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2008 Dead Pool



RulesSequence of HitsObituariesScoringAwards



Contest Rules
Time for another chance to go for the Moxie in the Alt.Obituaries Deadpool. It's pretty much the same game with a few clarifications and rule changes. Nothing major.

The most important change is that we've formed a committee of 5 or 6 concerned citizens to adjudicate any disputes as to fame, eligibility, age, whatever. We convened virtually to go over the rules and decide what needed tweaking.

This year we're looking for 40 names. No real reason why we upped it. Just sounded better. Get your list in by 7 PM EST on December 31. This year, we have our very own mailbox. Send all entries to aodeadpool - at - gmail.com. I will send you an email confirming receipt of your list. Please tell me your real name and your player name. If you want your player name changed this year, let me know.

Please submit the picks in alphabetical order, last name first, and please do not type in ALL CAPS. That's last name first. Which means the first name comes AFTER the last name. Put the name you're playing under in the subject heading of the email. (Example: Amelia's Deadpool List)

Also new this year: There will be no need for additional picks used for substitution at the end of the year. If a pick dies, for example, before the year begins, just send one more name. If there's some dispute over a pick, we'll contact you for a new name.

Try not to have dead people on your list. I believe we set a record for that last year. If we catch it, we'll contact you. If neither of us catches it before the year begins, then you've got dead people on your list.

If you don't think I'm going to know who your pick is, or there are more than one of them, then give me a little description. It wouldn't be necessary for Dick Cheney. It would be necessary for George Bush.

In order to give credit for a hit, I must see an obituary from a major source. Most of the time, I'm on top of this. But you're in charge of telling me when your people go. Sooner rather than later, please. As alt.obituaries is part of the wide world of Usenet, then many global sources are valid. I don't think we've had too many problems in the past, but try to limit your very local picks unless they have national or international significance.

Spouses and children of the famous are not automatically famous even if they have a major obituary. They must have their own fame.

Someone is not famous for the manner in which they die. They must have achieved prior fame. They are not famous if their fame depends solely on their illness.

Super-geezers. I wish I wish I wish you wouldn't play old people. So to discourage it, we're limiting it to the oldest in the world, and the oldest on each continent. Ok, maybe the last WWI vet. And we're removing the bonus points for any super-geezer over 100. So one lousy point is all you'll get. Try to be more creative.

If you have a pick you're not sure of, submit it and we'll let the rules committee decide.

People on death row are eligible if:

a) they die from a cause *other* than execution; or

b) their level of celebrity is such that their passing would have been newsworthy even before their crime and/or conviction; or

c) their crime (or some element of their trial, conviction or incarceration) is newsworthy enough that they have wide name recognition.

Examples: Saddam Hussein would have been a valid pick under b) since he was a well-known head of state. Ted Bundy or Timothy McVeigh would have been a valid pick under c) because their crimes and captures were major news stories. Mumia Abu-Jamal would be a valid pick under c) because his case has been the focus of a great deal of activism. "Ordinary" murderers whose names are not widely known (at least in their home countries) will not count.

I think we're done with the TV character game. Not everyone wanted to play. No one got a hit. We had every Sopranos character except the ones who were knocked off.

For scoring consideration we will accept 2008 obituaries up through the 15th of January 2009 (you know, providing they died on or before December 31st 2008).

Scoring:

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.

If you score two hits in one day (based on date of death, not obituary) you get an extra ten points.

If you score three hits in one day, you get an extra 50 points for the hat-trick.

If your pick dies on his or her birthday, you get an extra 15 points.

Any picks who die between the 25th and the 31st of December receive an extra 10 bonus points.

At the end of the year, you'll automatically get an extra 25 points for having the youngest hit.

The tie will no longer go to the alphabet. It will go to the person whose hit total is higher.

The prize of Moxie soda will be awarded to the player with the most points. (Thank you, Mark.)

All the updates and scoring will be recorded on www.aodeadpool.com (Thank you, Buford.)

Anything is subject to change.

Send all correspondence to:
    aodeadpool-at-gmail.com

Have fun!






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]
Princess Galyani Vadhana 2nd     0.5000 Kpd   2.0000 183  [ 1 ]
Choi Yo-sam 2nd     1.0 Kpd   ◄► 1.0000 365  [ 2 ]
Milt Dunnell 3rd     1.0 Kpd   ◄► 1.0000 365  [ 3 ]
Ken Nelson 6th     0.6666 Kpd   1.5000 244  [ 4 ]
George Moore 8th     0.6250 Kpd   1.6000 228  [ 5 ]
Johnny Grant 8th     0.7500 Kpd   1.3333 274  [ 6 ]
Rod Allen 10th     0.7000 Kpd   1.4285 256  [ 7 ]
Maila Nurmi 10th     0.8000 Kpd   1.2500 292  [ 8 ]
Sir Edmund Percival Hillary 11th     0.8181 Kpd   1.2222 299  [ 9 ]
Bradley Barron Renfro 15th     0.6666 Kpd   1.5000 244  [ 10 ]
Robert James "Bobby" Fischer 17th     0.6470 Kpd   1.5454 236  [ 11 ]
Allan Melvin 17th     0.7058 Kpd   1.4166 258  [ 12 ]
Georgia Frontiere 18th     0.7222 Kpd   1.3846 264  [ 13 ]
Suzanne Pleshette 19th     0.7368 Kpd   1.3571 269  [ 14 ]
Don Wittman 19th     0.7894 Kpd   1.2666 288  [ 15 ]
Haji Mohamed Suharto 27th     0.5925 Kpd   1.6875 216  [ 16 ]
Gordon Bitner Hinckley Sr. 27th     0.6296 Kpd   1.5882 230  [ 17 ]
Christodoulos 28th     0.6428 Kpd   1.5555 235  [ 18 ]
Earl Lauer Butz 33rd     0.5757 Kpd   1.7368 210  [ 19 ]
Harry Richard Landis 35th     0.5714 Kpd   1.7500 209  [ 20 ]
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi 36th     0.5833 Kpd   1.7142 213  [ 21 ]
Phyllis Ayame Whitney 39th     0.5641 Kpd   1.7727 206  [ 22 ]
Baba Amte 40th     0.5750 Kpd   1.7391 210  [ 23 ]
Roy Richard Scheider 41st     0.5853 Kpd   1.7083 214  [ 24 ]
Herbert Henry "Smoky" Dawson 44th     0.5681 Kpd   1.7600 208  [ 25 ]
Peter Pianto 49th     0.5306 Kpd   1.8846 194  [ 26 ]
Alain Robbe-Grillet 49th     0.5510 Kpd   1.8148 201  [ 27 ]
Lydia Shum Din-ha 50th     0.5600 Kpd   1.7857 205  [ 28 ]
Robert Lee "Bob" Howsam 50th     0.5800 Kpd   1.7241 212  [ 29 ]
Johnnie Rebecca Daniels Carr 53rd     0.5660 Kpd   1.7666 207  [ 30 ]
William Frank Buckley Jr. 58th     0.5344 Kpd   1.8709 195  [ 31 ]
Myron Cope 58th     0.5517 Kpd   1.8125 202  [ 32 ]
Philip Rabinowitz 60th     0.5500 Kpd   1.8181 201  [ 33 ]
Norman Jeffrey Healey 61st     0.5573 Kpd   1.7941 204  [ 34 ]
Giuseppe di Stefano 62nd     0.5645 Kpd   1.7714 206  [ 35 ]
Just Incredible Albrecht 70th     0.5142 Kpd   1.9444 188  [ 36 ]
Michael Campbell
("Mikey Dread")
74th     0.5000 Kpd   2.0000 183  [ 37 ]
Bill Brown 75th     0.5066 Kpd   1.9736 185  [ 38 ]
Arthur Charles Clarke 78th     0.5000 Kpd   2.0000 183  [ 39 ]
David Paul Scofield 78th     0.5128 Kpd   1.9500 187  [ 40 ]
Don't mention his name
and his name will pass on
80th     0.5125 Kpd   1.9512 187  [ 41 ]
Richard Widmark 83rd     0.5060 Kpd   1.9761 185  [ 42 ]
Julius "Jules" Dassin 90th     0.4777 Kpd   2.0930 175  [ 43 ]
Charlton Heston 95th     0.4631 Kpd   2.1590 169  [ 44 ]
John Archibald Wheeler 103rd     0.4368 Kpd   2.2888 160  [ 45 ]
Oliver Martin "Ollie" Johnston Jr. 104th     0.4423 Kpd   2.2608 162  [ 46 ]
June Travis 104th     0.4519 Kpd   2.2127 165  [ 47 ]
Edward Norton Lorenz 106th     0.4528 Kpd   2.2083 165  [ 48 ]
Daniel Paul "Danny" Federici 107th     0.4579 Kpd   2.1836 167  [ 49 ]
James Peter "Jimmy" Giuffre 114th     0.4385 Kpd   2.2800 160  [ 50 ]
Humphrey Richard Adeane Lyttelton 114th     0.4473 Kpd   2.2352 163  [ 51 ]
Henry Brant 116th     0.4482 Kpd   2.2307 164  [ 52 ]
Dr. Albert Hofmann 119th     0.4453 Kpd   2.2452 163  [ 53 ]
Ted Key 123rd     0.4390 Kpd   2.2777 160  [ 54 ]
Robert Edward "Eddy" Arnold 128th     0.4296 Kpd   2.3272 157  [ 55 ]
Irena Sendlerowa 132nd     0.4242 Kpd   2.3571 155  [ 56 ]
Mary Ann Kostecki Weaver
(aka: Penny Banner)
132nd     0.4318 Kpd   2.3157 158  [ 57 ]
Thomas Richard "Dick" Martin 144th     0.4027 Kpd   2.4827 147  [ 58 ]
John Richard Simplot 145th     0.4068 Kpd   2.4576 149  [ 59 ]
Sydney Irwin Pollack 146th     0.4109 Kpd   2.4333 150  [ 60 ]
Earle H. Hagen 146th     0.4178 Kpd   2.3934 153  [ 61 ]
Harvey Herschel Korman 149th     0.4161 Kpd   2.4032 152  [ 62 ]
Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent 152nd     0.4144 Kpd   2.4126 151  [ 63 ]
Bo Diddley 153rd     0.4183 Kpd   2.3906 153  [ 64 ]
Dino Risi 158th     0.4113 Kpd   2.4307 150  [ 65 ]
James Kenneth McManus
(aka: Jim McKay)
158th     0.4177 Kpd   2.3939 153  [ 66 ]
Cyd Charisse 167th     0.4011 Kpd   2.4925 147  [ 67 ]
Jean Delannoy 169th     0.4023 Kpd   2.4852 147  [ 68 ]
George Denis Carlin 173th     0.3988 Kpd   2.5072 146  [ 69 ]
Dolores "Dody" Goodman 173th     0.4046 Kpd   2.4714 148  [ 70 ]
Clay Felker 182th     0.3901 Kpd   2.5633 142  [ 71 ]
Jesse Alexander Helms Jr. 185th     0.3891 Kpd   2.5694 142  [ 72 ]
Evelyn Louise Keyes 185th     0.3945 Kpd   2.5342 144  [ 73 ]
Michael Ellis DeBakey 192th     0.3854 Kpd   2.5945 141  [ 74 ]
Bobby Ray Murcer 193th     0.3886 Kpd   2.5733 142  [ 75 ]
Robert Anthony "Tony" Snow 193th     0.3937 Kpd   2.5394 144  [ 76 ]
Jo Elizabeth Stafford 194th     0.3969 Kpd   2.5194 145  [ 77 ]
Dolores "Dercy" Gonçalves Costa 200th     0.3900 Kpd   2.5641 142  [ 78 ]
Estelle Getty 203th     0.3891 Kpd   2.5696 142  [ 79 ]
Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn 215th     0.3720 Kpd   2.6875 136  [ 80 ]
Louis Milton Teicher 215th     0.3767 Kpd   2.6543 138  [ 81 ]
Henri Paul Cartan 225th     0.3644 Kpd   2.7439 133  [ 82 ]
Jack Arnold Weil 225th     0.3688 Kpd   2.7108 135  [ 83 ]
Leroy Edward Sievers 227th     0.3700 Kpd   2.7023 135  [ 84 ]
Gerald "Jerry" Wexler 227th     0.3744 Kpd   2.6705 137  [ 85 ]
Joseph Ronald "Ronnie" Drew 228th     0.3771 Kpd   2.6511 138  [ 86 ]
Maudie Celia Acklin Cantrell White Hopkins 229th     0.3799 Kpd   2.6321 139  [ 87 ]
Michael Pate 244th     0.3606 Kpd   2.7727 132  [ 88 ]
Jerry Reed 244th     0.3647 Kpd   2.7415 133  [ 89 ]
Anita Page 249th     0.3614 Kpd   2.7666 132  [ 90 ]
Richard Merrill "Dick" Sudhalter 262th     0.3473 Kpd   2.8791 127  [ 91 ]
Connie Haines 268th     0.3432 Kpd   2.9130 125  [ 92 ]
Paul Leonard Newman 269th     0.3457 Kpd   2.8924 126  [ 93 ]
Boris Efimovich Yefimov 274th     0.3430 Kpd   2.9148 125  [ 94 ]
Albert Edward Pryke "Ted" Briggs 277th     0.3429 Kpd   2.9157 125  [ 95 ]
Peter Copley 280th     0.3428 Kpd   2.9166 125  [ 96 ]
Jack Narz 288th     0.3368 Kpd   2.9690 123  [ 97 ]
Levi Stubbs 290th     0.3379 Kpd   2.9591 123  [ 98 ]
Horace Eldred "Danny" Dill 296th     0.3344 Kpd   2.9898 122  [ 99 ]
Louis "Studs" Terkel 304th     0.3289 Kpd   3.0400 120  [ 100 ]
Elwin Charles "Preacher" Roe 313th     0.3226 Kpd   3.0990 118  [ 101 ]
Cecil Harland Underwood 328th     0.3109 Kpd   3.2156 114  [ 102 ]
William Gibson 329th     0.3130 Kpd   3.1941 114  [ 103 ]
Edna Parker 330th     0.3151 Kpd   3.1730 115  [ 104 ]
Forrest J Ackerman 338th     0.3106 Kpd   3.2190 113  [ 105 ]
Kerryn McCann 345th     0.3072 Kpd   3.2547 112  [ 106 ]
Martha Sharp Crawford "Sunny" Von Bülow 340th     0.3147 Kpd   3.1775 115  [ 107 ]
Bettie Mae Page 345th     0.3130 Kpd   3.1944 114  [ 108 ]
Van Johnson 346th     0.3150 Kpd   3.1743 115  [ 109 ]
Samuel Adrian "Sammy" Baugh 351th     0.3133 Kpd   3.1909 114  [ 110 ]
William Mark Felt
aka: "Deep Throat"
352th     0.3153 Kpd   3.1711 115  [ 111 ]
Harold Pinter 358th     0.3128 Kpd   3.1964 114  [ 112 ]
Eartha Mae Kitt 359th     0.3147 Kpd   3.1769 115  [ 113 ]
Tom Cross 361th     0.3157 Kpd   3.1666 115  [ 114 ]
Frederick Dewayne "Freddie" Hubbard 363th     0.3168 Kpd   3.1565 116  [ 115 ]

Final Projected Total: 116 ... Final Actual Total: 115




RulesSequence of HitsObituariesScoringAwards

 
    Obituaries    

«—SUMMARY—»
Died: January 2nd
Age: 84
Worth: 10 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Raven
1. Princess Galyani Vadhana

We begin the year with a princess. The elder sister of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej. As Raven wrote with his entry explaining who she was "Her formal name and title - Somdej Phra Chao Pheenang Ther Chao Fa Galyani Vadhana Kromma Luang Narathiwat Rajanagarindra (loosely translated: Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana, the Princess of Narathiwat)."

She was noted for her interest in the arts, having been finished/schooled in Switzerland. She had an intense schedule of charity work. She was a patron of many health-related foundations ... oh God, please let the rest of the year be more interesting. Wait! She was our first princess! So that's cool.

Raven gets the first kill. The Princess you've never heard of, I've never heard of, no one has ever heard of, but still managed to get herself an AP obit has, sadly, died at 84. Raven gets five for the hit, and five for the solo for a total of 10. Enjoy this solitude, Raven. It won't last long. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: January 2nd
Age: 33
Worth: 20 ₧
Popularity: 10.34% of entrants
Selectors: Yersinia Pestis
Undertaker
Drunk As A Skunk
DGH
Denise
Acctorp
2. Choi Yo-sam

Man, those South Korean boxers ... in the squared circle, they'll fight to the death. Duk Koo Kim (Ray Mancini), Lee Tong-choon (Setsuo Kawamasu), and now Choi Yo-sam. Worse for Choi because he actually *won* the fight against Indonesian Heri Amol for the World Boxing Organization intercontinental flyweight title.

Last year, on December 25th, Choi, the 33-year-old former light-flyweight world champion, got up from the canvass, after a head-butt and an overhand-right near the end of the 12th round, and was named the winner on points. And then he collapsed. On January 2nd he was declared brain-dead and his organs were harvested at a Asan Hospital in Seoul and donated to six people who needed them (heart, liver, both kidneys and both corneas). Hopefully, not to South Korean boxers.

Choi was the second hit of the 2008 AO Deadpool year. Oddly, last year's second hit was Yvon Durelle, also a boxer.

But what to do with the purse Choi Yo-sam will never collect for his last bit of ring glory? Hey, I have an idea ... Let's divide it between that relentless freakin' Acctorp, Denise, DGH, DrunkAsASkunk, Undertaker and Yersinia Pestis. We'll give them each 20 points, but stay tuned for the latter rounds. At 33, Choi might also deliver all of them an extra 25 points at the end of the year as possibly the youngest hit of 2008.

We welcome our new player, Undertaker!

(Irreverence courtesy of Bill Schenley) 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: January 3rd
Age: 102
Worth: 6 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Chipmunk Roasting
3. Milt Dunnell

I emailed Tom Hawthorn, a terrific writer of Globe and Mail sports obits I post on alt.obituaries when I remember, because he wrote on his facebook page that he was proud to have shared a pressbox with Milt Dunnell, but he referred me to his colleague's remembrance which he liked a lot. And then I saw all these other pieces and then I saw all these columns and then I realized it's all too much. The guy lived 102 years. People had a lot to say about him. So I decided to let Milt Dunnell speak for himself. This column ran in the Toronto Star, October 4, 1951. It's long, but worth every second you spend with it.

(Chipmunk Roasting gets the solo shot heard round the world on the AO Deadpool. 1 + 5 = 6. Sweet.)

NEW YORK - For purely artistic reasons, they'd have been justified in calling off the World Series. After what happened out at the Polo Grounds yesterday, the series promised to be a flea circus that's run in after the lions and tigers have clawed each other to ribbons under the big top. No matter how the Giants and the Yankees try, they scarcely can help provide a pallid performance in comparison to yesterday's eye-popping banishment of the Bums by Bobby Thomson, the Staten Island Royal Scot.

Hard-bitten press box sentinels of many years' standing called this the most spectacular ball game they ever had seen. Certainly it must have been the classic of all time, excepting only a handful of World Series shows. Old Grover Alexander's strikeout of Tony Lazzeri in the seventh game of the '26 World Series, with the bases loaded, would have ranked ahead of this one. And the deciding game of the '24 series would be of greater importance as a collector's item. That's the one in which the Giants lost to Washington in the twelfth inning because a ground ball hit a pebble and hopped over Freddie Lindstrom's head.

But throw out a few World Series history-makers and you have a game that stands by itself for drama, gripping suspense and significance in both money and prestige. You'd think the script had been written in mid-August, when the Dodgers were tow-roping the field in the national league, and the Giants couldn't seem to decide whether they'd finish second or fourth. Yesterday, after 154 ball games, the Giants were out there in the ninth inning, and it looked as if they finally had run out of time and try. They were losing 4-1. And if they lost this one, all that marvelous march through late August and the month of September, in which they won 33 out of 45 ball games, meant nothing. They'd be just another club that had finished second. You've got to win the pennant to make feats like their surge to a dead heat with the Dodgers stand up.

And just to show how thin is the cushion between hero and bum, the stories you'd have been reading today, had the Dodgers gone on to the victory that seemed inevitable yesterday, would have been that the Giants couldn't expect to win the pennant with a tangle-footed outfielder playing third base. Their third-sacker, of course, is the Scottish-born Bobby Thomson, whose homer is the whole story now. Both Andy Pafko and Billy Cox hit scorchers at Thomson in the Dodger half of the eighth inning. They both drove in runs. Those smashes made Bobby look bad. That's something to remember in the coming set with the Yanks. Defensively, the Giants are weak at third. But we were saying the Giants looked to have had the course when they came out for their half of yesterday's ninth inning. We watched Leo (the erstwhile Lip) Durocher as he attempted to generate some enthusiasm in his seemingly beaten ball club. It would be nice to report that he fired his athletes, but such didn't seem to be the case. You can say this about Durocher: the guy must have ice water for blood. He spent the last half-hour before the start of what could be the most important game of his baseball career swapping stories with baseball writers in the Giants' dugout.

When the umpires appeared to start the show, some of the writers wished him luck. "With the barber (Sal Maglie) out there shaving, we'll be okay," Durocher said confidently.

Maglie grinned as he picked up his glove. "I still hear from the folks up around Welland," the barber observed. "They send me clippings and wires and good wishes. Tommy Morrison (Welland sports editor) sends me papers to let me know how the teams up there are getting along." Maglie managed the Welland club in the Niagara circuit while he was sitting out an exile for dumping to the outlaw Mexican league.

But as they came to bat in their half of the ninth, the barber had departed, and Durocher looked like the only Giant with any bounce left in his frame as he jogged out to the third-base coaching line. Alvin Dark's sharp single to right was a hit by a matter of inches. Gil Hodges, the Dodger first-sacker, made a great stop of the smash, but was unable to turn it into a putout. Then Don Mueller rapped a single into the same field. Durocher was at the plate, by this time, slapping Monte Irvin on the shoulder and yapping encouragement. Whitey Lockman was right behind Irvin, waving a pair of potent war clubs.

Giant fans groaned when Irvin fouled out to Hodges at first. When Lockman's single scored Dark and sent Mueller to third, there were signs of panic around the Dodger dugout. An injury to Mueller delayed the game. He finally was carted away on a stretcher, and it looked as if the interruption might cool out the Giants and give the Dodgers a chance to retain their poise. While the Giants worked over Mueller, Chuck Dressen huddled with Don Newcombe, Rube Walker and Jackie Robinson, back of the mound. They all looked stunned and hurt by the sudden change in their fortunes. Ralph Branca came slowly from the bullpen. He and Newcombe practically embraced as they met in shallow left field. It was the kind of half-hug you see among mourners.

Dressen is being second-guessed now for bringing in Branca, a notorious server of home run pitches. Carl Erskine was warming up with Branca. Dressen says he asked the bullpen coach, Clyde Sukeforth, which pitcher seemed to have the better stuff on the ball. Sukeforth named Branca, who made two pitches which must have been among the most costly in history. They cost the Brooklyn players, roughly, $7,500 per throw. Whether Dressen should have ordered Branca to pass Bobby Thomson is something they'll argue for years to come. The Staten Island Scot is a dangerous hitter. He had two hits to his credit, including a double, when he came to the plate. He had managed to nullify one of them with a stupid bit of base-running that saw him and Lockman both trying to occupy second, at the same instant - an old Dodger trick. If the Dodgers passed Thomson, they'd get Willie Mays, one of the lay-off busts.

It's supposed to be baseball elementary stuff that you don't put the winning run on the paths intentionally. That's what Dressen would have done had he walked Thomson. Branca gave him a pitch that was fairly low and over the inside corner for a called strike. The next pitch, as we saw it, from back of the plate, was slightly higher, but still in close. It found a parking space just over the left field wall.

The scene that followed beggars description. Durocher watched the ball disappear before he threw his cap in the air and turned a flip, landing flat on his back. Ushers practically mobbed the players. A drunk broke through police lines, but finally was tackled back of second base. Fans poured down from the ramparts. The Dodgers threw their windbreakers over their shoulders and started the "lonesome mile" march. Every few seconds, they looked back over their shoulders, as if they feared the Giants might not be through with them yet. New cars, television sets, payments on the mortgage had blown up in their faces. They had been practically spending their World Series money since the middle of August. One wave of a Scotchman's hickory stick wafted it out of the park. With it, there probably went one managerial job. The predictions are that Dressen won't be back.

 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: January 6th
Age: 96
Worth: 7 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Busgal
4. Ken Nelson

Quick. How many AO readers knew who Ken Nelson was?

Probably not many. But if you listened to just the slightest bit of country music you heard his influence. From Bakersfield's twangy Fender guitar sound to Nashville and the smooth Uptown Country sound of Ferlin Husky's "Gone," to rural Louisiana and Faron Young - Ken Nelson was everywhere.

Nelson was known for his soft-production - he gave his artists their rein and let them be creative. Artists he drove all over America to find. In addition to Husky and Young, there was Gene Vincent, Rose Maddox, Roy Clark, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Jerry Reed, Hank Thompson, Wynn Stewart, Jean Shepard, Tommy Collins, Wanda Jackson, Sonny James, The Louvin Brothers and Stan Freberg and they were just a few. He produced "Young Love" for Sonny James and Ferlin Husky's "Gone" in the same week. He arranged music for The Kentucky Mountaineers, forgettable but for their guitarist, Rhubarb Red, who is known today as Les Paul.

And did I mention that he persuaded Capitol Records to sign a California surfer group called The Beach Boys?

Ken Nelson, a producer, arranger, recording executive and a man with an ear for extraordinary talent, died on January 6th just two weeks shy of his 97th birthday. Leave it to alt.obituaries' learned country music expert, Busgal, to choose "The Wild Side of Life." She gets two points for the hit and five for the solo. Total: 10

(A Bill Schenley special) 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: January 8th
Age: 84
Worth: 5 ₧
Popularity: 6.90% of entrants
Selectors: Raven
Philip
Ed Varner
Acctorp
5. George Moore

George Moore, the great Australian jockey is no moore.

Moore made his mark in horse racing by winning both the Epsom Derby and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe ... and unless those races are run at Churchill Downs or Belmont ... who gives a fuck.

According to the London Daily Telegraph, Moore "formed a successful partnership" with Tommie Smith. Who knew the star of the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City would one day find his way into Australian horse racing ... Also, according to The Telegraph, Moore rode the "great racehorse Tulloch." Great racehorse? Tulloch? Hey, Andrew, Affirmed was a great racehorse. Seattle Slew was a great racehorse. Secretariat, now *that* was a great racehorse. Count Fleet. Whirlaway. Man O' War, the greatest racehorse ever. But Tulloch? Who the hell ever heard of Tulloch?

Anyway, back to George Moore. For those of you who are reading this update, if you are like me, you have no idea who he was, so let me get you up to speed: George Moore was to Australian horse racing what Pete Rose is to American baseball. Moore once bet, and won, on a horserace at Hawkesbury (I guess that's something like Pimlico). A horse named Flying East, which was owned by Moore, won the race. Unfortunately, it was not the horse Moore himself was astride.

In Australia, Moore is also remembered with the presentation of the George Moore Medal, given to the Sydney jockey least likely to get caught cheating. Here, on the AO Deadpool, Acctorp, Ed V, Philip and Raven will be remembered for getting five points each for their two-dollar bet. This was written by Schenley. Like you didn't know. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: January 8th
Age: 84
Worth: 10 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Charlene
6. Johnny Grant

There are so many wonderful things to say about the honorary (or as someone wrote on a blog, the self-proclaimed) mayor of Hollywood, Johnny Grant, it's hard to know where to begin. He was Tinseltown's noisiest cheerleader. He dated Mamie Van Doren. He entertained the troops in war zones around the world. He organized the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade. He even met Ron and Nancy at the airport when they came back from Washington for good. From what I can see, everything he did to preserve the history of Hollywood, creating the Walk of Fame, making sure both legends and bit players would be remembered forever, he did just for the love of it. (Which probably means there was some funny business with money somewhere along the way, but who knows.) As I watch building after building being torn down in New York, whole neighborhoods and memories erased forever, I only wish that there was someone like Johnny Grant here to stop the madness.

On January 8, the day he died, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce placed flowers on Johnny's Walk of Fame star. He was 84. He will be buried under the Hollywood sign.

Hooray for Charlene, that screwy ballyhooey Charlene! She gets the solo from all the way up there in Canada. What a grand entrance into the pool. 5 points for the hit. 5 for the solo. Total: 10. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: January 10th
Age: 63
Worth: 16 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Bill Schenley
7. Rod Allen

Whatever troubles Rod Allen once had ... are gone now. His liver left shortly before his troubles did.

Allen, who was born Rodney Bainbridge, was a member of the 60s folk-rock band (with orchestration) The Fortunes. They had several Top-40 hits in both the UK and the US; "You've Got Your Troubles," " The Golden Ring," "Freedom Come, Freedom Go" and "Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling." Allen was the bass player and one of the vocalists.

In November of 2007, one of Rod's bandmates posted on their website:

"Rod has asked me to inform you of quite a serious health issue which he is, unfortunately, having to face. Whilst it will not mean any lengthy stays in hospital, it will however, mean that he will require some quite debilitating treatments. This means he may have to miss some performances."

It was as if Rod was sending a special coded message to deadpool players all over the world.

I didn't need any bandmates to tell me what to do. I, Bill Schenley, went solo on this one. He was 63, so that's 11 points for the hit and 5 for the solo. Total: 16. But it's going to get better ...

 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: January 10th
Age: 86
Worth: 8 ₧
Popularity: 3.45% of entrants
Selectors: Garrett
Bill Schenley
8. Maila Nurmi

If the recently departed Johnny Grant was the unofficial mayor of Hollywood, Maila Elizabeth Syrjäniemi, better known as Maila Nurmi, or Vampira, was the *official* Nightmayor of Hollywood. It has been reported that she was 86 at the time of her death. Maybe she was, but she looked closer to six or seven hundred to me. And I thought she was drop-freakin'-dead gorgeous.

The Black Madonna of Hollywood, who, by the way, once said she was the niece of Paavo Nurmi, the Finnish long-distance Olympic runner, got her break in the entertainment industry by dressing up for a masquerade ball in 1954 as Charles Addams' Morticia. She soon became Vampira ("Lady of Horrors") on channel 7 in Los Angeles. Alas, after saying, on-air, "My sister was lynched for raping a snake," she almost just as soon, found herself out of work. Then came everlasting fame - in the form of Ed Wood's "Plan 9 From Outer Space." With her death-white skin and that creepy-thin waist, those twisted, sneering lips and the evil eyebrows, Maila Nurmi didn't even have to say one line - she just glared her way into motion picture immortality.

For the last two years I (Bill) had Vampira as solo on my deadpool list, but this year Garrett sunk his fangs into my pick ... so we each get 5 points for the hit and 3 bonus points. However, both Maila Nurmi and Rod Allen of the Fortunes died on January 10th, so I get an additional 10 points. Garrett's total is 8 and my total is 18.

(Bill was so excited about these two hits putting him into first place, he wrote the updates in record time.) 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: January 11th
Age: 88
Worth: 5 ₧
Popularity: 12.06% of entrants
Selectors: Nova Cassius
Mort Chewary
Moldy Oldies
Kentucky Wizard
Kathi
Exuma
Charlene
9. Sir Edmund Percival Hillary

Ed Hillary sounded like the nicest guy. (Oh, no. First Johnny Grant, now Sir Edmund Hillary. Will ??? Guest ever get a hit with her list of louses?) Hillary's work with the Himalayan Trust is well-known, he gave credit where credit was due, and his telephone number was listed in the Auckland directory. He loved bees, for goodness sake. His life was beyond reproach. And did you know that New York is home to the largest population of Sherpas in the world? They're all cabdrivers. And the United Sherpa Association, based in Queens, is organizing a memorial service for sometime later this month. I'll keep you posted.

Hillary has joined his pal Tenzing somewhere way, way up high. He was 88. Seven poolers made the call, including three brand new ones. Exuma, Mort Chewary and Nova Cassius — Welcome! They join veteran players Charlene (who owes me because I found a dead congresswoman on her list and Hillary was the replacement pick), Kathi, Moldy Oldies and The Wiz. Charlene came very, very close to getting two hits in a day and ten extra points, but it was not to be. Grant and Hillary died on different days and the judges have decided, in any case, that for the official date of death, local time should apply. So everyone gets 5 points. It's only fair. Sir Edmund would have approved. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: January 15th
Age: 25
Worth: 52 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Dead People Server
10. Bradley Barron Renfro

Movie Trivia Question: Who would have guessed that a snotty, rude, get-the-hell-outta'-my-way-I'm-Brad-Renfro, FuckTard of a heroin addict, who was just too stupid to untie the yacht he once tried to steal before pulling away from the dock, actor, would die at the age of twenty-five?

His credits include "The Client" (1994), "Possession of Cocaine" (1998), "Possession of Marijuana" (1998), "Grand Theft Yacht" (2000), "Underage Drinking" (2001), "Drunk in Public" (2002), "Driving Without a License" (2002), "Driving While Intoxicated" (2002), "Probation Violation" (2002), "Possession of Heroin" (2005), "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (2005) and "The Informers" (2008), an LA-based movie about - what else - Sex, Drugs & Rock 'N' Roll, and, apparently he just finished shooting "The Dope in the Black Body Bag" (2008).

The Answer: Dead People Server, who becomes this year's Sleeper with what could be the biggest hit of the year, all because her Client nodded off into the Ghost World. She was the only one to realize DeadBrad would serve her best by never taking The Cure. Dead People Server gets 22 points for the hit and five bonus points for the solo. Total: 27. Also, Dead People Server is now the front-runner in the race for the 25 additional bonus points to be awarded at the end of the year for the youngest hit of the game.

(Schenley) 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: January 17th
Age: 64
Worth: 16 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Kathypig1
11. Robert James "Bobby" Fischer

Bobby Fischer was a high school dropout. As a teenager he would play at the chess clubs that used to be able to pay rent in Manhattan. He and two Hungarians he met at these clubs would come up to Yorkville, where I live, and eat in the Hungarian restaurants in the neighborhood, which I remember very well. They're pretty much all gone. I can still taste the schnitzel.

I vaguely remember watching the matches in Iceland (even though I don't play chess) and what you saw was a chessboard covering the screen where they moved pieces and provided some commentary. That's all. Fischer didn't want cameras there because they made noise or maybe they gave Spassky hints or maybe they directed death rays at him. So we looked at a chessboard on a screen. No one complained. And if you didn't watch? You waited til the next day to read about in the newspaper. That was the way it worked in those days. Not these days.

And now Bobby Fischer is gone. Eras end in different ways.

Bobby Fischer died last week at 64, the number of squares on a chessboard. We have a spectacular solo on this one. Kathypig1 knew her endgame. She gets 16 points for the hit and solo. Another grand entrance into the 2008 Deadpool. Right into the top ten. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: January 17th
Age: 86
Worth: 10 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Abby
12. Allan Melvin

If you heard the name Allan Melvin back when he was all over the TV, you'd probably have to think, now which character actor is that? But you sure as hell knew who he was to look at him. Because he was playing sidekicks, plumbers, butchers and army buddies we knew by name. Nor was he a one-generation phenomenon. From Bilko to All in the Family to the Brady Bunch, he flashed his goofy smile over generations. Over oceans, too. One very happy vacation, I arrived in London jetlagged but unable to sleep to discover that Bilko was on TV, and would be every night that I was there. Bliss. And I just looked and I'm happy to report that Melvin does the commentary on the DVD. So that's worth a rental.

Allan Melvin, who has died at 86, was the classic character actor: It took his death for the world to know his name. One of our new players, Abby, gets the hit, a solo, and an apology from me for the tardiness of this update. So I remind you all that if someone you picked is no longer shopping Whole Foods, please let me know right away. Abby gets 5 points for the hit, and 5 for the solo. Total: 10.

Excellent work, Abby. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: January 18th
Age: 80
Worth: 5 ₧
Popularity: 13.79% of entrants
Selectors: The Fireball
Mort Chewary
Lurker3791
Jazz Vulture
Erik
Denise
Deepstblu
Acctorp
13. Georgia Frontiere

Cold and calculating Georgia Frontiere just got colder. Dead at 80.

She bebopped her way through Los Angeles, Miami, Las Vegas, Washington D.C., the San Diego Zoo, St. Louis, Hollywood (Jimmy Stewart, Ricardo Montalban and Cary Grant), Joe Kennedy and the mob. Seven husbands, Carroll Rosenbloom, Dominic Frontiere, and five others, the misters Irwin, Geiger, Johnson, Wyler and Hayes. Rosenbloom was the wealthy owner of the Los Angeles Rams who drowned under strange circumstances and who owed the mob a great deal of money due to his gambling debts, and Frontiere, the Hollywood musician, best known for scoring the television shows "The Outer Limits" and "Branded," who had mob connections.

So anyway, to make a short story even shorter, the wicked stepmother inherited the LA Rams, dumped the stepson, skedaddled back to St. Louis with *her* football team, won the Super Bowl and died. In her will, she did not leave any shares of the St. Louis Rams to Acctorp, Denise, Deepstblu, Erik, Fireball, Jazz Vulture, Lurker or Mort Chewary, but she did see to it that each of them received 5 full deadpool points. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: January 19th
Age: 70
Worth: 8 ₧
Popularity: 22.41% of entrants
Selectors: The Fireball
Raven
Mort Chewary
Moldy Oldies
Lurker3791
JD Baldwin
Eric
Ed Varner
Direcorbie
DGH
Denise
Dead People Server
Abby
14. Suzanne Pleshette

Have you ever met anyone who didn't love Suzanne Pleshette? She was a nice Jewish girl from Manhattan. What's not to like? It's true that maybe film wasn't her forte, or maybe her choices were bad, or maybe she was just unlucky to be an ingenue in a very bad period for film ingenues. But once she hit that small screen, she was gold. She was gorgeous, to be sure, but lots of actresses are gorgeous. She had something else going for her. She strutted her stuff. She told a good smutty joke. Every obituary had a word like dame or broad and they all talked about her big mouth. She knew how to have a good time on TV, she didn't take any shit from anyone, and you just knew this was the way she was when the cameras were off, as well.

Alas, husky-voiced (or raspy or smoky) was also in every obit. Suzanne Pleshette died of lung cancer over the weekend. She was 70. It was not a big surprise to the thought leaders at AO Deadpool, Inc. As much as they loved her, Abby, Dead People Server, Denise, DGH, Direcorbie, Ed Varner, Erik, Fireball, JD Baldwin, Lurker3791, Moldy Oldies, Mort Chewary and Raven knew there would come a time this year when she wouldn't be waking up next to anybody. They each get 8 points. Ed Varner and Direcorbie will get an extra 10 points each for having two hits in one day. (That would be Don Wittman, and I'll apply those points to the update I haven't written yet.)

Denise and Dead People Server are hot, hot, hot. We welcome Abby to our game. Direcorbie and JD Baldwin get their first hits of the year. And Bill has seen the last of first place. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: January 19th
Age: 71
Worth: 8 ₧
Popularity: 6.90% of entrants
Selectors: Philip
Ed Varner
Direcorbie
Acctorp
15. Don Wittman

Don Wittman was a sports announcer who called every sport, did play-by-play for thousands of events and covered 16 Olympic games. That's impressive enough, but it was one particular Olympics that he's most well-known for. In that one, he played a doctor. He and a colleague posed as team doctors in Munich so that they could get a first-hand look at terrorists and report live to the Canadian audience. Listen to his play-by-play recollections of that fateful night.

[archives.cbc.ca/IDCC-1-41-1289-7675/sports/olympics_cbc/]

Don Wittman died on Saturday at 71. He left behind millions of memories for the hockey, football, and curling fans of Canada. Acctorp, Direcorbie, Ed V and Philip cross the finish line together. 8 points for the quartet. Ed V and Direcorbie, as I mentioned before, get an extra ten points each for making it a daily double with Susanne Pleshette. Poor Dead People Server. She was so excited about being in first. Well, second isn't so shabby. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: January 27th
Age: 86
Worth: 5 ₧
Popularity: 13.79% of entrants
Selectors: ???Guest
Philip
Mort Chewary
Lurker3791
Erik
Direcorbie
Chaptal
Buford
16. Haji Mohamed Suharto

Q - What the hell kind of government would support a brutal, murderous, corrupt despotic rule like the one engineered by Haji Mohamed Suharto in Indonesia?

When Suharto took power in 1967, he promised to bring to Indonesia democracy, social justice, the freedom to worship any deity of choice ... and humanitarianism. He also promised to end the corruption of Soekarno. The last being the only promise Suharto kept, although not quite the way expected. Whatever sins Soekarno was allegedly guilty of, they paled in comparison to Suharto, who, by some accounts, butchered and murdered three million people during his regime and embezzled 35 billion dollars - more money than any other world leader ... in *history*.

"It really was a big help to the army. They probably killed a lot of people, but that's not all bad. "
  - Robert Martens, U.S. State Department,
  after giving Suharto the names of 5000 communists-

"No one cared, as long as they were communists who were being butchered. No one was getting very worked up about it."
  - Howard Fenderspiel, U.S. State Department -

Ironically, the CIA said of Suharto's purge of communists: "In terms of numbers killed, the massacres in Indonesia rank as one of the worst mass murders of the 20th century."

A- Com'on ... Do you really need an answer ... ?

They called this bastard the "Smiling General," but on January 27th, when Suharto, who was 86, died, it was Buford, Chaptal, Direcorbie, Erik, Lurker3791, Mort Chewary, Philip and ???Guest who were all smiles. They each get 5 points for the hit.

And could we have a round of applause for ???Guest, whose last hit was during the 2006 contest ... back before the deadpool had electricity.

(America-lovin' Schenley) 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: January 27th
Age: 97
Worth: 5 ₧
Popularity: 3.45% of entrants
Selectors: Wendy
Buford
17. Gordon Hinckley

How influential was Gordon Hinckley in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints? His funeral service will be broadcast tomorrow (Shabbos! Wait. That becomes important later.) in 69 languages to 6000 meetinghouses around the world. He was the oldest person ever to preside over the church. (He died this week at 97.) He built and dedicated more churches than any other leader. This is unbelievably boring, I know. The only way I know to make it interesting is to perpetuate the story, every bit of it true, that in the famous genealogy database maintained by the Mormons, Jews, especially Holocaust victims, are posthumously baptized. At which point I believe they're not counted as Jews, but as Mormons, which kind of tips the balance in their favor. But there's no reason to panic. The late Mr. Hinckley said that the baptismal rite is only an offer of membership that can be rejected in the afterlife by individuals. Do you find that reassuring? I find that reassuring. They agreed to stop doing it but someone recently proved that they're still at it. So on the day of his funeral, I'm going to make him a Jew. Muslims may have to wait for next Friday. Catholics, of course, will have many opportunities over the weekend. It's only fair.

Wendy and Buford both prayed for this one and got it. I forgot to welcome Buford and Chaptal last hit to the 2008 game. And now we welcome Wendy. Buford is the fourth player to hit a daily double as Suharto and Hinckley bought the farm on the same day. So Wendy gets 2 points for the hit and 3 for the duet for a total of 5. And Buford gets an extra 10 for a total of 15. Way to go, Buf. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: January 28th
Age: 69
Worth: 11 ₧
Popularity: 6.90% of entrants
Selectors: Raven
Ed Varner
Direcorbie
Acctorp
18. Christodoulos

I get to do another AO Deadpool Update for yet another dead priest. And a Greek one at that. Can you imagine ... I mean, the possibilities are endless.

This guy was best known for his effort to ease a 10th-century spat with the Roman Catholic Church when the Orthodox Greeks split with the Catholic Church in the Great Schism of the 11th century. And am I the only one here who has no fucking idea what a schism is?

Anyway, he was also fairly well known for calling homosexuals handicapped (lotta' nerve, that, coming from a priest) and a whole slew of crimes, including bribery, embezzlement, trial-fixing, trafficking antiquities, and involvement in drug and sex crimes. Not to mention his unchecked political meddling. Sheesh. What the hell did these two churches split over? Trafficking in antiques?

And did you ever see this guy? Tell me he didn't walk right off the set of a creepy Mario Bava film. Even his beard was in black and white with shadows and thorns.

Christos Paraskevaidis, also known as Archbishop Christodoulos, head of Greece's Orthodox Homophobic Muslim-hating Pedophiliac Church is dead at 69. Little boys all over Greece silently breathed a sigh of relief, as did Acctorp, Direcorbie, Ed V and Raven who get 11 points for the hit.

(Schenley again.) 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: February 2nd
Age: 98
Worth: 2 ₧
Popularity: 13.79% of entrants
Selectors: The Fireball
Scubama
Ray Arthur
Kentucky Wizard
JD Baldwin
Exuma
Deepstblu
Buford
19. Earl Lauer Butz

I remember Earl Butz well, and even fondly. I had followed Watergate closely a few years earlier and even though I was young, I understood the concept of politicians losing their jobs (and occasionally their freedom) for serious misconduct. Butz was my introduction to the idea of a politician losing his job for being a stupid jackass. Sadly, the principle has not been applied very consistently over the years.

Never let it be said that the man had no sense of humor. The first that got him in hot water was a comment on the Pope's pronouncements on marital and sexual mores: "He no play-a da game, he no make-a da rules." Mort Sahl it ain't, but it was amusing and in my book that counts as legitimate satire. All right, maybe mocking the Italian accent was a step over the line.

But all that wasn't even the beginning of the preliminaries of warming up for what came next. I don't even know how to begin deconstructing the differences between the media reaction then and extrapolating to what would happen now in similar circumstances. The idea of writing a letter — on paper! — to the editor of the San Diego Tribune to get the full text of the joke via return mail ... it's almost precious by today's standards. You could probably get a book out of the topic, but this isn't a book.

Of course, no one, including me, remembers Butz' rise in the role of agribusiness and the consolidation of family farms into corporate entities that blah blah blah blah blah. That's not nearly as entertaining as watching a public figure disintegrate over a dumbass joke.

Earl Butz, former Secretary of Agriculture, died last Saturday at 98. Now he gets a cold place to sleep. A whole bunch of deadpoolers were ready for the kill. Two points each for red-hot Buford, Deepstblu, Exuma, Fireball, update author JD Baldwin, Ray Arthur, Scubama and red-hot The Wiz. Welcome to this year's game to Ray Arthur and Scubama, who now share last place. Hey, it's a start.

(Update by JD Baldwin) 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: February 4th
Age: 108
Worth: 6 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Buford
20. Harry Richard Landis

Harry Landis was the penultimate survivor of World War One. He joined in October, 1918. The war ended in November. This is what he did in the war. He cleaned up after victims of the influenza pandemic with a mop.

Then he went home.

He spent the next 90 years becoming famous for his longevity. He ate only fresh vegetables, grew his own food and led a fairly simple life. 40-odd years with one wife, 30 with another. Managed a store. Wasn't sick a day in his life, to speak of. Only used drops for glaucoma. Sad to say, he never had any kids to pass those good genes down to. He did, however, give Buford a solo, and for that we will reward Buford with 6 points, five for the solo and one for the age at which Harry Landis stopped waiting for the army paycheck that never arrived. Total: 6 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: February 5th
Age: 91 ??
Worth: 7 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Kentucky Wizard
21. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Mahesh Prasad Varma, better known as Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, upon his graduation from the University of Allahabad, received the system of Transcendental Meditation[1] from Swami Brahmand Saraswati. A few years later he moved to London and opened up a branch of the International Meditation Society. And then he met the Beatles.

In 1967, after giving a lecture in London, he traveled by train to North Wales with John, Paul, George and Ringo, Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull. As they departed the train the Maharishi and his companions were mobbed by screaming fans. He was sure the people of North Wales — the shouting, the fainting, the hordes of out-of-control teenagers — were all there to see him.

The Maharishi marketed Love, and no one loved more than the Maharishi; young women who were blonde, money, expensive cars, mansions ... and everything else lots and lots of money could buy.

"Sexy Sadie you'll get yours yet
However big you think you are
However big you think you are
Sexy Sadie oooh you'll get yours yet"
   — John Lennon & Paul McCartney —

The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who was 91 when he got his, claimed to be an immortal, and apparently all the AO Deadpool players believed it to be true (maybe they read it on the Internet) All but one: The Wiz.

So the AO Deadpool tithes The Wiz 2 points for the hit and 5 bonus points for the solo. Total: 7. Another beautiful solo for The Wiz.

[1] Transcendental Meditation itself is an instance of mantra yoga. The student mentally repeats a series of Sanskrit words for a minimum of twenty minutes every morning and evening. (Such mantras are reportedly selected on the basis of the student's age. And they don't come cheaply.)

(Schenley) 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: February 8th
Age: 104
Worth: 4 ₧
Popularity: 3.45% of entrants
Selectors: Kathypig1
Allen Kirshner
22. Phyllis Ayame Whitney

Somehow, I've managed never to read a Phyllis Whitney novel. This may have something to do with the epithet, Queen of the Gothics. But really, I was the target. The books she wrote in the 40's, with just fabulous cover illustrations, were right up my alley. They were all about girls who came to the city to make their marks. There was a series of books about a department store in Chicago called Murdochs where girls flocked to begin their careers selling books, dressing windows, finding men with twinkling eyes. The message was pretty obvious. Although falling in love is *not* part of the plans, somehow it's part of the plot. One of the books is about a girl determined to established herself as an illustrator of children's books. So she comes to the city and finds ... well the book is called Ever After, so you make the call. Another, called Love Me, Love Not, says that what Susan wanted most out of life was a husband to love and a home to keep. There's more, but that's the text and the subtext.

Don't you just love the look of this one:
[www.phyllisawhitney.com/The%20Highest%20Dream.htm]

Thankfully, times have changed. Women no longer have to make a choice between careers and love. They no longer have to show their feminine side to succeed. There are no sexist bullies blocking their paths.

Phyllis Whitney has died before the end of the election season. She was 104. Bibliophile Allen Kirshner, an old AO friend, but a new player, and Kathypig1 both knew Whitney would check out of the library this year. They get one point for the hit, and three for the duet.

Love me, love my updates. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: February 9th
Age: 93
Worth: 7 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Ed Varner
23. Baba Amte

HE HADN'T meant to touch it. As he grubbed in the rain-filled gutter to pick up dog shit, human excrement and blackened, rotten vegetables, stowing them in the basket he carried on his head, he brushed what seemed to be a pile of rags, and it moved a little. The pile was flesh; it was a leper, dying. Eyes, nose, fingers and toes had already gone. Maggots writhed on him. And Murlidhar Devidas Amte, shaking with terror and nausea, stumbled to his feet and ran away.

Most people thought he was crazy to be doing that job anyway. Scavenging was a job for harijans, outcastes. But Mr Amte, a handsome man in his 30s, was better known as a big-shot criminal lawyer in Warora, in what is now Maharashtra in central India. He could charge as much as 50 rupees for arguing for 15 minutes. He was a member of the bridge club and the tennis club and vice-president of the Warora municipality, and he kept, outside town, an elegant farmhouse set in lush fields which he had never lifted a finger to cultivate himself. But after living with Mahatma Gandhi in his ashram in the mid-1940s, something had happened to him.

At first he let his hair and fingernails grow long, a holy man's guise that looked odd in a lawyer. After that, when the scavengers came to him with grievances one week, he decided to try their work, scraping out latrines for nine hours a day. His family, landowner Brahmins who had given him a costly education and a sports car, were scandalised; and the more so when, in 1946, he married a Brahmin girl, Sadhna, who thought nothing of leaving her own sister's wedding to help a servant-woman do the washing.

It was the encounter with the dying leper, however, that shaped Mr Amte's life. He was outraged at the fear he felt: fear of touching, as if he shared the common belief that lepers were paying for their sins and would infect anybody who came close. Where there was fear, he told himself, there was no love; and when an action was not done in love, it had no value. Deliberately, he went back to the gutter to feed the leper and to learn his name, Tulshiram. He then carried him home to care for him until he died, and began — once he had had training in Calcutta — to work in leper clinics all around the town.

His own ashram, founded in 1951 on barren, rocky land full of snakes, was specifically for the handicapped and for lepers, who built and tilled it from scratch with half a dozen tools and their stumps of hands. It was called Anandwan, "grove of joy"; its philosophy was that lepers could be rehabilitated not by charity, nor by the begging life in railway stations and on streets, but by hard work and creativity, which would bring self-respect. Not by tears, but by sweat, Mr Amte wrote once, and noted how similar those were.

By his death around 3,000 people lived at Anandwan. The farm grew millet, grains and fruit; in the schools, lepers taught the blind, deaf and dumb; there were colleges, two hospitals, workshops and an orchestra, where popular songs were conducted by a polio victim. Warora townsfolk, who had shunned the ashram in its early years, had learnt to buy its vegetables and drink its milk without fear of contagion. And at its centre, himself crippled from his 50s by degeneration of the spine, lay Mr Amte on his cot in his white home-woven vest and shorts, smilingly encouraging human beings to see the divine spark in each other.

On the river bank The Indian government liked what he did and gave him prizes for it. But Mr Amte was a difficult character politically: a non-believer who rejected idol-worship, an excoriator of politicians, rich landlords, agri-business and big corporations, and above all a Gandhian of the pure, old style, who believed that economic development had to be person by person and village by village, by means as small as handwoven threads and fingerfuls of salt. On the outlying fields of his ashrams he held camps where the young were inspired to be social activists; he led them, lying in a van, on rallies for peace and social unity throughout India; and he never ceased to beat the drum of self-sufficiency, for he had proved that even lepers could achieve it.

In his last three decades, however, his focus shifted to the preservation of rivers and the well-being of the tribes who lived in the unexploited forest. These people too, like lepers, had to be taught to eat properly, to bathe and to use toilets, and their habitat had to be saved from the building of huge dams. To the fury of both state and federal governments, Mr Amte campaigned against these projects, rubbishing the official cost-benefit analyses and blocking main roads with his supporters.

From 1990 he went to live by the Narmada, the most threatened river, building another ashram from scratch on stony, empty ground. Each day, until he grew too frail and the slippery banks too hazardous, he would walk to the river to watch it flow. Atheist though he was, he saw the Narmada as a goddess whose beauty should be decorated only with micro-dams on a human scale. And certainly he did not want his ashes to float there after his death. He insisted on burial, where his body — becoming what he had once been most disgusted and afraid of — might go on being useful and productive, inside the earth.

Baba Amte went to the earth on February 9. He was 93. He had leukemia. EdV gets the hit and solo for a total of 7 points. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: February 10th
Age: 75
Worth: 13 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Raven
24. Roy Richard Scheider

Schenley writes:

I suppose everyone has a particular year that the Oscars pissed them off for getting it wrong. 1979 was the year for me. It was just one of those years that you think, goddamn motherfuckers are taking money.

1979 was the year of Roy Scheider's brilliant performance as Joe Gideon in the film about and by Bob Fosse called All That Jazz. He was robbed.

Scheider was one of my favorite actors, in large part because of his character, Buddy Russo, from The French Connection. That was the first movie I can recall seeing him in. The last time I saw him was as Fyodor Chevchenko in the TV series, Third Watch. In between, there were films like The Seven-Ups, Marathon Man, Sorcerer, Blue Thunder, Tiger Town, Night Game, Romeo is Bleeding, The Rainmaker, and of course, Jaws. That made him a household name.

So maybe he wasn't as revered as others have been. There was a lot of really good stage work, and we all know how that helps your career. In the end, however, Richard Dreyfuss probably got it right when he was quoted in the Independent's obituary by Tom Vallance:

"He was a wonderful guy. He was what I call a knockaround actor. That means a professional that lives the life of a professional actor and doesn't yell and scream at the fates and does his job and does it as well as he can."

I'll miss the knockaround acting of Roy Scheider.

Raven also got it right. He was the only AO Deadpooler to nominate Mr. Scheider this year who has died at 75. And Raven steps forward to accept the award for him. Eight points for the hit and 5 points for the solo. Total: 13. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: February 13th
Age: 94
Worth: 7 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Philip
25. Herbert Henry "Smoky" Dawson

Fantastic update from Philip:

Last time some unknown-outside-these-shores Australian died and I got a solo, Amelia wrote a limerick to celebrate the occasion. To spare people her poetry this time, she's roped me in to pen some drivel about someone you've probably never heard of. I have little sense of rhyme, so....

Herbert "Smoky" Dawson was a country and western singer and a hugely popular radio show host, so he was in theory unredeemable twice over. Unfortunately for theory, he seems to have been a genuinely honest and decent guy. A bit like Roy Rogers without the movies. Like Roy, Smoky was a singing cowboy with his trusty horse, Flame, (who would have been handy for that radio show, I'm sure) and a Dale Evans in his wife, Dot. Or maybe Dot was his Gabby, though she has been described as "taciturn." Anyway, Smoky was what we here call An Australian Icon. Which translates to "some boring old fart that no one outside Australia has ever heard of." Boring old farts who aren't nice are called Larrikins.

Actually, he was known outside his native country. Like those other Aussie icons, Les Darcy, Phar Lap, Errol Flynn and Heath Ledger, Smoky went to America. Unlike them, he came back alive, having extensively toured the US, having played at the Grand Ole Opry (whatever that is) and having duetted with that politician who wrote "You Are My Sunshine." While he was in New York, one of his kangaroos escaped, terrorizing the city for five days until subdued by a cat with a speech impediment, or something. Yes, it's true, we all have pet boxing kangaroos that was take on holidays and we all play the didgeridoo round the barbie where the blowies are as big as pigeons. Fair dinkum.

Smoky became part of the furniture. Literally. For years, he hawked the Smoky Dawson Chair, one of those comfy recliners with an electric motor to push you up and out, designed for the old, infirm, or just plain obese. It helped owners by making it easier to get up and switch the radio off whenever Smoky came on.

Smoky had two other good points. And they're both mine, for he has died at the age of 94. And I (Philip) get five more for the solo. Total: 7. Thanks, Smoky. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: February 18th
Age: 78
Worth: 13 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Philip
26. Peter Pianto

Australian rules football. Now there's a subject that's near and dear to my heart. Peter Pianto was a Geelong legend. He was a brilliant rover for the Cats and was a member of several award-winning teams in the 50's. He later coached the club. He apparently had a magnificent stab-kick. But here's the real kicker: When he played, he had his socks down and he would put a couple of lettuce leaves in there, so when he was resting in the forward pocket, he could have a bit of a chew to keep his energy levels up. I say it's different in Australia.

Guess who got the hit. Just guess. Ooh, you're good. That's right, it was Philip, who refused to write this update even though he did a magnificent job on Smoky. Well, then you get stuck with my lame-ass job of farewelling. Peter Pianto was 78. So Philip gets 8 points for the hit and 5 for the solo. Total: 13. Nice job, mate. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: February 18th
Age: 85
Worth: 10 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Amelia
27. Alain Robbe-Grillet

Those of us who went to school at a certain time in a certain era remember the ubiquity of those Grove Press editions of Alain Robbe-Grillet and many of us probably sampled a novel or two. I have a near-complete set. I just took them down and blew about 40 years of dust into my keyboard. They were, of course, unlike anything one had experienced and made for a convincing and challenging experiment but proved to be a dead end for the novel. This reader wanted more in the way of feelings, ultimately, and I can report that the novel has survived Robbe-Grillet. They were well-crafted on his own terms, as was the life of this thoroughly unpleasant individual described in subjective detail in the Telegraph and other obituaries. His publisher was annoyed that he was allowed to sleep with Robbe-Grillet's wife, but only Robbe-Grillet was allowed to beat her.

For those of you unfamiliar with his work, here is a parody by Umberto Eco, who otherwise liked A R-G, in which the second-person speaker is a cat:

"Suddenly the cat that appears in the clear reflection of the pupil of the cat in the picture, makes a leap toward the meat; but at the same time, the man beside the table in the picture grabs at the cat, and now you do not know if the cat that flees is the cat reflected in the pupil of the cat in the picture or if, instead, it is the cat in the picture. Probably, it is you who now flee with the meat in your mouth after you have made the leap."

You died last week. You were 85. You were on Amelia's deadpool list. You were worth 5 points for the hit and 5 points for the solo. You gave her a total of 10 points. You see the slightest of upward movements in the edges of her mouth. You sense that she has joined the game. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: February 19th
Age: 60
Worth: 14 ₧
Popularity: 3.45% of entrants
Selectors: Ed Varner
Acctorp
28. Lydia Shum Din-ha

She was known as Fei-Fei. And Fatty. And Lydia Shum. And Lydia Sum Din-Ha. Which is why this update is so late. I couldn't find her name on the master list. She was compared to both Roseanne Barr and Milton Berle. Her TV show Enjoy Yourself Tonight was beamed into millions of Asian homes. Born in Shanghai, raised in Hong Kong, she moved to Vancouver in the 80's. I can only find references to her many names and her appearance, especially her glasses, which were of the coke-bottle variety. What I can't find is an example of her humor. Not one joke. Not one sketch. Not one punchline. I guess it was a secret she took to her grave. Nevertheless, she was beloved in Asia and Canada. No one went to bed before watching her comedy skits. Ha. Ha.

Lydia Shum was 60 or so. Ed V again and this time he teams up with his buddy at the top, Acctorp. So they remain tied. They get 11 for the hit and 3 for the duet for a total of 14. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: February 19th
Age: 89
Worth: 10 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Exuma
29. Robert Lee "Bob" Howsam

I have read that there are lifelong Denver Broncos fans and Cincinnati Reds fans who do not even know who Bob Howsam was, much less people in Chicago, New York or Los Angeles. Seems strange, to me, at least, that so many sports fans in those two cities did not know what he did for them. He founded a football team (Denver Broncos) and he built stadiums (Mile High). And he developed one of major league baseball's greatest teams, The Big Red Machine. He was also a general manager for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Howsam was also known for the absolute worst socks in the entire history of American sports. Still, he once said, they served a purpose, because over a half century later, football fans continue to laugh about them — to remember the vertical striped socks with the mustard and brown uniforms.

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However, to a New York Yankee fan of over 50 years, Howsam's name was like a cross to a vampire. He built the 1976 Cincinnati Reds World Series team that beat the Yankees in four straight games. Joe Morgan, Ken Griffey, Sr., George Foster, Cesar Geronimo, Dave Concepcion and Don Gullett, added to Tony Perez, Johnny Bench and Pete Rose arguably created one of the top three teams in baseball history. A team that won four National League pennants and two World Series championships (1975 and 76).

Bob Howsam was 89 when he died a few weeks ago. Joe Morgan, one of the few baseball people to attend the funeral, openly wept as he tried to eulogize the man who him to Cincinnati. Sadly, AO Deadpooler Exuma also wept. He cried tears of joy when he found out this round-tripper was a solo shot. Exuma gets 5 points for the hit and another five for the solo. Total: 10.

(Bill Schenley update) 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: February 22nd
Age: 97
Worth: 7 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Buford
30. Johnnie Rebecca Daniels Carr

Johnnie Carr wasn't a household name like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. She and Parks were childhood friends, and they both organized the Montgomery bus boycott, but I'll bet Carr was busy mimeographing the flyers while Parks was sitting quietly on a bus. She succeeded King as president of the Montogmery Improvement Association and never relinquished the title. She kept her appointment book filled with civil rights activism pretty much her whole adult life and never sought recognition for herself. She was too busy getting it for the children of Montgomery by desegregating the schools and parks. Look back, but march forward is what she told the children who marched to the Capitol on the 50th anniversary of Parks' sit-down on the bus. Johnnie Carr had the energy of ten people, but all good things must come to an end. She died last month at 97. Buford gets the hit and solo for 7 points. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: February 27th
Age: 82
Worth: 6 ₧
Popularity: 5.17% of entrants
Selectors: Louisiana Lou
Dead Batteries
Another Lurker
31. William Frank Buckley Jr.

What can you say about Bill Buckley that hasn't already been said about Adolf Hitler. Okay, I know that is a little extreme. After all, not nearly as many people listened to Buckley as they did to the other Nazi hit-meister. Still, they do have that creepy tattoo thing in common. And in the end, it was the tattoo comment that brought Bill Buckley full-circle. He had nothing to say in the beginning, when he started the National Review, and he had nothing to say at the end. Think what you will about Norman Mailer, but he was right about Buckley — Mr. Buckley couldn't string two coherent thoughts together.

Following the lead of the late Mr. Hitler, William F. Buckley, that conservative champion of personal freedoms, thought it would be a good idea to tattoo the arms of heroin addicts who had been infected with HIV as a kind of Red Light to those of whom might want to share a needle with said junkie. He also wanted to tattoo the butt of HIV infected gay men for those of whom might want to share ... Well, you get the idea.

Buckley was the embodiment of that obnoxious, spoiled, arrogant, self-centered, self-absorbed, prissy, entitled rich kid we loved to hate when we were children. Okay, well, at least I did ... He once wrote that White Americans were the "advanced race" and therefore "entitled to segregation."

His conservatism was about him and his, not the rest of us whom he thought of as "the great unwashed." Consider his pretentious ramblings, they were not directed to the heart of America — to the working class — because in his small, shallow mind, we were not American royalty, we were not entitled and we were not the true inheritors of the American Dream — we were here just to serve. When Bill Buckley looked through the window to the world ... he saw only his own reflection in the glass. Even his proposed ban on smoking for all Americans in 2007, was based on his own bad luck with cigarettes and cigars. Consider also, he endorsed Ronald Reagan in two presidential elections, George H.W. Bush in two, and George W. Bush1 in two other presidential elections. That's what he left us with. Not much, huh ...

And Gore Vidal lives.

Still, Dead Ducky, 82, erudite as he was, went down swinging. Dead at his typewriter as he brought three more players into the pool. Another Lurker, Dead Batteries and our old MIA friend, Louisiana Lou, all of whom tagged the crypto-Nazi in the AO Deadpool for 5 points. And they each get an extra bonus point. Total: 6.
 

Footnote:
[1]Granted, Mr. Buckley thought Bush had so thoroughly fucked up the country that he thought Crawford's village idiot should resign the presidency. Too little. Too late.

(Update by Bill Schenley) 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: February 27th
Age: 79
Worth: 11 ₧
Popularity: 3.45% of entrants
Selectors: Raven
Dead Batteries
32. Myron Cope

So, in 1951, just after he left college, Myron Kopelman gets a job with what was then known as The Erie Daily News and the first thing they told the diminutive Mr. Kopelman, so the story goes, was: "Your name sounds too Jewish. This is a Mic/Dago town, so change it." He did.

Myron Cope, who was 79 when he died, was the color commentator and the voice of the Pittsburgh Steelers for 35 year and the man who introduced "The Terrible Towel"® to the National Football League. His tenure with the Steelers was the longest in NFL history for a broadcaster with one team.

But Myron Cope was much more than the voice of the Pittsburgh Steelers — he was Pittsburgh, or, I guess I should say, he was Pittsboig (keep in mind that I don't know how to do "Pittsboig" wit' a Jewish accent). That annoying screechy voice was so popular because Myron Cope really was the voice of the fan. He broadcast Steeler football games the same way a fan would; he wouldn't have known a stunt from time-out, but he'd screech and scream at the field below as if the Steelers had blown a play he personally designed. He sounded just like the guy in section 507 at Heinz Field, and that's why the fans, and Pittsburgh loved him. He was one of a kind and he was one of them.

A Double Yoi for a couple of Dumbkopfs, Raven and Dead Batteries, who both had Myron Sidney Kopelman on their deadpool lists this year. Raven gets 8 points for the hit and scores three more points on the conversion. Total: 11. But wait, make that a Double-Double Yoi for Dead Batteries, who scores 8 points for the hit, 3 on the conversion, and an extra 10 points for hitting the Daily Double with William F. Buckley, who also died on February 27th. Total: 21.

"Bye now."
 

[1]The Terrible Towel® has been trademarked and all proceeds go to the Allegheny Valley School, an institution for the profoundly retarded and for physically disabled children. Myron Cope's son, Danny, who is autistic, has lived there his entire life.

(update by Bill Schenley) 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: February 29th
Age: 104
Worth: 6 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: The Fireball
33. Philip Rabinowitz

For years, Philip "Flying Phil" Rabinowitz was in the Guinness Book of Records for being the oldest competitive walker. And then one day, he decided to run. Soon enough (precisely 30.86 seconds) Philip Rabinowitz was the fastest 100-year-old to ever run the 100 meters. He was born in Lithuania and world events (I'm sure) sent him to South Africa as a young man. Did you know that most of the Jews in South Africa are from Lithuania? I didn't. Hyfler just told me that. Anyway, back to Flying Phil. He actually broke the record the week before but the timer was on the fritz. So he just did it again.

Philip Rabinowitz died a few weeks ago at 104. What can you say. He had a good run.

What was good enough for the record books was good enough for us. The Fireball gets a point in the AO Deadpool. I know I said I wasn't giving bonus points for oldness, but I'm feeling charitable tonight. So I'll give him the five solo points. Total: 6.

Here's a photo of Flying Phil on his 104th and last birthday. Doesn't look like he was about to die.

www.flickr.com/photos/davridan/2284239194/in/set-7215760396407 ] 

 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: March 2nd
Age: 41
Worth: 18 ₧
Popularity: 10.34% of entrants
Selectors: Raven
Ed Varner
Direcorbie
DGH
Bill Schenley
Acctorp
34. Norman Jeffrey Healey

It seemed as if everybody loved Jeff Healey. He overcame all kinds of medical adversity to become one of Canada's finest guitarists with an adoring international fan-base for his unorthodox lap guitar-playing. He was named Guitar Player magazine's best new talent and best blues guitarist in 1990. Lately, he had been playing jazz trumpet and clarinet because he said rock was just to get the chicks, and jazz was always his first love. He was a movie star. Well, one movie, Roadhouse. Rumor has it that he had a dark side. Maybe his politics were a little too right of left for Canada. Maybe he had trouble with musicians who didn't agree with his views. Who knows. We do know that he suffered much too much in his young life. And died way too young.

Jeff Healey was 41 when he died from cancer.

It wasn't like Acctorp, Bill Schenley, DGH, Direcorbie, Ed V and Raven were hoping for Healey to take a hit, but a deadpooler would have had to be blind not to see this one coming. They each get 18 points for the hit. The top four in the standings all get the hit and Acctorp and Ed V are well on their way to that Bobbsey Twins Award. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: March 3rd
Age: 86
Worth: 10 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Another Lurker
35. Giuseppe di Stefano

Tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano was a real crowd pleaser. From the late forties to the mid-fifties, he went back and forth between La Scala and The Met, seducing audiences with his glorious voice and stage presence. (Until he pissed off Rudolph Bing and was dismissed from the New York stage.) His pairings with Maria Callas catapulted him into a whole separate category of stardom. And by missing a performance of La Boheme at Covent Garden, this catapulted his replacement into yet another separate category of fame. Pavarotti was forever grateful, I imagine. The story of Di Stefano's death might have been taken from an opera. Several years ago, he was attacked by unknown assailants at his villa in Mombasa. He was defending his wife, so the story goes. He spent his final year in a coma in Milan, not far from La Scala.

An operatic solo for Another Lurker who correctly predicted Di Stefano's final bow this year. He was 86, so it's five points for the hit and five for waiting in the wings all by himself. Bravo. Total: 10. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: March 11th
Age: 77
Worth: 13 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Direcorbie
36. Just Incredible Albrecht

Canadian football executives. Someone please put me out of my misery. Ok, let me get it over with. J.I. Albrecht was a legend, they say. He had front-office stints with the Montreal Alouettes, the Toronto Argonauts, Ottawa Rough Riders and the expansion Shreveport Pirates. (Still awake?) He nearly put an expansion team in Halifax, but couldn't secure financing for a new stadium. According to the CBC, he was "a very good evaluator of talent." Look, if they can't make him sound interesting, why should I be beating myself up?

Wait.

"Born 76 years ago into a life of wealth and privilege in St. James, New York, Albrecht was an only child, his strict German-descent father an architect and land developer, his Jewish mother a housewife. Albrecht is a Jew, but non-practising, having chosen instead an informal Christianity. His parents had a severe intolerance for disrespect and self pity. Two examples formative of his tao: One time at dinner when 10-year-old J.I. said to the maid, "Pass the potatoes," a knife slammed quiveringly between his fingers and into the table. "Say please," said his father. "What if you'd stabbed my hand?" said J.I. "If I'd wanted to stab your hand," said his father, "I would have."

There's more.

"My birth certificate says Baby Albrecht. You'll now know why I'm an only child. My mother didn't get pregnant until 10 years into the marriage. When she was in labour, the doctor gave my father terrible news. He said 'Who do you want to live -- the baby or the mother?' My father was stunned. He said: "BOTH." When the doctor later came out holding me and told him my mother had survived, too, my father was overwhelmed. He looked at me and over and over said: 'Just incredible.'" That is the truth. That's what my parents named me. They weren't allowed to use it on a birth certificate, and they knew a name like that would cause me too many questions and explanations throughout my life. So they shortened it to J.I. Just J.I. For my real name. Just Incredible."

A Canadian gets the hit, surprise, surprise. Direcorbie gets the hit and it's a nice one, as poor Just Incredible was only 77. So Direcorbie gets 8 points for the hit and 5 for the solo. Total: 13. Nice one, eh? 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: March 15th
Age: 54
Worth: 19 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Ed Varner
37. Michael Campbell ("Mikey Dread")

Where I work, we do the advertising for the Jamaica Board of Tourism. You might have seen the commercials. Beautiful shots of Jamaica, one gorgeous song, Bob Marley's "One Love." Which makes me wonder (actually I've never wondered this but I find myself having to write an update for poor Mikey Dread, who died so young of a brain tumor at 54) what it was like to be a reggae singer in Jamaica knowing that you will never be the household name that Marley was. Mikey Dread must have known but he did his darndest to disabuse the world of the notion that reggae was a one-man operation. He was one of the Caribbean's most important musical ambassadors. He began with a radio show, Dread at the Controls, branched out into record production and spent twenty years making hit record after hit record for himself and others. If you're familiar with the Sing-Jay style of rapping, that's Mikey Dread. He took to the road, collaborated with the likes of The Clash, UB40, Izzy Stradlin, and Seal, and generally represented Jamaica at the unofficial (unknown!) Reggae Olympics until the end of his short life.

We're toasting (fast-paced spiel over rhythmic backing tracks + sfx) Ed V on this hit, because he breaks away from Acctorp, his deadpool twin, to take the lead and be the first on the block to reach 100 points. He gets 14 points for the hit, 5 for the solo, for a total of 19. All I can say is let's get together and feel all right. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: March 16th
Age: 95
Worth: 7 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Philip
38. Bill Brown

To hear the Aussies tell it, Bill Brown was the grand old man of the grandest old game of all. To that I say, "Who the hell is Bill Brown and what the fuck game are they talking about?"

Hey! Australia. The grand old man of the grandest old game of all was Connie Mack and he's been dead since before Australia was a prison colony.

Brown's Sidney Morning Herald obituary further blathered: "He has gone to the Kingdom of Sunshine, where rain and bad light never stop play." Have these people never heard of retractable roofs? Still, the obit went on to quote his wife as saying, "You couldn't really carry on a conversation with him due to the morphine he was receiving." Made me laugh ... because, you know, I had more than one wife say that about me.

Anyway, Brown started out as a wicketkeeper. I'm not sure what that is, but it sounds like a goalie at a full-contact croquet match. And there were other quaint little phrases scattered throughout his obit. Like: "He was run out for a duck before facing a delivery," "Brown made an admirable 69 without being called up for Test duty" and "Would he ever "do a Mankad?" I mean, what the heck language was this obit written in? In time, Bill Brown went on to become a "specialist opening batsman" (which makes him just another Aussie S.O.B). So I guess this guy was some kind of cricket player. I tried to find more information on him, but it seems Topps has no line of Cricket trading cards ... and there doesn't appear to be a cricket-reference.com to pull up his stats, so I guess this photo will have to do:

www.acmeanimation.com/JIMINY.jpg ]

Also from his obituary: "The whole cricketing world will mourn his passing." Wow. All four of them? Okay, okay, I know there are actually five of them, but at least one won't be mourning the death of this 95-year-old former Aussie cricketeer. Philip, who for some strange reason, keeps picking Australians. He gets 2 points for the hit and five for the solo. Total: 7.

(Bill Schenley update) 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: March 19th
Age: 90
Worth: 2 ₧
Popularity: 24.14% of entrants
Selectors: Wendy
Undertaker
The Wiz
Team Bubba
Sis
Scubama
RHD
Mister Selina
Lurker3791
Kathypig1
Kathi
Charlene
Busgal
Brigid
39. Arthur Charles Clarke

Sometime in the 1950's, Arthur C. Clarke wrote a short story popularizing his then-recent notion that telecommunications signals could be relayed from continent to continent via satellite. Clarke's story had it that the Soviets would attempt to cause the fall of western civilization by beaming pornography into peoples' TV sets.

Clarke did not come up with the concept of artificial satellites, but he does seem to have been the first to suggest that they could be put into geosynchronous orbit (later dubbed a "Clarke orbit") and used as telecommunications relays, as if they were 22,000-mile tall broadcasting towers.

In times that belong to a dead past, Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein were the Big Three. Clarke may have been seen by some as the third of the three, but his fame eclipsed that of the others when "2001: A Space Odyssey" premiered in 1968. With "2001," Clarke enjoyed an ongoing mainstream success that neither of the others ever managed to attain. "2001" is an important work — not terribly original within the genre, but a hell of a departure for mainstream readers and moviegoers. The film, derived from Clarke's 1948 short story "The Sentinel," was fabulously successful, both critically and financially. "2001," the novel, was written independently by Clarke even as director Stanley Kubrick was writing the screenplay. This accounts for some of the tiny differences between the two works. For example, the Discovery mission goes to Saturn in the novel but to Jupiter in the movie because Kubrick couldn't figure out how to make Saturn's rings look right on film, and so he just plain gave up. One indication of Clarke's practicality is that, in his several sequels to the "2001" novel, the Discovery mission had always been sent to Jupiter.

One of Clarke's easier predictions was of his own death. Last December, on the occasion of his 90th birthday, he talked to a video camera for just under ten minutes. He summed up his career and gave his thoughts on some of what had happened during his lifetime and what might come in the years after it. He also stated his hopes for peace for his beloved Sri Lanka, where he'd lived for his final fifty-two years. And he said a quiet goodbye.

The day after Clarke died, my satellite provider launched DirecTV 11, the latest in a series of birds that sends all sorts of crap to a small dish on my roof. I actually have a satellite dish on my roof and I can bring in all the Soviet pornography I want — or I could, if the telecommunications revolution Clarke predicted hadn't helped bring down the Soviets. But I get TV and radio from space. Lots of it. Anytime I want. To someone who still remembers the launch of Telstar, that's pretty cool.

That was terrific, Mister Selina, and thanks. Also pretty cool are all the people who got the hit, even though it's a mere 2 points. That would be Brigid, Busgal, Charlene, Kathi, Kathypig1, Lurker3791, Mister Selina, RHD, Scubama, Sis, Team Bubba, Undertaker, Wendy, and The Wiz. We welcome new players RHD & Team Bubba to our game! And a hearty welcome back to Brigid, Mister Selina and Sis! 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: March 19th
Age: 86
Worth: 10 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Garrett
40. David Paul Scofield

Paul Scofield is well-known to the majority of folks for precisely two film roles. "A Man for All Seasons" and "Quiz Show," both recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. (for playing real people, oddly.) He was, by all accounts, a magnificent Shakespearean actor and from all that I've read, every time he appeared on stage, it was a magical experience. So why didn't he have the fame of a Gielgud or an Olivier? Simple. He didn't want it. He loved acting. And only acting. He liked commuting into London for the work. He hated doing chat shows, interviews, appearances. He even had his Oscar mailed to him. He preferred acting to celebrity, stage to film, London to Hollywood, "Mr." to "Sir." For most of his career, he stayed put. I think he just liked sleeping in his own bed.

If Paul Scofield didn't die in his own bed, it was pretty near it. He was 86. Another splendid solo for Garrett, AO's man for all seasons. He surely knows his film/stage deadpool picks. He gets 5 for the hit, and 5 for the solo. Take a bow, Garrett. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: March 21st
Age: 83
Worth: 10 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Bill Schenley
41. Don't mention his name and his name will pass on

'Go write a letter to my gray-haired mother
And tell her the cowboy she loved is gone.
But please not one word of the man who had killed me
Don't mention his name and his name will pass on.'
     — The Streets of Laredo —

Some people are just plain evil. This guy was pure evil. After planning the murder of his entire family for several months, in November of 1971, this Sunday school teacher systematically slaughtered them, one after the other, all day long. First, his syphilitic wife1, Helen, 45, (shot in the head as she ate a piece of toast staring out the kitchen window); then his overbearing and over-protective mother, Alma, 86 (shot in the face after he kissed her goodbye). Next was his troubled 16-year-old daughter, Patty (shot in the back of the head as she walked into the house). He then showered the blood off ... and waited. He waited for his youngest son, Fred, 13, whom he ambushed and shot in the back of the head just as he had killed his sister hours before. Next came the 15-year-old son, John Jr., who, unlike the rest of his family, did not go easy. This small, frail, bespectacled teenager brought the best he had, and it enraged his father even more. John Jr. grabbed for the gun and started swinging. His father fired twice, missing, and the boy knocked him backwards and then tried to run. His father, firing wildly, shot his son once in the back and once in the head. But this kid couldn't find quit as he kicked and flailed at his father from the floor, already mortally wounded. His monstrous father stood over-top of his son and emptied two handguns into him. A month later, when the police finally wandered upon this grisly scene, John Jr. had been shot ten times. He had been shot in the face so many times, he was unrecognizable. The bodies of the killer's children were lying side-by-side with their mother at the T. A note was nearby, explaining that "Mother is in the attic. She was too heavy to move."

Dad moved on; first to Colorado where he became Robert P. Clark (the name of a former classmate at the University of Michigan) and would marry for a second time to Delores Miller. The marriage was rocky from the start but Delores had a saving grace in her friend Wanda Flannery. Wanda like to read the tabloids and in February of 1987, she bought a copy of World Weekly News and read an article about a man who murdered his entire family and had never been caught. Wanda was shocked at the similarities between the killer and her friend's husband. Not only did they look alike, both were failed accountants. Both had a scar behind an ear and both were Sunday school teachers. She took the tabloid to Delores Clark who dismissed it as ... The World Weekly News. Wanda worried about her friend but said nothing, even after the Clarks moved to Richmond, Virginia.

However, on May 21, 1989, when "America's Most Wanted" aired the story of an unsolved New Jersey murder that dated back to 1971, Wanda Flannery was silent no more, and justice, if there is such a thing, finally caught up with one of America's most infamous killers. On June 1, Robert Clark was arrested and within the month, he was returned to New Jersey and after a seven-day trial, was sentenced to five consecutive life terms. In an interview with Connie Chung six years ago, this remorseless mass murder said that God had forgiven him and that he would see his children in heaven and they will have forgotten all about November 9, 1971. I hope he's wrong. Still, if there is an afterlife, I would like to meet John List, Jr, and I'd like to shake his hand. He stood a horrible fight and he made a showing of himself.

So we won't mention the name of this less than a man, who has died at 83, in the hope that his name will pass on. But we will mention that I (Bill Schenley) get five points for the hit and five for the solo, and a nod from five people who died at the hands of this butcher: Alma List, Helen List, Patricia List, Fred List and John List Jr. I've been waiting for this hit since the first AO Deadpool. Others have waited longer.
 

Footnote:
[1] Helen List contracted syphilis from her previous husband and was unaware of the disease until it was too late to treat her.

(Bill Schenley update) 



«—WIDMARK SUMMARY—»
Died: March 24th
Age: 93
Worth: 2 ₧
Popularity: 10.34% of entrants
Selectors: Mort Chewary
Mister Selina
JD Baldwin
Exuma
Excard
Eternity Tours
«—DASSIN SUMMARY—»
Died: March 31st
Age: 96
Worth: 7 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: The Fireball
42. Richard Widmark &
43. Julius "Jules" Dassin

I update them together because I loved them both. I update them together because together they made one of the great film noirs of our time, "Night in the City." I update them together because some of the obituaries neglected to mention another of Dassin's masterpiece, "Thieves' Highway," starring the enchanting Valentina Cortese (still off-topic, I think) and other obituaries neglected to mention Widmark's (and Sam Fuller's) masterpiece, "Pickup on South Street." I update them together because they were both underrated and yet both represent the last of the Hollywood elite. But here's where I separate them. Because while Widmark veered left, Dassin took a sharp turn and was punished for it by the bullies in Washington who were frightened of filmmakers.

I was once a long time ago in a secretarial pool in a windowless room with a group of working-class women and the subject of old time movie stars came up. We discussed all our favorites, with the usual choices you might expect, and then someone mentioned Widmark. A woman at the far end of the room caught my eye and mouthed the words, I love Richard Widmark. As did I.

Mort Chewary, Excard, JD, Exuma, Mister Selina, and a new player, Eternity Tours each get two points for Widmark.

The Fireball gets 2 plus 5 for the solo for Dassin.

I also update them together because I'm off on a trip, and I wanted to get it in. Where to? Closer to "Night in the City" than to "Never on Sunday."

 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: April 5th
Age: 84
Worth: 5 ₧
Popularity: 24.14% of entrants
Selectors: ??? Guest
The Wiz
The Fireball
Ray Arthur
King Daevid
Kathypig1
Exuma
Eternity Tours
Erik
Dead People Server
Denise
Bushwhacker
Allen Kirshner
Abby
44. Charlton Heston

To a new generation of film-goers, Charlton Heston, who was 84 when he died, is remembered best for one line: "From my cold, dead hands." I will remember him best for other lines. "He gave me water and the will to live. What has he done to deserve this." (Ben-Hur) "By the eternal" (The Buccaneer) and "Behold his mighty hand" (The Ten Commandments) And although I can't recall the exact words he used in The Big Country, I know I've been bastardizing the line with "you're a dumber fuck than I thought you were, and I didn't think that was possible," for fifty years.

Charlton Heston was Moses, Judah Ben-Hur, John the Baptist, Michelangelo, Rodrigo Diaz, Andrew Jackson, Thomas Jefferson, George Taylor, Marc Anthony, Amos Dundee and he was the only actor who could have done Will Penny justice. He was Robert Thorn, Cardinal Richelieu, Sam Burgade, Abraham Lincoln, Brigham Young, Long John Silver, and he was Henry Hooker in Tombstone. All great roles that I loved seeing him in, but he was much more than just a great actor. He stood up for civil rights when it wasn't popular for a white guy to do so. He helped create the American Film Insititute, and he was an early supporter of the National Endowment for the Arts. He was married to the same woman for over 60 years and he was transparent in his beliefs. When he was a liberal and when he was a conservative, Charlton Heston made sure you knew who he was, and what he stood for. He had what is known as "character," and a lot of it. Even when I didn't believe what he believed, he was an American patriot, and that makes him okay with me. I will miss what he represented.

I don't know if ???Guest, Abby, Allen Kirshner, Bushwhacker, Denise, Dead People Server, Erik, Eternity Tours, Exuma, Fireball, Kathypig1, King Daevid, The Wiz or Ray Arthur will miss him, but "God damn them all to Hell," they each get 5 points, etched in stone, for not being able to keep their damn, dirty hands off Charlton Heston when they made out their deadpool list.

The above was written by Bill Schenley. (I was not such a big fan of Mr. Heston.) We welcome King Daevid to this year's pool, and say howdy to a new player, Bushwhacker, probably our most famous player, which of course isn't saying a whole lot. Still about eight players yet to score. Please visit our fabulous web page for all the results. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: April 13th
Age: 96
Worth: 7 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: DrunkAsASkunk
45. John Archibald Wheeler

"A black hole is a region of space in which the gravitational field is so powerful that nothing, not even light, can escape its pull after having fallen past its event horizon."

— Wikipedia —

This, of course, would explain what happened to Ted Danson's career after "Cheers" was canceled. Having fallen past ... the "event horizon" of a black hole.

Dr. John Wheeler, who was regarded as one of the foremost scientists who never won the Nobel Prize, died April 13th at 96. He worked on the Manhattan Project and was equal in stature to Robert Oppenheimer and Edward Teller. Teller is most often referred to as "the father of the H-bomb," but others say it should be Dr. Wheeler. He made many contributions to theoretical physics and was there at the birth of the nuclear age. Wheeler also trained, mentored and influenced noted physicists such as Kip Thorne, Philip Anderson, Stephen Hawking and the brilliant Richard Feynman. He coined the term "Black Hole," a phrase which has been incorporated into the everyday lexicon of people all around the world. However, John Wheeler will be remembered most for the hydrogen bomb.

There is nothing divine or godlike in war. There is no poetry in war. War is about death and destruction. Agony, misery and anguish; a hideous anguish that seems to perpetuate itself over and over. I was struck by something I read in a John Wheeler obituary: Dr. Wheeler visited the German concentration camp at Auschwitz shortly after the war noting that "this is what happens to people who lose wars." As an American, I am grateful Dr. John Archibald Wheeler was on our side.

DrunkAsASkunk avoids sinking further into the Black Hole of Deadpool oblivion with a bombastic solo of John Wheeler. DAAS gets 2 points for the hit and 5 bonus points. Total: 7.

Schenley wrote the update. Visit www.aodeadpool.com for all your deadpool needs.

Anyone notice that women aren't dying on the AO Deadpool? 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: April 14th
Age: 95
Worth: 7 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: JD Baldwin
46. Oliver Martin "Ollie" Johnston Jr.

Ollie Johnston was one of a group of very interesting and nice men who established animation as a viable feature-length form. He was also responsible for putting the heart into the story, or at least the animation. Think back to running screaming from the theater at the age of 4 because the hero of the movie you've been watching is adorable and maybe a little like you and then his mother is murdered. Think about that adorable animal's tears. That kind of heart. Say what you will about the Disney aesthetic — grownups get slaughtered to the accompaniment of chirping songbirds — he and the 8 other old men pioneered the world of anthropomorphic animation.

I tried, Thumper, I really did. But it's just not in me.

Ollie Johnson died quietly last week at 95. Tears were shed around the world. JD Baldwin is probably horrified by this update, but I'm sure he's thrilled at his solo. He gets 2 points for the hit, and 5 for the solo, for a total of 7.

Hi ho, JD. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: April 14th
Age: 94
Worth: 7 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: James Neibaur
47. June Travis

June Travis, an otherwise talented actress, was not known for her timing. Her career was odd, to say the least. She was scouted by Hollywood at spring training in Florida where she was watching her father's Chicago White Sox. She spent a few years in Hollywood, and then left just before its heyday, never to return. As a result, you need to be a particularly dedicated film buff to even recognize the name. If you were a Perry Mason film fan, you'd know she played Della Street. If you were a Howard Hawks' fan, you'd know she played a young aviatrix and love interest of Jimmy Cagney in Ceiling Zero. (Trained by Amelia Earhart. Now that's a nice piece of trivia.) If you were a Ronald Reagan fan, then you'd know she was his co-star in Love is On the Air (plot summary written by Jim Beaver at the IMDB, and it's a doozy.) If you were a 60's monster movie fan, you'd know she was, inexplicably, in Monster A Go-Go. But if you were not a particularly dedicated film buff, then you wouldn't know her, because she quit, left town, ("I don't remember that it was such a ball.") got married, had children, (one of whom was named June Travis Friedlob, Jr.) did a lot of theater in the Chicago area and had a very long, apparently happy life. June Travis died in April. She was 94.

Fortunately, there is one particularly dedicated film buff who plays the AO deadpool, and this is his first hit of the year. Welcome, James Neibaur! He gets 2 for the hit and 5 for the solo. Total 7.

Three deadpoolers yet to score, two related by marriage. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: April 16th
Age: 90
Worth: 5 ₧
Popularity: 3.45% of entrants
Selectors: Kentucky Wizard
Johnnyb
48. Edward Norton Lorenz

Edward Lorenz was a meteorologist who got it right. Which is to say he explained why it's so hard to get it right. A weather forecast, that is. His theory was that small differences in a dynamic system could trigger unpredictable results. (This is not news to caregivers of small children.) The chaos theory that he lay the groundwork for is considered one of the three big concepts in 20th century scientific exploration along with relativity and quantum mechanics. Neither of which I understand, either. I've been working on this update for quite a while, because there was a lot to read and learn. And I think I'm too old to learn new concepts. I discovered that many of the obits sounded alike and I think that's because so many obit writers were insecure about their base knowledge of science, so they copied off each other's papers. I can relate. It's how I passed the physics regents in high school. And to think I have to do the black hole physicist next. Oy.

Edward Lorenz died a couple of weeks ago at 90. (Another reminder that you have to remind me when your hits happen.) The Wiz gets the points, and so does Johnnyb who is joining us for his first hit this year. That would be 2 for the hit and 3 for the duet. Total: 5. Six players have yet to score this year. You can see one of them at www.aodeadpool.com Must be some kind of curse. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: April 17th
Age: 58
Worth: 19 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Raven
49. Daniel Paul "Danny" Federici

To many, Bruce Springsteen's New Jersey rock 'n' roll — his E Street Band — was the sound of the 1970s. The music that poured out of the Upstage and Stone Pony in Asbury Park and, it seemed, every other boardwalk dive from Long Branch to Seaside, had a distinct, hard-driving wail that encompassed everything from Bill Haley and Elvis, to Bob Dylan and The Beatles, all, not-so-neatly draped in a Phil Spector-like wall of sound. Born in the birth of rock 'n' roll, Springsteen's New Jersey Rock was new and exciting; and that sound was made from Clarence Clemons, Stevie Van Zandt, David Sancious and Roy Bittan, Gary Tallent, Vini Lopez and later Max Weinberg, and, of course, from the beginning, Phantom Dan, who pulled it all together, and brought the bright lights and smell of the Asbury Boardwalk to Jersey Rock. When Springsteen ran out of words, he looked for the bridge Danny Federici never failed to build. What would "Hungry Heart," "Fouth of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" or "You're Missing" have been without the Minister of Mystery?

Danny Federici, who learned to play polka music on the accordion by watching The Lawrence Welk Show on television as a child, has died at 58. He also played the electronic glockenspiel, but will be remembered most for the sound that came from his Hammond B3.

Raven didn't need an organ, an accordion or a glockenspiel to perform his latest solo hit. He gets 14 points for the pick and five for the solo. Total: 19.

And if you're in the Asbury Park area tonight (Wednesday night) between 6:00 and 10:00, stop by 913 Ocean Avenue, for Phantom Dan.

(Bill Schenley update) 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: April 24th
Age: 86
Worth: 10 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Amelia
50. James Peter "Jimmy" Giuffre

Jazz musicians can generally be judged by the company they keep. Clarinetist, composer and arranger Jimmy Giuffre kept company with great musicians for five decades. He wrote for Woody Herman. He taught with Ornette Coleman. He played with and recorded with everyone in the jazz business who meant business. A blogger on jazzwax.com has gotten some nice quotes from some of the people who played with Giuffre. Here's one that shows the jazz world's gain and J.C. Penney's loss:

Hal McKusick
"Our first recording together was in January 1948, when I was on the West Coast. It was an Armed Forces Radio Broadcast, and the group was led by Harry Babasin, the West Coast bass player. Jimmy had already arranged and recorded Four Brothers with Woody Herman in December 1947. After our live date in early 1948, Jimmy dropped out of the scene and took a job at J.C. Penney in L.A. He had to support his family and wanted stability.

"When I joined Buddy Rich's band in California in mid-1948, Buddy [pictured] asked me to find a tenor player and arranger to rebuild his book with more bebop-type charts. I saw an opportunity to wrestle Jimmy out of L.A., since Buddy was offering him more money than J.C. Penney. Jimmy hesitated for a few days to think it over. He was already weary of the struggle in the music business and, believe it or not, saw a future as a manager at J.C. Penney!

"A little more talk and coaxing by me on the phone-Buddy's band had already started on a cross-country tour to New York-and Jimmy was en route to San Francisco to join the band. I stayed up with him nights and copied his charts for the band and the rest is history. Jimmy stayed with the band until New York. Then he, then rejoined Woody Herman and went back west to California. He stayed with Woody until 1950, settling in Los Angeles.

"In 1956, Jimmy composed and wrote arrangements for me when I recorded Jazz Workshop for RCA. Jimmy's writing was beautiful. I very much enjoyed his friendship and playing."

Hyfler tells me that despite the fact that we have a thousand jazz albums at home, he's never succeeded in buying Lee Konitz Meets Jimmy Giuffre, because the reissue wasn't out long enough to buy it at a reasonable price. (This is a Hyfler/Rosner issue that's been going on for 25 years. I won't bore you with further examples. They occur daily.) Nevertheless, he gave me the tip on Giuffre and I (Amelia) get my yearly jazz solo. Giuffre was 86. I get five points for the hit and five for the solo. Total: 10. I'm on a roll. Wait for it. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: April 24th
Age: 86
Worth: 10 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Allezblancs
51. Humphrey Richard Adeane Lyttelton

Humphrey Lyttelton was a jazz trumpeter, a bandleader, a radio star, a cartoonist, a writer of memoirs, a restaurant critic, President of the Society for Italic Handwriting, a master of the double entendre, and a champion of musicians he liked. I remember reading about his discovery of singer Stacey Kent. He described throwing a bunch of demo tapes, one of them hers, into the car for a long drive and playing it over and over again. He then proceeded to get her a movie role, a recording contract, national airplay and stardom. Whatever he touched and he touched it all, he excelled at. He played with Radiohead, for chrissakes. He thoroughly enjoyed life and everything it offered, and gave back in kind. He even helped write his obituary for The Independent. It doesn't get any cooler than that.

Humphrey Lyttelton died last week at the age of 86. And we welcome new player Allezblancs to the AO Deadpool. He's from the UK and regrets getting his very first hit on someone he liked so much. I imagine he grew up listening to Lyttelton on the radio. Nevertheless, he gets 5 points for the hit and 5 for the solo for a total of 10. Seems he had a clue, didn't he. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: April 26th
Age: 94
Worth: 7 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Amelia
52. Henry Brant

Henry Brant was America's foremost composer of acoustic spatial music. Ok, so what's acoustic spatial music, you ask? I'm not really sure, so let's see if we can find some. Here, have a listen:

www.emusic.com/album/10812/10812584.html ]

www.imeem.com/groups/nyCgCba-,henry_brant//music/z71Q_t33/henr... ]
(I think this is gorgeous)

www.imeem.com/groups/nyCgCba-,henry_brant//music/ieFbMh60/henr... ]

I gather that he would plan the positioning of his performers around the concert hall for maximum effect. He won a Pulitzer Prize a few years ago for a piece called Ice Field, a work for organ and orchestra. Strings and pianos were on the stage, woodwinds, brass and percussion in the balconies, and Brant was there improvising on the organ, although I'm not sure where. Nor do I know who will be doing that now that he's composing spatial music in the balconies of heaven. He also wrote for large groups of instruments. There was a piece for 80 trombones. (Take that, Meredith Willson!) Yet another for 100 classical guitars. There is a great deal of Brant's music that is downloadable, so widen your horizons.

I (Amelia) suspected that, as spry as he appeared to be, Henry Brant might be an interesting deadpool pick. And I was right. He died this weekend at 94. I get 2 points for the hit and 5 for the solo. Total: 7. Two musicians. Two solos. It's only right. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: April 29th
Age: 102
Worth: 2 ₧
Popularity: 5.17% of entrants
Selectors: Scubama
Deepstblu
Buford
53. Dr. Albert Hofmann

"It was used very successfully for 10 years in psychoanalysis. Then it was hijacked by the youth movement of the 1960s and then unfairly demonized by the establishment that the movement opposed."

— Albert Hofmann — 

Bummer, man. Hofmann has boogied on up to another stratosphere, man. Man, you know, that dude was, like, you know, heavy. I was just sayin' to my, you know, old lady, dude, that if we, you know, had some bread, you know, we could scarf up some far out blotter, you know. But, like, you know, she wanted to crash before we, like, you know, tripped again. Man, I was, like, you know, freakin' out, dude. I mean, like, I told that chick, like, you know, right on, but I hipped her to the fact that, like, she was, you know, becoming a real drag. Hofmann is, like, you know, *dead*, man. *Hofmann*, dude. He was, like, cooler than Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner and Richard Alpert (Ram Dass) *combined*, man. Maybe I should, like, grab my hat and flip-flops, and, like, you know, split, man, and, like, you know, do my own thing, man. Fuckin' A, dude, that would be, like, groovy, but, like, you know, what if I got hassled by the pigs, man, while I was, like, loaded? Who'd go the bail, dude? The whole thing, like, blows my mind ... Later, dude ...

Albert Hofmann, the Swiss chemist who so thoughtfully gave a generation, like, you know, another language *and* lysergic acid diethylamide, which is the most powerful psychotropic substance in existence, has died. He was 102. Hofmann called LSD "medicine for the soul" and in 1979, Dr. Hofmann wrote, "LSD, My Problem Child." I have no idea what the title of that book meant. Largely forgotten, however, are his many important advancements in gynecological medicine (his synthesis of an alkaloid that induced contractions in the uterus to stop postpartum bleeding) and his development of hypertension medications.

Although April 19th is celebrated as Bicycle Day, Buford, Deepstblu and Scubama waited until the 29th to begin the festivities. This trio of merry pranksters each trip up the AO Deadpool ladder with one point for the hit and one bonus point. Total: 2 points.

(Wow, like, Bill wrote, uh, this, dude.) 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: May 3rd
Age: 95
Worth: 7 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Bill Schenley
Ted Key poster referenced in obituary
Ted Key poster
54. Ted Key

Theodore Keyser, better known to millions of Saturday Evening Post readers as Ted Key, the cartoonist who created 'Hazel,' has died at 95.

Hazel, who came to life in the magazine in 1943. was so popular as a block cartoon that she became a CBS television series in 1961. The show won two Emmy awards for actor Shirley Booth. Hazel ran in the Saturday Evening Post until the magazine ceased publication in 1969 and in 1977, Key was given the National Cartoonist Society panel award for Hazel. Key also wrote several screenplays for Walt Disney, "The Cat from Outer Space," "Gus" and "Million Dollar Duck." But it was his characters, Sherman and Mr. Peabody of "Peabody's Improbable History" from "The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show" that earned him a place in the hearts of Boomers. Didn't everyone want a WABAC machine? And what did Figby, Isaac Newton's brother, invent? Key was also responsible for some of the worst motivational posters ever put to pen

www.wittysparks.com/wp-content/.../positive-attitude-2.gif ]

Bill Schenley didn't need any motivation to add Ted Key to his deadpool list this year, just the desire for two points (with a five point bonus for the solo). Total: 7.

He also wrote the update and rather quickly, I might add. A reminder: Shoot us an email if you get a hit I might not notice. Visit www.aodeadpool.com for all your deadpool needs. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: May 8th
Age: 89
Worth: 6 ₧
Popularity: 5.17% of entrants
Selectors: Undertaker
Kixco
Deepstblu
55. Robert Edward "Eddy" Arnold

A handsome man in that 50's TV kind of way, he was one of the great crooners, like Bing Crosby and Perry Como. He was also one of those guys who, over the course of 70 years, could appear anywhere and perform for the gazillionth time his biggest hit, Make the World Go Away, without having his eyes glaze over. (At least so you'd notice.) He merged pop and country in a way that made everyone happy, except maybe the people who wanted their genres pristine. I read a lot about how he was everyone's parents' and grandparents' favorite singer. He was known as the Tennessee Plowboy, and with a name like that, you get to be everyone's parents' and grandparents' favorite singer. One of the richest men in show business, he'd still go to the Ramada Inn for the soup, and always had time to chew the fat with a fan. Eddy Arnold died last week and at least one of the conferees at the obit conference I attended was really annoyed that he wasn't going to be able to write it up. They'll just take the AP obit and run with it, he complained. I don't know. Arnold sounded like an untroubled, successful, affable guy, which means a great obit might have been a bit of a challenge.

Eddie Arnold survived his wife by only a couple of months, and missed his 90th birthday by a couple of weeks. Which is good news for at least three people, our deadpool players. One old, two new. Deepstblu, Kixco and Undertaker get 5 points for the hit and one for the trio. Total: 6. A big ol' welcome to the AO Deadpool, Kixco and Undertaker! Now there are just four dim reapers left and two of them are related. Which makes me laugh. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: May 12th
Age: 98
Worth: 7 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Buford
56. Irena Sendlerowa

1.5 million (Auschwitz)
    750,000 (Treblinka)
    600,000 (Belzec)
    300,000 (Majdanek)
    100,000 (Warsaw ghetto)
     35,000 (Dachau)
     34,000 (Babi Yar)

And of course, I could go on. But these numbers most definitely do not include the 2500 Jewish children that social worker Irena Sendlerowa plucked from the Warsaw ghetto and blessed with survival. The babies were taken out in burlap sacks, baskets and coffins, placed with Christian families and taught different prayers. She buried their names (both sets) in the backyard, so they could eventually be reunited with their parents, which did not happen. She was captured and tortured and said nothing. She ran from prison on broken legs and then went about her life as if she had done nothing out of the ordinary. She did not expect, nor did she receive the recognition she deserved until she was almost dead herself. Yad Vashem designated her as one of the first Righteous Among the Nations gentiles who helped European Jewry in the war.

Irena Sendlerowa has died at 97. The very patient Buford gets this stunning hit. 2 points plus 5 for the solo. Total: 7

"Heroes do extraordinary things," she said. "What I did was not an extraordinary thing. It was normal." 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: May 12th
Age: 73
Worth: 11 ₧
Popularity: 3.45% of entrants
Selectors: Johnnyb
Ed Varner
57. Mary Ann Kostecki Weaver
    (aka: Penny Banner)

Mary Ann Kostecki Weaver, who was better known to her professional wrestling fans as Penny Banner was a blonde-haired, green-eyed beauty who dated Elvis Presley. And, despite all of the King of Rock 'n' Roll's karate lessons, Penny Banner could have kicked his swivel hips from Memphis all the way back to Tupelo. She won her first wrestling match in 1954 and her last one in 1977, and in between there were over 3,000 more. She was, as the title of the wrestling documentary suggested, "Lipstick and Dynamite, Piss and Vinegar." But always, Penny Banner was a lady.

Ms. Banner put a lot of living into her 73 years; besides being a wrestling champion, she was a governess, a waitress, a weightlifter. She was a rodeo barrel racer, a realtor, a silver and bronze medalist in the Senior Olympics (discus, shot put and swimming), an author, a guitarist and she even sang karaoke.

Penny Banner is a member of the Stampede Wrestling Hall of Fame, the St. Louis Wrestling Hall of Fame and the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Ed V. and Johnnyb both had 'The Eternal Teenager,' Penny Banner pinned when the 2008 Deadpool opened. They each get 8 points for the hit and 3 for the tag-team bonus. Total: 11

Editor's notes: Update by Bill Schenley. I'm surprised that there were so few obits for Ms. Banner, but this one from the Charlotte Observer and Gerry Hostetler, co-writer of Ms. Banner's autobiography, is great.
www.charlotte.com/115/story/628024.html ]
She will also be next year's host of the Society of Professional Obituary Writers meeting, to which you are all invited.
www.obitwriters.org/convention.html ]

Three deadpoolers yet to score, two related by marriage. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: May 24th
Age: 86
Worth: 8 ₧
Popularity: 3.45% of entrants
Selectors: King Daevid
Eternity Tours
58. Thomas Richard "Dick" Martin

I asked King Daevid to guest update and he did a marvelous job:

Dan Rowan: "Say goodnight, Dick."

Dick Martin: "Goodnight, Dick."

That gag, delivered every week at the end of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In from 1967 to 1973, tells you all you really need to know to understand how great a comedy team they were. By the mid-'60s, there was a popular myth circulating that claimed George Burns and Gracie Allen used the very same gag at the end of their radio and TV shows from the 1930s into the 1950s; however, no actual recording exists of that gag being used by them. Gracie simply said, "Good night." It would have perfectly fit her scatterbrained image, but George Burns always said that nobody actually thought to have Gracie say "Goodnight, Gracie," in all the years they performed together ... Dick Martin knew of the myth, and obviously figured that if it was funny and unused, it was still fair game.

It became the signature gag of the team. And, though everyone knew the origin of the gag (even if they didn't realise it was a myth), it fit so well that nobody minded.

Two decades earlier, Dick Martin was a bartender who dabbled in comedy writing. He managed to get a spot on the staff of the hit NBC radio sitcom Duffy's Tavern, but didn't stay long enough to do much of anything there. When that fizzled, he decided to take up acting lessons. So had a used car salesman named Dan Rowan. The two novice actors looked around, noticed how huge a success Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis had become, and became one of seemingly countless pairs of men trying to pick up the crumbs Dean and Jerry left. They turned out to be one of only two such teams to make anything of themselves in that wave of comic clones (the other team being Marty Allen & Steve Rossi). And they were the only such team to share the same stage as Dean & Jerry on NBC's Colgate Comedy Hour.

Rowan & Martin eventually became a staple of nightclubs, Las Vegas casinos and TV variety shows. Universal-International Pictures even thought they might have been able to do for them what Dean & Jerry had done for Paramount, and Dan & Dick were handed a movie script titled ONCE UPON A HORSE. The resulting movie didn't know whether it was a Western, a comedy or something in between; on either count, it didn't offer anything for ticket money that couldn't already be seen for free, and with better execution, on Maverick on Sunday night TV. In September 1958, ONCE UPON A HORSE was euthanized at the box office.

Martin continued acting here and there when not making stage appearances with Rowan, even landing the part of Lucille Ball's beau on The Lucy Show for a few weeks circa '63. Then, in 1966, fate spiked upward for the team. During the '60s, when a TV variety series became a hit, it would take the summer months off but the production company and primary sponsor would keep the same time slot and fill it with a "summer series." On CBS, for example, Glen Campbell's hit variety hour started as something called The Summer Brothers Smothers Show. The practice was established in 1930s radio, when Fred Allen took summer leave from NBC's Town Hall Tonight and the comedy team Colonel Stoopnagle & Budd held down that fort until Allen returned in October.

Dean Martin's variety hour was one of the biggest hits of the 1965-66 season, and when Dean wanted the summer months off, producer Greg Garrison tapped Dan Rowan & Dick Martin to be the stopgap, with George Schlatter, who'd previously produced The Judy Garland Show and The Dinah Shore Chevy Show, to oversee the project. The three, who'd all worked together ten years earlier at the Hollywood nightclub Ciro's, made a smash of the proceedings, and NBC was duly impressed. Both Dean and Dick Martin would later joke that the casting saved NBC money that summer, as they didn't have to come up with new monogrammed robes and towels for the dressing room.

Then Schlatter noticed something about one of NBC's new hits of the '66-'67 season. On a filmed sitcom, The Monkees, director James Frawley was utilizing comic film techniques obviously lifted from Richard Lester's Beatles movies; on television, these reminded Schlatter of the wild videotapes that had been created by his idol, the late Ernie Kovacs. Schlatter then set out to put together a TV series that combined Kovacs' inventiveness with the Monkees' energy, with the intention of having Rowan & Martin headline it.

The pilot for the series, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, ran as a special on NBC in September 1967 and was such a hit that the following January, when The Man from U.N.C.L.E. finally ran out of steam, it was Laugh-In that NBC chose to replace it with — right after one of the new show's inspirations, The Monkees. That turned out to be the killing element of the earlier series; when The Monkees, still drawing respectable ratings in the money demographics, told NBC they wanted to do their own variety series for their third season, NBC simply cancelled The Monkees, since, other than rock music, they wouldn't do anything that Laugh-In wasn't already providing.

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In wasn't the first comedy variety to deal with social issues; The Smothers Brothers were already doing that on CBS (and getting their knuckles rapped constantly for their troubles), That Was The Year That Was had given weekly satire a try in 1964-65, and Jack Paar and Johnny Carson were cracking political jokes in their monologues for ten years already. But what set Laugh-In apart — in addition to the kinetic nature of the whole thing — was that Rowan & Martin took shots at literally everybody who asked for it, conservative, moderate and liberal.

And, on one occasion, the target of the gag showed up to deliver the shot himself. One of the first big gags the show kept running was when Judy Carne uttered the Aretha Franklin catchphrase "Sock it to me," and an off-camera stage manager would douse her with a bucket of water. Writer Paul Keyes had met Richard Nixon, then running for President, when Nixon appeared on Jack Paar's show years before, and now Keyes had been able to bring Nixon onto the set of Laugh-In. What Americans saw was the Presidential candidate glance at an NBC camera, freeze in the terrible realization that it was on, and ask, "Sock it to ME?" It was the most famous moment of the series.

The remaining list of Laugh-In signatures is legion. Arte Johnson was a WW2 German spy who found everything to be "very interesting," when he wasn't an elderly letch offering spinster Ruth Buzzi a walnetto (a candy popular in the 1920s) as a come-on to sweetness of a different nature. Henry Gibson, sunflower in hand, would offer comic poetics on the human condition. Alan Sues was, if not the sportscaster from Hell, at least Fire Island. Goldie Hawn wouldn't do a cold read of cue cards to save her life, but she'd give it a try anyway, and cap it off with a goofy ad lib and a giggle. (When Hawn left to become a major movie star, Sarah Kennedy was recruited for the same effect.) Dave Madden always had a wry observation to offer, punctuated by a handful of confetti. And Jo Anne Worley was, well, Jo Anne Worley. Martin even had his own side signature character, as half (with Ruth Buzzi) of the barfly couple The Swizzles.

The resulting concoction was so irresistible that it led to seemingly countless clones. The BBC came up with a version starring a great Irish comic, Dave Allen at Large; Canada's CJOH syndicated two versions for teenagers, You Canít Do That On Television and (with Ruth Buzzi as star) Whatever You Want To; at ABC, George Schlatter was hired to clone himself into something called Turn-On, which didn't even survive its premiere night time slot in some towns; and at CBS, Soupy Sales tried his hand in Laugh-In mimicry with a pilot special that came and went without much notice. Most notably, however, a pair of Canadian producers pitched CBS a Nashville version named Hee Haw. That one lasted on CBS only a couple of years (significantly taking over the time slot of the much less conservative Smothers Brothers at first), but when it continued in syndication, it not only outlived all the other imitators, it even outlived Dan Rowan.

Laugh-In itself came to an end in 1973, at which time Dan Rowan decided to retire. Rowan's diabetes had made the bright lights of TV studios a visual irritant. Dick Martin, now a solo performer, became a frequent face on the game show circuit, even doing the celebrity couple gossip game TattleTales with his second wife, former Playboy Playmate Dolly Read, during the three year period during which they were divorced (they remarried in 1978).

Dick even tried his hand at hosting a couple of game shows. First had been a Goodson-Todman item titled Mindreaders (which Martin admitted he constantly called Mindbenders on-camera), but his favourite was a nutty piece called The Cheap Show, on which the losers would be doused with green oatmeal. That one had been created by the same characters responsible for The Gong Show, and it made Chuck Barris look like Ed Sullivan in comparison.

It was undoubtedly his great friend, Bob Newhart, who came up with the idea that Dick Martin should start directing episodic television. For years, Newhart had feuded with his label, Warner Brothers, over the production of his albums; when he got The Bob Newhart Show, he went through similar squabbles with MTM Productions about how that series was directed. He then came across the idea that perhaps the best comedy director would be someone who had first been a comedian themselves, thereby understanding first-hand the nature of the form. Newhart had his manager bring up the idea with Martin, and, as it turned out, Martin became one of the best TV directors of the '70s, '80s and '90s, helming not only comedies (Newhart, Archie Bunker's Place, Sledge Hammer!) but also crime dramas (In the Heat of the Night).

But it will be for that jetstream of laughter from our television sets he inspired every Monday night at 8:00 for five and a half years that Dick Martin will be more than merely fondly remembered. And, from the descriptions of his own laugh (perhaps second at NBC Burbank to Tom Snyder's in its gust force), that's exactly what he'd want.

Goodnight, Dick. And thanks.

You can thank him, as well, for the 8 points you get, King Daevid, along with your partner Eternity Tours. The AO Deadpool Duo gets 5 for the hit and 3 for the twin performance.

And if you don't like the edit job, KD, then I guess you'll have to sock it to me. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: May 25th
Age: 99
Worth: 3 ₧
Popularity: 5.17% of entrants
Selectors: The Fireball
Deepstblu
Buford
59. John Richard Simplot

People are always astonished to learn that I have never, ever eaten a fast food hamburger. No, not one. I swear. Not Burger King, not McDonald's, not Wendy's, not any of them. Ever.

But I've eaten the french fries. Oh boy, have I eaten the french fries. Those french fries are magic sticks. They make long car trips tolerable. They give purpose to salt. When you buy them at the airport and bring them on the planes where they've stopped serving food, which is all of them except Continental, bless its heart, you make friends if you're generous, and enemies if you're not. And the potatoes have always been courtesy of J.R. Simplot, billionaire, who has died at 99. An Idahoan, his is an Alger life. Started out with a few gold coins and worked his way up, pig by pig, spud by spud to supply the ever-growing demand for frozen french fries, instant potatoes and dried hash browns. He was probably the largest purveyor of potatoes in the world, achieving special prominence in drive-through America. Somewhere along the line, he invested in computer chips and that turned to gold, as well. Simplot credited his longevity with disgust for alcohol and tobacco. But he didn't stay away from the grease. Whenever he ate at McDonalds, which was often enough, he made sure to order the french fries.

Buford, Deepstblu and Fireball all like french fries, too. They also like that Simplot didn't see his 100th birthday. They each get 2 points for the hit, and one for the trio. Total: 3. And in the intererst of full disclosure, I must point out that I've never had ketchup, either. At least not knowingly. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: May 26th
Age: 73
Worth: 8 ₧
Popularity: 25.86% of entrants
Selectors: Undertaker
Ray Arthur
Philip
Lurker3791
Jazz Vulture
Exuma
Erik
Ed Varner
Denise
Constant Irritant
Charlene
Bushwhacker
Busgal
Bill Schenley
Acctorp
60. Sydney Irwin Pollack

I can remember where I saw Three Days of the Condor. I can remember where I saw The Way We Were. Ditto The Yakuza, Out of Africa, They Shoot Horses, Tootsie. The Interpreter was the last film I saw at the Beekman before they tore it down for a breast cancer center for Memorial Sloan Kettering. Come to think of it, since the Beekman was where we saw all the Woody Allen films, I must have seen Husbands and Wives there, too, with that great Pollack mid-life crisis. I can't remember where I've seen every Pollack film, but I can tell you this. I saw them all at the movies. And that's the way he wanted me to see them. He made big films on big sets and wanted me to see them in big theaters. So I obliged him, and he rewarded me time and time again. I hope the days are not completely gone where people can have an out-of-house experience with a fantastic film, but I suspect they will be soon, and that's a death we won't be talking about on alt.obituaries.

Sydney Pollack felt strongly enough about the theater experience that he did this marvelous commercial for Cingular.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxOxOVDDnXg ]

And I saw it at the movies.

The following people were, I'm sure, sad to learn that Sydney Pollack had died at 73. Acctorp, Bill Schenley, Busgal, Bushwhacker, Charlene, Constant Irritant, Denise, Ed V, Erik, Exuma, Jazz Vulture, Lurker3791, Philip, Ray Arthur and Undertaker. They each get 8 points. This is Constant Irritant's first hit of the year, so welcome! The last two dim reapers are an AO regular and his brother-in-law.

Everyone please check your scoring. I have a feeling there's a mistake here. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: May 26th
Age: 88
Worth: 8 ₧
Popularity: 3.45% of entrants
Selectors: Garrett
Drunk As A Skunk
61. Earle H. Hagen

Just about every baby-boomer who was born in America grew up listening to Earle Hagen's music. "I Spy," "The Mod Squad," Danny Thomas's "Make Room for Daddy" and his daughter's "That Girl," "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.," "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "Eight Is Enough" and "The Dukes of Hazzard were hummed, mumbled or sung in most U.S. households during the 1950s, '60s and 70s. Thank Earle Hagen for all that ...

He also wrote the theme song to one of my favorite television shows — "Mike Hammer." However, that beautiful piece of Americana was written long before Earle Hagen began his long and storied career in small-screen music, as it dates back to the late-1930s. That song, a tribute to Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges, is American Jazz at its very best — "Harlem Nocturne." All you'll ever need to know about Earle Hagen:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=4m9djUxQmYg ]

Hagen, who started out as a trombone player with The Ray Noble Orchestra, Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey, orchestrating and composing for dozens of films, including "Lets Make Love" (for which he received an Oscar nomination) once described himself as the most famous songwriter no one ever heard of ... Although that's not entirely true. There were two AO Deadpoolers who had heard of the late Mr. Hagen. Garrett and Drunk As A Skunk had not only heard of him but were actually whistling one of his tunes [ www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRzrkBZrBMs ] last week when they heard news of the demise of this great songwriter, arranger and trombonist who had died at 88. They each get five points for the hit and three for the duet. Total: 8

Great update by Bill Schenley, great performance by Earl Bostic. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: May 29th
Age: 81
Worth: 8 ₧
Popularity: 3.45% of entrants
Selectors: James Neibaur
DGH
62. Harvey Herschel Korman

We have a very, very special guest updater at the AO Deadpool. How many of you remember our old pal, Matthew Hubbard?

Harvey Korman was big.

It's not that Harvey Korman was tall, which he was at 6'4". Harvey knew how to play a scene BIG. Some might say he was second banana on "The Carol Burnett Show" all those years, but that's silly. It was an ensemble, and when it was somebody else's turn to get the laughs, he supported like a mighty oak. When it was his turn to get the laughs, by God he went and got them.

He also did some terrific work with Mel Brooks. There are two great Cole Porter gags in "Blazing Saddles". One is where Cleavon Little and the other black railroad workers, asked for a work song, break into a multipart a cappella version of "I Get A Kick Out Of You." The other is where Harvey Korman as Hedley LaMarr is urging his gang of thugs to greater violence as they set out to destroy Rockridge. The end of his speech is "Now do do that voodoo that you do SO WELLLLLLLLLLLL!"

Watch that scene and you'll know, Harvey Korman was big.

Some people can't remember Harvey Korman without thinking of Tim Conway. Knowing they had such a fan base, they toured together for the last eight years doing sketches on stage until Korman's health began to fail. Think of it. Touring, doing 120 shows a year in the 21st Century for fans of a show that went off the air in 1978. That's a loyal fan base.

Like so many men of his age, he served in World War II. Harvey was in the Navy. Thank you, Mr. Korman for your service to this country.

But thanks even more for taking your G.I. Bill opportunities and trying to become an actor and sticking with it when times got tough and waiting, not knowing you were waiting, waiting for something called sketch TV to be invented. There are a lot of giants of sketch TV, but none of them of any era can deny that Harvey Korman was big.

If anyone has a favorite giant of sketch TV and thinks that Korman's inclusion in the pantheon near the top is unfair, recall yet another quote of Mr. Korman's from "Blazing Saddles".

"Gentlemen, rest your sphincters!"

Good advice for any occasion.

We'll give Matt a round of applause for that update and James Neibaur and DGH 8 points each for the excellent hit on Mr. Korman, who has died at 81. That's five plus three for the duet. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: June 1st
Age: 71
Worth: 11 ₧
Popularity: 3.45% of entrants
Selectors: Ray Arthur
Dead Batteries
63. Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent

Wanna know how ill-suited (ha) I am to work on Yves Saint Laurent's deadpool update? In the late 80's at the Christmas party of this very hip ad agency I was working at, they gave out popularity awards, and I got the award for being the most fashion-backward. It was well-earned. I was. I am. I will forever be. At the same ad agency, however, and pretty much at the same time, I won a major award for a Christian Dior print campaign I worked on, set in Paris. So fuck 'em. Maybe I didn't have the right frocks, but I had the right words.

I know this much. Yves Saint Laurent did something very important for working women like me and Hillary Clinton. He made it possible for us to put our feet up on a conference table just like the boys could. He gave us trousers. The rest is history. Not everything survived its appearance on the catwalks. I won't miss the padded shoulders, the tribal prints, the peasant blouses, the pilled pea coats, and the fussy chiffon. But I am grateful that designers like YSL have seen to it that I never have to wear a skirt to work again.

Yves Saint Laurent was 71. Ray Arthur and Dead Batteries were definitely fashion forward on this hit. They each get 8 points for the hit and three for the duet, for a total of 11. Magnifique!

A reminder that you-know-who and his brother-in-law are still hitless. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: June 2nd
Age: 79
Worth: 8 ₧
Popularity: 12.06% of entrants
Selectors: Ray Arthur
Ed Varner
Direcorbie
Denise
Chipmunk Roasting
Busgal
Bill Schenley
64. Bo Diddley

It was just a 3/2. That was it. On the other hand, Bo Diddley's 3/2 was pretty wild. Impressive in that it was so basic and so influential. Fifty years later his sound can still be heard across the many Rock 'n' Roll and Hip-Hop genres. However, it was *not* a "shave and a haircut."

He was not a great songwriter, although he wrote a few great songs. He was not a great guitarist, although he sounded great on several recordings. He is held in such esteem because these moments of greatness appeared at the birth of Rock 'n' Roll. Moments that would be reworked into thousands of recordings by other artists. Sadly, where he stood head and shoulders above the rest, was on the stage, and, unfortunately, for a black showman such as Ellas McDaniel, his stage presence, with the exception of his only appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1955, would not be showcased on 1950s television. In later years, groups like The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, The Who, Bruce Springsteen and The Clash would be a reminder of what Bo Diddley once was.

Bo Diddley, who made a fifty-year career out of that loud but simple 3/2, died at 79. Bill Schenley, Busgal, Chipmunk Roasting, Denise, Direcorbie, Ed V, and Ray Arthur may not know diddley, but they all knew that Bo's life in 2008 wasn't going to be worth two bits. They all get 8 points for the hit.

Bill wrote Bo.

A reminder that you-know-who and his brother-in-law are still hitless. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: June 7th
Age: 91
Worth: 7 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Amelia
65. Dino Risi

Dino Risi was an Italian filmmaker who made satirical films about Italy as it was evolving in the post-war era. His films, most of which he wrote and directed, were the basis for a genre known as the commedia all'italiana, which found the humor and the pathos in all situations. One of his best-known films, Profumo di Donna was nominated for a couple of Oscars and starred Vittorio Gassman, who starred in fifteen of Risi's films. You know it better as Scent of a Woman. Pacino replaced Gassman in the remake and actually won the Oscar.

Dino Risi has died at 91. He was probably not well-known outside the cinematic capitals of the world, but his obituaries were robust. If you go to the Times of London obit, there's a link to the first few minutes of his 1962 classic, Il Sorpasso, which starred Gassman and Jean-Louis Trintignant as strangers who meet and take to the road. One returns, the other doesn't. If you like it, you can put it in your queue at Netflix.

I, Amelia, have an Italian film celebrity on my list every year, and this is the one for this year. No one joined me, so I get 2 points for the hit and 5 for the solo. Yea, me. I don't think I've ever seen any of his films, by the way, and I plan to fix that one of these days. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: June 7th
Age: 86
Worth: 10 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Excard
66. James Kenneth McManus
    (aka: Jim McKay)

The Wide World of Sports was a staple for boys. They needed it like chocolate milk and comic books and baseball cards. Jim McKay was there for 37 seasons, from its first April Fool's Day to the day it was cancelled. You knew he wanted to be there from the way he brought you into the game, whatever the game was, with no hyperbole, no dumbing down, just intelligence and passion. He went 4.5 million miles to 40 countries to cover100 sports. He taught us to love sports we didn't even know existed. He was the very first sportscaster to win an Emmy and he won 13 in all. Of the two he got for covering the Munich Olympics, one wasn't for sports, but for news and he thought he'd only be remembered for uttering those words, "They're all gone." He was. But not only. There are other words to remember Jim McKay by:

"Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sports ... the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat."

Kinda like the AO deadpool. Except with us, it's the thrill of a death and the agony of a life that makes it past December 31. Excard is thrilled. Jim McKay was 86, so Excard gets 5 points for the hit and 5 points for being alone at the finish line. Total: 10. Olympian effort there, Ex.

Bill & Amelia wrote this together.

McKay on video: [ www.youtube.com/watch?v=GD1-FtjsNQE ]

An apology to Mark and his brother-in-law. There is one other deadpooler yet to score and that's newlywed Danny Burstein. So you two are in good company.
 

Webmaster addendum: somewhere out there in Transylvania, forklift operator Vinko Bogataj sheds a tear for Jim McKay as he massages his aching tootsies — the agony of da feet
 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: June 16th
Age: 86
Worth: 10 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Team Bubba
67. Cyd Charisse

Her legs stood out. Every obit led with them. I think you partly have the costumer designer to thank for them, and of course, the director of photographer using just the right angles. Because frankly, I can't remember Leslie Caron's legs, or Ginger Rogers' legs or Eleanor Powell's legs. Or any of the other dancers who appeared on film with Kelly and Astaire. Both of them had the nicest things to say about Cyd Charisse and her legs, Kelly, in particular, who felt that Hollywood didn't really know what to do with her. The truth is, her chops were dance chops, not acting chops. And I think that limited her career options just a bit. Still, she was gorgeous then, and gorgeous pretty much up until her death. A class act, all around.

Cyd Charisse has died at 86. What a solo for Team Bubba. Five points for the hit, and five for gliding partnerless across the dance floor of the AO deadpool. Total: 10. This hit whisks Team Bubba as if by magic out of last place. Way. To. Go. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: June 18th
Age: 100
Worth: 6 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Bill Schenley
68. Jean Delannoy

I always say, there is nothing like a good French film. So it is with that thought, I sadly write this deadpool update for Jean Delannoy, the great French film director who died at 100.

During the ineffectual 1950s, Delannoy contributed to some of the many leather suitcase films of the period, such as "De l'homme Laramie," starring Administrateur de James and "Tirez-Dehors la Courbure de Medecine" and "Transport des Personnes Grand" with Scott de Randolpho.

"Le Parrain" and "Le Parrain Deux," were two of his most successful films, and the biting social commentary of "Sourd-Muet et Plus Sourd-Muet" may never be duplicated.

"Danse Avec les Loups," "Bandit Americain" and "Le Groupe Sauvage" were other well-known films of Jean Delannoy

On his seminal polemic "Fierte de Yankees," Delannoy, who had descended from Huguenots, had this to say about Tonnelier de Garie, who appeared in Delannoy's masterpiece," Mais il est droitier."

In honor of Jean Delannoy and the six deadpool points he has now afforded me (Bill Schenley), I shall watch one of his most memorable films tonight. "Academie Quatre de Police." Un point for the hit and cinq for the solo. Total: 6.

Okay, okay ... My only brush with a French film is "La Connexion Française."

Bill Schenley, l'auteur. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: June 22nd
Age: 71
Worth: 11 ₧
Popularity: 3.45% of entrants
Selectors: Sis
Brigid
69. George Denis Carlin

Radio has always been an important part of my life and it all dates back to my teenage years with listener-supported WBAI in New York. That's 99.5 on your FM dial. Every musician I love today, people like Phil Ochs, the Toms Rush and Paxton, Joni Mitchell, Dave Bromberg, and I could on and on, I heard first there. Alice's Restaurant debuted there. No one else was playing The Firesign Theater or The Incredible String Band. Radio hosts Larry Josephson, Bob Fass and Steve Post presided over the airwaves like kings. Their listeners would call and they'd talk for hours. They'd schmooze with crazy people, incarcerated people, famous people. They were unabashedly counter-cultural. On any given night, guests would wander in — people like Bob Dylan, Paul Krassner, Marshall Efron, Brother Theodore, Abbie Hoffman. The entire generation of tri-state boomers was kept in thrall by these brilliant radio personalities. Twice a year, WBAI would hold fundraisers, and one day I worked up the nerve to go down and answer the phones in their studio in an old church on 62nd Street. (Since torn down for hideous condos.) I met my radio heroes and hung out in the summers when I wasn't in college. I worked the switchboard (switchboard!) during their fund-raising marathons. I wish I could say I never left, but it was a brief interlude and I went over to the enemy of a station like this, advertising. When in 1973, WBAI broadcast George Carlin's Seven Words routine, it was to be a landmark moment in the station's history. The record played on Lunch Pail, an afternoon show hosted by Paul Gorman, who might have taken the opportunity to go the bathroom.

In the middle of the night, you could do anything on WBAI. You could get high, play records over and over and over again, you could scream about the war and Richard Nixon, take calls from prisons, organize Yippie demonstrations, you could shoot your mouth off about anyone and everything with any language you chose, within reason, of course.

In the afternoon, not so much. A little kid was listening, and the rest is broadcast and free speech history.

George Carlin was larger than life, but Brigid and Sis knew better, and also seem to know each other pretty well, as they each have the same two hits. Carlin was 71, so they get 8 points for the hit and 3 for the duet, for 11 motherfucking points. Awesome. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: June 22nd
Age: 93
Worth: 7 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Johnnyb
70. Dolores "Dody" Goodman

I only remember her doing an endless stream of talk shows. Like Jack Paar, Merv Griffin, Virginia Graham, Mike Douglas, Steve Allen, Johnny Carson. "Girl Talk," "Talk of the Town." Throw in the game shows, a professional celebrity.

Dody Goodman reminded me of Foster Brooks. One trick and it was only slightly amusing ... once. To be fair, she had two or three other tricks, dancing and acting on Broadway, on television and in the movies. But she promoted that awful ditzy airhead women-are-stupid thing that people should have found offensive. Didn't stop her from getting show business work for 50 years. And like Dody Goodman, who died last week at 93, Johnnyb heard the music and just couldn't make his feet behave. He gets 2 points for the hit, and five for the solo.

Update by Bill Schenley, who apparently feels that the best thing about Dody Goodman's life is that she ended it on Johnnyb's deadpool list. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: July 1st
Age: 82
Worth: 10 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Dead Batteries
71. Clay Felker

The July 14th issue of New York Magazine arrived today and Clay Felker is on the cover, as everyone expected he would be. It's an old photo, he's on the phone, the kind with a rotary dial and a cord and there's a typewriter there, too. Of the manual persuasion. Tom Wolfe wrote the cover story. Who else. Ancient history, the creation of New York Magazine. But it completely changed the way we look at magazines. It was so exciting to take it out of the mailbox every week and see/feel/eat the city we lived in. There was Clyde Frazier on the cover or Norman Mailer and Jimmy Breslin, or Viva photographed by Arbus. Extraordinary scoops and exclusives all courtesy of Clay Felker, who promised to make dozens of writers stars, and made good on the promise. Think about all the city magazines you know. For better or worse, there they are, from coast to coast, lying on hotel room coffeetables, telling you where to eat, how to live, who to know and what to do. Clay Felker, who has died at 83, started all that.

Dead Batteries, one of the AO Deadpool's New York contingent, gets the hit and solo. Five and five will net them ten. I'm just guessing, but I bet Felker would have loved a good deadpool. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: July 4th
Age: 86
Worth: 5 ₧
Popularity: 10.34% of entrants
Selectors: Ray Arthur
Mort Chewary
King Daevid
Busgal
Another Lurker
Abby
72. Jesse Alexander Helms Jr.

Amelia is vacationing in the South of France with her latest boy-toy, it has fallen upon me to write and post the deadpool update for Jesse Helms. I did the best I could with what little I had. All errors, should they be basic grammar or 2nd grade addition ... are mine. Amelia will make it all better when she returns.>

Journalists and obituary writers wrote that Jesse Helms "helped to usher in a new brand of conservatism." They called him the "conservative champion."

Conservatives must be so proud.

Upon Helms' death, the Reverend Billy Graham, "America's pastor," issued a statement asking America to "honor his legendary life and extraordinary legacy." Let's examine that "extraordinary legacy."

Jesse Helms stood in opposition to the bill that would, for the first time, give black Americans their already constitutionally guaranteed right to vote. What is it about the United States Constitution that conservatives seem to abhor? Oh. Now I remember. The rights of ... other people.

Once, when both Helms and Carol Moseley Braun were riding an elevator in the Capitol Building, Helms began to sing "Dixie." Later, he stated he sang the Southern-White anthem in the elevator with Braun in the hope it would make her cry.

When President Clinton tried to integrate the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Jesse Helms became a rage-warrior in opposition. The Fourth Circuit Court is one of the most conservative federal appeals courts in the United States.

Thinking he might lose in his Senate re-election bid in 1990, against the Charlotte mayor, Harvey Gantt, Helms ran an ad that showed a white hand crumpling up a job application as the announcer said, "that person needed a job but it was given to a minority." Played well with white, North Carolina conservatives1.

Like a mad dog he attacked The National Endowment for the Arts. He wanted the art of the great photographer Robert Mapplethorpe banned. Mapplethorpe was just too gay.

He led opposition to research funding at the National Institute of Health for AIDS. And he personally wrote the provision that bans HIV-positive men, women and children from traveling or immigrating to America. Of course the gay-lesbian community did extract a little revenge2.

In 1993, when Clinton nominated Roberta Achtenberg to be an Assistant Secretary at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Helms would once again show off his bigotry: "She's a damn lesbian. I am not going to put a lesbian in a position like that. If you want to call me a bigot, fine."

Jesse, you were a bigot.

Except where your flesh and blood is concerned.

11-years later, Senator Helms campaigned for his grand-daughter, Jennifer Knox, when she ran as a Republican for District Justice in Raleigh. Jennifer Knox is a lesbian.

His was not a "new brand of conservatism." It was age-old racism.

Abby, Another Lurker, Busgal, King Daevid, Mort Chewary and Ray Arthur were not just whistling "Dixie" when they added Senator Jesse Helms to their deadpool lists. Helms, who was 86 when he entered the Tenth Level of Hell, left behind, not only an "extraordinary legacy," but five points for each of our players who showed they had no prejudice towards miserable, old white men. Total: 5

Footnotes:
[1] www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIyewCdXMzk
[2] www.youtube.com/watch?v=bngtgTwvKcE
 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: July 4th
Age: 91
Worth: 5 ₧
Popularity: 3.45% of entrants
Selectors: Moldy Oldies
James Neibaur
73. Evelyn Louise Keyes

I am really pissed off at the New York Times for their obituary of Evelyn Keyes. It is unbelievably lazy reporting. Clearly, the writer had scored a copy of her tell-all book, ("and then I screwed...") and decided that that was more than enough for an overview of a Hollywood life. Never mind that the comparable sexy male actor in Hollywood would have been treated with far more deference. All you have to do is look at any of the other obits for Keyes (see Adam Bernstein's great Washington Post obit) to see that she had a career in addition to having lots of nookie. It wasn't a great career. If the best you can say about a movie you appeared in is that you were one of the last-surviving members of it, this is not a great career. But she was memorable. I'll give her that. I haven't seen The Seven Year Itch in probably 30 years, but I can see and hear her like it was yesterday. And Marilyn Monroe was in that film. So I think I'll send an email to the New York Times Public Editor about the way they cover actresses who screw around. I didn't get a response from my last letter about the way they covered Hillary Clinton. Maybe I'll be luckier this time.

Evelyn Keyes died on the 4th of July at 91. You will never guess who had her on his deadpool list. Never. Ok, you will. It was James Neibaur and it would have been a solo, except that Moldy Oldies had her, too. They each get 2 for the hit and three for the duet. Total: 5. Well done, lads, well done. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: July 11th
Age: 99
Worth: 2 ₧
Popularity: 20.69% of entrants
Selectors: Undertaker
Scubama
Ray Arthur
Mort Chewary
Lurker3791
Kentucky Wizard
Kathi
Exuma
Excard
DGH
Constant Irritant
Charlene
74. Michael Ellis DeBakey

I now know that there is a website for everything.

www.hubdub.com/e/Market/Will_Dr_Michael_DeBakey_live_to_see_hi... ]

One wonders what September 7, 2008 would have been like in Houston, Texas had he lived. Would they have invited all the people still living whose hearts he unbroke? Would Jerry Lewis have made an appearance? All the Korean war vets saved at the MASH units he designed? Everyone who's had successful open heart surgery thanks to his design of the roller pump in the heart-lung machine? The recipients of the Dacron graft? Would Charlene, Constant Irritant, DGH, Excard, Exuma, Kathi, Lurker3791, Mort Chewary, Ray Arthur, Scubama, The Wiz and Undertaker have gone there to collect their two points each?

We'll never know.

We do know that Michael DeBakey saved thousands of lives but had no control over his own. He was 99.

He was a great man. He deserved a better update. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: July 12th
Age: 62
Worth: 11 ₧
Popularity: 13.79% of entrants
Selectors: Philip
Mort Chewary
Mark
DGH
Direcorbie
Dead Batteries
Chipmunk Roasting
Chaptal
75. Bobby Ray Murcer

To Yankee fans, two of the blackest days in pinstripe history involved Bobby Murcer, who was 62 when he died. The first was October 22nd 1974 — the day New York traded him to the San Francisco Giants. He had been exiled to the West Coast after a contract dispute with general manager Gabe Paul.

He arrived in New York, like Mickey Mantle, who he was supposed to replace, via Oklahoma ... just in time for, what Yankee fans call, the "dark years." Eight years later, he left New York, missing their three-year World Series run, and then he returned for again more dark days.

The second black day which involved Murcer was August 2nd 1979, the day his closest friend on the Yankees died. A few days later, hours after delivering one of the eulogies at Thurman Munson's funeral, Bobby Murcer cemented his place in Yankee lore by driving in all five runs in an emotional come-from-behind win over the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium.

He was an Emmy-award winning baseball broadcaster who, like the late Phil Rizzuto, was an unabashed New York Yankee fan. And, like Rizzuto and Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Derek Jeter and Thurman Munson ... Bobby Murcer was born to be a Yankee.

Watching Bobby Ray Murcer play baseball was to see the joy of a boy chasing a ball. With every swing, with every gold-glove catch, it seemed the smile would never fade. And I'm glad I had the chance to see him play ball — to see his smile.

I guess Mark had been standing in the on-deck circle long enough. He finally got a hit ... and to his great surprise it was a double. He gets 11 points for the hit and 10 points for picking Tony Snow to die on the same day as the boy whose Oklahoma smile lit up Yankee Stadium for so many years. Total: 21. Chaptal, Chipmunk Roasting, Dead Batteries, Direcorbie, DGH, Mort Chewary and Philip also get 11 points.

Bill Schenley wrote the update. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: July 12th
Age: 53
Worth: 14 ₧
Popularity: 17.24% of entrants
Selectors: Yersinia Pestis
Nova Cassius
Mark
Johnnyb
Erik
Ed Varner
Denise
Dead People Server
Constant Irritant
Bill Schenley
76. Robert Anthony "Tony" Snow

Everyone thought Tony Snow was a nice guy. Maybe he was a nice guy. Maybe he was a fine public servant. But I don't think that trying to explain, and very often making light of, the actions of the Bush administration comes under the category of public service. But he energized the conservative base, he helped raise the money that filled the Republican coffers, he made those assholes look good. He just didn't make enough money to stay in the job. He left The White House to take to the lecture circuit to leave his poor family some dough. You would think that the Bush/Cheney crowd could have chipped in. They ain't known for charity. Tony Snow was an obscenely young 53 when he died.

Bill Schenley, Constant Irritant, Dead People Server, Denise, Ed V, Erik, Johnnyb, Nova Cassius and Yersinia Pestis are on the one hand sad to see such a young man die of cancer. And on the other hand ... they each get a whopping 14 points. Lots of movement in the standings and a near Daily Double for Constant Irritant.

Also Mark. Mark from Maine. Mark from Red Sox Nation. Mark got his first hit of the year with Bobby Murcer. HALLELUJAH. And now his second hit of the year? On the same day? Unreal. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: July 13th
Age: 90
Worth: 3 ₧
Popularity: 5.17% of entrants
Selectors: Johnnyb
Drunk As A Skunk
Busgal
77. Jo Elizabeth Stafford

She had this gorgeous mezzo soprano voice that just dripped gold. A voice she carried across several genres; jazz, pop, traditional folk, even comedy. Jo Stafford, who has died at 90, understood the written word of song. That is to say, she could interpret a lyric before she heard the music. She was probably best known for her 1950's hit "You Belong To Me," but she recorded one of the finest versions of "I'll Be Seeing You." A surprising late act of her career was a fake tone-deaf lounge act she created with her husband, Paul Weston. They were known as Jonathan and Darlene Edwards. They recorded albums and headlined in high-class venues across the country, including the Beverly Hilton.

Not tone-deaf at all are Busgal, DrunkAsASkunk and Johnnyb, who each get 2 points for the hit and one for the trio. Total: 3. A round of applause for these deadpoolers, please. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: July 19th
Age: 101
Worth: 6 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Charlene
78. Delores "Dercy" Gonçalves Costa

Both Joan Collins1 and Nancy Sinatra2 appeared nude in (U.S) men's magazines after the age of 50. Tasteful photos, I guess. One of South America's best-known actor/comedians Dercy Gonçalves, who has died at 101, posed for Penthouse Brazil, also after the age of 50. Well after. She was 94 when this photo was taken:

www.freakium.com/edicao10_samba6.jpg ]

At the time, she stated, "It's not like I would open my legs and embarrass my family. It's going to be very artistic, the type of thing you would put on your coffee table."

Not my coffee table.

Dercy Gonçalves once rode on a float in a parade topless. Probably not a big deal in Rio de Janeiro, save for the fact that she was 84 at the time. Still, it beats the photos she posed for last year:

ofuxico.terra.com.br/admin/smarty/templates/img_upload... ]

peganaminhaebalanca.files.wordpress.com/2007/08/playold.jpg ]

Born Dolores Costa, she made her first film in 1943, although she appeared in revues beginning in 1929, and her last in 2008. In between there was theatre, radio, carnival and television. For almost eighty years she entertained South Americans with her irreverent wit filled with obscenities, and her scandalous behavior. Once, when she was targeted in Brazil for her risqué vocabulary, she quietly explained, "I'm a portrait of this country. One that is fucking nasty."

I had never heard of Ms. Gonçalves before writing this update. Too bad, because I'm sure I would have been smitten by her. I am, however, intrigued as to how Charlene came to be the only one of our deadpoolers to pick her. At any rate, Charlene will be parading around, flashing the one point she gets for the hit and the five for the solo. Total: 6

Feel free to flash us a little more, Charlene.

(A Bill Schenley update. Right up his alley.)
 

Webmaster's footnotes:
[1] Collins — at age 50 in December 1983 Playboy
[2] Sinatra — at age 54 in May 1995 Playboy
 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: July 22nd
Age: 84
Worth: 5 ₧
Popularity: 22.41% of entrants
Selectors: Mort Chewary
Moldy Oldies
Mark
King Daevid
Kentucky Wizard
James Neibaur
Garrett
Excard
Eternity Tours
Ed Varner
Direcorbie
Dead People Server
Allen Kirshner
79. Estelle Getty

For someone coming so late to fame, and so reluctantly, Estelle Getty remained remarkably non-plussed about it. With a marriage and a family, she dedicated herself in her spare time to her career. In the early 80's, she had the good sense to ask her friend Harvey Fierstein to write a "play with a mother in it." He did and she played her to the hilt in Torch Song Trilogy. A couple of years on Broadway, a couple of years on tour later, she was sort of a star. Still, she resented the fact that Anne Bancroft got the film role. Getty thought she was "too loud and played too hard at being Jewish."

I have to admit I never caught The Golden Girls in its prime time, and when I catch it in reruns, I never stick with it because of its treacly sentimentality, but when I do appreciate it, it's usually because of the expert timing of any of her co-stars. None of whom saw fit to attend her funeral.

I'll always remember her in Tootsie in her one-line scene dancing with her husband as Charles Durning dances with Dustin Hoffman which is almost enough help in forgetting about her in Mannequin and Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot.

The writer of the book, If I Knew Now What I Knew Then, So What has died at 84, three days shy of her 85th. The writer of this update, Garrett, gets the hit, and a lot of company besides. He's joined by Allen Kirshner, Dead People Server, Direcorbie, EdV, Eternity Tours, Excard, James Neibaur, King Daevid, Mark (!), Moldy Oldies, Mort Chewary and The Wiz. Each gets 5 points.

Thank you for a lovely update, Garrett. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: August 3rd
Age: 89
Worth: 8 ₧
Popularity: 3.45% of entrants
Selectors: Charlene
Brigid
80. Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn

There's an argument to be made that you couldn't have a Solzhenitsyn today. That he was a product of his time, not only because of the indignities he suffered in the Gulag but because of the public response of the Russian regime and the world press to his work. He was and remained until his death a public icon, a conscience, a martyr. Today's Kremlin is a little more careful about bullying intellectuals to their death or incarceration. Opposition politicians aren't in the mood to hang around too long if things get too complicated. There are no giant literary figures willing to take on all comers. The authoritarianism of today's leaders just isn't the Soviet oppression Solzhenitsyn hung his hat on. His masterpiece described in unbearable detail the blind obedience of the secret police. It was simple. He was good. The Soviet Union was evil. It's just not that simple anymore. It probably wasn't that simple then, either.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn has died at 89. He outlived the oppressive regime he railed against by 17 years. Brigid and Charlene go odin, dva on this hit. They get pyat for the hit and tri for the duet. Total: Vosem. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: August 3rd
Age: 83
Worth: 10 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Garrett
81. Louis Milton Teicher

They met at Juilliard, Lou Teicher and Arthur Ferrante, when Teicher was 6 (1930) and Ferrante was 9. Classically trained, the duo of Ferrante and Teicher were unmatched in their dexterity, speed and clarity, and by the 1960s the pair became known as "the movie theme team." Influenced by John Cage, they were two of the most innovative pianists of the last century.

They had hits with "Jealous Lover" ("The Theme from The Apartment"), "Exodus," "Theme from Midnight Cowboy" and "Tonight" from "West Side Story."

Arthur Ferrante and Lou Teicher, who was 83 when he died last week, together recorded over 150 albums of spectacular piano music. Oh, sure, their glides were just for decoration; grandiose, but the exhilarating arpeggios could be magnificent. Often called "the grand twins of the twin grands," they made classical music seem easy and pop music seem difficult. "Passionless ... lifeless ... numbing," whined The Washington Post sometime in the late 1970s, obviously, The Post critic knew nothing of love and romance.

AO Deadpooler Garrett knew enough about love and romance to pound out a hit with Lou Teicher's death, one half of the duo of Ferrante and Teicher. Garrett gets five points for the hit and five for the solo. Total: 10. Take a bow, G.

"Exodus": [ www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKQzG3IMpyQ ]

"Tonight": [ www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMw19x3C-Pk&feature=related ]

"Jealous Lover": [ www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_hRC5auJLA ]

"Autumn Leaves": [ www.youtube.com/watch?v=KP3FrEwc4SE ]

"Moon River": [ www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaeZmncFZRI ]

(Update by B. Schenley.) 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: August 13th
Age: 104
Worth: 6 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: The Fireball
82. Henri Paul Cartan

For someone who normally bills himself as a fucking know-it-all ... I have to admit, there are one or two things I know nothing about. Religion and matham ... mathum ... arithmat ... mube ... #s are those two things. So whose updates do I usually get stuck writing? Fucking priests and #s people. Who knows, maybe I got stuck with this guy because he was French and I'm married to a French broad.

Henri Cartan was this #s guy. John Morgan, a professor of mathematics at Columbia University, said of Mr. Cartan, "He is a mathematician that contributed in two different ways to the subject." All that means to me is that he could both add and subtract. Big deal. I can do that as long as the numbers don't reach triple figures.

According to the obituary in the San Francisco Chronicle, Henri Cartan "was a founding member of a group of French mathematicians who set out to rigorously write down the foundations of mathematics." Too bad these Frog geniuses couldn't figure out that soap + water = a fucking bath.

Fireball had a solo with this French #s guy, so he gets a few extra points. Let's see, Cartan was born in 1904 and he died in 2008, so if I remember this correctly, I gott'a subtract 1904 from 2008. Okay, 8 minus four is *four*, zero minus zero is *zero* and 20 minus 19 is *one* and that means he was 401 when he died. Fireball's points add up this way, one point for the hit and five for the solo. Total: 15.

<Note to Amelia: If I fucked up the scoring, fix it. Don't let me look like an idiot.>

Another hilarious Schenley update. Fireball actually gets 1 + 5 equals 6.

I was on the math team in junior high school. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: August 13th
Age: 107
Worth: 6 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Exuma
83. Jack Arnold Weil

Guest updater Exuma writes:

I'll always remember my prized "smiley" pocket cowboy shirt with the snap buttons. I got it for Christmas when I was a child living in Minneapolis in the late 1950's. It's the coolest shirt I've ever had. Little did I know at the time that the western style cowboy shirt had been invented by a gentleman from Indiana named Jack Arnold Weil. He had arrived in Denver as a salesman for the Paris Garter Company. The garters were used to keep socks from falling around the ankles. (Those were pre-elastic days.) Jack Weil fell in love with the wide open spaces of Denver and stayed. He started his own company, Rockmount Western Wear and began selling his signature snap button shirts. Perfect for cowboys whose shirts have a tendency to get snagged on sagebrush or cow horns. Perfect for cowboys who weren't likely to sew on new buttons or mend tears.

He learned fast not to count on cowboys to buy them, since they didn't always have money. Instead, he appealed to the cowboy in everyone else. Little kids playing cowboys and Indians. Celebrities like Reagan, who wore the Premium Blue Flannel Plaid, and Bob Dylan, who liked the Pink Gabardine. Or Redford, who liked his plaid in rayon and Clapton, who preferred the diamond snap number. The stars of Brokeback Mountain wore (and removed) Weil shirts and all the delegates of the Colorado delegation had red, white and blue numbers at the Democratic Convention a couple of weeks back. As long as the company's been around, and Jack Weil was 107 when he died last month, every article of clothing has been made in the United States of America.

Jack Weil, a Jewish boy from Indiana who invented the cowboy look, was the oldest CEO in the country. Exuma remembered the snap shirt from his childhood and didn't forget to put Weil on the list. He gets 1 point for the hit and 5 for the solo. Total: 6. Nice hit and update, Ex. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: August 15th
Age: 53
Worth: 17 ₧
Popularity: 3.45% of entrants
Selectors: Yersinia Pestis
Ed Varner
84. Leroy Edward Sievers

Leroy Sievers had a blog. Called My Cancer, it was a blow-by-blow account of everything he was feeling as he walked through the shadow of death. (I notice that his significant other has been posting her feelings the last couple of days, so it doesn't end with death, I'm afraid.) This is my least favorite kind of story to do. Here you have a perfectly respectable broadcast journalist, a producer who made a name for himself on the airwaves reporting on wars and natural disasters. A man whose fame should have centered around his contribution to Nightline as executive producer, specifically his insistence on the Memorial Day reading of the names of all the servicewomen and men killed in Iraq, and yet ... he will be most known for a hideous cancer and his running commentary about same. When you read these things, and believe me, he wasn't and isn't alone, as there are hundreds, maybe thousands of blogs by people who are going through big, terrible things, you can't help feeling that these people think that death/cancer/hardship is not just the most important thing that's happening to them, it's somehow the most important thing that's happening to you, as well. I do not believe this is the case. Maybe you can get chemo survival tips and learn about hospice. But everything else is fundamentally different. Your spouse is not their spouse, your doctor is not their doctor, your terminal illness is not theirs. The truth is, your life is not their life. Your death will not be their death.

On the other hand, Leroy Sievers' death at 53 is Yersinia Pestis' and EdV's gain. They both get 14 points for the hit and 3 for the duet. Sorry for the bummer update. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: August 15th
Age: 91
Worth: 7 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Deepstblu
85. Gerald "Jerry" Wexler

Jerry Wexler is dead, and what can you say about Wex (as his friends called him) that he hadn't already said about himself? Wexler, who was 91 when he fell from the charts, and who was one of Rock 'n' Roll/Rhythm & Blues most prolific producers/promoters, loved to talk about Wex.

We'll try to think of something.

Wexler died on the 15th of August, sometime around the Midnight Hour.

For Wexler, death was a Slow Train Coming, but for most of his life he was Drinkin Wine Spo-de-o-dee and he was an admitted cocaine addict who rode the Fast Train.

Still, he had the Respect of recording artists/musicians and industry alike.

Mr. Wexler was married twice, the first time on a Sunday afternoon, to Mary. He described the next day when the couple woke up as Bloody Mary Morning, but added, When a Man Loves a Woman, and that he would just have to Take Time to Know Her." She may not have been much to look at, but at least he could say I Got a Woman.

Born in 1917, to the Son of a Preacher Man.

It has been reported that his mother's first words were "There Goes My Baby." However, the doctor's first words to little Jerry were Cry to Me.

Mr. Wexler started out in the music business just Wishin' and Hopin', but was soon one of the recording industry's most important producers, with talent like Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Solomon Burke, Wilson Pickett, Etta James and Percy Sledge. He would move on to more diverse artists, like Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Dr. John, Roberta Flack and even Dusty Springfield. His studio battles with Ms. Springfield were legend in the recording business.

Once, while in the studio, Wexler called her a dyke, and, in tears, she screamed back,"Go on, Another Piece of my Heart."

Running away from him, she yelled back, "As far as you're concerned, what I got between my legs is Just Out of Reach."

Wexler pleaded with Dusty Springfield, "Let me have Just One Look. Dusty, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Since I Met You, Baby all I can do is Shake, Rattle and Roll.

So anyway, the guy's dead, and, for one hit, Deepstblu is number one with a bullet. I guess Deepstblu was thinking, I'd Rather Go Blind, than share the points. He gets two points for the hit and five for the solo. Total: 7.

(You can thank Mr. Schenley for this update.*) *Songs produced by Mr. Wexler, in order of appearance:

Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett
Slow Train Coming - Bob Dylan
Drinkin Wine Spo-de-o-dee - Stick McGhee
Fast Train - Solomon Burke
Respect - Aretha Franklin
Bloody Mary Morning - Willie Nelson
When a Man Loves a Woman - Percy Sledge
Take Time to Know Her - Percy Sledge
I Got a Woman - Ray Charles
Son of a Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield
There Goes My Baby - The Drifters
Cry to Me - Solomon Burke
Wishin' and Hopin' - Dusty Springfield
Another Piece of my Heart - Etta James
Just Out of Reach - Solomon Burke
Just One Look - Doris Troy
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack
Since I Met You, Baby - Ivory Joe Hunter
Shake, Rattle and Roll - Big Joe Turner
I'd Rather Go Blind - Etta James
 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: August 16th
Age: 73
Worth: 13 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Acctorp
86. Joseph Ronald "Ronnie" Drew

There's a place in Dublin where you go for the music. It's called O'Donoghue's and it's just a street or two away from my nephew's apartment on St. Stephen's Green. It's a narrow, always-crowded pub, popular with both locals and tourists. Musicians of all stripes play for the privilege of selling their CDs. There are two music areas, one in the front, one by the snug in the back, separated by a long bar. We were there in the spring, and went every night we could. When they're busy and they're pretty much always busy, they're too busy to make a show of a slow pour of Guinness. I would get a glass (cheap date) and listen to the music and read. The walls. They're full of photos and drawings and posters of gigs and record jackets of Ronnie Drew and the Dubliners. It's pretty much a shrine to the fellows who came in all those nights to play their music. One night I sat in O'Donoghue's singing along to the song about a girl whose hair was black and whose eyes were blue thinking about how much I loved this traditional Irish music. I later realized the song was written by Steve Earle, who attended a reading of the Dead Beat at the KGB bar in the East Village, and who introduced himself to Marilyn as a big fan of obits. Globalization at its best.

Bushy-bearded, hard-drinking Ronnie Drew will sing no more bar-room ballads on this earth. He died last week at 73. Last year's winner, Acctorp, gets the solo. Eight for the hit and five for the solo. Total: 13. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: August 17th
Age: 93
Worth: 5 ₧
Popularity: 3.45% of entrants
Selectors: Kathi
Buford
87. Maudie Celia Acklin Cantrell White Hopkins

Maudie Celia Acklin Cantrell White (Unknown) Hopkins was 19 when she wed William Cantrell, who had served in the Confederacy with French's Battalion of the 7th Virginia Infantry. Mr. Cantrell was 86. According to Maudie, she needed shoes and a new dress, a house and two-hundred acres of prime Arkansas bottom land and a war pension. Mr. Cantrell merely required good lips.

Apparently it worked out well for both of them. They stayed married for the rest of his life, or, if you prefer, three years ... until he done felled off'a the mule. In her grief, and now a wealthy land baron, she married again that year to the first of three more husbands, who also, in some manner, shape or form ... done felled off'a the mule.

Now I don't know if Buford done got hisself 200 acres of Arkansas bottom land, and I don't know if Kathi gots great lips, but I do knowed, because Maudie was 93 when she cashed her last check, they both done gots themselves two points for the hit and three bonus points for this icky duo. Total: 5.

Photos:

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(A Bill Schenley update) 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: September 1st
Age: 88
Worth: 10 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Philip
88. Michael Pate

When Philip emailed to say he had Michael Pate, who has died at 88, I sighed and thought, another obscure Australian, just what I need. I'm embarrassed to admit this ignorance, because I should have known. Even though his name didn't ring a bell, his face is completely familiar to me from my formative years spent watching American television. Not sure why he left Australia for Tinseltown, but perhaps he knew it was inevitable that he play scores of Indians and bad guys in movies and TV shows. You name it, he was on it. Mission Impossible. The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. Get Smart. Burke's Law. Wagon Train. Gunsmoke. Perry Mason. Rawhide. Even Lassie. I could go on and on, but you can go to the internets and see for yourself. Between his two decades in America and his career as a TV cop in Australia, Pate had 163 notches on his IMDb belt. And one on Philip's deadpool list. Philip gets 5 for the hit and 5 for the solo. Total: 10. Nice hit there, Philip. I'll never doubt your picks again. I promise. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: September 1st
Age: 71
Worth: 11 ₧
Popularity: 3.45% of entrants
Selectors: Team Bubba
The Fireball
89. Jerry Reed

Jerry Reed, who died last week at 71, was one of the most underrated guitarists of the 20th century. Not that redneck guitar players get all that much notice anyway. But Jerry Reed, with that crab-like hand, could pick. He will probably be remembered for his movie roles and/or his novelty songs, but in truth, he was as influential as a guitarist, in his genre of music, as any guitarist of the 20th century. As a first-call session guitarist in Nashville, Jerry Reed was requested by, to name just a few, Elvis Presley, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Porter Wagoner and Chet Atkins — the biggest names in Country Music. The cotton mill boy from Georgia left the building through the front door, and he was walking with the big dog.

For the moment, Fireball and Team Bubba are hot, and when you're hot you're hot. They each get eight points for the hit with three bonus points added for the very dead Jerry Reed. And when you're dead ... you're dead. Total: 11.

Lightning Rod [  www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOGiW-y-Vhs&feature=related ]

(A Bill Schenley update) 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: September 6th
Age: 98
Worth: 5 ₧
Popularity: 3.45% of entrants
Selectors: James Neibaur
The Fireball
90. Anita Page

Only a few silent screen actors lived into the 21st century, and Anita Page, who has died at 98, was one of them. The "Spanish Blonde" as she was described by one studio, co-starred in the first sound motion picture to win the Best Film award, "The Broadway Melody." Her movie career, although brief, was responsible for several marriage proposals. The very gay Ramon Navarro, the very crazy Benito Mussolini, and the very asexual Nacio Herb Brown, who reportedly wrote the song, "You Were Meant for Me" for Ms. Page, were the authors of several of those requests. Finally, she married a future navy admiral. Their daughter Linda runs an escort service. Go figure.

And what's with Randall Malone, her "friend and longtime companion" according to the New York Times and AP. He was also "friend and longtime companion" to Celeste Holm, Margaret O'Brien, Ginger Rogers and Ann Miller. I mean, these women were like twice his age. Creepy.

Both Fireball, who has had his embalming fluid-soaked fingers in the last three picks and James Neibaur had Anita Page ready to Hitch Hike to Heaven. They each get two points for the hit and three bonus points. Total: 5.

(Bill Schenley update) 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: September 19th
Age: 69
Worth: 16 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Amelia
91. Richard Merrill "Dick" Sudhalter

Dick Sudhalter was a musician and a writer. Had he been just a musician, there'd be a nice obit and some fans scattered around the world.

But he wrote music criticism and liner notes and books, and one of those books made him uncomfortably well-known in the small world of jazz scholarship. He won a Grammy for his liner notes but he garnered both praise and contempt for "Lost Chords: White Musicians and Their Contribution to Jazz, 1915-1945."

You can see in the post-modern, politically correct world we live in, how a book devoted to the white contribution to jazz might rankle some. Sudhalter figured the more they yelled it was a racial screed, the less of the book they had actually read. The overpraised Branford Marsalis said the book "does not deserve the dignity of a response. It's not an argument I'm prepared to devote five minutes to." So I guess Sudhalter was right about that.

His bio of Beiderbecke, on the other hand, is considered a classic.

Sudhalter was a very good trumpeter and cornettist. But I must blow my own horn. This elegant solo nets me (Amelia) 11 points for the hit and 5 for the solo. Total: 16. And all I did was Google "benefit concert." 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: Sepember 25th
Age: 87
Worth: 10 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selectors: Garrett
92. Connie Haines

Connie Haines was born Yvonne JaMais. And some think that Yvonne JaMais has a nicer sound to it than Connie Haines. She spent a little time as Baby Yvonne Marie, the little princess of the air, and then she was demonstrating songs in the Brill building to Harry James, who didn't like the sound of her birth name or her princess name. He didn't like the sound of Sinatra's name, either, but Sinatra's mother convinced him otherwise. Yvonne wasn't from a good mafia family, so she went along and changed her name. Didn't matter. The important thing was the sound of her singing. And everyone loved that. She made some beautiful music with and without Sinatra over a very long career. And probably the most interesting fact about Connie Haynes is that the woman who named her Yvonne Marie Antoinette JaMais, her mother, survives her, at 109.

A sweet-sounding solo for Garrett, a trademark solo for him, I'd say. He gets 5 for the hit and 5 for the solo. Total: 10. Sing out, Garrett. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: September 26th
Age: 83
Worth: 5 ₧
Popularity: 10.34% of entrants
Selectors: Mister Selina
Kixco
Kathypig1
Kathi
Allezblanc
Abby
93. Paul Leonard Newman

It's difficult to type his name at the bottom of the list. I know he was a chain smoker. I know he wasn't that young. But Paul Newman is not supposed to die. I want to keep seeing him at the theater, you want to keep seeing him at the racetrack. We all want to keep seeing him in the movies and walking out on the Letterman stage again, his six-shooter finger guns blazing. We want his career to have another prime. It had a first prime, a second prime, even a third one, with films like Road to Perdition and Empire Falls. And of course, he was a good man, the best of men. He worked his ass off for the poor, the sick, and the needy. And the films. So many wonderful films. We've all got our favorites. We quote from them relentlessly, and people quote back at us. Rereading Tom Vallance's marvelous obituary in The Independent, I'm reminded of films I had forgotten about. Until They Sail, a nice WW2 love story in New Zealand with Jean Simmons, the terrific Drowning Pool, the wonderful Slap Shot, the haunting Mr. and Mrs. Bridge.

Oh, and if you ever run into someone who didn't like Paul Newman, or has a bad thing to say about him, alert the media.

I can forgive the six gamesters who thought Paul Newman was supposed to die this fall at 83. But it may take some time. Abby, Allezblancs, Kathi, Kathypig1, Kixco and Mister Selina are all very patient players who were all overdue for their next hit. They each get 5 points. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: October 1st
Age: 109
Worth: 6 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Charlene
94. Boris Efimovich Yefimov

In Russia, political satirist Boris Yefimov, who was 109 when he laid down his pencil, became a national treasure, and one who had survived the chaos which was the 20th century Soviet Union beginning with Bloody Sunday and ending with Vladimir Putin. That means he existed, sometimes barely, through Lenin, Stalin, Nikita Khrushchev, Leonid Brezhnev, Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin. Tenuous, those Stalin days were, for Yefimov:

"Human beings are creatures who can get used to anything. You live, and then you go on living. They haven't touched you, they took your neighbor. But that's your neighbor, not you." — Boris Yefimov —

He did Stalin's bidding, no matter how much he abhorred it, just to survive. He lampooned men he despised, like Adolf Hitler, but also men he respected, like Winston Churchill. All to keep the Soviet Secret Police from his door.

Unfortunately he couldn't keep Charlene from his door. She gets one point for etching his name on her deadpool list, and another five for inking the solo. Total: 6.

(Spaceba to Bill Schenley for the update.) 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: October 4th
Age: 85
Worth: 10 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Buford
95. Albert Edward Pryke "Ted" Briggs

When your number is up, as they say, it's up. But Ted Briggs' number did not fall between one and 1,421. And that made all the difference in the world. Briggs was an 18-year-old officer's messenger on the elderly HMS Hood during WWII when it ran into the youthful Bismarck. There was a battle, a tad one-sided. When the final salvo struck The Hood, she sank within two minutes. Briggs, one of only three lads to survive the devastation, thought he was drowning, made peace with dying but was shot to the surface "like a decanted cork in a champagne bottle." He got to the surface just in time to see the Hood in a vertical state, a vision that reappeared in decades of dreams. When Churchill heard the news, he said (so they say) "Sink the Bismarck" and she was gone three days later. In 2001, Briggs met with survivors of the Bismarck (only 119 out of 2200 were pulled out of the sea) on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the loss of those ships and the men who went down with them.

Our Buford, who maintains our lovely website, has scored a terrific solo with the death of the last survivor of the Hood who was the head of the Hood Veterans Association. He gets 5 for the hit and 5 for the solo. Nice work, Buf. 


«—SUMMARY—»
Died: October 7th
Age: 93
Worth: 7 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Philip

96. Peter Copley

One of our deadpool players has a habit of picking people I've never heard of, and this year, they have the habit of dying. So here we go again, an update on Peter Copley, a character actor out of England, who began his career in the thirties playing The Waiter and ended it playing The Elderly Man. Along the way, he played the Vicar, the Records Clerk, First Funeral Director, so-and-so's Father, so-and-so's Grandfather and even the Jeweler in Help, whom John calls a failure. But he was anything but, because over the course of a very long career playing soldiers and barristers and chief inspectors and ghosts, he was extraordinarily familiar to anyone attending the theatre, going out to see a film, or staying in to watch the telly. The truth is, he did it all, with all the great directors and all the great actors on all the great stages. Peter Copley was 93, and I should have known who he was.

Philip is the clever deadpool player who makes my job just that more difficult. He gets 2 points for the hit and 5 for the solo. Total: 7. You upstaged me again, Philip. Nice work.

Please note, RHD: I have added the two deadpoolers whose lists are pristine. 


«—SUMMARY—»
Died: October 15th
Age: 85
Worth: 10 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Johnnyb

97. Jack Narz

Let's Play Concentration!

"Join us every week for the www.bossbrains.com/free/images/flashcard_addition_blank.gif + www.donwalker.net/images/ventures_logo_pic.jpg of http://www.dialbforblog.com/archives/374/superman6sept1940.gif"

Remember that? No? Try a little www.swhpolice.com/images/convict.gif + www.naz.edu:9000/~tjgrzybe/images/penny.gif + www.mongomongoshop.com/catalog/images/081-tray-black.jpg + udleditions.cast.org/indira/docs/call_of_the_wild/glossary-ima...

That was www.blog.speculist.com/archives/jacks-thumb.jpeg - www.igraver.com/drawing_leafscript/leaf_script-S.jpg www.espionageinfo.com/images/eeis_01_img0319.jpg - www.sentex.net/~pql/Dingbats/1k.gif + sifieds.com/Letter-Z-260.jpg, who beyondwordsscript.com/images/Letter-O-296.jpg + www.tarapark.com.au/pics/06/penned.jpg the first Superman www.concurringopinions.com/archives/television.jpg static.howstuffworks.com/gif/dog-show-1.jpg - z.about.com/d/cameras/1/0/v/2/sadDog.jpg with that narration and who was 88 when he lost the www.gla.ac.uk/centres/marinestation/research/bask-shark/shark_... + www.votethedream.info/images/al_sharpton.jpg round of www.heritage.nf.ca/law/images/whipping_post_550.jpg the static.howstuffworks.com/gif/clock1.jpg.

Still can't remember him? Here ya' go, here's his www.unitednuclear.com/mug210.jpg: www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Boulevard/5410/dad.jpg Now www.freefoto.com/images/2001/21/2001_21_4---Letter-U_web.jpg www.rixane.com/shots/fantastic-ocean-3d-screensaver-640-9.jpg it, try to Place the Face.

He was the www.thefullfonty.com/images/ButtonDown_M_300.jpg + www.brake.org.uk/resources/images/alex%20letter%20C.jpg on the television quiz show to be www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/media/images/7/b/Cans_1.jpg + www.inetours.com/images/Snglimgs/AlcatrazCell.jpg + www.larrytt.com/celebrities_playing_tt/mister_ed.jpg because it was rigged. Dotto was www.sitpro.org.uk/images/arrows/arrup.gif + www.7nights.com/asterisk/images/end-sign.jpg + www.highhatstudios.com/imgs_ext/lolrats/macros/ded.jpg by a few ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51WPMVCY9ZL._SL500_AA240_.jpg at CBS. I'll Bet anything can be www.identa.biz/images/injection2.jpg + www.harrywalker.com/photos/Koch_Ed.jpg if The Price is Right. Dotto was www.vtonly.com/ramos_fall6.jpg + www.lttr.org/files/images/articles/IOU.jpg + www.daniellesplace.com/Images4/letterD72.gif into game-show infamy by The $64,000 heyugly.org/images/QuestionMark.jpg, The $64,000 Challenge, www.comptropolis.com/2008/07/14/blackjack.gif and www.isam.is/myndir/saelgaeti/tictac/tictac_mint_1.jpg + typo.coffeehaus.com/archives/Dough.jpg. Narz was found www.dottyparker.com/blog/images/minnow.jpg - www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/Graphics/RibMDevice.gif + www.alexross.com/forscent.jpg of any wrongdoing by way of a www.eline2000.com/biogen/lye.jpg detector test. And, To Tell the www.walshbrothers.co.uk/Stock001/silver/HB4428s.jpg + www.amit.org.il/learning/english/JW/images/ruth.jpg, he probably was. Unfortunately, after Dotto, he was never able to earn www.toypost.co.uk/images/thumbnails/t_475.jpg www.pachd.com/free-images/household-images/one-dollar-bill-01.jpg again.

Too bad, www.laurencetan.com/bee.gif + www.theflagbearer.com/pink_cancer_ribbon.jpg as an www.f1point4.com/f1point4/images/cuseys_arm.jpg + farm3.static.flickr.com/2409/1561177643_0317973ca9.jpg Army fighter pilot during go.hrw.com/atlas/norm_map/world.gif www.soldierstudies.org/images/civil_war_combat_2.jpg twenty4karat.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/peace-sign.jpg he was awarded the Distinguished Flying www.nzhistory.net.nz/files/images/erebus-cross.jpg for http://www.carmelpadres.com/grafix/carmel-mission.jpg + www.stnicholascenter.org/stnic/images/chocolate-letter-s2.jpg in the www.bigtoptentrental.com/images/gallery/china-1-000_0244.jpg /Burma theater.

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Nice work, Johnnyb.

This insanity courtesy of Mr. Schenley. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: October 17th
Age: 72
Worth: 13 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Ray Arthur
98. Levi Stubbs

It's pretty simple. I hear "Standing in the Shadows of Love" or "Baby I Need Your Lovin'" or "Walk Away Renee" or any of about a dozen songs that Levi Stubbs sang lead vocals on for The Four Tops and I am immediately transported back to the late sixties in living rooms up and down the streets of upper Manhattan, where we would have these very silly parties dancing to all this fabulous music. (Yeah, "Cherish" was my favorite song. Sue me.) I am reasonably certain that you don't want to hear a 50-something boomer like me talk about slow-dancing, so I'll just tell you that every Monday at the 77th Street stop of the number 6 train, where I begin my commute to work, there are 4 guys, (middle-aged would be a kind adjective) who don't dress as elegantly as The Four Tops or The Temptations but who sing classic Motown songs and quite well. They make everyone happy. And when I'm not running for the train, I remember to pay what I call my Motown Tax for the week.

Levi Stubbs was 72 when he died last week. I was so incredibly sad, I went right to youtube. I'm sure Ray Arthur did something similar when he heard. I know he wasn't exactly happy to get a solo for a total of 13 points. (8 for the hit, 5 for the solo.) "It's the same old song." You live. You die. You appear on someone's deadpool list. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: October 23rd
Age: 83
Worth: 10 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Raven
99. Horace Eldred "Danny" Dill

Most of you, I'd bet, never heard of Horace Eldred Dill, better known as Danny Dill, until he died last week at the age of 83. But I would also bet that most of you have heard the song he was most famous for co-writing with another legendary country music songwriter (who died last October), "The Long Black Veil."

Now, because the song has been recorded by dozens of artists from Lefty Frizzell to Nick Cave to Mick Jagger and the Chieftains to Bob Dylan and to Ani Difranco, and then translated into almost two dozen languages, probably all of you know what the song is about. But did you know "The Long Black Veil" was based on a true story ... or two or three?

"Ten years ago on a cold dark night, someone was killed 'neath the town hall lights. There were few at the scene, but they all agreed, that the slayer who ran looked a lot like me."

Many years ago, in New Jersey, a Catholic priest was murdered "'neath the town hall light." There were approximately fifty witnesses. The "slayer who ran" was never captured and no motive was ever discovered.

"She walks these hills, in a long black veil. She visits my grave, when the night winds wail. Nobody knows, nobody sees, nobody knows, but me."

For many years after the death of movie star Rudolph Valentino, an unknown woman would visit his grave late at night. She wore a "long black veil."

"The Judge said son, what is your alibi, if you were somewhere else, then you won't have to die. I spoke not a word, though it meant my life, for I'd been in the arms of my best friend's wife.

"Now the scaffold is high, and eternity's near. She stood in the crowd, and shed not a tear. But some times at night, when the cold wind moans. In a long black veil, she cries over my bones."

"She walks these hills, in a long black veil. When the cold winds blow, and the night winds wail. Nobody knows, nobody sees, nobody knows, but me."

The chorus lines he lifted from a Red Foley gospel song called "God Walks These Hills with Me."

According to Lefty Frizzell, who recorded the song first (1951), Danny Dill wrote the lyrics overnight, and took it to Wilkin in the morning, telling her, "If you like it, put a tune to it. If you don't, throw it in the wastebasket." She liked it.

Almost sixty years later AO Deadpooler Raven ... tossed Danny Dill in the wastebasket. Not sure if Raven is in Detroit City, but even if he isn't, he gets five points for the hit and another five for the solo. Total: 10

(A Bill Schenley update) 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: October 31st
Age: 96
Worth: 2 ₧
Popularity: 12.06% of entrants
Selectors: Mort Chewary
Mark
Louisiana Lou
Kixco
Kathi
Deepstblu
Another Lurker
100. Louis "Studs" Terkel

You would have loved it. All your neighbors gathered in Grant Park with the whole world watching again.

This one's not for the Palin gang. This one's not for the partisan pundits. This one's not for Maureen "Kill Bill & Hillary" Dowd. This one's not for Wright or Fagler or Jackson. Or anyone else who couldn't keep a civil tongue in his mouth. And it's most certainly not for Joe the Plumber.

This one's for all the people everywhere in the world who waited too long for change.

This one's for all the people who left too early to see it. The campaign director, the mother-in-law, the grandmother.

And you, Studs. You left too early, as well. So this one's for you.

For decades, you gave us this great gift of the voices of the people.

Well this week, those people spoke loud and clear.

You would have loved it.

Studs Terkel didn't make it to 100 in life, only on the AO Deadpool. Another Lurker, Deepstblu, Kathi, Kixco, Louisiana Lou, Mark and Mort Chewary were hoping that Studs would get to see Barack Obama elected President. Instead, they get 2 points each. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: November 9th
Age: 92
Worth: 7 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Bill Schenley
101. Elwin Charles "Preacher" Roe

With the death of Preacher Roe, another winter has come to the boys of summer and for some of us, those days of baseball cards in bicycle spokes seem even more distant. Only Carl Erskine, Andy Pafko, George Shuba and Duke Snider remain. Roger Kahn's book, "The Boys of Summer" may be the best American sports read written to date, but Preacher Roe had secured baseball immortality long before Kahn put pen to paper.

Roe was a five-time All-Star (once with the Pirates) and, percentage-wise, had one of baseball's best seasons in 1951, when he was 22-3.

The first major league baseball game I saw was at Ebbets Field and Preacher Roe pitched for the Dodgers on that day. I have almost no recollection of that game, but I do recall that several years later I would boast to my Little League teammates that I had seen Preacher Roe pitch. Most of my memories of the Ash Flat, Arkansas native came later, via books and magazines. My favorite stems from a visit to an elementary school Roe made years after he had retired to his grocery store in West Plains, Missouri. Roe was asked how he achieved so much success in baseball, and without blinking an eye, he told the students: "My spitball."

A teacher or an administrator interrupted him, hoping to steer the conversation closer to Dedication and Hard Work. Undaunted, Roe plowed ahead, explaining the benefits of getting an edge, in or outside of the rules.

The Brooklyn Dodger spitballer, whose death at 92, pushes me into second place in the AO Deadpool Standings. I'm looking for a wild card spot. I get two runs on one hit ... with a five point bonus for the solo. Total: 7 Amelia is out of town, so I ain't got no editor> 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: November 24th
Age: 86
Worth: 10 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Kathypig1
102. Cecil Harland Underwood

In 1956, when he was elected to his first term as governor of West Virginia, Cecil Underwood became the youngest governor in the state's history. When he won a second term, he became the state's oldest governor. Apparently governing in West Virginia can really age you.

He was also on a television show, but to tell the truth, I can't remember which one. I do, however, remember that Kathypig1 cast one of her deadpool votes for Governor Underwood, who was 86 when, according to his obituary, he was "reunited with his beloved wife, Hovah."

Okay, that sounds creepy to me, but West Virginia is a creepy state. I mean, in West Virginia, all you have to do to win an election, is get two families to vote for you. That's two-thirds of the population. Anyway, Kathypig1 gets five points for the hit and five more for the solo, which moves her quite a bit up in the standings. Total: 10. Way to go, KP1.

(schenley)

Editor's note: I've just noticed that "Kathypig" is actually "Kathypig1". You'd think that I could at least get the names right, wouldn't you? I blame Bill.
 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: November 25th
Age: 94
Worth: 7 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selectors: JD Baldwin
103. William Gibson

The reason it's taken me so long to produce this update for William Gibson is that I was intrigued by something mentioned in one of the English obits, that he had written a book called The Seesaw Log, a sort of journal he kept during the process of putting on a play with Henry Fonda and Anne Bancroft. So I went and got it out of the library and thought I'd find all kinds of crazy funny anecdotes. Not so much. In fact, not at all. Henry wanted more and better lines. Guess what. He got them. There's a lot of talk about Gibson's drives between Stockbridge and NYC and his displeasure with the suggestion that any line he wrote should be open to revision. Every few pages, there's a budget drawn up so I could see what theater rent cost in the summer I was born, but other than that, it was a big honking bore. He was a far better playwright than diarist. William Gibson was 94 at his death.

And JD Baldwin, as it turns out, has become a far better deadpool player this year. This was his second stylish solo of the year and it's worth 2 for the hit and 5 for the solo. Total: 7. All I can say is wawa. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: November 26th
Age: 115
Worth: 1 ₧
Popularity: 3.45% of entrants
Selectors: DGH
Buford
104. Edna Parker

No matter how bad it gets ... don't move into the Shelbyville Nursing Home. There is something Rod Serling-ish about that place. Earlier this year [August 13th], 7-foot-7 Sandy Allen, recognized as the world's tallest woman by the Guinness Book of World Records, died there. Her ace-deuce, Edna Parker, who, according to Guinness, was the oldest person, is now dead, too. Don't tempt fate. And don't fuck with those people at Guinness, either. Rumor has it, the Shelbyville Nursing Home has offered free room and board to Maria de Jesus of Portugal ... and Guinness is picking up the tab for airfare.

Edna married her childhood sweetheart in 1913, and became a widow in 1939. Only my good taste and sense of decency keep me from expanding on that ugly situation. At any rate, she also out-lived all of her children. When asked to comment, the kindly old Maria de Jesus softly whispered, "Vagina do caralho. Agora eu sou seguinte."

Buford and DGH put their heads together and figured out that no one lives forever. Especially those people who thought the Shelbyville Nursing Home was a good idea. For their deadpool genius, they each get one point. That's right. One point. There are no bonus points for picking a 115-year-old woman who spent the last thirty years waiting for someone, anyone, even Louis Epstein, to turn out the lights. Total: 1.

(schenley)

Editor's note: Because of a tie between Denise and DGH in points and hit total, I've put DGH ahead. Although neither has any solos, DGH was part of a duet this year. Next year, we'll really clarify these tie-breaking rules. Buford has been really thinking about it.
 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: December 4th
Age: 92
Worth: 5 ₧
Popularity: 3.45% of entrants
Selectors: Kentucky Wizard
Deepstblu
105. Forrest James Ackerman

I asked Brad Ferguson, expert on all things, to write the update. I was rewarded:

Science fiction and horror fan Forrest J Ackerman departed this world for the green hills of elsewhere on 4 December, aged 92.

Forry was one of the earliest science fiction fans, and probably the most important of them. In 1932, Forry became co-editor of "The Time Traveller," one of the first (if not *the* first) science fiction fan magazines. He came to know everybody, whether they wrote books or made movies or edited comics, and they all gave him stuff. Eventually all that swag made up a collection of more than 300,000 items that filled Forry's 18-room, 5900-sq ft "Ackermansion" in the Los Feliz district of Los Angeles.

Forry's big year was 1957. That was when Universal packaged 52 of its classic (and not-so-classic) monster movies from the 1930s and 1940s for U.S. TV and created Shock!, which ran in some local markets as Shock Theater. The package was sold to TV stations across the country. Suddenly Frankenstein, Dracula, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, and all the combinations to be made among them were suddenly available to viewers, some of whom were too young to have ever seen the films in theaters. The old horror films were fabulously popular. Shock! routinely drew audience shares of 40, 60 and 70 percent.

The success of Shock! sparked Forry into creating (with publisher James Warren) a magazine called Famous Monsters of Filmland. It debuted in 1958 and enjoyed a 25-year run. The magazine gave genre fans exactly what they wanted: a behind-the-scenes look at how their favorite movies were made, how the effects were done, biographies of the directors, and so on.

Over the decades, an estimated 50,000 people trooped through the Ackermansion to look at Forry's collection and to hear his stories. Ackerman had longed hoped to sell his entire collection to someone who'd build a proper museum to wrap around it, but that was never to be. Health problems and other expenses forced Forry to sell his collection piecemeal over recent years. At the end, Ackerman was reduced to living in a small apartment in Hollywood with a mere 100 or so collectibles he couldn't bear to sell, but people still came by to see him, and he still had his stories to tell. Forry's friends say he was amused by premature reports in early November of his death.

Forry is credited with coining the word "sci-fi," much to the distress of genre fans and the elaborate unconcern of everybody else. He appeared in more than 200 films, almost always in bit parts. He was Ray Bradbury's mentor and Ed Wood's agent. He named Vampirella and wrote the origin story for her eponymous comic book, which is still being published. He brought the Perry Rhodan books to the U.S. He spoke Esperanto fluently.

The thing about Forry Ackerman is, you either get him or you don't. If you think preserving the head of the mutant monster from the 1955 film "This Island Earth" is important, then you get Forry. Nowadays, everybody saves everything, but there was a time when nobody saved anything. It was all considered disposable — that is, unless you were Forrest J Ackerman and you had a little space left in your really big house, and you felt strongly that these things were important and should be preserved. At the end, Forry's collection still included the last surviving Martian fighting machine from the 1953 version of "The War of the Worlds," as well as the ring Bela Lugosi wore as Dracula when he played the role on stage in Los Angeles sometime during FDR's first term. Forry was wearing that ring when he really did die.

Deepstblu and The Wiz got Forry Ackerman in a big way. They have collected the points on this one, but they don't need any spare rooms to put them in. Two points for the hit, and 3 for the duet. Nice.

(Brad Ferguson update) 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: December 5th
Age: 41
Worth: 23 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selectors: Ed Varner
106. Kerryn McCann

These are the ones I should farm out. If anyone will have them. I hate doing the in-their-prime-women-with-breast-cancer deaths. And it's for stuff like this. Kerryn McCann ran the marathon in three different Olympics. She won the Commonwealth Games twice. She was adored in Australia by her family, by her fellow athletes, by her fans, by everyone. And yet, and yet, the papers felt that it was important to give us the news that she felt the lump months before she did anything about it.

Well, that's nice farewelling, isn't it. She was under 40, she was pregnant, and she had some aggressive breast cancer. You think those are good odds? Those are shitty odds. Had she felt that lump, put her coat on, and driven to the doctor's office that very day, the end result would probably have been the same. And whose fucking business is it, anyway, when she felt what lump where. I ask you.

Kerryn McCann died last week at 41. Her youngest child is a year old.

No one's catching Ed V this year. He found some website that regularly delivers the young and the sick to him. For poor Kerryn McCann, he gets 23 points, 18 for the hit and 5 for the solo. Surprised it wasn't a duet. Where were you, Philip? 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: December 6th
Age: 77
Worth: 9 ₧
Popularity: 5.17% of entrants
Selectors: ???Guest
Dead People Server
Dannyb
107. Martha Sharp Crawford "Sunny" Von Bülow

For almost eleven and a half months, deadpooler DannyB had been on life support. Flatlined. Then, just as we are about to pull the yearly plug on the AO Deadpool ... a faint blip. There is no DNR order, so we'll let him ride it out.

For 28 years, Martha "Sunny" Sharp Crawford von Bülow, who was 77 when she took brain dead to a whole new level, couldn't even record that "faint blip." She even slept through the movie.

Talk about your dysfunctional families. Wow! First, Sunny marries a tennis instructor, who was also known as "His Serene Highness Prince," Alfred of Auersperg, and who was from Austria. They had two children, Annie-Laurie and Alexander. Three years after Sunny entered into her big sleep, the Serene Highness tennis instructor did the same — for nine years. Can you imagine Christmas at that house?

Annie-Laurie: "Alex, let's go downstairs and see what Santa Claus left for us."

Alexander: "Okay, but first we have to wake up mommy and daddy."

Besides the children, Ms. von Bülow is survived by her former husband, Claus.

Although some would argue they deserve 18 points for the hit, DannyB, who enjoys a deadpool Reversal of Fortune, Dead People Server and ???Guest not only get eight points for the hit, they also get one bonus point each. Total: 9.

Welcome to the pool, Danny. Better late than never.

(A classic Schenley update.) 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: December 11th
Age: 85
Worth: 5 ₧
Popularity: 15.52% of entrants
Selectors: Undertaker
Moldy Oldies
Lurker3791
Kathi
Johnnyb
Ed Varner
Buford
Brigid
Bill Schenley
108. Bettie Mae Page

Bettie Page, possibly the most photographed model ever, was 85 when she died last week in Los Angeles. She first appeared in Flirt Magazine in 1951, and it's been estimated that she's been photographed 30,000 times, 20,000 Camera Club photos alone. Some people remember her best for her bondage photos with Irving Klaw, who took the most, but not the best, photos of Bettie. That honor goes to Bunny Yeager, who knew what a splendid model she had in Bettie. Even the Camera Club guys took better photos and we all know why they were taking them.

She looked like someone we all knew. Bettie Page was that girl you saw in the high school halls and thought, boy is she pretty. The look on her face when she posed for Playboy in 1955 was unlike any other. All the other Playboy pinup girls were women you *didn't* know, airbrushed and untouchable. Bettie's photo was, well, touchable. She had that saucy wink. She made bangs work. She even had perfect flaws. She would laugh at the camera as if to say, I'm having fun, how about you? I've always been disappointed that she wasn't photographed by better photographers because so many bad ones got the opportunity. She was an artist's model. It was the artists who were in short supply.

Bill Schenley, the notorious Brigid, Buford, Ed V, Johnnyb, Kathi, Lurker3791, Moldy Oldies and Undertaker score five points and a wink for tying up Bettie Page in time for Christmas. They each get 5 points. And we've had three lady hits in a row.

(Schenley/Rosner combo) 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: December 12th
Age: 92
Worth: 2 ₧
Popularity: 6.90% of entrants
Selectors: Scubama
Excard
Eternity Tours
Deepstblu
109. Van Johnson

Van Johnson was a matinee idol. When was the last time you heard those words? Do people today even know what that means? I think he outlived his fame somewhat because, although he got some nice obits (some accurate, some ambiguous) I would have thought that the news of his death would have been bigger. When I was a kid, I loved a good Van Johnson picture, especially when he was in uniform. I guess I like my matinee idols in uniform. I know I believed that the plate in his head came from a war wound, because I was conflating real life with the movies. It wasn't until I read his obits that I learned the injuries were from a car accident that actually made him unfit for military service. I know I didn't question his romantic devotion to his leading ladies. Once again, real life didn't hold a candle to the movies. Here's some dirt.

blogs.villagevoice.com/dailymusto/archives/2008/12/the_truth...

Van Johnson, the boy next door for so many of us, died last week at 92. Deepstblu, Eternity Tours, Excard and Scubama were all on hand to bid farewell to one of the last of his kind. They get 2 points each.

Not only did Van Johnson die in 2008, so did actor George Furth, who played "Van Johnson" in BLAZING SADDLES.

AndrewJ      

 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: December 17th
Age: 94
Worth: 5 ₧
Popularity: 3.45% of entrants
Selectors: Deepstblu
Constant Irritant
110. Samuel Adrian "Sammy" Baugh

He played with or against such greats as Ted Williams, Eddie Joost, Pee Wee Reese, Johnny Hopp, Marty Marion, Ken Raffensberger and Satchel Paige, Cool Papa Bell and Josh Gibson from the Negro Leagues. And they were just the baseball players. Sammy Baugh, who was 94 when he died last week, was a pretty good baseball player ... and arguably, the greatest football player the NFL ever saw.

Sammy Baugh was such an outstanding all-around football player (QB, DB, P) that in 1943 he led the NFL in an offensive category (passes completed), a defensive one (a record 11 interceptions), and in a special teams category (yards per punt). No one had done that before him and it has not been done since. Still, as great a player as Baugh was, in 1940, while quarterback for the Washington Redskins, he had the unwanted distinction of losing to the Chicago Bears 7-3 ... and three weeks later losing to the Bears again 73-0. The latter was the worst defeat in NFL history.

Constant Irritant and Deepstblu, who lately has been Slingin' his share of bodies around, each score two points as they looked for safety in numbers, ninety-four of them, and they each get a field goal worth three points. Total: 5.

(Schenley) 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: December 18th
Age: 95
Worth: 2 ₧
Popularity: 17.24% of entrants
Selectors: Scubama
Mort Chewary
Mark
Lurker3791
Kixco
Kathi
The Fireball
Exuma
Dannyb
Allen Kirshner
111. William Mark Felt
aka: "Deep Throat"

Find a link to the update here. It's not easy.

daggy.name/aodp/deep.throat 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: December 24th
Age: 78
Worth: 8 ₧
Popularity: 12.06% of entrants
Selectors: Johnnyb
JD Baldwin
Erik
Direcorbie
Constant Irritant
Chaptal
   +
Lurker3791
112. Harold Pinter

   Act One, Scene One   

The Characters:

Chaptal, a deadpool player
Constant Irritant, another deadpool player
Direcorbie, another deadpool player
Erik, another deadpool player
JD, another deadpool player
Johnnyb, the last deadpool player
The Setting:
A large room in an old house. In the room, a window to the right. Odd tables, chairs. Two large armchairs. A desk with a laptop on it.

Erik (holding NY Post): Hmm, says here that cunt Harold Pinter died.

PAUSE.

Chaptal: Really. I think....

PAUSE.

Direcorbie: Had him on the deadpool.

PAUSE.

Johnnyb: You mean, you put him on the game?

PAUSE.

Constant Irritant: Not that game. The AO Deadpool. Had him, too.

PAUSE.

Erik: The tit couldn't wait til Christmas to give us the extra 10 points.

PAUSE.

Chaptal: Only 8 then. Pity.

PAUSE.

Direcorbie: Oscar lock.

LONG PAUSE.

JD: Thought for sure I'd have a solo.

VERY LONG PAUSE.

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   Act One, Scene Two   

The Character:

Lurker3791, a deadpool player of indeterminate age
The Setting:
A large room in an old house. In the room, a window to the right. Odd tables, chairs. Two large armchairs.A desk with a laptop and newspapers on it. Evidence of a party.
The Time:
New Year's Eve/New Year's Day

Lurker3791 enters stage left. The room is empty. He picks up a full ashtray and puts it back with disgust. He sniffs a glass, makes a face. He trips over an empty liquor bottle on the floor. He walks over to the table and picks up the newspaper that is lying there.

Lurker3791 (under his breath): Yessssssssssssss.

PAUSE.

He walks over to the laptop on the table and reads something on the screen.

LONG PAUSE

Lurker3791: That cunt.

LONG PAUSE.

Lurker3791: The audacity. What caused her to be so vindictive. Not quivocal. Not quivocal. Unequivocal. I thought....

LONG PAUSE.

Lurker3791: I had 'im, too. Bugger them all.

LONG PAUSE.

He takes off his coat and hat, sits down at the table and begins typing on the laptop. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: December 25th
Age: 81
Worth: 15 ₧
Popularity: 10.34% of entrants
Selectors: Moldy Oldies
Garrett
The Fireball
DGH
Dead People Server
Constant Irritant
113. Eartha Mae Kitt

Eartha Kitt was, for most of her life, a feline impersonator. She growled and purred and slinked around, demanding attention and getting it. She was very proud of the fact that she reinvented herself as a sophisticated, urbane, international sex kitten, but at the same time, she was very open about who she was, a sharecropper's daughter who had escaped the cycle of poverty and abuse. She was unabashedly sexy. In voice, figure and point of view. At a time when so many young celebrities are interchangeable, I cannot think of a single other person who has ever been like Eartha Kitt. Even her date of death was striking. Christmas Day, when the strains of "Santa Baby" could still be heard on the radio. She was 81.

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Constant Irritant (who came THIS close to a daily double with Pinter), Dead People Server, DGH, Fireball, Garrett and Moldy Oldies each get 5 points for the hit. And what's this? Eartha Kitt came through for them by dying on Christmas. They each get 10 extra points for a hit in the last week of the year. Total: 15. Needless to say, they all make great strides in the standings. 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: December 27th
Age: 54
Worth: 29 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Amelia
114. Tom Cross

Although his name might not be familiar to most of us, his work as an artist probably is. Tom Cross was the fantasy art painter who created many of those wizards and fairies that are available in books and on cards, posters and T-shirts[1]. Lately, his Lord of the Rings art had been his most popular[2], but it was his 1984 book, "Fairy Garden: Fairies of the Four Seasons," which first brought him recognition.

Cross, who died from non-smoker lung cancer, was 54. He left behind a wife, a daughter and a very happy wizard named Amelia, who gets 14 points for the hit, five for the solo,and another 10 for scoring, what has to be the last hit, in the last week of the 2008 AO Deadpool. Total: 29.

[1] www.guaso.com/hadas_galeria_tom_cross_guaso.com.htm

[2] Gandalf: A Friend To Remember tomcross-artist.com/osCommerce/popup_image.php/pID/526

Alatar: Darkness-slayer tomcross-artist.com/osCommerce/popup_image.php/pID/670

Caradhras: A Troubled Trail Ahead tomcross-artist.com/osCommerce/popup_image.php/pID/531 



«—SUMMARY—»
Died: December 29th
Age: 70
Worth: 23 ₧
Popularity: 1.72% of entrants
Selector: Amelia
115. Frederick Dewayne "Freddie" Hubbard

If you never heard Freddie Hubbard play Bop or Hard Bop ... then you don't know how great a trumpet player he was. During his peak, in the late 1950s and through the 1960s, Hubbard, who died last week at 70, was probably more influential than Miles Davis. Although not according to Davis.

He estimated he had recorded on over 300 albums and another 100 as a leader. And he recorded on some of the most important jazz LPs of the 1960s. Ornette Coleman's "Free Jazz," John Coltrane's "Ascension" and Eric Dolphy's "Out To Lunch."

He lived a musician's life; the drinking, the drugs, the Life. His body quit at 70, his trumpet at 35. But he was the best of his time. From Clifford Brown to Miles Davis, no one could break your heart more with a ballad or lift your spirits higher with anthem then Freddie Hubbard.

Amelia doesn't exactly live a musician's life, but, for what might be the last hit of the 2008 game, she stepped up, Body and Soul, to play her own solo. Eight points for the hit, five for the solo and ten more for scoring in the last week of the year. Freddie Hubbard was known for his sustained notes. Too bad he never got to hear Amelia play Taps. Total: 23. All This and Heaven Too.

Freddie Hubbard, the brilliant McCoy Tyner, Ron Carter and Elvin Jones.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTbsxtUJZN0&feature=related
(probably recorded in 1961 or '62.)



Garrett has informed me that Maurice Marsac, whose name came up in the thread about the remaining actors on "I Love Lucy," was on his deadpool list in 2007 and in 2008. Neither of us noticed he had died. (in 2007) We were both distracted by illness.

So even though he won't get any points, because them's the rules, I'd like to make sure he's recognized for this wonderful pick.

Here's the obit from the LA Times:

Maurice Marsac, 92; French actor often portrayed snooty waiters
By Valerie Nelson, Times Staff Writer,
valerie.nel...@latimes.com
LA TIMES OBITUARIES
June 6, 2007

Maurice Marsac, a French character actor who often played haughty waiters, most notably in "The Jerk," and who also was a nationally ranked croquet player, has died. He was 92. Marsac died of cardiac arrest May 6 at a hospital care facility in Santa Rosa, Calif., said Mark Jaqua, a distant relative. His death came less than three weeks after his wife of 55 years, Melanie, died at 90 in her sleep April 16 at their Oakmont, Calif., home.

After debuting as a French soldier in "Paris After Dark" (1943), Marsac appeared in more than 150 television shows and films, including "To Have and Have Not" (1944) and "How to Marry a Millionaire" (1953). In "The Jerk" (1979), Marsac portrays the waiter who must deflect Steve Martin's complaint that his plate of escargots is covered with snails. On television, Marsac "really enjoyed" playing a French teacher in "Our Miss Brooks," the 1950s series with Eve Arden, Jaqua said. Marsac appeared in dozens of TV shows, including a 1956 episode of "I Love Lucy" in which he had to deal with Lucille Ball's distress over being served escargots. His last role was as a maitre d' in the film "Dragnet" (1987).

About a decade ago, Marsac and his wife moved from Studio City to Oakmont to indulge in Northern California 's more entrenched croquet culture. As a member of the Beverly Hills Croquet Club, Marsac was noted for his teaching ability. In 1989, he was named the resident pro at two Newport Beach croquet courts.

The Marsacs were part of an elite group invited to most croquet invitationals in the United States, said Bob Alman, founding editor of Croquet World Online Magazine. "In the world of croquet, you have to be pretty good to be invited, but you also have to be invitable," Alman said. "Maurice and Melanie were lively, exciting and wonderful, wonderful people who did not know how to have a dull conversation," he said. With a higher ranking than his wife, Marsac was once among the top 5% of croquet players, Alman said.

Marsac was born March 23,1915, in La Croix, France. During World War II, he participated in the French Resistance. The Marsacs often traveled extensively to play croquet and visit France or his wife's homeland of Mexico.

"He was sort of the last of a generation, with a code of honor and a regal bearing," said Jaqua, who was a distant cousin of Marsac's wife. "He and his wife were so devoted to each other that we knew one probably wasn't going to be able to live without the other."


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Hits
      Average
Age at
Death
      Average number
of Selectors
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Point Value
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obits penned by ...
Amelia 
Rosner:
1, 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 20, 22, 26, 27, 28, 30, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 40, 42, 43, 46, 47, 48, 50, 51, 52, 55, 56, 59, 60, 63, 65, 66, 67, 69, 71, 74, 76, 77, 80, 84, 86, 88, 91, 92, 93, 95, 96, 98, 100, 103, 106, 108, 109, 111, 112, 113, 114
Bill 
Schenley:
2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 16, 18, 21, 24, 29, 31, 32, 38, 41, 44, 45, 49, 53, 54, 57, 61, 64, 66, 68, 70, 72, 75, 78, 81, 82, 85, 87, 89, 90, 94, 97, 99, 101, 102, 104, 107, 108, 110, 115
J.D. 
Baldwin:
19
Philip:25
Brad 
Ferguson
:
39, 105
King 
Daevid:
58
Matthew 
Hubbard:
62
Garrett:79
The Economist:23
Exuma:83







RulesSequence of HitsObituariesScoringAwards

  2008 AO DEADPOOL
CURRENT STANDINGS

As of Thursday January 8, 2009 ... Tie goes to the most Hits, most Solo Hits, then alphabet

PlaceEntrant Points Hits Solo
Hits
Hit On ...
1st
( Gold )
2008 Moxie Award winnerEd Varner  191 16 3
  1. George Moore — 5 points
  2. Suzanne Pleshette — 8 points
  3. Don Wittman — 8 points
    + 10 extra points for second daily hit
  4. Christodoulos — 11 points
  5. Baba Amte — 7 solo points
  6. Lydia Shum Din-ha — 14 duet points
  7. Jeff Healey — 18 points
  8. Michael "Mikey Dread" Campbell — 19 solo points
  9. Penny Banner — 11 duet points
  10. Sydney Pollack — 8 points
  11. Bo Diddley — 8 points
  12. Tony Snow — 14 points
  13. Estelle Getty — 5 points
  14. Leroy Sievers — 17 duet points
  15. Kerryn McCann — 23 solo points
  16. Bettie Page — 5 points

    average: 11.94 points per Hit
    most recent hit: December 11th
2nd
( Silver )
Bill Schenley  117 11 5
  1. Rod Allen — 16 solo points
  2. Maila Nurmi — 8 duo points
    + 10 extra points for second daily hit
  3. Jeff Healey — 18 points
  4. Don't mention his name... — 10 solo points
  5. Ted Key — 7 solo points
  6. Sydney Pollack — 8 points
  7. Bo Diddley — 8 points
  8. Jean Delannoy — 6 solo points
  9. Tony Snow — 14 points
  10. Preacher Roe — 7 solo points
  11. Bettie Page — 5 points

    average: 10.64 points per Hit
    most recent hit: December 11th
3rd
( Bronze )
Dead People Server  108 7 1
  1. Brad Renfro — 27 solo points
    + 25 extra points for youngest Hit of year
  2. Suzanne Pleshette — 8 points
  3. Charlton Heston — 5 points
  4. Tony Snow — 14 points
  5. Estelle Getty — 5 points
  6. Sunny Von Bülow — 9 trio points
  7. Eartha Mae Kitt — 5 points
    + 10 extra points for last-week-of-year hit

    average: 15.40 points per Hit
    most recent hit: December 25th
4th Direcorbie  105 10 1
  1. Suzanne Pleshette — 8 points
  2. Don Wittman — 8 points
    + 10 extra points for second daily hit
  3. Haji Mohamed Suharto — 5 points
  4. Christodoulos — 11 points
  5. Jeff Healey — 18 points
  6. J.I. Albrecht — 13 solo points
  7. Bo Diddley — 8 points
  8. Bobby Murcer — 11 points
  9. Estelle Getty — 5 points
  10. Harold Pinter — 8 points

    average: 10.50 points per Hit
    most recent hit: December 24th
5th Raven  105 9 4
  1. Princess Galyani Vadhana — 10 solo points
  2. George Moore — 5 points
  3. Suzanne Pleshette — 8 points
  4. Christodoulos — 11 points
  5. Roy Scheider — 13 solo points
  6. Myron Cope — 11 duet points
  7. Jeff Healey — 18 points
  8. Danny Federici — 19 solo points
  9. Danny Dill — 10 solo points

    average: 11.67 points per Hit
    most recent hit: October 23rd
6th Acctorp  102 9 1
  1. Choi Yo-Sam — 20 points
  2. George Moore — 5 points
  3. Georgia Frontiere — 5 points
  4. Don Wittman — 8 points
  5. Christodoulos — 11 points
  6. Lydia Shum Din-ha — 14 duet points
  7. Jeff Healey — 18 points
  8. Sydney Pollack — 8 points
  9. Ronnie Drew — 13 solo points

    average: 11.33 points per Hit
    most recent hit: August 16th
7th Amelia  102 7 7
  1. Alain Robbe-Grillet — 10 solo points
  2. Jimmy Giuffre — 10 solo points
  3. Henry Brant — 7 solo points
  4. Dino Risi — 7 solo points
  5. Dick Sudhalter — 16 solo points
  6. Freddie Hubbard — 13 solo points
    + 10 extra points for last-week-of-year hit
  7. Tom Cross — 19 solo points
    + 10 extra points for last-week-of-year hit

    average: 14.57 points per Hit
    most recent hit: December 29th
8th DGH  83 8 0
  1. Choi Yo-Sam — 20 points
  2. Suzanne Pleshette — 8 points
  3. Jeff Healey — 18 points
  4. Harvey Korman — 8 duet points
  5. Michael DeBakey — 2 points
  6. Bobby Murcer — 11 points
  7. Edna Parker — 1 duet point
  8. Eartha Mae Kitt — 5 points
    + 10 extra points for last-week-of-year hit

    average: 10.38 points per Hit
    most recent hit: December 25th
9th Philip  81 10 5
  1. George Moore — 5 points
  2. Don Wittman — 8 points
  3. Haji Mohamed Suharto — 5 points
  4. Smoky Dawson — 7 solo points
  5. Peter Pianto — 13 solo points
  6. Bill Brown — 7 solo points
  7. Sydney Pollack — 8 points
  8. Bobby Murcer — 11 points
  9. Michael Pate — 10 solo points
  10. Peter Copley — 7 solo points

    average: 8.10 points per Hit
    most recent hit: October 7th
10th The Fireball  75 12 3
  1. Georgia Frontiere — 5 points
  2. Suzanne Pleshette — 8 points
  3. Earl Butz — 2 points
  4. Philip Rabinowitz — 6 solo points
  5. Julius "Jules" Dassin — 7 solo points
  6. Charlton Heston — 5 points
  7. J.R. Simplot — 3 trio points
  8. Henri Cartan — 6 solo points
  9. Jerry Reed — 11 duet points
  10. Anita Page — 5 duet points
  11. W. Mark Felt — 2 points
  12. Eartha Mae Kitt — 5 points
    + 10 extra points for last-week-of-year hit

    average: 6.25 points per Hit
    most recent hit: December 25th
PlaceEntrant Points Hits Solo
Hits
Hit On ...
11th Buford  68 12 4
  1. Haji Mohamed Suharto — 5 points
  2. Gordon Hinckley — 5 duet points
    + 10 extra points for second daily hit
  3. Earl Butz — 2 points
  4. Harry Landis — 6 solo points
  5. Johnnie Carr — 7 solo points
  6. Dr. Albert Hofmann — 2 trio points
  7. Irena Sendlerowa — 7 solo points
  8. J.R. Simplot — 3 trio points
  9. Maudie ... Hopkins — 5 duet points
  10. Ted Briggs —10 solo points
  11. Edna Parker — 1 duet point
  12. Bettie Page — 5 points

    average: 5.67 points per Hit
    most recent hit: December 11th
12th Denise  68 7 0
  1. Choi Yo-Sam — 20 points
  2. Georgia Frontiere — 5 points
  3. Suzanne Pleshette — 8 points
  4. Charlton Heston — 5 points
  5. Sydney Pollack — 8 points
  6. Bo Diddley — 8 points
  7. Tony Snow — 14 points

    average: 9.71 points per Hit
    most recent hit: July 12th
13th Garrett  66 7 3
  1. Maila Nurmi — 8 duo points
  2. Paul Scofield — 10 solo points
  3. Earle Hagen — 8 duet points
  4. Estelle Getty — 5 points
  5. Louis Teicher — 10 solo points
  6. Connie Haines — 10 solo points
  7. Eartha Mae Kitt — 5 points
    + 10 extra points for last-week-of-year hit

    average: 9.43 points per Hit
    most recent hit: December 25th
14th Johnnyb  63 8 2
  1. Edward Lorenz — 5 duet points
  2. Penny Banner — 11 duet points
  3. Dody Goodman — 7 solo points
  4. Tony Snow — 14 points
  5. Jo Stafford — 3 trio points
  6. Jack Narz — 10 solo points
  7. Bettie Page — 5 points
  8. Harold Pinter — 8 points

    average: 7.88 points per Hit
    most recent hit: December 24th
15th Dead Batteries  59 5 1
  1. William F. Buckley Jr. — 6 trio points
  2. Myron Cope — 11 duet points
    + 10 extra points for second daily hit
  3. Yves Saint Laurent — 11 duet points
  4. Clay Felker — 10 solo points
  5. Bobby Murcer — 11 points

    average: 11.80 points per Hit
    most recent hit: July 12th
16th Ray Arthur  54 8 1
  1. Earl Butz — 2 points
  2. Charlton Heston — 5 points
  3. Sydney Pollack — 8 points
  4. Yves Saint Laurent — 11 duet points
  5. Bo Diddley — 8 points
  6. Jesse Helms — 5 points
  7. Michael DeBakey — 2 points
  8. Levi Stubbs — 13 solo points

    average: 6.75 points per Hit
    most recent hit: October 17th
17th Erik  53 7 0
  1. Georgia Frontiere — 5 points
  2. Suzanne Pleshette — 8 points
  3. Haji Mohamed Suharto — 5 points
  4. Charlton Heston — 5 points
  5. Sydney Pollack — 8 points
  6. Tony Snow — 14 points
  7. Harold Pinter — 8 points

    average: 7.57 points per Hit
    most recent hit: December 24th
18th Mort Chewary  52 11 0
  1. Sir Edmund Hillary — 5 points
  2. Georgia Frontiere — 5 points
  3. Suzanne Pleshette — 8 points
  4. Haji Mohamed Suharto — 5 points
  5. Richard Widmark — 2 points
  6. Jesse Helms — 5 points
  7. Michael DeBakey — 2 points
  8. Bobby Murcer — 11 points
  9. Estelle Getty — 5 points
  10. Studs Terkel — 2 points
  11. W. Mark Felt — 2 points

    average: 4.73 points per Hit
    most recent hit: December 18th
19th Constant Irritant  52 6 0
  1. Sydney Pollack — 8 points
  2. Michael DeBakey — 2 points
  3. Tony Snow — 14 points
  4. Sammy Baugh — 5 duet points
  5. Harold Pinter — 8 points
  6. Eartha Mae Kitt — 5 points
    + 10 extra points for last-week-of-year hit

    average: 8.67 points per Hit
    most recent hit: December 25th
20th Yersinia Pestis  51 3 0
  1. Choi Yo-Sam — 20 points
  2. Tony Snow — 14 points
  3. Leroy Sievers — 17 duet points

    average: 17.00 points per Hit
    most recent hit: August 15th
PlaceEntrant Points Hits Solo
Hits
Hit On ...
21st Charlene  47 8 3
  1. Johnny Grant — 10 solo points
  2. Sir Edmund Hillary — 5 points
  3. Arthur Charles Clarke — 2 points
  4. Sydney Pollack — 8 points
  5. Michael DeBakey — 2 points
  6. Dercy Gonçalves — 6 solo points
  7. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn — 8 duet points
  8. Boris Yefimov — 6 solo points

    average: 5.88 points per Hit
    most recent hit: October 1st
22nd Lurker3791  45 9 0
  1. Georgia Frontiere — 5 points
  2. Suzanne Pleshette — 8 points
  3. Haji Mohamed Suharto — 5 points
  4. Arthur Charles Clarke — 2 points
  5. Sydney Pollack — 8 points
  6. Michael DeBakey — 2 points
  7. Bettie Page — 5 points
  8. W. Mark Felt — 2 points
  9. Harold Pinter — 8 points

    average: 5.00 points per Hit
    most recent hit: December 24th
23rd Mark 
The Patriots Suck!
44 5 0
  1. Bobby Murcer — 11 points
  2. Tony Snow — 14 points
    + 10 extra points for second daily hit
  3. Estelle Getty — 5 points
  4. Studs Terkel — 2 points
  5. W. Mark Felt — 2 points

    average: 8.80 points per Hit
    most recent hit: December 18th
24th Moldy Oldies  43 6 0
  1. Sir Edmund Hillary — 5 points
  2. Suzanne Pleshette — 8 points
  3. Evelyn Keyes — 5 duet points
  4. Estelle Getty — 5 points
  5. Bettie Page — 5 points
  6. Eartha Mae Kitt — 5 points
    + 10 extra points for last-week-of-year hit

    average: 7.17 points per Hit
    most recent hit: December 25th
25th Undertaker  43 6 0
  1. Choi Yo-Sam — 20 points
  2. Arthur Charles Clarke — 2 points
  3. Eddy Arnold — 6 trio points
  4. Sydney Pollack — 8 points
  5. Michael DeBakey — 2 points
  6. Bettie Page — 5 points

    average: 7.17 points per Hit
    most recent hit: December 11th
26th Exuma  42 9 2
  1. Sir Edmund Hillary — 5 points
  2. Earl Butz — 2 points
  3. Bob Howsam — 10 solo points
  4. Richard Widmark — 2 points
  5. Charlton Heston — 5 points
  6. Sydney Pollack — 8 points
  7. Michael DeBakey — 2 points
  8. Jack Weil — 6 solo points
  9. W. Mark Felt — 2 points

    average: 4.67 points per Hit
    most recent hit: December 18th
27th Kathypig1  42 6 2
  1. Bobby Fischer — 16 solo points
  2. Phyllis Whitney — 4 duet points
  3. Arthur Charles Clarke — 2 points
  4. Charlton Heston — 5 points
  5. Paul Newman — 5 points
  6. Cecil Underwood — 10 solo points

    average: 7.00 points per Hit
    most recent hit: November 24th
28th Deepstblu  39 10 0
  1. Georgia Frontiere — 5 points
  2. Earl Butz — 2 points
  3. Dr. Albert Hofmann — 2 trio points
  4. Eddy Arnold — 6 trio points
  5. J.R. Simplot — 3 trio points
  6. Jerry Wexler — 7 solo points
  7. Studs Terkel — 2 points
  8. Forrest J Ackerman — 5 duet points
  9. Van Johnson — 2 points
  10. Sammy Baugh — 5 duet points

    average: 3.90 points per Hit
    most recent hit: December 17th
29th Kentucky Wizard 
  ("The Wiz")
38 9 1
  1. Sir Edmund Hillary — 5 points
  2. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi — 7 solo points
  3. Earl Butz — 2 points
  4. Arthur Charles Clarke — 2 points
  5. Charlton Heston — 5 points
  6. Edward Lorenz — 5 duet points
  7. Michael DeBakey — 2 points
  8. Estelle Getty — 5 points
  9. Forrest J Ackerman — 5 duet points

    average: 4.22 points per Hit
    most recent hit: December 4th
30th Drunk As A Skunk  38 4 1
  1. Choi Yo-Sam — 20 points
  2. John Archibald Wheeler — 7 solo points
  3. Earle Hagen — 8 duet points
  4. Jo Stafford — 3 trio points

    average: 9.50 points per Hit
    most recent hit: July 13th
PlaceEntrant Points Hits Solo
Hits
Hit On ...
31st JD Baldwin  34 6 2
  1. Suzanne Pleshette — 8 points
  2. Earl Butz — 2 points
  3. Richard Widmark — 2 points
  4. Ollie Johnston — 7 solo points
  5. William Gibson — 7 solo points
  6. Harold Pinter — 8 points

    average: 5.67 points per Hit
    most recent hit: December 24th
32nd Busgal  33 6 1
  1. Ken Nelson — 7 solo points
  2. Arthur Charles Clarke — 2 points
  3. Sydney Pollack — 8 points
  4. Bo Diddley — 8 points
  5. Jesse Helms — 5 points
  6. Jo Stafford — 3 trio points

    average: 5.50 points per Hit
    most recent hit: July 13th
33rd Abby  33 5 1
  1. Suzanne Pleshette — 8 points
  2. Allan Melvin — 10 solo points
  3. Charlton Heston — 5 points
  4. Jesse Helms — 5 points
  5. Paul Newman — 5 points

    average: 6.60 points per Hit
    most recent hit: September 26th
34th James Neibaur  30 5 1
  1. June Travis — 7 solo points
  2. Harvey Korman — 8 duet points
  3. Evelyn Keyes — 5 duet points
  4. Estelle Getty — 5 points
  5. Anita Page — 5 duet points

    average: 6.00 points per Hit
    most recent hit: September 6th
35th Kathi  28 8 0
  1. Sir Edmund Hillary — 5 points
  2. Arthur Charles Clarke — 2 points
  3. Michael DeBakey — 2 points
  4. Maudie ... Hopkins — 5 duet points
  5. Paul Newman — 5 points
  6. Studs Terkel — 2 points
  7. Bettie Page — 5 points
  8. W. Mark Felt — 2 points

    average: 3.50 points per Hit
    most recent hit: December 18th
36th Brigid  26 4 0
  1. Arthur Charles Clarke — 2 points
  2. George Carlin — 11 duet points
  3. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn — 8 duet points
  4. Bettie Page — 5 points

    average: 6.50 points per Hit
    most recent hit: December 11th
37th Chipmunk Roasting  25 3 1
  1. Milt Dunnell — 6 solo points
  2. Bo Diddley — 8 points
  3. Bobby Murcer — 11 points

    average: 8.33 points per Hit
    most recent hit: July 12th
38th Chaptal  24 3 0
  1. Haji Mohamed Suharto — 5 points
  2. Bobby Murcer — 11 points
  3. Harold Pinter — 8 points

    average: 8.00 points per Hit
    most recent hit: December 24th
39th Another Lurker  23 4 1
  1. William F. Buckley Jr. — 6 trio points
  2. Giuseppe di Stefano — 10 solo points
  3. Jesse Helms — 5 points
  4. Studs Terkel — 2 points

    average: 5.75 points per Hit
    most recent hit: October 31st
40th King Daevid  23 4 0
  1. Charlton Heston — 5 points
  2. Dick Martin — 8 duet points
  3. Jesse Helms — 5 points
  4. Estelle Getty — 5 points

    average: 5.75 points per Hit
    most recent hit: July 22nd
PlaceEntrant Points Hits Solo
Hits
Hit On ...
41st Team Bubba  23 3 1
  1. Arthur Charles Clarke — 2 points
  2. Cyd Charisse — 10 solo points
  3. Jerry Reed — 11 duet points

    average: 7.67 points per Hit
    most recent hit: September 1st
42nd Eternity Tours  22 5 0
  1. Richard Widmark — 2 points
  2. Charlton Heston — 5 points
  3. Dick Martin — 8 duet points
  4. Estelle Getty — 5 points
  5. Van Johnson — 2 points

    average: 4.40 points per Hit
    most recent hit: December 12nd
43rd Excard  21 5 1
  1. Richard Widmark — 2 points
  2. Jim McKay — 10 solo points
  3. Michael DeBakey — 2 points
  4. Estelle Getty — 5 points
  5. Van Johnson — 2 points

    average: 4.20 points per Hit
    most recent hit: December 12th
44th ???Guest  19 3 0
  1. Haji Mohamed Suharto — 5 points
  2. Charlton Heston — 5 points
  3. Sunny Von Bülow — 9 trio points

    average: 6.33 points per Hit
    most recent hit: December 6th
45th Nova Cassius  19 2 0
  1. Sir Edmund Hillary — 5 points
  2. Tony Snow — 14 points

    average: 9.50 points per Hit
    most recent hit: July 12th
46th Allen Kirshner  16 4 0
  1. Phyllis Whitney — 4 duet points
  2. Charlton Heston — 5 points
  3. Estelle Getty — 5 points
  4. W. Mark Felt — 2 points

    average: 4.00 points per Hit
    most recent hit: December 18th
47th Allezblancs  15 2 1
  1. Humphrey Lyttelton — 10 solo points
  2. Paul Newman — 5 points

    average: 7.50 points per Hit
    most recent hit: September 26th
48th Kixco  15 4 0
  1. Eddy Arnold — 6 trio points
  2. Paul Newman — 5 points
  3. Studs Terkel — 2 points
  4. W. Mark Felt — 2 points

    average: 3.75 points per Hit
    most recent hit: December 18th
49th Bushwhacker  13 2 0
  1. Charlton Heston — 5 points
  2. Sydney Pollack — 8 points

    average: 6.50 points per Hit
    most recent hit: May 26th
50th Jazz Vulture  13 2 0
  1. Georgia Frontiere — 5 points
  2. Sydney Pollack — 8 points

    average: 6.50 points per Hit
    most recent hit: May 26th
PlaceEntrant Points Hits Solo
Hits
Hit On ...
51st Sis  13 2 0
  1. Arthur Charles Clarke — 2 points
  2. George Carlin — 11 duet points

    average: 6.50 points per Hit
    most recent hit: June 22nd
52nd Scubama  12 6 0
  1. Earl Butz — 2 points
  2. Arthur Charles Clarke — 2 points
  3. Dr. Albert Hofmann — 2 trio points
  4. Michael DeBakey — 2 points
  5. Van Johnson — 2 points
  6. W. Mark Felt — 2 points

    average: 2.00 points per Hit
    most recent hit: December 18th
53rd Dannyb  11 2 0
  1. Sunny Von Bülow — 9 trio points
  2. W. Mark Felt — 2 points

    average: 5.50 points per Hit
    most recent hit: December 18th
54th Mister Selina  9 3 0
  1. Arthur Charles Clarke — 2 points
  2. Richard Widmark — 2 points
  3. Paul Newman — 5 points

    average: 3.00 points per Hit
    most recent hit: September 26th
55th Louisiana Lou  8 2 0
  1. William F. Buckley Jr. — 6 trio points
  2. Studs Terkel — 2 points

    average: 4.00 points per Hit
    most recent hit: October 31st
56th Wendy  7 2 0
  1. Gordon Hinckley — 5 duet points
  2. Arthur Charles Clarke — 2 points

    average: 3.50 points per Hit
    most recent hit: March 19th
57th RHD  2 1 0
  1. Arthur Charles Clarke — 2 points

    average: 2.00 points per Hit
    most recent hit: March 19th
58th O'Wilners  0 0 0
    « saw no hits
PlaceEntrant Points Hits Solo
Hits
Hit On ...



2008 CONTEST AWARDS
Welcome to the 2008 AO Deadpool Awards Ceremony, affectionately called The Moxies. All the dead bodies have surfaced and it's time to square accounts. First, we must apologize to those of you who haven't received your tickets to the event, which is definitely a black crepe affair. Unfortunately, the invitations were in a mail bag on Flight 1549. Sorry. You'll have to attend right where you are. It was another great year for alt.obituaries. Not too much squabbling, the usual personality quirks, and all those people whose ISPs let them down seem to have found other ways to access Usenet. We will prevail. More and more of us are finding each other on Facebook, a mixed blessing, photographically speaking. (On a personal note, I had one nice visit from the Schenley crowd and two from JD. And I saw Brigid in Portland, Garrett in SF, and Matt Kruk in Vancouver.) We didn't get much press this year, but it was choice. The LA Times blamed us for the fake news of Larry Gelbart's stroke. According to the venerable LA Times, we're a blog. No one will ever get that right. So without further ado, let's get on with the awards. Some old, some new, and next year, you guys come up with some new awards, because we're getting tired of rehashing. 

115 hits from January 2 to December 29th. The first one was a princess, the last one a trumpet player. There were 61 solos. And the average age at death was 83.29. There were 58 players, and the one who gets the Moxie Award is an old friend of alt.obituaries. A guy who knows when wrestlers are done for. A guy whose video of the AO deadpool hits began our newest tradition here on AO.

2008 Moxie Award winner This year THE MOXIE AWARD goes to Ed V, who had sixteen hits, three more than last year, for a total of 191 points. This is Ed V's first GOLD. He scored thirteen hits last year to earn the BRONZE. Not only has Ed turned into the world's most accomplished deadpool player, he's polite. He actually thanked Mark, in advance, for the Moxie. The first one to do it, says Mark. And to top it all off, he's made another video of the year's hits. Not sure it's quite ready, but when it is, we'll attach the link. Hearty congratulations. Drink it slowly. Or not at all.

The SILVER goes to Bill Schenley. It was a good year for him because many of the people he had been carrying since the beginning decided they had had enough of being on his list. On top of everything else, he stopped smoking! Let's give it up for Bill! In some ways, the SILVER MOXIE is better than the GOLD, because there's no actual MOXIE attached to it.

The BRONZE goes to Dead People Server whose special affinity for barely-shaving druggies made her a star. Nice work, DPS.

Every year, there's a new player who shows what we've all been doing wrong. THE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD goes to Mort Chewary, who toe-tagged an amazing eleven bodies his first time out.

Fireball is this year's winner of the prestigious LET'S FUCK WITH THE IMDb AWARD. He had six IMDb hits. A dishonorable mention goes to Eternity Tours. All five of his hits were IMDbers. And unlike the IMDb, we know when they're dead.

THE COMPANY OF STRANGERS AWARD. Once again Erik wins this obscure award. We don't really know why. We only know he is really strange, and we believe in tradition on the AO Deadpool.

THE GIMME' A FUCKING BREAK AWARD can only be won by the most heartless players. You know, the kind who pump their fist in the air when they smell embalming fluid in the wind. This year, that would be Acctorp, DGH, Denise, DrunkAsASkunk, Yersinia Pestis and Undertaker, who all read about Korean boxer Choi Yo-sam getting knocked into a coma a week before the 2008 game started. Way to root for misery and heartache, guys.

???Guest, Dannyb, Dead People Server were all humbled to accept the RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES AWARD. As if Sunny Von Bülow weren't dead enough already.

BOBBSEY TWINS AWARD, an award that goes to the players who have the most common hits between them, was won by Denise and Erik, who both picked Suzanne Pleshette, Georgia Frontiere, Charlton Heston, Tony Snow and Sydney Pollack.

It was quite a year for dead writers and journalists and the picks were extraordinarily well-chosen. J.D Baldwin's solo of William Gibson. Dead Batteries' pick of Clay Felker. Kathypig1 and Allen Kirshner's duet for Phyllis Whitney. Charlene and Brigid's Solzhenitsyn. The trio of Louisiana Lou, Dead Batteries and Another Lurker for William F. Buckley. The gang for Arthur C. Clarke and Studs Terkel and Harold ............ Pinter. You all get to share THE BOOK-BURNING AWARD.

Because her seven hits were all solos, Amelia easily outdistanced Bill Schenley and his five, for the SUSAN HAYWARD AWARD, formerly known as the I Walk Alone Award.

R.H. Draney single-handedly ran away with the ONE-HIT WONDER AWARD by scoring, that's right, one hit. But let's not laugh at R.H., as it was almost a solo . Only thirteen others chose to venture into his 2008 Deadpool Odyssey.

Maybe Mark thought by wheedling his in-laws into playing the deadpool he could avoid paying postage on the MOXIE. Not to worry Sux fan, the O'Wilners became only the second team in AO Deadpool history to total zee-freakin-row points as they get to proudly display THE DIM REAPER AWARD above the fireplace. And this is the first mention of their name in the deadpool. Not to worry, The O'Wilners have signed up for another year.

Mort Chewary, who won the ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD, stepped up to claim yet another prize, the PHILIP AWARD. Oddly, of his eleven hits, none were solos. And we're going to do everything we can to make sure Philip never wins it. Even if it means lying.

He was old for a long time, then he was sick for a long time, and then he was dead and he'll be dead for a long time. THE PAINFULLY OBVIOUS SOLO AWARD goes to Raven, who sank his jaws into Roy Scheider. I mean, who knew he was dying besides everyone.

This year's PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD goes to a rather diverse group, Ed Varner, Direcorbie, Philip, Buford, Erik, Mort Chewary, Lurker3791, Chaptal and ???Guest, who all, thankfully, predicted the end of Suharto. Here's hoping ???Guest, with her list of bad people, wins the entire pool this year.

Dead People Server should be so proud of herself for winning THE BABY KILLER AWARD. Were the 30 bonus points worth this poor, unfortunate's life, DPS? Were they?

He can sing, he can dance and even better, Team Bubba has great legs. He gets THE CLASSIEST SOLO AWARD for stepping on Cyd Charisse's toes.

THE STUMBLING ACROSS THE FINISH LINE AWARD goes to Dannyb for not getting a hit until there were only 15 days left in the game. And then he got his second hit. Okay, let's share this award with Wendy. After all, Danny's first hit was in December. Her last one was in March.

Yersinia Pestis beat out Amelia for the highest point per hit average this year. This, of course, would be the reason for Yersinia taking home the HIGHEST POINT PER HIT AVERAGE AWARD (17.00 average). An award will go next year to the person who comes up with a better name for this award.

THE RIDICULOUSLY OBVIOUS DEATH AWARD has once again been handed out to a whole mess of players who pick their shots. Acctorp, Bill Schenley, Bushwhacker, Busgal, Charlene, Constant Irritant, Ed Varner, Erik, Exuma, Denise, Jazz Vulture, Lurker3791, Philip, Ray Arthur and Undertaker all saw the direction Sydney Pollack's life was going in. There were more ridiculously obvious choices, but those suckers decided not to die.

THE LARRY GELBART 'THEY GOTTA DIE SOMEDAY' AWARD goes to Mort Chewary, Moldy Oldies, Mark, King Daevid, The Wiz, James Neibaur, Garrett, Excard, Eternity Tours, EdV, Direcorbie, Dead People Server and Allen Kirschner for their patience in waiting for Estelle Getty to die. She's been on lists since day one.

THE MANY MANY THANKS AWARD has to go to Buford, who selflessly maintained the aodeadpool.com website and came up with all the wonderful ideas for statistics and the marvelous Mark Felt update. No matter how many ridiculous things we write, he figures out a way to put it on the website. Even during his busy season. We're going to try to get you some help this year.

We were thrilled and delighted with the work of JD Baldwin, Brad Ferguson, Philip, Exuma, King Daevid, and Garrett who helped us with updates. If we have to give one BEST GUEST UPDATE AWARD, it would be to Brad, whose knowledge of all things science fiction made Arthur C. Clarke's update a joy to read.

Other things we liked: Johnnyb's Jack Narz concentration, Philip's solo of the jeweler in Help, Abby's of Allan Melvin. Charlene and Bill hitting on two cartoonists, Key and Yefimov, Garrett's never-ending list of obscure entertainers like Connie Haines. Chaptal's trio of Suharto, Murcer and Pinter. Imagine those three in a room together? Musical solos we liked: Ray Arthur's Levi Stubbs, Deepstblu's Jerry Wexler, Busgal's Ken Nelson, Allezblanc's Humphrey Lyttelton. And we love you, Nova Cassius, Kixco, Scubama, Sis, Chipmunk Roasting and Kathi, even if we couldn't figure out a way to include you in the awards.

This award show has been brought to you mostly by Bill Schenley and partly by me, Amelia Rosner, who will never dress up for an Internet award show again.

We hope everyone has as much fun with this deadpool as we do. It's been growing every year and we have nearly 70 players.

Thanks for playing!

Now to catch up with 2009!




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