Yearly Challenges 2018 Remembering Them
Timeframe: 2/1/18 to 1/31/19
It is at the end of each year that we remember those who are now gone. 2017 seems to have been particularly difficult, with many memorable people having been lost.
Here's our tribute to some of those people who have contributed something unique or interesting to society. Not all of them are household names, but we tried to choose those representing a variety of backgrounds and careers. In no way does this list encompass everyone who left us in 2017.
Om Puri, 66. An Indian actor best known for the lead role (with Helen Mirren) in "The One-Hundred Foot Journey," playing the patriarch of a family of Indian immigrants who open a restaurant in a French town but end up clashing with a neighborhood Michelin-starred establishment. Besides acclaim for his foreign films, he also acted in several Hollywood films, including “City of Joy,” “Wolf” and “Charlie Wilson’s War.”
★ Read a book with a number in the title OR a book that is related to food in some way/is a book you consider to be foodie fiction.
One You Can't Forget Lexy Timms 2/26/18
Clare Hollingworth, 105. A war correspondent who was the first to break the news that World War II had started. On 9/1/39, as a reporter for London's Daily Telegraph, she woke to the sounds of war in Katowice, Poland. She quickly rang a secretary and said, "The war has begun." "Are you sure, old girl?" the secretary asked. "Listen!" she said, holding the receiver out the window. "Can't you hear it?" The story was by-lined "from our special correspondent in Katowice" and only gained a small spot on the front page. In the following years, Hollingworth would report on conflict throughout Europe, Africa and Asia.
★ Read a book set during World War II OR a book with a journalist or reporter as a MAIN character.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo Taylor Jenkins Reid 3/15/18
William Peter Blatty, 80. Novelist and Oscar-winning screenwriter most famous for the landmark horror film “The Exorcist.” The 1970 novel remained on the NY Times bestseller list for 57 weeks, and he subsequently adapted it for the 1973 bigscreen version. The film was not only an enormous box office success but was Oscar nominated for best picture (becoming the first horror film ever so nominated) and won for Blatty’s adapted screenplay. The film won several polls for scariest horror movie ever, and the Library of Congress designated “The Exorcist” for preservation as part of the National Film Registry in 2010.
★ Read a book marked HORROR on its main genre page OR a book found on the NY Times Bestseller list (any year, any category) This list will help.
The Wife Between Us Greer Hendricks 3/18/18
Mary Tyler Moore, 80. Her witty performances on two top-rated television shows in the 1960's and ’70's helped define a new vision of American womanhood. She was best known as the spunky Mary Richards on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” She played a single female, over 30, professional, independent, and not particularly obsessed with getting married. Mary had America facing such issues as equal pay, birth control, and sexual independence back in the 1970s.
★ Read a book set in the 1970's OR a book with an independent single woman character in her 30's (tell us who).
Natalya Hayes Everything We Left Behind Kerry Lonsdale 2/28/18
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, 45. The brunette model and "IT" girl became a household name after crossing the line from British aristocratic society into celebrity culture. In the 1990's, Tara wrote regular columns in The Sunday Times, The Spectator, GQ and Tatler, which featured her weekly activities. She became one of the first celebrities to develop her own brand, with newspaper exposure, book deals and then TV appearances. She died of a brain tumor.
★ Read a book with a British character (tell us who) or set in London OR featuring a real celebrity (tell us who).
Death Below Stairs Jennifer Ashley 3/6/18
Judge Joseph Wapner, 97. The famed judge taped more than 2,000 episodes of "The People's Court" during his 12-year tenure on the program, inspiring decades of similar courtroom shows, including "Judge Judy" and "Judge Joe Brown." "People's Court" brought our system of justice into American homes and was truly revolutionary.
★ Read a book with a character who is a judge (a legal judge, NOT a judge of a beauty contest, for example) or with some sort of courtroom scene OR a book with the word LEGAL in the title or series name (tell us the series).
Bluebird, Bluebird Attica Locke 3/9/18
Lou Duva, 94. One of boxing’s most formidable figures as a promoter, manager, and trainer in a career spanning seven decades. Duva had ties to more than a dozen world champions, including Evander Holyfield and Joey Giardello. “I’ve been fighting all my life" he said "so I know what it’s like to catch a punch. You don’t think I got this face being a ballet dancer, do you?”
★ Read a book showing a fist or fists on the cover (show us the cover) OR a book where any sort of fight takes place.
Promise Not to Tell Jayne Ann Krentz 2/16/18
Chuck Berry, 90. Singer-songwriter-guitarist and rock ‘n’ roll pioneer, he was an inaugural inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. He started in R&B but then successfully crossed over into the pop mainstream, showcasing droll singing and inventive guitar licks. “Roll Over Beethoven” in 1956 kicked off a run of songs that became classics. Always a showman, he is particularly remembered for his trademark duck walk--a pompadoured, mustachioed crouched, head-bobbing march across the stage.
★ Read a book with the word AND in the title OR a book where a character dances.
Sweet Tea and Sympathy Molly Harper 2/10/18
Paul O'Neill, 61. A music composer, lyricist, producer, and songwriter, best known as the founder of the progressive American rock band Trans-Siberian Orchestra succumbed to a chronic illness. His dream was to take the best of the forms of music he grew up with and merge them into a new style. He wanted to do a full rock opera with a full progressive band and at least 24 lead singers. However, when the project temporarily stalled, the first installment of the Christmas trilogy, "Christmas Eve and Other Stories" became TSO’s debut album, going double platinum.
★ Read a book with the letters T-S-O in the title, in that order but not necessarily in the same word OR a book with a Christmas theme.
Holiday Hearts: A Fairytale Christmas\The St. James Affair Susan Wiggs 2/2/18
Charlie Murphy, 57. Died after a battle with leukemia. A long time comic, Murphy rose to fame for his work on the popular "Chapelle's Show," where he was a co-star and writer. His recurring skit "Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories," which recalled celebrity encounters he and his younger brother Eddie Murphy had with Rick James, Prince and others, became cult hits.
★ Read a book marked HUMOR on its main genre page OR a book with characters who are brothers.
When Love Comes J.H. Croix 2/7/18
Erin Moran, 56. Best known for playing Joanie Cunningham on the 1970's sitcom “Happy Days," she was just 14 when she signed on to play Ron Howard’s sister in the family comedy. The actress, who also starred in the “Happy Days” spinoff “Joanie Loves Chachi,” had fallen on hard times in recent years. She was reportedly kicked out of her trailer park home in Indiana because of her hard-partying ways.
★ Read a book with a main character who is 14 years old or younger OR a book from a series that is a spin-off from another series (tell us which series).
(Sea Breeze Meets Rosemary Beach #1)
Like a Memory Abbi Glines 2/1/18
Roger Moore, 89. The longest-serving actor in the role of James Bond, his seven Bond films became the most commercially successful of the franchise. He sometimes found acting roles hard to come by but his well-toned physique meant he was in demand as a model. He also appeared, suitably attired in a sweater, on a number of knitting patterns, prompting at least one joker to christen him the Big Knit. His big break came in 1962 when he was cast as the dashing Simon Templar in the TV show "The Saint." The series ran for seven years, making Sir Roger a star on both sides of the Atlantic. Many of the Saint's characteristics, the easygoing manner, mocking eyebrow and ability to successfully charm every passing female, would later be incorporated into his role as James Bond. He was knighted in 2003.
★ Read a book with a model as a MAIN character OR a book with knitting (or some other handcraft) mentioned.
(or origami folding)
Every Dark Corner Karen Rose 2/23/18
Manuel Noriega, 83. A former dictator of Panama, he went from military strongman to Miami jailbird after a fight with Washington that ended with the U.S. invasion of his country. American troops toppled him in a brief but bloody military engagement in 1989. Noriega served prison time for convictions on drug-related charges in the U.S. and France, and for murder in Panama. First as Panama’s military intelligence chief and then as head of its army, Noriega spied for and upon some of the major Cold War powers, particularly the U.S. and Cuba. Neither side trusted him very much, but neither side wanted to do without him, either. “He gives us incredibly good intel on Cuba,” said one U.S. intelligence official in 1986. “But who knows what he’s giving them on us?” He died after surgery to remove a brain tumor went bad.
★ Read a book in which there is some sort of military aggression involved OR a book whose title contains at least 3 A's.
The View from Rainshadow Bay Colleen Coble 2/18/18
Adam West, 88. Lead actor in the popular 1960's "Batman" TV show, this campy program earned a cult following. A commercial in which he played Captain Quik in a James Bond spoof helped him get the Batman role. He'd been hoping for a career in serious roles, but the pilot script to "Batman" changed his mind. Although he won his share of acting parts over the years, West became typecast, but he didn't become bitter about it. "I was turned down for a number of parts over the years, he said, but "wherever I go in the world, there's such a wonderful rapport with our Batman that it's neat," he said. "People come up and play entire scenes for me unsolicited, but I got to laugh. ... How lucky can a person get to be part of something that is a classic?"
★ Read a book with a character who is very popular OR a book with a predominantly black cover (show us the cover).
Alone In the Dark Karen Rose 2/12/18
Michael Bond, 91. Creator of Paddington Bear, one of the classic characters in children's literature. A chance encounter with a toy bear in a London shop spawned this long line of books, a BBC TV series, a feature film, and merchandise. One of Bond's earliest childhood memories was standing by the railway line to watch the Cornish Riviera Express thunder past on its way from Paddington to Penzance. His father was the mild-mannered manager of the local post office and was the basis for the Paddington character, the unassuming stowaway. The story first appeared in 1958, and Bond wrote an average of one Paddington book a year but didn't feel secure enough to become a full-time writer until 1965, when he quit his job with the BBC.
★ Read a children's/middle grade book (must still be at least 150 pages) OR a book with a main character who is considered to be polite and unassuming.
The Ghost in the Glass House Carey Wallace 3/26/18
Liu Xiaobo, 61. Known as the renegade Chinese intellectual who kept vigil at Tiananmen Square in 1989 to protect protesters from encroaching soldiers, promoting a pro-democracy charter that brought him a lengthy prison sentence. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize while locked away. The United Nations high commissioner for human rights said “The human rights movement in China and across the world has lost a principled champion who devoted his life to defending and promoting human rights, peacefully and consistently, and who was jailed for standing up for his beliefs.”
★ Read a book with a political theme of some sort OR a book with a location beginning with a letter in NOBEL (tell us the location).
Wild Justice Liz Fielding 2/20/18
Mayor Stubbs, 20. Stubbs the Cat, well known as the honorary mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska and elected as a write-in in 1997 due to a scarcity of viable human candidates. He served Talkeetna for 20 years. His office, at Nagley's Store, became a destination for both locals and tourists who sought wise council from the cat. In 2013, Stubbs suffered a vicious attack from a neighborhood dog that left him sidelined in a hospital, but he recovered and assumed all his previous mayoral responsibilities.
★ Read a book with a cat who is a main character in the story OR a book with a character who is badly injured.
Love Untamed J.H. Croix 2/9/18
Glen Campbell, 81. Best remembered for a list of country hits popular in the mid 1960's to the late 1980's, such as "Gentle on My Mind," "Rhinestone Cowboy," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman," "Galveston," and "Southern Nights." Not only were they popular on country radio, but two of them also hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Before he became a solo star, Campbell was one of the music business' most in-demand session guitarists, known for his astonishing speed and brilliant ear.
★ Read a book with a musical instrument on the cover (show us the cover) OR a book that can be classified under two different genres (tell us the genres).
Rock Redemption Nalini Singh 4/5/18
Jerry Lewis, 91. Began his career in his parents' vaudeville act at the age of 5 and was just 20 when his pairing with Dean Martin made them international stars. After their breakup, he went on to become a popular star in his own right. In his 80's, he was traveling the world, working on a stage version of "The Nutty Professor." In his 90's, he was still performing standup shows. Lewis was also well known as the ringmaster of the Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Association. From the 1960's onward, the telethons raised $1.5 billion.
★ Read a book with a character who is disabled in some way, either by disease or some other handicap OR a book with both a 1 and a 5 in the total number of pages (tell us how many).
Hugh Hefner, 91. Created "Playboy" magazine and spun it into a media and entertainment-industry giant. Hefner and Playboy both branded themselves as emblems of the sexual revolution, an escape from American priggishness and wider social intolerance. Both were derided over the years as vulgar, adolescent, and exploitative. But his timing was perfect to become a success. He likened his life to a romantic movie starring an ageless sophisticate in silk pajamas and smoking jacket hosting a never-ending party for famous and fascinating people.
★ Read a romance or erotica book OR a book whose character must face ridicule or criticism.
Sex, Not Love Vi Keeland 2/2/18
Monty Hall, 96. Co-creator and host of the popular game show "Let's Make a Deal" which premiered in 1963. He once said that when the show started, people showed up in suits and dresses. On the second episode, a woman brought a sign with the message: "Roses are red, violets are blue, I came here to deal with you." The next week, everybody had a sign. Then somebody else had a funny hat, then came costumes. In his private life, he helped raise close to $1 billion for charity during his life, devoting 200 days a year for fundraisers. When he was a young man he took a job scrubbing steps to pay for college when a man took pity on him and told him he would pay for his college if he did three things: retain an A average, keep the man's name anonymous, and promise to pay it forward. Monty Hall retained a friendship with the man whose name he never revealed.
★ Read a book in which someone wears a costume of some kind OR a book whose title begins with a letter in ANONYMOUS (disregard A, An, The).
Absinthe Winter Renshaw 2/6/18
Tom Petty, 66 The dynamic frontman who led the band the Heartbreakers, he died of cardiac arrest. His hits have defined rock radio since the 1970's, and he never stopped writing great music. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers had recently completed a summer tour, marking the band's 40th anniversary. In the late 1970's, Petty's songs of rebels, outcasts and refugees started climbing the pop charts, and his voice was filled with a heartfelt drama. With many of his songs having dominated Billboard's rock chart and the majority of Petty's albums having been certified either gold or platinum, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
★ Read a book where music is important to the plot OR a book with a character who is celebrating an anniversary of some sort (tell us who and what).
Rock Wedding Nalini Singh 4/6/18
Robert Guillaume, 89. The Emmy-winning actor died following a battle with prostate cancer. Although an accomplished singer, his suave demeanor and deadpan delivery soon made him a TV star, first in bit parts on a variety of 1970's sitcoms, then as a regular player, portraying a sharp-tongued butler named Benson on "Soap." That role earned him his own series, "Benson," which ran from 1979 until 1986. In 1985, he won an Emmy as best lead actor in a comedy series, making him the first black man to win that category. While "Benson" was Guillaume's most well-known role, he also had 20+ movie credits, including as the voice of Rafiki in Disney's "The Lion King."
★ Read a book with a character who is a butler or housekeeper OR a book with a MAIN character whose first or last initial can be found in BENSON (tell us the character).
SaraThe Exile of Sara Stevenson Darci Hannah 2/3/18
Fats Domino, 89. Antoine "Fats" Domino was a king of early rock & roll. His string of hits in the 1950's and early 1960's helped establish his hometown of New Orleans as a rock & roll hotbed and made him one of the genre's leading figures. He first recorded "The Fat Man" in late 1949, a song considered one of the first rock & roll records ever and followed it up with more than 30 Top 40 hits, including 23 gold singles. His version of "Blueberry Hill" topped out at #2 on the Billboard charts and remains Domino's highest-charting record. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
★ Read a book set in New Orleans OR a book with a blueberry-blue cover (show us the cover).
Rookie Move Sarina Bowen 2/10/18
Sue Margolis, 62. A British comic novelist, her debut novel was "Neurotica" in 1998. Although it sold well, her second novel, "Sisteria" flopped, and Sue's writing career almost ended there. But eventually, "Neurotica" sold to the U.S. where it and 12 more titles became bookstore staples.
★ Read a book with a character who is a writer OR a book whose author's first AND last initials can be found in SUEMARGOLIS.
Second Chance Girl Susan Mallery 2/4/18
Roy Halladay, 40. Winner of two Cy Young Awards and 200+ Major League Baseball games during a stellar career. He was the only person on a small plane that crashed just off New Port Richey on the Gulf coast of Florida. Halladay pitched in 16 seasons in the major leagues, the first 12 with the Toronto Blue Jays. He won the Cy Young in 2003. When traded to the Philadelphia Phillies, he won another Cy Young in his first year there. That season he also threw a perfect game in the regular season and a no-hitter in the postseason (the only one in National League postseason history). Halladay finished his career with a 203 wins and a career ERA of 3.38.
★ Read a book with a MAIN character who plays professional sports (tell us which sport) OR a book with a plane crash as part of the plot.
(hockey) Pucked Helena Hunting 3/24/18
Charles Manson, "American Monster," 83. The wild-eyed 1960's cult leader whose followers committed heinous murders that terrorized Los Angeles and shocked the nation. The charismatic Manson served nine life terms in California prisons and was denied parole 12 times. His notoriety, boosted by popular books and films, made him a cult figure to those fascinated by his dark apocalyptic visions.
★ Read a book with some sort of cult as part of the plot OR a book where multiple murders occur.
Closer Than You Think Karen Rose 2/5/18
David Cassidy, 67. Best remembered as the teen and pre-teen idol who starred in the 1970's sitcom "The Partridge Family" and sold millions of records as the musical group's lead singer. Cassidy's appeal faded after the show went off the air, although he continued to tour, record and act over the next 40 years. Meanwhile, "The Partridge Family" remained popular in re-runs and Cassidy, who kept his dark bangs and boyish appearance well into middle age, frequently turned up for reunions and spoke often about his early success. Cassidy endured many personal and financial troubles: he was married and divorced three times, battled alcoholism, was arrested for drunk driving and in 2015 filed for bankruptcy. Recently he admitted that he was being treated for dementia.
★ Read a book with a character who started out on a high, then faced life-changing problems OR a book with an author or main character named Dave or David.
Marriage Games C.D. Reiss 4/1/18
Cardinal Bernard Law, 86. A former Boston archbishop who resigned in disgrace during the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal. Law moved to Italy to serve as archpriest of the Papal Liberian Basilica of St. Mary Major after he was forced to resign in 2002 as archbishop of Boston. His name became emblematic of the scandal that continues to trouble the church and its followers after a Boston Globe investigation revealed that he and other bishops covered up child abuse by priests in the Boston Archdiocese. Law never faced criminal sanctions for his role in allowing abusive priests to remain in parishes. The scandal reverberated through the church, exposing similar allegations worldwide that compromised its moral authority and led to years of multimillion-dollar settlements. His successor, Cardinal Sean O'Malley, called it a "sad reality" that the scandal has come to define Law's legacy, overshadowing his work in the civil rights era and leadership in the interfaith movement. "I think all of us are more than one dimensional and I think, to be realistic, we have to recognize that there was more to this man than his mistakes."
★ Read a book with a character who is a religious leader OR a book with a predominantly red cover (show us the cover).
Snow Angels James Thompson 2/15/18
Sue Grafton, 77. Best known for an alphabetically titled series that began in 1982 and featuring Kinsey Milhone. She was adamant that her books would never be turned into movies or TV shows plus she would never allow a ghost writer to write in her name. Therefore, the alphabet now ends at Y with her last publication in August. The notion of the alphabetical series, she said, was inspired by “The Gashlycrumb Tinies,” Edward Gorey’s macabre 1963 rhyming book in which 26 children meet bizarre ends.
★ Read a book whose title starts with Z (disregard A, An, The) or that ENDS with Y OR a book published in August of any year (tell us when).
(August 8th 2017).
Emma in the Night Wendy Walker 2/13/18