Les Paul (born Lester William Polsfuss) was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin in 1915. He was a guitarist, songwriter, and inventor. He was one of the pioneers of the solid-body electric guitar, which made the sounds of rock and roll. Because of his contributions to music, Paul has a permanent stand-alone exhibit in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He recorded with his wife Mary Ford in the 1950s, selling millions of records. His innovative guitar, “The Log” inspired the Gibson Les Paul, one of the world’s most popular electric guitars. Paul was also one of the first innovators of multi-track recording. He died of complications from pneumonia in 2009.
Robert McNamara was born in 1916 in San Francisco. He was a business executive and the 8th Secretary of Defense serving under Kennedy and Johnson. He played a large role in escalating the war in Vietnam. He was the longest-serving Secretary of Defense in United States history. McNamara also served as the President of the World Bank from 1968-1981. Before becoming a public servant, McNamara was one of the “Whiz Kids” who helped rebuild the Ford Motor Company after World War II. In 1995, he took a stand against his former conducting of the Vietnam War. McNamara died in 2009 at the age of 93.
If you like extra excitement during your college basketball games, then make sure that Dick Vitale is working the broadcast. Also known as “Dickie V,” he was born in Passaic, New Jersey in 1939. Vitale coached basketball at the high school, college, and professional levels before turning to broadcasting. Noted for such phrases as “diaper dandy,” Vitale was elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008 for his contributions to the game.
1968 saw Ken Rosewall defeat Rod Laver at Roland-Garros Stadium in Paris, France. Both players were from Australia and both eventually won the event twice. The event first took place in 1891 and was open only to members of French tennis clubs. In 1925, the tournament was open to all amateur players. The French Open is the second tournament held each year in the Grand Slam series. It follows the Australian Open, and Wimbledon and the U.S. Open follows the French Open. The French Open is played on a clay surface, which can cause grief for players who are successful on other surfaces. Rafael Nadal won the tournament in 2014 for the 9th time.
California Chrome failed to win the Belmont Stakes on Saturday and thus failed to win the Triple Crown of horse racing. In 1973, Secretariat won the 105th Belmont Stakes thus winning the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes to win the Triple Crown. In 1948 Citation had been the last horse to accomplish the feat. Secretariat still holds the fastest times for all three races. In 1977 Seattle Slew and in 1978, Affirmed also won the Triple Crown. No horse has won it since 1978.
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.