February 13

Actress Kim Novak was born in 1933. Her most notable films included Picnic and Vertigo.  In 1986 and 1987, she appeared in 29 episodes of the television series Falcon Crest. Novak pursues photography, poetry and painting. She does have a handprint at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski was born in 1947. From 1975-1080, he was the coach of the U.S. Military Academy. He is the NCAA Division I coach with the most wins in a career. Currently he is at 976 victories. Coach K as taken Duke to 11 Final Fours and won four championships.

Speed skater Eric Heiden became the first American to win a world speed skating championship in 1977. He also won all five individual Olympic gold medals at the Lake Placid games in 1980. After his skating days were over Heiden became a doctor and became involved in bicycle racing.

In 1984, Konstatin Chernenko succeeded Yuri Andrupov as leader of the Soviet Union. He died in 1985 after only 13 months in office. Chernenko was the third Soviet leader to die in a three-year period. The deaths of Boris Yeltsin and Andrupov had preceded his death. Mikhail Gorbachev took over on the day Chernenko died.

The 15th Winter Olympics opened in Calgary, Canada in 1988. 57 nations sent 1,423 athletes to the games. The Soviet Union led with 29 medals while East Germany gathered 25. The United States finished 9th with a total of 6 medals. Figure skater Brian Boitano and speed skater Bonnie Blair won gold for the U.S. The Jamaican bobsled team made its first appearance at these games. Katarina Witt won the gold in ladies’ figure skating.

 

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.