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  • E. L. Doctorow: Born: 1931-01-06 - Died: 2015-07-21
    Edgar Lawrence “E. L.” Doctorow was an American author known for his historical fiction. He began his career as an editor at NAL, where he worked with Ian Fleming and Ayn Rand. He became editor-in-chief of The Dial Press in 1964, where he published works from James Baldwin, Norman Mailer, Ernest J. Gaines, and William […]
    Jim Ed Brown: Born: 1934-04-01 - Died: 2015-06-11
    Jim Ed Brown was a country music singer. He was a member of The Browns as well as a Grande Ole Opry star. He also hosted two radio shows. Hew was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame the same month that he died.
    Lesley Gore: Born: 1946-05-02 - Died: 2015-02-16
    Lesley Gore was a singer, songwriter, actress and activist known best for the song “It’s My Party”. Other notable songs included “Judy’s Turn to Cry” and “You Don’t Own Me”.
    Joe Cocker: Born: 1944-05-20 - Died: 2014-12-22
    Joe Cocker was a singer who rose to prominence in the 60s, mainly based on covers of other artists’ songs. One of his most well-known renditions was With a Little Help From My Friends, which was a cover of a Beatles song, and would eventually be used as the theme song to hit TV series […]
    Patricia Ryan: Born: N/A - Died: 2013-12-27
    Patricia Ryan was the first woman editor at Time Inc. She began her career with the company as a typist, but made her way up the corporate ladder to become editor of both People and Life.
    John Hambrick: Born: 1940-06-21 - Died: 2013-09-10
    John Hambrick was a well-known broadcast journalist and voice-over announcer. During his decades-long career, Hambrick worked in TV news stations across the U.S., including in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, and Miami.
    Reg Presley: Born: 1941-06-12 - Died: 2013-02-04
    Reg Presley was the lead singer of the influential garage-rock band The Troggs, and is best-known for the 1966 classic “Wild Thing.” The song, which was a cover of the 1965 song of the same name performed by The Wild Ones, hit the top of the charts. Presley is also known for the oft-covered ballad […]
    Sol Yurick: Born: 1925-01-18 - Died: 2013-01-05
    Sol Yurick, 87, was an American novelist best known for the 1965 novel The Warriors. The book was a reworking of the classic Greek story, Anabasis, but set in a contemporary New York under siege by gang wars. The novel was later adapted into a film in 1979 and a video game in 2005. During […]
    Everett “Cotton” Owens: Born: 1924-05-21 - Died: 2012-06-07
    Everett “Cotton” Owens was a well-known racecar driver from Union, South Carolina. Associated with NASCAR, Owens began his racing career in the 1950s and earned 100+ featured wins with his talent behind the wheel. His most well-known win was at the Daytona Beach Road Course. During Owens’ racing career, he was awarded various milestones, such […]
    Joe Paterno: Born: 1926-12-21 - Died: 2012-01-22
    Joe Paterno was the head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions from 1966 through 2011. He was commonly referred to as “JoePa”. He is considered the winningest coach in college football, holding the record for the most victories by an NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) football coach with 409 wins. A legend […]