February 7

Garth Brooks was born in 1962. Brooks broke records for both sales and concert attendance throughout the 1990s. His album sales have surpassed the 68 million mark. Brooks was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on October 21, 2012. He was also the winner of two Grammys. Watch him perform Night Moves.

The Beatles arrived in NYC in 1964 for their first U.S. tour. “Beatlemania” had come to the United States. I remember how students at my junior high lined up: Stones vs. The Beatles. I have been a Beatles fan ever since.

In 1970, “Pistol Pete” Maravich scored 69 points for LSU. He is still the all-time leading NCAA Division I scorer with 3,667 points scored and an average of 44.2 points per game. Maravich was fun to watch because he was a great ball handler and passer as well as a scorer. He could not play varsity as a freshman nor was the three-point field goal in effect at the time he played.

Blazing Saddles, directed by Mel Brooks opened in movie theaters in 1974. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards. Most people remember the part of the film when Alex Karras (Mongo) punched the horse.

The 1998 Winter Olympics opened in Nagano, Japan. Highlights for American athletes included a gold medal in figure skating for Tara Lipinski and a gold for Picabo Street in Alpine skiing. The United States finished in fifth place with six gold and 13 total medals. Germany took first place with 29 medals.

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.