Time seems to go by so quickly, and sometimes we get so involved in our own lives, we lose track of what's going on elsewhere in the world -- who is still with us and who has passed on.
Do you think it's morbid to guess whether these people are alive or dead? All these Baby Boomer icons have seen their time come and go, whether they're still alive or not, but I think they would be thankful if we pause at the end of 2011 and remember their contributions to our life and our culture -- what they did, what they meant to us, and where they may be today.
So in that spirit, can you guess: Who among these Baby Boomer icons is alive? And who is dead?
1) 1972 presidential candidate George McGovern Alive or Dead
2) 1984 vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro Alive Dead
3) 1950s crooner Pat Boone Alive Dead
4) Actor Fess Parker Alive Dead
5) Jurassic Park writer Michael Crichton Alive Dead
6) Italian actress Sophia Loren Alive Dead
7) Actor Sidney Poitier Alive Dead
8) Twister Chubby Checker Alive Dead
9) Willie Mays Alive Dead
10) Jaws writer Peter Benchley Alive Dead
11) Elizabeth Taylor Alive Dead
12) Heiress kidnapping victim Patty Hearst Alive Dead
13) Quarterback Roger Staubach Alive Dead
14) Comedian Rodney Dangerfield Alive Dead
15) Singer Gladys Knight Alive Dead
For the answers, check back here next week -- same time, same place. Meantime, Happy New Year to everybody, and may we all thrive in 2012!