March 2021: Sir Alan Bowness was the director of the Tate Gallery in the 1980’s. Jahmil French was an actor, known for appearing in Degrassi: The Next Generation. Vernon Jordan was a civil rights advocate. George Bass was a pioneer of underwater archaeology. Gil Rogers was a soap opera actor. Joe Altobelli was a first baseman and, later, manager (of the San Francisco Giants and the Baltimore Orioles). Marianne Carus founded Cricket, a children’s magazine. Alan Cartwright played bass for Procol Harum. Colby Chandler was the CEO of Kodak for most of the 1980’s. Allan J. McDonald was the director of the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Motor Project and refused to sign off on the launch of the Challenger in 1986. Lou Otters invented the cassette tape. Rheal Cormier was a relief pitcher for several teams, including one season with the Red Sox. Leon Gast made documentary films, most notably When We Were Kings about the Ali / Foreman “Rumble in the Jungle.” Trevor Peacock was an actor with the most British name ever. Norm Sherry was a catcher who played primarily for the Dodgers, but also spent a year with the early Mets. (His brother, Larry, had a rather more illustrious career, by the way.) Joan Walsh Anglund wrote over 100 children’s books. James Levine was the music director of the Metropolitan Opera for 30 years, before being terminated over allegations of sexually molesting four teenage boys. Steven Scott was a composer who developed the bowed piano, which is, apparently, exactly what it sounds lie. Ronald DeFeo, Jr. murdered most of his family, inspiring the book (and movie) The Amtyville Horror. Goodwill Zwlithini was the King of the Zulus since 1971. Marvelous Marvin Haggler was a boxer. Thin Seck sang with Orchestra Baobab. Yaphet Kotto appeared in numerous movies, as well as the TV series, Homicide: Life on the Street. Steven Bechtel, Jr. co-owned an eponymous engineering company. Glynn Lunney was a flight director during NASA’s Gemini and Apollo programs. Doug Williams taught people how to defeat polygraph examinations. Constance Demby was a composer of new age music. Elgin Baylor was a Hall of Fame basketball player for the Lakers. George Segal was a film and television actor, whose work included The Goldbergs. Jessica Walter was an actress, best known for appearing in Arrested Development. Bobby Brown played third base for the Source of All Evil in the Universe. Robert Rodan played Adam on Dark Shadows. Mary Jeanne Kreek was a neurobiologist who worked on the development of methadone treatment for heroin addiction.
Bunny Wailer was a reggae (and dancehall) singer and songwriter. He was one of the original members of The Wailers, along with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. He won three Grammy awards.
Norton Juster wrote The Phantom Tollbooth, one of my favorite children’s books. (Which was, by the way, illustrated by Jules Feiffer, who is still alive.) I love the imaginative use of language, exemplified by taking idioms literally. Juster’s day job was as an architect and he designed the Eric Carle Museum.
Roger Mudd was a broadcast journalist for CBS News and NBC News. He was also the primary anchor for The History Channel. and hosted Meet the Press.
Beverly Cleary wrote a number of children’s books, including the Ramona Quimby series and the Henry Huggins series. She made it to 104 years old, which is notable in and of itself. She earned me 19 ghoul pool points.
Larry McMurtry wrote Western novels and screenplays. Some of his more notable works were Lonesome Dove, The Last Picture Show, and Brokeback Mountain.
G. Gordon Liddy was a Watergate conspirator. Specifically, he organized and directed the burglary of the DNC headquarters. After he got out of prison, he did a debate tour with Timothy Leary. He went on to a 20 year career as a radio talk show host.
A Few Assorted Things I Learned From Skimming Obituaries: A divulgator is somebody who makes things publicly known. (It was used in the context of a science reporter.)
You refer to a person from San Marino as Sammarinese.
Limnology is the study of inland aquatic ecosystems.
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