October 3

The Mickey Mouse Club began in 1955 on ABC television. It has been on television in various forms until 1996. Walt Disney Productions created it and 360 episodes were produced. The show was a variety show for children and included newsreels, cartoons, music, and talent. The opening usually had many of the Mouse Club regulars (Mouseketeeers) introduce themselves to the audience. Some of the more memorable Mousketeers include Annette Funicello, Cubby O’Brien, Karen Pendleton, Johnny Crawford, Paul Peterson, and Don Grady. Each day of the week and a theme:

Monday – Fun with Music
Tuesday – Guest Star
Wednesday – Anything Can Happen
Thursday – Circus
Friday – Talent Round-up

The Dick Van Dyke Show first aired in 1961 on CBS. It ran until 1966 and included 155 episodes. The show was created by Carl Reiner and starred Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, and Morey Amsterdam. The plot revolved around the work and home life of comedy writer Rob Petrie. The Dick Van Dyke Show won 15 Emmy Awards and was ranked #13 on TV Guide’s list of the 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. All episodes were filmed in black and white.

The Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY claims to be the creator of the first Buffalo wings in 1964. A Buffalo wing is a chicken wing section that is deep-fried with a coating of a vinegar-based cayenne pepper hot sauce and butter. They are often served with celery or carrot sticks and a side of blue cheese dressing. Buffalo wings have become very popular across the United States and Canada and the restaurant chain, Buffalo Wild Wings was founded in 1982. The four appearances of the Buffalo Bills in the Super Bowl helped to popularize wings. Many Buffalonians (myself included) will claim that Duff’s Restaurant has the best wings in Western New York.

The verdict in the OJ Simpson murder trial came in 1995. Simpson was on trial for the murders of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman on June 12, 1994. Some referred to this as the “trial of the century” as it was followed by almost everyone in the United States. Simpson was found not guilty by the jury and an estimated 100 million people watched the verdict on television. A civil trial held in 1997 found Simpson culpable and ordered him to pay$46.1 million in compensatory and punitive damages to the surviving children of Nicole Simpson and to the Goldman family.

Birthdays Today

1916James Herriot, English veterinarian and author (d. 1995)
1925Gore Vidal, American author, screenwriter, and actor (d. 2012)
1949Lindsey Buckingham, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Fleetwood Mac)
1951Dave Winfield, American baseball player and sportscaster
1954Al Sharpton, American minister, talk show host, and activist
1954Stevie Ray Vaughan, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Double Trouble) (d. 1990)
1964Clive Owen, English actor and producer

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.