Wednesday, January 12, 2005
I almost forgot . . .
my deadpool picks for this year:
1. Rehnquist, William; October 1, 1924; Chief Justice, United States Supreme Court
2. Byrd, Robert C.; November 20, 1917; U.S. Senator (D-WV)
3. Ford, Gerald R.; July 14, 1913; 38th President, United States of America
4. Albert, Eddie; April 22, 1908; Actor, most known for starring role on television show “Green Acres”
5. Helms, Jesse; October 18, 1921; U.S. Senator (R-NC)
6. Thatcher, Margaret; October 13, 1925; Prime Minister, United Kingdom of England, Scotland and Wales
7. Reagan, Nancy; July 6, 1921; First Lady, United States of America
8. Strawberry, Daryl; March 12, 1962; Professional Baseball Player, dedicated drug addict
9. Westmoreland, William; March 26, 1914; General, United States Army, most known as Commander, US Forces in Vietnam
10. Flynt, Larry; November 1, 1942; Pornographer, founding publisher Hustler Magazine
11. Wiesenthal, Simon; December 31, 1908; Holocaust survivor, Founder of Simon Wiesenthal Center
12. Doohan, James; March 3, 1920; Actor, most known for role of “Scotty” in “Star Trek”
13. Biggs, Ronnie; August 8, 1929; UK prisoner most famous for role in the Great Train Robbery of 1963
14. Singh, Vivek; August 1, 1967; Hockey Player for India at Seoul Olympics
15. Stevens, John Paul; April 20, 1920; Justice, United States Supreme Court
Of course, given that I was in a 19-way tie for last place (out of around 120 participants) in 2004 (the only guy I got right was the gimme, Ronald Wilson Reagan), each of the aforementioned individuals is likely to see the ball drop in Times Square at least one more time.
At least this year, rather than just looking for old, famous dudes (he/she's old, I mean, they HAVE to be about ready to die, right?, I spent a little time looking for folks whoe are either ancient or in poor health or, preferably, both.
Yes, it's macabre. But someday, maybe someone will be picking me -- then I can have the pleasure of outliving their predictions and laughing at their low score.