March 24

Terence Steven McQueen was born in Beech Grove, Indiana in 1930. An actor who was often referred to as “The King of Cool,” he was a major box office draw of the 1960s and 1970s. McQueen received an Oscar nomination for his role in The Sand Pebbles (1966). His other popular films included Bullitt, The Getaway, and The Great Escape. His biggest television role was as Josh Randle in Wanted: Dead or Alive. McQueen was an avid dirt bike rider and pilot. He died in 1980, at the age of 50 after fighting various forms of cancer.

In 1958, Elvis Presley was inducted into the U.S. Army. He had received his draft notice on December 20th of the previous year. He was granted a temporary deferment to finish the film King Creole. Elvis became a private at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas and his arrival was a major media event.  After basic training he was sent to Germany where he learned about amphetamines and karate. Elvis met Priscilla Beaulieu (she was 14 years old) in Germany. He was honorably discharged on March 5, 1960.

In 1980, the Louisville Cardinals, coached by Denny Crum defeated the UCLA Bruins to win the NCAA Division I basketball tournament. Darnell Griffith of Louisville wan named the MVP of the tournament. This is considered to be the first tournament of “the modern era” when the tournament was structured as it is today.

The 58th Academy Awards were presented in Los Angeles in 1986 for films of the previous year. Alan Alda, Jane Fonda, and Robin Williams hosted the ceremonies. Winners included:

Best Picture – Out of Africa
Best Director – Syndey Pollack for Out of Africa
Best Actor – William Hurt for Kiss of the Spider Woman
Best Actress – Geraldine Page for The Trip to Bountiful

The Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred in Prince William Sound, Alaska in 1989. The oil tanker was bound for Long Beach, California when it struck a reef sending 260,000 – 750,000 barrels of crude oil into the ocean. The spill is considered to be one of the most ecological man-made disasters of all time.  Exxon was ordered to pay $287 million for actual damages and $5 billion (later reduced to $2.5 billion) for punitive damages.

 

 

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.