February 10

Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman opened in 1949. It would win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Tony Award for best play that year. I think every high school student has been forced to read it in class. The reader shares salesman Willie Loman’s depression. Perhaps you have seen the version with Dustin Hoffman as Willie.

Perhaps your Saturday morning lineup of television programs included My Friend Flicka, which originally appeared in 1956. While I preferred the Lone Ranger and Sky King, I did see a few episodes of this show. It had failed in the ratings going against Rin Tin Tin and the reruns aired on Saturday morning. There were only 39 episodes produced. My Friend Flicka was based in the 1941 novel of the same name by Mary O’Hara. A movie version was made in 1943.

In 1962, Francis Gary Powers was exchanged for Russian spy Rudolf Abel. This was the conclusion of the U-2 affair that saw Powers shot down over the Soviet Union in a spy plane in 1960. Powers died in a helicopter crash in 1977. Learn more about this incident on The History Channel.

Bonnie Blair won her first of two gold medals at the Albertville Winter Olympic Games in 1992. She took first place in the 500 and 1,000 meter speed skating events. Blair won her first gold in Calgary in 1988. She was honored with 1992 James E. Sullivan Award and Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the year in 1994.

Olympian swimmer Mark Spitz was born in 1950. He won seven gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. (Swimmer Michael Phelps won eight golds in Beijing.) Between 1968 and 1972, Spitz won nine gold medals, a silver medal, and a bronze medal.

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.