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Friday, January 13, 2023

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Computing Interest Rates Programs
    For Use in New State Commercial Finance Laws
License and Registration United States
  By Kenneth C. Greene, Attorney
   State-by-State Analysis of License Requirements 
    for Lenders and Brokers
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries
Leasing and Finance Industry Help Wanted
    Remote Sales Job Wish List
    Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP
ELFF Reports Industry Confidence Up in January
    "Equipment Finance Industry has Excelled."
Quality Equipment Finance Reports
    Record Originations for 2022
Criterion Classics Chosen by Fernando Croce
  The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Cooley High,
    Imitations of Life, Lost Highway, The Velvet Underground
English Foxhound
    Mount Carmel, Illinois Adopt-a-Dog
Big Tech’s big boom is over but the sector overall
  is a long way from a bust
    - Tech Hiring Continues
News Briefs ----
Bank of the West’s $16.3 billion acquisition
    gets regulatory green light
America’s largest party supply store
    files for bankruptcy
Tesla cuts prices in the US and Europe by up to 20 percent
    (price changes and with tax credit)
Why some cars from the 1990s
    are soaring in value
Analog Devices is spending $1 billion
    to upgrade Oregon chip factory
Dallas ranked among the most congested cities
    in the U.S. as work from home is phased out

You May Have Missed ---
New Survey: 86% of Employees Will Stay at Their Company

     for a Period of Time in Exchange for a Cash Bonus

Broker/Funder/Industry Lists | Features (wrilter's columns)
Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months
Sales Make It Happen

Sports Brief----
 California Nuts Brief---
   "Gimme that wine"
    This Day in History
      Daily Puzzle
        Weather, USA or specific area
         Traffic Live----

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In the old days, late 1960’s and early 1970’s, companies would issue their buy rate for the term and amount for sales representatives’ calculations. They then add the factor to 1.00 and multiply it times the company buy rate. For instance, .0331 and the salesman wanted five points, multiply 1.05 times .0331 and it would be .034755. Then multiply this to the amount being financed to get the monthly payment.

Brokers were taught to tell prospects the rate in add on, not APR. Five year factor of .025 was 18% APR; 10% add on.  First and last would increase the interest rate, as well as a balloon or residual at the end.

Today, the most popular calculator software is TValue, available online or software for your computer of smartphone:

You can also purchase the calculator to put on your website by going to:

There are other financial portals and calculation tools:
The Motley Fool

Merchant Cash Advance APR Calculator
Kabbage, OnDeck, plus Term Loan APR Calculator
(upper left on site below, plus add below site to your website)


License and Registration United States
By Kenneth C. Greene, Attorney

A State-by-State Analysis of License Requirements for Lenders and Brokers



New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
West Virginia
Washington, D.C.
Puerto Rico

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New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Dan Burgos, CLFP, was promoted to Vice President and Credit Manager, Ascentium Capital, Kingwood, Texas. He is located in Houston, Texas.  He joined the firm August, 2011, as Credit Analyst; promoted, January, 2012, Assistant Vice President, Credit.  Previously, he was Credit Analyst, Main Street Bank (June, 2005 - August, 2011); Salesman, Deerbrook Forest Chrysler Jeep (February, 2004 - May, 2004); Sales Rep/Technical Support, BasiCorp, Inc. (August, 1998 - January, 2004); Food and Beverage Manager, Grand Hyatt Santiago (February, 1997 - July, 1998); Food and Beverage Director, Marbella Resort (January, 1996 - January, 1997); English Teacher, Institution de Ingles Sam Marsali (August, 1993 - December, 1995); Owner, Elmo's Sports Bar and Grill (September, 1986 - July, 1993).

Alyse White Hayes was promoted to Senior Legal Counsel, DLL, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  She joined the firm July, 2018, as Legal Counsel. Previously, she was Lead Counsel, PMC (June 2022 - January, 2023).

Jena Morgan, CLFP, was hired as Chief Operating Officer, 360 Equipment Finance, Austin, Texas. She is located in the Greater Minneapolis-St Paul Area. She joined the firm August, 2022, as Operations and Technology Strategy Consultant. Previously, she was Chief Operations Officer, JDR Solutions, Inc. (September, 2022 - November, 2022); Prior, she was at KLC Financial, starting December, 2018, Director of Information Systems, Solutions and Marketing, promoted December, 2018, Vice President Operations, promoted November 2021, chief Operating Officer (COO).

Eboni Preson-Laurent was hired as Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association. "Eboni comes to ELFA from USA Lacrosse, where she served as Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Opportunity. Since 2013, she has developed resources and implemented strategies to increase opportunities and access for underrepresented communities across the country. Eboni regularly engaged board members, administrators and staff nationwide to provide critical direction and growth centered around diversity, equity and inclusion." Senior Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion Senior Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion
Bio: US Lacrosse · Full-time US Lacrosse (August, 2013 - January, 2023). "Her work at USA Lacrosse led to her selection as one of the Baltimore Sun Magazine’s Top 40 Women to Watch in 2014. She also was selected as a recipient of the DEI Champion Award by the National Diversity Council in 2021. Eboni continues to serve on several national boards and committees committed to providing inclusion and access for youth in underserved communities. "

Francis L. Tanguy, M. Sc., CPA, was hired as Regional Sales Manager, Siemens Financial Services, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Previously he was Relationship Manger, BMO Financial Group (December, 2015 - January, 2023). Prior, he was at GE capital, starting May, 2014, Business Associate, Commercial Banking, promoted January, 2015, Account Manager Commercial Banking.

Evan Tuozzoli, CLFP was promoted to Senior Vice President, Nexseer Capital, Irvine, California. He joined Nexseer June, 2018, Credit Analyst and Syndication Manager, promoted September, 2021, Vice President of Capital Markets. Previously, he was Credit Administrator, Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Company (August, 2016 - June, 2018).


Leasing and Finance Industry Help Wanted
Excellent Compensation/Marketing Support/Work



Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP

New business development throughout the commercial equipment finance and leasing industry depends upon professional originators being self-motivated and determined to succeed. Top originators don't depend upon others to schedule their appointments, provide a new prospecting list, or to devise new marketing campaigns. Self-motivated originators accept the resources and products that are available. They acknowledge market conditions. They work every day to use the tools and products they have to solicit vendors, end-users, and other stakeholders to fund more transactions.

Top originators don't create excuses; they spend their time and energy finding and funding transactions which align with their current capabilities. As Larry S. often claimed, "Any average salesperson can find a deal. But it takes a real professional who is self-motivated to find opportunities that can be approved, won, and funded. Results create top originators."

Top originators will thrive in 2023, because they are leaders rather than followers. They create their own success. They have the expertise to evaluate current market conditions, to fully understand their current capabilities, and to pursue the highest quality relationships and transactions which align with both the market and their capabilities.

Wheeler Business Consulting is working with individual originators and sales teams throughout the industry to ensure that they are well positioned in the market, capturing their fair share of business, and outperforming the competition. To schedule a one-on-one meeting contact Scott Wheeler at:

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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ELFF Reports Industry Confidence Up in January
"Equipment Finance Industry has Excelled"

The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation releases the January 2023 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry.  Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market is 48.5, an increase from the December index of 45.9.

David Normandin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Wintrust Specialty Finance, said, “2023 brings uncertainty with a looming recession in front of us, yet robust volume and credit quality continue to be our experience. Being nimble and creative to find solutions will be valuable attributes to have in your organization as we stretch our legs into 2023. Fortunately, this is where the commercial equipment finance industry has excelled and I believe it will once again.”


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

Quality Equipment Finance Reports
Record Originations for 2022

Quality Equipment Finance, the wholly independent, small-ticket commercial equipment finance company, experienced dramatic growth of 33% in origination volume year over year.  Closed transactions totaled more than $125 million and were 99% sourced through third-party originators.

Quality’s Managing Director, G. Paul Fogle, CLFP, said, “We maintained focus on technological advancements, product and process improvements and an enhanced customer experience—driving a year of strong results,

 “In 2022, Quality added industry veterans to an already outstanding team.  In addition, the strategic investments Quality made this past year, including our rebranding, renewed marketing focus, expansion of product offerings and simplified processes provided a stable foundation for sustainable long-term growth while enhancing our current agility and relevance with originators and borrowers.”

The Quality Equipment Finance team is confident in the company’s ability to successfully navigate the challenges of today’s uncertain economic environment.  As a wholly independent finance company, Quality touts their ability to remain nimble and continue investing in the success of small businesses by providing fast and fair equipment financing through all economic cycles. 

Quality’s new VP of Sales, Stephanie Hall, CLFP, noted, “Our veteran sales team is focusing on the fundamentals in 2023.  With a passionate commitment to clients and customers, our growth targets are bolder than ever and Quality is positioned to deliver another year of strong performance.  We have a solid foundation, will continue to capitalize on new opportunities and remain focused on the goals, strategies and values that have made us so successful for the past 65 years.”

About Quality Equipment Finance
Quality Equipment Finance is a broker’s most dependable funding partner, since 1957. Our people-centered approach, streamlined tech, and straightforward underwriting create easy wins for brokers and their borrowers. We understand the challenges that small businesses face every day. It’s our goal to provide commercial financing that supports their success.

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Watch at Home
by Fernando Croce, Leasing News Movie Reviewer

The latest batch of newly restored Criterion classics runs the gamut of genres, encompassing whimsical fantasy (“The Adventures of Baron Munchausen”), fresh comedy-drama (“Cooley High”), poignant classics (“Imitation of Life”), surreal noir (“Lost Highway”) and fascinating documentary (“The Velvet Underground”).

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988): Terry Gilliam follows up the dystopian future of “Brazil” with the whimsical past of this opulent fantasy, based on tall tales from 18th-century Germany. While an Ottoman army storms the city’s gate, a small-time theatrical troupe puts on a show depicting the colorful exploits of the mythical Baron Munchausen. An old man in the audience (John Neville) claims to be the real Baron, and soon reality and fantasy become blurred as the characters embark on a series of extravagant escapades that range from the surface of the moon to the bottom of the ocean. An ode to boundless imagination, Gilliam’s film brims with eye-filling visual details and surreal humor, with a cast that includes Eric Idle, Oliver Reed, Uma Thurman, Robin Williams, and Sara Polley.

Cooley High (1975): Standard coming-of-age tropes get a fresh spin in this funny, heartfelt portrait of Black youth in Chicago during the mid-Sixties. Aspiring playwright Preach (Glynn Turman) and promising basketball player Cochise (Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs) are teenaged best friends in their final weeks of high school. Sneaking out of class early, the two take part in a string of shenanigans that can go from comical to dire in the blink of an eye. There are brawls between street gangs, brushes with cops, romantic parties and advice from teachers. Amid all of this is the bond between Preach, who has dreams of going to Hollywood, and Cochise, who may not live long enough to take advantage of his new scholarship. Directed by Michael Schultz, this is a vibrant, warm, influential film.

Imitation of Life (1934): Though Douglas Sirk’s splashy 1959 version is deservedly revered by cinema buffs, this first screen adaptation of Fannie Hurst’s melodrama is more modest but no less trenchant and devastating. Bea (Claudette Colbert) is a young white widow who, in order to make ends meet, starts a pancake business with her friend, a Black housekeeper named Delilah (Louise Beavers). It’s not long however before their friendship is put to the test by society’s racial realities, as well as Delilah’s rebellious, light-skinned daughter Peola (Fredi Washington), who’s determined to pass for white. In place of Sirk’s subversive delirium, John M. Stahl brings sober sensitivity to the painful nuances of struggle and identity. The results pack as much of an emotional wallop today as when it was first released.

Lost Highway (1997): Surreal master David Lynch (“Blue Velvet”) offers one of his most intoxicating visions in this enigmatic tale that begins as film noirand proceeds toward horror. Fred (Bill Pullman) is a Los Angeles saxophone player plagued by dreams involving his wife Renee (Patricia Arquette) and a mysterious man (Robert Blake). While on Death Row after being framed for murder, Fred inexplicably turns into a different man, a young mechanic named Pete (Balthazar Getty). As the story follows Pete and his affair with a violent gangster’s wife, Alice (also played by Arquette), the two halves of the film gradually start leaking into each other to create a single, unsettling dream-like landscape. Questioning identity and reality with its unique images and textures, Lynch’s film is an unforgettable experience.

The Velvet Underground (2021): The premier sound of the Sixties, the story of the Velvet Underground makes for a fascinating musical tour of the decade, and acclaimed experimental director Todd Haynes (“Far from Heaven”) does it justice in this exceptional documentary. The band marked the meeting of two unlikely founders, Welsh songwriter John Cale and New York hipster-musician Lou Reed, a pop fusion under the aegis of legendary avant-garde guru Andy Warhol. As he showed in his prismatic Bob Dylan study “I’m Not There,” Haynes is endlessly fascinated by the myths and cultural intimations of pop music, and here he peels back the layers of the band’s mystique for its subversive essence. Making judicious use of interviews and performance footage, the movie is a poem on the Velvet Underground’s rebellious art.


English Foxhound
Mount Carmel, Illinois


(Brown, Black & White)
Vaccinations Up-to-date
Affectionate, Gentle, Quiet, Smart
Good in a home with other dogs


I came to the shelter on 11/17/2022 and I am looking for my forever home. I am 4 years old and weigh 60 pounds. I am also heartworm negative, neutered and up-to-date on my shots. Stay tuned for updates!

Volunteer (running to get a leash): “I get to walk Bert.”

Another volunteer: “Why do YOU get to walk Bert? I want to walk Bert!”

It’s true. There are Bert wars going on at the shelter. Why? Because this dog is just so special. Bert, a tri-colored, 60 pound English Foxhound, came to us about a month and a half ago and everyone is head over heels in love with him. His demeanor is so calm, cool and collected. Bert is suave and handsome. Very little ruffles him.

He came in as a stray so we don’t know much about his past but we can guess. He wasn’t neutered, he had Lyme disease, and has some serious scars indicating a rough past with not the best of care. If he was a hunting dog in the past, he seems quite content to leave that behind and come inside, snuggle down in his blankets, and just chill.

Bert is heartworm negative, up to date on his vaccinations, neutered and has completed his course of antibiotics for the treatment of his Lyme disease. He was aged at 4 years old by our vet.

He moves with elegance and is extremely easy to walk. He does have the nose of a hound, and loves to smell. He has a stubborn streak when he is not finished sniffing and you need to move on. But hey, that’s the only fault we can find with him. He is good with other dogs, loves people and ignores cats.

If you are interested in making Bert a part of your pack, the first step in an approved adoption screening form. You can email for one at or call (618) 262-7109 and leave a message that you would like to meet Bert and fill one out in person. A volunteer will get right back with you. His breed is described as gentle, social and tolerant. He sure does live up to the description.

Wabash County Animal Shelter
11336 1550 Blvd.
Mount Carmel, Illinois 62863


Big Tech’s big boom is over but the sector overall
is a long way from a bust
- Tech Hiring Continues

That’s the assessment from business and community leaders in the home of Microsoft and Amazon on one of the gloomiest days in Seattle tech history.

Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft announced Wednesday morning that it will cut 10,000 jobs, about 5% of its workforce, including an initial 878 positions in the Seattle region. Meanwhile, Amazon on Wednesday began the latest phase of its 18,000-person layoff, the largest in its history, impacting sites including its Seattle headquarters.

For now, at least, tech leaders see in the cutbacks not a retrenchment for the industry but rather a rebalancing of power after a decade of remarkable growth for Microsoft, Amazon, and other big companies. Read our analysis:

Source: Geekwire 


News Briefs---

Bank of the West’s $16.3 billion acquisition
    gets regulatory green light

America’s largest party supply store
     files for bankruptcy

Tesla cuts prices in the US and Europe by up to 20 percent
    (price changes and with tax credit)

Why some cars from the 1990s
    are soaring in value

Analog Devices is spending $1 billion
    to upgrade Oregon chip factory

Dallas ranked among the most congested cities
    in the U.S. as work from home is phased out


New Survey: 86% of Employees Will Stay at Their Company
     for a Period of Time in Exchange for a Cash Bonus



Sports Briefs---

After 20 years, the NFL no longer revolves
    around Tom Brady and Bill Belichick

NFL playoffs upset alert: Ranking top four seeds
     based on who should worry most in divisional round

2023 NFL playoffs bracket: Divisional round odds, schedule,
    preview as Bengals, Bills face off in AFC showdown

Top-Seeded Rafael Nadal Loses
    at Australian Open After Injury


California Nuts Briefs---

LA County captures 33 billion gallons of storm water
     from this winter’s storms

Hog Island Oyster Co. says nonstop Bay Area rain
'hits us in the bottom line'

People’s Park protest will cost UC Berkeley millions

Is this the most underrated park in S.F.?
It survived a century of stupidity to get here



"Gimme that wine"

The Carneros AVA Celebrates 40 Years of Distinction,
    Diversity, and Quality at the Crossroads of Napa and Sonoma

Napa wine may cost more in 2023, as 71%
of wineries plan to raise prices

Why isn’t rainwater capture more popular
in Sonoma County’s wine industry?

What are the pros and cons of rain during the life of a vine?

Attracting young consumers, the biggest challenge
in the wine industry

Report: Premium wineries enjoy sales growth
but should beware looming ‘demand problem’

Unique Wine, Beautiful Scenery at the Mitchell
Katz Winery at Shadow Hills

Here’s how wine tasting might look different in 2023 Nadal wins mediocre match in first round of Australian Open

Top 10 Values of 2022
Wine Spectator

The first leaves appear on vines in France,
before the end of pruning!

Free Wine App

Wine Prices by vintage

US/International Wine Events


This Day in American History

   1770 - Battle of Golden Hill in Lower Manhattan. Although no one was killed, the Battle of Golden Hill was the first significant clash between citizens and British troops as the colonies moved toward revolution. Several New Yorkers had been wounded in a similar confrontation three years earlier, but Golden Hill was a more direct challenge to the British and the wounds suffered by the patriots were more severe.
    1807 - Confederate General Robert E. Lee's (d. 1870) birthday, Stratford Hall, VA.  He was considered the greatest military leader of the Confederacy, son of Revolutionary War General Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee, George Washington’s best friend. His most daring plan was to turn the war by directly attacking Washington, DC, although his troops were discovered quite by accident in Gettysburg, Pa, resulting in one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. His surrender April 9, 1865, to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, brought an end to the Civil War.  His birthday is an official state holiday for the State of Texas. His birthday is also observed in Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Tennessee. It is also observed the third Monday in January in Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi.
    1809 - American poet and story writer Edgar Allan Poe (d. 1849) was born at Boston, MA. He was orphaned in dire poverty in 1811 and was raised by Virginia merchant John Allen. In 1846, he married his 13-year­-old cousin, Virginia Clemm. A magazine editor of note, he is best remembered for his poetry, especially “The Raven.” and for his tales of suspense. The NFL Baltimore Ravens are named in honor of the poem.
    1810 - The famous "cold day" in New England. Gale force winds wrecked homes and accompanied a sudden overnight drop in temperature of 50 degrees. Tragedy struck Sanbornton, NH where three children froze to death.
    1825 - Ezra Daggett and Thomas Kensett obtained a patent for a process for storing food in a can.
    1846 - The first military prison on an island was Fort Jefferson, Monroe County, FL. Construction began in 1846 on an island in the Gulf of Mexico, 60 miles from Key West. It was garrisoned by Brevet Major Lewis Golding Arnold, 2nd U.S. Artillery, with four officers and 62 men. The fort had not been completed and was barely defensible. A prison for the confinement of U.S. Military prisoners was established in 1863. The prison was often called Dry Tortugas. During the Civil War, the fort was a military prison for captured deserters. It also held the 4 men convicted of complicity in President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865, the most famous being Dr. Samuel Mudd. The Fort was plagued with construction problems and Yellow Fever epidemics. The invention of the rifled cannon made the Fort obsolete, as its thick walls could now be penetrated. The Army finally abandoned Fort Jefferson in 1874. Today it is a national park.
    1847 - After killing the sheriff and a prefect, Native American Indians force their way into the house of New Mexico's first American Territorial Governor, Charles Bent, and scalped him and three others in Taos.
    1857 - A great cold storm swept across the Atlantic Seaboard. Snowfall totals of 12 inches were common, whole gales caused shipwrecks and damage property on islands, and temperatures near zero prevailed from Virginia northward. Great drifts of snow blocked transportation. Richmond, VA was cut off from Washington, DC for a week.
    1861 - Georgia becomes 5th state to secede.
    1862 - Laws were passed in the State of New York granting equal guardianship of children to mothers. Up to that point, fathers had exclusive rights to the children as they did in England and could will the children to anyone they wanted at their deaths or could give them away during their lifetime.
    1863 - The founder of the Goodwill Industries, Edgar J. Helms (d. 1942), was born near Malone, NY. Reverend Dr. Helms became a minister to a parish of poor immigrants in Boston’s South End. In that capacity, he developed the philosophy and organization that eventually became Goodwill Industries.
    1865 - Union occupies Fort Anderson, NC.
    1881 - Western Union buys rival telegraph company, in vain. Jay Gould, the ravenous financier and archetypal robber baron, used his wiles and ways to seize control of Western Union, William Vanderbilt's mighty telegraph company. Gould mounted an elaborate campaign to drive down the company's stock, using his newspaper, as well as his influence on Wall Street, to raise doubts about Western Union's leadership and hefty stock price. He also started a rival telegraph concern, the Atlantic and Pacific Company, in hopes of raising doubts about Western Union’s dominance over the industry. The gambits worked and Western Union's stock swooned.  In a desperate attempt to staunch the bleeding, Western Union snapped up the Atlantic and Pacific Company on this day in 1881. Far from staving off the competition, the deal further fattened Gould's pocketbook and, more importantly, primed him for the final phase of his takeover scheme. Gould convinced his Wall Street associates to start another raid on Western Union. However, as the traders were busy driving down Western Union’s asking price, Gould, in the guise of an "anonymous" investor, started gobbling up the company’s suddenly cheap stock. When the dust settled, Gould’s cronies were left counting their losses; meanwhile, the devious financier had successfully wrested control of Western Union.
    1883 - The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey.
    1887 - Birthday of Alexander Woolcott (d. 1943), in Phalanx, (now Colts Neck) New Jersey. The model for the egotistical Sheridan Whiteside in Kaufman & Hart's “The Man Who Came to Dinner” will be "the smartest of Alecs" to Heywood Broun and "Old Vitriol & Violets" to James Thurber.
    1898 - The first college ice hockey game ever played saw Brown University defeat Harvard University 6-0. Fifty years later, the NCAA staged its first college hockey championships.
    1905 - Birthday of Oveta Culp Hobby (d. 1995), Killeen, TX.  U.S. newspaper executive and the first U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, director of the Woman's Army Corps (1942-1945). She was noted for her organizational abilities before marrying into the family which owned the Houston Post newspaper. She ran it as executive vice president and later chaired the board for 19 years.
    1915 - World famous labor organizer and songster Joe Hill is arrested in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is convicted on trumped-up murder charges and was executed 21 months later despite worldwide protests and two attempts to intervene by Beloved & Respected Comrade Liberal, President Woodrow Wilson. In a letter to Bill Haywood shortly before his death, he penned the famous words, "Don't mourn - organize
I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night,
Alive as you and me.
Says I "But Joe, you're ten years dead"
"I never died" said he,
"I never died" said he.”
Also, 20 rioting strikers are shot by factory guards at Roosevelt, New Jersey.
    1915 - Isadora Duncan dance "Dionysion" premiers at the NY Met.
    1920 – US voted against joining the League of Nations.
    1925 – Maine state record low temperature, -48ºF (-44ºC), Van Buren, ME.
    1933 - Giant Forest, CA received 60 inches of snow in just 24 hours, a state record, and the second highest 24 hour total of record for the U.S.
    1934 – The appeal for reinstatement by Shoeless Joe Jackson was rejected by Commissioner Landis.  Jackson was one of eight Chicago White Sox players banned for their part in throwing the 1919 World Series.
    1937 – Howard Hughes set a transcontinental air record, when he flew from Los Angeles, California to New York City in 7 hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds.
    1937 - The second annual Baseball Hall of Fame election saw second baseman Nap Lajoie, center fielder Tris Speaker, and pitcher Cy Young elected to the shrine.  The trio was honored at the Hall's first induction ceremony in 1939.
    1943 – Birthday of singer Janis Joplin (d. 1970), Port Arthur, Texas.  Possibly the most highly regarded white female blues singers of our time, Joplin’s appearance with Big Brother and the Holding Company at the Monterey International Pop Festival in August, 1967, launched her superstar status. I was there and she was quite loaded, but then again, most of the audience was either drunk or high and the music very loud and emotion high. Among her recordings, hits were “Get it While You Can,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Ball and Chain” and “The Windshield Song.” She died of a heroin overdose October 4, 1970 at Hollywood, CA, age 27.
    1944 – Pop singer and actress Shelley Fabares was born in Santa Monica, California. On her 18th birthday, in 1962, Fabares’ recording of “Johnny Angel” hit number one on the Billboard chart. A year later, she retired when she married record producer Lou Adler.
    1946 – Country star Dolly Parton was born in Sevierville, Tennessee. She gained wide exposure as part of Porter Wagoner’s TV and road show from 1967 to 1974. And Parton did even better on her own. Hits such as “Nine to Five,” from the movie in which she starred, and “Heartbreak Express” brought her a wider audience than most country artists enjoy.
    1947 – Top Hits
“For Sentimental Reasons” – Nat King Cole
“Ole Buttermilk Sky” – The Kay Kyser Orchestra (vocal: Mike Douglas & The Campus Kids)
“A Gal in Calico” – Johnny Mercer
“Rainbow at Midnight” – Ernest Tubb
    1949 – Birthday of rock singer Robert Palmer (d. 2003), West Yorkshire, England.  Best known for his song, “Addicted to Love.”
    1949 - The salary of the President of the United States was increased from $75,000 to $100,000, with an extra $50,000 expense allowance for each year in office. As of 2001, the President makes $1,000,000 a year.
    1952 - PGA Admits Blacks: The Professional Golfers Association of America amended its rules to allow black golfers to participate in tournaments.
    1952 – Owner Ted Collins, singer Kate Smith’s manager, sold his New York Yanks team back to the NFL. A few days later, a new team was then awarded to an ownership group in Dallas after it purchased the assets of the Yanks.  The team began in 1944 as the Boston Yanks. Collins wanted a team in New York but had to be content with one in Boston after the New York Giants refused to let his new team share the New York area. In 1949, however, Collins got permission to move the Yanks to New York; rather than a formal relocation, however, Collins asked the NFL to fold his Boston franchise and grant him a new one for New York. This new team played as the New York Bulldogs and shared the Polo Grounds with the Giants during the 1949 season.  In 1950, Collins changed his franchise's name to the New York Yanks and moved to Yankee Stadium, essentially merging the woeful Bulldogs with the New York Yankees of the now-defunct AAFC, as part of a deal in which he bought the rights to most of the Yankees players.  After the move to Dallas, that team went into league receivership and eventually moved to Baltimore to become the Colts.  Ironically, the current New York Yankees on MLB were originally the Baltimore Orioles who folded after the formation of the American League, were sold and moved to New York to become the Highlanders, the Yankees’ previous name.
    1953 - Sixty-eight percent of televisions in the United States tuned to CBS-TV, to see Lucy Ricardo, of "I Love Lucy," give birth to a baby boy, as she actually did in real life. The program's audience was larger than that watching the inauguration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower next day. In fact, in many papers, the Lucille Ball baby story kicked the inauguration off the front page.
    1953 - Marty Robbins made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry. His first big hit, "Singin' the Blues," was at the top of the country charts at the time.
    1954 – Former NFL QB Steven L. “Steve” DeBerg, born Oakland, Ca.  Although he is remembered as a journeyman QB, DeBerg passed for over 34,000 career yards, and ranked in the top 20 all-time for attempts, completions, and yards passing.  He is also credited with mentoring, as a teammate or backup, some of the game’s greatest QBs, including Joe Montana, John Elway, and Steve Young, all Hall of Famers.
    1955 - Top Hits
“Mr. Sandman” - The Chordettes
“Hearts of Stone” - The Fontane Sisters
“Make Yourself Comfortable” - Sarah Vaughan
“Loose Talk” - Carl Smith
    1955 - "The Millionaire" premiered on television. The CBS drama that had all of America hoping to find Michael Anthony on their doorstep. Mr. John Beresford Tipton was a millionaire who made a hobby of giving away million dollar checks anonymously to unknown people to see how they handled the sudden wealth. Michael Anthony, played by Marvin Miller, was Mr. Tipton's personal secretary and the star of "The Millionaire.”  No one ever saw Mr. Tipton but his voice would greet Anthony at the opening of each show and issue instructions for delivery of the next check. Anthony would then find the recipient and give him or her the check, explaining that the recipient had to agree never to divulge the amount or how it was acquired.
    1955 - The first Presidential news conference filmed for television and newsreels was held in the treaty room of the State Department building, Washington, DC, where President Dwight David Eisenhower held a 33-minute conference. The film was cut to 28 minutes, 25 seconds, plus introduction and closing remarks, to fit television time formats.
    1957 – Hoboken, NJ dedicated a plaque honoring the achievements of Alexander Cartwright in organizing early baseball at Elysian Fields in Jersey City.  Why Jersey City did not recognize this is unknown.
    1957 - Philadelphia comedian, Ernie Kovacs, became a star, when he successfully completed a challenge to do a half-hour television show without saying a single word of dialogue.
    1957 - Elvis Presley records: "It Is No Secret,” "Blueberry Hill,” "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You,” "Is It So Strange."
    1957 - Pat Boone performs at the inaugural ball for President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
    1957 - Johnny Cash makes his first national television appearance on CBS' “Jackie Gleason Show.”
    1959 - Dick Clark's "American Bandstand" was rated the number-one daytime television program.
    1959 - The Platters' "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" hits #1.
    1963 - Top Hits
“Go Away Little Girl” - Steve Lawrence
“Hotel Happiness” - Brook Benton
“Tell Him” - The Exciters
“The Ballad of Jed Clampett” - Flatt & Scruggs
    1966 - Robert Montgomery, actor-producer and White House advisor on Presidential telecasts, testified on this date to the FCC that the reports of quiz-show fixing and payola were widespread within the broadcasting industry long before the charges were made public.
    1966 - Ken Kesey is arrested in San Francisco a second time for the possession of marijuana. He subsequently jumps bail and flees to Mexico, trying to mislead law enforcement authorities with a faked suicide note.
    1968 - YNTEMA, GORDON DOUGLAS, Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company D, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Place and date: Near Thong Binh, Republic of Vietnam, 16-18 January 1968. Entered service at: Detroit, Mich. Born: 26 June 1945, Bethesda, Md. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life and above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Yntema, U.S. Army, distinguished himself while assigned to Detachment A-431, Company D. As part of a larger force of civilian irregulars from Camp Cai Cai, he accompanied 2 platoons to a blocking position east of the village of Thong Binh, where they became heavily engaged in a small-arms fire fight with the Viet Cong. Assuming control of the force when the Vietnamese commander was seriously wounded, he advanced his troops to within 50 meters of the enemy bunkers. After a fierce 30 minute fire fight, the enemy forced Sgt. Yntema to withdraw his men to a trench in order to afford them protection and still perform their assigned blocking mission. Under cover of machinegun fire, approximately 1 company of Viet Cong maneuvered into a position which pinned down the friendly platoons from 3 sides. A dwindling ammunition supply, coupled with a Viet Cong mortar barrage which inflicted heavy losses on the exposed friendly troops, caused many of the irregulars to withdraw. Seriously wounded and ordered to withdraw himself, Sgt. Yntema refused to leave his fallen comrades. Under withering small arms and machinegun fire, he carried the wounded Vietnamese commander and a mortally wounded American Special Forces advisor to a small gully 50 meters away in order to shield them from the enemy fire. Sgt. Yntema then continued to repulse the attacking Viet Cong attempting to overrun his position until, out of ammunition and surrounded, he was offered the opportunity to surrender. Refusing, Sgt. Yntema stood his ground, using his rifle as a club to fight the approximately 15 Viet Cong attempting his capture. His resistance was so fierce that the Viet Cong were forced to shoot in order to overcome him. Sgt. Yntema's personal bravery in the face of insurmountable odds and supreme self-sacrifice were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect the utmost credit upon himself, the 1st Special Forces, and the U.S. Army.
    1969 - The West is best, topping the East 38-25 in the AFL Pro Bowl and 10-7 in the NFL Pro Bowl.
    1969 - Football player Tiaina “Junior” Seau, Jr. (d. 2012) birthday, born San Diego, CA.  A 12-time Pro Bowler and 10-time All-Pro, Seau was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015, three years after his suicide.  Later studies by the National Institutes of health concluded that Seau suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a type of chronic brain damage that has also been found in other deceased former NFL players.
    1970 - The soundtrack to the film, "Easy Rider" earned a gold record, making it the first pop-culture, film soundtrack to earn the award.
    1971 - Top Hits
“My Sweet Lord/Isn’t It a Pity” - George Harrison
“Knock Three Times” - Dawn
“Lonely Days” - Bee Gees
“Rose Garden” - Lynn Anderson.
    1971 - Houston safety Ken Houston returns two interceptions for touchdowns in the Oilers' 49-33 victory over San Diego to set the NFL career record with nine touchdowns on interception returns. He also sets the single-season record with four interception return touchdowns.
    1971 - Ruby Keeler had her comeback in the play, "No, No Nanette," opening at the 46th Street Theatre in New York City. Keeler played Sue Smith in the revival of the 1925 musical. The show played for 861 performances.
    1972 – The Baseball Hall of Fame elected Sandy Koufax, Yogi Berra, and Early Wynn. Koufax made it in his first try and, at 36 years of age, is the youngest honoree in history.
    1973 - Yuba City, California labor contractor Juan V. Corona found guilty of murdering 25 itinerant farm workers he employed South Bend, Indiana, Notre Dame ended UCLA’s 88-game winning streak. The Fighting Irish enjoyed a 71-70 basketball win over the Bruins of the University of California at Los Angeles.    
    1974 - Al Wilson's "Show and Tell" hits #1.
    1975 - Minnie Ripperton "Lovin' You" released.
    1977 – Ernie Banks was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. In a 19-season career, Banks hit 512 HRs, had 11 All-Star selections, and won back-to-back NL MVP Awards.
    1977 – President Gerald Ford pardoned Iva Ikuko Toguri D'Aquino, better known as Tokyo Rose.   She was born in Los Angeles.  She participated in English-language propaganda broadcasts transmitted by Radio Tokyo to Allied soldiers in the South Pacific during World War II. After the Japanese defeat, Toguri was detained for a year by the US military before being released for lack of evidence. Department of Justice officials agreed that her broadcasts were "innocuous". But when Toguri tried to return to the US, a popular uproar ensued, prompting the FBI to renew its investigation of Toguri's wartime activities. She was subsequently charged with eight counts of treason. Her 1949 trial resulted in a conviction on one count, making her the seventh American to be convicted on that charge, for which she spent more than six years out of a ten-year sentence in prison. Journalistic and governmental investigators years later pieced together the history of irregularities with the indictment, trial, and conviction, including the allegation that key witnesses had perjured themselves at the various stages of their testimonies.
    1977 – Snow fell in Miami for the only time in the city’s history.
    1978 - Johnny Paycheck's cover of David Allan Coe's ode to workplace frustrations, "Take This Job and Shove It," reached during 1970 - 1971.
    1974 - At the top spot on the Billboard Country chart. Although the song failed to crack the Pop chart Top 40, it still seems to be one that we all know and can relate to.
    1978 – Eddie Mathews was elected the Baseball Hall of Fame.  A six-time All-Star, he hit 512 HRs in his career, leading the NL twice in HRs.  He hit over 30 HRs ten times and over 40 twice.
    1979 - Top Hits
“Too Much Heaven” - Bee Gees
“Le Freak” - Chic
“My Life” - Billy Joel
“Lady Lay Down” - John Conlee
    1983 - Apple Chairman Steve Jobs and President John Sculley announced the Apple Lisa, slated for release in the spring of 1983. The Apple Lisa was a major milestone in user-friendly computing. Unfortunately, Lisa's $12,000 price tag placed it out of the consumer market. Lisa's most successful graphical features were handed down to a new Apple computer in 1984, nicknamed "Lisa's Little Brother" — the Macintosh. The Mac, though not immediately successful, eventually changed user expectations about computing, prompting Microsoft to develop its own graphic user interface, Windows.
    1985 - Lenny Wilkens became the first person in NBA history to play and coach in 1,000 games as his Seattle SuperSonics defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 106-105. Wilkens had played in 1,077 games in a career that ended in 1975.
    1987 - A storm tracking toward the northeastern U.S. produced up to 14 inches of snow in northern Indiana. Peru, IN reported a foot of snow. Six cities in Florida reported new record high temperatures for the date. The afternoon high of 88 degrees at Miami equaled their record for the month of January.
    1987 - Top Hits
“Shake You Down” - Gregory Abbott
“C’est La Vie” - Robbie Nevil
“Open Your Heart” - Madonna
“What Am I Gonna Do About You” - Reba McEntire
    1988 - A powerful storm hit the central U.S. producing blizzard conditions in the Central High Plains, and severe thunderstorms in the Lower Mississippi Valley. Snowfall totals ranged up to 36 inches at Wolf Creek Pass, CO, with 31 inches at Elsmere, NE. Tornadoes claimed five lives in Tennessee, and a tornado at Cullman, AL injured 35 persons.
    1989 - The high temperature for the day at Fairbanks, AK, was a frigid 41 degrees below zero, and the morning low of 24 degrees below zero at Anchorage AK was their coldest reading in fourteen years.
    1990 - Elizabeth M. Watson, became the first woman to head the police force of a major American city. Houston Mayor Kathryn Whitmire named Watson, who wore maternity "uniforms" and also became the first police chief to birth a baby while on active duty.
    1993 - Robert M Gates, ends term as 15th director of CIA.
    1993 - A pre-inaugural gala in Landover, Md., toasting incoming president Bill Clinton features a reunion of Fleetwood Mac performing “Don't Stop (Thinking About Tomorrow),” the unofficial campaign song for Clinton and his running mate, Al Gore. Other performers included Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Little Richard and Chuck Berry.
    1994 - The Ninth Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies are held in New York City. Inductees include The Animals, The Band, Duane Eddy, The Grateful Dead, Elton John, John Lennon, Bob Marley, and Rod Stewart.
    1994 - Coldest day ever recorded in Cleveland, OH: -20ºF (-29ºC) at 5:32 AM.
    1994 – Indiana state record low temperature, -36ºF (-38ºC) in New Whiteland.
    1996 - Top Hits
“On Bended Knee” - Boyz II Men
“Another Night” - Real McCoy
“Always” - Bon Jovi
“Take a Bow” - Madonna
    1996 – The NHL approved the move of the Winnipeg Jets to that world hockey hotbed, Phoenix.
    1998 - Hearn Broadcasts 3,000th Straight Game: Francis Dayle “Chick” Hearn, the only play-by-play announcer the Los Angeles Lakers have ever had, broadcast his 3,000th consecutive game when the Lakers hosted the Orlando Magic. Hearn’s streak began after he missed a game on November 20, 1965, because bad weather kept him from making an airplane flight.
    1999 - In methodical, sometimes blunt fashion, White House Counsel Charles Ruff opens the defense case in President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial, saying there is no factual or constitutional basis to remove Clinton from office for his alleged misdeeds in the Monica Lewinsky affair.
    2000 - Top Hits
“What A Girl Wants” - Christina Aguilera
“I Knew I Loved You” - Savage Garden
“Smooth” - Santana Featuring Rob Thomas
“Back At One” - Brian McKnight
    2001 - President Clinton admits wrongdoing, will not be indicted. The Whitewater special prosecutor closes his investigations in a deal in which Clinton admitted make false testimony under oath about Monica Lewinsky, is barred from law practice for 5 years, and pays a $25,000 fine in return for being freed from the threat of being indicted.
    2006 - Major League Baseball owners unanimously approve the November transaction in which Bob Castellini and two other Cincinnati businessmen bought control of the Reds from previous owner Carl Lindner. It is reported the trio, which includes investors Thomas Williams and William Williams Jr., acquired approximately 70 percent ownership of the oldest franchise in baseball history, believed to be valued at an estimated $270 million.
    2010 - United States Navy troops landed near the Haitian presidential palace, bringing food, water, and equipment to aid victims of the earthquake.
    2012 – Kodak filed for bankruptcy protection.
    2012 – Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers LF, facing a 50-game suspension for showing abnormally high levels of testosterone in a PED test last season, pleads his case before a three-member MLB panel.  He strongly denied knowingly taking a banned substance (the Barry Bonds defense). Ironically, Braun is in the "Big Apple" to receive his MVP Award at the annual dinner, where he made his first statement since news of his positive test became public.  Later, he was implicated in the Biogensis scandal that also snared Alex Rodriguez, costing Braun the entire 2013 season due to suspension.
    2013 - Calcium deposits found on Mars by NASA's Curiosity rover are similar to deposits formed on Earth when water circulates in cracks and rock fractures.
    2013 – Lance Armstrong admitted to doping in all seven of his Tour de France victories.
    2015 - American skier Lindsey Vonn won her 63rd World Cup, setting a new record after 35 years.  The previous record of 62 wins was held by Austrian skier Annemarie Moser-Proell.
    2017 – Mexican drug lord El Chapo was extradited to the US to face trial for his leadership of the Sinaloa drug cartel.

National Baseball Hall of Fame Electees:
1937 – Cy Young, Tris Speaker, Nap Lajoie
1972 – Sandy Koufax, Yogi Berra, Early Wynn
1977 – Ernie Banks
1978 – Eddie Mathews



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