April 23

One of my favorite baseball players, Warren Spahn, was born in 1921 in Buffalo, NY. He was a left-handed pitcher for the Boston/Milwaukee Braves for most of his 21-year career. Spahn won 20 games or more in 13 seasons and was the Cy Young winner in 1957 and was the runner-up three other times. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1973. His total of 363 victories ranks him as the leading left-hander in baseball history. Spahn was a 17 time all star and the Braves have retired his number, 21. He died of natural causes in 2003 at age 82.

Actress Sandra Dee (born Alexandra Zuck) was born in Bayonne, NJ in 1942. She began her career as a model before moving into acting. Dee won a Golden Globe Award in 1959 and was married to Bobby Darin for about seven years. Her notable films include Gidget (1959), A Summer Place (1959), and Tammy, Tell Me True (1961). Dee died in 2005 at the age of 62 from kidney disease.

Valerie Bertinelli was born in Wilmington, DE in 1960. She is most famous for her role as Barbara Cooper Royer in the television series One Day at a Time (1975-1984). She also starred in Touched by an Angel (2001-2003), and Hot in Cleveland (2010-). Bertinelli struggled with weight issues and appeared in several Jenny Craig commercials. At one time she was married to musician Eddie Van Halen and remarried in 2011.

Student protesters at Columbia University took over several administrative buildings in 1968. Students were protesting the war as well as the construction of a gym on campus they felt was encouraging segregation. The protests came to a conclusion on April 30 when the NYPD used tear gas (and other methods) to clear the buildings. At least 30 students were suspended by the administration.

Coca-Cola introduced “New Coke” to the public in 1985. The new formula was to replace the traditional Coca-Cola. The public’s reaction was swift and negative and was a major marketing failure for the company. Coca-Cola’s share of the market had shrunk from 60% at the end of World War II to 24%, primarily due to competition from Pepsi-Cola. Over 400,000 phone calls and letter flooded Coca-Cola’s headquarters in Atlanta. On July 11, the company announced they would return to the original formula. Chalk one up for the consumer.

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.