February 4

“Lucky Lindy,” Charles Lindbergh was born in 1902. I consider him one of my heroes, although I did not agree with his role in trying to keep the United States out of World War II. Lindbergh made his famous non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic in 1927 and won the Ortieg Prize of $25,000.  He instantly became America’s darling, after traveling back across the Atlantic by ship. In 1932, he was again in the public eye when his son was kidnapped. While we Boomers were not alive then, I feel it is one of the most exciting events in American history.

Lawrence Taylor, linebacker for the NY Giants was born in 1959. He played for the giants from 1981 – 1993 and is in the Football Hall of Fame. He is considered to be one of the greatest linebackers in the history of the game. Taylor (“LT) was elected to the Pro Bowl ten times and was the league MVP in 1986. He won two Super Bowl rings in 1987 and 1991.

Patricia Hearst was kidnapped in 1974. She was an American newspaper heiress, socialite, actress, kidnap victim, and convicted bank robber. Patty was the granddaughter of William Randolph Hearst, the newspaper publisher. She was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army and participated in a bank robbery with them. Hearst spent two years in prison before President Bill Clinton pardoned her in 2001. Hearst claimed that she had been brainwashed by the SLA.

In 1977, Warner Brothers released the album Rumours by Fleetwood Mac. The album has sold over 45 million copies to date and is one of the best-selling albums of all time. The album won the Grammy for the Album of the Year in 1978. Rumours featured songs Don’t’ Stop, Go Your Own Way, and You Make Loving Fun.

Betty Friedan, American writer and feminist, died in 2006. She authored the 1963 book, The Feminine Mystique, which launched a second wave of feminism in the United States. In 1966, she founded the National Organization for Women (NOW) whose goal was to promote female equality. Naturally, Friedan was a supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment that failed to pass among the states.

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.