March 12

Author Jack Kerouac was born in 1922. He was a pioneer of the Beat Generation along with William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg. He covered topics such as Catholic spirituality, jazz, promiscuity, Buddhism, drugs, poverty, and travel. On the Road is probably his best known work. Kerouac died in 1969 from internal bleeding due to years of alcohol abuse.

Test pilot and astronaut Wally Schirra was born in 1923. He was one of the original seven Mercury astronauts. Schirra flew a six-orbit mission in 1962 and was the fifth American to ride into space. He flew in the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions. Schirra worked with CBS News as they covered subsequent Apollo flights. He died in 2007 of a heart attack.

Agent 99 (Barbara Feldon) was born in 1933. Though mostly a stage actress, her most famous role was as a partner of Maxwell Smart on the television series Get Smart. She was nominated for Emmy Awards in 1968 and 1969.

Actress and singer Liza Minnelli was born in 1946. She is the daughter of Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli. Early films included The Sterile Cuckoo (1969) and Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970). International fame came when she starred in Cabaret (1972) for which she won an Academy Award for Best Actress. She has won four Tony Awards and she is one of the few actors who has won an Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and a Tony Award.

Singer-songwriter James Vernon Taylor was born in 1948. Taylor has won five Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. Fire and Rain (1970) and You’ve Got a Friend (1971) helped launch his career. His Greatest Hits album has sold over 12 million copies. From 1972 – 1983, Taylor was married to Carly 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.