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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

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    Mastering TValue Online to Win More Deals
ELFA Reports Business Down 9% in January
    Pandemic Affecting the Larger Finance Institution
Leasing Industry Ads
    Commercial Credit Analyst and SPRING IS HERE!
Top Five Potential Relationships
    Sales Make it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP
Triex Capital Partners added to Solar Financing Firms
    Working with Third Party Originators
How Old Are the Tech Companies - Chart
    Number of Years the Top Ones Have been in Existence
Comparing growth: U.S. ecommerce vs. total retail sales
    Year-over-year growth, 2011-2020
Women and People of Color
    Are Still Underrepresented on TV Shows
Russian Man Pleads Guilty to Role in Attempt
    to Plant Malware on Tesla Systems
National Equipment Finance Association
    Takes Its Finance Summit Virtual with Great Success
Labrador Retriever
    Golden, Colorado  Adopt-a-Dog
Most Influential Lawyers
    in Equipment Finance and Leasing
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Intel is spending $20 billion to build
     two new chip plants in Arizona
Semiconductor Shortage to Halt Volvo Truck Production
    output will be "substantial," the manufacturer says
Google plans $25 million investment in Georgia
    Tech giant to move into Midtown office tower being constructed
Microsoft to reopen Seattle HQ campus to more employees
    March 29 as focus shifts to hybrid work model
Hawaii tourist spots packed with spring breakers
    from states without mask mandates
Citigroup CEO Jane Fraser bans
    Friday Zoom calls to combat COVID burnout
Disneyland's reopening bans anyone from outside California
    No Fast Passes or parades but a better experience for guests

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    even as San Francisco advances to orange tier

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Wed. March 24
Mastering TValue Online to Win More Deals

Free---Open to All - Members and Non-Members

TimeValue Software is the developer of TValue Online loan and lease structuring software, the industry standard for equipment finance brokers and funding sources. Many funding sources require their brokers to submit their deals using TValue Online software.

Join us on Wednesday, March 24 at 3:00 p.m. (ET). Greg Smith, Senior Account Manager for TimeValue Software will demonstrate how to use the buy rate from a funding source to calculate broker commissions and quote the payment amount to customers. See how to structure a loan and/or lease with payments in advance, payments in arrears, skip payments for seasonal business, forbearance payments for COVID relief, and residual payments.

If you are competing for business with other lenders, you will also see how brokers use TValue Online to reverse analyze their competitors' deals and come out on top. Learn how to use TValue Online to win your customers' business.

AACFB Webinar Wednesday March 24 3:00pm EST

Greg Smith

Greg Smith is a senior team member for TimeValue Software. Since 1984, TimeValue Software has developed finance and tax software applications used by more than a half million end-users worldwide. Greg is a software sales and product trainer of time-value of money calculations focused on helping financial professionals in the accounting, banking, and equipment finance industries.

Greg has been with TimeValue Software for the past 26 years. As Business Development Manager at TimeValue Software for the last 12 years, he handles software sales, product support, product training, customer retention, and strategic alliances for most all of the TimeValue Software product lines, with emphasis on their flagship product, TValue.

Greg resides in Southern California and his interests include his family, cooking, watching and attending UCLA athletic events, and coaching high school and youth wrestling.



ELFA Reports Business Down 9% in January
Pandemic Affecting the Larger Finance Institution

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The Equipment Leasing and Finance Survey of 35 major bank, leasing and finance companies reports new business volume was $7.4 billion, down 9% from January, 2021, and down 4% from January, 2020.

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Full Listing of 35 ELFA Participants

  • Bank of America Global Leasing
  • Bank of the West
  • BB&T Bank
  • BMO Harris Equipment Finance
  • Canon Financial Services
  • Caterpillar Financial Services
  • CIT
  • Citizens Asset Finance
  • Dell Financial Services
  • DLL
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • First American Equipment Finance
  • Frost Equipment Leasing and Finance
  • GreatAmerica Financial Services
  • Hitachi Capital America
  • HP, Inc.
  • HPE Financial Services Company
  • Huntington Equipment Finance
  • John Deere Financial
  • Key Equipment Finance
  • LEAF Commercial Capital Inc.
  • M&T Bank
  • Marlin Capital Solutions
  • Merchants Bank Equipment Finance
  • PNC Equipment Finance
  • Societe Generale Equipment Finance
  • Siemens Financial Services
  • Stearns Bank
  • Stonebriar Commercial Finance
  • TCF Capital Solutions, a division of TCF National Bank
  • TD Equipment Finance
  • TIAA Commercial Finance, Inc.
  • US Bancorp Business Equipment Finance
  • Volvo Financial Services
  • Wells Fargo Equipment Finance


Leasing Industry Help Wanted



Top Five Potential Relationships

Sales Make it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP

Every successful originator in the commercial equipment leasing and finance industry has their "Hot List." The list consists of vendors or end-users that are perfect candidates for their services but, for whatever reason, are not currently active.

  • What is the plan to move five of these potential clients into the win list over the next 30 days?
  • What are YOU going to do differently or more aggressively to win these five relationships?

If these five top potential accounts are truly aligned with your capabilities and could change your production trajectory for 2021, then it is worth having a well-planned targeted campaign to win these top five relationships now, rather than waiting. Most originators have already identified their five top potential prospects. They have just not followed through with winning the relationships or they have spent months with a slow-paced campaign that never quite wins the relationship. Here are a few tips to expedite the process:

  • Expand your contacts within the lead. The best relationships have multiple contacts and points of entry.
  • Tell all your contacts within a specific top lead that you want to launch a relationship within the next 30 days and ask what must be true for that to happen.
  • Clearly identify why you believe that your services are superior in the market and why YOU are unique.
  • Articulate your plan to expedite the relationship.
  • Ask for a commitment and offer a commitment.
  • Identify what you believe is the real potential of the relationship you are pursuing and how that relationship will benefit the vendor or end-user.
  • Condense your follow-up schedule and commit to making multiple touches in the next 30 days. We know that it often takes 7 to 12 touches to launch a meaningful long-term relationship. Why not make all those touches in 30 days rather than six months?

Don't wait.... Act!

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

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Triex Capital Partners added to Solar Financing Firms
Working with Third Party Originators

Scott Woodring, Managing Partner, Triex Capital Partners, Office: 402-441-4828  Cell: 402 -419-9095 

Full List:


March 21st marks 15 years of Twitter's existence. The company traces its origins back to March 21, 2006 when Jack Dorsey published his first message on the platform at 9:50 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, which read: "just setting up my twitter. “Despite the anniversary, Twitter is still generally regarded as one of the new tech kids on the block and many other technology companies have been operating for a whole lot longer.

Take IBM for example. It has been around since 1911, an impressive 110 years in business. It may seem hard to believe but Intel has also been around for more than half a century while Microsoft and Apple are both more than four decades old.

By Niall McCarthy, Statista




Women and People of Color
Are Still Underrepresented on TV Shows



Russian Man Pleads Guilty to Role in Attempt
to Plant Malware on Tesla Systems

Tesla Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada

The Russian national who attempted to convince a Tesla employee to plant malware on the company’s computers has pleaded guilty.

Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov, 27, has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to intentionally cause damage to a protected computer. He initially faced up to five years in prison, but he will likely get a lighter sentence as a result of his plea agreement.

Kriuchkov is accused of conspiring with others to convince an employee of Tesla to plant malware on the electric car maker’s network as part of a ransomware attack. They had also planned on launching a DDoS attack to distract the company while the malware allowed them to steal valuable data.

The Russian traveled to the U.S. in July 2020 on a tourist visa and contacted the targeted Tesla employee, who was located in Nevada, shortly after.

The employee was initially offered $500,000 for his assistance, but the offer was later doubled. Even so, the employee decided to inform Tesla about the cybercriminals’ plan and the company notified the FBI, which organized a sting operation.

Kriuchkov was arrested in August 2020 and in September he pleaded not guilty. He will be sentenced on May 10.

By Eduard Kovacs, Security Week


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National Equipment Finance Association
Takes Its Finance Summit Virtual with Great Success

Over 260 equipment finance professionals and service providers from across the U.S., Australia, and Canada attended the National Equipment Finance Association (NEFA) 2021 Virtual Finance Summit on March 16-17.

Chad Sluss, Executive Director and CEO of NEFA, commented,
“In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, NEFA found it imperative to offer value to members while keeping safety at the forefront. This virtual conference, as compared to our traditional in-person gatherings, did offer some unique benefits.

“Businesses of all kinds and sizes were able to join the event, offering value to employees in all areas of these companies. Employees we do not often get a chance to engage with at our in-person conferences, due to budgetary constraints, participated in this virtual event. This year’s Finance Summit once again demonstrated the unparalleled and growing value proposition offered by NEFA to the equipment finance industry.”

Attendees of the Finance Summit enjoyed highly productive networking time, topical and informative educational sessions, and many opportunities to meet with exhibitors.  In addition to 8 educational sessions, led by top industry professionals, the conference kicked-off each day with a motivational keynote address.

The Day 1 Keynote was provided by TEDx Speaker and IBM Futurist, Stan Phelps. Stan is a masterful storyteller who guided participants through his talk, “The Purple Goldfish: How the Little Things Make the Biggest Difference.” The Day 2 Keynote was provided by Minnesota Army National Guard veteran, John Kriesel.  Kriesel’s motivational story, “Still Standing, Still Smiling” relays lessons learned in overcoming extreme tragedy with the power of positive thinking. 

Chad Sluss observed, “The 2021 Virtual Finance Summit provided incredible energy with keynote presentations from Stan Phelps and John Kriesel each day. Following each keynote, attendees had the option to attend two additional sessions from industry leaders throughout the two-day conference. Attendees were provided significant networking opportunities, with sponsors, exhibitors, and industry colleagues throughout the event. We were very pleased with the attendance and want to thank the conference committee, sponsors, exhibitors, presenters, volunteers, and our members for making this event so successful.” 

The 2021 Virtual Finance Summit Chair, Kristian Dolan, CLFP, CEO & Founder, Northteq, said, “We persisted through Zoom fatigue and had a great conference!  Thank you to the conference committee for orchestrating sessions with new topics like Cannabis Financing and eNotary, to time tested topics such as Credit Scoring and Fraud.  We hope all attendees walked away with actionable information to improve their businesses.”

The 2021 Virtual Finance Committee was comprised of the following industry leaders: Kristian Dolan, NorthTeq Inc., Chair of the Virtual Finance Summit; Anne Dalgaard, Dynamic Rentals; Dennis Dressler, Dressler|Peters, LLC; Chris Maudlin, Wintrust Specialty Finance; Beth McLean, Northland Capital Financial Services, LLC; Kim Riggs, Orion First Financial, LLC; Peter Van Dyke, NorthTeq Inc.; and James Wilson, TimeValue Software.

This year’s Finance Summit also included a virtual fundraiser to benefit the Chris Walker Education Fund. The fundraiser, a raffle drawing to win a Peloton bike, was a great success, with the winner, James Jackson, Vice President, NEFA Board of Directors and Co-CEO - Practice Leader of the M&A Group, The Alta Group, ultimately donating the bike back to the Fund which was a very gracious gesture.
About National Equipment Finance Association
The National Equipment Finance Association (NEFA) is a national association serving small to mid-sized independent equipment finance companies, bank-owned leasing companies, lessors, brokers, and service providers. NEFA is a strong association offering educational programs and premium networking opportunities with broad geographic and industry segment diversity. The mission of NEFA is to provide a forum for members to pursue personal and professional growth and promote ethical business practices through advocacy, networking, and industry involvement.  For more information, visit: or call Chad Sluss at 616-204-9599.

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Labrador Retriever
Golden, Colorado  Adopt-a=Dog


11 months old
60 lbs.

Miss Cardi is one fun pup! She’s about eleven months old, a trim 60 pounds and eager to please, playful, affectionate, and friendly with all. A Good Samaritan found her abandoned in the Kansas countryside and got her safely her to our rescue partner.

Our pretty girl is house trained, crate trained, knows some commands, and walks well on leash with a Gentle Leader. Her foster mom notes: “She is very good about sitting still to get her Gentle Leader and leash put on – she knows the reward for waiting is a fun time! She was quick to learn to ‘wait’ for her food bowl to be put down before she can eat. She’s attentive and learns really fast and would be a joy to train! “

Other dogs count her as a friend (as long as they keep their paws off her food), and cats are delighted she is indifferent to them.

More from her foster mom:

“Cardi is a sweet, energetic girl filled with enthusiasm who craves affection and attention. She’s an active youngster who needs mental and physical stimulation – like most young ones she can get into mischief and make her own fun if she gets bored! Approved chewables, structure and daily exercise are musts.

“I think she would do best in an active home with another playful dog. All in all, she’s a lot of fun!”

Cardi asked us to let you know she came to us with a broken shoulder, possibly from being hit by a car and chased by someone shooting at her as x-rays show some small bullets. Our surgeon repaired her shoulder. Our rehab vets counsel she will develop some arthritis in this shoulder as she ages and have started her on periodic Adequan injections that can be done at home to mitigate the effects. Our pup will always have a slight limp.

A happy lovable character ready to light up your life with her fun and playful ways, Miss Cardi is hoping you’ll invite her to sit and stay with you forever!

Safe Harbor Lab Rescue
601 16th Street #C-322
Golden, CO 80401

Phone: 303.464.7777


Guidelines for Adoption:


Most Influential Lawyers
in Equipment Finance and Leasing

Stewart Abramson
Andrew Alper

Thomas V. Askounis

Julie Babcock
Joe Bonanno, CLFP
Bill Carey
Richard Contino
James Coston, CLFP
Jonathan Fleisher
Marshall Goldberg
Kenneth Charles Greene, Esq.
Michael A. Leichtling
Malcolm C. Lindquist
Barry Marks, Esq., CLFP
David G. Mayer
Allan J. Mogol
Frank Peretore
John G. Sinodis
Mark Stout
Kevin Trabaris
Allan Umans
Mark Wada
Irwin Wittlin


Stewart Abramson has been a leading lawyer in the Equipment Finance industry for more than thirty years.  During this time he has been General Counsel of North American Corporation/National Equipment Rental, General Counsel of Charter Financial, Inc. and Managing Counsel for Wells Fargo, leading the legal group that supports all of Wells Fargo’s equipment finance businesses. He is a past chairman of the ELFA Legal Committee, has been an active member of numerous ELFA committees for many years, is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, and has written articles on industry related topics. However, beyond his expertise, industry activity and experience, the key indicator of his influence is the frequency of which both lawyers and business people across the industry seek his advice on equipment financing matters. From providing advice about regulatory issues to sharing his thoughts on structuring transactions to providing market intelligence, Stewart is a frequent and influential counselor to the industry.

Andrew K. Alper is a recognized influential attorney representing equipment lessors, funding sources, and other financial institutions since 1979. He is a longtime contributor to the Legal Column for the Monitor magazine. He has been a director of Western Association of Equipment Lessors and United Association of Equipment Lessors, now the National Equipment Finance Association, as well as being active with the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, including serving as instructor for its Principles of Leasing class. He has presented seminars on Equipment Leasing for the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Mr. Alper also sits on the Los Angeles County Bar Commercial Law Committee.

Thomas V. Askounis is in the news frequently, handling many major leasing and finance cases. He is very active with the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors and the Service Providers Business Council. He also served on the Board of Directors of the now National Equipment Finance Association. He previously served as President of the Hellenic Bar Association and is currently a member of the Leasing Subcommittee of the American Bar Association. He has 40 years’ experience in many top leasing and finance cases.

Julie Babcock has been practicing law in the leasing industry since 1993. Julie joined the Key Equipment Finance law group in 2002 and is currently legal counsel for the Specialty Finance, Vendor, and Syndications groups. For a brief period, Julie left Key Equipment Finance to provide legal counsel for KeyBank’s Commercial Lending Group, supporting commercial real estate, real estate construction, commercial loan servicing, healthcare, Native American lending, asset- based lending, letters of credit, SBA, multi-family, and middle market lending.

Prior to joining Key, Julie was the head of the Legal Department at Republic Financial Corporation, Assistant General Counsel at MetLife Capital Corporation, an associate with the law firm of Bogle & Gates, and an Independent Petroleum Landman. She has been a frequent speaker at the Legal Forum of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association. She received the Award for the Article Making the Greatest Contribution to the Leasing Industry for her article, “Buyer Beware: Key Issues Related to Acquisitions,” Journal of Equipment Lease Financing, Vol. 13/No. 1, Spring, 1995.

A Colorado native and avid Colorado Buffaloes fan, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree (with distinction) and her Juris Doctor degree (Order of the Coif) from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. She lives in Windsor, Colorado with her husband and three dogs.

Joe Bonanno, CLFP, and Barry Marks should be credited with the great help they gave in the formation and beginning of the National Association of Equipment Brokers. His position as Legal Counsel with the NAELB for 20 years ended in February 2017. (1)  In 1998, Barry left from alternating as the Legal Counsel for the association. Joe has not only contributed much here but to members and non-members with legal questions and dilemmas.  He brought the progress of education, ethics, and goodwill to the industry, including serving on the CLFP Foundation board for many years and having been a consultant to The World Bank for leasing education in other countries. A major influence in the leasing industry, never too busy for anyone and always available to answer questions, seemingly day and night. Extremely well respected by the leasing broker community as well as funders.

  1.  Attorney Joe Bonanno "Discharged" by NAELB Board at Tumultuous Wednesday Meeting
    (Note: Requested to add news story by Mr. Bonnano. Editor)

Bill Carey served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for USXL since it was founded in March 2004, and he continued in that position at Tygris Vendor Finance, now EverBank Commercial Finance. He has over 15 years of experience in the commercial finance industry, serving in leadership positions as an attorney with CIT, Newcourt Commercial Finance and AT&T Capital, and handling transactions in vendor leasing, commercial lending, fractional aircraft finance and venture leasing, M&A and other corporate finance matters. For a three-year period, Bill was the executive vice president and general counsel of a London-based technology publisher.

He also received two additional nominations:

"Bill Carey is the most effective leasing lawyer I have ever worked with—and I have worked with many! Bill is the perfect example of a legal business partner, akin to an HR business partner, or a Finance business partner. He provides timely, organized, and meaningful legal guidance to senior management regarding overall business matters, and to the sales teams regarding individual transactions and/or vendor program legal issues and opportunities."

"I worked with Bill for over 5 years while at *** and found him to be one of the best in the business for many reasons. In sales-driven organizations, in-house counsel often have to maintain a fine balance, managing risk by providing good sound legal advice while not being so conservative that they become an obstacle to the company achieving its mission. Bill always excelled at that; he understands the business. He was reasonable and creative in his approach to resolving problems, very accessible, responsive and balanced. He was always a gentleman in his dealings with customers and vendors, diplomatic and poised regardless of the situation.  In addition, Bill was a great coach to his Legal Dept. as well as to his internal “clients,” always making time for a teaching moment. Bill is well known in the industry. He has served as a past Chair of the ELFA Legal Committee and I’m certain he left his positive mark there as well."

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

James Coston, CLFP, active in several leasing associations, was the first attorney
serving as President (2004) of the United Association of Equipment Leasing, now National Equipment Finance Association. Counsel for leading financial institutions and other lenders and lessors for litigation and management of regional and national contracts and accounts. Active in major cases. Also an entrepreneur and active in railroad transportation; politically active.

Jonathan Fleisher is a Toronto, Canada attorney whose practice
focuses on the commercial finance industry with a particular emphasis on innovative cross-border transactions and equipment and asset finance, where he has been recognized as a leading lawyer by the Canadian Legal Expert Directory and Best Lawyers. He has particular expertise assisting public and private US commercial finance companies with both establishing operations in Canada and purchasing and selling finance and lease companies, providing both legal and practical business advice.  He is also a prolific writer on topics related to equipment finance and cross-border transactions. Jonathan is the legal editor for Fleet Digest magazine and has completed both the Equipment Finance and Subordinated Debt chapters for Canadian Forms & Precedents. He has also drafted specific guides for US lenders expanding operations to Canada. He is a Director of the Canadian Finance and Leasing Association, Member of the Legal Committee of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, member of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers.

Marshall Goldberg has been an active member and leader for many years in financial institution associations, including the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association ("ELFA"), and the National Vehicle Leasing Association ("NVLA"). For ELFA, Marshall has served on the Legal Committee, the Credit and Collections Management Committee and as a member of the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Equipment Lease Financing. He is currently the Chairman of the Professional Development, Education and Information Sub-Committee for the ELFA Legal Committee. He is responsible for developing, organizing, managing and editing the Legal Website, which includes an online compendium of legal issues pertaining to the 50 States, "What's New in the Law," and the "Catalogue of Legal Information." He developed and now chairs and monitors the Legal Listserve, an daily online forum for attorneys to discuss pertinent legal issues. He is also the sole 2009 recipient of the annual "Excellence in Leasing Award," presented on behalf of ELFA and its Legal Committee.

Marshall is co-author and co-editor of the “Executive Guide to Remedies,” and the “Executive Guide to Lease Documentation.” He also speaks and instructs extensively within the legal and business communities. He has given numerous educational and strategic seminars throughout the United States on subjects including Loan and Lease Enforcement, and he provides annual legal update presentations for financial association lawyers, including written summaries of current case and statutory law.

Kenneth Charles Greene, Esq., was very active in the beginning years of the Western Association of Equipment Lessors (now the National Equipment Finance Association) as well as the National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers. Well known from attending many of the early conferences of several associations. Key attorney in the early years for Leasing News: from potential lawsuits regarding Bulletin Board Complaints, lawsuits, "bully" letters, 1st amendment issues, competitive practice, Mr. Greene has protected Leasing News without a financial charge or complaint. Also, one time active in attorney speaker programs as well as author of a monthly law bulletin. In 2017, he took over as Legal Counsel on a part-time basis for the National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers. An active professional musician as well as service the music industry in Los Angeles today.

Michael A. Leichtling, is an attorney on corporate and financial matters, including complex mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, venture capital and private financing transaction, specializing in leasing. counseling lessors, banks, funds, investors, and other funding sources. Member of several leasing associations, including serving on the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association Executive Committee, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation. Co-author with the late Jeff Wong, now retired Barry A. Dubin, as editor of the Commercial Finance Guide, now updated and published by Matthew Bender. Member, Board of Editors, Equipment Leasing Newsletter (Law Journal Publications). Author and well-known speaker. Recipient of the 2007 ELFA Award for “Excellence in Leasing."

Malcolm C. Lindquist concentrates his practice on commercial finance, equipment leasing, mergers, acquisitions and the Uniform Commercial Code. His practice includes the documentation of complex loan transactions, lease transactions and sales of portfolios of leases and loans. Malcolm also has extensive experience representing lenders in loan enforcement actions, bankruptcy proceedings, receiverships and out of court workouts. He is a noted speaker and an author, and he was named as one of The Best Lawyers, Banking and Finance (2012-2015).  Member of several bar associations: elected Member, American Law Institute, Board of Regents (2006-2010; 2012-2016) for the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers; Former Chair, Secured Lending Subcommittee, Commercial Finance Service Committee of the American Bar Association; Equipment Leasing Subcommittee of UCC Committee, Executive Board (2009-Present), Association of Commercial Finance.  He has served on the legal committee of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association and he remains active in his community.

Barry Marks, Esq., CLFP, was the original attorney for National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers and a very forward thinking, bright attorney and practical businessman. He helped the organization grow and recommended Joe Bonanno, CFLP, to take his position when he retired to become an ex-officio board member. Barry was winner of the Bill Granieri award for leasing education. Always available to answer leasing and finance questions at no charge and to brainstorm problems and solutions, he is a published author and co-author of books on leasing. He also produces a well-read monthly newsletter (available through ). He is also known for his three poetry books and many published poems and stories. Barry was named Alabama Poet of the Year in 1999 and was a runner up for the prestigious Eric Hoffer Award for books published by small presses. He is the Leasing News Legal Editor.

David G. Mayer, Perhaps best known as the author of "Business Leasing for Dummies" (September, 2001) as well as an online newsletter "Business Leasing and Finance News" (2002-2012) which had 6,000 subscribers in 33 countries. He has written other articles, primarily on business aviation, aircraft leasing and finance, for which he is known, especially involving international and cross-border transactions.  He started this specialty, rising to Senior Counsel, GATX Corp, then going as corporate counsel, primarily in transportation equipment, including aircraft, vessels, truck and trailers, including project financing and operation. He is active in the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, as well as has been a contributing author to the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation surveys. He is an Eagle Scout.

Alan J. Mogol, Over the last 40+ years, created a large volume of the middle market lease documentation currently used by the majority of the larger bank and finance companies in the industry, including standard forms of lease documentation for syndication, assignment, notice of assignment, participation and motor vehicle titling trust documents. Much of what Mogol has created is considered de facto industry standard in the bank middle market space. He is a frequent lecturer and author in the equipment financing area.

Frank Peretore has written many articles on leasing for the news media as a recognized expert on commercial lenders and lessors, including two books, "Workouts and Enforcement for the Secured Creditor and Equipment Lessor" and "Secured Transactions for the Practitioner: How to Properly Perfect Your Personal Property Lien and Assure Priority." He is currently the Secretary of the National Equipment Finance Association, serving on the board since 2009, as well as serving on many legal committees. He was also on the Board of Directors, Eastern Association of Equipment Lessors, and served on legal committees for the Equipment Leasing & Finance Association. He brings his law experience to his writing and leasing association meetings and conferences. He is highly respected by his colleagues for his dedication to the finance and leasing industry as well as to law.


John G. Sinodis' practice emphasizes the representation of equipment lessors and funding sources in all aspects of equipment leasing including litigation, documentation, insolvency, and transactional matters. Besides representing equipment lessors and funding sources, Mr. Sinodis represents financial institutions and asset-based lenders in the areas of commercial litigation, secured transactions, asset recovery, loan restructure and business litigation. Mr. Sinodis is an active member of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) and the National Equipment Finance Association (NEFA). Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Sinodis served as the president of General Leasing Co. and is presently a member of its board of directors.


"In just three days, Mark Stout helped me to locate, obtain and return a stolen truck to one of my lessees after the truck had been driven across the state of Texas by utilizing his expertise and relationships 6 counties away. This could have been a disaster for my lessee. I called Stout who called whoever it was he called and the truck was returned. Easy – and that’s what I like."

Mr. Stout represents in excess of thirty financial institutions and leasing companies.

Within the last four years, Mr. Stout has represented commercial lenders in excess of 150 state court proceedings. Mr. Stout handles an extensive trial docket that generally entails at least three court appearances each week in various courts in Texas. In conjunction with his state court proceedings, Mr. Stout frequently utilizes sequestration/replevin proceedings to quickly recover his client’s collateral. Mr. Stout has filed approximately 200 sequestration/replevin actions in Texas. Mr. Stout represents in excess of thirty financial institutions and leasing companies. Within the last four years, Mr. Stout has represented commercial lenders in excess of 150 state court proceedings. Mr. Stout handles an extensive trial docket that generally entails at least three court appearances each week in various courts in Texas. In conjunction with his state court proceedings, Mr. Stout frequently utilizes sequestration/replevin proceedings to quickly recover his client’s collateral. Mr. Stout has filed approximately 200 sequestration/replevin actions in Texas.

Kevin Trabaris has extensive experience representing banks, financial companies, equipment lessors, insurers, and other funding and intermediary entities and borrowers in connection with thousands of business financing matters.  He has handled everything from small ticket transactions to billion dollar syndicated loans, real estate financing to asset-based facilities. He is an active member of the Commercial Finance Association, LinkedIn Capital Equipment Leasing Group and Equipment Leasing Professionals Group. He has an excellent reputation among his colleagues.

Allan Umans is in charge of documentation and legal affairs at Pacific Rim Capital, reportedly the nation's largest independent lessor of material handling equipment. In his field, he has an excellent reputation. He previously served as General Counsel and Secretary of Relational Technology Services, Inc. and Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of El Camino Resources, Ltd., both independent technology leasing companies. Mr. Umans has a JD degree from Southwestern University Law School and a BA degree in Economics, with honors, from the University of Manitoba.

Mark Wada, founding shareholder of the Portland, Oregon law firm Farleigh Wada Witt, has been listed in Oregon Super Lawyers for the tenth consecutive year in the specialty area of banking and finance. And for the seventh consecutive year, Mark was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for banking and finance law. Mark has expertise in representing banks, commercial lenders, equipment lessors, private equity funds, lenders in commercial loans and leases to high tech companies, including intellectual property security agreements and warrant terms and other financial service providers; numerous commercial lenders and lessors in workouts, collateral liquidations, collection matters and sales of individual loans and portfolios. In 2010, he was appointed to serve a three-year term on the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association Legal Committee. He is past-president of the Oregon Law Foundation and Campaign for Equal Justice and has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar Debtor-Creditor Section, the Board of Directors of the Multnomah Bar Association, as well as its treasurer, representative to the American Bar Association House of Delegates, and the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Irwin Wittlin is well-known in the leasing industry as he was past member of the Board of Directors of the United Association of Equipment Leasing (UAEL) at time of merger and formation of National Equipment Finance Association (NEFA). He is a past chairman of the legal committee and has spoken on a variety of legal issues at recent conventions, including the topics of, "Effective Lease Collections," “Working With Outside Counsel," "Fraud Prevention," "Maintaining Your Business Credit Line," and “Selected Issues in NorVergence." He is an instructor for the Certified Lease Program Foundation ("CLP") on the subjects of lease law, lease documentation, and collections. Mr. Wittlin is a frequent speaker on various legal and collection related topics for various professional organizations, with an emphasis on leasing, business litigation and collections.


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Microsoft to reopen Seattle HQ campus to more employees
    March 29 as focus shifts to hybrid work model

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This Day in History

     1663 - Charles II of England awarded lands that became the Carolinas in America to eight members of the nobility who assisted in his restoration.
    1664 - Roger Williams was granted a charter to colonize Rhode Island.
    1765 - Britain enacted the Quartering Act, requiring American colonists to provide temporary housing to 10,000 British soldiers in public and private buildings.
    1776 - One week after the British troops under General William Howe evacuated Boston, General George Washington wrote a letter to the Continental Congress. General Washington expressed his "surprize and disappointment" that the British fleet had not departed the harbor and described its various exploits while still in the region.
    1788 - In a popular referendum, Rhode Island rejected the new Constitution by a vote of 2,708 to 237. The state later (May 29, 1790) ratified the Constitution and ratified the Bill of Rights June 7, 1790.
    1825 - American colonization of a new state was authorized by a law passed by the new Mexican state of Texas-Coahuila. In 1823, Stephen Austin had been given authorization by law and decree to bring settlers into the region but, in 1824, a new republic was established in Mexico and a new constitution enacted. The new law gave the states conditions for colonization. This was the start of “Texas.”
    1837 - Canada legally recognizes Black suffrage, thus begins one of the Underground Railroads final destination toward freedom.
    1852 - The Susquehanna River ice bridge at Havre de Grace, Maryland began to break up after 40 days of use. A total of 1738 loaded freight cars were hauled along the rails laid on the ice.
    1855 - Andrew W. Mellon (d. 1927), American financier, industrialist, government official (Secretary of the Treasury), art and book collector, was born at Pittsburgh, PA.
    1874 - Harry Houdini (d. 1926), Magician and escape artist, born at Budapest, Hungary. Lecturer, athlete, author, expert on history of magic, exposer of fraudulent mediums, and motion picture actor. Was best known for his ability to escape from locked restraints (handcuffs, straitjackets, coffins, boxes and milk cans). Anniversary of his death (Halloween) has been the occasion for meetings of magicians and attempts at communication by mediums.
    1883 - Long distance telephone service began between Chicago and New York.
    1898 - The first United States automobile was sold. Mining engineer Robert Allison paid $1,000 for a Winton.
    1898 - Dorothy Constance Stratton (d. 2006), born at Brookfield, MO, was instrumental during World War II in organizing the SPARS, the women's branch of the US Coast Guard (authorized Nov 23, 1942). Under Lieutenant Commander Stratton's command, some 10,000 women were trained for supportive noncombatant roles in the Coast Guard. SPARS was dissolved in 1946 after the war had ended. Stratton worked with many women's organizations, including the Girl Scouts, as national executive director in the 1950s.
    1900 - Birthday of trumpet player June Clark (d. 1963), Long Branch, NJ.  Later in the 1940’s, he became manager for boxer Sura Ray Robinson.
    1912 – Women’s and civil rights advocate Dorothy Height (d. 2016), was born in Richmond, VA.  She was an active member of the National Council on Negro Women, serving as its president for 40 years, and was a consultant to several government offices and presidential administrations on education and civil rights.
    1912 - Residents of Kansas City began to dig out from a storm that produced 25 inches of snow in 24 hours. The snowfall total was nearly twice that of any other storm of modern record in Kansas City before or since that time. A record 40 inches of snow fell during the month of March that year, and the total for the winter season of 67 inches was also a record. By late February of that year, Kansas City had received just six inches of snow. Olathe, KS received 37 inches of snow in the snowstorm, establishing a single storm record for the state of Kansas.
    1919 - Lawrence Ferlinghetti (d. 2021), poet, author (“Coney Island of the Mind”), founder of City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco, was born Yonkers, NY. Perhaps best known for opening the bookshop, he described City Lights "as a place you could go in, sit down, & read books without being pestered to buy something." The store became a home for the Beat Generation of poets and writers, and Ferlinghetti also turned it into a publishing house. It was the first to publish Allen Ginsberg's poem “Howl.” City Lights published it in 1957 and Ferlinghetti was immediately arrested on obscenity charges. He won the trial and went on to publish the writings of William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, and Paul Bowles. He wrote a pair of novels, two volumes of plays, and over 10 books of poetry. Some say it was the birth of “Beatniks,” a term coin by the late columnist Herb Caen. Located at 261 Columbus Avenue, while formally located in Chinatown, it self-identifies as part of immediately adjacent North Beach.    
    1905 - The temperature at Valley Head, Alabama fell to 18 degrees below zero. This was the coldest temperature ever recorded in Alabama until January 1966.
    1922 - Singer King Pleasure (d. 1982) born Oakdale, Tenn. Best known for his 1953 hit, “Moody's Mood for Love.”
    1922 - Birthday of Dave Appell (d. 2014), Philadelphia.  Arranger for big bands: Benny Carter, Earl ‘Fatha´ Hines; TV music director, record producer, singer, songwriter, musician with Dave Appell and the Applejacks.    1930 - The recently discovered ninth planet was given the name Pluto.
    1932 - Birthday of piano player Dave Mackay (d. 2020), Syracuse, NY

    1934 – President Roosevelt signed a bill granting independence to The Philippines, closing nearly a half century of American jurisdiction. The bill took effect on July 4, 1946.
    1936 - The longest NHL Game. Mud Bruneleau of the Detroit Wings scored at 16:30 of the sixth overtime period to end the longest game in National Hockey League history. The goal gave the Red Wings a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Maroons in a Stanley Cup semifinal game. Detroit won the series, three games to none, and went on to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs in the finals.
    1941 - Glenn Miller started work on his first film for 20th Century Fox, "Sun Valley Serenade."
    1942 - Birthday of Jesus Maria Alou, former baseball player, born Haina, Dominican Republic.
    1944 - The first Civilian Exclusion Order issued by the Army is issued for the Bainbridge Island area near Seattle. The forty-five families there are given one week to prepare. The island's oldest, continuously operating farm, established in 1928, is owned by 75-year-old Akio Suyematsu, who grows strawberries, pumpkins and Christmas trees. World War II brought one of the saddest chapters of island history: the nation's first forced evacuation of residents of Japanese ancestry, most of them American citizens. On President Roosevelt's authority the army forced some 240 people, including Suyematsu's family, to leave -- mainly for California internment camps. They received a week's notice to dispose of their property. By the end of October, 108 exclusion orders would be issued, and all Japanese Americans in Military Area No. 1 and the California portion of No. 2 were incarcerated.    
    1945 - Billboard magazine, the music trade publication, began the pop music record chart this day. The No. 1 hit in the pop chart was Nat King Cole's “King Cole Trio.”
    1949 - The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences gave Oscars to a father and son, the only time this has happened. Walter Houston won the Best Supporting Actor Award, and his son, John Huston, won the award for the Best Director, both for “The Treasure of Sierra Madre.” The film also received the award for the Best Screenplay. Coincidentally, this was also the first time a husband and wife won Oscars: Sir Laurence Olivier for his performance in “Hamlet,” beating out Humphrey Bogart, and his wife, Vivien Leigh, who received hers on February 29, 1940, for her performance in “Gone with the Wind.” On March 20, 1952, she received a second Oscar for her part as Blanche DuBois in “A Streetcar Named Desire.”
    1949 - Steve Lang (d. 2017), bass guitarist with the Canadian rock group April Wine, was born. Lang joined the band in 1975, replacing Jim Clench. Lang was with April Wine when they shared the stage with the Rolling Stones at the El Mocambo nightclub in Toronto in 1977. April Wine was Canada's leading touring band of the 1970's, but the band failed to have much of an impact in the U.S.
    1954 - Birthday of cello player Hank Roberts, Terre Haute, IN.
    1955 - Top Hits
The Ballad of Davy Crockett - Bill Hayes
Sincerely - McGuire Sisters
Darling Je Vous Aime Beaucoup - Nat ‘King' Cole
In the Jailhouse Now - Webb Pierce
    1955 - On Broadway, Tennessee Williams's Southern drama, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” staged by Elia Kazan, debuted to mixed reviews. It went on to 694 performances.
    1958 - In Memphis, Tennessee, Elvis Presley reported to local draft board 86, where he became US 53310761. Since Elvis was now ‘government property' as he served his time in the Army, Uncle Sam stood to lose approximately $500,000 in taxes each year Private Presley was in the Army. After receiving the standard GI haircut, he was quoted as saying "Hair today, gone tomorrow." Presley had received his draft notice the previous December but was granted a 60- day deferment to complete the movie "King Creole." Some say rock 'n' roll died when Presley entered the service. Certainly, after he was discharged in March 1960, Presley himself was no longer a rock 'n' roll performer. He became primarily a movie star and middle-of-the-road singer, not touring, but performing mostly in Las Vegas, Nevada.
    1959 - The re-formed Drifters' "There Goes My Baby" is released on Atlantic Records. Not only is it the group's first disc with new lead singer Ben E. King replacing the departed Clyde McPhatter but joining the production team are Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller.
    1960 - A United States appeals court ruled the novel, "Lady Chatterley’s Lover," was not obscene and as such, could be sent via the mail. "Lady Chatterley’s Lover," was banned for obscenity in the United States in 1929. In 1930, Senator Bronson Cutting proposed an amendment to the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act, which was being debated, to end the practice of having US Customs censor allegedly-obscene imported books. The ban on "Lady Chatterley’s Lover," among others, was fought and overturned in court.  It was then published by Rosset's Grove Press, with the complete opinion by United States Court of Appeals Judge Frederick van Pelt Bryan, which first established the standard of "redeeming social or literary value" as a defense against obscenity charges. Fred Kaplan of The New York Times stated the overturning of the obscenity laws "set off an explosion of free speech.”
    1962 - Birthday of pianist Renee Rosnes in Saskatchewan, Canada.
    1963 - Top Hits
Our Day Will Come - Ruby & The Romantics
The End of the World - Skeeter Davis
He's So Fine - The Chiffons
Still - Bill Anderson
    1967 - SINGLETON, WALTER K.,  Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, Company A, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division. Place and date: Gio Linh District, Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam, 24 March 1967. Entered service at: Memphis, Tenn. Born: 7 December 1944, Memphis, Tenn. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Singleton's company was conducting combat operations when the lead platoon received intense small arms, automatic weapons, rocket, and mortar fire from a well-entrenched enemy force. As the company fought its way forward, the extremely heavy enemy fire caused numerous friendly casualties. Sensing the need for early treatment of the wounded, Sgt. Singleton quickly moved from his relatively safe position in the rear of the foremost point of the advance and made numerous trips through the enemy killing zone to move the injured men out of the danger area. Noting that a large part of the enemy fire was coming from a hedgerow, he seized a machinegun and assaulted the key enemy location, delivering devastating fire as he advanced. He forced his way through the hedgerow directly into the enemy strong point. Although he was mortally wounded, his fearless attack killed 8 of the enemy and drove the remainder from the hedgerow. Sgt. Singleton's bold actions completely disorganized the enemy defense and saved the lives of many of his comrades. His daring initiative selfless devotion to duty and indomitable fighting spirit reflected great credit upon himself and the Marine Corps, and his performance upheld the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.
    1969 - BRYANT, WILLIAM MAUD, Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, Company A, 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces. Place and date: Long Khanh Province, Republic of Vietnam, 24 March 1969. Entered service at: Detroit, Mich. Born: 16 February 1933, Cochran, Ga. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sfc. Bryant, assigned to Company A, distinguished himself while serving as commanding officer of Civilian Irregular Defense Group Company 321, 2d Battalion, 3d Mobile Strike Force Command, during combat operations. The battalion came under heavy fire and became surrounded by the elements of 3 enemy regiments. Sfc. Bryant displayed extraordinary heroism throughout the succeeding 34 hours of incessant attack as he moved throughout the company position heedless of the intense hostile fire while establishing and improving the defensive perimeter, directing fire during critical phases of the battle, distributing ammunition, assisting the wounded, and providing the leadership and inspirational example of courage to his men. When a helicopter drop of ammunition was made to re-supply the beleaguered force, Sfc. Bryant with complete disregard for his safety ran through the heavy enemy fire to retrieve the scattered ammunition boxes and distributed needed ammunition to his men. During a lull in the intense fighting, Sfc. Bryant led a patrol outside the perimeter to obtain information of the enemy. The patrol came under intense automatic weapons fire and was pinned down. Sfc. Bryant single-handedly repulsed 1 enemy attack on his small force and by his heroic action inspired his men to fight off other assaults. Seeing a wounded enemy soldier some distance from the patrol location, Sfc. Bryant crawled forward alone under heavy fire to retrieve the soldier for intelligence purposes. Finding that the enemy soldier had expired, Sfc. Bryant crawled back to his patrol and led his men back to the company position where he again took command of the defense. As the siege continued, Sfc. Bryant organized and led a patrol in a daring attempt to break through the enemy encirclement. The patrol had advanced some 200 meters by heavy fighting when it was pinned down by the intense automatic weapons fire from heavily fortified bunkers and Sfc. Bryant was severely wounded. Despite his wounds he rallied his men, called for helicopter gunship support, and directed heavy suppressive fire upon the enemy positions. Following the last gunship attack, Sfc. Bryant fearlessly charged an enemy automatic weapons position, overrunning it, and single-handedly destroying its 3 defenders. Inspired by his heroic example, his men renewed their attack on the entrenched enemy. While regrouping his small force for the final assault against the enemy, Sfc. Bryant fell mortally wounded by an enemy rocket. Sfc. Bryant's selfless concern for his comrades, at the cost of his life above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
    1971 - Top Hits
Me and Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin
She's a Lady - Tom Jones
Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me) - The Temptations
I'd Rather Love You - Charley Pride
    1972 - Twelve years after it was first a #2 hit for Paul Anka, "Puppy Love" by Donny Osmond climbs to #3 and goes gold. The tune also inspires lots of wisecracks about Osmond. Anka wrote the song for his former girlfriend, Annette Funicello, who at Walt Disney’s request, terminated the relationship.
    1973 - Professional track debuted as Kip Keino beat Jim Ryun in the mile run at the International Track Association meet in Los Angeles, California.
    1973 - The O'Jays followed their Billboard #3 hit, "Back Stabbers" by topping the chart with "Love Train."
    1974 - North Carolina State beat Marquette to win the NCAA basketball championship.
    1976 - Birthday of Peyton Manning, quarterback, born New Orleans, LA.  Considered to be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, he spent 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and four seasons with the Denver Broncos.  He is the second son of former NFL quarterback Archie Manning and older brother of former New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, both of whom were also first round draft picks. Manning holds many NFL records, including 5 MVP Awards, 14 Pro Bowl appearances, 14 4,000-yard passing seasons, single-season passing yards (5,477 in 2013), and single-season passing touchdowns (55 in 2013).   He is also tied with Sammy Baugh for the most first-team All-Pro selections for a quarterback (7) and is third in career passing yards (71,940) and passing TDs (539). Having helped lead both the Colts and Broncos to two Super Bowls, winning one with each, Manning became the first starting quarterback to have multiple appearances and win the Super Bowl with more than one franchise. On February 6, 2021, Manning was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a first-ballot selection in his first year of eligibility.
    1979 - Top Hits
Tragedy - Bee Gees
What a Fool Believes - The Doobie Brothers
Heaven Knows - Donna Summer with Brooklyn Dreams
I Just Fall in Love Again - Anne Murray
    1982 - Five congregations in the eastern San Francisco Bay area became the first to declare themselves publicly as sanctuary churches, in an effort to help refugees from Central America establish themselves in the U.S. during political and military unrest in their native countries.
    1985 - The Golden Raspberry Awards, a parody of the Oscar Awards were presented. The movie, "Bolero" took home the top honors, for John and Bo Derek, who won for worst director and worst actress, respectively.
    1986 - The 58th Academy Awards show was held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles. It took three hosts (Alan Alda, Jane Fonda and Robin Williams) to handle the MC duties this time. The Best Picture was "Out of Africa" (Sydney Pollack, producer). It also won Best Director (Sydney Pollack); Best Writing/Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Kurt Luedtke); Best Cinematography (David Watkin); Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Stephen B. Grimes, Josie MacAvin); Best Sound (Chris Jenkins, Gary Alexander, Larry Stensvold, Peter Handford); and Best Music/Original Score (John Barry). But "Out of Africa" didn't win everything. Other Oscars went to "Kiss of the Spider Woman" (Best Actor: William Hurt); "The Trip to Bountiful" (Best Actress: Geraldine Page); "Cocoon" (Best Supporting Actor: Don Ameche - his first Oscar) and "Prizzi's Honor" (Best Supporting Actress: Anjelica Huston). The award for Best Music/Song was given to Lionel Richie for "Say You, Say Me" from "White Nights." Other memorable movies in 1985 (some Oscar winners, some not): "The Color Purple" (11 nominations - no Oscars), "Back to the Future", "Ladyhawke", "Rambo: First Blood Part II", "Agnes of God", "Silverado" and "Witness.”
    1987 - A winter-like storm in the central U.S. produced blizzard conditions from South Dakota to western Kansas. Snowfall totals ranged up to 24 inches at Neligh, NE, with 19 inches at Winner, SD. Winds gusting to 60 mph created twelve-foot snow drifts in Nebraska, stranding thousands on the highways
    1987 - Top Hits
Lean on Me - Club Nouveau
Let's Wait Awhile - Janet Jackson
Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now - Starship
I'd Still Be Loving You - Restless Heart
    1988 - Thunderstorms developing along a cold front produced severe weather from Minnesota to northeastern Texas. The thunderstorms spawned ten tornadoes, including one which injured five persons near Raymondville, MO
    1989 - The tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground at Prince William Sound, leaking 11 million gallons of oil into one of nature's richest habitats.  The mishap resulted in one of the most devastating environmental disasters in history, killing up to 250,000 seabirds and other wildlife.
    1989 - Low pressure off the coast of Virginia brought heavy rain to the Middle Atlantic Coast States, and heavy snow to the Northern Appalachians. Cape Hatteras, NC was soaked with 5.20 inches of rain in 24 hours, and snowfall totals in Vermont ranged up to 12 inches. Winds gusted to 52 mph at New York City.
    1990 - The storm system which produced heavy snow in the Lower Missouri Valley the previous day, spread heavy snow across parts of the Upper Ohio Valley and the Middle Atlantic Coast Region. Snowfall totals of 2.2 inches at Philadelphia and 2.4 inches at Atlantic City were records for the date. Up to six inches of snow blanketed southern Ohio. In the Middle Atlantic Coast Region, snow coated the blossoms of cherry trees which had bloomed in 80-degree weather the previous week.
    1992 - Democrat Jerry Brown upset front-runner Bill Clinton in the Connecticut presidential primary.
    1992 - As of 2:45 am CST, International Falls, Minnesota had recorded 29.5 inches of snow for the month with snow still falling. This set a new monthly snowfall record for February. The old record was 29.0 inches set back in 1911. A new record was also set for winter season snowfall (Dec-Feb) with 68.5 inches. The old record was 67.9 inches set in 1990-91.
    1992 - A Chicago county circuit judge approved a settlement that meant refunds for thousands of fans of Milli Vanilli. Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan, the dred-locked German pop duo, had admitted earlier that they had not sung on their Grammy Award-winning album, “My Girl.” They also confessed to lip-synching during their concerts. The two "singers" moved their lips and bodies in music videos and live concerts, while the recorded voices of unknown singers did the actual vocals. Under the settlement, buyers of Milli Vanilli compact discs would be entitled to $3 refunds, and cassette buyers could collect $2 refunds. It was estimated that the settlement could affect as many as 10 million people.
    1994 - The Crystal Mountain ski resort in Washington State recorded 65 inches of snow in a 24-hour period, the state record for 24-hour snowfall.
    1996 - The first astronaut who was a woman to live in a space station was biochemist Dr. Shannon W. Lucid, 53, of Bethany, OK. This day she transferred from Space Shuttle Atlantis to the Russian space station Mir for a planned five-month stay. It was the first time the shuttle returned to earth with one less person aboard than had been present at the launch. Lucid remained on the station for 188 days, the longest space sojourn by any American and any woman until that time. Her return was delayed more than six weeks by emergency repairs to the booster rockets of the Atlantis and by hurricane. She came home in the Atlantis, which touched down at Edwards Air Force Base, CA, on September 26, 1996.
    1997 – At the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) awarded prizes for the best of the movie biz in 1996. Comedian/actor Billy Crystal hosted this 69th awards show. Let's rip into the envelopes and get on with it. Best Picture: "The English Patient" (Saul Zaentz, producer); Best Director: Anthony Minghella for "The English Patient"; Best Actor: Geoffrey Rush for "Shine"; Best Actress: Frances McDormand for "Fargo"; Best Supporting Actor: Cuba Gooding, Jr. for "Jerry Maguire"; Best Supporting Actress: Juliette Binoche for "The English Patient"; Best Music, Song: Andrew Lloyd Webber (music), Tim Rice (lyrics) for "You Must Love Me" from "Evita". And the Oscar goes to ... "The English Patient", "The English Patient", "The English Patient" ... for a total of 9 Oscars.
    2001 - During an exhibition game against the Giants, Diamondback hurler Randy Johnson's fastball hits and instantly kills a dove flying in front of home plate. The bird appears to explode as the National League Cy Young winning pitch sends it over catcher Rod Barajas' head.
    2002 - Academy Awards. Best Picture: "A Beautiful Mind": Brian Grazer, Ron Howard; Best Actor in a Leading Role: Denzel Washington, "Training Day”; Best Actress in a Leading Role: Halle Berry, "Monster's Ball"; Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Jim Broadbrent, "Iris"; Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Jennifer Connelly, "A Beautiful Mind"; Best Director: Ron Howard, "A Beautiful Mind.”
    2002 - After a record fifteen nominations, Randy Newman wins his first Oscar award for Best Song: the Monsters Inc. composition "If I Didn't Have You."
    2019 - 2-time American League MVP Mike Trout signs the biggest contract in North American sports history, a $426.5 million, 12-year extension with the Los Angeles Angels.
    2019 - Investigation headed by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller finds no evidence that President Donald Trump colluded with Russia in the 2016 election.
NCAA Basketball Champions:
    1956 - San Francisco
    1962 - Cincinnati
    1980 - Louisville



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