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Monday, March 30, 2020

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Top Ten Stories
   March 23- March 27
Always Be in Motion: Moving
   The Ultimate Hire by Ken Lubin, ZRG Partners
Financing Cannabis Funding Sources
   Many Work with Third Party Originators
Solar Financing Firms
   Working with Third Party Originators
Coast Guard Provides Guidance for Maritime Industry
   From my son Dashiell, Stuck in Singapore
New Book by Richard Contino, Esq.
  Equipment Leasing and Financing:  A Product Sales
    and Business Profit Center Strategy
Labrador Retriever Mix 
   Mathews North Carolina  Adopt a Dog
AACFB Webinar Wednesday April 1 2:00pm ET
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News Briefs---
Trump extends distancing guidelines to April 30
  The president faced grim figures from his health advisers
Fauci predicts over 100,000 U.S. deaths
  as Trump adjusts coronavirus guidelines.
California governor: 170 ventilators sent from
    federal government were 'not working'
Coronavirus: The state had 21 million N95 masks stockpiled.
  All are expired
The latest sign the economic downturn is intensifying:
   White-collar workers are being laid off now
The U.S. Housing Market Bubble Is Bursting
     as Sales Plunge
$747 million: That’s the hit Chicago’s economy has taken
    from the 33 conventions canceled so far
Thomas Keller sues restaurant insurer over coronavirus
   business-interruption coverage, a plight many are discovering
Good news keeps on rollin’
  – just like the truckers
Meet the doctor who ordered the Bay Area’s coronavirus        
  lockdown, the first in the U.S.

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Top Ten Stories
March 23- March 27

(Stories most opened by readers)

(1) Latest Update on Rosanne Wilson, CLFP
       In Recovery, Not out of Rehab

(2) Leasing Readers Communicate
   What is Going On
      By Kit Menkin, Editor

(3) Leasing Readers Communicate
       What is Going On
          By Kit Menkin, Editor

(4) New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
       and Related Industries

(5) Trump baffles GM, Ford over ventilators
       they're willing to make

(6)  Six Feet Apart

(7)  What Are You Wearing Jake from Allstate?

(8) ‘We’re gonna have a shutdown in the housing market’
       Coronavirus will likely bring the U.S. housing market to a halt

(9) At least 30 cruise ships are at sea right now.
      Here's what it's like on board

(10) Employers Trying to Hire Workers
          Helping Many Now Out of Work


Always Be in Motion: Moving

The Ultimate Hire by Ken Lubin, ZRG Partners

An object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. - Einstein 

Right now, it is easier than ever to work at quarter or half speed, due to the unbalanced force that we are facing, CoronaVirus. Prior to the last couple of weeks we were going full steam ahead and then hit the brick wall, it is a wall can be overcome. The brick wall, Coronavirus, can do one of two things; completely stop us in our tracks or be circumvented by taking a different direction and capitalize.

Many are saying, “I just don’t know what to do.” We all have computers, keyboards and brains. We can create, innovate and think differently, and don’t stop. Movement and momentum will get us out of this.

If you have fear trying something new or making a mistake and failing, there is no better time than now to do it.  No one is judging or criticizing; they are just trying to survive.  If they do judge or criticize, it just means they are scared.

Take a different path, create momentum, and keep moving. You might be moving forward, backwards, or to the side, but you are moving. 

Remember the other law of physics: An object at rest stays at rest and you don’t want that to be you.

Ken Lubin
Managing Director

ZRG Partners, LLC
Americas I EMEA I Asia Pacific
C: 508-733-4789

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Financing Cannabis Funding Sources
  Many Work with Third Party Originators


Cannabis Equipment Leasing

Forum Financial Services has been involved in the Cannabis/CBD marketplace for over a year, launching a specific website geared for this industry:

Tim O'Connor, Vice President, says, "Over the past year we have written and closed over a dozen leases. Most have been in the medical marijuana space and now we are expanding into the hemp/CBD industry."

"Most of our transactions were direct. We have two approved brokers that we have completed transactions with and are looking to possibly add one or two more. We are funding our own transactions, which makes us unique in the space. Well capitalized companies with solid management are what we have focused on, mostly "corporation only." Although, we have done a couple start-ups based on solid collateral and decent opening balance sheets.”

"As is the case with Forum Leasing, we do not offer ANY type of lease or financing for equipment located in California. We do offer leasing and are open for business for companies that have equipment installed/located in all the other 49 states."

Tim O'Connor
Forum Leasing
PH.:  972-690-9444  EXT. 225
Cell:  214-717-2916 


Now Open for the Cannabis Industry
International Financial Services dba IFS

"IFS has approved our 1st deal in the cannabis industry! We are now able to consider established companies with accountant prepared financial statements (or tax returns) within the cannabis industry.

“NOTE: We won't consider any start-ups. Must have at least 3 full years in business. Please contact me for more information or to preview a deal."

Dara Dietmeyer, VP
Credit & Syndications
847-932-0912 direct



Alliance Commercial Capital, Inc
161 North Clark Street, 16th Floor
Chicago, Illinois, 60601
888-727-9960 Ext# 6078
Fax: 312-664-3021

Cannabis Program Highlights:
Loan Size:  $25,000 - $10,000,000+
Collateral:  lighting, HVAC, benching, extractors, irrigation, CCTV & related cannabis equipment
Locations:  Nationwide
Business:  The owner/tenant must be licensed and regulated by the State. Personal Guarantees required from all owners. Minimum credit score preferred 700. No bankruptcies in the last 7 years. No unresolved state or federal tax liens.
Application Only: $50,000. 
Documentation required: Submit with our attached credit application, copy of vendor invoice/quote, Bank statements for the last 4 months and copy of State Cannabis License
Time in Business: 2+ years
Terms are from 2 to 5 years 
Interest rates typically average 9-12.75%
Full Disclosure:  Over $50,000
Documentation required: Same as above plus Personal and Corporate tax returns for last 3 years, Personal financial statement for all owners, Debt Schedule, Latest interim Financial Statements.
Start-Ups: Unsecured Business Finance (UBF) program up to $150,000/owner based solely on personal credit. Submit with credit application only.

MoneyTrac Technology, Inc. (“MTT”), a subsidiary of Global Payout, Inc. (OTC:GOHE) , has established and is now marketing an alternative banking solution for the Cannabis industry.

 MTT currently has the ability to integrate and streamline electronic payment processing such as E-wallet, mobile applications, debit cards, and credit cards. Currently, MoneyTrac Technology has strategic partnerships with top cannabis services such as GreenRush, BlazeNow, High Grade Management Group, and PotSaver, which was a majority acquisition last October.

According to Bloomberg, "MoneyTrac Technology, Inc., through its subsidiary, provides electronic wallet and e-banking financial solutions for the marijuana industry. It offers financial technology, which includes an e-wallet and mobile app that allows users to access financial information. The company also provides white labeling services; mobile platform to manage financial transactions; and solutions for accessing account information, making payments, and online bill pay activities. In addition, it offers transaction management services."



"I do know a bit about canna finance in the US and have actually completed a deal or two (it’s mainly all convertible debt).  I ran an event in NYC for over 200 investors at Chelsea Piers and I helped organize, promote and sell out the first Weed Stock conference in Colorado.  I have been an investor in the industry since 2013.

"There are no miracle answers for leases (in most states, ownership of canna assets without being licensed as a canna business would prohibit leasing).  Most deals are done as loans with a conversion provision and pretty harsh default penalty.

"One thing lenders have to keep in mind is that bankruptcy (other than just a state bankruptcy) isn’t available to canna debtors.  Federal judges won’t hear the cases and will dismiss them if they get filed.  In fact most disputes that wind up filed in federal court get dismissed and refiled in state court."

 Organigram Enters into Letter of Intent
with Farm Credit Canada for $10 Million 


Number 1 Enterprises, Inc.
Funding Cannabis, Marijuana, CBD, Hemp Businesses

 “We specialize in structuring your capital infusion. Number 1 is a group of reformed bankers whom grew weary of declining great clients because their loan requests did not fit into the traditional lenders' ‘box’.”  

Through a network of over 8,000 Funding Sources: Private Investors, Investor Groups, Lenders, Co-Brokers, Facilitators, Hedge Funds, etc., we help businesses acquire the necessary capital to grow their business:

  • Debt and Convertible Notes
  • Equity Capital
  • Unsecured Business Financing
  • Purchase Order Financing
  • Accounts Receivable Financing
  • Factoring

Companies have funded or in process of funding include:

1. Marijuana Grower, Extractor, Edibles Maker, Wholesaler, and Dispensary in Alaska
2. Medical Marijuana Conglomerate Acquiring a Building and Additional Capital for Operations in Nevada
3. Medical Marijuana Grower in Arizona
4. National Builder whom builds Grow-houses of all sizes
5. Warehouse Builder in North Florida which leases the space to Cannabis Grow-houses
6. Grower in Northern Nevada
7. Builder & Grower in New Jersey
8. Cannaceuticals and Hemp-based Nutritional Product company based in Florida and Pennsylvania
9. CBD Oil Manufacturer
10. CBD Oil Wholesalers
11. CBD Oil Retailers

“We will leave no stone unturned to ensure every available option for acquiring your business capital.

“With Number 1, We get it done!”

Andrew DiAlberto, President
Number One Enterprises, Inc.                                                                                                                                  3100 NW 46th St.
Suite 208
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309 
Tel:  954-204-3292
Cell:  954-579-2584


Vertical Companies

Scott Jordan
Managing Director
Financial Services
Englewood, Colorado
303 887 2750

Scott Jordan leads Vertical’s financial services arm. He has been in Colorado providing access to capital for marijuana business owners since 2009 and has been called “The Marijuana Money Man” by Fox San Francisco and the Denver Post. He created one of the first companies to provide debt-based capital, Dynamic Alternative Finance in 2014, and arranged over $30 million in funding before accepting the position with Vertical as President of the newly created Financial Services division.


Marijuana Industry News


Solar Financing Firms
Working with Third Party Originators 

Thomas Cadle, CLFP, LeaseSource Financial Services. Voice:  800-991-0099   Fax: 800 - 988 -3921

Michael Kountze, Regents Capital.,  Voice: 512-222-5539  Fax: 512-222-5539

John Meredith, CG Commercial Finance.   Voice:  949.720.9511    fax:  949.720.9611 

Jim Recker, Crestmark Equipment Finance.  Voice: 248.593.3919  Mobile: 248.705.5704   Toll Free: 888.800.3705

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Coast Guard Provides Guidance for Maritime Industry
From my son Dashiell, Stuck in Singapore

Advice for the maritime industry, seafarers and dock workers
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus infection. The best way to protect your­self from infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. In this vein, the International Maritime Health Association issued the following advice specifically for the maritime industry, seafarers and dock workers:

  • Do not restrict embarkation/disembarkation of seafarers in non-affected ports.
  • Do not restrict necessary ship visits by port agents, chaplains, service personnel and others.
  • Do not visit food markets in China and avoid provision of fish and poultry in China.
  • Do not consume raw eggs, milk, meat
  • Observe strict food hygiene to avoid cross contamination.
  • Ensure facial protection is provided for all crew (5 pieces /per person).
  • Provide influenza vaccination, alcohol-based hand sanitizer and facial protection for ship inspec­tors and other crew who travel to China.
  • If a crew member on board falls sick and has been travelling to affected areas 2-12 days before embarkation, the person must stay in his/ her cabin.
  • If a crew member is sick on board a ship, fill out the maritime declaration of health and notify the relevant port authority and consult a healthcare provider in the next port.

In addition to the foregoing, WHO also re­leased the following list of everyday actions from the United Nations mariners should take that can help prevent the spread of the virus:

  • Frequently wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue when sneezing or coughing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever or cough.
  • Seek early medical help if you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, and share your travel history with healthcare providers.
  • Avoid direct, unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals when visiting live markets in affected areas.
  • Avoid eating raw or undercooked animal products and exercise care when handling raw meat, milk or eggs to avoid cross-contamination.

CDC Recommendations
While the immediate risk of this new virus to the American public is believed to be low at this time, everyone can do their part to help respond to this emerging public health threat:

  • It's currently flu and respiratory disease season and CDC recommends getting a flu vac­cine, taking everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.
  • If you are a healthcare provider, be on the lookout for people who recently traveled from China and have fever and respiratory symptoms.
  • If you are a healthcare provider caring for a coronavirus patient or a public health responder, please take care of yourself and follow recom­mended infection control procedures.
  • For people who have had close contact with someone infected with 2019-nCoV who develop symptoms, contact your healthcare provider, and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure to a coronavirus patient.

Other resources
The coronavirus virus outbreak is an emerg­ing, rapidly evolving situation. The WHO (www. and CDC ( will provide updated information, as well as updated guidance, as it be­comes available.

Full Coast Guard Guidance

(On a regular screen, increase 20% to be able to
read naval requirements)

Dash is Chief Electrician, Military Sealift Command, doing repair work on ship which was having electrical problems.  The good news is the navy has domiciled him at the Singapore Hilton with room service. However, he works seven days a week, long hours, he says, as they need to get the ship back into service.


New Book by Richard Contino, Esq.
Equipment Leasing and Financing:  A Product Sales
                      and Business Profit Center Strategy

“This book explains how companies that sell equipment and other products can increase product sales and add an additional profit center by establishing their own innovative leasing and financing operation.

“Industry data shows that the need for equipment and other product financing has evolved over the past few decades to where now nine out of ten U.S. companies use leasing or other forms of third party financing to acquire the equipment or other products they need. For market-aggressive companies offering products for sale, having an available in-house customer product leasing and financing program as a product marketing strategy can dramatically increase their ability to close product sales.

“In the past, establishing an in-house financing activity was difficult and expensive, requiring unique and substantial additional business operational and financing components in addition to an extensive learning curve. This is no longer the case. In recent years, there have been wide-spread market advances surrounding the financing of equipment and other products that enable forward-thinking companies to cost-effectively establish their own in-house product financing activity, using readily available, state-of the-art financing software programs, and third-party back-office services to manage any part of the financing process.

“This book will provide a product vendor with the turnkey know how it needs to assess the viability of establishing an in-house equipment financing operation, as well as the various considerations needed to set up and run its own cost-effective and profitable product financing activity.”

Richard M. Contino is an internationally-recognized equipment leasing expert, with an extensive legal, business, marketing, tax, transaction structuring, financial and management background.  He is an advisor on all types of start-up and on-going equipment leasing business activities for lessors, lease lenders and syndicators, equipment vendors, lease investors and corporate lessees.  He is former General Counsel of De Lage Landen, Wayne, Pennsylvania, a subsidiary of The Rabobank Group, and the 14th largest equipment lessor in the U.S. Mr. Contino is the author of eight books on business, negotiating, and equipment leasing. He has conducted private on-site and publicly-held business success, communication, finance, and negotiation seminars throughout the United States for professional organizations (e.g., American Management Association, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, National Seminars Group, Practicing Law Institute, and University of California Graduate School of Law) as well as corporations (e.g., AT&T, EXXON Corporation, NYNEX, and Texas Instruments Corporation). He is a retired JAG Captain, US Air Force.

(Source: Leasing News
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in Equipment Finance and Leasing

Equipment Leasing Books including Amembal & Halladay


Labrador Retriever Mix
Mathews North Carolina  Adopt a Dog


Coat Length: Short
House Trained: Yes
Vaccinations up to date, neutered
Good in a Home with
other dogs, children

Hi! My name is Potter and I am a very busy boy! I have lots of energy and need lots of entertainment! Most days I spend with my canine siblings, playing and running in the backyard. When I get tired of playing, I like to find something fun to chase, like birds, squirrels or leaves blowing in the breeze! Some days I go to daycare to play with other dogs and to be comfortable with being away from my foster family because I have been with my foster family for a while. Everyone says that I am a smart boy and I am very loving! You'll never be lonely again if you adopt me! I am house trained, walk nicely on a leash and am eager to please! After plenty of exercise, I will sleep all night in my crate or, even better, I'll sleep with you! In addition to your love, time and attention, I need a fenced backyard so that I have a place to run and play in addition to other activities. Also, I really love chasing other furry creatures, so I'm not a good candidate for a house with cats or small critters.

S.A.F.E. Animal Haven
P. O. Box 3206
Mathews, North Carolina 28106



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News Briefs----

Trump extends distancing guidelines to April 30

Fauci says coronavirus deaths in US could top 100,000

California governor: 170 ventilators sent from
    Federal government were 'not working'

Coronavirus: The state had 21 million N95 masks stockpiled.
  All are expired.

The latest sign the economic downturn is intensifying:
   White-collar workers are being laid off now

The U.S. Housing Market Bubble Is Bursting
     as Sales Plunge

$747 million: That’s the hit Chicago’s economy has taken
    from the 33 conventions canceled so far

Thomas Keller sues restaurant insurer over coronavirus
 business-interruption coverage, a plight many are discovering

Good news keeps on rollin’
 – just like the truckers

Meet the doctor who ordered the Bay Area’s coronavirus         
  lockdown, the first in the U.S.




You May Have Missed---

2 arrested, 70 cited for violating stay-at-home orders,
   Honolulu police say. Kauai, too


"When this is over, may we never again take for granted

A handshake with a stranger

Full shelves at the store

Conversations with neighbors

A crowded theater

Friday night out

The taste of communion

A routine checkup

The school rush each morning

Coffee with a friend

The stadium roaring

Each deep breath

A boring Tuesday

Life itself.

When this ends

may we find

that we have become

more like the people

we wanted to be

we were called to be

we hoped to be

and may we stay

that way — better

for each other

because of the worst."


Laura Kelly Fanucci
a Minnesota resident, writes a syndicated column, “Faith at Home,” published in Catholic newspapers nationwide and has written six books.                   


Coach Bruce Arians says free-agent WR Antonio Brown
   won't be joining Tom Brady, Buccaneers

Jimmy Johnson answers whether Jerry Jones will present
    him at Pro Football Hall of Fame induction

Aaron Rodgers got out of Peru in dramatic fashion
  before borders close due to coronavirus

On the 49ers: Why it’s impossible to grade
     the offseason before the NFL Draft


California Nuts Briefs---

1 million Californians file unemployment claims;
 Governor Newsom says most big banks will offer mortgage
  relief in state

How bad will the next few weeks be for California
    as coronavirus cases surge?

California, you’re doing a great job staying home,
   tracking data show. (Except these places)



“Gimme that Wine”

A Word of Caution on Sanitizer Production and the Safe
   Transfer of High-Proof Ethanol Using Pumps

Bordeaux has two years’ worth of wine sales in stock

Wine Is Going Out of Style—in France

Natural Wine Joins the Mainstream

Coronavirus Continues To Disrupt The Wine Industry

With Their Restaurants Closed,
   Chefs Turn to Instagram Live to Inspire Home Cooks

Free Wine App

Wine Prices by vintage

US/International Wine Events

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This Day in History

      1492 - King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella sign decree expelling Jews from Spain. Cristo Colombo’s navigator was Jewish, but this was not told to the royalty. Some believe Christopher Columbus’ name was Fernandes Zarco, born in Madeira, and he was Jewish, but changed his name as Jews were expelled by Queen Isabella. History says it was Columbus’ navigator who first saw the new land they thought was India (thus the natives were called Indians).  They changed the date from the 13th to the 12th, thinking it would be unlucky to record the event on that number. In reality, neither actually stepped on either the South or North America continents in their five trips to the area.
    1769 - Following the example of the Philadelphia merchants, Baltimore merchants join the non-importation movement by banning the purchase of English goods until the repeal of the Townshend Acts.
    1775 - King George III endorses the New England Restraining Act which forbids the New England colonies from trading with any other countries except England after 1 July, and bans them from fishing in the North Atlantic after 20 July. On 13 April, the provisions of the act will also be applied to Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia when Parliament hears that these colonies have ratified the Continental Association.
    1820 - A group of New England missionaries arrived on the Hawaiian Islands and were greeted by King Kamehameha II.
    1823 - A great Northeast storm with hurricane force winds raged from Pennsylvania to Maine. The storm was most severe over New Jersey with high tides, uprooted trees, and heavy snow inland.
    1842 - Dr. Crawford W. Long, having seen the use of nitrous oxide and sulfuric ether at “laughing gas parties,” observed that individuals under their influence felt no pain.  On this date he performed an operation under the influence of either. To honor him, March 30th is also “Doctor’s Day,” with the red carnation designated the official flower to worn in the lapel today.
    1843 - Napoleon E. Guerin of New York City patented an egg incubator for hatching chickens, revolutionizing the industry.
    1858 - Hyman L. Lipman of Philadelphia received the patent for inventing a pencil with an attached eraser. The pencil had a groove into which was “secured a piece of prepared rubber,
glued in at one end.”
    1867 – The United States government put the finishing touches on the deal to purchase that "large stump of ice," better known as Alaska. The acquisition, brokered in absolute secrecy by Secretary of State William Seward, saw the U.S. pay Alaska's owner, Russia, $7.2 million, or roughly two cents per acre of land. Though Alaska was the first bit of property ever relinquished by Russia, some American officials sneered at the seemingly barren new state. In certain circles, the deal was derisively known as "Seward's Folly."
    1867 - Birthday of Jessie Donaldson Hodder (d. 1931), Cincinnati.  Prison reformer. When her common-law husband rejected her and their two children, she found work in the New York State prison system and developed reforms that became the model for the nation by giving women prisoners dignity, a chance to reform, education, etc.
    1870 - The Fifteenth Amendment was adopted. It stipulated that no state shall deprive any citizen of the right to vote because of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. After Reconstruction was ended by a deal with Southern Democrats to win their votes to decide the Presidential election in an electoral tie, Poll taxes and literacy tests cancel out Black and other minority voters in the South. In many counties, it would not be until the 1960’s and the birth of the civil rights movement that many were allowed to vote and poll taxes and literacy tests were outlawed.
    1882 - Birthday of Melanie Klein (d. 1960), Vienna, Austria.  Pioneer child psychologist who believed cruelty against the mother affected the child much more than Freud and his school of followers had thought.
    1888 - Birthday of “The Louisiana Lady,” Camille Nickerson (d. 1982) at the French Quarter, New Orleans.  Music arranger, composer, musician and educator, remembered for her musical talent and her work as a music collector who gathered and transcribed Creole music. Of Creole extraction herself, Nickerson performed for a time in the US and Europe using the stage name, “The Louisiana Lady.”
    1889 - The first recorded golf mixed foursome was played at the Grey Oaks course of the St. Andrews Golf Club, Yonkers, NY, John B. Upham and Carrie Low played John Reid and Mrs. John G. Reid.
    1913 - Birthday of Frankie Laine, born Francesco Paolo LoVecchio (d. 2007) in Chicago.  Actor, singer, known for many songs such as “Mule Train,” “Lucky ole Sun,” “Cool Water,” “I Believe, “Granada,” and singer of TV songs such as “Rawhide” and “Viva Las Vegas.” A top performer in the late 40’s and 50’s and on early television. Originally a jazz singer, he was sidetracked by the famous arranger Mitch Miller.  As rock and roll changed the music for many of these early 1950’s singers, Laine remained popular well into the 1960s.,1,1340769.story?coll=
    1914 – John Lee Curtis “Sonny Boy” Williamson (d. 1948) was born near Jackson, TN.  He was a legendary and influential harmonica player and was instrumental in the harmonica as a blues staple.  He was murdered during a robbery in Chicago.
    1923 - In New York, the Audubon Ballroom was the site of the first dance marathon. Alma Cummings danced the fox trot, one-step and waltz with six partners.  It was built in 1912 at Broadway and 165th Street in Washington Heights and was known at various times as the William Fox Audubon Theatre, the Beverly Hills Theater, and the San Juan Theater.  The ballroom is noted for being the site of the assassination of Malcom X on February 21, 1965 and is currently the Audubon Business and Technology Center and the Shabazz Center.
    1927 – “Hollywood Squares” host Peter Marshall was born Peter LaCock in Huntington, WV.
    1930 – Actor John Astin was born in Baltimore.
    1938 – Actor Warren Beatty was born in Richmond, VA.
    1942 – The Coast Guard was designated as a service of the Navy to be administered by the Commandant of Coast Guard under the direction of the Secretary of the Navy, similar to the administration of the Marine Corps.
    1945 - Eric Clapton’s birthday in Ripley, England. Singer with Yardbirds, Cream, Derek and the Dominoes, Bluesbreakers, Faith, and songwriter, best known for starting the “unplugged” video and CD trend.
    1945 - Top Hits
“My Dreams are Getting Better All the Time” - The Pied Pipers
“A Little on the Lonely Side” - The Frankie Carle Orchestra (vocal: Paul Allen)
“Accentuate the Positive” - Johnny Mercer
“Shame on You” - Spade Cooley
    1945 - WILL, WALTER J., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company K 18th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Eisern, Germany, 30 March 1945. Entered service at: West Winfield, N.Y. Birth: Pittsburgh, Pa. G.O. No.: 88, 17 October 1945. Citation: He displayed conspicuous gallantry during an attack on powerful enemy positions. He courageously exposed himself to withering hostile fire to rescue 2 wounded men and then, although painfully wounded himself, made a third trip to carry another soldier to safety from an open area. Ignoring the profuse bleeding of his wound, he gallantly led men of his platoon forward until they were pinned down by murderous flanking fire from 2 enemy machineguns. He fearlessly crawled alone to within 30 feet of the first enemy position, killed the crew of 4 and silenced the gun with accurate grenade fire. He continued to crawl through intense enemy fire to within 20 feet of the second position where he leaped to his feet, made a lone, ferocious charge and captured the gun and its 9-man crew. Observing another platoon pinned down by 2 more German machineguns, he led a squad on a flanking approach and, rising to his knees in the face of direct fire, coolly and deliberately lobbed 3 grenades at the Germans, silencing 1 gun and killing its crew. With tenacious aggressiveness, he ran toward the other gun and knocked it out with grenade fire. He then returned to his platoon and led it in a fierce, inspired charge, forcing the enemy to fall back in confusion. 1st Lt. Will was mortally wounded in this last action, but his heroic leadership, indomitable courage, and unflinching devotion to duty live on as a perpetual inspiration to all those who witnessed his deeds.
    1950 - Dr. John Northup Shive of the Bell Telephone Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey, announced he had developed a phototransistor, operated by light rather than electric current. It was not until 1951 that transistors were produced commercially, the first for Western Electric, used in long distance dialing equipment. The microprocessor did not come along until the late 1970s, developed by Intel, Santa Clara, California.  Read a wonderfully enlightening book by Jon Gertner, “The Idea Factory,” about the innovative teams at Bell Labs during the explosive growth of AT&T, first to expand telephone service across the US, then globally.  Among the inventions of the Idea Factory:  computers and mobile phones.
    1950 - President Harry S Truman denounces Senator Joe McCarthy as a saboteur of U.S. foreign policy.
    1953 - Top Hits
“Till I Waltz Again with You” - Teresa Brewer
“Don’t Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes” - Perry Como
“Pretend” - Nat King Cole
“Kaw-Liga” - Hank Williams
    1957 - Buddy Knox became the first artist in the Rock 'n' Roll era to write his own number one hit when "Party Doll" topped the Billboard chart. Buddy would go on to place four more songs in the Top 40 between 1957 and 1961.
    1957—Birthday of actor Paul Reiser, born New York, NY, best known
for TV series “Mad About You.”
    1958 - Little Richard had his final US Top 10 hit with "Good Golly Miss Molly." The song was from his last recording sessions for Specialty Records, after which he recorded a series of Gospel songs.
    1961 - Top Hits
“Surrender” - Elvis Presley
“Dedicated to the One I Love” - The Shirelles
“Apache” - Jorgen Ingmann
“Don’t Worry” - Marty Robbins
    1963 – “He's So Fine,” recorded by The Chiffons, jumped into the top spot on Billboard's record charts on this date, and stayed in the Number 1 spot for 4 weeks.
    1963 - Birthday of baseball player turned Rapper, M.C. Hammer, real name Stanley Kirk Burrell, in Oakland, California.
    1963 - 16-year-old Lesley Gore records her breakthrough hit, "It's My Party." Producer Quincy Jones hurried Gore into the studio when he found out that Phil Spector was going to cut the song with The Crystals.  Gore passed away in Feb, 2015.
    1964 - One of the best known game shows on television, "Jeopardy," developed by Merv Griffin, first aired on NBC-TV. Host, Art Fleming never missed a show in 2,500 programs. Three contestants won cash by attempting to give the correct questions to an answer in six different categories. Contestants go through two rounds and a “final jeopardy,” where they can wager up to all their earnings on one question. The series returned in 1984 with Alex Trebek as the popular host and remains a highly-viewed show.  Don’t miss the SNL parodies of “Jeopardy” with Will Ferrell as Trebek and Darrell Hammond as an irreverent and caustic Sean Connery as a celebrity guest with Norm MacDonald as Burt Reynolds.
    1966 - Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale ended their joint monthly long holdout by signing contracts for $130,000 and $105,000 respectively. Koufax (26-8 in 1965) and Drysdale (23-12) had shaken up the baseball establishment by joining forces and hiring lawyers to negotiate for them after learning that Dodger GM Buzzy Bavasi was playing them against each other. Still, their contracts fell short of their goal, a one-year deal for $1.05 million.
    1967 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit:  “Happy Together,'' The Turtles. The group is called the Crossfires before signing with Liberty Records.
    1967 - The cover of the Beatles' “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'' album is staged and photographed at Chelsea Manor Studios in London using collage and wax figures from Madame Tussaud's famous museum. The actual cover is a painting of that photograph. Among the likenesses featured on the cover are Mae West, Shirley Temple, Fred Astaire, Bob Dylan, Tony Curtis, Marlon Brando, Oscar Wilde, Marlene Dietrich and W.C. Fields.
    1967 - BOBO, JOHN P., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, 3d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein), FMF. Place and date: Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam, 30 March 1967. Entered service at: Buffalo, N.Y. Born: 14 February 1943, Niagara Falls, N.Y. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Company 1 was establishing night ambush sites when the command group was attacked by a reinforced North Vietnamese company supported by heavy automatic weapons and mortar fire. 2d Lt. Bobo immediately organized a hasty defense and moved from position to position encouraging the outnumbered marines despite the murderous enemy fire. Recovering a rocket launcher from among the friendly casualties, he organized a new launcher team and directed its fire into the enemy machine gun positions. When an exploding enemy mortar round severed 2d Lt. Bobo's right leg below the knee, he refused to be evacuated and insisted upon being placed in a firing position to cover the movement of the command group to a better location. With a web belt around his leg serving as a tourniquet and with his leg jammed into the dirt to curtain the bleeding, he remained in this position and delivered devastating fire into the ranks of the enemy attempting to overrun the marines. 2d Lt. Bobo was mortally wounded while firing his weapon into the main point of the enemy attack but his valiant spirit inspired his men to heroic efforts, and his tenacious stand enabled the command group to gain a protective position where it repulsed the enemy onslaught. 2d Lt. Bobo's superb leadership, dauntless courage, and bold initiative reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
    1968 - Quebecois chanteuse Celine Dion is born in Charlemagne, Canada. The singer has nine best-selling French albums under her belt before she records "Unison" in 1990.
    1969 - No. 1 Billboard hit:  “Dizzy,'' Tommy Roe. The song is Roe's biggest hit. It remains at No. 1 for four weeks and sells 6 million records.
    1969 - Top Hits
“Dizzy” - Tommy Roe
“Traces” - Classics IV featuring Dennis Yost
“Time of the Season” - The Zombies
“Who’s Gonna Mow Your Grass” - Buck Owens
    1969 - After having two giant hits with "The Letter" (#1) and "Cry Like A Baby" (#2), The Box Tops' "Sweet Cream Ladies" tops out at #28 on the Billboard Hot 100. They would reach #18 later in the year with "Soul Deep," their final Top 40 entry.
    1970 - "Applause" starring Lauren Bacall, opened on Broadway. The show became one of the hardest tickets to get. Critics called Bacall “a sensation.” The play was an adaptation of the movie, "All About Eve." It continued for 896 performances. In 1972, a London version of the show, also starring Bacall, opened.
    1970 - Television dramas were added to daytime lineups on both ABC and NBC. "The Best of Everything" and "A World Apart" were first aired on ABC. On NBC debuted "Somerset" and "Another World."
    1970 - After years of struggle and a nationwide boycott, the United Farm Workers sign the first table-grape contract with two of California's largest grape growers.  But the victory will prove to be only one battle in a long war. By 1974, the union is threatened not only by growers but by more powerful unions. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters will muscle its way into the fields and sign sweetheart contracts with growers who haven't signed with United Farm Workers. The combined wealth and political power of the Teamsters and the growers nearly destroys the UFW.
    1971 - The Bee Gees were given a gold record for, "Lonely Days." When playing the gold record, they heard the song at a faster speed and said, “Hey, this sounds like disco!” The rest is part of "Saturday Night Fever" history.
    1974 - John Denver hit #1 with, "Sunshine on My Shoulders," his first number one song. Three other Denver singles reached the top of the music world: "Annie’s Song," "Thank God I’m a Country Boy" and "I’m Sorry." "Take Me Home Country Roads" made it to number two, while "Rocky Mountain High" only reached number 9. Denver wrote Peter, Paul and Mary's "Leaving on a Jet Plane" and won an Emmy for the television special, "An Evening with John Denver."
    1977 - A new era began in San Francisco football as Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr. bought the 49ers from the original owners. The 49ers never reached the NFL championship game while the founding Morabito family owned them, but they won five Super Bowls during the first 18 years of DeBartolo’s tenure. Forced to turn the team over to his sister due to a business dealing with the former Governor of Louisiana, the 49ers declined materially until they hired Jim Harbaugh as coach in 2010. They seem to have gone back to their post-Eddie stupidity as they fired Harbaugh after the 2014 and have suffered a number of early retirements of key players and let all-time Niners rushing leader Frank Gore leave for free agency. When he returns for retirement of jerseys, the fans go crazy over his attendance. I can personally attest that “Eddie! Eddie!” is the loudest yell of the events.  After several unsuccessful attempts, DeBartolo was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016 with a memorable induction speech that is available on YouTube.  Watch it!
    1977 - Top Hits
“Rich Girl” - Daryl Hall & John Oates
“Dancing Queen” - Abba
“Don’t Give Up on Us” - David Soul
“Southern Nights” - Glen Campbell
    1977 - The Eagles' "Hotel California" starts climbing the Billboard LP Chart to the top.  It topped the Hot 100 singles chart for one week.  Writing credits for the song are shared by Don Felder (music), Don Henley, and Glenn Frey (lyrics). The Eagles' original recording of the song features Henley singing the lead vocals and concludes with an extended section of electric guitar interplay between Felder and Joe Walsh.  The song is considered the most famous recording by the band and, in 1998, its long guitar coda was voted the best guitar solo of all time by readers of “Guitarist.” The Eagles won the 1977 Grammy Award for Record of the Year for "Hotel California" at the 20th Grammy Awards in 1978.  Rolling Stone magazine ranked it number 49 on its list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time."  It was named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.  At the induction of the Eagles into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, all seven former and present members of the band reunited to perform "Hotel California."   In 2009, the song was further certified Platinum (Digital Sales Award) by the RIAA for sales of one million digital downloads, and has since sold over 3 million downloads.
    1977 - Hartford, CT, hit 87 degrees to establish a record for the month of March.
    1978 - Ellen Corby returned to Walton’s Mountain over a year after she left in an ambulance after a stroke. The episode was titled, "Grandma Comes Home".
    1981 - President Ronald Reagan was shot in the chest by a would-be assassin as he walked to his limousine in Washington DC. In the attack, Press Secretary James Brady and two police officers were wounded.  John W. Hinkley Jr. was convicted for the crime and remains in prison serving his life sentence.
    1981 - Former Secretary of State Alexander Haig's televised announcement (while President Ronald Reagan was undergoing surgery after being shot by a would-be assassin): "As of now, I am in control here in the White House..." Haig continued to say, “Constitutionally, gentlemen, you have the president, the vice-president and the secretary of state in that order." What makes this so funny and memorable was his arrogance, plus the fact that he was incorrect. According to the New York Desk Reference, for those who want to get on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," the line of Presidential succession is: 1.Vice-President, 2. Speaker of the House, 3. President Pro Tempore of the Senate, 4. Secretary of State, 5. Secretary of the Treasury. The point is that the Secretary of State is fourth in line, not second. He surely was not in charge.
    1983 - Basketball player Larry Bird, set a regular season Celtic scoring record as he got 53 points. The record remained until 1985 when Bird broke it himself with a 60-point performance on March 12.
    1985 - Top Hits
“One More Night” - Phil Collins
“Lovergirl” - Teena Marie
“We are the World” - USA for Africa
“Seven Spanish Angels” - Ray Charles with Willie Nelson
    1987 - Vincent van Gogh’s "Sunflowers" brought in $39.85 million, more than triple the record for a painting at auction. It was sold on the 134th anniversary of the artist's birth. Singer Don McLean wrote and sang a musical tribute to the artist, titled "Vincent," in April of 1972.
    1987 - A low pressure area spread heavy snow across the Ohio Valley and lower Great Lakes region. Cleveland, Ohio recorded 16 inches of snow in 24 hours -- their second highest total of record. Winds gusting to 50 mph created 8 to 12 foot waves on Lake Huron and the storm ushered in unseasonably cold air into the south central and southeastern US with nearly 100 record lows in 3 days.
    1987 -The 59th Annual Academy Awards extravaganza emanated from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Los Angeles Music Center. Chevy Chase, Goldie Hawn and Paul ‘Crocodile Dundee’ Hogan hosted. (Hogan was also an Oscar nominee for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen with Ken Shadie and John Cornell for "Crocodile Dundee.") Now let’s get right to the good part: Best Picture: "Platoon" (Arnold Kopelson, producer); Best Director: Oliver Stone for "Platoon;" Best Actor: Paul Newman for "The Color of Money;" Best Actress: Marlee Matlin for "Children of a Lesser God;" Best Supporting Actor: Michael Caine for "Hannah and Her Sisters;" Best Supporting Actress: Dianne Wiest for "Hannah and Her Sisters" and Best Music/Song: Giorgio Moroder (music), Tom Whitlock (lyrics) for "Take My Breath Away" from "Top Gun." And HBO (Home Box Office) earned its first Oscar as "Down and Out in America" tied for Best Documentary feature. The cable-TV film played in a Los Angeles movie theatre for one week to qualify for the Academy Award. 1986?
    1989 - Gladys Knight performs solo for the first time since grammar school without The Pips during a gig at Bally's in Las Vegas. She became a regular in the town.  Ms. Knight, now a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, continues to tour and record occasionally, and leads the Saints Unified Voices choir. 
    1989 - Thunderstorms developing along and ahead of a slow moving cold front produced large hail and damaging winds at more than fifty locations across the southeast quarter of the nation, and spawned a tornado which injured eleven persons at Northhampton, NC.
    1999 - 44th NCAA Ice Hockey Championship: Northern Michigan beats Boston University 8-7; Northern Michigan's 1st NCAA hockey title
    1992 - 64th Academy Awards (“Silence of the Lambs” sweeps with Best Picture, Anthony Hopkins as Best Actor and Jodie Foster as Best Actress). The 64th Annual Academy Awards statuette-passing-out-party was thrown at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles. Funny man and actor/producer/writer/director Billy Crystal was host as that creepy "The Silence of the Lambs" (Edward Saxon, Kenneth Utt, Ronald M. Bozman, producers) won the prize for Best Picture of 1991. "Silence" also won the Best Director Oscar for the creepy Jonathan Demme; Best Writing/Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium for the creepy Ted Tally; Best Actor for the creepy Anthony Hopkins and Best Actress for the anything-but-creepy Jodie Foster. Jack Palance won Best Supporting Actor for playing Curly in "City Slickers" and the Best Supporting Actress Oscar was claimed by Mercedes Ruehl for "The Fisher King". Best Music/Song: Alan Menken (music), Howard Ashman (lyrics) for "Beauty and the Beast" from, you guessed it, "Beauty and the Beast." You probably wouldn’t have guessed that the movie, "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," nominated in six categories, won four Oscars for Best Sound (Tom Johnson, Gary Rydstrom, Gary Summers, Lee Orloff); Best Effects/Sound Effects Editing (Gary Rydstrom, Gloria S. Borders); Best Effects/Visual Effects (Dennis Muren, Stan Winston, Gene Warren Jr., Robert Skotak); and Best Makeup (Stan Winston, Jeff Dawn). 1991?
    1992 – Steroid user Sammy Sosa was traded by the Chicago White Sox with Ken Patterson to the Chicago Cubs for George Bell.
    1998 - 60th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: at Alamodome San Antonio, Kentucky beats Utah, 78-69
    2006 - As a result of the recently released book detailing Barry Bonds allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs, Bud Selig appoints George Mitchell to head an investigation into the use of steroids in baseball. The former Senate Majority Leader will have the authority to expand the probe, which will be made public, into events prior to Fall of 2002, when such substances were banned by major league baseball.  His 2007 “Mitchell Report” documented pervasive use of performance enhancing drugs, HGH, steroids, and other illegal substances, thereby providing some validity to similar charges leveled by Jose Canseco. The Report led to a Congressional investigation wherein Mark McGwire, Sosa, Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling, and Rafeal Palmeiro appeared, the latter denying vehemently that he never used, only to be found to have done so.  Sosa claimed to not understand English and Clemens has been embroiled in a civil suit by his former trainer that alleged he personally injected Clemens during his time with the Yankees.  Somehow Barry Bonds escaped the subpoena.

NCAA Basketball Champions:
    1940 - Indiana
    1943 - Wyoming
    1981 - Indiana
    1987 - Indiana
    1998 - Kentucky



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