2020 Jackpot
  • 1st:  $648
  • 2nd:  $270
  • 3rd:  $162
January 8, 2021    Ed Bruce

10,000 points to team #7

January 8, 2021    Tommy LaSorda

6,500 points to teams #12, #55

January 3, 2021    Iris Westman

0 points to team #35

January 2, 2021    Michael McKevitt

10,000 points to team #30

December 30, 2020    Samuel Little

10,000 points to team #1

December 30, 2020    Eugene Wright

10,000 points to team #4

December 29, 2020    Pierre Cardin

6,500 points to teams #40, #48

December 29, 2020    Phyllis McGuire

10,000 points to team #13

December 26, 2020    Derek Aucoin

10,000 points to team #49

December 25, 2020    K.C. Jones

10,000 points to team #1

December 20, 2020    George Blake

10,000 points to team #46

December 10, 2020    Don Marion

0 points to team #18

December 7, 2020    Chuck Yeager

5,000 points to teams #23, #27, #53

December 2, 2020    Valery Giscard d'Estaing

6,500 points to teams #15, #42

November 20, 2020    Jan Morris

10,000 points to team #4

November 13, 2020    Paul Hornung

6,500 points to teams #31, #55

November 13, 2020    Doug Supernaw

3,500 points to teams #23, #32, #45, #49

November 8, 2020    Alex Trebek


2,000 points to teams #17, #26, #32, #38, #39, #42, #47, #49, #50, #51, #54

November 7, 2020    Norm Crosby

10,000 points to team #41

November 7, 2020    John Fraser

0 points to team #20

November 7, 2020    Jeanne Little

10,000 points to team #29

October 31, 2020    Sean Connery

6,500 points to teams #25, #47

October 31, 2020    Corey Groves

10,000 points to team #44

October 30, 2020    Nobby Stiles

5,000 points to teams #11, #28, #50

October 25, 2020    Robert E. Murray

10,000 points to team #3

October 21, 2020    Marge Champion

10,000 points to team #22

October 21, 2020    Viola Smith

6,500 points to teams #10, #24

October 20, 2020    James Randi

6,500 points to teams #3, #17

October 14, 2020    Rhonda Fleming

5,000 points to teams #2, #25, #38

October 12, 2020    Roberta McCain

6,500 points to teams #27, #51

October 8, 2020    Whitey Ford

2,000 points to teams #42, #47, #54, #55, #56

October 7, 2020    Tom Kennedy

10,000 points to team #31

October 6, 2020    Eddie van Halen

5,000 points to teams #26, #33, #41

October 2, 2020    Bob Gibson

2,000 points to teams #6, #9, #22, #32, #49

October 1, 2020    Murray Schisgal

10,000 points to team #19

September 23, 2020    W.S. "Fluke" Holland

10,000 points to team #7

September 23, 2020    Gale Sayers

6,500 points to teams #31, #50

September 21, 2020    Arthur Ashkin

10,000 points to team #55

September 21, 2020    Tommy DeVito

10,000 points to team #7

September 21, 2020    Jackie Stallone

6,500 points to teams #24, #35

September 19, 2020    Lee Kerslake

2,000 points to teams #9, #11, #22, #28, #50

September 18, 2020    Ruth Bader Ginsburg

2,000 points to teams #9, #26, #28, #41, #42, #47, #50, #51

September 14, 2020    William Sr. Gates

10,000 points to team #45

September 12, 2020    Sir Terence Conran

10,000 points to team #27

September 10, 2020    Diana Rigg


10,000 points to team #38

September 2, 2020    Irving Kanarek

5,000 points to teams #11, #22, #30

September 2, 2020    Kaing Kek Iew

10,000 points to team #28

August 31, 2020    Tom Seaver

10,000 points to team #33

August 29, 2020    James Leonard

10,000 points to team #45

August 27, 2020    Lute Olson

10,000 points to team #19

August 25, 2020    Arnold Spielberg

6,500 points to teams #21, #34

August 22, 2020    Allan Rich

10,000 points to team #3

August 20, 2020    Frankie Banali

2,000 points to teams #17, #23, #32, #45, #49

August 18, 2020    Dale Hawerchuk

6,500 points to teams #31, #49

August 12, 2020    Marvin Creamer

10,000 points to team #33

August 11, 2020    Sumner Redstone

3,500 points to teams #23, #36, #38, #44

August 9, 2020    James "Kamala" Harris

3,500 points to teams #11, #28, #30, #50

August 7, 2020    Bernard Bailyn

6,500 points to teams #15, #19

August 7, 2020    Tony Charmoli

10,000 points to team #36

August 6, 2020    Brent Scowcroft

10,000 points to team #15

August 5, 2020    Eric Bentley

5,000 points to teams #11, #16, #24

August 3, 2020    Shirley Ann Grau

10,000 points to team #16

August 1, 2020    Wilford Brimley


6,500 points to teams #14, #39

July 31, 2020    Bill Mack

10,000 points to team #7

July 30, 2020    Lee Teng-Hui

10,000 points to team #18

July 26, 2020    Olivia de Havilland

2,000 points to teams #25, #26, #27, #39, #47, #51, #54

July 25, 2020    Lou Henson

10,000 points to team #45

July 25, 2020    John Saxon

10,000 points to team #19

July 24, 2020    Regis Philbin

10,000 points to team #12

July 22, 2020    Charles Evers

5,000 points to teams #15, #24, #35

July 21, 2020    Annie Ross

10,000 points to team #5

July 17, 2020    John Lewis

2,000 points to teams #9, #10, #26, #28, #29, #32, #42, #46, #47, #50, #51, #55

July 12, 2020    Eleanor Sokoloff

0 points to team #43

July 10, 2020    Milous Jakes

10,000 points to team #8

July 6, 2020    Charlie Daniels

10,000 points to team #13

July 6, 2020    Ennio Morricone

10,000 points to team #18

July 1, 2020    Hugh Downs

5,000 points to teams #23, #38, #46

July 1, 2020    Georg Ratzinger

10,000 points to team #8

June 29, 2020    Carl Reiner

10,000 points to team #37

June 19, 2020    Ian Holm

10,000 points to team #2

June 18, 2020    Vera Lynn

2,000 points to teams #3, #24, #39, #43, #48

June 17, 2020    Jean Kennedy Smith

6,500 points to teams #8, #27

May 30, 2020    Michel Gauthier

10,000 points to team #49

May 22, 2020    Jerry Sloan

2,000 points to teams #10, #20, #22, #34, #44

May 14, 2020    Ronald Shurer

10,000 points to team #30

May 11, 2020    Hutton Gibson

10,000 points to team #5

May 9, 2020    Little Richard

5,000 points to teams #9, #27, #48

May 8, 2020    Roy Horn

10,000 points to team #12

May 4, 2020    Jean Erdman

5,000 points to teams #6, #21, #43

May 4, 2020    Don Shula

10,000 points to team #5

May 1, 2020    Majek Fashek

10,000 points to team #17

April 30, 2020    Sam Lloyd

6,500 points to teams #30, #49

April 29, 2020    Denis Goldberg

10,000 points to team #35

April 28, 2020    Jill Gascoine

6,500 points to teams #9, #28

April 20, 2020    Stirling Moss

10,000 points to team #11

April 14, 2020    Ed Genson

10,000 points to team #49

April 9, 2020    Mort Drucker

6,500 points to teams #13, #41

April 7, 2020    Herb Stempel

6,500 points to teams #4, #43

April 6, 2020    James Drury

10,000 points to team #19

April 5, 2020    Honor Blackman

6,500 points to teams #24, #25

April 2, 2020    William Frankland

10,000 points to team #21

April 1, 2020    Bucky Pizzarelli

10,000 points to team #33

March 30, 2020    Manolis Glezos

10,000 points to team #29

March 30, 2020    Hau Pei-tsun

6,500 points to teams #20, #23

March 29, 2020    Josef Neumann

12,500 points to team #45

March 28, 2020    Jan Howard

10,000 points to team #7

March 27, 2020    Joseph Lowery

2,000 points to teams #3, #15, #24, #33, #44

March 21, 2020    Sol Kerzner

10,000 points to team #27

March 20, 2020    Javier Perez De Cuellar

3,500 points to teams #11, #15, #23, #45

March 20, 2020    Kenny Rogers

10,000 points to team #7

March 17, 2020    Maggie Griffin

Maggie liked her box wine and being a star with Kathy Griffin late in her life. It seems that the devil dementia hit her pretty hard pretty fast, and she died at 99.


Dead of complications of dementia.

6,500 points to teams #21, #32

March 16, 2020    Stuart Whitman

Stu hit Hollywood early (you know his face if you don't know his name if you've watched anything pre-1990). He worked regularly in movies and then TV. Check out Night of the Lepus.


Dead of skin cancer.

6,500 points to teams #14, #41

March 15, 2020    Suzy Delair

A Parisian, Suzy started as a music student and singer but acted in U.S. films, most known for her lead role in the last Laurel & Hardy comedy in 1951.


Dead of old, old age.

6,500 points to teams #19, #43

March 14, 2020    Genesis P-Orridge

Genesis was an artist and entrepreneur, most known apparently for leading the band "Throbbing Gristle" and the Pandrogeny Project. The latter they conducted with a wife to become a single gender-less entity.


Dead of chronic myelomonocytic leukemia.

5,000 points to teams #4, #30, #49

March 9, 2020    Anton Coppola

5,000 points to teams #21, #31, #43

March 9, 2020    Richard Guy

10,000 points to team #18

March 6, 2020    Henri Richard

5,000 points to teams #35, #44, #50

March 4, 2020    Alan Thornhill

0 points to team #6

March 2, 2020    James Lipton

10,000 points to team #34

February 28, 2020    Freeman Dyson

If it had anything to do with physics, math, or science in general, Freeman was interested. He developed many thought experiments and concepts that bear his name. All of these are way too far over our head, especially those regarding astrophysics. He also came up with the term "green technologies." 


Dead of complications following a fall.

10,000 points to team #13

February 27, 2020    Irving Piken

5,000 points to teams #21, #35, #45

February 26, 2020    Henry Abraham

During WWII, he immigrated to the U.S. and served for American intelligence, then helped gather evidence to put away the Nazis in the Nuremberg trials. Henry was a professor in political science and wrote prolifically on the American judiciary; if you follow U.S. politics, you'd recognize the names of many of his students.


Dead of exhaustion, most likely.

10,000 points to team #19

February 25, 2020    Hosni Mubarak

Hosni was a military bigwig when President Sadat named him vice president. After Sadat's assassination, he took over as president - the longest-serving in Egypt's history - until he was ousted in the Arab Spring of 2011. Subsequently, Hosni was found guilty of having hundreds of protesters killed in the uprising and corruption, too.


Dead after complications in surgery(?).

10,000 points to team #28

February 24, 2020    Baby Peggy

Diana Serra Cary was a huge box-office draw in U.S. movies until she hit the ancient age of 6 during the silent film era. Her parents pushed her career, spent her paychecks, and fought with the moguls. Later, Diana became a film historian and wrote of her experiences.


Dead of old, old age.

3,500 points to teams #11, #22, #35, #43

February 24, 2020    John "Sonny" Franzese

Sonny was a "charming, menacing" boss in the Colombo family, which was apparently connected to the U.S. mob. He was accused of rape, murder, robbery, etc. Sonny holds the record as the U.S. federal system's oldest prison inmate, though he was released at age 100.


 

Dead of ancientism.

2,000 points to teams #13, #24, #27, #43, #44

February 24, 2020    Katherine G. Johnson

Katherine came from West Virginia; though her family wasn't poor, the 1930s weren't a great time for African-American teen girls to become mathematicians. Nonetheless, Katherine persisted, setting all kinds of firsts along the way. If Taraji P. Henson plays you in film (Hidden Figures), wow! You're something special.


Dead of old, old age.

5,000 points to teams #23, #33, #43

February 23, 2020    Chitetsu Watanabe

Chitetsu said the secret of his longevity was smiling, eating cream puffs, and not falling prey to anger. (We're totally down with the pastries!) He held the title of World's oldest living man for almost 2 weeks, but he's no. 87 on the all-time Japanese supercentarian list.   


Dead of the curse of the Oldest Living.

5,000 points to teams #27, #35, #44

February 22, 2020    B. Smith

Barbara did it all, it seems: Born to a working-class couple, she became a successful model (first Black woman to appear on the cover of Mademoiselle); an actor on Broadway and TV; owner of the B. Smith restaurants; author; etc. B. suffered from Alzheimer's for 5 ½ years.


Dead of early-onset Alzheimer's disease.


 

10,000 points to team #45

February 17, 2020    Sarah Bruyere

6,500 points to teams #44, #49

February 17, 2020    Henry Gray

Henry's career as a piano player lasted more than 70 years. After WWII, he went to Chicago and started "Chicago blues piano." Henry returned to his native Louisiana and played with almost any blues or jazz musicians you've ever heard of. Why he didn't get a qualifying obit is beyond us.

Dead of unknown causes.

0 points to teams #9, #17, #31, #44, #49

February 15, 2020    A. E. Hotchner

Aaron had a law degree but became a writer after WWII. He was pals with Hemingway and Paul Newman, with whom he co-founded the charity brand Newman's Own. A.E. wrote biographies, novels, screenplays for TV, stage plays, memoirs, etc., continuing until at least age 100.  

Dead of fatigue, most likely.

10,000 points to team #21

February 15, 2020    Donald Stratton

Donald was on a fire control tower on the USS Arizona that fateful day. He spent most of 1942 recovering from his burns, then re-enlisted in the Navy. After that, he worked on an oil ship, then became a commercial diver. Only two survivors left now.  

Dead of old, old age.

6,500 points to teams #24, #30

February 12, 2020    John Feit

Sometimes we feel a twinge of guilt in writing obits... Not this time. John was a Catholic priest in Texas when he murdered a young school teacher in 1960, but he wasn't convicted until 2016. Between times, he protected child molesters who were also priests.

Dead of cardiac arrest.

10,000 points to team #34

February 10, 2020    Marge Redmond

5,000 points to teams #19, #33, #39

February 7, 2020    Orson Bean

Dallas Frederick Burrows became Orson Bean while performing stand-up in the '50s. He went on to appear in films, on stage, TV, and many game shows. He was sort of blacklisted for dating a communist. Orson also appeared on The Tonight Show more than 200 times.

Dead after being struck by a car (or two).

5,000 points to teams #2, #25, #37

February 5, 2020    Stanley Cohen

Stan's graduate studies in the 1950s paid off in 1986 when he and colleague Rita Levi-Montalcini (former C4C fave) won the Nobel Prize. Their work spurred development in cancer and senile dementia research. Stan taught at Vanderbilt for 40 years.

Dead of exhaustion, apparently.

6,500 points to teams #8, #13

February 5, 2020    Kirk Douglas

Issur came from a family of Belarusian immigrants and clawed his way to Hollywood stardom, where he remained active for pretty much the rest of his life. After 90-some films and several books, Kirk - a longtime C4C staple - received an Honorary Academy Award.

Dead of something private but probably age-associated.

2,000 points to teams #10, #25, #26, #27, #28, #38, #47, #48, #51

February 4, 2020    Daniel Arap Moi

Daniel was originally a teacher before he went into politics at age 31. Eventually he served as Kenya's president longer than anyone else to date - 24 years, starting in 1978. Dan's also been charged with corruption and human rights abuses.

Dead of many problems of very old age.

5,000 points to teams #17, #24, #28

February 3, 2020    Gene Reynolds

Eugene went from Detroit to Hollywood after his WWII Navy service. He was a bit-part actor in film, but in writing, directing, and producing for TV, Gene found his niche. He's best known for the TV series M*A*S*H and Lou Grant.  

Dead of heart failure.

6,500 points to teams #19, #23

February 3, 2020    Willie Wood

Willie was a USC Trojan in the late 1950s. He got into the NFL in 1960, then won tons of awards with the Green Bay Packers. Willie was also the first African-American head coach of the modern era, which almost means "ever."

Dead of natural causes.

10,000 points to team #31

January 31, 2020    Mary Higgins Clark

Mary wrote 50+ bestsellers, with 100 million copies of her books in print in the U.S. alone. The first biggie was Where Are the Children?. She didn't get published until after her career as a flight attendant; she was nearly 50. 

Dead of natural causes.

6,500 points to teams #16, #36

January 31, 2020    Anne Cox Chambers

Daddy was a newspaper publisher and 1920's Democratic presidential nominee, so Anne wasn't hurting economically. She became big in Cox Enterprises in 1974 and was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Belgium (sign me up!) in 1977. Anne was smart and served the arts. 

Dead of natural causes.

6,500 points to teams #22, #32

January 30, 2020    John Andretti

Born into a legendary racing family, John didn't plan to go into driving. We don't pretend to understand the auto racing jargon, but it looks as if John wasn't a big winner on his own, but certainly a big deal. 

Dead of colon cancer.

2,000 points to teams #9, #10, #29, #35, #42, #50

January 29, 2020    Frank Press

Frank was a huge name in physical sciences. He consulted for the U.S. Navy, NASA, the Geological Survey, the departments of State and Defense, etc.  President Carter used him as a science adviser, where Frank opened an educational door with China.

Dead of old age.

10,000 points to team #15

January 28, 2020    Chris Doleman

Chris came from Pennsylvania and became a force in the NFL on the Minnesota Vikings' defense. He was really good at sacks. Chris spent 14 years in the NFL and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.   

Dead of glioblastoma.

5,000 points to teams #31, #49, #50

January 28, 2020    Harriet Jr. Frank

Harriet's mother changed her name to Harriet Frank Sr. when HFJ was still young. Harriet Jr. was hired to write romance dialogue for movies. She met Irving Ravetch, and they became the go-to screenwriters for movies like Hud and Norma Rae. Together they won 2 Oscars and numerous other awards.  

Dead of undisclosed causes.

6,500 points to teams #21, #43

January 27, 2020    Jack Burns

Jack and a colleague at a Fort Worth, Texas, radio station started a comedy act in 1959. They moved to California. Jack found a new partner and moved on to TV roles. His original partner went out on his own and did okay - George Carlin.  

Dead of respiratory failure.

10,000 points to team #1

January 22, 2020    John Karlen

John's first TV acting credit came in 1949. His biggest roles, subsequently, were in Dark Shadows, where he played 5 characters over 5 years. After a long period of relatively bit parts, John scored as Lacey's husband in TV's Cagney & Lacey.<p>

Dead of heart failure.

10,000 points to team #1

January 21, 2020    Terry Jones

Monty Python. Need we say more? Terry was a writer, director, and performer in those films. He was also a scholar of medieval history and got an Emmy nomination for his scripts related to that topic. On top of that, he was a prolific author.

Dead of frontotemporal dementia.

2,000 points to teams #9, #11, #31, #39, #42, #50

January 20, 2020    Mike Sloan

Mike grew up in a really bad environment, by all accounts. He wasn't able to work, but took out his frustrations with nasty comments on Twitter. Then he was diagnosed with end-stage thyroid cancer. Mike tried to be positive as he moved toward the end.

Dead of medically assisted suicide.

12,500 points to team #44

January 12, 2020    Roger Scruton

Roger was a "traditional conservative" who liked and wrote about hunting and politics. He didn't like and wrote about homosexuality and animal rights. Roger was a contemporary of former C4C fave Margaret Thatcher. Our favorite bit? The Pet Shop Boys sued Roger for libel, and they won.

Dead of lung cancer.

10,000 points to team #32

January 10, 2020    Samantha Jaelle

Samantha had been with her husband for 35 of her 50 years and had grandchildren. That's a lot of life packed in quick. Her blog on makeup and beauty tips was hugely popular. Sam woke up one morning last fall with a terrible headache that wouldn't go away.

Dead of a brain tumor.

6,500 points to teams #32, #49

January 10, 2020    Alun Gwynne Jones

Alun was a British Army officer and military historian. After WWII, he continued in the Army, then became a Labour member of the House of Lords for 50 years. Unfortunately, Alun's books and service didn't make it to a qualifying C4C obituary.  

Dead of old age.

0 points to team #1

January 10, 2020    Qaboos bin Said al Said

Qaboos was the sultan for 39.5 years after helping to overthrow his father. Unfortunately, he failed to produce any offspring, and he didn't have siblings. Nonetheless, Qaboos loosened many laws, abolished slavery, and promoted classical music.

Dead of colon cancer.

6,500 points to teams #30, #44