September 26

Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy held their first televised debate in Chicago in 1960. This debate had a major impact on the election and added a new dimension for candidates running for public office. Nixon, the Republican vice president ran against Kennedy, the senator from Massachusetts debated each other on CBS television. Nixon came into the debate with a banged up knee and the remnants of the flu, while Kennedy looked tanned and fit. Nixon sweated heavily under the hot television lights and appeared to have a five o’clock shadow. Those who listened to the debate felt that it was a draw with Nixon having a slight edge while the television audience gave the nod to Kennedy.

Houston Astros pitcher Nolan Ryan threw his fifth no-hitter against the Dodgers at the Astrodome in 1981. Ryan would finish with a total of seven no-hit games before he retired in 1993. His overall record stands at 324-292 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1999. Ryan pitched for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Houston Astros, and the Texas Rangers. All three teams retired his jersey number. The strike out artist fanned 5,714 over the course of his career. Ryan also pitched 12 one-hitters and 18 two-hitters. He currently works as a special assistant for the Houston Astros.

The Beverly Hillbillies began on CBS television in 1962. It originally ran for nine seasons and finished in 1971. Stars included Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas, and Max Baer, Jr. The show is about a poor backwoods family that moves to Beverly Hills, California after getting rich from oil found on their land. Comedic events show how family members cope with the trappings of a wealthy lifestyle. Twice during its run, the show was ranked as the number one show of the year. Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs originally performed the theme song, The Ballad of Jed Clampett. 274 episodes were produced and have run many years in syndication.

Birthdays Today

1898George Gershwin, American pianist and composer (d. 1937)
1914Jack LaLanne, American fitness expert (d. 2011)
1925Marty Robbins, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and racecar driver (d. 1982)
1933Donna Douglas, American actress
1948Olivia Newton-John, English-Australian singer-songwriter and actress

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.