162 Frank Farian was a German singer, songwriter, and record producer who created the hit pop acts Milli Vanilli and Boney M. Frank Farian’s legacy Farian had his first pop success at home in Germany in 1976. He released the single “Rocky,” a German-language cover of Dickey Lee’s U.S. No. 1 country music hit. Farian’s… Continue reading Milli Vanilli creator dies at 82 – .
239 María Martin was a longtime journalist who created the Latino USA radio program and broadened coverage of Latin American news and events in the United States. María Martin’s legacy Born in Mexico City and raised in California, Martin earned a master’s in journalism from Ohio State University. She began her career in Santa Rosa,… Continue reading creator of Latino USA radio dies at 72 – .
57 Norman Lear was a TV sitcom legend who created classic shows including “All in the Family” and “Sanford and Son.” Norman Lear’s legacy Lear began his television career in the early 1950s, writing sketches for comedy teams including Rowan and Martin, Martin and Lewis, and others. The first series he created was “The Deputy,”… Continue reading TV sitcom creator dies at 101 – .
17 Joe Matt was a cartoonist and illustrator best known for his autobiographical and deeply personal comic, “Peepshow.” Joe Matt’s legacy Born and raised in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, Matt began drawing at a young age. Encouraged by his mother, he earned a degree from the Philadelphia College of Art and began working on comics in 1987, often… Continue reading Peepshow comic creator dies at 60 – .
121 David Jacobs was a TV writer and producer who created the hit series “Dallas” and “Knots Landing.” David Jacobs’ legacy Jacobs had a degree in art history and worked as a magazine writer before he found his greatest success in television. His first idea for a show would later be turned into the primetime… Continue reading Dallas creator dies at 84 – .
63 Willie Perry Jr., better known as DJ Casper, was a Chicago disc jockey and songwriter best known as the creator of the party favorite “Cha Cha Slide.” DJ Casper’s legacy Perry was born and raised in Chicago. As a songwriter and disc jockey better known as DJ Casper, or sometimes Mr. C the Slide… Continue reading Cha Cha Slide creator dies at 58 – .
70 George Winterling was the longtime chief meteorologist at Jacksonville, Florida’s WJXT, where he developed the concept of the heat index. George Winterling’s legacy Winterling learned meteorology while serving in the U.S. Air Force in the late 1940s and 1950s. After leaving the military, he worked for the U.S. Weather Bureau (now known as the… Continue reading heat index creator dies at 91 – .