February 11

Tina Louise was born in 1934 as Tina Blacker. She is best known for her role as Ginger in the television series Gilligan’s Island. Tina Louise claimed that the show ruined her career. She was a fashion model and actress in Broadway productions and appeared in the film God’s Little Acre (1958).

Actor Burt Reynolds was born in 1936. He is noted for films such as The Longest Yard (1974), Smokey and the Bandit (1977), and Boogie Nights (1997) for which he received an Oscar nomination. Reynolds was married to Loni Anderson from 1988-1993.

The French Chef, created and hosted by Julia Child, began in 1963 and ran until 1973. It was produced by WGBH in Boston and was one of the first cooking shows on television. The show introduced French cooking to millions who thought it was only suitable for expensive restaurants.

Nelson Mandela was freed from Victor Verster Prison in 1990 after being incarcerated for 27 years. He was the winner of the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Order of Lenin. Mandela was the leader of South Africa from 1994 – 1999. He died on December 5, 2013.

Janet Reno was chosen by President Clinton to become the U.S. Attorney General in 1993. She was the first woman to be appointed to this position. Reno had been the Florida Sate Attorney for Dade County and led the fight against child abuse.

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.