Dead Pool 5th April 2015
Lets start with some housekeeping shall we? Last week a chap called Ray Douglas died, I missed him, but luckily a sharp eyed pooler noticed so we have points from last week to dispense. So, Liz and Martin get 43 points each for the death of that very well known composer Roy Douglas. Well done both of you 🙂
In other news, Dave, Julie, Lee and Paul all had Misao Okawa, the oldest person on the planet as their Cert, so 133 points each to them. Well done all of you!!
This has crowded the top of the league table somewhat, so all to play for, but for all of you who have yet to score, don’t worry, they’ve all used up their big pointers already on low scoring names, so it can all change dramatically at any moment!
Look Who You Could Have Had:
- Roy Douglas, 107, British composer.
- Gene Saks, 93, American stage and film director (The Odd Couple, Barefoot in the Park, Brighton Beach Memoirs), pneumonia.
- Tuti Yusupova, 134, Uzbekistani longevity claimant, unverified world’s oldest person.
- Robert Z’Dar, 64, American film actor and producer (Maniac Cop, Tango & Cash).
- Andrew Getty, 47, American heir.
- Dave Ball, 65, British musician (Procol Harum).
- Cynthia Lennon, 75, British author, first wife of John Lennon, cancer.
- Misao Okawa, 117, Japanese supercentenarian, world’s oldest living person, heart failure.
- Rudolph R. Perz, 89, American advertising executive, creator of the Pillsbury Doughboy.
- Bob Burns, 64, American drummer (Lynyrd Skynyrd), traffic collision.
In Other News
The former Cuban president Fidel Castro, 88, appeared in public for the first time in more than a year last Monday, greeting a delegation of Venezuelans and appearing “full of vitality”. Official media showed images of a seated Castro shaking hands with the visiting Venezuelans through the window of his vehicle, wearing a baseball cap and a windbreaker. There was no explanation of why five days passed before the encounter was reported. Seems some of you might have to wait a long time for this one to drop!
Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell is “getting stronger each day” after being taken to hospital earlier this week, a statement published on her website says. The 71-year-old was found unconscious in her Los Angeles home on Tuesday afternoon. A statement released on her website late on Friday said the singer was “resting comfortably”. It is still not clear what she’s being treated for. In December, Mitchell told Billboard magazine that she had a rare skin condition, Morgellons disease, which prevented her from performing. Morgellons is a controversial condition and is not recognised by mainstream medical authorities, many in the medical community believe it is a psychiatric disorder. So she’s just mad as a hatter then…
The BBC’s political editor, Nick Robinson, has said an operation to remove a tumour from his lung was a “complete success”. Robinson, who announced in February that he was undergoing treatment for lung cancer, said an operation to remove it had gone well and “normal service will be resumed as soon as possible”. Writing in a blog on the BBC’s website, the 51-year-old thanked doctors and nurses at the Royal Brompton and Royal Free hospitals for looking after him. He said: “I am now beginning a course of chemotherapy to try to stop the cancer even daring to think of returning. I’m also working to restore the strength of my voice after the op.
On This Day
- 1722 – The Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen discovers Easter Island.
- 1792 – U.S. President George Washington exercises his authority to veto a bill, the first time this power is used in the United States.
- 1904 – The first international rugby league match is played between England and an Other Nationalities team (Welsh & Scottish players) in Central Park, Wigan, England.
- 1994 – American musician Kurt Cobain commits suicide.
- 1976 – Howard Hughes, American pilot, engineer, and director (b. 1905)
- 1994 – Kurt Cobain, American singer-songwriter (Nirvana) (b. 1967)
- 2006 – Gene Pitney, American singer-songwriter (b. 1941)
- 2008 – Charlton Heston, American actor (b. 1923)
Last Weeks Birthdays
Celine Dion (47), Alec Baldwin (57), Robert Downey Jr. (50), Debbie Reynolds (83), Eddie Murphy (54), Elle Macpherson (51), Warren Beatty (78), Susan Boyle (54), Christopher Walken (72), Rhea Perlman (67), MC Hammer (53), Eric Clapton (70), Michael Fassbender (38), Eric Idle (72), Ewan McGregor (44), Paris Jackson (16), Amanda Bynes (29), Brendan Gleeson (60), Lucy Lawless (47), Emmylou Harris (68), Piers Morgan (50), Al Gore (67), Ali MacGraw (76), Linda Hunt (70), Robbie Coltrane (65) and David Blaine (42).
Next week peeps!