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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Today's Leasing News Headlines

Email from Former Employee Asking for Help
    Company Name Deleted by Leasing News
Signs of an Imminent Layoff
    Career Crossroads---By Emily Fitzpatrick/RII
Bad Guys: Companies who utilize Evergreen Clauses
    for Extra Lease Payments
Leasing Industry Ads
    ---Help Wanted
Nothing Happens Until...
    Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP
88% of Small Businesses Have Exhausted Their PPP Funds
     By Caity Roach, Contributing Editor, Main Street Monday
Countries with the Most COVID-19 Cases
    Total Number of Confirmed COVID-19 cases by country
Official Notice of Meeting of
    The National Equipment Finance Association
Mix Retriever
    San Francisco SPCA   San Francisco, California
National Equipment Finance Association Thursday, Sept. 17
    Collections and Repossessions
      – When to Collect and When to Repossess
  2:00PM EST Panel Discussion/Farewell remarks by Michael Toglia
News Briefs---
Two disasters are threatening the US today
  Along Gulf Coast and US West Coast
7 coronavirus-related deaths
    now connected to Maine wedding
If FedEx Is Hiring 70,000 Workers,
     Then E-Commerce Will Rule the Holidays?
Illinois marijuana tax revenues soar
   August receipts jumped 38%

You May have Missed---
We mailed 100 letters to test the Postal Service
   The verdict: Spotty at best, dismal at worst

Broker/Funder/Industry Lists | Features (wrilter's columns)
Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months (Be Careful of Doing Business)
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  Sports Brief----
   California Nuts Brief---
    "Gimme that Wine"
     This Day in History
       Daily Puzzle
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Email from Former Employee Asking for Help
Company Name Deleted by Leasing News

(not edited, received August, 2020)

I am sending you this email anonymously as I don’t want to be singled out by ***** or any future employer. I hope you can stick up for the honest and hardworking people in our industry to give us a voice against this deep pocketed, evil employer who is attempting to ruin and punish their past employees who simply did their job and did it well.

I worked for****** for many years. I was always a top producer and never once missed my sales quota even during COVID-19. I was always publicly praised, won sales contests, presidents club every year, along with other accomplishments rewarding and recognizing the best employees in the company. I honored my responsibility as an employee.

Last month I was fired. The company failed me; I did not fail *******. 

This past week I received a letter from *******'s lawyer (name with telephone number and email address). Please contact him to verify this and to get *****'s side of the story)

In the letter I was falsely accused of soliciting ******'s past customers. I am still unemployed and have not made a single call to any past customers. In this letter, I was threatened with legal action if I did not contact their lawyer by ****** at 5:00pm to promise I would not solicit my past customers. In this letter, they referenced another leasing company with whom I am interviewing, and they even sent them a copy of this demand letter. I am certain ***** just cost me a job offer with this new employer. 

I have been talking to several ex ***** reps and they, too, were sent the same threatening legal letter. Several were getting out of the industry and are still unemployed yet they were also accused of soliciting past customers. We have contacted a few law firms in ******, and we feel we have a good chance of winning a class action lawsuit against ***** for their reckless and false accusations. We were all fired for no cause. We were all performing the duties outlined in our employment agreement and we were all achieving our sales quotas. For ***** to not only terminate our employment without cause,  then attempt to prohibit us from working in this industry. and to contact future potential employers is damaging and wrong. How am I to provide for my family, how am I going to pay my bills and how am I going to continue with a career in
the industry?

(There are more emails asking for help and advice. The person is scared.  A recent email:)

Yes, please forward this email to ****** as I would like his opinion.

I just learned that one of my ex ***** coworkers who also received this threatening letter, quit his new job that he started on Monday because he was scared of being sued.

This is not right. ****** let all of us go, terminated our employment and took from us all the hard work we did over the last 5-10 years and then turned around and threatened to sue us.




Signs of an Imminent Layoff
Career Crossroads---By Emily Fitzpatrick/RII

Question: If a layoff is imminent with my current employer, are there signs I should be looking for?

Answer: A layoff is different from being let go (“fired”) for under performance. If you are performing well and there are rumblings of a merger / acquisition or downsizing, you must be prepared. Number One Rule – “Avoid putting your head in the sand.” For example, (1) when a company merges, the elimination of duplicate employees is a TOP priority (2) If you hear the word “restructuring” that is a pretty good indication that there will be layoffs (3) additionally, an infusion of “new blood’ is typically accompanied by a decision to purge the “old blood!”

You have seen how COVID-19 has affected several companies. It should be noted many are also doing very well under the circumstances that Leasing News has written about.

It is my experience in today’s environment: continued employment no longer depends on loyalty – any employee can be laid off at any time! Your ability to keep yourself employed will depend upon your ability to see “the writing on the wall,”  your ability to accept facts about today’s work environment, an openness / willingness to consider other career opportunities / employers,  and your ability to deliver results under changing market conditions.

Accept the fact that you will not work for one employer for the bulk of your career – this is no longer viable. Look at the Leasing News Weekly “New Hires--Promotions” and note how many changes a person goes through during a career; many from companies being acquired or merged as well as being affected by the COVID-19 economy.

Again, continued employment no longer depends on company loyalty - be prepared and ask yourself where would a layoff leave you?

Make sure you are continuously assessing the health of your employer so you will have the chance to make informed decisions about the kinds of changes you must make. Sometimes looking for another career opportunity (or being open to exploring) before the ax falls is the BEST course of action. Get a hold of a recruiter who can assist you in your potential career move.

Best advice - keep your eyes and ears open - remember to be loyal to yourself and your family first and foremost!

Emily Fitzpatrick
Sr. Recruiter
Recruiters International, Inc.
Phone:  954-885-9241
Cell:  954-612-0567
Invite me to connect on LinkedIn
Also follow us on Twitter #RIIINFO

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Leasing Industry Help Wanted



Bad Guys: Companies who utilize Evergreen Clauses
for Extra Lease Payments

These companies use language in their lease documents regarding nesday Leasingpurchase options to confuse, perhaps to deceive, resulting in an automatic continuation for an additional twelve months of payments. Often, they win transactions with lower monthly payments as the lessee does not carefully read and prepare for the end-of-lease notification requirement (many are on ACH payments).

Several have continuation of payments and the requirement of replacing the equipment for a new lease. Leasing News has had complaints involving companies who invoke the twelve months on a $1.00 purchase option, as well as on an Equipment Finance Agreements.

Complaints on Extra Payments

ACC Capital, Midvale, Utah
De Lage Landen, Wayne, Pennsylvania
IFC Credit, Morton Grove, Illinois
Jules and Associates, Los Angeles, California
LEAF Financial Group
, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Marlin Business Leasing, Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Marquette Equipment Finance, Midvale, Utah
Mazuma Capital Corporation, Draper, Utah
Onset Financial, South Jordan, Utah
Pacific Western Equipment Finance, Cottonwood Heights, Utah
Republic Bank, Bountiful, Utah
Tetra Financial Group, Salt Lake City, Utah
Winthrop Resources, Minnetonka, Minnesota

Full Posting:

Companies who notify lessee in advance of lease expiration



Nothing Happens Until...

Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP

Originators in the commercial equipment leasing and finance industry are the spark that starts the process. There are no credit decisions to be made, documents to be prepared, or transactions to be funded until the originator goes out and finds an opportunity. Nothing happens until the originator does his job and finds the "right" opportunity for his company to fund. Originators are responsible each day to keep the funnel full.

It is an awesome responsibility to be the foundation, the starting block, the creator of business. As an originator, your company, your partners, your end-users, and your vendors are depending upon you to bring your "A" game every day. There are no excuses; you are judged by your results and your continuous ability to create.

The last few months have further distinguished top producers from average producers. Top producers are working harder and smarter than ever. They are totally focused on originating transactions and are not distracted by all the noise. Top producers are:

  • Focused on what works in their prospecting efforts
  • Setting realistic goals and expectations that must be met to maintain their volume requirements and incomes
  • Quickly pre-qualifying potential clients to save time and energy
  • Clearly stating their capabilities and requirements
  • Exploring new opportunities that align with today's market and today's capabilities
  • Thinking and acting boldly to build a foundation for future business
  • Focused on success

Nothing happens until the originator picks up the phone and sells aggressively to the "right" vendors and end-users. Nothing happens until the originator convinces a potential client that his services are superior, because of what he brings to the process. Nothing happens until you, as an originator, want success more than your competitor.

Order via Amazon:  

Scott A. Wheeler, CLFP
Wheeler Business Consulting
1314 Marquis Ct.
Fallston, Maryland 21047
Phone: 410 877 0428
Fax: 410 877 8161

Sales Makes it Happen articles:


88% of Small Businesses Have Exhausted Their PPP Funds
By Caity Roach, Contributing Editor, Main Street Monday

According to a new survey conducted by Goldman Sachs, 88% of the small business owners say they have already exhausted their federal funding and 32% have now been forced to lay off employees or cut wages.

Here are the highlights from the study:

  • Nearly three-quarters of the 860 small businesses surveyed say they are fully open, up from just 39% in April and 53% in May.
  • 25% of small businesses say that the pandemic has greatly hurt their finances, down from 33% in April.
  • 36% of businesses surveyed say that if no new funding comes from Congress soon they will have to lay off workers or cut back hours.
  • The 65% of owners who believe their business will survive is the lowest percentage recorded in the survey thus far, down from 73% in July and 68% in April.
  • Data from the survey shows that Black-owned businesses are facing more struggles. 43% say that their business’s cash reserves will be depleted by year-end if Congress does not act in September (compared to 30% of respondents overall) and 31% say less than a quarter of their pre-COVID revenue has returned (compared to the 16% of respondents overall).

“Small business owners have made their position clear — they need more legislative support and there is no time to waste,” says a Goldman Sachs spokesperson. However, last Thursday, the Senate voted down a COVID-19 relief bill that would have allowed struggling businesses to obtain a second draw PPP loan. As negotiations surrounding the economic relief package become more partisan, many small business owners fear that additional federal funding may not come until after the November 3rd election.

Originally appeared in "Main Street Monday"
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By Martin Armstrong, Statista



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

Official Notice of Meeting of
The National Equipment Finance Association

Dear Members of National Equipment Finance Association (“NEFA”):
Notice is hereby given that there will be a meeting of the Members of NEFA held virtually, on October 15, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

  • The purpose of the meeting is to serve as the Annual Meeting as required by the NEFA Bylaws.

During this meeting, the Members will have an opportunity to connect virtually, receive updates from NEFA, and be advised of the newly elected Directors and Officers.

  • Since the NEFA Annual Meeting will be held virtually the process to vote for new Directors and Officers has also gone digital. On October 1st, each member company will receive one email and ballot from the NEFA Nominating Committee via DocuSign labeled NEFA Ballot 2020.  This will provide an opportunity for you to vote electronically. The voting period will be open from October 1st – October 13th. All ballots will expire on October 14th.
  • Once the voting period is closed, the NEFA Legal Committee will tabulate the results.
  • On October 15th, the results of the election will be shared by the NEFA Nominating Committee Chair.

If you have any questions, please contact Chad Sluss, NEFA Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, at or by phone 616-204-9599.
Chad Sluss
Executive Director / Chief Executive Officer
National Equipment Finance Association

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




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San Francisco SPCA   San Francisco, California

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Register for Free

Collections and Repossessions
– When to Collect and When to Repossess

In this fourth in NEFA’s series of educational webinars, leading collections experts will discuss best practices in collecting accounts in this current unpredictable environment, examples of a good collection scenario and a bad collection scenario, and when to consider repossession. Additionally, panelists will reflect on the difficulties of repossessing while businesses are closed and how long you should wait to collect on a delinquent account.

Please stay tuned at the conclusion of the panel discussion, for a special farewell address by Michael Toglia as he prepares to leave his role of Executive Director of NEFA at the end of this month.

Thursday, September 17, 2020
2:00 PM EST - Introductions
2:10 PM EST - Panel Discussion
2:35 PM EST - Q&A
2:45 PM EST - Farewell Remarks by Michael Toglia
Featured Executive Panelists:

  • Shawn Smith - CEO, Dedicated Commercial Recovery Inc.
  • Micheal Smith - President & CEO, RTR Services, Inc.
  • Jeremy Vang - Officer, Recovery Solutions, LLC
  • Moderator: Michael Toglia - Executive Director/CEO, National Equipment Finance Association


News Briefs----

Two disasters are threatening the US today
  Along Gulf Coast and US West Coast

7 coronavirus-related deaths
    now connected to Maine wedding

If FedEx Is Hiring 70,000 Workers,
     Then E-Commerce Will Rule the Holidays?

Illinois marijuana tax revenues soar
   August receipts jumped 38%


You May Have Missed---

We mailed 100 letters to test the Postal Service.
   The verdict: Spotty at best, dismal at worst


Sports Briefs---

Giants-Mariners Tuesday game postponed due to air quality,
     series moves to Oracle Park

Kyle Shanahan: Jimmy Garoppolo has to play better

NFL power rankings: Cardinals, Seahawks,
    Patriots vault into top 10 after Week 1

World Series will be hosted at Rangers’ new ballpark,
    AL playoff series based in Southern California

49ers lose in eerily familiar fashion to start a season unlike any other

‘That’s not the standard of the San Francisco 49ers:’
    Jerry Rice rips lack of professionalism in season opener


California Nuts Briefs---

Coronavirus: How close is the SF Bay Area to reopening?
    Here’s what the real-time data says

Coronavirus real estate: Developers eye Lawrence Station
    as tech offices for COVID era

Home sellers’ asking prices jump 34% in California
     $735,000 median is up $187,000 this year

Los Gatos to France: Chef Kinch’s ‘Voyage’
     makes its cinematic debut

Patrick James closes store amid coronavirus
    The shutdown in Palo Alto after 40 years of being.



“Gimme that Wine”

A Bordeaux Producer’s Commitment
    To A 100% Old Vine Petit Verdot Wine

Almeda fire destroys Southern Oregon winery:
     ‘We don’t have a single bottle of one of our wines left’

2020 video contest: vote on the finalists!

Oregon’s air quality is so far beyond ‘hazardous’
     that no one knows what it means for health

Winemakers are worrying about smoke taint,
     but wine drinkers should not

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This Day in History

     1620 - The Mayflower departs from Plymouth, England with 102 passengers and a small crew. On board were 48 crew members and 101 colonists (including 35 Separatists from Leiden, Holland, known afterward as the Pilgrims). During the three-month voyage, two passengers died and two babies were born. Vicious storms were encountered en route which caused serious doubt about the wisdom of continuing, but she reached Provincetown, MA, Nov 21, and discharged the Pilgrims at Plymouth, MA, Dec 26, 1620.
    1672 - This is the official date proclaimed by the governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to honor Anne Bradstreet (1612-70), America's first poet, who is also recognized as the first published woman poet in the English language. Anne Bradstreet was born Mar 20, 1612 in England and came to America in 1630. Unbeknownst to Anne, her brother-in-law took some of her poetry back to England where it was published in 1630 as “The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America.” Subsequent editions were also published in Boston. 
    1776 - The Battle of Harlem Heights was fought in what is now Morningside Heights in Harlem in NYC.  The Continental Army under Generals George Washington, Nathaniel Greene and Israel Putnam totaled around 9,000 men opposed by the British Army under Gen. Henry Clinton. The overconfident British light troops, having advanced too far from their lines without support, had exposed themselves to counter-attack. Washington, seeing this, ordered a flanking maneuver which combined with pressure from troops arriving from the Harlem Heights position, and succeeded in driving them back. After two hours, with ammunition running short, the British force began to pull back to their lines. Washington cut short the pursuit, unwilling to risk a general engagement with the British main force, and withdrew to his own lines. The battle helped restore the confidence of the Continental Army after suffering several defeats. It was Washington's first battlefield success of the war.
    1782 - Continental Congress President John Hanson along with Secretary Charles Thomson made the first impression of the Great Seal of the United States on a document authorizing General George Washington to negotiate and sign an agreement with the British for the exchange, subsistence, and better treatment of prisoners of war.
    1810 - Mexican Independence Day. Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla summoned the largely Indian and mestizo congregation of his small Dolores parish church and urged them to take up arms and fight for Mexico's independence from Spain.
(lower half of: )
    1857 - The song "Jingle Bells" by James Pierpont was copyrighted under its original title, "One Horse Open Sleigh." It is an unsettled question where and when James Pierpont originally composed the song that would become known as "Jingle Bells." A plaque at 19 High Street in the center of Medford Square in Medford, MA commemorates the "birthplace" of "Jingle Bells," and claims that Pierpont wrote the song there in 1850, at what was then the Simpson Tavern. According to the Medford Historical Society, the song was inspired by the town's popular sleigh races during the 19th century.
    1857 – James Cash Penney (d. 1971) was born in Hamilton, MO.  An astute businessman and entrepreneur, he founded J.C. Penney in 1902.    
    1863 – Robert College, the first American educational institution outside the United States, was founded in Istanbul, Turkey by Christopher Robert, an American philanthropist. 
    1880 – The Cornell Daily Sun was first published.  The Sun is the nation's oldest, continuously-independent college daily.  It was founded by William B. Hoyt to challenge Cornell's original and leading publication, the weekly Cornell Era (founded 1868). The Sun is currently the number one college newspaper in the United States, according to The Princeton Review.  Among its past editors:  Frank E. Gannett, founder of Gannett Company; Oscar G. Mayer, Jr., of the meat company; Dick Schaap, editor of Sport Magazine and late ESPN sports commentator, and his son, Jeremy, now an ESPN reporter and host; author Kurt Vonnegut (“Slaughter House Five”); E. B. White, 1978 Pulitzer special award winner and publisher with William Strunk of “The Elements of Style,” the seminal source of correct grammar, spelling and punctuation.  The April Fool’s Day issues are legendary!
    1881 - An early snowfall across northwestern Iowa and southern Minnesota dropped up to 6 inches (at Stuart, Iowa)
    1887 - Birthday of Louise Arner Boyd (d. 1992) in San Rafael, CA. American geographer who led eight Arctic expeditions. A part of Greenland was named after her. In 1960, became the first woman councilor in the 108-year history of the American Geographical Society. During World War II, she became a valued and irreplaceable technical expert with the War Department by utilizing her encyclopedic scientific knowledge, her experiences, and her thousands of maps and photographs of the entire Arctic region from Greenland to Scandinavia. She was indispensable in locating little-known fjords which had become safe havens for German U-boats. She was the first woman to fly over the North Pole and she wrote several authoritative books on the Arctic. 
    1889 - Birthday of Claude A. Barnett (d. 1967) in Sanford, FL.  Founder of the Associated Negro Press and ranked by Ebony magazine as among the one hundred most influential black Americans.  Remained its director through nearly half a century of social change. By providing its member newspapers with coverage of activities within black communities across the country and current national trends and events, the ANP helped create a national black culture and increased black awareness of national news.
    1893 - The largest land run in history begins with more than 100,000 people pouring into the Cherokee Strip of Oklahoma to claim valuable land that had once belonged to Native Americans. No more eager than the whites to leave their green and well-watered lands for the arid plains, some Indians resisted and had to be removed by force.  Most tragically, the 4,000 Cherokee died during the brutal overland march known appropriately as the "Trail of Tears." Pressure steadily increased to open the Indian lands to settlement, and in 1889, President Benjamin Harrison succumbed and threw open large areas of unoccupied Indian lands to white settlement. The giant Cherokee Strip rush was only the largest of a series of massive "land runs" that began in the 1890s, with thousands of immigrants stampeding into Oklahoma Territory and establishing towns like Norman and Oklahoma City almost overnight.
    1903 - Birthday of Buck McFarland (Barrelhouse Buck) (d. 1962), Alton, IL
    1903 - Birthday of violinist Joe Venuti (d. 1978), Philadelphia, PA
    1908 - General Motors was founded by William Crapo “Billy” Durant, a Flint, Ml, entrepreneur.
    1914 – Allen Funt (d. 1999), the creator of “Candid Camera,” was born in NYC.  From the 1940s to 1980s, it ran as either a regular television show or a series of specials.  On February 3, 1969, Funt, his then wife, and his two youngest children boarded Eastern Airlines Flight 7 in Newark to Miami. The plane never made it to Miami because two men hijacked the airplane and demanded passage to Cuba.  Some of the passengers, having spotted Funt, took the whole thing to be a Candid Camera stunt.  Funt repeatedly attempted to persuade his fellow passengers as to the reality of the hijacking, but to no avail. The plane later landed in Cuba, finally convincing the passengers.  
    1919 – The American Legion was established in Paris, France by veterans of the AEF, American Expeditionary Force.  Of concern to Lt. Col. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., in January 1919, Roosevelt had a discussion at General Headquarters with a mobilized National Guard officer named George A. White, a former newspaper editor with the Portland Oregonian. After long discussion, Roosevelt suggested the establishment at once of a new servicemen's organization.  Roosevelt and White advocated ceaselessly for this proposal until they found sufficient support at headquarters to move forward with the plan. General John J. Pershing issued orders to a group of 20 non-career officers to report to the YMCA headquarters in Paris on February 15, 1919. The selection of these individuals had been made by Roosevelt. They were joined with a number of regular Army officers Pershing selected himself. 
    1920 - A bomb in a horse wagon explodes in front of the JP Morgan building in New York City killing 38 and injuring 400.  The bombing was never solved, although investigators and historians believe the Wall Street bombing was carried out by Galleanists, a group of Italian anarchists responsible for a series of bombings the previous year. The attack was related to postwar social unrest, labor struggles, and anti-capitalist agitation in the United States. 
    1921 - Birthday of singer/composer Jon Hendricks (d. 2017), Newark, OH
    1922 – This explains why drinks are no longer sold in bottles at Major League ballgames.  The Yankees visited the Browns in St. Louis in the midst of a tight pennant race.  While chasing a fly ball in the 9th, New York OF Whitey Witt was hit in the head and knocked cold by a soda bottle thrown from the bleachers. AL President Ban Johnson initially offered a $1,000 reward for the name of the bottle-thrower. Then, to calm the crowds, the League offered the theory that Witt stepped on the bottle and it flew up and hit him. The incident led to a ban on the sale of bottled drinks in ballparks.   
    1924 - Birthday of Lauren Bacall (d. 2014) in The Bronx.  Model, film and stage actress, and writer - and national icon. LB won the 1970 Tony Award for her work in the musical “Applause.” She wrote several autobiographies beginning with the best-selling “Lauren Bacall by Myself” (1978). An ingénue, she shot into film stardom opposite the much older Humphrey Bogart whom she married. She developed into a fine actor and her personal dignity through the years has made her a much respected and loved figure.
    1925 - Singer/guitarist Riley “BB” King (d. 2015) birthday, Berclair, MS.  Rolling Stone magazine ranked King No. 6 on its 2011 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.
    1925 - Birthday of jazz bossa nova guitarist Charlie Byrd (d. 1999), Suffolk, VA.
    1927 – “Colombo,” actor Peter Falk (d. 2011) was born in NYC.  The long-running television series ran from 1968-2003. In 1996, TV Guide ranked Falk number 21 on its 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time list. 
    1927 – Actor Jack Kelly (d. 1992) was born is Astoria, Queens, NYC.   Most noted for the role of Bart Maverick in the television series “Maverick,” which ran on ABC from 1957 to 1962,  Kelly later became a politician, serving from 1983-86 as the mayor of Huntington Beach, CA.   
    1928 - The San Felipe hurricane struck Palm Beach, FL with enormous damage.  Peak winds were near 150 mph and storm waves broke the eastern dike on Lake Okeechobee, inundating flat farmland. 1836 people drowned and damage exceeded $25 million
    1933 – “Emperor Jones,” starring Paul Robeson as Brutus Jones, is released by United Artists. It is Robeson's first starring movie role and the first major Hollywood production starring an African-American with whites in supporting roles.
    1933 - "Are You Makin' Any Money?" by Chick Bullock & His Levee Loungers. This pervasive question of the era was first sung in the film, “Moonlight & Pretzels.” The clever Herman Hupfeld wrote the tune two years after 1931's "As Time Goes By." Vocalist Chick Bullock was featured on over 500 titles in the 1930s, often accompanied by New York's finest jazzmen. Worthy of note in this performance are trumpeter Manny Weinstock and Jimmy Dorsey on clarinet.
    1933 - The Carolina-Virginia hurricane hit Cape Hatteras with winds to 76 mph. Great winds damage was done in Virginia and Maryland. 21 died.
    1934 – Elgin Baylor was born in Washington, DC.  Drafted #1 in 1958, he played 13 seasons in the NBA for the Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers, appearing in eight NBA Finals.  1959 Rookie of the Year.  The 71 points Baylor scored on November 15, 1960 was a record at the time. The 61 points he scored in game 5 of the NBA Finals in 1962 is still an NBA Finals record. A 10-time All-NBA First Team selection and 11-time All-Star, Baylor was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1977. He was named to the NBA 35th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1980 and the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996. in 2009, SLAM Magazine ranked him number 11 among its Top 50 NBA players of all time. He is often listed as the greatest NBA player never to win a championship.
    1938 - Dorsey Band records “Boogie Woogie.”
    1940 - The Burke-Wadsworth Act is passed by Congress by wide margins in both houses and the first peacetime draft in the history of the United States is imposed. Selective Service was born. The registration of men between the ages of 21 and 36 began exactly one month later, as Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, who had been a key player in moving the Roosevelt administration away from a foreign policy of strict neutrality, began drawing draft numbers out of a glass bowl. The numbers were handed to the president, who read them aloud for public announcement. There were some 20 million eligible young men.  50 percent were rejected the very first year, either for health reasons or illiteracy (20 percent of those who registered were illiterate). In November 1942, with the United States now a participant in the war, and not merely a neutral bystander, the draft ages expanded; men 18 to 37 were now eligible. Blacks were passed over for the draft because of racist assumptions about their abilities and the viability of a mixed-race military. But this changed in 1943, when a "quota" was imposed, meant to limit the numbers of blacks drafted to reflect their numbers in the overall population, roughly 10.6 percent of the whole. 
    1940 - Rep. Samuel T. Rayburn, D-Texas, the longest-serving (17 years) House speaker in history, was first elected to the post. 
    1941 - Concerned that the Shah of Iran was about to ally his petroleum-rich empire with Nazi Germany, the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union invaded Iran in late August and forced the Shah to abdicate in favor of his son, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who remained in power until his overthrow in 1979. 
    1944 - PRESTON, ARTHUR MURRAY, Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Lieutenant, U.S. Navy Reserve, Torpedo Boat Squadron 33. Place and date. Wasile Bay, Halmahera Island, 16 September 1944. Entered service at: Maryland. Born: 1 November 1913, Washington, D.C. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as commander, Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 33, while effecting the rescue of a Navy pilot shot down in Wasile Bay, Halmahera Island, less than 200 yards from a strongly defended Japanese dock and supply area, 16 September 1944. Volunteering for a perilous mission unsuccessfully attempted by the pilot's squadron mates and a PBY plane, Lt. Comdr. (then Lieutenant) Preston led PT-489 and PT-363 through 60 miles of restricted, heavily mined waters. Twice turned back while running the gauntlet of fire from powerful coastal defense guns guarding the 11-mile strait at the entrance to the bay, he was again turned back by furious fire in the immediate area of the downed airman. Aided by an aircraft smokescreen, he finally succeeded in reaching his objective and, under vicious fire delivered at 150-yard range, took the pilot aboard and cleared the area, sinking a small hostile cargo vessel with 40-mm. fire during retirement. Increasingly vulnerable when covering aircraft were forced to leave because of insufficient fuel, Lt. Comdr. Preston raced PT boats 489 and 363 at high speed for 20 minutes through shell-splashed water and across minefields to safety. Under continuous fire for 2l/2 hours, Lt. Comdr. Preston successfully achieved a mission considered suicidal in its tremendous hazards and brought his boats through without personnel casualties and with but superficial damage from shrapnel. His exceptional daring and great personal valor enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. 
    1945 – Japanese forces surrendered in Hong Kong to Royal Navy Admiral Harcourt more than a month after Japan surrendered to the US.  Harcourt became the head of a provisional military government in Hong Kong from September 1945 to April 1946, serving as administrator until civilian rule could be established. 
    1946 - Les Brown cuts “I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm.”
    1946 - Banjoist Earl Scruggs first recorded with Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys. His three-fingered picking style became one of the trademarks of bluegrass music. Scruggs and guitarist Lester Flatt left Monroe in 1948 to form their own group, the Foggy Mountain Boys. Flatt and Scruggs's partnership lasted for more than 20 years.
    1948 - Joe DiMaggio hits his 300th career home run joining Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mel Ott, Jimmie Foxx, Rogers Hornsby, Chuck Klein and Hank Greenberg as the only Major Leaguers to reach this milestone.  DiMaggio finished his Hall of Fame career with 361.
    1950 - Birthday of Author/Outstanding Critic Henry Louis Gates Jr. in Keyser, WV.
    1950 - Top Hits
“Mona Lisa” - Nat King Cole
“Goodnight Irene” - The Weavers
“Tzena, Tzena, Tzena” - The Weavers
“Goodnight Irene” - Red Foley-Ernest Tubb
    1951 - VITTORI, JOSEPH, Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Company F, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.). Place and date: Hill 749, Korea, 15 and 16 September 1951. Entered service at: Beverly, Mass. Born: 1 August 1929, Beverly, Mass. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an automatic-rifleman in Company F, in action against enemy aggressor forces. With a forward platoon suffering heavy casualties and forced to withdraw under a vicious enemy counterattack as his company assaulted strong hostile forces entrenched on Hill 749, Cpl. Vittori boldly rushed through the withdrawing troops with 2 other volunteers from his reserve platoon and plunged directly into the midst of the enemy. Overwhelming them in a fierce hand-to-hand struggle, he enabled his company to consolidate its positions to meet further imminent onslaughts. Quick to respond to an urgent call for a rifleman to defend a heavy machine gun positioned on the extreme point of the northern flank and virtually isolated from the remainder of the unit when the enemy again struck in force during the night, he assumed position under the devastating barrage and, fighting a single-handed battle, leaped from 1 flank to the other, covering each foxhole in turn as casualties continued to mount manning a machine gun when the gunner was struck down and making repeated trips through the heaviest shellfire to replenish ammunition. With the situation becoming extremely critical, reinforcing units to the rear pinned down under the blistering attack and foxholes left practically void by dead and wounded for a distance of 100 yards, Cpl. Vittori continued his valiant stand, refusing to give ground as the enemy penetrated to within feet of his position, simulating strength in the line and denying the foe physical occupation of the ground. Mortally wounded by the enemy machine gun and rifle bullets while persisting in his magnificent defense of the sector where approximately 200 enemy dead were found the following morning, Cpl. Vittori, by his fortitude, stouthearted courage, and great personal valor, had kept the point position intact despite the tremendous odds and undoubtedly prevented the entire battalion position from collapsing. His extraordinary heroism throughout the furious nightlong battle reflects the highest credit upon himself and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country. 
    1951 - ”Sky King” TV premiere. This half-hour children's adventure series began on radio in 1947. Kirby Grant starred as Schuyler J. (Sky) King, owner of the Flying Crown.
    1954 - Birthday of guitarist Earl Klugh, Detroit, MI
    1955 - The United States Auto Club (USAC) was formed to supervise four major categories of auto racing.
    1958 - Top Hits
“Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu” (“Volare”) - Domenico Modugno
“It's All in the Game” - Tommy Edwards
“Rock-in Robin” - Bobby Day
“Bird Dog” - The Everly Brothers
    1959 - Dick Clark's first "Caravan of Stars" tour opens in New York, featuring The Coasters, The Drifters, Lloyd Price, LaVern Baker, Duane Eddy, Paul Anka and Annette Funicello.
    1959 - The first successful photocopier, Xerox 914, was introduced in a demonstration on live television from New York City. 
    1960 - Johnny Burnette records the original version of "You're 16" which will rise to #8 in the US. Fourteen years later, Ringo Starr would take the same song to #1. 
    1960 - College football coach Amos Alonzo Stagg age 95 (1864-1965) announced his retirement after seventy-one years on the field. Stagg's career coincided with the evolution of the game from an amalgam of soccer and rugby into American football as we know it.  His career record is 314–199–35 in football and 266–158–3 in baseball. 
    1960 - At the age of 39, Warren Spahn pitched a no-hitter over the Phillies, 4-0. The crafty lefty set an all-time Braves record with 15 strikeouts. 
    1963 - "She Loves You" was recorded by The Beatles on the Swan label. It was the first record recorded by The Beatles; but the second single by the ‘Fab Four' to hit #1. "I Want to Hold Your Hand" was the group's first #1 song and million seller (on Capitol). It beat "She Loves You" to the top spot by just a few weeks. Other Beatles hits were also recorded on Capitol (Capitol had rejected "She Loves You") and Swan labels; but the Beatles liked variety -- so add these record companies to the Beatles list of recording labels: Vee-Jay, MGM, Tollie, United Artists, Atco, E.M.I., Parlaphone and Apple.
    1964 - Concord, NH drops to 27 degrees ending the shortest growing season on record at 100 days.
    1964 - The rock 'n' roll TV show "Shindig" premiered on ABC. Guests on the first show were Sam Cooke, Bobby Sherman, the Everly Brothers and the Righteous Brothers. The house band, the Shindogs, included such musicians as Leon Russell and Delaney Bramlett. And among the Shindig Dancers was future actress Teri Garr. Such was the drawing power of the show that the Beatles were paid only $1,400 to appear during the first season - at the height of Beatlemania. "Shindig" began its second season with a bang, snagging the Rolling Stones for the first show and expanding to two nights a week. But it was downhill after that, with such guest hosts as Zsa Zsa Gabor, Hedy Lamarr and Boris Karloff. "Shindig" was cancelled in January 1966.
    1965 - The Beatles' "Eight Days a Week" is certified gold 
    1965 - San Francisco's Grace Cathedral became the site of the first concert of sacred music presented by Duke Ellington.
    1965 - "The Dean Martin Show" debuted on NBC-TV. It was a weekly variety show that continued on the network for nine years. Regulars over the years were The Goldiggers, Ken Lane, The Ding-a-Ling Sisters, Tom Bosley, Dom DeLuise, Nipsey Russell, Rodney Dangerfield and Les Brown and His Band. The theme song? "Everybody Loves Somebody."
    1966 - Grateful Dead and Oxford Circle play @ The Avalon BallroomPost    
    1966 – The Metropolitan Opera house opened in NYC at Lincoln Center.
    1966 - Top Hits
“You Can't Hurry Love” - The Supremes
“Yellow Submarine” - The Beatles
“Land of 1000 Dances” - Wilson Pickett
“Almost Persuaded” - David Houston
    1967 - Jimi Hendrix's debut LP, "Are You Experienced?" enters the Billboard Hot 200 album chart, where it will stay for 106 weeks, including 77 weeks in the Top 40. 
    1967 - “Mannix“ premiered on CBS. Mike Connors starred as Joe Mannix, a Los Angeles private investigator working for the computer organization Intertect, in this long-running crime series. Joseph Campanella played his boss, Lou Wickersham, during the first season. The show then changed format with Mannix setting up his own agency. The new cast members were Gail Fisher as Peggy Fair, his secretary, Robert Reed as Lieutenant Adam Tobias and Ward Wood as Lieutenant Art Malcolm.
    1968 - Richard Nixon appears on "Laugh-in." In “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” television show, this was a $1 million question. The contestant got it right, by the way.
    1970 - Jimi Hendrix makes his final public appearance, jamming with Eric Burdon & War at Ronnie Scott's club in London.
    1971 - The first Technical school for Native Americans was the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, Albuquerque, NM, a coeducational school that opened with 700 Native American students from 64 tribes. It comprised 12 buildings on a 164-acre campus and cost $13 million. John L. Peterson was the first superintendent.
    1971 - “Owen Marshall” premieres an hour-long ABC drama with Arthur Hill as the title character, a widowed attorney in Santa Barbara. Lee Majors, Reni Santoni and David Soul played his associates. Also featured were Joan Darling as Marshall's secretary and Christine Matchett as his daughter.
    1972 - "Black & White" by Three Dog Night topped the charts and stayed there for a week.
    1974 - President Ford announced a conditional amnesty program for Vietnam War deserters and draft-evaders. Limited amnesty was offered to Vietnam-era draft resisters who would now swear allegiance to the United States and perform two years of public service.
    1974 - Top Hits
“I Shot the Sheriff” - Eric Clapton
“Rock Me Gently” - Andy Kim
“I'm Leavin It (All) Up to You” - Donny & Marie Osmond
“Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends” - Ronnie Milsap
    1974 – BART, the Bay Area Rapid Transit, begins regular trans-bay service. In 1962, Marin and San Mateo County withdrew from the plan,
not wanting to raise sales tax or get involved.  This then affected
Santa Clara.  Bay Area Government expected Napa to grow, not Santa Clara County, so there was no effort on San Mateo County. When the city and county of Napa read the Bay Area Plan, they started enacting laws and prohibitions for growth, wanting to keep the area agriculture. Thus expansion headed down San Mateo County to Santa Clara County. Construction began in 1965 for BART. The 3.2-mile bore through the hard rock of the Berkeley Hills was completed in February, 1967, after 466 work days, to become the fourth longest vehicular tunnel in the U.S. In 1969, the state legislature authorized another tax to finish the project. In subsequent years, the line moved from Daly City (in San Mateo County without a tax initiative) to the San Francisco International Airport, located in Millbrae (San Mateo County). Recently monies were granted for a line to continue from Fremont to San Jose and Santa Clara in the near future. The original idea was to circle the entire San Francisco Bay. One of the key opponents in San Mateo who changed the course of history is Les Kelting of San Bruno, California. He was against raising any taxes to pay for rapid transit, which he claimed would help the San Francisco Airport more than the residents of San Mateo County.
    1975 – Rennie Stennet tied the Major League mark established in 1892, going 7 for 7 in a nine-inning game. The Pirates’ second baseman got two hits in one inning twice (in the 1st and 5th innings) as the Bucs crushed the Cubs at Wrigley, 22 - 0. 
    1976 - In Minneapolis, the 65th Triennial General Convention of the Episcopal Church, after years of condemnation, officially recognized the ordination of the 15 women priests who had previously been ordained by consecrated bishops without the hierarchy's official approval.
    1978 - The Grateful Dead played a concert in front of the Egyptian Pyramids. The show was recorded but has never been released.
    1978 - Boston's LP “Don't Look Back” hits #1 
    1979 - At Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers hold Catfish Hunter Day to honor their future Hall of Fame pitcher who will be retiring at the end of the season at the age of 33. A 20-year-old left-hander named Dave Righetti makes his Major League debut for the home town team. Catfish was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1987.  Hunter died in 1999 after falling to ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
    1979 - What is generally considered to be the first rap record, "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugar Hill Gang, was released. Rap developed in the black ghettos of New York City, and consists of rhymed and rhythmical verses chanted over pre-recorded instrumental dance tracks. "Rapper's Delight" confounded the prevailing industry view that rap was an amateur fad with no commercial appeal. The record sold two-million copies.
    1980 - Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall officially opened in S.F.
    1981 - Boxer ‘Sugar' Ray Leonard, at age 25, knocked out Thomas ‘The Hit Man' Hearns. Leonard won the welterweight boxing championship -- and the richest payday in boxing history.
    1982 - Top Hits
“Hard to Say I'm Sorry” - Chicago
“Jack & Diane” - John Cougar
“You Should Hear How She Talks About You” - Melissa Manchester
“She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)” - Jerry Reed 
    1983 - Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes a US citizen.
    1984 - "Miami Vice" premiers on TV.
    1987 - Stealing his 30th base, a career-high, Indian Joe Carter becomes the ninth Major Leaguer to hit 30 home runs and to swipe 30 bases in the same season.
    1988 - Reds' Tom Browning pitches a perfect game against the Dodgers, striking out eight and allowing only eight balls to be hit out of the infield in his 1-0 victory. Over three starts including the perfect game, he retires 40 consecutive batters - one shy of a Major League record.
    1988 - (12th -16th) Hurricane Gilbert tore through the Caribbean. On the 12th, it cut through Jamaica with Kingston recording 116 mph sustained winds and gust to 140. 45 people were killed and damage topped $2 billion. Despite 7000 foot mountains, Gilbert didn't weaken at all and after exiting Jamaica, underwent incredible deepening - 72 Mb in 24 hours to 888 Mb (26.22 inches). Sustained winds were recorded at 185 mph with gusts over 200 mph in the Caribbean west of Jamaica. On the 16th, the storm came ashore near Las Pesca, Mexico about 125 miles south of Brownsville, TX. Mexico was hard hit with 202 killed and 60,000 homes destroyed. Total damage reached 2 billion dollars. In the U.S., the damage of $50 million was mostly from tornadoes spun off by Gilbert, two in San Antonio and one at Kelly AFB which did $28 million dollars in damage.
    1989 - "Don't Wanna Lose You" by Gloria Estefan topped the charts and stayed there for a week.
    1990 - Top Hits
“Release Me” - Wilson Phillips
“Do Me!” - Bell Biv DeVoe
“Have You Seen Her” - M.C. Hammer
“Jukebox in My Mind” – Alabama
    1993 - The TV premiere of “Frasier.” In this spin-off from “Cheers,” psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer) has moved to Seattle where he dispenses advice on the radio. He lives with his father Martin (John Mahoney) and Martin's physical therapist Daphne Moon (Jane Leeves). His brother, Dr. Niles Crane (David Hyde Pierce), frequently asks for Frasier's advice about his love life. Roz Doyle, the producer of Frasier's show, is played by Pen Gilpin.
    1993 - Top Hits
“Dreamlover” - Mariah Carey
“Whoomp!” (“There It Is”) - Tag Team
“Can't Help Falling In Love” (From "Sliver") - UB40
“If” - Janet Jackson
    1995 - Lynn Hill climbs the "nose" of Yosemite's El Capitan with her bare hands. She carries a rope to catch her in case she falls. The world champion rock climber commented: "Society's contrived image of what a woman should be is something I've never agreed with." 
    1996 - Paul Molitor of the Minnesota Twins got the 3,000th hit of his career, a triple against Jose Rosado of the Kansas City Royals.  The Twins lost, 6-5.  Molitor became either the 20th or 21st player to reach the 3,000-hit plateau (depending on whether the list includes Adrian “Cap” Anson, who statistics are in dispute). He was the first to triple for No. 3000.
    1998 - In front of 49,891 patrons at San Diego's Jack Murphy Stadium, Sammy Sosa ties Mark McGwire by hitting his record-setting 63rd home run. The 434-foot eighth inning two-out blast off Brian Boehringer is a tie-breaking grand slam as 'Slammin' Sammy collects all six RBIs as the Cubs beat the Padres, 6-3.
    1998 - Top Hits
“I Don't Want To Miss A Thing” - Aerosmith
“The First Night” - Monica
“Crush” - Jennifer Paige
“My Way” - Usher
    1999 - Hurricane Floyd stormed ashore, pounding North Carolina with 110 mph winds, dumping more than a foot of rain, damaging 12,000 homes and claiming more than 50 lives. Floyd also caused the largest peacetime evacuation in U.S. history, with 2.6 million people ordered away from the shores in the hurricane's path.
    2000 - Cubs outfielder Sammy Sosa joins Mark McGwire (1997-99) as the only Major Leaguer to hit 50 HRs three consecutive seasons.
    2002 - Giants left fielder Barry Bonds walks three times breaking his own record for base on balls in a season with 178. Approximately one-third of the free passes given to the San Francisco slugger have been intentional (60 out of 178) 
    2006 - Sixty-five-year-old Bob Dylan held the #1 spot on the US album chart with "Modern Times," making him the oldest living musician to ever top the Billboard album chart. 
    2013 - A gunman killed 12 people at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC.  The Yard serves as a ceremonial and administrative center for the U.S. Navy, home to the Chief of Naval Operations, and is headquarters for several Navy Departments and other more classified facilities.  Officials said the gunman, Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old civilian contractor from Queens, New York, was killed during a gunfight with police.
    2013 - The brain-eating amoeba, Naegleria fowleri, is found in tap water near New Orleans, the first time ever detected in the U.S. water supply.
    2015 – Washington’s Bryce Harper, who would go on to be named the NL MVP, hit his 40th HR, becoming only the 7th player to do so before age 23.




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