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Friday, November 6, 2020

Today's Leasing News Headlines

Small Business Owners Looking For
    Second Round of PPP Loans
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries
Leasing Industry Ads
    ---Help Wanted
The New York Times Hits 4.7 Million Digital Subscribers
    Paid New York Digital Subscribers Only Chart
October Class 8 Orders Jump Higher
    HDT Truckinginfo
Winning Margins in U.S. Elections Chart
    Electoral Votes Won by Elected Candidates since 1980
40,979 Reasons Not to “Press Charges”
     Against a Debtor in Bankruptcy
ELFA Membership Milestones
    Celebrating ELFA Membership Milestones
Targeted Lease Capital Announces Upsizing
    to $10.0 Million of Its Existing Cores
Alliance Funding Group Announces
    Acquisition of Summit Commercial Finance
Borat Subsequent Movie Film/Ham on Rye/Martha Eden
 On the Rocks, The Trail of the Chicago 7
   Uproarious Sequels/Inside Sleepers Chosen by Fernando Croce
Mixed Breed/Hound
    Williamsville, New York  Adopt-a-Dog
Right now, your colleagues are connecting
    and accessing content for SFNet Nov. 17 -19 2020
News Briefs---
Federal Reserve keeps monetary policy steady
    as COVID-19 cases rise
GM reports a $4 billion third-quarter profit
     as car sales rebound
GM plans to increase pickup truck production
    with up to $1 billion investment in Canada
The Boeing 737 Max is returning to the skies
    What you need to know
Pilots say FAA proposal for Boeing Max training needs work
   to handle a nose-down pitch of the Boeing 737 Max

You May have Missed---
Watch Bill Gates Give Brilliant 30-Second Answers
     To Common Job Interview Questions

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Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months (Be Careful of Doing Business)
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Small Business Owners Looking For
Second Round of PPP Loans

75% of eligible small businesses say they would apply or consider applying for a second Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan, and about half (52%) of small business owners anticipate needing additional financial support over the next 12 months. The findings are part of a new survey conducted by the NFIB Research Center. The group’s been regularly studying the impact of Covid-19 on small businesses and this marks their 13th survey since early March.

“This has been a difficult year for small businesses and many of them are still struggling to survive,” said Holly Wade, executive director of NFIB’s Research Center. “It’s clear that the small business community, nearly half of the GDP, need additional financial assistance to keep their doors open. Small business owners are working hard to manage the health and safety of their employees, customers, and themselves while operating their business and complying with local mandates and regulations.”

Key findings from the survey include:
Most PPP borrowers (90%) have spent their entire PPP loan and are ready to apply for loan forgiveness.

  • Thirty-seven percent of borrowers are using the 8-week covered period, 42% are using the expanded 24-weeks, and 22% are not yet sure which covered period they are using.

After using the PPP loan, many small business owners are anticipating laying off employees and needing additional financial assistance.

  • Nineteen percent of borrowers anticipate having to lay off employees in the next six months.
  • About half (52%) of borrowers anticipate needing additional financial support over the next 12 months.
  • If eligible, 44% of small business owners would apply or re-apply for a second PPP loan and 31% would consider applying.

Small businesses are working to get to pre-crisis sales levels.

  • Sales levels are still 50% or less than they were pre-crisis for about one-in-five (21%) small businesses.
  • Twenty-six percent of small businesses are at sales levels of 50%-74% of pre-crisis levels.
  • About one-third (34%) of businesses are back or nearly back to where they were with sales between 75%-100% of pre-crisis levels with another 17% exceeding pre-crisis sales levels.

Thirty-seven percent of small business owners report they anticipate having a net operating loss in 2020.

  • Twenty-two percent report they do not know if they will have a loss.
  • Of those who anticipate a net operating loss in 2020, 34% of them plan to carry it back when they file their 2020 tax return.

One-in-five (20%) of small business owners report that they will have to close their doors if the current economic conditions do not improve over the next six months.

  • Another 19% of owners anticipate they will be able to operate no longer than 7-12 months under the current economic conditions.
  • Sixty-two percent are better situated and do not anticipate any near-term problems.



New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Will Bean was hired as National Account Manager, AG/Horticulture, Evergreen Equipment Finance, Tacoma, Washington. Previously, he was National Account Manager Ag/Hort, Pinnacle Capital (January, 2000 - November, 2020); National Account Manager Ag/Horticultural, T&W Financial Corporation (June 1999 - January, 2000). Education: Western Washington University, BA, Marketing (1984 - 1990).

Larry Feldstein was hired as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Healthcare, GreatAmerica Financial Services, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  He is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Brian Bjella, SVP and General Manager at GreatAmerica, said, “The growth of our healthcare finance portfolio is a key strategic priority for GreatAmerica and will be Larry’s core focus... The industry continues to evolve and we feel well positioned to demonstrate how partnering with GreatAmerica can help our healthcare partners be even more successful.” Mr. Feldstein previously was Vice President of Sales and Program Management, DLL (May, 2005 - January, 2020); Vice President, Business Development, CitiCapital (1998 - 2005); Director of Financial Services, Beckman Coulter (1993 - 1998).  Education: Miami University. BS, Accounting and Finance.

Donna (Patton) Hinrichs was hired as Senior Business Development Officer, sky Business Credit, LLC., Chicago, Illinois.  Previously, she was Business Development Specialist FSW Funding (January 2019 - March, 2020); Vice President, CapFlow Funding Group (January, 2018 - January, 2019); Strategic Partnerships Manager, Rapid Finance (September, 2015 - January, 2018); Midwest Marketing Manager, Amerisource Business Capital (June, 2009 - Mary, 2014); Vice President, LSQ Funding Group, L.L.C. (February, 2006 - June, 2009); Business Development Officer, AeroFund Financial, Inc. (June, 2001 - February, 2006). Education: Southeast Missouri State University, Harrison College of Business Communications (1982 - 2986),

Mike Jones was hired as Senior Vice President, River Capital Finance, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He is located in the Greater Tucson Area.  Previously he was Senior Advisor, FORT Capital Resources (April, 2020 - August, 2020); Senior Vice President, Vendor Finance, Ampil (February, 2018 - April, 2020);  Senior Vice President, Vendor Finance, First American Equipment Finance (June, 2014 - December, 2017); Senior Vice President,  Creekridge Capital (May, 2010 - May, 2014); Vice President, Healthcare Finance, PNC Equipment Finance, formerly National City Commercial Capital (January, 2001 - April, 2010); Vice President, General Manager, National City Petroleum Finance, National City Commercial Capital (January, 2001 - January, 2006); Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Boulder Capital Group, a subsidiary of UniCapital Corporation (January, 1998 - December, 2000); Director of National Programs, Sunrise Resources (April, 1995 - December, 1998); Vice President, Harris Adacom Network Services (September, 1989 - March, 1995). Education: The University of Texas at Dallas, B.S. Accounting (1989).

Mitchell "Mitch" Larkin was hired as Intermediary Originations, Targeted Lease Capital, LLC,  Williamsville, New York.  He is located in Buffalo, New York. Previously, he was Intermediary Originations, Arboretum Commercial Finance (July, 2019 - November,2020); Vice President, Antares Leasing Corporation (June, 20015 - July, 2019) Senior Vice President Capital Leasing Solutions (August, 2014 - June 2015); Vice President, BancLease Acceptance (August, 2012 - August, 2014); Senior vice President, Sentry Financial Corporation (August, 2011 - August, 2012); Vice President, Broker Division (Bankers Capital (February, 2009 - August, 2011); Broker Division, Madison Capital (2006 - 2009);  Five Years at Butler Capital as Lessor and Broker Financing Services. Education: Husson College, Finance, General.

Katie (Bard) Phillips was promoted to Senior Portfolio Services Analyst, GE Healthcare, Jacksonville, Florida. She joined the firm August, 2018, as Portfolio Services Analyst. Previously she was at GE Capital as Accounts Receivable Specialist (November, 2014 - August, 2018); Bookkeeper/Office Coordinator, The Doctors Center Health Services (July, 2014 - April, 2015). Education: University of Central Florida. Bachelor of Science (.S.), Psychology (2014)

Jeffrey "Jeff" Schick was hired as Operational Controller, North Mill Equipment Finance, Norwalk, Ct. Previously he was Consultant, Account and Finance, Resources Global Professionals (march, 2020 - October, 2020); Senior Transaction Manager, GE (July, 2017 - March, 2020); Director, Lease Accounting Services, Value Consultant, LLC (December, 2016 - June, 2018). He joined GE Capital July, 2006, Lean Six sigma Black Belt; promoted November, 2009, Technical Finance Leader, Real Estate Services; promoted February, 2015, Controllership Program Manager.  From May, 1994 - July, 2006 he had various positions in accounting and finance. Licenses and Certifications. Six Sigma Black Belt.  Education: University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Master of business Administration (M.B.A), Business Administration and Management, General (1999-2002).  Awarded MBA in Management while working full time at GE Capital.

Sandra VanBuren was hired as Strategic business Development, Food and Beverage, TimePayment, Burlington, Massachusetts. She is located in the Greater Chicago Area. "In this role, she will lead the development of new partner relationships and execute strategic initiatives focused on client marketing innovations and loyalty programs." Previously, she was at Supply & Equipment Foodservice Alliance, LLC., starting February 2018, Director of Strategy and Business Operations; promoted January, 2020, Director of Dealer relations and Services; Business Operations Manager, Central Salt LLC (July, 2014 - August, 2017. Prior, she was at Operations Officer Interoceanic Corporation, starting 008, Controller; promoted J2010, Operations Officer; Manager, Jewish Board of Family and Children Services (2006 - 2008); Accountant, Glencore Ltd. (2002 - 2004); Accountant, Intern, Arthur Andersen (2001 - 2002). Education: Pace University Pleasantville/Briarcliff Campus. Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Accounting (1999 - 2002).




Leasing Industry Help Wanted



When The New York Times announced its digital subscription model in March 2011, it was considered a bold move by many industry experts. The question was: would people really be willing to spend money on digital content that they were used to getting for free? As it turns out, the answer was a resounding yes.

Nine and a half years after the introduction of its metered paywall, the Times announced a new milestone today, as digital subscription revenue surpassed revenue from print subscribers for the first time in the quarter that ended September 30. Moreover, the company passed a total of 7 million subscribers across all products for the first time, with digital news subscriptions climbing to 4.69 million by the end of September. “The continued demand for quality, original, independent journalism across a range of topics makes us even more optimistic about the size of the total market for digital journalism subscriptions and our position in it,” Meredith Kopit Levien, who took over as chief executive of the New York Times Company in September, said in a statement.

Interestingly, the Times saw a significant uptick in digital subscriptions after Donald Trump was elected president in November 2016. Despite Trump’s repeated criticism of the country’s leading newspaper, the Times added roughly three million digital subscribers over the course of his presidency.

By Felix Richter, Statista


October Class 8 Orders Jump Higher
HDT Truckinginfo

According to separate ACT Research and FTR reporting, October’s preliminary North American Class 8 orders jumped to 38,900 units and 40,100 units, respectively. The increase of 26-27% over September numbers is pointing to 2021 models, which will start seeing delivery in a few months.

FTR called October the first month to see more than 40,000 units since October of 2018, with orders up and up 83% year over year.

“September was the turning point for the Class 8 market,” said Don Ake, vice president of commercial vehicles for FTR. “Fleets became much more confident about future freight demand and began placing large orders to replace older units and for expansion purposes, as capacity tightened. In just a few months, the industry has gone from fear, to hope, to optimism. It appears the industry has sluffed off the uncertainties about the pandemic for now.”

ACT Research agreed that October was the highest Classes 5-8 order tally in 26 months, adding that it is fifth consecutive positive year-over-year reading, after 18 consecutive months of negative comparisons.

“Keeping in mind the freight backdrop of consumer spending on goods expanding and those for services contracting, preliminary October NA Classes 5-8 vehicles order data rose to 68,200 units. That volume represented a 17% gain from September and an 80% improvement compared to year-ago October,” said Kenny Vieth, ACT’s president and senior analyst.

Regarding the medium-duty market, Vieth pointed to the “symbiotic relationship between heavy-duty freight rates and medium-duty demand,” adding that the shift in consumer spending to goods has helped carriers, especially with the boom in e-commerce during the pandemic.



As our chart shows, Donald Trump won 304 electoral votes in 2016 despite narrowly losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton.

Although at the time Trump claimed his win "was the biggest electoral college win since Ronald Reagan", his triumph was not as much of a landslide as that statement would suggest. In fact, Trump won fewer electoral votes than all but one president since Ronald Reagan: with 271 (2000) and 286 (2004) votes, George W. Bush was the only one to win by a smaller margin.

By Felix Richter, Statista



40,979 Reasons Not to "Press Charges"
     Against a Debtor in Bankruptcy

By Lance P. Martin, The National Law Review 

It is a cardinal sin to attempt to collect a debt
or repossess collateral after a borrower files bankruptcy.

Bankruptcy triggers the automatic stay: a command, not a suggestion, that collection activity ceases.  This is a bedrock principle of bankruptcy and should be common knowledge, but sometimes a case comes along that presents a cautionary tale of what happens when creditors ignore the Bankruptcy Code.  The Javert-like behavior of Mr. Gary Dority – who tried to use a criminal proceeding to collect a debt when bankruptcy stayed his small claims action – is one case.  In a searing opinion, the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina demonstrated what will happen if a creditor instigates a criminal proceeding against a debtor to recover a debt.

Lori Kimbler owned and operated Cherishable Antiques in Havelock.  Vendors could rent a booth inside her store to sell their antiques and other collectibles and consign items for sale.  She received a commission on what she or they sold.  Mr. Dority did both.  When Ms. Kimbler closed the business, Mr. Dority contended that Ms. Kimbler owed him money.  He sued her in Craven County small claims court for $1,400.00 for items he said Ms. Kimbler sold but did not pay him for.

The day before trial, Ms. Kimbler filed a pro se Chapter 7 bankruptcy that included Mr. Dority on the creditor mailing matrix.  On the day of trial, Ms. Kimbler notified the magistrate and Mr. Dority of her bankruptcy filing.  The magistrate adjourned the trial because of the bankruptcy automatic stay.

An angry Mr. Dority decided that, rather than weigh his options in bankruptcy, he would file criminal embezzlement charges against Ms. Kimbler.  Mr. Dority filed a criminal complaint with the Havelock Police Department.  A month later, Craven County issued three warrants for Ms. Kimbler's arrest for felony embezzlement.  Mr. Dority was a witness in each warrant.  Ms. Kimbler was arrested and when she could not post bail, jailed for 16 days.  She was released with an ankle monitor, which she wore for four months.  She also had to pay $883.00 for the ankle monitor.

Ms. Kimbler hired a lawyer who promptly notified Mr. Dority that his actions had violated the automatic stay.  Mr. Dority took no action to request the Craven County DA drop the criminal case.  Ms. Kimbler attended two hearings in the criminal case.  Mr. Dority attended neither and the court continued both hearings.  Ms. Kimbler's attorney then moved to sanction Mr. Dority.

Beyond staying civil actions and proceedings, the automatic stay bars any act to collect, assess, or recover a claim against the debtor that arose before the bankruptcy filing.  The Bankruptcy Court held that the DA's office could initiate or continue a criminal prosecution notwithstanding the bankruptcy.  But a creditor cannot instigate a criminal proceeding against a debtor if the primary purpose is to recover a dischargeable debt.

Section 362 of the Bankruptcy Code allows a debtor to recover actual damages incurred because of a "willful" violation of the automatic stay, including costs, attorneys' fees, and, in appropriate circumstances, punitive damages.  A good‑faith mistake is not a valid defense.  It is enough to establish the "willfulness" element of a violation if the court finds that the creditor has committed an intentional act with knowledge of the automatic stay.

Needless to say, it was not a close call on whether Mr. Dority's conduct was "willful."  The Bankruptcy Court described his behavior as "egregious," said he "had no contrition, regret, or remorse," had an "unfettered narcissistic will," and described his conduct as "malicious evil sprinkled with reckless indifference."

The court heard testimony from Ms. Kimbler and her attorney about the emotional distress she suffered in jail, how the time in jail and wearing the ankle monitor impacted her ability to work, and on the legal fees and other expenses she incurred because of Mr. Dority.  The Court entered a judgment against Mr. Dority for lost income, attorney's fees, and punitive damages for Ms. Kimbler's time in jail and time wearing the ankle monitor.  The judgment even included the cost of the ankle monitor.  Mr. Dority was trying to collect $1,400.00.  When the bankruptcy court finished with him, he owed Ms. Kimbler $40,979.50.

For creditors, the lesson should be clear.  Don't disregard the automatic stay or the bankruptcy courts.  And don't use the criminal justice system as an end-run around the Bankruptcy Code.

© 2020 Ward and Smith, P.A.. All Rights Reserved.

Lance P. Martin



ELFA Membership Milestones
Celebrating ELFA membership milestones

At the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association 2020 Business LIVE! last week the association announced the companies that are celebrating ELFA membership milestone anniversaries this year. We thank all companies for your membership, and we are pleased to recognize those that have been members of ELFA for 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years!

Member Milestones 




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Targeted Lease Capital Announces Upsizing
to $10.0 Million of Its Existing Cores

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y., Nov. 3, 2020 -- Targeted Lease Capital, LLC ("TLC") announces the completion of a $5.0 million incremental capital raise. This transaction follows the company's successful inaugural capital markets issuance in 2018. The proceeds will be used to leverage its credit facilities and support the growth of its robust business lending platform.

Michael Philbin, Chief Financial Officer at TLC, said, "We are pleased to announce the ability to raise additional capital during these uncertain times, which speaks to the track record of our team. The additional capital enables us to support small businesses throughout the country by providing much-needed equipment financing at attractive terms,"

Brean Capital, LLC served as Sole Placement Agent for both notes.

About Targeted Lease Capital, LLC

Targeted Lease Capital is a specialty finance company that provides equipment finance loans on a national basis to small businesses ranging from $5,000 to $250,000.

To learn more about Targeted Lease Capital, visit or call 716-266-6700.

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Alliance Funding Group Announces
Acquisition of Summit Commercial Finance

Alliance Funding Group (“AFG”) is pleased to announce that it has acquired Summit Commercial Finance, (“Summit”) an independent specialty finance and leasing company based in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Founded in 1998, Summit is a general equipment lessor and an industry specialist with a focus on the convenience store, technology, dental and manufacturing.  As an established Lessor, the Summit team brings a developed sales team with deep industry knowledge and expertise.

Alliance Funding Group, based in Tustin, California, is an independent specialty finance company with core strengths in small ticket and middle market equipment leases and short term working capital solutions. In addition to its headquarters in Orange County, the company also has operations and sales offices in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Tacoma, Washington and a sales office in Los Angeles, California.

Scott Forrest, Summit’s Founder and President. said, “I am very excited about our partnership with AFG and the alignment of two companies that will originate over $200MM in its first year. Summit will be able to leverage the resources of a larger company while bringing to AFG a tenured sales platform in the southwest.”

The acquisition announced today brings together an established sales team in the southwest with over 22 years of experience and a collective sales organization that is national in scope with expertise in small ticket, middle market, and working capital products. 

Brij Patel, Founder and CEO of Alliance Funding Group, expressed his excitement about the combination of the two companies and the addition of the Summit and sales organization.

“Both culturally and synergistically, this combination creates a specialty finance and working capital platform that is poised for real growth and success. I have known Scott Forrest for many years through the industry and I’m truly excited to have someone of his caliber along with Summit’s organization to add to AFG’s current tenured sales team. Starting with a baseline of $200MM in originations along with income-accretive structured finance and working capital products, we like our chances in the competitive equipment finance landscape.” 

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Watch at Home: Fernando's Reviews

As awards season kicks off, prestige films start to make their way to viewers, along with uproarious sequels and indie sleepers. Check out your streaming services for these acclaimed new releases.

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (Amazon Prime): Fourteen years after the original smash comedy hit screens, Sacha Baron Cohen’s titular character is back for another revelatory (and uproarious) journey across the American landscape. Released from the gulag in his native Kazakhstan, bumbling journalist Borat is tasked with traveling to the White House with a pet monkey, a mission that puts him face to face not just with a country’s changing times, but with his own estranged teenage daughter, Tutar (Maria Bakalova). As cheerfully clueless as ever, Borat hops from one mortifying incident to the next, from a wildly inappropriate dance at a debutante ball to disconcerting interviews with real-life political figures. Mining outrage as well as laughter, this sequel is a reminder of Cohen’s comic gifts as well as an introduction to newcomer Bakalova.

Ham on Rye (Factory 25): The charming and the surreal are beguilingly blended in this unique coming-of-age tale, the feature debut by promising filmmaker Tyler Taormina. Using a large ensemble of non-professional actors, the film follows the interwoven trajectories of a group of suburban high-school students as they drift toward graduation and a prom-style dance. There are jocks and nerds and greasers and popular girls, moving dreamily from hangout places to the dance floor as day turns to night. Focusing less on narrative or character than on a mood that goes from ethereal to oddly ominous, it shows definite influence of Richard Linklater’s “Dazed and Confused” and David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” while coming up with a feeling all of its own. Gentle and mysterious, Taormina’s film is an original.

Martin Eden (Kino Lorber): Jack London’s early 1900s novel gets an Italian interpretation in this smashing drama from talented documentarian Pietro Marcello. Moving the action from California to Naples, the film follows the trajectory of Martin Eden (Luca Marinelli, in a fiery performance), a rough sailor with artistic ambitions. When he meets Elena (Jessica Cressy), a beautiful student from the upper classes, he becomes determined to become her social equal through self-education. He eventually becomes a respected writer, though the long road to respectability may ironically cost him the romance that originally started it. Political aspirations and hollow fortunes pave his way to tragedy. Blending stylistic lushness with stark archival footage, Marcello offers a sweeping cinematic canvas often reminiscent of the late, masterful Bernardo Bertolucci. With subtitles.

On the Rocks (A24): Director Sofia Coppola re-teams with her “Lost in Translator” star Bill Murray for another slice of life that showcases her talent for touching, poetic grace notes. Murray plays Felix, a former art dealer (and proud bachelor) whose daughter, Laura (Rashida Jones), is going through marital problems with her husband, Dean (Marlon Wayans). As father and daughter drift through Manhattan locations, they reconnect as themes of aging, loneliness and emotional bonds are touched on delicately. With a breezy and warm touch, Coppola’s film observes the two characters tread a thin line between humor and melancholy in a way reminiscent of Maren Ade’s superb recent comedy, “Toni Erdmann.” Anchored by Murray’s sly charm, this is a lightweight effort that sneaks up emotionally on the audience.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix): The Oscar-winning screenwriter of “The Social Network,” Aaron Sorkin directs this star-studded account of real-life 1960s upheavals. Chronicling the trial that shook the nation in the wake of the 1968 protests, the film breathes life into the participants of an event which symbolized the cultural split in America. There’s freewheeling Abbie Hoffman (Sasha Baron Cohen) and serious-minded Tom Hayden (Eddie Redmayne), two of the seven activists accused of conspiracy, defended by weary attorney William Kunster (Mark Rylance). Watching over the increasing media circus that is the trial is Judge Julius Hoffman (Frank Langella), who’s not above gagging the accused to inform his idea of order. Showcasing plenty of Sorkin’s trademark snappy dialogue, the film movingly reflects many of the struggles still going on to this day.


Mixed Breed/Hound
Williamsville, New York  Adopt-a-Dog


ps 67468094
8 Months Old
38 lbs.

Meet Namal!! This sweet boy joined us from Alabama with the hopes of finding his forever home. Namal is an 8 month old hound mix bursting with puppy love and affection to give! He enjoys playing, flashing you his soulful puppy dog eyes and gets along great with his foster brother and sister. Namal is a curious little guy that loves being close to his humans and staying close by to them.  Namal is still unsure of this big new world he has come into and is still a bit scared and nervous . He is a gentle, sweet soul and would do best in a home with another outgoing, playful dog that can continue to show him the ropes and give him the extra bit of confidence he needs to be successful.

If  you are interested in Namal please apply at or message the rescue if you are already pre-approved.

Nickel City Canine Rescue
5637 Harris Hill Road
Williamsville, NY

Adoption Application

1. Submit Application
Once you have completed and submitted your application, a volunteer will contact your veterinarian and personal references.
2. Home Check
After your references clear the volunteer will contact you to set up a home visit. The home visit is to ensure your home is a safe for a dog
3. Approve Application
If the volunteer believes you are a fit dog parent, you will receive an approval card.
4. Meet the Pet
When you see a dog you are interested in, you can either send a Facebook message or email to the rescue to be put on a list for the dog.



Right now, your colleagues are connecting
 and accessing content for SFNet Nov. 17 -19 2020

More than 1,650 registrants representing over 150 organizations will be attending our Annual Convention. The opportunities to connect and network are innumerable. Check out our video, SFNet Connect: Virtual Networking Works, to learn how easy it is to search attendees and request meetings.

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And when you engage with our sponsors and exhibitors during the event, you have a chance to win one of five $100 gift cards. So visit an exhibitor booth, click on a sponsor ad, accept a connection request, meet with an exhibitor, or click on a logo. The more you engage, the greater your chance to win.

Agenda Highlights

Disruption in Supply Chains & Mitigating Risks
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 10:15-11:00 a.m. ET

What is the current status of supply chains today and how are customers responding? What are the contingency plans? How have customers and vendors pivoted to new supply chains?

Moderator: Ed King, Founder & Managing Partner, King Trade Capital
Panelists: Stu Brister, Head of Global Receivables & Trade Finance, Wells Fargo Capital Finance

Sue Duckett, EVP, Franklin Capital Network
John Stillwaggon, CEO, Tradewind Finance
Matt Wreford, Chief Executive, Demica Ltd.

State of the PE World - What Comes Next?
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 3:00-3:45 p.m. ET
Sponsored by North Mill Capital LLC

Hear the perspective of alternative investors related to the current environment, what opportunities they see going forward and what it means for lenders.

Speakers: Stacey Schacter, CEO, Vion Investments
Mitch Soiefer, Partner, Solar Capital Ltd

Our new company-wide pricing gives member organizations unlimited employee registrations for one low fee. For member and non-member pricing, see below or contact James Kravitz, Business Development Director, at 917-881-1247 for more information.



News Briefs---

Federal Reserve keeps monetary policy steady
    as COVID-19 cases rise

GM reports a $4 billion third-quarter profit
     as car sales rebound.

GM plans to increase pickup truck production
    with up to $1 billion investment in Canada

The Boeing 737 Max is returning to the skies:
    What you need to know

Pilots say FAA proposal for Boeing Max training needs work
   to handle a nose-down pitch of the Boeing 737 Max


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Cowboys to Start 4th Different QB in 5 Weeks

Do Buccaneers or Saints wind up with NFC South lead?

Brees held back in practice for 2nd straight day

5 NFL Quarterbacks on the Hot Seat at Midseason

Logan Ryan's wife saved by Giants' training staff

Cal-Washington game canceled after positive coronavirus test


California Nuts Briefs---

What California’s new gig worker initiative means
      for Uber, Lyft drivers — and your fares

California insurance commissioner blocks insurers for a year
    from dropping homeowner policies near Glass, LNU Lightning fires

Retail: Concord-based BevMo! is bought
    by goPuff in $350 million deal



“Gimme that Wine”

Oregon Wineries Wait for the Smoke to Clear

Napa Valley’s Most Coveted Wines
    Now Available for Wine Consumers

How Will US Election Impact Fine Wine?

A Private Winery in Prime Napa Valley

Groth Winemaker Emeritus Michael Weis retires

How Wine Clubs Are Helping U.S. Wineries Stay Afloat

Free Wine App

Wine Prices by vintage


This Day in History

     1528 - Shipwrecked Spanish conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca was the first known European to set foot in what is now Texas.
    1789 - Pope Pius VI appointed Father John Carroll as the first Catholic bishop in the United States.
    1796 - The first presidential election was held in which more than one candidate declared for the Presidency.  John Adams received 71 electoral votes and was elected President, and Thomas Jefferson received 68 electoral votes and was elected Vice-President. In the elections of 1789 and 1793, George Washington was the only avowed Presidential candidate.
    1804 - The first presidential election was held in which more than one candidate declared for Vice-President. Prior to the adoption of the 12th Amendment to the constitution on September 25, 1804, the candidate for President receiving the highest number of votes became President, and the candidate receiving the second highest number became Vice-President. Thomas Jefferson and George Clinton were the candidates of the Democratic-Republican Party and Charles Cotesworth Pinckney and Rufus King the candidates of the Federalist Party.
    1832 – Joseph Smith III (d. 1914) was born in Kirtland, OH.  He was the first president of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and the son of Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism.    
    1850 - Yerba Buena and Angel Islands in San Francisco Bay are reserved for military use.
    1854 - Birthday of conductor/composer John Phillips Sousa (d. 1932), at Washington, DC.  Remembered for stirring marches such as "The Stars and Stripes Forever," "Semper Fidelis," "El Capitan."
    1860 - Former Illinois congressman Abraham Lincoln defeated three other candidates for President, a Republican victory over the divided Democrats. Hannibal Hamlin was elected Vice-President. The electoral vote was Lincoln, 180; John C. Breckinridge, southern Democrat, 72; John Bell, Constitutional Union candidate, 39; Stephen A. Douglas, Democrat, 12. The popular vote was Lincoln 1,866,252; Douglas 1,375,157; Breckinridge, 848,781; Bell, 589,581.
    1861 - Jefferson Davis was elected to a six year term as President of the Confederate States of America.
    1861 - Birthday of James Naismith (d. 1939) at Almonte, Ontario, Canada.  Canadian physical educator, physician, chaplain, sports coach and innovator, he invented the sport of basketball in 1891, the year following his immigration to the US. He wrote the original basketball rules, founded the basketball program at the University of Kansas, and lived to see basketball adopted as an Olympic demonstration sport in 1904 and as an official event at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin.  He also saw the birth of both the NIT (1938) and the NCAA’s Men’s Division I Basketball Championship (1939) The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is named in his honor and he was an inaugural inductee in 1959.
    1865 - CSS Shenandoah is the last Confederate combat unit to surrender after circumnavigating the globe on its cruise that sank or captured 37 vessels.
    1868 - Red Cloud, a chief of the Oglala Sioux, became the first Native American to win territorial concessions from the federal government. After years of leading successful assaults against U.S. forts in the Powder River area of Montana, Red Cloud signed a treat at Fort Laramie. The treaty provided for the abandonment of Forts Reno, Kearny, and C.F. Smith.
    1869 - The first intercollegiate football contest in the world was played at Rutgers Field, New Brunswick, NJ. Captain William Stryker Gummere ’70 of Princeton University (later Chief Justice of New Jersey) challenged Captain William James Leggett of Rutgers to a friendly game. Each team consisted of 25 men. The rules were that each goal constituted a game and that six games would decide the match, which lasted one hour. The first team to score six goals was Rutgers, while Princeton scored four.
    1885 – The US Mint at Carson City, NV was ordered closed.
    1887 – Walter Johnson (d. 1946) was born in Humboldt, KS.  Johnson was the dominant pitcher in the American League, for the Washington Senators (1907-27).  Nicknamed “Big Train” for the speed of his fastball, Johnson is the second-winningest pitcher in Major League history with 417, and had a career ERA of 2.17. In the decade of 1910-19, his ERA was 1.59!  For 55 years after his retirement, he was the MLB career strikeout leader with 3,508.  He had twelve 20-win seasons, including ten in a row, and he twice topped thirty wins.  Johnson's record includes 110 shutouts, the most in baseball history. Johnson had a 38–26 record in games decided by a 1–0 score; both his win total and his losses in these games are Major League records. Johnson also lost 65 games because his teams failed to score a run.  On September 4, 5 and 7, 1908, he shut out the New York Highlanders in three consecutive games.  Three times, Johnson won the Triple Crown for pitchers; twice won the AL MVP Award, a feat accomplished since by only two other pitchers, Carl Hubbell and Hal Newhouser.  He was among the Baseball Hall of Fame’s charter class in 1939.  Ty Cobb:  “first time I faced him, I watched him take that easy windup. And then something went past me that made me flinch. The thing just hissed with danger. We couldn't touch him. ... every one of us knew we'd met the most powerful arm ever turned loose in a ball park."
    1888 - Benjamin Harrison of Indiana won the presidential election, beating incumbent Grover Cleveland on electoral votes although Cleveland led in the popular vote. Cleveland basically sat at the White House, thinking he had the election in the bag. He came back next term to take the presidency back. Levi P. Morton was elected Vice-President. The electoral vote was Harrison, 233; President Grover Cleveland, the Democratic candidate, 168. The popular vote was Harrison 5,444,337; Cleveland 5,540,050; Clinton B. Fisk, Prohibition candidate, 250,125; Alson J. Streeter, Union Labor candidate, 146,897; Robert H. Cowdrey, United Labor candidate, 2808. In congressional elections, the Republicans kept their 38-37 majority in the Senate and gained 14 seats in the House to take a 166-159 majority.
    1888 - Birthday of John George Taylor Spink (d. 1962), at St. Louis, MO. Sports publisher who inherited management of “The Sporting News” upon the death of his father in 1914. He made the weekly newspaper into the “Bible of Baseball,” a trade paper of indispensable value to all those connected with the game. Spink was a baseball insider: his publication not only reported on what had happened, but also advocated what should happen.  The Sporting News endures today as an online publication:
    1900 - President McKinley was re-elected, beating Democrat William Jennings Bryan. Theodore Roosevelt, Republican of New York, was elected Vice-President. The electoral vote was McKinley, 292; Bryan, 155. The popular vote was McKinley, 7,219,530; Bryan 6,358,071; John G. Woolley of Illinois, Prohibition candidate, 209,166; Eugene V. Debs of Indiana, Social Democratic candidate, 94,768; Wharton Barker of Pennsylvania, middle-of the road Populist, 50,232. In congressional elections, both major parties gained Senate seats from the minor parties, the Republicans taking a 55-31 majority, with four seats held by minor
parties. In the House, the Republicans led 197-151, with nine seats held by minor parties.
    1902 - Birthday of singer Juanita Hall (d. 1968), Keyport, NJ.  She is remembered for her roles in the original stage and screen versions of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals “South Pacific” as Bloody Mary - a role that garnered her the Tony award – and “Flower Drum Song” as Auntie Liang.  In 1950, she became the first African-American to win a Tony for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “South Pacific.”
    1903 - Philippe Bunau-Varilla, as Panama's ambassador to the United States, signed the Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty. The document granted rights to the United States to build and indefinitely administer the Panama Canal Zone and its defenses. In 1999, the US returned control of the canal to Panama.
    1913 - Birthday of arranger/trumpet player Andy Gibson (d. 1961), born Albert Gibson, Zanesville, OH.,,435442,00.html?artist=

    1916 - Bandleader Ray Conniff (d. 2002) birthday, born Joseph Raymond Conniff, Attleboro, MA.
    1917 – State of New York adopted a constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote in state elections.
    1921 - Piano player Jimmy Lyon (d. 1984) Birthday, Camden, NJ.  He accompanied singer Mabel Mercer for eight years and was noted as a performer of the music of Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers and other composers for the musical theater.
    1926 – Noted motivational sales guru Zig Ziglar was born Hilary Hinton Ziglar (d. 2012), Coffee County, AL.
    1928 - Herbert Hoover was elected President in a landslide Republican victory. Charles Curtis was elected Vice President. The electoral vote was Hoover, 444: Alfred E. Smith, Democratic candidate, 87. The popular vote was Hoover, 21,392,190; Smith, 15,016,443; Normal Thomas, Socialist candidate, 267,835; William Z. Foster, Workers’ Party candidate 48,228; Vern L. Reynolds, Prohibition candidate, 20,106; Frank E. Webb, Farmer Labor candidate, 6391. In congressional elections, the Republicans increased their majorities in both houses, leading in the Senate 56-39, with one seat going to a minor party, and controlling the House 267-167, with one seat held by a minor party.
    1928 - Jacob Schick (1877-1937) patented the first electric razor.  He started the Schick Dry Shaver, Inc. razor company.  Schick became a Canadian citizen in 1935 to avoid an investigation by the Joint Congressional Committee on Tax Evasion & Avoidance after he moved most of his wealth to a series of holding companies in the Bahamas.
    1929 - Pianist Francy (Francois) Boland (d.  2005) birthday, Namur, Belgium.  Moving to the US, he began arranging for Basie, Goodman, Herman, and Gillespie and set up an octet with drummer Kenny Clarke before returning to Europe and becoming Kurt Edelhagen’s chief arranger.

    1931 – Director Mike Nichols (d. 2014) was born in Germany.  He directed the 1967 classic “The Graduate” as well as the adaptation of Joseph Heller’s novel “Catch-22.” He also directed the mini-series “Angels in America” and the films “The Birdcage” and “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”  His third cousin twice removed is Albert Einstein.
    1934 - The first professional football game in which 10 touchdowns were scored took place at Temple Stadium, Philadelphia, PA, when the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Cincinnati Reds 64-0. Three touchdowns each were made by Homer “Swede” Hanson and Joseph Carter and one each by Edward Matesic, Edward Storm, Marvin Ellstrom, and Roger “Red” Kirkman.
    1935 - Benny Goodman begins engagement at Congress Hotel, Chicago. Original one-month contract extended six months, ending May 23, 1936.
    1935 - Edwin H. Armstrong (1890-1954) announced his development of FM broadcasting. He has been called "the most prolific and influential inventor in radio history".  He invented the regenerative circuit while he was an undergraduate and patented it in 1914, followed by the super-regenerative circuit in 1922, and the superheterodyne receiver in 1918.
    1936 - Woody Herman’s new band first records, Decca.
    1938 – The DiMaggio brothers – Vince, Joe and Dom - played together for the first time, at a charity all-star baseball game.
    1944 – Plutonium was first produced at the Hanford, WA nuclear facility and subsequently used in the Fat Man atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki, Japan.
    1945 - Ensign Jake C. West in an FR-1 Fireball on the escort aircraft carrier “Wake Island” off San Diego, CA, made the first jet-propelled landing on an aircraft carrier. The Fireball, a Ryan-built Navy fighter plane, was powered by both turbojet and a conventional reciprocating engine, and normally used its reciprocating power plant for takeoff and landing, switching over to the jet as either an exclusive or a supplementary propulsive force once it was in the air. As West was landing, the reciprocating engine power failed, and he landed using jet power.
    1945 - Top Hits
“Till the End of Time” - Perry Como
“I’ll Buy that Dream” - The Pied Pipers
“That’s for Me” - Dick Haymes
“With Tears in My Eyes” - Wesley Tuttle
    1946 – Birthday of Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr., Youngstown, OH.  Pro Football Hall of Fame, Class of 2016.  Dynamic and creative owner of the San Francisco Forty Niners (1977-1998) who won five Super Bowls in 14 years, a record for owners.  From the early 1980s through the mid-1990s, DeBartolo presided over a team that had the most wins within a decade in football history.  DeBartolo's "family approach" to running the team changed the landscape of the NFL. Under it, "the players were what mattered" and that changed the face of the sport as other teams began to follow the 49ers' model. Today, owners have made their players partners, changing the traditional dynamic. Whenever there is a San Francisco celebration of the Team of the 1980s, despite the roars for Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott and the other stalwarts of those teams, the crowd’s cheers for Eddie are raucous.  DeBartolo’s care for his players extended beyond the field.  When safety Jeff Fuller suffered a spinal cord injury that ended his career, DeBartolo covered his entire medical and rehabilitation costs.  Niner great Dwight Clark contracted ALS, DeBartolo sent Clark to Japan in 2017 to bring back a three-month supply of the drug Radicava before it became available in the United States.  He also moved Clark and his family near his Montana home, where Clark passed away in 2018 after several reunions with former teammates, arranged by DeBartolo.
    1947 - “Meet the Press” premiers on TV. "Meet the Press" holds the distinction of being the oldest program on TV. The show has changed its format little since it began: a well-known guest (usually a politician) is questioned on current, relevant issues by a panel of journalists. The moderators throughout the years have included Martha Rountree, Lawrence E. Spivak, Ned Brooks, Bill Monroe, Marvin Kalb, Chris Wallace, Garrick Utley, Tim Russert, Tom Brokaw, David Gregory, and currently, Chuck Todd.
    1948 - Glenn Frey (d. 2016) of the Eagles was born in Detroit. Frey plays guitar, piano and keyboards and sang lead vocals on many Eagles hits such as "Take It Easy," "Peaceful Easy Feeling," "Tequila Sunrise," "Already Gone," "Lyin’ Eyes," "New Kid in Town," and "Heartache Tonight." He has two solo hits that reach No. 2 on Billboard's Hot 100: "The Heat Is On" and "You Belong to the City."
    1948 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Buttons and Bows," Dinah Shore.
    1949 - Trumpet player Arturo Sandoval born Havana, Cuba
    1950 - *REEM, ROBERT DALE, Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, Company H, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.). Place and date: Vicinity Chinhung-ni, Korea, 6 November 1950. Entered service at: Elizabethtown, Pa. Born: 20 October 1925, Lancaster, Pa. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a platoon commander in Company H, in action against enemy aggressor forces. Grimly determined to dislodge a group of heavy enemy infantry units occupying well-concealed and strongly fortified positions on commanding ground overlooking unprotected terrain, 2d Lt. Reem moved slowly forward up the side of the ridge with his platoon in the face of a veritable hail of shattering hostile machine gun, grenade, and rifle fire. Three times repulsed by a resolute enemy force in achieving his objective, and pinned down by the continuing fury of hostile fire, he rallied and regrouped the heroic men in his depleted and disorganized platoon in preparation for a fourth attack. Issuing last-minute orders to his noncommissioned officers when an enemy grenade landed in a depression of the rocky ground in which the group was standing, 2d Lt. Reem unhesitatingly chose to sacrifice himself and, springing upon the deadly missile, absorbed the full impact of the explosion in his body, thus protecting others from serious injury and possible death. Stouthearted and indomitable, he readily yielded his own chance of survival that his subordinate leaders might live to carry on the fight against a fanatic enemy. His superb courage, cool decisiveness, and valiant spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of certain death reflect the highest credit upon 2d Lt. Reem and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
    1951 - Record snowfalls from the Texas panhandle to the Lower Great Lakes left record totals of 12.5 inches at Saint Louis, MO, and 14.1 inches at Springfield, MO. Other heavier snowfall totals included 20 inches at Nevada, MO, 13.5 inches at Sedan, KS, 13 inches at Decatur, IL, and 10 inches at Alva, OK. In the Saint Louis area, up to 20 inches was reported in Washington County.
    1953 - Top Hits
“Vaya Con Dios” - Les Paul & Mary Ford
“You, You, You” - The Ames Brothers
“Ebb Tide” - The Frank Chacksfield Orchestra
“I Forgot More Than You’ll Ever Know” - The Davis Sisters
    1953 - An intense east coast storm dumped 27 inches of snow in the Pennsylvania mountains, 11 inches in Harrisburg, 8 inches in Philadelphia, 4 inches in Washington, D.C. and 3 at Richmond, VA. Winds gusted to 98 mph at Block Island, RI.
    1955 - Maria Owings Shriver birthday, Chicago, IL.  Former broadcast journalist ("Today"), former wife of former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kennedy niece as she is the daughter of R. Sargent Shriver who married one of the Kennedy sisters.
    1956 - President Eisenhower was re-elected, beating Democrat Adlai E. Stevenson in a landslide. Eisenhower was the first Republican president to win reelection since William McKinley in 1900. Although Eisenhower carried 41 states, the Democrats retained control of both houses of Congress. The electoral vote was 457-74. The popular vote was Eisenhower, 35,387,015: Stevenson, 25,875,408. In congressional elections, the Democrats gained one Senate seat for a 49-47 majority. In the House, they gained one seat for a 233-200 majority.
    1956 - Allied forces took control of the Suez Canal with British and French parachute troops holding the Mediterranean key to the Suez Canal at Port Said.
    1959 - James Darren launched a second career as a singer when "Goodbye Cruel World" entered the Billboard chart, where it would reach #3.
    1961 - Strong Santa Ana winds fanned the flames of the Bel Air/Brentwood fires in southern California, destroying many homes. Burbank reported a relative humidity of three percent.
    1961 - Top Hits
“Big Bad John” - Jimmy Dean
“Fool #1” - Brenda Lee
“This Time” - Troy Shondell
“Walk on By” - Leroy Van Dyke
    1961 - Jimmy Dean's "Big, Bad John" becomes the 100th US number one single of the Rock and Roll era. It would prove to be his only chart topper, although he would have another top ten record with "P.T. 109" the next year. Jimmy wrote the song in an hour and a half, while flying to Nashville for a recording session.
    1962 - The first President with a brother in the Senate was John Fitzgerald Kennedy, whose brother Edward Moore Kennedy was elected to fill his unexpired term as senator from Massachusetts after he was elected President. 
    1965 - The Animals' "It's My Life" is released.
    1965 - Bill Graham, who will become one of rock's most powerful entrepreneurs, produces his first rock concert at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. The show features the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and the Charlatans.
    1965 - Cuba and the United States agree to start an airlift for Cubans who wish to live in the United States.
    1967 - “The Phil Donahue Show” premiered on TV. The forerunner of Oprah, Jerry, Montel, etc., this first talk show with audience participation went on the air at Dayton, OH. The first guest interviewed by host Phil Donahue was atheist Madelyn Murray O’Hair. In 1980, the program went national: it moved to Chicago in 1974 and to New York in 1985. In later years, the program was titled, “Donahue.” After winning 19 Emmys Awards, the show left daytime TV in 1996. In 2002, he returned to the airways, but in the age of “realism” and “survival,” and loyal followings for other popular talk shows, the show flopped. His fans had moved on.
    1968 - Richard Nixon was elected 37th President, defeating Hubert Humphrey.  The Democrats went through a grueling primary campaign. Eugene McCarthy, an early opponent of the war in Vietnam, almost upset President Johnson in the New Hampshire primary. This convinced Johnson not to run for re-election. At that point, Vice President Humphrey announced his candidacy for the nomination. A primary battle followed, with Robert Kennedy pulling into the lead until his assassination, and Humphrey was able to sew up the nomination. He was nominated on the first ballot at a tumultuous convention in Chicago. The rioting and the police actions outside the convention hall dominated the news coverage and did not get the Humphrey campaign off to a good start. Nixon began the campaign as the front runner, with a clear lead. He campaigned against rising crime and claimed he would restore "law and order." Nixon also instituted the Southern policy, taking advantage of Southern voters’ resentments at civil rights legislation passed by the Johnson administration.  It successful received support from what had been a solidly democratic south. Toward the end of the campaign as Humphrey became more critical of Johnson's handling of the war, the lead narrowed. It did not narrow enough to stop a Nixon victory however.
    1968 - First day of San Francisco State College strike.  In 1968–69, there was a bitter student and Black Panthers strike at San Francisco State University in order to establish an ethnic studies program. It was a major news event at the time and chapter in the radical history of the US and the Bay Area. The strike was led by the Third World Liberation Front supported by Students for a Democratic Society, the Black Panthers and the countercultural community.  It proposed fifteen "non-negotiable demands," including a Black Studies department chaired by sociologist Nathan Hale independent of the university administration and open admission to all black students to "put an end to racism," and the unconditional, immediate end to the Vietnam War and the university's involvement. It was threatened that if these demands were not immediately and completely satisfied, the entire campus was to be forcibly shut down.  SFSU President S. I. Hayakawa became popular with conservative voters in this period after he pulled the wires out from the loud speakers on a protesters' van at an outdoor rally.  Hayakawa relented on December 6, 1968 and created the first-in-the-nation College of Ethnic Studies.
    1968 – Jerry Yang was born in Taipei, Taiwan.  The Co-Founder and CEO of Yahoo!  He and David Filo created in it 1994 while he was studying at Stanford University.  The original name was "Jerry's Guide to the World Wide Web," later renamed Yahoo!. At its height, it was one of the most popular sites in the United States.  According to third-party web analytics providers, Yahoo! was the highest-read news and media website, with over 7 billion views per month, being the sixth most visited website globally in 2016.  According to news sources, roughly 700 million people visited Yahoo websites every month.  Yahoo itself claimed it attracted "more than half a billion consumers every month in more than 30 languages."  Once the most popular website in the U.S., Yahoo slowly started to decline since the late 2000s, and in 2017, Verizon Communications acquired most of Yahoo's Internet business for $4.48 billion, excluding its stakes in Alibaba Group and Yahoo! Japan which were transferred to Yahoo's successor company, Alibaba.
    1969 - Top Hits
“Suspicious Minds” - Elvis Presley
“Wedding Bell Blues” - The 5th Dimension
“Baby It’s You” - Smith
“The Ways to Love a Man” - Tammy Wynette
    1969 – Denny McLain of the Detroit Tigers and Mike Cuellar of the Baltimore Orioles finished dead even for the AL Cy Young Award and share the title. McLain posted a record 24-9 record with 181 strikeouts and a 2.80 ERA, while Cuellar was 23-11, 182, 2.38.
    1971 - The Atomic Energy Commission tested the largest U.S. underground hydrogen bomb, code-named Cannikin, in the Aleutian Islands off Alaska.   
    1972 - Deep Purple's "Machine Head" LP goes gold.
    1973 - Coleman Young elected mayor of Detroit, becoming one of the first of two Black mayors of city with over a million citizens.
    1973 - Thomas Bradley elected mayor of Los Angeles at a time when Blacks represented only 15% of the LA electorate, becoming one of the first two Black mayors of city with over a million citizens.

    1974 – Mike Marshall of the Dodgers became the first reliever to win a Cy Young Award, taking honors for the National League.  Marshall set Major League records with 106 appearances and 208 innings pitched in these days before the concept of closer.  By comparison, there are many starters today that do not pitch 200 innings.
    1975 - “Good Morning, America” premiered on TV. This ABC morning program, set in a living room, is a mixture of news reports, features and interviews with newsmakers and people of interest. It was the first program to compete with NBC's "Today" show and initially aired as "A.M. America." Hosts have included David Hartman, Nancy Dussault, Sandy Hill, Charles Gibson, Joan Lunden, Lisa McRee, Kevin Newman and Diane Sawyer.
    1976 – Pat Tillman (d. 2004) was born in Fremont, CA.  He left a 4-year NFL career to join the Army Rangers, leaving behind a nearly $4 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals.  He served several tours in combat before he died in the mountains of Afghanistan. At first, the Army reported that Tillman had been killed by enemy fire. Controversy ensued when a month later, on May 28, 2004, the Pentagon notified the Tillman family that he had died as a result of friendly fire; the family and other critics allege that the Defense Department delayed the disclosure for weeks after Tillman's memorial service out of a desire to protect the image of the U.S. armed forces.  Tillman was the first professional football player to be killed in combat since Bob Kalsu, who died in the Vietnam War in 1970. Tillman was posthumously awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart medals.
    1977 - Top Hits
“You Light Up My Life” - Debby Boone
“Nobody Does It Better” - Carly Simon
“Boogie Nights” - Heatwave
“I’m Just a Country Boy” - Don Williams
    1980 - The Chinese government praised President-elect Ronald Reagan, calling him “moderate” and “pragmatic.” China was also pleased with the fact that Ronald Reagan wants to be superior in military strength to the Soviet Union. The People’s Republic of China also was happy that Reagan was pushing for a more powerful international image. At the same time, Reagan was recognized by this country for a stronger economy at home.
    1980 - After the death of drummer John Bonham, the remaining members of Led Zeppelin meet on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands, along with manager Peter Grant, to decide what to do next. All four men agree the band would simply not be the same without Bonham, and decide to split up.   
    1982 - The Oscar-winning song from the movie “An Officer and a Gentleman,” "Up Where We Belong" by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes, lead the US hit parade. Although their contrasting styles complimented each other perfectly, the singers had never met each other until the day they recorded the song.
    1984 - Madeline M. Kunin, by a margin of 4,000 votes is elected governor of Vermont. Arlene Violet, a former Roman Catholic nun, becomes the first woman to be elected Attorney General of Rhode Island.

    1984 - President Ronald Reagan was re-elected. President Reagan faced no opposition to his re-nomination as the Republican nomination for President. Senator Walter Mondale, Jimmy Carter's Vice President was the front runner throughout the election campaign. His most serious opposition was Senator Gary Hart of Colorado, who ran on a theme of new ideas. A photograph with the married man on a boat named “Monkey Business” with Donna Rice threw him out of the race. On the personal level, Reagan won his debates with Mondale by using humor to successfully parry one of Mondale criticisms- that he was too old, by stating during the debate that he would not use age as issue- he would not criticize Mondale's youth and inexperience. Reagan won the election with an 18-point margin.
    1985 - Top Hits
“Part-Time Lover” - Stevie Wonder
“Miami Vice Theme” - Jan Hammer
“Head over Heels” - Tears For Fears
“Some Fools Never Learn” - Steve Wariner
    1986 - For the fall 1988 season, WOR-TV in Secaucus, New Jersey paid $182,000 per episode of "The Cosby Show." The price was a record for a syndicated show, beating previous marks of $80,000 per show for "Cheers."
    1986 - Seattle wide receiver Steve Largent catches a pass in his 128th straight game, breaking the NFL record for most consecutive games with a reception.
    1986 - Former Navy radioman John A. Walker Jr., was sentenced in Baltimore to life imprisonment. Walker had admitted to being the head of a family spy ring.
    1986 - U.S. intelligence sources confirmed a story run by the Lebanese magazine Ash Shiraa that reported the U.S. had been secretly selling arms to Iran in an effort to secure the release of seven American hostages.
    1986 – President Reagan signed an historic immigration bill that prohibits employers from hiring illegal aliens and offers legal status to many illegal aliens already in the United States. 
    1987 - High winds in the northeastern U.S., turning a recent warm spell into a distant memory, gusted to 63 mph at Rhode Island. Squalls resulting from the high winds produced five inches of snow at Marquette, MI and seven inches at Rome, NY. A storm in the southwestern U.S. brought heavy snow to some of the higher elevations of Arizona, Colorado and Utah.
    1988 - A powerful storm in the northern Great Lakes drops 2 feet of snow along the shore of Lake Superior and 3 feet in the Porcupine Mountains of Upper Michigan. Marquette established a November record with 17.3 inches in 24 hours.
    1989 - Unseasonably warm weather prevailed in the south central and southeastern U.S. Nine cities from Florida to Oklahoma and Texas reported record high temperatures for the date as readings warmed into the 80s. The high of 89 degrees at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport in Texas equaled their record for November.
    1989 - In the hopes of freeing US hostages held in Iran, the US announced that it would unfreeze $567 million in Iranian assets that had been held since 1979.
    1993 - Meat Loaf had the number one song in the US with "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)." It was the first we'd heard from him since his giant hit album, "Bat Out Of Hell" in 1977.
    1995 - Art Modell (1925-2012), the owner of the Cleveland Browns, announced plans to move the team to Baltimore.  He purchased the Browns in 1961 for $4 million, investing $250,000 of his own money.  Unlike the Browns' previous owners, Modell immediately took an active role in the management of the team and fired legendary coach Paul Brown on January 9, 1963.  By the 1990s, Modell was disturbed at what he saw as the financial distress of the Browns and the Stadium Corp.  The City of Cleveland’s litigation and failure to build a new stadium, as they did for the baseball Indians, motivated Modell to look elsewhere, finding Baltimore in the process.  Recall that Baltimore lost its beloved Colts in the middle of the night when new owner Robert Irsay took them to Indianapolis.  The Browns became the Baltimore Ravens for the 1996 season.  Modell's ownership of the Ravens resulted in continual financial hardships, and the NFL stepped in and directed Modell to sell his franchise. In 2003, Modell sold the Ravens to minority owner, Maryland businessman Steve Bisciotti, still the owner.
    1996 – Michael Jordan scored 50 points in a game for the 29th time in his career.
    2002 - Citing Dusty Baker's reluctance to stay with the organization, an unhappy general manager Brian Sabean announces the Giant skipper of the last 10 years will not be back to manage in San Francisco next season. The NL pennant-winning skipper joins the Chicago Cubs, but after a losing season in 2006, is also let go.  Baker went on to manage the Cincinnati Reds (2008-13). He was then hired to manage the Washington Nationals beginning in 2016. On October 20, 2017, the Nationals announced that Baker would not return as the team's manager in 2018.
    2002 - New U.S.-Iraq resolutions were made. Concern arose about whether or not new negotiations between these two countries would upset Saddam Hussein, which would lead to war.
    2005 - A powerful F3 tornado struck Evansville, IN, taking the lives of 25 people and making it one of the deadliest single tornadoes on record. The tornado stayed on the ground for 41 miles and in places was as wide as 400 yards, causing extensive damage to parts of Evansville, Newburgh, and Boonville.
    2005 - The Four Seasons musical “Jersey Boys” opens on Broadway to rave reviews.  With music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, and the book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, “Jersey Boys” won four 2006 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and the 2009 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical.  The film adaptation in 2014 was produced and directed by Clint Eastwood.
    2011 - In Washington, D.C., thousands protested the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project, which would carry Alberta oil sands crude through six U.S. states to Gulf Coast refineries.
    2012 - President Barack Obama was re-elected, defeating Republican opponent, Governor Mitt Romney.
    2014 – Recognizing shifting viewing trends, particularly among Millennials, CBS is moving to web-based programming by starting a 24-hour news streaming site, offering web access to its network for a monthly fee, and partnering with Sony to provide programs for a web-based TV service.
    2018 - Ilhan Omar (Minnesota) and Rashida Tlaib (Michigan) are the first Muslim women to be elected to the House of Representatives.  Sharice Davids (Kansas) and Debra Haaland (New Mexico) are the first Native American women to be elected to the House and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) became the youngest person ever to be elected to the House of Representatives, at age 29.



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