April 8

Basketball great John Havlicek was born in 1940. He played all 16 seasons with the Boston Celtics, winning eight NBA championships. Havlicek is considered one of the best players in the history of the NBA. He was an NBA all-star 13 times. When he retired in 1978, the Celtics retired his number 17. Havlicek was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1984.

Frank Sinatra hosted the 35th Academy Awards in Santa Monica, California in 1963 and the show was carried on ABC-TV. Oscar winners included:

Best Picture – Lawrence of Arabia
Best Director – David Lean - Lawrence of Arabia
Best Actor – Gregory Peck - To Kill a Mockingbird
Best Actress – Anne Bancroft – The Miracle Worker
Best Supporting Actor – Ed Begley – Sweet Bird of Youth
Best Supporting Actress – Patty Duke – The Miracle Worker

Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s career homerun record when he hit homerun number 715 in 1974. In my mind, he still holds the record at 755 as he accomplished that feat without the use of performance enhancing drugs. Along with millions of people, I watched that game to see if he would break Ruth’s record, and he came through. The feat was done during a home game in Atlanta. I also remember the two young men who raced out onto the field to touch Aaron.

In 1992, tennis player Arthur Ashe announced that he acquired AIDS from blood transfusions during surgeries. His announcement raised awareness about AIDS and Ashe founded the Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS. He died from AIDS-related pneumonia on February 6, 1993. During his tennis career, Ashe had won the U.S. Open (1968), the Australian Open (1970), and Wimbledon (1975). Ashe was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1985.

The television show Twin Peaks made its debut in 1990 on ABC. Mark Frost and David Lynch created the show and it follows Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) and the fictional town of Twin Peaks in Washington State. Twin Peaks became one of the top-rated shows of 1990 and developed a cult following. Only 30 episodes were produced.

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.