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Friday, March 5, 2021

Today's Leasing News Headlines

Money Can Buy Happiness After All
     New Research Suggest Yes, it Does
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries
Leasing Industry Ads
    Experienced Origination Experience
Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP
    The Right Activities
Consumers over age 65 are now
    the fastest-growing category of e-commerce shoppers
Small Business Pulse Survey Asks About Vaccine,
    Shows Impact of Winter Storms on Texas Small Businesses
Millions of Families Could Face Housing Insecurity in 2021
    By Christina Hughes Babb. DS News
Worldwide Machinery Leasing Industry
    to increase Rental along with Leasing
Christopher Plummer (1929-2021) by Fernando Croce
  Wind Across the Everglades/the Silent Partner/The Insider
    The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus/Beginners
Labrador Retriever
    Lincoln, California  Adopt-a-Dog
Introducing Leasing News Advisory Board Chair
    Shari L. Lipski, CLFP
Ken Lubin Podcast
    James Rootes, President, Houston Texans
News Briefs---
Jeep boss says he’s willing
    to ditch ‘Cherokee’ name
Race is on for used chipmaking equipment
Masimo Brings Patient Monitoring App to Businesses
   to help hospitals monitor COVID-19 patients at home or business
Disney Closing at Least 20% of Physical Disney Stores,
     Focus Shifts to E-Commerce
Biden Hasn’t Reduced COVID-19 Testing
    at the Border
Federal Reserve March 3, 2021 Beige Book
   National Summary

You May have Missed---
The Veterans Administration Has Now Administered
    More COVID-19 Vaccine Shots than 42 US States

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New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Victor Brito was hired as Account Manager, Express Capital, Anaheim, California. He is located in Brea, California. Previously, he was Account Executive, Providence Capital Funding, Inc. (November, 2019 - August, 2020); Account Executive, Balboa Capital (February, 2018 - September, 2019); Loan Set-Up, DLJ Financial (March 2017 - January, 2018); Account Manager, Alliance Funding Group (June, 2015 - March, 2017); Production Supervisor Spires Restaurant (2007 - 2015); Server Don Jose Mexican Food (2010 - 2013); Quality Control, Custom Green Threads (2011 - 2012). Volunteer: Help foster dogs, cats. Maltese Rescue California.  Foster Help. Barks of Love Animal Rescue and Placement Services Corporation.  Education: Los Amigos. Activities and Societies: water polo track and field, football, wrestling and swim.

Robert "Bob" DeBrase was hired as Senior President, Sales, TEQLease Capital, Calabasas, California.  He is located in Middleboro, Massachusetts. "In this management role, DeBrase will lead TEQlease Capital's sales organization, including its education, commercial and public equipment finance teams. DeBrase will also join TEQlease Capital's board of directors. The addition of DeBrase will allow TEQlease Capital to enhance its equipment finance programs and to more fully serve its manufacturer, reseller and solution provider partners. Previously, he was Vice President Business Leader, Sales Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, joining the company June, 2005; Regional Sales and Program Manager, GE Capital (March, 1996 - June, 2005).  Education: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Bachelor of Science, Management.

Will Estess was hired as Vice President Equipment Finance Specialist, BancorpSouth Equipment Finance, a subsidiary of Bankcorp Bank, Tupelo Mississippi. "Estess will oversee the divisions of Mississippi and West Tennessee markets, delivering commercial equipment finance solutions to this region. He has more than 15 years of commercial banking experience and previously served in a variety of roles in tax-exempt leasing, business banking and corporate trust. Estess received his bachelor’s degree of business administration in corporate finance from Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS."

Daphne Harris was hired as Financial Area Manager, HPE Finance Services, Middlesex, New Jersey. Previously, she was Territory Enterprise Area Manager, CIT (Avaya Financial Services) (2000 - February, 2021). She joined AT&T Credit Corporation, 1988; promoted 2000, Small Business Area Manager. Volunteer: Plainfield Animal Humane Society.  Education: Investment Banking Institute, New York, New York. Investments and Securities (2015) (Intensive 4-week financial modeling and valuation training program). Lehigh University College of Business. BS, Finance and Economics. Activities: DJ and program manager at Lehigh University student radio station WLEV.  Joined the intermural bowling team.

Kelly Hollomon was hired as Vice President, Credit Manager, BancorpSouth Equipment Finance, a subsidiary of Bankcorp Bank, Tupelo Mississippi.  "As a Credit Manager, Hollomon will facilitate credit requests that are related to commercial customers’ equipment finance needs. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Grayson College in Denison, TX, and has spent a total of 38 years in the banking industry. He is an advisory board member for Fort Smith Girls Shelter in Fort Smith, AR. and a board member for the United States Selective Service System in Arkansas."

Todd Keck as Vice President Equipment Finance Credit Manager, BancorpSouth Equipment Finance, a subsidiary of Bankcorp Bank, Tupelo Mississippi. "Keck is in charge of analyzing the creditworthiness of equipment finance requests. He has more than 14 years of banking experience and most recently served as a financial reporting supervisor and credit analyst. Keck earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR. "

Jonathan King was hired as Vice President Eastern Region, Municipal Sales Manager, BancorpSouth Equipment Finance, a subsidiary of Bankcorp Bank, Tupelo Mississippi. "King is responsible for municipal leasing for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee. Knowledgeable in his field, he has been in the banking industry for more than 20 years. King earned his master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in general business from Mississippi State University."

Barbara "Barb" Kowalczyk was promoted to Account Executive, Lease Corporation of America, Troy, Michigan. She is located in the Greater Chicago Area. Previously, she was Senior Account Manager, Amur Equipment Finance (November, 2019 - March, 2021); Vice President, Great American Finance Co., (November, 1998 - May, 2019); VP of Operations and Chief Compliance Officer, Castle Credit & GAFH (November, 1998 - May, 2019 (note: Company merged); Manager, Sanwa Business Credit (1996 - 1998); Admin, LINC (1992 - 1996). Education: Dominican University.  Regina Dominican High School.

Don Lippolis was hired as Senor Litigation and Business Specialist, Lease Corporation of America, Troy, Michigan. "Mr. Lippolis was most recently with Canon Financial Services, Inc. where he was a Senior Workout Specialist.  He has over 25 years of experience in the equipment finance industry in the areas of collections, workouts, litigation and bankruptcy. "

Corey Puklus was hired as Senior Account Executive, Lease Corporation of America, Troy, Michigan. ". Mr. Puklus began his leasing career with Sanwa Bank Leasing and progressed to Vice President of Sales for the successor company, Bank of America Leasing.  After successful sales and sales management stints outside the industry, Mr. Puklus returns to apply his extensive background to growing new vendor financing business for LCA."

Scott Roessler, PMP, was hired as Senior Business Analyst, Siemens Financial Services, Iselin New Jersey. He is located in the Denver Metropolitan Area. Previously, he was Digital Transformation Business Analyst, Temenos (2019 - February, 2021): Key Corporate & Commercial Bank Efficiency Business Analyst/Project Manager, KeyBank (2013 - 2019). He joined Key Equipment Finance 2007 as Assistant Vice President, SMB Equipment Finance; Promoted 2008, Equipment Finance Technology Business Analyst; Operations Manager, Healthcare & Business Banking, American Express Business (2005 - 2007); Operations Manager, Technology Finance. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (2004 - 2005). Volunteer: Mentor, Leeds Professional Mentorship Program, Leeds School of Business, CU Boulder (August, 2015 - Present).  License: Project Management Professional (PMP).  Project Management Institute.  Issued September, 2017. Credential ID 2087409.  Education: Fairleigh Dickinson University

Chuck Sharbrough was hired as Vice President, Director, Food, Beverage, Agribusiness at KeyBank Equipment Finance, Superior, Colorado. He is located in Irvine, California. Previously, he was at Wells Fargo, joining July, 2016, as Senior Vice President, Senior Sales Manager, Specialty Markets; promoted November, 2018, Senior Vice President, Senior Sales Manager, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness. He began his career at GE Capital, joining in 1995, Vice President Senior Account Representative; promoted 2000, Senior Vice President, Region Sales Manager; promoted 2010, Senior Vice President, National Cross Sell Leader. Education: California State University, Long Beach.  Bachelor of Arts, Organization and Behavioral Communications.

Raymond Thompson has been promoted to Senior Counsel, PNC, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. He joined the firm as Counsel, September, 2017.  Previously, he was Legal Counsel, DLL (September, 2013 - September, 2017); Associate Attorney, Hartman, Shurr (September, 2012 - September, 2013; Associate Attorney, Petrille Wind P.C. (May, 2010 - February, 2013); Certified Legal Intern, PA Office of Attorney General (May, 2009 - May, 2011). US District Court of the District of New Jersey.  Issued March 2013.  Attorney, US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.  Issued September, 2012.  Attorney. US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Issued March, 2012. Attorney. Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Issued October 2011. Education: Villanova University of Law. J.D. Law (2008 - 2011).  Hillsdale College. B.A., Political Science/History. (2004 - 2008). Graduated Magna Cum Laude with departmental honors in political science.

Mario Villa was hired as Senior Account Manager, Sertant Capital, Newport Beach, California.  "Villa will be based in Sothern California and will manage Sertant’s market expansion efforts throughout the southwest region." He is located in Orange County, California.  Previously, he was Private Equipment Finance Manager, First National Capital Corporation (April, 2017 - February, 2021). He began his career at Partners Capital Group, starting December, 2014, National Accounts Manager; promoted January, 2015, Vice President of Sales.


Leasing Industry Help Wanted



Sales Makes it Happen
By Scott Wheeler, CLFP

The Right Activities

As a successful originator in the commercial equipment leasing and finance industry, do your daily activities match your production goals? What have you tried differently in the last week or month to improve your production results?

In my weekly one-on-one coaching sessions, I often ask originators what they are working on that would significantly change the trajectory of their annual production. Top originators are always seeking new opportunities that will improve their results. They do not allow themselves to fall into a rut and continue to work on activities that have produced minimal results. Every activity can be measured and tested for efficiencies and productivity. Top originators eliminate non-productive activities and focus on those activities which can produce superior results. Origination is not about being busy; it is about delivering results on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.

Activity in the commercial equipment leasing and finance industry is currently strong. If you are not producing the results you need to be successful, then you need to:

  • Refocus your efforts and your daily activities. Reach out to more of the right vendors and end-users.
  • Refine your pitch to better explain your personal value proposition and your specific position within the industry.
  • Inspect what you expect to accomplish each day and week.
  • Have an aggressive "to do" list every single day. Don't accept an incomplete list at the end of the day.
  • Brainstorm how you will leverage your current clients and ask for referrals on every call.
  • Stop being transactional and start being relationship oriented. How can this transaction lead to more business in the coming weeks and months?
  • Think big. What must be true to double, triple, or quadruple your monthly production? Focus on those activities which will produce your stretch goals.

If you truly want success, start improving your activities now; today; this week. There is no better time to seek success than right now.

Scott A. Wheeler, CLFP
Wheeler Business Consulting
1314 Marquis Ct.
Fallston, Maryland 21047
Phone: 410 877 0428
Fax: 410 877 8161

Sales Makes it Happen articles:


Consumers over age 65 are now
the fastest-growing category of e-commerce shoppers

"Last week, we told you retail sales did better than anyone expected in 2020 and are poised for even bigger growth this year. Fueled by skyrocketing online sales, online revenues are expected to grow between 18%-23%, reaching at least $1.14 trillion (topping a trillion dollars for the first time), according to the NRF (National Retail Federation)."

Over the past several years, online shopping (both for groceries and merchandise) was driven by America’s youngest generations—millennials and Gen Z. As a frequent online shopping baby boomer, I’ve never understood why more boomers weren’t shopping online.

But now, due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Washington Post reports those over 65 are now the fastest-growing category of e-commerce shoppers. The Post adds, businesses are “scrambling to meet them [online offering] round-the-clock customer service…and interactive videos aimed at simplifying e-commerce for the uninitiated. Instacart created a service helping older consumers set up accounts, fill their carts, and place their first orders. The program has been popular, helping onboard hundreds of thousands of new shoppers.”

And once the pandemic ends, this trend is expected to continue, according to the experts interviewed by The Post. This is a gift for many businesses because boomers are loyal customers with more disposable income than younger generations. The Post says in 2018, consumers age 50 and older accounted for 56% of all U.S. spending, totaling $7.6 trillion per AARP.

Stats from NPD Group’s Checkout Tracking show a 49% increase in online spending for those 65 and older in the first 10 months of 2020 and more than a 40% increase in frequency of purchases.

Small businesses should jump on this trend and start marketing to boomers. Chris Allieri, founder of marketing company Mulberry & Astor, told The Post, “It took the pandemic to make [retailers] wake up and realize, ‘Hey, wait a minute, we can reach so many more people if we do things a little differently,’” instead of just targeting young consumers.

Local businesses need to offer BOPIS (buy online, pickup in-store) and curbside pickup options. Don’t make assumptions about what types of products boomers will buy online. A spokesperson for Lowes told The Post, the number of boomer shoppers on “ soared more than 70% in the first two months of the pandemic. The past year has demonstrated just how quickly shopping behaviors can change.”




Small Business Pulse Survey Asks About Vaccine,
Shows Impact of Winter Storms on Texas Small Businesses

Most of the nation’s small businesses do not require employees to get COVID-19 vaccines or tests to return to work, according to the first results of Phase 4 of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Small Business Pulse Survey (SBPS).

SBPS was launched Feb. 15, to measure the effect of changing business conditions during the coronavirus pandemic on our nation's small businesses. Many prior survey questions have evolved and additional questions such as those related to coronavirus vaccinations and tests have been added.

Question: In the last week, did this business require employees to test negative for COVID-19 before physically coming to work? Respondents may select only one of the following check boxes: “yes,” “no” or “not applicable, this business did not have employees physically coming to work in the last week.”

Responses: 10.0% said yes; 70.1% said no; and 19.9% said not applicable or n/a. Responses in two specific sectors outpaced the national average: 15.5% of health care and 14.3% of accommodation/food service businesses for requiring a negative test.

Full Report with Statistics:



Millions of Families Could Face Housing Insecurity in 2021
By Christina Hughes Babb. DS News

Government agencies responsible for protecting consumers have precious little time to save millions of families from losing their home, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) first analysis of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on housing.

Bureau administrators say actions taken by both the public and private sector have, so far, prevented a devastating number of foreclosures during the height of the public health crisis. However, according to a CFBP press release, as legal protections expire in the months ahead, more than 11 million families or almost 10% of U.S. households are at risk of eviction and foreclosure.

According to the report summary, those who have fallen behind at least three months on their mortgage increased 250% to 2 million-plus households, and are now at a level not seen since the height of the Great Recession in 2010. Collectively, these households are estimated to owe almost $90 billion in deferred principal, interest, taxes, and insurance payments.

More than 8 million rental households are behind in their rent.

While there are significant differences from the last crisis (a more stable mortgage market and substantial homeowner equity) there are a significant number of households at risk of losing their housing just as the U.S. economy is poised to emerge from the pandemic—a
a disproportionate number of them from communities of color.

The CFPB report— which examines the relevant data and research on the impact of the pandemic on the rental and mortgage market, and particularly its impact on low income and minority households—can be accessed at

  • The number of homeowners behind on their mortgage has doubled since the beginning of the pandemic—6% of mortgages were delinquent as of December 2020.
  • More homeowners are behind on their mortgages now than at any time since 2010, which was the peak of the Great Recession.
  • 2.1 million homeowners are more than 90 days behind on payments, a key benchmark for being “seriously delinquent” in mortgage payments. That’s five times the number of families that were more than 90 days behind on their mortgage before the pandemic began.
  • Black and Hispanic families are more than twice as likely to report being behind on their housing payments than White families.
  • An estimated 8.8 million tenant households are behind on their rent.
  • About 10% of renters reported that they’re likely to be evicted in the next two months, with the rates highest among Black and Hispanic households.



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Worldwide Machinery Leasing Industry
to increase Rental along with Leasing

The global machinery leasing market is expected to grow from $316.22 billion in 2020 to $342.66 billion in 2021 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.4%. The growth is mainly due to the companies rearranging their operations and recovering from the COVID-19 impact, which had earlier led to restrictive containment measures involving social distancing, remote working, and the closure of commercial activities that resulted in operational challenges. The market is expected to reach $454.78 billion in 2025 at a CAGR of 7%.

The machinery rental market consists of sales of machinery rental services by entities (organizations, sole traders and partnerships) that rent out or lease commercial-type and industrial-type machinery and equipment. Establishments in this generally provide capital or investment-type equipment that clients use in their business operations. These establishments typically cater to a business clientele and do not generally operate a retail-like or storefront facility.

The machinery rental market is segmented into heavy construction machinery rental; commercial air, rail, and water transportation equipment rental; mining, oil and gas, and forestry machinery and equipment rental; office machinery and equipment rental; and other commercial and industrial machinery and equipment rental.

The outbreak of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has acted as a massive restraint on the machinery leasing market in 2020 as the need for services offered by these establishments declined due to lockdowns imposed by governments globally. Steps by national governments to contain the transmission have resulted in a decline in economic activity with countries entering a state of 'lock down' and the outbreak is expected to continue to have a negative impact on businesses throughout 2020 and into 2021.

However, it is expected that the machinery leasing market will recover from the shock across the forecast period as it is a 'black swan' event and not related to ongoing or fundamental weaknesses in the market or the global economy

The emergence of start-ups as major clients of leasing service providers is expected to drive the market. Driven by cost efficiency and the necessity to acquire advanced equipment which is often highly priced, start-ups have started renting or leasing their equipment.

The increasing number of start-ups is also expected to positively impact the market


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Watch at Home:
Fernando's Reviews

Arguably Canada’s greatest actor, Christopher Plummer (1929-2021) brought plangent voice and dignified presence to decades of films, from “The Sound of Music” to “Knives Out.” So check out Netflix for this brilliant talent’s best screen roles.

Wind Across the Everglades (Nicholas Ray, 1958): One of Plummer’s first screen roles was this underrated drama from passionate director Nicholas Ray (“Rebel Without a Cause”), set in Florida in the early 1900s. He plays Walt Murdock, a National Audubon Society agent assigned with putting a stop to the sales of rare bird plumage. His mission takes his deep into the local bayou, where he meets a poacher known as Cottonmouth (Burl Ives). While recovering in the poachers’ camp, Murdock gets to know his formidable foe, and learn about how their different ideals—civilization versus nature, order versus freedom—are more similar than different. Eschewing heroism, Plummer imbues his character with an utterly modern sense of emotional conflict, fitting perfectly in Ray’s gallery of contradictory protagonists with no easy answers.

The Silent Partner (Daryl Duke, 1978): For Christmas-set suspense, this offbeat Canadian thriller is a sure bet. Elliott Gould stars as Miles, a bored Toronto bank clerk who one day takes advantage of a bungled heist to make off with a bag of money. What he didn’t plan on, however, was the foiled robber being a vengeful psycho—Harry Reikle (Plummer, in a marvelously sinister performance), to be exact, who works playing Santa Claus at the mall while planning revenge on Miles. What follows is a tense game of cat and mouse between them, growing more dangerous by the minute as Harry uses blackmail to force Miles into helping him with another crime. Cleverly plotted and darkly humorous, Daryl Duke’s caper adds welcome vinegar to the usual Christmas sweetness.

The Insider (Michael Mann, 1999): Plummer hadone of his juiciest roles in this exceptional legal drama from director Michael Mann (“Heat”). Based on a true story, the film follows the investigation that would expose the secrets of “Big Tobacco” corporations, triggered by the reluctant collaboration of former executive Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe). Tracked down by tenacious TV producer Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino), he agrees to share information—including data about addictive cigarettes—that puts his life in legal as well as physical danger. Plummer plays legendary “60 Minutes” host Mike Wallace, introduced scoring a unique (not to mention potentially deadly) interview with the founder of Hezbollah. Intelligent, compelling, and as suspenseful as a 1970s thriller, Mann’s film is a powerful portrait of the risks and rewards of integrity.

The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus (Terry Gilliam, 2009): Plummer teamed up with his “12 Monkeys” director Terry Gilliam for this fantasy, which is both extravagant and poignant. He plays Dr. Parnassus, the ancient leader of a traveling show that’s been reduced to playing to sparse, disinterested audiences. Having struck a Faustian bargain thousands of years ago, Parnassus becomes determined to save the soul of his daughter Valentina (Lily Cole) from the Devil (Tom Waits). With the help of a young scalawag (Heath Ledger, in his last role), he sets out to beat him on awager—whoever collects five souls first is the winner. A colorful, endlessly inventive tale of salvation in and out of dream worlds, the moviebenefits greatly from the Shakespearean rue Plummer brings to the title role.

Beginners (Mike Mills, 2010): Plummer received a long-overdue Academy Award (for Best Supporting Actor) in this heartfelt comedy-drama from writer-director Mike Mills (“20th-Century Women”). Told with flashbacks, the story charts the ups and downs in the relationship between Oliver (Ewan McGregor) and his father Hal (Plummer). Having come out as a gay man late in life, Hal savors such discoveries as clubbing and a much younger boyfriend, Andy (Goran Visnjic), just as he grows sicker. This proves to be quite a challenge for Oliver, who has emotional issues of his own—namely a romance with a quirky French actress named Anna (Melanie Laurent). Based on autobiographical experiences by the director, the film’s warm blend of humor and melancholy is deftly anchored by the performers, particularly Plummer’s unsentimental gravity


Labrador Retriever
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10 Year Old Purebred
55 lbs.
Good with Cats
Good with childred
Good with other dogs
House Trained

Bailey is a petite 55 pound, 10-year-old purebred black female, sadly surrendered when her mom and dad are moving out of state and were unable to find a place to take a large dog. Bailey has been well loved and well cared for. She has allergies and is on a special diet and allergy meds to keep her from being itchy. But, it’s a small price to pay for a fabulous girl like Bailey. She’s a house dog…and a spoiled loved one! She’s well mannered…no bad habits that we’ve seen with her. She is good with other dogs, kids and cats too. Her human sister brought home 2 foster kitties which tormented Bailey to no end and Bailey tolerated all the ear biting and tail chasing. Bailey is a senior princess who wants the best that life has to offer and at her stage of life, that’s a nice walk, but more importantly, all the attention and ear scratches she desires. Bailey will make a perfect companion for a couple with a quieter house. She deserves being the special one in the house at her age!

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Leasing News Advisory Board Chair
Shari L. Lipski, CLFP

Shari L. Lipski, CLFP
ECS Financial Services
3400 Dundee Road, Suite 180
Northbrook, Illinois 60062


December 31, 2020 she was named Chair of the Leasing News Advisory Board when Bob Teichman, CLFP, retired. January 1, 2019 Shari was named Vice-Chair of Board. She is both intelligent and diplomatic, and well respected in the industry.

Shari previously served on the Leasing News Advisory Board from March, 2003 to January, 2005 and rejoined in February, 2016.
 Her resume includes over 30 years of experience in equipment lease portfolio management, lease originations, and corporate business development.

From 1989 through 1997, Shari worked for Public Funding Corporation, a financer of small-ticket governmental equipment leases.  During her time with Public Funding, she held various positions including Lease Administrator, Corporate Secretary, and garnered equity ownership when she took the position of Vice President.  In 1997, Public Funding was sold to First Sierra Financial, Inc.  It was at that time Shari assumed responsibilities for managing operations in the Chicago branch office, as well as a portfolio of vendor relationships.

In 1999, Shari joined ECS Financial Services, Inc., CPAs, and is responsible for corporate business development with a direct focus on the Equipment Lease and Loan Portfolio Management Division as well as the Tax, Accounting, and Audit Divisions.  She also serves the firm’s clients by offering an expertise in many areas including marketing and managing a lease/loan portfolio, back-office leasing company operations, business process outsourcing, sales and personal property tax compliance, and consulting.

Shari has written for several trade publications, served as an educational instructor for several associations, as well as the Certified Leasing and Finance Professional Foundation. She was featured in the 2019 Monitor Magazine “Women in Leasing.”

2021-present:  Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation, Trustee
2017-2020:  SFN-Midwest Leadership Committee Member and Membership Committee, Co-Chair, and Women in Commercial       Finance Committee Member (formerly CFA)
2017-2020:  ELFA, Service Providers Business Council Steering Committee
2019 Named one of the Top 50 Women in Equipment Finance, Monitor Magazine (accolade)
2019 NEFA Funding Symposium Conference Co-Chairperson
2017-2019:  ELFA, Women’s Council Founding Member
2016-present:  Advisory Board Member
2012-present:  Women In Leasing, LinkedIn Discussion Group, Owner
2013:  Advisory Committee Member, Rockford Career College
2012:  NEFA, Funding Symposium-Conference Committee
2011:  NEFA, Finance Summit-Conference Chairperson
2010-2012:  NEFA, Conference Committee Member
2008-2012:  ELFA, Service Providers Business Council Committee Member, State Government Relations Committee Member, and Annual Convention Review Committee Member
2009 Named of the 20 Most Influential Women in Leasing, Leasing News (accolade)
2005-2008:  EAEL, Director
2006-2008:  CLP Foundation, Director
2007  EAEL, Fall Expo-Conference Chairperson
2003-2005:  Leasing News Advisory Board
2004-present:  ECS Financial Services, Inc., Principal
2003:  NAELB, Conference Chairperson
2002-2003:  CLP Foundation, Marketing Committee Chairperson
2001-2004:  Mid-America Association of Equipment Lessors (MAEL), Director
1998:  UAEL, Illinois Regional Chairperson
1999-2004:  ECS Financial Services, Inc., Lease Portfolio Manager
1993-1997: Public Funding Corporation, Vice President
1989-1993: Public Funding Corporation, head envelope and stamp licker



Ken Lubin Podcast
James Rootes, President, Houston Texans

Jamey‎ Rootes has been one of Houston's leading executives for more than two decades. He currently serves as President of the Houston Texans and is responsible for all business functions of the club. Since joining the Texans, Rootes has overseen the team's efforts to secure stadium-naming rights and sponsorship, coordinated radio and TV broadcasting relationships, engineered the club's successful ticket and suite sales campaigns, led the creation and launch of the team's identity and developed the team's highly acclaimed customer service strategy.

Before joining the Texans, he was president and general manager of the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer. And now has a new book coming out.



Ken Lubin
Managing Director
ZRG Partners, LLC
Americas I EMEA I Asia Pacific
C: 508-733-4789


News Briefs---

Jeep boss says he’s willing
    to ditch ‘Cherokee’ name

Race is on for used chipmaking equipment

Masimo Brings Patient Monitoring App to Businesses
   to help hospitals monitor COVID-19 patients at home or business

Disney Closing at Least 20% of Physical Disney Stores,
     Focus Shifts to E-Commerce

Biden Hasn’t Reduced COVID-19 Testing
    at the Border

Federal Reserve March 3, 2021 Beige Book
   National Summary



You May Have Missed---

The Veterans Administration Has Now Administered
    More COVID-19 Vaccine Shots than 42 US States


Sports Briefs---

Steelers sign new contract with Roethlisberger
     for 2021 season

Nearing Conference Tourney Week, Big Ten
     Has Kick-Started the Madness of March

SF Giants beat White Sox: Alex Wood praises Buster Posey,
     Brandon Crawford, Darin Ruf stand out

Aaron Rodgers gives $1 million to help Chico businesses

Five Years after Rams Left St. Louis, Missouri
    $100,000 Review Where the Money Went to Keep in Town


California Nuts Briefs---

California is changing its vaccine system to allocate
    40% of supply to lowest-income ZIP codes

California lawmakers OK schools reopening bill,
    amid complaints that it's not enough

Newsom recall bankrolled by wealthy mega-donors,
    national Republicans - and retirees



“Gimme that Wine”

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     Schramsberg, 2017 North Coast Brut Rosé

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This Day in History

    1595 - First New England Settler: William Blackstone (d. 1675) was born at Durham County, England.  He was the first settler in what is now Boston, Massachusetts, and the first in what is now Rhode Island. Blackstone came to New England with the Captain Robed Gorge’s expedition in 1623. When the expedition failed and most returned to England, Blackstone stayed and settled on what later became Beacon Hill. In 1634, he sold most of his Boston property and moved to the shores of the river that now bears his name.
    1623 – Alcohol prohibited: Governor Sir Francis Wyatt of Virginia and 32 others signed into law an “alcohol Temperance” against swearing and public drunkenness, ordering “...churchwardens shall be sworne to present them to the commanders of every plantation and that the forfeitures shall be collected by them to be for publique uses.”
    1770 - Boston Massacre: the first clashes of the coming revolution occurred during this period which saw the rise of organized political resistance to parliamentary and royal excesses in the form of the first Continental Congress. Perhaps the start of this "movement" was sparked by what came to be called the Boston Massacre.  Five colonists (Crispus Attucks, James Caldwell, Patrick Carr, Samuel Gray and Samuel Maverick) were killed when British troops fired on a mob of men and boys who had been taunting them and throwing stones. Capt. Thomas Preston, commander of the British contingent, and six of his men were charged with murder. They were defended in court by John Adams and Josiah Quincy. All except two were acquitted. The estimated colonial population was 2,205,000. The day is celebrated as Crispus Attucks Day, honoring Crispus Attucks, possibly a runaway slave, who was the first to die in the Boston Massacre.
Historians reported the most popular early engraving was “The Bloody Massacre Perpetrated in King Street, Boston,” on March 5, 1770, which was engraved, printed, and sold by Paul Revere. It depicted the shooting of five Americans by the British troops and has appeared in countless children’s textbooks and general works on American history.
    1804 - Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase was impeached after charges were brought by the House of Representatives. The accusations consisted of eight articles, of which the majority had to do with high-handed conduct displayed by Chase in two treason and sedition trials. There were also political reasons for the impeachment, which was encouraged by President Thomas Jefferson. The trial began on January 30, 1805. Chase was acquitted and served until his death of June 19, 1811, at the age of 70.
    1821 - James Monroe became the first President of the United States inaugurated on March 5th. The unusual inauguration date occurred because March 4th, the normal Presidential Inauguration Day, fell on a Sunday and a President cannot be inaugurated on the Christian Sabbath. While it’s still a law today, Inauguration Day was officially set back to January 20th, with Sundays not included.
    1836 - Samuel Colt made the first pistol, a .34-caliber ‘Texas’ model.
    1845 - Congress appropriates $30,000 to ship camels to western US.
    1848 - In the Battle of Abiqua, whites attack Klamath tribe camp at Abiqua Creek near Salem, Oregon Territory; 13 men and women killed.
    1854 - Mary Elizabeth Garrett (d. 1915) birthday, Baltimore, MD. U.S philanthropist whose endowment to Johns Hopkins University Medical School forced it to accept women. Her first major endowment was to establish the Bryn Mawr School for Girls. Her donations guaranteed that the school would be headed by M. Carey Thomas, her domestic partner. Garrett later donated more than $450,000 to Johns Hopkins University medical school for it to remain a graduate school in perpetuity that would (for the first time in its history) accept women students. With donations that eventually surpassed $350,000, she guaranteed that her domestic partner, the brilliant M. Carey Thomas, was made president of Bryn Mawr College. Thomas made Bryn Mawr one of the great colleges of the nation with scholastic requirements higher than men entering Harvard University. Garrett was an active suffragist who lived with Thomas from about 1904 to her death in 1915 and, through her will, made Thomas a very wealthy woman. 
    1865 - General John C. Breckinridge takes control of Confederate forces in the Appalachian Mountains of western Virginia. The Kentuckian was a former senator and had been the vice president of the country and the runner-up to Abraham Lincoln in the 1860 presidential election. Breckinridge took over the obscure Western Department of Virginia, where he managed forces until he was elevated to the Confederacy's Secretary of War in the closing weeks of the conflict.  Born in 1821, Breckinridge graduated from college when he was 17 years old. He served in the military during the Mexican War and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives at age 30. In 1856, Breckinridge became the youngest vice president when he was elected with James Buchanan at age 35. In 1860, he represented the southern wing of the Democratic Party, which had split during the convention over the issue of slavery. He finished third in the popular vote behind Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, who represented the northern Democrats, but he received 72 electoral votes to finish second behind Lincoln. Although he lost the White House, his state legislature selected him as senator shortly after the election. During the summer of 1861, Breckinridge remained in the Senate, supporting secessionist’s views as the war escalated. In September, Kentucky declared itself a Union state. Having literally become a man without a country, Breckinridge fled to the Confederacy and joined the army. He was made commander of the Orphan Brigade, a collection of Kentucky regiments with soldiers who found themselves geographically cut off from their native state. His unit suffered 34 percent casualties at the Battle of Shiloh but went on to fight at most of the battles in the western theater. After taking control of the Western Department of Virginia, Breckinridge led forces at the Battle of New Market in May 1864, where his army routed a Union force. In October, troops in his department were victorious at the Battle of Saltville, but the victory was tarnished when the Confederates began massacring black soldiers during the Union retreat. When Breckinridge heard of this, he went to the battlefield and ordered his men to stop killing any prisoners, be they black or white. As soon as he left, the units involved in the battle killed all blacks and those whites who tried to protect them. It was not uncommon to kill black Union soldiers than take them as prisoner. Breckinridge also served during Jubal Early's 1864 Shenandoah Valley campaign. On February 6, 1865, Confederate President Jefferson Davis tapped Breckinridge to be Secretary of War. He showed great ability in that capacity, but the Confederate cause had become hopeless. Breckinridge oversaw the evacuation of Richmond in March and fled southward with Davis. Unlike Davis, however, Breckinridge successfully escaped the country through Florida and into Cuba. Joined by his family, Breckinridge stayed for four years in Europe before a presidential pardon allowed him to return to Kentucky. He worked as a lawyer until his death in 1875.
    1870 - American writer Frank Norris (d. 1902) born Chicago, Illinois. One of the first American naturalist writers; a muckraker.
    1872 - George Westinghouse patented the air brake.
    1877 - Rutherford B. Hayes inaugurated as 19th US President.
    1882 - Canadian soprano Pauline Donalda was born Pauline Lightstone (d. 1970) in Montreal. Considered a rival of the famous Melba in the early years of the 20th century, Donalda often replaced her in roles and sang with such renowned performers as Enrico Caruso. Most of her performing career was spent in Europe, but in 1937, she returned to Montreal and opened a music studio. She formed the Opera Guild in 1942, and directed it until 1969, the year before her death.
    1885 - Famed pathologist and physician Louise Pearce (d. 1959) born, Winchester, MA. She was one of the principal figures in the development of tryparsamide to control African sleeping sickness. Tryparsamide was discovered in a laboratory by several researchers, but it was Pearce alone who went to the Belgian Congo to test it on humans. She set up a hospital, determined dosage and treatments. Under her care, every one of the 77 patients chosen for the test fully recovered. She was awarded the Order of the Crown of Belgium for her work and in 1953, was awarded the King Leopold II Prize and a check for $10,000 and a second decoration, the Royal Order of the Lion. Her three colleagues were also honored. Later she made important research discoveries regarding syphilis and cancer. Conducting work with generations of rabbits that developed hereditary diseases and deformities, her research data was destroyed at her death. (A number of women did extensive studies on heredity and resultant deformities but very few ever got much credit.) Pearce spent her last years at Trevenna Farm, the home she shared in Skillman, NJ with novelist Ida A. R. Wylie who was part of the fabled Heterodoxy Women's Club. Source: “The History of the Rockefeller Institute, 1901-1953,” G.W. Corner, Rockefeller Institute Press, NY, 1964. 
    1888 - Singer/guitarist Joshua Barnes “Peg Leg” Howell (d. 1966) birthday, born Eatonton, GA.
    1892 - Famed writer, journalist Josephine Herbst (d. 1969) was born Sioux City, IA.  Her trilogy, “Pity is Not Enough” (1933), “The Executioner Waits” (1934) and “Rope of Gold” (1939), was regarded critically as "as one of the most sweeping and ambitious" fictional reconstruction of American life ever attempted by any writer. She leaned towards communism for a time but, after covering the Spanish Civil War as a reporter, she broke all ties with that ideology. She had well publicized affairs with women. Her mother was a storyteller who inspired her daughter to write. Her many novels, short stories, and articles were highly praised and deserve a higher place in today's literature than is accorded them.
    1893 - The Culligan Man: Emmett J. Culligan (d. 1970), founder of world's largest water treatment organization, was born at Yankton, SD. Culligan first experimented with a water-softening device in the early 1920s to soften water used to wash his baby's diapers. In 1936, he launched the company from a Northbrook, IL, blacksmith shop. Recipient of Horatio Alger Award in 1969. 
    1908 - Birthday of Rex Harrison, born Reginald Carey (d. 1990) at Huyton, England. Rex Harrison’s career as an actor encompassed more than 40 films and scores of plays. He won both a Tony and an Oscar for the role of Henry Higgins in “My Fair Lady,” perhaps his most famous role. Among other films, he appeared in “Dr. Doolittle,” “Cleopatra,” “Blithe Spirit” and “Major Barbara.” He claimed he would never retire from acting and he was appearing in a Broadway revival of Somerset Maugham’s “The Circle” three weeks before his death.
    1917 - The first jazz recording for Victor Records was released. The Original Dixieland ‘Jass’ Band performed on the tune "The Dixie Jass Band One Step." They had opened at Reisenweber’s Restaurant in New York City and changed their name to “Jass” as that it how it was pronounced by the owner. In this year, the group made a series of other first jazz recordings, including “Tiger Rag,” “Reisenweber Rag,” “Barnyard Blues,” “At the Jazz Band Ball,” “Ostrich Walk,” “Bluin’ the Blues, and “Clarinet Marmalade.” Some say they left New Orleans for Chicago, then New York, because the Navy closed Storyville, also known as the District, a section of New Orleans set aside for honky-tonks and sporting houses. The original Storyville was established on January 1, 1898 as a legally operated red-light district in New Orleans, this being the only legal red-light district in the United States. The district was home to beautiful bordellos that were renowned for their grand architecture. The bordellos’ festive atmosphere was created by seductive women and mood-altering music. Storyville is believed to be the birthplace of Jazz. ("Jazz" was a slang word for sex, just like rock ‘n’ roll). The fun lasted until the fall of 1917, when the United States Department of the Navy shut it down. Later in the 1940's, the "good people" of New Orleans thought they would do a good thing for the city by constructing a low-income housing project. To make way for this project, the old District was completely demolished. Contrary to popular belief, many of the jazz musicians migrated to Kansas City, Chicago, and New York not because of Storyville, but to find a better paying musical job. Kansas City was hot and so was Chicago, but New York was “The Big Apple.”

    1920 - Leontine Turpeau Current Kelly (d. 2012) was born in the parsonage of Mount Zion Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. Kelly became the first Black woman bishop of a major denomination in the United States, in 1984. She was elected bishop of the United Methodist Church in the San Francisco area. From “Black Women in America, Vol. 1”
    1922 – Babe Ruth became the highest-paid player in history when he signed a three-year contract for over $50,000 per season. In 1921, Ruth led the American League with 59 home runs and 171 RBI.
    1924 - Bowler Frank Carauna of Buffalo, NY, became the first bowler in history to roll two consecutive 300 games in a sanctioned league competition. He had five strikes in the third game, rolling 29 strikes in succession. His score for the four games was 1,115 (300, 300, 268, 247).
     1928 - Pianist Lou Levy (d. 2001) born, Chicago. West Coast jazz great, also recorded with Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Nancy Wilson, Anita O’Day. I remember him at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, where he played with various musicians.
    1929 - Louis Armstrong (with Jack Teagarden) records “Knockin’ A Jug,” NYC.
    1931 - Lawrence Tibbett recorded the now much-recorded tune, "Without a Song" for Victor Records. This melody came from the film, "The Southerner" and has been a hit for many, such as Willie Nelson, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett.
    1931 - Female aviator Jerrie Cobb (d. 2019) born, Norman, OK. She was the first woman to qualify as an American astronaut. She was subsequently rejected because she was a woman. Cobb learned to fly at 12, earned her pilot's license at 16, and received her commercial and flight instructor's license at 18. At 21, she was the only female international ferry pilot in the United States. As chief pilot, she flew over wild terrain and mountains, once being arrested as a spy after a forced landing in South America. She passed the same 87 physical and psychological tests administered by NASA that it used in the selection of the original seven male astronauts. Several women, including Cobb, surpassed the test results of the men who were chosen, including John Glenn. NASA officials admitted later in a Congressional investigation that they had no intentions of allowing women to pilot space craft; the testing was merely a sop. [Some revisionists today are questioning the charge and claiming that the rejection of women was a practical matter, not sexual bias. The author of WOAH?? has seen the original spacecraft at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral. In many of the first flights, the astronauts were simply passengers, lying strapped to "mattresses" and with only a small porthole to see outside. There was no moving around and now piloting involved.]
Cobb is one of the four Americans to hold the Golden Wings of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale and was chosen 1959 Pilot of the Year by the National Pilots Association. She was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her piloting of medical supplies into dangerous South American locations. Two other noted women pilots were tested by NASA (and passed the tests), Wally Funk and Bernice Steadman. Both the women do NOT agree with revisionists and maintain it was sexual bias that kept them from the program. Cobb testified before a congressional hearing that of the 25 women who applied to the space program in 1960, 13 had been found qualified. The National Air and Space Museum described the turndown: "They had hoped to be the country's first women in space and they had reason to think that a few might make it. But no one had warned them that having the 'right stuff' might also mean being the 'right sex’."
The following information was gleaned from information provided by the website of the 99s - the organization of women in aviation. It is located at and is a fascinating site! President Lyndon Johnson announced the formation of the FAA's Women's Advisory Committee on Aviation, May 4, 1964. Most of the 27 non-government members, including Jane Hart and Jean Ross Howard, co-chairwomen, and five government members, were 99s. Although members of this committee pushed for admission of women to NASA, they were 17 years too early to become astronauts.
Cobb was deeply discouraged by the failure of NASA to put a female in space and, in the same year (1964), she became a jungle pilot in the Amazon. She has devoted all her resources and talents to helping Indian tribes in unexplored parts of six countries and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts. In the meantime, to squelch growing complaints, on 01-16-1978, the post of "Mission Specialists" was created by NASA and six women were appointed to fill the posts. It marked the first time since the inception of the U.S. space program in 1959 that NASA had recognized women. Janet Guthrie, who would win fame as an Indianapolis 500 racer, was turned down because NASA decided all the women had to have Ph.D. degrees. The first American woman in space was Sally Ride, who used the shuttle robot arm to release and retrieve satellites. The first American woman to perform a spacewalk was Kathryn Sullivan, who practiced techniques for refueling satellites, and Kathryn Thorntorn went outside the shuttle to help repair the Hubble Space telescope. The non-pilot women trainees hold Ph.D.’s in their fields of expertise. On February 2, 1995, Cobb was the personal guest of Lt. Colonel Eileen Collins, 38, as Collins lifted off from Cape Canaveral in the co-pilot's seat - the first woman to co-pilot an American space craft. An Air Force test pilot, Collins was selected for the NASA space program in 1990, the first woman chosen as a space shuttle pilot. Her first command was a frightening one because of equipment failure but she kept her cool and the mission was completed. Since then other women have quietly moved into the pilot's seat. However, when NASA decided to test the effects of space on older people, they chose John Glenn (a U.S. Senator with a life of sedentary pursuits) instead of Jerrie Cobb - again. Glenn became quite ill on the flight and it almost had to be scrubbed. Cobb, who maintained her physical abilities, was disgusted. Perhaps one of the reasons was that fact she is considered a lesbian.
    1933 - Bank Holiday declared. On his first full day in office, Sunday, Mar 5, 1933, President Roosevelt proclaimed a national "Bank Holiday" to help save the nation's faltering banking system. Most banks were able to reopen after the 10-day "holiday" (March 4-14), but in the meantime, "scrip" had temporarily replaced money in many American households.
    1936 - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s "Mutiny on the Bounty" (produced by Irving Thalberg and Albert Lewin) was voted Outstanding Production, as they used to say. The 8th Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles. Director/producer/writer/actor Frank Capra hosted the big giveaway honoring the films of 1935, which saw Victor McLaglen take the Best Actor prize for "The Informer" (John Ford won for directing this one). Best Actress was Bette Davis in "Dangerous." In case you are wondering, they didn’t start handing out those Supporting Actor/Actress awards until 1937. The Best Music/Song award winners were Harry Warren (music) and Al Dubin (lyrics) for the song "Lullaby of Broadway" from "Gold Diggers of 1935." An Oscar for Short Subject/Cartoon was awarded to some guy named Walt Disney for his ’toon, "Three Orphan Kittens."
    1937 - The American government officially apologizes to Nazi Germany for New York Mayor LaGuardia's reference to Adolf Hitler as a "brown- shirted fanatic." LaGuardia has been called "the conscience of the 20s." Best known as the tempestuous mayor of New York City, he served in Congress between 1917 and 1933, where, in an era marked by nativism and bigotry, LaGuardia spoke up for internationalism, freedom of speech, and the rights of minorities and the poor. The issues he fought for included price controls, the right to strike, public power, and the redistribution of wealth by taxation. He is best known for reading the comics on radio ever Sunday. He is perhaps New York’s most beloved mayor.
    1939 - Glenn Miller opens at Meadowbrook, Cedar Grove, NJ, his first important booking.
    1944 - Top Hits
“Besame Mucho” - The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (vocal: Bob Eberly & Kitty Kallen
“My Heart Tells Me” - The Glen Gray Orchestra (vocal: Eugenie Baird)
“Mairzy Doats” - The Merry Macs
“Ration Blues” - Louis Jordan
    1948 – Winston Churchill delivered his famed “Iron Curtain” speech at Westminster College, Fulton, MO.  Introduced by President Truman,  Britain's wartime Prime Minister painted a dark picture of post-war Europe, on which "an iron curtain has descended across the Continent" from Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic.  Warsaw, Berlin, Prague, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrade, Sofia and Bucharest are all being subjected to increasing pressure and control from Moscow,” he said, adding: "This is certainly not the liberated Europe we fought to build up. Nor is it one which contains the essentials of permanent peace."
    1948 - Poet and novelist Leslie Marmon Silko was born, Albuquerque, NM. She is often referred to as the premier Native American writer of her generation. Silko is of the mixed ancestry of Amerind/Laguana Pueblo, Mexican and white. She grew up on the Laguana Pueblo reservation in New Mexico. "Silko drew on the Laguana stories she had heard in childhood. She combined concerns of Laguana spirituality, such as the relationship between human beings and the natural elements, with complex portrayals of contemporary struggles to retain Native American culture in an Anglo world," one critic wrote. Her first full novel was “Ceremony” (1977) and her second, “Almanac of the Dead” (1991). In 1981, Silko received a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, and she produced the volume “Storyteller,” made up of poetry, tribal stories, fiction, and photographs. Like many Amerinds in the Southwest who have to travel huge distances to attended school on a daily basis, Silko traveled 100 miles a day to school in Albuquerque
    1951 - The religious program "Circuit Rider" debuted over ABC television. The broadcast featured music selections and biographies of evangelists and was produced by Franklin W. Dyson.
    1951 - Ike Turner and his Kings of Rhythm record "Rocket 88" with producer Sam Phillips at his Memphis Recording Service. When the up-tempo combination of Swing and Jazz is released, it is credited to Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats and is now said by many music historians to be the first true Rock 'n' Roll record. 
    1951 - Sam Phillips launches Sun Records by releasing "Drivin' Slow" by 16-year-old saxophonist Johnny London.
    1952 – Norman Bel Geddes, after designing a 5,000-seat complex for the Brooklyn Dodgers’ spring training complex in Vero Beach, FL, stated that team owner Walter O’Malley asked for a stadium design for the team. It is to have a retractable dome, garage, automatic hotdog vending machines, and artificial turf that can be painted in different colors.
    1952 - Top Hits
“Cry” - Johnnie Ray
“Slowpoke” - Pee Wee King
“Anytime” - Eddie Fisher
“Wondering” - Webb Pierce
    1955 - Elvis Presley makes his television debut on the regionally telecast "The Louisiana Hayride." 
    1955 - In the wake of the continual controversy on offensive R&B records, BMI, the largest organization of music publishers, releases plans to tighten controls on objectionable lyrics. BMI never gave clearance to nearly a dozen singles, and some like Big Joe Turner's "Shake Rattle & Roll" became major hits.
    1956 - Supreme Court affirms the ban on segregation in public schools in Brown vs. Board of Education. 
    1957 – “You’ll Never Get Rich,” the hit comedy show starring Phil Silvers as Sgt. Ernie Bilko, satirizes Elvis Presley (Elvin Pelvin) in “Rock 'n' Roll Rookie” (Written by Nat Hiken & Billy Friedburg; #3557; Mar. 5th). When singing sensation Elvin Pelvin is drafted, the army can't cope with his screaming fans. The solution? Transfer him to a quiet, out-of-the-way posting. Perhaps somewhere in the midwest, like Ft, Baxter, KS, where he will attract less attention and be safe from the less scrupulous soldier who might try to exploit his fame and fortune...
    1958 - Buddy Holly and The Crickets began their only UK tour, playing two sets each evening for 25 nights. 
    1960 - After 2 years in the United States Army, Elvis Presley returned to civilian life. Not since the return of General Douglas MacArthur from battle has a soldier gotten such publicity. Before his induction, he recorded enough material so that a steady stream of Elvis hits was released during his tour of duty. He continued to dominate the charts through the mid-'60s and made more than 20 movies. Elvis stopped performing live in 1961 but made a comeback in the late 60s, becoming a Las Vegas fixture and releasing several top singles, including "In the Ghetto" and "Suspicious Minds" in 1969. As his popularity continued to skyrocket, the "King of Rock and Roll" allegedly turned to drugs. His final live performance was on June 25, 1977, and on August 16, 1977, the day of his next scheduled concert, his girlfriend found him dead in a bathroom at Graceland, the Memphis mansion he built and named after his mother. Congestive heart failure was initially cited as the cause of death, but prescription drug abuse was suspected as a contributing factor. He was buried at Graceland. Nine years after his death, he was one of the first 10 people inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. During his life, he had earned 94 gold singles and more than 40 gold LPs.
    1960 - Eastern Massachusetts’ greatest March snowstorm of record began to abate. The storm produced record 24-hour snowfall totals of 27.2 inches at Blue Hill Observatory, 17.7 inches at Worcester, and 16.6 inches at Boston. Winds gusted to 70 mph.
    1960 - Top Hits
“The Theme from "A Summer Place" - Percy Faith
“Handy Man” - Jimmy Jones
“Beyond the Sea” - Bobby Darin
“He’ll Have to Go” - Jim Reeves
    1962 - A tremendous storm raged along the Atlantic coast, causing more than $200 million in property damage from Florida to New England. Winds along the Middle Atlantic Coast reached 70 mph raising forty-foot waves, and as much as 33 inches of snow blanketed the mountains of Virginia. The Virginia shoreline was rearranged by historic tidal flooding caused by the combination of the long stretch of strong onshore winds and the "Spring Tides." The March Storm of ’62, as it is known at the Jersey Shore, ripped boardwalks and caused major flooding. The ocean met the bay and inundated nearly all of Long Beach Island before receding.
    1963 - Country-pop singer Patsy Cline was killed in a single-engine plane crash near Camden, Tennessee. Also killed were Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins. The three were returning to Nashville from Kansas City, where they had participated in a benefit concert for the widow of a disc jockey. The DJ, Cactus Jack Call, had been killed in a car crash. Cline’s hits included “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “Crazy,” “She’s Got You,” and “I Fall to Pieces” in a career that began when she was selected to appear on Arthur Godfrey’s “Talent Scouts,” one of early television’s first variety shows.
    1966 - "The Ballad of the Green Berets" by Staff-Sergeant Barry Sadler reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was the top song in the US for five weeks. The album did even better, topping the LP chart for 13 weeks. Sadler was an original New Christy Minstrel.
    1966 - HIBBS, ROBERT JOHN, Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company B, 2d Battalion, 28th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. Place and date: Don Dien Lo Ke, Republic of Vietnam, 5 March 1966. Entered service at: Des Moines, Iowa. Born: 21 April 1943, Omaha, Nebr. G.O. No.: 8, 24 February 1967. Citations: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. 2d Lt. Hibbs was in command of a 15-man ambush patrol of the 2d Battalion, when his unit observed a company of Viet Cong advancing along the road toward the 2d Battalion's position. Informing his command post by radio of the impending attack, he prepared his men for the oncoming Viet Cong, emplaced 2 mines in their path and, when the insurgents were within 20 feet of the patrol's position, he fired the 2 antipersonnel mines, wounding or killing half of the enemy company. Then, to cover the withdrawal of his patrol, he threw hand grenades, stepped onto the open road, and opened fire on the remainder of the Viet Cong force of approximately 50 men. Having rejoined his men, he was leading them toward the battalion perimeter when the patrol encountered the rear elements of another Viet Cong company deployed to attack the battalion. With the advantage of surprise, he directed a charge against the Viet Cong, which carried the patrol through the insurgent force, completely disrupting its attack. Learning that a wounded patrol member was wandering in the area between the 2 opposing forces and although moments from safety and wounded in the leg himself, he and a sergeant went back to the battlefield to recover the stricken man. After they maneuvered through the withering fire of 2 Viet Cong machine guns, the sergeant grabbed the dazed soldier and dragged him back toward the friendly lines while 2d Lt. Hibbs remained behind to provide covering fire. Armed with only an M-16 rifle and a pistol, but determined to destroy the enemy positions, he then charged the 2 machine gun emplacements and was struck down. Before succumbing to his mortal wounds, he destroyed the starlight telescopic sight attached to his rifle to prevent its capture and use by the Viet Cong. 2d Lt. Hibb's profound concern for his fellow soldiers, and his intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty are in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.
    1966 – In arguably one of the game’s seminal moments, United Steelworkers union official Marvin Miller was named the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association. Under Miller's guidance through 1982, the players' union will make major gains such as salary increases, improvements in pension benefits, the advent of free agency, and salary arbitration. Hank Aaron said he was "as important to the history of baseball as Jackie Robinson” and Hall of Fame announcer Red Barber called him one of three most important figures in baseball history, alongside Robinson and Babe Ruth.  Miller was selected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in December 2019.
    1968 - Sales of "Simon Says" by the 1910 Fruitgum Company reach the one million mark during the short-lived bubblegum music craze. 
    1968 - Top Hits
“Love is Blue” - Paul Mauriat
(Theme From) “Valley of the Dolls” - Dionne Warwick
“(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” - Otis Redding
“Skip a Rope” - Henson Cargill
    1969 - For the first time, the rock magazine, "Creem," was published by Barry Kramer and founding editor Tony Reay. It suspended production in 1989 but received a short-lived renaissance in the early 1990s as a glossy tabloid.
    1969 - First Woman on FBI’s Top Ten: Ruth Eisemann-Schier was convicted and sentenced to a seven-year prison term. She had kidnapped Barbara Jane Mackle from a motel in Decatur, GA, on December 17, 1968, in a sensational first television major coverage. Mackle was found alive about 80 hours after the abduction, buried in a box underground, many say due to the television coverage. 
    1973 – New York Yankees pitchers Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich announced that they have traded wives, children, and family dogs. The announcement sent shock waves through the baseball world and beyond. Peterson is still married to the former Mrs. Kekich but Peterson's wife never did marry Kekich.
    1974 - Helen Thomas was named UPI White House reporter, the first woman ever named to cover the presidential beat. She had been an award-winning reporter in Washington for 30 years before being allowed to cover the president. For many years, women reporters, such as Lorena Hickok were only allowed to cover the wives of presidents.
    1974 - Gregg Allman's first solo album, "Laid Back" attains gold status and at the same time starts rumors that the Allmans are splitting.
    1975 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Have You Never Been Mellow,'' Olivia Newton-John. The song is also a country hit for the singer, reaching No. 3 on Billboard's country singles chart.
    1976 - Top Hits
“Theme from S.W.A.T.” - Rhythm Heritage
“Love Machine” (Part 1) - The Miracles
“All by Myself” - Eric Carmen
“Good Hearted Woman” - Waylon & Willie
    1977 - "The Love Theme from A Star Is Born," from the film starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, was the top tune in the US. 
    1977 - President Jimmy Carter joined CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite for the first ever “Dial-a-President” radio talk show. It was carried on 260 CBS stations, with the President answering a variety of questions from listeners across the United States. It was called “Ask President Carter,” from the Oval Office in the White House. 42 listeners from 26 states phoned in questions on the nationwide radio broadcast.
    1981 - World Men's Figure Skating Championship in Hartford won by Scott Hamilton (USA)
    1982 - Comedian and Blues Brother John Belushi, 33, dies of drug overdose in the Chateau Marmont Hotel in Beverly Hills.
    1982 - General Motors shuts its Fremont, CA plant, furloughing its last 2,500 workers while it waits to see if the economy and changes in American car-buying tastes will justify reopening the factory. A white Oldsmobile Ciera rolled off the assembly line at 9:15 a.m. March 4, the 4,282,215th vehicle produced there. It was also the last.  The plant later re-opened by New United Motors Manufacturing, “NUMMI”, a joint venture of GM and Toyota. In 2010, it became the Tesla Factory for Tesla Motors electric vehicles.
    1984 - Top Hits
“Jump” - Van Halen
“99 Luftballons” - Nena
“Girls Just Want to Have Fun” - Cyndi Lauper
“Woke Up in Love” - Exile
    1984 – Quarterback Steve Young from Brigham Young University was signed by the Los Angeles Express of the United States Football League to a “substantial” contract. The football All-American inked a pact that would earn him $40 million dollars over a 43-year period, in one of the most complicated contracts ever -- lasting until 2027. The USFL folded not long after he signed the lucrative deal. Young became the back-up quarterback for football Hall of Famer and legend, Joe Montana, in San Francisco. In 1991, after Montana was seriously injured during the previous year’s NFC Championship, Young took over the reins to lead the 49ers. He lived not far from here in Saratoga, where he was often seen running. Rumor has it that he lived in only one room of the house, as he was single at the time, constantly working out, and when his mother visited him, she found more than one year of his salary checks in a drawer that he did not have the time to deposit. Young holds the NFL record for career QB passer rating and became a Hall of Famer himself in 2005.
    1985 - Mike Bossy of the New York Islanders became the first National Hockey League player to score 50 goals in eight consecutive seasons. Two players have scored 50 goals in six seasons: Wayne ‘The Great One’ Gretzky of Los Angeles and Guy Lafleur of Montreal. 
    1985 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Can't Fight This Feeling,'' REO Speedwagon.
    1987 - A storm in the western U.S. produced heavy rain and high winds in California. Up to six inches of rain soaked the San Francisco Bay area in 24 hours, and winds gusted to 100 mph at the Wheeler Ridge Pumping Plant near the Tehachapi Mountains.
    1989 – Pepsi-Cola in the US said it would withdraw its Madonna TV ads from any station that showed the singer's new video, "Like a Prayer." Pepsi in Canada declined to take similar action. The entire Madonna-Pepsi campaign was scrapped a month later. The video, which already had been banned in Italy, showed a scantily-clad Madonna kissing the naked feet of a statue in a church sanctuary and caressing a priest. Pepsi had paid the singer a reported $5 million to star in a two-minute TV commercial, featuring the same music as the video but showing a more subdued Madonna.
    1989 - Thunderstorms produced severe weather in the southeastern U.S. A strong (F-2) tornado killed one person and injured six others in Heard County, GA. A strong (F-3) tornado injured 23 persons and caused more than five million dollars damage around Grantville, GA.
    1993 - Washington Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs resigned his position after 12 seasons and winning the Super Bowl in 1992. Gibbs’ teams compiled a 140-65 record and won three Super Bowls, each with a different QB.
    1996 - Netscape announces that it will slash prices for its Internet server software. The move came in reaction to competition from Microsoft, which started giving its browser away for free. Microsoft's fierce efforts to compete against Netscape would come under the scrutiny of the Justice Department in antitrust litigation in 1998; however, the investigation came too late for Netscape. The once high-flying company was purchased by America Online in late 1998.
    1999 - Records chosen today for inclusion in the US National Recordings Registry: "Blue Suede Shoes," Carl Perkins; "Be My Baby," The Ronettes; "A Change Is Gonna Come," Sam Cooke; "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, the Rolling Stones.
    2002 - The first episode of “The Osbourne’s” TV show was aired on MTV in the US. Focusing on Ozzy and his family, they bicker, squabble, curse and hang out backstage at Ozzy's shows.
    2004 - The Sunday edition of Britain's Daily Mail lists Paul McCartney's worth at $1.3 billion. 
    2004 - Martha Stewart was convicted of obstructing justice and lying to the government about why she'd unloaded her Imclone Systems Inc. stock just before the price plummeted.
    2005 - Academy Awards: Jon Stewart of the “Daily Show” was the host. Best Picture: “Crash;” Best Actor in a leading role: Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Capote;” Best Actress in a Leading Role: Reese Witherspoon, “Walk the Line;” Best Actor in a Supporting Role: George Clooney, “Syriana;” Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Rachel Weisz, “The Constant Gardener;” Best Director: Ang Lee, “Brokeback Mountain;” Best Screenplay: Paul Haggis and Robert Moresco, “Crash;” Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published: Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, “Brokeback Mountain;” Best song: “It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp,” from “Hustle & Flow,” Jordan Houston, Cedric Coleman, and Paul Beauregard; Original score: Gustavo Santaolalla, “Brokeback Mountain.”
    2014 – The Supreme Court ruled that whistleblower protection under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act extends to private employers working under contract for public companies.



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