Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2008: Y


Yar'Adua, Umaru (Died in 2010)
Born 16 August 1951  (Katsina, Nigeria)
Current President of Nigeria.
[Picture of Umaru Yar'Adua]


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]


Yew, Lee Kuan
Born 16 September 1923  (Singapore)
Prime Minister of Singapore from 1959-90.
[Picture of Lee Kuan Yew]


Yogi, Maharishi Mahesh Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is no longer with us
Born 12 January 1917  (Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India)

Died 5 February 2008  (Vlodrop, Holland)

Age at death: 91  (read death notice)
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, but popular consensus upon his death suggested he was 91 years of age.
[Picture of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi]


Youd, Samuel (Died in 2012)
Born 16 April 1922  (Lancashire, England)
Writer, mainly of science-fiction.
[Picture of Samuel Youd]


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]


Young, Neil
Born 12 November 1945  (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Singer/songwriter, famous both as part of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and also in his own right. Survived a brain aneurysm in 2005, and is now back touring, his fifth decade of doing so.
[Picture of Neil Young]


Yow, Kay (Died in 2009)
Born 14 March 1942  (Gibbonsville, North Carolina, USA)
Female basketball coach at North Carolina State University. Not likely to get a UK obituary, one would've thought, but who knows?
[Picture of Kay Yow]


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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