Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2006: Y


Yarwood, Mike
Born 14 March 1941  (Stockport, Cheshire, England)
British impressionist, famed for his impression of Harold Wilson, not been on TV in ages.
[Picture of Mike Yarwood]


Yeager, Chuck
Born 13 February 1923  (Myra, West Virginia, USA)
World War II flying ace, who later became a test pilot for the US Air Force and is credited with being the first person to break the sound barrier.
[Picture of Chuck Yeager]


Yeltsin, Boris (Died in 2007)
Born 1 February 1931  (Bukta, Sverdlovsk, Russia)
The vodka-and-boogie-loving former Russian President, who managed to sack four prime ministers in the space of 17 months, has undergone quintuple heart-bypass surgery and various health scares including pneumonia.
[Picture of Boris Yeltsin]


Yogi, Maharishi Mahesh (Died in 2008)
Born 18 October 1911  (Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India)
Guru who popularized traditional Indian thought in the West and founded the Transcendental Meditation Movement, which reached its height of popularity in the 1960s and '70s. There is some dispute over his date of birth, with some claiming he was born in 1918, but the popular consensus seems to be 1911.
[Picture of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi]


Yorke, Thom
Born 7 October 1968  (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England)
Lead singer of Radiohead and political activist.
[Picture of Thom Yorke]


Young, Jimmy
Born 21 September 1923  (Cinderford, Gloucestershire, England)
Having been presenter of BBC Radio 2's lunchtime show for thirty years, he was acrimoniously sacked towards the end of 2002. Real name Leslie Ronald Young, he usually appears in the same sentence as the word "veteran", and was reportedly Margaret Thatcher's favourite broadcaster. Which probably makes him a marked man.
[Picture of Jimmy Young]


Yushchenko, Viktor
Born 23 February 1954  (Khoruzhivka, Ukraine)
Ukrainian politician who was elected President of his country in December 2004, but not before one election had been scrapped due to rampant vote-rigging and Yushchenko had been (allegedly) poisoned with high levels of dioxin, which left his skin startlingly discoloured and pockmarked.
[Picture of Viktor Yushchenko]

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