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    Les Paul: Born: 1915-06-09 - Died: 2009-08-13
    Paul was a former jazz guitarist and electronic mastermind. He pioneered the development of the solid-body electric guitar, which paved the way for rock-n-roll.
    Eunice Kennedy Shriver: Born: 1921-07-10 - Died: 2009-08-11
    Shriver was a member of the prominent Kennedy family, younger sister to John F. Kennedy. She helped found the Special Olympics during the 1960s.
    Billy Mays: Born: 1958-20-06 - Died: 2009-06-28
    Mays was a television direct-response pitchman who is known for promoting OxiClean, Orange Glo and dozens of other products. His trademark blue shirt, beard and loud sales pitches make him one of the most recognizable people on television. Mays began his pitchman career on the Atlantic City boardwalk. Later Mays worked various home shows, auto […]
    Michael Jackson: Born: 1958-08-29 - Died: 2009-06-25
    Michael Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana to a working class family on August 29, 1958. His father, Joseph, was a steel mill employee and often performed in various R&B groups. His mother was a stay at home mom and a devout Jehovah’s Witness. Michael was the seventh of nine children; his siblings include Rebbie, […]
    Sam Cohn: Born: 1929-05-11 - Died: 2009-05-06
    Cohn was a talent agent at International Creative Management, an agency he helped create. He was described by Time magazine as “the first superagent of the modern age”. Some of his A-List clientele was Paul Newman, Woody Allen Meryl Streep, LIza Minnelli, Whoopi Goldberg, Jackie Gleason, Robert Altman and E.L. Doctorow. He began his career […]
    Dom DeLuise: Born: 1933-08-01 - Died: 2009-05-04
    DeLuise was an actor, comedian, director, producer and chef. He began his career as a regular performer on the television show The Entertainers in 1964. Later, he was hired by TV producer Greg Garrison to appear periodically on the Dean Martin Show. DeLUise would go on as “Dominick the Great”, a magic act gone horribly […]
    Nahum Sharfman: Born: 0000-00-00 - Died: 2009-04-29
    Sharfman was an entrepreneur who founded Shopping.com and successfully took it public in 2004. Shopping.com was later acquired by eBay for $650 million. Before he founded Shopping.com Sharfman toiled away at National Semiconductor. He held a Ph.D. in High Energy Nuclear Physics from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.S. and M.S. in Physics from the […]
    Nora O’Brien: Born: 1965-00-00 - Died: 2009-04-29
    O’Brien was a television executive in charge of drama programming for NBC Universal. Prior to her work in drama programming, O’Brien had spent six years at the Sci Fi Channel. Even though O’Brien resided in Santa Monica, California, she was a native of West Hartford, Connecticut.
    David Kellermann: Born: Unknown - Died: 2009-04-22
    Kellermann was the chief financial officer (CFO) for Freddie Mac, a position he had only held since September 2008.
    Marilyn Chambers: Born: 1952-04-22 - Died: 2009-04-12
    Chambers was a pornographic actress who is best known for her 1972 hardcore film “Behind the Green Door”. Chambers was trying to find work as an actress, when she answered an advertisement for a casting call. Upon her arrival, she found out that it wasn’t for a normal gig… it was for a porno film. […]
    Alan Livingston: Born: 1917-10-15 - Died: 2009-03-13
    Livingston was a businessman, songwriter, producer, and probably best known for creating Bozo the Clown. While working at Capitol Records, Livingston was given the task of creating a children’s record. After some deliberation he came up with “Bozo the Clown”. The first Bozo album, entitled Bozo at the Circus, was released in 1946. The concept […]
    Leonore Annenberg: Born: 1918-02-20 - Died: 2009-03-12
    Annenberg was the chairman and president of the Annenberg Foundation, and served as Chief of Protocol of the United States (1981 – 1982) under Ronald Reagan. Annenberg was a prominent philanthropist and the widow of Walter Annenberg, the Ambassador to the United Kingdom.
    Charles “Mask” Lewis, Jr.: Born: 1964-??-?? - Died: 2009-03-11
    Lewis, who is probably better known as “Mask” for the lines he would paint on his face, co-founded the clothing line TapouT, which quickly became a multi-million dollar company.
    Sydney Yallen: Born: 1924-01-01 - Died: 2009-02-17
    Yallen was the founder of Inter/Media Advertising, which later became the Inter/Media Group of Companies, a $450 million media organization. Some of Inter/Media group’s clients included Sanyo, Discover Card, Clorox Brands, Black & Decker, Glad and numerous other companies. Yallen’s company is credited with being at the forefront of the direct-response advertising industry.
    Jim Bellows: Born: 1923-01-01 - Died: 2009-03-06
    Bellows was the famed editor of L.A. Herald Examiner and well known for rescuing underdog big-city newspapers from L.A. to New York. During his prestigious career Bellows worked at the New York Herald Tribume, Los Angeles Times, Washington Star, Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Entertainment Tonight, and ABC News: World News Tonight… to name a few. […]
    Andrew Bourland: Born: 1955-01-01 - Died: 2009-02-16
    Bourland was the co-founder of ClickZ, an online publication with more than 40 online marketing professionals writing various columns. After ClickZ was acquired by INT Media Group in Septemeber 2000, Bourland launched his own blog, Bourland.com which covered and discussed new business models. During the later stages of his illness his blog became a place […]
    Michael Homer: Born: 1960-01-01 - Died: 2009-02-01
    Homer was a Silicon Valley executive who aided in the development of the PC (personal computer), the Internet and various “hand-held” items. He also was a key figure at Netscape Communications Corporations in the mid 90’s, which would go on to commercialize the web browser. It’s been stated that Homer had a wide array of […]
    Roland Piquepaille: Born: 1943-01-01 - Died: 2009-01-06
    Piquepaille was the Emerging Technologies blogger with ZDNet. Below is a quote from Larry Dignan on the Emerging Tech blog… “Roland was one of our most passionate bloggers and his ability to explain complex science well was something to behold. Roland spent most of his career in software, mainly for high performance computing and visualization […]
    Carl Pohlad: Born: 1915-08-23 - Died: 2009-01-05
    Pohlad was a successful financier and owner of the Minnesota Twins. He bought the team back in 1984, and just three years later (1987) the Twins won the World Series and proceeded to win it again in 1991. Pohlad claims that he came close to selling the team in 1997, which would’ve seen the team […]
    Beverly Garland: Born: 1926-10-17 - Died: 2008-12-05
    Garland was a businesswoman, hotel owner, and actress. She is probably best known for playing Red MacMurray’s second wife, Barbara Harper Douglas, on the long running sitcom My Three Sons. Her long television career saw her on shows such as the Twilight Zone, Remington Steele, the Mary Tyler Moore Show, Gunsmoke, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, […]
    Ted Rogers: Born: 1933-05-27 - Died: 2008-12-02
    Rogers was the President and CEO of Rogers Communications Inc., and owner of the Toronto Blue Jays Major League Baseball team. He acquired the Blue Jays back on September 1, 2000 when his company purchased 80% of the club with the Labatt Brewing Company Ltd. Since the 2003 season Rogers has owned 100% of the […]
    Andrew McKelvey: Born: 1934-??-?? - Died: 2008-11-27
    McKelvey was an American entrepreneur who is best known for founding Monster.com, which is the leading job recruitment site on the Internet. McKelvey had a knack for succeeding in business. His first company called Telephone Marketing Programs became the nation’s largest Yellow Pages advertising agency, handling almost a third of the American Yellow Pages advertising. […]
    Verne Orr: Born: 1916-11-12 - Died: 2008-11-27
    Orr was the 14th Secretary of the Air Force (1981 – 1985), appointed to the post by President Ronald Reagan. After high school, Orr went to Pomona College where he was awarded the Phi Beta Kappa key. Later he earned his master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University in 1939. Orr entered the United […]
    Betty James: Born: 1918-01-01 - Died: 2008-11-20
    Betty was the wife of Richard T. James, the inventor of the Slinky. James accidentally invented the Slinky while trying to develop a means for suspending sensitive instruments aboard naval vessels while in rough seas. He was working with tension springs and accidentally dropped one. Upon seeing it hit the ground and seeing how it […]
    Stefan Schörghuber: Born: 1961-07-006 - Died: 2008-11-25
    Schörghuber was a German businessman, and the owner of the Schörghuber Unternehmensgruppe in Munich, Germany. Forbes’ estimates Schörghuber’s wealth to be $3.5 Billion, which puts him at number 307 in the world.
    Terence Tolbert: Born: 1964-01-01 - Died: 2008-11-02
    Tolbert was the director for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign in the state of Nevada. On Election Day, Obama defeated John McCain by a 56% – 42% margin, carrying Nevada and it’s five electoral votes. This was considered a huge win for the Democratic Party, as the state is traditionally Republican.
    Paul Newman: Born: 1925-01-26 - Died: 2008-09-26
    Paul Leonard Newman was an American actor, although he had other passions as well – being an entrepreneur, directing film, and racing cars. The films for which Newman was probably most known for include: Cool Hand Luke, The Hustler, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The COlor of Money, The Sting, Exodus, Cat on a […]
    Thomas Thewes: Born: 1932-01-01 - Died: 2008-09-28
    Thewes was a co-owner of three hockey teams – the Carolina Hurricanes (NHL), the Plymouth Whalers (OHL) and the Florida Everblades (ECHL). In addition to his hockey teams Thewes was Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors (Emeritus) and co-founder of the Compuware Corporation.
    Keith Grinstein: Born: 1960-01-01 - Died: 2008-09-28
    Grinstein was a partner in the Seattle based venture capital firm Second Avenue Partners and chairman of coin-counting machine company Coinstar. He was also the son of former Delta Air Lines CEO Gerald Grinstein. Grinstein formerly held senior positions at McCaw Cellular, AT&T Wireless and Nextel International.
    Lynn Kohlman: Born: 1946-01-01 - Died: 2008-09-14
    Kohlman was a former model turned photographer, author and creative director at DKNY. She began her modeling career in the late 1960’s where she appeared in numerous fashion magazines. In the 1970’s she became a photographer for Interview, Vogue, GQ and Glamour. In 1989 she was appointed fashion director of the Donna Karen Company. In […]