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Old 01-23-2008, 11:56 PM   #11
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Mother Theresa.
That was such a sad day. She died less than a week after Princess Di so there wasn't quite the attention paid to this incredible woman as would have been otherwise. But I remember thinking at the time it probably suited her better to have died as she lived - quietly and without fanfare. But to this day, she's someone I think of when I'm faced with something difficult. If she could live everyday in the midst of poverty and disease and death and still manage to take care of her dying patients, I have little to complain about.
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Old 01-24-2008, 07:30 AM   #12
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David Niven for me but not because I was a huge Niven fan. I wasn't. His death was the first celebrity death that I was conscious of.

Lord Louis Mountbatten had a huge ripple effect which I felt at 7 or thereabouts but his death wasn't noticed by me, only the flow-on.

The celebrity that really impacted on me more was a guy that most of you would never have heard of - Chris Mainwaring. He was a star footballer for Perth but when he died last year, he was a sports newsreader/reporter and died suddenly just before his 42 birthday. It was a huge shock to the community, in part cos he never seemed to be a celebrity. He was just Mainy. His funeral was covered by tv and radio live. It is still talked about in great disbelief. His death was the first in a recent spate of Perth celebs, the latest being Heath Ledger. Ever since Mainy, there has been at least one death a month of Perth's "names" and each one rocks us. We are a capital city with a couple of million people but we have a small town attitude to most things and our celebs are normal people to us. Their deaths then feel like part of your extended family and has nothing to do with fame. Just a loss in our community.
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Old 01-24-2008, 07:45 AM   #13
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the father of the Frisbee.

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Old 01-24-2008, 07:55 AM   #14
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the father of the Frisbee.
Ah, someone to blame after all these years!!!!
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Old 01-24-2008, 10:58 AM   #15
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Princess Di affected me deeply as it did the whole world. I really cried for her.
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Old 01-24-2008, 11:02 AM   #16
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Johnny Carson. Bob Hope. Bing Crosby.
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John Denver.
No... I didn't know him but
his music meant and still means so much to Paul
and I. We were lucky enough to go to one of his concerts together and
it's a memory ( both good and bad) that will never be forgotten.
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here`s another Good chap :



Walt Disney.
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Old 01-24-2008, 12:10 PM   #19
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Like Maverick, I was really affected by Mother Teresa's death. Throughout the years, the deaths of Jimi Hendrix, Carl Sagan, James Clavel, Kurt Vonnegut, Luciano Pavarotti, Ryan White, Gilda Ratner and others really impacted me. Some of them shaped my early years through their writings and it pained me to think I would never "hear" from them again. Carl Sagan made science real and wondrous for me. Gilda made me laugh through tough times. Jimi Hendrix gave me music I listen to still. Luciano gave me a true appreciation for opera. Ryan White died when I was first raising my children and made me realize that every second with them is a gift and to never take for granted their good health.
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Jerry Garcia. His death was not unexpected the way he treated his body, but the world lost an amazing musician the day he died.
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