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Dext Capital
 Joins Funder List A,
   Funders Looking for Broker Business List
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
  and Related Industries
Leasing Industry Ads---Help Wanted
   Positions Available---Apply ASAP
Transforming Leads Into Revenue
   FinTech #102 by Alex Vasilakos
The Cities in the U.S. with Most Homeless People
  New York City/Los Angeles/Seattle/San Jose-Santa Clara
ELFA Releases Compensation Report
  Small and Medium-Sized Equipment Finance Business
Treasury, IRS final and proposed regulations
   on new 100% depreciation
It Chapter Two/Hustlers/Rocketman
   Last Black Man in San Fran/Flavor Green Tree Rice
   Film/Digital Reviews by Leasing News’ Fernando Croce
English Bulldog + Shar Pei Mix
   Portland, Oregon  Adopt a Dog
5th Annual Conference and Exhibition
National Alliance of Commercial Loan Brokers
   October 4 -6  Las Vegas Westin
News Briefs---
Amazon Ordered 100,000 Electric Delivery Vans from
   Rivian for 2021 to be Built in former Mitsubishi Plant
Tesla’s Model 3 earns insurance industry’s
   top safety rating
GM's labor dispute is being exacerbated
  by its shift to electric vehicles

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Dext Capital
Joins Funder List A
Funders Looking for Broker Business List

In Business Since
Leasing Association
Dext Capital
Portland, Oregon
Kyin Lok
(971) 708-6100
United States
$20,000 - $500,000

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

Seeks brokers with concentration and expertise in the Healthcare Market

Funder List "A"

Funders Looking for Broker Business



New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Jeramie Furusho was hired as Senior Account Executive, Taycor Financial, Laguna Hills, California.  Previously, he was Senior Account Executive, Partners Capital Group (February, 2012 – August, 2019).
Education: Konawaena.

Andrea Kallhoff was hired in July, 2019, announced this week as Director of Sales and Marketing, Banleaco Equipment Finance, Urbandale, Iowa. Previously, she was Account Executive, WHO HD (April, 2017 – June, 2019); Golf & Turf Business Relationship Management Manager, Wells Fargo Equipment Finance (October, 2003 – January, 2017); Senior Credit Manager, John Deere Financial (January, 1993 – October, 2003).

Nicholas F. Lacovara was hired as Chief Financial Officer, Ceteris Holdco, Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Previously, he was at TD, starting 2010, Vice President, Finance Manager; promoted 2011, Vice President, Finance Director; promoted 2012, Vice President, Controller; Controller, CoActiv Capital Partners (2008 – 2009); Vice President, Controller, Court Square Leasing Corp. (2005 – 2008); Controller, LEAF Financial Corporation (2004 – 2005); Accounting Manager, Hewlett-Packard Financial Services (2000 – 2004); Securitization Manager, CIT (1998 – 2000); Accounting and Reporting Manager, Canon Financial Services, Inc. (1996 – 1998); Senior Accountant/Analyst, CSK Intermodal (1993 – 1996); Staff Accountant, Advanta Leasing Corp. (1989 – 1993).  Education: Rutgers University, Bachelor of Science, BS, Accounting (1984 – 1989). Bishop Eustace Prep. (1980 – 1984).

Dominic LaRatta was promoted to Business Development Account Manager, NewLane Finance, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He joined the firm January, 2019, Business Development Associate. Previously, he was Client Service Officer, Nest – Multi Facility Management (June, 2017 - July, 2018): Intern, McAdam Finance (April, 2016 – August, 201); Client Associate, Summer Intern, Merrill Lynch (June, 2015 – August, 2015); Distribution Assistant, USA Payroll, Cherry Hill, NJ (January, 2015); Controller Assistant, United Environmental Waste Services (May, 2014). Education: Saint Joseph’s University, Bachelor’s Degree. (2013 – 2017). The American University of Rome, Italian Language (2014).  Bishop Eustace Preparatory School (2009 – 2013).

Vijay Rajput was hired as Flex Account Manager, Bluevine, Redwood City, California. Previously, he was Strategic Account Manager II, Pilot Flying 1 (March 2018 – August, 2019); Relationship Manager, Bank of America (September, 2014 – March, 2018); Pharmacy Technician, CVS Pharmacy (July, 2016 – December, 2016); Personal Banker, U.S. Bank (July, 2011 – June, 2014); Supervisor, TCF Bank (September, 2010 – May, 2011). Volunteer: March of Dimes (July, 2011). Greater Chicago Food Depository (September, 2011). Meal Server, St. Anthony’s Foundation (January, 2019).  Education: University of Illinois at Chicago. Bachelor of Art Economics (2005 – 2010). Activities: Skih Student Association Indian Student Association.

Andy Taylor was hired as Sales Director Haydock Finance, Ltd., Staines, Surrey, United Kingdom. Previously, he was Head of Sales, Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC (February, 2013 –September, 2019); Broker Account Manager, ING Lease UK Ltd. (September, 2000 – February, 2013).

Christopher Trainor was hired as Lease Administrator, Siemens Financial Services, Malvern, Pennsylvania.  Previously, he was Contract Management Specialist, Strategic National Account Programs, Marlin Business Services Corp. (December, 2015 – June, 2018); Equipment Finance Operations Specialist III, TD Equipment Finance, Inc. (September, 2013 – July, 2015). Prior, he was at De Lage Landen Financial Services, starting June, 2005, Sales Support Rep II; promoted June, 2016, Senior Sales Support), Senior Relationship Manager, LEAF Commercial Capital (July, 2003 – June, 2005); Business Sales Account Manager, Verizon (June, 1998 - December, 2002); Inside Sales Support Rep, Plymouth Meeting Branch, GE Capital (May, 1997 – April, 1998); District Marking Support Rep III, Tokai Finance Services (October, 1990 – March, 1997). Education: West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Business Management, Marketing, and Related support Services (1987 – 1990). Delaware County Community College. Associate degree, Business  Administration and Management General (1985 – 2987).



Help Wanted


Transforming Leads Into Revenue

FinTech #102 by Alex Vasilakos

It’s about that time when companies start to review their revenue performance from the current year and begin to forecast for the next year. While it may be overlooked in many organizations, accurate forecasting is a great predictor of future success as it helps to set the tone and serves as a guide for the entire company.

An important aspect of forecasting is identifying the tactic to achieve goals being set. For companies such as yours, this means addressing how new leads will be identified, nurtured and converted into customers. The effective management of leads can serve as a pipeline delivering continuous rewards and spurring hyper-growth for your organization. Continue reading to discover what it takes to fill your pipeline with qualified leads and convert them into revenue.

Leads Deliver Profits

Qualified leads are the life-blood of companies. Whereas mass lead companies market to a wide net of individual end-users, often with lower-priced items, your efforts often depend on repeat business from a smaller pool of clients. As a result, maintaining a pipeline of qualified leads is essential to reaching your revenue goals.

Build Coherence

Organizations oftentimes struggle with lead generation due to disconnect between the marketing and sales teams. Whether it’s a lack of faith between the teams or differing directives being given, a lack of coherence between sales and marketing can make the lead generation process more difficult than it needs to be. A well-rounded marketing front in both digital and physical formats can pave the way for new leads to be introduced to your organization while salesmen who perform the necessary level or research, prepare for sales calls, actively listen and follow-up on their promises help to convert those leads into clients.

Define an Approach

Companies who continue to grow year after year are the ones with a defined approach for identifying and nurturing leads. An approach that functions like a well-oiled machine takes time to develop and everyone along the chain must pull in the same direction in order for the company to reach its goals. A standard lead management approach entails the following steps:

  1. Identify – determine where and how leads will be identified. What does your ideal client look like?
  2. Accept – once identified, determine the who, what, when, where and how leads will be contacted and welcomed.
  3. Nurture – what steps will be used to build a relationship with leads before and after they’ve made a purchase?
  4. Action – what is the offer and call-to-action that will result in a purchase decision?

Ideally, new leads will be contacted via phone within one business day. Doing so displays desired qualities of good organizations such as thoughtfulness and responsiveness. Clients want to feel special and their first contact with a potential vendor goes a long way in solidifying their beliefs and framing their future interactions with the organization.

After initial contact has been made, consistent communication is key to retaining the lead’s interest in your company. With so much competition in the marketplace, simply gaining a lead is no time for a celebration. Instead, it will take a joint effort between marketing and sales teams to ensure that your products remain at the top of your lead’s mind and remove any roadblocks that may be preventing them from moving forward with their purchase.

The relationship between the lead and your company may change but a sale doesn’t signal the end of the relationship. Once a lead has become a customer, it is once again the responsibility of your marketing and sales teammates to ensure that the relationship is sustained. Now is the time for your marketing team to create content that highlights your other products and services, especially those that complement their recent purchase. In addition, now is the time for your sales team to display your organization’s commitment to serving its clients. The same level of attentiveness that was present at the beginning of the relationship is important in ensuring its growth.

Drive Towards Results

After building your team and defining the lead generation approach, it’s time to execute your tactical plan. The effort it takes to forecast revenue and lay the foundation for your organization to reach new heights will all be wasted without a focus on achieving your goals and getting results. Everything you’ve done up to this point has prepared your organization for this moment and now it’s time to seize the opportunities that present themselves, get to work and start turning those leads into revenue.

Alex Vasilakos
Director of Marketing
The Finance Marketing Group 
Office: 518-591-4645x102 / Fax: 518-677-1071
90 State Street, Suite 1500, Albany, NY 12207

He entered advertising and marketing in 2003, right when the industry landscape shifted from traditional print to digital media. In that time, Alex has worked with numerous large accounts in both healthcare and financial services, and has helped small and medium-sized businesses grow and flourish in their respective digital markets. Alex has won countless awards for creative direction and strategy, and is certified by Google Partners in both AdWords and Analytics. Currently, Alex works exclusively with financial services companies, but his depth of knowledge and experience can help design and implement long-reaching strategies for businesses across all industries.

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Over half a million Americans are facing the prospect of being homeless this holiday season. After a period of progress and decline, the U.S. homeless population has increased slightly for the second year in succession according to a report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. It now stands at 553,000 with 65 percent of that total living in sheltered accommodation. 17 out of every 10,000 people in the U.S. have now experienced homelessness on a single night in 2018.

Half of all homeless people are in one of five states - California (129,972), New York (91,897), Florida (31,030), Texas (25,310) and Washington (22,304). It is primarily an urban issue and more than half of the homeless population are scattered across the country's 50 biggest cities. Nearly a quarter of them live in just to cities - New York and Los Angeles. Despite its considerable homeless population, New York can at least claim that 65 percent of its rough sleepers are given sheltered accommodation. The same cannot be said of Los Angeles where 75 percent are out on the street.

The following infographic shows the top-10 worst cities for homelessness across the U.S. with New York having the most with 78,676. It's important to mention that in this comparison, the data is broken down by CoC - those are Continuums of Care that are local planning bodies coordinating responses to the issue. Los Angeles is in second place with nearly 50,000 while Seattle/King County has the third most with 12,112.

By Niall McCarthy, Statista



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

$1999.00  Standard Price   ELFA Member $999.00

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association released a report detailing compensation practices at small and medium-sized equipment leasing and finance companies. The 2019 Small and Medium Enterprise Compensation Survey reveals trends in pay—including salaries, bonuses, benefits and commission—at bank, captive and independent equipment finance companies.

The report is based on a survey of ELFA member companies conducted by Vault Consulting, LLC. A total of 51 companies participated in the survey. The respondents reported 1,171 employees for 19 specialized revenue and support positions, ranging from CEO to collections staff to sales staff. The data are displayed by company type, new business volume, region and market segment.

Highlights from the survey include:

  • The 5 highest paid positions, based on average total compensation, were CEO/President, Head of Sales, CFO, Team Leader and Senior Sales Representative. Total compensation is based on average base salary and average bonus/commission.
  • Compared to the last SME Compensation Survey in 2018, the average total compensation of the top 5 positions changed by the following percentages: CEO/President +19%; Head of Sales 0%; CFO +28%; Team Leader +8%; and Senior Sales Representative -10%.
  • A bonus/commission was reported for 82% of the submitted employees. A total of 87% of sales staff received a bonus/commission and 8% were indicated as commission only sales staff.
  • The top quantitative factor used to determine executive leadership incentives was profitability (89%) and the top qualitative factor was managerial effectiveness (67%).

How to Access the Report
The 2019 Small and Medium Enterprise Compensation Survey is available for purchase from the ELFA website at

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

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Treasury, IRS final and proposed regulations
on new 100% depreciation

WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service final regulations (PDF) and additional proposed regulations (PDF) under section 168(k) of the Internal Revenue Code on the new 100% additional first year depreciation deduction that allows businesses to write off most depreciable business assets in the year they are placed in service by the business.

The regulations released on have been submitted to the Federal Register and may vary slightly from the published documents due to minor editorial changes. The documents published in the Federal Register will be the official documents.

The final regulations finalize the proposed regulations issued in August 2018 which implement several provisions included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). The proposed regulations contain new provisions not addressed previously.

The 100% additional first year depreciation deduction generally applies to depreciable business assets with a recovery period of 20 years or less and certain other property. Machinery, equipment, computers, appliances and furniture generally qualify.

The deduction applies to qualifying property acquired and placed in service after September 27, 2017. The final regulations provide clarifying guidance on the requirements that must be met for property to qualify for the deduction, including used property. The final regulations also provide rules for qualified film, television and live theatrical productions.

Additionally, in the proposed regulations, the Treasury Department and IRS propose rules regarding (i) certain property not eligible for the additional first year depreciation deduction, (ii) a de minimis use rule for determining whether a taxpayer previously used property; (iii) components acquired after Sept. 27, 2017, of larger property for which construction began before Sept. 28, 2017; and (iv) other aspects not dealt with in the previous August 2018 proposed regulations. The proposed regulations also withdraw and repropose rules regarding application of the used property acquisition requirements (i) to consolidated groups, and (ii) to a series of related transactions.

For details on claiming the deduction or electing out of claiming it, see the final regulations or the instructions to Form 4562, Depreciation and Amortization (Including Information on Listed Property). For tax years that include September 28, 2017, see Rev. Proc. 2019-33 (PDF) for further information about making a late election or revoking an election.

Taxpayers who elect out of the 100% depreciation deduction must do so on a timely-filed return. Those who have already timely filed their 2018 return and did not elect out but still wish to do so have six months from the original deadline, without an extension, to file an amended return.

For more information about this and other TCJA provisions, visit

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Fernando's View
By Fernando F. Croce

Delirious horror (“It Chapter Two”) and a wicked caper (“Hustlers”) come to theaters, while DVD releases offer exuberant biopics (“Rocketman”), touching drama (“The Last Black Man in San Francisco”), and a bittersweet classic (“The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice”

In theaters:

It Chapter Two (New Line Cinema): The second half of the extremely popular adaptation of Stephen King’s horror tale gives audiences plenty of frights, picking up where the 2017 original left off. Having vanquished the evil demon-clown Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard), the young group known as “The Losers” find themselves still fighting terrors in adulthood. Called back by librarian Mike (Isaiah Mustafa), the friends reunite to face evil both supernatural and from the real world: Bev (Jessica Chastain), Bill (James McAvoy), Eddie (James Ransone), and Richie (Bill Hader). What follows is a procession of gruesome confrontations leading to a showdown with unspeakable menace. Lengthy enough to let the characters develop but delirious enough to not skimp on gory scares, director Andrés Muschietti's sequel should satisfy King fans with its elaborate set-pieces.

(Six Entertainment): Wall Street and strip-clubs collide in this wickedly entertaining caper, based on a true story and set during the 2008 recession. With the economy falling, Manhattan dancer Destiny (Constance Wu) tries to remain afloat while being exploited by clients and bosses alike. Things change when she befriends the seasoned Ramona (Jennifer Lopez in a lush, leonine performance), who specializes in turning the tables on high-rollers. What begins as a modest scheme grows into a full operation—the more money they pull in, however, the heavier the risk of their plan collapsing. Confidently directed by Lorene Scafaria, the film takes a sharp look at the dynamics of power, as well as the bond between exploited women. Others in the dynamic cast include Julia Stiles, Madeline Brewer, and Cardi B.

Nextflix: A blonde ingénue at the end of Hollywood’s studio period, Carol Lynley (1942-2019) could light up the screen with her poignant freshness. So check out Netflix for some of her best roles, which include “Blue Denim” (1959), “The Last Sunset” (1961), “Bunny Lake Is Missing” (1965), and “The Poseidon Adventure” (1972).


Rocketman (Paramount Pictures): On the heels of the recent, Oscar-winning “Bohemian Rhapsody,” here’s another equally tune-filed (and considerably more risqué) rock ‘n’ roll biopic. This time the legendary musician at the center is Elton John (energetically played by Taron Egerton), who recounts the ups and downs of his flamboyant life during a therapy session at an addiction clinic. From his childhood in strict 1950s England to the discovery of the power of music, he throws himself wholeheartedly into his new passion. Weathering this rollercoaster of hits and makeovers are his relationship with his manager, John Reid (Richard Madden), and songwriter, Bernie Taupin (Jamie Bell). Directed at a rollicking pace by Dexter Fletcher, the film makes up for its often familiar notes with an exuberant abandon that would make its subject proud.

The Last Black Man in San Francisco (A24): Director Joe Talbot makes an impressive directorial debut with this Sundance award-winning indie, which touches on gentrification and racial tensions while telling a touching and poetic story. Jimmie (Jimmie Fails) and Montgomery (Jonathan Majors) are San Francisco friends trying to live the bohemian life, struggling with money yet defiantly creating art. Jimmie’s dream is to return to his childhood home, a gorgeous Fillmore house build by his grandfather. What follows is a journey that tests the main characters’ friendship while helping them discover a fuller sense of history and self. Painting a portrait of San Francisco that flows with vitality, humor, anger and even dashes of documentary, Talbot’s promising film leavens its sense of loss with a glimmer of hope.

The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice (Criterion): Familial tensions were the specialty of masterful Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu (“Tokyo Story”), and this bittersweet 1952 drama beautifully showcases his trademark wry tenderness. Mokochi (Shin Saburi) and Taeko (Michiyo Kogure) are a middle-aged married couple whose love has become strained by monotony, secrets and changing times. Their different temperaments—she’s cosmopolitan and outgoing, he’s provincial and work-oriented—reveal cracks in their otherwise placid household, cracks which their headstrong young niece, Setsuko (Keiko Tsushima), is determined to avoid. A portrait of a relationship, the film also doubles as a snapshot of Japan in a time of flux, sagely observing the clash between rich traditions and a vibrant modernity. Deserving to be better known, the film shimmers with Ozu’s unique delicacy and gentle humor. With subtitles


English Bulldog + Shar Pei Mix
Portland, Oregon  Adopt a Dog

English Bulldog + Shar Pei Mix
4 years old
49 pounds

Excuse me? Do you have some attention you could spare? Like, a lot of it? I could really use a lot of attention, and if you have some you were saving up, might I make you a proposition? OK, here is my offer: you give me all the attention you have lying around and I will give you my unwavering love and affection. Sounds like a pretty good deal, yes? Great, I’ll see you soon! What’s that? Oh, silly me! Hi, my name is Maynard, and as you can see, I am one handsome hunk, graced with some of the stunning good looks and enduring personality of the beloved English Bulldog. But before you fall head over heels for me, I must tell you a little bit about myself. I am an ultra-cute dude, very affectionate, playful, outgoing, doing stellar with my crate training, rumor has it my housebreaking skills are pretty great too and I'm very loyal. I love playing with other big dogs (no little critter for me though) and am really good at keeping my person safe- see, I loved my last family so much that I figured they didn't need anyone else in their life. So, I decided not to let strangers get too close, especially when we are out on walks- see I have this thing called leash reactivity which means that I get really defensive if people get too close when I am on lead. I will enjoy playtime with sturdy 12+ children and look forward to learning all sorts of other things! Was that a pretty good introduction? Great! Now you can come on in and tell me all about yourself!

4 years old-49lbs. My adoption fee is $200 and includes neuter, microchip & registration, reduced-cost training class, 1 month pet health insurance, free veterinary exam, leash/collar, toy & treat packet, food sample.

Send us an e-mail at
Family Dogs New Life Shelter
9101 SE Stanley Ave
Portland, Oregon 97206
Phone: 503-771-5596 (Our phone is an automated / voice message system only. Phone calls do not get answered, but got straight to voicemail. All voicemails will be returned by a staff member, but this may take several days. For a more timely response please send us an email instead.)


5th Annual Conference and Exhibition
National Alliance of Commercial Loan Brokers
October 4 -6  Las Vegas Westin

Keynote Speaker
Former SEAL Team Six Leader, Naval Special Warfare Development Group,
and New York Times Best-Selling Author

The 5th Annual NACLB Conference & Expo is right around the corner! In just a short month, you'll have the opportunity to learn from one of the most highly-decorated combat veterans of our time, Robert O'Neill.

How is this speaking engagement relevant to you?

Here's what you have to look forward to:

"Learn how the same lessons that helped him survive more than 400 combat missions across four theaters of war and the same attitude that helped him earn a spot on the Navy's most elite special missions unit can help all of us aim higher and stand stronger.

Gain invaluable insight into how the military's "best of the best" plan for success when mission failure is not an option.

From preparation, risk assessment and stress management, to leading rather than micromanaging and above all never quitting - Rob demonstrates how applying these military tenets can make us winning warriors in business and in life."

Are you struggling with setting up processes for your business? Do you struggle with leading your team? Is it difficult for you to find the motivation to keep moving forward in your business? Then this is the keynote speaking engagement for you. Don't miss out on your chance to learn from a true American Hero!

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   top safety rating

GM's labor dispute is being exacerbated
  by its shift to electric vehicles



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NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James today released the following statement following Purdue Pharma’s announcement to file for bankruptcy:
“It shouldn’t come as a shock that Purdue’s bankruptcy filing comes just 48 hours after my office exposed about $1 billion in wire transfers involving Swiss bank accounts. In no uncertain terms, any deal that cheats Americans out of billions of dollars, allows the Sacklers to evade responsibility, and lets this family continue peddling their drugs to the world is a bad one, which is why New York remains opposed to it. My office will not be deterred in its lawsuit against the Sackler family, and will continue fighting to make this family pay for the death and destruction they inflicted on the American people.”


 The Baseball Players

Against the bright
grass the white-knockered
players tense, seize,
and attend. A moment
ago, outfielders adjusted
their clothing, glanced
at the sun and settled
forward, hands on knees;
the catcher twitched
a forefinger; the pitcher
walked back of the hill,
established his cap
and returned; the batter
rotated his bat
in a slow circle,
But now
they pause: wary,
exact, suspended –
while abiding moonrise
lightens the angel
of the overgrown
garden, and Walter Blake
Adams, who died
at fourteen, waits
under the footbridge.

By Donald Hall
From “Fathers Playing Catch (Essays on Sport-mostly baseball) with Sons”
North Point Press, Farrar, Straus and Giroux , New York


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This Day in History


  1519 - Magellan started the first successful circumnavigation of the world.
    1565 -Spaniards capture Fort Caroline, Florida and massacre the French.
    1777- Paoli massacre; American troops surprised in midnight raid while they slept by overwhelming British troops.
    1797- US frigate Constitution (Old Ironsides) launched in Boston
    1830 -First National Black convention meets .Philadelphia, Pa.
    1845-the Adirondack Tornado traveled on a 275 mile long track starting as a waterspout over Lake Ontario and then traveling as a tornado through New York State to exit as a waterspout again on Lake Champlain. The tree fall in the forest is still discernible
    1850-Washington, DC—one of the provisions of the Compromise Act of 1850 abolished the slave trade in the country's capital.
    1854-Otis opens his factory to produce freight elevators.
(Bottom half of: )
    1845-The Adirondack Tornado traveled on a 275 mile long track starting as a waterspout over Lake Ontario and then traveling as a tornado through New York State to exit as a waterspout again on Lake Champlain. The tree fall in the forest is still discernible
    1863-After disastrous moves by Union General William Starke Rosecrans, a career officer, Confederate forces appeared to be carrying the third day at the Battle of Chickamauga in Tennessee. With Rosecrans in flight to Chattanooga, Union General Henry Thomas and his men held their position and repeatedly turned back a series of Southern attacks until being reinforced. Thomas's actions saved the Union forces from a complete rout and earned him the nickname, “ Rock of Chickamauga.” Rosecrans was relieved of his command.
    1873-To avoid Financial Panic, it was announced the Stock Market would close for ten days. For the first time in its history, the New York Stock Exchange was forced to close because of a banking crisis. Although the worst of the panic and crisis was over within a week, the psychological effect on businessmen, investors and the nation at large was more lasting during.
    1878- Birthday of Upton Sinclair, American novelist and politician born at Baltimore, MD. He worked for political and social reforms, and his best-known novel, “The Jungle,” prompted one of the nation's first pure food laws. Died at Bound Brook, NJ, Nov 25, 1968.
    1881 - Chester A. Arthur was sworn in as the 21st president of the United States, succeeding James A. Garfield, who had been assassinated.
    1884- The Equal Rights Party was formed at San Francisco, CA. Its candidate for president, nominated in convention, was Mrs. Belva Lockwood. The vice presidential candidate was Marietta Stow.
    1885-Birthday of composer/singer/piano player Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton. He claimed to have “invented” jazz music. Many historians say he was not bragging when he made the claim.
“If you want my fricassee, you're going to have to chase me down, If you want my jelly roll, you're going to have to treat me better Here's a nickel, send the boy down for another bucket of beer.”
    1879- US President U.S. Grant comes to SF for elaborate extended visit.
    1909-A strong hurricane made landfall in southeastern Louisiana. A 15 foot storm surge flooded the Timbalier Bay area. 350 people perished
    1916- Anniversary of first meeting of National Research Council, at New York, NY. Formed at request of President Woodrow Wilson for”.., encouraging the investigation of natural phenomena. .. “for American business and national security.
    1920- Trumpeter Joe Guy born.
    1926 - A hurricane which hit Miami, FL, on the 18th, pounded Pensacola with wind gusts to 152 mph. Winds raged in excess of 100 mph for four hours, and above 75 mph for 20 hours.
    1934-Birthday of Sophia Loren, Italian-American actor of great earthy beauty and outstanding acting ability. She won Academy Award for her work in Women (1961) and was nominated for her work in Marriage Italian Style (1964). She got her start in Italian movies as a sex-kitten, developed into a strong actor, and aged into a role model. In 1991, she was awarded an honorary Oscar for her outstanding career. Her Italian comedies, especially Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (1963) show her great versatility.
    1940- Claude Thornhill Band cuts first records in Hollywood, 1940. Gil Evans joins him next year, and some plays in his band included Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Lee Konitz, Gerry Mulligan, and many other post bop modernists.
    1944--POPE, EVERETT PARKER Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, Company C, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division. Place and date: Peleliu Island, Palau group, 19-20 September 1944. Entered service at: Massachusetts. Born: 16 July 1919, Milton, Mass. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as commanding officer of Company C, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Peleliu Island, Palau group, on 19-20 September 1944. Subjected to pointblank cannon fire which caused heavy casualties and badly disorganized his company while assaulting a steep coral hill, Capt. Pope rallied his men and gallantly led them to the summit in the face of machinegun, mortar, and sniper fire. Forced by widespread hostile attack to deploy the remnants of his company thinly in order to hold the ground won, and with his machineguns out of order and insufficient water and ammunition, he remained on the exposed hill with 12 men and 1 wounded officer determined to hold through the night. Attacked continuously with grenades, machineguns, and rifles from 3 sides, he and his valiant men fiercely beat back or destroyed the enemy, resorting to hand-to-hand combat as the supply of ammunition dwindled, and still maintaining his lines with his 8 remaining riflemen when daylight brought more deadly fire and he was ordered to withdraw. His valiant leadership against devastating odds while protecting the units below from heavy Japanese attack reflects the highest credit upon Capt. Pope and the U.S. Naval Service.
    1945 -- Rocket scientist Von Braun arrives in the U.S.A. under the auspices of "Operation Paperclip" — a program that was supposed to exclude Nazis, but in fact became a cover for "rehabilitating" them. His dossier was rewritten so he didn't appear to have been an ardent Nazi. See the NASA site for the sanitized Werner.
Operation Paperclip case file
    1946---Top Hits
To Each His Own - Eddy Howard
Five Minutes More - Frank Sinatra
Surrender - Perry Como
Wine, Women and Song - Al Dexter
    1948 - The Four Freshmen, one of the most popular singing groups of the 1950s, got their first gig in Fort Wayne, Indiana. They went on to major success with Capitol Records. Hits included "It's a Blue World", "Charmaine" and "Love is Just Around the Corner".
    1950-COMMISKEY, HENRY A., SR. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant (then 2d Lt.), U.S. Marine Corps, Company C, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.). Place and date: Near Yongdungp'o, Korea, 20 September 1950. Entered service at: Hattiesburg, Miss. Birth: 10 January 1927, Hattiesburg, Miss. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a platoon leader in Company C, in action against enemy aggressor forces. Directed to attack hostile forces well dug in on Hill 85, 1st Lt. Commiskey, spearheaded the assault, charging up the steep slopes on the run. Coolly disregarding the heavy enemy machine gun and small arms fire, he plunged on well forward of the rest of his platoon and was the first man to reach the crest of the objective. Armed only with a pistol, he jumped into a hostile machine gun emplacement occupied by 5 enemy troops and quickly disposed of 4 of the soldiers with his automatic pistol. Grappling with the fifth, 1st Lt. Commiskey knocked him to the ground and held him until he could obtain a weapon from another member of his platoon and killed the last of the enemy gun crew. Continuing his bold assault, he moved to the next emplacement, killed 2 more of the enemy and then led his platoon toward the rear nose of the hill to rout the remainder of the hostile troops and destroy them as they fled from their positions. His valiant leadership and courageous fighting spirit served to inspire the men of his company to heroic endeavor in seizing the objective and reflect the highest credit upon 1st Lt. Commiskey and the U.S. Naval Service.
    1950-MONEGAN, WALTER C., JR. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, Company F, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.). Place and date: Near Sosa-ri, Korea, 17 and 20 September 1950. Entered service at: Seattle, Wash. Born: 25 December 1930, Melrose, Mass. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a rocket gunner attached to Company F, and in action against enemy aggressor forces. Dug in on a hill overlooking the main Seoul highway when 6 enemy tanks threatened to break through the battalion position during a predawn attack on 17 September, Pfc. Monegan promptly moved forward with his bazooka, under heavy hostile automatic weapons fire and engaged the lead tank at a range of less than 50 yards. After scoring a direct hit and killing the sole surviving tank man with his carbine as he came through the escape hatch, he boldly fired 2 more rounds of ammunition at the oncoming tanks, disorganizing the attack and enabling our tank crews to continue blasting with their 90-mm guns. With his own and an adjacent company's position threatened by annihilation when an overwhelming enemy tank-infantry force bypassed the area and proceeded toward the battalion command post during the early morning of September 20, he seized his rocket launcher and, in total darkness, charged down the slope of the hill where the tanks had broken through. Quick to act when an illuminating shell lit the area, he scored a direct hit on one of the tanks as hostile rifle and automatic-weapons fire raked the area at close range. Again exposing himself, he fired another round to destroy a second tank and, as the rear tank turned to retreat, stood upright to fire and was fatally struck down by hostile machine gun fire when another illuminating shell silhouetted him against the sky. Pfc. Monegan's daring initiative, gallant fighting spirit and courageous devotion to duty were contributing factors in the success of his company in repelling the enemy, and his self-sacrificing efforts throughout sustain and enhance the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
    1953- “The Loretta Young Show, “NBC half-hour dramatic anthology series (initially titled “Letter to Loretta”) hosted by and frequently starring Oscar-winning actress Loretta Young. At the beginning of each episode Young would swirl through a door in a spectacular gown. Young garnered two Emmys during the show's eight-year run. In 1972 it was reported that Young had been awarded $559,000 in a suit against NBC for syndicating reruns of the show without her permission. Young did not want them shown because her clothes and hairstyles in the shows were long out of date by the 70s.
    1954---Top Hits
Sh-Boom - The Crew Cuts
Skokiaan - The Four Lads
The High and the Mighty - Les Baxter
I Don't Hurt Anymore - Hank Snow
    1954- First FORTRAN computer program run.
    1955- “The Phil Silvers Show” premiered. This popular half-hour sitcom starred Phil Silvers as Sergeant Ernie Bilko, a scheming but good-natured con man whose schemes rarely worked out. Guest stars included Fred Gwynne, Margaret Hamilton, Dick Van Dyke and Alan Alda in his first major TV role. The character of Sergeant Bilko was featured in a movie of the same title in the mid-90s.
    1957- “The Thin Man, “ the famous crime-solving duo of Nick and Nora was brought to TV after appearing in a novel by Dashiell Hammett ( whom my son was named after ) and a film series. This half-hour crime series featured Peter Lawford as Nick Charles, a former private eye who still engaged in it for fun, and Phyllis Kirk as his wife and partner Nora. Jack Albertson played Lieutenant Harry Evans, and their pet dog Asta was played by Asta.
    1957-“ M Squad” premiere on television. My father Lawrence Menkin wrote many episodes. This half-hour crime series had a catchy theme song composed by Count Basie and Lee Marvin ( who lived down the street from us ) as Lieutenant Frank Ballinger, a Chicago cop assigned to a unit that investigates murders (the M Squad). Paul Newlan played his supervisor Captain Grey. In one episode, “The Teacher” (1959), Burt Reynolds played one of his first major roles.

    1959-- Losing to the Dodgers, 8-2, the San Francisco Giants play their last game at Seals Stadium. The transplanted New York team, which compiled an 86-68 in their two-year stay in the former PCL park, will move to the newly constructed Candlestick Park next season.
    1961 - In a 13-inning contest, Sandy Koufax goes the distance beating the Cubs, 3-2, in the last regular season game to be played at the LA Memorial Coliseum, which was originally built for the 1932 Olympics. The Dodgers are leaving the only home they have known since moving from Brooklyn four seasons ago to play in a brand new stadium in Chavez Ravine, located a few miles from downtown Los Angeles.
    1961- Roger Maris hits home run # 59 & barely misses # 60 in game 154 of the season. Yanks clinch pennant #26.
    1962---Top Hits
Sheila - Tommy Roe
Ramblin' Rose - Nat King Cole
Green Onions - Booker T. & The MG's
Devil Woman - Marty Robbins
    1965-PIERCE, LARRY S. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503d Infantry, 173d Airborne Brigade. Place and date: Near Ben Cat, Republic of Vietnam, 20 September 1965. Entered service at: Fresno, Calif. Born: 6 July 1941, Wewoka, Okla. G.O. No.: 7, 24 February 1966. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Pierce was serving as squad leader in a reconnaissance platoon when his patrol was ambushed by hostile forces. Through his inspiring leadership and personal courage, the squad succeeded in eliminating an enemy machinegun and routing the opposing force. While pursuing the fleeing enemy, the squad came upon a dirt road and, as the main body of his men entered the road, Sgt. Pierce discovered an antipersonnel mine emplaced in the road bed. Realizing that the mine could destroy the majority of his squad, Sgt. Pierce saved the lives of his men at the sacrifice of his life by throwing himself directly onto the mine as it exploded. Through his indomitable courage, complete disregard for his safety, and profound concern for his fellow soldiers, he averted loss of life and injury to the members of his squad. Sgt. Pierce's extraordinary heroism, at the cost of his life, is in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.
    1967-Hurricane Beulah struck south Texas with gusts to 136 mph near Brownsville. The storm was a slow mover and Pettus, TX had 27.38 inches. The hurricane also spawned 115 tornadoes in south Texas, the greatest ever for a hurricane. 13 people perished and damage was set at $200 million
    1968-Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees hit the final home run of his career against Jim Longborg of the Boston Red Sox. Mantle finished with 536 homes.
    1969 - "Sugar, Sugar", by the Archies, hit number one in "Billboard". The Archies sat at the top of the hit heap for four weeks.. The pop group never actually existed, as it was based on the popular comic strip. Two studio singers did all the vocals. Sugar, Sugar sold over 3 million copies, and according to Billboard, was the top-selling single for the year.
    1970---Top Hits
Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Diana Ross
Lookin' Out My Back Door/Long as I Can See the Light - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Patches - Clarence Carter
For the Good Times - Ray Price
    1973- Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in the nationally televised “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match in three straight sets.
    1975-Bruce Springsteen's "Born To Run" single is released.
    1975-David Bowie's "Fame" hits #1 on the singles chart and stays there for two weeks, while Bad Company's "Feel Like Making Love" peaks at #10 on the chart.
    1976 -Playboy releases Jimmy Carter's interview that he lusts for women.
    1976-The Captain and Tennille musical variety show premiered on ABC TV.
    1977- “Lou Grant” premiered . This hour-long dramatic series was a spin-off of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” Ed Asner reprised his role as newspaper editor Lou Grant, now a city editor for the Los Angeles Tribune. The show tackled many serious issues, including child abuse, gun control and the plight of Vietnamese refugees. The cast included Mason Adams, Nancy Marchand, Jack Bannon, Robert Walden, Daryl Anderson, Rebecca Balding, Linda Kelsey, Allen Williams and EmHio Delgado. This series was an unusual spin-off because it was the first time a character left a sitcom to headline a drama.
    1978---Top Hits
Boogie Oogie Oogie - A Taste of Honey
Three Times a Lady - Commodores
Hot Blooded - Foreigner
I've Always Been Crazy - Waylon Jennings
    1978-The Who's "Who Are You" LP goes gold.
    1980-Billy Joel's "Don't Ask Me Why" peaks at #19 on the singles chart while Peter Gabriel's "Games Without Frontiers" peaks at #48, The Kinks' "Lola" re-enters the chart and peaks at #81; Bob Seger's "You'll Accomp'ny Me" peaks at #14 and Pete Townshend's "Let My Love Open The Door" peaks at #9
    1982-Joan Jett and the Blackhearts' "I Love Rock and Roll" is certified platinum. The hit is the title track from Jett's second album with the Blackhearts.
    1983 - The temperature at West Yellowstone MT plunged to six degrees below zero, while the temperature at San Francisco CA soared to 94 degrees.
    1984- Four days of heavy rains come to an end in extreme south Texas. Port Isabel recorded a total of 21.27 inches while Brownsville, TX had 15.19 inches. Brownsville International Airport was closed for 4 days due to extensive flooding. Total damage $30 million
    1984-“The Cosby Show” Premiers on Television. The Emmy Award-winning comedy set in New York City revolved around the members of the Huxtable family. Father Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable was played by Bill Cosby, his wife Clair, an attorney, was played by Phylicia Rashan. Their four daughters were played by Sabrina Le Beauf(Sondra), Lisa Bonet ( Denise) Tempest Bledsoe( Vanessa) and Keshia Knight Pulliam (Rudy)(. Malcolm-Jamar Warner played son Teheo. By the end of the series in 1992.The two oldest daughters had finished college and were married. “A Different World” was a spin-o0ff set at historical-black Hillman College where Denise was a student.
    1985-Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker's "Southern Accents" LP is certified platinum.
    1986 - The number one pop hit in the U.S. was "Stuck With You", by Huey Lewis & The News. The song, from the multi-platinum album "Fore!", was stuck at #1 for three weeks.
    1986---Top Hits
Stuck with You - Huey Lewis & The News
Dancing on the Ceiling - Lionel Richie
Friends and Lovers - Gloria Loring & Carl Anderson
Got My Heart Set on You - John Conlee
    1988 -Red Sox Wade Boggs becomes first player in this century to get 200 hits in six consecutive years.
    1989 - Hugo jilted Iris. Hurricane Hugo churned toward the South Atlantic Coast, gradually regaining strength along the way. Tropical Storm Iris got too close to Hugo, and began to weaken. A cold front brought strong and gusty winds to the Great Basin and the Southern Plateau Region, with wind gusts to 44 mph reported at Kingman AZ.
    1994---Top Hits
I ll Make Love To You- Boyz II Men
Stay (I Missed You) (From "Reality Bites")- Lisa Loeb
Endless Love- Luther Vandross
When Can I See You-Babyface
    1995 - AT&T announced that it would be splitting into three companies: today's AT&T (communication services); Lucent Technologies (systems and technology communications products); and NCR Corp. (computer business).
    1996 - The hit comedy film, The First Wives Club, starring Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, Diane Keaton, Dame Maggie Smith, and Sarah Jessica Parker, opened in United States theaters.
    1998- Cal Ripken's streak ends at 2,632 consecutive games as he does not appear in the lineup for the first time since May 29,1982.
    1999---Top Hits
Unpretty- TLC
She s All I Ever Had- Ricky Martin
Bailamos- Enrique Iglesias
Genie In A Bottle- Christina Aguilera
    2001 - President Bush addresses joint session of Congress in response to 9/11 attacks, proposing a new Office of Homeland Security.
    2003- When Marcus Giles sends Brad Penny's 3-2 pitch into the stands, the Braves tie the National League record by having six players to hit at least 20 home runs in season. Along with the Atlana's second baseman , Javy Lopez, Gary Sheffield, Andruw Jones, Chipper Jones and Vinny Castilla equals the mark established by Eddie Mathews (32), Hank Aaron (32), Joe Torre (27), Felipe Alou (23) Mack Jones (31) and Gene Oliver (21) of the 1965 Milwaukee Braves.
    2003---Top Hits
Shake Ya Tailfeather- Nelly, P. Diddy & Murphy Lee
Baby Boy- Beyonce Featuring Sean Paul
Right Thurr- Chingy
Disturbing Tha Peace | 77995 | Capitol
Get Low- Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz Featuring Ying Yang Twins
    2008- After a moving ceremony celebrating the history of the 85-year old ballpark, New York beat the Orioles in the last game ever to be played at Yankee Stadium, 7-3. Julia Ruth Stevens, the Babe's daughter, throws out the ceremonial first pitch with Bronx Bomber's backstop Jose Molina hitting the last home run in the 'House Ruth Built'.



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