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Friday, November 9, 2018

Today's Leasing News Headlines

How Fraud Worked in 63 Banks, Finance, Leasing Companies
  Losses over $7 Million after Some Recoveries
    By Bernie Boettigheimer, CLFP
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
   and Related Industries
Leasing Industry Ads---Help Wanted
   Positions Available
Americans' Trust in Media Recovers from Historic Low
   % of Americans who have trust in mass media chart
Money Anxiety Report: Highest Confidence in 50 Years
   Midterm Elections Different; About Local and State Issues
"He is Sort of a Watch Dog"
ELFA Announces 2019 Business Council
   Steering Committees Members
CLFP Announces Five Academies in 2019
    Time to Explore before They Fill Up
The Other Side of the Wind/Suspiria
Eighth Grade/Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot/Sisters
  Film/Digital Reviews by Leasing News' Fernando Croce
Labrador Retriever (2 month old puppy)
    Plano, Texas  Adopt a Dog
"Perpetual" Series Three Books Released
    By Brian Huey
News Briefs---
Camp Fire near Chico: California wildfire spreads
    to 18,000 acres; 30,000 evacuated
Mortgage rates shoot up to highest level in nearly 8 years
  30-year fixed-rate average jumped to 4.94%; average 0.5 point
Fed leaves key rate unchanged
   but sees further hikes ahead
Trump’s Tariffs Have Fully Kicked In
   —Yet China’s Exports Grow
Massive fraud behind Bridgeport thrift's sudden failure:
With Jeff Sessions out, will pot payments thrive?
  legal marijuana is poised to become a growth industry

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How Fraud Worked in 63 Banks, Finance, Leasing Companies
Losses over $7 Million after Some Recoveries

By Bernie Boettingheimer, CLFP

In Part I, the case was brought forward. This explains how it worked and our recommendations.

As I noted, this case goes back one year ago when one of our clients called Lease Police in a panic, stating that they had just funded a six-figure fraud deal. Fortunately, we were able to assist in recovering 60% of the funds. We were able to uncover the identity of five conspirators and put in place a new credit step to prevent any recurrence of this disaster. We informed the local police, who eventually informed the FBI as this group was also pulling the routine in other states.

What makes Lease Police different than your credit department, no matter how good they are, is most banks, finance, leasing companies don't share specific information. It may be a legal decision, a time decision, or not wanting to be embarrassed. Rarely is a problem account or an occurrence reported, unless it goes to court and the company attorney a year or two later can tell you who it was and how it happened.  The advantage Lease Police has is we share information with our clients that has reported to or discovered by us. Much of the Leasing News expose came from one of our clients who had a question or was concerned or had delinquent payments or a broker that was sending in too many problem deals.

Lease Police is a collection of client credit and broker information, all held confidential.

So how does the 63 bank, finance fraud work?  They set up a seemingly legitimate vendor using corporate names of companies no longer in business. Its filing in a state that shows when they incorporated, with names and dates, then they set up a dummy vendor website with telephone numbers they control. This is not difficult to do and is inexpensive; they use that for several months and then move on.

Once in motion, the program works until they decide to change it, using different equipment, approaches, and sometimes involving a broker who actually receives a commission as he thinks it is a legitimate deal.  

A regular question I receive is “What’s the name of this firm?”

In the past, this was a legitimate question since the fraud groups were stationary and operated from a single location (for example, a mail stop, executive suite, etc.) Now we are talking about the internet and everything is just a name or address which can appear and then disappear quickly.

In the past year, we have seen various combinations of stolen identity of legitimate debtors and vendors. Combined with a spoofed vendor website developed by the fraud company, without a complete overhaul of everyone’s credit process, there is little chance of not becoming a victim.

We have developed 5 lines of action on every vendor and 2 on a debtor (lessee).

  • Vendor verified as a previously approved vendor with funding history and unchanged ACH account information. 
  • Full vendor profile reviewed and approved. Website indicates it has been posted for at least 1 year.
  • Time date search (set your browser back 9 months) and search for vendor phone and match it against available DA listings.
  • Call verified phone number and verify that invoice amount, invoice number and customer are correct.
  • Call verified phone number and verify that the vendor’s ACH routing and account number are correct.
  • Customer’s root URL is searched for new account. If email is run a “whois” search on to verify it is over 9 months old
  • Take the customer cell numbers and run a Phone Plus check to verify ownership

Please note that there are numerous programs that can be employed along the way. The important thing is that these are very clever people at work here employing a very sophisticated scheme. You must be smarter than they are!

Sometimes a second client with a similar credit problem brings new information that ties into the first one. Then it’s time to call the police or FBI to get involved.


New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Tony Brum was promoted to Vice President, Senior Equipment Finance Representative, M&T Bank, Boston, Massachusetts. He is located in Providence, Rhode Island. He joined the bank April, 2018, as Commercial Equipment Finance Representative. Previously, he was TD Equipment Finance Inc., Regional Manager, TD (August, 2010 - April, 2018); Cluster Manager, Sovereign Bank (August, 2009 - October, 2010); Sales Executive, Bank of America Merchant Services (2003 - 2006). Education: Providence College, BA, Political Science and Government, 3.0 (1994 - 1998). Activities and Societies: Friars Club.  LaSalle Academy (1990 - 1994).

Chris Maudlin, CLFP, was hired as SVP, Chief Credit Officer, Wintrust Specialty Finance, Irvine, California.  Previously, he was at Hanmi Bank, starting as Vice President of Credit, October, 2016; promoted April, 2018, SVP Risk and Analytics.  The bank had purchased Banc of California, where he had joined July, 2012 as AVP, Lease Credit Manager; promoted, October, 2014, VP, Commercial Credit Manager. Prior, he was Director of Credit and Funding, American Capital Group, Inc (July, 2008 - July, 2012); Director of Credit and Funding, Nationwide Funding, LLC (January, 2004 - July 2008); Clubhouse Attendant, Chicago Cubs (March, 1998 - November, 2003).  Education: Loyola University of Chicago, Bachelor of Arts (BA). Sociology (1997 - 2001)

Collen White was hired as Supervisor, Contract Administration, Penske Truck Leasing, Reading, Pennsylvania.  Previously, she was Financial Programs Manager, Affiliated Distributors (AD) (May, 2015 - August, 2018); Manager, Documentation, Inventory Financing, De Lage Landen Financial Services (June, 2011 - May, 2015); Manager, Operations, LEAF Financial Corporation (July, 2007 - July, 2010); Client Manager, CitiCorp Vendor Finance (2005 - 2007); Senior Contract Specialist, De Lage Landen Financial Services, Inc. (December, 1998 - April, 2005).  Education: Immaculata University, Bachelors, Finance, 3.64 (2010)



Often referred to as the “Fourth Estate,” the media plays an important role in any democratic society. A free press is essential to holding governments accountable and informing the public, thus enabling voters to partake in political debate and make qualified decisions.

The United States also has a long history of a free and independent press, with organizations such as the New York Times, TIME or CNN renowned and respected around the world. In recent years however, Americans themselves started losing faith in their country’s media organizations. Arguably inspired by a president who makes no secret of his aversion to the press, the percentage of U.S. adults having a great deal or a fair amount of trust and confidence in mass media dropped to a historic low of 30 percent in 2016. While President Trump recently renewed his denunciation of the media as “the true enemy of the people,” the public view of mass media is gradually improving from its 2016 low point.

According to polling company Gallup, 45 percent of adults in the U.S. expressed their trust in the mass media in a September 2018 survey, marking a significant improvement over the 2016 outcome of the same survey. Gallup reports that the level of trust in the media varies greatly depending on political preference. While Republicans have traditionally viewed the media more critically than Democrats, the divergence between both sides of the political spectrum has never been greater in terms of how the press is regarded – a trend mirroring a political climate that seems more hostile and divided than ever.

By Felix Richter,








Money Anxiety Report: Highest Confidence in 50 Years
Midterm Elections Different; About Local and State Issues

Dr. Dan Geller reports the mid-term election occurred during the highest financial confidence in the past 50 years. The November Money Anxiety Index decreased to 42.0, the lowest level since November 1968. Lower level of money anxiety is a sign of high financial confidence. In the third quarter of 2018, annualized GDP (Gross Domestic product) stood at 3.5 percent, which shows that people are spending since 70 percent of GDP is consumer consumption.

During presidential elections, lower money anxiety, of high financial confidence, translates into votes for the incumbent president, who is running for reelection, because voters associate the overall economy with the presidency. However, mid-term elections are slightly different because voters are also concern about local and state issues. 

The Money Anxiety Index has a perfect track record in predicting presidential reelections. In all 9 presidential reelections in the past 50 years, the incumbent president won only when the Money Anxiety Index declined during the reelection year. The most recent example is President Obama's reelection. In January of 2012, the Money Anxiety Index stood at 90.9, and declined to 87.1 by November 2012 - a reliable indication that President Obama will be reelected. In 2020, the Money Anxiety Index will indicate if President Trump will be reelected

The Money Anxiety Index is an objective reflection of financial confidence. It measures what people actually do with their money rather than what they say in response to surveys. By contrast, other leading consumer confidence indices are based on a questionnaire that asks people what they think about the economy.
The Money Anxiety Index is highly predictive. Prior to the Great Recession, the index showed how peoples' money anxiety was trending upwards starting in October of 2006; nearly 14 months before the official start of the Great Recession in December of 2007.

The index went as high as 100.4 in the aftermath of the Great Recession, and has declined gradually to 43.0 this October. Historically, the Money Anxiety Index fluctuated from a high of 135.3 during the recession of the early 1980s, to a low of 38.7 in the mid-1960s.

About Dr. Dan Geller
Dr. Dan Geller is a behavioral economist who pioneered the research and application of behavioral economics to the banking services. Through his research firm, Analyticom, Dr. Geller provides banking executives with scientific forecasting and pricing tools enabling them to improve financial performance. Dr. Geller is a frequent speaker and media guest. He appeared on national TV and radio, such as CNBC and Fox, and delivered the keynote address at the American Banker's Symposium.





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ELFA Announces 2019 Business Council
Steering Committees Members

Washington, D.C. – The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association has announced the results of the association’s September 2018 Business Council Steering Committee elections. The Business Council Steering Committees are the association’s primary constituent bodies and are an integral part of ELFA’s operations, providing critical input on the direction of the association and serving as a bridge between the membership and the Board of Directors and staff. Each committee analyzes the needs of companies in the segment it represents and recommends to the Board of Directors how to meet those needs. The committee members are elected by the Business Council membership for a term of two years on a staggered basis.

The following individuals will serve on the five committees in 2019. Asterisks indicate members who were newly elected or re-elected in the September 2018 elections. The ETAC Liaison are representatives from ELFA’s Emerging Talent Advisory Council.

The Captive and Vendor Finance Business Council Steering Committee represents financial services organizations that provide sales-assisted financing and vendor and manufacturer support activities, either on a third-party or captive basis.

  • Troy Graziani, Toyota Commercial Finance (Committee Chair)
  • Garland Brooks, Dell Financial Services (ETAC Liaison)
  • Jack Haynes, Wells Fargo Equipment Finance
  • *Eric Henry, Altec Capital Services
  • Loren Hill, Key Equipment Finance
  • Dominic Janney, Canon Financial Services
  • *Sherrie Kalajian, Presidio Technology Capital LLC
  • *Brian Lowe, Verdant Commercial Capital LLC
  • *Thomas Mariani, CNH Industrial Capital LLC
  • *Chris Meeks, GSG Financial
  • Tom Meredith, DLL
  • *Vince Mollica, CIT
  • *Kim Montgomery, TIAA Commercial Finance, Inc.
  • Randy Montrose, Franklin Equipment, LLC
  • *Larry Scherzer, Cisco Systems Capital Corporation
  • Joel Van Vark, John Deere Financial
  • *Greg Vandewalker, GreatAmerica Financial Services
  • *Jeffrey Walker, CIMC Capital Inc.
  • David Walton, Caterpillar Financial Service Corp (Board Liaison)

The Financial Institutions Business Council Steering Committee represents bank-related and other financial institutions (commercial banks, investment banks, and multi-line finance companies) engaged in the middle-market and large-ticket sectors.

  • Kirk Phillips, Wintrust Commercial Finance (Committee Chair)
  • Richard Barry, Merchants Bank Equipment Finance
  • Chris Bucher, Hancock Whitney Equipment Finance, LLC
  • David Coons, Mitsubishi UFJ Lease and Finance (USA), Inc.
  • Jennifer Coyle, Macquarie Corporate and Asset Finance (Board Liaison)
  • R. Timothy Evans, F.N.B. Equipment Finance
  • *David P. Farrell, Banc of America Leasing
  • *Craig George, SunTrust Equipment Finance & Leasing Corp.
  • *Amy M. Gross, Key Equipment Finance
  • Michael Hube, Fifth Third Equipment Finance Company (ETAC Liaison)
  • *Michael LaSalle, Bankers’ Bank Leasing & Equipment Finance
  • *Eric Miller, CIT
  • William C. Perry, III, Regions Equipment Finance Corporation
  • Charles Stackhouse, Wafra Capital Partners Inc.
  • *Sean Svoboda, Farm Credit Leasing Services Corporation
  • Donald A. Synborski, Citizens Asset Finance (CAF)
  • Ernie Tsorvas, Fifth Third Equipment Finance
  • *Kenneth Walters, Investors Bank Equipment Finance
  • *Mike Wiedemer, First American Equipment Finance, An RBC/City National Company
  • *Bonnie Wright, Wells Fargo Equipment Finance

The Independent Middle Market Business Council Steering Committee represents non-bank-related organizations primarily involved in transactions between $250,000 and $5 million, either individually or through lines.

  • Brian Eschmann, Trans Lease, Inc. (Committee Chair)
  • *Lynn Alstad, Capella Equipment Finance LLC
  • *Mark Duncan, Hitachi Capital America Corp.
  • Jacob Fahl, Hitachi Capital America Corp. (ETAC Liaison)
  • Brian Fleming, FORT Capital Resources, LLC
  • *Don Hansen, Regents Capital Corporation
  • Dan Krajewski, Sertant Capital, LLC (Board Liaison)
  • *Kathleen McGurk, Marlin Business Services Corp.
  • *Nancy Pistorio, CLFP, Madison Capital LLC
  • *Michael Quimby, Sertant Capital, LLC
  • Ricardo Rios, Commercial Equipment Finance, Inc.
  • *Sohini Roy, Nexseer Capital
  • *Mark Tomaselli, Innovation Finance USA, LLC

The Service Providers Business Council Steering Committee represents organizations and firms providing a variety of related services to the members of the other four Business Councils. Associated company types include: accounting, collections, law, consulting, software, equipment management, university/government, executive recruiters, insurance, nonprofits/associations and publishers.

  • Debbie Devassy, Askounis & Darcy, PC (Committee Chair)
  • *Todd Anderson, CSC
  • Joe Collins, Orion First Financial, LLC
  • Nathan Cox, PayNet, Inc. (ETAC Liaison)
  • Jeff Dicosola, Great American Insurance
  • *Jesse Johnson, LTi Technology Solutions
  • *Martin Klotzman, Ivory Consulting Corporation
  • *Shari Lipski, ECS Financial Services, Inc.
  • Daniel Nelson, Tamarack (Board Liaison)
  • *Brittany Ogden, Quarles & Brady, LLP
  • *Nathan Petrie, PayNet, Inc.
  • *Ross Taylor, Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL
  • Wade Whitenburg, Ritchie Bros.
  • *Doug Williams, JDR Solutions, Inc.

The Small Ticket Business Council Steering Committee represents financial services organizations primarily involved in transactions under $250,000, either individually or through lines.

  • Shannon Stangl, DLL (Committee Chair)
  • Stephen Brown, Orion First Financial, LLC (ETAC Liaison)
  • *Michael Coon, North Star Leasing
  • *Quentin Cote, CLFP, Mintaka Financial, LLC
  • *Nate Gibbons, CLFP, Innovation Finance USA, LLC
  • *Jaimie Haver, CLFP, Hanmi Bank
  • David Lafferty, Marlin Business Services Corp.
  • *Chris Lerma, CLFP, AP Equipment Financing
  • *Don Link, Hitachi Capital America Corp.
  • Bob Neagle, Ascentium Capital LLC (Board Liaison)
  • *Brad Peterson, Channel Partners Capital
  • *Ryan Schlenner, US Bank Equipment Finance
  • *Allen Snelling, Financial Pacific Leasing, Inc., an Umpqua Bank Company
  • *John Vande Moore, ENGS Commercial Finance Co.

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 575 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 Follow ELFA on Twitter @ELFAonline.

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CLFP Announces Five Academies in 2019
Time to Explore before They Fill Up

The Certified Lease & Finance Professional (CLFP) Foundation has scheduled the first five Academies for Lease & Finance Professionals (ALFP) for 2019.  The ALFP is a three-day event designed to fully prepare an individual to sit for the CLFP exam assuming that the candidate has read and studied The Certified Lease & Finance Professionals’ Handbook prior to attending the class.  During the first two days, all of the required sections of the CLFP exam are covered in-depth and on the third day, the exam is offered, but not mandatory.

The schedule for 2019 as of this press release is:

January 3 – 5th in Scottsdale, AZ hosted by Ascentium Capital
February 7 – 9th in Seattle, WA hosted by Financial Pacific Leasing
March 21 – 23rd in Albany, MN (internal Academy for Stearns Bank employees)
April 18 – 20th in St. Cloud, MN co-hosted by Northland Capital and KLC Financial
May 9 – 11th in Chicago, IL hosted by ECS Financial

In 2018, the CLFP Foundation partnered with nine different equipment finance companies to host the Academies and over 140 equipment finance professionals attended a class.

The CLFP designation identifies an individual as a knowledgeable professional to employers, clients, customers, and peers in the equipment finance industry.

There are currently 619 active CLFPs in the United States, Canada and Australia. For more information, call Executive Director Reid Raykovich, CLFP at (206) 535-6281 or visit or to register for an Academy, visit:  Registration to each event is limited.

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Fernando's View
By Fernando F. Croce

A posthumous masterpiece (“The Other Side of the Wind”) and an intense remake (“Suspiria”) come to the big screen, while DVDs offer an exuberant coming-of-age story (“Eighth Grade”), a poignant biopic (“Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot”), and a shivery classic (“Sisters”).

In theaters:

The Other Side of the Wind (Netflix): Arguably the event of the year for cinephiles, the restoration of the final completed film by the legendary Orson Welles (“Citizen Kane”) is a true must-see. Made during the 1970s and only now finished, the film follows the eventful last day of Jack Hannaford (played to gruff perfection by John Huston), a veteran Hollywood filmmaker determined to outdo the flashiness of modern movies from his younger colleagues. While shards of his film unspool, Hannaford finds himself at the center of a whirlpool of manic characters, ranging from a cocky protégé (Peter Bogdanovich) to a combative critic (Susan Strasberg). Using the medium itself to navigate the numerous shifting realities at hand, Welles’ posthumous masterpiece breathtakingly fuses experimentation with satire for the delight of movie-lovers young and old.

Suspiria (Amazon Studios): Following the Oscar-winning “Call Me by Your Name,” director Luca Guadagnino shifts gears from romance to horror with this intense and ambitious remake of Dario Argento’s celebrated 1977 shocker of the same name. Set in Berlin in the 1970s, the dread-filled story evokes a landscape brimming with dark secrets and malevolent magic. Into this stage strolls Susie (Dakota Johnson), a young American dancer who arrives to audition at the ballet school run by Madame Blanc (Tilda Swinton). While Susie prepares for the great production, the city is shaken by gruesome acts that hint at the school’s evil roots, namely involving witchcraft. Trading the original’s bold palette and assaultive music for a more grave, realistic approach, Guadagnino serves up his own cauldron of foreboding cinematic style.

Nextflix: To celebrate the release of “The Other Side of the Wind,” check out these fascinating documentaries about other films famously never finished: “The Epic That Never Was” (1965), “Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno” (2009), and “Jodorowsky’s Dune” (2013).


Eighth Grade (A24): The awkward terrors of middle school are captured pitilessly and humanely in this exuberant coming-of-age tale, which marks an impressive directorial debut for comedian Bo Burnham. Navigating the turbulent waters of eighth grade is 13-year-old Kayla (Elsie Fisher), a wallflower who copes with her lack of friends by pretending to offer advice in a series of YouTube videos. Sooner or later, however, she discovers that, if she’s to survive these growing pains, she has to push herself out amid the school’s other cliques. Hopeless crushes, unsupportive parents and mortifying contents follow—yet it is during these endurance tests that the bright starts to figure out who she is. Balancing cruel insight with compassion, Burnham’s film is a worthy addition to a subgenre that includes “Welcome to the Dollhouse” and “Lady Bird.”

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot (Amazon Studios): Known for bringing a personal oddball touch to even the most mainstream of projects, director Gus Van Sant (“Drugstore Cowboy”) takes a compassionate look at adversity and perseverance in this biopic about the late cartoonist John Callahan. The film follows Callahan (played with mischievous fire by Joaquin Phoenix) from his early roots as an Oregon slacker whose life is changed after he’s left paralyzed by a car accident. With the help of his girlfriend (Rooney Mara) and a dedicated sponsor (Jonah Hill), he enters rehab and discovers that he has a knack for drawing. His often risqué cartoons soon develop a following, and Callahan’s road to recovery gets a new direction. Plunging into its protagonist’s pain and humor, Van Sant’s film is a moving portrait.

Sisters (Criterion): Alfred Hitchcock’s savage heir, director Brian De Palma scored a breakthrough hit with this vivid and punchy 1973 horror film, which plays subversively on themes from the Master of Suspense. Set in New York City, it follows journalist Grace (Jennifer Salt) as she investigates the gruesome death of man who was killed at the home of her neighbor, a mysterious model named Danielle (Margot Kidder). Teeming up with a seedy detective (Charles Durning), Grace delves into Danielle’s murky past, leading to revelations involving conjoined twins, macabre experiments, and a bizarre stranger (William Finley). Though full of references to Hitchcock classics like “Rear Window” and “Rope,” the film goes beyond homage by displaying De Palma’s own evolution from underground to mainstream. Anchored by Kidder’s provocative performance, it shocks and challenges.


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"Adopted animals are not able to go to their new home until spay and neuter surgery has been done. When inquiring about an animal, please be sure to use the animal identification number that starts with A."

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4028 Plano Parkway
Plano, Texas 75099

Monday      9-6
Tuesday     9-6
Wednesday 9-6
Thursday    9-6
Friday        9-6
Saturday    10-4
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$80 Adoption Fee

Adoption fees include the following services:

Spay/neuter surgery
First set of vaccinations (including rabies)
Heartworm test for dogs (if over six months of age)
Heartworm treatment if the dog tests positive
Microchip implantation and registration
Collar and tags
Other goodies



“Perpetual” Series Three Books Released
By Brian Huey

In Brian Huey's email signature, he included "Finance guy by day and writer by night."  He is a twenty-five year equipment leasing veteran, running LeaseSource Financial, Charlotte, North Carolina. He also writes for trade magazines.

His first novel, “Perpetual,” released in 2008, received warm reception. he reports. “I think half the reviews on Amazon and Barnes & Noble are from Leasing News readers,” he said.

He has just released "The Perpetual Trilogy" to family and friends. He reports series went global through Ingram Content Group, one of the largest book distributors in the world. He further notes that the lowest prices are realized through his website, with special discounts through the holidays. 

"Search," "Assassins," "Abducted"

A 30% discount is offered to Leasing News readers by logging into  Books can also be located by typing in "Perpetual by Brian Huey" in Google.

He is working on books 4 and 5 in the series.



News Briefs----

Camp Fire near Chico: California wildfire spreads
    to 18,000 acres;   30,000 evacuated

Mortgage rates shoot up to highest level in nearly 8 years
30-year fixed-rate average jumped to 4.94%; average 0.5 point

Fed leaves key rate unchanged
   but sees further hikes ahead

Trump’s Tariffs Have Fully Kicked In
   —Yet China’s Exports Grow

Massive fraud behind Bridgeport thrift's sudden failure:

With Jeff Sessions out, will pot payments thrive?
   legal marijuana is poised to become a growth industry



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More homes top $1 million in these SF Bay Area neighborhoods


Football Poems

Walter Payton
How come Walter Payton
or “Sweetness” as we all knew him,
could not get a liver,
when he needed one.
He needed to keep on living
But drunk, old, Mickey Mantle
Jumped straight to the top of the donors list
And his liver was saturated in liquor
For the past couple of decades.
Nights of liquor stupor
At first, because he lost so much weight
People said it was “aids”
But he told the truth and said
“his liver was killing him.”
But Walter Payton, just kept quiet
Did good, won the respect of everyone
Played as hard as anyone could
And was loved by those near and far
But he is dead now
Maybe it was the liver that gave out
Maybe he just gave up
Maybe he knew it was his time to die
Before he got old
And did it his way
His style
Nothing special
Just a simple death
And fitting ending to a simple life
Where a transplanted liver
slightly smaller than
A football
Would have made all the difference
For the rest of us…
Oscar Mireles


Sports Briefs---

Bleacher Report's Expert Consensus Week 10 NFL Picks

From the peak to a valley
  — how two Raiders deal with defeat

How Nick Mullens went from suiting up for pre-draft interview
   to suiting up for 49ers

Willie McCovey fan letters: surprise visits,
   a batboy’s memory, that swing

Discovery of Missing Documents Spurred U.S.O.C.
   to Act Against Gymnastics Federation


California Nuts Briefs---

Butte fire grows to 18,000 acres
    as residents abandon cars to flee on foot

Bay Area inundated with Camp Fire smoke
   as residents flee for their lives

California voters want year-round daylight saving time.
    It still faces a tough road



“Gimme that Wine”

Mastering the Mis-interpreted Merlot

Wine Directors and Sommeliers from US Michelin-starred               
   restaurants Visit the Napa Valley

New Mondavi Plan Upsets Some Locals

Great wine books of 2018 to add to your home library

Supplier News Press Release: Wine Holiday
     Marketing Tips from 46 Mile

MICHELIN Guide New York City 2019 Selection

Wine Prices by vintage

US/International Wine Events

Leasing News Wine & Spirits Page


This Day in History

    1620 – Pilgrims aboard The Mayflower sight land at Cape Cod, MA.
    1731 - Birthday of Benjamin Banneker (d. 1806) at Elliott's Mills, MD.  American astronomer, mathematician clockmaker, surveyor and almanac author, called “first black man of science.” He was instrumental in the original survey of city of Washington. Banneker's Almanac was published 1792-97. A fire that started during his funeral destroyed his home, library, notebooks, almanac calculations, clocks and virtually all belongings and documents related to his life.
    1756 - Travel was generally by horse or walking before this date when the first intercity stagecoach service was inaugurated between Philadelphia, PA, and New York City by John Butler, Francis Holman, John Thompson, and William Walter.
    1764 – Mary Campbell, a captive of the Lenape during the French and Indian War, was turned over to forces commanded by British Colonel Henry Bouquet.  It is believed that she was captured in Pennsylvania in 1758 at age 10.  Bouquet held meetings with Shawnee and Delaware leaders at Fort Pitt, until October 20, when Bouquet issued an ultimatum and demanded the return of captives. Captives were turned over to Bouquet's forces at different times during and after these proceedings and Campbell was among them.
    1800 - Birthday of Asa Mahan (d. 1889), Vernon, Canada.  U.S. Congregational clergyman and educator, he was President of Oberlin College in Ohio from 1835-1850.  Mahan was instrumental in establishing interracial college enrollment and in the granting of college degrees to women.
    1802 - Birthday of Elijah P. Lovejoy (d. 1837), at Albion, ME.  American newspaper publisher and abolitionist, he died in a fire started by a mob angry about his anti-slavery views.
    1815 - Reverend Leonard Grimes (d. 1874) was born at Leesburg, VA to parents who were free. A free black man living at Washington, DC, he despised slavery and became active in assisting fugitive slaves to escape. He was caught and imprisoned at Richmond, VA. After his release, he founded and became the first minister of the Twelfth Street Baptist Church at Boston, MA, where he served until his death.
    1821 – In Philadelphia, the first pharmacy college in the US, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, opened.
    1822 – Fifteen leagues from Cuba, a large band of pirates captured several vessels and held them for ransom. Upon hearing of the pirate attacks, the US Navy schooner “Alligator, under Lieutenant William Howard Allen, rushed to the scene to rescue the vessels and seize the pirates.
    1831 - Birthday of Cornelia Adele Strong Fassatt (d. 1898), Owasco, NY.  Painter of “The Florida Case” before the Electoral Commission that hangs in the U.S. Capitol building that contains the faithful likenesses of 260 prominent figures of the day.
    1833 - Birthday of Sally Louisa Tompkins (d. 1916), Mathews County, VA.  She was made a captain in the Confederacy so she could continue operating a private hospital which had less than a 7% fatality rate, an unbelievably low rate for the times. She was buried with full military honors when she died.
    1836 - The first state police were formed when G.W. Davis was commissioned to raise 20 Texas Rangers. Texas was a province of Mexico at the time. The General Council of the Provisional Government of Texas authorized the organization of three Ranger companies. Texas was admitted to the Union in 1845.
    1836 - Birth of Christian business traveler Samuel Hill (d. 1936), Beloit, WI. In 1899, Hill, John Nicholson and W.J. Knights co-founded the Gideons, a Christian organization that ministers through distribution of the Scriptures. To date, the Gideons have placed over 12 million Bibles and 100 million New Testaments.
    1857 - The new magazine, the "Atlantic Monthly," featured the first installment "The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table" by Oliver Wendell Holmes.
    1861 - Tennessee votes against secession.
    1862 – Union Gen. Ambrose Burnside assumed command of the Army of the Potomac, after McClellan was removed.
    1868 - Medical School at Howard University opened with eight students.
    1872 - The Boston Fire: though Boston had experienced several damaging fires, the worst one started on this Saturday evening in a dry-goods warehouse. Spreading rapidly in windy weather, it devastated several blocks of the business district, destroying nearing 800 buildings. Damage was estimated at more than $75 million. It was said that the fire caused a bright red glare in the sky that could be seen from nearly 100 miles away. The Boston fire came one year, one month, and one day after the Great Chicago Fire of October 8, 1871.
    1887 – During the reign of King Kalakaua, the United States was granted exclusive rights to enter Pearl Harbor and to establish "a coaling and repair station." 
    1899 - Clarinetist Mezz Mezzrow (d. 1972) born Milton Mesirow, Chicago, ILL. His autobiography about Chicago jazz days is still considered a classic, written in 1946, entitled “Really the Blues.” Ben Pollock, the drummer says Mezz was “not too smart, and he ran errands for us mostly.” Ben at the time owned a Pizza joint on Sunset Blvd that we often visited to listen to the Dixieland music.
    1906 - United States President Theodore Roosevelt left for Panama on the first overseas trip by a United States President.
    1906 - Trumpet player Muggsy Spanier (d. 1967) birthday, born Francis Joseph Julian Spanier, Chicago.
    1906 - Alto sax player and band leader Peter Brown (d. 1963) born, Baltimore, MD.
    1912 - West Point cadet Dwight D. Eisenhower broke his kneecap in a football game against Tufts University and gave up the sport forever.
    1913 – The 'Freshwater Fury,' the most destructive natural disaster ever to hit the Great Lakes, produced sustained winds of 62 mph at Port Huron, MI, gusts to 80 mph at Buffalo, NY and 79 mph at Cleveland, OH. 19 ships were sunk and 270 sailors were lost. 22.2 inches of snow fell at Cleveland. Pickens, WV had 36 inches
    1918 - Birthday of Spiro Theodore Agnew (d. 1996) at Baltimore, MD. 39th Vice President who was twice elected Vice President (1968 and 1972) under Richard Nixon.  Agnew became the second person to resign that office October 10, 1973. Agnew entered a plea of no contest to a charge of income tax evasion on contract kickbacks received while he was Governor of Maryland, after he became Vice President. John Calhoun was the first to resign, 1832, over many issues with President John Quincy Adams, including states’ rights, where Adams continued to believe states had the right to overrule federal authority and decided he had had it.
    1918 - Birthday of swimmer Florence May Chadwick (d. 1995), San Diego, CA. Chadwick never won a national title and failed to qualify for the US Olympic team in 1936, but she won enduring fame by becoming the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions. She swam from France to England on August 8, 1950, and from England to France a year later. She made other long-distance swims as well, including the Bristol Channel, the Catalina Island to California swim and the Strait of Gibraltar.
    1923 - Birthday of actress and singer Dorothy Dandridge (d. 1965) at Cleveland, OH. She was a child star who toured with her sisters, Vivian and Etta Jones, as The Dandridge Sisters. They played at the Cotton Club, sharing the stage with artists such as Cab Calloway and W.C. Handy. Dandridge went solo in 1941 to perform in Hollywood movies and on stage with the Desi Arnaz Band. Her big break came with the lead role in Otto Preminger's musical, “Carmen Jones.” Dandridge received an Oscar nomination for her performance. Unfortunately, Dandridge could not overcome Hollywood's racism and tendency to typecast and her career foundered.
    1926 - A F3 tornado struck a small school near La Plata, MD killing 14 students. The school was lifted, thrown into a grove of trees and blown apart. The body of one child was found in a tree 300 feet away
    1934 - Birthday of Carl Sagan (d. 1996) at Brooklyn, NY.  An astronomer, biologist, author, he published more than 600 scientific papers and articles and was author, co-author or editor of more than 20 books.  He spent most of his career as a professor of astronomy at Cornell University, where he directed the Laboratory for Planetary Studies.  His phrase “A galaxy is composed of gas and dust and stars—billions upon billions of stars” was mocked frequently as he appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.”  As a humorous tribute to Sagan and his association with the catchphrase "billions and billions," a “sagan” has been defined as a unit of measurement equivalent to a very large number of anything.
    1935 - The Congress of Industrial Organizations, the CIO, was founded in Atlantic City by eight trade unions belonging to the American Federation of Labor.
    1935 – Cardinals’ right-hander Bob Gibson was born in Omaha, NE.  He played 17 seasons for St. Louis (1959–75). Gibson tallied 251 wins, 3,117 strikeouts, and a 2.91 ERA.  A nine-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion, he won two Cy Young Awards and the 1968 NL MVP award after posting a 1.12 ERA that caused MLB to lower the height of the mound to its present level. In 1981, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. The Cardinals retired his uniform number 45 in September 1975 and inducted him into the team Hall of Fame in 2014. 
    1937 – The Cardinals Joe Medwick, who won the Triple Crown in the NL, was named NL MVP.  He led the NL in a dozen offensive categories, including batting (.374) and RBI (154), and tied for the lead in home runs (31).
    1938 - 24-year-old Mary Martin made her Broadway stage debut in the musical comedy "Leave It to Me." She brought down the house as she sang “My Heart Belongs to Daddy.” And the critics raved about New York's bright new star. The following year brought Martin a top-ten hit with the same song. Martin suddenly found herself singing duets with Bing Crosby; starring on "Broadway in One Touch of Venus" in 1943; "Lute Song" in 1946; touring in "Annie Get Your Gun;" and then taking on what would become her immortal role, that of Nellie in "South Pacific." South Pacific was one of Broadway's biggest hits and the cast album was one of the first of its kind, also a big seller.  This was followed by Mary's stage and TV performances as “Peter Pan”. This would become her signature role, a memorable moment as the petite actress flew through the air with Tinkerbell and fought the dangerous Captain Hook. Broadway called to Mary Martin again in 1959 for "The Sound of Music" and once more in 1966 for "I Do, I Do." Back in 1951, Mary Martin recorded a duet with a young man who was also destined for instant and long-term stardom. The song they sang together was “Get Out Those Old Records.” The twenty-year-old was her son, Larry Hagman, who later played J.R. Ewing in the TV Series “Dallas” after a starring role as Maj. Anthony Nelson in “I Dream of Jeannie.”
    1938 – The Nazi German diplomat Ernst von Rath died from the fatal gunshot wounds of Jewish resistance fighter Herschel Grynszpan, an act which the Nazis used as an excuse to instigate “Kristallnacht” in Germany.  Hitler's men raided Jewish homes and synagogues. The name is derived from the broken glass that covered the streets. Lest we forget...More than four million women and children were killed by Hitler. He abolished abortion and birth control and held contests and awarded medals for women bearing the most children, had camps and homes where women were used for men's pleasure and breeding - and there were no women were among the leaders of the Nazi party. In addition to sharing ALL the horrors that the men in concentration camps suffered at the hands of the Nazis, the women also were raped and sexually tortured by both inmates and Nazis.
    1944 - GOTT, DONALD J., (Air Mission) Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Corps, 729th Bomber Squadron, 452d Bombardment Group. Place and date: Saarbrucken, Germany, 9 November 1944. Entered service at: Arnett, Okla. Born: 3 June 1923, Arnett, Okla. G.O. No.: 38, 16 May 1945. Citation: On a bombing run upon the marshaling yards at Saarbrucken a B-17 aircraft piloted by 1st. Lt. Gott was seriously damaged by antiaircraft fire. Three of the aircraft's engines were damaged beyond control and on fire; dangerous flames from the No. 4 engine were leaping back as far as the tail assembly. Flares in the cockpit were ignited and a fire raged therein, which was further increased by free-flowing fluid from damaged hydraulic lines. The interphone system was rendered useless. In addition to these serious mechanical difficulties the engineer was wounded in the leg and the radio operator's arm was severed below the elbow. Suffering from intense pain, despite the application of a tourniquet, the radio operator fell unconscious. Faced with the imminent explosion of his aircraft, and death to his entire crew, mere seconds before bombs away on the target, 1st. Lt. Gott and his copilot conferred. Something had to be done immediately to save the life of the wounded radio operator. The lack of a static line and the thought that his unconscious body striking the ground in unknown territory would not bring immediate medical attention forced a quick decision. 1st. Lt. Gott and his copilot decided to fly the flaming aircraft to friendly territory and then attempt to crash land. Bombs were released on the target and the crippled aircraft proceeded alone to Allied-controlled territory. When that had been reached, 1st. Lt. Gott had the copilot personally inform all crewmembers to bail out. The copilot chose to remain with 1st. Lt. Gott in order to assist in landing the bomber. With only one normally functioning engine, and with the danger of explosion much greater, the aircraft banked into an open field, and when it was at an altitude of 100 feet it exploded, crashed, exploded again and then disintegrated. All 3 crewmembers were instantly killed. 1st. Lt. Gott's loyalty to his crew, his determination to accomplish the task set forth to him, and his deed of knowingly performing what may have been his last service to his country was an example of valor at its highest.
    1946 - Thousands of African-Americans fought in World War II, but after the war, the same old injustices and hatred prevailed. In Philadelphia, Margaret Roselle Hawkins and Sarah Strickland Scott founded a nonpartisan, volunteer organization called The Links, “linking” their friendship and resources in an effort to better the lives of disadvantaged African-Americans. From the first group of nine, The Links has grown to an incorporated organization of 8,000 women in 240 local chapters in 40 states plus the District of Columbia and two foreign countries. The Links promotes educational, cultural and community activities through a variety of projects here and in Africa.
    1948 - Top Hits
“Buttons and Bows” - Dinah Shore
“Hair of Gold, Eyes of Blue” - Gordon MacRae
“On a Slow Boat to China” - The Kay Kaiser Orchestra (vocal: Harry Babbitt & Gloria Wood
“One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart)” - Jimmy Wakely
    1948 - On NBC radio, "This is Your Life" debuted.  The host for that first episode was Ralph Edwards who hosted the radio show for two years before giving the show nine more years from 1952 to 1961 on television.
    1948 – Joe Bouchard of Blue Oyster Cult was born in Watertown, NY.  
    1952 - “Omnibus” premiered on television. This eclectic series deserved its name, offering a variety of presentations, including dramas, documentaries and musicals. Alistair Cooke hosted the program, which was the first major TV project to be underwritten by the Ford Foundation. Notable presentations included: James Agee's “Mr. Lincoln;” “Die Fledermaus,” with Eugene Ormandy conducting the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Agnes DeMille's ballet “Three Virgins and the Devil” (presented as “Three Maidens and the Devil”); and documentaries from underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau.
    1953 - Reaffirming its earlier position, the United States Supreme Court ruled, 7-2, that baseball is a sport and not a business and therefore not subject to anti-trust laws. The ruling involved the New York Yankees minor leaguer George Tolson, who refused to move from Triple-A to Double-A.
    1955 - For RCA Victor, Harry Belafonte recorded "Jamaica Farewell" and "Come Back Liza," completing the "Calypso" album that led to Belafonte's nickname, "Calypso King."
    1955 - The Everly Brothers made their first studio recordings, cutting four tracks in 22 minutes at Nashville's Old Tulane Hotel Studios.
    1956 – Buddy Holly began his first solo tour, opening for country singers George Jones and Hank Locklin.
    1956 - Top Hits
“Love Me Tender” - Elvis Presley
“The Green Door” - Jim Lowe
“True Love” - Bing Crosby & Grace Kelly
“Hound Dog/Don't Be Cruel” - Elvis Presley
    1958 - Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog" became only the third record in history to sell over three million copies, joining "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby and Gene Autry's "Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer."
    1960 - The New York Yankees fired their manager, Casey Stengel, despite his having won 10 pennants and seven World Series in 12 years. Stengel returned to baseball in 1962 as first manager of the New York Mets.  Casey remarked after the firing, “I’ll never make the mistake of being 70 again!”
    1960 – Robert McNamara was named president of Ford Motor Company, the first non-Ford to serve in that post. A month later, he resigned to join the administration of newly-elected President John F. Kennedy.
    1961 - Brian Epstein went to Liverpool's Cavern Club to see The Beatles perform for the first time. He had been getting requests at his NEMS music store for a record called "My Bonnie." After several more visits, Epstein would offer to manage the group, which he did until his death in 1967.
    1961 - PGA eliminates Caucasians only rule.
    1963 - The Kingsmen's classic, "Louie, Louie" is released in the US. It will enter the Hot 100 near the end of November and peak at #2 in early January.
    1964 - Top Hits
“Baby Love” - The Supremes
“Last Kiss” - J. Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers
“Leader of the Pack” - The Shangri-Las
“I Don't Care (Just as Long as You Love Me)” - Buck Owens
    1965 – A massive electric power failure starting in western New York State at 5:16PM, cut electric power to much of northeastern US and Ontario and Quebec in Canada. More than 30 million persons in an area of 80,000 square miles were affected. The experience provoked studies of the vulnerability of 20th century technology.
    1967 - With John Lennon on the cover, the first issue of "Rolling Stone" was published. The magazine said it was not just a music magazine but was also about “...the things and attitudes that music embraces.”
    1967 - SIJAN, LANCE P., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Air Force, 4th Allied POW Wing, Pilot of an F-4C aircraft. Place and date: North Vietnam, 9 November 1967. Entered service at: Milwaukee, Wis. Born: 13 April 1942, Milwaukee, Wis. Citation: While on a flight over North Vietnam, Capt. Sijan ejected from his disabled aircraft and successfully evaded capture for more than 6 weeks. During this time, he was seriously injured and suffered from shock and extreme weight loss due to lack of food. After being captured by North Vietnamese soldiers, Capt. Sijan was taken to a holding point for subsequent transfer to a prisoner of war camp. In his emaciated and crippled condition, he overpowered 1 of his guards and crawled into the jungle, only to be recaptured after several hours. He was then transferred to another prison camp where he was kept in solitary confinement and interrogated at length. During interrogation, he was severely tortured; however, he did not divulge any information to his captors. Capt. Sijan lapsed into delirium and was placed in the care of another prisoner. During his intermittent periods of consciousness until his death, he never complained of his physical condition and, on several occasions, spoke of future escape attempts. Capt. Sijan's extraordinary heroism and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty at the cost of his life are in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Air Force and reflect great credit upon himself and the U.S. Armed Forces.
    1967 - YOUNG, GERALD O., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Air Force, 37th ARS Da Nang AFB, Republic of Vietnam. Place and date: Khesanh, 9 November 1967. Entered service at: Colorado Springs, Colo. Born: 9 May 1930, Chicago, Ill. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Capt. Young distinguished himself while serving as a helicopter rescue crew commander. Capt. Young was flying escort for another helicopter attempting the night rescue of an Army ground reconnaissance team in imminent danger of death or capture. Previous attempts had resulted in the loss of 2 helicopters to hostile ground fire. The endangered team was positioned on the side of a steep slope which required unusual airmanship on the part of Capt. Young to effect pickup. Heavy automatic weapons fire from the surrounding enemy severely damaged 1 rescue helicopter, but it was able to extract 3 of the team. The commander of this aircraft recommended to Capt. Young that further rescue attempts be abandoned because it was not possible to suppress the concentrated fire from enemy automatic weapons. With full knowledge of the danger involved, and the fact that supporting helicopter gunships were low on fuel and ordnance, Capt. Young hovered under intense fire until the remaining survivors were aboard. As he maneuvered the aircraft for takeoff, the enemy appeared at point-blank range and raked the aircraft with automatic weapons fire. The aircraft crashed, inverted, and burst into flames. Capt. Young escaped through a window of the burning aircraft. Disregarding serious burns, Capt. Young aided one of the wounded men and attempted to lead the hostile forces away from his position. Later, despite intense pain from his burns, he declined to accept rescue because he had observed hostile forces setting up automatic weapons positions to entrap any rescue aircraft. For more than 17 hours he evaded the enemy until rescue aircraft could be brought into the area. Through his extraordinary heroism, aggressiveness, and concern for his fellow man, Capt. Young reflected the highest credit upon himself, the U.S. Air Force, and the Armed Forces of his country.
    1969 - Simon and Garfunkel record what would become their signature tune, "Bridge Over Troubled Water," with future member of Bread, Larry Knechtel on piano. Art wanted Paul to sing the song, but Paul insisted that Art's voice was better suited for it. It was a decision that Paul would later say he regretted.
    1969 - The occupation of Alcatraz was planned by Richard Oakes, a group of Indian students, and a group of urban Indians from the Bay Area. Since many different tribes were represented, the name "Indians of All Tribes" was adopted for the group. They claimed the island in the name of Indians of all tribes and left the island to return later that same evening. In meetings following the November 9th occupation, Oakes and his fellow American Indian students realized that a prolonged occupation was possible. --Alcatraz Indian Occupation
    1970 – The Supreme Court voted against hearing a case to allow Massachusetts to enforce its law granting residents the right to refuse military service in an undeclared war.
    1972 - Top Hits
“I Can See Clearly Now” - Johnny Nash
“Nights in White Satin” - The Moody Blues
“Freddie's Dead” (Theme from “Superfly”) - Curtis Mayfield
“It's Not Love (But It's Not Bad)” - Merle Haggard
        1974 - "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" by Bachman-Turner Overdrive topped the charts and stayed there for a week.
    1976 - In the wake of the reformed Fleetwood Mac's success with their latest, self-titled album, one of the band's earlier LPs, "Mystery to Me" goes Gold.
    1977 - Donna Summer is awarded a Gold record for her Billboard #6 hit, "I Feel Love." It was the second of her twenty, US Top 40 chart makers.
    1980 - Top Hits
“Woman in Love” - Barbra Streisand
“Lady” - Kenny Rogers
“The Wanderer” - Donna Summer
“On the Road Again” - Willie Nelson
    1982 - An unusual California outbreak of tornadoes with 7 tornadoes setting down in the Los Angeles area. 2 of the storms reached F2 striking Long Beach and Van Nuys
    1984 - The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was completed by the addition of a statue, “Three Servicemen,” sculpted by Frederick Hart, which was unveiled on this date. The statue faces the black granite wall on which are inscribed the names of more than 58,000 Americans who were killed or missing in action in the Vietnam War.
    1985 - "Miami Vice Theme" by Jan Hammer topped the charts and stayed there for a week.
    1988 - Top Hits
“Kokomo” - The Beach Boys
“Wild, Wild West” - The Escape Club
“The Loco-Motion” - Kylie Minogue
“Darlene” - T. Graham Brown
    1989 - East German officials today opened the Berlin Wall, allowing travel from East to West Berlin. The following day, celebrating Germans began to tear the wall down. One of the ugliest and most infamous symbols of the Cold War was soon reduced to rubble that was quickly snatched up by souvenir hunters.
    1990 – The IRS seized Willie Nelson's bank accounts and real estate holdings to pay off $16 million in back taxes.  He has recovered nicely!
    1991 - Champaign, IL shivered at 9 degrees, Calico Rock, AR dropped to 13 degrees, just two of 70 record lows for the date
    1991 - "Cream" by Prince & the N.P.G. topped the charts and stayed there for 2 weeks.
    1995 – LA Dodgers P Hideo Nomo was NL Rookie of the Year, becoming the first Japanese player ever to win a Major League award. Nomo posted a 13-6 record with 236 strikeouts and a 2.54 ERA in 191.1 innings.  Nomo pitched over the span of 13 seasons in the Majors, with 8 different teams, before retiring in 2008. He twice led the league in strikeouts and also threw two no-hitters.  Over his career he compiled a record of 78–46, 3.15 ERA with 1204 Ks.
    1996 - "No Diggity" by Blackstreet topped the charts and stayed there for 4 weeks.
    1997 - Denver cornerback Darrien Gordon ties an NFL record by returning two punts for touchdowns in the same quarter, a feat previously accomplished just twice in NFL history. His scoring returns of 82 and 75 yards in the first quarter gave Denver a 14-0 lead en route to a 34-0 defeat of Carolina.
    1997 – Detroit Lions RB Barry Sanders became the first player in NFL history to rush for over 1,000 yards in nine straight seasons. In the same game, Sanders passed former Dallas Cowboy Tony Dorsett for third place on the all-time rushing list.
    1998 – Jim “Catfish” Hunter announced that he is suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease. The fatal disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, attacks the nerves in the spinal cord and the brain and leads to a loss of motor skills. Hunter died less than a year later.
    1998 - US federal judge ordered 37 US brokerage houses to pay $1.03 billion to cheated NASDAQ investors to compensate for price fixing. This was the largest civil settlement in United States history.
    1999 - The Recording Industry Association of America announces their Artists of the Century. The Beatles top the list for US sales of over 106 million albums. Garth Brooks was named most successful male artist (89 million albums sold) and Barbra Streisand the most successful female artist. (62 million albums sold). Elvis Presley had the most Gold and Platinum singles with 77, to go along with his 80 Gold and Platinum albums. Elton John's "Candle in the Wind" (Princess Diana version) is the best-selling single of all time and the Eagles "Greatest Hits 1971 - 1975" is the record holder for best-selling album.
    2000 - After posting the best record in baseball this season, Giant manager Dusty Baker is named by the BBWAA as the National League Manager of the Year. He joins Tony LaRussa (White Sox '83 and A's '88 and ‘92) as the only three-time winner of the award.
    2000 - The Beatles launched their official internet web site,
    2002 - After a decade as the skipper in San Francisco, Dusty Baker signs a four-year deal to pilot the Cubs. The three-time NL Manager of the Year
compiled an 840-715 record during his ten-year tenure with the Giants.
On October 13, 2007, Baker was hired as manager of the Cincinnati Reds. fired October 4, 2013. November 3, 2014, named new manager for the Washington Nationals for the 2015 season. At the time of his hiring, he was the only black manager in Major League Baseball and has the second–highest total for most wins in MLB.  He is now a special assistant for the San Francisco Giants, having won more than 1800 games as a Major League manager.
    2004 - After coming out of retirement to pitch for his home town team, Roger Clemens (18-4, 218, and 2.98) becomes the oldest hurler to win the Cy Young Award. The 42-year old ‘Rocket' has received the honor a record seven times and becomes the first to win the award with four different teams; Red Sox (1986-87, 1991), Blue Jays (1997-98), Yankees (2001) and the Astros (2004).  Alas, he was among those named in The Mitchell Report for having used performance enhancing drugs during this time.
    2005 - Ozzie Guillen, who led the Chicago White Sox to the World Championship, joins his former field boss as recipients of the Managers of the Year honors. After leading a very young Braves team to the East division title, Bobby Cox, the NL winner, becomes the first skipper in either league ever win the award in consecutive years.
    2008 - Participants in team-sponsored high school program aimed at helping Bronx youths pursue careers in architecture, engineering and construction, along with a few players remove rain-soaked dirt from the former Yankee Stadium and bring it across the street to the team's new $1.3 billion field. The soil is then mixed with the new stadium's dirt around home plate and pitcher's rubber which were also removed from the former site during the ceremony.
    2011 – Nationals’ catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped by four armed men outside his home in Venezuela, where he was playing winter ball.  He was released safe and sound in two days.
    2015 - "Love Yourself" single released by Justin Bieber.  It was named Billboard Song of the Year 2016 and Grammy Song of the Year.



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