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Friday, March 27, 2020

Today's Leasing News Headlines

Latest Update on Rosanne Wilson, CLFP
   In Recovery, Not out of Rehab
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
   and Related Industries
Ally Doubles up for Carvana,
   Making Up to $2 Billion Available
Russ Wilder Passes on These Tips:
  Planning Your Next Wine Tour Made Easy
   Looking at the map for some weekend travel ideas
Covid-19 Has Forced 1.4 Billion Students to
   Stay Home; Country-Wide Illustration
Federal agencies encourage banks, savings associations
   and credit unions to offer responsible small-dollar loans
      to consumers and small businesses affected by COVID-19
Equipment Finance Leader, NFS Leasing, Inc. Provides
   Critically Needed Funding to Gravity Diagnostics
      for COVID-19 Testing
At Long Lasrt Love/1941/Heaven's Gate/Ishtar/
   The Bonfire of Vanities/at Home Cinematic Suggestions
      Another Look by Leasing News Reviewer Fernando Croce
Labrador Retriever + Brittany Spaniel Mix
   Portland, Oregon  Adopt-a-Dog
“In the middle of every difficulty lay opportunity.”
   Kris Roglieri, National Alliance of Commercial Loan Brokers
News Briefs---
USA now has more coronavirus cases
   than either China or Italy
More Than 3 Million Americans Lost Their Jobs Last Week.
 See Your State
Coronavirus: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio says at least
    half a million New Yorkers will be unemployed
States shouldn’t fight over coronavirus equipment,
   Gavin Newsom says. Should Trump take charge?
California coronavirus prevention measures could last
   another 12 weeks, Gov. Gavin Newsom says
READ: President Trump's Letter to Governors
  On New Coronavirus Guidelines
Fauci: 'You don't make the timeline,
  the virus makes the timeline' on relaxing public health measures
James Dyson designed a new ventilator in 10 days.
   He's making 15,000 for the pandemic fight
Napa Valley Distillery makes free hand sanitizer
    to help prevent spread of COVID-19
Newest shortage in New York:
  The city is running out of dogs to adopt
Cannabis sales hit new highs in US and Canada
  Stockpiling for long spells of isolation
G.M. Suspends Production Indefinitely
   and Cuts Paychecks: Live Updates
FBI Shuts Down Hacker Platform,
  Arrests Russian Administrator in NYC
No Patch for VPN Bypass Flaw
    Discovered in iOS

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Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months (Be Careful of Doing Business)
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Business Interruption insurance coverage:
  Why it is unlikely to provide coverage to small (or large)
   business customers for coronavirus
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Latest Update on Rosanne Wilson, CLFP
In Recovery, Not out of Rehab

Her husband Richard reports, "So far she has all her Office here at home. She is still in Rehab Center until next month, and then I am hoping that she will get home health care, That is what is planned, She is now sitting in a wheel chair for 30 to 40 minutes at meal time. She still cannot walk yet, but she is getting her strength back. I don’t get to see her at all because of the lock down, until she is at home she will be at rehab until they release her."


Rosanne was in the hospital through December, then into rehab.  Her husband explained in December what had happened:

"She had a small intestine perforate while we were camping in Sept. She had fluid leak to all parts of her body and had a kidney failure as well. While in ICU, she developed a bed sore that spread to 10 inches to 5 inches deep. She will have to have plastic surgery for that when it heals and she cannot walk or use her arms well yet; walking will take about 1 year.  She can speak, though, but can’t use the computer to email anyone yet, so I am trying to keep people informed on her condition. It will be over 1 year before she really can do much."

Only photo Leasing News has of Vietnam Veteran Richard Wilson with Rosanne, on the road to recovering via the Portland Veterans Administration in August, 2013.

For readers who don't know about Rosanne, a longtime friend and membership chairman as well and director of National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers (now American Association of Commercial Finance Brokers:

Leasing News Biography Rosanne Wilson, CLFP



New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries


Colleen Daly-Tinkham was hired as Chief Marketing Officer, American Leasing Insurance, Sunderland, Massachusetts. She is located in Providence, Rhode Island. "(She)...will expand and focus ALI’s marketing efforts to small-ticket equipment and vehicle leasing and financing companies and their brokers and vendors and small-business customers...will report directly to ALI President Steve Dinkelaker, who remarks “We’re very pleased to welcome Colleen to ALI. Her proven marketing expertise in the equipment finance industry makes her a strategic asset to help us leverage new channels to engage with clients and prospects. This will enable ALI to continue to grow as a valuable resource for the equipment finance industry, fulfilling our commitment to protect clients and their customers in challenging times.”  Previously she was Marketing Consultant, Susan Carol Creative (September, 2019 - February, 2020); Vice President of Marketing, Key Equipment Finance (November, 2004 - June, 2019); American Express Business Finance (2000 - 2004); Director of Marketing, American Express (2000 - 2004).  Volunteer: Chair, Communications Committee, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association.  Member Editorial Board, Monitor. "(She) an active member of American Association of Commercial Finance Brokers, Equipment Leasing and Finance Associations, National Equipment Finance Association."  PAL, Horizons for Homeless children (August, 2000 - August, 2017).  Advancement Committee, Books Are Wings (June, 2019 -Present). Education: University of New Hampshire. BS, Business Administration/Marketing.

Stewart Grant was hired as Senior Account Executive, CHG-MERIDIAN, Toronto, Canada.  He previously was Regional Financial Service Manager, Ritchie Brothers Financial Services, Canada (March, 2004 - March, 2017); Program Director, CIT (September, 2002 - November, 2004); Director and National Accounts Sales Manager, GE Capital Fleet Services (March, 2000 - October, 2002); National Sales Manager, CNH Capital (1996 - 2000). Education: McMaster University, BA, Economics, Geography (1984 - 1988).  Activities and Societies: Varsity Rugby.  University of Guelph.

Justin Naumann was hired as Regional Vice President, Somerset Capital Group, Milford, Connecticut.  He is located in Hoboken, New Jersey. Previously, he was Vice President of Sales, Dext Capital (July, 2019 - March, 2020); Regional Vice President, First Finance Corporate Services (January, 2007 - June, 2019).  Education: The University of Connecticut. BS, Business and Psychology. (2000 - 2004). Bachelors Degree in Psychology with Minor in Business Management.

Anthony J. Salm was hired as Executive Vice President of Sales, Sertant Capital LLC, New York, New York. His company, Lexant Capital Corpora tin and Team Hat, Cleveland, Ohio, where he served as Managing Partner starting January, 2018, has joined Sertant Capital.  Previously, he was Senior Managing Director, Co-Founder, Iron City Capital Funding, LLC (March, 2016 - December, 2017); Managing Director, Patriot Equipment Finance (July, 2011 - December, 2014); Senior Vice President, CG Commercial Finance (July 2014 – December 2014); Regional V.P. Ohio Operations, First National Capital (January 2005 – July 2011); Regional Sales Manager, Tokia Bank (1994 – 1996). Education: Cornell University Financial Management Certification (2014 – 2014); Ashington University, Executive MBA Studies, Strategic Market Management (2003 – 2004). Concordia College, Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.). Northern Michigan University, Business Administration and Management, General. Activities and Societies: Varsity Wrestling Team, Scholarship. General. St. Edward High School, June, 1986 (College Preparatory).

Mark J. Simshauser was hired as Senior Origination Leader, Hitachi Business Finance, Hitachi Capital America Corporation, Norwalk, Connecticut. He is located in the New York region.  Previously, he was Senior Vice President, Northeast U.S., California Bank of Commerce/CBC Business Credit (May, 2019 - February, 2020); Northeast Regional Manager, Triumph Commercial Finance (TBK Bank) December, 2014 - May, 2019); Vice President, Crestmark Bank (February, 2014 - December, 2014); Vice President, TAB Bank (December, 2010 - February, 2014); Senior Director, Greystone Business Credit, II, L.L.C. (January, 2007 - November, 2011).


Ally Doubles up for Carvana,
Making Up to $2 Billion Available

Carvana's car vending machine in Philadelphia

Ally Financial is making sure Carvana has liquidity to keep its online vehicle retailing machine in motion no matter the challenges the coronavirus pandemic is presenting the industry.

Late on Tuesday, Carvana announced a significant increase and extension of its current loan purchase program with Ally Financial, highlighting the deep relationship that has been built between the two companies over the past six years.

According to a news release, Ally will provide up to $2.0 billion of capacity for the purchase of finance receivables over the next 12 months and broaden the set of customers covered by the agreement.

The move nearly doubles the most recent financial pledge Ally made to Carvana.

Carvana Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ernie Garcia, III, said, “This commitment from Ally puts Carvana in a strong position to provide our customers fair, simple financing in this time when so many need it.”

Back in November 2018, Ally also announced funding to support retail contracts from and inventory needs of Carvana. At that time, the commitment was up to $2.3 billion in over the next 12 months.

Doug Timmerman, President of Auto Finance for Ally, commented, “As we work through the current business challenges facing the auto industry, the Ally team remains unwavering in its focus on finding the best solutions to help our dealer customers.

“We’re pleased to have the expertise and agility to deliver a financing agreement that supports Carvana’s innovative, digital consumer experience,” Timmerman added.

By Auto Fin Journal Staff


Russ Wilder Passes on These Tips:



UNESCO has reported that close to 1.4 billion students are being kept out of schools and universities due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The following infographic shows the scale of the educational disruption with governments all over the world ordering learners to stay at home in a bid to slow the spread of the disease. As of March 23, 2020, 138 countries had ordered national school closures while many more had localized closures.

By Niall McCarthy, Statista



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

Federal agencies encourage banks, savings associations
and credit unions to offer responsible small-dollar loans
to consumers and small businesses affected by COVID-19

Five federal financial regulatory agencies today issued a joint statement encouraging banks, savings associations and credit unions to offer responsible small-dollar loans to consumers and small businesses in response to COVID-19.

The statement of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, National Credit Union Administration, and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency recognizes that responsible small-dollar loans can play an important role in meeting customers' credit needs because of temporary cash-flow imbalances, unexpected expenses, or income disruptions during periods of economic stress or disaster recoveries. Such loans can be offered through a variety of structures including open-end lines of credit, closed-end installment loans, or appropriately structured single payment loans.

The agencies state that loans should be offered in a manner that provides fair treatment of consumers, complies with applicable laws and regulations, and is consistent with safe and sound practices.

For borrowers who experience unexpected circumstances and cannot repay a loan as structured, banks, savings associations and credit unions are further encouraged to consider workout strategies designed to help borrowers to repay the principal of the loan while mitigating the need to re-borrow.

This statement follows other actions taken by the agencies to encourage financial institutions to meet the financial services needs of their customers and members who have been affected by COVID-19. For example, the federal banking agencies issued a joint statement on March 19 informing institutions that the agencies will favorably consider retail banking and lending activities that meet the needs of affected low- and moderate-income individuals, small businesses, and small farms for Community Reinvestment Act purposes, that are consistent with safe and sound banking practices and applicable laws, including consumer protection laws.

In addition to today's statement, the agencies are working on future guidance and lending principles for responsible small-dollar loans to facilitate the ability of banks, credit unions, and saving associations to more effectively meet the ongoing credit needs of their customers, members, and communities.

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
National Credit Union Administration
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

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Equipment Finance Leader, NFS Leasing, Inc. Provides
Critically Needed Funding to Gravity Diagnostics
 for COVID-19 Testing

NFS Leasing Inc. a Beverly, Massachusetts leader in equipment finance has partnered with Gravity Diagnostics, a state-of-the-art CLIA laboratory providing innovative laboratory services including testing of COVID-19. NFS Leasing has financed a total of $2.2MM to date for Gravity Diagnostics.

As the outbreak of COVID-19 has rapidly spread across the world and into the U.S., so has the discussion on COVID-19 testing availability, including materials and equipment to support that testing.

Tony Remington, CEO of Gravity Diagnostics, said, "Different people and businesses have different roles to play in a crisis such as COVID-19. For Gravity that role is to assist in ensuring that Americans have rapid testing and results, as ordered by a licensed clinician.

 "In the past we have partnered with NFS Leasing to help fuel our growth. This time we specifically needed NFS to quickly help finance Thermo Fisher systems that enable testing for COVID-19. Once again, NFS helped us find a finance solution fast."

David DePamphilis, Executive Vice President Sales at NFS Leasing, commented, "These are obviously unprecedented times for many businesses and when we heard Gravity’s story and its urgent need for equipment finance to meet testing demands, we took immediate action to get it done quickly.

 "As a story lender, we listen to customers that are in unique situations and in need of critical equipment finance, every day. Supporting Gravity in this particular situation is something the NFS Team is extremely proud of. We hope that this equipment will help facilitate the additional and much needed testing of potential COVID-19 patients."

To contact NFS Leasing, Inc. for a custom finance solution, visit their website here:


NFS Leasing is a privately held North American leader in Equipment Finance with more than 18 years’ experience. NFS provides solutions supporting businesses and organizations with challenged credit including early stage, start-up & pre-revenue, financially distressed companies and turn-arounds. NFS uses its own balance sheet capital and provides fast flexible credit decisions. Since 2001, NFS Leasing is proud to have created thousands of jobs and infused almost $1,000,000,000 of capital into credit challenged firms, a segment of the economy that struggles to secure critically needed financing. Contact us today and tell us your story.

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Fernando's View
By Fernando F. Croce

For our new column Watch at Home, we are offering cinematic suggestions with a new theme every week. We kick things off with movies that are much better than their critical reputations suggest. Enjoy, and stay safe!

At Long Last Love (Peter Bogdanovich, 1975): Following a string of critical and popular successes in the early 1970s, director Peter Bogdanovich (“The Last Picture Show”) offered his most daring genre experiment yet with this recreation of musicals from the 1930s. The plot is a roundelay of New York swells repeatedly pairing up and breaking up: There’s bored millionaire Michael Oliver Pritchard (Burt Reynolds), capricious heiress Brooke Carter (Cybill Shepherd), cheerful gambler Johnny Spanish (Duilio Del Prete), and tippling stage star Kitty O’Kelly (Madeline Kahn). As their flings grow from fickle to serious, the characters express their feelings via Cole Porter songs—one of the reasons this lavish and exhilarating comedy, modeled after the stylized romps of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, originally failed to find an audience.

1941 (Steven Spielberg, 1979): Not even Steven Spielberg, New Hollywood’s blockbuster wunderkind, is immune to scathing reviews once and in a while. So it went with this exuberant jamboree set in California in the wake of Pearl Harbor, when citizens were living in fear of a Japanese invasion. The crazy-quilt plot follows a wide array of characters, ranging from a gung-ho pilot (John Belushi) to a frazzled family man (Ned Beatty), from submarine officers (Toshiro Mifune) to generals getting misty-eyed over Disney movies (Robert Stack). Taking great joy in lampooning wartime anxiety and stereotypes and staging go-for-broke set pieces, Spielberg keeps the fireworks coming. It may have proven to be too exhausting for viewers at the time, but the film’s endless creativity becomes more dazzling with each passing year.

Heaven’s Gate (Michael Cimino, 1980): Hot off the Oscar-winning blockbuster “The Deer Hunter,” director Michael Cimino went all in with this wildly ambitious Western, a production so costly that it reportedly caused the collapse of its studio. Budget aside, however, the resulting film remains a misunderstood masterpiece, a visually gorgeous and politically bold work that pulses with passion. Set in Wyoming during the late 19th-century, it deals with a dark chapter in American history (the government-sanctioned slaughter of immigrant settlers) by focusing on a romantic triangle. At the center is Ella (Isabelle Huppert), a French madam torn between the loves of two very different men—disillusioned marshal Averill (Kris Kristofferson) and deadly enforcer Champion (Christopher Walken). Long and demanding, Cimino’s film is also an overwhelming, unforgettable experience.

Ishtar (Elaine May, 1987): With films like “A New Leaf,” “The Heartbreak Kid” and “Mikey and Nicky,” Elaine May distinguished herself as an exceptional writer-director during the 1970s. Her directorial career came to a screeching halt in 1987, however, with the notorious failure of this fascinating mix of comedy and adventure. Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty star as Chuck Clarke and Lyle Rogers, luckless songwriters who try to get away from their dead-end lounge act by taking up an offer to play in Morocco. What was supposed to be an easy gig becomes instead a whirlpool of international intrigue, involving a CIA agent (Charles Grodin) and a mysterious woman (Isabelle Adjani). Taking a comic scalpel to buddy-movie clichés, May serves up an astute and very funny mix of politics and showbiz.

The Bonfire of the Vanities (Brian De Palma, 1990): Never a filmmaker stranger to controversy, Brian De Palma (“Blow Out”) had the harshest notices of his career for this adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s satirical novel, which was deemed a heavy-handed disaster on just about every level. Seen today with fresh eyes, the film (while certainly different from Wolfe’s best-seller) has its own brand of comedic fire and fury. Tom Hanks stars as Sherman McCoy, an awesomely powerful Wall Street investor whose comfortable life takes a sudden turn when a car accident pulls the privileged rug from under his feet. Manipulated by his mistress (Melanie Griffith) and chased by a reporter (Bruce Willis), Sherman finds himself fighting for his life. Acerbically visualized and played with gusto, De Palma’s comedy deserves another look.


Labrador Retriever + Brittany Spaniel Mix
Portland, Oregon  Adopt-a-Dog

46 pounds


"I am a bit of a fragile soul…and I have all the potential to be the loving, loyal, and trusting companion you’re aching for, but right now I can be a bit wary of strangers getting to "handsy" with me. I am searching for a person who will be gentle, someone who will allow me the opportunity to trust them fully. A nurturing environment where I can get plenty of play time, snuggles on my terms, and learn what it means to be loved. I do well with other dogs and respectful children 12+, I can even share my home with dog-savvy cats. I am super-duper smart and very eager to please, and I am crate trained even. How about this? You can come in and spend a little time with me, bribe me with some treats (just don’t ask for them back, OK, I really don’t like to share), and I’ll be wagging my tail in no time!"

2 years old-46lbs. My adoption fee is $220 and includes microchip & registration, spay, reduced-cost training class, free veterinary exam, 1 month pet health insurance, leash/collar, food sample, toy & treat packet.

Family Dogs New Life Shelter
9101 SE Stanley Ave
Portland, Oregon 97206

Our adoption hours during this time are as follows:
Saturday: 11am to 6pm
Sunday: 12pm to 6pm
Monday: 12pm to 6pm
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: 12pm to 6pm
Thursday: CLOSED
Friday: CLOSED

We understand the concern surrounding (COVID-19) across our communities and we are working hard to keep our customers and the pets we love healthy and safe. This means that every day, as part of our regular operations, our facility is cleaned and sanitized. Recently, we've increased the frequency of cleanings in our public spaces and as always, we provide hand sanitizer throughout our lobby for customers and associates, and access to a hand washing station.
We intend to stay open for adoptions during this time, as it is crucial we continue our life saving efforts and allow our dogs the opportunity to find adoptive families. However, we do ask that you only visit us if you are intending on taking a new pet home with you that day. We will be limiting our capacity to no more than 2 families in our facility at any one time. All additional customers will be asked to wait outside or in your car until you receive a call back that it is your turn. If you cannot maintain 6 feet of distance from other customers than please stay home!

Please be aware that we operate on a small staff and weekends can get very busy for us, often times there is a very long wait (2 hours +) to meet dogs on Saturdays; we highly recommend that you arrive early as a sign in sheet starts before we even open at 11:00am on Saturday mornings; The sign in sheet is hung out front on Saturday mornings around 9:00am, however people do arrive earlier than 9 to have the opportunity to be first to sign in to meet/adopt. Once signed in on the sign in sheet you may leave and return when we open at 11:00am.

Meet & greets with our adoptable dogs and adoption interviews are done on a ‘first come first serve’ basis.


“In the middle of every difficulty lay opportunity”
Kris Roglieri, National Alliance of Commercial Loan Brokers

This cannot be truer and we believe that our brokers and lenders were built for times like these.This is also exactly the reason for NACLB. Over the course of the next few weeks and months, being a diverse broker is going to be essential to keeping your brokerage business alive. As a lender, it will be important to make sure you market yourself as someone who can help during this time.

With increasing mandates in the hospitality industry, more restaurant owners will need financing. With social-distancing becoming the new norm, retail shops, beauty salons and spas are experiencing an exponential decrease in customers. The transportation industry is going to need capital for rapid expansion as they will continue to work to supply us with the items we need to care for our families. It’s during these unprecedented times that our brokers and lenders will be part of the few who can help business owners keep their businesses up and running.

We encourage everyone to use the connections you’ve made at our annual events to serve businesses in your local communities and across the nation. Here are some ways to connect with the people you may have met at the conference:

  • Get on LinkedIn. The CDC is stating that digital networking is the safest way to network for the time being.
  • Use Email as a communication channel. Review all contacts you’ve made at past conferences and drop them in a COVID-19 specific email campaign.
  • Use the app. We typically shut the app down after the conference but we have turned it on to help our brokers and lenders get connected again during this time.
  • Look out for webinars. Hear from different lenders during our weekly webinar series. If you're not a part of our webinar series, reach out to our Executive Director, Scott D. In addition, be on the lookout for webinars hosted by lenders who may be able to help during this time. 

Kris Roglieri
National Alliance of Commercial Loan Brokers
(585) 455-2985
90 State Street, Suite 1500
Albany, NY 12207


News Briefs----

USA now has more coronavirus cases
   than either China or Italy

More Than 3 Million Americans Lost Their Jobs Last Week.
 See Your State.

Coronavirus: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio says at least
    half a million New Yorkers will be unemployed

States shouldn’t fight over coronavirus equipment,
   Gavin Newsom says. Should Trump take charge?

California coronavirus prevention measures could last
   another 12 weeks, Gov. Gavin Newsom says

READ: President Trump's Letter To Governors
  On New Coronavirus Guidelines

Fauci: 'You don't make the timeline,
 the virus makes the timeline' on relaxing public health measures

James Dyson designed a new ventilator in 10 days.
   He's making 15,000 for the pandemic fight

Napa Valley Distillery makes free hand sanitizer
    to help prevent spread of COVID-19

Newest shortage in New York:
  The city is running out of dogs to adopt

Cannabis sales hit new highs in US and Canada
  Stockpiling for long spells of isolation

G.M. Suspends Production Indefinitely
   and Cuts Paychecks: Live Updates

FBI Shuts Down Hacker Platform,
  Arrests Russian Administrator in NYC

No Patch for VPN Bypass Flaw
    Discovered in iOS




You May Have Missed---

Business Interruption insurance coverage:
Why it is unlikely to provide coverage to small (or large) business customers for coronavirus.

It was sent to Leasing News from American Leasing Insurance  
  President Steve Dinkelaker.


"Sea Fever"

I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.
I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.

John Masefield


Cam Newton free agency: Wake up, Patriots, Chargers
 and Raiders, it's time to pounce in a buyer's market

Marcus Mariota: 'Stability’ top reason
  why I signed with the Las Vegas Raiders

NFL free agency grades 2020:
 Tom Brady's decision boosts Buccaneers, sinks Patriots

Dallas Cowboys finalizing contract with DT Dontari Poe
   as defensive makeover continues

'This is serious business': Dr. Anthony Fauci answered
   questions from Steph Curry on Instagram

Joe Montana on Tom Brady's departure from Patriots:
  New England 'made a mistake' in letting QB 'get away'


California Nuts Briefs---

Coronavirus Slams South Bay Kaiser Hospital: Report

1 million people have filed for unemployment since March 13

More Bay Area parks, beaches closing before weekend

SF Bay Area counties extend school closures through May 1



“Gimme that Wine”

Seeking a Wine for the End of the World:
   Restaurants Sell Their Collections

Global Trends in Wine 2020 Report
  Updated and Release as Open Source

France officially recognizes natural wine designation

Admissions scandal: Judge releases former Napa winery owner
   from prison early due to coronavirus

Free Wine App

Wine Prices by vintage

US/International Wine Events

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This Day in History

    1513 - Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon sighted Florida.  He equipped three ships with at least 200 men at his own expense and set out from Puerto Rico on March 4.  On March 27, Easter Sunday, they sighted an island that was unfamiliar to the sailors on the expedition. Because many Spanish seamen were acquainted with the Bahamas, which had been depopulated by slaving ventures, some scholars believe that this "island" was actually Florida, as it was thought to be an island for several years after its formal discovery.   
    1790 - The modern shoestring (string and shoe holes) was invented in England and quickly adopted in New England where shoemaking was a major industry.
    1792 - The first Congressional investigation was authorized after troops under the command of Major General Arthur St. Clair were defeated by Native American forces near the Ohio-Indiana border on November 4, 1791. The House of Representatives, by a vote of 44-10, resolved “that a committee be appointed to inquire into the causes of the failure of the late expedition under Major General St. Clair; and that the said committee be empowered to call for such persons, papers and records as may be necessary to assist their inquiries.”  The seven-member committee, which was headed by Thomas Fitzsimons, a Federalist of Pennsylvania, absolved St. Clair and ruled that his defeat “can in no respect be imputed to his conduct either at any time before or during the action.”  St. Clair nonetheless resigned his army command, retaining his post as governor of the Northwest Territory.
    1794 - President Washington and Congress authorized creation of the U.S. Navy. The bill authorizes construction of 6 frigates, including Constitution.
    1794 - James Monroe is appointed the American minister to France replacing Governeur Morris, whose recall the French have requested because of his royalist sympathies and meddling.
    1813 - In a US attack on Fort George, near the mouth of the Niagara River, LTC Winfield Scott with a 4000-man force captures the 1600-man British garrison under General John Vincent. The British withdraw from Lake Erie. This action permits Captain Oliver Hazard Perry to surreptitiously remove five vessels from the Black Rock shipyard and take them to Presque Isle in order to reinforce the flotilla under construction there.
    1813 – Nathaniel Currier (d. 1888) was born in Roxbury, MA.  The famed lithographer joined James Merritt Ives to establish the famous Currier & Ives printing firm.  They produced millions of prints from an inventory of over 7,500 scenes.
    1814 - General Andrew Jackson led U.S. soldiers who killed 700 Creek Indians at Horseshoe Bend in central Alabama.  Jackson lost 49 men.
    1836 - The Mormon Temple built in Kirtland, Ohio by Joseph Smith, the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (or Mormon Church), was dedicated. He had moved to Ohio with 50 families.
    1836 - In a disastrous setback for the Texans resisting Santa Anna's dictatorial regime, the Mexican army defeats and executes 417 Texas revolutionaries at Goliad. Now determined to break completely from Mexico, the Texas revolutionaries began to yell "Remember Goliad!" along with the more famous battle cry, "Remember the Alamo!" Less than a month later, Texan forces under General Sam Houston dealt a stunning blow to Santa Anna's army in the Battle of San Jacinto, and Texas won its independence.
    1841 – The first steam fire engine was tested in NYC
    1845 – Wilhelm Rontgen (d. 1923) was born in Lennep, Prussia.  A German scientist, he discovered x-rays and won the Nobel Prize in 1901.
    1851 – Europeans first sighted Yosemite.
    1855 - Kerosene distilled from bituminous shale and cannel coal for illuminating purposes was obtained by Dr. Abraham Gesner. The name “kerosene” is derived from keros, the Greek work for wax, referring to the use of paraffin in the distillation process.
    1860 - The device which, officially, is a “covered gimlet screw with a ‘T' handle,” or corkscrew, was patented this day by M. L. Byrne of New York City
    1865 - President Lincoln meets with Ulysses S. Grant and William T. Sherman at City Point, Virginia, to plot the last stages of the war. Lincoln came to Virginia just as Grant was preparing to attack Confederate General Robert E. Lee's lines around Petersburg and Richmond, an assault that promised to end the siege that had dragged on for 10 months. Meanwhile, Sherman's force was steamrolling northward through the Carolinas. The three architects of Union victory met for the first time as a group--Sherman and Lincoln had never met--to plot the final destruction of the Confederacy. Grant and Sherman confidently assured the President that the end was in sight. Lincoln emphasized to his generals that any surrender terms must preserve the Union war aims of emancipation and a pledge of equality for the freed slaves. After meeting the next day with Admiral David Dixon Porter, the three went their separate ways. In less than four weeks, Grant and Sherman had secured the surrender of the Confederacy.
    1866 - President Andrew Johnson vetoed the civil rights bill, which later became the 14th amendment.
    1868 - Birthday of Patty Smith Hill (d. 1946), schoolteacher, author and education specialist, born at Anchorage (suburb of Louisville), KY. She was author of the lyrics of the song "Good Morning to All," which later became known as "Happy Birthday to You." Her older sister, Mildred J. Hill, composed the melody for the song which was first published in 1893 as a classroom greeting in the book “Song Stories for the Sunday School.”  A stanza beginning "Happy Birthday to You" was added in 1924, and the song became arguably the most frequently sung song in the world.
    1879 - Birthday of Edward Steichen (d. 1973), celebrated American photographer, in Luxembourg.  His photos of gowns for the magazine “Art et Décoration” in 1911 are regarded as the first modern fashion photography ever published. From 1923 to 1938, Steichen was a photographer for the Conde Nast magazines ‘Vogue’ and ‘Vanity Fair’ while also working for many advertising agencies including J. Walter Thompson. During these years, Steichen was regarded as the best known and highest paid photographer in the world. In 1944, he directed the war documentary “The Fighting Lady,” which won the 1945 Academy Award for Best Documentary.
    1879 – Miller Huggins (d. 1929) was born in Cincinnati.  A second baseman adept at getting on base, Huggins led the National League in walks four times, scored 100 or more runs three times, regularly collected 30 or more stolen bases and had an on-base percentage near .400. But he became much more famous as a manager. He managed two Major League teams - first the St. louis Cardinals where he managed the young Rogers Hornsby and then the New York Yankees of Ruth and Gehrig. He led the Yankees to six AL pennants and three World series titles, and his "Murderers Row" club, which won 110 games before sweeping the 1927 Series, is considered one of the greatest teams in history. Huggins was selected to the Hall of Fame in 1964.
    1884 - The first long-distance telephone call was made by branch managers of the American Bell Telephone Company in Boston, MA, and New York City. Said a contemporary account: The words were heard as perfectly as though the speakers were standing close by, while no extra effort was needed at the other end of the line to accomplish the result.”    
    1884 - A Cincinnati mob attacked members of a jury who had returned a verdict of manslaughter in a clear case of murder.  Over the next few days they rioted and destroyed the courthouse.
    1886 – Geronimo surrendered to Lt Charles Gatewood and General Nelson Miles of the US Army in the Sierra Madre in Mexico, ending the Apache wars.
    1890 - An outbreak of tornadoes occurred in the Ohio Valley. One of the tornadoes struck Louisville, KY, killing 78 persons and causing $4 million damage.
    1890 - The application of an all-black baseball club made up of former Cuban Giants players was rejected by the Inter-State League.
    1899 – Actress Gloria Swanson (d. 1983) was born in Chicago.  She was one of the most prominent stars during the silent film era as both an actress and a fashion icon, especially under the direction of Cecil B. DeMille. She starred in dozens of silent films and was nominated for the first Academy Award in the Best Actress category.  She also, after a time, successfully transitioned to ‘talkies’ evidenced by her second Academy Award nomination, for “Sunset Boulevard” (1950). 
    1906 - Clarinet player Charles Ellsworth “Pee Wee” Russell (d. 1969) birthday in Maplewood, MO.
    1909 - Tenor saxophone player Ben Webster (d. 1973) born Kansas City, MO
    1912 - Cherry trees planted on the Potomac River, a gift from the Empire of Japan.  Japan gave 3,020 cherry blossom trees as a gift to the United States to celebrate the nations' then-growing friendship, replacing an earlier gift of 2000 trees which had to be destroyed due to disease in 1910. These trees were planted in Sakura Park in Manhattan and line the shore of the Tidal basin in Washington, D.C.’s West Potomac Park. The first two original trees were planted by first lady Helen Taft and Viscountess Chinda on the bank of the Tidal Basin. The gift was renewed with another 3,800 trees in 1965. In Washington, D.C., the cherry blossom trees continue to be a popular tourist attraction when they reach full bloom in early spring.
    1914 - Birthday of Snooky Lanson, born Roy Landman (d. 1990) in Memphis, Singer, vocalist on “Your Hit Parade” on radio and TV.  
    1915 - Mary Mallon (Typhoid Mary) was arrested and returned to quarantine on North Brother Island, New York after spending five years evading health authorities and causing several further outbreaks of typhoid
    1916 - US purchases Danish West Indies for $25M and renames them Virgin Islands.
    1917 - The Boston Red Sox beat the Brooklyn Robins, 11-2, in spring training. For tomorrow's game, players on both teams will sport numbers on their sleeves, the idea of Robins' owner Charles Ebbets. His reasoning is that fans in non-major league cities would be unfamiliar with the players.
    1924 - Birthday of Sarah Vaughan (d. 1990), legendary jazz singer, at Newark, NJ.  Renowned for her melodic improvising, wide vocal range and extraordinary technique, she began her career by winning an amateur contest at New York's Apollo Theater in 1943. She was spotted and hired by Earl Hines to accompany his band as his relief pianist as well as singer. As her career took off, she was given the nickname "The Divine One" by Chicago disc jockey Dave Garroway, a moniker that would remain with her the rest of her life. She toured with the Norman Granz Gramacy Jazz Group along with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie in the early 1950's.  Her signature song, “Broken Hearted Melody,” written by Hal David, was published in 1958 before she recorded it in 1959.  Despite the record's commercial success, Vaughan herself always thought the song to be corny.  However, "Broken Hearted Melody" was to become her first gold record, peaking at #7 in the Billboard Charts and #5 on the R&B charts.
    1930 – The first US radio broadcast from a ship at sea
    1931 – Charlie Chaplin received France's distinguished Legion of Honor
    1931 - John McGraw said night baseball will not catch on.
    1933 – The Farm Credit Administration was established by the Farm Credit Act of 1933, part of The New Deal.  Allowing farmers to refinance mortgages over a longer time at below-market interest rates at regional and national banks, this helped farmers recover from the Dust Bowl. The Emergency Farm Mortgage Act loaned funds to farmers in danger of losing their properties. The campaign refinanced 20% of farmers' mortgages.  An Executive order by President Roosevelt in 1933 placed all existing agricultural credit organizations under the supervision of a new agency, the Farm Credit Administration.
    1939 - The Oregon Ducks defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes, 46-33, to win the first NCAA men's basketball tournament. Oregon beat Texas and Oklahoma to reach the final, held at Northwestern's Patten Gymnasium. Ohio State defeated Wake Forest and Villanova in the eastern half of the eight-team draw.
    1942 - Seeing the unworkability of his plan to allow Japanese-Americans to leave the Pacific Coast of their own accord (most of the Nisei were turned back at whatever state line they happened to reach, or were attacked by hostile mobs once they did manage to find a new home.), Lt. General John DeWitt ended the voluntary policy of evacuation. Two days letter, a more "practical" policy, forced evacuation and interment, officially took effect.
    1943 – “Blue Ribbon Town” with Groucho Marx was first heard on CBS Radio
    1943 – The Battle of Komandorski Village began in the Aleutian Islands when United States Navy forces intercepted the Japanese attempting to reinforce a garrison at Kiska.
    1945 - Ella Fitzgerald and the Delta Rhythm Boys recorded "It's Only a Paper Moon" for Decca Records.
    1945 – General Eisenhower declared the German defenses on the western front broken.
    1948 - 11 days after being released from prison, Billie Holiday played in front of a sold-out crowd at Carnegie Hall.  On May 16, 1947, she was arrested for possessing narcotics in her New York apartment. During the trial, dehydrated and unable to hold down food, she pleaded guilty and asked to be sent to the hospital. The district attorney spoke in her defense, saying, "If your honor please, this is a case of a drug addict, but more serious, however, than most of our cases, Miss Holiday is a professional entertainer and among the higher rank as far as income was concerned." At the end of the trial, Holiday was sentenced to Alderson Federal Prison Camp in West Virginia, popularly known then as "Camp Cupcake."   There were 2,700 tickets sold in advance, a record at the time for the venue.
    1950 - Jazz pianist Erroll Garner became one of the first jazz instrumentalists to give a solo concert. He played the Music Hall in Cleveland, OH. In 1954, Garner would gain international applause for writing and recording a standard that has been presented many times since: "Misty." Johnny Mathis and Sarah Vaughan are but two of many recording artists to offer vocal renditions of this renowned Garner composition. Play "Misty" for me. I believe I have all his albums and play them often at the office.
    1950 - Top Hits
“Music, Music, Music” - Teresa Brewer
“There's No Tomorrow” - Tony Martin
“If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake” - Eileen Barton
“Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy” - Red Foley
    1951 - Frank Sinatra recorded "I'm a Fool to Want You" for Columbia. This was one of the last songs Sinatra recorded for Mitch Miller, who had taken over as head of recording for the label.
    1952 – Sam Phillips, owner of Sun Studio of Memphis, Tennessee began releasing records. The label would later become the home of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and many others.
    1952 – The MGM film, “Singin’ in the Rain,” premiered in NYC.  Starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynold and Donald O’Connor, it is considered one of the greatest movie musicals in history.
    1952 - HAMMOND, FRANCIS C., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Hospital Corpsman, U.S. Navy, attached as a medical corpsman to 1st Marine Division. Place and date: Korea, 26-27 March 1953. Entered service at: Alexandria, Va. Birth: Alexandria, Va. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a HC serving with the 1st Marine Division in action against enemy aggressor forces on the night of 26-27 March 1953. After reaching an intermediate objective during a counterattack against a heavily entrenched and numerically superior hostile force occupying ground on a bitterly contested outpost far in advance of the main line of resistance. HC Hammond's platoon was subjected to a murderous barrage of hostile mortar and artillery fire, followed by a vicious assault by onrushing enemy troops. Resolutely advancing through the veritable curtain of fire to aid his stricken comrades, HC Hammond moved among the stalwart garrison of marines and, although critically wounded himself, valiantly continued to administer aid to the other wounded throughout an exhausting 4-hour period. When the unit was ordered to withdraw, he skillfully directed the evacuation of casualties and remained in the fire-swept area to assist the corpsmen of the relieving unit until he was struck by a round of enemy mortar fire and fell, mortally wounded. By his exceptional fortitude, inspiring initiative and self-sacrificing efforts, HC Hammond undoubtedly saved the lives of many marines. His great personal valor in the face of overwhelming odds enhances and sustains the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
    1952 - CHARETTE, WILLIAM R., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Hospital Corpsman Third Class, U.S. Navy Medical Corpsman serving with a marine rifle company. Place and date: Korea, 27 March 1953. Entered service at: Ludington, Michigan. Birth: Ludington, Mich. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action against enemy aggressor forces during the early morning hours. Participating in a fierce encounter with a cleverly concealed and well-entrenched enemy force occupying positions on a vital and bitterly contested outpost far in advance of the main line of resistance, HC3c. Charette repeatedly and unhesitatingly moved about through a murderous barrage of hostile small-arms and mortar fire to render assistance to his wounded comrades. When an enemy grenade landed within a few feet of a marine he was attending, he immediately threw himself upon the stricken man and absorbed the entire concussion of the deadly missile with his body. Although sustaining painful facial wounds, and undergoing shock from the intensity of the blast which ripped the helmet and medical aid kit from his person, HC3c. Charette resourcefully improvised emergency bandages by tearing off part of his clothing, and gallantly continued to administer medical aid to the wounded in his own unit and to those in adjacent platoon areas as well. Observing a seriously wounded comrade whose armored vest had been torn from his body by the blast from an exploding shell, he selflessly removed his own battle vest and placed it upon the helpless man although fully aware of the added jeopardy to himself. Moving to the side of another casualty who was suffering excruciating pain from a serious leg wound, HC3c. Charette stood upright in the trench line and exposed himself to a deadly hail of enemy fire in order to lend more effective aid to the victim and to alleviate his anguish while being removed to a position of safety. By his indomitable courage and inspiring efforts in behalf of his wounded comrades, HC3c. Charette was directly responsible for saving many lives. His great personal valor reflects the highest credit upon himself and enhances the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.
    1952 - "Singin' in the Rain," a musical comedy starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds, was released
    1953 - The State Department bans Dashiell Hammett's novels from its overseas libraries. This year, Senator Joseph McCarthy sent aides Roy Cohn and G. David Schine on a tour of U.S. libraries in Europe to ferret out so-called subversive books. McCarthy's boys found 300 Hammett detective stories there. Questioned by Cohn in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee, Hammett would not say whether he was a Communist, when he wrote the books, nor whether royalties ended up in party coffers. Hammett frustrated the committee with these ambiguous words, and some say inebriated (he was an alcoholic at the time: "If I were fighting Communism, I don't think I would do it by giving people any books at all."
    1955 - Steve McQueen made his network TV debut on "Goodyear Playhouse." McQueen starred in "The Chivington Raid." In 1958, McQueen was starred in his own TV series, "Wanted Dead or Alive", on NBC. My father, Lawrence Menkin, wrote many of the scripts.
    1955 - The first Jewish mobile synagogue was dedicated, called the Circuit Riding Rabbi Buss, at the Amity Country Club, Charlotte, NC. It was the project of the North Carolina Association of Jewish Men. The first rabbi was Harold A. Friedman. The bus was equipped with desks, blackboards, maps, a projection machine, a record player, and a library.
    1955 - Frustrated over Ike Turner's inability to find a label to record the follow up to his hit, Jackie Brenston's "Rocket 88," Sam Phillips decides to form his own independent label in Memphis, known as Sun Records. Within a matter of days, Sun will release its first single, Johnny London's "Drivin' Slow" b/w "Flat Tire" (Sun 175). He is also associated with several other noteworthy rhythm and blues, country, and rock ‘n’ roll musicians of the period. Phillips sold Sun in 1969. He was an early investor in the Holiday Inn chain of hotels. He also advocated racial equality and helped break down racial music industry barriers.
    1957 - Jerry Lewis (in Hollywood) and actress Celeste Holm (in New York City) hosted the 29th Annual Academy Awards at the RKO Pantages Theater, Los Angeles. Best Picture, "Around the World in 80 Days" (Michael Todd, producer). There were many other epic productions it competed against, including Cecil B. DeMille's "The Ten Commandments." Others of that genre included "The Rainmaker;" "Richard III;" "The Bad Seed;" King Vidor's "War and Peace;" "High Society;" "Written on the Wind;" "The King and I" and "Anastasia." "Around the World in 80 Days" received additional accolades for Best Writing/Best Screenplay - Adapted (James Poe, John Farrow, S.J. Perelman); Best Cinematography/Color (Lionel Lindon); Best Film Editing (Gene Ruggiero, Paul Weatherwax); and Best Music/Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (Victor Young). The Oscar for Best Director went to George Stevens for "Giant." Best Actor was Yul Brynner for "The King and I" and the Best Actress prize was given to Ingrid Bergman for "Anastasia." Anthony Quinn was Best Supporting Actor in for "Lust for Life" and Dorothy Malone was Best Supporting Actress in "Written on the Wind." The Best Music/Song Oscar was awarded to Jay Livingston and Ray Evans for "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)" from "The Man Who Knew Too Much."
    1956 – The US government seized the US communist newspaper "Daily Worker"
    1958 - Top Hits
“Don't/I Beg of You” - Elvis Presley
“Tequila” - The Champs
“Breathless” - Jerry Lee Lewis
“Ballad of a Teenage Queen” - Johnny Cash
    1958 - CBS Laboratories announced a new stereophonic record that was playable on ordinary LP phonographs, meaning, monaural. In stereo, on the proper equipment, a new rich and fuller sound was heard. It eventually became a standard for record and equipment buyers.
    1958 – Khrushchev became Soviet Premier, which had a great effect
on foreign policy.
    1960 - Representative Emanuel Celler (D-NY) introduced two bills designed to halt the practice of "payola" -- that is, DJs receiving cash, gifts, or writing credits to promote certain records. Celler, echoing the sentiments of his era, declares that "the cacophonous music called Rock and Roll" could not possibly have risen up the charts without the practice of payola.
    1961 - The first mobile computer assignment was undertaken for the Douglas Aircraft Corporation, Charlotte, NC. Remington Rand Univac, a division of the Sperry Rand Corporation, New York City, equipped a motor van with a UNIVAC Solid-State computer. Today's smartphones and tablets have more memory and speed. The ability of a laptop computer was thought to be a Captain Video science fiction fantasy.
    1962 - In Louisiana, Archbishop Joseph Francis Rummel ordered all Roman Catholic schools in the New Orleans diocese to end segregation.
    1962 – Goalie Jacques Plante tied the record by winning his 6th NHL Vezina Trophy.
    1963 - Birthday of Quentin Tarantino, director, screenwriter, born Knoxville, TN.
    1964 - The strongest earthquake in North American history (8.4 on the Richter scale) struck Alaska, east of Anchorage. 117 people were killed. This was the world's second worst earthquake of the 20th century in terms of magnitude.
    1964 – The Great Train Robbers, 15-strong gang, were sentenced to a total of 307 years in prison for robbing a Royal Mail train heading between Glasgow and London in the early hours of August 8, 1963 at Bridego Railway Bridge in Buckinghamshire, England.  With inside information from an individual known as 'The Ulsterman' (named as Patrick McKenna in 2014), the robbers got away with over £2.6 million (the equivalent of £48 million today). The bulk of the stolen money was never recovered. Though the gang did not use any firearms, the train driver was beaten over the head with a metal bar that caused injuries were severe enough to end his career.
    1965 - The Who released their first US chart entry, "I Can't Explain." Although the song would not crack the Billboard Top 40, the band still gained a large following thanks in part to their exciting live performances.
    1966 - Top Hits
“The Ballad of the Green Berets” - SSgt Barry Sadler
“19th Nervous Breakdown” - The Rolling Stones
“Nowhere Man” - The Beatles
“Waitin' in Your Welfare Line” - Buck Owens
    1966 - Roy Orbison took a curve too tightly while out motorcycling in Hawkstone Park in Birmingham, England, and fractured his foot, resulting in the Big O playing his next few English dates in crutches on a stool.
    1967 - At a ceremony held at the Playhouse Theatre in London, The Beatles were awarded three Ivor Novello awards: best-selling British single of 1966 - "Yellow Submarine."
    1967 - Fats Domino played his first UK gig at London's Saville Theatre on a ticket that included the Bee Gees and Gerry & the Pacemakers.
    1969 - Bo Diddley opened at the San Francisco Winterland.
    1970 - Birthday of singer Mariah Carey, Long Island, NY.
    1971 - UCLA became the first team ever to win five consecutive NCAA basketball titles. The Bruins defeated Villanova 68-62. UCLA, under coaching legend John Wooden, dominated NCAA tournament play until 1974, when North Carolina State won the tourney, thus ending UCLA’s streak of consecutive championships at seven. The Bruins roared back next season to win the championship once more, the final of the ten of the Wooden era.
    1971 - Janis Joplin started her second (and final) week at the top of the pop music charts with the hit, "Me and Bobby McGee," written by Kris Kristofferson.
    1971 - Three Dog Night's "Joy to the World" enters the Billboard Hot 100 on its way to becoming the biggest selling single of the year.
    1972 - Elvis Presley records what proves to be his last Top Ten hit during his lifetime, "Burning Love." It made #2 on the US chart,
    1972 - Adolph Rupp of the University of Kentucky retired after 42 years of coaching the Wildcats. During his long tenure at Kentucky, Rupp won 874 games for a winning average of 82.1 percent. Rupp was second only to Clair Bee who coached at Rider College in New Jersey and at Long Island University.
    1973 – A routine speeding ticket in New Jersey for Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia became much more when police searched his car and found a significant quantity of LSD. He was released on $2,000 bail.
    1973 - It was Oscar night (for the 45th time) at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles. The show was hosted by Carol Burnett, Michael Caine, Charlton Heston and Rock Hudson. Most people, when offered an Academy Award, can't get up to the stage fast enough to claim the little gold guy. But, Marlon Brando said, “You can keep it," when AMPAS offered him the Oscar for Best Actor for his performance as "The Godfather". Brando refused to accept the award because he felt that the U.S. and Hollywood were discriminating against American Indians. "The Godfather" (Albert S. Ruddy, producer) also was awarded the prize for Best Picture. That Oscar was accepted, as were several for "Cabaret:" Best Director (Bob Fosse), Best Actress (Liza Minnelli) and Best Supporting Actor (Joel Grey). Best Supporting Actress was Eileen Heckart for "Butterflies are Free" and the Best Music/Song prize went to Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn for "The Morning After" from "The Poseidon Adventure."
    1974 - Top Hits
“Dark Lady” - Cher
“Sunshine on My Shoulders” - John Denver
“Mockingbird” - Carly Simon & James Taylor
“There's a Honky Tonk Angel (Who'll Take Me Back In)” - Conway Twitty
    1975 – Construction began on the Trans-Alaska pipeline, 800 miles with the diameter of 48 inches that conveys oil from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, Alaska. The pipeline is privately owned by the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company.  The pipeline was completed in 1977 after the 1973 OPEC oil embargo caused a sharp rise in oil prices and shortages in the US.        
    1977 - Worst accident in aviation history occurs when a Pan Am 747 collided with a KLM 747 on a runway in Tenerife in the Canary Islands, resulting in about 580 deaths.
    1979 - Bruce Springsteen's first video, a live version of "Rosalita," made its world debut on the BBC.
    1982 - Top Hits
“I Love Rock 'N Roll” - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
“Open Arms” - Journey
“We Got the Beat” - Go-Go's
“She Left Love All Over Me” - Razzy Bailey
    1984 - The temperature at Brownsville, TX, soared to 106 degrees, and Cotulla, TX, reached 108 degrees, equaling the March record for the U.S.
    1985 - Billy Dee Williams received a star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. His place, for those looking to visit, is located between Joan Davis and Harry Carey.
    1986 - Sammy Hagar plays his first show as lead singer of Van Halen.
    1988 - World Ladies Figure Skating Championship in Budapest won by Katarina Witt (German Democratic Republic)
    1988 - World Men's Figure Skating Championship in Budapest won by Brian Boitano (USA)
    1988 - Temperatures rose quickly, then dropped just as rapidly, in the central U.S. Eight cities reported record high temperatures for the date as readings soared into the 80s. In southeastern Colorado, the temperature at Lamar, CO reached 91 degrees. Strong southerly winds gusted to 63 mph at Gage, OK. Strong northwesterly winds, gusting to 61 mph at Goodland, KS, then proceeded to usher much colder air into the area.
    1989 – Sports Illustrated published the first story about Cincinnati Reds manager Pete Rose’s gambling activities.
    1990 - Top Hits
“Black Velvet” - Alannah Myles
“Love Will Lead You Back” - Taylor Dayne
“I Wish It Would Rain Down” - Phil Collins
“Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart” - Randy Travis
    1990 - Temperatures dipped into the teens and single numbers in the northeastern U.S. Scranton, PA tied their record for the date with a morning low of 18 degrees. Temperatures warmed into the 60s and lower 70s in the Pacific Northwest. The afternoon high of 65 degrees at Astoria, OR equaled their record for the date
    1995 – David Letterman was the host of the 67th Annual Academy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles. The Best Picture was "Forrest Gump"(Wendy Finerman, Steve Starkey, Steve Tisch, producers). Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks won Oscars for Best Director and Best Actor, respectively, got it..."Forrest Gump." The Best Actress prize was claimed by Jessica Lange for "Blue Sky." Best Supporting Actor was Martin Landau for "Ed Wood" and the Best Supporting Actress award went to Dianne Wiest for "Bullets Over Broadway." The Best Music/Song Oscar went to Elton John (music) and Tim on “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" Rice (lyrics) for the fine job they did for the animated movie, "The Lion King," with the song, "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?”
    1998 - The Food and Drug Administration approved the drug Viagra, made by Pfizer, to fight male impotence.
    2003 - The city of Liverpool finally opened John Lennon's "Mendips" boyhood home, located at 251 Menlove Avenue, to the public.
    2006 - Victor Willis, the "policeman" in the Village People, was arrested in San Francisco for failing to appear at his trial for cocaine and gun possession. After agreeing to enter rehab, his sentence was reduced to three years’ probation.
    2007 - Jefferson Airplane/Starship vocalist Grace Slick sued former bandmate Paul Kantner for touring with different musicians under the name "Paul Kantner's Starship."
    2007 – NFL owners voted to make instant replay a permanent officiating tool.
    2009 - President Barack Obama launched a fresh effort to defeat al-Qaida terrorists in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, ordering in 4,000 more troops.
    2012 - The group led by former NBA star Magic Johnson and executive Stan Kasten, funded by Guggenheim Partners, emerged as the winner of the bidding process to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers under supervision of a bankruptcy court judge. The winning bid was estimated at $2 billion, the highest amount ever paid for a North American professional sports franchise; an additional payment of $150 million secured the land around Dodger Stadium that McCourt originally wanted to keep for himself. McCourt thus made hundreds of millions in profit, even after paying back the loans he took out to purchase the team for $430 million in 2004, and the $131 million owed his wife Jamie as part of a divorce settlement. The sale was completed later this year.
    2014 - Doctors announced that a 3D-printed plastic skull was successfully used to replace part of a woman's real skull in an operation three months ago in the Dutch city of Utrecht.
    2019 - Facebook bans white nationalism and white supremacy following criticism that Christchurch terrorist able to live-stream his attack
NCAA Basketball Champions:

    1939 - Oregon
    1945 - Oklahoma A&M
    1951 - Kentucky
    1971 - UCLA
    1978 - Kentucky
    2005 - North Carolina



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