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Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Today's Leasing News Headlines

Six Month 2022 Leasing-Finance Associations'
    Membership Count and by Category
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries
Leasing and Finance Industry Help Wanted
    Work from Home/Generous Sales Commissions
My Experience in Attending Association Conferences
    By Scott Wheeler, CLFP, Business Consulting
Make Your Email Count
    By Ken Countess
Top Ten Leasing News Read by Readers
    August 29 to September 2
ELFA Announces Brittany S. Ogden Will Receive
    2022 Distinguished Service Award
Australian Shepherd Mix
    Butte, Montana  Adopt-a-Dog
National Vehicle Leasing Association Conference
    October 12-14, 2022 Tucson, Arizona
News Briefs---
Best Satellite Internet Providers
   Trouble with WiFI Service, Consider Satellite Providers
CVS to buy Signify Health in $8 billion deal
    One of the largest U.S. health care companies
Companies are using carrots, not sticks, to get workers
    back as hopes fade for post-Labor Day return to the office
Volkswagen to List Porsche in One
    of Biggest IPOs in Years
How China Has Added to Its Influence
    Over the iPhone
It Was War. Then, a Rancher’s Truce
    With Some Pesky Beavers Paid Off

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Broker/Funder/Industry Lists | Features (wrilter's columns)
Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months
Sales Make It Happen

Sports Brief----
 California Nuts Brief---
   "Gimme that wine"
    This Day in History
      Daily Puzzle
        Weather, USA or specific area
         Traffic Live----

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Six Month 2022 Leasing-Finance Associations'
Membership Count and by Category

From Leasing News lists, brokers, funders, lessors, story credits, third parties, it appears three commercial equipment association memberships are common.

In viewing past history, there are several smaller associations no longer in business and no longer counted. Most were regional

It should be noted there was an East Coast (EAEL) and West Coast (WAEL) association that eventually joined as one, which today has become the National Equipment Finance Association (NEFA). At one time, there were members who belong to both.


The Following are 2022 Six-moth Association Breakdowns
 By Category of Membership

ELFA List by Membership Category

“Member companies enjoy a strong return on their membership investment and access to exclusive benefits, including cutting-edge industry information, popular business and professional development events, a powerful federal and state advocacy agenda and effective industry promotion tools.”

Amy Vogt
Vice President, Communications and Marketing


Associate – 34
Broker – 375
Funding Source – 105
Total - 514

“Education is always just a click away on the AACFB website where members can access the quarterly newsletter, Commercial Break and dozens of educational training videos and webinar recordings. In addition, limited legal services are also a benefit of membership. Last but not least, AACFB offers members year-round access to a community of commercial finance professionals willing to share their experience and expertise with one another. Seasoned members mentoring and guiding less experienced members is a hallmark of the AACFB member experience.”

Monica Harper
Executive Director


NEFA has furthered broken down their membership into the following categories:


Chad Sluss, MSA  
Executive Director / CEO


Did not receive six month membership numbers. Here is 2021 Year-end.

265 Members
71 Service Providers
56 Banks
137 Nonbanks


Canadian Finance & Leasing Association

2021 Year-end: 182 Members

August 25, 2022

Regular 121; Associate 58;
Total 179 (and counting) 

Below are quick definitions of each member:

Regular members engage — to a substantial extent — in asset-based financing or leasing within Canada. Regular members are often organizations like independent leasing companies, banks, fleet lessors, and brokers that hold their own book.

Associate members provide products or services to regular members in Canada. Associate members are often supplier organizations like accounting or law firms, consultants, technology providers, and brokers that do not carry their own book.

Scott Long
Manager, Membership & Communications

Leasing and Finace Associations

Association for Government Leasing & Finance

Limited           9
Individuals      9
39 Basic Company Members with 128 total people
9 Industry Leader Companies with 235 total people

Total: 66 Companies

Denise Smith
Member Services & Website Manager


New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Lisa (Lisa Potter) Avellino was hired as Strategic Client Services, Canon Financial Services, Inc., Mount Laurel, New Jersey. She is located in Westville, New Jersey. Previously, she was Customer Care Professional, Marlin Capital Solutions (March, 2020 - August, 2022); Emergent and Non-Emergent Call Taker Dispatcher and EMT, Exceptional Medical Transportation, Inc. (February, 2018 - March, 2020); Emergent and Non-Emergent Medical Transport Coordinator and EMT, Trinity Health Systems (April, 2016 - April, 2018).
Full bio at:

Michael Blizman was hired as Senior Vice President, Credit Manager, M&T Capital and Leasing Corporation, a subsidiary of M&T Bank, Waterbury, Connecticut. Previously, he was Credit Manager/VP Credit, Peoples Capital Leasing, promoted when company became a Division of People's United Bank, Senior Credit Underwriter, People's Capital & Leasing Corporation, (June, 2010 - September, 2022. Credit Underwriter, GE Capital (1989 - 2001); Credit Underwriter, Phoenixcor (1996 - 1999).

Cory Damm
was hired as CEO and Managing Director, Flexing Capital, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He is located in Rye Beach, New Hampshire. Previously, he was at TimePayment, starting June, 2018, as Director, promoted July, 2018, Vice President, Development and Marketing, promoted October, 2019, Vice President and General Manager, Restaurant and Franchise Group, promoted Vice President, Marketing and F&B, April, 2020. He joined LeaseQ June 2012 as Director of Business Development,  June, 2012, promoted Vice President, January, 2013. For full bio:

Michael Dubowec was hired as President for Sonoma Capital, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Previously, he was self-employed as Advisor for CWB National Leasing, where he was former President and CEO (April, 2021 - September, 2022). Prior, he was at National Leasing, starting October, 1989, Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing, promoted November, 2012, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President (November, 2012 - January, 2016), promoted Executive Vice President, January, 2016, named President and CEO (March, 2018 - March, 2021). Sales and Human Resources Manager, Hudson's Bay Company (1986 - 1989).

Peter Esposito was hired as Senior Vice President, Portfolio Administration, M&T Capital Leasing Corporation, a subsidiary of M&T Bank, Waterbury, Connecticut. He held the same position at People's Capital and Leasing Corp. before being acquired by M&T Bank, where he started May, 2001.  Prior, he was Credit Manager, C&I, Daimler Chrysler (1996 - 2001).

Jeffrey Hilzinger
was appointed Independent Director, Encore Capital Group, San Diego, California, a company "Investing in a Top-Tier, Global Companies” ( Previously, he was President, Chief Executive Officer and Director, Marlin Capital Solutions (June, 2016 - April, 2022); He joined EverBank Commercial Finance February, 2010, promoted President, December, 2013); Chief Financial Officer, Tygris Vendor Finance, Inc. (May, 2008 - February, 2010); Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer, US Express Leasing, Inc. (March, 2004 - May, 2008); Co-Founder and Partner, Aternus Partners, LLC (August, 2002 - February, 2004); Executive Vice President, Heller Financial, Inc. (October, 1979 - July, 2002).

(A well- informed and highly respected source told Leasing News, "Marlin (now known as PEAC), laid off around 40 people a month ago as they are outsourcing a lot of their functions to a Jamaican outfit." Leasing News has observed that in the New Hires. - Editor)


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


My Experience in Attending Association Conferences
By Scott Wheeler, CLFP, Business Consulting

The Fall conference season in the commercial equipment finance and leasing is upon us. Wheeler Business Consulting will be attending AACFB in September, ELFA in October and NEFA the first week of November. (Click on each for more information and to register.)

In the mid-eighties, I attended my first association meeting - an ELA event in Chicago. I have been attending association meetings and conferences ever since. My first conference was the experience that convinced me of the tremendous opportunity that existed in the commercial equipment finance and leasing industry. I had no idea that the industry was so large and that there were competitors that I had never heard of before. I met many professionals who were more than willing to share their knowledge and experiences. The relationships established through association meetings have greatly enhanced my career, my ability to provide superior service to my clients, and my ability to maximize my income. Association meetings prepared me for upcoming opportunities and challenges.

 I have never left an association meeting without gaining information which helped me, and my employer, grow and prosper. The industry is always facing changes, challenges, and opportunities; and 2022 going into 2023 is no different than the past. It is essential that every professional in the industry stay connected with their peers through association events.

I would like to provide a personal suggestion and challenge to management teams throughout the industry. Select a few of your up-and-coming stars within your company to tag along and attend a fall conference in 2022. It is an investment well worth making.

I am forever grateful to my manager nearly 35 years ago who saw the value in introducing me to the larger industry. I was thrilled to be asked and more committed to him and my company after the experience. So often I am asked how management teams can reward exceptional achievements, how they can retain top talent, and how they can provide a career path forward.

 Top managers understand the value of having employees who are well connected to the associations and the industry at large. Now is the time to register another attendee at one of 2022 Fall conferences. For more information or to register, click below:

AACFB September 7 & 8 Las Vegas
ELFA October 9 through 11 - Marco Island 
NEFA November 4 through 6 - Nashville 

Scott A. Wheeler, CLFP
Wheeler Business Consulting
Comments, questions and suggestions are welcome.
Phone: 410-877-0428
Wheeler Business Consulting works with banks, independents, captives, origination companies, and investors in the equipment leasing and finance arena. We provide training, strategic planning, and acquisition services. Scott Wheeler is available to discuss your long-term strategy, to assist your staff to maximize outcomes, and to better position your organization in the market.


Make Your Email Count
By Ken Countess

Unless you grab their attention immediately, your subject line may be the only thing your reader will see in his or her inbox before they move onto something else.

So make it count.

Here are 5 tips to help you craft an irresistible subject line that will make people want to open your email:

  • Use short words (with no more than just a few syllables)
  • Use numbers (i.e. - "3 secrets" or "25% off today!")
  • Use active voice instead of passive voice (i.e. - "I use this. Here's why")
  • Try punctuation: add periods, question marks, exclamation points, or hashtags to drive engagement
  • Avoid buzzwords and marketing language like mega, huge, and free. For many readers, those words often look like spam

Once you get them to open your email, offer engaging content to keep them coming back for more.

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Top Ten Leasing News Read by Readers
August 29 to September 2

(1) The Top Five Leasing/Finance Funder Websites
    In North America

(2) Congratulations! You've Got Your CFL License
  Now What?
    By Ken Greene, Leasing News Legal Editor

(3) New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
   and Related Industries

(4) New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries

(5) Every Workplace Should Have an Emergency Puppy

(6) The Richest Billionaire in Every State
    Map with Billion Dollar Amount

(7) Job Boards---Be Careful
    Career Crossroads---By Emily Fitzpatrick/RII

(8) The Most Popular Dog Breeds in the U.S.
    Dog Breeds Most Often Registered 2010 and 2020

(9) FTC Declines to Extend Comment Period on
  the Sales Price of Vehicles for Dealers and Lessors
    By Edward P. Kaye and Sloan Schickler

(10) Superstars and Elusive Secret Sauce
    Sales Makes it Happen by Steve Chriest



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ELFA Announces Brittany S. Ogden Will Receive
2022 Distinguished Service Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) has selected Brittany S. Ogden to receive its 2022 Michael J. Fleming Distinguished Service Award. The award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the association and the equipment finance industry. Ogden, who is a Partner at Quarles & Brady LLP, will be formally recognized during a ceremony at the 61st ELFA Annual Convention in Marco Island, Florida, in October. 

Ogden has been an active member of ELFA for almost two decades, supporting the association in a number of key areas. She has served on member committees, including the Service Provider Business Council Steering Committee and the Legal Committee, which is a resource on a wide range of national and international legal issues impacting the equipment finance industry. Ogden is currently Co-Chair of the Amicus Curiae Subcommittee of the Legal Committee, which reviews requests for industry-related friend-of-the-court briefs. In addition, she volunteers her time to educate ELFA members on industry legal matters, speaking on numerous panels at the ELFA Legal Forum and writing articles for Equipment Leasing & Finance Magazine.

Ogden is a strong supporter of ELFA’s Federal Advocacy program. She has served on the Advocacy Advisory Committee, which provides advice and counsel to ELFA’s federal government relations efforts on a broad range of legislative and regulatory issues. She is a regular participant in Capitol Connections, an annual event held in Washington, D.C., to educate members of Congress about, and advocate for, the equipment finance industry.

In addition to her work with ELFA, Ogden is active with the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation. She currently serves as a member of the Editorial Review Board for the Foundation’s Journal of Equipment Lease Financing and is a donor to the Foundation.

In her role as Partner at Quarles & Brady LLP, Ogden is the National Co-Chair of the firm's Bankruptcy, Restructuring, & Creditor's Rights Practice Group. With her commercial litigation and bankruptcy practice in state and federal courts, she focuses on creditor’s rights work, regularly representing financial institutions, equipment finance companies, secured and unsecured creditors, loan servicers, trustees and creditor committees. Ogden obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and graduated from the Syracuse University College of Law.

Ralph Petta, President and CEO, said, “Each year, the Distinguished Service Award recognizes an ELFA member who goes above and beyond to advance our mission as an association.

“Brittany’s many contributions—from lending her expertise on industry legal matters to supporting the association’s advocacy program—are a perfect example of the kind of volunteer member engagement this award was established to recognize. We are thrilled to present this award to Brittany.”

Brittany S. Ogden, responded, “It’s truly an honor to receive this recognition from ELFA, an organization that has meant so much to me throughout my career.

 “ELFA has done so much over the years to help drive the success of the equipment finance industry and I’m grateful all the opportunities to advance the organization’s mission. I want to thank the leadership and staff of ELFA for their hard work and dedication to serving the needs of its members and the industry.”

About the Award
ELFA introduced the Distinguished Service Award in 2004. In 2014 the award was renamed the Michael J. Fleming Distinguished Service Award to honor ELFA's 1979-2006 President. For more information, visit

About ELFA
The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) is the trade association that represents companies in the nearly $1 trillion equipment finance sector, which includes financial services companies and manufacturers engaged in financing capital goods. ELFA members are the driving force behind the growth in the commercial equipment finance market and contribute to capital formation in the U.S. and abroad. Its 575 members include independent and captive leasing and finance companies, banks, financial services corporations,
broker/packagers and investment banks, as well as manufacturers and service providers. ELFA has been equipping business for success for more than 60 years. For more information, please visit

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One free month of Health Insurance and I.D. tag are included.


National Vehicle Leasing Association Conference
October 12-14, 2022 Tucson, Arizona

Join NVLA for our 2022 Annual Conference in beautiful Tucson, Arizona
as we navigate the future of vehicle leasing!

Golf includes lunch and cart. Club rentals are available upon request and at the golfer's expense


Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
7000 N. Resort Drive
Tucson, AZ 32233

Hotel Reservations:

Remember to book your room at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. NVLA has negotiated a special rate for conference attendees. Availability is limited, and rates are only guaranteed until September 8, 2022.

Golf Outing
NVLA will host a golf outing on Wednesday, October 12 at 12:30 p.m. This outing will take place at the resort's golf course, The Lodge at Ventana Canyon with lunch prior. Golf outing includes lunch and a golf cart. Club rentals are available upon request and at the golfer's expense.


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    back as hopes fade for post-Labor Day return to the office

Volkswagen to List Porsche in One
    of Biggest IPOs in Years

How China Has Added to Its Influence
    Over the iPhone

It Was War. Then, a Rancher’s Truce
      With Some Pesky Beavers Paid Off


When to Use a VPN—and When It
    Won’t Protect Your Data



Sports Briefs---

Rafael Nadal Loses His Serve
    and His Way at the U.S. Open

MLB Power Rankings: Where All 30
    Teams Stand with 1 Month to Go

Top 25: Georgia moves up to No. 2, passing Ohio State

USC, UCLA moving to Big Ten creates a
    big problem no one is talking about

It's official: Rookie RB Dameon Pierce is starter for Texans

NFL Power Rankings Pre-Week 1:
     The race is on to unseat the Rams


California Nuts Briefs---

Updates: Schools close, BART trains slowed as hottest
   San Francisco Bay Area spots could see temps near 120

As region grapples with housing, one
     Sonoma County city reporting progress

Autodesk to close Marin County headquarters



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Your Final Wine School Assignment

Tasting Room Visitation Fell in May, June, and July

Landmark $369 Billion Federal Climate Bill Provides
    Wine Industry with Funding to Combat Climate Change

Huge drop in grape harvest after 'superbly cold'
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Free Wine App

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This Day in History


    1630 - The Massachusetts town of Trimontaine (Shawmut), was renamed Boston, and became the state capital. It was named after a town of the same name in Lincolnshire, England.    
    1776 - According to American colonial reports, Ezra Lee made the world's first submarine attack in the Turtle, attempting to attach a time bomb to the hull of HMS Eagle in New York Harbor (no British records of this attack exist).
    1778 – During the Revolutionary War, France invaded Dominca in the British West Indies, before Britain became aware of France's involvement in the war.
    1816 - Teabout and Chapman launched the Frontenac, the first steamboat “to sail” on the Great Lakes, revolutionizing shipping.
    1825 - The Marquis de Lafayette, the French hero of the American Revolution, bade farewell to President John Quincy Adams at the White House.
    1857 - The Mountain Meadows massacre was a series of attacks on the Baker-Fancher emigrant wagon train, at Mountain Meadows in southern Utah. The attacks began on September 7 and culminated on September 11, 1857, resulting in the mass slaughter of the party by members of the Utah Territorial Militia with some Paiute Native Americans. The militia, officially called the Nauvoo Legion, was composed of southern Utah's Mormon settlers. Intending to leave no witnesses and thus prevent reprisals, the perpetrators killed all the adults and older children—about 120 men, women, and children in total. Seventeen children, all younger than seven, were spared.
    1860 – Grandma Moses (d. 1961) was born Anna Mary Robertson Moses in Greenwich, NY.  A renowned American folk artist, having begun painting in earnest at the age of 78, she is often cited as an example of an individual successfully beginning a career in the arts at an advanced age. Her works have been shown and sold in the United States and abroad and have been marketed on greeting cards and other merchandise. Moses' paintings are among the collections of many museums.
    1864 - In preparation for his march to the sea, Union General William T. Sherman orders residents of Atlanta, Georgia, to evacuate the city. Even though Sherman had just successfully captured Atlanta with minimal losses, he was worried about his supply lines, which stretched all the way to Louisville, Kentucky. With Confederate cavalry leader Nathan Bedford Forrest on the loose, Sherman expected to have a difficult time maintaining an open line of communication and reasoned that he could not stay in Atlanta for long. The number of troops committed to guarding the railroad and telegraph lines was almost as many as he had with him in Atlanta. For Sherman, the defeated residents of Atlanta could only hinder him in his preparations since they represented mouths to feed in addition to his own army. Furthermore, he did not want to bear responsibility for women and children in the midst of his army. Eviction of the residents was Sherman's most logical solution.  Sherman's order surely didn't win him any fans among the Southerners, but he was only starting to build his infamous reputation with the Confederates. In November, he embarked on his march to the sea, during which his army destroyed nearly everything that lay in its path.
    1875 – Edward F. Hutton (d. 1962) was born in Manhattan.  In 1904, Hutton, his brother, Franklyn, and Gerald M. Loeb founded the American stock brokerage firm E.F. Hutton.  Under their leadership, it became one of the most respected financial firms in the United States and for several decades was the second largest brokerage firm in the United States. E.F. Hutton merged in 1988 with Shearson Lehman/American Express.
    1876 - In Northfield, MN, Jesse James and the James-Younger Gang attempted to rob the town's bank but were driven off by armed citizens.
    1881 - The temperature soared to 101 degrees at New York City, 102 degrees at Boston, and 104 degrees at Washington, D.C.
    1892 - At the Olympic Club in New Orleans, James Corbett won the World Heavyweight Championship by knocking out John L. Sullivan in the 21st round. Corbett's new scientific boxing technique enabled him to dodge Sullivan's rushing attacks and wear him down with jabs.
    1903 – Taylor Caldwell (d. 1985) was born in Greenwich, CT.  Novelist and prolific author of popular fiction, also known by the pen names Marcus Holland and Max Reiner, and by her married name of J. Miriam Reback.  In her fiction, she often used real historical events or persons. Best-known works include “Dynasty of Death,” “Dear and Glorious Physician” (about Saint Luke), “Ceremony of the Innocent,” “Pillar of Iron,” “The Earth is the Lord's” (about Genghis Khan) and “Captains and Kings.”  Her last major novel, “Answer As a Man,” appeared in 1980.
    1903 - The Federation of American Motorcyclists was organized at Manhattan Beach, NY., when the New York Motorcycle Club, which in 1903 merged with the Alpha Motorcycle Club of Brooklyn. The first president was R.G. Betts of the New York Motor Cycle Club. About 200 delegates attended the first meeting, considered the first rumble of motorcyclists in the U.S.
    1907 – Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators beat the Red Sox for the first of 38 career 1-0 shutouts.  Johnson threw 130 shutouts during his career, 23 more than runner-up Grover Cleveland Alexander.   
    1908 - Trumpeter Max Kamisnky (d. 1994) birthday, Brockton, MA.
    1908 – Dr. Michael DeBakey (d. 2008) was born in Lake Charles, LA.  World-renowned American cardiac surgeon, innovator, scientist, medical educator, and international medical statesman.  DeBakey is known for his work on the treatment of heart patients and for his role in the development of the mobile army surgical hospital (MASH).
1908 – Put this on the list of things you’ll never see again.  On Labor Day, Washington Senators manager Joe Cantillon was forced to start Walter Johnson as one pitcher was sick and another returned to Washington to be with his sick wife. Only three Senators pitchers made the trip to New York.   The Big Train shut out the Highlanders for the third time in four days, 4-0, topping Jack Chesbro, allowing just two hits and no walks. In the three games, Walter allowed 12 hits, walked one, and struck out 12.
1909 – Elia Kazan (d. 2003) was born Elias Kazantzoglou in Constantinople, now Turkey.  Director, producer, writer and actor, described by The New York Times as "one of the most honored and influential directors in Broadway and Hollywood history."  Noted for drawing out the best dramatic performances from his actors, he directed 21 actors to Oscar nominations, resulting in nine wins. He directed a string of successful films, including “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951), “On the Waterfront” (1954), and “East of Eden” (1955). During his career, he won two Oscars as Best Director and received an Honorary Oscar, won three Tony Awards, and four Golden Globes.  A turning point in Kazan's career came with his testimony as a witness before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1952 at the time of the blacklist, which brought him strong negative reactions from many liberal friends and colleagues. His testimony helped end the careers of former acting colleagues, along with ending the work of playwright Clifford Odets.  Nearly a half-century later, his anti-Communist testimony continued to cause controversy. When Kazan was awarded an honorary Oscar in 1999, dozens of actors chose not to applaud as 250 demonstrators picketed the event. 
    1912 – David Packard (d. 1996) was born Pueblo, CO.  An electrical engineer and co-founder, with William Hewlett, of Hewlett-Packard (1939), serving as president (1947–64), CEO (1964–68), and Chairman of the Board (1964–68, 1972–93). He served as US Deputy Secretary of Defense from 1969 to 1971 during the Nixon Administration. Packard was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1988 and is noted for many technological innovations and philanthropic endeavors.    
    1922 - Joe Newman (d. 1992) birthday (Great Count Basie trumpet player-13 years), New Orleans.
    1924 – Daniel Inouye (d. 2012) was born in Honolulu.  US Senator from Hawaii from 1963 to 2012. He was President pro tempore (3d line the presidential line of succession) of the Senate from 2010 until his death in 2012, making him the highest-ranking Asian American politician in U.S. history. Inouye fought in World War II and lost his right arm to a grenade wound.   He was a Medal of Honor recipient, received several military decorations and was a posthumous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
    1930 - Tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins was born Walter Theodore Rollins, Sugar Hill in Harlem. 
    1936 - Singer Buddy Holly (d. 1959) was born Charles Hardin Holley in Lubbock, TX. Musician and singer-songwriter who was a central figure of mid-1950s rock and roll.  In 1955, after opening for Elvis, Holly decided to pursue a career in music. He opened for Presley three times that year; his band's style shifted from country and western to entirely rock and roll. In October that year, when he opened for Bill Haley & The Comets, Holly was spotted by Nashville scout Eddie Crandall, who helped him get a contract with Decca Records.  Unhappy with their control in the studio and with the sound he achieved there, Holly went to producer Norman Petty in New Mexico and recorded a demo of "That’ll Be the Day” among other songs. In September 1957, as the band now known as Buddy Holly and The Crickets, toured, "That'll Be the Day" topped the US and UK charts. Its success was followed in October by another major hit, "Peggy Sue."  In early 1959, Holly assembled a new band, including future country music star Waylon Jennings and embarked on a tour of the midwestern U.S. After a show in Clear Lake, IA, Holly chartered an airplane to travel to his next show. Soon after takeoff, the plane crashed, killing Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, and the pilot, in a tragedy later elegized by Don McLean as "American Pie."
1944 - MAXWELL, ROBERT D., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, 7th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Besancon, France, 7 September 1944. Entered service at: Larimer County, Colo. Birth: Boise, Idaho. G.O. No.: 24, 6 April 1945. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty on 7 September 1944, near Besancon, France. Technician 5th Grade Maxwell and 3 other soldiers, armed only with .45 caliber automatic pistols, defended the battalion observation post against an overwhelming onslaught by enemy infantrymen in approximately platoon strength, supported by 20mm. flak and machinegun fire, who had infiltrated through the battalion's forward companies and were attacking the observation post with machinegun, machine pistol, and grenade fire at ranges as close as 10 yards. Despite a hail of fire from automatic weapons and grenade launchers, Technician 5th Grade Maxwell aggressively fought off advancing enemy elements and, by his calmness, tenacity, and fortitude, inspired his fellows to continue the unequal struggle. When an enemy hand grenade was thrown in the midst of his squad, Technician 5th Grade Maxwell unhesitatingly hurled himself squarely upon it, using his blanket and his unprotected body to absorb the full force of the explosion. This act of instantaneous heroism permanently maimed Technician 5th Grade Maxwell, but saved the lives of his comrades in arms and facilitated maintenance of vital military communications during the temporary withdrawal of the battalion's forward headquarters.
1950 - “Truth or Consequences” premiered on television. The half-hour show was based on a parlor game: contestants who failed to answer a question before the buzzer (nickname Beulah) went off had to perform stunts (i.e., pay the consequences.) Ralph Edwards created and hosted the show until 1954, then it became a prime-time show hosted by Jack Bailey. My father's very close friend, Morris Burman, was the lead writer. Bob Barker succeeded Bailey in 1966 and hosted it through syndication through 1974. In 1977, the show was revived as “The New Truth of Consequences” with Bob Hilton as host, ending in 1988.
    1951 - CRUMP, JERRY K., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, Company L, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Chorwon, Korea, 6 and 7 September 1951. Entered service at: Forest City, N.C. Born: 18 February 1933, Charlotte, N.C. G.O. No.: 68, 11 July 1952. Citation. Cpl. Crump, a member of Company L, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. During the night a numerically superior hostile force launched an assault against his platoon on Hill 284, overrunning friendly positions and swarming into the sector. Cpl. Crump repeatedly exposed himself to deliver effective fire into the ranks of the assailants, inflicting numerous casualties. Observing 2 enemy soldiers endeavoring to capture a friendly machine gun, he charged and killed both with his bayonet, regaining control of the weapon. Returning to his position, now occupied by 4 of his wounded comrades, he continued his accurate fire into enemy troops surrounding his emplacement. When a hostile soldier hurled a grenade into the position, Cpl. Crump immediately flung himself over the missile, absorbing the blast with his body and saving his comrades from death or serious injury. His aggressive actions had so inspired his comrades that a spirited counterattack drove the enemy from the perimeter. Cpl. Crump's heroic devotion to duty, indomitable fighting spirit, and willingness to sacrifice himself to save his comrades reflect the highest credit upon himself, the infantry and the U.S. Army.
    1951 - KANELL, BILLIE G., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Army, Company I, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Pyongyang, Korea, 7 September 1951. Entered service at: Poplar Bluff, Mo. Born: 26 June 1931, Poplar Bluff, Mo. G.O. No.: 57, 13 June 1952. Citation: Pvt. Kanell, a member of Company I, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. A numerically superior hostile force had launched a fanatical assault against friendly positions, supported by mortar and artillery fire, when Pvt. Kanell stood in his emplacement exposed to enemy observation and action and delivered accurate fire into the ranks of the assailants. An enemy grenade was hurled into his emplacement and Pvt. Kanell threw himself upon the grenade, absorbing the blast with his body to protect 2 of his comrades from serious injury and possible death. A few seconds later another grenade was thrown into the emplacement and, although seriously wounded by the first missile, he summoned his waning strength to roll toward the second grenade and used his body as a shield to again protect his comrades. He was mortally wounded as a result of his heroic actions. His indomitable courage, sustained fortitude against overwhelming odds, and gallant self-sacrifice reflect the highest credit upon himself, the infantry, and the U.S. Army.
    1952 - PORTER, DONN F., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company G, 14th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Mundung-ni Korea, 7 September 1952. Entered service at: Baltimore, Md. Born: 1 March 1931, Sewickley, Pa. G.O. No.: 64, 18 August 1953. Citation: Sgt. Porter, a member of Company G, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. Advancing under cover of intense mortar and artillery fire, 2 hostile platoons attacked a combat outpost commanded by Sgt. Porter, destroyed communications, and killed 2 of his 3-man crew. Gallantly maintaining his position, he poured deadly accurate fire into the ranks of the enemy, killing 15 and dispersing the remainder. After falling back under a hail of fire, the determined foe reorganized and stormed forward in an attempt to overrun the outpost. Without hesitation, Sgt. Porter jumped from his position with bayonet fixed and, meeting the onslaught and in close combat, killed 6 hostile soldiers and routed the attack. While returning to the outpost, he was killed by an artillery burst, but his courageous actions forced the enemy to break off the engagement and thwarted a surprise attack on the main line of resistance. Sgt. Porter's incredible display of valor, gallant self-sacrifice, and consummate devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon himself and uphold the noble traditions of the military service.
    1953 - American tennis great Maureen “Little Mo” Connolly became the first woman to win the Grand Slam, the four major tournaments in the same year. She began with the Australian Open, then the French Open and then Wimbledon. At the US championships at Forest Hills, NY, she defeated Doris Hart in the final, 6-2, 5-4. Connolly was so dominating that the match lasted only 43 minutes.
    1956 - “The Adventures of Jim Bowie” premiered. My father, Lawrence Menkin, wrote some of the episodes. This half-hour western about the inventor of the Bowie knife starred Scott Forbes as the title character. There was much criticism about the early violence, and as a results action was greatly decreased on this original television series (Bowie rarely used his knife and even fist fights were removed from air.)
    1957 - Elvis enters a recording studio to cut "Treat Me Nice," "Don't" and the tracks for his upcoming Christmas album
    1958 - Georgia Gibbs performs "The Hula-Hoop Song" on The Ed Sullivan Show, boosting the craze that is sweeping North America. The song would be the last of nine Top-40 hits for Gibbs.
    1963 - Three weeks after its release, The Beatles' "She Loves You" hits #1 in England. It remained on the charts for thirty-one consecutive weeks, eighteen of those in the top three.
    1963 - The Pro Football Hall of Fame opened in Canton, OH with 17 charter members:  Jim Thorpe, Ernie Nevers, Bronco Nagurski, Don Hutson, Cal Hubbard, Pete Henry, Mel Hein, Red Grange, Dutch Clark, Johnny Blood, Sammy Baugh, George Halas, Curly Lambeau, George Preston Marshall, Tim Mara, Joe Carr and Bert Bell. The reasons Canton was selected:  The NFL was founded in Canton in 1920 (at that time it was known as the American Professional Football Association); second, the now-defunct Canton Bulldogs were a successful NFL team during the first few years of the league.
    1966 - Roy Orbison begins filming his one and only starring role, in the unlikely Western comedy “The Fastest Guitar Alive,” with a cameo by Sam "The Sham" Samudio of "Wooly Bully" fame.
    1967 - At Candlestick Park, the Giants tie a National League mark using a record 25 players to beat the Astros in 15 innings, 3-2. Manager Herman Franks uses all his starters and five relief pitchers, sends six pinch hitters to the plate; three players enter the contest as pinch runners along with two defensive substitutions.
    1967 - “The Flying Nun” premiered on television, about a nun at a convent in Puerto Rico who discovers that she can fly, starring Sally Fields.
    1968 - The Doors' LP “Waiting for the Sun” hits #1
    1970 - A lightning bolt struck a group of football players at Gibbs High School in Saint Petersburg FL, killing two persons and injuring 22 others. All the thirty-eight players and four coaches were knocked off their feet
    1970 - ENGLISH, GLENN H., JR., Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company E, 3d Battalion, ~03 Infantry, 173d Airborne Brigade. Place and date: Phu My District, Republic of Vietnam, 7 September 1970. Entered service at: Philadelphia, Pa. Born: 23 April 1940, Altoona, Pa. Citation: S/Sgt. English was riding in the lead armored personnel carrier in a 4-vehicle column when an enemy mine exploded in front of his vehicle. As the vehicle swerved from the road, a concealed enemy force waiting in ambush opened fire with automatic weapons and anti-tank grenades, striking the vehicle several times and setting it on fire. S/Sgt. English escaped from the disabled vehicle and, without pausing to extinguish the flames on his clothing, rallied his stunned unit. He then led it in a vigorous assault, in the face of heavy enemy automatic weapons fire, on the entrenched enemy position. This prompt and courageous action routed the enemy and saved his unit from destruction. Following the assault, S/Sgt. English heard the cries of 3 men still trapped inside the vehicle. Paying no heed to warnings that the ammunition and fuel in the burning personnel carrier might explode at any moment, S/Sgt. English raced to the vehicle and climbed inside to rescue his wounded comrades. As he was lifting 1 of the men to safety, the vehicle exploded, mortally wounding him and the man he was attempting to save. By his extraordinary devotion to duty, indomitable courage, and utter disregard for his own safety, S/Sgt. English saved his unit from destruction and selflessly sacrificed his life in a brave attempt to save 3 comrades. S/Sgt. English's conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the cost of his life were an inspiration to his comrades and are in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army.
    1974 - Elton John is awarded a gold record for "Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me." The single was #2 on the Hot 100 for four straight weeks but was kept out of the top spot by John Denver's "Annie's Song," Roberta Flack's "Feel Like Makin' Love" and Paper Lace's "The Night Chicago Died."
    1977 - In Washington, President Jimmy Carter and Panamanian dictator Omar Torrijos sign a treaty agreeing to transfer control of the Panama Canal from the United States to Panama at the end of the 20th century. The Panama Canal Treaty also authorized the immediate abolishment of the Canal Zone, a 10-mile-wide, 40-mile-long U.S.-controlled area that bisected the Republic of Panama. Many in Congress opposed giving up control of the Panama Canal--an enduring symbol of U.S. power and technological prowess--but America's colonial-type administration of the strategic waterway had long irritated Panamanians and other Latin Americans. The rush of settlers to California and Oregon in the mid-19th century was the initial impetus of the U.S. desire to build an artificial waterway across Central America. In 1855, the United States completed a railroad across the Isthmus of Panama (then part of Colombia), prompting various parties to propose canal-building plans. Ultimately, Colombia awarded the rights to build the canal to Ferdinand de Lesseps, the French entrepreneur who had completed the Suez Canal in 1869. Construction on a sea-level canal began in 1881, but inadequate planning, disease among the workers, and financial problems drove Lesseps' company into bankruptcy in 1889.
    1979 - The Chrysler Corporation asked the United States government for $1.5 billion to avoid bankruptcy.
    1979 – A game-changing development in television was launched with the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network in Bristol CT. An estimated 30,000 viewers tuned in to witness the launch.  Simultaneously, ESPN debuted its first “Sports Center” telecast with anchors Lee Leonard and George Grande.   The first words spoken were from Leonard who informed viewers: "If you're a fan, if you're a fan, what you'll see in the next minutes, hours, and days to follow may convince you you've gone to sports heaven."  The first score Grande announced was Chris Evert’s victory over Billie Jean King at the US Open tennis tournament.  New England sports announcer William Rasmussen founded ESPN to broadcast New England Whalers hockey games and University of Connecticut sports events. It was purchased by the Getty Oil Company before it began broadcasting in 1979, the year it began signing large advertising contracts. In 1984 it was sold to ABC, Inc., and three years later, began broadcasting NFL games on Sunday nights. Though a cable network, ESPN competed with the established networks in producing live sporting events. In 1990 it paid $400 million to Major League Baseball to broadcast 175 games annually for four years. NHL games, college basketball and football games, including bowl and all-star games, and bowling, golf, martial arts, tennis, and lacrosse matches were among the more than 65 sports broadcast on ESPN, which transmitted 24 hours a day. 
1986 - Off the coast of Florida, an F-106 “Delta Dart” of the 125th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron encounters a Soviet Air Force Tu-95 “Bear” bomber flying parallel to the twelve-mile limit of U.S. airspace as it makes its way from Russia to Cuba. These are routine flights which are just as routinely met by Air Guard fighters who act as ‘escorts’ to be sure the bombers pose no threat to the U.S. homeland. Since 1953, Air Guard fighter-interceptor units took on an air defense mission, challenging unidentified aircraft flying into American airspace. Air Guard pilots and aircraft stood alert 24 hours a day, every day. This mission grew each year and by 1965, the 22 interceptor squadrons flew 30,000 hours and completed 38,000 alert sorties. By 1988, the Air Guard provided 86% of the Air Force units assigned to national airspace security. In the post 9/11 environment, the Air Guard has continued and expanded its role in homeland defense by flying overhead cover for major cities in times of heightened alert as well as investigating all suspicious air traffic heading toward or across the country.
    1988 - Fifty cities across the eastern U.S. reported record low temperatures. The low of 56 degrees at Mobile, AL was their coolest reading of record for so early in the season. The mercury dipped to 31 degrees at Athens, OH, and to 30 degrees at Thomas, WV.
    1993 - Dr. Joycelyn Elders, born in 1933 in Schaal, AR, became the first African-American Surgeon General. Elders, the former health director of the state of Arkansas, was confirmed by a Senate vote of 65 to 34.
    1995 – Oregon Senator Bob Packwood resigned rather than face expulsion after allegations of sexual harassment, abuse, and assault of women emerged. Packwood's political career began to unravel in November 1992, when a Washington Post story detailed claims of sexual abuse and assault from ten women, chiefly former staffers and lobbyists. Publication of the story was delayed until after the 1992 election, as Packwood had denied the allegations and the Post had not gathered enough information about the story at the time. Packwood defeated the Democratic nominee, 52.1% to 46.5%–easily his closest race since his initial run for the seat a quarter-century earlier. Eventually 19 women came forward.  As the situation developed, Packwood's diary became an issue. Wrangling over whether the diary could be subpoenaed and whether it was protected by the Fifth Amendment's protection against self-incrimination ensued. He did divulge 5,000 pages to the Senate Ethics Committee but balked when a further 3,200 pages were demanded by the committee. It was discovered that he had edited the diary, removing what were allegedly references to sexual encounters and the sexual abuse allegations made against him. Packwood then made what some of his colleagues interpreted as a threat to expose wrongdoing by other members of Congress. The diary allegedly detailed some of his abusive behavior toward women and, according to a press statement made by Richard Bryan, at that time serving as senator from Nevada, "raised questions about possible violations of one or more laws, including criminal laws." Despite pressure for open hearings from the public and from female Senators, the Senate ultimately decided against them.  The Ethics Committee's indictment, much of it from Packwood's own writings, according to a report in The New York Times, detailed the sexual misconduct, obstruction of justice, and ethics charges being made against him.  The Ethics Committee referred to Packwood's "habitual pattern of aggressive, blatantly sexual advances, mostly directed at members of his own staff or others whose livelihoods were connected in some way to his power and authority as a Senator" and said Packwood's behavior included "deliberately altering and destroying relevant portions of his diary" which Packwood himself had written in the diary were "very incriminating information". On September 7, the committee unanimously recommended that Packwood be expelled from the Senate. 
1996 - In a pre-game ceremony in front of sellout crowd at the Metrodome, the Twins bid farewell to Kirby Puckett, one of team's popular players in recent years. After a remarkable 12-year Hall of Fame career, the talented and personable outfielder was forced to retire in July because of blindness in his right eye caused by glaucoma.  He died in 2006.
    2001 - During his 30th Anniversary celebration at Madison Square Garden, Michael Jackson is reunited onstage with the Jackson 5 for the first time since 1984.
    2008 – On the heels of The Great Recession that was precipitated by a subprime mortgage collapse, the US Government took control of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.  Following their mission to meet HUD housing goals, GSEs such as Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Banks (FHL Banks) had striven to improve home ownership of low and middle income families, underserved areas, and generally through special affordable methods such as "the ability to obtain a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage with a low down payment... and the continuous availability of mortgage credit under a wide range of economic conditions."  Then in 2003–2004, the subprime mortgage crisis began.  The market shifted away from regulated GSE's and radically toward Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS) issued by unregulated private-label securitization conduits, typically operated by investment banks.  Fannie Mae and smaller Freddie Mac owned or guaranteed a massive proportion of all home loans in the United States and so were especially hard hit by the slump. The government officials also stated that the government had also considered calling for explicit government guarantee through legislation of $5 trillion on debt owned or guaranteed by the two companies.  On Oct 21, 2010, FHFA estimates revealed that the bailout of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae will likely cost taxpayers $224–360 billion in total, with over $150 billion already provided
    2010 - Trevor Hoffman earns his 600th save, the first Major Leaguer to do so, when he induces pinch-hitter Aaron Miles to hit a grounder for the final out in the Brewers' 4-2 victory over St. Louis at Miller Park. The 42-year-old reliever, baseball's career saves leader, has converted 600 of his 676 save opportunities (89%) during his 18-year career with Florida, San Diego and Milwaukee. Hoffman remains second behind the all-time saves leader, Mariano Rivera, who retired with 652.  Hoffman entered the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018.
    2014 - Serena Williams beat Caroline Wozniacki in the U.S. Open final, joining Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert in having won 18 Grand Slam singles victories.



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