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Monay, March 15, 2021

Today's Leasing News Headlines

Leasing Industry Job Wanted
    Asset Management - Credit
CLFP Foundation Adds 17 New CLFPs
    Brings Total to 942 Active Status
CLFP’s by Company
    Members with Two or More
Academy for Certified Lease & Finance Professionals
    Two Public, One Private Virtual Class
Marlin Business Services 2009 Compare to 2020
    Perhaps Missed by Readers
Leasing Industry Job Wanted
  Asset Management – Credit
    Experience in Sales - Plus these Positions Available:
        Commercial Credit Analyst - National Account Managers
3 Reasons Why You Didn't get
    Feedback from Your Interview
       he Ultimate Hire by Ken Lubin, ZRG Partners
Remote Work and less Travel are Among Business
  Changes that are Likely to Last
    By David Nicklaus, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The U.S. Cities with the Highest Economic Output
    U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
Top Ten Leasing News
    March 8 to March 12
IRS Begins Delivering Third Round
    of Economic Impact Payments to Americans
    Los Angeles, California  Adopt-a-Dog
News Briefs---
Fauci says Trump should urge his followers
    to get vaccinated
LendingClub Talks Earnings Post Radius-Bank Acquisition
    "hard to imagine a better time to be launching a digital bank"
Five Willis Towers worth of office space is empty
     in downtown Chicago, and it’s going to get worse
Why SoFi's bank buy might rewrite
    the bank charter playbook for FinTechs

You May have Missed---
CHP officers recount most memorable excuses
     for speeding: Roadshow

Broker/Funder/Industry Lists | Features (wrilter's columns)
Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months (Be Careful of Doing Business)
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  Sports Brief----
   California Nuts Brief---
    "Gimme that Wine"
     This Day in History
       Daily Puzzle
         Weather, USA or specific area
          Traffic Live----

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Leasing Industry Job Wanted
Asset Management - Credit

Asset Management

Experienced Asset Manager / Remarketer seeking position.  At IBM Global Financing I managed the IT lease portfolio of PC and PC Server assets.  I mainly focused on creating secondary transactions with leased assets (sales and renewals).  In other roles I was focused on managing remarketing of assets after end of lease.  I am in the Chicago area and I am comfortable and experienced at working remotely.  Contact:   LinkedIn Profile:


Experienced credit underwriter, financial analyst & vendor program manager seeks part time, remote work opportunity to assist in managing/evaluating vendor programs, loss pool analysis, credit requests, restructurings and workout situations. Emphasis on asset based and secured financing to the middle and large ticket market. Multiple industry experience including: Commercial, Industrial, Manufacturing, Transportation, Construction and Distribution segments. Interested in approximately 20 to 30 hours per week, no benefits required. East Coast Location. Contact:

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CLFP Foundation Adds 17 New CLFPs
Brings Total to 942 Active Status

The CLFP designation identifies an individual as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customers, and peers in the equipment finance industry. There are currently 942 active Certified Lease & Finance Professionals and Associates in the United States, Canada, India, Africa, and Australia.

The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation is pleased to announce that 17 individuals, who recently sat through the 8-hour online CLFP exam, have passed. They are:


Chris Byrnes, CLFP

Vice President
Ascentium Capital LLC

Colleen Daniels, CLFP

Tamara Darnow, CLFP
SVP, Risk Management
Key Equipment Finance

Antionette Egan, CLFP

Vice President, Federal Sales
Key Equipment Finance

James Eulenstein, CLFP

Equipment Finance Officer, Vice President
Key Equipment Finance

Kathryn Havlik, CLFP

Equipment Finance Officer
Key Equipment Finance

Kerilyn Marlink, CLFP

Senior Finance Manager
Key Equipment Finance

Matthew Nalbach, CLFP

Senior Payment Processor
Key Equipment Finance

Hank Nhep, CLFP

Senior Pricing Analyst
Key Equipment Finance

Tony Quesenberry, CLFP

Director of Finance and Insurance Sales
Vanguard Truck Centers

Laura Riley, CLFP

Assistant Vice President
Key Equipment Finance

Michelle Riley, CLFP

Senior Account Manager, Vendor Originations
Key Equipment Finance

Karin Schreck, CLFP

Senior Analyst, Sales Enablement and Initiative Support
Key Equipment Finance

Heather Valenty, CLFP

Vice President
Key Equipment Finance

William Vassar, CLFP

Leasing Manager
Key Equipment Finance

Lindsey Yozamp, CLFP Associate

Funding Accountant
AP Equipment Financing

Amy Zins, CLFP

National Sales Coordinator
Ascentium Capital LLC

Mr. Quesenberry. CLFP, Director of Finance and Insurance Sales Vanguard Truck Centers, attended the virtual Academy for Lease & Finance Professionals hosted by Key Equipment Finance and stated, “I chose to pursue the CLFP designation because of the respect I have for colleagues of mine that have earned the title of CLFP. 

“I also wanted to continue my education and growth in finance and leasing and to challenge myself to be the best I could possibly be.  Preparing for the test was definitely a daunting challenge but well worth the time and effort spent.”

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CLFP's by Company
  Members with Two or More

Account Name CLFPs
First American Equipment Finance 136
Ascentium Capital LLC 54
U.S. Bank Equipment Finance 39
Financial Pacific Leasing, Inc. 32
Stearns Bank NA-Equipment Finance Division 32
Key Equipment Finance 27
Amur Equipment Finance 25
AP Equipment Financing 23
Oakmont Capital Holdings 21
Arvest Equipment Finance 19
TCF Equipment Finance, 18
ECS Financial Services, Inc. 15
Unknown 15
1st Source Bank 14
KLC Financial, Inc. 13
IDS 12
Ivory Consulting Corporation 12
Stryker 12
Canon Financial Services, Inc. 10
DLL 10
Fleet Advantage, LLC 10
Odessa 10
Orion First Financial LLC 10
Great American Insurance 9
BMO Harris Equipment Finance Company 8
Navitas Credit Corp. 8
Northland Capital Financial Services, LLC 8
Wintrust Specialty Finance 8
BancorpSouth Equipment Finance 7
Celtic Commercial Finance 7
The Huntington National Bank 7
Truist 7
Alliance Funding Group 6
Beacon Funding Corporation 6
BankFinancial, NA 5
CoreTech Leasing, Inc. 5
First Foundation Bank 5
GreatAmerica Financial Services 5
LTi Technology Solutions 5
Univest Capital, Inc. 5
Commerce Bank 4
ENGS Commercial Finance Co. 4
Global Financial & Leasing Services LLC 4
NCMIC Finance Corporation 4
UniFi Equipment Finance, Inc. 4
Bank of the West 3
Cisco Systems Capital Corporation 3
Commercial Capital Company, LLC 3
First National Capital Corporation 3
Hanmi Bank 3
Lease Corporation of America 3
North Mill Equipment Finance 3
NorthTeq, Inc. 3
Providence Capital Funding, Inc. 3
Quality Leasing Co., Inc. 3
Taycor Financial 3
Western Equipment Finance 3
American Equipment Financial Services 2
Balboa Capital Corporation 2
Bryn Mawr Equipment Finance, Inc. 2
BSB Leasing, Inc. 2
Channel Partners Capital 2
Customers Bank Commercial Finance 2
Dakota Financial, LLC 2
Dell Financial Services 2
Diversified Capital Credit Corporation 2
Falcon Leasing 2
First Utah Bank 2
FirstLease, Inc. 2
FSG Capital, Inc. 2
Innovation Finance 2
Koala Capital Group, LLC 2
Macquarie Group 2
Madison Capital LLC 2
Maxim Commercial Capital, LLC 2
NewLane Finance 2
Northpoint Commercial Credit, LLC 2
OnPoint Capital, LLC 2
Padco Financial Services, Inc. 2
Patriot Capital Corporation 2
Smarter Equipment Finance, LLC 2
Takeuchi Financial Services 2
Tamarack Technology, Inc. 2
The Alta Group LLC 2
TimePayment Corporation 2
TopMark Funding 2
Wintrust Commercial Finance 2


Academy for Certified Lease & Finance Professionals
Two Public, One Private Virtual Class

The Academy for Lease and Finance Professionals (ALFP) is a three-day event designed to fully prepare an individual to sit for the CLFP exam assuming the attendee has already self-studied.

During the first two days, all of the required sections of the CLFP exam are covered in-depth and on the third day, the exam is offered, but not mandatory.

Students are strongly advised to have read and studied The Certified Lease & Finance Professionals' Handbook prior to attending the class in order to ensure success.

DLL (Private)
April 20 - 21

May 3 – May 5
Monday – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday – 9:00am – 4:00pm
Exam is proctored online, therefore, it may be taken at any time.

Oakmont Capital ALFP
May 6 – May 7
Thursday – 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Exam is proctored online, therefore, it may be taken at any time.

About Academy
If you are interested in attending, please contact Reid Raykovich, Executive Director:

Certified Lease & Professional Handbook


Marlin Business Services 2009 Compared to 2020
 Perhaps Missed by Readers
   By Christopher Menkin

In the March 8, 2021 Leasing News report on Year-End Highlights in the 72 page year-end SEC filing (1), one of the reasons for the companies performance can be seen in the lack of sales by
equipment and state sales. Perhaps buried, it shows a reasonfor the cutting of sales personnel. As reported in the many recent Leasing News Friday news edition, “New Hires, Promotions,” many long time sales personnel with awards, special mentions, and top positions are now working elsewhere.

As alternate sources now move to industrial banks, it echoes the reason why Marlin has survived with its "Marlin Bank." (2) It also forecasts the consolidation and mergers of banks as the financial industries faces the "new normal" accelerated by COVID-19.

2009 Year-end SEC Filing

2020 year-end Sec Filing

(1) Marlin Business Services Corp 10-K
   Year- End Highlights from 73 pages

(2) Marlin to depend on its new Industrial Bank

Marlin Business Bank Opens



Leasing Industry Help Wanted



3 Reasons Why You Didn't get
Feedback From Your Interview

The Ultimate Hire by Ken Lubin, ZRG Partners

I get the question all the time, "Why didn't I get feedback from my interview?  Isn't it common courtesy." Believe me as a recruiter, I rarely get feedback from the hiring manager, most companies and hiring managers want to talk about the person they are going to hire, not those they are not.

Having sent thousands and thousands of people on interviews this is a common question “Can you please provide me with any feedback from the interview and tell me what I did right or wrong?”  I also see posts, threads, and such bashing recruiters, companies and hiring managers saying, “I never got feedback, isn’t it common courtesy to tell me what I did wrong? They didn’t reach out or respond after I went on an interview”  Hopefully I can shed some light on this.

There are 3 main reasons why you don’t get feedback.

  • Chances are you know why you didn’t get the job, so why do you need someone to tell you.  It is like an athletic performance.   When you got 2nd place most know why.  Just remember 2nd place is the first loser; it sounds bad, but there are no statues (or Job Offers) for those who got second.  Also if you gave it your all, be proud that at you laid it all on the line and, if you didn’t get the job, take it as a learning experience: you didn’t fail, you just learned.
  • You don’t get a response because we live in such a litigious world that if the (company, hiring manager, recruiter) says something you don’t want to hear it can open a whole can of worms and it just isn’t worth it. 
  • You didn’t ask. We live in world where unemployment is so low and companies are focused on hiring the right person for the job and if you weren’t the right fit, you are an afterthought.  The only way to possibly get feedback if to ask for it and then you may or may not get it.  Unfortunately companies are looking out for themselves and their stakeholders, not to make you feel good.

We are all busy, have limited time, and are expected to deliver results.  You get hired for one of 3 reasons: you save the company money, you make the company money, or you can solve a problem, which circles back one of the previous two reasons.  If you don't do any of these the feedback is simple, you didn’t fill what they were looking for.

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

"What is the Ultimate Hire? The Ultimate Hire is the professional that every business, team or leader needs in their organization. This is the high performance individual that always rises to the top, brings the team to the next level and can significantly add to the bottom line. The Ultimate Hire is the person that you can't afford to be without. Finding, Attracting, Hiring and Retaining these professionals is critical to the success of your business. We have identified these traits and can help you find these top professionals."

The Ultimate Hire Collection:



Remote Work and less Travel are Among Business
Changes that are Likely to Last
By David Nicklaus, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

One year into a global pandemic, businesses are realizing that some changes they made to cope with a deadly virus may become permanent.

Even if the pandemic ends, many companies will allow some employees to continue working remotely. Videoconferencing apps like Zoom will continue to reduce the need for business travel.

For office building owners, airlines and hotels, the new normal will include lower revenue. For other businesses, technologies they adopted out of necessity could lead to lower costs and higher profits.

“If I have my employees working from home and I haven’t seen that big a drop-off in productivity, I may not want to go 100% back to working in-office,” said Peter Boumgarden, Director of Washington University’s Koch Center for Family Enterprise. “Most companies won’t stick with work-from-home forever but will move toward a hybrid.”

Retailing giant Target, acknowledging that it won’t need everybody on premises all the time, announced Thursday that it’s giving up one-third of its Minneapolis office space.

Some employers, including St. Louis technology company LockerDome, have made work-from-anywhere a permanent option.

Chief Executive Gabe Lozano called the decision a no-brainer. “The pandemic showed that our employees are happier and more productive when they can choose a work environment that best suits their lifestyle,” he said. “Our potential talent pool has also expanded considerably by removing geographic considerations and better catering to individual needs.”



The U.S. Cities with the Highest Economic Output
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

One thing is immediately clear—the New York metro area dwarfs all other metro area by a large margin. This cluster, which includes Newark and Jersey City, is bigger than the metro areas surrounding Los Angeles and Chicago combined.

Coming in fourth place is San Francisco on the West Coast, with $549 billion in total economic output each year. Meanwhile in the South, the Dallas Metroplex brings in $478 billion, placing it sixth in the ranks.

It’s worth noting that using individual metro areas is one way to view things, but geographers also think of urban life in broader terms as well. Given the proximity of cities in the Northeast, places like Boston, NYC, and Washington, D.C. are sometimes grouped into a single megaregion. When viewed this way, the corridor is actually the world’s largest in economic terms.




Top Ten Leasing News
March 8 to March 12

(Stories most opened by readers)

(1) State of Louisiana Responds to Texas
    and Mississippi 100% Open - Cartoon

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

(3) The Map Below Shows Which States have
    Changes in Minimum Wages in 2021

(4) Strong Men….

(5) GE to Wind Down GE Capital
    After Shedding Jet-Leasing Unit

(6) Marlin Business Services Corp 10-K
    Year- End Highlights from 73 pages

(7)  Don't Quit
    The Ultimate Hire by Ken Lubin, ZRG Partners

(8) A $60 billion surprise in the COVID-19 relief bill:
    Tax hikes

(9) Alternate Finance Association Membership
    United States

(10) United States-Canada COVID-19 Travel Restrictions



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IRS Begins Delivering Third Round
of Economic Impact Payments to Americans

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service announces that the third round of Economic Impact Payments will begin reaching Americans over thia week.

Following approval of the American Rescue Plan Act, the first batch of payments will be sent by direct deposit, which some recipients will start receiving as early as this weekend, and with more receiving this coming week.

Additional batches of payments will be sent in the coming weeks by direct deposit and through the mail as a check or debit card. The vast majority of these payments will be by direct deposit.

No action is needed by most taxpayers; the payments will be automatic and, in many cases, similar to how people received the first and second round of Economic Impact Payments in 2020. People can check the “Get My Payment” tool on on Monday to see the payment status of the third stimulus payment.

IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig, stated, “Even though the tax season is in full swing, IRS employees again worked around the clock to quickly deliver help to millions of Americans struggling to cope with this historic pandemic.

“The payments will be delivered automatically to taxpayers even as the IRS continues delivering regular tax refunds. We urge people to visit for the latest details on the stimulus payments, other new tax law provisions and tax season updates.”

Highlights of the third round of Economic Impact Payments; IRS will automatically calculate amounts

In general, most people will get $1,400 for themselves and $1,400 for each of their qualifying dependents claimed on their tax return. As with the first two Economic Impact Payments in 2020, most Americans will receive their money without having to take any action. Some Americans may see the direct deposit payments as pending or as provisional payments in their accounts before the official payment date of March 17.

Because these payments are automatic for most eligible people, contacting either financial institutions or the IRS on payment timing will not speed up their arrival. Social Security and other federal beneficiaries will generally receive this third payment the same way as their regular benefits. A payment date for this group will be announced shortly.

The third round of Economic Impact Payments (EIP3) will be based on the taxpayer’s latest processed tax return from either 2020 or 2019. This includes anyone who successfully registered online at using the agency’s Non-Filers tool last year, or alternatively, submitted a special simplified tax return to the IRS. If the IRS has received and processed a taxpayer’s 2020 return, the agency will instead make the calculation based on that return.

In addition, the IRS will automatically send EIP3 to people who didn’t file a return but receive Social Security retirement, survivor or disability benefits (SSDI), Railroad Retirement benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Veterans Affairs benefits. This is similar to the first and second rounds of Economic Impact Payments, often referred to as EIP1 and EIP2.

For those who received EIP1 or EIP2 but don’t receive a payment via direct deposit, they will generally receive a check or, in some instances, a prepaid debit card (referred to as an “EIP Card). A payment will not be added to an existing EIP card mailed for the first or second round of stimulus payments.

Under the new law, an EIP3 cannot be offset to pay various past-due federal debts or back taxes.

The IRS reminds taxpayers that the income levels in this new round of stimulus payments have changed. This means that some people won't be eligible for the third payment even if they received a first or second Economic Impact Payment or claimed a 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit. Payments will begin to be reduced for individuals making $75,000 or above in Adjusted Gross Income ($150,000 for married filing jointly.) The reduced payments end at $80,000 for individuals ($160,000); people above these levels are ineligible for a payment. More information is available on

New payments differ from earlier Economic Impact Payments

The third round of stimulus payments, those authorized by the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act, differs from the earlier payments in several respects:

  • The third stimulus payment will be larger for most people. Most families will get $1,400 per person, including all dependents claimed on their tax return. Typically, this means a single person with no dependents will get $1,400, while a family of four (married couple with two dependents) will get $5,600.
  • Unlike the first two payments, the third stimulus payment is not restricted to children under 17. Eligible families will get a payment based on all of their qualifying dependents claimed on their return, including older relatives like college students, adults with disabilities, parents and grandparents.

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7 Years Old
65 Lbs.

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2236 Federal Avenue
Los Angeles, Ca. 90065

Please allow 48 hours for us to respond to your inquiries.

Adoption Application:


News Briefs---

Fauci says Trump should urge his followers
    to get vaccinated

LendingClub Talks Earnings Post Radius-Bank Acquisition
    "hard to imagine a better time to be launching a digital bank"

Five Willis Towers worth of office space is empty
     in downtown Chicago, and it’s going to get worse

Why SoFi's bank buy might rewrite
    the bank charter playbook for FinTechs





You May Have Missed---

CHP officers recount most memorable excuses
     for speeding: Roadshow


Sports Briefs---

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees retires
    from NFL after 20 seasons

Fauci calls Steph Curry one of his
    favorite athletes of all time

'Worst year of my life': Warriors' Klay Thompson
    details personal, professional tragedies of 2020


California Nuts Briefs---

CVS Adds 119 More Coronavirus Vaccine Sites In California
   "Pharmacy locations offering shots up to 286"

Sacramento, California, casino wars heat up.
    Here’s the $100M expansion planned for Thunder Valley

Criticism about Orchard Keepers
    Residents share growing concern over Saratoga Heritage Orchard



“Gimme that Wine”

Higher wine price can enhance taste, says study

Washington Wine: A Tale of Two Industries

29 Celebrities Who Are Making Wine in Sonoma
     and Napa Wine Country

Free Wine App

Wine Prices by vintage


This Day in History

    1767 - Andrew Jackson (d. 1845) was born in a log cabin at Waxhaw, SC. The 7th president of the US (Mar 4, 1829-Mar 3, 1837), Jackson was the first president since George Washington who had not attended college. He was a military hero in the War of 1812. His presidency reflected his democratic and egalitarian values. His birthday is observed as a holiday in Tennessee.
    1781 – The Continental Army inflicted heavy losses on the British at the Battle of Guilford Court House, North Carolina. A 2,100-man British force under Cornwallis defeated Maj. Gen. Nathanael Greene’s 4,500 Americans but lost a considerable number of men during the battle with estimates as high as 27%. Such heavy British casualties resulted in a strategic victory for the Americans. The battle was the “largest and most hotly contested” battle of the American Revolution’s southern campaign and led to the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown.
    1783 - General George Washington addressed a meeting at Newburgh, NY of Continental Army officers who were dissatisfied and rebellious for want of back pay, food, clothing and pensions. General Washington called for patience, opening his speech with the words: "I have grown gray in your service." Congress later acted to satisfy most of the demands.
    1820 - Maine became the 23rd state. Prior to this date it was part of Massachusetts. The Pine Tree State. The white pine cone with its tassel is the state flower. The chickadee is the state bird. The landlocked salmon is the state fish, the tourmaline is the state mineral. The state song:  “State of Maine Song”. ‘I direct' is the state motto which is ‘dirigo' in Latin.  From the 15th to 19th centuries, this was a great fishing area, off the coast of islands off Nova Scotia. The name of the state comes for its first use to distinguish the mainland from islands offshore. Maine was also thought to be named in honor of Henrietta Maria, Charles I of England's queen. She owned a province in France titled, Mayne. Augusta is the state capital.
    1827 – “Freedom's Journal,” first Black newspaper, published by John Russwurm and Samuel Cornish
    1848 - "The Californian" reported gold was discovered along the American River at a sawmill owned by Capt. John A. Sutter. News was not widely believed in San Francisco.
    1848 – “The Californian”: "We entertain several reasons why slavery should not be introduced here. First, it is wrong for it to exist anywhere. Second, not a single instance of precedence exists at present in the shape of physical bondage of our fellow men. Third, there is no excuse whatever for its introduction into this country (by virtue of climate or physical conditions). Fourth, Negroes have equal rights to life, liberty, health and happiness with the whites. Fifth, it is every individual's duty, to self and to society, to be occupied in useful employment sufficient to gain self-support. Sixth, it would be the greatest calamity that the power of the United States could inflict upon California. Seventh, we desire only a white population in California. Eighth, we left the slave states because we did not like to bring up a family in a miserable, can't-help-one's-self condition. Ninth, in conclusion we dearly love the 'Union,' but declare our positive preference for an independent condition of California to the establishment of any degree of slavery, or even the importation of free blacks." Ten days later the other local journal, “The California Star,” said editorially; "While we sincerely entertain these views, and value the union with the United States as highly as we should, the simple recognition of slavery here would be looked upon as a greater misfortune to the territory than though California had remained in its former state, or were at the present crisis, abandoned to its fate. * * We believe, though slavery could not be generally introduced, that its recognition would blast the prospects of the country. It would make it disreputable for the white man to labor for his bread, and it would thus drive off to other homes the only class of emigrants California wishes to see, the sober and industrious middle-class of society. We would, therefore, on the part of 90 per cent of the population of this country, most solemnly protest against the introducing of this blight upon the prosperity of the home of our adoption. We should look upon it as an unnecessary moral, intellectual and social curse to ourselves and posterity."
    1849 - Gen. Smith, military commander of California, declared the Yerba Buena harbor to be poor because the seas are too rough and it is located on a peninsula with little water and few food supplies.
    1864 - The U.S. Navy fleet arrived at Alexandria, LA for the Red River Campaign that lasted into May.  The campaign was a Union initiative, fought between approximately 30,000 Union troops under the command of Maj. Gen. Nathaniel Banks, and 6,000 to 15,000 Confederate troops under the command of Lt. Gen. Richard Taylor.  The campaign was primarily the plan of Union General-in-Chief Henry Halleck, and a diversion from Lt. Gen.  Grant’s plan to surround the main Confederate armies by using Banks's Army of the Gulf to capture Mobile, AL.  It was a Union failure, characterized by poor planning and mismanagement, in which not a single objective was fully accomplished. Taylor successfully defended the Red River Valley with a smaller force.
    1875 – The Archbishop of New York, John McCloskey, was named the first Roman Catholic Cardinal in the US.
    1885 - A lower court in NYC ruled that playing baseball on Sunday is a crime. This decision will be overturned, but it will be appealed.
    1892 - New York State unveiled an automatic ballot booth (voting machine).
    1892 – The escalator was patented by Jesse W. Reno of NYC.
    1901 – Horse racing was banned in San Francisco.
    1907 - Trumpet player Jimmy McPartland (d. 1991) was born, Chicago, IL.
    1912 - Birthday of guitarist/folksinger Lightin' Hopkins (d. 1982), Centerville, TX. His career spanned more than 30 years, even though he did not begin performing in earnest until middle age. Hopkins spent most of his life in the Houston area, recording his first hits, "Short Haired Woman" and "Baby Please Don't Go" for the local Gold Star label in 1947. Texas blues fell from favor in the mid-1950s, and Hopkins was not heard from again until 1959 when he began playing folk and blues festivals. Lightnin' Hopkins's last performance was at Carnegie Hall in 1979.
    1912 – Cy Young retired from Major League Baseball with a still-record 511 wins.  His average year was 20-12 with 30 complete games.  Of all the records in sports, most agree this will never be broken.
    1913 - The first small claims court established for small debtors, was authorized by Kansas, to deal with cases involving not more than $20. Plaintiffs and defendants appeared without legal representation. Judges served without fee, pay, or award. Appeals could be taken to the district court.
    1913 – President Woodrow Wilson held the first presidential press conference.
    1914 – The birthday of Joe E. Ross, born Joseph Roszawikz (d. 1982) in NYC.  Known for his trademark "Ooh! Ooh!" exclamation, which he used in many of his roles, he starred as Mess Sgt. Rupert Ritzik in “The Phil Silvers Show” and as Patrolman Gunther Toody in “Car 54, Where Are You?”
    1916 - Trumpet player/bandleader Harry James (d. 1983) was born in Albany, GA.  His was the first "name band" to employ Frank Sinatra in 1939. James signed Sinatra to a one-year contract, of which Sinatra worked seven months before going to sing for Tommy Dorsey. His later band included drummer Buddy Rich. His orchestra succeeded Glenn Miller’s on a radio program in 1942, when Miller disbanded his orchestra to enter the Army.
    1922 – The first radio station in the South, WSB Atlanta, began broadcasting.
    1926 – “The Dutchman,” Norm Van Brocklin (d. 1983) was born in Parade, SD.  After nine seasons with the LA Rams, winning the 1951 NFL Championship, he signed as the QB for the Philadelphia Eagles.  He led the Eagles to the 1960 NFL Championship, the only QB to defeat Vince Lombardi in an NFL title game.  He became the first head coach of the Minnesota Vikings in 1961.  He is a member of the University of Oregon and the Pro Football Halls of Fame.
    1930 - USS Constitution (Old Ironsides) floated out to become a national shrine.  A 1924 inspection found her in grave condition.  The Navy Board of Inspection and Survey recommended that she be thoroughly repaired in order to preserve her as long as possible. The estimated cost of repairs was $400,000. Secretary of the Navy Wilbur proposed to Congress that the required funds be raised privately, and he was authorized to assemble the committee charged with her restoration. A nationwide campaign included $148,000 raised from the pennies of schoolchildren across the US.  Constitution entered dry dock with a crowd of 10,000 observers on 16 June 1927. Charles F. Adams had been appointed as the Secretary of the Navy, and he proposed that Constitution make a tour of the United States upon her completion as a gift to the nation for its efforts to help restore her. She emerged from dry dock with many amenities installed to prepare her for the three-year tour of the country.  Setting out with much celebration and a 21-gun salute, the tour of 90 port cities along the Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific coasts began at Portsmouth, NH. She went as far north as Bar Harbor, ME, on the Atlantic coast, south through the Panama Canal, and north again to Bellingham, WA. Constitution returned to her home port of Boston in May, 1934 after more than 4.6 million people visited her during the three-year tour.
    1930 – USS Nautilus, the first streamlined US submarine was launched at Mare Island in California.  The third sub of this name, she was the forerunner of USS Nautilus, the first nuclear submarine that was launched in 1954.
    1933 - Birthday of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (d. 2020), Brooklyn, NY.  U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice appointed in 1992, she is a lifelong advocate of women's rights. She won five of the six cases that she argued before the Supreme Court, establishing the unconstitutionality of unequal treatment for men and women. She was the editor of the Harvard Law Review. Ginsburg graduated first in her class of 1959, but she was unable to find a job in a law firm as neither mothers nor Jews were being hired. She eventually found employment as a clerk with a federal district judge in New York with the proviso that a male appointee would be waiting when she failed. She was the first female tenured professor at Columbia University and former director of the Women's Rights Project of the ACLU. President Bill Clinton nominated Ginsburg to the Supreme Court on June 15, 1993, and the Senate overwhelmingly (96—3) approved her nomination. She took the oath of office on August 10, 1993.
    1935 – Actor Judd Hirsch was born in The Bronx.  He is best known for playing Alex Rieger on the television comedy series “Taxi” (1978–1983).  Over the course of his career, he has twice won the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a comedy Series, has twice won the Tony for Best Actor in a Play, and has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
    1937 - The first birth control clinic run by a state government was opened in Raleigh, NC, by the state board of health, including a program setting up contraceptive clinics for poor married women in local maternity and child health services.
    1937 - The first blood bank to preserve blood by refrigeration for future use in transfusions was established by the Cook County Hospital, Chicago, IL.
    1941 - Mike Love of the Beach Boys was born in Los Angeles. Love is a cousin of the three Wilson Brothers - Brian, Carl and Dennis. With their friend, Al Jardine, they formed a high school group which played under such names as the Pendletones, Kenny and the Cadets, and Carl and the Passions. Mike Love and Brian Wilson wrote "Surfin'," which was a California hit in 1961 for the group, now called the Beach Boys. Murray Wilson, the father of Brian, Dennis and Carl, got the Beach Boys a contract with Capitol Records. Their hits began - "Surfin' Safari," "Surfin' USA" and "Surfer Girl." These were the songs that launched the surf music fad. They went to University High School, as I did, played in some of their pick-up bands, and yes, they really were surfers, who got up at 5am to go surfing before going to school—before the days of wet suits, too.
    1941 - The most severe blizzard in modern history struck North Dakota and Minnesota. The blizzard hit on a Saturday night while many were traveling and resulted in the tragic loss of 71 lives. Winds gusted to 75 mph at Duluth, Minnesota and to 85 mph at Grand Forks, North Dakota. Snow drifts reached 12 feet in north central Minnesota.
    1943 - Sly Stone was born Sylvester Stewart in Denton, Texas.  Sly & The Family Stone had their first hit single with "Dance to the Music” (1968). Their fourth album, “Stand!” (1969), became a runaway success, selling over three million copies and spawning a number one hit single, "Everyday People."  By the summer of 1969, Sly & The Family Stone were one of the biggest names in music, releasing two more top five singles, "Hot Fun in the Summertime" and "Thank You" / "Everybody Is a Star", before the end of the year, and appearing at Woodstock.
    1944 – The Washington Senators started spring training with six knuckleballers likely to make the staff.  Of them, Mickey Haefner, Dutch Leonard, Johnny Niggeling and Roger Wolff joined Early Wynn as starters and the rest went to the bullpen.
    1946 - Nat “King” Cole records “Route 66” written by Bobby Troup, the first of dozens of covers since.  Troup, a Wharton graduate in economics, got the idea for the song on a cross-country drive from Pennsylvania to California. Troup wanted to try his hand as a Hollywood songwriter, so he and his wife, Cynthia, packed up their 1941 Buick and headed west. The trip began on US 40, then continued along US 66 to the California coast. Troup initially considered writing a tune about US 40, but Cynthia suggested the title "Get Your Kicks on Route 66." The song was composed on the ten-day journey and completed by referring to maps when the couple arrived in Los Angeles.
    1947 - Ensign John W. Lee of Indianapolis, IN was commission an officer, becoming the first in the U.S. Navy. He was assigned to the U.S. S. Kearsarge.
    1948 - Parcel Post Air Service between the United States and 21 countries in Europe and Africa began. Service late in the year began to South America and then to the Pacific.
    1952 – Kay Starr hit # 1 with “Wheel of Fortune.”
    1954 - Top Hits
“Make Love to Me!” - Jo Stafford
“I Get So Lonely” - The Four Knights
“Answer Me, My Love” - Nat ‘King' Cole
“Slowly” - Webb Pierce
    1954 - The Chords released "Sh-Boom."  It was a U.S. Top 100 #2 hit that year for both The Chords (who first recorded the song) and The Crew-Cuts who took it to #1.
    1955 - Colonel Tom Parker becomes Elvis Presley's manager. Parker's previous show-business experience included managing country stars Hank Snow, Eddy Arnold and Gene Autry. Parker manages Presley all his life and after his death.
    1955 - Fats Domino released "Ain't It (That) A Shame."  It became a top 10 hit and was covered later by Pat Boone who took it to #1.  Domino didn’t care…he wrote the song!
    1956 - The musical, "My Fair Lady", opened on Broadway. The show ran for 6-1/2 years before 2,717 audiences. It became, thanks to Rex Harrison and an outstanding cast, the longest running major musical theatre production in history. It was followed by a hit London production, a popular film version, and numerous revivals. It has been called "the perfect musical."
    1957 - Carol Heiss of Ozone Park, Queens, New York City, won her first National Women's figure skating championship at Berkeley, CA: her second and third in 1958 and 1959; and her fourth consecutive title on January 29, 1960, at Seattle, WA.
    1959 - The musical, “No Strings,” opened on Broadway at the 54th Street Theatre. Richard Kiley and Diahann Carroll starred in the show. Also featured was the show’s composer in an acting role, singing his own lyrics. The composer was Richard Rodgers.
    1960 - The Key Largo Coral Reef Preserve, an area 21 miles long and 3.5 wine in the Atlantic Ocean was made an undersea park by proclamation of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. This wildlife refuse contains 40 of the 52 known coral species.
    1962 - Top Hits
“Hey! Baby” - Bruce Channel
 “Midnight in Moscow” - Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen
 “Don't Break the Heart that Loves You” - Connie Francis
 “Misery Loves Company” - Porter Wagoner
    1966 - Winners of the eighth annual Grammy awards for 1965 are announced. Record of the Year is "A Taste of Honey" by Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass. Album of the year is Frank Sinatra's "September of My Years." Song of the Year is "The Shadow of Your Smile" by Paul Francis Webster and Johnny Mandel.
    1964 – “My Fair Lady,” by Lerner and Loewe, opened on Broadway. It ran for 6-1/2 years before 2,717 audiences. It became, thanks to Rex Harrison and an outstanding cast, the longest-running musical to that time.
    1968 - "LIFE" magazine called Jimi Hendrix, “the most spectacular guitarist in the world.”
    1968 - Blood, Sweat and Tears opened at the S.F. Avalon Ballroom.
    1970 - Top Hits
“Bridge Over Troubled Water” - Simon & Garfunkel
 “Travelin' Band/Who'll Stop the Rain” - Creedence Clearwater Revival
 “The Rapper” - The Jaggerz
 “It's Just a Matter of Time” - Sonny James
    1971 - CBS-TV announced the cancelation of “The Ed Sullivan Show,” then the longest-running TV show in history, after 23 years.
    1971 – Bernice Gera, a 39-year-old NYC housewife, filed a lawsuit against organized baseball, claiming violation of her civil rights. Mrs. Gera had completed an umpire school and signed a contract to work in the New York-Penn League, only to see the deal be voided six days later with no explanation. Gera will eventually umpire one game before quitting.
    1972 - Singer Robert John scores with a remake of the Tokens' Number One hit "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." John's version goes Top Fifteen and earns him a gold record
    1972 - Los Angeles Radio station KHJ is raided by L.A. police after calls from listeners who feared there'd been a revolution at the station from 6:00 to 7:30 in the morning. DJ Robert W. Morgan had played Donny Osmond's "Puppy Love" over and over. The police left without making any arrests.
    1972 - "The Godfather," Francis Ford Coppola's epic gangster movie based on the Mario Puzo novel and starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, premiered in New York.  Paramount obtained the rights to the novel for the price of $80,000, before it gained popularity. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest films in world cinema and one of the most influential.  It was nominated for 11 Oscars and won three, including Best Picture.  It was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 1990, being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and is ranked the second-greatest film in American history (behind “Citizen Kane”) by the AFI.
    1977 - “Eight is Enough” premiers on TV. This one-hour comedy-drama was set in Sacramento and starred Dick Van Patten as Tom Bradford, a columnist for a local paper and a widower with eight children. Diana Hyland played his wife Joan; she died from cancer after filming five shows. The children were played by Grant Goodeve, Lani O'Grady, Laurie Walters, Susan Richardson, Dianne Kay, Connie Needham, Willie Aames and Adam Rich. In the fall of 1977, Betty Buckley joined the cast as tutor Abby Abbott, who later married Tom. Most of the cast was reunited for Tom's 50th birthday on "Eight Is Enough: A Family Reunion" shown on Oct 18, 1987.
    1977 - “Three's Company” appears on TV. This half-hour comedy featured two girls and a guy sharing an apartment. In order for the landlord to go along with the living arrangements, Jack Tripper, played by John Ritter, had to pretend he was gay. Cast included Joyce DeWitt, Suzanne Somers, Norman Fell, Audra Findley, Richard Kline, Don Knotts and Priscilla Barnes. The last telecast aired on Sept 18, 1984.
    1978 - The Oakland A’s traded star pitcher Vida Blue to the San Francisco Giants for seven players and nearly $400,000 in cash. Blue won 18 games for the Giants that season.  In 1976, baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn vetoed an attempt by Oakland A's owner Charlie Finley to sell Blue to the New York Yankees, and in 1978, Kuhn cancelled a proposed trade of Blue to the Cincinnati Reds. In both instances, Kuhn said the trades would be bad for baseball because they would benefit already powerful teams without making them give up any significant talent in return. At the end of the 1976 season, nearly the entire A's roster of star players from Oakland's championship teams left with baseball's new free agency, or were traded off by Finley, leaving Blue, who was still under contract with Oakland, to mentor a new team of primarily rookies and other young players.
    1978 - Top Hits
“(Love Is) Thicker Than Water” - Andy Gibb
 “Night Fever” - Bee Gees
 “Lay Down Sally” - Eric Clapton
 “Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” - Waylon & Willie
    1978 - "American Hot Wax," a film about a week in the life of pioneer rock & roll disc jockey Alan Freed, premieres in New York. The soundtrack features Jackie Wilson, Buddy Holly, the Moonglows, Drifters, Spaniels, Cadillacs, Zodiacs and others.  It is widely considered one of the best rock and roll movies of all time.
    1981 – The National Football League prohibited the use of any sticky substances on the body uniform or equipment of any player. The rules change was largely aimed at the defensive unit of the Los Angeles Raiders, winners of the 1981 Super Bowl, and in particular, at LA defensive back Lester Hayes, who coated his arms and chest with Stickum and intercepted 13 passes during the 1980 season.
    1984 - Severe thunderstorms in Arkansas produced 2 violent (F4) tornadoes. The first tornado tracked 48 miles through Van Buren, Cleburne, and Independence counties. 2 people were killed and 13 were injured. 63 homes and 22 mobile homes were destroyed. The tornado lifted the highway 16 bridge and threw it into Greers Ferry Lake. The bridge was 1/4 mile long and had a large steel superstructure. The second tornado tore through Jackson and Poinsett counties with 5 people killed and 12 injured
    1985 - “Mr. Belvedere” premiers on TV. A sitcom about a sarcastic, talented, wise British housekeeper and his love-hate relationship with a Pittsburgh family. It starred Christopher Hewett as Lynn Belvedere, former baseball player Bob Uecker as his employer/antagonist, sportswriter George Owens, Ilene Graff as George's wife Marsha, a law student, Rob Stone as Kevin, Tracy Wells as Heather and Brice Beckham as mischievous Wesley. At the end of each episode, Mr. Belvedere narrated the day's lesson as he wrote in his journal and ended the show on a funny note. The last telecast aired July 8, 1990.
    1985 - The first Internet domain name,, was registered.
    1986 - Top Hits
 “Sara” - Starship
 “These Dreams” - Heart
 “Secret Lovers” - Atlantic Starr
 “I Could Get Used to You” - Exile
    1987 - Bryan Adams' "Heat of the Night" becomes the first commercially released cassette single, or cassingle, in the U.S.
    1987 - The place: Orlando, Florida. The golf course: the Arnold Palmer-designed Bay Hill layout. The tournament: the Bay Hill Classic. Don Pooley showed the golf world what a true million-dollar swing looked like, as he made a hole in one during the final round. The tournament sponsor had offered a million dollars to anyone making an ace. Pooley didn't win the tourney but won a lot more than anyone else.
    1987 - Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Starlight Express" opened on Broadway. This was the first ever roller-skating musical.
    1988 - “The Wonder Years” premiered on TV. A coming-of-age tale set in suburbia in the 1960s and 1970s, this drama/comedy starred Fred Savage as Kevin Arnold, Josh Saviano as his best friend Paul and Danica McKellar as girlfriend Winnie. Kevin's dad was played by Dan Lauria, his homemaker mom by Alley Mills, his hippie sister by Olivia d'Abo and his bully brother by Jason Hervey. Narrator Daniel Stern was the voice of the grown-up Kevin. The last episode ran Sept 1, 1993 but it remains popular in syndication.
    1988 - More than one hundred hours of continuous snow finally came to an end at Marquette, MI, during which time the city was buried under 43 inches of snow. Unseasonably cold weather prevailed in the southeastern U.S., with forty-one cities reporting record low temperatures for the date.
    1993 - 69 daily low temperature records were broken over the eastern US as cold air persisted behind the "blizzard of '93". Elkins, West Virginia recorded 5 degrees below zero to break its old record by 15 degrees and New Orleans, Louisiana dropped to 31 degrees to break its old record by 9 degrees. Fort Myers, Florida shivered at 39 degrees.
    1994 - 0.9 inches of snow on this day brought the seasonal snowfall total at Binghamton, New York to 123.2 inches -- the city's snowiest winter ever.
    1997 - Dave Andreychuk of the New Jersey Devils became the 26th player in the National Hockey League and the second in two days to score 500 regular-season goals. Andreychuk's goal helped the Devils beat the Washington Capitals, 3-2.
    1997 - The University of North Carolina men's basketball team defeated Colorado, 73-56, in the second round of the NCAA tournament to give coach Dean Smith the 877th victory of his career, one more than Adolph Rupp. Smith's win, his 63rd in NCAA tournament play, came in his 36th season as a head coach.  He finished his career with 879 wins, the most in NCAA Division I Men’s basketball at the time.
    1999 - Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Dusty Springfield, the Staples Singers, Del Shannon, Curtis Mayfield and Beatles producer George Martin are among those inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Springfield died just 11 days before.
    2003 - Thousands of anti-war demonstrators marched in SF, Washington, DC and around the world.
    2006 - Remnants of Fats Domino's three pianos were discovered and saved by the Louisiana State Museum after attempting to salvage his Ninth Ward home after Hurricane Katrina.
    2011 – MLB Commissioner Bud Selig formed a twelve-person committee to study the origins of baseball   newly-appointed official historian John Thorn as its chair. The issue has been rekindled with the publication this week of Thorn's book, “Baseball in the Garden of Eden,” which casts doubt on the role of Alexander Cartwright in laying down the fundamental principles of the game. Ironically, Cartwright was promoted as the "real" founder of the game to counteract the unfounded legend that Abner Doubleday had laid down the first baseball diamond in Cooperstown in 1839.  Thorn argues that the game is in fact much older than once thought, with traces found in 18th century records.
    2015 - Boston reached a new snowfall record of 108.6 inches. The city's previous record of 107.6 inches was set in the winter of 1995-1996.
    2018 – Toys R Us announced it will close all its stores after filing for bankruptcy.
    2018 – A pedestrian bridge on near Florida International University in Miami collapsed onto 8-lane highway 5 days after it was built, killing 6 and injuring 10.    



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