Friday, December 31, 2004

Should auld acquaintance be forgot . . .

I get regular emails from slick.org that are obituaries of the famous and infamous. Here is a list of people who died in 2004.

David Bale, husband of Gloria Steinem, 62
Patricia Roc, actress, 88
Enric Bernat Fontlladosa, candy maker, 80
Takashi Ishihara, ex-Nissan president, 91
Paul Hopkins, athlete, 99
Etta Moten Barnett, singer and actress, 102
Vestal Goodman, gospel singer, 74
Arthur R. von Hippel, MIT scientist, 105
James "Doc" Counsilman, Olympic coach, 83
Tug McGraw, former MLB pitcher, 59
John Toland, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, 91
Francesco Scavullo, fashion photographer, 82
Uta Hagen, actress, 84
Ingrid Thulin, actress, 76
Ron O"Neal, actor, 66
Olivia Goldsmith, author, 54
Philip Crosby, entertainer and celebrity son, 69
Randy VanWarmer, songwriter, 48
Yinka Dare, athlete, 32
Ray Stark, producer, 88
Gus Suhr, athlete, 98
Jerry Nachman, newsman, 57
Charlie McCarty, photojournalism pioneer, 88
Molly Kelly, inspiration for movie, 87
Ray Rayner, television host, 84
Ann Miller, actress and dancer, 81
Bob Keeshan, "Captain Kangaroo", 76
Helmut Newton, photographer, 83
Billy May, musician & arranger, 87
Jack Paar, television talk show pioneer, 85
Mary-Ellis Bunim, Reality TV Pioneer, 57
Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch, athlete, 80
Eddie Clontz, tabloid editor, 56
Janet Frame, author, 79
Ticky Holgado, French actor, 59
Robert Harth, Carnegie Hall Artistic Director, 47
Eleanor Holm Whalen, athlete and actress, 91
Frances Partridge, last survivor of the Bloomsbury Set, 103
Barbara Gamarekian, reporter, 78
May O"Donnell, Dancer and Modern Choreographer, 97
Thomas Moorer, Ex-Joint Chiefs Chair, 91
Cem Karaca, Turkish musician, 58
Samuel M. Rubin, concessionaire, 85
Julius "Julie" Schwartz, comics editor, 89
Claude Ryan, Former Quebec leader, 79
Ryszard Kuklinski, cold war masterspy, 74
Adella Wotherspoon, disaster survivor, 100
Noble Willingham, actor, 72
Marco Pantani, former Tour de France winner, 34
Lawrence Ritter, author, 81
Jan Miner, actress, 86
Bruce McCall, Texas banker with presidential pardon, 79
A.C. Reed, musician, 77
Estelle Axton, Stax Records co-founder, 85
Joe Viterelli, tough-guy character actor, 66
Vijay Anand, film director, 71
Boris Trajkovski, Macedonian President, 47
Carl Anderson, "Superstar" Judas, 58
John Randolph, Character actor, 88
Marge Schott, former Cincinnati Reds owner, 75
Jerome Lawrence, Playwright, 88
Hal Shaper, songwriter, 72
Spalding Gray, actor, 62
Frances Dee, actress, 94
Robert Pastorelli, "Murphy Brown" actor, 49
Paul Winfield, actor, 62
John McGeoch, musician, 49
Abu Abbas, Achille Lauro hijacker, 55
Dave Blood, Dead Milkmen bassist
Franz Koenig, Cardinal, 98
Natan Yonatan, Israeli poet, 81
Albert Axelrod, Olympic fencer, 83
Claude Nougaro, French singer, 74
Jack Sperling, musician, 81
Jorge Guinle, Brazilian playboy, 88
John Henry Williams, celebrity son, 35
Joan Riudavets Moll, (former) world's oldest man, 114
Cecily Adams, actress, 39
Sydney Carter, composer, 88
Sarah Jacobson, film maker, 33
Daniel J. Boorstin, historian, 89
William H. Pickering, space race titan, 93
Edmund Sylvers, "Boogie Fever" singer, 47
Mercedes McCambridge, "Exorcist" voice actress, 87
J.J. Jackson, original MTV VJ, 62
Brian Maxwell, PowerBar founder, 51
Juliana, Dutch queen mother, 94
Boonreung Buachan, world champion "snake man", 34
Ray "Hercules Hernandez" Fernandez, wrestler, 46
Ludmila Tcherina, French dancer, 79
John C. West, former governor, 81
Renata Vanni, actress, 94
Edward Zubler, halogen lamp inventor, 79
Nathan Heard, author, 67
Jan Berry, surf-music star, 62
Jan Sterling, actress, 82
Sir Peter Ustinov, actor, 82
Alistair Cooke, broadcaster, 95
Sylvia Froos, Vaudeville child star, 89
Art James, game show announcer, 74
Gabriella Ferri, Italian singer, 62
Paul Atkinson, Zombies guitarist, 58
Marjorie Pay Hinckley, wife of LDS Church President, 92
Justin Knowles, painter, 68
Sir John Pople, Nobel laureate, 78
Fred Winter, jockey, 77
Spoli Mills, actress, 80
Niki Sullivan, musician, 66
George Bamberger, Pitching Coach, 80
Jack Smith, former ABC newsman, 58
Timi Yuro, singer, 63
Carrie Snodgrass, actress, 57
Nick and Mary Yankovic, celebrity parents, 86 & 81
Micheline Charest, television producer, 51
Norman Campbell, television producer, 80
Aaron Bank, "the father of the Green Berets", 101
James Richard Cantalupo, McDonald's CEO, 60
Frank Morrison, former Nebraska governor, 98
Ray Condo, Canadian rockabilly legend, 53
Caron Keating, television presesnter, 41
Norris McWhirter, Guinness World Records founder, 78
Harry Babbitt, singer and "Woody Woodpecker" laugh, 90
Pat Tillman, former football player, 27
Alex Madonna, Madonna Inn builder, 85
Jose Giovanni, French director, 80
Mary McGrory, political columnist, 85
Estee Lauder, cosmetics legend, 97
Hubert Selby, author, 75
Claude (Fiddler) Williams, musician, 96
Darrell Johnson, Boston Red Sox manager, 75
Alexandre Minkowski, pioneering doctor, 88
Gilbert Kauhi, actor, 66
Barney Kessel, jazz guitarist, 80
Alan King, comedian and actor, 76
Olive Osmond, celebrity mother, 79
Caspar Pound, music producer, 33
Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd, record producer, 72
Lizzy Mercier Descloux, punk musician, 47
Felix Haug, musician, 52
Virginia Capers, actress, 78
Phil Gersh, Hollywood agent, 92
John Whitehead, musician, 55
Syd Hoff, cartoonist, 91
Tony Randall, actor, 84
Anna Lee, actress, 91
Charlotte Benkner, once world's oldest person, 114
Robert Morgan, famed WWII bomber commander, 85
Elvin Jones, musician, 76
June Taylor, Emmy-Winning Choreographer, 86
Lincoln Kilpatrick, actor, 72
Jack Eckerd, drugstore founder, 91
Elvin Ray Jones, Coltrane drummer, 76
Archibald Cox, Watergate prosecutor, 92
Arnold Beckman, Inventor, 104
David Dellinger, protester & radical pacifist, 88
Marion F. "Marty" Garner, musician, 77
Richard Biggs, actor, 44
Roger W. Straus Jr., publisher, 87
Sam Dash, Watergate counsel, 79
William Manchester, biographer, 82
Ronald Reagan, former U.S. President, 93
Victor Reuther, Former UAW Activist, 92
Frances Shand Kydd, celebrity mother, 68
Ronald Wilson Reagan, former US president, 93
Irene Manning, actress, 91
Nino Manfredi, actor, 83
Alberta Martin, Confederate Widow, 97
Ramona Trinidad Iglesias Jordan, world's oldest woman, 114
Brian Linehan, Canadian celebrity interviewer, 58
Loyd Sigmon, Creator of California Traffic Alerts, 95
Robert Quine, Voidoids guitarist, 61
Edmund DiGiulio, Steadicam developer, 76
Ray Charles, musician, 73
Egon Von Furstenberg, fashion designer, 57
Ulrich Inderbinen, Swiss mountain guide, 103
Sir Stuart Hampshire, author and academic, 89
Eamonn McGirr, pub owner & endurance singer, 63
James Grigson, Dr. Death, 72
Mattie Stepanek, poet, 13
Ben Shabalala, musician, late 40's
Al Lapin Jr., IHOP founder, 76
Marlon Brando, actor, 80
Anthony J. "Tony" Hope, celebrity son, 63
Herman H. Goldstine, mathematician, 90
Robert W. "Bob" Bemer, computer pioneer, 84
Stanley M. Gortikov, recording industry leader, 85
Eric Douglas, actor & celebrity son, 46
Jeff Smith, the "Frugal Gourmet", 65
Doris Dowling, actress, 81
Agnes Cunningham, co-founder of folk-song journal, 95
Colin McCormack, actor, 62
Laurance Rockefellar, billionaire philanthropist, 94
Isabel Sanford, actress, 86
Joe Gold, founder of Gold's Gym, 82
Arthur Kane, New York Dolls bassist, 55
Sam McKim, Disney Imagineer, 79
Carlo DiPalma, Italian cinematographer, 79
Michael Tata, Nevada casino executive and television celebrity, 33
Zenko Suzuki, former Japanese Prime Minister, 93
Bella Lewitzky, dancer and choreographer, 88
Pat Roach, actor, 67
Joseph D'Alessandro, musician, 79
Rodger Ward, racing champion, 83
Joseph Hendrick Jr., auto racer, 84
Jeff Julian, professional golfer, 42
Charles W. Sweeney, pilot who dropped atom bomb on Nagasaki, 84
Sir Julian Hodge, banker, 99
Syreeta Wright, musician, 58
Sacha Distel, musician, 71
Jerry Goldsmith, Oscar-winning composer, 75
Antonio Gades, flamenco dancer and choreographer, 67
Illinois Jacquet, musician, 81
Serge Reggiani, singer and actor, 82
Georgine Darcy, actress, 71
Joe Cahill, I.R.A. Commander, 84
Wim Verstappen, film director, 67
Bill Randle, disc jockey, 81
Fred LaRue, rumored Watergate "Deep Throat", 75
Irvin "Shorty" Yeaworth Jr, "The Blob" director, 78
Jackson Beck, voice actor, 92
Francis Crick, DNA co-discoverer, 88
Eugene Roche, actor, 75
Alexandra Scott, cancer patient and fund-raiser, 8
Walter Frentz, photographer, 96
Carmine De Sapio, last of the Tammany bosses, 95
Sam Edwards, actor, 89
Don Tosti, musician, 81
Henri Cartier-Bresson, photographer, 95
Lacy Van Zant, "father" of Southern rock, 89
Rick James, "Super Freak", 56
Red Adair, world-renowned firefighter, 89
Fay Wray, actress, 96
Julia Child, famed TV chef, 91
Czeslaw Milosz, Polish poet and Nobel laureate, 93
Philip Abelson, scientist, 91
Donald Justice, poet, 78
Ellen Auerbach, photographer, 98
Bob Murphy, broadcaster, 79
Virginia Grey, actress, 87
Neal Fredericks, "Blair Witch" cinematographer, 35
Carl Mydans, photojournalist, 97
Frank Santo Cotroni, reputed crime boss, 72
Milton Pollack, noted federal judge, 97
Tony Mottola, musician, 86
Alexander Hammid, filmmaker, 96
Elmer Bernstein, film composer, 82
Al Dvorin, "Elvis has left the building" announcer, 81
Frank Sanache, World War II "code talker", 86
Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, "On Death and Dying" author, 78
Daniel Petrie, "A Raisin in the Sun" director, 83
Dennis Miles, Body Count guitarist, 45
Laura Branigan, "Gloria" singer, 47
Fred L. Whipple, pioneer in comet research, 97
Tom Capone, Brazilian Music Producer, 37
Frank Thomas, Disney animator, 92
Andre Noble, actor, 25
Frank Maxwell, Actor and union activist, 87
Timothy G. Elbourne, presidential aide, 65
Charles Eaton, Member of Famous Theatre Family, 94
Robert David Lion Gardiner, heir of Gardiner's Island, 93
Susan Peretz, actress and acting coach, 59
Larry Desmedt, biking legend, 55
William Pierson, actor, 78
E. Harvie Ward, amateur golfer, 78
Kirk Fordice, former Mississippi governor, 70
Noble "Thin Man" Watts, musician, 78
Ernie Ball, guitar string maker, 74
Fred Ebb, "Chicago" songwriter, 76
Kenny Buttrey, session drummer, 59
Johnny Ramone, Ramones co-founder, 55
Eddie Adams, Pulitzer-winning photographer, 71
Skeeter Davis, Nashville singer, 72
Russ Meyer, filmmaker, 82
Ellis Marsalis Sr, jazz family patriarch, 96
Roy Drusky, musician, 74
Francoise Sagan, author, 69
Marvin Davis, billionaire & former 20th Century Fox studios owner, 79
Ray Traylor, pro wrestler "Big Bossman", 41
Geoffrey Beene, fashion designer, 77
Izora Rhodes Armstead, "It"s Raining Men" singer, age unknown
Scott Muni, rock disc jockey "The Professor", 74
Justin Strzelczyk, former NFL Pittsburgh Steelers lineman, 36
Richard Avedon, famed photographer, 81
Janet Leigh, actress, 77
John Cerutti, commentator and former athlete, 44
Moe Norman, golfer, 75
Gordon Cooper, astronaut, 77
Carl Wayne, singer, 61
Rodney Dangerfield, comic, 82
Joyce Jillson, Hollywood astrologer, 58
Jacques Derrida, French philosopher, 74
Andres Nazario Sargen, leader of paramilitary group Alpha 66, 88
Christopher Reeve, actor, 52
Ken Caminiti, athlete, 41
Bruce Palmer, musician, 58
Pierre Salinger, former ABC newsman, 79
Phil Harper, radio voice of "Harry Nile", 64
Malcolm Summers, JFK assassination witness, 80
Doug Bennett, musician, 52
Anita Bitri Prapaniku, Albanian pop singer, 36
Paul H. Nitze, cold war strategist, 97
Betty Hill, alien abductee, 85
Samuel Lee Gravely Jr., first black U.S. admiral, 82
James A. Hickey, Cardinal, 84
Greg Shaw, record producer, 55
John Peel, disc jockey and broadcaster, 65
Robert Merrill, opera singer, 87
Fritha Goodey, actress, 31
Lester Lanin, society bandleader, 97
Vaughn Meader, satirist , 68
Princess Alice, British royal, 102
Theo van Gogh, Dutch film maker, 47
James Edward Hanson, industrialist, 82
Peggy Ryan, actress, 80
Joe Bushkin, jazz pianist, 87
Robert Heaton, musician, 44
Richard Terrance Knight, music manager, 61
Johnny Warren, Australian soccer player, 61
Gibson Kente, South African playwright, 72
Howard Keel, actor, 85
Chandler Harper, a Hall of Fame golfer, 90
Emlyn Hughes, athlete, 57
Yasser Arafat, Palestinian leader, 75
Iris Chang, author, 36
Russell Jones a/k/a Ol' Dirty Bastard, rapper, 35
Harry Lampert, creator of "The Flash", 88
Dayton Allen, voice of "Deputy Dawg" and "Heckle and Jeckle", 85
Melba Phillips, Physicist, 97
Edward S. Waters, writer/producer, 74
Jhonn Balance, musician, 42
Michel Colombier, film composer, 65
Norman Rose, actor, 87
Cy Coleman, Broadway composer, 75
Fred Hale Sr., world's oldest man, 113
Terry Melcher, musician, 62
Robin Kenyatta, musician, 62
Arthur Robinson, cartographer, 89
Samuel Billison, Navajo code talker
Marion Hamner Hawkes, real-life "Mary Ellen Walton", 74
Arthur Hailey, author, 84
Philippe de Broca, filmmaker, 71
Marion Hamner Hawkes, real-life "Mary Ellen Walton", 74
John Drew Barrymore, actor, 72
Ed Paschke, artist, 65
Billy James Hargis, evangelist, 79
Larry Brown, author, 53
Pierre Berton, Canadian author, 84
Verona Johnston, oldest American, 114
Mona Van Duyn, first female poet laureate, 83
John Dunn, broadcaster, 70
Molly Weir, actress, 94
Dame Alicia Markova, Ballet Star, 94
Joseph Hansen, novelist and activist, 81
Jerry Scoggins, musician, 93
"Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, musician, 38
Ralph Blizard, musician, 85
Frederick Fennell, conductor, 90
Kevin Coyne, musician, 60
Connie Johnson, athlete, 81
Renata Tebaldi, Italian soprano, 82
Lorenzo "Larry" J. Ponza Jr., pitching machine creator, 86
Freddie Perren, Jackson 5 producer, 61
Son Seals, blues musician, 62
Johnny Oates, former manager for MLB Orioles, Rangers, 58
Reggie White, former NFL defensive end, 43
Susan Sontag, author, 71
Hank Garland, Elvis' guitarist, 74
Jerry Orbach, actor, 69
Artie Shaw, musician, 94
Dick Heckstall-Smith, musician, 70
Julius Axelrod, Nobel Prize winner, 92
Sidonie Goossens, harpist, 105

I thought there was an inordinate number of musicians, singers, and music-industry people on the list this year. Maybe I am mistaken, but it seems inordinate.

Who will die tonight?



Join me in some revelry:

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne?
And days of auld lang syne, my dear,
And days of auld lang syne.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne?

We twa hae run aboot the braes
And pu'd the gowans fine.
We've wandered mony a weary foot,
Sin' auld lang syne.
Sin' auld lang syne, my dear,
Sin' auld lang syne,
We've wandered mony a weary foot,
Sin' auld ang syne.

We twa hae sported i' the burn,
From morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roared
Sin' auld lang syne.

Sin' auld lang syne, my dear,
Sin' auld lang syne.
But seas between us braid hae roared
Sin' auld lang syne.

And ther's a hand, my trusty friend,
And gie's a hand o' thine;
We'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.




A happy and healthy new year for you and yours.

Peace.



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