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Friday, June 10, 2016

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

Loan Brokers Unite! Support the Industry at
 National Alliance of Commercial Loan Brokers
New Hires---Promotions in the Leasing Business
 and Related Industries
Leasing Industry Ads---Help Wanted
Ascentium Capital/Bank of the West, BSB Leasing, Pawnee Leasing
Fueling Your Marketing Campaign with “Micro Moments”
  FinTech #102 by Brittney Holcomb
California Court Refuses to Enforce Forum Selection
Clause Where Application of Other State’s Law Would
Violate Fundamental Policy of California
   By Tom McCurnin, Leasing News Legal Editor
It's never taken longer for US businesses
  to fill a job opening  (with Chart)
Canadian Banks Looking for Bank Acquisitions
  by Stephen D.A. Clark, Fasken Martineau
Popstart: Never Stop Never Stopping/Weiner
Hail, Caesar!/Zootopia/Le Amiche
  Move/Digital Reviews by Fernando Croce
Shepherd   --Adopt-a-Dog
  Santa Monica, California 
Leasing/Finance Conferences – 2016
News Briefs---
LEAF Announces Securitization of $350 Million
  of Leasing Assets
Will Technology Kill Traditional Small Business Loans?
Fast and Efficient Financial Technology
 Force Big Banks to Evolve or Be Left Behind
LendingClub Stumbles Anew,
   Delaying Meeting with Investors
11 charts: how falling oil prices have changed the economy
  Data from a Variety of Sources
But why do junior bankers work so hard?
Tesla launches less costly versions of Model S,
faces safety probe
WorldProNews Predicts Internet Advertising
  to Overtake TV Advertising by Next Year
2016 Credit Card Debt Study: Trends & Insights
  Smallest First-Quarter Debt Reduction Since 2008
NC gun dealer wins duel with bank
   that cited federal reg to drop him

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Loan Brokers Unite! Support the Industry at
National Alliance of Commercial Loan Brokers

NACLB Co-Founder Kris Roglieri

Fellow commercial loan brokers, friend or foe? All the commercial loan brokers I work with look at other brokers as nothing but competition. While that may be true, there is a lot that building relationships with other brokers can offer.

Building relationships with other brokers allows you to learn from the successes and mistakes of one another. There is also potential to refer deals to each other. If one broker is focused in equipment leasing but has a borrower looking for a Merchant Cash Advance, they are able to funnel them to one of their connections within that area.

How to Deal With Competition

All commercial loan brokers are different. I’m not just saying that as a way of avoiding that commercial loan brokers do overlap sometimes and compete with each other in certain areas, but the reality is, that is the same for any industry.

Competition, however, may work to your advantage. You may be able to retain more clients if you are able to offer competitive interest rates and loan terms.

Want to find more competitive lenders in your market? The National Alliance of Commercial Loan Brokers (NACLB) annual conference offers over 35 different lenders across 13 different products.

Expanding Your Horizon

With all the competition today, you need to be able to offer a diverse portfolio of products. The days of specializing in one product are long gone. Modern day loan brokers are able to offer different products to their borrowers that cover an array of pain points of their business.

Many of my clients mention that borrowers choose to work with them over other brokers because they are able to provide them with various  options for funding instead of just one.

Stop turning borrowers away because you don’t offer the financing that will work for their needs. Learn about all the financing products that the alternative lending industry has to offer at The National Alliance of Commercial Loan Brokers (NACLB) annual conference panel sessions. Since the success we had at our conference last year, new lenders that have recently surfaced into the market will be attending this year’s event to unveil their products to the brokerage community.

Supporting Your Industry at the NACLB

Support your industry by attending events that encourage loan brokers to increase their business and educate about new industry products and market insights.

The National Alliance of Commercial Loan Brokers (NACLB) is the largest gathering of loan brokers in the country. We bring together loan brokers and lenders to help build valuable and long lasting relationships to execute deals.

Visit to learn more about attending the conference out in Las Vegas in October 2016.





New Hires---Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Lauren Aleksinas was hired as Manager, Loan Processing, PIDC, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  She began her career as Merchandising Intern, The Philadelphia Eagles (July, 2004 – January, 2005). Joined First Lease, January, 2006, as Senior Lease Operations Specialist; promoted, July, 2012, Third Party Originations Supervisor; promoted, June, 2015, Operations Supervisor. Volunteer:  Committee Member, FUEL the CURE (July. 2014 – Present). FUEL the CURE's mission is to inspire an action-oriented and socially-conscious lifestyle. Our team of young professional volunteers carries out the mission by organizing, volunteering, and fundraising events that benefit a range of national and local charities. Chair, Member Screening Sub-Committee, National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers (March, 2014 – Present). Education: La Salle University, MBA, Management (2009 – 2012). La Salle University, BA, Communication/Marketing (2001 – 2005). Activities and Societies: Member of the Alpha Epsilon Honor Society, President of the La Salle Ambassadors, Captain of the NCAA, Div. 1, La Salle Women's Swimming Team

John D. Cabreja was hired as Senior Sales Consultant, EZ Funding LLC, New York, New York. Previously, he was Senior Sales Consultant, Capify (August, 2014 – September, 2015); Sr. Funding Specialist, Merchant Advance Express (November, 2012 – August, 2014). Languages: Spanish. Education: New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, Bachelor's degree, Finance, General (2008 – 2011).

Jonathan Carrizzo was hired to "(Oversee) Patriot Capital’s equipment financing operations in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee is Jonathan Carrizzo, a corporate finance professional with more than 15 years’ experience in financial analysis, sales, equipment leasing and high-level business operations. Carrizzo comes to Patriot Capital from the American Safety Council. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, he previously held executive positions at Canon Financial Services, G.E. Capital, and Ever Bank, and has extensive experience in real estate and equipment financing."

Brook Edwards was promoted to Equipment Finance Officer, Business
Bank Team, Key Equipment Finance; "...will lead equipment financing activities for the Seattle and South Puget Sound markets." He joined the firm July, 2014 as Sales ACT Program; promoted April, 2015, Inside Sales Manager, Technology; promoted, October, 2015, Sales Manager, Technology. Previously, he was Sports Marketing Intern, Oregon State University (August, 2013 – March, 2014). Education: Oregon State University, Bachelor’s Degree, Finance, General(2010 – 2014). Cumulative GPA: 3.69 - Cum Laude. Recruitment Chairman. Phi Delta Theta Fraternity (February, 2012 – March, 2013). • Recruited 32 individuals for the 2012-2013 pledge class.
• Persuasively conveyed the values and benefits of the fraternity.
• Developed formal presentation skills through recruitment updates to alumni. Successfully budgeted $15,000.

Tony Gagliardi was hired as Regional Director, Ultimate Finance Group, Leicester, Leicestershire, United Kingdom. Previously, he was Account Manager, Hitachi Capital (August, 2012 – December, 2015).

Al Golembeski now Managing Partner, CleanView Capital, LLC, Greater
Chicago Area.  Previously, he was Senior Vice President Finance, Chief Credit Officer, and Chief Operating Officer, LFC Capital, Inc. (January,2009 – May, 2016); SVP, Business Support Executive and Business Manager, Banc of America Leasing (2004 – 2008); SVP, Business Manager and Director of Strategy, Fleet Bank (1999 – 2004); VP & SVP Various Positions, Sanwa Business Credit Corporation(1985 – 1999); Various Credit and Marketing, Continental Bank (1981 – 1985). Education: Harvard Business School, MBA (1979 – 1981). University of Massachusetts- Lowell, BS, Mathematics (1973 – 1977).

Jim Jenkins was promoted to Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Technology Finance Group at Element Financial.  He is based out of Ellicott City, Maryland.  He joined the firm June, 2015, as Vice President. Previously, he was Senior Vice President, SunTrust Equipment Finance and Leasing Corp. (October, 2010 – March, 2015); Vice President, General Manager, Sun Microsystems, Global Financial Services (April, 2008 – October, 2010); Senior Director Global Financial Services, Sun Microsystems (April, 2007 – June, 2008); Education: Towson University, BS, Marketing and Finance. Towson University, Bachelor's degree

Mike Larson was hired as Manager, Customer Finance, John Bean Technologies Corp., Redmond, Washington.  Previously, he was Regional Sales Manager, Balboa Capital (October, 2015 -2016); Vice President, National Accounts, TIP Capital (March 2014–October 2015); Regional Sales Executive, Key Bank (December 2011–March 2014); Vice President, Sales, Puget Sound Leasing (2004–2010); Regional Sales Manager, American Express Business Finance (2001–2004); Regional Vice President, First Sierra Financial (1997–2001). Education: Portland State University, BS, Business Administration and management, General (1978 – 1982).

Joseph C. Moceri was hired as Business Development Manager for
Patriot Capital   "A graduate of Northeastern University and an accomplished executive, Moceri spent more than two decades in the enterprise environment at ExxonMobil, ending his tenure there as Sales Manager. Most recently he served as President at Commercial Lubricants, a multi-million-dollar lubricant distributor."

John Santos has joined North Mill Capital, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as Senior Vice President. He is based in Princeton, New Jersey. Previously, he was Senior Manager, Capital One (August, 2015 – June, 2016); Business Banking Team Leader, Santander Bank, N.A. (April, 2011 – August, 2015); Business Relationship Manager, HSBC (February, 2008 – April, 2011); Premier Relationship Manager. Bank of America (2005 – 2008); Personal Banker, Business Specialist JP Morgan Chase (2002 – 2005); Registered Representative, New York Life Insurance Company (October, 2001 – June, 2003); Equities Trader, Self Employed (1999 – 2001). Education: Montclair State University, B.A., Business Administration, Finance (1998 – 2000).
California State University-Northridge (1997 – 1998).

Deborah Sawyer was hired as Managing Director at ZRG Partners, LLC,
expanding their Technology Practice. She is based in Dallas, Texas.
Previously, she was Vice President, Technology Practice, Pearson Partners International (June, 2012 – May, 2016); Vice President, Technology Practice, Pearson Partners International (June, 2012 – May, 2016); Managing Director, Executive Advisors (June, 2011 – June, 2012); Partner, Technology, Media and Telecom Practice, Asia Pacific, Odgers Berndtson (June, 2008 – June, 2011); Managing Director, Morgan Howard Asia Pacific PTE Ltd., Morgan Howard Worldwide (October, 2003 – June, 2008); Senior Client Partner,
Korn/Ferry International (January, 1997 – October, 2003); Principal,
Heidrick & Struggles (September, 1986 – January, 1997). Certifications: Extended Disc, Sales and Sales Management Training, Leadership Development, Sandler Training, Starting June 2011. Education: Georgia State University, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, MBA, Management (1990 – 1994); Florida State University, BA, International Affairs (1979 – 1981).

Brian Wolfgang was hired as Regional Sales Manager for Patriot Capital. He is based out of Chicago, Illinois and his territory is "IA, IL, KS, MO, ND, NE, and SD."  Previously, he was Midwest Region Sales - Healthcare Division, TCF Equipment Finance (November, 2013 – June, 2016); Leasing Manager, Midwest, Healthcare, Key Equipment Finance (December, 2010 – November, 2013); Regional Manager, SMT Leasing (September, 2002 – December, 2010); Regional Manager, Strategic Accounts, DVI Financial Services (September, 1999 – September, 2002). Education: Delaware Valley College,
Bachelor of Science, Financial Services (1997 – 2000); William Tennent (1992 – 1996).





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Credit/Syndication Analyst

Position located in Denver, Colorado or Gig Harbor, Washington.

For the right candidate ability to work remote may be an option.

Commercial equipment leasing/finance experience preferred, but must have 2+ years commercial credit experience, strong knowledge of business and credit principles.

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Senior Credit Analyst - Transportation

- Minimum 5 years of small ticket/high volume equipment finance underwriting experience preferred
- Relocation benefits available for the right candidate
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Established in 1982, Pawnee Leasing Corporation located in Fort Collins, CO specializes in commercial equipment leasing and financing up to $150,000 to smaller, closely-held business enterprises. Pawnee Leasing is a U.S. subsidiary of Chesswood Group Limited, a publicly-held specialty financial services company based in Toronto, Canada (TSX:CHW).


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Fueling Your Marketing Campaign with “Micro Moments”
FinTech #102 by Brittney Holcomb 

Micro Moments: a term that has been popping up quite frequently around the Internet these days, especially if you are one who follows the marketing industry. With the shift towards mobile devices for search and advertising, “micro moments” have definitely become a game changer over the last year.

What Are Micro Moments?
Micro Moments are mini events when people turn to their mobile device to complete an action that satisfies one of their desires. Those desires can be anything like wanting to learn something, buy something, do something, or even watch something.

As defined by Google, most “micro moments” can fall under the following categories:

  • I want-to-know
  • I want-to-go
  • I want-to-do
  • I want-to-buy

You may be asking yourself how this applies to the financial industry. For financial companies “micro moments” can be a bit more complex but still have the underlying desire like consumers who are looking for information on purchasing property or entrepreneurs researching what they need to start their business. The questions can also be as simple as ‘ATM near me’.
As mobile users we have become so accustomed to reaching to our smartphones when we want to search for answers. The most important thing for businesses to realize is that they need to be present and able to answer all of the questions of their target audience at the convenience of their mobile device. Businesses need to be able to reach their consumers during these high intent “micro moments,” which requires them to gear their marketing campaigns towards providing real time solutions to the pain points of their consumers.

According to KISSmetrics “40% of mobile smartphones will abandon a website that takes more than 3 seconds to load.”

As a result, financial companies have to create marketing strategies that offer a reliable and simple solution for consumers looking to obtain complex information in a quick manner. How do you portray so many important features of your services to a potential customer whose attention span is about 3 seconds?

This information is exactly what marketers to need base their campaigns on. Keep it simple and to the point. 

Applying Micro Moments to Your Marketing

Studying “micro moments” allows financial companies to build their campaigns for each of their consumers’ desires whether it be looking for products, services, advice, or even some insight.

The most important place to begin is by finding your user’s intent when they sign online:

Are they searching? What are they searching for? Why would they need your help?  How can you be more helpful to them online? What content can you deliver to engage them in a meaningful way?

You can also use different aspects of your marketing campaign satisfy different users “micro moments” as well.

First and foremost, your website needs to be mobile responsive. According to Google,“ 91% look up information on their smartphones while in the middle of a task.” If you’re not optimized on mobile, I would not even consider micro moment marketing, since a majority of searches occur on mobile devices.

Social Media is an avenue that allows business to actively distribute content that is designed to help their consumers, such as ‘How To’ articles.Social media also offers a medium for real time communication between the user and the business. Both social media practices are geared towards solving consumer pain points in creating a micro moment for those who are searching within the ‘I want-to-know’ or the ‘I want-to-do’ moments. 

Falling under the same concept is a content marketing strategy that is centered around creating user focused, keyword focused, and locally focused content that help you gain visibility for the “micro moments” you know are searched frequently, like ‘Starting A Business.’

Knowing that social media and content marketing campaigns can take time to gain traction, pay-per-click advertising can offer a much quicker integration for “micro moment” marketing. Since mobile has really captured the intent behind PPC marketing over the last year, Google Adwords has rolled out numerous different extensions to help businesses take advantage of “micro moment” opportunities including new mobile ad formats, and bid adjustment options for users on mobile devices.

The ultimate goal of any marketing campaign should be to prove to your clients and prospects that you can offer solutions to any of their financial needs at any given time. Providing relevant and high quality information at the fingertips of your prospects will help you start to develop solutions and answers to the micro moments of your audience. 

The future of successful marketing campaigns rests with the strategy of not having the mobile device users turn off from your page in the first three seconds.

Brittney Holcomb is the Director of Paid Search at The Finance Marketing Group. She works exclusively with finance companies and banks to help better develop their business online through digital marketing strategies. Brittney has been trained by some of the top leaders in the industry giving her a vast knowledge she is able to pass along to her client base.


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California Court Refuses to Enforce Forum Selection
Clause Where Application of Other State’s Law Would
Violate Fundamental Policy of California
By Tom McCurnin
Leasing News Legal Editor

California Used to Routinely Enforce These But Has Retreated Where a Fundamental Right or Policy Would Be Compromised

Verdugo v. Alliantgroup, L.P., 237 Cal. App. 4th 141, 150, 187 Cal. Rptr. 3d 613, 621 (2015), 

California used to be the stalwart of liberal enforcement of forum selection clauses. Today’s case demonstrates that equipment lessors may not be able to universally depend on California trial courts enforcing those forum selection clauses where one of the parties claims a fundamental right or policy. The facts follow.

Rachel Verdugo was employed by Alliantgroup in California. Alliantgroup is a Texas corporation providing tax consulting services nationwide. Verdugo signed an employment contract with Alliantgroup as a salesperson in Irvine, California. The agreement had a mandatory forum selection clause for Harris County, Texas. 

Verdugo alleged violation of overtime rules, rest and meal breaks, and hour statements, all of which are notably different in Texas than in California. She sued in Orange County court. The trial court ruled that the forum selection clause should be enforced and ordered that the matter would be dismissed and should be re-filed in Harris County Texas. Verdugo appealed. 

Chief among her complaints was the allegation that Alliantgroup did not pay her overtime, did not provide rest and meal breaks and that her wage statement was grossly inaccurate. Under Texas law, those claims would likely be thrown out. Verdugo then asserted these employment rights are fundamental policies in the State of California and cannot be waived. Thus, she argued that having the matter heard in Texas would be grossly unfair and unreasonable. 

Alliantgroup did not challenge the fact that Verdugo’s claims would be gutted in Texas, and instead focused on whether such employment rights were “fundamental policies.” While, Alliantgroup argued that “most likely” the Texas courts would apply California law, it fell short of stipulating to that treatment. That simply wasn’t enough for the California Court of Appeals. 

The California Court of Appeal held that rights of employees relative to overtime, rest and meal breaks and wage statements are unwaivable by statute and constitute a fundamental policy and right under California law. Moreover, the Court adopted a more recent line of cases that held that mandatory forum selection clauses are not sacrosanct and may be set aside for unfairness or where the result would be unreasonable. 

The Court reversed the trial court and ordered that the matter be restored to the active calendar in the Orange County Superior Court. Employee wins, employer loses, and mandatory forum selection clause was not enforced.

What are the lessons for the equipment lessor here?

• First, every lease has a forum selection clause. Whether they might be enforced in California will depend on whether the legal result in the forum state would be different as compared to a California forum vis-à-vis a fundamental right or policy.

• What is a fundamental right or policy? Sadly, there is no all-encompassing list, but certainly civil rights, usury, and employment law are three that come to mind. If the lessor thinks it can avoid the application of the California lenders law through a choice of law and forum selection clause, the lessor may want to reconsider that conclusion. 

The bottom line to this case is a notable change in the way the California courts enforce mandatory forum selection clauses in the face of fundamental rights or policies.  Lessors should review the clauses and their business activity in California before relying upon such clauses where a fundamental right might exist. 

Verdugo_v_Alliantgroup_LP (15 pages)

Tom McCurnin is a partner at Barton, Klugman & Oetting
in Los Angeles, California.

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It's never taken longer for US businesses
to fill a job opening  (with chart)
By Elena Holodny,

Job openings in the US rose to a record 5.788 million in April.

And it's also taking businesses a record amount of time to fill these openings.

US businesses took an average of 29.3 working days to fill a job opening in April, according to DHI Group's DHI-DFH Mean Vacancy Duration measure.

That's an all-time high, and a solid uptick from March's revised 27.7 days.

DHI bases the number on data from the BLS's Job Openings & Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS). A job is considered to be filled when someone accepts an offer to take an open position.

Generally speaking, economists argue that longer vacancy durations combined with falling unemployment rates suggests that the labor market is tightening.

However, alternatively, it could also be that there's a mismatch between employees' skills and what employers are looking for — which is bad for both parties.

“Vacancy durations continue to lengthen in 2016, despite other indications that labor market tightness has plateaued in recent months,” said Dr. Steven Davis, William H. Abbott Professor of International Business and Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

“The growing length of vacancy durations in a time of modest economic growth suggests that employers have become more selective and cautious in filling their open positions.”


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Canadian Banks Looking for Bank Acquisitions
by Stephen D.A. Clark, Fasken Martineau

Canadian banks have outgrown their local market and are growing via acquisitions in the US and elsewhere. Bank of Montreal’s acquisition last week of Minneapolis-based investment banking firm Greene Holcomb Fisher is just the latest example of this.

Stephen Clark, co-chair of Canadian law firm Fasken Martineau’s financial institutions group, is expecting Canadian banks to continue to look for higher-growth markets in which to expand. “Canada’s big domestic banks are already dominant across Canada, which is a mature market, so they must look outside for growth opportunities,” he says. 

Canadian banks are looking to make acquisitions to expand not only in investment banking, but also in wealth management and, to a lesser degree, retail. “They will be seeking to complement their existing expertise,” Mr. Clark says. 

For instance, in its acquisition of GHF, Bank of Montreal is expanding its M&A capabilities in the US Midwest, where it already has a solid presence through its subsidiary BMO Harris Bank, well-known for its investment banking services. The bank last year also acquired GE’s transportation finance unit.

Last year, Royal Bank of Canada acquired Los Angeles-based City National Corp. for more than $5 billion in a deal that bolstered the Canadian bank’s wealth management business. City National was well known for its high-net worth clients in the entertainment business. 

Toronto-Dominion Bank, Canada’s biggest lender by assets, has been making acquisitions in the US for more than a decade and now operates a bigger retail branch network in the US than in Canada. 

But expansion is likely to also happen outside of the US in markets such as Latin America, Europe and Asia, Mr. Clark says, pointing to the Bank of Nova Scotia, which he says is almost as big in Latin America as it is in Canada. 

Stephen D.A. Clark
Faske Martineau
Toronto, Canada
+1 416 865 4559

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Fernando's View
By Fernando F. Croce

An uproarious satire ("Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping") and a riveting documentary ("Weiner") come to theaters, while new DVDs offer exuberant comedy ("Hail, Caesar!"), bright animation ("Zootopia"), and a master filmmaker's early gem ("Le Amiche").

In Theaters:

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (Universal Pictures): After years of sharpening their satirical talents with "Saturday Night Live" shorts, The Lonely Island comedy trio of Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer hit the big screen with an uproarious mockumentary that's already drawing comparisons to the classic "This Is Spinal Tap." Samberg stars as self-centered musician Conner4Real, who, after leaving behind his childhood friends Owen (Taccone) and Lawrence (Schaffer), embarks on a successful hip-hop career. Egotistically sure that his new album will bring him untold riches, Conner hires a film crew to make a documentary about himself. Of course, things scarcely go as originally planned. With gags popping up at a machine-gun pace, The Lonely Island's film delivers a sharp roasting of the music industry and celebrity silliness in general.

Weiner (Sundance Selects): The increasingly pivotal role that social media plays in the rise and fall of politicians is among the themes in this riveting doc about New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, directed by Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg. Infamous for his Twitter scandal in 2011, Weiner ventured a run in 2013 for mayor only to see the leaking of even more compromising pictures and texts. As the race tightens in the summer heat, the film details its toll on the candidate's private life, from awkward TV appearances to the strain on his marriage. What emerges is a fast-paced and frequently comical portrait of the ego-driven frenzy of politics in the age of Twitter and Facebook, offering a complicated profile of the man at its center. The material could have easily turned into tabloid fodder, but Kriegman and Steinberg keep it captivatingly provocative.

Netflix Tip: More than a legendary heavyweight boxer, Muhammad Ali (1942-2016) was also a civil rights champion and endlessly fascinating personality. So celebrate his life with a pair of cinematic tributes, the thrilling documentary "When We Were Kings" (1996) and Michael Mann's absorbing biopic "Ali" (2001).


Hail, Caesar! (Universal): Returning to exuberant comedy after a couple of acclaimed dramas, the Oscar-winning duo of Joel and Ethan Coen ("No Country for Old Men") craft a gleeful satire of Hollywood intrigue. Set in the early 1950s, the story hinges on Eddie Mannix (Josh Broslin), a studio head of production who doubles as a "fixer," keeping a lid on whatever scandals may affect his stars or filmmakers. That entails dealing with such unruly characters as a smoky starlet (Scarlett Johansson) and a musical hoofer (Channing Tatum), though Mannix faces his biggest challenge when his biggest star (George Clooney) is kidnapped mid-filming. Unfolding at times like a belated sequel to the Coen brothers' earlier "Barton Fink," the film is a half-acidic, half-affectionate portrait of the movie industry that's brimming with in-jokes and splashy set-pieces.

Zootopia (Walt Disney Studios): The makers of “Tangled” and “Wreck-It Ralph” return for another round of quality slapstick in this popular, colorful animated feature. The title refers to a teeming city where mammals of all stripes live and work together, including the film’s main odd-couple protagonists. Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) is the first rabbit to join the police force, and quickly finds her limits tested by Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), a sly fox whose con games come close to breaking the law. When a mystery comes their way, however, the two mismatched characters must team up for the good of their metropolis. The plot may suggest the shadows of film noir, but the movie’s surfaces remain delightfully bright, with a cast of voices that include Idris Elba, Shakira, and J.K. Simmons.

Le Amiche (Criterion): Luxuriant, forbidding despair was Italian master Michelangelo Antonioni's ("L'Avventura") specialty, though there was always a lighter side to his vision, especially in his earlier pictures, that was often overlooked. Case in point: This terrific 1955 drama, which already showcases the director's remarkably fluid camerawork while also revealing an airy buoyancy one doesn't usually associate with him. At the center of this multi-character story is Rosetta (Madeleine Fischer), a troubled young woman who befriends stylish boutique owner Clelia (Eleonora Rossi Drago). When Rosetta's feelings for a married painter (Gabriele Ferzetti) return, however, tensions grow for the group of friends. Gazing back at classical melodrama while also looking ahead to his modernist concerns, Antonioni crafts a marvelous cinematic gem. With subtitles.


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Leasing/Finance Conferences --- 2016


September 16-17, 2016
2016 Eastern Regional Meeting
Cincinnati Airport Marriott
Hebron, KY
Conference Chair:
Rodny Blecha, Precision Leasing



Second Annual Conference
Announcing Our Second Annual 
October 4th - 6th, 2016
Red Rock Casino & Resort
Las Vegas, Nevada

Christopher "Kit" Menkin, Leasing News, will be speaking
at the  “Reporters Viewpoint” panel discussion to address the whole conference about the state of the leasing industry.

Kris Roglieri, Co-Founder of NACLB, says: "I think it would be wise for anybody to attend that provides capital to businesses or brokers capital to businesses. It does not matter what form of capital it is (leasing, working capital, factoring, etc.)...almost 90 percent of brokers and lenders are in the business financing space."

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October 5 – 7
Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile
Chicago, Illinois




October 23 -25th
2016  55th Annual Conference
Palm Desert Springs
Palm Desert, California

Keynote speaker Joe Scarborough will provide timely analysis 
and insight into the upcoming presidential and congressional elections.


October 23 – 26
Las Vegas, Nevada
(75% of exhibit space/sponsorship booked)

October 24-26, 2016
100th Anniversary Annual Meeting
American Financial Services Association
The Breakers Palm Beach
Palm Beach, Florida

Join us for the latest on the political landscape, compliance and regulatory challenges, business trends, and enjoy plenty of networking opportunities.

Sessions will cover the overall industry challenges as well as operational issues relevant to specific market sectors. The final day of the meeting - called Spotlight Compliance - will shine light on the ever changing legal, regulatory and compliance realms that are so important in today's financial businesses.

 AFSA’s 350 members include consumer and commercial finance companies, vehicle finance/leasing companies, mortgage lenders, credit card issuers, industrial banks and industry suppliers. The association was founded in 1916 as the American Association of Small Loan Brokers. The group formed to promote state laws that would make small loans more readily available to average Americans, who had few options at the time to receive small personal loans.


November 11-12, 2016
2016 Western Regional Meeting
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Anaheim-Orange County
Orange, CA



News Briefs---

LEAF Announces Securitization of $350 Million  of Leasing Assets

Will Technology Kill Traditional Small Business Loans?

Fast and Efficient Financial Technology
 Force Big Banks to Evolve or Be Left Behind

LendingClub Stumbles Anew, Delaying Meeting with Investors

11 charts: how falling oil prices have changed the economy
  Data from a Variety of Sources

But why do junior bankers work so hard?

Tesla launches less costly versions of Model S, faces safety probe

WorldProNews Predicts Internet Advertising to Overtake TV Advertising by Next Year

2016 Credit Card Debt Study: Trends & Insights
  Smallest First-Quarter Debt Reduction Since 2008

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Jared Goff, rest of Rams draft picks sign deals

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This Day in American History

       1610 - The first Dutch settlers arrived from New Jersey to colonize Manhattan Island.
    1639 - The first American log cabin at Fort Christina, now Wilmington, Delaware, was erected.  This is the first Swedish settlement in North America and the principal settlement of the New Sweden colony. Built in 1638 and named after Queen Christina, it was located approximately 1 mile east of the present downtown Wilmington, DE, at the confluence of the Brandywine and Christina Rivers, approximately 2 mi upstream from the mouth of the Christina on the Delaware River.
    1652 - In defiance of English colonial law, John Hull, a silversmith, established the first mint in American.  The first coin issued was the Pine Tree Shilling, designed by Hull.
    1752 - It is believed that this was the day Benjamin Franklin narrowly missed electrocution while flying a kite during a thunderstorm to determine if lightning is related to electricity.
    1760 - New York passed the first effective law regulating the practice of medicine
    1776 - The Continental Congress appointed a committee to write a Declaration of Independence.  
    1793 - Washington replaced Philadelphia as the U.S. capital
    1794 - Richard Allen founded the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Philadelphia
    1801 - The North African state of Tripoli declared war on the United States in a dispute over safe passage of merchant vessels through the Mediterranean for refusing to pay tribute. Thus in the Marine's Hymn "…To the shores of Tripoli..."
    1809 – The first U.S. steamboat to a make an ocean voyage left New York for Philadelphia
    1833 - Birthday of Pauline Cushman (1833-97) in New Orleans.  She was an actor and lecturer, and served as spy for the Union cause during the Civil War, even to dressing in Confederate uniforms. She was captured and escaped twice. When captured a third time, she was condemned to death by hanging.   She became ill and her hanging was postponed by Gen. Bragg, who wished to make an example of her, until "she was well enough to be hanged." Before the sentence could be carried out, Union forces drove back Bragg's army and she was set free.
    1847 – The Chicago Tribune was first published.
    1848 - The 1st telegraph link between NYC and Chicago was established.
    1851 - At 2:10 am, before a crowd in Portsmouth Square, John Jenkins, one of the Sydney Ducks of San Francisco, was apprehended for stealing a safe from a merchant's store. He was given a cigar and a glass of brandy, and then lynched by San Franciscan vigilantes. Vigilante Sam Brannan cried, "Every lover of liberty and good order lay hold of the rope!" The denizens of the Sydney-Town quarter of San Francisco's notorious 'Barbary Coast' grew steadily less in number following the hanging.
    1854 - The US Naval Academy held its first graduation.
    1871 - A landing force of 110 U.S. Marines came ashore on Korea's Kangwha Island, a fortress island guarding the approaches to Seoul. The Korean Punitive Expedition was launched from an American fleet, which anchored in the Han River after the isolationist Korean government rejected U.S. diplomatic demands for an explanation of the fate of an American ship and her crew believed killed by the Koreans. In two days of fighting, the Marines and sailors captured the defensive forts on the Island, leaving 243 Koreans dead. Nevertheless, the expedition failed to open Korea to foreign trade.
    1875 - James Augustine Healey (1830-1900) becomes the first African-American Catholic priest and Bishop in the United States.
    1880 – Boston’s Charley Jones‚ last year's home run king with 9‚ hit 2 homers in one inning‚ becoming the first big leaguer to accomplish this feat. Both homers come off Buffalo’s Tom Poorman in the 8th inning of a 19-3 rout. Jones now has league-high 4 homers‚ one more than Fred Dunlap.
    1889 - Birthday of Hattie McDaniel (1889-1952) at Wichita, KS, born to former slaves.   She was the first African-American to win an Academy Award, in 1940, for her role in the 1939 film “Gone with the Wind”. Her career spanned radio and vaudeville in addition to her screen roles in “Judge Priest”, “The Little Colonel”, “Showboat” and “Saratoga”, among others.  She remained active on radio and television in her final years, becoming the first black American to star in her own radio show with the comedy series “Beulah”. She also starred in the television version of the show, replacing Ethel Waters after the first season. (Waters had apparently expressed concerns over stereotypes in the role.) “Beulah” was a hit, however, and earned McDaniel $2,000 a week. But the show was controversial. In 1951, the United States Army ceased broadcasting “Beulah” in Asia because troops complained that the show perpetuated negative stereotypes of black men as shiftless and lazy and interfered with the ability of black troops to perform their mission.  After filming a handful of episodes, however, McDaniel learned she had breast cancer. By the spring of 1952, she was too ill to work.
    1890 – St. Louis (American Association) P Jack Stivetts hit two homers (and struck out 10)‚ the second a grand slam in the top of the 9th‚ off Fred Smith‚ with his team down by 3 runs to win‚ 9 - 8‚ over visiting Toledo. He will later duplicate this batting feat twice‚ making him the first pitcher to achieve this. The only two pitchers to match this achievement are Wes Ferrell (who had 5 such games) and Don Newcombe.
    1892 – The Baltimore Orioles’ C Wilbert Robinson set the Major League record by going 7-for-7 in a 9-inning game.  Robinson was also the first catcher to play directly behind the batter at all times,
    1898 - U.S. Marines landed at Guantánamo Bay.  Spanish colonial rule comes to an end in the Western hemisphere as the US “frees” Cuba.
    1901 - ROSE, GEORGE, Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 28 February 1880, Stamford, Conn. Accredited to: Connecticut. G.O. No.: 55, 19 July 1901. Citation: In the presence of the enemy during the battles at Peking, China, 13, 20, 21 and 22 June 1900. Throughout this period, Rose distinguished himself by meritorious conduct. While stationed as a crewmember of the U.S.S. Newark, he was part of its landing force that went ashore off Taku, China. on 31 May 1900, he was in a party of 6 under John McCloy (MH) which took ammunition from the Newark to Tientsin. On 10 June 1900, he was one of a party that carried dispatches from LaFa to Yongstsum at night. On the 13th he was one of a few who fought off a large force of the enemy saving the Main baggage train from destruction. On the 20th and 21st he was engaged in heavy fighting against the Imperial Army being always in the first rank. On the 22d he showed gallantry in the capture of the Siku Arsenal. He volunteered to go to the nearby village which was occupied by the enemy to secure medical supplies urgently required. The party brought back the supplies carried by newly taken prisoners.
    1902 - A lease and a window envelope:  Americus F. Callahan of Chicago, IL received a patent for an envelope with a window.  It was first manufactured in July, 1902, by the U.S. Envelope Company of Springfield, MA, which had leased the patent.
    1903 - Binney & Smith Company began developing a product line of wax crayons. The product was named Crayola.
    1907 - Birthday of Dicky Wells, born William Wells (1907-85) in Centerville, TN.  He was the featured trombone player with Count Basie.  “Dickey's Dream.”
    1909 - The SOS distress signal was used for the first time. The Cunard liner SS Slavonia used the signal when it wrecked off the Azores.
    1910 - Birthday of guitarist/harmonicist Howlin' Wolf, born Chester Arthur Burnett (1910-76) in West Point, MS.  He was one of the most influential musicians of the post-Second World War era and his blues helped shape rock 'n' roll. Howlin' Wolf had his first R'n'B hit, "Moanin' at Midnight," in 1951. The next year, he moved to Chicago, where he recorded a string of classic sides for Chess Records. Among them were "Sitting on Top of the World," "Spoonful," "Smokestack Lightnin'," and "Little Red Rooster." His hits, many of them written by Willie Dixon, have been covered by countless rock artists, such as the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin.  Wolf appeared frequently at blues and rock festivals in the 1960's and '70s. He died in 1976 of complications from kidney disease.
    1918 - The Boston Braves’ Dick Rudolph fired the second one-hitter in two days‚ beating the visiting Cincinnati Reds‚ 3 - 0.
    1919 - Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan became the first states to ratify the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would remove the barriers to women voting in the U.S.   Women had been voters in several states in colonial days, but in the 1787 at the U. S. Constitutional Convention (built on the precept that all men are created equal), the right to qualify voters was placed in the hands of the states that had already deemed women unqualified to vote. The one exception was New Jersey, which fell into line in 1807.   It wasn't until Carrie Chapman Catt devised "The Plan" in 1916 - to fight for the vote nationally while continuing the state-by-state march - that the first recognition came that only the federal government could or would guarantee women's rights on a permanent basis.
    1920 - The Republican convention in Chicago endorsed woman suffrage.
    1921 - Yankee slugger Babe Ruth hits his 120th career home run, off Indian pitcher Jim Bagby, to become baseball's career home run leader. It is a position the 'Sultan of Swat' will hold until Hank Aaron hits number 715 in 1974.
    1922 - Birthday of Judy Garland (1922-69), American actress and singer, born Frances Ethel Gumm at Grand Rapids, MN. While Garland played in many films and toured widely as a singer and great entertainer, her greatest triumph came in 1939 with the film "The Wizard of Oz," which introduced the never-to-be forgotten song "Over the Rainbow." Garland's recording of the tune sold over a million copies which was ranked as the number one movie song of all time in the American Film Institute's "100 Years...100 Songs" list. She was given a special Academy Award in 1939 for her outstanding performances as a screen juvenile. Her other big musical films included "Meet Me in St. Louis," "Easter Parade" and "A Star Is Born." Garland suffered a nervous collapse in 1950, but was able to resume her career the following year.
    1923 - Paul Brunelle (1923-94), one of the first country and western singers in Quebec, was born in Granby. He performed both in French and English and had been compared to Ernest Tubb. Brunelle has recorded more than 100 singles and more than 40 albums.
    1924 - The Republican National Convention was broadcast by NBC radio. It was the first political convention to be on radio.
    1925 - Tennessee adopted a new biology text book that denied the theory of evolution.
    1933 - Golfer Johnny Goodman defeated Ralph Guldahl by one shot at North Shore Golf Club in Glenview, IL, to become the last amateur to win the US Open championship.
    1935 - On this day in Akron, Ohio, Dr. Robert Smith completed his
first day of permanent sobriety.  “Doctor Bob” and William G. Wilson are considered to have founded Alcoholics Anonymous on that date.  It is considered the first step to be the hardest, to admit you have a problem.  The twelve steps are used often, not necessarily like a ladder, and it is common for relapses, thus the reason to alcoholics to attend meetings; a sponsor is also recommended.
    1940 - Erskine Hawkins records “After Hours” (Bluebird 10879)   
    1941 - Shirley Alston Reeves, lead singer of The Shirelles, was born Shirley Owens in Henderson, NC.  The Shirelles consisted of classmates of her from Passaic, NJ High School: Addie “Micki” Harris, Doris Kenner Jackson, and Beverly Lee.  They were one of the wildly successful groups of the early 1960s and their hits included:  “Tonight’s the Night,” “Mama Said,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?,” “Dedicated to the One I Love,” “Baby, It’s You,” “Soldier Boy,” “Foolish Little Girl.”
    1943 - Hungarian Laszlo Biro patented the bail-point pen, which he had been developing since the 1930s. He was living at Argentina, where he had gone to escape the Nazis. In many languages, the word for ball-point pen is ‘biro.' He lost his patent rights during the war.
    1944 - For trivia buffs: with baseball's playing ranks depleted by World War II, Joe Nuxhall became the youngest person ever to play in a Major League game.  Nuxhall pitched 2/3 of an inning for the Cincinnati Reds in an 18-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. Nuxhall was 15 years, 10 months and 11 days old.
    1944 - *DEFRANZO, ARTHUR F., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, 1st Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Vaubadon, France, 10 June 1944. Entered service at: Saugus, Mass. Birth: Saugus, Mass. G.O. No.: 1, 4 January 1945. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life, above and beyond the call of duty, on 10 June 1944, near Vaubadon, France. As scouts were advancing across an open field, the enemy suddenly opened fire with several machineguns and hit 1 of the men. S/Sgt. DeFranzo courageously moved out in the open to the aid of the wounded scout and was himself wounded but brought the man to safety. Refusing aid, S/Sgt. DeFranzo reentered the open field and led the advance upon the enemy. There were always at least 2 machineguns bringing unrelenting fire upon him, but S/Sgt. DeFranzo kept going forward, firing into the enemy and 1 by 1 the enemy emplacements became silent. While advancing he was again wounded, but continued on until he was within 100 yards of the enemy position and even as he fell, he kept firing his rifle and waving his men forward. When his company came up behind him, S/Sgt. DeFranzo, despite his many severe wounds, suddenly raised himself and once more moved forward in the lead of his men until he was again hit by enemy fire. In a final gesture of indomitable courage, he threw several grenades at the enemy machinegun position and completely destroyed the gun. In this action, S/Sgt. DeFranzo lost his life, but by bearing the brunt of the enemy fire in leading the attack, he prevented a delay in the assault which would have been of considerable benefit to the foe, and he made possible his company's advance with a minimum of casualties. The extraordinary heroism and magnificent devotion to duty displayed by S/Sgt. DeFranzo was a great inspiration to all about him, and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the armed forces.
    1944 - EHLERS, WALTER D., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, 18th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. Place and dare: Near Goville, France, 9-10 June 1944. Entered service at: Manhattan, Kans. Birth: Junction City, Kans. G.O. No.: 91, 19 December 1944. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 9-10 June 1944, near Goville, France. S/Sgt. Ehlers, always acting as the spearhead of the attack, repeatedly led his men against heavily defended enemy strong points exposing himself to deadly hostile fire whenever the situation required heroic and courageous leadership. Without waiting for an order, S/Sgt. Ehlers, far ahead of his men, led his squad against a strongly defended enemy strong point, personally killing 4 of an enemy patrol who attacked him en route. Then crawling forward under withering machinegun fire, he pounced upon the gun crew and put it out of action. Turning his attention to 2 mortars protected by the crossfire of 2 machineguns, S/Sgt. Ehlers led his men through this hail of bullets to kill or put to flight the enemy of the mortar section, killing 3 men himself. After mopping up the mortar positions, he again advanced on a machinegun, his progress effectively covered by his squad. When he was almost on top of the gun he leaped to his feet and, although greatly outnumbered, he knocked out the position single-handed. The next day, having advanced deep into enemy territory, the platoon of which S/Sgt. Ehlers was a member, finding itself in an untenable position as the enemy brought increased mortar, machinegun, and small arms fire to bear on it, was ordered to withdraw. S/Sgt. Ehlers, after his squad had covered the withdrawal of the remainder of the platoon, stood up and by continuous fire at the semicircle of enemy placements, diverted the bulk of the heavy hostile fire on himself, thus permitting the members of his own squad to withdraw. At this point, though wounded himself, he carried his wounded automatic rifleman to safety and then returned fearlessly over the shell-swept field to retrieve the automatic rifle which he was unable to carry previously. After having his wound treated, he refused to be evacuated, and returned to lead his squad. The intrepid leadership, indomitable courage, and fearless aggressiveness displayed by S/Sgt. Ehlers in the face of overwhelming enemy forces serve as an inspiration to others.
    1945 - Top Hits
“Sentimental Journey” - The Les Brown Orchestra (vocal: Doris Day)
“Dream” - The Pied Pipers
“Laura” - The Woody Herman Orchestra
“At Mail Call Today” - Gene Autry
    1946 - Dizzy Gillespie's big band records Tadd Dameron's “Our Delight”
    1951 - *ABRELL, CHARLES G., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, Company E, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.). Place and date: Hangnyong, Korea, 10 June 1951. Entered service at: Terre Haute, Ind. Born: 12 August 1931, Terre Haute, Ind. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a fire team leader in Company E, in action against enemy aggressor forces. While advancing with his platoon in an attack against well-concealed and heavily fortified enemy hill positions, Cpl. Abrell voluntarily rushed forward through the assaulting squad which was pinned down by a hail of intense and accurate automatic-weapons fire from a hostile bunker situated on commanding ground. Although previously wounded by enemy hand grenade fragments, he proceeded to carry out a bold, single-handed attack against the bunker, exhorting his comrades to follow him. Sustaining 2 additional wounds as he stormed toward the emplacement, he resolutely pulled the pin from a grenade clutched in his hand and hurled himself bodily into the bunker with the live missile still in his grasp. Fatally wounded in the resulting explosion which killed the entire enemy gun crew within the stronghold, Cpl. Abrell, by his valiant spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of certain death, served to inspire all his comrades and contributed directly to the success of his platoon in attaining its objective. His superb courage and heroic initiative sustain and enhance the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
    1953 - Top Hits
“Song from Moulin Rouge” - The Percy Faith Orchestra
“April in Portugal” - The Les Baxter Orchestra
“Pretend” - Nat King Cole
“Take These Chains from My Heart” - Hank Williams
    1954 - General Motors announced it had logged 2,000 miles on a gas-turbine bus.  The engine used a single burner and two turbine wheels, one to drive the centrifugal compressor, the other to drive a transmission that was connected to the rear wheels of the bus.
    1957 - A dust devil at North Yarmouth, ME, lifted a 600 to 1000 pound chicken shelter into the air and carried it 25 feet. It landed upright with only slight damage. It is unknown whether any eggs were scrambled.
    1958 - Elvis Presley uses his first weekend furlough from the US Army to record "A Fool Such As I," "I Got Stung" and "A Big Hunk Of Love" at RCA's Nashville studios.
    1958 - A woman was sucked through the window of her home in El Dorado, KS, by a powerful tornado, and was carried sixty feet away. Beside her was found a broken phonograph record entitled "Stormy Weather"
    1959 - The Cleveland Indians’ Rocky Colavito hit four consecutive homers at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium in Cleveland's 11 - 8 victory over the O’s.
    1961 - Top Hits
“Running Scared” - Roy Orbison
“Moody River” - Pat Boone
“Stand by Me” - Ben E. King
“Hello Walls” - Faron Young
    1963 - The Equal Pay Act of 1963 became law when signed by President Kennedy as part of The New Frontier.  This ban on sex discrimination in wages was “to prohibit discrimination on account of sex in the payment of wages by employers engaged in commerce or in the production of goods for commerce.”  According to recent statistics, equal pay is still not a reality, but has come further than it was over fifty years ago.
    1964 - The Rolling Stones meet two of their idols during a recording session as they run into bluesmen Willie Dixon and Muddy Waters at Chicago's Chess studios.
    1965 - *SHIELDS, MARVIN G., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Construction Mechanic Third Class, U.S. Navy, Seabee Team 1104. Place and date: Dong Xoai, Republic of Vietnam, 10 June 1965. Entered service at: Seattle, Wash. Born: 30 December 1939, Port Townsend, Wash. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Although wounded when the compound of Detachment A342, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, came under intense fire from an estimated reinforced Viet Cong regiment employing machineguns, heavy weapons and small arms, Shields continued to resupply his fellow Americans who needed ammunition and to return the enemy fire for a period of approximately 3 hours, at which time the Viet Cong launched a massive attack at close range with flame-throwers, hand grenades and small-arms fire. Wounded a second time during this attack, Shields nevertheless assisted in carrying a more critically wounded man to safety, and then resumed firing at the enemy for 4 more hours. When the commander asked for a volunteer to accompany him in an attempt to knock out an enemy machinegun emplacement which was endangering the lives of all personnel in the compound because of the accuracy of its fire, Shields unhesitatingly volunteered for this extremely hazardous mission. Proceeding toward their objective with a 3.5-inch rocket launcher, they succeeded in destroying the enemy machinegun emplacement, thus undoubtedly saving the lives of many of their fellow servicemen in the compound. Shields was mortally wounded by hostile fire while returning to his defensive position. His heroic initiative and great personal valor in the face of intense enemy fire sustain and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.
    1966 - In San Francisco, the IRS tells Sierra Club it will lose its tax deductible status if it keeps taking such political stands. Membership increases three-fold in the next 4 years.
    1966 - In San Francisco,  the Jefferson Airplane, Great Society, The Heavenly Blues Band @ Fillmore Auditorium
Artist: Wes Wilson
    1966 - The first use of reversed tape was heard in the song "Rain" (or "niaR") by The Beatles. The tune was the ‘B' side of "Paperback Writer". The technique was discovered and refined by John Lennon -- by accident. It was used in several other songs by the group.
    1967 - Stevie Wonder's "I Was Made to Love Her" is released in the US, where it would climb to #2.
    1967 - Israel and Syria agreed to a cease-fire that ended the Six-Day War.
    1969 - Top Hits
“Get Back” - The Beatles
“Love (Can Make You Happy)” - Mercy
“Grazing in the Grass” - The Friends of Distinction
“Singing My Song” - Tammy Wynette    
    1970 - A fifteen-man group of US special forces troops began training for Operation Kingpin. The operation was a POW rescue mission in North Vietnam.
    1972 - Passing Willie Mays into second place on the career home run list, Hank Aaron hits his 649th round tripper. The historic homer is 'Hammerin Hank's' 14th grand slam tying Gil Hodges' National League record.
    1972 - Sammy Davis, Jr. earned his place at the top of the popular music charts for the first time, after years in the entertainment business. His number one song, "The Candy Man," stayed at the top for three consecutive weeks.  The story behind the song:  Davis didn't like it because of the double meaning of “drugs.”  Mike Curb of MGM, later Lt. Governor of California, convinced him to record it, as MGM was going to use the song in the theme of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”  As a favor, Sammy Davis said he would record the song, but only “one take and that's it.” His pal Frank Sinatra was known to do this, too: “one take.” Sure enough, in that one-time recording, Sammy nailed it. "The Candy Man" stayed on the pop charts for 16 weeks. The best the legendary performer had done before was 12 weeks for "Love Me or Leave Me" in 1955 and 11 weeks for "I've Gotta Be Me" (from "Golden Rainbow") in 1969. After "The Candy Man" became a hit, Davis included it in his stage shows and concerts.
    1974 - The Who begins a four day stint at Madison Square Garden. Tickets sold out in 60 hours -- a full two months before the concerts.
    1974 – At the Astrodome in Houston, Phillies’ 3B Mike Schmidt hit a ball off the public address speaker hanging from the roof‚ 117 feet up and 300 feet from the plate. Schmidt must settle for a titanic single.
    1975 – The Yankees, playing at Shea Stadium while Yankee Stadium was being refurbished, sponsor Army Day. During a ceremonial 21-gun salute‚ glass splintered‚ the park filled with smoke‚ part of the fence blew away‚ and another part was set afire.
    1976 - Paul McCartney and Wings set a record for an indoor concert crowd as 67,100 fans gathered in Seattle, WA to hear the former Beatle and his new group.
    1977 - Top Hits
“Sir Duke” - Stevie Wonder
“I'm Your Boogie Man” - KC & The Sunshine Band
“Dreams” - Fleetwood Mac
“Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)” - Waylon Jennings
    1977 - Al Geiberger of California shot a 59 in the second round of the Danny Thomas Memphis Open at the Colonial Country course, Memphis, TN, becoming the first golfer to break 60 in a professional tournament.  His score was 273 and he won $40,000.
    1977 - Lucy Harris of Delta State became the first woman basketball player selected in the NBA draft.  She was selected in the seventh round by the New Orleans Jazz but chose not to try out for the team.
    1978 - Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta teamed up to take "You're The One That I Want" to the top of the Billboard chart. In the UK, the record would be number one for nine weeks.
    1978 - Joe Walsh's "Life's Been Good" is released. It would become his highest charting solo single, reaching #12.
    1978 - Affirmed, ridden by Steve Cauthen, won the Belmont Stakes to become the 11th horse to win the Triple Crown, in one of racing's greatest two-horse competitions.  Affirmed edged Alydor in all three Triple Crown races.  Affirmed was the last horse to win the Triple Crown until American Pharaoh did so in 2015.
    1981 - The Phillies’ Pete Rose singled in the 1st inning off Nolan Ryan tying him with Stan Musial for the most hits in NL history, 3,630.
    1984 - The United States and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations for the first time in 117 years.
    1985 - Top Hits
“Everybody Wants to Rule the World” - Tears for Fears
“Suddenly” - Billy Ocean
“Things Can Only Get Better” - Howard Jones
“Natural High” - Merle Haggard
    1988 - Three dozen cities, mostly in the eastern U.S., reported record low temperatures for the date, including Elkins, WV, with a reading of 33 degrees. Unseasonably hot weather continued in the Northern High Plains Region. The record high of 105 degrees at Williston, ND, was their seventh in eight days.
    1995 – Orioles’ 3B Jeff Manto, who collected four HRs in his first three years in the Majors, homered in his fourth consecutive at-bat. In all, he homered five times in six at-bats in three games during his power outburst.
    1996 - The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Florida Panthers in a 1-0 triple overtime game, giving them a four-game sweep for the Stanley Cup. The 1995–96 Cup was the first major professional championship won by a Denver team and the Avalanche are the only team in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup their first season after a relocation
    1998 - The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that poor children in Milwaukee could attend religious schools at taxpayer expense.
    2002 - In front of 45,698 fans at Yankee Stadium, Marcus Thames becomes the 17th player in history to hit a home run on the first pitch he sees in the major leagues. The New York rookie, who hit his two-run dinger off four-time Cy Young winner Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson, joins John Miller (1966) as only the second Yankee to homer in his first at-bat.
    2005 – For the first time in Major League history, the game featured three 500 HR hitters:  Ken Griffey, Jr., Sammy Sosa and Rafael Palmiero as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Cincinnati Reds, 4-3.
    2014 - Donald Sterling, the owner of the L.A. Clippers who was banned from the NBA after racist remarks, has changed his mind on allowing sale of the team to Microsoft ex-CEO Steve Balmer by his wife, Shelly; instead, Sterling has revived his $1 billion lawsuit against the NBA.  In April, 2014, Sterling was banned from the NBA for life and fined $2.5 million by the league. The NBA Board of Governors approved the sale of the Clippers to Ballmer on August 12, 2014.
    2005 - Paul Anka, who lists his residences as both Beverly Hills and Ottawa, was named an Officer of the Order of Canada by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson in a glittering ceremony in Ottawa.
    2014 - Reports of delays at U.S. Veterans Administration facilities has created temporary unity in Congress as lawmakers seek to address the scandal; thousands of veterans have waited at least three months to see a doctor; many have never been seen at all

Stanley Cup Champions

    1996 - Colorado Avalanche



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