Time does not go by so slowly, as the old Righteous Brothers* song, "Unchained Melody" claims. It actually goes by 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 -- now updated as of the beginning of 2017 -- and remember their contributions to our lives in terms of 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) 1996 presidential candidate Bob Dole Alive or Dead
2) Notorious Washington DC mayor Marion Barry Alive Dead
3) Singer Dion DiMucci Alive Dead
4) Actress Annette Funicello Alive Dead
5) Jurassic Park writer Michael Crichton Alive Dead
6) Actor Kirk Douglas Alive Dead
7) Roots author Alex Haley Alive Dead
8) Actress Julie Andrews Alive Dead
9) Activist Rosa Parks Alive Dead
10) TV host Dick Cavett Alive Dead
11) Singer Diana Ross Alive Dead
12) Psychologist Joyce Brothers Alive Dead
13) Basketball player and politician Bill Bradley Alive Dead
14) 1988 Presidential candidate Michael Dukakis Alive Dead
15) Olympic figure skater Dorothy Hamill Alive Dead
For the answers, check back here later in the week. Meantime, Happy New Year to everybody, and may we all thrive in 2017!
* Bobby Hatfield of the Righteous Brothers died at age 63 in 2003, while Bill Medley (they were not actually brothers) continues to perform as a soloist, as well as with Bucky Heard as a new Righteous Brother.