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2004-Dec-27, 03:07 PM
Notable Deaths in 2004 (http://dailynews.att.net/cgi-bin/news?e=pri&dt=041227&cat=frontpage&st=frontpageyea r_end_deaths_2004&src=abc)

From Superman to the Gipper, the nation lost icons from the worlds of entertainment, national and international politics -- some universally revered, some controversial, but all interesting. The world is a different place for their contributions.
My maternal grandmother, Dorothy L. Crider. May you rest in peace. :(

2004-Dec-27, 03:50 PM
I've nerer met a person who has died................. exept a classmate in grade three

Disinfo Agent
2004-Dec-27, 07:15 PM
I've nerer met a person who has died................. exept a classmate in grade three
Count your blessings.

2004-Dec-28, 01:27 AM
Where is Gordon Cooper on that list?

2004-Dec-28, 01:30 AM
Where is Gordon Cooper on that list?
I meant for this thread to help others add to the list of special people who passed this year.

Add Gordon Cooper. :(

Doe, John
2004-Dec-28, 01:33 AM
My father-in-law, Frank Bernard Carter. Here's hoping Heaven has a handy-man's corner.

Donnie B.
2004-Dec-28, 02:05 AM
Bob Keeshan, aka Captain Kangaroo.
Peter Ustinov.
Alistair Cook.
Tony Randall (of The Odd Couple).
Jerry Goldsmith (composer of "Star Trek" theme etc.)
Francis Crick of DNA fame.
Janet Leigh (who claimed she never took another shower).

2004-Dec-28, 02:42 AM
And just recently, Reggie White.

2004-Dec-28, 07:19 AM
Ray (http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Ray-Charles-lyrics/6E795AF7891590F348256C24001323E3)

2004-Dec-28, 04:07 PM
Both of my Grandmas passed away this summer. I'm grateful they both got to meet their great-granddaughter a year before.

A Thousand Pardons
2004-Dec-28, 10:17 PM
My Babka, she would have been one hundred in four days.

2004-Dec-28, 11:51 PM
My Babka, she would have been one hundred in four days.

Wow, Impressive Run ...

She shares that, with Buddy Hackett.

R.I.P., both of them.

Donnie B.
2004-Dec-29, 04:54 PM
Add (or should I say, subtract) Susan Sontag and Jerry Orbach in just the last two days.

2004-Dec-29, 06:29 PM
I know that they aren't famous or celebrities but...

The 80,000+ in Southeast Asia from the Tsunamis.

May you rest in peace.

2004-Dec-29, 10:30 PM
I know that they aren't famous or celebrities but...

The 80,000+ in Southeast Asia from the Tsunamis.

May you rest in peace. :(

2004-Dec-31, 04:11 AM
Fay Wray (of King Kong fame)

mike alexander
2004-Dec-31, 08:26 AM
Artie Shaw (he of the clarinet, Stardust, Begin the Begiune..)

Ann Miller (Taptaptap...)

Robert Merril (What a voice. The duet in The Pearl Fishers...)

Henri Cartier-Bresson (Images. The child leaping across the puddle...)

Elmer Bernstein (The Great Escape. The Magnificent Seven. The Rat Race. Feel free to hum along...)

2004-Dec-31, 03:52 PM
John Peel

Howard Keel

Donnie B.
2005-Jan-01, 02:25 PM
John Peel

Howard Keel
How should I feel?

Can this be Reel?

2005-Jan-01, 07:36 PM
Don Puddy (http://www.nasa.gov/vision/space/features/puddy_obit.html), NASA Mission Controller

2005-Jan-01, 08:07 PM
BETH WILLIAMS, TOM THORNE (http://www.promedmail.org/pls/askus/f?p=2400:1001:582091361593185380::NO::F2400_P1001_ BACK_PAGE,F2400_P1001_PUB_MAIL_ID:1000,27593)

Husband-and-wife wildlife veterinarians who were nationally prominent experts on chronic wasting disease and brucellosis were killed in a snowy-weather crash on U.S. 287 in northern Colorado, authorities confirmed Thursday.

Chronic wasting disease is similar to mad cow disease, causing brain wasting and eventually death. It emerged in Colorado and Wyoming more than 30 years ago and has been found in recent years as far away as Minnesota and Wisconsin. Brucellosis is a bacterial disease that can cause cattle to abort their calves. It is common in elk and bison in northwest Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park.Another loss that shouldn't have happened.

A Thousand Pardons
2005-Jan-02, 06:06 PM
Another loss that shouldn't have happened.
I talked to my folks about this accident just last night.

US 287 is notorious. It was/is a two lane road between Fort Collins CO where Colorado State University is, and Laramie WY where the University of Wyoming is, about sixty miles. The weather can change incredibly along its length. It wasn't unusual to see completely dry roads turn into packed snow, ice, fog, and blizzard at the state line.

In the sixties and early seventies, the drinking age in CO was 18 for 3.2 beer, whereas it was 21 in Wyoming. A lot of students made the trip south for an evening of drinking, and drove back the same night. For a few years, later, WY lowered the drinking age for all liquor to 19, and the flow reversed.

Five or six years ago, I was watching a news magazine show and they were rating "deadly highways," counting down from tenth to number one. I was surprised to see 287 show up at 7th, thinking it was surely worse than that. But that was Wyoming 287--the other half, Colorado 287 showed up at 4th. Two halves of the same short stretch of highway.

2005-Jan-03, 12:27 PM
Some of my favorite sports people who left us in 2004:

Jan. 5: Tug McGraw, 59, the zany relief pitcher who coined the phrase "You Gotta Believe" with the New York Mets and later closed out the Philadelphia Phillies' only World Series championship. He played on three World Series teams during his 19-year career.

Jan. 28: Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch, 80, an NFL Hall of Famer and later the athletic director at the University of Wisconsin. He earned his nickname for his running style as a halfback and receiver for the Los Angeles Rams from 1949-57.

Feb. 17: Shirley Strickland de la Hunty, 78, Australia's most prolific Olympic track medalist. Competing as Shirley Strickland, she won an Australian-record seven Olympic medals and was the first woman to win back-to-back Olympic titles. She won the 80-meter hurdles at Helsinki in 1952 and defended her title at the 1956 Melbourne Games. Her seven Olympic medals included three golds.

April 22: Pat Tillman, 27, Arizona Cardinal safety who traded in a multimillion-dollar contract to serve as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan. He was killed in action.

May 16: Dan Allen, 48, coached the Holy Cross football team from a wheelchair during the 2003 season.

May 16: Jim Colclough, 68, original member of the Boston Patriots and one of the top receivers in franchise history. In his nine seasons in the American Football League, all with the Patriots, Colclough had 283 receptions for 5,001 yards and 39 touchdowns.

June 9: Roosevelt Brown, 71, a Hall of Fame offensive tackle who starred for the New York Giants in the 1950s and '60s. A 27th-round draft pick out of Morgan State in 1953, Brown was the Giants' starting right tackle for 13 years. Playing at 255 pounds, tiny by today's standards, he was voted to the All-NFL team for eight consecutive seasons and selected to nine Pro Bowls.

Aug. 3: Bob Murphy, 79, Hall of Fame broadcaster who covered the New York Mets from the team's inception in 1962 until his retirement after the 2003 season. Murphy worked as a baseball broadcaster for 50 years.

Oct. 20: Joseph Dorsey Jr., 69, a boxer who won a 1957 legal fight against a Louisiana law that banned interracial bouts. The interracial boxing ban was passed in 1956 and Dorsey challenged it the next year, arguing that it was unconstitutional and deprived him as a black boxer of the opportunity to earn about $10,000 a year. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in 1958 that the law violated the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment.

and, on October 6th, my friend

Johnny Kelley (The Elder), 97, a two-time Boston Marathon champion who became a beloved figure by running it a record 61 times. Kelley, a former Olympian and member of the USA Track & Field, National Distance Running and Road Runners Club of America halls of fame, won America's oldest marathon in 1935 and 1945 and finished second a record seven times.

I guess it will no longer be necessary to refer to Johnny Kelley (who won the Boston Marathon in 1957) as "The Younger" anymore. The Falmouth Road Race and the Johnny Kelley Road Races in Barnstable/Hyannis won't be the same now.