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Monday, October 29, 2018

Red Sox capture World Series

Today's Leasing News Headlines

Pictures from the Past -- 1995
   Angelucci, Rafter, Sampaio, Frontario
Position Wanted – Credit
   Work Remotely or Relocate for Right Opportunity
Leasing News Top Stories
   October 22 - October 26
Third Quarter Up, Although September Down Slightly
   September was “hot”
Leasing Industry Ads---Help Wanted
  Alliance Capital/Centra Funding/Phoenix Funding Group
Funders Looking for Broker Business
Funders Taking "New" Broker Business List
  BSB/Bankers Capital/Forum Leasing/TimePayment
CSG's Attorney Hornby Elected to Board of Directors
   of National Equipment Finance Association
  San Antonio, Texas  Adopt a Dog
American Association of Commercial Finance Brokers
  Two Major Conference 2019 – Save the Dates!!!
News Briefs---
Microsoft's typical worker makes $168K a year
  How that compares with other San Francisco Bay Area tech employers

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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Pictures from the Past -- 1995
Angelucci, Rafter, Sampaio, Frontario

“Cha, Cha, Cha!”   Sue Angelucci, Lisa Rafter, The Monitor; Len Sampaio, Security Financial Services; and Frank L. Frontario, Mercantile Lessors, Inc., shakin’ it on the way to Las Fiesta de Los Vientes.”
   Western Association of Equipment Lessors, Regional Reporter, November, 1995


Sue Angelucci, no current information, but it appears her daughter, Susie, is director of Advertising Sales at the Monitor & ABFJournal, as of October, 2018.

Lisa Rafter, co-owner of LK Consulting Partners, Greater Philadelphia Area, since 2017, recent co-owner of Monitor and Molloy Associates. She was publisher & Editor, The Monitor& ABF Journal (1995 - 2004).

Len Sampaio retired March, 1988, moving to his ten acre ranch in Turlock, California.  He had been in business for 35 years.

Frank Frontario, V.P., North Texas Credit, Dallas/Fort Worth Area, since May 2003.



Position Wanted – Credit
Work Remotely or Relocate for Right Opportunity

 Portland, Oregon

Experienced commercial banker and former commercial equipment leasing industry professional. Over twenty years’ experience in credit analysis, underwriting, sales and collections. Known for creative problem solving and strong quantitative & qualitative analytical skills.  Demonstrated ability to gather information, evaluate and make informed strategic business decisions to maximize profit and mitigate risk. Well known for ability to develop strong business relationships with Clients and large list of national equipment leasing Brokers. Please see attached resume and contact me below if interested. 
Orlando, Florida - Will work remotely

As a Commercial Credit Analyst/Underwriter, I have evaluated transactions from sole proprietorships to listed companies, across a broad spectrum of industries, embracing a multitude of asset types. Sound understanding of balance sheet, income statement and cash flow dynamics which impact credit decisions. Strong appreciation for credit/asset risk.
407 430-3917

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Leasing News Top Stories
October 22 - October 26

(Stories most opened by readers)

(1) More on Major Leasing Company Firing CEO
         for Alleged Sexual Abuse

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

(3) NACLB 2018 Annual Conference Report
          Trump National Doral Resort
              By Shervin Rashti, CLFP

(4) Four Types of Interim Rent
           By Christopher Menkin

(5) Since I need a loan, I'm a bad risk?

(6) 2018 ELFA Annual Convention – Over 1,000 Strong
  Report from Bruce Kropschot and David Wiener, the Alta Group

(7) Financing Equipment Bundled with Software and
  Services Held Not to Create a True Lease in Bankruptcy
By Tom McCurnin, Leasing News Legal Editor

(8) NJ Legislation Advances Requiring Truth in Lending
      Type Disclosures for Small Business Loans and MCAs
  By Robert L. Hornby, Esq.

(9) McDonald's, Starbucks, Subway, Dunkin' Donuts:
 The cost of the biggest fast-food franchises

(10) Why Your Credit Score Could Soon Go Up
  UltraFICO Explained 



Third Quarter Up, Although September Down Slightly
September was “hot”

(Chart: Leasing News)

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association's (ELFA) Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), reports overall new business volume for September was $8.5 billion, down from August, $8.9 billion.  But in comparing quarterly figures, the chart shows improvement from the first quarter. The fourth quarter is usually the best reported by the MLFI-25, due primarily to yearly contracts being signed as well as tax advantages available.


The weather in September has a tremendous effect as reported:

  • September 2018 was the warmest September in 60 U.S. cities.
  • Sixteen cities experienced a record-wet September.
  • It was the driest September in at least a half-dozen locations outside of California.

Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina hard, as well as surrounding areas. Iowa had record rain: Norfolk, Virginia had the warmest month since 1881.

As if the record warmth wasn't enough, it was the wettest September in another 16 U.S. cities, all east of the Rockies. In the Desert Southwest, Needles and Blythe, California, Tucson, Arizona, and Las Vegas also recorded their hottest September on record.

It appears climate change is having an economic impact, as well as driving shopping more online; UPS, Federal Express and others experiencing an increase.

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Funders Looking for Broker Business

To qualify for this list, the company must be a funder (as qualified by Leasing News) and on the “Funder List,” an acceptable Better Business Bureau Rating and no history of complaints at Leasing News. Also, it is their practice to notify lessees in advance when the lease will end and what the residual will be, specifically not automating extra lease payments, or insisting their discounter follow the same policy. We reserve the right to not list a company who does not meet these qualifications.

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
Allegheny Valley Bank Leasing 
Allstate Leasing
American Leasefund, Inc.
Bankers Capital 
Barrett Capital Corporation
Baystone Government Finance/
KS StateBank

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

Cobra Capital LLC
Dakota Financial 
Dedicated Funding 
Exchange Bank Leasing (formerly Dumac Leasing)
FirstLease, Inc.
First Federal Leasing
First Foundation Bank
First Midwest Equipment Finance
Financial Pacific Leasing
Forum Financial Services, Inc.
Gonor Funding
Global Financial & Leasing Services, LLC
Madison Capital

Mesa Leasing
National Equipment Finance
NexTier Leasing
NFS Leasing, Inc
North Mill Equipment Finance 
Northwest Leasing Company, Inc
P&L Capital Corporation
Padco Financial Services
Pacific Mercantile Bank 
Pawnee Leasing Corporation
RLC Funding
SLIM Capital, LLC 
Standard Professional Services, LLC
TEAM Funding Solutions
Your Leasing Solution, LLC

Full Listing Information:



Funders Taking "New" Broker Business List

Bankers Capital 
Forum Leasing

The following “funders” have informed Leasing News they will consider business from “new” third party originators.  Many companies require a certain length of time in business and other requirements, such as a specific volume of business.  These “funders” will consider submissions from those new in the leasing and finance business: 

In Business Since 
Leasing Association
Business Reports

BSB Leasing, Inc.
1992 Colorado, Hawaii
Don Meyerson,
Bruce Zwillinger, Vice President 800.945.3372 ext.
Steve Crane, CLP
VP, Commercial Division
Randy Propect, East
Vicki Shimkus,CLP 
West Coast


$10,000 Minimum
Application Only to
$250,000 Financial
Statement Transaction
Up to $1MM Business
Loans Up to $500K

Bankers Capital
Larry LaChance - President
50 states
$25,000 +


Forum Financial Services, Inc.
Tim O'Connor
972.690.9444 ext. 225
240 Lake Park Blvd. Suite 112
Richardson, TX 75080
$50,000 - $1.5 million (Our average size transaction is $250,000. Preferred range $100,000 - $500,000)
Timepayment Corp
(Subsidiary of
Microfinancial Corp.)
Burlington, Massachusetts
Scott Baider
877-868-3800 x7002
$500 to $100,000

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




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CSG's Attorney Hornby Elected to Board of Directors
of National Equipment Finance Association

Robert L. Hornby, Co-Chair of Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC’s (“CSG”) Equipment Leasing & Asset Based Lending Group, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Equipment Finance Association (“NEFA”). His election was announced at NEFA’s 2018 Funding Symposium in Charlotte, NC.

NEFA is a national association serving independent, middle-market equipment finance companies, lessors and brokers. Membership on the association’s board is reserved to 13 members who have demonstrated leadership in the leasing industry.

Michael Toglia, NEFA’s Executive Director said, “Robert is a tremendous addition to the NEFA Board of Directors. He has been an active member of the association for years and is certain to bring fresh perspectives and valuable insights to the association’s leadership.”

Hornby on the appointment, commented, “It is a great honor to be selected by my peers to contribute toward NEFA’s ultimate mission of facilitating success among its membership.

 “I look forward to working closely alongside fellow members of the leadership team in developing valuable programs to the benefit of our member base, which today represents nearly 300 companies across the country.”

Hornby represents national and regional banks and finance companies in all aspects of equipment leasing, asset based lending and civil litigation in New York and New Jersey State and federal courts, including matters in United States Bankruptcy Courts. He regularly counsels clients on a variety of matters unique to the equipment finance and leasing industry – ranging from drafting master documentation to the enforcement of lessors’ and secured creditors’ rights.

A thought leader in his field, Hornby co-authored Secured Transactions for the Practitioner: How to Properly Perfect Your Personal Property Lien and Assure Priority – a guide well-respected within the equipment finance community. Additionally, he serves as a member of the Lease Enforcement Attorney Network and the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association.

(He is the author of:
NJ Legislation Advances Requiring Truth in Lending
      Type Disclosures for Small Business Loans and MCAs

Robert l Hornby
973.530.2232 fax
Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC
One Boland Drive | West Orange, NJ 07052
11 Times Square, 31st Floor | New York, NY 10036

### Press Release ############################


San Antonio, Texas  Adopt a Dog

ID# 30937547
Age: 2 years, 10 months
Weight: 56 lbs.
Adoption fee: $60
Location: ADL Main Campus

"When I see you I’ll probably have an “eek” moment and run off to the other side of my kennel. I know, it’s silly but I can be shy around new people. All you need to do is bring out some treats for me and be patient with me. Eventually, I’ll be ready to go outside for a walk with you and I’ll be sweet to you. I really enjoy going outside and will start to play once I feel comfortable. Will you give a shy dog like me a chance to let my true personality shine?"

The pet adoption fee includes:
Spay/neuter surgery, age appropriate vaccinations, microchip, internal and external parasite treatment, heartworm prevention, 30 days of 24PetWatch Pet Insurance, a starter bag of Heritage Ranch by H-E-B pet food and more! Fees may be different during adoption specials. Call 210-655-1481 for details or view our Calendar of Events for current specials!

Animal Defense League of Texas Main Campus
1300 Nacogdoches Rd, San Antonio, TX 78217
Telephone: 210 - 655-1481
Contact Us:

Shelter Hours: 11:00 am-7:00 pm daily
(Adoption applications accepted until 6:30 pm)

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American Association of Commercial Finance Brokers
Two Major Conference 2019 – Save the Dates!!!

2019 AACFB Annual Conference
Starts:  May 2, 2019 1:40 PM (PT)
Ends:  May 4, 2019 1:40 PM (PT)
Where:   Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV, 89109, US

Hotel and Travel Information

2019 AACFB Commercial Financing Expo
Starts:  Sep 19, 2019 8:35 PM (ET)
Ends:  Sep 20, 2019 8:35 PM (ET)
Where:   Gaylord Palms Resort, 6000 West Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, FL, 34746, US


News Briefs----

Microsoft's typical worker makes $168K a year
How that compares with other San Francisco Bay Area tech employers


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Behind the scenes of 'Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown'
      with director Morgan Fallon



By Charles Ghigna ©

Published: Boyd Mills Press (2003)

The slits of his eyes
hidden in shadows
beneath the bill of his cap,
he watches and waits
like a patient cat
to catch what comes
his way.

and he pounces
upon the ball,
his hands flying
above the grass,
flinging his prey
on its way
across the diamond
into a double-play.


Sports Briefs---

The losing isn’t the worst part about these dreadful Jets games

Takeaways: Raiders crumble late, fall to 1-6 after loss to Colts

49ers’ skid continues with 18-15 loss to Cardinals

N.F.L. Week 8: Rams Stay Undefeated With Second-Half Surge Against Green Bay

'Maniac' Darius Leonard Has Gone from Clemson Castoff
     to Rookie NFL Sensation


California Nuts Briefs---

Farm-fresh housing in Silicon Valley:
Innovative plan to combine housing, farmland nears vote



“Gimme that Wine”

Americans Are Spending Like Crazy On Eating Out

Wine Prices by vintage

US/International Wine Events

Leasing News Wine & Spirits Page


This Day in History

    1682 - William Penn lands in what will become Pennsylvania. He originally called it Sylvania, but the King changed it to Pennsylvania in granted the charter.
    1815 - Birthday of Daniel Emmett DeCatur (d. 1904), born Mt. Vernon, OH.  Creator of words and music for the song “Dixie,” which became a fighting song for Confederate troops and unofficial “national anthem” of the South.
    1837 - Birthday of African-American folk artist Harriet Powers (d. 1910), now nationally recognized for her quilts, born in rural Georgia.
    1849 - In San Francisco, Rowe's Olympic Circus and the Ethiopian Serenaders opened today. The circus was situated in the block bounded by Kearny, Clay, Montgomery and Sacramento streets. Admission $3, a lot of money in its day.
    1850 - Grand celebration ball given by the citizens of San Francisco in honor of the admission of California into the Union. Col. Jonathan D. Stevenson was Grand Marshal. Elizabeth Maria Wills sang an ode written for the celebration.
    1859 – Charles Ebbets (d. 1925) was born in NYC.  He worked for the Brooklyn franchise when he was young, selling scorecards, taking tickets, etc.  Ebbets bought a small amount of stock in the club in 1890. became its secretary in 1896 and president in 1897, although he was still a minority stockholder. During the 1898 season, Ebbets decided to manage the club himself, without any notable success. Ebbets borrowed enough money in the early 1900s to buy the rest of the stock in the club. In August of 1912, Ebbets sold half of the club to the McKeever brothers for $100,000. He was the president of the ballclub, while Edward McKeever headed the company which owned the land and the ballpark. Ebbets Field was built in 1912-13 and named for him.
    1863 - Battle of Wauhatchie (Brown's Ferry) concludes: The troops of Union General Ulysses S. Grant open a supply line into Chattanooga, Tennessee when they drive away a Confederate attack by General James Longstreet. Although the Confederates still held the high ground above Chattanooga, the new supply line allowed the Union to hold the city and prepare for a major new offensive the next month. After the Battle of Chickamauga in northern Georgia on September 19 and 20, the defeated Union army of General William Rosecrans fled back to nearby Chattanooga. Braxton Bragg's Confederates took up positions along Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge to the east of the city. The Rebel lines made a semicircle around the city, and Confederate guns closed traffic on the Tennessee River. As a result, Union supplies had to come over a rugged mountainous route from the west. This line was vulnerable to a Confederate attack, and it made the Union's hold on Chattanooga tenuous at best. On October 23, Grant arrived as the new commander of all western forces. He immediately ordered two brigades to attack Brown's Ferry, where the Confederates were blocking river traffic to Chattanooga. The Yankees captured the ferry on October 27, then held off a counterattack to maintain control. On the night of October 28, Longstreet mounted a much larger attack to retake the crossing. The Confederates possessed superior numbers but could not pry the Union troops from the river. In the dark, the Yankees held and Longstreet withdrew his forces before dawn. The Union suffered 78 killed, 327 wounded, and 15 missing, while the Confederates suffered 34 killed, 305 wounded, and 69 missing. The Battle of Wauhatchie was one of the few Civil War engagements that took place at night. As a result of the battle, the Tennessee River was reopened for the Union and supplies reached Grant's troops. One month later, Grant drove the Confederates from the mountains around Chattanooga.
    1889 – The New York Giants became the first repeat World Series champions in Major League history by defeating the Brooklyn Bridegrooms in the best-of-11 matchup.
    1891 – Fanny Brice (d. 1951) was born Fania Borach in NYC.  Illustrated song model, comedienne, singer, theater, and film actress who made many stage, radio and film appearances and is known as the creator and star of the top-rated radio comedy series “The Baby Snooks Show.”  She was portrayed on the Broadway stage by Barbra Streisand in the 1964 musical “Funny Girl;” Streisand also starred in its 1968 film adaptation, for which she won an Oscar.
    1902 - Fredric Brown (d. 1972) was born in Cincinnati, OH.  American writer, one of the most ingenious American crime, mystery writers, and also wrote science fiction to overcome — as he said — the too real aspect of detective fiction. He also wrote television plays for Alfred Hitchcock series. “Martian Go Home” was one of his best sellers. His other notable novels include Night of the Jabberwock (1951) and The Deep End (1952)
    1917 - The temperature at Denver, CO, dipped to zero, and at Soda Butte, WY, the mercury plunged to 33 degrees below zero, a U.S. record for the month of October.
    1920 – Boston Red Sox GM Ed Barrow became GM of the New York Yankees, mere months after they acquired Babe Ruth from the same Sox team.  Barrow remained GM until 1944 during which time he fashioned one of the greatest championship runs in modern sports history.  They played in 12 World Series, winning 10.  Barrow was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1953.
    1921 – Birthday of Bill Mauldin (d. 2003), Mountain Park, NM.   Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist [1945, 1959] who created G.I. Joe and Willie.   He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in recognition of his contributions to military morale.
    1922 - Composer/arranger/trumpet player Neal Hefti (d. 2008) birthday, Hastings, NE.
    1923 - "Runnin' Wild" (introducing the Charleston) opens on Broadway.
    1925 - Tenor saxophone player Zoot Sims, born John Haley Sims (d. 1985) , Inglewood, CA.
    1925 - History records Howard Johnson's as the first franchise chain. The chain got its start when Howard Dearing Johnson, the proprietor of a drugstore in Quincy, MA, began making ice cream with a hand-held crank to sell at the soda fountain. Unable to finance additional restaurants on his own, he began franchising his name and the formulas for his ice cream and other specialties. The first restaurant to which he granted a franchise, in 1932, was on Cape Cod. Eventually, the chain had 600 restaurants across the country. Johnson's innovations included the use of a central commissary to supply all franchises with food of consistent quality and the location of diners along highways.  It was the largest restaurant chain in the U.S. throughout the 1960s and 1970s, with more than 1,000 combined company-owned and franchised outlets.  Howard Johnson hotels and motels are now part of Wyndham Worldwide. Howard Johnson's restaurants were franchised separately from the hotel brand beginning in 1986, but in the years that followed, severely dwindled in number and all but disappeared by the 21st century. Just one Howard Johnson's restaurant remains: in Lake George, NY.
    1929 - The New York Stock Exchange crashed in what will be called the Crash of 1929 or "Black Tuesday," four days after President Herbert Hoover had declared “The fundamental business of the country ... is on a sound and prosperous basis.” The Great Depression had begun as more than 16 million shares were dumped and billions of dollars were lost. The boom was over and the malaise lasted until World War II.  Some analysts had warned that the buying spree, with prices 15 to 150 times above earnings, had to stop at some point. Frightened investors ordered their brokers to sell at whatever price. The Great Depression enveloped North Amer­ica, Europe and other industrialized countries. In 1932, one out of four US workers was unemployed.,,301462,00.html
    1934 - Birthday of alto sax player Jimmy Woods (d. 2018), St. Louis, MO
    1936 - Singer Hank Snow makes his first recordings, "Lonesome Blue Yodel" & "Prisoned Cowboy."
    1942 – Branch Rickey resigned from the St. Louis Cardinals to become president of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
    1944 - HAJIRO, BARNEY F., Medal of Honor
Private Barney F. Hajiro distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 19, 22, and 29 October 1944, in the vicinity of Bruyeres and Biffontaine, eastern France. Private Hajiro, while acting as a sentry on top of an embankment on 19 October 1944, in the vicinity of Bruyeres, France, rendered assistance to allied troops attacking a house 200 yards away by exposing himself to enemy fire and directing fire at an enemy strong point. He assisted the unit on his right by firing his automatic rifle and killing or wounding two enemy snipers. On 22 October 1944, he and one comrade took up an outpost security position about 50 yards to the right front of their platoon, concealed themselves, and ambushed an 18-man, heavily armed, enemy patrol, killing two, wounding one, and taking the remainder as prisoners. On 29 October 1944, in a wooded area in the vicinity of Biffontaine, France, Private Hajiro initiated an attack up the slope of a hill referred to as "Suicide Hill" by running forward approximately 100 yards under fire. He then advanced ahead of his comrades about 10 yards, drawing fire and spotting camouflaged machine gun nests. He fearlessly met fire with fire and single-handedly destroyed two machine gun nests and killed two enemy snipers. As a result of Private Hajiro’s heroic actions, the attack was successful. Private Hajiro’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon him, his unit, and the United States Army.
    1944 - *OKUBO, JAMES K., Medal of Honor
Technician Fifth Grade James K. Okubo distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 28 and 29 October and 4 November 1944, in the Foret Domaniale de Champ, near Biffontaine, eastern France. On 28 October, under strong enemy fire coming from behind mine fields and roadblocks, Technician Fifth Grade Okubo, a medic, crawled 150 yards to within 40 yards of the enemy lines. Two grenades were thrown at him while he left his last covered position to carry back wounded comrades. Under constant barrages of enemy small arms and machine gun fire, he treated 17 men on 28 October and 8 more men on 29 October. On 4 November, Technician Fifth Grade Okubo ran 75 yards under grazing machine gun fire and, while exposed to hostile fire directed at him, evacuated and treated a seriously wounded crewman from a burning tank, who otherwise would have died. Technician Fifth Grade James K. Okubo’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 - SAKATO, GEORGE T., Medal of Honor
Private George T. Sakato distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 29 October 1944, on hill 617 in the vicinity of Biffontaine, France. After his platoon had virtually destroyed two enemy defense lines, during which he personally killed five enemy soldiers and captured four, his unit was pinned down by heavy enemy fire. Disregarding the enemy fire, Private Sakato made a one-man rush that encouraged his platoon to charge and destroy the enemy strongpoint. While his platoon was reorganizing, he proved to be the inspiration of his squad in halting a counter-attack on the left flank during which his squad leader was killed. Taking charge of the squad, he continued his relentless tactics, using an enemy rifle and P-38 pistol to stop an organized enemy attack. During this entire action, he killed 12 and wounded two, personally captured four and assisted his platoon in taking 34 prisoners. By continuously ignoring enemy fire, and by his gallant courage and fighting spirit, he turned impending defeat into victory and helped his platoon complete its mission. Private Sakato’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.
    1950 - Detroit's Wally Trippett established an NFL record with 294 kickoff return yards against Los Angeles. The record has since been broken by Tyrone Hughes but his average of 73.5 yards per return still stands.
    1953 - Top Hits
“You, You, You”- The Ames Brothers
“No Other Love” - Perry Como
“Oh” - Pee Wee Hunt
“I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know” - The Davis Sisters
    1953 - The sale of the St. Louis Browns from Bill Veeck to a group of Baltimore investors was completed, and the American League's most hapless team became the Orioles.
    1954 - Dizzy Gillespie and Roy Eldridge record “Trumpet Kings” album, Verve.
    1955 - Billboard reviews Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti" and calls it "cleverly styled novelty with nonsense words, rapid fire delivery."
    1955 - Roger Williams' "Autumn Leaves" hits #1
    1956 - John Cameron Swayze and "The Camel News Caravan" were replaced by Chet Huntley and David Brinkley on NBC-TV. The "Huntley-Brinkley Report" clicked so well that the respected newsmen reported nightly until July of 1970. “Good night Chet. Good night David. And good night from NBC News.”
    1956 – Israeli armed forces push into Egypt toward the Suez Canal, initiating the Suez Crisis. They would soon be joined by French and British forces, creating a serious Cold War problem in the Middle East. The catalyst for the joint Israeli-British-French attack on Egypt was the nationalization of the Suez Canal by Egyptian leader General Gamal Abdel Nasser in July, 1956. The situation had been brewing for some time. Two years earlier, the Egyptian military had begun pressuring the British to end its military presence (which had been granted in the 1936 Anglo-Egyptian Treaty) in the canal zone. Nasser’s armed forces also engaged in sporadic battles with Israeli soldiers along the border between the two nations and the Egyptian leader did nothing to conceal his antipathy toward the Zionist nation. Supported by Soviet arms and money, and furious with the United States for reneging on a promise to provide funds for construction of the Aswan Dam on the Nile River, Nasser ordered the Suez Canal seized and nationalized. The British were angry with the move and sought the support of France (which believed that Nasser was supporting rebels in the French colony of Algeria), and Israel (which needed little provocation to strike at the enemy on its border), in an armed assault to retake the canal. The Israelis struck first but were shocked to find that British and French forces did not immediately follow behind them. Instead of a lightning strike by overwhelming force, the attack bogged down. The United Nations quickly passed a resolution calling for a cease-fire. The Soviet Union began to issue ominous threats about coming to Egypt’s aid. A dangerous situation developed quickly, one that the Eisenhower administration hoped to defuse before it turned into a Soviet-U.S. confrontation. Though the United States sternly warned the Soviet Union to stay out of the situation, Eisenhower also pressured the British, French, and Israeli governments to withdraw their troops. They eventually did so in late 1956 and early 1957.
    1957 - Bobby Helms records "Jingle Bell Rock." By December, it will be in the US Top 10, eventually selling over a million copies and becoming a Christmas standard.  As of November 25, 2016, total sales of the digital track of Helms' original Decca recording stand at 780,000 downloads, placing it ninth on the list of all-time best-selling Christmas/holiday digital singles in SoundScan history 
    1957 - Buddy Holly & the Crickets' "Oh Boy!" is released by Brunswick Records. It will peak at #10
    1957 - After his concert at Los Angeles' Pan Pacific Auditorium, Elvis Presley meets TV star -- and, thanks to Elvis' inspiration, recording artist -- Rick Nelson for the first time. "Man, I just love your new record," says Elvis, referring to "Be-Bop Baby." The King also mentions that he's a fan of Rick's Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet show and gives the young singer some advice on touring. 
    1958 - Elvis Presley attends a Bill Haley concert in Stuttgart, West Germany while stationed there with the US Army.
    1959 - First performance of the R.G. Davis Mime Studio and Troupe. The Troupe performs "Mime and Words" at the San Francisco Art Institute.… Diggers site
    1960 - Cassius Clay won his first pro bout -- over Tunney Hunsaker -- in six rounds in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.
    1961 - The top, pop song on the charts belonged to Dion DiMucci. "Runaround Sue" was in its second week at the tiptop of the top-tune tabulation (it was in the top 40 for three months).
    1961 - Top Hits
“Runaround Sue” - Dion
“Bristol Stomp” - The Dovells
“Big Bad John” - Jimmy Dean
“Walk on By” - Leroy Van Dyke
    1962 – John “Buck” O'Neil is the first black coach in Major League baseball, for the Chicago Cubs.
    1962 - Actor Sydney Poitier testifies before the House Committee on Education and Labor, condemning the lack of opportunities for black actors in Hollywood. Poitier was born in 1924 to poor farmers in the Bahamas. He dropped out of school at age 13 and later joined the U.S. Army. After his army stint, he became interested in performing and joined the American Negro Theater. He debuted on Broadway in 1946 and three years later made his film debut in a U.S. Army documentary. By the late 1950s, he was the leading African American actor in the country. In 1964, he became the first African American actor to win the Best Actor Oscar, for his role as a laborer who helps build a chapel in Lilies of the Field (1963). Other films include In the Heat of the Night (1967) and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967). He began directing in 1971 with Buck and the Preacher. In 1992, he won the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award, the first black actor and director to be so honored.
    1965 - CAPTAIN HUMBERT R. VERSACE, Medal of Honor
UNITED STATES ARMY for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty: Captain Humbert R. Versace distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism during the period of 29 October 1963 to 26 September 1965, while serving as S-2 Advisor, Military Assistance Advisory Group, Detachment 52, Ca Mau, Republic of Vietnam. While accompanying a Civilian Irregular Defense Group patrol engaged in combat operations in Thoi Binh District, An Xuyen Province, Captain Versace and the patrol came under sudden and intense mortar, automatic weapons, and small arms fire from elements of a heavily armed enemy battalion. As the battle raged, Captain Versace, although severely wounded in the knee and back by hostile fire, fought valiantly and continued to engage enemy targets. Weakened by his wounds and fatigued by the fierce firefight, Captain Versace stubbornly resisted capture by the over-powering Viet Cong force with the last full measure of his strength and ammunition. Taken prisoner by the Viet Cong, he exemplified the tenets of the Code of Conduct from the time he entered into Prisoner of War status. Captain Versace assumed command of his fellow American soldiers, scorned the enemy's exhaustive interrogation and indoctrination efforts, and made three unsuccessful attempts to escape, despite his weakened condition which was brought about by his wounds and the extreme privation and hardships he was forced to endure. During his captivity, Captain Versace was segregated in an isolated prisoner of war cage, manacled in irons for prolonged periods of time, and placed on extremely reduced ration. The enemy was unable to break his indomitable will, his faith in God, and his trust in the United States of America. Captain Versace, an American fighting man who epitomized the principles of his country and the Code of Conduct, was executed by the Viet Cong on 26 September 1965. Captain Versace's gallant actions in close contact with an enemy force and unyielding courage and bravery while a prisoner of war are in the highest traditions of the military service and reflect the utmost credit upon himself and the United States Army. 
    1966 - After topping the Cashbox Magazine Best Sellers Chart two weeks earlier, and the Mysterians "96 Tears" reached number one on the Billboard chart. Although he closely guarded his true identity at the time, the man known as Question Mark turned out to be Rudy Martinez, from Saginaw Valley, Michigan. 
    1966 - Formation of the National Organization for Women to "bring women into full participation in the mainstream of American society NOW!"
    1967 - Hair, An American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, opened at the Public Theater in New York City. The composer was Galt MacDermott. The musical, which appeared during the Vietnam War, carried an antiwar message and aroused some controversy for its glorification of “hippie” values, including a nude scene at the end of the first act. The production moved to Broadway's Biltmore Theater in April, 1968.
    1967 – In Oakland, Ca., police made a traffic stop on Black Panther leader Huey Newton. In a gun battle Newton was wounded and police officer John Frey was killed. Newton was convicted of voluntary manslaughter but the conviction was overturned. Gene McKinney (d. 2000 at 58) and Newton had driven out for takeout feed following a Black Panther Party fundraiser when they were pulled over. McKinney commandeered a passing car to get Newton to a hospital.
    1969 - Historians consider this the day the Internet was created. The first connection on what would become the world wide web was made on this day when bits of data flowed between computers at UCLA and the Stanford Research Institute. This was the beginning of ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet developed by the Department of Defense. By the end of 1969, four sites were connected: UCLA, the Stanford Research Institute, the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of Utah. By the next year, there were 10 sites and soon there were applications like e­mail and file transfer utilities. The @ symbol was adopted in 1972 and a year later, 75 percent of ARPANET traffic was e-mail. ARPANET was decommissioned in 1990 and the National Science Foundation's NSFnet took over the role of backbone of the Internet.
    1969 - Top Hits
“I Can't Get Next to You” - The Temptations
“Hot Fun in the Summertime” - Sly & The Family Stone
“Suspicious Minds” - Elvis Presley
“The Ways to Love a Man” - Tammy Wynette
    1970 - Neil Diamond received a nice package: a gold record for the hit, "Cracklin' Rosie."
    1971 – The total number of U.S. troops remaining in Vietnam drops to 196,700 – the lowest level since January, 1966. This was a result of the Vietnamization program announced by President Richard Nixon at the June 1969 Midway Conference. U.S. troops were to be withdrawn as the South Vietnamese assumed more responsibility for the war. The first withdrawal included troops from the 9th Infantry Division, who departed in August, 1969. The withdrawals continued steadily, and by January, 1972 there were less than 75,000 U.S. troops remaining in South Vietnam.
    1973 - O.J. Simpson set two NFL records. The Buffalo Bills' star running back ran 39 times for 157 yards -- and he rushed for a total of over 1,000 yards in only seven games.
    1974 - President Gerald Ford signs law that forbids credit discrimination on the basis of sex. In November, the Federal Home Loan Bank Board announces an end to discrimination in mortgage lending. (1995 backlash finds many mortgage lenders reverting by insisting on spousal credit/income.) 
    1977 - Top Hits
“You Light Up My Life” - Debby Boone
“Nobody Does It Better” - Carly Simon
“That's Rock 'n' Roll” - Shaun Cassidy
“Heaven's Just a Sin Away” - The Kendalls
    1977 - A 30-year-old Rocker named Marvin Lee Aday, who uses the stage name Meat Loaf, releases his landmark album "Bat Out Of Hell." Since that time, the LP has sold over 43 million copies worldwide. 
    1981 - Loretta Lynn received a gold record for her album, "Greatest Hits, Vol. 2."
    1982 - Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson released "The Girl is Mine," which will rise to #2 on the Billboard Pop chart. 
    1982 - Car maker John DeLorean indicted for drug trafficking in a government sting operation; later acquitted.
    1983 - After four weeks at #1 on the pop music charts, Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" slipped to #2 -- replaced by "Islands in the Stream" by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.
    1983 - Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" marks its 491st week on the Billboard album chart, surpassing the previous record holder, "Johnny's Greatest Hits" by Johnny Mathis. When it finally fell off of list in October 1988, "Dark Side" had set a record of 741 weeks on the chart. 
    1984 - Golfing great Tom Watson won his sixth PGA Player of the Year title; the most won by any golfer since the award was first given in 1948. Jack Nicklaus had accumulated five of those titles.
    1985 - Top Hits
“Saving All My Love for You” - Whitney Houston
“Part-Time Lover” - Stevie Wonder
“Miami Vice Theme” - Jan Hammer
“Touch a Hand, Make a Friend” - The Oak Ridge Boys
    1987 - Severe thunderstorms in Arizona produced wind gusts to 86 mph at the Glendale Airport near Phoenix, baseball size hail and 70 mph winds at Wickenburg, and up to an inch of rain in fifteen minutes in Yavapai County and northwest Maricopa County. Arizona Public Service alone reported 2.5 million dollars damage from the storms.
    1988 - Wintry weather prevailed in the Upper Midwest. South Bend, IN, equaled their record for October with a morning low of 23 degrees. International Falls MN reported a record low of 11 degrees in the morning, then dipped down to 8 degrees above zero late in the evening.
    1989 - Thunderstorms developing along a cold front produced severe weather in Oklahoma and north central Texas during the late afternoon and evening hours. Thunderstorms in Oklahoma produced weak tornadoes near Snyder and Davidson and produced hail two inches in diameter at Altus. Large hail damaged 60 to 80 percent of the cotton crop in Tillman County, OK. Nine cities in the northeastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date as readings warmed into the 70s. For Marquette, MI, it marked their fifth straight day of record warmth. Arctic cold invaded the western U.S. Lows of 7 degrees at Alamosa, CO and 9 degrees at Elko, NV were records for the date. (My daughter in nearby Lamoille said it was zero degrees.)
    1990 - The inductees for the sixth annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are announced, a list which includes Wilson Pickett, Ike and Tina Turner, The Byrds, The Impressions, LaVern Baker, Jimmy Reed, and John Lee Hooker.
    1996 - The National Basketball Association got set to launch its 50th anniversary with the announcement of the 50 Greatest Players of All Time, ten of whom spent significant portions of their careers with the Boston Celtics.
    1998 - Hurricane Mitch (Oct 22-Nov 4, 1998), one of the strongest Atlantic storms ever, made landfall, slamming into Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and other Central American countries. The real story was not the wind but the rain. Slow movement of the storm caused heavy rain, resulting in widespread flooding and mudslides. Over 10,000 people were killed, another 10,000 were missing, and some two million people were affected in some way by the storm.
    1998 - The space shuttle Discovery blasted off, returning 77-year-old U.S. Senator John Glenn to space some 36 years after he became the first American in orbit. Glenn was part of a crew of seven astronauts shepherding scientific payloads on the shuttle mission.
    2001 – Arizona Diamondbacks’ Matt Williams becomes the first player in World Series history to hit home runs with three different teams. He homered in the Fall Classic for the Indians in 1997 and the Giants in 1989.
    2003 - Research by Professor James Kellaris, of the University of Cincinnati College of Business Administration, found that songs get stuck in our heads because they create a 'brain itch' that can only be scratched by repeating a tune over and over. Songs such as the Village People's "YMCA" and the Baha Men's "Who Let The Dogs Out," owe their success to their ability to create a 'cognitive itch.' 
    2008 – The Philadelphia Phillies won their first World Series since 1980 by defeating the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in five games.  Phils southpaw Cole Hamels was named Series MVP.
    2009 - Forbes Magazine reported that Michael Jackson had earned about $72 million since his death on June 6th. That was good enough for third place on their list of dead celebrities making the most money. Fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent came in first at $350 million, songwriters Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein were second with $235 million and Elvis Presley was fourth, earning $55 million.
    2009 - Derek Jeter is the recipient of this year's Roberto Clemente Award, an honor given to a player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, and community involvement. The 35-year-old Yankee captain joins 13 Hall of Famers and former Bronx Bombers Ron Guidry and Don Baylor in winning the prestigious prize.
    2011 - New York City received one inch of snow, the earliest they had received that much snow since records began. It was also only the fourth times since the Civil War snow had fallen in New York City in October. The storm also left over three million people without power including 62% of the customers of Connecticut Light and Power.
    2012 – Hurricane Sandy hits the east coast of the United States, killing 148 directly and 138 indirectly, while leaving nearly $70 billion in damages and causing major power outages. it was the second-costliest hurricane on record in the United States until surpassed by Hurricanes Harvey and Maria 2017.
    2013 – NASDAQ was shut down for 44 minutes due to a human error that occurred while performing an operational function; the error was traced to the flawed delivery of data to the NASDAQ distribution system.
    2014 – The San Francisco Giants won their third World Series in five years, defeating the Kansas City Royals, 3-2.

World Series Champions:
    1889 – New York Giants
    2008 – Philadelphia Phillies
    2014 – San Francisco Giants



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