January 27

The National Geographic Society was founded in 1888 in Washington, D.C. The Society has used its revenues from the magazine to sponsor expeditions and research projects that furthered humanity's understanding of natural phenomena. I have been a member since 1968 and I truly appreciate their photographic work.

The 17th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, was born in 1955. George W. Bush nominated him in 1963. He succeeded William Rehnquist as Chief Justice. Roberts surprised a lot of people when he wrote the majority opinion concerning the Affordable Health Care Act in 2012.

Sing Along with Mitch Miller premiered on NBC in 1961. Watching the videos today, it is hard to believe that anyone watched the show, but at the time ……… The show ran until 1964. Apparently there was no bouncing ball, but the words did appear on the bottom of the screen.

In 1967, a fire killed three astronauts, Gus Grissom, Edward White, and Roger Chaffee during a launch rehearsal. The Apollo flights were delayed for about 20 months because of the tragedy while investigations tried to find the cause.

Laverne and Shirley began its run on ABC in 1976. The show started Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams as roommates in Milwaukee. It was a spin-off of Happy Days. The girls communicated with their upstairs neighbors, Lenny and Squiggy, who helped to provide a lot of laughs. The show ended in 1983.

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.