Derby Dead Pool

The online competition to guess which famous people won't make it to the end of the current year. If they're elderly, ill, or just live a high-risk lifestyle, stick 'em in your team, and for each one whose death you correctly predict, you'll score points. DDP was dreamt up in Derby, England (hence the name...) by Big-Iain back in 1996, then was run from 2003 to 2007 by Siegfried Baboon and Rude Kid. From 2008 to 2009, it was run by Octopus of Odstock, and from 2010 The Man in Black. 2016 marks the Twentieth Anniversary!

Latest Stiffs: 16th June 2016 by The Man in Black
[Picture of Penelope Pitstop]

No Ant Hill Mob to save you this time, Penny...

Waldo's final pitstop

Voice artist Janet Waldo has died. Waldo started off on radio before moving to television by the 1960s, mainly adding her voice to Hanna-Barbera cartoons. She was Judy Jetson in 'The Jetsons' before her most famous performance as the "Damsel in Distress" Penelope Pitstop, first in 'Wacky Races' and then in the spin-off 'The Perils of Penelope Pitstop' in 1969. Waldo was 96 and a hit for 2 teams, with theme team I Hear Voices not surprisingly picking her.
Sticking with US TV we have Ann Morgan Guilbert. Guilbert appeared as Millie Helper in 61 episodes of 'The Dick Van Dyke show', starring er..Dick Van Dyke! She later appeared in 90s sitcom 'The Nanny' as Grandma Yetta. Guilbert was 87, with another couple of them teams scoring. Incidentially those two late-scoring theme team hits will be updated next time...
Rather like buses, another prematurely obitted musician has finally bit the dust. Just as with Dave Swarbrick, former Wings guitarist Henry McCullough was declared dead in 2012 by the BBC when he had a severe heart attack. He survived of course. As well as Wings, McCullough also played with the late Joe Cocker's Grease Band at Woodstock in 1969. McCullough was 72 and a unique hit for Dr Shipman's Waiting Room.

[Scorecard] (Waldo) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (2 teams) = 5pts
[Scorecard] (Morgan Guilbert) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (2 teams) = 5pts
[Scorecard] (McCullough) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 10pts

No more horseplay for Shaffer

Playwright Sir Peter Shaffer had died. Shaffer, twin brother of 'Sleuth' writer Anthony Shaffer, followed his siblings' success in 1973 with the play 'Equus' for the National Theatre. The play became a film in 1977, starring Richard Burton. Shaffer followed this up with the hugely successful 'Amadeus' in 1979, which became an Oscar-winning film, directed by Milos Foreman in 1984. Shaffer died aged 90 and was another hit for theme team Bibliogryphon’s Bookworm Food.
Gordie Howe was a legendary ice hockey player for Deroit Red Wings. In a long-spanning career, Howe won 4 Stanley Cups and reputedly "created" the hattrick of a goal, assist and penalty for fighting in the same match! Howe was 88 and a hit for nine teams.
Staying with sport, cricketer Donald Carr was captain of Derbyshire and a regular for England, captaining the national side for one test, in 1962. Carr was 89 and a unique hit for theme team A Good Captain's Innings.

[Scorecard] (Shaffer) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 8pts
[Scorecard] (Howe) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (9 teams) = 6pts
[Scorecard] (Carr) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 8pts

Aich and pain

Manohar Aich was an Indian bodybuider known as the "Pocket Hercules" who won the Mr Universe contest in 1952. He was 104 and a hit for theme team 20 Names 20 Sports.
Now from brawn to brain. Viktor Korchnoi was a Soviet-born chess grandmaster who defected to Switzerland. He took on the great Anatoly Karpov in two World championships (in 1978 and 1981) but lost both times. He continued to compete at a high level until well into his seventies, unusual for the sport. Korchnoi died aged 85 and was a unique hit for It's Grim Up North.
Cardinal Loris Francesco Capovilla was secretary to the popular, if short-reigning John XXIII (The Good Pope) until the latter's death in 1963. He was still an active member of the College of Cardinals at the Vatican for many years after. He died aged 100 and was a hit for a couple of theme teams.

[Scorecard] (Aich) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 7pts
[Scorecard] (Korchnoi) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 9pts
[Scorecard] (Capovilla) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (2 teams) = 4pts

List of the Lost - Latest Entrants

Corry Brokken, Hermann Scheipers, Jerome Bruner, Bryan Wiedmeier

List of the Missed - Latest Entrants

Player of the Month - May

Old As Dirt - 13 points

Latest News

The Peter Pan of Pop, Cliff Richard will no longer face any charges for alleged child abuse. If the cops are going to catch him they'll have to have him wired for sound...
The Theme Team League is updated for June with Shameless still comfortably ahead...

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Derby Dead Pool is hosted by The Man In Black with contributions from Big-Iain, Rude Kid, Siegfried Baboon, Octopus of Odstock, WEP 2.0 - World's Eternity Prophet Reloaded, The Grey Horde, Thomas Jefferson Survives, Bibliogryphon, David Quantick's Showbiz Pals, Dickie's Gone the Way of the Dinosaurs & The End Of The World As We Know It

[DDP 2016]
This Year
Who's dead so far?
List of the Lost
List of the Missed
A to Z list of teams
A to Z list of celebrities
Drop Forty
Theme Team League
Last Year
David Quantick's Showbiz Pals
(98 points, 10 hits)

A brief history of dead pools
DDP stats & facts
DDP Archive
Previous winners
David Quantick's Showbiz Pals
David Quantick's Showbiz Pals
The Living End
The Living End
Octopus of Odstock
Tonight, Matthew, I'm Going To Be Badly-Torn Boy
The Living End
Meet Your Maker
Meet Your Maker
Fallen Sparrow
Otis, You Want A Treat?
Whittaker's Choice
MT Graves
Nick J
Nick J