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Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Today's Leasing News Headlines

New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries
That Voice on the Phone Using Artificial Intelligence
    By Sean Murray, Publisher, deBanked
Leasing and Finance Industry Help Wanted
    Both Have Career Positions Available
Thriving Careers Question
    By Scott Wheeler, CLFP
Major Commercial Finance/Leasing Finance Conferences
    2024 Dates - Updated
What Types Of Assets Are Used
  For A Collateral-Based Transaction?
    By Phil Dushey
Labrador Retriever Blend
    Rancho Santa Fe. California Adopt-a-Dog
Broker Battle Debuts at
    deBanked Connect, Miami, January 11, 2024
News Briefs ---
US Postal Service reports $6.5 billion net loss
    for 2023 fiscal year
The UAW’s deal to end the GM strike
    could be in trouble
Disney says it has $40 billion economic impact
    in Florida as it battles DeSantis in court
Sharp drop in airfares cheers
    inflation-weary travelers
Germany Backs Loans to Siemens Energy for Green
    Projects in $16 Billion Rescue Package
Trump’s Truth Social faces ‘substantial doubt’
    following financial losses

You May Have Missed ---
In a bizarre day, Congress does its work to keep
   the government open — and narrowly avoids fistfights

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Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months
Sales Make It Happen

Sports Briefs
   California News
    "Gimme that Wine"
 This Day in History
   Daily Puzzle
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New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Dan Furfari was hired as Vice President of Sales, Trio Capital, Mount Laurel, New Jersey. He is located in Vincenttown, New Jersey. Previously, he was General Manager, Vantage Financial (November, 2021 - November, 2023). He joined Navitas Corp. September, 2013, promoted November 2021, Vice President of Sales, Navitas Credit Corporation;  Account Executive, Advanta Leasing (1995 - 2005).

Taylor Kizer, CAP, was promoted to Account Manager Dealer Development, Equify Financial, LLC, Fort Worth, Texas. She is located in Springtown, Texas. She joined Equify Financial March, 2012, Office Assistant,  promoted January, 2013, Title Specialist, promoted Executive Administrator, January, 2018.

Jeannette McNamara as announced as Director of Product, Northteq, Minneapolis, Minnesota. She joined the company September, 2023. Previously, she was at D2L, 17 years: Full Bio:

Larra Toland was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, Northteq, Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is located in Broomfield, Colorado. She joined Northteq November, 2021, Director of Professional Services, promoted Director, Product, December, 2022. Previously, she was at FIS, starting August, 2013, Senior Manager, promoted August, 2017, Director, Ambit North America Professional Services; Program Manager, Project Director, Professional services (November, 2011 - August, 2013). She joined HCL Capital Stream, September, 2008, promoting Manager, Professional Services, July, 2010, promoted Project Director, Professional services, July, 2011.


That Voice on the Phone
Using Artificial Intelligence
By Sean Murray, Publisher, deBanked

When someone told me a tech company was using AI to have legitimate voice conversations with sales prospects over the phone, I was skeptical. Then I listened to some examples. The voice and interactions sounded so real that I became even more skeptical that I was even listening to AI. The technology behind it was EVE, a company founded in 2016 that actually uses pre-recorded human responses to engage with someone over the phone. If it sounded so human, that’s because the responses were in fact human voices.

EVE’s system is not artificial intelligence in the current sense like ChatGPT. Instead, EVE is using a dialogue tree, a system of recorded responses that are played based upon the interpreted communication of the person. It understands what the person is saying and chooses the right response quickly. And speed is key: because according to Alex Skrypka, CEO of EVE, calls, people will feel that something is off if it takes longer than 1 second to receive a response to something that’s said. The trick is never having the customer figure out that they’re talking to a bot.

In the earlier days, this technology had limitations. EVE could only handle simple voice commands. That progressed, however, to where it could be the opening sales caller, getting prospects to the point where they were pre-qualified and passed onto a human. But by last year it was beginning to assist in closing deals. Skrypka believes that by next year it will advance to a level where it is closing independent deals all on its own and by 2027 will be considered not only an expert closer but also be able to up-sell the customer while doing it.

The possibilities call to mind a recent popular post on LinkedIn about the one thing remaining constant in Fintech, despite all the advancements in automation, the demand by customers to want to talk to someone. But tech is now addressing that in ways previously thought unimaginable. Customers are already talking to AI agents through neural network technology like OpenAI’s ChatGPT, though mainly in text/chatbot form. As of September, however, ChatGPT was brought to life with a voice. The current options of Juniper, Breeze, Cove, Sky and Ember are a variety of synthetic male and female voices that ChatGPT can speak as but they don’t sound that synthetic when you listen to them. I could be fooled by Juniper.

According to Skrypka, the challenge with putting something like ChatGPT on the phone right now is that crucial response delay time. It’s going to give away that it’s an AI. For testing’s sake, I tried this out and found that while Juniper held up pretty well in a light conversation, she broke the immersion a few times when she had to think about something I said for 7 or 8 seconds.

Perhaps a voice bot, whether it be based on a dialogue tree or a neural network doesn’t have to be perfect 100% of the time anyway, just good enough to scale a business efficiently and cost effectively. EVE, for example, touts that it can handle up to 1 million calls per hour. Imagine how many sales representatives it would take to have 1 million phone conversations an hour.

To think that these capabilities are only going to get better! If customers continue to feel that talking to someone on the phone is necessary before making a big decision, the world of fintech will continue to serve them. But whether that sales person or customer service rep is really a person or a bot is something the customer may never know for sure.

Sean Murray is the President and Chief Editor
of deBanked and the founder of the Broker
Fair Conference.



Thriving Careers Question
By Scott Wheeler, CLFP

Why do so many individuals accidentally trip into the commercial equipment finance and leasing industry and then become thriving career participants?

The commercial equipment finance and leasing industry is a lucrative proposition offering personal incomes that are typically well above average compared to other industries. However, the industry can be highly volatile. Most professionals encounter a personal set-back at some point in their careers but they pull themselves up and move forward with more determination than ever to be more successful. The most successful professionals have a passion for the industry. They love the process of helping commercial clients acquire needed equipment to thrive and prosper.

Successful industry professionals embrace change and the new challenges, new opportunities, and new learning experiences that the industry continues to offer. Successful professionals enjoy the monetary rewards the industry offers but there is so much more that keeps them in the industry when times are challenging. The industry always provides new opportunities to be a personal success. There are unlimited commercial clients that need and want our services on any given day; and the responsibility of top originators is to find, win, and fund those opportunities.

The industry continues to react positively to the needs of businesses. The industry is constantly changing to provide better financial solutions to commercial clients. The industry is innovating, improving efficiencies, and positioning itself for future growth and prosperity for organizations and individuals who confidently participate in the funding of commercial equipment.

Industry professionals are enthusiastically anticipating the new opportunities that are developing within their chosen commercial equipment finance and leasing careers.

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

Wheeler Business Consulting is working with individual originators and sales teams throughout the industry to ensure that they are well positioned in the market, capturing their fair share of business, and outperforming the competition. To schedule a one-on-one meeting contact Scott Wheeler at:


Leasing and Finance Industry Help Wanted


Commercial Finance/Leasing Finance Conferences
2024 Dates Updated

January 5: de Banked Broker Battle, Miami, Florida

March 5-7: Funder's Forum, Miami, Florida

March 25–28:  NEFA Finance Summit, Huntington Beach, CA

April 16–18: AACFB Conference, Glendale, Arizona

April 16-18: ELFA National Funding Conference, Chicago, IL

April 30-May 1: AGLF Conference, Austin, Texas

May 5–7: Equipment Finance Connect, Nashville, Tenn.

Sept. 4-5:  AACFB Commercial Financing Expo New Orleans, LA

Sept. 10-12:  Auto Finance CEOs,  San Antonio, Texas

Oct. 16-18: NVLA Conference, Clearwater Beach, Florida

Oct. 27-29: 63rd ELFA Annual Convention, Austin, TX

Nov. 3- Nov. 5: NACLB Conference, Las Vegas, NV

Nov. 11-14: NEFA Funding Symposium, Indianapolis, Indiana

To be listed, email:


What Types Of Assets Are Used
For A Collateral-Based Transaction?
By Phil Dushey

Secured Versus Unsecured Loans

A secured loan, otherwise known as an asset-based loan, uses collateral assets as security. A business asset is any type of resource that is owned and controlled by the business. If for some reason a business defaults on a loan, the lender can take the agreed-upon collateral asset as repayment. This is to minimize risk for the lender and ensure repayment in the case of default.

An unsecured loan is the opposite. The lender looks at different factors like credit-worthiness and time in business to determine whether and how much they are willing to lend. These loans generally come with higher interest rates but no collateral is needed. If the borrower defaults, the lender cannot go after any of the business’ assets as repayment.

Let's look into secured loans in more detail.

Different Types Of Collateral

The most commonly thought of collateral asset is real estate. Lenders favor this asset type mainly because properties retain their value over time. Also, the more value the property has, the more financing a lender can provide. Collateral can be any type of property, like a commercial building or even the business owner's home. However, if the borrower defaults on the loan, they risk losing the property completely, which can be problematic if their family home is on the line.

Another type of collateral is equipment. Many construction or manufacturing businesses have large, expensive machinery and equipment that can be used to help secure a loan. However, equipment does lose its value over time, so this would not be ideal for companies looking to secure a larger loan with a longer term.

Cash in a business savings account can also be used as collateral. This is a very low-risk type of collateral for the lender because if the borrower defaults on the loan, the lender can use this cash to repay the loan. Generally, cash is used when getting a bank loan, since the bank can easily liquidate the account. Although this is low-risk for the lender, it is risky for the borrower because they can lose their savings.

In a product-based business, inventory (stock or products) can serve as a collateral asset. This is called "inventory financing" and is popular among retailers and ecommerce companies attempting to get a loan to purchase the products they plan to sell. If they cannot sell the products, then the inventory serves as security. Not every lender likes to accept inventory as collateral because if the borrower cannot sell the items, then the lender will most likely struggle to do so as well and take a loss.

Philip Dushey
Global Financial Services
1 State Street
New York NY 10004
Phone 212-480-4900


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Broker Battle Debuts at
deBanked connect Miami January 11, 2024

deBanked CONNECT MIAMI is looking for the top closer in the industry by hosting the very first Broker Battle™. Only between 5-8 contestants will be chosen to compete LIVE at deBanked CONNECT MIAMI on January 11, 2024 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

The winner will receive a grand prize of $5,000!

Rules: You must have been brokering business finance products for longer than 1 year and be of sound moral character and background. deBanked CONNECT MIAMI and/or the judges reserve the right to choose whomever they deem fit. To enter, fill out the form below, along with your best pitch in the described scenario. If you're selected, you'll hear from us in advance and your ticket to the event will be COMPED.


Broker Battle stands to be educational as well as fun and competitive. Brokers should be well-versed in best practices. The LIVE competition on January 11 at the Miami Beach Convention Center will have contestants pitch in a defined scenario to a panel of four judges who will respond with rebuttals and ultimately grade your abilities. We want to help cultivate better brokers. Are you ready to BATTLE?!

OR simply watch it LIVE while enjoying the full experience of the industry's biggest annual event in South Florida by registering now. Tickets sell out in advance so don't wait!

About the event:


News Briefs---

US Postal Service reports $6.5 billion net loss
    for 2023 fiscal year

The UAW’s deal to end the GM strike
could be in trouble

Disney says it has $40 billion economic impact
in Florida as it battles DeSantis in court

Sharp drop in airfares cheers
inflation-weary travelers

Germany Backs Loans to Siemens Energy for Green
Projects in $16 Billion Rescue Package

Trump’s Truth Social faces ‘substantial doubt’
following financial losses


In a bizarre day, Congress does its work to keep
the government open — and narrowly avoids fistfights


Sports Briefs---

A’s relocation: Teachers union to file lawsuit
   that could stop public funds for Vegas stadium


California News Briefs---

No parking. Dropping sales. S.F. food businesses close due to APEC disruption


Gimme that Wine    

Wine of the week: Spottswoods, 2022 Sauvignon Blanc,
    Napa Valley, Sonoma County

50 years of Cohn Vineyard
Predominantly Plant Pinot Celebrates 25 Years of Uncorking Joy
  75 Million Bottles of Wine Shipped to
3.5 Million Customers Since 1998

Drizly Debuts New Marketing Campaign and Launches
   Its First-Ever Gift Registry To Help People Find
the Right Drinks for the Moment


This Day in History

      1518 - One of Christopher Columbus's officers, Diego Velasquez obtains the Spanish Crown authority to colonize the new countries in the Americas. He conquered Cuba in 1511 and backed Hernando Cortes’ expedition to Mexico, who turned against him.  Those sent to bring him back and the riches he found were defeated or joined Cortes. Velasquez died in Havana, 1524.
    1765 - Birthday of Robert Fulton (d. 1815), inventor of the steamboat, at Little Britain, PA. Revolutionized transportation, allowing the growth that eventually opened the growth of what are now Central states, but then called “the West.”  In 1800, he was commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte to attempt to design the Nautilus, which was the first practical submarine in history.  He is also credited with inventing some of the world's earliest naval torpedoes for use by the British Royal Navy.
    1775 - American troops led by General Richard Montgomery capture the City of Montreal, Canada.
    1789 - Benjamin Franklin wrote to a friend, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." Franklin later repeated it in his newspaper and it has become one of the most popular sayings in the American language.
    1789 - President George Washington ended his tour of the New England states that he began on October 15, traveling in a hired coach, accompanied by Major William Jackson, his aide-de-camp, and Tobias Lear, his private secretary, along with six servants, nine horses, and a luggage wagon. He went as far north as Kittery, ME, then part of Massachusetts. As Rhode Island and Vermont had not yet joined the new government, he did not visit those states. Washington’s first tour of the southern states was made from April 7 to June 12, 1791, during which time he made a 1,887 mile trip from his estate in Mount Vernon, VA, through Philadelphia, south through Virginia, and the Carolinas into Georgia, and back to Mount Vernon.
    1835 - Texans officially proclaimed independence from Mexico and called itself the Lone Star Republic, after its flag, until its admission to the Union in 1845.
    1854 – 284-300 perished as immigrant vessel New Era foundered off New Jersey coast.
    1839 - The Liberty Party, an antislavery party, held its first national convention at Warsaw, NY. It nominated James G. Birney of New York for president. Birney, a former Kentuckian and slaveholder, wielded strong political influence in western New York and the Ohio River Valley. Francis J. Lemoyne was nominated for vice-resident.
    1860 - Helen Archibald Clarke with lifetime partner Charlotte Endymion Porter founded, edited, and published “Poet Lore” which introduced Americans to a number of European modern poets. Both were prolific writers and editors of writings by Shakespeare, Browning, Longfellow, and others. Ms. Clarke was also a talented musician and composer.
    1861 - President Lincoln pays a late-night visit to General George McClellan, who Lincoln had recently named general in chief of the Union army. The general retired to his chambers before speaking with the president. This was the most famous example of McClellan's cavalier disregard for the president's authority. Lincoln had tapped McClellan to head the Army of the Potomac, the main Union army in the East, in July, 1861 after the disastrous Union defeat at the First Battle of Bull Run. McClellan immediately began to build an effective army and he was elevated to general-in-chief after Winfield Scott resigned on October 31. McClellan drew praise for his military initiatives but quickly developed a reputation for his arrogance and contempt toward the political leaders in Washington. After being named to the top post, McClellan began openly to cavort with Democratic leaders in Congress and show his disregard for the Republican administration. To his wife, he wrote that Lincoln was "nothing more than a well-meaning baboon," and Secretary of State William Seward was an "incompetent little puppy." Lincoln made frequent evening visits to McClellan's house to discuss strategy. On November 13, Lincoln, Seward, and Presidential Secretary John Hay stopped by to see the general. McClellan was out, so the trio waited patiently for his return. After an hour, McClellan came in and was told by a porter that the guests were waiting. McClellan headed for his room without a word and, only after Lincoln waited another half-hour, was the group informed of McClellan's retirement to bed. Hay felt that the president should have been greatly offended, but Lincoln casually replied that it was "better at this time not to be making points of etiquette and personal dignity." Lincoln made no more visits to the general's home. He was not a very good general and the Seven Days Campaign, also known as McClellan’s Peninsula Campaign that started on July 1, 1862, was a disaster. On July 11, Maj. General Henry W. Halleck was named commander-in-chief of the Union armies by President Lincoln. Without McClellan criticizing him, Lincoln, on July 22, wanted to issue an Emancipation Proclamation and told his Cabinet it would also be an effort to cripple Confederate manpower, something McClellan had influenced the administration not to do. Lincoln’s cabinet persuaded him to wait for a more favorable military situation to avoid the appearance of “desperation.” On November 5, Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside was name by President Lincoln to replace Gen. McClellan as commander of the Army of the Potomac. McClellan, in 1864, ran as the Democratic candidate for president. In the North, there was considerable dissatisfaction with the progress being made in defeating the Confederacy, so Lincoln did not think his chances of reelection were good. The Democrats were split between those who supported the war and those who wanted peace at almost any price. General Lee, aware of this, was planning an invasion of Washington, DC, but one of his divisions was accidentally encountered in movement on this plan in Gettysburg (but that is another story). The Democratic nominee was Gen. George B. McClellan, commander of the Union Army, who had let several opportunities for victory slip away. The Democratic platform called for peace through reunification of the states but did not say how this was to be done. Fortunately for Lincoln and the Republicans and those opposed to slavery, several important military victories were won in time to influence the outcome. In the 1864 election, Lincoln received 212 electoral votes, McClellan, 21. The popular vote was Lincoln 2,216,067; McClellan, 1.807,725. The results and history of the campaigning are revealing as to the attitudes of the time, and are not reflected in many school books that paint the war as simple to understand.
    1875 - Bowling rules standardization was undertaken when 27 delegates met at Germania Hall, New York City, and organized the National Bowling Association. The association soon went out of existence, however, as did the American Amateur Bowling Union, which was organized in 1890. The first important bowling convention to standardize rules was held by the American Bowling Congress, when it organized On September 9, 1895, in New York City,
    1875 - The first football uniforms were worn in a game at New Haven, CT, by teams from Yale and Harvard.  The Yale team wore dark trousers, blue shirts, and yellow caps, which the Harvard team wore crimson shirts and stockings and knee breeches. Harvard won the game 4-0. The game at that time was closer to rugby than to present-day football. Each team had 15 players.
    1880 - Severe Santa Ana winds and sandstorms in Southern California cause extensive damage.
    1894 - The great Kansas City bandleader Bennie Moten (d. 1935) was born there. Count Basie came from this group, as did many other great jazz musicians.
    1913 - African-American Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, pioneering surgeon, becomes a member of the American College of Surgeons.
    1914 - The brassiere, invented by Caresse Crosby, is patented.
    1921 - Birthday of bass player Eddie Calhoun (d. 1993), Clarksdale, MS
    1921 - That great romancer of the silver screen, Rudolph Valentino, starred in "The Sheik," which was released. "The Sheik" firmly established Valentino’s popular reputation as the Great Lover, and his last film, the comical "Son of the Sheik" (1926), sealed that title. But the actor never thought of himself as a conqueror of women, not as a great actor. He found the Sheik films rather silly. Valentino had plans to make more serious films beginning with an ambitious version of "El Cid," to be called "The Hooded Falcon." In town for the premiere of "Son of the Sheik," he collapsed in New York on August 15, 1926. Valentino died eight days later from peritonitis, before he could begin to work on films that would make the public forget his sheikly shenanigans. So, the grandiose romantic persona persists and we remember Rudolph Valentino as the Great Lover.
    1927 - The Holland Tunnel, running under the Hudson River between New York, NY, and Jersey City, NJ, was opened to traffic. The tunnel was built and operated by the New York-New Jersey Bridge and Tunnel Commission. Comprised of two tubes, each large enough for two lanes of traffic, the Holland was the first underwater tunnel built in the US.
    1928 - Pianist/Composer Hampton Hawes (d. 1977) birthday, Los Angeles.
    1931 - Arkansan Hattie Ophelia Wyatt Caraway was appointed to the U.S. Senate to fill the seat of her late husband. In 1932, she became the first woman to be elected to the Senate in her own right, re-elected in 1938, introduced an Equal Rights Amendment.
    1933 - The first dust storm of the Great Dust Bowl era occurred with dust spreading from Montana to the Ohio Valley, then to the east from Georgia to Maine. Black rain fell in New York and brown snow in Vermont.  Parts of South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa reported zero visibility on the 12th. On the 13th, dust reduced the visibility to half a mile in Tennessee.
    1933 - In Austin, Minnesota, striking workers at the packing plant of George A. Hormel & Co. hold the first recorded sit-down strike in American labor history. The technique is a variation on earlier methods of striking such as refusal-to-work strikes and stay-in strikes and proves the most effective of the three in discouraging violence.  Sit-downs begin a wave of strikes across the nation and many fear labor is getting too strong
as it begins to win its demands of the last 75 years.
    1937 - The first symphony orchestra devoted exclusively to radio broadcasting was the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) Symphony Orchestra under conductor Arturo Toscanini. Television has had no such orchestra.
    1940 - U.S. Supreme Court rules in Hansberry v. Lee that African Americans cannot be barred from white neighborhoods.
    1940 - Benny Goodman records Eddie Sauter’s ”Benny Rides Again.”
    1943 - Leonard Bernstein replaced an indisposed Bruno Walter as conductor of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
    1944 - Top Hits
“Dance with the Dolly” - The Russ Morgan Orchestra (vocal: Al Jennings)
“I’ll Walk Alone” - Dinah Shore
“The Trolley Song” - The Pied Pipers
“Smoke on the Water” - Red Foley
    1946 - General Electric scientists produced snow in the Massachusetts Berkshires in the first modern day cloud seeding experiment.
    1951 - Janet Collins, ballerina, becomes the first Black dancer to appear with the Metropolitan Opera Company.
    1952 - Top Hits
“You Belong to Me” - Jo Stafford
“Wish You Were Here” - Eddie Fisher
“Because You’re Mine” - Mario Lanza
“Jambalaya” (“On the Bayou”) - Hank Williams
    1952 - Harvard's Paul Zoll becomes the first man to use electric shock to treat cardiac arrest.
    1953 - Strong southeasterly winds associated with a Pacific cold front reached 70 mph at Sacramento, CA to equal their all-time record. The previous record had been established in a similar weather pattern on December 12th of the previous year. I believe my father Lawrence Menkin was the producer for NBC of this series.
    1955 - NBC showed the first live TV program from a foreign country (noncontiguous). Scenes from Havana, Cuba were seen by viewers of Dave Garroway’s "Wide Wide World" program.
    1956 - The Supreme Court ruled that segregation on buses and streetcars was unconstitutional.  Southern states either ignored or rebelled against the Supreme Court ruling against segregation in the public schools. In Montgomery, Alabama, blacks boycotted buses.
    1958 – NYC Mayor Robert Wagner announced preliminary plans for a third major league. Chairman William Shea of what will become the Continental League, says it is apparent that the National League is going to ignore New York City. He implies that the new league will be free to raid major league rosters.  Ironically, many have found that Shea’s uncompromising positions led to the departures of the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants to California.
    1960 - Top Hits
“Save the Last Dance for Me” - The Drifters
“Poetry in Motion” - Johnny Tillotson
“Georgia on My Mind” - Ray Charles
“Wings of a Dove” - Ferlin Husky
    1961 - The Tokens' "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" is released.
    1963 - Birthday of Vincent Frank “Vinny” Testaverde, football player, born New York, NY.
    1964 - Forward Bob Pettit of the St. Louis Hawks became the first player in NBA history to reach the 20,000–point mark when he scored 29 points in a 123-106 loss to the Cincinnati Royals.
    1965 - James Brown's "I Got You" enters both the pop and R&B charts. The song will reach Number One R&B and #3 pop and will become the Godfather of Soul's most enduring and most readily identifiable songs.
    1965 - The McCoys' "Fever" is released.
    1966 - The Dead, Quicksilver, and Big Brother and the Holding Company Benefit at the San Francisco Avalon Ballroom for the Zen Mountain Center.
    1967 - Carl Burton Stokes became the first black in the US elected mayor when he won the Cleveland, OH, mayoral election. Died April 3, 1996.
    1968 – The Beatles movie, "Yellow Submarine," premiered in the U.S. Their single, "Hey Jude," topped the pop music charts (it was in its 7th of 9 weeks at #1).
    1968 - Top Hits
“Hey Jude” - The Beatles
“Those Were the Days” - Mary Hopkin
“Love Child” - Diana Ross & The Supremes
“I Walk Alone” - Marty Robbins
    1969 - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Cold Blood, Joy of Cooking, and Lamb perform at Winterland in San Francisco
    1971 - The first satellite launched from the earth to orbit another planet was Mariner 9, an unmanned American spacecraft that was sent to Mars to photograph the surface and to study the planet’s thin atmosphere, clouds, and hazes, surface chemistry, and seasonable changes. The satellite entered Martian orbit at 7:33pm EST. It mapped 70 percent of the planet’s surface.
    1973 - Peter, Paul and Mary's "In The Wind" LP goes gold.
    1974 - Karen Silkwood murdered during her investigation of Kerr-McGee Nuclear Power Plant in Oklahoma. All her documentation of safety violations disappeared.  Following her mysterious death, which received extensive coverage, her estate filed a lawsuit against Kerr-McGee, which was eventually settled for $1.38 million. This plant experienced theft of plutonium by workers during this era. She joined the union and became an activist on behalf of issues of health and safety at the plant as a member of the union's negotiating team, the first woman to have that position at Kerr-McGee. In the summer of 1974, she testified to the Atomic Energy Commission about her concerns.  For three days in November, she was found to have plutonium contamination on her person and in her home. That month, while driving to meet with David Burnham, a New York Times journalist, and Steve Wodka, an official of her union's national office, she died in a car crash under suspicious circumstances.  Silkwood was portrayed by Meryl Streep in Mike Nichols’ 1983 Academy Award-nominated film “Silkwood.”
    1974 - Vietnam War memorial dedicated, Washington, D.C.  The Memorial Wall, by architect Maya Lin, is made up of two 246-foot-9-inch long gabbro walls, etched with the names of the servicemen being honored in panels of horizontal rows with regular typeface and spacing.  The walls are sunken into the ground, with the earth behind them. At the highest tip (the apex where they meet), they are 10.1 feet high, and they taper to a height of 8 inches at their extremities. Symbolically, this is described as a "wound that is closed and healing."
    1974 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Whatever Gets You Through the Night," John Lennon. Elton John plays piano and organ and sings backing vocals on the song.
    1975 - "Feelings" by Morris Albert, went gold.
    1976 - Top Hits
“Tonight’s the Night” (“Gonna Be Alright”) - Rod Stewart
“The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald” - Gordon Lightfoot
“Love So Right” - Bee Gees
“Somebody Somewhere” (“Don’t Know What He’s Missin’ Tonight”) - Loretta Lynn
    1977 - After 43 years as a regular feature in hundreds of newspapers, "Li’l Abner," by creator Al Capp, ended. This was one of the most popular cartoons of its day, including a Broadway musical, and Capp was a favorite guest of late TV shows.
    1979 - For the first time in Major League history, two players shared the Most Valuable Player award. The National League co-winners are Willie Stargell, the spiritual leader of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who hit .281 with 32 home runs, and St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Keith Hernandez, who led the NL in runs (116), doubles (48) and batting average (.344).
    1981 - A powerful cyclone brought high winds to Washington State and Oregon. The cyclone, which formed about 1000 miles west of San Francisco, intensified rapidly as it approached the Oregon coast with the central pressure reaching 28.22 inches (956 millibars). A wind trace from the Whiskey Run Turbine Site, about 12 miles south of Coos Bay in Oregon, showed peak gusts to 97 mph fifty feet above ground level. The wind caused widespread damage in Washington and Oregon, with 12 deaths reported. As much as four feet of snow fell in the Sierra Nevada Range of northern California.
    1984 - Top Hits
“Caribbean Queen” (“No More Love on the Run”) - Billy Ocean
“Purple Rain” - Prince & The Revolution
“Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” - Wham!
“I’ve Been Around Enough to Know” - John Schneider
    1986 - The state of California put Fricot City on the auction block for $8.8 million. The ‘city’ was actually the former ranch/private estate of Desiré Fricot. It had become a California Youth Authority camp in 1945. Located about 60 miles southeast of Sacramento, Fricot City featured some twenty homes, two gymnasiums, two swimming pools, a full twelve-grade school, a fire station, an infirmary and a chapel. ( scroll to bottom to see map )
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    1987 - A storm moving off the Pacific Ocean produced rain and gale force winds along the northern and central Pacific coast, and heavy snow in the Cascade Mountains. Cold weather prevailed in the southeastern U.S. Five cities reported record low temperatures for the date, including Asheville, NC with a reading of 21 degrees.
    1988 - Low pressure brought rain and snow and gusty winds to the northeastern U.S. A thunderstorm drenched Agawam, MA with 1.25 inches of rain in fifteen minutes. Winds gusted to 58 mph at Nantucket, MA.
    1987 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "I Think We're Alone Now," Tiffany. Tiffany Darwish was born Oct. 2, 1971, making her the first artist with a No. 1 hit to be born in the 1970s.
    1989 - After 16 years with the same team, Jim Rice is released by the Red Sox. The Boston outfielder retires from the game with a career .298 average with 382 home runs.  Rice was an 8-time All-Star and the 1978 AL MVP. He became the ninth player to lead the major leagues in total bases in consecutive seasons and joined Ty Cobb as one of two players to lead the AL in total bases three years in a row. He batted .300 seven times, collected 100 RBIs eight times and 200 hits four times, and had eleven seasons with 20 HRs. He also led the league in home runs three times, RBIs and slugging percentage twice each.  The Baseball Hall of Fame inducted him in 2009.
    1989 - Thirty-two cities in the central and eastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date as readings warmed into the 70s as far north as Michigan and Pennsylvania. Afternoon highs in the 80s were reported from the Southern Plains to the southern Atlantic coast. Columbia, SC reported a record high of 86 degrees, and the high of 71 degrees at Flint, MI was their warmest of record for so late in the season.
    1997 – The UN pulled its weapons inspectors from Iraq.
    1998 - New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe set an NFL record for most passes completed in a game with 45 vs. Minnesota.
    1998 – The ball thrown by Boston Red Sox pitcher Howard Ehmke and hit by Babe Ruth for the first home run in Yankee Stadium history sold at an auction for $126,500. Mark Scala found the 1923 historic ball in the attic of his grandmother's home several years ago.  Viola Bevilacque, his 87-year-old mother, remembered the ball that had been given to her husband as a prize in 1927 for making the New Jersey all-state high school baseball team. The ball, hit by Ruth on Yankee Stadium's opening day in 1923, was kept in the attic of the house she has lived in since 1946.  When he found out about the ball, which was signed by Ruth and carried an inscription identifying it as the first home run in Yankee Stadium, Mr. Scala took it to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. There, he met Peter Clark, the curator of collections.  The first question he asked was whether Cooperstown had Ruth's first Yankee Stadium home run ball. Mr. Clark confirmed that the ball was not in the museum. He also told Mr. Scala that Ruth's signature on the ball was consistent with his autograph.  Mr. Scala then took the ball to authenticators, who decided that Mr. Scala did have the first Yankee Stadium home run ball.
    1999 - Lennox Lewis won a unanimous decision over tattooed Evander Holyfield for 12 rounds in Las Vegas to capture the title.
    2000 - Becoming the first pitcher to win the American League Cy Young award unanimously in consecutive years, Red Sox hurler Pedro Martinez (18-6,1.74) has copped the 'top pitcher' honor three of the last four seasons.  Martinez entered the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015 in his first year of eligibility.
    2001 - Top Hits
“Family Affair” - Mary J. Blige
“I'm Real” - Jennifer Lopez Featuring Ja Rule
“Hero” - Enrique Iglesias
“Fallin'” - Alicia Keys
    2002 - The Giants select former Expo veteran skipper Felipe Alou to replace Dusty Baker as their new manager. The 67-year-old Dominican Republic native compiled a 691-717 record during his ten years at the helm with Montreal and was selected as the National League Manager of the Year in the 1994 strike-shortened season. He was replaced at the end of the 2006, but is still involved in San Francisco Giants activities.
    2005 - Chicago Bears cornerback Nathan Vasher returns a missed field goal 108 yards for a touchdown, the longest play in NFL history.
    2010 - According to China, a report submitted to the U.N. Security Council on violation of the Darfur weapons embargo is ridden with flaws and vaguely worded.
    2013 - The largest fancy orange diamond on record was sold at Christie's auction in Geneva; the 14.82-carat stunner sold for $35.5 million.  The painting, 'Three Studies of Lucian Freud' by Sir Francis Bacon, sold for a record-high price of $142 million.
    2018 – The trial of drug kingpin, El Chapo, began in NYC.  A former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, he is considered to have been the most powerful drug trafficker in the world.  His status as a fugitive resulted in an $8.8 million combined reward from Mexico and the U.S. for information leading to his capture, and he was arrested in Mexico in 2014.  He escaped prior to formal sentencing in 2015, through a tunnel under his jail cell. Mexican authorities recaptured him following a shoot-out in 2016 and extradited him to the U.S. a year later. In 2019, he was found guilty of multiple criminal charges related to his leadership of the Sinaloa Cartel and is currently serving a life sentence at Florence, CO.
    2018 – Amazon announced plans for additional HQs, in Queens, NYC, and Arlington, VA.  The Queens location was eliminated after significant resistant by Queens government representatives, while construction has begun on the Crystal City HQ location in Arlington just outside Washington, DC.
    2019 – The first day of public testimony in the impeachment trial of President Trump.  Trump was accused of withholding military aid to pressure the newly-elected president of Ukraine to pursue investigations of Joe Biden and his son Hunter, and to investigate a theory that Ukraine, not Russia, was behind interference in the US 2016 presidential election.  On October 31, the House of Representatives voted 232–196 to establish procedures for public hearings, which started on November 13. As hearings began, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Trump may have committed bribery, which is listed in Article Two as an impeachable offense.   Private and public congressional testimony by twelve government witnesses in November 2019 presented evidence that Trump demanded political favors in exchange for official action. On December 10, the House Judiciary Committee unveiled their articles of impeachment: one for abuse of power and one for obstruction of Congress.   Three days later, the Judiciary Committee voted along party lines (23–17) to approve both articles.  On December 16, the House Judiciary Committee released a report specifying criminal bribery and wire fraud charges as part of the abuse of power charge.  On December 18, the House voted mostly along party lines to impeach the president on both charges. The vote on Article One, abuse of power, was 230–197, with one vote of present. All Republicans voted against the article, joined by two Democrats. The vote on Article Two, obstruction of Congress, was 229–198, with one vote of present. All Republicans voted against the article, joined by three Democrats.  The President was impeached on December 18, 2019.  The impeachment trial began in the Senate on January 16, 2020 and concluded with his acquittal on February 5. 



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