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Dead Pool Round 20: Here Comes Spring!

Deborah HH has won dick with Lt. Col. Richard Cole, last of the Doolittle Raiders. He was 103. He was preceded a few weeks ago by Squadron Leader Dick Churchill, last participant of the Great Escape, aged 99.

So very few of these guys left. My dad was drafted right at the end of the War and lived to a ripe old age and he’s been dead for a while now. Remember when they were counting down the very last people born in the 19th Century? Feels weird.

Okay! Ready?

0. Rule Zero (AKA Steve’s Rule): your pick has to be living when picked. Also, nobody whose execution date is circled on the calendar. Also, please don’t kill anybody. Plus (Pupster’s Rule) no picking someone who’s only famous for being the oldest person alive.

1. Pick a celebrity. Any celebrity — though I reserve the right to nix picks I never heard of (I don’t generally follow the Dead Pool threads carefully, so if you’re unsure of your pick, call it to my attention).

2. We start from scratch every time. No matter who you had last time, or who you may have called between rounds, you have to turn up on this very thread and stake your claim.

3. Poaching and other dirty tricks positively encouraged.

4. Your first choice sticks. Don’t just blurt something out, m’kay? Also, make sure you have a correct spelling of your choice somewhere in your comment. These threads get longish and I use search to figure out if we have a winner.

5. It’s up to you to search the thread and make sure your choice is unique. I’m waayyyy too lazy to catch the dupes. Popular picks go fast.

6. The pool stays open until somebody on the list dies. Feel free to jump in any time. Noobs, strangers, drive-bys and one-comment-wonders — all are welcome.

7. If you want your fabulous prize, you have to entrust me with a mailing address. If you’ve won before, send me your address again. I don’t keep good records.

8. The new DeadPool will begin 6pm WBT (Weasel’s Blog Time) the Friday after the last round is concluded.

The winner, if the winner chooses to entrust me with a mailing address, will receive an Official Certificate of Dick Winning and a small original drawing on paper suffused with elephant shit particles. Because I’m fresh out of fairy shit particles.


Comment from Ben
Time: April 12, 2019, 6:01 pm

William Shatner

Comment from thefritz
Time: April 12, 2019, 6:01 pm

Feeling sleezy going after some low hanging fruit…
Beth Chapman, wife of Dog the Bounty Hunter from TV fame. She’s on the show too.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: April 12, 2019, 6:03 pm

Richard Wayne “Dick” Van Dyke (born December 13, 1925) is an American actor, comedian, singer, and dancer… In July 2016, Van Dyke said of Donald Trump, “He has been a magnet to all the racists and xenophobes in the country, I haven’t been this scared since the Cuban Missile Crisis. I think the human race is hanging in a delicate balance right now, and I’m just so afraid he will put us in a war. He scares me.” He used to live with Lee Marvin’s old girlfriend, Michelle Triola, famous for suing Marvin for “palimony.” She died after living 30 years with Dick. Come along Mr. Van Dyke, you’ve done quite enough now, you’re 93 and past your “Sell By” date.

Comment from Hutch
Time: April 12, 2019, 6:10 pm

Joanne Woodward

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: April 12, 2019, 6:21 pm

(Already Dead anyway)

Comment from Timbotoo
Time: April 12, 2019, 6:41 pm

Kirk Douglas

Comment from tonyc
Time: April 12, 2019, 6:58 pm

Bob (Come on Down to Hell) Barker

Comment from JC
Time: April 12, 2019, 7:05 pm

With unflinching loyalty, once again, Paul Erlich

Comment from RimrockR
Time: April 12, 2019, 7:19 pm

Chuck Yeager

Comment from p2
Time: April 12, 2019, 7:21 pm

alex (i’ll take the win for 100) trebeck

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: April 12, 2019, 7:26 pm

Ah think ah’m agonna poach Doris Day this roun’.

Time for that last Sentimental Journey, nice lady!

Comment from The Neon Madman
Time: April 12, 2019, 8:38 pm

Ron Popiel, last of the traveling medicine show men

Comment from Brian Coe
Time: April 12, 2019, 8:54 pm

Robert Mugabe, though it seems the safest person in the world is my pick.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: April 12, 2019, 8:57 pm

Brexit (soon to be followed by the Conservative Party).

Comment from weaselwannabe
Time: April 12, 2019, 9:09 pm

Jimmy Carter

Comment from Davem123
Time: April 12, 2019, 9:27 pm

The rumors are hot & heavy that Captain America dies in Avengers: Endgame at the end of the month, so I could say Steve Rogers. That probably violates some “rule” or something, so I’ll go with Nigel Farage.

He just formed the Brexit Party, which will cause no end of trouble for the EU and the Tories. Is it arkancide if it happens in the UK?

Comment from Ripley
Time: April 12, 2019, 9:37 pm

Beverly Cleary

Because I’m a pest…

Comment from thefritz
Time: April 12, 2019, 9:40 pm

A few Dead Pools ago I linked to the death of Clark Gable’s grandson. Now we know why. http://tinyurl.com/y23mrojg
That fentanyl shit is pure evil…

Comment from Bob
Time: April 12, 2019, 10:25 pm

Hillary Clinton

Comment from ea in ga
Time: April 12, 2019, 10:26 pm

Bob Dole

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: April 12, 2019, 11:32 pm

Nancy Pelosi is such a….

Good choice?

Comment from PatAZ
Time: April 13, 2019, 12:03 am

Mad Maxine Waters. Maybe she will have the bank CEOs back for more questions and it will cause her to stroke out.

Comment from VJ
Time: April 13, 2019, 12:21 am

Vera Lynn … does anyone here remember?

Comment from Armybrat
Time: April 13, 2019, 12:24 am

Imma stay with my usual, Desmond Tutu. Hell’s awaiting!

Comment from BJM
Time: April 13, 2019, 12:54 am

Whoa…late to the party…The Tall Greek, aka, HRH Prince Philip

Comment from Spad13
Time: April 13, 2019, 1:07 am

Dan Rather

Comment from gulliblepratt
Time: April 13, 2019, 1:13 am

Has to be Bill Clinton.
They cant have him around for the next election.

Comment from RushBabe
Time: April 13, 2019, 1:25 am

Olivia deHavilland.

Comment from BJM
Time: April 13, 2019, 1:30 am

@The Neon Madman Popeil is still alive?

True story…back in the day my Gran ordered a slicer gadget from Ronco. The package arrived and when she opened it and saw the cheap piece of junk she burst into tears. As a farmer’s wife she didn’t have much money for non-essentials and none to waste. Gramps walked in, fingered the doodad and surmised the situation. He sat down and wrote Popeil a letter, all but calling him a rat bastard for making his wife cry. Gran received a letter of apology, and refund check.

Years later when my Mom and I were cleaning out their house I found the box tucked in the back of a cabinet. It made me smile.

Comment from Spunkus
Time: April 13, 2019, 1:55 am

Roberta McCain.

Comment from catnip
Time: April 13, 2019, 3:34 am

Norman Lloyd, Actor (St. Elsewhere)

Comment from Jeff Weimer
Time: April 13, 2019, 4:05 am

Tim Conway. He’s not doing too well.

Comment from Conchi
Time: April 13, 2019, 5:38 am

Roslyn, wife of Dhimi Carter

Comment from Nana1
Time: April 13, 2019, 10:46 am

Henry Kissinger

Comment from Sk.Y M-39
Time: April 13, 2019, 12:27 pm

I’ll go with John Paul Stevens FTD.

Comment from Mad Ivan
Time: April 13, 2019, 1:16 pm

Wow, both HRH and (one of the) former SecState already poached!

Let me try someone new – Julian Assange, late of the Ecuadorian Embassy.

He’s been living rough, he looks rough, and Some People don’t want him talking anymore…

Comment from MrsdurnedYankee
Time: April 13, 2019, 3:30 pm

My usual pick of an inoffensive but famous person –
Cicely Tyson.

Comment from Janna
Time: April 13, 2019, 4:56 pm

Jim Nabors

Comment from thefritz
Time: April 13, 2019, 8:24 pm

Janna dear, Jim died November 30, 2017, Honolulu, HI

Comment from Crowndot
Time: April 13, 2019, 10:34 pm

Tom Brokaw.

Comment from Tim Carlson
Time: April 13, 2019, 11:01 pm


I’m going to pick Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, most probably (most hopefully) from choking on her own stupidity.

Yeah, I don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning, but just picking her made me feel better.

Comment from currently
Time: April 14, 2019, 1:02 am

Engelbert Humperdinck – just because he’s a singer and they seem to die young – he’s only 82.

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: April 14, 2019, 1:44 am

In the full and certain knowledge that wealthy dictators never get their just deserts, I am placing a wishful bid on Democrat-Socialist Governor of Colorado Jared Polis. He and the Democrat-Socialist dominated General Assembly by bloc voting have accomplished the following since January:

1) They have made it possible for anyone who claims to know a gun owner to file a claim that they are unstable and get a court order [without a hearing where the owner is notified or represented by counsel] to have the gun owner’s firearms seized. The first the gun owner will know of it is when a police TAC Team turns up at his door. The legal burden of proof later is on the gun owner to PROVE HE IS NOT a danger. There is no burden of proof on the accuser [who may be anonymous or fake] to prove a danger exists.

2) They passed the National Popular Vote Initiative with no notice and no input from the public that gives Colorado’s electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote regardless of how Colorado’s voters cast their votes. We are fighting that one, but functionally we have been disenfranchised for now and are outside the Constitution.

3) They are passing a bill that automatically registers anyone who registers a car, has a drivers license, or is on Medicaid [the American welfare free medical program for the indigent, which still is better than the NHS] or changes their address on any of them to vote in the county they are in. None of the above have any requirement to be a citizen or legally in the country. The Colorado Secretary of State adds them to the county voting rolls with no intervention possible by the county clerk responsible for voting. All our votes are by mail, so the Democrat-Socialists can collect all the ballots and vote them as they wish.

A series of bolts of lightning, a Richter magnitude 9 earthquake, and maybe a plague of locusts in Denver would not be taken amiss.

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: April 14, 2019, 12:48 pm

Singer Celine Dion

Comment from Janna
Time: April 14, 2019, 4:30 pm

Second try … Ed Asner. The old commie

Comment from unkawill
Time: April 15, 2019, 1:19 am

Valerie Harper

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: April 15, 2019, 7:27 pm

Notre Dame

Comment from BJM
Time: April 15, 2019, 8:15 pm

@Ric Fan

It’s gut wrenching to watch…one hopes they can save the North Rose window.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: April 15, 2019, 9:00 pm

I guess Notre Dame is no longer part of the Paris we’ll always have.

What a shame.

Comment from LesterIII
Time: April 15, 2019, 11:55 pm

PHEW! I was in a zero-comms zone for five days and didn’t get poached!

I’ll stay the course with Herman Wouk.

Comment from RushBabe
Time: April 16, 2019, 10:51 pm

RIP Georgia Engel, “Georgette,” from the old Mary Tyler Moore Show.


Comment from little sister
Time: April 18, 2019, 3:03 am

Betty White – Georgia’s good friend and co-star. (I hope she lives many more years.)

Comment from dissent555
Time: April 19, 2019, 6:52 pm

still with another Richard Wayne – Little Richard (Wayne Penniman)

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: April 23, 2019, 3:19 pm

Coming late, but I have a fresh centenarian pick:

Katherine Johnson, the NASA “computer” who was the subject of the movie Hidden Figures.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: April 23, 2019, 4:08 pm

BTW, re DP 119 – is “xul’s fedora” the same as “xul”?

‘Cause when ya mess around with yer screen name, it messes up my records. I figure that differences in capitalization or punctuation are just typos, and override. But whole words added or deleted… that’s trickier.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: April 26, 2019, 9:40 pm

Statistical update after DP 119

118 Dead Pools

667 contestants
8,036 entries
1,253 different candidates

Most entries: DP 5, 129.

Fewest entries: DP 7, 23 (ended in 1 hour 46 minutes with Gary Coleman).

Longest run: DP 11, 152 days.

DP 110 ran 123 days, the longest since DP 72, 132 days.
Seven of the previous 10 DPs (109-118) ran 15 days or less.

Shortest run: DP 7 (see above).

Earliest pick to win: #1, seven times (36, 42, 46, 78, 98, 101, 110).

Deepest pick to win: #95, Dan Schorr, by sherlock, in DP 10.

Latest pick to win: #82, B.B. King, by Ripley, 120 days into DP 72.

Most wins:

10 Carl
5 steve
4 Formerly known as Skeptic
4 xul
4 LesterIII
4 ExpressoBold
3 weaselwannabe
3 thefritz
3 Montenegro
3 AltBBrown
3 unkawill
3 catnip

For anyone who doubts Carl’s record:

DP Target

13 Seve Ballesteros
57 Ariel Sharon
60 Tony Benn
83 Paul Daniels
88 Bhumibol Adulyadej
99 Bruce Forsyth
100 Archbishop Cormac Murphy-O’Connor
104 Max Clifford
106 Morgan Tsvangirai
109 Leslie Grantham

One-and-done winners:

DeGuerre, with Harmon Killebrew in DP 14.
nachogranny, with Peter Graves in DP 50.
homer, with Thomas Duncan in DP 69.

First-shot kills: 30

1 Ted Kennedy (by Enas Yorl)
3 Susan Atkins (by Princess Bernie)
4 Alexander Haig (by Sockless Joe)
5 Peter Graves (by nachogranny)
14 Harmon Killebrew (by DeGuerre)
15 Jeff Conaway (by Tawny)
16 Clarence Clemmons (by Princess Bernie)
27 Chuck Colson (by Pablo)
34 Johnny Pesky (by Pablo)
38 Alex Karras (by steve)
44 Christopher Dorner (by Davem123)
59 Joan Mondale (by ExpressoBold)
60 Tony Benn (by Carl)
68 Joan Rivers (by Drew458)
69 Thomas Duncan (by homer)
74 Jeralean Talley (by Pupster)
79 René Angélil (by ExpressoBold)
83 Paul Daniels (by Carl)
86 Arnold Palmer (by currently)
89 Leonard Cohen (by Scott Jacobs)
93 Carrie Fisher (by weaselwannabe)
100 Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor (by Carl)
103 Charlie Manson (by Mitchell)
104 Max Clifford (by Carl)
105 Erica Garner (by unkawill)
106 Morgan Tsvangirai (by Carl)
108 Jerry Maren (by Spunkus)
109 Leslie Grantham (by Carl)
114 Roy Clarks (by unkawill)
115 Harry Leslie Smith (by Ric Fan)

Most entries submitted:

112 Janna
109 Eirik
107 Armybrat
106 thefritz
105 PatAZ
103 Rich Rostrom
98 Montenegro
97 weaselwannabe
97 Uncle Al
95 Gromulin
95 Davem123
93 Dustoffmom

Janna, Eirik, PatAZ, Rich Rostrom, Gromulin, and Dustoffmom have never won.

Players with most different picks:

102 Rich Rostrom
67 PatAZ
64 Timothy S. Carlson
57 Subotai Bahadur
54 Davem123
51 catnip
51 unkawill
50 steve
44 currently
42 Mija Cat
40 pablo
40 Stark Dickflüssig

On the other end…

Most picked candidates:

116 Jimmy Carter
110 Kirk Douglas
102 Olivia De Havilland
100 William Shatner
100 Robert Mugabe
98 Prince Phillip
97 Jane Fonda
87 Billy Graham
86 Fidel Castro
84 George Soros

671 picks have been taken once.

Candidates with broadest popularity (most different submitters):

38 George Soros
38 Betty White
36 Abe Vigoda
35 Hillary Clinton
34 Nancy Pelosi
33 Fidel Castro
32 Harry Reid
32 George H. W. Bush
32 Bill Clinton
31 Lindsay Lohan
31 Jimmy Carter
31 Jerry Lewis
28 Keith Richards
28 Henry Kissinger
27 Zsa Zsa Gabor
27 Ruth Bader Ginsberg

A few editorial amendments on player names for consistenvy:

nana1 -> nana 1
steve -> Steve
xul’s fedora -> xul

Comment from thefritz
Time: April 29, 2019, 2:47 am

Molly Hatchet’s front man Phil McCormack has passed. At just 58. RIP


Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: April 29, 2019, 7:57 pm

If anyone hasn’t nominated a celeb, now would be a good time to select ‘Boyz n the Hood’ director John Singleton… not dead yet but jes’ sayin’ (as they say)…

Comment from Mrs Carl
Time: April 29, 2019, 9:34 pm

Clive James

Comment from thefritz
Time: April 30, 2019, 1:40 am

ExpressoBold: too late on John Singleton…RIP

Comment from Yeezus H. Chris T on a Crakr
Time: April 30, 2019, 7:19 am

Larry King


– King of Divorces and softball questions… Bless his ever-lovin’ heart

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: April 30, 2019, 10:27 am

John Singleton was 51 y/o bt looked 81. What’s with that?

Comment from xul’s fedora
Time: April 30, 2019, 11:45 pm

@Rich Rostrom xul was my original screen name when I was using my antique laptop. I started going by xul’s fedora when I got my new fangled smart phone since it’s now as ever-present an accessory as my fedora. 😉

Comment from Timothy S. Carlson
Time: May 2, 2019, 11:18 pm

Annnnd … another Star Wars actor dead and undicked.

Peter Mayhew, aka Chewbacca, has passed.


Comment from p2
Time: May 3, 2019, 12:01 am

damn roger moore has gone to his final meeting with M

Comment from Timothy S. Carlson
Time: May 3, 2019, 2:58 am

p2 – wait … what? Roger Moore passed two years ago on May 23, 2017.

Or didn’t you know that and just now found out?

Comment from p2
Time: May 3, 2019, 9:04 pm

news travels slowly in the frozen freakin north….. just heard about it.

Comment from Timothy S. Carlson
Time: May 4, 2019, 12:22 am

hahahahahaha – which is why I live in Manila … our intertubes never freeze here.

But then – we also have earthquakes and a drought that is causing water shortages. Oh, well. Better than being cold.

Comment from Stephen Falken
Time: May 7, 2019, 9:30 pm

I haven’t dived in the dead pool for a long time but nobody has taken George Soros yet so I better take him.

Comment from RushBabe
Time: May 13, 2019, 1:18 pm

Uncle Al takes the dick! RIP, Doris Day.

Comment from LesterIII
Time: May 13, 2019, 1:24 pm

Doris Day delivers the dick! Congrats, Uncle Al.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: May 13, 2019, 1:27 pm

Doris Day (born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff; April 3, 1922 – May 13, 2019) was an American actress, singer, and animal welfare activist. After she began her career as a big band singer in 1939, her popularity increased with her first hit recording “Sentimental Journey” (1945). After leaving Les Brown & His Band of Renown to embark on a solo career, she recorded more than 650 songs from 1947 to 1967, which made her one of the most popular and acclaimed singers of the 20th century. – wiki


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: May 13, 2019, 1:55 pm

I’m sad/glad to have picked Doris Day and won. In her own way, she enhanced our lives!

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: May 14, 2019, 5:16 pm

Well, damn!
Thomas Daniel “Tim” Conway (December 15, 1933 – May 14, 2019)[1] was an American actor, writer, director, and comedian.


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: May 14, 2019, 5:49 pm

@Jeff Weimer Time: April 13, 2019, 4:05 am:

Tim Conway. He’s not doing too well.

Dang, Jeff, that’s gotta smart.

Comment from LesterIII
Time: May 14, 2019, 5:50 pm

Sorry about your death-in-limbo luck, Jeff Weimer.

RIP Mr Conway, fellow Greater-Clevelander, and giver of humor.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: May 14, 2019, 5:55 pm

Tim Conway was the stellar exception to my usual luke-warm reaction to physical comedy. He was brilliant at it in his low-key manner, and had perfect timing. RIP

Comment from thefritz
Time: May 14, 2019, 6:09 pm

I grew up in Chagrin Falls, OH. We all were pretty proud of that fact when every so often Conway would mention the little village in an episode of McHale’s Navy. Tim grew up for a time there and used it, no doubt an adlib, in the show. RIP funny man.

Comment from thefritz
Time: May 16, 2019, 11:36 pm

don’t nobody pick Pei…

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: May 17, 2019, 5:54 pm

Don’t nobody pick Herman Wouk, either…
Herman Wouk: May 27, 1915 – May 17, 2019) was an American author.
Deceased fresh today but long before 6 WBT…

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