March 31, 1972, a group of people from the Loch Ness Phenomena Bureau were having breakfast in a hotel with a group of people from the Flamingo Park Zoo. After the hotel received an anonymous call, the team was interrupted from their meal and told that there was something strange in the Loch. Upon getting to the shore of the Loch, the team saw the object: a large, dark shape about 300 yards out. They made their way out on their boat and around 9:00am, the team pulling in what was thought to be the dead body of the Loch Ness Monster.
Just hours later, the news spread like wildfire. People began to gather around the body to try to get a good look (some even reported touching the creature).
Michael Rushton of the Edinburgh Zoo soon came to take a look at the possible monster but did not take long in his verdict. A male elephant seal. Not only was it just a seal, but Rushton pointed out the fact that the creature looked as though it had been frozen.
But who put it there? None other than one of Flamingo Park Zoo’s educational officers,
John Shields. He was also the person that called in about the creature in the Loch. He timed the event perfectly to line up with April Fools’ Day in order to fool his colleagues, but admitted that the joke got far out of hand.
On this day in music history: May 23, 1972 - “Lookin’ Through The Windows”, the fifth studio album by The Jackson 5 is released. Produced by The Corporation and Hal Davis, it is recorded at The Sound Factory in Hollywood, CA in February 1970, and Motown/Hitsville USA West in Hollywood, CA from October 1971 - April 1972. The groups fifth release sees them beginning to move away from the trademark “bubblegum soul” feel of their earlier Motown hits toward a more mature sound. This period also marks the beginning of the groups dissatisfaction with Motown’s control over their career, in which they are not allowed to have any say or creative input in their music. It spins off two singles (three in the UK) including “Little Bitty Pretty One” (#8 R&B, #15 Pop) “Doctor My Eyes” (#9 UK), and the title track (#5 R&B, #16 Pop, #9 UK). The album is remastered and reissued on CD in 2001, as a two-fer disc with the “Goin’ Back To Indiana” TV soundtrack. It is also reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP in Europe in 2009, with a second stand alone CD release in 2010. “Lookin’ Through The Windows” peaks at number three on the Billboard R&B album chart and number seven on the Top 200.
The drama division was founded in 1968. Those who complete the four-year program receive either a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree, a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree (starting Fall 2012), or a diploma. Each year’s class is identified by a group number: Group 1 started in 1968 and graduated in 1972;Group 43 includes students completing their fourth year in 2014.