May 9

Actress and model Candice Bergen was born in Beverly Hills, California in 1946. She is best known for her role in Murphy Brown (1988-1998). She won five Emmy Awards for that role. Bergen also had a role in Boston Legal (2005-2008). Her major film appearances were in The Sand Pebbles (1966), Carnal Knowledge (1971), and Gandhi (1982), and she received an Oscar nomination for Starting Over (1979). Bergen is the daughter of ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and was married to director Louis Malle (1980-1995).

Calvin Murphy was born in 1948 in Norwalk, Connecticut. He was a professional basketball player for the San Diego/Houston Rockets from 1970 – 1983. I first knew him when he played for Niagara University, just north of Buffalo. At five feet nine inches, he is the shortest player in the Basketball Hall of Fame. In his early life, he won a national championship in baton twirling. He was an excellent free throw shooter and once made 78 consecutive free throws. The Rockets have retired his #23 jersey.

William Martin “Billy” Joel was born in the Bronx in 1949. He is a pianist, singer, songwriter, and composer whose career was launched with Piano Man in 1973. He became the 3rd best-selling solo artist in the United States. Joel has 23 Grammy nominations and six Grammy Awards to his credit. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999. Some of his top songs include Just the Way You Are (1977), Don’t Ask Me Why (1980), and The Longest Time (1984). The list could go on for a long time. From 1985 – 1994, Joel was married to Christie Brinkley.

In 1960, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it would approve a birth control pill called Enovid and produced by Searle. Naturally, the availability of an oral method of birth control dramatically affected women’s control over their fertility. Issues such as pre-marital sex and promiscuity would now be up for public debate.

FCC Commissioner Newton N. Minow gave his famous “Wasteland Speech” in 1961. He referred to commercial television as a “vast wasteland” and pushed for programming in the public interest. He also said, “When television is good, nothing — not the theater, not the magazines or newspapers — nothing is better.” It was a time when only three television networks existed and his speech certainly stirred the nation’s conscience.

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.