May 18

Singer Perry Como (Mr. C.) was born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania in 1912. He signed with RCA Victor in 1943 and pioneered a weekly musical television show and was seen weekly on television from 1969-1963. Como won a Grammy in 1959 and five Emmys from 1955-1959, as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002. Some of his greatest hits include And I Love You So, Catch a Falling Star, and It’s Impossible. Como died in 2001 six days before his 89th birthday.

Pope John Paul II was born in Wadowice, Poland in 1920. His name at birth was Karol Lozef Wojtyla and he became the 264th pope of the Catholic Church on October 16, 1978. He was the second longest-serving pope in modern history (Pope Piux IX served for 31 years). Some of his accomplishments include helping to end communism in his native Poland, improving the Church’s relations with Judaism, Islam, and the Eastern Orthodox Church. John Paul II visited 129 nations during his tenure and canonized 483 saints. He died in 2005 from heart failure and he was canonized in 2014.

Dwayne Hickman was born in Los Angeles in 1935. He was best known for his teenage roles in television sitcoms. Hickman appeared on the Bob Cummings Show and then in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. Dobie Gillis (including Bob Denver as Maynard G. Krebs) ran for five year from 1959-1963 and then Hickman became a programming executive for CBS. Hickman credited Cummings with being his mentor.

George Strait is a country music singer, actor, and producer known as the “King of Country.” Strait was born in Poteet, Texas in 1952. His success began in 1981 with his single, Unwound. He is in the Country Music Hall of Fame and was named the CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1989, 1990, and 2013. Strait has had 44 number one singles on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and has sold more than 70 million albums in the United States. His best-selling album, Pure Country (1992), has sold more than six million copies. His popular singles are just too numerous to mention. Strait is listed as the 12th best –selling recording artist in American history.

In 1980, a major volcanic eruption occurred at Mount St. Helens in Washington State. The last significant eruption in the U.S. occurred at Lassen Peak in 1915 in California. An eruption column rose 80,000 feet into the air and deposited ash in 11 states. 57 people lost their lives including innkeeper Harry R. Truman. Hundreds of square miles of land were reduced to wastelands and the estimated property damage came to over 2.88 billion dollars (adjusted for inflation).

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.