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The Goodbyes of 2007

Posted by Ryan on December 31, 2007 has an alphabetical list of people in the public eye who have left us this past year.  I actually forgot how many celebrities/figures we lost this year– it was a pretty rough year. 

Here’s the edited list (I added two, which have links):

Historical Figures

  • Benazir Bhutto (1953-2007) Pakistani socialist democrat (little “d”).
  • Lady Bird Johnson (1912-2007) former first lady to LBJ.
  • Paul Tibbets (1915-2007) led the mission over Hiroshima to drop the first atomic bomb.
  • Boris Yeltsin (1931-2007) first Russian President ever, who was a swanky drunken dancer!


  • David Halberstam (1934-2007) made his fame covering Vietnam and his work on America in the 1950s.
  • Arthur Schlesinger (1917-2007) famed historian who crossed the line a few times going beyond simply reporting history, but seeking to influence it.


  • Evel Knievel (1938-2007) dare-devil who cheated death more than once, who finally csuccumbed this year.
  • Phil Rizzuto (1917-2007) former New York Yankee who played on 9 championship teams.
  • Bill Walsh (1931-2007) famed San Francisco 49ers coach who won three titles in the 1980s.

Entertainers and Icons

  • Liz Claibourne (1929-2007) influential and highly popular women’s wardrobe designer.
  • Jerry Falwell (1933-2007) evangelical leader who catalyzed the Religious Right in the 1980s.
  • Merv Griffin (1925-2007) talk show host and creator of Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune.
  • Marcel Marceau (1923-2007) everyone’s favorite mime.
  • Tammy Faye Messner (1942-2007) formerly Tammy Faye Bakker, lover of all things make-up, whose husband fleeced millions from his televangelist program in the 1980s.
  • Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007) one of the great tenors of the age.
  • Anna Nicole Smith (1967-2007) the train wreck finally happened.
  • Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007) influential author, whose Slaughter House Five was read by nearly all in school.

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