May 31

Actor Don Ameche was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 1908. He was an actor, voice artist, and comedian during a 60-year career. Ameche made his film debut in 1935 and starred as Alexander Graham Bell in the 1939 film, The Story of Alexander Graham Bell. He starred with Gene Tierney in Heaven Can Wait (1943), which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. In 1985, Ameche won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Cocoon. Following his film career, Ameche appeared often on television. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Ameche died in 1993 from prostate cancer at the age of 85.

Clint Eastwood was born in San Francisco in 1930. He rose to fame with a series of “spaghetti westerns in the 1960s and as Harry Callahan in five Dirty Harry films. Eastwood won an Oscar for directing Unforgiven (1992) and an Oscar for producing Million Dollar Baby (2004). Other films of note include Every Which Way But Loose (1978), Escape from Alcatraz (1979), and Grand Torino (2008). He directed two films that received Oscar nominations; Mystic River (2003) and Letter from Iwo Jima (2006). And, yes, he did talk to an empty chair at the 2012 Republican Convention.

Peter Yarrow was one-third of the trio, Peter Paul, and Mary and co-wrote Puff the Magic Dragon. He was born in 1938 in New York City. A Cornell graduate, he began his singing career in 1959 and Peter, Paul, and Mary recorded their first album in 1962 that eventually sold more than 2 million copies. Yarrow has been an activist for social causes ranging from civil rights to the establishment of Operation Respect, an organization that teacher tolerance to school-age children. Yarrow also wrote Day is Done and The Great Mandala.

Quarterback Joe Namath was born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania in 1943. He played his college football for the University of Alabama before playing in the American Football League in 1965. He played for the New York Jets until he finished with the Los Angeles Rams during his last year in the league. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1985. The highlight of his football career was the victory of the Jets over the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III in 1969. Various injuries hurt his effectiveness in the later years of his career. Namath went on to appearing as an actor in several movies and appeared as a guest in many television programs. “Broadway Joe” married in 1984 and divorced in 2000 after having two children.

1977 saw the completion of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System. The system consists of 11 pump stations, several hundred miles of feeder pipelines, and the Valdez Marine Terminal. The main pipeline is 800 miles long and 48 inches in diameter and conveys oil from Prudhoe Bay in the north to Valdez, Alaska in the south. It is privately owned by the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company and was built between 1973 and 1977 after the 1973 oil crisis caused a steep increase in the price of oil.

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.