March 6

Entertainer Ed McMahon was born in 1923 in Detroit. He was a comedian, game show host and announcer. McMahon is most famous for his role on the Johnny Carson show as Carson’s sidekickon The Tonight Show from 1962-1992. He was the host for the original Star Search from 1983-1995. I keep waiting for him to show up at my house with a big check from Publishers Clearing House. McMahon died in 2009.

The trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg began in 1951. They would eventually be executed for committing espionage for the Soviet Union by passing secrets of the atomic bomb. The Rosenbergs were convicted on March 29 and sentenced to death on April 5. The execution took place on June 19, in Sing Sing Prison.

The 1959 Emmy Awards gave Emmys to The Jack Benny Show, Playhouse 90, Maverick, The Dinah Shore Chevy Show, What’s My Line, and Omnibus. The show was hosted by Raymond Burr and held in Hollywood. Individual winners included Loretta Young, Perry Como, and Jane Wyatt from Father Knows Best.

The Ballad of the Green Berets became the #1 hit in the United States in 1966. The song sold over nine million copies (including the album). The song is about an elite fighting force in the U.S. Army, The Green Berets. It was one of the few songs that cast the military in a positive light. Barry Sadler sang the song on television on the Ed Sullivan Show on January 30, 1966.

Walter Cronkite said good-bye to the nation in 1981 after holding the anchor spot since 1962 for CBS. Walter had been dubbed “The most trusted man in America” and had been approached by the Democrats to run as a vice presidential candidate. His awards are too numerous to mention as are the major news stories that he covered during his time as news anchor. Walter Cronkite died in 2009 at the age of 92.

 

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.