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Friday, December 30, 2011

Quiz: Are These Baby Boomer Icons Dead or Alive?

     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!


stephen Hayes said...

I think I know the correct answers to these but I'll be back to check. I used to have that raccoon cap back in the Fifties. I even wore it to Church.
Happy New Years!

Dick Klade said...

Got 'em all right, so I won't have to check back. Happy New Year!

Olga said...

I have to check back--I'll bet I don't score over 20%.

Kay Dennison said...

85% -- not bad but I don't follow the news like I used to. Shame on me!!

I'm so jealous of Dick getting 100%!

#1Nana said...

Just drove back today from a short trip to the Oregon coast and saw that Chubbie Checker was performing at a casino in January...that must mean he's still alive, right?

Arkansas Patti said...

Surprised myself and think I got them all but I will check back. Two I was iffy on.
Have a wonderful New Year.

schmidleysscribblins,wordpress.com said...

You know I really don't know except for Ferraro. I heard her death this year mentioned in passing only yesterday. Dianne

Pagg Supplement said...

It is not easy to click the right answer.

Nance said...

McGovern alive. Ferraro dead. Pat Boone, I am alarmed to report, is alive but I believe he is actually a zombie. Fess Parker we've lost, sadly. Michael Crichton is among the living. Sophia Loren living. Poitier...um. Oh, dear. On all of these I'm guessing and on the rest, I'll be stabbing in the dark, too. Did we lose Gladys Knight? Patty Hearst is still kicking, I b'lieve. I'll have to wait for some answers!