September 29

In 1951, NBC televised the first live sporting event seen coast-to-coast. The college football game between Duke and the University of Pittsburgh ended with a Duke victory, 19-14. The game was played at Pitt Stadium and was an attempt to see if live telecasts of a game would reduce attendance.

The 1967 Chevy Camaro went on sale in 1966. It was supposed to compete with the Ford Mustang as a “pony car” or a “muscle car.” The Camaro shared much of its heritage with the Pontiac Firebird, also introduced for 1967. Production ended in 2002, but a fifth generation Camaro was introduced in 2010. The first Camaros came in a standard, Super Sport, and Rally Sport editions. The largest engine available was a 427 cubic inch V8. Over 220,000 Camaros were sold in 1967. From 1982-1985 Camaros actually outsold Mustangs.

The Chicago Tylenol murders began in 1982 when a twelve-year-old-girl died after taking a capsule of Extra-Strength Tylenol. Seven deaths in all occurred in the Chicago area. The capsules had been laced with potassium cyanide. The case has never been solved and the $100,000 reward has never been claimed. The incidents led to a reform in the packaging of over-the-counter medicines. It is believed that the perpetrator took bottles of the drug from various stores, replaced the capsules with cyanide laced ones and returned them to different stores. Johnson & Johnson received favorable reviews for the way they handled the matter. The company issued a nationwide recall of 31 million bottles with a value of about $100 million. In November, the company reintroduced Tylenol with a new triple-sealed package.

Birthdays Today

1907Gene Autry, American singer and actor (d. 1998)
1913Stanley Kramer, American director and producer (d. 2001)
1935Jerry Lee Lewis, American singer-songwriter and pianist
1942Madeline Kahn, American actress and singer (d. 1999)
1943Lech Wałęsa, Polish politician, 2nd President of Poland, Nobel Prize laureate
1948Bryant Gumbel, American journalist and sportscaster

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.