October 5

The first James Bond film, Dr. No was released in 1962. The movie starred Sean Connery and was based on the novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. Bond was sent to Jamaica to investigate the disappearance of another agent and he winds up in the lair of Dr. No who was planning to destroy an American manned space launch with a radio beam. Dr. No was the first film in a series of 23 James Bond films. It was filmed on a budget of $1.1 million and took in almost $60 million at the box office.

Monty Python’s Flying Circus was first televised by the BBC in 1969 and ran until 1974. The show featured the comedy skits of Monty Python’s Flying Circus interspersed with animated sequences created by Terry Gilliam. Other members of the group included Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, John Cleese, and Graham Chapman. The opening theme song is Sousa’s The Liberty Bell and was used because it was royalty free! Famous sketches include The Dead Parrot, The Spanish Inquisition, The Ministry of Silly Walks, and The Lumberjack Song.

The Public Broadcasting Service began in 1970 as a non-profit public broadcaster. There are 354 local stations that are part of the network. The headquarters are located in Arlington, Virginia. Notable series include NOVA, Sesame Street, PBS NewsHour, Masterpiece, Nature, and Frontline. Major programming contributors include WGBH (Boston), American Public Television, WETA (D.C.), and WNET (NYC). More than 50% of operating revenues come from membership donations and grants.

Birthdays Today

1902Ray Kroc, American businessman (d. 1984
1917Allen Ludden, American game show host (d. 1981)
1919Donald Pleasence, English actor and singer (d. 1995)
1924Bill Dana, American actor, producer, and screenwriter
1936Václav Havel, Czech politician, 1st President of the Czech Republic (d. 2011)
1951Karen Allen, American actress
1958Neil deGrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist, cosmologist, and author

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.