October 11

Saturday Night Live began its run on NBC in 1975, with the original title, NBC’s Saturday Night. It had been produced for 40 seasons with over 768 episodes. Each show opens with a celebrity monologue and performs in sketches with the cast. Saturday Night Live’s comedy sketches often parody contemporary culture and politics. The show was created by Lorne Michaels and developed by Dick Ebersol. Saturday Night Live has won 36 Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award. Original cast members included Dan Akroyd, John Belushi, Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin, Garrett Morris, Laraine Newman, Michael O’Donoghue, Gilda Radner, and George Coe.

Apollo 7 was launched in 1968 as part of the Apollo Space Program. It carried out the mission of Apollo 1, whose cred died in a cabin fire. The crew of Don Eisele and R. Walter Cunningham was under the leadership of Wally Schirra. They sent the first live television broadcast from space and was the first successful three-person space mission. Apollo 7 was launched from Cape Kennedy Air Force Station (as it was called at the time). Their success gave NASA the confidence to launch Apollo 8 around the moon two months later.

In 2001, the Polaroid Corporation filed for bankruptcy. The company had been founded by Edwin Land in 1937 and was most famous for its instant film cameras. The first had become famous for polarized sunglasses and had many patent battles with Kodak over instant cameras. The corporation filed for bankruptcy and their assets were sold to a subsidiary of Bank One. After reorganization, Polaroid stopped making instant cameras in 2007 and stopped producing Polaroid film in 2009. They filed for bankruptcy again in 2008 having failed to compete in the world of digital images.

Birthdays Today

1925Elmore Leonard, American author and screenwriter (d. 2013)
1946Daryl Hall, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Hall & Oates)
1961Steve Young, American football player and sportscaster
1962Joan Cusack, 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.