by The Grim ~V~eeper
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Oh, its you guys again....just a sec....koff koff
gag.....ok... Greetings, everyone...and welcome to the
Celebrity Cemetery, the Grim ~V~eeper's Obituary Page.
it was an incredibly <yawn> exciting month of
has-beens, never-weres, and rich old farts. Obviously,
there were no Death Poll points. There were some false
alarms, with George Harrison and Kate Hepburn keeping our
players on the edge of there seats, so stay tuned,
Here they are, in chronological order:
July 5: Ernie K-Doe (Ernest Kador
Jr), the R&B singer who became a fixture on
the nightclub circuit of his native New Orleans and
earned fleeting national attention with the No. 1 hit
"Mother-in-Law" in 1961. He was suffering from
"various internal illnesses" and lapsed into a
coma three days before his death. He was 65.
July 5: Ely Callaway, a feisty, daring
former textiles executive and vintner who revolutionized
golf for pros and duffers alike with oversized metal
clubs and in the process built an $840-million company
while in his 70s. He was 82.
18: Mimi Farina, a folk singer who
struggled in the shadow of her celebrated sister, Joan
Baez, and then reinvented herself as a musical benefactor
of the infirmed and imprisoned. She died of complications
related to lung cancer. She was 56.
July 18: Katharine Graham, the tough-minded
media giant who led the Washington Post through the
publishing minefields of the Watergate scandal and the
Pentagon Papers and ultimately became the most powerful
woman in American newspapers. She died in Boise,ID. She
July 19: Gunther Gebel-Williams, a legendary
animal trainer and performer whose feats with elephants,
tigers, pumas, and other beasts made him Ringling Bros.
and Barnum & Bailey's star attraction for more than
two decades. He died of cancer at his home in Venice, FL.
He was 66.
July 23: Eudora Welty, one of modern
America's most celebrated writers, and a lyrical homebody
who found great moments in the commonplace. She died in
Jackson, MS. Her work earned her many prizes, including a
Pulitzer in 1973 and a Medal of Freedom from President
Jimmy Carter. She was 92.
July 27: Leon
Wilkeson, bass guitarist of the vital Southern rock
band Lynyrd Skynyrd. He had cheated death once before -
in 1977, he survived a crash of the band's chartered
plane. But, lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve
Gaines, and singer Cassie Gaines were all killed in the
crash. Wilkeson died in his sleep at a hotel near
Jacksonville, FL (where he was taking a break from the
band's summer tour), but the cause of death was not
immediately known. He was only 49.
<yawn> 'til next time,
Poll 2001 player's picks