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Friday, July 15, 2022

Today's Leasing News Headlines

2022 Economic Outlook Q3 Update:
    ELFF Forecasts 5.9% Growth in Equipment and Software Investment
TimePayment Hires Paul Braspenninckx
    as Vice President of Sales, Diversified Industries
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    Help Wanted Ads
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    Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP
Channel Closes $163MM Securitization
    Second Securitization Business Loans and Cash
Equipment Depot Announces EQFINANCE™ Division
    Providing Flexible Equipment Leasing Solutions
Zuora Partners with BNP Paribas Leasing to Monetize
    Equipment Services in the Subscription Economy
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    Movie Reviews by Fernando Croce
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2022 Economic Outlook Q3 Update:
ELFF Forecasts 5.9% Growth in 2022 Equipment and Software Investment

Washington, DC, July 14, 2022 – After a strong rebound in Q1, overall equipment and software investment growth is expected to slow significantly over the remainder of the year, though demand in some end-use markets should remain healthy. The Q3 update to the 2022 Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook, released today by the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation, forecasts equipment and software investment growth of 5.9% in 2022, while annualized GDP growth is expected to slow to 1.6% this year. The Foundation's report is focused on the nearly $1 trillion equipment leasing and finance industry and highlights key trends in equipment investment, placing them in the context of the broader U.S. economic climate."

Nancy Pistorio, Foundation Chair and President of Madison Capital LLC, said, “As economic conditions have generally worsened over the last several months, this outlook is noticeably gloomier than the last one. The Federal Reserve is hiking rates and yet inflation continues to accelerate. However, the report also indicates there are still several important factors, such as pent-up demand, supporting growth for now for equipment finance firms and the broader economy.”

Highlights from the Q3 update to the 2022 Outlook include:

  • Equipment and software investment grew 16 percent (annualized) in Q1 and demand remains strong in several end-use markets for now. However, businesses are contending with ongoing supply chain issues and rapidly rising interest rates, along with historic inflation that is threatening to derail the economy.
  • Following negative GDP growth in Q1 downside risks continue to plague the U.S. economy. While the labor market is still strong and consumer spending has largely held up, the economic outlook has soured. Inflation remains the largest concern for businesses, and while the Fed is finally acting aggressively, it is likely to take several months before significant inflation abatement occurs. Another modest GDP contraction in Q2 is likely, and a looming recession in Europe means less demand for U.S. exports in Q3/Q4. Achieving the Fed’s desired “soft landing” will be challenging.
  • Manufacturing output has remained strong despite a variety of headwinds facing the industry. Supply chain turmoil and high energy prices remain problematic, and rising borrowing costs are a growing concern. Still, the data point to significant pent-up demand waiting to be fulfilled should supply chains loosen later this year.
  • The outlook for Main Street businesses over the remainder of the year has worsened. Small business sentiment has fallen as inflation has accelerated, and hiring has slowed. As the Fed pursues sharply tighter monetary policy to combat inflation, small businesses are likely to feel the effects of higher borrowing costs before they manifest elsewhere in the economy.
  • The Fed is aggressively tightening monetary policy, which financial markets expect will continue in the coming months despite concerns of a growth pause or contraction.

The Foundation-Keybridge U.S. Equipment & Software Investment Momentum Monitorwhich is released in conjunction with the Economic Outlook, tracks 12 equipment and software investment verticals. In addition, the Momentum Monitor Sector Matrix provides a customized data visualization of current values of each of the 12 verticals based on recent momentum and historical strength. This month seven verticals are expanding/thriving, two are peaking/slowing, two are weakening/struggling, and one is recovering/emerging. Over the next three to six months, year over year:

  • Agriculture machinery investment growth may have bottomed out, but is likely to remain weak.
  • Construction machinery investment growth is likely to continue to decelerate.
  • Materials handling equipment investment growth may accelerate.
  • All other industrial equipment investment growth should remain positive.
  • Medical equipment investment growth may strengthen.
  • Mining and oilfield machinery investment growth is likely to remain healthy.
  • Aircraft investment growth may have bottomed out and could improve.
  • Ships and boats investment growth may strengthen.
  • Railroad equipment investment growth should remain healthy.
  • Trucks investment growth may improve.
  • Computers investment growth should remain modestly positive.
  • Software investment growth is likely to deteriorate.

The full report of the Momentum Monitor is now available at

The Foundation produces the Equipment Leasing & Finance U.S. Economic Outlook report in partnership with economic and public policy consulting firm Keybridge Research. The annual economic forecast provides the U.S. macroeconomic outlook, credit market conditions, and key economic indicators. The Q3 report is the second update to the 2022 Economic Outlook and will be followed by one more quarterly update before the publication of the 2023 Economic Outlook in December.

Download the full report at All Foundation studies are available for free download from the Foundation’s online library at

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TimePayment Hires Paul Braspenninckx
as Vice President of Sales, Diversified Industries

TimePayment, an award-winning FinTech company specializing in commercial equipment lease financing, has announced the hiring of Paul Braspenninckx as Vice President of Sales, Diversified Industries.

Braspenninckx has more than 25 years’ experience in the banking and finance industry, including positions with GE Capital, De Lage Landen, and most recently with ENGS Commercial Finance, where he was Vice President of Sales, leading sales strategies, driving account growth and fostering new customer acquisitions.

Braspenninckx says three things brought him to TimePayment: “Number one, the people: There’s a great team here. Two, the number of products—that’s a huge advantage. Three, the technology is great.” Within his vertical, Braspenninckx is focused on training new hires, strengthening their vendor and funding bases, and bringing in national strategic accounts. “A lot of vendors and OEMs don’t have a true micro-ticket product or partner. TimePayment not only provides that, but with our technology, we can provide a single unified experience for vendors to offer mainstream small and mid-ticket products through our syndication partners. I foresee strong growth in our Diversified Industries vertical post-COVID.”

TimePayment President & CEO Jay Haverty notes, “Fundamentally, Diversified Industries is a role requiring extensive industry experience, with the ability to put vendor service and white-glove attention first and foremost. Paul can absolutely deliver that. His experience in both small and mid-ticket leasing, providing captive-like levels of service, will enable us to provide those same services to the niche markets that TimePayment focuses on, continuing our elevation of service and quality.”

Haverty also intends to put Braspenninckx’s experience to use to respond to tomorrow’s equipment leasing landscape. “Paul is going to help us with the transition from traditional equipment leasing to the device-as-a-service model that combines connected infrastructure and equipment. He’ll be guiding larger small-ticket leasing vendor programs to take advantage of this new landscape.”

Visit to learn more about the many industries TimePayment serves, as well as to discover the broad array of financing products and services that help vendors sell more and businesses of all sizes grow. To contact Paul Braspenninckx about strategic opportunities, visit the Contact page at

About TimePayment™
TimePayment is a Boston-based FinTech company owned by affiliates of Fortress Investment Group, a leading, highly diversified global investment manager. TimePayment leads the industry with technology tools and capital that enables equipment sellers and financial intermediaries to offer fast, paperless equipment lease financing to their customers. The company’s proprietary credit scoring and risk-based transaction model delivers competitive lease financing solutions across the credit spectrum; from Fortune 500 companies to small business start-ups. TimePayment proudly serves more than 100,000 active accounts with transaction sizes ranging from $500 to over $500,000.

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Now is the Time

Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP

The commercial equipment finance and leasing industry is 100% resilient and will continue to thrive. There are many professionals in the industry that have not experienced a major economic downturn. Most originators in the industry have never sold in a rising interest rate environment. Many have forgotten the lessons learned from the 2008 downturn, the 2000 bust of the bubble, the savings and loan crisis of the late 1980's and early 1990's, or the super inflation followed by stagflation in the late 1970's and early 1980's. Recessions are a natural part of economic cycles and are not to be feared, but rather to be planned for and navigated through with a focus on the future.

Since WWII there have been 12 recessions with the average length of a recession being 10 months. The 2008 recession lasted 19 months and the 2020 recession (although the worst on record) only lasted two months. Today, the Federal Fund rate is below 2% with an expectation to rise in the 3.0% to 3.5% range by the end of 2022. Since 2008, the Federal Fund rate has been consistently below 3.5%; however, for most of the three decades before 2008, the Federal Fund rate was above 3.5%. (The Federal Fund rate in June of 1981 was 20%.) From a historical perspective, the anticipated rise in interest rates is modest. Some economists believe greater increases will be needed to fully tame inflation. The major difference with the current pending recession is the US national debt (in 1981 the national debt was less than $1.0T, in 2008 the national debt was approximately $10.0T, in 2020 the national debt was approximately $26.0T and today it is above $30.5T).

The US economy and the commercial equipment finance and leasing industry have enjoyed a long stretch of extremely low interest rates which fueled capital expenditures by businesses and consumers. The current rising interest rate posture of the federal reserve to counter inflation and the nearly certain impending recession which will follow will create new challenges for the industry. These challenges will also create new opportunities for participants that do not panic or overreact.

The good news is that businesses always seek out efficiencies and cash flow savings during challenging times. Essential commercial equipment usually provides greater efficiencies for businesses, while financial products provided by the commercial equipment finance and leasing industry provide cash flow savings. The commercial equipment finance and leasing industry continues to support small, medium, and large businesses and is a critical participant in every economic recovery.

I was recently asked by a seasoned professional what he and his team should be focused on over the coming months as we enter a recessionary period. My immediate response was the same as it is during every stage of any economic cycle. "Focus on quality." Savvy participants are reminded of the basic rules which create sustainability in all economic environments. Quality matters:

  • Quality talent within the organization which works as a team to create quality assets
  • Quality vendors with the financial strength to withstand a downturn
  • Quality end-users that have the credit requirements to sustain themselves during all economic cycles
  • Quality collateral that will support outstanding balances
  • Quality systems to help predict new opportunities and new challenges (AI)
  • Quality funding capabilities that remain committed throughout all economic cycles.

Now is the time to solidify relationships. Now is the time to focus on those proven activities and processes that produce the greatest results. Now is the time to flaunt your value proposition.

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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Channel Closes $163MM Securitization
Second Securitization Business Loans and Cash

This is the second securitization for Channel having completed its first Small Business Loan and Business Cash Advance ABS transaction in December 2021.

Brad Peterson, President and Chief Executive Officer
, said, “Our entire team appreciates the marketplace acceptance of this second securitization offering and our first in the equipment finance space.

“Once again, we attribute the completion of this transaction to the success of our partnerships and the quality of business originated together. Both securitizations further demonstrate the power of our single source products and solutions and how we will continue to scale moving forward.”

Eli Sethre, Chief Financial Officer, noted, “Just under two years from originating our first equipment finance asset, we are excited to announce the successful closing of our first equipment finance securitization.

"It's a testament to our team, strong partnerships, and ability to leverage data and manage risk. This milestone represents a significant step forward as we continue to optimize and diversify our capital structure."

Brandon Nelson, Vice President of Finance, commented, “We are extremely proud of the hard work by our team to have successfully executed on two securitizations across business lines in equipment finance and working capital over the past seven months,” added t Channel. “It is gratifying to see such a positive response from ABS investors in both verticals.”

The notes consist of three classes, rated A (sf), BBB (sf), and BB (sf) by Kroll Bond Rating Agency. Truist Securities served as Structuring Agent, Lead Manager and Sole Bookrunner, with Regions Securities as Co-Manager.

To date, Channel has provided over $1 billion in financing to over 15,000 businesses.

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Equipment Depot Announces EQFINANCE™ Division
Providing Flexible Equipment Leasing Solutions

Houston, TX – Equipment Depot, America’s largest independently operated material handling and equipment rental source, today announced their new EQFINANCE™ division. Offered through a partnership with De Lage Landen Financial Services, Inc. (DLL), EQFINANCE™ provides leasing and purchasing solutions that enable businesses to secure the equipment they need to operate effectively. The collaboration between Equipment Depot and DLL embeds their respective industry expertise in programs that simplify the leasing process throughout all stages of industrial equipment ownership.

Through EQFINANCE™, Equipment Depot offers its customers a variety of equipment leases with flexible payment options designed to maximize cash flow while meeting financial requirements. EQFINANCE™ representatives work as a trusted partner to determine the best leasing solutions for each customer, reviewing lease rates, monthly payments, term length, allowed hours, end-of-lease options, and the lifecycle of the customer’s current fleet. In partnering with their customers, these representatives understand how businesses are using their equipment, and customers are presented with leasing and financing options that truly match their equipment usage and budget.

EQFINANCE™ gives businesses the ability to streamline all of their warehouse equipment and material handling purchases, including forklifts, high-capacity port equipment, personnel lifts, pallet racking, storage solutions, conveyors, automated systems, and more. Lease agreements can include equipment maintenance contracts and make it easier for businesses to regularly upgrade to the latest equipment and technology.

“The experience and success of our customers is incredibly important, and EQFINANCE™ allows us to offer the direct financing relationship our customers prefer,” stated Equipment Depot CFO Marcel Broeshart. “And by offering a wide range of lease options, we make it easy and affordable for customers to get the right equipment for the job.”

According to Equipment Depot President and CEO David Turner, “The addition of EQFINANCE™ enhances our ability to provide a true one-stop-shop experience to our customers for all of their equipment, service, parts, warehouse solutions, and financing needs. We continuously ask how we can better support our customers, and forming EQFINANCE™ addresses our customers’ desire for a single, full-service material handling solutions partner.”

For more information on EQFINANCE™, visit

About Equipment Depot

Serving local communities since 1939, Equipment Depot is America’s largest independently operated material handling and rental source. Through its coast-to-coast branch network, Equipment Depot provides full-service material handling solutions that help its customers improve productivity and maximize uptime. The company serves as a single source for new and used forklifts, aerial lifts, service, parts, equipment rentals and integrated warehouse solutions for customers in a wide array of industries, and reinforces its commitment to delivering the best service with its Performance. Guaranteed.® pledge.

Equipment Depot is a proud member of Logisnext Americas, the North American division of Mitsubishi Logisnext, a leading global provider of innovative logistics, automation, and material handling solutions.

About DLL

DLL is a global vendor finance company with more than EUR 30 billion in assets. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, DLL provides asset-based financial solutions in the Agriculture, Food, Healthcare, Clean Technology, Construction, Transportation, Industrial, Document Imaging and Technology industries. DLL partners with equipment manufacturers, dealers, and distributors in more than 30 countries to support their distribution channels and help grow their businesses. DLL combines customer focus with deep industry knowledge to deliver sustainable solutions for the complete asset life cycle, including commercial finance, retail finance and used equipment finance. DLL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rabobank Group. To learn more about DLL, visit our website and on social at Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Zuora Partners with BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions to Monetize
Equipment Services in the Subscription Economy

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. and NANTERRE, France — July 13, 2022 — Zuora, Inc. (NYSE: ZUO), the leading cloud-based subscription management platform provider, and BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions, international equipment finance player, today announced a partnership to offer new usage-based solutions for professional equipment. Part of one of the world’s 10 largest banks, BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions provides financing services for professional equipment across 20 countries around the world, and together with Zuora®, will enable its industrial partners to nurture and monetize ongoing customer relationships with usage-based offerings.

“BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions, an established European leader in equipment finance, is now at the forefront of financial services transformation as they embrace the Subscription Economy® with new monetization strategies,” said Robbie Traube, President and Chief Revenue Officer at Zuora. “Now on Zuora, BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions will have the flexibility and agility to make critical equipment more accessible and tailored to companies’ individual needs, all while providing more sustainable options.”

With Zuora, BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions will enable its partners to offer new usage-based solutions to their own clients, eliminating the need for companies to maintain the equipment, with customized invoicing based on how and when machinery is used. These services also aim to provide a more sustainable approach by prolonging equipment’s lifetime, reducing upgrade costs and enabling the purchase of second-hand and refurbished equipment.

“As the Subscription Economy expert, Zuora is the ideal partner to combine an offer with our equipment finance expertise,” said Isabelle Loc, CEO at BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions. “Their innovative and evolutive platform will allow us to provide flexible financial solutions, constantly adapting to the actual usage of the equipment. Our future financing offers will be driven by the equipment consumption and optimization through additional services such as maintenance and lifecycle management. This will help companies deliver on their core business while closely managing their budget and quality of service to their customers.”

BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions’ usage-based offerings will first launch in France and Germany, with a goal to expand across Europe.

To learn more about how Zuora powers the full quote to cash and revenue recognition process, please visit

About Zuora, Inc.
Zuora provides the leading cloud-based subscription management platform that functions as a system of record for subscription businesses across all industries. Powering the Subscription Economy®, the Zuora platform was architected specifically for dynamic, recurring subscription business models, and acts as an intelligent subscription management hub that automates and orchestrates the entire quote to cash and revenue recognition process. Zuora serves more than 1,000 companies around the world, including Box, Ford, Penske Media Corporation, Schneider Electric, Siemens, Xplornet, and Zoom. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Zuora also operates offices around the world in the U.S., EMEA and APAC. To learn more about the Zuora platform, please visit

© 2022 Zuora, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Zuora, Subscribed, Subscription Economy, Powering the Subscription Economy, and Subscription Economy Index are trademarks or registered trademarks of Zuora, Inc. Third party trademarks mentioned above are owned by their respective companies.

About BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions
As the European leader in asset finance, BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions supports the growth of its clients and industrial partners by offering rental and finance solutions with services for their professional equipment. At the heart of the usage economy, we provide businesses with the flexibility they need to remain competitive and grow in a sustainable way. Our 3,700 experts support our clients’ and partners’ growth by offering them an increasingly digitalised experience. In 2021, we financed 343,000 projects for a total volume of 14.7 billion euros in 20 countries, in Europe and also Asia, the United States and Canada. Learn more:

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by Fernando Croce

From pop to esoteric, the latest batch of releases offers a wide variety of genres, including romantic and socially conscious comedies, dystopian science-fiction, splashy biopics, and old-fashioned espionage thrillers.

Anais in Love (Vudu): French actress Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet makes an energeticdirectorial debut with this light comedy, anchored by a fetching central performance by Anais Demoustier. Always late to appointments and filled to bursting with whims, the eponymous heroine is a ball of restless energy and unsettled dreams. Moving too quickly to worry about her unfinished college thesis or frustrated beau, she begins a casual affair with an older man, Daniel (Denis Polaydes). Soon, however, she becomes more interested in Daniel’s wife, a well-known novelist named Emilie (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi). With a vitality that’s reminded many a reviewer of the recent hit “The Worst Person in the World,” Bourgeois-Tacquet’sfilm takes a frothy yetknowing look at the dizzying fluctuationsof power in romantic relationships. With subtitles.

Crimes of the Future (Apple iTunes, Vudu): One of the most unique living filmmakers, David Cronenberg (“Videodrome”) returns with his first feature in nearly a decade. A potent mix of sci-fi, horror and pitch-black comedy, the storyunfolds in a future where bizarre evolution and environmental disasters have blurred the line between human bodies and computers. In this strange world, Saul Tenser (Viggo Mortensen) makes a living as a performance artist who, with the help of his partner Caprice (Lea Seydoux), can make new organs grow in his body. With a governmental agency investigating their act, they find themselves tangled with underground groups—as well as with a bureaucrat named Timlin (Kristen Stewart). Facing the grotesque with droll, lucid calm, Cronenberg’s film, while not for everybody, is an unforgettable vision.

Elvis (Vudu): An unabashed maximalist, director Baz Luhrmann (“Moulin Rouge”) may have found the perfect subject for his no-holds-barredcinematic exuberance in this sprawling biopic of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll himself, the legendary Elvis Presley. Chronicling his rise and decline from the Fifties to the Seventies, the story finds Elvis (audaciously played by Austin Butler) as a young singer discovered by Colonel Parker (Tom Hanks), the manager who molds and controls his trajectory into a pop icon. The gulf between stage image and inner self gradually widens and darkens, however, threatening Elvis’ marriage to his sweetheart, Priscilla (Olivia DeJonge). Pulling Presley’s numerous contradictory sides into a rollicking, full-bodiedshowbiz tragedy, Luhmann serves up a lushly trenchantportrait of the man as well as thezeitgeist.

Emergency (Amazon Prime): Laughter mixes with commentary in this indie comedy, with nervy messages that belie its tiny budget. As Spring Break approaches, straight-laced university student Kunle (Donald Elise Watkins) is reluctantly roped into participating in a night of wild parties by his rowdy friend, Sean (R.J. Cyler). The two African-American pupils see their plans turned upside down when they find a white young woman (Maddie Nichols) passed out in their living room, and they’re joined by Latino roommate Carlos (Sebastian Chacon) as they try to take her to the hospital. Playing like “Superbad” but with a tangible (and relevant) sense of racial anxiety and danger, director Carey Williams’ film taps into the absurdity of the situations while remaining buoyant, thanks largely to the young cast’s chemistry.

Operation Mincemeat (Netflix): A surprising real-life story gets the suspense treatment in this engaging British thriller from director John Madden (“Shakespeare in Love”). The time is 1943, and Allied Forces prepare an attack on Hitler’s occupied Europe. Hoping to diminish casualties, a special intelligence team known as the “Twenty Committee” aims to distract the Axis with a chancy bit of misdirection. Tasked with providing misleading plans to the enemy, officers Montagu (Colin Firth) and Cholmondeley (Matthew Macfadyen) are helped by an unlikely ally, future James Bond creator Ian Fleming (Johnny Flynn). As the phony documents make their way to Nazi commanders, the espionage games are just beginning. Pleasingly old-fashioned in its plot machinations and odes to restrained ingenuity, this is a classy affair with a terrific cast.


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Ancient Peaks 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon ($15)
Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, California
By Kevan R. Wilkinson, Leasing News Wine Reviewer

If you are looking for a big cabernet at a reasonable price, look no further than the Ancient Peaks 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon – Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, California.

I discovered this wine while getting a cup of coffee at a small deli that sells obscure wines. I asked the owner, who is also the barista/sandwich maker/wine buyer, for some wine tips, and she spoke highly of Ancient Peaks. So, I bought a bottle for $15.

Wow, this is a great wine! When I uncorked it, a blast of intense fruit and spice rack filled the air. Then came the pour. The wine has a deep, dark color that hugs the glass. The Ancient Peaks cabernet sauvignon is a fruit bomb filled with ripe blueberry, blackberry, and plum notes, topped with subtle hints of chocolate and vanilla. The finish is spectacular and long-lasting.

My wife and I enjoyed a glass of this wine with a barbecued rib-eye steak and grilled asparagus cooked by yours truly. I would not have discovered this wine if I had not been craving a cup of coffee and stopped by the small deli that sells it. Lucky me!

The Ancient Peaks 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon - Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, retails for $15 at Total Wine, other big-box wine stores, small wine shops, and online. Look for the best price online, as the price range varies from $15 to $20 depending on where you shop.

Kevan R. Wilkinson | Digital Content Manager | BALBOA CAPITAL
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Operational Preparedness: Are You Ready for the New
CA and NY Disclosure Requirements?

Thu, Jul 28, 2022 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Following-up on the highly attended first webinar, as state-level regulations in California have been finalized and pressures to comply mount, the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association will host a second webinar designed to help the equipment finance industry prepare for state-level regulations that will come into effect in California on December 9, 2022 and soon thereafter in New York.

This webinar will provide attendees with the latest legal, operational, and system integration information concerning commercial financing disclosure laws that are slated to take effect on December 9, 2022 in California and, what is expected to be shortly thereafter in, New York. It will also touch on overlaps and inconsistencies among state regulations that could require redundant, tedious and/or cumbersome investments in technology, software and training to comply with the subtle and material differences between the state laws.

The speakers at the webinar will include:
• Scott Riehl, Vice President of State Government Relations at the ELFA
• Troy Kepler, Corporate Counsel Channel
• Daniel Nelson, CEO Tamarack Technology, Inc.
• Moorari Shah, Partner at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton
• Robert S. Cohen, Partner at Moritt Hock & Hamroff

There will be time for Q&A at the end of the presentation. This webinar will also be recorded and made available on the ELFA website after the event.

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    but Few Signs of Recession So Far

12 Hours of Misery at Heathrow:
   Huge Crowds, Lost Bags, Endless Cancellations

The $1.50 Costco Hot Dog Combo That Defies Inflation
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This Day in History

     1741 - Vitus Bering, a Danish mariner working for Russia, and Aleksei Ilyich Chirikov, Russian navigator and captain, landed on the Alaskan coast.  During a storm on the voyage, they were separated and never saw each other again.  Chirikov saw land at Baker Island off Prince of Wales Island at the south end of the panhandle. This is about 450 miles southeast of Bering's landfall near Mt. St. Elias at the north end of the panhandle.  He sent men ashore in a longboat, making them the first Europeans to visit Alaska.
    1779 - Birthday of Clement Clarke Moore (d. 1863), NYC.  American author and teacher, best remembered for his popular verse, “A Visit from Saint Nicholas,” (“Twas the Night Before Christmas”), which was first published anonymously and without Moore's knowledge in a newspaper on December 23, 1823.
    1779 - The first medal awarded by the Continental Congress to a “foreigner” was a silver medal present to Lieutenant Colonel Francois Louis Teisseidre de Fleury, who commanded the first of the storming parties in the assault upon Stony Point, NY, on July 15, 1779.  He was the first man to enter the main fort and strike down the British flag with his own hands. Fleury, who had been in the French military service, joined the Continental Army in 1777.
    1779 - African-American Pompey Lamb, noted spy, aids the American Revolutionary War effort.  Blacks were also used effectively as spies by the Continental Army. Lamb opened the way for the capture of Stony Point by General Anthony Wayne.
    1792 - The first major bridge built in America was the West Boston Bridge, connecting Boston, MA, and Cambridge, MA.  It opened November 23, 1793 after costing $76,000.   The toll right was granted to the proprietors for 70 years.
    1806 - Zebulon Pike, the U.S. Army officer who in 1805 led an exploring party in search of the source of the Mississippi River, sets off with a new expedition to explore the American Southwest. Pike and his men left Missouri and traveled through the present-day states of Kansas and Nebraska before reaching Colorado, where he spotted the famous mountain later named in his honor. He traveled to New Mexico and then traveled through Texas. The information he provided about the U.S. territory in Kansas and Colorado was a great impetus for future U.S. settlement, and his reports about the weakness of Spanish authority in the Southwest stirred talk of future U.S. annexation. Pike later served as a brigadier general during the War of 1812, and, in April, 1813, he was killed by a British gunpowder bomb after leading a successful attack on York, Canada.
    1822 - Public schools for Blacks open in Philadelphia.
    1830 - 3 Indian tribes, Sioux, Sak and Fox, signed a treaty giving the US most of Minnesota, Iowa & Missouri.
    1837 - Smallpox epidemic reached the Mandan in Dakota Territory; out of 1,600 people, only 125 survived.  Russell Freedman describes the epidemic: “The Mandans were the first to be stricken, followed in swift succession by the Hidatsas, the Assiniboins, the Arikaras, the Sioux, and the Blackfeet."  In the 17th century, there were 30,000 Narragansett in Massachusetts. Their chief Miantonomo, "sensing danger, . . . sought to build on his Mohawk alliance to create a general Amerindian resistance movement." He is reported to have said to the Montauk in 1642: "We [must] be one as they [the English] are, otherwise we shall all be gone shortly, for you know our fathers had plenty of deer and skins, our plains were full of deer, as also our woods, and of [turkeys], and our coves full of fish and fowl. But these English having gotten our land, they with scythes cut down the grass, and with axes fell the trees; their cows and horses eat the grass, and their hogs spoil our clam banks, and we shall all be starved."
    1850 - Birthday of Francesca Xavier "Mother" Cabrini (d. 1917), Sant’Angelo Lodigiano, Austrian Empire.  A nun in the US Roman Catholic Church, she was an amazing organizer.  She founded 67 institutions such as orphanages, hospitals, and girls' schools and did remarkable work with the poor in major American cities. She founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, a Catholic institute that was a major support to the Italian immigrants to the United States.  She is now unique in New York in being the only saint whose entire body is on display for the faithful. Her body was laid to rest forever under the alter in the Chapel at Mother Cabrini High School. (The saint's head is at another location in Italy).  She was the first naturalized citizen of the United States to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church, on July 7, 1946.
    1862 - Major David Hunter declares Blacks are no longer slaves in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina.  President Lincoln annuls the order saying basically it wasn't “official.”
The first black troops were organized by Major General David Hunter in the Union's First Carolina Regiment.  Many of the soldiers were former slaves. In August, General Jim Lane, an abolitionist and who some called an outlaw and renegade, over the opposition of Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, organized a black regiment in Kansas. General Benjamin Butler also reversed his position and decided to recruit free blacks, however, no one asked the recruits whether they had been free men or slaves before the war. Despite War Department specific approval, General Butler quickly mustered into federal service the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Regiments of the Louisiana Native Guards. It was reported that the commanders of the units had offered their services to the Confederacy and were turned down. The leaders, Free Persons of Color, were wealthy, well-educated property owners, and some were slave owners, and at the time while offering their services to the Confederacy were afraid the Union forces would confiscate their property. 
    1864 – A troop train loaded with Confederate prisoners collided with a coal train, killing 65 and injuring 109 of 955 aboard.
    1867 - Birthday of Maggie Lena Walker (d. 1934), Richmond, VA.  She was the daughter of a former slave who devoted her time to black fraternal and cooperative insurance organizations.   Through her very keen business acumen, she created one of the greatest black-owned banks in the nation, the Penny Savings Bank in Richmond. Walker was the first female bank president of any race to charter a bank in the United States.  Disabled by paralysis and limited to a wheelchair later in life, Walker also became an example for people with disabilities.
    1870 – Georgia became the last Confederate state to rejoin the Union.
    1901 – 22-year-old Christy Mathewson fired a no-hitter, blanking the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-0, at League Park. Matty saved it in the 6th when a grounder caromed off 1B John Ganzel’s glove to Mathewson, who threw it back to first base for a 3-1-3 putout.
    1904 - Birthday of Dorothy Fields (d. 1974), Allenhurst, NJ.  Lyricist and producer who was elected to the Songwriters' Hall of Fame in 1971, the first woman so honored. Some of her songs are "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," "On the Sunny Side of the Street," "I'm in the Mood for Love," "Lovely to Look at," and "The Way You Look Tonight," the latter garnering Fields and collaborator Jerome Kern the 1936 Academy Award for Best Original Song. She wrote almost 400 songs as well as books for Broadway shows including “Annie Get Your Gun.”   She won a Tony and Grammy for her work on “Redhead” (1959). She also produced such Broadway musicals as “Sweet Charity” and “Seesaw.”
    1909 – Ty Cobb hit two inside-the-park homers to lead the Detroit Tigers to a doubleheader sweep of the Washington Nationals.
    1910 - Birthday of Sam Washboard, born Robert Brown (d. 1966), famous washboard player, Walnut Ridge, AR
    1913 - The first US Senator elected by popular vote was Augustus Octavius Bacon, Democrat of Georgia.  The passage of the 17th amendment to the Constitution called for the direct elections of Senators, prior to which they were appointed by the state legislature.   The first general election by popular vote took place on November 4, 1913.
    1913 – Cowboy Copas was born Lloyd Estel Copas (d. 1963) in Blue Creek, OH.  "The Country Gentleman of Song" was a country music singer popular from the 1940s until his death in the 1963 plane crash that also killed country stars Patsy Cline and Hawkshaw Hawkins. He was a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
    1916 - A dying South Atlantic Coast storm produced torrential rains in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Altapass, NC was drenched with more than 22 inches of rain, a 24-hour rainfall record for the state. Flooding resulted in considerable damage, particularly to railroads.
    1916 – In Seattle, William Boeing and George Conrad Westervelt incorporated Pacific Aero Products; later renamed Boeing Company.   
    1918 - General Erich Ludendorff launched Germany's fifth, and last, offensive to break through the Chateau-Thierry salient. This all-out effort involved three armies branching out from Rheims to cross the Marne River.  The Germans were successful in crossing the Marne near Chateau-Thierry before American, British, and Italian divisions stopped their progress. On July 18, General Foch, Commander-in Chief of the Allied troops launched a massive counteroffensive that resulted in a German retreat that continued in four months until they sued for peace in November.
    1918 - HAYS, GEORGE PRICE, Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army 10th Field Artillery, 3d Division. Place and date: Near Greves Farm, France, 14-15 July 1918. Entered service at: Okarche, Oklahoma. Born: 27 September 1892, China. G.O. No.: 34, W.D., 1919. Citation: At the very outset of the unprecedented artillery bombardment by the enemy, his line of communication was destroyed beyond repair. Despite the hazard attached to the mission of runner, he immediately set out to establish contact with the neighboring post of command and further establish liaison with 2 French batteries, visiting their position so frequently that he was mainly responsible for the accurate fire. While thus engaged, 7 horses were shot under him and he was severely wounded. His activity under most severe fire was an important factor in checking the advance of the enemy.
    1919 - Legendary bebop pianist Sadik Hakim (d. 1983) was born in Duluth, Minnesota. In the 1940's, Hakim played in New York with Ben Webster and Lester Young, and recorded with Charlie Parker. Hakim moved to Montreal in 1949 and played with Louis Metcalf's International Band. After further stints in the US with such musicians as James Moody and Buddy Tate, Hakim returned to Montreal in 1966. He was a frequent performer in both Montreal and Toronto, and on CBC radio broadcasts. Hakim became a Canadian citizen in 1972 before returning to New York four years later.
    1920 – Babe Ruth, in his first season with the Yankees, tied his 1919 record of 29 homers with a game-winner in the 13th to beat the St. Louis Browns, 13-10.  Two days later, he broke it by hitting two off Dickie Kerr of the White Sox.  He became the first Major Leaguer to hit 50 in a season, finishing 1920 with 54.
    1923 - Drummer Philly Joe Jones (d. 1985) birthday, Philadelphia.
    1928 - Birthday of saxophone player Joe Harriott (d. 1973), Kingston, Jamaica
    1929 - Birthday of guitarist/author Francis Bebey (d. 2001), Douala, Cameroon.
    1929 – The first airport hotel in the US opened at Oakland Airport in CA.
    1935 – Alex Karras (d. 2012) was born in Gary, IN.  He played football with the NFL Detroit Lions from 1958–1962 and 1964–1970. As an actor, Karras is noted for his role as Mongo in the 1974 comedy film “Blazing Saddles” and for starring in the ABC sitcom “Webster” (1983–1989) with his wife Susan Clark, as the title character's adoptive father. He was also featured prominently in “Victor, Victoria” with Julie Andrews and James Garner.  On January 7, 1963, Karras' ownership in Detroit's Lindell AC Bar became a source of controversy when league officials urged him to sell his financial interests because of reports of gambling and organized crime influence. After first threatening to retire rather than give it up, Karras admitted placing bets on NFL games and was suspended by the league, along with Green Bay packers back Paul Hornung, for one season (1963).
    1939 - National League president Ford Frick orders two-foot screens affixed inside all foul poles after Billy Jurges of the Giants and umpire George Magerkurth spit at each other after a foul ball call down the left field line is disputed at the Polo Grounds. The American League will soon follow the Senior Circuit lead and will also install foul ball screens.
    1941 - Glenn Miller, with Modernaires, cuts “Juke Box Saturday Night.”
    1942 – MLB Commissioner Kennesaw Mountain Landis:  "There is no rule, formal or informal, against the hiring of Negro players."  He responded to an editorial in the New York Daily Worker newspaper. 
    1944 - *OTANI, KAZUO, Medal of Honor
Staff Sergeant Kazuo Otani distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 15 July 1944, near Pieve Di S. Luce, Italy. Advancing to attack a hill objective, Staff Sergeant Otani's platoon became pinned down in a wheat field by concentrated fire from enemy machine gun and sniper positions. Realizing the danger confronting his platoon, Staff Sergeant Otani left his cover and shot and killed a sniper who was firing with deadly effect upon the platoon. Followed by a steady stream of machine gun bullets, Staff Sergeant Otani then dashed across the open wheat field toward the foot of a cliff, and directed his men to crawl to the cover of the cliff. When the movement of the platoon drew heavy enemy fire, he dashed along the cliff toward the left flank, exposing himself to enemy fire. By attracting the attention of the enemy, he enabled the men closest to the cliff to reach cover. Organizing these men to guard against possible enemy counterattack, Staff Sergeant Otani again made his way across the open field, shouting instructions to the stranded men while continuing to draw enemy fire. Reaching the rear of the platoon position, he took partial cover in a shallow ditch and directed covering fire for the men who had begun to move forward. At this point, one of his men became seriously wounded. Ordering his men to remain under cover, Staff Sergeant Otani crawled to the wounded soldier who was lying on open ground in full view of the enemy. Dragging the wounded soldier to a shallow ditch, Staff Sergeant Otani proceeded to render first aid treatment, but was mortally wounded by machine gun fire. Staff Sergeant Otani's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army. M 
    1946 - Singer Linda Ronstadt was born in Tucson, Arizona.  She first gained attention in 1967 as a member of a trio called the Stone Poneys. That was the year she had a top 20 hit with "Different Drum," a song written by Mike Nesmith of the Monkees. The Stone Poneys soon broke up, and Ronstadt's solo career floundered for nearly five years until Peter Asher, formerly of the British duo of Peter and Gordon, became her manager. Under Asher's direction, she recorded the album "Heart like a Wheel," a mixture of oldies and contemporary material, in 1974. The LP proved to be her commercial breakthrough, becoming the first of a dozen gold and platinum albums.  Ronstadt reached the height of her popularity in the late 1970's when her LP "Living in the USA" surpassed the million mark in sales. At the time, she was a constant companion of California Governor Jerry Brown.  Ronstadt continued her success into the '80s with the LP "Mad Love," two popular albums of big band ballads and "Cry like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind," a collaboration with Aaron Neville.  She retired in 2011 and was diagnosed with a degenerative condition later determined to be progressive supranuclear palsy in December 2012, which left her unable to sing.
    1950 - The North Koreans penetrated the U.S. 24th Infantry Division's defense and crossed the Kum River. The 19th Infantry Regiment lost 20 percent of its fighting force, the 1st Battalion alone losing 338 out of 785. The 63rd Field Artillery Battalion was overrun and sustained heavy casualties.
    1950 - F-80s accounted for 85 percent of the enemy's losses to air attack. Far East Air Forces Commander, Lieutenant General George E. Stratemeyer, stated that he wouldn't trade the F-80 for all the F-47s and F-51s he could get. "It does a wonderful job in ground support and can take care of the top-side job if enemy jets appear."
    1952 - An eight-year-old singer named Gladys Knight appears on the popular TV show “Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour” on the now-defunct Dumont Television Network, and wins the first prize of $2000 for her rendition of Nat King Cole's "Too Young." In five years, she would be an established recording artist.
    1952 - Popular singer Patti Page begins her summer replacement series on CBS, attempting to hold the audience in Perry Como's usual timeslot three times a week for 15 minutes.
    1954 - The temperature at Balcony Falls, VA, soared to 110 degrees to establish a state record…and nary a word about global warming!
    1956 - Top Hits
“The Wayward Wind” - Gogi Grant
“My Prayer” - The Platters
“Hound Dog/Don't Be Cruel” - Elvis Presley
“I Want You, I Need You, I Love You” - Elvis Presley
    1957 - Elvis Presley's "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear" b/w Loving You" hits #1
    1959 - The Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver was officially opened by the Queen. A gala concert by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra was conducted by Sir Ernest MacMillan and Nichol Goldschmidt, with soloists Betty-Jean Hagen, violin, and soprano Lois Marshall. The theatre was actually first used four days earlier for a concert by the Vancouver Symphony.
    1959 - The steel strike of 1959 began, leading to significant importation of foreign steel for the first time in United States history.  The strike occurred over management's demand that the union give up a contract clause which limited management's ability to change the number of workers assigned to a task or to introduce new work rules or machinery which would result in reduced hours or numbers of employees. The strike's effects persuaded President Eisenhower to invoke the back-to-work provisions of the Taft-Hartley Act. The union sued to have the Act declared unconstitutional, but the Supreme Court upheld the law …and we all know how that turned out.
    1960 - Giant Willie McCovey 'invisible triple' causes the umpires to call a twenty-four minute fog delay at Candlestick Park, but the Dodgers go on to win 5-3.
    1963 - Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald record “Ella and Basie” album for Verve, one of Barbara Lowe's favorites.
    1963 - Elvis begins filming the movie “Viva Las Vegas” with Ann-Margaret. 
    1964 - Top Hits
“I Get Around” - The Beach Boys
“Memphis” - Johnny Rivers
“Rag Doll” - The 4 Seasons
“My Heart Skips a Beat” - Buck Owens
    1965 - The unmanned spacecraft Mariner 4 passes over Mars at an altitude of 6,000 feet and sends back to Earth the first close-up images of the red planet.
    1966 - Singer Percy Sledge earned a gold record for "When a Man Loves a Woman."  It was his only song to make it to number one (5/28/66) and the only one of five to break into the top ten. 
    1968 - A Soviet Aeroflot jet landed at Kennedy Airport at New York, NY, and the start of direct commercial air flight between the US and the then USSR began.
    1968 - “One Life to Live” premiered on TV.  Set in a fictional Pennsylvania town, the show was created by Agnes Nixon to depict the class and ethnic struggles of the town's denizens. The initial cast featured many Jewish, Polish, and African-American characters. The show departed from inter-ethnic storytelling in the 1980's for far more fantastic adventures set in locales such as heaven, the old west, and a futuristic mountain silo called Eternia. Since then, the show has returned to its strengths of traditional storytelling by featuring Latino and African-American actors as integral characters.  Award-winning actress Erika Slezak heads the cast.  The venerable Viki Lord Riley Buchanan Carpenter is the town's matron with five alternate personalities.  Among those who have appeared on “OLTL” are Tom Berenger, Judith Light, Robert Desiderio, Tommy Lee Jones, Laurence Fishburne, Jameson Parker, Phylicia Rashad, Christine Ebersole, Richard Grieco, Blain Underwood, Joe Lando, Audrey Landers, Christian Slater and Yasmine Bleeth.     
    1968 - Intel was founded. Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore had left Fairchild Semiconductor to form NM Electronics in Mountain View, Ca. In 1997, Tim Jackson published "Inside Intel: Andrew Grove and the Rise of the World's Most Powerful Chip Company." Grove joined Intel in this year and became its president in 1979. They bought the rights to the name Intel from Intelco for $15,000.
    1969 – [July 15-20] B.B. King, Elvin Bishop Group, Love Sculpture, Country Joe & the Fish Joe Cocker & The Grease Band, at San Francisco Fillmore West.
    1971 - In a surprise announcement, President Richard Nixon says that he will visit Beijing, China, before May 1972
    1972 - Elton John's “Honky Chateau” hits #1
    1972 - Top Hits
“Lean on Me” - Bill Withers
“Too Late to Turn Back Now” - Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
“Brandy” (“You're a Fine Girl”) - Looking Glass
“Made in Japan” - Buck Owens 
    1973 - San Francisco Giant's Willie McCovey becomes 15th to hit 400 HRs.
    1973 - Angel Nolan Ryan pitches his second no-hitter of the season, defeating the Tigers, 6-0 in front of 41,411 fans in Detroit. Ryan struck out 17, the most ever in a 9-inning no-hitter, including 8 in a row.  Ump Ron Luciano doesn't permit Norm Cash to use a piano leg instead of a bat in the ninth inning.
    1980 - Pop stars Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith opened at the New York Shakespeare Festival in a production of Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance." The production moved to Broadway in 1981, and Ronstadt and Smith both starred in a later movie version.  
    1980 - Top Hits
“Coming Up” - Paul McCartney & Wings
“It's Still Rock & Roll to Me” - Billy Joel
“Little Jeannie” - Elton John
“You Win Again” - Charley Pride
    1986 - Columbia Records dropped country star Johnny Cash after 28 years. Cash had not had a solo top-ten hit since "The Baron" in 1981. But he was a member of "The Highwaymen" quartet with Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson that hit the top of the country charts in 1985. Cash signed a new recording contract with Polygram later in '86.
    1986 – In the MLB All-Star Game at the Astrodome, the AL won its second in the last 15 years, 3-2.  Roger Clemens worked three perfect innings for the AL and was voted MVP.  The Dodgers’ Fernando Valenzuela struck out the first five hitters he faced.
    1987 - Unseasonably cool weather spread into the south central and eastern U.S. Fifteen cities reported record low temperatures for the date, including Houghton Lake, MI, with a reading of 37 degrees. The high temperature for the date of 58 degrees at Flint, MI, was their coolest of record for July. Thunderstorms spawned several tornadoes in Illinois and Indiana, injuring a cow near Donovan, IL
    1988 - For the second time this season, Red Sox fireballer Roger Clemens strikes out sixteen Royals. The doubleheader sweep over Kansas City marks Joe Morgan's Boston managerial debut.
    1988 - Top Hits
“The Flame” - Cheap Trick
“Mercedes Boy” - Pebbles
“Pour Some Sugar on Me” - Def Lappard
“Fallin' Again” – Alabama
    1988 - Twenty-six cities east of the Mississippi River reported record high temperatures for the date. Charleston, WV, established an all- time record high with a reading of 103 degrees, and Chicago, IL, reported a record fifth day of 100-degree heat for the year. A severe thunderstorm moving across Omaha, NE, and the Council Bluffs area of west central Iowa spawned three tornadoes which injured 88 persons, and also produced high winds which injured 18 others. Winds at the Omaha Eppley Airport reached 92 mph. Damage from the storm was estimated at 43 million dollars.
    1989 - More than 200,000 people crammed into Venice, a city of 83,000, for a free concert by Pink Floyd. The band performed on a floating stage in the Venice lagoon. Residents complained about violence, drug use and littering, and 80 people were slightly hurt in a scuffle before the show began. Concert-goers complained, too ... about inadequate toilets and emergency facilities. 
    1989 - Thunderstorms drenched Kansas City, MO, with 4.16 inches of rain, a record for the date. Two and a half inches of rain deluged the city between Noon and 1 PM. Afternoon thunderstorms in South Carolina deluged Williamstown with six inches of rain in ninety minutes, including four inches in little more than half an hour
    1990 – In a game where two pro footballers faced each other, at Yankee Stadium, Kansas City’s Bo Jackson slammed three straight home runs, the third his career 100th, then separated his shoulder in the 6th inning diving for a line drive off the bat of Yankee Deion Sanders. Sanders wound up with an inside-the-park-homer but the Royals won.
    1993 - Breaking Cub Hall of Fame Ernie Banks' previous record of 277, Cal Ripken hits his 278th homer as a shortstop, the most ever hit by a Major Leaguer playing that position.
    1994 - The first movie to cost more than $100 million to make was “True Lies,” a 20th Century-Fox action-adventure film directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jamie Lee Curtis.  It opened nationwide on July 15.  Though exact figures were not released by the studio, the film was estimated to have cost $115 million.
    1996 - The Sultan of Brunei spent $25 million on his 50th birthday party, including $15 million for three concerts by Michael Jackson
    1997 - Fashion designer Gianni Versace was shot to death on the steps of his mansion in Miami Beach, Florida. Police believe Andrew Phillip Cunanan shot Versace. Cunanan committed suicide a week later on a houseboat about two miles north of the Versace mansion. Cunanan is suspected of killing four other men in a cross-country shooting spree. 
    1999 - The Brewers postpone game as a gesture of respect for the three workers who died when a huge crane collapsed lifting a portion of the roof for the team's new stadium, Miller Park. The crane broke in half as it lifted the 400-ton load damaging the partially completed stadium.
    1999 - The Rolling Stones reported that they had an intake of over $337 million from the previous two years. The average nightly take on the 147 shows was over $2¼ million, as the band played to more than 5.6 million people, selling out all but 20 shows.
    1999 – Barry Bonds set an all-time record, receiving the 294th intentional walk of his career, breaking Hank Aaron’s mark.
    2000 - Bob Seger's 62-foot boat Lightning wins its division in the 78th annual sailboat race from Port Huron to Mackinac Island, MI.
    2000 - The American Tobacco Company's near-mint condition 1909 Honus Wagner card goes for $1.1 million in an eBay online auction; the high bidder will pay $1.265 million including a 15 percent buyer's premium for the 91 year-old card of the Hall of Fame Pirate shortstop.  Other high-priced items in the auction included a baseball autographed by the entire 1919 Chicago “Black Sox” team, including Shoeless Joe Jackson, as well as the umpires who worked the final game of that Series; it sold for $93,666, including a 15 percent buyer's premium. The ball's value, believed to be the most for such an item, was unusually high because the autographs include that of Jackson, who was considered illiterate and usually only signed legal documents. A ball signed by the 1919 Reds, who won that series, went for $11,208, while a baseball autographed by Babe Ruth sold for $76,020. A contract from Jackson's sale of his Chicago pool hall to teammate Lefty Williams, sold for $36,098; the contract, dated October 6, 1921, is for just $1.
    2002 - "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh pleads guilty to supplying aid to the enemy and to possession of explosives during the commission of a felony.
    2006 – Twitter was launched.  Created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Biz Stone and Noah Glass, and launched in July 2006, Twitter is an online social networking service that enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called "tweets.”  The service rapidly gained worldwide popularity:  as of March 2016, Twitter has more than 310 million monthly active users.
    2009 - Paul McCartney took time out from his current tour to stop by “The Late Show with David Letterman” where he and his band thrilled the crowd by performing at the outdoor stage atop the Ed Sullivan Theater.
    2014 – Apple and IBM joined to develop apps for business users.  The agreement will give Apple a greater share of the business market, which is increasingly catering to a mobile workforce, while IBM will benefit from the software integration on its cloud computing platform.



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