Dean Martin (born Dino Paul Crocetti) was born in Steubenville, Ohio in 1917. Also known as “The King of Cool” and “Dino”, Martin was a singer, actor, comedian, and film producer. He was a member of the “Rat Pack” that included Frank Sinatra, Humphrey Bogart, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop. Martin hosted his own television shows, The Dean Martin Show (1965-1974) and The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast (1974-1985). Some of his hit songs include Everybody Loves Somebody, That’s Amore, and Volare.” Martin teamed with Jerry Lewis as a comedy team until they broke up in 1956. Martin was diagnosed with lung cancer and died in 1995 at the age of 78.
Baseball player Thurman Munson was born in 1947 in Akron, Ohio and died in a small plane crash at the age of 32 in 1979. He was the catcher for the New York Yankees from1969-1979 and won Rookie of the Year and the MVP awards. Munson was the first captain of the Yankees since Lou Gehrig. Munson and the Yankees won World Series championships in 1977 and 1978. He was an all-star for seven of his seasons and was the MVP in 1976. Munson died as he was practicing takeoffs and landings in his Cessna when his plane hit a tree. His #15 was retired by the Yankees in 1979.
Liam Neeson was born in Ballymena, Northern Ireland in 1952. He became prominent due to his role as Oskar Schindler in Schindler’s List in 1993. He appeared on stage before his career in film. Neeson earned an Oscar nomination for Schindler’s List and the film won the best picture that year. Other major films for Neeson include Michael Collins (1996), Star Wars Episode I (1999), Kinsey (2004), and Taken (2008). He lived with Helen Mirren in the early 1980s and married Natasha Richardson in 1994. Richardson died in 2009 from a skiing accident.
Writer Orhan Pamuk was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1952. He was the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2006. Pamuk has sold over 11 million books in 60 languages, making him Turkey’s best-selling author. One of his goals in his writing is to highlight issues of freedom of speech in Turkey. Major works include My Name is Red (2000), Snow (2002), and The Museum of Innocence (2008). Pamuk was put on trial for his comments concerning Armenian genocide in 2005. In 2011, he was found guilty and ordered to pay those he had insulted. Pamuk is a Professor of Comparative Literature and Writing at Columbia University.
Graceland was opened to the public in 1982. The 13.8 acre estate was home to Elvis Presley in Memphis, Tennessee. Graceland became listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2006. Over 600,000 people visit Graceland each year. The home received its name for the daughter of S.C. Toof, he original owner of the property. Presley died at the estate in 1977 and is buried there. Famous visitors to Graceland include Nikita Khrushchev, George W, Bush, Prince Albert of Monaco, Paul McCartney, and Paul Simon.
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.