June 2

Guglielmo Marconi applied for a patent on his invention, the wireless (radio) in 1896. I included him today because radio has shaped the early lives of many Boomers. When I was a kid, I put together a crystal radio receiver and I always begged my parents for a short wave radio, which I eventually obtained. I used to fall asleep listening to baseball games on the radio. And I still listen to a lot of NPR whenever I am in the car.

Jerry Mathers was born in Sioux City, Iowa in 1948. He is best known for his role as Theodore Cleaver on the television series Leave It to Beaver that ran from 1957-1963. Mathers had appeared in several films before getting the role as The Beaver. The show has been shown in over 80 different countries and Mathers claims that he is recognized wherever he travels. Later in life, Mathers graduated with a degree in philosophy, worked as a commercial loan officer, made some guest appearances on television, and has woned a catering business.

The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place at Westminster Abbey in 1953. Her father, George VI had died on February 6, 1952 and the coronation was scheduled to take place after a period of mourning. Elizabeth became the monarch of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Union of South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon. She swore an oath to uphold the laws of her nations and to govern the Church of England. Over 20 million people watched the coronation on television.

In 1979, Pope John Paul II (Karol Jozef Wojtyla) began his trip to his native Poland. His visit helped to spark the Solidarity movement that would begin to erode communism in Poland and Eastern Europe. He is now known as Pope Saint John Paul II and he passed away in 2005.

In 2004, Ken Jennings began his string of 74 Jeopardy! Victories and he became the second all-time leading money winners in American game shows. Nancy Zerg defeated him on his 75th appearance. His total Jeopardy! earnings totaled $3,196,000. Jennings has gone on to write several books about his Jeopardy! experience and trivia.

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.