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Monday, May 9, 2016

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

Position Wanted – Asset Management
 Work Remotely or Relocate for Right Opportunity
Top Stories  -  May 2 - May 6
  (Opened Most by Readers)
New Alternate Finance Association
  Innovative Lending Platform Association
The Largest Bank Failure of the Year
    First CornerStone Bank
My Facebook Profile in Job Hunting
  Career Crossroad---By Emily Fitzpatrick/RII
Leasing Industry Ads---Help Wanted
  Ascentium Capital/Partners Capital Group/TopMark Funding
It's Not the United States with Highest Income Tax
  It’s Belgium! in this Chart
 Dennis Brown, ELFA VP State Government Relations
  to Receive 2016 David H. Fenig Distinguish Service Award
CoreTech Leasing’s President, Scott McFetters, to Speak
  at Largest Annual Legal Conference about Leasing
Port Washington, New York  Adopt-a-Dog
Jobs in Finance, Banking, Accounting and Insurance
  Joins Leasing News’ Employment Websites
News Briefs---
Lessors unlikely to manage 50% of  jets within 10 years, 
  according to Flightglobal's Ascend
Mobile Wallet Group Tied to Alibaba Group Ant
  Worldwide Fintech Operation Will be Bigger than eCommerce
What UBS, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank pay on Wall Street
  Goldman, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, too
The FinTech Book: The Financial Technology Handbook
   for Investors, Entrepreneurs and Visionaries

Broker/Funder/Industry Lists | Features (writer's columns)
Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months (Be Careful of Doing Business)
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You May have Missed---
   SparkPeople--Live Healthier and Longer
   Winter Poem
    Sports Briefs---
      California Nuts Brief---
       "Gimme that Wine"    
          This Day in American History
           Daily Puzzle
               Weather, USA or specific area
                 Traffic Live----

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Position Wanted – Asset Management
Work Remotely or Relocate for Right Opportunity

Each Week Leasing News is pleased, as a service to its readership, to offer completely free ads placed by candidates for jobs in the industry. These ads also can be accessed directly on the website at:

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Please encourage friends and colleagues to take advantage of this service, including recent graduates and others interested in leasing and related careers. 

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Top Stories:  May 2 - May 6
(Opened Most by Readers)

(1) California Department of Business Oversight Confirms that Brokers Need Licenses and Lessors Can’t Pay Unlicensed Brokers
   by Tom McCurnin, Leasing News Legal Editor

(2) Marlin Announces New Chief Executive Officer
   Former President EverBank Commercial Finance

(3) Archives:  May 4, 2007
   Sheldon Player, Greyhound Leasing, Deja vu?

(4) Is The Marketplace Lending Apocalypse Upon Us?

(5) National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers Conference
 Mike Parker Speech, New President-PDF/Past President/Founders List
    by Dwight Galloway

(6) Not Emphasized in Marlin’s Press Release
         plus Earnings Call – Marlin Business Services

(7) Subway revenue drops as it closes hundreds of U.S. restaurants
  A Large Majority of Franchises Leased Equipment & Fixtures

(Tie) (8) April, 2016 --The List
"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"

 (Tie) (8) Is The Marketplace Lending Apocalypse Upon Us?

(10) New Hires---Promotions in the Leasing Business
           and Related Industries

(Tie) (11) Get Your Names Right on UCC-1 Financing Statements
          By Tom McCurnin, Leasing News Legal Editor

 (Tie) (11) Online lenders are taking a beating
         OnDeck Going to Securitizations


New Alternate Finance Association

It appears Alternate Finance companies fear talk of regulation coming from various states as well as Washington.

Joining the five relatively new Alternate Finance Associations is the “Innovative Lending Platform Association,” (ILPA) founded by what their press release calls "The nation's three largest online small business lending platforms – OnDeck® (NYSE: ONDK), Kabbage, and CAN Capital."

The ILPA press release states, "Beginning in June 2016, the Innovative Lending Platform Association will commence a 90-day ‘"national engagement period’ in which it will seek feedback on the SMART Box initiative from interested lenders, trade associations, policymakers, and non-profit organizations. In September 2016, the Innovative Lending Platform Association will encourage those interested in promoting the responsible development of the small business lending industry to voluntarily adopt or support the model disclosure."

"The Innovative Lending Platform Association is focused on advancing small business online lending education, advocacy, and best practices."

The new association is aligned with the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO), “For twenty-five years, AEO and its more than 450 member organizations have helped millions of entrepreneurs contribute to economic growth while supporting themselves, their families and their communities. AEO members and partners include a broad range of organizations that provide capital and services to assist underserved entrepreneurs in starting, stabilizing and expanding their businesses. Together, we are working to change the way that capital and services flow to underserved entrepreneurs so that they can create jobs and opportunities for all."

The Innovative Lending Platform Association is seeking members:

Alternate Finance Associations



The largest bank failure of the year

Bank HQ, King of Prussia, PA

The six branches of First CornerStone Bank, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, were closed with First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company, Raleigh, North Carolina, to assume all of the deposits and to purchase essentially all of the failed bank's assets.  The bank had approximately $103.3 million in total assets and $101.0 million in total deposits.

Delaware Valley Office Locations

The bank was established June 30, 2015 with Delaware Valley offices in Glen Mills, King of Prussia, Malvern, Media, Phoenixville, and Ridley Park.  End of year December 31, 2015, the bank had 29 full time employees. In 2007, 30 full time employees with a high of 40 full time employees in 2013.

March 31, 2015: Tier 1 Leverage Capital 2%

There were 3 banks failures so far this year compared to 8 in 2015.
Banking Failures Since 2008

Year Number of
  Bank Failures
2008 25
2009 140
2010 157
2011 92
2012 51
2013 24
2014 18
2015 8
2016 3
Total 518

Malvern Branch, First CornerStonebank

It’s obvious why this bank failed: poor real estate loans:

Charge Offs

(in millions, unless otherwise noted)

Construction and Land, 1-4 family multiple residential, Multiple Family Residential, Non-Farm Non-Residential loans (non-owner occupied).

2006 $4,000 ( $4,000 loans to individuals)
2007 $2,000 ( $2,000 loans to individuals)
2008 0
2009  $2.7 ( $890,000 commercial/industrial, $715,000 1-4 family, $614,000 constr./land, $300,000 Multifamily, $154,000 nonfarm/nonres.)
2010 $1.4 ( $863,000 1-4 family, $409, nonfarm/nonres.,$110, 000
Commercial/Industrial, $2,000 individuals
2011 $3.2 ($1.3 1-4 family, constr./land, $569,000 nonfarm/nonres. $481,00, $414  construction/ land 1-4 family, $383,000 commercial/industrial, $52,000 multifamily, $ $34,000 other loans) 
2012 $983,000 ($528,000 1-4 family, $428, nonfarm/non res.,
$30,000 constr./land, -$3,000 individuals)
2013 $999,000 ( $800,000 nonfarm/nonres., $202,000 1-4 family,
-$3,000 Individuals)
2014 $885,000 ($557,000 nonfarm/nonres., $213, commercial/ind.,
$115,000 1-4 family)
2015 $252,000 ($122,000 1-4 family, $90,000, other loans, $31,000, nonfarm/nonres. 
March 31,2016
$59,000 ($39,000 lease receivables, $20,000, 1-4 family)

High Delinquency Rates...

Non-Current Loans
(in millions, unless otherwise noted)

2006 $616,000
2007 $1.0
2008 $7.7
2009 $18.2
2010 $19.3
2011 $17.8
2012 $10.9
2013 $16.1
2014 $12.5
2015 $3.5

...Results in loss of equity and profit.

Net Equity

(in millions, unless otherwise)

2006 $11.2
2007 $14.1
2008 $14.6
2009 $11.8
2010 $13.2
2011 $6.5
2012 $6.2
2013 $6.9
2014 $6.6
2015 $3.0
March $2.1

*March 31, 2016  


2006 $345,000
2007 $94,000
2008 $82,000
2009 -$4.4
2010 -$2.1
2011 -$7.0
2012 -$3.5
2013 -$4.3
2014 -$5.1
2015 -$3.4
March -$1.5

*March 31, 2016

Who are the board of directors?  Led by Robert J. Jara.

He has been president and CEO since May, 2006.

It appears there are five others on the board including an attorney. Also on is a modular home manufacture mobile home park investor and manager, a CPA with 29 year history of forming, acquiring, opening and selling specialty finance companies, and a insurance and investment advisor. All involved in real estate.
Website Description of Board of Directors, who take full responsibility
for the failure:

The FDIC estimates that the cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund (DIF) will be $10.8 million.

Press Release

List of Bank Failures:

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My Facebook Profile in Job Hunting
Career Crossroad---By Emily Fitzpatrick/RII

 Question: I have been submitting my Facebook profile to apply for a position, but no bites. I thought this was the best use of a social web page.

Answer: Your social media profile Is Not a submittal. I am glad you brought this up because personally I have received MANY submittals like this; don’t be insulted – but it’s a bit “lazy.”

A social medial profile is a supplement to a resume. IT does NOT replace the traditional form of applications (you can add your link to your resume). If you send a profile link, a Hiring Manager / HR representative/ Recruiter will interpret this as a red flag – that the Candidate isn’t willing to take the effort to submit a resume / application; which YES we all know can be tedious – but if you are serious you must.

Facebook also may have personal things and photos you should not be sharing with a recruiter.  Brittney Holcomb in last week’s FinTech #102 said, “While social ads are great for branding, they rarely have any positive result for developing real business leads for the commercial finance industry… I would recommend staying away from them for any type of lead generation efforts.” (1)

Also amend your resume for the specific job you are applying for. You can emphasize more attributes that fit the specific position. You resume does NOT fit all the jobs you apply for.

Once written, your resume is not finished. Re-write it to fit the job you are applying for. Yes, the resume writing is never done until an employer says "You're Hired!"

  1. FinTech #102 by Brittney Holcomb
    Lead Generation Beyond Face-To-Face Networking


Emily Fitzpatrick
Sr. Recruiter
Recruiters International, Inc.
Phone:  954-885-9241
Cell:  954-612-0567
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It's Not the United States with Highest Income Tax
It’s Belgium! in this Chart

In this chart, the United States is seventh. Belgium has the highest income tax burden of all the 34 nations’ survey for a single earner with no children. A single person working there would have an income tax rate of 55.3 percent compared to 40.4 percent for a married earner with two children. Single earners in Germany also face high tax rates of 49.4 percent while a worker with the same status in the United States would endure a tax burden of 31.7 percent.



Dennis Brown, ELFA VP State Government Relations
to Receive 2016 David H. Fenig Distinguish Service Award

Washington, D.C. – The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) has selected Dennis Brown, ELFA Vice President of State Government Relations, to receive its 2016 David H. Fenig Distinguished Service in Advocacy Award. The award, named for ELFA’s former Vice President of Federal Government Relations, honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the association’s advocacy efforts to promote sound public policies for the equipment finance industry. Brown will be formally recognized during a ceremony at ELFA’s Capitol Connections event on Wednesday, May 18, in Washington, D.C.

Brown has been a valuable member of the ELFA staff for 23 years. He was hired in 1993 to implement a proactive state advocacy program and has played an integral role in the success of the association’s government relations activities, promoting ELFA positions and policy and monitoring and engaging legislation and regulation impacting the industry in all 50 states. The myriad key state advocacy issues Brown has addressed during his tenure include sales/property tax, data security, Uniform Commercial Code, recycling, licensing and leasing to state governments.

ELFA’s state advocacy program relies on member volunteers’ involvement with their state legislators and regulators, and Brown has worked closely with members through a number of committees, including the State Government Relations Committee and the State Legislative and Regulatory Subcommittee of ELFA’s Legal Committee. He has also represented the industry by working with regional and national organizations representing state policy makers from around the nation, including serving as a liaison to tax committees of the National Conference of State Legislatures. In addition, he has served as president of several organizations representing government relations professionals, most notably the State Government Affairs Council, and has won the Award of Excellence in Government Relations from the American Society of Association Executives on several occasions.

Before joining ELFA, Brown served as Executive Director of the State Advertising Coalition representing the three largest national advertising associations in all 50 states. A veteran of the U.S. Army having reached the rank of Sergeant, he is a graduate in political science from the University of Maryland and attended law school at the University of Baltimore.

“Dennis has worked tirelessly as an advocate for the equipment finance industry for more than two decades,” said ELFA President and CEO Ralph Petta. “He has done an extraordinary job working with member volunteers, lawmakers and other stakeholders to achieve numerous successes in the states. It is an honor to recognize his outstanding contributions with this well-deserved award. After many years of exceptional service, Dennis will be retiring at the end of this year. We will miss him greatly and, on behalf of the ELFA Board and staff, wish him the very best in his future endeavors.”

“It is a privilege to be receiving this award named in memory of David Fenig, a good friend and colleague with whom I worked,” said Brown. “My success over the past 23 years is a tribute to ELFA members who volunteer their talent to the betterment of public policy in the states. My service to industry has been rewarding not only for the high standard of professionalism fostered on a daily basis at ELFA but also by a welcoming staff that make me look forward to arriving at work every day. I am grateful for this award.”

More About the Award plus Previous Winners:

About ELFA
The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) is the trade association that represents companies in the $1 trillion equipment finance sector, which includes financial services companies and manufacturers engaged in financing capital goods. ELFA members are the driving force behind the growth in the commercial equipment finance market and contribute to capital formation in the U.S. and abroad. Its 580 members include independent and captive leasing and finance companies, banks, financial services corporations, broker/packagers and investment banks, as well as manufacturers and service providers. For more information, please visit



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CoreTech Leasing’s President, Scott McFetters, to Speak
at Largest Annual Legal Conference about Leasing

McFetters will present “Mergers, Moves and Leasing,” focusing on leasing as a financial strategy providing flexibility in multiple situations

Newport Beach, CA – Independent technology and equipment lessor, CoreTech Leasing, Inc., announces that the company is exhibiting and sponsoring at the ALA Annual Conference in Los Angeles at booth #806. CoreTech’s President, Scott McFetters, will present “Mergers, Moves and Leasing” on Monday, May 23rd at 3:30 pm PST focusing on strategic flexibilities offered by leasing a firm’s technology and equipment in multiple situations.

The conference is a yearly gathering of legal administrators and legal industry professionals; it’s one of the largest in the industry, and draws a lot of top thought leaders. CoreTech Leasing works with the legal industry, as well as other sectors, and is a year over year sponsor of the conference.

Scott McFetters
President, CoreTech

“The ALA Annual Conference and Expo is one of the most important events of the year for law firms and legal administrators,” says McFetters. “We’re proud to once again be part of it. I will look forward to providing law firm administrators with much-needed tools to understand how to leverage leasing as a highly beneficial financial tool, especially for a law firm market that continues to flex and contract in a very competitive marketplace.”

Law firm mergers are currently at an all-time high, with Altman Weil reporting 91 mergers in 2015 – the largest number since polling began in 2007. Acquisitions and the drive to improve profitability by reducing office space are also top concerns for law firms. Scott’s session will explore how leasing is optimally suited for a world of rapid transitions, and how leasing can give firms the flexibility and quick decision making needed to implement a successful merger, acquisition or relocation.

Scott’s talk is aimed toward seasoned legal administrators who need to make decisions on how to strategically procure technology and equipment while making budget, and anticipating potential needs for flexibility. Attendees will be engaged in analyzing mergers, moves and acquisitions and assessing the strategies leasing provides in acquiring state of the art equipment, hardware, services, and software implementations and upgrades. “Mergers, Moves and Leasing” will empower attendees to develop best practices and determine the best finance decision-making processes for their firms’ needs.

To read Scott’s article, “Leasing Strategies in a World of Flux,” published in Law Journal Newsletter’s Accounting and Financial Planning for Law Firms:

CoreTech Leasing has been a proud, long term sponsor of the ALA Conference and Expo, which is a primary resource for legal administrators and professionals. This year’s conference is expected to have an exhibition hall featuring over 200 vendors, in addition to educational tracks and sessions featuring top thought leaders from across the legal industry.

Information about the 2016 Annual ALA Conference & Expo

About CoreTech Leasing, Inc.
CoreTech Leasing is an independent technology and equipment lessor.  CoreTech was founded on over two decades of leasing expertise and, combined,  CoreTech’s team delivers over a century of experience in technology and equipment leasing, lease administration and lease servicing to law firms, corporations, medical and educational institutions, professional services organizations and the semiconductor industry.  CoreTech is based in Newport Beach, CA.  For more information on CoreTech Leasing, visit us on the web at, connect with us on LinkedIn, and follow us on Twitter@CoreTechLeasing.

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News Briefs---

Lessors unlikely to manage 50% of  jets within 10 years

Mobile Wallet Group Tied to Alibaba Group Ant
Worldwide Fintech Operation Will be Bigger than eCommerce

What UBS, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank pay on Wall Street
  Goldman, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, too

The FinTech Book: The Financial Technology Handbook for Investors, Entrepreneurs and Visionaries,-the-fintech-book-200128610




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Baseball Poem

In May 2004 the Hall of Fame conducted its first baseball haiku contest, and poets from all over the United States and Canada submitted hundreds of entries.

An all-star panel of Hall of Fame staffers judged the poems, and chose the six winners below, which will remain posted on our web site through Hall of Fame Weekend.

Haiku is an ancient Japanese verse form which requires a poem to be three lines long. The first and third lines of the poem should contain five syllables, and the middle line should contain seven syllables. Good haiku poems usually incorporate a reference to nature, particularly to the season of the year. This makes haiku a perfect form of poetry for expressing thoughts of baseball, since baseball is so intimately connected to the seasons.

The six winners will each receive a copy of Line Drives: 100 Contemporary Baseball Poems, a new anthology published by Southern Illinois University press in 2002, and co-edited by the Hall of Fame's own research director, Tim Wiles.

Smallest Red Sox fans 
With shirts too wide for shoulders, 
named "ARCIAPARR."  
                                    --Kurt Blumenau, Emmaus, PA

The field is empty  
The baseball game has ended  
No more cheering crowds  
                                    --Mary Catherine Harmon, Milford, NY

Ball falls harmlessly  
Dark October night cool, crisp  
Last man coming home  
                                    --Patrick Lethert, Woodbury, MN

Bonds swings the maple,  
Pac bell is aroar, the long  
winter is no more.  
                                    --Perry Dugger, Madisonville, KY

My fifty-third spring;  
Once again I carefully  
Oil up the old mitt.  
                                    --Larry Bole, New York, NY

Pitchers and catchers  
Report in February  
Spring training begins  
                                    --James Bernhardt, (Submitted without place information)



Sports Briefs----

San Jose Sharks made key move to win Game 5

Aaron Rodgers is best cheerleader at Randall Cobb graduation

Grant Cohn: Does 49ers' Colin Kaepernick get the picture about where he stands?


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30 things you'll never see again in Sonoma County


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This Day in American History

      1502 – Christopher Columbus left Spain on his final voyage to the New World.
    1607 - The first Episcopal Church service in an English colony took place at Cape Henry, near Jamestown, Virginia, when the Reverend Robert Hunt celebrated the Eucharist. The event was reported as follows: “We did hang an awning (whish is an old saile) to three or four trees, to shadow us from the sunne, our walles were railes of wood, our seats unhewed trees till we cut plankes; our Pulpit a bar of wood nailed to two neighboring trees.”
    1754 - The first American newspaper political cartoon was published. The illustration in Benjamin Franklin's “Pennsylvania Gazette.” It depicted a snake cut into segments representing South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and New England; the caption read, "Join or die."
    1763 - The Siege of Fort Detroit began during Pontiac’s War against British forces.  It was an ultimately unsuccessful attempt by North American Indians under Pontiac to capture the fort that had been captured by the British during the French and Indian War following the fall of Montreal in 1760.
    1783 - The Purple Heart, the first honor badge for enlisted men and noncommissioned officers, was awarded to Sergeants Daniel Bissell, William Brown, and Elijah Churchill of Connecticut regiments, for meritorious action in the Revolutionary War. They were entitled “to wear on facings over the left breast, the figure of a heart in purple cloth or silk, with narrow lace or binding.”
    1784 - A deadly hailstorm in South Carolina hit the town of Winnsborough. The hailstones, measuring as much as nine inches in circumference, killed several persons, and a great number of sheep, lambs and birds. 
    1796 - William Blount and William Cocke of Tennessee, elected by the Tennessee legislature, present their credentials to the US Senate. They were refused seats because Tennessee was not admitted until June 1, 1796. They were elected again on August 2, 1796, and took their seats on December 6, 1796. Blount was impeached for concocting a plain to aid the British, but the procedure did not pass the US Senate; however during the trial he was elected to the Tennessee Senate, and eventually and became President of the Senate.
Cocke assumed the role of Senator in the next term until the legislature elected another person (in these days the state legislature elected US Senate representatives). He later moved to Mississippi, served under General Andrew Jackson in the War of 1812, and afterwards was appointed Indian Agent for the US.
    1800 - Abolitionist leader John Brown (d. 1859) was born at Torrington, CT.  Leader of attack by slaves on the US arsenal at Harpers Ferry, October 16, 1859, which was intended to give impetus to movement for escape and freedom for slaves. His aim was frustrated and in fact resulted in increased polarization and sectional animosity. The first civilian killed by John Brown's raiders at Harpers Ferry was a free Black man. History has made him the legendary martyr of the abolitionist movement; even Walt Whitman wrote a poem about Harpers Ferry. Unfortunately, the real facts are “He was a complete failure in business. He welched on his debts. He almost certainly was insane. And in 1856 he nearly plunged Kansas into civil war by ruthlessly murdering five helpless members of a mildly proslavery family, in the process ‘splitting open heads and chopping off arms and fingers.’” Dixon Wecter, “The Hero in America” (1941).  Brown was hanged on December 2, 1859 at Charles Town, WV.
    1813 - General William Henry Harrison turned back a siege of Fort Meigs by Shawnee military leader Tecumseh and British general Henry A. Proctor. Harrison was to become the ninth President of the United States, but for only a month, as he contacted pneumonia from a cold and died in office (the first president to die in office).
    1830 - Birthday of Harriet Lane (d. 1903), Franklin County, PA.  She acted as official hostess in the White House for her uncle, bachelor James Buchanan, 15th President of the United States, and became known as America’s First Lady. Her popularity at the time is compared to that of Jacqueline Kennedy in the 1960s. She is known as the first modern First Lady (using her position to advocate causes) including the arts and American Indian causes.
    1843 - Birthday of Belle Boyd (d. 1900) at Martinsburg, VA.  She was a notorious Confederate spy, stealing weapons, secrets, and helping prisoners to escape. She was arrested several times, once deported to Canada. She authored a book about her exploits. Following the war, she became an actor and lecturer, continuing in that profession until her death in 1900. She married three times, her last marriage to a man 15 years her junior. She once shot at a man who was calling on her daughter and refused to marry her. Author of the book, “Belle Boyd in Camp and Prison.” 
    1846 - Word reaches Washington that an American patrol had been ambushed by Mexican forces north of the Rio Grande. This leads to the US Congress granting President James K. Polk’s request for a declaration of war four days later. The Mexican-American War began with a dispute over the US government’s 1845 annexation of Texas, which had won independence from Mexico in 1836. Mexico believed that France and Britain would support it in a war against the US. In January of 1846, President James K. Polk, a strong advocate of westward expansion, ordered General Zachary Taylor to occupy disputed territory between the Nueces and Rio Grande rivers. On 12 May 1846, Mexican troops attacked the forces of General Taylor, who went on to win the Battle of Palo Alto.  On 13 May 1846, Congress, yet unaware of that battle, approved a declaration of war, appropriating ten million dollars for the war effort and authorizing the President to call for 50,000 volunteers. On 02 February 1848, representatives from the US and Mexico signed the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, formally ending the Mexican War, recognizing Texas as part of the United States, and extending the boundaries of the United States west to the Pacific Ocean.
    1862 - Confederate forces at Norfolk, VA evacuated the city in a costly move, leaving valuable materiel for the Union army. Norfolk and Portsmouth were occupied on May 10, and the naval yard at Gosport, VA was burned.  In reality, this ended the Confederates’ ability to build metal ships and make major repairs to their navy.
    1862 - At Hilton Head, SC, General David Hunter, commander of the Department of the South, issued orders freeing slaves in South Carolina, Florida and Georgia. Not having congressional or presidential approval, the orders were countermanded by President Lincoln on May 19th, ordering Hunter to retract his proclamation as he still feared that this action would force slave-owners in Border States to join the Confederates. President Jefferson Davis and the leaders of the Confederate Army were furious when they heard of Hunter's actions and orders were given that he was a "felon to be executed if captured.”  President Lincoln explained to the New York Tribune, “My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union and is not either to save or destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it."
    1862 – As a precaution during the Civil War, the U.S. Naval Academy relocated from Annapolis to Newport, Rhode Island.
    1864 - Union General John Sedgwick is shot and killed by a Confederate sharpshooter during fighting at Spotsylvania. His last words are: "They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist--"
    1865 – Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, learning of Lee’s surrender to Grant, surrendered his forces at Gainesville, AL.  Separately, President Andrew Johnson issued a proclamation ending the belligerent rights of the Confederacy and enjoining foreign nations to intern or expel Confederate ships.
    1868 - First known as Fullers Crossing, then Lakes Crossing, the name of this Nevada town was officially changed to Reno. It was named after General Jesse Reno, a Union officer of the Civil War. When the Comstock Lode was discovered in Virginia City, the nearest large city was Reno, thus it became popular and is still known today as “The Biggest Little City in the World.” Its six-week residency requirement for divorce became law on May 1, 1931, making it a popular city. At the time, it was the major “gambling city” in the United States, and prostitution was legal in several surrounding counties. It was the Las Vegas of its day, today primarily visited by people living in Northern California, although visited by tourists from around the world for not only gambling activity, but the surrounding “ghost towns” and surrounding old West towns such as Carson City, its capital, Virginia City, and other cities in the California gold country.
    1871 - The first Hispanic player in Major League Baseball was Esteban Bellan, a Cuban, for the Troy Haymakers of the National Association.
    1894 - Portland, Oregon had its latest freeze when the temperature fell to 32 degrees. This is the only May freeze in Portland's history.
    1899 – African-American John A. Burr patents the rotary-blade lawn mower.
    1909 - Alice Koller Leopold birthday. She wrote Connecticut's equal pay and minimum wage bills in 1949, her freshman year in the Connecticut Assembly. The next year, she was elected the Connecticut's secretary of state. She then served as Director of the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor from 1953-61, and was the Assistant to the Secretary of Labor to aid and develop programs for women. She was a strong advocate of the Equal Rights Amendment. The mother of two, she had created her own toy company before entering public life.
    1910 - Pianist Bob Zurke (d. 1944) was born Detroit, MI.
    1914 - President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation asking Americans to give a public expression of reverence to mothers through the celebration of Mother's Day. Carnations have come to represent the day following President William McKinley’s habit of always wearing a white carnation, his mother's favorite flower.
(The first Mother’s Day was observed in 1907 at the request of Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia, PA, who asked her church to hold service in memory of all mothers on the anniversary of her mother’s death. The newspapers of the day reported this event and it continued the next year at other churches, now annually, the second Sunday in May. 
    1914 - Hank Snow (d. 1999), one of the fathers of country music in Canada, was born in Liverpool, Nova Scotia. He was heavily influenced by singer and yodeler Jimmie Rodgers, and began to perform in his style in the early 1930's. Snow made his radio debut about 1933 on CHNS in Halifax, and three years later, made his first recording for Victor, the company with which he remained for four decades. He settled permanently in Nashville, Tennessee about 1950, and became a US citizen in 1958.  Snow became a regular on the Grand Ole Opry in 1950, the same year he recorded "I'm Movin' On," which became one of the most successful singles of the first 50 years of recorded country music. His other hits include "Golden Rocket" and "I've Been Everywhere." Hank Snow was indicted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1976 and into the Juno Awards Hall of Fame in 1979. 
On this date in 1994, on his 80th birthday, Hank Snow received an honorary degree from St. Mary's University in Halifax. The presentation was made in Nashville, and he spoke to the graduates via videotape.
    1916 - President Woodrow Wilson mobilizes the National Guard of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas to patrol their borders with Mexico as Brigadier General John J. Pershing led an Army expedition into northern Mexico to try to capture or kill the bandit leader Pancho Villa and his group. In March, Villa and his men raided the town of Columbus, NM, killing a number of soldiers and civilians before slipping back across the border. Soon these Guardsmen would be joined by Guard units coming from all the states to a total 158,000 men. While their main mission was to secure the border, the Army used this partial mobilization to train the Guard in large unit formations almost impossible to conduct in normal peacetime exercises for just a few days. This training paid great dividends when America committed its Guardsmen to combat in France after our entry in World War I.
    1918 - TV Journalist Mike Wallace was born Myron Leon Wallace (d. 2012), Brookline, MA.  He interviewed a wide range of prominent newsmakers during his sixty-year career and he was one of the original correspondents for CBS’ “60 Minutes,” which debuted in 1968. Wallace retired as a regular full-time correspondent in 2006, but still appeared occasionally on the series until 2008.
    1927 - A major tornado outbreak occurred from Texas to Michigan. There were 28 tornadoes rated F2 or greater. 9 separate tornadoes killed 5 or more people making this day one of the worst tornado days in U.S. History. Popular Bluff, Missouri was devastated by a tornado rated F4 on the Fujita Scale. 98 people were killed and 300 were injured. 31 business and residential blocks were destroyed in the city. Strong, Arkansas was leveled by another F4 tornado with 24 people killed.
    1928 - Birthday of Pancho Gonzales, born Richard Alonzo Gonzales (d. 1995) at Los Angeles, CA. A self-taught player, Gonzales won the 1948 US National Singles Championship and repeated in 1949. He turned pro and won the world’s championship from 1954 through 1962. Gonzales was an aggressive, temperamental player who rarely trained. 
    1933 - A tornado, rated F4 on the Fujita Scale, moved through Monroe, Cumberland, and Russell Counties in Kentucky. 36 people were killed.
    1934 - The nationwide labor upsurge of 1934 reached its peak in San Francisco when leaders of the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) called a strike of all West Coast dockworkers, demanding a wage scale, a “closed shop” (union membership as a requirement of employment), and union-administered hiring halls. A few days later, seamen and teamsters joined the strike, effectively stopping all shipping from San Diego to Seattle. “The Big Strike: A Journalist Describes the 1934 San Francisco Strike” by Mike Quinn 
    1937 – Cincinnati Reds C Ernie Lombardi tied the modern Major League record with six hits in six consecutive at bats as Cincinnati routed Philadelphia, 21-10, on 24 hits.   At the Polo Grounds in NYC, The NY Giants’ Carl Hubbell won his 4th straight and his 20th in a row, subduing the Cubs, 4-1. Hubbell matched the mark of Rube Marquard, who won that many in 1911-12.
    1939 – Birthday of Ralph Boston, Laurel, MS.   US National Track & Field Hall of Famer, Olympic Hall of Famer: gold medalist: long jump [1960], silver [1964], bronze [1968]; broke world long jump record 5 times, the last at 27 feet, 5 inches [1965].
    1939 – Glenn Miller records "Stairway to the Stars" with Ray Eberle, one of the most popular singers in the 1940’s. 
    1941 - Billie Holiday records “God Bless the Child” (Okey 6270)
    1944 - Jimmie Davis, who was a successful country singer as early as the 1930's, became governor of Louisiana. Davis, the composer of the country standard "You Are My Sunshine," later resumed his music career.
    1945 - Steve Katz birthday, Jericho, NY.  Vocalist, guitarist and harmonica player with such bands as the Blues Project, Blood, Sweat and Tears and American Flyer.
    1946 - Birthday of Candice Bergen in Beverly Hills, CA, daughter of ventriloquist Edgar Bergen. A whole generation, however, knows her as Murphy Brown, the role for which she won five Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards as the title character on the CBS sitcom “Murphy Brown” (1988–98). At 34, she married French filmmaker Louis Malle who died in 1995. They had one daughter Chloe (b. 1985).
    1949 - Singer/pianist/composer Billy Joel was born in The Bronx. His hit single "Just the Way You Are," won two Grammy Awards in 1979, and has since become a standard. The album from which the song was taken, "The Stranger," is reported to have sold more than five-million copies. Joel's other hit singles include "My Life," "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me", “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” “Piano Man,” and "Uptown Girl."  Joel had Top 40 hits in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, achieving 33 Top 40 hits in the US, all of which he wrote himself. He is also a six-time Grammy Award winner who has been nominated for 23 Grammy Awards. He has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all-time.  Joel was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (1992), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1999), and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (2006). In 2001, Joel received the Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2013, Joel received the Kennedy Center Honors, the nation's highest honor for influencing American culture through the arts.  Joel also held the first rock concert at Yankee Stadium on June 22, 1990.
    1953 - Top Hits
“Pretend” - Nat King Cole
“Song from Moulin Rouge” - The Percy Faith Orchestra
“I Believe” - Frankie Laine
“Mexican Joe” - Jim Reeves
    1954 - Chet Baker Quartet first concert, Ann Arbor, MI. 
(Saw him play many times. He always sounded “flat,” but then I dated a girl he used to date, and enough said.)
    1958 - Still angry that his employers refuse to back him in his defense of recent charges of inciting a riot at a Boston show, DJ Alan Freed quits New York radio station WINS, claiming they refused to "stand by my policies and principles." The same day, Freed debuts his new package tour in Hershey, PA, starring Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, Danny and the Juniors, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Larry Williams, and the Chantels. 
    1959 - 16-year-old Wayne Newton made his Las Vegas debut at the Fremont Hotel. That first booking, scheduled to last two weeks, stretched into three years. Newton went on to become king of the Vegas showrooms, earning close to $20 million a year. He has been seen live by over 12 million people, more than have seen either Frank Sinatra or Elvis Presley in concert.
    1960 - The U.S. Food and Drug Control approved the “birth control pill.” It was developed over a five year period by Gregory Pincus, a biochemist at Worchester Foundation for Experimental Biology, Shrewsbury, MA, and John Rock, a gynecologist at Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA.  It used synthetic progesterone and estrogen to repress ovulation in women. The first clinical tests were performed in 1954. The project was initially commissioned and funded by birth-control pioneer Margaret Sanger and heiress Katherine Dexter McCormick.
    1960 – Tony Gwynn (d. 2014) was born in LA.  He played 20 years in the majors, all with the San Diego Padres, with a lifetime .338 batting average and 3,141 hits. He won the batting title 8 times, led the league in hits 7 times and was a 15-time All-Star.  In 2007, Gwynn was elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. He received 532 of 545 possible votes. He was inducted with Cal Ripken, Jr.
    1961 – Top Hits
“Runaway” – Del Shannon
“Mother-In-Law” – Ernie K-Doe
“A Hundred Pounds of Clay” – Gene McDaniels
“Hello Walls” – Faron Young
    1961 – Perhaps still germane today, speaking before the bigwigs of network TV at the annual convention of the National Association of Broadcasters, Newton Minow, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, exhorted those executives to sit through an entire day of their own programming. He suggested that they “will observe a vast wasteland.” Further, he urged them to try for “imagination in programming, not sterility; creativity, not imitation; experimentation, not conformity; excellence, not mediocrity.”
    1961 – First baseman Jim Gentile of the Baltimore Orioles became the fourth player to hit grand slams in consecutive innings. Gentile hit his homers in the first and second innings of a game against the Minnesota Twins and added a sacrifice fly as the Orioles won, 13-5.
    1964 – Louis Armstrong, great jazz trumpet player, and now singer, found his recording of "Hello Dolly!" on the "Billboard" music chart in the top spot for the first time in his 41-year music career. Later, ‘Satchmo’ was cast in the movie version of "Hello Dolly!”. When the song hit Number One, it pushed out the Beatles “She Loves You.” He had another top pop tune also sung by Bobby Darin, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, but he is best remembered for “Mack the Knife.”
In the many old recordings, when Louis Armstrong played, you could always pick him out. He was the most influential jazz man of the 20th Century.
    1968 - In front of only 6,298 Oakland fans, Jim “Catfish” Hunter hurls the first American League perfect game in forty-six years as the A's defeat the usually heavy hitting Twins, 4-0.
    1969 - Top Hits
“Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In” - The 5th Dimension
“Hair” - The Cowsills
“Hawaii Five-O” - The Ventures
“Hungry Eyes” - Merle Haggard
    1965 - Vladimir Horowitz played his first public concert in 12 years at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The audience applauded the piano virtuoso with a standing ovation that lasted for 30 minutes.
    1970 - Blues Images "Ride Captain Ride" is released.
    1970 - The Guess who hit the top spot on Billboard's Hot 100 with "American Woman." The song was born by accident when guitarist Randy Bachman was playing a heavy riff on stage after he had broken a string and the band had taken a break. The other members joined in on the jam and Burton Cummings started singing the first thing that came into his head. A fan in the audience had it all on tape and presented it to the group after the show. It was quickly developed into a full song in the studio and ended up spending 3 weeks at the top of the US singles chart. 
    1974 - Congress begins impeachment hearings of President Richard M. Nixon. 
    1974 - Bruce Springsteen gives the most important performance of his career, opening for Bonnie Raitt at her Boston Arena show. Playing his full two-hour set at Raitt's insistence, Bruce delivers a show so impressive that Rolling Stone's Jon Landau later wrote in Boston's The Real Paper, "I saw rock and roll future, and its name is Bruce Springsteen. And on a night when I needed to feel young, he made me feel like I was hearing music for the very first time." Landau would later become Springsteen's manager and producer. 
    1977 - Top Hits
“Hotel California” - Eagles
“When I Need You” - Leo Sayer
“Sir Duke” - Stevie Wonder
“Play, Guitar Play” - Conway Twitty
    1977 – Kidnapped Patty Hearst let out of jail.
    1979 - At the Astrodome, substitute umpire Dave Pallone ejected the entire Cardinal bench after the players threw helmets and bats onto the field to protest a call. The minor league arbitrator was pressed into duty due to the Major League umpire strike.
    1981 - The Dallas/Fort Worth area experienced its worst hailstorm of record as baseball to grapefruit size hail, accompanied by 100 mph winds, caused nearly $200 million in damage. Hail accumulated eight inches deep at Cedar Hill, TX
    1984 - The Chicago White Sox defeated the Milwaukee Brewers, 7-6, on a Harold Baines home run in the 25th inning. The game, the first 17 innings of which were played the day before, was the longest extra-inning game by time, 8 hours, 6 minutes. The teams then played their regularly scheduled game of nine innings, making a total of 34 innings in two days.
    1985 - Top Hits
“We are the World” - USA for Africa
“Crazy for You” - Madonna
“Don’t You Forget About Me” - Simple Minds
“There’s No Way” – Alabama
    1987 - Switch-hitter Eddie Murray of the Baltimore Orioles became the first player in Major League history to hit home runs from both sides of the plate in consecutive games
    1987 - Twenty-eight cities in the northwestern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date. The record high of 95 degrees at Redding, CA was their fifth in a row, and the record high of 102 degrees at Hanover, WA was just one degree shy of their record for May. 
    1988 - Thunderstorms in the Mississippi Valley spawned a total of 57 tornadoes, including 24 in Wisconsin, and a record 22 tornadoes in one day in Iowa. There were also more than 200 reports of large hail and damaging winds. Baseball size hail was reported at Terre Bonne, MO. At Rockford, IL one person was temporarily trapped inside a portable toilet toppled by thunderstorm winds gusting to 80 mph. Fortunately, not a single person was killed in the "Mother's Day" tornado outbreak.
    1989 - Twenty-one cities in the eastern U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date. Lows of 28 degrees at Asheville, NC and 31 degrees at Greer, SC were records for May.
    1992 - Seventeen years after his first American chart entry, Bruce Springsteen makes his US TV debut when he appears on “Saturday Night Live” with host Tom Hanks.
    1992 - Final episode of "Golden Girls" airs on NBC-TV.
    1994 - Netscape changes the World Wide Web, opens it open for everyone to use easily. James Clark, founder of Silicon Graphics, Inc., announces he will start a new company called Mosaic Communications Corporation. (The company would later change its name to Netscape Communications.) Clark teamed up with Marc Andreessen and six other programmers to create Mosaic, one of the earliest Web browsers, at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois. When Netscape went public in December 1995, it broke records for the most successful opening day of stock trading in history. Unfortunately, the company later found itself in a fierce and expensive battle with Microsoft, which ultimately led to its sale to AOL in late 1998.
    1997 - Peter Peterson presented his portfolio in Hanoi, becoming the first Ambassador to Vietnam after the end of the Vietnam War. Peterson, a former Air Force captain, had been held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam for 6.5 years after his bomber was shot down near Hanoi in 1966. He was released in March, 1973. The United States had not maintained formal diplomatic relations with Vietnam since its previous ambassador, Graham Martin, left Saigon by helicopter in 1975 as the city fell to the North Vietnamese forces.
    1998 - Cardinal Mark McGwire hit his 400th career home run. Big Red's historic milestone comes in 4,727 at-bats (127 less at-bats than Babe Ruth), the fewest ever needed to reach the mark.
    2005 - Carlos Beltran (.267, 38, 104) becomes the tenth $100 million player in Major League history as the 27-year old native of Puerto Rico agrees to seven-year deal for $119 million with the Mets.  The current standard is $325 million signed by Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins in 2014.
    2010 – Dallas Braden pitched the 19th perfect game in Major League history as the Oakland A’s defeated the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-0.
    2011 – The Texas Senate approved amended legislation allowing students in Texas to carry handguns on campus.
    2013 - A report revealed that hackers using fraudulent ATM cards in February, 2013, stole $45 million.
    2014 - The NBA named business executive Dick Parsons as acting CEO of the L.A. Clippers.  Owner Donald Sterling was banned for life from contact with the Clippers or the NBA after he made racist remarks and the NBA forced the sale of the team.  



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