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Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Today's Leasing News Headlines

ELFA Conference (Day Two)
Marriott Grande Lakes Resort Orlando, Florida
    By Nuria Blais, American Lease Insurance
Hurricane Ian Forces Closure
    of Cannabis Businesses in Florida
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries
Leasing and Finance Industry Help Wanted
    Remote/Excellent Compensation/Marketing Support
Conference Objectives
    By Scott Wheeler, CLFP, Business Consulting
Federal Funds Rate Returns to
    Levels Last Seen in 2008
  Press Releases Received After Press Deadline
ELFA Inducts Valerie Hayes Jester
    into Equipment Finance Hall of Fame
ELFA Announces New Board of Directors
    Robert Neagle to Serve as Board Chair
Mixed Breed
    Chicago, Illinois  Adopt-a-Dog
Nashville Tennessee November 2-4
  2022 NEFA Funding Symposium
    Meet Our Conference Co-Chairs
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Honda’s new $4.4 billion EV battery plant
    will be built in Ohio
Rail workers union rejects contract,
     renewing strike threat
NASA Spacecraft Accomplishes Mission and
     Smashes Asteroid into New Orbit
E. & J. Gallo Winery opens first piece
    of planned $1B South Carolina complex

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    This Day in History
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ELFA Conference (Day Two)
Orlando, Florida
By Nuria Blais, American Lease Insurance

Outgoing ELFA Chair Mike DiCecco and incoming Chair Bob Neagle

The morning of day two in Orlando, Florida, began early and with lots of steps to and from breakfasts, exhibitors, sessions and keynote speakers. While caffeinating myself to an awake state I started thinking about the fast pivot from devastated Marco Island to sunny and breezy Orlando. The palm trees, pools and trees surrounding the Marriott  property showed not a touch of damage. In discussions with attendees I learned that I was not the only one who was grateful that ELFA was able to pull this off and welcome the over 900 attendees.

Deborah Reuben of TomorrowZone shared with me that “reconnecting in 3D and meeting new people” has been her favorite part of this event?”

Mike Mroszak of Dedicated Financial GBC added that as a new person to the industry, “getting to establish connections here has been fun and the mentorship feel of several generations together here makes for a great time as well”.

The morning’s keynote speaker, Dex Hunter-Torricke was noted as a favorite part of the conference thus far for Brian Doege of TruNorth Global and Susan Carol of Susan Carol Creative, who each stated that he was “a great speaker” and “very inspiring” respectively.

Doege further shared that for his line of work, commercial asset protection, attending ELFA “allowed [him] to meet a great new group of people” and Carol beamed as she shared her delight about being here in person “after thirty five years in the industry reconnecting after Covid has been a highlight. It has also been really exciting to meet all of the young new people to the industry, yourself included”.

Clearly, reconnecting remains a favorite for all and ELFA's hard work to make this event happen has made its 2022 Annual Conference attendees very happy!

Nuria Blais, CLFP Associate
Business Development Manager
American Lease Insurance
Dedicated Dial 413-369-2182


Hurricane Ian Forces Closure
of Cannabis Businesses in Florida

(Illustration courtesy of

Florida is the leading state in the U.S. for legal Marijuana sales. It is very serious to this industry that Hurricane Ian has left structural damage and destruction in its wake in Florida where more than 100 cannabis businesses were forced to close (not counting their company store operations).  Data from the National Hurricane Center and the Florida Office of Medical Marijuana Use show that over one-half of the medical cannabis stores in the state of Florida are located in the direct path of the potential storm surges and excessive rainfall.

Some of the medical cannabis retailers operating in the state have been providing updates on closures via social media as well as through their websites. This includes Liberty Health Sciences, which closed 39 of its 51 dispensaries but has since reopened its stores located in West Palm Beach, Stuart, Port St. Lucia and Dania Beach. The enterprise is a unit of Ayr Wellness, which is based in Miami.

Trulieve Cannabis, the biggest dispensary operator in the state, also closed 55 of its 120 stores. In addition to this, MÜV also shut down about 30 of its 59 stores last week.

Sevi Borrelli , Ayr Wellness Retail Vice President, stated in a recent interview that the company’s current priority was to ensure that all their employees were accounted for and safe. This sentiment is shared by state operators, who were also focused on ensuring employee safety.

Borelli added that the company’s regional managers had been checking in with their associates, applauding the team in Florida, which did a great job in preparing for the storm and navigating it safely. He noted that the key focus was still to provide patients with access to their medicine, revealing that they were currently working on a reopening strategy.



New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Rebecca (Becci) Cleghorn was hired as Transaction Coordinator, VFS LLC, Clarkston, Michigan. Previously, she was at Crestmark, a Division of MetaBank, hired 2007, Contracts Administrator, promoted 2020, Director of Sales/Operations (2010 - 2022). Operations and Client Services, Minority Alliance Capital, LLC (2004 - 2007). She began her career at GE Capital, starting 1982 as Group Leader, Funding Group, promoted 1997, Lease Acquisition Supervisor promoted 2001, Contracts Specialist.

Brian Gellis was hired as Manager, Vendor Services, PEAC Solutions, Mount Laurel, New Jersey. Previously, he was customer Service Manager (April, 2022 - September, 2022). He remains Business Owner, Bran Gellis, LLC (May, 2017 - Present). Previously, he was at Marlin Capital Solutions, starting January, 2008, Team Lead, Senior Asset Recovery Specialist (January, 2008 - January, 2018, promoted Team Lead, Customer Service, May, 2022); Business Development Manager, Corporate Synergies (April, 2005 - January, 200&); Mobility Consultant and insurance Representative, Electric Mobility Corporation (2002 - 2006): Business Development Manager, MicroWarehouse, Inc. (1997 - 2002).

Andrew Larson was hired as Vice President, Encina Equipment Finance, Westport, Connecticut. He is located in Greater Minneapolis, Minnesota. Previously, he was Regional Sales Manager, Healthcare, Mitsubishi HC Capital, Inc. (July, 2020 - September, 2022). Prior, he was at TCF Bank, starting April, 2017, Territory Sales Executive, promoted September, 2018, Territory Sales Manager; Commercial Banking Portfolio Manager, U.S. Bank (July, 2016 - April, 2017).

Richard McAuliffe, CLFP, was hired as President, Head of Siemens Financial Services Commercial Finance, Canada, Oakville, Ontario, Canada. He is located in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. Previously, he was self-employed as Financial Services Executive (September, 2020 - September, 2022); Senior Vice President, COO Key Equipment Finance (February, 2003 - September, 2020); AVP TD Asset Finance Corporations, TD Bank (January, 1997 - February, 2003). Full Bio:

Matthew Myers was promoted Global Manager, Scorecard Management, DLL, Wayne, Pennsylvania. He is located in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. Previously, he was Regional Manager, Scorecard Management Americas (November, 2019 - October, 2022). He started at DLL as Senior Sales Support Officer in 2006, promoted Credit Underwriter, 2011, promoted December, 2015, Regional Scorecard Management Consultant, promoted March, 2017, US Scorecard Leader, promoted November, 2019, Regional Manager, Scorecard Management, Americas. He remains Owner/Agent, Mickey by Matt (July, 2011 - Present0. Prior, he was Senior Financial Consultant, PNC Investments (March, 2006 - December, 2006); Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. (August, 2005 - March, 2006); Store Manager, Gamestop (February, 2003 - August, 2006).


Leasing and Finance Industry Help Wanted
Excellent Compensation/Marketing Support/Work



Conference Objectives
By Scott Wheeler, CLFP, Business Consulting

Commercial equipment finance and leasing companies are moving forward with confidence. Wheeler Business Consulting is collaborating with owners and management teams throughout the industry to confirm aggressive business plans and strategies for 2023 and beyond. There are two tactical topics that continue to be front and center when meeting with management teams during the past several months:

1) Ensuring that industry participants have the needed talent to navigate the current economic challenges. More importantly, are their talent resources properly empowered to positively influence results which align with the company’s short-term objectives and long-term vision? 

2) Thinking and acting boldly to position the industry participant for the future based upon developing trends, rather than past expectations - learning from the past while preparing or the future - thinking and acting beyond the next quarter.

Many management teams are understandably focused on the immediate needs in the market. I have facilitated management meetings which remind teams that by focusing on a company's long-term vision and proven long-term strategy, the teams can often discover answers to immediate needs which move a company beyond the status quo. I analyze their current operations from various perspectives and suggest tactical changes which will enhance strengths while mitigating weaknesses. I provide interactive sessions which encourage management teams to consider new opportunities which are developing in the economy while preparing for both internal and external threats.

It is through these strategic meetings that I have become a long-term advisor to my clients; an outside, independent voice which can be tapped into on a routine basis. By fully understanding a client's operation, objectives, and challenges, I can keep them in the forefront of my activities as I encounter different opportunities in the market which may align with their specific needs and abilities. An engagement with Wheeler Business Consulting is multi-dimensional and on-going. My business is based upon the continuous process of building stronger leaders in the commercial equipment finance and leasing industry.

Scott A. Wheeler, CLFP
Wheeler Business Consulting
Comments, questions and suggestions are welcome.
Phone: 410-877-0428

Wheeler Business Consulting works with banks, independents, captives, origination companies, and investors in the equipment leasing and finance arena. We provide training, strategic planning, and acquisition services. Scott Wheeler is available to discuss your long-term strategy, to assist your staff to maximize outcomes, and to better position your organization in the market.


Faced with the highest inflation in more than 40 years, the Federal Reserve has taken aggressive action this year. At its last policy meeting in September, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) unanimously decided to raise the target range for the federal funds rate to 3.00 to 3.25, with further rate hikes looking inevitable. The third 75 basis point hike in four months follows an already aggressive 50 basis point increase in May and marks the fastest upward movement of the key interest rate since the early 1980s, when the Fed battled the highest inflation on record.

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said, "My colleagues and I are strongly committed to bringing inflation back down to our 2 percent goal. We have both the tools we need and the resolve it will take to restore price stability on behalf of American families and businesses.

"Price stability is the responsibility of the Federal Reserve and serves as the bedrock of our economy. Without price stability, the economy does not work for anyone," Powell added.

The latest projections made by FOMC members indicate that even that won't be the end of it, though. The median projection of the midpoint of the appropriate target range at the end of this year is now 4.4 percent, up from a March projection of 1.9 percent. Rate hikes could continue in 2023, with the median projection from committee members raised to 4.6 percent for the end of 2023, up from 2.8 percent in March.

By Felix Richter, Statista


Press Releases Received After Press Deadline

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

ELFA Inducts Valerie Hayes Jester
into Equipment Finance Hall of Fame

ORLANDO, FL, October 10, 2022 – The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) has named Valerie Hayes Jester to the 2022 Class of the Equipment Finance Hall of Fame. Jester, who accepted the honor in person, was recognized as a groundbreaking leader, industry entrepreneur and champion of women in equipment finance. 

ELFA President and CEO Ralph Petta, said, “We congratulate Valerie for being inducted to the 2022 Class of the Equipment Finance Hall of Fame. “As an industry pioneer, Valerie has helped change the face of equipment finance and her legacy will inspire generations to come.” 

In 1985 Valerie was recruited by General Electric Capital Corporation to develop their newly created fleet leasing product and also oversaw the company’s capital equipment transactions. In 1987 she founded Corporate Capital Leasing, which specialized in small ticket leasing—specifically the arbor care sector—and was a strategic partner of Pitney Bowes Credit. In 1996 she sold Corporate Capital to an industry consolidation headed by First Sierra Financial that eventually achieved over $3 billion in sales annually and became a publicly traded entity in 1997.

First Sierra was later acquired by American Express Business Finance. After this merger Jester started Brandywine Capital Associates, a small ticket equipment finance company, and has been active as President for over 20 years.  

She joined ELFA 35 years ago. She first served on committees, including Reinventing ELA (as the association was formerly known), the Ethics Committee and the Small Ticket Business Council. She then served as a Member, Treasurer and Chair of the ELFA Board of Directors.  

As the first woman to serve as Chair of ELFA, a position she held in 2006-2007, Jester has been steadfast in her commitment to promoting women’s involvement in the industry and association. She has blazed a trail for women in the industry as a leader, mentor and advocate lead.”

(She was named Lease Person of the Year 2014 by Leasing News. Editor) (1)

In 2015 Jester received the David Fenig Distinguished Service in Advocacy Award in recognition of her contributions to the association’s federal and state advocacy programs. She served as Chair of LeasePAC, the association’s nonpartisan federal political action committee, and through her advocacy has highlighted the value of equipment finance to the U.S. economy and the impact of legislative and regulatory proposals on the sector. 

Jester also has contributed to the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation, serving on the Board of Trustees for six years and chairing the National Development Committee. Her fundraising efforts helped the Foundation to achieve a record-breaking fundraising year in 2014 in support of future-focused information and research for the industry. 

Jester is a graduate of the College of William and Mary. She recently co-founded the Community Warehouse Project in her hometown of West Chester, Pennsylvania to supply furniture and household goods free of charge to individuals emerging from homelessness. The project served over 400 households last year.

(1) Leasing Person of the Year 2014
Valerie Jester


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

ELFA Announces New Board of Directors
Robert Neagle to Serve as Board Chair

ELFA Board Chair Robert Neagle,
President and CEO Finova Capital

2023 ELFA Board of Directors

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

  • David Drury, President, Senior Vice President, Group Head, Fifth Third Bank, National Assoc.
  • Brian Eschmann, CLFP, President, Northland Capital Equipment Finance
  • Michael Jones, President, Business Capital, CIT
  • Brad Peterson, Chief Operating Officer, Channel
  • Jayma Sandquist, Chief Marketing Officer, SVP JDF US  & CA, John Deere Financial
  • Nick Small, VP, Finance Shared Services, Cisco Systems  Capital Corporation

Mike DiCecco, Executive Managing Director of Huntington Asset Finance, is Immediate Past Chair.

Other members of the Board are:

  • Jon Biorkman, U.S. Managing Director and Head, BMO Equipment Finance
  • Kathleen Canum, Senior Vice President, Administration, Canon Financial Services, Inc.
  • Debra Devassy Babu, Shareholder, Darcy & Devassy PC
  • Mark Duncan, EVP and Chief Operating Officer, Mitsubishi HC Capital America
  • David Farrell, Managing Director - Head of Capital Markets, Bank of America Global Leasing
  • R.J. Grimshaw, President & CEO, UniFi Equipment Finance
  • Amy Gross, EVP, Key Government Finance
  • Eric Gross, COO, Dext Capital
  • Kirk Phillips, President & CEO, Wintrust Commercial Finance
  • Ricardo A. Rios, President & CEO, Commercial Equipment Finance, Inc.
  • Barry Ripes, SVP, Financial Services Leader, Equifax
  • Michael Romanowski, President, Farm Credit Leasing
  • David Verkinderen, CLFP, SVP, Office Equipment & Manufacturing Vendor Services, U.S. Bank Equipment Finance
  • Robert Wax, Co-President, Kingsbury Wax Bova

The following individuals were elected by the membership to serve as ELFA Vice Chairs: Deborah Baker, Head of Worldwide Leasing and Financing, HP Inc. and James Cress, Vice President & General Manager, Stryker Flex Financial. Daniel Krajewski, Executive Vice President, Equify Financial LLC, will serve as Treasurer.

Ed Rosen, ELFA’s Director of Governance, will serve as Secretary and Ralph Petta, ELFA President and CEO, is an Ex-Officio Officer.

Full Press Release:

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Mixed Breed
Chicago, Illinois  Adopt-a-Dog


>ID OTAT-A-8060
Age: 6 Years, 10 months
44.6 lbs.
Dog Friendly

In a Foster Home: Chelsea is living in a foster home. Submit an application from our website and then make an appointment to meet her. Chelsea is not eligible for foster and will be a straight adoption.

Housebroken: Yes
Crate trained: Doing well! She has been left at home alone in her crate for a full work day with no issues.
Dog sociability: She has been selective with her dog pals, and may be comfortable with some but not all other dogs. She lived with two other dogs previously and was doing well with them after a slow, gradual introduction over the course of a few days.
Cat sociability: Unknown
Kids: Would prefer to be with adults

Chelsea is a sweet and affectionate girl whose earlier life has been hard, but Chelsea is not hardened by it. Chelsea was originally brought to our local city shelter in 2019 after being confiscated from a domestic abuse situation. While she was able to go back with her person after, she ended up back at the shelter last summer as her adopter could no longer care for her. Luckily, OTAT scooped her up and she has been happy to be back in a home, but is now hoping for her forever! She is a fun and sweet girl with a great medium-ow energy level and a love of green beans and playing with her "stuffies."Chelsea is grateful for all the simple pleasures in life; snuggles anywhere you can find them, the thrill of a car ride, and the ultimate joy found in a belly rub. Chelsea deserves the very best life and if you give her the chance, she will steal your heart in a second!!

Chelsea has recently completed heartworm treatment at OTAT's Ellis Clinic. She will need to remain on exercise restriction for the next ~9 months. For information on the heartworm treatment process, visit: Chelsea would love a home where she will get plenty of mental enrichment while she is on exercise restriction.

Chelsea's adoption fee is sponsored thanks to a generous donor! She is spayed up to date on core vaccines, microchipped and heartworm positive.

One Tail at a Time Adoption Center
2144 N Wood St,
Chicago, IL 60614


2022 NEFA Funding Symposium
Nashville Tennessee November 2-4
Meet Our Conference Co-Chairs

Co-Chairs Stephanie Hall, CLFP and Jena Morgan, CLFP, join NEFA CEO, Chad Sluss and Jesse Johnson for a fireside chat about the upcoming Funding Symposium. Take a moment to hear what they have to say!


Due to the large number of registrants for the 2022 Funding Symposium, rooms at the Omni Hotel have sold out. To best accommodate the high demand for rooms, we have added two additional hotels. Please find the links to book your room. Hotel reservations

If you still need to register for the Funding Symposium, CLICK HERE!


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Honda’s new $4.4 billion EV battery plant
    will be built in Ohio

Rail workers union rejects contract
    renewing strike threat

NASA Spacecraft Accomplishes Mission and
    Smashes Asteroid into New Orbit

E. & J. Gallo Winery opens first piece
    of planned $1B South Carolina complex



Sun and beach as you work?
Portugal is latest with digital-nomad visa.



Sports Briefs---

Report: 49ers add kicker to practice
    squad after Robbie Gould injury

Why Dallas Cowboys shouldn’t rush
QB Dak Prescott back to face Eagles

Panthers fire Matt Rhule after 1-4 start;
Steven Wilks takes over

Report: Panthers QB Baker Mayfield to Miss 2 to 6 weeks

College football roundtable: Which team
is more impressive — UCLA or USC?

Report: NFL to discuss roughing-the-passer calls,
no change imminent

Travis Kelce scores four TDs as Chiefs rally to
defeat Raiders on MNF. Here is what we learned

NFL 2022 season predictions from USA TODAY Sports:
Super Bowl 57, playoffs, MVP and other awards


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Santa Clara Police Chief Pushes D.A. to Investigate
    City Council’s Involvement with 49ers

High mortgage rates are changing the SF Bay Area
    housing market in two key ways

Listen: Can San Francisco build 82,000 new homes?

A California city’s water supply is expected
    to run out in two months

Yosemite’s historic Ahwahnee Hotel to close
    for two months for earthquake repairs



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Why Veuve Cliquot’s Former CEO Left to Make
His Own Wine in a Sleepy Corner of Burgundy

“Gimme that Wine”

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Wine Prices by vintage

US/International Wine Events


This Day in History

     1770 – Benjamin Wright (d. 1842) was born in Wethersfield, CT.  Chief engineer of the Erie Canal and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.  In 1969, the American Society of Civil Engineers declared him the "Father of American Civil Engineering."
    1798 - Secretary Benjamin Stoddert, first Secretary of the Navy, sent the first instructions to cutters acting in cooperation with the Navy in support of the Quasi-War with France, via the various collectors of customs. 
    1802 – The first non-Indian settlement is established in Oklahoma.
    1804 - A famous snow hurricane occurred. The unusual coastal storm caused northerly gales from Maine to New Jersey. Heavy snow fell across New England, with three feet reported at the crest of the Green Mountains. A foot of snow was reported in the Berkshires of southern New England, at Goshen
    1845 - The Naval Academy was established as The Naval School at Windmill Point, Fort Severn, Annapolis, MD, on a nine-acre site. It officially opened with 56 students. On July 1, 1850, the name was changed to the United States Naval Academy. The following year, the academy instituted a standard four-year program. From May 9, 1861 to September 9, 1865, while Maryland was part of the Confederacy, the academy was transferred to Newport, RI .
(Lower half of:
    1846 – Triton, the largest moon of Neptune is discovered by English astronomer William Lassell.
    1850 - The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal was completed and opened for business along its entire 184.5 mile length from Washington, DC to Cumberland, Maryland. Sections of the canal opened for navigation as they were completed: from
Georgetown in Washington, DC to
Seneca, Maryland in 1831; then to
Harpers Ferry, WV in 1833; to
Hancock, MD in 1839; and finally to
Cumberland, MD in 1850.  
Commerce traveled primarily on the water, not roads which were subject to weather and “poor” even in the best of times as they were nothing more than unpaved, old footpaths that had been repeatedly driven over by horses and by wagon train. 
    1855 - A mob in Columbia hanged John S. Barclay. The sheriff there tried to save the unfortunate man from the noose, but was repulsed. 
    1865 - The billiard ball was patented by John Wesley Hyatt.
    1874 - Beatrice Moses Hinkle (d. 1953) birthday, San Francisco.  As San Francisco's city physician, she was the first U.S. woman to hold a public health post. She was one of the two physicians who established the nation's first psychotherapeutic clinic. She was among the earliest Jungian analysts in America, having rejected Freud with whom she'd personally studied. She contributed to the conceptual framework of the theory. Her “Recreating of the Individual” (1923) took a strong stand regarding women’s individuality. It was noted particularly for its chapters on women and artists. 
    1881 - U.S. fashion designer Ethel Traphagen’s birthday, born Ethel Leigh (d. 1963) in NYC.  Influential founder of Traphagen School of Fashion design. 
    1886 - Gris­wold Lorillard of Tuxedo Park, NY, fashioned the first tuxedo for men. Pierre Lorillard IV, heir to a tobacco fortune and the biggest landowner in town, asked his tailor to create four new formal black jackets modeled after the tailless red wool coats worn by English for hunters. Lorillard declined to wear the result, but his son Griswold Lorillard and three of his friends did along with waistcoats of scarlet satin, and the look caught on. Some say this is more fiction than fact, but history records the Tuxedo Club and Lorillard responding on wearing it that it was a Tuxedo. 
    1887 - Thomas Edison organized the Edison Phonograph Company. 
    1900 – America’s First Lady of the Theater, Helen Hayes birthday, born Helen Hayes Brown (d. 1993), Washington, DC.  The winner of every award possible for an actor on the stage, in the movies, and TV. She began her acting career at age 5 and continued it for more than 85 years winning Academy Awards, Tonys, and Emmys. She received The Medal of Freedom (1986), the Kennedy Center Honors (1981), and even had a Broadway Theater was named after her. An award in her name established for achievement in professional theater.  Hayes's adopted son, James MacArthur (1937–2010), went on to a career in acting, starring in “Hawaii Five-O” as Danny Williams on television. 
    1901 – Birthday of Frederic Douglass Patterson (d. 1988) in Washington, DC.  Orphaned at the age of two, by the age of 31, Patterson had attained three educational degrees: a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Science from Iowa State, and a Doctorate of Philosophy from Cornell University.  He would later become President, at age 33, of what is now Tuskegee University (1935–1953) and Founder of the United Negro College Fund (1944). In 1987, President Ronald Reagan awarded Dr. Patterson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.   
    1902 - Kalamazoo, MI, mandolin maker Orville Gibson founds the Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Mfg. Co, Ltd. In 1936, it would create the first commercially successful electric guitar. 
    1902 – The bicycle frame is patented by I.R. Johnson.
    1904 – The New York Yankees, two games out of first, played the first-place Red Sox on a final day doubleheader.  The Yanks’ 41-game winner, Jack Chesbro, loses the first game and the chance at the pennant.  Chesbro’s win total remains the modern era single season record in the Majors. 
    1904 – The Liberty Theater opens at 234 W 42nd St. New York City.
    1905 - Birthday of Willie “The Devil” Wells (d. 1989), Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop, Austin, TX. Wells is generally considered the greatest shortstop to play in the Negro Leagues. As manager of the Newark Eagles, he developed several players who became Major Leaguers and taught Jackie Robinson how to turn the double play. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997. 
    1910 – Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity is founded at Columbia University in NYC.
    1913 – President Woodrow Wilson triggered the explosion of the Gamboa Dike that ended the construction of the Panama Canal. 
    1914 – Ivory Joe Hunter’s (d. 1974) birthday in Kirbyville, TX.  After moving to LA, Hunter founded Pacific Records.  After signing with MGM Records, he recorded "I Almost Lost My Mind," which topped the 1950 R&B charts and would later (in the wake of Hunter's success with "Since I Met You Baby") be recorded by Pat Boone whose version became a number one pop hit. By 1954, he had recorded more than 100 songs and moved to Atlantic Records. His first song to cross over to the pop charts was "Since I Met You Baby" (1956). It was to be his only Top 40 pop song, climbing to # 12.  But since his death and the rise of Oldies nostalgia for 50s music, both songs are among the most-requested.  
    1915 - Famous Count Basie trumpeter and soloist Harry “Sweets” Edison (d. 1999) was born, Columbus, Ohio
    1917 - Pianist/composer Thelonious Monk (d. 1982) birthday, Rocky Mount, NC.   “Little Rootie Tootie,” “’Round Midnight” are among his most famous compositions 
    1920 - Indians' Bill Wambsganss becomes the only player in World Series history to complete an unassisted triple play as he makes a leaping catch, steps on second base and then tags the runner from first base.  Also in this Series, the Indians’ Bill Smith hit the first grand slam HR in Series history.
    1921 - Birthday of bass player William Howard “Monk” Montgomery (d. 1982), Indianapolis, IN.
    1923 - In the first World Series game ever played at Yankee Stadium, veteran Giant outfielder and future Yankees’ manager Casey Stengel breaks a 4-4 deadlock in the top of the ninth inning with an inside-the-park HR off Joe Bush. This is the first World Series HR in Yankee Stadium history.  It is the first World Series game to be broadcast nationally.
    1924 – Birthday of writer James Clavell, born Charles Edmund Dumaresq Clavell (d. 1994), Sydney, Australia. Prolific novelist, screenwriter, director, and World War II veteran and prisoner of war. Clavell wrote the novel “King Rat” (1962) and “Shogun” (1975), scripted the science-fiction horror movie “The Fly” (1958) and wrote a war movie, “Five Gates To Hell” (1959).  Clavell was nominated for a Writers Guild Award for “The Great Escape” (1963).   He also screenwrote, directed, and produced the box office success, “To Sir, With Love” (1967).
    1924 – The Washington Senators won their only World Series, defeating the New York Giants, 4-3, in 12 innings. With the Senators behind 3–1 in the eighth, Bucky Harris hit a routine ground ball to third which hit a pebble and took a bad hop over Giants third baseman Freddie Lindstrom. Two runners scored on the play, tying the score at three. Walter Johnson then came in to pitch the ninth and held the Giants scoreless into extra innings. The winning run scored when a ball hit by Earl McNeely hit a pebble and bounced over Lindstrom’s head…again. 
    1926 – In one of baseball’s storied World Series games, a day after picking up his second complete-game victory of the Series, 39-year-old Grover Cleveland Alexander saved Game 7 and the World Series for the St. Louis Cardinals, fanning Tony Lazzeri with the bases loaded in the 7th inning, then proceeding to no-hit New York the rest of the way. Out much of the night celebrating his victory in Game 6 and suffering from seizures, Alexander had no expectation of pitching without rest.  He was summoned when the starter, Jess Haines, developed a blister and left the game.  During the Lazzeri at-bat, on the pitch before the strikeout, “Poosh ‘em Up” hit a screaming liner that just went foul.  The Series concluded with Babe Ruth, inexplicably being thrown out trying to steal.   
    1928 - The temperature at Minneapolis, MN, reached 90 degrees, their latest such reading of record. 
    1928 - Birthday of piano player Junior Mance, Chicago, IL
    1933 - Procter and Gamble, Cincinnati, OH developed the first synthetic laundry detergent, whose formula included a surfactant to emulsify dirt, and called it Dreft. The first effective powdered detergent made for use in washing machines, and the first to contain a phosphate compound as a water softener, was Tide, developed by Procter and Gamble in 1946.
    1933 - A United Airlines Boeing 247 is destroyed by sabotage, the first such proven case in the history of commercial aviation. 
    1935 - Premiere of jazz opera “Porgy and Bess,”by George Gershwin. One of Gershwin's greatest works, the opera blended African American folk music, jazz, Tin Pan Alley, and classical styles. The show included the classic song "Summertime," among other classics, brought modern by Gil Evans and Miles Davis.
    1939 - The real Eleanor Rigby died in her sleep of unknown causes at the age of 44. The 1966 Beatles' song that featured her name wasn't really written about her, as Paul McCartney's first draft of the song named the character Miss Daisy Hawkins. Eleanor Rigby's tombstone was noticed in the 1980s in the graveyard of St. Peter's Parish Church in Woolton, Liverpool, a few feet from where McCartney and Lennon had met for the first time in 1957. 
    1941 - The destroyer USS Kearney is attacked by a German submarine. In the attack, ten sailors are killed and scores injured. America suffers its first war casualties in World War II. Pearl Harbor is still seven weeks away. 
    1941 – Actor Peter Coyote, the narrative voice in many of Ken Burns’ television productions and 60s counter-culturist, was born Rachmil Pinchus Ben Mosha Cohon in NYC.  You’ll love this:  While at Grinnell College, Peter ingested peyote and had an hallucination in which he saw his footprints as coyote paw-prints. A few years later, he came across “Coyote's Journal,” a poetry magazine and recognized its logo as the same paw-prints he has seen during his drug-induced experience. It was this that caused him to change his name to Coyote, after meeting Rolling Thunder John Pope, a self-styled shaman, who felt that the experience was spiritually significant. 
       1944 - BONG, RICHARD I., (Air Mission).
Rank and organization: Major, U.S. Army Air Corps. Place and date: Over Borneo and Leyte, 10 October to 15 November 1944. Entered service at: Poplar, Wis. Birth: Poplar, Wis. G.O. No.: 90, 8 December 1944. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action above and beyond the call of duty in the Southwest Pacific area from 10 October to 15 November 1944. Though assigned to duty as gunnery instructor and neither required nor expected to perform combat duty, Maj. Bong voluntarily and at his own urgent request engaged in repeated combat missions, including unusually hazardous sorties over Balikpapan, Borneo, and in the Leyte area of the Philippines. His aggressiveness and daring resulted in his shooting down 8 enemy airplanes during this period.
    1944 - Nearly two hundred of Admiral Halsey's planes struck Naha, Okinawa's capital and principal city, in five separate waves. The city was almost totally devastated. The American war against Japan was coming inexorably closer to the Japanese homeland. 
    1948 - The largest crowd to this date to attend a Major League game, 86,288 fans, jams Cleveland's Municipal Stadium to witness Boston Braves hurler Warren Spahn beat Bob Feller and the Indians, 11-5 in Game 5 of the Fall Classic.  This was the only World Series between 1947 and 1958 that did not include a New York team.  Also, in this game, Indians’ pitcher Satchel Paige became the first African-American to play in a World Series, relieving in the 7th and getting the two batters he faced.
    1950 - Top Hits
“Goodnight Irene” - The Weavers
“La Vie En Rose” - Tony Martin
“Bonaparte's Retreat” - Kay Starr
“I'm Moving On” - Hank Snow
    1953 - Stan Freberg's "St. George and the Dragonet" hits #1 
    1953 – The US and The Republic of Korea agree to a Mutual Defense Treaty in Washington, DC.
    1954 – Ho Chi Minh enters Hanoi after the French troops leave.
    1956 - Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender" entered the Billboard chart for a 19 week stay. It was #1 for 5 of those weeks. The song, from Presley's first film of the same name, was adapted from the tune "Aura Lee," written in 1861. 
    1957 - “Zorro” premiered on TV. Originally, he appeared in a McCulley novel and several films. Don Diego de la Vega (Guy Williams), a Spanish nobleman, is summoned to California by his father, Don Alejandro (George J. Lewis), to fight for the people. Diego's alter ego is Zorro, a dashing and assertive defender of the people. My father, Lawrence Menkin, wrote several of these episodes. He was well known as a TV Western writer, serving as story editor for “Wagon Train,” writing for “Bonanza,” “Death Valley Days,” “Cisco Kid,” among many others. Although the last telecast of “Zorro” was Sept 24, 1959, the series reappeared in later years, first as a remake and then as a sequel, and once again was made as a movie, titled “The Mask of Zorro,”in 1998.
    1957 – President Eisenhower apologized to Komla Agbeli Gbdemah, the finance minister of Ghana, after the official had been refused service in a Dover, DE, restaurant. 
    1957 -  Starting Game 7 on just two days’ rest, Lew Burdette pitches the Milwaukee Braves to a World Championship as he blanks the Bronx Bombers at Yankee Stadium, 5-0. The 30-year old right-hander, named the Series MVP, tosses 24 consecutive scoreless innings and posts a 0.64 ERA in his three Fall classic victories.  Turnabout… Burdette was signed by the Yanks in 1947 and, after making two relief appearances for the team in September, 1950, he was traded to the Braves in 1951 for four-time 20-game winner Johnny Sain. 
    1958 - Top Hits 
“It's All in the Game” - Tommy Edwards 
“Rock-in Robin” - Bobby Day 
“Tea for Two Cha-Cha” - The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra 
“Bird Dog” - The Everly Brothers
    1959 - Paul McCartney helps to force the last non-Beatle member of the Quarrymen, Ken Brown, from the skiffle group after Brown gets paid for an engagement at Liverpool's Casbah Club for which he was too sick to perform. This leaves the Quarrymen as John, Paul, and George; by May of the following year, the group, now featuring Stu Sutcliffe and Pete Best, would be known as the "Beatals." 
    1959 - Stan Kenton, June Christy, Four Freshman record “Road Show” album at Purdue University. 
    1959 - Pan American World Airways announced the beginning of the first global airline service.     
    1960 - A silly novelty song called "Mr. Custer" by Larry Verne was the number one single in America. The record told a story about a US cavalry trooper who tries to talk his way out of fighting the Sioux Indians at Little Big Horn in 1876. 
    1962 – “The Bob Newhart Show” premiered on TV. This half-hour variety series was hosted by Bob Newhart, a successful stand-up comedian famous for his trademark “telephone conversation” monologues. Regu­lars included Jackie Joseph, Kay Westfall, Jack Grinnage, Mickey Manners, Pearl Shear, June Ericson, Andy Albin and announcer Dan Sorkin. The show was critically acclaimed, winning both an Emmy and a Peabody in its short time on the air. Newhart later starred in situation comedies. In “The Bob Newhart Show,” which aired 1972—78, he played a psychologist.
    1962 -  In Game 5 of the World Series, Tom Tresh belts an eighth-inning homer off Jack Sanford to give the Bronx Bombers a 5-3 comeback win over the Giants at Yankee Stadium. The rookie shortstop's dad, Mike Tresh, who hit only two home runs in his dozen big league seasons, prior to the at bat left his seat behind home plate and moved to the standing-room section in Candlestick Park hoping to bring his son good luck.
    1963 – Birthday of journalist Daniel Pearl (d. 2002) at Princeton, NJ.  Pearl had dual US and Israeli citizenship. While working for “The Wall Street Journal,” he was kidnapped by Pakistani militants and later murdered in 2002 by Al-Qaeda member Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in Pakistan. 
    1964 - At Yankee Stadium, Mickey Mantle, facing Barney Schultz, slams the first pitch of the bottom of the ninth inning into the right field bleachers, giving New York a dramatic 2-1 walk-off victory and two games to one advantage over St. Louis in the Fall Classic. The Mick's game-winning round-tripper, his 16th Fall Classic round-tripper, breaking the previous mark set by Babe Ruth, makes him the fifth Major Leaguer to end a World Series game with a home run.
    1965 - Ronald Reagan spoke at Coalinga Junior College and called for an official declaration of war in Vietnam.
    1965 - The Supremes make the first of many appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” 
    1965 – The Red Baron debuted in ”Peanuts.”
    1966 - Top Hits 
“Cherish” - The Association 
“Reach Out I'll Be There” - Four Tops 
“96 Tears - ?(Question Mark)” & The Mysterians 
“Almost Persuaded” - David Houston 
    1966 – The Beach Boys released “Good Vibrations.”
    1967 - The Outer Space Treaty, signed on January 27 by more than sixty nations, takes effect.
    1968 - Cardinal fireballer Bob Gibson sets the mark for total strikeouts (35) in a World Series, but loses the seventh and deciding game to Tigers, 4-1.
    1969 – Much-traveled, oft-retired former Green Bay Packers’ QB Brett Favre’s birthday in Gulfport, MS.  Favre is the only player to win the NFL MVP Award three consecutive times (1995–97), and is one of only six quarterbacks to have won the award as well as the Super Bowl in the same season. He has led teams to eight division championships, five NFC Championships, and two Super Bowls, winning one (Super Bowl XXXI).  Favre holds many NFL records, including.  At the time of his retirement, he was the NFL's all-time leader in passing yards and touchdown passes, although both records have since been broken by Peyton Manning.  Favre was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.
    1970 - Neil Diamond reached the #1 spot on the pop music charts for the first time with "Cracklin' Rosie." In 1972, Diamond would reach a similar pinnacle with "Song Sung Blue."
    1971 - “Up-Stairs, Downstairs” premiered on TV. The 52 episodes of this “Mas­terpiece Theatre” series covered the years 1903 to 1930 in the life of a wealthy London family (“Upstairs') and their many ser­vants (“Downstairs”). Produced by London Weekend Television, cast members included Angela Baddeley, Pauline Collins, Gordon Jackson and Jean Marsh. Won a Golden Globe for Best Drama TV Show in 1975 and an Emmy for Outstanding Limited Series in 1976.  The last episode aired May 1, 1977, though the series has been rerun several times on PBS. 
    1971 – Sold, dismantled, and shipped, London Bridge re-opens at lake Havasu City, AZ.
    1973 –  Spiro Theodore Agnew became the second person to resign the office of Vice President of the United States. Agnew entered pleas of no contest to charges of income tax evasion for contract kickbacks received while he was Governor of Maryland and after he became Vice President. He was sentenced to pay a $10,000 fine and serve three years’ probation Agnew was elected vice president twice, serving under President Richard M. Nixon.
    1973 - Top Hits 
“I Honestly Love You” - Olivia Newton-John 
“Nothing from Nothing” - Billy Preston 
“Then Came You” - Dionne Warwicke & Spinners 
“I Love My Friend” - Charlie Rich.
    1973 – “Dancing With The Stars” champ and TV host Mario Lopez was born in San Diego.
    1974 - Birthday of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., race car driver, born Concord, NC.
    1979 - Fleetwood Mac receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
    1979 - A motion picture called “The Rose,” starring Bette Midler as a rock singer, (transparently based on Janis Joplin) premieres in Los Angeles. 
    1979 – “Broadway Joe” Namath played his final NFL game, with the LA Rams.  Namath, a Hall of Fame QB largely on the strength of his career as NY Jets’ QB, engineered and predicted one of sports’ biggest upsets in 1969 in Super Bowl III.  The NFL Baltimore Colts were 18 ½ point favorites.  In the week leading to the game, Namath in front of an audience, stated clearly, “…let me tell you something.  We’re gonna beat ‘em, I guaranty it!”  Then he went out and did it, 16-7, in a game that was not nearly as close as the score would indicate, and one in which this famous passer did not throw a pass in the fourth quarter.  Many believe it was this game that provided the impetus for the AFL and NFL to merge.
    1979 – The Republic of Panama assumes control over the Panama Canal from the US.
    1979 – Hall of Famer Wayne Gretsky made his NHL debut with the Edmonton Oilers.
    1982 - Top Hits 
“Jack & Diane” - John Cougar 
“Eye in the Sky” - The Alan Parsons Project 
“I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)” - Michael McDonald 
“Yesterday's Wine” - Merle Haggard/George Jones
    1984 – Birthday of Colorado Rockies’ SS Troy Tulowitski, Santa Clara, CA.
    1985 – US Navy jets intercept an Egyptian plane carrying the hijackers of the “Achille Lauro” cruise ship, and force it to land at a NATO base in Sicily where they are arrested. 
    1986 – Birthday of 2013 NL MVP, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andrew McCutcheon, Ft. Meade, FL.
    1987 – “The Boss,” Bruce Springsteen, released his ninth album, “Tunnel of Love.” 
    1987 – The SF Giants’ LF, Jeffrey Leonard, hits a HR in his fourth consecutive playoff game, a record.
    1989 - Thunderstorms produced torrential rains along the northeast coast of Florida. Augustine was deluged with 16.08 inches of rain. The heavy rain caused extensive flooding of homes and businesses, and left some roads under three feet of water. Ten cities from South Carolina to New England reported record low temperatures for the date, including Concord, NH with a reading of 23 degrees. Temperatures dipped into the 30s in the Carolinas. 
    1990 - Top Hits 
“Close to You” - Maxi Priest 
“Praying for Time” - George Michael 
“Something Happened on the Way to Heaven” - Phil Collins 
“Friends in Low Places” - Garth Brooks 
    1994 – The New York Football Giants retire LT’s #56 to honor Lawrence Taylor’s brilliant career as a linebacker.
    1996 – The cornerstone was laid for the US Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC.
    1999 - A charity auction selling Elvis Presley's belongings was held at The Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. His wristwatch sold for $32,500, a cigar box $25,000, an autographed baseball sold for $19,000 and his 1956 Lincoln Continental went for $250,000. 
    1999 - Scoring more than 19 NFL teams, the Red Sox establish a Major League record for most runs and biggest margin of victory in a post-season game as they rout the Indians, 23-7 to tie the 5-game AL Division Series at two games apiece.
    2003 – Conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh announced that he was addicted to painkillers and that he was going to check into a rehab center.
    2006 - Google buys YouTube for $1.6B! 
    2015 - The Mets were cruising along with a 2-1 lead in the 7th inning of Game 2 of the NLDS when the Dodgers’ Chase Utley barreled into SS Ruben Tejada to break up a potential inning-ending double play. He not only succeeded, but also broke Tejada's leg in the process while the Mets vainly argued for an interference call. Major League Baseball ultimately suspended Utley for his unnecessarily violent slide, but in the meantime, Los Angeles took advantage of the controversial play to score four runs in the inning and ended up a 5-2 winner, evening the series.  The aftermath of this play broke with long-standing baseball traditions that allowed practically anything in pursuit of breaking up a double play.  MLB changed the rule, restricting the runner to the baseline and not allowing sliding beyond the bag to do so.  It also changed the long-standing “in the neighborhood” unwritten rule that allowed the out at second if the fielder was close to the bag during the relay to first. 

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    1924 - Washington Senators 
    1926 - St. Louis Cardinals 
    1931 - St. Louis Cardinals 
    1937 - New York Yankees 
    1945 - Detroit Tigers 
    1951 - New York Yankees 
    1956 - New York Yankees 
    1957 - Milwaukee Braves 
    1968 - Detroit Tigers



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