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Thursday, January 20, 2022

Today's Leasing News Headlines

Who says you can’t buy a dollar slice of pizza
    in New York City? Cartoon
Positions Wanted
    Accounts Receivable/Collections
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries
Leasing Industry Ads
    We Are Growing Our Senior Sales Team Now!
Rising Interest Rates
    Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP
Report Finds State-Legal Cannabis Markets
    Have Generated $10 Billion in Taxes
Slim Capital Reports 2021 Year in Review
    Brings Promising and Record Growth
GreatAmerica Financial Acquires IRH Capital
    Increases Services to Franchise Market
Orion First Surpasses $3 Billion
    in Assets Under Management
Sidney Poitier Early Movies: Blackboard Jungle (1955),
  Edge of the City (1957), Lilies of the Field (1963),
    To Sir with Love (1967), In the Heat of the Night (1967)                    
Siberian Husky/German Shepherd Dog
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa   Adopt-a-Dog
Green Fin Red Blend 2018 – California
    By Kevan R. Wilkinson, Leasing News Wine Reviewer
News Briefs---
Monitor and Molloy Associates Founder
    Michael Molloy Dies at 87
Convenience retailing industry sees 1.5% drop
    in total units over last year
Florida health official placed on leave after
    encouraging employees to get vaccinated
The Juiced-up Electric Truck Market:
    2022 & Beyond
New report rings a desperate alarm for wine:
    Attract younger drinkers, or sales will fall off ‘a cliff’
Bobby Flay Shows Off His Pantry and His Secret
    Go-To Ingredient He Puts in 'So Many Things'

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Sports Brief----
 California Nuts Brief---
   "Gimme that wine"
    This Day in History
      Daily Puzzle
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Who says you can’t buy a dollar slice of pizza
in New York City?


Positions Wanted
Accounts Receivable/Collections

Well- known to Leasing News, we recommend Ray Borgaard for account receivable and collections. He has over 30 years successful experience.

He has had great experience working with marketing, contact administrators, and credit to resolve any contractual issues that are preventing payment. He is looking to stay active, use his experience
to perform.

References furnished upon request:


New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Josh Bundy, CLFP, was promoted to Vice President, Sales, serving Logistics & Distribution Division, serving Logistics and Distribution Company, First American Equipment Finance, Rochester, New York.  He joined the firm May, 2018 as Assistant Vice President, Sales, Manufacturing Division on May, 2018, promoted October, 2020, Vice President Sales, Manufacturing Division. Prior, he was at Hubshout, starting November, 2015, Business Development Specialist, promoted June, 2016, Account Manager, January, 2018, Senior Account Manager. Account Executive, New Horizons, Logical Operations (May, 2011 - November, 2015); Customer Service Representative, Verizon Wireless, September, 2010 - April, 2011); Security Guard, J.T. General Security Services (May, 2010 - August, 2010). Certifications: Certified Lease and Financial Professional, CLFP Foundation, Issued April, 2021); CyberSAFE (Securing Assets for End-users). Logical Operations, Issued April, 2015.  Microsoft Sales and Marketing Competency for Learning Partners (October, 2010).   Education: State University of New York College at Oswego, Bachelor's Degree, Broadcasting, Mass Communication (2005 - 2009).

Dana Calumby was promoted to Chief Financial Officer, NFS Leasing, Beverly, Massachusetts. She is located in Wilmington, Massachusetts. Previously she was Corporate Controller.

Brent Cantafio was hired as Vice President of Originations, Vault Credit, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Previously he was Broker Manager, CWB National Leasing (April, 1998 - January, 2022).

Max Monahan was hired as Account Manager, Regents Capital Corporation, Costa Mesa, California. "(He)...brings over five years of experience to this role with considerable knowledge in agriculture and food processing sectors. Before joining the company, he held sales positions with Huntington National Bank, Currency Capital, and Fifth Third/Celtic Leasing Corporation."

Colton Blais Myers-Roys was hired as Account Manager, Regents Capital Corporation, Costa Mesa, California.  He is located in Irvine, California. Previously, he was National Account Executive, Fifth Third Bank (December, 2017 - January, 2022); Field Energy Specialist, Solar City, March, 2016 - May, 2017); Economics and Statistics Tutor, The Academic Success Center (February. 016 - December, 2016). Education: University of La Verne, Bachelor's Degree, Economics (2014 - 2017). Activities and Societies: Delta Sigma Pi, Departmental Honors: Economics.  VP of Brotherhood for Delta Sigma Pi.

Eric Renaud was promoted to Chief Credit Officer, NFX Leasing, Beverly, Massachusetts. He joined the firm May, 2021, as Senior Vice President of Credit; "prior to that he served as Division President of Thrive Payments, and held a variety of executive positions in operations, credit and portfolio management at Direct Capital, CIT and Firestone Financial. A seasoned credit risk professional with more than 30 years of experience, Mr. Renaud has extensive knowledge in equipment financing, structured finance, and commercial lending.

Evan Zoller, CLFP, has been hired as Account Manager for Regents Capital, Costa Mesa, California.  He is located in Irvine, California.  Previously, he was Assistant Regional Vice President, Celtic Commercial Finance, a division of Fifth Third Bank (December, 2018 - January, 2022); Assistant Regional Manager, Provident Equipment Finance, an MB Financial Bank Company (November, 2018, starting October, 2014, as National Account Manager/Food and Beverage Group Manager; Managing Director, Healthcap Advisors, LLC (December, 2012 - September, 2014); Account Manager, CG Commercial Finance (September, 2011 - December, 2012); Document Solutions Consultant, C3 Office Solutions (January, 2011 - September, 2011); Account Executive, Xerox Copier Products Group  (August, 2010 - July, 2011); Team Supervisor, UC Santa Barbara (June, 2008 - August, 2010); Sales Associate, Circuit City (June, 2005 - June, 2008). Certification: Certified Lease and Finance Professional, CLFP Foundation. Issued March, 2016.  Education: UC Santa Barbara, B.A. History (2006 - 2010). Activities and Societies: American Institute for Chemical Engineers. National Scholars Honors Society.  Corona del Mar High School.


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Rising Interest Rates

Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP

The US economy is entering a rising interest rate environment. Many originators in the commercial equipment finance and leasing industry have only experienced a low interest rate environment and will need to adjust their sales approach. Below are a few suggestions:

  • Do not panic! Commercial clients need and purchase equipment in all economic environments. Remember that you and your company do not set rates. The market determines the rates. You and your company will adjust based upon the larger market (you are not alone).
  • In a rising interest rate environment, vendors and end-users want to conduct business with professionals and advisors. Top originators are contacting their "key" accounts and helping them to accelerate their 2022 purchases before rates start rising. Top originators use future increases in rates to create a very real sense of urgency to close transactions now rather than waiting. The current environment is a great opportunity for those originators that are connected to the market and know what is happening. The commercial equipment finance and leasing industry had record activity in the last quarter of 2021, because businesses knew what was coming and started to accelerate their purchases. Savvy originators are pushing hard in the first quarter of 2022 to capitalize on that momentum. Do not ignore reality, embrace it.
  • Be proactive in supporting best industry practices. End-users will want to lock-in fixed rate financing for as long as possible; and will be requesting longer terms. Your company and funding sources will be seeking shorter terms to mitigate their rate risks. You want to protect the long-term viability of your company and be prepared to explain your position with confidence. Do not be surprised when approvals must close within 15 or 30 days or will be subject to payment increases. Do not ignore reality, embrace it. Explain it with confidence.

Top originators understand the market. They are connected to the market. They are the professionals that vendors and end-users turn to in changing times. Top originators outperform their competition because they are advisors and help their clients navigate new challenges and opportunities.

Scott A. Wheeler, CLFP
Wheeler Business Consulting
1314 Marquis Ct.
Fallston, Maryland 21047
Phone: 410 877 0428
Fax: 410 877 8161

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Report Finds State-Legal Cannabis Markets
Have Generated $10 Billion in Taxes

Cannabis is without a doubt one of the fastest-growing industries in America. Despite being relatively young, America’s state-legal cannabis industry has been quite lucrative, generating billions of dollars in revenue and creating hundreds of thousands of new job opportunities. According to a newly released report on the industry, marijuana has been extremely kind to state coffers; since 2014, cannabis sales have provided states with legal marijuana markets more than $10 billion in tax revenue.

The Marijuana Policy Project report states that since Colorado and Washington sanctioned recreational cannabis sales in 2012, a wave of cannabis reform has swept across the country. By December 2021, 18 states in total had legalized adult-use cannabis and earned a whopping $10.4 billion in tax from cannabis sales. Since most marijuana reform laws had a strong emphasis on social equity, a significant portion of the billions of tax dollars has been used to fund various social equity programs, the report says.

According to Karen O’Keefe, the Director of State Policies at Marijuana Policy Project, the states that chose to legalize recreational cannabis have reaped “significant economic benefits” from the controversial but in-demand plant.

The tax revenue from cannabis sales has been used to fund several public services, including ones meant to reinvest in communities that were disproportionately affected by the war on drugs. Compared to the decades-long drug war, which cost taxpayers billions of dollars per year, cannabis reform is actually pouring money back into the community, especially for the most disadvantaged ones



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Slim Capital Reports 2021 Year in Review
Brings Promising and Record Growth

Amid the persistence of the pandemic, the equipment finance industry pushed ahead and began shifting toward sustainable, inclusive growth. SLIM Capital, located in Beverly Hills, California, reported 2021 as a record year for total fundings resulting in an increase of 24.63%, year-over-year.

Shervin Rashti, CEO, is very pleased with how 2021 ended and feels extremely optimistic that there will be continued growth and exciting opportunities in 2022. 

He declared, “By continuing to enhance our processes, credit scoring modeling and upgrades in systems, we have seen a huge uptick in our efficiency. This gives our referring partners the confidence in knowing they can look to SLIM as the premier option to handle their financing requests.”

Here is a quick snapshot of Business Lending in 2021 for SLIM Capital:

• Average Amount Funded: $135,230
• Funding Volume Increase (YoY): 24.63%
• Total Number of Deals Processed: 2,225
• Total Dollar Amount of Applications Processed: $433,278,682
• Deals Processed Increase (YoY): 7.7%
• Quickest Look to Book Time: 1 Day

Some of the top industries that SLIM Capital was able to help and saw promising growth in:

ENERGY: Another stellar record year for Energy, more specifically, renewable energy. SLIM Capital continued to fund deals for businesses in this industry consistently each quarter, making it our most popular financing for 2021. SLIM believes that this area of business will not be
slowing down anytime soon!

CONSTRUCTION: SLIM continued to see a steady increase of business from contractors around the country. Many of whom have and will continue to add equipment to their businesses to
support bigger contracts. With new spending coming from legislative infrastructure bills, we have seen significant growth and anticipate considerable more spending in the coming years.

CANNABIS: This is an industry that has seen continuous activity and interest throughout the country! The Cannabis space has the highest year over year growth. Because of our expertise in
the equipment and business model, SLIM is fortunate to have the opportunity to invest in these businesses and be a part of a growing market.

About SLIM Capital
SLIM Capital, LLC is a nationwide direct finance company located in Southern California that specializes in financing equipment acquisitions for our clients. We have credit-based programs to fit your business needs. With over 40 years of experience between the two lead partners, we have a wealth of knowledge and skill in recognizing deals and formulating structures efficiently and effectively. For more information, please contact us at: or visit Slim Capital website at

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GreatAmerica Financial Acquires IRH Capital
Increases Services to Franchise Market

(Cedar Rapids IA) – GreatAmerica Financial Services Corporation announced today that it acquired the assets of IRH Capital LLC, a recognized leader in the franchise financing industry. The acquisition will allow Northbrook, IL based IRH Capital to expand its services and add a new industry focus to the GreatAmerica business platform.

IRH Principal Keith Rabin will lead the GreatAmerica franchise division, bringing with him 20+ years of experience along with the entire IRH team. “For the last 11 years, we have enjoyed the solid and consistent support of GreatAmerica. This new beginning gives us added resources to allow us to deepen our service offering and expand our reach in the franchise market.

“We have very strong cultural alignment and a focus on helping our customer achieve success.”
IRH Capital has been providing financing to franchises for 20 years and is a preferred lender to many of the most recognizable franchise concepts in the country. IRH will be the cornerstone of the GreatAmerica Franchise Finance Division and will report into Brian Bjella, SVP & General Manager.

“IRH and team have deep industry knowledge and relationships with some of the healthiest franchise brands in the country,” said Mr. Bjella. “We are excited to provide additional resources to help fuel IRH’s continued growth within the franchise finance industry.” 

Tony Golobic, GreatAmerica founder and Executive Chairman, commented, “Our combined reputations for industry knowledge and exceptional customer service gives us an even stronger footprint in the franchise financing segment.

“Keith and IRH have a strong reputation of doing business the right way and we are proud to have them join the GreatAmerica team.”

The sale was effective January 1st, 2022 and the IRH team will continue to conduct business out of their Northbrook, IL office.  

About GreatAmerica:
GreatAmerica is the largest independent, family-owned national commercial equipment finance company in the U.S. with over $2.4 billion in assets and life-to-date finance originations of $13.5 Billion.  GreatAmerica was established in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1992 and today is organized into six divisions. It has a staff of over 600 employees with offices in Iowa, Georgia, Minnesota, and Illinois. IRH Capital was established in 2001 and has become a recognized leader in the franchise finance industry. Today they work with over 15 franchise concepts to provide store acquisition, new build, remodel, refinance and equipment purchase financing.  Since inception IRH has approved over $1 Billion for their franchisee customers.

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Orion First Surpasses $3 Billion
in Assets Under Management

SEATTLE, WA—Orion First has surpassed $3 billion in assets under management. This milestone comes shortly after reaching its previous benchmark of $2 billion in 2020.

The assets under management consist of small business commercial loans and leases for which Orion provides servicing, portfolio management, collection and backup servicing duties for clients ranging from federally regulated banks to captive and independent finance companies.

Quentin Cote, CLFP, Executive Vice President of Orion, said, “We are seeing the benefits of substantial investments in technology, people and processes. We are able to adapt and grow with our clients, who are among the fastest growing in the industry,” says. “We’re proud to partner with these successful companies and believe Orion’s growth is a key part of that success.”

Orion’s success may also be due in no small part to its business model. Unlike other servicers, Orion only services commercial portfolios. It views consumer portfolios as a distraction from this core focus. By allocating its resources entirely to a narrow (albeit deep) segment of the industry, Orion is able to offer more specialized expertise to its clients, and a better customer experience tailored specifically to the small business owner.

Additionally, Orion is foremost a primary servicer, with backup servicing making up less than 13% of total contracts under management. Servicers whose portfolios contain substantially more backup contracts than primary pose a risk to clients, as their operations can be strained if lenders begin to falter and they need to convert backup portfolios to primary servicing.

“There’s a transformation in the way borrowers expect to interact with their lenders,” says Cote. “They want to interact on their own terms. Orion has developed an industry leading borrower portal to empower the borrower. Additionally, data and analytics are playing a critical role in portfolio performance—what was once the art of lending is now the science of lending-and that’s where we’ve been investing. Our clients are able to make portfolio optimization decisions with increasing speed and confidence.”

About Orion First
Orion First, founded in 2001, is a full-service commercial loan and lease portfolio servicer which provides a suite of services and products to manage the complete life cycle of a borrower. Orion's product suite includes commercial loan and lease servicing and collection, portfolio management technology with client portal, data management, business analytics, and backup servicing. By delivering better technology, professional expertise, and deep experience, clients are able to consistently achieve lower losses, better pricing, lower expenses, and less distraction.

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Watch at Home:
Fernando's Views

An authentic cinema legend, Sidney Poitier (1927-2022) was a powerful screen presence, full of intensity, class and humor, as well as a trailblazer for African-American performers. So check out our list for some of his most memorable roles.

Blackboard Jungle (Richard Brooks, 1955): Poitier had one of his most exciting early roles in this famous exposé of troubled youth, set in a New York inner-city high school. Tensions are high, students engage in openly defiant behavior while faculty members cower. In comes Richard Dadier (Glenn Ford), a new teacher who, equipped with wartime experience, is determined to break through juvenile hostilities. Among the teenagers is Richard Miller (Poitier), who shows evidence of talent behind his rebellious veneer. Hoping that he can steer the young man in the right direction, Dadier runs into a brick wall in the form of violent class bully Artie (Vic Morrow). Directed by Richard Brooks (“In Cold Blood”), the film gives Poitier the chance to display a vivid blend of intelligence and anger.

Edge of the City (Martin Ritt, 1957): Socially conscious Martin Ritt (“Norma Rae”) made his directorial debut with this engrossing drama, set on New York City’s waterfront. Axel (future indie maverick John Cassavetes) is a young drifter who finds work as a longshoreman and meetsone of the other workers, Tommy (Poitier). At first suspicious, Axel soon becomes close friends with Tommy, who urges him to stand up for himself at tryingtimes, particularly when dealing with nasty bigot Charlie (Jack Warden). He starts seeing Ellen (Kathleen Maguire), and going on double dates with Tommy and his wife, Lucy (Ruby Dee). But prejudice is never far in this environment, and violent tragedy looms. Beautifully matched with Cassavetes, Poitier’s performance is one of his very best.

Lilies of the Field (Ralph Nelson, 1963): Poitier made history by becoming the first African-American actor to win a Best Actor Oscar in this modestly charming drama. He plays Homer Smith, a wandering handyman who, while traveling the Arizona desert, befriends a group of European nuns. Working at their farm, he becomes familiar with their hardships as immigrants, just as they learn about his previous troubles with the law. Led by the headstrong Mother Maria (Lilia Skala), the nuns start to believe he’s been sent by God to help them build their chapel. Showcasing a humanistic bond in the face of cultural differences, Ralph Nelson’s low-budget crowd-pleaser offers plenty of uplift and humor, along with an opportunity for Poitier to show his gentle, charming side.

To Sir with Love (James Clavell, 1967): Virtually a remake of "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" for the late 1960s, this beloved drama hasits own charm intact due greatly to Poitier's presence in the main role. Hestars as Mark Thackeray, an idealist who changes careers from engineering to teaching at an East End London high school populated by tough slum kids. Facing hostility from his new students, Mark nevertheless pushes forward with dignity and curiosity, and finds a way to win their trust and learn about their conditions. In an ironic role given his earlier turnas a rebellious youthin "The Blackboard Jungle," Poitier deftly anchors an engaging and poignant tale of people of different ages discovering their purposes through education and experience. Extra points for Lulu's title song.

In the Heat of the Night (Norman Jewison, 1967): A multiple Oscar winner in the divided Hollywood of 1967, this classic thriller embodies the defiant new power Poitier brought to the movies. Set in the tense, bigotedDeep South, the story is a crime drama that brings together a pair of different lawmen, black homicide detective Virgil Tibbs (Poitier) and white police chief Bill Gillespie (Best Actor winner Rod Steiger). The former’s dignity and the latter’s crudeness are an odd match, yet they learn to put aside their differences to work together and solve a crimeinvolving a prominent businessman. Working with a tight screenplay and brilliant actors, director Norman Jewison keeps the suspense robust and adds some humor to the serious-minded story. Quincy Jones provides the stirring score.


Siberian Husky/German Shepherd Dog
Cedar Rapids, Iowa   Adopt-a-Dog


21/2 Years Old
Up-to-date with vaccinations
Not good with cats
Not good with children
Reaction to new people: Cautious
House trained
Courtesy listing
Adoption fee: $250
Birth date: 7/9/2019 (not exact)
Color: White
Activity level: Moderately Active
Moderate energy level
Exercise needed: Moderate
Has Basic Training
Shedding: High
Grooming: High

Chief is a handsome blue eyed Siberian Husky/German Shepherd mix who can be a little shy and fearful around new people.  He has a wonderful temperament with people he is familiar with and gets along well with dogs his size, but is not a match with cats, small dogs or children.  A quiet home with an experienced dog owner will be a perfect fit for Chief, he is fully house and kennel trained.  Chief also knows many basic commands and has great manners!  New people can be hard for Chief to accept, so slow introductions are best, but this smart and handsome dog loves to learn new things. He'll make for a perfect adventure companion with an experienced dog owner.

 Chief's adoption fee is $250 and includes his neuter, microchip, current vaccinations and preventatives PLUS a free basic obedience course at Cedar Run Company in Hiawatha.  Last Hope requires that all adopters have a demonstrated history for current/former pets that includes having them altered, current on vaccinations and preventatives and kept as indoor pets only. Our adoption process includes multiple meet and greets, a home visit, vet check and a background check. Please submit an adoption application for consideration through our website,


Last Hope Animal Rescue
1823 16TH AVE. SW

Thank you for your interest in Last Hope Animal Rescue! We are a 100% volunteer run organization, so we appreciate your support. Our adoption center is not open to the public as our animals primarily live in foster homes. If you are interested in meeting an adoptable animal, please start by completing an adoption application on our website for consideration. Once we have received your application we can review and contact you directly about next steps. If you are interested in learning more about Last Hope, be sure to follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on our current events and local happenings. We look forward to connecting with you soon!


Green Fin Red Blend 2018 – California
By Kevan R. Wilkinson, Leasing News Wine Reviewer

While perusing the rows of bottles at my local wine shop recently, I noticed that most wine labels look the same. Then, out of nowhere, I saw something that caught my eye. A whimsical label with an illustrated surf wagon that looked straight out of the early 1960s. It read “made from organic grapes” and was priced at $5 a bottle, so I said this looks good enough to buy.

The wine I am talking about is the Green Fin Red Blend 2018 and I was surprised at how good was. The Green Fin is not a big red wine by any means but it serves up a nice mix of light fruit flavors with hints of spice and vanilla.

It is more on the dry side with just enough fruit to make it an ideal red wine for a weeknight dinner. My wife and I had a glass with a plate of Cacio e Pepe (spaghetti with crushed black pepper and cheese) and an arugula salad, and it paired perfectly.

The Green Fin Red Blend 2018 is available at most wine stores and online for $5 a bottle.

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

Wine Reviews


News Briefs---

Monitor and Molloy Associates Founder
    Michael Molloy Dies at 87

Convenience retailing industry sees 1.5% drop
in total units over last year

Florida health official placed on leave after
encouraging employees to get vaccinated

The Juiced-up Electric Truck Market:
2022 & Beyond

New report rings a desperate alarm for wine:
Attract younger drinkers, or sales will fall off ‘a cliff’

Bobby Flay Shows Off His Pantry and His Secret
Go-To Ingredient He Puts in 'So Many Things'


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Sports Briefs---

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians fined
     $50K for striking safety Andrew Adams

Dak Prescott ‘deeply regrets’ condoning Cowboys
fans’ attacks on refs

Here's the frigid weather forecast for
Saturday's 49ers-Packers game

Six reasons why the longer-term outlook 
for the Patriots isn’t particularly rosy

Mike McCarthy says he does not see
his future with team as an issue

Cardinals defend Kliff Kingsbury as head coach
after abysmal playoff loss to Rams

NHL reschedules games, season set to end on time April 29


California Nuts Briefs---

Number of S.F. hospital patients
     with COVID nears all-time high

These are the jobs Bay Area employers
are having the hardest time filling

Busting water limits won’t cost you in Marin County:
Penalties canceled as rain fills reservoirs



"Gimme that wine"

After robust 2021, winery owners face long-term challenges

New report rings a desperate alarm for wine:
Attract younger drinkers, or sales will fall off ‘a cliff’

Online sales jump to 23% of US
direct-to-consumer wine revenue

Wine of the week: Spottswoode’s Lyndenhurst,
2018 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Martha Barra Honored with Congressional Resolution

Bordeaux Index records 47% sales growth in 2021

WinePulse and Digimatic Partner to
Deliver Email Campaign Analytics for Wineries

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This Day in History

     1732 – Richard Henry Lee (d. 1794) was born in Westmoreland County, Colony of Virginia.  In August 1774, Lee was chosen as a delegate to the First Continental Congress. Lee’s resolution on June 7, 1776, during the Second Continental Congress, put moved to declare Independence from Great Britain.  Lee had returned to Virginia by the time Congress voted on and adopted the Declaration of Independence, but he signed the document upon his return. Lee was elected the sixth President of Congress under the Articles of Confederation on November 30, 1784 and served as President Pro Tempore of the Senate under President Washington (Apr-Oct, 1792) while serving as Senator from Virginia. 
    1777 - Battle of Millstone, New Jersey:  Brigadier General Philemon Dickinson leads 400 raw men from the New Jersey militia and 50 Pennsylvania riflemen under Captain Robert Durkee in an attack against a group of 500 British soldiers foraging for food led by Lieutenant Colonel Robert Abercromby near Van Nest's Mills in Millstone.  The British, who were stealing flour and supplies from Van Nest's Mills with which to supply their troops in New Brunswick, had set up small cannon defenses at a bridge crossing the Millstone River. The Patriots caught the British forces by surprise when they, avoiding the cannons, forded the deep and icy water.  In the ensuing 20-minute battle, Dickinson reported that the Patriots captured 107 horses, 49 wagons, 115 cattle, 70 sheep, 40 barrels of flour—106 bags and many other things. They also took 49 prisoners. General Washington reported to John Hancock that the British removed a good many dead and wounded in light wagons, estimated to be 24 or 25 in total compared to the 4 or 5 losses sustained by the Patriots.
    1778 - Captain James Cook discovered Hawaii when he landed first at Waimea on Kauai Island. A graffiti marked plaque honors the spot, although the town has a statue of the famed explorer who evidently is not liked to this day by the islanders.
    1778 – The first American military court martial trial begins, Cambridge, Mass
    1781 – In Pompton, New Jersey, troops mutiny. They are suppressed on January 27 by General Robert Howe’s 600-man force sent by Washington. Two leaders of the mutiny are executed.
    1783 - The fighting of the Revolutionary War ended. Britain signed peace agreements with France and Spain, who allied against it in the American War of Independence. The peace agreement between the US and England will not go into effect until England and France reach a settlement.
    1785 – Samuel Ellis advertised to sell Oyster Island (Ellis Island), in New York Harbor.  There were no takers
    1801 - John Marshall was appointed the fourth chief justice of the US Supreme Court.
    1806 – Birthday in Portland, ME of writer/editor Nathaniel P. Willis (d. 1867), who founded the "American Monthly Magazine" in 1831.  He worked with several notable American writers including Poe and Longfellow, and he became the highest-paid magazine writer of his day.
    1847 - Birthday of Rev. W.R. Pettiford (d. 1914), Birmingham, AL.  Founder of the Alabama Penny Savings Bank and the Alabama Publishing Company, in Granville County, NC.  The Alabama Penny Savings Bank was Alabama's first black-owned bank and the first of three banks in the nation owned and operated by African-Americans in the early 1900s.
    1868 - Florida constitutional convention meets in Tallahassee
    1869 - Elizabeth Cady Stanton became the first woman to testify before Congress    
    1870 - Hiram Rhodes Revels elected U.S. Senator from Mississippi, becoming the first Black US Senator in US history. Revels won the seat vacated by Jefferson Davis when Davis resigned to become President of the CSA.  His ancestry was Black, American Indian, and Lumbee Indian. Republican. Member of Mississippi state senate, 1870; US Senator from Mississippi, 1870-71; Secretary of State, Mississippi, 1873.  Died in Aberdeen, MS, January 16, 1901. Polite and unassuming, Revels was a national sensation and honored guest at lavish Washington receptions. When he presented his credentials on Feb. 23, Senate galleries were packed. To Republicans, he was living proof the war had advanced civil rights. The portly Revels was seated by a convincing 48-8 vote. On Feb. 25 at 4:40 p.m., he officially became the first black man to serve in either the Senate or the House of Representatives. Sen. Revels' dignified congressional service ended in March 1871. Returning to Mississippi, he co-founded Revels University for African-American students, became its first president and then crusaded to change the school name to Alcorn University to honor the white governor who supported his efforts. He also taught at Shaw University and was elected Mississippi secretary of state. To obtain election, politics would change and a deal was made with southern Democrats, and reconstruction would end. It would not be until November 8, 1966 that another black would be elected to the US Senate: Edward W. Brooke of Massachusetts.

    1872 - Birthday of Julia Morgan (d. 1957), American architect, in San Francisco.
***first woman student University of California at Berkeley College of Engineering
***first woman admitted and first woman graduate of the architectural section of the Cole des Beaux-Arts of Paris
***first woman to get an architectural license in California.
Ms. Morgan had a very successful architectural firm that built a number of landmarks in California and became the favorite architect of Phoebe Apperson Hearst. She designed more than 800 buildings but is best known for William Randolph Hearst's San Simeon complex, which took 21 years to complete. At her peak, she employed 35 architects in a learning atmosphere. She owned a plane with a full-time pilot to take her to various construction sites during her 40-year career. Even though Hearst's La Casa Grande is one of the most lavish private residences in the world, JM was noted for designing fine buildings with beautiful interiors on limited budgets. Her genius is particularly prominent in San Francisco and the Bay Area because she'd opened her office in SF just prior to the 1906 earthquake.

    1872 - California Stock Exchange Board organized
    1879 – Birthday of great American modernist dancer Ruth St. Denis (d. 1968) in Newark, New Jersey. “The dance is the rhythmic articulation of the soul.”
— Ruth St. Denis

    1882 – Mobster Johnny Torrio was born Giovanni Torrio (d. 1957) in southern Italy.  He helped build the criminal empire in Chicago in the 1920s that was later inherited by his protégé, Al Capone.   He also put forth the idea of the National Crime Syndicate in the 1930s and later became an unofficial adviser to the Genovese family. 
    1885 – La Marcus Thompson of Coney Island, New York patented the roller coaster. His coaster was 450 feet long, with a highest drop of 30 feet.

    1887 - The Senate allows the Navy to lease Pearl Harbor as a naval base.
    1889 - Huddie (HOO'-DEE) Ledbetter (d. 1949), better known as Leadbelly, was born in Morningsport, Louisiana. Leadbelly, popular during the 1930's and '40s, was probably the first country blues artist to become known to the white audience. Many of his songs, such as "Goodnight Irene," "Rock Island Line" and "The Midnight Special" are still sung wherever folk music is played. Leadbelly spent more than a dozen years in the prisons of Texas and Louisiana for violent crimes, including murder. My father had all his records and played them often, and can remember them from when I was a very little boy. Six months after his death, his "Goodnight Irene" became a million-selling hit for The Weavers.
    1891 – Under the direction of Dr. James Naismith, the first basketball game was played at the International YMCA in Springfield, MA. Peach baskets with the bottoms still in them were used as the goals. It wasn't until 1905 that someone had the bright idea to remove the baskets' bottoms, thereby eliminating a climb up a ladder after every goal.
    1894 - Birthday of American composer Walter Piston (d. 1976), Rockland, Maine
    1894 - Birthday of Harold Lincoln Gray (d. 1968), the creator of “Little Orphan Annie”, at Kankakee, IL. The comic strip, featuring the 12-year-old Annie, her dog Sandy and her mentor and guardian Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks, began appearing in the Chicago Tribune in 1924. While controversial for its strong conservative views, the strip was highly popular for its stories demonstrating the values of perseverance, independence and courage.
    1896 - Birthday of George Burns (d. 1996), comedian, born Nathan Birnbaum at New York City. He began in vaudeville without much success until he teamed up with “…a young Irish Catholic lady in 1923…,” Gracie Allen, who became this wife. "And all of a sudden," he said famously in later years, "the audience realized I had a talent. They were right. I did have a talent—and I was married to her for 38 years." As Burns and Allen, the two had a long career on radio, in film and with their hit TV Show, “The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show.” Later he starred in Neil Simon’s “The Sunshine Boys” winning 1975’s Oscar for Best Actor.   He played the role of Rod and the Devil in the “Oh, God!” movies and in “Going in Style” in 1979 with Art Carney and Lee Strasburg.  He has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
    1899 – The Philippine Commission was appointed by President McKinley, headed by Jacob G. Schurman who will suggest US rule of the islands until the Filipinos are ready for self-government. The move will prevent annexation by Germany which had moved its navy nearby. It also made the US a major power in the Pacific, bringing it into conflict with Japan.
    1903 - Theodore Roosevelt issues Executive Order placing Midway Islands under jurisdiction of the Navy Department. The Midway Islands consist of a circular atoll, 6 miles in diameter, enclosing two islands. Lying about 1,150 miles west-northwest of Hawaii, the islands were first explored by Captain N. C. Brooks on July 5, 1859, in the name of the United States. The atoll was formally declared a U.S. possession in 1867, and in 1903, Theodore Roosevelt made it a naval reservation. The island was renamed “Midway” by the U.S. Navy in recognition of its geographic location on the route between California and Japan. Air traffic across the Pacific increased the island's importance in the mid-1930s; the San Francisco–Manila mail route included a regular stop on Midway. Its military importance was soon recognized, and the Navy began building an air and submarine base there in 1940.  The Battle of Midway was one of the most important naval battles of World War II.  During June 4-7, 1942, only six months after Pearl Harbor, the US Navy decisively defeated an attack by the Japanese Navy, inflicting irreparable damage on the Japanese fleet. Military historian John Keegan called it "the most stunning and decisive blow in the history of naval warfare." It was Japan's first naval defeat since in 1863.  Four Japanese aircraft carriers - Akagi, Kaga, Soryu, and Hiryu, all part of the fleet that attacked Pearl Harbor - and a heavy cruiser were sunk at a cost of one US carrier and a destroyer. After Midway and the exhausting attrition of the Solomon Islands campaign, Japan's shipbuilding and pilot training programs were unable to keep pace in replacing their losses, while the U.S. steadily increased its output in both areas.
    1906 – Greek shipping magnate, billionaire, and second husband of Jackie Kennedy, Aristotle Onassis (d. 1975) was born in Smyrna, Ottoman Empire.  He amassed the world's largest privately owned shipping fleet and was one of the world's richest and most famous men. 
    1909 - Newly formed automaker General Motors (GM) bought into the Oakland Motor Car Corporation, which later became GM's long-running Pontiac division.
    1910 - Birthday of Joy Friederike Victoria Adamson (d. 1980), born Friederike Victoria Gessner in Austria-Hungary.  A conservationist and writer, she is best known for her “Born Free” series on lions which tracked the life of Elsa and her cubs. It was made into a highly popular movie. Adamson founded the Elsa Wild Animal Appeal (1961). Ironically, the two most noted conservationists in Africa of their generation were murdered there: Joy Adamson at the game reserve in Kenya in 1980 and Dian Fosse in Rwanda in 1985.
    1920 - American Civil Liberties Union founded.
    1920 - Birthday of harmonica player Gene Dennis, Mt. Pleasant, TN
    1920 – DeForrest Kelly (d. 1999), Dr. Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy of the USS Enterprise in the television and film series “Star Trek” was born in Toccoa, GA. 
    1922 - Birthday of singer Connie Haines, born Yvonne Marie Antoinette JaMais (d. 2008) in Savannah, GA.  Her 200 recordings were frequently up-tempo big band songs with the Harry James and Tommy Dorsey orchestras, and Frank Sinatra.
    1922 - Birthday of bandleader, trumpeter, songwriter, and actor. Ray Anthony, was born Raymond Antonini in Bentleyville, PA.  He played in Glenn Miller’s orchestra from 1940–1941 and appeared in the Glenn Miller movie “Sun Valley Serenade” in 1941 before joining the Navy during World War II. After the war he formed his own group. The Ray Anthony Orchestra became very popular in the early 1950s, with recordings that included Anthony's classic dance songs "The Bunny Hop" and the "Hokey Pokey," as well as the theme from “Dragnet.”   He had a #2 chart hit with a remake of the Glenn Miller tune, "At Last," in 1952, the highest charting pop version of the song in the U.S.  In 1953, Anthony and his orchestra were featured when Helen O’Connell and Bob Eberly headlined a summer replacement program for Perry Como’s CBS television show.


    1924 - Birthday of Otis Dewey “Slim” Whitman (d. 2013) in Tampa.  He was the first country singer to perform at the London Palladium and one of the first singers to hawk his songbook on late-night TV infomercials.
    1925 - Miriam "Ma" Ferguson was inaugurated as Texas' first woman governor. Her husband "Pa" Ferguson had been governor in the previous decade but was impeached. When Ma ran in 1924, the slogan was "two governors for the price of one."

    1926 - Birthday of Patricia Neal (d. 2010), born in Packard, KY.  A solid character actor, she was best known for her film roles:  World War II widow Helen Benson in the now-cult classic, “The Day The Earth Stood Still” (1951); “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961); she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for “Hud” (1963), and she was nominated in 1968 for “The Subject Was Roses”. She won Broadway's Tony award as Regina in “Another Part of the Forest” (1947).  She suffered a stroke and her rehabilitation was an inspiration to millions, finally succumbing in 2010 in Edgartown, MA.
1929 - Birthday of drummer Jimmy Cobb (d. 2020), Washington, DC
1929 - The movie, "In Old Arizona," the first full-length talking picture filmed outside, was released. The outdoor scenes were filmed in Utah and California.
    1929 – One of the original cast members of “Laugh-In”, Arte Johnson (d. 2019), was born in Benton Harbor, MI.
    1929 – Race car champion Edward Glenn ‘Fireball’ Roberts (d. 1964) was born in Tavares, FL.   One of the pioneering drivers of NASCAR, in his 206 career NASCAR Grand National races, he won 33 times and had 32 poles. He finished in the top-five 45 percent of the time. He won both the Daytona 500 and Firecracker 250 events in 1962.  He died in 1964 from complications of a wreck at the World 600.
    1930 – Buzz Aldrin was born Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Jr. in Glen Ridge, NJ. An engineer and former astronaut, and the second person to walk on the moon, he was the Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing in history. He set foot on the Moon at 03:15:16 (UTC) on July 21, 1969, following mission commander Neil Armstrong.      
    1931 - Birthday of organ player Earl Grant (d. 1970), Idabel, OK.   “Ebb Tide” was a big hit in 1961.

    1935 – Remember the Bay Bombers?  The Brooklyn Red Devils?  The New York Chiefs?  One of the queens of Roller Derby, Joan Weston (d. 1997), was born in Huntington Beach, CA.  At 5’10” and 165 lbs., she was perfect for the rough and tumble sport that grew in the 1950s and 60s.  In her post-roller derby career, she was a champion softball player.  She died in Hayward, CA of a rare brain disorder.
    1937 - Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the first President of the United States inaugurated on January 20th. The 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution officially set the date for the swearing in the President and Vice President. In 1933, the amendment was ratified by Congress. On November 3, 1936, he was reelected president of the United States in a Democratic landslide that carried every state except Maine and Vermont. John Nance Garner was elected Vice President. Congress became more than three-quarters Democratic in both houses. The electoral vote was Roosevelt, 523; Govern Alfred M. Landon of Kansas, 8. The popular vote was Roosevelt, 27,751,612; Landon, 16,687,933. Lemke, Union Party, 891,858; Thomas, Socialist, 187,342; Brosder, Communist, 80,181; Dr. Colvin, Prohibition, 37,609; Aiken Socialist Labor, 12,729. The campaign was bitter. About 80% of the press opposed Roosevelt. In congressional elections, the Democrats gained seven Senate seats, for a 76-16 majority, with four seats going to minor parties. In the House, their majority was 331-9, with 13 seats going to the minor parties. It was also the wettest Inaugural Day of record with 1.77 inches of rain in 24 hours. Temperatures were only in the 30s as Franklin D. Roosevelt was sworn in for his second term.
    1940 - Birthday of Carol Elizabeth Heiss, leading U.S. woman figure skater from 1955 through 1960, in Ozone Park, Queens, NY. She held more international titles than any North American woman in history. She won the Olympic figure skating gold in 1960.
    1942 - On Columbia Records, Harry Babbitt sang with Kay Kyser and his orchestra on, "Who Wouldn't Love You." The record was a hit for Kyser
    1945 - Franklin Delano Roosevelt was inaugurated to his record fourth term in office as President of the United States. He was the only one to win a fourth term, November 7, 1944. Harry S. Truman was elected Vice-President. The electoral vote was Roosevelt, 432; Governor Thomas E. Dewey, Republican, 99. The popular vote was Roosevelt, 25,602,504, Dewey, 22,006,285. In congressional elections the Democrats lost two Senate seats but held a 56-38 majority. In the House, they gained 24 seats for a 242-190 lead, with two seats held by minor parties.  There had been serious doubt about his health well before the war ended and it was a much debated issue regarding his ability to govern in a fourth term, that would not complete as he died in Warm Springs, GA on April 12, 1945 of a cerebral hemorrhage.
    1948 - Top Hits
“Ballerina” - Vaughn Monroe
“How Soon” - Jack Owens
“Golden Earrings” - Peggy Lee
“I'll Hold You in My Heart (Till I Can Hold You in My Arms)” - Eddy Arnold
    1949 – Point Four Program, a program for economic aid to poor countries announced by President Harry Truman in his inaugural address for a full term as President.
    1953 - For the first time, a television show from the United States was transmitted to Canada. The historic show was the CBS Television production of "Studio One," transmitted to CBLT-TV in Canada.
    1953 – For the first time in history, the Presidential Inaugural Address, of President Eisenhower, was broadcast live coast-to-coast. 
    1954 - Radio's National Negro Network was formed, with nearly 40 radio stations taking charter membership positions. Its most notable program was "The Story of Ruby Valentine," a continuation of the CBS soap "We Love and Learn." The program starred Juanita Hall (fresh from her success as Bloody Mary in "South Pacific") and was apparently sponsored by Wrigley's Gum. The network flourished in the mid-50s and may have had a number of major national sponsors.
    1954 - The temperature at Rogers Pass, MT, plunged to 70 degrees below zero to establish a new record for the continental U.S
    1956 - Top Hits
“Memories are Made of This” - Dean Martin
“Band of Gold” - Don Cherry
“Rock and Roll Waltz” - Kay Starr
“Sixteen Tons” - Tennessee Ernie Ford
    1956 – Caustic television talk show host and former comedian Bill Maher was born in NYC.
    1957 - Ricky Nelson's album “Ricky” hits #1
    1958 - The early rock 'n' roll classic, "Get a Job" by the Silhouettes was released.  “…sha na na na, sha na na na na, ba-doom…”
    1958 - Elvis Presley was ordered by the draft board in Memphis, Tennessee to report for duty. He was allowed a 60-day deferment to finish the film "King Creole."
    1958 - Radio station KWK in St. Louis, MO finishes its "Record Breaking Week" of weeding out rock and roll and rhythm and blues records from its playlist. Records were spun once, and then broken on air.
    1961 - John F. Kennedy was inaugurated President of the United States, the nation’s only President of the Roman Catholic faith. A Democrat and the 35th president, Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963. “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country…My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.”  Poet Robert Frost recited "Gift Outright."
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    1964 - The Beatles second album, “Meet the Beatles,” was released in the United States. It was the British group's U.S. debut LP. It rose to Number 1 on the LP pop chart and remained in the top spot for 11 weeks.
    1964 - Top Hits
“There! I've Said It Again” - Bobby Vinton
“Forget Him” - Bobby Rydell
“Surfin' Bird” - The Trashmen
“Love's Gonna Live Here” - Buck Owens
    1965 - The first disk jockey to program black music for white audiences, Alan Freed, the ‘Father of Rock 'n' Roll', died of uremia in a hospital in Palm Springs, California. He was only 42 and a borderline alcoholic - a broken man because of his involvement in the payola scandals. In the 1950s, Freed, ‘Moon Doggy', at WJW Radio in Cleveland, coined the phrase, "rock 'n' roll,”" before moving, in 1954, to New York's WINS (1010 AM). The station eventually became an around-the-clock Top 40 rock-and-roll radio station. After departing from WINS, Freed was employed in New York by WABC (770 AM) around 1958.  Freed was fired by WABC on November 21, 1959 during a dispute where he refused to sign a statement certifying that he had never accepted payola, being paid to play records by artists and record companies.  He also was fired from his television show. The congressional investigation from 1959 to 1960 into payola made Freed the scapegoat for a widespread but legal practice. In 1960, payola was made illegal. In 1962, Freed pleaded guilty to two charges of commercial bribery for which he was fined $300 and received a suspended sentence.  Freed died almost penniless after the scandal was exposed. Alan Freed was said to have coined the term rock 'n' roll from the words to Bill Haley's 1952 recording of "Rock A 'Beatin' Boogie."  
    1965 - The Rolling Stones and the Kinks make their first appearance on ABC-TV's "Shindig!" Also appearing are the Dave Clark Five, Petula Clark, Bobby Vee, Bobby Sherman and Gerry & the Pacemakers.
    1965 – The Byrds record "Mr. Tambourine Man."
    1966 - Promoter Bill Graham holds a three-day "Trips Festival" at Longshoremen's Hall in San Francisco, CA, featuring Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, the Grateful Dead, and Big Brother and the Holding Company.
    1968 - Bob Dylan and the Band horrified folk music purists by playing electric instruments at a Tribute to Woody Guthrie concert at New York's Carnegie Hall. The concert, one of a series organized by Pete Seeger, also featured Joan Baez and Peter, Paul and Mary. Guthrie, a folk music pioneer, had died the previous October.
    1968 - The “Game of the Century” in college basketball took place in the Houston Astrodome pitting the #1 ranked UCLA Bruins (riding a 47-game winning streak) and the #2 Houston Cougars, with the latter team pulling off a 71-69 upset. The hype and promotion surrounding the game, and the nationwide broadcast by the ad hoc TVS Network (the first nationwide broadcast of a college basketball game) combine to heighten interest in college hoops, and the game is credited as the turning point when a sport of primarily regional interest began to become a national obsession.
    1971 - Diana Ross married Elberon, NJ’s Bob Silberstein. I played Little League and high school baseball against him, an excellent catcher and power hitter.  He went into the promotion business as Bobby Ellis, as he was known when they wed.  They are the parents of actress Tracy Ellis Ross.
     1972 - Top Hits
“American Pie” - Don McLean
“Let's Stay Together” - Al Green
“Sunshine” - Jonathan Edwards
“Carolyn” - Merle Haggard
    1973 - Richard M. Nixon was sworn in as President for a second term but he would not complete it.  On Nov. 7, he was reelected in the greatest Republican landslide in history. Owing to crimes revealed during the Watergate scandal, he became the first President to resign from office, on August 8, 1974. Spiro T. Agnew was reelected Vice-President but he would resign after being found guilty of tax evasion while Governor of Maryland.  The electoral vote was Nixon, 521; Sen. George S. McGovern, Democrat, 17. The popular vote was Nixon, 45,767,218; McGovern 28,257,668. The Democrats picked up two Senate seats for a 57-43 majority. The Republicans gained 13 seats in the House, but the Democrats still led 255-179, with one seat going to an independent.
    1973 - Jerry Lee Lewis makes his debut at the Grand Ole Opry. Opry officials allowed him to perform only if he agreed to keep his music to country and abstain from using obscenities. Things start well but by the end of the half-hour set, Lewis has played "Great Balls of Fire," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" and Good Golly Miss Molly." He also proclaimed, "I am the rock & rollin', country & western, rhythm & blues singin' motherf***er."
    1974 - Johnny Miller won the Tucson Open Golf Tournament, becoming the first pro golfer to win four major tournaments consecutively.
    1974 – Birthday of football player-turned-killer, Rae Carruth, in Sacramento.  In January 2001, a jury acquitted Carruth, wide out for the Carolina Panthers, of first-degree murder but found him guilty of conspiracy to murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle and attempting to kill an unborn child.  Carruth’s girlfriend, pregnant at the time, died after giving birth to their son after suffering multiple gunshot wounds.  Carruth’s accomplices confessed and implicated him when the charges became murder after her death.  He was released from federal custody in 2018.
    1977 - Here is some trivia as the first President to take oath of office using a nickname was Jimmy Carter, who was sworn into office in Washington, DC this day by Chief Justice Warren Burger. Instead of his formal name, James Earl Carter, Jr., he used his nickname, Jimmy. On November 2, 1976 he was elected President along with Walter F. Mondale as Vice-President. The electoral vote was Carter, 297; President Ford, 240. The popular vote was Carter, 40,828,929; Ford, 39,148,940. In congressional elections the Democrats kept a 2-1 Senate majority, 64-38, with one seat going to an independent, and a House majority of 292-143. In the first months of President Carter's administration, most Vietnam-era draft resisters were pardoned, the planned pullout of US forces from South Korea was announced, and while he had a full agenda, it was set back when Congress challenged the financial dealings of Bert Lance, director of the Office of Management and Budget, and opposed passage of Carter's energy conservation Program. Vernon Jordan of the National Urban League charged the administration with not doing enough to reduce unemployment among blacks.
    1978 - Fred Silverman quit his job as ABC-TV's head of programming to take a position as President of NBC. For ABC, Silverman developed shows like "Happy Days", "Laverne and Shirley", "Charlie's Angels" and "Three's Company", earning the network its highest ratings ever. His talents didn't work out as well at NBC where he backed the most expensive television bomb in history: "Super Train", starring Steve Lawrence. Grant Tinker shortly after replaced Silverman, taking the Peacock Network to number one in just a few years. Silverman would go on to become a top Hollywood independent producer.
    1978 - A paralyzing "Nor'easter" produced a record 21 inches of snow at Boston, 15 to 20 inches in Rhode Island, and one to two feet of snow in Pennsylvania. Winds along the coast of Connecticut gusted to 70 mph.
    1980 - Super Bowl XIV: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Los Angeles Rams, 31-19 in Pasadena; Super Bowl MVP Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, Quarterback
    1980 - Top Hits
“Rock with You” - Michael Jackson
“Do that to Me One More Time” - The Captain & Tennille
“Cruisin'” - Smokey Robinson
Coward of the County - Kenny Rogers
    1980 - President Jimmy Carter announced that the US Olympic Team would not compete in the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow as a protest against the Soviet Union's military intervention in Afghanistan in December, 1979.
    1981 - Ronald Reagan became President of the United States at the age of 69 and 349 days, the oldest President to take office. He carried 44 states in the November 4, 1980 election. The electoral vote was Reagan, 489; Pres. Jimmy Carter, 49. The popular vote was Reagan, 42,797,153; Carter, 34,434,100. John Anderson, independent candidate, 5,533,927. In congressional elections, the Republicans picked up 12 Senate seats for a 53-46 majority, with one independent seat. In the House, the Democrats lost 33 seats but kept a majority of 242-192, with one seat going to an independent.
    1981 - 52 American hostages seized in their embassy in Tehran were released after 444 days in captivity, only 20 minutes after President Regan’s inauguration.
    1982 - Singer Ozzy Osborne was taken to the hospital after biting the head off a dead bat during a concert in Des Moines, Iowa. Ozborne threw the remains of the bat into the audience. He had to endure a series of rabies shots and their effects caused him to collapse on stage the following week
    1982 - The Chicago Bears named former tight end Mike Ditka head coach. In 11 seasons, Ditka won the 106 regular-season games and led the Bears to victory in Super Bowl XX.
    1982 - Camcorder developed: Five companies (Hitachi, JVC, Phillips, Matsushita and Sony) agreed to cooperate on the construction of a camera with a built-in videocassette recorder.
    1985 - The most watched Super Bowl game in history was seen by an estimated 115.9 million people as Joe Montana and the underdog San Francisco 49'ers downed Dan Marino and the Miami Dolphins 38-16 at Stanford, CA. The broadcast captured the second largest television audience ever. The only show to have a larger audience, the largest in history, aside from man landing on the moon, was the last episode of M*A*S*H in 1983. Super Bowl XIX was also historic in that is featured the first use of television commercials that sold for a million dollars a minute.  Super Bowl MVP: Joe Montana, San Francisco, Quarterback completed 24 of 35 passes for a Super Bowl-record 331 yards and three touchdowns. He also broke the Super Bowl record for most rushing yards gained by a quarterback with his 5 rushes for 59 yards and 1 rushing touchdown.  Both coaches, Bill Walsh of the Niners and Don Shula of the Dolphins, both QBs, and the Niners’ Ronnie Lott and Fred Dean, and the Dolphins’ Dwight Stephenson are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  This was Marino’s second year in the NFL and it would be his only Super Bowl appearance.
    1985 - Geri B. Larson took charge of the Tahoe National Forest in Nevada City, California, the first woman forest supervisor in the U.S. Forest Service history.
    1986 – Martin Luther King, Jr, Day, celebrating the birthday of the slain civil rights leader, is celebrated as a federal holiday for the first time.
    1986 - Never used, and until then, unseen by the public, footage from the 1931 horror classic, Frankenstein, was found. The lost scenes showed the monster, played by Boris Karloff, tossing a girl into a lake and at one point having a hypodermic needle in the monster's arm. Considered too shocking for the 1930's audience, the scenes were cut. Since then, they have been put back into the film and re-released to the public.
    1987 - Terry Waite, the Archbishop of Canterbury's special envoy in Lebanon, was kidnapped. He was not released until November, 1991.
    1988 - The Beach Boys, the Beatles, the Drifters, Bob Dylan, Berry Gordy, Jr., Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Les Paul and the Supremes are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during ceremonies at New York's Waldorf Astoria. During the Beach Boys acceptance speech, vocalist Mike Love insulted just about everybody in the music business, including Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger.
    1988 - Top Hits
“Got My Mind Set on You” - George Harrison
“The Way You Make Me Feel” - Michael Jackson
“Need You Tonight” - INXS
“One Friend” - Dan Seals
    1989 - The temperature in the Washington, D.C. area warmed into the lower 50s for the Presidential Inauguration during the late morning hours, before gusty northwest winds ushered in colder air that afternoon
    1990 - While heavy thunderstorms drenched the Central Gulf Coast States, with 4.23 inches reported at Centreville, AL in 24 hours, unseasonably warm weather continued across Florida. Five cities in Florida reported record high temperatures for the date. Tampa, FL equaled their record high for January of 85 degrees
    1991 - The Buffalo Bills won the first of their record four consecutive AFC titles by overwhelming the Los Angeles Raiders, 51-3. Buffalo went on to lose Super Bowl XXV to the New York Giants, 20-19, when Scott Norwood’s attempt at a 47-yard game-winning FG sailed wide right.  The Bills would go on to the next three Super Bowls, losing all of them and becoming the only NFL team in history to go to four consecutive Super Bowls.
    1991 – The New York Giants won the NFC Championship, denying the San Francisco 49ers a three-peat when Matt Bahr kicked the game-winning FG with no time left on the clock. This was a brutal game in which the Giants knocked out, literally, Niners QB Joe Montana with a vicious blindside hit by Leonard Marshall.  Still, the Niners held the lead when RB Roger Craig fumbled with 2:36 left in the game after which the Giants merely positioned for Bahr’s game-winner, his fifth of the game as the Niners defense held the winners without a TD.
    1993 - President Bill Clinton picked up his saxophone to jam with the likes of Ben E. King, Clarence Clemons, Herbie Hancock, Dionne Warwick and Chuck Berry at several of the dozen balls honoring his inauguration. Among other headliners at the balls were the original members of Fleetwood Mac, Linda Ronstadt and Paul Simon. Canadians among the entertainers included Celine Dion, who performed at a youth gala, Bruce Cockburn, Ronnie Hawkins and k.d. lang, who was a star attraction at an unofficial ball put on by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
    1994 - Shannon Faulkner became the first woman to attend classes at The Citadel. Faulkner joined the cadet corps in August, 1995 under court order but soon dropped out.
    1995 - Bonnie Raitt raised $80,000 at a New York City benefit for her project to provide guitar lessons for girls. Fender guitars later announced the launching of the Bonnie Raitt Signature Stratocaster, the first Fender named after a woman. Raitt donated all her royalties from the line to her project and Fender said it would provide free guitars.
    1996 - Madonna arrived in Buenos Aires to begin filming the movie version of "Evita," the musical about Eva Peron. Nationalist hardliners in the ruling Peronist Party were openly hostile to the idea of Madonna playing the former Argentine first lady. There were reports that security around the star had been beefed up.
    1997 - Comet Hale-Bopp crosses Mars' orbit

    1998 – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts The Mama and Papas and The Eagles.
    2009 - Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States, the first President of African-American descent.
    2013 – President Barack Obama was inaugurated for his second term.

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    1985 - San Francisco 49ers



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