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2005 Dead Pool

RulesSequence of HitsObituariesScoringAwards

Contest Rules
It begins in some timezone today, tomorrow or yesterday.

I will be accepting lists all day in my timezone.

I will create a mailing list of all the entrants and all business concerning the pool will be conducted that way.

The scoring system will be the one created by JD Baldwin.

All picks so far have been vetted by me and a panel of esteemed judges.

You need to inform *me* if one of your picks leaves the building, with an appropriate obituary. (Except in the obvious cases. Please don't send me the Pope's obits)

When I go away on business or vacation, I will appoint a regular member of alt.obituaries to act as host in my absence.

All "hits" will be announced on AO, and there will be periodic updates on scoring.

There will be awards at the end of the year.

Highest score, most hits, fewest hits, that sort of thing. And a special award to the person or persons with no hits at all.

All decisions are final.

No returns or exchanges after today.

No purchase necessary.

While supplies last.

Contest Scoring (With thanks to JD Baldwin)

AGE
AT DEATH
POINTS
AWARDED
100+1
90-99  2
80-89  5
70-79  8
60-69  11
50-59  14
40-49  18
30-39  20
20-29  22
< 20  25
Bonus points:

You were the only one to pick that person: 5 pts.
You were one of only two to pick that person: 3 pts.
You were one of only three to pick that person: 1 pt.






RulesSequence of HitsObituariesScoringAwards

Grim Reaper Victim Day  of
Year
Average Number of Kills-Per-Day Peak
Value
Days
Between
Kills
Projected Kills
for the Year
[Kills to Date]
Charles H. "Charlie" Bell 17th     0.588 Kpd   17.0000   21  [ 1 ]
Virginia Mayo 17th     0.1176 Kpd   8.5000   43  [ 2 ]
Johnny Carson 23rd     0.1304 Kpd   7.6666   48  [ 3 ]
Dame Mary Guillan Smieton 23rd     0.1739 Kpd   5.7500   64  [ 4 ]
Philip Cortalyou Johnson 26th     0.1923 Kpd   5.2000   70  [ 5 ]
Maximilian Adolf Otto Siegfried Schmeling 33rd     0.1818 Kpd   5.5000   66  [ 6 ]
Cardinal Corrado Bafile 34th     0.2058 Kpd   4.8571   75  [ 7 ]
Ernst Walter Mayr 34th     0.2352 Kpd   ◄► 4.2500   86  [ 8 ]
Sister Lucia Dos Santos 44th     0.2045 Kpd   4.8888   75  [ 9 ]
Frederick George "Ted" Vosburgh 47th     0.2127 Kpd   4.7000   78  [ 10 ]
Sandra Dee 51st     0.2156 Kpd   4.6363   79  [ 11 ]
Morris Engel 64th     0.1875 Kpd   5.3333   68  [ 12 ]
Hans Bethe 65th     0.2000 Kpd   5.0000   73  [ 13 ]
Charles L. "Chuck" Thompson 65th     0.2153 Kpd   4.6428   79  [ 14 ]
Chris LeDoux 68th     0.2205 Kpd   4.5333   81  [ 15 ]
George Frost Kennan 76th     0.2105 Kpd   4.7500   77  [ 16 ]
Howell Heflin 88th     0.1931 Kpd   5.1764   71  [ 17 ]
Pope John Paul II 92nd     0.1956 Kpd   5.1111   71  [ 18 ]
Saul Bellow 95th     0.2000 Kpd   5.0000   73  [ 19 ]
Dalia "Dale" Messick 95th     0.2105 Kpd   4.7500   77  [ 20 ]
Prince Rainier 96th     0.2187 Kpd   4.5714   80  [ 21 ]
John Fred (Gorrier) 105th     0.2095 Kpd   4.7727   77  [ 22 ]
Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen 113th     0.2035 Kpd   4.9130   74  [ 23 ]
Sir John Mills 113th     0.2123 Kpd   4.7083   78  [ 24 ]
Eddie Albert 146th     0.1712 Kpd   5.8400   63  [ 25 ]
Leon Askin 154th     0.1688 Kpd   5.9230   62  [ 26 ]
Thomas D. Clark 179th     0.1508 Kpd   6.6296   55  [ 27 ]
James Bond Stockdale Sr. 186th     0.1505 Kpd   6.6428   55  [ 28 ]
Frances Newbern Langford 192th     0.1510 Kpd   6.6206   55  [ 29 ]
Geraldine Fitzgerald 198th     0.1515 Kpd   6.6000   55  [ 30 ]
William Childs Westmoreland 199th     0.1557 Kpd   6.4193   57  [ 31 ]
James Montgomery Doohan 201th     0.1592 Kpd   6.2812   58  [ 32 ]
The Incomparable Hildegarde 210th     0.1571 Kpd   6.3636   57  [ 33 ]
Pat McCormick 210th     0.1619 Kpd   6.1764   59  [ 34 ]
Raymond Lee Cunningham 211th     0.1658 Kpd   6.0285   61  [ 35 ]
King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud 213th     0.1690 Kpd   5.9166   62  [ 36 ]
Sue Gunter 216th     0.1712 Kpd   5.8378   63  [ 37 ]
Theodore Roosevelt "Ted" Radcliffe 223th     0.1704 Kpd   5.8684   62  [ 38 ]
David Russell Lange 225th     0.1733 Kpd   5.7692   63  [ 39 ]
Tonino Delli Colli 228th     0.1754 Kpd   5.7000   64  [ 40 ]
William Hubbs Rehnquist 246th     0.1666 Kpd   6.0000   61  [ 41 ]
Don Adams 268th     0.1567 Kpd   6.3809   57  [ 42 ]
Ronnie Barker 276th     0.1557 Kpd   6.4186   57  [ 43 ]
Tom Cheek 282th     0.1560 Kpd   6.4090   57  [ 44 ]
Rosa Louise McCauley Parks 297th     0.1515 Kpd   6.6000   55  [ 45 ]
Alfonso Ramon Lopez Sr. 303th     0.1518 Kpd   6.5869   55  [ 46 ]
Preston Robert Tisch 319th     0.1473 Kpd   6.7872   54  [ 47 ]
Wendie Jo Sperber 333th     0.1441 Kpd   6.9375   53  [ 48 ]
John Iannacone 336th     0.1458 Kpd   6.8571   53  [ 49 ]
Richard Pryor 344th     0.1453 Kpd   6.8800   53  [ 50 ]
Dr. Heinrich Gross 349th     0.1461 Kpd   6.8431   53  [ 51 ]

Final Projected Total: 53 ... Final Actual Total: 51




RulesSequence of HitsObituariesScoringAwards

 
    Obituaries    

«—SUMMARY—»
Died: January 17th
Age: 44
Worth: 23 ₧
Popularity: 5% of entrants
Selector: Raven
1. Charlie Bell

I have returned to update the Official AO Deadpool. I'm grateful to Bill Schenley for keeping an eye on the proceedings while I was gone. To recap:

There was a sweet irony that the first official hit of this brand new deadpool came out of Australia, where I have been for the last couple of weeks. However, it turns out to be a tie for the first hit, and without time of death, it shall remain so. But I can tell you that flags weren't flying half-staff at McDonald's in Sydney for Virginia Mayo. CHARLIE BELL, former CEO of McDonald's died at 44 in Australia on January 17.

**Raven gets a high-scoring solo. That's 18 points on the Baldwin scale, plus 5 points for the solo. Total. 23 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: January 17th
Age: 84
Worth: 10 ₧
Popularity: 5% of entrants
Selector: Philip
2. Virginia Mayo

VIRGINIA MAYO was another stylish solo, this time for Philip, with the death of this lovely actress on January 17. She was 84 and in my opinion, fantastic in Best Years of Our Lives.

**Philip gets 5 points and another 5 for the solo. Total: 10. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: January 23rd
Age: 79
Worth: 11 ₧
Popularity: 10% of entrants
Selectors: Erik
James N
3. Johnny Carson

Deadpools make strange bedfellows. Erik Lander and James Neibaur, two regular AO contributors, were both paying careful attention to the supermarket tabloids. And so they both get points for JOHNNY CARSON, who died January 23, at 79.

**Erik and James each get 8 points and 3 points for being the only two to pick him. Total: 11 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: January 23rd
Age: 102
Worth: 6 ₧
Popularity: 5% of entrants
Selector: Louis Epstein
4. Dame Mary Smieton

They're dropping like flies. We have our first multiple hit player. Louis Epstein, who has made it his specialty to predict that very old people will die!

Dame Mary Smieton, secretary of the Ministry of Education in the UK (1959-1963) has abruptly died at the age of 102.

**Louis gets one point for the hit and 5 points for the solo. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: January 26th
Age: 98
Worth: 7 ₧
Popularity: 5% of entrants
Selector: Louis Epstein
5. Philip Cortalyou Johnson

Newsflash! One of Louis' aged ones has gone to that great glass tower in the sky. Architect PHILIP JOHNSON, he of the funny glasses, died on January 25, at 98. Only Louis Epstein had him.

**Louis gets 2 points plus 5 points for the solo. Total: 7  



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: February 2nd
Age: 99
Worth: 2 ₧
Popularity: 20% of entrants
Selectors: Buford
Kentucky Wizard
Louis Epstein
Mark
6. Max Schmeling

AO Deadpool Update: Louis takes the lead but needs an alibi We can all make fun of Louis Epstein. Sure, his old people are more likely to kick the bucket than not, but what are the odds that three of his 23 (two already down) would be reported on the same day? Very impressive work, Mr. Epstein. Very. Now account for your whereabouts.

MAX SCHMELING was the world heavyweight champ more than 70 years ago. Four people in the deadpool had him, and all guys. (In fact, only guys have gotten hits in this deadpool) And they are Mark (many of whose picks are tied to Yankee Stadium) Buford, Kentucky Wizard and Louis. They win on points. Two of them. He died February 2. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: February 3rd
Age: 101
Worth: 6 ₧
Popularity: 5% of entrants
Selector: Louis Epstein
7. Corrado Cardinal Bafile

CARDINAL CORRADO BAFILE, at 101, the oldest member of the College of Cardinals, was sure to be on Louis' list. He's the one who died of the flu at a Rome hospital on February 3. Louis gets one point for the hit and five points for the solo. Total; 6. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: February 3rd
Age: 100
Worth: 6 ₧
Popularity: 5% of entrants
Selector: Louis Epstein
8. Ernst Walter Mayr

ERNST MAYR, the evolutionary biologist died February 3 at 100. He was known as the "20th Century Darwin." He almost single-handedly made the origin of species diversity the central question of evolutionary biology that it is today, Harvard said. (More cliches in obit writing) Louis gets one point for the hit and five points for the solo. Total: 6. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: February 13th
Age: 97
Worth: 5 ₧
Popularity: 10% of entrants
Selectors: Buford
Louis Epstein
9. Sister Lucia Dos Santos

SISTER LUCIA DOS SANTOS, who saw the Virgin Mary, has died. Some sources say today, Sunday, February 13. She was 97.

Buford gets his second hit and Louis gets his 6th. They each get two points for picking her, and 3 points for being the only two to have the vision to do so.

As far as I can see, and to my surprise, no one had picked Arthur Miller. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: February 16th
Age: 100
Worth: 6 ₧
Popularity: 5% of entrants
Selector: Louis Epstein
10. Ted Vosburgh

Gidget, Gonzo and Geographic.

All I had to do was hint that there were other players creeping up on him and wham, he makes another killing. (So to speak, I hope.)

With the untimely death at 100 of Frederick (Ted) Vosburgh, former editor of National Geographic Magazine, Louis gets his 7th hit of 2005 and yes, folks, it's still February.

One point for the hit and 5 points for the solo. Total: 6 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: February 20th
Age: 63
Worth: 14 ₧
Popularity: 10% of entrants
Selectors: Erik
James N
11. Sandra Dee

Sandra Dee. She was 63. Who can ever forget that scene in "Diner." (Hint: popcorn)

Well a couple of weird points of interest. This is the second time James Neibaur and Erik have scored on the same celeb (The first was Johnny Carson.)

And this was actually the third hit on Jim's list. Except his timing was off and he had to replace Jerry Orbach. He replaced him with ... Sandra Dee.

Jim wrote to me today that he was scared and not sure what to do with this strange power. I wrote back that at least he didn't play deadpools until after Bob Hope was dead. I hope he finds solace in that.

11 points each for the hit. 3 points each for the duet. Total: 14. The pair knock Raven out of second. And creep closer to the master deadpoolsman, Louis. As far as I can tell, no one had John Raitt. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: March 5th
Age: 86
Worth: 10 ₧
Popularity: 5% of entrants
Selector: Amelia
12. Morris Engel

I guess it's fitting that I should enter the race with a quintessential New Yorker, an independent filmmaker and photographer who used New York City as a canvas. His wife, photographer Ruth Orkin, even created a series of photos shot from her window overlooking Central Park.

Morris Engel died March 6 at 86. His and Orkin's "Little Fugitive" was a major influence on filmmakers like Truffaut and Cassavetes. Maybe even Eastwood.

I get 5 points for the hit. 5 points for the solo. Total: 10 points. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: March 6th
Age: 98
Worth: 7 ₧
Popularity: 5% of entrants
Selector: Louis Epstein
13. Hans Bethe

The eminent physicist Hans Bethe won the Nobel Prize for his carbon cycle formula, which explains how the sun generates its energy. But who can explain Louis Epstein, whose stylish solo was his 8th hit of the year? Bethe died March 6, at the age of 98.

So Louis gets 7 more points. Two for the hit, 5 for the solo. He's down to 12 picks for the rest of the year. Poor fellow. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: March 6th
Age: 83
Worth: 10 ₧
Popularity: 5% of entrants
Selector: Jazz Vulture
14. Chuck Thompson

Ain't the beer cold! Jazz Vulture (AKA Joe Pucillo) has, he regrets, gotten a hit for Baltimore sorta Hall of Fame broadcaster, CHUCK THOMPSON. He died today, March 6. He was 83 and beloved by Orioles and Colts fans the world over.

Jazz Vulture waited til March to join the folks in the standings. But he's already ahead of three other players. (Still no women on the board, but I have a feeling that's about to change...hehehe)

5 points for the hit, 5 points for the solo. Total: 10 points

And might I add, this is the first doubly on-topic hit for the 2005 Official AO Deadpool. There will be no triply on-topic hit. If that needs explaining, email me. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: March 9th
Age: 56
Worth: 19 ₧
Popularity: 5% of entrants
Selector: Ed Varner
15. Chris LeDoux

He was a rodeo cowboy. He sang songs, recorded dozens of albums, and people adored him. What more could you want out of life, except to have a little more of it than 56 years. Chris LeDoux died today, March 9. He was only 56.

Poor Ed Varner. He didn't want to get his first hit on one of his favorites. Still, his score is a big one. 14 points for the hit. 5 points for the solo. Total: 19. Not bad for a new guy. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: March 17th
Age: 101
Worth: 6 ₧
Popularity: 5% of entrants
Selector: Louis Epstein
16. George Frost Kennan

I think when they come to arrest Louis for the Alte Kocker murders, we'll all contribute to the defense fund. Right, guys?

George F. Kennan, the American diplomat who did more than any other envoy of his generation to shape United States policy during the cold war (to quote the NY Times) died on St. Patricks Day at the age of 101. He was one of the architects of the Marshall Plan. He coined the word "containment."

But he didn't know Louis Epstein, who cannot be contained. I have already sent condolence notes to the families of the last 16 people on his list.

He gets one point for the hit and 5 points for the solo. Total: 6 points. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: March 29th
Age: 83
Worth: 10 ₧
Popularity: 5% of entrants
Selector: Scubama
17. Howell Heflin

I ran to my list when I heard Johnnie Cochran had died, but to my great surprise, no one had him. Then, an email brought me the news that there was, indeed, a hit on the AO Deadpool today. And from an unlikely place. Alabama. A new player has joined the standings, a lurker named Scubama who seemed to know that this would be the year Howell Heflin would breathe his last. He was Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court just prior to his 18-year career in the United States Senate.

A conservative Democrat who supported civil rights legislation and was sometimes described as the conscience of the Senate (as the New York Times writes it) Heflin died today near his home in Tuscumbia, Alabama. He was 83.

That's 5 points for the hit. 5 points for the solo. Total: 10

Welcome, Scubama. Very cool hit. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: April 2nd
Age: 84
Worth: 5 ₧
Popularity: 50% of entrants
Selectors: Buford
Corby
Erik
Jazz Vulture
Kathi
Kentucky Wizard
Mark
Raven
Wendy
???Guest
18. Pope John Paul II

This was the big one. Half the players, including 4 first-timers. Buford, Corby, Erik, Jazz Vulture, KW, Kathi Seidl, ???Guest, Mark, Raven, & Wendy (Chatley Green) For the three women and Corby, the Pontiff was their first hit.

Each scores 5. And only 5. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: April 5th
Age: 89
Worth: 10 ₧
Popularity: 5% of entrants
Selector: Amelia
19. Saul Bellow

"Human beings can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned." Saul Bellow, Him With His Foot in His Mouth (1984). p. 11.

Anyone who knows even a little about me (how much of my life has been lost to libraries) will not be surprised to learn that Saul Bellow was on my list. Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1976, Bellow was one of the most important novelists of the twentieth century. He died today at his home in Massachusetts. He was 89.

I get 5 points for the hit. 5 points for the solo. Total: 10. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: April 5th
Age: 98
Worth: 7 ₧
Popularity: 5% of entrants
Selector: Louis Epstein
20. Dalia "Dale" Messick

Just when you think you're gaining on him, he comes back with a vengeance. Yes, that's right. Louis Epstein has scored his tenth hit of the year with the dame who created the comic strip starring the red-headed reporter, "Brenda Starr." She died Tuesday at the age of 98. Brenda survives her.

Louis gets 2 points for the hit. 5 points for the solo. Total: 7. We shouldn't lose hope. He only has 15 names left. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: April 6th
Age: 81
Worth: 10 ₧
Popularity: 5% of entrants
Selector: Kathi
21. Prince Rainier

Someone in our pool has a feel for leaders who reside in Europe. Kathi Seidl had lots of company for Pope John Paul II, but she was all alone in picking the prince who picked Grace Kelly to be his storybook bride. Prince Rainier Louis Henri Maxence Bertrand died April 5 in a Monaco hospital. He was 81.

Kathi gets 5 points for the hit. 5 points for the solo. Total: 10. And with that surprising solo, she zooms up into 8th place. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: April 15th
Age: 64
Worth: 16 ₧
Popularity: 5% of entrants
Selector: Ed Varner
22. John Fred (Gorrier)

Please folks, check your 2005 lists for unrecorded hits.

Once again, a deadpooler has pointed out the error of my ways. Good thing I'm not actually getting paid for this. John Fred died in April at 64 and Ed Varner had him on his list. But did I notice? Noooooo.

John Fred and the Playboy Band were famous for one song: Judy in Disguise. If you're of a certain age, that's really all you need to say. If you're older or younger, it's still not exactly worth explaining.

Ed Varner gets 11 points for the hit. He gets 5 points for the solo. And he gets my apologies. With glasses. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: April 23rd
Age: 94
Worth: 7 ₧
Popularity: 5% of entrants
Selector: Philip
23. Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen

We go to the other side of the world for the next hit, feisty politician Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen. who has died at the age of 94. A peanut farmer turned premier, he ruled Queensland for nearly 20 years until controversy and a corruption inquiry ended his career. His government built Wivanhoe Dam and the Tarong Power Station, abolished death duties, opposed world heritage listings and demolished Brisbane's Bellevue Hotel and Cloudland. And his wife made the most delicious pumpkin scones.

(For those of you who need a geography lesson, Australia is divided into states and territories. Queensland is the one that includes The Great Barrier Reef and the city, Brisbane. Sydney is in New South Wales, Melbourne in Victoria, Adelaide in South Australia, Perth in Western Australia...)

Philip, our Australian player, gets 2 points for a very well-timed hit. 5 for the solo. Total: 7 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: April 23rd
Age: 97
Worth: 7 ₧
Popularity: 5% of entrants
Selector: Corby
24. Sir John Mills

I'm sure he never played a bad guy. He was beloved on film and on the stage. We loved his daughters Hayley and Juliet. Everyone thought John Mills was the most wonderful actor, but only Corby Gilmore had him on his list. And now he gets to put him in a prominent place on his other list, the Oscar Memoriam. Actor John Mills who did, indeed, win an Oscar, died April 23, at 97.

Corby gets two points for the hit. 5 points for the solo. Total: 7. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: May 26th
Age: 99
Worth: 3 ₧
Popularity: 15% of entrants
Selectors: James N
Jazz Vulture
Kathi
25. Eddie Albert

Some see the Broadway star. Some see the war hero. Some see him as the charming photographer in Roman Holiday. Some see him as the sadistic warden in The Longest Yard. Some see him and remember all the lyrics to the Green Acres theme song. Only Kathi Seidl, Jim Neibaur and Jazz Vulture remembered to include him in their lists. Actor Eddie Albert died Thursday at either 97 or 99. On stage, on the big screen and on the little one, too, he always gave us pleasure.

2 points for the hit (unless someone can prove he was over 100 — keep me posted) and one point for the trifecta. Total: 3 points. Some shifting in the standings, but nothing major. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: June 3rd
Age: 97
Worth: 5 ₧
Popularity: 10% of entrants
Selectors: Ed Varner
Philip
26. Leon Askin

Actor Leon Askin was born on Yom Kippur to an orthodox Jewish family nearly a century ago. Yet he is most well-known for playing a Nazi general. Go figure. Two young for Louis. But neither too young nor too obscure for Philip, now in the 3-hit club, and Ed Varner. This hit is worth 2 points plus 3 points for the duet. Total: 5. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: June 28th
Age: 101
Worth: 6 ₧
Popularity: 5% of entrants
Selector: Louis Epstein
27. Thomas D. Clark

As dead historians go, Shelby Foote was too young for our scoring leader Louis Epstein, but Thomas D. Clark was just right. He was 101. From the AP obit:

Clark, whom a colleague once described as "the historical conscience" of Kentucky, was a state historian with a national reputation.
Clark wrote, co-authored or edited more than 30 books in his career. His "History of Kentucky," published in 1937, is still in print.

How did you miss him, KW?

Louis gets one measly point for the hit, but five points for the solo. Total: 6 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: July 5th
Age: 81
Worth: 8 ₧
Popularity: 10% of entrants
Selectors: Corby
Ed Varner
28. James Bond Stockdale Sr.

It's a shame that he's remembered by so many only as Ross Perot's running mate or as the butt of an SNL joke. Because, as JD has pointed out so eloquently, he had a distinguished Navy career as a fighter pilot and educator and was an inspiration to many for his supreme defiance in captivity. A Medal of Honor winner, among many, many other honors, Retired Vice Adm. James Stockdale was 81. Ed Varner and Corby Gilmore both join the 3-hit club. This moves Ed all the way up to second.

5 points for the hit, 3 points for the duet. Total: 8. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: July 11th
Age: 91
Worth: 7 ₧
Popularity: 5% of entrants
Selector: King Daevid
29. Frances Newbern Langford

King Daevid MacKenzie has a hit! His first hit was 6 months coming, but it was certainly worth the wait. Actress/Singer Frances Langford was one-half (with Don Ameche) of the radio duo, The Bickersons. She also became known as the "Sweetheart of the Fighting Fronts" for all her time spent entertaining the troops. She made 20 or 30 films and then retired to Florida with her rich husband. Not bad. Frances Langford died today at 91.

King Daevid gets 2 points for the hit, and 5 points for the solo, for a total of 7 points. His membership in the no-hit club has now officially expired. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: July 17th
Age: 91
Worth: 7 ₧
Popularity: 5% of entrants
Selector: Amelia
30. Geraldine Fitzgerald

Geraldine Fitzgerald was an Irish beauty whose talent brought her to directors like Orson Welles and William Wyler. The star of stage and screen and nightclub, she even tried her hand at directing and was rewarded with a Tony nomination. She died Sunday at 91.

Over the years, I would see her on the cross-town bus, and it always surprised me to see a star of her magnitude living the simple life. Sad to see her go, but she brought us so much pleasure over her long career.

My (Amelia's) third hit and third solo. Two points plus 5. Total: 7. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: July 18th
Age: 91
Worth: 3 ₧
Popularity: 15% of entrants
Selectors: Bill Schenley
Kentucky Wizard
???Guest
31. William Childs Westmoreland

U.S. Army Retired General William Westmoreland faded away today. Kentucky Wizard, ???Guest and Bill Schenley all had him on their lists. At least two of them hope he never returns.* Way to go, Bill. Your first hit on one of your favorite people.

Westmoreland died today. He was 91. 2 points for the hit, and one for the trifecta. Total: 3

*with apologies to Douglas MacArthur 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: July 20th
Age: 85
Worth: 5 ₧
Popularity: 20% of entrants
Selectors: Brigid
Buford
Erik
Ray Arthur
32. James Montgomery Doohan

Scotty has been beamed up. James Doohan, 85, who played Scotty, chief engineer on the television show Star Trek, has been transported to a parallel universe ... His final frontier.

Not only did Erik get his 4th hit with Mr. Doohan's demise, but our last two holdouts have finally jumped into the pool. Congratulations, Brigid Nelson and Ray Arthur.

85 years of age equals five points and the trifecta adds an additional point, for a total of six points.

This hit moves Erik past Ed Varner, and into second place.

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It would appear, in my haste to get that nagging %@#* Amelia off my back, I omitted Buford, who *also* had James Doohan on his hit list.

So it's all her fault. It must be, because I don't make mistakes. Maybe it's Buford's fault ... but it can't be mine. It just *can't* be ...

This is Buford's fourth hit ... giving him 18 points, and tying him with Kathi and Jazz Vulture. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: July 29th
Age: 99
Worth: 7 ₧
Popularity: 5% of entrants
Selector: Louis Epstein
33. The Incomparable Hildegard

Louis Epstein's whereabouts, on the day (July 29th) "The Incomparable" Hildegarde died ... are unaccounted for. He continues to outmaneuver CSI teams from around the world. As for Hildegarde ... I guess it's too late to thank her for the likes of Cher ... and Madonna.

Because Hildegarde was 99 ... Louis gets 2 points and an additional five for the solo. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: July 29th
Age: 78
Worth: 13 ₧
Popularity: 5% of entrants
Selector: Ray Arthur
34. Pat McCormick

Ok. I screwed up. Ray Arthur wrote to tell me I missed his pick of big guy Pat McCormick. That was way back in July. He was 78. Funny man.

So Ray gets himself a solo and 8 points for the hit, for a total of 13 points and this moves him several places up in the standings.

Sorry about that. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: July 30th
Age: 100
Worth: 6 ₧
Popularity: 5% of entrants
Selector: Corby
35. Raymond Lee Cunningham

(Corby) Coming soon, I hope. I believe that Louis had Hildegarde (although I am dubious, because she seems a little young for him) and I had Ray Cunningham.

(Bill) Bitch, bitch, bitch...Whine, whine, whine....

Corby, you should be ashamed of yourself. All this commotion over long-dead Lee Cunningham? ... You really want points for a guy who's been on the life-support of one two-base hit since his unceremonious release in the early part of another century?

Did you take Jose Canseco ... like someone else? No. How about Jason Giambi or Bucky Dent? No. You took a 100-year-old guy whose claim-to-fame ... was listening to Dizzy Dean in the dark.

What the hell kind'a pick was that...

Anyway Corby gets one point for the hit ... and five for the solo. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: August 1st
Age: 84
Worth: 10 ₧
Popularity: 5% of entrants
Selector: Buford
36. King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud

King Fahd is dead at 84. (Reports of his age vary but they all seem to be in the 80's.) He guided the Saudis from tradition to modernization (what would we do without those NY Times subheads — we might actually have to read the whole thing —) and he refurbished his 707 using the artist who designed the floating space city in Star Trek. What a guy. His like will not be seen again. No. Wait. There are plenty more of them in Saudi Arabia. Never mind.

Anyway, Buford saw it coming, and for this prescience, he gets 5 points for the hit and 5 points for the solo. Total: 10. This moves him up a whole bunch of places in the scoring. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: August 4th
Age: 66
Worth: 16 ₧
Popularity: 5% of entrants
Selector: Raven
37. Sue Gunter

Quoth the Raven: "I guess someone has to make a late season run to try catching Louis so it may as well be me." And so Raven starts the run with a very sweet 16 points (11 for the hit and 5 for the solo) on LSU Women's Basketball Coach Sue Gunter, who died today at the age of 66. Under Gunter's direction, the Lady Tigers posted an overall record of 442-221, making her the winningest coach in school history.

Raven goes past Erik into second place on this hit, a mere 27 points from Louis, the leader of the ancient world. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: August 11th
Age: 103
Worth: 6 ₧
Popularity: 5% of entrants
Selector: Louis Epstein
38. "Double-Duty" Radcliffe

Theoodore Roosevelt "Double Duty" Radcliffe, a former Negro League star thought to be the oldest professional baseball player died Thursday at 103. His career was so illustrious, it's hard to recap so I suggest you read the various obits. It's nice that he left the world with his beloved White Sox in first place. Louis Epstein racks up his thirteenth hit, a solo that's good for a total of 6 points. And the AO Deadpool gets its second doubly on-topic hit. Louis is running out of contenders. There's that, at least. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: August 13th
Age: 63
Worth: 16 ₧
Popularity: 5% of entrants
Selector: Philip
39. David Russell Lange

As soon as I read the news that former NZ Prime Minister David Lange had died, I knew to check our Australian player's list. Sure enough, Philip gets a hefty 16 points on the beloved statesman who advocated a nuclear-free New Zealand, which is now the law of that land. Just 63 at his death, his memoirs were published only last week. Philip gets 11 points for the hit and 5 for the solo, moving him ahead of 6 players into third. Nice work, Philip. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: August 16th
Age: 82
Worth: 10 ₧
Popularity: 5% of entrants
Selector: Amelia
40. Tonino Della Colli

He was the cinematographer for Fellini, Pasolini, Leone, Benigni, Risi and Malle. If you loved Once Upon a Time in the West, America and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, it's partly because he made them look beautiful. Tonino Delli Colli started working at 16 at Cinecitta as a camera assistant and the rest is cinematic history. He was thought to be a magician with light and said it was because "for Italians, who are familiar with the southern sun and the fog of the north, it's difficult to get things wrong." Modest, too.

Tonino Delli Colli died today at 82 in Rome. And I'm proud to say I had him on my list. My fourth solo. 5 points for the hit. 5 points for the solo. Total: 10. I move up a few places to fourth, a mere point behind Philip. (Notice how quickly I update when it's about me, me, me.) 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: September 3rd
Age: 80
Worth: 5 ₧
Popularity: 30% of entrants
Selectors: Buford
Ed Varner
Erik
Jazz Vulture
Kentucky Wizard
Raven
41. William Hubbs Rehnquist

U.S. Chief Justice William Rehnquist left the Supreme Court today the only way he was going to. He died. He was 80. Six AO Deadpool players score 5 points apiece and they all moved places, I think. In no particular order, they are Raven, Buford, Erik, KW, Jazz Vulture and Ed Varner. Too young for Louis, too noble for ???Guest. Two court appointments for these monsters. Heaven help us all. (Hey it's my deadpool, I'll say what I want.)

Pool note: Buford is catching up to Louis with # of hits. Raven has the best hit to scoring ratio, or whatever you would call it. Schenley is still bringing up the rear. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: September 25th
Age: 82
Worth: 8 ₧
Popularity: 10% of entrants
Selectors: Brigid
Corby
42. Don Adams

When I asked you guys why you like obituaries a couple of years ago, one of the many great answers was this one: "To fume when some pop-culture-saturated obit writer dwells at great length on a later and unimportant accomplishment of some great person and completely overlooks the far more important thing that person did earlier in life." He used the example of Don Adams, and the possibility that all an obit writer would have to say about him was that he was the voice of Inspector Gadget. Having read a few obits today, I am happy to report that all of Adams' accomplishments, early and late, come through loud and clear. TV star Don Adams died Sunday at the age of 82.

Brigid and Corby collect 5 points for the hit and three points for being the only two to have him, moving both of them several places up in the standings.

(I am grateful to all the other deadpool picks for staying here on earth while I was away.) 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: October 3rd
Age: 76
Worth: 13 ₧
Popularity: 5% of entrants
Selector: Corby
43. Ronnie Barker

There may have been two Ronnies on British TV, but only one AO Deadpool player had this one. That's Corby Gilmore, who knows his comedians even better than he knows his baseball. The great comedy actor and writer, a master of the television sitcom, Ronnie Barker died on October 3 at 76. Corby earns 8 points for the hit and 5 points for this surprising solo (he had to remind me) which moves him into third place well behind the master and just slightly behind Raven, holding onto second for dear life. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: October 9th
Age: 66
Worth: 16 ₧
Popularity: 5% of entrants
Selector: Raven
44. Tom Cheek

It's a hit! Toronto Blue Jays announcer Tom Cheek, who never missed a game, and who called Joe Carter's World Series winning homer, "Touch 'em all Joe. You'll never hit a bigger home run in your life," has died at 66.

Raven said he was going to give Louis a run for his money. And that's just what he's doing.

Raven gets 11 points for the hit, 5 for the solo, putting him a mere 12 points behind Louis. With 8 fewer hits. With this baseball hit, we've got a horse race. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: October 24th
Age: 92
Worth: 2 ₧
Popularity: 20% of entrants
Selectors: Erik
Jazz Vulture
KentuckyWizard
Scubama
45. Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks changed the world on the way home from work one day. She sat down, yet stood her ground. The mother of the Civil Rights Movement, as she was known, died yesterday at 92. Erik, Scubama, KW and Jazz Vulture each get 2 points for having her on their lists. But just like Rosa Parks, they all stayed right where they were. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: October 30th
Age: 97
Worth: 7 ₧
Popularity: 5% of entrants
Selector: Kentucky Wizard
46. Al Lopez

Señor stayed up way past his bedtime to watch his beloved White Sox in the World Series. He had, after all, managed the last White Sox team to make it to the October games. He lived long enough to see them win it, too. He was no stranger to endurance or winning. He caught more than 1900 major league games. And every time the Yankees didn't win the pennant between 1946 and 1964, the teams that Lopez managed did.

Kentucky Wizard gets the solo on the oldest member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. That's 2 points for the hit, 5 for the solo, for a total of 7. This moves KW up a place and into the 6-hit category, a very small club. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: November 15th
Age: 79
Worth: 11 ₧
Popularity: 10% of entrants
Selectors: Erik
Raven
47. Preston Robert Tisch

Raven wrote to me in a manic state when Wellington Mara passed on. Had he picked the wrong Giants owner and ruined his chances for an AO Deadpool lead? Would a solo have put him ahead? Well, the answers are these: He didn't pick wrong. Giants owner Preston Tisch died yesterday at 79. A solo would have put him ahead. But our Erik had him, as well. No solo. 8 points for the hit, three points each for the duet. Erik gets his seventh hit and knocks Corby ("#3 at last") Gilmore out of third, and Raven is breathing down Louis' neck.

What a race. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: November 29th
Age: 47
Worth: 21 ₧
Popularity: 10% of entrants
Selectors: Erik
James N
48. Wendy Jo Sperber

With Jim Neibaur's Desperate But Not Serious plea for an AO Deadpool update as to the death of Wendie Jo Sperber ... I have been forced to apply my pathetic arithmetic skills to the scoring ... in an effort to accommodate Mr. Neibaur. Since Jim and Erik are Bosom Buddies ... it's only fitting that these two Sorority Boys share in the hit. Because Ms. Sperber was somewhere between 40-49 years old when she died ... the pick is worth 18 points ... with three bonus points going to each.

Erik's point total puts him just three behind Louis and two behind Raven. Jim Neibaur moves ahead of Corby ... and into fourth place ...

Unless I have totally screwed up the scoring ... Which is more than likely ...  



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: December 2nd
Age: 94
Worth: 7 ₧
Popularity: 5% of entrants
Selector: Buford
49. John Iannacone

John Iannacone, 94, was the last surviving crewman of the Los Angeles, the Navy's first rigid airship in the 1920s. In 1937, when the Hindenburg, a German airship, burned and crashed, killing thirty-six people, he rallied the rest of a fleeing crew and brought them back to carry survivors to safety. He died on Friday, December 2nd.

Buford had a solo hit ... giving him seven points. Two for the pick and five for the solo. This moves Buford into sixth place ... passing Ed Varner, Amelia and Philip. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: December 10th
Age: 65
Worth: 11 ₧
Popularity: 20% of entrants
Selectors: Buford
Mark
Philip
Scubama
50. Richard Pryor

As the obit in the Times puts it:

At the height of his career, in the late 1970's, Mr. Pryor prowled the stage like a restless cat, dispensing what critics regarded as the most poignant and penetrating comedic view of African-American life ever afforded the American public. He was volatile yet vulnerable, crass but sensitive, streetwise and cocky but somehow still diffident and anxious. And he could unleash an astonishing array of dramatic and comic skills to win acceptance and approval for a kind of stark humor.
Richard Pryor died today. He was 65.

Philip, Buford, Mark and Scubama each scored 11 and each moved up several places in the standings. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: December 15th
Age: 90
Worth: 7 ₧
Popularity: 5% of entrants
Selector: Buford
51. Dr. Heinrich Gross

One of the worst people of the last hundred years has died, apparently of old age. What was he famous for? Gruesome experiments on children during the war. Thousands of them. He didn't believe in euthanasia.

He was put on trial three times, but all the cases were dismissed.

He published five articles between 1955 and 1965 based on research using the preserved brains of children killed because they were deemed handicapped or anti-social.

He became a prominent neurologist after the war and was awarded the prestigious Austrian Honorary Cross for Science and Art in 1975.

Maybe, Bryan, there are worse things than playing deadpools?

Obviously, this guy's karma didn't catch up to him for over 60 years.

Dr. Heinrich Gross, dead, finally, at 90. Buford gets two points for the hit, 5 points for the solo. He's gaining on Louis' hit count.


      20        51        85.49        1.75        8.88        35      
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obits penned by ...
Amelia Rosner: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 33, 34, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 49, 50, 51
Bill Schenley: 32, 35, 48






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  2005 AO DEADPOOL
FINAL STANDINGS

Tie goes to the alphabet.

Place Entrant Points Hits Solo
Hits
Hit On ...
1st
( Gold )
2005 Moxie Award winnerLouis Epstein  77 13 11
  1. Dame Mary Smieton — 6 solo points
  2. Philip Cortalyou Johnson — 7 solo points
  3. Max Schmeling — 2 points
  4. Corrado Cardinal Bafile — 6 solo points
  5. Ernst Walter Mayr — 6 solo points
  6. Sister Lucia Dos Santos — 5 duet points
  7. Ted Vosburgh — 6 solo points
  8. Hans Bethe — 7 solo points
  9. George Frost Kennan — 6 solo points
  10. Dalia "Dale" Messick — 7 solo points
  11. Thomas D. Clark — 6 solo points
  12. The Incomparable Hildegard — 7 solo points
  13. "Double-Duty" Radcliffe — 6 solo points

    average: 5.92 points per Hit
2nd
( Silver )
Raven  76 6 3
  1. Charlie Bell — 23 solo points
  2. Pope John Paul II — 5 points
  3. Sue Gunter — 16 solo points
  4. William Hubbs Rehnquist — 5 points
  5. Tom Cheek — 16 solo points
  6. Preston Tisch — 11 duet points

    average: 12.67 points per Hit
3rd
( Bronze )
Erik  74 8 0
  1. Johnny Carson — 11 duet points
  2. Sandra Dee — 14 duet points
  3. Pope John Paul II — 5 points
  4. James Montgomery Doohan — 5 points
  5. William Hubbs Rehnquist — 5 points
  6. Rosa Parks — 2 points
  7. Preston Tisch — 11 duet points
  8. Wendy Jo Sperber — 21 duet points

    average: 9.25 points per Hit
4th Buford  57 9 3
  1. Max Schmeling — 2 points
  2. Sister Lucia Dos Santos — 5 duet points
  3. Pope John Paul II — 5 points
  4. James Montgomery Doohan — 5 points
  5. King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud — 10 solo points
  6. William Hubbs Rehnquist — 5 points
  7. John Iannacone — 7 solo points
  8. Richard Pryor — 11 points
  9. Dr. Heinrich Gross — 7 solo points

    average: 6.33 points per Hit
5th Ed Varner  53 5 2
  1. Chris LeDoux — 19 solo points
  2. John Fred (Gorrier) — 16 solo points
  3. Leon Askin — 5 duet points
  4. James Bond Stockdale Sr. — 8 duet points
  5. William Hubbs Rehnquist — 5 points

    average: 10.60 points per Hit
6th James Neibaur  49 4 0
  1. Johnny Carson — 11 duet points
  2. Sandra Dee — 14 duet points
  3. Eddie Albert — 3 trio points
  4. Wendy Jo Sperber — 21 duet points

    average: 12.25 points per Hit
7th Philip  49 5 3
  1. Virginia Mayo — 10 solo points,
  2. Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen — 7 solo points
  3. Leon Askin — 5 duet points
  4. David Russell Lange — 16 solo points
  5. Richard Pryor — 11 points

    average: 9.80 points per Hit
8th Corby  47 6 3
  1. Pope John Paul II — 5 points
  2. Sir John Mills — 7 solo points
  3. James Bond Stockdale Sr. — 8 duet points
  4. Raymond Lee Cunningham — 6 solo points
  5. Don Adams — 8 duet points
  6. Ronnie Barker — 13 solo points

    average: 7.83 points per Hit
9th Amelia  37 4 4
  1. Morris Engel — 10 solo points
  2. Saul Bellow — 10 solo points
  3. Geraldine Fitzgerald — 7 solo points
  4. Tonino Della Colli — 10 solo points

    average: 9.25 points per Hit
10th Jazz Vulture  25 5 1
  1. Chuck Thompson — 10 solo points
  2. Pope John Paul II — 5 points
  3. Eddie Albert — 3 trio points
  4. William Hubbs Rehnquist — 5 points
  5. Rosa Parks — 2 points

    average: 5.00 points per Hit
PlaceEntrant Points Hits Solo
Hits
Hit On ...
11th Kentucky Wizard  24 6 1
  1. Max Schmeling — 2 points
  2. Pope John Paul II — 5 points
  3. William Westmoreland — 3 trio points
  4. William Hubbs Rehnquist — 5 points
  5. Rosa Parks — 2 points
  6. Al Lopez — 7 solo points

    average: 4.00 points per Hit
12th Scubama  23 3 1
  1. Howell Heflin — 10 solo points
  2. Rosa Parks — 2 points
  3. Richard Pryor — 11 points

    average: 7.67 points per Hit
13th Kathi  18 3 1
  1. Pope John Paul II — 5 points
  2. Prince Rainier — 10 solo points
  3. Eddie Albert — 3 trio points

    average: 6.00 points per Hit
14th Mark  18 3 0
  1. Max Schmeling — 2 points
  2. Pope John Paul II — 5 points
  3. Richard Pryor — 11 points

    average: 6.00 points per Hit
15th Ray Arthur  18 2 1
  1. James Montgomery Doohan — 5 points
  2. Pat McCormick — 13 solo points

    average: 9.00 points per Hit
16th Brigid Nelson  13 2 0
  1. James Montgomery Doohan — 5 points
  2. Don Adams — 8 duet points

    average: 6.50 points per Hit
17th ???Guest  8 2 0
  1. Pope John Paul II — 5 points
  2. William Westmoreland — 3 trio points

    average: 4.00 points per Hit
18th King Daevid  7 1 1
  1. Frances Newbern Langford — 7 solo points

    average: 7.00 points per Hit
19th Wendy  5 1 0
  1. Pope John Paul II — 5 points

    average: 5.00 points per Hit
20th Bill Schenley  3 1 0
  1. William Westmoreland — 3 trio points

    average: 3.00 points per Hit
PlaceEntrant Points Hits Solo
Hits
Hit On ...




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2005 CONTEST AWARDS

The first annual (2005) AO Deadpool is over. 20 players. 50 hits. A photo-finish ending. What more could you ask for? Maybe some clearer rules, maybe some cash prizes, maybe a way to line up those damned columns better ... but hell it was fun, wasn't it? We chose and lost some great people, chose and lost some evildoers. Too many of the former, not enough of the latter. (Sorry, ???Guest. Better luck this year.) There was no shortage of stylish hits (John Fred from Ed Varner, Howell Heflin from Scubama, Ronnie Barker from Corby, for example) and great combos (Mark's trio of The Pope, Richard Pryor and Max Schmeling comes to mind.) Brigid and Ray Arthur only had TV star hits. I don't know how KW had Al Lopez when the other baseball nuts missed him, but he did. And we must pay homage to the best name in the deadpool: Jazz Vulture.

It's official. I've run the numbers, checked the stats, and made sure the winners are the winners. Of course, everyone is a winner in the AO Deadpool, and that's the way we like it. However, there are some folks who will be going home with some prizes, even if most of them are virtual.

First, a note: As far as I can tell Bill and I (because I ain't taking complete credit) made only one mistake. Buford seems to have finished the year with a very respectable 9 hits, not 10, as it was recorded. Even so, it was the second highest hit count. Way to go, Buford. And thanks for your end-of-the-year help. You, too, Bill.

 Ok, you're ready?

2005 Moxie Award winner THE MOXIE MAN AWARD goes to none other than the great lover of antiquity, Louis Epstein. The big winner. On points. (77) On hits.(13) On solos. (11) If you're old and decrepit with brittle bones and a recent hip surgery, Louis knows about it. As terrifying as the Angel of Death, our Louis is. He's good. Real good. And now he must drink the Moxie. Enjoy, Louis. You've earned it.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD. Only one point behind him was the clever Raven. Little-known to the people of AO, he sneaked in and showed us amateurs how to play the game. Raven had the best quality point hits. (I made that up. I can't think of any other way to say it.) He was only one point behind Louis with fewer than half the hits. Averaging about 12 points a hit, by far the highest, he certainly deserves to be Rookie of the Year. Raven's prize? He doesn't have to drink the Moxie.

THE COMPANY OF STRANGERS AWARD. Say what you want about Erik, he knows how to make the most of a deadpool roster. Erik came in third only three points behind Louis with 8 hits and ... not ... one ... solo. Erik stays in the company of strangers, although there is no one stranger than Erik.

THE BOBBSEY TWINS AWARD. Erik and James Neibaur hit three times as a duet. I would say they are joined at the hip, but that would be too creepy to contemplate.

ONE-HIT WONDERS. One must congratulate people who keep the people on their lists alive. King Daevid, Wendy and Bill Schenley did that quite efficiently.

We will give the DIM REAPER AWARD to Bill Schenley for the fewest points. (Notice he made sure to put Lou Rawls on his 2006 list. His pride was on the line, I believe.)

Indulge me. Let me have an award. Thanks.

I give myself the I WALK ALONE AWARD. All four of my hits were solos. I was second only to Louis in solo count. And this is NOT because I saw everyone's lists. I like to walk alone. Raven, Buford, Philip and Corby each had three solos among their hits.

THE PAINFULLY OBVIOUS SOLO AWARD goes to the person who got a solo on someone the whole group should have had. This goes to Kathi Seidl for Prince Rainier. But I could see where people might have missed this. He was only dying for about 10 years.

So that's it, my friends. If anyone cares to offer their own awards, I'm open to it. All the updates can be googled. And thanks for playing our game.






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