| Tuesday, December 20, 2005
| A FOND FAREWELL
|A last goodbye to those we lost in 2005
* Rosa Parks *
Civil rights hero, indicating that her decision to sit in the white section of the bus was an act of defiance.
* Luther Vandross *
R & B artist who contued winnng Grammy eight in all -- even afger a debilitating stroke in 2003.
* Pope John Paul II *
A Protestant onlooker at one of Karol Wojtyla's 104 road trips once cracked, "You got a Pope who knows how to Pope."
* Philip Johnson *
Modernist and later postmodernist architect who championed the glass box skyscraper.
* Peter Jennings *
Award winning ABC anchorman who presented Wordl New Tonight for 20 years.
* William Westmoreland *
General who led U.S. troops in Vietnam and later advocated for their due recognition at home.
* Johnnie Cochran *
Legal supertar whose catchpharse about a bloody glove helped in O.J. Simpson acquitted in 1995.
* Prince Rainer III *
The storybook sovereign who wed Hollywood star Grace Kelly.
* Richard Pryor *
Racy comedian who never shied from topics like drug abuse, race relations and his multiple sclerosis.
* Paul Bellow *
Nobel prize winnign author of Herzog and Humboldt's Gift.
* Hunter Thompson *
Gonzo journalist and author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas who shot and killed himself.
* Eugene McCarthy *
War opponent and 1968 presidential candiate.
* Zhao Ziyang *
Chinese leader, urging students in vain to leave Tiananmen square before the 1989 massacre.
* Ibrahim Ferrer *
Cuban singer, on the Buena Vista Social Clubs hit 1997 album.
* William Renquist *
Elegant in prose and unpretentious in manner, led the supreme court for nearly 19 year with a rare combination of efficiency and amiability.
* Simon Wiesentahl *
Holocaust survivor and Nazi hunter who tracked down 1,100 war criminals.
* Johnny Carson *
His charm was unflagging, his manner cool and easy, his jokes precision guided.
|posted by infraternam meam @ 3:14 AM