Every year it is a bit heartbreaking to look at the names of the influential people who have died. -FUPPETS- takes a look at just a few of them.
Sir Edmund Hillary
New Zealander who, along with his Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay, was the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest. An all-around great man, and someone to be emulated and admired.
American Chess Grandmaster and prodigy who was the first to break up the Soviet stranglehold on the top spot in competitive chess. His later years were marred by mental illness and political trouble.
American woman. The only female owner of an N.F.L. team. (L.A./St. Louis Rams)
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Indian founder of the Transcendental Meditation movement. Also a kinky bastard by all accounts.
American drummer. Backed Jimi Hendrix in the Band of Gypsies.
Sir Arthur C. Clarke
British science fiction author, and one of the giants of the genre. A futurist of high caliber.
American actor, and gun-rights activist. Head of the National Rifle Association.
John Archibald Wheeler
American theoretical physicist. Worked on General Relativity and gravitational collapse. Coined the term "black hole."
Swiss researcher and chemist. Discoverer of the compound L.S.D.
American actor and comedian.
Yves Saint Laurent
French fashion designer.
American Blues and Rock N Roll singer and guitarist. One of the Greats.
American sportscaster and host of ABC's Wide World Of Sports. Covered 12 Olympic Games, including the Munich Games.
American journalist and television host of the political show Meet The Press.
American actress and dancer, and owner of the best pair of legs in Hollywood.
American comedian, actor and all-around curmudgeon. One of the true greats.
Michael E. DeBakey
American cardiovascular surgeon, and medical pioneer. Chancellor Emeritus of Baylor College of Medicine. The list of his achievements is too long, as is the list of his inventions.
Russian writer and Nobel Laureate.
American comedian and actor. One of the most cold-blooded and funny stand-up comics since Richard Pryor.
American musician, actor, and all-around bad-ass.
American Football player, and the Executive Director of the NFL's Player's Union.
American film Icon, philanthropist, and businessman.
American singer with the Four Tops.
Rudy Ray Moore
American comedian and actor. Known for his insanely lewd and bawdy comedy records, and for his character Dolemite.
Peruvian singer famous for her 4 octave range and her near-perfect imitation of song-birds.
American folk singer and human rights activist.
American pin-up and S+M model. The bawdy brunette to Marilyn's coy blonde.
American professional football player, and one of the original Hall of Famers.
American Jazz trumpeter. Played with all the greats on over 300 recordings.