Barbara Pierce Bush was born in 1925 in New York City. She served as the first lady when her husband, George H.W. Bush was the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993. She is also the mother of the 43rd President, George W. Bush and Jeb Bush, the 43rd governor of Florida. As First Lady she worked to advance the cause of universal literacy. She met her husband at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts when she was 16 years old. After marriage in 1945, the couple moved to Odessa, Texas where George worked in the oil business. In 1966, George Bush became a Congressman from Texas. Barbara founded the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.
Comedian and actor, Jerry Stiller, was born in New York City in 1927 as Gerald Isaac Stiller. For many years he was part of the comedy team of Stiller and Meara with his wife, Anne. Together, they appeared in the films, Zoolander, Heavyweights, and Hot Pursuit. Stiller is more recently known for his role as Frank Costanza on Seinfeld, which earned him an Emmy nomination in 1997. Stiller then had a major role in the television series King of Queens (1998-2007). Stiller and Meara were honored with a joint star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007.
In 1949, George Orwell, published the novel, 1984. The novel is set in an area that was formerly Great Britain, a province of the superstate Oceania. Using a language named “Newspeak” the government persecutes individuality and prosecutes people for “thoughtcrimes.” Big Brother is the leader who rules through an intense cult of personality, even as he may not even exist. In 2005, the novel was chosen by Time magazine as one of the best 100 novels written between 1923 and 2005 and is on Modern Library’s list of 100 Best Novels.
Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee (Tim Berners-Lee) was born in London in 1955. He is a computer scientist best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web. In 1989, he implemented the first communication in HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol). Berners-Lee is the director of the World Wide Web Consortium, which oversees the Web’s continuing development. In 2994, Berners-Lee was knighted by Queen Elizabeth for his pioneering work and was honored as the inventor of the World Wide Web at the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics in London.
Nick Ut took his iconic photo of the Vietnam War in 1972. He was a photographer for the Associated Press who worked out of Los Angeles. His photo, “The Terror of War” won the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography. The photo depicts children running from napalm bombing in Vietnam. The photo features a young girl, Phan Thj Kim Phuc running towards the camera as a napalm attack was in progress in the southeast region of South Vietnam. Ut also was inducted into the Leica Hall of Fame for his contributions to photojournalism and now resides in Canada.
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.