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Monday, January 10, 2022

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The Moment You Realize....
Positions Wanted
    Accounts Receivable/Collections
Merchant Cash Advance Broker 16 Years
    Why She Loves MCA
North Mill Capital Reports 2021 as Best Year
    in the Company's History
Today - Monday, January 10, 2022  3:00 pm ET
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Do Something Great - New Searches 2022
    The Ultimate Hire by Ken Lubin, ZRG Partners
Top Ten Leasing News Read by Readers
    January 4 to January 6
Charles K. Schwartz Released from Prison
  to a Halfway House After Serving Half a Term
     By Christopher Menkin, Editor
2021 Annual Report Due March 15, 2022
     California Financing Law Notice
Labrador Retriever Mix
    Grand Island, Nebraska  Adopt-a-Dog
Second Visit - MoonX Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 – California
    By Kevan R. Wilkinson, Leasing News Wine Reviewer
News Briefs---
Unemployment is falling fast,
    adding pressure for interest rate increases
Why Tesla Soared as Other Automakers
    Struggled to Make Cars
GM heralded this plant as a model for its electric car future
    Then its batteries started exploding
Wordle is Now in Leasing News (Below Traffic Live)
    How to Play

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    Champions Ponder Why

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The Moment You Realize 2022 is
Pronounced "2020 too"

"What, Me Worry?"


Positions Wanted
Accounts Receivable/Collections

Ray Borgaard

Senior Accounts Receivable and Collections professional with over 30 years of experience. Have successfully and consistently reduced DSO and increased cash flow during my entire career. Have worked with Fortune 500 "C" Suite level to resolve large outstanding balances. This has been done by dealing on a one on one with these individuals after written correspondence has not resolved the delinquency.

Have worked well with marketing, contact administrators, and credit to resolve any contractual issues that are preventing payment. Looking for an opportunity with a company that can utilize my experience to have better control and results for the future.
References furnished upon request.

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Merchant Cash Advance Broker 16 Years
Why She Loves MCA

Barbara Franquie
Managing Partner
Power Capital, Tampa, Florida

I like to say I love Merchant Cash Advance. I have been doing this for 16 years. I am now doing SBA loans also. I have become successful in buying out debt for the merchants and also gaining friends along the way. When you take a merchant that is in deep debt and you turn it around and help them, there is a sense of healing.

You just healed the merchant/business/person of burdens they don't want once they are funded. They may have gained a property, got out of high payments, but gained something. I am here to help, so if anyone needs help, I can help on how to get merchants that are in need. I can do almost anything to help financially.

2022 is going to be about help not about me. Once I help someone, the good deed will be reciprocated in ways I cannot imagine. Tired of working with devious sales people #business #payments #people #property #love #sales #help looking to make a quick buck and run like they never built relationships.

Hey! We need to make a relationship someway somehow to get into heaven right? So make the right relationships in life and it will get you on the right path.

Barbara Franquie

(This originally appeared in a response).


North Mill Capital Reports 2021 as Best Year
in the Company's History

While major leasing and finance media survey state business and  confidence are down, North Mill Equipment Finance LLC (“NMEF”), recognized 2021 as the best year in the company’s six decades-long history. Organic originations reached an all-time high while delinquencies hit an all-time low. They are not the only one with press releases about how good business has been for them.

David C. Lee, Chairman and CEO, North Mill, observed, “While the year 2021 posed many challenges, it turned out to be an extraordinarily successful year as our key performance indicators skyrocketed across the board.

 “In the last three years, North Mill has burgeoned into a premium lender that has established a proven track record of innovation, execution, and operational excellence.  Most notably, the partnerships that we’ve forged with our referral partners have allowed us to attain a level of success never before realized at this company.”

According to Pier Snider, EVP, CFO, “NMEF’s annual volume for 2021 increased 69% over prior year to $309M. The number of submitted applications rose to more than 19k, representing a 13% increase over 2020 submissions. Demonstrating an improvement in efficiency and quality, the company funded 3.6K of those deals, a 51% increase year-over-year.

North Mill opened three new regional offices in 2021. An office in Irvine, California was opened to better service larger referral partners for the company’s discounting programs while an office in Vorhees, New Jersey was established to leverage NMEF’s expanding workforce on the east coast near the Philadelphia metropolitan area.  NMEF’s acquisition of Aztec Financial in September added an office in Murray, Utah.

While annual indicators exceeded expectations, quarterly and monthly figures were also record-breaking. The fourth quarter of 2021 was exceptionally noteworthy as it, too, exemplifies the progression in the organization’s efficiency. NMEF experienced a 95% increase in volume in the 4Q 2021 vs the same period in 2020 while processing the same number of applications during the two periods. Moreover, December saw yet another new record funding volume level of $36.3M, a year-over-year increase of 83% while weighted average FICO increased to 730.



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Do Something Great - New Searches 2022

The Ultimate Hire by Ken Lubin, ZRG Partners

Welcome to 2022!  It is time for New Year's Resolutions, personal growth and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. Each one of us are being challenged like never before, so it is time to look at the opportunity in the chaos. Hiring is stronger than ever and the ability to take yourself to be a game changer is right in front you. You could stay content and be stagnant or be bold and make a move! It's time to do something great!

Below are the list of searches for which we have been retained. If you think you could be a fit or know anyone that could be, feel free to reach out to me at

  1. CEO- of a leading private equity owned independent equipment finance company. Must be based in the Northeast. Looking r someone to transform the business into a modern day growth machine.
  1. CEO/COO to build a De Novo Start up in the small and middle ticket equipment finance and leasing space for one of the largest Global Investment Funds. If you ever wanted to build your own business, this is your chance.
  1. Chief Revenue Officer- for a major arbitration and mediation player- they are looking for someone who can be a catalyst for growth and help take the company to the next level - amazing equity play.
  1. President/CMO (Chief Marketing Officer). New subsidiary of a leading FinTech. If you are CMO or Marketing leader that wants to build and run your own business, this is your chance to step into the lead role. My client is looking for someone with extensive experience as a lead gen aggregator. One of the coolest businesses I have seen in a while with a team that is open to new ideas and developing into one of the leaders in the market.
  1. Head of Vendor Finance.  Global Independent is looking for a sales leader to oversee a team of top-notch business leaders and salespeople. Looking for someone that has strong middle market vendor experience in the hard asset space.
  1. Director of a Zero Emissions Vehicles Finance business. A Global Investment bank is looking for a leader build and grow a Zero Emission vehicle and infrastructure project finance business.  If you are an EV Person who is looking among the first few entrants to invest in the space, this is the place to do it.
  1. Business Development (multiple). Equipment Finance- (direct and vendor). A top tier storied credit player in the market. “There is no such thing as a bad credit, just a bad structure”. If you are an expert in doing storied credits or are missing the boat on deals your company won’t do, this is the place for you.
  1. A top tier Bank Owned Equipment Finance company is looking for a number of key hires.  1. BD Municipal Finance, 2. BD Clean Tech/Renewable, 3. Clean Tech Sr. Underwriter 4. BD- 3rd Party Originations. They have become one of the strongest players in the industry.
  1. Director of Marketing (multiple) for a leading telematics player in the over-the-road trucking industry. This game changing technology has become instrumental in the speed, safety, and profitability in this extremely important supply chain space.

The time is now to make a change going into 2022.

If you have any questions and would like to chat, email me at

Ken Lubin
Managing Director
ZRG Partners, LLC
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C: 508-733-4789
"What is the Ultimate Hire? The Ultimate Hire is the professional that every business, team or leader needs in their organization. This is the high performance individual that always rises to the top, brings the team to the next level and can significantly add to the bottom line. The Ultimate Hire is the person that you can't afford to be without. Finding, Attracting, Hiring and Retaining these professionals is critical to the success of your business. We have identified these traits and can help you find these top professionals."

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Top Ten Leasing News Read by Reade
January 4 to January 6

(1) Lovern J. Gordon, CLFP
2021 Leasing News Person of the Year

(2) Lovern J. Gordon, CLFP, Reacts
to being named 2021 Person of the Yea

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

(4) Legal Editor Ken Greene Requested a Statement in
Commitment Letters due to California and New York Laws

(5) Crypto Investors Will Soon Realize that Currency
  Was Created for Control, Not Convenience
By Dr. Dan Geller

(6) Results from 2021 Compensation and Production Survey
Wheeler Business Consulting

(7) Visualizing the $94 Trillion
World Economy in One Chart

(8) Ralph Mango, located in Northern Virginia, Was Without
Power for 19 hours Monday and Tuesday

(9) Previous Leasing Persons of the Year
Several for Careers of their Body of Work

(10) Where and When Did American Move in 2021
United Van Lines 45 Annual National Movers Study


Charles K. Schwartz Released from Prison
to a Halfway House After Serving Half a Term
By Christopher Menkin, Editor

(Mug shot: Essex County Corrections Facility)

Originally Scheduled Release Date: 07/08/2024
Located At: RRM, New York

Where do federal inmates go after release?

After leaving prison, most inmates do not go directly home but instead go to a transitional facility known as a halfway house. As the name implies, it is not prison and it most certainly not home, but it is closer to home. These are all operated by private companies under the supervision of the BOP.

Over $30 million was lost by many leasing companies and banks around 2010.

Charles Schwartz through his company Allied Health Care, Orange, New Jersey, built a list of leasing companies he was doing business with for defibrillators he allegedly rented to individuals, hospitals, and nursing homes. If he had a $500,000 lease at one company paying on time, then another, all of a sudden he was "accepted," part of the "pre-approved group." Those who saw them were convinced the emperor was wearing clothes. They were presented by reputable companies, He originally wrote Leasing News (and quoted online) when we did the first alert that they had done $16 million, $18 million, just recently $6 million, another in New York doing 16 leases, and asking how could I malign such a company.

The bankers were blinded because the company had already been accepted by other banks and leasing companies, $15 million at Sun National Bank, and several $250,000 leases as part of portfolio's purchased by Bank of the West and Key, to name a few, He then had a credit reference at Bank of the West for $3 million, and Key, paying on time. He was acceptable. Other banks found him acceptable, therefore he is acceptable to us.

Most of the transactions were $300,000 to $500,000, several a million dollars, and a few higher. Rates were 15% to 19% APR, some higher. He had a Ponzi scheme making payments with each new transaction until Leasing News along with Bernie Boettigheimer of Lease Police and John Kenney, who became General Manager, came up with the actual cost of equipment and confirmed through the original manufacture the various phony invoices.

Tax returns were verified with the IRS by Leasing News, on the vendor, lessee, and the individuals. Many of the banks also did a tax verification as well as many site inspections (all at Allied’s place of business). He hid behind HIPA to avoid doing inspections atlessees’ home addresses. And yes, the financial statements matched the tax returns, but they were not audited statements.

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2021 Annual Report Due March 15, 2022
 California Financing Law Notice

Pursuant to Financial Code section 22159(a), all DFPI California Financing Law licensees are required to submit the annual report on or before March 15, 2022, even if the licensee had no business activity in the calendar year 2021.  Failure to submit the annual report by the due date will result in penalties pursuant to Financial Code section 22715(b).

For a penalty matrix reflecting the penalties assessable based on the late-filing date:

The form and instructions for submitting the Annual Report are available on the DFPI’s website here on January 4, 2022.  Annual Reports must be submitted electronically through the DFPI portal account.  To submit the Annual Report, you are required to have a registered DFPI portal account.  To sign in to or register for a portal account, go to the DFPI’s website:

For questions about the content of the Report or clarification on the instructions, please email or call (866) 275-2677:

If you have questions about your portal account, please contact the Account Administrator (Albert Mercado) at (213) 220-5140 or email

We strongly recommend licensees start gathering the data to ensure they can timely file their 2021 Annual Report.

Your responses in the Annual Report will be made available to the Public for inspection, except, upon request in the Annual Report to the Commissioner, the balance sheet contained in the Annual Report of a sole proprietor or any other non-publicly traded persons.

 Authority: Financial Code sections 22159(a), 22715(a), and 22715(b).

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Grand Island, NE 68801
(308) 385-5305


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Second Visit - MoonX Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 – California
By Kevan R. Wilkinson, Leasing News Wine Reviewer

This is my second “visit” to the MoonX. The first was the MoonX Red Blend 2020, which was outstanding (you can read about it in a recent Leasing News wine review below). So, I was curious to see how the Cabernet Sauvignon 2020 fared. Well, I was very impressed. This wine costs just $6.99 a bottle, and it’s one of those value-priced wines that I will not soon forget. It’s a medium-bodied cabernet from California with loads of blackberries, boysenberries, raspberries, cocoa, vanilla, and subtle oak, and it paired well with a Margherita pizza and salad.

The MoonX Cabernet 2020 is a remarkable wine; the palate is smooth and lingering, and the finish is pleasant. I know it’s early in the year, but the MoonX might end up being one of the bargain cabernets of 2022. Available exclusively at Trader Joe’s for $6.99/bottle.

My wife opened a bottle of MoonX Pinot last night and I was not expecting anything extraordinary. We were both amazed at how delicious it was. One glass of wine each. Only $6.99 a bottle! One of my favorite Pinots in a long time.

Will be buying half a case this weekend as Trader Joe’s is fully stocked with Pinot by MoonX. The cabernet and red blend flies off the shelves, but they get it in periodically.

Kevan R. Wilkinson | Digital Content Manager | BALBOA CAPITAL | |

Wine Reviews


News Briefs---

Unemployment is falling fast,
     adding pressure for interest rate increases

Why Tesla Soared as Other Automakers
    Struggled to Make Cars

GM heralded this plant as a model for its electric car future
    Then its batteries started exploding

Wordle is Now in News Briefs (Below Traffic Live)
    How to Play


You May Have Missed---

‘Jeopardy!’ Keeps Seeing Winning Streaks
Champions Ponder Why



Sports Briefs---

49ers rally from 17 down to beat Rams
     in OT, reach the playoffs

Jaguars Clinch No. 1 Overall Pick in 2022
NFL Draft with Lions' Win over Packers

Colts, Carson Wentz's Disastrous Collapse
Puts Indianapolis' Future in Jeopardy

Dallas Cowboys move up to No. 3 seed,
will host San Francisco 49ers in wild card round

Chiefs stay alive for No. 1 seed in AFC
with 13th consecutive win over Broncos

Patriots have the feel of a one-and-done playoff
team after a bad loss to Dolphins

Raiders very likely to conduct new GM search

NFL playoff picture in Week 18: Colts' loss to Jaguars
creates postseason opportunity for Steelers

Denver Broncos fire head coach Vic Fangio
after second straight last-place finish


California Nuts Briefs---

California Gov. Newsom proposes $2.7 billion
    to amplify COVID-19 response efforts

L.A. County sets another daily record with more
than 45,000 coronavirus cases

More than 3,000 PG&E customers still waiting on power
2 weeks after Sierra Nevada storm



"Gimme that wine"

5 wine predictions for 2022

The What and Why of Orange Wines
By Eric Asimov

Santa Margherita Owners Buy a Willamette Winery
from an Oregon Pioneer

“Gimme that Wine”

Free Wine App

Wine Prices by vintage


This Day in History

     1776 - Thomas Paine published "Common Sense." The pamphlet, 50 pages, according to, contained the first demand for independence for the American colonies, sold 100,000 copies the first three months and up to 500,000 before the year-end. No other book in the U.S. has had such a quick or large sale relative to population. The pamphlet was highly influential in swinging the tide of the popular opinion toward a clean break with the mother country. It is said the pamphlet influenced the authors of the Declaration of Independence who followed its objectives very closely.
Paine was born in England in 1737 and worked as a corset maker in his teens. He also worked as a sailor and schoolteacher before becoming a prominent pamphleteer. In 1774, Paine arrived in Philadelphia and came to support American independence. His 47-page pamphlet sold some 500,000 copies and had a powerful influence on American opinion. Paine served in the U.S. Army and worked for the Committee of Foreign Affairs before returning to Europe in 1787. Back in England, he continued writing pamphlets in support of revolution. He released The Rights of Man, supporting the French revolution in 1791-2, in answer to Edmund Burke's famous “Reflections on the Revolution in France” (1790). His sentiments were highly unpopular with the British government, so he fled to France but was later arrested for his political opinions. He returned to the United States in 1802 and died in New York in 1809.
    1800 - Savannah, GA, received a foot and a half of snow, and ten inches blanketed Charleston, SC. It was the heaviest snowfall of record for the immediate Coastal Plain of the southeastern U.S.
    1847 - Gen. Kearny and Commodore Stockton recaptured Los Angeles from California rebels.
    1860 - Pemberton Mill, in Lawrence, Massachusetts, suddenly collapses, trapping 900 workers, mostly Irish women. Fire breaks out, adding to the terror and destruction. 116 women are seriously hurt, while 88 are killed. The fire inquest reveals the cast-iron pillars used to support construction were too weak for the brick walls and heavy machinery.
    1861 - Florida became the third state to secede from the Union to join the Confederacy.
    1864 - George Washington Carver, scientist and discoverer of over 300 products from the peanut and sweet potato, may have been born near what is now Diamond, MO.  Carver was apparently born a slave and we don't know even the year of his birth; however, it seems to have been between 1858 and 1865.

    1878 – California senator A.A. Sargent, a close friend of Susan B. Anthony, introduced a women’s suffrage amendment known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment into the Senate.  Elizabeth Cady Stanton and other women testified before the Senate in support of the amendment.   The proposal sat in a committee until it was considered by the full Senate and rejected in a 16-to-34 vote in 1887.   An amendment proposed in 1888 in the U.S. House of Representatives called for limited suffrage for women who were spinsters or widows who owned property.  It was not until 1920 that the amendment was signed into law as the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote.
1880 - American Emperor Norton I, self-proclaimed, is buried today at Masonic Cemetery in San Francisco. The funeral cortege was two miles long, 10,000-30,000 people turned out to pay homage and celebrate.
    1887 - Robinson Jeffers (d. 1962), American poet and playwright, born at Pittsburgh, PA.
    1897 - Birthday of guitarist Sam Chatman (d. 1983), Bolton, MS.
    1904 - Birthday of Ray Bolger, born Raymond Wallace Bulcao (d. 1987), Dorchester, MA. Dancer, actor in “The Wizard of Oz,” he also had a television show that ran for two seasons on ABC.
    1908 - Birthday of actor Paul Henried (d. 1992), Trieste, Austria. He once estimated that he had played in or directed more than 300 feature or made-for-TV films. Though a staunch anti-Nazi, his early film roles included a number of German roles, including “Goodbye Mr. Chips” and “Night Train.” He eventually moved away from the German stereotype in such films as “Of Human Bondage” and “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.” His film career cut short by the anti-Communist blacklist in Hollywood during the 1940s but Henried found a second calling as a director, directing more than 80 episodes of TV’s “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.”  He is perhaps best known however for his role as Victor Laslo in "Casablanca." He is best known to me as I dated his daughter in high school.
    1911 - The temperature dropped 47 degrees in 15 minutes at Rapid City, SD.
    1920 - Due to the Treaty of Versailles, the League of Nations came into existence. Fifty nations entered into a covenant designed to avoid war. The US never joined the League of Nations, which dissolved April 18, 1946.
    1925 - Birthday of jazz drummer Max Roach (d. 2007), Pasquotank County, NC.
    1927 - Blues singer Johnnie Ray (d. 1990) born, The Dalles, Oregon.   Highly popular for most of the 1950s, Ray, who was partially deaf, has been cited by critics as a major precursor to what would become rock and roll, for his jazz and blues-influenced music and his animated stage personality.  Ray was "a sensation in the 1950s, the heart-wrenching vocal delivery of 'Cry' ... influenced many acts including Elvis and was the prime target for teen hysteria in the pre-Presley days."  Ray's dramatic stage performances and melancholic songs have been credited by music historians as precursory to later performers.  Tony Bennett called Ray the "father of rock and roll" and historians have noted him as a pioneering figure in the development of the genre.  “Cry” was a No.1 hit on the Billboard charts in 1951 and one side of one of the biggest two-sided hits, as the flip side, “The Little White Cloud That Cried,” reached No.2 on the Billboard chart.
    1927 - Birthday of sax player Allan Eager (d. 2003), New York.
    1931 - Birthday of Marlene Sanders (d. 2015), Shaker Heights, OH.  Pioneering American woman broadcast journalist, she is the first woman to anchor a network evening news broadcast. She became a vice president and director of TV documentaries.
    1935 - Singer Eddy Clearwater (d. 2018), Macon Mississippi.,+Eddy.html
    1935 - Ronnie Hawkins, a pioneer of rock 'n' roll in Canada, was born in Huntsville, Arkansas, two days after Elvis.  Hawkins has been a father figure to many of Canada's leading rock musicians and the graduates of his bands include the groups Crowbar and The Band, as well as Dom Troiano, King Biscuit Boy and David Clayton-Thomas.  Rompin' Ronnie Hawkins began touring the Ontario night club circuit in 1958 with his band the Hawks. In 1959, he scored on the US charts with "Mary Lou" and "40 Days." Hawkins has remained in Canada since then, leaving his Ontario base only occasionally, as he did in 1976 to appear at The Band's farewell concert in San Francisco.
    1937 - Birthday of Gisele Mackenzie (d. 2003), Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Canadian singer, star of “Your Hit Parade” TV show during the 1950s.
    1938 - Willie McCovey (d. 2018), Baseball Hall of Fame San Francisco first baseman, born in Mobile, AL.  “Stretch” played over a 22-year career between 1959 and 1980, 19 seasons with the Giants and three more for the Padres and A’s. A fearsome left-handed hitter, he was a six-time All-Star, three-time home run champion, MVP, and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986 in his first year of eligibility, only the 16th man so honored.  McCovey was known as a dead-pull, line drive hitter, causing some teams to employ a shift against him long before it became as commonplace as today.  Seventh on baseball's all-time home run list when he retired, McCovey was called "the scariest hitter in baseball" by pitcher Bob Gibson, seconded by Reggie Jackson.  McCovey lashed 521 home runs, 231 launched in Candlestick Park, the most there by any player. One, on September 16, 1966, was described as the longest ever hit in that stadium. 
    1939 - Actor-singer Sal Mineo (d. 1975) was born in New York City. Better known for his acting than his singing, he did manage a top-ten record in 1957, "Start Movin'." On February 12th, 1975, Mineo was found murdered in Los Angeles.  For two years, the police searched in vain for clues to the killer’s identity. At first, they suspected that Mineo’s work for prison reform had put him in contact with a dangerous ex-con. Then their focus shifted to Mineo’s personal life. Investigators had discovered that his home was filled with pictures of nude men. But the homosexual pornography also failed to turn up any leads. Then, out of the blue, Michigan authorities reported that Lionel Williams, arrested on bad check charges, was bragging to everyone that he had killed Mineo. Although he later retracted his stories, at about the same time, his wife back in Los Angeles told police that he had come home the night of the murder drenched in blood. However, there was one major discrepancy– Williams was black with an Afro and all of the eyewitnesses had described the perpetrator as a white man with long brown hair. Fortunately, the police were able to unearth an old photo of Williams in which his hair had been dyed brown and processed so that it was straight and long. In addition, the medical examiner had made a cast of Mineo’s knife wound and police were able to match it to the description of the knife provided by Williams’ wife. Lionel Williams was convicted and given a sentence of life in prison.
    1943 - Singer Jim Croce (d. 1973) was born in Philadelphia. His narrative songs, such as "Bad Bad Leroy Brown" and "You Don't Mess Around With Jim," were extremely popular in the early '70s. Like Otis Redding, Croce's greatest popularity came after his death…and like Redding, Croce was killed in a plane crash.
    1943 - FOURNIER, WILLIAM G., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company M, 35th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. Place and date: Mount Austen, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, 10 January 1943. Entered service at: Winterport, Maine. Birth: Norwich, Conn. G.O. No.: 28, 5 June 1943. Citation: For gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty. As leader of a machinegun section charged with the protection of other battalion units, his group was attacked by a superior number of Japanese, his gunner killed, his assistant gunner wounded, and an adjoining gun crew put out of action. Ordered to withdraw from this hazardous position, Sgt. Fournier refused to retire but rushed forward to the idle gun and, with the aid of another soldier who joined him, held up the machinegun by the tripod to increase its field action. They opened fire and inflicted heavy casualties upon the enemy. While so engaged both these gallant soldiers were killed, but their sturdy defensive was a decisive factor in the following success of the attacking battalion.
    1943 - HALL, LEWIS, Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, Company M, 35th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. Place and date: Mount Austen, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, 10 January 1943. Entered service at: Obetz, Rural Station 7, Columbus, Ohio. Born: 1895, Bloom, Ohio. G.O. No.: 28, 5 June 1943. Citation: For gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty. As leader of a machinegun squad charged with the protection of other battalion units, his group was attacked by a superior number of Japanese, his gunner killed, his assistant gunner wounded, and an adjoining gun crew put out of action. Ordered to withdraw from his hazardous position, he refused to retire but rushed forward to the idle gun and with the aid of another soldier who joined him and held up the machinegun by the tripod to increase its field of action he opened fire and inflicted heavy casualties upon the enemy. While so engaged both these gallant soldiers were killed, but their sturdy defense was a decisive factor in the following success of the attacking battalion.
    1945 - BERTOLDO, VITO R., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Master Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company A, 242d Infantry, 42d Infantry Division. Place and date: Hatten, France, 9-10 January 1945. Entered service at: Decatur, 111. Born: 1 December 1916, Decatur, 111. G.O. No.: 5, 10 January 1946. Citation: He fought with extreme gallantry while guarding 2 command posts against the assault of powerful infantry and armored forces which had overrun the battalion's main line of resistance. On the close approach of enemy soldiers, he left the protection of the building he defended and set up his gun in the street, there to remain for almost 12 hours driving back attacks while in full view of his adversaries and completely exposed to 88-mm., machinegun and small-arms fire. He moved back inside the command post, strapped his machinegun to a table and covered the main approach to the building by firing through a window, remaining steadfast even in the face of 88-mm. fire from tanks only 75 yards away. One shell blasted him across the room, but he returned to his weapon. When 2 enemy personnel carriers led by a tank moved toward his position, he calmly waited for the troops to dismount and then, with the tank firing directly at him, leaned out of the window and mowed down the entire group of more than 20 Germans. Some time later, removal of the command post to another building was ordered. M/Sgt. Bertoldo voluntarily remained behind, covering the withdrawal of his comrades and maintaining his stand all night. In the morning he carried his machinegun to an adjacent building used as the command post of another battalion and began a day-long defense of that position. He broke up a heavy attack, launched by a self-propelled 88-mm. gun covered by a tank and about 15 infantrymen. Soon afterward another 88-mm. weapon moved up to within a few feet of his position, and, placing the muzzle of its gun almost inside the building, fired into the room, knocking him down and seriously wounding others. An American bazooka team set the German weapon afire, and M/Sgt. Bertoldo went back to his machinegun dazed as he was and killed several of the hostile troops as they attempted to withdraw. It was decided to evacuate the command post under the cover of darkness, but before the plan could be put into operation the enemy began an intensive assault supported by fire from their tanks and heavy guns. Disregarding the devastating barrage, he remained at his post and hurled white phosphorous grenades into the advancing enemy troops until they broke and retreated. A tank less than 50 yards away fired at his stronghold, destroyed the machinegun and blew him across the room again but he once more returned to the bitter fight and, with a rifle, single-handedly covered the withdrawal of his fellow soldiers when the post was finally abandoned. With inspiring bravery and intrepidity M/Sgt. Bertoldo withstood the attack of vastly superior forces for more than 48 hours without rest or relief, time after time escaping death only by the slightest margin while killing at least 40 hostile soldiers and wounding many more during his grim battle against the enemy hordes.
    1945 - Erskine Hawkins records “Tippin’ In.” Victor 20-1639
    1945 - Birthday of singer Rod Stewart, London, England.
    1946 - On the 26th anniversary of the establishment of the unsuccessful League of Nations, delegates from 51 nations met at London, England, for the first meeting of the UN General Assembly.
    1946 - Top Hits
Symphony - The Freddy Martin Orchestra (vocal: Clyde Rogers)
It Might as Well Be Spring - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Billy Williams)
I Can’t Begin to Tell You - Bing Crosby with the Carmen Cavallaro Orchestra
White Cross on Okinawa - Bob Wills.
    1947 - U.S. Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall prayed: 'May we resolve, God helping us, to be part of the answer, and not part of the problem.'
    1949 - The Radio Corporation of America, known as RCA, announced the new 7-inch, 45 rpm phonograph record. Known familiarly as the 45, the record with the big hole in the middle, the invention would forever change the pop music business. RCA manufactured a record player that would only play 45s, that had a fat spindle to made "stacking wax" easy and automatic.
    1949 - Snow was reported at San Diego, CA, for the first and only time since 1882. Snow was noted even on some of the beaches in parts of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Burbank reported 4.7 inches, and Long Beach and Laguna Beach received one inch of snow.
    1952 - Cecil B. DeMille's circus extravaganza, “The Greatest Show on Earth,” opened in the United States. Starring Betty Hutton, Cornel Wilde, Charlton Heston, and Dorothy Lamour, the film did well at the box office, and won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Writing. Famous clown Emmett Kelly appeared in a cameo.
    1953 - Perry Como's "Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes" hits #1.
    1953 – Singer Pat Benatar was born Patricia Mae Andrzejewski in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
    1954 - Top Hits
Oh! My Pa-Pa - Eddie Fisher
Changing Partners - Patti Page
The Gang that Sang ‘Heart of My Heart’ - The Four Aces
Bimbo - Jim Reeves
    1956 - Elvis Presley made his first recordings as an RCA Victor artist. At sessions in Nashville, Tennessee, Elvis recorded "Heartbreak Hotel," "I Was the One," "I’m Counting on You," "I Got a Woman" and "Money Honey." By April 11, 1956, "Heartbreak Hotel" was #1, staying there for eight weeks. It was #1 on both the pop and rhythm and blues charts, as well at placing fifth on the country music list.
    1956 - The Supreme Court unanimously strikes down two Alabama laws requiring racial segregation on public buses.
    1958 - "Great Balls of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis became the number-one song in the US. Later in the year, many radio stations began banning his records because of his marriage to his 13-year-old cousin.
    1960 - To this date, Marty Robbins' "El Paso," held the record for the longest #1 song. The song was 5 minutes and 19 seconds long, sending radio station Program Directors into fits because the average length at that time was around 2 minutes. Formats at stations didn’t allow for records much longer than that. For example, 2-minute record, 3 minutes for commercials, 60 seconds for promo, 2-minute record, etc. DJs quickly got used to the longer length, realizing it gave them time, to think of what to say next.  “El Paso” is #55 on the Rolling Stone All Time Greatest Country & Western list and its reign as the longest #1 song has been overtaken by Don McLean’s anthem, “American Pie,” at 8:42.
    1962 - Top Hits
The Lion Sleeps Tonight - The Tokens
The Twist - Chubby Checker
Peppermint Twist - Joey Dee & The Starliters
Walk on By - Leroy Van Dyke
    1967 - The National Educational Television (NET), New York City, interconnected 70 of its 100 independent affiliated educational stations for a live broadcast and analysis of President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s State of the Union message. Regularly scheduled noncommercial network broadcasting began on November 5, 1967, with the premiere of the Public Broadcast laboratory over the NET network. Until around this time television news went from 15 minutes to 30 minutes formats.
The only long standing news programs were “60 Minutes” and “Meet the Press.”
    1967 - Lester Garfield Maddox, a restaurant owner and avowed racist with an axe to grind who made national headlines for his opposition to desegregation, is sworn in as governor of Georgia. Maddox, a high school dropout, achieved notoriety in 1964 when he used violence to drive African Americans from his Pickrick Restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia. In defiance of federal civil rights legislation calling for desegregation of restaurants and other public places, he passed out ax handles to white customers at his eatery to prevent its integration. Later in the year, he closed the establishment rather than be forced to serve African Americans.
    1967 - President Johnson, in his annual State of the Union message to Congress, asks for enactment of a 6 percent surcharge on personal and corporate income taxes to help support the Vietnam War for two years, or "for as long as the unusual expenditures associated with our efforts continue." Congress delayed for almost a year, but eventually passed the surcharge. The U.S. expenditure in Vietnam for fiscal year 1967 would be $21 billion.
    1968 - SASSER, CLARENCE EUGENE, Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Specialist Fifth Class (then Pfc.), U.S. Army, Headquarters Company, 3d Battalion, 60th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division. Place and date: Ding Tuong Province, Republic of Vietnam, 10 January 1968. Entered service at: Houston, Tex. Born: 12 September 1947, Chenango, Tex. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sp5c. Sasser distinguished himself while assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3d Battalion. He was serving as a medical aide man with Company A, 3d Battalion, on a reconnaissance in force operation. His company was making an air assault when suddenly it was taken under heavy small arms, recoilless rifle, machinegun and rocket fire from well fortified enemy positions on 3 sides of the landing zone. During the first few minutes, over 30 casualties were sustained. Without hesitation, Sp5c. Sasser ran across an open rice paddy through a hail of fire to assist the wounded. After helping 1 man to safety, was painfully wounded in the left shoulder by fragments of an exploding rocket. Refusing medical attention, he ran through a barrage of rocket and automatic weapons fire to aid casualties of the initial attack and, after giving them urgently needed treatment, continued to search for other wounded. Despite 2 additional wounds immobilizing his legs, he dragged himself through the mud toward another soldier 100 meters away. Although in agonizing pain and faint from loss of blood, Sp5c. Sasser reached the man, treated him, and proceeded on to encourage another group of soldiers to crawl 200 meters to relative safety. There he attended their wounds for 5 hours until they were evacuated. Sp5c. Sasser's extraordinary heroism is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
    1968 - Aretha Franklin earns her fourth gold single with "Chain of Fools." The record goes on to win the 1968 Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a female.
    1969 - Elvis Presley’s, "Don’t Cry Daddy," entered the pop music charts' Top 10. The song contains a duet with country artist Ronnie Milsap.
    1969 - After 147 years in publication, the final issue of "The Saturday Evening Post" was produced, although years later it would return in limited publication. Norman Rockwell’s art was popular in the "Post."
    1970 - Top Hits
Raindrop Keep Fallin’ on My Head - B.J. Thomas
Someday We’ll Be Together - Diana Ross & The Supremes
I Want You Back - The Jackson 5
Baby, (Baby I Know You’re a Lady) - David Houston
    1972 - The Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 120—104, to snap the longest winning streak in major professional sports at 33 games. Milwaukee’s Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, later to play for the Lakers, scored 39 points to hand Los Angeles its first loss since Oct 31, 1971.
    1975 - The "Storm of the Century" hit Minnesota. A severe blizzard moved northward across the state producing up to two feet of snow. High winds drove wind chill readings to 80 degrees below zero, and at Duluth, the barometric pressure dipped to 28.55 inches. The storm, which claimed 35 lives, occurred on the 102nd anniversary of the infamous "Pioneer Blizzard" in Minnesota.
    1975 - Al Green earns his 12th gold record for the album "Al Green Explores Your Mind." Twelve days later, he earns his 13th gold record for the album's hit single, "Sha-La-La (Make Me Happy)."
    1978 - Top Hits
How Deep is Your Love - Bee Gees
Baby Come Back - Player
You’re in My Heart (The Final Acclaim) - Rod Stewart
Take This Job and Shove It - Johnny Paycheck
    1980 - Composer John Williams succeeded the late Arthur Fiedler as the conductor of the Boston Pops.
    1981 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Double Fantasy" goes platinum, a little over a month after Lennon's assassination. The album is Number One for eight weeks.
    1982 - San Fran­cisco 49ers wide receiver Dwight Clark jumped high in the Candlestick Park end zone to snare a touchdown pass from Joe Montana with 58 seconds left in the game as the 49ers defeated the Dallas Cow­boys, 28-27, in the NFC championship game. “The Catch,” as the play came to be called, propelled San Fran­cisco to Super Bowl XVI, which they won, 26-21, over the Cincinnati Bengals.  Thus began the NFL’s “Team of the 1980s” that would become the first NFL team to win 5 Super Bowls.
    1982 - Cincinnati defeats San Diego 27-7 in the coldest game in NFL history. The temperature at kickoff of the AFC Championship Game is -9, with a wind-chill factor of -59.
    1982 - The temperature at O'Hare Airport in Chicago plunged to an all-time record of 26 degrees below zero and high winds drove the wind chill reading to 77 degrees below zero. The temperature in Downtown Chicago reached 23 degrees below zero. A week later a second arctic surge sent the temperature plunging back down to 25 degrees below zero
    1984 - Cyndi Lauper becomes the first female recording artist since 1967 to be nominated for five Grammy Awards, for her debut album, She's So Unusual. Lauper was nominated for Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Performance (Female), Record of the Year, and Song of the Year. She won the Best New Artist award. Lauper became the first artist in rock history to achieve four Top 10 singles from a debut album, including "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," "She Bop," and her first No. 1 single, "Time After Time."
    1986 - Top Hits
Say You, Say Me - Lionel Richie
Party All the Time - Eddie Murphy
That’s What Friends are For - Dionne & Friends
Morning Desire - Kenny Rogers
    1987 - Madonna's video about a pregnant teenager, "Papa Don't Preach," won the top award on the first World Music Video Awards. The three-hour program was co-produced by Canada's MuchMusic Network and Europe's Sky Channel. It was telecast live via satellite to five continents.
    1989 - The first documented January tornado of record in Utah struck the south part of Sandy. Asphalt shingles were driven one half inch into a fence. According to The Weather Channel, clear skies, light winds, and up to 24 inches of snow cover, allowed the temperature to plunge to 45 degrees below zero at Roseau, MN, and to -43 degrees at Warroad, MN. The afternoon high at Grand Forks, ND was 16 degrees below zero.
    1990 - Strong southerly winds ahead of a Pacific cold front helped temperatures in the central U.S. soar as much as 50 degrees during the day. A total of fifty cities in the central U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date, with afternoon highs in the 70s reported as far north as Nebraska and eastern Colorado. Highs of 53 at Devils Lake, ND, 76 at Grand Island, NE, 73 at Lincoln, NE, and 73 at North Platte, NE, established records for the month of January.
    1991 - Clint Black became the 66th member of the Grand Ole Opry during the taping of the show's 65th anniversary celebration.
    1993 - The greatest single snowstorm ever at Salt Lake City, UT came to an end. The four-day storm dumped 23.3 inches of snow on the city breaking the previous record of 21.6 inches set from March 12th to the 15th, 1944.
    1994 - WordPerfect announced it would begin charging for telephone support. Previously, the company had not only provided free support but also picked up the tab for the phone call through a toll-free line. The move reflected the growing battle for revenue in the software business, as lower prices hurt profit margins. It also was a poor business judgment as it drove more users toward Microsoft Word.
    1995 - "Late Late Show" with Tom Snyder premieres on CBS at 12:30 AM
    1995 - Top Hits
On Bended Knee - Boyz II Men
Creep - TLC
Another Night - Real McCoy
Always - Bon Jovi
    1996 - A clipper-type system produced more snow over the mid-Atlantic and northeast. On the 9th, 3-6 inches of snow fell in the Washington, DC-Baltimore, MD area, still digging out from the blizzard just two days earlier. The clipper intensified over the waters just east of New England on the 10th and produced up to 9 inches of snow over northeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod. The 5.4 inches at Boston raised its snow cover to 32 inches, its greatest depth ever recorded. The 2.6 inches at Philadelphia brought its monthly snow total to 33.7 inches, its snowiest month on record. This was the third snowstorm to affect the region in a week.
    1997 - Arnold Palmer, perhaps the most charismatic golfer of all time, was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Palmer underwent surgery at the Mayo Clinic on Jan 15, and on Mar 20 he returned to golf, carding an 81 in the first round of the Bay Hill Invita­tional. He also became a spokesman for the prevention of prostate cancer.
    1997 - James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, gets his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
    2000 - America Online, “the company that brought the Internet to the masses,” announced that it had agreed to buy Time Warner, the largest traditional media company in the U.S., for $165 billion.
    2000 - Top Hits
What A Girl Wants - Christina Aguilera
Smooth - Santana Featuring Rob Thomas
Back At One - Brian McKnight
I Knew I Loved You - Savage Garden
    2013 – A near-Earth asteroid, called 99942 Apophis, passed close to Earth.  Astronomers in Europe estimated it to be larger than originally thought.
2018 – Jeff Bezos became the second man worth over $100 billion as his wealth hit $106 billion due to Amazon’s stock price.  Staring 2022, he is the wealthiest person at $190.2 billion while former wife MacKenzie is the world’s fifth wealthiest at $60.3 billion.
2021 – PGA of America pulled its 2022 PGA Championship from Trump National Golf Club in NJ days after supporters of President Trump attacked the US Capitol, causing five deaths and innumerable injuries.



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