Looking through the list of famous people who have passed away during any particular year, I'm usually able to find at least one person that I (1) hugely admired, someone who I feel had a (2) profound influence on my life and who I will (3) really miss as the years go by. This year, surprisingly, nothing really. There are a few people who fit into one or two of the categories above, but personally speaking none has the trifecta. Maybe I'm just getting old and jaded. Some notables include (with the categories that they fit into): Michael Jackson (1) Farrah Fawcett (probably comes closest to all 3) David Carradine (3) Natasha Richardson (1) Karl Malden (1) Oscar Mayer (2) Chuck Daly (1) Walter Cronkite (1 and 3) Les Paul (1) Helen Suzman (1) Mark Fidrych (close to all 3) John Updike (1 and 2) It's an incomplete list of course, but the deaths of some (Ted Kennedy, Patrick Swayze, Steve McNair, Ed McMahon, John Hughes, for example) are deliberate omissions. Others will of course have different opinions.