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Friday, September 30, 2022

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Leasing/Finance/Business Training
    to Learn the Industry and Help Place Their Deals
License and Registration United States - Update
    By Kenneth C. Greene, Attorney
Leasing and Finance Industry Help Wanted
    Become a Equipment Vendor Sales Manager
Finance and Leasing Industry Recruiters
    Finance and Leasing Experience in the Industry
COVID Proves No Match for Smashburger
    Franchises Grow by QSR Magazine
Certificate of Insurance for Finance, Lease or Loan
    Why it is Very Important
Press Releases Received After Press Deadline
  Key Issues/Best Changing Workplace Practices 
    Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation Report
Modern Cinema: Jean-Luc Godard (1930-2022)
  Breathless, My Life to Live, Contempt, Weekend
    Pierrot le Fou. Includes Reviews by Fernando Croce
Australian Cattle Dog
    San Martin, Santa Clara County Adopt-a-Dog
Program Book Listing: Register by October 4
    SFNet's 78th Annual Convention, Austin, Texas
News Briefs ----
DocuSign to Cut Workforce by 9%
    as Part of Restructuring Plan
Amazon tells call center employees to work
    remotely, eyes office closures: report
Mortgage Rates Rise to 6.7%, Highest Since 2007
    more than double where they were a year ago
Tensions rise in West Coast port labor battles,
    with unions and management trading accusations
2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV: The Future Is Electric
    And it performs like a dream, says Dan Neil

You May Have Missed ---
All 50 states get green light to build EV charging
    stations covering 75,000 miles of highway

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

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

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Leasing/Finance/Business Training
to Learn the Industry and Help Place Their Deals

These companies train and instruct on the method, rules, and sales abilities to both find and close transactions. Several also serve in placing the transaction for the student, who will earn a commission.

All means of learning financing include from business loans, equity loans and equipment and vehicle leasing, as well as finding your niche.

Many will continue with the training approach, learning and placing
transactions, almost like a franchisee. Others will choose to become independent originators, often starting their own super broker company.

Commercial Capital Training Group
Commercial Finance Academy
Global Leasing
Wheeler Leasing School

Full List:


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

A State-by-State Analysis of License Requirements for Lenders and Brokers





New Hampshire
New Jersey


New Mexico New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Carolina

South Dakota
West Virginia
Washington, D.C.
Puerto Rico

Full Listing:


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


Finance and Leasing Industry Recruiters

These companies have experience in the finance and leasing industry

Second Column: YCS - Year Company Started YELB - Years in equipment Leasing Business

City, State
Leasing Association
(see above for meaning)
Geographic Area

Executive Solutions for Leasing & Finance, Inc.
Atlanta GA 30308
Jon Gerson, President



Search firm specializing in leasing industry. Services include retained and contingent search, strategic consultation, compensation analysis, sales & management training, & customizable consulting products.

International, Inc.

Pembroke Pines, FL 33025
Emily Fitzpatrick
Sr. Recruiter
Phone: 954-885-9241
Also follow us on Twitter @RIIINFO


North America

Explanation:  Boutique Executive Search Firm Specializing in the Finance & Equipment Leasing Industries.

Our goal is to build long term relationships with our Clients & Candidates, keeping both sides abreast of current and future changes that effect supply & demand of Top Talent.  Excellent References & Testimonials

ZRG Partners
69 Milk St Third Floor
Westborough, MA 01581
Contact: Ken Lubin,
Gerry Ricco,


(Completed search in 33 countries
in leasing and lending)

Senior Level retained Search firm doing C-Suite searches, board searches and VP level positions, We work on a client focused, project basis



COVID Proves No Match for Smashburger
Franchises Grow by QSR Magazine

Smashburger president Carl Bachmann isn’t the best person to ask how inflationary macroeconomic factors are impacting franchisees.

That’s only because he isn’t seeing any of it. The chain recently signed a deal for 15 restaurants in and around Tampa, Florida (Don’t laugh,
this is really a great decision today to rebuild and restore business in the area. Editor).

Smashburger is intently focused on a virtual drive-thru design, meaning the window would be for mobile pickup orders only. The asset has been used by multiple fast casuals as of late, including Chipotle (Chipotlanes) and Sweetgreen (sweetlane). Bachmann isn’t sure what Smashburger will call it yet (likely not smash lane), but he’s confident in what it will do for restaurants. Instead of three friction points at a traditional drive-thru—speaker box, pay window, pickup window—Smashburger is working with third-party technology to accurately communicate to a guest when to retrieve their web/app order from a single window. This keeps the stack to three to four cars, allowing for a smaller footprint.

The roughly 240-unit fast casual is projected to open 15–20 restaurants this year, 20–25 in 2023, and closer to 30 in 2024. Bachmann owes that unit growth increase to the comprehensive revamp that’s taken place since he joined in 2019. To begin, Smashburger increased the size of its burgers, buns, and bacon to showcase its commitment to quality. The company proceeded to do the same when it came to real estate.

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Certificate of Insurance for Finance, Lease or Loan
Why it is Very Important

Most financing providers have the ability to secure insurance when their debtor or lessee does not renew their insurance, or have proper insurance to begin with; many have let it lapse. Alternate Finance companies don’t seem to be concerned about the situation, although it is not only the loss of the collateral, but the liabilities that may be involved or claimed by the debtor or other parties. Continuation of insurance coverage should not be overlooked. It is not the issue of collateral, but protecting the income of the transaction.

A properly executed insurance certificate carries the names and addresses of both the agency coordinating the insurance coverages and the insurance companies issuing them. The certificate must also clearly state the name(s) of the primary insured party (the Lessee or debtor), with the Lessor or Lender identified as loss payee (for property coverage) and additional insured (for liability). In addition, the insurance coverage amounts, policy numbers, a complete description of the asset(s) covered, cancellation notification stipulation, and the date of insurance issuance should all be clearly stated on the certificate.

It is important that as asset owner, or Creditor, require at least 30 days’ notice from the insurance company of any pending insurance policy cancellation. This allows enough time to prevent any lapse in coverage should the issuing company decide to cancel the policy. The usual reason for cancellation is nonpayment of premium. Notification of impending cancellation could signify deterioration of the Lessee’s or creditor’s financial condition; a situation of utmost importance to any Lessor or lender. A wise funder must be as concerned about the credit ratings and paying habits of his customers as he is about insuring the assets under a contract agreement.

For the same reasons, the Lessor or Lender should also require notification of non-renewal of cancellation. Upon receiving notification of non-renewal, the policy should be to immediately contact the client to make certain new coverage is provided.

Pre-Commencement and Termination
The lease or loan agreement should require the Lessee to place insurance coverage on the asset upon possession and not upon acceptance. The period of time the Lessee takes to uncrate, assemble, and test the asset prior to acceptance could run into weeks or a few months. A proper insurance requirement states that insurance is due upon taking possession and payment is due upon acceptance. This will protect the Lessor or lender during the acceptance phase of the agreement.  In most policies, this is spelled out.

In the insurance paragraph, the lessee must allow the lessor or lender to purchase insurance and bill the lessee or debtor for the cost, if the insurance binder is not in place at the time of equipment delivery or the insurance lapses during the lease term. The paragraph must require notification if the lessee changes insurance carriers to prevent the lessors or lender purchasing replacement insurance. Thus many leasing companies have an insurance ability, whereas many Alternate Financing companies believe they are only the creditor and not responsible for the debtor not having insurance on the collateral.



Press Releases Received After Press Deadline

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Key Issues & Best Practices for the Changing Workplace
Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation Report

Washington, DC, September 29, 2022 –Today, the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation (Foundation) releases the 2022 Industry Future Council (IFC) report, “Adapting to Changing Workers and Workplaces,” which examines issues and best practices around hybrid work, recruiting, hiring, training, and leadership due to pandemic and related labor market disruptions. The report follows up on last year’s comprehensive study, which identified three primary areas of focus for the equipment leasing and finance industry: technology, workforce, and economics & policy.
IFC participants identified three themes they considered most important to the future of the workforce, the workplace, and the industry:

  • Hybrid Work: Many employees and managers prefer some form of hybrid setup because of the flexibility that comes with remote work as well as the community benefits of working in-office. Equipment finance firms have a variety of setups, from 100% remote to 100% in-person, and each company must determine a hybrid work regime that works best for its individual circumstances.
  • Recruiting, Hiring, and Training: Given the competitive labor market, many industry leaders report using creative solutions to attract and retain workers. There is more proactive recruiting, prioritizing of soft skills and culture fit among new hires, and somewhat less emphasis on industry experience. Gaps in industry knowledge are being filled through more expansive training, which also appeals to the newest generation of equipment finance workers.
  • Leadership: In remote and hybrid environments, many industry leaders are focusing more on hiring and developing emotionally intelligent and empathetic managers. These managers may be better suited to provide the transparency, trust, and flexibility that workers seek, and by keeping workers satisfied, they may promote retention and productivity. Industry leaders are also prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) by recruiting a more diverse set of middle and upper managers and improving firm policies like family leave.

The 2022 IFC was sponsored by Equifax and is available for free download at

All Foundation studies are available for free download from the Foundation’s online library at

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Watch at Home
by Fernando Croce, Leasing News Movie Reviewer

Widely heralded as one of the most important figures in modern cinema, French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard (1930-2022) was an art-house titan, continuously destroying the medium only to rebuild it anew. We offer a few recommendations from his most famous Sixties output, but encourage viewers to seek out his later, equally remarkable work as well.

Breathless (1960): Often considered by critics to be a turning point for modern cinema, 1960 marked Jean-Luc Godard’s feature debut, a popular, immensely influential drama that made Jean-Paul Belmondo an overnight sensation. Belmondo plays Michel, a petty Parisian hood who fancies himself to be the spiritual successor of classic tough-guy Humphrey Bogart. After he impulsively steals a car and shoots a policeman, Michel hides out with his American girlfriend, a young journalist named Patricia (Jean Seberg). He plans to collect money so the couple can escape to Italy, but soon enough the Hollywood thriller he imagines himself to be in collides with harsh reality. An enduring staple of the French New Wave, Godard’s film is hip, sexy, and cinematically groundbreaking, with Belmondo becoming a continental art-house icon. With subtitles.

My Life to Live (1962): Godard had several muses over the course of his career, but none as profoundly luminous as Anna Karina. Karina stars as Nana, a lovely young Parisian introduced breaking up with her husband at a café. Working at a record shop while seeing her dreams going nowhere, she finds herself gravitating toward prostitution. Transactions of goods and bodies is a running theme in the director’s studies of the capitalistic system, but here the analytical approach is warmed by Karina’s heartbreaking presence. (She had recently married Godard, so there’s a palpably, achingly personal link between her and the camera.) Among the famous scenes is Nana dancing to a jukebox tune at a billiards room, and her tearfully watching the silent class “Passion of Joan of Arc.” With subtitles.

Contempt (Jean-Luc Godard, 1963): Though he’s best known for his bold cinematic experiments, Godard has occasionally flirted with mainstream projects. Among them is this seminal marital drama, which magnificently braids relationship troubles with a changing movie industry. Michel Piccoli is splendid as Paul, a screenwriter working on a modern version of “The Odyssey” for a movie directed by the legendary Fritz Lang (appearing as himself). While Lang clashes with the crass American producer (Jack Palance), Paul finds himself drifting apart from his wife Camille (Brigitte Bardot), who becomes disillusioned with him. Using big stars and a big budget, Godard offers a piercing study of marital breakdown coupled with artistic integrity. The results are dizzyingly multilayered, piquantly personal, and profoundly melancholy. With subtitles.

Pierrot le Fou (1965): Godard reunites with his “Breathless” star, Jean-Paul Belmondo, for this dazzling mix of political and cinematic experiments, which reimagines Lionel White’s American crime novel in French settings. Ferdinand (Belmondo) works at a TV broadcasting company and has a bourgeois family, all of which seems to suffocate him. Yearning for freedom and a new start, he takes off with ex-girlfriend Marianne (Anna Karina). As they embark on a crime spree across the countryside, they find themselves at odds with the police and gangsters—as well as with each other, as they seek refuge in a small Mediterranean island and their relationship starts to short-circuit. Engaging in its freedom, full of poetic fancies and beguiling melancholia, this is one of Godard’s ravishing and inventive works. With subtitles.

Weekend (1967): Marking the incendiary capper to the first phase of Godard’s career, this surreal, wicked drama unfolds like the ultimate late-Sixties apocalypse. Our guides through the wreckage of modern order are a married couple, Roland (Jean Yanne) and Corinne (Mireille Darc), whose romp across the idyllic French countryside grows more nightmarish by the minute. Beginning with a sprawling traffic jam and ending with cannibalistic hippie revolutionaries, their adventure is a remarkable canvas dotted with absurdist vignettes and literary figures come to life. Can their troubled marriage survive the onslaught, or will they be just another facet of the all-pervasive breakdown? Though the film famously ends with a card reading “fin du cinema,” the trailblazing director was just getting started. With subtitles.

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.

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Australian Cattle Dog
San Martin, Santa Clara County Adopt-a-Dog


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The County of Santa Clara Animal Care and Control kennels are full! Look at all these adorable pups waiting to be adopted or fostered. Go to the shelter at 12425 Monterrey Rd. in San Martin to meet your new best friend. Adopt or Foster

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Phone Number: (408) 686-3900
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SFNet's 78th Annual Convention, Austin, Texas

Register by October 4 to be listed in our Program Book.

At this year's Convention, you will find multiple networking and deal-making opportunities. To ensure the connections you make will continue to thrive, act now so your contact information appears in the event Program Book.

During our general sessions, roundtable discussions and panels, we will explore many of the issues affecting the global economy. Industry leaders will dive into topics including the future of energy, rebuilding supply chains, trade finance, inflation, Fed rate hikes and more.

In addition, you will have ample opportunities to meet new colleagues and say hello to familiar faces during our cocktail receptions, 5K run, golf outing and community improvement event. We have also programmed activities for young professionals to further immerse themselves in the industry.

Get prepared to successfully master the disruption. Register today.

Learn More/Register


News Briefs---

DocuSign to Cut Workforce by 9%
    as Part of Restructuring Plan

Amazon tells call center employees to work
   remotely, eyes office closures: report

Mortgage Rates Rise to 6.7%, Highest Since 2007
    more than double where they were a year ago

Tensions rise in West Coast port labor battles,
    with unions and management trading accusations

2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV: The Future Is Electric
    And it performs like a dream, says Dan Neil.


Money Chooses the 50 Best Places to Live
in the U.S./2022 - 2023



Sports Briefs---

Tampa mayor says keep Sunday's game in town

Glazer family to donate $1 million to Hurricane Ian disaster relief

What the Packers are saying about the Patriots
ahead of Week 4 matchup

Cincinnati Bengals once led NFL coaching diversity charge.
Now, they're part of the problem | Opinion

Colts owner reveals when Seahawks might be sold
(But not until 2024 due to penalty agreement)

Court: Oakland can't sue Raiders over move to Vegas


California Nuts Briefs---

Empty wine and liquor bottles will be worth 10 cents
    each in California, under new recycling law

Newsom signs UFW bill aimed at helping
California farmworkers organize

Exclusive: No record of fire inspections at warehouse
prior to California’s deadly Mill Fire



"Gimme that wine"

Francis Ford Coppola Winery enters prosecco category

Walla Walla Valley grape harvest, delayed
by cold spring, is decided by data and intuition

Luxury Winemaker Duckhorn is Raising Prices,
But Things its Customers Can Handle it.

What is a Wine Label?

President of Portugal visits Sonoma for
Portuguese food at Tasca Tasca

CEO of Marin County’s O’Neill Vintners
named national ‘wine star’

“Gimme that Wine”

Free Wine App

Wine Prices by vintage

US/International Wine Events


This Day in History

      1541 - Spanish conquistador de Soto and his forces enter Tula territory in present-day western Arkansas, encountering fierce resistance.
     1630 - John Billington, one of the first pilgrims to land in America, was hanged for mur­der, becoming the first criminal to be executed in the American Colonies. He was one of the signers of the Pilgrim's compact. He way-laid a young man, one John Newcomin (“about a former quarele, and shote him with a gune, whereof he dyed.”)
    1659 - Peter Stuyvesant of New Netherlands (the Delmarva peninsula to extreme southwestern Cape Cod) forbade tennis playing during religious services.  This is believed to be the first reference to tennis in what would become the US.
    1777 – With the British advancing, Congress fled to York, PA.
    1787 - The first ship to carry the American flag around the world was the “Columbia,” a 212-ton vessel under Captain Kendrick that sailed from Boston, MA on a fur-trading mission to Canada. It was accompanied by the sloop “Washington,” under Captain Robert Gray, who exchanged commands with Captain Kendrick and completed the trip, returning to Boston on August 9, 1790. The trip took nearly three years and covered a distance of 41,899 miles. The crew explored the Queen Charlotte Island and discovered the straits of Juan de Fuca and the mouth of the Columbia River.
    1788 - The Pennsylvania Legislature elected the first two members of the U.S. Senate - William Maclay of Harrisburg and Robert Morris of Philadelphia.
    1811 - The first year exports exceeded imports. Imports were $43.5 million and exports were $45.3 million and of foreign merchandise (the territories) $16 million for total exports of $61.3 million.
    1832 – Ann Jarvis, (d. 1905), the inspiration for Mothers’ Day, was born in Culpeper, VA. 
    1846 - William Thomas Green Morton (1819-68) was an American dentist who first publicly demonstrated the use of inhaled ether as a surgical anesthetic, in Boston.
    1851 - The barge "Mount Washington" arrived in port with cargo that included macaroni and other foods, candles, soap, fishing nets, books and mail. Mail was delivered to the post master by Capt. Ebenezer G. Libby.
    1861 – William Wrigley, Jr., (d. 1932) was born in Philadelphia.  He was founder of the Wm. Wrigley, Jr. Company in 1891, rumored to have co-founded his namesake company with a lesser known Canadian named J.W. Flavelle, who was a close childhood friend. 
    1882 – Edison’s first commercial hydroelectric power plant (later known as Appleton Edison Light Company) begins operation on the Fox River in Appleton, WI.
    1904 – White Sox pitcher Doc White threw his fifth shutout in eighteen days. The southpaw pitched six of his season total of seven shutouts in September.
    1917 - Drummer Buddy Rich (d. 1987) birthday, Brooklyn.  He performed with many bandleaders, most notably Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Count Basie, and led his own "Buddy Rich Big Band."
    1922 - Bassist Oscar Pettiford (d. 1960) was born, Okmulgee, OK.  He was one of the earliest musicians to work in the bebop idiom.
    1924 - American novelist and literary celebrity was born Truman Streckfus Persons (d. 1984) at New Orleans, LA. He later took the name of his stepfather and became Truman Capote. Among his best remembered books: “Other Voices, Other Rooms,” “Breakfast at Tiffany's”and “In Cold Blood.”He was working on a new novel, “Answered Prayers,”at the time of his death.
    1924 – 48-year-old Nick Altrock pitched the last two innings for the Nationals and gave up a run, while driving in the lone tally with a triple. With the Red Sox outfielders making little attempt to run the ball down, Altrock became and still is, the oldest player in Major League history to hit a triple.
    1926 – Phillies’ Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts (d. 2010) was born in Springfield, IL.  Roberts won 286 games in a 19-year career with a 3.24 ERA for mostly horrible Phillies teams.  One of baseball's great pitchers of the 1950s, he was a workhorse who eight times had over 20 complete games in a season and averaged over 300 innings pitched during a nine-year period. During one stretch, he completed 28 consecutive games. He won 20 or more games in six seasons, and at least ten games in 16 ML seasons. 
    1927 - George Herman ‘Babe” Ruth hit his 60th home run of the season off Tom Zachary of the Washington Senators, breaking his own record of 59. Ruth's record for the most homers in a single season stood for 34 years until Roger Maris hit 61 in 1961. In the 9th, Walter Johnson, made his final appearance before retiring.
    1928 – Elie Wiesel (d. 2016) was born in Romania.  An American Jewish writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor, he was the author of 57 books, written mostly in French and English, including “Night,“ a work based on his experiences as a prisoner in Auschwitz and Buchenwald during World War II.  He was also a professor of the humanities at Boston University, which created the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies in his honor. He was involved with Jewish causes, helped establish the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and remained a strong defender of human rights during his lifetime. He had been described as "the most important Jew in America" by the Los Angeles Times.  Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.      
    1934 - The Babe played his last game for the New York Yankees. Soon after, while watching the fifth game of the World Series (between St. Louis and Detroit) and angry that he was not to be named Yankees manager, Ruth told Joe Williams, sports editor of the Scripps-Howard newspapers, that after 15 sea­sons he would no longer be playing for the Yankees.
    1935 - Singer Johnny Mathis born Gilmer, Texas.  Starting his career with singles of standard music, he became highly popular as an album artist, with several dozen of his albums achieving gold or platinum status and 73 making the Billboard charts to date. Mathis has sold well over 350 million records worldwide, according to “Guinness Book of World Records” writer and charts music historian Paul Gambaccini and other sources. This makes Mathis the third biggest selling artist of the 20th century. 
    1935 – The Hoover Dam is dedicated.
    1935 - The Gershwin musical “Porgy and Bess” opens at Boston's Colonial Theatre. While not commercially successful, a revival in 1942 would turn it into one of the longest-running musicals in history.
    1939 – NBC broadcast the first televised football game between the Waynesburg State Yellow Jackets and the Fordham University Rams. Fordham won the game 34–7.
    1946 – The military tribunal at Nuremberg, Germany found 22 top Nazi leaders guilty of war crimes.
    1947 - The first World Series to be televised opened with the New York Yankees beating the Brooklyn Dodgers, 5-3. Dodgers’ rookie, Ralph Branca, at age 21, became the youngest pitcher to start a World Series game.  The Yankees won the Series, four games to three. The entire series was telecast under the joint sponsorship of the Ford Motor Company and the Gillette Safety Razor Company at a cost of $65,000. The play-by-play descriptions were given by Bob Edge, Bob Stanton, and Bill Slater.
    1951 - ”Red Skelton Show” premiers. Vaudevillian and radio per­former Red Skelton hosted several popular variety shows on NBC and CBS in a career that spanned 20 years. He was a gifted comedian, famous for his loony characters, sight gags, pan­tomimes and ad-libs. His show was also notable for introducing Johnny Carson and the Rolling Stones to national audiences.
    1951 – Jackie Robinson hit an upper-deck home run in the 14th inning off Robin Roberts, who came on in the 8th, to give the Dodgers a critical 9-8 win over the Phillies. Robbie saved the game in the 13th by making a great catch of a line drive and throwing to second base for a double play. The Dodgers overcame a 6-1 deficit to win and set the stage for a playoff with the Giants.
    1954 - Julie Andrews makes her Broadway debut in “The Boy Friend.”
    1954 – The world’s first nuclear-powered submarine, USS Nautilus, was commissioned.
    1955 - James Dean meets his end. It was at the intersection of what are now highways 41 and 46 (41 and 466 then) at Cholame, California. He was 25 miles away from US 101 and would have taken that road. Dean was on his way from LA to Monterey to race his Porsche. Most people think it was Dean's fault, probably due to speed, and he did get a speeding ticket earlier that day, but police at the scene don't believe he was speeding at the time. Besides, his aluminum Porsche was no match for a big heavy Ford. This is a Y intersection, and Dean had the right of way. He was headed west on 466 into the setting sun and didn't see the approaching Ford.  The Ford driver probably didn't see the silver Porsche, and turned left in front of Dean onto 41 toward Kettleman City. No time to stop. I've been to that location. I still have my 1961 Super 90.
    1956 - Top Hits
“Canadian Sunset” - Hugo Winterhalter and Eddie Heywood
“The Flying Saucer” (Parts 1 and 2) - Buchanan and Goodman
“Honky Tonk” (Parts 1 and 2) - Bill Doggett
“Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog” - Elvis Presley
    1960 - ”The Flintstones” premiered on ABC-TV. This Hanna-Barbera cartoon comedy was set in prehistoric times. Characters included two Stone Age families, Fred and Wilma Flintstone and neighbors Barney and Betty Rubble. It is widely believed that this was a take-off on “The Honeymooners” as the Fred character was the loud, boisterous persona of Ralph Kramden, and the goofy, comedic Barney was similar to Ed Norton.  Also, Wilma had Alice’s dark hair while Betty was a blonde as was Trixie.  In 1994, “The Flintstones” movie was released, star­ring John Goodman, Rick Moranis and Rosie O'Donnell. It also was the first cartoon series to be televised on prime-time.
    1960 - On Howdy Doody's last TV show, Clarabelle, played by Bob Keeshan who later became Captain Kangaroo, finally talks: "Goodbye Kids."
    1961 - Bob Dylan plays harmonica on three cuts recorded for his friend Caroline Hester's first Columbia album. The session is produced by John Hammond and he is so impressed that he promptly signs Dylan to a deal. Now that Dylan is a part of Columbia Records, Hammond arranges for a solo recording session in October.
    1961 – An early season snowfall occurred over the northern plains with the greatest total (4 inches in the Ulm-Mankato area in Minnesota). Omaha, NE had its first September snow in 70 years.
    1962 - Rioting broke out when James Meredith became the first black to enroll in the all-white University of Mississippi. President Kennedy sent 3000 US troops to the area to force compli­ance with the law. Three people died in the fighting and 50 were injured. The next day, Meredith was enrolled and began to attend classes amid continuing disruption by protestors. On June 6, 1966, Meredith was shot while participating in a civil rights march at Mississippi. On June 25, Meredith, barely recovered, rejoined the marchers near Jackson, MS.
    1962 - The National Farm Workers Association, founded by Cesar Chavez and a forerunner of the United Farm Workers, held its first meeting in Fresno, Calif.
    1964 - Top Hits
“Oh, Pretty Woman” - Roy Orbison
“Bread and Butter” - The Newbeats
“G.T.O.” - Ronny and The Daytonas
“I Guess I'm Crazy” - Jim Reeves
    1965 – Dodgers’ righty Don Drysdale won his 13th consecutive game, seven by shutout, finishing with a 23-12 record.
    1966 - Three-day Acid Test opened at San Francisco State College Commons. The test was to peak on the evening of Oct. 1. The Grateful Dead perform.  Posters from this era are quite the collector items.
    1966 - At Comiskey Park in the top of the ninth inning, Roger Maris, in his last at-bat as a Yankee, slams a two-run home run as a pinch-hitter putting the club ahead of the White Sox, 5-4. As the slugger contemplates retirement, the former two-time American League MVP is stunned and embarrassed when New York trades him in the off-season to the Cardinals for utility player Charley Smith.  After his record-setting year in 1961, Maris suffered a series of injuries, including a mis-diagnosed broken wrist, that kept him idle for long stretches and gradually, he fell out of favor with the fans and Yankees management.  It is notable that in his two years with the Cardinals, they went to the World Series both years and won in ‘67 over the Boston Red Sox.  Maris hit .385 with two homers in that Series.  For his career, he was on three World Series winners of a total of seven Series appearances.
    1967 - Van Morrison's "Brown-Eyed Girl" peaks at #10 on the singles chart.
    1967 - 13th Floor Elevators; Quicksilver Messenger Service at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco, presented by the Family Dog collective.
    1968 - The Boeing 747 was rolled out and shown to the public for the first time at the Boeing factory in Everett, WA.
    1970 - A nineteen-month drought in southern California came to a climax. The drought, which made brush and buildings tinder dry, set up the worst fire conditions in California history as hot Santa Anna winds sent the temperature soaring to 105 degrees at Los Angeles, and to 97 degrees at San Diego. During that last week of September, whole communities of interior San Diego County were consumed by fire. Half a million acres were burned, and the fires caused fifty million dollars damage.
    1972 - Roberto Clemente of the Pittsburgh Pirates doubled against New York Mets pitcher Jon Matlack as the Pirates defeated the Mets, 5-0. It was Clemente's 3,000 career hit and his last one as he was killed in a plane crash on Dec 31, delivering relief supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
    1972 - Top Hits
“Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me” - Mac Davis
“Saturday in the Park” - Chicago
“Back Stabbers” - O'Jays
“I Ain't Never” - Mel Tillis
    1976 - California became the first state to enact a “Right-to-Die” law, which allowed physicians of terminally ill patients to withhold life-sustaining procedures under certain conditions.
    1976 - "Two Centuries of Black American Art" opens at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The exhibit features over 60 lithographers, painters, and sculptors including 19th century masters Joshua Johnston, Edward Bannister, and Henry O. Tanner as well as modern artists Charles White, Romar Bearden, and Elizabeth Catlett. The exhibit's catalogue notes that the assembled artists' work proves “the human creative impulse can triumph in the face of impossible odds, and at times even because of them.”
    1977 - The Rolling Stones release their "Bridges to Babylon" LP.
    1977 - The temperature at Wichita Falls, TX, soared to 108 degrees to establish a record for September.
    1977 – "Kiss You All Over" by Exile topped the charts and stayed there for 4 weeks.
    1980 – Ethernet technologies specifications, commonly used in LANs and metropolitan area networks, were published by Xerox working with Intel and Digital Equipment Corp.
    1980 - Top Hits
“Upside Down” - Diana Ross
“All Out of Love” - Air Supply
“Another One Bites the Dust” - Queen
“Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You” - Dolly Parton
    1982 - ”Cheers” premiered. NBC sitcom revolving around the owner, employees and patrons of a Beacon Street bar at Boston. Original cast: Ted Dan­son as owner Sam “Mayday” Malone, Shelley Long and Rhea Perlman as waitresses Diane Chambers and Carla Tortelli, Nicholas Colasanto as bartender Ernie “Coach” Pantusso, John Ratzenberger as mail­man Cliff Clavin and George Wendt as accountant Norm Peter­son. Later cast members: Woody Harrelson as bartender Woody Boyd, Kelsey Grammar as Dr. Frasier Crane, Kirstie Alley as Rebecca Howe and Babe Neuwirth as Dr. Lilith Sternin Crane. The theme song “Where Everybody Knows Your Name,” was sung by Gary Portnoy and written by him and Judy Hart Angelo. Cre­ated by Glen Charles, Les Charles and James Burrows. The last episode aired Aug 19, 1993.
    1982 – Cyanide-laced Tylenol killed six in the Chicago area. Seven were killed in all.  The incidents led to reforms in the packaging of over-the-counter substances and to federal anti-tampering laws. The actions of Johnson& Johnson to reduce deaths and warn the public of poisonings risks has been widely praised as an exemplary response to such a crisis.
    1984 - “Murder, She Wrote” premiers. Angela Lansbury starred as crime novelist Jessica Fletcher from Cabot Cove, Maine, who traveled the country solving murders. This top-rated detective show was unusual in having an older female star, since young men are usu­ally preferred in leading roles on TV. Also appearing were Tom Bosley as Sheriff Amos Tupper and William Windom as Dr. Seth Hazlett. The program ran for 12 years.
    1984 - Yankees first baseman Don Mattingly wins the American League batting title with a .343 average, finishing three points higher than teammate Dave Winfield. It was the first of six consecutive seasons that 'Donnie Baseball' will finish hitting over .300, but will prove to be his only batting crown during a 14-year Major League career. 
    1985 - An early season snowstorm covered the Arrowhead region of Minnesota with 7 to 9 inches of snow. 7 inches fell at Babbitt and Aurora, 7.5 inches at Isabella and 8.5 inches at Polar Lake. This was believed to be the most ever for September in this region.
    1987 - Afternoon thunderstorms in Michigan produced hail an inch in diameter at Pinckney, and wind gusts to 68 mph at Wyandotte. A thunderstorm in northern Indiana produced wet snow at South Bend. Seven cities in the northwestern U.S. reported record high temperatures for the date, including readings of 98 degrees at Medford, OR and 101 degrees at downtown Sacramento, CA
    1988 - Pitcher Orel Hershiser of the Los Angeles Dodgers extended his streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 59, thereby breaking Don Drysdale's mark by one inning. Hershiser shut out the San Diego Padres for 10 innings, but the Padres won the game 2-1, in 16 innings.
    1988 - Ronald Reagan, nearing the end of his presidency, throws out the ceremonial first pitch at Wrigley Field. The former Cub announcer then spends an inning and a half doing play-by-play with Harry Caray in the WGN television booth
    1988 - Top Hits
“Don't Worry Be Happy” - Bobby McFerrin
“I'll Always Love You” - Taylor Dayne
“Love Bites” - Def Leppard
“Addicted” - Dan Seals
    1988 - Unseasonably warm weather prevailed over Florida, and in the western U.S. The afternoon high of 94 degrees at Fort Myers, FL was their tenth record high for the month. Highs of 98 degrees at Medford, OR and 99 degrees at Fresno, CA were records for the date, and the temperature at Borrego Springs, CA soared to 108 degrees.
    1992 - George Brett of the Kansas City Royals singled off Tom Fortugno of the California Angeles in the 7th inning, thus recording the 3,000th hit of his Major League career. The single gave Brett four hits in a game for the 59th time. He was accorded a standing ovation and became so distracted that he was picked off first.
    1995 - "Fantasy" by Mariah Carey topped the charts and stayed there for 8 weeks.
    1997 – For the first time ever in Major League postseason history, three consecutive homers were hit in a game.  The Yankees’ Tim Raines, Derek Jeter, and Paul O’Neill turned the trick.
    1999 - The largest regular-season crowd in San Francisco Candlestick Park history, 61,389 fans, watch the Dodgers beat the home team, 9-4 in the last baseball game to ever be played at the 'Stick.' Giant greats help mark the occasion with Juan Marichal tossing out the ceremonial first pitch before the game and Willie Mays throwing out the ballpark's final pitch after the game. Sue and I were there.
    2000 - In the highest scoring game in A's franchise history, Oakland defeats the Rangers 23-2 to remain a half-game ahead of the Mariners for the western division lead as Seattle scores the most runs ever against the Angels, 21-9, assuring the team at least a tie for the American League wild card.
    2004 - Merck & Co. pulled Vioxx, its heavily promoted arthritis drug, from the market after a study found it doubled the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
     2007 – The Green Bay Packers’ QB, Brett Favre, throws the 421st TD pass of his career, breaking the NFL career record for most TD passes.
    2013 - GlaxoSmithKline sold its thrombosis drug brands to Aspen Pharmacare for $1.13 billion.



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