April 1

Born in 1932 in El Paso, Texas, Debbie Reynolds was signed by Warner Brothers at the age of 16. Her main claim to fame was in the movie Singin’ in the Rain (1952) with Gene Kelly. Other notable films include How the West was Won (1962) and The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964) for which she received an Oscar nomination. She was married to Eddie Fisher and Carrie Fisher is their offspring.

Elizabeth Alice “Ali” McGraw was born in Pound Ridge, NY in 1939. She won a Golden Globe for her acting in Goodbye, Columbus (1969) and reached international fame and an Oscar nomination with Love Story (1970). She has a star at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and went on to star in The Getaway (1972) and The Winds of War (1991). McGraw was married to Steve McQueen for about five years.

According to the 1960 census in 1960, the population of the United States reached 179,323,175. New York was still the number one state with California in second place and Pennsylvania in third. At that time, Texas was number six and Florida was in tenth place.  After the 2010 census, California is easily in first place with Texas in second. Soon Florida will surpass New York for the third spot.

The soap opera General Hospital premiered in 1963 on ABC. According to the Guinness Book of World Records it is the longest running American soap opera in history. It ended on December 31, 2013. General Hospital gave us the Quartermaines and the Spencers as well as Luke and Laura. Their television wedding in 1981 drew over 30 million viewers.

Apple Computer was founded in 1976 and has its headquarters in Cupertino, California. They were founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne and produce the iMac line of computers, the iPad, the iPod, the iPhone, and Apple TV. Apple is the third largest producer of cell phones behind Samsung and Nokia. Depending o the price of their stock, they are sometimes the most valuable corporation in the world. On a personal note, I have been a fan and consumer of theirs since my first Apple IIe.

Larry Moskal began his career as a Social Studies teacher in 1971. He graduated from the University of Buffalo with degrees in history and education. Larry taught Social Studies for the Ken-Ton School system, a suburban school system north of Buffalo, New York until 2005, and then taught and was the Dean of Students at San Miguel High School in Tucson. At Ken-Ton, he pioneered several online courses for high school students. In the 1980s, he spent three years teaching in Colombia, South America and spent four years at Lewiston-Porter High School. He currently is the PowerSchool Administrator for San Miguel accomplishing his work over the Internet.