The Blog of Death published nearly 200 obits this year. Here’s a quick look back at a few of our favorite entries from 2005:
* Harvey Miller, a decorated World War II airman who was dubbed “The Jinx of the 15th Air Force”
* H. David Dalquist, the inventor of the Bundt pan.
* Ossie Davis, a veteran actor, writer, director and civil rights activist
* Max Schmeling, a German boxing legend
* Arthur Miller, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright
* Hunter S. Thompson, gonzo journalist
* Dick Weber, one of the first stars of bowling
* Samuel Alderson, the designer of the crash test dummy
* Uli Derickson, the TWA flight attendant who negotiated with hijackers to save the lives of her passengers
* Rev. Walter H. Halloran, the last surviving Jesuit participate of a famous exorcism
* Zdzislaw Beksinski, a Polish artist known for his dark and haunting images
* Chris LeDoux, a world champion bareback rider and country music star
* Clemente Dominguez, an insurance accountant who declared himself pope
* Johnnie Cochran, a flamboyant trial lawyer
* Marla Ruzicka, a peace activist
* Eddie Albert, an actor and environmentalist
* Thurl Ravenscroft, the voice behind Tony the Tiger
* George Mikan, a star center who led the Minneapolis Lakers to five NBA championships
* Mokobo Modjadji, the Rain Queen of the Balobedu people of South Africa
* Gen. Louis H. Wilson Jr., the 26th commandant of the Marine Corps
* James Doohan, an actor on “Star Trek”
* Gerry Thomas, the inventor of the TV dinner
* Peter Jennings, a TV journalist
* Rosa Parks, a civil rights pioneer
* Alfred Anderson, the last known surviving Allied veteran of WWI’s “Christmas Truce”