Where Aren’t They Now? 25 Overlooked Deaths Of 2018 (Pt. 2)

Where Aren't They Now? 25 Overlooked Deaths Of 2018 (Pt. 2)
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The real "person of the year" is always Death. And while we as a culture will always stop to mourn the passing of an all-time great, every year there are many other equally important people whose deaths don't generate a ton of headlines. So each year around this time, we like to stop and give them their due, mainly so that they won't come back to haunt us.

Note: This is actually Part 2 of a series. Part 1, which covered January through most of May, is here.

May 26: A Video Game Icon

Who?

Ted Dabney, Atari co-founder.

How?

His Story:

As you're marveling at the sight of your horse's testicles fluctuating with each season in Red Dead Redemption 2, know that they are the grandchildren of Atari co-founder Ted Dabney. Along with Nolan Bushnell, Dabney started the legendary video game company in 1972. While most people think Pong is the earliest video game, Dabney and Bushnell actually made a game a year earlier, called Spacewar! They used the circuit board they developed for that game to craft Pong the following year, utterly changing the course of entertainment forever.

Dabney discovered his love for computers and electronics in the Marines, and used that expertise to craft the building blocks on which this multi-billion-dollar industry is based. He left Atari soon after he helped found the $500 start-up; he didn't necessarily want to be a part of a large business, and it didn't help that Bushnell also wanted him gone. Dabney was bought out for $250,000, tinkered with a few computer engineering jobs, then finally decided to spend his golden years owning a little grocery store with his wife. He would thus see none of the millions of dollars Atari would rake in during its heyday, but he probably missed out on a whole lot of stress, too.

May 29: A Movie Poster Maven

Who?

Bill Gold, graphic artist.

How?

His Story:

Movie posters used to be a big deal before they were reduced to a tiny thumbnail you'd browse on iTunes. As such, they were once an art form all their own, distilling the whole essence of a movie into a single image. Like this one, featuring a tiny James Bond bringing his gun to bear on a vagina:


Where Aren't They Now? 25 Overlooked Deaths Of 2018 (Pt. 2)

The real “person of the year” is always Death. And while we as a culture will always stop to mourn the passing of an all-time great, every year there are many other equally important people whose deaths don’t generate a ton of headlines. So each year around this time, we like to stop and give them their due, mainly so that they won’t come back to haunt us. Note: This is actually Part 2 of a series. Part 1, which covered January through most of May, is here . May 26: A Video Game Icon Who? Ted Dabney, Atari co-founder. How? His Story: As you’re marveling at the sight of your horse’s testicles fluctuating with each season in Red […]

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