Not to be too morose, but in learning of Paul Newman’s passing this past weekend (his greatness transcended generational lines; both my mom and myself appreciated his work, although my mom probably swooned over his baby blue eyes more in her youth), I began to think about those people in today’s headlines who I will miss once they are gone. Whether this is tomorrow due to a tragic accident or years and years from now when I’m in my old age — doesn’t matter. These are the people (brainstormed in an hour while watching television) that mattered to me at one point in my life. Inspiration, entertainment, political, I just had a crush on him, whatever…and it’ll be interesting to read this in 10, 20, 30 year’s time to see what names are enduring and which have been thrown into the “oh I liked him/her but…” pile.

Of course I don’t include immediate friends and family members – I will of course mourn them. But they’ve promised not to die on me, so I’ve got that covered.

Barak Obama
Barbara Streisand
Bill & Hillary Clinton
Calvin Remsberg
Cloris Leachman
Debbie Reynolds
Jon Stewart
Mandy Patinkin
Nelson Mandela
Patrick Stewart
Patti Lupone
Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr
Peter Jackson
Renee Fleming
Scott Bakula
Simon Pegg
Stephen Colbert
Stephen Hawking
Stephen King
Stephen Sondehim
The Cast of Monty Python (the rest of them)
The Cast of MST3K

Didn’t realize I liked so many Stephens out there… 🙂 I will add to this list as I see fit.


** UPDATE **
My mom has informed me “I still swoon over the Newman of Hud with as much sensual vigor as I did in my youth.” Huzzah, Mom!