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Final goodbye: A roll call of some who died in '08
Associated Press ^ | 2/29/2008 | Associated Press

Posted on 12/30/2008 6:34:18 AM PST by restornu

Edited on 12/30/2008 6:37:40 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

From the summit of Everest, the top of the world - to the intricate workings of the human heart. From outer galaxies to the dungeons of Stalin's gulag.

Sir Edmund Hillary was the first man to stand atop the world's highest mountain. Dr. Michael DeBakey developed treatments for heart disease that prolonged the lives of millions.


(Excerpt) Read more at dailyherald.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2008obituaries; 2008review; 2008wrapup; obituaries; obituary

1 posted on 12/30/2008 6:34:19 AM PST by restornu
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To: restornu

I’ll add one more to your list. Julie Wickham.

She never received the fame and glory that those on your list received. But her life was dedicated to bringing God’s Word to people who have never had it in their own language. She was born in the Philippines, the daughter of missionaries. Later, She and her husband worked with Wycliffe Bible Translators helping to translate Scriptures.

Julie died on January 1, 2008 after a battle with liver cancer. Her body is gone but her legacy lives eternally.

The grass whithers and the flower fades, but the Word of our God will stand forever.

Julie doesn’t make the list of the famous on earth who died in 2008. She is on a better list.


2 posted on 12/30/2008 6:41:15 AM PST by Jemian (PAM of JT!)
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To: restornu

RE: Sir Edmund Hillary, R.I.P.

“On a first-lady goodwill tour of Asia in April 1995—the kind of banal trip that she now claims as part of her foreign-policy “experience”—Mrs. Clinton had been in Nepal and been briefly introduced to the late Sir Edmund Hillary, conqueror of Mount Everest. Ever ready to milk the moment, she announced that her mother had actually named her for this famous and intrepid explorer. The claim “worked” well enough to be repeated at other stops and even showed up in Bill Clinton’s memoirs almost a decade later, as one more instance of the gutsy tradition that undergirds the junior senator from New York.

Sen. Clinton was born in 1947, and Sir Edmund Hillary and his partner Tenzing Norgay did not ascend Mount Everest until 1953, so the story was self-evidently untrue and eventually yielded to fact-checking. Indeed, a spokeswoman for Sen. Clinton named Jennifer Hanley phrased it like this in a statement in October 2006, conceding that the tale was untrue but nonetheless charming: “It was a sweet family story her mother shared to inspire greatness in her daughter, to great results I might add.

Perfect. It worked, in other words, having been coined long after Sir Edmund became a bankable celebrity, but now its usefulness is exhausted and its untruth can safely be blamed on Mummy.”

Hitchens/Slate/Jan ‘08/http://www.slate.com/id/2182065/


3 posted on 12/30/2008 6:44:48 AM PST by flowerplough (Liberalism undermined: Certain permanent moral and political truths are accessible to human reason.)
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To: restornu

Turner Classic Movies ran a tribute to all the actors and screen associated people who had died in 2008, I was quite surprised as there were many that I hadn’t realized had passed away (I guess I don’t keep up with the obits too well.)


4 posted on 12/30/2008 6:50:09 AM PST by Dawn531
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To: restornu
Madelyn Payne Dunham helped raise her grandson, Barack Obama, and died just two days before he was elected president.

That is if she wasn't taken off life support or given an OD of morphine...

Other than being a non-interviewed blood relative of the next president, she was a NOBODY.

5 posted on 12/30/2008 6:51:20 AM PST by weegee ("Let Me Just Cut You Off, Because I Don't Want You To Waste Your Question" - B.Obama Dec 16, 2008)
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To: restornu

6 posted on 12/30/2008 6:51:42 AM PST by Daffynition ("Beauty is in the sty of the beholder." ~ Joe 6-pack)
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To: restornu

Going over this list, I see I missed quite a few deaths this year.

It would have been nice if Bo Diddley and Forrest J. Ackerman had been listed by name in the lead paragraphs rather than sly references to them.


7 posted on 12/30/2008 6:54:00 AM PST by weegee ("Let Me Just Cut You Off, Because I Don't Want You To Waste Your Question" - B.Obama Dec 16, 2008)
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To: Jemian
If you have ever read C.S. Lewis’ “The Great Divorce” you will remember a scene where the narrator is being shown around Heaven by his guide, a former professor of his. They come upon a parade with banners, music, thousands of cheering people, dancers throwing flowers along the route.

He asks his guide, “What is this?”

“It's one of the new arrivals.” is the reply.

“Is this one of the great saints? Perhaps a leading theologian or a world renowned evangelist?” the narrator asks.

“No”, his guide replies, “ It's someone you never heard of.”

“Then why all these people and music?”

“Oh, these are the people whose lives she touched and blessed while she was on earth!”

8 posted on 12/30/2008 6:54:04 AM PST by BwanaNdege
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To: restornu

Also I see liberals/Democrats championed on this list for their causes.

“Charlton Heston, 84. Oscar winner (”Ben-Hur”); later headed National Rifle Association. April 5.”

Doesn’t mention that he was a vocal advocate for personal gun rights OR that he marched in the Civil Rights movement.


9 posted on 12/30/2008 6:56:08 AM PST by weegee ("Let Me Just Cut You Off, Because I Don't Want You To Waste Your Question" - B.Obama Dec 16, 2008)
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To: restornu

“Bettie Page, 85. Beauty who daringly bared it all in the strait-laced ‘50s. Dec. 11.”

Miscasts her AND 1950s entirely.

She pioneered nothing. She was among dozens of other “iconic” models of the 1950s and 1960s.

Comic book artist Dave Stevens used her as a basis for a character in his 1980s “retro-40s” comic book The Rocketeer and spawned renewed interest in her images.

She certainly wasn’t the only woman taking her clothes off on camera in the 1950s.

She HAS become the “bad girl’s” Marilyn Monroe though, and the stereotypical haircut for lazy women who want to appear to be edgey.


10 posted on 12/30/2008 7:02:45 AM PST by weegee ("Let Me Just Cut You Off, Because I Don't Want You To Waste Your Question" - B.Obama Dec 16, 2008)
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To: restornu

I did not realize Jerry Wexler had passed. Eventhough they mentioned Aretha, I still think his greatest contribution to Rock and Roll is Booker T. and the MG’s.

In the mid-90’s PBS did a series on Rock and Roll in the U.S. He was a fascinating guy.


11 posted on 12/30/2008 7:03:22 AM PST by PrincessB ("I am an expert on my own opinion." - Dave Ramsey)
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To: Jemian
Thank-you Jemian for the sweet remembrance.

We who know & love the Lord realize the infinite reward Julie is experiencing right now....God bless her.

Sunday at church we had a visiting missionary (home for a bit) who brought the sermon.

He was soft spoken, humble and gracious and his message was 'Christ love'....

He was in China 14 years in the mission field until he was asked to leave because of the Bible studies.

He's now in India with his wife and young children...(I won't say where)

This couple is absolutely sold out to Christ....their every breath is to wholly glorify him.

12 posted on 12/30/2008 7:03:49 AM PST by Guenevere
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To: PrincessB

He didn’t create Booker T. or find them.

He bought Stax’s library and screwed many artists out of their money.


13 posted on 12/30/2008 7:04:17 AM PST by weegee ("Let Me Just Cut You Off, Because I Don't Want You To Waste Your Question" - B.Obama Dec 16, 2008)
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To: restornu

Bump


14 posted on 12/30/2008 7:16:40 AM PST by Mike Darancette
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To: restornu

if anyone would like to see a great list of famous people who have died by year with pics and bio’s go to findagrave.com and look for yearly necrologies....


15 posted on 12/30/2008 7:21:32 AM PST by tatsinfla
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To: restornu
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..and our own Tony Snow

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16 posted on 12/30/2008 7:23:33 AM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: Daffynition
One of my favorite youtube videos is William F Buckley telling Gore Videl he was going to knock the SOB down if he ever called him a Nazi again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYymnxoQnf8&feature=related

17 posted on 12/30/2008 7:32:58 AM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: weegee
Madelyn Payne Dunham helped raise her grandson, Barack Obama, and died just two days before he was elected president.

I read on another thread a couple of days ago that she actually died Oct.26, but it wasn't announced until Nov.2.

18 posted on 12/30/2008 7:40:02 AM PST by YellowRoseofTx (Evil is not the opposite of God; it's the absence of God)
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To: restornu

Looking in the news paper’s obit columns, I notice that people seem to die in alphabetical order. Odd.


19 posted on 12/30/2008 7:53:36 AM PST by llevrok (Feral Conservative)
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To: restornu

Add Jeff MacKay.

He acted in many Magnum P.I. episodes.

He died on 22 August 2008.


20 posted on 12/30/2008 8:00:11 AM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: YellowRoseofTx

I wouldn’t doubt it. And some suspect that the trip was more to deal with his birth records.

He left Mama Obama and the kids at home. They didn’t get to see her in the summer or at the end.

And the second memorial, held for Barack’s own grieving, was held at a Unitarian church.

There is a lot about this man that we are not being told.


21 posted on 12/30/2008 8:03:14 AM PST by weegee ("Let Me Just Cut You Off, Because I Don't Want You To Waste Your Question" - B.Obama Dec 16, 2008)
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To: restornu

Somebody else died on Christmas besides Eartha Kitt but I can’t remember who it was—it was a Drudge entry that day.


22 posted on 12/30/2008 8:08:07 AM PST by MHT
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To: restornu

And last.....but not least:

FREEDOM DIED on November 4, 2008!


23 posted on 12/30/2008 8:16:37 AM PST by TRY ONE (NUKE the unborn gay whales!)
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To: TRY ONE

Obama lied. Democracy died.

Journalist Ethics died this year too.


24 posted on 12/30/2008 8:53:58 AM PST by weegee ("Let Me Just Cut You Off, Because I Don't Want You To Waste Your Question" - B.Obama Dec 16, 2008)
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To: Dawn531

“Turner Classic Movies ran a tribute to all the actors and screen associated people who had died in 2008, I was quite surprised as there were many that I hadn’t realized had passed away (I guess I don’t keep up with the obits too well.)”

Yes, including the last surviving cast member of “Casablanca”, Joy Page. (Jack Warner’s stepdaughter)


25 posted on 12/30/2008 9:11:34 AM PST by headstamp 2 (Been here before)
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

“Add Jeff MacKay.

He acted in many Magnum P.I. episodes.

He died on 22 August 2008.”

Cousin of Robert Redford.


26 posted on 12/30/2008 9:18:18 AM PST by headstamp 2 (Been here before)
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To: weegee
>>“Charlton Heston, 84. Oscar winner (”Ben-Hur”); later headed National Rifle Association. April 5.”

Doesn’t mention that he was a vocal advocate for personal gun rights...

I'd imagine that people would grasp that he advocated personal gun rights knowing he'd been head of the NRA. But they may not have known he was active in civil rights as well. Good reminder.

27 posted on 12/30/2008 9:31:13 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll)
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To: headstamp 2

“Cousin of Robert Redford.”

I didn’t know that. I didn’t realize the connection. Jeff appeared to be so down to earth.


28 posted on 12/30/2008 9:51:22 AM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: mware

The Classic of all classics!

When we listened to WFB speak, we always had a clipboard handy to write down words we had never heard before, to look up later. His passing ended a era of gentility we’ll never see again.


29 posted on 12/30/2008 10:23:01 AM PST by Daffynition ("Beauty is in the sty of the beholder." ~ Joe 6-pack)
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
Add Jeff MacKay.
This is the first I've heard of his passing. He was a good guy.
30 posted on 12/30/2008 1:57:42 PM PST by Tony in Hawaii (NUTS!)
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To: restornu

I don’t care that it’s an Illinois newspaper; They forgot to mention Radio Personality George Putnam. I will miss hearing George’s voice. Thank god I taped some of his shows on KRLA pre-2000. God Bless You George, I believe/know you’re in a better place than here on earth.


31 posted on 12/30/2008 2:13:45 PM PST by Pagey (B. Hussein Obama has no experience running anything, except his pedestrian mouth.)
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To: Tony in Hawaii

Yes, I was shocked when I came across that information a couple of weeks ago.

He died of some liver ailment. But it did not say what. It took me by surprise.

Also, that smart little girl who was a wiz at basketball in one in one of the series also died a few years ago.

How depressing.


32 posted on 12/30/2008 2:47:09 PM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Pagey

OM I did not know that thank you for mentioning him how was he?


33 posted on 12/30/2008 2:48:31 PM PST by restornu (Gardeners have roots and Cowboys have boots!: smile)
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To: restornu

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2081503/posts


34 posted on 12/30/2008 5:04:10 PM PST by Tony in Hawaii (NUTS!)
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To: Dawn531

I thought I saw Jerry Reed in that tribute. Don’t see him on the list though


35 posted on 12/30/2008 5:25:18 PM PST by virgil
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To: Tony in Hawaii

Thank you there are a few that the media did not celibrate their lives I don’t recall Charles Heston and someone else being mention,


36 posted on 12/30/2008 5:56:15 PM PST by restornu (Gardeners have roots and Cowboys have boots!: smile)
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To: Dawn531

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Onq5zq5izfw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKpsmA9cLu0


37 posted on 12/30/2008 10:23:40 PM PST by headstamp 2 (Been here before)
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