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Commemorate Famous People The Day Before They Die

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Sir George Martin (for example, to name but one famous person who died this morning) died this morning. The radio is playing lots of his hits.

A bit late, don’t one think? He doesn’t exist any more. Wouldn’t it show more respect to show tribute to all his works yesterday? When a famous person dies, we should commemorate their works and achievements the day before, so that they get to appreciate it too.

Ian Tindale, Mar 08 2016

He was one of the best. http://www.halfbake.../user/Ian_20Tindale
[AusCan531, Mar 09 2016]

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A fine old idea. [bungston, Mar 09 2016]

Qualified to direct traffic ? http://losangeles.c...-in-south-pasadena/
[normzone, Mar 10 2016]

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       I'll play. [link]. Can't say it was 'unexpected' now.
AusCan531, Mar 09 2016
  

       This could be simply implemented by running a great big commemoration event, inviting the celebrity to participate, and having them exit via some form of steamy dry-ice fronted death-tube. Right at the end of the day long event, the climax could be an extended 15 minute segment of them waving goodbye and looking glistneyeyed at the camera, in front of a best-bits backdrop graphic. Davina McCall could host.
zen_tom, Mar 09 2016
  

       Perhaps rather than having a euthanasia party (... on a stage - or is it a scaffold? - outside Buckingham Palace, Brian May and John Deacon in badger costume, holding you down while Floella Benjamin in full Timothy Claypole regalia forces the cyanide capsule into your mouth, all around you signing Sumer is Icumen In, your hands grasping and tearing at the badgerhair thighs...) we could instead have a Fame Registry, inclusion on which is determined by the Independent Fame Commission, which will, once a year determine who is "famous" and, crucially, who is not "famous" any longer, and so long as you are on the list you are taken to Celebration Island (exact location tbc, Isles of Rona and Sheppey in the running) where you are roundly and continually celebrated until either (a) you cease to be famous (at which point you are airlifted from the island and left at your new job on the tills at Aldi) or (b) you die, thus satisfying Ian's plans.   

       I am yet to work out all of the details of the celebration, but I think that it might involve Brian May and John Deacon in badger costume, holding you down while Floella Benjamin in full Timothy Claypole regalia forces the cyanide capsule into your mouth, all around you signing Sumer is Icumen In, your hands grasping and tearing at the badgerhair thighs...
calum, Mar 09 2016
  

       I am enthusiastic about calums plan, but especially the part about signing Sumer is Icumen in. American sign language is all business, of course, but I am delighted to read in Wikipedia that British sign language is based on the Ogham alphabet, so Groweþ and her friends should not be too problematic.   

       Also lhudeness has always been hard for me to connote with a verbal cuccu. With signing it should not be hard, or should be.
bungston, Mar 09 2016
  

       What! No! People are thinking that this idea involves actually killing the famous person, and actually administering the killing themselves. That’s dreadful!   

       All I said was that it’s a bit pathetic showing someone how fondly we remember them on the day they cease to exist. Oops, just missed, by that much. No, far better to do all of that the day before. When they die is too late, so do it the day before. It’ll all work out so much better.
Ian Tindale, Mar 09 2016
  

       If we privately honor those whom we love, or those we look up to, in any genre, even if it's just in your mind, that is enough for the energy to get to the person eventually.   

       They will feel the vibration of love. Celebrate everyone, everyday.   

       The talented, the boring, the weak, the strong, the obvious and the much more sublime. Celebrate all of those who touch you, mentally everyday, and you will never miss the day before. Ommmm....
blissmiss, Mar 09 2016
  

       I'm not sure how you'd implement this idea. Well, for things that you can't do much about, such as cancer and heart attacks, it's all well and good. But wouldn't someone who suddenly notices that he is being commemorated but is in otherwise perfect health simply be inclined to be extra cautious about crossing the street the next day? Or simply not leave the house at all.   

       The net result of this would be either that no famous person will ever die in a freak accident outside his home, or we'll have to start showing up at the doorsteps of the presently-deceased the morning after their commemoration to drag them to the site of their inevitable doom. Neither option seems especially palatable.
ytk, Mar 09 2016
  

       When you put it like that, Ian, I agree and retract my previous annotation.
calum, Mar 09 2016
  

       " The talented, the boring, the weak, the strong, the obvious "   

       Oh, so we're going to start killing off halfbakers ?
normzone, Mar 09 2016
  

       //Ommmm....// [blissmiss] I do like it when you get all philosophical.
zen_tom, Mar 09 2016
  

       I think we ought to commemorate Richard Attenborough. Not that he's going to drop dead tomorrow, but just because we ought to.   

       No, wait. I mean David.
MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 09 2016
  

       Several years ago I attended a fairly well-known film school in Southern California, where a prominent professor there made the point that a film wasn't necessarily the product solely of its director by pointing out that Richard Attenborough was, I quote, “not qualified to direct traffic out there on Figueroa Boulevard” but had nevertheless managed to turn out a film such as Gandhi. For some reason it was a quote that has always stayed with me.
ytk, Mar 10 2016
  

       And if he had been doing so, the results might have cost him money (link)
normzone, Mar 10 2016
  

       Fabulous category find! +
xandram, Mar 12 2016
  

       Keith Emerson has gone.
Ian Tindale, Mar 12 2016
  

       :-(
blissmiss, Mar 13 2016
  

       In my newspaper's TV Guide, they give a short summary of every single programme except for the News, which is just inconsiderate - after all it's one of the most popular programmes on TV.

Anyway, back to this idea - if I were a celebrity and woke up one morning, years after my fame had faded, and found my youthful work and love-life being fondly remembered and discussed across all media, I might be a little worried.
hippo, Mar 14 2016
  

       The lottery draw is quite a popular television programme too.   

       Maybe this idea should be modified so that it has a “soft knee”. To do it on one day only, the day before the famous person died, is probably a bit too much of a sudden impulse. Perhaps it should ramp up gradually over a few years, so that nobody notices that everybody’s noticing the famous person’s achievements.
Ian Tindale, Mar 14 2016
  

       //To do it on one day only, the day before the famous person died, is probably a bit too much of a sudden impulse.// - I agree; the shock of suddenly seeing yourself all over the news could kill you.
hippo, Mar 14 2016
  

       Who are we commemorating today?
tatterdemalion, Mar 14 2016
  

       Lionel Blair
calum, Mar 14 2016
  

       Better, Tony Blair.
8th of 7, Mar 14 2016
  

       ’tis the season, again. I’ll have to check the odds at the bookies for the latest crop.
Ian Tindale, Dec 27 2017
  

       //Celebrate all of those who touch you//

Unless you live in Hollywood. Or a children's home. Or the Vatican.

Not sure about all this celebrating famous people lark. I mean, they've already got enough fame, surely? Doesn't this just increase the fame divide & leave the anonymous majority with even less chance of appearing on Newsround, or Antiques Roadshow, or Blackheath Has Got Talent or in a humorous sidebar in the local rag?
DrBob, Dec 27 2017
  

       Gaius Petronius Arbiter also covered this one : "Pretend I'm dead; say something nice about me!"   

       That's the second time in a week. Perhaps we should add the Satyricon to the half-bakery reading list.
pertinax, Dec 27 2017
  
      
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