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Friday, September 23, 2022

Today's Leasing News Headlines

Centra Funding/4 Hour Funding
  Announces New Financial Technology Program
    By Kit Menkin
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries
Leasing and Finance Industry Help Wanted
    We Are Growing Our Senior Sales Team Now!
U.S. Inflation Eased in August
    Consumer Price Index chart
Covid-19 Had an Unprecedented Impact on
    European Tourism, by Warren Story Statista
Mitsubishi HC Capital Canada Achieves
    $2 Billion Financing Portfolio Milestone
ELFF Reports Confidence Slipped from
    August of 50 to 48.7 in September
Amur Completes 11th Term Securitization
    Issuing nearly $1 Billion in notes in 2022
Tribute to England's Queen Elizabeth Movies
  Greta Garbo, Judi Dench, Cate Blanchet.
    Kristen Dunst, Helen Mirren by Fernando Croce
Alaskan Malamute (Mixed)
    Santa Rosa, California Adopt-a-Dog
National Vehicle Leasing Association Conference
    October 12-14, 2022 Tucson, Arizona
News Briefs---
The 50 Biggest Fast-Food Chains in America
   with Previous Year’s Results
One of the final pieces of the puzzle at
    Boston Landing is in place
FedEx to Raise Shipping Rates by 6.9% as It Combats Slowdown
    Delivery giant says it plans to eliminate another $4 billion in annual costs

You May Have Missed ---
Inside The Battle Over Florida. The Country’s
    Largest Medical Cannabis Market

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.


Centra Funding/4 Hour Funding
Announces New Financial Technology Program
By Kit Menkin

Centra Funding, LLC (also known as “4 Hour Funding”), founded in 2006, is a nationwide equipment finance company based in Plano, Texas, with offices across the United States. Their website states, “Centra is committed to offering a fast and simple finance solution that allows small businesses to acquire equipment more easily through its websites and

John Boettigheimer was perhaps the first to use Financial Technology to attract brokers and business through the several leasing companies he ran. With his late father, he started 4 Hour Funding, perhaps the first to be able to approve, document, fund --- and quickly pay vendors and brokers on line.

Most of the transactions were Equipment Finance Agreement over the internet.  Credit should go to his father, who with his Dun & Bradstreet training, plus other leadership experience, started Lease Police based on finding vendors with poor reputations and fraud by originators. He brought this to his son’s FinTech abilities.

I can testify the two had lunch almost every day which included active discussions and business planning which brought the company great success.

The company has grown to be a major player in the industry and now originates an "all-new Hourglass mobile app” for Broker Partners.

Key features for the Hourglass mobile app include:

  • Monthly Bonus Funded Goal
  • Active Applications
  • DocuSign Status
  • Sending Quotes
  • Submitting Applications,
  • plus other attractive features

John Boettigheimer, 4 Hour Funding’s President, stated: “The Hourglass mobile app will revolutionize how Brokers work with us as they can monitor their entire deal process as it moves through the 4 Hour Funding system straight from their phone.

“Hourglass allows Brokers to see what’s under the hood and view things like credit decision times during each business day and which credit analyst is reviewing their deal at their convenience or even when they’re on vacation.”

For more information on the Hourglass mobile app or to request your own Hourglass online portal, visit 4 Hour Funding’s website:



New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries


Diana Bane was hired as Administrative Coordinator, Land O'Lakes, New Richmond, Indiana. Previously, she was Funding Administrator, First Federal Leasing,  First Bank Richmond (2012 - September, 2022).

Joe Houston was hired as Director, Truist Equipment Finance, Atlanta, Georgia. Previously, he was Managing Director, Stonebriar Commercial Finance (January, 2016 - November, 2018); Managing Director, SunTrust Equipment Finance & Leasing Corporation.

Reydavid Julio was hired as Lead Partnership Ocrolus, Intelligent Document Automation Software, Menlo Park, California.  He is located in San Francisco, California. Previously, he was Enterprise Customer Success Manager, IBM (March, 2021 - September, 2022), He joined Blue Line October, 2016, as Vice President, Commercial Finance, promoted Manager, Channel Partnership, February, 2017. Assistant Vice President and Relationship Manager, California Bank and Trust (September, 2014 - October, 2016); Commercial Banking Manger, Wells Fargo (April, 2010 - September, 2014). License: SAFE Certification, March, 2011.

Randy Lawson was hired as Equipment Finance and Leasing Program Specialist, Healthcare Business Capital. He is located in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Previously, he was Vice President of Sales, Wheeler Financial, Pitney Bowes (April, 2021 - September, 2022).

Christine Lombard is now Insurance Agent, Freelance, for Bankers Life, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. She is located in Wayne, Pennsylvania. She also lists herself working as a Finance Specialist, Philips Medical Capital, DLL affiliated.  Previously, she was Healthcare Account Executive, Huntington Technology Finance (January, 2019 - September, 2022); Sales Support, De Lage Landen (2002 - 2004).

Ethan Powell was hired as Senior Vice President, Equipment Finance Specialist, PNC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is located in Shelton, Connecticut. Previously, he was Vice President, Sales, People's Capital and Leasing Corporation (January, 2012 - September, 2022); Associate, Underwriting, GE Capital (August, 2011- January, 2012); Lead Credit Underwriter, People's Bank (November, 2007 - August, 2011); Credit Underwriter, UPS Capital (August, 2004 - November, 2007).

Warren Story was hired as Regional Sales Manager, PEAC Solutions, Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. He is located in Alpharetta, Georgia. Previously, he was Senior Sales Manager, Tandem Finance (June, 2019 - September, 2022); Senior Sales Representative, Construction, Transportation and Industrial Fleet Leasing Solutions, DLL (November, 2016 - June 2019); Director of Finance Solutions/Logistics and Supply Chain Distribution, Flexx Rental and Leasing Company (February, 2013 - November, 2016). Full Bio:

Leslie Wallace was hired as Chief Revenue Officer, T2 Group, Torrance, California. She is located in New York City Metropolitan Area. Previously, she was Vice President of Sales, Specialty Solutions (2020 - 2022). She joined GE Healthcare, 2012, Director, Chief Commercial Officer, promoted 2014, Executive Director, Academic Accounts (2014). She joined GE Capital in 1999, as Vice President, Regional Sales Manager, Pacific NW, promoted Vice President, Customer Solutions, 2006, promoted 2009, Director, Academic Accounts. She began her career as Account Manager, Amplicon (199 - 1999).


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


U.S. Inflation Eased in August
By Gwynn Guilford, Wall Street Journal

U.S. inflation eased to 8.3% in August as gasoline prices cooled.

Inflation has recently shown signs of easing in some industries. The consumer-price index rose 8.5% in July from a year earlier, down from an annual increase of 9.1% in June—the highest rate in four decades. The CPI measures what consumers pay for goods and services.

Gasoline prices declined sharply in August. The national average price of regular gasoline was $3.72 a gallon on Monday, down 26% from a month earlier, according to OPIS, an energy-data and analytics provider owned by Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal.



Covid-18 Had an Unprecedented Impact on
European Tourism
by Warren Story, Statista

Without a doubt, the coronavirus pandemic has had the most significant impact on global travel this century. In 2019, Europe had reached an all-time high in terms of international visitors, receiving an unprecedented 579 million travelers that year.

 In 2020, European traveler numbers painted a very different picture, dropping to well under 200 million arrivals. By comparison, the SARS epidemic barely made a dent in 2003 and, although the global financial crisis was clearly responsible for a decrease in 2008 and 2009, this was nothing compared to the catastrophic fall in international arrivals Europe has seen in 2020.

 As the European travel and tourism sector shows strong signs of recovery, it is still too soon to tell if and when the number of international visitors to Europe will match the 2019 levels again.


Press Releases Received After Press Deadline

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Mitsubishi HC Capital Canada Achieves
$2 Billion Financing Portfolio Milestone

Relationship-based approach at core of company’s
success over four decades

Montreal, Quebec—— Mitsubishi HC Capital Canada announces it has reached $2 billion in financing assets. Founded as CLE Leasing in Grand-Mère, Québec in 1979, the company has grown from a small, local finance shop to become a pan-Canadian specialty finance powerhouse with cross-border capabilities across North America. The accomplishment is significant because the company reached its first billion in the span of 39 years, while the next billion was earned within just the past four years.

From the beginning, the company’s niche was working with companies with specific needs and challenges, and in developing relationships with entrepreneurial businesses with which they could develop real, growth-driven partnerships. This successful business development strategy provided strong performance and growth, which led to the company being acquired by Hitachi Capital Corp in 2014. When François Nantel joined in 2016 as president of Hitachi Capital Canada, he expanded the company’s focus to service bigger clients and larger deals. The combination of his leadership, the Hitachi brand, and new capital infusion helped the business reach further successes. In 2021, Hitachi Capital Canada changed its name to Mitsubishi HC Capital Canada to reflect a new corporate rebranding effort following a successful business integration.

François Nantel, president of Mitsubishi HC Capital Canada, says, “This business has soared,” says. “We constantly work hard and towards common goals. This latest announcement is the doing of many people, over many years and I’m proud to lead this team of exceptional people.”

Mitsubishi HC Capital Canada has positively changed over the years, as it has access to more resources, can be more competitive in the market and hire new talent.  Nantel adds, “Regardless of how we’ve grown, our portfolio size, or how many people we employ, the team continues working exceptionally hard to develop mutually beneficial relationships with our clients and provide solutions that matter.”

About Mitsubishi HC Capital Canada
Mitsubishi HC Capital Canada is a specialty finance company that brings a consultative approach and expertise to customers of all sizes to help their businesses grow every day. Serving as a collaborative partner, we provide customized financing solutions for a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, construction, work trucks/transportation, IT, staffing, healthcare and clean technology/mobility. We are committed to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to improve the communities where we operate. Visit

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ELFF Reports Confidence Slipped from
August of 50 to 48.7 in September

(Chart: ELFF)

Full Press Release:


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Amur Completes 11th Term Securitization
Issuing nearly $1 Billion in notes in 2022

GRAND ISLAND, NE – September 22nd, 2022 – Amur Equipment Finance, Inc. (“Amur”) announces today the completion of its eleventh term securitization in which it issued $466 million in notes secured by equipment loans and leases originated through its platform. This transaction was rated by Moody’s and DBRS, with over 80% of the notes rated P-1/RIH or AAA/Aaa, respectively, the highest rating granted by each agency.  This follows Amur’s January issuance of nearly $500 million in notes, which was also rated by Moody’s and DBRS. 

Kalyan Makam, Amur’s Executive Vice President, said, “This was an excellent transaction for Amur, with a record number of investors, and shows the durable and deep support for our business in the capital markets.

  “This success is a testament to the strong position we are in as a company – tremendous origination reach, an efficient and powerful platform, unrivaled financial strength, but most importantly, an incredibly talented and dedicated team.” 

Throughout 2022, Amur has continued to invest in its platform, its people, and the communities it serves to better allow it to deliver financing solutions efficiently and precisely to its small business customers.  This dedicated approach has allowed Amur to grow into the largest independent equipment finance provider serving small businesses within the United States.

Elliott Klass, General Counsel and Head of Syndication at Amur, commented,  “Our dedication to our product and our customer base is at the core of our identity.

 “Our focus is and will always remain on building Amur to be the leading provider of financial solutions to small business.  With the strength of our company and our team today, we are confident that we will be a market leader for years to come.”

Truist Securities served as Structuring Agent, Bookrunner and Lead Manager on this transaction, with BofA Securities and BMO Capital Markets serving as Bookrunner and Lead Manager, and Fifth Third Securities serving as Co-Manager.  

About Amur Equipment Finance, Inc.
We’re Big on Small. Amur Equipment Finance (Amur) is the largest and fastest-growing independent equipment finance provider serving small businesses nationwide, and a certified Great Place to Work®, dedicated to ensuring that its customers and employees are equipped to grow and succeed. Amur has 9 offices across the nation dedicated to championing the financial needs of small businesses every day. We have served over 500,000 small businesses and helped them thrive in the world’s most essential industries – from transportation and technology to manufacturing and medicine. Amur serves as a reliable capital partner to many active vendor programs and has funded transactions with over 15K vendors across diversified markets in the United States. Amur has originated over $4Bn of equipment leases, with a focus on small to medium-ticket transactions, ranging from $10k to $3MM with terms up to 84 months.

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Watch at Home
by Fernando Croce, Leasing News Movie Reviewer

In tribute to the passing of England’s Queen Elizabeth II, we offer a list of classic cinematic monarchs, which features stellar turns by Greta Garbo, Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett, Kirsten Dunst and Helen Mirren.

Queen Christina (1933): The legendary Greta Garbo had one of her best roles in this sumptuous biopic about the 17th-century Swedish monarch. As the woman who ascended the throne at the age of six in the middle of a long and brutal European war, Garbo infuses Queen Christina with wit, humor and daring. She’s superbly matched with John Gilbert as Antonio, a Spanish envoy whose official mission begins anaffair that soon puts the future of the kingdom itself in question. Director Rouben Mamoulian (“Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”) brings his customary visual inventiveness to the period setting, using camera movements and lustrous lighting to makethe lavish MGM settings vibrate with the main character’s romantic yearning.Full of memorable sequences, this is a classic shrine to this unique screen goddess.

Mrs. Brown (1997): The distance between public and private spaces is explored in this charming period drama, directed by John Madden one year before his “Shakespeare in Love.” With the death of husband in 1861, Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) finds herself paralyzed with grief, secluding herself from matters concerning the British Empire. Enter John Brown (Billy Connolly), a Scottish servant whose plainspoken gruffness helps her regain confidence in her royal duties. Their friendship becomes subject of scandalous speculation, however, with Victorian society and the Queen’s political enemies threatening their bond. Working from a thoughtful screenplay, Dench and Connolly build deftly on the characters’ mutual fascination and develop a chemistry full of wit and poignancy. As scheming Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, Anthony Sher nearly steals the movies from them.

Elizabeth (1998): Having been previously portrayed by Bette Davis and Glenda Jackson, Queen Elizabeth I of England is a role that has long attracted fierce actresses. Cate Blanchett brings her own captivating, regal presence to this vigorous historical drama, which accentuates the brutal side of Tudor England. With the death of her half-sister Queen Mary in 1558, Elizabeth inherits the crown as well as a nation torn by crisis, international tensions, and courtroom intrigue. Advised to marry, she instead carries on an affair with Lord Dudley (Joseph Fiennes) while being protected by the baleful Sir Francis Walsingham (Geoffrey Rush). Forcefully directed by Shekhar Kapur, the film often feels more like a thriller than a biopic, with Blanchett’s radiant turn supported by a cast that includes Richard Attenborough and Fanny Ardant.

Marie Antoinette (2006): Always interested in the inner life of lost girls, Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation”) time-travels to the ultimate gilded cage in this gorgeously innovative drama. Marvelously played by Kirsten Dunst, the eponymous Queen during the French Revolution is depicted as a trapped innocent, sent away by her family while still a teenager into the strange private world of nobility. Marrying King Louis XVI (Jason Schwartzman) mainly as a way to bring together France and Austria, she wanders the vast corridors of the Palace of Versailles, growing immersed in its rituals and gossip. As the years pass, she grows confident and independent, just as the tide of history starts to turn. Full of intentional, giddy anachronisms, Coppola’s film delicately slices through lavish myth to study the woman behind the icon.

The Queen (2006): Helen Mirren scored a Best Actress Oscar as Queen Elizabeth II in this deft account of royal protocolin the face of scandal, directed by Stephen Frears (“Dangerous Liaisons”). The setting is 1997, the time of the election of Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) for Prime Minister as well as the death of Princess Diana. Amid a whirl of public grief, the Queen remains determined to separate the royal family from Diana’s funeral, something Blair feels will damage her in the eyes of a mourning world. In the middle of subtle power struggles and celebrity cults, Mirren offers a master class in imperious presence, intellect,and humor, magnificently capturing the Queen’s quiet shrewdness in the face of changing times. The resulting character study brims with taste, intimacy, and irreverence.

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:


Alaskan Malamute (Mixed)
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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.


News Briefs---

The 50 Biggest Fast-Food Chains in America
   with Previous Year’s  Results

One of the final pieces of the puzzle at
    Boston Landing is in place

FedEx to Raise Shipping Rates by 6.9% as It Combats Slowdown
    Delivery giant says it plans to eliminate another $4 billion in annual costs


Inside The Battle Over Florida, The Country’s
Largest Medical Cannabis Market



Sports Briefs---

Tom Brady Sends Clear Message About
    His Former Teammate Jimmy Garoppolo

NFL Week 3 picks, odds: Tom Brady takes down
Aaron Rodgers, Bills thrash Dolphins, Broncos shock 49ers

Why 49ers ruled Trey Lance out
for the season with a broken fibula

Ime Udoka reportedly will not resign as
Celtics coach as he awaits decision on suspension

Week 3 NFL picks: Will Packers finally
beat depleted Buccaneers?

Jerry Jones reacts to Cowboys fan who rode
horse through Walmart after win over Bengals

Dak Prescott throwing 10 days after surgery,
seemingly ahead of schedule


California Nuts Briefs---

Governor Newsom Announces $1.1 Billion
    in Small Business Support Coming to California

California to see increased demand
    or tech, US headwinds, forecast says

‘Devastated’: American Airlines to
     abruptly close SFO flight attendant base

‘Today’ show coming to Sonoma County, California
     in new tourism partnership with NBC



"Gimme that wine"

Kosher wines are better than ever. But the
     Manischewitz stigma is holding them back

Napa Valley harvest report: 'A wild weather ride'
Includes full report after "People are also reading..."

Monterey Bay, California, Cocktail Week 
September 12 - 25, 2022

Sonoma County Wine Auction brings
in more than $1.8 million

Wine America Releases 2022 National Impact Study

Cabernet tonight is the 2022 Wine Spectator
Video Contest Winner

Paso Robles, California Local hotel
named third best winery hotel by USA Today

“Gimme that Wine”

Free Wine App

Wine Prices by vintage

US/International Wine Events


This Day in History

     1493 - Columbus' 2nd expedition to the New World left New Cadiz, Spain.  On June 25, 1493, they landed on a rugged shore on an island that he named Dominica. They sailed with 17 ships and 1,200 to 1,500 men to find gold and capture Indians as slaves in the Indies. Columbus established a base in Hispaniola and sailed around Hispaniola and along the length of southern Cuba. He spotted and named the island of Dominica on November 3, 1493.
    1513 - Vasco Nüñez de Balboa, a Spanish conquistador, stood high atop a peak in the Darien, in present-day Panama, becoming the first European to look upon the Pacific Ocean, claiming it as the South Sea in the name of the King of Spain.
    1676 – Greenwich Mean Time became the standard for England.  In 1884, it became the time standard for the world.  Two precise clocks were set in motion at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England, establishing the standard.
    1690 - The first American newspaper was published. "Publick Occurrences,” with sub-title, "Both Foreign and Domestick" was written, printed, and distributed by Benjamin Harris, at the London-Coffee-House, Boston, Massachusetts. British authorities considered the first newspaper published in the US offensive and ordered immediate suppression. "American Facts and dates" states "Publick Occurrences" lasted only four days. Governor Simon Bradstreet of Massachusetts said he did not like certain “reflex ions.” Harris had intended to issue its monthly “or if any Glut of Occurrences happen, oftener,” but only the one issue appeared. It was a one-sheet paper folder to present four pages, containing news in double columns. The last page was blank. There were no advertisements. France brought their war with England to the Americas, making an alliance with the Indians. The estimated colonial population was 213,500. Very few colonials could read. Town carriers were very popular and the reading of the newspaper in the pub had a very high rating with active discussions that followed.
    1775 – Ethan Allen surrendered to British forces after attempting to capture Montreal during the Battle of Longue-Pointe.  Benedict Arnold and his expeditionary company set off from Fort Western, bound for Quebec City.
    1777 - The Conway Cabal began, an alleged plot to remove George Washington as commander of the Continental Army.  This followed Washington's defeats at Brandywine and Germantown, and Gen. Horatio Gate's victory at Saratoga. The plotters wished to put Gates in Washington's place. Gen. Thomas Conway, whose promotion had been opposed by Washington, wrote an indiscreet letter to Gates. Its contents, in distorted form, were then reported to Washington. When details of the plot leaked out, public opinion was overwhelmingly on Washington's side. Actually, Conway seems to have been more the victim of the plotters than the guilty party. He resigned from the Army in 1778.
    1789 - Congress transmitted to the state legislatures twelve proposed amendments, two of which, having to do with Congressional representation and Congressional pay, were not adopted. The remaining ten amendments became the Bill of Rights. The establishment of religion on a national level was expressly prohibited in the U.S. with the adoption of the First Amendment, the opening words of which read: 'Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.' Final ratification of the First Amendment came in 1791.
    1804 - The Teton Sioux of the Lakota demanded one of the boats from the Lewis and Clark Expedition as a toll for allowing the expedition to move further upriver.
    1846 – During the Mexican-American War, US forces under Zachary Taylor captured Monterrey, Mexico.
    1861 - Secretary of Navy authorized enlistment of slaves as Union sailors. Eventually the Union had 18,000 black sailors.
Howard University has a database, stating 18,000:
This site says there were 20,000:
National Park Service Complete History of Service;
    1882 – The first doubleheader in Major League history was played between Providence and Worcester. 
    1890 - Polygamy was officially banned by the Mormon Church. This announcement followed on the heels of an 1890 Supreme Court ruling denying all privileges of U.S. citizenship to Mormons who practiced this outlawed form of marriage.,6021,184-1-314-4,00.html
    1890 - Congress establishes Sequoia National Park, California
    1897 - Birthday of William Faulkner (d. 1962) at New Albany, MS.  American novelist and short story writer, Nobel Prize winner who changed the style and structure of the American novel. Faulkner's first novel, “Soldiers' Pay” was published in 1926. His best-known book “The Sound and the Fury,” appeared in 1929. Shunning literary circles, Faulkner moved to a pre-Civil War house on the outskirts of Oxford, MS, in 1930. From 1930 until the onset of World War II, he published an incredible body of work. The “Portable Faulkner” appeared in 1946 and “Collected Stories” in 1950. In June of 1962 Faulkner published his last novel, “The Reivers.”
    1911 – Groundbreaking for Fenway Park in Boston.
    1912 – Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism was established in NYC.
    1917 - Birthday of Philip Francis "Scooter” Rizzuto (d. 2007), in Brooklyn.  Hall of Fame shortstop for the New York Yankees (1941-1942, 1946-1956).  Member of World Series teams in 1941, 1942, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955. 5-time All-Star and 1950 American League MVP.  Rizzuto overcame his diminutive size to anchor a Yankees dynasty, helping them win seven of nine World Series during his 13 seasons, not counting three years lost to World War II. "The Scooter" was a durable and deft shortstop, skilled bunter and enthusiastic base runner who compiled a .273 lifetime batting average. Upon retirement, he spent 40 years as a popular Yankees broadcaster, the longest tenure of any Yankees broadcaster.
    1918 - RICKENBACKER, EDWARD V., (Air Mission) Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Corps, 94th Aero Squadron, Air Service. Place and date: Near Billy, France, 25 September 1918. Entered service at: Columbus, Ohio. Born: 8 October 1890, Columbus, Ohio. G.O. No.: 2, W.D., 1931. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy near Billy, France, 25 September 1918. While on a voluntary patrol over the lines, 1st Lt. Rickenbacker attacked 7 enemy planes (5 type Fokker, protecting two type Halberstadt). Disregarding the odds against him, he dived on them and shot down one of the Fokkers out of control. He then attacked one of the Halberstadts and sent it down also.
    1919 - President Woodrow Wilson becomes seriously ill and collapses after a speech in Pueblo, Colorado.  The next day, they diagnosed
it as a stroke. It is said that he was incapacitated and Mrs. Wilson and a “cabal” began to run the United States (more on this tomorrow. Yes, the press was controlled about presidential cancer operations, infirmities and other “goings on.”) This event brought about a major change in American history, studied by students in high school to college.
    1919 - Drummer Rossiere “Shadow” Wilson (d. 1959) birthday, Yonkers, NY.  Much of Wilson's early work was with swing jazz orchestras, including Count Basie, 1944-46.
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    1926 - Henry Ford announces the 8 hour, 5-day work week. Ford was the first to grant a ten-hour week, paid vacations, paid sick days, all before union organization. He worried about safety, boredom, and knew his “modernization” may eliminate jobs, even started company schools for employees. He was quite liberal for his day, a leader among inventors and scientists, and unfortunately most uninformed people remember him as an industrialist who took advantage of his workers.  While he did have his prejudices and faults, he looked at his employees as part of his “family.”
    1926 - NHL grants franchises to Chicago Black Hawks and Detroit Red Wings
    1929 – Testing skills that would serve him well in World War II, Jimmy Doolittle performed the first blind flight from Mitchell Field in Brooklyn, proving that full instrument flying from take-off to landing is possible.
    1934 - Lou Gehrig plays in his 1500th consecutive game
    1934 - Rainbow (US) beats Endeavor (England) in 16th America's Cup.
    1936 - Bluesman Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes (d. 1996) is born in Longwood, MS.
    1939 - A west coast hurricane moved onshore south of Los Angeles bringing unprecedented rains along the southern coast of California. Nearly five and a half inches of rain drenched Los Angeles during a 24-hour period. The hurricane caused $2 million damage, mostly to structures along the coast and to crops, and claimed 45 lives at sea. "El Cordonazo" produced 5.66 inches of rain at Los Angeles and 11.6 inches of rain at Mount Wilson, both records for the month of September.
    1944 - Birthday of actor/director Michael Douglas, New York, NY.
(it is also his wife's birthday, see 1969)
    1945 - New York City, pianist Errol Garner records for Savoy his famous version of “Laura.”
    1950 - “The Kate Smith Hour” premiered. Kate Smith was a talented singer who hosted a radio show before beginning a successful but short TV career. This late afternoon show was the most successful among two other prime-time shows, “The Kate Smith Evening Hour” (September 1951—June 1952) and “The Kate Smith Show” (January—July 1960). It included interviews, musical numbers and comedy or drama sketches. The sketches spun off many series, including “The World of Mr. Sweeney” and “Ethel and Albert.' She was a very popular singer on the radio, best known for “God Bless America,” but she could not make the transition to the small screen.  Smith's rendition of "God Bless America" was played during the 7th inning stretch of New York Yankees home games from 2009 until April 2019, when the practice was discontinued amid controversy surrounding her 1931 recordings of “That’s Why Darkies Were Born" and "Pickaninny Heaven.” The following day, the Philadelphia Flyers followed suit. The statue of Smith was removed on April 21, 2019.  Her family responded by denying the racism allegations. Those against the discontinuation of using Kate Smith's works have cited the satirical nature of the song "That's Why Darkies Were Born." and the fact that it was also popularized by Paul Robeson. Smith called for racial tolerance in 1945 in an address on CBS Radio, saying, "Race hatreds, social prejudices, religious bigotry, they are the diseases that eat away the fibers of peace." She went on to say that it is up to us to tolerate one another in order to achieve peace.
    1951 - Top Hits
“Because of You” - Tony Bennett
“I Get Ideas” - Tony Martin
“Come on-a My House” - Rosemary Clooney
“Always Late (With Your Kisses)” - Lefty Frizzell
    1952 - Perhaps one of television’s finest drama series, “Four Start Playhouse” premiered. The actors who founded Four Star Films—Dick Powell, Charles Boyer, Joel McCrea and Rosalind Russell—starred in this dramatic anthology series. David Niven and Ida Lupino replaced McCrea and Russell, who left shortly after the series began. Other guest actors included Ronald Colman in his first TV dramatic appearance (“The Lost Silk Hat,” 1952) and Joan Fontaine in her first major dramatic TV role (“The Girl on the Park Bench,” 1953).
    1954 - Elvis Presley performs live on "Grand Ole Opry," singing "Blue Moon of Kentucky."
    1955 – Detroit’s Al Kaline became the youngest ever to win a batting title, at age 20.
    1956 - “Broken Arrow” premiered. My father, Lawrence Menkin, wrote many of the episodes. This half-hour western was one of the few to portray Native Americans in a positive light. It starred Michael Ansara as Cochise, Apache chief, and John Lupton as Indian Agent Tom Jeffords, Cochise's blood brother. The show was syndicated under the name “Cochise.”
    1956 – TAT-1, the first submarine transatlantic telephone cable system, is inaugurated. It was laid between Scotland and Newfoundland.  The agreement to make the connection was announced by the Postmaster General on December 1, 1953. The project was a joint one between the General Post Office of the UK, AT&T, and the Canadian Overseas Telecommunication Corporation. The share split in the scheme was 40% British, 50% American, and 10% Canadian. The total cost was about £120 million.
    1957 – Three weeks after being barred from Little Rock’s segregated Central High School, nine black students entered the school, protected by the 101st Airborne Division. 
    1959 - Top Hits
“Sleep Walk” - Santo & Johnny
“('Til) I Kissed You” - The Everly Brothers
“Mack the Knife” - Bobby Darin
“The Three Bells” - The Browns
    1960 - Sam Cooke's "Chain Gang" peaks at Number Two on both the R&B and pop charts at the same time. It's his biggest hit since "You Send Me."
    1962 - Charles “Sonny” Liston won the heavyweight championship by knocking out Floyd Patterson at 2:06 of the first round at Comiskey Park, Chicago. Liston defeated Patterson in a rematch and then lost to Cassius Clay in Feb, 1964.
    1964 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Oh, Pretty Woman," Roy Orbison.
    1965 - Willie Mays hit his fiftieth home run of the baseball season, making him the oldest player to accomplish this. He was 34 years old. Ten years before, at the age of 24, he was the youngest man to accomplish the same feat, marking the longest span between 50 HR seasons in MLB history.
    1965 - Satchel Paige, the oldest player in Major League history at an estimated 59 years, 8 months, 5 days, pitched the last game of his career. He hurled three scoreless innings for the Kansas City Athletics against the Boston Red Sox. Paige gave up only one hit, to Carl Yastrzemski.
    1965 - Birthday of Scottie Pippen, basketball player, born Hamburg, AR.
    1965 - “Eve of Destruction,” sung by S/Sgt. Barry McGuire, moved to the top of the charts.
    1967 - Top Hits
“The Letter” - The Box Tops
“Never My Love” - The Association
“Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie” - Jay & The Techniques
“My Elusive Dreams” - David Houston
    1967 - Paul Butterfield Blues Band at the S.F. Fillmore.
    1968 - Rap/television/film star Will Smith (a.k.a. the Fresh Prince) was born in Philadelphia.
    1969 - Catherine Zeta-Jones, Academy Award-winning actress, wife of Michael Douglas, was born Wansea, Glamorgan, Wales (see 1944 for his birthday.)
    1974 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Rock Me Gently," Andy Kim. He wrote the 1969 No.1 song "Sugar, Sugar" with Jeff Barry for the Archies.
    1974 - The first ulnar collateral ligament replacement surgery (Tommy John surgery) was performed, on pitcher Tommy John by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Frank Jobe, then a Dodger team physician who served as a special advisor to the team.
    1975 - Top Hits
“Fame” - David Bowie
“I'm Sorry” - John Denver
“Fight the Power” - The Isley Brothers
“Daydreams About Night Things” - Ronnie Milsap
    1976 - Blue Oyster Cult's "Agents of Fortune" LP enters the chart.
    1979 - The third musical resulting from the collaboration of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber lit up the Great White Way. "Evita" opened on Broadway to rave reviews.
    1979 - The Eagles LP, "The Long Run" is released, the sixth studio album by the group. This was the first Eagles album to feature Tim Schmitt, who had replaced founding member Randy Meisner, and the last full studio album to feature Don Felder before his termination from the band in 2001.  It also turned out to be their last studio album as the Eagles disbanded in 1980, until 2007's “Long Road Out of Eden” after the band had reformed in 1994. Three singles were released from the album, “Heartache Tonight,” “The Long Run,” and “I Can’t Tell You Why.” "Heartache Tonight" reached No. 1 on the singles chart and won a Grammy Award. The album was certified 7× Platinum by the RIAA and has sold more than eight million copies in the US.
    1979 - Joe Jackson releases his "I'm The Man" single.
    1981 - Rolling Stones begin their 6th US tour (JFK Stadium, Philadelphia, PA)
    1981 - Sandra Day O'Connor was sworn in as the first woman associate justice on the US Supreme Court on this date. She had been nominated by President Ronald Reagan in July 1981.
    1983 - Top Hits
“Tell Her About It” - Billy Joel
“Total Eclipse of the Heart” - Bonnie Tyler
“The Safety Dance” - Men Without Hats
“Baby, What About You” - Crystal Gayle
    1987 - Hurricane Emily crossed the island of Bermuda during the early morning. Emily, moving northeast at 45 mph, produced wind gusts to 115 mph at Kindley Field. The $35 million damage inflicted by Emily made it the worst hurricane to strike Bermuda since 1948. Parts of Michigan and Wisconsin experienced their first freeze of the autumn. Snow and sleet were reported in the Sheffield and Sutton areas of northeastern Vermont at midday.
    1988 - Florence Griffith Joyner runs Olympic record 100m in 10.54s
    1989 - Twenty-three cities in the south central U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date, including Topeka, KS with a reading of 33 degrees, and Binghamton, NY with a low of 25 degrees. Showers and thunderstorms in the southeastern U.S. drenched Atlanta, GA with 4.87 inches of rain, their sixth highest total of record for any given day.
    1991 - Top Hits
“I Adore Mi Amor” - Color Me Badd
“Good Vibrations” - Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch/Loleatta Holloway
“Emotions” - Mariah Carey
“Leap of Faith” - Lionel Cartwright
    1993 - A Florida judge ruled that it was legal for a child to divorce biological parents. The court case involved twelve-year-old Gregory Kingsley who didn't want his parents anymore.
    1998 - Hurricane Georges crossed the Florida Straits, passed over Key West and took aim on the northern Gulf coast. On September 26, hurricane warnings went up from Panama City to Morgan City, Louisiana.
    1998 - By hitting a 462-foot blast at the Astrodome, Sammy Sosa hits #66 (and his final homer) of the season to take the lead in the HR race. Less than an hour later, however, Mark McGwire also hits his 66th in the Cardinals' 6-5 victory over the Expos to tie the Cub outfielder in the historic home run race, on the way to 70.
    2003 - Sammy Sosa becomes the first National Leaguer to have at least 100-RBIs nine seasons in a row. The Cubs' right fielder surpasses Mel Ott and Willie Mays who had accomplished the feat eight straight seasons, and joins Rafael Palmeiro and Jimmie Foxx as the only players in major league history to hit 35 home runs and 100 RBI for nine consecutive seasons.
    2009 - President Obama, British Prime Minister Brown and French President Sarkozy, in a joint TV appearance for a G-20 summit, accuse Iran of building a secret nuclear enrichment facility.
    2014 – In his final Yankee Stadium at bat, Derek Jeter knocked in the winning run in the bottom of the 9th to defeat the Baltimore Orioles, 6-5, after the Yanks blew a 5-2 lead in the top of the inning.  From opening introductions through the tumultuous game-winning hit, and well after the game ended, the Stadium was a cacophony of cheers for the Yankee star. Jeter retired at season’s end after 20 years as the Yanks’ SS, with 5 World Series rings and 3465 hits, the most of any Yankee and 6th most in history. Jeter was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 2020, on the first ballot, falling one vote shy of a unanimous selection.



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