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Wednesday, January 9, 2008


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    California Weather
        FTC proceeds against IFC Credit
Marlin Stock hits historic low-LEAF involved?
    PridictiFund on line
        Amembal software for brokers
    Cartoon—Leasing salesman wins award
Sales makes it Happen—by Adrian Miller
“The Art of the Soft Sell”
    Classified Ads---Help Wanted
        American Alliance joins the Funder List
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"Gimme that Wine"
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Today's Top Event in History
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Friday---San Francisco Valley Leasing
A series of short fiction stories about Larry Faber
and Frank Sanchez. The first, an introduction and
how they got into the leasing business---by Christopher Menkin

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Classified ads---Sales

Atlanta, GA
If you can use a polished, seasoned, driven leasing professional with 14 years of extremely productive experience, please call me.
Resume Attached .
Saul Sloman
Cherry Hill, NJ
College grad seeking entry level sales position for equipment leasing and financing in small to mid-size ticket markets. Have 6 months experience in the industry and self-motivated. Contact Matt at 609-280-2178 or
email at
Copenhagen, Denmark
10 years of experience as VP Europe, Middle East and Africa for a US based Equipment Leasing Company. $500,000 plus w/ excellent connections European shipping lines/ maritime financing.
Click here.
Dallas-Fort Worth Texas
Highly experienced, vendor driven professional sales/manager. Solid, "up and running" book of business. Can produce from day one.Looking for aggressive company to join with.

Fresno, CA
Aggressive, competitive self-starter w/successful vendor/direct equipment
leasing and asset-based lending experience seeks return to leasing industry
after successful stint in business banking sales.

Knoxville, TN
12+ years experience in equipment finance (Vendor/Direct/Broker). IT and Construction Equipment. Book of business. Looking for a Career Opportunity preferably in Construction.

Montgomery, AL
Individual with 10 years advertising sales exp. & 7 years insurance sales exp.
Wants independent contractor situation in Alabama.
Work with leasing company or broker.334-590-5133

Pittsburgh , PA
Aggressive self starter looking for leasing position w/10 plus yrs sales exp., plus banking experience 814-538-9129
Over 30 years of financing experience, resume posted at, phone 580-351-2531
San Diego , CA
Tenacious, competitive self-starter w/successful vendor/direct equipment leasing and asset-based lending experience seeks return to leasing industry after successful stint in secondary mortgage markets sales.
Stuart, FL area
Years of experience in leasing sales, credit, operations, documentation and syndication. Seeking position with direct middle market lender, equip. mfr or major equip. distributor. email:

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California Weather

Yes, it has been storming here, a lot of rain and wind. Many without power, including our Chairman of the Leasing News Advisory Board Bob Teichman, CLP. He has been out of power for two and a half days, he reports. He has been in the dark. Some have said for longer than two and a half days.

Seriously, he tells us power is back on for him, but we have a new storm hitting us as I write this...



FTC proceeds against IFC Credit

A court hearing regarding the Federal Trade Commission charges against IFC Credit Corporation, Morton Grove, Illinois has been scheduled for April 7, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois before Court Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Cole.

John Estok, CLP, the man in the center of the NorVergence lessee crisis with IFC Credit Corporation, resigned last year. Estok was named in many NorVergence lease suits, most notably the SOS Specialty in Dallas, Texas, where he admitted to $2 million in NorVergence lease "hold backs" and contradicted other testimony he had given in several other cases. He barely missed being held for perjury. There were over$100,000 in fees and penalties imposed against IFC Credit in just this one legal case. Estimates that this NorVergence matter may cost IFC $21 million and might exceed this have not been confirmed nor denied. Perhaps the information may be forthcoming from the April 7 hearing.

It appears the Missouri and Texas attorney general will wait for the results of the FTC case; however, the 500 class NorVergence class action lawsuit continues appears to have reached the phase of IFC offering a settlement:




Marlin Stock hits historic low-LEAF involved?

Marlin Business Services closed Tuesday at $10.06 on a volume of 75,433.
It appears investors know something that the public does not, perhaps the year-end numbers or rumor that the $15 million purchase of stock by the board of directors is not going to happen.

Another rumor hitting the street is that LEAF has purchased Marlin. Actually it is their style to get a good discount in their purchases, and $10.06 is a buy. LEAF denied it with Pacific Capital and NetBank Business Finance, so we await a press release....

Seriously, there definitely are changes going on in the small ticket marketplace with price differentials by LEAF on its new acquisitions, consolidations of HR, collections, accounting in the works as well as the new spin from ex-Marlin employees into Latitude, as well as the launching of PridictaFund.



PridictiFund on line

PridictiFund, a small ticket leasing company, backed by AdvanceMe with a lot of money, is officially underway today as its president, Brad Peterson, is "on call" at 4pm EST with National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers (NAELB) who "dial in."

This is his first presentation and the opening on new programs for PridictiFund. NAELB moderators will introduce Brad who will present a summary of PridictaFund and its programs.

NAELB notes on its web site:
"The moderator will then help direct questions from you! Start thinking of all those questions you'd like to ask if you ever had the chance, because this is your chance!

"Participation is limited to the first seventy or so members who dial in. Dialing instructions for joining the conference call are below. For those who cannot join the call, all "Meet the Funder" calls in our 2007 series will be recorded and posted on the NAELB website at a later date."

The "Funder Calls" are presented most Wednesday's at 4pm and are only open to NAELB members.

"We started accepting live deals in early December and will start pushing out to the broker/lessor market this week with this introduction at 4pm, " Peterson said.

photo from Leasing News archives

“I believe PridictiFund will be a great addition to the broker/lessor marketplace funding transactions that are being turned down today. We will utilize one of the most powerful and sophisticated scoring models I have ever seen to make credit decisions and will manage the risk associated with the level of transactions we fund through some very unique business processes."

His company also has many other abilities to fund transactions and help customer in a cash bind.

Peterson is a man of integrity, the past president of the United Association of Equipment Leasing, former Vice President, Business Development of Pentech, Campbell, California and former senior vice president and general manager for U.S. Bancorp Manifest Funding Services. He is also well-known to many brokers as he worked his way up from a “ broker rep” at Manifest to where he is today.



Amembal software for brokers

Sudhir P. Amembal
(photo from Leasing News archives, 1991)

First the eminent leasing instructor Sudhir Amembal had Amembal, Deane & Associates for 18 years, lecturing all over the world, than a leasing company called Amembal Capital Corporation with Loni Lowder, also had a web site for education and deals, then he tried a leasing school that he later sold to Bob Baker at Wildwood Finance, then started a leasing inspection service, actually making sales calls himself to funders (still in business,) and now he has a software program for leasing brokers.

His office has sent an email to members of the National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers (NAELB):

"I am writing to let you know that soon you will receive (via first class mail) detailed literature regarding a suite of three software modules Mr. Amembal has created.

You will find the suite MOST SUITED for you as a broker as it will help you to

The three modules will convince clients that:

•     leasing is always cheaper than cash; and often, cheaper than loans
•     leasing enhances their financial ratios and improves earnings
•     leasing saves them taxes!

The suite (LEASEDREAM!) is:

•     Very easy to use
•     Available for a LOW ONE - TIME COST with no ongoing license fees!

"Whereas the retail value of all three modules is $1,695, we are offering the following introductory arrangement for those NAELB members who respond to this letter by January 14 and who purchase by February end:

•     All three modules at a low one - time cost of $1,275
•     A no cost 15 DAY TRIAL PERIOD
•     A free copy of Amembal’s industry best seller book – WINNING WITH LEASING (a $195 value).

Your total savings will be $615. DON’T WAIT. Simply e-mail me expressing interest by January 14."

Perhaps if you did not get this letter, it is the time to join NAELB: and save $320 ( NAELB dues are $295)





Sales Make it Happen --- by Adrian Miller

The Art of the Soft Sell

By Adrian Miller
Adrian Miller Sales Training

When you come across the phrase the art of the soft sell , you might focus your attention on the word “soft.” You might not even do this consciously; many salespeople don't.

And based on this unconscious focusing, you may lead yourself to believe that the difference between conventional selling and “soft” selling is...well, that you just do the latter softer .

That is, that you do what you've always done, but you say please a bit more, or you say it's really up to you , I'm not here to pressure you , I care more about you than the sale ...and other things that, when we write them here in black and white, reveal themselves -- perhaps a bit embarrassingly -- to be what they are: “injected” politeness within a conventional sales approach. It's similar to how aggressive, direct-speech people come across when they first try to be “more diplomatic.” Instead of telling you that you're a total idiot , they say: please let me say that you're a total idiot.

Not very diplomatic, is it?

Nor is the above-described approach to soft-selling very soft . The reason? It's all about that unconscious focusing. It's on the wrong word.

The word to care about here is art ; because soft selling really is an art! Just as how you are allowed to look at art and derive your own, personal meaning -- the artist EMPOWERS you to do that -- true soft selling also has to follow the same path. It has to EMPOWER prospects to build their own meaning, to assess their own value, and to determine -- on their own -- if you're selling the solution that they want.

Naturally, you can -- and should – assist prospects on their journey of meaning-making. Just as painters don't offer you a blank painting and say: go ahead and paint whatever you want, I'm easy , you have a variety of tools and techniques at your disposal to usher your prospect towards a favorable destination (a.k.a. doing business with you). These tools and techniques include:

•  free, unbiased articles, newsletters, white papers, and other information sources that help your prospect become a better buyer (even if they don't buy from you)

•  providing a free assessment or evaluation that will be valuable to your prospect even if they decide to do business elsewhere (or perhaps not at all)

•  paying careful attention to your prospect, and accurately interpreting non-verbal “busy signals” so you know to back off before they ask you to give them more time

•  while promoting the benefits of your solution, honestly and openly share the limitations too; your prospect KNOWS that limitations exist -- fill in the blanks with reality, instead of leaving it up to your prospects (potentially pessimistic) imagination

•  ensure that your prospect “saves face” – don't position your selling effort so that your prospect feels “stupid” or “unclear” if they don't do business with you right now

Remember, the key word in the art of soft-selling is the word art , and art is, by its very nature, EMPOWERING. As a “soft seller,” you must truly empower your prospect. Anything less isn't merely not soft selling, but worse, it's not artistic .

And crimes against art are hardly forgivable, in galleries or sales efforts alike.

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News Briefs----

Nov. Housing Index Falls 2.6 Percent

Gold hits new record above $880 an ounce

U.S. housing sector sees more signs of decline

Microsoft to buy Norwegian search engine company for $1.2 billion



Sports Briefs----

Niners hire former Lion coach Mike Martz as offensive coordinator



California Nuts Briefs---

End of an SF era as Washbag, Trader Vic's close doors

Governor Schwarzenegger: It's time to "face our budget demons"



“Gimme that Wine”

Just a Minute With: Margrit Mondavi on wine

What's in a Name? M-E-R-I-T-A-G-E Spells Success!

Story of the wine industry in 2007

Family dispute rears at Schramsberg

Wine Prices by vintage
US/International Wine Events
Winery Atlas
Leasing News Wine & Spirits Page
The London International Vintners Exchange (Liv-ex) is an electronic exchange for fine wine.



Calendar Events This Day

National Apricot Day

National Static Electricity Day

Panama: Martyr’s Day
A National Holiday

Saint feast Days



When David Edgerton opened the first Burger King Restaurant in 1954, he sold hamburgers for just 18 cents!



Today's Top Event in History

1977- The Oakland Raiders won Superbowl IX, 32-14, over the Minnesota Vikings. Oakland’s first Super Bowl triumph came in the Rose Bowl before a record crowd of 103,424. Raiders wide received Fred Bilennikoff was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. Not only is the game played before a record Super Bowl crowd plus 81 million television viewers, the largest audience ever to watch a sporting event. It also was the first win for the NFL.


This Day in American History

    1776 - Propagandist Thomas Paine anonymously published "Common Sense," a scathing attack on King George III's reign over the colonies and a call for complete independence. It sold more than 500,000 copies in just a few months in a country with a total popular of 2.5 million, greatly affecting public sentiment and the deliberations of the Continental Congress leading up to the Declaration of Independence. He advocated an immediate declaration of independence from Britain. An instant bestseller in both the colonies and in Britain, Paine baldly stated that King George III was a tyrant and that Americans should shed any sentimental attachment to the monarchy.
    1788- by a vote of 128 to 40, Connecticut became the fifth state to ratify the US Constitution.
    1793- after being invited to the United States by Benjamin Franklin , a Frenchman, Jean-Pierra Francois Blanchard, made the first manned free-balloon flight in America's history at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1793 on this day. The event was watched by President George Washington and many other high government officials. They hydrogen-filled balloon rose to a height of about 5,800 feet, traveled some 15 miles and landed 46 minutes later in New Jersey. Reportedly Blanchard had only one passenger on the flight-a little black dog ( name unknown ).
    1847 -In San Francisco the first newspaper, "The California Star," published its first
issue on the press Sam Brannan brought with him from New York. Brannan was the publisher and Dr. E.B. Jones, editor.
    1849--In San francisco, Henry M. Naglee and Richard H. Sinton formed a bank called the Exchange and Deposit Office on Kearny St. facing Portsmouth Plaza. Sinton was acting paymaster aboard the " Ohio" and came to San Francisco with Commodore Jones.
    1859-Carrie Lane Chapman Catt, American women’s rights leader, founder (in 1919) of National League of Women Voters. Born at Ripon, WI, she died at New Rochelle, NY, Mar 9,1947.
    1861-Mississippi follows South Carolina in seceding from the Union when a state convention at Jackson ratifies an article of secession by a vote of 84 to 15.
    1861- the American Civil War historically began when a detachment of Confederate forces at Morris Island, in Charleston Harbor, Charleston, SC, fired upon the Star of the West, a merchant steam vessel. The vessel had been chartered by the federal government to convey supplies and men to re­inforce Major Robert Anderson at Fort Sumter Charleston Harbor, although the announced des­tinations were Savannah, GA, and New Or­leans, LA. It left New York harbor January 5, 1861, and was fired on within two miles of Forts Sumter and Moultrie. Its captain, John McGowan, retired from the scene after 17 shots had been fired at his ship. The first shot was fired by Cadet George E. Haynesworth of Sum­ter, SC, who was ordered to fire by Major P.F. Stevens.
    1866- the Fisk School, to become known as Fisk University convened classes in Nashville, Tennessee. One of the first black colleges in the United States, alma mater of W.E.DuBois and others. The Fisk School, forerunner of Fisk University, convened classes for the first time on January 9, 1866, in former Union army barracks in Nashville, Tennessee. The school was named for General Clinton B. Fisk of the Tennessee Freedmen's Bureau who provided the facility. Fisk University, incorporated on August 22, 1867, is one of several historically black colleges founded with help from the American Missionary Association. The organization was formed in 1846 from three antislavery societies involved in the effort to colonize freed slaves overseas. Other schools founded by the AMA include Atlanta University, Hampton Institute (now Hampton University), and University. The Fisk Jubilee Singers, organized in 1867, began touring the United States and Europe in 1871 to raise money for the university. Renowned for their discipline and high standards of musical performance, they brought international attention to traditional African-American sacred music. Jubilee Hall, the first permanent structure built in the South for the education of African Americans, was constructed with proceeds from the Singers' tours. During their first U.S. tour in 1871, the obscure Fisk Jubilee Singers followed the route of the old Underground Railroad and performed in churches and private homes. By 1872 the group, most of whom had been born into slavery, were presenting their artistry and a new body of music to the general public at Steinway Hall in Manhattan, President Grant at the White house, and Queen Victoria in England. sheet music of songs they sung:
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    1873- in the foremost scandal of the day, Victoria Woodhull, publisher, was arrested for writing that renowned preacher Henry Ward Beecher had committed adultery. The postal authorities charged her with sending obscene literature through the mail. She was acquitted of the charge. What made the event more newsworthy is that Beecher was subsequently sued for alienation of affections by Theodore Tilton. The jury and the public found Dr. Beecher innocent but found Mrs. Tilton guilty.
    1877--Birthday of Emily Jane Newell Blair, American feminist, suffragist, and political party activist was typical of the extraordinary women who convinced the American male to give up his total control of laws and society and make women's suffrage a reality in 1920. Married and living in Missouri, she joined the suffrage movement in Missouri because women had "no property rights, no parental rights, practically no economic freedom since professions, trades, and business were closed to her." After she helped organize the League of Women Voters, she rejected its non-partisanship. She believed women could only gain equality by holding political office and becoming active and powerful in political parties. Elected as National Democratic Committee vice-chair with particular duties to organize women voters in 1921, she organized more than 2,000 Democratic Women's Clubs and built regional training programs for women party workers. She served on the committee until 1928, preparing a history of the Democratic party, an organization primer, and many leaflets that would show the way for women's political acvtivism.
    1880 – Six feet (1.8 meters) of snow falls in Seattle in 5 days.
    1886- Ida Cohen Rosenthal, Russian-born American manufacturing executive, operated a small dress store in New York along with Ethel Bissett. To make their clothes hang better, the duo added tucks in front of the strips of cloth that were the brassieres of that time. The "cupped" bras became so popular that they organized the Maiden Form Brassiere company in 1923. ICR's mother ran a store in Europe to support the family because her father was a Hebrew scholar.
    1903- Frank Farrell and Bill Devery bought the one year old Baltimore Orioles franchise in the American League for $18,000 and moved the team to New York, changing their name to the
New York Highlanders, to compete with the New York Giants. They played at Hilltop
Park. In 1913, the team was renamed New York Yankees. They played at Polo Grounds from 1913-1922. In 1923, the Yankees moved into Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York where they remain to this day except for a two year period from 1974-1975 when they played at Shea Stadium while Yankee Stadium was being remodeled.
    1913- Birthday of Richard Milhous Nixon; served as 36th vice president of the US (under President Dwight D. Eisenhower) Jan 20, 1953, to Jan 20, 1961. He was the 37th president of the US, serving Jan 20, 1969, to Aug 9,1974, when he resigned the presidency while under the threat of impeachment. First US president to resign that office. He was born at Yorba Linda, CA, and died at New York, NY, Apr 22,1994.
    1914-The very famous singer/dancer/stripper Gypsy Rose Lee born Seattle, Wa.
    1920-Singer Betty Roche born Wilmington, DE. With Savoy Sultans 1941-41, Duke Ellington 1943-44 ( first to sing “ Black, Brown and Beige.”
    1925-Birthday of actor Bob Denver, New Rochelle, NY.
    1926-Birthday of guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, Patterson, NJ
    1929 - In Nashville, Tennessee, the Seeing Eye, whose purpose was to train guide dogs for the blind, was incorporated.
    1931- Bassist Carson Smith born San Francisco, CA.
    1931 ---Innovative jazz drummer Kenny Clark Birthday
    1934-Birthday of Bryan Bartlett “ Bart” Starr, pro football hall of fame quarterback and former coach, Montgomery , Al.
    1935-actor Bob Denver born in New Rochelle, NY, best known for “Gilligan’s Island.”.
    1939- Producer Alfred Lion recorded boogie-woogie pianists Meade Lux Lewis and Albert Ammons at a session in New York. Lion pressed only a few copies for his friends, but demand for the records was so great that he made other recordings of Dixieland artists like Sidney Bechet. This was the beginning of Lion's famous Blue Note record label, for which practically every major jazz artist of the past 50 years has recorded at one time or another. Lion sold the label to Liberty-United Artists in 1966. He died in 1987.
    1839---Birthday of American composer John Knowles Paine, born Portland, Maine,
died 25 April 1996, Cambridge, Maine; also a well-known organist and teacher. He studied in the USA and at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin, Germany. In Germany he gave organ recitals. After he returned to the USA in 1861, he became instructor of music at Harvard University in 1862, then assistant professor (1872), and full professor (1875). In 1890 he became Honorary Doctor in Music of Yale.
    1939 -- Southern Tenant Farmers' Union lead Missouri Highway sit-down of 1,700 tenant families.
    1941-Birthday of folksinger Joan Baez, Staten Island, NY. Her politics and music have always been closely connected, and she was active in opposing the US military draft and American involvement in the Vietnam War. In March, 1968, she married David Harris, a former student leader at Stanford University who was facing a three-year prison term for draft resistance. Joan Baez played an important role in launching Bob Dylan's career, inviting him on stage during her concerts in the early '60s.
    1941 - Sammy Kaye and his orchestra recorded "Until Tomorrow" on Victor Records. This song became the sign-off melody for Kaye and other big bands.
    1944- rock guitarist Jimmy Page was born in London. He established his reputation as a session musician in London in the early '60s, and is rumored to have played the guitar solo on the Kinks' recording of "You Really Got Me." Page later joined the Yardbirds as bass guitarist, taking over the lead guitar role when Jeff Beck left the group. When the Yardbirds disbanded in 1968, Page formed Led Zeppelin with vocalist Robert Plant. Led Zeppelin is generally regarded as the first heavy metal rock group
    1945-US forces began the final push to retake the Philippines by attacking at the same location where the Japanese had begun their invasion nearly four years earlier. General Douglas MacArthur landed 67,000 troops in the Gulf of Lingayen on the western coast of the big island of Luzon. The Japanese offered little opposition to the landing itself but fought fiercely against Allied advancement, particularly around Clarke Field, the major air base in the island.
    1945—Top Hits
Don’t Fence Me In - Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
There Goes that Song Again - Russ Morgan
I’m Making Believe - Ella Fitzgerald & The Ink Spots
I’m Wastin’ My Tears on You - Tex Ritter
    1950- Blues singer Buster Poindexter born Staten Island, New York
    1951 - In New York City, the United Nations headquarters officially opened.
    1951-Birthday of Crystal Gayle ( Brenda Gayle Webb), born Paintsville, KY.
    1953---Top Hits
Why Don’t You Believe Me - Joni James
Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes - Perry Como
Glow Worm - The Mills Brothers
Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes - Skeets McDonald
    1953 - Starring Alan Young, Victor Mature, Jean Simmons, Maurice Evans, and Elsa Lanchester, the film Androcles and the Lion opened in United States theaters. Based on George Bernard Shaw's satirical comedy, it was the story of a Christian in ancient Rome who befriends a lion.
    1954 -87ºF (-66ºC), North Ice Station, Greenland (Greenland record)
    1959- "Rawhide" premiered this day in 1959. My father Lawrence Menkin was the story editor. Supposedly he kept increasing Clint Eastwood's part because the ladies liked him, although Eric Fleming (1959-65) as trail boss Gil Favor wanted larger parts himself. After Favor left, the show continued with Eastwood as the ramrod and trail boss. My father was instrumental in hiring black actors for local and network shows, winning awards for this, and perhaps little know to television history, Raymond St. Jacques as Simon Blake was the first African-American regular on a television series “
    1961—Top Hits
Wonderland by Night - Bert Kaempfert
Exodus - Ferrante & Teicher
Will You Love Me Tomorrow - The Shirelles
North to Alaska - Johnny Horton
    1961 - "Rhinoceros", the play, opened on Broadway, starring Eli Wallach and Zero Mostel. 1976, C.W. McCall's recording of "Convoy" reached the top of the country music charts. Its success led to a long string of CB radio-related novelty records during the next year and a-half.
    1968- “ It Takes a Thief” premiered on TV. ABC’s adventure series starred Robert Wagner as Alexander Mundy, an unlikely thief who agrees to conduct secret government missions instead of serving out his prison term. Malachi Throne costarred as Noah Bain, chief of the SIA and Mundy’s employer. Fred Astaire sometimes made recurring cameo appearances as Mundy’s father.
    1969---Top Hits
I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
For Once in My Life - Stevie Wonder
I’m Gonna Make You Love Me - Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
Daddy Sang Bass - Johnny Cash
    1970- After 140 years of unofficial racial discrimination, the Mormons issued an official statement declaring that blacks were not yet to receive the priesthood "for reasons which we believe are known to God, but which He has not made fully known to man."
    1970--*PETERSEN, DANNY J. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army, Company B, 4th Battalion, 23d Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. Place and date: Tay Ninh Province, Republic of Vietnam, 9 January 1970. Entered service at: Kansas City, Mo. Born: 11 March 1949, Horton, Kans. Citation: Sp4c. Petersen distinguished himself while serving as an armored personnel carrier commander with Company B during a combat operation against a North Vietnamese Army Force estimated to be of battalion size. During the initial contact with the enemy, an armored personnel carrier was disabled and the crewmen were pinned down by the heavy onslaught of enemy small arms, automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenade fire. Sp4c. Petersen immediately maneuvered his armored personnel carrier to a position between the disabled vehicle and the enemy. He placed suppressive fire on the enemy's well-fortified position, thereby enabling the crewmembers of the disabled personnel carrier to repair their vehicle. He then maneuvered his vehicle, while still under heavy hostile fire to within 10 feet of the enemy's defensive emplacement. After a period of intense fighting, his vehicle received a direct hit and the driver was wounded. With extraordinary courage and selfless disregard for his own safety, Sp4c. Petersen carried his wounded comrade 45 meters across the bullet-swept field to a secure area. He then voluntarily returned to his disabled armored personnel carrier to provide covering fire for both the other vehicles and the dismounted personnel of his platoon as they withdrew. Despite heavy fire from 3 sides, he remained with his disabled vehicle, alone and completely exposed. Sp4c. Petersen was standing on top of his vehicle, firing his weapon, when he was mortally wounded. His heroic and selfless actions prevented further loss of life in his platoon. Sp4c. Petersen's conspicuous gallantry and extraordinary heroism are in the highest traditions of the service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
    1977- The Oakland Raiders won Superbowl IX, 32-14, over the Minnesota Vikings. Oakland’s first Super Bowl triumph came in the Rose Bowl before a record crowd of 103,424. Raiders wide received Fred Bilennikoff was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. Not only is the game played before a record Super Bowl crowd plus 81 million television viewers, the largest audience ever to watch a sporting event. It also was the first win for the NFL.
    1977---Top Hits
You Don’t Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show) - Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr.
You Make Me Feel Like Dancing - Leo Sayer
I Wish - Stevie Wonder
Broken Down in Tiny Pieces - Billy "Crash" Craddock
    1979-New Orleans basketball player Daryl Moreau set a high school record by converting his 126th free throw in a row, a streak that lasted a year. 1981 - The Hockey Hall of Fame's, Phil Esposito, said he was quitting hockey after the New York Rangers-Buffalo Sabres game; which seemed unending when both teams played to a 3-3 tie. Esposito then quit playing for the New York Rangers to become their General Manager and coach. In 1969, and 1974, when Phil Esposito played for the Boston Bruinswhen he won the Hart Memorial Trophy for Most Valuable Player in the NHL, and helped the Bruins to two Stanley Cup Championships in 1970 and 1972.
    1984 - Television audiences got their first look at Clara Peller in the now-famous, annoying, and yet successful, "WHERE’S THE BEEF?", commercial for Wendy’s fast-food chain. Dave Thomas, the company's owner, spent $8 million on the ads as well as T-shirts, baseball caps, records, greeting cards and other items bearing the picture of the of Dave Thomas. The theme also became a political
question about the economy.
    1985---Top Hits
Like a Virgin - Madonna
The Wild Boys - Duran Duran
Sea of Love - The Honeydrippers
Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind - George Strait
    1996- “3rd Rock from the Sun” premiere son TV. In this comedy a quarter of space aliens who had taken on human form came to Earth to spy on its natives. They were led by Dick Solomon, played by JohnLithgow, who fell in love with earthling g Mary Albright, played by Jane Curtin. Other cast members included Kristen Johnson, Frenchy Steward and Joseph Gordon-Leviett. On May 22, 2001, Commander Solomon was ordered to conclude the mission and bring his crew home. Thought it won a slew of Emmys, NBC bounced the series around to more than a dozen timeslots, damaging the ratings, and finally pulled the show after six seasons.
    1996-Sun Microsystems announced the formation of JavaSoft, a business unit to develop and promote its Java programming language on this day in 1996. Former Delphi Internet Services Corporation president Alan Baratz was named president of the new unit. Microsoft later came to see Java as a powerful threat to its operating system and became embroiled in disagreements with Sun.
    1997- Jazz musician Lionel Hampton was presented with the National Medal of the Arts by President Bill Clinton at a White House ceremony. The presentation took place two days after the 88-year-old Hampton lost most of his possessions in a fire at his New York apartment

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    1977 Oakland Raiders



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Some time . . . when the team is up against it, when things are wrong and the breaks are beating the boys - tell them to go in there with all they've got and win just one for the Gipper. I don't know where I'll be then, . . .. but I'll know about it, and I'll be happy.

spoken by Pat O'Brian about George Gipp, played by Ronald Reagan
        Knute Rockne -- All American [1940]




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