I had something else in mind when I compiled this list of people who passed away back in 2009. For the heck of it, I am posting some “interesting” people who died that year (not in any particular order):
Les Paul – Guitarist and maker of guitars. Inventor of the electric guitar. Rock wouldn’t have existed without him.
|Ed McMahon – Former night show sidekick and infomercial huckster|
|Farrah Fawcett – It was rather remarkable that lots of celebrities passed on in 2009. When I went through them at the IMDB website, I stopped counting at 600. In my “in memoriam” blogs, it’s not my style to emphasize celebrity deaths, but it can’t be helped here.|
|Micheal Jackson – Needs no introduction.|
|Sen. Ted Kennedy – While I don’t follow the Kennedys all that much, would he be the last surviving sibling of the “JFK” generation?|
The Taco Bell Dog (Gidget) – Rest in peace, little guy.
|David Carradine – The Kung Fu star|
|Dom DeLuise – The comedian only known to play a narrow range of characters, but appeared in plenty of movies|
|Walter Cronkite – News anchor for CBS, first to announce the death of JFK|
|Beatrice Arthur – Star of Maude and later, Golden Girls|
Susan Atkins (“Sexy Sadie”) – Neither a celebrity nor politician, nor particularly “sexy”, was one of the murderers of the Charles Manson cult.
|Billy Mays (ad huckster, “Tool Guys”) – Even infomercial hucksters are in greater than usual numbers here.|
|Ricardo Montalban – First, Nescafe, then Fantasy Island, then Star Trek, and now “the Undiscovered Country, from whose bourn no traveller returns” – Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act III, Scene I.|
|Soupy Sales – Comedian most known during the 60s and 70s.|
|Sydney Chaplin – Famous for being the son of Charlie.|
|Roy Disney – Famous for being the brother of Walt.|
|John Travolta – First a sweathog, then a singer, then Saturday Night Fever, then Scientology.|
Lux Interior (The Cramps) – Punk rocker famous for incorporating the tackiest elements of ’50s chic into his music, art, and personal style. His songs appear on several recent movie soundtracks, including The Social Network, and The Matador.