September 27

The first version of The Tonight Show and hosted by Steve Allen began in 1954. It was called Tonight Starring Steve Allen. The show ran for 105 minutes, but many stations did not carry the first 15 minutes. The announcer was Gene Rayburn and the bandleader was Skitch Henderson. Allen left in 1957 and Jack Paar was brought in to host.

The London production of Hair opened at the Shaftsbury Theatre in 1968. It ran for 1,998 performances before a roof collapse forced its closure. Hair was a product of hippie counterculture and the sexual revolution of the 1960s living in the “Age of Aquarius.” The show opened on Broadway in April of 1968 and the original cast recording sold over 3 million copies. A film adaption came out in 1979. The play was slightly controversial because of the nudity, sexual themes, and drug use.

Google, the search engine, claims today as its birthday in 1997. It is the most used search engine around the world and is available in 123 languages. More than three billion searches are made each day using Google. Larry Page and Sergey Brin invented Google and it goes far beyond searching the Internet. Synonyms, weather forecasts, time zones, stock quotes, maps, earthquake data, airports, and sports scores are some of the many tasks handled by Google. Latest data show that as of June of this year, 68% of Internet users used Google. Bing came in second at 19%, and Yahoo! finished third with 10%.

Birthdays Today

1896Sam Ervin, American politician (d. 1985)
1920William Conrad, American actor, director, and producer (d. 1994)
1920Jayne Meadows, American actress and author
1947Meat Loaf, American singer-songwriter, producer, and actor
1949Mike Schmidt, American baseball player and coach

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.