May 15

Fashion and portrait photographer Richard Avedon was born in New York City in 1923. His interest in photography began when he was 12 years old using his family’s Kodak Brownie camera. Avedon’s career in advertising photography was boosted with photos in Harper’s Bazaar in 1946. He went on to provide photos for Vogue, Life, and look. Some of his famous models included Marilyn Monroe (1957), Brigitte Bardot (1959), Kareem Abdul Jabbar (1963), and The Beatles (1967). Avedon died in 2004 from complications fro a cerebral hemorrhage.

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1937. She was the first female Secretary of State and was nominated by President Clinton before she was sworn in on January 23, 2007. Albright is fluent in English, French, Russian, and Czech. Albright had served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations before becoming Secretary of State. As Secretary, Albright dealt with the Balkan crisis of the 1990s and met with Kim Jong-il of North Korea in 2000.

Basketball player and coach, Don Nelson was born in Muskegon, Michigan in 1940. As a player in the NBA, Nelson played for the Zephyrs, Lakers, and Celtics and was an NBA champion five times. His #19 jersey has been retired by the Celtics. He finished with 10,898 points in his career. Nelson went on to coach the Bucks, Warriors, Knicks, Mavericks, and the Warriors again. He was the NBA Coach of the Year three times. His coaching record currently stands at 1,335 – 1063 for a .557 win percentage.

Baseball player, George Brett was born in Glen Dale, West Virginia in 1953. He played his entire 21-year career with the Kansas City Royals. His 3,154 hits are the most by any third baseman in history. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999 on the first ballot. Brett finished his career with over 3,000 hits, 300 homeruns, and a .300 batting average. The Royals have retired his #5 jersey. You might remember the “Pine Tar Incident” involving Brett hitting a homerun that was ruled illegal at the time, but was overturned later. In 1980, Brett hit .390 and flirted with the magic .400.

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.