March 20

Comedian Carl Reiner was born in 1922 in New York. Before turning to television, he had performed in Broadway musicals. Reiner worked with Sid Caesar on Your Show of Shows in 1950 and went on to work with Mel Brooks and Neil Simon. I always enjoyed his 2,000 Year Old Man routines with Mel Brooks. Reiner began directing with the Dick Van Dyke Show. He was married to his wife for 64 years and Rob Reiner is one of their three children.

While most Baby Boomers are too old to have watched Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, which began in 1968, I am sure they are at least very familiar with Fred Rogers, who was born in 1928. Rogers got into television in 1951 with his first job at NBC. He worked in Toronto with the creator of Mr. Dressup on Canadian television, before creating Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood that was picked up by PBS in 1971. The show ran for 895 episodes from 1968 – 2001. Fred Rogers died in 2003 of cancer.

The best hockey player I ever saw in person was Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins. Orr was born in 1948 in Parry Sound, Canada. He played for 12 years in the NHL and his career was cut short because of knee injuries. He was one of the greatest players of all-time and was a high-scoring defenseman. He is the only defenseman to lead the league in scoring and won the Norris Trophy (best defensive player) eight straight times and three Hart Trophies (most valuable player). Orr was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1979.

In 1995, an act of domestic terrorism in Japan occurred in the subway of Tokyo. The Subway Sarin Incident perpetrated by members of Aum Shinrikyo (a doomsday religious cult). In five separate coordinated attacks, sarin gas was released in several line of the Tokyo subway system. 13 people were killed and over 50 people were seriously injured. Thousands had temporary vision problems from the gas. The main perpetrators were eventually prosecuted.

The invasion of Iraq by the United States and its allies began today in 2003. Operation Iraqi Freedom or The Iraq War was a carryover from the conflict in Afghanistan. The goal of the invasion phase of the conflict was to capture Baghdad, the capital city of Iraq. President Bush claimed that the mission was to “disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, to disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, to end Saddam Hussein's support for terrorism, and to free the Iraqi people.” We now know about the lack of weapons of mass destruction.

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.