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  2. Pardon me for being relatively new to this forum, so I don't mean the shake things up, but just to make an observation: The official list is limited to only 50. There is a good point to that, in that if the list were composed of hundreds it would loose impact and frankly common interest. But - 50 is a very small number. If the list is composed to have a high hit rate, well ... it could simply be filled with those over 85, maybe 90 years old. That takes a lot of the fun out of it. If the list is composed of only the 'highest qualified' for impact to the world, it will have fewer hits. Thus my proposal to keep people engaged yet not have "the list" become overwhelming: I don't propose a list of categories (e.g. "politicians" "entertainment" "scientist" ... etc) although that could be a possibility, I just feel the segmentation could get overwhelming and thus dilutive. I do propose a series of list segmented by age ranges ("over 100" "90 - 100" "80-90" "under 80"). These lists should be short, but clearly only those of world renoun for whatever category they excelled in life and / or impact. As for attempting to get the odds in favor of a win for the year, there should be some evidence of good potential that the person could expire in the next year. Certainly those on the "over 100" could qualify by age alone, but even those in their 90's should exhibit some evidence of weakness. Anyone under 90 should not be judged by age alone.
  3. dead

    George H.W. Bush is still with us. The Soviet Union ended under his term.
  4. I highly doubt Tony Bennett has a medicine issue ... Michael Jackson's "doctor", while now out of prison, would not likely be used by Tony Bennett.
  5. I placed the Helmut Kohl in another area of the forum a few hours earlier, should I have put that in this one?
  6. Tony Bennett is still performing concerts, he should not be on the 2018 list.
  7. Helmut Kohl died
  8. Gorby was live on TV recently. I see no reason to suspect he is near death. Plenty of others more likely to die in 2018.
  9. Garbachev is only 86 with no reported health issues. I vote 'no'.
  10. I wouldn't think so, she has good health care. Wouldn't this progress to loss of limbs well before death? (like years)
  11. and who can blame Adam West with the photo of Julie in this:
  12. Love GHWB's socks! As for Jimmy Carter, he walked down the aisle of a commercial air flight shaking the passenger's hands yesterday.
  13. Other than his age (and pacemaker) why does Stan Lee keep showing up on the proposal list? I see no signs of him slowing down.
  14. An interesting quote from Adam West (published today after his death) about Julie Newmar (who is still alive): "I didn't want to talk about Julie because I get curious stirrings in my utility belt."
  15. Besides the Day-Oh .. Banana Boat song, Belafonte was a very political: Belafonte has been a longtime critic of U.S. foreign policy. He began making controversial political statements on this subject in the early 1980s. He has at various times made statements opposing the U.S. embargo on Cuba; praising Soviet peace initiatives; attacking the U.S. invasion of Grenada; praising the Abraham Lincoln Brigade; honoring Ethel and Julius Rosenberg and praising Fidel Castro Belafonte achieved widespread attention for his political views in 2002 when he began making a series of comments about President George W. Bush, his administration and the Iraq War. During an interview with Ted Leitner for San Diego's 760 KFMB, in October 2002, Belafonte referred to a quote made by Malcolm X.[46] Belafonte said: Belafonte used the quote to characterize former United States Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, both African Americans. Powell and Rice both responded, with Powell calling the remarks "unfortunate"[47] and Rice saying: "I don't need Harry Belafonte to tell me what it means to be black."[48] Harry Belafonte at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival in February 2011 The comment was brought up again in an interview with Amy Goodman for Democracy Now! in 2006.[49] In January 2006, Belafonte led a delegation of activists including actor Danny Glover and activist/professor Cornel West to meet with President of Venezuela Hugo Chávez. In 2005, Chávez, an outspoken Bush critic, initiated a program to provide cheaper heating oil for poor people in several areas of the United States. Belafonte supported this initiative.[50] He was quoted as saying, during the meeting with Chávez, "No matter what the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world, George W. Bush says, we're here to tell you: Not hundreds, not thousands, but millions of the American people support your revolution."[51] Belafonte and Glover met again with Chávez in 2006.[52] The comment ignited a great deal of controversy. Hillary Clinton refused to acknowledge Belafonte's presence at an awards ceremony that featured both of them.[53] AARP, which had just named him one of its 10 Impact Award honorees 2006, released this statement following the remarks: "AARP does not condone the manner and tone which he has chosen and finds his comments completely unacceptable."[54] During a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day speech at Duke University in 2006, Belafonte compared the American government to the hijackers of the September 11 attacks, saying: "What is the difference between that terrorist and other terrorists?" [55] In response to criticism about his remarks Belafonte asked, "What do you call Bush when the war he put us in to date has killed almost as many Americans as died on 9/11 and the number of Americans wounded in war is almost triple? [...] By most definitions Bush can be considered a terrorist." When he was asked about his expectation of criticism for his remarks on the war in Iraq, Belafonte responded: "Bring it on. Dissent is central to any democracy."[56]