27/02/2024
Norwich, GB 4 C
Researching and reporting on the lives of some really interesting people (RIP)

PADDY MACKLIN, aged 65

An maverick who tried to circumnavigate the world, but failed to prepare properly – leading to terrifying adventures, mishaps, and a fear that he was dead.

ADELE SPRINGSTEEN, aged 98

A working mother from New Jersey, her son became a global music superstar – and she joined him on stage, becoming known for her love of dancing.

HUGH CALLAGHAN, aged 93

An Irish labourer living in Birmingham, he was accused of bombing two pubs. After cruel treatment, he spent years in prison until his innocence was proved.

RICHARD BARANCIK, aged 98

An American soldier, he was part of the Monuments Men who rescued great pieces of art from the Nazis, before becoming a renown architect – the Last Man Standing

JEAN VELOZ, aged 98

A competitive dancer who helped popularize Swing and the Lindy Hop, she became a film and TV star and a noted teacher – and was still dancing into her 90s.

Really Interesting People from the UK

PADDY MACKLIN, aged 65

An maverick who tried to circumnavigate the world, but failed to prepare properly – leading to terrifying adventures, mishaps, and a fear that he was dead.

HUGH CALLAGHAN, aged 93

An Irish labourer living in Birmingham, he was accused of bombing two pubs. After cruel treatment, he spent years in prison until his innocence was proved.

BERYL SKELLY. aged 101

A political secretary, she worked for two leaders of the Labour Party before moving to work for a press baron, and was honoured for her services.

CAPTAIN VYVYAN HOWARD, aged 102

A Second World War bomber, he was shot down over Norway and sent to the notorious POW camp, Stalag Luft 3, where he contributed to the Wooden Horse and the Great Escape – the last survivor of that famous incident.

Really Interesting People from Europe

FRANCOISE DELBART, aged 93

A drama student in post-war Paris, a kiss from her boyfriend was captured by a photographer and became one of the most iconic images of the Twentieth Century.

TATJANA PATITZ, aged 56

The first German supermodel, she was the face of the 1990s, appearing on many magazine covers – but became a champion of animal rights and for ageing gracefully.

COUNTESS MARGIT SZECHENYI, aged 96

A Hungarian aristocrat, supported Fascism, married a Count and indulged in big game hunting. She was an ‘Enemy of the People’, constantly resisting communism.

SIR BEN HELFGOTT, aged 93

After just surviving the Holocaust he came to Britain as one of the Windemere Children and went on to represent GB at two Olympic Games as a weightlifter.

Really Interesting People from the World

ADELE SPRINGSTEEN, aged 98

A working mother from New Jersey, her son became a global music superstar – and she joined him on stage, becoming known for her love of dancing.

RICHARD BARANCIK, aged 98

An American soldier, he was part of the Monuments Men who rescued great pieces of art from the Nazis, before becoming a renown architect – the Last Man Standing

JEAN VELOZ, aged 98

A competitive dancer who helped popularize Swing and the Lindy Hop, she became a film and TV star and a noted teacher – and was still dancing into her 90s.

JOAN JARA, aged 96

A British ballet dancer who lived in Chile, she married a famous folk singer. He was murdered in the 1973 coup, so she spent the rest of her life searching for justice.