February 26

Actor Tony Randall was born in 1920. Tony Randall was an American actor, producer, and director, best known for his role as Felix Unger in the television adaptation of Neil Simon's play, The Odd Couple. Other notable films include Pillow Talk and The 7 Faces of Dr, Lau. After the death of his first wife in 1995, Randall married a woman 50 years his junior. Randall died in 2004.

In 1932, singer Johnny Cash, “The Man in Black,” was born in Kingsland, Arkansas. He is considered by many to be on the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Cash had been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Some of his famous songs include Folsom Prison Blues (my favorite) and I Walk the Line. He married June Carter in 1968. Cash passed away in 2003.

Michael Jackson’s Thriller album went to #1 and stayed there for 37 weeks in 1983. Seven singles from this album reached the #1 spot. Several sources rank Thriller as the best selling album of all-time. It won eight Grammy Awards in 1984. Songs included on the album are Beat It, Billie Jean, and, of course, Thriller. I was teaching in Colombia, South America at that time, and I remember when someone brought a videotape of the music video version of Thriller from the States. My students were overwhelmed!

Robert Penn Warren was named the U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry in 1986. He had received a Pulitzer Prize for his novel All the King’s Men in 1946 and two Pulitzer Prizes for poetry in 1958 and 1979. In 2005, the U.S. Postal Service issued a stamp to mark the 100th anniversary of his birth. Robert Penn Warren passed away in 1989.

In 1993, a bomb carried in a truck that entered the parking garage of the North Tower attacked the World Trade Center in NYC. The bomb was intended to knock the North Tower into the South Tower, destroying both. Six people were killed and a thousand more were injured. Financing the operation was Khaled Sheikh Mohammed. In 1994, four men were convicted of the bombing and in 1997, two more were implicated.

 

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.