Singer and actress Rosemary Clooney was born in Maysville, Kentucky in 1928. Her career took off with the song Come-On-a-My House in 1951. She followed this up with hits such as Mambo Italiano, Tenderly, Hey There, and This Ole House. Her career declined in the 1960s due to depression and drug addiction. Clooney was married twice to movie star Jose Ferrer. She suffered from a bipolar disorder and died from lung cancer in 2002 at the age of 72. Actor George Clooney is her nephew.
One of my favorite tennis players is John Newcombe of Australia. He was born in Sydney in 1944. He won seven Grand Slam titles and 17 doubles titles. He and other Australian tennis players dominated the field in the 60s and 70s. Newcombe played a serve and volley game and was the top ranked amateur in the world in 1967. He won the Australian Open (1973 and 1975), Wimbledon (1967, 1970, and 1971) and the U.S. Open (1967 and 1973).
Chess grandmaster Anatoly Karpov was born in Ziatoust, Soviet Union in 1951. He was the official world champion from 1975-1985 until he was defeated by Garry Karpov. He is considered by many to one of the greatest players of all time. Karpov received the Order of Lenin in 1981.
Racehorse Native Dancer won $110,000 as the winner of the 1953 Preakness Stakes, defeating Jamie K and Royal Bay Gem. After finishing second in the Kentucky Derby in May, Native Dancer went on to win the Preakness and the Belmont, narrowly missing the Triple Crown. The horse went on to sire 43 stakes winners from a total of 306 foals.
Drew Carey was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1958. He has been an actor, comedian, and game show host. After serving in the Marines, he became a popular stand-up artist. He starred in The Drew Carey Show, which ran from 1995-2004. He has hosted The Price is Right since 2007. Carey is a minority owner of the Seattle Sounders soccer team. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003.
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.