Actor Tony Curtis (born Bernard Schwartz) was born in 1925 in New York City. He appeared in over 100 films from 1948-2010. His first success is in Sweet Smell of Success in 1957 with co-star Burt Lancaster. In 1958 he was nominated for an Oscar for The Defiant Ones and then he starred in Some Like It Hot with Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemon. His last major role was as Albert DeSalvo in The Boston Strangler in 1968. Curtis was married six times, his first wife being Janet Leigh with whom ne had two children, Jamie Leigh Curtis and Kelly Curtis. He died in 2010 at the age of 85 of cardiac arrest.
Irwin Allen Ginsberg was a poet and a leading figure in the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the counterculture revolution of the 1960s. He was born in 1926 in Newark, New Jersey. He is best known for his poem, How!, that exposed what he saw as the destructive forces of capitalism and conformity. In a court case that attracted attention, a judge ruled that the poem, How!, was not obscene. Ginsberg was a practicing Buddhist and lived a modest life. He participated in many political protests ranging from the Vietnam War to the War on Drugs. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1995. His life-long partner was Peter Orlovsky. Ginsberg died in 1997 at the age of 70 from liver cancer.
Game show creator, producer, and host, Chuck Barris was born in Philadelphia in 1926. His most famous games shows include The Gong Show (1976-1978), The Dating Game (1965-1980), and The Newlywed Game (1966-1974). Barris is also the composer of the song, Palisades Park (1962), and the author of Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002 film). Barris worked backstage at American Bandstand early in his career. He created Chuck Barris Productions in 1965 and began to produce game shows for television. He claims to have worked for the CIA in the 60s and 70s as an assassin, but the CIA denies this claim.
Cuban leader Raul Castro was born in 1931 in Biran, Cuba. He was a rebel commander in the 1950s and once his brother, Fidel, took over in 1959, Raul was the Minister of the Armed Forces of Cuba until 2008. Raul took over the leadership of Cuba in 2008 and was re-elected in 2013. Raul announced he would not seek re-election in 2018. As the Cuban leader, Raul has promoted many economic reforms that included easing restriction on some imported goods and improving the wages of public workers. He was married to Vilma Espin, an MIT graduate until her death in 2007.
Author Larry McMurtry was born in Archer City, Texas in 1936. He is a novelist, essayist, bookseller, and screenwriter whose work is set in the Old West and in modern Texas. He authored Terms of Endearment (1975) and the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Lonesome Dove (1985). McMurtry co-wrote the screenplay for Brokeback Mountain (2006). Other notable works include The Last Picture Show (1966), Cadillac Jack (1982), Buffalo Girls (1990), and a nonfiction work, Custer (2012). McMurtry is currently married to Norma Faye Kesey, the widow of author Ken Kesey.
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.