2011 Dead Pool

Ken AshfordRandom MusingsLeave a Comment

Here it is.  These are the ones off the top of my head (minus the ones I removed from the list because, as it turns out, they're already dead).  None of these are terrible surprising.

  • Zsa-Zsa Gabor
  • Bob Barker
  • Mike Wallace
  • Jack LaLanne
  • Harry Morgan
  • Olivia de Havilland
  • Michael Dukakis
  • Billy Graham
  • Betty Garrett
  • Eli Wallach
  • Stan Musual
  • Abe Vagoda 
  • Nancy Reagan 
  • Both Kirk and Michael Douglas
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Al Jarreau
  • Margaret Thatcher
  • Norman Lear
  • Jean Stapleton
  • Yogi Berra
  • James Garner
  • Lauren Becall
  • Jack Klugman
  • Both Mickey and Andy Rooney
  • Jeff Conaway
  • Both Garry and Penny Marshall
  • Dick Clark
  • Gene Wilder
  • Fidel Castro

I know, it's just a random list, and I could add more to it.

There IS an actual "Dead Pool" game though.  What you do is pick ten famous people to die in 2011.  If they die, then you take 100 minus their age when they died.  So if someone 75 years old dies, you get 25 points. Someone 98 years old dies? Oh! That's a two pointer.  Person with the highest number on January 1, 2012, wins.

Strategically, I like to pick "younger" people (60-70 year olds) who have been sick lately, mix them in with a few octogenarians (or older) who really should be dead this coming year barring a miracle, and then throw in an Amy Winehouse or a Charlie Sheen (for obvious reasons).

So here's my "competition" dead pool list for 2011:

  1. Zsa Zsa Gabor (born 2/06/1917)
  2. Billy Graham (born 11/7/1918)
  3. Dick Clark (born 11/30/1929)
  4. Al Jarreau (born 3/12/1940)
  5. Dick Cheney (born 1/30/1941)
  6. Aretha Franklin (born 3/25/1942)
  7. Penny Marshall (born 10/15/1942)
  8. Michael Douglas (born 9/25/1944)
  9. Jeff Conaway (born 10/5/1950)
  10. Amy Winehouse (born 9/14/1983)