September 24

The Honda Motor Company was founded in 1948 in Japan. They manufacture automobiles, motorcycles and other power equipment. Since 1959, they have led the world in the production of motorcycles. In 2011, Honda was the 8th largest producer of automobiles. It is a publicly traded corporation and in 1986 released their luxury brand, Acura. Honda employs over 190,000 workers and had revenues of almost $10 trillion in 2013. I have had several Hondas, including my current CR-V and have found them remarkably reliable. I also had a Honda snow blower when I lived in Buffalo, NY where it got a lot of use.

The first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, The USS Enterprise, was launched in 1960. She is the 8th U.S. naval vessel to beat the name Enterprise. The “Big E” was the longest naval vessel in the world at 1,123 feet and she displaced 93,284 long-tons.  The Enterprise had a crew of 4,600. The ship is scheduled to be decommissioned in the near future and will be replaced by the USS Gerald Ford. She was inactivated in 2012 and her home port is Norfolk, VA.

CBS’s 60 Minutes had its debut in 1968. TV Guide ranked it #6 on its list of the 50 Greatest YV Shows of All Time. The show has now run for 47 seasons and was originally hosted by Harry Reasoner and Mike Wallace. The show originally aired on Wednesdays at 9 PM and settled into its current Sunday night slot in 1975. Popular portions of the show included a “Point/Counterpoint” segment and the Andy Rooney segment that brought a light humorous touch to the show. Based on ratings, 60 Minutes is the most successful show in television history and has won 20 Peabody Awards.

Birthdays Today

1921Jim McKay, American sportscaster (d. 2008)
1936Jim Henson, American puppeteer, director, producer and screenwriter, created The Muppets (d. 1990
1941Linda McCartney, American singer, photographer, and activist (Wings and Suzy and the Red Stripes) (d. 1998)
1946Joe Greene, American football player, coach, and actor

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.