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Monday, November 29, 2021

Today's Leasing News Headlines

Don’t Give Up on Your Dreams…
First Foundation Bank Equipment Finance Dept.
    Updates Information Funder List "A"
Funders Looking for Broker Business
Terri McNally Nominated to Leasing News
    Advisory Board
Leasing and Finance Industry Help Wanted
    Now Hiring in Sales and Operations
Survey for Commercial Equipment Leasing
    and Finance Originators - Scott Wheeler, CLFP
Broker Fair New York City December 6, 2021
    Limited Attendance Available. A Week Away!
Small Retailers Support Millions of Jobs in the US
    Latest Available Date as of November 2020
Top Ten Leasing News Read by Readers
    November 22 to November 24
Investors Acquire a Record 90,000+ Homes in Q3
    “A record 18.2% of the U.S. homes purchased”
Mixed Breed
    Chicago, Illinois Adopt-a-Dog
Trader Joe’s Cabernet Sauvignon "Diamond Reserve"
  Stags Leap District, Napa Valley 2020
    By Kevan R. Wilkinson, Leasing News Wine Reviewer
News Briefs---
Pfizer CEO Warns New Vaccine To Combat
    Heavily-Mutated Coronavirus Could Take 100 Days
Rivian warns customers of delivery delays:
    reports – Crain’s Chicago Business
Top 10 Most Expensive Cars in the World
How Hawaii became a playground
    for Silicon Valley tycoons
Nissan to Spend $17.6 Billion on Battery-Powered Vehicles
    Over Five Years

You May have Missed---
Transgender Oakland, California  Woman is
   a Six-time 'Jeopardy!' Champion

Broker/Funder/Industry Lists | Features (wrilter's columns)
Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months (Be Careful of Doing Business)
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Sports Brief----
 California Nuts Brief---
   Wine Reviews
    This Day in History
      Daily Puzzle
        Weather, USA or specific area
         Traffic Live----

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First Foundation Bank Equipment Finance Dept.
Updates Information Funder List "A"
Funders Looking for Broker Business

In Business Since
Leasing Association
Dollar amount
Geo area
Business Reports
First Foundation Bank
Equipment Finance Dept.
18101 Von Karman Ave, suite 750
Irvine, CA 92612
Lisa Whitehead, Vice President, Sales and Service
502 Bank

App only: 20K – 300K nationwide
Full package: up to 2.5MM nationwide
Credits: A and B business only


A -Accepts Broker Business | B -Requires Broker be Licensed | C -Sub-Broker Program
| D -"Private label Program" | E - Also "in house" salesmen


Funders Looking for Broker Business

There is no advertising fee or charge for a listing. They are “free.” Leasing News makes no endorsement of any of the companies listed, except they have qualified to be on this specific list.

We encourage companies who are listed to contact us for any change or addition they would like to make. We encourage adding  further information as an "attachment" or clarification of what they have to offer would be helpful to readers.

Please send company name, contact/email or telephone number as well as a URL to attach or description to

Alphabetical list - click on company name to view more details

1st Enterprise Bank Leasing
360 Equipment Finance
Allegheny Valley Bank Leasing
Balboa Capital Corp.
Bankers Capital
Barrett Capital Corporation
Baystone Government Finance/
KS StateBank

Black Rock Capital
Boston Financial & Equity Corp.
BSB Leasing, Inc.
Calfund, LLC
Celtic Bank
C.H. Brown Company
Chesapeake Industrial Leasing Co., Inc.

Dakota Financial
Dedicated Funding
Dext Capital
Exchange Bank Leasing (formerly Dumac Leasing)
FirstLease, Inc.
First Federal Leasing
First Foundation Bank
First Midwest Equipment
Finance Co.

Financial Pacific Leasing
Forum Financial Services, Inc.
Gonor Funding
Global Financial & Leasing Services, LLC
International Financial Services

Madison Capital
Maxim Commercial Capital, LLC

Mesa Leasing
National Equipment Finance
Navitas Lease Corp.
NewLane Finance
NexTier Leasing
NFS Leasing, Inc
North Mill Equipment Finance
Northwest Leasing Company, Inc
Padco Financial Services
Pacific Mercantile Bank
Pawnee Leasing Corporation
Providence Equipment Finance
Quality Leasing Co, Inc
RLC Funding
SLIM Capital, LLC
Standard Professional Services, LLC
TEAM Funding Solutions


Terri McNally Nominated to Leasing News
Advisory Board

President/Founder Global Capital Limited
205 W Wacker Dr. Ste. 730
Chicago, IL, 60606-1468
312-846-6918 x 202

Terri McNally, President and Founder of Global Capital, Ltd., is a former vice-president at Ameritech Capital, Fleet Capital, and GE Capital. She is active in many associations, has won several awards and recognitions, and has served as a speaker at conferences all over the world for over 35 years. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum and is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Women’s Business Enterprise Council (WBENC). She’s engaged in efforts to train and mentor female business owners in the U.S.

On her own, Terri is a frequent speaker around the world on the topics of mentoring female entrepreneurs, developing diverse business communities, entrepreneurship, and finance. Some previous speaking engagements include summits in Mexico City, Dubai, Berlin, and the United Kingdom. In 2010, Terri co-founded Women for Wounded Warriors to help spouses and caregivers of military personnel to receive training, mentorship, and ultimately, economic empowerment. Terri serves on the Board of Directors for the American Cancer Society, North Central Region.

Global Capital 2019 press release 

Leasing News
Chair, Advisory Board
Shari Lipski, CLFP ECS Financial Services, Northbrook, IL
Vice Chair, Advisory Board
Paul Menzel, CLFP The Alta Group, Santa Barbara, CA
Advisory Board
Ben Carlile Maxim Commercial Capital, Los Angeles, CA
Ed Castagna InPlace Auction, Melville, NY
Steve Crane, CLFP BSB Leasing, Englewood, CO
Endeavor Financial Services, Costa Mesa, CA
Phil Dushey Global Financial Services, Manhattan, NY
Ken Greene, Esq. Kenneth Charles Greene Law Offices, Westlake Village, CA
Shawn Halladay Pitney Bowes Bank, Salt Lake City, Utah
Ed Kaye Schickler Kaye PLLC, New York, NY
Bruce Kropschot Kropschot Financial Services, Naples, FL
David C. Lee North Mill Equipment Finance, Norwalk, CT
Allan Levine Madison Capital, LLC., Owings Mills, MD
Bruce Lurie Douglas-Guardian Services Corporation, Houston, TX
Terri McNally Global Capital, LTD, Chicago, IL
Don Myerson BSB Leasing, Colorado, HI
Reid Raykovich, CLFP Certified Leasing & Finance Foundation, Seattle, WA
Hugh Swandel Meridian OneCap Credit, Burnaby, B.C.
Bob Teichman, CLFP Teichman Financial Training, Mill Valley, CA.

Christopher Menkin Saratoga, California
Associate Publisher/Webmaster
Rick Jones Brentwood, California
Advisory Board/Associate Editor
Ralph Mango Alexandria, Virginia


Help Wanted Ads


Survey for Commercial Equipment Leasing
and Finance Originators - Scott Wheeler, CLFP

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Broker Fair New York City December 6, 2021
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According to U.S. Census data, more than 10 million people in retail trade worked at establishments with less than 100 employees in 2019. Almost five million worked at places with less than 20 employees, indicating that buying locally and independent doesn’t just support a small business, but all the people who depend on that business.

Felix Richter, Statista


Top Ten Leasing News Read by Readers
November 22 to November 24

(1) A Lady Was Looking at Frozen Turkeys...
at Walmart...

(2)New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

(3) Broker Commissions by Linda P. Kester
Sales Make it Happen (11/14/07 Leasing News)

(4) Funders Looking for Broker Business

(5) 1st Commercial Credit Launches Equipment Financing
with over $1 billion in funding availability

(6) Things to Know About Leasing EVs Right Now
By Adam Berger, President, Doering Fleet Management

(7) Slim Capital Simplified Finance Solutions
Examples of Programs

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

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

(10) Californians Flee the Coast to Inland Cities
in a Mass Pandemic-Era Exodus


Investors Acquire a Record 90,000+ Homes in Q3
"A record 18.2% of the U.S. homes purchased"

Eagle-eyed home investors gambling on the continuation of the U.S. housing shortage set a record in Q3, as Redfin reports that investors accounted for a record 18.2% of the U.S. homes purchased, up from a revised rate of 16.1% in Q2 of 2021 and 11.2% year-over-year.

In total, investors purchased 90,215 homes in Q3, amounting to $63.6 billion worth of homes, marking a new record for this metric, up 10.1% from Q2 and up 80.2% year-over-year. The median-priced home purchased cost $438,770, 5.3% higher than Q3 2020.

Redfin reported that 76.8% of investor home purchases in Q3 were paid for in all-cash transactions.

Redfin Senior Economist Sheharyar Bokhari observed, "Increasing home prices fueled by an intense housing shortage have created opportunities for investors to reap big profits," said. "Those same factors have pushed more Americans to rent, which also creates opportunities for investors because investors typically turn the homes they purchase into rentals and can now charge higher rents."

Those shut out of the purchase market had to turn to rentals for their housing needs as the average monthly rent cost rose 10.7% year-over-year in September 2021, the fastest growth in at least two years, while the median home sale price increased 13.9%.

"With cash-rich investors taking the housing market by storm, many individual homebuyers have found it tough to compete," Bokhari said. "The good news for those buyers is that the housing market has started to cool. Bidding wars are on the decline, and if home-price growth continues to ease, we may see investors slow their roll."

By home type, single-family homes accounted for 74.4% of all investor purchases in Q3—the highest level recorded by Redfin—up from 70.6% a year earlier. Condos and co-ops took a 16.9% share of all investor purchases, a record low, and a decrease from 19.8% in Q2 of 2020. Townhouses and multifamily housing represented 5.4% and 3.4% of investor purchases, respectively—little changed from a year earlier.

Redfin recently reported that an increasing number of inquiries have come in from potential buyers curious about the climate and an area’s flood and fire risk, and how those tangibles factor into insurance costs.

Feeding off the climate-related data, investors targeted the Atlanta area in Q3, as 32% of the homes that sold in Q3 were purchased by this buyer—the highest share of the 40 U.S. metropolitan areas Redfin analyzed—followed by Phoenix with 31.7%; Charlotte, North Carolina at 31.5%; Jacksonville, Florida at 28.3%; and Miami at 28.1%.

Source: MReport


Mixed Breed
Chicago, Illinois Adopt-a-Dog

4 mounts
26.7 lbs.
Lincoln Park Adoption Center

Good with children, dogs
home alone, activity

Flurry's Story

“Imagine your home with the loveliest pair of puppy dog eyes looking back at you from every room. The best part about adopting a puppy is seeing them enjoy all of the new things the world has to offer. They will need time, energy, and patience to help them become the best family pets they can be, so if you’re up for a challenge and a lot of fun, consider adopting one!”

If you’re interested in adopting this pet, there are few steps you must complete before scheduling an appointment at our Lincoln Park Adoption Center:

1.   Please start by taking our ComPETibility Quiz
to make sure they’re a good fit for your home. Your ComPETibility Score will help you compare your home to their needs!

2.   After completing your ComPETibility Quiz, you will be emailed a link to complete your Adoption Application.

3.   Finally, schedule an appointment at our Lincoln Park Adoption Center! During your appointment, you’ll be able to meet all currently-adoptable animals at our Lincoln Park Adoption Center and walk through the adoption process with our staff and volunteers.

PAWS Chicago
1997 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 935-7297

Saturday    11AM–5PM
Sunday      11AM–5PM
Monday      12–7PM
Tuesday     Closed
Wednesday 12–7PM
Thursday    12–7PM
Friday        12–7PM


Trader Joe’s Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Reserve
Stags Leap District, Napa Valley 2020
By Kevan R. Wilkinson, Leasing News Wine Reviewer

This is my latest find – the wine I emailed you last week from my iPhone. WOW – it was so good! We opened it Saturday.

This cabernet sauvignon costs slightly higher than the wines I usually review for the Leasing News, but it is an absolute bargain at $19.99/bottle. The reason is, this is a blockbuster cabernet with extremely dark fruit (I could barely see through the glass when I held it up to the light), a multitude of complex flavors (vanilla, blackberry jam and toasty oak are the standouts), and ultrafine tannins that serve up a very long and satisfying finish.

“My wife and I agree that this is the best cabernet that we’ve had in 2021 – we would put it up against any of the expensive reserve cabernets. Unfortunately, the winery that produced this “Diamond Reserve” cabernet sauvignon is unknown. That said, Trader Joe’s has sold private label reserve wines from some of the most prestigious wineries in Napa Valley.

“The grapes in this cabernet sauvignon come from the Stags Leap District, a powerhouse region for cabernet and Bordeaux varietals and home to wineries that sell reserve cabernet for well over $100/bottle. It’s the holiday season, so give yourself a nice gift – the Trader Joe’s cabernet sauvignon Diamond Reserve Stags Leap District, Napa Valley 2020. Available at Trader Joe’s for $19.99/bottle and going fast!”

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

Wine Reviews by Kevan R. Wilkinson


News Briefs---

Pfizer CEO Warns New Vaccine to Combat
    Heavily-Mutated Coronavirus Could Take 100 Days

Rivian warns customers of delivery delays:
reports – Crain’s Chicago Business

Top 10 Most Expensive Cars in the World

How Hawaii became a playground
   for Silicon Valley tycoons

Nissan to Spend $17.6 Billion on Battery-Powered Vehicles
    Over Five Years



You May Have Missed---

Transgender Oakland, California Woman is
     a Six-time 'Jeopardy!' Champion



Sports Briefs---

IHow Jimmy Garoppolo is proving his 49ers bosses wrong 

San Francisco 49ers defeat Minnesota Vikings
for third consecutive win

Mac Jones can take the hits, make the plays,
manage the game — and play in the cold

Aaron Rodgers, Packers pick apart reeling
Rams in battle of NFC powers

Broncos QB Drew Lock in vs. Chargers,
Teddy Bridgewater questionable to return

Raiders-Cowboys Thanksgiving game
seen by almost 39 million viewers

USC makes bombshell football hire,
agreeing to terms with Lincoln Riley

Oregon Ducks back in top 10 of polls
after beating Oregon State


California Nuts Briefs---

What happens when a small California city
    gets a direct flight to Las Vegas

40 suspects who broke into Marin store
also tried to ransack Bay Area shop, police say



Wine Reviews

Outstanding 2021 Oregon Harvest
    Foreshadows Quality Vintage

From the court to the vineyard: CJ McCollum talks wine

France has suffered a wine 'disaster.'
But there could be a silver lining

How the man who put California wines on the map
is helping others deal with climate change

Wine Spectator Reviews Top 100 if 2021 /wine

“Gimme that Wine”

Free Wine App

Wine Prices by vintage


This Day in History

     1644 - The Massachusetts General Court issued a call for local pastors to learn the dialects of neighboring Indian tribes as an aid toward converting them to the Christian faith.
    1729 - Birthday of Charles Thomson (d. 1824) in Ireland.  America’s first official record keeper. Chosen secretary of the First Continental Congress Sept 5, 1774, Thomson recorded proceedings for 15 years and delivered his journals together with tens of thousands of records to the federal government in 1789. It was Thomson who notified George Washington of his election as president.
    1760 - Major Roger Rogers takes possession of Detroit on behalf of Britain.
    1776 - General George Washington starts re-grouping his troops, fighting the heavy winter, planning a major surprise into Hessian-held New Jersey.
    1777 - Lieutenant Jose Joaquin Moraga, with 14 settlers and their families, arrived in the Santa Clara Valley to found El Pueblo de San Jose de Guadalupe San Jose.  The first secular community in California was established on the Guadalupe River. Called a pueblo, it had 66 inhabitants whose dissolute lives scandalized the padres at nearby Mission Santa Clara. The priests built a road lined by shady willows from the mission to San Jose to encourage church attendance, but the colonists stayed away as the Padres made them work for the mission, imposed cruelty when they did not, and other punishments for not speaking Spanish, dressing “appropriately,” saying prayers or following missionaries’ way of “salvation.”
    1780 - In Connecticut, Lemuel Haynes, 27, was licensed to preach in the Congregational Church, becoming the first black minister to be certified by a predominantly white denomination. Five years later, in 1785, Haynes was ordained pastor of a church in Torrington, CT, also making him the first black minister to pastor a white church. He fell in love with a young white woman in his Connecticut congregation; she proposed to him, and they were married in 1783, producing ten children. Middlebury College gave Haynes an honorary degree (another unprecedented event) at its second commencement in 1804. He filled pulpits in Bennington, Manchester, and Granville, New York, before his death at the age of eighty.
    1799 - American utopian writer, philosopher, teacher Amos Bronson Alcott (d. 1888) born, Wolcott, Connecticut. A profound influence over Ralph Waldo Emerson, who in turn was instrumental in the development of Alcott’s daughter Louisa May.  As an educator, Alcott pioneered new ways of interacting with young students, focusing on a conversational style, and avoided traditional punishment. He hoped to perfect the human spirit and, to that end, advocated a vegan diet before the term was coined.  He was also an abolitionist and an advocate for women’s rights.
    1811 - Birthday of Wendell Phillips (d. 1884), Boston, MA. American women’s suffrage, anti-slavery, prison reform leader.
    1816 - The first savings bank conceived by charter: the Bank for Savings in the City of New York. It did not open until March 26, 1819. The deposits on the first day, received from 80 depositors, amounted to $2,807. The statement for the first six months showed a loss of $27 suffered as a result of the bank’s accepting counterfeit money and a short change loss of $23.92.
    1825 – The first Italian opera in the US, “The Barber of Seville,” opened in NYC.
    1832 - Louisa May Alcott birthday (d. 1888), American author, born at Philadelphia, PA.  Known for her novel “Little Women,” the classic story of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, she also wrote “Work,” an autobiographical novel exposing the exploitation of women workers and the evils of industrialization in 1873. After the failure of her father's utopian community Fruitlands, she took care of the welfare of the family. While Louisa May was growing up, her family was near starvation many times and friends and neighbors took them food and clothing. In 1848, her mother, Abba Alcott at age 49, was hired by a group of philanthropic Boston women to be their city missionary to distribute food and clothing to the poor and needy (her family included). 
Her salary provided almost the only income for her four children and her philosopher husband Branson, who did a lot of thinking and talking that has gotten him into a lot of "noted men" history books but did no work to feed himself or his family. Branson once wrote in his voluminous correspondence,
"What with my wife's and (daughter) Anna's earnings, my own tithe and charities from a few friends, we survive as a family, and fall but little into debt.” An ardent abolitionist, she volunteered in the American Civil War as a nurse and served in 1862-1863 at the Union Hospital in Georgetown, D.C. During this time, she contracted typhoid from which she never completely recovered. Her father was born the same day, see 1799 above.
    1850 - The San Francisco Grand Jury condemned gambling in this city as "a crying evil," and urged that something must be done about prize fighting as well as numerous houses of ill-repute.
    1863 - The Battle of Fort Sanders, Knoxville, Tenn. ends with a Confederate withdrawal.
    1864 - Ignoring orders to kill only warriors, a U.S. Army troop massacres 103 sleeping Cheyenne — including Black Kettle, a survivor of the Sand Creek Massacre — in the so-called "Battle of the Washita," Oklahoma Territory.
    1872 - The Battle of Lost River, the first hostilities between the U.S. Government and Captain Jack's band of Modoc Indians. The government moves in early in the morning while the Modocs sleep and demands a surrender. Instead, as could have been predicted, the distrustful Modocs react with gunfire. One Modoc, known as The Watchman, is killed and one U.S. soldier by the name of Harris is also killed. Several on both sides are wounded. In the immediate aftermath, the Modocs also kill 17 settlers. Some curiosity seekers had tagged along to watch the battle and fled with guns firing at the first sign of hostilities. One of these killed a civilian and her infant with a panic-induced shotgun blast.
    1876 - Birthday of Nellie Taylor Ross (d. 1977), St. Joseph, MO.  She became the first female governor in the US when she was chosen to serve the last month and two days of her husband’s term as governor of Wyoming after he died in office. She was elected in her own right in the Nov 4, 1924, election but lost the 1927 race. Ross was appointed vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee in 1926 and named director of the US Mint by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933. She served in that capacity for 20 years.
    1877 - Thomas Edison demonstrates the hand-cranked phonograph
    2887 - Child prodigy pianist, Josef Hofmann, at 11 years of age, made his American debut at a concert held in the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. His recording remain, although in later life he said the early fame was more than he could handle, turning to alcohol, which greatly affected his career and personal life.
    1890 - Army played Navy for the first time in football, and Navy won, 24-0. Red Emrich scored four touchdowns (worth four points each) and kicked two field goals (worth two points each), and Moulton Johnson added the other touchdown to account for all the scoring.  The game came about primarily because of the efforts of Dennis Mahan Michie. Born at West Point to a prominent faculty member who had been brevetted brigadier general for Civil War service, Michie learned how to play football at Lawrenceville Prep.  The football stadium at West Point is named for him.
    1883 - Printer/publisher William Joseph "Dard" Hunter (d. 1966) was born in Steubenville, Ohio. His writings on the history and technique of papermaking include the autobiography, “My Life with Paper.”
    1895 - The first gasoline-powered automobile race in the U.S., the Chicago to Evanston Thanksgiving Day Race, was won by the brothers Charles E. and J. Frank Duryea; 6 cars, 55 miles, winner averages a blazing 7 MPH.
    1895 - Birthday of William “Busby” Berkeley (d. 1976), born Los Angeles, CA. After serving in World War I as an entertainment officer, he changed his name to Busby Berkeley and began a career as an actor. He turned to directing in 1921, and his lavish Broadway and Hollywood creations, including “Forty-Second Street,” “Gold Diggers of 1933,” “Footlight Parade,” “Stage Struck,” “Babes in Arms,” “Strike up the Band, “Girl Crazy,” and “Take Me out to the Ball Game.” He retired in 1962 and returned to Broadway in 1970 to supervise a revival of “No, No, Nanette.”
    1896 - Temperatures fell to 51 below zero at Havre, MT
    1903 - An Inquiry into the U.S. Postal Service demonstrates the government has lost millions in fraud.
    1904 - President Theodore Roosevelt wrote a letter to a distant cousin named Franklin, saying he approved of Franklin’s intended marriage to the President’s niece, Eleanor.
    1908 - Birthday of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. (d. 1972), New Haven, Conn. Well-known and popular black Congressman, representing Harlem, NY, receiving the mantle from his very popular and influential father, Adam Clayton Powell, Sr. Caught in activity unbecoming a Congressman, considered a dynamic personality and leader, his attraction to the opposite sex and use of government money for trips to the Bahamas became his undoing, as he was barred to sit in Congress after fulfilling eleven terms in 1967.  He was re-elected, and then rejected by voters in his district when he ran in the next term on new charges of corruption. Cremated and ashes scattered over South Bimini in the Bahamas, where he spent most of his time when he was supposed to be representing his constituents in Congress..
    1915 - Composer/arranger/pianist Billy Strayhorn (d. 1967) birthday, Dayton, Ohio.
    1907 - The first stadium operated by a city was the Golden Gate Park Stadium, San Francisco, CA, completed this day. It was oval in shape and covered a 30-acre field. It had two entrances, one on the north and one of the south side, through tunnels 30 feet wide and 10 feet high. A three-quarter mile trotting track 60 feet wide encircled the stadium. Bicycle races were held on November 29, 1906, before completion.
    1926 - Duke Ellington’s Kentucky Club Orchestra records “East St. Louis Toodle-O,” Vocalion 1064
    1929 - After finishing his first flight over the North Pole on this date in 1926, Lieutenant Commander Richard E. Byrd flew over the South Pole today, exactly three years later, becoming the first American to achieve this feat. 
    1932 - In New York City, Cole Porter's musical, "The Gay Divorcee," opened. It featured the classic, "Night and Day."
    1934 - The Detroit Lions played their first Thanksgiving Day game, the start of an NFL tradition, and lost to the Chicago Bears, 19—16. CBS Radio does its first-ever national broadcast of an NFL game before a crowd of 26,000.
    1940 – Flugelhornist, trumpeter and composer Chuck Mangione was born in Rochester, NY.  He achieved international success in 1977 with his jazz-pop single "Feels So Good." The single reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in June of that year after spending a week atop the Billboard easy listening chart in May.   The recording was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1979, losing to Billy Joel’s “Just the Way You Are." Mangione has released more than 30 albums since 1960.
    1941 - Dennis Doherty (d. 2007), vocalist with the Mamas & Papas, is born in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
    1943 - HASEMOTO, MIKIO, Medal of Honor
Private Mikio Hasemoto distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 29 November 1943, in the vicinity of Cerasuolo, Italy. A force of approximately 40 enemy soldiers, armed with machine guns, machine pistols, rifles, and grenades, attacked the left flank of his platoon. Two enemy soldiers with machine guns advanced forward, firing their weapons. Private Hasemoto, an automatic rifleman, challenged these two machine gunners. After firing four magazines at the approaching enemy, his weapon was shot and damaged. Unhesitatingly, he ran 10 yards to the rear, secured another automatic rifle and continued to fire until his weapon jammed. At this point, Private Hasemoto and his squad leader had killed approximately 20 enemy soldiers. Again, Private Hasemoto ran through a barrage of enemy machine gun fire to pick up an M-1 rifle. Continuing their fire, Private Hasemoto and his squad leader killed 10 more enemy soldiers. With only three enemy soldiers left, he and his squad leader charged courageously forward, killing one, wounding one, and capturing another. The following day, Private Hasemoto continued to repel enemy attacks until he was killed by enemy fire. Private Hasemoto’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army. 
    1943 - HAYASHI, SHIZUYA, Medal of Honor
Private Shizuya Hayashi distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 29 November 1943, near Cerasuolo, Italy. During a flank assault on high ground held by the enemy, Private Hayashi rose alone in the face of grenade, rifle, and machine gun fire. Firing his automatic rifle from the hip, he charged and overtook an enemy machine gun position, killing seven men in the nest and two more as they fled. After his platoon advanced 200 yards from this point, an enemy antiaircraft gun opened fire on the men. Private Hayashi returned fire at the hostile position, killing nine of the enemy, taking four prisoners, and forcing the remainder of the force to withdraw from the hill. Private Hayashi’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army. 
    1944 - MILLER, ANDREW, Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company G, 377th Infantry, 95th Infantry Division. Place and date: From Woippy, France, through Metz to Kerprich Hemmersdorf, Germany, 16-29 November 1944. Entered service at: Two Rivers, Wis. Birth: Manitowoc, Wis. G.O. No.: 74, 1 September 1945. Citation: For performing a series of heroic deeds from 1629 November 1944, during his company's relentless drive from Woippy, France, through Metz to Kerprich Hemmersdorf, Germany. As he led a rifle squad on 16 November at Woippy, a crossfire from enemy machineguns pinned down his unit. Ordering his men to remain under cover, he went forward alone, entered a building housing 1 of the guns and forced S Germans to surrender at bayonet point. He then took the second gun single-handedly by hurling grenades into the enemy position, killing 2, wounding 3 more, and taking 2 additional prisoners. At the outskirts of Metz the next day, when his platoon, confused by heavy explosions and the withdrawal of friendly tanks, retired, he fearlessly remained behind armed with an automatic rifle and exchanged bursts with a German machinegun until he silenced the enemy weapon. His quick action in covering his comrades gave the platoon time to regroup and carry on the fight. On 19 November S/Sgt. Miller led an attack on large enemy barracks. Covered by his squad, he crawled to a barracks window, climbed in and captured 6 riflemen occupying the room. His men, and then the entire company, followed through the window, scoured the building, and took 75 prisoners. S/Sgt. Miller volunteered, with 3 comrades, to capture Gestapo officers who were preventing the surrender of German troops in another building. He ran a gauntlet of machinegun fire and was lifted through a window. Inside, he found himself covered by a machine pistol, but he persuaded the 4 Gestapo agents confronting him to surrender. Early the next morning, when strong hostile forces punished his company with heavy fire, S/Sgt. Miller assumed the task of destroying a well-placed machinegun. He was knocked down by a rifle grenade as he climbed an open stairway in a house, but pressed on with a bazooka to find an advantageous spot from which to launch his rocket. He discovered that he could fire only from the roof, a position where he would draw tremendous enemy fire. Facing the risk, he moved into the open, coolly took aim and scored a direct hit on the hostile emplacement, wreaking such havoc that the enemy troops became completely demoralized and began surrendering by the score. The following day, in Metz, he captured 12 more prisoners and silenced an enemy machinegun after volunteering for a hazardous mission in advance of his company's position. On 29 November, as Company G climbed a hill overlooking Kerprich Hemmersdorf, enemy fire pinned the unit to the ground. S/Sgt. Miller, on his own initiative, pressed ahead with his squad past the company's leading element to meet the surprise resistance. His men stood up and advanced deliberately, firing as they went. Inspired by S/Sgt. Miller's leadership, the platoon followed, and then another platoon arose and grimly closed with the Germans. The enemy action was smothered, but at the cost of S/Sgt. Miller's life. His tenacious devotion to the attack, his gallant choice to expose himself to enemy action rather than endanger his men, his limitless bravery, assured the success of Company G. 
    1944 - Johns Hopkins hospital performs first open heart surgery.
    1947 - Despite strong Arab opposition, the United Nations votes for the partition of Palestine and the creation of an independent Jewish state.
    1948 - “Kukla, Fran and Ollie” premiered on TV. This popular children’s show featured puppets created and handled by Burr Tillstrom and was equally popular with adults. Fran Allison was the only human on the show. Tillstrom’s lively and eclectic cast of characters, called the “Kuklapolitans,” included the bald, high-voiced Kukla, the big-toothed Oliver J. Dragon (Ollie), Fletcher Rabbit, Cecil Bill, Beulah the Witch, Colonel Crackie, Madame Ooglepuss and Dolores Dragon. Most shows were performed without scripts.
    1950 - MYERS, REGINALD R., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Major, U.S. Marine Corps, 3d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division, (Rein.). Place and date: Near Hagaru-ri, Korea, 29 November 1950. Entered service at: Boise, Idaho. Born: 26 November 1919, Boise, Idaho. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as executive officer of the 3d Battalion, in action against enemy aggressor forces. Assuming command of a composite unit of Army and Marine service and headquarters elements totaling approximately 250 men, during a critical stage in the vital defense of the strategically important military base at Hagaru-ri, Maj. Myers immediately initiated a determined and aggressive counterattack against a well-entrenched and cleverly concealed enemy force numbering an estimated 4,000. Severely handicapped by a lack of trained personnel and experienced leaders in his valiant efforts to regain maximum ground prior to daylight, he persisted in constantly exposing himself to intense, accurate, and sustained hostile fire in order to direct and supervise the employment of his men and to encourage and spur them on in pressing the attack. Inexorably moving forward up the steep, snow-covered slope with his depleted group in the face of apparently insurmountable odds, he concurrently directed artillery and mortar fire with superb skill and although losing 170 of his men during 14 hours of raging combat in subzero temperatures, continued to reorganize his unit and spearhead the attack which resulted in 600 enemy killed and 500 wounded. By his exceptional and valorous leadership throughout, Maj. Myers contributed directly to the success of his unit in restoring the perimeter. His resolute spirit of self-sacrifice and unfaltering devotion to duty enhance and sustain the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. 
    1950 - SITTER, CARL L., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, Company G, 3d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.). Place and date: Hagaru-ri, Korea, 29 and 30 November 1950. Entered service at: Pueblo, Colo. Born: 2 December 1921, Syracuse, Mo. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as commanding officer of Company G, in action against enemy aggressor forces. Ordered to break through enemy-infested territory to reinforce his battalion the morning of 29 November, Capt. Sitter continuously exposed himself to enemy fire as he led his company forward and, despite 25 percent casualties suffered m the furious action, succeeded in driving through to his objective. Assuming the responsibility of attempting to seize and occupy a strategic area occupied by a hostile force of regiment strength deeply entrenched on a snow-covered hill commanding the entire valley southeast of the town, as well as the line of march of friendly troops withdrawing to the south, he reorganized his depleted units the following morning and boldly led them up the steep, frozen hillside under blistering fire, encouraging and redeploying his troops as casualties occurred and directing forward platoons as they continued the drive to the top of the ridge. During the night when a vastly outnumbering enemy launched a sudden, vicious counterattack, setting the hill ablaze with mortar, machine gun, and automatic-weapons fire and taking a heavy toll in troops, Capt. Sitter visited each foxhole and gun position, coolly deploying and integrating reinforcing units consisting of service personnel unfamiliar with infantry tactics into a coordinated combat team and instilling in every man the will and determination to hold his position at all costs. With the enemy penetrating his lines in repeated counterattacks which often required hand-to-hand combat, and, on one occasion infiltrating to the command post with hand grenades, he fought gallantly with his men in repulsing and killing the fanatic attackers in each encounter. Painfully wounded in the face, arms, and chest by bursting grenades, he staunchly refused to be evacuated and continued to fight on until a successful defense of the area was assured with a loss to the enemy of more than 50 percent dead, wounded, and captured. His valiant leadership, superb tactics, and great personal valor throughout 36 hours of bitter combat reflect the highest credit upon Capt. Sitter and the U.S. Naval Service.
    1952 - President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower flew to Korea, fulfilling his campaign promise, and inspected the UN forces there. On a three-day tour, he visited front-line positions. The tour was kept secret until he had returned from the zone of danger.
    1952 - Top Hits
“You Belong to Me” - Jo Stafford
“Glow Worm” - The Mills Brothers
“Lady of Spain” - Eddie Fisher
“Jambalaya” (“On the Bayou”) - Hank Williams
    1953 - The first transcontinental nonstop two-way airplane service by American Airlines, using Douglas DC-7, between International Airport, Los Angeles, Ca., and Idlewild International Airport, New York City, a distance of 2,540 miles. The eastbound flight was scheduled for 7 hours 15 minutes and the westbound flight for 7 hours 35 minutes. It would not be until 1959 for the first four-engine American Airlines Boeing 707 to take 112 passengers and eight-member crew, 4 hours, 3 minutes, 3 seconds to make the flight. The plane was piloted by Captain Charles Macatee of Huntington, NY. The fare was $158.83 one way plus tax and $301.90 round trip plus tax. On December 28, 1961, American Airlines was the first to carry 100 million passengers.
    1957 – NYC Mayor Robert Wagner, smarting from the departure of the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants to California, forms a four-member committee to find a replacement.
    1957 - Birthday of Janet Napolitano, former Governor of Arizona, born Albuquerque, New Mexico.
    1959 - The Grammy Awards were shown on network television for the first time. (It was actually the second year of the Grammy Awards.) "Mack the Knife" won Record of the Year and Bobby Darin, who belted it out, was Best New Artist of the Year. Frank Sinatra won Album of the Year for "Come Dance with Me." Jimmy Driftwood penned the Song of the Year: "The Battle of New Orleans," which also won Country and Western Performance of the Year honors for Johnny Horton. The Best Folk Performance of the Year went to The Kingston Trio for their " Large" recording. The Best Performance by a Top 40 Artist was Nat King Cole’s "Midnight Flyer" and the Grammy for Best Comedy Performance, Musical, went to Homer & Jethro for their immortal "The Battle of Kookamonga."
    1960 - Top Hits
“Are You Lonesome To-night?” - Elvis Presley
“Last Date” - Floyd Cramer
“A Thousand Stars” - Kathy Young with The Innocents
“Wings of a Dove” - Ferlin Husky
    1962 - Major League Baseball made the decision to return to playing only one All-Star Game a year as of 1963. Since 1959, there had been two games each year. 
    1963 - Beatles released "I Want to Hold Your Hand." Within three days, the record will have sold one million copies, making it their second million seller.
    1963 - United States President Lyndon Johnson named a commission, led by Chief Justice Earl Warren, to investigate the assassination of President John Kennedy.
    1964 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Ringo," Lorne Greene. Greene, star of the NBC show "Bonanza," is only the second Canadian to have a No. 1 hit in the United States.
    1968 - Top Hits
“Hey Jude” - The Beatles
“Love Child” - Diana Ross & The Supremes
“Abraham, Martin and John” - Dion
“Stand By Your Man” - Tammy Wynette
    1968 - Jon Knight of New Kids on the Block is born. He is the oldest member of the pop group from Boston. His brother Jordan is also in the group.
    1968 - Advance orders exceed 700,000 and The Who release their first concept record, "The Who Sell Out."
    1969 - Beatles' "Come Together," single goes #1
    1969 - Dense fog along the New Jersey Turnpike resulted in a deadly chain reaction during the morning rush hour. A propane tanker jackknifed and was struck by other tractor trailers and cars. 6 were killed in the fiery mess
    1969 - PRUDEN, ROBERT J., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, 75th Infantry, Americal Division. Place and date: Quang Ngai Province, Republic of Vietnam, 29 November 1969. Entered service at: Minneapolis, Minn. Born: 9 September 1949, St. Paul, Minn. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. S/Sgt. Pruden, Company G, distinguished himself while serving as a reconnaissance team leader during an ambush mission. The 6-man team was inserted by helicopter into enemy controlled territory to establish an ambush position and to obtain information concerning enemy movements. As the team moved into the preplanned area, S/Sgt. Pruden deployed his men into 2 groups on the opposite sides of a well-used trail. As the groups were establishing their defensive positions, 1 member of the team was trapped in the open by the heavy fire from an enemy squad. Realizing that the ambush position had been compromised, S/Sgt. Pruden directed his team to open fire on the enemy force. Immediately, the team came under heavy fire from a second enemy element. S/Sgt. Pruden, with full knowledge of the extreme danger involved, left his concealed position and, firing as he ran, advanced toward the enemy to draw the hostile fire. He was seriously wounded twice but continued his attack until he fell for a third time, in front of the enemy positions. S/Sgt. Pruden's actions resulted in several enemy casualties and withdrawal of the remaining enemy force. Although grievously wounded, he directed his men into defensive positions and called for evacuation helicopters, which safely withdrew the members of the team. S/Sgt. Pruden's outstanding courage, selfless concern for the welfare of his men, and intrepidity in action at the cost of his life were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army
    1969 - Elvis Presley's LP "From Memphis to Vegas / From Vegas to Memphis" reaches the Billboard album chart, where it will stay for the next 24 weeks, climbing as high as #12. 
    1969 – Baseball’s greatest closer, Mariano Rivera, was born in Panama.  He played 19 seasons in the Majors for the New York Yankees from 1995 to 2013, serving as their closer for 17 seasons. A thirteen-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion, he is MLB's career leader in saves (652) and games finished (952). Rivera won five American League Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Awards and he finished in the top three in voting for the AL Cy Young Award four times. A dominant postseason performer, he was named the 1999 World Series MVP and the 2003 AL Championship Series MVP, and he holds several postseason records, including lowest ERA (0.70) and most saves (42). He pitched in 1,115 regular season games, which is fourth-most in MLB history, the most in AL history, and the most by a right-handed pitcher.  Rivera holds or shares several records for the most seasons of reaching various save milestones, including seasons with at least: 20 saves (sixteen); 25 saves (fifteen consecutive, sixteen non-consecutive); 30 saves (nine consecutive, fifteen non-consecutive); 35 saves (twelve); 40 saves (nine); and 50 saves (two). Rivera's career ERA (2.21) and WHIP (1.00) are the lowest of any MLB pitcher in the live-ball (minimum 1,000 innings pitched), making him one of the top pitchers since 1920 at preventing hitters from reaching base and scoring. He recorded an ERA under 2.00 in 11 seasons, tying him with Hall of Famer Walter Johnson for the most such seasons (minimum 60 innings pitched each). Rivera became the first unanimous Hall of Fame inductee and was inducted in 2019.
    1971 – The Cincinnati Reds traded 1B Lee May, 2B Tommy Helms, and OF Jimmy Stewart to the Astros for 2B Joe Morgan, OF Cesar Geronimo, and P Jack Billingham. The trade, criticized in the Cincinnati press, is one of the best in Reds history, and puts the wheels on the Big Red Machine, as future Hall of Famer Morgan will win two MVP Awards with the team. Billingham became a reliable starter and Geronimo anchored CF for years.
    1972 - "Why Don't You Believe Me" by Joni James topped the charts and stayed there for 6 weeks.
    1972 - "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" by The Temptations starts climbing to the top. A version of the song by the Undisputed Truth was released four months before the Temptations single but only reaches No. 63 on Billboard's Hot 100.
    1972 – Atari released “Pong,” the first commercially successful video game.  As of 2015, video games generated sales of $74 billion annually worldwide, and were the third-largest segment in the U.S. entertainment market, behind broadcast and cable TV.
    1975 - Red River, NM records 34 inches of snow in 24 hours to set the state snowfall record.
    1975 - Kilauea Volcano erupts in Hawaii.
    1975 - Silver Convention had the United States' #1 pop tune, with "Fly, Robin, Fly."
    1976 - The Yankees sign free-agent Reggie Jackson to five-year, $3.5 million contract. During Mr. October's tenure, the Bronx Bombers will win four divisions, three pennants and two World Series.
    1976 - Top Hits
“Tonight’s the Night” (“Gonna Be Alright”) - Rod Stewart
“The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald” - Gordon Lightfoot
“The Rubberband Man” - Spinners
“Good Woman Blues” - Mel Tillis
    1977 - Kansas, riding the crest of popularity forged by the 1976 hit "Carry on Wayward Son," enjoys their biggest album to date, "Point of Know Return," which goes platinum.
    1978 - Neil Young's 13th solo album, "Comes a Time," goes gold.
    1979 - Michael Jackson receives a gold record for "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough," the first of four Top Ten hits from his album, "Off the Wall." Both "Don't Stop..." and "Rock With You" will hit Number One on the soul and pop charts. Also, the album will be a Number One pop and soul LP.
    1981 - Film actress Natalie Wood drowned off the California coast. Wood, her husband Robert Wagner, and actor Christopher Walken, were aboard the Wagners' yacht, Splendour. Sometime during the night, Wood fell overboard, unbeknownst to those on board. Her body was found after a seven-hour search, 200 yards from a small, motorized dinghy in a rocky cove off Catalina Island. Her death was believed to be alcohol-related, and foul play was ruled out. The beautiful Oscar-nominated actress was 43 at the time of her death. Wood's list of film credits included “Miracle on 34th Street,” “Rebel Without a Cause,” “West Side Story,” “Splendour in the Grass,” “Love with the Proper Stranger,” “Inside Daisy Clover,” “Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice,” and, her last film, which was still in production at the time of her death, “Brainstorm.”  The case had been reopened based upon testimony of the yacht’s captain who cast Wagner as a possible killer.  There was insufficient evidence but the cause of death was changed to “unknown cause.” 
    1983 - It was a new record when the Dow Jones industrial average closed at 1287.20. 
    1984 - Top Hits
“Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” - Wham!
“I Feel for You” - Chaka Khan
“Out of Touch” - Daryl Hall & John Oates
“You Could’ve Heard a Heart Break” - Johnny Lee
    1985 - The temperature at Bismarck, ND plunged to 30 below zero to set a November record.
    1986 - Debuting at #1 on the album charts was the blockbuster five-record set, "Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Live/1975-85." Prior to this, no five-record set had hit the top 25, and no five-record set had ever gone platinum. The price for the set was $25.
    1986 - "You Give Love a Bad Name" by Bon Jovi topped the charts and stayed there for a week.
    1987 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Heaven Is a Place on Earth," Belinda Carlisle. The song is the first No. 1 hit for the former lead singer of the Go-Go's and comes from her second solo album.
    1989 - Strong Santa Ana winds diminished over southern California, but record cold was reported in some of the California valleys, with readings of 27 degrees at Redding and 31 degrees at Bakersfield. Gale force winds, gusting to 44 mph at Milwaukee, WI, produced snow squalls in the Great Lakes Region. Sault Ste Marie, MI finished the month of November with a record 46.8 inches of snow. 
    1991 - An F4 tornado tracked 10 miles from Nixa to Springfield, MO killing 2, injuring 64 and doing over $15 million in damages
    1997 - Eddie Robinson ended his 56-year college football coaching career with a loss as Southern Univer­sity beat his Grambling Tigers, 30—7, in the Bayou Clas­sic. Robinson, who started coaching in 1941, compiled a record of 408—165—15. His teams won or shared 17 South­western Athletic Conference titles and eight black college national championships. Grambling’s record in Robin­son s last year was 3—8.
    2000 - Florida Recount Reveals Nader Defeated. A third recount by Florida election officials has "definitively determined" that Green Party candidate Ralph Nader was defeated. "There was a very significant 25,603-vote discrepancy between the first two counts, with Nader losing by respective margins of 2,812,339 & 2,837,942, so we decided to conduct hand recount," Florida Attorney General Jim Smith recounted.  "We now know that Nader lost by precisely 2,821,278 votes."  Nations goes nuts about Florida vote and its effect on the presidential election.
    2012 – New findings from Messenger, NASA’s space probe, indicated almost definitely that the north pole of Mercury, the closest planet to the Sun, has water ice buried beneath the surface.
2017 – Matt Lauer was fired as host of “Today” after an allegation of sexual misconduct.  The network reported receiving "a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace" and added that the network had "reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident." An unidentified female NBC employee reported that Lauer had sexually harassed her during the 2014 Winter Olympics and that the harassment continued after they returned to New York.  In the 2019 book, “Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators” Ronan Farrow cited multiple sources who stated that NBC News was not only aware of Lauer's misconduct beforehand, but that Harvey Feinstein used this knowledge to pressure them into killing a story that would have outed his own sexual assaults.  Variety reported allegations by at least ten of Lauer's current and former colleagues.  NBC acknowledged three additional cases from 2000 to 2007.  Farrow reveals one of the alleged victims as Brooke Nevils. Farrow also writes in his book that Nevils had additional sexual encounters with Lauer after the initial incident, but she characterized those encounters as "transactional", and consented only out of fear that Lauer had control over her career.  In a statement made after his firing, Lauer apologized for his actions, saying, "Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed."  Following Nevils' allegation of sexual assault that was published in Farrow's book, Lauer issued an open letter confirming that he had a consensual sexual relationship with Nevils and that the relationship started in 2014 in Sochi but denying that the initial encounter was non-consensual.  Two weeks after Lauer's firing, Addie Zinone, a former Today production assistant, made an additional accusation, saying that she had a consensual sexual relationship with Lauer in June 2000. Zinone claimed that the relationship was an "abuse of power" on Lauer's part because Zinone said that she felt that turning down Lauer's advances would have hurt her career.  According to Farrow, Today show booker Melissa Lonner claims that Lauer exposed himself to her in 2010 at an NBC cocktail party. He denies this claim and through his lawyer said, "he will not take part in the marketing circus of this book."



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