First, the Excel-friendly “plain list”:
And now, my comments.
[li]Bob Barker (born December 12, 1923)- The Price is Right legendary icon. St. Pete one day will call, “Bob Barker, come on up!”[/li][li]Fidel Castro (born August 13, 1926)- Cuban dictator. He’s gotta go sooner or later.[/li][li]Walter Cronkite (born November 4, 1916)- long-retired CBS news anchor. I had to check Wikipedia just to see if he was still alive.[/li][li]Tom Cruise (born July 3, 1962)- Actor, hardcore Scientologist. His involvement in Scientology is going to do him in somehow. He’s gotten loonier over the years.[/li][li]Richard Dawson (born November 20, 1932)- Original Family Feud host. How many people think he’s going to kick off this year? Survey says…[/li][li]Hugh Downs (born February 14, 1921)- ABC News corespondent. I had to check Wiki for this one, too.[/li][li]Fred Durst (born August 20, 1970)- a.k.a. Limp Bizkit. He lives such a reckless lifestyle, something’s bound to get him sooner or later.[/li][li]James Hetfield (born 3 August 1963, Downey, California)- Metallica vocalist. Rock stars are always on the Grim Reaper’s radar, it seems.[/li][li]Keith Richards (born 18 December 1943)- Rolling Stones fossil. Yeah, I know, he’s destined to live forever, but still…[/li][li]Axl Rose (born February 6, 1962)- Guns n’ Roses frontman. Like a lot of rock stars, he lives his life in the fast lane a little too much.[/li][li]Abe Vigoda (born February 24, 1921)- Actor. Hard to believe he’s still with us. Wiki again.[/li][li]Barbara Walters (born September 25, 1929)- She’s getting up in years, too. I need to have at least one woman on my list anyway.[/li][li]Scott Weiland (born October 27, 1967)- Lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots. Live on the edge for too long and you’ll eventually fall off.[/li][/ol]
As you can see, my list for 2008 is rock-star heavy as they tend to have a shorter longevity due to their extravagant lifestyles. Maybe this strategy will work.