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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

GoFundMe for John McManigal
 CEO and Founder of MEDCAP Asset Finance
Position Wanted – Sales
  Work Remotely
Top Stories -- January 9 - 11
  (Opened Most by Readers)
Northern Leasing Response to Tom McCurnin's
"Finally! New York Attorney General’s Office Goes
     After Northern Leasing"
  By Christopher Menkin, Editor
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
  and Related Industries
Who Works the Most Hours Every Year?
  By Niall McCarthy,
Leasing News Advisor
  Steve Crane, CLFP
A Few of Barry Marks, Esq., CLFP,
   Favorite Attorney Jokes
Don't miss the ELFA tax reform webinar on Jan. 23!
   Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, at 2pm-3:30pm ET
Chocolate Labrador Retriever Mix
  Birmingham, Alabama  Adopt-a-Dog
Attorneys Who Specialize in
  Banking, Finance, and Leasing
News Briefs---
The closing of 63 Sam's Club stores has big implications
    for small business
Airbus built a lot of planes for China last year
  - but can't deliver them
Fed Pays Banks $30 Billion for 2017
    At taxpayer expense: easiest, risk-free, profit ever
Ford launches a new 'Bullitt' Mustang
  -- and finds the original

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Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months (Be Careful of Doing Business)
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You May have Missed---
  Sports Brief----
   California Nuts Brief---
   "Gimme that Wine"
     This Day in History
       Daily Puzzle
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GoFundMe for John McManigal
CEO and Founder of MEDCAP Asset Finance

Leasing News reported in our previous edition that one of those killed in the Montecito, California, mudslides was John McManigal, CEO and Founder of MEDCAP Asset Finance, based in Santa Barbara. He previously worked for Macquarie Equipment Finance, Fidelity National Capital, Winthrop Resources and  IBM for 18 years. He was the father of six and well known in his community. A GoFundMe page has been started for his family.

The McManigal Family

"The beautiful McManigal family has been devastated by the horrible mud slides. They have lost their home and the patriarch of this great family. An amazing man, father of six, and a loving husband.  One of their sons, Connor, is recovering from serious injuries in the hospital. While money can never take away their pain, we can help them cover some of the many costs that lie ahead. No amount is too small. Please share. We love you McManigals!!"




Position Wanted – Sales
Work Remotely

Each Week Leasing News is pleased, as a service to its readership, to offer completely free ads placed by candidates for jobs in the industry.  These ads also can be accessed directly on the website at:

Each ad is limited to (100) words and ads repeat for up to 6 months unless the candidate tells us to stop. Your submissions should be received here by the end of each week.


Work Remotely from Portland, Oregon

Experienced commercial banker and former commercial equipment leasing industry professional seeking full-time or part-time work out of my home in Portland, Oregon. Over twenty years’ experience in credit analysis, underwriting, sales and collections. Known for creative problem solving and strong quantitative & qualitative analytical skills.  Demonstrated ability to gather information, evaluate and make informed strategic business decisions to maximize profit and mitigate risk. Well known for ability to develop strong business relationships with Clients and large list of national equipment leasing Brokers. Please see attached resume and contact me below if interested. 

Please encourage friends and colleagues to take advantage of this service, including recent graduates and others interested in leasing




Top Stories -- January 9 - 11
(Opened Most by Readers)

(1) Gary Shivers’ Navitas Credit Acquired
   Tells Leasing News Plan is to Grow

(2) Deborah Monosson
  Leasing Person of the Year 2017 Reaction

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

(4) Chemistry 101 with Client and Candidate
    Recruiter Hal T. Horowitz Speaks Out

(5) Founder of Medcap Medical & Capital Assets & Brother
    Swept Away by Flooding in Montecito, California 

(6)  Midland Makes it Official with Press Release
   Fred Van Etten Thanks ZRG Partners’ Gerry Ricco

(7) America’s 24 Dying Industries
 Includes Sound Studios, Office Supply Stores, Formal Wear

(8) Alternate Banking Solution for Cannabis Industry
      Banks Being Left Behind in Growing Marketplace

(9) Crestmark Bank sold to South Dakota finance company
    in $320.6 million deal

(10)  Airplane Travel Card Deadline Extended
    By Shari L. Lipski, CLFP



Northern Leasing Response to Tom McCurnin's
 "Finally! New York Attorney General’s Office Goes
 After Northern Leasing"

By Christopher Menkin, Editor

"We were concerned by the many factual errors and accusations included in the recent commentary offered by Tom McCurnin and asked our attorney to prepare a response based upon his knowledge and experience related to the matters in McCurnin’s article." (1)

Cores E. DeRussy
Director of Special Projects
Northern Leasing Systems, Inc.

Leasing News asked Mr. McCurnin to respond to Mr. DeRussy, which he did:
"I obtained all my facts from the actual case. I’m confident that there may be a difference of opinion as to what the facts might be, but since I had no other source, I used the facts from the decision.

"If you have specifics, lets schedule a time to go over the actual reported case, what the facts are,  what you disagree with and, if you have any supporting documents (pleadings, briefs, depositions and trial transcripts), please be prepared to provide them for us to review. Indeed, I would love the opportunity to delve more deeply into this case.

"Absent the other sources, all I ever have access to are the facts which stated by the court.

"Please advise if you want to schedule a call." 

Mr. DeRussy responded:
"It would not be appropriate for me to discuss this litigation with Mr. McCurnin as I am not qualified to do so. We are interested in having our response to his article, published in Leasing News, published in its entirety so as to provide some balance to the article." (2)

To be fair, and get all sides, Leasing News contacted the New York Attorney General's Press Office and asked them for a comment. They responded:
“Please refer to the comments made by the AG in our most recent press release: ”

(1) Finally! New York Attorney General’s Office Goes After
   Northern Leasing
by Tom McCurnin, Leasing News Legal Editor
Civil Lawsuit Seeks to Put Northern Leasing Out of Business.

(2) Statement Requested in Leasing News from Northern Leasing


New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Jim Acee
was hired as Senior EFD National Account Manager, VP Material Handling, Bank of the West. He is located in the Greater Philadelphia Area. He joined DLL, November, 2004, as Vice President Business Development, Syndication Buy Desk; promoted December, 2009, Country Sales Manager.  Previously, he was Vice President, Sales, Wells Fargo Capital Finance (2001 - 2004); Managing Director, Technology Vendor Leasing, US Bancorp Leasing & Financial (December, 1989 - September, 2001); Director of Sales, Office Equipment, US Bancorp Leasing & Financial (1989 -2001). Community Service: Volunteer, Boy Scouts of America, Committee Chair (January, 2007 - 2011), National Jamboree Shoot Staff (2017), Philmount Scout Reservation Advisor (August, 2014), Wood Bade Staff.  NRA Certified Shooting Instructor and RSO (primarily for BSA, also a certified Range Safety Officer. Writing contributor to Leasing News.  Education: Le Moyne College, Bachelor's Degree, Business Administration and Management, General.

Daniel Barker was promoted to Director-IBG (Institutional Services), TimePayment, Burlington, Massachusetts. He joined the firm July, 2011, as Credit Administrator; promoted November, 2011, Credit Analyst; promoted January, 2013, Senior Credit/Broker Service Analyst; promoted January, 2014, Broker Team Lead; promoted, August, 2014, Broker Channel Manager; promoted February, 2016, Broker Funding Manager. He joined Arrow Uniform, October, 2008, as Billing Clerk; promoted October, 2010, Accounts Payable Analyst. Prior, he was Accounting Temp to Hire, Snelling Staffing Services (August, 2008 - December, 2008); Operations, Trailer Connections, LLC. (July, 2008 - August, 2008); Internship, Beebe & Company, PC. (April, 2006 - May, 2006). Accounting Assistant, J. Garza CPA, PLLC (2005 - 2006).  Community Service: Volunteer: Kids4Truth Director, FBC of Gibraltar, Michigan (2008 - 2011); VBS Coordinator, FBC of Gibraltar Michigan (2007 - 2011); Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program Tax Preparer, Baker College (2007 - 2008).  Education: University of Phoenix, Master of Science (MS), Accountancy (2008 -2010). Baker College of Allen Park, Bachelor of Business Administration (BBS), Accounting. Baker College of Allen Park, Associate of Business, Accounting (2004 - 2006).

Lisa Blakesley was hired as Executive Vice President, Two Point Capital Manager, Rochester, New York. Previously, she was Senior Vice President, Unlimited Coaching Solutions, Inc. (June, 2017 - December, 2017); Vice President, First American Equipment Finance (November, 2015 - June, 2017); Senior Vice President, Managing Director, Retail Banking, Canandaigua National Bank & Trust Co. (July, 1989 - March, 2015). Community Service: Volunteer: Habitat for Humanity, Women Build; St. Mary's School, Finance Committee; ABA Teach the Children to Save, Presenter; HOBY Leadership Career Dinner Facilitator/Participant. Fiserv Retail Advisory Council; Fresh Air Fund Child Host; Canandaigua Country Club Member. Certifications: CNB Leadership Development Program Certification through TSG Leadership Program (2011). Predictive Index Certification. Certified Integrity Selling Professional. Certified Integrity Coaching Professional. Omega Performance Lending Certification. Education: University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School.  Wharton Bank Executive Leadership Program, Graduate School of Banking and Executive Leadership (2014 - 2016).  ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking (2013 - 2016). St. John Fisher College, BS. Major: Management. Minor: Finance (1997).

Victoria Cone, MS, SHRM-CP, PHR, was hired as Human Resources and Recruiting Manager, SimuTech Group, ANSYS Certified Elite Channel Partner, Rochester, New York. Previously, she was Manager, Human Resources and Recruitment, EFPR Group, LLP (September, 2014 - January, 2018); Generalist, Human Resources, The Friendly Home (July, 2012 - August, 2014); Generalist, Human Resources, First American Equipment Finance (January, 2009 - July, 2012); Associated Coordinator, Finance (First American Equipment Finance (October, 2007 - January, 2009). Community Service: Volunteer: Committee Member, Accounting Alumni Society, St. John Fisher College (December, 2015 - Present).  Education: Roberts Wesleyan College, Master of Science (MS), Strategic Leadership (2014 - 2015).  St. John Fisher College, Bachelor's Degree, Major: Communications/Journalism; Minor; Psychology (2007 - 2009). Activities and Societies: Crossing Borders Project (March, 2009).  Monroe Community College, General Studies (2005 - 2007).

John DeWind was hired as Senior Business Development Manager, Midland Equipment Finance, Clayton, Missouri.  He is based in Carbondale, Colorado.  Previously, he was Senior Business Development Officer, Scottrade Bank Equipment Finance (December 2015 - October, 2017); Regional Sales Manager, Bank of the West Equipment Finance (December, 2006 - December, 2015); Regional Sales Manager, Key Bank (December, 2004 - 2006); Sales Management, Various Heavy Equipment Dealers in the USA (January, 1982 - 2004).

John Fitzgerald was hired as Vice President, People’s Capital and Leasing, a subsidiary of People’s United Bank, Bridgeport, Connecticut.  He is based in Worcester, Massachusetts. "He will be responsible for relationship management and business development efforts nationwide." Previously, he was Account Executive, Siemens Financial Services (March, 2012 - December, 2017); Business Development Manager, FH&S (June, 2010 - March, 2012); Business Development Manager, De Lage Landen, F.S. (September,2006 - December, 2008); AVP, National City Commercial Capital (January, 2005 - September, 2006); Regional Sales Manager, US Bancorp Equipment Finance (January, 2002 - January 2005); AVP, Copelco Capital/CitiCapital (January, 1999 - December, 2002); RSM, AT&T Capital Corporation (1994 - 1999); Regional Sales Manager, Goldome Credit/AT&T Capital/Newcourt Financial (1989 - 1999). Education: University of Massachusetts, Amherst. BA, Education (1976 - 1978). Activities and Societies: Football and Theta Chi.

Andrew Hall was hired as Syndication and Bank Channel Manager, Midland States Bank, Clayton, Missouri.  He joined Scottrade, November, 2014, as Senior Inside Sales Specialist; promoted November, 2015, Capital Markets Account Manager. Previously, he was Loan Officer, Citi, (February, 2009 - November, 2014); Business Development Officer, Popular Equipment Finance, Inc. (2008 - 2009); Business Relationship Specialist, Popular Equipment Finance, Inc. (2007 - 2008). Education: Missouri State University, Bachelor’s Degree, Marketing (1998 - 2003).

Beth Malin was hired as Vice President, Business Development, CapFlow Funding Group, Greater Atlanta Area.  Previously, she was Business Development Manager, PrimeArc Capital, LLC (December, 2016 - November, 2017); Business Development Manager, Pinnacle Specialty Capital (October, 2013 - December,2016); Account Representative, Faceteon (January, 2007 - 2013); Human Resources Manager, Equifirst (1997 - 1999); Bank Card Marketing Representative, NationsBank (1990 -1993); Bank Card Marketing Representative, NCNB (1986 - 1993); Bank Card Marketing Representative, Bank of America (1986 - 1992). Education: Queens University of Charlotte, BA., Business Administration.  Wright State University.

Jim Mengacci was hired as Vice President, People's Capital and Leasing, a subsidiary of People's United Bank, Bridgeport, Connecticut. He is based in Waterbury, Connecticut. "(He) will be responsible for relationship management and business growth, focusing on material handling and construction equipment." Previously, he was Account Executive, Equipment Finance, Siemens (July, 2015 - December, 2017); Relationship Manager, Equipment Finance, GE Capital (April, 2015 - July, 2015); Financial Representative, Northwestern Mutual (August, 2015 - February, 2015); Relationship Manager, Equipment Finance, GE Capital (April, 2013 - July, 2014); Sales Representative, Equipment Finance, GE Capital (October, 2011 - April, 2013); Remarketing Analyst, GE Capital (July, 2009 - October, 2011).  Community Service: Volunteer: Committee Member, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, ALSAC (January, 2011 - January, 2017).  Education: The University of Connecticut, Bachelor of Science (BS), Political Science (2005 - 2009). Activities and Societies: The University of Connecticut Undergraduate Law Club. Holy Cross High School (2001 - 2005).

Joel Mikolich was hired as Vice President, Division Sales Manager, Midland States Bank Equipment Finance, Clayton, Missouri. He is located in the Greater Minneapolis, St. Paul Area.  Previously, he was Manufacturing Division Manager, Scottrade (April, 2014 - December, 2017); Relationship Manager, U.S. Bank (2003 - 2014). Education: Concordia University, St. Paul. Bachelor's degree, Organizational Business Management.



Who Works the Most Hours Every Year?
By Niall McCarthy,

Across the globe, people are firmly back in the working groove after all the fun, relaxation and overindulgence of the holiday season. This year, some workers are going to have a far longer shift than others. According to the OECD, Mexicans work the most hours out of any country with 2,246 on average. That's 467 more than an average American worker and for less than a fifth of the pay.

In recent years, the South Korean government has attempted to reduce the long working hours in the country but its workers are still averaging 2,113 hours annually. Greek workers were sometimes labeled as over-paid, lazy and eager to retire early after the financial crisis struck but those accusations were certainly unfounded. People in Greece work the most hours of any European country with 2,042 every year on average.

U.S. workers put in a 1,779 hour shift every year while across the border in Canada, the annual total adds up to 1,691. French workers get a much better deal with 1,482 hours while in Germany, the total only comes to 1,371. 


Leasing News Advisor
Steve Crane, CLFP

Steve Crane, CLFP, is an original member of the Leasing News Advisory Board from July 2000.  He is the Sales Manager for BSB Leasing, which is in Colorado, however, resides and works remotely in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Prior to joining BSB in September of 2014, Steve was Vice President and Marketing Manager for the Indirect Equipment Financing Group at Bank of the West where he worked for nearly 20 years.  He graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Finance and has held positions with numerous companies in his career, including Westinghouse Credit, Ingersoll-Rand Financial, CIT and Taylor Financial.  Steve has been an active volunteer in the Leasing and Financing community over the years, holding various positions with the Certified Leasing and Finance Professional Foundation, former Eastern Association of Equipment Leasing, National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers and National Equipment Finance Association.

Steve Crane, CLFP
Vice President & Commercial Division Manager
BSB Leasing, Inc.
7921 Southpark Plaza, Suite 208
Littleton, CO  80120   
Fax: 303-329-0240

Steve has been married to his wife Cheryl for 35 years and they have two sons, Ryan and Alex.  Ryan is a firefighter in Northern California and Alex is in Southern California studying to be a physician.  Steve and Cheryl were excited to add a new member to their family in 2015, when Alex was married to his wife Jess, who is a Doctor of Physical Therapy in the Los Angeles Area.

Steve with daughter-in-law Jess, son Alex, wife Cheryl and son Ryan



A Few of Barry Marks, Esq., CLFP,
Favorite Attorney Jokes

What do you have when 100 lawyers are buried up to their neck in sand?
Not enough sand.

What's the difference between a dead squirrel on the road and a dead lawyer on the road?
There are skid marks in front of the squirrel.

What do lawyers and sperm have in common?
One in 3,000,000 has a chance of becoming a human being.

Did you hear that the Post Office just recalled their latest stamps? They had pictures of lawyers on them ... and people couldn't figure out which side to spit on.

A man walked into a lawyer's office and inquired about the lawyer's rates.
"$50.00 for three questions," replied the lawyer.
"Isn't that awfully steep?" asked the man.
"Yes," the lawyer replied," and what's your third question?"

Where can you find a good lawyer?
In the cemetery.



Don't miss the ELFA tax reform webinar on Jan. 23
Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, at 2pm-3:30pm ET

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association is hosting a free 90-minute webinar to examine the impact of new tax reform legislation on the $1 trillion equipment finance industry on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, at 2pm-3:30pm ET. There is no cost to attend. Learn more and register today at


Chocolate Labrador Retriever Mix
Birmingham, Alabama  Adopt-a-Dog

Ped ID: 196936
Age: Six Months
Weight: 38 lbs.

Greater Birmingham Humane Society
300 Snow Drive
Birmingham, Alabama 35209

Fee: $30
Plus $10 Microchipping Fee

The adoption fees include:

* Bath
* Flea & tick preventive
* Deworming treatment
* Initial vaccinations
* Rabies vaccination - for pets over 3 months
* Heartworm test - for dogs 6 months and older
* Heartworm preventive - for dogs 6 months and older
* Microchip, corresponding tag & registration
* Additional medical care as needed
* Daily care

For more information please call us at 205-942-1211. We are open Sunday from noon to 4:30 p.m.; Monday CLOSED; Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for adoptions. Animal visitation ends 30 minutes before closing time to allow ample time for the adoption process.

Adopt a Pet



Attorneys Who Specialize in
Banking, Finance, and Leasing

Birmingham, Alabama
The lawyers of Marks & Associates, P.C. have over 30 years experience in dealing with virtually every type of equipment financing and are recognized throughout the industry for prompt, practical solutions and exemplary service. They offer cost-conscious, effective lease enforcement and good counsel. 

Kenneth C. Greene

Leasing and Financial consultant, active in several leasing
associations, as well as involved in music and film production in LA.  Mention "Leasing News" for a free consultation.
Skype: 424.235.1658
Connecticut, Southern New England: 
EVANS, FELDMAN & BOYER, LLC Collections, litigation, documentation, portfolio sales and financing, bankruptcy. We represent many of the national and local leasing companies doing business in this state. Past chairman EAEL legal committee. Competitive rates. 
Los Angeles/Santa Monica
Hemar & Associates, Attorneys at Law
Specialists in legal assistance, including debt collection, equipment recovery, litigation for 35 years. Fluent in Spanish. 
Tel: 310-829-1948 

David G. Mayer
Partner, Dallas, Texas
Schackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton 
9201 N. Central Expressway
Fourth Floor
Dallas, Texas 75231
Telephone: (214) 780-1400

Los Angeles, Southern CA 
Seasoned attorney representing secured creditors in auto finance and truck/equipment lease industry.  Bankruptcy and State Court litigation.   Vincent V. Frounjian (818) 990-0605 or email:

Encino, California: Statewide “ELFA” 
Hemar, Rousso & Heald, LLP 30 yr excellent reputation Lessor representation commercial litigationdebt collection, and bankruptcy.
Call Stephen E. Jenkins Esq (818) 501-3800

Los Angeles, Statewide: CA.     "ELFA" Aggressive creditors rights law firm specializing in equipment leasing handling collection matters on a contingency, fixed fee or hourly cbasis. 

Los Angeles, Statewide: CA      "ELFA"
Practice limited to collections, bankruptcy and problem accounts resolution. Decades of experience. 10-lawyer firm dedicated to serving you. Call Ronald Cohn, Esq. (818)591-2121 or email. Email:   

Los Angeles- Statewide, CA
Lawyer specializing in banking and leasing issues statewide. Documents and litigation. 
Tom McCurnin, Barton, Klugman & Oetting. Voice: (213) 617-6129 
Cell:(213) 268-8291

California & National

Paul Bent – More than 35 years experience in all forms of equipment leasing, secured lending, and asset based transactions. Financial analysis, deal structuring, contract negotiations, documentation, private dispute resolution, expert witness services. 
(562) 426-1000

Kevin E. Trabaris: Concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial finance, corporate and business transactions. Extensive experience representing banks, financial companies, equipment lessors, insurers and other funding and intermediary entities and borrowers in connection with thousands of business financing matters. He has handled everything from small ticket transactions to billion dollar syndicated loans, real estate financing to asset-based facilities.
Telephone:  847-840-4687


Joseph G. Bonanno, Esq., CLFP.  Transactional/Documentation. Past special industry consultant to The World Bank,  industry expert witness in litigation, appointed to Governor’s Counsel to adopt Articles 2A and 9 in Massachusetts, MA continuing legal education co-instructor,  past (5) Term Certified Leasing and Finance Professional Board Member, CLFP review instructor, numerous authored and co-authored published articles and conducting educational seminars. (781) 328-1010;

National: Coston & Rademacher: Business attorneys serving the lease-finance industry since 1980. Transactional, documentation, corporate/finance, workouts, litigation, bankruptcy, portfolio management. Chicago-based national practice. Jim Coston, CLP (Members: ELFA, NEFA). 

Michael J. Witt, experienced bank, finance, and leasing attorney, also conducts Portfolio Audits. Previously he was Managing Counsel, Wells Fargo & Co. (May, 2003 – September, 2008); Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Advanta Business Services (May, 1988 – June, 1997) Tel: (515) 223-2352 Cell: (515) 868-1067 

St. Louis County , MO. - statewide: 
Schultz & Associates LLP., collections, negotiation, and litigation. Also register and pursue recovery on foreign judgments. Contingency and reasonable hourly rates. 
Ronald J. Eisenberg, Esq.
(636) 537-4645 x108
NJ, De, Pa: Specializing in leased equipment/secured transactions. Collections, replevins/workouts reasonable rates. Sergio Scuteri/Capehart & Scratchard, /
New York and New Jersey

Frank Peretore
Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi
West Orange, New Jersey
Phone 973-530-2058
 Documentation, portfolio purchase & sale, replevin, workouts, litigation, collection, bankruptcy. Aggressive. Over 30 years experience.

Thousand Oaks, California: 
Statewide coverage Spiwak & Iezza, LLP 20+ years experience,Representing Lessors banks in both State/ Federal Courts/ all aspects of commercial leasing litigation.
Nick Iezza 805-777-1175



News Briefs----

 The closing of 63 Sam's Club stores has big implications
    for small business

Airbus built a lot of planes for China last year
  - but can't deliver them 

Fed Pays Banks $30 Billion for 2017
At taxpayer expense: easiest, risk-free, profit ever 

Ford launches a new 'Bullitt' Mustang
  -- and finds the original




You May Have Missed---

Amazing Eagle Story – Freedom & Jeff
Photographs show Freedom, an injured bald eagle nursed back to health by a cancer survivor.


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,
That like a football you do spurn me thus?
You spurn me hence, and he will spurn me hither:
If I last in this service, you must case me in leather.

("Spurn" literally means to kick away, thus implying that the game involved kicking a ball between players.)



Sports Briefs---

Giants acquire Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen

The Colts are expected to hire Josh McDaniels ... why?

Just-hired Norton leaves 49ers to become Seahawks DC


California Nuts Briefs---

More Dungeness: NorCal commercial crab season starts



“Gimme that Wine”

The 52 California Wineries You Need to Visit in 2018

Vintage Wine Estates buys Tamarack Cellars
   of Washington’s Walla Walla Valley

An Anniversary for an Icon: Chateau Montelena Celebrates
    Five Decades of Winemaking

Napa’s Wine Train speeds up —
   but can it match new owners’ ambitions?

Wine Prices by vintage

US/International Wine Events

Leasing News Wine & Spirits Page


This Day in History

    1493 – Christopher Columbus returned to Spain from his first visit to what would become America.
    1776 - Continental Congress approves General George Washington's order to enlist free Negroes.
    1777 – Vermont declared itself independent from New York
    1786 - The Virginia Legislature adopted the Ordinance of Religious Freedom, authored by Thomas Jefferson, which guaranteed that no man would be forced to attend or support any church. This mandate later became the model for the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
    1843 - Sara Rosetta Wakeman’s birthday, in NYC.  A/K/A Lyons/Edwin Wakeman, she died while with the 153rd NYSV, Co. G&H, as a regular soldier in the Civil War. Her letters, a photo in uniform identifying her, and some personal belongings were found in a trunk in the family attic almost 100 years after her death.   Her war record was found under the name of Lyons Wakeman. Her last letter was from Brandycore Landing, Louisiana, "Made advance up the river about 40 miles to Pleasant Hill - had a fight. Retreated 10 miles, next day the fight resumed at 8." While on guard duty at Cairo Prison in 1863, she had written of a female Union prisoner who had gone into battle as a Major leading her men. The ring she wore, which was inscribed "Rosetta Wakeman, NY Vol. Co. H, 153rd," was sent home after her death in the Marine U.S. Army General Hospital in New Orleans. She had been hospitalized for chronic diarrhea, a major killer of soldiers during the Civil War. She is buried in grave #4066, Section 52, of what is now the Chalmette National Cemetery, Chalmette, LA.

    1847 –John C. Fremont appointed Governor of California. A leader in the successful fight to wrest California away from Mexico, the explorer and mapmaker John C. Fremont briefly becomes governor of the newly won American territory. Still only in his early mid-30s at the time, Fremont had already won national acclaim for his leadership of two important explorations of the West with the military's Corps of Topographical Engineers. Shortly after the government published Fremont's meticulously accurate maps of the Far West, they became indispensable guides for the growing numbers of overland emigrants heading for California and Oregon. In 1845, though, the lines between military exploration and military conquest began to blur when President James Polk sent Captain Fremont and his men on a third "scientific" mission to explore the Rockies and Sierra Nevada with 60 armed men accompanying them. Polk's ambition to take California from Mexico was no secret, and Fremont's expedition was clearly designed to place a military force near the region in case of war. When Mexico and the U.S. declared war in May 1846, Fremont and his men were in Oregon. Upon hearing the news, Fremont immediately headed south, calling his return "the first step in the conquest of California." When the Anglo-American population of California learned of Fremont's arrival, many of them began to rebel against their Mexican leaders. In June, a small band of American settlers seized Sonoma and raised a flag with a bear facing a five-pointed star.  With this act, the revolutionaries declared the independent Republic of California. The Bear Flag Republic was short-lived. In August, Fremont and General Robert Stockton occupied Los Angeles. By January 1847, they had put down the small number of Californians determined to maintain a nation independent of the United States. With California now clearly in the U.S. hands, Stockton agreed to appoint Fremont as the territorial governor. However, a dispute broke out within the army over the legitimacy of Fremont's appointment, and the young captain's detractors accused him of mutiny, disobedience, and conduct prejudicial to military discipline. Recalled to Washington for a court martial, Fremont was found guilty of all three charges, and his appointment to take the position of governor was revoked. Though President Polk pardoned him and ordered him back to active duty in the army, Fremont was deeply embittered, and he resigned from the military and returned to California a private citizen. Although he never regained the governorship of California, the turmoil of Fremont's early political career did not harm his future prospects. In 1851, citizens of California elected him a senator, and became the territorial governor of Arizona in 1878. Today, however, Fremont's youthful accomplishments as an explorer and mapmaker are more celebrated than his subsequent political career.
    1861 - The Crittenden Compromise, the last chance to keep North and South together, dies in the U.S. Senate. Proposed by Senator John J. Crittenden of Kentucky, the compromise was a series of constitutional amendments. The amendments would continue the old Missouri Compromise provisions of 1820, which divided the west along the latitude of 36º 30". North of this line, slavery was prohibited. The Missouri Compromise was negated by the Compromise of 1850, which allowed a vote by territorial residents (popular sovereignty) to decide the issue of slavery. Other amendments protected slavery in the District of Columbia, forbade federal interference with the interstate slave trade, and compensated owners whose slaves escaped to the free states. Essentially, the Crittenden Compromise sought to alleviate all concerns of the southern states. Four states had already left the Union when it was proposed, but Crittenden hoped the compromise would lure them back. Crittenden thought he could muster support from both South and North and avert either a split of the nation or a civil war. The major problem with the plan was that it called for a complete compromise by the Republicans with virtually no concession on the part of the South. The Republican Party formed in 1854 solely for the purpose of opposing the expansion of slavery into the western territories, particularly the areas north of the Missouri Compromise line. Just six years later, the party elected a president, Abraham Lincoln, over the complete opposition of the slave states. Crittenden was asking the Republicans to abandon their most key issues. The vote was 25 against the compromise and 23 in favor of it. All 25 votes against it were cast by Republicans, and six senators from states that were in the process of seceding abstained. One Republican editorial insisted that the party "cannot be made to surrender the fruits of its recent victory." There would be no compromise; with the secession of states continuing the country marched inexorably towards civil war.
    1865 - General William ‘Tecumseh’ Sherman issued Field Order #15 granting land for blacks.  Sherman confiscated as Union property a strip of coastline stretching from Charleston, South Carolina, to the St. John's River in Florida, including Georgia's Sea Islands and the mainland thirty miles in from the coast. The order redistributed the roughly 400,000 acres of land to newly freed black families in forty-acre segments.  Sherman's order came on the heels of his successful March to the Sea from Atlanta to Savannah and just prior to his march northward into South Carolina. The orders were in effect for only one year.
    1865 – A drunken sailor attacked a munitions cache at Ft. Fisher, NC and 40 die.
    1866 - Everett Barney of Springfield, MA, obtained a patent covering his invention of a screw-clamp skate. He marketed the first all-metal roller skate and the country was taken by storm over this new sport.  This predated Melanie’s hit song, “Brand New Key” by over a century.
    1868 – The refrigerated rail car was patented by William Davis, a fish dealer in Detroit
    1870 - Virginia became 8th state to be readmitted to U.S. after the Civil War
    1871 - Jefferson Franklin Long takes oath of office as first Black Congressman from Georgia.
    1874 - Poet Robert William Service was born in Lancashire, England.
    1879 - January record 13" of snow falls in New York City, a record that would stand until Jan 7, 1996.
    1883 - The U.S. Congress passed a bill creating the Civil Service, in an attempt to end political patronage in the Federal government.    
    1887 – The Cliff House, on the ocean in San Francisco, is damaged when schooner "Parallel's” powder cargo explodes.
    1893 - Hawaii: Queen Liliuokalani’s regime is overthrown by US pineapple tycoon Sanford Dole and pro-annexation sugar interests. With an amazing sense of timing, US troops just happen to land, "to protect US interests." With support from beloved and respected comrade leader, US Minister John Stevens, beloved and respected comrade Dole declares himself Hawaii's president and lobbies for US annexation. It's manifestly in the can. The Senate Foreign-Relations Committee recommends annexation, declaring it (quote) "a duty that has its origin in the noblest sentiments that inspire the love of a father for his children." In 1898, President William McKinley signs a joint resolution of Congress authorizing the annexation.
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   1894 - Birthday of publisher Irving Mills, was born Isadore Minsky on the lower East Side of New York City.  He was a jazz music publisher and musician, also known by the name of "Joe Primrose."  Mills went down to the Kentucky Club in lower Manhattan. The owner had brought in a small band from Washington, DC and wanted to know what Mills thought of them. Instead of going out and making the rounds he stayed all evening to listen to the band. That band was Duke Ellington and his Kentucky Club Orchestra, which he signed the very next day. They made numerous records together, not only under the name of Duke Ellington, but using groups that incorporated Duke's sidemen, who were great instrumentalists in their own right.  Mills' contract with Ellington was a very favorable one; he owned 50% of Duke Ellington Inc. and thus got his name tag on quite a number of tunes that became popular standards.  He was one of the first to record black and white musicians together.  Mills died in 1985 in Palm Springs, CA.
    1900 - The US Senate accepted the Anglo-German treaty of 1899 in which the United Kingdom renounces its claims to Samoa.
    1901 – Frank Zamboni was born in Eureka, UT.  Guess what he’s famous for?  The 10,000th machine was delivered to the Montreal Canadiens in April 2012 for use at the Bell Centre.   The company is still owned and operated by the Zamboni family, including Frank's son and grandson. He died in 1988 in Paramount, CA. 
    1905 - Outfielder Frank Huelsman was traded for eighth time in 8 months.  Huelsman started his major league career in 1897 with the St. Louis Browns, then of the National League. He was out of the Majors for six full seasons and then became the first player in major league history to play for four different teams in a season.  Huelsman appeared in three games with the Chicago White Sox in 1904 before moving to the Detroit Tigers, the White Sox again, the new St. Louis Browns of the American League, and the Washington Senators. In January 1905, the Boston Americans obtained outfielder George Stone from the Senators. Then, the Browns reclaimed Huelsman from Washington, where he had been on loan, and sent him along with outfielder Jesse Burkett to Boston in exchange for Stone. Boston then sent Huelsman back to Washington in payment for Stone. For Huelsman, it was his eight transaction in less than a year.
     1909 - Ethel Merman was born Ethel Zimmerman in Queens, NYC.  One of the great American entertainers, whose 29-year Broadway and screen career went from hit to hit, she started with “Girl Crazy” (1930) then “Gypsy” (1959) with a stop in 1951 to win the Tony for her work in “Call Me Madame”. She is probably best known for the show-stopping "There's No Business Like Show Business" from the 1954 show of the same name. EM was awarded the 1972 Tony for her overall distinguished work on behalf of the Broadway theatre. Brassy, exuberant, and energetic, her strong song styling was once described as having "a trumpet in her throat."   She won the New York Critics Award three times.  Merman died in Manhattan in 1984.
    1911 - Jay Hanna “Dizzy” Dean, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, was born at Lucas, AR. His 17-year Major League career was with the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, and St. Louis Browns, during which he won 150 games.  In the modern era, he is the only National Leaguer to win 30 games, in 1934.  Following his baseball career, Dean established himself as a radio and TV sports announcer and commentator, becoming famous for his innovative delivery: “He slud into third”, and “It ain’t bragging if ya can back it up.”  On another occasion explained that “Me and Paul (baseball player brother Paul “Daffy” Dean)...didn't get much education.” He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1953.  Died at Reno, NV, July 17, 1974.
    1915 – Congress authorized the issue of $1 and $50 Panama-Pacific International Expo gold coins
    1918 – Screen writer and producer Stirling Silliphant was born in Detroit.  He may be best known for his screenplay for “In the Heat of the Night” and co-creating the television series “Route 66”.  He died in Thailand in 1996.
    1919 - Nebraskabecame the 36th state to ratify the prohibition amendment and the 18th Amendment became part of the US Constitution. One year later, Jan 16, 1920, the 18th Amendment took effect and the sale of alcoholic beverages became illegal in the US with the Volstead Act providing for enforcement. This was the first time that an amendment to the Constitution dealt with a social issue. The 21st Amendment, repealing the 18th, went into effect Dec 6, 1933.
    1920 - Zeta Phi Beta founded at Howard University.
    1920 - The League of Nations held its first council meeting in Paris.   
    1925 - James Robinson "Robbie" Risner was born in Mammoth Spring, AR. He was a general officer and fighter pilot in the Air Force and an ace during the Korean War.  Risner was a double recipient of the Air Force Cross, the second highest military decoration for valor that can be awarded to a member of the United States Air Force. He was the first living recipient of the medal, awarded the first for valor in aerial combat during the Vietnam War, and the second for gallantry as a POW of the North Vietnamese for more than seven years.  Risner commanded a squadron in the first missions of Operation Rolling Thunder in 1965. He flew a combined 163 combat missions, was shot down twice, and was credited with destroying eight MiG-15s. Risner retired as a brigadier general in 1976.  He died in 2013.
    1928 - Singer Eartha Kitt was born in North, SC.
    1932 - Dian Fossey was born in San Francisco.  An American zoologist, she became the world's leading authority on the mountain gorillas of Africa.   She founded the Karisoke Research Centre for the study of gorillas. Wrote the noted study, “Gorillas in the Mist” which was made into a Hollywood movie. She was murdered in 1985, evidently for her conservation measures on behalf of the gorillas.
    1933 - Susan Sontag was born in New York City.  She was a writer, critic, and novelist known for her reflections on modern culture. She draws amazing parallels between Nazi terrorism and the swing to the philosophical right in American culture. In her critical essays, she has disagreed with many of the simplistic outlooks on life by the leaders of many modern American movements including feminism.  She died in 2004 in NYC.
    1935 - A.J. (Anthony Joseph) Foyt, former auto racer, was born in Houston, TX.  He is the only driver to win the Indianapolis 500 (which he won four times), the Daytona 500, the 24 Hours of Daytona, and the 24 Hours of LeMans. Foyt won the International Race of Champions all-star racing series in 1976 and 1977. In the NASCAR stock car circuit, he won the 1964 Firecracker 400 and the 1972 Daytona 500. Foyt survived three major crashes that caused serious injuries, and narrowly escaped a fourth. Foyt's success has led to induction in numerous motorsports halls of fame.
    1936 – The Screen Actors Guild incorporated with King Vidor as president   
    1936 – The first photo finish camera was installed at Hialeah Race track in Hialeah Fla
    1937 - Birthday of Bob Bogle, bass guitarist and founding member of the Ventures, in Portland, Oregon. The Ventures proved to be one of the most popular and influential guitar-based instrumental groups in rock history. Bogle and rhythm guitarist Don Wilson formed the band in the Seattle area in 1959, and by the time they began recording later that year, Nokie Edwards had joined as lead guitarist. Their breakthrough came in 1960 with "Walk Don't Run," an adaptation of a tune by jazz guitarist Johnny Smith. It became their biggest hit, reaching number-two on the Billboard chart. The Ventures hit the Top Five again in 1969 with the TV theme "Hawaii Five-O." Although the group's popularity had waned in North America by 1970, they remained huge stars in Japan.
    1938 - The first jazz concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City: Benny Goodman Band appeared and the concert recording became an overnight sensation, especially “Sing, Sing, Sing” featuring handsome drummer Gene Krupa (his birthday was yesterday).  Goodman originally refused to play because they would not let his black musicians perform.
    1938 – The comic strip, “Superman” first appeared.  The Superman character was created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster in 1933, and the character was sold to Detective Comics, Inc. (later DC Comics) in 1938.
    1941 - Cab Calloway features bassist Milt Hinton on “Ebony Silhouette,” Okey 6192
    1941 – The US War Department formed the 1st Army Air Corps squadron for black cadets
    1942 - For Columbia Records, Kay Kyser and the band recorded "A Zoot Suit", about the problems associated with wearing the garish, fashion.,,949578,00.html
    1942 – Actress Carole Lombard, her mother, and 20 others were killed in plane crash. Lombard, married to actor Clark Cable, was on a war-bond drive.
    1942 - CALUGAS, JOSE, Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Battery B, 88th Field Artillery, Philippine Scouts. Place and date: At Culis, Bataan Province, Philippine Islands, 16 January 1942. Entered service at: Fort Stotsenburg, Philippine Islands. Born: 29 December 1907, Barrio Tagsing, Leon, Ploilo, Philippine Islands. G.O. No.: 10, 24 February 1942. Citation: The action for which the award was made took place near Culis, Bataan Province, Philippine Islands, on 16 January 1942. A battery gun position was bombed and shelled by the enemy until 1 gun was put out of commission and all the cannoneers were killed or wounded. Sgt. Calugas, a mess sergeant of another battery, voluntarily and without orders ran 1,000 yards across the shell-swept area to the gun position. There he organized a volunteer squad which placed the gun back in commission and fired effectively against the enemy, although the position remained under constant and heavy Japanese artillery fire.
    1942 – Singer, songwriter Barbara Lynn was born in Beaumont, TX.  She is best known for her R&B chart-topping hit, "You’ll Lose a Good Thing" (1962).
    1944 - Top Hits
“My Heart Tells Me” - The Glen Gray Orchestra (vocal: Eugenie Baird)
“Shoo, Shoo, Baby” - The Andrews Sisters
“Paper Doll” - The Mills Brothers
“Pistol Packin' Mama” - Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
    1944 - General Dwight D. Eisenhower arrived in London to assume command of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe (SHAEF). Having demonstrated his organizational abilities in North Africa as well as his strength as an arbitrator of inter-Allied rivalries, Eisenhower was charged with the most far-reaching push of the war, Operation Overlord, the invasion of France.
    1946 – Country music singer and pianist Ronnie Milsap was born in Robbinsville, NC.  He was one of country music's most popular performers of the 1970s and 1980s. He became country music's first successful blind singer, appealing to both country and pop music markets with hit songs that incorporated pop, R&B, and rock and roll elements. His biggest crossover hits include "Smoky Mountain Rain", "(There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me", "I Wouldn’t Have Missed It for the World”, and “Any Day Now". He is credited with six Grammy Awards and forty No. 1 country hits, third to George Strait and Conway Twitty. He was selected for induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2014.
    1947 - Sara Jane Olson, formerly Kathleen Ann Soliah, was born in Fargo, ND.  She was a member of the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) in the 1970s.  In 2001, she pled guilty to two counts of possessing explosives with intent to murder stemming from her SLA activities in the 1970s. She was mistakenly released for five days in March, 2008 due to an error made in calculating her parole before being rearrested.   She was finally released on parole on March 17, 2009.
    1947 – Dr. Laura Schlesinger was born in Brooklyn.  Talk radio host, conservative commentator and author, her radio program consists mainly of her responses to callers' requests for personal advice and has occasionally featured her short monologues on social and political topics. After going into national syndication, she concentrated her efforts on the daily “The Dr. Laura Program”. In August 2010, she announced that she would end her syndicated radio show in December 2010, and moved to Sirius XM Radio on January 3, 2011.
    1951 – The world's largest gas pipeline opened to carry natural gas from Brownsville, TX, to 134th St, New York City.
    1952 - Top Hits
“Slowpoke” - Pee Wee King
“Sin (It's No)” - Eddy Howard
“Undecided” - The Ames Brothers
“Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way” - Carl Smith
    1952 – The U.S. Standard Board cleared St. Louis Cardinal OF Stan Musial contract for an $85,000 salary.
    1954 – “South Pacific” closed at Majestic Theater, NYC after 1928 performances
    1956 - Egyptian President Nasser pledged to reconquer Palestine
    1957 – Three US B-52 bombers left California for the first non-stop round-the-world flights
    1958 - Pianist Ahmad Jamal records “Poinciana” at Pershing Lounge, Chicago (Argo 628)
    1960 - Top Hits
“Why” - Frankie Avalon
“Running Bear” - Johnny Preston
“Way Down Yonder in New Orleans” - Freddie Cannon
“El Paso” - Marty Robbins
    1961 - Mickey Mantle signed the contract that made him the American League's highest paid baseball player. "The Mick" played the 1961 season for $75,000. In the National League, Willie Mays, made more money than any other baseball player with a contract for $85,000.
    1962 – Litigation accused the New York City Board of Education of using racial quotas.
    1962 – Shooting began on "Dr. No"
    1964 - In New York City, "Hello Dolly!" starring Carol Channing opened at the St. James Theatre. A musical adaptation of Thornton Wilder's play, "The Matchmaker", the show was called the "possible hit of the season" by critics. "Hello Dolly!" played for 2,844 performances, before returning to in the 1990s with, again star, Carol Channing.
    1964 – American league owners voted 9-1 against Charlie Finley moving his Kansas City A's to Louisville.
    1965 - Elmer Valentine, Los Angeles, California opened the Whiskey a-Go-Go, the first discotheque, where the music is provided by a disk jockey playing recordings not by a live band. Valentine borrowed the discotheque concept from a club in Paris, which was also called the Whiskey a-Go-Go. For a time, "disco" and "go-go" were synonymous: Go-go clubs featured scantily clad women dancing in cages to tunes pumped from a jukebox. Discos emerged in larger cities, with disc jockeys pulling music from albums, particularly those recorded by black musicians like Sly and the Family Stone, James Brown, KC and the Sunshine Band, and Donna Summer. The clubs were especially popular among the gay male and urban black subcultures. Cheaper than live-music clubs, discos also became popular with lower-income young people. The underground disco subculture turned into a national sensation when the film “Saturday Night Fever” was released in 1977. John Travolta starred as Tony Manero, a young man from Brooklyn who dreamed of becoming a professional dancer and danced away his cares at Disco 2001. The movie's soundtrack, featuring the chart-topping songs "Stayin' Alive" and "Disco Inferno," sold 20 million copies and urged its spandex- and lamé-clad fans onto the dance floor. Older music, even Beethoven's, gained a fresh popularity when remixed into disco tunes. Even mainstream pop artists, including the Rolling Stones, tried their hand at disco. But the fad didn't last long; in 1979, disco died almost overnight. Disco albums were returned to producers by the truckload as New Wave took over in popularity. But disco's basic structure set the stage for the evolution of rap, hip-hop, and techno music.
    1966 - Joan Baez is jailed for 10 days for Vietnam antiwar protest during a demonstration, Oakland, California.
    1967 - Lucius D. Amerson sworn in as first Black sheriff of the South since Reconstruction, in Macon County, AL. The county seat of Macon County, Alabama, is Tuskegee.
    1968 - Top Hits
“Hello Goodbye” - The Beatles
“Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)” - John Fred & His Playboy Band
Woman, Woman - The Union Gap
“For Loving You” - Bill Anderson & Jan Howard
    1972 - The Dallas Cowboys won the first Super Bowl in their history by defeating the Miami Dolphins, 24-3, in Super Bowl VI. Dallas was led by quarterback Roger Staubach, named the game's Most Valuable Player.
    1973 - Long-running western series “Bonanza” is finally cancelled after 14 seasons. The show, which debuted in 1959, was the first western to be televised in color. Throughout the 1960s, the show, which featured the adventures of the Cartwright family on their ranch, the Ponderosa, was one of the most highly rated programs on television. My father Lawrence Menkin wrote several of the early episodes. Its trademark theme song rose to No. 19 on Billboard's Top Singles chart in 1961
    1974 - Muhammad Ali, boxing champion, named the Associated Press Athlete of the Year.
    1976 - “Donny and Marie” premiered on TV. ABC show hosted by brother-and-sister act Donny and Marie Osmond. There were seven other talented siblings in the Osmond family who appeared on the show at times along with regulars Jim Connell and Hank Garcia. The sister-and-brother team could sing, dance and perform on ice skates.
    1976 - Top Hits
“I Write the Songs” - Barry Manilow (written by my high school friend Bruce Johnston, now plays with the Beach Boys.)
“Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)” - Diana Ross
“Fox on the Run” - Sweet
“Convoy” - C.W. McCall
    1979 – The last Shah of Iran fled with his family to Egypt.
    1980 – Slugger Albert Pujols was born in Santo Domingo, DR.  After a stellar career as 1B for the St. Louis Cardinals, he left in 2011 in free agency for the LA Angels for a reported 10-year deal worth around $254 million.  Beset by injuries since, he still has amassed impressive numbers.  On April 22, 2014, Pujols hit his 499th and 500th home run of his career, becoming the 26th player ever to reach the 500 home run mark and the third youngest to reach it. On September 6, 2014 against the Minnesota Twins, Pujols collected his 2,500th career hit. He also passed the 1,500 run mark in the same game. In the process, he became the fifth player in major league history with 2,500 hits and 500 home runs while maintaining a .310 lifetime batting average, joining Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, Ted Williams, and Manny Ramirez.
    1984 - At the 11th annual American Music Awards, Michael Jackson received eight awards, including favorite pop and soul male vocalist, pop and soul album winner for "Thriller", pop and soul video winner for "Beat It" and best pop song for "Billie Jean".
    1984 - Top Hits
“Say Say Say” - Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
“Owner of a Lonely Heart” - Yes
“Karma Chameleon” - Culture Club
“Slow Burn” - T.G. Sheppard
    1985 – Super Bowl-winning Baltimore Ravens QB, Joe Flacco, was born in Audubon, NJ.  He is the only quarterback in NFL history to win a playoff game in each of his first five seasons, and has taken his team to the playoffs in six of his seven seasons. With Flacco at QB, the Ravens have won the AFC North twice, appeared in three AFC Championship Games, and defeated the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, of which he was named MVP, concluding a postseason run in which he tied Joe Montana’s single postseason record for touchdown passes (11) without an interception.
    1985 - Hugh Hefner took the staples out of "Playboy" magazine, ending its 30-year tradition of stapling centerfold models in the bellybutton. The decision made the centerfold more difficult to remove it.
    1988 - Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder, a pro football gambling expert employed by CBS on its hit show, “The NFL Today”, was fired by the network because of racially insensitive remarks he made the previous day on Martin Luther King, Jr’s. birthday during an interview with WRC-TV in Washington, DC.  [Ralph Mango notes:  years later, I read “Sports in America” by James Michener in 1976.  The reference for which Snyder was terminated dealt with the conscious mating of slaves by plantation owners to produce the strongest and biggest offspring by which to increase production across future generations.  To my surprise and in the context of Snyder’ remarks, Michener included the very same thesis in this book…but there was never any reference to this even as a mild defense for the defenseless comments.]
    1991 - Allied forces launched a major air offensive against Iraq to begin the Gulf War. The strike was designed to destroy Iraqi air defenses, command, control and communication centers. As Desert Shield became Desert Storm, the world was able to see and hear for the first time an initial engagement of war as CNN broadcasters, stationed at Baghdad, broadcasted the attack live. A little known historic fact:  the launch was predicted by pizza orders. At 5am that morning, the Domino's Pizza fast-food chain put out a warning to its franchises that war was likely later that day, based on the record order of pizza the previous night from the Pentagon. The Pentagon is the headquarters of the Department of Defense in Washington, DC, and is the world's largest office building.
    1996 - Jamaica: Authorities open fire on Jimmy Buffett's seaplane, mistaking it for a drug trafficker's plane. U2 singer Bono was with Buffett, but neither was hurt
    1996 - Wayne Newton performs his 25,000th show in Las Vegas.
    1997 - Comedian/actor Bill Cosby's only son was shot to death, the victim of a possible robbery attempt while changing a flat tire on his Mercedes convertible along a freeway, police said. The body of Ennis William Cosby, age 27, was found about 1:45 a.m. in a pool of blood next to the car of a woman passer-by. The murder occurred in a well-to-do area near the Santa Monica Mountains not far from the exclusive Bel-Air section of Los Angeles. The Columbia University graduate student was the son of one of the world's richest entertainers, a man for whom fatherhood was the source of much of his humor
    1997 - Microsoft launched Office 97. It became a best-selling suite of word processing, spreadsheet, database, graphics, and other applications, rapidly become the leading office software suite, holding more than eighty percent of the market. In what is perhaps the only remaining vestige of Microsoft Bob, the company's cutesy animated interface introduced in 1995, Office 97 included animated characters like a talking paperclip and a tiny Einstein to coach users through their computer tasks.
    2001 – President Clinton awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously to former President Theodore Roosevelt for his service in the Spanish-American War.
    2002 - The UN Security Council unanimously established an arms embargo and froze the assets of Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda, and the remaining members of the Taliban.   
    2003 – Space Shuttle Columbia took off for its final mission; it disintegrated 16 days later on re-entry.
    2012 - The English Wikipedia protested anti-piracy legislation proposed by the U.S. Congress by shutting down its website
    2014 - A report from the U.S. Senate on the 2012 Benghazi attack that killed ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, determined that the attack was 'likely preventable'.

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- Tips for Obtaining Financing - Despite Challenged Credit
- State of Leasing and Finance, November, 2017
- Four Types of Interim Rent
Marlin Leasing: 10-Q for Quarter Ended Sept 30, 2017
- Is Competition Dying in the Canadian Equipment Finance Market
- CEO Bill Verhelle Announces Interests in Commercial Finance
- CLFP Foundation Approaches 500 CLFPs
- Companies with 2 or More CLFP’s/Associates
- Hours to Pay Monthly Mortgage in United States
- LEAF CFO Has Left the Building
- More Changes at Bank of the West
- 10 year Chief Sales Officer Leaves Marlin with over $750,000
- NEFA Atlanta Conference
- The Complaint Process for Leasing and Finance Associations
- Top Nine Leasing Company Websites in North America
- Ascentium Capital Class Action Suit Settled?
- Don't Fear the Unsubscribe
- Pine River to Shut $1 Billion Flagship Hedge Fund
- Alleged $11.5 Million Lease Fraud in Canada
- What's Ahead for Fleet Lessors?
- State Licensing and Usury Laws:
   An Updated Overview of a Few Troublesome States
- Shopko-Balboa Capital Summary Judgement Denied
- Who Writes Small Ticket Leases in Today’s Marketplace?
- Changes at Bank of the West Clarification
- Accounting for Leases Under the New Standard, Part 1
- DocuSign is now the electronic signature of choice
   for the federal government
- Class Action/Ascentium Settlement Discussions
- Tax Liens, Foreclosure & Embezzlement
   "How We Saved a Tow Truck Company"
- The Long Drought in Small Business Lending
- LEAF "All-Cash Acquisition"
- Violating California Lender’s License Law?
   This May Prevent You from Being Licensed in the Future
- New Jersey Appeals Court Vacates $1.5 Million
  Attorneys’ Fees Award in Equipment Leasing Dispute
- National Do Not Call Registrys
- Solar Financing Firms
   Working with Third Party Originators
- Referral, Recommendations, Questions, Complaints
- Filing a Complaint Against a Finance or Leasing Company
   in the State of California
- Credit Bureaus Erasing Negative Info
- It's Not the United States with Highest Income Tax
- California Department of Business Oversight Confirms
that Brokers Need Licenses and Lessors Can’t Pay Unlicensed Brokers
- Signs of a Chill in Fintech Funding?
- FinTech #102  by Christopher Menkin
   Menkin has an Epiphany
- Alternate Finance Companies - Subprime
- FICO Score: Excellent to Bad
- Charlie Chan on Balboa Capital
- Reader Complaint About LEAF Financial Investment (Collection)
- How to be a “Leasing Expert Witness”
    and Make Extra Income
- 2014 Survey Reports Expert Witness Hourly Fees
    Record All-Time Highs
- Your Photograph on
Use a Password Generator
- Banks Turn Toward Leasing for More Profit
- Why Leasing News is Different
- Take Your Banker to Lunch
- Lease Police Tips on Judging Vendors
- Alert: Rudy Trebels Back Soliciting Broker Business
- HL Leasing/John Otto--Update
- "The real U.S. Bank Equipment Finance story"
- The Day that Albert Einstein Feared May Have Finally Arrived
- Equipment Finance Agreements Explained/Barry S. Marks
- California License Web Addresses
- Settlement Costs vs. Litigation Costs