A Geeklist of Remembrance -- A Tribute to Those Who Passed Away in 2009
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This list is a tribute to culturally notable people who passed away in 2009. May they rest in peace and be remembered respectfully.
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101. Board Game: American Trivia Game: Spirit of the United States [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
"You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him fill the balloons."
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Robert G. "Bob" Heft (1942 - December 12, 2009), born in Saginaw, Michigan, was a designer of the 50-star flag for the United States of America. He spent his childhood in Lancaster, Ohio, where he created the flag as a school project.

He designed the current U.S. flag in 1958 while living with his grandparents. He was 17 years old at the time and did the flag design as a class project. He unstitched the blue field from a family 48-star flag, sewed in a new field, and used iron-on white fabric to add 100 hand-cut stars, 50 on each side of the blue canton.

He originally received a "B-" for the project. After discussing the grade with his high school teacher, Stanley Pratt, it was agreed that if the flag was accepted by Congress, the grade would be reconsidered. Heft's flag design was chosen and adopted by presidential proclamation after Alaska and before Hawaii was admitted into the union in 1959. According to Heft, his teacher did keep to their agreement and changed his grade to an "A" for the project.

Heft has also stated he has copyrighted designs for 51- through 60-star American flags.

When Alaska and Hawaii were being considered for Statehood, more than 1,500 designs were spontaneously submitted to President Dwight D. Eisenhower by Americans. Although some of them were 49-star versions, the vast majority were 50-star proposals. At least three, and probably more, of these designs were identical to the present design of the 50-star flag. These designs are in the Eisenhower Presidential Archives in Abilene, Kansas. Only a small fraction of them have ever been published.

After graduating from college, Heft became a high school teacher and later a college professor, and he also served as mayor of Napoleon, Ohio for 28 years. After retiring from teaching, he became a motivational speaker.

Heft died on December 12, 2009, age 67.




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102. Board Game: The Price Is Right [Average Rating:4.55 Overall Rank:10703]
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Sol Price (January 23, 1916 - December 14, 2009) was the founder of FedMart and Price Club (since merged into Costco). He is considered a pioneer of the "warehouse store" retail model. He was a 1934 graduate of San Diego State University, and in 1938 earned a law degree from the University of Southern California Law School. Price was admitted to the California Bar in November 1938.

Price launched the first FedMart in 1954 and founded the Price Club (named after himself, not its price structure) in 1976. In 1993 Costco merged with (bought) Price Club to form PriceCostco. Leadership in the new organization was shared between Sol Price's son, Robert, and James Sinegal. After eight months, PriceCostco spun off a separate company called Price Enterprises, led by the younger Price. The company eventually evolved into PriceSmart, which operates warehouse clubs overseas, while the domestic operations became Costco.

Sam Walton of Wal-Mart wrote in his book Made in America that he "borrowed" "...as many ideas from Sol Price as from anybody else in the business". He added that he especially liked the idea of calling his discount chain "Wal-Mart" because he "really liked Sol's FedMart name". In 1983, Walton dined with Price and later that year the first Sam's Club was opened in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

In the late 1980s, Price donated $2 million to the construction of a new student center on the campus of University of California, San Diego. Named for Price, the Price Center, which houses the main student bookstore, food court, movie theater, ballrooms, and meeting rooms, opened on April 21, 1989.

Price is responsible for injecting money and aiding the renaissance being experienced in the San Diego mid-city neighborhood City Heights, where he resided in the 1930s. He was a member of the Board of Trustees for the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., the Board of Directors for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the Consumer Affairs Advisory Committee of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and the San Diego Financial Review Panel.

(From Wikipedia)


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103. Board Game: Super Model [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Ron Pfeiffer
United States
Surfside Beach
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Helen Charis Wilson (May 5, 1914 - November 20, 2009)

 


most widely known as a subject of Edward Weston's photographs, was a model and writer. After the initial modeling sessions Weston became completely captivated by Wilson. He made 31 photographs of her nude form in 1934 alone, each laboriously visualized and captured with his 4 X 5 Graflex camera, then hand developed and printed in his small darkroom. In 1977 Wilson wrote the introduction for a book of photographs, Edward Weston Nudes, which is now sought after by collectors. In 2007 she was the subject of a documentary, Eloquent Nude. Her memoir, Through Another Lens, written with Wendy Madar, was published in 1999.


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104. Board Game: Mister Ed, The Talking Horse [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Tim Thorp
United States
Granite Falls
Washington
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Connie Hines 1930-2009



Most famous for playing Wilbur Post's wife, Carol, on the classic TV series Mr. Ed. She acted for a few more years after the show ended, but eventually retired.
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105. Board Game: Baseball Manager [Average Rating:6.67 Unranked]
Stephen Roney
United States
Ladera Ranch
California
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Preston Gomez (1923-2009) - hit by a passing car in January. Former major league manager and scout.
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106. Board Game: To Grandma's House We Go! [Average Rating:2.75 Unranked]
JP LaChance
United States
Madison
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E. Jane Rung
My Grandmother
I grew up living next door to her for the first 19 years of my life. It was not until I graduated from college that we began to really talk. I found out to my surprise that SHE was the only one in my family who shared my political views. She used to call almost every week to talk about politics. Last yers election was a GREAT time for her, at 88 years of age she was as excited about that election as anything I'd ever seen.
She passed away in September of this year. My wife and I were with her during her last meal. I really miss her.

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107. Board Game: Bird Brain [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
Stephen Roney
United States
Ladera Ranch
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Mark "the Bird" Fidrych (August 14, 1954 – April 13, 2009)

Tigers pitching sensation from 1976

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108. Board Game: Bridge [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:300]
Michael B
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My grandmother passed away this year. She was born in 1914 and passed in her sleep just after her 95th birthday, in April.

She once attempted to explain Bridge to me. I am still baffled.

She was in hospice for a while and I visited her a few times and while she could still speak and wasn't in pain she related some favourite memories. This one is fun:

In 1940 she was in hospital in Abergavenny, Wales just having given birth to her daughter, my Mum. While Mother and Daughter were resting, there was the sound of a bomber flying overhead and a tremendous explosion. It shook the building and everyone was worried, but her daughter (my Mum) remained fast asleep. Later my Nan found out that a German bomber had crash-landed in the town and the pilot was rescued. He said he knew that he was down, so dropped his bombs to avoid an explosive crash. He had hoped that he'd managed to drop them in an empty field and was much relieved to hear that no one was hurt.
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