February 21

Director and screenwriter, Sam Peckinpah was born in 1925. He rose to prominence after the release of The Wild Bunch (1969). Noted for his action and his violence, Peckinpah was nicknamed “Bloody Sam.” Other notable films include Straw Dogs (1971) and The Getaway (1972).

Born in 1927, Erma Bombeck was an American humorist whose newspaper column described home life in suburban America from the 60s through the 90s. She wrote over 4,000 newspaper columns depicting the ordinary life of a Midwestern housewife. At one time she had a readership of over 30 million. Bombeck authored several books including If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits? Erma Bombeck died in 1996.

In 1947, Edwin Land demonstrated his instant camera that came to be known as a Polaroid Land Camera. Polaroid manufactured them from 1947 - 1983. When Edwin Land retired, the name “Land” was dropped from the name of the camera. The last Polaroid camera was the Polaroid One 600, which was designed in 2004. Digital photography has ended the need for an instant camera using film.

The Jackson Five made their debut on American Bandstand in 1970 when they sang I Want You Back. The group has sold over 100,000,000 recordings ranking them among the best-selling artists of all time. The Jacksons had started with Motown, and then switched to CBS Records in 1976. The last Jackson Five album was in 1989.

In 1992, figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi won the Olympic gold medal at the games in Albertville, France. She was a two-time world champion and after turning pro in 1992, toured with Stars on Ice. In 1996, Yamaguchi established the Always Dream Foundation which finances after school programs for children.

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.