September 22

The television western series, Maverick began its run in 1957 and lasted until 1962. It starred James Garner as Bret Maverick and Jack Kelly as his brother Bart Maverick. The brothers were poker players who traveled all over the West and were constantly getting into trouble. The brothers took turns being the main character each week and occasionally were in an episode together. When Garner left the series, Roger Moore was introduced as cousin Beau Maverick. Over the course of five seasons, 124 episodes were filmed and broadcast on ABC.

In 1975, Sara Jane Moore attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford. The attempt occurred 17 days after Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme had tried to kill Ford. Moore had been an FBI informant and began adopting radical political views. The attempt took place in San Francisco and Moore fired a single shot from a .38 caliber pistol. The shot missed and Oliver Sipple grabbed Moore’s arm and prevented her from firing a second time. Moore pleaded guilty to the assassination attempt and was sentenced to life in prison. In 2007, she was released on parole after serving 32 years of her sentence.

The television sitcom, Friends, began in 1994. It lasted 10 seasons and produced 236 episodes. The story is about a group of friends in Manhattan and their interactions. The series was nominated for 62 Emmy Awards and won the Outstanding Comedy series award in 2002 during its 8th season. Actors included Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer. TV Guide ranks it #21 on its list of the Greatest TV Shows of All Time. The finale came on May 6, 2004 and over 52 million people tuned in, making it the 4th most watched finale in TV history, behind M*A*S*H, Cheers, and Seinfeld.

Birthdays Today

1927Tommy Lasorda, American baseball player and manager
1934Lute Olson, American basketball player and coach
1956Debby Boone, American singer, actress, and author
1958Andrea Bocelli, Italian singer-songwriter, and producer
1958Joan Jett, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, and actress (The Runaways)
1960Scott Baio, American actor, director, 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.