March 28

Basketball player, Rick Barry was born in 1944. Besides being famous and successful for his underhand free throw shooting, Barry was named one of the top 50 NBA players in history. He is the only player to lead the NCAA, ABA, and NBA in scoring. In 1987 he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Barry played for the University of Miami, San Francisco Warriors, Oakland Oaks, Washington Caps, Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets. He won an NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors in 1975.

Country music singer, songwriter, and actress, Reba McEntire was born in 1955 in McAlester, Oklahoma. She signed with Mercury Records in 1975. McEntire has produced 26 albums, 21 number singles, and 14 number one albums. She has sold more than 80 million recordings worldwide. Her acting career included movies such as Tremors and a television sitcom called Reba. She is sometimes referred to as “The Queen of Country.”

In 1977, the Marquette Warriors (now the Golden Eagles) defeated the North Carolina Tarheels to win the NCAA basketball championship. The tournament involved 32 of the top college teams in the nation. Marquette was coached by Al McGuire and led by player Butch Lee. North Carolina was coached Dean Smith. The final game was held in Atlanta with Marquette winning by a score of 67 – 59.

Rocky won the Best Picture at the 49th Academy Awards ceremony in 1977.  Co-hosts included Richard Pryor, Jane Fonda, Ellen Burstyn, and Warren Beatty. Actor Peter Finch became the first actor to be awarded posthumously. Other winners included:

Best Director – John Avildson for Rocky
Best Actor – Peter Finch for Network
Best Actress – Faye Dunaway for Network
Best Supporting Actor – Jason Robards for All the King’s Men
Best Supporting Actress – Beatrice Straight for Network

The nuclear Three Mile Island accident occurred in 1979. It was the worst U.S. nuclear accident in history. Radioactive gasses and iodine were released into the atmosphere. About 40,000 gallons of radioactive waste water was released into the Susquehanna River. An evacuation of 140,000 women and children in the area took place and a later commission reported that no one was seriously harmed by the incident. The accident, however, swayed public opinion concerning the safety of nuclear energy.

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.