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Friday, January 14, 2022

Today's Leasing News Headlines

NMLS Reporting Not Applicable to Most CFL Licenses
    By Kenneth C. Greene, Leasing News Legal Editor
Despite 7% Annual Inflation, the Money Anxiety
    Index Decreased 6.2 points in December
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries
    Help Wanted ads
Federal Express Gets Delivery of First EV600 Vehicles
    First Five of 500 Electric Light Commercial Vehicles
Electric Cars But Not Enough Chargers? Infographic.
   Ratio of EV to Public Charging Points
Leasing/Finance/Business Loan Schools
    Several Have Many Long Term Programs
Company Loan Broker Training Program
   Due Diligence from Kris D. Roglieri
     Prime Commercial
Regents Capital Closes $25.0 Million
    Corporate Note Financing
The French Dispatch. The Last Duel, Last Night in Soho
   The Power of the Dog, Benedetta
      Latest Streamers Chosen by Fernando Croce
Wheaton/Westie Mix
    Huntington Beach, California   Adopt-a-Dog
Roustabout Meritage 2020 – Paso Robles, California
    By Kevan R. Wilkinson, Leasing News Wine Reviewer
News Briefs---
Supreme Court Blocks Biden’s Vaccine Mandate
    for the Workplace, But Allows Health-Care Worker Rule 
Student loan provider wiping out $1.7 billion
    in debt after California, other states sue
Soaring used car prices are pushing inflation higher,
    and there’s not much the U.S. can do about it
Mortgage rates are highest since March 2020
    30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.45%
Libor, long the most important number in finance,
    dies at 52
Federal Reserve Beige Book January 12 Report on
    Current Economic Conditions by District
Fed’s Christopher Waller Says High Inflation
     Caught Central Bank Off Guard

You May have Missed---
2022 Report on The State of the Legal Market
    – Stop Throwing Money at the Talent War

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 California Nuts Brief---
   "Gimme that wine"
    This Day in History
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NMLS Reporting Not Applicable to Most CFL Licenses
By Kenneth C. Greene, Leasing News Legal Editor

Happy New Year! Good news for a change. Some of you who have successfully transitioned to the NMLS might have been surprised to receive emails advising that certain NMLS (not DFPI) reports were now required, including the Standard Mortgage Call Report and the Standard Financial Condition Report.

HOWEVER, unless you are engaged in residential mortgage lending in the State of California, you can disregard these emails and reporting requirements. Per the DFPI’s NMLS Transition FAQ’s, which you may or may not have seen:

Q: NMLS is requiring I submit a Mortgage Call Report. I do not engage in residential mortgage lending. How do I remove this deficiency?

A: If you receive a message to submit a mortgage call report but you are not engaged in the business of residential mortgage loan lending, you do not need to take any action. The notices and deficiencies are system-generated for all licensing laws that authorize residential mortgage lending. To remove the deficiency, you may report zero in all categories, or you may just disregard the requests and deficiencies. The deficiencies will not appear on NMLS Public Access and will not affect your license status.

Keep in mind that this does not relieve the licensee from filing its annual report just as before the transition to NMLS.

Ken Greene Leasing & Finance Observations

Ken Greene
Tel: 818.575.9095
Fax: 805.435.7464


Despite a 7% Annual Inflation, the Money Anxiety
Index Decreased 6.2 points in December

While the annualized inflation rate increased to 7% in December, the Money Anxiety Index decreased 6.2 index points to 48.1 during the same month. The continued decrease in the Money Anxiety Index, while inflation is rising, indicates that consumers are not fearful of rising prices at this point. The Money Anxiety Index is a scientific barometer of money anxiety based on actual consumer financial behavior.

The Theory of Money Anxiety shows that fluctuations in the level of money anxiety impact financial decisions. When money anxiety decreases, people increase their spending, and when money anxiety increases, people reduce their spending. The Money Anxiety Index functions as a behavioral predictor in many models used by financial institutions and investors nationally.

Dr. Dan Geller
Behavioral Economist
for Financial Services
Analyticom LLC


New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Gabriella Cafaro was promoted to Sales Coordinator, Ascentium Capital, Kingwood, Texas. She is located in Morristown, New Jersey. She joined Ascentium Capital October, 2018, as Relationship Manager, promoted September, 2019, Regional Sales Manager, promoted to Sales Assistant, December, 2019. Previously, she was at GSG Financial, starting July, 2014, as Transaction Manger, promoted January, 2017, Sales Representative.  PR Intern, Atlanta Records (May, 2013 - August, 2013); Intern, Core Services (May, 2012- August, 2012); Receptionist, Salon K (April, 2011 - August, 2011). Volunteer: Zeta Tau Alpha Representative, Susan G. Koman (February, 2013 - Present).  Education: Florida Southern College, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication (2010 -2014). Activities and Societies: Zeta Tau Alpha, FPRA. Morristown High School (2006 - 2010). Activities and Societies: Played Field Hockey all four years.

Derek Cole was promoted to Senior Vice President, Regional Sales Manager, Wells Fargo, Evansville, Indiana.  He joined Wells Fargo April, 2018 as Senior Vice President, Territory Manager. Previously he was Senior Vice President, MB Equipment Finance (April, 2016 - March, 2018); Senior Vice President, GE Capital (October, 2002 - April, 2016).  Education: DePauw University, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Economics (1994 - 1998).

Cole Farmer, CPA, was promoted to Chief Financial Officer, Blue Street Capital, Huntington Beach, California. He joined the company October, 2017, Vice President of Finance. Previously, he was Staff Accountant, Murphy, Murphy, & Murphy, CPAs (October, 2013 - October, 2017); Trainer, O.C. Fast-Twitch (October, 2009 - October, 2015).  Education: California State University, Long Beach, Bachelor's degree, Accounting (2012 - 2015).

Jim Hines was hired as Vice President of Business Development, Firstlease, Horsham, Pennsylvania. Previously, he was Business Development Manager, Univest Capital (March, 2018 - January, 2022).  He began his career as Credit Supervisor, Firestone Financial, May, 1994; promoted to Sales Executive, June, 1966; promoted August, 2001, Vice President, Sales. He is a member of the American Amusement Machine Charitable Foundation. In addition, he is the president of Friends of Maynard Soccer and serves on the Maynard Recreation Commission. Education: Stonehill College, Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Business Administration and Management, General (1986 - 1990).

Scott R. Lund was hired as Senior Vice President, Business Development, ABL Loans, Loeb Term Solutions, Chicago, Illinois. He is located in the Detroit Metropolitan Area. Previously, he was President, Crestmark Vendor Finance, a Division of MetaBank (August, 2018 - December, 2020), he joined the company May, 2017. He was at Crestmark Equipment Finance, starting April, 2012, as Vice President Special Assets and Workout, promoted August, 2014, 1st Vice President, Director of Program Management, promoted July, 2016, 1st Vice President;  President and CEO Genesis Turnaround LLC (July, 2008 - April, 2012); Underwriter and Area Director, Goyette Mechanical (August, 2004 - July, 2009); COO and Owner, ReGroup Advisors, Inc. (March, 2003 - August, 2004); Chief Operations Officer, Ulta-Cast Inc. (June, 2002 - September, 2003); President/CEO, The Robert Carter Company (Mechanical Contractor) (March, 1997 - April, 2002); President/CEO, Midwest Process Equipment, LLC (January, 1990 - March, 1997); President and CEO, Lund Dasherboards (January, 1994 - December, 1995). Volunteer: President of Men’s Group, Commerce United Methodist Church (January, 2014 - January, 2016); President, Turnaround Management Associations (July, 2015 - July, 2016); Executive Board Member, Young Presidents Organization (January, 1998 - January, 2002); Board Member, Entrepreneurs' Organization (January, 1991 - January, 1995); Class President, Leadership Oakland (January, 1999 - Present).  Education: Central Michigan University, Management (1978 - 1982). Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Birthing of Giants class of '99. Villanova University, PMP Pe Gentrification, Project Management (2007).

Jason D. McKinney was hired as managing Consultant, Principle Valuation, LLC., Chicago, Illinois.  He is located in Waukesha, Wisconsin.  Previously, he was Vice President, Asset Management and Valuations, Regions Bank (January, 2020 - December, 2021); Senior Portfolio Manager, Equipment Finance Asset Management, GE Healthcare (2014 - 2019); Senior Credit and Lease Analyst, GM Financial (2012 - 2014); Personal and Small Business Lender, U.S. Bank (2010 - 2012). Education: Concordia University, Wisconsin, Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.).  Maranatha Baptist University, Bachelor of Arts (BA), Business Concentration.

Derek Nigh was announced Senior Account Executive, DLL, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, although position assumed November, 2021.  He is based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Previously, he was Senior District Sales Manager, Paccar Financial Company (January, 2015 - November, 2021).  He joined Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers February, 2010, promoted Regional Sales Manager, January, 2012). Prior, he was District Sales Manager, Alter Moneta (2007 - 2009); District Sales Manager, De Lage Landen (2004 - 2007); District Sales Manager, FCC Equipment Financing; District Sales Manager, Zions Bank (2000 -2001; District Sales Manager, CIT (1996 - 2000). Education: Utah State University, BA, Marketing, Spanish, Finance (1992 - 1996). Activities and Societies: Golden Key National Honor Society. Cum Laude.  Executive Security International.

Richard O'Brien was hired as Senior Account Executive, LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is located in Newport Beach, California. Previously, he was Managing Director, Technology Capital Advisors (June, 2018 - January, 2022); Director of Technology Finance, VeriStor Systems (July, 2010 - December, 2012); Senior Account Manager/Team Leader Technology and Financial Solutions Group (2008 - 2010); Director of Technology Finance, Churchill Technology Finance (2002 - 2006). Education University of Redlands, Bachelor of Arts, Business Management.  Stanford University, Certificate, Mortgage Banking and Real Estate Finance.  University of California, Los Angeles, Certificate, Management.

Kathryn Parkinson was hired as Vice President, Commercial Credit, Merchants Fleet, Hooksett, New Hampshire. She is located in the Greater Toronto Area, Canada.  Previously, she was Chief Credit/Risk Officer, Element Fleet Management (November, 2014 - September, 2019); SVP, Chief Credit Officer, Element Financial Corporatism (August, 2013 - November, 2014); Senior Credit Officer, US Vendor Finance, CIT (February, 1997 - July, 2013). Education: Wilfrid Laurier University, BBA, Business (1994 - 1995).

Jennifer Pavlatos, CPA, was hired as Assistant Vice President, Sales, Capital Markets, Midland Equipment Finance, Effington, Illinois. She is located in the Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area.  Previously, she was Account Manager, Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, Inc. (2006 - 2021).  Certifications: Certified Public Accountant, Minnesota State Board of Accountancy. Education: University of St. Thomas, Master of Business Administration, MBA, Accounting and Finance. The College of St. Scholastic, Bachelor of Arts, BA, Accounting.  The College of St. Scholastica.

David Rhoads is now Chairman/Founder/Investor/Coach Blue Street Capital, Huntington Beach, California. Previously, in 2003 he became Chief Executive Officer. Volunteer: Trustee, Mission Committee Chair, The Pegasus School (January, 2016 - Present). Education: University of Arizona, B.S., Communications (1989 - 1993)., The Pegasus School (January, 2016 - Present). Education: University of Arizona, B.S., Communications (1989 - 1993).

Steven Riggs was promoted to Chief Executive Officer, Blue Street Capital, Huntington Beach, California. He is located in Los Angeles, California. He joined the firm February, 2021, as Chief Commercial Officer. Previously, he was at DLL starting April, 2004, as General Manager, promoted October, 2006, President, Healthcare Global Business Unit and Clean Technology Business, promoted February, 2013, President, Tech Solutions Group, promoted January, 2019, President, Advanced Solutions. He began his career at GE Capital, January, 1989, as Vice President, National Accounts. Education: Harvard Business School, Alumni, Business (2010 - 2011). California State University, Long Beach, BSc, Business.


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Federal Express Gets Delivery of First EV600 Vehicles
First Five of 500 Electric Light Commercial Vehicles

BrightDrop, builders of the EV600s, says these are the fastest-built vehicles, from concept to market, in General Motors history. The introduction of the all-electric, zero tailpipe-emissions vehicles into FedEx's fleet is an important step in the company’s goal to make its global operations carbon neutral by 2040.

The vehicles are powered by the Ultium battery platform, with an estimated range of up to 250 miles on a full charge and with more than 600 cubic feet of cargo area. The EV600s are purpose-built for the delivery of goods and services.

As part of FedEx's goal to operate an all-electric, zero-emission global pickup and delivery (PUD) fleet within the next 20 years, FedEx Express, plans for 50% of its global PUD vehicle purchases to be electric by 2025, rising to 100% by 2030.

FedEx is building charging infrastructure across its network of facilities, including the 500 charging stations the company has across California. FedEx is also working with utility companies to evaluate and determine the capacity needed for electrical grids to support charging infrastructure.

Mitch Jackson, Chief Sustainability Officer, FedEx
, said, “The delivery of the first BrightDrop EV600s is a historic moment, born out of a spirit of collaboration between two leading American companies.

“At FedEx, transforming our pickup and delivery fleet to electric vehicles is integral to achieving our ambitious sustainability goals announced earlier this year. This collaborative effort shows how businesses can take action to help usher in a lower-emissions future for all.”

Travis Katz, President and CEO of BrightDrop, commented, “As e-commerce continues to grow, BrightDrop is thrilled to partner with FedEx in our mission to dramatically reduce vehicle emissions from delivery and deliver a brighter future for all of us.

“FedEx has ambitious sustainability goals, and the speed with which we brought the first BrightDrop electric vehicles to market shows how the private sector can innovate and help bring solutions for some of our biggest climate- and emissions-related challenges.”

Source: Automotive Fleet


As this infographic using International Energy Agency data shows, there is a large discrepancy in countries like New Zealand, where there were 52 electric vehicles for every one public charging point in 2020. It doesn't have to be like this though, as exemplified by South Korea where fighting over the parking space at the charging station is surely a very rare occurrence. Here, there is a public charger for every two EVs in the country.

In a lot of respects, progress regarding sustainability and climate change is still far too slow for what the world needs. One area where the pace is really picking up however is that of electric vehicles. That is, the production and purchase of them. When it comes to public infrastructure to match this growing demand, a lot of countries are still a long way behind in providing charging points.

Martin Armstrong, Statista 


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### Press Release ############################

Regents Capital Closes $25.0 Million
Corporate Note Financing

COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Regents Capital Corporation (Regents), a leading provider of equipment leasing and financing solutions to middle-market borrowers, announced the closing of a $25.0 million investment-grade rated corporate note financing provided by a consortium of prominent institutional investors. The transaction was assigned a BBB rating by a nationally recognized statistical ratings organization. Proceeds will be used by the company to fund new originations and support additional growth of the business.

Since inception, Regents has originated over $700 million in equipment leasing to more than 1,500 customers nationwide.

Dennis Odiorne, President of Regents, said, "Regents has demonstrated significant progress in the last few years, and we continue to be confident of our prospects going forward," stated Dennis Odiorne, President of Regents. "As we begin the next phase of our growth, this financing will provide the resources necessary to continue funding and scaling the platform."

Don Hansen, Chief Executive Officer of Regents, added, "This transaction further validates the quality of our operations and assets and will enable us to grow the company and gain additional market share. I am proud to be leading a team with such a strong track record of success, and we are all looking forward to capitalizing on significant market opportunities and the continued growth of the business."

Brean Capital, LLC served as the company's exclusive financial advisor and sole placement agent in connection with the transaction.

About Regents Capital Corporation
Founded in 2013, Regents is an independent commercial equipment finance firm dedicated to delivering exceptional results to middle market clients nationwide. Regents believes in serving as their client's financial partner, not just provider, by turning their client's equipment financing realities into results. Regents is headquartered in Costa Mesa, California, and maintains a regional office in Austin, Texas.  For additional info

### Press Release ###############################


Watch at Home
by Fernando Croce

A new year means new beginnings, and also a chance to catch up with last year’s hits. So check out our latest streaming batch, which includes scandalous dramas, stylish thrillers, and thoughtful Westerns.

Benedetta (Vudu): Cinema’s reigning artist-pervert, Dutch veteran Paul Verhoeven (“Basic Instinct”) continues his twilight provocations with this ecstatically transgressive drama about the perilous junctions of religion, politics, and eroticism. Unfolding in a Tuscany convent during the 17th-century, it follows real-life Italian nun Benedetta Carlini (Virginie Efira), who caused a stir with her mystical visions and scandalous behavior. After her lesbianism is awakened by a fellow novice (Daphne Patakia), Benedetta becomes the center of a whirlwind of controversy. Was she a visionary or a cynic? An envoy from the heavens or a mouthpiece from the depths? Combining luridness with inquisitive intelligence and devilish humor, Verhoeven’s film is both libidinous and thoughtful—a vital examination of power, sex, and faith, and of the eternal struggle between flesh and spirit. With subtitles.

The French Dispatch (Apple TV, Vudu): A distinctive stylist with an obsessive visual style, Wes Anderson (“The Grand Budapest Hotel”) serves up his densest film yet with this eye-popping mosaic of characters and stories. The setting is a fictionalized American magazine with an outpost in France, where journalists led by cranky editor Arthur (Bill Murray) piece together different sessions of the latest issue. In one, a ruthless dealer (Adrien Brody) starts a frenzy over a painting from an imprisoned artist (Benicio Del Toro). In another, young lovers (Timothee Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri) find themselves on opposite sides of a protest. And so it goes, until the final edition comes together in a whimsicalmeditation on art in general and publications in particular. The rich cast also includes Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton.

The Last Duel (Vudu): A box-office disappointment when released last year, this riveting historical tale from prolific director Ridley Scott (“Gladiator”) deserves to reach its audience. Set in France during the 14th-century, it charts the crossed paths of Jean de Carrouges (Matt Damon), a renowned knight, and Jacques le Gris (Adam Driver), a cultured squire favored by the Count d’Alercon (Ben Affleck). When Le Gris assaults De Carrouges’ wife, Marguerite (Jodie Comer), the two men become locked in a duel that races toward death in the search for the truth. What follows is an intelligent look at a brutal world that, though set in medieval times, ruthlessly reflects the injustices of our own century. Without sacrificing his gift for muscularaction, Scott providesan intimate look behind the epic mythologies of men.

Last Night in Soho (Vudu, iTunes): Director Edgar Wright (“Baby Driver”) turns up the cinematic intoxication with this stylish psychological thriller, which alternates between different, splashy worlds. Ellie (Thomasin McKenzie) is a young fashion student obsessed with the fashion and pop culture of Swinging London, so much so that she begins to seemingly enter it in her subconscious. In her new Soho apartment, she dreams that she’s a confident blonde called Sandie (Anya Taylor-Joy) swaggering through town in 1965. Ellie starts modeling herself after Sandie, though the flush of exhilaration she initially gets gradually grows dark as her dreamworld becomes a blood-drenched nightmare. Always a clever movie-buff, Wright peppers his delirious story with nods to the extravagant decade (including a supporting cast that includes Terence Stamp and Diana Rigg).

The Power of the Dog (Netflix):Long absent from movie screens, Oscar-winning director Jane Campion (“The Piano”) scoresa remarkable comeback with this resonant take on the Western genre. Taking place in Montana during the 1920s, it scrutinizes masculinity in the open spaces as represented by twowealthy siblings, the gentle George (Jesse Plemons) and the rigid Phil (Benedict Cumberbatch).Life in the ranch changes when George marries the widowed Rose (Kirsten Dunst), and Phil grows close to her son, Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee). Campion expresses thesuggestive dynamics between the characters less through dialogue than throughlayered, sensuous compositions, and throughthe precise performances of her exceptional cast. The result is awork of tender, harrowing poetry that patiently lays bare the inner life of its conflicted characters.


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Gus is a handsome & sweet boy but he has fear aggression.  He has been to obedience training and is doing really well.  He is not as afraid now and knows commands:  sit, down, come, quiet, place & off.  He loves to walk in the park, is great on a leash, loves belly rubs, & is house and crate trained.  We are looking for an experienced dog owner who will continue his training to help him to be the best puppy ever!

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Roustabout Meritage 2020 – Paso Robles, California
By Kevan R. Wilkinson, Leasing News Wine Reviewer

Kevan in 2005 in Paso Robles, California, making wine. He is holding the pump as it fills barrels with Syrah. The person in the blue Shirt in the background is related to his brother-in-law. He makes wines in Paso Robles.

There are several ways to discover new wines. They can be recommended to you by friends or family members, or perhaps a sommelier at a restaurant. Or maybe you read wine reviews online. Another way to discover new wines is to visit a local wine shop or supermarket and buy something that piques your interest. That is how I found the Roustabout Meritage 2020 from Paso Robles, California.

The Roustabout is a very good Meritage (a Bordeaux-style blend) made from cabernet sauvignon, Malbec, merlot, and petite Verdot. It is a nicely balanced blend with a medium inky color, fruit-filled nose, and a layered palate with blackberry, blueberry, and vanilla notes.

My wife and I each had a glass of this wine with pasta topped with homemade marinara sauce made from San Marzano tomatoes and basil. It paired perfectly. It is still a young wine, so it should improve with age.

Available at wine shops or search online for $12/bottle.

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

Wine Reviews


News Briefs---

Supreme Court Blocks Biden’s Vaccine Mandate
    for the Workplace, But Allows Health-Care Worker Rule

Student loan provider wiping out $1.7 billion
in debt after California, other states sue

Soaring used car prices are pushing inflation higher,
and there’s not much the U.S. can do about it

Mortgage rates are highest since March 2020
30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.45%

Libor, long the most important number in finance,
dies at 52

Federal Reserve Beige Book January 12 Report on
Current Economic Conditions by District

Fed's Christopher Waller Says High Inflation
     Caught Central Bank Off Guard


You May Have Missed---

2022 Report on The State of the Legal Market
– Stop Throwing Money at the Talent War!



Sports Briefs---

As Super Bowl drought looms, Cowboys hope
     beating old foe ignites historic playoff run

Houston Texans fire Coach David Culley after just one season

He Makes Tom Brady’s Offense Work

Super Bowl organizers say game is staying in Inglewood

What everybody missed about Jimmy Garoppolo

Could Pete Carroll leave the Seahawks?


California Nuts Briefs---

San Jose requires COVID boosters for workers,
    visitors at city facilities

All those cargo ships sitting in the San Francisco Bay
    are going away, maybe forever

A neglected California city reinvents itself with electric cars
     — and plots a road map for the nation

Much-loved San Francisco Bay Area company
    announces move to Utah

Controversial Silicon Valley company Robinhood
    to allow nearly all employees to work remotely

S.F. expects 15% of office workers to stay remote
    permanently. How much will it affect the economy?

This single-family home in San Jose has sold
     for $1 million over asking



"Gimme that wine"

Economic Outlook Brightens for Wine Drinkers

The Kings of Napa’ Creator Janine Sherman Barrois Toasts
     Black Restauranteurs and Winemakers at Virtual Premiere

CAWG Announces 2022 Awards of Excellence Recipients

20 Under $20: Beckoning Bottles in the Dead of Winter
    By Eric Asimov

“Gimme that Wine”

Free Wine App

Wine Prices by vintage


This Day in History

     1639 - The first formal declaration of American Democracy was the “fundamental orders,” drawn up by Roger Ludlow and adopted by representatives of Wethersfield, Windsor, and Hartford, Connecticut. It was a written body of laws by which they would govern themselves. It is considered the first constitution of colonial Connecticut, with the declaration “...the foundation of authority is in the free consent of the people.” Roger Ludlow was influenced by a sermon delivered May 31, 1638, by the Reverend Thomas Hooker at Hartford's Center Church.
    1699 - Massachusetts held a day of fasting for wrongly persecuting "witches"
    1739 - Birthday of William Whipple (d. 1785), American patriot and signer of the Declaration of Independence. Born at Kittery, ME.
    1741 - Birthday of Benedict Arnold (d. 1801), Norwich, CT.  A Revolutionary War hero, injured in battle, not happy with the French, who deserted to the British during the war in trade for plans of West Point.  At the time, it was a major fortress guarding a major waterway, the Hudson River, and a major route of supplies. His name has since become synonymous with treason.
    1784 - The Continental Congress ratified the Treaty of Paris, officially establishing the United States as in independent and sovereign nation, and officially ending the Revolutionary War.
    1794 - Dr. Jesse Bennett of Edom, VA, performed the first successful Caesarean section. The patient was his wife. Bennett had asked Dr. Alexander Humphreys of Staunton, VA, to assist in performing the operation, but because of the low chance of success, Humphreys had declined. Dr. Bennett performed the operation with the assistance of two slaves, who held the patient. She was placed on a table made of two planks, loaded on a couple of barrels, and was given laudanum in lieu of an anesthetic.
    1799 - The first US Senator to be impeached was William Blount, the first senator from Tennessee, who was elected on August 2, 1796, and served from December 6, 1776, until July 8, 1797, when he was expelled. The trial was held from December 17, 1798 to January 14, 1799, when the Vice President announced the decision of the High Court of Impeachment that the charges were dismissed for want of jurisdiction. Blount was accused of entering into a conspiracy with British officers to divert part of Louisiana from Spain to Great Britain, “a high misdemeanor, entirely inconsistent with his public trust and duty as a Senator.” While the case was in progress in Washington, DC, Blount was elected to serve in the Tennessee state senate, and at the opening session in 1798, was chosen to be its speaker.
    1799 - Eli Whitney receives government contract for 10,000 muskets
    1806 - Birthday of Matthew Fontaine Maury (d. 1873), Naval officer, at Fredericksburg, VA. Maury established oceanography as a branch of science and revolutionized the recording of oceanographic data as a superintendent of the Naval Observatory.  There are several schools in Virginia named in his honor, as well as ships in the US Navy.
    1813 - Gideon Hawley became the first state school superintendent in US, in New York.
    1863 - Birthday of Richard Outcault (d. 1929), Lancaster, OH.  Creator of the newspaper “funnies.” When Outcault was asked by the New York World's Sunday editor to submit drawings for use with their new process for printing color pictures, colored comics or “funny papers” were born. Outcault's first color drawing, titled “Origin of a New Species” was published Nov 18, 1894. The first regular colored strip, “Hogan's Alley,” drawn by Outcault, began appearing with its main character's blustery comments written across his nightshirt. It was Outcault's strip “Buster Brown” that brought him celebrity and fortune.
    1864 – Union Gen William ‘Tecumseh’ Sherman began his march to the South
    1865 - PALMER, WILLIAM J., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization. Colonel, 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry. Place and date: At Red Hill, Ala., 14 January 1865. Entered service at. Philadelphia, Pa. Born. 16 September 1836, Leipsic, Kent County, Del. Date of issue. 24 February 1894. Citation: With less than 200 men, attacked and defeated a superior force of the enemy, capturing their fieldpiece and about 100 prisoners without losing a man.
    1868 – North Carolina constitutional convention met in Raleigh while a South Carolina constitutional convention meets with a black majority.
    1873 - John Hyatt's 1869 invention ‘Celluloid’ was registered as a trademark.   He acquired Englishman Alexander Parkes' patent and began experimenting with cellulose nitrate with the intention of manufacturing billiard balls, which until that time were made from ivory. He used cloth, ivory dust, and shellac, and on April 6, 1869, patented a method of covering billiard balls with the addition of collodion.
    1878 - US Supreme Court rules race separation on trains unconstitutional. On May 18, 1896, the Supreme Court endorsed “separate but equal” racial segregation with its “Plessy v. Ferguson” decision, a ruling that was overturned 58 years later.
    1878 - Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated the telephone for Britain's Queen Victoria.
    1882 - Southern California's greatest snow occurred on this date. Fifteen inches blanketed San Bernardino and San Diego reported a trace of snow.
    1882 - The Myopia Hunt Club, Winchester, MA, became the first country club in the US.
    1892 – Hal Roach (d. 1992), American actor, director, and producer, was born in Elmira, NY.  Roach is best known today for producing the “Laurel and Hardy” and “Our Gang” (later known as “The Little Rascals”) film comedy series.
    1896 – Birthday of American novelist John Dos Passos (d. 1970), in Chicago. Later Cold War warrior and integral part of the Lost Generation crowd in Paris in the 1920s, his increasing fascism estranged him from most of his associates, including Hemingway.  His philosophy changed over his life from very liberal to conservative. He is still controversial today and his books very well read and discussed, among them the “U.S.A.” trilogy.
    1896 - Carlo Ponzi immigrates to America from Italy. The small-time con man would later stumble into one of the largest scams of all time and have an entire type of crime named after him: the "Ponzi scheme.” For 20 years, Ponzi bounced from job to job, always dreaming up a way to make millions but never coming close. But in 1919, he came up with a new plan. Ponzi told friends and potential investors that they would get a 50 percent return on their money within three months if they invested with him. The hapless investors were never told much about what Ponzi planned on doing with their money, but, when pressed, he told them that it had to do with international postal exchange coupons, an obscure field that virtually no one knew much about. Ponzi told his marks that they could cash out at the end of three months or roll over their investments. Ponzi promptly paid off his initial investors and soon the investment dollars were pouring in. Thousands of people came to his offices, where money was stuffed in every desk drawer and filing cabinet. Ponzi was taking in an estimated $200,000 a day at the frenzy's peak. When a local writer questioned Ponzi's financial records, he threatened to sue and scared off further inquiry. Ponzi went on a personal spending spree in 1920, buying 100 suits and 100 pairs of shoes. He also took $3 million in cash to the Hanover Trust Company and bought a controlling interest in the reputable firm. However, when state investigators finally began examining his books and interviewing his workers, they found that there was no real investment going on. Of course, only the very early investors actually got any money back, and these funds came from later investors. Such a scam, known as a pyramid scheme, inevitably explodes, as it did on August 13, 1920, when thousands of investors demanded their money back. Ponzi, anticipating the collapse, had already taken $2 million to the Saratoga casinos in a vain attempt to make up the lost money. Ponzi went to jail and was deported to Italy in 1934. He told reporters, "I hope the world forgives me.” Perhaps taken in by his apparent contrition, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini gave Ponzi a high position in the government's financial sector. However, human nature is very difficult to change, and Ponzi eventually embezzled funds from the country's treasury and escaped to Brazil, where he died in 1949.  By comparison, Bernie Madoff’s scheme totaled well into the $60-70 billion range.  Should this not now be called a “Madoff scheme?”
    1906 – Birthday of actor William Bendix (d. 1964) in Manhattan.  In the early 1920s, Bendix was a batboy for the New York Yankees and said he saw Babe Ruth hit more than 100 home runs at Yankee Stadium. However, he was fired after fulfilling Ruth's request for a large order of hot dogs and soda before a game, which resulted in Ruth being unable to play that day. He worked as a grocer until the Great Depression. His most famous role was as Chester A. Riley in one of TV’s early comedies, “The Life of Riley” which gave rise to the euphemism still is use today.  He started in films with appearances in “The Glass Key” (1942) and he soon gained more attention after appearing in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Lifeboat” (1944).  He received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for “Wake Island” (1942).  Bendix's other well-known movie roles include his portrayal of Ruth in “The Babe Ruth Story” (1948), a film roundly considered one of the worst sports biopics in film history.  
    1910 - Drummer Jimmy Crawford (d. 1980) was born Memphis, Tenn. With Jimmy Lunceford 1929-42, many bands.
    1914 - Henry Ford announced the latest advance in the assembly line production of automobiles, the continuous motion method. This new concept decreased assembly time of a car from 12½ hours to 93 minutes.
    1915 – TV game show producer Mark Goodson (d. 1992) was born in Sacramento.  He graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1937 with a degree in Economics from Cal. That year, he began his broadcasting career in San Francisco, working as a disc jockey at station KJBS. In 1939, he joined radio station KFRC, where he produced and hosted a radio quiz called "Pop the Question" in which contestants selected questions by throwing darts at multi-colored balloons.  Goodson and long-time partner Bill Todman produced some of the longest-running game shows in US television history. Their first television show, “Winner Take All”, debuted on CBS television on July 1, 1948. The long list of Goodson-Todman productions includes “Beat the Clock”, “Family Feud”, “Match Game”, “Password”, “Tattletales”, “The Price is Right”, “To Tell the Truth”, “I’ve Got a Secret”, “What’s My Line”, and “Card Sharks.” The shows endured through the decades, many over multiple runs, because of Goodson's sharp eye for production and presentation.  He left a huge legacy to what was an evolving medium when he started.
    1916 - Birthday of novelist John Oliver Killens (d. 1957), in Macon, Georgia.   His novels “And Then We Heard the Thunder” and “'Sippi”, dramatized racism in the U.S. Army during World War II and the South during the voting rights struggles of the 1960s. Both “And Then We Heard the Thunder” and Killens' satirical novel about black class divisions, “Cotillion, or One Good Bull Is Half the Herd”, were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
    1916 - Birthday of tenor sax player, arranger/producer Maxwell Davis (d. 1970), Independence, KS.
    1917 - Birthday of trumpeter Billy Butterfield (d. 1988), Middletown, OH.
    1919 - Birthday of writer, columnist, TV journalist Andy Rooney (d. 2011), in Albany, NY.  A radio and television writer, he was best known for his weekly broadcast "A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney," a part of the CBS News program “60 Minutes” from 1978 to 2011. His final regular appearance on “60 Minutes” aired October 2, 2011. He died one month later at age 92.

    1919 - Birthday of Shirley Jackson (d. 1965), San Francisco.  American novelist and short story writer. Most famous story "The Lottery" (1949).
    1919 - Charles Stoneham, John McGraw and Francis X. McQuade bought the New York Giants from Charles Hempstead for $1 million. The Stoneham family controlled the Giants for the next 56 years and moved them to San Francisco after the 1957 season.  The team was sold by the Stoneham family to real estate investor and San Francisco native Bob Lurie.  The franchise is one of the oldest and most successful in professional baseball, with more wins than any team in the history of major American sports.  The team was the first major-league organization based in New York City. The Giants have played in the World Series 20 times, an NL record. In 2014, the Giants won their then-record twenty-third National League pennant; this mark has since been equaled and then eclipsed by the rival Dodgers, who as of 2020 lay claim to 24 NL crowns. The Giants' eight World Series championships are second-most in the NL and fifth-most of any franchise.  [Charles’ son, Charles, and his family lived in my hometown of Eatontown, NJ; his grandsons were classmates of mine, and the team generously donated used Giants’ equipment to our Little League team, the Eatontown Smokeaters.]
    1930 - Canadian avant-garde jazz trumpeter and composer Kenny Wheeler (d. 2014) was born in Toronto. He moved to England in 1952, rising to prominence in Britain in the 1960's and in the European avant-garde the following decade. From 1971-76, Wheeler performed with US reedman Anthony Braxton, with whom he often appeared in North America
    1932 - Birthday of drummer Grady Tate (d. 2017), Durham, NC
    1932 - 1st totalisator system to record racetrack bets in US was installed at Hialeah Park in FL.
    1932 - Horse racing legend Eddie Arcaro won his first race
    1932 – Big Daddy Don Garlits was born in Tampa.  Considered the father of drag racing, with the help of T.C. Lemons and relating at least in part to the loss of a portion of his foot in a drag racing accident, perfected the rear-engine "top fuel dragster design".
    1936 - Harriet Hilliard, vocalist and wife of bandleader Ozzie Nelson, sang, "Get Thee Behind Me Satan."
    1936 - L M (Mario) Giannini was elected President of Bank of America
    1938 – Birthday of singer Jack Jones, born John Allan Jones in Hollywood.  “Lollipops and Roses”, “Wives and Lovers”, “The Impossible Dream”, “Lady”, “The Race is On”, “Love Boat Theme”. His father was a very famous singer in the 1930's and early 1940's.
    1938 - Birthday of Allen Toussaint (d. 2015), in Gert Town, LA.  One of the most important forces in New Orleans rock 'n' roll in the 1960's, Toussaint, a pianist, songwriter and arranger, played on some of Fats Domino's early recordings. And in the '60s, he produced and arranged such hits as "Ooh Poo Pah Doo" by Jesse Hill, "Mother-In-Law" by Ernie K-Doe and "I Like It Like That" by Chris Kenner. Allen Toussaint is also the composer of "Java," an instrumental hit for both trumpeter Al Hirt and pianist Floyd Cramer.
    1939 - Commercial ferry service to the East Bay from San Francisco ended.  John Reed established a sailboat ferry service in 1826.  Although the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge led to the decline in the importance of most ferries, some are still in use today for both commuters and tourists. Southern Pacific maintained a dominant position in Bay ferry service by gaining control through mergers in 1887, 1929, and 1932. After the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge opened in 1936 and 1937, respectively, Southern Pacific passenger ferry service was reduced to three routes. Many of the large passenger ferries were idled until World War II, when they were mobilized by the federal government to transport military personnel around the bay and shipyard workers from San Francisco to Marinship and Richmond Shipyards. The last Southern Pacific ferry ran between Oakland and San Francisco on 29 July 1958.
    1940 - Birthday of Julian Bond (d. 2015) in Nashville, TN.
Legislator: Georgia, 1965; civil rights leader: helped found Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC); chairman of NAACP board of directors).
    1940 – MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Landis granted free agency to 91 Detroit Tigers.  Soon after Landis's appointment, he surprised the major league owners by requiring that they disclose their minor league interests. Landis fought against the practice of "covering up", using transfers between two minor league teams controlled by the same major league team to make players ineligible for the draft.  This incident involving the Tigers involved the greatest number of players but was only one of several similar rulings Landis issued.
    1941 – Actress Faye Dunaway was born in Bascom, FL.  She is an Academy Award-winning actress who rose to prominence in the late 1960s with the films “Bonnie and Clyde” and “The Thomas Crown Affair”. Her star status was enhanced in the 1970s by critically praised performances in “Chinatown” (1974) and “Network” (1976), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.
    1941 - A. Philip Randolph, president of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and chief spokesperson for the African American working class, calls for a March on Washington, demanding racial integration of the military and equal access to defense-industry jobs. The call prompts black enthusiasm too great for the government to ignore. On June 18th, less than two weeks before the march, President Roosevelt invited Randolph to the White House. In the unpleasant confrontation, Randolph told Roosevelt he will abandon the march plans only if Roosevelt bars job discrimination in both the defense industry and government. Incredulous at Randolph's obstinacy, Roosevelt signed Executive Order 8802, the government's most significant action on behalf of African Americans since post-Civil War reconstruction.
    1941 - Then head football coach of Massillon High School, Paul Brown, was named head coach of Ohio State's Buckeyes. In his seven years of high school competition, Brown's team only lost one game.  Brown brought home the first of Ohio State’s national football championships in 1942.
    1943 - The Allies met in Casablanca to agree on a strategy for concluding World War II and to demand the unconditional surrender from the enemy. President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first President of the United States to fly in an airplane while he was in office, when he flew from Miami, Florida to French Morocco where he met with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to discuss World War II.
    1944 – Birthday of guitar/accordion/zydeco Paul “Little Buck” Senegal (d. 2019), Lafayette, LA.
    1944 – Journalist Nina Totenberg was born in NYC. She is the legal affairs correspondent for NPR, focusing primarily on the activities and politics of the Supreme Court.  Among her scoops was her groundbreaking report of sexual harassment allegations made against Clarence Thomas by Anita Hill, leading the Senate Judiciary Committee to re-open his confirmation hearings. Previously, in 1986, she broke the story that Supreme Court nominee Douglas Ginsburg had smoked marijuana, leading Ginsburg to withdraw his name. And in 1977, she reported on secret Supreme Court deliberations relating to the Watergate scandal.  In 1971, after Totenberg wrote an “Observer” profile of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, the latter wrote a long letter to the paper's editor demanding she be fired. Instead, the editor printed the letter in the “Observer” with a rebuttal of Hoover's complaints regarding the article.  She was fired from that paper for plagiarism in 1972 regarding a profile she wrote of then-soon-to-be Speaker Tip O’Neill which included, without attribution, quotes from members of Congress that had previously appeared in “The Washington Post”. Totenberg has said that the dismissal also related to her rebuffing of sexual overtures from an editor. Many of Totenberg's colleagues have defended her, noting that this was a case of using previously reported quotes, a common journalistic practice in the 1970s. In 1995, Totenberg told the “Columbia Journalism Review”, "I have a strong feeling that a young reporter is entitled to one mistake and to have the holy bejeezus scared out of her to never do it again."
    1947 - Kenton Band records “Intermission Riff,” Capitol.
    1947 - Birthday of Gene Alden Washington, former football player, born Tuscaloosa, AL.
    1948 – Musician, songwriter, and soundtrack and record producer T-Bone Burnett was born Joseph Henry Burnett in St. Louis.
    1949 - The Department of Justice went trust busting and filed an anti-trust suit against AT&T. The suit was designed to break AT& T's choke hold over the industry by forcing the company to relinquish ownership of Western Electric, a potent manufacturing concern. After much wrangling, the suit was settled in 1956, when AT&T consented to limit the scope of its business to the national phone network and government jobs.  The eventual AT&T breakup would occur in 1984 when the Justice Department litigation successfully required divestiture by AT&T of the several regional Bell operating companies, (RBOCs), Western Electric, and Bell Labs.  This event also coincided with the creation of AT&T Credit Corp under EF/L industry veteran Tom Wajnert.
    1950 - Top Hits
“Dear Hearts and Gentle People” - Dinah Shore
“A Dreamer's Holiday” - Perry Como
“The Old Master Painter” - Snooky Lanson
“I Love You Because” - Leon Payne
    1950 – The US recalled all consular officials from China
    1951 - In Los Angeles, California, the first National Football League Pro Bowl was played. The American Conference beat the National Conference, 28-27.  The first "Pro All-Star Game," featuring the all-stars of the 1938 season was played on January 15, 1939 at Wrigley Field in LA.  The NFL All-Star Game was played again in Los Angeles in 1940 and then in New York and Philadelphia in 1941 and 1942 respectively. Although originally planned as an annual contest, the all-star game was discontinued after 1942 because of World War II travel restrictions.  The concept of an all-star game would not be revived until June 1950, when the newly christened "Pro Bowl" was approved.
    1952 - The Modern Jazz Quartet was formally incorporated, beginning a career that lasted more than 40 years. The group signed a unique partnership agreement stipulating that the quartet would have no leader. The original members were pianist John Lewis, vibraharpist Milt Jackson, bassist Percy Heath and drummer Kenny Clarke. The MJQ had only one personnel change in 42 years - Connie Kay replaced Clarke in 1955.
    1952 - “Today” Premiered on TV. The NBC program that started the morning news format we now have today, was anchored by Dave Garroway with news reported by Jack Lescoulie.  The show was segmented with bits and pieces of news, sports, weather, interviews and other features that were repeated so that viewers did not have to stop their morning routine to watch. The segments were brief and to the point. Sylvester “Pat” Weaver, Sigourney’s father, devised this concept to capitalize on television's unusual qualities. What used to take three hours to broadcast live across the country was done in two with delayed videotape. The addition of chimpanzee J. Fred Muggs in 1953 helped push ratings up. There have been a number of hosts of the years, from John Chancellor and Hugh Downs to Tom Brokaw, Bryant Gumbel and Matt Lauer. Female hosts, originally called “Today Girls”, have included Betsy Palmer, Florence Henderson, Barbara Walters, Jane Pauley, Katie Couric, Deborah Norville, and Savannah Guthrie.
    1952 – New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd was born in Washington, DC.
    1954 - Screen actress and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe, age 29, and former New York Yankees baseball star Joe DiMaggio were married in San Francisco. Monroe later wrote in her autobiography, "That was something I had never planned on or dreamed about - becoming the wife of a great man.”  In 1954, there was none greater the Joe D!  The divorce would be final in nine months.,,1234-1--0-99-PST,00.html
    1954 - Alan Freed, disc jockey of the popular radio show “Rock 'n' Roll Party”, produces his first rock and roll dance concert in New York at the St. Nicholas Arena. The Rock and Roll Ball featured the Drifters, Fats Domino, Joe Turner, and others. All the musicians were black, but at least half the audience packing the arena was white. Freed, who was also white, had been an influential force in popularizing rock and roll (then a synonym for rhythm and blues) since he started airing a radio show in Cleveland called “Moondog House” in 1951. The self-dubbed "King of the Moondoggers" (who actually preferred classical music) spoke to listeners as if they all belonged to a hip kingdom, united by their affinity for the same music. In 1952, he had thrown a rhythm and blues concert called the Moondog Coronation Ball, which drew more than 10,000 people. An angry mob, denied admittance once the arena was full, started a riot, and teens stormed the stage, abruptly ending the concert. Cleveland city officials accused him of "reckless disregard" for public safety, but the riot turned him into a local celebrity. Radio station WJW gave him nightly airtime for his program. The following year, he threw The Biggest Rhythm and Blues Show tour, featuring Ruth Brown and Wynonie Harris. The tour drew a largely black audience, but within just a few years rhythm and blues crossed over to become the dominant mainstream musical form. The Moondog had to stop using his popular moniker in 1954; he had borrowed it from the song "Moondog Symphony," recorded by a blind New York City street musician who won a court battle with Freed, which stripped Freed of the ability to use the name. Forced to find a new identity for his show, he decided to rename it “Alan Freed's Rock and Roll Party”. He copyrighted the phrase in partnership with black music legend Morris Levy, veteran promoter Lew Platt, and New York radio station WINS. But soon, the tidal wave of rock and roll made his copyright virtually useless; nevertheless, in 1955, Cleveland was selected as the site for construction of the Rock and Roll Museum because Freed had popularized the term there.
    1954 - The Hudson Motor Car Company merged with Nash-Kelvinator. The new company was called the American Motors Corporation.
     1956 - Rock ‘n' roller, Little Richard, sang the recently released, "Tutti-Frutti". The Pat Boone version of the song became more popular as it appealed more to white audiences.  It was common in these early days of rock ‘n’ roll for hits by black artists to be covered by white singers, often with greater results in terms of air time and sales.
    1957 – Actor Humphrey Bogart died in Westwood, CA of esophageal cancer.
    1958 - Top Hits
“At the Hop” - Danny and The Juniors
“Stood Up/Waitin' in School” - Ricky Nelson
“Kisses Sweeter Than Wine” - Jimmie Rodgers
“Great Balls of Fire” - Jerry Lee Lewis
    1960 - Elvis Presley is promoted to Sgt. in the U.S. Army, receiving a pay increase of $22.94 per month.
    1963 - Bob Dylan sat in on a recording session in London for an album by folk singers Richard Farina and Eric Von Schmidt. Dylan was billed as "Blind Boy Grunt."
    1963 - George Wallace sworn in as Governor of Alabama.  His address states "segregation now; segregation tomorrow; segregation forever!"  It was written by Asa Carter, the founder of a KKK terrorist organization.
    1964 – In her first public appearance since her husband’s assassination in Dallas the previous November, former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy appeared on TV.
    1964 – First hootenanny was held at the White House, as the New Christy Minstrels performed not only for President and Lady Bird Johnson, but also for Italy's President.
    1966 – The March on Atlanta protested the ouster of Julian Bond, African American from Georgia House of Representatives, after his endorsement of a SNCC statement critical of US involvement in Vietnam; basically he opposed the war in Viet Nam. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke:  “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

    1966 - Rock promoter Bill Graham leased the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. The Fillmore became the prime venue for psychedelic rock in the late '60s
    1966 - Top Hits
“We Can Work It Out” - The Beatles
“She's Just My Style” - Gary Lewis and The Playboys
“Flowers on the Wall” - The Statler Brothers
“Giddyup Go” - Red Sovine
    1966 - David Jones changes his name to David Bowie to avoid confusion with Davy Jones from the Monkees, just in time for the release of his single, "Can't Help Thinking About Me". He would later say that he chose "Bowie" because he likes that "big American bear-killin' knife."
    1967 - Sonny and Cher release "The Beat Goes On"
    1967 - The first "Human Be-In" is held in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Among the performers are The Grateful Dead and The Jefferson Airplane
    1968 - The Green Bay Packers won their second straight Super Bowl, defeating the Oakland Raiders, 33-14. Packers quarterback Bart Starr completed 13 of 24 passes for 202 years and one touchdown and was named the game's Most Valuable Player.
    1968 - Birthday of singer L.L.Cool J, born James Todd Smith in St. Albans, Queens, New York.
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company C, 2d Battalion, (Mechanized), 22d Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. Place and date: Tay Ninh Province, Republic of Vietnam, 14 January 1969. Entered service at: New York, N.Y.   Born: 16 November 1946, Brooklyn, N.Y. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. 1st Lt. Warren, distinguished himself at the cost of his life while serving as a platoon leader with Company C. While moving through a rubber plantation to reinforce another friendly unit, Company C came under intense fire from a well-fortified enemy force. Disregarding his safety, 1st Lt. Warren with several of his men began maneuvering through the hail of enemy fire toward the hostile positions. When he had come to within 6 feet of one of the enemy bunkers and was preparing to toss a hand grenade into it, an enemy grenade was suddenly thrown into the middle of his small group. Thinking only of his men, 1st Lt. Warren fell in the direction of the grenade, thus shielding those around him from the blast. His action, performed at the cost of his life, saved 3 men from serious or mortal injury. First Lt. Warren's ultimate action of sacrifice to save the lives of his men was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
    1969 - An explosion aboard the US aircraft carrier Enterprise off Hawaii killed 25 crew members.
    1970 - Diana Ross performed for the last time with the Supremes at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas. The show began with a medley of hits and ended with "The Impossible Dream."
    1972 - “Sanford and Son” premiered on TV. This NBC sitcom gained immediate popularity depicting an African American father and son engaged in the junkyard business. Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin developed the comedy series based on the British, “Steptoe and Son.” Comedian Redd Fox played Fred Sanford. His son, Lamont, was played by Demond Wilson. Others appearing on the show were Whitman Mayo as Grady, Slappy White as Melvin, LaWanda Page as Aunt Esther, Gregory Sierra as Julio. Nathaniel Taylor as Rollo, Raymond Allen as Uncle Woody, Don Bexley as Bubba Bexley, Lynn Hamilton as Donna Harris, Howard Plat and Hal William as Hoppy and Smitty, Pat Morita as Ah Chew, Marlene Clark as Janet and Edward Craford as Roger. The last telecast was September 2, 1977.
    1973 - The Miami Dolphins became the first NFL team to go undefeated - a perfect season. They defeated the Washington Redskins 14-7 in Super Bowl VII. Tickets were $15.00. Kickoff time was 12:30 p.m. in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Miami finished the season 17-0, the only such season in NFL history.
    1973 - Elvis Presley drew the largest audience for a single TV show to that time -- an estimated one billion viewers in 40 countries. "Elvis - aloha from Hawaii", a live, worldwide concert from Honolulu International Center Arena. Performed at 12:30 a.m. Hawaiian Time, it was beamed live via Globecam Satellite to Australia, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, South Vietnam and other countries, and was seen on a delayed basis in approximately 30 European countries. The first American airing was April 4th on NBC-TV. The show was also released as a two-record album, and became one of Elvis's top-selling LPs.
    1973 - Bass guitarist Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead was arrested at his home in Fairfax, California on drug charges.
    1974 - Top Hits
“The Joker” - Steve Miller Band
“Show and Tell” - Al Wilson
“Smokin' in the Boys Room” - Brownsville Station
“I Love” - Tom T. Hall
    1975 - Joe Walsh is presented a Gold record for his third solo album, "So What".
    1975 - Teenage heiress Lesley Whittle was kidnapped by Donald Neilson, aka "the Black Panther".
    1978 - The Sex Pistols play their final gig at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. The following day, Johnny Rotten (born John Lydon) will quit the band, effectively bringing their brief career to an end.
    1979 - Chicago, IL, was in the midst of their second heaviest snow of record as, in thirty hours, the city was buried under 20.7 inches of snow. The twenty-nine inch snow cover following the storm was an all-time record for Chicago
    1979 - President Carter proposed Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday be a holiday
    1980 - "Blues Brothers" movie with Dan Akroyd and John Belushi opens
    1982 - Top Hits
“Physical” - Olivia Newton-John
“Waiting for a Girl Like You” - Foreigner
“Let's Groove” - Earth, Wind and Fire
“Fourteen Carat Mind” - Gene Watson
    1984 - Madonna made her debut on "American Bandstand," singing "Holiday."
    1985 - Martina Navratilova won her 100th tournament. She joined Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert Lloyd as the only professional tennis players to win 100 tournaments.
    1985 - 16 people were indicted by US authorities for granting sanctuary to Central American refugees
    1986 - "Rambo: First Blood, Part II" broke the record set by "Ghostbusters", for first day orders, when it arrived at video stores. 435,000 copies of the video were sold, for a total of almost $21.4 million worth.
    1987 – Oakland A’s/New York Yankees P Catfish Hunter and the Cubs’ Billy Williams are elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
    1989 - A winter storm spread snow and sleet and freezing rain from the Middle Mississippi Valley to the northeastern U.S. Freezing rain in West Virginia caused fifteen traffic accidents in just a few minutes west of Charleston. Tennessee was deluged with up to 7.5 inches of rain. Two inches of rain near Clarksville, TN left water in the streets as high as car doors.
    1990 - The pilot episode to launch the “The Simpsons” series on Fox was 7G02, “Bart the Genius”. There was a test launch on December 17, 1989 and originally the show was seen in “shorts” on the Tracey Ullman Show. The originator of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie is cartoonist Matt Groening.
    1990 - Top Hits
“Another Day in Paradise” - Phil Collins
“Pump Up the Jam” - Technotronic featuring Felly
“How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” - Michael Bolton
“It Ain't Nothin'” - Keith Whitley
    1994 – President Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signed Kremlin accords to stop aiming missiles at any nation and to dismantle the nuclear arsenal of Ukraine.
    1995 - Mexico pledged profits from state-owned Pemex's $7-billion-per-year oil revenues in an effort to secure US congressional approval of loan guarantees; President Clinton approved a $20-billion U.S. aid package for Mexico
    1996 - Juan Garcia Abrego was arrested by Mexican agents. The alleged drug lord was handed over to the FBI the next day.
    1997 - The Beach Boys guest star on an episode of ABC-TV's “Home Improvement”. They played the cousins of 'Wilson', Tim 'The Tool Man' Taylor's next door neighbor and sang "Barbra Ann" with the show's cast, ”…Ba-Ba-Ba-Ba-Barber Ann…”
    1998 - 100th episode of "Ellen" airs, starring Ellen DeGeneres    
    1998 - Whitewater prosecutors questioned Hillary Rodham Clinton at the White House for 10 minutes about the gathering of FBI background files on past Republican political appointees.
    1998 - In Dallas, researchers report an enzyme that slows the aging process and cell death.
    1999 - The impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton began in Washington.
    1999 - The US proposed the lifting of the U.N. ceilings on the sale of oil in Iraq. The restriction required the money to be used to buy medicine and food for the Iraqi people.
    2000 - The Dow Jones industrial average hit a new high when it closed at 11,722.98. Earlier in the session, the Dow had risen to 11,750.98. Both records stood until October 3, 2006.
    2001 – Jennifer Lopez scored her first UK No.1 single with 'Love Don't Cost A Thing.'
    2002 - NBC's "Today" celebrated its 50th anniversary on television.
    2004 - In St. Louis, a Lewis and Clark Exhibition opened at the Missouri History Museum. The exhibit featured 500 rare and priceless objects used by the Corps of Discovery.
    2005 - A probe, from the Cassini-Huygens mission, sent back pictures during and after landing on Saturn's moon Titan. The mission was launched on October 15, 1997.
    2014 - American journalist David Satter was expelled from Russia.
    2019 – President Trump denied he is a Russian agent5 after the NY Times article states the FBI started an investigation and the Washington Post raised issues over a meeting with Russian President Putin.
    2019 - Republican leaders strip Congressman Steve King from House committees after series of racist comments.
    2020 – TV game show, “Jeopardy” held a “Greatest of All Time” tournament that was won by Ken Jennings.

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- Infrastructure Bill Delivers Much for Trucking
    Irontrax Report
- Banking Must Commit to Increased Tech Spending in 2021
    By Jim Marous, Co-Publisher of The Financial Brand
     CEO of the Digital Banking Report
- David Lee, Chairman/CEO North Mill Equipment Finance
    at 27th ABS East Conference Dec. 13-15, Miami Beach, FL
- The Top Seven Leasing/Finance Company Websites in North America
- One-Fourth of All 3Q Car Buyers Considered EVs or Hybrids
- Motor Vehicle Dealers License Requirement for New York Lessors
    By Sloan Schickler, Esq. and Edward P. Kaye, Esq.
- Slim Capital Simplified Finance Solutions
    Examples of Programs
- Things to Know About Leasing EVs Right Now
     By Adam Berger, President, Doering Fleet Management
- Leasing News Adds New Procedure
    to Subscribe to News Editions
- Most Influential Women in Leasing and Finance Updated
- LinkedIn Advice on Passwords
- Vehicle Leasing Surges at Credit Unions
     as CULA Marks Leasing Milestone
- Wireless Network Protection -
- Chesswood Announces Third Quarter 2021 Results
- Most Influential Women in Leasing and Finance
   Updated and Request for Nominations
- Ascentium Capital LLC Reports $390M
     in Third Quarter Funding Volume
- Marlin Leasing Reports Third Quarter, 2021
    Net Income $5.5 Million, Down from $10.3 Million Last Quarter
- Female Leasing/Finance Association Presidents
- ELFA Annual Convention Draws Large Crowd
    Report and Photos from “In the Spotlight”
- Northmill Equipment Finance Whole Team Photo
- ELFA September New Business Confirms Companies’
    Press Releases Showing Third Quarter and September New Business
- ELFA New Board of Directors Announced
   Including new Board Chair
- How Long $1 Million for Retirement Would Last
   in America' s Largest Cities
- The LTi Difference
   Developers of Lease and Loan Platforms
- New Disclosure Laws - When will They Take Effect
     By Ken Greene, Leasing News Legal Editor
- Six Types of Bankruptcy - Updated
   By Ken Greene, Esq., Legal Editor
- What Not To Lease
   By Terry Winders
- California Was the First State to Go After MCA
  How it All Began/Current Pending Revisions
    By Ken Greene, Leasing News Legal Editor
- Franchise Brokers Association
   Good Guides for Prospective Franchise Buyers
- You are the Brand
   By Ralph Mango, Associate Editor, Leasing News
- Marlin Business Services Shareholders Meeting
   Votes to Go Ahead Merger/Related Compensation Proposal
- Sikhs, Finding Religious Freedom on the Road,
    Take Outsize Role in American Trucking
       By Joseph Hammond, RNS
- FT Partners Q2 2021 Fintech Insights
   Global Financing and M&A Statistics
- Marlin Capital Solutions
     10-Q Quarterly report 7/30/2021
- Pfizer Gets a Booster Shot from its COVID-19 Vaccine
    Pizer's Annual Revenue since 2016
- Six-Month Leasing/Finance Associations'
    Membership Count and by Category
- Balboa Capital Reports 93% Year-Over-Year Increase
    in Q2 Originations, Hires 25 New Employees
- Company Celebrates Being Back in the Office
   from Alina Gilmore, VP, Can Capital
- Breaking News: All California Licensing Law Licenses
    Must Transition to NMLS by December 31, 2021
      By Kenneth C. Greene, Attorney
- Maxim Commercial Capital Reports
    Strong Results for 2Q 2021
- Academy for Certified Lease & Finance Professionals
    August Sold Out/One in September/One in November
- Leasing 102 by Mr. Terry Winders, CLP, Remembered
    By Kit Menkin
- The First Half of 2021 is on Pace
   to be SLIM Capital’s Strongest Year Yet
- Dext Capital Continues its Growth
    Interview with Kyiin Lok, President and CEO
- Equipment Finance Keeps Pace
    With Logistics' Drive Toward Flexibility
- Snider Leasing, Sacramento, Sold to
   Financial Pacific Leasing
- Ken Lubin -  Scott McFetters
   Founder CoreTech Leasing
- Don’t Be Afraid to Look into the Mirror
   By Ralph Mango, Associate Editor
- North Mill Announces Record Quarterly Originations
   Exceeding $120 Million
- Brean Capital, LLC, Closes $50 Million
    Corporate Note Financing for Balboa Capital
- Big Gains Following Recessions
- Cash is King When Running a Manufacturing Business
    By Ken Hurwitz, Canadian Metalworking
- Podcast Interview with Paul Menzel on Leadership
  and How He Leads Others to Perform
    The Alta Group Leadership Development
- Our Leasing/Finance Life is Changing
  Not Just Because of FinTech, Perhaps the Convenience
    By Kit Menkin
- First Commonwealth Bank Announces
  Entry into Equipment Finance Business
    Hires CLFP Cindy Spurdle Award Winner to Run it
- Maxim Commercial Capital States,
    "We Love Trucks!"
- News from Wheeler Business Consulting
   Growing Economy for Banking, Financing, and Leasing
   By Scott Wheeler, CLFP
- Balboa Capital Announces $50 Million
    Corporate Note Financing
- 18 New CLFP's Bringing Total to 1022
    Two Academies in June, one in August
- CLFP's by Company
    Members with Two or More
- Report Finds Legal Cannabis Sales Have
    Raked in $8 Billion in Taxes
- Motor Vehicle Dealers License May Be Required
   for Lessors in New York
    By Sloan Schickler, Esq. and Edward P. Kaye, Esq.
- USA Traffic Ranks – May 20, 2021
    Top Alexa Ratings in Leasing and Equipment Finance
- Key Equipment Finance employees
    achieve preeminent industry credential
- ELFA Announces Randy Haug Will Receive
    2021 David H. Fenig Distinguished Service in Advocacy Award
- Visualizing the Recent Explosion in Lumber Prices
     The Market’s Current Environment
- The Mysterious FDIC $3.4 Million Fine & Restitution Against
   Umpqua Bank and Financial Pacific
      By Christopher Menkin, Editor/Publisher, Leasing News
- More on Financial Pacific and FDIC Fine
   Against Umpqua Bank and Restitution Penalty
- AACFB Hosts Successful Virtual Expo
    175 Attendees and 33 Exhibitors
- CLFP Foundation Surpasses 1,000 Members
    57 Pass 8-Hour Exam
- Where Apartment Rents Are Falling Fastest -- Chart
    Year-over-Change Rental Price for One-Bedroom Apartments
- Electric Vehicle Market to Hit Ludicrous Mode -Chart
    Projected Number of Electric vehicles Driving Global up to 2030
- FDIC Fines Umpqua Bank $1.8 Million
    for Financial Pacific subsidiary dba Financial Pacific
- John Boettigheimer Comments on CV Holdings
    and Centra Story in Monday's Leasing News
- The Most Popular Websites Since 1993
- Pictures from the Past:
    Paul Menzel and Jim Merrilees. 1992
- Nine Steps to Handle Irate Customers Effectively
- New York Follows California’s Lead
  By Passing Small Business Truth-in-Lending Act
- Business is a Mess
- The Law to Change Financial Disclosure in California
    Under Construction, Perhaps Delayed
- Balboa Capital Added to Good Guys: Companies
   Who Notify Lessee in Advance of Lease Expiration
- RISC rolls out employment site
    tailored for repossession industry
- Credit Grantors Scramble to Catch Up in Decision Making
  COVID-19 Changing Business Dynamics
- Crestmark Vendor Finance to Halt Business
   From 7/1/2020 to 7/19/2020
- Popular Barry Shafran Out as President/CEO
   Chesswood Group Limited, Pawnee Parent among others
- ELFA Announces New Networking Tools
    for Equipment Finance Professionals in ELFA Engage App
- Leasing/Finance Companies Doing Well
   Despite COVID-19 Pandemic
- Government Leasing is a Wide Open Marketplace
   Growing Under Tight Local, State and Federal Budgets
- Prime Commercial Lending Offers New Financing Options for Cannabis
- Pawnee Leasing Back in Business
   Sends Notice to Their Brokers
- Letter from Sender of Pawnee Leasing Back in Business
- NVLA Executive Director Moves Down the Road
- Marlin Business Services Announces Further Staff Cuts
- Specialists in cannabis and hemp company leasing
- Report: 85 Percent of Independent Restaurants
    Could Close Without Direct Aid
- Back to Business Not Yet
- NY Based Finance Companies Deceived Small Businesses,
    with Merchant Cash Advance, one at 4,000 percent Interest
- New York Attorney General's Office Wins Major Case
    Against Northern Light Systems Leasing and Affiliates
- Dr. Dan Geller Predicts US Being Pushed
  into a Prolonged Recession
- How Vaccines Eradicated Common Diseases
- Be Prepared for What May be a Bankruptcy Lifeline
   for Small Businesses to Survive COVID-19
- Equipment Broker School Sign Ups Surged
  Includes report MCA, Funders, Business Loans, Leasing Marketplace
- Jeff Rudin, Quail Capital, Two Dogs
  One from Leasing News Adopt a Dog
- Ralph Mango Remembers the Start of FinTech
- Balboa Capital Gets Excellent Review over Other Companies
  By DBRS Morningstar Confirms Three Securitizations
- A Posting to Our Employees Today, Chris Enbom, CLFP
- Rapid Finance, Bethesda, Maryland
   Fora Financial Asset, NY, NY
   Rating Changes by Kross Bond Rating Agency
- Ending the Crisis in Sales Management Part III
From Great to Mediocre (or worse) by Steve Chriest Part II
- A Crisis in Sales Management by Steve Chriest Part I
- The Direction of Leasing News in the Pandemic
- Balboa Capital Opens Broker Division
  Hires Viki Shamus to Run It
- “In the middle of every difficulty lay opportunity”
   Kris Roglieri, National Alliance of Commercial Loan Brokers
- Leasing Readers Communicate What is Going On
- Open Letter to  Loan Brokers and Originators
- California DBO Continues to Seek Comments
 on SB 1235
- Don’t Get Caught Doing Business in California
   If You Are Required to Have a License or Don’t File Annual Report
- NewLane Finance Takes a New Lane
   By Christopher Menkin, Editor
- 5 Things the Finance World Can Learn From Marketers
- "We’re still getting residuals from a company 14 years later.”
     Phil Dushey, President, Global Financial Services
   for $429,000 as a Result of Lying to Lessee
- Four Types of Interim Rent
- FinTech #102  by Christopher Menkin
   Menkin has an Epiphany
- Alternate Finance Companies - Subprime
- FICO Score: Excellent to Bad
- Reader Complaint About LEAF Financial Investment (Collection)
- How to be a “Leasing Expert Witness”
    and Make Extra Income
- 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
- "The real U.S. Bank Equipment Finance story"
- The Day that Albert Einstein Feared May Have Finally Arrived
- California License Web Addresses
- Settlement Costs vs. Litigation Costs