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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

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John Kenny, Lease Receivables, former General Manager
  Lease Police, Leasing News Investigator and Columnist
    Now Telephones Covid-19 Patients for NY State Dept. of Health
Complete License and Registration United States
    By Kenneth C. Greene, Attorney
Leasing Industry Ads
    Equipment Vendor Sales Managers/We’re Hiring Top Sales Team
Are You Prepared?
    Sales Makes it Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP
Leasing and Finance Books
    Books on Equipment Leasing by Source
When Did US Adults Last Switch their Primary?
    Account to a New Bank:  Chart
Legal Issue Imposing Group Health Plan
    Monthly Surcharges on the Unvaccinated
The Top-Selling Vehicles in America
AP Equipment Financing Creates Financing Solutions
    for SEA Electric Medium Duty Electric Step Vans
Very Friendly Dog
    Phoenix, Arizona   Adopt-a-Dog
SFNet Announces Important Convention Updates
    November 3-5 Phoenix, Arizona
News Briefs---
Nearly 600 United Airlines employees losing their
     jobs after refusing to get vaccinated
N.C. hospital system fires about 175 workers in
    one of the largest-ever mass terminations due to a vaccine mandate
Citing labor shortage in St. Louis, Missouri
     Schnucks to close most stores an hour earlier
Desalination can make saltwater drinkable
     — but it won’t solve the U.S. water crisis
Bank Mergers Are On Track to Hit Their Highest Level
    Since the Financial Crisis
New FAA Technology Aims to Speed Takeoffs
     of Planes Idling on Runways

You May have Missed---
Consumer Confidence Fell Further in September
     now stands at 109.3 (1985=100), down from 115.2 in August

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John Kenny, Lease Receivables, former General Manager
Lease Police, Leasing News Investigator and Columnist
Now Telephones Covid-19 Patients for NY State Dept. of Health

John and his family live in Mohawk, New York, a small village on the south side of Mohawk River; largest nearby city is Utica. The village’ claim to fame is that George Washington often had lunch at the Shoemaker Tavern on his way to and from Fort Stanwix in Rome, according to Wikipedia.

“We have 32 acres of woods, meadows and gardens on what used to be an apple orchard. We are surrounded by dairy farmers and lots of corn fields,” he responded. “We are outside of The Village of Mohawk through which the Mohawk River/Erie Canal runs. Yes,  Utica is about 20 minutes from us.

“We call on telephone on behalf of the New York State Department of Health. The purpose of the calls is to help people who’ve been exposed to, or tested positive, for the virus to understand how to isolate/quarantine so they can keep themselves, their families and the community safe.”

“All day long I talk to people who have contracted COVID-19. My primary role as a Case Investigator is to determine where those people have been and who they’d been with for the two weeks prior to their diagnosis.

“During the interviews some people are so sick they have to repeatedly pause to catch their breath or they cough uncontrollably. Some of the most difficult calls are with parents of children, even infants, who have tested positive. The kids can have any combination of symptoms, the most worrisome being high fevers.

“We explain how they can keep themselves, their families and communities safe. In some instances, we help them get the food, medication and cleaning supplies they need to get through the isolation period. We assist them in finding doctors and vaccination information. We calm sick individuals and parents of sick children. And we call to follow up with them every day throughout the isolation to see if their symptoms have changed or if any needs have arisen that we can help with.

“So, we’re investigators and data-gatherers. But we’re also counselors and friends to people we’ve never met and may never speak to again. It’s emotionally draining and humbling and incredibly rewarding.”

John Kenny


Complete License and Registration United States
By Kenneth C. Greene, Attorney

Now all on one list and date when posted, including revisions dated.

Complete  List of States:

New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
West Virginia
Washington, D.C.
Puerto Rico

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Are You Prepared?

Sales Makes it Happen
by Scott Wheeler, CLFP

Top originators are exploiting the current market and maximizing their productivity. However, the savviest originators are preparing for what comes next. They are exploring new channels, conducting research to enhance the quality of originated assets, and positioning themselves for long-term success. Change is good if you are well prepared.

The one constant in the commercial equipment finance and leasing industry is change. Too many originators are basking in the robust activity that the industry is currently experiencing. They believe that we are experiencing a new normal which will prevail well into the future. Top originators are always preparing for the next opportunity, anticipating change, and positioning themselves to capture a greater market share. Top originators are prepared if:

  • A top competitor exits their niche. They can react in real time and immediately capture new relationships.
  • The current supply chain challenges increase or decrease in the coming months. They are well connected with the right vendors and end-users to maximize their position in the market, no matter the challenge.
  • Inflation kicks into high gear in 2022 further increasing equipment costs and placing additional pressures on increasing borrowing costs (yields). Top originators know that well-positioned originators do well in all markets by providing value-added services.
  • They need to pivot their marketing efforts because of changing internal capabilities or external funding resources. Top originators understand that pricing is at historical low levels and credit criteria are relatively wide open, compared to historical standards.

Top originators are exploiting the current market and maximizing their productivity. However, the savviest originators are preparing for what comes next. They are exploring new channels, conducting research to enhance the quality of originated assets, and positioning themselves for long-term success. Change is good if you are well prepared.

Scott A. Wheeler, CLFP
Wheeler Business Consulting
1314 Marquis Ct.
Fallston, Maryland 21047
Phone: 410 877 0428
Fax: 410 877 8161
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The majority of US adults aren’t in the habit of switching their primary bank. As of August, 77% have not moved their primary account to a new bank in the past five years, and just 8% have done so over the past year. So even as neobanks garner buzz, most US adults may not be so quick to leave their traditional banks for a digital-only experience.

By Sara Lebow,




Legal Issue Imposing Group Health Plan
Monthly Surcharges on the Unvaccinated

Article By
Alden J. Bianchi
Michael S. Arnold
Danielle M. Bereznay

Calling it “a more-punitive approach toward getting its workforce vaccinated against Covid-19,” the Wall Street Journal recently reported that Delta Airlines will require its unvaccinated workers to pay a $200 monthly health insurance surcharge.  Delta’s CEO is quoted as saying the “additional charge will help to cover hospital stays that are more likely for unvaccinated people infected with Covid-19,” which he claimed “can cost the company as much as $50,000 a person.”  Delta later reported that “just within the two weeks of the announcement, we’ve seen nearly 20%, or one-fifth, of that 20,000 decide to get the vaccine.”  While efforts to impose workplace vaccine mandates are not new (and only heating up), Delta’s approach based on an economic incentive has caused some to ask whether it is permitted under applicable law.  This post explores that question.

Delta’s $200 Monthly Surcharge is Likely Permissible
 under HIPAA and the ACA

First, some background:  No Federal law requires that employers provide group health plan coverage to all employees on the same terms and conditions.  Rather, employers have a good deal of latitude to design their group health plan eligibility and coverage terms and to dictate premium costs subject to certain limitations.  For example, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), as amended by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), bars health plans from discriminating (e.g. charging different premiums or contributions imposing different deductibles, copayments or other cost sharing requirements) against an individual based on the individual’s “health factors,” which would likely include one’s vaccination status. 

To this general nondiscrimination rule, however, HIPAA recognizes an exception for certain “wellness programs,” whereby an employer can offer an award to the employee based on their participation in the program.  Final regulations issued in 2013 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (the 2013 Final Regulations) recognize two types of wellness programs provided in connection with a group health plan that will satisfy the exception to HIPAA’s nondiscrimination rules: (1) participatory wellness programs; and (2) health-contingent wellness programs.

National Law Review Full Article:


The Top-Selling Vehicles in America

It should be noted that vehicle sales may have slowed due to COVID-19 pandemic and a global chip shortage, but Americans still but plenty of rucks (and some cars).

The Ford F-Series was the clear leader in sales, primarily in the Midwest. With a top-selling spot in 60% of U.S. states, the F-Series was the bestselling vehicle in America.

Combined with the Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500-3500 series, the big three American truck brands accounted for 73% of the top three selling vehicles across all American states and territories.

Though American manufacturers had the best selling cars in most states, they had some overseas competition.

Japanese manufacturers Toyota and Honda had the top-selling vehicle in 11 states (and D.C.). They primarily captured car sales along the coastlines, including in California, Florida, New York and Washington, some of the most populated states in the country.

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AP Equipment Financing Creates Financing Solutions
for SEA Electric Medium Duty Electric Step Vans

AP Equipment Financing is pursuing an initiative to provide competitive finance programs for package and delivery customers looking to acquire electric vehicles. To begin this initiative, AP will be providing finance solutions for SEA Electric's suite of electric vehicles tailored and designed solely for Package Delivery contractors, such as FedEx Ground.

Nick Fong, Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Technology Officer of AP, said, “Financing commercial grade electric vehicles, with manufacturers such as SEA Electric, is not only a great option for providing state of the art, high-quality vehicles for our Package Delivery clientele, but this is also a socially responsible initiative that our company stands firmly behind.

 “Our customers have come to rely on AP’s ability to provide value-added services beyond the standard finance program. We take pride in our ability to provide the highest levels of customer service. This often entails preparing for large industry changing disruptions such as the electric vehicle transition. Staying ahead of the curve and offering finance packages customized to the unique requirements of EV's demonstrates our dedication to our customers’ ever-changing needs, as well as our dedication to reducing carbon footprints nationwide.”

Mike Menyhard, CSO of SEA Electric, commented, “We are at a point now where we are running major trials with some of the world’s largest fleet operators — the UPS, Staples and FedEx.

 “At the end of the day, those are the type of organizations that could very well put in three-, four- and five-digit orders, and we need to be able to show them how we would be able to support them,” According to SEA Electric, they are on schedule to deliver more than 1,000 electric commercial vehicles this year and to have more than 15,000 vehicles on the road by the end of 2023.

AP Equipment Financing and their parent company, Tokyo Century USA, recognize that addressing environmental issues is a social responsibility and will seek to contribute to the creation of an environmentally-sound, sustainable economy and society by acting with due consideration for environmental issues.

Sea Electric
SEA Electric has various means by which we can provide our SEA-Drive® technology to the commercial vehicle market.  This includes, however is not limited to, our own branded and assembled vehicles, the electrification of third party supplied commercial glider vehicles and the licensing of our technology to global partners. 

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Very Friendly Dog
Phoenix, Arizona   Adopt-a-Dog

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51 lbs.
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Site: AAWL & SPCA, Buiding 7

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Neuter Surgery (if necessary)
Current on all vaccinations
Microchip with free lifetime updates
Free week of online dog training and
   20% training classes for the life of animal
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Spay/Neuter Surgery
Current on all vaccinations
Microchip with free lifetime updates
Free week of online dog training and 20% training classes for the life of animal

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AAWL thinks I am SOCIAL with other dogs.
AAWL thinks I am a WEEKEND ATHLETE, meaning I need regular exercise.
AAWL says I can NOT live with cats


SFNet Announces Important Convention Updates
November 3-5, Phoenix, Arizona

As we surpass the 400 attendee threshold for SFNet's upcoming 77th Annual Convention, we’d like to share some important updates.

•   We have refreshed our safety protocols based on more current CDC and local venue guidance to give you additional flexibility to engage at your level of comfort

•   We have implemented our “No Risk Registration Policy” permitting refunds for the difference between in-person and virtual attendance for any reason up to Nov. 2.

•  We have added Cheslie Kryst, 2019 Miss USA and leading DEI advocate, to our strong list of world-renowned keynote speakers

• We have secured prominent industry thought leaders as moderators and panelists for our 20+ highly relevant panels and roundtables

See who is coming and plan to join us in Phoenix, Nov. 3-5, as we Adapt, Renew and Grow.

If you have not done so already, please register by October 8th to be sure you are listed in our Program Book.

Click on the Details for agenda, speakers, hotel, and other event information 


News Briefs---

Nearly 600 United Airlines employees losing their
     jobs after refusing to get vaccinated

N.C. hospital system fires about 175 workers in
    one of the largest-ever mass terminations due to a vaccine mandate

Citing labor shortage in St. Louis, Missouri
     Schnucks to close most stores an hour earlier

Desalination can make saltwater drinkable
     — but it won’t solve the U.S. water crisis

Bank Mergers Are On Track to Hit Their Highest Level
    Since the Financial Crisis

New FAA Technology Aims to Speed Takeoffs
     of Planes Idling on Runways



You May Have Missed---

Consumer Confidence Fell Further in September
     now stands at 109.3 (1985=100), down from 115.2 in August



Sports Briefs---

2021 NFL power rankings after Week 3:
    Rams take over No. 1 spot after beating Buccaneers

The Dallas Cowboys are bigger than NFC East,
      and it’s time to for them to set their sights higher

Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins says he
    will stick to beliefs regarding COVID-19 vaccine

Plenty of blame to go around following 49ers’ first loss of 2021

Chiefs coach Andy Reid in stable condition at hospital


California Nuts Briefs---

California is now permanently a vote-by-mail state
     as Gavin Newsom signs bill

All California prison guards, staff must get
    COVID-19 vaccine, federal judge rules

San Jose to become largest California city to ban
     flavored tobacco sales and smoking in apartments

L.A. County D.A. to dismiss 60,000
    past marijuana convictions



“Gimme that Wine”

The Applegate Valley Offers Oregon Winemakers
     a Quiet Place to Experiment by Eric Asimov

Roederer regroups US wineries under one group

Free Wine App

Wine Prices by vintage


This Day in History

     1803 - The first Roman Catholic Church in Boston was formally dedicated. Catholics had not been permitted any religious freedom within this predominantly Puritan colony prior to the Massachusetts Constitution of 1780.
    1850 - Pres. Millard Fillmore named Mormon leader Brigham Young as the first governor of the Utah Territory
    1862 - Union General Jefferson C. Davis mortally wounds his commanding officer, General William Nelson, in Louisville, Kentucky. Davis had been upset by a reprimand handed down by Nelson. After quarreling in a hotel lobby, Nelson slapped Davis. Davis then chased him upstairs and shot him. Davis was never court-martialed and it is thought that the influence of Indiana Governor Oliver Morton, who was with Davis at the time of the shooting, was instrumental in preventing a trial. Davis went on to serve with distinction at the Battles of Stones River, Chickamauga, and Chattanooga. 
    1879 - Baseball's reserve clause was created.  National League owners meeting in Buffalo, seeking to limit player salaries and led by Boston’s Arthur Soden, came to a secret agreement whereby five players on each team will be "reserved" - off-limits to all other clubs, effective with the 1880 season.  The owners told the newspapers that they have agreed upon a uniform contract with no salary advances.
    1907 - Birthday of Gene Autry (d. 1998), was born Orvon Grover Autry in Tioga, Texas.  ‘The Singing Cowboy,' was an actor in over 100 cowboy westerns, singer, CMA Hall of Famer and the only person to have 5 Hollywood Walk of Fame stars. They were for film, radio, TV, stage and records.  Autry made 635 recordings, including more than 300 songs written or co-written by him. His records sold more than 100 million copies and he has more than a dozen gold and platinum records, including the first record ever certified gold. His Christmas and children's records, “Here Comes Santa Claus” and “Peter Cottontail” are among his platinum recordings. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” the second all-time best selling Christmas single, boasts in excess of 30 million in sales. In 1950, Autry became the first major movie star to use the television medium. Always a man of vision, Autry excelled, and for the next five years, he produced and starred in 91 half-hour episodes of “The Gene Autry Show” for CBS Television. This success lead him to produce such popular TV series as “Annie Oakley,” “The Range Rider,” “Buffalo Bill Jr.,” “The Adventures Of Champion” and the first 39 episodes of “Death Valley Days.” My father, Lawrence Menkin, wrote many of the episodes, plus served as story editor.  On November 16, 1941, Berwyn, OK, it was renamed "Gene Autry" in his to honor.  Autry is also very much remembered for his role in the formation of the Los Angeles-California-Anaheim-Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of the American League, into which he poured his considerable love for the game.  The number 26 (as in 26th man) was retired by the Angels in Autry's honor.
    1908 - Birthday of Thomas Edward (Eddie) Tolan (d. 1967), Olympic gold medal sprinter, at Denver, CO. Tolan was the first black American athlete to win two gold medals, triumphing in the 100 meters and the 200 meters at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles. At his death, he still held the Michigan high school record of 9.8 seconds in the 100-yard dash.
    1913 – Walter Johnson won his 36th game of the year as the Senators defeated the Philadelphia Athletics, 1-0.
    1918 - EGGERS, ALAN LOUIS, Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Machine Gun Company, 107th Infantry, 27th Division. Place and date: Near Le Catelet, France, 29 September 1918. Entered service at: Summit, N.J. Birth: Saranac Lake, N.Y. G.O. No.: 20, W.D., 1919. Citation: Becoming separated from their platoon by a smoke barrage, Sgt. Eggers, Sgt. John C. Latham and Cpl. Thomas E. O'Shea took cover in a shell hole well within the enemy's lines. Upon hearing a call for help from an American tank, which had become disabled 30 yards from them, the 3 soldiers left their shelter and started toward the tank, under heavy fire from German machineguns and trench mortars. In crossing the fire-swept area Cpl. O'Shea was mortally wounded, but his companions, undeterred, proceeded to the tank, rescued a wounded officer, and assisted 2 wounded soldiers to cover in a sap of a nearby trench. Sgt. Eggers and Sgt. Latham then returned to the tank in the face of the violent fire, dismounted a Hotchkiss gun, and took it back to where the wounded men were, keeping off the enemy all day by effective use of the gun and later bringing it, with the wounded men, back to our lines under cover of darkness. 
    1918 - LEMERT, MILO, Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: First Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company G, 119th Infantry, 30th Division. Place and date: Near Bellicourt, France, 29 September 1918. Entered service at: Crossville, Tenn. Birth: Marshalltown, lowa. G.O. No.: 59, W.D., 1919. Citation: Seeing that the left flank of his company was held up, he located the enemy machinegun emplacement, which had been causing heavy casualties. In the face of heavy fire he rushed it single-handed, killing the entire crew with grenades. Continuing along the enemy trench in advance of the company, he reached another emplacement, which he also charged, silencing the gun with grenades. A third machinegun emplacement opened up on him from the left and with similar skill and bravery he destroyed this also. Later, in company with another sergeant, he attacked a fourth machinegun nest, being killed as he reached the parapet of the emplacement. His courageous action in destroying in turn 4 enemy machinegun nests prevented many casualties among his company and very materially aided in achieving the objective.
    1918 - LUKE, FRANK, JR., (Air Mission) Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Corps, 27th Aero Squadron, 1st Pursuit Group, Air Service. Place and date: Near Murvaux, France, 29 September 1918. Entered service at: Phoenix, Ariz. Born: 19 May 1897, Phoenix, Ariz. G.O. No.: 59, W.D., 1919. Citation: After having previously destroyed a number of enemy aircraft within 17 days he voluntarily started on a patrol after German observation balloons. Though pursued by 8 German planes which were protecting the enemy balloon line, he unhesitatingly attacked and shot down in flames 3 German balloons, being himself under heavy fire from ground batteries and the hostile planes. Severely wounded, he descended to within 50 meters of the ground, and flying at this low altitude near the town of Murvaux opened fire upon enemy troops, killing 6 and wounding as many more. Forced to make a landing and surrounded on all sides by the enemy, who called upon him to surrender, he drew his automatic pistol and defended himself gallantly until he fell dead from a wound in the chest. 
    1918 - Captain GH Wilkins, official AIF photographer, rallies United States troops at the battle of the Hindenburg Line while taking photographs for this action.  He is awarded a bar to his Military Cross, becoming the only Australian official photographer to be decorated for bravery in the field.
    1919 – Gambler Arnold Rothstein decided to finance the fix of the 1919 World Series.  The plan called for Nat Evans to give a $40,000 advance to Sport Sullivan to give to the players, with an additional $40,000 to be put in a safe at the Hotel Congress in Chicago.  Evans kept $29,000 and bet on the Cincinnati Reds, giving White Sox player Chick Gandl only $10,000.
    1920 – Babe Ruth hit his Major League record 54th home run on the last day of the season, his first with the Yankees. Only one other team in the American league hit more than 44 homers.
    1923 - On the same 1923 day as Lombard Street opened across town, the “crookedest street” in San Francisco, the Steinhart Aquarium in Golden Gate Park opened its sculpted bronze doors to the public. Ignatz Steinhart, a wealthy entrepreneur, donated the money to build the place in honor of his deceased brother Sigmund.
    1927 - An outbreak of tornadoes from Oklahoma to Indiana caused 81 deaths and $25 million damage. A tornado (possibly two tornadoes) cut an eight-mile-long path across Saint Louis MO, to Granite City IL, killing 79 persons. The damage path at times was a mile and a quarter in width. The storm followed a similar path to tornadoes which struck in 1871, 1896, and 1959.
    1935 - Birthday of singer/piano player Jerry Lee Lewis, Ferriday, LA.  Nicknamed the Killer, he has been described as rock ‘n’ roll’s first great wild man and one of the most influential pianists of the 20th century." A pioneer of both rock and roll and rockabillly music, Lewis made his first recordings in 1956 at Sun Records in Memphis. It was his 1957 hit “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On" that shot Lewis to fame worldwide. He followed this with the major hits, “Great Balls of Fire,” “Breathless,” and High School Confidential.”  However, his rock and roll career faltered in the wake of his marriage to Myra Gale Brown, his 13-year-old cousin.  His popularity quickly eroded following the scandal and with few exceptions, he did not have much chart success in the early 1960s. His live performances became increasingly wild and energetic. His 1964 live album, “Live at the Star Club, Hamburg,” is regarded by music journalists and fans as one of the wildest and greatest live rock albums ever.  Lewis has a dozen gold records in both rock and country. He has won four Grammy awards, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and two Grammy Hall of Fame Awards. Lewis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 in 1986, and his pioneering contribution to the genre has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.  In 2003, Rolling Stone listed his box set, “All Killer, No Filler: The Anthology,” number 242 on their list of “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” In 2004, they ranked him No. 24 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
    1937 - Birthday of guitarist Joe Hughes, born Maurice Hughes (d. 2003), Houston, Texas.
    1938 - Charleston, SC was hit with 5 tornadoes, which killed 32 people and did $2 million in damage
    1939 - Germany and the Soviet Union agree to divide control of occupied Poland roughly along the Bug River--the Germans taking everything west, the Soviets taking everything east.
    1942 - Hugh Mulzac, first Black captain of a US merchant ship, launches with the Booker T. Washington.
    1942 – Satchel Paige, believed to be 36, of the Kansas City Monarchs, pitched 5 2/3 innings of hitless relief against the Homestead Grays, winning 9 - 5 in Philadelphia in the 1942 Colored World Series, finishing a four-game sweep of the Grays.
    1946 - "The Adventures of Sam Spade" premiered on CBS radio this Sunday night. In the summer of 1946, it had aired on ABC on Friday nights. "The Adventures of Sam Spade", starring Howard Duff as detective Spade, became a hit on Sunday night radio. It was based on novels by writer Dashiell Hammet.
    1947 - Musician Dizzy Gillespie (performing with Charlie Parker) made his Carnegie Hall debut in New York City. Playing with a full-sized band, Gillespie was the leader of a new wave of jazz known as bebop. Over time, Gillespie became one of the great jazz players of all time.
    1947 - Top Hits
“Feudin' and Fightin'” - Dorothy Shay
“I Wish I Didn't Love You So” - Vaughn Monroe
“I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now” - Perry Como
“Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)” - Tex Williams
    1948 - Birthday of broadcaster Bryant Gumbel, New Orleans, LA.
    1950 - CHRISTIANSON, STANLEY R., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, Company E, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.). Place and date: Seoul, Korea, 29 September 1950. Entered service at: Mindoro, Wis. Born: 24 January 1925, Mindoro, Wis. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company E, in action against enemy aggressor forces at Hill 132, in the early morning hours. Manning 1 of the several listening posts covering approaches to the platoon area when the enemy commenced the attack, Pfc. Christianson quickly sent another marine to alert the rest of the platoon. Without orders, he remained in his position and, with full knowledge that he would have slight chance of escape, fired relentlessly at oncoming hostile troops attacking furiously with rifles, automatic weapons, and incendiary grenades. Accounting for 7 enemy dead in the immediate vicinity before his position was overrun and he himself fatally struck down, Pfc. Christianson, by his superb courage, valiant fighting spirit, and devotion to duty, was responsible for allowing the rest of the platoon time to man positions, build up a stronger defense on that flank, and repel the attack with 41 of the enemy destroyed, many more wounded, and 3 taken prisoner. His self-sacrificing actions in the face of overwhelming odds sustain and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. Pfc. Christianson gallantly gave his life for his country. 
    1953 - “Make Room for Daddy,” premiers on TV. Danny Thomas starred as Danny Williams, a nightclub singer and comedian, in this family sitcom. The series was renamed "The Danny Thomas Show" in 1956 after Jean Hagen (who played his wife, Margaret) left the show. Many cast members returned for the show's sequel, "Make Room for Granddaddy," in 1970. Thomas' co-stars were: Sherry Jackson and Penney Parker as Danny's daughter Terry; Rusty Hamer as son Rusty; Amanda Randolph as housekeeper Louise; Horace McMahon as Danny's agent, Phil Arnold; Jesse White as agent Jesse Leeds; Sid Melton as Charlie Halper, owner of the Copa Club; Ben Lessy as Danny's pianist, Ben; Mary Wickes as his publicist, Liz O'Neal; Hans Conried as Uncle Tonoose; Nan Bryant as Danny's mother-in-law and Marjorie Lord as his new wife Kathy O'Hara. Rusty Hamer was our next-door neighbor growing up in Pacific Palisades, California. His brother was my age and we were best friends, double-dating all the time. Danny Thomas, who many now remember as Marlo's dad and Phil Donahue's father-in-law, is also remembered for many things that influenced television. At the suggestion of his friend, Desi Arnaz, Thomas negotiated a deal that would allow him to retain ownership rights to his programs, like “Make Room for Daddy,” which debuted this day on ABC-TV. Later, in 1957, the show would move to CBS under the Desilu/Danny Thomas Productions banner. The rest is, literally, TV history. His success allowed him to give something back to the world, in the form of his philanthropic efforts to build St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis. "All I prayed for was a break," he once told an interviewer, "and I said I would do anything, anything, to pay back the prayer if it could be answered. All I needed was a sign of what to do and I would do it." And so it was.
    1953 - The American League announced that Bill Veeck's controlling interest in the St. Louis Browns has been sold to a Baltimore group headed by mayor Tom D’Alesandro (Nancy Pelosi’s father). The new owners got immediate approval to move the team to Baltimore, something Veeck had been trying in vain to get approved.  The team took the name Orioles and began play for the 1954 season in Memorial Stadium.
    1954 - Willie Mays made a fabulous over-the-shoulder, back-to-the plate catch that many regard as the most famous in baseball history. It came in the first game of the World Series as the New York Giants were playing the Cleveland Indians. Vic Wertz of the Indians hit a long drive to deep center field in the Polo Grounds. Mays turned on the ball, caught it running full stride about 475 feet from home plate, wheeled and threw to keep the runner from scoring on what was a long sacrifice fly. The Giants won the game, 3-0, in 10 innings on Dusty Rhodes's pinch-hit home run and swept the Indians in the Series.  Jack Brickhouse, calling the game on television for NBC, along with Giants’ announcer Russ Hodges, described Mays' catch to viewers:  "There's a long drive waaay back in center field...waaay baaack, baaack, it is...caaaaaught by Wil-lie Mays! The runner on second, Doby, is able to tag and go to third; Willie Mays just brought this crowd to its feet...with a catch...which must have been an optical illusion to a lot of people. Boy! [pause] Notice where that 483 foot mark is in center field? The ball itself...Russ, you know this ballpark better than anyone else I know...had to go about 460, didn't it?"        1955 - Arthur Miller's play, “A View from the Bridge,” opened on Broadway on this date, and received mixed reviews from critics.
    1956 - So far, RCA Victor has received over 856,327 advance orders for Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender."
    1957 - The New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers played their last games as New York teams. The Giants lost to the Pirates at the Polo Grounds, 9-1, while the Dodgers lost to the Phillies at Shibe Park, 2-1.
    1958 - The Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace" enters the pop chart at #27 and the Moonglows' "Ten Commandments of Love," enters the pop charts at #41.
    1958 - Tommy Edwards' "It's All In The Game" leads the Billboard chart. The melody of the song had been written in 1912 by Charles Gates Dawes, who would become vice-president of the United States between 1925 and 1929. Updated lyrics were added in 1951.     
    1959 - Little Anthony and the Imperials record "Shimmy Shimmy Koko Bop," which will reach #24 in the US early next year. 
    1959 - Hurricane Gracie made landfall near Beaufort, SC with sustained winds of 97 mph with a peak gust to 138 mph. 10 people were killed in South Carolina and Georgia. As the weakening storm moved through Virginia on the 30th, she spawned an F3 tornado at Ivy, VA which killed 11 people
    1959 - The irreverent cartoon TV series, “Rocky and Bullwinkle,” created by Jay Ward, debuted on ABC. It was the most sophisticated satirical cartoon series of the television era at that time. “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis” debuted on CBS on the same evening.        
    1960 - ABC-TV brought "My Three Sons" into United States homes. Movie actor Fred MacMurray had a hard time adjusting to the small screen. "My Three Sons" did so well that CBS bought it in 1965, for somewhere between seven and ten million dollars.
    1962 - President JF Kennedy authorized use of federal troops in integration of University of Mississippi. James H. Meredith, an Air Force veteran, was escorted onto the University of Mississippi campus by U.S. marshals. Two men were killed in the ensuing mob violence, which was quelled with the aid of 3000 federal soldiers. The next day, Meredith was enrolled and began to attend classes amid continuing disruption by protestors. On June 6, 1966, James Meredith was shot and wounded while on a lone march from Memphis, Tenn. to Jackson, Miss. to encourage black voter registration. On June 26, 26 groups from across the country joined with Meredith to complete the march. From 1989 to 1991, Meredith served as a policy advisor to conservative Republican Senator Jesse Helms, who only ten years earlier had opposed the establishment of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. He is an author and businessman today.
    1962 – “My Fair Lady” after a run of 6½ years. At the time, the show held the Broadway record for longest-running musical of all time. 3,750,000 people watched the wonderful show and heard tunes like “Wouldn't it Be Loverly,” “Show Me,” “Get Me to the Church on Time,” “I'm an Ordinary Man,” “I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face,” and the Vic Damone/Robert Goulet standard, “On the Street Where You Live.” The team of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe turned George Bernard Shaw's play, “Pygmalion,” into a colorful, musical production. They gave a new life to the rough-around-the-edges, cockney flower girl; the subject of a bet between Professor Higgins (“Just You Wait, 'Enry 'Iggins”) and a colleague. The Professor bet that he could turn Eliza Doolittle into a proper lady (“The Rain in Spain”). “With a Little Bit of Luck,” he did it. Eliza, looking and acting very much like a princess, sang “I Could Have Danced All Night.” After its Broadway success, “My Fair Lady” was made into a motion picture (1964) and won seven Academy Awards including Best Picture.
    1963 - Top Hits
“Blue Velvet” - Bobby Vinton
“Sally, Go 'Round the Roses” - The Jaynetts
“Be My Baby” - The Ronettes
“Abilene” - George Hamilton IV
    1963 - Rolling Stones first tour (opening act for Bo Diddley & Everly Bros)
    1965 - Hanoi publishes the text of a letter it has written to the Red Cross claiming that since there is no formal state of war, U.S. pilots shot down over the North will not receive the rights of prisoners of war (POWs) and will be treated as war criminals.
    1967 - ”Alice” premiers on TV. Linda Lavin played the title role in this CBS comedy that was based on the 1975 film “Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore.” Alice Hyatt was the new girl in town, a widow raising her son while trying to make ends meet by waitressing at a diner. She also had dreams of making it big as a singer. Nine years later, Alice was able to leave her "temp" job for a gig. Lavin's co-stars were: Vic Tayback as diner owner Mel Sharples, Philip McKeon as Alice's son, Tommy, Beth Howland as waitress Vera Gorman, Polly Holliday as sassy waitress Flo Castleberry, Diane Ladd as Flo's replacement Belle Dupree, Celia Weston as waitress Jolene Hunnicut, Martha Raye as Mel's mother, Carrie and Marvin Kaplan as customer Henry Beesmyer. The last episode was on August 31, 1976.
    1967 - Motown's Soul label released Gladys Knight and the Pips' “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.” It ultimately reached Number 2 on the pop charts and Number 1 on the rhythm and blues charts.
    1967 - Mickey Hart joins the Grateful Dead.
    1970 - The New American Bible was published by the St. Anthony Guild Press. It represented the first English version Roman Catholic Bible to be translated from the original Biblical Greek and Hebrew languages. (The Rheims-Douai Version of 1610 had been based on Jerome's Latin Vulgate.)
    1971 - Top Hits
“Go Away Little Girl” - Donny Osmond
“Maggie Mae/Reason to Believe” - Rod Stewart
“The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” - Joan Baez
“The Year That Clayton Delaney Died” - Tom T. Hall
    1973 - "We're an American Band" by the Grand Funk Railroad topped the charts and stayed there for a week.
    1974 - Congress passed the Equal Credit Opportunity Act designed to equalize credit opportunities for women and men. Under the new law, women's income had to be counted in the same way as men's income for credit ratings. It also decreed no one should be refused credit because of sex or marital status.
    1975 - WGPR-TV Detroit, first Black-owned station in US, begins broadcasting.
    1976 - Tommy Lasorda is named to succeed Walter Alston as Dodger manager. 'Smokey' Alston compiled a 2040-1613 record (.558) during his 23-year tenure with the club, winning seven pennants and four world championships.  Managing the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers between 1954 and 1976, Alston signed 23 one-year contracts.  Alston was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983.
    1977 - In history's most-watched prize fight, Muhammad Ali defeated Ernie Shavers, in a decision, to claim the heavyweight championship boxing crown. The bout was televised from Madison Square Garden in New York City to an estimated 70 million viewers on NBC-TV. The first woman official of a heavyweight title boxing match officiated the match.
    1977 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band," Meco. The 15-minute song is a disco version of several themes from the top movie of 1977.
    1979 - Cheap Trick's "Ain't That A Shame" peaks at #35 on the singles chart, while Robert Palmer's "Bad Case Of Loving You" peaks at #14, Nick Lowe's "Cruel To Be Kind" peaks at #12 and Dave Edmunds' "Girls Talk" peaks at #65.
    1979 - Gold hits record $400.20 an ounce in Hong Kong.
    1979 - Top Hits
“My Sharona” - The Knack
“Sad Eyes” - Robert John
“Rise” - Herb Alpert
“It Must Be Love” - Don Williams
    1982 - The first poisoning of store merchandise known to have resulted in numerous deaths took place in and around Chicago, Il. In a three-day period from September 29 to October 1, 1982, seven people died after taking Tylenol, a brand of acetaminophen, which they had bought at a local drugstores and supermarkets. A murderer who was never apprehended had removed the bottles from store shelves, opened them, added cyanide to the capsule of Tylenol, and replaced them in the stores. Tylenol removed all their product from the stores and destroyed them. The poisonings led to the introduction of wraps and seals on all pharmaceutical products and many other products as well.
    1983 - Heavy rains began in central and eastern Arizona which culminated in the worst flood in the history of the state. Eight to ten inch rains across the area caused severe flooding in southeastern Arizona which resulted in thirteen deaths and $178 million damage. President Reagan declared eight counties of Arizona to be disaster areas.
    1983 – “A Chorus Line” became the longest-running show on Broadway, with performance number 3,389. “Grease,” the rock 'n' roll production, had been the previous box-office champ since 1980.
    1984 - "Let's Go Crazy" by Prince & the Revolution topped the charts and stayed there for 2 weeks.
    1984 - The Cars' "Drive" peaks at #3 on the pop singles chart.
    1985 – “MacGyver,” starring Richard Dean Anderson, debuted on ABC.  Fortunately, the last detail is unimportant when compared to his astounding mind. Drawing on a vast practical knowledge of science, MacGyver is able to make use of any mundane materials around him to create unorthodox solutions to any problem he faces. The enemies of world peace and justice continually learn that underestimating this man is a fatal mistake for their plans. The popular series lasted seven years, perhaps making MacGyver a verb in our language for turning something simple into a major tool.
    1986 - The sitcom, “Designing Women,” starring Dixie Carter, Delta Burke, Annie Potts, and Jean Smart premiered on CBS. The well-written show had a loyal following and touched on many female topics that few shows then, or now, tackle. Last episode: May 24, 1993
    1987 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Didn't We Almost Have It All," Whitney Houston.
    1987 - Top Hits
“Didn't We Almost Have It All” - Whitney Houston
“Here I Go Again” - Whitesnake
“Lost in Emotion” - Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
“Three Time Loser” - Dan Seals
    1987 - “Thirtysomething” premiers on TV. This ABC drama series about a group of seven baby boomers was created by boomers Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz. The show's characters were very real to many viewers who were able to identify with their struggles--such as the death of a parent, disease, relationships, singlehood, marriage, divorce, career setbacks and the birth of a child. The cast featured Ken Olin as Michael Steadman; Mel Harris as his wife, Hope; Jade Mortimer and the Craven twins, Brittany and Lacey, as their daughter Jane; Timothy Busfield as Michael's business partner, Elliot Weston; Patricia Wettig (Olin's real-life wife) as Elliot's wife, Nancy; Luke Rossi as their son Ethan; Jordana Shapiro as their daughter Brittany; Polly Draper as Hope's friend Ellyn Warren; Melanie Mayron as Michael's cousin, Melissa Steadman and Peter Horton as family friend Gary Shepherd. The popular show lasted until 1991.
    1987 - A slow moving cold front produced rain from the Great Lakes Region to the Central Gulf Coast Region. A late afternoon thunderstorm produced wind gusts to 62 mph at Buffalo, NY. Warm weather continued in the western U.S. In Oregon, the afternoon high of 96 degrees at Medford was a record for the date.
    1989 - Seven cities reported record high temperatures for the date, as readings soared into the 80s and low 90s in the Northern Plateau and Northern Plains Region. Record highs included 91 degrees at Boise, ID, and 92 degrees at Sheridan, WY. The high of 100 degrees at Tucson, AZ marked their 51st record high of the year, and their 92nd day of 100 degree weather.
    1990 - In Washington, DC, the National Cathedral (officially, the Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul) was completed after 83 years of construction. Begun in 1907, the Gothic edifice had been used in its incomplete form since 1912.
    1991 - Snow began in Caribou, ME at 8:35 p.m. on the29th and ending at 2 am on the 30th with 2.5 inches accumulating.
    1994 - The Pointer Sisters receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star on Hollywood Boulevard was originally set to be unveiled in January, but an earthquake struck Los Angeles three days before the scheduled ceremony. The Pointers are the first African-American female music group to receive the honor.
    1996 - Astros Retire Ryan's Number. The Houston Astros retired uniform number 34 in honor of their former pitcher, Nolan Ryan, who played for Houston for nine seasons.
The ceremony made Ryan the only player to have his number retired by three teams, the California Angeles and the Texas Rangers having previously accorded him the honor.
    2001 - Some 7,000 people marched for peace in Washington, DC while an estimated 7-10,000 marched in San Francisco. They marched to mourn terrorist victims and to urge the nation to heal poverty and injustice that fuels global violence instead of focusing on military revenge.
    2002 - Barry Bonds sets a new season mark for on-base percentage with a .582 OBP. The 38-year-old Giant left fielder, who became the oldest first-time winner of a batting title hitting .370, easily surpassed the 1941 mark established by Ted Williams with a .553 OBP.
    2004 - Major League Baseball announces Washington D.C. will become the new home of the Montreal Expos in time for the 2005 season. The nation's capital, which was chosen over finalists including Las Vegas and Northern Virginia, will have baseball first time in 33 years since the expansion Senators left in 1971 to become the Texas Rangers.
    2005 - John G. Roberts is confirmed as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
    2014 - eBay Inc. announced that it will split its PayPal unit into a separate company, raising the possibility of a PayPal buyout by mobile payment operators such as Google.  The spin-off was completed in 2015.
    2017 - Mysterious sonic attacks on US diplomats prompt US to warn citizens not to travel to Cuba and pull some embassy staff.
    2018 - NY Yankees 2nd baseman Gleyber Torres smashes a 2-run homer in an 8-5 win vs Boston at Fenway Park; Yankees MLB record 265th homer of the season; Giancarlo Stanton adds #266 in 7th.



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