2014 Dead Pool

Ken AshfordRandom Musings1 Comment

Link to 2013 Dead Pool

Link to 2012 Dead Pool

Link to 2011 Dead Pool

There are two "dead pool" lists.  One is just a random list of people who I think will pass in the upcoming year. The other is a competitive list where you pick ten (and only ten) people-to-die, and you score your points by subtracting their age-at-death from 100.  For example, Amy Winehouse was in my 2011 Dead Pool list, and she indeed did die that year.  Since she was 27, I received 73 points (100 minus 27).

So, let's see how I did with my 2013 Dead Pool(s).

First, the generic list of people I thought might die:

  • Zsa-Zsa Gabor – still alive
  • Olivia de Havilland - still alive
  • Billy Graham – still alive
  • Eli Wallach – still alive
  • Stan Musial – died 1/19/2013
  • Norman Lear – still alive
  • Jean Stapleton – died 5/31/2013
  • Yogi Berra - still alive
  • Lauren Becall - still alive
  • Mickey Rooney - still alive
  • Fidel Castro - still alive
  • Pete Seeger - still alive
  • Nanette Fabray - still alive
  • Sid Caesar - still alive
  • Rose Marie - still alive

Not very impressive.  And even worse for my 2013 Competitive Dead Pool list:

  1. Eli Wallach (born 12/07/1915)
  2. Zsa Zsa Gabor (born 2/06/1917)
  3. Billy Graham (born 11/7/1918)
  4. George Bush (born 6/12/1924)
  5. Margaret Thatcher (born 10/13/1925)
  6. Fidel Castro (born 8/13/1926)
  7. John McLaughlin (born 3/29/1927)
  8. James Garner (born 4/7/1928)
  9. Dick Cheney (born 1/30/1941)
  10. Stephen Hawking (born 1/8/1942)

The only one on that list who actually died was Margaret Thatcher.  She died on 4/08/2013, maker her 87.  Which means this year I scored a total of 13 points.  That's terrible.

2012 points:  38
2011 points:  113

Let's see if I can do better.  For my 2014 general list, I'm just going to keep what I had, minus a couple of names:

  • Zsa-Zsa Gabor
  • Olivia de Havilland
  • Billy Graham
  • Eli Wallach
  • Norman Lear
  • Yogi Berra
  • Lauren Becall
  • Mickey Rooney
  • Fidel Castro
  • Pete Seeger
  • Nanette Fabray
  • Sid Caesar
  • Rose Marie
  • Don Pardo
  • June Lockhart

And as for my competitive list, I'm not going to tweak it much, and not going to go too young:

  1. Eli Wallach (born 12/07/1915)
  2. Zsa Zsa Gabor (born 2/06/1917)
  3. Billy Graham (born 11/7/1918)
  4. Abe Vigoda (born 2/24/1921)
  5. Bob Barker (born 12/12/1923)
  6. George Bush (born 6/12/1924)
  7. Fidel Castro (born 8/13/1926)
  8. John McLaughlin (born 3/29/1927)
  9. James Garner (born 4/7/1928)
  10. Valerie Harper (born 8/22/1940)

One Comment on “2014 Dead Pool”

  1. Aha! I see what you’re doing. Hey, keep the same list year after year and eventually it’s bound to reach 100%.

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