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Friday, September 16, 2022

Today's Leasing News Headlines

Funders Looking for Broker Business
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries
Leasing and Finance Industry Help Wanted
    Equipment Vendor Sales Managers Top Positions Open
Sales Makes it Happen---by Ralph Mango
    Evaluating a Sales Person
From the Past: September 15, 2016
  Employee Exodus at Direct Capital, Portsmouth, NH
    Customers and Vendors to Follow
Tips For Employers Hiring Competitor’s Employees
    By Tom McCurnin, Former Leasing News Legal Editor
AACFB Reports Commercial Financing Expo
    Continues Year-Over-Year Growth
The Duke, Runny Pages, I Want You Back
  Official Competition, The Outfit
   Steaming Releases Reviewed by Fernando Croce
    St. Louis, Missouri  Adopt-a-Dog
2022 Canadian Finance and Leasing Conference
    September 21 - 22, 2022 - Charlottetown PEI
News Briefs---
New York DFS Publishes New Proposal
    on Commercial Financing Disclosure Law
Biden hails tentative deal to avert rail strike as
    businesses urge freight workers to back it
Apple deepens Silicon Valley presence
    with Sunnyvale real estate deal
FedEx to Close Offices, Park Aircraft After Warning of Sales Shortfall
    Delivery giant says volumes of packages and revenues fell below expectations
Mortgage Rates Top 6% for the First Time Since the 2008 Financial Crisis
    higher rates forcing some would-be buyers to continue renting or to skimp elsewhere

You May Have Missed ---
Nearly 30% of Pet Owners Can't Afford
    Their Pets amid Inflation

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----

######## surrounding the article denotes it is a “press release,” it was not written by Leasing News nor has the information been verified. The source noted. When an article is signed by the writer, it is considered a “byline.” It reflects the opinion and research of the writer.


Funders Looking for Broker Business
Free listings

There is no advertising fee or charge for a listing.They are “free.” Leasing News makes no endorsement of any of the companies listed, except they have qualified to be on this specific list.

We encourage companies who are listed to contact us for any change or addition they would like to make. We encourage adding further information as an "attachment" or clarification of what they have to offer would be helpful to readers.

Please send company name, contact/email or telephone number as well as a URL to attach or description to

Alphabetical list - click on company name to view more details

1st Enterprise Bank Leasing
360 Equipment Finance
Allegheny Valley Bank Leasing
Balboa Capital Corp.
Bankers Capital
Barrett Capital Corporation
Baystone Government Finance/
KS StateBank

Black Rock Capital
Blue Bridge Financial
Boston Financial & Equity Corp.
BSB Leasing, Inc.
Calfund, LLC
Celtic Bank
C.H. Brown Company
Chesapeake Industrial Leasing Co., Inc.

Dakota Financial
Dedicated Funding
Dext Capital
Exchange Bank Leasing (formerly Dumac Leasing)
FirstLease, Inc.
First Federal Leasing
First Foundation Bank
First Midwest Equipment
Finance Co.

Financial Pacific Leasing
Forum Financial Services, Inc.
Gonor Funding
Global Financial & Leasing Services, LLC
International Financial Services

Madison Capital
Maxim Commercial Capital, LLC

Mesa Leasing
National Equipment Finance
Navitas Lease Corp.
NewLane Finance
NexTier Leasing
NFS Leasing, Inc
North Mill Equipment Finance
Northwest Leasing Company, Inc
Padco Financial Services
Pacific Mercantile Bank
Pawnee Leasing Corporation
Providence Equipment Finance
Quality Leasing Co, Inc
RLC Funding
SLIM Capital, LLC
Standard Professional Services, LLCTargeted Funding Co., LLC
TEAM Funding Solutions

Full Listing:


New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Dan Castellini was hired as CEO, Trio Capital, Mt. Laurel, New Jersey.  He joined Marlin Capital Solutions January, 2004, Risk Analyst, promoted January, 2008, Director of Risk Management, promoted January, 2013, Assistant Vice President, Risk Management, promoted Vice President, Risk Management November, 2013, promoted Senior Vice President, Data Science and Analytics, April, 2007.

Kristene Couture was promoted to Senior Director of Operations, ZRG Partners, LLC., New Rochelle, New Jersey. She is located in Worcester, Massachusetts. She joined the firm September, 2013, Marketing Coordinator, promoted September, 2015, Senior Marketing Coordinator, Team Lead, promoted May, 2016, Marketing Support Manager, promoted July, 2018, Director of Bullhorn Reporting and Systems Control, promoted November, 2019, Director, Operations.

Ian Fine was promoted to Regional Sales Manager, Balboa Capital, Costa Mesa, California.  He is located in the Denver Metropolitan Area. Previously, he was Sales Representative, Finance, Olympus Corporation of the Americas (October, 2017 - May, 2018); Relationship Manager, CIT (April, 2013 - October, 2017); Inside Sales Representative, Key Equipment Finance (September, 2006 - April, 2013); Recruiter, Maxim Healthcare Services (September, 2005 - September, 2006).

Tibor Horvarth was hired as Senior Vice President, PEAC Solutions, Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. Previously, he was Consultant, Fleet Services LLC (January, 2019 - August, 2022): Vice President, Commercial Leader, Americas, DLL (September, 2001 - December, 2018); VP Sales, Copelco Capital (1998 - 2001); Regional Manager, AT&T Capital (1992 - 1998); Regional Sales Manager, Yale Materials Handling (1985 - 1992).

Joe Mancini was hired as Chief Sales Officer, Trio Capital, Mt. Laurel, New Jersey.  He is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Previously, he was Vice President of Sales, NewLane Finance (August, 2020 - September, 2022). He joined Marline Business Services Corp, 2003, Sales Account Development, promoted 2007, National Sales Manager, promoted July, 2013, National Sales Director, promoted January, 2017, Assistant Vice President, promoted at Marlin Capital Services, as Vice President of Direct Lending  (April, 2018). He began his career as Sales Administrator, Fidelity Leasing (2000 - 2002).

Janeen Missouri was hired as Mid-Ticket Senior Credit Analyst at PEAC Solutions, Mount Laurel, New Jersey. Previously she was Senior Credit Analyst, Marlin Capital Solutions, April, 2002; Credit Analyst, Advanta Leasing December, 1994 - January, 2001).

Tim Nash was hired as Business Development Manager, Multipli, Chatswood, NSW. He is located in Oceanside, California. Previously, he was Relationship Manager, Technology Vendor Services, US Bank; National Account Manager, Macquarie Corporation and Asset Finance (August, 2012 - June, 2013); Regional Sales Manager, Key Equipment Finance (August, 2008 - August, 2012); Sales Manager, CIT (2004 - 2008).

Ray Shilling was hired as Vice President, Broker Services, PEAC Business Finance, Mount Laurel, New Jersey.  He is located in Marlton, New Jersey. Previously, he was Strategic Account Manager, Marlin Capital Solutions (October, 2021 - August, 2022).

Anthony Schindell was hired as Vice President of Trio Capital, Mount Laurel, New Jersey.  He is located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Previously, he was Credit Manager, Equipment Finance, APEL Commercial Capital Corporation (December, 2020 - September, 2022). Prior he was at Marlin Capital Solutions, starting June, 2015, Senior Underwriter, promoted August, 2017, Credit Team Lead, promoted June, 2019, Credit Leader. American Heritage Federal Credit Union December, 2011, Loan Officer II, promoted November, 2013, Loan Officer Coordinator. He began his career at Wells Fargo, joining May, 2005, Loan Documentation Specialist IV, promoted April, 2008, Senior Credit Manager.

Jeff Schubert is now Director of Sales, PEAC Solutions, Mt. Laurel, New Jersey.  He is located in Bradenton, Florida. He joined Marlin Capital Solutions, May, 2019, as Strategic Account Manager. Director of Strategic Partnerships, Rapid Finance (January, 2015 - April, 2019); Business Development Manager, Engs Commercial Finance (November, 2013 - December, 2014); Regional Leasing Manager, Element Financial Corporation (July, 2012 - September, 2013); President, American Bank Leasing Corporation (July, 2002 - June, 2012). Full Bio:



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


Sales Makes it Happen---by Ralph Mango

Evaluating a Sales Person

I had just taken over national responsibility for sales because the predecessor was terminated. The issue was underperforming sales. After reviewing performance evaluations and personnel files, which is the first step in my turnaround planning, it occurred to me that we likely had too many people in sales who would be better at something else, or leaving.

I contracted with a prominent assessment firm to develop a test of their skills, attitudes, likes, intellect and personalities. Not Meyers-Briggs but something more specific.

The questions were straightforward: (1) would you rather be at a beach reading or at a party? (2) When things aren't quite going your way, do you grouse around in anger, evaluate the situation and come up with a plan, or quit the company?...and many variations on situations.

It turned out that based upon their answers, over 40 percent did not have the personality, nearly one-third did not have the intellect or the attitude, and nearly 35 percent do not have the temperament for the problem-solving required for solution selling. Not only did have too many left-handed catchers playing shortstop, most of them would rather be playing soccer!

I am also reminded of Bill Walsh contacting Dr. Harry Edwards at Cal after the San Francisco 49ers’ first Super Bowl win. He asked him to spend considerable time with Montana, Clark, Reynolds, Lott, Cross, etc., to find out what drives them, what makes them compete at such high levels, particularly when things are not going well. Then develop a survey by which to understand whether others, in answering the survey, exhibit similar characteristics.

Edwards completed the survey questionnaire and the first people he gave the test to were the Niners he interviewed. They blew the top off the test. From that day forward, in the days before the Wunderlich, every Niner signee, draftee, combine prospect, free agent had to take that survey and pass or they were not considered further.

Then-owner Eddie DeBartolo said years later that he believed that to be one of the differentiators that made them great. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Class of 2016. 

If you want to view a hilarious induction speech, check YouTube

Associate Editor, Leasing News. Editor: This Day in American History.  His nearly 40-year equipment leasing career includes: Region Manager, Ingersoll-Rand Financial Services; Vice President, NCR Credit; Vice President of Sales, AT&T Capital Corporation; Sr. Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Newcourt Financial; Co-founder, Vice President, General Manager, Dell Financial Services; VP, General Manager, Western Star Finance; Director, Canon Financial Services; and VP, Broker Services, Marlin Leasing. He has broad and successful business unit general management experience in both indirect and direct equipment leasing as a captive lessor and vendor provider that began as a credit manager. He also made the career change into digital analytics industry involving processes, controls and projects related to revenue issues, consumer demographics, adoption, and behavior in this digital age of morphing technologies.


From the Past: September 15, 2016
Employee Exodus at Direct Capital, Portsmouth, NH
Customers and Vendors to Follow

Since CIT Bank took over the operation at Direct Capital, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, employees have been leaving right and left as fast as they can.  The press release originally stated:
CIT Agrees to Acquire Technology-Driven Lender Direct Capital. Expands Small Business and Middle-Market Lending and Leasing Capabilities Through Proprietary Online Lending Platform

The transaction will expand CIT’s small business and middle market lending and equipment leasing capabilities and will allow Direct Capital’s highly experienced team of professionals to offer CIT’s broad range of products and services to its customers. 

“As part of the acquisition, Christopher J. Broom, Co-founder and Chairman of Direct Capital, and James P. Broom, Chief Executive Officer of Direct Capital, will continue to lead the business” (1)
Leasing News has been receiving emails for over six months from current and ex-employees, some direct to Leasing News, and some from contacts to ex-employees in writing the Friday feature "New Hires-Promotions;” communicating with the ex-employee of Direct Capital for a photo or to correct some information they have in their LinkedIn biography. There have been many complaints, some of which Leasing News sent some to Direct Capital, and to CIT, but a response has never been received, so they were not written about in Leasing News.

It is perhaps time to bring the situation to a news edition.

This email is from a current Direct Capital employee, a very reliable source for several years (name and perhaps other identifying information has been removed):

“Why are they willing to move? A few reasons. There is a major culture shift at Direct Capital since the CIT acquisition. What used to be a fun atmosphere, has turned into one of constant pushing and unobtainable goals, poor treatment by Operations leadership, and very low pay compared to industry. Sales comp has been cut drastically with the new comp and incentive plan.

“Others that have left:

“Now at Ascentium Capital:
David Lyder - Exec
Brian Varney - Sales Director
Chris Foss - Sales
Stan Dumont - Underwriter
Christine Nelson - Funding
Joseph Hennigar - Sales
Melissa Scheu - Funding
Kristen Morey - Marketing Director
Eric Bisson - Sales
Shawn Flanagan - Sales
George Atkins - Sales
Eric Meffert - Sales
David Quinn - Sales
Richard Scheib - Sales
Debra Varnum - Funding
Emily Gallagher - Sales
Josh Mabee - Sales
Justin Dearborn - Sales
Mike Howard - Sales

Richard Henderson - Sr. VP Now at Marlin
Dan Krajewski - VP - Now at Banc of California
Joe Schlegal - Business Development

“Several rumors in the office about the impending separation of:
VP Matthew Goyette
Controller Andrew Belliveau
IT VP Jim Ierardi
CISO Robert Macirowski
VP of underwriting Mike OConnel
Client Relations VP Dan Bocash
Exec VP Eric Renaud”

Leasing News contacted both CIT and Direct Capital for a comment, sending a draft of this report, but received none.

Ascentium Capital did not have a statement to make, except noted from the draft of the report that only nine named above at Ascentium Capital were employed by Direct Capital when they were hired; 2 management, 3 operations, 4 sales. The other ten had passed through their doors in years prior.

One of the things that Direct Capital allegedly had was a very strong noncompete agreement, which they were reportedly willing to litigate.


Tips For Employers Hiring Competitor’s Employees
by Tom McCurnin
Former Leasing News Legal Editor

In past editions, Leasing News Legal Editor Tom McCurnin, now retired, had written about the subject of noncompete clauses. He was asked to comment regarding the exodus from Direct Capital.
 This was part of the report above.  Editor

Hiring your competitor’s employees is a perfectly acceptable and legal way to increase your leasing business. Absent a “restrictive covenant” which prohibits the employee from working in that geographic area for a limited period of time, an employer is free to hire its competitor’s employees, subject to some common sense tips:

• First, employees aren’t slaves. The competitor does not have the right to prevent the employee from working at a competitor’s business. Moreover, the employees aren’t required to have a lobotomy performed or go through the memory wiping machine “Rekall” in the film “Total Recall” to wipe out the employees memory of proprietary confidential information.

• Second, the employer should have a written policy that no employees may take a competitor’s trade secrets, including customer lists, sales reports, or other financial information. Doing so would be grounds for immediate termination.

• Third, the employer should carefully screen new hires to insure that they are not bringing with them proprietary confidential information, such as customer lists. Their laptops and cell phones should be surrendered to the competitor or wiped clean. The employer should insure that the new employee brings nothing more than a pencil from the competitor. This is common sense because if the salesperson is really good, he’ll remember his contacts (or can find them independent of any trade secret documents). 

• Finally, hiring an employee that admits taking proprietary confidential information may buy the employer a lawsuit, and more importantly, if that is the moral culture the employer is fostering, that employee will quit and will take your proprietary confidential information with him/her. 


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AACFB Reports Commercial Financing Expo
Continues Year-Over-Year Growth

AACFB Women’s Lunch

The American Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (AACFB) wrapped up its third in-person Commercial Financing Expo on Thursday, September 8th at the M Resort, Spa & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event garnered over 300 registrations and saw a 20% increase in attendance over their 2019 event and a 50% increase over their inaugural Expo in 2018. More than 120 brokers kept the sold-out exhibit hall busy throughout the event.

Las Vegas was experiencing a heat wave but there was no need to leave the resort, which boasts multiple dining options, an expansive pool, and of course a casino! The Women in Finance Breakfast kicked off the two-days of networking and education with 60 women in attendance. Attendees of both the breakfast and the evening reception enjoyed stunning views of the Las Vegas Strip and surrounding mountains complemented by phenomenal food!

Educational seminars focused on a diverse range of topics including:

•       Pros and Cons of Working with Super Brokers
•       Fraud Detection and Prevention
•       Tech Trends and Cyber Security
•       Disclosure Laws
•       How to Sell in a Rising Rate Environment
•       Pros and Cons of Funder Portals
•       How to Compete Against Online Lenders/Lines of Credit
•       Fintech – Automated Underwriting Services
•       What Makes a Great Funder/Broker

The two-day line-up of education was topped off with two in-depth boot camps with one focusing on marketing and the other on recession-proofing brokerages. Thursday morning the exhibit hall was still active as attendees tried to make connections with as many exhibitors as possible. Many of the attendees were enjoying refreshments from the Bloody Mary bar provided in the exhibit hall.

AACFB Executive Director, Monica Harper stated, “It was wonderful to have the Commercial Financing Expo back in person after a two-year hiatus. We were thrilled with the turnout and activity during the event. The planning committee did a stellar job developing the agenda. Many thanks go out to planning committee members Barbara Griffith, Theresa Kabot, CLFP, Harmony Oswald, and Vickie Rocco as well as chair Katie Baker and board liaisons, Laura Estrada, and Carrie Radloff, CLFP. We look forward to continuing to grow this popular program next year when the Expo will be held September 20-21, 2023, at the luxurious Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida.”

About American Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (AACFB)
The American Association of Commercial Finance Brokers (AACFB), formerly the NAELB, is the premier trade association empowering independent commercial finance brokers. The AACFB represents the expanding interests of its growing membership by providing best practice education and networking opportunities, while promoting a culture of ethics. For more information visit:

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Watch at Home
by Fernando Croce, Leasing News Movie Reviewer

Humor reigns in the lighthearted new batch of streaming releases, with a sharp thriller (“The Outfit”) contrasting with comedies ranging from true-story charmers (“The Duke”) and unsentimental oddballs (“Funny Pages”) to mismatched romantics (“I Want You Back”) and satirical hambones (“Official Competition”).

The Duke (Amazon Prime): Jim Broadbent is delightful in this modest yet rousing British comedy-drama, the last feature from late filmmakerRoger Mitchell (“Notting Hill”). Broadbent plays Kempton Burton, an aspiring playwright and dedicated social activist in early 1960sNewcastle. Always standing up to fellow working-class members, he’s made a habit of getting fired from job after job, which does not sit well with his supportive but wry wife, Dorothy (Helen Mirren). When a trip to London to bring the struggle of pensioners to the attention of the parliament goes nowhere, Burton stumbles upon an unlikely idea: Steal a priceless Goya painting from the National Gallery in order to get the attention of government officials. Based on a true story, this is a shaggy-dog tale full of warmth and charm.

Funny Pages (Vudu, iTunes): The world of struggling comic-book artists and aficionados comes to vividly grimy life in this darkly humored coming-of-age tale, which plays like a more splenetic retelling of “Ghost World.” Robert (Daniel Zolghadri) is a high school student who dreams of becoming a cartoonist. With the sudden death of his mentor, he decides to drop out of class and pursue a career in art, leaving his parents’ home and moving into a dingy New Jersey flat. The real world soon dumps a bucket of cold water over his romantic ideas, especially as Robert tries to find a new mentor in Wallace (Matthew Maher), an unstable former comic-book artist with no interest in life lessons. A promising directorial debut by Owen Kline, this is a resolutely unsentimental, oddball gem.

I Want You Back (Amazon Prime): Talented and eccentric comics, Charlie Day and Jenny Slate take the lead in this enjoyably lightweight romantic comedy. Beginning with a double breakup, the story follows Peter (Day) and Emma (Slate) meeting at work and promptly commiserating about having been dumped by their significant others. Emma’s ex-boyfriend, Noah (Scott Eastwood), has left her for a pie shop owner (Clark Backo), while Anne (Gina Rodriguez) has ended her relationship with Peter for fears of a stale life together. Hatching a scheme to sabotage the romances of each other’s exes, the jilted pair instead find themselves falling in love with each other. Directed by Jason Orley from a script by “Love, Simon’s” Isaac Aptaker, the film is energized by theappealing chemistry between Day and Slate.

Official Competition (Amazon Prime): The vanities and pretensions of the movie industry are fetchingly roasted in this colorful Argentineansatire, which is buoyed by a tip-top cast. Penelope Cruz plays Lola Cuevas, a driven filmmaker who’s half visionary and half nutcase, and whose latest picturefinds her hired for a magnate’s petproject. Adapting a windy novel about fraternal rivalry, she casts two very different actors to play warring brothers: Felix (Antonio Banderas), a charismatic but self-satisfied veteran filmstar, and Ivan (Oscar Martinez), a serious stage thespian who grows irritated with the older actor’s facility. Fanning the flames between her thespians, Lola presides over an increasingly wacky set. Brisklydirected by Gaston Duprat and Mariano Cohn, this is a self-reflexive lampoon served with gusto. With subtitles.

The Outfit (Vudu, Amazon Prime): Oscar-winner Mark Rylance has one of his juiciest roles in years in this stylish suspense drama, set in 1950s Chicago. Rylance stars as Leonard Burling, formerly a Savile Row tailor now managing a shop that doubles as an operation spot for underworld toughs, particularly powerful Irish mobster Roy Boyle (Simon Russell Beale). Professing to mind his own business, Leonard focuses on his manager Mable (Zoey Deutch), whom he hopes to take over the shop. With the threat of violence embodied by Roy’s henchmen always in the air, however, he soon finds himself sinking into the welter of crime around him. Marking the confident directorial debut of screenwriter Graham Moore, the film offers polish, surprise, and the subtly thrilling emotional nuances that have become Rylance’s specialty.

Fernando Croce is a recognized reviewer of movies and has been contributing to Leasing News since the summer of 2008. His reviews appear each Friday.

Fernando's Reviews:


St. Louis, Missouri  Adopt-a-Dog


ID: CARE-A-6907
4 Years, 4 months
58 lbs.
$50.00 Fee

Dog Friendly
People Friendly

Brindle girl Laura is in the spotlight! This playful and dog-friendly dog continues to delight her foster mom and it's quite surprising no one has scooped her up yet. Her "mom" describes her as joyful and happy and it sounds like everyone would benefit from some "Laura" in their life.

She loves toys, jollyball durable chew toys, snuggles on the couch, and is even housebroken.

Care STL Adoption Center
Telephone: 314-696-2444
2700 Walnut Place, St. Louis, MO 63103

Monday, 10am - 5pm
Tuesday, 10am - 5pm
Wednesday, 10am - 5pm
Thursday, closed
Friday, 10am - 5pm
Saturday, 10am - 5pm
Sunday 11 am - 5 pm


2022 Canadian Finance and Leasing Conference
September 21 - 22, 2022 - Charlottetown PEI

  • After two years of getting together virtually, the CFLA’s in-person conference is back again on September 21, 2022.
  • This year’s theme focuses on reconnecting and building bridges to relieve pent-up networking demand.
  • The CFLA’s team has built in more than 36 hours of networking opportunities during the conference. Professionals in the sector once again have a venue to meet and conduct business.
  • This year’s keynote features Rick Mercer, renowned Canadian television personality, political satirist, and author.
  • The CFLA designed this year’s plenaries and sessions to discuss issues the asset-based finance and leasing sector is facing, like supply shortages and inflation.

You can check out the full conference schedule online here, and find more details, like location, online here.

General conference information: 

Detailed schedule of the CFLA conference



News Briefs---

New York DFS Publishes New Proposal
    on Commercial Financing Disclosure Law

Biden hails tentative deal to avert rail strike as
    businesses urge freight workers to back it

Apple deepens Silicon Valley presence
    with Sunnyvale real estate deal

FedEx to Close Offices, Park Aircraft After Warning of Sales Shortfall
    Delivery giant says volumes of packages and revenues fell below expectations

Mortgage Rates Top 6% for the First Time Since the 2008 Financial Crisis
    higher rates forcing some would-be buyers to continue renting or to skimp elsewhere


Nearly 30% of Pet Owners Can't Afford
Their Pets Amid Inflation



Sports Briefs---

Roger Federer Announces Retirement from Tennis

How on earth is Tom Brady going to make it
through the rest of this season?


California Nuts Briefs---

Mosquito Fire becomes California’s largest wildfire
    of 2022. Will rain help soon?

California firefighters have a new tool
to battle wildfires: night-vision goggles

Santa Clara election pits 49ers against rival NFL owner
in Silicon Valley turf war

Mountain View in Silicon Valley will randomly select
166 low-income families to receive the payments



"Gimme that wine"

Fred Franzia, the California winemaker
     behind the iconic Two Buck Chuck, dies  

Napa Valley 2022 harvest report:
Cabernet harvest begins

Meadowood Napa Valley Receives Green Light to Rebuild

Hot weather pushes up wine grape harvest
in northern Santa Barbara County

“Gimme that Wine”

Free Wine App

Wine Prices by vintage

US/International Wine Events


This Day in History

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



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