January 28

Roy Campanella, nicknamed "Campy", was an American baseball player, primarily at the position of catcher, in the Negro leagues and Major League Baseball. Campanella was the MVP in the National League three times. In 1958, he became paralyzed from the waist down as a result of a car accident. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1969. Campanella died in 1993. Watch him in What’s My Line?

Fantasy Island made its television debut on ABC in 1978. It ran until 1984. Ricardo Montalban was the host for the guests who came to the island to live out their fantasies, for a price. His sidekick, Tattoo would shout out “The Plane! The Plane!” when guests arrived.

We Are the World was recorded in 1985 to raise money for Africa. Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie wrote the song. Singers included Ray Charles, Bill Joel, Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen, and many others. Over ten million copies were sold.

In 1986, the space shuttle Challenger, exploded 73 seconds into its flight. An O-ring failure was to blame and the shuttle program closed down for about three years while safety measures were instituted. Seven astronauts lost their lives, including science teacher, Christa McAuliffe. I happened to be at a television set for the launch. It is one of those events in my life that I will always remember where I was when the event happened.

Andre Agassi defeated Pete Sampras in the 83rd Australian Open tennis tournament in 1995. He was a four-time winner of this event. Agassi is only one of four male players to accomplish a Career Grand Slam (all four Gran Slam events in a career).  He was married to Brooke Shields before marrying Steffi Graf in 2001.

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.