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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

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Leasing News Top Stories
   October 7 - October 11
Marlin Loses Another Key Executive
    By Christopher Menkin
Mintaka Financial Summit Purchases One of Its Own
   Summit Commercial Finance
How well do you know your competition?
    Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP
Leasing Industry Ads---Help Wanted
   Seasoned Professional Originators to get Signing Bonus
Letters?---We get eMail!
    (Mostly in Chronological Order)
2019-20 California Financing Law Assessment Due
   Assessment Invoice Mailed
More Banks Are Accepting Marijuana Businesses
SBA Small Business Lending
   Reflects Strong Economic Trends
Franchise Update Signs 7-Year Contract
   with the New Caesars Forum
Labrador Retriever, Mixed
  Gig Harbor, Washington  Adopt a Dog
ELFA Releases Second Survey Compensation Growth
    Equipment Finance Industry
News Briefs---
Banks reap $1 billion from U.S. mortgage bond trading boom
    A fivefold increase on last year
Farm Equipment Leasing Doubles
   leased equipment represented a value of $7.8 billion
Uber’s Layoff Total Rises Past 1,000 with Latest Cuts
  more than 2% of its work force
Truckers' Work s Hours-of-service proposal
  better reflects reality, OOIDA says
Tariffs Won’t Stop Turkey’s Invasion of Syria, Analysts Warn
 Tariffs Last Have Gutted Turkeys Exports to United States
Subjects of the Revenue Realm: Take Back Your Bank!
   By Charles B. Wendel

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Leasing News Top Stories
October 7 - October 11

(Stories most opened by readers)


(1) De Lage Landen: A Teachable Moment
       By Bernie Boettigheimer, CLFP
           President, Lease Police

(2) Sterling to Acquire $843MM Equipment Finance
          Portfolio from Santander
   What Happens to Paul Cronin/Arthur Pesavento?

(3) Leasing News Complaints Bulletin Board
        BBB Ratings

(4) California Financing Law
    New Rules Not Expect to Start End of Year

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

(6) Power Shutoff in California
     Two Blocks Away

(7) How to Prepare for an Employment Test
     Career Crossroad---By Emily Fitzpatrick/RII

(8) The Use of Lease Proposals
   Sales Make it Happen by Mr. Terry Winders, CLFP

(9) NEFA’s 2019 Funding Symposium
    Achieves Record Attendance

(10) The Best Understand the Credit Process
    Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP

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Marlin Loses Another Key Executive
By Christopher Menkin

Press Release announces David Lafferty was hired as Chief Credit Officer CAN Capital, Kennesaw, Georgia. He joins Ed Siciliano, CAN Capital's CEO. Both were previously at Marlin Business Finance, Mount Laurel, New Jersey. Lafferty actually started at Advanta Business Services, August, 1997, birthplace of Marlin, joined them as Marlin Leasing in 1998 as Vice President, Commercial Credit, and then Vice President of Capital Markets, September, 2016; over a 22 year period.

Ed Siciliano was at Marlin for over ten years, serving as Chief Sales Officer, COO, and interim CEO.

He joined Can Capital, January, 2019. About Lafferty, he said in the company press release, "I’m very excited to welcome Dave to CAN Capital. He will be joining a strong group of talented people focused on Risk and Credit Underwriting and applying his deep experience in small business lending to calibrate CAN’s 20-year proven credit models. We all welcome Dave and feel fortunate to have him join."

Marlin Business Services through the years goes through executive changes, which appears is happening again, as if the company is again a sinking ship. Who's next?

About CAN Capital

"CAN Capital, Inc., established in 1998, is the pioneer in alternative small business finance, having provided access to over $7 billion in capital for over 81,000 small businesses in a wide range of locations and different business types. As a technology powered financial services provider, CAN Capital uses innovative and proprietary risk models combined with daily performance data to evaluate business performance and facilitate access to capital for entrepreneurs in a fast and efficient way.

"CAN Capital, Inc. makes capital available to businesses through business loans made by WebBank, member FDIC, and through Merchant Cash Advances made by CAN Capital’s subsidiary CAN Capital Merchant Services, Inc. ©2019 CAN Capital. All rights reserved."


Mintaka Financial Summit Purchases One of Its Own
Summit Commercial Finance

Summit Commercial Finance, Scottsdale, Arizona, a member of the Mintaka Financial, LCC, Group, was purchased by Mintaka Financial. Summit, Gig Harbor, Washington. Mintaka has a longstanding relationship with shared ownership.

Summit Commercial Finance president and CEO Scott Forrest is enthusiastic about the development. “I believe the synergy of our two great teams will provide superior service for our customers and enormous opportunity for our employees and partners. Operating under a stronger parent company provides the resources to drive market share with the flexibility to expedite funding more efficiently for our customers. The direct lending capabilities are significantly enriched meaning expanded products and better terms for the borrowers.”

Chief Executive Officer, Mintaka Finance, and Orion First Financial, David T. Schaefer, CLFP, former Chairman of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association Board of Directors, wrote in Forrest's LinkedIn recommendation, "I am associated with Scott as a friend, business partner and fellow board member and my experiences with Scott have always been a pleasure. Scott is highly principled, honest and an excellent communicator. His many years of experience in the equipment finance and leasing industry are to be commended. Just be careful on the golf course as he is an outstanding competitor!"

A press release noted, "The deal comes as part of Mintaka’s strategy to form closer relationships with origination channels, to better understand customer and vendor needs.

"Summit has long standing vendor relationships, as well as direct relationships with commercial borrowers. Mintaka has historically originated all transactions through its affiliate network. With the acquisition of Summit, Mintaka will benefit from direct relationships with Summit’s vendor channel affiliates and the ability to develop more competitive products to borrowers."

Mintaka President Quentin Cote concurs. “This is the culmination of an extremely close relationship … this deal enables us to be closer to the customer and better understand the market, ultimately leading to more competitive offerings. In addition, our ability to dedicate additional sales and marketing resources towards deeper vertical market penetration means growth for our company and more value for our investors.”

The press release states, "The deal comes as part of Mintaka’s strategy to form closer relationships with origination channels, to better understand customer and vendor needs.

"Summit has long standing vendor relationships, as well as direct relationships with commercial borrowers. Mintaka has historically originated all transactions through its affiliate network. With the acquisition of Summit, Mintaka will benefit from direct relationships with Summit’s vendor channel affiliates and the ability to develop more competitive products to borrowers."

About Mintaka Financial
Mintaka Financial LLC is a commercial finance company specializing in serving the needs of small businesses across the United States. Mintaka provides equipment leases and loans, originated through a select group of small business finance companies chosen for their experience, reputation in the industry, and dedication to building long term relationships with their small business clients. Partners benefit from Mintaka’s best-in-class technology, deep industry expertise, and instant quoting capabilities. Mintaka has offices in Seattle, Phoenix, and Boston. To learn more about Mintaka, visit



How well do you know your competition?

Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP

Competition makes originators stronger participants in the market. Competition requires superior originators to prepare more, to know more, and to become their very best in the market.

Most participants in the commercial equipment leasing and finance industry are going through a transition; they are enhancing their value propositions and they are re-positioning themselves to provide superior service to their clients.

Recently, an originator described one of his major competitors in detail. However, the description was outdated. In actuality, the competitor had changed significantly over the past six months and the originator's description was no longer accurate. His outdated description confirmed his lack of engagement in the market. His lack of engagement caused him to reduce his margins on a recent transaction because of outdated assumptions. He unnecessarily left money on the table.

Successful originators:

  • Are strong competitors
  • Ask for and receive copies of their competitor's proposals
  • Know the strengths and weaknesses of their competitor's documentation
  • Know  the credit boxes that their competitors operate within
  • Know the yields that their competitors generally offer in the market. (What is the competitor's product?)

Most importantly, strong originators don't fear their competition; they embrace the opportunity to outperform their competitors at every turn.
Win More Than Your Fair Share

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

Sales Makes it Happen articles:



Help Wanted


Letters?---We get eMail!

(Mostly in Chronological Order)

“Thought I would inquire with you if you don’t mind, as you are always up to speed on all this licensing stuff for CA...  I am getting tons (Perhaps you are too?) of email solicitations, regular mail solicitations, phone solicitations (like an explosion of) this last 18 months or so...from all types of “lending” sources... and products, from loans, AR financing, credit lines etc...often done all online with clicks of a link “have money in your account the next day”...kind of thing..

“I assume a lot of my customers or potential customers are receiving as well...

“Are they required to be a Licensed Lender/Broker like the rest of us to conduct business in California?”

(Name With Held)

(Yes, Leasing News has written about the cases and fines charged by the California Department of Business Oversight

Some large companies, too, have been fined and refused a license to do business in California. You can find these actions on their website Editor)

  Actions and Orders by Date

Actions, Order and Administrative Hearing Decisions: Names


David C. Lee | Chairman and CEO
North Mill Equipment Finance

“See the following quote from a new broker applicant:

“ ‘I’ve been in the business for a long time and know many people (lessors) that I talk with. North Mill has come up as a good source, and I always see your advertisements on Kit Menkin’s news , so I thought I’d reach out to see if there is a fit.’ ”

(Name With Held)

“There’s no doubt about it, Kit’s newsletter is the go-to source for equipment finance brokers all over the country.”

 Don Cosenza, CMO, Senior Vice President of Marketing
North Mill Equipment Finance


John Torbenson
The Reason for His Company’s Longevity

“Sure heard from a lot of old friends, real fun for me."

John T


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(4) Equipment Broker School
For Brokers by Brokers

"Awesome! Thank you for sharing!"

Josh Feinberg


“In the last several months, I think your content has been excellent. I like the great diversity. Something for everyone to read.

“That diversity separates you from others and broadens readership. Hope all is well.”

 Alan Levine
Madison Capital


“I recently left ***** ***** and accepted a Funding Manager position at Smarter Finance USA (Smarter Equipment Finance LLC). I am excited about the opportunity; great people here and they sure do treat their customer’s right!

“Leasing News has been a staple source of info for me for so many years that I feel lost when I don’t get to see it every week in my email, so I am looking forward to getting the emails again soon.

“Can you please update my email address so I continue to get Leasing News sent to me at my new email address?  My new email is:

“Thank you,”

Rita Richeson
Funding Manager


Re: Sheer Acquisition Capital Press Release

“Kit - thank you for the great support!!

You have been a valued friend for
many years and I really appreciate
all the things you have done for me.

“I look forward to seeing you at one
of the leasing events.

“Be well my friend!!

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Alan Zeppenfeld



2019-20 California Financing Law Assessment Due
Assessment Invoice Mailed

The 2019-20 California Financing Law (CFL) Assessment Notice was mailed out Monday, September 30. The notice states that the assessment is due upon receipt of invoice and becomes delinquent if not paid by October 31, 2019. Licensees may pay by check or electronically via ACH.  The receipt for check payment is the cancelled check and licensees can confirm payment by calling 916-322-5397.

Licensees with multiple locations must pay $250 per location or the amount based on the Factor whichever is larger.

Licensees that were assessed based on the number of locations must pay the total amount of assessment even if they are going to surrender some of the locations that were included in the assessment calculation.

For any other question not addressed on the invoice, licensees may contact the CFL Licensing Specialist on phone duty or email


More Banks Are Accepting Marijuana Businesses

According to a federal report, there is an increase in the number of banks and credit unions accepting to service marijuana businesses in the third quarter of 2019.

In the first quarter of 2019, there were 493 banks and 140 credit unions accepting marijuana businesses. In the second quarter, the number of banks and credit unions increased to 553 and 162, respectively. They submitted documents showing that they will be conducting business with legal marijuana businesses.

Accepting to conduct business with marijuana companies is viewed as a risky move in the financial sector because marijuana remains a federally controlled substance. However, the increase shows that banks are willing to take the risk as the lawmakers push to solve the issue of marijuana banking.
The Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act (SAFE) was approved before the end of the second quarter of 2019 by the House Financial Services Committee. The bill serves to protect financial institutions from being penalized for servicing marijuana businesses.

The bill was voted in by the whole House, therefore sending it directly to the Senate. Providing safe and secure banking services to the marijuana businesses will help mitigate risks associated with operating on a cash-only basis and promote transparency.

Hemp and its derivatives, which were legalized under the Farm Bill in 2018, have been denied access to services by the banks. However, Congressman Perlmutter is focused on ensuring that financial services are extended to hemp and CBD businesses. While in the House last month, the congressman urged the Treasury Department to provide legal hemp and CBD businesses with guidance.

In August, The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network released its latest update on the analysis of suspicious activity reports (SARs) that are filed per the 2014 cannabis banking guidance by the financial institutions under the Obama administration. The report showed that as of the second quarter of 2019, there was a total of 87,249 SARs related to marijuana businesses received by FinCEN.

The SARs were broken down into different types by FinCEN. 67,378 of the SARs were described as Marijuana limited, which referred to marijuana businesses that met the agency standards by complying with the laws of the state.

6,900 were referred to as marijuana priority, which means that the companies were not fully compliant with the state laws; thus, they would be investigated. Twenty-two thousand of the SARs were termed as marijuana termination, which meant that the businesses had violated at least one state regulation, which led to the termination of its relationship with the bank.

Analysts believe that marijuana companies like Green Hygienics Holdings Inc. (OTCQB: GRYN) and HTC Extraction Systems (TSX.V: HTC) hope that the Senate passes the SAFE Act so that this banking issue is solved once and for all.



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SBA Small Business Lending
Reflects Strong Economic Trends

SBA FY19 total loan volume reaches over $28 billion
 with more than 63,000 approved loans

WASHINGTON –  The U.S. Small Business Administration announced FY19 lending numbers showing that it guaranteed over $28 billion to entrepreneurs that otherwise would not have access to capital to start, grow, or expand their small businesses.

SBA Acting Administrator Chris Pilkerton. said, “A strong economy is powering America’s 30 million small businesses, and the SBA’s FY19 numbers bear that out.

 “When the economy is doing well, 7(a) lenders are more willing to provide capital without the need for a federal loan guarantee. Our 504 and Microloan programs continued to grow from last year, as all of these loans are designed to create jobs and grow all small businesses in communities across the country. We continue to be proud that the SBA is here to help America start, grow, and expand opportunities for entrepreneurs.”

In FY19, SBA’s flagship 7(a) loan program made approximately 52,000 7(a) loans totaling $23.17 billion. The 504 loan program had another year of increased performance, with more than 6,000 loans made for a total dollar amount of more than $4.9 billion.

Associate Administrator for SBA’s Office of Capital Access William Manger commented, “With a strong economy and historically solid small business optimism, we know that 7(a) lenders are making loans conventionally without the SBA guarantee. We also saw a 4.3% growth in the 504 loan program due to the longer term and low fixed interest rate that the product provides to small businesses.

 “We are also proud that our Microloan program had another record year with a nearly 7.5% increase in small business lending.”

In FY19, there was significant growth of dollars lent in the SBA’s Microloan program, with more than 5,500 loans approved for nearly $81.5 million.

In addition to the strong lending numbers, the SBA continues to innovate and improve processes by leveraging enhanced technologies. Lender Match is an SBA technology platform that gives entrepreneurs the ability to complete a quick online form, without registration or cost to the user to connect with an SBA-approved lender within 48 hours. To date, Lender Match has generated 4.4 million leads on behalf of small businesses to our lenders, and lenders have contacted more than 230,000 unique borrowers with financing options.

About the 7(a), 504 and Microloan programs

The 7(a) loan program is the SBA's primary program for providing financial assistance to small businesses and offers guarantees on loans to small businesses of up to $5 million on reasonable terms and conditions. 7(a) loans are commonly used for acquiring land, purchasing equipment, or working capital. The CDC/504 loan program provides capital to small businesses for the acquisition of fixed assets to promote economic development in the form of long-term fixed-rate financing on reasonable terms. Under this program, the SBA authorizes Certified Development Companies (CDCs) to provide financing to small businesses with the help of third-party lenders (typically banks). The maximum loan amount is generally $5 million; however, certain eligible energy-efficient or manufacturing projects may qualify for up to $5.5 million. The Microloan program provides loans to not-for-profit lending intermediaries that, in turn, make loans of up to $50,000 to small businesses on reasonable terms.

For more information about SBA’s loan programs, financial assistance, and other services, visit

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Franchise Update Signs 7-Year Contract
with the New Caesars Forum

2020 marks the 20th anniversary
of the Multi-Unit Franchising Conference

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, – In advance of the 20th anniversary of its annual Multi-Unit Franchising Conference, Franchise Update Media has signed a 7-year contract with the new Caesars Forum conference facility. The new $375 million, 550,000-square-foot facility on the Las Vegas Strip is set to open in March 2020. The Multi-Unit Franchising Conference will take place the following month, from April 14–17. The conference will be moving across Las Vegas Boulevard, a short walk from Caesars Palace, where it has been held since 2013.

Last year’s record-setting conference drew more than 1,700 total attendees with nearly 300 sponsors and exhibitors. The 650-plus franchisees in attendance represented a total of 14,000 units, $9 billion in system-wide revenue, and employed 250,000 people. Three out of four franchisees at the conference were seeking new brands, and all were looking for solutions from the exhibitors.

Gary Gardner, Chair of Franchise Update Media, said, “We’ve made a commitment for this first-class space in a brand new facility through 2026.

“We’d maxed out on Exhibit Hall space at Caesars Palace and had to turn away exhibitors the past several years. Not only can the new space accommodate more exhibitors, we also are seeing growing attendance and an expanded international presence at the conference, as well as greater interest from finance and real estate companies looking to connect with multi-unit franchisee organizations.”

Tony Lutfi, the 2020 Conference Chair, said, “This conference is unique: it is the only conference where the franchisees are the main attraction. The networking opportunities are phenomenal.
“I have been attending the conference since 2006 and have made a deal every year I attended, except one. Each year I leave more inspired, more educated, more connected, and often with a nugget from the speakers or panelists that carries us for many months afterward.”

Centrally located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, the $375 million Caesars Forum conference facility will feature the world’s two largest pillarless ballrooms, each 110,000 square feet (about one U.S. football field), and be the first facility of this size built on one level. It also will feature Forum Plaza, the first 100,000 square-foot dedicated outdoor event space in Las Vegas. In total, it will accommodate more than 10,000 attendees at one time.

Additional features of the new conference facility include direct access to 8,500 hotel rooms at Harrah’s Las Vegas, LINQ Hotel + Experience, and Flamingo Las Vegas, and be within walking distance of 20,000 Caesars Entertainment hotel rooms. The new venue will offer more than 300,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, two 40,000-square-foot ballrooms, six state-of-the-art boardrooms, and more than 100 breakout rooms.

Room blocks for attendees and exhibitors will be reserved at both Harrah’s and Caesars Palace, located just across the street from the new facility.

About Franchise Update Media
Franchise Update Media has been a leader in the franchising space for more than 30 years. Founded in 1988, the company produces online franchise opportunity and educational websites, two print magazines, four newsletters, four annual conferences, independent research, and books, all focused on franchising. Targeting franchise audiences online, in print, and in-person, Franchise Update Media delivers a unique combination of educational and lead generation sources to help franchisors, multi-unit franchisees, opportunity seekers, and suppliers achieve their growth objectives.

For more information, visit

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Labrador Retriever, Mixed
Gig Harbor, Washington  Adopt a Dog

Color: Tan/Yellow/Fawn
Age: Young
When Grown: 26-60 lbs.
Shots Up to Date
House Trained
Good with Kids
Good with Dogs

Nice to meet you! My name is Josie. I am a 2-3 year old Yellow Lab mix girl and weigh 57 lbs. My foster parents say I have excellent house manners and am sweet and snuggly. But I will tell you a secret… I really just want to be close to my people. I hate when they leave me, though I am fine left in home alone and don’t need a crate just a comfy couch. But I would rather go for a ride with you if you’re leaving. I love to meet new friends human or furry I even enjoy respectful children. I am working on my leash skills because…well things can be soooo interesting that I might pull to get there fast! And sometimes I get so excited I can’t help myself and I jump up to see you! But I have learned lots of great things I can sit, shake--both paws, high five, go to bed, wait, go outside (for potty) and come. I prefer to sleep with people at night, but I definitely like having my own bed too. I love a good hard playtime but know when it’s time to calm down too.

Note from my foster mom and dad : Josie needs a yard with a fence (not electric/invisible fence) she enjoys sniff time and laying in the sun on the porch. She really needs lots of love and not to be left alone for long hours every day. She wants to be close. Josie has had a hard go at life so far although it doesn’t affect her for the most part; but trust us, she wants to be your whole world. She does enjoy other dog friends and is perfectly happy sharing her space. As for cats, she’s had no real experience with them, but would probably want to play with them and chase them if they run.
(An adoption fee of $250 is required.)

Chew Dog Rescue
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Contact: Sherette Main

Adoption Application:


ELFA Releases Second Survey Compensation Growth
Equipment Finance Industry

Standard Price $5500
Member Price $4500

A study released yesterday by the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) finds that compensation in the equipment finance industry grew moderately in 2018. The 2019 Equipment Leasing and Finance Compensation Survey measures compensation rates for the 2018 fiscal year as reported by more than 75 companies representing a cross section of the equipment finance sector, including independents, banks and captives.

Highlights from the study include:

• Total Compensation: Total compensation was up on a year-over-year basis for most functions and levels. On a “same store” basis (constant incumbents in multiple survey years), total compensation was up modestly (~2–6%) at median for key revenue-generating functions from 2017 to 2018. Infrastructure functions received similar increases at median (~2-4%).

• Salary: Salaries were up slightly on a year-over-year basis. On a “same store” basis, origination roles tended to have increases around 2% at the median. Firms differentiated salaries on a functional basis as >25% of incumbents did not receive increases. Salaries tended to rise between 2–3% for infrastructure roles.

• Differences by Level: Total compensation increases tended to have a similar rate of growth across all levels of infrastructure and revenue-generating functions, while leadership levels saw slightly higher growth. 

To Learn More, Please go here:

ELFA Releases Compensation Report
Small and Medium-Sized Equipment Finance Business

$1999.00 Standard Price 
ELFA Member $999.00

Full Information:



News Briefs----

Banks reap $1 billion from U.S. mortgage bond trading boom
    a fivefold increase on last year

Farm Equipment Leasing Doubles
   leased equipment represented a value of $7.8 billion

Uber’s Layoff Total Rises Past 1,000 With Latest Cuts
  more than 2% of its work force.

Truckers' Works Hours-of-service proposal
  better reflects reality, OOIDA says

Tariffs Won’t Stop Turkey’s Invasion of Syria, Analysts Warn
 Tariffs Last Have Gutted Turkeys Exports to United States

Subjects of the Revenue Realm: Take Back Your Bank!
   By Charles B. Wendel



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76 Richest Members of Congress


God Protects Fools with Curveballs

Going after her
Was chasing
A bad pitch,
A sharp curve
That tailed off
Into the dirt,
Evaded the end
Of my whirling bat.
Thank goodness
I only looked stupid
On the first strike.

from “ Touching the Bases”

These come from a soft cover 128 pages with index published by (They take two weeks to send, but you are helping this company stay alive), or you can buy from Amazon, for the same price, but perhaps faster delivery. While they are all mostly baseball, some are not. He is a unique American poet. He lives in Hickory, North Carolina.


LeBron under fire after blaming China row
   on 'misinformed' Rockets GM

LeBron James undermines values he's espoused in most disgraceful moment of career

Jaguars send Ramsey to Rams for two first-rounders

Rams trade CB Marcus Peters to Baltimore for LB Kenny Young

49ers’ defense has impacted Kyle Shanahan, Jimmy Garoppolo


California Nuts Briefs---

Bay Area earthquakes are latest warning
    of high seismic danger in East Bay

Which fault line do I live on?
   A guide to the major Bay Area faults

Chronicle columnist Herb Caen’s 1989 reflection
    on the Loma Prieta earthquake

SFO to spend more than $1 billion to hold back the bay

These SF Bay Area cities dominate rankings of highest GDP
  Silicon Valley sweeps the top five



“Gimme that Wine”

Exclusive: Jackson Family Wines Buys Balo Vineyards
    in Anderson Valley

Fort Berens Estate Winery Wins Best White Wine
   at Whistler Cornucopia Plus 5 Other Gold Medals

Where next for New Zealand as global demand increases?

Free Wine App

Wine Prices by vintage

US/International Wine Events

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This Day in History

     1492 - Columbus' fleet anchored at "Fernandina" (Long Island, Bahamas).
    1629 - The Virginia General Assembly enacted a law to limit the planting of tobacco in an attempt to control the price of the export to Europe. More slaves were “imported” as Virginia’s main economy was becoming the growing and selling of tobacco.
    1701 - The Collegiate School was founded at Branford, CT by Congregationalists dissatisfied with the religious atmosphere at Harvard.   In 1716, the school was moved to New Haven, where it became Yale College, named after Elihu Yale, a governor of the East India Company. The first degrees were awarded in 1716. Yale became a university in 1887.   Founded as a school for men, Yale began admitting women undergraduates in 1969.
    1758 - Birthday of Noah Webster (d. 1843), West Hartford, CT.  American teacher and journalist whose name became syn­onymous with the word “dictionary” after his compilations of the earliest American dictionaries of the English language.
    1775 – Portland, ME is burned by the British.
    1780 – Royalton and Tunbridge, VT are the last raids of the revolutionary War.
    1781 - General Cornwallis was finding no way out from Yorktown siege. At about 4:00 A.M., Lt. Colonel Robert Abercromby led 350 British troops on a sortie to spike allied guns now in position on the second parallel. Abercromby was able to spike four guns after pretending to be an American detachment. Moving to another position along the parallel, the British were this time driven back to their lines by a French covering party. However, they had managed to spike two more guns, but the allies were able to get all the spiked guns back into action within six hours. That evening, General Cornwallis attempted to ferry across the York River to see about fighting his way out by way of Gloucester, but a storm frustrated these efforts.  October 16 is generally recognized as the day George Washington captured Yorktown, all but ending the Revolutionary War, although Cornwallis would not formally surrender until October 19, 1781.
    1829 - The Tremont Hotel opened in Boston. Heralded as the first modern hotel in America, each of the Tremont's luxurious 170 rooms went for $2 a day. The price included four meals. It also boasted being the first hotel with indoor plumbing in 1869.
    1846 - Dr. John Collins Warren gave the first demonstration of painless surgery using a drug supplied by William Thomas Green Morton, a dentist of Charleston, MA. Morton was refused admission to hospitals until he divulged the name of the secret drug, which was sulfuric ether. Although he is credited with the discovery of anesthetics, 8 or 10 others have also claimed this honor.
    1847 - Charlotte Bronte's book "Jane Eyre" is published.
    1848 – The first homeopathic medical college in the US opens in Pennsylvania at Drexel University.
    1849 - Birthday of George Washington Williams at Bedford Springs, Pa. Early African-American historian and founder of two African-American newspapers: "The Commoner" in Washington, DC, and Cincinnati's "The Southern Review."
    1858 - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow published “The Courtship of Miles Standish,” a narrative poem about romance among the Pilgrims. The story is not accurate and an exaggeration, basically made up by Longfellow, who took much of the plot from a German poem of another man who asks another for marriage and the lady says, “Why not speak for yourself?” It has been repeated so many times people believe it is a true story. It is not. The same is true with his most famous poem,” The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.”   Revere never reached his destination. He was one of three riders who tried. Only Dr. Samuel Prescott reached Concord, where he delivered the warning, "The British are Coming!" And when the British came to Concord, the Americans were ready.
    1859 - The federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, VA (now in W.Va.) was seized by John Brown and 21 followers. Brown wanted to establish an abolitionist republic in the Appalachians and to fight slavery with fugitive slaves and abolitionist whites. On Dec. 2, he was hanged at Charles Town, also now W.Va., for murder, conspiracy, and treason against Virginia. In the South, he was thought of as a murderer and traitor who deserved the gallows, but in the North, his gibbet was described as “the cross of a martyr.” Slave owners in the South had been chasing runaways in “free” states and territories. They were raiding cities. John Brown survived one of the raids. There were border wars and skirmishes between armed raiders and unarmed small towns. Violence was riff in many areas. In Concord, Mass, Henry David Thoreau wrote of Brown: “When a govern­ment puts forth its strength, to kill the liberators of the slave, what a merely brute…force it is seen to be.” Lincoln was philosophical and brooded over the fates of historical zealots who had taken it upon them­selves to end oppression. Longfellow sounded a pro­phetic note: “This will be a great day in our history, the date of a new revolution…As I write, they are leading old John Brown to execution…This is sow­ing the wind to reap the whirlwind, which will soon come.”
    1863 - After his impressive victory taking Vicksburg, Ulysses S. Grant, a brigadier general of the militia, was appointed a general in the regular army and with the subsequent reorganization of the departments of war in this area, Grant's first priority was to save the besieged and starving Union troops at Chattanooga, Tennessee.
    1867 – Alaska adopts the Gregorian calendar and crosses International date line.  The United States purchased it from Russia on March 30, 1867 for $7.2 million  
    1868 - America's first department store, Zion's Co-Operative Mercantile Institution, was opened in Salt Lake City, Utah and is still operating there. It was founded under the direction of Brigham Young.
    1875 – Brigham Young University is founded by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Provo, UT.
    1876 - Race riot at Cainhoy, South Carolina. Five whites, one black killed.
    1880 - A blizzard struck eastern South Dakota and southern Minnesota blocking railroads. Snow drifts remained throughout the following very hard winter
    1882 – The first trains travel over the Nickel Plate Railroad, completed along the South Shore of the Great Lakes connecting Buffalo and Chicago.
    1888 - Birthday of American playwright Eugene O'Neil (d. 1953) at New York, NY. O'Neill began writing plays in his 20s, while recovering from tuberculosis at a Connecticut sanitarium. His first full-length play, “Beyond the Horizon,” won the Pulitzer Prize in 1920. He wrote more than 30 plays during his career. His major works included “Mourning Becomes Electra” (1931), “The Iceman Cometh” (1946), and “Long Day's Journey into Night” (posthumously, 1956).  The Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site, located in Danville, CA, preserves Tao House, the hillside home of America's only Nobel Prize-winning playwright, where O'Neill and his wife lived from 1937 to 1944.
    1890 - Birthday of photographer Paul Strand (d. 1976), born Brooklyn, New York.
    1890 - Reservation Police forcibly remove Kicking Bear from Standing Rock Agency, South Dakota, for teaching the Ghost Dance, a new Indian religion that foretold the disappearance of white people.
    1898 - Birthday of William O. Douglas (d. 1980), at Maine, MN. American jurist, world traveler, conservationist, outdoorsman and author. He served as Justice of the US Supreme Court longer than any other (36 years).
    1903 - Birthday of pianist Ford Lee "Buck" Washington (d. 1955), Louisville, KY.
    1903 - Joseph Lee "Big Joe" Williams (d. 1982) was born in Oktibbeha County, MS.   Delta blues guitarist, singer and songwriter, notable for the distinctive sound of his nine-string guitar. Performing over four decades, he recorded the songs "Baby Please Don't Go," "Crawlin' King Snake" and "Peach Orchard Mama," among many others, for various record labels. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1992. 
    1909 - Narrowly escaping an assassination attempt, US President William Howard Taft and Mexican President Profirio Diaz hold the first Mexican US summit.
    1913 - Temperatures in downtown San Francisco soared to 101 degrees.
    1916 - Margaret Sanger, Fania Mindel and Ethel Burne opened the first birth control clinic in the US at 46 Amboy Street, Brooklyn, NY.  Sanger believed that the poor should be able to control the size of their families.
    1918 - NEIBAUR, THOMAS C., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Army, Company M, 107th Infantry, 42d Division. Place and date: Near Landres-et-St. Georges, France, 16 October 1918. Entered service at: Sugar City, Idaho. Born: 17 May 1898, Sharon, Idaho. G.O. No.: 1 18, W .D., 1918. Citation: On the afternoon of 16 October 1918, when the Cote-de-Chatillion had just been gained after bitter fighting and the summit of that strong bulwark in the Kriemhilde Stellung was being organized, Pvt. Neibaur was sent out on patrol with his automatic rifle squad to enfilade enemy machinegun nests. As he gained the ridge he set up his automatic rifle and was directly thereafter wounded in both legs by fire from a hostile machinegun on his flank. The advance wave of the enemy troops, counterattacking, had about gained the ridge, and although practically cut off and surrounded, the remainder of his detachment being killed or wounded, this gallant soldier kept his automatic rifle in operation to such effect that by his own efforts and by fire from the skirmish line of his company, at least 100 yards in his rear, the attack was checked. The enemy wave being halted and lying prone, 4 of the enemy attacked Pvt. Neibaur at close quarters. These he killed. He then moved alone among the enemy lying on the ground about him, in the midst of the fire from his own lines, and by coolness and gallantry captured 11 prisoners at the point of his pistol and, although painfully wounded, brought them back to our lines. The counterattack in full force was arrested to a large extent by the single efforts of this soldier, whose heroic exploits took place against the skyline in full view of his entire battalion.
    1921 – Given his profession, the mostly aptly-named Matt Batts (d. 2013) was born in San Antonio, TX.  Bats was a backup Major League catcher for ten years.
    1923 – The Walt Disney Company was founded by Walt and Roy Disney as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio and established itself as a leader in the American animation industry.
    1925 - Birthday of Dame Angela Lansbury, Regents Park, London, England.  Anglo-American actor of stage, screen and television. She won Tony awards in 1966, ‘69, ‘74, and ‘79 for her many wonderful musicals and plays on Broadway and garnered multiple Emmys for her work on TV in the long running, “Murder, She Wrote.”   Lansbury was nominated for three Academy Awards and set the standard for evil mothers in “The Manchurian Candidate” (1962).
    1925 – A Texas school board prohibits the teaching of evolution.
    1926 – Rock ‘n’ roll Hall of Famer Chuck Berry (d. 2017) was born in St. Louis.  One of the pioneers of rock ‘n’ roll music in the 1950s, Berry scored with hits like "Maybelline" (1955), "Roll Over Beethoven" (1956), "Rock and Roll Music" (1957), “School Day” (1957),  “Sweet Little Sixteen” (1958) and "Johnny B. Goode" (1958), the former two being reprised as Beatles hits in the 1960s.  Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock ‘n’ roll distinctive, with lyrics focusing on teen life and consumerism and utilizing guitar solos and showmanship, (his famous duck walk) that would be major influences on subsequent rock music.  Berry was among the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on its opening in 1986.  John Lennon once said, “…if you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry'…”
    1926 – Charles Dolan was born in Cleveland, OH.  He founded HBO and Cablevision.
    1928 - Marvin Pipkin of the Incandescent Lamp Department of General Electric Company at Nela Park, OH, received a patent for an electric light bulb frost on the inside. Inside-frost bulbs have a number of distinct advantages over outside-frost bulbs, among which are less absorption of light and less collection of dust, allowing the bulb to last longer and retain its illumination. The light was also easier on the eyes.
    1930 - Lionel Hampton cuts first vibes solo with Hite Band, “Memories of You,” Okeh Records.
    1931 - Trunk murderess Winnie Ruth Judd allegedly chops her first body. This becomes one of the biggest crime stories of its day as newspapers reader learn about Winnie Ruth Judd chopping up two girlfriends, packing their pieces into two trunks and a suitcase, and shipping them off to Los Angeles. Judd escaped seven times from the mental hospital where she was sent. On one occasion, she walked across the desert for seven days. The last time she escaped she eluded police for seven years.
    1931 – Watergate co-conspirator turned born-again evangelist Charles Colson was born in Boston.  Colson died in 2012.
    1937 - An unlikely winter-like storm produced as much as ten inches of snow in Minnesota and Iowa.
    1940 - Benjamin Oliver Davis Sr. named first black general in regular Army (later to become the Air Force).
    1940 – A lottery was held for the first draft for World War II
    1940 – Birthday of former Major Leaguer and NBA Hall of Famer Dave DeBusschere (d. 2003) in Detroit.  He pitched for the White Sox in 1962-3 and played for the Detroit Pistons in the winter, one of 12 players to accomplish this.  He was traded to the New York Knicks where he became part of the 1970 and 1973 NBA champs. 
    1942 - BAUER, HAROLD WILLIAM, Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 20 November 1908. Woodruff, Kans. Appointed from: Nebraska. Citation: For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous courage as Squadron Commander of Marine Fighting Squadron 212 in the South Pacific Area during the period 10 May to 14 November 1942. Volunteering to pilot a fighter plane in defense of our positions on Guadalcanal, Lt. Col. Bauer participated in 2 air battles against enemy bombers and fighters outnumbering our force more than 2 to 1, boldly engaged the enemy and destroyed 1 Japanese bomber in the engagement of 28 September and shot down 4 enemy fighter planes in flames on 3 October, leaving a fifth smoking badly. After successfully leading 26 planes on an over-water ferry flight of more than 600 miles on 16 October, Lt. Col. Bauer, while circling to land, sighted a squadron of enemy planes attacking the U.S.S. McFarland. Undaunted by the formidable opposition and with valor above and beyond the call of duty, he engaged the entire squadron and, although alone and his fuel supply nearly exhausted, fought his plane so brilliantly that 4 of the Japanese planes were destroyed before he was forced down by lack of fuel. His intrepid fighting spirit and distinctive ability as a leader and an airman, exemplified in his splendid record of combat achievement, were vital factors in the successful operations in the South Pacific Area.
    1942 – The National Boxing Association freezes the titles of those serving in the armed services.
    1943 - Chicago Mayor Ed Kelly opens the city's new subway system.
    1943 – Rock bassist/vocalist Fred Turner of Bachman-Turner-Overdrive was born in Winnipeg.
    1944 - The novel "The Robe," by Lloyd Douglas, was published. Nine years later, the book became a movie that won three Academy Awards. It is annually seen on television around the Easter holiday.
    1946 - 10 Nazi leaders were hanged as war criminals after the Nuremberg trials.
    1946 – Actress Suzanne Somers was born Suzanne Marie Mahoney in San Bruno, CA.
    1947 - Woody Herman's second Herd debuts at Municipal Auditorium, San Bernardino , CA
    1947 - Bob Weir, guitarist and vocalist for the Grateful Dead, is born, San Francisco.
    1954 - Two weeks after his appearance at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, Elvis Presley performs on the Country music radio program, “Louisiana Hayride”, broadcast live on KWKH in Shreveport. After an enthusiastic reception from the audience, Presley is booked to appear every week for a year at $18 per show. His sidemen, Bill Black and Scotty Moore are paid $12 each.
    1956 - Top Hits
“Honky Tonk (Parts 1 & 2)” - Bill Doggett
“Just Walking in the Rain” - Johnnie Ray
“Love Me Tender” - Elvis Presley
“Hound Dog/Don't Be Cruel” - Elvis Presley
    1956 - "Love Me Tender" with Elvis Presley premieres
    1957 - Sam Cooke's "You Send Me" is released by Keen Records. The single will be his biggest hit selling two-and-a-half million copies.
    1957 - Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visit Williamsburg Virginia
    1958 - “Ebby Calvin ‘Nuke’ LaLoosh” was born Tim Robbins in West Covina, CA.  His dad, Gilbert Lee Robbins, was one of The Highwaymen who rose to the charts in 1962 with “Michael, Row the Boat Ashore.”  Long relationship with actress Susan Sarandon, with whom he starred in “Bull Durham” (1988), ended in 2009.  Robbins also had notable performances in “The Shawshank Redemption” (1994) and “Mystic River” (1993).
    1960 – The National League votes to place new teams in Houston and New York City.  The Houston Colt 45s became the Astros when the team moved into the Astrodome.  The New York Metropolitans  remain as New York’s other Major League team.
    1962 - Cuban missile crisis began as President John F. Kennedy is briefed on the presence of missiles in Cuba, evidenced by U2 flights that photographed them there two days prior. On October 22, he addresses the public on television and on October 24, authorizes a blockade of offensive weapons to Cuba.
    1962 – The San Francisco Giants narrowly miss winning the World Series as Bobby Richardson of the Yankees snared Willie McCovey’s screaming line drive as the final out with the tying and winning runs in scoring position.  The Yankees won the Series 4 -3, thereby winning their ninth World Series in the last 14 years.
    1962 – Birthday of NBA big man, Manute Bol (d. 2010), who at 7’7” was one of the tallest men ever to play in the NBA.  Bol was born in The Sudan.
    1963 – The last issue of The New York Mirror is published.
    1964 - Top Hits
“Oh, Pretty Woman” - Roy Orbison
“Do Wah Diddy Diddy” - Manfred Mann
“Dancing in the Street” - Martha & The Vandellas
“I Guess I'm Crazy” - Jim Reeves
    1965 - Tribute to Dr. Strange: Jefferson Airplane, the Charlatans, the Marbles, Great Society appear at the San Francisco Longshoreman's Hall
Artist: Ami Magill’ This was the First Dance Concert ever held under the sponsorship of the Family Dog at the octagonal meeting hall of the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union near Fishermen's Wharf. It was billed as "A Tribute to Dr. Strange," and featured the Jefferson Airplane, the Charlatans, the Great Society, and ?the Marbles [who later metamorphosed into the Loading Zone]. A light show was operated by Bill Ham. Reference/Source:  Charles Perry, “The Haight Ashbury: A History”
    1965 - First Rock Dance Concert. The first rock dance concert ever
    1966 - Grace Slick makes her first appearance with the Jefferson Airplane at the Fillmore West in San Francisco. She replaces Signe Toly Anderson, who left the band to have a baby.
    1967 - Joan Baez and 123 other anti-draft demonstrators are arrested for blocking the entrance to the Oakland, California Armed Forces Induction Center. They are jailed for ten days.
    1968 - At the Mexico City Summer Olympics, American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos, winners of the gold and bronze medals, respectively, in the 200-meter run, raised their black-gloved fists in a black power salute during the medal presentation to call attention to racism and poverty in the United States. Two days later, the pair was suspended by the US Olympic Committee and sent home.
    1969 - The “Miracle” New York Mets defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 5-3, to win the World Series, four games to one. Prior to the 1969 season, the Mets had never won more than 73 games. Their regular season victories and triumphs over the Atlanta Braves in the first-ever NLCS and the Orioles are regarded to be among recent baseball history's more improbable occurrences. “You Gotta Believe” became the catchword for New York Met fans.
    1969 - Trumpet Player Roy Hargrove born Waco, Texas
    1971 - Issac Hayes' "Theme from Shaft" is released.
    1972 - Creedence Clearwater Revival breaks up
    1974 - Oakland A's pitcher, Ken Holtzman, who hasn't batted all season, belts a 3rd inning home run in Game 4 and gets the win, 5-2.  The A’s would go on to win their third consecutive World Series, defeating the LA Dodgers in five games.
    1976 - Memphis, TN disc jockey Rick Dees and his ‘Cast of Idiots' made it all the way to number one on the "Billboard Hot 100" with the immortal "Disco Duck (Part 1)". Dees today is a disc jockey in Los Angeles and is hosting several varieties of the "Weekly Top 40" show, syndicated around the world.
    1976 - Stevie Wonder's album, "Songs in the Key of Life" wound up at number one in the U.S. Hits on the album included "Sir Duke," "Isn't She Lovely" and "I Wish;" the double-album stayed at #1 for 14 weeks. Other tracks: "Love's in Need of Love Today," "Have a Talk with God," "Village Ghetto Land," "Contusion," "Knocks Me Off My Feet," "Pastime Paradise," "Summer Soft," "Ordinary Pain," "Saturn," "Ebony Eyes," "Joy Inside My Tears," "Black Man," "Ngiculela - Es Una Historia"/"I Am Singing," "If It's Magic," "As," "Another Star," "All Day Sucker," "Easy Goin' Evening (My Mama's Call)."
    1980 - Top Hits
“Another One Bites the Dust” - Queen
“Woman in Love” - Barbra Streisand
“Late in the Evening” - Paul Simon
“Loving Up a Storm” - Razzy Bailey
    1981 - Harvey Fierstein's "Torch Song Trilogy," premieres in New York City
     1982 - RCA Records releases Daryl Hall and John Oates' "H2O" which will match the spectacular performance of their last album, "Private Eyes," going to Top Five on the pop LPs chart and yielding two hits: "Man-eater" and "One on One."
    1982 – US Secretary of State George Schultz warns the UN that the US will withdraw if it votes to exclude Israel.
    1985 - Intel unveiled a 32-bit microprocessor, the 386. Although other chip makers had already unveiled this new, more powerful chip technology, Intel's introduction of the 32-bit chip was more significant because the company held eighty-five percent of the market for less powerful processors
    1986 - Chuck Berry celebrated his 60th birthday with a concert in his home town of St. Louis at the Fox Theatre. The show was organized by Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones and the concert was used in a documentary titled, "Hail! Hail! Rock 'N' Roll," an overview of Berry's career by Director Taylor Hackford.  Among the stars in the film tribute:  Roy Orbison, Eric Clapton, Linda Ronstadt, Etta James, Julian Lennon, and Joe Walsh (Eagles).
    1986 - U.S. government closes down due to budget problems
    1987 - Ten cities in the southeastern U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date. The low of 34 degrees at Augusta, GA marked their third straight morning of record cold. A cold front brought showers and thunderstorms to parts of the central U.S. Lightning struck a bull and six cows under a tree near Battiest, OK. (The National Weather Summary)
    1987 – 18-month-old Jessica McClure rescued 58 hours after falling 22' into a well shaft.

    1987 – Reviving fears of a 1929 redux, for the first time in history, the Dow Jones Industrial Average falls more than 100 pts (108.35).   A record 338,500,000 shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange.
    1988 - Late afternoon thunderstorms produced severe weather in southwestern Lower Michigan and northern Indiana. One thunderstorm spawned a tornado north of Nappanee, IN which caused half a million dollars damage. Six cities in California reported record high temperatures for the date. The afternoon high of 100 degrees at Red Bluff, CA was the latest such reading of record for so late in the autumn season.
    1988 – LA Dodgers pitcher Orel Hersheiser becomes the first to pitch shutouts in the playoffs and World Series (game 2)
    1988 - Top Hits
“Red Red Wine” - UB40
“Groovy Kind of Love” - Phil Collins
“What's on Your Mind (Pure Energy)” - Information Society
“Streets of Bakersfield” - Dwight Yoakam & Buck Owens
     1989 - Heavy snow blanketed the foothills of Colorado . Up to three inches was reported around Denver.  Echo Lake was buried under nineteen inches of snow. Temperatures again warmed into the 80s and lower 90s in the eastern and south central U.S. Thirteen cities reported record high temperatures for the date, including Atlantic City, NJ with a reading of 84 degrees.
    1990 - In Game 1 of the World Series, Oakland’s ten-game post-season winning streak ends as the Reds beat the A's, 7-0. Reds outfielder Eric Davis becomes the 22nd player to hit a homer in his first Fall Classic at-bat.  The Reds went on to upset the heavily-favored A’s in a sweep.  Opposing managers Lou Piniella of Cincinnati and Tony LaRussa of Oakland played American Legion ball in Tampa as kids.
    1990 - U.S. forces reach 200,000 in Persian Gulf. 
    1991 - George Jo Hennard, 35, kills 23 and himself and wounds 20 in Texas 
    1992 – Phillies OF Bryce Harper was born in Las Vegas.
    1995 - Over 800,000 black men attend the Million Man March in Washington D.C.
    1996 – “Get on the Bus,” Spike Lee's critically acclaimed, highly energized film about a busload of black men heading from Los Angeles to the "Million Man March" in Washington, D.C., debuted in United States theaters.  Ossie Davis gave an outstanding performance as Jeremiah, the senior member of the group. For the "exemplary ensemble acting of the whole team," the film received a Berlin International Film Festival special mention award.
    1998 - Hackers broke into America Online and altered the online service's Internet address. Millions of e-mail messages were misdirected as a result.
    2003 - In Game 7 of the ALCS, thanks to Aaron Boone's 11th inning home run at The Stadium, the Yankees capture their 39th American League pennant beating the Red Sox, 6-5. The defensive replacement becomes the fifth player to end a post-season series with a homer joining Bill Mazeroski ('60 Pirates, WS Game 7 vs. Yankees), Chris Chambliss ('76 Yankees, ALCS Game 5 vs. Royals), Joe Carter ('93 Blue Jays, WS Game 6 vs. Phillies) and Todd Pratt ('99 Mets, NLDS Game 4 vs. Diamondbacks).  Thus, Boone joined Bucky Dent and Joe DiMaggio as ‘favorite’ Yankees among Red Sox fans.  Boone became Yankees manager for the 2018 season and remain so.
    2005 - For the first time since 1959 making the 46-year absence between Fall Classic appearances the longest in big league history, the White Sox will represent the American League in the World Series. The Pale Hoses' starting rotation throws four consecutive complete games victories against the Angels to capture the ALCS in five games earning the title ‘World Champions’ for the first time since 1917.
    2005 - San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson rushes for 140 yards and a touchdown, his NFL record 18th straight game with a rushing score, surpassing the mark shared by George Rogers and John Riggins (13).
    2006 - A magnitude 6.7 earthquake rocks Hawaii, causing property damage, injuries, landslides, power outages, and the closure of Honolulu International Airport.
    2008 - The first pitch a potential Game 6 of the 104th World Series between The Philadelphia Phillies and the Tampa Bay Rays will begin eight minutes later to accommodate Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama's desire to purchase the 8-8:30 pm slot on the Fox network, the same air time the campaign has secured on CBS and NBC. The Tropicana Field game is now scheduled to start 8:35 p.m.   The Phil’s went on to win the Series in 5 games.

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    1909 - Pittsburgh Pirates
    1912 - Boston Red Sox
    1962 - New York Yankees
    1969 - New York Mets
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