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On April 7, journalism lost one of its most notorious reporters. Myron Leon (Mike) Wallace spent his life in the media.
Mike Wallace was born May 9, 1918 to Russian immigrants in Brookline, Massachusetts. He began his career as a radio newscaster in Michigan in 1939. After serving two years in the U.S. Navy during WW II, Wallace became a staff announcer for the CBS radio network.
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|Godspell in Germany|
Summer continued to write and releases music through the 80’s and 90’s. She released her first album of original material, Crayons, in 2008.
Nora Ephron died on June 26 from pneumonia, resulting from acute myeloid leukemia. She had been diagnosed with the disease in 2006. She was 71 years old. Ephron had planned her own funeral and filed the information in a folder marked “Exit.” She was cremated and her ashes scattered.
Sally left NASA in 1985, to become a physics professor at the University of California, San Diego, and director of the California Space Institute. In 2001, she founded Sally Ride Science, which promotes math and science educations for girls.
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Armstrong made his first space flight on the Gemini 8 in 1966. It was three years later when Armstrong boarded the Apollo 11, as mission commander, heading for the moon.
Neal Armstrong died on August 25 in Cincinnati, Ohio from complications due to coronary bypass surgery. He was 82 years old. Armstrong was cremated and his ashes scattered in the Atlantic Ocean.
Moon was charged and convicted with filing false federal income tax returns and conspiracy in 1982. He was sentenced to serve 18 months but was let out after 13 months for good behavior. He was fined $15,000.
McGovern was known as a liberal Democrat. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1956 and re-elected in 1958. During the 1960’s, he spoke out against the U.S. involvement in View Nam. By 1970 he was attempting to end the war with an amendment, which was defeated. In 1972, McGovern ran against Richard Nixon for the Office of President of the United States. He lost to Nixon in what was one of the biggest landslide election wins in U.S. electoral history. McGovern went on to be re-elected to the Senate in 1974.
McGovern became involved with programs that dealt with agriculture, nutrition, food and hunger. He served as chair of the Senate Select committee of nutrition and Human Needs from 1968 to 1977. He was the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture from 1998 to 2001. And, he was appointed as the first UN Global Ambassador on World Hunger in 2001.
In 1965, Hagman went on to become one of the most loveable characters on television, starring as astronaut Anthony Nelson, with Barbara Eden as his magic genie, in the sitcom, I Dream of Jeannie. The show ran until 1970 and afterwards Hagman made guest appearances on other programs.
It wasn’t until 1977 that Hagman found his ‘perfect’ role as J.R. Ewing on Dallas. It was one of the most-watched shows of all time, lasting for 14 and ½ seasons. The “Who Shot J.R.?” episode remains the second most watched program in TV history. Hagman reprised his role as Ewing this year, for TNT’s continuation of Dallas.
The oldest person in the world died on December 4. Besse Brown Cooper of Georgia was 116 years old. Born on August 26, 1896 in Sullivan County, Tennessee, Cooper was the third of eight children. She graduated from East Tennessee State Normal School (University) in 1916. She taught school in Tennessee and Georgia until 1929.