2019 Jackpot
  • 1st:  $696
  • 2nd:  $290
  • 3rd:  $174
December 19, 2019    Irv Williams

No qualifying obits.

0 points to team #7

November 19, 2019    Manoucher Yektai

No qualifying obits.

10,000 points to team #1

November 3, 2019    Gert Boyle

10,000 points to team #18

October 22, 2019    Gustav Gerneth

No qualifying obits.

0 points to team #51

October 2, 2019    Julie Gibson

Gladys, who was the "Sweater Girl" of 1954, worked with the Three Stooges. She ran an acting studio with Agnes Moorehead and served as dialogue supervisor for several years on Family Affair. Not enough to earn a qualifying obit, though.

Dead in her sleep.

0 points to teams #21, #31, #50

September 27, 2019    Jimmy Spicer

James started rapping when he was a teenager in NYC. In 1980, he released the single "Adventures of Super Rhyme (Rap)," which is considered the first storytelling rap. Jimmy was one of Russell Simmons's artists, though he didn't really make a success of it; he ended up starting a recording studio instead.

Dead of brain and lung cancer.

10,000 points to team #44

September 23, 2019    Candy Samples

No qualifying obits.

0 points to team #35

September 20, 2019    Jan Merlin

Jan was a fixture as a bad guy on TV and movies in the 1960s, often uncredited. He hadn't appeared onscreen since 1990, though, and so North American media took little notice of his demise. No qualifying obits.

Dead of ancientism.

0 points to team #33

September 19, 2019    Barron Hilton

William was Conrad Hilton's son and Paris's grandfather. After serving in WWII, he was a pilot, the original owner of the Los Angeles Chargers football team, a philanthropist, and father of 8 kids. Busy guy.

Dead of natural causes.

10,000 points to team #18

September 16, 2019    Leah Bracknell

Alison was a longtime star of the British soap opera Emmerdale. When she left her role as "Zoe Tate," she taught yoga and meditation, and she also developed a jewelry line. Leah lived for nearly 3 years after being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.

Dead of lung cancer.

2,000 points to teams #9, #10, #17, #29, #52, #55

September 11, 2019    T. Boone Jr. Pickens

Thomas was an early supporter of alternative energy sources until he figured out that natural gas was going to be more profitable. He was an Oklahoma kid who  made tons of money and married 5 times (the last time at age 86). Thomas promoted the Swift Boat movement against John Kerry in 2004.

Dead of undisclosed causes.

10,000 points to team #36

September 6, 2019    Robert Mugabe

Robert was prime minister of Zimbabwe from 1980 to 1987, then took over as president for the next 30 years; he was a soft-spoken man with "curious, effeminate mannerisms" (according to a biographer, David Blair, 2002). He was also incredibly cruel and ruthless.

Dead of ... cause of death is disputed.

2,000 points to teams #9, #15, #28, #29, #39

September 5, 2019    Wally Westlake

No qualifying obits.

0 points to teams #3, #50

August 30, 2019    Valerie Harper

Val lived for six years after her terminal diagnosis. She was raised as a Catholic, though we all know her best as Rhoda Morgentstern from the Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda. Thoughts go out to the C4C Tech Staff.

Dead of leptomeningeal carcinomatosis.

3,500 points to teams #27, #37, #52, #57

August 29, 2019    Jim Leavelle

James was the guy in the light tan suit escorting Lee Harvey Oswald after his arrest for shooting and killing JFK. After serving in WWII, Jim worked for the Army Air Force. He served only 25 years in the Dallas Police Department.

Dead of a heart attack.

6,500 points to teams #24, #33

August 29, 2019    Randy Romero

Well, okay, bulimia is apparently known as "flipping" in the jockey community. We learn something all the time here at C4C. Man, did Randy have a tough time - he nearly burned himself to death in a sauna in 1983. Overall, he jockeyed for 27 years and had more than 20 surgeries. Ouch.

Dead of stomach cancer.

6,500 points to teams #17, #28

August 20, 2019    Larry Siegel

No qualifying obits.

0 points to team #16

August 5, 2019    Toni Morrison

Chloe, an Ohio girl, won the Pulitzer Prize and the Nobel Prize in Literature. She was the brilliant core of Oprah's book club. 

Dead of complications of pneumonia.

10,000 points to team #56

July 21, 2019    Robert M. Morgenthau

Bob spent his entire life in NYC. After WWII, during which he served in the Navy, he became a lawyer, mostly corporate. As D.A., he presided over cases we've all heard about, including the assassin of John Lennon and the wrongful conviction of the Central Park 5. Bob died only 10 days short of his 100th birthday.

Dead after a short illness.

5,000 points to teams #11, #24, #34

July 18, 2019    David Hedison

Al was known for his starring role in TV's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and two James Bond flicks. He was the father of Alexandra Hedison and father-in-law of Jodie Foster.

Dead of old age.

6,500 points to teams #4, #40

July 16, 2019    John Paul Stevens

John came from a wealthy family in Chicago and served in the U.S. Navy in WW2. After that, he rose in the ranks and was appointed a judge in 1970, specializing in anti-trust law. President Ford nominated John to the Supreme Court in 1975, when John identified as a Republican. He was known as a swing vote in the Court, though.

Dead of complications from a stroke.

5,000 points to teams #22, #40, #54

July 13, 2019    Paul F. Markham

Paul was a good pal of Ted Kennedy and one of the last to leave the death scene of Chappaquiddick. All those questions unanswered. Or are they?

Dead of longstanding guilt.

10,000 points to team #1

July 9, 2019    Ross Perot

Henry, a Texas boy, worked for IBM after his Navy service in WWII. He moved on up with Electronic Data Systems, etc., and got political to help find missing Vietnam servicemen. Ross ran for president in 1992 as an independent, more successfully than any third-party candidate in history, then formed the Reform Party. He's the originator of the term "giant sucking sound."

Dead of leukemia.

10,000 points to team #15

July 7, 2019    Sutopo Purwo Nugroho

Sutopo earned his 3 university degrees in Indonesia, including a PhD in hydrology. He became head of Indonesia's National Board of Disaster Management's PR division in 2010, but as a scientist, he predicted dam failures and other catastrophes. Hope he didn't live to hear about Indonesia's capitol moving from Jakarta due to rising sea water, etc.


Dead of lung cancer.

10,000 points to team #33

July 5, 2019    Marie Ponsot

Marie, a New York City girl, published her first book of poetry when she was in her early 30s. She got married to a French artist and had 7 kids (not entirely in that order), but kept writing - just storing her work in a cabinet. She and Ponsot divorced. Eventually the poems were published, and Marie became a name in poetry.

Dead of old age, apparently.

10,000 points to team #6

July 2, 2019    Lee Iacocca

Lido was born in Allentown, PA, somehow managing to escape WWII conscription. He studied engineering, plastics, and politics to become an engineer at Ford. (Including association with the exploding Pinto.) Lee moved to Chrysler and negotiated a loan guarantee from the U.S. To paraphrase Lee: "if you can find a better corpse, buy it" - unfortunately, that wouldn't pass C4C's Rules.


Dead of complications of Parkinson's disease.

6,500 points to teams #45, #48

June 23, 2019    George Rosenkranz

Gyorgy was born in Hungary but fled to Cuba during WWII. Then he moved to Mexico, where he led the effort to synthesize hormones, contributing greatly to the birth control pill. George was a star bridge player and wrote numerous books on playing. His wife, Edith, was kidnapped and held for ransom during a U.S. tournament (it turned out okay).

Dead of exhaustion, probably.

6,500 points to teams #13, #50

June 18, 2019    Maria Giuseppa Robucci

Maria is recorded as the second-longest living Italian. She married in 1928 and had 5 kids. The husband died in 1982, and Maria just kept going. She attributed her longevity to God, not drinking alcohol, good nutrition, and being positive. Maria was the oldest living person in Italy for almost 11 months.

Dead of ancientism.

10,000 points to team #44

June 13, 2019    Anne Hamilton-Byrne

This is just nasty.... So Anne and her husband adopted children, imprisoned and starved them, and gave them LSD. She got started in 1962 and harmed countless lives. The couple beat the kids and confused them by linking yoga, drugs, and Eastern mysticism with Christianity. Lots of middle-class professionals joined the cult, too.

Dead of dementia-related causes.

10,000 points to team #30

June 12, 2019    Sylvia Miles

Sylvia.... Well, Sylvia is something of an enigma. She came from New York City and was twice nominated for Academy Awards (Midnight Cowboy and Farewell, My Lovely.) Sylvia was known as a party girl, but she maintained a presence in film from 1960 to 2010. Sylvia married 3 times and divorced 3 times.

Dead of complications after anemia and respiratory issues.

6,500 points to teams #14, #22

June 5, 2019    Ellen "Dolly" Gibb

Dolly lived with her 79-year-old daughter in assisted living for the last year of her life. She loved "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy," knitting, and butter. We can get on board with that (well, maybe not "Wheel of Fortune"...). Dolly was born in Winnipeg and married for more than 40 years and 2 kids.

Dead of the curse of the Oldest Living.

3,500 points to teams #4, #10, #24, #43

May 30, 2019    Frank Lucas

Frank, a North Carolina kid, said he became a criminal due to his 12-year-old cousin's murder by the KKK for looking at a White woman. He moved to NYC and eventually became a drug trafficker, specializing in heroin, allegedly smuggling in dead U.S. soldiers coffins from Vietnam. Denzel Washington portrayed Frank in American Gangster.

Dead of natural causes.

10,000 points to team #34

May 26, 2019    Bart Starr

Bryan Bartlett Starr was given the perfect name. Though his college career at Alabama was iffy, in part due to a serious hazing injury, the Green Bay Packers drafted him in 1956. He was the only quarterback so far to have led 3 consecutive NFL championships. The NFL player of "outstanding character" now receives the Bart Starr Award.

Dead of failing health after a stroke.

5,000 points to teams #8, #49, #57

May 18, 2019    Mitch Wilson

No qualifying obits.

0 points to team #43

May 16, 2019    Bob Hawke

Bob was born in South Australia and grew up in Western Australia, which made him the first Aussie prime minister to come from those regions. Bob set a world record for beer drinking, which he said contributed to his political success. He served as prime minister from 1983 to 1991.

Dead after deteriorating health.

6,500 points to teams #27, #30

May 16, 2019    I.M. Pei

Ieoh Ming brought us (after his birth into a wealthy family in Guangzhou and move to the U.S. in the 1930s) the pyramid above the Louvre and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. I.M. was a Harvard graduate in architecture, a Pritzker Prize winner, and a longtime C4C volunteer, and we'll miss him.


Dead of exhaustion, probably.

2,000 points to teams #5, #40, #42, #52, #54

May 11, 2019    Robert D. Maxwell

Bob was in eastern France in WWII when a grenade landed near him. He jumped on it to save his comrades. In doing so, he lost part of a foot and got lots of shrapnel in return. Then he got Silver Star for other valiant acts. Bob spent his career as an automotive mechanics teacher. Hope those kids appreciated him.

Dead of old age.

6,500 points to teams #11, #33

May 5, 2019    Norma Miller

A Harlem girl, Norma knew she wanted to be a dancer from the start. She had so much talent that she was hospitalized for fatigue at 17. Norma knew and performed with everybody who was anybody from the 1940s through the mid-'70s, despite that devil segregation. She worked until she was 98.

Dead of congestive heart failure.

10,000 points to team #23

April 30, 2019    Peter Mayhew

Peter was born in Surrey with Marfan syndrome, a connective tissue disorder. He grew to 7 ft, 3 in. tall, and his first acting gig came when producers were looking for men with large feet. Not surprisingly, Pete easily won the role of Chewbacca in Star Wars. He also wrote 2 books for kids on bullying. 

Dead of a heart attack.

10,000 points to team #2

April 16, 2019    Fay McKenzie

Find somebody who can equal this: Fay's acting career started in 1918 and ended in 2018! (Okay, technically she didn't act at 10 months, but still.) Fay appeared in movies and on stage. She was most recognized for her 5 singing cowboy movies with Gene Autry. They also entertained WWII troops together.


Dead of natural causes.

5,000 points to teams #21, #23, #30

April 12, 2019    Forrest Gregg

Alvis grew up in Texas, where he was an offensive lineman for Southern Methodist University. He played in the NFL for the Green Bay Packers for 15 seasons when the team won 5 championships. After that, Forrest coached at SMU and then in the CFL. Vince Lombardi called him the "finest player" he ever coached.

Dead of complications of Parkinson's disease.

6,500 points to teams #10, #35

April 6, 2019    Ernest "Fritz" Hollings

Fritz spent his whole life, except for WWII, in South Carolina until he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1966. He stayed there for 38 years, which makes him the eighth longest-serving senator in history. Fritz started out as a segregationist but changed his attitudes in the 1960s. Somebody had to counterbalance Strom Thurmond....

Dead after failing health.

5,000 points to teams #15, #22, #57

March 28, 2019    Maury Laws

Maury's composing largely consisted of musical scores for animated TV shows, many of which were Christmas specials. For instance, his first credit was Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in 1964. Maury seems to have pretty much retired 30 years ago, which may be why he didn't get a qualifying obituary.

Dead of obscurity.

0 points to team #1

March 15, 2019    W. S. Merwin

William is maybe the most enviable guy ever memorialized on C4C. He was U.S. poet laureate in 2010, having won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1971 and 2009. He hung with Sylvia Plath in London and knew Robert Graves in Majorca. William and his third wife moved to Hawaii in 1975, where they founded an environmental foundation.


Dead in his sleep.

10,000 points to team #16

March 14, 2019    Nancy Gates

A Texas girl, Nancy had a radio show as an adolescent. She got into the movie business at 15 and co-starred in many Westerns as the love interest. In her late 20s, she fell off the A-list and eventually retired in 1969. Unfortunately, Nancy also faded from news media memory - no qualifying obits.

Dead of old age.

0 points to team #20

March 6, 2019    Carolee Schneemann

Carolee was performance artist who made films and other visual pieces. She used her body - nude, having sex, kissing cats - to make the point that American culture is "sex negative." In one show, she pulled a scroll out of her vagina and read a feminist writing from it (the scroll, that is).

Dead of breast cancer.

10,000 points to team #6

February 27, 2019    Edward Nixon

Ed was 17 years younger than Richard (aka "Tricky Dick") and looked to him as something of a father or uncle figure. Ed was active in the U.S. Navy and became a prominent geologist afterward, becoming a government advisor on energy policies. He also wrote a biography of the Nixons in his latter years.

Dead of ancientness.

10,000 points to team #4

February 23, 2019    Katherine Helmond

If you don't love Katherine, well, there may be something wrong with you.... She was best known for TV's Soap and Who's the Boss?, both of which she won Golden Globe Awards for. Katherine was active on stage and in a few films. She and her husband were longtime Zen students.

Dead of complications of Alzheimer's.

10,000 points to team #5

February 22, 2019    Josephine Mandamin

Biidasige, based in Ontario, emphasized that women are "carriers of the water," which led to her co-founding of Mother Earth Water Walk. Jo walked the shores of all 5 Great Lakes, or nearly 11,000 miles, to raise awareness of the importance of clean water. She left behind many prominent awards, 8 kids, and many other descendants.

Dead of exhaustion, probably.

10,000 points to team #29

February 19, 2019    Don Newcombe

Newk, a New Jersey kid, was the first Cy Young Award winner. He pitched in the Negro National League, then became a Dodger in 1946 with Roy Campanella and Jackie Robinson. Despite much success, Newk's apparently not a Hall of Famer, maybe due to the alcoholism he later overcame.

Dead after a long illness.

10,000 points to team #29

February 12, 2019    Lyndon LaRouche

Lyndon ran for president in every election from 1976 to 2004. He transformed from a left-wing labor supporter to an anti-Semite and racist. Thought Queen Elizabeth II was trying to kill him. Lyndon warned "sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll ... environmentalism and quantum theory" (but definitely not climate change) were would bring down civilization.

Dead of hardcore paranoia.

3,500 points to teams #15, #22, #40, #45

February 8, 2019    Walter Munk

Walter came from Vienna and emigrated to the U.S. at 14. He studied ocean waves until serving in the Army in WWII. Walt's service was cut short to employ his expertise for the D-Day landings. He was an early warner of global warming. Walt's third marriage started when he was 93.

Dead of pneumonia.

6,500 points to teams #10, #35

February 1, 2019    Andrew McGahan

Andy came from a little town in Queensland and wrote a couple of recognized novels. He was part of the "Australian literary genre of grunge lit." Later, Andrew was known as a kind of unhinged science fiction writer. No qualifying North American obits.

Dead of pancreatic cancer.

0 points to teams #17, #27

January 31, 2019    Harold Bradley

Harold was born and died in Nashville. After serving in WWII, he played guitar on studio recordings for Patsy Cline, Elvis, Hank Williams - all the country music royalty - in 67 years. Harold was a big deal himself, despite his nickname "Tic Tac," which seems rather belittling. Bless his heart.

Dead of undisclosed causes.

10,000 points to team #7

January 30, 2019    Dick Miller

Richard was a Bronx boy who moved to Hollywood as soon as he hit 20 to be a screenwriter, but that didn't work out too well. Fortunately, director Roger Corman saw potential in Dick, and his major role was Corman's Bucket of Blood, followed by many others.

Dead of after a heart attack, with congestive heart failure and pneumonia.

10,000 points to team #2

January 21, 2019    Shivakumara Swami

No qualifying obits.

0 points to team #22

January 20, 2019    Masazo Nonaka

Masazo managed to hold onto the title of world's oldest living man for 355 days. He was Japan's oldest living man for 2-plus years. Masazo ran his family's hot springs and credited his longevity to relaxing in it and to eating sweets. Other than WWII, not a bad gig.

Dead of natural causes.

5,000 points to teams #10, #24, #43

January 19, 2019    Nathan Glazer

Nate was born in NYC and spent his life studying urbanity. Most famous for stressing that the "melting pot" was the wrong frame for looking at U.S. society, he was a vocal academic at Harvard. Nate was criticized as too conservative by some and not conservative enough by others.

Dead of old age.

10,000 points to team #18

January 19, 2019    Muriel Pavlow

Muriel was petite - we love that IMDb states she was 5 foot and one-quarter inches tall - and often cast as a love interest in British theatre and film. She spent a great deal of her 70-year career on TV. Unfortunately, none of this was enough to garner her a qualifying obit for C4C. Hence the late notice of her demise.

Dead of ancientness.

0 points to team #20

January 13, 2019    Mel Stottlemyre

Mel came from Washington state and pitched his entire 11-year MLB career for the NY Yankees. A frequent All-Star, he could hit as well as pitch. After retirement, Mel coached for Seattle and the Yankees. His two living sons are both MLB pitchers.

Dead of multiple myeloma.

6,500 points to teams #41, #50