Monday, December 29, 2008

Notable Deaths Of 2008


With our nations long nightmare nearly over and a president promising hope and change about to be sworn in, I hate to bring anyone down by talking about death. However, several notable people died in 2008, and I feel it is only proper to recognize them one last time. Here they are, listed by the month in which they left us. In one way or another, these people left a mark on the world. May they all rest in peace.

JANUARY
Margaret Truman Daniels (83) - mystery writer and daughter of President Truman.
Bobby Fischer (64) - world chess champion in 1972.
Milton Wolff (92) - a commander of anti-fascist American forces in Spanish Civil War.
Bernie Boston (74) - took the photo of hippie putting flower in soldier's gun barrel.
Edmund Hillary (88) - first to climb Mt. Everest.
Heath Ledger (28) - actor.

FEBRUARY
Buddy Miles (60) - acclaimed drummer.
William F. Buckley (82) - conservative pundit and founder of National Review.
Roy Scheider (75) - actor.

MARCH
Arthur C. Clarke (90) - acclaimed science-fiction writer.
Jules Dassin (96) - blacklisted film-maker who did "The Naked City".
Paul Scofield (86) - actor.
Richard Widmark (93) - actor.

APRIL
Cedella Booker (81) - mother of Bob Marley.
Charlton Heston (84) - actor.

MAY
Irvine Robbins (90) - co-founder of Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream.
Sydney Pollack (73) - actor and director.
Robert Rauschenberg (82) - painter and sculptor.
Zelma Henderson (88) - plaintiff in Brown vs. Board of Education.
Dick Martin (86) - comedian.
Harvey Korman (81) - comedian.

JUNE
Tim Russert (58) - journalist.
Bo Diddley (79) - legendary rock and blues guitarist.
George Carlin (71) - counter-culture comedian.

JULY
Larry Harmon (83) - Bozo the Clown.

AUGUST
Isaac Hayes (65) - R&B and Soul musician.
Bernie Mac (50) - comedian.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn (89) - Nobel Prize-winning author.

SEPTEMBER
Jerry Reed (71) - country singer.
Barefoot Sanders (83) - U.S. District Court Judge.
Anita Page (98) - actress who starred in first "talking picture".
Paul Newman (83) - actor.

OCTOBER
Tony Hillerman (83) - mystery writer
Gerard Damiano (80) - director of "Deep Throat".

NOVEMBER
Miriam Makeba (76) - acclaimed South African singer.
Mitch Mitchell (61) - drummer for Jimi Hendrix Experience.
Studs Terkel (96) - acclaimed Chicago writer.
Michael Crichton (66) - novelist.

DECEMBER
Odetta Holmes (77) - folk singer and voice of civil rights movement.
Eartha Kitt (81) - singer, dancer, actress.
Harold Pinter (78) - Nobel Prize-winning playwright.
Delaney Bramlett (69) - rock guitarist.

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