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Friday, September 27, 2019

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AACFB Reports Record Attendance at 251
   56 More than Last Year
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries
Leasing Industry Ads---Help Wanted
    Credit Analyst with Franchise Experience/National Acct. Mgrs.
ELFA MLFI August Down 2 Percent from July
    Up 3 Percent Year-to-Year
SLIM Capital Reviews Some Deals
   Shows Broker Deals Accomplished
The Countries With the Most Ultra Rich People - Chart
  By Martin Armstrong, Statista
QuickBridge Releases eBook on the Impact
   of Tariffs on U.S. Small Businesses
No Decline in Consumer Confidence reports Dr. Dan Geller
    Contrary to Survey-Based Indices
Used Truck Prices Fell 1% Y/Y and Sales Dropped 19%
    U.S. Trailer Net Orders Down 72% Y/Y and 51% YTD
Ad Astra/Loro
  The Dead Don't Die/Bodied/Cluny Brown
    Film/Digital Reviews by Leasing News' Fernando Croce
Labrador Retriever/Mix
   Louisville, Kentucky  Adopt-a-Dog
deBanked Connect - Close to Being Sold Out!
  San Diego October 24th, 2019
News Briefs---
Boeing’s 737 Max Flight Tests Underestimated Risks
   "how a human pilot would react to warning indicators"
The World’s Oceans Are in Danger,
   Major Climate Change Report Warns

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AACFB Reports Record Attendance at 251
56 More than Last Year

The American Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (AACFB), formerly the National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers (NAELB), held their Second Annual Commercial Financing Expo at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, which ended last Friday, September 20th.  There were 251 attendees which is 56 more than last year. There were 63 exhibitors.

Monica Harper, AACFB Executive Director, reports, ”The two-day line-up of education was topped off with two in-depth boot camps with one focusing on marketing and the other on packaging, write-ups and underwriting. Friday morning the exhibit hall was still active as attendees tried to make connections with as many exhibitors as possible.”

Educational seminars focused on a diverse range of topics including:

•  advice from industry veterans
•  small business market trends
•  using tech to grow business
•  leveraging Facebook
•  funding challenged credit
•  attracting and retaining great talent
•  upselling and cross-selling
•  invoice factoring
•  experience with the California Lenders License

The final panel discussion focused on a very popular topic, “What Funders Want Brokers to Know” and former AACFB President, Pete Sawyer, presented Julian Sirull of Global Financial & Leasing Services, LLC with a plaque acknowledging his newly attained CLFP

At the close of the exhibits was a luncheon which included a moment of silence for Kurt Horn, a member who was recently killed in a tragic accident.

The luncheon concluded with door prizes and rousing rendition of Happy Birthday sung by the crowd in honor of AACFB Executive Director, Monica Harper’s birthday, which happened to fall on that day.



New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Barbara Brunell was promoted to Assistant Vice President, Key Equipment Finance, Superior, Colorado.  She joined the firm January, 2001 as Contract Manager. Previous experience: Contract Manager, Uni Capital, Inc. (1998 - 2001).  Education: Regis University. Bachelors, Business/Managerial Economics.

Roberta Condidoria, CLFP, was promoted to VP, Creative, First America Equipment Finance, Fairport, New York. She joined the firm January, 2012, as Asset Management Coordinator; promoted August, 2013, Asset Manager; promoted July, 2014, Assistant Vice President, Marketing; promoted Vice President, Marketing, 2018.  Previously, she was Leasing Administration/Marketing Coordinator, First Allied Corporation; Office Manager, Morales Process and Locator Services (June, 2009 - July, 2011); Creative Intern, Partners and Napier (May, 2008 - August, 2008).  Education: Cazenovia College. BA, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication (2004 - 2009).   Activities and Societies: National Honor Society. Winning Debate Team. Women's Soccer Team. Women's Lacrosse Team. Presidential Leadership Scholarship. Emerson Scholarship.  Cumulative GPA: 3.83. Magna Cum Laude.  Mario Central High School. Advanced Regents Diploma, 2005 (2001 - 2005).

Mat Hennings was hired as Senior Equipment Finance Specialist, Envision Capital Group, Laguna Hills, California. He is located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Previously, he was Vice President of Sales, Sertant Capital (2018 - September, 2019); Vice President, CG Commercial Finance (January, 2016 - September, 2016); Vice President, Business Development, VFI Corporate Finance (January, 2011 - December, 2015); Regional Sales Manager, Countrywide Financial Corp (January, 2000 - January, 2010). Volunteer: The Road Home.  Education: University of Utah, Bachelor of Science (B.S.), English Language and Literature, General (1988 - 1992).

Bill Heston was hired as Vice President, Kingsbridge Holdings, LLC, Lake Forest, Illinois. He is located in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Previously, he was Vice Present, CIT Capital (September, 2018 = July, 2019); Senior Vice President, @ Lease Funds, LLC (May, 2018 - September, 2018); Country Manager, FF Canada Leasing, Inc. He expanded his role here to include VP of First Financial Corporate Services (November, 2013 - February, 2018); Vice President, First Financial Corporate Services (January, 2010 - February, 2018). Vice President CitiCapital, Relationship Manager (May, 1990 - January, 2008).  Education: Widener University. BS. Business Management/Economics (1970 - 1982). Neshaminy High School (1976 - 1978).

Byron Howell was hired as Managing Director, Sales, Utica Equipment, Norwalk, Connecticut.  He is located in the Sarasota, Florida Area.  Previously, he was Vice President, Regional Sales Manager, Triumph Commercial Finance (September, 2017 - September, 2019); District Manager, Equify, LLC (June, 2013 - September, 2017); National Accounts Manager, AssetNation (November, 2011 - June, 2013); Territory Manager, IronPlanet (October, 2007 - November, 2011); National Accounts Manager, Siemens Energy (April, 2005 - July, 2006).  Volunteer Experience: Board Member, Salvation Army, Chartiers, PA. The Salvation Army (November, 2013 - Present).

Nate Jakway, CLFP, was promoted to Vice President, Equipment Finance, First American Equipment Finance, Rochester, New York. He joined the firm May, 2015, Assistant Vice President, Project Manager; promoted November, 2016, Assistant Vice President, Equipment Finance. Previously, he was Research Analyst, Jacques & Associates, Inc. (August, 2014 - December, 2014). Certifications: Certified Lease and Finance Professional, CLFP Foundation, April, 2017. Volunteer: Flower City Habitat for Humanity (July, 2015 - Present). Education: University of Rochester, Simon Business School, Master of Business Administration, MBA.  Dual Concentrations in Finance and Competitive Strategy. (2017 - 2019).  State University of New York, College at Geneseo.  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.). Economics and Political Science (2011 - 2015). Activities and Societies: Sigma Alpha Mu, Political Affairs Club, Model United Nations, Phi Alpha Delta, Phi Eta Sigm, Pi Sigma Alpha, Order of Omega.

John Pratt was hired as Central Regional Sales Manager, Translease, Inc. "(His)...territory includes eastern North Dakota over to Wisconsin and south to Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. We offer finance and lease packages for the end-user buyer as well as offering our products to truck and trailer dealers for their customers. We can also customize finance/lease packages for specialty market vendors and manufacturers who install their equipment on truck chassis or trailers." Previously, he was at Wells Fargo, starting April, 2002, as Vice President, Commercial Vehicle Group; promoted January, 2018, Vice President/Mid-West Region Manager, Dealer Sales. Education: Concordia College, Moorhead, MN. Bachelor of Business Administration. BBA, Finance (1980 - 1984).  Mayville, Portland High School (1976 - 1980.)

Jessica Nason was hired as Regional Manager, Summit Funding Group, Mason, Ohio.  She is located in Punta Gorda, Florida. "Her appointment reflects continued company-wide growth and an expansion of services for vendor and OEM partners,” according to Michael J. Fitzsimmons, General Manager of Summit’s Construction and Material Handling Division. “(She) Nason will work closely with growing vendors in the material handling and construction spaces throughout the country, spearheading partnerships and helping them achieve and exceed their business goals." Previously, she was Vice President of Sales, Centra Funding (July, 2018 - July, 2019); Senior Business Development Manager, Marlin Business Services Corp. (December, 2015 - May, 2018); Finance Manager, Direct Capital Corporation (May, 2004 - October, 2005); Principal Broker/Sales SellMyTimeshareNOW, LLC (January, 2008 - June, 2010).  Education: Southern New Hampshire University, Bachelor's Degree, Accounting and Business/Management.  York County Community College.  Associate's Degree. Business Administration and Management. General (2011 - 2012).

Jason "JD" Rake was promoted to Region Sales Manager, Imaging, GE Healthcare.  He is located in the Houston, Texas Area. He joined the firm September, 2016, as Sr. Account Manager. Previously, he was Vice President, Commercial Leasing Officer, Commerce Bank (May, 2015 - September, 2016); Senior Vice President, Equipment, GE Capital (November, 2011 - April, 2015); Territory Business Manager, Vistakon, Johnson & Johnson (October, 2010 - November, 2011); Wholesaler (Planco) Hartford Investments (January, 2007 - April, 2010); Business Development Manager, Echostar (June, 2003 - December, 2006). Education: The Ohio State University. Consumer Affairs, Business Marketing, Journalism & Communications (1998 - 2002).  Benet Academy (1994 - 1998).

Jenny Shotts, CFCM, was promoted to Senior Vice President, Federal Originations, Key Government Finance, San Manuel, Arizona. She joined the firm June, 2010, Senior Contracts Manager; promoted May, 2017, Vice President, Federal Originations. Previously, she was Contracts Administrator, Sierra Nevada Corporation (November, 2005 - March, 2010); Accounts Receivable, Finley Industries (November, 2004 - November, 2005); Licensing Response Specialist, Microsoft (April, 2002 - October, 2004); Industrial Staff Specialist, David H. Paul, Inc. (July, 2001 - March, 2002); Administrative Manager, RODI Systems Corp. (February, 2001 - July, 2001); Administrative Assistant, Johnson Controls (August, 1998 - January, 2001); Administrative Assistant, Contracts, PaciCorp (August, 1985 - July, 1998); Legal Assistant, Williams, Porter, Day & Neville, P.C. (July, 1979 - July, 1985). Licenses & Certifications: Certified Federal Contract Manager, National Contract Management Association (July, 2015) no Expiration Date; Associate's Certificate in Contract Management, ESI International/George Washington University. Issued, February, 2009. No Expiration Date.  Education: University of Phoenix, Colorado Campus. Bachelor's degree, Business Management, General (2009 - 2013).



Help Wanted


ELFA MLFI August Down 2 Percent from July
Up 3 Percent Year-to-Year

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The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s (ELFA) Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25)  showed their overall new business volume for August; up 3 percent year-over-year from new business volume in August 2018.

Receivables over 30 days were 2.0 percent, unchanged from the previous month and up from 1.90 percent the same period in 2018. Charge-offs were 0.42 percent, up from 0.37 percent the previous month, and up from 0.29 in the year-earlier period.

Credit approvals totaled 76.6 percent, up from 75.7 percent in July. Total headcount for equipment finance companies was down 2.1 percent year-over-year.


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SLIM Capital Reviews Some Deals
Shows Broker Deals Accomplished

$300,000 for Roll off Trucks and 20 Construction Containers

This client does land debris clearing and construction rubbish removal. After having built his fleet of containers and roll off trucks, he found himself having taken on large amounts of debt in a short period of time. This resulted in cash flows that did not support the proposed debt service coverage. We got creative by structuring payments that allowed the client to get the equipment he needed to support the continued work he is getting from the hurricane hit communities.

We're helping keep the streets clean!

$200,000 + $112,000 for Machine Shop Tools for Government Contractor

This company has several entities that offer various levels of engineering services to government entities. The issue is that the entity is largely owned by a tribal entity that is subject to sovereign nation laws. We were able to determine that the equipment would not be placed on sovereign land and got exempted from Sovereign nation laws, while offering $200,000 under our application only program followed by another $112,000 a month later with some light financials. All in all, we funded $312,000 for this tribal owned entity. 

$400,000 in Technology Equipment for an Off Site Data Center

This Digital effects studio needed additional server capability to handle the new production contracts they received for a new Netflix series. The challenge here was that they have a 49% silent investor that was not going to guaranty. We were able to fund $400,000 of server/tech equipment that was located in a data center in another state, without the investor's guaranty.

It's Showtime!

$75,000 Farm in a Freight Container (Start-Up)

This NEW hydroponic farm needed to buy a Freight Container to build a Growing Facility in order to supply organic fruits and vegetables to their clients. The client is a homeowner with good credit, so they qualified for our start up, NO COLLATERAL PROGRAM that requires a 20% down payment to get the payment into budget range.

We're keeping the greens growing!

Don’t forget our application only programs go up to $200,000:
    3 years TIB
    650+ FICO
    $500,000 with Light Financials
    $3,000,000 Full Financial Package
Call us to learn about others and see if we can help your clients!
SLIM Capital, LLC is a nationwide direct finance company that specializes in securing hard assets to structure financing transactions as well as Credit Based Financing Decisions. We consider equipment with a strong secondary market value, real estate and other assets that can be easily monetized as collateral. Give us a call or email us with any deals that you think might be a fit.

Shervin Rashti, CLFP
Direct: 310-499-2506 

Stephanie Cruz
Direct: 949-274-8958

Jeff Brannon
Direct: 949-981-0431

SLIM Capital, LLC
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The newly released Wealth-X report on the world's ultra-rich population reveals the countries home to the most individuals with a net worth of at least $30 million (UHNW). At the top of the list is the United States, where 81,340 ultra-rich people resided last year. In second place, but still a significant stretch behind, is China with 24,965. The U.S. also dominates of course, when it comes to the total wealth of these individuals. In 2018 this amounted to $9.8 trillion, compared to China's $3.8 trillion.

When looking at it in terms of UHNW people per million adults however, the top and the bottom of this ranking get flipped - The United States with 306 and Hong Kong at the top with 1,364. Smaller rich countries such as Switzerland and also then come into the mix, the former in second place with 848, and the latter in third with 699.

 By Martin Armstrong, Statista


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QuickBridge Releases eBook on the Impact
of Tariffs on U.S. Small Businesses

QuickBridge, a privately held, leading alternative lender offering small business loans nationwide, released an eBook on the impact recent tariffs have had on small businesses in the U.S.

QuickBridge’s “Tariffs and Small Businesses: Exploring the Real-World Implications of Recent Tariffs” presents survey results from 300 small business owners who were asked how recent tariffs affect their business from an economic perspective. QuickBridge presents these results and explores current ideology around tariffs and their overall economic impact in the eBook.

The eBook also discusses how small business owners can use financing as an effective tool for business change and limiting risk in the face of new tariffs.

Results from the survey reveal that recent tariffs are impacting sales for more than half of those polled. And it was also discovered that many small business owners increased prices as a result of tariffs. Most respondents also believe that tariffs will lead to price increases from their vendors.

All of this adds up to a situation in which most of those polled said they believe tariffs will have an impact on their growth strategies and nearly 50% think the tariffs have a negative effect on the economy. This is one issue where there is a strong divide, with more than 30% of respondents saying the tariffs will have a positive impact on the U.S. economy.

Ben Gold, President of QuickBridge, said, “While some small business owners polled seem to be adopting a ‘wait and see’ attitude, we’re finding that many are preparing now for another round of tariffs by taking out loans and reinvesting in their business. These results point to just how much uncertainty can stem from tariffs. Planning ahead can be tricky with small business owners so torn about how tariffs will impact their growth."
Download the eBook for the full results of the survey and a closer look at how tariffs impact small business owners.

About QuickBridge

Founded in 2011, QuickBridge is a leading alternative business lender providing short-term working capital to small to mid-sized businesses nationwide. The company emerged from the idea that America’s small business owners deserve a quick, simple, transparent solution for accessing working capital business funding. QuickBridge ranked two consecutive years on the Inc. 500 and is a Business Intelligence Group and Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) award winner. QuickBridge is a wholly-owned subsidiary of National Funding, with headquarters in Irvine, California and a satellite office in New York. For more information, visit our website at

Products offered by Quick Bridge Funding, LLC and affiliates are business loans only. The products are provided by third parties and subject to lender approval. Loans to customers in California are made or arranged pursuant to a California Finance Lenders Law License. License number: 603 J292.

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No Decline in Consumer Confidence reports Dr. Dan Geller
Contrary to Survey-Based Indices

Once again, the Money Anxiety Index was proven correct, when indicated that there was no change in the level of consumer confidence during the month of August, and in contrast to the leading survey-based consumer confidence indices that reported a big drop in confidence for August.

The August phenomenon strengthens Dr. Dan Geller's theory of money anxiety, which states that perception does not lead to recession unless followed by action. Thus, the reported decrease in survey-based indices was based on the perception of the respondents to the survey, who did not follow up on their reported perception with actual financial action. Hence, the increase in August retail sales.

August was a clear example of the difference in reliability between a behavior-based index, such as the Money Anxiety Index, and survey-based indices, which report a perception of respondents to the survey and not necessarily a reflection of their intent to alter their financial behavior. Thus, a behavior based index is much more stable and reliable and less volatile than any survey-based index.

The study on the Money Anxiety Index is published in the Journal of Applied Business and Economics, demonstrating how changes in the level of money anxiety cause consumers to modify their spending and savings habits. The Money Anxiety Index is objective vs. the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment survey, which is subjective, because it relies on what people think about the economy.

Prior to the Great Recession, the Money Anxiety Index showed how peoples' money anxiety was trending upwards starting in October of 2006; nearly 14 months before the official start of the Great Recession in December of 2007. The index went as high as 100.4 in the aftermath of the Great Recession, and has declined gradually to 43.6 in August of this year. Historically, the Money Anxiety Index fluctuated from a high of 135.3 during the recession of the early 1980s, to a low of 38.7 in the mid-1960s.

About Dr. Dan Geller
Dr. Dan Geller is a behavioral economist, who discovered the link between money anxiety and financial behavior. He is the developer of the theory of money anxiety and the Money Anxiety Index. Through his research firm, Analyticom, Dr. Geller provides banking executives with scientific forecasting and pricing models enabling them to improve financial performance. Dr. Geller is a frequent speaker and media guest. He appeared on national TV and radio, such as CNBC and Fox, and delivered the keynote address at the American Banker's Symposium. He is the author of the groundbreaking book on the impact of  Money Anxiety on the economy.

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Used Truck Prices Fell 1% Y/Y and Sales Dropped 19%
U.S. Trailer Net Orders Down 72% Y/Y and 51% YTD

COLUMBUS, IN – The average price of total used Class 8 trucks in August dipped 1% y/y, the first such decline since January 2018. Month-over-month, prices fell 3%, but longer-term, remained 7% higher year-to-date. Same-dealer sales rose 9% in August compared to July, but contracted 19% versus the first eight months of 2018, according to the latest release of the State of the Industry: U.S. Classes 3-8 Used Trucks, published by ACT Research. The report also indicated used Class 8 average miles increased slightly month-over-month, up 2%, and were down 1% year-to-date, while average age rose 1% compared to July and 4% on a year-to-date basis.

Steve Tam, Vice President at ACT Research, noted, “Dealers are reporting that used truck sales are not in the tank, but the prices for trucks have fallen and inventories are growing.

“This is not unexpected, as sales of new trucks have been barreling along, leading to many trade trucks coming to dealers.”

Tam concluded, “With lower truck values and growing inventories, many dealers have become much more conservative about what they will pay for trade-ins, while the rapid decrease in used truck values has caught some customers by surprise, as customers became used to receiving more for trucks in the last two years than what is normal.”

New US trailer orders of 14.8k were up 7% month-over-month, and after accounting for cancellations, net orders of 10.6k hit their second sequential increase in nine months, rising 2% from July, but down 72% compared to August of 2018. Year-to-date, however, net trailer orders are 51% below last year, according to this month’s issue of ACT Research’s State of the Industry: U.S. Trailer Report.

Frank Maly, Director–CV Transportation Analysis and Research at ACT Research, remarked, ““With 2020 order boards fully open, the dramatic lack of fleet interest continues to astound.

 “Uncertainty breeds inaction, and many factors are pushing fleets to observe the market from the sidelines. Poor financials, the result of lower freight demand and weak rates, portend a challenging financial road ahead, while more general economic uncertainties generate additional headwinds.”

Additionally, Maly said, “New orders are being placed at half the pace of January, while cancellations are nearly double the unit volume but more than three times the rate to the backlog of Q1. Fleets are unwilling to commit investment for next year, while still adjusting this year’s spending. Reports indicate that some orders were actually cancel/reorders, effectively pushing late ‘19 volume into next year, sometimes at OEM request.”

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Fernando's View
By Fernando F. Croce

Moody sci-fi (“Ad Astra”) and a trenchant biopic (“Loro”) come to theaters, while DVD releases include apocalyptic satire (“The Dead Don’t Die”), provocative comedy (“Bodied”), and a mischievous classic (“Cluny Brown”).

In theaters:

Ad Astra (Twentieth-Century Fox): Having recently explored the past, director James Gray (“The Lost City of Z”) heads for the future in this ambitious sci-fi mood piece, which has shades of “Interstellar” and “First Man.” The human center of its celestial vastness is Roy McBride (Brad Pitt), an astronaut whose new mission finds him leading a bold mission far into the solar system, tasked with installing an antenna made to investigate a mysterious surge emanating from Neptune. As with other recent space journeys, however, the celestial setting is only a backdrop for a search into the protagonist’s intimate emotions—namely the aloofness that has cost Roy his wife (Liv Tyler), and the possibility that his missing father (Tommy Lee Jones) is still alive. Vivid visuals and poignancy mingle in Gray’s grave space opera

Loro (Sundance Selects): Oscar-winning Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino (“The Great Beauty”) brings his approach of stylistic excess to a subject that warrants it, namely flamboyant former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. As portrayed with offbeat verve by Toni Servillo, Berlusconi is an outsized vulgarian high on bluff and power, seen at first through the eyes of an ambitious businessman named Sergio (Riccardo Scamarcio), who’s determined to make his way into the politician’s inner circle. As Berlusconi takes center stage in the later sequences, the film goes for an analysis of the unashamed corruption and increasing desperation that characterized his farce of a government. Long and complex with Italian history from the mid to late 2000s, Sorrentino’s film is frenetic yet visually engrossing, with trenchant connections to today’s political landscape. With subtitles.

Nextflix: The screenwriter behind many a Martin Scorsese classic, Mardik Martin (1936-2019) helped the great director fill the screen with grit and passion. So check out Netflix for his best films, which include “Mean Streets” (1973), “New York, New York” (1977), and “Raging Bull” (1980).


The Dead Don’t Die (Focus Features): Jim Jarmusch, the indie trailblazer behind deadpan classics like “Stranger Than Paradise” and “Dead Man,” tries his hand at the undead subgenre with this characteristically dry and pointed horror-comedy. Set in the fictitious, sleepy town of Centerville, it charts the ghoulish pandemonium that inexplicably begins to happen when a seemingly endless night brings out the zombie side of the local citizens. At its center are a duo of police officers, Cliff (Bill Murray) and Ronnie (Adam Driver), who gradually realize that the calls they’ve been getting amount to something much larger and more dangerous than their usual assignments. Portraying the mayhem by connecting a large ensemble of disparate characters (with a cast including Tilda Swinton and Steve Buscemi), Jarmusch’s satire has quite an apocalyptic bite.

Bodied (Neon Releases): The subculture of battle rap is turned upside down in this confrontational, kinetic spoof, which tackles racial issues in pop culture with a glee rare in modern movies. The setting, with its creatively profane showdowns between urban wordsmiths, fascinates main protagonist Adam (Calum Worthy), a straitlaced grad student working on his thesis. At first observing from the sidelines, he’s called upon to participate one night and, miraculously, discovers his skill at the hip-hop game. Befriending battle-rap champ Behn Grim (Jackie Long), Adam joins competitions and gains confidence, though the sharper his lyrics turn out, the meaner and more obsessive he becomes. A veteran of music videos, director Joseph Kahn brings visual vibrancy to the film’s musical duels. The results are raucous, messy, deliberately provocative, and rudely fun.

Cluny Brown (Criterion): A master of subtle comedy, legendary director Ernst Lubitsch (“Trouble in Paradise”) had his last completed film in this delectable 1946 comedy, set before WWII in London. Cluny (Jennifer Jones, in a marvelously mischievous performance) is a plumber’s niece sent to work as a parlor maid in order to learn about society rules. She ends up in a mansion belonging to Sir Henry (Reginald Owen), the perfect place to learn about the schism between thrilling spontaneity and the need to follow norms. Those two opposite poles are represented in the choices Cluny has for romance—Adam (Charles Boyer), the idiosyncratic refugee lounging as a houseguest, and the stable yet stuffy Jonathan (Richard Haydn). With his trademark light touch, Lubitsch offers a charming yet mellow burlesque of manners.



Labrador Retriever/Mix
Louisville, Kentucky  Adopt-a-Dog

Age: 10 months
Size: Medium
Color: Brown/White
Available by Appointment
Intake Date:  3/6/2019
Adoption Price: $165
Stage: Now Available

Meet Sally! Sally is a ten-month-old Labrador Retriever mix who came to the Kentucky Humane Society from an overcrowded shelter at four months old. When Sally arrived at KHS, she was very shy and reserved. We enrolled her into our Behavior Modification training program where she worked on confidence building and made great progress! Since Sally is overwhelmed in the shelter atmosphere, we sent her into a foster home where she can continue her progress while waiting for her forever home to come along. In her foster home, Sally is wonderful! Her foster mom says it takes a few weeks for Sally to become comfortable in a new environment but once she is, she could not be any sweeter. She follows cues from other dogs very well and would do best in a home with a calm, confident dog to show her the ropes. She does like to play rough so she would do best with a larger dog who likes to play too. Sally gets along well with older children, but gets unsettled by the amount of unexpected noise littler people make so she would be happier in a home with older or no children. Her foster family also says that Sally is completely house-trained and has never had an accident in their home. If you're looking for a sweet playmate for your furry friend, Sally might be the one for you! Sally is spayed, micro-chipped and up-to-date on all vaccinations.

Sally is a member of our adoption ambassador program. As part of our ambassador program, some of our feline and canine friends have the opportunity to live in foster homes. This allows our staff to learn more about each animal's individual personality and needs, while they are in a more comfortable living space, outside of the shelter setting. The goal of the Adoption Ambassador program is for these foster animals to be adopted directly from their foster home.

If you are interested in meeting Sally, please first submit an adoption application to our foster team by emailing Once we have received your adoption application, our team will provide you with more information.

30 Days Free Pet Health Insurance
Did you know that every Kentucky Humane Society adoptable dog and cat comes with 30 days of free health insurance through PetFirst Health Insurance? Ask an adoption counselor for details.

Kentucky Humane Society
1000 Lyndon Lane, Suite B
Louisville, Kentucky


Open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


October 24, 2019

Close to Being Sold Out!

Hard Rock Hotel
207 Fifth Avenue
San Diego, California 92101
This chic, rock 'n' roll-themed hotel is 6 minutes' walk from the lively Gaslamp Quarter, and a mile from shopping and eateries in Seaport Village

At the Hard Rock in San Diego, deBanked will bring together brokers, funders, and folks from the MCA and small business lending industry for an evening of education, networking, and cocktails.

This is a half-day event.

These U.S. deBanked Connect events have a reputation for selling out early, as attendance is set at a limited number.

Don’t wait!

General Information:



News Briefs----

Boeing’s 737 Max Flight Tests Underestimated Risks
"how a human pilot would react to warning indicators"

The World’s Oceans Are in Danger,
   Major Climate Change Report Warns




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You looked far too long at the base coach's face.
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You step in the box and shuffle your feet.
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     1514 - The Spanish crown granted explorer Juan Ponce de Leon the title Military Governor of Bimini (an island in the Bahamas) and Florida. With this title and the implied permission it contained to colonize those regions, Ponce de Leon sailed for Florida in 1521.
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    1722 - Birthday of Samuel Adams (d. 1803), Boston.  Revolutionary War leader and Massachusetts state politician, cousin to President John Adams. As a delegate to the First and Second Continental Congresses, Adams urged a vigorous stand against England. He signed the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation and supported the war for independence. Adams served as lieutenant governor of Massachusetts under John Hancock from 1789 to 1793 and then as governor until 1797.
    1777 – British Gen. Howe occupied Philadelphia after defeating Gen. Washington in the Battle of Germantown.
    1784 - The Protestant Episcopal Church in the U.S. was founded, following the American Revolutionary War, when U.S. Anglicans met in Philadelphia to create a denomination independent from and autonomous of the Church of England. “When the war broke out and independence was declared, a number of the clergy went back to England, leaving their parishes vacant, but many, especially in the southern states, remained and upheld the American cause. A large majority of the laymen were patriots.” Two-thirds of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were Episcopalians. The churches, having their support largely withdrawn by the Venerable Society, became very weak. In Massachusetts during the war only two churches were kept open.
    1809 - Birthday of Raphael Semmes (d. 1877), born at St. Charles County, MD. Daring Confederate naval officer, best known for his incredible raids on Union merchant ships during the middle two years of the Civil War. As commander of the “Alabama,” he captured, sank or burned 82 Union ships valued at more than $6,000,000 at the time.
    1816 - A black frost over most of New England kills unripe corn in the north, resulting in a year of famine.
    1840  - Thomas Nast (d. 1902) birthday at Landau, Germany.  American political cartoonist best known for his cartoons attacking New York's Tweed ring.
    1840 - Rear Admiral (Ret.) Alfred Thayer Mahan, America's foremost naval strategist and the world's greatest authority on sea power, was born at West Point, NY.  His father was D. H. Mahan, an eminent Professor of Engineering at the United States Military Academy.  The Navy Department issued this tribute (excerpted) upon his death in 1914:  "Admiral Mahan became famous as an author and historian in the early nineties, when his books…were published…These books were classics…and were widely read throughout the world… In England and Germany…they received the highest commendation, and in every country possessing a navy, they became veritable text books in naval strategy… His death will cause international regret not only because of the high esteem in which he is held in every country of the world interested in naval affairs, but also because of the fact that his death leaves a void among naval and political authorities of the world that no author and writer can fill."   
    1863 - General Jo Shelby's Calvary in action at Moffat's Station, Arkansas.  In the fall of 1863, Shelby led his "Iron Brigade" of Missouri volunteers on what was, at the time, the longest cavalry raid of the war, Shelby’s Raid. Between September 22 and November 3, 1863, Shelby's brigade traveled 1,500 miles through Missouri, inflicting over 1,000 casualties on Union forces and capturing or destroying an estimated $2 million worth of federal supplies and property. He was promoted to brigadier general on December 15, 1863, following the successful conclusion of his raid.
    1864 - A guerilla band led by William "Bloody Bill" Anderson sacks the town of Centralia, Missouri, killing 22 unarmed Union soldiers before massacring 120 pursuing Yankees. The Civil War in Missouri and Kansas was rarely fought between regular armies in the field. It was carried out primarily by partisan bands of guerilla fighters, and the atrocities were nearly unmatched. In 1863, Confederate marauders sacked Lawrence, Kansas, and killed 250 residents. 
    1904 - Birthday of Frieda Barkin Hennock (d. 1960), Kovel, then in the Russian Empire, now in Ukraine.  She is credited as the most responsible for the creation of Public television. An attorney, she was the first woman appointed to the Federal Communications Commission (1948-55). She campaigned hard to get TV channels set aside for educational purposes while the men of the commission thought it nonsense. She wanted a minimum of 500 TV channels set aside for educational purposes and finally got the FCC commissioners to set aside 242, the birth of the PBS network.
    1912 – W.C. Handy publishes “Memphis Blues.” Although others believe it to be the first blues song published, it was not. It was the first blues Handy ever wrote. Many consider it to be the first blues song in history, although due to Handy's problems finding a publisher, it was preceded in print by “Baby Seals Blues” by Artie Matthews, in August, 1912, and “The Dallas Blues” by Hart A. Wand in September of the same year. Handy's song had been released as an instrumental in 1910.
(This is one of my favorite albums of all time:
“Louis Armstrong plays W.C. Handy “
(Whenever I am in San Antonio, Texas, I close this place down and am one of the last to leave. As soon as the conference allows, here I am at the Jim Cullum's Landing:
    1916 – The first Native American Day was celebrated, honoring American Indians, when New York’s governor set the second Saturday in May for the observance.  In many parts of the U.S., Native American Day is celebrated on the fourth Friday in September. Although not a national holiday, Native American Day is a time set aside by individual states to honor, recognize, and appreciate the rich cultural heritage and significant contributions of the indigenous people in their respective states.
    1918 - Battle of Cambrai—Saint Quentin. British General Sir Douglas Haig moved his armies toward Cambrai and St. Quentin as part of four major efforts to break the Hindenburg line in the German salient that extended from Verdun to the sea. To the south, the New Zealand and Canadian divisions smashed through the Hindenburg line on Oct 6. German General Erich Ludendorff resigned Oct 16, and the line was taken between Oct 18 and 20.
    1918 - TURNER, WILLIAM B., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army 105th Infantry, 27th Division. Place and date: Near Ronssoy, France, 27 September 1918. Entered service at: Garden City, N.Y. Birth: Boston, Mass. G.O. No.: 81, W.D., 1919. Citation: He led a small group of men to the attack, under terrific artillery and machinegun fire, after they had become separated from the rest of the company in the darkness. Single-handed he rushed an enemy machinegun which had suddenly opened fire on his group and killed the crew with his pistol. He then pressed forward to another machinegun post 25 yards away and had killed 1 gunner himself by the time the remainder of his detachment arrived and put the gun out of action. With the utmost bravery he continued to lead his men over 3 lines of hostile trenches, cleaning up each one as they advanced, regardless of the fact that he had been wounded 3 times, and killed several of the enemy in hand-to-hand encounters. After his pistol ammunition was exhausted, this gallant officer seized the rifle of a dead soldier, bayoneted several members of a machinegun crew, and shot the other. Upon reaching the fourth-line trench, which was his objective, 1st Lt. Turner captured it with the 9 men remaining in his group and resisted a hostile counterattack until he was finally surrounded and killed. 
    1919 – Babe Ruth hit his record 29TH home run of the season, his first in Washington.  He thus became the first Major Leaguer to hit one in every park in the league in one season.
    1920 - Birthday of William Conrad (d. 1994) at Louisville, KY.  Actor, best known for his roles in the TV series “Cannon” and “Jake and the Fat Man.” He also was the voice of Matt Dillion, “Gunsmoke” on radio for eleven years,, narrated “Rocky and Bullwinkle,” was outstanding in the movie “The Killers.” Also was a television director for such shows as “Gunsmoke,” “Naked City” and “Route 66.”
    1921 - Birthday of famed comedian Melvin “Slappy” White (d. 1995), Baltimore, MD,+Slappy
    1922 - Birthday of writer Nat Shapiro (d. 1983), New York City, NY

    1923 - Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees hit the first home run of his career against pitcher Bill Piercy of the Boston Red Sox. On the same date fifteen years later, he hit his 493d and last home run against Dutch Leonard of the Washington Senators.
    1924 - Birthday of bop pianist/composer Bud Powell (d. 1996), Harlem, NYC.
    1925 - In a doubleheader split with the Boston Braves in St. Louis, Cards’ player-manager, Rogers Hornsby, hit his 38th and 39th home runs of the year, along with a single, double, and triple to push his average to .403. In batting practice the next day, Hornsby fouled a ball off his foot splitting his toenail, forcing him out of the lineup for the remainder of the season. The Rajah called reporters into the clubhouse to view his bloody toe, "because some of those in the East may say I'm stallin' because I want to save my .400 average." Hornsby is the only player-manager to win the Triple Crown, which he did by topping .400 for the 3rd time in four years, while his 39 home runs and 143 RBI are National league records. His .756 slugging average was the NL record until topped by Barry Bonds in 2001.
    1927 - Birthday of trumpet player Red Rodney, born Robert Roland Chudnick (d. 1994), Philadelphia, PA
    1928 - For a remarkable 2nd time in five weeks, Lefty Grove struck out three batters on nine pitches. Not until Jim Bunning in 1959, did another American League hurler strike out the side on nine pitches.
    1930 - Hack Wilson of the Chicago Cubs hit two home runs, giving him 56 for the year.
    1931 – Lou Gehrig homered to tie Babe Ruth at 46. Gehrig drove in two runs as he (184) and Ruth (163) combine to drive in 347 runs for the year, the most productive duo in history. Bill Dickey had four hits and ended the year with no passed balls, the only American League catcher to do so, while the Yankees are the only AL team to ever accomplish the feat.
    1931 - The most hotly contested battle for individual honors took place in the race for the National League batting title.  Chick Hafey went into the final doubleheader with the Reds batting .353, four points over Bill Terry. Hafey had only two hits in eight times at bat to drop to .349. Terry got only one hit in four times at bat. The title went to Hafey, .3488 to Terry's .3486. Jim Bottomley, Hafey's teammate, finished at .3481.
    1936 – Denver, CO had 21.3 inches in a 60-hour storm
    1938 - Clarinet virtuoso Artie Shaw recorded the song that would become his theme song. “Nightmare” was waxed on the Bluebird Jazz label.
    1938 - "Thanks for the Memory" was heard for the first time on "The Bob Hope Show" -- on the NBC Red radio network. His first band leader was Skinnay Ennis.
    1939 - Birthday of Kathrynne Ann (Kathy) Whitworth, famed golfer, born Monahans, TX. One of the top golfers of all times, she was the all-time leading money winner on the woman's pro golf circuit when she retired after a 30-years career. She was the first to win more than $1 million in a year. She served as president of the Ladies Professional Golf Association. She won the LPGA player of the year title seven times. Whitworth was inducted into the LPGA Hall of Fame in 1975, the World Golf Hall of Fame and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1982, and the International Women s Sports Hall of Fame in 1984.
    1939 - 140,000 Polish troops are taken prisoner by the German invaders as Warsaw surrenders to the superior mechanized forces of Hitler's army. The Poles fought bravely, but were able to hold on for only 26 days. On the heels of its victory, the Germans began a systematic program of terror, murder, and cruelty, executing members of Poland's middle and upper classes: Doctors, teachers, priests, landowners, and businessmen were rounded up and killed. The Nazis had given this operation the benign-sounding name "Extraordinary Pacification Action." The Roman Catholic Church, too, was targeted, because it was a possible source of dissent and counterinsurgency. In one west Poland church diocese alone, 214 priests were shot. And hundreds of thousands more Poles were driven from their homes and relocated east, as Germans settled in the vacated areas. This was all part of a Hitler master plan. Back in August, Hitler warned his own officers that he was preparing Poland for that "which would not be to the taste of German generals"--including the rounding up of Polish Jews into ghettos, a prelude to their liquidation. All roads were pointing to Auschwitz.
    1939 – Major League Baseball’s first day-night doubleheader saw the host Chicago White Sox swept by the Cleveland Indians, 5-2 and 7-5.
    1942 - What was greatly instrumental in World War II was such events like this. The first ship completed in less than two weeks was the “Joseph H. Teal,” built by Henry John Kaiser's Oregon Shipbuilding Corporation at Portland, OR. It made a trial run on September 27, 1942, and was turned over to the Maritime Commission 13 days, 23.5 hours after the laying of the keel. The previous record had been 29 days. Speedy construction of ships was essential to American efforts in World War II
    1942 - Just after leaving CBS radio, Glenn Miller led his civilian band for the last time at the Central Theatre in beautiful Passaic, NJ. Miller had volunteered for wartime duty.
    1942 - MUNRO, DOUGLAS ALBERT, Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Signalman First Class, U.S. Coast Guard Born: 11 October 1919, Vancouver, British Columbia. Accredited to Washington. Citation: For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous gallantry m action above and beyond the call of duty as Petty Officer in Charge of a group of 24 Higgins boats, engaged in the evacuation of a battalion of marines trapped by enemy Japanese forces at Point Cruz Guadalcanal, on 27 September 1942. After making preliminary plans for the evacuation of nearly 500 beleaguered marines, Munro, under constant strafing by enemy machineguns on the island, and at great risk of his life, daringly led 5 of his small craft toward the shore. As he closed the beach, he signaled the others to land, and then in order to draw the enemy's fire and protect the heavily loaded boats, he valiantly placed his craft with its 2 small guns as a shield between the beachhead and the Japanese. When the perilous task of evacuation was nearly completed, Munro was instantly killed by enemy fire, but his crew, 2 of whom were wounded, carried on until the last boat had loaded and cleared the beach. By his outstanding leadership, expert planning, and dauntless devotion to duty, he and his courageous comrades undoubtedly saved the lives of many who otherwise would have perished. He gallantly gave his life for his country. 
    1945 - FIELDS, JAMES H., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 10th Armored Infantry, 4th Armored Division. Place and date: Rechicourt, France, 27 September 1944. Entered service at: Houston, Tex. Birth: Caddo, Tex. G.O. No.: 13, 27 February 1945. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty, at Rechicourt, France. On 27 September 1944, during a sharp action with the enemy infantry and tank forces, 1st Lt. Fields personally led his platoon in a counterattack on the enemy position. Although his platoon had been seriously depleted, the zeal and fervor of his leadership was such as to inspire his small force to accomplish their mission in the face of overwhelming enemy opposition. Seeing that 1 of the men had been wounded, he left his slit trench and with complete disregard for his personal safety attended the wounded man and administered first aid. While returning to his slit trench he was seriously wounded by a shell burst, the fragments of which cut through his face and head, tearing his teeth, gums, and nasal passage. Although rendered speechless by his wounds, 1st Lt. Fields refused to be evacuated and continued to lead his platoon by the use of hand signals. On 1 occasion, when 2 enemy machineguns had a portion of his unit under deadly crossfire, he left his hole, wounded as he was, ran to a light machinegun, whose crew had been knocked out, picked up the gun, and fired it from his hip with such deadly accuracy that both the enemy gun positions were silenced. His action so impressed his men that they found new courage to take up the fire fight, increasing their firepower, and exposing themselves more than ever to harass the enemy with additional bazooka and machinegun fire. Only when his objective had been taken and the enemy scattered did 1st Lt. Fields consent to be evacuated to the battalion command post. At this point he refused to move further back until he had explained to his battalion commander by drawing on paper the position of his men and the disposition of the enemy forces. The dauntless and gallant heroism displayed by 1st Lt. Fields were largely responsible for the repulse of the enemy forces and contributed in a large measure to the successful capture of his battalion objective during this action. His eagerness and determination to close with the enemy and to destroy him was an inspiration to the entire command, and are in the highest traditions of the U.S. Armed Forces. 
    1947 - Jazz at the Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, New York City, records “Perdido,” starting series of live jazz record performances.
    1952 - "I Went to Your Wedding" by Patti Page topped the charts and stayed there for 10 weeks
    1953 - Top Hits 
“No Other Love” - Perry Como 
“Vaya Con Dios” - Les Paul & Mary Ford 
“Crying in the Chapel” - June Valli 
“A Dear John Letter” - Jean Shepard & Ferlin Huskey
    1954 - "The Tonight Show" premieres on the NBC network. Prior to this, it was a New York-only late night show with many hosts ranging from early vaudeville comedians to Ernie Kovacs. Steve Allen hosted the late-night program which began as a local New York show on WNBT-TV in June, 1953. “Tonight” became a launching pad for Steve and hundreds of guests, including Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme. Skitch Henderson and orchestra provided the music. Ernie Kovacs was the host from 1956 until 1957. Steve Allen served as host from 1954-57. He followed the format of an opening monologue, games or segments from the studio audience, played his piano, and then did interviews behind a simple desk and couch set. Jack Paar hosted from 1957-62 and many a night I did not go to bed until after it was over, including when Johnny Carson reigned as the king of comedy from 1962-92, quite a long run. Comedian Jay Leno, twice around Conan O’Brien, has been followed by current host Jimmy Fallon.
    1958 - Hurricane Helene passed just off the North Carolina coast. Wilmington had a wind gust of 135 mph. and recorded 8.9 inches of rain. Cape Fear was battered by sustained winds of 125 mph with gusts to 155 mph. The eye remained 20 miles offshore and thus tides were not excessive. Total damage was 11 million.
    1961 - Top Hits 
“Take Good Care of My Baby” - Bobby Vee 
“The Mountain's High” - Dick & DeeDee 
“Crying” - Roy Orbison 
“Walk on By” - Leroy Van Dyke
    1961 – Sandy Koufax fanned seven Phillies to set a NL record for strikeouts in a season: 269. This surpassed Christy Mathewson’s 267, which was accomplished in 367 innings pitched, as opposed to Koufax's remarkable 255. After years of wildness and ineffectiveness, this is Koufax’s first of dominance that will take him through the 1966 season and into the Hall of Fame.
    1962 - After a concert that featured folk music at Carnegie Hall, The New York Times gave a glowing review in a story about "Bob Dylan: A Distinctive Folk Song Stylist."
    1963 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Blue Velvet," Bobby Vinton. The song comes from a Vinton album in which all the songs have the word "blue" in their titles.
    1964 - The Warren Commission issued a report stating that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov 22,1963. Congress reopened the investigation and, in 1979, the House Select Committee on Assassinations issued a report stating a conspiracy was most likely involved. The Warren Report stated there was no conspiracy, either domestic or international, in the assassination, and that Lee Harvey Oswald alone was responsible for it. The report found also that Jack Ruby, convicted murderer of Oswald, had had no prior contact with Oswald.
    1964 - California surf-rock band, The Beach Boys, make their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show singing "I Get Around.”
    1966 - In San Francisco, the Four Tops with Johnny Talbot and De Thanks opened at Fillmore Auditorium.
    1969 - Santana's self-titled debut album enters the LP chart. The double-platinum album contains the top-10 hit, "Evil Ways."
    1969 - CCR's "Green River" peaks at #2 on the singles chart.
    1970 - “Round and round and round it goes and where it stops, nobody knows.” Ted Mack said, “Good night from Geritol” for the last time. After 22 years on television, the curtain closed on "The Original Amateur Hour" on CBS. The show had been on ABC, NBC, CBS and originated on the Dumont Television Network.
    1970 - Afternoon highs of 103 degrees at Long Beach, CA, and 105 degrees at the Los Angeles Civic Center were the hottest since September records were established in 1963. Fierce Santa Ana winds accompanying the extreme heat resulted in destructive fires.
    1973 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "We're an American Band," Grand Funk. The single is pressed on gold-colored vinyl.
    1975 - "I'm Sorry" by John Denver topped the charts and stayed there for a week.
    1977 - Top Hits 
“Best of My Love” - Emotions 
“Don't Stop” - Fleetwood Mac 
“Keep It Comin' Love” - KC & The Sunshine Band 
“I've Already Loved You in My Mind” - Conway Twitty
    1979 - Blondie release "Eat To The Beat." The LP contains the single "Dreaming."
    1980 - Paul Simon's "Late in the Evening" peaks at #6 on the pop chart.
    1980 - David Bowie's "Scary Monsters and Super Creeps" peaks at #12 on the LP chart.
    1984 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Let's Go Crazy," Prince & the Revolution. The song is the second No. 1 hit from Prince's film "Purple Rain."
    1985 - Hurricane Gloria passed over the Hatteras Weather Service office on the outer banks. Gloria then raced north-northeastward and made landfall near Fire Island and then crossed Connecticut coastline very close to Bridgeport, CT. Winds gusted to 115 mph on Long Island, 109 at Chatham, MA and 100 mph at the Blue Hill Observatory in Milton, MA. 8 fatalities occurred and total damage was around $1 billion. Many people in Connecticut were without power for up to 2 weeks.
    1985 - A record early season snowstorm struck the central high plains with up to 19 inches of snow along the Colorado Front Range and as much as a foot of snow in the plains. Denver had a morning low on the 28th of 17, the lowest ever for September. Grand Island, NE had 2 inches of snow on the 28th, the earliest ever on record a record early season snowstorm struck the central high plains with up to 19 inches of snow along the Colorado Front Range and as much as a foot of snow in the plains. Denver had a morning low on the 28th of 17, the lowest ever for September. Grand Island, NE had 2 inches of snow on the 28th, the earliest ever on record
    1986 - Lionel Richie's "Dancing on the Ceiling" was the #1 U.S. LP. The tracks: "Dancing on the Ceiling", "Se La", "Ballerina Girl", "Don't Stop", "Deep River Woman", "Love Will Conquer All", "Tonight Will Be Alright", "Say You, Say Me" and "Night Train (Smooth Alligator)". "Dancing on the Ceiling" was the number one album for two weeks.
    1986 - The Beatles' "Twist and Shout" re-enters the pop singles chart after being heard in the films "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "Back To School."
    1986 - "Walk This Way" by Run-D.M.C. and Aerosmith peaks at #4 on the singles chart.
    1989 - Freezing temperatures were reported in the Great Lakes Region and the Ohio Valley. Houghton Lake, MI reported a record low of 21 degrees. Thunderstorms in the western U.S. produced wind gusts to 50 mph at Salt Lake City, UT, and gusts to 58 mph at Cody, WY.
    1996 - Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants stole his 40th base of the year in a game against the Colorado Rockies to become only the second player in Major League history to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in the same season. Jose Canseco, the original member of the 40-40 club, achieved the feat in 1988. Bonds finished the year with 42 home runs and 40 steals.
    1999 - Tiger Stadium closed after 87 years as home of baseball's Detroit Tigers.  The Tigers are the longest-surviving of the original American League teams from 1901 that has not moved from its charter city.
    2000 - The United States Olympic team, managed by former Dodger skipper Tommy Lasorda, stuns the world beating the much-favored Cuban team to win the country's first gold medal in its national pastime. Ben Sheets ends Cuba's 21-game Olympic winning streak with 4-0 shutout.
    2003 - Cubs' slugger Sammy Sosa blasts his 40th home run to establish a National League record by reaching the plateau for the sixth consecutive season. The Chicago right fielder, who had previously been tied with Ralph Kiner and Duke Snider, needs another season of at least 40 homers to equal Babe Ruth's Major League mark of seven seasons set from 1926 to 1932.
    2012 - Curiosity, the Mars rover, discovered what could be determined as direct evidence of a fast-moving stream bed, a prior water source, on Mars.



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