Those Who Touched Our Memphis Soul ... Willie mitchell, legendary music producer, songwriter, and bandleader, who signed Al Green to Hi Records • Memphis garagerock artist Jimmy Lee “Jay reatard” Lindsey Jr. • Dana Kirk, former Memphis State Tigers basketball coach • Charlie Vergos, rendezvous restaurant founder and dry-rub barbecue king • Dr. Benjamin Hooks, civil rights icon and past executive director of NAACP • Bill McElroy Jr., who persuaded Liberty Bowl founder Bud dudley to move the bowl game to Memphis • Christian rock pioneer Dana Key • Renowned Hungarianborn artist and art instructor paul penczner• Sherri Sawyer, who brought WEGR-FM and wrec-Am stations to Beale street in the very early stages of the street’s redevelopment • Alex chilton, lead singer for the Box tops in the 1960s and band member of memphisborn Big Star • Iconic WDIA deejay Robert “Honey Boy” Thomas • Andy Hummel, founding bassist of memphis pop band Big Star • Memphis Tigers and Grizzlies basketball star Lorenzen Wright • Ted Rust, renowned sculptor and former director of the memphis Academy of Arts (today’s memphis college of Art) for a quarter century • Beale Street restaurateur Jay Uiberall • Wilma Madison, chef at Justine’s restaurant and Guardsmark for more than three decades • Betty Boop, the friendly calico cat who lived at the house of Mews shelter since it opened in 1995 • state representative and memphis Fire department battalion chief Ulysses Jones Jr.• Norm Brewer, Channel 3 political analyst and commentator Those Who Touched America’s Soul: david murbach, horticulturist responsible for finding the rockefeller center’s holiday tree each year • Donald Goerke, creator of campbell soup’s spaghettios and chunky Soup • Glen Bell Jr., founder of Taco Bell• Frances Buss, who helped establish the talk show, the game show, and the cooking show formats as television staples• Frank Magid, creator of the fast-paced “action news” format • Ronald Howes Sr., inventor of the Easy-Bake Oven • Fran Lee, originator of the pooper-scooper law• Bruce Graham, Chicago’s Sears Tower architect • Donald Frey, designer of the Ford Mustang • Thomas Angove, inventor of the wine cask • Peter Gowland, “America’s No. 1 Pin-up Photographer” • Wilma Mankiller, first female chief of the Cherokee Nation • meinhardt raabe, the munchkin coroner in The Wizard of Oz • Giuliana Coen Camerino, who made handbags a fashion item • The New Yorker cartoonist Bernard schoenbaum• Chris Haney, co-creator of the Trivial Pursuit board game • Jimmy Dean, country music’s “Big Bad John” legend and sausage entrepreneur • Edith Shain, the nurse kissed by the sailor in times square, captured in the famous Life magazine photograph marking the end of World War II • Robert Byrd, the longest-serving senator in history, holding his seat for more than half a century • Artist Arnold Friberg, best known for his painting of George washington in prayer at Valley Forge • Veteran reporter/commentator/ news anchor daniel schorr, the last of CBS’s “Murrow’s boys” • Morrie Yohai,inventor of Cheez Doodles • Ted Stevens, the longest-serving republican in senate history • Edwin Newman, NBC newscaster, reporter, and anchor for more than three decades • Alex Anderson, creator of cartoon characters rocky the flying squirrel, Bullwinkle the moose, crusader rabbit, and Dudley Do-Right • David Nolan, founder of the Libertarian Party • Robin Day, designer of the stackable “polyprop” chair found in nearly every waiting room across the world • elizabeth edwards, who battled cancer while on the political stage Last chapters included: erich segal, author of Love Story and Yellow Submarine • Catcher in the Rye author J.D. Salinger • Elizabeth Post, queen of etiquette • Science writer Martin Gardner, who popularized recreational mathematics The entertainment stage lost: pernell roberts, star of tV’s Trapper John, M.D. and the last star of tV’s Bonanza• Zelda Rubinstein, the petite, ghost-purging psychic in Poltergeist • Shirley Bell Cole, the depression-era radio voice of Little orphan Annie • Boston Legal actor Justin mentell• Frances Reid, the family matriarch Alice horton on the soap opera Days of Our Lives• Bobby Hoy, who played Joe Butler on the tV western The High Chaparral • Phil Harris, the curmudgeonly captain of the Cornelia Marie on the television reality show Deadliest Catch • Character actor Lionel Jeffries, who played rubber-faced comedic roles like Grandpa potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang • Growing Pains actor Andrew Koenig • Teen Heartthrob and The Lost Boys actor corey Haim • Mission Impossible top special agent Peter Graves • Pingping He, the world’s shortest man, at just under two and a half feet tall • Actor Fess Parker, who launched a craze for coonskin caps as television’s davy Crockett • Robert Culp, who teamed with Bill cosby as a secret agent in the 1960s tV series “I Spy” • John Forsythe, the scheming oil tycoon in tV’s Dynasty • Eddie Carroll, the official voice of disney’s Jiminy cricket• Designing Women actress Dixie Carter • Allen swift, “the man of a thousand voices” in cartoons and films • Helen Wagner, who, as nancy hughes on the soap opera As the World Turns, holds the Guinness world record for playing the same television role for the longest time • Actress Lynn Redgrave• Jazz singer and actress Lena Horne, who broke racial barriers as a hollywood and Broadway star • Doris Eaton Travis, the last legendary Ziegfeld Follies chorus girl• Phyllis Hodges Boyce, who played twoyear- old Bonnie Blue Butler in Gone With the Wind • Radio and television personality Art Linkletter, best known for eliciting the funny sides of ordinary people and children• Gary Coleman, child star of TV’s Diff’rent Strokes • Actor Dennis Hopper, best known for his role in the 1969 cult classic Easy Rider • Golden Girls star Rue McClanahan • edward Kean, who penned the theme song “it’s howdy doody time” and created the exclamation “kowabunga” • David Dortort, creator of Bonanza and The High Chaparral• Actor Tony Curtis • Barbara Billingsley, mom on Leave It to Beaver • Actress Jill Clayburgh • Tom Bosley, the beloved TV dad mr. cunningham on Happy Days • Hawaii Five-0 detective James “Book ‘em, danno” MacArthur • Charlie O’Donnell, whose voice opened “wheeeeeeeel of Fortune!” since 1975 • Airplane! And Naked Gun comedic actor Leslie “don’t call me shirley” nielsen The music died for: singer teddy pendergrass, who established a new era of R&B • Iconic songwriter Bobby charles, who wrote such Classics as “Walking to New Orleans” • Dale hawkins, rockabilly singer/songwriter who authored “Susie Q” • Elliot Willensky, iconic songwriter who wrote michael Jackson’s first solo smash hit, “Got to Be There” • Longtime blues singer walter “mississippi slim” horn Jr. • Heavy metal legend Ronnie James Dio• Mitch Miller, the goateed orchestra leader who invited Americans to “sing Along with Mitch” and “follow the bouncing ball” • songwriter George david weiss, who most notably wrote “the Lion sleeps tonight” and “What a Wonderful World” • “Do The mashed potatoes” r&B pioneer carlton “King” Coleman • Eddie Fisher, one of the most popular singers of the 1950s • Albertina walker, the “Queen of Gospel” The game-clock expired for: chet simmons, a founding father of sports television, founding commissioner of the UsFL, and first president of espn• Ray Barton, who created the enduring Minnesota Twins logo — for $15 • Juan Antonio samaranch, the man who built the Olympic games of the modern era • “Gorgeous George” Grant, a pioneer of televised wrestling • Legendary basketball coach John Wooden • Raymond Parks, cocreator of nAscAr and owner of nAscAr’s first championship-winning car • Bob sheppard, the legendary Yankees ballpark “Voice of God” announcer for more than half a century • Yankees owner since 1973 George steinbrenner, pioneer of modern sports ownership • Bobby Thomson, whose “shot heard ‘round the world” became baseball’s most famous home run • George Blanda, the longest career player (26 years) in pro football history • Paul the octopus, who correctly predicted results during this year’s Soccer World Cup • Hall of Famer sparky Anderson, the first baseball manager to win World Series titles in both leagues • “dandy don” meredith, the original dallas cowboy and Monday Night Football icon The experiment ended for: dermatologist Albert m. Kligman,inventor of the acne medication retin-A• Nobel Prize–winner Sir James Black, discoverer of beta-blocking drugs • Dr. Fred plum, who coined the term “persistent vegetative state” • Dr. James Tanner, who developed standards that defined what constitutes normal growth in children • Dr. ivar Lovaas, the first researcher to suggest that autism is treatable in some children • oncologist Georges mathe, who performed the world’s first bone marrow transplant• Fred Morrison, inventor of the Frisbee • George nissen, inventor and promoter of the trampoline • Nobel Prize–winning Marshall nirenberg, who deciphered the genetic code of life • Bill Gordon, who designed the radio telescope that spotted the first planets beyond our solar system Other larger-than-life people we lost: tennessee state senator John wilder, the nation’s longest-serving lieutenant governor • Alexander Haig, former Secretary of state who served as a top adviser to three presidents • Winston Churchill, Tory politician and grandson of the wartime British prime minister And in the “unsung hero” department, we lost: miep Gies, who hid Anne Frank and her family for two years and saved the teenager’s diary • Jeanne Holm, the first female general in the Air Force and the first female two-star general in any U.S. armed service • Jefferson thomas, one of the nine black students who first integrated a Little rock high school in the nation’s first major battle over school segregation • Jaime Escalante, math teacher who taught the nation that inner-city students could master demanding subjects, whose story was immortalized in the 1988 film Stand and Deliver • Dorothy Height, “godmother of the civil rights movement” for women • Bill Millin, the Scot who played his comrades ashore with his bagpipes amid heavy gunfire during the d-day landings in normandy
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