Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Gone In 2009 But Not Forgotten

Wayne Allwine: The voice of Mickey Mouse passes.
Dee Anthony: From the Bronx to British rock power broker.

Army Archerd:
Show biz loses one of its defining voices.

Ayatollah Montazeri: A plain-spoken Iranian reformer.
Bob Bogle: Influential guitarist of the influential Ventures.

Norman Borlaug:
He helped teach the world how to feed itself.

Raymond A. Brown: A civil rights lawyer with controversial clients.

David Carradine: Bam. Swat. Boom. Bang. Dong.

Marilyn Chambers: From selling laundry detergent to selling porn.

Luke Cole: An environmental justice pioneer.

Earl Cooley: The original smoke jumper.

Chris Connor: She had a voice of great emotional intensity.

Walter Cronkite: A plain-spoken grace as the most trusted man in America.

Merce Cunningham: He made dance a major art form.

John "Marmaduke" Dawson: Voice of the New Riders of the Purple Sage.

Jim Dickinson: He helped make Memphis a music hot spot.

Dominick Dunne: He famously covered the O.J. Simpson and other celebrity

Marek Edelman: The last surviving commander of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.

Natalia Estemirova: Another Russian hu
man rights worker is gunned down.

Vincent "Tarta" Ford: An inspiration for and co-writer with Bob Marley.

John Hope Franklin: The scholar as social activist.

Ellie Greenwich: She wrote the soundtrack of my youth.

Bonnie Clark Haldemann: David Koresh's mother a victim of matricide.

Don Hewitt: He changed the course of broadcast news.

Mahlon Hoagland: His co-discovery of RNA unlocked the mysteries of DNA.

Janet Jagan: From Chicago nurse to president of Guyana.

Jim Johnson: Defensive genius.

Wycliffe "Steely" Johnson: An innovative reggae composer and producer.

Harry Kalas: The legendary voice of the Philadelphia Phillies is silenced.

Edward "Ted" Kennedy:
For some people, he always will be a rich drunk, but he did great good.

Kiki: One of the world's oldest animals passes on.

Irving Kristol: Perhaps the most influential conservative commentators of our age.

Danny LaRue: He took cross dressing to a wider public.

Drake Levin: A teen idol of the mid-1960s.

Irving R. Levine: He made the economy understandable.

John Martyn:
His marriage of folk and jazz was sublime.

Ekaterina Maximov: Curtains for the Bolshoi Ballet star.

Frank McCourt: A retired schoolteacher with a late-in-life literary career.

Patrick McGoohan: Number Six is a prisoner no more.

Tim McKernan: "Barrel Man" goes to the Great End Zone in the Sky.

Robert McNamara:
His candid reflections on his Vietnam War role
exploded on the haunted members of my generation like a long forgotten Claymore mine.

Al Martino:
One of the great Italian American pop crooners.

Father Richard Neuhaus: A religious and social conservative to his core.

Les Paul: He pioneered the solid-body electric guitar. And much more.

Officer John Pawlowksi: The sixth Philadelphia cop to be killed in 16 months.

Irving Penn: Classical elegance and cool minimalism in photography.

Billy Powell: He survived the Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash only to die in bed.

Kenny Rankin:
His easygoing style
straddled pop, jazz and folk.

Natasha Richardson: A
glamorous celebrity with the bloodline of theater royalty.

Harrison Ridley Jr.: He had the historical approach to the positive music.

Soupy Sales: Here's a pie in your eye, America.

Paul A. Samuelson: The foremost academic economist of the 20th century.

Hale Smith: He effortlessly mixed classical music and jazz.

W.D. Snodgrass:
The Pulitzer Prize winning poet writes his last verse.

Claude Lévi-Strauss: He found that "primitive man" was one complex dude.

Helen Suzman: An often lonely voice for change among South Africa's white minority.

Patrick Swayze: A snake-hipped charmer and romantic lead.

Koko Taylor: A Chicago blues icon who opened the door to other woman singers.

Dr. George Tiller: Assassinated for what he believe in.

Mary Travers: Now it's just Peter and Paul.

Howard Unruh: He shot dead
13 people, three of them children, in a 20-minute emotionless stroll.

John Updike: Extraordinary writing about ordinary people.

Shem Walker: An Army veteran dies in a freak murder.

Bill Werber: The itinerant third baseman had a golden glove.

Collin Wilcox: Ubiquitous, but best known for her To Kill a Mockingbird role.

David "Pop" Winans: A great gospel patriarch.

Eric Woolfson: The Alan Parsons Project co-founder's last performance.

1 comment:

Kenne G. Turner said...

Thanks for the review.