November 23

Dodger shortstop Maury Wills was named the MVP of the National League in 1962. Wills was one of baseball’s premier base stealers and he stole 104 of them in 1962, which is still a Dodger record. Wills finished his career with 586 stolen bases. The Dodgers eventually lost the pennant that year to the Giants in a playoff series after they had tied at the end of the regular season. Wills went on to play with the Pirates and Expos, before finishing his playing days back with the Dodgers. He managed the Seattle Mariners for the 1980-1981 season.

 

In 1963, the BBC broadcast the first episode of Doctor Who, a British science fiction program. Doctor Who is a time-traveling humanoid alien who explores the universe in his space ship. The show has become a worldwide cult television favorite. It ran on the BBC from 1963-1989 and then relaunched in 2005. Twelve different actors have played Dr. Who over the years and the changes have been built into the script using a form of regeneration. Two Dr. Who feature films were produced; Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965) and Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. (1966).

 

IBM introduced the first smartphone, the Simon Personal Communicator, in 1992. While it did not have Internet access like today’s smartphones, the Simon was the first phone to incorporate a telephone with a personal digital assistant (PDA). Designed and engineered by IBM, it was assembled by Mistubishi and distributed by Bell South in 1994 and 1995. About 50,000 units were sold with prices ranging from $599 - $1,000 with a two-year service contract. The phone was discontinued in 1995.

 

Birthdays Today

 

1887Boris Karloff, English actor and singer (d. 1969)

1888Harpo Marx, American actor and singer (d. 1964)

1936Steve Landesberg, American actor and screenwriter (d. 2010)

1940Luis Tiant, Cuban-American baseball player and coach

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.