Calypso singer and human rights activist Harry Belafonte died earlier this afternoon at his New York home of congestive heart failure. He was 96.
Belafonte was among the first recording artists to break the race barrier in American radio stations with his first album, Calypso, recorded in 1955. It became the first record album to sell over 1 million copies, and yielded hits such as Day-O (The Banana Boat Song), Jamaica Farewell and Man Smart, Woman Smarter. Calypso stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 for almost 2 years.
13 Jan Jeremy Inkel, Canadian musician (Front Line Assembly, Left Spine Down), 34.
14 JanStan Hovdebo (Canadian MP), age 92. Hovdebo served as the MP for Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, and then of Saskatoon between 1979 and 1993. He succeeded John Diefenbaker in the Prince Albert riding representing the NDP.
19 Jan Dorothy Malone (Actress: Peyton Place, Basic Instinct), 93
20 Jan John Coleman (co-founder of The Weather Channel) 83
25 Jan Tommy Banks (Canadian Jazz musician, Senator) 81
27 JanMort Walker (Cartoonist: Beetle Bailey, Hi and Lois) Made a lifetime career in cartoons 94
4 Feb John Mahoney (Frasier) 77
21 FebArthur Black (CBC Radio’s Basic Black) One of the wittiest radio hosts I have heard from. He was a joy to listen to, and made me look forward to Saturday when he would come on CBC. Age 74.
21 FebBilly Graham (Teleevangelist) While I did not sense that Billy Graham was speaking to any particular branch of Christianity, his crusades were hard to turn away from when they came on TV, regardless of your religion. When he spoke, you listened, all the way to the end. He was pastor to American presidents and politicians. Age 99
3 MarDavid Ogden Stiers (M*A*S*H). Stiers was the arrogant, abrasive, surgeon which grew on us some time into the MASH series. Age 75
4 Mar Roger Bannister (first to break the 4-minute mile) 88
7 Mar Gary Burden (Album cover designer: After the Gold Rush, Deja Vu) 84
10 Mar Hubert de Givenchy (Givenchy clothing line) 91
12 MarNokie Edwards (Lead Guitarist for The Ventures, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2008) 82
14 MarStephen Hawking (Physicist, writer, lecturer). I don’t know if I need bragging rights to say that, yes, I had actually read all of A Brief History of Time. It was an easy read, a testimony to Hawking’s clarity of thought, but if you never tried to read it, you wouldn’t know, and many who never tried, usually assume that it is a difficult read. I urge anyone who is curious about the universe and had simply assumed that it would be difficult, to go to your library and crack open a copy and read for yourself. Aged 76.
28 Mar Peter Munk (Cdn philanthropist, Barrick Gold) Remembered mostly for the Munk Debates on CBC Radio, which regularly happen at the University of Toronto. Aged 90.
2 AprSteven Bochco (producer, Hill Street Blues, and NYPD Blue). Bochco had revolutionized the Police Drama serial with these two series. They got into the lives of the police officers, and showed them as conflicted, imperfect, but still doing their jobs. There was a definite change in the kinds of cop shows both before and after Hill Street Blues, produced by anyone. Aged 74.
4 Apr Ron White (Cdn actor, Republic of Doyle) Played organized crook Vick Saul in several installments of Republic of Doyle. Aged 64.
5 Apr Tim O’Connor (Peyton Place, General Hospital) 90
13 MayMargot Kidder (activist, actor – Superman, Black Christmas, Amityville Horror) 69
15 MayTom Wolfe (Journalist, novelist) 88
16 MayJoseph Campanella (actor – Days of Our Lives, Mannix) 92
19 MayRobert Indiana I had always wondered who was responsible for the “LOVE” logo, famous since the 1970s. He also designed sculptures containing lesser-known four-letter words, such as HEAL and HOPE. His Love sculpture is sufficiently famous to have earned itself a commemmorative American stamp in 1973. Aged 89.
22 MayPhilip Roth (Author: Portnoy’s Complaint, American Pastoral, The Human Stain). Portnoy’s Complaint was a huge success, and was much analyzed in its day. His novels challenged our views on sexuality, and what it means to be American. Aged 85.
28 MayDick Tuck (American political prankster) 94
2 JunPaul Boyer (American biochemist, 1997 Nobel Prize) Elucidated the mechanisms for ATP (adenosine triphosphate) syntheis. He also won the Nobel Prize in 1997. Age 99.
2 JunNick Meglin (Mad magazine writer/editor). It was said that he provided a lot of the voice and satirical humor that was Mad magazine. Aged 82.
3 JunKent McRay (Producer: Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie) 89
5 JunKate Spade (New York Fashion Designer) 55
8 JunDanny Kirwan (Fleetwood Mac guitarist). Guitarist for Fleetwood Mac from 1968-71, and contributor to four of their albums. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. Aged 68
8 JunAnthony Bourdain (Writer, chef, TV Host) 61
15 JunNick Knox (Drummer, The Cramps) 60
24 JunStanley Anderson (Actor, The Drew Carey Show, Spiderman) 78
27 JunJoe Jackson (Father of the Jackson Family, Manager of The Jacksons) 89
1 JulBruce Baker (Geneticist) 72
2 JulAlan Longmuir (Bassist, Bay City Rollers) 70
5 JulJim Malloy (1964 Grammy award winning Recording engineer for Henry Mancini, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley) 87
7 JulAlan Johnson (3-time Emmy award winning choreographer: The Producers, Young Frankenstein) 81
13 JulRay Frenette (Premier of New Brunswick, 1997-1998) 83
20 JulMarcario Gomez Quibus (Movie poster artist for Some Like it Hot, The Ten Commandments, Psycho) 92
21 JulElmarie Wendel (Actress: 3rd Rock From The Sun, The Lorax) 89
24 JulArchie Marr (Keyboardist, Bay City Rollers) 66
25 JulPatrick Williams (Composer, Columbo, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart) 79
27 JulGervase Markham (British programmer, Mozilla). In his short life, graduated from Oxford, then became “Governator” of the Mozilla project by age 23. He advocated against software patents. Aged 40.
5 AugCharlotte Rae (Actress, Different Strokes, The Facts of Life, 101 Dalmatians: The Series) 92
7 AugStan Mikita (Hockey player, Chicago Black Hawks, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame) 78
14 AugMary Pratt (Newfoundland Painter). Still life artist with a keen sense of light and form; survived by husband and artist Christopher Pratt. A googling for her image mostly brought up painting after painting. Aged 83.
16 AugAretha Franklin (Vocalist, called The Queen of Soul, 18x Grammy Award winner) Aged 76.
There is always “the oldest living person” somewhere. Sooner or later, they will pass on, and it is someone else’s turn to be the oldest. But the demise of Nabi Tajima of Japan would not be worthy of further comment, except that it appears as though with a birth date of 4 August 1900, she was the last living person known to have been born in the 19th century (the 20th century begins in 1901, to be clear). To our knowledge, there are no longer any people born on or before 1900 living anymore. She was said to have more than 160 descendants, counting children, grand children, and great grand children.
In 1900, the year of her birth, she lived in a world pre-dating Jack London’s Call of the Wild, Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz; just before the days of films and the existence of movie theatres; there were no airplanes, zippers or toasters; no Panama Canal, no Australia, and no radio or TV — to say nothing of internet. Electronic communication was by Morse code over telegraph wires. Transport was either by horse or other beasts of burden, unless you were walking or riding a bike.
Males always seem to die younger than women, and I have found that in going through “oldest living persons” lists, oldest males are usually younger than oldest females. Of the 100 oldest people still living, only 7 are male right now. 1 in 1000 people living past age 100 live past their 110th birthday. Worldwide, there are likely as many as 600 people alive past age 110. Going by the 100 oldest living persons’ list referred to above, the number that can be verified may not be much over 100.
Nabi died of natural causes yesterday in a nursing home where she had been living since 2002.
There are a lot of notable people who have passed away this year, but I think I got sidetracked on the ones that have died just this month. Here are some of the people whose lives I have found most interesting, alphabetized by first name:
Hungarian topologist and discoverer of the toroidal polyhedron that bears his name, was given much recognition of his achievements over the years, passed away at age 93.
Alexander Harvey II
An officer during World War II, Alexander became senator, then nominated as federal judge by then-president Lyndon Johnson. Died at age 94.
Founder of Canadian generic drug company Apotex Pharmaceuticals. The billionaire drug manufacturer and his wife Honey were found dead at their home. The deaths are being treated as “suspicious”, although there appeared to be no obvious evidence of a break-in. Bernard was the 12th wealthiest Canadian, worth some 3.5 billion dollars. Honey Sherman was 70, while Bernard was 75.
Played Adam Cunningham in the Canadian drama series Traders. He was in Star Trek; he was in soap operas such as The Edge of Night and All My Children. But he is most famous for playing the father of the groom Rodney Miller in My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
A Long Isand-born professor emeritus from Brandeis University who did research into motor proteins. Those are the kind of proteins that turn chemical energy into mechanical work. Examples are proteins that drive flagellum in single-celled organisms. Motor proteins also help conduct cell division in all of our cells. She was 88.
An investigative reporter who got caught writing a fake autobiography about the late Howard Hughes. While the controversy was very public and the charade quite compelling, the fake autobiography was never published. The hoax was uncovered over phonecalls from Hughes himself to the few people left who knew the voice of this reclusive billionaire. After his trial, conviction and release from prison, Irving continued to write various books to what appears to have been a forgiving audience. All of his papers, memoirs, and even journal entries while serving in prison have now been made publically available in the years since. He was 87.
Composed theme music for The Outer Limits, and The Flying Nun. He also composed for movies such as Hang ‘Em High. However, he was in trouble legally because he had also scalped tickets for the 1980 Super Bowl on a fairly large scale and then failed to report the proceeds to the IRS. He was 86.
First Asian-American mayor of San Francisco, elected in 2011 and served until his death at age 65.
Felix “Fil” Fraser
Montreal-born broadcaster, was a radio announcer in seemingly all parts of Canada, including Toronto and his native Montreal. He was 85.
Gerald B. Greenberg
Film editor involved in blockbuster films such as The French Connection, Apocalypse Now, and Scarface. He was 81.
Historian of Canadian Jewry, died at age 84.
American mathematician who studied wave motion. He enjoyed sailing, and was remmebered as being well-dressed, deeply cultured, and open-minded about science and math ideas. He was 95.
American Biochemist, known for his studies in germ warfare with the American military. Also wrote several books on Americana, un-related to biochemistry. He was 78.
James Robert Thompson, founding chair of the stats department at Rice University in Houston. Known for his sage advice to his doctoral students, and involvement in military defence, he is survived by his wife Ewa Thompson, also an emeritus professor of Slavic Studies. James was 79.
Roos was a math professor from the University of Stockholm in Sweden, who was one of the few who seemed to make it to the status of math professor without a whole lot of formal math training beyond high school. He was 82.
News editor at the New York Times, known for her humanity and adaptability in adverse situation involving the reporters under her watch who were given assignments overseas. She succumbed to cancer at age 61.
Specialized in computer studies, and getting computers to talk and write like people, and by extension, adapting to end users. Passed away suddently at age 55.
First female mayor of Toronto, starting in 1991. There is a public park in the Davisville neighbourhood named after her. She died at age 93.
Iconic jazz singer who is best known for singing tunes such as: “That Old Black Magic”, “I Got You Under My Skin”, and “Bel Mir Bist Du Schoen“, and recording on dozens of albums over 5 decades, died at age 89.
Founding chair of the math department at the University of California at Santa Cruz whgo published his lectures on topology. He was 81.
Otherwise known as Pam the Funkstress, was prominent on the San Francisco Bay Area Hip Hop scene. She died of organ failure at age 51, following an attempted transplant.
The lead singer and songwriter of the American band The Smithereens, had succumbed to numerous health issues and injuries over recent years, and has died at age 62.
A murderer in France, whose life imprisonment was instrumental in events leading to the abolition of the death penalty in France in 1981. He died at age 64 of lung cancer.
Today, it was reported that actor and meme victim Gene Wilder died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease at age 83.
I’ve looked up some things about the meme from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”. Turns out that the image is from a scene where he reveals a little bit of his chocolate manufactouring process to some enthusiastic children. A few years ago, social media made a meme of this image, attaching condescending statements on all possible topics, in what became known as the “Creepy no fax payday loan buy tramadol Wonka” or “Condescending Wonka” meme. A “Condescending Wonka” twitter account garnered half a million followers, even though the account had little else going for it but its name.
Don’t forget however, that Wilder had appeared in some of the biggest comedy movies in the 1970s, many produced by Mel Brooks, such as Blazing Saddles, and Young Frankenstein; and he also appeared in the Woody Allen comedy Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex, but Were Afriad to Ask.
Mel Brooks, Jim Carrey, Ricky Gervais, and Russell Crowe, among others, each sent their regards within minutes of the sad news, via Twitter.
1: Donna Douglas: Played daughter Elly May Clampett in The Beverly Hillbillies. (Age 82). 1: Mario Cuomo: Governor of New York (1983 to 1994) (Age 82). 2: James Cecil Dickens: Known as Little Jimmy Dickens, best known for his song May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose. A longtime member of the Grand Ole Opry, also made appearances on Johnny Carson (Age 94). 2: Tihomir Novakov: Atmospheric scientist known for his research into a class of airborne particulates known as “black carbon”, contributing greatly to the theory of global warming (Age 85). 3: Bernice Madigan: At the time the oldest resident of Massachusetts, and the world’s 5th oldest living person before her death, died at age 115 in Cheshire, Massachusetts. 4: Bernard Williams: Producer of such movies as A Clockwork Orange and Flash Gordon. (Age 72). 5: Al Bendich: Civil rights attorney who defended poet Allen Ginsburg and comedian Lenny Bruce against obscenity charges. (Age 85). 6: Francesca Hilton: Daughter of Zsa Zsa Gabor and Conrad Hilton, lived in poverty toward the end of her life. Died of a stroke (Age 67). 7:The Editors and writers from Charlie Hebdo magazine: Jean Cabut (“Cabu”) (76), Elsa Cayat (54), Stephanne Charbonnier (“Charb”) (47), Philippe Honore (73), Bernard Maris (68), Mustpha Ourrad (60), Bernard Velhac (“Tignous”) (57), Georges Wolinski (80). 8: William Boeing, Jr.: son of the founder of Boeing Airlines (Age 92). 9: Samuel Goldwyn: Producer of many films since the mid-20th century, up to and including The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, produced two years ago (Age 88). 10: Robert Berner: Yale professor known for his modelling of The Carbon Cycle (Age 79). 10: Francis Simard: FLQ member, assassinated Quebec cabinet minister Pierre LaPorte in 1971, and sentenced to life imprisonmnent for murder (Age 67). 10: Taylor Negron: Stand-up comedian who played a key scene in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Age 57). 10: Robert Stone: Author nominated twice for the Pulizer Prize, and once for the Faulkner Award. (Age 77). 11: Darrell Winfield: Was the Marlborough Man (Age 85). 12: Stephen Gold: Hacker and author. Known for hacking into the private information for Prince Philip. Acquitted on charges, since he did not get any material gain, nor was any sought (Age 58). 13: Mike Marqusee: Left-leaning humanitarian writer (Age 61). 13: Frank Mazzola: Editor of many blockbuster films, such as Rebel Without a Cause, Casablanca, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Age 79). 13: H. Wesley Kenney: Director for the sitcom All in the Family; Produced and directed many soap operas such as General Hospital, and The Young and the Restless (Age 89). 17: Don Harron: Canadian comedian, actor and author, best known for his “Charlie Farquarson” persona, as well as his role in the TV variety show Hee Haw as the news anchor for station KORN (Age 90). 18: Tony Verna: Inventor of the “instant replay” (Age 81). 20: Edgar Froese: Founder of the electronic music group Tangerine Dream (Age 70). 24: Toller Cranston: Canadian figure skater, Bronze medalist (1976 Olympics) (Age 65). 24: Joe Franklin: Longest running TV talk show host (10 years longer than Johnny Carson) (Age 88). 29: Bernice Gordon: Crossword puzzle writer for The New York Times. (Age 101). 29: Will McBride: Photographer and author of the controversial 1975 book Show Me! (Age 84). 29: Colleen McCulloch: Author best known for The Thorn Birds. (Age 77). 30: Rose Frisch: Discoverer of leptin. (Age 96).
5: Val Logsdon Fitch: Winner of the 1980 Nobel Prize in Physics. (Age 91). 8: Thom Wilson: Producer for Burton Cummings, Seals and Crofts, as well as punk acts such as The Dead Kennedys, Social Distortion, and The Adolescents. (Age 55). Note: Wilson’s age was hard to track down. IMDB.com provided his birth date, and calculator.net was used in obtaining his age (exact age at death is thus likely to be 55 years, 9 months and 24 days). 11: Bob Simon: Senior foreign correspondent for 60 Minutes and earlier 60 Minutes II. (Age 73). 12: Sam Houston Andrew II: Founding member and lead guitarist of the rock group Big Brother and the Holding Company. (Age 73). 12: Gary Owens: Radio and TV announcer. Best known for playing the radio announcer on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-in. (Age 80). 14: Helen Glass: Saskatchewan nurse. Taught in Regina and Prince Albert. Contributed to the creation of the Canadian Health Act in 1984. (Age 97). 16: Leslie Gore: Singer of such hits as You Don’t Own Me, and It’s My Party. (Age 68). 20: Patricia Norris: Costume designer for movies such as The Elephant Man, and Scarface. (Age 83). 24: Maurice Hurley: Producer of Miami Vice, Baywatch and Star Trek: The Next Generation. (Age 75). 25: Harve Bennett: Writer/Producer for Star Trek, The Mod Squad, and The Six Million Dollar Man. (Age 84). 27: Leonard Nimoy: Best known for his role of Spock in Star Trek. He also was one of the lead characters in the series Mission: Impossible. (Age 83).
1: Daniel von Bargen: Appeared in sitcoms such as Seinfeld and Malcolm in the Middle. (Age 64). 3: Lynn Borden: Acted in movies in the 70s such as Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, and Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry. (Age 77). 5: Albert Maysles: Documentarian best known for his documentaries Gimme Shelter and Grey Gardens (Age 88). 8: Lew Soloff: Played trumpet for the 70s rock group Blood, Sweat and Tears. (Age 71). 9: Lou Silverstone: Comedy writer. Listed as one of the “Usual Gang of Idiots” in Mad Magazine between 1962 and 1990. (Age 90). 11: Jimmy Greenspoon: Played in the rock group Three Dog Night. (Age 67). 12: Sir Terry Pratchett: Author of comic fantasy novels. (Age 66). 15: Mike Porcaro: Played bass for the rock group Toto. (Age 59). 16: William Ewald Jr.: Speechwriter for Dwight Eisenhower and historian. (Age 89). 19: Michael Brown: Singer (The Left Banke) and songwriter (Walk Away Renee). (Age 65). 21: Alberta Watson: Canadian actress (The Sweet Hereafter). (Age 60). 26: Tomas Transtromer: Winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature. (Age 83). 28: Richard Bare: Producer of the sitcom Green Acres. (Age 101). 28: Gene Saks: Directed the original Broadway play The Odd Couple. (Age 93). 28: Tuti Yusupova: World’s oldest person (unverified at this writing). Claimed to have been born on 1 July 1880 in Imperial Russia. (Age 134).
1: Misao Okawa: World’s oldest confirmed person, Japan. (Age 117).
13: Gunter Grass: Nobel Prize-Winning author of The Tin Drum and other books. (Age 87).
2: Ruth Rendell: Known for the Inspector Wexford series. (Age 85). 4: Michael Blake: Author of Dances With Wolves. (Age 69).
9: Vincent Bugliosi: Prosecuting attorney in the Charles Manson case, and author of Helter Skelter. (Age 80).
21: E. L. Doctorow: Author of Ragtime. (Age 84). 28: Ann Rule: True crime author. (Age 83).
30: Oliver Sacks: Nerologist and author (Age 82). 30: Wayne Dyer: American motivational speaker and self-help writer. (Age 75).
10: Basil Johnston: Author and Historian for the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation on the Bruce Penninsula in Ontario. (Age 86). 19: Jackie Collins: American best-selling author (Age 77).
3: Barbara Meek: Played Ellen Canby in the early 80’s sitcom Archie Bunker’s Place. (Age 81). 5: Larry Brezner: Producer of such comedy films as Good Morning Vietnam, and Throw Momma From The Train. (Age 73). 5: Andrew Rubin: Acted in comedic movies such as Police Academy, and comedic sitcoms such as Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. (Age 69). 5: Henning Mankell: Author who contributed to the “Nordic Noir” genre of crime novels. (Age 67). 6: Billy Joe Royal: Pop singer (Cherry Hill Park, among others). (Age 73). 6: Otto Tucker: Newfoundland heritage activist and educator. (Age 92). 10: Richard Heck: American chemist who shared the 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Japanese chemists Ei-ichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki. (Age 84). 10: Wesley Funk: Saskatchewan novelist and teacher. (Age 46). 14: Eric Wright: Canadian Crime Novelist. (Age 86). 20: Cory Wells: Original lead singer of the 70s band Three Dog Night. (Age 74). 25: Lee Shaw: Known as “The First Lady of Jazz”. (Age 89). 29: Kenneth Gilbert: Actor who performed in the series Doctor Who. (Age 84). 30: Al Molinaro: Played a police officer in The Odd Couple. Appeared in other 70s sitcoms such as Happy Days, and Joanie Loves Chachi. (Age 96). 31: David Shugar: From his arrest in Canada in 1946 for trading state secrets with the Russians to his becoming professor of biophysics and being inducted to the Royal Society of Canada in 1999. For the record, he was found innocent of all charges in 1946. (Age 100).
5: George Barris: Designer of the original Batmobile in 1966. (Age 89). 7: Eddie Hoh: Drummer for The Mamas and the Papas, and a studio drummer for Stephen Stills, The Monkees, Donovan, and others. Led a secluded life after 1970. Died in Westmont, Illinois, a half hour’s drive west of Chicago. (Age 71). 9: Andy White: Susbstitute drummer for Ringo Starr for The Beatles’ first single Love Me Do. Affectionately called the Fifth Beatle. Had no further performances with them since. (Age 85). 10: Allen Toussaint: Arranger, producer, songwriter (Working in a Coalmine, Southern Nights). (Age 77). 15: P. F. Sloan: Songwriter for Barry MacGuire, Jan and Dean, Herman’s Hermits, The Mamas and the Papas. (Age 70). 19: Ron Hynes: Newfoundland singer/songwriter. Wrote Sonny’s Dream, covered by many artists worldwide (Age 64). 21: Gil Cardinal: Canadian filmmaker and documentarian. (Age 65). 22: Albert Pick: German banknote collector. Wrote the first reference book for world bank notes, and it remains the standard. (Age 90). 23: Douglass North: Winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Economics, alongside Robert Fogel (1927-2013). (Age 95). 25: Elmo Williams: Editor and producer in American cinema. Won an Oscar in 1953 for his editing work in the movie High Noon.
2: Sandy Berger: Clinton advisor in the early 90s (Age 70). 4: Scott Weiland: Front man for Stone Temple Pilots (Age 48). 5: Chuck Williams: Founder of Willliams-Sonoma, an upscale kitchen shop known for its innovation (Age 100). 6: Marque Lynche: Former Mousketeer; played in The Lion King in Broadway, and American Idol finalist (Age 34). 6: Holly Woodlawn: Transgender actress and Warhol contemporary. Written about in Lou Reed’s hit song Take a Walk On the Wild Side. (Age 69). 7: Martin E. Brooks: Played in many television drama serials in the ’70s and ’80s: McMillan and Wife, General Hospital, Knots Landing, and Dallas. (Age 90). 15: Harry Zvi Tabor: Israeli physicist, brought solar power to the Middle East. (Age 98). 16: Snuff Garrett: Record producer. Produced hits for Sonny and Cher, Vicki Lawrence, Bobby Vee, Del Shannon, Buddy Knox, and many others. (Age 76). 22: Billy Glaze: Accused and convicted serial murderer; died in prison before DNA evidence would have exonerated him. (Age 72). 22: Carson van Osten: Creator of many Disney Comics. (Age 70). 23: Michael Earl: Puppeteer who brought Snuffalupagus to life on Sesame Street. (Age 56). 24: William Guest: Cousin of Gladys Knight, R&B/Soul singer who performed with Gladys Knight and the Pips. The group were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. (Age 74). 25: Robert Spitzer: Psychiatrist known for being a major force in the creation of the DSM. Has been called one of the most influential psychiatrists of the 20th century. (Age 83). 25: George Clayton Johnston: Writer of modern sci-fi/futuristic classics such as Logan’s Run, Oceans 11, and The Twilight Zone. (Age 86). 27: Haskell Wexler: Influential cinematographer, known for the production of movies like: Who’s Afraid of Virginai Woolf?, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Bound for Glory. (Age 93). 28: Ian Frazier Kilmister: Known as “Lemmy”, founded and led the heavy metal group Motorhead. (Age 70).