Debtor rejected her equipment lease. 

When a debtor rejects a lease, two things happen: the leased property is no longer part of the estate, and the automatic stay terminates as to that leased property. 

The automatic stay is also a bankruptcy concept which places a stay, or freeze, on actions against the bankruptcy debtor while the debtor remains in bankruptcy. If a creditor wants to pursue the debtor or the debtor’s property, then permission is needed from the bankruptcy judge. This is often called obtaining relief from the automatic stay. There are severe penalties for violating the automatic stay imposed by the bankruptcy courts. Creditors often file “motion for relief from the automatic stay” to pursue the debtor’s property or the debtor after a bankruptcy.

In the subject bankruptcy in this case, since the debtor rejected the lease, and the automatic stay as to the equipment was terminated, the Lessor was free to repossess the equipment without further order.  But the creditor was not allowed to sue the debtor personally for any monetary relief. 

After Debtor Wade rejected the lease, some of the leased equipment was stolen under circumstances which some might have considered suspicious. Lessor Easygates then wrote a demand letter demanding possession of the equipment (probably a violation of the automatic stay). The Lessor then sued the Debtor in state court to recover the property and to recover its value, with attorney fees and costs, essentially a deficiency claim, certainly a violation of the automatic stay. 

Four months later, the Lessor moved the bankruptcy court for a “comfort order,” which essentially asked forgiveness for the wrongful lawsuit and then asked permission to continue the suit against the debtor. 

The court conducted a trial and held that the Lessor violated the automatic stay in filing suit against the Debtor. While the Lessor certainly could have alleged that the Debtor’s stolen property was a ruse (the circumstances were a bit fishy), the Lessor could not pursue those claims without obtaining relief from the automatic stay.

Although the court granted a comfort order, to allow the Lessor to pursue the leased equipment, the court sanctioned the Lessor and its counsel for the violation of the automatic stay in an amount not reflected in the opinion, but which consisted of the Debtor’s attorney fees incurred in defending the improper state court lawsuit, and opposing the creditor’s motion for comfort order, certainly not an insignificant sum.

What are the lessons here for the equipment lessor?

First, for leasing professionals, while hiring an “aggressive” collection lawyer is certainly admirable, isn’t it a wiser course to hire a collection lawyer that doesn’t make dumb mistakes?  Perhaps a better description for the perfect lawyer would be one who is “careful,” “smart,” and “cautious.” An “aggressive” collection lawyer implies a thoughtless knuckle dragging Neanderthal. 

Second, as made as the Lessor might have been as to the feigned theft of the leased equipment, no action should have been undertaken against the Debtor personally. It is hard to tell from the opinion whether this was the idea of the client that the lawyer acceded to, or whether the lawyer came up with this disaster strategy. 

Third, for the lawyers reading this article, remember that the creditor may not sue the debtor for anything other than recovery of the equipment in the replevin suit after the lease has been rejected—this includes requesting attorney fees, costs, or damages of any kind. Many states have state court turnover orders, enforced by contempt of court. I would hesitate requesting this remedy, and certainly would not move for imposition of contempt of court without bankruptcy court approval.

Fourth, if the Lessor thinks the Debtor is concealing the equipment, then the proper procedure is to make a motion for turnover order (if your local rules permit such a motion) in the bankruptcy court. Let the Debtor try to explain what happened to the equipment. If it later turns up, then at least you’ll have the Debtor’s sworn statement and a claim for significant sanctions for the Debtor’s perjury.

The bottom line to this case is that the Lessor and its counsel let this one get away from them, and perhaps made decisions based on emotion rather than clear-headed thought. Given the fact that the Lessor’s attorney was a lawyer, with 20 years bankruptcy experience, and a self-professed bankruptcy expert, I was surprised.

Wade Easy Loan Case (PDF)

Tom McCurnin is a partner at Barton, Klugman & Oetting
in Los Angeles, California.

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Barton, Klugman & Oetting
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The World’s Most Innovative Companies

10. Panasonic Corp
2014 patent grants: 2,095
Country: Japan
Sales: $64.7 billion

Panasonic Corporation, based in Japan, was awarded nearly 2,100 patents last year, 19% less than the year before. Panasonic was one of only a handful to report a decline. Dwindling resources may explain in part the slowdown in innovation.

9. LG Electronics
2014 patent grants: 2,122
Country: South Korea
Sales: $54.7 billion

While LG is no longer one of the dominant producers of handheld phones as it once was, it has become a world leader in TVs, where it has refocused much of its R&D spending. The company introduced its new Web-connected smart TV at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas early last year. LG Electronics was awarded 2,122 patents last year, up 8% from the year before. LG is the second largest technology company in South Korea behind only Samsung.

8. Google Inc
2014 patent grants: 2,566
Country: United States
Sales: $67.9 billion

Google appears among the 10 most innovative companies for the first time this year, with 2,566 patents awarded in 2014, a 39% increase from the year before, and a 829% increase compared to 2010, when the company filed just 276 patents. Both were among the largest increases reviewed. Google’s dramatic revenue growth of the past several years has likely helped the company increase its R&D spending.

7. Qualcomm Inc
2014 patent grants: 2,590
Country: United States
Sales: $26.5 billion

Since ranking 41st in 2010, the company zoomed to seventh place this year, with 2,590 patents granted in 2014, a 23% increase from the year before. Over the past five years, the company’s patent filings grew by 294.2%

6. Toshiba Corp
2014 patent grants: 2,608
Country: Japan
Sales: $54.9 billion

Based in Japan, consumer electronics company Toshiba Corporation has remained among the world’s most innovative companies for at least five years. The company was awarded more than 2,600 patent grants in 2014, up 8% from the year before. While many may associate the company with computers, Toshiba actually operates in a wide range of technology fields, including health care, infrastructure, and energy

5. Microsoft Corp
2014 patent grants: 2,829
Country: United States
Sales: $91.5 billion

Microsoft Corporation spent far more on R&D than the vast majority of companies. In fiscal 2014, Microsoft spent nearly $11.4 billion on R&D, a substantial increase from the year before, when it spent roughly $10.4 billion. The company’s routinely large investments likely contributed to the company’s large number of patents — 2,829 were awarded to Microsoft in 2014, a 6% increase from 2013. Microsoft is known for it’s near ubiquitous software products Office and Windows. However, the company is also part of the rapidly growing cloud computing industry.

4. Sony Corp
2014 patent grants: 3,224
Country: Japan
Sales: $66.6 billion

Japanese electronics giant Sony Corporation was awarded more than 3,200 patent grants in 2014, up nearly 50% from 2010. The company’s smartphone shipments have continued to decline, falling further behind its major competitors Apple and Samsung. As a result, Sony recently announced it would scale back handheld production to focus on components such as sensors, camera parts, and memory storage units.

3. Canon Inc
2014 patent grants: 4,055
Country: Japan
Sales: $30.9 billion

Known primarily for its cameras, Japan’s Canon makes a variety of other products, including photocopiers, printers, and medical imaging tools. On the company’s website, Canon characterizes its strategy as a “relentless pursuit of innovation.” The tactic is primarily one of diversification, both in terms of geographical presence, and technology.

2. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd
2014 patent grants: 4,952
Country: South Korea
Sales: $195.7 billion

Mobile giant Samsung Electronics has been among the world’s most innovative companies since at least 2010, when it was awarded a total of more than 4,600 patents. Last year, the company trailed only IBM with nearly 5,000 patents issued. Like most of the world’s most innovative companies, Samsung is a major semiconductor producer, which helped the company dominate the smartphone market.

1. International Business Machines Corp
2014 patent grants: 7,534
Country: United States
Sales: $99.75 billion

For the 22nd consecutive year, IBM was the global leader for innovation, with more than 7,500 patents awarded in 2014. According to the U.S. patent office, no company has ever surpassed 7,000 patents in a single year. The company’s revenue fell slightly in its most recent fiscal year, and its stock price dropped by more than 16% in 2014. Yet, IBM has routinely had among the largest R&D investments, spending well more than $6 billion each year since at least 2010. However, the company may need to change its strategy to maintain its position at the top, as its R&D investment was only 6% of sales, versus Google, which spent 16% of sales on R&D.




Amazon Hits $214 Million Profit--Here's Why

Amazon reported a quarterly profit of $214 million Thursday, besting its own estimates and surprising investors. The news was enough to send the company's stock up more than 13 percent to about $350 in after-hours trading.  Here's why:

Note: the older group with higher income are also Prime customers.
Free shipping has attracted more users, as well as Amazon Fire with access to movies and tv shows (some free, many a low fee).


Fernando's View
By Fernando F. Croce

A controversial blockbuster ("American Sniper") and a stylish sleeper ("The Duke of Burgundy") make a contrasting box-office double-bill, while a punchy thriller ("The Drop"), colorful animation ("The Boxtrolls"), and a deeply personal reverie ("My Winnipeg") come to DVD.

In Theaters:

American Sniper (Warner Bros. Pictures): Well into his 80s, Clint Eastwood proves he's still able to stir up controversy with this hot-button war film, based on the real-life story of the late Navy Seal marksman Chris Kyle. Played in an acclaimed, Oscar-nominated performance by Bradley Cooper, Kyle is depicted as a born warrior whose exploits on the battlefield are prepared by his early years in Texas, where he joins the military and marries his wife Tanya (Sienna Miller). When he's sent overseas for the Iraq War, his gun skills are put to the test in an environment of everyday tension and threat. But how deep does the horrors of war affect him once he's back home? A director of plainspoken starkness and moral force, Eastwood creates a powerful and vivid study that can stand side by side with such classics as "The Deer Hunter" or "The Hurt Locker."

The Duke of Burgundy (IFC Films): Following the intriguing thriller "Berberian Sound Studio," director Peter Strickland examines an unusual relationship in this provocative, stylish drama. Unfolding mostly in a sumptuous country home, the story traces the ups and downs in the intense bond between two quite different women: Cynthia (Sidse Babett Knudsen), a haughty lecturer with an interest in insects, and Evelyn (Chiara D'Anna), her seemingly shy housekeeper. Slowly and tantalizingly, the boundary-pushing games and rituals they play are revealed, hinting at the fierce pull between the characters. As their games grow increasingly quirky and even ominous, however, the dreaminess of their role-playing threatens to spill into their reality. With frankness, delicacy, and healthy doses of dry humor, Strickland paints on a mesmerizing canvas of desire.

Netflix Tip: A legendary screen personality, German actress Luise Rainer (1910-2014) was a classic Hollywood figure too seldom remembered nowadays. So check out her two most famous, Oscar-winning roles, in "The Great Ziegfeld" (1936) and "The Good Earth" (1937), as well as lesser-known but equally movies films like "The Big City" (1937) and "The Great Waltz" (1938).


The Drop (Fox): Tom Hardy continues his string of powerful performances in this gritty crime drama, set in Brooklyn. Hardy plays Bob Saginowski, a lonesome bartender whose establishment doubles as the place for local gangsters to drop off shady money. The operation goes from stable to unpredictable, however, when a botched robbery points the authorities to Bob, who suddenly becomes a problem to his family, particularly his crooked cousin Marv (the late James Gandolfini, in his final performance). As he struggles with underworld connections and a blooming romance with Nadia (Noomi Rapace), he comes face to face with a life-or-death decision. Assuredly directed by Michael Roskam with a screenplay from acclaimed author Dennis Lehane ("Mystic River"), this is a solid morality play told with tension and welcome bits of humor.

The Boxtrolls (Universal): The makers of "Coraline" deliver another stop-motion marvel with this visually beguiling and charming fable. The titular creatures are mischievous little creatures who use discarded boxes like crab shells, leading a benign existence in the caves beneath the streets of a city called Cheesebridge. They've raised a young orphan named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead Wright), but to the townspeople they're fearful goblins who need to be snuffed out. Enter nefarious exterminator Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley), who's determined to destroy the whole Boxtroll community. But not if Eggs and his friend Winnie (Elle Fanning) can help it. Directed by Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi from a children's novel by Alan Snow, the film creates a colorful universe that should be savored by audiences young and old.

My Winnipeg (Criterion): Avant-garde fantasist Guy Maddin pays gentle tribute to his Canadian hometown in this funny and poignant ode to Winnipeg. Mixing documentary with dreamlike surrealism, the film looks back at the director’s childhood, visualized in seamless streams of remembered fact and fanciful invention, from the family’s hair salon business to the town’s economical struggle and tenacious hockey team. An inveterate movie buff, Maddin tenderly casts legendary film-noir raven Ann Savage as his mother while envisioning his budding, artistic conscience in a magical welter of snow, windows and shadows. The results go beyond mere nostalgia and into a playful visual rhapsody to a time and a place, a singular ode that manages to be profoundly personal and engagingly accessible at the same time.


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Super Poem Sunday

Sunday, February 1, 2015
1:00 - 4:30
246 Old Walt Whitman Road
Huntington Station, NY 11746

It's that time of year again, for the annual Super Poem Sunday, co-sponsored this year by the Bards Initiative and the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site.

The annual Super Bowl Alternative for Poets (which still ends in enough time for you to catch the actual Super Bowl if you want!) will be as usual a poetry slam! (Note: you do not need to memorize your poems to compete.)

Every participant will get 3 minutes to perform a poem.

$100 prize to the winning poet. 2nd and 3rd place prizes will also be awarded.

$10 entry fee, food will be provided.

Please RSVP via email to to confirm your reading spot for the event.



Sports Briefs----

Joe Montana roots for Seahawks, but picks Patriots to win

Could Richard Sherman miss the Super Bowl for his son's birth?

Silverdome (host of Super Bowl XVI) has seen better days

The 49ers set sail on their post-Harbaugh future…
led by a bunch of former Harbaugh staffers, yeah that does seem odd

Steve Young worried about 49ers' identity: 'Who are we?'

Lowell Cohn: 49ers' Geep Chryst gets job no one else wanted (w/video)


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This Day in American History

     1749 - Thomas Isaiah’s birthday at Boston, MA.  He was a printer, editor, almanac publisher, historian and founder of the American Antiquarian Society. Died Apr 4, 1831, at Worcester, MA.
    1781 - Maryland becomes the 13th original state to begin a union.
    1798 - The first brawl to break out on the floor of the US House of Representatives occurred at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The fight was precipitated by an argument between Matthew Lyon of Vermont and Roger Griswold of Connecticut. Lyon spat in Griswold's face. Although a resolution to expel Lyon was introduced, the measure failed and Lyon maintained his seat.
    1806 - The original Lower Trenton Bridge, with the sign proclaiming “Trenton Makes the World Takes” and spanning the Delaware River between NJ and PA, was opened.
    1815 - President James Madison approved an act of Congress appropriating $23,950 to purchase Thomas Jefferson's library of 6,487 volumes. The British had destroyed the 3,000 book collection of the Library of Congress when they burned Washington, D.C. in 1814.
    1835 - President Andrew Jackson was attacked in the first attempt on the life of a U.S. President. President Andrew Jackson attended a congressional funeral in the Capitol building. As he exited, Richard Lawrence, an unemployed house painter, pointed a pistol at Jackson and fired. The percussion cap exploded, but the bullet did not discharge. The enraged Jackson raised his cane to throttle his attacker, who fired again. The second weapon also misfired and the sixty-seven-year-old President escaped unharmed, but angry as hell, and chased the would-be killer with his cane until others captured him. The deranged Lawrence believed Jackson had conspired to keep him poor and out of work. Jackson was convinced that Lawrence was hired by his political enemies, the Whigs, to stop his plan to destroy the Bank of the United States. Lawrence spent the rest of his life in jails and asylums. Here is a bit of trivia for fans:  in the trial that followed, at the first attempted assassination of a US president, the prosecuting attorney was Francis Scott Key. (Some interesting additional trivia: Jackson was the only President to pay off the National Debt. He is also the only President to have been a prisoner of war, and is the only President to have fought in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. )
    1839 - Samuel Armstrong, the founder of Hampton Institute, was born in Maui.  After graduating, Armstrong volunteered to serve in the Union Army.  Armstrong subsequently rose through the ranks to lieutenant colonel assigned to lead the 9th Regiment, US Colored Troops (USCT) in late 1863. At the end of the war, Armstrong joined the Freedman’s Bureau. With the help of the American Missionary Association, he established the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute - now known as Hampton University - in Hampton, VA in 1868. The Institute was meant to be a place where black students could receive post–secondary education to become teachers, as well as training in useful job skills while paying for their education through manual labor. He died on May 11, 1893.
    1844 - Richard Theodore Greener becomes the first African American to graduate from Harvard University.
    1847 - Yerba Buena was renamed the Town of San Francisco by order of Alcalde Bartlett. The order was published in the "California Star", the first newspaper in San Francisco, later known as The Alta Californian, published by Samuel Brannan with Elbert P. Jones as editor.
    1858 - Birthday of William Wells Brown near Mt. Sterling, KY. African-American novelist and dramatist, he published the first Black drama, “Leap to Freedom.”
    1862 - US Navy's first ironclad warship, Monitor, launched at Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York into the East River.
    1866 - Gelett Burgess born Boston, Massachusetts, the author of the whimsical quatrain:
I never saw a purple cow,
I never hope to see one;
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I'd rather see than be one.
In 1897, he began to publish self-illustrated whimsical writings, the best known being, “Goops & How to Be Them”.   He coined the word “Blurb” and was an iconoclast poet and cartoonist.
    1867 - The American branch of the Evangelical Alliance was organized at the Bible House in New York City, with William E. Dodge elected president.
    1882 - Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s birthday at Hyde Park, NY.  The 32nd President of the US (Mar 4, 1933-Apr 12, 1945), he is the only President to serve more than two terms.  FDR was elected four times. He is credited with bringing the country out of depression and was an extremely popular President. He supported the Allies in World War II before the US entered the struggle by supplying them with war materials through the Lend-Lease Act.  He became deeply involved in broad decision-making after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Dec 7, 1941. He died a few months into his fourth term at Warm Springs, GA on April 12, 1945.
    1883 - James Ritty and John Birch received a U.S. patent for the first cash register.
    1894 - C.B. King received a patent for the pneumatic hammer.
    1900 - William Goebel was shot, one day before being sworn in as Governor of Kentucky.  In 1895, he killed a factional rival, John Stanford, in a political quarrel but was never tried. While contesting the outcome of a gubernatorial election, Goebel was shot and mortally wounded in front of the old Kentucky State Capitol.  He was declared elected and sworn in as Governor before he died four days later, in Frankfort, on February 3.   He was born in Sullivan County, PA on January 4, 1856. Lawyer; member of Kentucky Senate; a statue of him stands at Old State Capitol Grounds in Frankfort.

    1910 - Work began on the first board-track automobile speedway. The track was built in Playa del Ray, CA.
    1911 - Roy Eldridge’s Birthday in Pittsburgh. (“Have you ever been uptown, Roy?”)
    1911 - The first airplane rescue at sea was made by the destroyer "Terry." Pilot James McCurdy was forced to land in the ocean about 10 miles from Havana, Cuba.
    1912 - Barbara W. Tuchman’s birthday at New York, NY.  An historian and journalist, Tuchman's most famous works were her Pulitzer Prize-winning books The Guns of August” (1962) and Stilwell and the American Experience in China, 1911-45” (1971). Tuchman was known for making history live, never dry. Other well-known books included The Proud Tower” (1966) and “The First Salute” (1988). Tuchman was the daughter of the banker Maurice Wertheim, a first cousin of New York district attorney Robert M. Morgenthau, Jr., a niece of Henry Morgenthau, Jr., and granddaughter of Henry Morgenthau, Sr., President Woodrow Wilson’s Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire.  She died at Greenwich, CT, Feb 6, 1989.
    1919 – The Cincinnati Reds hired Pat Moran as manager because Christy Mathewson was still in France with U.S. Army.  Easily one of the greatest pitchers in the game’s history, Mathewson served in the Chemical Warfare Service and was accidentally exposed to chemical weapons during training.  Despite a weakened respiratory system from which he contracted TB, he served admirably in World War I but subsequently died of the disease in Saranac Lake, NY in 1925.    
    1922 – Comedian Dick Martin was born in Battle Creek, MI.  In 1952, Martin and Dan Rowan formed the comedy team Rowan and Martin and played in nightclubs across the United States and overseas.  Rowan and Martin teamed with producers Ed Friendly and George Schlatter to create “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In” (1968–1973) on NBC. The comedy show was an immediate hit, becoming the #1 American television program within two months of its debut. It was the top-rated show in each of its first two seasons.  Martin died in 2008 in Santa Monica.
    1925 – Actress Dorothy Malone was born in Chicago.  She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for “Written in the Wind” (1956), and was a hit in the TV series, “Peyton Place”.  She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and lives near Dallas.
    1928 - Birthday of Ruth Brown, the most-recorded female rhythm-and-blues singer of the 1950's, in Portsmouth, Virginia. Her total of 87 songs for the Atlantic label between 1949 and 1962 surpassed the number of songs recorded by such other Atlantic artists as Ray Charles and The Drifters. Brown's first record to top the r-and-b charts was "Teardrops from My Eyes," in 1950.
    1928 - Birthday of vibe player Buddy Montgomery, Indianapolis, IN
    1928 – Hal Prince, producer and director associated with many of the best-known Broadway musicals productions of the past half-century, was born in NYC.
    1930 - Edmundo “Sandy” Amoros, baseball player, was born at Havana, Cuba.  Amoros made a sensational catch in Game 7 of the 1955 World Series for the Brooklyn Dodgers against the New York Yankees, helping Brooklyn to win its only World Series. Playing left field at Yankee Stadium, he was shifted far into left center as the batter, Yogi Berra, was a dead pull hitter to right field.  Berra lofted a lazy opposite field fly down the left field line, after which Amoros sprinted and caught just short of the fence.  He whirled and threw to SS Pee Wee Reese, who threw to Gil Hodges at 1B to double up Gil MacDougald who was running on the play.  This play broke the Yankees’ backs and allowed pitcher Johnny Podres to continue and complete the game, a 2-0 win.  It remains one of the great plays in Dodgers history.  I was there and remember how important this was at the time. The Dodgers moved to Los Angeles and were never the same as the Brooklyn team that finally beat the Damn Yankees (name of a Broadway show, so can use it. Editor). Amoros died at Miami, FL, June 27, 1992 and is today an unforgotten man (except for here J).  Career:  Brooklyn Dodgers (1952-57), Los Angeles Dodgers (1959-69), Detroit Tigers (1960).   517 Games, 1311 AB, 215 Runs, 334 Hits, 43 HR, 180 RBI,

    1930 – Actor Gene Hackman was born in San Bernardino, CA.  In a career spanning five decades, Hackman has been nominated for five Academy Awards, winning two, including Best Actor as Popeye Doyle in “The French Connection” (1971). In addition, Hackman has won three Golden Globes and two BAFTAs. He first came to fame in 1967 in “Bonnie and Clyde”. His major films also include “The Poseidon Adventure” (1972); “The Conversation” (1974); “Superman” (1978); “Hoosiers” (1986); “Mississippi Burning” (1988); “Unforgiven” (1992); “The Firm”(1993); “Crimson Tide” (1995); “Get Shorty” (1995); “The Birdcage” (1996); “Enemy of the State” (1998); and “The Royal Tenenbaums”(2001).
    1931 - Charlie Chaplin's film "City Lights" premiers at Los Angeles Theater.
    1931 - The United States awards civil government to the Virgin Islands.
    1933 – The Lone Ranger”, with George Seaton as the Ranger and John Todd as Tonto, debuted on radio station WXYZ in Detroit.  It became a national favorite and ran for 2,956 episodes and ended in 1955.
    1933 - Adolf Hitler was named the German Chancellor.
    1934 - Birthday of Tammy Grimes, actor, singer, comedian in Lynn, MA. She won the 1961 Tony for her title portrayal in “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”.
    1935 - Poet and fascist-sympathizer Ezra Pound meets Mussolini, and reads aloud several lines from a draft of the Cantos which he gives to him as a present. Ezra Loomis Pound was born in Hailey, Idaho in 1885. In 1924, he moved to Italy and became involved in Fascist politics, and did not return to the United States until 1945, when he was arrested on charges of treason for broadcasting fascist propaganda via radio to the United States during World War II.  In 1946, he was acquitted, deemed unfit for trial, and declared insane. He was committed to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C. After many letters and appeals from friends and writers, including Robert Frost, Ezra won his release from the hospital in 1958. He soon returned to Venice, where he died a recluse in 1972. Despite his politics and “craziness,” he is considered one of American's most brilliant and well-read poets.
    1937 – Actress Vanessa Redgrave was born in Greenwich, London, England.  She has starred in more than 80 films and is a six-time Oscar nominee, winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the title role in the 1977 film ”Julia”.  Redgrave was proclaimed by Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams as "the greatest living actress of our times", and she remains the only British actress ever to win the Oscar, Emmy, Tony, Olivier, Cannes, Golden Globe, and the Screen Actors Guild awards.
    1941 – Former Vice President Richard Cheney was born in Lincoln, NE.  He began his political career as an intern, eventually working his way into the White House during the Nixon and Ford administrations, where he later served as the White House Chief of Staff from 1975 to 1977. In 1978, Cheney was elected to the House representing Wyoming’s at-large congressional district from 1979 to 1989; he was reelected five times, briefly serving as House Minority Whip in 1989. Cheney was selected to be the Secretary of Defense during the first President Bush’s administration for the majority of Bush's term from 1989 to 1993. During that time, Cheney oversaw the 1991 Operation Desert Storm among other actions. Out of office during the Clinton administration, Cheney was the Chairman and CEO of Halliburton Company from 1995 to 2000.  In July 2000, Cheney was chosen by presumptive Republican Presidential nominee George W. Bush as his running mate in the 2000 President election. In 2004 Cheney was reelected to his second term as Vice President.  He played a lead behind-the-scenes role in response to the September 11 attacks and coordination of the War on Terror.
    1943 - Birthday of Marty Balin in Cincinnati.  Vocalist with both the Jefferson Airplane and its successor, Jefferson Starship, Balin was the originator, with Paul Kantner, of the Airplane, the group which epitomized the psychedelic culture of the late-1960's. Balin left the Airplane in 1971, but joined the Starship for three hit albums, beginning in 1975. Marty Balin departed the Starship in 1978, and in 1981 had a hit single, "Hearts."
    1944 - Birthday of Sharon Pratt Kelly in DC.  She was first woman mayor of the District of Columbia, elected in 1991.
    1944 - DROWLEY, JESSE R., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, American Infantry Division. Place and date: Bougainville, Solomon Islands, 30 January 1944. Entered service at: Spokane, Wash. Birth: St. Charles, Mich. G.O. No.: 73, 6 September 1944. Citation: For gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy at Bougainville, Solomon Islands, 30 January 1944. S/Sgt. Drowley, a squad leader in a platoon whose mission during an attack was to remain under cover while holding the perimeter defense and acting as a reserve for assaulting echelon, saw 3 members of the assault company fall badly wounded. When intense hostile fire prevented aid from reaching the casualties, he fearlessly rushed forward to carry the wounded to cover. After rescuing 2 men, S/Sgt. Drowley discovered an enemy pillbox undetected by assaulting tanks that was inflicting heavy casualties upon the attacking force and was a chief obstacle to the success of the advance. Delegating the rescue of the third man to an assistant, he ran across open terrain to 1 of the tanks. Signaling to the crew, he climbed to the turret, exchanged his weapon for a submachine gun and voluntarily rode the deck of the tank directing it toward the pillbox by tracer fire. The tank, under constant heavy enemy fire, continued to within 20 feet of the pillbox where S/Sgt. Drowley received a severe bullet wound in the chest. Refusing to return for medical treatment, he remained on the tank and continued to direct its progress until the enemy box was definitely located by the crew. At this point he again was wounded by small arms fire, losing his left eye and falling to the ground. He remained alongside the tank until the pillbox had been completely demolished and another directly behind the first destroyed. S/Sgt. Drowley, his voluntary mission successfully accomplished, returned alone for medical treatment.
    1944 - HAWKS, LLOYD C., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Medical Detachment, 30th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Carano, Italy, 30 January 1944. Entered service at: Park Rapids, Minn. Born: 13 January 1911, Becker, Minn. G.O. No.: 5, 15 January 1945. Citation: For gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. On 30 January 1944, at 3 p.m., near Carano, Italy, Pfc. Hawks braved an enemy counterattack in order to rescue 2 wounded men who, unable to move, were lying in an exposed position within 30 yards of the enemy. Two riflemen, attempting the rescue, had been forced to return to their fighting holes by extremely severe enemy machinegun fire, after crawling only 10 yards toward the casualties. An aid man, whom the enemy could plainly identify as such, had been critically wounded in a similar attempt. Pfc. Hawks, nevertheless, crawled 50 yards through a veritable hail of machinegun bullets and flying mortar fragments to a small ditch, administered first aid to his fellow aid man who had sought cover therein, and continued toward the 2 wounded men 50 yards distant. An enemy machinegun bullet penetrated his helmet, knocking it from his head, momentarily stunning him. Thirteen bullets passed through his helmet as it lay on the ground within 6 inches of his body. Pfc. Hawks, crawled to the casualties, administered first aid to the more seriously wounded man and dragged him to a covered position 25 yards distant. Despite continuous automatic fire from positions only 30 yards away and shells which exploded within 25 yards, Pfc. Hawks returned to the second man and administered first aid to him. As he raised himself to obtain bandages from his medical kit his right hip was shattered by a burst of machinegun fire and a second burst splintered his left forearm. Displaying dogged determination and extreme self-control, Pfc. Hawks, despite severe pain and his dangling left arm, completed the task of bandaging the remaining casualty and with superhuman effort dragged him to the same depression to which he had brought the first man. Finding insufficient cover for 3 men at this point, Pfc. Hawks crawled 75 yards in an effort to regain his company, reaching the ditch in which his fellow aid man was lying.
    1950 - Top Hits 
“Dear Hearts and Gentle People” - Bing Crosby 
“The Old Master Painter” - Richard Hayes 
“A Dreamer's Holiday” - Perry Como 
“Take Me in Your Arms and Hold Me” - Eddy Arnold
    1950 - NBC-TV debuted the drama series, "Robert Montgomery Presents". The well-received show played for seven seasons.
    1951 - *McGOVERN, ROBERT M., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company A, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. Place and date: Near Kamyangjan-ni, Korea, 30 January 1951. Entered service at: Washington, D.C. Birth: Washington, D.C. G.O. No.: 2, 8 January 1952. Citation: 1st Lt. McGovern, a member of Company A, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in action against an armed enemy of the United Nations. As 1st Lt. McGovern led his platoon up a slope to engage hostile troops emplaced in bunker-type pillboxes with connecting trenches, the unit came under heavy machine gun and rifle fire from the crest of the hill, approximately 75 yards distant. Despite a wound sustained in this initial burst of withering fire, 1st Lt. McGovern, assured the men of his ability to continue on and urged them forward. Forging up the rocky incline, he fearlessly led the platoon to within several yards of its objective when the ruthless foe threw and rolled a vicious barrage of hand grenades on the group and halted the advance. Enemy fire increased in volume and intensity and 1st Lt. McGovern realizing that casualties were rapidly increasing and the morale of his men badly shaken, hurled back several grenades before they exploded. Then, disregarding his painful wound and weakened condition he charged a machine gun emplacement which was raking his position with flanking fire. When he was within 10 yards of the position a burst of fire ripped the carbine from his hands, but, undaunted, he continued his lone-man assault and, firing his pistol and throwing grenades, killed 7 hostile soldiers before falling mortally wounded in front of the gun he had silenced. 1st Lt. McGovern's incredible display of valor imbued his men with indomitable resolution to avenge his death. Fixing bayonets and throwing grenades, they charged with such ferocity that hostile positions were overrun and the enemy routed from the hill. The inspirational leadership, unflinching courage, and intrepid actions of 1st Lt. McGovern reflected utmost glory on himself and the honored tradition of the military services.
    1951 - Birthday of singer Phil Collins, in Chiswick, England. He joined the art-rock group Genesis in 1970 as drummer, replacing John Mayhew. Collins became the lead vocalist for Genesis after the group's front man, Peter Gabriel, left in 1974.   With Collins fronting the band, Genesis began to score hit singles, starting with "Follow You, Follow Me" in 1978. Collins, while remaining with Genesis, started a solo career in 1982. His first album, "Face Value," sold two-million copies. He's had numerous single hits as well, including such chart-toppers as "Against All Odds," "One More Night," "Sussudio" and "Separate Lives," a 1986 duet with Marilyn Martin.
    1953 - President Dwight Eisenhower announces that he will pull the Seventh Fleet out of Formosa to permit the Nationalists to attack Communist China.
    1954 - Big Joe Turner's "TV Mama" enters the R&B charts.
    1956 - As Martin Luther King, Jr. stands at the pulpit, leading a mass meeting during the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott, his home is bombed. By chance, King's wife and 10-week-old baby escape unharmed. Later that night, a thousand angry African-Americans assemble on King's lawn. When King appears on his devastated front porch, he tells them: "If you have weapons, take them home. . . . We cannot solve this problem through retaliatory violence . . . We must love our white brothers, no matter what they do to us." King's speech lifts the nonviolent protest movement to new levels of effectiveness.
    1956 - Elvis Presley records a cover version of Carl Perkins "Blue Suede Shoes" which will reach number 20 on the US Pop chart in April.
    1956 - Billy Lee Riley records "Red Hot"
    1958 - The first two-way moving sidewalk was placed into service at Love Field Air Terminal, Dallas, TX. The walk was also known as a passenger conveyor.
    1958 - Top Hits 
“At the Hop” - Danny & The Juniors 
“Don't/I Beg of You” - Elvis Presley 
“Stood Up/Waitin' in School” - Ricky Nelson 
“The Story of My Life” - Marty Robbins
    1958 - Dore Schary's "Sunrise at Campobello" premieres in New York City NY on FDR's birthday. 
    1959 - Birthday of vocalist Jody Watley, Chicago, IL
    1960 - Carol Heiss won the women's singles United States figure skating championship.
    1961 – Will You Love Me Tomorrow”, by The Shirelles, hit Number 1 on Billboard's hit record charts, and remained in the top spot for 2 weeks.  They became the first girl group to have the number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 and they would go on to place ten more hits in the Top 40.
    1962 - Two members of Flying Wallendas' high-wire act were killed when their 7-person pyramid collapses while performing at the State Fair Coliseum in Detroit.  The front man on the wire faltered and the pyramid collapsed. Three men fell to the ground, the rear anchorman alone remained standing on the wire. Karl and his brother Herman fell to the wire from the second level. The girl at the top level landed on Karl as he miraculously held her until a makeshift net could be held beneath her. Two of the three men who fell to the earth died that night.  The third, Karl's son Mario, survived, though he is paralyzed from the waist down.
    1964 - Beatles, "Please Please Me" released this day.
    1965 - Leroy “Satchel” Paige, Major and Negro League baseball player, named all-time outstanding player by National Baseball Congress.
    1965 - Following her 1963 #8 hit "The Nitty Gritty", Shirley Ellis reaches #3 on the Billboard Pop chart and #4 on the R&B chart with a novelty tune called "The Name Game".   “..If the first two letters are ever the same, drop them both then say the name, like Bob, Bob, B, O Ob or Mary, Mary, M, O, ary...”
    1966 - -19ºF (-28ºC), Corinth MS (state record) 
    1966 - -27ºF (-33ºC), New Market AL (state record)
    1966 - Top Hits 
“We Can Work It Out” - The Beatles 
“Barbara Ann” - The Beach Boys 
“No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)” - The T-Bones 
“Giddyup Go” - Red Sovine
    1968 - The TET offensive began: Vietnamese general staff headquarters. Costing as many as 40,000 battlefield deaths, the offensive was a tactical defeat for the Viet Cong and North Vietnam. The South Vietnamese held their ground and the US was able to airlift troops into the critical areas and quickly regain control. However, the offensive is credited as a strategic success in that it continued the demoralization of American public opinion. After Tet, American policy toward Vietnam shifted from winning the war to seeking an honorable way out.
    1968 – Bobby Goldsboro recorded “Honey”
    1969 - The Beatles give their last public live performance on the roof of their own Apple Studios, 3 Saville Row, London. The band had come up with the idea of a rooftop performance a few days earlier, but the roof had to be shored up first in order to handle the weight of the group's equipment. Filmed for the movie that eventually became Let It Be, the set performed was as follows: "Get Back" (take 1), "Get Back" (take 2), "Don't Let Me Down," "I've Got A Feeling" (take 1), "One After 909," "Dig A Pony," "I've Got A Feeling" (take 2), "Don't Let Me Down" (take 2), "Get Back" (take 3). (The band also does a version of "God Save The Queen" that is not recorded.) The concert, which lasts 42 minutes, comes to an abrupt end when police, tipped off by the complaints of a nearby shop owner, shut the concert down.  The Beatles managed to carve their place in music history in a career that lasted seven years, counting from the recording of their first hit single, "Love Me Do," in 1962.
    1970 - For the second time in six months, rioting erupts during an anti-war protest in East Los Angeles.
    1971 - Janis Joplin, "Me and Bobby McGee" released.
    1973 – In the continuing Watergate scandal, James W. McCord and G. Gordon Liddy, former members of the Nixon reelection campaign, were convicted of breaking into and illegally wiretapping Democratic Party headquarters in 1972. Five others involved had earlier pleaded guilty.
    1973 - KISS played their first show at Popcorn (The Coventry Club) in Queens. The band performed 2 sets at the club that night for a crowd of under 10 people.
    1974 - Top Hits 
“You're Sixteen” - Ringo Starr 
“The Way We Were” - Barbra Streisand 
“Love's Theme” - Love Unlimited Orchestra 
“I Love” - Tom T. Hall
    1974 – Bob Dylan made his first New York concert performance in eight years at Madison Square Garden.
    1974 – Actor Christian Bale was born in Wales, UK.  At age 13, he was cast in the starring role in Spielberg’s “Empire of the Sun” (1987). In 2000, he garnered critical acclaim for his portrayal of serial killer Patrick Batemen in “American Psycho” (2000). Bale went on to receive greater commercial recognition and acclaim for his performance as the lead in “Batman Begins” (2005), “The Dark Knight” (2008) and “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012). He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor, and the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for his portrayal of Dicky Ecklund in the biopic “The Fighter” (2010). In 2013, he starred in the comedy-drama “American Hustle”, for which he received his second Academy Award nomination, his first in the Best Actor category, in addition to a nomination for the Golden Globe.
    1975 - The Bee Gees begin recording "Jive Talkin", which will become their second US chart topper and their fourteenth Billboard Top 20 hit. Barry Gibb's inspiration for the song came when his wife commented on the sound their car made while crossing a bridge over Biscayne Bay into Miami. She noted, "It's our drive talkin'." 
    1976 - George H.W. Bush becomes 11th director of CIA.
    1977 - The final episode of Roots”, the milestone mini-series on ABC, was watched on this date by an estimated 80 million viewers. It was the highest-rated mini-series in television history.
    1977 - The great "Buffalo Blizzard" finally abated after three days. The storm added a foot of new snow to 33 inches already on the ground. Winds gusting to 75 mph reduced visibilities to near zero, produced snow drifts twenty-five feet high, and kept wind chill readings 50 degrees below zero. The blizzard paralyzed the city, and caused 250 million dollars damage.  The snow that was removed from streets and parking lots was dumped into Lake Erie and any open space, including parks and golf courses.  Because of this, it was reported that no Buffalo area golf course opened that summer.
    1978 – Mutual Broadcasting Network began airing “The Larry King Show” on radio.
    1979 - African-American Franklin Thomas named president of The Ford Foundation, a position he held for 17 years. In his retirement, he was named Chairman of the September 11 Fund in 2001. Foundation.

    1982 - Top Hits 
“I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)” - Daryl Hall & John Oates 
“Centerfold” - The J. Geils Band 
“Harden My Heart” - Quarterflash 
“The Sweetest Thing (I've Ever Known)” - Juice Newton
    1982 - Hall & Oates' "I Can't Go for That" hit number one on the Billboard Pop chart and the R&B chart simultaneously, one week after hitting number one on the Disco chart. It becomes only the fourth single by a white act to reach the top of the R&B chart since 1965. 
    1983 - The Washington Redskins defeated the Miami Dolphins, 27-17, to win Super Bowl XVII. Washington, in winning its first NFL title in 40 years, was led by fullback John Riggins, who rushed for 166 yards on 38 carries and was named the game's Most Valuable Player.
    1986 - The "Love" stamp, featuring a little dog, went on sale as the fifth in the continuing series. As of that date, over 302 million "Love" stamps had been sold.
    1989 - "When I'm With You," a seven-year-old song by the defunct Toronto band Sheriff, hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The song's belated success brought its writer, Arnold Lanni, millions of dollars in royalties. Lanni went on to form the band Frozen Ghost.
    1989 - George Michael has a big night at the 16th American Music Awards, winning Favorite Album for "Faith" and Favorite Male Artist in both the Pop / Rock and Soul / R&B categories.
    1989 - The US closed its embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.
    1989 - Joel Steinberg was found guilty of first degree manslaughter of daughter.  A former criminal defense attorney, he attracted international attention when he was accused of murder in the November 1, 1987, death of a six-year-old girl, Elizabeth ("Lisa"), whom he and his live-in partner Hedda Nussbaum had claimed to have adopted, although no adoption ever took place. Steinberg had reportedly been hired by a single mother to locate a suitable adoptive family for Lisa, but instead took the child home and raised her with Nussbaum, never filing formal adoption papers and therefore never being scrutinized as adoptive parents.  Steinberg was specifically accused of hitting Lisa on the head and then not seeking medical attention for the child, supposedly because he was under the influence of crack cocaine. She died at St. Vincent Hospital after being removed from life support on November 4, 1987 three days later after the attack.   The judge then sentenced him to the maximum penalty then available for that charge — 81⁄3 to 25 years in prison. On June 30, 2004, he was paroled under the state's "good time" law
    1990 - Bob Dylan is awarded France's highest cultural honor when he is named Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by The Minister of Culture, Jack Lang.
    1990 - Top Hits 
“How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” - Michael Bolton 
“Downtown Train” - Rod Stewart 
“Just to Make It Right” - Seduction 
“Nobody's Home” - Clint Black
    1990 - A major winter storm produced heavy snow from Indiana to New England. It was the biggest storm in two and a half years for eastern New York State. Snowfall totals in the mountains of Maine ranged up to 20 inches at Guilford and Lovell. Other heavy snowfall totals included 17 inches at Utica, NY, and 19 inches at Bethel, VT, Ludlow, VT, and New London, CT. The storm claimed three lives in eastern New York State, and four lives in Vermont. 
    1992 - The Guthrie Center is dedicated, a non-profit organization, put together by folksinger Arlo Guthrie. It is housed in the church building that provided the setting of his best known story-song Alice's Restaurant.
“I am out to sing songs that will prove to you that this is your world and that if it has hit you pretty hard and knocked you for a dozen loops, no matter what color, what size you are, how you are built, I am out to sing the songs that make you take pride in yourself and in your work.  And the songs that I sing are made up for the most part by all sorts of folks just about like you. I could hire out to the other side, the big money side, and get several dollars every week just to quit singing my own kind of songs ... But I decided a long time ago that I'd starve to death before I'd sing any such songs as that. “---Woody Guthrie
        1994 - Super Bowl XXVIII Dallas Cowboys beat Buffalo Bills, 30-13 in Atlanta; Super Bowl MVP: Emmitt Smith, Dallas, Running Back.
    1994 - Dan Jansen skates to Olympic gold in the 1000 meters.  He took his victory lap with baby daughter Jane, named after his sister who died from leukemia, in his arms; won 1994 Sullivan Award.
    1994 - The Boston Celtics retire No. 32, the jersey worn by forward Kevin McHale for 13 seasons, in a halftime ceremony. McHale scored 17,335 points, made seven All-Star teams and helped the Celtics win three NBA championships.
    1994 - Natalie Cole sings the national anthem at Super Bowl XXVIII in Atlanta, GA.
    1995 - The U.N. Security Council authorized the deployment of a 6,000-member U.N. peace-keeping contingent to assume security responsibilities in Haiti from US forces.
    1995 - Researchers from the US National Institutes of Health announced that clinical trials had demonstrated the effectiveness of the first preventative treatment for sickle cell anemia.
    1997 - A New Jersey judge ruled that the unborn child of a female prisoner must have legal representation. He denied the prisoner bail reduction to enable her to leave the jail and obtain an abortion.
    1998 - Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Indianapolis IN on WNAP 93.1 FM 
    2000 - Super Bowl XXXIV (at Atlanta): St. Louis Rams 23, Tennessee Titans 16. Rams' QB Kurt Warner (MVP) completed 24 of 45 passes for a record 414 yards (breaking Joe Montana's mark of 357 yards). Plays of the game: 1) Warner to Isaac Bruce for a 73-yard touchdown pass in the 4th quarter and 2) St. Louis linebacker Mike Jones stopping Tennessee's Kevin Dyson just short of the goal line as time expired. Tickets: $325.00 to $400.
    2002 - Freddy Fender was released from a San Antonio, TX, hospital after having a kidney transplant the week before. Fender had been having problems related to diabetes and hepatitis C.
    2003 - Richard Reid, a British citizen and al-Qaeda follower, was sentenced to life in prison by a federal judge in Boston for trying to blow up a trans-Atlantic jetliner with explosives hidden in his shoes.  Prior to sentencing, Reid admitted his guilt, his allegiance to Osama bin Laden, Islam, and Allah, stating, “I think I will not apologize for my actions as I am at war with your country.”  To this US District Court Judge William Young forcefully replied, “…We are not afraid of you or any of your terrorist co-conspirators, Mr. Reid.  You are not an enemy combatant.  You are a terrorist.  You are not a soldier in any war.  You are a terrorist.”  Young went on in a soliloquy that continued to denigrate Reid’s assertions as a soldier.
    2007 - Brandy (Brandy Norwood) was sued for wrongful-death by the parents of a woman who was killed in a car crash involving Brandy on December 30, 2006.
    2008 - Madonna topped Forbes magazine's list of the 20 top grossing females. The 49 year old Material Girl banked $72 million between June 2006 and June 2007, while Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion followed, taking home $60m and $45m, respectively.
    2012 - Occupy DC activists were prohibited from camping in Freedom Plaza and McPherson Square in DC.
    2014 - Royal Caribbean's cruise liner, Explorer of the Seas, returned to port after 700 of its 3,050 passengers became ill with gastroenteritis; the illness is suspected to be the Novovirus, a variant strain of the species Norwalk virus.
    2014 - Google sold Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $2.91 billion after purchasing it three years ago for $12.5 billion, and selling off its cable-box division for $2.4 billion.   


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    1983 - Washington Redskins (Washington 27-Miami 17)
    1994 - Dallas Cowboys (Dallas 30-Buffalo 13)
    2000 - St. Louis Rams (St. Louis 23-Tennesse 16)



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