Thrusday, December 31, 1998

Frank to FloJo, they did it their way

Music, sports, politics lost stars in 1998

The Associated Press

        The Voice. Chairman of the board. Mr. Ring-a-ding-ding.

        Frank Sinatra left us in 1998, the man who made aching ballads of love and loss an art form that spoke to millions over six decades.

        It was the end of an era, too, when we lost Roy Rogers and Gene Autry, two cowboy kings of big screen and small.

        On the political side, we lost some of the famous — former Sens. Barry Goldwater and Albert Gore Sr.

        And the infamous — Pol Pot, architect of Cambodia's “killing fields.”

        Track and field superstar Florence Griffith Joyner, still fit at 38, was taken by a brain seizure as she slept. Environmentalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas lived to be 108.

        Here, then, a roll call of some of those who drew our farewells in 1998.

        Sonny Bono, Cher's for mer sidekick who became a member of Congress. Jan. 5. Age 62. Skiing accident.

        Carl Perkins, “rockabilly” pioneer who influenced Elvis Presley and the Beatles. Jan. 19. Age 65. Stroke.

        Jack Lord, gruff detective on TV's Hawaii Five-0. Jan. 21. Age 77. Heart failure.

        Shinichi Suzuki, Japanese educator whose listening-and- imitation approach taught thousands of toddlers to play music. Jan. 26. Age 99. Heart failure.


        Carl Wilson, founding member of The Beach Boys. Feb. 6. Age 51. Cancer.

        Harry Caray, Chicago baseball announcer known for his trademark cry, “Holy cow!” Feb. 18. Age 77. Heart attack.

        Henny Youngman, king of one-liners for cracks like “Take my wife — please.” Feb. 24. Age 91. Flu complications.


        Fred W. Friendly, pioneering TV producer and presi dent of CBS News. March 3. Age 82. Stroke.

        Eleanor I. Shuman, one of the last half-dozen survivors of the Titanic. March 7. Age 87.

        James McDougal, Arkansas savings and loan operator whose dealings with President Clinton led to Whitewater investigation. March 8, in prison. Age 57. Suffered heart ailment.

        Lloyd Bridges, star of TV's Sea Hunt. March 10. Age 85. Natural causes.

        Dr. Benjamin Spock, who wrote guide for bringing up the baby boom generation. March 15. Age 94. Respiratory failure.

        Bella Abzug, congresswoman and feminist known for her hats and Vietnam War protests. March 31. Age 77. Complications of heart surgery.

        Tammy Wynette, “first lady of country music” with hits including “Stand by Your Man.” April 6. Age 55. Blood clot.

        Pol Pot, Khmer Rouge leader who ruled Cambodia from 1975 to 1979. April 15. Age 73. Possible heart attack.

        Marie-Louise Febronie Meilleur, listed in Guinness Book of Records as the world's oldest person. April 16. Age 117. Blood clot in lung.

        Linda McCartney, photographer who married Beatle Paul McCartney. April 17. Age 56. Breast cancer.

        James Earl Ray, who confessed to assassinating the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., then insisted he was framed. April 23. Age 70. Kidney failure and liver disease.

        Eldridge Cleaver, whose prison book Soul On Ice became seminal work of Black Power movement. May 1. Age 62. Cause not disclosed.

        Alice Faye, 1930s and 1940s star of such musicals as Alexander's Ragtime Band. May 9. Age 83. Cancer.

        Frank Sinatra, balladeer of American pop music. May 14. Age 82. Heart attack.

        Marjory Stoneman Douglas, tireless grande dame of Florida Everglades who led fight to undo environmental damage to her “river of grass.” May 14. Age 108.

        Phil Hartman, comic known for Saturday Night Live and NewsRadio. May 28. Age 49. Killed by wife in murder-suicide.

        Barry Goldwater, conservative Arizona senator whose futile 1964 campaign for presidency began philosophical reshaping of Republican Party. May 29. Age 89. Stroke.


        Al Campanis, who built championship teams for Los Angeles Dodgers but fell from grace in 1987 for saying on national TV that blacks lack ability for baseball's top front-office jobs. June 21. Age 81. Coronary artery disease.

        Maureen O'Sullivan, starred as Jane in string of Tarzan films. June 22. Age 87.


        Roy Rogers, singing “King of the Cowboys.” July 6. Age 86. Congestive heart failure.

        Nguyen Ngoc Loan, former South Vietnamese general whose photographed 1968 execution of Viet Cong prisoner produced one of Vietnam War's most disturbing images. July 14. Age 67. Cancer.

        Robert Young, all-knowing dad on Father Knows Best and compassionate doctor on Marcus Welby, M.D. July 21. Age 91. Heart problems.

        Alan Shepard, first American to fly in space. July 21. Age 73. Leukemia.

        Jerome Robbins, choreographer and director whose career spanned Broadway and ballet. July 29. Age 79. Stroke.

        “Buffalo Bob” Smith, host of The Howdy Doody Show. July 30. Age 80. Cancer.

Shari Lewis, who enchanted baby boomers and their children with a squeaky-voiced sock puppet named Lamb Chop. Aug. 2. Age 65. Cancer.

        Dorothy West, Harlem Renaissance author of The Living Is Easy and The Wedding. Aug. 16. Age 91.

        E.G. Marshall, Emmy Award-winning actor known for playing politicians, lawyers and judges. Aug. 24. Age 84.

        Lewis F. Powell, retired Supreme Court justice. Aug. 25. Age 90. Pneumonia.


        George C. Wallace, former Alabama governor who declared “segregation forever,” then embraced integration, and in 1972 survived an assassin's bullet that left him paralyzed. Sept. 13. Age 79.



        Florence Griffith Joyner, Olympic track star who won three gold medals in 1988. Sept. 21. Age 38. Brain seizure.

        Tom Bradley, Los Angeles' first black mayor. Sept. 29. Age 80. Heart attack.

Gene Autry, Hollywood's first singing cowboy. Oct. 2. Age 91.

        Roddy McDowall, award-winning star in theater, TV and films that included Planet of the Apes. Oct. 3. Age 70. Cancer.


        Kwame Ture, who as Stokely Carmichael made phrase “black power” a rallying cry in the 1960s. Nov. 15. Age 57. Prostate cancer.

        Esther Rolle, who played feisty maid in hit 1970s sitcoms Maude and Good Times. Nov. 17. Age 78. Had suffered from diabetes.

        Flip Wilson, who became first successful black host of a TV variety show. Nov. 25. Age 64. Cancer.

Albert Gore Sr., vice president's father and former senator from Tennessee whose opposition to Vietnam War ended 32 years in Congress. Dec. 5. Age 90.

        Archie Moore, boxing champ who fought Rocky Marciano and Muhammad Ali. Dec. 9. Age 84. Heart trouble.

        Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles, dubbed “Walkin' Lawton” for crossing the state on foot in his first U.S. Senate campaign. Dec. 12. Age 68. Heart attack.


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