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Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Today's Leasing News Headlines

A Lady Was Looking at Frozen Turkeys...
    at Walmart...
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries
ELFA Reports Robust October New Business
    Confirms Leasing/Finance Companies Really are Looking to Hire
Leasing and Finance Industry Help Wanted
    We Are Growing Our Senior Sales Team Now!
Happy Thanksgiving from
    Scott Wheeler
Marketing Strategies to Avoid
    FinTech #102 by Alex Vasilakos
Motor Vehicle Dealers License Requirement
  for New York Lessors -- Update
    By Sloan Schickler, Esq. and Edward P. Kaye, Esq.
One-Fourth of All 3Q Car Buyers
  Considered EVs or Hybrids
Where U.S. Consumers Shop for the Holidays
    Chart --- 8 Top Channels
Veterans Continue Having Trouble Accessing
    Medical Cannabis Despite Its Legality
California Department of Tax and Fee Administration Reports   
    Cannabis Tax Revenues for the Third Quarter of 2021
To Go with Turkey and Gravy:  Plymouth Adventure, Giant
  Alice's Restaurant, Raising Arizona, Next Stop Wonderland
    "Have a safe and happy holiday!" - Fernando Croce
Labrador Retriever
    Birmingham, Alabama  Adopt-a-Dog
Join the Fight Against Fraud Webinar - Today
    Wednesday, November 17 - 3:00pm ET
Thanksgiving 2021 Wine Picks
    By Kevan R. Wilkinson, Leasing News Wine Reviewer
News Briefs---
SFNet’s 77th Annual Convention in Phoenix
    No Crystal Ball, but Plenty of Futurist Thinking
Dollar Tree makes it official:
    Items will now cost $1.25
Samsung will build a $17 billion chip plant in Texas.
    Considering a Site in Austin
Peter Buck, Co-Founder of the Subway Sandwich Chain,
    Dies at 90 – His Life Story
Bobby Flay to Remain at Food Network
    After Contract Dispute Resolution
The Richest Women in America in One Graphic
    Plus List of Oldest, Youngest, and Self-Made Women

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Leasing News Alexa Rank Tuesday, Nov. 23
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New Hires

Mark Conrad was hired as Regional Finance Sales Manager, Stryker Flex Financial, a division of Stryker Sales Corporation, Portage, Michigan. He is located in Iowa City-Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Previously, he was at Great America Financial Services, starting March, 2015, Vendor Relationship Manager, promoted April, 2018, Director Strategic Accounts; Independent Orthopedic Sales Representative, Torneir USA (July, 2010 - March, 2015); Independent Orthopedic Sales Representative, Orthofix (March, 2010 - 10 - March, 2015); Independent Orthopedic Sales Representative Orthovix (March, 2010 - March, 2015); Territory Manger, Acumed Orthopedic Trauma, Medsource of St. Louis, Inc. (August, 2009 - March, 2010); Director Vendor Relationship Development, GreatAmerica Leasing (June, 2009 - March, 2010); Regional Account Manager, Heartland Express
(March, 2004 - June, 2006). Education: University of Iowa, Henry B. Tippie College of Business, BA, Business Administration, Marketing/Finance (1999 - 2004).

Paul Knowlton was transferred from TCF Capital Solutions after Huntington National Bank purchase of TCF. He is now National Program Manager, "providing convenient and completive equipment financing," located in Oakland, California. He was the National Brogan Manger, TCF Capital Solutions (October, 2017 - June, 2021). Previously, he was National Program Manager, Equipment Finance, Bank of the West (September, 2015 - October, 2017); Senior Client Advisor at Union Bank (February, 2013 - September, 2015); Vice-President-Principal Business Relationship Manager (August, 2009 -January, 2012), Director of Commercial Finance, Clean Power Finance (November, 2008 - August, 2009), Managing Director, Equipment Finance, First Republic Bank (April, 1998 - June, 2008), Western Division Manager, Winthrop Resources (1994 - 1998), Regional Manager, LeasePartners (1992 - 1994), NW Regional Manager, Textron Financial, Credit Examiner, US Bank (1984 - 1987)University of Oregon BS, Finance (1979 – 1984) Activities and Societies: Vice President - Sigma Chi Fraternity, Lacrosse Team. Past President, National Equipment Finance Association. Member: Certified Leasing Professional Foundation (1999 - 2010).

Claire McDermott was promoted to Sales Development Representative, Zoominfo, Vancouver, Washington. She is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She joined the firm June, 2021, as Sales Development Representative.  Previously, she was Business Development Account Manager, NewLane Finance (July, 2019 - June, 2021); Account Executive, MR (2018 - June, 2019); Government Account Representative, Carahsoft (2017 - August, 2019); Media Relations Intern, Catholic University Office of Public Affairs (January, 2017 - May, 2017)/ Education: The Catholic University of America, Marketing (2013 - 2017); The Catholic University of America, Business Marketing (2013 - 2017).

Brandon Smith was hired as Senior Vice President, Head of Asset Management, Peapack Capital Corporation, Bedminster, New Jersey. He is located in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey. Previously, he was Vice President, Asset Management Leader, Investors Bank (August, 2018 - November, 2021); Asset Management Officer Signature Financial (September, 2016 - August, 2018); Director of Sales, Heritage Global Partners (February, 2010 - September, 2016); Vice President, Connell Mining Products, Ltd. (2008 - February, 2010); Vice President, Business Development, Asset Management and Remarketing, Connell Finance Company (2002 - 2008); Vice President, Sales, Lease Financing, Connell Finance Company (1998 - 2001); Lease Marketing Manager, Mitsui Leasing Capital Corporation (1996 - 1998); CIT, started as Equipment Management Operations Manager, 1990; promoted, 1992, Assistant VP, Rail and Intermediary.  Education: Villanova University, BS, Commerce and Finance (1980 - 1984).


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ELFA Reports Robust October New Business
Confirms Leasing/Finance Companies Really are Looking to Hire

(Chart: Leasing News)

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association Monthly New Business Index for October, 2021, was $10.7, up from September, $9.2 and October, 2020, of $9.2 billion.

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ELFA President and CEO Ralph Petta said, “The equipment finance industry heads into the final quarter of the year in fine shape, judging from October MLFI data. New business volume shows double digit growth, a somewhat surprising development given anecdotal evidence by some ELFA members of supply chain disruptions negatively impacting the availability and cost of capital goods in certain market sectors.

“Fourth quarter economic growth is projected to be buoyant despite higher prices and labor imbalances in the economy. And, with the recent signing of major infrastructure legislation coming out of Washington, the future for capital investment looks bright, indeed.”

William C. Perry III, President, Regions Equipment Finance Corporation, said, “Given the unprecedented times of supply chain disruption, excess liquidity and rising inflation, there is still much to be hopeful about within the equipment finance sector. ‘The Great Transition’ will allow us all as providers of capital to further educate and provide value to our clients as they look to surmount challenges never before faced. In doing such, this should challenge the equipment finance sector to rethink our approach and how we serve our mission critical $1 trillion sector.

“Trends reported in the October MLFI are largely encouraging and those that are not provide ‘opportunity’ to serve. Looking into 2022, we see significant potential for growth as pent-up demand begins to wane and our clients further assimilate to the current environment.”

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(Charts: ELFA)


Happy Thanksgiving
from Scott Wheeler


Professionals in the finance and leasing industry have many to thank for our success. We stand upon the shoulders of others so that we may see opportunity and capture success. It is those who support us that allow true professionals to shine and prosper. Exceptional personal performance is a result of leadership, knowledge, perseverance, and humility. We become successful because of our personal efforts, our ability and willingness to learn, and our willingness to serve others. This Thanksgiving week let's not forget those that have come before us, who continue to support our efforts, and who make us shine.

  • Parents who encourage us to succeed
  • A college professor who inspired us to learn
  • The first boss who took us under their wing 
  • A loving spouse who gives us confidence
  • A mentor who instills integrity and direction
  • A child who teaches us "WHY"
  • A staff member who goes the extra mile
  • A best friend who lends an ear and shoulder
  • A customer who confirms the power of value over price
  • Our professional teams that celebrate success
  • A stranger who asks for our help.

We are truly blessed. Give thanks to those who have supported you by giving to those who need support. Provide your broad shoulders so that others may see the opportunity and capture their success. The greatest gift is the ability and willingness to "GIVE."

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


Marketing Strategies to Stay Away From

FinTech #102 by Alex Vasilakos

As a business owner with a million different tasks to worry about, it can be hard to decipher which marketing strategies are worth your time and which ones aren't. From social media marketing to print advertising, the options available to you can be overwhelming. However, there are some shaky marketing strategies that you should learn about so you can focus on the best ones so you can boost your business's visibility and credibility.

  1. Telemarketing

Cold calling used to be a way for businesses to close sales with new clients. Times have changed, and most customers today are angered by unsolicited calls, making them more likely to hang up than listen to what you have to say about your company. Any customers that you call should be from a call list that they signed up for and should only be called at a logical time of day - in other words, not at dinner time or early in the morning.

  1. Staying Out of Touch

Some businesses choose a marketing strategy and then think that they should stick to that forever. Unfortunately, the nature of our modern world and its social media-focused culture is such that new trends and topics become relevant every day. You owe it to yourself and your business to understand what your target audience is talking about and doing online. That way, you can learn where they are, what they want and how you can meet their needs and boost your visibility among them.

  1. Sending Spammy Emails

Unwanted emails are basically the junk mail of this technological age. Sending emails that go directly to the Spam box is one of the worst actions that you can take for your business. If emails are a vital part of your marketing campaign, make sure you send them to willing customers and remember that moderation is key. Sending out announcements or product highlights once per month is more than enough for most companies.

  1. Fluff Content

If you are creating advertisements or other marketing content just to put something out there, you are doing your business a huge disservice. The lower the quality or substance of the content, the lower your audience's opinion of your company is likely to be. You need to have a solid plan in place to make sure that all of the content that you put out into the world is high-quality and has a solid purpose.

  1. Not Doing Research

Doing market research is a vital part of any solid marketing strategy. A customer survey that asks very specific questions of your audience helps you form an action plan and allows you to measure your success. With so many marketing tools out there, it is important to evaluate their effects on your business regularly so you can make adjustments when something isn't working.

Now that you know how to avoid these strategies, it should be easier to create marketing plans that are more likely to be successful for your business. If you find that you still need help, consider hiring a marketing company to help you so you can focus on other crucial parts of your business while the pros handle the ins and outs of your advertising strategy.

Alex Vasilakos
Director of Marketing
The Finance Marketing Group 
Office: 518-591-4645x102 / Fax: 518-677-1071
90 State Street, Suite 1500, Albany, NY 12207
He entered advertising and marketing in 2003, right when the industry landscape shifted from traditional print to digital media. In that time, Alex has worked with numerous large accounts in both healthcare and financial services, and has helped small and medium-sized businesses grow and flourish in their respective digital markets. Alex has won countless awards for creative direction and strategy, and is certified by Google Partners in both AdWords and Analytics. Currently, Alex works exclusively with financial services companies, but his depth of knowledge and experience can help design and implement long-reaching strategies for businesses across all industries.

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Motor Vehicle Dealers License Requirement
for New York Lessors -- Update
By Sloan Schickler, Esq. and Edward P. Kaye, Esq.

Last spring, we reported on proposed legislation in New York that will require all motor vehicle lessors to obtain a dealer’s license in order to legally lease vehicles in the State of New York,  While this legislation does not have the headline appeal of mask mandates, it should be a cause for concern among vehicle lessors.

Sloan Schickler has represented the New York Automobile Leasing Brokers Association (“NYABA”) for the last several years to oppose pending auto broker legislation.  During the 2021 legislative session, the most recent iteration of anti-broker legislation was Senate Bill 4332-A and Assembly Bill 1932-A (the “Bill”) which requires all lessors, whether commercial, consumer, fleet, independent leasing companies, auto lease brokers, auto brokers, captive or bank lessors, to obtain a motor vehicle dealer’s license if they lease five or more vehicles in any calendar year. Until now, lessors were not automatically required to obtain a dealer’s license, it depended on the nature of the lessor’s business.

The Bill creates a new form of registration for the automotive broker business and the auto lease brokering business. It requires brokers in New York to post a $250,000 bond (this is more than for dealers), obtain three bids for every deal (unconstitutional) and financially guaranty that the vehicles they are brokering are manufactured in accordance with U.S. safety and environmental specifications! These are steep hurdles for auto lease brokers, anti-competitive measures designed to put them out of business. 

Failure to obtain the license authorizes the New York Motor Vehicle Commissioner to assess a penalty of up to $10,000 for each vehicle sold or leased without a license. Essentially, the Bill will put auto lease brokers out of business and force many lessors and banks out of compliance in New York.  For a comprehensive outline of how prior iterations of the Bill sought to put the brokers out of business, see Crain’s New York Business, “End of the Road for Auto Brokers” by Matthew Flamm, June 17, 2019.

The Bill is promoted by the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association (“GNYADA”) and the United Auto Workers (“UAW”) who managed through intense lobbying efforts to slam the Bill through the New York State Assembly in June. However, it did not come to a floor vote in State Senate, and as a result it will die in the 2021 session.

GNYADA’s president and the UAW Local 259 president proclaimed in an opinion editorial on November 10, 2021, in Crain’s New York Business, that brokers work in New York with “virtually no oversight” and “openly flout the few laws that apply to them”. They maintain that the Bill is necessary to protect consumers. They ignore the fact that the New York General Business Law and Vehicle and Traffic Law has an entire licensing scheme in place which already mandates broker licensing and disclosure. They complain about “bad apples” but can only point to one broker that was prosecuted this year for wrongdoing and ignore the fact that there have been no complaints against the brokers for years both at the New York Attorney General’s office and in the New York court system, while there are a myriad of complaints against the dealers.

You can be sure that in January, with a new legislative session beginning, the GNYADA and the UAW will once again be pushing hard to get a broker bill passed in 2022.  The new legislative session begins in January with an unprecedented shortage of vehicle inventory and a new governor for the first time in a decade. It is not clear if the governor will support such legislation if it passes. But one thing is certain, the dealers will not let it die without a fight. Stay tuned!

Sloan Schickler and Ed Kaye are partners in the vehicle finance law firm, Schickler Kaye LLP ( Schickler, a veteran vehicle leasing, finance, and bank attorney, has been the NVLA Legal and Legislative counsel since 2017 and currently sits on the board of directors. Kaye is the former CEO and General Counsel of a prominent independent vehicle leasing company and the immediate past president of the NVLA. He currently sits on the NVLA board of directors. Together, they provide decades of experience representing and protecting lessors and lenders in all facets of the vehicle leasing and financing business. They can be reached at or 212-262-6400.


One-Fourth of All 3Q Car Buyers
Considered EVs or Hybrids

Nearly a quarter of all new-vehicle shoppers in the third quarter considered an electrified vehicle, either a full electric vehicle or a hybrid, according to the Q3 2021 Kelley Blue Book Brand Watch report. That is the highest level of interest in electrified vehicles that the report has ever measured.

Electrified Models Gain Shoppers, Sales

Of all new-vehicle shoppers, 24% considered an electrified vehicle. That is up from 20% in the second quarter. Of that total, 18% considered a hybrid, up from 15% in the second quarter, while 9% shopped for a full electric vehicle, up from 8%.

Electrified Models Gain Shoppers, Sales

Of all new-vehicle shoppers, 24% considered an electrified vehicle. That is up from 20% in the second quarter. Of that total, 18% considered a hybrid, up from 15% in the second quarter, while 9% shopped for a full electric vehicle, up from 8%.

Full Report:


With Black Friday offers now often stretching across the entire week proceeding Thanksgiving, bargain hunters have already started their quest for the best deals, always looking to save a few bucks while spending a lot. And while analysts are once again expecting record levels of e-commerce sales this holiday season, physical retail still has a role to play during the holiday shopping season.

By Felix Richter, Statista


Veterans Continue Having Trouble Accessing
Medical Cannabis Despite Its Legality

Many veterans believe that plant-based medicines are a much better option for treatment in comparison with opioids, which are easily addictive. However, most are having trouble accessing medical cannabis, even in states where medical use of the herb is legal.

Currently, 36 states in the country have established medical marijuana programs while 18 states have legalized the recreational use of cannabis; in addition Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the District of Columbia have legalized the substance. Despite the existence of these programs, physicians at VA Medical Centers aren’t allowed to prescribe this plant-based medicine.

This comes at a time when bipartisan measures to change this haven’t been advanced in Congress, including a measure that was introduced by Senator Tim Kaine. Senator Kaine plans to change this prohibition by broadening eligibility in VA hospitals. This legislation would also direct the Veterans Administration to study how marijuana could decrease opioid abuse and assist veterans in managing chronic pain, as well as establish a temporary safe harbor protection for veterans who use medical cannabis.

Source: cannabisnewswire

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California Department of Tax and Fee Administration Reports
Cannabis Tax Revenues for the Third Quarter of 2021

Sacramento – The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) reported cannabis revenue for the third quarter of 2021. As of November 16, 2021, total cannabis tax revenue from third-quarter returns is $322.34 million. This includes California’s cannabis excise tax, which generated $168.97 million; the cultivation tax, which generated $42.41 million; and $110.96 million in sales tax revenue from cannabis businesses. Third-quarter revenue decreased 6.6 percent from adjusted revenue figures for the second quarter. The total reported cannabis tax revenues do not include locally imposed taxes collected by cities and counties.

Previously reported revenue for the second quarter of 2021 returns was revised to $345.12 million, including $177.38 million in cannabis excise tax, $42.31 million in cultivation tax, and $125.43 million in sales tax. Revisions to quarterly data are the result of amended and late returns and other tax return adjustments.

Since January 2018, total cannabis tax revenue to date is $3.12 billion, including $1.58 billion in cannabis excise tax, $393.44 million in cultivation tax, and $1.15 billion in sales tax.

In November 2016, California voters approved Proposition 64, the Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act. On January 1, 2018, two new cannabis taxes went into effect: a cultivation tax on all harvested cannabis that enters the commercial market and a 15 percent cannabis excise tax upon purchasers of cannabis and cannabis products. In addition, retail sales of cannabis and cannabis products are subject to state and local sales tax. Sales tax applies to sales of cannabis, cannabis products, and other merchandise such as pipes, rolling papers, and shirts. Certain retail sales of medicinal cannabis are exempt from sales and use taxes when the purchaser holds a valid Medical Marijuana Identification Card issued by the California Department of Public Health. To learn more, visit the Tax Guide for Cannabis Businesses on the CDTFA website.

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Special Thanksgiving Edition
by Fernando Croce

With most of us experiencing an unusual Thanksgiving this year, let’s seek some choice cinematic offerings to go with our turkey and gravy and pumpkin pie. So check out these seasonal classics, and have a safe and happy holiday.

Plymouth Adventure (Clarence Brown, 1952): Although Thanksgiving is an event around which many movie plots circle, its origins have been seldom depicted on screen. Enter this 1952 historical drama from MGM, which dramatizes the Pilgrims’ voyage from England to the New World in the 17th-century. Over the course of the ocean trip, the stories of several characters are intertwined. Cpt. Christopher Jones (Spencer Tracy) falls for Dorothy Bradford (Gene Tierney), whose own marriage makes for a tragic romantic triangle. Others on the ship are carpenter John Alden (Van Johnson), jaunty shipmate Coppin (Lloyd Bridges), and doomed little passenger Button (Tommy Ivo). Can the Mayflower get to Plymouth Rock before its many dramas capsize it? This Hollywood history lesson was directed by family-movie veteran Clarence Brown and shot in splashy Technicolor.

Giant (George Stevens, 1956): A director of prestigious American epics, George Stevens followed his classic Western “Shane” with this sprawling family drama set in Texas. Bick Benedict (Rock Hudson) is a rich cattle rancher who impulsively marries socialite Leslie Lynnton (Elizabeth Taylor), a whirlwind romance that causes trouble back home. Often locking horns with the equally strong-willed Bic, Leslie finds an unlikely friend in Jett Rink (James Dean, in his last screen performance), her husband’s intense young rival. Charting various births, deaths and fluctuations of fortune over the span of decades, the movie has a memorable Thanksgiving sequence. While going through a rough patch in her marriage to Bick, Leslie spends the holidays in Maryland, where her children become attached to a turkey named Pedro.

Alice's Restaurant (Arthur Penn, 1969): An unlikely yet deeply felt sense of community suffuses this bittersweet adaptation of Arlo Guthrie's comic record, directed by Arthur Penn ("Bonnie & Clyde"). Guthrie stars as himself, an amiable hippie rambler whose latest travels lead him to his friend Alice (Pat Quinn), who now runs a restaurant with her husband Ray (James Broderick). After Thanksgiving dinner, a simple request to take out the garbage leads to a wacky series of misunderstandings with the police and the military. Meanwhile, Alice and Ray turn an abandoned church into a refuge for drop-outs and other outsiders, with mixed results. Both a sympathetic seriocomedy and a fine documentary of changing times, Penn's movie offers a heartening sense of hope while poignantly capturing the vanishing spirit of the Sixties.

Raising Arizona (Ethan & Joel Coen, 1987): Oscar-winning directors Ethan and Joel Coen (“No Country for Old Men”) first showed their genius for frenzied comedy with their second film, a fast and furious farce overflowing with rambunctious characters. Convenience store robbery Hi McDunnough (Nicolas Cage) meets police officer Edwina (Holly Hunter) while taking his mugshots, and the two promptly get married. When they discover that she can’t have children, Hi steals one baby from a set of quintuplets so they can raise him as their own. That’s just the start of a whirlwind of manic characters, including two of Hi’s old criminal buddies (John Goodman, William Forsythe) and a monstrous biker (Randall “Tex” Cobb). There’s a lovely fantasy sequence involving a lyrical Thanksgiving dinner that undercuts the Coen brothers’ famous cynicism.

Next Stop Wonderland (Brad Anderson, 1998): An underrated indie gem, this romantic comedy unfolds gracefully during Thanksgiving. Erin (Hope Davis), a Boston nurse, finds herself sadly single when her activist boyfriend, Sean (Phillip Seymour Hoffman), walks out on her. When her mother (Holland Taylor) puts her name on the lonely-hearts ads, Erin is flooded with male suitors. Meanwhile, Alan (Alan Gelfant) pursues his dream of becoming a marine biologist while dealing with his own family troubles. Seemingly perfect for each other, Erin and Alan cross paths repeatedly without really making a connection. What does fate have in store for these two misfits? Director Brad Anderson gives the story a subtle fairy-tale tinge, and, together with the actors’ performances, makes the sitcom scenario alive with charm and humor.


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Thanksgiving 2021 Wine Picks
By Kevan R. Wilkinson, Leasing News Wine Reviewer

It’s that beautiful time of year. The temperature is dropping, colorful leaves are blanketing lawns and sidewalks, and the morning dew appears on rooftops. And, the scent of delicious home-cooked Thanksgiving feasts will soon be apparent in homes nationwide. The right wine can help take your home-cooked Thanksgiving meal from good to great and complement the flavors of the food. In this special edition of Leasing News’ wine reviews, I feature three value-priced wines for Thanksgiving 2021 that can be found at many grocery stores, wine shops, and big-box retailers.

Hess Select 2019 Chardonnay, Monterey County, California - $9/bottle
Start your Thanksgiving with a tasty Chardonnay from Hess Select winery, located in Monterey County, California. This Chardonnay serves up a nice mix of tropical island fruit, sweet pears and a pleasant oak and vanilla finish. I think this Chardonnay will pair well with any Thanksgiving appetizer… plus the main event: oven-roasted turkey with sides of baked yams and mashed potatoes topped with hot gravy. I bought a bottle at Total Wine and it is also available at Target, Vons, Albertsons, and Pavilio.

Erath 2019 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon - $12/bottle
I bought a bottle of this Pinot Noir at my local Trader Joe’s without knowing anything about it. Good thing I did because it is one of the most delicious Pinot Noir’s that I’ve had in a long time. It is a well-balanced Pinot Noir with all of the classic characteristics of Burgundy wines. Mouth-watering plum, cherry, and, just in time for Thanksgiving, cranberries. Available at Trader Joe’s, Target, BevMo, Pavilions, and Total Wine, but check prices beforehand as they may vary. 

Alamos 2019 Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina - $8/bottle
If you want a bigger red wine than Pinot Noir, but that isn’t overpowering like a traditional cabernet sauvignon or Syrah, the Alamos 2019 Malbec is a great choice. I included it in my list of three Thanksgiving wines for 2021 because it will go well with turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and vegetables. The first thing I noticed about this Malbec was its powerful scent of sweet cherries. When pouring, you will see that this wine has a medium-dark color. The flavor palette consists of raspberries, holiday spice, and chocolate. If you haven’t tried a Malbec wine or want to try a great one that costs $8 a bottle, I highly recommend this one. I always see this Malbec in stock at my local Trader Joe’s and Total Wine, and it is also available at Vons, Albertsons, and Cost Plus World Market. Again, check prices beforehand as they may vary by retailer.

I hope you found these wine reviews helpful in your search for holiday wines, and I wish you and your loved ones a happy Thanksgiving!

Kevan R. Wilkinson | Digital Content Manager | BALBOA CAPITAL | |


News Briefs---

SFNet’s 77th Annual Convention in Phoenix
    No Crystal Ball, but Plenty of Futurist Thinking

Dollar Tree makes it official:
   Items will now cost $1.25

Samsung will build a $17 billion chip plant in Texas
   Considering a Site in Austin

Peter Buck, Co-Founder of the Subway Sandwich Chain,
    Dies at 90 – His Life Story

Bobby Flay to Remain at Food Network
    After Contract Dispute Resolution

The Richest Women in America in One Graphic
    Plus List of Oldest, Youngest, and Self-Made Women


You May Have Missed---

Leasing News Alexa Rank Tuesday, Nov. 23
   Lower the better, best of our news media competitors



Sports Briefs---

Jason Garrett relieved of duties as offensive coordinator

Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr on Kings’ firing of Luke Walton:
     ‘He’s everything that you want in a coach”

Jets have placed QB Joe Flacco and QB Mike White
    on Reserve/COVID-19 list


California Nuts Briefs---

About 1 million Californians could have to
   repay pandemic unemployment money to EDD

66 former Bay Area residents were paid to move
   to Tulsa. Here’s how one is finding it.

Where have all the cars gone?
    California dealers scramble to meet demand

Santa Rosa officials on guard for retail theft
    after weekend looting in San Francisco Bay Area


This Day in History

     1703 – The first Lutheran pastor in America, Justus Falckner in Philadelphia, is ordained.
    1713 - Birth of Father Junipero Serra (d. 1784), Spanish missionary to western America, at Petra, Majorca, Spain.  From 1769, he established 9 of the first 21 Franciscan missions founded along the Pacific coast in California from San Diego to San Francisco and baptized some 6,000 Indians before his death in 1784. In doing so, he erased the California Indian culture and way of life, often in a cruel manner, but he was on a “mission”.   Studying Fr. Serra and the California missions is part of California elementary school curricula to learn about the Catholic churches built in California. He is credited with helping to bring “civilization” to the California coast, including vineyards, teaching them to farm and raise livestock.  Fr. Serra was beatified by Pope John Paul II on September 25, 1988. Beatification is the third of four steps in canonization toward sainthood. He recently has been criticized by historians for his cruelty to the Indians to convert them to Christianity
and way of Spanish life during this time period.
    1759 – Mt. Vesuvius erupted.
    1784 - Zachary Taylor's (d. 1850) birthday at Orange County, Virginia. The soldier who became twelfth president of the US was President March 4, 1849-July 9, 1850. He was nominated at the Whig party convention in 1848 but, the story goes, he did not accept the letter notifying him of his nomination because it had postage due. He cast his first vote in 1846 when he was 62 years old. Becoming ill July 4, 1850, he died at the White House, July 9. His last words, "I am sorry that I am about to leave my friends."
    1812 - Southwesterly winds of hurricane force sank ships and unroofed buildings at Philadelphia and New York City.
    1832 - South Carolina passes Ordinance of Nullification to challenge Federal government rights over states, starting with tariff laws and other issues.  Historians view this as the first sign of a secession from the United States.

    1835 - Texas Rangers, a mounted police force, were authorized by the Texas Provisional Government. Rangers served primarily as volunteers since government offers of payment rarely materialized. In 1835, as the movement for Texas independence was about to boil over, a council of colonial Texas representatives created a "Corps of Rangers" to protect the frontier from hostile Indians. For the first time, their pay was officially set at $1.25 a day and they were to elect their own officers. Settlers rebelled against the Mexican government in 1836 over violations of their rights and the suspension of immigration from the U.S and Europe. The Texas Rangers played an important but little-known role in this conflict. They covered the retreat of civilians from dictator Santa Ana's army in the famous "Runaway Scrape," harassed columns of Mexican troops and provided valuable intelligence to the Texas Army. The only men to ride in response to Col. William B. Travis' last-minute plea to defend the Alamo were Rangers who fought, and died, in the cause of Texas freedom.
    1838 - Canadian Sulpician missionary François Blanchet, 43, first arrived in the Oregon Territory. A native of Quebec, he spent 45 years building churches in the American Northwest, and is remembered today as the "Apostle of Oregon."

    1852 - Commodore Matthew Perry sails from Norfolk, VA, to negotiate a treaty with Japan for friendship and commerce.
    1859 - Evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin's “Origin of the Species” is published.

    1859 – Cass Gilbert (d. 1734) was born in Zanesville, OH.  A prominent American architect, he was an early proponent of skyscrapers and his works include the Woolworth Building, the US Supreme Court Building, the state capitols of Minnesota, Arkansas, and West Virginia, and the St. Louis Art Museum and Public Library. His public buildings in the Beaux Arts style reflect the optimistic American sense that the nation was heir to Greek democracy, Roman law and Renaissance humanism.  Gilbert's achievements were recognized in his lifetime; he served as president of the American Institute of Architects in 1908–09.  Gilbert was a conservative who believed architecture should reflect historic traditions and the established social order. His design of the new Supreme Court building (1935), with its classical lines and small size, contrasted sharply with the large federal buildings going up along the National Mall in Washington, D.C., which he disliked.
    1863 - “Battle of Lookout Mountain.”  Part of a major three-day major Civil War battle, after reinforcing the besieged Union army at Chattanooga, Tennessee, General Ulysses S. Grant launched the Battle of Chattanooga. Evidently falsely secure in the knowledge that his troops were in an impregnable position on Lookout Mountain, Confederate General Braxton Bragg and his army were overrun by the Union forces. Bragg himself barely escaped capture. The battle is very famous for the Union Army's spectacular advance up a heavily forced slope into the teeth of the enemy guns. Many historians claim this victory gave Grant the momentum of his campaign. Pre-frontal clouds obscured the upper battlefield, aiding a Union victory.

    1868 – Ragtime composer and pianist Scott Joplin (d. 1917) was born at Texarkana, Texas.  During his brief career, he wrote 44 original ragtime pieces, one ragtime ballet, and two operas. One of his first pieces, the “Maple Leaf Rag”, became ragtime's first and most influential hit, and has been recognized as the archetypal rag.
    1869 – The American Woman's Suffrage Association was formed in Cleveland.
    1871 - The National Rifle Association was organized and chartered in New York City with 35 members. Its first shooting meet was held on April 25, 1873 at Creedmore, NY. The contestants included nine regiments of the New York National Guard, one regiment of the New Jersey National Guard, the U.S. Engineers, and a squad of regular servicemen from Governors Island. The first president of the association was General Ambrose Everett Burnside, who had commanded the Army of the Potomac during the Civil War.

    1874 - Joseph F. Glidden patents barbed wire
    1877 – Birthday of Truman’s Vice President Alben Barkley (d. 1956) at Lowes, KY.  A career politician, he grew from a Kentucky legislator to the US House and Senate. 
    1880 - In Montgomery, AL, more than 150 delegates from Baptist churches in 11 states met to form the Baptist Foreign Missions Convention of the United States. Liberian missionary William W. Colley was chief organizer, and the Rev. William H. McAlpine was elected the first president.
    1887 – Birthday of Anglo-American theologian Mary Ely Lyman (d. 1975), Claremont, CA.   She received her B.D. from Union Seminary in 1919 as the only woman in the class. Was not allowed to attend the commencement luncheon and had to sit in the balcony with faculty wives during the graduation ceremony even though she was the ranking scholar of her class. She attended two years at Cambridge on a fellowship and was refused a degree or a transcript because of her sex. She taught religion at Barnard College from 1919-1940 and taught at Union Seminary along with her husband. She was dean and professor of religion at Sweet Briar College. In 1950, became the first woman to hold a faculty chair at Union Seminary although a few years earlier she had been terminated because her husband (15 years her senior) had retired and it was "assumed" she would be retiring also.
    1888 - Birthday of Dale Carnegie (d. 1955), American inspirational lecturer and author, at Maryville, MO.   His best-known book, “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” published in 1936, sold nearly five million copies and was translated into 29 languages.  Currently, Dale Carnegie Course franchises proliferate globally, providing innumerable online and in-person instruction in self-development and interpersonal skills.

    1896 - The first absentee voting law was enacted by Vermont. According to its provisions, a voter could obtain a certificate declaring that he was qualified to vote in the state. He could then vote for state officers at any election booth in the state.  Absentee voting provisions were first added to the constitution in 1864 (Article XIII of the Amendments to the 1818 Constitution) to allow Civil War soldiers to vote by absentee ballot. Vermont and Kansas (1901) extended the option to anyone who had a valid reason for being away from his home precinct on election day. This has become universal. The trend has continued towards a more liberal interpretation, including absence due to illness or infirmity. Oregon voted in 1998 to make absentee voting moot by eliminating all physical voting places and conducting all elections by mail.
    1896 - Birthday of singer Rosa Henderson (d. 1968) was born Rosa Deschamps, Henderson, KY
    1897 – Birthday of Mafia don Charles “Lucky” Luciano (d. 1962), born Salvatore Luciana at Lercara, Friddi, Sicily.  His family immigrated to lower Manhattan in 1907.  While a teenager, Luciano started his own gang. Unlike other street gangs whose business was petty crime, Luciano offered protection to Jewish youngsters from gangs for ten cents per week. It was during this time Luciano met Jewish teenager Meyer Lansky, his future business partner and close friend.  Prohibition provided Luciano his first big opportunity that he parlayed into gambling, with Arnold Rothstein, liquor importing, prostitution, and other vices.  The recent organization structure of organized crime was largely of his design but it did not protect him from deportation once the US was able to convict him in 1938.  During World War II, the U.S. government struck a secret deal with the imprisoned Luciano. In 1942, the U.S. was concerned about German and Italian agents entering the United States through the New York waterfront. They also worried about sabotage in these facilities. Knowing that the Cosa Nostra controlled the waterfront, the Navy contacted Meyer Lansky about a deal with Luciano. The Navy, the State of New York and Luciano eventually concluded a deal. In exchange for a commutation of his sentence, Luciano promised the complete assistance of his organization in providing intelligence to the Navy and strike prevention by dockworkers.  On January 3, 1946, as a presumed reward for his alleged wartime cooperation, NY Governor Thomas Dewey reluctantly commuted Luciano's pandering sentence on condition that he did not resist deportation to Italy.  Although he never entered the US again, he was prominent in Cuba’s rise as a gambling mecca at that time.  Luciano died in 1962 at the Naples airport of a heart attack.
    1906 – The Massillon Tigers took a 13-6 victory over the Canton Bulldogs for the Ohio League Championship.  Allegations arose that the championship series was fixed and the first major scandal arose in US pro football.
    1911 – Sky King’s birthday.  Actor Kirby Grant was born Kirby Grant Hoon Jr. (d.1986), Butte, MT.  The series “Sky King”ran1952, and 1956–59 filming 72 episodes in all.
    1917 - Nine members of the Milwaukee Police Department are killed by a bomb, the most deaths in a single event in U.S. police history until the September 11 attacks in 2001.
    1918 – Birthday of piano player/organist/arranger Wild Bill Davis, born William Strethen Davis, Glasgow, Mo. He is best known for his pioneering jazz electronic organ recordings and for his tenure with the Tympany Five, the backing group for Louis Jordan. Prior to the emergence of Jimmy Smith in 1956, Davis (whom Smith had reportedly first seen playing organ in the 1930s) was the pacesetter among organists.
    1919 - The Oscar Mayer Company reopens a meat-packing plant on Madison's east side. The company searched for skilled workers in a recruiting frenzy that included a sweep of Milwaukee's Polish saloons during the Cudahy packing-plant strike. The Oscar Mayer plant had been operated by the Farmers' Cooperative Packing Company, which formed under a strongly worded state law encouraging cooperatives. Prior to the cooperative's opening in 1917, Madison-area farmers had no choice but to sell their pigs and cattle to the Chicago beer trusts. Response to the cooperative was enthusiastic -- 5,000 area farmers bought nearly 600,000 dollars of stock in the new enterprise. The nation had only two other farm-owned cooperative packing plants, both in Wisconsin. But faced with mounting wages and operating losses, and no real prospect of new capital, the cooperative was forced to sell the plant to the Chicago firm, Oscar F. Mayer & Brother.
    1921 – Former NYC Mayor John V. Lindsay (d. 2000) was born in NYC.  During the transit strike that was called on the day he took office, Lindsay walked to work, remarking that New York was a Fun City. The name took. 
    1922 – Pianist Teddy Wilson (d. 1986) born Austin, Texas.  His work was featured on the records of many of the biggest names in jazz, including Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald. With Goodman, he was one of the first black musicians to appear prominently with white musicians. In addition to his extensive work as a sideman, Wilson also led his own groups and recording sessions from the late 1920s to the 1980s.
    1923 - Birthday of baritone sax player Serge Chaloff (d. 1957), Boston, MA.  The first and greatest bebop baritonist, Chaloff has been described as 'the most expressive and openly emotive baritone saxophonist jazz has ever witnessed' with a tone varying 'between a light but almost inaudible whisper to a great sonorous shout with the widest but most incredibly moving of vibratos.’

    1923 - Birthday of harmonica player Earl Payton, Pine Bluff, AR
    1924 - The first “Corn-husking championship” was held on a farm near Alleman, Polk County, IA.  There were six contestants. The winner was Fred Staek of Webster County, IA, who husked 1891 pounds in 90 minutes.
    1925 - Eugene O'Neill Theater opens at 230 W 49th St. New York City
    1925 - Birthday of sax player Al Cohn (d. 1988) at Brooklyn NY

He was one of the four tenor saxophone players known as the  “Four Brothers:” Serge Chaloff, Stan Getz, Zoot Sims and Herbie Stewart. Later, Al Cohn replaced Herbie Stewart. Jimmy Giuffre also replaced Zoot Sims on Tenor sax (Guiffre is known as a great clarinet player). But what is best known beside the sound, is the tune arranged by Jim Guiffre with Serge Chaloff on baritone sax and Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, and Al Cohn on tenor sax.
    1925 – William F. Buckley, Jr. (d. 2008) was born in NYC.  A conservative author and commentator, he founded the political magazine “National Review” in 1955, which had a major impact in stimulating the conservative movement. He hosted 1,429 episodes of the television show “Firing Line” from 1966 until 1999, where he became known for his accent and wide vocabulary that became grist for the comedians of the time. He also wrote a nationally syndicated newspaper column and wrote numerous spy novels. 
    1930 – The first woman pilot on a transcontinental air flight was Ruth Nichols in a Lockheed-Vega.  The flight from Mineola, New York to California took 7 days.
    1932 - The FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory officially opens in Washington, D.C.  The lab, which was chosen because it had the necessary sink, operated out of a single room and had only one full-time employee. In fact, J. Edgar Hoover, the head of the FBI, provided the lab with very few resources and used the "cutting-edge lab" primarily as a public relations tool. But by 1938, the FBI lab added polygraph machines and started conducting controversial lie detection tests as part of its investigations. In its early days, the FBI Crime Lab worked on about 200 pieces of evidence a year. By the 1990s, that number multiplied to approximately 200,000. Currently, the FBI Crime Lab obtains 600 new pieces of criminal evidence every day.
    1933 - Singer Bessie Smith, 38, cuts her last record, “I'm Down in the Dumps.”  Smith was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. She is often regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era and, with Louis Armstrong, a major influence on other jazz vocalists.  She would die in an automobile accident in 1937.
    1937 - The Andrews Sisters record “Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen” (Decca). We had dinner once next to the two surviving sisters and their husbands at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada. They still looked great and appeared to be very gracious people.

    1938 – Birthday of ‘The Big O’, NBA Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson at Charlotte, TN.  He is the only player in NBA history to average a triple-double for a season.  14-time All-Star and a member of the All-NBA team, he was also elected to the Naismith Collegiate Basketball Hall in its inaugural class in 2006.  Robertson was also an integral part of the “Oscar Robertson Suit” of 1970. The landmark antitrust suit, named after the then-president of the NBA Players’ Assn, led to an extensive reform of the league's strict free agency and draft rules and, subsequently, to higher salaries for all players.
    1940 – Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue was born in Jersey City.  Judging by recent headlines, he left office just in time.
    1941 - Birthday of bass player Donald “Duck” Dunn (d. 2012), of Booker T. & The MG's, at Memphis, TN.  Perhaps best known for playing himself in “The Blues Brothers.” A Saturday night studio musician who is one of the architects of the Stax / Volt sound.

    1941 - Birthday of drummer Pete Best, Madras India, known for being the original “Beatles” drummer, and for setting the beat sound.  Fans were “outraged” when he was replaced by Ringo Starr.

    1941 - The United States grants Lend-Lease to the Free French Forces.
    1943 - The USS Liscome Bay is torpedoed near Tarawa and sinks, killing 650 men.
    1944 – Birthday of Rita Mae Brown, novelist and poet, Hanover, PA.  Gained fame with her rollicking “Rubyfruit Jungle” about growing up a lesbian in South Florida when she became friends with actor Alexis Smith. Later she had an affair with tennis player Martina Navratilova and wrote a controversial “revenge” book about women’s tennis.
    1944 – 111 U.S. B-29 Superfortress bombers raid Tokyo for the first time since Capt. Jimmy Doolittle’s raid in 1942. Their target: the Nakajima aircraft engine works. The Fall of 1944 saw the sustained strategic bombing of Japan. Despite the barrage of bombs that were dropped in this raid, fewer than 50 hit the main target, the Nakajima Aircraft Works, doing little damage. The upside was that at such a great height, the B-29s were protected from counter-attack; only one was shot down. One Distinguished Flying Cross was awarded as a result of the raid. It went to Captain Steakley.
    1946 – Ted Bundy, mass murderer was born Theodore Robert Cowell (d. 1989) in Burlington, VT.  He confessed to 30 homicides committed in seven states between 1974 and 1978. The true victim count remains unknown and is thought to be much higher. He died in the electric chair in Florida State Prison. 
    1947 – John Steinbeck’s novel “The Pearl” published
    1947 - Congress voted to cite the Hollywood Ten, who opposed the HUAC (House Un-American Activities Committee) hearings, as “unfriendly witnesses” for contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about alleged Communist influence in the movie industry. At the same time, 50 top Hollywood executives convened and decided to discharge or suspend the Hollywood Ten until acquittal or declaration that they were not Communists. Among the ten were director Edward Dmytrak, who later recanted and gave names of suspected Communists, Lester Cole, and writer Ring Lardner Jr. Lester Cole later wrote “Hollywood Red.”
    1949 – Linda Tripp, confidant to Monica Lewinsky, was born in Jersey City.  Tripp's action in secretly recording Lewinsky's confidential phone calls about her relationship with the President caused a sensation with their links to the earlier Jones v. Clinton lawsuit and with the disclosing of notably intimate details.  This was part of the chronology that eventually led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.
    1950 - Frank Loesser's musical comedy, "Guys and Dolls", opened at the 46th Street Theatre in New York City. The show ran for 1,200 performances.
    1950 - The temperature at Chicago, IL, dipped to 2 below zero to equal their record for the month established on the 29th in 1872. On the first of the month that year Chicago established a record high for November with a reading of 81 degrees.
    [delete-dupe]1950 – “Guys and Dolls” opened on Broadway.
    1950 - U.N. troops begin an assault intending to end Korean War by Christmas
    1951 - KNIGHT, NOAH O., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company F, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Kowang-San, Korea, 23 and 24 November 1951. Entered service at: Jefferson, S.C. Born: 27 October 1929, Chesterfield County, S.C. G.O. No.: 2, 7 January 1953. Citation: Pfc. Knight, a member of Company F, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and indomitable courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. He occupied a key position in the defense perimeter when waves of enemy troops passed through their own artillery and mortar concentrations and charged the company position. Two direct hits from an enemy emplacement demolished his bunker and wounded him. Disregarding personal safety, he moved to a shallow depression for a better firing vantage. Unable to deliver effective fire from his defilade position, he left his shelter, moved through heavy fire in full view of the enemy and, firing into the ranks of the relentless assailants, inflicted numerous casualties, momentarily stemming the attack. Later during another vicious onslaught, he observed an enemy squad infiltrating the position and, counterattacking, killed or wounded the entire group. Expending the last of his ammunition, he discovered 3 enemy soldiers entering the friendly position with demolition charges. Realizing the explosives would enable the enemy to exploit the breach, he fearlessly rushed forward and disabled 2 assailants with the butt of his rifle when the third exploded a demolition charge killing the 3 enemy soldiers and mortally wounding Pfc. Knight. Pfc. Knight's supreme sacrifice and consummate devotion to duty reflect lasting glory on himself and uphold the noble traditions of the military service.
    1953 – The Brooklyn Dodgers signed Walter Alston to a 1-year contract as their new manager for 1954, after the incumbent, Charlie Dressen, demanded a multi-year deal following two consecutive trips to the World Series.  For the entire time Alston managed the Dodgers including in Los Angeles, through 1976, he never signed for more than one year.  Alston led Dodger teams to seven National League pennants and four world championships. His 1955 team was the only World Series championship team while the club was in Brooklyn; they clinched the NL pennant earlier in the calendar year than any previous pennant winner in league history. Alston retired with more than 2,000 career wins and managed NL All-Star teams to seven victories. He was selected as Manager of the Year six times.  Alston was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983.
    1954 – The first Presidential airplane, Air Force One, is christened, a Lockheed Constellation Columbine for President Eisenhower.
    1955 - Top Hits
“Sixteen Tons” - Tennessee Ernie Ford
“Autumn Leaves” - Roger Williams
“Love and Marriage” - Frank Sinatra
“Love, Love, Love” - Webb Pierce
    1958 - Jackie Wilson's "Lonely Teardrops" was released, as was a Richie Valens' album featuring "Donna" on one side and "La Bamba" on the other.
    1957 - Cleveland rookie Jim Brown, arguably the greatest NFL running back, rushes for an NFL record 237 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Browns to a 45-31 victory over the Los Angeles Rams.
    1957 - Harry Belafonte was at #1 on the UK chart with "Mary's Boy Child", the first single to sell over 1 million copies in the UK. It stayed at the top for seven weeks.
    1958 - The Kingston Trio became the very first group to ever have an album reach the top of the US chart. Before them, only solo artists had hit number one. They would go on to record a total of fourteen Top Ten albums and an additional five would enter the top 25.
    1958 - Harold Jenkins, who became Conway Twitty, got his first #1 hit with "It's Only Make Believe", which was the United States' most popular song for one week.
    1960 – Wilt Chamberlain grabbed a record 55 rebounds.
    1961 – “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” became the first African song to hit the Number 1 spot on the American pop chart. The American version, recorded by the Tokens, was a translation of a South African folk song known variously as "Mbube" or "Wimoweh".
    1963 - The first murder to be shown on television took place at 12:20pm in the police headquarters at Dallas, Texas. While television news cameras were rolling, a Dallas police officer brought in Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged assassin of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Oswald was in the process of being transferred to the county jail. A man in the crowd stepped forward and fired a concealed pistol at Oswald, killing him. The crime was witnessed by millions of people. The murderer was Jack Ruby (Jacob L. Rubenstein), a Dallas nightclub owner.
    1963 - Top Hits
“I'm Leaving It Up to You” - Dale & Grace
“Washington Square” - The Village Stompers
“She's a Fool” - Lesley Gore
“Love's Gonna Live Here” - Buck Owens
    1964 – For the first time since 1800, the residents of our Nation’s capital are permitted to vote.
    1966 - The Beatles begin recording sessions for the "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" LP by laying down tracks for "Strawberry Fields Forever". The song however, doesn't make the 1967 album, but would appear the following year on "Magical Mystery Tour".
    1966 - Several thousand teenagers battle with Kansas City police after a James Brown concert is halted because of what officials call "obscene dances being performed on the stage."
    1966 - 400 die of respiratory failure and heart attack in killer New York City smog
    1968 – Todd Beamer was born in Flint, MI.  On 9/11/2001, Beamer was one of the passengers on United Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville, PA on its way to Washington DC after hijackers took control.  He was one of the passengers who tried to reclaim the aircraft from the hijackers, leading them to crash it into a field.  Investigation revealed that Flight 93 may have been headed to crash land into the White House or the Capitol in Washington, DC as part of the terror attacks that hit the Pentagon and the World trade Center in NYC.
    1969 - United States Army Lieutenant William L. Calley, charged with the massacre of over 100 civilians in the Vietnamese village of My Lai in March 1968, was ordered to stand trial by court martial.
    1969 - Apollo 12 returned to Earth after its moon landing.
    1970 - The United States’ outstanding collegiate football player of the year was awarded the Heisman Memorial Trophy. The winner was Jim Plunkett, quarterback for the Stanford Cardinal, who later went on to a sterling career in the NFL, winning two Super Bowls with the Oakland Raiders.  Yes, at one time, the Raiders were a great football organization that won.
    1971 - Top Hits
“Theme from Shaft” - Isaac Hayes
“Baby I'm-A Want You” - Bread
“Have You Seen Her” - Chi-Lites
“Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man)” - Merle Haggard
    1971 - D.B. Cooper Hijacking. A middle-aged man whose plane ticket was made out to "D.B. Cooper" parachuted from a Northwest Airlines 727 jetliner on Nov 25, 1971, carrying $200,000 which he had collected from the airline as ransom for the plane and passengers as a result of threats made during his Nov 24 flight from Portland, OR, to Seattle, WA. He parachuted near Woodland, WA, into a raging thunderstorm with winds up to 200 miles per hour and the temperature at seven degrees below zero, wearing only a light business suit. He left the plane with 10,000 $20 bills. He was never found, and it is believed that he died after his jump. Several thousand dollars of the marked ransom money turned up in February 1980, along the Columbia River, near Vancouver, WA.  The case remains the only unsolved air piracy in American aviation history.
    1972 - ABC-TV debuts its late-night Rock show, “In Concert,” put together by The Monkees producer, Don Kirshner. The first show stars Alice Cooper, Chuck Berry, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Poco, and the Allman Brothers Band
    1973 - After more than two years of retirement, Frank Sinatra returned with a NBC television special titled, "Ol' Blue Eyes is Back." Despite finishing third in the ratings, in a three-show race, one critic called the program, "the best popular music special of the year."
    1973 - After cracking Billboard's Top Ten with "It Don't Come Easy" (#4) and "Back Off Boogaloo" (#9), Ringo Starr reaches number one with "Photograph", a song he co-wrote with George Harrison.
    1974 – President Gerald Ford and Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhnev sign the SALT-2-treaty limiting strategic nuclear weapons with verifiable inspections permitted by both sides.
    1979 - A pair of Pop music divas, Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand combined their voices to produce the top tune in the US, "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)." It's Summer's third number one single and Streisand's fourth.
    1979 - Top Hits
“No More Tears (Enough is Enough)” - Barbra Streisand/Donna Summer
“Babe” - Styx
“Please Don't Go” - K.C. & The Sunshine Band
“Come with Me” - Waylon Jennings
    1981 - “Simon and Simon” premieres on television. This popular crime show about private eye brothers starred Jameson Parker as smooth, educated A.J. Simon and Gerald McRaney as brother Rick, a Vietnam vet. Other featured actors included Mary Carver as Cecilia Simon, their mother; Eddie Barth as rival detective Myron Fowler; Jeannie Wilson as Myron's daughter Janet, a district attorney; Tim Reid as undercover policeman Downtown Brown and Joan McMurtrey as Lieutenant Abby Marsh. The series was based on a 1980 made-for-TV movie called "Pirate's Key," with the series locale shifted from Florida to San Diego.
    1982 - Hurricane Iwa lashed the Hawaiian Islands of Niihau, Kauai, and Oahu with high winds and surf. Winds gusting to 120 mph caused extensive shoreline damage. Damage totaled 150 million dollars on Kauai, and fifty million dollars on Oahu. The peak storm surge on the south shore was six to eight feet. It marked the first time in 25 years that Hawaii had been affected by a hurricane
    1982 – Iron Man Cal Ripken of the Baltimore Orioles is named AL Rookie of the Year.
    1987 - Top Hits
“Mony Mony”  "Live" - Billy Idol
“(I've Had) The Time of My Life” - Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
“Heaven is a Place on Earth” - Belinda Carlisle
“I Won't Need You Anymore (Always and Forever)” - Randy Travis
    1987 - The United States and the Soviet Union agreed to scrap shorter- and medium-range missiles in the first superpower treaty to eliminate an entire class of nuclear weapons.    
    1988 - Low pressure brought heavy snow and high winds to the Northern and Central Rockies. Snowfall totals in Colorado ranged up to 40 inches at Wolf Creek Pass, with 27 inches falling in 24 hours. Telluride, CO received 32 inches of snow, and winds atop Mines Peak gusted to 95 mph.
    1990 - The first telescope of importance with a compound objective mirror was the William M. Keck I telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. It had a 394-inch main objective mirror of 36 hexagonal segments that could be precisely positioned by computer. An interferometer combined the light from the 36 segments into a single focused image. The first astronomical image from the Keck was produced this day when nine of the segments were in place.
    1991 - In week 13, after going 12-0, Washington loses to Dallas 24-21. Washington ends their season 14-2 and beats the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVI, 37-24.  Joe Gibbs coached the Redskins and Marv Levy was coach of the Bills.   
    1991 - Monica Seles sets the female tennis record by winning $2,457,758 for the year.
    1992 - The US Military leaves the Philippines. The Philippines became a US colony at the turn of the century when it was taken over from Spain after the Spanish-American War. Through President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill on March 24, 1934 granting the Philippines independence to be effective July 4, 1946, before that date, Manila and Washington signed a treaty allowing the US to lease military bases on the island. In 1991, the Philippine Senate voted to reject a renewal of that lease, and this day, after almost 100 years of military presence on the island, the last contingent of US marines left the Subic Bay base.
    1992 - A major winter storm across the Texas panhandle, western Oklahoma and western Kansas produced near blizzard conditions which contributed to a massive 200 car pile-up on interstate 40 in Amarillo, TX. All traffic was brought to a virtual standstill in the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles. 19 inches of snow with drifts over 6 feet at Lavern, OK. Drifts reached 15 feet near Hugoton, KS. 17 inches fell at Liberal, 16 at Garden City and 14 inches at Dodge City in Kansas.
    1993 – The Brady Bill passes, establishing 5-day waiting period for handgun sales
    1994 - The film comedy "Junior," starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, and Emma Thompson, opened in United States theaters. Schwarzenegger and Thompson were later both nominated for Golden Globe acting awards.
    1996 - Following its United States opening weekend, “Star Trek: First Contact” brought in $30.7 million at the box office.
    1996 – NFL Hall of Fame RB Barry Sanders of the Detroit Lions set an NFL record when he recorded his eighth straight season rushing for 1,000 yards.
    1998 - The Spice Girls' "Live at Wembley" video was released by Virgin Music Video, and the following year was certified platinum.
    1998 - Top Hits
“Lately”- Divine
“Doo Wop (That Thing)” - Lauryn Hill
“Nobody s Supposed To Be Here”- Deborah Cox
“One Week”- Barenaked Ladies
    1998 - AOL (America Online) announced a deal for their purchase of Netscape for $4.21 billion.   
    2008 - As a result of being among the top finishers in an Indian reality TV show called the “Million Dollar Arm,” which drew approximately 37,000 contestants, Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel sign free-agent deals to pitch for the Pirates. The pair 20-year-old cricket players, who never had thrown a baseball until earlier this year, are the first two players from India to sign a contract with a major league organization. They are the subject of the movie "Million Dollar Arm."  Singh missed the 2013 and 2014
seaon due to injuries. Patel had a brief 2009 season, and the 2010 season was less successful, with an 8.59 ERA in 71⁄3 innings, over nine games; he was released in December 2010 and returned home to finish school.
    2009 - The Rolling Stones began cashing in on British singing sensation Susan Boyle's rendition of their hit "Wild Horses" by re-issuing their original version which was first released 40 years ago this month.
    2010 - A jury in Austin convicted former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on charges he'd illegally funneled corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002.
    2012 - Gangnam Style becomes the most viewed YouTube video surpassing 808 million views.
    2012 - The continued NHL lockout results in all games to December 14 being cancelled.
    2020 – The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 30,000 for the first time after formal transition to the Biden Administration began.



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