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Friday, October 29, 2021

Today's Leasing News Headlines

ELFA September New Business Confirms Companies’
   Press Releases Showing Third Quarter and September New Business
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
   and Related Industries
Northmill Equipment Finance Whole Team Photo
   Gets Together from all over the Country
ELFA Annual Convention Draws Large Crowd
   Report and Photos  from “In the Spotlight”
Leasing Industry Ads
Travel Expenses for an Employment Interview
   Career Crossroads----by Emily Fitzpatrick/RII
Female Leasing/Finance Association Presidents
   Year of Office
Mortgage Refi Activity Hits 20-Month Low
   MR Report
Financial Relief Available to Qualified
   Small Business Employers
Marlin Leasing Reports Third Quarter, 2021
    Net Income $5.5 Million, Down from $10.3 Million Last Quarter
Mystery at the Wax Museum (1933). Dead of Night (1945),
  Wolf (1994). What We Do in Shadows (2014)
   Halloween Classics at Netflix by Fernando Croce
German Shepherd
   Newport Beach, California  Adopt-a-Dog
850 Registered for SFNet's 77th Annual Convention
   Nov. 3-5, 2021 Registration is Still Open
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Amazon delivers big earnings miss, Jassy warns Q4  
     will bring ‘several billion dollars of additional costs
Facebook Inc. Rebrands as Meta
    to stress ‘metaverse’ plan?
Boeing has Returned to Losing Money
    after one profitable quarter
Sign at Chick-Fil-A Branch:
     'We Do Not Discriminate Against Unvaccinated'
These Publicly Traded Casual Restaurants
    Earn the Most Per Store

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ELFA September New Business Confirms Companies’
Press Releases Showing Third Quarter and September New Business

 (Chart: Leasing News)

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association Monthly New Business Index for September was $9.2 billion, up from August, 2021 of $8.5  billion and September, 2020, of $8.7 billion.  The press releases
received by Leasing News this month reflect the increase as reported
by ELFA.

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 (Chart: ELFA)

ELFA President and CEO Ralph Petta said, “Originations in the equipment finance industry continue to tick up, with September new business volume showing good growth compared to the same period last year. Supply chain disruptions and inflation concerns continue, with the Fed poised to gradually ease its asset purchases in the near term.

“For now, liquidity is abundant and businesses are acquiring the productive equipment necessary to respond to customer demand in a variety of market sectors. Portfolio quality is mixed, however, with lower delinquencies offset by slightly higher charge offs for the 25 responding MLFI participants.”

Robert L. Boyer, CLFP, President, First Commonwealth Equipment Finance, (Recipient of ELFA 2017 David H. Fenig Distinguished Service in Advocacy Award, 2019, CLFP Foundation Cindy Spurdle Award of Excellence) said, “The September MLFI data display encouraging signs of improvement for the industry with new business volume increasing and delinquency decreasing from August. Losses are trending higher but remain in a range below what we saw in comparable, pre-pandemic periods. Looking forward, it seems this is a story of tailwinds and headwinds.

“A slight increase in the Foundation's October Monthly Confidence Index, reduced levels of COVID-19 cases from the late summer peak and increasing demand are indications that things will continue to improve. On the other hand, supply chain disruption, significant increases in equipment prices and low worker supply continue to hamper expansion in major industry sectors our industry serves. This should really make for an interesting fourth quarter.”

Receivables over 30 days were 1.6 percent, down from 1.8 percent the previous month and down from 2.0 percent in the same period in 2020. Charge-offs were 0.35 percent, up from 0.23 percent the previous month and down from 0.82 percent in the year-earlier period.

Credit approvals totaled 76.3 percent, unchanged from August. Total headcount for equipment finance companies was down 14.0 percent year-over-year, a decrease due to significant downsizing at an MLFI reporting company.

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(Charts: ELFA)

View the full list of participants in survey
Bank of America Global Leasing
Bank of the West
BB&T Bank
BMO Harris Equipment Finance
Canon Financial Services
Caterpillar Financial Services
Citizens Asset Finance
Dell Financial Services
Fifth Third Bank
First American Equipment Finance,
    a City National Bank Company
Frost Equipment Leasing and Finance
GreatAmerica Financial Services
Hitachi Capital America
HP, Inc.
HPE Financial Services Company
Huntington Equipment Finance
John Deere Financial
Key Equipment Finance
LEAF Commercial Capital Inc.
M&T Bank
Marlin Capital Solutions
Merchants Bank Equipment Finance
PNC Equipment Finance
Societe Generale Equipment Finance
Siemens Financial Services
Stearns Bank
Stonebriar Commercial Finance
TCF Capital Solutions, a division of TCF National Bank
TD Equipment Finance
TIAA Commercial Finance, Inc.
US Bancorp Business Equipment Finance
Volvo Financial Services
Wells Fargo Equipment Finance


New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Jordan Bonneur was hired as Staff Accountant, KLC Financial, Minneapolis, Minnesota. "He brings more than nine years of accounting experience to KLC." Education: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Bachelor's Degree, Accounting and Finance (2008 - 2011).

Gary Crawford was promoted at NewLane Finance, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He joined the firm September, 2020 as Sales Manager. He joined Marlin Capital Solutions January, 2015, as National Business Development Manager, promoted January, 2015, National Sales Manager, promoted March, 2018, National Sales Director.  Previously, he was Senior Loan Officer, Champion Mortgage (2002 - 2007); Executive Recruiter, Emerson Personnel Group (1999 - 2002). Education: Rowan University, Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education and Psychology (1996 - 1998). Burlington County College, Associate in Arts, Psychology/General (1993 - 1996).  Moorestown High School (1989 - 1993).

Scott Dienes was hired as President, Equipment Finance and Leasing, Associate Bank, Chicago, Illinois. He joined Wells Fargo, May, 2012, as Senior Vice President, Region Sales Manager, Middle Market Channel, promoted September, 2019, Senior Vice President, National Sales Manager, Specialty Industry. He had joined GE Capital November, 1999, as Associate Sales Representatives, promoted October, 2000, Vice President/Senior Account Manager, promoted August, 2006, Managing Director, Region Sales Leader. He began his career at Citi Capital, fka Associates First Capital, Citi (August, 1995 - November, 1999). Education: University of Colorado Boulder, Bachelor of Science, BS, Business Administration, finance (1986).

Eric Lyme was hired as Senior Vice President SLR Equipment Finance (Formerly Nations Equipment Finance), Winton, Connecticut. He is located in Tampa, Florida. Previously, he was Vice President, Equipment Finance, PNC (February, 2017 - October, 2021); Vice President, Southeast Area Manager, Capital Equipment Group, U.S. Bank (April, 2015 - February,, 2017); Senior Vice President, Account Executive, GE Capital Solutions (February, 2004 - April, 2015); Market Risk Analyst, Wachovia (1997 - 2004). Education: The University of Toledo, Business, finance (1992 - 1997). Activities and Societies: University of Toledo Swimming.

Jim Lyons was announced as Managing Director, Equipment Finance and Capital Solutions, Bank OZK, Little Rock, Arkansas. He joined the bank August, 2021.  Previously he was SVP, Director of Equipment  Finance, East West Bank (October, 2019 - August, 2021); SVP, Structured Lending and Equipment Finance Leader, Axos Bank (June, 2016 - October, 2019); SVP, Director of Equipment Finance and Specialty Lending, Origin Ban (October, 2014 - May, 2016); Director, Equipment Finance Leader, Alliance Partners, LLC (June, 2012 - October, 2014); SVP Commercial Team Leader, CSG Investments, Inc.  (August, 2009 - June, 2012); SVP Capital Markets, TCF Equipment Finance (April, 2008 - August, 2009); VP Capital Markets Group, AIG Commercial  Asset Finance, AIG (March, 2006 - April, 2008); SVP/Senior Transaction and Syndication Manger, GE Capital (July, 1999 - March, 2006: VP, Capital Markets/Regional Sales Manager/Director of Portfolio Management, Associates Commercial Corporation (June, 1994 - July, 1999); Resolutions Specialist/Asset Marketing Specialist, FDIC (June, 1990 - June, 1994): Credit Manager and Debt Placement Officer, Keneco Financial Group, Inc. (November, 1989 - June, 1990); Credit Analyst, First Bank of Oak Park (January, 1988 - November, 1989). Education: Ohio University, MBA, Finance (1986 - 1987). The University of Dallas, Post MBA Program, International Accounting (1995 - 1999). Eastern Illinois University, Bachelor of Arts, Statistic/Mathematics (1983 - 1986). Activities and Societies: Sigma Tau Gamma.  Elgin Community College, Associate of Science, Mathematics/Business (1981 - 1983). Streamwood High School (1978 - 1980).

Andrew McBride as Director of Strategic Accounts, NewLane Finance, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He is located in Blackwood, New Jersey. He joined Marlin Capital Solutions September, 2010, as Business Development Manager, promoted September, 2010, Director Business Development, National Accounts; promoted September, 2012, National Sales Manager, promoted July, 2013, Director of Strategic Accounts. Previously, he was Account Executive, Major Accounts, Qwest Communications (October, 2007 - March, 201); Sales Executive, Omicron (June, 2005 - August, 2007)l; Sales Executive, SBC (November, 2003 - June 2005); Business Development, MCI WorldCom (2000 - 2004). Education: Temple University, Education (1994 - 1999). Curriculum, Instruction and Technology.  La Salle University, Bachelor of Arts (BA), Secondary Education and Teaching (1986 - 1990). Cardinal Dougherty High School.

Jesse Sorenson was hired as Business Development Manager, KLC Financial, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Previously, he was Sales Manager, Stauer (August, 2020 - September, 2021); Corporate Account Executive, Ship Compliant by Sovos (August, 2019 - June, 2020); Inside Sales Supervisor, Beacon Funding (September, 2017 - May, 2019).  He joined U.S. Bank June, 2014, as Outbound Financial Sales Representatives, promoted April, 2016, Outbound Financial Sales Manager. Licenses: CISP, AA-ISP.  Issued March, 2019. Expired March, 20210.  Education: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. B.A., History.

Aggie Weber was promoted to the Position of PMP, Vice President of Information Systems, Engs Commercial finance, San Ramon, California, a member of Mitsubishi HC Capital Group. "In this new position, Weber will be responsible for continuing to advance ENGS’ system applications platforms, digital strategic initiatives and data analytics."

Brian Wood was hired as Vice President, Regional Sales, CoreTech Leasing, Newport Beach, California.  Previously, he was Vice President of Sales, Fifth Third Bank (September, 2019 - September, 2021); National Account Manager, Kingsbridge Holdings, LCC (January, 2019 - September, 2019); Vice President, Director of Business Development, EFFI Finance, Inc. (February, 2018 - January, 2019); Regional Sales Manager, Summit Funding Group, Inc. (August, 2015 - February, 2018); Senior Sales Manager, Jules and Associates (July, 2012 - August, 2015); Sales Executive, I.T. Publishing (June, 2011 - July, 2012). Education: UC Irvine, Pre-Law Studies. Activities and Societies: Phi Alpha Delta.


 Source: LinkedIn



ELFA Annual Convention Draws Large Crowd
Report and Photos from “In the Spotlight”

Leaders from across the equipment finance industry converged at the 60th ELFA Annual Convention in San Antonio this week. A total of 900 participated in-person and 100 joined virtually.

Attendees networked with colleagues, increased their knowledge at high-quality educational sessions, heard from expert keynote speakers, discovered business solutions in the first-rate exhibit hall, participated in a community service project and more.

Convention Highlights (with photos)


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Travel Expenses for an Employment Interview

Career Crossroads---by Emily Fitzpatrick/RII

How do I handle interview travel expenses/
what is the proper etiquette?

Travel costs will be handled one of three ways:

(1) Employer does not cover any expenses, and you will be 100% responsible
(2) Employer will make all the arrangements and cover all costs
(3) Employer will have you make the arrangements, cover the costs, and you will be reimbursed either immediately after the interview OR within a two-week period

It should be the employers’ responsibility to cover interview travel expenses (it is the cost of doing business). Every client I have ever worked for has covered Candidates’ interview travel expenses. However, many companies will have the Candidate make the travel and/or hotel arrangements and then reimburse them after the interview or will disperse a check covering all expenses via mail within a two-week period. In smaller organizations and for Remote Sales Positions, often we see the Hiring Manager travel to interview the Candidate.  

Make sure you discuss up front (in a phone/screening interview) with the Hiring Manager; better yet, the HR Representative, as they are more familiar with policies and procedures (write down the name of the person you spoke with and take notes). If a company employs a policy that does not cover ANY interview travel expenses, and you want the job, then be prepared to cover the cost but keep an itemized list for your tax records (speak to your accountant about deductions).

I suggest before agreeing to cover your travel costs, asking how firm your candidacy is; e.g., “I’m interested in this job and happy to pay my own way out there if you think I’m likely to be a match. However, before I do that, could you give me an idea of how strong a Candidate you think I am?" pay close attention to the answer. There is a big difference between “You’re our leading Candidate” and “We’re interviewing eight people, and you’re all qualified.”

Emily Fitzpatrick
Sr. Recruiter
Recruiters International, Inc.
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Female Leasing/Finance Association Presidents
Year of Office


June Sciotto (1994-1996)
President, Regal Finance, Inc. “First female president of a Leasing Association since 1988. She was President of Regal Finance, one of the original persons that started the National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers, worked countless hours to get the organization off the ground, then went on to serve on the board becoming as its first Female President. This was back in the day when the term for President was for 2 years and all the work was done by the officers and board with no help from any management group or hired individuals. Several of the policies and procedures that were implemented by June Sciotto helped bring the National Association of Equipment Leasing to become a viable association for the Leasing Broker and also broke the barriers of the other organizations by getting them to recognize the NAELB and to include its members in their meetings.”

Donna Cole (2004-2005)
Owner, Business Capital Leasing, Inc.

Heather von Bargen (2005-2006)
Owner, Caladesi Capital, Inc.

Sonia V. M. Stoddard (2010-2011)
Owner, Stoddard 8 Associates

Joan Modes, BPB (2013-2015)
President, Gem Commercial Credit

Sheri Bancroft (2018-2019)
Vice-President, Bancroft Leasing

Cindy Downs (2020-2021)
Business Marketing Manager, Heartland Capital Group, LLC  

Nancy Pistorio, CLFP (2005–2007)
2022 - First Woman to Chair Board of Trustees, Equipment Leasing & Finance Association
President, Madison Capital, Baltimore, Maryland, April 25, elected to two year term as president of the Eastern Association of Equipment Lessors (EAEL.) The first woman elected president in the 25-year history of the EAEL (Merged with United Association of Equipment Lessors, now the National Equipment Finance Association). She is Vice Chair of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation.

Valerie Jester (Chair)
President of Brandywine Capital Associates. She served as Senior Vice President of First Sierra Financial. She was President and owner of Corporate Capital Leasing Group, which she sold to First Sierra Financial. Prior to founding Corporate Capital's predecessor company in 1988, Ms. Jester was a Regional Manager for General Electric Credit Corporation - in the company's Commercial Asset Finance Department. It is her volunteerism that nominates her as being one of the most influential women in leasing. For 17 years she has been active in the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, very active on many committees, and also it was for her work that she was elected as the first woman chairman of the association. Ms. Jester has not limited herself and activities to one association. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Eastern Association of Equipment Lessors and as a member of the Ethics committee of the United Association of Equipment Leasing (now National Equipment Finance Association.) She also has been a speaker and chair of many industry conventions and workshops. Ms. Jester has also served on the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Chester County, Red Cross of Chester County, the American Lung Association of Chester and Delaware Counties, the Salvation Army, and the Chester County Art Association, and has served as Chair for many local fundraising events .Leasing News Person of the Year 2014.

Martha Ahlers (Chair)
Ahlers has more than two decades of commercial leasing and finance experience. She joined United Leasing & Finance in 1996. In her current role as President, her areas of direct involvement include sales, risk management, marketing, credit, operations and human resources. Prior to her promotion to President, she served as Vice President & Chief Operating Officer.  An active participant in ELFA, Ahlers has served on the ELFA Board of Directors since 2014. In addition to her current position on the ELFA Board, Ahlers is a member of ELFA’s Executive, Nominating and Personnel Committees. She previously served on the Fair Business Practices Committee. From 2015 to 2016, Ahlers was Chair of LeasePAC, ELFA’s nonpartisan federal political action committee. Ahlers also has been active with the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation. In 2018, she served as the ELFA Board Liaison to the Foundation. She has contributed to multiple Foundation studies, including “State of the Equipment Finance Industry” and “U.S. Equipment Finance Market Study.” She also has participated in the Industry Future Council and supports the Foundation as a donor. Outside of ELFA, Ahlers has been involved in numerous civic and community organizations, including the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ohio Valley Board of Directors, Evansville Executive Forum and the Tri-State MS Association Board of Directors. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Illinois.  

Kristine A. Snow (Chair) (2021)
President of Cisco Systems Capital Corporation
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.

Better Kerhoulas, CLFP (2003)
Owner, Pacific capital
UAEL Elects First Female President--Oct. 7, 2002, Leasing News
Oren Hall, emeritus member, former president of the United Association of Equipment Leasing (UAEL), made the motion from the floor, and President Bob Fisher, CLP, made the announcement, In the first 26 years of our association, we now have a female president, Bette Kerhoulas, CLP.

Tara Aasand
2014 - 2015
Vice-President, Sales and Relationship
Management at LTi Technology

Stephanie Hall, CLFP (2016-1017)
EVP, Small-Ticket BankFinancial Equipment Finance

Laura Carini, CLFP (2020-2021)
SVP Operations, Financial Pacific Leasing

Deborah Monosson (2008) 
President and CEO Boston Financial & Equity Corporation, Boston, Massachusetts. A role model for women in leasing, active on the board at the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation, first female president of the Commercial Finance Association, serving on many committees, very active and outspoken. Operates a very successful company. Active is several leasing and finance associations.

Andrea Petro (2017)
Managing Director, Waterfall Asset Management. Ms. Petro has 26 years of experience lending to specialty finance companies, beginning her specialty finance career at Transamerica Business Credit and culminating in 17 years with Wells Fargo Capital Finance’s Lender Finance Division. As a managing director, Ms. Petro is leading the effort to expand Waterfall’s participation in lending to the specialty underlying commercial finance company market. Previously, she was Executive Vice President/Division Manager at Wells Fargo Capital Finance. Currently she is on the 2022 Secured Finance Foundation Board of Directors as Individual Campaign Chair.



Mortgage Refi Activity Hits 20-Month Low
MR Report

The latest Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) has found the Refinance Index decreased 2% from the previous week, and was 26% lower than the same week one year ago. The seasonally adjusted Purchase Index increased 4% from one week earlier. The unadjusted Purchase Index increased 3% compared with the previous week, and was 9% lower than the same week one year ago.

The refinance share of mortgage activity decreased to 62.2% of total applications from 63.3% the previous week. The adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) share of activity decreased to 3.1% of total applications.

Joel Kan, MBA's Associate VP of Economic and Industry Forecasting reported, "Mortgage rates increased again last week, as the 30-year fixed rate reached 3.30%, and the 15-year fixed rate rose to 2.59%—the highest for both in eight months. The increase in rates triggered the fifth straight decrease in refinance activity to the slowest weekly pace since January 2020. Higher rates continue to reduce borrowers' incentive to refinance.

Despite mortgage rates on an upswing, competition for the short supply of homes may be waning, as Redfin reported that in September, 58.9% of home offers written by Redfin agents faced competition, a record low for 2021. Those numbers are down from a revised rate of 60.8% in August, and a peak of 74.3% in April, as September marked the fifth consecutive month of declines, putting the bidding-war rate on par with levels seen one year earlier (58.3%).

Redfin Deputy Chief Economist Taylor Marr, noted, "It's typical to see a decline in competition as families head back to school and the weather cools down.

"Buyers also aren't having to offer as much above the asking price as they were in the spring, when competition in the housing market was peaking. As mortgage rates continue to rise, we can expect bidding wars to keep slowing."


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Financial Relief Available to Qualified
Small Business Employers

More than $100 Million in Tax Credits Available

Sacramento – The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) announces reservations will be available for the 2021 Main Street Small Business Tax Credit II, which provides COVID-19 financial relief for qualified small businesses, beginning November 1 at 8 a.m. (Pacific time). CDTFA’s online system will be accepting applications for qualified small business employers to reserve tax credits of up to $150,000.

Tax credits will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis through November 30 or until the $116 million in available credits runs out.

California Department of Tax and Fee Administration Director Nick Maduros. said, “These tax credits will continue to support small business owners as they hire,” said. “California businesses have faced real challenges during this pandemic, and this Main Street Tax Credit is designed to help.”

Qualified small business employers may apply to reserve $1,000 per net increase in qualified employees, up to $150,000, to offset income, or sales and use taxes, when filing a return. Businesses that received a tax credit under the first round (2020) of the Main Street Small Business Tax Credit can still apply for additional credits under the Main Street Small Business Tax Credit II. Credit reservation amounts will generally be reduced by the credit reserved or received under the first round of tax credits. CDTFA’s online reservation system will perform all the qualification and tax credit calculations.

The credit applies to California small businesses that:

- Employed 500 or fewer employees as of December 31, 2020, and
- Experienced a decrease of 20 percent or more in income tax gross receipts by comparing specified periods.

Qualified small business owners will be able to apply for the credits on CDTFA’s online reservation system. For a list of items required to apply and to learn if you qualify, visit CDTFA’s Main Street Small Business Tax Credit II website. Business employers who apply once all credits have been exhausted will be placed on a waiting list.

The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) administers California’s sales and use, fuel, tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis taxes, as well as a variety of other taxes and fees that fund specific state programs. CDTFA-administered programs account for more than $73 billion annually which in turn supports local essential services such as transportation, public safety and health, libraries, schools, social services, and natural resource management programs through the distribution of tax dollars going directly to local communities

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Marlin Leasing Reports Third Quarter, 2021
    Net Income $5.5 Million, Down from $10.3 Million Last Quarter

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Special Halloween Edition, Part Three
by Fernando Croce

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!

Mystery at the Wax Museum (Michael Curtiz, 1933): Though not as well-remembered as its 3-D remake “House of Wax,” this early sound chiller from versatile director Michael Curtiz (“Casablanca”) exudes its own spell. Lionel Atwill stars as Ivan Igor, a European sculptor whose remarkably lifelike statues showcase a tendency toward the macabre. Following a fire that nearly kills him, he moves to New York City to open a new museum. With the grand opening coming up, a wave of murders strikes the city. Could there be a connection? Brash reporter Florence (Glenda Farrell) is on the case. Mixing Old World Gothic with all-American snap, Curtiz’s film serves up a collection of fun frights, from striking early Technicolor hues to an appearance by “King Kong” scream queen Fay Wray.

Dead of Night (Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Robert Hamer and Basil Darden, 1945): A quartet of filmmakers worked on this classic British anthology, in which a group of strangers tell each other deliciously spooky stories. There’s Hugh (Anthony Baird), a racer who, in the wake of a crash, has recurring visions of a hearse-driver. Young Sally (Sally Ann Howes) remembers a game of hide and seek in a mansion that ends with an alarming revelation, while Joan (Googie Withers) recounts a tale of a haunted mirror full of bizarre reflections. Most famous, however, is the story of Maxwell (Michael Redgrave, in an unforgettable turn), a ventriloquist who grows psychologically unsettled by his wooden dummy, Hugo. Suffusing sinister elements with elegance, irony and dry humor, the film remains a masterful show.

The Fog (John Carpenter, 1980): Though “Halloween” remains John Carpenter’s best-known horror movie, this underrated ghost story is every bit as atmospheric as that fright classic. Taking place in a small California coastal town preparing for its centennial celebration, the story follows a group of interconnected characters caught in the middle of supernatural events. There’s local radio DJ Stevie (Adrienne Barbeau), young hitchhiker Elizabeth (Jamie Lee Curtis), trucker Nick (Tom Atkins), and town priest Father Malone (Hal Holbrook). The holiday mood darkens as a series of strange happenings rattle the town, leading to a disturbing revelation harking back to the 1880s. Framed as a campfire yarn, the film beautifully illustrates Carpenter’s masterful use of cinematic style to create a sense of enveloping doom that seems to reach beyond the screen.

Wolf (Mike Nichols, 1994): A horror movie wouldn’t be the first expected from the star and the director of “Carnal Knowledge,” and yet here is a stylish werewolf story from Jack Nicholson and Mike Nichols. Nicholson brings his trademark devilish panache to his role as Will Randall, a New England book editor who’s bitten by a wolf while driving in the countryside. He discovers that he’s being replaced at work by Stewart (James Spader), a ruthless young executive who’s also having an affair with his wife (Kate Nelligan). Will also discovers that, since the accident, he’s been feeling energetic and increasingly more assertive—particularly when it comes to romancing Laura (Michelle Pfeiffer), his ex-boss’ beautiful daughter. Bringing droll wit to its shocks, Nicholson and Nichols deliver a classy chiller.

What We Do in the Shadows (Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, 2014): Bloodsuckers get the “Spinal Tap” treatment in this cult comedy from New Zealand, directed by “Flight of the Conchords” singer Jemaine Clement and “Jojo Rabbit’s” Oscar-winning Taika Waititi. They also star as two members of a household of ancient vampires, foppish aristocrat Viago (Waititi) and decadent despot Vladislav (Clement). Together with the decrepit, Nosferatu-like Petyr (Ben Fransham) and “young rebel” Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), they struggle with balancing undead folklore with the mysteries of modern life. One such mystery is Nick (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer), an intended victim who’s instead turned into a vampire and a mediator between them and the human world. Filmed in “mockumentary” format, this deadpan yet energetic spoof abounds in cleverness and charm.


German Shepherd
Newport Beach, California  Adopt-a-Dog

4-year-old Jackson is a shy guy who doesn’t feel the need to be the center of attention. However, when he sees someone he knows he will happily walk up to greet them and loves to play tug of war with his human friends. He likes calm energy, so a home filled with lots of coming and goings is not the place for this boy. For that reason, a home with small children would not be the best for Jackson.

Jackson is food motivated which makes it easy to train him. He’s a smart dog and likes to learn new things. He walks well on a leash, is housebroken and knows his basic commands. Jackson gets along with other friendly dogs and would love to have a doggy playmate in his new home.

He has so much love to give – he just needs a home that understands this and is willing to take the time to help him relax, gain confidence and learn to trust.


German Shepherd Rescue
of Orange County
120 Tustin Avenue Suite C-1111
Newport Beach, CA 92663

NOTE: This is a mailing address only. No dogs are housed at this location.
(714) 974-7762


850 Registered for SFNet's 77th Annual Convention
Nov. 3 - 5, 2021  Registration is Still Open

Attend virtually for access to in-depth content from industry leaders

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This is your chance to connect, learn, and move your business forward. Don't miss it.

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News Briefs---

Amazon delivers big earnings miss, Jassy warns Q4  
     will bring ‘several billion dollars of additional costs

Facebook Inc. Rebrands as Meta
    to stress ‘metaverse’ plan

Boeing has Returned to Losing Money
    after one profitable quarter

Sign at Chick-Fil-A Branch:
     'We Do Not Discriminate Against Unvaccinated'

These Publicly Traded Casual Restaurants
    Earn the Most Per Store


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USA TODAY Sports' Week 8 NFL picks:
     Do Lions clip Eagles for first win of 2021?

Packers defensive coordinator Joe Barry won't travel for game
    vs. Cardinals after testing positive for COVID-19

Sean Payton: Mark Ingram 'absolutely'
      has a chance to play vs. Bucs

Dak Prescott believes he can play Week 8
     but not "just my decision"

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This Day in History

     1682 - William Penn lands in what will become Chester, Pennsylvania. He originally called it Sylvania, but the King changed it to Pennsylvania in granted the charter.
    1811 – The first steamboat on the Ohio River, the New Orleans, left Pittsburgh for New Orleans.
    1815 - Birthday of Daniel Emmett DeCatur (d. 1904), born Mt. Vernon, OH.  Creator of words and music for the song “Dixie,” which became a fighting song for Confederate troops and unofficial “national anthem” of the South.
    1837 - Birthday of African-American folk artist Harriet Powers (d. 1910), now nationally recognized for her quilts, born in rural Georgia.
    1849 - In San Francisco, Rowe's Olympic Circus and the Ethiopian Serenaders opened today. The circus was situated in the block bounded by Kearny, Clay, Montgomery and Sacramento streets. Admission $3, a lot of money in its day.
    1850 - Grand celebration ball given by the citizens of San Francisco in honor of the admission of California into the Union. Col. Jonathan D. Stevenson was Grand Marshal. Elizabeth Maria Wills sang an ode written for the celebration.
    1859 – Charles Ebbets (d. 1925) was born in NYC.  He worked for the Brooklyn franchise when he was young, selling scorecards, taking tickets, etc.  Ebbets bought a small amount of stock in the club in 1890, became its secretary in 1896, and president in 1897, although he was still a minority stockholder. During the 1898 season, Ebbets decided to manage the club himself, without any notable success. Ebbets borrowed enough money in the early 1900s to buy the rest of the stock in the club. In August of 1912, Ebbets sold half of the club to the McKeever brothers for $100,000. He was the president of the ballclub, while Edward McKeever headed the company which owned the land and the ballpark. Ebbets Field was built in 1912-13 and named for him.
    1863 - Battle of Wauhatchie (Brown's Ferry) concludes: The troops of Union General Ulysses S. Grant open a supply line into Chattanooga, Tennessee when they drive away a Confederate attack by General James Longstreet. Although the Confederates still held the high ground above Chattanooga, the new supply line allowed the Union to hold the city and prepare for a major new offensive the next month. After the Battle of Chickamauga in northern Georgia on September 19 and 20, the defeated Union army of General William Rosecrans fled back to nearby Chattanooga. Braxton Bragg's Confederates took up positions along Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge to the east of the city. The Rebel lines made a semicircle around the city, and Confederate guns closed traffic on the Tennessee River. As a result, Union supplies had to come over a rugged mountainous route from the west. This line was vulnerable to a Confederate attack, and it made the Union's hold on Chattanooga tenuous at best. On October 23, Grant arrived as the new commander of all western forces. He immediately ordered two brigades to attack Brown's Ferry, where the Confederates were blocking river traffic to Chattanooga. The Yankees captured the ferry on October 27, then held off a counterattack to maintain control. On the night of October 28, Longstreet mounted a much larger attack to retake the crossing. The Confederates possessed superior numbers but could not pry the Union troops from the river. In the dark, the Yankees held and Longstreet withdrew his forces before dawn. The Union suffered 78 killed, 327 wounded, and 15 missing, while the Confederates suffered 34 killed, 305 wounded, and 69 missing. The Battle of Wauhatchie was one of the few Civil War engagements that took place at night. As a result of the battle, the Tennessee River was reopened for the Union and supplies reached Grant's troops. One month later, Grant drove the Confederates from the mountains around Chattanooga.
    1889 – The New York Giants became the first repeat World Series champions in Major League history by defeating the Brooklyn Bridegrooms in the best-of-11 matchup.
    1891 – Fanny Brice (d. 1951) was born Fania Borach in NYC.  Illustrated song model, comedienne, singer, theater, and film actress who made many stage, radio and film appearances and is known as the creator and star of the top-rated radio comedy series “The Baby Snooks Show.”  She was portrayed on the Broadway stage by Barbra Streisand in the 1964 musical “Funny Girl;” Streisand also starred in its 1968 film adaptation, for which she won an Oscar.
    1894 – In Hawai’i, elections were held for the first time following the overthrow of the monarchy.  As royalists had boycotted the Hawaiian Republic and refused to take the oath of allegiance to run for office, the American Union Party won every seat.  In 1893, the Committee of Public Safety overthrew Kingdom of Hawai’i Queen Lili’uokalani after she rejected the 1887 Bayonet Constitution. The Committee intended for Hawaii to be annexed by the United States but President Grover Cleveland, opposed to imperialism, refused. A new constitution was subsequently written while Hawai’i was being prepared for annexation.  Article 23 of the Constitution specifically named Sanford Dole as the republic's first President. He would also be the nation's only President, as it was annexed by the United States in 1898. Upon annexation, Hawai’i became a US territory and Dole became its first Governor. 
    1902 - Fredric Brown (d. 1972) was born in Cincinnati, OH.  American writer, one of the most ingenious American crime, mystery writers, and wrote science fiction to overcome — as he said — the too real aspect of detective fiction. He also wrote television plays for Alfred Hitchcock series. “Martian Go Home” was one of his best sellers. His other notable novels include Night of the Jabberwock (1951) and The Deep End (1952).
    1917 - The temperature at Denver, CO, dipped to zero, and at Soda Butte, WY, the mercury plunged to 33 degrees below zero, a U.S. record for the month of October.
    1920 – Boston Red Sox GM Ed Barrow became GM of the New York Yankees, mere months after they acquired Babe Ruth from the same Sox team.  Barrow remained GM until 1944 during which time he fashioned one of the greatest championship runs in modern sports history.  They played in 12 World Series, winning 10.  Barrow was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1953.
    1921 – Birthday of Bill Mauldin (d. 2003), Mountain Park, NM.   Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist [1945, 1959] who created G.I. Joe and Willie.   He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in recognition of his contributions to military morale.
    1922 - Composer/arranger/trumpet player Neal Hefti (d. 2008) birthday, Hastings, NE.
    1923 - "Runnin' Wild" (introducing the Charleston) opens on Broadway.
    1925 - Tenor saxophone player Zoot Sims, born John Haley Sims (d. 1985) , Inglewood, CA.
    1925 - History records Howard Johnson's as the first franchise chain. The chain got its start when Howard Dearing Johnson, the proprietor of a drugstore in Quincy, MA, began making ice cream with a hand-held crank to sell at the soda fountain. Unable to finance additional restaurants on his own, he began franchising his name and the formulas for his ice cream and other specialties. The first restaurant to which he granted a franchise, in 1932, was on Cape Cod. Eventually, the chain had 600 restaurants across the country. Johnson's innovations included the use of a central commissary to supply all franchises with food of consistent quality and the location of diners along highways.  It was the largest restaurant chain in the U.S. throughout the 1960s and 1970s, with more than 1,000 combined company-owned and franchised outlets.  Howard Johnson hotels and motels are now part of Wyndham Worldwide. Howard Johnson's restaurants were franchised separately from the hotel brand beginning in 1986, but in the years that followed, severely dwindled in number and all but disappeared by the 21st century. Just one Howard Johnson's restaurant remains: in Lake George, NY, although it is no longer part of Wyndham.
    1929 - The New York Stock Exchange crashed in what will be called the Crash of 1929 or "Black Tuesday," four days after President Herbert Hoover had declared “The fundamental business of the country ... is on a sound and prosperous basis.” The Great Depression had begun as more than 16 million shares were dumped and billions of dollars were lost. The boom was over and the malaise lasted until World War II.  Some analysts had warned that the buying spree, with prices 15 to 150 times above earnings, had to stop at some point. Frightened investors ordered their brokers to sell at whatever price. The Great Depression enveloped North Amer­ica, Europe and other industrialized countries. In 1932, one out of four US workers was unemployed.,,301462,00.html
    1934 - Birthday of alto sax player Jimmy Woods (d. 2018), St. Louis, MO
    1936 - Singer Hank Snow makes his first recordings, "Lonesome Blue Yodel" & "Prisoned Cowboy."
    1942 – Branch Rickey resigned from the St. Louis Cardinals to become president of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
    1944 - HAJIRO, BARNEY F., Medal of Honor
Private Barney F. Hajiro distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 19, 22, and 29 October 1944, in the vicinity of Bruyeres and Biffontaine, eastern France. Private Hajiro, while acting as a sentry on top of an embankment on 19 October 1944, in the vicinity of Bruyeres, France, rendered assistance to allied troops attacking a house 200 yards away by exposing himself to enemy fire and directing fire at an enemy strong point. He assisted the unit on his right by firing his automatic rifle and killing or wounding two enemy snipers. On 22 October 1944, he and one comrade took up an outpost security position about 50 yards to the right front of their platoon, concealed themselves, and ambushed an 18-man, heavily armed, enemy patrol, killing two, wounding one, and taking the remainder as prisoners. On 29 October 1944, in a wooded area in the vicinity of Biffontaine, France, Private Hajiro initiated an attack up the slope of a hill referred to as "Suicide Hill" by running forward approximately 100 yards under fire. He then advanced ahead of his comrades about 10 yards, drawing fire and spotting camouflaged machine gun nests. He fearlessly met fire with fire and single-handedly destroyed two machine gun nests and killed two enemy snipers. As a result of Private Hajiro’s heroic actions, the attack was successful. Private Hajiro’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon him, his unit, and the United States Army.
    1944 - *OKUBO, JAMES K., Medal of Honor
Technician Fifth Grade James K. Okubo distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 28 and 29 October and 4 November 1944, in the Foret Domaniale de Champ, near Biffontaine, eastern France. On 28 October, under strong enemy fire coming from behind mine fields and roadblocks, Technician Fifth Grade Okubo, a medic, crawled 150 yards to within 40 yards of the enemy lines. Two grenades were thrown at him while he left his last covered position to carry back wounded comrades. Under constant barrages of enemy small arms and machine gun fire, he treated 17 men on 28 October and 8 more men on 29 October. On 4 November, Technician Fifth Grade Okubo ran 75 yards under grazing machine gun fire and, while exposed to hostile fire directed at him, evacuated and treated a seriously wounded crewman from a burning tank, who otherwise would have died. Technician Fifth Grade James K. Okubo’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army.
    1944 - SAKATO, GEORGE T., Medal of Honor
Private George T. Sakato distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 29 October 1944, on hill 617 in the vicinity of Biffontaine, France. After his platoon had virtually destroyed two enemy defense lines, during which he personally killed five enemy soldiers and captured four, his unit was pinned down by heavy enemy fire. Disregarding the enemy fire, Private Sakato made a one-man rush that encouraged his platoon to charge and destroy the enemy strongpoint. While his platoon was reorganizing, he proved to be the inspiration of his squad in halting a counter-attack on the left flank during which his squad leader was killed. Taking charge of the squad, he continued his relentless tactics, using an enemy rifle and P-38 pistol to stop an organized enemy attack. During this entire action, he killed 12 and wounded two, personally captured four and assisted his platoon in taking 34 prisoners. By continuously ignoring enemy fire, and by his gallant courage and fighting spirit, he turned impending defeat into victory and helped his platoon complete its mission. Private Sakato’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army.
    1950 - Detroit's Wally Trippett established an NFL record with 294 kickoff return yards against Los Angeles. The record has since been broken by Tyrone Hughes but his average of 73.5 yards per return still stands.
    1953 - Top Hits
“You, You, You”- The Ames Brothers
“No Other Love” - Perry Como
“Oh” - Pee Wee Hunt
“I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know” - The Davis Sisters
    1953 - The sale of the St. Louis Browns from Bill Veeck to a group of Baltimore investors was completed and the American League's most hapless team became the Orioles.
    1954 - Dizzy Gillespie and Roy Eldridge record “Trumpet Kings” album, Verve.
    1955 - Billboard reviews Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti" and calls it "cleverly styled novelty with nonsense words, rapid fire delivery."
    1955 - Roger Williams' "Autumn Leaves" hits #1
    1956 - John Cameron Swayze and "The Camel News Caravan" were replaced by Chet Huntley and David Brinkley on NBC-TV. The "Huntley-Brinkley Report" clicked so well that the respected newsmen reported nightly until July of 1970. “Good night Chet. Good night David. And good night from NBC News.”
    1956 – Israeli armed forces push into Egypt toward the Suez Canal, initiating the Suez Crisis. They would soon be joined by French and British forces, creating a serious Cold War problem in the Middle East. The catalyst for the joint Israeli-British-French attack on Egypt was the nationalization of the Suez Canal by Egyptian leader General Gamal Abdel Nasser in July, 1956. The situation had been brewing for some time. Two years earlier, the Egyptian military had begun pressuring the British to end its military presence (which had been granted in the 1936 Anglo-Egyptian Treaty) in the canal zone. Nasser’s armed forces also engaged in sporadic battles with Israeli soldiers along the border between the two nations and the Egyptian leader did nothing to conceal his antipathy toward the Zionist nation. Supported by Soviet arms and money, and furious with the United States for reneging on a promise to provide funds for construction of the Aswan Dam on the Nile River, Nasser ordered the Suez Canal seized and nationalized. The British were angry with the move and sought the support of France (which believed that Nasser was supporting rebels in the French colony of Algeria), and Israel (which needed little provocation to strike at the enemy on its border), in an armed assault to retake the canal. The Israelis struck first but were shocked to find that British and French forces did not immediately follow behind them. Instead of a lightning strike by overwhelming force, the attack bogged down. The United Nations quickly passed a resolution calling for a cease-fire. The Soviet Union began to issue ominous threats about coming to Egypt’s aid. A dangerous situation developed quickly, one that the Eisenhower administration hoped to defuse before it turned into a Soviet-U.S. confrontation. Though the United States sternly warned the Soviet Union to stay out of the situation, Eisenhower also pressured the British, French, and Israeli governments to withdraw their troops. They eventually did so in late 1956 and early 1957.
    1957 - Bobby Helms records "Jingle Bell Rock." By December, it will be in the US Top 10, eventually selling over a million copies and becoming a Christmas standard.  As of November 25, 2016, total sales of the digital track of Helms' original Decca recording stand at 780,000 downloads, placing it ninth on the list of all-time best-selling Christmas/holiday digital singles in SoundScan history.  As of December 2019, it has sold 891,000 copies in the United States. 
    1957 - Buddy Holly & the Crickets' "Oh Boy!" is released by Brunswick Records. It will peak at #10
    1957 - After his concert at Los Angeles' Pan Pacific Auditorium, Elvis Presley meets TV star -- and, thanks to Elvis' inspiration, recording artist -- Rick Nelson for the first time. "Man, I just love your new record," says Elvis, referring to "Be-Bop Baby." The King also mentions that he's a fan of Rick's Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet show and gives the young singer some advice on touring. 
    1958 - Elvis Presley attends a Bill Haley concert in Stuttgart, West Germany while stationed there with the US Army.
    1959 - First performance of the R.G. Davis Mime Studio and Troupe. The Troupe performs "Mime and Words" at the San Francisco Art Institute.… Diggers site
    1960 - Cassius Clay won his first pro bout -- over Tunney Hunsaker -- in six rounds in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.
    1961 - The top pop song on the charts belonged to Dion DiMucci. "Runaround Sue" was in its second week at the tiptop of the top-tune tabulation (it was in the top 40 for three months).
    1961 - Top Hits
“Runaround Sue” - Dion
“Bristol Stomp” - The Dovells
“Big Bad John” - Jimmy Dean
“Walk on By” - Leroy Van Dyke
    1962 – John “Buck” O'Neil is the first black coach in Major League baseball, for the Chicago Cubs.
    1962 - Actor Sydney Poitier testifies before the House Committee on Education and Labor, condemning the lack of opportunities for black actors in Hollywood. Poitier was born in 1924 to poor farmers in the Bahamas. He dropped out of school at age 13 and later joined the U.S. Army. After his army stint, he became interested in performing and joined the American Negro Theater. He debuted on Broadway in 1946 and three years later made his film debut in a U.S. Army documentary. By the late 1950s, he was the leading African American actor in the country. In 1964, he became the first African American actor to win the Best Actor Oscar, for his role as a laborer who helps build a chapel in Lilies of the Field (1963). Other films include In the Heat of the Night (1967) and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967). He began directing in 1971 with Buck and the Preacher. In 1992, he won the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award, the first black actor and director to be so honored.
    1965 - CAPTAIN HUMBERT R. VERSACE, Medal of Honor
UNITED STATES ARMY for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty: Captain Humbert R. Versace distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism during the period of 29 October 1963 to 26 September 1965, while serving as S-2 Advisor, Military Assistance Advisory Group, Detachment 52, Ca Mau, Republic of Vietnam. While accompanying a Civilian Irregular Defense Group patrol engaged in combat operations in Thoi Binh District, An Xuyen Province, Captain Versace and the patrol came under sudden and intense mortar, automatic weapons, and small arms fire from elements of a heavily armed enemy battalion. As the battle raged, Captain Versace, although severely wounded in the knee and back by hostile fire, fought valiantly and continued to engage enemy targets. Weakened by his wounds and fatigued by the fierce firefight, Captain Versace stubbornly resisted capture by the over-powering Viet Cong force with the last full measure of his strength and ammunition. Taken prisoner by the Viet Cong, he exemplified the tenets of the Code of Conduct from the time he entered into Prisoner of War status. Captain Versace assumed command of his fellow American soldiers, scorned the enemy's exhaustive interrogation and indoctrination efforts, and made three unsuccessful attempts to escape, despite his weakened condition which was brought about by his wounds and the extreme privation and hardships he was forced to endure. During his captivity, Captain Versace was segregated in an isolated prisoner of war cage, manacled in irons for prolonged periods of time, and placed on extremely reduced ration. The enemy was unable to break his indomitable will, his faith in God, and his trust in the United States of America. Captain Versace, an American fighting man who epitomized the principles of his country and the Code of Conduct, was executed by the Viet Cong on 26 September 1965. Captain Versace's gallant actions in close contact with an enemy force and unyielding courage and bravery while a prisoner of war are in the highest traditions of the military service and reflect the utmost credit upon himself and the United States Army. 
    1966 - After topping the Cashbox Magazine Best Sellers Chart two weeks earlier, and the Mysterians "96 Tears" reached number one on the Billboard chart. Although he closely guarded his true identity at the time, the man known as Question Mark turned out to be Rudy Martinez, from Saginaw Valley, Michigan. 
    1966 - Formation of the National Organization for Women to "bring women into full participation in the mainstream of American society NOW!"
    1967 – ”Hair,” An American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, opened at the Public Theater in New York City. The composer was Galt MacDermott. The musical, which appeared during the Vietnam War, carried an antiwar message and aroused some controversy for its glorification of “hippie” values, including a nude scene at the end of the first act. The production moved to Broadway's Biltmore Theater in April, 1968.
    1967 – In Oakland, Ca., police made a traffic stop on Black Panther leader Huey Newton. In a gun battle, Newton was wounded and police officer John Frey was killed. Newton was convicted of voluntary manslaughter but the conviction was overturned. Gene McKinney (d. 2000 at 58) and Newton had driven out for takeout food following a Black Panther Party fundraiser when they were pulled over. McKinney commandeered a passing car to get Newton to a hospital.
    1969 - Historians consider this the day the Internet was created. The first connection on what would become the world wide web was made on this day when bits of data flowed between computers at UCLA and the Stanford Research Institute. This was the beginning of ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet developed by the Department of Defense. By the end of 1969, four sites were connected: UCLA, the Stanford Research Institute, the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of Utah. By the next year, there were 10 sites and soon there were applications like e­mail and file transfer utilities. The @ symbol was adopted in 1972 and a year later, 75 percent of ARPANET traffic was e-mail. ARPANET was decommissioned in 1990 and the National Science Foundation's NSFnet took over the role of backbone of the Internet.
    1969 - Top Hits
“I Can't Get Next to You” - The Temptations
“Hot Fun in the Summertime” - Sly & The Family Stone
“Suspicious Minds” - Elvis Presley
“The Ways to Love a Man” - Tammy Wynette
    1970 - Neil Diamond received a nice package: a gold record for the hit, "Cracklin' Rosie."
    1971 – The total number of U.S. troops remaining in Vietnam drops to 196,700 – the lowest level since January, 1966. This was a result of the Vietnamization program announced by President Richard Nixon at the June 1969 Midway Conference. U.S. troops were to be withdrawn as the South Vietnamese assumed more responsibility for the war. The first withdrawal included troops from the 9th Infantry Division, who departed in August, 1969. The withdrawals continued steadily, and by January, 1972 there were less than 75,000 U.S. troops remaining in South Vietnam.
    1973 - O.J. Simpson set two NFL records. The Buffalo Bills' star running back ran 39 times for 157 yards -- and he rushed for a total of over 1,000 yards in only seven games.
    1974 - President Gerald Ford signs law that forbids credit discrimination on the basis of sex. In November, the Federal Home Loan Bank Board announces an end to discrimination in mortgage lending. (1995 backlash finds many mortgage lenders reverting by insisting on spousal credit/income.) 
    1977 - Top Hits
“You Light Up My Life” - Debby Boone
“Nobody Does It Better” - Carly Simon
“That's Rock 'n' Roll” - Shaun Cassidy
“Heaven's Just a Sin Away” - The Kendalls
    1977 - A 30-year-old Rocker named Marvin Lee Aday, who uses the stage name Meat Loaf, releases his landmark album "Bat Out Of Hell." Since that time, the LP has sold over 43 million copies worldwide. 
    1979 - Former Giants CF and future Hall of Famer Willie Mays signed a contract as a greeter with Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City.  Mays and Mickey Mantle, who signed a similar contract with the Claridge Casino there, would be banned shortly thereafter by MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn.
    1981 - Loretta Lynn received a gold record for her album, "Greatest Hits, Vol. 2."
    1982 - Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson released "The Girl is Mine," which will rise to #2 on the Billboard Pop chart. 
    1982 - Car maker John DeLorean indicted for drug trafficking in a government sting operation; later acquitted.
    1983 - After four weeks at #1 on the pop music charts, Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart" slipped to #2 -- replaced by "Islands in the Stream" by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.
    1983 - Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" marks its 491st week on the Billboard album chart, surpassing the previous record holder, "Johnny's Greatest Hits" by Johnny Mathis. When it finally fell off of list in October 1988, "Dark Side" had set a record of 741 weeks on the chart. 
    1984 - Golfing great Tom Watson won his sixth PGA Player of the Year title; the most won by any golfer since the award was first given in 1948. Jack Nicklaus had accumulated five of those titles.
    1985 - Top Hits
“Saving All My Love for You” - Whitney Houston
“Part-Time Lover” - Stevie Wonder
“Miami Vice Theme” - Jan Hammer
“Touch a Hand, Make a Friend” - The Oak Ridge Boys
    1987 - Severe thunderstorms in Arizona produced wind gusts to 86 mph at the Glendale Airport near Phoenix, baseball size hail and 70 mph winds at Wickenburg, and up to an inch of rain in fifteen minutes in Yavapai County and northwest Maricopa County. Arizona Public Service alone reported 2.5 million dollars damage from the storms.
    1988 - Wintry weather prevailed in the Upper Midwest. South Bend, IN, equaled their record for October with a morning low of 23 degrees. International Falls, MN reported a record low of 11 degrees in the morning, then dipped down to 8 degrees above zero late in the evening.
    1989 - Thunderstorms developing along a cold front produced severe weather in Oklahoma and north central Texas during the late afternoon and evening hours. Thunderstorms in Oklahoma produced weak tornadoes near Snyder and Davidson and produced hail two inches in diameter at Altus. Large hail damaged 60 to 80 percent of the cotton crop in Tillman County, OK. Nine cities in the northeastern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date as readings warmed into the 70s. For Marquette, MI, it marked their fifth straight day of record warmth. Arctic cold invaded the western U.S. Lows of 7 degrees at Alamosa, CO and 9 degrees at Elko, NV were records for the date. (My daughter in nearby Lamoille said it was zero degrees.)
    1990 - The inductees for the sixth annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are announced, a list which includes Wilson Pickett, Ike and Tina Turner, The Byrds, The Impressions, LaVern Baker, Jimmy Reed, and John Lee Hooker.
    1996 - The National Basketball Association got set to launch its 50th anniversary with the announcement of the 50 Greatest Players of All Time, ten of whom spent significant portions of their careers with the Boston Celtics.
    1998 - Hurricane Mitch (Oct 22-Nov 4, 1998), one of the strongest Atlantic storms ever, made landfall, slamming into Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and other Central American countries. The real story was not the wind but the rain. Slow movement of the storm caused heavy rain, resulting in widespread flooding and mudslides. Over 10,000 people were killed, another 10,000 were missing, and some two million people were affected in some way by the storm.
    1998 - The space shuttle Discovery blasted off, returning 77-year-old U.S. Senator John Glenn to space some 36 years after he became the first American in orbit. Glenn was part of a crew of seven astronauts shepherding scientific payloads on the shuttle mission.
    2001 – Arizona Diamondbacks’ Matt Williams becomes the first player in World Series history to hit home runs with three different teams. He homered in the Fall Classic for the Indians in 1997 and the Giants in 1989.
    2003 - Research by Professor James Kellaris, of the University of Cincinnati College of Business Administration, found that songs get stuck in our heads because they create a 'brain itch' that can only be scratched by repeating a tune over and over. Songs such as the Village People's "YMCA" and the Baha Men's "Who Let The Dogs Out," owe their success to their ability to create a 'cognitive itch.' 
    2008 – The Philadelphia Phillies won their first World Series since 1980 by defeating the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in five games.  Phils southpaw Cole Hamels was named Series MVP.
    2009 - Forbes Magazine reported that Michael Jackson had earned about $72 million since his death on June 6th. That was good enough for third place on their list of dead celebrities making the most money. Fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent came in first at $350 million, songwriters Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein were second with $235 million and Elvis Presley was fourth, earning $55 million.
    2009 - Derek Jeter is the recipient of this year's Roberto Clemente Award, an honor given to a player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, and community involvement. The 35-year-old Yankee captain joins 13 Hall of Famers and former Bronx Bombers Ron Guidry and Don Baylor in winning the prestigious prize.
    2011 - New York City received one inch of snow, the earliest they had received that much snow since records began. It was also only the fourth times since the Civil War snow had fallen in New York City in October. The storm also left over three million people without power including 62% of the customers of Connecticut Light and Power.
    2012 – Hurricane Sandy hits the east coast of the United States, killing 148 directly and 138 indirectly, while leaving nearly $70 billion in damages and causing major power outages. it was the second-costliest hurricane on record in the United States until surpassed by Hurricanes Harvey and Maria 2017.
    2013 – NASDAQ was shut down for 44 minutes due to a human error that occurred while performing an operational function; the error was traced to the flawed delivery of data to the NASDAQ distribution system.
    2014 – The San Francisco Giants won their third World Series in five years, defeating the Kansas City Royals, 3-2.
    2019 - 1.5 million Californians were without power in California as PG&E turned power off to try and avoid sparking more wildfires.

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    2008 – Philadelphia Phillies
    2014 – San Francisco Giants



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