May 24

Arkansas Representative Wilbur Mills was born in Kensett, Arkansas in 1909. He was the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee for 17 years and was often termed the “most powerful man in Washington.” Mills played a large role in the creation of Medicare. However, he is most remembered for a scandal in 1974. At 2 a.m. on October 8, 1974, Mills jumped out of his car after being stopped by police for not having his headlights on. He was intoxicated and had scuffled with his passenger Fanne Foxe, a stripper from Argentina. Mills jumped into the Tidal Basin in a feeble attempt to escape the police. He was reelected later that year. Mills died in 1992.

Singer and songwriter Bob Dylan was born in 1941. He is best known for his protest songs of the 1960s including Blowin’ in the Wind and The Times They Are a-Changin’. He produced Like a Rolling Stone in 1965. Since 1994, Dylan has been publishing books of his drawings and paintings. He has sold over 100 million recordings, making him one of the best selling artists of all-time. Dylan has won 11 Grammy Awards, one Academy Award and one Golden Globe. He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Actor Gary Burghoff was born in Bristol, Connecticut in 1943. He is best known for playing Radar O’Reilly in the M*A*S*H in both the movie and the television series. His first major role was as Charlie Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown in 1967. Burghoff won an Emmy in 1977 for his role as Radar O’Reilly after receiving 6 total nominations. He is an amateur wildlife painter and is currently traveling the United States in an RV.

Actress and business magnate Priscilla Presley (born Priscilla Wagner) was born in 1945 in Brooklyn, NY. She is the co-founder of Elvis Presley Enterprises that oversees Graceland. She starred with Leslie Nielsen in three Naked Gun films and had a role in the television series Dallas. Priscilla met Elvis when she was 14 years old in Germany. Two years later, she met with Elvis in Los Angeles with a chaperon. In 1967, she and Elvis were married and their only child Lisa Marie was born nine months after their wedding. The couple separated in 1972 and divorced in 1973.

In 1987, Al Unser, Sr. won the Indianapolis 500. It was his fourth Indy 500 victory. This victory was considered an upset with Mario Andretti holding the pole position and leading in the race with 23 laps to go. This was the first Indy 500 where none of the cars were manufactured in the United States. During the race a spectator was killed when a tire flew off into the grandstand.

 

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.