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Posted Today, 12:24 AM

For the 30th anniversary list what you guys think of including the only survivor of the orignal list Ozzy ?

hmm his lifestyle could catch up with him and he would be in his 70,s by then so yeah but if he looks great for his age at that time then no


Posted Today, 12:19 AM

For the 30th anniversary list what you guys think of including the only survivor of the orignal list Ozzy ?


Posted 28 June 2015 - 11:35 PM

Another huge death I remember is Neil Armstrong

Sir Creep

Posted 28 June 2015 - 11:16 PM

Of no interest in the UK, like the events discussed above, I recall vividly when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded wiping out a crew and that teacher who had little business on it, as her students and 1000s of others watched live. Anyway I worked as groundskeeper for an apartment complex at the time -- 22 yrs old I think --along with 5-6 other males. We were all silent and stunned and just gutted, and after listening and watching updates we were sent home.

Not sure the ragging on Princess Di. WTF does someone have to do to get respect around here? It hit the TV ticker about 9pm EST in the States and I stared at the TV knowing nothing particularly new would come of it (though the immediate reports made it sound she was alive but messed up), and didn't shut it off till 4am. You may recall Mother Teresa died within a day or two and no one noticed cuz it was all Di all the time on the news.

I was 3 when MLK died. We move from Detroit to Pittsburgh the year before the Detroit Riots so I missed that first hand.

Sept 11 is a story to itself. Nutshell: My wife at the time worked in the 26th floor of the most visible office tower in Detroit overlooking Canada. I called her and told her get the fuck outta there now! Drove past the airport to/from work the next couple weeks and no air traffic was eerie and creepy.


Posted 27 June 2015 - 08:21 PM

Diana's demise I heard on radio 5 as the reports came in , at stoopid o'clock. Very entertaining.

Not so entertaining was the funeral. Had to take the day off work, and NOTHING was open. No pubs, bookies etc and the same shtick on every TV/radio channel.
Selfish cow.

11th Sept and I was on day off (Tuesday). Saw first plane hit in the house and was in the pub in time to see the second. Nice big plasma they had iirc.

Mountbatten/Neive/McWhirter I remember well, but Bolans death registered more than Elvis. Strange as I didn't care two hoots for t Rex.

Very hard to pin down first I definitely recall, but I'll take a stab at Pompidou. My brother was overdosing on Piaf at the time and I do recall him going on about it, and that would predate my dad being all chuffed about de Valera by about a year .

Magere Hein

Posted 19 June 2015 - 01:23 PM

The death of Princess Diana I didn't find out about until I switched on the telly at 7pm to watch the footy (Feyenoord beat De Graafschap 2 - 0) and the news was all over the screen. Her funeral was broadcast live on Dutch TV, but I had more entertaining things to do.

About the 11 September events I learned when I arrived at my chess club, some five hours after the attacks. I then realised that what I had seen on the telly (with the sound turned off, at the Surinamese restaurant where I had dinner) was live footage, not some film.

I vaguely remember when Martin Luther King was killed. I heard it on the radio news (no telly in the house) the next day. I didn't understand the importance of it, so I asked my mom. This was the first time I learned about race relations in the US.

The first death I remember being discussed at the family dinner table - other than dead relatives - was that of Lou de Palingboer, a self-proclaimed reincarnation of Jesus.


Posted 19 June 2015 - 11:32 AM

Like YoungWillz I think the first celeb death I can remember is Elvis. I had no idea who he was but I remember my primary school class being interrupted by another teacher coming in to talk to our teacher to tell her 'Elvis has died', I vaguely remember I thought she was talking about a pet. I didn't give it much thought at the time. The second  memory of a death was when Mountbatten was blown up by the IRA, I had just started secondary school and our Modern Studies teacher took us along to the TV room so we could watch his funeral on the premise this was 'history in the making', cue loads of bored 12 year olds wondering WTF was going on, we had no interest in politics or royalty, I doubt any of us had ever heard the name Mountbatten in our lives before, this was Glasgow in the 1970's. We got a free couple of hours lounging about pretending to watch TV and not have to do boring work.


John Lennon's death was certainly my most vivid memory from childhood. I was heading to school and arrived at the local train station about 8:30 in the morning, there was always a huge scrum of us kids squeezing through the station office and onto the stairs, the news John had been shot was the talk of the day.The BBC showed Help or maybe it was Hard Days Night on the telly that evening and while I should have been studying for a history exam the next day I was glued to the TV. 


Diana's death is also memorable mainly because they held her funeral on my 30th birthday and everything shut down. Even Glasgow was like a ghost town, here was I trying to party at reaching a milestone and nowhere was open. I celebrated the night before instead and got suitably pished so I had a raging hangover while her funeral took place. Happy birthday to me, in fairness my family laid on a huge meal at home that afternoon with copious amounts of booze and the hangover and Diana's demise were soon forgotten. 


She died on my 28th birthday and we didn't find our until lunchtime because it was a Sunday and no reason to turn the telly on. My Brother in law phoned up and assumed we already knew. Watched the rest of the days coverage though. Hilarious Peter Sissons/Jennie Bond moment late on in the afternoon.


Posted 19 June 2015 - 10:33 AM

I feel fairly young in comparison, as the first celebrity death that I remember and knew who he was, was Roy Castle.


Posted 19 June 2015 - 10:19 AM

The first celebrity death I remember was Jimi Hendrix, though I didn't have a clue who he was. The first I can remember who I did know who he was, was Pete Duel of Alias Smith & Jones


The Munich Olympics massacre was the only event for which we were all marched to the school hall to watch unfold on TV - it was during a PE lesson, so was deemed relevant I suppose.


On the night Diana died, I'd fallen asleep in front of the TV (after a few drinks) and woken up some hours later with the news giving sketchy details. I did what any normal person would have done and crawled off to bed.


I particularly remember the death of Peter Sellers - it was the day after my Grandad died.


Posted 19 June 2015 - 08:20 AM

This thread makes me feel really old, because I think the first celeb death I remember was Marilyn Monroe.  Not that I had a clue who she was.

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