October 13

Paddington Bear first appeared in 1958. More than twenty books were written by Michael Bond and illustrated by Peggy Fortnum. Michael Bond bought a teddy bear for his wife at a store located near Paddington Station, which inspired him to write his first book, A Bear Called Paddington. The first bear to be manufactured occurred in 1972 wore Wellington boots. The BBC produced a television series that began in 1975 and two other series featuring Paddington followed.

The first game in the history of the American Basketball Association (ABA) was played in 1967. The league ended in 1976 when they merged with the NBA. In the first game, the Oakland Oaks defeated the San Diego Amigos 134-129. The ABA used a colorful red, white, and blue basketball, a three-point field goal, and a 30-second shot clock. Lack of a national television contract ultimately doomed the league and four of the teams, the NY Nets, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, and San Antonio Spurs were absorbed into the NBA. Prominent players in the ABA included Dr. J (Julius Erving, Rick Barry, George Gervin, and Moses Malone.

The first cellular network (for cell phone service) was made available in the Chicago area in 1983. The company was named Ameritech Mobile Communications and would eventually become part of AT&T. David Contero of Lemont, Illinois, who had had his number since 1985, holds the longest-lasting mobile phone number. Cell phones use a radio link and connect to a cellular network, which connects to a public phone network. Mobile phones now support other services such as text messaging, email, and Internet access.

Birthdays Today

1909Herblock, American author and illustrator (d. 2001)
1917Burr Tillstrom, American puppeteer (d. 1985)
1925Lenny Bruce, American comedian and actor (d. 1966)
1925Margaret Thatcher, English lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 2013)
1931Eddie Mathews, American baseball player and manager (d. 2001)
1934Nana Mouskouri, Greek singer and politician
1941Paul Simon, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Simon & Garfunkel)
1959Marie Osmond, American singer, producer, and actress
1962Jerry Rice, American football player

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.