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Friday, October 30, 2020

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Marlin Reports Third Quarter Net Income $2.7 Million
    Origination Volume $68.5 Million, Down 66% from Last Year
How Fast is 5G in Selected Countries
     Compared to U.S. the Slowest
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries
Leasing Industry Ads
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US Internet Users Are Spending More Time on
    Smartphones than PCs and Tablets
Open for Take Out and Delivery Only
    Ghost Kitchens Bright Spots in otherwise Gloomy Year
Used-car sales likely up for 5th straight month
    Great Time to Trade-in or Sell Their Vehicles for New Car
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association
    Announces New Board of Directors
Taycor Financial adds Dr. Pallavi Kharbanda
   as Head of Data Science and Justin Wheeler
      as Head of Product & Business Development
Halloween, Last Call:  The Devil Doll/It's Alive
  The Howling/The Adams Family/Get Out
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‘Normal’ unlikely to come before 2022
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CarMax announces nationwide hiring effort
  To Hire 3,500 Positions by End of the Year
Boeing Announces Further Job Cuts After 4th Q of Losses
   "reduce its workforce by 30,000 through the end of 2021
U.S. GDP booms at 33.1% rate in Q3
better than expected
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    1,205 Year-to-Date, Shifting to Out of Dine-In

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Marlin Reports Third Quarter Net Income $2.7 Million
Origination Volume $68.5 Million, Down 66% from Last Year

"As a result of the ongoing impact from COVID-19, through the end of the third quarter the Company has completed over 5,200 loan and lease restructure requests from customers who have been impacted by the pandemic. As of September 30, 2020, the Company had $129.9 million total receivables that were part of this program, or 14.3% of total net investment, or $117.6 million (13.4%) Equipment Finance and $12.2 million (46.1%) of Working Capital. In the third quarter, we processed new modifications for 406 contracts, or $9.4 million net investment, and we extended the modification period for 319 contracts with $16.4 million net investment."
   Marlin Press Release

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While coverage remains an issue, 5G users are connected to 5G only 21 percent of the time in the U.S.  In most European markets the speed of the new networking standard is in fact a giant leap forward. According to an analysis conducted by Open Signal between July 1 and September 28 of this year, 5G users often experience download speeds that are several times faster than 4G speeds. While that is also true for the United States, where 5G is 1.8 times faster than 4G on average, the U.S. trails other countries in speed overall, especially on 5G networks.

With respect to the new iPhones, many experts are warning that customers might be let down by current 5G performance, which, while not Apple’s fault, could tarnish initial reactions to the new devices. Typically making up around 60 percent of Apple’s revenue in the holiday quarter, iPhone sales are crucial to the company’s success, despite ongoing efforts on Apple’s side to reduce its reliance on the popular smartphone.

By Felix Richter, Statista



New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries


Scott Blaeser was hired as Senior Vice President, Pacific Western Business, Los Angeles, California.  He is located in the Greater Denver Area.  Previously, he was at Crestmark Bank, originally a division of Meta Bank (NASDAQ),  (August, 2014 - October, 2020); Sr. Vice President, Celtic Capital Corporation (January, 2003 - August, 2014); Vice President,  Business Development, GE Capital Business Credit (July, 2000 - March, 2002); Vice President, Business Development, Fremont Financial (1997 - 1999).  Education: St. John's University, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and Government  (1987 - 1991). Benilde-St. Margaret (1983 - 1987). University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management.

Shawn Corrigan was promoted to Vice President, K12 Education, First American Equipment Finance, Fairpoint, New York. He joined the firm May, 2014 as Sales Support Intern; promoted December, 2014, Sales Analyst; promoted December, 2014, Assistant Vice President.  Previously, he served as Intern, RBC Wealth Management (June, 2013 - January, 2014); Part-time employee, Patrick Property Services, Inc. (January, 2008 - May, 2013).  Education: St John Fisher College, Bachelor's degree, Corporate Finance (2012 -2014). Activities and Societies: St.  John Fisher College Baseball Team. Chosen as a captain as a Senior.  Monroe Community College, Associate degree. Business Administration and Management. General. (2009 -2011). Activities and Societies: MCC Baseball Team.

James Fallon, CLFP, was hired as Credit Analyst, App Only, Hitachi Capital America Vendor Services, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is located in Orange County, California.  Previously, he was Credit Manager, Blue Street Capital (January, 2014 - August, 2020); Staff Accountant, ACI Media Group (January, 2013 - December, 2013). Education: UCSC, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Business Management Economics (2008- December, 2011).  Education: UCSC. Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Business Management Economics  (2008 - 2011).  Activities and Societies: University Economics Association.

Noel Joseph was hired as Director of Business Development, Marlin Capital Solutions, Mount Laurel, New Jersey.  He is located in the New York Metropolitan Area.  Previously he was at OnDeck, starting 2012, Associate Partnership Manager; promoted 2014, Senior Partnership Manager; promoted 2016, Partnership Team Lead. Previously, he was Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Preview Properties Real Estate (2009 - 2012); Project Manager Amalgam Real Estate Development (2008 - 2009); License Real Estate Salesperson, Premier Real Estate (2006 - 2009). Education: Boston College (2004 - 2008).

Brian Rhodes was promoted to Vice President, First American Equipment Finance, Fairpoint, New York.  He joined the firm March, 2017, as Assistant Vice President.  Previously, he was at Paycheck Insurance Agency, starting  September 2003, as Inside Sales Representative, promoted September, 2005, as Insurance Consultant; Sales Representative; Sales Representative, Infinite Advertising (June, 2002 - September, 2003). License: Property & Casualty Insurance. Education: SUNY Fredonia, Bachelor of Science Business Administration & Marketing (1999 - 2003). Activities and Societies: Division IIii Baseball. Organizations: American Hospital Association Indiana Hospital Association

Keith Smith was appointed President, Equipment Finance, Star Hill Financial, LLC., Fairfield, Connecticut., Previously, he was at Sterling National Bank, starting December, 2008, SVP, Senior Manager, Director of Equipment and Franchise Finance; promoted February, 2019. President of Equipment Finance; SVP; Director of Sales, Siemens Financial Services, Siemens (November, 2008 - November, 2008); National Relationship Manager, Citigroup/CitiCapital (2005 -2007); Director of Credit, Siemens (2002 -2005); AVP, Senior Credit Officer, Lakeland Bank (2002 -2004); Senior Credit Officer, Copelco-CitiCapital (2000 - 2002); Credit Manager, Orix Credit Alliance (1998 - 2000).  Education: The College of Saint Rose. BA, Political Science (1995 -1997). Activities and Societies: Received a Full Scholarship for Baseball.  Don Bosco Prep (1989 -1992).

Ryu Tsubura was promoted to Assistant Sales Manager, LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc., a subsidiary of People's United Bank, N.A., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.   He is located in Yorba Linda, California.  He joined the firm August, 2015, as Account Executive.  Previously, he was Trainer, Experience Unlimited, Irvine (December, 2015 - August, 2015).  He joined Balboa Capital Corporation, October, 2013, as Working Capital Corporation; promoted, June, 2014, Team Lead. Chief Operating Officer, Premium Capital Funding (May, 2013 - September 2013); Investment Financial Consultant, Independent Capital Management (May, 2012 - January, 2012); Military Police Officer, United States Navy (February, 2004 - March, 2011).  Education: University of La Verne, Bachelor of Science, Organizational Management Business (2008 - 201). Graduated with departmental honors in Organizational Management. Acquired my Bachelor’ s degree while in active duty in the United States Navy.


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Open for Take Out and Delivery Only
Ghost Kitchens Bright Spots in otherwise Gloomy Year

Virtual or ghost kitchens have been one of the restaurant industry’s bright spots in an otherwise gloomy year.

With Halloween just days away, what better time is there to talk about ghost kitchens?  In a recent editor’s note, Lisa Jennings, the executive editor of Nation’s Restaurant News (NRN), called the “virtual restaurant trend” a “tectonic shift.”

Ghost kitchens are delivery-only restaurant facilities. They come in more types and varieties than you might think (it’s all reported in the September 7, 2020 edition of NRN). As Jennings says, “Whatever you call them and however you do them, virtual brands present an opportunity.”

So big an opportunity, Euromonitor International, a market research company, posits the now burgeoning ghost kitchen industry could hit $1 trillion in sales by 2030.

Jennings quotes Euromonitor’s Michael Schaefer who says ghost kitchens/virtual restaurant brands “will fundamentally change the restaurant landscape.” A food facility without a dine-in option takes a much smaller footprint, requires less overhead and allows you to operate in an off-the-beaten-path (less expensive) location.

Restaurant Business reports on research from Technomic and the National Restaurant Association which shows pre-COVID-19 “15% of operators reported using a ghost kitchen…by May, an astounding 51% had turned to ghost kitchens for some or all of their delivery orders.”

As the restaurant industry continues to struggle due to the coronavirus pandemic, Melissa Wilson, principal and off-premise expert with Technomic says, “When you think about the indie market getting hammered, when it comes time to reopen—just as we saw with the food truck phenomenon—ghost kitchens are certainly an easier and cost-effective way to reopen.”

Ghost kitchens, according to many experts, will flourish even after the pandemic ends. As Nancy Luna reports in Nation’s Restaurant News, industry consultancy Foodservice IP. “forecasts ghost restaurant sales to increase 42% this year with unit growth projected to grow 18%. That’s readjusted from an 8% unit growth projection pre-COVID-19.”

Source: Weekly Tend Cast Newsletter



Used-car sales likely up for 5th straight month
Great Time to Trade-in or Sell Their Vehicles for New Car

Used-vehicle sales for October are likely to beat year-ago figures by 1%, according to an ALG/TrueCar forecast, which calls for 3.3 million used sales for the month.

While this tally would be a 4% drop from September, it would represent the fifth consecutive year-over-year increase in used sales, ALG/TrueCar said.

Used-vehicle prices are also climbing from October 2019, as are new-car prices, according to the analysis.

“New-vehicle average transaction prices continue to rise year-over-year due to this consumer preference toward larger vehicles. Used-vehicle prices have also increased significantly in the past few months, as a result of the new-car inventory shortages and strong consumer demand,” TrueCar director of OEM analytics Nick Woolard said in a news release.

“On the TrueCar platform, used-vehicle listing prices increased by 7.6% year over year, making this a great time for consumers who are looking to trade-in or sell their vehicles and use the funds to upgrade to a new vehicle,” Woolard said.

On the new-car side, TrueCar and ALG are forecasting just under 1.31 million sales for October. Adjusted for selling days, that would be a 6.1% year-over-year decrease.

But when fleet sales are taken out of the equation, the projected 1.19 million new sales would be up 0.3%, adjusted for selling days.

“The auto industry recovery is absolutely striking. We clawed back more new car sales each month since sales bottomed out in April and are now seeing year-over-year new-car retail sales growth for two consecutive months. This is a phenomenal outcome for the industry, as inventory is starting to rebound and demand remains high. There are positive signals that the recovery will sustain,” ALG chief industry analyst Eric Lyman said in the release.

“A handful of brands, such as Mercedes and Subaru, are seeing an increase in sales month-over-month which is notable given that sales typically trend stronger in September than in October,” said Lyman. “These brands were hit harder by inventory shortages previously and are starting to replenish supply and address pent-up demand.”




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Equipment Leasing and Finance Association
Announces New Board of Directors

Kristine A. Snow, President of Cisco Systems Capital Corporation,
will serve as ELFA Board Chair

WASHINGTON, DC - Today the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) announced its new Board of Directors and Officers. Kristine A. Snow, President, Cisco Systems Capital Corporation, is the new ELFA Board Chair and Michael DiCecco, President of Huntington Equipment Finance, is Chair-Elect. The Chair-Elect and new Board members were recommended by ELFA’s Nominating Committee and approved by a vote of the general membership. The new Board will be installed immediately following the final meeting of the 2020 Board on November 10.

“The year 2021 marks ELFA’s 60th anniversary, and we are extremely fortunate to have Kris Snow as Board Chair during the upcoming milestone year,” said ELFA President and CEO Ralph Petta. “As the worldwide pandemic continues to evolve in the year ahead, Kris’s leadership skills, industry experience and commitment to ELFA will help our association move forward in fulfilling our mission in support of our members during these unprecedented times.” 

“I am honored to accept the position of ELFA Board Chair and will work diligently with the Board of Directors, staff and our member organizations to achieve and surpass our goals,” said Snow. “As we deal with the uncertainty of the current environment, it can be difficult to look ahead and know how the future will play out. The equipment financing industry, specifically ELFA and its member organizations, continue to be a critical component of business resiliency and economic recovery.”

Snow has more than two decades of commercial leasing and finance experience. She joined Cisco Systems Capital Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cisco Systems, Inc., in 2009. As President, she leads the company’s global captive finance and certified remanufactured equipment businesses. Previously she served as President of Global Vendor Finance at CIT Group.

An active participant in ELFA, Snow served on the Board of Directors from 2008-2011 and returned to the Board in 2017. In addition to her current position on the Board, she is a member of ELFA’s Executive, Nominating and Personnel Committees. Previously, she served as Chair of the Captive and Vendor Finance Business Council Steering Committee. She has also served as a participant in the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation’s Industry Future Council and a contributor to previous “State of the Equipment Finance Industry” reports.

Outside of ELFA, Snow has been involved in numerous civic and community organizations. She serves on the Gonzaga University Board of Trustees and is Board Member Emeritus for St. Mary’s College School of Economics and Business Administration. She was honored by the Computer Reseller News 2019 Women of the Channel list and received the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Women of Influence award and the YWCA Tribute to Women Award for the Silicon Valley.

Snow holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Gonzaga University and a Master of Business Administration from St. Mary’s College of California.

2021 ELFA Board of Directors
The newly elected members of the ELFA Board of Directors include:

  • Mark Duncan, EVP & GM, Commercial Finance and Corporate Development, Hitachi Capital America Corp.
  • David Farrell, Managing Director - Head of Capital Markets, Bank of America Global Leasing
  • RJ Grimshaw, President & CEO, UniFi Equipment Finance
  • Amy Gross, EVP, Government Finance, Key Equipment Finance
  • Ricardo A. Rios, President & CEO, Commercial Equipment Finance, Inc.
  • Barry Ripes, VP, Financial Institutions Leader, PayNet, an Equifax Company
  • David Verkinderen, SVP, Office Equipment & Manufacturing Vendor Services, U.S. Bank Equipment Finance

The following individuals were elected by the membership to serve as ELFA Vice Chairs: Robert Neagle, President, Merchant Finance, Ascentium Capital, LLC, and Robert Boyer, President, BB&T Commercial Equipment Capital Corp. Daniel Krajewski, President & CEO, Sertant Capital, LLC, will serve as Treasurer.

Paul Stilp, ELFA’s Chief Financial and Operating Officer, will serve as Secretary and Ralph Petta, ELFA President and CEO, is an Ex-Officio Officer.

Martha Ahlers, President of United Leasing & Finance, is Immediate Past Chair. Other members of the Board are:

  • Deborah Baker, Head of Worldwide Leasing and Financing, HP Inc.
  • Maureen Carr, Managing Director, Pacific Western Bank   
  • Conrad Eimers, President, Vision Financial Group, Inc.
  • Nathan Gibbons, COO, Innovation Finance USA LLC
  • Willis Kleinjan, Founder and CEO, Northland Capital Equipment Finance      
  • Alan Mogol, Shareholder, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC      
  • David Normandin, President & CEO, Wintrust Specialty Finance     
  • Deborah Reuben, Founder & CEO, Tomorrow Zone
  • Thomas Rutherford, President, Crestmark Equipment Finance, a division of MetaBank                      
  • David Walton, President & CEO, Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation

About ELFA
The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) is the trade association that represents companies in the nearly $1 trillion equipment finance sector, which includes financial services companies and manufacturers engaged in financing capital goods. ELFA members are the driving force behind the growth in the commercial equipment finance market and contribute to capital formation in the U.S. and abroad. Its 575 members include independent and captive leasing and finance companies, banks, financial services corporations, broker/packagers and investment banks, as well as manufacturers and service providers. For more information, please visit

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Taycor Financial adds Dr. Pallavi Kharbanda
as Head of Data Science and Justin Wheeler
as Head of Product & Business Development

LOS ANGELES – Taycor Financial, a leading commercial finance company, announced the addition of Dr. Pallavi Kharbanda as Head of Data Science and Justin Wheeler as Head of Product & Business Development. They will report to Michael Hong, Chief Executive Officer of Taycor, and will be part of Taycor’s executive leadership team.

Dr. Kharbanda comes to Taycor after being a freelance data scientist and university professor. Dr. Kharbanda has advanced degrees in Statistics and Mathematics and has been published in international journals of repute for her research. Dr. Kharbanda has a PhD in Applied Mathematics and was a professor of Statistics, Predictive Modeling, Data Processing and Machine Learning for over a decade. 

“Data Science is critical to competing at the highest levels,” said Robert Butler, Chief Technology Officer. “We are so pleased to have someone with Dr. Kharbanda’s knowledge and experience on the Taycor Technology Team.”

Justin Wheeler also joined Taycor this week after spending the last three years at Currency Capital, where he served as Chief Product Officer and oversaw technology, innovation and supported business development efforts. Prior to Currency, Wheeler was VP, Product Innovation at Survey Sampling International, and VP Product Innovation & Business Development at Instantly. Justin started his career at Overture Services, Inc. which was acquired by Yahoo Search Marketing -- the original paid search offering (eventually emulated with great success by Google).

“Justin is visionary and an ambassador of breakthrough technology-- a true innovator,” said Michael Hong. “His serial successes and experience in the equipment finance space makes him an obvious choice to lead product and business development initiatives at Taycor.  We are thrilled to welcome Justin to Taycor’s executive team.”

“We welcome both Pallavi and Justin as well as all our newest team members in sales and operations with great enthusiasm and know that they’ll all play a crucial role in Taycor’s continued growth,” concluded Hong.

About Taycor Financial
Founded in 1997, with offices in Los Angeles, CA; Orange County, CA; San Jose, CA; and Scottsdale, AZ; Taycor Financial has joined the ranks of America’s top businesses, establishing itself as one of the premier commercial financing companies in the U.S. Taycor is also one of the most rapidly growing; having made the “Inc. 500” list of America’s fastest growing private companies.  For more information on commercial finance or leasing, to get an Instant Quote, or explore career opportunities, visit: or call (310) 568-9900. 

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Special Halloween Edition, Part Three

In the third part of our seasonal frightfest, we conclude with another batch of choice Halloween pictures, ranging from the horrific to the delightful. So check in with Netflix and enjoy your own cinematic night of tricks and treats!

The Devil-Doll (Tod Browning, 1936): The director of Bela Lugosi’s original “Dracula,” Tod Browning serves up a thrillingly strange horror-mystery with this moody yarn of fantasy and revenge. Lionel Barrymore stars as Paul Lavond, a man wrongfully accused of crimes who breaks out of prison alongside a brilliant scientist (Henry B. Walthall). Before he dies, the fugitive passes along to Paul his greatest discovery, a way to shrink people down to the size of a doll. Eager to get even with those who framed him, he disguises himself as an elderly toymaker and has his miniature minions carry out his orders—a plan complicated by the appearance of his estranged daughter (Maureen O’Sullivan). Full of nightmarish images and dark humor, this is an ingenious chiller that should be better-known.

It’s Alive (Larry Cohen, 1974): Always tackling society’s ingrown anxieties with tabloid energy, director Larry Cohen offers an unsettling vision of primal monsters in this low-budget stunner. It begins in deceptive normality, as middle-aged advertiser Frank Davis (John P. Ryan) takes his wife Lenore (Sharon Farrell) to the hospital for the birth of their second child. But things take a bloody sudden turn when the baby turns out to be a ferocious mutant that begins a killing spree by slaughtering the doctors in the delivery room. At first determined to destroy it, Frank slowly comes to the realization that fathers and monsters are closer than they appear. Playing as a grindhouse response to “Rosemary’s Baby,” Cohen’s gutsy classic continues to resonate as a dive into our most primal fears.

The Howling (Joe Dante, 1981): The werewolf mythos gets some welcome new blood in this terrific horror-comedy from director Joe Dante (“Gremlins”). Beginning in Los Angeles, the plot follows reporter Karen (Dee Wallace) as she seeks some therapy at a secluded psychiatric retreat after a traumatizing brush with a murderous criminal. Instead of relaxation, however, she finds a colony of supernatural creatures run by the suspicious Dr. Waggner (Patrick Macnee). Can she find a way to bring the truth to the world before it’s too late? A movie-buff turned moviemaker, Dante injects elements of New Age satire into the story without resorting to derision, instead treating the horror and mystery of his lupine beasties with true fondness. Keep an eye out for inspired in-jokes and tongue-in-cheek cameos.

The Addams Family (Barry Sonnenfeld, 1991): That creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky, all together ooky clan, The Addams Family, made a popular transition to the big screen with this enjoyable, exceptionally well-cast comedy. The Addams home, presided over by the ghoulish Gomez (Raul Julia) and Morticia (Anjelica Huston), is shaken by the arrival of a man claiming to be Gomez’s estranged brother, Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd). What they don’t know is that this lost relative is really an impostor sent by the family attorney (Dan Hedaya), who has his eye on their fortune. Blending deadpan one-liners with slapstick, director Barry Sonnenfeld captures the droll morbidity of the original, thanks largely to a pitch-perfect cast that also includes a young Christina Ricci as Wednesay.

Get Out (Jordan Peele, 2017): Better known for his late-night sketch skills, comedian Jordan Peele took a most impressive leap into feature direction with this original, unnerving mixture of horror and humor. Unfolding in deceptively placid suburbia, the movie charts the increasingly bizarre events in the weekend in which black photographer Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) goes with his white girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) to meet her parents (Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener). What begins as a merely nervous getaway quickly escalates for Chris into a race for his life, with each new discovery bringing a fresh fright to the surface. Blending quick and entertaining genre tropes with genuinely provocative insights about race in America, Peele serves up crackerjack tension and dark satirical laughter.


Rottweiller/Alaskan Malamute
Mount Holly, New Jersey  Adopt-a-Dog


ID #45357362
2 Yeas, 8 months
Size: XL
Color: Black/Tan
Declawed: no
Housetrained: Unknown
Site: Burlington County Animal Shelter
Location: Yellow, Dog Holding
Intake Daae: 8/9/2020

Fill out an application by clicking the “interested in this animal?
 Click here” button under the animal’s bio.

After filling out the application call the shelter, 609-265-5073, to make sure the application was received and to be scheduled an appointment to meet with that particular animal.

Hours of operation have temporarily been changed from
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Monday through Sunday.

Burlington County Animal Shelter
49 Rancocas Road
Mount Holly, NJ 08060
Phone: 609-265-5000


Better Than Six Feet Apart
Than Six Feet Deep

(Display front lawn Los Gatos, California)


News Briefs---

‘Normal’ unlikely to come before 2022
     as COVID-19 surges unchecked, Fauci says

CarMax announces nationwide hiring effort
  To Hire 3,500 Positions by End of the Year

Boeing Announces Further Job Cuts After 4th Q of Losses
   "reduce its workforce by 30,000 through the end of 2021

U.S. GDP booms at 33.1% rate in Q3, better than expected




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Pizza Hut Closes Another 632 Stores Globally, Closing
    1,205 Year-to-Date, Shifting to Out of Dine-In


Chicago White Sox reunite with Tony La Russa,
    hire Hall of Fame manager

9-year-old SF Giants fanatic loses baseball cards in Creek Fire;
    San Jose man gives her 25,000-card collection


California Nuts Briefs---

Another Exodus?  San Francisco Bay Area could be
     worst hit by outward pandemic migration



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This Day in History

    1503 – Queen Isabella of Spain banned violence against Indians in the New World.
    1734 – The second President of the US, John Adams, was born at Braintree, MA.   Term of office: Mar 4, 1797—Mar 3, 1801 after having been George Washington's Vice President.  He was the father of John Quincy Adams (6th president of the US).  He once wrote in a letter to Thomas Jefferson: “You and I ought not to die before we have explained ourselves to each other.” John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on the same day, July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of adoption of the Declaration of Independence.  Adams' last words: “Thomas Jefferson still survives.” Jefferson's last words: “Is it the fourth?”
    1768 - The Wesley Chapel on John Street in New York City was dedicated. It was the first Methodist church building to be erected in the American colonies, was restored in 1817 and again in 1840.
    1815 - Birthday of José Manuel Gallegos (d. 1875), born in Spanish colonial Mexico, in the town of Abiquiú, Nuevo México. Suspended from the priesthood for refusing to accept the authority of French religious superior, Bishop Jean Baptiste Lamy, who became the subject of Willa Cather’s novel, “Death Comes for the Archbishop,” Gallegos put increasing energy into his political life. Subsequently, he was elected to the New Mexico Territorial House of Representatives, served as treasurer of the territory, and was superintendent of New Mexico Indian affairs. Gallegos returned to the U.S. House of Representatives for a second term in 1871.
    1831 - In Southampton County, VA, escaped slave Nat Turner was captured and arrested for leading the bloodiest slave rebellion in United States history.
    1838 - The Mormon War of Missouri ended when over 200 state militiamen attacked the LDS settlement of Huan's Mill. Eighteen Mormons were killed, and a dozen wounded, in reprisal for Mormon militia attacks on several communities since August of that year. Joseph Smith then led his followers to Illinois.
    1862 - Dr. Richard Gatling patented a machine gun. The Gatling gun consisted of six barrels mounted in a revolving frame. A later version with ten barrels fired 320 rounds a minute. The United States Army purchased these guns in 1865 and over the next few years most major armies in Europe purchased the gun. In 1870, Gatling opened a new factory in Hartford, Connecticut to produce his gun. He continued to improve the Gatling gun and by 1882, it could fire up to 1,200 rounds per minute. However, sales of the gun declined after Hiram Maxim began producing his automatic Maxim Machine Gun.  Gatling also manufactured machines for sowing and breaking hemp, a steam power and a marine steam ram.
    1862 - Yellow fever hits the Union Army.  Union General Ormsby MacKnight Mitchell, commander of the Department of the South, is one of those who dies; at Beaufort, South Carolina. Born in Kentucky in 1809, Mitchell grew up in Lebanon, Ohio. He attended West Point and graduated in 1829 along with future Confederate leaders Joseph Johnston and Robert E. Lee. When the war erupted in 1861, Mitchell used his West Point education as a brigadier general in the Army of the Ohio under General Don Carlos Buell and participated in operations in Kentucky and Tennessee in 1862. Mitchell also directed raids into northern Alabama, capturing Huntsville in April 1862. Mitchell was a critic of the "soft war," or limited approach, of many northern generals, and his actions made him a target of conservative northern newspapers. Advocating a tougher stance against Southern civilians and the institution of slavery, he confiscated the property of prominent Confederates and protected slaves who escaped to his lines well before the practice was mandated by Federal policy. In July, 1862, he was named commander of the Department of the South. He moved to headquarters on the Sea Islands of South Carolina, where he oversaw the building of schools and homes for slaves in the captured territory. This movement, begun by his predecessor, General David Hunter, is considered the first experiment in the reconstruction of the South. However, Mitchell's death from yellow fever cut short his participation in the experiment.
    1864 - The town of Helena, Montana, is founded by four gold miners who struck it rich at the appropriately named "Last Chance Gulch." The first major Anglo settlement of Montana had begun just two years before in the summer of 1862, when prospectors found a sizeable deposit of placer gold at Grasshopper Creek to the west. When other even richer deposits were soon discovered nearby, a major rush began as tens of thousands of miners scoured the territory in search of gold. In 1864, four prospectors spotted signs of gold in the Helena area while on their way to the Kootenai country, but they were eager to reach the reportedly rich gold regions farther to the north and did not to stop. But after striking out on the Kootenai, they decided to take "one last chance" on finding gold and returned. When the signs turned out to mark a rich deposit of placer gold, they staked their claims and named the new mining district Last Chance Gulch.
Eventually, Last Chance Gulch would prove to be the second biggest placer gold deposit in Montana, producing some $19 million worth of gold in just four years. Overnight, thousands of miners began to flood into the region, and the four original discoverers added to their fortunes by establishing the town of Helena to provide them with food, lodging, and supplies. But unlike many of the early Montana mining towns, Helena did not disappear once the gold gave out, which it inevitably did. Located on several major transportation routes, well supplied with agricultural products from an adjacent valley, and near to several other important mining towns, Helena was able to survive and grow by serving the wider Montana mining industry. In 1875, the city became the capital of Montana Territory, and in 1894, the capital of the new state of Montana.
    1871 - Philadelphia Athletics beat Chicago White Stockings for the first National Association baseball pennant.  In 1869, the previously amateur National Association of Base Ball Players, in response to concerns that some teams were paying players, established a professional category. The Cincinnati Red Stockings were the first team to declare their intention to become fully professional. Other teams quickly followed suit. By 1871, several clubs, wanting to separate fully from the amateur association, broke away to found the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players or simply, National Association.  This is generally acknowledged as the forerunner of the present-day National League.
    1872 - Emily Post (d. 1960) was born at Baltimore, MD. Published in 1922, her book “Etiquette: The Blue Book of Social Usage,” instantly became the American bible of manners and social behavior and established Post as the household name in such matters. It was in its 10th edition at the time of her death. “Etiquette” inspired a great many letters asking Post for advice on manners in specific situations. She used these letters as the basis for her radio show and her syndicated newspaper column, which eventually appeared in more than 200 papers.
    1882 - Birthday of William “Bull” Halsey (d. 1959) at Elizabeth, NJ.  American admiral and fleet commander who played a leading role in the defeat of the Japanese in the Pacific naval battles of World War II.  In April, 1942, aircraft carriers under his command ferried Jimmy Doolittle's B-25s to within several hundred miles of Japan's coast. From that location, the aircraft were launched from the decks of the carriers for a raid on Tokyo. In October, 1942, as commander of all the South Pacific area, Halsey led naval forces in the defeat of Japan at Guadalcanal, and in November, 1943, he directed the capture of Bougainville. He supported the landings in the Philippines in June 1944, and in the great naval battle of Leyte, Oct 23—25, 1944.
    1885 – Ezra Pound (d. 1972) was born in Hailey, Idaho Territory.  An expatriate poet and critic who was a major figure in the early modernist movement, his contribution to poetry began with his development of Imagism, a movement derived from classical Chinese and Japanese poetry, stressing clarity, precision and economy of language.
    1888 - The ball-point pen was patented by John J. Loud of Weymouth, MA.  The patent was on a pen having a spheroidal marking point capable of revolving in all directions.
    1893 - Birthday of Charles Atlas (d. 1942), bodybuilder, born Angelo Siciliano at Acri, Italy. Atlas created a popular mail order bodybuilding course, pegged to his own youthful troubles as a “97-lb weakling.” The legendary sand-kicking episode used later in advertising for his course occurred at Coney Island when a lifeguard kicked sand in Atlas's face and stole his girlfriend. Three generations of comic book fans read his advertisements.
    1893 - After a rousing success, the Columbian Exposition held “American Cities Day” and Chicago Mayor Carter Harrison gave a speech before the visiting mayors. This was the highlight of the greatest new technology in America and hope was the economy would turn around. After he arrived home, Harrison's doorbell rang. When the mayor answered the door, he was shot by Patrick Eugene Pendergast, who had been disappointed when his request for a position with the city as corporation counsel was turned down. Instead of the elaborate ceremony that had been planned to close the exposition on Oct 30, a single speech was given and the flags lowered to half-mast.
    1894 - Daniel M. Cooper of Rochester, NY, received a patent for a card time recorder.  The employee pressed a lever on the machine to record the time on specially printed cards divided by horizontal lines into seven equal spaces for the days of the week. The recorder, known as the Rochester, was manufactured by the Willard and Frick Manufacturing Company.
    1896 – Harry Randall Truman, (d. 1980) no relation, was born in Ivydale, WV.  A resident of the Washington state who lived on Mount St. Helens, he came to brief fame in the months preceding the volcano's May, 1980 eruption after he stubbornly refused to leave his home despite evacuation orders, and he is presumed to have been killed in the eruption. He was the owner and caretaker of Mount St. Helens Lodge at south end of Spirit Lake at the foot of the mountain in the danger zone at the time of the eruption.
    1896 - Martha Hughes Cannon of Utah became the first female Senator.
    1898 – Bill Terry (d. 1989), the last National Leaguer to hit .400, was born in Atlanta.  He played his entire career with the New York Giants and hit .401 in 1930.  Considered one of the greatest players of all time, Terry was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1954. In 1999, he ranked number 59 on “The Sporting News” list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and was a nominee for the MLB All-Century Team. The Giants retired Terry's uniform no. 3 in 1984.
    1917 - The first Jewish US Navy chaplain was Rabbi David Goldberg of Corsicana, TX, who was appointed with the rank of lieutenant.  He was advanced to lieutenant commander on January 1, 1938, and he retired on March 1, 1941.
    1919 – Baseball’s National Commission called for the prohibition of the spitball.
    1921 - "The Sheik," a silent film starring Rudolph Valentino, premieres in Los Angeles.  It was based on the bestselling romance novel of the same name by Edith Maude Hull. The film was a box-office hit and helped propel Valentino to stardom.
    1922 – The huge success of Babe Ruth with the Yankees forced the rival New York Giants to move quickly for a gate attraction.  They paid $65,000 and 3 players to the minor league Baltimore Orioles for Jack Bentley who hit .349 and was 13-1 as pitcher in 1922.  Bentley was a member of the Giants’ pennant-winning teams in 1923 and 1924. He was 1–3 with a 4.94 ERA and 11 strikeouts in those World Series.  He was out of the Majors after the 1927 season.  He was a good hitting pitcher in his Major League career, compiling a .291 average (170-584) with 7 home runs and 71 RBI. In 1923, Bentley batted .427 (38-89) for the Giants. In the 1923 and 1924 World Series, he hit .417 (5-12) with one home run and 2 RBI. He also played 59 games at first base and 3 games in right field in the majors.
    1925 - Birthday of tenor sax player/composer/arranger/producer Teo Macero, born Attilio Joseph Macero (d. 2008), Glens Falls, NY.
    1929 - John D. Rockefeller announced he was buying sound common stocks to help stem the massive sell-off at the New York Stock Exchange, but it did no good. Over 10.7 million shares were dumped the day before and the market was in a free fall. The Great Depression was beginning and even a Rockefeller could not stop it.
    1930 - The great trumpet player Clifford Brown (d. 1956) Birthday.
    One of his finest albums:

    1930 - Duke Ellington records "Mood Indigo."
    1935 - Woody Herman cuts first vocals with Isham Jones Band
    1938 - “War of the Worlds” was broadcast as part of a series of radio dramas based on famous novels.  Orson Welles with the Mercury Players produced H.G. Wells' “War of the Worlds.” Near panic resulted when listeners believed the simulated news bulletins, which described a Martian invasion of New Jersey, to be real.  People went into a panic as they believed the world was invaded and the end was near.
    1939 – Grace Slick was born Grace Barnett Wing in Highland Park, IL.  Singer, songwriter, artist, and former model, she is best known as one of the lead singers of the rock groups The Great Society, Jefferson Airplane/Starship, as well as for her work as a solo artist from the mid-1960s to the mid-1990s.   
    1941 - The U.S. destroyer “Reuben James” was torpedoed and sunk off the coast of Iceland by a German submarine during the night of October 30-31.  Some 100 lives were lost.  It was the first American warship to be sunk in the war. Despite the passage of “Lend Lease” in support of Britain and other “free” countries in Europe, Congress and the United States did not want to enter a war they thought “European.”  This attitude lost many lives and war preparation.  The fact is that on December 8th, the US declared war against Japan after the sneak attack at Pearl Harbor, which wiped out most of our Pacific fleet. On December 11, in obvious collusion, Germany and Italy declared war against the U.S. and Congress adopted a resolution recognizing a state of war.
    1944 – Anne and Margot Frank are deported from Auschwitz to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camps where they die from disease the following year, shortly before the end of World War II. 
    1945 - ROSS, WILBURN K., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Army, Company G, 350th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division. Place and date: Near St. Jacques, France, 30 October 1944. Entered service at: Strunk, Ky. Birth: Strunk, Ky. G.O. No.: 30, 14 April 1945. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty near St. Jacques, France. At 11:30 a.m. on 30 October 1944, after his company had lost 55 out of 88 men in an attack on an entrenched full-strength German company of elite mountain troops, Pvt. Ross placed his light machinegun 10 yards in advance of the foremost supporting riflemen in order to absorb the initial impact of an enemy counterattack. With machinegun and small-arms fire striking the earth near him, he fired with deadly effect on the assaulting force and repelled it. Despite the hail of automatic fire and the explosion of rifle grenades within a stone's throw of his position, he continued to man his machinegun alone, holding off 6 more German attacks. When the eighth assault was launched, most of his supporting riflemen were out of ammunition. They took positions in echelon behind Pvt. Ross and crawled up, during the attack, to extract a few rounds of ammunition from his machinegun ammunition belt. Pvt. Ross fought on virtually without assistance and, despite the fact that enemy grenadiers crawled to within 4 yards of his position in an effort to kill him with hand grenades, he again directed accurate and deadly fire on the hostile force and hurled it back. After expending his last rounds, Pvt. Ross was advised to withdraw to the company command post, together with 8 surviving riflemen, but, as more ammunition was expected, he declined to do so. The Germans launched their last all-out attack, converging their fire on Pvt. Ross in a desperate attempt to destroy the machinegun which stood between them and a decisive breakthrough. As his supporting riflemen fixed bayonets for a last-ditch stand, fresh ammunition arrived and was brought to Pvt. Ross just as the advance assault elements were about to swarm over his position. He opened murderous fire on the oncoming enemy; killed 40 and wounded 10 of the attacking force; broke the assault single-handedly, and forced the Germans to withdraw. Having killed or wounded at least 58 Germans in more than 5 hours of continuous combat and saved the remnants of his company from destruction, Pvt. Ross remained at his post that night and the following day for a total of 36 hours. His actions throughout this engagement were an inspiration to his comrades and maintained the high traditions of the military service.
    1945 - June Christy, with Stan Kenton, records “Just A-Sittin' and A-rockin'.”    
    1945 – “The Fonz”, Henry Winkler, was born on Manhattan’s West Side.  Winkler is best known for his role as Arthur Fonzarelli in the 1970s sitcom “Happy Days” (1974-84).  "The Fonz," or "Fonzie," a leather-clad greaser and auto mechanic, started out as a minor character at the show's beginning, but had achieved top billing by the time the show ended.
    1946 - Top Hits
Five Minutes More - Frank Sinatra
South America, Take It Away - Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
Rumors are Flying - The Frankie Carle Orchestra (vocal: Marjorie Hughes)
Divorce Me C.O.D. - Merle Travis
    1948 - The Donora, PA, smog disaster finally came to an end. The fog started building on October 27, 1948. By the following day it was causing coughing and other signs of respiratory distress for many residents of the community in the Monongahela River valley. Many of the illnesses and deaths were initially attributed to asthma. The smog continued until it rained by which time 20 residents of Donora had died and approximately one third to one half of the town's population of 14,000 residents had been sickened. Another 50 residents died of respiratory causes within a month after the incident; notable among the fatalities was Lukasz Musial, the father of future baseball Hall of Famer and the 1948 National League MVP, Stan Musial.  Hydrogen fluoride and sulfur dioxide emissions from US Steel’s Donora Zinc Works and its American Steel & Wire plant were frequent occurrences in Donora. What made the 1948 event more severe was a temperature inversion, a situation in which warmer air aloft traps pollution in a layer of colder air near the surface. The pollutants in the air mixed with fog to form a thick, yellowish, acrid smog that hung over Donora for five days. The poisonous gases that usually dispersed into the atmosphere were caught in the inversion and accumulated until rain ended the weather pattern.
    1953 – President Eisenhower formally approved the top secret document National Security Council Paper No. 162/2, which states that the United States' arsenal of nuclear weapons must be maintained and expanded to counter the communist threat.
    1954 - Top Hits
“Hey There” - Rosemary Clooney
“Shake, Rattle and Roll” - Bill Haley & His Comets
“Smile” - Nat King Cole
“More and More” - Webb Pierce
    1956 – The Brooklyn Dodgers sold Ebbets Field to a real estate investment group with the commitment to play there through 1959.  The Dodgers moved to LA for the 1958 season, Ebbets Field was demolished in 1960 and Ebbets Field Apartments, later Jackie Robinson Apartments, have been there since.
    1962 - Top Hits
“Monster Mash” - Bobby “Boris” Picket
“He's a Rebel” - The Crystals
“Only Love Can Break a Heart” - Gene Pitney
“Mama Sang a Song” - Bill Anderson
    1958 - Quiz show, "Concentration," was part of daytime television's lineup from August 1958 to March 1973, but this night it appeared on television at 8:30 p.m. "Concentration" was a temporary replacement for "Twenty-One," after its sudden cancellation due to the quiz show scandals of the time. Jack Barry, host of "Twenty-One," was transferred to host "Concentration" for its four-week nighttime run.
    1960 - Elvis Presley attends RCA studios in Nashville where he records fourteen Gospel songs for his upcoming LP "His Hand in Mine."
    1963 - Sandy Koufax, who unanimously won the CY Young Award six days ago, is also named the National League's MVP. The Dodger legend out points Pirates' infielder Dick Groat, 237-190.
    1964 - Roy Orbison went gold with his hit single, "Oh, Pretty Woman."
    1964 - Twenty-two-year-old Cassius Clay, who later changed his name to Muham­mad Ali, became world heavyweight boxing champion by defeating Sonny Liston. All was well known for both his fighting ability and his personal style. His most famous saying was “I am the greatest!” Convicted of vio­lating the Selective Service Act in 1967, he was stripped of his title; the Supreme Court reversed the decision, though, in 1971. Ali was the only fighter to win the heavyweight boxing title three separate times (and he defended that title nine times) until Evander Holyfield defeated Mike Tyson in 1996.
    1965 – “I Hear A Symphony,” recorded by The Supremes, debuted on Billboard's Top 40 charts, and became the Motown female group's sixth Number 1 hit.
    1966 - Baltimore Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas throws for 252 yards to pass Y.A. Tittle (28,339 yards) as the NFL's all-time passing yards leader. Unitas finished his career with 40,239 yards passing.
    1967 - The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Clear Light, Blue Cheer, S.F. Fillmore Auditorium
Artist: Bonnie MacLean
    1967 – The Supreme Court upholds the contempt-of-court convictions of Dr. Martin Luther King and seven other black leaders who led the 1963 marches in Birmingham. Dr. King and his aides enter jail to serve four-day sentences.  "I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can't agree with your methods of direct action;" who paternalistically feels he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by the myth of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a "more convenient season." Shallow understanding from people of goodwill is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection."
— Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., "Letter from the Birmingham Jail," 1963
    1967 - Benefit at the Fillmore for KPFA radio station. Pink Floyd and the Sopwith Camel performed.
    1970 - Top Hits
“I'll Be There” - The Jackson 5
“We've Only Just Begun” - Carpenters
“Fire and Rain” - James Taylor
“Run, Woman, Run” - Tammy Wynette
    1972 - Worst US rail accident in 14 years; 45 die in Chicago.
    1974 - Muhammad Ali regained the heavyweight title by knocking out defending champion George Foreman in the eighth round of “The Rumble in the Jungle,” a fight in Kinshasa, Zaire, first heavyweight championship fight ever held in Africa. Ali was named Fighter of the Year, 1976 by Ring magazine.
    1974 – Pitcher Nolan Ryan of the California Angels, throws the fastest recorded pitch, at 100.9 miles per hour.  Today there are dozens of pitchers who throw that hard and harder.  Aroldis Chapman of the Yankees shares with Jordan Hicks the record for the fastest recorded pitch speed in MLB history, at 105.1 miles per hour as well as the Guinness World Record for fastest baseball pitch.
     1975 - Winger Johnny Bucyk of the Boston Bruins scored the 500th goal of his career in a 3—2 Bruins' victory over the St. Louis Blues. Bucyk finished his career with 556 goals and entered the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1981.
    1976 - Dr. Joseph H. Evans was elected president of the United Church of Christ. It made him the first African-American leader of this predominantly white denomination.
    1976 - The group, Chicago, started its second (and final) week at number one on the pop singles charts with, "If You Leave Me Now." The hottest LP was Stevie Wonder's "Songs in the Key of Life." The album was number one for a total of 14 weeks.
    1976 - Jane Pauley becomes news co-anchor of the Today Show.
    1978 - Top Hits
“Hot Child in the City” - Nick Gilder
“You Needed Me” - Anne Murray
“Reminiscing” - Little River Band
“Let's Take the Long Way Around the World” - Ronnie Milsap
    1979 - Richard Arrington elected first Black mayor of Birmingham, Alabama.
    1982 - Melbourne, Australia's Men at Work had the number one song in the US with "Who Can It Be Now?" They would follow with three more Top 10 hits, "Down Under" (#1), "Overkill" (#3) and "It's A Mistake" (#6)
    1984 - Barry Manilow opened at Radio City Music Hall, New York. His concerts sold out to the tune of $1.9 million, besting (by $100,000) the record set by Diana Ross.
    1984 - Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi, aka The Blues Brothers (Jake and Elwood), hit the two-million-dollar sales mark with their LP, "Briefcase Full of Blues".
    1986 - Top Hits
“True Colors” - Cyndi Lauper
“Typical Male” - Tina Turner
“I Didn't Mean to Turn You On” - Robert Palmer
“Cry” - Crystal Gayle
    1988 - Ten cities in the Upper Midwest reported record low temperatures for the date. The morning low of 20 degrees at South Bend, IN was a record for October, and lows of 18 degrees at Grand Rapids, MI and 20 degrees at Fort Wayne, IN equaled records for October. The low of 2 degrees at International Falls, MN smashed their previous record for the date by 11 degrees. Syracuse, NY received 2.9 inches of snow to establish a record for October with 5.7 inches for the month.
    1989 - Temperatures soared into the 70s in the northeastern U.S. The record high of 73 degrees at Alpena, MI marked their sixth straight day of record warmth. In the western U.S., Klamath Falls, OR reported a record low of 19 degrees.
    1995 - David Bowie, Tom Donahue, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Jefferson Airplane, Little Willie John, Pink Floyd, Pete Seeger, The Shirelles and The Velvet Underground are inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
    1996 - IBM subsidiary Lotus said it would include a Web browser in its Lotus Notes software, a popular groupware program that allowed users to share data and collaborate on documents. The browser would allow users to store Web pages and work with them offline. In a surprise takeover, IBM had purchased Notes in July, 1995 in an attempt to shore up its offerings in networking and Internet software. The takeover was the largest-ever deal for a software company.   Companies such as System1, later to become CapitalStream, partnered with Lotus Notes and offered a “seamless” technology from application to funding and documents via the Web through Nation's Capital (never got off the prototype stages as
leasing companies fought having their documents shared in System1 software.)
    2001 - George W. Bush becomes the eighth President to attend a World Series game and the first since Dwight D. Eisenhower to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Wearing a New York Fire Department windbreaker in honor of the heroes of the September 11 attacks, the Commander in Chief walks to the mound by himself, gives a thumbs up, and throws a perfect strike to the Yankees' backup catcher much to the delight of the stadium faithful. Ralph Mango reports, “I was at that game, the only World Series game I have ever attended.  The security to get into the game was airtight as my son-in-law, who came from work, found a Stadium employee to hold his briefcase…for $50…and believe it or not, he gave it back at the end of the game!  Sharpshooters in black climbed in unison to the roof stationed over every aisle as the President’s copter landed in the parking lot.  The torn flag that was recovered from the WTC flew on the Yankee Stadium flagpole.  President Bush walked out to the mound to a thunderous roar, toed the rubber, and fired the strike to start the game.  Derek Jeter, Yanks’ SS, said to the President, whom he met warming up under the stands before the game, “throw from the rubber not in front of the mound…and don’t bounce it, they’ll boo ya!”  In the 7th inning, in unison, the sharpshooters descended to a roar that rivaled that for the President.  Oh yeah, Yanks won, 3-1 on HRs by Posada and Spencer to back Roger Clemens’ strong pitching.”
    2001 - 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.
    2012 - George Lucas sold Lucasfilm Ltd. to the Walt Disney Company for $4.05 billion; the sale included the rights to the 'Indiana Jones' and 'Star Wars' franchises.



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