November 22

The Humane Society of the United States was founded in 1954 to address animal-related cruelties.  It is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. The group’s major concerns today include factory farming, animal fighting, the fur trade, puppy mills, and wildlife abuse. In 2014, the Humane Society claims more than 11 million Americans among its supporters and has net assets of over $195 million.

 

I was in 8th grade at the time of the Kennedy assassination in 1962 and it stands today as the most significant historical moment in my life. President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas as he traveled through the streets in a motorcade. Despite many conspiracy theories, two commissions decided that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone killer. Still, a Gallup Poll in 2013 found that 61% of those polled believe there was a conspiracy. Two days later, Jack Ruby killed Oswald.

 

Toy Story was released in 1995 as the first feature-length film that computer-animated. The story follows a group of toys that become animated when humans are not present. Main characters include Woody (Tom Hanks), Mr. Potato Head (Don Rickles), and Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen). The film grossed over $361 million worldwide and many critics claim it is one of the best animated films ever made. The biggest hit song from the film was You’ve Got a Friend in Me, written and performed by Randy Newman.

 

Birthdays Today

 

1912Doris Duke, American heiress, horticulturalist, art collector, and philanthropist (d. 1993)

1921Rodney Dangerfield, American comedian, actor, rapper, and screenwriter (d. 2004)

1932Robert Vaughn, American actor and director

1943Billie Jean King, American tennis player and sportscaster

1958Jamie Lee Curtis, American actress

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.