LYNN ANDERSON Voted top female vocalist of the 1970s by the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association, Anderson won a Grammy for her crossover hit [I Never Promised You A] Rose Garden which rose to number three on the Billboard Pop Chart. Her broad appeal was confirmed when she became the first female country music performer to win an American Music Award and to sell out at Madison Square Garden.
BUDDY BAKER Son of NASCAR Champion Buck Baker, Buddy followed in his father's racing footsteps, surpassing his dad's achievements by becoming the first NASCAR driver to exceed 200 miles per hour on a closed course. Baker is one of only nine drivers to garner a Career Grand Slam, by winning the sport's four major races -the Daytona 500, the Aaron's 499, the Coca-Cola 600, and the Southern 500. Baker became a broadcast commentator after his career as a driver ended and was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1997.
ERNIE BANKS Nicknamed "Mr. Cub" by his fans, Banks played shortstop and first base for the Chicago team from 1953 to 1970. Considered by many to be one of the greatest ball players of all time, Ernie began his career in 1950 in the Negro leagues. Named a National League All Star for eleven seasons, Banks was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977. After his playing career ended, Banks went on to become the first African-American Ford Motor Company dealer in the U.S. and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013 for his contributions to the world of sports.
GEORGE BARRIS Barris grew up restoring vintage cars and creating balsa wood models of customized autos that would win him local hobby shop competitions. Putting both skills to use, he founded Barris Kustom Industries in the 1950s and went on to design cars for both films and film stars. In the 1960s Barris was called on to design the Batmobile for TV's Batman as well as two custom cars for The Munsters.
YOGI BERRA An icon of Boom Era baseball, Yogi played all but the last of his 19 seasons as a catcher for the New York Yankees. One of only five players ever to be named an American League Most Valuable Player three times, Yogi was known as much for his trademark malapropisms as he was for his playing skills. A hell of a hitter despite being only 5' 7", Berra caught Don Larsen's final pitch in his legendary perfect game of the 1956 World Series. Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972, the same year that the Yankees retired his number 8, Berra went on to coach and manageboth the Mets and the Yankees after his 1963 retirement as a player. You were one of a kind, Yogi.
THEODORE BIKEL Born in Vienna, Bikel grew up and began his acting career in Israel before moving to London in 1954 to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Known for his ability to play a number of nationalities, Bikel played Captain Von Trapp in the first Broadway production of The Sound of Music. He also played a Soviet submarine commander in The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming, a German naval officer in The African Queen, and played Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof over 2,000 times. An accomplished folk singer and musician, Bikel became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1961.
JULIAN BOND A lifelong social activist and civil rights advocate, Bond helped to found the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in 1960 while studying at Atlanta's Morehouse College. He would go on to serve four terms in the Georgia House of Representatives and six terms in the state's Senate. At 28 Bond became the first African-American to be nominated for the vice presidency by a major political party, a role that he quickly declined as the minimum age requirement for the position is 35. In 1971 Bond became chairman of the Southern Poverty Law Center and later served 21 years as chairman of the NAACP. Bond remained an outspoken supporter of human, civil and gay rights, and will, to many, remain the youthful face of those movements. Farewell, Mr. Bond.
CHRIS BURDEN Burden first made his mark on the world of performance art in the early 70s with pieces like 1971's Shoot, which consisted of his being shot in the arm with a .22 rifle from a distance of 16 feet. For his 1973 piece, Trans-Fixed (pictured at left), Burden had himself nailed by his palms to the top of a Volkswagen. Though his later work became largely sculptural, Burden remained a innovative and much-collected artist until his death.
DAVID CANARY Canary, who grew up in Ohio, moved to New York City to pursue a career in acting in the early 1960s. In 1967, after a move to L.A., he was cast as Candy Canaday on TV's Bonanza. Canary would later assume the dual role of twins Adam and Stuart Chandler on the ABC soap opera All My Children.
JACK CARTER Known for the rapid-fire delivery of his comedy routines, Jack Carter was a humor staple on The Ed Sullivan Show and other variety programs of the 1960s and 70s. A native of Brooklyn, Carter also hosted his own variety show that preceded his friend Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows on NBC. Carter remained close to Caesar for the rest of Sid's life, delivering the eulogy at his friend's funeral in 2014.
DEAN CHANCE In 1964 Chance became the youngest player in baseball to win the Cy Young award. Known for never facing home plate once he'd received a pitch signal from his catcher, Dean spent eleven years in the majors, pitching eleven shut-outs, an American League record that still holds as of 2015.
ORNETTE COLEMAN He invented the term "free jazz" with the release of his 1960 album Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation. He took the form to its funkiest, most memorable limits as a saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter and composer, continuing to innovate throughout his career. He would go on to win a Pulitzer Prize for music and a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowhip.
JACKIE COLLINS A native of London, Collins moved to Los Angeles in the early 1960s and began writing what would eventually total 32 New York Times bestselling romance novels. Collins, who was known for adding more overtly sexual content to the traditional romance novel format, would find her books translated into over 40 languages, see them adapted into a number of films and made-for-TV movies, and would enjoy the benefits of selling over 500 million copies.
SUZANNE CROUGH The youngest member of The Partridge Family, Crough did her best to shake a mean tambourine, but served as little more than an acting cipher. Still, her presence on the series made her part of the Boom Era TV phenomenon.
GARY DAHL While sitting in a bar in the early 70s listening to his friends kvetch about their pets, Dahl came up with one of the single most absurd fads to enthrall a generation: the Pet Rock. Although the penchant for the lapidary companions only lasted about 6 months, the rage lasted long enough to make Dahl a millionaire and to afford the idea iconic Boom status.
CARL DJERASSI An Austrian-born chemist and Jew, Djerassi moved to the U.S. in 1939 to escape Nazi persecution. Known for inventing one of the first commercially available antihistamines, Djerassi would go on to develop the first oral contraceptive, and advance that would ultimately liberate generations of women from unwanted pregnancies.
E.L. DOCTOROW His 1975 book, Ragtime won him the National Book Critics Circle Award and established him as a brilliant historical novelist. The Book of Daniel, Ragtime, Billy Bathgate and another of his novels were made into films, adding to his notoriety and to his stature as a seminal story teller.
CAROL DODA She reigned as the queen of topless dancers from the 1960s through the 1980s, twirling her pasties far longer than she probably should have. But anyone who passed through San Francisco during those Boom Era decades knew of her "twin 44s"- enhanced from their original 34" measurements with silicone- and that she was a fixture at her Columbus Avenue Condor Club.
DONNA DOUGLAS She played Elly May Clampett, the only daughter of rags-to-riches hick, Jed Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies. Despite other acting forays and a post-Hillbillies career as a gospel singer, Douglas is remembered most as the animal-loving, man-whupping, perpetually innocent Elly.
ANITA EKBERG Born in Sweden, Ekberg's unique, voluptuous beauty was evident early on. She modeled as a teen, won the beauty pageant title of Miss Sweden and earned a starlet movie contract with Universal for finishing as one of six finalists in the 1951 Miss Universe competition. Though she had roles in a number of U.S. films and television shows, and courted Hollywood gossip by having affairs with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Yul Brynner, it was her turn as Sylvia in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita that put Ekberg on the map of movie sex symbols. The scene of her and Marcello Mastroianni in the Trevi Fountain has become a film classic.
DONALD FEATHERSTONE Featherstone graduated from the art school at the Wooster Massachusetts Art Museum and took his talents as a sculptor with him when he joined the staff at Union Products. It was there, in 1957, that he created what would become one of the most famous items of 1950s kitsch- the Plastic Pink Flamingo.
STAN FREBERG Author, animated voice actor, radio personality, puppeteer, recording artist and ad agency creative director.
FRANK GIFFORD Football great.
RONNIE GILBERT Songwriter, singer, social activist, actress and original member of The Weavers.
LESLEY GORE Singer, songwriter, actress and activist who gave us the hit song It's My Party.
GUNTER GRASS Author of The Tin Drum and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
MICHAEL C. GROSS Artist, film producer and legendary art director, from 1970 to 1974, of National Lampoon magazine.
WILLIAM GUEST Singer and founding member of Gladys Knight and the Pips. (Left in photo)
IRWIN HASEN Cartoonist and creator of the Dondi comic strip.
MARTY INGELS Actor, comedian and co-star of I'm Dickens, He's Fenster.
DEAN JONES Actor and Disney film regular.
LOUIS JOURDAN Actor and star of Gigi.
ELSWORTH KELLY Color-field and minimalist artist/painter.
B.B. KING Legendary blues singer and guitarist who gave us The Thrill is Gone.
BEN E. KING Singer, composer and member of the original Drifters who co-wrote and sang the fabulous Stand By Me.
ROBERT KINOSHITA Artist, art director, set/production designer and the man who gave us Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet and the B9 robot from Lost in Space.
JACK LARSON Actor and Superman's television sidekick Jimmy Olsen.
CHRISTOPHER LEE Actor and horror movie all star.
CURTIS LEE Singer and one-hit wonder who gave us Pretty Little Angel Eyes.
MEADOWLARK LEMON Basketball great and the "Clown Prince" of the Harlem Globetrotters.
CYNTHIA LENNON First wife of Beatle John Lennon.
ROBERT LOGGIA Actor and star of the 60s TV series T.H.E. Cat.
AL MARINARO Actor who played Murray the cop on television's The Odd Couple.
MARY ELLEN MARK Fine art photographer and photojournalist.
ROD McKUEN Singer, songwriter, musician and poet.
JAYNE MEADOWS Actress and wife of comedian and talk show host Steve Allen.
ANNE MEARA Actress, comedienne and half of the comedy duo of Stiller and Meara.
MARTIN MILNER Actor and co-star of TV's Route 66.
MINNIE MINOSO Left fielding All-Star for the Chicago White Sox, Minoso was the first black Cuban player in the major leagues and the first African-American player for the Sox.
RON MOODY Actor and Oscar-nomiated portrayer of Dickensian street gang guru Fagin in the 1968 film Oliver!.
BESS MYERSON The first Jewish Miss America (1945), actress, politician and New York City Commissioner.
JEAN NIDETCH Co-founder of the Weight Watchers weight loss program.
LEONARD NIMOY Actor, singer, director and iconic portrayer of Star Trek's Mr. Spock.
MAUREEN O'HARA Actress and favorite of director John Ford.
GARY OWENS Disc jockey and on-air announcer for the wacky crew on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In.
BETSY PALMER Actress and regular panelist on the game show What's My Line?.
CYNTHIA ROBINSON Singer and trumpet player for Sly and the Family Stone.
ALEX ROCCO Actor and portrayer of Vegas casino owner Moe Greene in The Godfather Part 2.
LIZABETH SCOTT Film noir actress known for her smoky voice and sultry blonde looks.
OMAR SHARIF Striking Egyptian actor known for his starring roles in Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago and Funny Girl.
CHARLIE SIFFORD Golf great and the first African-American to play the PGA Tour.
PERCY SLEDGE Singer who gave us the remarkable When a Man Loves a Woman.
ROD TAYLOR Actor who appeared in movies such as The Time Machine and The Birds.
CHARLES H. TOWNES Nobel-Prize-winning physicist and creator of the maser.
GRACE LEE WHITNEY Actress and portrayer of Captain Kirk's personal assistant Janice Rand on Star Trek.
GAIL ZAPPA Wife of singer/musician Frank Zappa.