Actress Katherine Hepburn was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1907. She was a leading lady in Hollywood for over sixty years. Hepburn won four Academy Awards for Best Actress, more than anyone. The American Film Institute named her the greatest female star in Hollywood history. Her Academy Award films include Morning Glory (1934), Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1968), The Lion in Winter (1969), and On Golden Pond (1982). She has a total of 12 Oscar nominations. Hepburn was only married once to Ludlow Ogden Smith (1928-1934), but was a partner of Spencer Tracy from 1941 until his death in 1967. Hepburn died in 2003 at the age of 96.
Howard K. Smith was born in Ferriday, Louisiana in 1914. Smith was a journalist, radio reporter, television anchorman, and political commentator. A Tulane University graduate and Rhodes scholar, Smith joined CBS under the direction of Edward R. Murrow in 1940. He shifted to ABC News from 1962-1979 where he became a co-anchor with Frank Reynolds and then with Harry Reasoner. Smith died in 2002 at the age of 87.
The founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, Mary Kay Ash was born in Hot Wells, Texas in 1918. With a $5,000 investment from her son, she started Mary Kay Cosmetics in 1963 in Dallas, Texas. The company’s system allowed women to begin at the bottom of the organization and work their way up. Her slogan was “God first, family second, career third.” At the time of her death in 2001, the company had over 800,000 representatives in over 37 nations. In 2011, the company had over 2.9 billion dollars in sales.
Lawrence Peter (Yogi) Berra was born in St. Louis in 1925. Yogi played in the American League as a catcher and outfielder. Berra won the American League VP award three times. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972. Berra appeared in 21 World Series and came away with 13 championships. The Yankees have retired his #8 jersey. Berra played for the Yankees for almost his entire playing career and managed both the Mets and the Yankees. Berra was one of the greatest players in the history of the game and is well known for his “Yogiisms” such as "It's déjà vu all over again.” His wife of 65 years, Carmen died in 2014.
George Carlin was a comedian, writer, social critic, and actor who was born in New York City in 1937. He won five Grammy Awards for comedy albums. Carlin is famous for his “Seven Dirty Words” comedy routine. He did 14 stand-up comedy specials for HBO beginning in 1977 and often commented on contemporary political issues. And who could forget his “Hippy Dippy Weatherman” routine? Carlin died in 2008 after a long history of cardiac problems.
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.